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Saturday, February 26, 2011

CLOSED ~ Lysol “Ask An Expert” + $50 Amex Gift Card Giveaway


Did you know flu and cold activity most commonly peaks in the U.S. in January or February? The timing of the flu is unpredictable and can vary from season to season but seasonal flu activity can occur as late as May – are we ever safe?! There are a lot of misconceptions surrounding cold and flu…so to help us understand the key facts we need to know about them: the symptoms they cause, how they are different, and — most importantly — how you can help to protect yourself, your family, and those around you from spreading germs, Lysol has created a free online community where you can get awesome tips and advice from other community members and health experts. On Tuesday, March 1st Dr. Laura Jana (nationally acclaimed pediatrician and mother of 3) will be answering your Cold & Flu Season questions!

I work at a school. I am the director of the foundation but my office is in the school library. I know all about Cold and Flu season. This week alone we had over 20 sick kids and some of the teachers were sick as well. I am so glad the librarian keeps Lysol wipes and Lysol aerosol spray around. She is forever wiping the doors, tables and the bathroom down for germs. I love her for that! The last thing we need is to get sick and we make sure we keep it clean! We are taking no chances this season.

So if you want to learn how to keep yourself safe, go check out Dr. Jana. If you can't make the video chat, you can still ask questions by going to the Facebook page and leaving your questions in advance then tune in on your own time and watch Dr. Jana answer your questions or visit the Facebook page to share your own tips and learn what works for others!






If you go and visit the Facebook page and join in the conversation, you have the opportunity to win a $50 AMEX card courtesy of Lysol. How cool is that? That will buy quite a few Lysol wipes! Just enter to win!! Good luck!

Mandatory Entry

Follow Lysol on Facebook and submit a question for Dr. Jana on the chat topic: cold and flu. Leave your Facebook name in a comment so I can check. If you do not have a Facebook account then leave a handy dandy tip to keep safe this Cold and Flu season.

Extra Entries

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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)
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* 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, March 23 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 compensation but the opinions in this post are solely mine and are based on my experience with the product. Sponsors are responsible for shipping prizes unless otherwise stated. Please allow 6-8 weeks for delivery of any prizes.

Thursday, February 24, 2011

CLOSED ~ Heart Healthy Tips the Whole Family Can Love + Que Rica Vida Healthy Heart Basket Giveaway!

The health statistics are heart-stopping for Hispanic communities: the leading cause of death among both Hispanic men (27 percent) and women (31.5 percent) is cardiovascular disease. As part of a joint effort to raise awareness of the importance of heart health among Hispanics and their families, well-known physician Dr. Aliza Lifshitz and General Mills are putting heart-healthy information, recipes and wellness materials at consumers’ fingertips.

Through Qué Rica Vida® – General Mills’ lifestyle resource for Latinas – featured heart health materials will be readily available this month in the Qué Rica Vida Spanish magazine and online at www.QueRicaVida.com.

“A healthy heart is a happy heart, and there are easy steps you can take to lower your chances of developing heart disease and its risk factors,” explained Dr. Aliza. “The good news here is that individuals can decrease their risk of heart disease by making healthier lifestyle choices. This means exercising and getting your cholesterol levels and blood pressure checked regularly. In fact, even a small weight loss can be beneficial. One recent study indicates that reducing your weight by just 10 percent can decrease your blood pressure and lower your blood cholesterol – two changes that can make for a healthier heart. ”

Dr. Aliza offers several of her top tips to kick-off Heart Health Month, and encourages Hispanics to discover more information at www.QueRicaVida.com, or her website www.vidaysalud.com:
Whole Grain Advantage: Research shows that a diet rich in whole grain foods may help reduce the risk for heart disease and some cancers, and they may help with weight management . When purchasing items like bread, cereal, flour, rice and tortillas, check the ingredient label to make sure the product contains whole grain. A new study indicates that 95 percent of Americans are not getting enough whole grain, so Dr. Aliza noted it’s important to take steps to work more whole grain foods in to Hispanics’ daily diets.

Sounds Like A Plan: A heart-healthy eating plan is vital to lowering cholesterol and helping maintain healthier body weight. Given the importance of planning healthy meals, at the end of February www.QueRicaVida.com will offer a free family meal plan tailored for Hispanics. The meal plan was developed in partnership with the General Mills Bell Institute for Health and Nutrition and focuses on good-for-you foods, such as whole grains, fruits and vegetables and lean protein. Dr. Aliza recommends keeping a written journal of what you eat each day so you can chart your progress and take notes.

Easy Steps: It’s easy – and fun – to incorporate physical activity into your (and your family’s) daily routine. Make time to stay active by doing things you love, like dancing, walking, swimming, gardening or biking. Regular exercise can help improve blood lipid levels, which decrease the risk for heart disease and stroke. Dr. Aliza strongly recommends that before beginning an exercise program, you make sure to consult a doctor.

“General Mills is very committed to issues that affect Latina women and their families, especially those related to health,” explained Rodolfo Rodriguez, director of multicultural marketing for General Mills. “The heart health materials we’re offering together with Dr. Aliza are meant to spark tangible ways we can promote healthier, more vibrant Hispanic communities – one family at a time.”

We all need to be aware of this important issue. As a Latina, I know that I could be in danger of heart disease. As part of this awareness campaign, Que Rica Vida has offered a Heart Healthy Basket to me to give away to one lucky reader.. The basket is valued at $75 and includes the following items: Betty Crocker Healthy Heart cookbook, Cheerios cereal, Cheerios t-shirt, Cheerios Libro de Jugar book, Honey Nut Cheerios cereal, Breakfast bowl, Heart Healthy Bisquick, Que Rica Vida mug (I want this!! If the winner is super duper nice they can let me have it. hee hee), Que Rica Vida mouse pad, General Mills jump rope. YAY! You know I love giving stuff away! So read the rules and enter!!

Mandatory Entry

Tell me what are you doing to be healthier.

Extra Entries
* Go to the Que Rica Vida (Spanish) site or the General Mills site (I want to be fair to the non-Spanish speakers) and come back and tell me one recipe that you like. If you go to both, you get one entry each!! (1 entry)
* Like Que Rica Vida on Facebook (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 on GFC (1 entry)
* Subscribe to to my feed (1 entry)
* GRAB MY NEW BUTTON CODE!! 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, March 23 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 compensation and the opinions in this post are solely mine. Sponsors are responsible for shipping prizes unless otherwise stated. Please allow 6-8 weeks for delivery of any prizes.
About Qué Rica Vida
Now in its fifth year, the Qué Rica Vida initiative is an important resource designed to provide Latina moms with culturally relevant lifestyle information and expert advice on Education, Holiday Occasions, Health & Wellness and Family -- issues of great importance to Hispanic families in America. The program was developed by General Mills to help the Hispanic mother succeed in creating a healthier, easier, richer life for her and her family. The cornerstone of the Qué Rica Vida initiative is its free quarterly lifestyle magazine and website of the same name, http://www.QueRicaVida.com.

About General Mills
One of the world's leading food companies, General Mills operates in more than 100 countries and markets more than 100 consumer brands, including Cheerios, Yoplait , Nature Valley, Betty Crocker, Pillsbury, Green Giant, Old El Paso, Progresso, Häagen-Dazs, Cascadian Farm, Muir Glen, and more. Headquartered in Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA, General Mills had fiscal 2010 global net sales of US$16 billion, including the company’s $1.2 billion proportionate share of joint venture net sales.


Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Winners!! Kirklands, Tyson and Joe's Shopping!!

Here are the winners of the Kirklands, Tyson and Joe's Shopping giveaways. The winners chosen by Random.org are as follows:

Kirkland's: Maria Delgado
Tyson: Maria Delgado, Tina and Kim
Joe's Shopping: Susan E

Congrats! I have sent you a email. You have 48 hours to get back to me. After 48 hours, I will choose new winners. So send me your info!! Once I get all the info, I will send it our wonderful sponsor.

I want to thank Kirkland's, Tyson and Joe's Shopping for the giveaways. 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.

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

CLOSED ~ Bob Evans Review and $25 Gift Card Giveaway!


I recently had the opportunity to review Bob Evans products. I have been a Bob Evans fan for about 17 years. I had never ever heard of Bob Evans until I lived in Florida. I lived on the West Coast for a long time and there are no Bob Evans restaurants there.

The first Bob Evans restaurant I ever visited was in Fort Myers, Florida. I had been dating Tom for a year or so and we went to the West Coast of Florida to stay at his mom's condo. One morning we went out to find some breakfast. He saw the Bob Evans restaurant and decided to stop in. I had no idea what to expect.

I loved it. I remember I had sausage gravy for the first time there. It was delicious and served over biscuits. We kept going back any time we visited Fort Myers. We also visited a few times for lunch when we were driving up north to visit Tom's family. I love the Bob Evans burgers!!

So when it came time to find a product to review, I immediately went for the sausage. That is my favorite Bob Evans product. I got home and I looked on the Bob Evans website for a recipe. Then I looked in my pantry and fridge and decided to get creative. Of course, if you read this blog and my personal blog, Carolyn in Carolina, you know I am the queen of willy-nilly cooking. Yes, I went willy-nilly with this recipe as well.

I found biscuit dough, apples, eggs, shredded Gouda cheese and fresh sage. I figured the Bob Evans sausage would pair fantastically with the green apples and sage. Green apples pair well with Gouda cheese. So I decided to bake little breakfast quiches. Maybe quiche isn't the right term. I guess you can say they are breakfast cups. Anyway I began the cooking.

My store out here in the boonies only had Bob Evans links and sausage patties. I bought the patties because I knew I had to break down the sausage to mix with the eggs. I took the sausage patties and crumbled them and started cooking them. When they were browned, I added chopped green apples. To get all the juicy bits off the bottom of the pan, I added a splash of cider vinegar.

Then I grabbed some eggs and mixed them with the fresh sage, Gouda cheese and I decided to add a little cheddar cheese as well. I added a pinch of salt and a dash of pepper for good measure. I added the sausage and apple mixture to the eggs and mixed well.

I took the biscuit dough and cut it into little pieces and rolled it out. I popped the dough into the mini muffin pan and baked it for about 7 minutes. When that was done, I pulled out the mini cups and filled them with the mixture. I baked them for another 8-10 minutes at 350 degrees.

You do not want to overcook the eggs yet you want to make sure they get cooked. Because I was using a mini muffin pan, I had to keep checking. Once they are ready take them out to cool.

I have to say that these turned out pretty darn good. The Bob Evans sausage is really delicious. I love it. There is nothing like eggs and cheese along with the sausage either. What made these super good was the apple. When I bit into one, it tasted like really good quiche. Then I would get a piece of the apple and it added a really sweet yet tarty taste to the dish. The Gouda cheese also added another layer of flavor that was fantastic!

If you never visited a Bob Evans Restaurant, then you must do so. Bob Evans also has products in grocery stores. You would be surprised what they have! Of course, they have sausage. But they also have mashed potatoes, mac and cheese, breakfast bowls, stuffing, slow roasted pot roast, slow roasted chicken, turkey, pork chops, gravies and all types of grilling sausage and so much more. The variety is endless.

Bob Evans is celebrating National Hot Breakfast Month this month so in honor of that the fantastic peeps at Bob Evans have a $25 gift card and Bob Evans product coupon for one of my readers. Yummo! Enter and win, my friends!!

Mandatory Entry

Visit the Bob Evans site and tell me your favorite recipe!

Extra Entries

* Like Bob Evans on Facebook (1 entry)
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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 on GFC (1 entry)
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* GRAB MY NEW BUTTON CODE!! 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: Monday, March 21 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. Sponsors are responsible for shipping prizes unless otherwise stated. Please allow 6-8 weeks for delivery of any prizes.


About Bob Evans Farms, Inc.
Bob Evans Farms, Inc. owns and operates full-service restaurants under the Bob Evans and Mimi’s Café brand names. At the end of the second fiscal quarter (Oct. 29, 2010), Bob Evans owned and operated 569 family restaurants in 18 states, primarily in the Midwest, mid-Atlantic and Southeast regions of the United States, while Mimi’s Café owned and operated 145 casual restaurants located in 24 states, primarily in California and other western states. Bob Evans Farms, Inc. is also a leading producer and distributor of pork sausage and a variety of complementary homestyle convenience food items under the Bob Evans and Owens brand names. For more information about Bob Evans Farms, Inc., visit www.bobevans.com.

Monday, February 21, 2011

CLOSED ~ "Change the Tone" Crocs Giveaway!


I can't believe the selection Crocs offers now. They have shoes for everyone and in every style imaginable! Now, Crocs has launched Crocs Tone, a new women's collection that comes in 4 stylish models that still uses the same lightweight and odor-resisting, patented Croslite material as the original Crocs. The new Crocs Tone shoe offers the benefits of toning for your upper and lower legs without sacrificing any comfort or style.

This shoes are adorable! My favorite are the sandals! These would look great with a dress, shorts, pants and, of course, at the beach. The rest of the Crocs Tone line are just as cute. I also love that I can tone while looking stylish.

To celebrate Crocs' new line, Crocs has launched a Facebook application that aims to change the negative tone of current headlines. It's positive, heartwarming and funny. Go check it out because it is a lot of fun getting creative and making up your own tweets!

The wonderful people at Crocs have offered up a pair of Crocs Tone shoes for one of my lucky readers. If you want to win a pair of Crocs Tones all you have to do is enter here! Good luck.

Mandatory and Only Entry

Go to the "Change the Tone" Crocs Facebook application and send out a "Change a Tone" tweet. Once you have tweeted, come back and leave me the link to your tweet! You can enter once a day with a new tweet!!
ONE WEEK GIVEAWAY!
Deadline: Monday, February 28 at 11:59 pm EST. The winner will be chosen at random and notified. **PLEASE leave an email if your blogger profile does not include it or make sure you follow me on Twitter @carogonza so I can DM 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. Sponsors are responsible for shipping prizes unless otherwise stated. Please allow 6-8 weeks for delivery of any prizes.

Sunday, February 20, 2011

CLOSED ~ The Popcorn Factory Review and $25 Gift Card Giveaway!


A few weeks ago I promised you all a Popcorn Factory giveaway and here it is. To celebrate the Super Bowl The Popcorn Factory created these cool Commemorative Super Bowl XLV popcorn tins. I got one and it was filled with delicious popcorn in three flavors. WOO!

These festive tins offer more than just their deliciously popped contents. To keep the Super Bowl celebration going year-round, The Popcorn Factory party planners suggest the following “top-five” tips for using your commemorative tin popcorn tins:

* Fill tin with ice and for a roomy ice bucket or beverage cooler
* Put lid on tin and use as small seats for a “kids table”
* Stuff your tin with plenty of napkins, paper towels and wet naps for messes
created from the standard Super Bowl snacks like buffalo wings and dips.
* Pick up a colorful bouquet and place in water-filled tin for a sweet center-piece
* Offer festive tins as a party favor for your guests

If you want to pick up one of these babies, here is a discount code: WINNER. This discount code will get you $10 off of a $50 purchase at The Popcorn Factory (expires March 31, 2011).

Of course, I already sneaked some of this delicious popcorn. My favorite is the cheese popcorn. I could eat the whole thing if left to my own devices. But I love to share so I am taking my tin into work to share with everyone there. They love it. The last time I brought in a tin, it was gone before 2:00pm!

Now you have the chance to buy popcorn or other goodies from the Popcorn Factory. I am giving away a $25 Popcorn Factory gift card! They have it all. Besides the Super Bowl tins, they have popcorn for any occasion or any one on your gift list. They have the best gift baskets not only filled with popcorn but cookies, chocolate and other treats! Yummo!

You know the drill!

Mandatory Entry

Visit The Popcorn Factory and tell me what you would buy!

Extra Entries

* Like The Popcorn Factory on Facebook (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 on GFC (1 entry)
* Subscribe to to my feed (1 entry)
* GRAB MY NEW BUTTON CODE!! 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, March 19 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. Sponsors are responsible for shipping prizes unless otherwise stated. Please allow 6-8 weeks for delivery of any prizes.

Saturday, February 19, 2011

CLOSED ~ Skin MD Review and Giveaway!

This time of year is the worst time of year for my skin. It gets dry, scaly and itchy. I buy a tons of lotion and always try and keep moisturized. If not, I have skin that looks like a crocodile. It's not pretty.

Last year I did a review for SkinMD and loved it. So when I was contacted again to do another review a bottle of Skin MD, I agreed. I first tried a sample of Skin MD Shielding lotion at the Type-A-Mom conference a couple of years ago. It was a little sample so I used it on my hands and liked it.

I pulled some info from their site because it explains what this lotion is all about better than I can. I think it's important information for people to know.

From the Skin MD website:
Everyday contact with soaps, cleansers, shampoos, household chemistry and other substances that strip away skin's own protective layer (a thin film made of natural fats, lipids), leaves the skin's deeper layers unprotected. Without this protection in place oils and the natural moisture of the skin evaporates and absorption of irritants is no longer prevented.

Conventional lotions only add artificial moisture to the skin temporarily alleviating the dryness or itching, but these moisturizers don't actually solve the problem, they only treat symptoms without eliminating the cause. Dry skin is unable to absorb the newly added moisture to allow repair – it does not get "locked" into the skin. It gets lost easily. That’s why we keep applying more and more of the conventional lotions. Even so, skin easily gets addicted and may even suspend production of it's own moisture, relying on added moisturizer.

Skin MD Natural is a shielding lotion, a very special type of lotion helping the skin restore its integrity, enhance its protective functions so that the skin is able to heal naturally and regain its youthful appearance. Skin MD Natural works by bonding with cells of the skin's outermost layer to form what works as an invisible shield. This layer of protection prevents environmental irritants and pollutants from penetrating the skin, while sealing in the skin's own natural oils and moisture, helping resolve the dry skin condition.

Skin MD Natural uses only the finest natural ingredients, and is focused on urging the skin to be active, and to use its own moisture to effectively heal itself. It is not oily or sticky, doesn't sit on top of your skin leaving a greasy residue on everything you touch, it doesn't rub or wash off easily, is hypoallergenic, fragrance, colorant and paraben free and dermatology tested.


It really works. It is a great lotion especially for really dry skin. Hubby really likes it too. I had to hide my bottles from him so he wouldn't use it all. The lotion is neither thick nor watery. It is not greasy and lasts a long time. It goes on smoothly and it is absorbed immediately. You only have to use a little bit as well. Unlike some lotions where you have to spread half the bottle on just to feel like you have moisturized.

I like that the lotion is unscented as well. My skin feels moist and hydrated now and I love that.It is a little pricey but it is well worth it if you have dry skin and nothing else has worked for you.

If you want to try Skin MD, then read the rules and enter. Skin MD is going to send one of my lucky readers a bottle for you to try as well.

Mandatory Entry

Visit the Skin MD website and come back and tell me something you learned and why you want to try the lotion.

Extra Entries

* Follow Skin MD on Facebook (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 on GFC (1 entry)
* Subscribe to to my feed (1 entry)
* GRAB MY NEW BUTTON CODE!! 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: Friday, March 18 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. Sponsors are responsible for shipping prizes unless otherwise stated. Please allow 6-8 weeks for delivery of any prizes.

Friday, February 18, 2011

CLOSED ~ Trust the Gorton Fisherman Giveaway! 5 Winners!!


Oh do I have a treat for you my dear readers! It's time for another Gorton's coupon giveaway and I know you guys love it because I am always surprised how many entries I get for these. So read up on the info below and check out the delish recipe and enter to win!!

The USDA Ruling is in – Eat More Fish --two servings a week to fight obesity and improve overall health. To help meet this nutrition recommendation, Registered Dietitian Sylvia Melendez-Klinger offers the following tips:

• Look for easy swaps. Add more fish and shrimp to your diet by preparing one of your family’s favorite recipes and swapping the protein for fish or shrimp. Seafood is great on salads, in pasta, tacos or in a stir-fry.

• Stock your freezer. Avoid high-calorie, high-fat food temptations by stocking your freezer with a variety of options. With frozen seafood, like Gorton’s flame grilled fish and shrimp, you can prepare a nutritious, delicious recipe in minutes.

• Make colorful, healthy toppings available. For a quick-and easy lunch or dinner, serve whole wheat tortillas or sandwich thins with prepared grilled tilapia or salmon. Then present a host of toppings, like avocado, tomato, cucumber, or spicy or dilled yogurt, so everyone can add their personal favorite.

Here’s a delicious, quick-fix recipe that uses flame-grilled salmon fillets bursting with flavor, plus offers 300 mg of DHA per serving:

Grilled Salmon with Garden Vegetables and Linguine
Serves 6

Ingredients:
6 Gorton’s Grilled Salmon Fillets
1 lb. uncooked whole wheat linguine
1 cup fresh basil leaves
½ cup chicken broth
2 Tbsp. olive oil
1 cup broccoli florets
1 small red onion, sliced
1 medium bell pepper, thinly sliced
1 cup zucchini, sliced
2 cups fresh spinach
½ cup grape tomatoes, halved

Cook salmon and pasta according to package directions. In blender, combine basil, chicken broth and 1 Tbsp. olive oil and blend until smooth. Set aside. Add 1 Tbsp. olive oil, broccoli, onion, bell pepper and zucchini to large skillet. Sauté over medium-high heat until tender crisp (about 2 minutes). Add spinach, basil sauce and cooked pasta to the sautéed vegetables and cook until spinach is wilted. Spoon pasta mixture into a serving bowl and toss with tomatoes and cooked, flaked salmon.

For more information, remember to visit the Gorton's site. While you are there, you can enter to win a fantastic vacation when you enter the Gorton's Seafood Lovers Sweepstakes!! When you enter and pick your favorite location. One April 12th the location with the most votes is the vacation given away. My favorite location was Italy!!

Go enter the sweepstakes and then enter here for your chance to win a full value coupon for goodies!! Good Luck!

Mandatory Entry

Visit the Gorton's site and tell me your favorite recipe.

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 on GFC (1 entry)
* Subscribe to to my feed (1 entry)
* GRAB MY NEW BUTTON CODE!! 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, March 16 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 compensation for posting this giveaway and the opinions in this post are solely mine and are based on my experience with the product.

Thursday, February 17, 2011

Ace bandage Review!


A few weeks ago, I threw out my back. I was making a fire and picked up a big log and boom, it just went out. After a few days in bed and a lot of pain, it went away but I will, no doubt, throw it out again.

About a week after I threw out my back, I got a the opportunity to review some Ace products. Unfortunately, I didn't have the Ace Bandage Lumbar Support belt that week that I threw it out. I could have used it.

But two weeks ago, hubby threw out his back. It was a bad thing but, luckily, we had the Lumbar Support belt. Hubby was a little reluctant to try it at first but after 2 days of pain, he decided to try the Ace belt.

It really worked for him. He said it was comfortable and really supported his back at home and at work. The great thing about this belt was that besides being able to wear it around your waist to support your back, it also has extra support straps that you can tighten for more support. It also fits all sizes because you can tighten the belt. I am a little fluffy and it fits me just fine!

Hubby wore it a few days and was good as new. I only wish that I had this belt when my back went out. Hopefully, I won't have to use it but I know that when I do, it will do a good job. The fabric is a breathable so you don't get all sweaty. It is also a breeze to clean. You pop it in the washer and air dry.

The other item I received was the Multi-Purpose Ice and Heat wrap. I actually had to use this wrap last week. I have decided I need to shape up this year so I started doing the Wii Fit again and maybe it had been a little too long since I had exercised and I hurt my knee.

This wrap was the thing I needed though because I am known to be klutz. Since I was small, I have sprained and strained all sorts of muscles and joints so I am an expert in caring for them. What I have learned is you need heat and cold. This is where the Multi-purpose wrap comes in very handy.

You can pop the insert into the microwave and heat it up. Then you can pop it into the freezer and get it cold. The wrap is adjustable so you can use it on knees or elbows or anywhere else you can wrap it. It is also easy to clean. All you do is hand wash and air dry.

I have used ACE products for years. Like I said, I am sort of a klutz so I always have a few ACE bandages in my house. My favorite is a wrist support brace that I bought a few years ago. I still use it. Ace products last forever and are great quality products and I can always count on then to be there to help my aching joints and muscles heal.

I will now be counting on these two products as well.

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, February 14, 2011

CLOSED ~ Renuzit Coupon Giveaway! 8 Winners!


Okay my lovelies, I got a handful of Renuzit coupons in the mail. Totally random. But what the heck am I going to do with a zillion coupons? Okay 8 but still. They expire on 3/31/11 so I want to get these into the hands of some readers so you guys can use them.

The coupons are for One Free Adjustable Air Freshener. I have 8 coupons so that means 8 lucky winners!! WOO!

I am not even publicizing this giveaway. And this will be easy peasy to win. I am adding a few extra entries because that's how I roll!

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Disclosure: I received these coupons out of the blue. No other compensation was given and the opinions in this post are solely mine and are based on my experience with the product.

Saturday, February 12, 2011

Ingrid Hoffman T-fal Paella Pan Review + recipe!

The other day I received an Ingrid Hoffman T-fal Paella Pan to review. At first I thought "holy smokes" I have never ever made paella and now I will have to make it. Then I thought that this would be a culinary challenge that I would take on!

Paella is one of those dishes I have seen and thought I could never make. I always felt that it was totally complicated and that to make it would require so much culinary expertise that I couldn't handle it. It is also one of those dishes that has so much seafood in it that I knew I wouldn't like it. I don't really like seafood. I don't eat fish. To me, paella was all about the seafood.

I thought about making something else in the pan but since it is a paella pan, it didn't feel right.

I received the pan and immediately could see this is a really quality pan. It is well made. The aluminum construction allows for fast heating. The non-stick interior is fantastic because nothing sticks to it. The handles are sturdy and do not get burning hot when the pan is hot. The interior bottom has a cool Thermospot heat indicator that turns solid to let you know that the pan is pre-heated and ready to use. Loved that!

The bottom of the pan has a very pretty design. I wish I had a hanging post rack because the pan would look great. The pan can also be popped into the oven and works with all types of stoves.

So here I was making paella for the first time. If you follow my other blog, you know I post a lot of recipes there because I love to cook and eat. So this review was right up my alley. To begin with, I perused the internet and, specifically, the Food Network to find a recipe. I found tons.

I ended up printing up 4 that I took bits and pieces from. The recipe I took most from was one from Ingrid Hoffman herself. I took some tips from the other recipes but her recipe was the best one overall. It did feature scallops but I just left that ingredient out.

I started out with one whole chopped onion, 6 chopped garlic cloves and one red and yellow pepper julienned. I began with 3 tablespoons of olive oil and then added the onions, garlic and peppers and sauteed them. I then added some chorizo.

I was supposed to use Spanish chorizo. I could not find Spanish chorizo here in old Sylva, NC so I tried the next best thing: Mexican Chorizo. I took it out of the casing and added it to the pan. Then I took some chicken thighs I cut into cubes and added them to the an as well. I also added salt, pepper, Spanish paprika and saffron.

Next, I added some andouille sausage. I figured that the Mexican chorizo with the andouille sausage would sort of make up for the fact I had no Spanish chorizo.

After mixing all the ingredients, I added the rice along with a can of drained whole tomatoes. I made sure to drain the tomatoes but kept the liquid and added as needed when I added the other liquid. I cooked the mixture for about 5 minutes. On another burner, I had some broth and white wine boiling. I started added the broth and wine mixture slowly to the paella pan.

Making the paella was sort of like making a risotto but easier. I didn't have to stand there and stir. I would add the liquid and then let it soak in and add more liquid and stir. Once all the liquid was added, the recipe called to put some aluminum foil over the pan and let it simmer for about 20 minutes.

I just played it by ear. I would test the rice to make sure it was getting cooked. After 20 minutes, I added the shrimp and peas and let it cook about 10 minutes more.

What I loved about this pan is that it held all those billion ingredients with no problem. I can also attest it is very nonstick. I was distracted by the TV for a minute or so and when I got back to the pan the liquid was almost gone and I checked the bottom and it was browning up but it did not stick at all. I think I could have gotten a nice crust on the bottom as well if I wasn't so darn hungry to eat my masterpiece.

Let me tell you that my paella was one of the most beautiful dishes I have ever created. It was a sight to behold. But best of all, it was delicious. I was so surprised as how good it was. Having the paella pan really, really helped. It was the perfect thing to make a great paella. I know I will be making this again and again.

I have to mention that the pan was a snap to clean. I just tossed it in hot soapy water and wiped it clean. It is also dishwasher safe but I have a tiny demented dishwasher so it was easier to hand wash it.

My only complaint is that it does not come with a lid. A lid would be the one thing that would make this pan even better. Using foil was a pain but it worked. I will have to try and find one somewhere. I cannot wait to try it again!

Because paella is a perfect dish for entertaining, I will be using this pan a lot. I am sure that it would also be great to make risotto, eggs or any casserole dish. Hence, the need for a lid! This paella pan gets a total thumbs up from me. I loved it. I saw a few more pans I need as well. Hubby might be have a huge "What to get me for Christmas" list this year!!


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.

Friday, February 11, 2011

Post-it Pop-up Valentine's Day Dispenser Review!

There are a few products in life that I can't live without. Clorox wipes, my Swiffer vac, Swiffer Wet Jet and Post-it Notes.

I know, I'm weird. But I love love love Post-it Notes. I have loved them for years. If you come to my house you will find Post-it Notes in our "office" area. You will find them in our dining room sideboard, the kitchen drawers, on the refrigerator, and anywhere near my laptop. At work, I have a huge supply of all sizes and types of Post-it Notes. My name is Carolyn and I am a Post-it Noteaholic. There I said it.

So when I received the opportunity to review the new Valentine's Day Post-it Pop-up Dispenser, I was all over that like white on rice. This Valentine’s Day, the Post-it Brand is introducing a NEW note dispenser designed to deliver “notes from the heart.” The festive NEW Heart-Shaped Post-it Pop-up Note Dispenser makes it easy to keep love notes that “stick” available at your finger tips with its simple one-hand note dispensing feature.

When it arrived it was even better than expected. It is a beautiful heart shaped hot pink dispenser! It is weighted so it can also be used on a desk as a paper weight. It holds 3" x 3" Post it notes. It is easy to refill and the Post-it Notes come out easily with no fuss!
What can I say? It is a great addition to my vast Post-it Note collection. It is so darling. But it does cause a conflict in my life. Do I leave it at home or do I take it to work? I can't decide. If I leave it at home, I can leave notes for hubby and reminders for me. If I take it to work, I can have a handy dandy, stylish dispenser that will make my co-workers jealous. What to do, what to do?

All I know is that if you have someone in your life like me: a Post-it Noteaholic, this is the perfect gift for Valentine's. If hubby had bought this for me instead of flowers or candy, I would be perfectly happy. The dispenser would give me years of enjoyment without adding inches to the old waist!

It is also a perfect birthday gift, Administrative Assistants Day's gift or a great Mother's Day gift. My mom would go nuts for one of these but she is not getting mine!

You can find the Post-it Pop-up Valentine's Day Dispenser at Office Depot and on the Post-it Brand website.

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.