Update on Teri Hardy, Fraudulent Blogger


We would like to thank everyone who has provided information on the prizes that they have not received from several of Teri Hardy’s blogs; namely – Motherhood Defined (formerly known as Mom to Bed by 8), The Iowa Mom, and Mom Powered Media. Here are the giveaway winners that reported their prize packages were never received and that Teri Hardy refused to respond to their repeated attempts to contact her about collecting their prizes.

We’ve created a Pinterest board where these giveaways are located. If you have information you would like to add to it as well – email me at LifeInAHouse@outlook.com for an invite.


Lyndsey won the #GobblingGiftCards Target Gift Card giveaway that ended 11/13/2014. She received email on 11/19/2014 indicating that she won the giveaway. Still has not received her gift card and has documentation of repeated attempts to contact Teri Hardy regarding the status.


Penni won the Celebrating Motherhood Giveaway grand prize worth over $900. She has received none of the prizes offered – not one – even though Teri Hardy emailed her and informed her she won. She has attempted to get in touch with Teri about this matter several times and she has failed to respond.

We would love to hear from the daily winners to confirm/deny that they received their prizes.


Lily won the KitchenAid Artisan Design Collection Stand Mixer Giveaway at a value of $429.99 which ended on 7/14/2014 and was hosted by Mom to Bed by 9 and Iowa Mom (both Teri Hardy blogs). After complaints of fraud, Teri changed the name of the giveaway to KitchenAid Artisan Design Collection Stand Mixer Giveaway #SummerDreams. Lily still has not received her mixer.

Lenova Yoga Tablet 10 HD+

Tara won the Top 5 Gifts for Teen Girls Lenova Yoga Tablet 10 Giveaway valued at $249. Never received it.


Tara won the Younique Moodstruck 3D Fiber Lashes Giveaway and never received that prize either valued at $29.

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Courtney won the Hatley’s Pajamas Giveaway hosted by Mom Powered Media in November 2014 for a pair of kid’s pajamas valued at $40. She’s never received the pajamas and the post has been removed from the MPM website.


Bonnie won the Happy Housewarming Must Have! Dyson DC23 TurbineHead Canister Vacuum Giveaway from Mom to Bed by 8 and Iowa Mom – both Teri Hardy blogs – and never received her vacuum. This giveaway was held in 2012. Long line of fraud if you ask this blogger.


Amanda won the Shopkins Playdate Prize Package Sweepstakes hosted by Mom to Bed by 8 and never received her prize package. She received notice of winning on 9/8/2014 and is still waiting for her package valued between $30 and $40. She also entered several other giveaways in prior years and never received her prizes.


Chrissy won a $250 Visa gift card from the #GiveBackOctober Twitter party that was held 10/27/2014 from 8PM to 9PM ET. She’s never received it.


Heather won the Giddy Up ‘n Go Pony Giveaway valued at $90. She never received the pony.


Amanda won this $100 Sweepstakes Fanatics Amazon Giveaway posted 12/1/2014. She never received her gift card and emails were never responded to after the initial “you’ve won” email.

Other Reported Fraudulent Behavior by Teri Hardy

Rude Mom / Cyndee Wells Auction

Elizabeth paid $200 for a 3 month “Mentor Me” Package that Teri Hardy offered in the Cyndee Wells auction. She never received the full mentor me package offered; instead Teri placed her on all giveaways. In addition, she purchased a MPM2015 conference ticket that has not been refunded either.

Sharon offered 3 Thirty-One bags for the Cyndee Wells (Rude Mom) auction. She never received the winners information although there were bids on all 4 of the bags.

Autumn won the Sponge Bob Squarepants “You’re Fired” DVD ($7) in the Rude Mom/Cyndee Wells Auction and never received it.

Renee offered a few Nook Simple Touch tablets ( brand new and unopened ) to help raise money. She does not remember who won the actual auctions by knows the winners never received the Nooks.

Mom Powered Media #MPM2015 Conference

Maureen was an ambassador for the MPM2015 conference and purchased a ticket for the conference at $150. She’s requested a refund twice and has still not received it.

Bloggers Employed by Mom Powered Media

Patti is out $500. She was employed by Teri to write for Mom to Bed by 8. She wrote several posts and was never compensated for the posts as agreed. Teri changed the author name on the posts to her own and has refused to take them off the website after repeated attempts to contact her have been ignored. Patti also won a Hello Kitty silver necklace in the Cyndee Wells auction but was told the person who offered the necklace did not ship to Canada. So Teri later told Patti that she would have the necklace shipped to her directly and she would then ship it to Patti herself. It was never mailed.

Sharon won a position working with MPM in the Rude Mom / Cyndee Wells Auction. She also won 20 round up posts. She has not been paid the employment wages due to her in the $1,500 to $2,000 range.

You can read additional information regarding the fraudulent activities of Teri Hardy on our original post here.

To the businesses, brands, social media networks, etc. that are still affiliated with any of Teri Hardy’s websites and social media accounts – we urge you to disassociate yourselves. You still have time to save your relationship with other bloggers who are leaving behind anyone still supporting and/or doing business with her.

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  1. Has anything been resolved with her? She has, if I am correct, 2 new(er) blogs started…

  2. Thank-you for this update. I had been entering her giveaways for awhile but, as of your last post & some research on my own, I’m not following any of her blogs anymore. Although, I didn’t know that Sweepstakes Fanatics was a part of this too. I guess I’ll have to keep a look out for Mom Powered Media. I do know that many of the bloggers that used to be a part of her giveaways no longer associate and are doing their own. Wow, this is just so terrible that she took advantage of so many innocent people. 🙁

  3. Wow.. I didnt know she was shady. Thanks, I enter a LOT of blogger contests & the bad apples need to be outed & stopped from doing them.

  4. Can no one bring charges against this person? This adds up to quite a bit of money. And what about the sponsors? They have not brought legal action either? Little Tikes is not a small company, they haven’t done anything about this? It just sounds strange to me that nothing has been done.

    • She is currently under investigation Fee. Little Tikes has been absolutely amazing and stepped up and made sure that the most recent winner received her prize. As for the other giveaways – there are some where she offered a prize that was never cleared with the company, that they never agreed to provide. 🙁

      • I started entering giveaways about 3 or 4 years ago. I had to follow her for a giveaway entry, and have been following ever since. It seems she has been in with these particular bloggers since I started entering giveaways. Should I not follow her anymore, or the other bloggers. Do you think they are scammers too, or do you think they’re clueless?

        • No Fee … I’m sure that the other bloggers either (a) are unaware of what is going on or (b) are waiting until their current events listed with her are finished to disassociate with her. There are, unfortunately, those that think what she is doing is not wrong or they are giving her the benefit of the doubt when she tells them whatever excuses she concocts. I cannot tell you what to do, but if it were me – personally – I would not waste my time on any of her giveaways that she hosts or runs on any of her websites. The amount of time that goes into entering some giveaways – especially those with daily options – just isn’t worth it when you stand a 50/50 chance of NOT receiving the giveaway prize even if you do win.
          Look at the MPM 2015 Giveaway that she ran from 4/3 to 7/3. The giveaway has been over for almost a month now – and STILL no winners have been reported (http://mompoweredmedia.com/mpm-2015-2500-sweepstakes/). There was supposed to be one grand prize winner who would win $2500 and 13 weekly winners. Nobody has been notified (we’ve asked) and nothing has been reported on the post yet. That’s one giveaway event that a LOT of people helped to promote – paid to have their links included on the giveaway widget – and a LOT of people entered because let’s face it – who couldn’t use an extra $2,500 especially with last minute summer vacations and school shopping?

  5. My question is, what are the laws for this type of thing? With all this evidence and people willing to be witnesses to the fraud she’s committed, could the police not be involved with this?

    • They are Amanda. She is under investigation by the Attorney General’s office in Iowa, where she lives. My service is simply to warn other bloggers and sweepstakes entrants not to fall victim while the investigation is ongoing.

  6. There’s nothing illegal about re-posting information, especially if it’s public record. Given the massive amount of wrongdoing this blogger has engaged in, I find it more than appropriate for all of the information to be posted and brought to the attention of people who would otherwise be unsuspecting. This is not simply a case of a few missing sweeps items, this is a giant, fraudulent ring of activity, that according to PUBLIC record has occurred before, and sadly now involves not only a deceased blogger but her child as well. In addition, Kim IS taking the appropriate steps and HAS asked others to do so as well. In her own words on the original Scam post, “My next course of action is to file an internet fraud complaint with the FBI, which I suggest all of you who have been taken advantage of do as well. You can find that here.”

  7. Wow! This is so unbelievable! I Follow most of those blogs by her (make that past tense) and have entered a ton of her giveaways! Does anyone know if she was hosting a giveaway around Christmas time for a Frozen Snow Glow Elsa Doll? I have won a lot of giveaways and sweeps and have received all of my winnings (from various bloggers not her) or at least I think I have. At Christmas time I entered for a Frozen Snow Glow Elsa Doll, entered everyday and completed all the tasks and when I went back to check the winner, winner was Lisa K. I scrolled the list of comments and there was no other Lisa K. I was curious if it was her giveaway now? I just assumed that maybe it possibly could have been another Lisa K, but now I wonder? My Daughter wanted one, I ended up buying one anyway. I removed the giveaway from my bookmarks list, so I’m not sure who that giveaway was from. I think it was in November of 2014 or early Dec. Maybe some of you know and can check into it. Not for the doll but as another fraud to tack onto her list. I’m glad I have won and received prizes from other great and honest bloggers as to not let this fraud discourage me and I hope it has not discouraged others. I hope none of her winners gave her personal info. My mind is blown!

  8. As a legal student I would advise against making postings about anyone online unless you are willing to file suit against them yourself in your respective states civil cyber crimes division, file with your BBB, or to simply report her to her corporate sponsors. Just as you are shocked by this persons alleged behavior, this person could also insinuate that another person posting about them is equally defaming, slanderous, and in many states you could equally be charges with cyber stalking. While this person seems to have a slew of offenses committed against others, it seems obsessive to contact their family and post about them on social media. I would also like to add that families often add colorful details in reporting of other family members they may be on the outs with, and even if something is public record, it may not be anyone else’s place to speak on such details. While I empathize with you and others, I have also filled out sweepstakes online, many have gone unfulfilled. Honestly, in the end are you not merely out a few minutes of time, and any entries could easily be remedied by simply un-following this persons social media pages. There is a fine line between public service and obsessive, vengeful behavior.

    • While you may be a legal student @misslaughslot:disqus, I’ve worked as a paralegal for over 18 years. All of the information shared on this blog and via social media is factual, firsthand accountings from the individuals themselves. I have provided a place for them to share their stories because in the past, they have been threatened and bullied that if they said a word to anyone they would never be able to (insert threats made here – be it blog, work with a company, enter sweepstakes, be blacklisted, etc.) again.

      I could care less what this individual does on her blog or social media sites. However, when individuals come to me and ask for help, I will help them. If that means sharing about a giveaway that someone held that was not fulfilled, or sharing another person’s story – so be it. Public record is just that. It is public, and available for anyone to see, comment, and report on.

      In addition, a lot of the sweepstakes and giveaway entrants that I have talked to feel the same way – you spent a bit of time entering, doing the required tasks each day, Most of them have not pursued the missing giveaways prior to this because they did not know they could. In addition – when you offer someone a $2,500 grand prize and then fail to make good on it – they have every right to be angry and upset. Those individuals who won prizes that were high dollar items should be vindicated. That is blatant out and out fraud.

      I have control over my blog and my social media sites. What I post on any of them I take ownership of. Just as I share stories from our local and national news wires, I will also share stories from other bloggers. There is no law that states you cannot share something on the Internet that is factual.

    • Oh @misslaughslot:disqus – I wanted to clarify something that you posted – “It seems obsessive to contact their family and post about them on social media. I would also like to add that families often add colorful details in reporting of other family members they may be on the outs with…” I haven’t spoken to any member of her (Teri’s) family. I’ve spoken with the family of Cyndee Wells who confirmed they haven’t received the funds from the auction. Just wanted to clear that fact up for you.

  9. Hi Kim! Thanks for bringing this to our attention! I am a victim of one of Motherhood Defined fraudulent giveaways. I supposedly won an Amazon
    Fire HD 6 Giveaway but have never received it. She doesn’t respond to any of my emails, either! C’est la vie…I’ts heartening to know that the vast majority of Bloggers, like yourself, are honest! She’s just a bad apple! I do hope that she hasn’t passed away…I did read that in a comment below. Thanks again 🙂

  10. Thanks for the info. I unsubscribed from her blogs. Its just sick to call yourself a mom blogger and treat other parents like this.

  11. I’ve been wondering about this case. Still infuriates me for her to be continuing her blogging knowing what a fraud she is!

  12. I won a coffee pot as well as a set of large building blocks for kids (for building forts and the sort), never received either.
    I’m positive the blocks were her, not sure about the coffee pot.
    This was 2 or 3 years ago.

    • Oh my goodness no @marilynlesniak:disqus! Denver, Cyndee’s son (aka Rude Mom), was supposed to receive the proceeds from the auction that Teri organized. From all factual accounts from the auction participants themselves – over $9,000 was raised. In speaking with Denver’s family members, we learned that not only have they not received the funds from the auction, but that Teri refused to respond to their inquiries and ignored them. Unfortunately, Denver is now away from his family as well since they were unable to continue the in-home care that he required.

  13. Such a shame! I follow this fraudulent blogger. I guess I should feel lucky that I never won any of her giveaways. It’s better not to win than to never receive a prize. I will no longer be following this blogger and her various blogs.

    Thanks for the heads up 🙂

    • Me too, I am deleting her from my lists. All the wasted time…… I imagine she will just reinvent herself again and again.

  14. I definitely know of at least 1 other blogger that scams people, or at the very least scammed me. I guess this is just another blogger I have to stay away from. People like this make life miserable and fun things like giveaways not so fun. 🙁

  15. She is not the only one, there are a couple of others. I understand when the sponsor does not fulfill their obligations but let me know. I have one that I won and responded in a timely manner. Prize did not arrive so I e-mailed and heard crickets!

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