How Do You Define Family? Tell Us and Win $100!

Family, friends, and wine. What's better than that?

crest-friend When I think of “family,” I think of two things, simultaneously and equally. I think of my literal family: My beloved daughter and husband, my parents and sisters, and my relatives, whether via blood or marriage. At the same time, I think of my “family” — that is to say, those friends who are like family to me, who are of my heart, and on whom I depend utterly. When Gallo Family Vineyards invited me talk about “family,” and to check out their “Family Crest Creator,” it was this group of wonderful, crazy, lovely and always-have-my-back girlfriends that sprang to mind.

As a California girl living on the East coast, my network isn’t typical. There are my old, dear friends still on the West coast, and there are the people who have become like family to me here over the last 12 years, during which I’ve put down strong and deep roots. I keep in touch with my far away friends pretty well through Facebook and texting, but nothing compares to seeing them in person. And I’ve made friends here largely through shared interests and experiences, whether it’s fellow moms on the playground, partners and girlfriends of my husband’s friends met at parties, or the incredible women I’ve been lucky enough to work with. But what deepens all of these friendships is time spent just being together … and very often, that involves a great meal and a bottle of wine!

Truly — for me, nothing beats a dinner with either a best girlfriend or a whole group of them. Whether it’s a home-cooked meal, a delivered pizza, or a night out at a restaurant, there’s just something about sharing a meal and a glass of wine (or two!), isn’t there?

Ok, so are you wondering about this “Crest Creator” thingie? It’s really fun! Gallo Family Vineyards came up with it as a way to create, share and download personalized family crests for ALL your families (whether that includes the people you’re related to, or simply the people that you relate to in life!).

“We designed the Crest Creator to be something fun that pays homage to families, however they’re defined,” Stephanie Gallo, third-generation Gallo family member and Vice President of Marketing at Gallo Family Vineyards says. “It’s our way of saying thanks and celebrating all the families who have invited us to the table for the past eighty years.”

They’ve also partnered with Zazzle.com, so you can order cool stuff printed with your crest. It’s such a fun idea — I made the one above with my best girlfriends — near and far — in mind. I really got into it — they have over 17 templates to choose from, and 300 icons you can add to your crest. BUT it’s totally easy to do and not at all overwhelming. They did a great job with the user interface and giving a lot of options but not too many! I chose the motto “A Friend Is Another Self,” which in the translation of a Latin phrase that I love. Once you create your crest, you can save it, share it, and also click on the “shop” button, which takes you to a page on Zazzle.com filled with items you can order with your crest. SO FUN! I’m thinking about the notecards and coffee cups for my friends, but there’s everything from water bottle, to iPhone cases and sweatshirts. mug mug-crest-gallo I am totally going to go back and create more – I think my nuclear family needs a motto! And maybe the BettyConfidential family needs one too! What’s that you say? You want to go create your own? It’s free! As long as you’re 21 or older, you just head over to CrestCreator.com and get started.

And just to make it even more fun, we’ve got $100 to give away, which you can use however you like — maybe at Zazzle.com on items with your new crest! To enter to win, just tell us in the comments below: “What is your definition of family?”

For more information about Gallo Family Vineyards and its family of fruit-forward and flavorful wines visit www.GalloFamily.com. Follow Gallo Family Vineyards on Twitter and Facebook.

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  2. Tweet (public message) about this promotion; including exactly the following unique term in your tweet message: “#SweepstakesEntry”; and leave the URL to that tweet in a comment on this post
  3. Blog about this promotion, including a disclosure that you are receiving a sweepstakes entry in exchange for writing the blog post, and leave the URL to that post in a comment on this post
  4. For those with no Twitter or blog, read the official rules to learn about an alternate form of entry.

This giveaway is open to US Residents (excluding Colorado, Puerto Rico, Tennessee, Utah and where otherwise prohibited by law) age 21or older. Winners will be selected via random draw, and will be notified by e-mail. You have 72 hours to get back to me, otherwise a new winner will be selected. The Official Rules are available here. This sweepstakes runs from 10/1/2013-10/31/2013

Be sure to visit the Gallo Family Vineyards Brand Page on BlogHer.com where you can read other bloggers’ reviews and find more chances to win!


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82 thoughts on “How Do You Define Family? Tell Us and Win $100!

  1. @one2try says:

    Family means always being there through good and bad times.

  2. p.kopec says:

    a friend is anyone who supports and loves you whether a blood relative or friend

    1. p.kopec says:

      oops…i meant family is….

  3. Lisa Brown says:

    My definition of family is closeness and support. People you can go to when times get tough and always have someone who will care and listen to you.
    jslbrown_03 at yahoo dot com

  4. Lisa Brown says:

    tweet – https://twitter.com/LuLu_Brown24/status/385109780
    jslbrown_03 at yahoo dot com

  5. Elena says:

    Family are the people who love and support each other

  6. Mami2jcn says:

    To me, family means loyalty. It also means having a feeling of belonging.
    mami2jcn at gmail dot com

  7. Amy says:

    People who love and take care of each other.

  8. stephanie says:

    family means love

  9. mummytotwoboys says:

    My definition of family is people that love, cherish, care and think of each other. People that feel they belong together and want to proceed through life in each other’s presence.

    mummytotwoboys@yahoo.com

  10. April G says:

    Family is all about supporting and loving, unconditionally!

    aprilgilbertson(at)gmail(dot)com

  11. Cynthia C says:

    The people who love and support you, the ones you can count on no matter what are the ones I consider family.

  12. Erika says:

    The ultimate family for me? The one in this house- my daughter, son, and husband. :)

    chambanachik(at)gmail(dot)com

  13. People who love and care about you unconditionally.

  14. Susan Smith says:

    To me family are the people around you who will always be there to support you, no matter what through the good and bad times.

  15. tcarolinep says:

    To me, family means people in my life who accept and love me for who I am.
    tcarolinep at gmail dot com

  16. Accepting and loving unconditionally.

  17. Jen says:

    Family are the people who are there to support you no matter what. They provide love, guidance, and understanding.

  18. rachel says:

    The people who care about me and follow up — I haven't talked to some "family" in years but other friends mean so much!

  19. tina m says:

    People who will be there for you no matter what and love you unconditional.

  20. Melinda says:

    My definition of family is that they are the people who love you and support you unconditionally, whether related by blood or otherwise.

  21. Sean says:

    Family: The people who you would do ANYTHING for!

  22. claudia davis says:

    Family is anyone who you mutually trust, respect, genuinely care for and love.

  23. Shlee says:

    My definition of family are the friends and family that I have a close bond with – that there's a connection that's explainable and that I can truly be my own true self around.

    sunnysideshlee@live.com

  24. Erica Best says:

    people who love and care for u no matter what

  25. Tabathia B says:

    Someone who is always there and listens to your "voice" without judgement

    tbarrettno1 at gmail dot com

  26. Kerry says:

    Family to me is my favorites in my life. The people that will be there no matter what!
    nuthouse(at)centurytel(dot)net

  27. BYoo says:

    People who love you and want the best for you.

  28. steff says:

    family means those who are with you no matter what! family is love. scg00387 at yahoo dot com

  29. Debbie B says:

    my favorite people in the whole world!

  30. Wild Orchid says:

    My definition is the people in your life who you can always count on and be yourself with.

    Thanks for the chance to win!
    wildorchid985 at gmail dot com

  31. shelly leatham says:

    To me, family would be the people who love you and accept you just the way you are. It's not what runs through your veins, it is what lives in your heart!
    bleatham*at*gmail.com

  32. Kelly Massman says:

    Family is love! And that is all! Thanks for a chance to win!!!! kmassman gmail

  33. Sarah Y. says:

    Family means good times, warm sharing and quality bonding every chance we get…from a simple morning share over coffee to a long holiday weekend of bonding, maximizing moments and creating lasting memories for future fun.

  34. Amy Tong says:

    My definition of family is trust and love. I count on my family for supports and they know I love them with my whole heart no matter what.

    amy [at] utry [dot] it

  35. Harmony B says:

    The people in my life who accept & love me for who I am are family to me.

  36. maria cantu says:

    Family is to me unconditional love.

  37. Nicole Larsen says:

    Family is loyalty and kindness–people you can rely on no matter what and people that you just can not live your life without!

  38. Betty C says:

    Family are the ones I am closest too whether by blood or not.

  39. LAMusing says:

    Family is a group of people who share, love and support. each other through good times and bad.

  40. Norma says:

    Some family we’re born into, some we choose. Real family is about trust, support and pleasure in each other’s company.

  41. Anna Pry says:

    family are the folks you share your life with, folks you can count on in a pinch
    pryfamily5@gmail.com

  42. Whitney says:

    My definition of family is unconditional love

  43. angie lilly says:

    The people in your life that you can count on to be there no matter what.

  44. Amanda Sakovitz says:

    My definition of family is people that you love and can be yourself with.

    pokergrl8 at gmail.com

  45. Thomas Murphy says:

    My definition of family is people that are there for you no matter what.

  46. Ellie W says:

    My family is those that I love and put their happiness before my own. The ones that I would die for.

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