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Saturday, December 29, 2012

Les Misérables prize package

I love Les Misérables.  I've seen the stage musical and the movie is on my 'must-see' list.

Les Misérables prize package which includes the following; 
  • $15 Fandango Bucks
  • T-Shirt
  • Official Soundtrack (CD)
  • Ornament

Friday, December 28, 2012

My Review of My New Penny Coat

Fantastic coat!
By Slehan from Lakewood,CO on 12/28/2012

5out of 5
Sizing: Feels true to size
Pros: Comfortable, Practical, Well Made, Quality Materials, Warm, Wrinkle Resistant, Figure Flattering
Best Uses: Wear To Work, Travel, Casual Wear, Wear to School, Special Occasions, Date Night/Night Out
Describe Yourself: Casual Dresser
Comfort vs Style: Comfort Driven
Was this a gift?: Yes
Got my coat today and it is FANTASTIC!!!
Fits very well and is warm (15 degrees today outside)
Has so many pockets I may lose things… Can't wait to go traveling in it.
Thanks to Scottevest for sponsoring the contest at Still Blonde After All These Years for me to win.

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Win $100 Visa from Olay & BlogHer

Win $100 Visa from Olay & BlogHer

We challenged 13 bloggers to shout their age. Read their stories of checking items off their bucket list and taking pride in aging with grace. You can also enter to win $100!
The BlogHer Olay 60th Anniversary Sweepstakes run from 11/13/2012 through 12/13/2012 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. Click here to read the official rules. Winners will be randomly selected from all eligible entries. Good luck!
I am receiving a sweepstakes entry in exchange for writing the blog post

No, I didn't celebrate a birthday recently, but I am happy to "shout out my age" and be proud of it! Olay is proudly turning 60 years old this year and asked bloggers if they were also daring enough to shout out their age to the world. I recently changed my social media profile picture to this photo, as I feel it shows I'm truly happy to be the age I am. I am excited to be alive and on the cusp of a new decade and I look forward to the next chapter of my life.  

"have you ever made a bucket list? i had only made yearly goals in the past but when Olay asked me what i was checkin' off my bucket list i knew i had to get to it. my life is moving on everyday and i needed to be intentional! so i started writing things down....thinking about what i really want in life."  

In celebration of Olay’s 60th anniversary, Olay continues to empower women to challenge what’s possible and to be proud of their age. Olay is encouraging and rewarding women for checking items off their bucket list-- not in the negative aspect of the bucket list but in the empowering aspect of ‘I’m knocking things off my list—living a good life’. Olay and BlogHer asked me to share my own bucket list accomplishments. Being 37, I have a few wrinkles, a little less elasticity, but in trade I have some amazing life experiences under my belt: 

With Age Comes Beauty (A Giveaway)

I'd like to tell you that having very young children in my mid-life is my secret to looking youthful. But that would be a lie. I've earned every single grey hair and wrinkle from later-in-life-motherhood. I honestly believe that looking and acting younger than my years is the gift of laughter. My children make me laugh, my husband is hysterical, and best of all I'm surrounded by amazing and beautiful women friends of all ages that I spend a good deal of quality time giggling with.  

Shouting It Out: Now Is The Best Time

Remember when you were a child and eagerly anticipated your upcoming birthday? That was me, and then some. Yes, I was one of those kids who started a countdown four months leading up to my big day, making sure every single person around me knew that I was getting another year older, which most likely contributed to many grey hairs on my mother’s head. 

Considering The Alternative

"If you think aging is bad, consider the alternative. - Every older volunteer with whom I've ever worked I turned forty-seven in October. I'm still in that phase where I have to stop and think before I can say my age with confidence. What surprises me is that I can say my age with confidence. Forty-seven. Forty-seven. Four decades plus seven years. Staring down fifty and not freaking out. I'm looking at the future as an opportunity, not a slow-fade."  

It All Adds Up

I love birthdays but hate getting older. “Just one more year too old to be a child genius [on Jeopardy],” I say every May only semi-jokingly. Simon has tried to cure me of this disorder by reminding me that each year I get older is a year I’m not dead, and darn it if he isn’t right. It’s enough to make me shut my trap on the subject until at least a month or two before my next birthday. 

Who I am Today

I recently realized I am closer to 31 than I am to 30. For some reason, that difference feels dramatic. Maybe because now I'm "in my thirties", as opposed to saying "Oh I just turned 30, so you know, barely a real grown up. Let's stay up until 2 a.m.!" Funny enough, I still feel like I'm 22. Or 19. Or 16. I used to wonder how moms turned into Moms - the women with baggy pants and minivans and short hair dragging a gaggle of kids behind them. Because obviously that was NEVER going to happen to me. I am young and fun and will always be young and fun no matter how many kids I have! 

I'm Proud To Shout I'm 32 In Celebration of Olay Turning 60

We go through many transitions in life that guide us and lead us to the people we have become in the present time. We learn things as babies that help us into childhood, from childhood we learn to become teenagers, from teenagers we learn to become young adults, and we spend the rest of our lives in adulthood gaining signs of age to show how special our life truly is. 

Shout out your age with Olay!

I celebrated my birthday last month. I am now 35. THIRTY FIVE!!! This new year has me resetting my goals and dreams...and I am so very grateful.You see, 34 was the year that I reached many (if not most) of my life long dreams. Everything in my past set the stage for one year that hit me like a whirlwind of excitement, changes and accomplishments. I am not the only one reaching a milestone this year! Olay is celebrating its 60th anniversary. Just like always, Olay empowers women to challenge what’s possible and to be proud of their age. Olay is asking us to SHOUT OUT our age.

Age is Just a Number

One thing I truly feel like I've noticed in the past probably five years is that when I do hear a woman's age, the majority of the time I feel like she looks and/or acts younger. Now, this could be because I'm getting older, but I don't think women give themselves enough credit for being beautiful on the inside and out.If you feel confident, it typically shows. There is nothing wrong with that. I think people with confidence carry themselves differently. 

Friday, December 7, 2012

Amazon GC Rafflecopter

I'll put it toward an Amazon Fire. Thanks for the contest.

Might get some DVS and books.

Amazon $50 Gift Card

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Giveaway brought to you by LightbulbWholesaler.com. Visit the giveaway page here.

Sunday, December 2, 2012

Keurig for me

I keep trying to win a Keurig.  I keep trying. Someday I'll win one.

Screaming Owl is giving away a Keurig coffeemaker. ends 12/02

Friday, November 30, 2012

December Dollars

As you might guess, money gets tight around this time of year.  So, as usual, I'll be entering to win some.

Mommy PR has a $50 AmEx GC to give away. ends /12/17

Hot Beauty Health ends 12/16:
One lucky reader will receive a “Bring in the New Year” kit to help accessorize for the New Year’s celebration this year. This kit also comes with a beautiful pair of Swarovski Crystal earrings that are just perfect for this season.
The New Year’s Kit includes:
  • Swarovski Crystal “Spicy Pierced Earrings” (Snowflakes) - $70 Value
  • $50 Visa Gift Card
  • Official NIVEA 2013 NYE Hats
  • Set of NIVEA’s latest Lip Care products
  • 2 Bonus NIVEA Bath or Body products

$50 Visa GC from Susan's Disney Family. ends 12/17

Mommy Mandy is giving away a $100 AmEx GC. ends 12/12

Confessions of a Psychotic Housewife is giving away a $75 American Express gift card. ends 12/8

She Scribes is giving a $100 American Express (AMEX) give card. ends 12/09

ONE $25 Visa gift card and Five (5) Del Monte canned varieties- Green Beans (1), Corn (1), Diced Tomatoes (1), Peaches (1), and Pears (1) from Our Ordinary Life. ends 12/1

Two of a Kind Working of a Full House has a $50 Visa GC to win. ends 12/07

$300 GC from Tammy's Two Cents and H & R Block. ends 12/06

$25 Visa GC from Tammy's Two Cents. ends 12/09

Monday, October 29, 2012

November Remuneration

remuneration - fancy word for $$ - Something I can really use this time of year.

Win $25 Visa Gift Card From She Scribes.. ends 11/29

Win $25 Visa GC from Thoughts From a Mommy. ends 11/28

Tethered Mommy would like to offer one lucky winner a $25 Paypal gift card! ends 11/24

Win $50 Amazon GC from Crazy About My Baybah and Mike Rothman. ends 11/18

The Mommy Files has a $50 AmEx GC to win. ends 11/11

Our Ordinary Life is offering a $50 Walmart GC. ends 11/27

Win $100 Visa GC from Mommy Living the Life of Riley and Transparent Language

Transparent.com Transparent Language is a leading provider of best-practice language learning software for consumers, government agencies, educational institutions, and businesses. Since 1991, Transparent Language has helped millions of individuals learn new languages quickly, easily, and effectively.
More than 12,000 schools and universities, as well as top government language schools, such as the Foreign Service Institute and the Defense Language Institute use their products.
ends 11/24 

  $50 AmEx card and FUZE Samples from J Man and Miller Bug. ends 11/03

The Dirty T-Shirt says: One (1) winner will receive: ends 11/06

Sunday, October 28, 2012

Friday, October 26, 2012

Cook like a Ninja

Ninja 3-in-1 Cooking System

I am now drooling over what some bloggers have made in their Ninja.  I want one.

Rockin Mamma has one on offer (I'll take that offer). ends 12/15

The Mommy Files has one up for grabs (I'm grabbing it). ends 12/02

So, what all does this amazing machine do?
  • Slow Cooking.  You can use this like a regular slow cooker with low, medium and high options and a digital timer.
  • Stove Top. Use the Ninja like a regular stove top with a low, medium or high setting.  Great option for searing meats before slow cooking them.
  • Oven. Use the Ninja to bake.. yes, BAKE!  The baked goods turn out moist and yummy.  Use the knob for adjustable heat.
  • Steam Oven. Steaming items like Salmon is super easy and keeps food moist with less fat.  Use the included rack so that fat drips away.
  • One Pot Meals. Because of all of the options you can literally create all you need in one pot!  This is probably my favorite feature of the Ninja Cooking System.  What a time saver on so many levels.
  • Triple Fusion Heat. You have the benefit of direct heat from the bottom, contact heat from the sides as well as the heat from the steam.  Because the heat does such a great job, meals are generally done quicker than using conventional methods.

Monday, October 22, 2012

Sunday, October 21, 2012

Raging Grannies need new cards

Sammi's Blog of Life. One winner will win a $50 gift card to purchase 500 business cards of their choice. (You'll have a little money left over to buy some other things too!)ends 10/21

Sunday, October 7, 2012

October Occasions for Winning

Another month and more occasions to win $$ which is always great to have more of.

Ice Fairy is giving away $25 Kroger GC. ends 10/31

How about $250 AmEx card from Champagne Living? ends 10/28

$25 AmEx card from She Scribes. ends 10/28 

Enter to win a $20 Starbucks Gift Card on the Passion For Savings Black Friday Deals page. ends 10/31
My best Black Friday tip is to check the internet on Thanksgiving for what you’re looking for. Many stores jump start their sales that day.
Then stay home and have fun on Friday.

1 lucky Coupons With Cents member will receive a 450g canister of Konsyl, a shaker cup, & a $75 Amex Gift Card! ends 10/25

Win a $50 Visa GC from Shop with me Mama. ends 10/24

Win a $25 Walmart GC from Shop with me Mama. ends 10/30

AT&T Mobile Safety School + $50 VISA Gift Card Giveaway from The Mommy Files. ends 10/20

$50 Visa Gift Card Giveaway And A Chance To Attend Virtual Mobile Safety School Gerber Babies Blog! ends 10/20

$50 VISA Gift Card from As They Grow Up. ends 10/20

Savings in Seconds.is giving away a $100 Visa GC. ends 10/17

$25 American Express Gift Card & Free Ragu product coupons from She Scribes. ends 10/18

$50 Costco Gift Card from She Scribes. ends 10/18

Or maybe $$ for food:

As They Grow Up is offering $25 to Subway. ends 10/22

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Win $100 Visa GC from BlogHer & Vanity Fair

Bloggers had the opportunity to discover a new side of Vanity Fair® Lingerie! We sent them each bras and panties to try out and write reviews for you. But that's not all -- each blogger is giving away a $100 Visa gift card!

The new side of Vanity Fair® Lingerie features:
  • Modern Coverage for subtle cleavage, great comfort, and support
  • Mid coverage cups and straps
  • Smoothing side wings
  • Less coverage, same great Vanity Fair style and fit!
Read the reviews by clicking on the links below, leave a comment, and be entered to win a gift card! 
The We've Got You Covered Sweepstakes runs from 9/10 through 10/7/12/12 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. Read the official rules here. Winners will be randomly selected from all eligible entries. Good luck!
Read the Reviews!

{$100 Giveaway} Vanity Fair® Review of the Modern Coverage and Illumination Line

I'm the type of woman who literally swoons anytime I buy new undergarments. I love when I find good fitting (and reasonably priced) garments without driving 30 miles out of the way. Well, you can imagine my surprise when I was given the opportunity to review the Modern Coverage bra and Illumination® panty collections from Vanity Fair®. When I tore open the package I was pleasantly surprised by the beautiful hues and silky fabrics. Any time I get new undergarments I like to read over the labels and see where I can wear the garments and still feel comfortable.  

A Discussion About Undergarments & Vanity Fair Bra Reviews (Plus a Giveaway!)

Okay ladies, we are about to get real personal here, because we're going to talk about undergarments today. Though they are often an afterthought (I mean, you don't exactly plan which bra you're going to wear the night before your workday), undergarments can affect how your clothing looks, so the topic's worth discussing, no? Now I'm not going to get into the whole "89% of American women are wearing the wrong bra size" thing. Instead I'm going to focus on why it's important to wear the right bra with the right clothing.    

Rest in Peace Grannie Panties

The mundane relationship (can I call it that? a relationship?) I once had with my underwear turned sour after I had kids. I have drawers packed full of pre-child underthings that don't fit. I keep cramming myself into all of it like a 5' 2" sausage into a lacy casing, but it's uncomfortable and usually pretty unattractive. It's probably not healthy to use tight-fitting underwear as a punishment for an addiction to smoked brisket, but it's the only way I'll learn.  

That Coveted Hour-Glass Shape? It's Just Minutes Away.

If those hooks are just a quarter of an inch too high, you could appear as though you’ve got a cart of apples under your dress. Tweak that hook just a smidgen, and you have the power to elevate a simple white cotton shirt and jeans to Parisian levels. (Be sure to add a scarf. Silk? All the better.) When it comes to getting that svelte hour-glass shape we focus on the cut of the fabric, the line, and even invest hours at the gym. But most often we forget the most important element there is to style -- the foundation.  

On Bras and Bodies

When I was given the opportunity to review the Vanity Fair® Modern Coverage Collection of Bras and Illumination® Underwear, I was excited and nervous. New bras and I haven't always gotten along. My first post-baby, post-breastfeeding bra-shopping experience was not a pretty sight. I hadn't successfully breastfed for as long as I'd hoped, and I was struggling to make peace with my new figure. I went into the whole experience feeling, quite literally, deflated.  

Not yo Mama's Lingerie

I have lovingly given my body over to be ruined twice to carry my sweet boys. If that wasn't enough, I allowed the damage to go even further when I acted as milk cow for them both and often succumbed to brutal, biting torture. Anyone else who has done this knows one thing for sure:You will forever need a magical hold everything back up where it used to be bra.  Enter Vanity Fair® and their new Modern Coverage Collection Bras.  

The End of My Jiggly Juggs

As a blogger, I am often sent products for review, and I also purchase and test my own. There have only been a couple of occasions when a free product made me loyal to the brand.This is one of them.  I have a dear friend, Meagan, who absolutely cringes when she sees my lack of support (she tells me all the time). I’m aware that I needed improvement. I’ve been on the hunt for better bras for a couple of years now. I’d buy the so-called supportive bras that had larger cups, but no strap support. Some of those bras would be so thin that the slightest breeze caused “hardnippleitis."  

Vanity Fair® Review (In Which We Talk About Our Underwear Some More.)

I'll be the first to admit that I'm kind of a bra snob. I've had it in my head for a while now that to get the right look on my hard-to-fit body, I am going to have to go with high-end boutique brands and shell out some cash. I haven't even given classic brands like Vanity Fair® a second glance, because surely they wouldn't fit me, right? Right? Wrong. All three of these bras fit me great, and we're talking without backfat and without ... spillage. My favorite of the three, because lord knows I like me some coverage, is the Vanity Fair® Advanced Support Underwire Bra.  

Vanity Fair Bras and Underwear Give a Strong Foundation for Your Wardrobe

It's official, 2012 is the year of the Great Mommy Makeover. Now that my son is in elementary school, I have no more excuses for schlubbing around in the same old tired wardrobe (note to self: it really is time for me to re-enter society). For a long, long time I went around thinking – who cares, life isn’t a fashion show! Then I read an interview with designer Marc Jacobs where he said we dress to show our respect for other people. At the end of the day, I can get with that concept and want to embrace it. See this photo from a couple of years ago?  

The Latest from Vanity Fair, Plus a $100 Giveaway

In July I got the chance to partner with Lily of France to show off some bras they’d sent me and share some of my professional dress tips for those who work in the creative industry. Lily of France’s parent company, Fruit of the Loom, was so pleased with the response you guys had to that post that they wanted to pair up again to show off some more of their latest products, this time from their Vanity Fair® brand. First off, they've released a new Modern Coverage line of bras, which means that they’re cut and shaped a little differently from the traditional bras.

Vanity Fair Lingerie is What I'm Talking About

There are a few necessities when it comes to being a girl. (In no particular order ... )  A killer handbag. A cute pair of sunnys. A smart phone. A good skincare regimen. Makeup. That "perfect" bra and matching panties. So when my friends at BlogHer and Vanity Fair contacted me to review a couple items from their Modern Coverage and Illumination® lines, I knew I was cut out for the task. Now let me tell you, I dread bra shopping. It might just be my least favorite thing to do. I ALWAYS have to go into the store and try on a zillion styles before I can find one that works for me.  

Vanity Fair: Sexy Lines Without the Big Price Tag

I told you all before BlogHer this year I wasn't a shopper. I like clothes, hate to shop for them. Well friends, the same goes for underwear. Mostly because underwear is so darned expensive. It just boggles my mind to pay $75 for a bra that will (no matter how much I pledge to wash it on delicates only) end up in the whitest whites wash cycle at some point. Then it's all downhill from there. So I usually just grab them off the racks as I need them. After I got married and the honeymoon luster wore off, the only expensive bras I bought were when I was nursing Bella.  

So y'all know I love to talk about my boobs, right? I mean I did write a whole post about The Girls. I was recently asked by Fruit of the Loom, the parent company of Lily of France, to continue working with them by reviewing Vanity Fair's Modern Coverage and Illumination® collections of bras and panties. The Girls are also excited to get some more time on the blog. Coming out of retirement can be hard on the ego and all.  

In Praise of a Well Fitting Bra

If there is one thing that can make or break how this little bee feels during the day, it's how her bra fits. I have what seems to be an odd size, 34 D/DD, and it is difficult to find bras that fit. My latest goal in bra-seeking has been trying to find one that does not make my bust look any bigger. Come on now, D is large enough, I do not need extra padding that makes them enormous. At least not in my everyday work clothes, thank you very much! Can I tell you how happy I have been this past week wearing the new Vanity Fair ® Modern Coverage Collection all over town?  

The Latest & Greatest in Bras - Vanity Fair

17... That's the number of bras currently hanging in my closet! Last month I shared my little secret about my love for Lily of France with you! Prior to this finding I was a "VS girl" all the way. After this finding I'm a "what gets the job done for the best price girl!" So today I'm here to share with y'all my newest secret in bra world. Let me introduce to you Vanity Fair's Modern Coverage Collection! The Modern Coverage Collection is the newest Vanity Fair® line which has been modified from the Full Coverage Line to create a more attractive, sexier line of bras. 

Last week I received the box of Vanity Fair® bras and underwear I'd have to wear for an upcoming review and, upon first glance, I quickly shoved them back into the box. I initially didn't like what I saw and I absolutely will not "push" a product that I'm not in love with. But a few days ago, as I was preparing to pack them up for return shipment, I thought I'd give them another chance. So I reluctantly pulled the underthings out again, chose the Vanity Fair® Look Lifted Underwire Bra, hooked it around my waist, twisted it, and pulled the straps over my shoulders, expecting to hate it.