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New post up on I Attract Stalkers  

Thursday, December 23, 2010

If you've been invited to be a reader of I Attract Stalkers, there's a new post up there. Click here to read the post.

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Hold Everything Sweepstakes - Sponsored Post  

Thursday, December 9, 2010

Hold Everything Sweepstakes - Sponsored Post
Enter to win a Marc, Wang and Mulbery Handbag @Beso. Their best giveaway yet!

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Free Bible Study Lessons! - Sponsored Post  

Free Bible Study Lessons! - Sponsored Post
Free Bible Study Lessons. Looking to build your relationship with God? Grow your faith with this 21-Day Challenge.

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Little Tikes Fire Truck - Sponsored Post  

Little Tikes Fire Truck - Sponsored Post
The Little Tikes fire truck is an adorable gift for any kid on your list this holiday season!

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JCPenney 7' Christmas Tree - Sponsored Post  

JCPenney 7 Christmas Tree - Sponsored Post
It's that time of year again! A narrow width and profile make this Christmas tree perfect for tight spaces

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Potato Ray - iPad game - Sponsored Post  

Potato Ray -  iPad game - Sponsored Post
Check out this awesomely cute iPad game >>

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Hot Wheels Toy Story Wild Racers - Sponsored Post  

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Hot Wheels Toy Story Wild Racers - Sponsored Post
Awesome deal on Toy Story hot wheels racers exclusively available here!

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Lionel Polar Express - Sponsored Post  

Lionel Polar Express - Sponsored Post
The perfect toy train for around the Christmas tree - Polar Express from Lionel!

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Holiday Red Dinnerware by Lenox - Sponsored Post  

Holiday Red Dinnerware by Lenox - Sponsored Post
Prepare for upcoming holiday festivities with this gorgeous Red Dinnerware set by Lenox

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Olay Professional Firming Cream - Sponsored Post  

Olay Professional Firming Cream - Sponsored Post
Olay Professional Firming Cream helps optimize elasticity and firmness! Check out the exclusive deal here!

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Juicy Couture Sale - Sponsored Post  

Juicy Couture Sale - Sponsored Post
Happy 3rd bday to one of my fav. fashion sites HauteLook. Sign-up for 50-75% off on Juicy Couture. RT! #hautelookbday

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2010 has been a rough year  

Who here reads my blog for more than just contests? I hope you do come to READ and I hope that you consider yourself my friend!

I wish I could keep posting my personal stuff on here but due to family members that I have decided to cut loose out of my life, I have opened a private blog. I must admit, I thought readership would be higher than it is. I thought I had more supporters than that out there...

Either way, I consider many of you friends and I'm glad that you come here when you do!

Please understand if you've entered any of my giveaways, won a prize from me, or wonder where I am, 2010 has been a very rough year for my family and I. In case you didn't know or weren't paying attention, we have no home of our own! And I'm not kidding!

Thanksgiving Eve we became fully homeless. I'm on a waiting list for a shelter, hoping to get a place for my children and myself before then. So please excuse my rants on Facebook and Twitter and my lack of responses to your emails - because I just don't have internet access right now, with the being homeless and all.

I will respond to emails as soon as I am able. Right now I'm 100% focused on keeping my job (unlike earlier in the year when I lost my great-paying job!), getting my kids to and from school, and keeping life as normal as possible for them, while figuring out how to have some presents under our non-existant tree for Christmas.

Now you know the whole (partial) story.

Back to our regularly scheduled programs....

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Holiday deals at Amazon.com  

Do you still have Christmas shopping to do? (Believe it or not, I DO!)

Amazon.com (my FAVORITE online retailer!) has some great deals going on these last few WEEKS before Christmas! Be sure to check them out!



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Giveaway: Husky 13-piece PowerTek Precision Screwdriver Set  

Monday, December 6, 2010



Even though some things have happened in my life that cut short my A Simple Shindig reviews and giveaways, I still am going to get them posted for you and I promise to pull winners in the next couple of days!

This giveaway is for a Husky 13-piece PowerTek Precision Screwdriver Set, which Home Depot is featuring this holiday season for under $20.




This set is just one of twelve toolsets that Home Depot will be featuring for under $20! These make great gifts for ANYONE!

GIVEAWAY

One of my lucky readers will win a set featured above!

To enter to win, head over to Husky Tools News and have a look at each of the sets, then come back here and tell me which other set you'd like to have (other than the one mentioned here) Required entry

For extra entries, please view my Giveaway Rules, updated 5/12/10.

Here's a custom tweet that you can use:

#Giveaway: Husky 13-piece PowerTek Precision Screwdriver Set http://t.co/GEXJaSb #ASimpleShindig ends 12/20

Since my A Simple Shindig was unexpectedly cut short, you can still use entries that applied to that:

Add A Simple Shindig button to your blog (code can be found in the left sidebar)
If you added the button prior to November 15th, you can go ahead and comment five times for your extra entries!

This giveaway will end on December 20th, 2010, and is open to US Residents aged 18 and above. Winner will be contacted via email so please be sure to leave your email address in your comment!

Disclaimer: I was sent the product named above to review. The opinions expressed above are solely my own and yours may differ. Receiving a product will NEVER influence what I write in any review.


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New personal post up!  

If you're a follower of my personal (private) blog, I just put up a new post. Head over there to check it out!

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Easy holiday party planning with Hickory Farms  



I remember back when we lived in the Pittsburgh area, my mom would go to Hickory Farms in the local mall every year, at holiday time.

I fell in love with those sausages and cheeses (not to mention the smell of the store!!!) way back when, and not much has changed since then!

I was recently selected to do a review of a holiday gift basket from Hickory Farms, and I was thrilled because it's been so long since I've had these scrumptious sausages and cheeses!

I received the Party Planner Gift box, which contains such great things as Beef Summer Sausage, their Original Cheese Ball, Smoked Cheddar Blend, as well as two things I hadn't tried before: Cranberry Mustard and Sweet Hot Mustard.

I must say, not only did I love all of the items that I usually love (like the Beef Summer Sausage!) but I also liked the Turkey Summer Sausage, and the mustards, none of which have I tried before! I also love the little strawberry candies they always offer in their gift baskets! I forget their name, but they're so good!

Not only do I enjoy Hickory Farms' food, but their reusable baskets really come in handy! They're a great way to share the love, easily!

Hickory Farms makes it easy to plan your parties with their wonderful gift boxes! Not only can you share some great snacks in a jiffy, you can also purchase gift boxes for your friends and family for the holidays!

Disclaimer: I wrote this review while participating in a blog tour by Mom Central Consulting on behalf of Hickory Farms and received a signature gift box from Hickory Farms to thank me for taking the time to participate.

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Update on A Simple Shindig  

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Good evening! I just wanted to share an update really quick while I can. I've been unable to post much here in the last week due to another relocation and limited access to the internet.

I will be finishing up the Holiday Gift Guide this week (hopefully) and I have more exciting things in store for you!

Thanks for your patience, and prayers are always welcomed!

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Holiday Gift Guide: Little Star by Anthony DeStefano  

Tuesday, November 23, 2010



In my family, I began reading to my children when they were babies. It's a tradition we've held onto ever since then. (My youngest is 11!)

Family Review Network presented me with the opportunity to review Little Star by Anthony DeStefano, and I jumped at the chance, not only for what I said above, but because it sounded like a great Christmas story.

About Little Star:

“I think I understand!” Little Star cried out. “The baby Jesus is a king! He’s just little!”
A king is about to be born! The stars in the heavens are competing to shine the brightest to celebrate his birth. But when they see the poor family, the donkey, the shabby stable, the stars all think, That can’t possibly be a king. We’ve been fooled.

All except one.

The smallest, loneliest star in the sky, Little Star, is the only one to understand what the king was about to bring to the world. But what can Little Star do for him?

Certain to become a Christmas classic, this delightful tale connects the star atop our Christmas trees to the true meaning of Christmas, the birth of Jesus, in the hearts and minds of young children.

I'm impressed with this book. I never heard of any story like this. Who knew the reason why the stars go on top of our Christmas trees?! I sure didn't!


As you can see above, my daughter had a grand time reading this book! (She is a tad bit of a ham though!) She was shocked why the star goes on top of the Christmas tree too!

The story delighted us both and brought some tears to my eyes. I truly enjoy Christmas stories that focus on the true meaning of Christmas. I'm sure this will be a book we read in our home for many years to come, not only to my children, but to my younger cousins, nieces and nephews, and friends' children. It's a great story!

Have you read this book?



Disclaimer: This post was written for Family Review Network & Little Star who provided the complimentary product for review in exchange for my honest opinions.


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Holiday Gift Guide: Tiny Prints Holiday Cards  



Tiny Prints provides simple, modern and unique stationery from Christmas cards to personalized greeting cards to thank you cards and even business cards. Offering exclusive designs from the nation’s top designers, easy card personalization, a powerful preview engine and top-notch customer service and paper quality, their designs have been lauded by numerous television networks, publications and celebrities. With Tiny Prints by your side the Holidays will be a cinch! They offer perfect party invitations for every occasion and memorable personalized photo-gifts like notebooks, photo-books and calendars.

I've always looked at Tiny Prints' designs and coveted their products, and finally I get to do a review of them! On behalf of Global Influence, I was selected to receive 75 Christmas cards from Tiny Prints.

I finally got my cards today (due to late ordering) and I love them!

 Super cute box huh?

Not only do I love my cards, but browsing through the card designs was fun. I selected my card (a photo card) after browsing around for a little while. I chose my photo I wanted to add to the card, and at first the one I wanted, was too large, so I had to go to PaintShopPro and edit my photo (compress it for the Web) and I made it black and white instead of color.

Here's my finished product:

Pretty right?

I just love this saying:


I also like this Merry Script Tri-Fold Card, but I didn't have three Christmas-themed photos to use for this design. I also loved this Damask Darling (in Spanish Red) Die Cut flip card.

I must say, the ordering process for these cards was very simple. I think the total time I spent ordering the cards took about 5-7 minutes (minus browsing time). There is a large selection of cards to choose from, so it took awhile to find the perfect card! 

Not only was the ordering process easy, I'm extremely happy with the cards, as well as the fact that they include envelopes! I don't have to hunt around in my local stores to find the perfect envelope to fit these cards, because these are long cards and it might be a chore to find the envelopes! These cards are excellent quality and I know that the recipients will love them as well! Not only are the cards able to be personalized on the front, but you can also personalize the back of them! I opted not to do these cards with any personal message, but I think next time I will!

The back of my cards

*If you are a blogger, and you'd like to review Tiny Prints Christmas cards, please fill out this form! Tiny Prints will be giving out 60 cards to select bloggers. Good luck!

Disclaimer: I was sent the product named above to review on behalf of Global Influence. The opinions expressed above are solely my own and yours may differ. Receiving a product will NEVER influence what I write in any review.


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Holiday Gift Guide: ErgoMotion Laser Mouse (Giveaway)  

I'm sure you have noticed, but I spend A LOT of time on the computer. Between a full-time job, constant emails coming in, and working on this blog, I'm on the computer probably half of my life.

Even though I'm pretty young, I still have noticed some indications of carpal tunnel. My wrists have been in such pain before that I had to take a few days off of the computer. (Not to mention, other body parts!)

Enter ErgoMotion Laser Mouse, by Smartfish:



This mouse is different from any others on the market because it features a patented pivot motion design. This allows the mouse to move with your natural hand and wrist positions, adapting to your unique movements while you work to help promote blood flow. It was designed along side with The Hospital for Special Surgery (HSS), located in New York City, which is one of the leading orthopedics hospitals in the country, a portion of our proceeds are donated to the HSS Rehabilitation Education Fund.



I took this mouse to work since I'm technically on that computer more than at home (although that could be disputed).

I love that the USB connector is small and doesn't run the risk of getting run into by items on my desk (or if I was home, my kids!) I also love that it moves WITH my hands and wrist and I don't have to do so much work. It reduces the strain on my wrist and that's GREAT! I've definitely noticed the difference since I've been using this mouse versus my regular mouse!


 And, it's pretty! (Don't you think?!)

I've even gotten comments from my coworkers on this mouse. I told them to go buy one! Of course I told them where!

Connect with SmartFish on Twitter, Facebook, and the SmartFish website. You can also buy it at Amazon.com here: ErgoMotion Laser Mouse - Black

GIVEAWAY

One of my lucky readers will win one of these mice for themselves, or to give as a gift!

Here's what you gotta do to win:

Visit SmartFish and tell me what you love most about this mouse! (Required entry)

For an extra entry for this giveaway ONLY, Follow SmartFish on Twitter

For another extra entry for this giveaway ONLY, "Like" SmartFish on Facebook

For another extra entry, add my A Simple Shindig button to your blog and leave me the link. (You can find the code in my left sidebar)

For my normal extra entries, please view my Giveaway Rules, updated 5/12/10. 

Here's a custom tweet that you can use:

#Win a @Smartfish ErgoMotion Laser Mouse http://ow.ly/3eCVZ US & CAN! #ASimpleShindig Ends 11/30 RT? @pricousins

This giveaway is open to US and Canadian residents ages 18 and older. This giveaway will end on November 30th at midnight EST. Winner will be contacted via email, so please be sure to leave your email address in your comment. 


Thanks for stopping by, and Good luck!



Disclaimer: This post was written for Family Review Network & ErgoMotion Laser Mouse who provided the complimentary product for review & giveaway in exchange for my honest opinions.


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Review: Duncan Hines Decadent Cake and Amazing Glaze  



I know you might be surprised when I say this: (but honestly, if you pay attention on this blog - you should remember this!) 

I'm not a big cake eater. I don't even eat sweets that much. When I do, they're my indulgence. Granted, I'm a mom so I usually have some type of sweet around in the house, but I don't always partake in them.

Regardless, I was recently given an opportunity to review Duncan Hines Decadent Cakes and Glazes recently, so I figured I'd check them out. I do like to make a cake or brownie for a weekend meal, so I knew these would come in handy.

Here's some info about these great new products:

Duncan Hines®, the well recognized brand that has been helping families create delicious memories for 60 years, introduces the latest breakthrough in deliciousness at the baking aisle – Decadent Cakes and Glazes. Only Duncan Hines now offers the most premium, indulgent cakes that one can find outside of a bakery. Duncan Hines new Decadent Cake Line with two new incredibly indulgent offerings – Duncan Hines Decadent Triple Chocolate Cake with real chocolate chunks and rich fudge and Duncan Hines Decadent Apple Caramel cake with real apples and rich caramel. With more people entertaining at home and looking for better quality desserts, these decadent cakes are perfect. Both cakes contain zero grams of trans fat and NO hydrogenated oils. They are available in cake baking section of supermarkets nationwide in 20 oz size boxes at a SRP of $2.99.

Simultaneously, Duncan Hines launches Decadent Glazes, a one of a kind glaze designed to elevate the baking experience with a whole new way to top your desserts. Available in Chocolate and Vanilla, Decadent Glazes help home chefs create spectacular desserts with professional results. Only Duncan Hines offers this versatile topping to complement your baked goods or any dessert with a touch of sweetness and flavor. What separates Decadent Glazes from frosting is they are not as heavy or sweet as frosting and are convenient to use. These glazes are available in a 10 ounce squeeze bottle at an SRP of $2.49.


I received the Apple Caramel Decadent Cake and the Triple Chocolate Cake Mix, as well as both the Vanilla and Chocolate Amazing Glazes.

Since I wanted to try them both at once, I decided to Glaze the Apple Caramel Decadent Cake with the Vanilla Amazing Glaze.



I got out all of my items for my prep of the cake, and began mixing my ingredients.


Do you SEE those chunks?! They don't disappear... Just watch!


See?! I told you! Above is the cake batter after everything was all mixed together.


This is the caramel sauce that I had to swirl into the batter.


All ready to go into the oven!



Finished product after glazing. The glaze was super easy - just heat in the microwave, shake, then pour over cake. Yum!

I was disappointed because the Bundt cake pan that I used isn't so non-stick anymore, so my cake come out in a couple of pieces. Oh well! It was still edible!

As I showed above, there was CHUNKS of apples in this cake and in my personal opinion, this made the cake better! I love apples and this cake was delicious!

I'm saving the chocolate cake for Thanksgiving when I go visit my friend and her family. I'll post some pictures then!

My children and I loved this cake - it was gone within three days! I honestly only had two pieces! They loved it and I'm sure we'll love the chocolate cake as well!

Have you tried these cakes or glazes? What are your thoughts?




Disclaimer: This post was written for Family Review Network & Duncan Hines who provided the complimentary product for review in exchange for my honest opinions.


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