Blogiversary Giveaway and Growing Up Gator

This month we’re celebrating Grow Gator’s one year anniversary! I can’t believe it’s been a year already! I’ve enjoyed getting to know some of you and sharing in the spirit and camaraderie that is Gator Nation. Thank you for following me and my family as we explore the orange and blue lifestyle as a family, and thank you for supporting the brands featured on this blog!

grow-up-gator-bookWhat better way to celebrate this blog about growing up in Gator Nation than with learning about this great book we discovered called, “When I Grow Up, I’ll Be a Gator.”

Written by Amy Hammond, a fellow UF J-school alum, former UF athlete and overall die-hard fan, the book takes your little Gator on a journey to what it’s like at UF from Growl and sports to around campus and Gator pride.

The book is sturdy and perfect for little hands and the colorful illustrations are eye-catching. What I like is that this book works for toddlers, but the illustrations are not babyish, so this book will grow alongside your child. I particularly like the illustration shout out to Weimer Hall (perfect for those who graduated from the Journalism school like me)!


And, if you happen to live in a House Divided… no worries! There are versions for USF Bulls and FSU Seminoles as well!

lily-when-i-grow-up-gatorHow to Order

Order your book now for the holidays at Mascot Books! Enter code “thanks” for 15% off the $14.95 retail price! Order by December 19 to get it in time for the holidays! Or, if you’d like your book dedicated and signed by the author, you can email amyz916 at yahoo dot com and she will do just that and ship to you as well ($20 for this option and PayPal accepted).


Grow Gators is giving away a “When I Grow Up, I’ll Be a Gator” book to one lucky reader! To enter, you have two options:

1. Leave a comment below on this blog post for an entry and/or:

2. Head to Facebook.You MUST be a fan of BOTH GrowGators and “When I Grow Up, I’ll Be a Gator” on Facebook. If you’re not, just click the links to be taken to the pages to LIKE them.

3. You must COMMENT on the Giveaway Photo on the Grow Gators Facebook Page that was posted on December 16 in order to enter the drawing! If you tag any of your Gator friends in your comment, each tag is worth another entry!

4. For another extra entry, SHARE the Giveaway Photo on your own Facebook page.

The GIVEAWAY ends Friday, 12/19 at 3 p.m.!

5 Comments on Blogiversary Giveaway and Growing Up Gator

  1. Shelley
    December 16, 2014 at 5:05 pm (9 years ago)

    Perfect for J school alums like me!!

  2. Amy Hammond
    December 17, 2014 at 11:49 am (9 years ago)

    So happy to share my book with more little Gators! I love! #GrowUpGator

  3. Layla Bowyer
    December 17, 2014 at 12:05 pm (9 years ago)

    I have a niece and nefew that would like to read the ” When I Grow up, I’ll be a Gator” or ” When I Grow up, I’ll be a Nole” books written by Amy Hammond.

  4. Kristin
    December 19, 2014 at 4:00 pm (9 years ago)

    Go Gators!!

  5. Gator Apparel
    June 21, 2015 at 11:45 pm (8 years ago)

    Oooh, this one if outstanding Miss Grow Gator, with your coloring, are you kidding? Thanks a lot…


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