January 25, 2010


So... for my new "bachelorette" apartment...

I've been looking at lots of things to buy for my new apartment. After a nasty turn of events, I'm starting all over again from scratch. That should be fun, right? Well, it is and it isn't. My mailbox has been full of catalogs of everything from cookware to rugs to bedding to shower curtains. I'm a bit overwhelmed. And not liking that a lot of these paper catalogs are now going to the recycle bin because I'm just not finding what I want in them.

Enter CSN Stores. An amazing group of online stores with so much variety, my head spins just looking at all the products! But the best part, besides the almost overwhelming variety, is that I can do my shopping online and save trees by not ordering catalogs.

So imagine my joy when I found out I will be doing a product review for one of the CSN stores called cookware.com - one of 200 stores under the CSN umbrella. Yes, I said TWO HUNDRED ONLINE STORES. Ahem... sorry to shout. I'm just so excited I can hardly stand myself!

You see I am going to be evaluating and writing a review for this lovely little jewel --

Hamilton Beach Stay or Go
6 Quart Slow Cooker in Stainless Steel

This 6 quart slow cooker features a convenient lid rest that keeps the lid out of way for stirring and serving. Also includes clip-tight lid locks to prevent messy spills and large full-grip handles that make carrying and distributing easier. And did you notice the handy-dandy spoon rest on the lid with its own spoon?


(sorry, I'm shouting again...)

So look for a review here from me in the near future on this sleek beauty. I'm tickled pink to be adding this jewel to my new but bare kitchen. A great way to build up my collection of small appliances again!

Stay tuned....

January 24, 2010

PR Friendly! Open for product reviews/giveaways


Because I love discovering new products and new sponsors and sharing them with my readers, I am always open to PR, product reviews, giveaways, etc.

I am a single Baby Boomer blogger in my 50's and I am NOT ready to be put out to pasture! I still enjoy experimenting with makeup and fashion. I love music, theatre, movies, books, anything cultural and artistic.

Because I have no children at home, I would not be interested in baby items (although I do have a niece with a toddler and a newborn who would be ecstatic to "guest review" such items for me!) but just about anything else would be welcome. I live in a tiny apartment, so space-saving products, storage products, decorating items, cooking items, appliances, etc. would all be given a thorough testing by me in order to write an honest review.

I'm also something of a tech geek, so electronics and computer items would also be welcome. Jewelry, of course! What woman doesn't love jewelry? :) Gift items are also welcome, as well as clothing and accessories.

All product review requests will be given consideration, even if they don't fall into the above parameters.

In order to give an honest review to my blog visitors, I require a non-returnable sample to use and evaluate. All reviews will be honest and of course my opinion only. If there are negatives about a product, I carefully word them in a review because I know that not everyone will have the same opinion. I do pride myself on being completely honest, so even if I gush and rave about a product it is because I feel that strongly about it!

However, I reserve the right not to write a blog review of a product if I can find nothing positive to say about it. If I cannot stand behind a product, there is no room for it on my blog. I am here to provide helpful information, not to rip something to shreds, even if it deserves (in my opinion, of course) to be ripped to shreds. Product samples provided to facilitate a review will not be returned in any case.

I also reserve the right not to review a product if I find that the blogging community is saturated with the same product. Finding fresh, innovative products is crucial to my blog review mission. I want the products no other blogs have. My "niche", if I have one, is presenting something different to my readers. This keeps them coming back time after time to see what unique things I've found.

I will use personal photos whenever possible, but may use press release/media photos if needed. Your company will receive credit for providing the product and I will provide appropriate links on my review as you request them.

Giveaways will normally run for about a week or two and are promoted here, on Facebook, Twitter, and other websites that I use for promotion. I also encourage giveaway entrants to post the info to their own blogs, Twitter accounts, Facebook pages, etc. This gets even more exposure for sponsors.

Sponsors are responsible for shipping review items to me and giveaway items directly to giveaway winners. I will provide sponsor with the name and shipping address of any winner upon completion of the giveaway. Integrity is extremely important to me, and you can rest assured that I always use a random method of choosing my giveaway winners.

If you have a product to promote that you think might be a good fit with my blog, please contact me at tnshadylady @ gmail.com (delete the spaces, of course). Thank you for your consideration.


This blog is a personal blog written and edited by me. For questions about this blog, please contact tnshadylady @ gmail.com

This blog accepts products gratis for review, but such product compensation will never influence the content, topics, or posts made in this blog. I may be compensated with products or services in order to provide opinions on products, services, websites and various other topics.

Even though I may receive compensation for posts or advertisements in the form of products or services, I always give my honest opinions, findings, beliefs, or experiences on those services or products.

The views and opinions expressed on this blog are purely my own. Any product claim, statistic, quote or other representation about a product or service should be verified with the manufacturer, provider, or party in question.

This blog does not contain any content which might present a conflict of interest.

January 23, 2010


Okay, ladies, here is your chance to participate in a really fun and different promotion and get the chance to win some cool prizes from Bare Escentuals. They are the makers of Bare Minerals makeup, you know, that lovely groundbreaking lineup of mineral makeup products that literally changed the landscape of makeup.

So, want the details? I knew you would. :)

It's easy. Just head over to RethinkWhatMatters.com and give the provocative questions a whirl. You'll have some fun and also get in the running for weekly random prize drawings!

AND... as if that weren't enough, Bare Escentuals is going to be sending me one bareMinerals Get Started Kit to give away to one of my lucky readers! Yay! This kit is fabulous and if you've been wanting to try Bare Minerals (like I have) you definitely want to sign up for this giveaway. More details on that later...

But for right now, RethinkWhatMatters.com is live and you can go play and register to win. So what are you waiting for? Time to express your own opinions about what matters!

Staying Connected

With so many tools available, it is easier than ever to stay connected with family members. Yet sometimes it is hard to find the time. Sprint recently asked 8 bloggers to share their top 10 list for keeping their family connected in 2010.

Read each of their posts listed below to learn how they plan on keeping their family connected, and find out how you can win 1 of 9 $200 Visa gift cards!

Multi-minding Mom

Beyond just Mom

The Hotfessional

Cheeky Monkey Play



From the Trenches of Parenting

fabulous @ 50

V8 V-Fusion reviews and sweepstakes with 9 ways to win $100!

V8 recently invited 9 blogger reviewers to try V8 V-Fusion juice. V8 V-Fusion is a breakthrough juice that gives you a full serving of vegetables plus a full serving of fruit in every 8-ounce glass. The result is a nutrition-packed beverage made of 100% juice that’s also delicious and refreshing! V8 V-Fusion even includes the powerful antioxidants A, C and E, plus it has no added sugar.

Check out each of the nine reviews below for a chance to win a $100 Visa gift card!

Mom to the screaming masses

Stop, drop & blog

Simplicity in the suburbs

Life with the boys

Heavenly homemakers

Super healthy kids

Picky palate

Naptime Chef

Quadville's Favorites

January 19, 2010

Make Time For Change - Spin & Win!

The holidays may be over, but the spirit of giving lives on. Now you can participate in a great campaign to help Save The Children -- and maybe win a nice prize for yourself!

Frigidaire is hosting a fabulous and generous giveaway that allows you to win something nice for yourself and at the same time provide funds for Save the Children. Their new Spin & Win game gives you the opportunity to win gift cards for spending quality time with your tykes - whether it's curling up with some new books, starting a craft project, or taking in a family flick. They're giving away a prize every day! Plus you could also win a brand new Frigidaire Affinity washer and dryer, with time-saving features that give you more time for the important things in your life.

Best of all, every time you play (and you can play daily!) Frigidaire will donate $1 to Save the Children as part of their $250,000 commitment to support Save the Children's CHANGE program, dedicated to providing nutritious snacks and promoting healthier lifestyles for children living in poverty in the United States.

Entering - and helping - is easy: just head over to www.MakeTimeForChange.com and you can Spin & Win - and help Frigidaire donate another $1 to the CHANGE program. If everybody would Spin  & Win once a day, that $250,000 commitment would be a reality a lot sooner.

So help yourself to a chance to Spin & Win a nice gift - or a fabulous Frigidaire washer and dryer! - and at the same time give yourself a pat on the back for helping to fund this wonderful initiative. Spin & Win - & give!

Insure Your Love!

Remember when that public service announcement used to come over the television and say

"It's ten o'clock. Do you know where your children are?"

There was something warm and safe about knowing your children were at home, in their beds, where they were supposed to be. Parents have a great responsibility to their children to not only raise them to be decent human beings, but to keep them safe and secure while they grow up.

Secure. That's a nice word, isn't it? It just gives me warm fuzzies!

How do you keep your children secure? Is it enough to keep food on the table, a roof over their heads, safe from harm, getting an education? Yes, those are all things a parent does... and a parent does more, too. A parent loves their children.

While it may be our responsibility to provide all these things, we do them not because we must, but because we love our children.

Love. That's another nice word, isn't it? More warm fuzzies!

Have you considered what would become of your children if you weren't around to care for them? Seriously? Have you? Maybe you have. Maybe you have already put plans into motion to keep your family safe and secured if you were not around.

But if you haven't, there is no better time than now to give it some thought.

Consider showing your love for your family in a different way...with the purchase of a life insurance policy.

You might be asking yourself what love and life insurance have in common. More than you might realize! Simply put, life insurance is a product you purchase because you love someone and want to make sure they'll always be protected financially, even after you're gone.

Protected. Another nice word full of warm fuzzies. Give it some thought. That's all I ask.

To get you thinking about life insurance as an expression of enduring love, the nonprofit LIFE Foundation is sponsoring the Crazy4Love Photo Contest. From now until February 19, you'll be able to visit the popular microblogging website tumblr.com and share a photo
that captures how you've expressed your love to someone dear to you. One Grand Prize winner will receive a $1,000 gift certificate toward a romantic getaway weekend. Go to www.insureyourlove.org to learn more about the contest and to enter.

Now go enter and Insure Your Love! Good luck!

January 17, 2010

Spotty Cat Wall Quilt Kit Giveaway at FaveCrafts.com

Enter to win this adorable Spotty Cat Wall Quilt Kit!

You can enter daily until Jan. 29! Enter here!

January 12, 2010

SodaStream Review & Giveaway : The Mommy-Files

SodaStream Review & Giveaway : The Mommy-Files

Enter at The Mommy Files to win a Soda Stream carbonated beverage system! This is the coolest gadget I've seen in a while. Not only are you saving money by making your own soda, but you are helping keep endless cans and bottles out of landfills. Win-Win!

January 11, 2010

Jen at 11th Heaven's Homemaking Haven, 365 Days of TV-Free Toddler Time, and Mega-Family Blogs is giving away a flippin' waffle maker...

To enter, go HERE!!

Select Comfort Classic Plush Blanket Giveaway | Mom's Focus on Cyber World

Brr!! Winter is here and time to bundle up. Or cuddle up. The Select Comfort Classic Plush Blanket is the perfect blanket for those cold winter nights. Enter at Mom's Focus on Cyber World to win one.

January 9, 2010

The Giveaway Diva is hosting a giveaway for a gift certificate worth $20 to affordablescarves.com

Their name says it all - fashionable scarves at very affordable prices! So go enter now!

Baker's Square is celebrating their 40th birthday and WE get the gifts! Get coupons off their products and enter to win a $40 gift card!! What are you waiting for? ENTER NOW!!

January 8, 2010

King of Rock ‘n Roll *Giveaway* | Seeryus Mama

King of Rock ‘n Roll *Giveaway* | Seeryus Mama

Happy Birthday to the King of Rock and Roll! Yes, it's Elvis' birthday and he may be gone but not forgotten! Enter to win a Elvis 75 – Good Rockin’ Tonight CD featuring 26 key tracks culled from the four-disc set.
Thank you. Thank you very much.

The Give-Away Diva: Lashfood Giveaway

I've been wanting to try LashFood for a long time. Maybe I'll win this and finally find out if it works!

January 7, 2010

Enter to win a "Paris" handbag by Aspinal of London. This stylish bag is the very essence of Paris fashion. sponsored by TheFind blog

January 6, 2010

January 5, 2010

Barbar Eco-8000 Professional Blow Dryer Giveaway

Barbar makes wonderful hair styling products. Enter to win a professional blow dryer at The Art of Random Willy-Nillyness.

One 2 Try: Naumes Fruit Gifts - Review with Giveaway

One 2 Try: Naumes Fruit Gifts Giveaway

Enter to win a gift pack of fresh succulent pears from Naumes Fruit Gifts. Every fruit gift you give from Naumes means Naumes also gives an equal amount to local needy folks. So with one gift you feed several people. I like that! Check out Naumes and enter the giveaway too.

Leap Year Prize Pack Giveaway | The Bragging Mommy

Enter to win special products sponsored by the new romantic comedy movie "Leap Year"

Giveaway: Win Mystique Fountain Deep Hydrating Rainy Mist by Luxural

Beauty and Personal Grooming Giveaway: Win Mystique Fountain Deep Hydrating Rainy Mist by Luxural

Win Mystique Fountain Deep Hydrating Rainy Mist by Luxtural®

The first step in the Luxtural skin care regimen, the Mystique Fountain feels like a gentle mist of ocean water. A superb hydrator for any skin type, it tones, calms, cools and refreshes the skin while naturally protecting it from environmental damage. The Mystique Fountain is based upon Luxtural’s Pure Pacific Ocean Rainwater, which allows for increased absorption and moisture retention. Mystique Fountain also contains Luxtural’s special exotic extract (SEE), a one-of-a-kind complex that adds additional moisturizing and antioxidant properties. Mystique Fountain can be used as a primer or enhancer for the other Luxtural products or any time of day as a refresher. Price: $78, 3.4 fl. oz.

January 4, 2010

The Long Haul: Starting the New Year off with a Bang!

The Long Haul: Enter to win an All Modern serving tray from CSNstores.com

Check out the chic and fabulous serving tray being given away over at The Long Haul

Two of a kind, working on a full house: IZUNAMI One Inch Styler Review And Giveaway

IZUNAMI One Inch Styler Giveaway

Enter to win a one-inch flat iron styler from Izunami

Mommies With Cents: Rocketfish Mobile Laptop Desk Review & Giveaway

Rocketfish Mobile Laptop Desk Giveaway

Mommies with Cents is having a giveaway and the prize is a Rocketfish Mobile Laptop Desk. This would be so neat to own. It even has storage space and pullout cup holder and/or mouse pad on BOTH sides, for both righties and lefties. Very nice!

January 2, 2010

Maria's Space: The Pebble, MP3 Digital Audio Player Giveaway

Maria's Space: The Pebble, MP3 Digital Audio Player Giveaway

Enter to win an awesome mp3 player called a "Pebble" - it's round!

One 2 Try: Tupperware and BeautiControl - Review with Giveaway

One 2 Try: Tupperware and BeautiControl - Review with Giveaway

One 2 Try is holding a giveaway for a Tupperware Quick Chef. I want one of these handy dandy gadgets!

A few quick turns are all it takes to chop vegetables and mix almost any recipe!

* Quick-and-easy alternative to electric food processors
* A single turn of the handle rotates blade or paddle whisk four times, saving time and effort
* Stainless steel blade effortlessly chops fruits and vegetables
* Paddle whisk quickly whips or mixes cream, salad dressings and dips
* Funnel attachment incorporates oil into mayonnaise, pesto sauce or salad dressing
* Non-skid base prevents sliding
* Includes recipes for Simply Salsa or Mango Salsa
* - Enhanced Quality Guarantee
* Chili

So get over there and enter now! And if you win it and already have one, give it to me! 'Tis better to give than to receive. :)

January 1, 2010

PUR’s Safe Drinking Water Initiative *Giveaway* : Rockin Mama

PUR’s Safe Drinking Water Initiative *Giveaway* : Rockin Mama

Enter to win a PUR water pitcher so your family can have pure, clean, healthy drinking water too

Mint Green With Envy: Giveaway: Layla Grayce - Pine Cone Hill Pajama Set

Mint Green With Envy: Giveaway: Layla Grayce - Pine Cone Hill Pajama Set

Enter to win a pair of Pine Cone Hill Pajamas from Layla Grace

One 2 Try: SodaStream Review with Giveaway

One 2 Try: SodaStream Review with Giveaway

Enter to win a Soda Stream beverage kit!


I'm excited about my new blog design! Isn't it beautiful? I was a lucky winner on Lady Ambrosia's blog giveaway of a free blog design, and after consulting with her about what I wanted in a blog design, this is what she came up with. I love it!!

Only one hitch in the whole blog-over project: blogs I had listed in my blog roll under "Blogs I Like" did not transfer over to the new design. :( So I lost the long roll of blogs that I visit regularly, or that I had posted as an extra entry in that blog's giveaway. Bummer. :(

So I'll have to start fresh in that department, buy hey, if that's all that went wrong, I can live with that! Lady Ambrosia did a fabulous job with my new design and with listening and caring about what I ultimately wanted my blog to look like.

I would highly recommend her services if you need a blog design! Check out Lady Ambrosia's website. And tell her Shady Lady sent you. :)