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Saturday, March 16, 2013

A Day at Old Sturbridge Village

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Our family has been members at Old Sturbridge Village for what seems like forever. With weekends in March being Maple Days, we just couldn't pass up a visit today. Here are some pictures from our day.
Baby Lamb Recently Born in Village
Baby Lamb Recently Born in Village
Covered Bridge
Covered Bridge

Brothers-All-Natural Review

Our family is a big fan of freeze dried fruits. We've been eating the apples, strawberries, and pineapple from Brothers All Natural for years. It is readily available from our local grocery stores and is a great, healthy snack for parents and child alike.
Sampler Pack Fruit Crisps
I recently had the chance to try out the sampler packs from Brothers. They have two. One is their regular packaging and one is their kid-friendly Disney packaging. I'd never bought the kid-friendly packaging before, even though it is available right next to what we usually buy, and never realized the product is the same between the two. Natural freeze-dried apples are natural freeze-dried apples, for instance, whether they are packaged with Mickey Mouse on the packaging or not. There are no additives here like sugar to make things more appealing for the kiddies. It is literally just to have a kid-friendlier packaging. Once they try these out, most kids won't need the added Disney packaging.

Friday, March 15, 2013

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey Blu-ray Giveaway

We’re proud to announce The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey coming to Blu-ray & DVD March 19th 2013!

J.R.R. Tolkien’s epic adventure follows the journey of Bilbo Baggins, who is swept into an amazing quest to reclaim the lost Dwarf Kingdom of Erebor from the fearsome dragon Smaug. Approached out of the blue by the wizard Gandalf the Grey, Bilbo finds himself joining a company of thirteen dwarves led by the legendary warrior, Thorin Oakenshield. Their journey will take them into the Wild; through treacherous lands swarming with Goblins and Orcs, deadly Wargs and Sorcerers.

From Academy Award®-winning filmmaker Peter Jackson comes “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey,” the first of a trilogy of films adapting the enduringly popular masterpiece The Hobbit, by J.R.R. Tolkien.

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Bloom Into Baby Blogger Opp

Here's a paid blogger opportunity that looks interesting. I'm participating more to learn about working with something so large for so long. I hope you all like the prizes. There will be over $4,000 worth. Feel free to sign up if there is still room, and mention me as the referrer. For everyone, come back after you finish your taxes on April 15th.
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Bloom Into Baby Event Coming Soon!!

Bloggers Sign Up Below

My Four Littles, Four Littles Media, and Everything Mommyhood are thrilled to bring you Bloom Into Baby!
This event will be a giveaway a day for over 6 weeks with over $4000 in prizes!
Special Thanks to Our Great Cohosts:
See all of our prizes on the Bloom Into Baby Pinterest Board!
Bloggers Sign Up Here

The Blog Workshop is Coming, May 17-19

This blog has been running for just over three months now. I think it is running okay, but I know there are definite areas where I can improve ongoing activities. Coming in May is The Blog Workshop, what looks like a great place to learn from the experts. And, since this conference is online, I can work my attendance around my day job (and kid) without having to take time off to travel out of town.
The Blog Workshop Conference
With nightly activities starting at 6 pm EDT, you can participate from the comforts of home after taking care of all your normal daily activities. You don't have to attend every session, so if that is too early, or you need to put a kid to sleep in the middle, just come by later. That's the beauty of an online conference, you're not stuck in a big conference center with no place to go but the next session. At just $175 to attend, that's the limit of your expenses. No travel required.
Conference Agenda
Speakers include IZEA, Blog-Trends, The Blog Frog, Blogads, and others. You can see the full list here.
Blog Workshop Speakers
Watch the video to learn more about what to expect if you attend.

Interested in attending but money a little tight? Be sure to check out their scholarship and grant offerings. No baby sitter required.

DisclosureI will be receiving tickets to attend the conference in exchange for my posting advertising for it. All opinions stated are my own and may differ from yours. See my disclosure policy for more information.

RoboForm Giveaway Update / Reminder

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I just wanted to add a little detail about the RoboForm Everywhere license you can win from our RoboForm Everywhere Giveaway. If you already own RoboForm, the code you win will extend your existing license for a year. You don't have to be a new user of RoboForm to enter. You have until the end of the month to enter.

$200 Visa Gift Card Giveaway Blogger Opp

Rarely will I pass up a blogger opportunity for a cash prize. Here's one with a chance at winning a $200 Visa gift card. Come back in June if you want to win and bloggers signup if you want to join the party. Wow, this is my first June opportunity. Folks seem to be planning further and further out there.

Blogger Opportunity

Giveaway from June 3 to 28

Come and be part of this awesome giveaway

We are giving away a Visa gift card of $200

We will have a max. of 200 bloggers for sign up, it will be a big giveaway.

Last Day - $200 Cash Thank You Giveaway

Thank you bears

If you haven't entered yet, be sure to enter the $200 Cash Thank You Giveaway. This ends at midnight tonight. US and Canada readers welcome.

$25 Walgreens Gift Card Giveaway

Welcome to the $25 Walgreens Gift Card Giveaway Event!

Hosted by: Mommy May We?
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Walgreens is a great place to shop with coupons, provided you don't get an anal cashier. Don't just shop there for health and beauty items. You can typically pickup other grocery items for next to nothing, too, when you're able to combine coupons with Register Rewards or other promotions. Here's a copy of their coupon policy that you should be familiar with for your next visit.

Enter to Win:
One lucky reader will receive a $25 Walgreens Gift Card!

John Deere Boots Giveaway

Enter to Win John Deere Boots

Here's a chance to win a pair of John Deere Boots!
Ends at midnight on March 19th. You can enter once a day on Facebook. Open to US and Canadian residents.

American Girl Dolls $300 Gift Card Blogger Opp

These American Girl doll giveaways seem to be pretty popular so I thought I'd give it a go at participating. Come back in May if you want to win or sign on as another blogger host.
American Girl Dolls

Blogger Opportunity

Giveaway from May 1  to  31

Come and be part of this awesome giveaway

On the last American Girl Doll giveaway, we got 165,518 entries,

on these giveaway we will have even more!!!

We are giving away an American Girl Doll gift card of $300

We will have a max. of 200 bloggers for sign up, it will be a big giveaway.

The RC is not long because each co-host has there own RC with their links.

Melissa & Doug $150 Gift Code Giveaway

Here's another Melissa & Doug giveaway for my readers. This time for a $150 gift code. Would be great to win something from them. They have some great kids toys. We're a big fan of them in this household.
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Easter will be her soon! If you are looking form some great toys to fill those baskets with make sure to check out Melissa & Doug. They have toys for all ages! You can fill your baskets with bunny rabbits, lambs, classic toys and other great gifts!

Not only do you have the opportunity to win this giveaway but you can also head on over to the Melissa & Doug on Facebook fan page and then click on the Play to 250k Sweepstakes tab to enter the Play to 250,000 Fans Sweepstakes. Each time their fan base grows by 1,000 fans, a fan will win a selection of Melissa & Doug toys. Plus, when the Facebook page reaches 250,000 fans, all fans will receive a special gift. WOW!!

District 7 Wines – Online Deal

Six District 7 Wine Bottles
Interstate wine shipping laws suck. Groupon has a nice deal for six bottles of wine from District 7 Wines but you can't get it in Massachusetts. Only $57.99. Deal runs through March 16th if you happen to live in one of the lucky states. Maybe I'll get a PO Box in New Hampshire.
Only ships to CA. CO, DC, FL, GA, IL, LA, MI, MN, NV, NH, NM, NY, NC, ND, OR, SC, TN, TX, VA, WA, WV, WI

DaddyScrubs Daddy Diaper Pack Giveaway

Welcome to the Daddy Diaper Pack Giveaway! 

Sponsored by: DaddyScrubs

We're past diaper pack time in this house but this looks much better than what I had to use when I needed one. Here's a chance for you to win one for yourself.

Read this great review of the Daddy Diaper Pack from Mommy Knows What's Best here

If you're looking for a great item to add to your list of expectant father gifts, check out the Daddy Diaper Pack. It retails for about $69.95 and can be found on the Daddy Scrubs website here. While there, you can check out their other awesome gifts for new dads! 

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The Popcorn Factory Spring Giveaway Co-Host Page

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#Customizo Pin It To Win It Giveaway and Review

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We have a review and giveaway here folks.

My quest to update my t-shirt collection continues. This time, I got to try out the shirts from Customizo. (Facebook and TwitterThe t-shirts available from Customizo aren't your typical patterns / styles that come pre-done off-the-shelf. Instead, you design them yourself from scratch. Upload graphic, pick out the raw shirt style and size, then print. And ship of course.
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$200.00 Giveaway

Java John Z's is happy to join Blog with Mom and Adventures of My Family of 8 in this amazing giveaway event for $200 worth of tickets from Your choice of where you go and who to see. Make your kids really happy.
concertticket is your home for the hottest concert tickets at the lowest prices! As this concert season boasts numerous iconic artists touring throughout North America, 2013 is poised to be an unforgettable year for concert fans of every genre.

You can search by Artist, Show, or Venue, or even browse by City or State to see what is coming to your area! And, don't forget to sign up for their daily emails to receive concert updates in your area!

Don't miss out on FREE TICKET FRIDAYS - Every other Friday, during concert season, beginning on March 15, 2103, will give one lucky fan $200 to be used towards the purchase of any tickets on

Thursday, March 14, 2013

Flicker CD Winner

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Congrats goes out to Rhonda C. for winning the How Much Are You Willing to Forget CD from Flicker.

Return to Nim’s Island Premiering on Hallmark Channel March 15th! #ReturnToNimsIsland w/ Giveaway

We’re proud to announce Return to Nim’s Island premiering on Hallmark Channel March 15th, 2013 at 7/8C! 

Return to Nim’s Island, the sequel to Walden Media’s 2008 box office hit Nim's Island, picks up the story a few years later with 14-year-old Nim (Bindi Irwin) more determined than ever to protect her island and the animals that call it home. With ruthless resort developers and greedy wildlife poachers threatening the existence she loves, Nim realizes she and her animal pals can’t defend their home alone. To save her island, she is forced to combine forces with an outsider: Edmund, a runaway from the mainland. Only with his help does she stand a chance of stopping the villains from dismantling her world.

Return to Nim's Island marks the debut of Walden Family Theater, presented by Walmart and P&G. The new destination for family entertainment, exclusively on Hallmark Channel.

Stacy's Savings 10K Celebration Blogger Opp

Congratulations goes out to Stacy's Savings & Other Stuff for recently hit 10,000 Facebook Fans. We're just shooting for 3,000 here. To celebrate, she's hosting a giveaway. Signup to help her celebrate or come back after 3/15 to try to win.
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Stacy's Savings & Other Stuff recently hit 10,000 Facebook Fans, is closing in on 5,000 Twitter Followers, and has a brand new blog redesign coming! She's celebrating the fans that made all of this possible, and she would love for you to join he! Right now, she's looking at 1 $50 prize, either PayPal or Amazon Gift Code. That amount could increase based on response. She would LOVE to do more! She would really like to do $100! It’s up to you!

The faster you sign up, the higher up on the Rafflecopter you are!

Happy Pi Day

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The first three digits of pi are 3.14 so that makes today Pi Day. Can't wait until 2015 when we get the first five digits as the date... 3/14/15

It is also National Potato Chip Day. Crunch.

Run with the Cows?

Stonyfield Run with the Cows
I couldn't resist posting about this...

You've heard about the running of the bulls. Now, you can run with the cows. Stonyfield cows that is. In Londonderry, NH, they sponsor the Earth Day 5K race on Saturday April 20th, 2013.

Fisher Cats
First 1,250 registrants will receive a ticket to a Fisher Cats game on April 23, 2013!
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First 1,500 runners to register will receive a special Life is good / Stonyfield 100% cotton T-Shirt!

Hugo: The Last Bully Review

Bullying is a big topic these days, or more precisely anti-bullying. Teaching proper behavior at a young age is a great way to prevent the bad behavior later. Always on the lookout for items to help broach the subject, I ran across the book Hugo The Happy Starfish: The Last Bully by Suzy Liebermann thanks to a program at Tomoson. In a nutshell, the book helps you teach respect and, what I think is the obvious, don't bully, with the help of a very happy star fish named Hugo.

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

How Legendary Athletes Power Towards Success

What do MMA champion Jon “Bones” Jones, soccer star Cristiano Ronaldo, NBA MVP Lebron James, NFL Pro Bowler Larry Fitzgerald, and surfer Kelly Slater have in common? See how they train to be best prepared to make the biggest impact in their sport and how best you can do the same at home.

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Presented By TapouT® XT

DisclosureThis is a Sponsored post which means I may have received some sort of compensation for its completion. See my disclosure policy for more information.

Ford Gas & Go Further Giveaway

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Interested in winning $30,000 for a new car? Check out Ford's Gas & Go Further Giveaway.
Basically, watch a video, enter your info, and repeat until all five videos are watched. Each video appears to be under 2 minutes, and they can play in the background. Drawing is not until 2014, so you actually end up getting last year's model if you win since you must get a 2013 Focus, Fusion, Escape, Fiesta, or C-MAX. I won't complain.
NO PURCHASE OR PAYMENT NECESSARY TO ENTER OR WIN. Open to legal residents of the fifty United States and D.C., who are 18 years of age or older at time of entry. Sweepstakes begins 3/1/13 and ends on 1/3/14. Prize: 1 $30,000 voucher good towards the purchase of one of the following: 2013 Focus, Fusion, Escape, Fiesta or C-MAX. Odds of winning the Sweepstakes depend upon the number of eligible entries received. Void where prohibited. Subject to official rules found at Sponsor: Ford Motor Company, 16800 Executive Plaza Drive, Dearborn, MI 48126. 

Home Show at Patriot Place

Next weekend, the 22nd-24th of March will be The Home Show at Patriot Place / Gillette Stadium. Tickets are $9 at the door or $7 online. Kids 17 and under are free. Unlike at the related show last month at the Seaport World Trade Center, parking at Patriot Place is free.

There are sure to be lots of giveaways there, including up to $5,000 off a home solar system from show sponsor RevoluSun, and the event is family friendly. Stop by the MegaLight booth and get free light bulbs even. If you like beans, stop by Saturday for a spill fest. I'm not quite sure what Mohawk Flooring is planning, but follow me on Instagram to see first hand.

Read more about the show on their Facebook page. Still trying to find a place to score free passes.

Friday 2pm-9pm
Saturday 10am-9pm
Sunday 10am-6pm
After (or before) the home show, stop by Bass Pro Shop for pictures with the Easter Bunny, an Easter egg hunt, and some kids crafts.
DisclosureI received no compensation for this post but will be covering the show for Mohawk Flooring and their License to Spill tour. All opinions stated are my own and may differ from yours. See my disclosure policy for more information.

Review of Bonsai Tree from Soothing Company

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I recently received a Dwarf Jade Indoor Bonsai Tree from the Soothing Company for the purposes of a review. It is a great little tree and is the first time I ever ordered a live plant through the mail.
Bonsait Tree on Stand
The whole idea of ordering a plant through the mail was foreign to me, apart from a Christmas wreath I won in a contest. The shipment came quickly with a "Live Plant" marking on the side of the box. As long as the shipping company keeps the box upright, you'll be okay and more precisely, so will the plant. It probably would survive a short term spill, given all the packing material inside, but I don't think it would do that well traveling upside down the whole way. So, hopefully, they (the shipping company) will at least get that part right. Imagine the box filled to the rim with peanuts here for support. Had to dig to find the plant once I opened the box.
Bonsai Tree In Box
Take away the peanuts, and the plant will still barely move in the box, given the full size base. It really didn't have much chance to move any. And the fortified soil stays in place with all the wrapping around the base, too. We definitely don't want that coming out.

James and Syvok Adventure Pack Giveaway / Helga Returns Book Blast

Here's a chance to win some books for the young readers out there, along with a $25 Amazon GC. Good luck and enter before 4/3/13. Also, don't miss the twitter party with the author at 6:30 pm EST on 3/13.

James’ second adventure begins with a footprint. He once again calls out to his Icelandic magical friends, Syvok and Matthias, to discover what it means. He will find Helga, the troll who left the footprint. James follows Helga to Yamas, the troll village. Separated from Matthias and Syvok, James and Helga are to be left on a glacier. The earth tremors as Syvok and Matthias enter the village to save James. James saves the Guardian Troll from danger. Matthias and his dragonets save James from being squashed from a boulder dislodged by the earth tremors. All become friends and fly home on dragons back.

Buy the book at Amazon!

(Signed James Save the Moon, Signed Helga Returns, 3 bookmarks, 4 silicone bracelets, 1 troll, $25 Amazon Gift Card)

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

$100 Cash Giveway

Another giveaway I signed up for where the original HTML announcement email went into the spam folder. Sorry for the day delay in starting this. Good luck. You have until March 24th to enter to win the $100 cash/PayPal. Worldwide entries accepted here.

Welcome to the $100 Cash Giveaway!

Hosted by Giveaway Promote.
Are you a blogger that's looking for a very effective, traffic packed, easy to use paid Featured Giveaway Plan? Giveaway Promote, Giveaway Scoop and Blog Giveaway Directory have teamed up to create just that with the Gold Giveaway Plan.
All together, the Gold Giveaway Plan allows you to potentially reach over 78,000+ giveaway and contest fans, plus your giveaway will appear on 11 different popular contest sites!
It's super easy to use the Gold Giveaway Plan. Just let us know the link to your giveaway, pay and we'll take care of the rest. Getting the word out about your giveaway or contest has never been easier!

Zoo Park Bouncer Giveaway Blogger Opp

Here's a bit of a different giveaway. If you're a blogger and are interested in participating, the fees collected are used to help pay for expenses related to some chemo therapy for their son Liam (read about his story). If you sign-up to participate/donate, do tell them that Java John Z's sent you. If you're interested in winning the bouncer, come back from April 8 - 29 for a chance to win.
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It's A Zoo Out There Event

Fundraiser event for Liam, read a bit about his story here:
Prizes: Zoo Park Bouncer
Event dates: 4/8 - 4/29
Open to US&CAN

Sign-Up Here

Please tell them Java John Z's sent you if you sign up.

iPad Mini Giveaway

I almost missed posting this giveaway as the announcement message went into the spam folder. A day late, but still plenty of time to enter. Good luck. This is a great size for the little ones to play with. That is of course if mommy and daddy have something of their own already.
Welcome to the iPad Mini Giveaway Event!
Hosted by Rude Mom & Rude Mom Media and Designs
Apple iPad Mini Wi-Fi 32 GB +Cellular
Pick up the iPad Mini and suddenly, it’s clear. You’re actually touching your photos, reading a book, playing the piano. Nothing comes between you and what you love. To make that hands-on experience even better, they made the fundamental elements of iPad compact – the display, the camera, the wireless connection. All of which makes the iPad Mini capable of so much more than you ever imagined. Everything you do with iPad, you can do through its smaller, yet beautiful display. And when the display is better, the entire iPad experience is better.

CVS Deal of the Day

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If you like shopping at CVS, make sure you print out today's deal of the day. It is a $2 off $10 coupon, good 3/12 and 3/13/13.

PeachSkinSheets Spring Sheet Set Giveaway Co-Host Page

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Java John Z's Word of the Day

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The secret word of the day is:

Monday, March 11, 2013

Boston Linky Update

Some time ago, I started a Linky for Boston-specific giveaways. These are those giveaways which require you to be physically in the area to, typically, pickup tickets and go to the event, enjoy a dinner, or just shop in-person.

For the most part, since it started, I've been the one adding to it as I ran across giveaways that others were hosting, and there are few links into it. I figured it was about time to create a button for it such that if you're interested in adding the button to your blog roll, you can. And, to just remind folks that the linky is there. The link to it is at the top of every page. Here's the button if you want it. And please, if you are hosting any giveaways which require you to be in area to use/collect, please add them.
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$150 Walmart Gift Card from Tjoos!

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You have 6 days to enter to win a $150 gift card to Walmart from Tjoos! Good luck.

Current Giveaways, 3/11/13

I seem to have gone a little crazy of late and we had lots of new giveaways starting this week. Like last Monday, we have two giveaways ending today, with a third ending tomorrow. If you haven't entered them yet, get those last minute entries in. They all count equally. We have a whopping twenty-four open giveaways at the moment, with overall prize values in the thousands. If there are particular prizes, or categories of prizes, you do or don't like, please let me know, and I can adjust as I sign on for new opportunities.
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British progressive rock band Flicker provides you a chance to win their new debut CD. Enter the How Much Are You Willing to Forget CD giveaway before the end of today, 3/11.
Tonight's Special Dinner
We have two giveaways for this product, so enter both if you are interested in the product. The Tonight's Special Dinner one ends tonight.
Winter Blues
Our last giveaway for a humidifier was very popular. Here is a chance to win another one, along with a heater. Enter the Winter Blues Giveaway to win. This wends Tuesday night.

Free $10 Tasting Tickets Offer: Taste of Yountville 3/16

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Okay, I've been sitting on this all weekend figuring someone would claim it but nobody has yet. It is a first come first serve, ONE time offer. If you like wine tasting and plan on being in the Napa Valley area on 3/16....

According to 'What's Up!': March gladness_Savor the Taste of Yountville
Want to be the Vallejo Community Issues Examiner's special guest next Saturday, 3/16? We are offering $10's worth of tasting tickets to the first person who visits our Facebook page, 'likes' us there and adds the comment 'Count me in on 3/16'. We will then contact you with directions on where to pick up your tickets.
Good luck and leave a note if you get them. 

Update: They fixed dates in article so I fixed them here, too. Still no takers.

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