Thursday, December 29, 2011

Money for the New Year

Who can't use some extra money in the New Year!

Ragu Tailgate Party {$300 AMEX GC Giveaway}

Baby Loving Mama says: Win a $300 AMEX Gift Card. And don’t forget, we’d love you to join the conversation at Ragu’s Mom’s the Word on Dinner on Facebook or on twitter with the hashtag #MomstheWord. Check out more information and find other easy recipes at Ragu.com . ends 1/17



The Giveaway Gal is offering 2 $10 Amazon GCs. ends 1/10

Living Life one day at a time is giving away $50 from Array. ends 1/7


My Thoughts Ideas and Ramblings - Trop50 Giftcard and Coupon Giveaway : $25 Visa or one of 5 Trop50 free coupons. ends 1/07

 Mom Spotted says: I  do a lot of baking and cooking as you know. I’ve posted a new recipe everyday this week alone. So it’s very important to me to use quality ingredients. Lately all the eggs I’ve been using in my recipes are from Land O’Lakes. These eggs have been great and have helped make my recipes taste as great as they need too!

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Now one lucky Go Graham Go reader will win a $50 Visa Cash Card as well as a copy of Can You See What I See? Toyland Express! ends 1/2

Fab Grandma Reviews also says: Win a $50 Visa Cash Card as well as a copy of Can You See What I See? Toyland Express! ends 1/2

About a Mom  is giving away $25 Amazon GC. ends 1/2

blessings abound mommy is giving away a $50 Visa. ends 1/1

Frugality is free is giving away $25 Amazon GC. ends 12/31

Heavenly Savings is giving away $10 Paypal. ends 12/30

Sunday, December 25, 2011

Now I Need a Router

Since I won a Sony PS3 last week I've learned that I'll need a Router to connect it up with my internet.

So I'll win one from Born 2 Impress:
This Holidays Stay connected! Cisco has kindly offered one lucky Born 2 Impress reader, the chance to win a free Linksys E4200 Maximum Performance Dual-Band N Router! Ends 12/27

Thursday, December 22, 2011

Reading and $50 Visa

I've been reading for about 60 years now and usually have 3 or 4 books going at a time.  Librarians know me by name.  I won't be using the $50 Visa for books - probably for a massage.
The Greer Five are giving away books and a $50 Visa. ends 12/23

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Win $50 Visa GC from BlogHer & Head & Shoulders

Read the Blogger’s Reviews and Enter for a Chance to Win a $50 Gift Card from BlogHer!
Winter is right around the corner ya’ll! I love this time of year…yummy food, the holidays, scarves, boots, and a dry, itchy scalp. What? Huh? A dry itchy scalp! Yes, you heard me; I am a victim of dry skin and an itchy scalp. Lack of moisture in the winter can lead to super dry tresses. No one likes to admit it, but it happens sometimes. 
Head & Shoulders, along with BlogHer, asked me to review the Eucalyptus Head & Shoulders Itchy Scalp Care. I have dry skin anyway, but in the winter it gets crazy. For some reason, this year I have the pleasure of having a dry scalp. Misery, I tell ya. I was shocked as I turned to friends and twitter for advice, at just how many people deal with the same issue.  
We are in the midst of fall right now, and that means weeks of cool weather in the 60's and 70's followed by random stretches of a day or two here and there where the weather will dip into the very chilly 30's and 40's. I guess that's nature's way of getting us ready for the cold, negative numbers we are about to become very familiar with, when winter arrives for what seems like half the year here in the midwest.
It's no secret that I have a head full of naturally curly hair. It appears thick, but it's fine, and there is a lot of it! It requires a lot of daily product use to keep the frizz at bay, and moisturizing is a priority. With the use of multiple products, I am always tackling dry scalp and buildup. It's a daily job to keep my hair healthy and still keep it long. My biggest hair complaint is my dry, itchy scalp.  
I've shared my hair issues with you before. I've also shared with you that I love HEAD & SHOULDERS. I just love it. I live with a scalp that itches like crazy. I mean crazy. I'm constantly thinking about it, constantly wanting to scratch away. I hate it. But it doesn't just stop there. It flakes. It's gross. It's rather embarrassing. Some days I have to slip on a hat when it's extra bothersome.  
Winter is coming, and with it dryer air. My dogs are all scratching from the dry air coupled with too many flea baths and reminding me how I normally feel this time of year. I recently had the opportunity to try out Eucalyptus Head & Shoulders Itchy Scalp Care shampoo and conditioner for that very problem. Well, not the too many flea baths part, but every winter my scalp itches like crazy from the dry air. 
A long while back, I remember polling my Twitter friends as to how frequently they washed their hair. The results confirmed what I had already suspected; I wash my hair decidedly less often than the majority. My hair is long, color-treated, and on the dry side. As a result, I've found it looks much healthier and feels much softer if I leave it alone as much as possible. 
Thing I Currently Like: My Hair... ...but definitely not my hips or my boobs. I have child-bearing hips and tiny bubbies and can some doctor reader please do a pro-bono boob job on me PLEASE? Half-kidding. I do like my hair, though. 
Living in MinneSOOOOOOta, I get to experience all sorts of things...hotdish, lutefisk (actually, I've never had it), triple digits below zero, walking on large bodies of water, saying "pop", "youbetcha" and "dontchaknow", and dry, itchy winter skin. I know, I know...don't everyone rush here all at once. You know you want to. 
Friends I have a secret.  Read more


The best surprise...soft, hydrated, fluffy hair.

During the winter, if you could call it that here in LA, I have a not-so-glamorous secret...itchy scalp. The cold, windy weather wreaks havoc on my scalp. It's not exactly a stylish look to be itching my head as I walk down the street. It makes me miss my soft, hydrated, itch-free hair of the summer months!  
Head & Shoulders had a campaign a few years back highlighting the concept that healthy hair began with a healthy scalp. Since it was a product I already used on occasion to correct scalp issues [cough::dandruff::cough::cough], I decided to use it more regularly. For a good 12 months, I experienced the benefits of my healthy scalp begetting healthy hair. And then, one day, I changed to another product.
BlogHer asked me if I would like to try out a new shampoo and conditioner from Head & Shoulders, which was supposed to help correct dryness, itchiness, and sensitivity of the scalp, along with eliminating flakes. It was actually a pretty timely request because our weather is changing, and we’ve had a couple chilly snaps. 
From the title of the post, you are probably thinking I am going to share some new recipe for wonderful flaky biscuits or a flaky pastry, but you'd be wrong. Today I am going to share with you a bit about my flakes...my dandruff flakes.  
My favorite color for clothing is black. You will always find me in a black shirt, dress, sweater, etc. Why am I telling you this? When I wear black, I prefer not to have unwanted flakes showing up on my shoulders. You know what flakes I’m talking about. If I must tell you, they are the ones that come from the result of having an itchy scalp!  
I was given the opportunity by BlogHer and Head & Shoulders to review the new Head & Shoulders Advanced Formula Eucalyptus Itchy Scalp Care shampoo and conditioner. Although I do not suffer from dandruff, in the wintertime I consistently experience itchy, dry scalp and often will sneak some of my husband's Head & Shoulders shampoo! Shhhh. Don't tell.  
We all know about bad hair days. How many of us know about bad scalp days? I do! Especially in the fall. Seasonal scalp changes are more common than many of us may have realized.My hair is very long. The last time my girls measured the length, it was 38 inches. 
When my son complains his head is itchy, I don't, after years of watching him go through this, automatically assume he has head lice.  
I wanted to let you in on a secret. I just might be addicted to the new line of Head & Shoulders. Yes, this is a paid review, but seriously, I’m in love. Not only do I have an uncontrollable mop head at times, but with all this hair, my scalp can get itchy, especially in the winter months. With the cold months creeping up on me, it’s time to start thinking about these lovely locks. 
Not sure about you, ladies and gents, but this time of year takes a toll on my hair and skin. I experience changes I am not personally fond of.DRYNESS, first and foremost. I suppose the cooler temps and the heat being turned on are the major factors. 
 

Smells so great and really works!

I don't know how many of you remember that back in July I took colouring my hair into my own hands and totally fried my scalp. Since then, I've been struggling with dryness, flaking, and a regular feeling like my scalp was fighting off an infection (can scalps get colds?) I even had trouble wearing my hair in my standard ponytail because of the tenderness on certain areas of my head.
My family suffers greatly from dry skin, and it gets really bad during winter. The moment the heater is turned on, we all start to shrivel and flake. Finding the right remedies for our skin and hair is always a challenge, especially since none of us want to smell like a medicine cabinet. 
The first time I went to get a haircut after Evan was born, I mostly went for the shampoo and blow-dry. My hair hadn't been both clean AND dry in five months and the thought of wasting precious napping time on something as frivolous as a shower was laughable. So I figured hey, three birds one stone! A haircut will TOTALLY make me look less exhausted and overwhelmed! 
After our little Bennett was born last summer, I noticed my scalp itched almost daily. I thought maybe I was eating something that was causing it to be sensitive, or maybe I just wasn't washing it often or well enough now that I had four kids and less time to take a shower every day! 
No one likes to admit they have dandruff. Avoiding dark colored shirts so no one sees the flakes settling on your shoulders, instinctively leaning away when that special someone wants to run their hands through your hair, trying to look as if you're just lost in thought as you sneak in a quick scratch of your scalp...some of us will try anything to hide the secret in our hair.

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Win a HP TouchSmart 320 from BlogHer & HP

  Want to win one for your family? Now you can! HP has partnered with five bloggers to give the HP TouchSmart 320 a try, use it with their kids, and report back. Read on to learn about our bloggers' real life experiences and be sure to enter to win!  Ends 12/16

I could give 320 reasons why we are loving this computer!

We have a new friend in our home. She is sleek, skinny, and stylish with a beautiful profile. She has no extra baggage or wires, vibrant coloring, and she unleashes my kids' creativity with the touch of a finger. She helps get homework done and plays beautiful music. She is super efficient and can multi-task like none other. If she folded laundry, she could probably be nominated for sainthood. What did we ever do without her??\

The kids were so excited!

The computer has touch-screen capabilities which I always forget to use because I am old, but which makes it really kid friendly. It has a built-in webcam and really smooth video playback because of AMD's VISION technology.  The kids loved discovering they could take weird pictures of themselves; I have found many of those in my Picasa files.  It is also pretty, which means more than anything right? A nice big 20" screen-just two pieces, one cord, no clutter.  I love that.  
The screen can tilt 45 degrees for best viewing quality and has a built-in webcam for those Skype chats with grandparents and cousins who are in lands far away.   You can also enjoy DVDs or the TV tuner features with the smooth, clear picture thanks to AMD’s VISION technology.There is also a selection of HP TouchSmart apps you can use, such as the recipe app! Ryan and I will most certainly be utilizing that one.  All your favorite recipes are at your fingertips.  We tend to look up a lot of our favorite recipes on the computer these days anyway. 
What I saw was a gorgeous, slim, flat screen and another very small box containing a wireless keyboard and a mouse.And, GET THIS, one small page of instructions that basically said, "PLUG IT IN."The nice folks at HP had scheduled a call to help me set it up, and I'd already felt sorry for them several times because they had no idea what they were about to deal with. But I was feeling brave and emboldened by the simple directions and set up instructions, so I plugged it in.  LO AND BEHOLD, it was just that easy.  
Wow, was I wrong at how impressed they would be with the touch screen!  I wish I would have caught my three year old daughter on video when she exclaimed, "You can click it with your finger?  That is so COOL!"They have had free range for the past week to explore all of the fun features.  They have used the webcam to talk to their dad, who travels for work, experienced games on their favorite sites in a new way, played a little too much Angry Birds, created slideshows with their pictures, and doodled masterpieces on the magic canvas.  

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Win Nintendo Wii & a copy of Deepak Chopra's Leela from BlogHer

Bloggers were asked to write about their experiences playing Deepak Chopra's Leela, a groundbreaking game concept that combines ancient relaxation and meditation techniques with technology to bring focus, energy and balance to your life.

And you can try it too! Each one of them is giving away a Nintendo Wii and a copy of Deepak Chopra's Leela! Click on the posts below to read their reviews and enter to win on each blog. The BlogHer Body Mind Spirit sweepstakes run from 11/11/11 through 12/8/11 and are only open to individuals who, at the time of entry deadline, are legal residents of the United States and are 18 years or older.

A new type of video game experience When I think of Nintendo Wii and video games, I do not immediately think of relaxation and meditation. But that's exactly what I was in for while playing the Leela Wii game. I'm being serious, y'all. Healing expert and renowned author Deepak Chopra, M.D. has team up with gaming giant THQ to create a new type of video game experience... Read more

There's no hiding that life can be stressful. There's no hiding that life can be stressful. Throughout the struggles of the past 10 weeks, my relief has been been yoga, meditation, good food and laughter. I was recently sent the game Deepak Chopra's Leela to play on my Wii and review. I played it this morning and was lost in a solid hour of play and meditation. Read more

Understanding how energy flows through your body and mind I tried a video game for the Wii console this weekend: Deepak Chopra's Leela. Actually, calling this a game is a bit of a stretch. Leela is relaxation and meditation software based on the ancient system of the seven Chakras, or understanding how energy flows through your body and mind. Read more

I don't play games unless they're going to enhance my life in some way. If you've been reading my blog for a while now, you know that I'm a bit of a gamer, and my husband defines the word. I don't play, or even like, most of the games he plays. And since I don't have too much free time on my hands any longer, I don't really play games unless they're going to enhance my life in some way... Read more

Healthy living must encompass body, mind and soul. The older and wiser (haha) that I get, it resonates with me more that healthy living must encompass body, mind and soul. A healthy body with an unhealthy mind will not remain healthy for long; a healthy mind living in a unhealthy body cannot remain so. Read more

When I think video games, my mind goes to sports, racing, kill-the-bad-guy and yes, Pac-Man. I was sent a copy of Deepak Chopra's Leela: body.mind.spirit.play. to review. And yes, it is a video game. (For Xbox 360 Kinect and Wii.) I know this sounds counterintuitive to have a relaxation and meditation video game, but I was highly intrigued. (Wait . . . what?!) When I think video games, my mind goes to sports, racing, kill-the-bad-guy and yes, Pac-Man. Read more

Deepak Chopra is a spiritual guide Bossy and her brother and her son and her mother passed their thirty-four collective hours in the car giggling, plotting their next pulled pork sandwich, and, mostly, listening to Deepak Chopra. Deepak Chopra is a doctor, spiritual guide, and motivational speaker spiritual doctor guide. Read more

I’m busy...and you are too. I’m busy, and from what I overhear in conversations at coffee shops, emails swapped with friends, and blogs I read each week, you are too. You’ve got work to do. You’ve got work to do at work, and you’ve got work to do at home. You’ve got emails to respond to, calls to make, offices to contact, dishes to do, people to see, errands to run, and did I mention that the holidays are just around the corner adding 729 more items of “to do” to your already overflowing list? Read more

How could Chopra connect a fast-paced video game with meditation? When I first heard about Deepak Chopra's new video game, Leela, I couldn't imagine how Chopra could connect the polar opposites of fast-paced video games with the mind-chilling elements of meditation. I was intrigued, to say the least. Read more

Our Wii game system sees a lot of action in my house. Our Wii game system sees a lot of action in my house. In terms of frequency of electronics use, it ranks somewhere between our coffee maker and the vacuum attachment we use on our dogs. (I kid. I WISH they let me vacuum them. Because have you ever met a Corgi? You could probably insulate an average-sized home with the fur they shed in a month.) Read more

Friday, December 2, 2011

Holiday Money

 Thrifty Mommy is giving away $25 Amazon GC. Ends 12/23

 Blessed Beyond Words is giving away $50 Amazon GC. Ends 12/16
  
The Busy Woman's Guide to Surviving Motherhood has: #Giveaway: $50 Gift Card of Choice from @BluePay ends 12/11

Mocha Dad is giving away a $100 AmEx card. Ends 12/8

Heavenly Savings is giving away $20 Amazon GC. Ends 12/06

Heavenly Savings is giving away $25 Walmart or Paypal GC. Ends 12/04