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Saturday, April 13, 2013

Feed Your Reader Kindle Giveaway

Here's a Kindle giveaway with a bit of a twist. It is promoting the launching of a new web site/service. I wish Kathy luck with her new venture. Now, don't forget to enter to win your very own Kindle Fire. Outside the US? You can still enter to win some cash via Pay Pal.

Inspired Kathy from I Am A Reader, Not A Writer has launched a new site aimed at bringing you the best Kindle Ebook Deals and Steals.
Each day on you'll find a new list of available ebook deals (most for under $3).
And of course there will be lots of  Featured Freebies too!
To celebrate the launch of the new site she is giving away a Kindle Fire, Amazon Gift Card or Paypal Cash.

Plummet Falls Adventure Water Slide Giveaway Blogger Opp

Our current giveaway for a bounce house seems to be liked so I thought I would sign up for similar one for my readers to try to win. I don't remember these things being so popular when I was a kid. If you sign up yourself, please tell them Java John Z's sent you.
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Summer Adventure Event

Hosted by: Mom to Bed by 8

Prize: Banzai Plummet Falls Adventure Slide Water Park

Event dates: 5/13 - 5/28

Free Blogger Event: Sign Up HERE

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

Mother's Day Event Giveaway

Ten prizes are up for grabs here in a special Mother's Day giveaway put together by Miss Frugal Mommy. With all these multi-prize giveaways out there, I think I need to step up my game for picking up more prizes of my own for here.
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Welcome to the Mother's Day Giveaway Event!
Hosted By:
Sponsored by:
A special thanks to my wonderful cohosts:

Friday, April 12, 2013

Gore Place 26th Annual Sheepshearing Festival

Sheepshearing Festival at Gore Place
Update: Ticket Giveaway

Saturday April 27th is the annual Sheepshearing Festival at Gore Place in Waltham. It runs from 10 am until 5 pm and is $15 / person with kids 12 and under free.
Shearing A Sheep
photo: Bruce S. Allen
Besides the obvious sheep shearing, they also have craft vendors on hand, militia reenactments, and various other activities spread throughout the day.

A couple years back we went to this festival. Provided the weather is nice, it is a fun time for the whole family. If you aren't familiar with Gore Place, it is the federal period home of early Massachusetts governor Christopher Gore. To find out more, the Boston Globe ran a recent story, too.


WD-40 Sweepstakes

Blue & Yellow Can Fan Madness
Ending on April 15th, the folks at WD-40 have, you guessed it, 40 prizes to give away, totaling $4,990 in value. You can win 1 of 20 prizes of gift cards from $100 to $1000 or 1 of 20 prizes of hats and radios.

1st Place Prize: One (1) 1st Place Prize of $1,000 will be awarded. The Grand
Prize will be awarded in the form of a Visa Gift Card and will be subject to the
card's and the card issuer's terms and conditions and any activation conditions
(including service fees, replacement fees, and expiration date).
2nd Place Prizes: Two (2) 2nd Place Prizes of $500 will be awarded. The 2nd
Place Prizes will be awarded in the form of a Visa Gift Card and will be subject to
the card's and the card issuer's terms and conditions and any activation
conditions (including service fees, replacement fees, and expiration date). 
3rd Place Prizes: Seven (7) 3rd Place Prizes of $250 will be awarded. The 3rd
Place Prizes will be awarded in the form of a Visa Gift Card and will be subject to
the card's and the card issuer's terms and conditions and any activation
conditions (including service fees, replacement fees, and expiration date). 
4th Place Prizes: Ten (10) 4th Place Prizes of $100 will be awarded. The 4th
Place Prizes will be awarded in the form of a Visa Gift Card and will be subject to
the card's and the card issuer's terms and conditions and any activation
conditions (including service fees, replacement fees, and expiration date). 
5th Place Prizes: Twenty (20) 5th Place Prizes of one (1) of the following: (a) WD-
40 Can Radio. Maximum Approximate Retail Value (ARV) of $12.00; or (b) WD-
40 Baseball Cap. Maximum Approximate Retail Value (ARV) of $12.00.

Eatsmart Precision Calpal Digital Bathroom Scale Giveaway Co-Host Page

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Wacky Races, Start Your Engines Season 1 Volume 1 DVD Giveaway Co-Host Page

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Free Cone Day Carvel Style

Free Jr. Cone at Carvel
Now that Ben & Jerry's Free Cone Day is past us, it is time to find other free ice cream out there... :) On Thursday April 25th, from 3 pm to 8 pm, Carvel is doing their own version of the event, offering everyone a free Jr. Cone. It is part of their Cones and a Cause where you can help support the American Red Cross Disaster Relief effort with the purchase of a coupon booklet with $20 in savings for a $2 donation.

Free Samurai Surf & Turf @ Panda Express

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Do you have a Panda Express nearby? Google Offers has a free deal today where on 4/17 you'll get a free Surf & Turf meal at participating Panda Express locations. 
According to the Panda Express web site:
Samurai Surf & Turf features angus top sirloin steak combined with tender, marinated shrimp wok-seared together with sweet red bell pepper, crunchy string beans, crisp diced potatoes and a new zesty Asian sauce.
Samurai Surf & Turf

Mommy Lesson Plans 10K Facebook Fan Celebration

Just shooting for 4,000 Facebook Fans myself, here we have a celebration for Mommy Lesson Plans hitting 10,000. Perhaps in a few more months I'll catch up... Lots of prizes to win in this giveaway. Good luck. I wish it was that easy for me to acquire twenty-one prizes for just one giveaway.

In order to celebrate this important milestone, we are having a huge giveaway with twenty-one prizes. That means twenty-one winners!
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~There are four separate giveaways to this event~
Home Sweet Home
Pamper Me
Glorious Food
For the Kiddos.
Pick your favorite or enter them all! Either way there will be twenty-one winners!
The Follow Pages repeat in each giveaway, so follow all of one page and use those sames entries in the other giveaways! This means that each of those entries count four times, should you choose to enter them all!

Fazzino Contest

Dogs on a Hot Tin Ruff

Do you own any Charles Fazzino 3D PopArt? Do you hang it in your home? If you answered yes to both questions, take a picture and submit it to the Win a Fazzino for your Home giveaway. You'll have a chance to win a limited edition piece of art. The person whose picture gets the most votes, wins another picture.

If you don't mind helping out... Please vote for the picture above, name there is John / Boston. Big thanks.

Thursday, April 11, 2013

Throwback Thursday Blog Hop

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Visiting a new Blog Hop this week. It is Throwback Thursdays there. I thought I would share a picture from my childhood. Looks like the first day of school. And yes I did have to wear a uniform with a tie every day. You can't tell from the picture, but the shirt was blue...

Photo Ready Giveaway Blogger Opp

If you like photography, here's a great giveaway that is coming up in a couple weeks. For now, if you're a blogger, you can sign up to participate. For everyone else, you can enter to win a package worth close to $950. Worldwide entries even where outside the US you'll get a $750 Amazon GC if you win.

Photo Ready Giveaway Event

Organized by: Mom Powered Media

Prize: Canon EOS REBEL T4i 18.0 MP CMOS Digital Camera Prize Package {RV$950+}

Event dates: 4/23 - 5/14

Please Tell Them Java John Z's sent you if you sign up.

LiaH 9th Birthday Giveaway

Wow. Blogging nine years. Congrats to Kimmi over at Life in a House of Testosterone for surviving for so long. Will I make it that long? Enter for your chance at $100. Don't miss out on this winner's choice giveaway.
9th Birthday Giveaway
A special thanks to our co-hosts - Swank Savings and My Vegan Gluten-Free Life

Welcome to my birthday party! Beginning at 12:01 a.m. on April 11, 2013, I will have been blogging for 9 years! I am so happy to be able to share this birthday with each of you and some of the great ideas that I have in store for my little corner of the world!

LiaH started out as a place for me to just ramble about what happened every day in my crazy household with a teenage daughter, an (as yet undiagnosed) ADHD child and another little one on the way. Life sure has changed a LOT since those beginnings, and so has our name.

Made by Hippies Giveaway

I like the unique group giveaways offered by Visionary Bri. I hope you do, too. Here's one for a tie dye t-shirt. The source of the t-shirt, Made by Hippies, seems to have some other cool tie dye offerings besides t-shirts, though I have to say the tie dye underwear seems a bit too out there for me. Good luck.
Here comes another Visionary Bri giveaway
where every entrant is a winner!
Enter the Made by Hippies Giveaway!

The Etsy shop, Made by Hippies
has offered one winner
a rainbow spiral tie dye tshirt (size small - 4xl). 

This is the shirt that's shown, here, on me.
Made by Hippies is your one stop shop
for everything tie dye.

Visionary Bri in a Tie Dye T-Shirt

The colors are bright and vibrant,
the patterns are varied
and the prices just can't be beat.

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Smash Baby Food Press Flash Giveaway

Here is a really quick giveaway for a cool baby food press. This giveaway runs only until Monday the 15th, so don't miss out. We rarely served our son jar food and would have loved to have had something like this handy when he was little.
Review: Smash Baby Food Press by Onbi Baby

Smash Baby Food Press

Sponsored by: Onbi Baby

Looking for ways to feed your little one while dining out? How about trying to encourage them to try something new? This food press makes preparing baby and toddler sized portions so easy!

Yankee Candle March to a Million

America's Best Loved Candle
Yankee Candle's Facebook page is on the verge of 1 million fans. Once they hit, they'll be celebrating with an exclusive behind-the-wax giveaway/tour and a chance to purchase a limited edition commemorative candle. We go out to the factory quite regularly. Great place to spend some time with the kids when you need to pick up some scented candles or want to make wax hands.

Ergo Chef Spring Steak Knife Giveaway Co-Host Page

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Sultan Bean Bag Giveaway

I like this bean bag chair and not just because of the blonde sitting inside. My only concern is what our Newfoundland would do with it. It looks really comfy, and I've sit in similar ones that I just didn't want to get out of. If you're interested in winning this yourself, do enter before the end of May 1st. Thanks to Bay Area Mommy for sourcing such a great prize.
Sumo Sultan Giveaway
Welcome to the Sumo Sultan Bean Bag Giveaway hosted by Bay Area Mommy with co-host Faith and Family Reviews!

Sumo Sultan Bean Bag Features:
- Measures 54″ X 54″ X 42″
- Removable microsuede bean bag cover zips off to machine wash
- Corduroy cover also available
- 10 fit-for-royalty colors to choose from
- Stays fluffy, full, and will never go flat
- Made with 100% Polyester Fiber

Sacrifice Book Blast

Our past book blasts have gone over well so I thought I would do another. This one is for the children's action and adventure novel, Sacrifice, and includes a giveaway for a $25 Amazon gift card along with some book swag. There is a Twitter chat with the author on April 10th and later in the month I'll be posting more about the title with my stop along the full tour. If you'd like to see book blasts for titles for an older audience, please let me know.
Sacrifice Tour

Chat with Stacey Rourke
author of Amazon Bestselling Children's Action & Adventure novel

April 10 at 10:30 am ET
(it's easy to join the conversation using

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Tuesday, April 9, 2013 $200 Mother’s Day Giveaway

If you haven't created a registry yet from an earlier giveaway, here is yet another reason to create one. A chance to win $200 from them. We won't tell anyone if you keep the money for yourself.
Win $200 for a Mother's Day Gift lets you buy the gift your loved ones really want.
Moms do love the special hand made gifts we get from our little ones but, be honest…..we really want a great Mother’s Day Gift!!!
This year let them know exactly what you want.
At you can create and share your FREE registry. Put lots of items on your wishlist and you’ll be surprised.

Energize Your Own Adventure Blogger Opp

With the weather finally changing up here in New England, we have a giveaway coming with a trio of prizes for the outdoor adventurer. The giveaway starts 4/24. If you sign up to be included in the rafflecopter, do please tell them Java John Z's sent you.

Won Some Ad Space on Frugal Mom and Wife

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If you get a chance, stop by Frugal Mom and Wife. I won a month's worth of free ad space there. Thanks Erin.

Timjan Design Bloomers Giveaway Blogger Opp

Coming in May, we will have a giveaway for a pair of Timjan Bloomers, size M/L. For now, if you're a blogger and interested in participating, sign up with Visionary Bri to be included on the Rafflecopter. Once the giveaway starts, you'll have just two weeks to enter.

Here comes another Visionary Bri blogger opportunity.
Sign up now for the Timjan Bloomers Giveaway.

Our sponsor, Timjan Design, has offered one lucky winner
a pair of their Malachite Bloomers!

Just check them out!

Ergo Chef/Myron Mixon 6pc BBQ Set Giveaway Co-Host Page

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Monday, April 8, 2013

Warming It Up Your Way Giveaway Blogger Opp

Another month, another Have It Your Way giveaway to sign up for from Jenns Blah Blah Blog. I wish there was an auto-signup for next month option. If you're interested in signing up for yourself, see the link at the end. If you want to win, check back in June.

HIYW Giveaway

Warming It Up Your Way Giveaway Sign Ups

Jenn's Blah Blah Blog and Pink Ninja Media bring you the Warming It Up Your Way Giveaway! Sign ups are now open, and we're asking all you awesome bloggers who love to promote giveaways to join us for this fabulous giveaway!

Hi everyone I'm opening for another month of the Have It Your Way Giveaway! Most of you know how this giveaway works. Every month I have a giveaway where the winner chooses their prize. One lucky person can choose a prize valued up to $500, and bloggers will get one free link in this giveaway. Choose between Twitter and Pinterest.

If you want to sign up for this fabulous giveaway you can visit Jenn's Blah Blah Blog's Have It Your Way Giveaway.

Giveaway Roundup, 4/8/2013

Here is our weekly rundown of active giveaways. We have twenty-one going on at the moment. 

As far as prizes go, we have over $1,600 in cash and gift cards up for grabs. 
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Google Play $25 Gift Card
$25 Google Play GC. thanks to Big Fish Games, ending 4/14
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Zoo Park Bouncer Giveaway

Here is a great giveaway prize for nearly anyone with younger kids. At what age do kids grow out of these, or does that never happen? Hate to see the reason why we're doing this giveaway, but this is a fundraiser event for Liam. (where the bloggers are doing the donations, not the readers) There is a link to his story below. Good luck with your entries.
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Welcome to the It’s A Zoo Out There Event

Bloggers coming together for a fundraiser event for Liam, read a bit about his story here:

Darts & Decor Custom Dartboard Giveaway! #Darts&Decor (Ends 5/06) ~ Instagram #4

Darts & Decor Custom Dartboard Giveaway! #Darts&Decor (Ends 5/06) ~ Pinterest #1

Darts & Decor Custom Dartboard Giveaway! #Darts&Decor (Ends 5/06) ~ FB#6

Darts & Decor Custom Dartboard Giveaway! #Darts&Decor (Ends 5/06) ~ Co-Host Page

The Blog Workshop Conference Giveaway

Blog Workshop Giveaway

The Blog Workshop Conference is Coming, The Blog Workshop Conference is Coming. Doesn't sound quite the same as The British are Coming, The British are Coming. Ticket sales for the conference come to end on May 10th. Register now, before it is too late. The show itself is May 17th-19th.

While the conference allows you to attend from home, sometimes you have to miss a session due to personal commitments. You will have access to conference replay footage soon after the conference ends.

The planned speakers are all experts in the industry and are sure to provide advanced blogknowledge to all the attendees.

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Sunday, April 7, 2013

PerfectChop Review

The folks over at KitchenAdvance, which brought to you the AquaChef, has another product called PerfectChop. They must have liked my honesty in the review of the first product as they sent me a PerfectChop to review, too. The PerfectChop is a Stay-Clean cutting board, with drains for holding liquids when you cut. It regularly sells for $19.95, or two for $19.95 if you pay second shipping charges.

I put the cutting board to what I considered an ultimate test. Beets. If this thing is Stay-Clean, cutting beets on the board would tell me how well it performs.
I first noticed the wicking natural of the board when I washed it. The water on the board just bubbled up and floated away. After cutting up the first beet, I noticed the board didn't seem as stained as my old cutting board typically was, and I really tried to be messy. The beet stain didn't bubble, but you could actually tell it wasn't such a deep stain.

Erica Start Walking 1K Facebook Fans Giveaway Blogger Opp

We have an opportunity to help another blogger celebrate their 1,000 Facebook Fan milestone. Congrats to Erica Start Walking here. The event runs May 3rd - June 3rd and is looking for other bloggers to join in the celebration. Do come back to try to win the $200 PayPal prize. Here at Java John Z's we're celebrating 3,000 fans with a $25 Google Play giveaway. Don't miss out on entering. Gee, $200 for 1,000 fans? That's so much nicer than my prize for three times as many fans. If you sign up, please tell them Java John Z's sent you. Thanks.
Erica Start Walking 1,000 Facebook Fan Giveaway

Erica Start Walking is bring you an awesome Blogger Op to celebrate her 1,000 Fans on Facebook! I was so excited about this I could not wait to participate and share with my readers and give you the opportunity to participate as well. 

$400 Disney Gift Card Giveaway

I'm sitting on a $20 Disney gift card that I haven't used in month's but here's a $400 gift card you can win from Tanga in their Share & Win giveaway.

Back to School Blast Blogger Opp

Someone is way ahead of schedule in planning future giveaways. Here is one that doesn't start until July. I like the idea of $1,000 in gift cards up for grabs. Please come back in July to enter. Or, sign up to participate if you happen to be a blogger.
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Back to School Blast Event

Hosted by: Mom Powered Media

Prize: $1,000 in Gift Cards up for grabs!

Event dates: 7/1 - 8/1

Free Blogger Event: Sign Up HERE

Tell them Java John Z's sent you

Joy Mini Cups Review

Joy Mini Cups
Sometimes my wife does come up with good ideas.... :) We went on a hunt to our local WalMart to find Joy Mini Cups. These are REALLY small ice cream cones. They measure 1¾" tall by 1½" across and are literally about 5 calories. [nutrition facts] Use a mini cupcake scoop and you have a double scoop ice cream cone that's about 60 calories.
Mini Ice Cream Cone
These things taste and look like their big brothers. They're just in miniature. Out of the single-serve Edy's, we got six mini-scoops. The whole thing is 160 calories for Vanilla so that's about 160 / 6 or just over 25 calories per scoop. Add in the 5 for the cone and you have a 30 calorie treat. Two scoops is just shy of 60. 

We loved them.

20% Off Coupon @ ToysЯus for 4/7-4/13

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ToysЯus has an Up To 20% off coupon available for this week. The good stuff is only 15% off, like electronic learning toys (think LeapFrog), car seats, and strollers. But still if you need to buy a regular-priced item this week, a nice little savings.

Grafton Flea Market Opens Today (4/7) for Season

Grafton Flea Market
Overhead view

The Grafton Flea Market is opening up for the season today. Or at least let me say it opened at 6 am. Open til 4 pm. This place is huge and full of dealers offering their wares at ridiculously low prices. See you there.

Grafton Flea Market Inc.
296 Upton St.
Rt 140 Upton-Grafton Town Line
Grafton, MA 01519

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