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Saturday, December 22, 2012

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Christmas Wreath Win

I won the Christmas Wreath giveaway over at Mom, Are We There Yet? and I thought I would share. The win ended up being a gift card to Lynch Creek Farm so I got to pick what I wanted. We ended up getting the 22" Cinnamon Candy Apple Wreath. The wreath arrived quickly in the mail and it looks and smells great. My wife is saying we'll use them again next year already.

Friday, December 21, 2012

Catch A Character ~ iCaughtSanta ~ Twitter Party RSVP and Giveaway

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How many times has your little one tried to stay up to catch Santa? Well, this year you can tell them you will stay up for them and get a picture for them or just surprise them with the "proof" of Santa!
Catch A Character lets you take your own picture, upload it {very easy to do}, add their Character, then print and share!
They even have Santa in different poses to make sure you can easily fit him into the picture.....LOVE IT!!

Check out their new product, called Santa’s Magic Maker, features Santa, Tooth Fairy & Easter Bunny Characters+ See all new Characters & save 25% by using this link: New this year: White, Black and Hispanic Santas+ Now featuring Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer.

Mom Powered Media is hosting a Twitter Party for Catch A Character!!

Rockin' Sheepskin Word of the Day Page

The word of the day for the Rockin' Sheepskin giveaway is:

Monday: Soft
Tuesday: Bedroom
Wednesday: Skin
Thursday: Trendy
Friday: Accent
Saturday: Matching
Sunday: Theme

Win a Gruffalo Prize Pack, Today (12/21) only

For all those fans of the Gruffalo books...

Sprout will broadcast The Gruffalo and the U.S. premiere of The Guffalo's Child this weekend. To celebrate, they are having a Countdown to Sprout Giveaway on The Gruffalo Facebook page. "Like" The Gruffalo for a chance to win the Gruffalo prize pack. Gee, just noticed, you only have until 2 pm EST.

Amazon can still get you the books in time for Christmas.

There are even a couple of activity books:
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Do You Gofobo? Free Parental Guidance Screening

Do you like to get free movie screening tickets? The movie Parental Guidance is having their free screenings tomorrow night, Saturday the 22nd. Boston is already full but you can go to Marlboro or Newington, NH. See if you can get free tickets in your area. They fill up quickly.

If you sign up at Gofobo, they'll notify you directly when tickets are available in your area.

Free Reader's Digest Digital and More

For the longest time, my parent's used to get me a Reader's Digest subscription for Christmas. I eventually told them to stop as I could get it for free. Now, you can, too, though only a digital version at this time. Just see the folks at Mercury Magazine. I've repeatedly gotten different magazines from them, all for free, and even given some as gifts, too.

Including the free electronic Reader's Digest, you can also pick subscriptions to the following magazines:

The length of time for the subscriptions varies. Some are just a couple issues (Cosmo). Some are full years.

Quantities are limited, though once you get on their mailing list, you'll find out when more are available.

Gold Toe Boxers Winner Announcement

Congrats goes out to winner Vickie M. in our giveaway for a 3-pack of Gold Toe Boxers. Thanks to BzzAgent for providing the prize.

Thanks so much for visiting and welcome to all my new followers!

Please don't forget to sign up for the mailing list, follow on Twitter, and/or fan on Facebook to find out about our latest giveaways (Lego Technics book) and reviews (Mighty Mug). The PlayMG Game System giveaway will still be happening. It just got delayed a few days.

Thursday, December 20, 2012

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Mighty Mug Review

I work at my desk frequently during the day (and night) and almost always have a drink with me, typically water. Let's just say I've gone through a few keyboards in my days, and I always keep a towel nearby for those innocent spills. I'm at the point now where I only drink from a container with a locking/closed top to prevent the spills as I can be a little klutzy. Takes a little more effort to drink but better than killing another keyboard or whatever else is on the computer desk at the time. An adult sippy cup, sorta.

I recently had the chance to try out the Mighty Mug, which offers an alternative to help prevent desk-side spills. A glorified coffee cup. Basically, the base of the mug offers a vacuum seal that latches on to flat surfaces such that hitting it from the side does not knock over the mug, spilling what's inside. This is best demonstrated with a video from the vendor's site:

Does it actually work that well? Essentially, yes. Placing the mug on a desk will cause the mug's base to lock down. Unless you lift the mug by the handle, it will stay there vacuum sealed without being knocked over. Sometimes I was too gentle placing the mug on the desk, though, so the mug didn't always latch on. And, if you hit the mug hard enough, while it won't unlatch, the liquid will get jostled inside, and more than likely pop out of the locking lid with an open spout.

But apart from that, the 16 ounce mug is a great alternative for those late night writing/programming/surfing sessions. In addition, it is both microwave and dishwasher safe. BPA free, too. Supposedly, it takes only five years to biodegrade, but I'm not going to wait to see if that one is true.

Besides the company's home page, you can find additional informational on their Facebook page. Be sure to check out all the colors available for the mug.

Disclosure: I was sent this product in the hopes of a review. I received no compensation for this post.

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Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Gollywood, Here I Come Word of the Day Page

The word of the day for the Gollywood, Here I Come giveaway is:

Monday: Gollywood Studios
Tuesday: Anamazie
Wednesday: Terry John Barto
Thursday: Henrietta
Friday: Gollywood Got Talent
Saturday: Mr. Albright
Sunday: Miss Stikklebower

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The Lego Adventure Book Review and Technic Builder's Guide Giveaway (exp 12/31/12)

I recently had the opportunity to review the recently published The LEGO Adventure Book, Vol. 1: Cars, Castles, Dinosaurs & More! from No Starch Press. They also sent along two of their other Lego titles to look at, The Unofficial Lego Builder's Guide (2nd Edition) and The Unofficial Lego Technic Builder's Guideso reviews for those two follow, also. The Lego Technic Builder's Guide book is then being offered in a giveaway, ending 12/31/12, right before the new year hits.
I never felt I was Lego-challenged, but boy do I wish I had picked up a book to help with building some time ago. Who would have known there was an actual technique for putting these together properly and building extensive structures. Perhaps the next time I build with my son, things won't fall apart so easily. Though, the dog stepping on them probably doesn't help.

First off, my five-year old grabbed the Adventure title before I even had a chance to look at it. Shame on me for leaving it out on the table for him to see. What made him so excited about the book? Apart from all the color pictures throughout the book showing successful builds and step-by-step how-to instructions, it was all the train and dinosaur models demonstrated in the book, with a sample shown here:

Look how easy it is to build a stegosaurus. There are pictures and/or step-by-step instructions throughout the title, showing 25 brick-by-brick breakdowns and close to two hundred different models shown only with a picture or two. The step-by-step guides are perfect for kids looking for new projects to build, or just for the parent who wants to help them out. Sorry, no teacher's guide for the other 200. Who created all the models? They are a bunch of expert builders from around the web, each offering their own style.

The models are varied in complexity and content, spread across 14 chapters, with topics covering race cars, dinosaurs, and trains, among other things, the last being my son's personal favorite.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1: Building the Idea Lab
Chapter 2: A LEGO Town
Chapter 3: Hot Rods and Cool Rides
Chapter 4: From Below!
Chapter 5: The Sky’s the Limit
Chapter 6: The Turtle Factory
Chapter 7: Starfighters
Chapter 8: Mighty Mecha
Chapter 9: Medieval Village
Chapter 10: Triassic Park
Chapter 11: Making New Friends
Chapter 12: Full Steam Ahead
Chapter 13: Steampunk
Chapter 14: A LEGO Legend

Each chapter is color coded and specific to one of those expert builders. So all the dinosaurs, for instance, are from builder Mike Psiaki. The build instructions are fairly clear when provided. Where not provided, you have to extrapolate what's in the model strictly from the pictures.

My biggest complaint about this title is the brick inventory needed to create models from the breakdowns provided, or even just the pictures w/o the guides to get some resemblance. The instructions just assume you'll have enough bricks to build the desired structures. Then again, you may have the right bricks, just not the right colors. The book does offer this "Building Tip:"
If you don't have these LEGO elements in these colors, just use whatever you have.

It is just that the diversity of bricks needed is amazing.Who has all of these? I'm really more concerned about having the right shapes than colors when building I guess.

While my five-year old loves the book for the pictures, I don't envision him being able to build much with the help of the book just yet. Most of the models present are more for the intermediate to advanced builder. I think I'd even have trouble with a few where the step-by-step instructions aren't provided, but this does give me more of a reason to play with Lego with my son. Can't wait to see what they have in store for Volume 2.

You may find some other reviews helpful, too, from more Lego-friendly sites.

The Unofficial Lego Builder's Guide

By Allan Bedford, the second title is probably more of what I would be looking for in a how-to build your own Lego model book, versus the how to copy what others have done in the first title. This edition is an update to a title that first came out in 2005. It covers such topics as the best way to connect bricks, working with mosaic patterns, and an encyclopedia of bricks.

Broken into ten chapters, each chapter explores different aspects of constructing Lego models.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1: The Lego System: Endless Possibilities
Chapter 2: Back to Basics: Tips and Techniques
Chapter 3: Minifig Scale: Oh, What a Wonderful Minifig World It Is!
Chapter 4: Miniland Scale: The Whole World in Miniature
Chapter 5: Jumbo Elements: Building Bigger Bricks
Chapter 6: Microscale Building: More Than Meets the Eye
Chapter 7: Sculptures: The Shape of Things to Build
Chapter 8: Mosaics: Patterns and Pictures in Bricks
Chapter 9: Putting It All Together: Where Ideas Meet Bricks
Chapter 10: Beyond Just Bricks: Other Things to Do Besides Building

This book will definitely help you improve your building skills. While you may like the Adventure title for its fancy full-color views, that book doesn't really teach much about building structures stronger. And, that is exactly what this book does show, as demonstrated by this sphere building instruction page.

The Unofficial Lego Technic Builder's Guide

The third title from Pawel "Sariel" Kmiec is for those interested in building better with the motorized Lego Technic system. It follows the successful approach of the The Unofficial Lego Builder's Guide title but adds in the complexity of the motors, power, gears, and pulleys.

Table of Contents

Part 1: Basics
Chapter 1: Basic Concepts
Chapter 2: Basic Units and Pieces
Chapter 3: Studless or Studfull
Chapter 4: Axles, Bushes, and Joints
Part 2: Mechanics
Chapter 5: Gears and Power Transmission Basics
Chapter 6: Chains and Pulleys
Chapter 7: Levers and Linkages
Chapter 8: Custom Mechanical Solutions
Chapter 9: The Lego Pneumatic System
Chapter 10: Pneumatic Devices
Chapter 11: Building Strong
Part 3: Motors
Chapter 12: An Inventory of Lego Motors
Chapter 13: Lego Power Functions System
Part 4: Advanced Mechanics
Chapter 14: Wheeled Steering Systems
Chapter 15: Wheeled Suspension Systems
Chapter 16: Tracked Vehicles and Suspensions
Chapter 17: Transmissions
Chapter 18: Adders and Subtractors
Part 5: Models
Chapter 19: Form vs. Function
Chapter 20: Scaling a Model
Chapter 21: The Modeling Process

The book is pretty much a mechanical engineering book, but with Lego. There aren't any step-by-step guides for any of the models. Instead, you learn the principles of how to build them yourself. Great resource for the Technic builder who desires a better understanding of how the mechanics behind the models work. I wish there was more to say about the title but it is pretty much a textbook-like approach to building, as shown here.

Obviously, it is great that you can take the mechanical engineering concepts and put them into brick. This helps to reinforce the different concepts, and the author does that well.

Someone at No Starch has clearly been busy procuring authors for Lego titles, with three separate books coming out in a short time period. The first book being appropriate for those interested in building the models/patterns of others. The second book offering the average builder a kick start to something greater. The third is the most technical of the bunch since it is specific to the Technic sets which involve motors, and really only appropriate for those who own Technic kits.

All three books come with a free ebook version of the same book. If you like dead-tree books, Amazon offers these titles at prices below the suggested retail price. For beginners, you might want to start with the more basic builder's guide first. Obviously, the Technic book is for fans of the motorized sets.
And now the giveaway. Thanks to No Starch Press, one lucky reader will receive The Unofficial Lego Technic Builder's Guide. Enter via the Rafflecopter form below. You have to the end of the year to enter to win.Good luck.

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1 lucky winner will receive the book The Unofficial Lego Technic Builder's Guide
This giveaway ends on January 1, 2013 at 12:00 am EST.
Open to the US only, ages 18+.
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Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Canceling NFL Mobile Premium on Verizon

So, I signed up for NFL Mobile Premium on my Verizon phone and decided it was time to cancel. If you go to your My Plans and Services page for Verizon Wireless, you'll see the $5 monthly charge for NFL Mobile Premium. However, clicking on Add/Change Features doesn't offer a way to cancel. So, how do you cancel?

With a little work, I discovered if you want to cancel, you have to go to the NFL site to learn:
To cancel at anytime, text "STOP" to 69635. For help, text "HELP" to 69635.
Simple enough, but boy do they make it difficult to find.

If you found this helpful, please leave a comment and let me know. Thanks.

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Sunday, December 16, 2012

Appliance Giveaways

I'm not a coffee drinker and stopped drinking two liters of Coke a day some time ago. No caffeine at all now. With that said, all the Keurig and Soda Stream giveaways don't interest me much. Sure, they are great prizes that aren't cheap, but they are not really something I can use. There are some other appliances I can use replacements for. Here are a bunch of giveaways for some other appliances you may find useful, too.
I'm not sure if Leite's is belongs under blog or sweepstakes.... Yes, they have three different stand mixer contests happening at the same time...
Some sweepstakes, too:

I seem to have missed a bunch of the Bentec giveaways that ended last month.

One other giveaway worth mentioning, though not exactly an appliance, is an 8-piece OXO holiday backing set from Inspired Taste. Just use it with the appliances you win... :)  Exp Jan 31, 2013.

If you are aware of any more, please leave them in the comments. Might be too late to get these by Christmas, but I won't complain if they arrive after that...

Enjoy. Let me know if you'd like to see a similar list for another prize/category.

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