Thursday, November 11, 2010

The Mend Mark Review & Giveaway

Mend logo I know it’s been a long time since I’ve done a giveaway here, but I have an amazing piece of jewelry that I can’t wait to share with you. First check out the press release and then I’ll share my reaction to wearing this for the first time!

The Mark of LoveThe Mend Mark tells a powerful story in two words

Mend Mark Have you been “Marked?” The Mend Mark is a mission, a movement, an entire revolution. It is a bracelet meant to remind its wearers of Christ’s love and sacrifice, and its message is the passion of its creator, Hunter Harrison.

The Mend Mark is an innovative and distinctive bracelet that is designed to reflect the scars and nail holes of Jesus. When worn, the band resembles the deep holes of the nail driven into the wrists of Jesus during his crucifixion. By bringing the story of Jesus’ life and death to constant awareness by wearing a bracelet, Mend Mark is meant to powerfully remind wearers of the ultimate act of love Jesus made for all of humankind.

Harrison’s mission is to remind all to remember Christ’s love in both his life and death. But more than only a poignant recollection, the Mend Mark is meant to inspire and motivate wearers to live a life of service. Harrison strives to bring people together around the simplicity and power of love as lived by Jesus. But this is no example of passive love. The Mend Mark calls individuals in all walks of life to love with a profound sincerity and commitment great enough to change a neighborhood, a community, a world.

Harrison leads this call to love and sacrifice by example and joins hands with each Mend Mark bracelet purchaser to take the first step in global change. A portion of each bracelet sold goes to support Living Water International, an organization combating the clean water crisis victimizing over one billion people worldwide. Each $5,000 given will result in one well drilled, providing a community with clean water.

Mend Mark out of box But wearers should be prepared to be seen. Unique in its design, the Mend Mark is sure to be noticed and gives wearers an opportunity to share the story of the profound love of Jesus for each and every person. “It was important to me that the design was simple and generic enough that the observer had to ask about it to know what it meant. But I also wanted it to appear distinctive enough that it sparked curiosity,” reveals creator Hunter Harrison. “I wanted it to require the wearer of the product to engage in conversation about the love of Christ (and hopefully show that love to others) instead of just letting the product talk for them.”

Launched in late 2009 after a year and a half of packaging, material, and design development by Harrison, the bracelet has been sold across the United States, Canada, and the UK and has been featured in retail stores as well. The Mend Mark bracelet movement has grown to further fame after being worn during performances by American Idol winner Lee Dewyze, Idol runner up Siobhan Magnus, Decifer Down, Israel Houghton & New Breed, Pillar, and Finding Favour, to name a few. Says Harrison, “I want it to be more than just another bracelet; I want it to represent a movement.” Based on the way things are going, a movement is exactly what it is becoming.

Order online for $9.99 at http://www.mendmark.com/.

IMG_4092 When I received the bracelets I took one out of the box. Ok, let’s stop there for a moment. I had quite the time trying to open the box. If you win or purchase one, realize that the ends slide in different directions at the same time to reveal the bracelet!

I put the bracelet on and had a very powerful emotional reaction. I mean, I was wearing a piece of jewelry that reminds me of the nails in Jesus’ hands and feet. I could barely look at it because it was such a powerful reminder.

IMG_4093 A reminder of my sin, but mostly of my Savior.

I knew who I was going to give this to the moment I learned about the Mend Mark – Smooch. She loves to wear things that show people that she loves God. This bracelet is the perfect thing for her because she’s not super girly and it’s so highly significant.

Now, as we head to Christmas, I was given a 2nd bracelet to giveaway.

Required: Visit Mend Mark (where you can click on the photos for close-ups) and tell me who you’d give this bracelet to.

Giveaway open to US Residents 18 yrs or older. Please leave your email in the required entry or have it available in your profile. No email/contact = No entry. Giveaway ends 11/30 midnight PDT. Winner has 48 hours to respond.

Extras:

Follow Marvelous Mom Reviews (2 entries, comment 2x)

Subscribe to MMR (3 entries, comment 3x)

Follow my Networked Blogs (1 entry)

Add MMR to your blogroll (2 entries, comment 2x)

Follow me on Twitter (1 entry)

Follow Mend Mark on Twitter (1 entry)

Tweet the giveaway (1 entry daily) “#WIN a Mend Mark bracelet N be a reminded of Jesus’s sacrifice. Makes a beautiful gift @mendmark @bigguysmama #giveaway http://bit.ly/aMxPy6“

“Like” Mend Mark on Facebook (2 entries, comment 2x)

“Like” me on Facebook on my sidebar (2 entries, comment 2x)

Enter any of my other current giveaways (1 entry each)

Purchase a Mend Mark bracelet (10 entries, comment 10x) will be verified

Q&A With Hunter Harrison,
Creator of the Mend Mark



Q: How did you arrive at the idea for the Mend Mark? Why a bracelet?
A: I always thought about getting a tattoo. I still haven’t, but tattoo designs frequently cross my mind, and if I ever got one I would want it to be meaningful. On one particular day, I had the idea of getting two circles tattooed on my wrist to resemble a hole. But not just any hole—the hole that killed a king. The more and more I thought about it, the more I came to realize that nowadays EVERYONE has a tattoo and it would almost be rebellious NOT to get one. (I guess you could consider me a reverse rebel.) So I decided to do something a little different, something that would reach many more people than just some ink on my wrist. I took the idea and designed a bracelet instead, and consequently, the Mend Mark idea was born.

Q: At first glance Mend Mark seems like a nebulous name. What does it mean?
A: I’ve always liked the word “mend” and I feel like it’s underused. So it was an easy decision to incorporate that into the name. It fit the product purpose, and since it was representing one of the marks of Jesus, Mend Mark was an obvious choice. Plus it had a nice ring to it and with tattoo roots it seemed natural to call it that. I wanted it to be more than just another bracelet or wristband. I wanted it to represent a movement. So the “Mend Mark” it became.

Q: What are you hoping will be accomplished through the wearing of the Mend Mark bracelet and through the Mend Mark movement?
A: There are three main things I want to be accomplished. First is that I wanted people to remember the sacrifice. I wanted to unite people—Christians (no matter the denomination) and even people of other worldviews—on one common message: LOVE. The love that Christ preached in particular. With so many books out there and theological debates on who’s right and who’s wrong, sometimes we forget the simplicity of Christ’s main message: LOVE. I figured that no matter what one believes, they can’t deny that selfless love can change the world… and sometimes we need a reminder of that. So I coined the phrase “Remember Love” to be printed on the bracelet. The second thing is that I wanted people to emulate the emotion. I wanted it to require the wearer of the product to engage in conversation about the love of Christ (and hopefully show that love to others) instead of just letting the product talk for them. I felt that if this was done properly it could force people into intentional situations where they were able to demonstrate their faith. If I was a non-believer and I saw someone wearing an obvious Christian product, I doubt I would ask that person about it because I would already know what they were going to say. But, if I saw this, I would want to know what it was. It sparks curiosity… and in turn that curiosity may open some doors for people to share the love of Christ with others. Finally, I wanted it to inspire people to change the world around them. I decided to find a cause to support through the sales of the bracelet. There was no reason for me to keep all the profits for myself. I wanted to be able to give back and share the proceeds somehow. I researched and prayed and petitioned God on what ministry to support and God led me to Living Water International. I knew I wanted to help fight malnourishment in one way or another and providing “Living Water” seemed to fit the purpose of the product—using “love” to mend. That’s what it’s all about and this product allows that to happen on a global scale.

Q: Where did the inspiration to create the Mend Mark come from?
A: My mother was the most influential person in my life. She raised me on her own, even homeschooled me in high school, and I think that extra time with her really impacted me. She passed away from cancer in 2007, but she always told me I would do great things. My wife, Morgan, has been extremely instrumental in encouraging me to take those words from my mom to heart and make them a reality. Morgan motivates me like no one else can and has been a tremendous source of love and support throughout the entire process.

Then my work in banking inspired me. All day long I am helping people achieve their dreams getting businesses and ideas started. I wanted to get out there and start doing something myself. But I wanted it to be meaningful. Since my son was born two years ago, he’s given me an added motivation to do something bigger than myself, something that will somehow leave a legacy behind.

Q: The Mend Mark is certainly growing as a movement. It’s even been worn by celebrities. What’s next for the Mend Mark?
A: The Mend Mark isn’t the first idea I’ve tried to get off the ground. It definitely won’t be the last either. By far, it’s been the most fun and the most successful, and the one I’ve been most passionate about. I’m currently working on additional product designs as well as T-shirts that will go along with the original Mend Mark purpose. The future is bright and I can’t wait to see where God takes it.

I was sent 2 Mend Mark bracelets: 1 to keep, 1 to giveaway. The opinion expressed is completely my own. I’d like to thank Audra for connecting me with Mend Mark

53 comments:

LivingforGod said...

Thanks so much, Mimi, for leaving a lovely comment on my book review post! I really appreciate it.

Great review here. I also received the bracelets for review and giveaway but I haven't posted about it yet. I know what you mean about opening the box :).

kalea_kane said...

Wow. What an interesting idea to remember His gift. If I won, I would give it to my niece. We are going to the Revolve tour in February, and I think it would really bless her. Please include me in the drawing.

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kalea_kane said...

I follow MendMark on Twitter @kellyblackwell

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kalea_kane said...

I am a current follower of yours on Twitter @kellyblackwell

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kalea_kane said...

I tweeted your giveaway. :)

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michelle said...

I went to Marks site. I "liked" him on Facebook. If I won this I would give it to my teenage son who is struggling. I think having this reminder would be great for him. Thanks and God Bless.
michelle
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kalea_kane said...

Daily Tweet

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Charlotte Kay said...

LOVE THIS!
I would give it to my daughter.
THANKS for this giveaway!
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Charlotte Kay said...

I follow Marvelous Mom Reviews #1

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I follow Marvelous Mom Reviews #2

Charlotte Kay said...

I subscribe to MMR #1

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I subscribe to MMR #2

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I subscribe to MMR #3

Charlotte Kay said...

I follow your Networked Blogs

Charlotte Kay said...

I follow you on Twitter
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Charlotte Kay said...

I added you as a friend on FB #1

Charlotte Kay said...

I added you as a friend on FB #2

Charlotte Kay said...

I like Mend Mark on FB #1

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I like Mend Mark on FB #2

Charlotte Kay said...

I tweeted about this giveaway today
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kalea_kane said...

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HollyMag said...

This is a cool bracelet. Thanks for the give away.
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Blessings!

kalea_kane said...

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Vivian said...

I would give Mend Mark to my Husband for Christmas

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Follow on GFC

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kalea_kane said...

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stephanie m said...

i would give this to my sister..

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kalea_kane said...

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lewalk said...

I would give this to my 15 year old daughter.


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lewalk said...

I'm kind of confused by the instructions for doing this stuff for the two different blogs so I'm doing it all for both of them. lol.

I am following Marvelous Mom Reviews and Woven by Words on GFC.

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lewalk said...

Following you on both blogs publicly as lewalk.

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lewalk said...

I am signed up for email updates from both of your blogs.

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lewalk said...

I am signed up for email updates from both of your blogs.

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lewalk said...

I am signed up for email updates from both of your blogs.

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lewalk said...

I follow you on both blogs via Networked Blogs.

lewalk said...

I follow you on Twitter.


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lewalk said...

I follow Mend Mark on Twitter.

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lewalk said...

I like Mend Mark on Facebook.

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Entry #1.

lewalk said...

I like Mend Mark on Facebook.

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lewalk said...

I tweeted this giveaway.

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lewalk said...

I like you on FB and sent you a friend request.

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Entry #1.

lewalk said...

I like you on FB and sent you a friend request.

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Entry #2.

lewalk said...

I am entering your Flipped giveaway on Woven by Words.

lewalk said...

I am entering the Path Less Traveled giveaway on Woven by Words.

shopannies said...

this would be for my teenage daughter who loves to wear jewelry as well
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