The Art of Random Willy-Nillyness: September 2009

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Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Giveaway Madness!!!

Head on over to Dun4Fun and enter the Lindt Chocolate giveaway!! My pal Rhonda is giving a whole bunch of it away so get over there and enter!!!

Win a Personalized Parcel. These are fantastic. You can pick a theme and then send it to your loved one. So head over to Living One Day at a Time and enter!!

Race on over to Robyn's Online World and enter to win a My Sims Racing Game for the Wii. This looks like so much fun!! Woo-hoo, I am all over it.

Got Games? If not, head on over to The Not So Blog and enter to win some Hasbro games for National Family Game Night. Awesome!! Hasbro games rock.

Yummy Nature Valley Granola Nut Clusters plus a backpack and binoculars are up for grabs over at Baby Goodbuys! Woo-hoo, this is a nice prize pack for anyone!

Adore Flor? Then head over to Double Bugs and enter for these awesome rug kits!!

More Flor!! Go over to Giveaway Addicted Mommy and enter there as well. Love these!

More chocolate!! Run over to The Not So Blog and enter to win a truckload of Hershey's candies. Okay, not a truckload but a lot!

Need to keep warm? Then you need the Slanket. Head over to Mommy Goggles and enter to win.

Gamer's laptop desk is available over at She Scribes . The best thing? 3 winners!

Sweet!! Do you love coffee, then head over Verging on 40 and enter the coffeewiz giveaway. You can win a dolce gusto, Keurig or Tassimo coffee maker. What a fantastic giveaway.

If you don't like coffee and like tea then head over to Mommies Angels for a cool tea basket but I beg of you not to enter since I am a tea fiend and really want this basket! Pretty lease with a cherry on top!

Mommy Goggles has a cool ClubBK fun pack. I am so loving this for my friend's girls. The love this kind of stuff.

Food for 5 is giving away a cool little Frito Lay tailgating pack. I heart Fritos like nobody's business!! I can taste them now.

Monday, September 28, 2009

CLOSED - Pond's Wet Cleansing Towelettes Review and Giveaway

I recently was sent a package of Pond's Wet Cleansing Towelettes to review. Now I have to be honest and say that I rarely use makeup but every once in a while I have to put my face on to go out. I don't use foundation but I love using bronzer, mascara and a little blush. When I feel sassy, I even use eyeshadow!

I recently attended the Type-A-Mom conference in Asheville and it was one of those situations where I had to put on my face. So I thought this would be the perfect place for me to review the Pond's Wet Cleansing Towelettes. During the conference, I wore makeup a few times. Usually I take off my makeup with a little soap and water but that is always iffy because while the soap will take off facial makeup, it does not do well on mascara. I always use waterproof mascara because the last thing I want to do is look like Tammy Faye Baker. Waterproof mascara is tough to get off. If the soap and water doesn't work then I have to go dig around the medicine cabinet for lotion of some sort. Bad idea because lotion usually burns my eyes and I hate using Vaseline because it's so greasy.

Well, I tried these babies and they worked. They are easy to use and come in a pouch that closes right up after use. They felt great on the face and actually cleaned really well. The bronzer and powder that I normally use came off immediately. The mascara came off relatively easy. It only took a few wipes to get it off. I also used these when I snuck back into the room to freshen up. I took one out and wiped my face. It left my face feeling clean and fresh. My skin also felt smooth.

These Pond's Wet Cleansing Towelettes are great to have in your purse or to travel with. I am going off to Mexico soon and these will be in my luggage because they are great if you want to just get your face free of dirt and guck and might not have soap and water handy. The pack is a little bulky but if you have a bigger purse, then they will fit nicely. Overall, this is a great product. I liked it and it worked well for me. Now if you wear a lot of makeup they might work differently but for me they were great to have. The smell was not too strong although I prefer stuff unscented. I tried another brand of wipes and the Pond's definitely worked better for me.

In addition to the Original Clean formulation that I tried there are two others: Micro-Dermabrasion, which exfoliates as well as cleanses, and Age-Defying, which is infused with retinol (a form of vitamin A) and collagen (a protein). I really want to try the Micro-Dermabrasion towlettes because I feel they would probably exfoliate quite well and I am all about exfoliating. Pond's Wet Cleansing Towelettes are also ophthalmologist and dermatologist tested. They contain Triple Tea Antioxidant Complex,Vitamin E and Chamomile.

They are also not that expensive in the big scheme of things. The 30-count packet has a suggested retail price of $4.79 to $5.07. Drugstore.com offers the 15-ct size for $2.24. This is a fair price for a good product. Go over to Pond's site and get more info. Also they have a coupon for $1.50 savings!! Woo-hoo!

And I know you know what's coming up next!! Yes, the sponsor has a pack of the towelettes for my readers as well.

Mandatory Entry: Visit Pond's and look around. Then come back and tell me what something you learned. Or take the Skin Diagnostic test and report back what skin type you are.

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Make sure to leave a separate comment for the entries you complete!

Deadline: Friday, October 23 at 11:59 pm EST. I will use random.org to pick a winner so everyone has a chance to win. **PLEASE leave an email if your blogger profile does not include it or you don't have a blog. I need a way to contact you.** Once a winner is drawn I will contact them and the winner will have 48 hours to reply back before I draw a new winner. Giveaway is open to US residents only who are 18 years of age or older.

Sunday, September 27, 2009

WINNER $40 Living Rooms Direct!

Drumroll please. The winner of the $40 gift certificate from Living Rooms Direct chosen by Random.org is:

Michele from C U Smile

Congrats! Michele, contact me as soon as you can. You have 48 hours to get back to me. After 48 hours, I will choose a new winner. So send me your info!! Once I get all the info, I will send it our wonderful sponsor.

I want to thank Living Rooms Direct for this great prize and the opportunity to give it to one of my readers. I also want to thank everyone who participated. I appreciate your continued support! If you didn't win this one, there are a few more giveaways going on. Look on my sidebar for the current list! I have also started adding more reviews, freebies and deals to the blog so you can be in on them so keep checking back. Coming soon will be a Yoplait Yoga pack and a Harry Connick CD!! Tomorrow I am adding a Pond's Wet cleansing towelette giveaway you don't want to miss!


Thursday, September 24, 2009

I Will Be MIA for a Few Days

Hi folks, I will be out of town for a few days at the Type-A-Mom Conference in Asheville so you won't see any updates for a while. I will close the Living Rooms Direct giveaway while away but will not post the winner until Monday if I don't have time to do so on the 26th.

But I will be back with some new giveaways soon! Take care.

Hey also check out Purex and enter for a chance to win a box of your own 3 in 1 sheets. Evey click helps me because it gets me closer to winning $500 - so click!

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

CLOSED - Solavie Desert Hair Care Duo Pack Review and Giveaway

Once again I received an opportunity to try some great hair care products. This time it was the Solavie Desert Hair Care Duo that included Hair & Body Wash and Hair Nourish & Style. The cool thing about this product is that the Shampoo is also a Body Wash and the Hair Nourish is also a Styling Gel.

Solavie is the first unisex, climate-specific skin and hair care line. Solavie created it to adapt to the environmental conditions rather than traditional skin or hair types. There are six different lines of hair and body products: Desert, Mountains, Urban, Shore, Tropics and Plains. Within each category are uniquely formulated creations of Face Wash, Face Nourish, Body Nourish, Hair & Body Wash and Hair Nourish & Style. Key ingredients include mineral-rich volcanic spring water sourced especially for Solavie®, potent anti-oxidants, and naturally-occurring phytonutrients from plants native to each Enviro-type. Each formula contains elements of and ingredients from the specific area that you’ll be visiting.

Basically if you are traveling to weather that is dry then you might want to try the Desert Duo. If you live in the city then the Urban Duo is the product to have. This is great because in my case my hair is naturally wavy. If I travel to a humid area my hair becomes frizzy. If I go somewhere with low humidity it is limp and lifeless. But with Solavie, I can chose the line that best suits the environment and not my hair type and it will make it behave. That's pretty cool.

Solavie's double concentrated formulas are made from all natural ingredients using native plant phyto-nutrients and even the bottles are made from 100% re-used or recyclable materials. Solavie also shows global responsibility in supporting 3rd world handicrafts and much of it's profits are donated to sustainable charities through Solavie Second Nature Foundation. And you all know that I am all about any company who is taking responsibility and helping the environment.

I used Solavie a few times and really liked it. The Desert Duo, which has yucca, sage oils and aloe, smelled fantastic. It has a clean and fresh smell that I loved. It didn't lather up as much as regular shampoo and that could be because they use natural ingredients but it cleaned my hair really well. I also used it as my body wash and it felt terrific. I am not sure about how the Hair Nourish is also styling gel so I just used it as conditioner. It rinsed out well and left my hair soft which was great since I recently colored it and it has been sort of dry.

I am so popping these into my luggage when I travel as well. The Solavie products snap together thus making handy dandy! The unique design keeps them together and it is small enough to possibly take in your carry on luggage. I often take my own shampoo when I travel because sometimes hotel shampoo is the pits. And now it will be easy to take this along.

I would recommend it especially if you travel. It's nice to know that these products will help your hair adapt to the environment. If you want to try Solavie products they are available at natural products stores, pharmacies, and natural beauty counters nationwide; and may be purchased online at http://www.solavie.com/. MSRP ranges from $10 to $38 CDN/US.

You all know that when I get a product to review, I love when I get one to give away and Solavie has been generous enough to have an extra Desert Duo for one of my readers. YAY! Now you all know the drill. Read the rules, follow the rules and enter!! Good Luck!

Mandatory Entry: Visit Solavie and look around. Then come back and tell me what Enviro-Tpe you are.

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Deadline: Friday, October 16 at 11:59 pm EST. I will use random.org to pick a winner so everyone has a chance to win. **PLEASE leave an email if your blogger profile does not include it or you don't have a blog. I need a way to contact you.** Once a winner is drawn I will contact them and the winner will have 48 hours to reply back before I draw a new winner. Giveaway is open to US residents only who are 18 years of age or older.

ALIGHT.COM WINNER

Drumroll please. The winner of the Alight.com top chosen by Random.org is:

Jessie Lynn

Congrats! We do have to verify that Jessie Lynn is on the Alight.com email list. If by chance the winner is not on the email list, I will pull another winner. Jessie Lynn, I have emailed you. You have 48 hours to get back to me. After 48 hours, I will choose a new winner. So send me your info!! Once I get all the info, I will send it our wonderful sponsor.

I want to thank Alight.com for this great prize and the opportunity to give it to one of my readers. I also want to thank everyone who participated. I appreciate your continued support! If you didn't win this one, there are a few more giveaways going on. Look on my sidebar for the current list! I have also started adding more reviews, freebies and deals to the blog so you can be in on them so keep checking back. Coming soon will be Pond's cleansing towelettes, Solavie Desert Hair Care Duo Pack, a Yoplait Yoga pack and a Harry Connick CD!!


Sunday, September 20, 2009

Sunday Giveaway Round Up

Here are some more giveaways you might want to check out.

Over at Coffee With The Mrs. (Love that blog name!) she is giving about a Casio EXILIM EX-S12 camera. I could surely use a new camera and I am sure that you can too! This one is really nice!

Hop on over to my pal's blog: New York Chica and enter the Libby's Giveaway. You can win some canned food and a cool picnic basket.

At Look what Mom Found and Dad too you can enter to win for some cool BearPaw shoes. Love these!

At IceFairy's treasures she has a cool Looney Tunes Basket. I am coveting this because I love Lonney Tunes and know some little girls who will love it.

Click on the button and hop on over to Pour Some Sugar on me for a Hello Kitty Giveaway. I really beg you not to enter so I can win!



Go over to Bargain Briana and enter the Mealtime.org contest. You can win a gift card from your favorite store!!

Saturday, September 19, 2009

OH MY! I Have a New Look!!!

I want to thank Sara Bonds over at Subjective Beauty for my new look and my cool new avatar of my little jumpy girl celebrating with confetti and a crown!! I really love the new look and I believe she did such a great job giving my old tired blog a makeover. I love that she made it pink and cute. I love that my little screaming girl is front and center. The best part is that I have a whole page for my favorite blogs and the buttons can be on one page where they are easy to find and don't make my front page slow to load.

I also have a wonderful new blog button that is adorable! I think it will easier to navigate and it looks so much cleaner and so darn pretty!! I have to say that it is much easier to read as well.

So thank you Sara for doing such a great job. I really love my new blog!!!

Great New Giveaway!!! Lose the Ugly, Find Your Bliss!!

Here is a fantastic new contest from LG. All you need to do is go to the LG Bliss Facebook Fan Page and become a fan. After joining, upload and image or video of something you consider ugly and want to lose on the LG Bliss Facebook page. You are asking: Is that it? Yes it's that easy!!

Once you upload the image you are entered to win the grand prize: a brand new LG Bliss phone. Second place winners will win a $50 gift card so they can buy your own bliss. There will be five grand prize winners and fifty secondary winners so you have a very good chance of winning and scoring one of those fabulous LG Bliss phones.

They have rules but the rules are easy. You need to be 18 years or older. Only one (1) entry per Facebook account. Ugly behavior such as violence, indecency, or illegal activities are not tolerated. Photos of people are not allowed. Contest runs from 9/11/09 to 11/6/09.

So go check out the Gallery of the Utterly Ugly where you can see all the ugly stuff that others are trying to get toss away to make room for Bliss. Some examples include:
• Trashy Trends (fabulously ugly fashion)
• Mutant machines (these mutant machines and outdated electronics belong in the junkyard)
• Ugly wonders of nature (naturally occurring wonders that make even the ugly tree look good)
• Ugly-mobiles (rides that are heading non-stop to Ugly Town)

And as you see from the image above, ugly piggies!! Although I think he's cute. It's a great contest that is easy to enter and with a great odds!! What are you waiting for? Go enter now!

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Friday, September 18, 2009

Look what I won!

I am sure I blogged about this giveaway and I won. I really wanted this for the ipod that is going to my sister. The rest of the goodies will go to my friend's kids. This is some great stuff for then especially for the new school year.

The prize pack includes an iPod Shuffle, an insulated lunchbox, an assorted pack of Sharpie pens, Crayola colored Pencils, a Smuckers Uncrustables sandwich container, a Logitech Optical Mouse, a Smuckers belt pack, combination lock, a Motts Reusable Shopping Bag, a squeezable Smuckers strawberry, scented pencils, a Walmart Gift Card, and a pedometer. The girls will love their goodies!

Thanks to Merlene from Frugal Family Life for the opportunity to win such a great prize. Also thanks to Walmart, Smucker’s, Motts and Pepperidge Farm for giving her the opportunity to give it away!

Thursday, September 17, 2009

More Goodies!

Head on over to Common Sense with Money and enter the Mealtime.org giveaway for a $250 gift card to your favorite grocery store. OMG this is a good one so make sure to enter! $250 will buy tons of food!!

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Giveaways Galore

Here are a few SodaStream giveaways. I know my readers loved mine so here is another chance for those who didn't win on my blog.

Hop on over to Mommatudes where she is giving away a Soda Stream!! I tell you, I still love mine and continue using it every week!!

I Like it Frantic has one as well. This one ends on October 6th.

Run over to Hot Deals by Bec for another chance!!!

Frugal and Fabulous has one as well. YAY!

Rave and Roll also has one!!

Okay, here is another Soda Stream giveaway over at Ascending Butterfly. This one is for a Penguin soda maker - very fancy.

And look another one!! Boy you guys are going to get your soda on. Go over to Just for Me and You and enter!!

Now here are some other giveaways:
Go over to Blessings Abound and win a basket full of laundry stuff. It's a nice prize!
A Happy Hippy Mom has another Walmart card giveaway going on go to the website and enter soon!
I adore Flor. Win a 5 x 7 rug kit from Flor. You get to pick, these look amazing!! Go over to 3 Kids and Us and enter.
Go over to One Project Closer and enter to win a $100 Home Depot card. Who can't use this? I know I need some paint and other stuff!!

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Success Rice Review and Giveaway! - CLOSED

I have to admit that I was a little reluctant to do this review for Success Rice. I love rice. You can even call me a riceaholic. I grew up eating rice almost everyday and it's one of my favorite foods. Why was I reluctant? Because folks, I am a Rice Snob. Yes, a snob about rice.

I grew up eating my mom's and granny's rice. Making rice was a whole event. They would finely chop onions and green peppers then saute them. Next came the rice. They would saute the rice until it was a translucent. After that a little achiote (annatto seed) was added for color and flavor. Then they would add the water, let it boil and then let it simmer for 20-25 minutes. It was delicious. But making rice the family way is time consuming and I am lazier than sin. I gave up making it that way a long time ago. Ultimately, I bought a rice cooker that makes great rice without any work on my part.

So when I was asked to review Success Rice, I thought that maybe this was like those other brands that I avoid. I received my coupon and went to the store. I had three choices: white, brown and jasmine. I always eat white rice. I am not a fan of brown rice. I like jasmine rice but never make it because I wouldn't even know where to start.

Once home I decided to make an Asian chicken with the Success Rice and fresh veggies as a side dish. I marinated the chicken in Wishbone Asian dressing. I went to the garden and grabbed some fresh green onions and green peppers and cooked them up with mushrooms and carrots.

The Success Rice was easy to make. The box comes with 3 bags of rice. I made one because I am dieting and eating less and that was enough for the two of us. You boil water, pop the bag in for 8 minutes and it's done. That is a lot faster than the steamer and actually easier.

The taste? It was great! It had that subtle taste of jasmine that paired well with the chicken and veggies I made. We actually liked it - a lot. Now, Tom will eat anything but since I am a rice snob I was surprised I liked it. My rice usually comes out sticky and lumpy. I actually like it that way. But Success Rice was perfectly cooked and it wasn't sticky or lumpy at all.

Who knew I would find an "instant" rice that I would actually like and use again? Well, I did. So thank you Success Rice for knocking me off my high horse. LOL

Now you can try Success Rice as well. I have 5 coupons for one box each of Success Rice to giveaway. So that means 5 of you will be able to try Success Rice!! Woo-hoo, 5 winners. All you have to do is read the rules and enter.

Mandatory Entry: Visit Success Rice and look around. Then come back and tell me something you learned or what your favorite recipe is on the site.

Want extra entries?
* Follow me on Twitter @carogonza and tweet this post. You can earn and entry a day by tweeting once a day. Leave the link to the tweet in your post. (1 entry per day)
* Follow @Success_Rice on Twitter (1 entry)
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* Add my button to your site (2 entries)
* Add this Giveaway to a Sweepstakes site, Mr. Linky,your giveaway list etc. Leave the link!! (2 entries per submission)
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* Blog about this giveaway leave the link (3 entries)

Make sure to leave a separate comment for the entries you complete!

Deadline: Tuesday, October 6 at 11:59 pm EST. I will use random.org to pick a winner so everyone has a chance to win. **PLEASE leave an email if your blogger profile does not include it or you don't have a blog. I need a way to contact you.** Once a winner is drawn I will contact them and the winner will have 48 hours to reply back before I draw a new winner. Giveaway is open to US residents only who are 18 years of age or older.


Clean Your Pantry! Pantry Makeover Challenge

This Mama Cooks is having a great contest to clean and organize your pantry. I decided to take the challenge. My pantry is so small and I can never find anything because it gets jammed up and then things go to the back and forget finding stuff because it gets lost in the back. I am sure a lot of people understand that.

I decided to look in the pantry at least twice a month and look what I have and inventory it. I take out things I have and don't want and donate it a local charity. We have two in town that I like because I think they do good work. I also got a cool gadget called a Cansolidator. It actually holds tons of cans and you can rotate them so you use the older ones first.

Besides that I tried to put the same type of food together. I put pastas on one shelf with tomato sauce. I put veggies in one place as well. I also added shelves in the back that I can place cans on top so I can see what's behind there. I also added baskets on one shelf to hold loose items like gravy mixes, popcorn, chips and snacks. It makes it much easier to find because they are in the basket. I am also trying to make sure I only buy foods that I will use. I like to keep extra food in the pantry so I decided to have one shelf of canned goods for emergencies. I don't touch that until I know that they are a few months old and then I restock it.


Here is my pantry before. Look at the willy-nillynes:

This is my pantry now. Look how nice it looks!

Thanks to This Mama Cooks and the Canned Food Alliance who runs Mealtime.org for motivating me to clean my pantry. I also found some food that I am donating to the Community Table this week. I hope to have more to donate next month as well.




Monday, September 14, 2009

Nutrisystem Update!

In weight that is. Yes folks, it's Monday and that means it is the Nutrisystem update time. I am down one more pound for a total of 8! I am only 2 away from making 10 pounds down. I am going to really work out this week and stick to the plan religiously to see if I can lose 2 pounds this week. It is a lofty goal but I want to finally hit double digit weight loss.

The plan is still easy for me to follow. The weird thing is I am also liking salads now. I look forward to having them for lunch. Now anyone who knows me, knows I am not the salad type of gal. But now it's nothing for me to have just a salad for lunch with a Nutrisystem soup or sandwich.

I find I am eating less and that's okay by me. Sure there are times I want to gorge myself but I grab some almonds or a string cheese and I am okay. But as you see, I am eating pretty well. Pancakes with fresh raspberries and sugar free syrup. Then I had some great split pea soup and I added a touch of half & half. And the other night I had macaroni & beef with some fresh tomatoes. YUMMO!

This week was also the first week I could see a difference in my body. It's not a huge difference but I feel I am slimmer. Let me tell you, that's a good feeling. WOO!

Saturday, September 12, 2009

Giveaway Saturday

Hey there folks, here are some other giveaways you might be interested this weekend. Good luck to all!!

Head on over to Luvn Life to snag a set of Seventh Generation cleaning supplies. I have tried these and they rock the house!!!

This one is more for people with kids and since I have none, maybe one of you can win it. $50 Walmart card over at Dates to Diapers!!!

At Energizers Bunny Mommy you can get a Bento kit. I am all about these Bento Kits now for Lunch. They are handy and have the right portion control. Check it out.

Monopoly!! My favorite all time game. Now you can win the Monopoly 3D version over at Quirky Fusion

BROWNIES! Go over to Playground for Parents and enter to win some Fat Witch brownies. I love the name because it suits me!!

Who doesn't need a thermometer? With winter and flu season coming up go visit The Gerber Babies Blog to win a fancy ReliOn thermometer.

Run over to She Scribes and enter to win some WalMart towels. I love home goods so I am all over this one.

I have to say I love Swiffer products. I would be lost without them. They are probably one of my favorite things in the world. Go over to Mommy Snacks and enter to win a Swiffer Wet Jet. These are probably one of the best things in the world!!

Friday, September 11, 2009

Netfirms iPod Touch and Macbook Giveaway


Here is a contest for you Twitterers out there. You can have the opportunity of winning a iPod Touch or a Macbook from the Netfirms contest.

You have 2 ways to enter:

You can send out this tweet:
"Win a #free iPod Touch or Macbook from the @Netfirms #contest. Domain registration services via Twitter http://bit.ly/yJfJK"

OR

Register a domain name via the Netfirms Twitter Domain Registration service for $7.99

One retweet equals one entry per day. One domain registered equals one entry. Contest will be run from September 9th to October 7th 2009

HOW TO REGISTER A DOMAIN VIA TWITTER:

Send a Direct Message to Netfirms via Twitter asking them to register a domain name for you. If the domain name is available they will register it for you and automatically add it to your existing Netfirms Control Panel and bill to your current billing profile. The only prerequisite is that you add your Twitter username to your Netfirms Control Panel. Please visit the tutorial with full details on setting yourself up for domain registration via Twitter. The instructions should be completed once only and you’re good to go after that. The following video is a tutorial on how to register your domain.





1. Log in to your Twitter account (You can use any of the available Twitter apps)
2. Send a dm to @netfirms with the following: reg mynewdomain.com
3. We will confirm by replying to you via dm at which point the domain will be added to your Netfirms Control Panel. The domain is now ready to be used.

How easy can that be? So remember all you have to do is tweet or register a domain. You can do one or both for more chances to win. Good Luck.


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Thursday, September 10, 2009

More Giveaways to Enter!!!

Win groceries for a year from Ronzoni!! Once you enter you can also print up some coupons!!!

Cooking stuff!! I love to cook and I love Le Creuset! So go over to Blessings Abound and enter for a Le Creuset 12 inch deep Fry Pan with Glass lid. You can't get any better cookware than Le Creuset, trust me.

Go over to Coupon Kim's and enter for Yoplait Delights prize package.

Love Coffee? The go over to Single Serve Coffee Deals and enter for a case of Keurig Cups! I am so in on this because I have a Keurig and want to stock up for winter!!


I Love Blogher in NY Contest
Look at this loot. Now you have to be going to Blogher10 to enter, keep that in mind.
One grand prize winner will receive:
■Pink “I Love NY” coffee mug
■Pink “I Love NY” key chain
■Pink “NY Princess” shot glass
■Pink “I Love NY” magnet
■Black & White “I Love NY” tote bag
■Black & White Statue of Liberty postcard
■Hot Pink “Hater Blocker” Sunglasses
■White “New York City” baby onesie (size 6-12 months)
■Black women’s “New York City” T-shirt (size medium)
■$25 Gift Card to Dylan’s Candy Bar (Sponsored by By the Book, Karmel Publishing)
■One 1-day unlimited Metrocard (NYC public transportation pass)
■Born to Shop New York by Suzy Gershman
■$50 Gift Card to Jeckyll & Hyde Restaurant (Sponsored by Princess Time Toys)
■$25 Starbucks Gift Card
■Zagat NYC Restaurant Guide 2010
■Good Night New York City children’s board book
■One current issue of Time Out NY Magazine
■Assortment of NYC-theme snacks and beverages
■Strech limo ride courtesy of NY Limo Guys to pick you up from the airport and bring you to the Hilton in NYC
■One BlogHer ‘10 Full Conference Pass

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Eau Flirt Pefume Review and Giveaway - CLOSED

Oh I love to review beauty products. It's so much fun to try new products and be able to try different types. I recently had the opportunity to review another fragrance by Harvey Prince: Eau Flirt. Eau Flirt is a new fragrance that has been clinically proven to attract men with its unique formula. So it flirts for you!! I loved the packaging. It's fun and flirty. The bottle also has the same design and it is adorable.

Here is some information about Eau Flirt according to Harvey Prince:
* The world’s first perfume clinically proven to make men flirt with women
* Eau Flirt was inspired by a study conducted at the Smell and Taste Treatment and Research Foundation by two physicians

*The study tested the effects of 30 different single scent or combined ingredient scents on male sexual arousal. The combination of lavender and pumpkin pie proved to evoke the most passionate response
* Eau Flirt’s proprietary blend includes top notes black currant, plum, raspberry, apple, and black licorice and lavender, middle notes of jasmine, ylang, nutmeg and cinnamon (the classic aromas of pumpkin pie), and a drydown of musk and rare and precious woods
* Ingredients are all natural flower and plant essences and sourced from France, Italy and the U.S.
* No animal testing
* Allergy tested
* No artificial colorings

Firstly, I want to say that I love that this fragrance is not tested on animals and that no artificial ingredients are used. I am all about natural ingredients. Now I can't speak to the fact this actually makes men flirt with you. I like the idea that it does. I am not sure Tom would like me testing it out in public though. But what I can tell you, is that I liked the smell. To me, it was a floral and sweet smell. It also had a spicy undertone. That is probably from the cinnamon and nutmeg. The smell is not overpowering at all. It's light yet perfumy. It reminded me of the outdoors in the woods on a Fall day. I know that sounds weird but that is the image I got when I tried it.

Now I will be honest. It's not the typical fragrance I would purchase. I think it's because it has the spicy undertones. I am more of a clean, fruity, flowery fragrance gal. But I like Eau Flirt and would use it. Of course, I wouldn't tell Tom because he might think I am trying to get some men to flirt with me. I am dying for my sister to try it because she likes these scents and I think this would be perfect for her.

It's not inexpensive but you get what you pay for as my granny used to say. And if you want a quality product it's worth paying a little extra. The U.S. suggested retail $98 for 3.4 oz. eau de toilette spray, 1.7 oz $66, and 1 oz. purse size $36. Mini roll-ons are $19.

If you want to try Eau Flirt, you can visit the Harvey Prince website to purchase directly or find a retailer that carries Eau Flirt.

Of course since I got to try the product, you get a chance to win one for yourself. The people at Harvey Prince were wonderful enough to offer me an extra bottle for one of my readers. YAY!

So if you want to try this new fragrance and get your flirt on read the rules and enter!!

Mandatory Entry: (you must do one of these. If you do all three then you get three entries- woo-hoo)

* Follow Harvey Prince on Twitter
* Fan Harvey Prince on Facebook
* If you do not have a Twitter or Facebook account, visit Harvey Prince and come back here and tell me something you learned.

Want extra entries?

* Follow me on Twitter @carogonza and tweet this post. You can earn and entry a day by tweeting once a day. Leave the link to the tweet in your post. (1 entry per day)
* Follow my blog (1 entry)
* Subscribe to to my feed (1 entry)
* Add my button to your site (2 entries)
* Add this Giveaway to a Sweepstakes site, Mr. Linky,your giveaway list etc. Leave the link!! (2 entries per submission)
* Fave me on Technorati (leave your username - 1 entry)
* Blog about this giveaway leave the link (3 entries)

Make sure to leave a separate comment for the entries you complete!

Deadline: Sunday, October 4 at 11:59 pm EST. I will use random.org to pick a winner so everyone has a chance to win. **PLEASE leave an email if your blogger profile does not include it or you don't have a blog. I need a way to contact you.** Once a winner is drawn I will contact them and the winner will have 48 hours to reply back before I draw a new winner. Giveaway is open to US residents only who are 18 years of age or older.

Disclosure: I received a bottle of Eau Flirt to review

Ageless Perfume Review and Giveaway - CLOSED


Once again, I received an opportunity to review another great product. This time I got a sample of AGELESS a new women's fragrance in the Harvey Prince collection. The unique aspect of Ageless is that research has shown that women who use this scent are perceived to be younger than they really are by men. Well I was all over that because at my age, every little bit counts.

Here is some info from Harvey Prince:
Ageless Fantasy® is the World's first anti-age perfume. A woman's fragrance that smells like a younger Woman. Our products have been designed to be environment friendly and absolutely safe for application on your skin. The products are based on research and expertise of leading dermatologists & doctors. Ageless Fantasy® steps out of the confined box of the average fragrance and body care products. This anti age elixir is to be consumed without any moderation: both in and out of the shower and bath, for generous use anytime you wish!
Harvey Prince used notes that are associated with youth. The blended tropical flavors of pineapple, mango and leafy greens have been known to bring a feeling of comfort often associated with positive childhood memories, thus giving a sense of coziness, youth and joy. Tropical notes bring a more youthful impression while indulgent, creamy florals – jasmine and cherry blossom appeal to the modern woman. Musk, dry woods and vanilla combine for an earthy, natural fragrance. Organic citrus natural compounds create a rich, sophisticated & energizing scent. Combined with antioxidant pomegranate Ageless achieves powerful euphoric properties, sets off a feeling of youth and excitement. Smells youthful. Feels youthful. Is youthful.
Firstly, I want to say that I love that this fragrance is not tested on animals and that no artificial ingredients are used. I am all about natural ingredients. Now I can't speak to the fact this actually makes men think you are younger than you are but I want to believe it when I use it. I like the idea that it does. What I can tell you, is that I love Ageless. It is the perfect scent for me. It smells like flowers. When I first tried it, it reminded me of sitting out on the front porch on a warm summer night, watching the river run and smelling the night blooming jasmine. It was delicious! It is sweet but not sickly sweet because it also has a faint scent of grapefruit so that cuts the sweetness and adds a little another layer of fragrance.

I am glad I got to review and try Ageless because this is the type of scent I would buy for myself. And if it does make people think I am younger well that's just an added plus for me. I will definitely be wearing this when I go out now. And I will definitely buy this scent again.

It's not inexpensive but you get what you pay for as my granny used to say. And if you want a quality product it's worth paying a little extra. The U.S. suggested retail $98 for 3.4 oz. eau de toilette spray, 1.7 oz $55, and 1 oz. purse size $21. Mini roll-ons are $9.

If you want to try Ageless, you can visit the Harvey Prince website to purchase directly or find a retailer that carries Ageless.

Of course since I got to try the product, you get a chance to win one for yourself. The people at Harvey Prince were wonderful enough to offer me an extra bottle for one of my readers. YAY!

So if you want to try this new fragrance and get your flirt on read the rules and enter!!

Mandatory Entry: (you must do one of these. If you do all three then you get three entries- woohoo)

* Follow Ageless Fantasy on Twitter
* Fan Harvey Prince on Facebook
* If you do not have a Twitter or Facebook account, visit Harvey Prince and come back here and tell me something you learned.

Want extra entries?

* Follow me on Twitter @carogonza and tweet this post. You can earn and entry a day by tweeting once a day. Leave the link to the tweet in your post. (1 entry per day)
* Follow my blog (1 entry)
* Subscribe to to my feed (1 entry)
* Add my button to your site (2 entries)
* Add this Giveaway to a Sweepstakes site, Mr. Linky,your giveaway list etc. Leave the link!! (2 entries per submission)
* Fave me on Technorati (leave your username - 1 entry)
* Blog about this giveaway leave the link (3 entries)

Make sure to leave a separate comment for the entries you complete!
Deadline: Sunday, October 4 at 11:59 pm EST. I will use random.org to pick a winner so everyone has a chance to win. **PLEASE leave an email if your blogger profile does not include it or you don't have a blog. I need a way to contact you.** Once a winner is drawn I will contact them and the winner will have 48 hours to reply back before I draw a new winner. Giveaway is open to US residents only who are 18 years of age or older.

Disclosure: I received a bottle of Ageless to review.

I am A Purex Insider!!


I found out that I was chosen to be a Purex Insider. What does that mean? It means that I was chosen to be one of the first to try Purex products and participate in promotions. That is fantastic because that means I will also be telling you about the new products and maybe even have special discounts to pass on and/or news about promotions that Purex has going on! YAY!

One of those promotions is for the new Purex Complete 3 in 1 sheets. Purex is trying to get the word on this great product. The Purex Complete 3 in 1 Laundry Sheet is a laundry detergent, fabric softener and an anti-static sheet all in one. You just toss the sheet into the washer and it releases the detergent. After the washer you toss it in the dryer and it acts as a fabric softener. Easy peasy. They have three great scents Spring Oasis, Tropical Escape and Pure and Clean.

I actually had the opportunity to try these sheets before I became an insider. I went to the website and tweeted and won!! I tried the Spring Oasis scented sheets last week and loved them. I remember telling Tom how fantastic they were. The packaging is wonderful because it keeps everything fresh and it's easy to open and close. I just tossed the sheet in the washer and let the cycle run. Then I grabbed all the clothes after they were finished washing and tossed them into the dryer with the sheet. It was great because I noticed that my clothes smelled fresh and they were softer. There was no static whatsoever. Of course, I need to wait for the winter to really see how well it works because that's when the static gets really bad. Once you finish the pack, you don't buy a whole new one but purchase refills!!

Right now you can also try the new Purex Complete 3 in 1 sheets. Go to the site and get a coupon for a $1 the new Purex Complete 3 in 1 sheets. The also have a cute video you can watch. If you are on Twitter join in to win a free package of the Purex Complete 3 in 1 sheets. I tweeted and won and so can you. It's super easy. Just push a button and tweet!! And if you have a blog or website, grab the button and place it on your site and you might win a a year's supply of Purex Complete 3 in 1 Laundry Sheets.

Good Luck and keep coming back for more updates!!

Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Dove's Campaign for Real Beauty


If you have teen daughters or even younger daughters you need to go check out this site created by Dove. Dove is helping all women free themselves from beauty stereotypes that hurt their self-esteem.

Dove created the Campaign for Real Beauty and Self Esteem Fund. The mission of the Fund is to create confidence-building programs and messages that embrace all definitions of beauty. Dove recognizes that back-to-school time can be a tough transition for parents and teenage girls. This is why the Dove brand has created Every Parent’s Back-to-School Tip Sheet for Today’s Teen Girl – How to Avoid a Back-to-School Breakdown.

The Back-to-School tip sheet shares ten great tips to help parents help their teen’s avoid self-esteem pit falls and make the transition back into the school year a smooth one. If you’re interested in sharing these helpful tips with your readers please let them know a pdf of the tips can be downloaded from the Dove Campaign for Real Beauty website.

I am all about anything that empowers women and especially teen girls. I think nowadays there is so much pressure to fit into an unrealistic ideal of what women should be. That leads to so many problems especially in young girls. So any program that allows women to feel good about themselves, whatever size or shape, is a good thing for everybody.

Go check out the site and, if you do have teens, let them check it out as well so they can be empowered. They also have a great Facebook page you can join as well.

Monday, September 7, 2009

Soda Stream Giveaway Over at Mom Gone Witty

Okay for those of you who entered my giveaway for the Soda Stream and didn't win, here is another one. Roxy over at Mom Gone Witty has one up for grabs!!

Like I said in my review, these things rock the house. It is really a great machine, easy to use, no cleanup, fast and will save you a ton of dough of you are a soda drinker.

Plus let's face it, the machine is totally cool! So go on over to Mom Gone Witty and tell her I sent you. She is the one who created my button in my sidebar! So thanks again Roxy for that! Good Luck all!

Sunday, September 6, 2009

$500 Walmart Card and more

Another one folks, run over and enter! I surely hope I won one and some of my readers win as well!! Good luck!!

On the Go Mommy

Yoplait Delights Basket
GO over to Blogmania and check out the Yoplait Delights giveaway!! It's fantastic.

Saturday, September 5, 2009

WINNERS!! DOVE NutriumMoisture Body Wash

Drumroll please. The winners of the Dove NutriumMoisture Body Wash chosen by Random.org are:

hondaray6
sibabe64

Congrats to you both because this is an awesome body wash! I hope you like it! I have emailed you. You have 48 hours to get back to me. After 48 hours, I will choose a new winner. So send me your info!! Once I get all the info, I will send it our wonderful sponsor.

I want to thank Dove for this great prize and the opportunity to give it to my readers. I also want to thank everyone who participated. I appreciate your continued support! If you didn't win this one, there are a few more giveaways going on. Check out my Alight.com and Living Rooms Direct giveaways! I have also started adding more reviews, freebies and deals to the blog so you can be in on them so keep checking back. Coming soon will be Pond's cleansing towelettes giveaway, Eau Flirt and Ageless perfume giveaways as well and some other goodies!

Friday, September 4, 2009

BlogHer Contests



Yes folks, another set of BlogHer contests. These are for a $100 visa card. Who can't use the extra cash? I know I need it!! These giveaways are always so good. So what are you waiting for? Go sign up because they end on September 20!!! Good luck everyone!

My Own Circle of Confusion
I Try Things
Unexpected Bliss Reviews
SAHM: Surviving Assorted Home Mayhem
Bridgett's Reviews
theSwimMom
Slackermama
Because Your Momma Said So
Caloden
Mama's Pick and Pans

Thursday, September 3, 2009

Giveaways to Enter ~ YAY!

Oh boy did someone say Hershey?? Well yes she did. Go over to Table of Five and enter this delicious giveaway. If you win and I don't you have to promise to send me a bar of chocolate! 3 winners will be chosen!

TSP Spices and Ecover Green Cleaning Giveaways!! Get your spice on and head over to Leslie Loves Veggies (and she does) and enter for some holiday spices. While you are there enter for some Cleaning Supplies. She also has tons of other giveaways going on so look around and maybe you will find another one you like.

Looney Tunes basket @ 3 Kids and Us for the kiddos or, in my case, for me because I love those damn looney tunes!!


Do you adore Flor? Well head on over to 1 Happy Corner and enter for a 5 x 7 rug. They have some great new styles. I love those button rugs!! Deadline: 9/22.

More Flor over at Wish List Worthy. Head on over and get your floor some covering!

Head on over to Blog 4 Mom. She has two great giveaways going on and they are worth checking out. Firstly, she has one of those awesome Walmart $500 cards. Think of all the fantastic stuff you can buy for back to school or for the holidays!!! Also, she has a terrific HP Photosmart Premium Printer with TouchSmart Web up for grabs. I just discovered this blog and I really think it's great!

Get clean! Simple Green supplies over at First Time Mommy. I rally want this because I am a cleaning supply junkie. Yeah, I'm weird!

Need a handy bag? Then you need the Flip and Tumble bag. The size of a baseball when closed, it opens up to a full size bag. Cool! Go over to Your Mama Reviews and enter!

Wow Therapeutic Reviews has a cool pair of Sanita Clogs. Easy to enter and a very awesome prize. I love these!

A Keurig Brewer is available over at Coffee with the Mrs. I love these and have one but I need one for my MIL. She would love it.

Over at Mommy Goggles you can win a Looney Toons basket. Sure it;s for kids but I am a freaking big kid and really really like this. Awesome.

OMG I am a boot fanatic and over at Our Ordinary Life you can enter for a pair of the creme de la creme of boots: Justin Boots. SO mosey on over and give it a try y'all.

Fall is my favorite time of year! And over at Kristen's Place you can win a Basket Full of Fall - how cool is that. I am all over that because I wish it was Fall all year round!