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Saturday, November 9, 2013

Giveaway Tool vs. Rafflecopter

Java John Z's
Which do you prefer for giveaway entries? I had been using Rafflecopter since day 1 here. I'm trying out Giveaway Tools with the My Tot Clock giveaway. Please let me know if you think we should switch. I've posted a poll over on the right for answers. Feel free to leave comments, too, to share your opinions. Thanks.

My Tot Clock Review and Giveaway

I received this product for the purpose of this review. All opinions states are my own and may differ from yours.
Enter to win your own My Tot Clock. #Giveaway ends 11/24.
I was recently given the opportunity to review the My Tot Clock thanks to an opportunity at Tomoson. The clock is what you might call a sleep clock, where the night light in the unit shines different colors based upon the desired current action of your child, stressing the word desired there. For instance, as shown in the above picture, the unit is set to shine yellow at 7 am while it is blue at 8:30 pm. Thus, if a child were to wake up early, s/he can look up at the clock and go back to sleep if still blue without having to actually learn to tell time.

November Twitter #2

While checking on the Twitter follows, be sure to enter to win a $1,000 NBC Sports Store gift card

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Friday, November 8, 2013

Study: Teens - PS4 Beats XBox One on Xmas Wish Lists

I saw this study from Ebates and thought the results were interesting. What electronics does your family want for the holidays? My son broke the screen of his LeapPad so that's at the top of our list.

Teens would rather receive a Sony Playstation 4 than XBox One as a gift this holiday season.

PlayMG Mobile Blogger Opp

Here's a blogger opp for a handheld gaming system. I actually won this last year. This was very popular. If you're one of the first 20 to signup, you'll get a free Twitter / Pinterest link. Come back November 13th - 26th to try to win if interested.

Join Simply Southern Couponers "All I Want For Christmas is a PlayMG Mobile Android Entertainment System Bundle with Charger" Event!Sign up for the All I Want For Christmas is a PlayMG Mobile Android Entertainment System Bundle with Charger event. Starts 11/13.
Sign-ups are now open!
This event is free to join with an announcement post here.
You will receive one link for participating. (Twitter or Pinterest)
If you do not wish to post the announcement you can pay a $5 non-post fee.
Sign-ups end November  11th.
Max of 20 bloggers!

Free up Space 4 Frosty Blogger Opp

Is there anyone out there with a garage who can't use some extra space? We have a giveaway coming up for a garage rack system from Racor. Signup and M.O.O.N. member get to participate for free. Signups are open until 12/2. The winner most likely won't get prize in time for Christmas but, they can at least put a picture in a big envelope.... :)
Sign up for the Free up Space 4 Frosty Blogger Opp. Signups close 12/2.
Racor Bike Lift,
Racor Ladder Lift
Racor GaragePro™ Universal Rail Storage System
Racor Golf Storage Hanger
ARV $155 
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EQ3 Furniture Giveaway, up to $10,000

EQ3 is a Canadian modern furniture provider. They have a giveaway going on where the prize is based upon the # of likes they have. Since they are already over 25,000 likes, the prize will definitely be a $10,000 gift card. Like them, sign up, and then wait to see if you win. The contest is open to US/Canadian residents and runs until 11/17/13.

Power Rangers Aluminum Scooter Blogger Opp

Not the time of year to be using these up in Boston but should be a fun toy for the winner. Sign up for a free Twitter link. Please tell them Java John Z's sent you if you sign up. Thanks.
Sign up for the Power Rangers Scooter Blogger Opp. Event starts 11/20.
Power Rangers Aluminum Scooter Giveaway

FREE blogger opportunity with paid options.

Prize: 1 winner open to USA Only!

Giveaway Dates: November 20 - December 21

Sign ups End:  When we reach maximum of 30 participating blogs.

Steam Horse Blogger Opp

For a change, we have a blogger opportunity for some men's clothing. Event starts November 25th. Free Twitter or Facebook link.
Signup for the Steam Horse blogger opp. Giveaway starts Nov 25.

Steam Horse Men's "Head to Toe" Giveaway

Hosted by: Oh, Just Stop Already

Grand Prize:
Railroad Gauge Gusset Work Pants - Chestnut Brown ($64.99)
Railroad Gauge Gusset Work Jacket - Chestnut Brown ($84.99)
Boilermaker Beanie Hat - Black ($14.99)

Win 2 Round Trip Flights to Anywhere in the World!

Turkish Airlines is giving away two round trip flights each week to any destination where they fly! Enter to win by voting on your favorite TripAdvisor user photos and then select to enter the weekly drawing. Voting ends 12/17/13.

Countdown to Black Friday Giveaway

Our giveaway here ENDS on Black Friday, November 29th. What better way to end the day then to win $1,000. What more can I say, other than the giveaway is open worldwide. Apart from the prize being more cash, you can't beat that. Good luck.
Enter the Countdown to Black Friday Giveaway. Ends 11/29.

Countdown To Black Friday Giveaway

Organized by Mom Powered Media and the MPM Blogger Network.
Looking for the best contests around this holiday season? Make sure to visit SweepstakesFanatics where you can find the newest sweeps, blog giveaways and even a special section for Canadian giveaways.

One lucky winner will receive $ 1,000 Visa Gift Card or Amazon Gift Card {choice}!

Mimo Magic Touch Monitor Giveaway

Touch screens are fun to work with. The funny thing about working with them is when you go back to a normal / non-touchscreen, you keep trying to touch the screen to do something and get really frustrated.... :) Here's your chance to win a 10" touch monitor from Mimo. Its a nice little thing to have. US residents have until the end of 11/29 to enter to win. Best of luck.

Welcome to the Mimo Magic Touch Monitor Giveaway!

Hosted by More Than Mommy

and Kaisy Daisy's Corner

The Mimo Magic Touch 10" monitor takes the benefits of using a second monitor and takes it a step further. The Magic Touch is a touch-screen monitor that can be mounted, or used as a tethered tablet. It is ideal not only for businesses, but also for the everyday computer user.

You can read a full review from More Than Mommy.

This giveaway is open to the U.S. 18+. The giveaway will end November 29, 2013 at midnight. Please use the Rafflecopter form below to enter! Good luck, everyone!

a Rafflecopter giveaway
*This blog is not responsible for prize fulfillment. Please contact if you would like your event hosted by More Than Mommy.

Sterling Silver Photo Heart Locket Giveaway

Personalization is everywhere these days. Here's yet another incantation of the product category, this time in the form of a locket. You get to design it yourself online, then upload photo and ship. That's all there is to it. Good luck
Welcome to the Sterling Silver Photo Heart Locket Giveaway
Sponsored by:
Enter to win a Sterling Silver Photo Heart Locket. Giveaway ends 11/27.
In October of 2013 launched a “Design your Own Locket” application that allows customers to actually see the exact finished product prior to purchasing.

First you select from 1000’s of front designs which range from decorative hearts, Nationality symbols, hobbies and more.

Then you upload your photos and resize them as you wish to fit perfectly inside the locket.

Ultimate Geeky Giveaway

If you've been following here for awhile, you know I love a great t-shirt, the geekier the better. Snorg Tees and 80's Tees have some great pop culture shirts. We have a hoodie and t-shirt up for grabs here. Enter before 11/22 for your chance to win. Good luck.
1 lucky winner will receive:
1 Optimus Prime Hoodie from 80's Tees ($60 arv) review
and a choice of 1 T-shirt from Snorg Tees (up to $25 arv) review
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Husky Liners Cargo/Trunk Liner Giveaway

When I first signed on to promote this giveaway, I thought it was basically if you just had a pickup. After reading more closely... I discovered they do floor liners, too. They offer some heavy duty floor mats, trunk liners, and more. If you could use any of the above, or the more typical pickup cargo area liner, enter in the giveaway below before 11/27. It is US only. Good luck.
Enter the Husky Liners Cargo/Trunk Liner GIveaway. Ends 11/27.

Welcome to the Husky Liners Cargo/Trunk Liner Giveaway hosted by Life With Two Boys.

eCargoLiners by FamilyCarGear offers a wide range of floor protection items that families of today can use in their cars in order to make them look better and last longer. eCargoLiners provides custom, personalized service and helps the customer find and match what they need with the personal touch and attention in the form of excellent customer service. Check out their customer feedback on Amazon to see the rave reviews.

Running Against Traffic Book Tour

We haven't done a book blog tour here in a bit and I thought this title might be interesting here. If the book doesn't interest you, the Kindle giveaway should. But, do check out the book, too. I can't say with certainty if this is US-only or not. Sorry. Good luck.

A liberating story of self-discovery... 

Publication Date: February 15, 2013
Genre: Contemporary Women's Fiction

Paige Scott spent her childhood shuffled between relatives who ignored her, and her adult life hiding in her crumbling marriage to wealthy David Davenport. When David suddenly thrusts her into a remote, impoverished world, Paige is forced to face the betrayals of her past - not to mention the colorful townies of her present. Unexpected friendships and her discovery of running propel her on a jagged and comical journey toward learning how to truly live.

Thursday, November 7, 2013

Best Buy Mobile Specialty Stores Review

The reviewer has been compensated in the form of a Best Buy Gift Card and/or received the product/service at a reduced price or for free. Regardless, all opinions about Best Buy Mobile Specialty Stores are my own.
Best Buy Mobileā„¢ Specialty Stores
We go through lots of phones in our house. I used to feel I'd get the best service by going right to a carrier-specific store. After a fiasco at one of them when it was time to upgrade, I decided to try something else. The something else was a Best Buy Mobile Specialty Store in our local mall, one of 414. To find a Best Buy Mobile specialty store, go to You can go to their big box store, too, but I like the casual comfiness of the smaller mall stores.

Star Wars: Episode VII Date Announced

Star Ware: Episode VII
Have you been eagerly awaiting when Disney would announce the release of the next Star Wars movie? LucasFilms has just announced the release date: December 18, 2015. Previous Star Wars movies were all released in May, so earlier than May 2016 is a good thing, but we're still two years away. Get on line now... :)

Have a Holly Jelly Christmas Blogger Opp

Have you ever thought of having a jellyfish tank on your desktop? Me neither but this sure looks cool. If you're interested in promoting the giveaway with the rest of us, sign up and get a free link if you're a senior MOON Member, or $1+/link otherwise. Signups close 11/30.
Signup for the Have a Holly Jelly Christmas blogger opp before 11/30. Desktop Jellyfish Tank prize.
Desktop Jellyfish Tank
ARV $285 
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Hanukkah Stocking?

Hanukkah Stocking
Hanukkah is early this year and actually overlaps Thanksgiving for a change, instead of being closer to Christmas. For those blended families, I ran across an interesting product, a Hanukkah Stocking. Have you ever seen one before? They're $13.95 over at Gadgets and Gear, who also has a Bacon Stocking and an  Atheist Stocking.

Pasta Shoppe Giveaway, Take 2

Welcome to our latest Pasta Shoppe giveaway. We had a similar giveaway last month with two $30 items up for grabs. This one has only one. You have until 12/10 and must be from the continental US to enter. Good luck.

Enter to win a Pasta Shoppe goodie box. GIveaway ends 12/10.
Welcome to The Pasta Shoppe Pasta Goodie Box Giveaway Hosted by Life in a House of Testosterone and Co-Hosted by Homeketeers
for their assistance with this giveaway event as well!
Have you had the opportunity yet to try the delicious Pasta Shoppe products? Owned by Carey and John Aron, The Pasta Shoppe creates small batches of quality pasta (that means no mass production!) in a plant very similar to the fine boutique plants found in Italy, and their pasta is lovingly created on pasta machines direct from Italy. My family of hungry men absolutely loved the goodie box that we received to review - and I'm positive that your family will as well! You can find our full review on The Pasta Shoppe right here. Those of you who have cooks who love to try new recipes and products in your family (or you yourself) would love to receive these gourmet pastas as a holiday gift!

Essentia Natural Memory Foam Pillow Giveaway

Here you have a chance to win another pillow. This one is of the memory foam variety and is natural. Sounds like a great alternative to the 'normal' pillows out there. Enter below by 11/20. US/Canada entries okay.
Essentia Natural Memory Foam Pillow Giveaway Hosted by Pea of Sweetness
Sponsored by Essentia
Enter the Essentia Natural Memory Foam Pillow Giveaway. Ends 11/20.
Essentia offers the world's only Natural Memory Foam. Most foam is filled with dangerous petrochemicals. Think about how much time you spend in bed. That's a lot of time to be exposed to harmful materials! Luckily, Essentia came up with an alternative. Their Natural Memory Foam Mattresses and Pillows are more than just eco-friendly, they are comfortable and healthy, too! Read more about how eco-friendly Essentia products are!

Kalorik Glass Water Kettle Giveaway

Are you tired of waiting for the water to boil? I first ran across this type of product when overseas. We wanted to bring it home with us but the plug wouldn't fit. We ended up finding something similar when we returned. Here's your chance to win your own kettle. Don't miss out. Enter now, or at least before the end of 11/21. Good luck.
Simply Southern Couponers Christmas  
Enter to win the Kalorik Glass Water Kettle Giveaway. Ends 11/21.

Co-Hosted By: Tales From A Southern Mom & Sweet Southern Lovin

Sponsored By: Kalorik

A special thank you to our sponsor and all participating bloggers who are helping us promote our month long event!
Thank you for joining Simply Southern Couponers “All I Want For Christmas Giveaway”. We have teamed up with some amazing sponsors this holiday season to bring you lots of fabulous prizes. We will be hosting over 20+ giveaways all this month.
Kalorik first started out in the 1930's in Belgium with their first debut item being a toaster. Since then Kalorik has established offices all over the world and is one of the leading manufacturers in their division. They make high quality items at an affordable price.

Wednesday, November 6, 2013

PopCorners Giveaway

Snack time here at Java John Z's and try to try out something new. Have you tried popcorn chips yet? If you win, you get a whole case of them to try. Enter before 11/20 to win. US only. Good luck.

Welcome to the PopCorners Case Giveaway

Hosted by: SaraLee's Deals Steals & Giveaways

Sponsored by: PopCorners

Enter to win whole grain PopCorners. Giveaway ends 11/20.
Time to change the popcorn! PopCorners is the world's first popcorn chip, available in six delicious flavors. As a healthy and gluten-free snack, we want to honorably carry on the traditional goodness of snacking on popcorn - but with a twist!

KitchenAid Mixer Blogger Opp

Surprisingly, I haven't seen any other KitchenAid mixer giveaways coming up for the holidays. Seems like a logical prize with all the baking done around Christmas. If you know of any more, please let me know. If you sign on, please tell them Java John Z's sent you. Thanks.
Sign up for the KitchenAid Mixer giveaway event starting 11/18.
It’s Christmas Baker’s Edition Event

Organized by: Mom Powered Media

Chevy Sonic Giveaway

Win a new 2013 Chevy Sonic
I haven't posted a car giveaway in a while. Here's a chance to win a Chevrolet Sonic, valued just under $18,000. You have until January 3rd or 4th to enter (rules have conflicting info). It is open to all 50 states (and DC).

Refer 3 Friends, Get Free Bona Hardwood Floor Cleaning Pads

Refer 3 Friends and Get free Bona Hardwood Floor Wet Cleaning Pads
The folks over at Bona are trying to increase their mailing list size in an interesting way. If you refer three friends with your referral link, they'll send you a pack of their Hardwood Floor Web Cleaning Pads. Supposedly, after you get three referrals, they'll contact you for shipping info.

I've started a Facebook post for others to share their links so that as many people as possible can get this freebie. If you use someone's referral link, like their posting. Once someone gets three likes, you can move on to the next person.

Disney Classics Box Set Available 11/12

I wrote this post as a member of the One 2 One Blogger network with Walt Disney Records. Any opinions expressed are my own.  I received a digital sampling of the music and have a chance to win prizes for this post.
Disney Classics is coming 11/12/13.
Walt Disney Records is going all out for Christmas this year with the release of their Disney Classics Box Set on November 12th. The set is massive with 94 songs spread across 4 CDs. How often do you find yourself singing/humming a Disney song, especially if you have a young child? Here's a great way how you can introduce them to all your favorite classics, too. Just take a look at the song breakdown. 

Laughing Giraffe Books Giveaway

Does your kid love to read, or more appropriately here, love being read to? Here is a series of books you can use for story time or bedtime or whatever time is reading time. Enjoy the books when you win, but you must enter. Giveaway ends 11/21 at 12:00 am, or more appropriately, end of day 11/20.
Enter to win the Laughing Giraffe book set. Ends 11/20.
Welcome to the Laughing Giraffe Books Giveaway

 About Laughing Giraffe Books

childrens book sets

Mighty Leaf Tea Giveaway

Isn't tea and holiday a perfect combination? With cold winter days and nights, wouldn't you love to spend it by drinking a hot cup of aromatic and flavorful teas?! This is why we together with BloggieAway collaborated with Mighty Leaf Tea to give one lucky reader a FREE Master Tea Pouch Sampler.
Enter the Mighty Leaf Tea Giveaway. Ends 11/27.
Mighty Leaf Tea is a family-owned company created by husband-and-wife team Gary Shinner and Jill Portman, who turned into reality their dream of infusing new life into the ancient indulgence of tea. All ingredients in their tea blends are carefully chosen and are all natural. Including hand-picked whole leaf tea, blossoms, herbs, fruits, and spices. Their tea's vibrant leaves and blossoms are too big for ordinary tea bags, so they have designed their own silken, artisan Tea Pouches™. Hand-stitch them with unbleached cotton, without using glue or staples.Their tea pouches are the largest that you will ever see!

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Disney's FROZEN Activity Sheets

Disney's FROZEN
Disney's Frozen is coming to movie theaters November 27th, the day before Thanksgiving. Here are a few activity pages to have fun with. Enjoy.
Disney FROZEN: Spot the Difference
Download PDF

"Hi BabyBoo!" from Yo Gabba Gabba Co-Creator

Hi BabyBoo! Logo
As an author myself, I love hearing when others buck the normal production trend when they release new content. I always wondered how I would have done had I self-published any of my books, if I would have earned more. I recently heard about an effort that a creator behind Yo Gabba Gabba! was doing. Co-creator Scott Schultz and his brother Ben Schultz, Yo Gabba Gabba Music Supervisor, are embarking on a new project to bring music, art, puppets, sign language, and giggles to the youngest audiences with Hi BabyBoo! The cool thing about this though is they aren't just producing it with the Yo Gabba Gabba crew. Instead, they are trying to get fans involved in the development through a KickStarter campaign. I think its a great idea. By the time the show gets to the next phase of production, there will already be a fan base rooting on the project, thanks to their contributions and input through KickStarter.

Angelina Ballerina: Twirling Tales Review and Giveaway

I received this product for the purpose of this review. All opinions states are my own and may differ from yours.
Enter to win Angelina Balerina: Twirling Tales on DVD. Giveaway ends 11/25
November 5th celebrates the release of the latest DVD from Angelina Ballerina, subtitled Twirling Tales. It is available on DVD, Digital Download, Video on Demand, and for you to win below. I received the above mentioned DVD for review purposes from HiT Entertainment and Lionsgate.