The Art of Random Willy-Nillyness: July 2010

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Thursday, July 29, 2010

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Well, as you guys know I am a HUGE sweepstakes, giveaway and contest nut not unlike yourselves!! Well, I finally got lucky and won a trip!!! YAY!!

I was the Twitter @iVillage Wanderlust Festival winner. I have not benn entering giveaways or anything lately but I decided to retweet this sweeps and won. It was one of those crazy things because I think I only tweeted once, maybe twice.

So I am off to Squaw Valley, CA!! WOO-HOO We get tickets to the Festival, lodging and airfare. YAY! It's nuts because we get back on Sunday are home Monday and then leave on Tuesday to head over to BlogHer 10 in NYC!!! I am very excited about that as well.

I am co-hosting the Latinas in Social Media and BlogHer Social Fiesta with some other awesome Latinas and there will be so much to do and see. So don't expect any updates to this blog until I get back. I do have a few on-going giveaways that you should enter and when I get back I will have a few good ones to post!!!

Remember, that if you want to catch my travel adventures, head on over to Carolyn in Carolina, my personal blog. I will be posting updates, vlogs and pictures as the days go by!! So have a good week and I will be back soon with some cool giveaways!

I know some giveaways end soon but I will not have time to draw a winner until I get back!! So hold on until I get back!!

Saturday, July 24, 2010

WINNER!! Wanchai Ferry!!!

The winner of the Wanchai Ferry Gift Pack chosen by Random.org is:

Chrystal

Congrats! I have sent you a email. 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 Wanchai Ferry and MyBlogSpark for the giveaway. I also want to thank everyone who participated. I appreciate your continued support! If you want to be a winner too, enter some of my other giveaways. I have some really good ones going on so get on it!

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

CLOSED ~ Herman T's BBQ Sauce Mix Review and Giveaway

It's summertime and, at our house, that means fresh veggies and grilling out on the BBQ! During summer we grill out at least 3 or 4 times a week. When I got the opportunity to review Herman T's BBQ Sauce Mix, I was thrilled. I am always on the lookout for new products to try and we are BBQ sauce fiends in this household.

A little about Herman T’s BBQ Sauce Mix first: Herman's T's BBQ Sauce was created by Herman T Jones back in the 1950’s. Over the years, Herman T would share his sauce with anyone who would stop by the house. Flavored with the sweetness of honey and a touch of Smokey apple wood, this sauce became a huge hit. As time would go on, he finally passed his recipe on to his Grandson Brian, who then recreated the recipe for mass production. Now today, Chef Brian has turned his Grandfather famous sauce into Herman T’s BBQ Sauce Mix. While keeping all of the essential ingredients intact, this sauce mix is sure to make your mouth dance.
Herman T's BBQ sauce is a dry powder mix. All you need to do is add water and ketchup and heat it. That's it. It is so easy. I received 2 packages of of the sauce mix. One spicy and one mild. I tried the mild one because hubby doesn't like his BBQ too spicy. But I do!

It was so easy. I took 1/2 cup of water, 1/2 cup of ketchup and a tablespoon of the mix. That was it. And in less than 5 minutes, I had fresh BBQ sauce. And it was really delicious. I have to admit, I wasn't sure how it would taste because I have never used a dry powder mix to make BBQ sauce but I was pleasantly surprised at the quality of the sauce.

The sauce was more on the vinegary side as far as BBQ sauces go. I like that. Hubby likes his sauces sweeter but he really enjoyed this one. I made grilled chicken and basted it at the end of the cooking and then we poured the sauce on at the end, it was that good. We are picky about BBQ sauce so I was glad we both enjoyed it.

I would recommend this sauce to anyone. It also has less calories than the grocery store stuff. It is made with an all natural mix of powders that contain no MSG or other chemicals. Also one pouch will make up to 3/4 gallons of sauce. That is a lot of sauce for the price! And if you want to get crazy, you can doctor it up. The next time I use Herman T's, instead of the water, I am trying beer. I think it will have a really good taste. I also used the BBQ powder as a dry rub on the chicken before I grilled it. Overall, Herman T's is some finger licking good stuff! I can't wait to grill out again!!

You can buy Herman T's sauce on the website. One pouch is $7.95 and 2 are $15.00! But if you want to try your luck, you can enter this giveaway courtesy of Herman T's BBQ Sauce and the Family Review Network. One lucky reader will receive 2 pouches of Herman T's BBQ sauce to try! YAY! So my darlings, you know the drill!! Read the rules and enter!

Mandatory Entry

Visit the Herman T's BBQ Sauce site and come back and tell me something you learned or a recipe you would love to try.

Extra Entries

* Sign up for the Herman T's BBQ Newsletter (1 entry)
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* Follow me on Twitter @carogonza (1 entry)
* Like The Art of Random Willynillyness on Facebook page (1 entry)
* Tweet this giveaway. Leave the link to the tweet in your post. (1 entry/tweet per day)
* Follow my blog (1 entry)
* Subscribe to to my feed (1 entry)
* Add my button to your site (1 entry)
* Add my site to your blogroll (1 entry)
* Follow me on Networked Blogs (1 entry - see right sidebar for widget)
* Blog about this giveaway leave the link (3 entries)
* Add this Giveaway to a Sweepstakes site, Mr. Linky, your giveaway list etc. Leave the link!! (2 entries per submission - unlimited!!)

Make sure to leave a separate comment for the entries you complete!
Deadline: Saturday, August 14 at 11:59 pm EST. I will use random.org to pick the winners 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: This post was written for Family Review Network & Herman T's BBQ Sauce who provided the complimentary product in exchange for my honest review. No other compensation was given. All opinions are my own.

Sunday, July 18, 2010

WINNER NOVICA Gift Code! Woo!

The winner of the NOVICA gift code chosen by Random.org is:

Shellie

Congrats! I have sent you a email. 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 NOVICA for the giveaway. I also want to thank everyone who participated. I appreciate your continued support! If you want to be a winner too, enter some of my other giveaways. I have some really good ones going on so get on it!

CLOSED ~ Executive Gift Shoppe Review and Giveaway

I recently had the opportunity to review an item from Executive Gift Shoppe. Executive Gift Shoppe is a website that offers you unique personalized gifts at affordable prices. Started as a small personalized gift store in Nanuet, NY, Executive Gift Shoppe catered to the wedding & corporate gift industry. Over the years though, they have grown the business and added thousands of new products. Their commitment to quality products and quality customer service has made them one of the best online shopping sites around.

Executive Gift Shoppe has tons of items including wedding, anniversary, corporate and personal gifts. Executive Gift Shoppe offers pocket watches, lighters, bar-ware, handbags, flasks, travel alarm clocks, briefcase, bags, business card holders, and many other great gifts. Whether you are shopping for your boss, co-workers, business clients, husband, or anyone else, Executive Gift Shoppe has the right gift.

I chose to review one of the Passport Holders. On my last trip in May to Costa Rica, I realized that this was something I really needed. It's no fun digging through my bag or purse looking for our passports in the customs line. I also needed a purse to carry around when we were touring around the country. The item I received was the Leather Deluxe Passport Case with Removable Neck & Shoulder Strap. I love it because it fits my needs.

Besides being slim and sleek, it is practical. It came with my initials. That is the great thing about the Executive Shoppe is you can get any item personalized. The passport pocket not only fits my passport but hubby's as well. It has slots for credit cards and ID. It also has other pockets to slip in documents. I love the zippered pocket for change or to secure any paperwork you might have. The passport holder also has a wallet area where you can slip in your cash. The removable strap makes it easy for me to slip it into my purse or luggage. The strap makes it a cute purse to use for everyday as well.

I really like this holder because if you have ever traveled you know that there is always a worry about losing your passport, credit cards and money. Because this can be worn as a purse and/or under your clothing, it will secure everything and I like that. I am taking this to my next trip to New York City and I know that I will feel so much better having it.

If you need a passport holder, you should check out Executive Gift Shoppe. In fact, if you need any items they sell, you need to visit the website.
I also love that they have great prices on corporate gifts. I am a fundraiser and do events and I am always on the lookout for nice gifts to give attendees.

And now thanks to Executive Gift Shoppe you can win any item from their shop up to a $50.00 value. There is so much to choose from that you will love it. Just read the rules and enter!! Good Luck.

Mandatory Entry

Visit the Executive Gift Shoppe site and come back and tell me what item appeals to you! Please be specific and leave the exact name of the item.

Extra Entries

* Fan Executive Gifts on Facebook (1 entry)
* Sign up for the Executive Gifts Newsletter (1 entry)
* Subscribe to my blog through email (1 entry)
* Follow me on Twitter @carogonza (1 entry)
* Like The Art of Random Willynillyness on Facebook page (1 entry)
* Tweet this giveaway. Leave the link to the tweet in your post. (1 entry/tweet per day)
* Follow my blog (1 entry)
* Subscribe to to my feed (1 entry)
* Add my button to your site (1 entry)
* Add my site to your blogroll (1 entry)
* Follow me on Networked Blogs (1 entry - see right sidebar for widget)
* Blog about this giveaway leave the link (3 entries)
* Add this Giveaway to a Sweepstakes site, Mr. Linky, your giveaway list etc. Leave the link!! (2 entries per submission - unlimited!!)

Make sure to leave a separate comment for the entries you complete!
Deadline: Saturday, August 14 at 11:59 pm EST. I will use random.org to pick the winners 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 product for review purposes. No other compensation was given and the opinions in this post are solely mine and are based on my experience with the product.

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Fibers.com Review

I recently had the opportunity to review Fibers.com a website that specializes in creating personalized clothing. I also had the opportunity to review an item from the store.

Fibers.com is an innovative website that gives site users the opportunity to design and order customized products, such as t-shirts, hoodies, and a variety of other clothing items. With our revolutionary technology, each and every design on the site is customizable, allowing you the freedom to go with your creative vision. From editing text and changing the image design and colors to resizing images and switching around elements, you can create a truly unique look for your desired product.


It is exactly that. It is also easy to navigate and create your own design. I had no problem uploading the image I wanted. My only issue was choosing the style of clothing I wanted. They have everything. They have custom T-shirts, hoodies, sweatshirts, I Heart shirts, pants, vintage T-shirts and so much more. After looking around the site, I decided on a ringer tee with pink trimming. Since I had decided to design my tee with the button from my personal blog, Carolyn in Carolina, I thought the pink trim would look cute.

It took minutes to design. You can add your own image, choose from stock clip art, change fonts, change colors and other cool stuff. Delivery was fast. When I got my t-shirt, I loved it. The fabric is really nice. It's not a cheapy tee at all. It is soft and looks good. Now I can proudly tout my blog!!!! I think I might need another shirt for this blog as well.

You can also choose from quite a few designs they have on the site. I saw this Costa Rica design and I think I am going to buy it. I know my sister would love one as well. This is a design that is already set up so all I have to do is pick the style of t-shirt or sweatshirt I want and place an order.

Overall, I am very happy with my new Carolyn in Carolina t-shirt. I cannot tell you how easy it was to create. Fibers.com makes it simple. The prices are really reasonable for custom made items. I have bought custom t-shirts elsewhere for double the price and I can't tell the difference. If you are looking for personalized gifts, Fibers.com is the place for you!



Disclosure: I received a sample product for review purposes. No other compensation was given and the opinions in this post are solely mine and are based on my experience with the product.

Monday, July 12, 2010

CLOSED ~ Marshalls & TJ Maxx "Back to Campus" Giveaway

It's that time of year again when college students are going "Back to Campus". Now I remember when I was going to college. Even back then, it was expensive to get all the supplies I needed. I would do smart shopping and shop at places like Marshalls and T.J. Maxx to find quality items at great prices.

Nowadays, college students can still find cool deals on dorm must-haves at T.J.Maxx and Marshalls. Why spend more money when you don't have to? You can find fantastic items

I looked around the sites and found some really cool ideas for dorm rooms. I wish they had stuff like this when I was going to college. And these great finds are trendy, in style and up to 60 percent less than specialty stores. I have no idea why anyone would buy merchandise for full price when you can get it for up to 60% less.

At T.J.Maxx and Marshalls you can buy everything you need for a cool dorm bedroom. You can find coordinating bed spreads, sheets and pillows. And don't forget the cool accessories like accent pillows, a bean bags, rugs, matching laundry hamper, tool sets, ironing boards and more.

I loved all the cool items they had for the student "office". Accessories like decorative lamps, colorful bulletin boards and desktop organizers can be found in both stores. For all nighters in the library, pack laptops in soft sided decorative cases.

Whether your style is “Preppy Americana” or “Modern Minimalistic Chic” – T.J. Maxx and Marshalls have an amazing selection that will suite any student’s style! Beginning July 5th, both stores will be stocked with these must-haves and more for the dorm.

And whether or not you have a student going away to college or just love shopping, you can go to T.J.Maxx or Marshalls with your very own $25 gift card! Yes, my dear readers, there is one up for grabs. Did you know that you can use the cards interchangeably at both stores? That is such a plus!! So you can use it at either store!! YAY!

Mandatory Entry

Tell me about a great deal that you have found at T.J.Maxx or Marshalls. I want to know!! If you have never shopped at a T.J.Maxx or Marshalls, head over to the sites and tell me something you learned.

Extra Entries

* Follow The Cube by Marshalls on Facebook (1 entry)
* Follow TJ Maxx on Twitter (1 entry)
* Subscribe to my blog through email (1 entry)
* Follow me on Twitter @carogonza (1 entry)
* Like The Art of Random Willynillyness on Facebook page (1 entry)
* Tweet this giveaway. Leave the link to the tweet in your post. (1 entry/tweet per day)
* Follow my blog (1 entry)
* Subscribe to to my feed (1 entry)
* Add my button to your site (1 entry)
* Add my site to your blogroll (1 entry)
* Follow me on Networked Blogs (1 entry - see right sidebar for widget)
* Blog about this giveaway leave the link (3 entries)
* Add this Giveaway to a Sweepstakes site, Mr. Linky, your giveaway list etc. Leave the link!! (2 entries per submission - unlimited!!)
Make sure to leave a separate comment for the entries you complete!
Deadline: Wednesday, August 11 at 11:59 pm EST. I will use random.org to pick the winners 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 $25 gift card to shop at either store for review purposes. No other compensation was given and the opinions in this post are solely mine and are based on my experience with the product.

Sunday, July 11, 2010

WINNER!!! VW Prize Pack!!!

I loved reading all your road trip stories. Some were really really good. But alas, it is Random.org that chooses the winner and this was such a great prize pack so drumroll please. The lucky winner of the VW Routan Summer road Trip Survival Pack giveaway courtesy of VW chosen by Random.org is:

Yellowlabs

Congrats! I have sent you all an email. 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 VW for the giveaway. I also want to thank everyone who participated. I appreciate your continued support! If you want to be a winner too, enter some of my other giveaways. I have some really good ones going on so get on it!

WINNER!! Cafe Press Tote Bag!!

Drumroll please. The lucky winner of the Cafe Press Tote Bag giveaway courtesy of Cafe Press chosen by Random.org is:

Carie

Congrats! I have sent you all an email. 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 Cafe Press for the giveaway. I also want to thank everyone who participated. I appreciate your continued support! If you want to be a winner too, enter some of my other giveaways. I have some really good ones going on so get on it!

Saturday, July 10, 2010

WINNER!! AMC CARD!!!

I want to say that I loved reading everyone's favorite movie or movies. I have to say that I was surprised at the choices. But it was fun reading them. But alas, there can only be one winner. So drumroll please. The lucky winner of the AMC Gift card giveaway chosen by Random.org is:

Erin M.

Congrats! I have sent you all an email. 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 out your card.

I want to thank everyone who participated. I appreciate your continued support! If you want to be a winner too, enter some of my other giveaways. I have some really good ones going on so get on it!

CLOSED ~ Trust the Gorton's Fisherman GIVEAWAY!!!! 5 winners!!


A few months back I had a giveaway for Gorton's coupons and it was a huge hit with you guys. So when I got contacted to do another giveaway, I said yes. I do it all for you my friends because that's how I roll!!

As I said before, I don't eat fish. I will eat tuna in can and shellfish but not other fish. But I do eat shrimp and I have tried Gorton's Shrimp and liked it. But overall, I am a meat, chicken and pork girl.

I know a few of my friends who have tried Gorton's products and they swear by them especially for the kiddos. My friend says her girls love the fish sticks. But they have so much more. Besides the Classic Breaded Fish Sticks, Gorton's has a variety of Breaded Fillets, battered Fillets, grilled fillets, fish tenders and shrimp! I do love breaded shrimp. If you need an healthier option, Gorton's now has a variety of Grilled items. The new products look good too. Go on the Gorton's site and you can find some recipes so you can make some tasty dishes.

Gorton's is a family friendly company and the easy to make products make it easy to eat healthy and stay on a budget. The products are great for snacks or a quick dinner. Add a salad and a baked potato and dinner is done.

You can go onto the site and print out a coupon for 50 cents off any product. There is also a contest going on. Enter to win coupons for Gorton's products. They are giving out 1,000!! And one lucky grand prize winner will win an Apple® iPad™ Wi-Fi – 1 GHz (Retail Value $700.00). Holy Cow! All you need to do is go to the Gorton's Facebook page and enter. To enter without going through Facebook go here and enter. I entered and so should you! The contest ends on July 31, so HURRY!!

If your family likes fish and shrimp and you are looking for a new way to serve it to them, then you should definitely check out Gorton's products. Thanks to Gorton's, I have ten (10) coupons to giveaway to five (5) winners. That means the winners get 2 coupons each!! Yippee Skippy! Thank you Gorton's! You know the drill, my friends.

Mandatory Entry

Visit the Gorton's site and come back and tell me what other product you like want to try or which recipe appeals to you!

Extra Entries

* Fan Gorton's on Facebook (1 entry)
* Sign up for the Gorton's Newsletter (1 entry)
* Subscribe to my blog through email (1 entry)
* Follow me on Twitter @carogonza (1 entry)
* Like The Art of Random Willynillyness on Facebook page (1 entry)
* Tweet this giveaway. Leave the link to the tweet in your post. (1 entry/tweet per day)
* Follow my blog (1 entry)
* Subscribe to to my feed (1 entry)
* Add my button to your site (1 entry)
* Add my site to your blogroll (1 entry)
* Follow me on Networked Blogs (1 entry - see right sidebar for widget)
* Blog about this giveaway leave the link (3 entries)
* Add this Giveaway to a Sweepstakes site, Mr. Linky, your giveaway list etc. Leave the link!! (2 entries per submission - unlimited!!)

Make sure to leave a separate comment for the entries you complete!
Deadline: Saturday, August 7 at 11:59 pm EST. I will use random.org to pick the winners 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 no product for review purposes. No other compensation was given and the opinions in this post are solely mine and are based on my experience with the product.

Friday, July 9, 2010

CLOSED ~ SleepJoy Mattress Topper Review and Pillow Giveaway

When I told hubby that I got an offer to review a SleepJoy mattress topper, he was actually not receptive to the idea. I think it was because we already had one of those tempurpedic ones on the bed and he was happy with it. I wasn't. The topper we had was not very good.

We have a King size bed and we ordered a King size topper and it never fit correctly. So that meant it was a little off on the sides and guess who got the short end of the topper? Yes, me. So I told him that we would try this new SleepJoy topper and if we didn't like it, we would go back to the old one. Well the old one is on its way out!!

We received the King Size 3" VitaTop mattress topper. It was in a pretty tiny box when it came and I thought no way is this a King size mattress topper but once we unpacked it, it rolled out perfectly and, better yet, fit perfectly on our bed. It was cushy. It had a subtle green tea smell to it, which was quite nice. The topper also has ventilation holes for air circulation.

The SleepJoy mattress toppers are made from ViscoFresh enhanced memory foam. This means SleepJoy's toppers offer greater air circulation so you don't overheat at night. They are naturally free of chemical odors. They also offer superior comfort & support. And SleepJoy uses renewable, plant based ingredients. The mattress toppers have memory foam so it hugs your body and relieves pressure. ViscoFresh is apparently 5 times more breathable than ordinary memory foam mattresses.

To our surprise, the Vita Top came with a 300 thread count cotton cover filled with "down like gel fiber" as well. It was like a special added treat. So we laid out the topper on the bed and before I put on the cover, I hopped on the bed and tried it out. It was comfortable and soft. It felt pretty darn good. Hubby felt it and was a little skeptical. But he said he would have an open mind about it. I have to say that I also loved the cover. It fit perfectly over the topper and the best thing is that it is made for the deep mattresses. We had no problem getting it to fit around the topper and our own giant mattress.

That night when we went to bed, I could tell hubby was still a little iffy on the whole new mattress topper adventure. But the next morning he got up and said that it was very comfortable. Personally, I loved it. It was plush and cozy. It was like sleeping in a little cocoon of softness. A few days later, I saw hubby taking our old mattress topper outside to garage and I knew he was hooked. He said that this is the most comfortable thing he has slept on. He loves it as do I. I think he loves it even more than I do!!

I can't tell you how soft it it. The mattress topper itself conforms to the shape of your body and the cover gives it that extra added plushness. It also keeps us cool at night. Whereas, our old topper could get hot, we have had no such problems with the SleepJoy! It is fantastic. I have to say that this is one of my most favorite products I have ever had the pleasure of reviewing!!

I would totally recommend these products to anyone. My hubby would second that as well. I can tell you that we are sleeping better. And even our cat, Scout loves it! We find her on the bed all the time now. So if you are in the market for a new mattress topper or want to try one, go to SleepJoy first. The Vita Top runs from $199 to $349 depending on the size of your bed. SleepJoy also offers many other types of toppers depending on the firmness. Ours is at a medium firmness and it is perfect for the both of us. But they have softer or firmer toppers as well. They also offer some great pillows and covers.

SleepJoy was nice enough to offer an Infinity Pillow for one of my readers to win! This looks fantastic. It is also made with ViscoFresh memory foam. The memory foam neck cradle side keeps your head and neck properly positioned to enhance airflow and reduce snoring. The other side supports your head and neck for complete comfort and a healthy alignment of the spine. It is made with top-to-bottom air channels and our exclusive, breathable ViscoFresh enhanced memory foam to increase air circulation within the pillow, keeping the surface comfortably cool.

I know I want one of these!! And I know you do too! So read the rules and enter for this wonderful prize!!

Mandatory Entry

Go to the SleepJoy site and tell me something you learned.

Extra Entries

* Follow SleepJoy on Twitter
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* Subscribe to my blog through email (1 entry)
* Follow me on Twitter @carogonza (1 entry)
* Like The Art of Random Willynillyness on Facebook page (1 entry)
* Tweet this giveaway. Leave the link to the tweet in your post. (1 entry/tweet per day)
* Follow my blog (1 entry)
* Subscribe to to my feed (1 entry)
* Add my button to your site (1 entry)
* Add my site to your blogroll (1 entry)
* Follow me on Networked Blogs (1 entry - see right sidebar for widget)
* Blog about this giveaway leave the link (3 entries)
* Add this Giveaway to a Sweepstakes site, Mr. Linky, your giveaway list etc. Leave the link!! (2 entries per submission - unlimited!!)
Make sure to leave a separate comment for the entries you complete!
Deadline: Wednesday, August 11 at 11:59 pm EST. I will use random.org to pick the winners 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 sample product for review purposes. No other compensation was given and the opinions in this post are solely mine and are based on my experience with the product.

Thursday, July 8, 2010

WINNER!!! $25 Walmart Card

Drumroll please. The lucky winner of the $25 Walmart Gift card giveaway courtesy of Cascade and MyBlogSpark chosen by Random.org is:

tinagirl

Congrats! I have sent you all an email. 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 Cascade and MyBlogSpark for the Walmart card to giveaway. I also want to thank everyone who participated. I appreciate your continued support! If you want to be a winner too, enter some of my other giveaways. I have some really good ones going on so get on it!

Pro-Flowers Review

I recently had the opportunity to review a Birthday Gift Basket from ProFlowers. My hubby's birthday is next month so I decided to get him an early birthday treat by reviewing the Ghirardelli Chocolate Basket. He, like me, is a chocolate fiend. We love all things chocolate and boy we weren't let down when we received our Ghirardelli Basket.

If you haven't visited ProFlowers you should. If you need a gift for a loved one, boss, co-worker etc. ProFlowers offers an amazing selection of Birthday gift baskets, flowers and plants. ProFlowers also has baskets for special occasions like baby showers, anniversaries, graduations, Get Well and much more. Ordering is easy. The only difficult choice is deciding what to buy! And the prices are reasonable!

The Ghirardelli Chocolate Basket is perfect for a birthday or for any chocolate lover. Our basket came with a giant red coffee cup, that is promptly going to work with me! It also included:
2 Dark Chocolate Squares with Mint Filling
2 Dark Chocolate Squares with Caramel Filling
3 Dark Chocolate Squares
3 Milk Chocolate Squares
1 Dark Chocolate Bar with Caramel Filling
2 Dark Chocolate Bars
2 Dark Chocolate Bars with Mint Filling
2 Double Chocolate Hot Chocolate
2 oz. Ghirardelli Ground Coffee

We were in hog heaven. You can't ever go wrong with Ghirardelli Chocolate. It is rich and creamy and just plain delish!! And there was enough chocolate for the both of us. I also snagged the Hot Chocolate and Coffee to take to work. Sometimes, I just need an afternoon pick me up. Hubby loved his basket. He shared a few chocolate squares with me but the rest is going to his office so he can have a little afternoon pick me up as well.

Looking around the site, I already chose a few baskets to give away to my mother-in-law, sister and my good friend. I know my sister would love a Spa Getaway Basket for her birthday. And my MIL would love the Wine Country Picnic Basket . She might be getting this for her birthday or Christmas!

I couldn't be happier with my basket. I know that I will look to ProFlowers from now on when I need a gift. Hopefully, you will check ProFlowers out as well.

Disclosure: I received a sample basket for review purposes. No other compensation was given and the opinions in this post are solely mine and are based on my experience with the product.

Wednesday, July 7, 2010

CLOSED ~ Dove MEN + CARE Review and Giveaway


Boy was my hubby happy when I told him that I was going to receive more Dove MEN+CARE products for him to review. He reviewed some products a few months back and really liked them. So it was great he was going to get more to review.

Dove MEN+CARE is the brand’s first-ever product line created specifically for men. "The new products are designed for men who have a reached a point in their lives where they are comfortable with themselves, but not in their skin. These products are built on the Dove brand’s heritage, which includes 3 key areas: cleansing, moisturizing, and care. The Dove Men + Care products are clinically proven to fight dryness, with no irritation or tightness, and dermatologist recommended. Dove Men + Care Body & Face Wash is the only men’s body wash to be formulated with ultra-light MICROMOISTURE technology, a unique gel technology that activates on skin during lather to guard skin against discomfort."

We received a bottle of the Body & Face Shower Gel, the Body & Face Bar and the Active Clean Shower Tool that was created to give an even better body wash experience by delivering maximum lather and maximum scrub in each shower. He loved the Body & Face bar and was glad to have another. He liked the feel and smell of it. Last time he tried it, he mentioned his skin felt smoother. He had been using the Body & Face Shower Gel since he ran out of the bar soap and really liked it as well.

He was a little reluctant to try the Active Clean Shower Tool. He said he didn't loofah but after a little nagging he tried it. He actually liked it since it was easier to use the shower gel with the tool.

Once again, Dove has created a great product. I have yet to find a Dove product I don't like. And I think it's fantastic that they are now focusing on the men. You have to visit the site because Dove Men + Care is showing fans never-before-seen moments that tell the “Journey to Comfort” of three baseball superstars, beginning with St. Louis Cardinals first basemen Albert Pujols! They have some cool videos you or your hubby can watch.

While you are on the Dove MEN+CARE site, enter the sweepstakes. You could win an all expense paid trip to St. Louis for a once in a lifetime BASEBALL EXPERIENCE! The winner will receive a trip for (4) airfare, (2) hotel rooms for two nights, (4) tickets to a game, and a meet and greet with Albert Pujols. I entered because even I would love that prize and hubby would go crazy if I won it!! The contest ends July 18, so hurry and enter!!

And as usual, the wonderful people at Dove want me to share the goodies with one of my readers. One of you will win a the shower gel, the bar soap and the Active Clean Shower Tool! YAY!! Enter now if you want your man smelling good and feeling smooth!

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Deadline: Friday, August 6 at 11:59 pm EST. I will use random.org to pick the winners 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 sample product for review purposes. No other compensation was given and the opinions in this post are solely mine and are based on my experience with the product.

Monday, July 5, 2010

CLOSED ~ Culturelle Review and I *heart* Bacteria t-shirt Giveaway

A few years ago, I was told by my doctor that I should take probiotics. Basically, he was telling me to take bacteria. There is good bacteria and bad bacteria and, apparently, I had lots of bad bacteria. So I tried probiotics and they really helped. I stopped using them and started eating plain yogurt to keep the good bacteria in. But sometimes, I need to take some more. Luckily, I was given the opportunity to try Culturelle a probiotic dietary supplement that contains the Lactobacillus GG, the ³good² bacteria strain used to restore and maintain a healthy balance in the digestive system.

Here is some more info about Culturelle from their site:

Culturelle® is all-natural, and does not contain any wheat or gluten. It is also available in a dairy-free formula.

Culturelle is the most researched and clinically proven probiotic supplement on the market. Lactobacillus GG, which is only found in supplement form in Culturelle, is the subject of more than 450 clinical reports and studies.

Culturelle works to help promote overall digestive and immune health. When bad bacteria outnumber good bacteria, your digestive and overall health is open to a host of potential
concerns. Culturelle replaces the bad bacteria in your digestive tract with good bacteria leading to healthier digestion and a stronger immune system.


The Lactobacillus GG found in Culturelle is one of the few probiotics that survives the strong acids of the stomach and intestines and then has the ability to colonize the intestinal tract (where 70% of the immune system resides).

Okay that's the medical stuff and if you visit the Culturelle site, you will learn a whole lot more. Now I can't speak to that but I can speak to the fact that probiotics have helped my digestive problems in the past. I have been taking Culturelle for a couple of weeks and while I don't notice a huge difference, I can tell that it has helped me some. Bloating is down and I feel that my acid reflux has been a lot better since I started taking Culturelle. That's just me. I am all about probiotics and Culturelle seems like it is doing a good job.

It's all about getting the ooky bacteria out and getting the good bacteria in! If you take probiotics now, this product might be one to check out and try. If you have never taken probiotics, you might want to ask your doctor if you have digestive problems. and don't forget to eat plain yogurt as well.

For more info, check out this cute video with the Bacteria Hero. If you want to try this, you can get a $1.00 off coupon here. And if you tell a friend, you can get $3.00 off!!

And you can win a cute t-shirt just by entering! Look how adorable these are? I want one!! And two of you will be winners!! So you know the drill folks, read the rules, enter and cross your fingers!

Mandatory Entry

Go to the Culturelle site and tell me something you learned.

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Make sure to leave a separate comment for the entries you complete!
Deadline: Saturday, July 31 at 11:59 pm EST. I will use random.org to pick the winners 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 sample product for review purposes. No other compensation was given and the opinions in this post are solely mine and are based on my experience with the product.




Saturday, July 3, 2010

WINNERS!!! Karen Neuberger Socks!!

Drumroll please. The lucky winners of KN Socks giveaway chosen by Random.org are:

Jenna_Wood & Salleefur/Jesslyn/Jesster

Congrats! I have sent you all an email. You have 48 hours to get back to me. After 48 hours, I will choose new winners. So send me your info!! So I can mail out your socks!!!!!

I want to thank everyone who participated. I appreciate your continued support! If you want to be a winner too, enter some of my other giveaways. I have some really good ones going on so get on it! And this coming week, I will have a new batch of giveaways up for grabs!!