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Saturday, August 29, 2015

Off to College with Shark® Rocket® DeluxePro Giveaway

With a Newfoundland, we seem to go through lots of vacuums in our house. Here's a chance to win one from Shark. You have through 9/21 to enter to win. US residents only. Good luck.

The bloggers promoting this giveaway were not compensated for this post.
Enter the Off to College with Shark® Rocket® DeluxePro Giveaway. Ends 9/21

Host: Here We Go Again...Ready?

Sponsor: Shark

Co-host: The Cheshire Cat's Looking Glass

Are you or one of your kids going off to college this year? When you move from home there is a huge list of items you need to make sure you have. The Shark® Rocket® DeluxePro is a must! This stick vac will keep your dorm or off campus housing perfectly clean easily and it doesn't take up much space! For full review click here.

Thanks to Shark one lucky reader will receive a Shark® Rocket® DeluxePro!

This giveaway is US, 18 or older. Only one entrant per household. Giveaway ends on 9/21 11:59 PM EST . Winner will be notified by email and has 24 hours to respond. If there is no response during that time a new winner will be chosen. Good Luck Everyone!!!

The Vampire Diaries: The Complete Sixth Season OR The Originals: The Complete Second Season Giveaway

Welcome to our giveaway of either The Vampire Diaries: The Complete Sixth Season or The Originals: The Complete Second Season. One of these will be randomly selected for the winner. You have through 9/15/15/ to enter to win. Giveaway is open to US residents only. Both come out on Blu-ray, DVD & Digital HD on September 1, 2015
Watch exclusive interviews with the creator of The Vampire Diaries and The Originals, Julie Plec. These super fan videos feature Julie confessing her favorite moments & top 5 episodes from the recent seasons of both The Vampire Diaries The Complete Sixth Season and The Originals The Complete Second Season.

Download the “Viewing Party Eats: Recipes to Satisfy Friends & Enemies” your guests. With index card recipes and party-ready place cards included, we’ve made it easy to prep some snacks to satisfy during your marathon watch-party.

Friday, August 28, 2015

STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS Exclusive Look Using Instagram's New Landscape Orientation

Check out Instagram's new landscape orientation with their first video, a preview of some movie coming out this fall.
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Selestial Soap Protect Extreme Sunscreen & Insect Repellent Review

My son is wrapping up his run of summer camp. Each day we apply sunscreen and insect repellent as he goes into the local woods to enjoy some outdoor fun. Midway through the summer, both my mother-in-law and myself had a similar thought, why isn't there a single product that does both? With a little luck, I happen to get a press release for just that at around the same time. The product is called Protect Extreme from Selestial Soap / MyGreenFills. It uses their I'll Fly Away product for the insect repellent side and their Protect product for the sunscreen side.

Both of the individual products are 100% naturally non-toxic (and DEET free). The insect repellent I'll Fly Away is made of catnip, witch hazel, eucalyptus, citronella, and other essential oils. The Protect Sunscreen with skin moisturizers is made of water, carrot oil, zinc oxide, red raspberry seed oil, and various essential oils and offers broad spectrum SPF 30+ protection.

PowerUp 3.0 Smartphone-Controlled Paper Airplane Review

The time of rubber-band powered paper airplanes is so yesterday. Nowadays, you can connect the plane over Bluetooth to your mobile phone and control it from an app on the phone. Yes, you read that right. PowerUp 3.0 from TailorToys offers just such a product. 
PowerUp 3.0 started out as a Kickstarter campaign in 2013 where they eventually raised over $1 million from 21,000+ supporters. The product is now available from their web site and Amazon, and probably other places, too, if I had to guess.

Gymboree Fall Fashions + $250 GC #Giveaway

Need some school clothes for the kidos? Here's a $250 gift card giveaway for Gymboree. Stop by and read about their fall fashions over at Being MVP, then enter below for your chance to win. You have through 9/11 to enter. Good luck.

The Force Awakens Around the World: Star Wars Fans Invited to Join Epic Global Event on YouTube

Are you eagerly awaiting the next Star Wars movie? Here's the next best thing, the big reveal of the movie-related toys. Next week.

Toy unboxing phenomenon goes live globally for the first time ahead of ‘Force Friday’

Online event featuring talent from the Maker Studios network gives fans first look at film-inspired toys ahead of midnight madness at retail

Star Wars: The Force Awakens products are set to be unveiled in the world’s first-ever global live toy unboxing event. Unfolding over 18 hours in 15 cities and 12 countries, the event will see highlights from the range of epic merchandise revealed in a rolling New Year’s Eve style celebration featuring top digital stars from the Maker Studios network.  

Butter Braid Giveaway

Yum, butter. D'oh. Here's a chance to win some Butter Braid pastry. Giveaway is a US only event and runs through 9/13. Don't miss your chance to snack on these. Good luck.
Enter the Butter Braid Giveaway. Ends 9/13

So, school has started or maybe going to start this next week and your kids do not want to get out of bed. I have the solution, Butter Braid! This is a fabulous pastry that you can take from your freezer the night before and put it in the pan, wait for it to rise and bake it the next morning. When your family smells this baking they will be running out of their rooms to get their share!

Butter Braid was so wonderful and sent me:
  • Strawberry & Cream Cheese
  • Cinnamon
  • Apple
  • Double Chocolate
  • Raspberry
  • Blueberry & Cream Cheese

SwageU Headphones Giveaway

I think this is the third pair of SwageU headphones we're giving away and it won't be the last. The last SwageU Headphones giveaway ends tomorrow 8/29. If you haven't already entered that one, don't miss out on that opportunity. This one runs through 9/13. Good luck.
Enter the SwageU Headphones Giveaway. Ends 9/13

SwageU Bluetooth Headphones Giveaway

Hosted by Tales From A Southern Mom

CoHosted by

Michigan Saving and More

Amy & Aron's Real Life Reviews

Life in a House of Testosterone

Sponsored by Rokit Inc.

The Rokit Boost SwageU Headphones are incredible they deliver way beyond anything you could even imagine. The Rokit Boost SwageU headphones are affordable and perform above what the price tag demands which is an amazing thing. These headphones are awesome! Read the review on the SwageU Headphones here. Enter to win your pair below. Good Luck all!  

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Dollar General Gift Card Giveaway

Dollar General Gift Card Giveaway
Sign up for Dollar General's e-newsletter so you can be the first to know about special discounts, promotions, events and new product alerts! You'll also get a digital coupon for paper products at Dollar General! Saving on everyday essentials like toilet paper and paper towels has never been easier.

intelliGLASS Hardened Glass Screen Protector Review / Giveaway

I traded in my Samsung Galaxy S3 last year and got a new Galaxy S5. When I got my new phone, I was able to sell my old one on eBay. The model was selling for wildly different prices, but one of the key reasons some people were getting a better price was a screen in good shape. And, thankfully, I had applied a screen protector to my old phone. This allowed me to get a better price through eBay then had I just turned the phone in when I upgraded.
Now, with the new phone, I want the same thing to happen. Thanks to an opportunity at Tomoson, I got to try out IntelliGLASS HD - The Smarter Screen Protecto by intelliARMOR. Okay, the box should say Screen Protector, but it has a typo on it. Basically, you get an appropriately sized screen protector kit for your device and install it on your screen. From then forth, the screen will be scratch, dust, and smudge free.

iCoffee Opus Blogger Opp


Blogger Opp: iCoffee Opus Giveaway

Sponsored by: iCoffee Hosted by: My Silly Little Gang

One lucky winner will receive their very own iCoffee Opus Single Serve Brewer!
The iCoffee Opus Single Serve Coffee Brewer has many features like: 75 ounce water reservoir Dial-a-Brew™ – from 4-12 ounces in 1/2 oz. increments Energy Saver mode and automatic shut-off Removable drip tray allows for larger mugs, including most travel mugs SafetyLock™ locks the single-serve brew head during the brewing process, protecting consumers Compatible with every K-Cup®, OneCup™, RealCup™ capsule, and all private label cups BONUS: Starter Pack includes 6 k-cups and an iCup Reusable
This single serve coffee brewer is equipped with Burrows’ patented SpinBrew™ Technology that spins, steams, and stirs inside the k-cup creating a mini French Press-like effect.

ToastyEgg Audible Giveaway

Subscribe to ToastyEgg and you can win a 1-year membership to Giveaway ends 9/29.

JuveRest Sleep Wrinkle Pillow Giveaway

I wasn't exactly sure what to make of this giveaway prize when I first saw it. I'll let you read the review below to learn more about it. It isn't for everyone. If it is for you, and you are US based, then enter to win. You have through 9/10 to do so. Good luck.

Is So Happy to be Hosting 

JuveRest Sleep Wrinkle Pillow Giveaway

Enter the JuveRest Sleep Wrinkle Pillow Giveaway. Ends 9/10

1 Lucky Winner will receive their own JuveRest Sleep Wrinkle Pillow.

You can Click Here to see Amy & Aron's Real Life Reviews review.

Open To US

8/27   TO  9/10 

A Shout Out to all of my Co-Hosts, I appreciate all of your hard work.

Deliciously Savvy
Michigan Saving and More
Totally Temberton 
My Silly Little Gang

A very special thank you to all of my fellow bloggers promoting this giveaway to make it amazing for all of our readers. 

BruJoy Kitchen Gadgets Package Blogger Opp

This is a Blogger Opp for a great giveaway of

BruJoy Kitchen Gadgets Package ($59.94)

If you sign up, tell them Java John Z's sent you

Hosted By: 

Blogger Recommended Network

Amy & Aron's Real Life Reviews

Free and Paid Options 
Co-Hosts Wanted and Needed

Click Here: Announcement Post

VTech Flipsies Giveaway

Barbie's Dream House and convertible has evolved over the years. Here's the 2015 version up for grabs from VTech. You have through 9/10 to enter to win. US entrants only. Good luck.
Welcome to the VTech Flipsies Giveaway 
& sponsored by VTech

Flipsies are interchangeable toys that empower girls to dream big and use their imaginations by magically transforming from their everyday life to their dream life. No dream is too big for a Flipsie! There are more than several Flipsies playsets and each come with a 2-in-1 doll which she can magically transform from her everyday look to her dream look by changing her hair, clothes and accessories. 

Flipsies come to life with MagicPoint™ technology, so they can interact with their playsets and even talk to one another! When placed on MagicPoint locations on any playset, each Flispies doll responds with fun phrases that match her personality and location on the playset.The dolls can also interact and talk to each other in select MagicChat locations throughout all the playlets.

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Thrill from the Grill Sweepstakes

Are you a fan of grilled lamb? Here's your chance to win a Weber grill prize package thanks to #leanonlamb. The Labor Day Drawing is a Genesis® S-330TM Gas Grill – LP with accessories worth $1,208.96. You have through 9/4/15 to enter to win. Good luck.

LeapFrog - Epic Sweepstakes

Enter the EPIC sweepstakes for a chance to win the fastest, most high performance tablet yet from LeapFrog!

Epic comes with access to premium LeapFrog content and select Android apps, 2MP Front & back cameras plus 480p video recorder, and over 25 apps at a $150+ value.
Get access to educator approved kid favorite Android™ apps, Kid-safe web and age-appropriate experiences with LeapSearch™, and no in-app purchases or 3rd party ads.

Winners receive:

Ice Ball Maker Blogger Opp

Blogger Opportunity: 5 Winners! Stunning Gadgets Ice Ball Maker Giveaway Sign Ups End 8/31 at 6 AM
Welcome To The
Ice Ball Maker Giveaway
Sign Ups

Hosted By
PaulaMS' Giveaways, Reviews, & Freebies

Co-Hosted By

Dates: September 4th, 2015 at 12:01 am EST through October 4th, 2015 at 11:59 pm EST

Five (5) readers will win a Stunning Gadgets Premium Ice Ball Maker

I am working with some sponsors so the prize may grow in the next few days. If so I will make a new graphic and title to reflect the prize package.

The Hashtag for this opp will be #IceBall

Giveaway open to US residents 18 and older

Sign Ups End August 31st at 6 AM


1 FREE Link for Promoting the BLOGGER OPPORTUNITY and 1 FREE Link for Posting the GIVEAWAY within 24 hours of it starting

You can choose Any Two Social Media Accounts*

theUncommonGreen's Maps Barware

Do you love where you live or miss where you came from? theUncommonGreen offers maps barware with street maps etched on glassware to help you celebrate the places you've been and where you want to go.

theUncommonGreen is working on having one hundred different cities available in time for the holidays. You can get the maps etched onto wine, rocks, and pint glasses. They're also available on mason jars, coffee mugs, and carafes, too.

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Sleep Better with These Shut-Eye Strategies

I participated in an Ambassador program on behalf of Influence Central for Pernix Therapeutics. I received a promotional item to thank me for my participation.
Hotel King Size Bed by Shari Weinsheimer

The summer is coming to a close and the routines are going to change again. I'm trying to figure out if that will be for the better or worse, as it will definitely affect my sleep patterns. I'm usually an early riser but over the summer have been trying to sleep a little later to catch up on some sleep as I've been going to sleep later and later. I really have to not stay up so late. 

In an earlier post, I described how so many millions of Americans have a huge sleep problem and have to deal with insomnia. I've been trying my best to not be another statistic. Here are four shut-eye strategies that have helped me get a better night's sleep.

Sign Up for Betty Crocker Free Recipes & Exclusive Coupons

Sign up for Betty Crocker's FREE email for the best of Betty! Get exclusive coupons (up to $250 per year in savings), access to free samples (quantities limited - one per member), their hottest recipes, and more!

Huzzah, King Richard's Faire is Coming Giveaway

King Richard's Faire is coming. As always, it opens Labor Day weekend. And, we have 4 tickets to giveaway for opening weekend. Hopefully, we'll get to the faire this year, but my wife's dealing with some knee problems and walking around all day on it might not be the best thing. Perhaps, if we wait until the end of the festival, she might be good enough to get around.
Not familiar with the festival? Shame on you. It runs in Carver, MA and is the longest running Renaissance festival in New England, originating in 1982 and taking you back to the 16th century. I don't remember why, but we missed the show last year. We try to get there every year. You can read our review of King Richard's Faire from 2013. Some of the performers change each year but the general flow of the festival remains the same.

The National Home Maintenance Manual Book Review

I'm asked to review books frequently. I pass on nearly all the ebooks. But, if the printed book is something I think I might find useful, stressing useful, I'll usually give it a go. Recently, the book that crossed paths is titled The National Home Maintenance Manual. It is subtitled The Complete Guide to Caring for Your Home, both of which should give you a good idea of what the book is about. This is also the sixth edition and first update since 2008, so its been around the block a few times.

The book is authored by David E. MacLellan and George E. Wolfson, AIA. David has been a home builder since 1969. With George, the AIA explicitly states he's an architect. Their combined knowledge provides the advice the typical homeowner needs to keep their home in shape.

Broken into nine chapters, you get a good feel for the maintenance tasks necessary to keep a home in good running order. For instance, having central air conditioning is great if you live in a warmer summer climate. However, it is best if you start it during the winter months to keep the mechanical parts from sticking. In fact, they recommend you do it twice during the winter months.

Monday, August 24, 2015

Fan Signing with Creator of Cartoon Network’s “Over the Garden Wall” Miniseries

Book Signing with Creator of Cartoon Network’s “Over the Garden Wall” Miniseries
Come to Comicazi in Somerville, MA on Wednesday for a fan signing. Don't forget  your fan.

WHO: Patrick McHale, creator of Cartoon Network’s miniseries Over the Garden Wall

WHAT: Celebrate the launch of the new Over the Garden Wall limited comic series with a special event and fan signing with series’ creator Patrick McHale

Cartoon Network’s first miniseries Over the Garden Wall charmed audiences during its network run in November 2014, and this fall, fans can go even deeper into the Unknown with a line of consumer products celebrating the series. Building on the mystical tale from creator Patrick McHale (Adventure Time) are a DVD release with all ten episodes plus bonus materials, a limited-edition “For Sara” Cassette from Mondo with more than 20 minutes of originally-produced content, and a four-issue comic book series written by McHale and released by KaBOOM!

Rubba Duck Giveaway

Quack quack quack. Win yourself a real rubber duck. Yes, that kind, but not just any kind. Read on to learn more. Giveaway is open to US residents and ends 8/29. Good luck.

Welcome to the Rubba Duck Giveaway!

Enter the Rubba Duck Giveaway. Ends 8/29.
Sponsored by: Rubba Ducks Co-Hosted by: It's Free At Last
The holidays are coming and you can make a BIG SPLASH this year with everyone by gifting them a fun Rubba Duck. Whether it is your child's teacher, your boss or even your hubs, Rubba Duck has over 200 designs and something for everyone!
Here's my Rubba Ducks review for more information.
Enter to win a Rubba Duck of your very own.
Ready to win? Good luck on your entries!

EasyAcc Phone and Device Charger Giveaway

I've reviewed quite a few powerbanks in my past. Here's a chance to win one for a change. Giveaway is US only and runs through 9/7. Good luck.
Enter the EasyAcc Phone and Device Charger Giveaway. Ends 9/7

Power Up Giveaway

Sponsored by EasyAcc

Hosted by Tales From A Southern Mom

Co Hosted by Michigan Saving and More and Sweepstakes Fanatics

Ever run out of cell phone battery when you are out on the run? This will keep you powered up wherever you go! 10,000 Mah to charge two devices at once!! EasyAcc has a number of power banks and other accessories to make your life easier, check them out! You can read our thoughts on the Power Bank here! Enter to win a 2 device charger with an LED light here! Good Luck and Enter Below!

Learning Resources Gears! Pet Playland Giveaway!

Are the kids eagerly awaiting going back to school? Here's something to help entertain them before that happens. Giveaway runs through 9/7 and is open to US residents. Good luck.

Learning Resources Gears! Pet Playland Giveaway!

Sponsored by: Learning Resources

Hosted by: Savory Savings

Learning Resources Gears Pet Playland Giveaway Aug 24 - Sept 7

When learning is fun and fun involves learning, we get a lot more done and kids absorb so much more! Learning Resources is a leader in toys that are not just fun, but educational, too! One of the newest products in their Gears! Gears! Gears! line is the Pet Playland and it is so much fun!

If you would like a chance to win the Pet Playland Gears! Gears! Gears! set, enter with the Giveaway Tool below. If you have won a Learning Resources giveaway anytime from another blog in the last 12 months, you are not eligible to win this giveaway. The giveaway will run from August 24 through September 7, 2015 at 11 PM CST and is open to US residents, ages 18 and older. Entries will be verified. Winners will be notified via email (consider adding to your safe list) – winner will have 48 hours to respond and claim prize or another winner will be selected. Good Luck!

The Giveaway to Save Your Life

Have you ever watched an episode of Mythbusters where they sink a car in water? Here's a giveaway for the tool they recommend you get. You have through 9/7 to enter to win. US only entrants, I think.
Enter The Giveaway to Save Your Life. Ends 9/7 

The Giveaway to Save Your Life

Hosted by Tales From A Southern Mom

Sponsored by Resqme

The Resqme® tool is a $10.00 tool that can save your life, it is basically the keychain of life. In case of an emergency, this is the only tool you need, it is a seat belt cutter and a window cutter. The steel blade that cuts seat belts, and car seat straps is concealed by a black clip attached to the key ring. To reveal the blade, pull the Resqme® tool untill it releases from the clip, when you get your Resqme®, you need to watch the video and familiarize yourself with how to do this so that when something happens you will do it automatically. Resqme is sponsoring a giveaway for 3 of our readers to win a tool of their own! Enter below and Good Luck!

Sunday, August 23, 2015

Outer Spice Review and Free Shipping Offer

I recently had the chance to try out the new low salt and no salt seasoning blends from Outer Spice. They create alternatives to your table salt. Instead of the 590 mg of sodium in your typical quarter teaspoon of table salt, they're offering a spice blend with just 95 mg of sodium in a half teaspoon, or none if you go with their no salt options.
Their arsenal of products includes an original blend and spicy blend in low and no salt varieties. Being me, I tried their spicy, low-salt version first. Its ingredients include Himala brand pink sea salt, garlic, black pepper, red pepper, cayenne pepper, and onion powder, among several other natural ingredients.

Cosmos Creations Swag Bag Giveaway

Here's a natural ingredients snack food for you to try to win. A variety pack worth about $20. US only entrants here, and giveaway ends 9/6. Good luck.
Enter the Cosmos Creations Swag Bag Giveaway. Ends 9/7
Hosted by: Queen of Reviews
Prize: Cosmos Creations Swag Bag ($20 value with variety of flavors)
When it comes to snack foods, just about anyone can pump out unhealthy products at a rapid clip. At Cosmos Creations, they’re slowing things down. They've made the commitment and investment to use only all natural ingredients to create a snack food with a premium, indulgent, artisan taste.
If you’re ready for a unique experience, then let Cosmos Creations take you there. Every bag begins with pure, natural corn, baked in the oven for a taste that’s out-of-this-world. Every bite is an explosion of flavor and a mouthful of happiness.
It’s easy to brag about what’s inside every bag, but what’s excluded—gluten, trans-fats, hulls, kernels, preservatives and additives—is even more important. Just all-natural ingredients you can pronounce, and a taste that’s almost heavenly.
Dates: 8/23-9/6
Open to: US Residents 18+
Enter to win using the widget below. Good luck!

Nylabone Goodies Giveaway

Enter for a chance to be one of 5 lucky winners to receive $50 worth of natural Nubz edible occupying dog chews and Nylabone chew toys for your dog! US residents ONLY

Nubz are a delicious way to keep your dog happy and occupied! Get $4.00 instant savings at your local Costco (no coupon needed). Offer valid from 8/07/15 to 8/31/15. 

Jackery Powerbank Review for Back to School

It is back to school time and people are packing for the trip back to college or whatever level of school they're at. Most people think of the typical things to bring back to school, like a computer, clothes, sheets, and a mini-fridge of course. One thing that is helpful that you might not think of is an external powerbank to recharge your phone (or tablet). It can be a lifesaver for those times when you're out and about and the phone battery suddenly dies. It happens all too frequently where you either forget to recharge or literally use up all the battery juice.
I recently had the chance to review three of the six powerbanks available from Jackery, their Fit, Bar, and Giant+ models. Any of these or their three other models could help immensely in this situation. First, here's a rundown of their six models. Then we'll look at the three individual models I got to review, how they can help, and when each is appropriate.