{$400 AmEx Gift Card Giveaway} Outdoor Winter Activities: Are You an “Innie” or an “Outie”?

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I grew up in sunny Arizona. Citrus and swimming are my things! I moved to Utah to go to college and ended up staying there when I met and married Mr. @troypattee, who takes advantage of everything Utah's great outdoors has to offer. In the summer, he mountain bikes. In the winter he skis. And he doesn't just ski once in a while, he skis three times a week. You heard me right. Three.Times.a.Week! But, it's his happy place, so who I am to judge or deny him the opportunity?

It wasn't a surprise, then, after our two boys got a little older that Troy was adamant they start ski lessons. We are fortunate to live 45 minutes from Park City Mountain Resort, which has a tremendous Start Now program with small-group classes to teach kids the ins and outs of skiing. With a father so enthusiastic about the sport, the boys took right to it and are begging to get back on the slopes this year.

Here's where I enter the picture. Skiing isn't my thing. All growing up, my parents took me to the Arizona mountains nearly every weekend (3 hours up and 3 hours back) to help me learn to love the rush of skiing. But here's what I discovered... While I love winter—the snow, the icicles, Frosty, and snow-capped mountains—I really don't like outdoor winter activities. I can handle tubing. I don't mind hanging on a horse-driven sleigh. But what I really love is getting all dressed up in my warm winter clothes and enjoying a nice cup of hot chocolate with marshamallows in the lodge. And, if a friend joins me, even better. Friendship, hot chocolate, bonding all while looking out the window at the winter wonderland around us. What's not to get giddy about?


What's your preference for winter activities? Are you an indoor winter enthusiast or an outdoor winter sports lover?


Whether you are "in"—prefer a little hot cocoa or a hot stone massage, or you're "out"—people can't steer you clear of the slopes and the snow, this giveaway is for you. Just think what you can do with a $400 AmEx gift card. Yes! You "heard" me right. SALONPAS®—creator of an awesome over-the-counter, FDA-approved pain-relieving patch— is giving away a $400 AmEx gift card to help your family to have a happier winter! So, whether you're an "innie" and love winter from the indoors or you're an "outie" and want to be in the middle of the snow-filled fun, enjoy $400 worth of fun on SALONPAS®. Here's the skinny...

Entry Requirements

All entrants are required to retweet the following. Note: To be qualified to enter, you must leave a link to your original tweets. To access the link to your tweet, click to view your original tweet and grab the URL and copy and paste it in a comment on this post.

  • Send out a tweet, answering the question: "What is your favorite winter activity and why?" along with the #Salonpas hashtag.
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  • Retweet the following: RT @momitforward Giveaway! Enter for a chance to win a $400 AmEx gc from #Salonpas PLS RT

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Terms and Conditions

Winners will be selected randomly through No purchase necessary to enter or win. Giveaway ends at midnight ET Monday, February 28. See all terms and conditions here. This giveaway is available to U.S. and Canadian residents only.

Disclosure: I was compensated for my participation in this campaign. For more information on SALONPAS® and their pain-relieving patches, feel free to visit: You can also find Salonpas on Facebook ( or on Twitter (

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An active part of the Mom It Forward team, Jyl primarily writes about parenting, social good, and all things travel related. In a past life, Jyl was an award-winning copywriter and designer of corporate training programs for Fortune 100 companies. Offline, Jyl is married to @TroyPattee; a mom to two teen boys and a beagle named #Hashtag; loves large amounts of cheese, dancing, and traveling; and lives in the beautiful Rocky Mountains. Topping her bucket list is the goal to visit 50 countries by the time she's 50.


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