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Review and Giveaway: Rainbow Brite  

Sunday, February 28, 2010



One of my favorite toys growing up was Rainbow Brite and all of her friends. I thought she was so beautiful! I even bought my daughter a Rainbow Brite costume for Halloween a few years back!

Rainbow Brite is back! She's had a makeover and she is still spreading her positive messages of courage, kindness, and hope.




The Rainbow Brite website is interactive, where you can find FREE videos, a contemporary theme song, coloring pages, wallpapers, games and more!

What I'm most excited about is the new Rainbow Brite doll that is out in stores right now! Have you seen her? She's beautiful!

GIVEAWAY


MomSelect provided us with some copies of the Rainbow Brite Adventure Pack CD ROM for PC & Mac. There's a short video, games & puzzles, the Rainbow Brite theme song, Meet Rainbow Brite & Friends, and more on the CD. My daughter and I have enjoyed this CD for the past few weeks together and separately (her of course!) and we want to share a few copies with some of my readers!

I'm going to give a copy of this CD away to 8 of you!

To enter, tell me who you'd give this CD to.


For extra entries, view my Giveaway Rules, updated 2/2/10.

This giveaway will end on 3/14 at noon EST.

Thanks for entering, and good luck!

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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An ode to my mother  

Friday, February 26, 2010

My mother is a poem
I'll never be able to write,
though everything I write
is a poem to my mother.
~Sharon Doubiago



I've been trying to write this post for about a week - trying to figure out what to write, what words to use, what photos to use.

Tomorrow would have been my birth mother's 53rd birthday. She died on April 14, 2007. Even though I was adopted, from the moment I found her, it's like we started up right where we left off back in 1979.

Our bond was unbreakable. I was her firstborn daughter, the one she had to give away, the one she was hoping would find her.

And I did.

And I loved her unconditionally. I still do. I will never stop loving her.

She was the only one I could talk to about ANYTHING and not have backlash or be judged. We were truly honest with each other. I miss her so much.


A mother is the truest friend we have, when trials heavy and sudden, fall upon us; when adversity takes the place of prosperity; when friends who rejoice with us in our sunshine desert us; when trouble thickens around us, still will she cling to us, and endeavor by her kind precepts and counsels to dissipate the clouds of darkness, and cause peace to return to our hearts. ~Washington Irving




Above is a photo of my mom when she was a teenager. I looked so much like her when I was a teen, it's uncanny. Too bad I don't have any photos to share here.

Here's my favorite photo of her:



There's not many photos of her floating around... I have to cherish what I have.

Love you and miss you mom - I'll see you again someday.

In Loving Memory

Carol Susan James 2-27-57 to 4-14-07






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J & M Designs jewelry  




A few years back, I met a great couple, Jeff and Michele Evans, when Jeff ("Gunny") and I worked together at Bechtel National. Over time we all became great friends and Jeff was always there to listen, provide advice as a Christian brother, and our kids used to play together. Fast forward a couple of years, and Jeff accepted a job in Washington State. I was heartbroken because they were the only couple that I connected with in the manner that I did. They are truly beautiful people! True Christians through and through who work hard and truly reap what they sow!

Not too long ago, while browsing Google, looking for Jeff, I stumbled across their website, J & M Designs, where I discovered that Michele had begun another business.

Jeff and Michele have always had the entrepreneurial spirit, ever since I have known them. They've done gift baskets in the past and recently expanded their business to jewelry.

Each piece is exquisitely made by Michele. I'll share a few photos of items that I love with you, but first I'll share with you some information about the company:

J & M Designs specializes in handcrafted jewelry, gift baskets, art and much more. The company was founded and is owned by the husband and wife team of Jeffrey and Michele Evans in 1998. The two started making gift baskets to give to family and friends for special occasions. The baskets were quickly in high demand and soon, silk flower arrangements and candy dishes were added to the product line. In 2006, jewelry was added to the line-up when Michele was looking for accessories that were "unique" and began making her own pieces. J & M Designs jewelry is not only unique; but fashion forward, eclectic, eccentric, wearable art that is also affordable for even the budget conscious Fashionista. J & M Designs online boutique offers pre-designed pieces for purchase, but also offers customers the ability to customize their own masterpieces. In addition to handcrafted jewelry, gift baskets, candy dishes and silk flower arrangement, J & M creates and "blings" pet jewelry, military ball gowns, canvas art creations and shoes. At J & M Designs we are "Handcrafting Art, Elegance, and Fabulosity!" For more info on our company or to see or product designs, please visit http://www.jandmdesigns4u.com.





Jazzy Diva JewelToes™ Shoes




Lilac Fields 2 piece set




"Cop" This! Healing Elements™ & MetalMuse™ Set


Not only does J & M Designs offer jewelry, but they also offer Custom Gifts and Treats, Glamour Blues™ Military Ball Gowns, BaubleHeads™ Hair accessories, Primpy Pets™,Home Decor, as well as Gift Certificates! They've also teamed up with Bruce Egbert, the creator of the sought after exotic wooden earrings!

While you're visting J & M Designs, be sure to check out their coupons and specials and find out how to host a Wine and Wares Party©! You can also register to win free gifts!

Be sure to stop by J & M Designs when you need that special piece!

Find J & M Designs on Facebook here.

Follow J & M Designs on Twitter here.


Disclaimer: I was not compensated for posting about J & M Designs. I'm sharing this company with my readers on behalf of my friends, to hopefully get them more business and website traffic.





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Winner: The Princess and the Frog CD Soundtrack  

ANOTHER late winner... hopefully this won't happen anymore since I just bought my laptop!

The winner of The Princess and the Frog CD Soundtrack is #27, who is Barbara, who said:

Follow me on Twitter (@pricousins)@blp3


Congratulations Barbara and thanks to everyone for entering!




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Cellfire ecoupon update 2/22/10  

Coupons are available on Cellfire for Kroger and Safeway starting
Tuesday 02/23/10 can be saved until Monday 03/08/10 and expire Monday
03/22/10. Please note that these coupons will be available for ShopRite
shoppers on Cellfire starting Sunday 02/28/10.


New to Cellfire ecoupons? Read my past posts about Cellfire here.

I personally love ecoupons because they get loaded directly to my grocery store's savings club card and I can pair them with printable or clipped coupons, and maximize my savings potential!


Betty Crocker Cookie Mix Save $.40
Save $0.40 when you buy any flavor 17.5 OZ. OR LARGER Betty Crocker(r)
Cookie Mix.

Betty Crocker Frosting Save $.50
Save $0.50 when you buy ONE TUB any flavor/variety Betty Crocker(r)
Frosting.

Betty Crocker Fruit Snacks Save $.50
Save $0.50 when you buy TWO BOXES Betty Crocker(r) Fruit by the Foot(r),
Fruit Gushers(r), Fruit Roll-Ups(r) OR Fruit Roll-Ups(r) Fruit
Stickerz(r) Fruit Flavored Snacks.

Betty Crocker Muffin Mix Save $.50
Save $0.50 when you buy any flavor/variety Betty Crocker(r) Box Muffin
Mix or Fiber One Box Muffin Mix.

Betty Crocker Supreme Brownie Save $.75
Save $0.75 when you buy TWO any flavor Betty Crocker(r) Box Supreme
Brownie Mixes.

Betty Crocker Warm Delights Save $.50
Save $0.50 when you buy ONE any flavor Betty Crocker(r) Warm Delights(r)
Bowls OR Betty Crocker(r) Warm Delights(r) Minis Bowls.

Chex Mix(r) or Snacks Save $.50
Save $0.50 when you buy any flavor 4.5 OZ. OR LARGER Chex Mix(r) OR
Chex(r) 100 Calorie Snack.

Fiber One Muffin Mix Save $.50
Save $0.50 when you buy any flavor/variety Fiber One Box Muffin Mix.

Fiber One(r) Chewy Bar Save $.40
Save $0.40 when you buy ONE BOX any flavor Fiber One(r) Chewy Bars or
Fiber One(r) 90 Calorie Chewy Bars.

Green Giant(r) vegie's Save $.50
Save $0.50 when you buy TWO any variety Green Giant(r) Frozen Boxed
Vegetables.

Hamburger Helper(r) Save $.75
Save $0.75 when you buy THREE any flavor Hamburger Helper(r), Tuna
Helper(r) OR Chicken Helper(r) Home Cooked Skillet Meals.

Honey Nut Cheerios Save $.55
Save $0.55 when you buy ONE BOX Honey Nut Cheerios(r) cereal.

Nature Valley Granola Bars Save $.40
Save $0.40 when you buy ONE BOX any flavor/variety Nature Valley(r)
Granola Bars.

Nature Valley Granola Nut Clusters Save $1
Save $1.00 when you buy ONE BAG any flavor Nature Valley(r) Granola Nut
Clusters.

Pillsbury Italian Meal Bread Save $.40
Save $0.40 when you buy any TWO Pillsbury(r) Italian Meal Breads
(Includes any Loaves, Breadsticks, Dinner Rolls, and Pizza Crust).

Pillsbury Sweet Rolls Save $.40
Save $0.40 when you buy any TWO Pillsbury(r) Sweet Rolls OR Grands!(r)
Sweet Rolls.

Pillsbury Toaster Strudel(r) Save $.55
Save $0.55 when you buy any TWO Pillsbury(r) Toaster Strudel(r)
Pastries.

Pillsbury(r) Savorings(r) Save $1
Save $1.00 when you buy TWO any flavor/variety Pillsbury(r) Savorings(r)
products.

Reeses(r) Puffs(r) Save $.55
Save $0.55 when you buy ONE BOX Reeses(r) Puffs(r) cereal.

Yoplait Kids Zone Save $.80
Save $0.80 when you buy TWO any flavor Yoplait(r) products listed: -
Yoplait(r) Go-GURT(r) Yogurt - Yoplait(r) Trix(r) Multipack Yogurt.

Yoplait(r) Cups Save $.50
Save $0.50 when you buy SIX any variety Yoplait(r) Yogurt cups OR any
flavor Yoplait(r) Original OR Light Smoothies.

Yoplait(r) Delights(tm) Save $1
Save $1.00 when you buy any flavor Yoplait(r) Delights Yogurt Multipack.


Yoplait(r) Fiber One(r) Save $1
Save $1.00 when you buy any flavor Yoplait(r) Fiber One(r) Yogurt
Multipacks.

Any Biore Save $1
Save $1.00 when purchasing Biore products.

Kroger/ShopRite Only

Fur Fighter Refills Save $1
Save $1 off Scotch Fur Fighter Refills for Upholstery.

Scotch Fur Fighter Save $4
Save $4 on a Scotch(tm) Fur Fighter(tm) Hair Remover Starter Kit.

Disclaimer: I am an affiliate for Cellfire and can earn money when someone clips ecoupons using my affiliate link.





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Buy one, get one half off on all Rite Aid brand products (Feb. 25th-27th)  

Thursday, February 25, 2010




The Rite Aid sale running Thursday, Friday and Saturday only, February 25-27, is a buy one, get one half off on all regularly priced Rite Aid brand products. (No minimum purchase required; while supplies last; no rainchecks; discount on product of lesser or equal value)

I love Rite Aid for their great deals - especially their Rebates!

Disclaimer: I was not compensated in any manner for sharing this sale with my readers.





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Cheap Aveeno Baby Shampoo at Walgreen's  

Starting 2/28 at Walgreen's, you can get two bottles of Aveeno Baby Shampoo for $3.58! See this post for more details!

Thanks Julie!





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Win a GoFit ProGym in eBillMe.com's latest contest  

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

While the Olympic athletes Go for Gold at the 2010 Games, eBillme invites you to: Go Fit!

Hurry! Ends TOMORROW, 2/25/10 at 3 pm EST! eBillMe.com is giving all of us a chance to win a GoFit ProGym from Buy.com! There's two ways to win so hurry and enter to win a GoFit ProGym from eBillMe.com!

Remember, you can't win if you don't enter! Good luck!


Disclaimer: I was shared this information and decided to post it for my readers. I was not compensated in any way for sharing this contest.





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Prilosec OTC: “Official Sponsor of Everything You Do Without Heartburn”  

Tuesday, February 23, 2010



Prilosec is the “Official Sponsor of Everything You Do Without Heartburn”!

This may sound odd to you, and if it does, it's probably because you don't suffer from heartburn regularly.

I suffered from heartburn throughout each of my three pregnancies. But, in the past 3 or 4 years, I've started suffering from heartburn DAILY. It's very frustrating, especially when you don't have medication to treat heartburn. Personally, my throat burns, my stomach is upset, and sometimes I burp. Sometimes I even get minor food regurgitation and that is NO Fun at all!

This keeps me from doing things that I love to do sometimes, whether it's reading with my daughter or playing Barbies with her, to even going out in public. My heartburn interferes with my passions, my life, and sometimes even my sleep. If I don't take medication for it, I will have several bouts of heartburn throughout the day!

In regards to the "Official Sponsor of Everything You Do Without Heartburn" program by Prilosec OTC, is calling out all "passionistas" out there!

They're going to help 100 people realize our passions by providing sponsorships with an average value of $1,000 and a maximum of $4,000. What most moves you and will enable you to take your hobby or passion to the next level? From a commercial oven to turn your baking into a business, to plane tickets and trip coverage to take pottery classes in Italy or to hike the Grand Canyon -- the application criteria are simple: "Tell us who you are, what you love to do, and what you need to do it better. We also want to know, if sponsored, who you would tell about it."

Among the fifteen categories: food and cuisine, arts and crafts, family, home and garden, entertainment and leisure, health and fitness, travel, sports, and professional pursuits. So much to choose from! And time's moving fast -- the deadline was February 22.


(Yeah... I didn't get this post in time. Darn! I wanted to apply too!)

UPDATE 2/24/10: I received a note from someone representing Prilosec and you can still submit your application!

Know why I wanted to apply?

I'm passionate about computers - how they work, how to fix them, and I also want to learn how to design cool things (like blogs!) and I wanted to apply to use the money (if I won) to go back to school. I'm a single mom and I can't afford to go back to school right now since I have barely any disposable income. I attended my local community college for a little while back in 2000, but when I started working full time I ran out of time to go to school. Now the kids are older and I want to go back! My major was (and I imagine when I go back - it still will be) Digital Media. I also aspire to get an MCSE.

Yeah... I'm a tech junkie. Betcha didn't know that about me!

If any of you got to apply, good luck! If not, keep an eye out for the winners!


Disclaimer: I wrote this review while participating in a blog campaign by Mom Central on behalf of Prilosec OTC. Mom Central sent me a gift card to thank me for taking the time to participate.





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Catching up on blog awards  

Sunday, February 21, 2010

You like me! You really like me! HAHA! Yes, I'm goofy today and I'm in a good mood!

I got a bunch of awards while I wasn't able to use the computer regularly, so here's my post to catch up!





I received the above award from Melissa at Outnumbered 3 to 1.

The requirements for this award are:

- link back to the blogger who sent me this award
- post where I would like to be in 10 years
- pass it on to 10 awesome bloggers (I'm tagging ten women total for both awards.)

Where would I like to be in 10 years?

Wow... ten years. I really don't wanna think THAT far ahead but oh well... I guess I will. I want to have my degree and an MCSE and be working on computers. I'd like to be married and have a home somewhere other than Maryland.




I got the above award from THREE different ladies and I'm flattered by this too! I received The Sunshine Award from Luscious Deals, Shelley's Swag, and The Scattered Mind Fragments of a Musical Mommy.

Thank you to all of you!

I'm tagging the following bloggers with these awards:

Andrea at Moody Mama Says
Erin at Pyle of Love
Shelley at Shelley's Swag
Brandy Ellen at Happily Blended
Melinda & Rob at Look What Mom Found... and Dad too!
Rachel at Uncurbable Craving
ALL of the wonderful girls at Pink & Posh!
Sheena at Sophistishe
Toni-Lynn at Delightful Chaos
and someone I think really needs a Sunshine Award...
Arianne at To Think is to Create!

I love all of my readers! Thank you for coming back and thank you to all of you who left me rewards on your blogs!





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Submit it Sunday - 02/21/10  

Happy Sunday! I hope that you're having a good weekend!

It's time for another Submit it Sunday - link up your giveaways so we all can enter!

Good luck!







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Newest Winners  

Saturday, February 20, 2010

Another long overdue round of winners... I promise since I have the laptop now, this won't happen like it's been for the past two months! Shew... Thanks for sticking around!

The winner of the UPrinting Custom Sticker Giveaway is #22: Amanda31Gifts, who said:

I would *love* to win these stickers for mailing labels :) :) Please enter me to win, Thanks!! Amanda :)

The winner of the Jovan Satisfaction set for Her and Him, is #16: Lori Taube, who said:

I subscribe via email

The Progresso Souper You winner is: #11, Peggy, who said:

subscriber via email and RSS



The Eden Fantasys Giveaway winner is: #29, sohamolina, who said:

@sohamolina following u on twitter

Congrats to all the winners! I've emailed you all!

Thanks to everyone for entering, and thanks most of all to the sponsors for helping me promote my blog and/or by providing product(s) for myself and my family to try!


Don't forget that the giveaway for The Princess and The Frog CD Soundtrack ends in TWO DAYS!






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I'm the proud new owner of an ASUS laptop  

Friday, February 19, 2010

I'm so excited! I bought an ASUS laptop today from Best Buy! The price was GREAT ($499.99) for the space and performance I want/need, plus I can play my Sims 3 when I get the disk from my house. (More on that coming soon...)

I was tired of not having reliable access to a computer, so I went out and bought a laptop! Erin Pyle, my local Twitter/blogging buddy, has my FOUR desktops, trying to merge them into one workable desktop, so when I get those back, the kids can use that/them... and I'll keep my laptop just for me!

I paired the laptop with Cricket Broadband for $40/month and now I'm set! Be on the lookout for winners from this past week, reviews, and Long Overdue Giveaways to be posted within the next couple of weeks. For now, check me out on Facebook or Twitter because I always seem to stop by there during the workweek!





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Hi, my name is Angie and I'm a Crackberry addict  

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Hello, my name is Angie and I'm a Crackberry (Blackberry) addict!

I was sent a Blackberry Tour 9260 a few months ago (read my review here). Ever since I haven't had it, my life has kind of sucked. I no longer get to update my Facebook status via my Blackberry. I can't Tweet on my Blackberry. I was able to send photos from my Blackberry to my Facebook account and my MySpace account. Now, I can't keep up-to-date on my emails on my Blackberry.

When I had my Blackberry, I was constantly keeping abreast of anything that mattered to me: my friends on Facebook, news, weather, appointments, everything.

And now I'm lost...


Verizon and JuiceBoxJungle sponsored me to write this post, and they asked me to talk about the ways my smart phone affects my life as a parent.




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What would I do with an extra $100?  

If I was handed an extra $100 next month, I would get some acrylic nails and I would get a haircut. My hair hasn't been cut since May 2009, and it's long overdue. As for my nails, I've bitten them down to nubs and they're getting on my nerves! (Yes, my stress level is HIGH!) I barely ever get to do things for me, since I'm a single mom and all of my money goes to caring for my kids, so it's nice to do things for myself sometimes!

What would you do if someone handed you an extra $100?

Disclosure: Kodak and JuiceBoxJungle sponsored me to write this fun post, about what I'd do with a surprise extra $100 if someone handed it to me next month.





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Create Change: Win an HP Mini 311 Notebook PC and HP Touchsmart Premium Printer bundle  

Create Change.

What a great concept. How would you like to Create Change?

Here's how I would like to create change.



Every year, I get mailings from the Susan G. Komen 3 Day for the Cure. Every year I say I'm going to go and I never do it. But, this year is the year that I've finally decided to do it!

Susan G. Komen's 3 Day for the Cure is coming to Philadelphia this year - about an hour and a half from where I live. The walk is from 15-17 October.



See that up there? The above photo embodies it all - the feeling of overcoming something, the feeling of creating change, the feeling of helping with something bigger than yourself, the feeling of I DID IT!

I want that feeling! ... and this is why:

Breast Cancer has not hit my family (thank God!) but I am adopted and even though I found my birth family, we're not too close and I'm not 100% sure if there truly is Breast Cancer in our family.

Alternatively, I am a 9 year cancer survivor. I discovered I had cervical cancer when I was 23 years old. It was Stage 3 and I was SCARED. I'm lucky it was found when it was.

Cancer has always been close to me, even before that - when I was 7 I had a lump removed from my right arm. I still have the scar. I worry about cancer the most because of these two instances.

That's why even though there is no Breast Cancer in my history, I want to take this walk to help make a change.

I'm blogging about Creating Change this year to try to win an HP Mini 311 Notebook PC and an HP Touchsmart Premium Printer bundle.

We were asked to write about "What are you or will you be doing in 2010 to create change and how will winning this technology bundle help your efforts?" In addition to me FINALLY doing the 3 day Breast Cancer walk this year, winning this bundle would help me chronicle my trip there, my 3 day walk, via my blog, Twitter, and Facebook. Hopefully I could use it to get people to donate to this great cause!

Are you with me?





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Valentine's Day Giveaway: Eden Fantasys  

*WARNING: This is an adult post and may not be suitable for younger viewers or for viewing at work!




You know, if you've read my blog for some time, that my favorite online store to get adult toys from is Eden Fantasys. They have great sex toys for couples, sexy lingerie, and sex toy accessories.

I've gotten a few things from Eden Fantasys in the past and I've always been pleased (in more ways than one!) with not only the quality of the items I buy, but also of the prices.

To make this even better, Eden Fantasys is having a Valentine's sale - 20% off of great gifts for Valentine's Day!

For now, Eden Fantasys wants to offer one lucky reader their own Baby Bug, a discreet vibrator that is waterproof, has multiple speeds, and weighs only .4 lb!

Here's a photo of the Baby Bug:



More info about the Baby Bug, taken from Eden Fantasys:

Powerful yet practical, this smiling-caterpillar shaped vibrator is a great first toy for beginners, but it’s one you’ll still be going back to many years, and vibrators, later. Among the reasons for that is its sensuality; the shaft is made out of silicone and is broadly ribbed-like a caterpillar. It feels plush yet firm, but with a little flexibility and resiliency.

The vibrations are powerful yet quiet enough to be discreet, and you can cycle through the three speeds via plus minus buttons embedded in the shaft itself.

Lastly, this caterpillar’s waterproof, and we know you’ll take advantage of that because using this baby in the tub can add a whole new dimension of sensuality to your orgasm.


This "baby" is 5 inches long and has 4 inches in circumference. It's powered by 2 AAA batteries, which you can buy from the site or at your local store.

GIVEAWAY


For your chance to win, head to Eden Fantasys and pick out another item you'd like to try out, then come back here and tell me in a comment.

For extra entries, view my Giveaway Rules, updated 2/2/10.

Since this is technically a Valentine's Day giveaway, and we're 4 days away from that date, I'm closing this giveaway in a week, so you won't have it in time but you can still have fun the week after Valentine's Day (give or take!)

This giveaway will end on February 17th at noon EST.


Thanks to Eden Fantasys for hosting this giveaway!

Good luck!

Disclaimer: I was sent a product 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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Great giveaway at Vanilla Joy  

Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Vanilla Joy

One of my favorite hobbies is papercrafting, although I don't get enough time to do it anymore! But I do own a Cricut Personal cutting machine and even though I haven't used it yet, I do hope to someday soon!

That's why this giveaway for 3 Cricut Cartridges at Vanilla Joy I'm sharing with you! I've entered and even though I'm hoping to win, I'm spreading the word!

Vanilla Joy is one of my favorite blogs to learn about craft room organization, craft organizer, craft storage, scrapbooking furniture, and craft room furniture!

So if you're into crafting, hurry over and enter to win!





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Buy two, get one free at Holey Donuts!  

Monday, February 8, 2010

Need a special offer to try America's best tasting ,Hand Made,Gourmet Low Fat Donuts?!

Buy 2, get ONE BOX FREE (3 for the price of 2)

This is great if you want to try "a smaller" order or don't have so much room in your freezer. Each box is as small as a frozen dinner entree so they will fit easily in your freezer too!

And while you're at www.holeydonuts.net remember to enter our Blog reader giveaway for a chance to win 4 assortments and a $250 store credit! Just find the contact page then add your email address and the NAME OF THIS BLOG (A Simple Kinda Life) in the subject line and you're in.

PLEASE ONLY ENTER ONCE.

Here's the code info:

BUY 2, GET 1 FREE - place 3 assortments in your cart, enter the code VDAY1 at checkout, click recalculate and the cost of 1 of those assortments will be FREE.


Disclaimer: I was not compensated in any manner for posting about this discount, but am participating in a Holey Donuts! contest to win $500.





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Review and Giveaway: Disney's The Princess and the Frog Soundtrack (CD)  

Sunday, February 7, 2010



My daughter and I recently reviewed Disney's The Princess and The Frog Soundtrack on CD.

About this CD, from the Disney Site:

Walt Disney Animation Studios presents the musical THE PRINCESS AND THE FROG, an animated comedy set in the great city of New Orleans. From the creators of "The Little Mermaid" and "Aladdin" comes a modern twist on a classic tale, featuring a beautiful girl named Tiana, a frog prince who desperately wants to be human again, and a fateful kiss that leads them both on a hilarious adventure through the mystical bayous of Louisiana.

The collection of magical songs from this amazing soundtrack features Anika Noni Rose(Dreamgirls), Ne-Yo(R&B music star) and Academy Award® winning composer Randy Newman. Set in the great city of New Orleans, the sounds of Jazz, Zydeco, Blues, Gospel and more are all present for an unforgettable musical experience the entire family will enjoy!


Track Listing:

1. Never Knew I Needed - Performed by Ne-Yo
2. Down in New Orleans (Prologue) - Performed by Anika Noni Rose as "Tiana"
3. Down in New Orleans - Performed by Dr. John
4. Almost There - Performed by Anika Noni Rose as "Tiana"
5. Friends on the Other Side - Performed by Keith David as "Dr. Facilier"
6. When We're Human - Performed by Michael Leon-Wooley as "Louis", Bruno Campas as "Prince Naveen" and Anika Noni Rose as "Tiana" featuring Terence Blanchard on Trumpet
7. Gonna Take You There - Performed by Jim Cummings as "Ray" featuring Terrance Simien on Accordion and Frottoir
8. Ma Belle Evangline - Performed by Jim Cummings as "Ray" featuring Terence Blanchard on Trumpet
9. Dig a Little Deeper - Performed by Jenifer Lewis as "Mama Odie" featuring the Pinnacle Gospel Choir
10. Down in New Orleans (Finale) - Perfomred by Anika Noni Rose as "Tiana"
11. Fairy Tale/Going Home Score
12. I Know This Story Score
13. The Frog Hunters/Gator Down Score
14. Tiana's Bad Dream Score
15. Ray Laid Low Score
16. Ray/Mama Odie Score
17. This is Gonna Be Good Score

My daughter and I both enjoyed this CD, my favorite songs being Never Knew I Needed performed by Ne-Yo and Ma Belle Evangeline performed by Jim Cummings. My daughter danced and sang along the moment I put the CD on, and can't name a favorite!

Terence Blanchard, whom I never heard of before, did a great job on Trumpet and brought tears to my eyes.

Since we first listened to this CD, my daughter hasn't stopped listening to it! She loves it and keeps begging me to buy the DVD of the movie when it comes out!

GIVEAWAY


One of you will win a copy of this CD for yourself! To enter, tell me who your favorite Disney princess is!

For extra entries, view my Giveaway Rules, updated 2/2/10.

This giveaway will end on February 22nd at noon EST.


Disclaimer: This post was written for Family Review Network as part of a program for Walt Disney Records, who supplied the CD for review.





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Winner: Caress Evenly Gorgeous Giveaway  

The Caress Evenly Gorgeous Giveaway ended the other day, and I'm sorry I'm late on posting this - you know I have to borrow a pc and sometimes it's hard for me to do so... so without further ado -

Congratulations to #15, who was Angela, who said "daily silk - oooh la la! :)"

Congratulations Angela! I'll be emailing you momentarily!

Thanks to everyone for entering and thanks to the Family Review Network for providing me with this review opportunity!




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Frigidaire "Spin & Win"  



Frigidaire and Jennifer Garner are teaming up once again to support Save the Children's U.S. Programs, dedicated to helping children living in poverty in the United States.

Their new Spin & Win game gives you the opportunity to win gift cards for spending quality time with your tykes - whether it's curling up with some new books, starting a craft project or taking in a family flick. They're giving away a prize every day. Plus, you could also win a brand new Frigidaire Affinity washer and dryer, with time-saving features that give you more time for the important things in life.

Best of all, every time you play, Frigidaire will donate $1 to Save the Children, as part of their $250,000 commitment to support Save the Children's CHANGE program, dedicated to providing nutritious snacks and promoting healthier lifestyles for children living in poverty in the United States.

I enter daily, so won't you?! You could win, and best yet, the donation to Save the Children, each time you play!!!


Disclaimer: I was not compensated in any way for spreading the word about this program/contest, but by doing so I have been entered to win an http://www.frigidaire.com/products/home-appliances.





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Insure Your Love contest and Twitter party  



Ask any Mom on the street why she does the things she does for her family, and the answer will likely be simple - love. Our love for family, and desire to show it, drives just about everything we do as Moms. Whether baking cupcakes until midnight the night before your child's classroom party, dressing up like a princess to host a tea party with your kids or working overtime to be able to afford a special family vacation - sometimes we're willing to do just about anything for love.

And with the holiday dedicated to love just around the corner, it might be time to look past heart-shaped chocolates and consider a different way of expressing your love...with the purchase of a life insurance policy.

You might be asking yourself what love and life insurance in common. More than you might realize! Simply put, life insurance is a product you purchase because you love someone and want to make sure they'll always be protected financially, even after you're gone.




As we know from the Valentine's Day celebrations taking place in classrooms and romantic restaurants everywhere, love and fun go hand-in-hand! To get Americans thinking about life insurance as an expression of enduring love, the nonprofit LIFE Foundation is sponsoring the Crazy4Love Photo Contest. From now until February 19, you'll be able to visit the popular microblogging website tumblr.com and share a photo that captures how you've expressed your love to someone dear to you. One Grand Prize winner will receive a $1,000 gift certificate toward a romantic getaway weekend. Go to www.insureyourlove.org to learn more about the contest and to enter.

Check out this video from a very special "spokesperson" who knows a thing or two about love.

Here's the info on the Twitter party:

LIFE Foundation /MomSelect Twitter Party

Date: Tuesday, February 9th, 2010
Time: 8 p.m. - 9 p.m. EST
Location: #InsureYourLove
Host: @MomTalkRadio (Maria Bailey, Founder of MomSelect)

Join us to share crazy acts of love confessions, win fun Valentine-themed prizes, and learn about the peace of mind you gain when you buy life insurance and know that your loved ones will always be protected financially, even after you're gone.

Think you have the perfect story of how you've expressed your love recently? Don't keep it to yourself! From now until February 19, you'll be able to enter the Crazy4Love Photo Contest by sharing a photo that captures how you've expressed your love to someone dear to you. One Grand Prize winner will receive a $1,000 gift certificate toward a romantic getaway weekend. Go to www.insureyourlove.org to learn more about the contest and enter today!


Disclaimer: I was not compensated in any way for spreading the word about this contest and Twitter party, but by doing so I have been entered to win a $250 American Express gift card and a gift basket.





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Family Dance-off Presented by Primrose Schools  



Primrose Schools, the leader in educational child care, has launched a national campaign to promote physical activity and healthy lifestyle choices by encouraging families across the country to boogie on down!

Here's how you can compete in the Family Dance-off:

1. Record a 30-second home video of your family's best dance moves. The sillier, the better!
2. Visit www.FamilyDanceoff.com and upload your best take from now until March 19th, 2010.
3. View and vote daily for your favorite family dance video!

If your video makes the cut, your family can have a chance to WIN these great prizes:

$5,000 grand prize
Wii Fit Bundle
FLIP Video camera
$30,000 donation to your local Children's Miracle Network hospital

Watch this video to see some great dancing moves in action!

Childhood obesity is a critical issue for young children in America. Dance is a fun, easy way to introduce physical activity into your family's routine while enjoying quality time together. The Family Dance-off supports Children's Miracle Network, a non-profit organization that raises funds for more than 170 children's hospitals, which collectively treat 17 million children annually for every illness and injury imaginable.


Disclaimer: I was not compensated in any way to spread the word about this contest, but by spreading the word, I have been entered into a contest to win a $250 American Express Gift Card from MomSelect!





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Submit it Sunday - Super Bowl Edition (2-7-10)  

I'm SOOOO psyched up for the Super Bowl! Instead of being on here, I should be watching the pre-bowl festivities but I have stuff to do!

Anyway, here's the linky for today. Sorry it's late yet AGAIN!







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Coffee Cup with a Cause  

Saturday, February 6, 2010



With 7-Eleven’s charity-focused coffee campaign “Coffee Cup With a Cause” supporting a cause has never been easier. Now, through December 2010, simply purchase a limited-edition 20-oz coffee cup designed by a featured celebrity and a portion of the proceeds will benefit the celebrity’s charity of choice. 7-Eleven will introduce new celebrity (from entertainment to sports) designed cups throughout 2010, which will be sold in 7-Eleven stores nationwide.



Nicole Richie, Joel Madden and Benji Madden designed the inaugural cup (pictured above), with proceeds from their customized cup benefiting The Richie-Madden Children’s Foundation, which was founded by Nicole and Joel in 2007.

7-Eleven is guaranteeing a $250,000 minimum donation to each charity, although through you and your readers support and purchase of cups, donations could reach as high as $300,000!

Check 7-11 out at www.facebook.com/7Eleven and www.twitter.com/7Eleven.

Disclaimer: I was not compensated in any way for sharing this post with my readers.





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