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Saturday, February 23, 2013

Urban Outfitters FB #5 Gift Card Giveaway, exp 2/25/13

Welcome to our latest giveaway. Today's prize is a $100 gift card to where all the name brands are available for less.
Have you heard of Let me tell you; ClothingShopOnline sells t-shirts, hoodies and outerwear for the whole family. Because they skip the middle man and sell directly to you they can offer amazing brands with prices that are 20-75% off what you'd see at Target or Wal Mart. Plus, buying in Bulk and FREE shipping on orders over $75 ensures you can save even more!

Friday, February 22, 2013

British Rock Band Flicker CD Review and Giveaway

Flicker Album Cover

I recently had the opportunity to review the debut music CD for British progressive rock group Flicker, "How Much Are You Willing to Forget." It was pitched as likening to early Genesis, Pink Floyd, and Radiohead, 1980s music. Having grown up in that era, I thought I'd give the CD a try. Now, having listened to it, I got more of a David Bowie kind of feel, like Space Oddity almost.

The CD is made up of nine tracks with a total length of just over 50 minutes (50:16). Listen as you read the rest of the review, before entering the giveaway to win your own copy at the end.

Keeping it Shady Giveaway

Anyone in need of a window treatment upgrade? Here's a chance to get a $250 gift card to replace some of those gnarly looking blinds/shades with something much more energy efficient. Good luck.

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Cellular Window Shades hand crafts every single window shade they sell.  They even have the signature of the person who actually built the product on each one.  Whats even better is that you can directly speak to this individual if you ever have a question regarding the specific shade.  Each insulating cellular shade is built in the USA in their Vermont factory.

DaddyScrubs Giveaway

What follows is a guest post from MommAtude and a giveaway for your own set of DaddyScrubs.

DaddyScrubs Review & Giveaway

Hosted by MommAtude and Sponsored by DaddyScrubs

2/22/13 - 3/22/13

MommAtude's Review:

If you are looking for the perfect expectant father gift, well DaddyScrubs is it! These scrubs are fantastic! 

I am very grateful and excited to have an opportunity to review the best daddy to be gift!!! I recently found out that I am expecting, and what a perfect gift for my husband. He was very honored to try the DaddyScrubs. 

Thursday, February 21, 2013

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Free Lysol Wipes @ Staples

Here's another freebie at Staples this week, or at least you get 100% back as Staples Rewards if you purchase, up to three. Just don't use Staples Rewards to pay for them as you get 100% back after coupons, discounts, and reward bucks. $3.99 each.
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If you aren't familiar with Staples Rewards, they'll essentially mail you a coupon for a future purchase for the value of this purchase. You would then use that on a later purchase, similar to how Extra Bucks work at CVS, though CVS lets you use them to earn more Extra Bucks.

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

iPad Apps For Kids For Dummies Book Review & Giveaway

Book Cover
If you have an iPad and kids, how long is it before they totally take over the machine from you? The iPad Apps for Kids for Dummies book is an attempt to locate the best apps out there for the device, so they're at least constructive when using the device, and not just playing Angry Birds (even if that does teach Physics). The book is written by the Kid-Tech columnist for USA Today, Jinny Gudmundsen, who also happens to work for Common Sense Media, a leading non-profit source of children's media reviews. A nice pedigree for the author to show why she should be a trusted source for the book.

I like the book and the fact that it is printed in color. The smaller form factor of 6" x 9" makes it easier to thumb through than your typical larger style Dummies book. With over a half-million apps in the app store, the author does a great job of highlighting appropriate apps in many different subject areas. My only problem with any of these directory-type books is they get outdated quickly. As soon as it goes to print, the next killer app is left out. Even the Angry Birds description is dated since there is no mention of the Star Wars version (though Bad Piggies did make the book separately). It would have been great if the directory was maintained online.

With all that said, the book provides 27 chapters offering the best of the paid AND free apps you can find for your iPad (and iPhone), or at least those available in the Fall of 2012. Topics are presented in alphabetical order after the intro chapter (offered online for free), where each chapter provides you with a series of applications that your kids can play on your iPad.

March Mini-Model Lego Build

Lego Turtle
If you get a chance, stop by your local Lego store the first Tuesday of March, the 5th, and your child can build a free mini-model. For March, that model is a sea turtle.

The build event is open to kids aged 6-14 and starts at 5 pm. It goes until they run out of build kits. Has anyone every gone where the kits were all gone?

Win Some Google Glasses

Google Glass Logo
Here's a contest where winning will cost you $1,500 + tax, and a trip to New York City, Washington, DC, or San Francisco to pickup prize for yourself. While I'd love to get my hands on the prize, there is no way I'm entering, without perhaps a sponsor, even if the prize was named Best Invention of the Year for 2012 by Time Magazine for its price range.
Google Glass glasses
In case you're not familiar with Google Glass, in a nutshell, its a computer embedded in your glasses. The 1/2" monitor shows up and to the right of your normal field of vision. Think of it as a way to surf in a hands free kinda way while doing other tasks.

If you're interested in winning the right to purchase a pair, all you have to do is tell Google (via Google+ or Twitter, but not Facebook) what you would do with them, in 50 words or less.
Good luck if you try.

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Winter Blues Giveaway

Our last humidifier giveaway was very popular. Here's a chance to win another one along with a heater, too. Good luck. You have until March 12th to enter.
Winter Blues
Welcome to the Honeywell & Vicks Winter Blues Giveaway. Hosted by Stay a Stay at Home Mom with co-hosts Mom 2 Bed by 8 and Free Makeup and Beauty Samples. Sponsored by Honeywell & Vicks.
One lucky winner will be able to chase away the winter blues this season with a Vicks GermFree Cool Mist Humidifier, Retail Value $69.99, and a Honeywell Energy Smart 360 Surround Heater, Retail Value $64.99, both must-have products for winter. Read the full review on Stay a Stay at Home Mom here: Stay Warm and Toasty with Vicks and Honeywell 

Smart Car Sweepstakes

Smart Car
Just think, that picture is the actual size of a Smart Car. Here's your chance to win one for yourself, or at least a three year lease, but this sweepstakes has a VERY limited set of states where someone can live to enter: California, Colorado, Connecticut, Massachusetts, New Jersey, and Vermont. 21+ even. In addition to the three year electric car lease, they'll install a 1.5 kW solar panel system to charge it, if you're the winner. Ends September 30th, 2013.

Snow Bound Book Blast Blogger Opp

If you are a blogger and liked the recent Playing the Genetic Lottery book tour I participated in, here's a chance for you to participate in the next one. If you're not a blogger, come back in March for the giveaway.

Want to tell your readers about a great new adult urban fantasy novel and offer them an awesome prize? Join Snow Bound's Book Blast on March 7 (sign up).

About the Book:

After learning how to use magic and fighting vampires, anyone would be bored going back to normal college life. As if that wasn’t enough, Jen didn’t realize how hard it would be to tiptoe around her non-magic family and friends. She can’t even talk to her familiar, Rak, without making sure no one else is around! Worst of all, Jen misses the friends she made over the summer. Aside from Rak, they’re the only other magics she knows and she hasn’t seen them in almost five months!

Jen is all too happy to accept an invitation to go skiing with the gang. She gears up for two weeks of snow, magic, and fun. Just when everything seems to be going great, an uninvited guest turns up. Soon the skiers aren’t the only things going downhill. Jen thought that vampires were just about the most dangerous thing the magical world could throw at her. Unfortunately, she’s about to learn that people with no magic at all can be just as deadly.

About the Giveaway:
Author Elizabeth Kirke is sponsoring a prize pack worth $50. It includes:
$20 Amazon Gift Card
signed paperback of Semester Abroad
Limited Edition More than Magic calendar 
2 signed bookmarks

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Monday, February 18, 2013

Mommy Lesson Plans Celebration Blogger Opp

Nancy over at Mommy Lesson Plans has a big party coming up. Sign up and tell them Java John Z's sent you.
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Mommy Lesson Plans is celebrating reaching 10,000 Facebook Fans by offering a huge giveaway with many winners! Giveaway will begin when she reaches 10,000! I am looking for bloggers to help me promote my Facebook Fan Celebration....if you would like to help fill out the form. The giveaway will be Open to US Residents. You will receive either Facebook or Twitter link for free with announcement post. NO Google + I will send the HTML out when we reach 10,000. Additional links $3 Host pages available for $12 (4 links and follow page). Co-Hosts available for $15 (5 Links, follow page and Blog's Name on Banner) All money raised will go for the cost of the giveaway. $25 blogger referral prize!! Taking 50 bloggers!! Bloggers get a free link with announcement post or sidebar button. If you choose not to post announcement post sent $5 to We do verify announcement posts and/or side buttons, 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 Mommy Lesson Plans.

Current Giveaways, 2/18/13

I forgot to post this yesterday, but here's a rundown of the current giveaways. We have some interesting new giveaways starting this week. At any time, you can check out the Upcoming Giveaways link at the very top of each page to see. I've discovered, for a couple giveaways I had posted announcements for, I never actually signed up. Oops. Only fourteen open giveaways at the moment after two close tonight.
Give Your Garage A Face Lift
A unique prize here in the Give Your Garage A Face Lift Giveaway, a Racor Storage Lift. Just a couple days left. Enter before it ends on February 21st. Gift Card Giveaway
Have you shopped at ClothingShopOnline yet? You can win a $100 GC in the Gift Card Giveaway. Ends 2/24.
The Great Molasses Flood Cover
Never heard of the The Great Molasses Flood of Boston? Read about it in the The Great Molasses Flood Children's Book Giveaway, until 2/25. While the book is meant for 3rd-6th graders, anyone can benefit from the historical information.
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The Guardians Book Tour has a $75 Amazon GC prize. Enter through 2/25.
The grand prize for the Ignite Your Senses Blog Hop has $710 spread across seven prizes. Stop at all the stops on the hop, grand prize drawing is 2/25.
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Free Killians Glasses *OVER*

George Killian's Logo
Last fall, I got a Free Stella Artois Chalice Glass. This time, there are two free George Killian's pint glasses available. Grab them with the help of UPC code 071990764005. The perfect addition to any St. Patty's Day party. 21+.

2/26 Update:

It's clear that everyone is excited for St. Patrick's Day! Our "Get Your St. Pat's Pints" glassware offer was a big hit. In the last few days, we saw a lot of unexpected and unusual activity surrounding the promotion and we went through our supply of George Killian's pint glasses even more quickly than anticipated. Unfortunately, we got your code after supplies ran out. Thanks for drinking Killian's. Cheers!

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The Good Dinosaur Word of the Day

The secret word of the day for The Good Dinosaur Giveaway is:

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Playing the Genetic Lottery Tour

In case you missed our book review or the associated $50 Amazon GC giveaway, we have our third posting related to the Playing the Genetic Lottery tour. First, if you haven't picked up the book yet, the eBook version is free February 20-22. Secondly, a mysterious excerpt:
" I roll my eyes around the room, looking for phantoms that may have appeared while I was sleeping. For odd, moving sights, like my dresser transformed into a rolling automobile or roaring lion."
Here's the rest of the tour to read what comes before my blurb, and to see where it goes. Enjoy the book.

Sunday, February 17, 2013

Zombie Road Trip Review


I sit on the train to and from work and the WiFi on the train (and mobile coverage) is inconsistent. Because of that, I tend to play games on my Android phone a bit. After finishing off all the free Flow/Flow Bridges boards, I started playing Zombie Road Trip. (The game is also available for iOS and you can fan them on Facebook.)

The basic premise of the game is escape the zombie horde or have your brain eaten. You drive a vehicle around and have to kill or maim all the zombies that are chasing you.
Zombie Road Trip Shooting
As you drive, you shoot, but you also have to jump off mountains. Land wrong too many times and the hoard catches up to you and you die.
Zombie Road Trip Chase
The only controls in the game are rotate left and right while jumping and shooting. Initially, I was surprised there wasn't an accelerate and brake option, but it plays well without that feature.

Staples Freebies This Week

I like to stockpile school supplies (and photo paper). These are almost always in need eventually. This week at Staples, you can get one pack of mechanical pencils and two packs of 8 1/2" x 11" photo paper for free after easy rebates.
Staples Ad
There is also a coupon for a free set of earbuds in the circular with a minimum $25 purchase. Before rebate, the cost of the photo paper and pencils is enough to get free earbuds, too.
Earbuds Coupons
You can use Staples Rewards for items that return the money as an Easy Rebate. You cannot use Staples Rewards bucks to get items that return more Staples Rewards. Well, you can use them to buy the item. You just won't get more Staples Rewards.

Don't miss their Tweet Off for a chance to win a $100 gift card.