#Sponsored: Show Us Your Smile Contest for Children’s Dental Hygiene Month

sampleDisclaimer: This post is sponsored by Great Expressions Dental Centers. Any opinions expressed are 100% my own and have not been influenced in any way.


As a mom of so many kids, lots of lost teeth, and many (many) trips to the dentist, I understand the importance of good dental hygiene! I stress it all the time with my kids.

To encourage children everywhere to participate in good oral hygiene practices, Great Expressions Dental Centers (GEDC) is launching their “Show Us Your Smile” facebook contest this month.

To enter the contest, parents get the chance to submit a photo of their child’s smile for a chance to win a free bike and a movie bundle. Winners will be selected once a week throughout the month of February.

Visit the Great Expressions Dental Centers Facebook Page to submit your entry today!

Remember – the contest runs all month, but once February is gone, so is your chance to win! Head on over and submit your child’s entry today!

#Sponsored: “Captive” DVD #CaptiveMovie #FlyBy #Review & #Giveaway

sampleDisclosure (in accordance with the FTC’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising”): Many thanks to Propeller Consulting, LLC for providing this prize for the giveaway. Choice of winners and opinions are 100% my own and NOT influenced by monetary compensation. I did receive a sample of the product in exchange for this review and post.

Only one entrant per mailing address, per giveaway.  If you have won a prize from our sponsor Propeller / FlyBy Promotions in the last 30 days, you are not eligible to win.  Or if you have won the same prize on another blog, you are not eligible to win it again. Winner is subject to eligibility verification.


Captive is based on a true story about the power of faith over fear. It is the story of how two lost souls collided. Brain Nichols is on the run and desperate to make contact with his brand new baby boy. He takes Ashley Smith hostage in her own apartment. Fearing for her life, and wanting nothing more than to be able to see her daughter again, she finally tuns to Rick Warren’s “The Purpose Driven Life” for guidance. Ashley and Brian come to a crossroads where they discover hope and light in the midst of despair.

I received a copy of Captive for my family, and we couldn’t wait until our next Family Movie Night. I made the choice to allow my older children to watch the movie, (ages 11 and up), but I’m thankful I didn’t allow the younger ones to stay up and watch it.

My husband and myself were able to have some really deep discussion after the movie with my older children, and I was quite surprised by how much they understood and had questions about. There was a lot of drug use in the movie. Lots of violence. Some was scary violence. Brian Nichols was a very scary man. And we all discussed how making one bad choice can lead you down a path of many bad choices. Before you know it, you’re going down a path it’s impossible to come back from. (Luckily, we know that through Christ, ALL things are possible, but that still doesn’t make it easy!)

The story was intense from beginning to end. I don’t think any of my kids moved from their seats. The only thing I wish is that faith had been more of a motivator in the movie, or that God had been featured a little bit more. But, there was enough faith shown that it helped open the door for great discussion with my kids. I was able to talk with them about the choices they make when they’re young, and how they will impact them when they get older. We talked a lot about staying away from drugs and alcohol, and not even trying them when “all” their friends are. We talked about having courage and strength to say NO, and if they don’t have the courage to say no on their own, they can trust Christ to give them the courage they need.

Overall, I did enjoy the movie, and I’m thankful for the discussion it was able to open up with my children. I cannot imagine all that Ashley Smith went through, but I’m certain her testimony has led – and will lead – many people to Christ.

To learn more about the movie, please check out the following links:

Want to win a copy of Captive for your family? Just leave a comment on this blog post and tell me a time when you needed faith to get through a scary situation. (If you don’t have an example, just leave your favorite Bible verse as a comment.)

Contest will end January 29th at 11:59pm ET. Please use the guidelines in the disclaimer to see if you qualify. Contest open to US & Canada.

#Sponsored: Check Out the New Quick Cups Video & Enter to Win!

sponsoredDisclaimer: This is a sponsored post on behalf of Spin Master Games. Information for the post was provided by Spin Master, but any opinions expressed are my own.

Take a minute to check out the fantastic new Quick Cups video from Spin Master. Then, be sure to scroll down and enter the giveaway to win one of three grand games packages. (Packages include Fibber, Mustache Smash, Boom Boom Balloon, Shark Mania, Rapidoodle, and Quick Cups and are valued at $125 each.) Also – there are 10 amazing Runner Up prizes of the Quick Cups Board Game!

Haven’t heard of Quick Cups? It’s this great game where kids can outperform their parents IF they have a quicker eye and hands. It’s a game that everyone will love to play, and ANYONE can be the winner!

Here, take a look at the video:

Now, enter the giveaway:

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Good luck to all who enter!

Also, be sure to thank Spin Master by checking out the Spin Master Games website and the Spin Master YouTube Channel. Because of them, I can bring you these fantastic giveaways!

#Sponsored: Enter the Store Brand Formula’s Unique Baby Sweepstakes #Contest

sponsoredDisclaimer: This is a sponsored post on behalf of Store Brand Baby Formula. Opinions expressed are my own and have not been influenced in any way.

Be sure to read to the end of this post… I’m giving away a $30 Visa Gift Card to one lucky reader!

As a mom of 8, I understand the desire to cut costs without cutting quality. That’s why I’ve always been a fan of store brand baby formula. When I could no longer breastfeed my children, we made the switch to store brand formula. It has saved us lots of money over the years, and my kids are still healthy, happy, and thriving. Store brand formula is great when you need a little help keeping your costs low.

When it comes to infant formula, many factors will help make the decision of what’s best for your baby, but the name on the container should not be one of them!

What most moms don’t know is that the FDA strictly regulates infant formula to keep little ones safe, so store brand infant formulas, like Walmart’s Parent’s Choice and Target’s Up and Up, are nutritionally comparable to national brands like Enfamil® and Similac® and meet FDA standards, at a much lower cost to your family.

So essentially, the brand of formula you use is not unique, but of course your baby is unique.

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To shine the spotlight on the most important part of the formula equation: your baby, Store Brand Formula is launching a “Unique Baby” Photo Sweepstakes in which the winner will receive $5,000 AND a year supply of Store Brand Formula.

Every baby is unique. Show us how YOUR baby is unique. We’re looking for funny, silly, odd, crazy unique baby photos.


My Sawyer is definitely unique. My goodness, this child is hysterical! The faces he makes, the things he gets into. He is the funnest little boy you will ever meet. Definitely one of a kind, and definitely one I want to show off to the world. 😉


Is your baby making a really bizarre expression?

Perhaps your baby is making an angry face?

Or maybe your baby’s hair is sticking up in a funny way.

Whatever it is, we’d love to see it.


How to Enter
To enter the Store Brand Formula Unique Baby Sweepstakes, simply visit http://bit.ly/1Fd2i6y and follow the photo submission guidelines and the on-screen instructions to complete the online entry form. All entries must be submitted between September 28, 2015 – November 5, 2015.

Limit one (1) entry per person, per day for the duration of the Sweepstakes

One (1) Grand Prize winner will receive $5,000 and a one (1) year supply of the winner’s choice of Store Brand Baby Formula. Five (5) First Prize winners will receive $200 and a one (1) year supply of the winner’s c choice of Store Brand Baby Formula.

For official rules click here!

Want to win a $30 Visa Gift Card? All you have to do is leave a comment on this post and tell me one way your baby is unique. Bonus entries if you enter the Store Baby Formula Sweepstakes and if you share this post on your social media outlets. (Just leave separate comments each time you share! No limit!) Contest Ends October 11th.

A winner has been selected:

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#Sponsored: Enter to Win $5,000 from @theduckbrand and @kidsinneed


Love Cupcakes? Have a creative way to use them in a new design for Duck Tape? If so, you could win $5,000!

To learn more, and to get started, visit duckbrand.com/kidsinneed today.

While you’re at it, be sure to follow them on Social Media too!

#Sponsored: #Giveaway @Walmart and @Pampers Team Up to Support Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals

sampleDisclaimer: The Walmart gift cards and information have been provided by P&G. Any opinions expressed are 100% my own.

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Right now, you can make a difference in the life of a child, just by purchasing items you already use from the store you already visit.

Walmart believes that every child deserves the chance at a better life, so they’ve teamed up with other favorite brands, (like Pampers), to donate $200,000 in the month of June to Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals. In addition to that, when you purchase products like Pampers Swaddlers at your local Walmart store, a portion of the proceeds will go to the Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals.

Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals provide treatment and hope to millions of sick kids. In fact, one in every ten kids in North America are treated by Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals each year. It doesn’t matter if it’s a common childhood affliction such as asthma or a broken bone, or a bigger challenge like birth defects or cancer, Children’s Miracle Network provides treatment for it all.

You can learn more about the partnership and even make your own donation by visiting this link: Walmart.com/cmnh.

Take a moment and look at this infographic to understand why they need your support:

infographic(To view the infographic as a full size PDF, just click on the image.)

They do so much good for so many children. They deserve our support!

I want to share the story of Will, a sweet little boy at the University of Iowa Children’s Hospital. At just 6 years old, Will is battling Stage 3 Liver Cancer (Hepatoblastoma). Here’s his story:

2014 IA Champion-Will (b, in hospital)

Dozens of vacuum cleaners line the walls of Will’s home, and he’ll impress you by rattling off the make and model of each one. But his unlikely passion for the household appliance is less surprising than the fact that he beat a grim diagnosis with a 5 percent survival rate.

Will was only 2 years old when a large mass was discovered on his liver, triggering several rounds of intense chemotherapy and the removal of 75 percent of the organ. It was a happy day when doctors declared he was in remission, but Will is still facing aftereffects — both physical and emotional — of the disease.

Medications caused numbness in Will’s hands, legs and feet, forcing him to relearn how to walk. He also had to overcome fears that everyone he encountered would inflict pain. With the love and support of his family, Will is tackling one obstacle at a time. He looks forward to a bright future that, hopefully, includes running his own vacuum shop one day.

CMN Hospitals funds helped cover Will’s pharmacy bills and also paid for a pediatric hematology oncology research laboratory that will benefit kids like him for many years to come.

What a sweet spirit that little boy has! And you can help kids just like Will by purchasing items like Pampers Swaddlers at your local Walmart store, or by clicking here to make a donation.

To help encourage you to head to Walmart and stock up on items like Pampers Swaddlers, P&G wants to give one of my readers the chance to win a $25 Walmart Gift Card. To enter, use the Rafflecopter Gadget below.

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Giveaway ends July 15th at 12:00am.

#IC #Ad: Embrace Your Life’s #UnscriptedBeauty with #AVEENO

sponsoredDisclaimer:I participated in a Influencer Activation on behalf of Influence Central for AVEENO. I received product samples as well as a promotional item to thank me for my participation.


As a photographer, and as a mom, my favorite moments are the unscripted moments. The candid, catch-it-as-it-happens moments that you just can’t plan for. That’s why I was so excited when I was offered the opportunity to participate with AVEENO in this amazing campaign.


These are the real moments. The genuine. The everyday moments that make every day more special. It’s when we share these moments that other parents can truly capture a glimpse into our lives and connect with us on another level.


I have no shortage of #UnscriptedBeauty moments around here. With 8 kids, family pets, and all the chaos life entails, I am always ready to capture special moments forever. That’s why you’ll rarely find me without my phone. I don’t need to play games, I don’t need to constantly check into social media, I just need to be ready to capture the moments I never want to forget. And there are plenty of them!


Sometimes, life doesn’t go as we planned. In the picture below, Sawyer, our youngest, ended up in the hospital on vacation. Just when it seemed like everything was going wrong, I snapped this picture. There he was, sleeping so peacefully. He was on the path to healing. His breathing had become less labored, and I knew everything was going to be ok. To me, this photo below screams beauty. No, it wasn’t what I had planned, but something good came out of it.


Throughout the month of June, AVEENO wants to encourage you to embrace your own #UnscriptedBeauty and participate in the #UnscriptedBeauty Contest. All you have to do is take time this month to capture the Unscripted Beauty in the life of your family. Then, post your photos on Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter using the hashtags #AVEENO, #UnscriptedBeauty, and #Contest. In July, one winner will be selected to receive a photo shoot from acclaimed photographer Danielle Guenther. They will also receive AVEENO products. This is an amazing prize, so start sharing your #UnscriptedBeauty moments with the world!


Life is beautiful, and the moments that you might not think to capture are the moments that make it that way. I encourage you to take some time this month, look around you, and capture the #UnscriptedBeauty that surrounds you. Then, share those moments, and you might just win!

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I also want to encourage you to learn more about AVEENO products by checking out the AVEENO website.


To see more #UnscriptedBeauty moments, please check out the AVEENO Facebook page. You can also follow the hashtags #AVEENO and #UnscriptedBeauty on your favorite social media channels.


So, what do you say? Will you join me and share your favorite #UnscriptedBeauty moments? I would love to see them!

#Sponsored: Support UNICEF & Enter to Win! #Giveaway

sampleDisclaimer: This is a sponsored post on behalf of UNICEF Market. I received samples in order to facilitate my review. Opinions expressed are 100% my own.

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I recently posted about UNICEF here on the blog, and how they have provided more than 6 decades of service for children and mothers. This is a cause that I can proudly stand behind, and one that I support wholeheartedly. Donating to UNICEF is an easy way to help keep this amazing cause going.

But now, there is a better, easier way to donate to UNICEF, and it’s by doing one of my very favorite things: SHOPPING! The UNICEF Market is now open, and you can quickly and easily support their talented artists as well has help UNICEF save and protect children.

The wonderful people behind the UNICEF Market contacted me and asked me to review their new website and spend $50 on their site. Happy to support this cause in any way that I can, I jumped on the chance, and then jumped on the site.

I was truly blown away!

There were so many amazing items! From earrings to furniture and totes to ponchos, they had everything I could even imagine. And every single item was so beautiful and handmade by the most incredible artists.

After browsing the site for what seemed like forever, I narrowed my choices down to two items:

(Please note: I also ordered several other items, but they are gifts for others, and went above the $50 gift card I received in order to do this review, so I will not be sharing them here.)

Knowing the items were shipping from overseas, I expected to have to wait awhile for them to arrive. Imagine my surprise when about a week after placing my order, the items were at my door!

The items were even more beautiful than pictured on the website. I wear the anchor earrings almost every single day now. They are the perfect size and weight and go with almost everything – casual or dressy.

I also use the elephant mug everyday. I’ve started drinking a special tea to help aid in weight loss, and the mug is the perfect size for what I need. Not to mention, it’s just so pretty to look at.

And while I cannot post about the other items I ordered here, I do want to tell you that I love every one of them as well. The UNICEF gift wrap is also a perfect touch so the recipients will know their item helped support saving children. It doesn’t get much better than that.

I am super impressed with the UNICEF Market, and I have already bookmarked several more items for Christmas and Anniversary presents. This may be my favorite new place to shop online, especially knowing my purchase can help make a difference in the lives of others.

The UNICEF Market has also graciously offered up another $50 Gift Certificate to one of my readers. Use the Rafflecopter gadget to enter below. Giveaway Ends April 14th at 12:00am. (Gift code will expire April 30th, so you must shop quickly.)

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Thank you for supporting the UNICEF Market!

#Sponsored: Share Your Heart with @BuildABear and @MakeAWish #Giveaway

sampleDisclaimer: This post and the Facebook Giveaway are sponsored by Build a Bear. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

(Giveaway is being hosted on the Blessed Beyond Words Facebook page. Just like this Facebook post.)

My kids love Build-A-Bear Workshop.

Ok. Ok. We all do. On our first Valentine’s Day, my hubby bought both me and Ashley our own Build-A-Bear friends. We both still have them, even all these years later.

We still frequent Build-A-BearWorkshop as often as we can: birthdays, Christmas, Valentine’s Day, and even “just because.” These cuddly friends are a fantastic way to share your heart with the ones you love.

And, now through March 31, 2015, you can also “Share Your Heart” and helping create special days for the children who need it most by making a donation to Make-A-Wish. Guests who visit their local Build-A-Bear store will have the opportunity to purchase a satin heart with a donation of $1 or more. When you make a donation, you will be asked to sign a Valentine greeting for a child in a local hospital.

Want to know the best part? 100% of the donations and proceeds from the satin hearts collected will go directly to benefit Make-A-Wish.

Last year, Build-A-Bear Workshop donated more than $440,000 to Make-A-Wish through their Share Your Heart partnership. With your help, we can make that number even bigger! You can help Build-A-Bear make more life-changing wishes come true. Every wish come true helps empower children with life-threatening medical conditions to fight harder against their illness. Your donation of $1 or more can make a true difference in the life of a child. Learn more by visiting www.buildabear.com/wish.


#Sponsored: Win a Family Vacation Package & #StayCool with Old Orchard

sampleDisclaimer: I received samples of the new Old Orchard Lemonade flavors in order to facilitate my review. Opinions expressed are 100% my own and have not been influenced. I have not been compensated in any other way for this post. Giveaway coupons provided by Old Orchard Brands.

There is a giveaway included in this post for FREE Old Orchard products. Be sure to read to the very end!!

It’s officially summertime. And in summertime, there’s one drink that I think of most: a cool, refreshing glass of Lemonade. I absolutely love lemonade, and it goes great with any meal or any summertime activity.

country style lemonadeMy Review

For this review, Old Orchard sent me samples of two of their new Naturally Sweetened lemonade flavors: Country Style Lemonade and Strawberry Lemonade. I will admit, I was skeptical. I love lemonade, but it has to be homemade lemonade. My mother in law makes the absolute best lemonade I’ve ever had. It tastes like it came from a county fair.

Imagine when my surprise when I took a big gulp of the Country Style Lemonade and it tasted just like my mother in law’s lemonade! I didn’t think it was possible! But, now I’ve got a new obsession. I can’t get enough of this lemonade, and I have it with every meal. 🙂 I also tried the Strawberry lemonade, and it was good, I’m just not a fan of any other flavors in my lemonade. I just want tart, make your mouth pucker lemons. My husband, however, is a huge fan of the Strawberry lemonade, and he’s come home from work with a bottle of it every night this week so far. (The joys of working at a grocery store, I guess. You have access to all the good stuff the entire time you’re there!)

We’ve found a new staple for our fridge, and I can guarantee we’ll be stocked full of Old Orchard Lemonade this summer!

#StayCool Summer Video Contest

I also want to make sure you’ve heard about the #StayCool Summer Video Contest Old Orchard is hosting. Old Orchard wants YOUR videos that capture the essence of “staying cool.” In return, you could win prizes that range from free Old Orchard Brands fruit juice to a chance to win one of two summer getaway vacation packages valued at $2,500 each.

strawberry lemonadeNow through July 31st, you can find the contest at OldOrchard.com/staycool.

To enter the #StayCool Summer contest, all you have to do is upload a short video (30 seconds or less) on the contest website or on Facebook at facebook.com/OldOrchard that demonstrates how YOU stay “cool” during the summer. It could be how you cool off, how you keep in style. Get creative! You can only upload one video per day, but you can submit new videos every day for more chances to win. You can also upload your videos directly from your handset device, so you don’t have to worry about any third party video hosting. To put it simply, point, shoot, and upload your cool summer moment for a chance to win BIG!

One Grand Prize winner will be selected by popular vote, and the other by a panel of Old Orchard Brands judges. Each grand prize winner will receive a $2,500 summer vacation getaway. The top 25 most popular entries (by vote) will receive a summer prize kit including free Old Orchard juice.

So, what are you waiting for? Head on over and enter today!

Also, be sure to connect with Old Orchard in the following ways:

Enter Here to win FREE coupons from Old Orchard

But, wait – before you go, leave me a comment and tell me which flavor of Old Orchard Lemonade you want to try first. (Country Style or Strawberry.) By doing so, you’ll be entered to win a coupon to try out the new Old Orchard Lemonade flavors. (You may leave one comment per day from now until the end of the contest.)

At the end of the giveaway, I’ll select 5 lucky winners and send them each a full value coupon!

Giveaway will end July 18th @ 12:01am, and this post will be edited to include the winners.

*One comment per reader per day. Winners can receive more than one coupon if their comment numbers are selected. US entrants only, please.

And the winners are….


#6 – Janice F.
#4 – Rebecca P.
#9 – Candie L.
#2 – Cheryl F.
#1 – Natalie V.

Dress Up A Hostess Twinkie Like a Minion #Sponsored

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Disclaimer: This post is sponsored by Hostess.


My kids are SO excited about the upcoming release of Despicable Me 2 on Blu-ray, DVD, and Digital HD. It is the biggest topic of conversation around here. “Mom, is it December 10th yet?” “How many more days?” “Can we get Despicable Me 2 as soon as it comes out?” The questions never end. But what they don’t know is that I’ve already put my order in for the movie. We just have to wait for it to ship to us. They are going to be so excited!

Because “Minion fever” is in the air everywhere, Hostess is inviting fans all across the country to unleash their creativity and “Minion-ize” their Twinkies. In doing so, you get the chance at winning some fantastic prizes!

Now through January 5, 2014, visit the Hostess Facebook Page and Check out the Hostess Twinkie Minion Makeover App to download lots of different Minion accessories and start turning your Twinkies into Minions. Then, upload pictures of your fabulous little creation to enter to win a daily prize. (Daily prizes include a Despicable Me 2 Blu-ray and special offers from Hostess.) Or, you could be lucky enough to win the grand prize: a Home Theater System, a collection of 30 Blu-ray disks, and a year’s supply of Hostess treats!

Ok, you know what to do. Head on over to the Hostess Facebook Page and start Minion-izing your Twinkies to win!!

Good luck to all who enter!

CaringBridge & Hallmark Caring Messages Card Contest #Sponsored #MC

Sponsored PostDisclosure: I participated in a campaign on behalf of Mom Central Consulting (#MC) for CaringBridge. I received a promotional item as a thank you for participating.



When I was 18 years old, my Daddy was diagnosed with a very rare form of cancer. In fact, when he was diagnosed, he was one of only 5 people with the same form of cancer in all of North America. I was a single mom, still living at home, and working a full time job, but every second that I spent at home, I spent taking care of my Daddy. It was a lot of hard work. It was a lot of sleepless nights, and hardly any rest. He was so sick and required so much care. And it broke my heart to see my Daddy, the strongest man I knew, withering away because of cancer.

I never took care of Daddy for recognition or because I “had” to. I did it because I loved him, and I wanted him to know that I would be there to help him in any way that I could.

Do you know someone who goes above and beyond to care for someone they love? If so, please keep reading. I want to tell you about a special contest that Hallmark Cards and CaringBridge have put together.

The contest is called the “Caring Messages” card contest, and it will be held during National Caregiver Month.

From October 28th through November 17th, the “Caring Messages” card contest asks participants to draw on their personal experiences – either as a caregiver themselves, or as someone that receives care – and create a message of love and support that is appropriate for a caregiver. Those that participate can submit one card idea in each of the following categories on www.hallmarkcontests.com:

  • Support & Encouragement: What can you say to help them get through the day, or lift up their spirits? Let them know you are thinking of them, and cheer them on with happy thoughts.
  • Compliments & Appreciation: Let someone know how much you admire them because of what they do and how they do it.
  • Words from the Wise: If you have ever been a caregiver for someone you love, you know what it’s like. Write a supportive message for others based on what you’ve learned or what you needed to hear when you were caring for a loved one.

The goal of the contest is to provide patients, caregivers, and supports with love, hope, and compassion. Winners will be announced in February and will receive a cash prize. Their entry will then be sold at Hallmark.com with in-store sale to be determined.

If you have a word of encouragement or love to share with someone that is caring for others, please take a moment to enter the “Caring Messages” contest.

Enter the Great American Worker Contest (Sponsored)

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Do you know someone who could be the next Great American Worker? Someone who should be recognized for their dedication to community involvement, productivity, and safety? If you answered yes, you need to keep reading!


The makers of Brawny Industrial® wipers have have officially kicked off the Great American Worker contest,  an annual Georgia-Pacific Professional event that salutes the efforts of the unsung heroes of American industry.

What Can I Win?

The grand prize winner will receive a Ford® F-150 Truck! First prize is a DeWALT® Combo Kit (ARV $279), and 25 Second Prize Winners will receive Georgia-Pacific paper products valued at $70.

Who Qualifies for the contest?

Those who are plant managers, floor supervisors, assembly line operators, truck drivers, mechanics, and workers in manufacturing, automotive, construction, logistics, food service, and other U.S. industries are eligible.

How Do I Enter?

Candidates nominate themselves online at www.brawnyindustrialGAW.com.

What are the Requirements?

Contestants must submit a short essay telling why they are the Great American Worker and how their commitment, dedication, and leadership have made a difference on the job and in the community.

What is the Essay Theme?

“Get Work Done.”  We are looking for stories about the things that inspire American workers to get the job done safely and correctly the first time around so they have personal time to relax, recharge, and ‘be there’ for their families and communities.

 How will the Voting Work?

The top 10 entries who receive the most points from judges will be entered in the Grand Prize community voting phase. Friends, family and co-workers are invited to register to vote on the contest website during this phase. The contestant with the highest final score will be selected as this year’s Great American Worker and will receive the new Ford F-150.

  • Each voter is limited to one (1) vote per day for each one of the finalists during the voting phase.
  • Voters who submit a vote for one (1) of the finalists will receive one (1) entry into a sweepstakes for a chance to win a DeWALT® Combo Kit or a Georgia-Pacific Product Pack.

 Can You Share the Timeframe of the Contest?

  • Nominations accepted:  March 5-July 7, 2013
  • Judging: July 8-July 25, 2013
  • Community voting: July 26-September 20, 2013
  • Votes tabulated: September 21-October 14, 2013
  • Winners announced: On or about October 15, 2013

So, there you have it! If you know someone who should be considered for the Great American Worker contest, please tell them about this post and encourage them to enter. Remember, you can’t win if you don’t enter, so it’s worth a shot! You have until July 7th to get your entries in, and I hope you will all take a moment to do so.

Good luck to those who enter!

Disclaimer: This post was sponsored by the PR firm for Georgia Pacific Products. I will receive a gift card for my time in crafting this post.

Wondershare DVD Slideshow Builder Deluxe {Review & Giveaway}

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For most of my children, I have created a special DVD Slideshow for their second birthday party. Each child gets a special song, and I select dozens (if not hundreds) of photos to share with friends and family for a few special moments. (I say most because computers at home were still very new when my oldest daughter was born.)

I recently had the opportunity to review the Wondershare DVD Slideshow Builder Deluxe. What a fun, easy way to create a special slideshow and share it with those you love. The video you see above was created in less than 5 minutes. I took some of the newborn photos of Carly that I had on my computer, inserted them into the easy-to-use slideshow builder. Then, I selected the transitions I wanted for each picture, found a song I wanted to use, and put it all together. It took absolutely no time at all, and I love how it turned out. The best part? Once I finished creating the slideshow, I had so many options of how I wanted to share it. I could create a file to save on my computer, share it directly to youtube, burn it to DVD, share it to a mobile device, or send it right to my iPhone. (Or iPad – if I had one.)

The Wondershare DVD Slideshow Builder Deluxe is so easy to use that it’s perfect for anyone. Whether you are completely computer saavy or you have a hard time even finding the “on” switch for your laptop, it doesn’t matter. The slideshow builder is user friendly and anyone can catch on quick. In minutes, you’ll find yourself sharing your favorite memories with the ones you love most. I highly recommend the Wondershare DVD Slideshow Builder Deluxe to anyone that is looking for an easy to use slideshow building program. At just $69.95, it’s an excellent value for everything you get in the program. (Right now the program is on sale for $59.95, making it an even better value!)

I also encourage my readers to follow Wondershare on the following social media platforms:

The wonderful folks at Wondershare are giving away 5 lifetime registration codes of the Wondershare DVD Slideshow Builder Deluxe. That’s right! 5 lucky readers are going to Win big! It’s easy to enter – just use the Rafflecopter Gadget below.

Can’t wait for the giveaway to end, and want to purchase right now? If you use this special link, you can get the Slideshow Builder for 50% off!!

CLICK HERE for the Special Price

Enter to win a copy through Rafflecopter here:

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Disclaimer: I received a copy of the Wondershare DVD Slideshow Builder Deluxe in order to facilitate my review. Opinions expressed are 100% my own and have not been influenced in any way.

Shabby Apple Modest Clothing for Women {GlVEAWAY! Ends 3/31}

I am all about modesty and keeping myself covered. But at the same time, I also like to look good – and feel good about what I’m wearing.

That’s why I love the modest clothing choices from Shabby Apple.

Shabby Apple GiveawayShabby Apple specializes in modest clothing. There are options for every style taste and budget. I can spend hours browsing through their dress selections and accessories. They have just about everything you can imagine… shoes, clothes, jewelry, bags, swimwear… you name it, they’ve probably got it!

I hope you’ll take some time to check out the Shabby Apple website and connect with them in the following ways:

In order to help spread the word about their gorgeous modest clothing, the kind folks at Shabby Apple are offering one lucky Blessed Beyond Words reader a $35 gift certificate!

Use the Rafflecopter form below, or enter here on your mobile device: http://bit.ly/ZKvZkz

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Disclaimer: Shabby Apple is sponsoring this giveaway for a gift certificate for one reader. I have not been compensated for this post in any way.

Do You Love Mountain Dew? Tell Me! (Flash GlVEAWAY! – Ends 9/21)

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Do you love Mountain Dew? Well, Mountain Dew wants to know what you love most! As a thank you, you’ve got a chance to win a $25 Amazon Gift Card!

Before I get to the details of the giveaway, let me tell you what my family thinks about Mountain Dew:

My husband LOVES Mountain Dew. If he’s having a meal, odds are good he’s having a Mountain Dew right along with that meal. He loves the crisp, refreshing taste, and he just can’t get enough of it.

The kids get Mountain Dew as a special treat, and it’s one of their favorite treats! The fizzy bubbles of the soda make their faces light up with huge smiles.

Now, Mountain Dew wants to hear from you! In return, you will get the chance to win a $25 Amazon Gift Card!

Here’s how to enter:

1. “Like” this post. (Facebook button is in the Share Bar directly under the “Also check out” section under the post and above the comments section.)

2. Leave a comment telling me what you love most about Mountain Dew. (Be sure to include your Facebook Name so I can be sure you “liked” the post!)

The giveaway will end Friday, 9/21 at 5pm PST. Any entries after that time will not be eligible to win the gift card. Winner will be chosen with the “And the Winner is…” plugin.

This is a quick and easy giveaway to enter, so what are you waiting for? Leave your comment below!

Disclaimer: I have not been compensated for this post in any way. This giveaway is sponsored on behalf of Mountain Dew.

Enter Your Daughter to Become Little Miss Coppertone

Do you have a little girl between the ages of 2 and 8? Right now, you can head on over to the Coppertone Facebook page and enter her photo into the Little Miss Coppertone Contest. {Hurry! Entries are accepted until June 22nd, and there’s no purchase necessary to enter.}

Alison Sweeney will be a special guest judge, and she will lead the judging team in selecting the finalists. Then, on July 13th, America will vote to choose the next Little Miss Coppertone! The winner gets a dream family vacation, and will also be featured in a Coppertone print ad.

To enter the contest and for more information, check out the Coppertone Facebook page.

And while you’re there, why not take the fun new quiz Coppertone put up for us women? It’s a quick little quiz that will tell you exactly what type of Coppertone girl YOU are. I took the quiz, and here are my results:

Hurry on over to the Coppertone Facebook page, take the quiz, and enter your little girl into the contest!

Disclaimer: I was entered for a chance to win a gift card in exchange for this post.  No monetary exchange took place.



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Pampers Limited Edition Team USA Diapers {Ends 5/9}

Pampers is up to all sorts of exciting things! As we all know, the London 2012 Olympic Games are right around the corner. Excitement is already building, and I know how much my family is looking forward to cheering on Team USA.

In 2010, Pampers sponsored the Vancouver Olympic Games, and they are continuing their commitment to the littlest of athletes…. babies!

Pampers has recently announced their partnership with two-time Olympic Games Gold Medalist {in Beach Volleyball} and Team USA Hopeful, Kerri Walsh, and have introduced Pampers Limited Edition “USA” diapers and wipes that will be hitting store shelves mid-April.

And if that isn’t enough, they’ve also launched a Facebook sweepstakes just for Pampers Facebook fans.

Beginning April 16th, and running through May 19th, parents can visit the “Team USA Sweeps” tab on the Pampers Facebook page and register for a chance to win the grand prize trip: One family of 4 will attend the London 2012 Olympic Games and attend the first ever Pampers Playground event alongside Team USA Hopeful, Kerri Walsh, and her husband and sons. {Grand Prize Winner will be drawn on or around May 21st.} They will also be randomly selecting weekly winners between now and August 12th to receive a prize pack consisting of a one month’s supply of Pampers Limited Edition Team USA diapers and wipes as well as a souvenir volleyball signed by Kerri Walsh.

Don’t wait another minute! Hurry on over to the Pampers Facebook Page and enter today!

In order to help build excitement for their new partnership, Pampers has asked me to give away a prize pack to one lucky Blessed Beyond Words reader. One winner will receive Pampers Limited Edition “USA” diapers (economy box MSRP $50; approx. 140+ diapers SIZE 3) and wipes (MSRP $3.99; approx. 72 wipes). Enter using the rafflecopter gadget below.

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Disclaimer: I have received an economy box of Pampers Limited Edition Team USA diapers and a box of wipes from Pampers in exchange for this post. Opinions expressed are 100% my own.

ZeroWater Drinking Water Pitcher Review {Ends 4/10}

Many of you know, I quit drinking soda early this year. I have switched to absolutely nothing but water. Sometimes drinking water is great… and other times, {like when I’m eating out at a restaurant or visiting someone else’s home, or when I don’t have a way to filter my water}, it’s not so great.

I want my water to taste good… after all, it’s much easier to drink when it tastes good.

Recently, I heard about ZeroWater through MomCentral. I was so excited to find out I had been accepted into the campaign. I’ve used many, many different filtration systems for our home’s tap water, and I just hadn’t found one that I really loved.

I’ve been using the ZeroWater pitcher for a little over a week now. I must say, my water tastes better than it ever has. The biggest difference I noticed was the smell of the water. For some reason, when our water comes out of the tap, and you put it into a glass, it smells like dog. Now, we don’t even have a dog. We haven’t had a dog in over 5 years. Since I’ve started using the ZeroWater pitcher, I don’t smell that stench anymore, and I don’t have to resort to using straws to get past that smell.

If you head to the ZeroWater website, you can look up the current state of water for your area. After typing in my zipdcode, I discovered our TDS {Total Dissolved Solids} Reading is 127. Not great, but not really bad either. Water is drinkable straight from the tap, but I really prefer it after it’s been filtered – no matter where I am.

The ZeroWater pitcher came with a TDS meter that allows me to instantly see what the TDS reading of my water is. I love that feature. And I love that I can remove the meter and toss it into my purse. That allows me the ability to test the water wherever I go… just so I know if I really want to be drinking the water or if I should run and buy a bottle of water instead. {Although, even some bottled water has a higher TDS reading than one would hope!}

I am really impressed with the ZeroWater pitcher. I will say that it takes a LONG time to fill up, but that’s because the pitcher contains a patented 5-stage water filtration system. Once you taste the water, though, you quickly realize it’s worth every second it took to fill the pitcher. {By the way, ZeroWater’s filtration system is the only system certified to meet the FDA’s standards for Purified Bottled Water. It gives you peace of mind with every glass!} I also love that the pitcher gives you the option to pour from the top, or you can use the spout on the back and leave the pitcher in the fridge. Makes things so much easier, and the kids love refilling my cups all the time – and I don’t have to worry about spills! I do wish the pitcher held more though, because I empty this pitcher at least 5 times a day. Then it takes forever to fill back up each time, and it is really time consuming. But, it does make my water taste better than any other filtration systems I’ve  used.

I also wanted to mention that March 22nd was World Water Day. The United Nations established World Water Day to get people to look at current water issues around the world. Did you know that 11% of the world’s population don’t have safe water? Combine this with poor sanitation and this results in approximately 4,000 children dying every day. Something has to be done to change these statistics.

I hope you’ll take some time to learn more about ZeroWater – and check out what the TDS reading is in your area. You can connect with ZeroWater in the following ways:

If you’d like to purchase a ZeroWater 10 Cup Filtration Pitcher, Click here: ZeroWater 10 Cup Pitcher. Then, use discount code MC30 to get 30% off your purchase. It’s a great price for a great product!

I also get to give TWO lucky readers the chance to win a ZeroWater 10 Cup Pitcher of their very own! To enter, use the Rafflecopter gadget below.

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Disclaimer: I wrote this review while participating in a blog tour by Mom Central Consulting on behalf of ZeroWater and received a water pitcher to facilitate my review, two pitchers to giveaway, and extra filters to thank me for taking the time to participate.