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Saturday, July 27, 2013

I Heart My Park & Recreation

I Love My Park & Recreation
Did you know that, since 1985, July is National Park and Recreation Month and your local parks are encouraging everyone to come out this month and experience all the wonderful aspects of parks and recreation. Nationwide, recreation departments have organized events and activities to help families spend quality time together, enjoy nature and get active. This provides a great opportunity to not only make the most of the beautiful weather, but also to take a stand against the obesity epidemic and technology trends that consistently keep more kids indoors and living less active lifestyles.

As part of Park and Recreation Month, the National Recreation and Park Association is encouraging everyone to show the love for local parks and recreation and wants everyone to answer the question, "I Love my Parks and Recreation Because..." They have a fill in the blank social media poster that can be filled in and shared, and a fun month-long weekly photo contest that encourages everyone to show and share the LOVE for local parks! The NRPA website includes information on all of the above initiatives, free downloadable resources as well as a calendar of events scheduled nationwide.

Rayovac 2-Hour Power Mobile Charger Review

I received this product for the purpose of this review. All opinions stated are my own and may differ from yours.
Rayovac 2-Hour Power
Do you have an emergency preparedness kit for when your power goes out for an extended period of time? Do you like to go hiking or camping and find yourself off the grid long enough for your mobile phone to have a dead battery? In both cases, you can't recharge your phone once its battery dies down. I recently had lunch with a coworker and his solution was to carry around a spare battery. At some point though, you're still going to run out of power if you can't recharge.

Rayovac offers two solutions for this, one of which I got to play with. There is their 2-Hour Power product which allows you to partially charge your phone from a Rayovac Lithium CR123a battery and a 7-Hour Power version which works off of 4 AA batteries to give you a full charge. I got to play with the 2-Hour version.
Rayovac 2-Hour Power Components

DropCam Giveaway

We have here an interesting giveaway of a new type of video camera: one Wi-Fi based so you can watch remotely to make sure all is well back home.
DropCam Giveaway

Hosted By: The Nurse Mommy
Co-Hosted By: Everything Mommyhood

What's a DropCam? Dropcam is a high-definition, Wi-Fi video camera with remote viewing and two-way sound for your home or business.

Chicken Soup for the Soul 20th Anniversary Review

Chicken Soup for the Soul
It has been out for twenty years now but, believe it or not, I have never read the original Chicken Soup for the Soul book, until now. I've read some of the many other titles, just not the original. As part of being a Soup-er Blogger for Chicken Soup for the Soul, I received a review copy of the 20th Anniversary Edition for, well, a review.

If you're not familiar with the series/brand, the books provide uplifting stories from both well-known and not so well-known authors. Okay, with over 500 million books sold worldwide and 88% brand recognition in the United States, are there that many people not familiar with the series?

Win Patriots Home Opener Tickets

Here is your chance to win tickets to the home opener for the New England Patriots. Just visit their ProShop web site and enter before August 9th, 2013. Game is Thursday night, September 12th.

Friday, July 26, 2013

Weber Kettle Grill Giveaway

We've participated in several grill giveaways in the past and I just couldn't help joining this one. It isn't one of those big multi-burner ones but this is great for tailgating now that football season is starting soon, or just for some summer fun in the backyard. Open to US residents only, the giveaway ends August 9th. Good luck.

 Welcome to the Weber 22-Inch One-Touch Gold Kettle Grill Giveaway
Enter to win a Weber 22-inch One-Touch Gold Kettle Grill, Giveaway ends August 9

It's Summertime and in our family we love to grill food...almost every day! There's nothing better then the smell of charcoal in the air on a warm Summer night. If you're going to grill, a Weber Grill is the best way to do it (in my opinion). Thrifty Nifty Mommy was happy to review the Weber 22-Inch One-Touch Gold Kettle Grill from  Take a look below to find out more about this fantastic grill.

Featuring 363 sq. in. of cooking space, the Weber One-Touch Gold 22-1/2 in. Charcoal Kettle Grill consists of a heavy-gauge porcelain-enameled lid and bowl for durability and long grill life. The grill features a factory assembled stainless steel One-Touch cleaning system, a hinged cooking grate and a removable high-capacity ash catcher to make indirect grilling easier. The built-in lid thermometer allows you to monitor your grill's temperature and a new bowl handle design includes an integrated tool hook for easy convenient storage.

Yabbly Great Decisions Blogger Opp

We have a blogger opportunity coming up here with $500 up for grabs in Amazon gift cards spread across five prizes. It will be open to US/Canada and runs 8/5-8/26. Come back if you want to win and please tell them Java John Z's sent you if you sign up. Thanks.

Yabbly Great Decisions Blogger Opp

Yabbly Great Decisions Event

Organized by: Mom Powered Media

Grand Prize: $300 Amazon Gift Card + 4 Additional $50 Amazon Gift Card Winners
Event dates: 8/5 - 8/26
Open to US and Canada
Referral prize: $25 Amazon E-Code or Paypal Cash

Bloggers: Sign Up HERE

Please Tell Them Java John Z's Sent You

Last Day: Amazon $25 GC Giveaway

Enter to win a $25 Amazon Gift Card in the Book'em Danno Giveaway Book Blog Hop, ends 7/26

If you haven't entered yet, be sure to stop by our $25 Amazon GC Giveaway and the rest of the entries in the Book 'Em Danno Book Hop. Last day.

Thursday, July 25, 2013

Yankee Candle Coupon, 7/28

Yankee Candle Logo
Here's a coupon to save $10 off a $25 purchase from Yankee Candle. It expires July 28th and is good on your next purchase online or in stores. For online purchases, use code SUMMER18. Check out the Bacon/Popcorn candle review in case you missed it.

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

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

QMT Corinthian Bells 44" Windchime Giveaway Co-Host Page

a Rafflecopter giveaway

A Wicked Kind of Dark Cover Reveal Giveaway

Here's a quick little giveaway for $10 Amazon GC or PayPal cash. It is open worldwide and ends 8/15/13.

Author Jonathan K. Benton

Jonathan Benton always wanted to write books, having won first place in a short story competition when he was ten. Inspired by writes such as Ray Bradbury and Stephen King, Jonathan first discovered the crossover genre of literary/fantasy while reading Bradbury’s Something Wicked This Way Comes.

Jonathan grew up in New Zealand, dreaming of traveling to London and finally making the pilgrimage in his mid-twenties. Returning from England, he settled in Australia, the country he now calls home, and decided to take his writing seriously.

Light Up The Night With Night Stars Giveaway Co-Host Page

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Be sure to check out our other giveaways while visiting.

Buzzworthy Books of Summer iPad Mini Giveaway

What's up with giveaway posts lately? This is the second group giveaway I've hosted recently where the post was extremely lengthy, the other being the Hyde Book Release Giveaway for a Kindle and other goodies. As an author myself, I like promoting other authors, especially indie ones. Hopefully, you'll like their books. Here you also have a chance to win an iPad Mini. US residents only. Giveaway ends August 14th. Good luck.
When it comes to summer reading, indie authors offer a refreshing alternative to predictable plots from big name writers. Here’s a list of ten titles from emerging indie authors, pick your favorite and vote on Facebook for a chance to win an iPad Mini!

If you enjoy the office intrigues of The Mad Men and the love story in The Notebook you’ll like this book.

More About The Book 
“Set in New York City in the late 1950's, this love story takes you into the heart of the advertising world. The office politics and drama are equal to that of the series Mad Men.  I could not help but fall in love with the main characters, Jay and Joanna. Their story is a lifelong love affair of twists and turns with a dramatic ending that I did not see coming. A book to enjoy." Published by Deerfield Park Books
Special Must-Read Price Cut! Paperback: $11.66 Kindle: $7.99 

StoryLand (NH) Coupon

StoryLand Logo
Heading to StoryLand in Glen, NH this summer? Here's a coupon for up to $24 off ($3/person x 8). Expires 10/14/13.

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Great American Summer Sweepstakes

The Great American Summer Sweepstakes
Anyone need/want a new grill? I somehow missed this sweepstakes that started in May and ends next week (7/31). They're offering three outdoorsy grand prizes, including a grill, gazebo, and some games. They have weekly prizes of $60 Fandango gift cards, too. Over $2,000 in total prizes but we missed most of the weekly prizes. Check it out and enter before it is too late.

Dehydrate it Right Blogger Opp

I've seen infomercials for these things for the longest time for Ron Popeil's variety. This isn't his dehydrator but here's a chance to host a giveaway for the Nesco version. The giveaway will run from 8/14-8/29 and you get a free Twitter/Pinterest/Facebook link if you host. Signup before 8/11 if you're interested and tell them Java John Z's sent you. Thanks.

A Lucky Ladybug
Nesco Gardenmaster Digital Pro Food Dehydrator
ARV $170
Hosted by:

Sign-ups close 8/11
**The blogger with the most referrals will receive the additional links at no cost
Click HERE to sign up and for more html info.

Always on the Move Blogger Opp

Here's an interesting giveaway that is coming up with some prizes you don't see too frequently. If you're interested in hosting the giveaway once it starts, sign on and tell them Java John Z's sent you. You'll get a free Twitter, Facebook, or Pinterest link if you participate. The giveaway will run from August 10 - 25. Come back if you want to win.
A Ladybug on the Go
Bass Egg Speaker
Ozeri Pedometer
Fan Band
and more....
ARV $140
Hosted by:
Sign-ups close 8/7
**The blogger with the most referrals will receive the additional links at no cost
Click HERE to sign up and for more html info.

Workbench Giveaway

Win a Workbench Contest
RedLine garagegear has their (bi-monthly?) Workbench contest going on again. Have you entered this yet? This one ends August 30th.

The workbench is a Custom 48" Redline Garagegear Workbench that is outfitted to meet your needs using their 24 different cabinet modules.

Groupon: Central London

It's a boy and Groupon has the perfect deal for a trip to Central London. 6-day trip, including airfare, hotel, and sightseeing tours starting for just $1,399 each. Travel can't start until November, the earliest, so the birth mob scene should have died down a little by then. Departures from LAX, JFK, and ORD.

London Tower Bridge

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Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Three Tips to Find the Right Managed IT Services

I'm Trying To Fix It by Bobbi Jones Jones
I'm Trying To Fix It by Bobbi Jones Jones

We have a guest post this week on IT services.

A few years ago, the Internet was a place that larger businesses dominated. However, mobile devices and smart phones have made it very important for all businesses, regardless of their size, to have a presence on the web. However, if you are a small business owner, you might not have the expertise necessary to set up, operate, and maintain a website, let alone transact business with your customers via the Web. Fortunately there are many companies that can host a website and give you managed IT services in Plano, TX. Following are three suggestions to help you improve your presence on the Internet: 

· Identify the needs of your company.
· Determine the needs of your website.
· Select an IT hosting company.

Glass Dharma Straws Giveaway

A trio of winners coming to this giveaway. Try your hand and win glass straws. No more plastic. Best of luck and enter before 8/6. Open to US and Canada this time.

Welcome to the Glass Dharma Straws Event!

Sip the World Make a Difference with Glass Dharma Straws

Enter the Glass Dharma Straws Giveaway, 3 Winners, ends 8/6

Sponsored by: Glass Dharma

Read Powered by Mom's Review of the Glass Dharma Straws HERE

About Glass Dharma Drinking Straws 

They are the brainchild of creator David Leonhardt a lampworker (glassblower) for over 15 years. When he and his wife moved to the Mendocino Coast he noticed when he was doing some work for a local glass shop in town that they had glass drinking straws. He had never seen them before but that what a unique and elegant idea that could help be a solution to reducing the plastics that are wasted and end up in our garbage!

Pulse Oximeter Giveaway

Enter to win a Pulse Oximeter
I ran across this elsewhere and thought the readers here would be interested given interest in some past giveaways. Can you use your own Pulse Oximeter? This retails for about $40. Here is your chance to win one. It is very low entry and ends on 7/30 at 12:00 am.

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Hyde Book Release Giveaway

We're celebrating the book release here with an interesting giveaway with a collection of prizes including a Kindle and a Tarot card reading. Be sure to check out all that is offered and enter to win before 8/28. Good luck.
Hyde by Laura DeLuca
Hyde, the final book in the Dark Musicals Trilogy is available now!


Rebecca Hope has looked death in the face twice and lived to tell her tale.

She and the love of her life, Justyn Patko, land a summer internship at a local dinner theater, performing the musical Hyde. While they are excited about their first paid acting gig, they soon find themselves surrounded by more experienced cast mates, jealous of their success. As if the tension isn’t bad enough, they soon discover that the business might be a front for something much more sinister.

When Justyn is accused of a crime that she knows he would never commit, Rebecca must decide if she wants to follow her head or her heart. While trying to prove his innocence, she makes a shocking discovery of her own.

Everyone has something to conceal in the grand finale of the Dark Musicals Trilogy. Rebecca has to look beyond the fa├žade to discover the true Hyde or face her final curtain call.

Be sure to add Hyde to your to-read list on Goodreads!

Bona Hardwood Floor Mop Kit Giveaway

How do you clean your hardwood floors? You do clean them, right??? Here's a chance to win a brand new hardwood floor mop kit from Bona. The giveaway is US-only and ends 8/6.
Enter to win a Bona Hardwood Floor Mop Kit ($39.99) Ends 8/6.

Sponsored By: Bona 
Bona manufactures and produces hardwood floor finishing complete systems, abrasives, fillers, dust containment sanding equipment, sealers, stains and finishes. They are also Certified by GREENGUARD for indoor air quality for personal health and our environment.
Hardwood Floor Mop
Bona Hardwood Floor Kit Includes: Floor mop, machine washable microfiber pad and Bona Hardwood Refill.

Monday, July 22, 2013

Run for Your Life Registration Coupon

Run For Your Lives Registration Coupon
Disclosure: Run For Your Lives, the original zombie 5K, has asked me to blog about their event. Because of your love for my blog, you can take full advantage of my relationship with Run For Your Lives and receive $10 off when registering for their races.
The Original Zombie Infested 5K.
Coming to New Hampshire this September 7th is the closest apocalyptic event of the year. If you're into hardcore obstacle courses, imagine doing a 5K one while being chased by zombies. Yes, that is Run For Your Lives: The Original Zombie 5K. Pennsylvania, Buffalo, and Seattle events are also upcoming before the NH race.

Kristian Regale Sparkling Juices Giveaway

Unfortunately, this giveaway isn't for some wine. Instead it is for a case of 6 bottles of sparkling juices from Kristian Regale. It is another quick giveaway, ending on July 25th, so don't miss out and enter today.
Welcome to the Kristian Regale Sparkling Juices Giveaway!

Enter Kristian Regale Sparkling Juices Giveaway to win a case of 6. Ends 7/25
July 22-25

Everyday is a celebration. Whether you’re welcoming a new baby or just wanting to celebrate the end of the day, Kristian Regale Sparkling Juice offers a delicious alternative to alcohol or soda. It’s a great way to brighten someone’s day or add to a meal. Eight delicious flavors made from original Swedish family recipes.

There’s tried and true flavors like Apple and Pear and then there are more flavors to try like peach, black current, pomegranate-apple and lingonberry-apple! Each has a light color, delicious taste and some bubbles to add to the celebration. Giveaway

We have a really quick giveaway here of less than 3 days. Learn about Chippmunk and win a $50 gift card for one of their stores. If you're from the US, check it out before 7/24 or you're too late. Good luck.
Enter to win a $50 gift card to, ends 7/24 makes online shopping fun and easy. They do the work for us by gathering the internet's BEST coupons and ensuring that they are active and ready for use.

As a savings search engine, Chippmunk is ready to help anyone shop smarter and save time and money. They organize savings from stores in one user-friendly place. Search the stores you love and find the best deals based on any budget using their CouponRank algorithm.

Luker Family Tales Birthday Blogger Opp

Looking to pickup some more Facebook, Twitter, or Pinterest followers for your blog with a worldwide giveaway? Here's one that offers a free link to one of the big three with an announcement post. The prize will be an Amazon gift card. Check it out and if you sign up, tell them Java John Z's sent you.
Amazon Gift Card Giveaway Blogger Opp 8/12-8/26

Luker Family Tales is turning 1 next month! To celebrate, we are giving away a gift card to! Sign up below! (Amount of GC will be dependent on number of participants)

Event Dates: 8/12-8/26
Giveaway is WW
Requirement to join
* Post the announcement or pay the $5 fee.
* No more than 1 blogs per person allowed
* Agree to post the giveaway html on the date the event begins and promote at least 3x a week
*Co-Hosts will get 10 links on the Rafflecopter and two follow pages
Payments: Paypal to
Referral prizes: Blogger who refers the most people to this event will win a co-host spot

Barney: Imagine with Barney Review

I received the below mentioned DVD for review purposes from HiT Entertainment and Lionsgate. All opinions are my own, or as otherwise indicated below. Barney: Imagine with Barney is now available on DVD, Digital Download and Video on Demand as of July 9, 2013 from Lionsgate And HIT Entertainment.
Imagine with Barney
Being the dad of a six-year old boy, this disc was too young for my son. With that said, I gave this to a cousin with a three-year old boy and girl to watch and critique.
Purple Dinosaur
First, a description of the program and synopsis...

Warner Bros. House Party 5 DVD Giveaway

Enter the House Party Tonight's the Night DVD Giveaway, US 18+, 8/1
Coming to DVD on July 23rd is the latest installment from the House Party franchise, House Party 5: Tonight's the Night. Check out the trailer and unlock some animated GIFs in the app below. Then, enter to win your own copy of the DVD.
House Party 5 Synopsis:A pair of high school rappers have two major goals – make music and get hot girls. The best way to get both is to throw the biggest and best house party ever! The night of the party, one of the boys is grounded by his parents, so it’s up to his best friend to break him out of his house confinement and get the party started.

Review of I See Me! Personalized Children's Book

Originally Published 5/13/13
Gifts as Unique as Each Child
Personalized books have been around for some time. About twenty years ago, I got one for my wife when we were dating and it was a big hit. You submit their name and some personal information to the publisher and they incorporate that information into their story. As you or your child reads the book, they periodically see their name, their friend's name, their pet's name, their home town or some such and a big smile shows up on their face as the story is about them and not just another impersonal book.
My Very Own World Adventure Book Cover

Coach Heritage Web Leather Messenger Giveaway

The Coach giveaway strikes again. This time for a $398 Heritage Web Leather Messenger bag. There is also the Hello Summer Coach Handbag Giveaway, ending 7/30 and the Double Coach Handbag Giveaway, ending 8/22, going on now. This one ends almost in the middle on 8/15
Enter Coach Heritage Web Leather Messenger Giveaway, Ending 8/15
Hosted by:

Co-hosted by:

One lucky winner will win


Amazon Wines That Rock $1,000 Giveaway

$1,000 Giveaway - Amazon Wine
Another one of those high value amazone giveaways. This time only $1,000, but you also get a signed guitar by Keith Richards if you win, too. 21+. Enter by 8/4.

Sunday, July 21, 2013

Embed YouTube Subscribe Widget in Rafflecopter

Embedding YouTube Subscribe Widget in Rafflecopter
Following an earlier Rafflecopter usage improvement tip for bloggers, here's a new one.

Did you know that you can embed the YouTube subscribe widget right inside Rafflecopter so that someone can subscribe without having to leave the Rafflecopter entry form/widget? As seen in the picture above, it is really easy and a big improvement for those entering your giveaways.
YouTube Subscribe Setup

Seth Kornegay Luxury Perfume Blogger Opp

I've never done a perfume giveaway yet and thought I'd sign up for this one since it runs $285 / 1.7 ounce bottle. The giveaway starts August 9th so come back if interested in winning. Sign up to host giveaway, too, and get two free links (Twitter/Facebook). Please tell them Java John Z's sent you if you sign up.
Seth Kornegay Luxury Perfume Blogger Opp

Sign-ups are open for the fabulous Seth Kornegay Luxury Perfume Giveaway
This event is free to join with an announcement post. 
For participation, you will receive 2 free links (Facebook and Twitter)
Giveaway begins August 9th and ends August 23rd
Sign-ups for the event closes on August 5th 
Sign up for the event Here
Tell them Java John Z's sent you please.

Twitter Giveaway Blogger Opp

We have a simple little giveaway with a free Twitter link celebrating 2K Twitter followers for the host. Starts 8/1 so sign up now to participate.

Serenity You has nearly reached 2000 Twitter Followers! and to celebrate she is having a giveaway

The prize will be Cash via Paypal and the total amount will be dependent on blogger sign ups.

You can only use your Twitter account for entries in the rafflecopter giveaway

Here's what the rafflecopter will look like
Links will be in this order

Serenity You (HOST)
Group 1
Group 2
Group 3
Free links

BlazePhoto Blogger Opp

Here's a blogger opportunity for for some interesting software. Check it out to get your free Facebook, Twitter, or Pinterest link.

Blogger Opportunity: Take part in the BlazePhoto giveaway!

Prizes will be 10 licences to BlazePhoto Software ($300 value)

Bloggers: Advertise the giveaway on your site & social media and get an entry option in the giveaway! Participants like/follow your social media in exchange for an entry. It's a great way to increase your followers!

Get one free follow on: Facebook, Twitter or Pinterest. This opportunity is limited to only 30 blogs (minimum of 1000 followers on all social media combined)

Giveaway runs from July 28 - August 17. Open worldwide!


Ending Giveaways 7/21-22

It is odd to have so many giveaways ending on the same day in the middle of the month, but we have six ending Monday, July 22nd (or midnight on the 23rd). Throw in one more ending on the 21st and that gives us the seven listed below.

$100 Visa Gift Card
One of our giveaways ends on Sunday: $100 Visa Gift Card.

Keurig K75 Platinum Singles Coffeemaker
The first of our 7/22 giveaways is a Keurig K75 Platinum Singles Coffeemaker. Looks like it ends at midnight.