Why We Crop Our Photos [ Contest / Giveaway ]

I'm going to let you know a secret.  Whenever you see a picture of the residents of Boltonshire in the shire itself, there's a lot of effort that goes into the photo.  Sure a lot of them may look like them are candid and snapped during the moment, but more than likely it was probably the sixth or seventh picture taken.  Then even when it's the sixth of seventh picture, there's a lot of cropping going on. 

The cropping is done so you can't see the mess in the background.

Sometimes the mess can be so bad and we need to take a picture of how absolutely adorable our kid is and we NEED TO SHOW THE WORLD via Facebook, we have to take a picture from the floor up.  What happens then is the kid looks like they're about to do battle with the Power Rangers.

Now we don't want the mess there, and our kids are able to pick up after themselves.  It's just when you have five kids you have seven people's worth of stuff.

Like the laundry.

My goodness, the laundry.

How I wish we lived in ancient Rome and we just wore our bed sheets.

So until I can perfect group time travel back to robe wearing Rome, the house will have some form of mess.

It's probably why My Dirty Jobs contacted me to help them in promoting their latest contest. 

The following is from their contest promotional material

-Send them a photo of your Mess Master's best work and you could win a year's professional maid service from Molly Maid and My Dirty Jobs-
NEW YORK, Feb. 21, 2013 – My Dirty Jobs, the company that makes cleaning products formulated to handle the dirtiest jobs, is launching a nationwide search for America's top 'Mess Masters.'  Send them a photo of the messiest mess your own Mess Master makes and if your photo is selected you could win a full year's professional maid service from Molly Maid, one of the country's top-rated professional home cleaning service companies.
Available at Walmart, Lowe's, and Albertsons Market stores across the country, Dirty Jobs broad portfolio of cleaning products are among the strongest and most advanced household cleaning products available anywhere.  They are the ideal cleaner-uppers for everyone's own Mess Master.

Qualifying as the biggest Mess Master requires no special training, just the ability to create the messiest mess.  Accepted entries can include kids and/or pets.  They just need to make a dirty mess and you provide the photographic proof of their best mess.

The contest will run for eleven weeks from February 21 through May 9, 2013.  Grand Prize winner will be announced on or about Mother's Day, May 12, 2013.  It's easy and simple to get in on all the fun.  Just visitwww.mydirtyjobs/messmasters to enter your own favorite Mess Master.  

Send them your best Mess Master photo and you will be entered and eligible to win one of the following great prizes:

Grand Prize Winner - Molly Maid Cleaning Service for 1 year
First runner Up - $500 Gift Card
Second Runner Up - $250 Gift Card
Eleven Weekly Prize Winners will win a $100 Gift Card 

"We developed Dirty Jobs Heavy-Duty Cleaning Products to combat the toughest, dirtiest jobs in America," said Adam Lerner, President and co-founder of My Dirty Jobs.  "Our Mess Master contest will spotlight those really dirty mess makers from coast-to-coast and the incredible messes they make."      

Dirty Jobs is inspired by the Emmy® nominated Discovery Channel series Dirty Jobs, part of Discovery Communications, the world’s number one nonfiction media company, in which host Mike Rowe travels the country showcasing hard working men and women who have some of the country’s messiest occupations.
For more information about Dirty Jobs and the Dirty Jobs Mess Master contest, readers are invited to visitwww.mydirtyjobs.com or www.mydirtyjobs/messmasters. 

It's like my kids knew the future and have been planning on this to happen for the past seven and a half years.  I really hope my readers enter this contest, but I hope none of you win the grand prize.  I'm just being honest, because I'm going to enter and I want to win!!!  You guys can win the other levels of prizes, I just want the main one.  I like my chances because I have the best picture of the messiest mess you could ever see. 

Yes, an aerial picture of my house from Google Maps.

I will be giving away a $10.00 gift card to a Welcome to Boltonshire reader to one of the retail stores carrying the My Dirty Jobs products (minus Albertsons).  All you need to do is leave a comment below letting me know if you prefer a Wal Mart Gift Card or a Lowe's Gift Card.

Requirements for Winning: Please be in the continental United States and no family.  Sorry Nana, if you want a gift card, just ask I'll get you one.

So leave a comment and go do the other thing too.

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