Activia® Selects Rafflecopter #Giveaway

Giveaway will end on October 3 at 12:01am (EST).
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We’re all busy parents. Whether you have one kid or 12, you’re busy. I totally get that. And so does Activia. Now they’re introducing new Activia® Selects – French and Greek yogurts that help regulate your digestive system.

Here’s the need-to-know info about Activia® Selects:

Discover epically thick and creamy Greek nonfat yogurt and romance your taste buds with silky-smooth French yogurt. Activia is a delicious, creamy yogurt. Activia, with Bifidus Regularis® (Bifidobacterium Lactis DN 173-010), helps naturally regulate your digestive system when consumed daily for two weeks as part of a balanced diet and healthy lifestyle. Now Dannon Activia Selects lets you visit Europe from your kitchen by bringing the true taste of French and Greek yogurt to you in a cup.

For more information visit facebook.com/activia

With a money-back guarantee of $12, Activia® helps you love how you feel!

To help promote their new products, I’m giving away an Activia® branded lunch bag and tote bag to one lucky winner.

To enter, just use the Rafflecopter gadget below.



Disclaimer: The information and prize has been provided by Dannon. They will fulfill the prize to the winner selected. I have not been compensated for this post in any way.

@BettyCrocker Milk Chocolate Brownies {Review & #MyBlogSpark #Giveaway}

Giveaway will end on October 1 at 12:01am (EST).
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I don’t know about you, but I love brownies. They are my absolute favorite treat. And with Betty Crocker brownie mixes, you don’t have to spend hours in the kitchen. In just minutes, you can have your whole house smelling like you’ve been baking brownies all day. {I love that smell! Wish my house smelled like it all the time!} They’re fast and easy to make, and they give you a jump start on homemade.

The new Milk Chocolate Brownie mix has just the right touch of milk chocolate flavor. And since it takes just 3 easy steps to get to the yummy homemade brownie taste, even my 14 year old daughter loves making them.

Our Betty Crocker Milk Brownie prize pack arrived on my husband and my anniversary. What a wonderful surprise that was! Included in the box was a box of Betty Crocker® Milk Chocolate Traditional Brownie mix, a Betty Crocker apron, cooking pan, and mixing spoon. {Pictured Below}

brownie prize pack
My daughter volunteered to make the brownies that night for us, so she put on the apron and got to work. She decided to use a 9″x13″ pan instead of the 8″x8″ pan we received, only because she knows I like my brownies thin and ooey-gooey.

It wasn’t long before the entire house smelled like brownies, and soon afterward, my husband and I were enjoying our milk chocolate brownies. Mmmmmm. They were so good! And because making them was so easy, so was the clean up – so much so that Ashley even did that too! Best anniversary present ever.

You can find Better Crocker Milk Chocolate Traditional Brownie Mix in the baking aisle of your local grocery stores this fall.

To learn more about Better Crocker and all their fantastic products, check out these links:

Want to win a prize pack {pictured above} for yourself? Thanks to Betty Crocker and MyBlogSpark, one lucky reader can do just that!

To enter, use the rafflecopter gadget below.



{Please do NOT post on the Betty Crocker facebook wall that you were sent by this giveaway. Facebook considers that spam. Facebook is not affiliated with this giveaway in any way. Thanks!}

Disclosure: The product, information and prize pack have been provided by Betty Crocker through MyBlogSpark. I have not been compensated for this post in any other way.

Beanie Designs Review & #Giveaway

Beanie Designs specialize in bringing smiles with an exclusive collection that ranges from crocheted, hand knitted baby hats and baby headbands to flower clips, baby mittens and booties using 100% Cotton and Organic cotton. They offer newborn hats, infants hats, and kid-sized hats, and they have some of the cutest winter hats for babies that I have ever seen. My favorite section is the one with all the animal hats. Oh my gosh! The little panda hat is absolutely precious!

I am all about handmade {crocheted} hats for babies and kids. So, when Beanie Designs contacted me and asked if I would be willing to do a review of one of their hats, I jumped at the chance. I’m in the process of putting aside money for hats for each of the kids for the winter, and this definitely helps out!

The hat I selected was the Organic Cotton Brown Earflap Hat with Blue Stripes. I got it in Parker’s size, because he has super sensitive ears and I thought it would be perfect for our chilly fall and winter days.

Look how adorable Parker looks in his new hat:
parkers hat

Isn’t it cute? I love everything about this hat. The colors are perfect. Since Parker is pretty pale, I was worried that the colors might wash him out even more, but they really don’t. They’re super cute. And the hat is so soft. Not itchy or scratchy at all, which is great for an almost 3 year old. And at just $26 with free shipping, it’s a great deal. The best thing about the hat is how much Parker love his hat. He wants to wear it all the time – even when it’s 80* outside!

Beanie Designs ships fast, and they offer most of their hats in many different sizes. The hat I selected was available in 0-3 months all the way up to 3 – 10 years! The hat is absolutely adorable, and it’s very well made. I would definitely recommend Beanie Designs to anyone looking for cute baby winter hats for their little one. Their selection is excellent, as well as the range of sizes available. And you can’t beat free shipping on any US order. {They also ship worldwide.}

Take a moment to read how Beanie Designs was started: About Beanie Designs – It is by far one of the most interesting stories I’ve ever read!

Beanie Designs is offering one lucky reader the hat of their choice! {Shipped right to their door, free of charge.}

To enter, just use the rafflecopter gadget below.



Disclaimer: This review is sponsored by Beanie Designs. I received a hat in order to facilitate my review. Opinions expressed are 100% my own. I was not compensated for this post in any other way. The sponsor will also fulfill the winner’s prize as stated above.

Rally for Recess with Danimals! Rafflecopter #Giveaway

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Did you know that schools all across the nation are cutting recess times due to limited resources? In the past 20 years, children have lost an average of 8 hours of recess a week. There are even some schools that no long provide any type of play time for students. {And they wonder why there’s such an issue with childhood obesity? Seriously?} According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, the lack of playtime is a crisis and is leading to a growing epidemic of childhood obesity. {See? That’s what I thought, and I’m not even a pediatrician.} Government and public health agencies recommend that children engage in a minimum of 60 minutes of mild to strenuous activity each day.

To help rally moms and kids around this cause, Dannon® Danimals® is launching a national initiative called “Rally for Recess.”

“Rally for Recess” is designed to create healthy competition, pitting school against school. Five schools have the opportunity to win new playground equipment AND an all-day recess celebration.

Danimals is committed to child health and wellness, which starts with good nutrition and an active lifestyle. That’s why they offer nutritious on-the-go dairy drinks and low-fat yogurts containing calcium for kids.

Now through February 8, 2012, you can find codes on Danimals packaging to enter and register. The top five schools in each of the categories that have the most codes registered win!

For more information on the Dannon Danimals Rally for Recess initiative, visit their website: www.RallyforRecess.com

 To help promote the Rally for Recess campaign, I’m giving away a Dannon Danimals Prize Pack to one lucky reader! The winner will receive a Danimals branded Soccer Ball and Drawstring Bag.

To enter, just use the Rafflecopter gadget below.



Disclaimer: The information and prize has been provided by YouCast on behalf of Dannon’s Rally for Recess Campaign. They are also sponsoring the giveaway and will fulfill the prize to the winner selected. I have not been compensated for this post in any way.

Sources of information for this post:
i Ginsburg, Kenneth. “The Importance of Play in Promoting Healthy Child Development and Maintaining Strong Parent-Child Bonds.” PEDIATRICS. 119.1 (2007): 182-191. Print.
ii Elkind, David. “Can We Play?” Greater Good 2008: Web. <greatergood.berkeley.edu>
iii Ginsburg, Kenneth. “The Importance of Play in Promoting Health Child Development and Maintaining Strong Parent Child Bond.” PEDIATRICS. 119.1 (2007): 182-191. Print.
iv “Building ‘Generation Play’: Addressing the Crisis of Inactivity Among America’s Children.” Stanford Prevention Research Center Stanford University School of Medicine. (2007): Print.

Girl’s Night Out! #Win a $25 TGIF GC {Giveaway}

This giveaway will end September 19th @ 12:01 AM EST.

We all need a Girl’s Night Out once in awhile. Well, right now, TGIFridays is making those nights even more fun with their newest Savor.Sip.Save deals coming to Baltimore, Indianapolis, Chicago, and West Palm Beach. These deals are rich with taste but light on your wallet!

Here are some of the deals you can enjoy:

  • Dinner and A Cold One For Just $10!
    Offer Valid Only In: Baltimore (Sun-Thurs ONLY) and Indianapolis (Everyday)
    Enjoy some of Friday’s® delicious entrees including a drink of choice:

  • Pick 2 For $10: Choose an appetizer, an entrée, or dessert
    Offer Valid Only In: Chicago (Every Day) and West Palm Beach (Every Day)
    Enjoy 2 of Friday’s delicious specials:

    • Spinach Florentine Flatbread
    • Savory Dragonfire Chicken
    • Pan-Seared Parmesan Flounder
    • Delicious Vanilla Bean CheesecakeFor the full menus being offered in Chicago and West Palm Beach, please visit:
      Chicago & West Palm Beach: http://www.tgifridays.com/menus/pick2for10.aspx

To celebrate these fantastic Savor.Sip.Save deals, I get to give away a $25 Gift Certificate to one lucky reader!

To enter, just use the Rafflecopter Gadget below.




Disclaimer: The information and prize has been provided by YouCast. They are also sponsoring the giveaway and will fulfill the prize to the winner selected. I have not been compensated for this post in any way.

Eversave Member Appreciation {Quick Giveaway!}

Eversave is one of the nation’s top three deal sites. They offer local daily deals for women ages 25 – 54 and their families in Atlanta and all across the country. Eversave works day and night to negotiate rock-bottom deals on the things you love to do and buy in your area. From spa treatments to restaurant discounts, ski packages to yoga classes – they find the best deals and deliver them to you – in the form of a Save.Eversave Giveaway

Today, Eversave is kicking off their 3-day $10 Giveaway Member Appreciation Event where they’ll be giving every Eversave member a $10 credit to use toward any deal today, August 23rd through midnight Thursday, August 25th. This is a **huge** bonus, and it doesn’t matter if you’re already a member or if you’re just hearing about Eversave for the first time. Everyone gets the bonus credits! (I love when companies don’t just give to new members, but they also take care of their current members. Speaks volumes about them!)

Remember, this offer won’t last long, so you need to hurry over to Eversave and sign up to claim your $10 in credits. (Or just sign in if you’re already a member!)

To help kick off their event, Eversave is giving me $15 in Save Credits to give away to one lucky reader. Imagine the deals you can score with that extra money!

This will be a really quick event, and it will close at midnight Thursday night – just like the $10 Member Appreciation Deal. So don’t hesitate! Join Eversave Today!

To Enter, use the Rafflecopter Gadget below.



Disclaimer: I was contacted by Eversave and asked to inform my readers about their Member Appreciation giveaway. In exchange for this post, I will receive $10 in Eversave Credits. The sponsor will fulfill the winner’s prize of $15 Eversave credits at the close of the giveaway. Opinions expressed are 100% my own.

Back to School with Lysol {Review & Giveaway}

This giveaway will end Saturday, August 27th @ 12:01 AM EST.

My kids go back to school today. Yes, really. {I still can’t figure out why schools down here start so dog-gone early!}

With 3 kids in school, that means I’ve got 3 kids bringing home lots and lots of germs.

Thank heavens for Lysol!no touch soap system

I recently received the Lysol No-Touch Hand Soap System and a container of Lysol Dual Action Disinfecting Wipes to review. I’ve got to say – I am super impressed with both products.

I decided to put the No-Touch Hand Soap System in the kids’ bathroom. Best.Idea.Ever. I never have to remind the kids to wash their hands now. They think it is just the neatest thing that the soap “magically” appears when they put their hand under it. They can’t wait to wash their hands, and I don’t have to worry about germs all over the soap pump any more. It’s fantastic! The soap kills 99.9% of bacteria when it’s used properly, and it’s great for the kitchen or the bathroom. (I am totally picking up another starter kit for the kitchen!)

Another thing I love about the No-Touch Hand Soap System is that the starter kit comes with everything you need – including batteries! And, the refills come in 4great scents:

  • Refreshing Grapefruit Essence
  • Soothing Cucumber Splash
  • Aloe Vera & Vitamin E with Moisturizers
  • Antibacterial Total Care

Here are some helpful links regarding the Lysol No-Touch Hand Soap System:

  • Handwashing Tips – Handwashing is one of the most effective ways to stop the spread of germs. Every time you touch a contaminated surface, you can transfer germs to and from your hands — but proper and thorough hand washing removes most germs from your hands.
  • Handwashing Poster – Make handwashing fun by downloading a handwashing poster to read together and hang by your bathroom sink.
  • Back-To-School Basics: Traditionally, classrooms are breeding ground for germs. Every desktop, pencil sharpener, doorknob and faucet that an infected child touches becomes colonized with germs

lysol wipesNext, I tried the Lysol Dual Action Disinfecting Wipes. These handy little wipes are great to use all over the house! I keep them under the kitchen sink, but I’ve found myself using them in almost every room of the house. They’re perfect for cleaning off the kitchen table after meals. And if the kids have been particularly messy, the scrubbing side is perfect for getting the mess up without falling apart. I’ve also used them in the bathrooms – shower doors, the tub, the sink, even for scrubbing toothpaste off the countertops {and floor, and door, and mirror}. In the bedroom, I’ve used them to wipe out the windowsills and clean off the tops of furniture. It’s amazing how much you can do with one kind of wipe!

You can get the Disinfecting Wipes in Citrus or Crisp Linen scents. {I love how fresh the Citrus scent smells!} And, again, they kill 99.9% of viruses and bacteria, including cold and flu viruses and Pandemic 2009 H1N1 Influenza A when used properly.

Here are some helpful links about the Lysol Disinfecting Wipes:

  • Establish Before- and After-School Hygiene Habits – As your child adapts to the school-day routine, you can help make hygiene a regular part of the day with some basic actions both before and after school.
  • Cleaning and Disinfecting – Lysol is the expert in killing germs at home. Find everything you need to know about common germs, how they are spread, and how you can help control them.
  • Kitchen Cleaning Tips – Learn how germs spread in the kitchen and how to help protect your family from foodborne illness with simple cleaning and disinfecting tips.
  • Bathroom Cleaning Tips – Reduce the spread of germs and help prevent the growth of mold and mildew in your bathroom with simple cleaning techniques.

Just thinking about all the ways Lysol can help around my house this school year makes me giddy inside! As your kids prepare to go back to school, prepare your home now, and start with Lysol products!

Before I get to the giveaway portion of this post, here are some things you need to know about Lysol:

  • You can learn all about Lysol and the Mission for Health by visiting the Lysol website.
  • Head to the Lysol Facebook Page and enter the Lysol® No-Touch® Stainless Kitchen Sweepstakes. You could win the Grand Prize of Whirlpool® Stainless Steel Kitchen appliances or one of the weekly prizes of a No-Touch Hand Soap System.

Now, for the giveaway! One lucky winner will receive a Lysol No-Touch Hand Soap System and a container of Lysol Dual Action Disinfecting Wipes of their very own! To enter, just use the rafflecopter gadget below!


 

Disclaimer: I wrote this review while participating in a campaign by Mom Select on behalf of Lysol. I received the products mentioned above in order to facilitate my honest review. I was not compensated for this post in any other way. Sponsor will fulfill the prize as stated above.

Rizzoli & Isles #Giveaway

This giveaway will end Saturday, August 20th @ 12:01 AM EST.

Rizzoli & Isles
Rizolli & Isles is back for another season of best friends working together. Solving crime never looked this good!

The characters are based on the Rizolli & Isles book series by author Tess Gerritsen whom you might also know from The Surgeon, The Apprentice, and Vanish.

Best friends, Jane Rizzoli (Angie Harmon) and Maura Isles (Sasha Alexander) work side by side using their expertise to figure out the “who done it” as well as the “how done it”. Growing up at opposite ends of the economic spectrum, the two best friends remain strikingly different from one another in many ways. The glamour behind these two powerful, smart and sexy women makes this a must watch show.

Rizzoli & Isles airs on TNT Mondays at 10/9c.

Rizzoli & isles
To celebrate the launch of the new season, I’m giving one lucky reader Rizzoli & Isles Branded Caution Tape and Season 1 on DVD. (And I am incredibly jealous that I can’t keep them both for myself!)

I love Rizzoli and Isles. I started watching at the end of Season 1 and loved it so much that I set my DVR to record every episode – new or not – so that I could see all the episodes that I missed that first season. Now, we’re just a couple of episodes into this season, and I’m loving it just as much. This is my can’t miss show every Monday night.

Enter using the Rafflecopter Gadget below.


Disclaimer: The information and prize has been provided by YouCast and the Turner Influence Network. They are also sponsoring the giveaway and will fulfill the prize to the winner selected.

Rio & National Friendship Day Twitter #Giveaway #RioFriendshipDay

Rio on DVD

Big things are just around the corner! First, this Saturday July 30th, it’s National Friendship Day. Then, on August 2nd, the smash hit RIO releases to Blue-ray and DVD.

I’m working with 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment to help celebrate both with a super fun twitter giveaway for my readers!

Rio is celebrating National Friendship Day (July 30) with beach takeovers and ecards.(Learn more about the beach takeovers here: RIO Takes Over Your Beach.)

Rio Beach Takeovers
Also, mall takeovers are happening in these areas, including “Friendship Rio style”  a  2 – 3 hour event  with the Rio trailer played, children engaging making a friendship bracelet, create your own mask, fun Rio activity sheets, write a friendship letter, take the friendship pledge, and watch scenes from the DVD!
(Learn more here: RIO Takes Over Your Mall.)

7000 Arundel Mills Circle Hanover MD
1065 Brea Mall Brea CA
3000 Grapevine Mills Parkway Grapevine TX
6301 N.W. Loop 410 San Antonio TX
5000 Katy Mills Circle Katy TX
3333 Buford Dr., Ste 1000 Buford GA
1201 Hooper Ave. Toms River NJ
One Mills Circle, Suite One Ontario CA
2700 Potomac Mills Circle Prince William VA
301 Mt. Hope Avenue, Ste. 1900 Rockaway NJ
4502 S. Steele St, Ste 1177 Tacoma WA
400 Ernest  Barrett Pkwy. Kennesaw GA
6901 22nd Ave. North St. Petersburg FL
6020 E. 82nd St. Indianapolis IN
8111 Concord Mills Blvd. Concord NC
3 Del Amo Fashion Center Torrance CA

Rio ColoringThe Rio coloring app is available for FREE NOW on Android Market and iTunes App Stores with two characters and one background available for coloring. Once the Rio Blu-ray is released on Aug. 2, the insert included will unlock the additional 10 characters and 4 background within the app. In total: 12 characters and 5 backgrounds OR 60 unique coloring pages.

For those in the LA or NYC areas, a hands-on demonstration of the app will be available at Santa Monica Place in LA and Roosevelt Field Mall on Long Island at a KIOSK with iPads, approximately 40-49” off the ground, easily reachable by children, to try the app.

To celebrate all of the excitement, I get to give away one RIO themed gift bag stuffed with plush Blu and Jewel dolls, a Rio-branded beach ball, stickers, magnetic photo frame, notebook and keychain, as well as beach visors (not pictured).

Rio Friendship Bag with DVD

Since this is a twitter giveaway, all the action will take place on twitter by using the hashtag #RioFriendshipDay. But, I need to be able to pick a winner. So, you’ll need to make sure you include @angievinez in your tweet as well.

What do you tweet?

Almost anything you want – tell me how you plan to spend Friendship Day, tweet me links to cool ideas for friendship day projects, tell me why you love Rio, tweet to your followers about the giveaway with a link to the post. **Just make sure you have @angievinez and #RioFriendshipDay in your tweets.**

Then, you can tweet as much as you want. That’s right! There are unlimited entries in this awesome giveaway.

The giveaway will last from now (July 28th) until NOON ET on August 3rd. After that, I’ll go through all the tweets containing @angievinez and #RioFriendshipDay, and I’ll randomly select a winner.

Ready? Set? TWEET!

Fine Print: Open to US Only. Winner will be randomly selected after the close of the giveaway. Winner will be notified via email upon selection, and will have 48 hours to claim their prize.

Disclaimer: I am not being compensated for this post in any way. The sponsors, (ThinkJam and 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment) will fulfill the prize as stated above.

Walmart & Box Tops for Education {Giveaway}

This giveaway will end Friday, August 12th @ 12:01 AM EST.

WalmartMy kids go back to school on August 4th. (Can you even believe that? I swear, it was just last week when they got out of school!) Anyway, all summer long, we’ve been saving up our Box Tops. I’m actually quite crazy when it comes to Box Tops. Those little coupons work like cash for my kids’ school, and they’re an easy way for me to help when budget cuts have been so bad. My kids know that you never, ever throw a Box Top away, and we have a special jar to put them in until we can send them in to the school so they can redeem them. When I’m shopping, I always look to see if there’s a Box Top on the item I need, and if there is, I’m much more likely to purchase the item with the Box Top instead of a private label brand.

Right now, you can head to your local Walmart and find up to 70 participating products that each contain 4 Box Tops! It’s literally like Box Top Heaven, given how much I love Box Tops. I received a $25 gift card so that I could head to Walmart myself. I ended up with oodles and oodles of Box Tops, and I left the store giddy with excitement! My kids’ school is gonna love me this year!

You already know how great Walmart is for helping families to save money. Right now you can get your favorite brands like Nature Valley, Cheerios, and Yoplait, and earn cash for the upcoming school year.Walmart Gift Card Giveaway

To learn more about the Box Tops for Education program, and find out more about how you can help contribute to your school, visit www.boxtops4education.com/.

To find out everything you need to know about Walmart, check out their website. You can also find them on Facebook and Twitter.

In order to encourage you to shop at Walmart and stock up on Box Tops for your family’s school, MyBlogSpark and Walmart have given me a $25 Walmart Gift Card to give away to one lucky reader. Entering is easy! Just use the Rafflecopter widget below.


 

Disclaimer: The information and $25 gift card to Walmart has been provided by Walmart and General Mills through MyBlogSpark. They are also sponsoring the giveaway and will fulfill the prize to the winner selected.

Coby SNAPP Digital Camcorder Giveaway

This giveaway will end Friday, July 29th at 11:59pm EST.

You all know that I am a huge fan of capturing memories and preserving them forever. Whether it’s on film or memory card, still photos or video, it doesn’t matter. Every moment is special, and they can be so much fun to look back on.

coby camcorderI recently received a Coby SNAPP Digital Camcorder as a thank you for putting up a post. Because I already have a fantastic little camcorder, I wanted to offer this awesome little camcorder up to one of my readers.

Here are the details of the camcorder as taken from the COBY website:

Shoot it, share it, SNAPP™ it! Introducing the Coby SNAPP™ CAM3001 from Coby Electronics: This pocket-sized digital camcorder lets you shoot video, take pictures, and play back your files at the touch of a button on a brilliant 1.44″ LCD screen. A built-in SD/SDHC card slot offers expandable memory for more than 2 hours of recording time, and the integrated USB plug eliminates the need for cables. Easy-to-use ArcSoft® video editing software and YouTube™ uploader let you share your videos online in minutes. USB extension cable and hand strap also included.

Features

  • 1.44″ TFT LCD screen
  • 1.3MP CMOS sensor with 4x digital zoom
  • Video resolution: VGA (640 x 480) @ 30fps, AVI file (Motion JPEG codec)
  • Up to 8GB memory with optional SD/SDHC card
  • Edit video and upload to YouTube™ with included ArcSoft® Media Impression software
  • View recorded videos and photos on a TV with the included AV cable
  • Convenient integrated USB 2.0 Hi-speed plug for fast file transfers
  • 2 x “AA” batteries (included) provides over 1.5 hours of power

What’s in the Box

  • AV Cable
  • 2 x “AA” Battery
  • Carrying Case
  • Handstrap

To learn more about the camcorder, check out the COBY website for all the details.

If you’re ready to purchase the camcorder for yourself, head to Amazon.com and purchase one.

Ready to enter the contest and get your shot at winning a Coby SNAPP Digital Camcorder?

Mandatory Entry: Leave a comment below and tell me why you want to win.*

*Mandatory. If this is not done, you cannot win.

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Fine Print: Contest is open to residents of the US. If you already do any of the above, you qualify. Please leave a comment for each of the extra entries you complete. However, you must first leave the required comment as stated above. Giveaway will end on July 29th at 11:59pm (EST), and the winner will be selected via the “And the Winner is..” plugin. Winner will be notified via email upon selection, and will have 48 hours to claim their prize.

Disclaimer: I am sponsoring this post on my own behalf. I will fulfill the prize as stated above, valued at approximately $30.

New Carefree Acti-Fresh Liners {Review & Giveaway}

carefree acti-fresh linersThis giveaway will end Saturday, July 9th at 11:59pm EST.

It’s another one of those taboo topics today. No one wants to talk about panty liners, even though they’re a necessity in every adult woman’s life.

That’s why Carefree has taken extra steps to be discreet, keeping you feeling fresh all day long. Their new Acti-fresh liners are so thin and absorbent, you will probably forget that you’re even wearing a liner. They are 40% thinner and up to twice as absorbent as the previous Carefree Body Shape Regular Liners. They are soft as your panties and the odor control system keeps you fresh for up to 8 hours. The to-go package design is compact and discreet, perfect for anyone. Carefree Acti-fresh liners are perfect for every day use, (pre-period and post-period), and you can use them while exercising, traveling, or any time you’re on the go!

Carefree sent me a “Freshen Up Essentials” kit, full of every day essentials that today’s woman-on-the-go needs. I received a pack of 20 Carefree Acti-Fresh Liners, a travel size body mist, a travel size baby powder, Clean & Clear Oil Absorbing Sheets, Listerine Pocketpaks Breath Strips, a travel size compact mirror, and a cute little travel bag to store it all in.

Lord knows that as a mom-on-the-go with 6 kids, I need something to help me feel fresh all day long. I love the new Carefree Acti-Fresh liners. They really are soft and comfortable, and you don’t even notice that they’re there. I love the new packaging with the little pink daisies, and it’s great that the liner is stuck directly to the wrapper. That means there are no extra strips of paper to deal with.

The entire kit is fantastic. My daughter loved it so much that she wanted to steal it from me! The bag stays in the diaper bag, so whenever we’re on the go, she and I can both use the products inside to stay fresh.

I am really impressed with the new Carefree Acti-Fresh liners and will continue to use them myself. I would also recommend them to any woman – mom or not – that wants to stay fresh no matter what she’s doing.

To learn more about the new Carefree Acti-Fresh liners, check out their website: CarefreeLiners.com (You can also request a free sample while you’re there!)

You can purchase Carefree Acti-Fresh liners at mass merchandise retailers, drugs stores, and grocery stores nationwide. They retail for $1.45/20-ct package, $3.49/54-ct package, or $6.60/120-ct package. It’s an excellent value for an excellent product!

Carefree is graciously offering up TWO (2) 20-ct packages of the new Carefree Acti-Fresh liners for one lucky reader.

To Enter

Visit the Carefree Website and look around. Then, come back here and tell me one feature of the new Acti-fresh liners that impresses you. (Don’t forget to request your free sample while you’re on their website!)
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You Can Do A Graphic Novel {Book Review + Giveaway – 3 Winners!}

This giveaway will end Friday, July 8th at 11:59pm EST.

you can do a graphic novelMy son, Zander loves to draw. And from those drawings, he creates stories. He’s made robots that do the hula, and a plethora of superheroes with powers even the top dogs haven’t come up with. (I was having trouble opening a can one day with my manual can opener, so Zander decided to create a super hero whose arm turned into a giant can opener that would take the lid off in seconds.)

I love his imagination, and I just know he’s going to be the next Stan Lee.

So, when I got the opportunity to review You Can Do A Graphic Novel by Barbara Slate, I jumped at the chance. Even if I don’t have any interest in ever creating a graphic novel, I know a young man that does, and I knew he’d jump all over the book.

I was right! As soon as it arrived, he snatched it out of my hands and didn’t put it down for hours. I’m not really sure how much of it he understood, but I’m pretty sure he understood it at least a little bit. Now, every story he draws, he’s very careful to have every part of the story Barbara Slate suggests having. And if he starts a story and can’t come up with a good climax, he scraps it and starts over. (He may have inherited his artistic ability from his grandpa, but he definitely got his mom’s need for perfection.)

We’ve had the book a couple of weeks now, and I always see Zander carrying it around, along with his art supplies. They’re always together, and it’s almost like he can’t do one without the other.

One thing that I love is that in the back of the book, there’s a glossary. I haven’t had to try and make up meanings for words in the book, they’re right there, easy to read and understand.

I know that I’m talking about this book and my (almost) 8 year old, but this book isn’t just for little kids. I enjoyed reading it and learning more about the stuff that Zander loves so much. It’s interesting and full of very useful tips. It’s perfect for anyone – of any age – that wants to learn how to create a graphic novel.

My favorite part of the book is on the front cover. It’s a quote by Stan Lee about the book. It states:
“I shudder at the thought of having to compete with a whole new gaggle of graphic novel creators! I tremble because if anyone can bring out the writer and artist hidden within society’s somnambulant psyche, it’s the titanically talented Barbara Slate. So please don’t read this book. I have a family to support!”

If it’s enough to scare the heebie jeebies out of Stan Lee, then it’s good enough for my boy! :)

If you – or someone you love has a love for graphic novels, this book is an excellent resource to teach them how they, too, can create their own graphic novel and be on their way to achieving their dreams.

To learn more about You Can Do A Graphic Novel by Barbara Slate, check out their website at YouCanDoAGraphicNovel.com. The book retails for $19.95, but you can find it on Amazon for just $13.57 and it’s eligible for free shipping.

Want to know the best news? I have 3 copies of the book to giveaway to my readers!

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First-Time Dad {Book Review & Giveaway}

This giveaway will end Sunday, June 26th at 11:59pm EST.

First-Time DadFather’s Day is almost here, and it’s a time when we let our dads know how special they are, and how much we appreciate all that they do.

Being a dad is tough. Really tough. You work hard, sacrifice your wants and needs for those of your children, and you feel a lot of pressure. I’m not a dad, but I am married to a really fantastic one, and I know that it’s not easy.

John Fuller, cohost on the daily Focus on the Family radio broadcast, has written a new book called First-Time Dad. While my husband isn’t a first time dad, had admires and respects John Fuller, and we both wanted to read the book. Here’s the synopsis:

Perhaps one of the most powerful influences in the world is that of a dad on his child.
As a first-time dad, you will encounter so many new experiences! You’ll gaze at tiny fingers and toes, change dirty diapers, initiate tickle attacks, endure sleepless nights, tell bedtime stories, field seemingly unanswerable questions, and so much more.
Focus on the Family ministry veteran (and father of six) John Fuller lets you in on the stuff you really need to know… because in just a few months or weeks or days, your life is going to change – forever.

What a great book! My husband and I both thoroughly enjoyed the book, and after 6 of our own children, we were still able to learn a few things.

John Fuller takes an easy-going, excited approach to telling dads all the wonderful ways their lives will change after the baby is born. It’s not all sunshine and roses, and he makes that clear as well. Never in a condescending or “don’t do this” approach. He gives practical advice and tips on surviving work, marriage, and fatherhood.

My favorite chapter is Chapter 5: How a Baby Affects Your Marriage. Marriage takes a big hit after a new baby is born. It’s hard to make date night a reality, and sometimes marriage gets put on the back burner. John gives 7 healthy habits to make sure you are doing everything for your marriage. He also offers 5 tips to help your marriage survive a new baby. (And as a wife and mother of 6, I wholeheartedly agree with his tips!)

My husband read and re-read Chapter 4 over and over again. The title of it is “Break the Chain.” Whether you had an amazing father or an absent father, there will always be inherited negatives. Whether we want to admit it or not, we are just like our parents. (Ever said something and then immediately though, “When did my dad get here?” Those are some of the traits I’m talking about!) He reminds the men reading this book that no one is perfect. We all make mistakes. It’s how we react and recover from those mistakes that makes them good fathers.

Overall, this is an excellent book, and a must-read for any new father or father-to-be. Full of advice, tips, and more resources than one could imagine, this book tells dads everything they need to know about how much their life is about to change. I would highly recommend it to anyone that wants to be the very best dad they can be. I am so thankful my husband and I both had the opportunity to read this book.

First-Time Dad can be found at your favorite local Christian bookstore, online at ChristianBook.com or on Amazon.

And, thanks to the kind people of Moody Publishers, I have a copy to give away to one of you!

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The Royal Wedding: William & Catherine {Review & Giveaway}

This giveaway will end Thursday, June 9th at 11:59pm EST.

The Royal Wedding on DVDI was brokenhearted when my tv went out on Friday morning, April 29th, 2011. It was the day that so many had been waiting for – Catherine Middleton, a commoner was about to become a princess.

And I missed it.

Now, I am not obsessed with the Royal family in any way. I just find it fascinating that a normal, every day girl was becoming a princess. I wanted to see her dress, and at least watch the ceremony. But, I couldn’t. TV was out, and the satellite wasn’t going to go back up for several more days.

When I was contacted by a PR rep and asked if I wanted to review and/or giveaway a copy of The Royal Wedding on DVD, I jumped at the chance. Even if I didn’t get the chance to review the DVD, I could still share it with my readers.

Well, guess what? They let me have a copy to review as well! I was so excited!

As soon as it arrived, I popped some popcorn, put the DVD in, snuggled up with Lucy and Parker, (the other kids were at school, and hubby was at work), and started watching. Lucy didn’t move. She loved the idea of becoming a princess, and as we watched, she kept asking me if someday she could become a princess too. I told her this DVD proves that anything is possible.

The DVD is fantastic. Having released on May 24th, the DVD is about 2 hours long, and it features Catherine’s arrival at Westminster Abbey, the entire ceremony, the carriage procession, and there’s even the traditional balcony appearance at Buckingham Palace. And that’s not even all of it! There’s also a special feature that includes a 50-minute documentary of William & Kate – A Royal Engagement.

Royal Kiss

It was so nice to be able to watch the events without commercial interruption, and see everything I missed. Now, I get to give one of my readers the opportunity to win a copy of The Royal Wedding: William & Catherine for themselves!

If you can’t wait to get your hands on a copy of the DVD, head to the BBC America Shop or Amazon.com and grab a copy. (Amazon has it on sale for just $4.99 right now, and you can get it shipped for free if your order totals $25 or more!)

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Electrolux Accessories {Giveaway}

Electrolux AccessoriesThis giveaway will end Sunday, June 5th at 11:59pm EST.

Looking for a convenient place to purchase home appliance and product accessories?

Look no further than the Electrolux Accessories Store. There, you’ll find products and accessories to meet every need in your kitchen, laundry room, and other areas of your house.

Electrolux’s Accessories division recently contacted me and asked if I would help spread the word about their website while offering up a $35 Gift Certificate to one of my readers. After taking some time to browse their website, I thought $35 could definitely come in handy for one of you. There are lots of products available for purchase including water and air filters, cleaners, and so much more.

To Enter for a chance to win a $35 Gift Certificate to the Electrolux Accessories Store

Head to the Electrolux Accessories Store and take a look around. Then, come back here and leave a comment telling me what you think you’d purchase with the $35 gift certificate.
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