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Thursday, December 30, 2010

Win $100 from Blogher and Jimmy Dean

The bloggers below are also on a journey to improve their health and wellness by making Better Choices in the New Year. They're also giving away $100 each -- so stop by their blogs, see what they have to say and share your own tips for your chance to win! ends Jan 30th.

Creating Motherhood said ~ "It’s walking! I can do it! It would mean fresh air, getting to know my neighborhood, showing my toddler son a healthy routine."

The Sassy Crumudgeon
said ~ "Eating a healthy breakfast made my day better, instantly."

Reproductive Jeans said~ "And my biggest betterment goal? Better eating habits: I've got an ace in my back pocket for this."

Lamb Around plans to help get her husband on a healthy eating track.

You, Me & The Kid said~ "I, like so many others will make a resolution to better my health and even more importantly my eating habits."

Barking Mad said~ "As we move towards the new year, I want to seriously kick up and intensify all of the changes I'm making."

Black Belt Mama said~ "I know that it's difficult for me to get motivated to work out on my own, so I set up a bunch of personal training sessions with an affordable trainer."

Gen of Quadville said~ "This year, my goal, take it down a notch. I'm not gonna change the good habits and discipline, just ease up a little. Maybe indulge more often in my favorite glass of wine or yummy dessert."

Cheat Day Cafe shares healthy changes she wants to make this year.

Faith, Fitness, Fun
said ~ "A new baby will fill my year, as well as working towards getting back into my “best-shape” self."

Taste and Tell
said ~ "I know that if I start my morning off with a healthy, protein-rich breakfast, I feel a lot better all day long."

Eclectic Recipes said~ "there’s no time like the new year to try to incorporate better choices."

Jamie Cooks It Up! said~ "The new Jimmy Dean products will be a great addition to my routine."

Smashed Peas and Carrots said~ "Man, let me just say they really are deee-lightful! They are the perfect breakfast for any momma-on-the-go."

Inis of A Lovely Thing will be making better breakfast choices for her and her family this year.

Our Life in the Kitchen said~ "it’s packed with lean protein and it’ll help me start my day (and my year) off on the right foot."

Jennifer of The Maynard Moment said~ "I am usually not a big on the breakfast sausage, but when I saw that they had Turkey Bacon, now that I can do!!!"

The Branches said~ "Our family has been trying to make healthier choices lately by exercising and eating right."

The Polka Dot Chair said~ "I am going to KICK that cereal habit."

Raising Colorado said~ "I’m making one of my top resolutions completely simple, so simple that I think I can possibly stick with it the entire year"

Busy Mom said~ "I need to eat healthier overall, and I'm trying to get geared up to make that commitment for the New Year."

Retro-Food said~ "My better choice for the new year is going to be to really think about what I am consuming and why–making more mindful choices."

The Skinny Gourmet said~ "Breakfast is one of the issues I'm particularly struggling with as the mother to a very active toddler."

Rebecca of Roots and Wings Co said~ "With the New Year coming up I want to add a resolution to make hot breakfasts more often."

Kristen of From My Tiny Kitchen said~ "I’m working on my New Years goals – trying to think of sensible, practical and beneficial goals. Here’s my list so far..."

Win $100 from Blogher and MasterCard MarketPlace

BlogHer invited 20 bloggers to check out the Marketplace and share their favorite deals. Check out their posts and see how you can enter for a chance to win one of 20 $100 MasterCard gift cards from BlogHer! ends 12/31

A Boy and A Girl. "I signed up for MasterCard MarketPlace a few weeks ago--it takes about twenty seconds depending on how fast you can type your name, email address, and zipcode."

No Big Dill. "If you are an orange haggler, or the type of person who goes to the grocery store not only with manufacturer coupons, but with your store coupons alphabetized, plus goes during sales and actually gets paid to buy groceries [you know who you are ;)] this is your site."

Swistle. "Overall, it looks like a good "deal center" for keeping track of all the places you like to shop and all the deals they have---and a good way to get EXTRA deals while you're at it."

Loralee's Looney Tunes. "I have fallen IN LOVE with online shopping. There is no better place PERIOD
to find the best bang for your buck. So, I was very excited when BlogHer offered me the opportunity to check out MasterCard MarketPlace."

FiddleDeeDee. "I’m more of a cyber-Monday type of gal. The thrill of the hunt for me can occur behind the comfort of my keyboard, at a reasonable hour, while wearing my bunny slippers."

Lil Bit Funky. "SO many great deals all around...on toys and housewares and clothes...I got lost in all the bargains for almost an hour. Some of the deals are so great that I am seriously tempted to keep on adding to my Christmas shopping list..."

Storing up Treasures. "It's that time of year again. The time when we are all rushing around trying to get our Christmas shopping done. I wanted to tell you about an awesome site that will make shopping easier and save you loads of money too."

Super Healthy Kids. "With so many choices for shopping online, it’s easy to get overwhelmed. However, you can get many of these great deals, without browsing the entire web."

Vanilla Joy. "I did a little better this year at doing some of my Christmas shopping throughout the year, but I still have some last minute gifts to buy. Instead of paying through the nose out of necessity, I checked out MasterCard MarketPlace where I found lots of deals in one quick place."

I am Lotus aka Sarcastic Mom. "Looking for amazing deals this holiday season that are easy to take advantage of online? Me too!"

Three Kid Circus. "I'm not always the savviest shopper, when it comes to finding great deals. I'm also easily irritated by bargain-hunting crowds and the Extreme Holiday Shopping mentality."

Suburban Turmoil. "Who doesn't love a bargain? Well, I've got a way you can get Black Friday-like deals at deep discounts. The secret is MasterCard MarketPlace, a site that will give you great discounts on some of your favorite retailers!"

Mommy Bytes. "It is a one-stop place to get up to 50% off on top brands and stores. Brands you and I trust like Barnes & Noble, Children's Place, Home Depot, Scholastic Store or even upscale stores such as Brookstone, Saks and Sephora."

BooMama. "I still very much like to get the best possible deal when I’m buying gifts. I scour the internet, look at newspaper circulars, clip store coupons – it just makes good sense to do due diligence when it comes to getting the very best price."

I am Bossy. "Here’s the deal: their website divides the world of goods into categories like Apparel, Travel, Kids & Babies – and listed in these categories are a wide range of stores which have partnered with MasterCard MarketPlace to offer unique deals to those who sign up."

Southern Hospitality. "There’s a new online shopping opportunity that I’d love to share with you."

Welcome to Quadville. "I LOVE a good deal. But, now, I love a good deal online even more! This year my husband laughed at me because, I kinda turned holiday shopping into a game! "Where can I find the best codes?" "I'm not paying full prices for THAT, I know I can find it on sale." Seriously, if online shopping were a competitive sport, I just MAY have won the gold this year."

Big Mama. "I believe I have mentioned several times that I have never been the kind of person that gets up at the crack of dawn to hit the Black Friday sales. Not that there is anything wrong with that type of person, I’m sure they are all lovely people. It’s just not for me for several reasons."

It's Almost Naptime. "I have to say, I was a little late to the shop-online party. This Christmas is the first Christmas that I have bought about 80% of the kids' Christmas gifts online. Choose. Click. Shipped straight to my DOOR. No crowds, no traffic, and it can all be done at two in the morning."

Whatever. "do you like getting a great deal? i love discounts! i light up when i see 50% off."

Amazon Gift Cards

I used up all my Amazon credits to get a Magellan GPS (since I hadn't won one).
So I need to fill up again.

raising my 5 sons and JoeShopping. ends 1/30

Young, Free and Frugal is giving away a $10 Amazon GC. ends 1/30

Thanks, Mail Carrier and JoeShopping are offering a $100 Amazon GC. ends 1/7

The Ice Fairy and JoeShopping are giving away $50 Amazon gift card. ends 1/4

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Win $150 from Blogher & Laughing Cow

Win $150 from each of these blogs. ends 12/28

Being the only vegetarian in her family helps Fluid Pudding

Amanda of Run to the Finish shares tips on how to be a 10!

Busy Mom keeps her portions light

For Love Or Funny Shares her sex symbol diet plan with you.

Workout Mommy says no to holiday treats with 3 easy steps.

Anne of Happy Fun Pants tells you how to be selective on the things you indulge in

Read "Keep Your Waistline During the Holidays" by Erica of My Colombian Recipes

Mom to the Screaming Masses shares her treats with the mail man.

"How to avoid holiday food traps" Read Melody of Cheat Day Cafés

Jenny On The Spot says "So what do I do so I don’t burst the seams of my holiday dress?"

Read Ramona of Kirida's "Anti-gorging holiday plan"

Life in Chicago Makes it through the holidays without having to buy new pants
Nicole of Pinch My Salt shares 7 great tips with you and some delicious healthy recipes.

Gail of Shrinking Sisters says "Holiday parties are a minefield of diet dangers" check out her helpful tips to avoid

Read how Amy of Super Healthy Kids avoids her temptation to eat everything on her plate

BooMama has some tricks that are SUPER simple.

Janet of Slice of Pink shares her "tiny tricks and treats" with you

Monday, December 27, 2010

Mountain Rose Herbs giveaway

Mountain Rose Herbs giveaway

Two winners will receive a collection of our favorite herbal skincare products including our classic and divine Rose Skin Cream which is made by hand in small batches, the fragrant and gentle Rose Facial Wash, natural Cleansing Grains made with pure ingredients like rose petal powder, clay, and almond meal, our amazing Wild Rose Facial Toner to invigorate your skin, and a bottle of Relaxing Herbal Bath Salts to soothe you into complete bliss.

Win $100 from Blogher and Total Effects

Enter to win $100 from each blogger: - ends 12/27

Emily from Joyful Abode "As you know, my husband is in the Navy and we have moved a lot. A LOT. And we’re moving again in January (not far, just to base, but still…), this move will be our 5th move in 4 years."

Rebecca from Roots & Wings
"I want to discuss why I feel it is important for me to be putting my best foot forward, or in this case it is my best face forward! ;) One reason I have already mentioned and that is that I still am young. So I need to start taking care of my skin while I can still do things to keep it as healthy as I can. "

Gen from Welcome to Quadville! "Well, at least I'm not going through the change of life with my girls are going through puberty! However, I am going through a mid life crisis and decided to chop off 12 inches of my hair! Yep, for reals! Not only am I trying to heal my skin (see last 3 posts)... I'm also changing it all up. Holy hormones batman!"

Tara from Feels Like Home "I left something out of that story. See the lines across my and Joe’s foreheads? You may notice that Grace and the new baby (tiny though she is) do not have those same lines. They’re wrinkles. Grace told me so."

Morgan from The 818 "It’s surreal, isn’t it? You’re a teenager, just starting to wear makeup, and people are trying to sell you zit zapper, and then you turn around and your parents cleaning lady is convincing you to buy anti-aging cream out of a catalogue because you look “consado“."

Angie from Eclectic Recipes "In my last post for Olay, I shared with you that I have had a lifelong battle with Acne."

Jenna from Jenna's Journey "So, there are days when I really can’t do it. I just don’t have the energy with a newborn to put my full face of makeup on and do my hair. There are, however some staples that I do no matter what. I’m pretty confident that I could be on my deathbed and there would be things that I do makeup wise that just make me feel better about myself."

Lindsay from The Cottage Home "For the last 3-4 weeks, I have been focusing on spending a little more time on me. Being the mom of two little ones (16 months) and (2.5 years), staying at home and maintaining our home, running my own children’s clothing business and blogging doesn’t leave me a whole lot of time for me. But I think it’s important. Isn’t it true that when we look good, we feel good? I think so."

Janet from Slice of Pink "For three years, I lived the leisurely life of a law student. Wait, let me clarify that. The life of a law student is not exactly what you would describe as leisurely, at least in the way sunning on a beach is leisurely or drinking cocoa is a mountain cabin is leisurely."

Leah from A Girl and a Boy "When I finally came to terms with the fact that I wasn't going to get married (or at least have the wedding I'd hoped to have) before adding a baby to the mix, my make-the-best-of-it brain got right to work thinking of all the ways in which putting the baby carriage before the marriage was, like, wicked awesome and super way better, totally, for sure!"

Blogger Slynnro "While there are plenty of things I am trying to stave off about getting older, there are certain things I'm trying to embrace. I am starting to get to the stage where I find things are in fact inappropriate for me to wear (although perhaps I should stop shopping at Forever 21 and I wouldn't have this problem)."

Stephanie from Totally Together Journal "Today is the first day of Winter Break, and I'm so happy to have the kids home with me. I hate how much time they're away during a typical school day. Today we're staying in pajamas, watching a Santa Claus(e) movie marathon, and doing puzzles. It'll be lovely."

Kelly from Kelly's Korner "Pretty much everything in my body is affected when I’m pregnant. My hair gets thicker and grows so much faster. My face fills out. My feet even get bigger. And I won’t even start on the internal things like morning sickness and heartburn. ."

Megan from In This Wonderful Life "So, as I've been on this journey to adjusting to my post pregnancy skin, I've determined what's most important. Moisturizer is what my face needs."

Lisa from Milehimama "I am following the Brewer diet for this pregnancy, which means eating a ton of protein. That’s hard enough, but the vitamins and supplements are even worse. I have a history of pregnancy induced hypertension and gestational diabetes, which I’ve always been able to control through diet, exercise, and supplements."

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Win $200 Visa gift card: Club Mum and BlogHer

Club Mum and BlogHer are pleased to present the Veggie Smugglers sweepstakes! We’re partnering to help moms with a problem we’re all too familiar with – getting kids to eat their veggies. But www.ClubMum.net is about more than just veggies, it’s about getting the good stuff into kids – food, community service, education… you know the drill! Check out the blogs below and enter for your chance to win 1 of 8 Visa gift cards!

Susie J. "Help! We need moms with advice to share on picky eaters! With four boys in the house, there’s always one who is going through a picky eater phase."

What's for Lunch at our House. "I often get comments on this blog regarding F&B and the choices they make regarding food. Thankfully, it’s usually good ones, either complimenting them when they are making the choices or asking how exactly we got them to that point."

Meanest Momma. "So… while I am far from perfect — especially in the realm of eating healthy – here are a few of my tips for getting kids to eat healthier"

Owlhaven. "As a kid I remember feeling disdainful of the kids whose mothers cut the crusts off their sandwiches. My mom would never let me waste 20% of my bread, and I didn’t really understand what was so bad about a bread crust anyway."

Boomama. "Once our little guy started eating table foods, one of the things that concerned me the most was whether or not he was going to be a picky eater. Since I was raised in a you-eat-what-you’re-served household, I was bound and determined to do the same."

Joy Unexpected. "Getting kids to do things that are good for them always seem to be a struggle-- brushing their teeth, going to be at a decent time, doing their homework, eating their vegetables."

Big Mama. "One of the things I’ve discovered as a mom is that we all worry about what our kids eat. We all want them to be healthy and strong and to love their veggies, but that isn’t always a real world scenario."

The Simmons Family. "My kids love food! Kamryn has always been a picky eater and if allowed, would live on chips and refried beans. When she was a toddler, she only ate beans, peanut butter and chicken nuggets. "

This sweepstakes runs from December 10, 2010 to December 23, 2010

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

BlogHer and HomeGoods Gift cards

BlogHer and HomeGoods are giving away one $100 and twenty $25 HomeGoods gift cards. ends 12/29

Ten bloggers are each giving away a $50 HomeGoods card:

Cindy of My Romantic Home
The fun we had walking around the store was priceless!
Kristen of Rage Against the Minivan:
Okay. Here we go. Toys. TONS of them.
Katy of No Big Dill:
Unexpected and unusual goods found around each corner.
M3 of Salsa in China:
Oh! We found the best frames and mirrors. I was so tempted...
Emily of Joyful Abode:
I doubt there’s anyone who wouldn’t find something they love in HomeGoods.
Reagan of Regan’s Blob:
I found this adorable wooden penguin push toy...
Ali of Gimme Some Oven:
I had a blast shopping for some fun (and very affordable!) gifts.
Melissa of The Polkadot Chair:
I decided to shop for my twins teachers.
Heather of Dollar Store Crafts:
I know you guys will have great ideas for DIYing!
Susan of Wild Yeast:
I got the best-cooking, best-cleaning nonstick surface I've ever had.

Monday, December 20, 2010

All I want for Xmas is a Kindle

So I'm planning to win one from Love Hope Faith. ends 12/20

Friday, December 17, 2010

More Holiday Cash

Cash is always welcome, even more so this time of year. So I'll be winning some.

New Age Mama and Plastic Jungle are giving away 3 $25 cards of your choice. ends 12/27

A Shopper's Quest
and Bank of America are giving away a $50 Bank of America card. ends 12/27

Go Graham Go and Bank of America are giving away a $50 Bank of America card. ends 12/27

Life with Lisa and Bank of America are giving away a $50 Bank of America card. ends 12/27

The Not So Blog and Bank of America are giving away a $50 Bank of America card. ends 12/27

Mommy Mandy is giving away $100 Visa card. ends 12/21

Win a $100 Visa card from Pretty Pink Mama. ends 12/21

Did You See That? is giving away a $50 Bank of America card. ends 12/20

How about a $75 gift card to Sears? Life is a Sandcastle is giving it away. ends 12/20

Rockin Mama is giving away 10(ten) $25 AmEx cards. ends 12/19

"Deal"icious Mom is giving away a $100 Visa card. ends 12/17

Thursday, December 16, 2010

Tassimo T20 Brewbot for me!

I'm not much of a coffee drinker, but I like lots of other hot drinks so I think the Tassimo T20 Brewbot will be just right for me. Haven't won one yet, but I keep trying....

Two of a Kind Working on a Full House now has a Tassimo giveaway up. ends 2/7

This Mama Cooks
is giving a Tassimo T20. ends 1/18

My Chicago Mommy has a Tassimo to give away. ends 1/9

The newest giveaway is from MommyPR. ends 1/7

Here's another place to win a Tassimo T20 Brewbot : Mother of Pearl It Is. ends 1/7

Head over to Eighty MPH Mom where you can win a Tassimo T20 single-server brewer! ends 1/10

DebsHere is offering a Tassimo T20. ends 1/5

Ms. Mogul is giving a Tassimo T20 away. ends 1/3

Mama Must Have It is offering a Brewbot too. ends 1/7/11

Restless Chipolte has one for me. ends 12/24

That Tech Chick
has a Tassimo Brewbot to give away. ends 12/23

3 Princes And A Princess 2 is giving away a Brewbot. ends 12/22

The Thrifty Mommy
is giving a Brewbot away. ends 12/19

Luv My Two Girls is offering a Brewbot. ends 12/18

Guessing All the Way is also giving away a Brewbot. ends 12/16

Susan Heim on Parenting is giving away a Brewbot. ends 12/16

Not Before Coffee
is offering a Brewbot. ends 12/16

Sage and Savvy is giving one away. ends 12/16

Take Time to Smell the Rose is giving away one. ends 12/16

Friday, December 10, 2010

Win $100 from Total Effects and Blogher

Every week, the bloggers below will be sharing how they deal with their life's stresses and their beauty routine secrets. They'll also be trying out the new Olay Total Effects Cooling Hydration. Learn their beauty secrets and enter to win $100 from each blogger every week! Ends 12/20

Emily from Joyful Abode "Now that I’m a mother, my life is very different. And I love it. Here are just a few things that are different and wonderful."

Rebecca from Roots & Wings "I feel as though my life has run away, with me barely holding on to it! I moved into my new home last year, I am in my last year of getting my degree to be a teacher, and the years seem to just be going by faster and faster."

Gen from Welcome to Quadville! Battling a lifetime in the sun, I like Olay because it gives me a second chance. I feel like I'm doing my skin a favor. I'm also making smarter choices in my life. I eat well, drink TONS of water, and exercise daily. I take care of my skin and my children's skin (head to toe)."

Tara from Feels Like Home "I want to set a better example for my girls. I don’t want them to learn that mothers always come last. I want them to learn that mothers have needs, too, and that taking care of yourself is as important as taking care of others."

Morgan from The 818 "I mean, after marriage and babies, botox is totally the next thing we have to look forward to as a sign that we’re entering a new dimension of life, right? But is botox really something people my age are doing already?"

Angie from Eclectic Recipes "Since my birthday, those fine lines around my eyes seem to be more visible. That eye cream that I first started buying when I was 20, and have been using sporadically ever since, needs to become a daily routine now."

Jenna from Jenna's Journey "I had my bag packed and everything ready to go, and if you couldn’t guess I am indeed one of those girls who takes makeup to the hospital. And a hair dryer. And my curling iron. Oh, and hairspray."

Lindsay from The Cottage Home "For the last three years, since I have been either pregnant or nursing, I feel like my wardrobe has been all over the place. I’ve got maternity clothes, just had a baby post-pregnancy clothes, sort of just had a baby post pregnancy clothes, and my “I still feel like I need to lose 5-10lbs after having a baby” clothes (which is where I currently stand)."

Janet from Slice of Pink "The simplicity is helping. My morning routine is faster, more streamlined. I don't have to dig through a drawer of old makeup to find an eyeliner. I also notice my skin looks better--I'm using a limited number of products and have plenty of time for the basics, including moisturizing my face every morning."

Leah from A Girl and a Boy "We worry about the effect environmental factors have on our skin--UV rays, dry air, pollution--but we don't always think about the ways in which our lifestyles are also impacting how we look. What part of your lifestyle has the biggest influence on your skin?"

Blogger Slynnro "As I've discussed here before, I'm in something of a transitional phase in a variety of ways during my life. I've turned 30, I've recently moved in what I consider to me my first real grown up place, some big decisions about where I'm going with my career and personal life will have to be made in the next few years."

Stephanie from Totally Together Journal "This is the third week that I’ve been using the Olay Total Effects 7 in 1 Anti Aging Moisturizer. I feel pretty good! I’m happy with the way my skin looks and my friend Georgia, NO LIE, said I looked really healthy yesterday."

Kelly from Kelly's Korner "I’ve never had great skin. In college I went through a horrible time period where I had continuous, awful breakouts. I think it was a combination of stress, hormones, and unhealthy eating. Ever since that time, I’ve been very self conscious of how my skin looks and very aware of good skin on other people. It’s something that I notice right off about a person and probably the thing I’m most likely to envy."

Megan from In This Wonderful Life "Evidently, you are never too young to get wrinkles. I think the ones around the eyes are the ones that really do a number on you. Well, at least me. I don't use waterproof mascara or eyeliner, but yet I always have a hard time getting my eye makeup off!"

Lisa from Milehimama "Stress that isn’t being kind to my throat (The yelling! The growling!) or my skin(hello, pregnancy “glow”. Just like when I was 13. Great.)"

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Win $250 Best Buy Card 1207

To enter for a chance to win 1 of 4 laptops being given away by BlogHer: Leave a comment at this BlogHer.com exclusive offers page.

Then you can enter at each of these to win $250 Best Buy card:

Drama Beans
Intel Review
"I can't put a mathematical number to it, but yes, it was much faster. "

Farmgirl Fare
Turbo-boosting my Slow Country Life!
"It's the end of an era! I will never misplace my recipe notes again."

Think Simple Now
The Simplest Productivity System
"I have to say, I was pretty surprised at the speed of the new processor."

V & Co.
I Likey the Laptop
"This lap top with Intel Core i5 can handle my motherly multitasking."

The Ivory Hut
Getting Things Done
"It’s handled a lot of what we’ve thrown at it"

The Great Fitness Experiment
Are You a Computer Addict?
"I'm a computer addict. I'll own it."

Reagan's Blob
Intel Review
"Doing great things for me!"

I am Style-Ish
How Did it Go?
"I can honestly say that it's pretty awesome!"

Steece's Pieces
Can Your Computer Keep Up With You?
"It was like Christmas morning: opening my brand new computer!"

Buns in my Oven
Intel Review
"Now let me tell you how it’s been simplified."

Love Maegan
I Love my Laptop!
"It is literally making my life 10 times easier and I just LOVE it!"

Two Peas and their Pod
Intel Review
"I love that the Intel® Core™ i5 processor does not slow me down."

Michelle Woo
Do More Faster
"The Intel® Core™ i5 processor with Turbo Boost technology is fast."

Crepes of Wrath
Intel Review
"It is so fast that I honestly don’t know what to do with myself."

The Graphics Fairy
Life just got a little bit easier.
"A super speedy processor, means a super speedy laptop"

320 Sycamore

A Dream Come True!
"I feel like a new woman!"

Joyful Abode

Update on the Processor
"Takes a LOT less time to boot up."

Southern Hospitality
Intel Review
"this new processor with the Intel chip makes my blogging life easier."

Picky Palate
Intel Review
"What fun it has been playing with my new Intel® Core™ i5processor."

Audrey Caroline
Giveaway Time!
"We have been having a blast with our new laptop, and are still pinching ourselves over it."

Sweepstakes ends at 5 PM PST on December 22, 2010

Monday, December 6, 2010

More Holiday Cash

Yes, I do plan to win some more Holiday Cash. This way I can get myself a present after getting ones for other people.

Lots of sites are offering it.

Major biggie from Mom to Bed by 8: $250 Visa card. Ends 1/11/11 (next year already)

Because Mommy Said So is offering a $50 Visa card. ends 12/21

American Express is giving my readers $500 in American Express Gift Cards. FIVE(5) Two Of A Kind, Working On A Full House readers will win $100 in Gift Cards!!! ends 12/17

The Art of Random Willynillyness is giving away a $50 gift card. ends 12/16

The Weekly Review is offering $25 Visa Card. ends 12/15

How about a $25 Amazon certificate? My wish list is long so this will be good to win. My Spinning Plates is offering this. ends 12/13

Win $100 AmEx card from Lysol and Oh Boy Oh Boy Oh Boy. ends 12/13

Jen's Blog Spot and JoeShopping are giving away a $50 Amazon Certificate. ends 12/13

MOMday Morning is giving away $100. - ends 12/13

Familylicious is giving away 10 $25 American Express cards. ends 12/12

Win $500 AmEx card from champagne living ends 12/10

Blessings Abound is giving away $50 Visa:
Swanson Chicken Broth- The Great Stuffing Debate And Slow Cooker Stuffing Recipe With Visa Gift Card Giveaway!
. ends 12/6

A lucky Blessings Abound reader will win a $50 gift card to a $50 gift card to your choice of R.E.I. or Travelocity! All you have to do in order to be qualified for a chance to win is to leave a comment with a healthy travel tip! ends 12/7

Thursday, December 2, 2010

Rayovac Mom Rocks the Holidays Sweepstakes.

Rayovac Mom Rocks the Holidays Sweepstakes.

Rayovac and Paper Jamz want YOU to have as much fun as I’ve been having and would like to give one of you a $250 Visa Gift Card and five (5) of you Rayovac Jams Packs (A Paper Jamz Guitar and one pack of Rayovac Alkaline AAA 24 pack batteries).


“Followers who promote the Rayovac Mom Rocks the Holidays Sweepstakes may receive gifts from Rayovac.”“Followers who promote the Rayovac Mom Rocks the Holidays Sweepstakes may receive gifts from Rayovac.”

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Holiday Cash

OK, time to get serious about getting some Holiday Cash so here are some places giving it away:

American Express and Mom Spotted are giving away a total of $500 in Gift Cards! FIVE WINNERS! (5) $100 Gift Cards!!!


Mom Start says: Now for the most Fun! I’m giving away 20 25.00 gift cards in total! I’ll draw 10 winners on December 13th and then 10 more winners on December 20th. You can win more than once. Let me say that again, you can win more than once!


Our Ordinary Life has not one, but two AmEx giveaways:

10 of you are going to win $25 American Express Gift Cards!
Giveaway will end December 9th

This time I’m going to switch things up. I want you to have a surprise for yourself so I’m going to give 5 of you TWO $25 American Express gift cards. One for yourself and one to give as a gift to someone else. Giveaway will end December 13th


Rockin Mama says:
WIN IT!!! TEN of you will win a $25 American Express gift card. But wait…there’s more! Next week, TEN more of you will win a $25 American Express gift card so be sure to stop by next Friday. To enter, simply leave a comment stating why a friend or family member deserves the Season of Surprises this holiday season and a chance to win $100,000. Please note, this giveaway will only last one week. Comments will close on December 10, 2010 at 11:59 PM PST. US


Monday, November 29, 2010

Rayovac and a $50 Visa

Try your hand at this one:

Rayovac has launched an exciting sweepstakes where 3 Lucky winners will win $1,000 cash from Rayovac. In addition, 20 First Place Prize winners will receive a Rayovac Jam kit including a Paper Jamz guitar, drum, amp and guitar strap as well as 2 packs of Rayovac Alkaline AAA 24 packs (prize package valued at $90).

To enter:

1. You must “Like” Rayovac on Facebook: Facebook.com/Rayovac
2. Log on to Rayovac.com, complete the entry form and at their option, tell Rayovac in 120 words or less how you (or your mom) rocks the holidays.

Mom Spark is also giving away a $50 Visa Gift Card, Paper Jamz Guitar, and one pack of Rayovac Alkaline AAA 24 pack batteries to 5 winners! Visit Mom Spark to enter.

DISCLOSURE: Followers who promote the Rayovac Mom Rocks the Holidays Sweepstakes may receive gifts from Rayovac.

Sunday, November 28, 2010

Win $150 Visa from Shopping Nanny

Heaven knows extra money is always welcome this time of year. (Actually ANY time of year)

Shopping Nanny's Blog is giving away $150 Visa Card. ends 12/15

Shopping Nanny and Go Graham Go are offering a $150 Visa card. ends 12/20

Shopping Nanny and Rockin Mama are giving away a $150 Visa card. ends 12/20

Thursday, November 25, 2010

Win $250 Best Buy - Week 2

Drama Beans
Intel Review
"If we can’t cut down on the volume of work that we take on, the only other option is to do what we do faster."
Farmgirl Fare
Turbo-boosting my Slow Country Life!
"Unfortunately I pretty much suck at time management."
Think Simple Now
The Simplest Productivity System
"For the past few months, I’ve been catching myself constantly mumbling “I’m busy”. And it’s true."
V & Co.
Confessions of a Multi-tasker
"Rarely do i sit down and do just one thing for a long period of time."
The Ivory Hut
"Life hasn’t been the same since September, when everything changed in an instant."
The Great Fitness Experiment
Are You a Computer Addict?
"I'm a computer addict. I'll own it."
Reagan's Blob
Intel Review
"Doing great things for me!"
I am Style-Ish
How Did it Go?
"I can honestly say that it's pretty awesome!"
Steece's Pieces
Can Your Computer Keep Up With You?
"It was like Christmas morning: opening my brand new computer!"
Buns in my Oven
Intel Review
"Now let me tell you how it’s been simplified."
Love Maegan
My life just so happens to revolve around my computer.
"Sometimes I wish I could create a clone of myself just so I can get more done ...faster."
Two Peas and their Pod
Intel Review
"I keep thinking there will be a break, but then something new comes up."
Michelle Woo
Do More Faster
"There’s no time to dawdle. I need to be to be online asap, pronto, RIGHT THIS MINUTE!"
Crepes of Wrath
Intel Review
"This is the time of year that things start to get a little crazy, isn’t it?"
The Graphics Fairy
Multi-tasking on the Brain
"Do you ever wish you could clone yourself? I've been feeling a bit stretched around here lately."
320 Sycamore
A Dream Come True!
"I feel like a new woman!"
Joyful Abode
Update on the Processor
"Takes a LOT less time to boot up."
Southern Hospitality
Intel Core i5 Processor
"Having a brand new laptop has been so great! I am thrilled with the speed."
Picky Palate
Intel Review
"What fun it has been playing with my new Intel® Core™ i5processor."
Audrey Caroline
Giveaway Time!
"We have been having a blast with our new laptop, and are still pinching ourselves over it."

Promotion Phase I begins 9:00 a.m. (PST) November 17, 2010 and ends 11:59 p.m. (PST) November 25, 3010.
Promotion Phase II begins 12:00 a.m. (PST) November 26, 2010 and ends 11:59 p.m. (PST) December 4, 2010.
Promotion Phase III begins 12:01 a.m. (PST) December 5, 2010 and ends 11:59 p.m. (PST) December 13, 2010.
Promotion Phase IV begins 12:01 a.m. (PST) December 14, 2010 and ends 5:00 p.m. (PST) December 22, 2010.

Win $100 from Ghirardelli & Blogher

Ghirardelli chocolate recipes are delicious and impressive, but also easy to make. To prove it, Ghirardelli decided to help celebrate the holidays with BlogHer. Ghirardelli put 10 bloggers to the challenge and asked them to bake some delicious recipes. Check out each blogger below and see what chocolaty and amazing treats they made for their families. Each blogger is also giving you a chance to win $100! Follow each link below to enter. Ends 12/15/10

You can create these recipes yourself! Visit Ghirardelli baking website here to find a variety of delicious baking recipes, perfect for any holiday occasion.

Cheat Day Café

Buttery Breakfast Scones with Chocolate Chunks
"Talk about a baker's ultimate dream come true! Now there is just one problem.....what do I make first??" See what she made>>

Cookin' Canuk

Chocolate Mouse
"While all of the traditional treats are highly coveted in our home, there are two non-traditional ones that take top honors - chocolate mousse and chocolate meringue peppermint cookies." See what she made>>


Twice as Nice with Ghirardelli
"So many are perfect for the upcoming holiday season: Peppermint Brownies, White Chocolate Peppermint Cake, Cinnamon Scented Chocolate Angel Food Cake. I could go on and on but that would just leave you licking the screen." See what she made>>

Jamie Cooks It Up

Chocolate Waffles
"Chocolate is the topic of discussion today, and it's going to be laid on thick. Thick and rich and luscious and delectable and down right fabulous. If those words don't entice you..." See what she made>>

Lethally Delicious

Peanut Butter Bars
"When I reviewed the cookbook I found these super easy Peanut Butter Bars. Three ingredients, make ahead and absolutely irresistible. These really couldn't be easier or more elegant." See what she made>>

Mindika Moments

Chocolate and Peanut Butter Cheesecake Bars
"I found this yummy recipe in the Ghirardelli cookbook. I gave it a try, and it did not disappoint." See what she made>>

Nikas Culinaria

Chocolate Chip Cheesecake
"When someone asks if you would like to do a review of chocolate and in particular Ghirardelli chocolate there should only be one right way to respond - that being “Yes, please!” See what she made>>

Our Life in the Kitchen

A Chocolate Bonanza
"Ghirardelli has always ranked at the top of my list. Visiting their shop was a must-do touristy stop during a trip to San Fran a few years ago." See what she made>>

Pinch My Salt

Ghirardelli Hot Fudge Blondie Sundae
See how to make it and check out what else she tried. See what she made>>

Umami Girl

An Honest Chocolate Pudding
"An honest chocolate pudding, not too rich. Classic chocolate chip cookies, studded with dark chocolate and just enough nuts. Some things just don't need improving." See what she made>>

This sweepstakes runs from November 15, 2010 to December 15, 2010

Win $100 from V8 & Blogher

V8 wanted to share this delicious new beverage, so they invited 10 Bloggers to try it. Follow the links below and see how much these 10 women liked the new flavors. Each blogger also wants to know which flavor you are dying to try. Tell them and you will be entered for a chance to win $100!

"This flavor was definitely my favorite and given all the benefits we hear of pomegranate having, I would definitely buy this one again." - Read Legally Heidi's review

"While I liked the V8 V-Fusion on its own, I also used it to give one of my smoothies a little oomph." - Read Girl Hero'sreview

"It's light, not too sweet and so very healthy." - Read the Mommy Bytes review

"But now, the people at Campbell’s have really rocked the vegetable world with their new V8 V-Fusion drinks."- Read Susie J's review

"I even had a glass of the Pineapple Mango this morning with my pumpkin pancakes." - Read Slice of Pink'sreview

"It is delicious. I can see myself serving a tray of these to friends if I was having a little party." - Read Secret Agent Josephine's review

"Yummy in my tummy and some added vitamins as well." - Read Jenny on the Spot's review

"They are all tasty and delicious!" - Read Southern Hospitality's review

"All three of the flavors are very refreshing and light." - Read Chezus's review

"Holy yum I'm in love with new V8 V-Fusion + Tea." - Read Healthy Ashley's review

Winners will be randomly selected from all eligible entries. This sweepstakes runs from November 15, 2010 to December 10, 2010

Win $100 from Welchs & Blogher

You can make any occasion a little more special for everyone with Welch's® Sparkling Juice Beverages! Read how the bloggers below add a little sparkle to their holiday and share their holiday memories for 12 chances to win a $100 Visa gift card!
Ends 12/31/10

"When my husband and I got married, I was the queen of stressing out over Christmas parties. Our first Christmas together I decided that I was going to throw a party for his co-workers, and I promise you that I cooked for about six days." BooMama.

"This is an annual event that marks the official start of the Christmas season in our neighborhood. Mr. Chris is well known for his extravagant Christmas decorations. Our quiet little street becomes a major thorough-fare during the holidays, as people from far and wide come to see his house. And we have front row seats every year." FiddleDeeDee.

"My daughter was born premature on December 29, 1998. She weighed just 2.5 pounds and because she was so fragile, I wasn't able to hold her in my arms until she was off her respirator two days later. It was New Year's Eve. When I held her that afternoon, I knew the holiday would forever be linked with an amazing memory of cradling my baby for the first time." Momo's Fali.

"While having breakfast this past Sunday, I quickly realized how soon Thanksgiving is coming. Why would I think of Thanksgiving over breakfast you ask? Instead of Thanksgiving dinner, I host Thanksgiving breakfast/brunch at my house! And just putting together a breakfast to feed the seven people in my home right now is no small task." Three Duncan Boys.

"We don’t get to have a big Hanukkah shindig every year because we are an interfaith Jewish family surrounded by agnostics and Christians who tend to be all about Christmas. This is understandable. If you haven’t grown up with a Hanukkah tradition (or, like me, had a smallish Hanukkah tradition) it’s easy to shuttle that holiday aside." This Woman's Work.

"This time of the year is my most favorite time of the year. The season of Thanksgiving that runs into Christmas and the New Year fills me joy and deep sense of need to pass on traditions to my children." Home Grown.

"The holidays are upon us. If you're like me, that means your mind is flooded with memories of past Christmases. Something about Christmas brings out the nostalgia in me." Six in the City.

"Since moving to the United States 15 years ago, I have come to appreciate the timing of American Thanksgiving. Landing mere weeks before Christmas, Thanksgiving is the window into the joy, chaos and merriment of the holiday season. With a full day of cooking and eating and three days of quiet family time, Thanksgiving has become one of my favorite holidays." Cookin' Canuck.

"Ten years ago Teacher and I inadvertently started a family tradition – on New Year’s Eve we invited my parents over for pizza and cards. The next year we invited Uncle Jon, Uncle Mike, Aunt Lainie, and their boys for pizza and wings." My Happy Crazy Life.

"Although we never stay up till midnight on New Years Eve, our family parties are the best! Lucky for us we are in Mountain Standard Time, so we can watch the ball drop at 10pm and pretend it’s midnight." Super Healthy Kids.

"Is your family big on holiday traditions? Mine is. And I am fond of many of them, really. Especially the ones we have on Thanksgiving. Christmas Eve is my number ONE favorite night of the year, but Thanksgiving is a close second. It has everything, really...family, fun, tradition and pumpkin pie." Loralee's Looney Tunes.

"Once upon a time, a family that was made up of Jews, Christians, Atheists and Agnostics created a new holiday of sorts and named it Chrismukah. And I can assure you, the Mintz/Martell/Boye/Resudek family was celebrating it far before Seth Cohen made the holiday a household name on The O.C." Cheaper than Therapy.

Win $100 from Pop-Tarts & Blogher

For the next two weeks, BlogHer is also giving you a chance to win $100! Each week you will have a chance to enter. Follow links to each blog, below, for directions on entry and your chance to win! Update 11/17~ watch the bloggers and kids Holiday Theater Thanksgiving videos below and enter for more chances to win!

Holiday Theater Thanksgiving videos

A Familiar Path's Thanksgiving Tea party. Watch the video>>

Cheat Day Cafe ... take one. Watch the video>>

Jamie Cooks It Up! Watch the video>>

Overstuffed, a very special interview. Watch the video>>

My Mommy's Place, Thanksgiving Traditions. Watch the video>>

Bento Lunch, Thanksgiving breakfast. Watch the video>>

Simplicity in the Suburbs. Watch the video>>

Life With the Boys, thankful Jar. Watch the video>>

The Snyder 5, different ways to eat your Pop-Tarts. Watch the video>>

Thanksgiving Recipes

Check out A Familiar Path's recipe for cheesecake using her Pop-Tarts …

Overstuffed made delicious Pumpkin Pie. Get her recipe…

See the awesome Pop-Tarts house made by Jamie Cooks it Up!…

Life With the Boys created S 'mores. Check it out...

See what creative treat Cheat Day Cafe made for Thanksgiving…

My Mommy's Place shows you how to make Baked Apples a la Pop-Tarts. Yum!...

Find out what The Snyder 5 made …

Sweetnicks shares her recipe for Mexican Fried Ice Cream…

Frosted Pumpkin Pie Pop-Tarts Sundaes were made by Simplicity in the Suburbs. Take a look…

Bento Lunch said "what could be more perfect than pumpkin flavored foods" Get her awesome recipe…

Sunday, November 21, 2010

Win $250 Best Buy Card

One of these bloggers said she likes funny so I wrote her a limerick:

There was an old woman from Denver,
Whose computer was slow as a blender,
She won a new lap top,
She’s now into hip-hop
And riding on somebody’s fender.

From Blogher and Intel 10 chances to win $250 Best Buy Card:

The Great Fitness Experiment
How to be Good at Multi-tasking.
"Thankfully Intel heard my cries, all the way from the bottom of the laundry pile I'm buried under, and sent me a new wicked efficient brain!"

Reagan's Blob
I’m definitely busy. Let me count the ways….
"For real though, in order to keep up with my HDOF questions, emails from clients and freelance jobs, I unfortunately have to be organized."

I am Style-Ish
Multi-tasking Queen
"Life gets so busy sometimes and I've had to learn the art of multi-tasking in order to get all my check lists, checked off."

Steece's Pieces
Never a Dull Moment!
"I am a registered nurse who works 3-4 days a week. I have 3 year old quadruplets who attend school twice a week. Life. Is. Busy."

Buns in my Oven
Changing my World
"I haven't shouted "WOULD YOU JUST HURRY UP?" to the little laptop even once since I got it. My kids think it's a miracle."

320 Sycamore
A Typical Day
"It is super fast with something called Turbo Boost technology…which allows me to get on, get what I need done quickly, then get off."

Joyful Abode
Octopus arms would be helpful.
"Multitasking. Everyone does it. But everyone’s version looks different. And one person can have different multitasking scenarios"

Southern Hospitality
Intel® Core™ i5 Review
"There's writing posts, taking pics, editing pics, getting everything loaded and ready to post. Whew!"

Picky Palate
Intel® Core™ i5 Review
"We, or maybe I should say "I" feel like I am always running around with my family just hoping to get everything I need to get done every single day."

Bring the Rain
Hello Mr. Intel!

"Well if you have read my blog for any length of time you will know that multitasking is a vital part of my life."

Check back Wednesday, November 24 for 10 more blogger sweepstakes

Holiday Present for ME!

I entered Crissy’s Can’t Wait til Christmas Lenovo Laptop Giveaway and hope to win a $799.00 IdeaPad! Ends 12/4

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Crocs, Crocs, Crocs.

I love my Crocs. They're just about the only shoes I wear. My winter crocs are not in good shape so I need some new ones.

Luckily, Two of a Kind Working on a Full House is giving away pair of Berryessa Women's Boots(winner's choice of color). ends 11/29

Monday, November 15, 2010

Win $100 from Similasan

That's why Similasan asked ten bloggers to share their experiences of when their child is under the weather. Read how these bloggers create amusing activities, new recipes, and fun things they do to keep their kids as upbeat as they can be while home sick from school. Each blogger is also giving you a chance to win $100! Follow their links below to enter. Ends 11/19

Read how BooMama found ways to keep her son entertained that wouldn't interfere with getting him well and find out why she no longer uses markers that allow you to draw on window panes!

Jenna's Journey learned that her son's favorite activity when he's not feeling well is playing in the bath. See what other feel better tricks she's got up her sleeve.

Swistle has her kids' sick days down to a science since she has "children in three different school buildings this year. We are doomed: we will get every single illness that goes around." Learn her plan of action for when her next child feels ill.

How did Bento Lunch keep her two kids, both suffering from middle ear infections and swimmer's ear, entertained? One of everyone's favorite activities was movie day on the couch. Read on to discover her other go-to activities.

Kirida has "played a variety of characters in her play called, 'Sick Day: A Musical of Hope.'” She's performed the roles of the waitress, librarian, and therapist. Read more to see how her play ends.

The Calm Before The Stork has been known to boil apple juice with fresh ginger for her son when he's sick and her secret additive to his beverages is honey. Learn what other natural cures she's recommending.

Find out how The Frugal Girl handles sick days with her homeschooling family, "because you can't exactly stay home from school when you live at your school."

Suburban Turmoil recreates her own childhood sick day memories for her children. "I know they feel special when they're sick--I can see it in their (tired, red) eyes. And it makes me feel like I'm doing a good job of being their mother, just as my mother did for me."

When her three year old is sick, She's Becoming Doughmestic loves to take advantage of his slower time. One of her favorite activities is to bake cookies with him. "What it does is keeps him occupied with new tasks, and really keeps him learning as well. I love implementing ways to teach him numbers, and what could be better than counting out chocolate chips or eggs?" Learn her other tricks for keeping her son learning during sick days.

Feels Like Home's favorite tip: "Above all, listen to your preschooler. If she says she just wants to lie down, let her. If she wants to play or read or do something, follow her lead." Check out her other great tips!

The Great Stuffing Debate - Win $500 Visa

Stuffing. The side dish that makes people take sides. Visit The Great Stuffing Debate, where Swanson is releasing a new debate question weekly, along with recommended stuffing recipes and more! They want to know what people love or hate in their stuffing and have asked five bloggers to weigh in. Read about their mouth watering stuffing recipes for a chance to win one of five $500 Visa gift cards!

Melanie from Big Mama is a firm believer in cornbread dressing. Her favorite dressing recipe in the world came from her mother-in-law. "It’s part of the reason I married P since I was worried that I may never get the recipe!" Luckily, Melanie's sharing it with you...read on to find out the secret ingredients.

Tara from Feels Like Home is a little confused with the differences between stuffing and dressing. "We make something that we call stuffing, but we cook it in a baking dish in the oven. No turkey involved." Are you in the same gravy boat?

Deborah from Taste and Tell doesn't know what she'll contribute to the Thanksgiving feast this year. Her biggest delemma each holiday is creating something tried and true or something new? See how her two different dressing recipes favor out when put to the family taste test.

Angie from Eclectic Recipes grew up seeing the Great Stuffing Debate play out each year between her mother and father. "My Dad preferred the bird was stuffed because he said that was the more traditional thing to do. He was a strong believer in following traditions." Find out if Angie chose to keep stuffing according to father's family tradition or if she follows her mother's recipe for dressing.

Amanda from I Am Mommy deems herself "one lazy and un-organized cook," which is why she loves the basic dressing recipe she's serving this holiday. Amanda's also sharing her secret go-to gravy recipe and it's "infused with the most succulent yet subtle bacon flavor!"

Sunday, November 14, 2010

Make Some New Memories

I still haven't replaced my stolen digital camera so I need to win a new one.

Simply Being Mommy is giving away a Kodak Slice Touchscreen Camera which will be awsome to have. ends 12/3

Saturday, November 13, 2010

Win $100 Visa from Ragu and Blogher

Check out the ten posts below to see what bloggers and their families think when they compare the old Ragú® to the new for ten chances to win a $100 Visa gift card!

320 Sycamore. "This recipe is what we would call a six-er. Meaning, 6 out of the 7 of us love it. Anything above a fiver in this family is a major victory for me."

Pink Vanilla Cupcakes. "If you are like me (and I suspect you are!) you try hard to make sure your children are eating enough fruits and vegetables in their diet. I struggle with eating enough nutritious foods in my own diet and trying to make sure my girls eat fruits and vegetables is a top priority."

Taste like Crazy. "People have suggested I “sneak” veggies into sauces and substitute vegetables for meat but my kids are a suspicious bunch and they can smell a stealthy vegetable a mile away."

Buns in my Oven. "I won’t lie, I rarely cook a dinner that takes more than an hour or so of hands on time. My favorite meals are quick, healthy, and simple. I spend most of my time in the kitchen baking, so when it’s time for dinner I’d rather just get something yummy on the table and call it a day."

Swistle. "Which makes it pretty much the easiest recipe ever if you don't include ordering pizza"

Cookin' Canuck. "Over the years, I have come up with a few tricks to help us avoid the fast food trap. It is our hope that, through healthy food and plenty of family time, we can raise confident, healthy, and happy children."

Bentolunch-What's for Lunch at our House. "We actually are pretty much exclusive users of the Ragu Traditional Pasta sauce. I don't make my own sauce, that's much more work than I like to do in the kitchen and we've always loved the flavor."

Picky Palate. "The dinner was a huge success and it literally took minutes to prepare. I love pulling out quick and simple recipes during the busy school week and that is exactly what Ragu helps us with."

BooMama. "After I became a mama, however, I started looking for shortcuts in the kitchen. Making my own spaghetti sauce wasn’t really high on the list anymore, and I’ll never forget the first time I made a spinach and spaghetti casserole with the sauce from a jar. IT WAS A REVELATION. It was simple and delicious and fast, and if you’ve ever tried to cook a meal while keeping one eye on a toddler, you know that fast cooking can be your friend. I was hooked."

Owlhaven. "I’m always jealous of the thick rich consistency of store bought sauce. I’d have to cook my sauce down for hours—or add a fair bit of tomato paste– to get it that thick."

Sunday, November 7, 2010

What's Your Idea of Fun?

Entering this contest from Mommy PR and making a video was very fun.

I made a Fun Video.

Laughing for $150

That sounds like a Jeopardy answer, but it's what I can get for sharing a funny exercise story at one of these blogs. Ends 11/7.

Cheat Day News and Reviews/BlogHer - The Laughing Cow Giveaway

Fluid Pudding/BlogHer - The Laughing Cow Giveaway

Life in Chicago Reviews/BlogHer - The Laughing Cow Giveaway

Kirida Reviews/BlogHer - The Laughing Cow Giveaway

For Love or Funny/BlogHer - The Laughing Cow Giveaway

Jenny On The Spot/BlogHer - The Laughing Cow Giveaway

Slice of Pink/BlogHer - The Laughing Cow Giveaway

Saturday, November 6, 2010

Fiber One Prize Packs

Several sites are giving away Fiber One Prize Packs which include a $25 Safeway card.

Confessions of a Psychotic Housewife ends 11/6

Friday, November 5, 2010

CSN Giveaways

With over 200 stores CSN has something for everyone.

The Road From Here
has a $75 CSN certificate to give away. ends 11/17

Rave and Review says: Win $75 CSN certificate from Rave and Review. Ends 12/13

My Reading Room is giving away a $65 CSN certificate. ends 11/5

Cash for the Holidays

I plan to win some extra cash for the Holidays.

Tales from Tammy and Joeshopping are offering a $50 Amazon Giftcard. ends 12/12

The Ethertons and Joeshopping are offering a $100 Amazon Giftcard. ends 12/10

One lucky Blommi reader will win a $50 Visa gift card courtesy of Swanson ends 12/8

The Brand Ambassador and KODAK Gallery are giving away $50 AmEx card. ends 11/30

Leslie Loves Veggies is giving away a $25 Amazon card. - ends 11/24

How about $50 Amazon card? Two Of A Kind, Working On A Full House is offering one. ends 11/22

Sage and Savvy and KODAK Gallery are giving away $50 AmEx card. ends 11/22

Tales from Tammy and GiftZip are offering a $25 Fandango card. ends 11/21

Girl Gone Mom is giving away a $50 AmEx card courtesy of Kodak. ends 11/19

Mommy Mandy is giving away a $50 AmEx card courtesy of Kodak. ends 11/17

Girl Gone Mom is giving away a $50 AmEx card courtesy of Kodak. ends 11/17

How about $75 AmEx card from Simply Being Mommy ends 11/13

A nice big fat $500 from Lady and the Blog and Liquid-Plumr Penetrex Gel ends 11/13

Kodak Gallery and Go Graham Go are giving away a $50 AmEx card. ends 11/6

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Need warm feet

I want to win a Warmly Yours luxurious yet durable radiant rug heater from ABCD Diaries - ends tonite.

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Win a Spooky $100 Visa

Win $100 Visa - ends 10/31

To help make Halloween frightfully fun this year, Pop-Tarts™ recently shared their limited edition Pop-Tarts® Choc-o-lantern Chocolate Fudge toaster pastries with 10 Bloggers. BlogHer moms put their spooky skills to the test and made Halloween recipes for their kids using the festive flavor. Read below, see what they created and get inspired to do the same for your kids. For the next two weeks, BlogHer is also giving you a chance to win $100! Each week you will have a chance to enter. Follow links to each blog, below, for directions on entry and your chance to win!

Update 10/25 ~ Each of our bloggers is sharing fantastic costume ideas for Halloween. Check out each bloggers link below and enter to win $100.

Check out great ideas from Jenny On The Spot…

Check out Fiddledeedee’s ideas for her Halloween carnival…

BooMama shares photos of her Super Mario Brothers…

Star Wars and then some, from Cookin’ Canuk …

Step back in time and see Petroville’s costumes form when she was a kid…

Check out what Life With The Boys will be dressing as…

Take a look at Secret Agent Josephine’s adorable daughter Madeline…

Weebls Wobblog shares costumes and front yard decorations…

Because I Said So makes great costumes for her family. Take a look…

See what creative ideas Bonggamom shares…

See last weeks Halloween recipes

Check out Fiddledeedee’s recipe for “Bug Cups” made with her Choc-o-lantern Chocolate Fudge toaster pastries…

Pop-Tarts Bundt cake was a hit over at the Cookin’ Canuk household. Get her recipe…

Find out what Petroville made with her Halloween Pop-Tarts…

See the Pop-Tarts pumpkin patch made by Life With The Boys…

Secret Agent Josephine created an amazing Pop-Tarts Haunted mansion. Definitely looks tasty…

See what creative treat Bonggamom made for Halloween…

Delicious and spooky cupcakes were made by Jenny On The Spot. Take a look…

Weebls Wobblog shows you how to make a haunted house…

Because I Said So said “The finished product! Chocolaty Pop-Tart pumpkin pie!”. Get her awesome recipe…

BooMama shares her recipe for a Pop-Tarts and marshmallow treat…

Friday, October 22, 2010

Win $100 - Week 6

Join our BlogHer moms as they share their favorite meals in a bowl! Check out their posts to join the conversation and enter for your chance to win a $100 Visa gift card. Remember to check back every week for new topics and another chance to win!

Big Mama. "I believe there are few things more revolutionary than an entire meal that can be served in a bowl. Especially when it is something the entire family enjoys."

BooMama. "Now this may sound strange, but most of my favorite foods involve a bowl."

FiddleDeeDee. "As you might imagine, my mind immediately envisioned a large bowl of ice cream. But that really isn’t a meal. At least in most circles. I will admit though, that once upon a time I mixed up a batch of chocolate cake batter, and called it dinner."

A Familiar Path. "Food in a bowl makes me think of comfort. It brings to mind meals like soup, chicken and dumplings, chili, stew and macaroni and cheese. Simple, good and nourishing, but not necessarily easy. And I like easy."

Joyful Chaos. "Our more common ones include homemade chili, taco soup, white chili, cereal, salsa (it SO counts as a meal), and the kids’ favorite is chicken and rice. Super simple, warm, filling, and my kids ask for seconds. You do know what a big deal that is, right?"

Shell in your Pocket. "Great things can come in small packages! A few that come to mind are diamond earrings...oops...we are talking breakfast!"

SusieJ. "While cereal with milk is the perfect, ready-in-seconds go-to breakfast, this meal sometimes makes it rounds again as an after-school snack."

Swistle. "My favorite meal in a bowl is chicken-rice-egg-corn. It sounds icky and it looks icky, but it is SUPREME DELICIOUSNESS."

Stop, Drop and Blog. "All this talk about breakfast and cereal has made me think about the meals I love that come in a bowl."

Cookin' Canuck. "When the snow starts to fall, I yearn to fold myself into a blanket and wrap my hands around a hot bowl of soup."

My Beautiful Day. "Can I confess something to you? Maybe it’s a little quirky, and maybe it makes me just a little bit odd, but I just love almost any food that I can eat in a bowl! "

Mannland 5. "A meal in a bowl..does it get any better?"

The Frugal Girl. "These bowls are used for cereal on a very regular basis, but that’s not all we use them for. Soup, green salad, fruit salad, pasta salad, oatmeal, ice cream, and many other foods often fill our bowls."

The Burgh Baby. "Shhh. . . don't tell, but I'm totally a dork and LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE to have cereal for dinner."

Welcome to Quadville! "Many fun meals can be served up in a bowl. Anything from yogurt, cottage cheese and cereal, to home made mac and cheese, mashed potatoes, rice and veggies, etc. The yummy list goes on and on."

Secret Agent Josephine. "Oh bowly-bowl how I love thee. I like everything in a bowl! Breakfast, lunch, dinner, dessert…it’s all good."

Deb, Mom of 3 Girls. "When it comes to filling up our dishwasher with dishes and silverware, I’ve noticed a strong trend in our family – namely that we go through a lot of bowls and spoons."

Suburban Turmoil. "Luckily for Kellogg's, I have to admit that my favorite meal in a bowl is...CEREAL!"

C. Beth Blog. "Has fall come to your area yet? It's starting to arrive here, with somemornings and evenings feeling positively chilly. And on a cold night, Ilove to sit down with a steaming bowl of soup, chock-full of veggies and meat and broth and pure yumminess. It warms me to the core!"

Busy Mom. "It seems like all I do at home is wash bowls. We have a large set of plain, glass bowls, and it's not unusual for every one of them to be in the dishwasher at any given time."

Everyday I Write the Book. "My favorite one-bowl meal is called orange chili chicken. I love it. It is so good. But it takes a really long time to make. My favorite simpleone-bowl meal is cereal. And that is what we are talking about today."

Cheaper than Therapy. "My tried and true favorite…cereal. Breakfast, lunch, or dinner. There really is never an inappropriate time for a bowl of delicious cerealy goodness."

Finding Bonggamom. "Snacks aside, we eat quite a few meals from bowls. How else can you have cereal and milk for breakfast? Or oatmeal? Or yogurt?"

Jenny on the Spot. "I took a poll and asked my kids and hubby what their favorite meal in a bowl is. Just as I expected, not one of them had the same answer. Welcome to my life."

Because I Said So. "I would say cookies, but I guess cookies aren't typically served in a bowl, huh?"

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Thursday, October 14, 2010

Win $150 from Blogher

Blogher and the makers of One A Day® Women's Multivitamins also asked 6 Bloggers to talk about getting their own kids back to school and back to a routine. Read about how they manage and learn how they used the My Tree Matters tool, to help them get back on track. Each blogger is also giving you a chance to win $150! Follow their links below to enter.

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Life in Chicago said "I have a lot I want to work on this coming season. I want to be a better mom and a better wife. I want to find more time for myself so that I can be these things."

"As soon as school got back into session in August, and bedtimes became more stringent, we started a new schedule that works really well." Said Life With The Boys.

Read how Amy, of Super Healthy Kids, gets back into her routine and gets the kids ready for school...

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Bonggamom shares three great tips that may help you too. Check it out ...

"How do we do all this? How do I keep my family on track with the busy-ness of back to school, keep the house in order, stay on top of meals and laundry and still have time to rest/play/sleep/breathe?" See how Jenny On The Spot does it...

The makers of One A Day® Women's Multivitamins are offering an opportunity to create and monitor your own healthy lifestyle goals using the My Tree Matters tool. Try it out!

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The Joyful Chaos.

A Familiar Path.

Stop, Drop and Blog.


Cookin' Canuck.


My Beautiful Day.

The Frugal Girl.

The Burgh Baby.


Welcome to Quadville!

Shell in your Pocket.

Secret Agent Josephine.

Big Mama.


Cheaper Than Therapy.

Deb, Mom of 3 Girls.

Suburban Turmoil.

Finding Bonggamom.

C. Beth Blog.

Jenny on the Spot.

Busy Mom.

Everyday I Write the Book.

Because I Said So.