Archives for June 2009

Avoiding the Inevitable

I am just a few days away from turning 31. I have no idea why age bothers me so much.

Zander still tells everyone that I’m 25 and I’m going to be 25. He’s been saying that since he could talk. This will be the 7th time that I’ve turned 25, if anyone is keeping score.

Do you all struggle with age? Am I ever just going to get over this? I guess that part of me is afraid that I’m getting over, I’ll never have another baby, my life as I officially know it will change. Change is good… I know there will be many new challenges and good things to come my way. I know that in my head. But my heart just aches thinking that it’s all over.

I sound so morbid. Birthdays are supposed to be happy times. What the heck is my deal?

Maybe it has to do with the fact that my Dad always made my birthday so special. After all, the man had me convinced that the 4th of July fireworks were just for me and my birthday. Now that I’m older, my birthday is no big deal. In fact, my own mother forgot my birthday last year. (Sorry, Mom, I love you, but you’ll never live that one down!) No parties, no cake, maybe a present – if we can afford it. But really, it’s just another day on the calendar, and one that makes my age go up. Why should I be excited about that?

I have got to get over this. Maybe I’ll stop being so selfish and just focus all my energy on Zander’s birthday that’s coming up next week!

Oh – and I’m not against all birthdays. Just my own. 🙂 I love celebrating other peoples’ birthdays.

Wear Your Music

Wear Your Music is a company that takes the old used guitar strings of some of the greatest musicians of our time (Clapton, Ziggy Marley, John Mayer, Santana, to name a few) and turns them into stylish affordable bracelets that allow fans and customers to wear a piece of rock history on their wrists.

In addition to recycling the strings that these musicians would normally throw away, Wear Your Music also uses 100% recycled silver for the beautiful engraved clasp on the bracelet. Each bracelet is packaged in a completely recycled DVD case and comes with a certificate of authenticity. A portion of proceeds goes back to each musician’s charity of choice, many of which are environmental non-profits. www.wearyourmusic.org .

Media Release
In a down economy, WEAR YOUR MUSIC is offering fans of everyone from Avril Lavigne to Ziggy Marley a chance to take home a piece of rock and roll history, while supporting charities such as Unicef, Rock the Vote and the Make-a-Wish Foundation.

The New York-based group creates 100% eco-friendly jewelry that rocks—literally, turning used guitar strings from artists spanning the musical spectrum into stylish bracelets, which are sold with a certificate of authenticity. “These are strings that these musicians have used and would normally throw away,” says co-president and designer Hannah Garrison, “It’s great that we can recycle them and also offer people a chance to wear rock n roll on their writsts.” In addition, the fine silver used on each bracelet is also 100% recycled, as is the DVD case each bracelet comes in.

A portion of each sale is donated to charities like Carlos Santana’s Milagro Foundation and The Grateful Dead-affiliated Rex Foundation.

The bangle-style bracelets, crafted from guitar strings donated by over 150 artists, include such rock luminaries Eric Clapton and Pete Townshend, as well as members of Widespread Panic, My Morning Jacket, Metallica, Phish, The Allman Brothers Band, Death Cab for Cutie and Social Distortion. In addition, the likes of Marley, Jack Johnson, Carrie Underwood, Zakk Wylde and Ani DiFranco have recently donated strings to WEAR YOUR MUSIC.

“Supporting good causes and the environment have always been important, but even more so now,” says Garrison.

To view complete lists of available bracelets and participating charities, visit: www.wearyourmusic.org

Please stop by and check them out today!

Nickelodeon Parents Connect – Enter to Win $2,000

Top NYC Family Photographer, Michael Jurick, has been nominated for GoCityKids Top NYC Photographer.

Parents can vote for Michael and enter to win $2000.

Featured in Cookie Magazine, Big City Moms, Divalycious Moms and NBC, Michael has become one of the most sought after photographers for children and family portraits.

You can see his amazing work at www.jurick.net and vote for him (multiple times) and enter to win $2000 at http://tinyurl.com/jurick

TinyMassive.com (Review)

I must confess – I am a bargain shopper. I will research my eyeballs out looking for the best price on anything I need to buy. You wouldn’t believe how surprised I was when I found out about tinymassive.com.

At first I was skeptical. After all, they claim “The app allows you to tweet to @tinymassive any product you are looking to buy and within 30 seconds @tinymassive responds with the lowest price it could find for that said item.” Yeah, right. Like it’s really that easy.

So, I decided to give it a try. My birthday is coming up, and I really, really want Bones: Season 2 on DVD, but I cannot justify asking my husband to pay $60 to buy it at Walmart. So, I hopped onto tweetdeck and typed in @tinymassive – Bones: Season 2 and hit “Send Tweet.” A few seconds later, I had a response that said, “@angievinez 1 results inc. Bones – Seas from $28.99 http://tinymassive.com/products/598839539 Powered by TinyMassive.com”

No, way. $28.99? Seriously? So, I clicked the link. Lo and behold, it took me to a page where I could compare prices between several different companies. And sure enough, the lowest price was $28.99! It was for a used copy, but does that really matter? I don’t care if someone else has watched it – as long as it works!

Now I’m an @tinymassive addict. If you go to their profile page, there’s my twitter handle over and over. Why? Because it really works! And it.is.awesome. Truly.

If you’re not on twitter yet, you have to get on there. And then you need to start tweeting @tinymassive . Seriously. Stop reading. Get a twitter account. And Search! You’re gonna thank me when you start saving a bundle of money! 🙂

I Shred U!

Have you or your readers been victims of bad photo tagging on Facebook? UGH! I know I have. (See the photo on the left!) Drives me crazy!

For you, though, maybe it was that old prom photo sporting your signature big 80’s hairdo?

Or those pictures from the company holiday party you hoped would never resurface?

Now, you can have the last laugh, with the launch of the Staples I Shred U!™ Facebook application from Staples, Inc.

I Shred U! allows Facebook users to tell their friends how they really feel about those bad photos, by shredding it to bits via a virtual shredder and sending it back with a personalized message. I Shred U! also lets users “trick” photos by giving friends and family a hilarious new look.

Over 25k Facebook users have installed the new Staples I Shred U! photo application in the last month. It’s being used in 30+ countries, average engagement is over 2 minutes, 70% of the users are women over the age of 25.

How does the application work?
The application is very simple. Once you have logged into Facebook to access the application, the user can select a photo from one of their albums or a photo that they were tagged in. The user then has the opportunity to virtually shred the photo complete with animation and sounds effects and send it to a friend with a personalized message. Users can also “trick out” photos from their Facebook albums by adding mullets, beards, speech bubbles and more.

Does the application actual delete the photo?
No, it doesn’t. The photo is the property of the person who originally uploaded it to Facebook and it will continue to live in his/her photo album. I Shred U! is just a fun way to make a statement about unflattering photos that you were tagged in.

Is there a similar application on Facebook?
No! With more than 200 million active users on Facebook uploading over 850 million photos each month, the Staples I Shred U! application is the first of its kind to allow users to virtually shred bad photos without actually deleting the picture from their friend’s Facebook album.

Be creative, have fun, share a laugh, enjoy! Go download the Staples I Shred U! application and tell your friends what you really think!

Have you heard of Equifunk?

EQUIFUNK is an intimate, affordable 2-day all-inclusive music festival taking place September 4-6 at Camp Equinunk in the Poconos.

Families can enjoy ‘bunking’ together in newly renovated cabins and, enjoy all of the fun overnight camp activities offered like canoeing, zipline, rock climbing, arts & crafts, sports and more.

Adults and kids can also groove out to stellar performances throughout the weekend by New Orleans’ famous THE RADIATORS and NEW MASTERSOUNDS (amongst other TBA acts). EQUIFUNK is a departure from the massive crowded festivals where the stages are miles away and the kids get lost in the shuffle!

The festival includes all accommodations, all meals and all performances. Children under 12 are free and babysitting services are available.

Visit WWW.EQUIFUNK.COM for more details.

Who’s ready to pack up and go with me? 😉

Discounts and More from MagnaPlay!

As many of you know, I was recently named MagnaPlay’s Top Mom Blog of the Year. I’m still giddy over this and can’t believe it’s true! It’s awesome!!

As part of my winnings, I get to offer my readers discounts on MagnaPlay’s awesome products. That’s right! Just for being a reader of mine, you get 10% off your purchase! Just use code 5VIN2009 at checkout. Easy, right? And if you click this link – or the MagnaPlay discount button in my sidebar to purchase, they’ll know you came directly from my blog and are one of my readers!

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An Old-Fashioned Church

Originally taken from here. My response is at the end.

To Whom it May Concern:

I’m looking for a good Christian church. I don’t want to sing songs off a wall, the same five notes, over and over and over and over again while I am lightheaded from standing so long. There’s a record of the hymns of God’s people that spans 2000 years. Why are we so arrogant as to think we don’t need those wonderful songs any longer? Have we gone through more suffering, more affliction, more pain for Jesus than those who wrote these enduring hymns? Does a semi-secular song writer in Nashville with a multi-million dollar music contract have more to say to us about God and the Christian life than the 17th-century hymn writer who lost four children and his wife during the 30 years War?

I don’t want to have my eardrums bashed in by the three kids in the “worship band” who can’t be bothered to bathe, shave, dress or comb their hair on Sunday morning. If it’s really all about the God that Scripture describes as ineffably holy, shouldn’t that be reflected in attitude and dress for those who serve in church music?

I don’t want a vampy “praise and worship” leader who is flaunting her wares at every male within view as she does her worship moves on “stage”. If we are to worship God in spirit and in truth, as Scripture tells us, than what’s all the flesh about? Can we no longer discern the difference?

I don’t want to see people in beach attire with their backsides peeping out of their shorts because they think that God isn’t worth their best efforts at dressing. “God doesn’t care about clothes, only man”, they say. But the real reason is that it’s just plain easier to cruise into church in jeans or whatever is still lying on the floor from the night before. Dressing up for worship of the Lord would cost them something, however little, and they don’t want to pay it.

I also don’t want to see all the variations on lovers’ back rubs where Chuck and Sue take turns massaging each other’s neck and shoulders during the sermon so everyone behind them is completely distracted. Behavior affects other people. Are Christians so self-absorbed that they never think about the people behind them trying to hear the message?

I don’t want to hear announcements during “worship” about the youth group pizza blast and laser tag event next Tuesday night, the need for grills for the upcoming church fun fest or jokes about how Bill burned the wieners last summer at the church picnic. Why can this not be put at the end after our “worship” is completed?

I don’t want Christian karaoke for “special music”. Screeching females trying to imitate their favorite pop stars belong at the local bar, not a house of prayer.

Let me tell you what I am looking for in corporate worship of believers.

I’m looking for a spirit of reverence among God’s people, a sense that we have come to join in with the company of angels, archangels, and the church triumphant who gather before God’s throne in that never ending heavenly worship.

I’m looking for a service that is founded upon and completely focused on God and His Word. I want to begin the worship with an entrance Psalm, to be reminded that in worship we enter heaven’s gates with thanksgiving and His courts with praise. I want to hear the name of God invoked at the beginning, opening the worship in the name of the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Spirit, without which Spirit, we worship in vain.

I need to confess my sins, receive the comforting assurance that God has forgiven me, and I want to corporately confess my faith with my fellow believers. I believe in God the Father Almighty, Maker of heaven and earth, and in Jesus Christ, His only Son, our LORD…

I need to sing of God’s holiness, His attributes and His greatness through the hymns of the faith that have been handed down through the ages from the pens and the lips of those who have gone before us. Why? Because God is truly “Immortal, Invisible, God only Wise, in light inaccessible, hid from our eyes”. Because God is “Holy, Holy Holy,” our Lord God Almighty, who was and is and is to come. Because it is right and fitting that our souls should praise the King of Heaven. He is worthy of all our praise because He is “Lord, Enthroned in Heavenly Splendor”. To discard this canon of music of Christ’s church down through time is to turn our backs on our family in the faith. In 21st Century America, we truly do not know better than they.

I need to hear the Scriptures read out—as much of it as possible. Three Scripture lessons are hardly enough. How often has a passage of Scripture read out spoken to my heart about something? Why is Scripture so often limited to the text of a message, if it’s there at all now? The Old Testament Lesson. The New Testament Lesson. The Gospel Lesson. I need all the lessons that God’s holy Word can provide.

I need to hear the Scriptures preached from a man of God, who is a man of prayer and personal holiness and who takes seriously his office of under-shepherd. Why do I want preaching? Because faith comes by hearing, the Bible says, and hearing by God’s Word. I need conviction of the Holy Spirit in my own heart and life. I want to be reminded who God is and my duty before Him. I don’t want a pastor who spews vulgarities and crude talk to show how “real” he is, or who feeds on Hollywood so that the only thing that comes out of his mouth is foolishness in his pathetic attempts at cultural relevance. God’s Word is eternally relevant. I can tell where the pastor gets his life food from. It always, always shows. Any pastor who is not a man of the Word and of prayer is no pastor at all.

I want a pastor who prays for his sheep, who understands that we are in a spiritual battle, and that Satan hates us and will do anything he can to try to take our faith from us. I want elders who lead by example with their families. No family is ever perfect. That’s why we need the forgiveness of our Savior daily. But elders should be leading lives that are Christ-honoring in their marriages and in their leadership and training of their children. When the children of an elder are worldly and carnal and disrespectful, it is plain that they are not keeping their homes in order. This kind of leadership no church needs because how will the members learn how to run their own homes and families if no godly example is in view? We are sheep. We need leaders.

I want a time of serious prayer in church, seeking God for His help and wisdom in these dark times, for the needs of the congregation and for the witness of the fellowship in the community. As we kneel, we’re reminded of our utter helplessness without the Lord.

I want a benediction at the end of the worship, where the pastor tells us to go in peace, because we have been washed in the blood of the Lamb, have been forgiven for our sins, and have the joyful assurance that God is with us and will take care of us.

This kind of old-fashioned church might meet in a rented room, a home, a gymnasium, a new, modern building, a vine-covered, old brick traditional church, a little white frame building or anywhere else. It is not the location that matters, it is the content and focus of the worship, and the heart of the leaders of the church.

Outside of the corporate worship, I want a church that believes in evangelism and outreach. Doctrinal clubs that sit smugly complacent are actually mausoleums. Who wants to worship in a tomb? There is a world out there that needs the message of the Gospel. It is our responsibility to take it to them, and churches should facilitate and train members for this critical mission. Truly saved believers have a burning heart to share it with others. I want to be part of a church that has this burning heart. I want to be part of a church where the young people are not just going on mission trips because they get to have fun in cool places, but because they get to share with those who have never heard the truth that Jesus saves. Social work is fine, but the Gospel message of Jesus must be heard loud and clear in the midst of it.

If you know of such a church in my area, would you please contact me at the earliest convenience. I would be grateful.

Sincerely,

A Christian

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My Response:

Dear Christian,

I am blessed enough to take part in a church much like the one you are requesting. A church where women still wear long skirts to every service and where everyone is in their “Sunday Best” when they walk through the doors, and those who aren’t are few and far between. A church where the children say “Yes, Ma’am” and “Yes, Sir” and show respect to their elders. A church where pleasing the Lord is the “popular” thing to do.

While in a service at our church, you can feel the Spirit of God move every time His Holy Name is called out. Everyone sings, shouts, and praises our Lord and Savior who gave His life for us. It is a church where people still get saved: repent of their sins and accept Christ as their Savior. An invitation is always given, although the altar is full during most of the service.

Is the church perfect? Of course not. It’s members are human. However, they do their best to stand firm on God’s solid foundation and live their lives as such. They sing the Old-Fashioned Hymns and still use the King James Bible. They believe you shouldn’t need to sit and wonder why the words he’s reading from the book don’t match the words the Holy Book says.

I am blessed beyond measure with a church that believes you shouldn’t conform to this world, but works to transform it’s members into Christ-honoring people.

If you are looking for a church that’s not like many of the churches out there, we’d love to have you join us.

Sincerely,

A Church Member

Stuff You Just Don’t Talk About.

Carrying a baby proves one of the most amazing feats a woman’s body can perform, but seeing your body beautifully transformed sometimes comes with rather unpleasant side effects. It’s nothing you’d ever want to talk about but, let’s face it, hemorrhoids can become a nightmare for women during pregnancy – and beyond. Many of us have had to deal with the uncomfortable symptoms they bring – pain, burning, itching – fortunately, hemorrhoids aren’t serious but you’ll most likely need to treat them.

I find it much easier to research treatments for a sensitive subject like this before you walk into a crowded store – filled, of course, with your teenage babysitter, your husband’s office manager, and the guy down the street – and are faced with having to make a decision at the shelf.

For Moms who experience hemorrhoids, Tucks brand medicated products provide an effective and soothing relief. Tucks Hemorrhoidal Ointment, Hydrocortisone Anti-Itch Ointment and Medicated Pads can help with the discomfort, burning, itching and other side effects that hemorrhoids bring with them. Tucks also has a line of Take Alongs, medicated towelettes that give you a convenient way to treat hemorrhoid symptoms on the go.

I always thought that Hemorrhoids were for old people. After all – my parents and grandparents used them. That meant I wouldn’t have to worry about them until I got old, right? WRONG. After having my first baby at the age of 19, I also had my first bout of hemorrhoids. OUCH. With each pregnancy and each delivery I’ve had to deal with them for weeks after the baby’s birth. Mom Central recently sent me a box of Tucks Take-Alongs, and I really wish I had had these right after Parker was born. Small and discreet, they’re perfect to throw in the diaper bag or your purse so that you always have relief on hand.

Another thing about Tucks medicated pads that you may or may not know is that they are *wonderful* at relieving pain from an episiotomy. I’d spend weeks with Tucks um…. “tucked” in between my legs after having a baby, just because they were the only thing I found that provided real relief.

Hemorrhoids are much more common than you may think, and while this is one of those things that no one like to talk about, you can rest assured knowing that Tucks will provide relief for your worst discomfort.

EcoStore Facebook Contest!

EcoStore is giving away a $500 Visa Card in their Facebook 30 Second Video Contest!

The contest will run from 16th and ends June 29th, 2009.

Visit their blog for all the contest details www.blog.ecostoreusa.com/

Good luck to all who enter!

A Review Item Brought Me to Tears…

And they are certainly happy tears. I have had the opportunity to review some very special and exciting products, but none have ever touched me like this before.

What is it, you ask? Well, I can’t tell you…. yet. But I will tell you where it came from and when you can find out. Becci from Something2BragAbout.com is the one who sent the item, and the review will be posted as part of Buy By Mom’s Americana Bash on July 10th. Make sure you stop by and read all about the beautiful item I received and enter to win a $25 GC to Something2BragAbout.com that day.

Wow. I think I’ll go stare at it just a little longer…….

Thank you, Becci. I love it.

Follow Friday: Week 11

This week for Follow Friday, I’m offering up a shameless plug. As most of you know, I run Buy By Mom and the Buy By Mom Blog. I support Moms in business and help spread the word about them. I want people to see that there are some absolutely amazing Moms out there in business, and I want their businesses to be the FIRST place people go when they need to make a purchase.

When I originally set up Buy By Mom, I used WordPress. After all, I’d heard such wonderful things about it. Cat from 3 Kids and Us was absolutely fantastic in helping me set it up. I’ve tried for almost 7 months now, but I hate WordPress. We don’t get along, and I can’t continue to call on Cat to answer every one of my questions. She’s got a life of her own, and I need something I can update myself.

So, I’ve switched the Buy By Mom Blog over to blogger……. which means I lose everything – my Page Rank, my Followers, even all my posts. I’m working hard to move all the posts and everything over, it’s just very slow going because it’s so time consuming. I’m still trying to find the perfect way to move all of the mom shops & blogs links over, and I should have that all finished up today. After all, that’s the whole point behind Buy By Mom!

On July 1st, Buy By Mom will be hosting an Americana Bash. It will run all month long, and it will feature 31 awesome sponsors. There will be a giveaway each day, and more chances for even more prizes! I hope that you’ll visit Buy By Mom and the Buy By Mom Blog all next month and enter to win lots of fabulous items. And be sure to help spread the word!

And if you feel so inclined, please help build up my Followers again… the blog will be follow worthy, I promise! Click here to see the new blog and to become a Follower: Buy By Mom Blog



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MommyDocs Summer Staycation Safety (Blog Tour)

It’s summertime! And you know what that means….. vacation! This year, the budget is tight, and that means we won’t be going far from home. Instead we’ll be taking a staycation: finding fun things to do close to home. We are blessed to have a beautiful beach, lots of gorgeous parks, hiking trails, and little towns to visit near us. Our favorite place to visit is the nearby town of Helen. It’s an old- German themed town, complete with shopping and the best cherry-topped funnel cakes you will ever find. Usually we all come home wearing as much of the cherry topping as we actually ate – especially the little ones! While staycations are fun, they usually mean more planning, more effort, bigger messes (ie: cherry-topping on that new t-shirt), and in the end more chores for mom.

As it turns out, more and more families are spending extra time at home because of the economy. According to a recent survey done by Clorox, over 60 percent of the Moms surveyed reported an increase in cleaning around the house as their families now spend more time at home. And, not surprisingly, Moms want to save time and money for all of this extra cleaning.

Mom Central got together with the MommyDocs and came up with a list of Five Tips for Summer Staycations to keep your family safe and your house cleaner during the summer months this year.

Staying Safe at BBQs.
According to a recent survey, 70 percent of Moms are cooking more at home and many are likely switching up their meal routine with an outdoor BBQ. Make sure your kids have a safe BBQ experience by keeping them away from the flames and any sharp knives. Also, don’t forget to check that your child’s hamburger is fully cooked. Always keep a thermometer on hand to be sure all food has reached the appropriate inside temperature.

Keep the Pool Cool and Clean.
If your kids love to spend hot afternoons in kiddie pools, you know the importance of cleaning the pool area. Dump out water after each session, and keep the pool clean by disinfecting it with a solution of ¾ cup bleach* to one gallon of water. Don’t forget to rinse well and dry thoroughly after each cleaning (never leave any water in the pool). Be sure to always supervise children when they are in or around any water.
(* Always remember to read and follow precautions and usage directions before using cleaning products)

Staying Healthy and Hydrated.
Spending time in the heat means kids will be more prone to becoming dehydrated. Remind kids to take frequent rest/drink breaks in the shade when playing outside and try to avoid activity during peak sun hours. Encourage fluids before, during, and after outside activities.

Having Peace of Mind at Playgrounds.
Sometimes just getting out of the house is the best way to keep it clean, but before letting kids loose at the playground, ensure the safety of the equipment. Swing seats and slides can really heat up in the sun – test them out before your kids hop on to avoid burns. Be sure the playground surface is composed of a soft material to help prevent injury. All playground equipment should be routinely checked for any broken or loose parts. As always, adult supervision is a must at all times!

Saving on Spills.
Spending extra time around the house, especially with kids, often means more spills to clean up. Synthetic sponges and kitchen cloths can start to smell and carry bacteria, but you don’t have to toss them out after a few uses. One option to reduce bacteria is to sanitize sponges and dishrags by soaking them in a bleach solution (¾ cup of bleach* to a gallon of water) for 5 minutes in the sink. Don’t forget to rinse and dry when done. A wet sponge can also be microwaved to get rid of bacteria.
(* Always remember to read and follow precautions and usage directions before using cleaning products)


So this summer, when you’re planning your family staycation, keep your Clorox products on hand and these safety tips in mind! And have fun!

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Wordless Wednesday: My Backyard

If you look really, really close, you can see that there’s actually a double rainbow there.

Sorry I’m late today. It doesn’t feel like Wednesday to me! Summer throws everything off!

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Bebe au Lait Nursing Covers – Buy One Get One!

As some of you may already know, Bebe au Lait has been running an exciting promotion… Purchase one nursing cover or gift set, and receive a free nursing cover.

Yes, that’s right. Buy one, get one free. The response had been so HUGE that they’ve decided to extend the offer until the end of the month!

Here’s how it works:

Select any Bebe au Lait, Hooter Hiders or Simple Organic nursing cover (Or any Bebe au Lait or Simple Organic gift set), and use coupon code “MYSTERY09” at checkout. That’s it! A mystery nursing cover will be added to your order for free!
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http://shop.bebeaulait.com/june-bogo

Hurry to Bebe au Lait and get your free nursing cover while this offer lasts!

Wii Pirates Vs. Ninjas in Dodgeball (CLOSED)

Leading videogame publisher, SouthPeak Interactive Corporation (OTC Bulletin Board: SOPK), introduces a new arcade-style videogame, Pirates vs. Ninjas Dodgeball, featuring iconic characters in the ultimate playground sport of dodgeball. Using a ball to tag opponents out of the game, Pirates vs. Ninjas Dodgeball transforms the innocent childhood game of dodgeball into an action packed, mind-blowing battle between Pirates, Ninjas and other eccentric groups of characters.

Who would win a fight between pirates and ninjas? It’s a tough question to answer and is a pop culture phenomenon that has generated YouTube videos, books, thousands of online postings and entire online communities in a rivalry that’s shown no sign of being settled…until now! Pirates vs. Ninjas Dodgeball for Wii™ was developed by Blazing Lizard to offer players the opportunity to settle this debate on the dodgeball court. The game is played with seven different teams, including the Pirate and Ninja teams, as well as Zombies, Robots, Aliens, Monsters and Mushroom Men (from the Mushroom Men games, also published by SouthPeak). The battles take place across eight visually breathtaking arenas where players look to settle the score once and for all.Pirates vs. Ninjas Dodgeball is rated E 10+ and is available at major retailers nationwide.

Want to Win A Copy of Pirates vs Ninjas: Dodgeball for your wii system? I’ve got a copy right here just waiting to send your way!

To Enter:
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Contest will end Wednesday, July 8th at 11:59pm and the winner will be selected via random.org. Winner will be announced on Thursday, July 9th and will have 48 hours to claim their prize.

Do NOT Purchase Walmart’s Product Replacement Plan

I am beyond frustrated right now. Back in March, I purchased a Digital Camera from Walmart. After talking to the cashier, we decided it would be best to purchase the Product Replacement Plan. After all, I have 5 kids. Something is bound to happen.

Wouldn’t you know it? I dropped my camera today on the kitchen floor. Now the battery door won’t close. I remembered that I had purchased the Product Replacement Plan and immediately got on the phone with the Claims Department.

After going through the process… Name, date of purchase, store number, transaction, blah, blah, blah, they asked me what the problem was. I told them that I dropped the phone on the floor and now the battery door won’t latch closed. The response, “Oh. Because you dropped it, we can’t do anything about it. That’s accidental damage. We don’t offer replacements for something that’s your fault.” Are you kidding me? Then why on earth did I spend all that extra money to cover something that isn’t even going to be covered?

I’m kicking myself for a. dropping the camera, but also for b. not reading the fine print *before* being talked into purchasing the product replacement plan.

I can’t say that I’ll never shop at Walmart again. That’s not possible. After all, Walmart is the closest place to shop. I really don’t want to “run” an hour and a half every time I need something and go to Target instead. Besides, one little person boycotting Walmart isn’t going to hurt them. I know that, and I’m not saying that. BUT, I have learned my lesson from this. Next time I’ll go somewhere that offers a true warranty when it comes to electronics. Even if I have to drive an hour and a half to find them.

I’m angry at you Walmart, but even more angry at myself for being duped by the salesperson.

Sorry – rant over. I’m just trying to figure out how I’m going to buy a new camera now. Anyone need some design work done? 😉

Edited 7/7/2013 – This issue has been resolved! The company that is behind Walmart’s Product Replacement Plans got wind of this post and issued a check for a full refund of the purchase price of the camera. I appreciate their time and attention to this matter, and the fact that they were willing to refund my money because I was given false information when I purchased the replacement plan. I will still be reading the fine print from now on, but I’m feeling much better about purchasing replacement plans on products from here on out.

Casting Begins for 2010 Season of "The Next Food Network Star"

FOOD NETWORK OPENS CASTING FOR 2010 SEASON OF “THE NEXT FOOD NETWORK STAR”

Conducting Open-Call Auditions in New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, San Francisco, Atlanta, Phoenix, San Diego and Austin

NEW YORK – June 22, 2009 – Food Network has greenlit a sixth season of its highest-rated reality series, The Next Food Network Star, the network announced today. With the current season going strong on-air, the cabler is already looking for outstanding chefs and home cooks to compete for the opportunity to win his or her own Food Network series during the 2010 season.

The network will conduct a nationwide talent search and encourages both professional and amateur chefs to apply. Open-call auditions will be held around the country throughout July and August. Contestant hopefuls should bring an application, photograph, and resume and/or bio to the auditions, which will allow them to meet with network casting directors. Interested candidates unable to attend an open casting call may submit a three-minute audition video explaining why he or she should be Food Network’s newest star. For applications, contest rules, and submission instructions simply visit www.FoodNetwork.com/Star.

Casting locations will include:

Phoenix, AZ – Wednesday, July 8, 2009 from 10am-4pm
Embassy Suites Phoenix/Scottsdale
4415 East Paradise Village Parkway, Phoenix, AZ 85032

Chicago, IL – Sunday, July 12, 2009 from 10am-4pm
Affinia Chicago Hotel
166 East Superio, Chicago, IL 60611

Austin, TX – Friday, July 17, 2009 from 10am-4pm
Hyatt Regency Downtown
208 Barton Springs Road, Austin, TX 78704

San Francisco, CA – Sunday, July 26, 2009 from 10am-4pm
W San Francisco
181 Third Street, San Francisco, CA 94103

New York, NY – Friday, July 31, 2009 from 10am-4pm
CBS
530 W. 57th Street, New York, NY 10019

Los Angeles, CA – Monday, August 10, 2009 from 10am-4pm
Saddle Ranch
8371 West Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood, CA 90069

San Diego, CA – Monday, August 17, 2009 from 12pm – 5pm
W San Diego
421 W. B Street, San Diego, CA 92101

Atlanta, GA – Monday, August 24, 2009 from 10am-4pm
W Atlanta Midtown
188 14th St. NE, Atlanta, GA 30361

The Next Food Network Star is television’s most challenging food fight, providing 10 hopeful TV chefs the chance to compete for the ultimate dream job: his or her own Food Network show. Season five is currently underway and airs Sundays at 9pm ET/PT.

Carefree – Protection & a Fresh Start (Blog Tour)

It doesn’t matter if you’re an expectant parent, a busy mom, or just a woman on the go – sometimes, we all have our reasons for needing a little extra sense of protection.

To help us get through our busiest days without being caught off guard, the makers of Carefree give us a solution with new Ultra Protection liners, which absorb ten times more than Carefree Original Liners. The new liners offer the protection of a pad with the comfort and thinness of a liner, perfect for Moms as we chase the kids around, head out for summer activities, and run errands. You can read more about their fantastic new liners here.

I will tell you that I have been using Carefree liners from the time I was 13. I was always terrified that my period was going to start and I wouldn’t have any protection. Using Carefree liners always helped me feel more secure – especially during those awkward teen years when kids will make fun of anyone and anything they can. Now that I have 5 children, I definitely need the extra protection. Even after doing my Kegal exercises all those years, my muscles “down there” just aren’t what they used to be. A sneeze, a hash cough, or even a good old belly laugh can spell disaster. With these new Carefree Ultra Protection Liners, I no longer have to worry about that. Thank heavens!

In conjunction with their new product launch, the makers of Carefree have also created an exciting campaign called the Carefree Fresh Start Fund that strives to help women make a fresh start in their lives, whether starting a new relationship, changing jobs or even losing a few pounds. Want to know how I’d like to make a fresh start? Well, back in 2007, Gene and I uprooted our entire lives and moved halfway across the country for a fresh start. We left behind family and friends to start a whole new adventure. And what an adventure it has been! Now that we are finally getting settled, I would love to give my photography business a fresh start. I just haven’t had the ability or the funds to advertise, upgrade my equipment, or do many of the things I’ve put on hold for the past few years. A fresh start in my business would certainly be a blessing.

Want to know how to enter to win a fresh start for yourself? It’s easy! Just log on to CarefreeFreshStart.com to apply for funding to reach your personal fresh start goals. The top three finalists with the best plans for a fresh start will receive $10,000, $5,000 and $3,000 respectively. The winners will also receive a personal consultation from Ariane de Bonvoisin, change expert and founder of First30Days.com, as well as a three-day/two-night trip to New York City, where they will be honored at the Carefree Fresh Start celebration event, hosted in partnership with Step Up Women’s Network. Seven additional finalists will receive $1,000 to help begin making their fresh start. Amazing, right?

The deadline for submissions is July 10, 2009. Visit www.CarefreeFreshStart.com to find out how to enter.

Protection & a Fresh Start. Who couldn’t use both of those?

Thanks to Mom Central for letting me take part in the Carefree Ultra Protection Blog Tour!