Feb 242012

In September last year I wrote about the movie The Help, and how keen I was to go and see it at the movies. I am sure you can guess that that didn’t happen, it takes quite some preparation to go out without kids and before we knew it the movie was not being played anymore. For months I have been hanging out for the DVD release and last night I finally got to watch this inspirational story, it was even better than I expected and I loved it. I thoroughly enjoyed it from start to finish and would highly recommend it to others.

Based in a Mississippi town in the 1960’s aspiring journalist Skeeter (Emma Stone) lands her first job at the local newspaper, answering the every day cleaning questions of female readers in the Miss Myrna column. Just like many American families those days Skeeter grew up with a help so cleaning is not something she is familiar with, which is why she turn to her friend’s house maid Aibileen (Viola Davis) for advice.

We all know there was a time when skin colour determined the way people were treated and what their job was but do we REALLY know what it was like? Skeeter is determined to find out and to tell the world what really goes on behind the doors of ordinary American family homes. At first Aibileen is not so sure and scared of getting into trouble, but soon she decides that their side of the story is worth telling (provided she can stay anonymous).

Before long Minny (Octavia Spencer), another help and friend, joins in to share her experiences. Sometimes they are funny, other times they are sad, sometimes heartwarming and sometimes heartbreaking. Skeeter’s friends are not so happy about her growing friendship with what they consider lower class, they are not ready or willing to accept that times are changing. When Skeeter’s book ‘The Help’ is finally released it becomes a huge hit, everyone is reading it until they realise the stories are a lot less funny when it is your household they are writing about!

This movie will definitely leave you hungry as Minny makes the most delicious food. Everyone loves Minny’s pie, well, not everyone… You have to watch the movie to get that one! Don’t worry, there is nothing secret about this The Help style recipe for yummy Cheesecake Pecan Pie.
1 (15 oz) pkg refrigerated piecrusts
1 (8 oz) pkg cream cheese
4 large eggs, divided
¾ cup sugar, divided
2 tsp vanilla, divided
¼ tsp salt
1 cup chopped pecans
1 cup light corn syrup
1. Unfold and stack 2 piecrusts together. Gently roll or press together and fit into a 9-inch pie plate according to directions; fold edges under and crimp.
2. Beat cream cheese, 1 egg, ½ cup sugar, 1 tsp vanilla and salt at medium speed with a mixer until smooth.
3. Pour into piecrust and sprinkle with pecans.
4. Stir together corn syrup, 3 eggs, remaining ¼ cup sugar, and remaining 1 tsp vanilla and pour mixture over pecans.
5. Bake at 180°C for 50-55 minutes until set.

The Help is now available on Blu-ray and DVD at major retailers across Australia.

For your chance to win a copy of The Help on Blu-ray simply answer the following question: What would be your cleaning question for the Miss Myrna column?

Submit your answer by leaving a comment below, your email address will not be published.

If you really want to win you can earn up to ten additional entries, please leave separate comments for each entry:

Competition ends March 24, 2012. Sorry, Australian entries only.

  111 Responses to “The Help giveaway”

  1. I would love to know how to get your washing machine to smell nice without damaging it or having to move it.

  2. I am already a subscriber to the email newsletter

  3. have liked the help AU/NZ on fb

  4. I would like to know the best way to use non chemical cleaning products and still get a brilliant clean

  5. I would like to know iff there is a cleaning product that can be used to reverse the color of ones skin.

    I am subscribed to your newsletter

  6. I’d ask what will take the yellowing off the door of my fridge where it’s become discoloured after years of use. Cleaning products aren’t working.

  7. I’ve liked The Help fb page, subscribed to the weekly email, and subscribed via RSS. Not sure if one is supposed to make separate comments??

    PS: I loved the book (have you read it?) and look forward to seeing the film.

  8. Dear Miss Myrna
    After making my husbands favorite Cheesecake Pecan Pie I am at my wits end trying to remove corn syrup from my favorite starched aprons. I would greatly appreciate any assistance you can offer to remove these offending stains.
    Yours, in great regard
    Miss Louise

    I have liked The Help Australia & New Zealand on FB, already subsribe to weekly sales email and have shared The Hip Little One Help giveaway on FB.


  9. Id have to ask Miss Myrna how can i make cleaning products at home using stuff from my house!!

  10. I have liked The Help AU & NZ page on facebook

  11. I am already a subscriber to the Sales, Savings & Giveaways email

  12. Im already subscribed via RSS

  13. I follow your blog

  14. I have tweeted about the giveaway

  15. I have shared on facebook 🙂

  16. I love the Shop for tots page <3

  17. I would ask her what the best way to is to remove paint and texta from kids clothes. No matter what I try there is always a stain.

    I’ve subscribed via RSS.

  18. Watched this just the other night, loved it! My question would be, how do you get sweat stains out of white tshirts (bleugh I know lol) but I really need to know!

  19. Liked the movie on FB

  20. Already subscribe to your email

  21. Already subscribe via RSS

  22. Following HLO on NB

  23. I would ask “how do I get food stains out of baby clothes?” since DS started solids, he has been steadily destroying each and every item of clothing he owns…

  24. My question for the Miss Myrna column?

    How can i remove a tomato stain from a white lambswool sweater?

  25. LIked The Help Australia & New Zealand

  26. Subscriber to Sales, Savings & Giveaways email

  27. Great giveaway 🙂 I haven’t got any chance to go to movies:) Following Hip Little One on Twitter

  28. Dear miss Myrna,

    how do I remove bubble gum from carpet?


  29. Like The Help Australia & New Zealand on Facebook

  30. Subscribe to the weekly Sales, Savings & Giveaways email

  31. Subscribe to Hip little one via RSS

  32. Follow Hip little one with Networked Blogs

  33. I would like to know how to remove permanent marker off a laminate bench top……I have tried all commercial cleaners, bi-car with vinegar and a gentle rub with a toothbrush & it still stays put.

  34. I would like to know how to remove permanent marker off a laminate bench top……I have tried all commercial cleaners, bi-carb with vinegar and a gentle rub with a toothbrush & it still stays put.

  35. How do I remove ink from pure white wool carpet? My nephew spilled black Indian ink on our carpet.

  36. How to remove biro from walls, furniture, etc. I feel I have tried everything and still haven’t found something that works!

  37. I have liked The Help Australia & New Zealand on Facebook.

  38. I have subscribed to the weekly Sales, Savings & Giveaways email.

  39. I have subscribed to Hip little one via RSS.

  40. How do I get rid of sticky residue from the inside of a shoe.

  41. I don’t have a question, I just have a girl crush on Emma Stone and really want to win this DVD movie.

  42. Receive emails

  43. What is the easiest and quickest way to clean venetian blinds?

  44. I subscribe to the weekly Sales, Savings & Giveaways email.

  45. I subscribe to Hip little one via RSS.

  46. I would ask ‘what is the best way to remove spaghetti sauce stains from clothes?’

  47. Already subscribe to Sales, Savings & Giveaways email

  48. Love the Chalkboard Apple Wall Sticker from Bright Star Kids

  49. Adore the Lelby’s Bean Chairs – Spring Posies from Avidiva

  50. Oh my absolutely love the A4 Li’l Davinci Art Cabinet from Art Eater

  51. My little Super Girl would love the Masked Tshirt (Mini and Maximus) at Nelly Jean

  52. whats the safest way to clean a stained bird cage.

  53. Howdy Miss Myrna, how does one remove an oil stain from her favourite cotton top? Much obliged.

  54. What is a good trick to clean a swede couch?? I have tried professional products and home remedies and nothing seems to be working for me, I am in desperate need of Help!!

  55. How to keep my ageing wooden floors looking gorgeous.

  56. I like Help Aus and NZ on FB

  57. I follow Hip Hop One on RSS

  58. I like sales, savings and giveaways via email

  59. FB Fan

  60. Subscribed!!

  61. How do I keep my wooden tables retaining their shine?

  62. Hi there Simone!
    I already follow you here and on twitter, I’m babycakequeen

    My question is:
    How do I kill all the cockroaches and ants that seem to only visit me when people come over? 😀

    Have a great week
    Amanda xoxoxo

  63. An aunt gave me a lot of linen still in it’s original packaging but the sticky tape has disintegrated leaving horrible yellow brown marks on the linen. How can I get rid of it.?

  64. Subscribe to newsletter

  65. My cleaning question for the Miss Myrna column would be what is the best way to get an old shower screen sparkling clean?

  66. I like The Help Australia & New Zealand on Facebook

  67. I subscribe to the weekly Sales, Savings & Giveaways email

  68. I subscribe to Hip little one via RSS

  69. I follow Hip little one with Networked Blogs

  70. I tweeted

  71. At Australian Girl my favourite is the Matilda doll, though she is sold out!

  72. My favourite item at Whimsy Child is the Mini Munster Winners L/S tee

  73. My favourite item at gr8x is the Talia Drawstring Nappy Bag

  74. My favourite item at Gummy Babies is the Baltic Amber Teething Necklace – Mixed Rainbow 🙂

  75. I would love to know what the best recipes are for homemade natural cleaning products

  76. I love the Faux Fur Vest – Humble Bumble from Nelly Jean

  77. I love the Ulubulu – Mute Button on Glitter Purple Silicone pacifier on Little Yoyo Styles

  78. I love the Little Tee-Tee – Arielle Dress from Bubzyboo

  79. I love the Beatrix New York Little Kid Esther Bunny Backpack from Sukimama

  80. How do I get the stains out of my childrens shirts, where they have either dribbled or spilt drinks or food.

  81. I would like to know an alternative to Finish tablets for a dishwasher, possibly a cheeper but just as an effect dish washer

  82. HELP! I need somebody,
    HELP! Not just anybody,
    HELP! You know I need Miss Myrna,
    To remove red wine from my fiances wedding dress…HELP!

  83. I would love to ask how to get rid of ball pen marks from a leather sofa (left there by one creative toddler!).

  84. Following your blog via e-mail. 🙂

  85. The Help Australia & New Zealand FB liker. 🙂

  86. Like Li’l Davinci Art Cabinet at ArtEater.

  87. Love All-in-One at Earlybirds!

  88. Love a Personalised Height Chart at Sticky Biz!

  89. At Shop for Tots I love the Message Dragon Fuschia!

  90. How do I get a rust stain of my marble fireplace surround? I have tried everything I can think of!

  91. How can I keep plasma screens clean and streak-free?

  92. I follow you via e-mail.

  93. Love the Bec Satchel Nappy Bag at Gr8x!

  94. Love the Jungle Jive Swimming Bag at Shop for Tots.

  95. Favourite item at Bright Button Toys is the Le Toy Van Wooden Fire Engine Play Set!

  96. At Budburst Kids – the Milky Heart Dress!

  97. The Help Australia & New Zealand FB liker.

  98. I would love to know how to make the cleaning disappear!!

  99. Liked The Help Australia & New Zealand on Facebook

  100. Subscribed to the weekly Sales, Savings & Giveaways email

  101. Tweeted about this giveaway on Twitter using @hiplittleone in my tweet

  102. How to keep these windows clean without too much effort?!

  103. E-mail subscriber.

  104. At Sustainababy my favourite is Chewable Jewels Necklace & Bracelet Combo!

  105. Love Ada Ada Arnite Layered Skirt at Whimsy Child.

  106. Love Tizzie Hall Comforter – Dizzie Dog at Avidiva.

  107. Love Small Address Labels at Sticky Biz!

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