Ugly Ducklings Inc featured on I Am That Girl

UDI featured on I am that girl

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One Year of Ugly Ducklings Inc!

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Hello Ugly Ducklings!

We have been around for exactly a year! We launched March 14, 2013 and we are so happy with everything that has happened this year with Ugly Duckings Inc!

We wanted to take this opportunity to share our first “mini-podcast” with you all, featuring some announcements and an explanation of what this “Writer’s Team” is all about. Please listen below:

There you have it! Are you interested in becoming part of our growing team of writers? E-mail us to get some more info! UglyDucklingsInc@gmail.com

And you heard it! We are launching a new poster – UGLY! Check it out:

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For a limited time, you can get a poster and t-shirt in a bundle for $22.50 + shipping! Use this order form for the t-shirt and just write in at the bottom that you’d like this poster (and remember, if you’ve already purchased a shirt from us, you should have an email about another special promo):

UDI ProDUCKS Order Form

Just email us the form and we will email you back when we are putting in the order! Thank you so much for a GREAT year, Ugly Ducklings! We look forward to many more!

swan out

“Bandwidth” in podcast’s context was totally stolen from a super-incredible person I know. Thank you!

T-shirt giveaway contest

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Ugly Ducklings,

Thank you so much to every single one of you. We’ve reached 1000 followers on twitter this week and, as promised, we’re having a rockin’ giveaway to honour all of you!

We’re giving away one of our new t-shirts (ordered to your specifications)! For a chance to win, you just need to follow a few simple steps. Check out this photo for instructions!

To double your chances of winning, you may participate on twitter and facebook!

– To retweet, click here!

– To visit our Facebook page, click here!

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All entries must be in by NOON EST on Sunday February 9th, 2014. Thanks in advance to all those who “like”, “share” and participate!

swan out

Long afternoons with amazing children

A thousand smiles banner | Activities with the foundationTheir eyes seemed to speak. Shy, quiet. They squinted every time they looked up and stared at our faces.

We were kind of nervous too, as we watched that huge field with kids playing soccer, others at little merry-go-rounds. Some of them were running all around, and others were coloring.

Oh, here they are!

Kids coloring ducklings and snails

The Emmanuel Foundation, located near La Plata, in Argentina, is a non-profit organization where they teach, and take care of children, whenever their parents can’t afford to do so. They don’t give them for adoption, but simply make sure that the child is in good care before their family can support them.

Marie, from Ugly Ducklings Inc

Vero, me, and our silly faces

The day was September 1, and we celebrated the National Children’s Day…

But before I get into that, let me tell you about why I went there.

When I was in high school, and in the Scouts association, I had the chance to go to different places (Senior Retirement Homes, Schools for young boys who had broken the law, the city dump, the women’s prison, and the Psychiatric hospital, among others) and it made me realize how lucky I was for having the life I had.

So, when my friend Veronica invited me to go, I answered with a resounding YES!

And guess what the first thought that came to my mind was? I’ll go there as an Ugly Duckling!

Ok, now back to Children’s Day. Once the nervous feelings were gone, we (volunteers, coordinators and attendees) started playing with the kids, cheering them up.

I took the opportunity to make a fool out of myself at the potato sack race!

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The weather was so perfect we couldn’t believe it. It was supposed to be a cold day but the sun came out and we could all enjoy the games so much more. To see the smiles on all those kids’ faces. There are no words to describe how great that feels, greater than eating the most scrumptious ice-cream you could ever taste. 

My friends and I were so pleased after having done this, that… well… WE WANTED MORE!  

We wanted to go back.

And the way to do it was with… 

A soccer championship, and a dance session!

We also had time to make paper airplanes, boats, and even an inflatable paper ball! Some of us, after finishing dancing, started cheering up for the teams that were playing. And right before the foundation gave them a snack (chocolate milk and cookies) we gave away the trophies to the winning team. As you can see, the Ugly Ducklings Inc t-shirt was with me all the time!

Activities with the kids from the foundation

Hugs, kisses, more hugs, and then a couple of smiles, plus lots of ‘thank you’s’. Two amazing days doing wonderful things for these guys who have nothing but love to give.

Tell us if you’re doing something similar and we’ll have you featuring one of our blog posts!!

– Marie,

The Tail Shaker.
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Operation Normal Update

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What IS Operation NORMAL?

Our last blog was a quick announcement explaining Operation NORMAL, but we have updated the contest, so here is some new information.

What is it?  Operation NORMAL is a raffle for two amazing prize packs.  100% goes to Mental Fitness Inc.

Captura de pantalla 2013-08-30 a la(s) 22.06.07What are the prizes?   We have two amazing prize packs!  One is a “Charmers” prize pack and includes an autographed photo of Josh Dallas, a Charmers wristband, magnets and a t-shirt.  The other is an “Ugly Ducklings” prize pack and includes an autographed photo of Jennifer Morrison, Ugly Ducklings accessories and magnets and an exclusive t-shirt.IMG_0596croprbrightSM

How do I win?   Enter the draw for a chance to win!  To get entered in the draw for one of these awesome prize packs, what you have to do is simple:

1. Donate a minimum of $5 to Mental Fitness Inc (tickets are $5 or five for $20)
2. Send proof of your donation (either forward your receipt or do a screenshot of it) to uglyducklingsinc@gmail.com
3. Include your name and what prize pack you want your tickets to be in (or how many you want per prize pack)

That’s it!  $5!  That’s about what most people spend at Starbucks on their coffee every morning; and this is going towards an amazing cause – check out our interview with the CEO and Founder of Mental Fitness Inc to find out more about the amazing and important work this organization does everyday!

There are TWO ways to donate to Mental Fitness Inc.  First, you can support their Indiegogo campaign here: if you take this avenue, you get some extra perks from MFI.  Second, you can support them as an Ugly Duckling here: this avenue gives you the option of getting a tax-receipt for your donation!

UPDATE: When we started this raffle, we set a minimum goal of $100 per prize pack and we set the Charmers and the Ugly Ducklings in a friendly competition to see who would reach their goal first.  Here are where the standings are at the end of day two…

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HUGE thanks to everyone who has donated and congratulations to the Ugly Ducklings who have reached and surpassed their goal!   BUT… the competition is NOT over yet.  We’re wondering who is going to raise the most amount of money for Mental Fitness Inc.   Will it be Josh Dallas’ charming charmers or Jennifer Morrison’s beautiful swans?  Keep donating and we’ll keep updating!

We love you, Ugly Ducklings (and we love the Charmers too!)

swan out

– Erin

Operation NORMAL

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We are so excited to announce that our QuackNTest just got bigger!  We want to support MENTAL FITNESS Inc. as much as we can!  Check out this video announcement that shows the new prize we added and also tells you more about the contest!

THIS is where you donate!  MENTAL FITNESS INC Indiegogo and e-mail proof to uglyducklingsinc@gmail.com to get your entries in!