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Red Mitten Contest!!

Posted on 24 February 2010 by Stefanie

I was so excited because this year my Exclusive Mastermind Group – the Business Olympians received a special gift from me.  I sent each one a pair of the HOTTEST and most coveted Olympic souvenir – the famous red mittens.  It was all over the news that people were lining up at stores around Vancouver, Canada for hours and hours and there were NO MITTENS to be found.

Luckily I have a connection at the Hudson Bay and imported directed mittens for my special group.

Then – I watched Oprah and the Today Show she was wearing the mittens and her audience went NUTS when she revealed she asked Hudsons’ Bay to send her mittens.  Ok, so she copied me.  LOL.

BUT you saw it here first!  Ha Ha!

So I have 1 special pair left!!!!!

If you would like it – write a comment below and we will choose a winner & ship it to you – remember to add in your email address so we can contact you!!

These will be a FABULOUS souvenir for you and by the way – now there is security round the store, a 4 mitten minimum per person AND a 4 Hour line –up wait.

So exciting!!!!

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Red Mitten Contest!!

20 Comments For This Post

  1. Jennie Sandberg Says:

    I don’t even know what these mittens are but you write about them so compellingly that now I want a pair! :> Thank you for sharing your Olympic visit with all of us!

  2. JoAnn Moore Says:

    What a great story! I love mittens and my favorite color of winter hat, scarf and glove or mitten set is red; goes well with the colors of winter coats.

  3. Pamela Lewis Says:

    Looks and sounds like you are having a WONDERFUL time at the games. These mittens sound fab and would work in chilly Cleveland. Did Oprah offer them to the audience?

  4. Crystal Burkholder Says:

    I heard the only mittens left were childrens sizes. Does that mean if I have small hands they’ll fit?
    Support the Olympics and buy anyway. Go teams Canada!!!

  5. Julie Genovese Says:

    Stefanie, I would ADORE a pair of those flaming red Olympic maple mitties!!!!!!!! My family and I have been vacationing at a small cottage in Ontario EVERY summer since I was a baby. It was a big car trip from NJ every year with 6 kids but we love love loved it. I now bring my own family to the same cottage because it has those magical memories of family and love plus the peaceful beauty of Silver Bay, Ontario. So I have such a HUGE soft spot in my heart for anything CANADA. I know it’s a vast country but just the name makes me smile because we are old tried-and-true friends. And now She is host to the amazing OLYMPICS!!! How long can I write here?? Being able to share in the courage, talent & spirit of these athletes, well, I just watch the TV with tears of joy. And I love knowing that I am linked to millions doing the very same thing. We are one! Thanks Stefanie xo Julie

  6. Stacey Mayo Says:

    I was deleting emails but had to open yours because of the subject line. I saw the Oprah show and immediately knew you were talking about those coveted mittens. Way to go. I always like to know when my subject lines work so I thought I would give you that feedback.

    Of course, I would love a pair of those mittens.


  7. Barbara J. Semple Says:

    Hi Stefanie.
    Thanks for making the Olympics so much more thrilling with your comments. It’s very fun for me to be so close to an inside scoop. And it’s exciting to know you are having such a great time. You deserve this enjoyment.
    Red is my all time favorite color. So the Red Mittens would go great with my entire wardrobe.
    All the best to you always,

  8. Claudette Bouchard Says:

    I’ve been attending the Olympics and feel underdressed as I missed getting the Olympic mittens. I would love to be able to cheer with the others and wave my hands in joy proudly wearing the red mittens.

  9. Kat Altine Says:

    You are such an inspiration to women entrepreneurs and business owners. Thank you for all that you do! I love Canada…Vancouver is my favorite city having been there many times…loving the Olympics being in Canada. I hope the Ice Skater from Canada wins a medal tonight. She had such a moving, emotional skate in honor of her mother who died. I’m really rooting for her. I would love to win the mittens….I try to get something from each Olympics that really inspires me.
    Have a great day~

    TaniaH Reply:

    Hi Kat! Thanks so much for your comment, it really touched us and I’m sure everyone who read it. You are the winner please send you mailing address to and I will send you your gift!

  10. Jill, The Veggie Queen Says:

    I have only been to Canada a few times so don’t have the same soft spot as Julie but I love mittens of any kind, especially red ones. I walk my dog each morning in my red and white snowflake mittens and they are starting to get worn out which is why I’d love to win your remaining pair of red mittens.

    I just love that Oprah copied you. Gee, I wonder how I could get her to do that with me and my eating — she’d probably really benefit but that’s another story.

  11. Dr. Judith Wilcox Says:

    What a great gift! I have been glued to the t.v. each night watching the Olympics and loving every minute of the games. My favorite moment so far was watching the Canadian and American ice dancers take the gold and silver medals in ice dancing. These four skaters are the epitomy of the friendly rivalry between Canada and the U.S. They are a model of sportmanship and the Olympic spirit! Now on to the women’s hockey game at 6:30 p.m. EST tonight, and the women’s free style skating. I will be shuttling back and forth between NBC and MSNBC watching both with avid interest. I wish I could be up there in Vancouver watching everything live and visiting your beautiful city…and meeting with you and Tania for lunch or dinner! Oh…I just loved your pictures of the opening ceremonies! I had to miss them, so your photos and comments were much appreciated. Thanks for them and for everything else you do.

  12. Sahana Says:

    Fashion with Red Mittens

    Beautiful city Vancouver, have never been
    World wonder games Olympics, have not seen

    Having rain pour down, your (Stefanie) fashion being talk of the town
    Your Olympics passion is like holding a torch and passing us down, all you needed was a missing crown

    Nit into a tightly fit red hot bunny gown
    With the outfit you didn’t look like a clown nor freezed down

    My gloves are lost taken away by the laundry ghost, more than ever need the mittens forever
    To expose the ghost hiding under my nose, however got to be clever if not now I will never

    In north east we are hit with worst storm one after other that I started to quiver
    At the very least want to go out and play, with red mittens I’ll never shiver

    Seeing mittens is like me watching shooting star jumping up and down
    Wearing one you looked like an evening star in a dinner gown

    You Canadian kittens (female athletes) without a sound are sharing many crowns
    For me wearing red mittens in a warren town is like having an Olympic Triple Crown!!!

    Hope I did not let you down
    Let me know I will step down!!!!


    (Oooowwsssss…hhh done with it for now;
    What you don’t know is I just have begun
    On my first poetry none poke fun
    It sure will be number one in a long run
    Oh loved ones writing one was just fun!!!)

  13. Janet Smith Says:

    I, like many of your fans LOVE all things Canadian! I think it began when I visited my first official Yoga Ashram, back in 1970 in the Laurentian Mountains. I will never forget the sweet smell of that pure mountain air! I have never experienced anything like it, since, even in other beautiful mountains. But even better were the people! My husband at the time was a “longhair” and the acceptance we felt when we crossed from Michigan into Canada was absolutely amazing! I have since made many, many friends who are from Canada and they are the BEST! All of them! Then when I saw Michael Moore’s movie which depicted the difference between Detroit and Windsor (where people left their doors unlocked) I realized that Canada really has the mentality that I admire more than I can every explain. The red gloves would be my constant reminder of my Warm feelings for Canada, it’s beauty and it’s people.

  14. TH Says:

    This says it so well – From Vancouver, Canada. XXX
    by Dee Dhaliwal

    We never claimed to be perfect
    That means we’ve learned to be humble
    We say excuse me and I’m sorry…as well as please and thanks
    Even when its not our fault we apologize

    Sure one arm of the torch didn’t rise,
    But when the earthquake struck Haiti, Canadians raised their hands to say…”we’ll help”

    And yah, there is a fence around the torch
    But you can walk right up and shake hands with our prime minister and most famous Canadians

    We put Gretzky in the back of a pick up, in the rain, not surrounded by police…and he was okay
    And by the way… The great one is Canadian…and HE wasn’t complaining!

    We do have security at the games, of course, but most people don’t even have a gun they have to leave at home

    The medals ARE under lock and key but our doors and our hearts are open to the world

    It has been pointed out that some buses broke down last week….but let’s not overlook the fact that our banking system didn’t

    We didn’t get the “green ice maker” right this time….but we will, eventually

    Just like we did when we invented the zamboni

    Citius altius fortius

    If you don’t reach higher how do you get faster and stronger

    Was the first quad jump perfect?
    Should we not have given snowboarding to the world “in case” it didn’t take off?

    So big deal…one out of four torch arms didn’t rise. Good thing we had 3 more! It’s called contingency planning!

    But remember…the Canada-arm works every time…in outerspace….and insulin turned out to be okay

    We couldn’t change the weather but maybe we can help stop to global warming

    We don’t have the tax base of the US or the power of the Chinese but, per capita, we ponied up for some pretty kick-ass venues in the worst global recession ever

    Sure, some folks couldn’t afford tickets but our health care is universal

    We have shown the world that we can raise our voices in celebration and song but moments later stand in silence to respect a tragic event…together..spontaneously…and unrehearsed.

    What’s more, we don’t need permission from anyone to have a slam poet, fiddlers with piercings and a lesbian singer tell our story to the world, while our multilingual female haitian- born,( black) head of state shares a box with her first nations equals

    We’ve shown the world that it doesn’t always rain in Vancouver, that you can strive for excellence but not get hung up on perfection
    And we’ve learned what it feels like to be picked on by some no name newspaper guy and we don’t have to take it lying down!

    So the point is not the snow, or the hydraulics or a couple guys being 5 minutes late to a ceremony

    We know we’re lucky that these are the biggest problems we had to deal with in the last couple weeks.

    So take your cheap shots….Guardian newspaper and cynics of the world

    We’re bigger and better than that.

    What’s more we’re finally starting to believe it!

    Do you believe?

  15. Debbie Says:

    Ok, I am a Business Olympian and have a pair of those special mittens.

    Thank you Stefanie!

    So, Julie can I go to the cottage with you? :-) It sounds lovely.

  16. Angela Says:

    Dear Stefanie,

    How excited I was to read about your Red Mittens contest! From the beginning of the Olympics it was my dream to own a pair of those cute little mittens, and although the odds of me acquiring them via normal means were slim, I kept my dream and continued to envision them on my hands.

    Stefanie, it is a great feeling being on the receiving end of a gift, but I also believe, that we should be givers of our own time and talents, and therefore if I were the fortunate person to win your contest, I’d like to pledge to you today to utilize my talent of knitting to make 10 scarves, each one red with red and white fringes, and within 2 weeks have them ready and delivered to a children’s charity of your choosing.

    Let’s pay it forward :)

    Thank you, and wishing you much success in all your endeavors!


    TaniaH Reply:

    Hi Angela! Thanks so much for your comment, We love your idea of paying it forward and any sick chilren’s hospital is a great place to enjoy your scarves. You are the winner please send you mailing address to and I will send you your gift!

  17. @CoachLaura Says:

    I did see your red mittens note before I got to see Oprah announce that she got hers from your source ;-)

    Stefanie, you’re a trend setter with a big heart. I always learn from you. Thanks for your wisdom, intelligence and generosity.

    I look forward to being a resource to you as well.

    Great idea to host a contest to give them away.

    Stefanie, You rock.

  18. Hannele Rinta-Tuuri Says:

    Dear Stefanie

    Thank you for the great pictures from the Olympics. It feels so real that you could even touch the spirit of the games.
    The Red mittens reminds me my Aunt who has knitting me several mittens in
    different colors. They came handy because it was cold in Finland and also in Connecticut:)
    You will have wonderful stories to share and new friendships made:)
    Enjoy the rest of the games.

  19. Julie Genovese Says:

    Debbie, you are welcome at the Silver Bay cottage anytime :) It is glorious! xo Julie

  20. Lola Says:

    This would be so awesome!!!! I love Canada simply because my bf is Canadian. He’s taught me some sensible things about the “truth about America’s neighbor to the North”. So far, he’s been convincing me to live there after we finish college. We’ll see…although I’d move just for him :)

    Anyways back to the mittens! They are so cherry red I love them! They look super thick and warm too. Mmm sounds fabulous :D DDD

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