Monday, January 31, 2011

CSNStores.com $35 Giveaway CLOSED



I am a preferred blogger for CSNStores. This month I have been chosen to host a giveaway for a $35 promotional code for them.

This giveaway is open to my U.S. and Canada readers only. You may use this $35 gift certificate to buy anything that you would like from the csn stores. They sell a wide variety of items ranging from swing sets for kids to bean bags. The lucky winner of this $35 gift certificate will be able to shop among over 200+ csnstores.

Now for the fun part! The entry rules for my giveaways are always simple so this one will be too.

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 lucky winner.

Extra Entries:

1 extra entry: Tell me what you would purchase from CSNStores if you are the lucky winner!
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. Current subscriptions count too!
3 extra entries each: Tweet this giveaway. This may be done daily. Please leave a link to your tweet in your 3 comments below. It's easy to tweet this post by using the little buttons below this post.
3 extra entries: Subscribe to my email (top left hand corner of my blog). Current email subscriptions count too! Please leave your 3 comments below.
3 extra entries: Follow me on network blogs. Please leave your 3 comments below if you follow me.
5 extra entries: Post my giveaway on your blog or in a mclinky and leave a link to your post in your 5 additional comments below.

Thank you for visiting my blog! This giveaway will end on February 13th, 2011 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: I am not receiving any promotional item or payment for this post. One of my U.S. or Canadian readers will be chosen to receive a $35 Gift Certificate from csnstores.com. The opinions on this post are my own.

Thursday, January 27, 2011

Yoplait Original Yogurt Review & Giveaway CLOSED

I am a member of myblogspark and they have teamed up with Yoplait Original Yogurt for this review and giveaway opportunity. For review purposes, I have received a prize package that includes a *VIP Coupon for a free sample of Yoplait Original Yogurt, as well as a duffel bag, speed rope, water bottle and sport towel. They are also providing an additional prize pack as a giveaway prize to one of my readers. Yay!

Yoplait is committed to making it easier for women to add more calcium to their diet every day with the newly reformulated Yoplait Original Style Yogurt. Yoplait Original Yogurt provides women with an easy and delicious way to get the calcium that they need. Yoplait is committed to women’s health and is proud to offer a product that has even more of the calcium and vitamin D that they need for strong, healthy bodies.

In an effort to further educate women about the importance of maintaining strong, healthy bones through an active lifestyle and a diet rich in calcium, Yoplait is partnering with TV host and celebrity mom Nancy O’Dell on a one million cup giveaway of Yoplait Original Yogurt, beginning December 13th. Visit Yoplait on Facebook to sign up for your free cup and to make a personal commitment to meeting your calcium needs each day. While you’re there, take a moment to enjoy daily calcium tips from Registered Dietitian Katherine Brooking and healthy lifestyle advice from Nancy O’Dell.

Yoplait Original Style Yogurt is available in 4-cup packs and easy-to-store 8-cup fridge packs in 23 delicious flavors including Strawberry, French Vanilla, Harvest Peach, and Blackberry Pomegranate.

I chose to try the Yoplait Original Style Harvest Peach Yogurt for my review. I love that this yogurt is flavorful, creamy and good for me! Not only does it taste like juicy ripe peaches but it is also great for me!

You can visit here to download a printable coupon towards the purchase of Yoplait Original yogurt today.

Giveaway time! One of my readers will receive the same prize package that I received. It will include a *VIP Coupon for a free sample of Yoplait Original Yogurt, as well as a duffel bag, speed rope, water bottle and sport towel.

Mandatory Entry:
Follow my blog publicly with google friends connect by clicking on follow on the right side bar button. Please leave a comment below and include your email address in the comment so that I may contact you if you are the lucky winner.

Extra Entries:
1 extra entry: Share how you plan to incorporate more calcium into your diet in a comment below.
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. Current subscriptions count too!
3 extra entries each: Tweet this giveaway and add #myblogspark and @YoplaitYogurt to your tweet. This may be done daily. Please leave a link to your tweet in your 3 comments below. It's easy to tweet this post by using the little buttons below this post.
3 extra entries: Subscribe to my email. Current email subscriptions count too! Please leave your 3 comments below.
3 extra entries: Follow me on network blogs. Please leave your 3 comments below if you follow me.
5 extra entries: Post my giveaway on your blog or in a mclinky and leave a link to your post in your 5 additional comments below.

Thank you for visiting my blog! This giveaway will end on February 13, 2011 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 coupon, prize pack, information and giveaway were all provided by Yoplait through MyBlogSpark.

Tasty & Healthy Granola Gourmet Energy Bars - Review & Giveaway! CLOSED




I am a member of Tomoson and they have teamed up with Granola Gourmet for this review and giveaway opportunity. For review purposes, I was sent 4 tasty and healthy Granola Gourmet Energy Bars. I received one of each of the four delicious flavors: Ultimate Berry, Ultimate Cran-Orange, Ultimate Mocha Fudge and Ultimate Fudge Brownie.

I am a girl who loves chocolate so I tried the Ultimate Fudge Brownie first. This bar is very fresh and it has a great chocolate flavor to it. I would compare the texture of the Ultimate Fudge Brownie and Ultimate Mocha Fudge granola bar to a no bake cookie. They are very satisifying and low in carbs. I am a diabetic and I pay close attention to carb content on all of the foods that I eat. I love that Granola Gourmet Energy Bars are 100% Natural. They contain no wheat, no refined sugar and no dairy. They are both Kosher and Vegan. They are very low sodium (15-35mg) and contain 10-13g Whole Grains and 391-590mg Omega-3's. Not only are these bars good for me but I love the taste too.

I was nicely surprised by the crunch of the granola bars. The crunch tells me that they are made with high quality and fresh ingredients. The main ingredients in the Granola Gourmet energy bars are organic oats and organic agave syrup. They also contain organic sunflower seeds and organic flax seeds. I love that both thought and quality goes into making this product.

Granola Gourmet was created by a diabetic and his family who was frustrated by a lack of snacks that did not cause a blood sugar spike, but that also tasted good: Granola Gourmet was born!

Giveaway time!

One winner will receive a 4 pack of Granola Gourmet bars that contains one bar of each flavor: Ultimate Berry, Ultimate Cran-Orange, Ultimate Mocha Fudge and Ultimate Fudge Brownie. U.S. residents only. Sponsored by Tomoson.com

Mandatory Entry:
Follow my blog publicly with google friends connect by clicking on follow on the right side bar button. Please leave a comment below and include your email address in the comment so that I may contact you if you are the lucky winner.

Extra Entries:
1 extra entry: Follow Granola Gourmet on twitter and leave your twitter name below.
1 extra entry: Follow me on twitter and comment below with your twitter name.
1 extra entry: Follow Granola Gourmet on facebook and comment with your user name below.
1 extra entry: Subscribe to my rss feed and comment below. Current subscriptions count too!
1 extra entry: Visit Granola Gourmet and tell me why you want to try these energy bars.
3 extra entries each: Tweet this giveaway. This may be done daily. Please leave a link to your tweet in your 3 comments below. It's easy to tweet this post by using the little buttons below this post.
3 extra entries: Subscribe to my email. Current email subscriptions count too!
3 extra entries: Follow me on network blogs.
5 extra entries: Post my giveaway on your blog or in a mclinky and leave a link to your post in your 5 additional comments below.

Thank you for visiting my blog! This giveaway will end on February 6, 2011 at 11:59 pm central time. I will choose the 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. Good luck!

Disclosure: I received 4 Granola Gourmet Energy Bars from Granola Gourmet through Tomoson so that I may complete an honest review of their product. The opinions are my own.
I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Tomoson.com. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commissions 16 CFR, Part 255 Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising. Tomoson Product review & giveaway Disclosure.

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Toggle Bandz Review


Do you or your child love to wear head bands but have a hard time with them slipping off your head? If so, I have found the answer for you! I was sent a sample of Toggle Bandz to review and I am very pleased with this new and innovative hair product. Toggle Bandz is a fully adjustable headband that you custom adjust yourself.

My 6 year old daughter has fine, thin hair and the Toggle Bandz stayed in her hair all day long. They are fashionable to wear and easy to adjust. I plan on getting a lot of use out of the samples that I was sent. I love that the Toggle Bandz are adjustable. They allow for your child to grow and they will still fit perfectly.

Toggle Bandz were created by a Amanda, a stay at home military wife who was having frustrations in market headbands and hair accessories. Her 5 year old daughter also has thin fine hair and the headbands available on the market would slip or roll right off her head. So she developed Toggle Bandz adjustable headbands. She makes them in all sizes, widths, colors and themes. Custom orders are always welcome.

Be sure to check out Toggle Bandz. Their January special is buy 3 get 1 FREE. The free bandz is plain at a $3.00 value but you may pay to upgrade for $2.00. The special ends Jan 31 2011.

Disclosure: I have sent a sample of Toggle Bandz for free so that I may complete an honest review of their product. The opinions are my own.

My Ideal U.S. Family Great Getaway Idea

I am a member of SocialMoms and they have teamed up with Alamo to introduce a fun, new blogging program that asks me to share my ideal, U.S. family “great getaway.”

I love family getaways. Our family tries to take at least one week long getaway a year together. Our trips have ranged from a week at the inlaw's time share that is only a few hours away to drives to Branson, Missouri. We just got back Sunday from a week long family cruise to Montego Bay, Jamaica; Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands, and Cozumel, Mexico. This last getaway was a bit long for the kids. We are sticking to land getaways for the next few years now.

If I could take my family of 4 anywhere in the wonderful ol U.S.A. I would take them to Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida! To me, Walt Disney World says fabulous family fun vacation all over it! There is so much to see and do at Walt Disney World. You can ride the fabulous rides or enjoy the wonderful foods. There are so many choices to make when planning a Walt Disney World getaway!

My kids are now 11 and 6. My husband and I took our children to Walt Disney World three years ago. My daughter was only 4 and she says that she doesn't remember this vacation. I would love to be able to plan it all over again so that she will have memories of the best vacation ever.

I love that Walt Disney World is a land of make believe for both the young and old. To me, Disney is timeless. I am 39 and have always had some sort of Disney in my life. We can all relate to the themes and characters regardless of our ages. Dumbo, Peter Pan, Cinderella, Mickey Mouse, It's A Small World... they all bring back memories for me and still give me joy.

Walt Disney World allows us to escape the daily grind of everyday life. While you are there you can let go and be a kid again while you enjoy your own kids or even grandkids. There are several different parks for you to visit while on your vacation. You can choose from Magic Kingdom, Epcot, Animal Kingdom and Hollywood Studios. On our trip, we planned it for 9 nights. We didn't want to miss a thing so we made sure to visit each park twice. We stayed at an extended stay hotel that had a wonderful hot breakfast every morning. We would start our day with a good meal and end it with a dip in their pool. One tip that I have when planning a long vacation that involves young children is to allow for down time. Kids need good food, naps and time to play. I tried not to structure every single moment of our day so that we could allow for some spontaneous fun along the way.

There is a lot of planning that went into our Walt Disney World Vacation but every moment was worth it. I wanted to make memories that would last a lifetime. I made sure to take lots of pictures so that I could capture the moments for my daughter also.

If you are wanting to plan a family getaway to Walt Disney World, there are many websites and blogs that will help you out. All you have to do is google "Walt Disney World" and the information will be at your fingertips!

Disclosure: I wrote this blog post while participating in the SocialMoms and Alamo blogging program, for a gift card worth $50. For more information on how you can participate, click here.

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Announcing 5 Lucky Winners!!

I had 3 giveaways to end on 1/23/11. I used randomizer.org to pull the winning entry numbers and they are below.

The Yoplait Fiber One Yogurt Prize Pack Giveaway winner is number: 6
This prize has been claimed.



The Yoplait Delights Prize Pack Giveaway winner is number: 238
This prize has been claimed.



The Purex Complete Crystals Softener Giveaway 3 Winners are numbers: 34, 131, and 151







Thank you to everyone who took the time to enter these great giveaways. The winners have been emailed and have claimed their prizes.

Monday, January 10, 2011

Purex Complete Crystals Softener Giveaway (3 Winners) CLOSED


I am happy to annouce that I am hosting a Purex Complete Crystals Softener Giveaway. This giveaway is being sponsored by Purex Insiders. There will be 3 winners and each will receive a coupon for a free full sized product! Yay!

You may see my Purex Complete Crystals Softener Review here.

Giveaway time!

Mandatory Entry:
Follow my blog publicly with google friends connect by clicking on follow on the right side bar button. Please leave a comment below and include your email address in the comment so that I may contact you if you are a lucky winner.

Extra Entries:
1 extra entry: Share which Purex Complete Crystals Softener you would like to try first: Fresh Spring Waters , Lavender Blossom , or Tropical Splash.
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. Current subscriptions count too!
3 extra entries: Comment on my Purex Complete Crystals Softener Review post. Please leave 3 comments on this post saying that you commented on the review post.
3 extra entries each: Tweet this giveaway. This may be done daily. Please leave a link to your tweet in your 3 comments below. It's easy to tweet this post by using the little buttons below this post.
3 extra entries: Subscribe to my email. Current email subscriptions count too!
3 extra entries: Follow me on network blogs.
5 extra entries: Post my giveaway on your blog or in a mclinky and leave a link to your post in your 5 additional comments below.

Thank you for visiting my blog! This giveaway will end on January 23, 2011 at 11:59 pm central time. I will choose the winners shortly after that and notify them by email. The winners 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. Good luck!

Disclosure: I have received a free sample of Purex Complete Crystals Softener so that I may complete an honest review of the product. The 3 free product coupons for the giveaway are being provided by Purex Insiders.

Sunday, January 9, 2011

Purex Complete Crystals Softener Review


I love the smell of fresh clean laundry so I was excited when Purex Insiders sent me a sample of Purex Complete Crystals Softner to try. What exactly is this new product? Purex Complete Crystals Softener is a laundy softener in crystal form. You simply add it to your water and in your washing machine drum. Then you start your washer. There is no need to add any other fabric softener to your dryer cycle.

Purex Complete Crystals Softeners are 92% natural. They are not oil-based like other liquid fabric softeners. They work by penetrating the fabric and infusing fibers with freshness that lasts for weeks. Unlike other softeners, Purex Complete Crystals are safe for all laundry and will not harm, wear down or discolor your fabrics.

The crystals will:

• Preserve the flame retardant benefits of your children’s clothes.

• Retain your athletic wear’s wicking ability which draws sweat away from your body.

• Maintain your towels’ built-in ability to absorb water.

• Keep your white clothing from yellowing and graying vs. using traditional softeners.

This means that you can do your laundry worry free. You can wash your children's clothes, athletic wear, towels, colors and whites all without decreasing the life span of your fabrics.

I chose to wash a load of towels first. I love the way a fresh clean towel smells and I was not disappointed in the outcome of my towels washed with the new Purex Complete Crystals Softener. They came out of the dryer soft, fluffy and very fragrant. Just like I like my towels!

My next load of laundry that I washed using the new Purex Complete Softener in fresh spring waters was our winter coats. I chose to air dry these instead of putting them in the dryer and the scent of our coats hanging dry was so wonderfully strong. It smelled like I had a plug in going in the north end of our house.

The third load of laundry that I washed using the Purex Complete Softener was whites. I love having the clothes closest to me smelling so fresh. The fresh spring waters scent stayed with me all day long.

Last but not least, I washed a load of colored clothes with the sample of Purex Complete Crystals Softener. I was sad to see my sample bottle empty but I was also happy to know that I still had a coupon for a FREE 28 oz bottle of my choice of Purex Complete Crystals Softener. Purex Complete Crystals Softener is available in three pleasing fragrances: Fresh Spring Waters , Lavender Blossom , and Tropical Splash. I think that I will try the Tropical Splash next!

Disclosure: I was sent a trial size of Purex Complete Crystals Softener in fresh spring waters. It was enough to launder 4 loads of laundry. I was also sent a coupon for a FREE 28 oz bottle of the product. The opinions are my own.

Gaddy Nipper Crayons Winner Announcement


Thank you to everyone who took the time to enter my Gaddy Nipper Crayons "Your Name in Crayons" Giveaway. We had 36 entries and randomizer.org chose #26. They have been contacted by email and have 48 hours to claim their prize. I will update this post once the prize has been claimed.

Please be sure to enter my 2 other giveaways.
Yoplait Fiber One Yogurt Prize Pack Giveaway ends 01/23/11
Yoplait Delights Prize Pack Giveaway ends 01/23/11

Have a great week!

Thursday, January 6, 2011

CLOSED: Quick 10 minute Phone Card Giveaway (5 Winners)

I have 5 phone cards that should have 10 minutes worth of free long distance on them. The first 5 people to comment below and ask for them will be emailed a code. The codes expire 03/15/11. Please leave your email address in your comment.

Thank you for reading my blog! All 5 codes have been claimed and this giveaway is now closed.

Yoplait Delights Review & Prize Pack Giveaway CLOSED


I am a member of myblogspark and they have teamed up with Yoplait Delights Yogurt for this review and giveaway opportunity. For this review, I have been sent a coupon for a free Yoplait Delights Yogurt multipack, a chocolate scented candle, a pink insulated lunch tote and an aromatherapy eye pillow. They are also providing a second prize pack as a giveaway prize to one of my readers. Yay!

My family and I sit down to eat dinner together almost every night. After dinner, there is the same question from the kids: "Mom, what's for dessert?" Normally I say a cookie, pudding or fruit but last night I was able to offer them something even better. I told them that it was Yoplait Delights and they both got really excited. None of us have tried Yoplait Delights before so this was fun! We tried the Cherry Cheesecake flavor and the only word said while enjoying it was "mmmmm". We all enjoyed the Yoplait Delights and we are having it again tonight for dessert. I love that Yoplait Delights is creamy and thick. Not only does it taste wonderful but it is good for us! Each parfait has two layers that pack a double dose of rich and creamy yogurt. There are only 100 calories and 1.5 grams of fat per serving! I actually felt good about dessert last night.

Yoplait Delights can also help you to say goodbye to post-dessert guilt and to say hello to a new indulgence with two delicious new flavors of Yoplait Delights: Chocolate Éclair and Cherry Cheesecake. The other available Yoplait Delights flavors now include: Chocolate Raspberry, Crème Caramel, Triple Berry Crème and Lemon Torte.

If you would like to try Yoplait Delights Yogurt you may download a printable coupon for $0.50 towards the purchase of it here.

Giveaway time!! One of my readers will receive a Yoplait Delights Yogurt gift pack that includes a coupon for a free Yoplait Delights Yogurt multipack, a chocolate scented candle, a pink insulated lunch tote and an aromatherapy eye pillow. This prize pack giveaway is all provided by Yoplait through MyBlogSpark.

Mandatory Entry:
Follow my blog publicly with google friends connect by clicking on follow on the right side bar button. Please leave a comment below and include your email address in the comment so that I may contact you if you are the lucky winner.

Extra Entries:
1 extra entry: Share in a comment below: Which new flavor of Yoplait Delights: Chocolate Éclair or Cherry Cheesecake - are you most excited to try?
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. Current subscriptions count too!
3 extra entries each: Tweet this giveaway and add #myblogspark to your tweet. This may be done daily. Please leave a link to your tweet in your 3 comments below. It's easy to tweet this post by using the little buttons below this post.
3 extra entries: Subscribe to my email. Current email subscriptions count too! Please leave your 3 comments below.
3 extra entries: Follow me on network blogs. Please leave your 3 comments below if you follow me.
5 extra entries: Post my giveaway on your blog or in a mclinky and leave a link to your post in your 5 additional comments below.

Thank you for visiting my blog! This giveaway will end on January 23, 2011 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. Good Luck!

Disclosure: The Yoplait Delights coupon, prize pack, information and giveaway were all provided to me by Yoplait through MyBlogSpark.