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Arden's Day Blog

Arden's Day is a type I diabetes care giver blog written by author Scott Benner. Scott has been a stay-at-home dad since 2000, he is the author of the award winning parenting memoir, 'Life Is Short, Laundry Is Eternal'. Arden's Day is an honest and transparent look at life with diabetes - since 2007.

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Lilly/Disney Books & Backpack Giveaway Winners Announcement

Scott Benner

I'm knocking down two birds with one microphone this morning. 

It was time for another microphone test for my upcoming podcast and also time to announce the winners of the Lilly Diabetes and Disney books giveaway. I took the opportunity and choose the winners during the mic test. All you have to do is click play on the audio player below to find out if you won - good luck!

Winners will be receiving an email from me very soon. I want to say congratulations to those who were picked at random and thank those who participated and weren't chosen. Thank you!

Now THIS is a Giveaway!

Scott Benner

Lilly Diabetes reached out to see if I'd be interested in giving away twelve L.L. Bean backpacks full of their diabetes themed books to my readers – I was all like, "ah, yea!".

There are a number of ways to enter using the widget below. Some options are "worth" more entries than others and some are even eligible to be completed daily (like tweets). The more entries you have when the winners are chosen, the better your odds of winning. Here's a look at what you are trying to win...

Disney Books: Tween novels - Superstar Dreams - ESPN: Covering the Bases - ESPN: Power Forward - ESPN: Up for the Challenge - ESPN: Running Interference - Hannah Montana: Uptight (Oliver’s All Right)

Coco Books: Coco’s First Sleepover - Coco Goes Back to School - Coco & Goofy’s Goofy day 

Disney Cookbook Disney Holiday magazine - Disney/Lilly Postcard

PLUS the L.L. Bean backpack

Get much more information about the books here...

Get much more information about the books here...

Small print: I am sorry to all of my Canadian readers but for this one it's US residents only, 18 years or older. One prize per person. Twelve winners will be chosen by random (Rafflecopter app). In the past I have attended blogger events hosted by Lilly, my travel, lodging and meals were covered by the company. I have also been a spokesperson for Lilly in the past, when I gave interviews about my tips for sleepovers for children with diabetes. No purchase is necessary to enter. No personal information is being collected by Lilly or Arden's Day. Prizes have no cash value.

More info on my blogging morals are available at my disclaimer/disclosure.

Good luck!

Scott on Disney's Spoonful

Scott Benner

I hear from mothers a lot about a perceived lack of engagement with diabetes from their husbands...


so when Disney asked me to write about being the father of a child with type I diabetes... I used the opportunity to explore that issue in a way that I thought you guys would appreciate and benefit from - sorry you have to click to another site for this article, but unlike the deals I've been able to make with my other freelance work, I can't repost this one on Arden's Day. 


I do think that you'll find it a worthwhile read and the site doesn't have ads or try to sell you anything (though your brain will read the post in Donald Duck's voice). Spoonful is a Disney/Lilly Diabetes initiative and they do a great job of offering content that I think you may enjoy and find useful - I tried to add to that tradition with 'Dads and Diabetes'. I sincerely hope that you like the piece and that it sheds some light on why your spouse may not be as involved with your child's type I caregiving in the way that you want.

For transparency: I was compensated, with a standard fee, for the article. 

Don't miss our Blue Diabetes Circle Shoelace giveaway.



Oh Lilly: Coco, Sleepovers and Me

Scott Benner

Remember back in August when I gave away ten copies of 'Coco's First Sleepover' and I told you that sometime way in the future, I'd be participating in a Lilly Diabetes press junket to talk about sleepovers and diabetes? Well, time sure does fly because I'll be leaving Monday for The Big Apple, Metropolis, site of the 1964 World's Fair, the city that never sleeps... if I can make it there... Okay, you get it, I'm going to New York City.

On Tuesday, September 24th I'll be participating in a satellite media tour for Lilly Diabetes. I arrive early in the morning armed with only my knowledge of being the parent of a child with type I diabetes and my urbane wit. Throughout the day I, along with Amy Hess Fischl, M.S., R.D., L.D.N., BC-ADM, C.D.E., will answer questions as they are asked by the following media outlets. List subject to change.


WNEM/Flint-Saginaw, MI
WBTV/Charlotte, NC
WTVG/Toledo, OH
KHQA/Quincy-Hannibal, MA
WSAW/Wausau-Rhinelander, WI
KAZT/Phoenix, AZ
WDTV/Clarksburg-Weston, WV
WGGE/Springfield-Holyoke, MA
WDIS/Boston, MA
Main Street Radio
WCBC-AM/FM/Washington, DC
WFMY/Greensboro-High Point, NC
KLTF-AM/Minneapolis, MN
KXFN-AM/St. Louis, MO
WIBC-FM/Indianapolis, IN 
KOGA-AM/Denver, CO
WXGM-FM/Norfolk-Portsmouth, NH
WARM-AM/Wilkes Barre-Scranton, PA
WYYZ-AM/Atlanta, GA
WCAP-AM/Boston, MA
I'm excited to be helping Lilly and Disney to get the word out about their diabetes themed children's books and grateful that they thought of me when the opportunity arose. All that's left is to find out if I fit into the jacket that I wore on Katie Couric.

Lilly will provide transportation to and from New York (car ride), a stipend for expenses and one nights lodging. The Coco books are free through your Endocrinologist, just ask your doc for a copy (they can get them through their Lilly sales rep).