April 29, 2010

Temptation Thursday – Brought to you by Bake Me A Wish *Giveaway*

Is it possible to have your cake and eat it too? You might be one of the lucky ones to find out the answer to that age-old question if you enter these fabulous giveaways for your very own Bake Me A Wish cake!

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With all these chances, there are going to be several very lucky winners! I hope you'll remember to share. :)

April 24, 2010

TRIA Beauty Giveaway at Real Moms Real Views

Enter to win a TRIA Skin Clarifying System!

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See What's Behind the Best Sweepstakes

For years now, whenever a commercial for real Colombian coffee has been shown on tv, we've gotten a glimpse of Juan Valdez and his mule Conchita. I mean, he's like an icon, right? The picture of him and his mule are the standard for knowing that you're getting the very best coffee available today.


Many coffee brands you buy in a supermarket, share in an office, or drink in the comfort of your home consist of coffee blends that have various origins and different levels of quality. But only a 100% Colombian Coffee brand is guaranteed to have "the richest coffee in the world", delivering the full quality of Colombian Coffee, without coffees of other origins mixed in.

I'm excited to share a sweepstakes with you and tell you that you might get the chance to meet Juan Valdez in person! Yes! Just check out http://www.whatsbehindthebest.com/ for details.

Coffee drinker or not, you definitely don't want to miss out on the 100% Colombian Coffee "See What's Behind the Best" sweepstakes. By visiting www.whatsbehindthebest.com, you'll have the opportunity to learn about the philosophy behind 100% Colombian Coffee and enter to win great prizes. The grand prize is $10,000!

You can enter weekly. One (1) Grand Prize: The Grand Prize Winner will receive a check for $10,000. Thirteen (13) Weekly Prizes: Each Weekly Prize Winner will receive fourteen (14) 2.5 oz bags of Colombian Coffee (ARV: $78.40).

And while you're there, check out the appearance schedule for Juan Valdez and Conchita. They just might be making a stop near you!

Disclosure: I was entered into a contest to win a prize by creating this post on my blog. No monetary consideration has been involved with this post.

Hellmann's Real Food Project


I don't know about you, but I've become addicted to food preparation videos. I love to cook, and I love to see pictures of how the recipe is supposed to turn out and even pictures of stages of preparation.

But it never fails that I always end up with some little question about some step in the recipe that wasn't fully covered in the directions or the pictures.

That's why videos are my new thing! I can watch a cook actually making a recipe, see all the steps and ingredients, and learn little helpful and time-saving kitchen tips along the way.

One of my favorites to watch is of course Bobby Flay. Who doesn't love Bobby! Not only is he entertaining to watch, but I always learn something new from him.

Well, guess what? Celebrity chef Bobby Flay and actress/mom Lori Loughlin have teamed up with Hellmann's® and Best Foods® Mayonnaise to unveil the Real Food Project on Hellmanns.com, a comprehensive online resource offering tips and ideas on how to create real meals made with Real Food.

Because videos are great for multi-tasking moms, The Real Food Project features a series of entertaining how-to tutorials, hosted by Bobby Flay, to give us tools and techniques to prepare great-tasting, at-home meals for our families. Just by visiting www.Hellmanns.com, you can access a wide range of recipes, including sandwiches, entrees and side dishes, all designed to please picky palates.

There are even chances to win great prizes like a kitchen essentials bundle, Bobby Flay Grill It and Hellmann's® and Best Foods® products by playing the "Wheel of Real" instant win game and entering the Real Food Sweepstakes.

So head over to www.Hellmanns.com and check it out. You'll be glad you did! I know I am! :)

Disclosure: I was entered for a chance to win a Hellmann's® prize package in exchange for this post. No monetary exchange took place.

My Job Chart - free online site to reward your children!

"Do I have to?"

If you're a parent, no doubt you've heard that phrase a thousand times. Getting your children to do things is a struggle. Chores? Cleaning their room? Doing homework? Kids just naturally rebel against all these things.

So what's a parent to do?

There's a wonderful new website designed to help with this very problem! It's called My Job Chart. It's designed to be a tool for getting your children to do the things you ask, and it also allows you to reward them for doing so.

Best of all, it's FREE!

Here's how it works:

Sign up for free to create your account.
Assign jobs.
Kids do the jobs and log their progress online.
Parents offer rewards for job completion.

Children nowadays are used to cell phones, Internet sites, video games, etc. So having their job/chore charts online instead of tacked on the refrigerator door is an ingenious idea. Kids will actually use this site where they might not give your homemade chart a second glance!

Using an easy and fun online system, My Job Chart inspires kids to do their chores on time. An interactive point system tracks your child's progress, creating excitement and enthusiasm among kids. And the fully customizable chore chart allows you and your child to decide upon mutually determined rewards, fostering communication and developing responsibility. You even get an email or text message when your kids finish their chores or they earn a reward!

I love the idea of an online chore chart! I'm going to try it out right now. How about you? It's at least worth a look, don't you think?

Disclosure: I was entered into a giveaway for a chance to win a $100 gift card in exchange for writing this post. I received no monetary consideration whatsoever.

10 Little Things that Lead to a Happier, Healthier You!

It's inevitable. Life takes a toll on our happiness and well-being. We try to be all things to all people, and.. well.. it's stressful, to say the least!

So take a moment to think about your own 10 Little Things that Lead to a Happier, Healthier You. And when you've done that, check out this contest at TwitterMoms to see how you can win a $30 gift card.

1. First things first: Realize that you are only one person and you CANNOT do it all! That takes a lot of pressure off.

2. Learn to delegate. Find people you can trust and give them tasks to help you reach your goals. See #1. :)

3. Take time for yourself. Whether it's kicking back with a cup of green tea or reading your favorite book, nothing makes ME happier than doing things I love.

4. Take a bubble bath instead of a shower. I love long soaks in a hot tub, but even if you don't have time for a long hot soak, simply immersing yourself in a bath instead of standing under the shower does wonders for calming you down.

5. Take a multi-vitamin every day. I lead a busy, hectic life and don't always eat the way I should, so taking a daily vitamin and mineral supplement helps my body stay healthy, no matter what I stuff my face with. :)

6. Stop and smell the flowers! Back when daffodils first emerged in the spring, I finally decided one day to stop on my way to work, get out of the car, and grab a handful from where they were growing wild on the side of the road. I put them in a vase for my desk at work and not only brightened up my own workspace but also put smiles on the faces of everyone who stopped by my desk that day.

7. Park on the far end of the mall from the store you intend to shop at. Walking down the mall corridor to the store gives you a little bit of exercise you wouldn't have gotten by parking right near that store's entry.

8. Drink plenty of fluids. Yes, I know, you've heard that all your life, but it's really important. I personally drink several liters of water every day. I love water! It not only relieves my thirst like nothing else can, it also saves calories and is healthier for me in the long run. Dehydration takes its toll on hair, skin, and.. er.. bodily functions. It's true. You'll FEEL better when you stay hydrated!

9. Hug someone or something. Hug your child, hug your husband, mother, sister, brother, pet. Hug a tree! Hug a pillow. Hug anything! Showing affection for just being alive gives a spirit boost that is unparalleled.

10. And finally, as my Southern mama would say, "It ain't life-threatening." What she means is that it is useless to worry and stress over things that don't amount to anything in the grand scheme of things. Just letting things play out as they obviously would have anyway can save you a lot of worry in the long run.

I think my mama is a very smart woman. What do you think? :)

I wrote this blog post while participating in the TwitterMoms and Tropicana Trop50 blogging program to be eligible to win 6 free Juicy Rewards points and a $30 gift card. For more information on how you can participate, click here.

Pine-Sol Powerful Difference Facebook campaign

You know the name Pine-Sol. Everyone has heard of Pine-Sol. For 80 years, Pine-Sol® Brand Cleaner has been making a powerful difference at home by cleaning America's toughest grease and grime. Now they are encouraging women everywhere to make a powerful difference outside the home as well.

Pine-Sol®'s Powerful Difference™ program awards dozens of grants to women leading the charge for change and helps provide tools, resources and inspiration to help and encourage others to start championing and creating change in their own communities.

Now there is a Facebook application so you can use your favorite networking site to recognize and honor those women who have made a Powerful Difference in your own life!

You'll find an easy-to-use Facebook application which allows you to display on your Wall the five women who have made a powerful difference in your life, helping inspire others to do the same. Honor someone you know today at http://apps.facebook.com/powerfuldifference/. You can also learn more about the program and get ideas on how to take action by visiting www.PowerfulDifference.com.

Disclosure: I was entered for a chance to win a gift card in exchange for this post. No monetary exchange took place.

CSN Stores $50 Gift Card Giveaway!

Moms Own Words: CSN Stores $50 Gift Card Giveaway!

You can enter to win a $50 gift card to CSN stores. CSN has something for everyone!

April 17, 2010

Winners! Breyers YoCrunch yogurt giveaway

Congratulations to the winners of the Breyers YoCrunch giveaway! I have sent an email to each so please respond with your mailing address.

There were TEN coupons to be won and only NINE people entered, so that means everyone who entered is a winner!! Can't beat those odds! :-)

Unfortunately, one of the winners (Ryan) didn't leave an email address and his profile is private, so I couldn't send an email to notify him of his win. Ryan, if you're reading this, please get in touch with me to receive your coupon. You have 48 hours from now.

These winners have all been notified by email -

rubynreba
Shelley
Ashley
Natalie
Lydia
Kayla
Linda
Marci

If you didn't receive an email from me, please contact me to get your free Breyers YoCrunch coupon.

Thanks for entering and I hope you keep visiting my blog! There are many more reviews and giveaways to come!

April 15, 2010

Oh the joys of apartment living

So as I mentioned before, I've just moved into my own place after not having my own place for quite a while. I'm loving the privacy but not loving the apartment.

Nothing really wrong with it, I suppose... no, wait, there is plenty wrong with it. But the rent is so reasonable I really can't complain.

Much.

Thank God spring is finally here and I don't have to worry about turning on the heat for a few months at least. You see all I have in my apartment is baseboard heaters, and that means that I can't have furniture or anything even close to them when they are on.

So no bookcases, no entertainment center, basically I have one corner of my living room that can be fully used. So I'm trying to decide on a corner tv stand so that I can get my tv off the dresser in the bedroom and back into the living room where I can enjoy it more.

No room for a huge entertainment stand, which is what I'd really love to have, with room for dvds, books, objets d'art, etc.

But CSN Stores has some really lovely and affordable corner tv stands and I'm trying to decide which one to get. What do you think? Remember, I only have one tiny corner that I can safely put something as delicate as a tv, so the corner tv stand that I get won't be moved much. If at all.

But that's not the only problem with my apartment. Did I mention the cookstove? Did I mention that only two of the four burners work, and both of those are the small ones? Impossible to do any real cooking at all when all the heat is concentrated on about a four inch diameter area. And forget about frying anything. Part of the food burns while the rest doesn't get cooked completely.

Bummer.

Oh yes, and the buttons on the stove look like they came off a toaster oven or something. It's totally hit or miss guesswork.

But the rent is so cheap... Okay, rather than approach my landlady yet again about fixing the stove, I've decided to just stop using it altogether. And I'm going to be getting an electric skillet along with that corner tv stand. So the next time I decide to make pancakes or fried eggs, I can do it without having to physically move the skillet around on the tiny burner to make sure everything cooks at the same speed.

The funny thing is... all this kinda makes me feel like a kid again, and the thrill of getting my own apartment the very first time and trying to figure out how to budget my money and still furnish my place so that I can live comfortably. That's all I ask. Just to live comfortably.

Anybody got any good recipes to use in an electric skillet?

April 9, 2010

Breyers YoCrunch review and giveaway - 10 winners!!

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Do you love yogurt? I do. But not that plain stuff. Sorry, that's just too... plain for me. I like yogurt with fruit, like peaches and strawberries. Yum!

But I never really thought about adding anything else to the yogurt. Like nuts, perhaps. Or even granola.

Granola?

Breyers YoCrunch has given tasty fruity yogurt an added healthy dimension by pairing yogurt with delicious crunchies. And each individual serving is only 100 calories!

I received a sample pack of YoCrunch and was instantly impressed with the packaging. Same wonderful Breyers yogurt but with strawberries added AND a separate attached little container of loose granola crunchies. Separate so that the granola doesn't get soggy, of course.

So all you do is pop the top on the crunchies, peel off the lid of the yogurt, pour the crunchies into the yogurt and stir. That's it. Simple. Easy. DELICIOUS! And healthy.

And only 100 calories per yummy serving!


When my sample pack came in, it was delivered to my workplace because during the week no one would be at home to receive the package and I didn't want it sitting outside until I could get home. Yeah, that was good thinking on my part, huh? Except that I didn't count on my co-workers drooling when I opened the package to see what was inside.

Breyers sent me a sample 4-pack, and of course I wanted to try it right away. I practically had to get out my whip and chair to keep everyone else away from my Breyers YoCrunch!

I mean, I'd agreed to do this review, after all, so it only makes sense that I had to actually EAT the product in order to do this review and tell you all how truly scrumptious Breyers YoCrunch really is. Honestly, you'd have thought I was the most selfish person on earth, because even if I ate one container, there were still three left and I should share with my friends, right? Yeah, right. Three single-serving containers amongst seven hungry women.

I'm not about to play favorites at work. Uh-uh. Not me. No way.

This Breyers YoCrunch is all MINE!

Ahem. But I was happy to demonstrate how the crunchies are packed separate from the yogurt and how you add them in and stir to keep them fresh and crispy. And the taste! Oh my. That wonderful Breyers yogurt taste is still there, still loaded with fruit flavor (mine was strawberry, my favorite!) and now with the added kick of granola.

Talk about a healthy snack! You honestly can't tell it's only 100 calories per serving. It tastes nothing like what you'd think a 100-calorie snack would taste like.

I was very impressed. And will be picking up some of these next time I'm grocery shopping. If the grown women in my office were salivating, listening to the mmm's and ohhh's and ahhh's I made as I indulged, imagine how your kids are gonna love 'em. Or even your husband. Want to give everybody healthier snack options? Breyers YoCrunch is an excellent choice!

Here's some info the company sent me about Breyers YoCrunch:

YoCrunch® 100 Calorie Packs are the first yogurt products to be naturally sweetened with Truvia™  rebiana. Truvia™ rebiana is the key ingredient in Truvia™ natural sweetener, the first great tasting, natural, zero calorie sweetener born from the leaves of the stevia plant.

YoCrunch® 100 Calorie Packs are the only calorie-controlled yogurt products that are naturally sweetened, providing all the taste of full-calorie low-fat yogurt but without all the calories and sugar.
 
YoCrunch® 100 Calorie Packs offer a satisfying smooth and crunchy yogurt experience in convenient 100-calorie portions that kids and moms will love. (note: and dads too, I'll bet!)

Available in five great flavors, YoCrunch® 100 Calorie Packs are made with nonfat yogurt and are perfect as a healthy snack or dessert for those craving a nutritious yet decadent sweet treat.
  • Cheesecake Yogurt with Graham Cookie Pieces
  • Strawberry Yogurt with 100% Natural Low Fat Granola
  • Vanilla Yogurt with Chocolate Chip Cookie Pieces
  • Vanilla Yogurt with Chocolate Crème Cookie Pieces
  • Vanilla Yogurt with Nestle® Buncha Crunch™ Candy Pieces
Made with no artificial sweeteners, YoCrunch® 100 Calorie Packs have added Vitamin A and D, and are a good source of calcium and protein for women and kids.  (note: and dads, don't forget the dads!)

YoCrunch® 100 Calorie Packs are available at leading grocery, health food and specialty stores nationwide at a suggested retail price of $2.99 - $3.19 for each four-pack container.

    I'm sold! The strawberries and granola were awesome, but now I'm tempted to try the other varieties as well. And you gotta love the price, too. Cheaper (and better for you) than a candy bar!


    ~~GIVEAWAY~~

    Breyers is giving away TEN coupons for a free 4-pack of your choice of the new Breyers YoCrunch! TEN!! Ten of you lucky people will get to try these scrumptious snacks for free!

    Entering is easy. Please do the mandatory first step before doing the extra entries, or they will not count. I check each and every entry, and if I can't verify the entry, it will be deleted from the competition before I determine the winner through Random.org so please make sure you use the same username, name, and/or email address for each entry, or tell me how to identify you, otherwise the entry will not count. Thank you for adhering to these giveaway rules.

    ~~Mandatory~~
    In a comment below, tell me why you want to win this.

    Extra entries - please leave separate comments for each:

    Follow my blog with Google Friend Connect. (see sidebar)

    Follow me on Twitter @tnshadylady and leave your Twitter id.

    Tweet this giveaway and leave a link to your tweet.

     Follow me with Networked Blogs. (see sidebar)

    Sign up for my rss feed and/or email. Tell me what email and/or reader you used. One entry for each thing you do.

    Post this giveaway on your own blog or giveaway site or other social networking site. Leave me a link so I can verify.

    Giveaway closes midnight CST Friday April 16, 2010. Giveaway open to US residents only. Winners will be chosen by Random.org and notified by email. Winners have 72 hours to respond, or another winner will be chosen. I will provide winners' mailing addresses to the sponsor, who is responsible for prize fulfillment.

    Disclaimer: I was provided a sample of Breyers YoCrunch gratis in exchange for providing this unbiased review of the product. No other monetary consideration was involved, and my review was not influenced in any way.



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