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Friday, September 30, 2011

Penguin Costume for Halloween

Since I'll be seeing penguins in 43 days in Patagonia, I decided I want to be a penguin for Halloween so I'm entering to win one.

Two Of A Kind, Working On A Full House says: Halloween Costumes is giving one of my readers a costume/dress up outfit of choice. ends 10/17

Sunshine Rewards says: Halloween Express has given us a $100 and a $50 gift card to give away to two lucky readers. ends 10/11

Have Sippy Will Travel is giving away a $75 Halloween Express Gift Card. ends 10/11

Piece of Me says: One lucky reader will win a costume of their choice (under $50) from AnytimeCostumes.com! ends 10/10

The Gerber Babies is giving away a $75 Halloween Express Gift Card. ends 10/10

Our Ordinary Life is giving away a free costume from Anytime Costumes, up to a $50 value. ends 10/10

Two Of A Kind, Working On A Full House is giving away a $75 Halloween Express Gift Card. ends 10/10

The Mom Buzz is giving away a free costume from Anytime Costumes, up to a $50 value. ends 10/9

The Nurse Mommy is giving away a free costume from Anytime Costumes, up to a $50 value. ends 10/9

Akron Ohio Moms is giving away a Costumes4Less.com $35 Gift Card. ends 10/9

Thanks Mail Carrier says: One lucky person will win a $75 gift certificate to Halloween Express! ends 10/5

Minnisota Mama's Must Haves is giving away a free costume from Anytime Costumes, up to a $50 value. ends 10/5

The Gerber Babies Blog is giving away a free costume from Anytime Costumes, up to a $50 value. ends 10/5

Maryland Momma's Ramblings is giving away a free costume from Anytime Costumes, up to a $50 value. ends 10/3

Sometimes lately it seems that if I want something badly, I win it:
Prefense hand sanitizer; Herbal bug repellent; Tilley Endurables LTM6IS AIRFLO Hat with Insect Shield; $100 REI GC to buy those odd & ends for my trip (that I didn't already win); and a Himalayan Salt Lamp. Today I won a $50 Amazon GC. I am very thankful.

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Win $100 Cooking.com GC from BlogHer & Country Crock

BlogHer and Country Crock invited ten bloggers to remake one of their favorite family-friendly recipes with loads of veggies and share with their kids. Click on the links below to check out their posts and recipes. Each blogger is also giving away a $100 Cooking.com gift card so be sure to visit them all! Ends 9/30

Michelle from Burgh Baby enjoys making macaroni-n-cheese from scratch, but “As much as I love making it and as much as everyone loves eating it, the whole pasta-with-cheese thing wasn't really cutting it as a balanced meal.” Find out how she transformed this dish in to a healthy, veggie packed version.

Maggie from Smashed Peas and Carrots, "I wanted to share a fun recipe makeover that my family has been enjoying this summer thanks to our amazing garden...man, I'm loving our garden this summer it's been producing like crazy." See how she substituted veggies for meatballs in this healthy lunch option.

Elizabeth from The Heir to Blair revived an alfredo casserole dish in to a healthy weeknight meal. "What I loved most was that I was not "hiding" or "sneaking" vegetables in." Learn how she incorporated more vegetables into her meal.

Susan from Eat Your Flowers
took a favorite family recipe and revamped it into a healthier version. "It’s summer, and we are loaded with generous relatives who give us vegetables." Check out her shrimp, corn and tomato dishes with "healthy oil" alternatives to butter.

Angie from The Homeschool Classroom turned an old grade school lunch favorite into a healthy family dinner option. "We tried to make some healthier choices." See how to make a healthy baked tortilla chip to add a little crunch to your taco salad.

Jenna from Jenna's Journey is trying to help her family eat healthier. "We used to make this (recipe) with white pasta, Italian sausage, 3 cheeses and no veggies!" Find out how she revitalized this recipe with lots of health vegetables.

Mary from Owlhaven
updated a family favorite chicken recipe. "Several times when my children have spent time with my sweet mother-in-law, she has served them this easy chicken dish." Find out how she adapted this recipe to be healthier.
Amanda from i am mommy grilled zucchini and asks, "Now wouldn't you enjoy seeing that delighted expression on your families faces right after they eat something that you know is better for them??? " Find out how she delighted her family with healthy vegetables.
Tara from Feels Like Home described the new USDA food suggestions for a well balance meal. "The USDA now suggests that half of every meal be made up of fruits and vegetables. Isn’t that simple?"

Katie from Marriage Confessions loves butter and does not eat enough vegetables. "I have a final confession. I don’t let Bean eat butter and I make him eat all his veggies." See how she remade a recipe to include more vegetables in her family's diet.

The BlogHer Country Crock sweepstakes runs from August 23, 2011 to September 30, 2011 and is only open to individuals who, at the time of entry deadline, are legal residents of the United States and are 18 years or older. Winners will be randomly selected from all eligible entries. Click here for official rules.

Monday, September 26, 2011

!Hola! Stuff for My Trip to Patagonia - Gracias - continuing saga 2

Down to only 47 days til my trip.

Still trying to win money and fun things for my trip.

Thoughts of a Mommy is giving away a $50 Visa Card. ends 9/26


Wait til you hear what I won last week!

Won $100 GC for REI from BlogHer & Burgh Baby.

Also won some Prefense hand sanitizer from Lynchburg Coupon Mama.


You have been randomly selected as one of the winners of the Gigantic Gargantuan Gear Giveaway (from CampingGearTV.com and OutdoorInformer.com) you entered in August. You have won one of the prize packs containing outdoor products with a total value over $500.

I won Prize Pack #12:
Gargoyles Striker $100

Gargoyles Striker Details

  • Color: Black
  • Material: Nylon
  • Ballistic defense lenses offer 5-6 times the strength of polycarbonate lenses
  • G-Chassis frame offers lightweight comfort
  • Will accommodate prescriptions
  • UV Tri-Tech blocks UVA, UVB, and UVC radiation
  • Mission series lenses improve overall visual experience
  • Unity polarization gives you distortion-free vision

GoLite Footwear Lime Lite $110
From Altrec Outdoors:
"Weekend hiking tough and around town stylish, the versatile Women's Lime Lite Approach Shoes from Go-Lite is a worthy investment. The footwear is designed with an uber-soft leather upper that features a full lace-up panel, rubber toe and heel guards, and generously padded tongue, collar and footbed. Its removable and washable insoles can be adjusted up to three different thicknesses, while the low profile "Paw Pad" on the outsole provides stability and traction for you on- and off-road adventures."

JanSport Tehipite $160
  • Arch Rival™ suspension system with a tubular aluminum premiter stay for lightweight, flexible load distribution
  • Versa-Wing™ system converts a large mesh compartment into two small gear pockets with a quick clip
  • Biovent™ shoulder straps with hydration tube management
  • Fully padded EVA back panel, with a quick access hydration compartment
  • Molded EVA padded hipbelt with gear loops
  • Large panel-loading compartment provides for quick packing and access to gear
  • Dual hypalon lashing ovals
  • Front quick access pockets
  • Side v-compression straps
  • Finger loop zipper pulls
  • Bottom lashing webbing
  • Dual gear loops
  • Web haul handle

Polarmax Quattro Fleece Zip Top $60
From Ramsey Outdoor:
"The Quattro Fleece collection consists of the highest quality fabric in Acclimate Dry performance fleece using a brushed micro-fleece constructed to be soft and cozy while keeping the body warm and dry through the most extreme winter climates."

Tilley Endurables LTM6IS AIRFLO Hat with Insect Shield $89
Say good-bye to annoying bugs with an outdoor adventure hat that covers all the angles.
A fusion of our popular Airflo broad brim styling, Insect Shield technology and lightweight cape design results in the functional and attractive LTM6IS Airflo Hat.
The odorless and invisible Insect Shield technology helps to protect you from mosquitoes, ticks, no-see-ums and other biting insects during all your outdoor adventures. The cape fits discreetly into the rear portion of the brim; held in place by dual Velcro closures. To battle sun, wind and rain, the cape unrolls to protect all angles of the neck and can be fastened under the chin by another Velcro closure. The Airflo mesh in the crown enhances coolness and comfort during hot days or strenuous activities. The LTM6IS is engineered from Tilley Nylamtium, a strong water-and-mildew resistant form of nylon and Insect Shield technology will keep performing through 70 washings. Enjoy the great outdoors, Tilley style.

What is Insect Shield?
Insect Shield® Repellent Apparel and Insect Shield® Repellent Gear are revolutionary products designed to provide long-lasting, effective and convenient personal insect protection. The durable protection provided by Insect Shield apparel and gear is the result of years of research and testing. In July 2003, Insect Shield Repellent Apparel was registered by the United States Environmental Protection Agency. In 2006, the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) accepted an amendment extending the durability claims from 25 washes to 70 washes. The duration of the repellency is supported by experimental data. Insect Shield apparel and gear products combine the patent-pending Insect Shield process with a proprietary formulation of the insect repellent permethrin—resulting in effective, odorless insect protection that lasts the expected lifetime of a garment.

Monday, September 19, 2011

Win $100 REI gift card from Blogher & REI

WINNER! I won from Burgh Baby! Thanks!

Take The Outdoor Pledge, and leave a comment on each blog for the chance to win a $100 REI gift card to help your family get outside this summer! You have 9 chances to win! ends 9/20

Stirrup Queens:We bought a Geomate Jr, a GPS meant solely for geocaching and kids.

I Am Mommy:Our family has changed since we visited our local REI store. Dramatically.

Kayla Aimee:We’ve been putting our gear from REI to good use in the form of some outdoor activities.

Burgh Baby:You guys, I fell in love with a bike.

Joyful Abode:When we were shopping at REI for “summer fun” we had two categories of “family fun” we shopped for.

Reluctant Entertainer:Camping creates unity and I’m thankful for the years our family has made outdoor memories this way.

Secret Agent Josephine:Little did I know my tent would come in so handy! In the rain even!

Raising Colorado:Just in case we can ever convince the children to sleep outside in the dark, we purchased a Primus stove.

The Frugal Girl:The family FG went camping. For the first time. Ever.

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Win $300 from Plus Size Mommy and Ragu

Win $300 from Plus Size Mommy and Ragu's Mom’s The Word On Dinner. ends 9/13

Mom’s The Word On Dinner is a social media program that gives mom’s a forum to tackle and share their dinnertime dilemmas with other moms.

I keep working on getting money for my trip to Chile (65 days)!

Saturday, September 10, 2011

Nextbook Premium 7 Tablet

Fun Saving Money is giving away a Nextbook Premium 7 Tablet which will be great to take on my trip (in 69 days). ends 9/10

Thursday, September 1, 2011

!Hola! Stuff for My Trip to Patagonia - Gracias - continuing saga

Down to only 61 days til my trip. I'm still working on winning money for the trip and fun things to have for it.

Some sunglasses to protect my eyes from the glare off glaciers: from Pink Dandy Chatter. ends 9/17

The life of rylie & bryce is giving away a stick of Mitchum Advanced Control and a $75 SpaFinder Gift Card! I'll need SpaFinder when I get back. ends 9/16

Mom Blog is giving away a $200 Staples card which I can use to get a new printer to print the pictures I'll be taking in Chile. ends 9/16

I can use the $50 Paypal that A Little of Everything is giving away. ends 9/15

My Amazon wish list is long for travel books so $25 GC from Frugal Follies would be good. ends 9/12

Keeping on top of aches & pains with Stopain from Fun Saving Money. ends 9/10

One lucky Lady And the Blog reader will receive the following: $50 Amex gift card, Digital picture frame, VCA pet gifts and more! ends 9/5

Sage & Savy and Ragu are giving away $20 Visa GC. ends 9/5

kiddiescornerdeals says: Win It: One of my US readers will win a Windows Phone Samsung Focus with one month AT&T service and a $50 Visa gift card to use with your favorite grocery shopping app (Cellfire Mobile, ShopSavvy, Walgreens). There will also be one winner who will win a $50 gift card to Home Depot, one winner who will win a $50 gift card to eBay and one winner who will win a $50 gift card to Best Buy. ends 9/3

Sweeps4Bloggers is giving away a $50 Amex Gift Card, Digital Photo Frame & More. ends 9/2

Some sunglasses to protect my eyes from the glare off glaciers:
Saga of a Fatshionista is giving away a $20 GC to Sunglass Warehouse. ends 9/1

Smart Cents Mom is giving away a $50 Visa GC and a bottle of Mobil 1 Advanced Fuel Economy motor oil to 4 winners! ends 9/1