Ginger 2018 // movita beaucoup

It’s time! Competitive gingering at its best/worst! If you would like to be a part of this absolutely horrendous annual online competition, read on. THERE WILL BE YELLING.

1. Create a gingerbread house zoned residential, agricultural and/or commercial. Yes, you can glue stuff on. Yes, you can use a kit. Yes, you can use inedible add-ons. No, I will not respond to emails requesting clarification. Figure it out, bozo.

2. Let’s face it, half of you will send in ginger horses, locomotives, and crime scenes. Those aren’t houses, but I don’t give a flying fart. I have more important things to worry about (my failing body, my failing mind). So go ahead, enter your ginger whatever.

3. Yes, you can enter the gingerbread house you made last year and neglected to enter in Ginger 2017. How the hell would I know? Honestly, I don’t know what you’re thinking sometimes.

4. Send a picture (two maximum) of your ginger thing by Wednesday, December 12, 2018, 11:59 pm AST. Early entries are very much appreciated. Entries should be emailed to Photos shouldn’t include humans because I don’t like people. Creative staging and lack lustre photography are encouraged. Late entries will not be accepted. (Get it together, people.) I generally send confirmation that I’ve received your entry within 24 hours.

5. Send TWO photos only. I’m not kidding. Don’t send me six and ask me to pick two. I WILL PICK ZERO and send your entry back to you. And don’t send me a photo you found online and then claim it as your own. Not cool, dude.

6. No photo collages. You aren’t fooling anyone – we all know it’s really six photos you submitted as one thanks to the magicians at

7. Send your name, email, and any other information you might want included with your entry. Personal information (email, last name, weight) will not be posted. Just your first name, photos, and the stupid stuff you tell me about your “creative process” (aka the inspiration you found at the bottom of a bottle).

8. Do not send me entries via Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, mental telepathy or any other stupid method you might be thinking about trying. EMAIL. Email only.

Ginger 2018 // movita beaucoup

9. I beg of you – tell me something, anything – about your ginger creation. I get that you are busy brushing your horses and counting your money stacks, but if you can’t be bothered to tell me a single thing about your ginger creation, I can’t be bothered to write something smart-assed about it. Do you see what is happening here? I DON’T LIKE IT WHEN MY VOICE SOUNDS LIKE THIS.

10. If you have a blog/website, please send a link. If you don’t include a link with your entry, I will assume you would prefer I don’t link to your blog. (Which, let’s face it, is a good idea because do you really want to be associated with “my brand?”)

11. Wait for your ginger thing to appear on (approximately December 18-20, 2018). I will make fun of it and/or you and/or your children. That’s how things work around here. Your entries will appear in groupings, organized by crappiness/awesomeness/theme. In other words, I’ll group them however I damn well please.

12. As always, there will be online polling. This is because online polling will ensure that most of you feel really crappy about yourselves. That’s what the internet was invented for. Online polling will take place December 18-21-ish, 2018. The (one) overall winner of online polling will receive the 2018 People’s Choice Prize. Just one person. You understand? ONE.

13. The 2018 Ginger Panel will determine the 1st and 2nd place winners.

14. Win bragging rights, the respect and admiration of many, and a crappy prize! (See below.) Winners will be announced on Saturday, December 22, 2018. Probably.

15. The other competitors/losers will get nothing. I don’t have sponsors, so you’ll just have to be okay with this. I will, of course, send you love which is worth, like, 4.7 million dollars.

My god, this is a terrible contest.

Ginger 2018 // movita beaucoup

This year’s prizes are modest, because I just spent $1000 CDN on my most recent ass injury. I’m giving you every cent I had planned to spend on Doritos this month, but don’t let that bother you. More importantly, this is a for-fun competition. (For you, not me.)

1st Place
(Determined by the 2018 Ginger Panel)

A $50.00 Amazon* gift card which you can spend on anything you darn well please, but if it were me? I’d start by adding this to my cart.

2nd Place
(Determined by the 2018 Ginger Panel)

A $40.00 Amazon* gift card which you can spend on anything you like, but I’d highly recommend including this.

2018 People’s Choice Prize
(Determined by the People of the Interwebs through online polling)

A $25.00 Amazon* gift card which you should spend on this and this.


*Amazon US or Canada, your choice.

* * *

Yes, the winner of the People’s Choice Prize might also win the 1st or 2nd place prize. Sometimes life isn’t fair, kiddo.

The competition starts NOW!


Entries in my competitions tend to be extremely varied in terms of theme and execution. The Ginger Panel (comprised of a bunch of people I like somewhat) will determine this year’s 1st and 2nd place winners. There is no specific criteria, and their decision is final. They might consider: skill level, techniques used/attempted, mediums incorporated, bribes, overall appearance, use of theme, or the clever stories you submit about your creative process. Of course, they might just pick an entry that makes them feel sorry for the sadsack that created it.

It is entirely possible that a little kid will beat a middle-aged ginger genius to claim one or more of this year’s titles. If there’s any part of you that feels uncomfortable with getting made fun of, being judged by a panel of strangers, or being defeated by a seven year-old, please do not enter this competition.

ginger // movita beaucoup

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  1. Lynne on November 15, 2018 at 10:52 pm

    Well, thank you. After reading your post (and clicking on the link), Amazon has some interesting book suggestions for me. Such as, “Bloop, Bloop Goes the Poop.”


    This is (almost) enough inspiration for me to enter a crappy entry to this year’s Ginger contest. I’ve been procrastinating ever since the first one…

    • movita beaucoup on November 16, 2018 at 7:38 am


  2. Liz on November 16, 2018 at 8:54 am

    My BIL is now getting Crap Taxidermy for Christmas! Can’t wait to see all the entries!!

  3. Stephbo on November 17, 2018 at 7:32 pm

    Thank you fur the fart book recommendation. I’ve always wanted to have the power to be able to fart on command!

    • movita beaucoup on November 18, 2018 at 8:36 am

      You’re welcome. Get good at it and you can add it to your resume.

  4. Christine "the awesome" Arab on November 19, 2018 at 9:29 am

    I love the recommended books. seriously. we are in what we can only hope is the “final stretch” re: trying to get the boy to finally poop in the potty. We recently purchased “Everyone Poops”, and then via Amazon, we purchased “How to poop everyday” (or similar). And I kid you not – the book is a poem about pooping, and the last stanza is “if this book was useful, go onto Amazon and give it a review, so it can help other people too…your mum or dad can help you do it.”

    Seriously. When did literature evolve to the point where you request good reviews in the story itself?
    PS. I WANT to be on the panel. I do NOT want to be called Sherry, however. I have limits.

    • movita beaucoup on November 22, 2018 at 8:33 am

      It’s SherrIE. Not SherrY.

      If you find this blog useful, please share it with your friends so it can help other people too. Your kid can help you do it.

  5. Mellissa on November 20, 2018 at 3:23 pm

    I wait for this crappy contest ALL. YEAR. LONG. True Story. My excitement can barely be contained, and I’m not even a contestant – just an avid fan of this pageant of ginger genius (and also the witty commentary.) Let the games begin, and may the odds be ever in your favor…

    • movita beaucoup on November 22, 2018 at 8:31 am

      I mean, it really IS the crappiest contest of them all!

  6. Ronda on December 10, 2018 at 3:20 pm

    Your recommendations for spending the GC’s…. just shaking my head, that’s all. It’s disturbing. 😀

    And when I clicked on the Ginspirational message, I just have to say that I was a little disappointed to find it about gingerbread. #standinghereholdingmytonic

    Always good to see you get in ginger mode, though–let the games begin!

    • movita beaucoup on December 11, 2018 at 6:14 am

      Ronda, I just assumed that this was clear, but perhaps not? You are never to read anything here without first consuming several gin and tonics. Like, five minimum.

  7. Journey journey on December 17, 2018 at 3:32 pm

    This is the coolest contest ever good luck everyone

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