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Saturday, February 2, 2013

Caribbean Cruising Blogger Opp

This is the first time I've seen this prize offered in a giveaway so I couldn't resist this blogger opportunity. Do come back between March 25th and April 25th if you are interested in winning the prize. It can't be used until the fall of 2013 or Jan-Apr 2014 so you can't escape this winter's cold.

Caribbean Cruising Event

Hosted by: Dixieland Mom
Prize: Roundtrip Cruise from either Miami FL, Tampa FL or New Orleans LA to the Caribbean! Transportation to Florida/Louisiana not included.
Event dates: 3/25 - 4/25

Light It Up Blogger Opp

Time to start planning to have outdoor gatherings again? It might be a little cold for now in the northeast, but many parts of the rest of the country aren't so cold. Here's a blogger opportunity where the prize will help keep you warm. If you sign up, tell them Java John Z's sent you.


Light It Up Event

Hosted by: Mom to Bed by 8
Prize: Ohio Flame ”The Patriot” Fire Pit {RV$249.99}
Event dates: 2/11 – 3/4
Tell Them Java John Z's Sent You

Measure Your Way To Healthy EatSmart Day Giveaway Co-Host Page

a Rafflecopter giveaway

QMT 36" Arabesque Windchime Giveaway Co-Host Page​

a Rafflecopter giveaway

The Popcorn Factory Plush Bunny Basket Giveaway Co-Host Page​

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Blendtec Blender Giveaways

I'm part of a group giveaway put together by Colleen of My Vegan Gluten-Free Life for a Blendtec Blender. It seems Colleen isn't the only one offered that as a giveaway prize.

If you are truly interested in winning one of these $500 units, be sure to enter at these other blogs, too. These places are not just other places hosting Colleen's giveaway, like myself. They have their own reviews with their own prizes, and sometimes a slightly different model.

Nearly all of these seem to include a case of yogurt in the giveaway, too. Colleen was either short-changed or ate the yogurt herself.... :)

The Choice Secret Word of the Day

The secret word of the day for The Choice Prize Pack Giveaway is:

Friday, February 1, 2013

Lovin' The Weekend Blog Hop, 2/1-2/3/13

I'm the featured host this week. Join in if you blog.

Welcome to Lovin' The Weekend Blog Hops with your co-hosts:

Thank you to every one who has stopped by, whether this is your first visit or you have been a faithful ongoing participant! 

We would love for you to stop by each of the co-hosts and follow us, then feel free to add your links to any or all of the following linkies.

 We also randomly choose a Featured host each week from the Lovin' The Readers linky. This week we are featuring John from Java John Z's.

Java John Z's
Here's what he has to say:
"I'm a software engineer by day and a sweepstaker and couponer by night. I've authored several books related to Java technology, hence the blog name of Java John Z. I started blogging just last December (2012). I had always toyed with starting a blog and the triggering point was literally when I hit the 2,000 follower limit on Twitter and couldn't follow any more. I liked getting the extra entries in the giveaways so followed nearly everybody, except insurance agents. I'm still finding the right niche for my blog. It definitely has a Boston slant on things, from local giveaways to area happenings. I tend to have a ton of blogger opportunities posted as I'm just growing an audience and welcome the exposure they bring. I really don't sign up for all that I run across. And, I'm not afraid to tackle technology-related topics. (One of my most popular postings not related to a giveaway is instructions on how to cancel your NFL mobile subscription.) I've been toying with a series of posts with tips for bloggers, like article pagination and linking in Rafflecopter, but haven't started that yet."

Nabisco Coupon Time

Trio of Grahamfuls boxes

It is that time of month when Nabisco releases their next Facebook coupon. This month, Grahamfuls. $1 off of ONE package. Should be able to get some nice deals with that one if you catch a sale.
Get coupon

There are 50,000 coupons available, and don't forget to print two.

Mom's Laundry Day Giveaway Blogger Opp

Here is another free blogger opportunity. This one to help with the laundry with a prize of dryer balls and detergent. The event itself is only a week long. If you sign up, tell them Java John Z's sent you. If you're blogless, come back on February 13th to enter.

Mom's Laundry Day Giveaway 

Hosted By Oh! My Heartsie
Prize for One Winner is 
One Package of Woolzies
One Robby Washer Ball

Event Date 2/13 to 2/20
Free To Sign Up
Tell them Java John Z's Sent You

DaddyScrubs Giveaway Blogger Opp

I survived the February 1 start of many giveaways. Good luck in the ones you enter. Here's another blogger opportunity for some DaddyScrubs that starts 2/22. Sign up now and tell them Java John Z's sent you. For non-blogging readers, come back then to enter and win, or become a blogger yourself and join the craziness.

One Lucky Winner Will Win 

"DaddyScrubs (RV $54.95)" 

Hosted By: MommAtude and Sponsored By DaddyScrubs
Event Dates: 2/22/13 - 3/22/13 
Free Blog Event! Signup Here ➣ Bloggers Wanted Sign Up Here

Playing the Genetic Lottery Book Review

Book Cover

Playing the Genetic Lottery is author Terri J. Morgan's first book. Given the quality of the writing, it certainly won't be her last and only one. It is important to remember, though, that this book is fictional. The author does such a fantastic job illuminating the world of schizophrenia, which draws you into her world, that you have to pull back and recall this isn't non-fiction. The information related to the disease is factual enough, it is just the story that is fictional.

The story itself involves a woman Caitlin and the fears she faces of having children after having grown up with two schizophrenic parents. Has she or will the kids inherit the disease that destroyed her parents? Hence the lottery part of the title. Has she beaten the odds?

Caitlin starts out in the story on the young side, unable to cope with her parents' disease. Eventually she enters the Federal Witness Protection program, or at least moves away and changes her name. She wants to get away from the troubles and not have to deal with them. But, she can't escape her past.

Overall, a well written book with characters that seem almost real. The author's understanding of the disease reveals a great satisfaction of the knowledge acquired from her in depth research (or real world experience). The book's approximately 400 pages could be read in one sitting, but to get the most out of the title it would be best to spread around some more, through perhaps 3-4 sittings. Good job.
Disclosure: I received a free copy of the book to facilitate my review. All opinions stated are my own. See my disclosure policy for more information.

Thursday, January 31, 2013

Angry Birds Star Wars Update

Do you play? If so, be sure to update. There are twenty new levels, and two bonus levels, now available in their Escape from Hoth update pack.

Inflatable Easter Bunny Speedster Car Giveaway Co-Host Page

a Rafflecopter giveaway

$500 Stimulus Sweepstakes, exp 3/10/13

AutoZone is running a weekly $500 giveaway, through 3/10/13.
Good luck!
I would love to win some cash.

Sephora Giveaway Bloglovin Follow Page

3D Virtual Reality Headsets Word of the Day

The secret word of the day for the 3D Virtual Reality Headsets Giveaway is:

Kia Test Drive for $25 Visa GC

Here's an opportunity to get a free $25 Visa Gift Card. First, be one of the first 10,000 people to register at Then print certificate and take it to a nearby Kia dealer. Test drive a vehicle. Have the dealer fill out their half of the form. Mail in form and six-eight weeks later, you'll get a $25 Visa gift card in the mail.

I always register for these things, but the funny thing is I frequently forget to do the actual test drive. One day, several years back, I actually did like five of these test drives in one day and cleared $250. I brought my dad along for the trip and he was laughing the whole time.

Escape from Planet Earth Screening, 2/9/13

Here's a screening in Boston on February 9th more for the kiddies than the adults, the 3D movie Escape from Planet Earth. It is PG, but the showing is 11 am on a Saturday. Sign in at Gofobo and get your passes, up to four. Keep in mind these seatings are NOT guaranteed so be sure to show up early or risk having a very upset kid.
On the planet Baab, dashing astronaut Scorch Supernova (Brendan Fraser) is a national hero and master of daring rescues. However, Scorch does not work alone; his nerdy brother, Gary (Rob Corddry), head of mission control at BASA, often lends quiet, behind-the-scenes support. When a distress signal arrives from a dangerous planet, Scorch ignores Gary's warnings and sets out on a rescue mission. Scorch soon finds himself caught in a trap set by an evil enemy, and it's up to Gary to save him.

Wednesday, January 30, 2013

AquaChef Blogger Opp

If I were to ever win all these kitchen gadgets, I think my wife would go nuts as she's constantly saying we don't have enough room in the kitchen for what we do have. With that said, here is yet another blogger opportunity where the giveaway does NOT start on February 1. Hooray. Sign up before February 23rd and tell them Java John Z's sent you if you do. For those non-bloggers out there, come back at the end of the month and enter to win.

Prize: AquaChef Oven  (ARV $160)

Hosted by:

Sign-ups close 2/23
**The blogger with the most referrals will receive the additional links at no cost
Click HERE to sign up and for more html info.

M.O.O.N. has now added several perks/discounts for frequent participation in our events but you must be a member of our Facebook group to be eligible.  Please visit the M.O.O.N. group if you are a blogger and would like more information regarding these perks and other group events.

Free Pancakes (IHOP) Feb 5

Since 2006, IHOP has been doing National Pancake Day. This year, on Tuesday February 5th, you can stop by any participating IHOP from 7am to 10pm and get one free short stack of buttermilk pancakes. While supplies last.

During the giveaway, they try to raise money for Children's Miracle Network Hospitals and other charities. Since the start of the event, they've raised over $10 million. This year's goal, $3 million.

Free Live Better America Sample

Cheerios: Medley Crunch Box
Be one of the first 10,000 to request a sample of their latest member freebie. This month is Honey Nut Cheerios: Medley Crunch.

Shower in Style Giveaway, exp 2/9/13

Here is a great giveaway for those looking to remodel their bathroom. The giveaway runs until February 9th and the winner will be sure to enjoy their new toy.

Sponsored by Change your, and hosted by S.O.S. Mom, Real Momma and The Bunny's Reviews, one lucky person will win an 8" LED lit shower head (as seen in picture above)! Prize is valued at $120. Pimping your shower, yes we are!

Change Your Bathroom is at the cutting edge of today’s popular home design trend. Their years of experience will guarantee a seamless finish. Whether budget style, or texture is at the front of your mind, they have the right look for you.

The team is composed of Josh, the tile installer/electrician. who has worked in remodeling for 14 years and is proud to be a 2nd generation home builder. His passion lies in turning his concepts into reality. He has created several products including but not limited to the inflowAIR dust containment system and our very own hidden drain system for curb-less showers. He also loves to create beautiful spaces and for the past seven years has made bathrooms his specialty. From custom projects including hidden TVs to more traditional projects, Josh enjoys a challenge.

CashCrate $100 Blogger Opp

Here's a chance to signup for a giveaway with a prize of $100 through PayPal. Yet another giveaway that starts on February 1. Signup now and come back in a few days to enter, this one and all the others starting that day.

Prize: $100 PayPal
Event Dates: 2/1-2/14

Free Blogger Opportunity! 

Yankee Candle Coupon, exp Feb 18, 2013

Yankee Candle Logo
Here's a coupon for Buy 2 Get 1 Free (B2G1) from Yankee Candle. It expires February 18th and is good on all large jar candles, tumbler candles, and Pure Radiance vase candles. Regularly $27.99 each.

Follow them on Facebook TheYankeeCandleCompany or on Twitter (@theyankeecandle).

I couldn't find anyone giving away Yankee Candles but I did find a nice giveaway from Yankee Magazine for a candlelit dinner for 2 at the Old Saco Inn, in Fryeburg, ME. It runs to the end of June 2013, with one winner every week. Entries do NOT roll over.

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

Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Life in a House of Testosterone Anniversary Blogger Opp

Happy birthday to Life in a House of Testosterone. Wow, nine years blogging. The giveaway is a celebration. Join in now if you're a blogger and everyone should stop back in mid APRIL to try to win a $100 Amazon GC or $100 PayPal cash. Wow, is this party starting early.

Life in a House of Testosterone’s 9th Birthday Cash Giveaway!

Join me in helping Kim at Life in a House of Testosterone celebrate her 9th year blogging with a $100.00 Amazon or PayPal Cash Giveaway!
LiaH is a place for Kim to share her joys and sorrows, thoughts and opinions, cares and concerns with each of her readers - and of course the usual antics of the testosterone carriers and The Man Thing! A great place to get your giggle on and find a giveaway or two to enter as well!
Giveaway Details and Information:
  • Dates: April 11, 2013 at 12:01 a.m. to April 30, 2013 at 11:59 p.m. (EST)
  • Available: Open Worldwide, must be 18 years of age or older to enter
  • Put an announcement post on your blog (which you can get here) or pay $5 (send payment as *gift* via PayPal to
  • FREE link for either Facebook Fan Page or Twitter
  • Additional links available for just $1 each (Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Email, RSS subscription, Networked Blogs)
  • Picket Fence links available for $2
  • Host Pages are $8
  • Co-Host Spots for $15 (host page and up to 4 links)
If you would like to help Kim celebrate this special milestone - tell her that Java John Z's sent you and SIGN UP FOR THIS FREE BLOGGER OPPORTUNITY HERE.

Must Have Wheat Thins

Must. Have. Wheat Thins.
It seems there was a battle between San Francisco and Baltimore over which city could get the most folks to tweet about Wheat Thins, where the winning city would get a free box hand delivered to the first thousand people who follow @WheatThins and tweet #SF + #MUSTHAVEWHEATTHINS on Super Bowl Sunday. San Francisco won that 8074-8040. For everyone else, they are giving away a $1 coupon (which you can print twice), with a limit of 6,000 / day, for every day up to the Super Bowl. If you are in San Francisco, don't forget to tweet. For everyone else, enjoy the coupon. If it is not available one day, try back the next.

Monday, January 28, 2013

What is Vine?

Twitter recently released a new service called Vine that seems to be getting quite a bit of press due to some porn issues. An editor accidentally flagged some porn content as editor's choice, so the NSFW (Not Safe For Work) video appeared at the top of the recommended list. I thought I would do a quick post on what exactly Vine is for those who haven't run across it yet.

First, if you're not familiar with Twitter, it allows you to post short text messages of 140 characters. In a nutshell, what Twitter offers with Vine is the same thing but with video. 6 second videos to be exact. And, for now, only on iOS devices like the iPhone and iPod Touch. That's really it. 

Each 6 second video loops repeatedly in the regular app. Multiple apps are coming out that extend this basic functionality and replay what is posted to Vine on non-iOS devices. Vinepeek runs a constant unmoderated feed of what is posted, while VineRoulette allows you to enter a tag to monitor and see all that is posted.

Facebook apparently doesn't like Vine. In their long battle with Twitter, they are now blocking the friend finding feature of the app.

Snowmobile Sweepstakes, exp 3/31/13

Okay, here's a great prize for a sweepstakes that wouldn't we all (in the colder states) love to win. It is an Arctic Cat F800 Tucker Hibbert Race Replica Snowmobile. Even if you're not in a cold state, you can sell/trade the thing. It is worth $13,999. The sweepstakes is 18+ US/Canada (excluding Quebec) and runs through the end of March. Good luck. [rules]

Jalapeno Ketchup

If you were interested in trying the Heinz Ketchup with "real jalapeno" in it that I recently reviewed, I just thought I would mention that I saw it for sale at Target.

Sunday, January 27, 2013

Ergo Chef/Island Bamboo Month Of Love Giveaway Co-Host Page

Goose Down Comforter Blogger Opp

Here's a blogger opportunity for an upcoming giveaway where the prize is a very nice medium weight $360 white goose down comforter. Sounds like a very comfortable prize, one that I could easily put to use with this typical New England winter we're having. Signups are free with an announcement post, or $5 otherwise. This gets you a Twitter or Pinterest link. I can't tell when exactly signups close or the giveaway ends, but the giveaway begins on 2/25/13. So, non-bloggers should come back then to enter.
comfy gc

Free Blogger Opportunity!

Jenn's Blah Blah Blog would like you to join her in this fabulous FREE Blogger Opportunity value at $360!
Bloggers join us in an awesome giveaway. Offer your readers a chance to win this fabulous Medium Weight White Goose Down Comforter valued at $360.
Giveaway will begin on 2/25/13
Bloggers get a free link with announcement post. If you choose not to post announcement post sent $5 to We do verify announcement posts, so please do not list your information unless you've really done the post.
Additional links and Co-host spots available.
If you would like to learn more or join head on over to Jenn's Blah Blah Blog.

Custom Gift Labels

I ran across this a few years ago and thought I would share....

The makers of Chivas Regal, The Glenlivet, and Kahlua allow you to create custom gift labels for free. By custom gift label, we mean a real label for the bottle, but with your custom message imprinted. Think birthdays, anniversaries, and retirement parties for instance. Visit to get started, then in about 15 days,  you'll have your new labels. Plan accordingly to make sure the labels arrive in time for the celebration. Even if you don't buy the alcohol to slap the label onto, you still have a pretty neat freebie.