The Art of Random Willy-Nillyness: April 2012
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Sunday, April 29, 2012

Kindle Fire Giveaway sponsored by Fiberon

This is not my giveaway but one sponsored by Fiberon.
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This is a great giveaway for this Kindle Fire. You can enter here on my blog or go directly to the Fiberon page and enter there. Good Luck!

Fiberon is a decking company that is giving away a Multi-Touch Kindle Fire
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Saturday, April 28, 2012

Hallmark Mother's Day "Moment in Time" Giveaway!

Since I am not a mom, Mother's Day is dedicated to my mom and not me. My mami lives in Costa Rica so I can never celebrate it with her unless I am there. Usually that is not the case. But every year, I do find the perfect Hallmark card and send it to her to show her how much I appreciate her. I always find the perfect card that will make her smile.

So when I received several Hallmark Mother's Day products, I knew I had to share them with my loyal readers. These are such great items and would make a perfect gifts for any mom. I know two little girls who will receive these gifts so they can gift them to their mom.

The Hallmark Recordable Artwork Canvas Art Kit is so cool. This kit comes with paint and canvas so the child can draw a special picture for mom. The best part is that they can also record a message to mom. How cool is that? Can you imagine receiving a special painting with your child's voice telling you why they drew and what it means? I love this. This would also make a great gift for grandma!

The Mom & Me Conversations to Keep Recordable Book is a special item where you and your child can record both voices. It has questions you can ask your child and they answer. This is terrific because years from now you can pull it out and hear your little one and you. I actually bought a Hallmark Recordable Book for a friend of mine and her kids love them. These recordable books are so awesome.

I also received some special Hallmark cards. I do love Hallmark cards because the person who receives knows that I took the time to find the perfect card with the perfect sentiment and also took the time to write something and send it. I cannot tell you how much I love receiving snail mail cards. Sure, online cards are nice too but finding a card in your mailbox is something special.

You can never go wrong gifting someone something from Hallmark! Now one of my lucky readers will be able to have their own Hallmark "Moment in Time" gift pack as well. The prize pack includes a Hallmark recordable Artwork Canvas Art Kit, the Mom & Me Conversations Recordable Book and Hallmark cards. YAY!!

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Wednesday, April 25, 2012


There are few movies that I am dying to see. We don't often go see movies at a movie theater. We wait for them to come on HBO or Netflix and watch from home. Only once in a while do we make the effort to drive to Asheville and enjoy a movie.  But there is one movie that I cannot wait to see on the big screen: MARVEL’S THE AVENGERS!

I cannot believe they got all my favorite comic books heroes together in one movie. My favorites are Iron Man and Thor! But I also love Captain America and the Hulk! 

MARVEL’S THE AVENGERS opens May 4th nationwide. I know I will be there with bells on. I already made my hubby promise to go see it on the big screen!! YAY!

And because you, my lovely readers, rock I have a giveaway that will make any Avengers fan happy! I wish I could enter my own giveaway because this is a nice prize package:
* MARVEL’S THE AVENGERS t-shirt in adult sizes of S, M, L, XL
* MARVEL’S THE AVENGERS set of 6 buttons
* MARVEL’S THE AVENGERS one pair of limited edition 3D glasses

 Just enter on the Rafflecopter widget below!! Good Luck!

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Yes Virginia, there is a Fairy Hobmother!

To my delight I was visited by the Fairy Hobmother and got a very nice surprise!!! YAY!

If you haven't heard about the The Fairy Hobmother let me give you a little insight. The Fairy Hobmother visits from Appliances Online and spreads light and joy throughout the blogosphere. The Fairy Hobmother spread a little joy in my life by gifting me an Amazon Gift Voucher!

I am thrilled because I am currently working on my garden and I needed some gardening supplies. The Amazon voucher I received will come in handy.

You never know when the Fairy Hobmother will appear. She is always looking for a blogger out there to sprinkle with fairy dust. So leave a comment on this post and who knows The Fairy Hobmother might visit you as well! Wouldn't that be awesome? WOO!!

Disclosure: The Fairy Hobmother gifted me an Gift Voucher. All opinions in this post are mine.

Monday, April 23, 2012

Ben Gay Giveaway!!!

I have been using BenGay because I have started exercising again. It is perfect for my sore muscles after a workout.  I have reviewed BenGay and you can read my review here.

But this weekend, I am so glad I had BenGay because we started readying our garden for the season. Boy, I was out there hoeing, raking and cleaning. After a few hours of gardening, my back was sore. I could barely move my arms and my legs were hurting.

After coming in, showering and putting on lounge wear, I broke out the Ben Gay and put it all over my sore muscles. I rubbed in the Zero Degrees BenGay and it felt good. What a relief! I cannot tell you how much I love BenGay for sore muscles.

The cold then hot helps my muscles loosen up and feel better. I happen to love the smell of BenGay but it does not linger. That is great for those who don't like the smell. It goes on smoothly and works.

Now you can find relief as well. I have this fantastic BenGay sports bag to give to one of my lucky readers. The bag includes: Karina Smirnoff exercise DVD, BenGay Zero Degrees medicated gel, BenGay sports towel, John Frieda dry shampoo and scruncis for your hair! I love my sports bag.

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Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Farm Rich Review and Giveaway!

I try not to keep snacks in the house because I will eat them. But I realize that sometimes having a few things to nosh on is a good thing.

This weekend we were were spring cleaning and working in the yard. In the afternoon when we finished, we were hungry. We missed lunch and dinner was a few hours away. This was the perfect time to raid the freezer and see what we had.

I had just bought some Farm Rich products the day before. Thank goodness because they were just what we needed.

I grabbed a bag of the Farm Rich Mini Philly Cheese Steaks. I popped them into the toaster oven and in under 15 minutes we had a great snack. The Philly Cheese Steaks were delish. Filled with steak, onions and gooey cheese, they hit the spot.

I have to say that I loved the package these cheese steaks came in. The bag opens on the front and it is easy resealable. That keeps them fresh and safe from freezer burn.

I also bought some Mozzarella Bites and cannot wait to have those with some pasta sauce. I had tried the Farm Rich Mozzarella Sticks and really liked them so I suspect that the bites will be just as good.

Farm Rich snacks are great for parties or just afternoon snacks for the kids. I love having something quick and easy in the freezer for just such times when something is needed but you don't want to cook!!

I have two (2) Farm Rich coupons to giveaway to one lucky reader!! YAY! If you can't wait to see if you won here on my blog then head over to the Farm Rich Snacks Facebook page and play Pesos For Quesos . You can win prizes coupons, $200 gift cards and one winner will win a $3,500 Fiesta Grande Party. See their Facebook page for the official rules.

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Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Independent Living Bullion Boxy Backpack Giveaway

This is not my giveaway but one sponsored by Independent Living Buillion. I am just hosting the Rafflecopter widget.

This is a great giveaway for this darling boxy backpack. You can enter here on my blog or go directly to the ILB page and enter there. Good Luck!

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Monday, April 16, 2012

Uncommon Goods $50 Gift Certificate Giveaway!

One thing I love is shopping for home goods. I take pride in my home and I like having it look good. My tastes, however, are a little quirky and eclectic. We have a lot of fun and kooky things in the house.

One online store I love is Uncommon Goods because they have so many cool and unique items that totally fit our style. Uncommon Goods sells tons of items like items for home decor, office items, items for the kitchen, items for that special someone, children's items and great gifts for women!

I always find funky items. I recently had the opportunity to review two items from Uncommon Goods. I received a Ship's Bell wind chime and a Home Plate Welcome mat.

These items are so me. We really needed a new welcome mat and when I saw the Home Plate mat, I knew we had to have it. The mat itself is not only cool but good quality. It is perfect especially for summer when we are out in the garden and we get dirty. Plus, it looks nice and we have already gotten compliments on it.

The Ship's Bell Chime is wonderful as well. It lives on our front porch that overlooks the river. The chime itself sounds fantastic. It has a deep ring that makes me feel like I am on the ocean. It also looks very nice on our porch.

There are so many products I love. I saw some Tibetan Flag wind chimes that are on my wish list. I also saw a reclaimed slate cheese board that I am definitely buying this summer.

Head on over to Uncommon Goods for fun and unique gifts. There are quite a few great gifts for everyone and for every occasion. To find the perfect gift for mom or dad visit UnCommon Goods.

Thanks to peeps at Uncommon Goods, I have $50 gift certificate for one lucky reader!! Just enter on the Rafflecopter widget below!

Sunday, April 15, 2012

Eight O'Clock Coffee Vintage Glass Jar and Coffee Giveaway!

I am a coffee fanatic. I love it with a passion. There is nothing like a cup of good coffee to get you up in the morning. Around my house we usually drink coffee straight from Costa Rica because our family sends it to us.

But when we run out, I go to the grocery store and buy some Eight O'Clock Coffee. I discovered Eight O'Clock Coffee a few years ago. Our local grocery store has a limited variety of coffee so I had very few choices. So I grabbed a bag of Eight O'Clock Coffee because I had never tried it.

It was delicious. It is rich and earthy and just what the doctor ordered. Now I keep an extra bag of Eight O'Clock in the pantry for emergencies!

So when I was given the opportunity to giveaway Eight O'Clock coffee and a vintage glass jar for your coffee, I jumped at it.

Eight O’Clock Coffee has been in the business of selecting, roasting and packaging coffee for over 150 years. The Vintage Glass Coffee Jar is a beauty. It comes complete with the brand’s old logo and is the perfect storage container for coffee.

Here are some coffee storage tips from Eight O’Clock Coffee:

* Keep your unused coffee beans or grounds fresh by storing in an air-tight container.

* Store your coffee in a cool, dry place and out of direct sunlight.

* Avoid freezing—this can break down the flavorful oils in the beans and cause condensation, which makes the coffee go stale

Thanks to Eight O'Clock Coffee, I have a bag of the original coffee and one of these beautiful Vintage Glass Jars to giveaway to a lucky reader! If you are a coffee nut like I am, you will love this prize!! Enter on the Rafflecopter widget to win!

Saturday, April 14, 2012

Costa Rica Goody Bag Giveaway!!

I am back and have a little giveaway! I brought back some goodies from Costa Rica. I have a little woven tote bag (so cute), a magnet, pot holder, plush monkey, plush froggie, a sloth pencil, a chocolate bar and chocolate covered coffee beans!! I am also including a baggie full of real Costa Rican coffee beans!! YAY!!

Here is a pic of the loot:

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Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Ziploc Review and Giveaway!

There are a few products I cannot live without. Ziploc freezer bags are one of those products. Actually, I use most of the Ziploc products and cannot imagine not using them. I use them for almost everything.

The Ziploc freezer bags come in handy when I need to freeze leftovers. During summer I always have them on hand because I use the Freezer bags to freeze veggies from my garden. At any given time, you will find at least 10 Ziploc gallon freezer bags in my freezer filled with tomatoes and tomato sauce. Freezing veggies is so much easier than canning and just as good!

My review package came with the Ziploc freezer bags, the new Portion Perfect bags and a set of Smart Snap Seal containers. I had tried the freezer bags and Ziploc containers before and use them all the time. But I really liked these small Smart Snap Seal containers because I found them to be the perfect for snacks.

The containers are the right size for portion control. You can make up your own 100 calorie snacks in these containers. I love goldfish and found that the containers hold just enough for me to be satisfied but not enough to overeat. They are also great to save leftover sauces.

My favorite product though was the Portion Perfect bags. There are only 2 people in our household so many times when I buy chicken or steaks they get freezer burn unless I split them up and freeze them apart. I usually use the regular Ziploc freezer bags but the new Portion Perfect bags are so much better for this.

The bags come with another bag inside. You can put your hand in the bag and pick up the piece of meat or whatever you are freezing without actually touching it with your bare hands. I love this because I am so paranoid about raw chicken. This leaves each piece individually wrapped which is fantastic because there is less waste. Plus, the chances of freezer burn are so low! Love these!

These products definitely get a thumbs up from me!

Go to the Ziploc website and see a demo of the bags by Rachel Ray. Also check out the Ziploc Facebook page and enter to win a Fresh Over trip to meet Rachel Ray in NYC! I am so entering this! Also check out the infographic below for some really interesting facts.

I also have a great Ziploc prize pack for one lucky winner. The Ziploc prize pack includes:

  • New Ziploc® Perfect Portions™ Bags

  • Ziploc® Freezer Bags

  • Rachael Ray Recipes

  • 1-2 other Ziploc® products (random selection)

  • Just enter on the Rafflecopter widget!! This is a quickie giveaway so enter now!

    Sunday, April 8, 2012

    I'm Back from vacation

    We woke up today at 4 a.m. after not sleeping all night. We had to be at the airport at 5 a.m. and the flight left at 7. After a 3.5 hour flight to Atlanta, we still had to drive 3 hours back home since we live in the freaking boonies.

    I will try and post some pictures this week on my persobal blog but I am beat! I need a vacation from my vacation. And I have to go to work tomorrow. BOO!!

    But keep an eye out because I have some Costa Rican goodies I will be giving away to a lucky reader!!