The Art of Random Willy-Nillyness: May 2014

Friday, May 30, 2014

A Perfect Last Minute Father's Day Gift! British Sterling Cologne Giveaway #SterlingChoices


Growing up it was always easy to buy a gift for my dad for Father's Day. All he wanted was cologne. He loved it and wore it every day of his life. He wasn't picky. As long as it smelled good, he would put it on. His birthday gift was also cologne. Between me and my sister, he was pretty much covered for the whole year.

Cologne is the perfect Father's Day gift for any dad. Because my dad loves it so much, I used to experiment and buy different brands. He loved that. It got to a point where he had a shelf filled with fragrances. One of those colognes included British Sterling.

Photo credit: British Sterling Facebook Site

The good thing is this year British Sterling is coming back with a bit of a new modern formulation. Here are the two new fragrances:
  • British Sterling H.I.M. ‘Reserve’ -- a provocative oriental blend of fresh citruses, bold spices and sensual woods
  • British Sterling H.I.M. ‘Private Stock’ -- which showcases fresh citruses combined with crisp woods, aromatic spices and rich undertones

Along with the new formulations, British Sterling has a new spokesperson: Brooke Sterling. Brooke is is teaching men how to make #SterlingChoices in her first "instructional" video here. She has some great tips for any man.

My dad used British Sterling way back when as well. He liked it. I am going to Costa Rica to visit my family next month and I think I will have to take him some British Sterling. I am sure he will love it. I think any man who loves fragrances will love British Sterling cologne.

If you have not shopped for your dad yet, check out British Sterling cologne. It is an affordable gift for any dad and a great last minute gift if you have not bought anything yet. British Sterling can be found at major retailers like WalMart and RiteAid.

If you want to win the new fragrances by British Sterling, you can enter this giveaway. Two winners will win one bottle of British Sterling H.I.M. "Private Stock" and British Sterling H.I.M. "Reserve". What a great prize! If you win, it would be perfect for dad or any special man in your life! For a chance to win, just enter below on the Rafflecopter widget! Good Luck!

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Rules: One entry per person per day. 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. I am not responsible if sponsors do not fulfill prize. Please allow 6-8 weeks for delivery of any prizes.

The Greatest Gifts for Dad at Best Buy @BestBuy #GreatestDad


When we were little, my dad always took photos of us. We also had slides and some video as well. He always wanted to make memories and capture those memories. We are moving this week and as I packed, I found those memories. I found hundreds of old photos when I was little. Most of those captured by my father.

I remember that he always had his camera in hand when we were little. He would make sure that all our important moments were captured. I found photos of our birthdays, first communion, vacations and other important dates. It was fun finding these little treasure. I am thankful that he took all those photos because now I have those memories.

This Father's Day, I wanted to buy my dad something special. I always head to Best Buy to check out items for gifts. I know that Best Buy will have all types of gifts for all types of Dads at the Best Buy Gift Center. Since he is Memory Maker, I found some great items at Best Buy that would I know he could use and will love.

Nikon D5300 DSLR Camera with 18-55mm VR Lens

GoPro HERO3+ Black Edition Action Camcorder

Canon VIXIA HF R50 8GB HD Flash Memory Camcorder

SanDisk 32GB Ultra Micro Memory Card

Canon SELPHY Wireless Compact Photo Printer

Best Buy has great gifts for under $100 as well:

  • Powerbeats by Dr. Dre Clip-On Earbud Headphones
  • Lord of the Rings: The Motion Picture Trilogy [Extended Edition] Blu-ray
  • UE MINI BOOM Wireless Bluetooth Speaker
  • Lifeproof Cell Phone Case
  • Targus Topload Laptop Case

And some great gifts under $50:

  • Motorola S305 Headphones
  • Star Wars Trilogy: Episodes I-III Blu-ray
  • Star Wars Trilogy: Episodes IV-VI Blu-ray
  • Belkin Sportfit Armband for iPhone 5/5s & 5c
  • Insignia Tablet Case
  • Philips Norelco Electric Razor

I know what to buy my dad but you might not. Sometimes, it is hard to find the perfect gift for a dad. Mine is a Memory Maker but maybe yours is an Entertainer who would love a TV, BluRay player or wireless speakers. Or maybe he is a Fitness Fanatic who would love Fitbit or headphones. You might have  Gizmo Guru dad who loves all things tech. The best thing is regardless of what your dad likes to do, you can find the perfect gift for dad at Best Buy.


If you are like me and love shopping online, make sure to check out this great deal. Best Buy offers Free shipping on qualified orders. Best Buy always has a Low-price guarantee and a great selection of gift for any dad.

So what are you waiting for? Head over to Best Buy and get your dad a great gift!

Thursday, May 29, 2014

Lubriderm Lotion Giveaway!


I have another wonderful Lubriderm giveaway for you all! I love Lubriderm. It is one of the few lotions we purchase and use. It has been great for this very, very long winter we had. Now with the summer coming, I still need lotion that will heal my skin.

In the summer, I am out in the garden or at the beach and my skin gets a lot of sun. Because of that, my skin gets dry and sometimes it gets a little sunburn. So I need a lotion that will moisturize but is also gentle enough for when my skin needs it.

Luckily, Lubriderm makes my skin feel better. I have used Lubriderm for a few years now and I will never go back. Lubriderm is great for dry skin. It really moisturizes and gets it my skin soft and smooth. I use the Lubriderm Daily Moisture for Normal to Dry Skin. Hubby loves the Lubriderm Daily Moisture for Normal to Dry Skin for Sensitive skin.


The lotion goes on smoothly and it does not leave our skin greasy. It also feels good going on especially when my skin is super dry. I also like that it does not irritate my skin. It is also fragrance free and that is a plus for hubby. My favorite thing is that Lubriderm has sunscreen. I use sunscreen already but now I have some extra added protection.

I love Lubriderm and now one of my lucky readers can win some Lubriderm products! All you need to do is enter on the Rafflecopter widget below.

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Rules: One entry per person per day. 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. I am not responsible if sponsors do not fulfill prize. Please allow 6-8 weeks for delivery of any prizes.

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Pond's, Dove and Suave Summer Giveaway!


It's summertime and I am ready to be outside! We are moving and we will be on the coast so that means we will be able to head to the beach!  Whether at the beach or in the pool, I love being in the sun and water. Unfortunately, salt water and chlorine dry out my hair and skin.

I have to be extra vigilant when I head out for summer fun. So I like having products around that help me keep my skin and hair moist and healthy in the summer. If you looked in my bathroom cabinet, you would see a variety of items. I have a few new favorites for summer.

One of my new favorites for my hair is the Dove® Pure Care Dry Oil Collection. The Pure Care Dry Oil Shampoo is infused with delicate African Macadamia Oil. It is wonderful. It is really foamy when you lather and leaves my hair super clean. It is not greasy nor does it leave my hair heavy. The Pure Care Dry Oil Conditioner is also great. It is creamy and really left my hair moisturized and silky. Even after drying my hair, my hair felt soft and smooth. I need this desperately because my hair gets really dry and brittle during the summer because of the sun. The Pure Care Dry Oil Nourishing Treatment also has African Macadamia Oil. You put it on your damp hair and then blow dry and it leaves hair shiny and smooth as well.


For my body, I love Suave® Professionals Moroccan Infusion Body Lotion. Because my skin gets dry when I tan, I like have a thick rich lotion to use during the summer. The Suave Body Lotion is really great. It is thick so it goes on easy. It is non-greasy so it didn't leave my skin oily. But it did leave it smooth.

For summer, I love having towelettes around the house, car or at work. My face gets oily because of the heat and it is not good. When that happens I like to grab a towelette and wipe my face. The POND’S® Cleansing Towelettes are great and keep my skin non-oily. They also clean and remove dirt and will makeup as well.

These are great products to have on hand for a long hot summer. They will keep your skin and hair looking and feeling great. For more amazing tips for summer, visit Vivemejor.com.

If you want to win some of these great products, then enter below on the Rafflecopter widget.

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Rules: One entry per person per day. 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. I am not responsible if sponsors do not fulfill prize. Please allow 6-8 weeks for delivery of any prizes.

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Easy Shepard's Pie Recipe!


Sometimes, I just want a quick meal for dinner. I love cooking but I get lazy. I also like to clean out my pantry and fridge and make something delicious. I love pantry cooking because it forces me to be creative and it also cleans out some of the stuff I have and leftovers as well.

Here is one meal I made the other day that used up tons of mashed potatoes I had and some freezer food as well. It was quick and yummy as well.

There is no recipe but you will need mashed potatoes, peas and carrots, onions, ground meat (you can use whatever you like) and spices.


I had some leftover mashed potatoes. I made them creamier by adding a little heavy cream and butter. I also added a little horseradish sauce to change the taste and give it a little spice. 



Saute your meat with some chopped onions. Add salt and pepper to taste. 



Grab your frozen peas and carrots and add them to the meat to warm up. 



Place the meat and veggies into a casserole dish. 



Cover with the mashed potatoes. Add a little cheese on top. I used cheddar but any cheese works. 


Bake until brown on top.




Serve and enjoy! Shepard's pie is a dish I love but never make. But when I have leftovers again, I will definitely make again. It is a great use of leftovers! 

Buen Provecho! 

Monday, May 26, 2014

Cool Jams ~ Tame those Hot Flashes and Night Sweats! Review and Giveaway!


I heard of Cool-jams a few years ago. A blogger had a giveaway and I happened onto the page. I was about 45 then so I didn't really pay attention. I thought the jammies were cute and thought it was a good idea but I did not need them. Five years later, I finally experienced hot flashes and night sweats. TMI, I am going through menopause and it is not pretty folks.

Then I remembered Cool-Jams because even sleeping in a t-shirt wasn't working. Sleeping with the fan on and the A/C on is not a good option because while I am sweating, hubby is not. I decided to see if these jammies would help me sleep better so I contacted Cool-Jams and asked if I could review a pair.

Cool-Jams use an innovative wicking fabric that pulls moisture away from your skin. The Cool-jams fabric is a specially designed Poly Microfiber that has been engineered to feel like soft cotton but has all the attributes associated with the fastest wicking and drying material in the world. The ground-breaking fabric offers the superior odor and bacterial control of Bact-Out® and delivers unparalleled performance in moisture management, lasts 6 times longer than cotton fabric, maintains color sharpness with minimal fade and is a viable alternative to cotton in any application where the inferior attributes of cotton have been considered "the standard".

I received a pair of the Kristi 2 piece Capri Set. The set includes a cute top with short sleeves and a pair of Capri jammie pants. Luckily, Cool-jams offers plus size pajamas. The first thing I noticed was the fact that the Cool-jams were really soft and comfortable. And they are really light!

I took the jammies on a short trip we made to Wilmington and they worked perfectly. Because the Cool-jams are so light, I felt like I was not wearing jammies at all. They fit perfectly. During the night, I felt the difference. When I did get a hot flash, my skin still felt cool. When I had night sweats, the fabric kept me cool.



I usually sleep with a t-shirt on but the Cool-jams were so much better. The t-shirt kept the moisture in but the Cool-jams kept my skin cool throughout the night. They really helped me. I felt cooler and more comfortable wearing the Cool-jams. And let me tell you, I needed that because the hot flashes and night sweats were really interrupting my sleep.

The Cool-jams are also good quality fabric. They wash easily and are great to travel with. They take up no space. I need to buy more of these because I really liked them. Plus, they are cute and have several different styles to suit your needs. I love the Capri set but I also think the short set would be great as well. They also have nightgowns as well.  Cool-jams now also offers temperature regulating bedding, sheets, comforters , pillows and mattress pads. I have to check out the bedding because I would love to have sheets that also keep me cool and comfortable.

Why do I like these? Well, because I finally slept well when wearing them. I was more comfortable and I wasn't waking up every hour sweating or hot. If the Cool-jams helped me, they can help anyone with the same problems. If you want more info on the science behind Cool-Jams, click here.

I have a $50 gift certificate to giveaway. If you are having the same problems that I am having, then you need to try Cool-jams. To win, just enter below on the Rafflecopter widget below.

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Rules: One entry per person per day. 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. I am not responsible if sponsors do not fulfill prize. Please allow 6-8 weeks for delivery of any prizes.

Happy Memorial Day


Sunday, May 25, 2014

The Hundred Foot Journey Trailer & Recipe!




In honor of DreamWorks Pictures’ charming new movie THE HUNDRED-FOOT JOURNEY starring Helen Mirren, here is the trailer and a recipe to help spice up your Memorial Day BBQ. I cannot wait to see this movie because I am a huge Helen Mirren fan. She is so fantastic!






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THE HUNDRED-FOOT JOURNEY arrives in theaters everywhere on August 8th!

Friday, May 23, 2014

Cinderella Official Poster and Teaser Trailer!

I cannot wait for this movie. I have always loved this story! It's still almost a year away but I am ready!






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CINDERELLA opens in theaters March 13, 2015!

Thursday, May 22, 2014

Saucy Mama Wing Sauces Giveaway!


As you know, I entered the Saucy Mama Recipe Contest again this year. I entered my Bacon Balsamic Mushroom recipe. It is really good. I won this contest one year, which was amazing. I hope to win again but there are such great recipes entered that it might not be my year.


Anyway, I have entered these contests for the past five years and I always receive some great products to work with. They are fantastic. Saucy Mama sauces, vinaigrettes, wing sauces and mustard are some of the best I have tried. I love them and always use them in my cooking.


I have a set of the new Saucy Mama Wing Sauces: Honey Barbecue, Jamaican Jerk and Orange Habanero, to give away to one lucky reader. Yummy! I know you will love these. I tried the Orange Habanero sauce and it was delicious. Hot and spicy but good!

You all know the drill, just enter below on the Rafflecopter widget.

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Rules: One entry per person per day. 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. I am not responsible if sponsors do not fulfill prize. Please allow 6-8 weeks for delivery of any prizes.

Hamilton Beach Stand Mixer and Handheld Mixer Giveaway!



I am not hosting this giveaway but am hosting the giveaway widget so my readers can have the opportunity to enter! This giveaway is being hosted by Karen at FabGrandma. She will pull the winners.

The giveaway is for one Hamilton Beach Stand Mixer and two Hamilton Beach Hand Held Mixers!! These are so nice that I am going to enter myself! I would love one of these for my baking!




The giveaway is open to the 50 United States + D.C. The first name selected from all entries will receive the stand mixer, the second and third names selected will receive a hand held mixer. One of the hand held mixers will come from ME and the other two prizes will be shipped by Hamilton Beach.

So what are you waiting for?? Enter now to win one of these great prizes!!


Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Neutrogena NEW Triple Repair Hair Care Giveaway!



Besides my smile, my favorite feature of me is my hair. When I was younger, my hair was really wavy and unruly. But it was really healthy and grew fast. As I have aged, my hair is starting to thin or fall out! It is also getting less wavy and gray. Because I am starting to get gray hair, I color. I color and it is damaging my hair. My hair is getting brittle and dry and it looks like heck.

Luckily, I received a set of the New Neutrogena Triple Repair Line Collection for hair. The Triple Repair Line is formulated with proteins, rich conditioners and peptides. The triple-threat, three piece collection of shampoo, conditioner and leave-in treatment is designed to create healthy hair that looks beautiful and healthy.

I love the Neutrogena Triple Repair Line. It is supposed to mend split ends, strengthen brittle hair and protects hair from breakage. It helped my split ends. It also made my hair look a little better than it was before. I love the leave-in treatment. It made my hair look shiny and healthy.

The conditioners in the Neutrogena Triple Repair Hair Care penetrates my hair and helps it stand up to the effects of coloring and blow drying. Since I have to color my hair to hide the gray hair, this is the perfect hair care solution for me. The Triple treatment will help me keep my hair moisturized and healthy. I am glad because as I age, I find my hair losing its luster and looking worse than ever.

If you would like to win a set of the Neutrogena Triple Repair Hair Care system, just enter below on the Rafflecopter widget.

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Rules: One entry per person per day. 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. I am not responsible if sponsors do not fulfill prize. Please allow 6-8 weeks for delivery of any prizes.

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Maleficent Movie Clips!

It's almost here and you all know that I have been so excited for this movie! Here are some movie clips. Every time I see clips, I get more and more excited for this movie!!




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Monday, May 19, 2014

Highlights from the Disney Social Media Moms 2014 Conference #disneysmmoms



As you know, I was at the Disney Social Media Moms event. I had a wonderful time. It was such a great event and I was fortunate to have been invited again this year.

I wrote about it on my other blog but I wanted to let you have a chance to read all about it. Plus, I also added a post about my trip to Palm Springs.

Enjoy!