Monday, September 27, 2010

9 Lives Advanced Nutrient System Giveaway Winner Announcement



Hi everyone! We had 152 entries for the 9 Lives Advanced Nutrient System Giveaway. I used randomizer.org to chose my winner and the lucky number was 138. I have emailed them and they have claimed their prize.

I want to thank you for taking the time to enter this giveaway. Thank you also to 9 Lives and MyBlogSpark for allowing me to host this great giveaway.

Be sure to enter my Pillsbury Grands Frozen Mini Biscuits Giveaway. It ends 10/10/10 and the prize includes a $15 visa gift card, a free package of biscuits coupon, a biscuit basket, a butter dish and a butter spreader. This giveaway is also sponsored by myblogspark and Pillsbury. Good luck and thank you for following my blog!

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Pillsbury Grands Frozen Mini Biscuits #Giveaway CLOSED



Pillsbury has teamed up with myblogspark and offered me a new product to try. I have received a Pillsbury® Grands!® Mini Biscuits prize pack which includes a VIP coupon good for a free package of biscuits, a $15 gift card, a biscuit basket, a butter dish and spreader. The best part is that they have provided me with an additional prize package to give away to one of my readers!

The Pillsbury Grands Frozen Mini Biscuits have homemade taste and bake up quickly. These new mini biscuits go from the freezer to the oven and come out warm in just minutes. I love that the Pillsbury Grands Frozen Mini Biscuits are only 70-calories each. They are a delight when served hot from the oven. They have a warm fluffy center and golden, flaky crust. Pillsbury® Grands!® Mini Biscuits are the perfect size for kids, or for mini sandwiches and appetizers. There are so many ways to make these biscuits and your family will love trying each one.

You can save $1.00 off the purchase of any Frozen Pillsbury Grands! Biscuits with this printable coupon.



One of my readers will receive the same prize package that I received.

Mandatory Entry:
Follow my blog publicly and leave a comment below. Please include your email address in the comment so that I may contact you if you are the winner.

Extra Entries:
1 extra entry: Follow me on twitter and comment below with your twitter name.

1 extra entry: subscribe to my rss feed and comment below.

1 extra entry: Tell me how you would like to use Pillsbury® Grands!® Mini Biscuits in a comment below.

3 extra entries: Tweet this giveaway and leave your tweet link below. You may use my twitter button at the bottom of this post to tweet easily. Please include #myblogspark in your tweet. You may tweet this daily if you would like. Please leave 3 additional comments below.

5 extra entries: Post my giveaway on your blog or in a linky and leave a link to your post in your comments below. Please leave 5 additional comments below.

5 extra entries: Subscribe to my email (top left corner of my blog) and leave 5 additional comments below.

Thank you for visiting my blog! This giveaway will end on Sunday, October the 10th, 2010 at 11:59 pm central time. I will choose a winner shortly after that and notify them by email. The winner will have 48 hours to respond to the winning email notification. If they fail to claim the prize in that time frame then I will choose another winner.

Disclosure: The prize packs and information were all given to me from Pillsbury through MyBlogSpark.

New Customers Can Save 15% at ecomom.com

I am a part of the ecomom referral program and I have been offered a 15% off savings code to share with my readers. Simply enter code SB005189 at the checkout and you save 15% off of your entire order. This code may be combined with gift cards and free shipping if your order meets the requirements for that also. You must be a new customer of ecomom to take advantage of this discount.

Monday, September 20, 2010

My Review of Urban Rolling Triple Sorter in Chrome

We have recently moved and I have been stumped over how to organize my new laundry room. I have found a great solution to my laundry problems with the Honey Can Do Urban Rolling Triple Sorter in Chrome. This sorter was easy to put together but it does require a little thought and patience to keeping it steady while assembling it. Once the rolling triple sorter is assembled it is very sturdy and easy to use. I love that it has wheels on the bottom and it's easy to move around. I don't have to worry about scratching up my new wood laminate floors when I move it. The mesh laundy bags are roomy in size and they hold a large size washer full of laundry. The bags are easy to remove and you can pour your clothes to be washed directly into your washing machine. I really like that this sorter comes with 3 laundry bags. I use one for whites, one for darks and the other bag for reds. How convenient is that?

Did You Know?
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I enjoyed my new Urban Rolling Triple Sorter in Chrome so much that I have posted a review of it on the website. You may see that post below:

Originally submitted at CSN Stores


Features:

  • Urban rolling triple sorter
  • Chrome finish
  • White mesh construction
  • Manufacturer provides limited lifetime warranty
  • Overall dimensions: 31.75" H x 30.75" W x 15" D


love it!

By crystal allen from collinsville texas on 9/20/2010

 

4out of 5

Pros: Easy to Use, Stylish, Trendy, Simple Instructions, Efficient, Helpful at home

Best Uses: Keep In Laundry Room, Dorm, Home

Describe Yourself: Parent, Homeowner

i love this laundry sorter! my laundry room has gone from mess to success!

(legalese)



Disclosure: I have received the Urban Rolling Triple Sorter in Chrome free of charge from CSN Stores so that I may post an honest review of it. No other compenstation was accepted.

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

New Sunkist S’alternative

Have you seen the new Sunkist S’alternative site? The Sunkist S’alternative website features new S’alternative recipes from Sunkist as well as tips on how to prepare foods using Sunkist Lemons as a healthy salt alternative. There is a S’alternative recipe contest. You can enter the S’alternative recipe contest by submitting an appetizer, salad, main course or sauce recipe featuring Sunkist lemons as an alternative to salt for a chance of winning up to a $1,000 grocery gift card!

Disclosure: I wrote this blog post at the request of Sunkist, making me eligible
to get $10 in free Sunkist Lemons.

Friday, September 10, 2010

9 Lives Advanced Nutrient System Review and #Giveaway CLOSED

My family consists of me, my two children, my husband and our family cat, Calico. We all love Cali and try to provide her with the best nutrition possible. I am always looking for new cat food for her so that we may provide her with the best nutrients available. I was excited when I learned that I was chosen to host a 9 Lives Advanced Nutrient System Review and Giveaway through MyBlogSpark.

The review package that I received has an 18 oz bag of 9 Lives Daily Essentials cat food, 2 FREE product coupons, magnetic picture frames, pet food scoop and several fun cat toys for Cali. Cali was the most excited about her new toys but as a mom, I was the most excited about trying the 9 Lives Daily Essentials cat food.



The 9 Lives Daily Essentials dry food that we received is made with real salmon, chicken and beef. It is 100% complete and balanced for your pets diet. The product description from the package says that it has:

1. omega 3 fatty acids to promote healthy skin and coat.
2. high quality protein for strong muscle growth.
3. taurine for a healthy heart and clear vision.

9 Lives is committed to raising awareness for misperceptions of proper feline nutrition issues by providing advanced nutrition for all cats. With the 9 Lives Advanced Nutrient System, feline parents everywhere can rest assured and know that their cats are getting the essential nutrients that they need.

9 Lives and MyBlogSpark have provided me with another prize package to give away to one of my readers.



One of my readers will receive the same prize package that I received.

Mandatory Entry:
Follow my blog publicly and leave a comment below. Please include your email address in the comment so that I may contact you if you are the winner.

Extra Entries:
1 extra entry: Follow me on twitter and comment below with your twitter name.

1 extra entry: subscribe to my rss feed and comment below.

1 extra entry: visit 9 Lives and tell me something that you learned about the Advanced Nutrient System in a comment below.

1 extra entry: Share your favorite cat story in a comment below.

3 extra entries: Tweet this giveaway and leave your tweet link below. You may use my twitter button at the bottom of this post to tweet easily. Please include #myblogspark in your tweet. You may tweet this daily if you would like. Please leave 3 additional comments below.

5 extra entries: Post my giveaway on your blog or in a linky and leave a link to your post in your comments below. Please leave 5 additional comments below.

5 extra entries: Subscribe to my email (top left corner of my blog) and leave 5 additional comments below.

Thank you for visiting my blog! This giveaway will end on Sunday, September the 26th, 2010 at 11:59 pm central time. I will choose a winner shortly after that and notify them by email. The winner will have 48 hours to respond to the winning email notification. If they fail to claim the prize in that time frame then I will choose another winner.

Disclosure: 9Lives provided me with the products, information, and prize packs for this review/giveaway through MyBlogSpark.

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

School of Rock Offer

I am a member of One 2 One Network and they have asked me to help spread the word about a great new offer. School of Rock is offering a FREE WEEK of Music Lessons for Kids Ages 7-18. This offer is open for One2One Network members, family and friends. It's valid for a FREE WEEK at participating locations through October 31st.

School of Rock is the national leader in music education. They have been teaching kids how to amaze audiences for more than ten years. School of Rock offers lessons in guitar, bass, vocals, drums and keyboards for kids ages 7 through 18. No experience is necessary, just an eagerness to learn. School of Rock knows that the best way to learn is by doing!

The school's mission is to inspire kids to rock on stage and in life! How awesome is that!

The FREE WEEK at SCHOOL OF ROCK is available NOW. Includes one private trial lesson of 30-45 minutes and one Rock 101 group class of 90 minutes.

* To redeem this offer call 866-371-0557 and use the code SORBLOG
OR
* Complete the online form and input the SORBLOG code in the Questions/Comments field and the school will contact you directly.
* The free week must be completed by Oct. 31, 2010
* The offer is available at participating locations and it is subject to scheduling and availability.
* You must mention the code SORBLOG when contacting the school to receive this free week.

School of Rock's performance is based on curriculum that teaches kids to play rock music in a unique and interactive way. This is changing the way kids learn to play music across America. Professional musicians teach students of all levels, developing both their music skills and confidence. School of Rock operates 58 schools in 23 states.

School of Rock’s core Performance Program lets kids show off what they’ve worked for – on stage! Kids learn performance, harmonies, musicianship and they get to choose from new show themes every season. Students get ready for their gig with a 45-minute private lesson and a 3-hour group rehearsal each week.

To find out more, check out School of Rock on Facebook and Twitter.

School of Rock Website: http://bit.ly/O2OSoR
Free Week Online Form Sign Up: http://bit.ly/SoRsignup
School of Rock Facebook: http://bit.ly/o2oSoRFB
School of Rock Twitter: http://bit.ly/o2oSoRTwitter


Disclosure: I am a member of One2One Network. I am participating in an O2O Project.

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Lose-A-Palooza is September 14th

Lose-A-Palooza is a one-day social media event created to encourage participation in the Lose For Good® campaign to benefit Share Our Strength and Action Against Hunger.

As part of the Lose For Good campaign, Weight Watchers will donate $1, up to a maximum of $60,000, to Share Our Strength and Action Against Hunger for each approved mention, acknowledgment or action related to “Lose For Good” made on September 14th through blogs, Twitter, Facebook and check-in via foursquare.

There is a difference between Lose For Good and Lose-A-Palooza. Lose For Good is a 7-week campaign where as Lose-A-Palooza is a one-day event as part of the Lose For Good campaign. The Lose-A-Palooza event only runs for one day, September 14th. Their main objective is to drive as much social media awareness as possible for the Lose For Good program. Every time Lose For Good is mentioned using an approved method on September 14th, Weight Watchers will track the mention and donate one dollar up to $60,000 to benefit Share Our Strength and Action Against Hunger.

If you would like to help make a difference, you may visit WeightWatchers.com/LoseForGood. Remember to post a comment on any blog post that mentions Lose For Good on September 14th. Also, I am asking you to show your support by commenting on this post. Don’t forget to include “Lose For Good” in your comment so that a donation will be made for your comment.

If you tweet, tweet or retweet using the hashtag #LoseforGood on September 14th. This will let people know that they can join you in the fight against hunger. I believe that we can all make a difference, one post at a time.

For additional information on this program please check out the following sites:

Lose-A-Palooza: http://bit.ly/LoseAPalooza
Lose For Good: http://bit.ly/lose4good

Please feel free to copy and retweet either of the post below on September 14.

Save the date 9/14 Lose-A-Palooza-1 day only-Weight Watchers donates $1 for each #LoseForGood socmed mention http://bit.ly/LoseAPalooza

or

Today Only! Lose-A-Palooza -Weight Watchers donates up to $1 for each #LoseForGood social media mention http://bit.ly/LoseAPalooza

Disclosure: I am a member of One2One Network. I am participating in an O2O Project.

Thursday, September 2, 2010

10 ways of making your favorite foods healthier

Weight Watchers® Smart Ones® and TwitterMoms have teamed up together and asked me to write a post about 10 ways that i make my favorite foods healthier. You may read more about that request here.

I am a mom of 2 school aged children and healthy eating is important to me. I try to cook and eat healthy so that I may set a good example for my children. Our children do as we do and this is important. I want to teach them a life long lesson by our eating habits at home. I am hoping that these lessons will be carried with them throughout their life so that food choices will never be a struggle for them.

My top 10 ways of making your favorite foods healthier are:

1. Whole Grains: I choose whole grain breads and pastas. These whole grains taste good and they are good for you. Whole grains are filling also. I use whole grain bread for sandwiches. I also use whole grain pasta for spagetti and other dishes.

2. Orange Juice: I try to drink a glass of orange juice once a day with my breakfast. Orange juice is awesome for you! A 6 ounce serving of fresh-squeezed OJ helps to lower "bad" LDL cholesterol while boosting "good" HDL cholesterol. It reduces your risk of heart disease, stroke, colon cancer and hypertension and supples you with twice your daily requirement for vitamin C. Orange Juice has ample amounts of potassium, folate (a B vitamin that may help prevent heart disease, cancer, and birth defects) and a phytochemical called d-limonene that detoxifies cancer-causing substances. Calcium- and vitamin D-fortified juice helps maintain bones and possibly curb PMS symptoms. Wow, can you say more?

3. Carrots: Enjoy a carrot a day. A carrot a day adds color and crunch to your meals. I like to added shredded carrots to my salads and homemade breads. The carotenes in carrots also lower risks of heart attack by up to 45%.

4. Nuts: Nuts are a good source of protein, magnesium, vitamin E and the B vitamins. I like to send nuts to school for my children to snack on. Research from the British Medical Journal shows that a handful of nuts eaten as a snack a few times a week lowers your risk of heart disease by 35%.

5. Eat fish: Cold-water fish like salmon, mackerel or tuna are good for you. You can add these to fresh green salads or you can add them to a pasta salad if you wish. The omega-3 fats in these fish help lower heart-disease risk, and research shows that they also might help sidestep age-related memory loss, depression and even osteoporosis. Fish is our friend!

6. Enjoy soy: Soy foods lower your risk of heart disease by reducing levels of blood cholesterol. I use soy milk in smoothies and with our morning cereal. The isoflavones in soy are antioxidants that have antiproliferative and anti-migratory effects on smooth muscle cells that line artery walls, and reduce blood-clot formation.

7. Avacodos: I like to mash avocados and spread on sandwiches instead of using mayonnaise. While we try to limit fats in general, the fats in avocado are heart-healthy. They add a rich flavor, creamy texture and an extra dose of nutrients to meals. One avocado supplies one-fourth of your daily need for magnesium, folate and vitamin A, plus lots of B vitamins and trace minerals.

8. Choose fat free dairy: Fat-free half & half, sour cream and cream cheese could save you several hundred calories a day. They taste good and cook well also. I like to choose fat free dairy because it's good for me.

9. Fruits and Veggies: We try to include a fresh fruit and vegetable with every meal. Fruits and veggies are good fillers and they contain many vitamins and nutrients. Fresh fruits and veggies are also easy to prepare. You simply wash them, cut them and enjoy!

10. Water: We drink a lot of water so that our bodies may stay hydrated and work propperly. We choose to drink water over sugary drinks. It does our body good and it doesn't add any extra calories.

I have found that the way that you eat effects the way that you feel. If you eat good then you will feel good, today and tomorrow. How do you make your favorite foods healthier? If we all share our suggestions for living healthier we will all benefit.

Disclosure: I wrote this blog post while participating in the TwitterMoms and WeightWatchers SmartOnes blogging program, making me eligible to get a $50 gift card. For more information on how you can participate, click here.

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

10 Helpful Tips for a Cleaner, Greener Home

Mrs. Meyer's Clean Day has teamed up with twittermoms and asked me to share my top 10 helpful tips for a cleaner, greener home with you. You may read more about that request here.

I believe that a clean home is a happy and healthy home. I like to use natural cleaning solutions that are void of harsh chemicals. Natural cleaners work just as well as chemical cleaners as long as you know the right combinations to use. Natural cleaning solutions are also safe for children and pets. You will find that natural cleaning solutions tend to cost less than abrasive chemical products. Many of you will have these natural cleaners in your kitchen cabinets and you just don't know it yet!

I am listing my helpful tips for a cleaner, greener home in hopes that you will be motivated to try them yourself. If you enjoy the results of these tips then you may be encouraged to search the internet for other cost efficient natural solutions to your cleaning needs.

My top 10 helpful tips for a cleaner, greener home are:

1. Rid your home of bad odors: To stop unpleasant cooking odors from permeating through your entire house, boil a cup or two of vinegar in a pot on the stove. The vinegar will absorb the odors.

2. Cleaning the microwave the natural way: Boil 1/4 cup of vinegar in a bowl of water. This will keep your microwave grease free and smelling as fresh as the day you bought it.

3. Eliminate bad refridgerator odors: Put a box or small bowl of baking soda in the refrigerator, freezer, or any cupboard. It will keep away unpleasant odors.

4. Cleaning hard surfaces: Sprinkle baking soda on a damp cloth. Wipe, then rinse with clean water.

5. Eliminate unpleasant food container smells: Rinse out the container with hot water and baking soda. If the smell persists, let the container soak overnight in the baking soda and water mixture.

6. Remove scuff marks or grease spills from a floor: Sprinkle the spot with baking soda and then wipe with a warm, damp cloth. This is even safe for no-wax floors.

7. Clean your sink or bathtub: Use full-strength vinegar to clean these areas. Simply apply with a sponge and then wipe clean to reveal a sparkly shine.

8. Dirty Windows: Use a solution of equal amounts of vinegar and water to clean your windows. Dip newspaper pages into the solution and wipe the glass until it's almost dry. Finish wiping with a dry newspaper page. The streaks will disappear and the window will shine.

9. White glue on a rug or sofa: Use white vinegar on the spot. Dab a little white vinegar on the spot and rub it gently with a dry cloth.

10. Carpet odors: Sprinkle your carpet with baking soda. Let stand for at least fifteen minutes and then vacuum. Repeat if needed.

There are so many great ways to clean your home naturally. These are just a few of my favorite tricks. Mrs. Meyer’s Clean Day products make many natural products too that are safe for your home. Their products are made from plant-derived ingredients and essential oils instead of harsh chemicals. Mrs. Meyer's cleaning supplies are earth friendly, biodegradable, phosphate-free, and not tested on animals. Their slogan is "You can clean like the dickens yet your home still smells like a garden!" Mrs. Meyers offers refreshing scents that include cool and crisp Basil, soothing Lavender, invigorating Lemon Verbena and uplifting Geranium. They also make a line of Baby Blossom personal care products specifically formulated and dermatologist-tested for little ones.

Do you have any great tips for a cleaner and greener home? If so, I would love to hear them. Together we can make our homes both greener and cleaner!

Disclosure: I wrote this blog post while participating in the TwitterMoms and Mrs. Meyer’s blogging program, making me eligible to get a $30 gift card. For more information on how you can participate, click here.