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Saturday, September 21, 2013

Life is Good Festival #LIGFEST

Thanks to all who contributed to help me reach my fundraising goal. One more day of the festival left tomorrow. Here are some more pictures from today's festival.
Optimism can take you anywhere
Optimism can take you anywhere

Friday, September 20, 2013

Ultimate Holiday Gift Blogger Opp

I keep meaning to sign on to the Holiday Gift Giveaway over with the M.O.O.N. group. You can, too. We're busy gathering up prizes for what should be an awesome giveaway event. Signup before 11/1 if interested in participating.
Sign on to participate in the Ultimate Holiday Gift Giveaway. Signups close 11/1.
Prize Packages TBA (by 10/23):
Prizes will include gifts for all types of people - business, men, women, children, eco-enthusiasts, entertainers, outdoor enthusiasts, pet lovers and many more!!!

Hosted by:
Make Our Own Network
Sign-ups close 11/1
Click HERE to sign up and for more html info.

Make Our Own Network is taking Brand applications for this years
~~Ultimate Holiday Gift Guide~~
This will be featured on multiple blogs and across the web.  If you are interested in having your products on this elite list OR in being part of the Blogging Team Promoting this please contact!!

M.O.O.N. has now added several perks/discounts for frequent participation in our events but you must be a member of our Facebook group to be eligible.  Please visit the M.O.O.N. group if you are a blogger and would like more information regarding these perks and other group events.

Hauck Go Kart Blogger Opp

This blogger opp doesn't require an announcement post but I liked the prize and thought others might, too. Sign on to help promote the giveaway that starts in a week. Free Twitter/Pinterest link. Requires 3K Facebook fans.
Hauck Go Kart Blogger Opp, Giveaway starts 9/27

If you are a blogger and would like to sign up to be a part of this opp, please click here to fill out the form. Thanks!

HP ElitePad Giveaway

Looking to pickup a tablet with Windows 8? Checkout this giveaway from software provider Bepoz. (Entry link below picture).
HP ElitePad Giveaway

Freeze Dried Delight Giveaway

To go along with my recent review of the freeze-dried goodies from Brothers-All-Natural, we have a giveaway of a four pack. Good luck and enter often before the end date of 10/4.
Enter to win a four pack of freeze-dried veggies. Giveaway ends 10/4.
Harvester Farms 4 pack of Freeze-Dried Veggies and Fruit / Emergency Food Storage
Brothers All Natural (Java John Z's Review)
ARV $68
Hosted by:
Java John Z's
Make Our Own Network

Magic Bullet Blender Giveaway

Here we have a giveaway for a zombie killing magic bullet. Who couldn't use that during the Zombie Apocalypse. Actually, the Magic Bullet is a mini kitchen blender. A little too small to deal with zombies, but it would be a bear to clean if it could.

Welcome to the Magic Bullet Blender Giveaway!

Hosted by: Savory Savings

Sponsored by: Magic Bullet

Enter to win a Magic Bullet. Ends 10/4.
How would you like one quick and easy way to make soups, smoothies, salsas, sauces and more?  One kitchen appliance that can quickly move from one course to the next?  The Magic Bullet blender can do all that – and more!  Krista over at Savory Savings had a chance to review the Magic Bullet Blender and gives you the scoop on making your own mayo with the Magic Bullet for your sandwiches and then whipping up a quick and easy broccoli cheddar soup to go with it! 

Choose Your Gadget Blogger Opp

The winner for this giveaway will get to choose any gadget from any carrier priced up to $800. Signup to participate in this event which doesn't start until 10/21. With such a high valued prize, this should be fairly popular. When you sign up, you get a free Twitter link. Do please tell them Java John Z's sent you when you sign up. Thanks.

Choose Your Gadget Event

Organized by: Mom Powered Media

Grand Prize: Any Tablet or Cellphone {any carrier} up to $800
Event dates: 10/21 - 11/21
Open to US
Referral prize: $50 Amazon E-Code or Paypal Cash

Bloggers: Sign Up HERE

Gold Toe Children's Socks Giveaway

I always remember loving Gold Toe socks. I'm curious when this fascination started and if my parents put me in their socks when I was a kid. If you're in the market for some kid's socks yourself, here's a chance to win a 3-pack. You have until 10/7 to enter to win.
Enter to win a 3 pack of Gold Toe Children's Socks. Ends 10/7.

This Giveaway is sponsored by: Gold Toe
Hosted By: All About My Deals

Product/company details: Gold Toe has been around for nearly 80 years. They make a large variety of socks for men, women and children. Gold Toe is a Brand that can be trusted!

Product Review:  Gold Toe socks

It’s Halloween Blogger Opp

I like gift card giveaways. Here's one coming up next month that is celebrating Halloween. Sign up and get a free Twitter link. Do please tell them Java John Z's sent you when you sign up. Come back mid-October if you want to win the $500 K-mart gift card.
Happy Halloween Giveaway Event for $500 K-Mart Gift Card. Event starts 10/14.

It’s Halloween Event

Organized by: Mom Powered Media

Grand Prize: $500 K-Mart Gift Card
Event dates: 10/14 - 10/28
Open to US
Referral prize: $50 Amazon E-Code or Paypal Cash

Bloggers: Sign Up HERE

Happy Haunted Halloween Giveaway

It is that time of year for Halloween giveaways. And, thankfully, with giveaways like this one, not all of them are for Halloween costumes. Check out the great prizes here and enter before midnight on 10/10 if you live in the continental US. Good luck.

Freeze-Dried Harvester Farms Review

I received this product for the purpose of this review. All opinions states are my own and may differ from yours.
Harvester Farms Freeze Dried Food
As a software developer by trade, I like to promote self reliance and independence. When moving into a new job, the initial period is a learning experience where you learn as much as you can from the rest of the team. The bigger the team/project, the longer the ramp up time. Eventually, you're off on your own.

Prepping is another form of self-reliance and independence. In the event of some kind of disaster, you want to be prepared to survive through the event. I am not a hard core prepper myself, but my wife really wants to have a stash available for that time. Nothing major but we live in New England and big snow storms and power outages are the norm. Typically, no hurricanes, but flooding isn't out of the question either.
Brothers All Natural

Thursday, September 19, 2013

September Twitter #2

Java John Z's
Ottawa Mommy Club
Mommies with Cents
Beautiful Touches
Tom's Take On Things
Sweating Champagne
Getting Fit Fab

Black Friday Shop Till You Drop Blogger Opp

Signups for these blogger opportunities seem to be starting earlier and earlier these days. Here's a giveaway that won't be starting until November that is looking for bloggers to help promote. You get a free Twitter link to participate in the $100 PayPal giveaway. If you signup, please tell them Java John Z's sent you. Thanks.
Black Friday Blogger Opp, Signup by 10/27

Sign up and join us in this awesome giveaway event! One lucky winner will get $100 PayPal cash or gift card of their choice to blow on Black Friday deals and steals!
Hosted By: Minding My Matters and Xtreme Qpon Giveaway Dates: 11/1 - 11/22 Signups close 10/27 Free & Paid options

Yankee Candle Coupon, Exp 9/22/13

Yankee Candle Logo
Here's a coupon for a 2 for $20 small tumbler purchase from Yankee Candle. It expires September 22nd and is good on your next purchase online or in stores. For online purchases, use code TUMBLER. Also, check out the Bacon/Popcorn candle review in case you missed it.

Follow Yankee Candle 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.

$100 Petco Giveaway Weekly

you pet signup
Are you a fanatic about your pet? Do you want a chance to win a $100 gift card to Petco every week? Sign up for and create a pet page. Make friends with other pet lovers, watch videos, and use the forums.

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Back to School Sale at Melissa & Doug

Melissa and Doug Logo
The folks over at Melissa and Doug are having a back to school sale. Save $5 On A $25 Order or $10 On A $50 Order Now During the Back To School Bucks Promotion! Use Code: BTSBUCKS.

Hyundai Media Pad Giveaway

Here's that oddball giveaway I previously mentioned which is open worldwide. If you happen to be in the Philippines, the prize is a Hyundai Media Pad. If you're outside that country, the prize is $70 cash through PayPal. Take a chance and enter to win before 10/28. Yes, it is a 6 week long giveaway, giving folks plenty of time to register. And, there are three prizes here even. Good luck.

Welcome to Hyundai Media Pad Giveaway

Enter to win $70 PayPal or a Hyundai Media Pad. Open WW. Ends 10/28

This giveaway is hosted by

Filipino Recipes by and Filipino Desserts by

3 Lucky Winners.

Hyundai Media Pad Giveaway event is OPEN WORLDWIDE.

Prizes: 1] Hyundai Media Pad v.2. HY-E702 Android 4.1 8GB Wi-Fi Tablet or Paypal Cash $70 (outside Philippines)
2] Globe Tattoo Sonic USB broadband modem or Paypal Cash $25
3] Optimax Optical USB Mouse or Paypal Cash $5
Note: Winners outside Philippines will receive Paypal Cash
Event Dates: September 18 - October 28

Growing Up Online Giveaway

Growing Up Online Giveaway. Enter to win Dr. Seuss' The Lorax. Ends 9/30.
With a first grader in a computer-friendly household, times are going to be interesting as he gets older. Here is a chance to download an eBook and teach your kid(s) about online privacy and cyber-bullying. Doing all that while entering to win Dr. Seuss' The Lorax on DVD and Blu-ray. The giveaway is open to US and Canada residents and runs through 9/30.

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Pie and Other Brilliant Ideas Book Blast Blogger Opp

Here we have a blogger opportunity for a book blast. It looks like the giveaway will be for a gift card and a swag bag associated with the book. Sign up if interesting in participating or come back soon to try to win.
Sign up for the September 25th  Book Blast
includes swag pack with gift card giveaway and a pre-made interview with Karen Pokras Toz

From the Award Winning Author of Millicent Marie is Not My Name

Cooking Pleasures - Deluxe Cutlery Set

Here is a steal of a deal for a 5-Star, 3-piece knife set. Get the $200 value set free, just pay $8.95 shipping and handling.

  • FREE Santoku Knife ($100.00 Value)
    Long 7” double-forged, stainless steel blade is a masterpiece in itself, capable of holding a razor-sharp edge for an extremely long time.
  • FREE Paring Knife ($40.00 Value)
    Plain edge blade that is ideal for small or intricate work such as peeling and coring.
  • FREE Sharpening Steel ($60.00 Value)
    Keep your knives sharp for optimal cutting performance and safety. A sharp knife cuts cleanly and quickly, whereas a dull knife cuts poorly and is more likely to slip.

Free Salt Water Sportsman Magazine Subscription

Salt Water Sportsman Magazine cover
Here's another free subscription for a fishing magazine.

Each issue contains exciting features, award-winning photos, the newest techniques, equipment, and the latest developments in conservation and fishery management. Get all of this and more with your complimentary one-year subscription.

Cook up a Win Giveaway

We have a great giveaway here for a camp kitchen from GrubHub. I guess cooking over an open flame is no longer desirable when camping? Time to just snuggle up in a nice warm sleeping bag while someone else is cooking.
Make Our Own Network
ARV $387
Hosted by:

Dream Vacation Giveaway

I've gone back and forth about hosting vacation/trip giveaways. It has been a while since I co-hosted the last one so here's another. Please let me know if you think I should host more. This is a high value giveaway where the prize is worth over $6,000. The giveaway is open to US and Canada residents 21+ and runs until 10/17. Good luck.
This is a SPONSORED Event 
Enter for your chance to win a $6,000 vacation cruise. US/CAN 21+ Ends 10/17.
Welcome to the Dream Vacation Event!  This event is sponsored by Our World Travel- When you book your next vacation, book through Our World Travel and you can earn cash back on all your bookings! Earn anywhere from 1.5% to 3% cash back! Put some extra money in your pocket for your next vacation!  This giveaway is open to residents of the U.S. & Canada, ages 21+ (due to cruise line restrictions on passengers under 21 traveling alone). Please read the complete rules and disclaimers below.  This event is hosted by Dixieland Mom Product Reviews and Live, Love...Travel, and co hosted by Frugal Diva Frenzy, One Proud Momma, Giveaway Bandit, Mom At 40, and So Cal Coupon Mommy 

Monday, September 16, 2013 Giveaway

I did a t-shirt review from way back in March. They offer comfortable, pop culture t-shirts and I'm still wearing mine regularly. Here's your chance to win some shirts of your own as the US-based winner gets to pick two. You can enter until October 3rd. Good luck.

Sponsored by:

Hosted By:

Co-hosted by:

One lucky winner will win
2 T-shirts from
(Winner can pick 2 T-shirts from

Madison Wood Gym Set Giveaway

Boy have times changed. When I was growing up, our swing set was made of metal and creaked whenever you went back and forth on it. Can you even buy one of metal any more? Here's a fun giveaway if you're in the market for a swing set for the kiddies and you're from the US. You have until October 7th to enter to win. Good luck.
Enter to win a Wood Gym Set from Madison. Ends October 7th.
Hosted by:

Co-Hosted by:

One lucky winner will win


$150 Target GC Giveaway

Not only do we have a $200 Target GC blogger opportunity just posted, but we have a giveaway for a $150 Target gift card happening now. This one is open to US and Canada and ends 10/4/13. Try your luck and enter below.
Enter to win a $150 Target Gift Card. Ends 10/4/13.

Welcome to the $150 Target Gift Card Giveaway

Hosted by : Conservamom

Co-hosted by:
What would you get at Target if you won?
So enter today for your chance to win!
This giveaway is open to US & Canada.
Good luck!
Enter using the Rafflecopter below!

Sunday, September 15, 2013

Hyundai Media Pad Blogger Opp

Here we have a blogger opportunity for an interesting giveaway. If you are native to the Philippines, the prize is a Hyundai Media Pad. If you're from any other part of the world, the prize is PayPal cash. So, I figured I would sign up. Bloggers get a free Facebook or Twitter link to help promote. Surprisingly, readers from the Philippines are typically my third most popular country behind the US and Canada.

Sign up for the Hynudai Media Pay blogger opp. Event runs 9/18-9/28
Hyundai Media Pad Giveaway

This giveaway is hosted by

Filipino Recipes by and Filipino Desserts by

Brothers All Natural Frozen Secret Word Page

QMT 24” Arias Copper Windchime & Tabletop Display Giveaway Co-Host Page

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Cast Out The Disease, Chime In A Cure Breast Cancer Awareness Giveaway Co-Host Page

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Perfect Binder Giveaway

Back to school brings out some interesting giveaways. Here we have a zippered binder, some filler paper, and a notebook up for grabs. Interested? Enter below if you are US-based. You have until the end of the month to enter to win. All times Central. Good luck.
Enter to win the Perfect Binder Giveaway. Ends 9/30

This Giveaway is sponsored by: At A Glance
Hosted By: All About My Deals

Product/company details: At A Glance sells high quality school and office supplies at an affordable price.

Product Review: At A Glance: The Perfect Binder product review

Lugz Drifter Boots Giveaway

I've done some giveaways here for sneakers. Here's a giveaway for boots. Guy kind though, not fancy women's boots. They run about $82 and are from Lugz. You have until the end of the month to enter and must be a US resident to win. Times here are Central. Good luck.

This Giveaway is sponsored by: Lugz
Hosted By: All About My Deals

Product/company details: Lugz has been around for 20 years and offers high quality boots, casual and athletic shoes for men, women and children in a variety of colors.

Product Review: Product Review: Lugz Drifter Boots

Ryobi Chainsaw Giveaway

With fall cleanup time approaching, having something like a chainsaw would be very helpful if you have any kind of land and don't live in a condo/apartment where someone else takes care of the outside area. Were I to win, I'm not sure if my wife would let me play with this though, or want to have fun herself. If I only won and had that problem... Giveaway is US only and ends at 12 am on 10/5.

Enter to win a RYOBI 40 Volt Cordless Chainless. Ends 10/5.
with the help of a group of amazing blogs shown
below, brings you this terrific event just in time for
the Fall cleanup. This will be a great deal for
the lucky winner of this event using the Ryobi Cordless