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Saturday, January 19, 2013

Bath & Body Works Free Body Lotion

Head on over to the Bath & Body Works Facebook page to score a coupon for a free 2 oz. America's Sweethearts Body Lotion. Just click on the Get Offer button and you'll get the offer sent to your inbox. The coupon is good through tomorrow, the 20th. $3.50 value. Choice of Honey Sweetheart, Daisy Dreamgirl or Berry Flirt.

Michael Angelo's Taste & Tell Family Review and Giveaways, exp 2/2/13

I've been part of Michael Angelo's eFamily since 2006, trying out their frozen foods with friends and family all along. Their latest word-of-mouth campaign is called the Taste & Tell Family. They sent me a DVD and some coupons, both the free food kind and for $1 off. I love free food coupons, especially when their value is just shy of $10.
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I like frozen Italian food, especially lasagna. Thanks to their free coupon, I recently picked up a box of Michael Angelo's meat lasagna to try. I do have to go out of my way to get this as Michael Angelo's isn't available where I usually shop. And I had to get the family size since the single serving wasn't available there. That is probably my biggest complaint about them. I want more varieties in more stores of their food. I really wanted to try their veggie lasagna, but it just wasn't an option there.

Three things they stress with their foods are family owned, natural, and small batch cooking. The family-owned highlights Michael Angelo and his mom Sara, who starred in the DVD, and how they're cooking their grandmother's recipes. Yes, there really is a Michael Angelo. His grandmother emigrated from Sicily through Ellis Island some time ago.

Friday, January 18, 2013

Boston Dangers

The perils of working near tall buildings in the winter.

Gambling in Atlantic City

Atlantic City Skyline

With all the talk of casinos coming to Massachusetts, you don't need to wait until they are here to gamble at the slots or table games. Atlantic City is just a quick ride down I-95 and Groupon has an exciting deal offering you a one-night stay for two at The Chelsea for just $79. For a Friday night stay, the cost is $99, while Saturday night is $199. The mid-week stay is over 60% off. Included with the deal are two passes to the Solarium, which offers a co-ed Jacuzzi, a sauna, and steam room. Up to two kids stay free, and you can combine up to three deals to extend your stay. The deal runs until January 24th.

If you time your trip for July, you can visit the Food & Wine Festival when in town.

Don't like New Jersey? I don't blame you. Here are two other deals available, one in St. Louis, the other in Myrtle Beach.

Thursday, January 17, 2013

Lakeshore Learning Science Fair 1/19

If you have little ones and are into educational toys, this Saturday the 19th at your local Lakeshore Learning Store, they are having a Science Fair from 11 am to 3 pm. Lots of hands-on activities and experiments for the kiddies. They actually have stores in 26 states, so be sure to check for one nearby. Massachusetts stores are in Newton and Saugus.

Here is a coupon, too, for you: $5 off $25, $10 off $50, and $15 off $75 purchases. Make a purchase, and you'll get free Science software, too.

Did you know they had three outlet stores (Towson, MD, Carson, CA, and San Leandro, CA)? Would love if one were nearby for the discounted merchandise.

Disclosure: No compensation was received for this post. See my disclosure policy for more information.

Happy 45th Anniversary Red Lobster

I used to live near one of these (and a White Castles, too) but now I don't. If you happen to live near one, tomorrow, January 18th, is their 45th anniversary. You can celebrate with them by getting a coupon from their Facebook page to purchase 45 shrimp for $11.99. Great deal. The coupon expires tomorrow, too.

Shower In Style Giveaway Blogger Opp

Here's a chance to host a giveaway for an 8" LED lit shower head. For the eventual winner, sounds like a great way to start that bathroom remodeling project... :) If you're a blogger and interested in hosting the giveaway, you too can signup. Please tell them Java John Z's referred you if you do. For everyone, come back on the 28th of January to enter.

S.O.S. Mom

This is a free blogger event for a single Facebook/Twitter link. Hosting and additional links available. For additional information or to signup, visit S.O.S. Mom. Signups close on January 22nd.

Wee Rock Eco-Friendly Rocker Giveaway, exp 2/7/13

When our little one was younger, he loved his rocking horse. These look absolutely amazing and I love their greenness. Good luck. Enter often.


There is something so classic and timeless about a rocking horse. They are an iconic symbol of childhood that people of all generations can relate to. Whether it is sitting in a nursery or getting plenty of use in the playroom, a rocking horse can add a certain aesthetic to the room.

Wee Rock Toy Co. has put a new spin on the classic rocking horse by making them sustainable in a convenient new design. Catherine O’Sullivan and Michael Galea, founders of Wee Rock Toy Co., used their architectural training to create a classic rocking horse that has only six pieces, allowing them to be shipped flat and assembled with no tools, no glue and no hardware!

These unique rockers are crafted from bamboo plywood – an ultra high quality, renewable and child-safe material. Unlike most plywood, the bamboo plywood used by Wee Rock Toy Co. uses a soy-based adhesive that emits zero VOCs and is a responsibly sourced renewable material. The bamboo parts are simply finished with a food-grade butcher-block conditioner. A huge bonus – all of these toys are cut, finished and packaged in the United States!

In addition to being sustainably made in the USA, the Wee Rock Toy Co. rockers are adorable, and currently available in five designs, including a classic horse, gorilla, elephant, rhino and giraffe. See the designs here.


Wednesday, January 16, 2013

21 Dead from Molasses

Forget about modern-day terrorists. 94 years ago yesterday (1/15/1919) was the Great Molasses Flood of Boston. 21 people died when a five story high tank holding 2 million plus gallons of molasses came tumbling down in the North End. Just imagine an eight foot tall tsunami of goo coming your way.
Molasses Tank Explosion Injures 50 and Kills 11

For more information on the disaster:
Believe it or not but there are actually multiple books out the subject. Dark Tide: The Great Boston Molasses Flood of 1919 and The Great Molasses Flood: Boston 1919. The latter is a children's book, targeting grades 3-6.

Listen to an interview with Deborah Kops, author of The Great Molasses Flood, on NPR's Here and Now with Sacha Pfeiffer.

Just think what they could do for the 100th anniversary of the flood.

If you think that was bad, London had a Beer Flood in 1814 that killed 9 people.

Donors Choose Review

Recently, my son's teacher asked the parents of her students for some school supplies. Minor things like glue sticks and crayons for instance. I happened to have some in my stash which I had picked up for free with coupons at back to school time. Thanks Target and Rose Art. So I sent them in and she was grateful. But, what do teacher's do when they want, or just need, bigger items that don't fit into the school budget for whatever reason? Even if parents were willing to fund, many schools have placed  limits on gifts you can give teachers to prevent the appearance of favoritism. That's where sites like come into play.

At DonorsChoose, their motto is Teacher's Ask, You Choose. Basically, teachers register at their site and request items for the classroom. People like you or I can then go to their site and pick which projects to fund. You can choose based upon location, grade level, or subject, along with some other criteria. You don't have to fund the whole project. They pool the donations from everyone such that lots of little donations can be made to fund a really expensive project (or even a less expensive one, you just don't need as many little donations).

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The types of projects they fund are incredibly varied. You can fund one time things like an author coming to a classroom, or something that will get reused year to year like a new projector. Personally, I like the projects where the items are reusable beyond just the current students.

One thing I like about the site is the feedback you get from the teachers, both while the project is being funded and afterwards. For one particular project I helped fund, I was actually sent letters from each student. They were great to read. With the photos the teachers post, you can actually see what you helped purchase being used.

The great thing about the place is many times foundations will match donations. So if you donate $25, thanks to the foundation, the project will get $50. They let you and I decide which project they will help fund. Sometimes, the foundations will just outright fund all the projects in a particular state, like what the Claire Giannini Fund did back in 2010. They'll even email you periodically $25 "gift" cards which you can use to fund whatever you'd like. The favorite thing I ran across with them is the time they sent me four or five $25 gift cards. Not for me to use myself, but to give to other people, to introduce them to the site and let them pick what they wanted to fund. Obviously, the hope was they would come back and donate their own money, too, but that wasn't a requirement.

Beat The Winter Time Blues Giveaway, exp 2/6/13

We all need to pick up on our reading and what better way than with a $50 gift card to Amazon. I never thought about sponsoring giveaways like this when my books came out. Perhaps I'll give that a go next time around. Maybe they would have sold better... The Playing the Genetic Lottery book from Terri Morgan looks like an interesting non-fiction read.
Beat the Winter Time Blues Giveaway
Does winter have you down? Perk up with a $50 Amazon gift card from Terri Morgan, author of Playing the Genetic Lottery. Enter to win below.

"Caitlin’s story touched me deep in my soul" ~ Marina, Chick Library Cat

"Terri Morgan's depictions of [schizophrenia] are realistic as well as haunting." ~ Allizabeth Collins, The Paperback Pursuer

Playing the Genetic Lottery

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Boston Comic Con 2013

Coming to the Hynes Convention Center in Boston April 20th and 21st is the annual Boston Comic Con convention. One of the largest fan run shows, they're celebrating their sixth year. Expect a huge guest list and a show floor full of vendors selling their pop culture wares.

To stay up to date on the convention happenings, join the Facebook group or follow the Twitter feed (@BostonComicCon). Neither is year specific. There is also a mailing list with signups on the show page.

As the show date gets closer, I'll be sure to add links for any ticket giveaways. For now, you can purchase tickets before they sell out. Tickets are $25/day or $40 for the weekend. Children 10 and under are free. The show runs from 10 am - 7 pm on Saturday and 10 am - 5 pm on Sunday.

Been to prior year shows? Please share your experiences.

Disclosure: No compensation was received for this post. See my disclosure policy for more information.

Celtics Clippers Ticket Giveway @ Staples

Area Staples stores are running a giveaway for Celtics tickets to the February 3rd, 2013 LA Clippers game. You must reside in MA, RI, CT, or NH to enter. Just visit their customer service counter and ask for an entry form before January 18th. If you buy a PC, laptop, or tablet, you are automatically entered.

Free Generation Know Bracelet

Get your free Generation Know bracelet from U by Kotex.

Their rules:
UbyKotex* bracelets are limited so please sign up quickly. Limit two samples per household. Offer limited to the United States and Canada and expires Dec 31, 2013 or while supplies last. Please allow 3-4 weeks for delivery. Must be 13 years of age or older to receive sample.

Heinz Ketchup with Jalapeno Review

A little while back, I got an offer from Heinz to buy a special variety of ketchup they were selling, where the ketchup was blended with real jalapeno. This was a special Facebook-only offer, and not sold in stores. I like spice, and used to just love their blend with garlic, so I decided to order.

I had some McDonald's fries the other day with my McRib (they're back) and thought I'd give the jalapeno ketchup a try. The results... The ketchup tasted really good and had a decent amount of heat. I wouldn't mind a bit more heat, but it spiced things up enough so your mouth wasn't on fire, while still being able to enjoy. The ketchup didn't have a strong jalapeno taste, or aroma though. So, I'm not sure about the real jalapeno blending, but the ketchup was good. I prefer more spice, but for a jalapeno-level item, I'd rate it a good 7 or 8 out of 10. Another thing the ketchup is good on is cheeseburgers. I use a pepper-jack cheese on my burgers and the combination of the two really ups the heat versus just one of the items alone.

Given how much ketchup you put on your food, you really don't want a condiment that much spicier. When I'm looking for more heat, I go for Chelsea Wicked Hot Sauce. They're based right out of Chelsea,  Mass. I keep running across them at local craft fairs and always pickup a bottle when I run out. Now, there is something that you really don't need more then a teaspoon of. It just wouldn't work out with something like french fries, at least not as a replacement for the typical amount of ketchup one would use.

If this were available in stores, I would get again. I definitely preferred their older, no longer available garlic variety ketchup, but since that isn't available, jalapenos it is.

Disclosure: No compensation was received for this post. See my disclosure policy for more information.

Monday, January 14, 2013

Progresso $2,000 Contest, Exp 2/11/13

I may enter to win this but I'm not so sure about that blue dress prize.... :)

Progresso® wants to help you cel-Oh!-brate those little moments of Oh! when you look and feel your best. The feeling of Oh! when you button up your favorite old jeans -- and they fit! Or the Oh! you get from your friends when you walk into a room confidently sporting a new dress!

Progresso® is giving you the chance to win the ultimate ProgressOh! Make-Oh-ver experience in Hollywood*! Three lucky grand prize winners will get to take the ultimate trip full of ProgressOh! experiences -- from a head-to-toe makeover to sightseeing in LA!

Here's what you could win:
  • Round-trip airfare for you and a guest to Los Angeles, California. 
  • 4 day / 3 night hotel accommodations. 
  • A head-to-toe makeover, including hair, makeup, and a blue dress to get you ready for your own ProgressOh! moment in Hollywood. 
  • Two tickets to this season's live finale of The Biggest Loser. 
  • $2,000 spending money. 
Here's how to enter:
  • Visit
  • Complete an official entry form. 
  • Share a photo. 
  • Tell us why you love Progresso soup. 
  • Tell us why you deserve a ProgressOh! makeover. 
Don't forget to tag your content with #ProgressOh!

With 40 delicious flavors at 100 calories or less per serving, you are sure to find a soup that makes you say Oh! Click HERE to download a coupon to save $1.25 when you purchase any four Progresso soups.

This Contest is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with Facebook. Any questions, comments or complaints regarding the Contest must be directed to the Sponsor, and not to Facebook.

Disclosure: General Mills provided this information through MyInsite.

Free Sun Maid 100th Anniversary Cookbook

In celebration of their 100th anniversary, Sun Maid is offering a 20 recipe cookbook for those who love raisins and other dried fruits. You can either download the PDF version or have it mailed to you. The Banana French Toast looks like an interesting one to try. If you order online, there is a second New Taste of Tradition cookbook available, too.

Current Giveaway Summary, as of 1/14/13

Just a summary of current giveaways I'm involved in, in case you missed any...
The only giveaway that is just from me is the $10 iTunes gift card giveaway. That runs until 1/23/13.

Frugal Follies is celebrating their 3rd anniversary and we're helping them give away a $103 Amazon gift card. 1/31/13 ending here.

You can win a Blacktop 360 Party Hub Grill-Fryer along with the Make Our Own Network (MOON) group. This goes until 1/18. Yeah, the picture says the 17th but it looks like it is scheduled to the 18th.

Here is a giveaway for $200 credit at Tophatter, in the form of PayPal. This runs until 1/30/13.
Pickup an 18 quarter cookwell roaster from Nesco in this giveaway that ends on 2/5/13.

The humidifier giveaway just started today. This ends on 1/28/13.

I seem to have done something wrong with the Kureg Vue V700 signup so I'm not a part of it. I don't know what's up with the SodaSteam Fountain Jet giveaway. I haven't heard when it is starting. I know the MyCube Safe one has been delayed. I don't know if it has been canceled yet.

Free Photo and Copy Paper at Staples, exp 1/19/13

In the market for some extra copy paper or photo paper? Staples has both available for free after easy rebate when combined with coupons they are offering online.

The copy paper is currently selling online for $7.29 for a 500 page ream, so I believe that is the value of the coupon, what you'd get back with the easy rebate.

The photo paper is regularly $9.99 - $8.99 easy rebate - $1 with this coupon, meaning you'd get back $8.99.

Offers expires 1/19/13 and have a limit of one.

Search Terms

I may later do periodic posts of top search terms used to find me as some folks did for end of year. I just had to comment on one of them that was recently used to find my blog...
powered by blogspot + barn weddings
Barn weddings? Someone actually clicked on my blog link in search results when they were searching for information on barn weddings...

Lots of different search query strings ended up on my Discover the Dinosaur event announcement article.

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Mobile Rewards $200 Giveaway, exp 2/15

Who doesn't like winning cash? Here's a great opportunity to win $200 via PayPal and it is open worldwide.

Welcome to the Mobile Rewards $200 Giveaway

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About our Sponsor:
Mobile Rewards is a FREE smartphone app that rewards users with credits for completing offers. The credits are then redeemable for cash. Get Mobile Rewards for any Android or iOS device, so that includes iPhones, iPods, iPads, and any Android smartphones or tablets.

People can download the app for free from the Apple App Store or from Google Play store. Once you log in, watch videos or complete the offers (like free trials and visiting websites) to earn credits. Once memebers reach 1,000 credits they can cash out through Paypal.  There are a whole range of offers on there, from 1 credit up to 795 credits, so it is not too difficult to reach the payout amount!

Mobile Rewards is as easy as 1, 2, 3! Really - 1) Download + Join, 2) Earn Credits, and 3) Cash Out! Once you reach 1000 credits you can turn your credits to cash quick and easy! You can now make money from your mobile phone!

Where do you go to download Mobile Rewards? Head over to Google Play and get My Rewards for Android users, or head over to the Apps Store and download Mobile Rewards for iPhones! You can also create your account online RIGHT HERE!

About the prize:
One lucky winner will receive 20,000 credits which is worth $200 in cash when they claim their reward through Paypal – then spend it however they like! Redeeming the credits is fast and easy! Simply log-in to your Mobile Rewards from your Android or iOS device, and redeem! You can also take advantage of Mobile Rewards and earn points until you're ready to trade in your points for cash! Either way, you do whatever you want if you win.

Event is open Worldwide and will end on February 15, 2012 at 11:59pm EST.

One lucky winner will receive 20,000 credits to Mobile Rewards, which can be redeemed for $200 Paypal Cash! Enter using the Rafflecopter form below! Good Luck!

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Sunday, January 13, 2013

Win AFC Championship Tickets

The Patriots' ProShop is giving away tickets to next week's AFC championship game for the New England Patriots against the Baltimore Ravens. You can either buy something from their web site, or... enter online without the purchase. I did the latter. If you win and need someone to go with you... :)

Other giveaways for tickets:
  • 98.5 The Sports Hub -- I'm not entering this one. Trivia contest with them throwing 40"+ TVs off the roof if you're wrong
  • WAAF
Please let me know if you run across any more.

On a related note, the NFL is giving away behind the scenes looks at the combine and draft day.

Breathe Easy Giveaway Event, exp 1/28

We run a humidifier nightly in our house lately. That extra moisture in the air helps our son out from getting those bloody noses. Here's a chance to win your very own. Very nice one it looks like. The giveaway runs until January 28th. Good luck.

ARV $229.99

William plays in the highest league of craftsmanship and beauty. a stylish ultrasonic humidifier – equipped with all that is possible in modern engineering. It covers large rooms up to 1,000 square feet.  He is extremely quiet and powerful, but still low in power consumption. Nothing can compare to this black beauty.

When: 1/14-1/28

Who: Open to US residents in the continental 48 states

"Make Our Own Network" solely organized this event. I received no compensation for this publication. My opinions are 100% my own and may differ from your own. Java John Z's Giveaways and Reviews is not responsible for sponsor prize shipment.

P&G Coupon Booklet

Have you requested the latest Proctor & Gamble coupon booklet from Home Made Simple and wondered why sometimes it arrives and sometimes it doesn't? Apparently, you can only request one once every 30 days. So, if you request it sooner, you won't get it. And, don't forget it take four to six weeks for delivery. The latest booklet includes $17 worth of coupons.

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