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Saturday, August 10, 2013

Tech Timeout Pledge

Pledge to take a break from technology and disconnect from all things electronic for an hour a day for a week. Help build stronger bonds, communicate more personally and get more involved with spouses, parents, and children.

Little Passports Back-To-School Giveaway

As summer is drawing to a close, here's a nice giveaway for helping the little ones not forget everything they learned from the prior school year and beyond. The US-only giveaway runs until 8/24 and will be sure to entertain any children for hours on end. Good luck.
Welcome to the Little Passports Giveaway! 
Hosted By My Kind Of Introduction Sponsored by Little Passports
With the monthly subscription program from Little Passports, your children can take a virtual trip around the USA as well as the World! There are 2 packages to chose from when you sign your kids up with Little Passports: You can chose the USA Edition or the World Edition. My daughters have received both packages and I would be lying if I said that we weren't enjoying every piece of our Geography learning! See what each 1 Month Package contains with our World Edition Review and our USA Edition Review!

Make A Plate Art Project

Save $5
I've just been given the opportunity to review the Make a Plate Art Project and I'm looking forward to sharing the results with you. If you want to follow along, you can save 30% on their Prepaid Art Plate Kit (that’s a savings of over $5!). Just use promo code USFAMILY at

Makit has been in business for over 40 years. Make A Plate kits allow children to let their creativity soar in crafting a lasting gift for Mom, Dad, Grandparent or teacher. All Make a Plates are nontoxic, BPA-Free, dishwasher safe and proudly made in the USA.

In addition to their paint a plate projects, they also offer photo plates. You just upload your photo to their web site, add a background like from Disney and they'll ship you the plate.

Disclosure: Java John Z's receives free products for review purposes and may sometimes be compensated for posts. Posts may also contain affiliate (marketing) links. All opinions expressed are solely from Java John Z's and were not influenced by any form of compensation. Please see the disclosure policy for more information.

Happy National S'mores Day

August 10th is National S'mores Day. Be sure to enjoy your Chocolate candy bar, Honey Graham Crackers, and Marshmallows. Check out all the variations people have made over on Pinterest.

Friday, August 9, 2013

Always on the Move Giveaway

One of these days, I'm going to where a pedometer around the office and see how much walking I do over the course of a normal day. Here's your chance to win a really nice pedometer along with a couple other goodies totally $140 in value. The Bass Egg Speaker sounds like something I would really like. I've reviewed something similar in the past called Epishock. The giveaway runs until 8/25 and is Continental US-only. Good luck.
A Ladybug on the Go

Bass Egg Speaker (A.L.L. Review)
Ozeri Pedometer (M.R.R.R. Review)
Fan Band (A.L.L. Review)
ARV $140

Hosted by:
A Ladybug on the Go,
Monica's Rants Rave and Reviews
Got a bunch going on?  Always running around or just a fitness buff?  These are some great gadgets which will help keep you on track, entertained, and stylin' while on the move!

Marvel's THOR: THE DARK WORLD - New Trailer #ThorDarkWorld

Coming November 8th, 2013 to theaters everywhere is the Marvel's Thor: The Dark World.
Thor: The Dark World
Thor: The Dark World

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Tip Hero’s End of Summer Blogger Opp

Here's an upcoming blogger opportunity where the giveaway prize will be $100 Walmart Gift Card. You get a free Twitter or Pinterest link if you join and post the announcement. Come back after August 15th if you want ot win the gift card.
Tip Hero’s End of Summer Giveaway Event

Sign-ups are now open for this great new giveaway event!

10% off at Mattel

The folks over at Mattel are offering 10% off your order with code AFF10.

Microdry Hamper Tote Giveaway

You're back because you didn't win the last MicroDry hamper tote. Here's a chance to win another. You have 3 days to try to win here, ending at 11:59pm on 8/11. Good luck. Will your luck change? Will winning make doing laundry more fun? Good luck.

Do you have a few of you that need laundry done? Are you packing your kids off for college? MicroDry has a great self-standing Hamper that converts into a tote to take back and forth to the laundry room, laundromat or wherever you need to tote it! The big size is perfect for a few loads of laundry.

Enter to win a great Hamper Tote that has 2-3 load carrying capacity. The handles make it easy to carry and it stands by itself. The color is gender neutral. Tote that laundry around with ease with the Microdry® Hamper Tote . These are available at Bed, Bath & Beyond. Want to know more about them? Check out the overview here.

hamper tote microdry

Thursday, August 8, 2013

20 Free 5x5 Premium Cards - 8/8

Walgreens is offering a 20 free 5x5 premium cards. Pick up in store and it's totally free. Otherwise, you'll have to pay shipping. One day only, 8/8/13.

Just add the cards to your cart and enter code 5X5CARDS at checkout to make it free with in store pickup. Valid for one use per account.

Pouchee Plus Purse Organizer Giveaway

Here we have a purse giveaway that is not for a Coach bag. It is US-only and runs until August 29th. If you can live without Coach, try your luck and enter to win. If you'd rather go for the gold, there are two giveaways that won't end until later in the month that might interest you: Coach Heritage Web Leather Messenger Giveaway (8/15) and Double Coach Handbag Giveaway (8/22).
pouchee logo
Sponsored by Pouchee

Hosted by:  NYSavingSpecials

Co-hosted by:

Enter to a Pouchee Plus purse organizer, ends 8/29

Wednesday, August 7, 2013

LearnVest $1,000 Summer Sweepstakes

Enter to win $1,000 in the 50/20/30 Summer Sweepstakes!
Create a free LearnVest account and enter to win $1,000 in the 50/20/30 Summer Sweepstakes. Ends September 15, 2013. 

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Update to Blazephoto Giveaway

In appreciation to everyone who has made the giveaway a success, BlazeVideo has decided to GIFT all International Giveaways followers with a license to their software.

No giveaway, no contest! You get the software you want FOR FREE!

Getting the software is easy - just do what's marked below and you will get an email with your free, non-expiring license code and more information.

If Mom Got an Annual Salary

Have you ever thought what you/your wife should earn just for doing "mom stuff"? Here's a fun little graphic to trigger some interesting discussions. The one thing I found most amusing is mom's favorite activity is yard work. Does that include a lawn mower? Oh, and second least favorite activity is yard work....

Free Lookout Farm Saturday August 10

Belkin Family Lookout Farm
I've been an annual member over at Lookout Farm in Natick for several years now. If you pickup the family pass early enough in the season, you even get it at a discount. In fact, they are on sale again this Saturday for just $69. We love to pick their fruits in the fall and they have a great children's play area with farm animals, a bounce house, hay rides, and a few more activities. Around Halloween, they even have one day where members get free pumpkins, which adds up if you snag the larger ones. This Saturday, they are shooting a new promotional video and to attract a large crowd, admission is free for the day.

Samsung Chromebook Blogger Opp

Looks like we'll be hosting another Chromebook giveaway in the not to distant future. Feel free to sign up to host the giveaway, too. Free Twitter or Facebook link when you post announcement. Do please tell them Java John Z's sent you if you sign up. If you want to win, come back after 8/26.
Samsung Chromebook Blogger Opp

Organized by One Punky Mama
Prize: Samsung Chromebook 
Event dates: 8/26 - 09/16
Free & Paid Options Available

Little Tikes $1,000 Gift Code Giveaway

Enter to win a Little Tikes $1,000 Gift Code, ends August 30th.
With a six year old, we've mostly outgrown Little Tikes in our house. About the only thing left there is their inflatable Slam 'n' Curve Slide. With that said, they have a giveaway going on with Purex for a $1,000 Little Tikes Gift Code. Just think what you can buy with that.
Not only does the winner get the $1,000 gift code, but they also get a year's supply of Purex laundry detergent. And, if you win my Purex Dryer Sheet giveaway here, your clothes will be static free and smell better, too. :-)

Pick up all the back to school goodies you can get with $1,000.

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Music & Munchies Back to School Giveaway

Here we go with yet another back to school giveaway. This time, the prize is some candy and a set of giveaways.

One of the greatest gifts you can offer your college bound student, your wallet and their new roommate-to-be is peace and quiet from all the noise that could be by providing them a pair of the 808 Headphones. Are your kids off to a dorm, or apartment where they have to live with someone and they are going to need to actually keep their music to themselves? The music that can rock a room can be captured ear-to-ear and I can tell you with certainty your teen will LOVE these headphones! These are studio quality headphones that deliver every beat of music, every sound of a movie with clarity beyond expectation while offering noise-isolation from the environment. If you want to learn more about the Headphones or the YumEarth Snacks, just check out the reviews.
Enter to win the Music & Munchies Back to School Giveaway, ends 8/8.

Tuesday, August 6, 2013

15% Off ABC What Can I Be!

We have the giveaway going on now for four I See Me books. If you haven't entered yet, don't miss out. In addition to that giveaway, we have a couple specials here.

There is also a special savings on personalized placemats! Their placemats special discount for multiple purchases continue with the following discount codes while supplies last:
  • Buy 2 placemats, and save $4 when you use coupon code "save4" at checkout!
  • Buy 3 placemats, and save $9 when you use coupon code "save9" at checkout!
  • Buy 4 placemats, and save $16 when you use coupon code "save16" at checkout!
  • Buy 5 or more placemats, and save 33% when you use coupon code "save33" at checkout!

Summer Fishing/Camping Giveaway Twitter Page 4

Summer Fishing/Camping Giveaway Facebook Visits Page 5

How to Choose a Private Dining Room

Belvedere On Mount Royal In 2012
by DanyJack Mercier

We have a guest post this week on private dining in Boston.

When organizing a birthday party, family get-together, or a romantic dinner, private dining is a great option to consider. Here are some things to keep in mind when choosing the location for your Boston private dining event.

Private dining rooms can accommodate as few as 20 people, or as many as 200. Check how many private rooms the restaurant has and what the capacity of each one is, choosing the one that works best for your party. Do not try to fit too many people into one room or select a room that is too large for your party, even if you really like the restaurant. The atmosphere of your event will be largely effected by how well your guests fit with the room’s capacity.

The location of your private dining establishment should be convenient for your guests to get to. Call ahead of time and check what the parking situation is, especially if your event is taking place downtown. If a valet service is available, be sure to let your guests know about it. If you are planning to have a lot of guests come from out of town, an easy access to the freeway or the airport will ensure that people arrive on time.

Britax Car Seat Blogger Opp

I've never participated in a giveaway for a car seat before and I couldn't pass up an offer from Darci over at Everything Mommyhood to participate. If you need a car seat, come back after September 10th to enter to win. If you want to participate on the blogger side, sign up, and tell them Java John Z's sent you. It is a paid event.

Britax Pioneer 70 Giveaway Event, Runs Sept 10 - Oct 1
Sponsored by: Britax

Requirements: Must have 2500 Facebook Fans to participate.
Promotion is required 4 days a week on Facebook and Twitter.
You will be removed if you do not promote. No refunds will be given.
Event Dates: 9/10 – 10/1
Prize: Britax Pioneer 70, Winners Print Choice, $229.99 MSRP
US Residents Only

Disney's Muppets Most Wanted Trailer

A Scene from Disney's Muppets Most Wanted

Check out the just released trailer for Disney's Muppets Most Wanted. The movie won't be out until March 2014.
Disney’s “Muppets Most Wanted” takes the entire Muppets gang on a global tour, selling out grand theaters in some of Europe’s most exciting destinations, including Berlin, Madrid and London. But mayhem follows the Muppets overseas, as they find themselves unwittingly entangled in an international crime caper headed by Constantine—the World’s Number One Criminal and a dead ringer for Kermit—and his dastardly sidekick Dominic, aka Number Two, portrayed by Ricky Gervais. The film stars Tina Fey as Nadya, a feisty prison guard, and Ty Burrell as Interpol agent Jean Pierre Napoleon.

Be sure to like The Muppets on Facebook or follow The Muppets or Miss Piggy on Twitter.

Track If Prices Drop

Track if Prices Drop
Here's an interesting service I recently ran across. Setup system to automatically monitor prices for specific products. Then when your favorite products go on sale at your favorite websites such as Amazon, Best Buy, Target, Walmart and others, you'll be notified. It even tracks when out of stock items become available again.

Printcopia Review / Giveaway

I received this product for the purpose of this review. All opinions stated are my own and may differ from yours.
Printcopia logo
Every online photo printing place seems to be advertising photos on canvas these days. It seems all the rave. I recently had the opportunity to try out the service from Printcopia and thought I'd surprise someone with one of their photographs on canvas.
Photo of Bridge on Canvas
Ordering a photo on canvas is very simple. Just upload a photo of the appropriate resolution, pick a size and how you want the image to wrap over the borders, and you're pretty much done, besides payment. The wrapping options are a solid color for the border, the picture fully wrapping the border, and mirror imaging the edges over the frame. For large enough photos, where you don't mind losing the edges of the picture, I like the full wrapping option. More typically though, you'll use the other two as they don't lose the edges of the picture.

Shortly after ordering, the photo arrives, ready to hang, with a hangar attached to the back of the wood holding the canvas. Printcopia will even throw in the part to attach to the wall for a couple bucks more so you'll have everything to hang your canvas.

MicroDry Memory Foam Bath Mat Giveaway

Here's round three of our quick household giveaways. This time it is for a memory foam bath mat. Sounds soft. This one runs through 8/8, so, just a few days to enter. Good luck and if you win, you can keep it for yourself instead of sending it off to college with your kid.

It's time to pack the kids up and send them off to school again, I can hardly believe it, but this giveaway will have your college student brightening up, their bathroom! The bad 'b' word is up and coming, "back-to-school", just the words have my kids running for the hills. Many parents love this time of year and there are a lot of students getting ready to venture off to school to their first apartments and dorms. To keep things frugal, but colorful and decorated, a fun colored Memory Foam Bath Mat by Micro Dry can help lighten up any room! Want to know more about this great mat, here is the review from Pittsburgh Frugal Mom.
microdry bath mat

Monday, August 5, 2013

50 Shades of the MOON Giveaway

$1,700 spread across twelve prize packages is what's up for grabs in our latest giveaway. US only and you have until 8/22 to enter. Good luck and don't miss out on the fun.
A Lucky Ladybug
Hosted by
Make Our Own Network
People everywhere are different!  We all have our likes/dislikes; We have our favorite hobbies and interests; We look different and dress different; We are parents, children, siblings, and friends. This is what makes up the Make Our Own Network team of bloggers!  We are the "Strange Kids on the Block" because we do things differently than anyone out there.

For our first birthday, we want to celebrate individuality and independence from following the norms. This giveaway event will be all about exactly that!  Anything goes - prizes vary from adult products to children's toys to travel gear to entertaining gadgets and more.

This is a HUGE Event with 12 possible "Personality" Packages to choose from!
(Please be patient if this one takes a while to load...there is a lot here to see)

Night Vision Monoculars Giveaway

The digital night vision monocular giveaway
Okay, I found a non-blogger giveaway for a set of night vision monoculars. Really cool prize. I wish I had one. What I would do with it I don't know, but I think it would be really great to own.

Back to School Google Nexus 7 Blogger Opp

Here's a new giveaway coming up for a Google Nexus 7. The nice thing about it is that it is open to US and Canada. I'm really looking out for more international giveaways, even if the other country is just Canada. Not all vendors will ship worldwide. Electronic items (like cash or software licenses) are more likely to be open worldwide, but not physical goods. The giveaway runs 8/12-9/2 (ish). If you sign up, please tell them Java John Z's sent you. Thanks.
Back to School Google Nexus 7 Blogger Opp, Event Dates 8/12-9/2
16 GB Google Nexus 7 Giveaway Event
Sponsored by: BuyVia
Organized by:
Prize: 16 GB Google Nexus 7 valued at $229
Event Dates: August 12- September 2*

Yum Earth Candy Giveaway

I ate tons of candy as a kid. Hell, I still eat tons. Does making candy organic make it any better? I don't know. If it is made out of organic brown rice, does that still qualify as candy? Would a kid even want to eat that? Here's your chance to try and see, with a giveaway of twelve bags of their new fruit snacks product. You literally have until the end of the month to enter to win. Good luck.
Enter the YumEarth Candy Giveaway. Ends 8/31.
Your kids will inevitably want candy. Why not give them a healthy delicious candy that is packed full of only the best ingredients like organic brown rice and organic fruit juice? A product that isn't just healthy but delicious?
Yum Earth Candy
Then it's about time your kids try YumEarth. A candy "born out of the need to feed families only healthy food free of chemicals and full of real fruit extracts and planet-friendly ingredients."

ThrifTee Gear Back-to-School Giveaway

What do you do with your favorite t-shirt once its gotten past its prime? Here's a chance to observe what ThrifTee Gear can do and enter to win your own, if you're US based and 18+. Take a chance to win now.
Welcome to The ThrifTee Gear "Back-To-School" Giveaway! Hosted By My Kind Of Introduction Sponsored By ThrifTee Gear
Enter to win a ThrifTee Gear Bag, ends 8/19
We've all had that one special shirt that means so much to us. The one that you wear all the time and dread the day that it becomes too little. When that day comes, and your favorite shirt no longer fits... don't throw it in the donation bin! Send it to ThrifTee Gear and have it transformed into a usable bag that has an insulated liner to keep drinks and food cold for hours! ThrifTee Gear is a company based in Boone, NC and made their name from making Eco-Cool Lunch bags for Teens! 

Purex Fabric Softener Sheet Review / Giveaway

I received this product for the purpose of this review. All opinions stated are my own and may differ from yours.
This is the first article I've ever written where I wanted Smell-O-Vision. Perhaps I should put a scratch-and-sniff ad in a magazine for you to take full advantage of the smell. The smell of what you might ask...
Purex Fabric Softener Sheets. It didn't smell bad but when I opened the mail packaging for the sample box, the smell was just very strong, as it was enclosed for a few days. Not in a bad way, but Mountain Breeze really blew through. At least I hadn't offered to try the Sweet Lavender. I think that would have been too much as lavender isn't something I like too strong. Even before I opened the box, the whole mailbox smelled.

Summer Fishing/Camping Giveaway Co-Host Page

Bullet Designs $50 Giveaway

Here's the ultimate prize in recycling if you're green and into guns. Recycled bullets into jewelry. US residents have until 8/27 to register to win.
Enter to win $50 gift code for Bullet Designs. Ends 8/27.

Sponsored by: Bullet Designs

Hosted by: NYSavingSpecials

Co-hosted by:  

One lucky winner will have the opportunity to order any item(s) they like from Bullet Designs with a max. of $50.

Sunday, August 4, 2013

Freaky Forecast Blogger Opp

With Halloween just around the corner, it sees time to start all the giveaways for costumes, so here's your chance to host one. The giveaway doesn't start until the end of August and the winner will be picked September 10th. That should be plenty of time for the winners to be notified, receive their prize, and get a costume for the big day. You'll get a Twitter, Pinterest, or Facebook link if you sign up. And, please tell them Java John Z's sent you if you do. Thank.
8 Winners
ARV $25 each