Saturday, May 30, 2009

The Crab Place: Delicious Maryland Seafood Delivered Right To Your Door

I come from a family of seafood lovers. Especially my husband - he goes crazy for crab. I received some really delicious products from The Crab Place. They arrived by FedEx right to my doorstep. They were fresh, tasty and high quality.

My family was lucky enough to receive their Colossal Male Hard Crabs. They came seasoned to perfection. You can get their hard crabs in a variety of sizes and they offer them with or without seasoning. You can choose to have your order seasoned light, medium or heavy. You can order their crabs live or steamed. The Crab Place only offers the freshest crabs available.

We made a terrific salad with their Jumbo Lump Maryland Blue Crabmeat. We had more than enough of this meat to enjoy. It sure does beat imitation crab or canned crabmeat. Meat like this is truly a delight. You'll really enjoy the fresh crabmeat from The Crab Place.

Their Crab Marinara Sauce was very unique. My husband and children weren't huge fans of this, but I really enjoyed it. Who knew crabmeat would taste good in marinara sauce. It was also featured in O, The Oprah Magazine.

Here is the description from their website:

"Our Marinara Sauce has a deep, rich flavor. This recipe was brought to Maryland by my great-grandmother from the shores of Sicily, some 100 years ago. Its delicious flavor comes from 100% authentic Maryland crab meat; vine-ripened tomatoes; delicately sautéed onions and roasted garlic; freshly picked garden parsley. Our sauce is delightful spooned over pasta and served with our award-winning 2 oz. crab cakes (like crab meatballs!) Our marinara sauce is ready to serve right from the jar."

The Crab Place offers soft crabs, crab cakes, lobster tails, oysters, sea scallops, snow crab and so much more! Get this fresh Maryland seafood shipped from their dock to your door. You can also find handy seafood recipes right on their website.

The Crab Place would like to offer you 12% OFF your order with the discount code: crabplace12. Their seafood would make an excellent Father's Day feast!

Friday, May 29, 2009

FLOR: Get Creative With Your Carpet Giveaway

This giveaway is now closed with 635 comments. Thank you to all who entered. Congratulations to the lucky winner ~ Jennifer!

I just love the carpet squares I received from FLOR! This company offers carpet to fit any personality. From funky to elegant, FLOR has it covered. What a brilliant company with so much to offer.

I chose to review their Tufted Frond in the color reed from their Martha Stewart Floor Designs. I was sent a 5x7 area rug and it looks gorgeous in my bedroom against our hardwood floors. The subtle floral design is beautiful. These carpet squares will add elegance and class to any room.

FLOR offers one of a kind customer service. They show coordinating colors and patterns to match every carpet design they carry. This is a very helpful feature. Why not mix and match? That's the beauty of FLOR. You can create your very own design by using multiple styles.

Here is a bit about the company from their website:

"Launched in the spring of 2003 and based in Elmhurst, Illinois (just outside Chicago), FLOR is a line of design-inspired carpet squares for the home that lets you create unique area rugs, runners or wall-to-wall carpet designs quickly and easily.

The company was founded on the idea that carpet could be fun, stylish, practical and responsible. We think FLOR carpet tiles answer the call. The modular design means you can customize FLOR to fit any size space, even the most difficult layout, and take FLOR with you wherever you go. FLOR is also eco-friendly having some of the lowest Volatile Organic Compound emissions (VOCs) in the industry. Plus, FLOR comes in a wide variety of colors, patterns and textures so it gives you freedom to create exactly the right design for your room and your style.

FLOR's parent company, Interface, Inc., has a long history of innovation in manufacturing and distributing modular carpet tiles for the commercial world. FLOR takes those same manufacturing disciplines and ups the ante with unique, stylish designs that are perfect for your home."

My carpet squares were so easy to lay down. I had it done in a flash. I received some sticky FLORDots and step-by-step installation instructions. It was pretty self-explanatory and an absolute breeze. If you're using FLOR carpet tiles for a big project, they have an entire section on their website for installation help. It's great!

Want to see it in person before committing to a style?!? No problem! FLOR offers samples.
  • FLOR samples are cut from full-size tiles to give you an idea of color, texture and design of that particular style
  • Samples are generously sized at 6" x 6"
  • Choose any 3 styles for only $5
    Samples generally arrive within 7 to 10 days

FLOR is also eco-friendly! You can't beat that!

"FLOR has always been an innovator and a pioneer. We care about our planet and its future and seriously consider our eco-footprint in everything we do. That includes what happens when FLOR has lived its useful life. FLOR has developed what is revolutionary in the residential carpet industry - a Return & Recycle Program.

We are committed to making sure that no FLOR ends up in a landfill. Through FLOR's Return & Recycle program we take your old FLOR carpet squares and turn them into new product. So, when you need to replace or make room for some new FLOR, don't toss your old tiles into the garbage. Instead, call our Customer Care department at 1.866.281.3567 to learn how you can participate and make a difference. The planet thanks you!"

FLOR would like to offer one lucky reader a 5x7 area rug in the pattern of your choice! This does not include Shaggy Sheep and Coir. What fun you'll have designing the rug of your dreams.

To enter this exceptional GIVEAWAY, please visit their website and tell me how you would design your rug. Click "comments" below this posting and leave a message as your entry. It's that simple! Be sure to leave your email address so I can contact you if you're the lucky winner. You do not need to have a Google account to comment. You may do so with just your name.

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**This giveaway ends on June 5th and is open to U.S. residents. **Be sure to leave a separate comment for each entry. **The winner will be announced on June 6th.

Is This You?!?


Ally Weinberg is looking for a FUN, outgoing family with multiple children located anywhere in the US (although West Coast / West Coast-Adjacent preferred) who is currently dealing with BIG-TIME debt and totally FREAKING OUT about what to do. We are looking to potentially feature them in their own docu-style series that would help them go from big spenders to big savers -- and educate viewers (who can surely relate) along the way.

Is this your family? Or someone you know? Did you buy a house before you were ready? Have you gone credit card crazy and now you're really paying for it? Are the student loan payments, car payments, mortgage, and daily expenses adding up? We want to help you get on track in a FUN, LASTING way!

Interested? Please email Ally at REALITY_CASTING@PIETOWN.TV for more information. Please include a little about your family, one to two family pictures, and your contact info.

I Can't Believe It!


Congratulations to the following giveaway winners:

The Pretty Peacock (509 comments) - LADYHIGHTOWER #116

IDDOS (494 comments) - JamericanSpice #181

Anchor Bay Entertainment (338 comments) - taterbug #14, sherri419 #47, Tiffany819 #294, erma #278, john ferris #317

**All winners have been notified through email. Please check your junk/spam folder! If no response is received within 2 days, a new winner will be chosen. Random.org is used to determine all winners.

Thursday, May 28, 2009

fliggity: Clothing Inspired by a Child's Imagination

Here's one cool company that features fun items for your little one. fliggity sent me one of their super groovy Tiggity Tie Dye Shirts. I received the Free Spirit Girl long sleeve tee and it's a really beautiful creation. The blue, light pink and hot pink tie dye is gorgeous and the "free spirit" that is embroidered on the front adds a touch of class.

fliggity also creates other tie dye tees in different color combinations and sayings. They also offer some other really neat items. Their Shirts That Fliggity Fly are too too fun! These built in washable costumes allow your child to play dress up all day long. Their Stylish Superhero detachable and reversible capes are sure to please. And to top it off, fliggity's How Old Am I? tees are great for the birthday boy or girl in your life.

Here is a bit more about them taken directly from their website:

"fliggity was started in early 2008 by lisa leake when her 3-year-old daughter asked her to make her a butterfly shirt. one thing led to another and "shirts that fliggity fly" were born. lisa resides in north carolina with her husband jason and two daughters, sydney and sienna.

we hope you enjoy watching your children come to life with our line of clothing, just as much as we have with our own children!"

fliggity would like to offer you 30% OFF of your order with the discount code: fliggity30. This offer is good through June 30, 2009.

Oh Happy Day!

Congratulations to the following giveaway winner:

GelPro (708 comments) - LoisS #422

Winners for Anchor Bay Entertainment and The Pretty Peacock will be announced here later today! Check back!

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Clever Mom.me: Adorable Francie Pants

Take a look at these adorable Francie Pants. Clever Mom.me carries these cuties and I must say, they're terrific! My daughter chose the zebra pattern and they're great to wear underneath her dresses. She's very active at preschool and these shorts allow her to play and not worry about showing her underwear. They're very well constructed, lightweight and don't add bulk. She even wore them to dance class last night and they were a hit!


Here is a bit more about them from their website:

"We embrace an active lifestyle for girls. Francie Pants are not the itchy uncomfortable "privacy" garments you may have seen in the past. So lightweight, silky and comfortable, you can barely feel them on. Francie pants shorts are a sassy yet modest way for girls to express who they are, without shame or hesitation. They're free to twirl, do a handstand or a high kick, because we've got them covered! In our world no-one needs to fear a silly rhyme. Which is why we've come up with our own motto. We say: "Show em London, Show em…Francie Pants!"

Their line of Francie Pants come in a wonderful variety of patterns. I'll definitely be purchasing more of these! My daughter loves them and I'm sure yours will too.

Clever Mom.me would like to offer you 15% OFF your order with the discount code: funkymonkey. Head over to their website to see all of their amazing products for children.

Saturday, May 23, 2009

Yipee!


Congratulations to the following giveaway winner:

CoverBee - MaddyRu #278

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International Playthings: Calico Critters Giveaway

This giveaway is now closed with 279 comments. Thank you to all who entered. Congratulations to the lucky winner ~ cstironkat!

My daughter has always had a HUGE love for anything that has to do with animals. She has the biggest stuffed animal collection around. She was so happy when her Calico Critter arrived from International Playthings. We received Nibbles Norwood Mouse and she's just too cute.

Nibbles measures 8" tall and is the perfect size for cuddling and taking around town. If your child is anything like mine, an animal must accompany her at all times. Her little dress is removeable and the plush mouse is very soft. Their entire Calico Critters line is to die for! What little girl wouldn't love to own something from their sweet collection.

Here is some more information about Calico Critters from their website:

"The perfect toys to add to your Calico collection! Have tons of pretend play fun with these soft and cuddly, plush Calico Critters. Each Critter comes with removable clothing and can easily be place in a sitting position. These adorable plush critters are truly irresistible! Collect them all! Featuring Lauren Fisher Cat, Penny Petite Bear, Willow Cottontail Rabbit and Nibbles Norwood Mouse. Approximately 8" tall."

International Playthings offers some fabulous toys for children. Their website is very easy to navigate through. You can browse their toys by brand, category or age. I found so many interesting and fun toys that my kids would love. I'm sure you will too!

International Playthings would like to offer one lucky reader a Calico Critter!

To enter this fun GIVEAWAY, please visit their website and tell me one other toy you love. Click "comments" below this posting and leave a message as your entry. It's that simple! Be sure to leave your email address so I can contact you if you're the lucky winner. You do not need to have a Google account to comment. You may do so with just your name.

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Friday, May 22, 2009

Old Navy Flip Flops Only $1.00!


Head on over to Old Navy stores tomorrow! Why?!?! Because their flip flops are only $1.00! I saw the commercial last night and knew I had to let you all know. They don't even mention it online.
Stock up! Saturday, May 23rd only! Go ahead get them in every color. You bet I'll be there early. My size will be gone in no time.

The Baby's Bundle: Gift Certificate Giveaway

This giveaway is now closed with 245 comments. Thank you to all who entered. Congratulations to the lucky winner ~ Saving in Style!


The Baby's Bundle sent me a really cute pillow from their Baby and Toddler Pillow Line. Their Vintage Firetruck Pillow is very sweet and is a nice decorative addition to my son's room. This pillow is quite small measuring in at 8"x8". It sits against my son's Pottery Barn chair. If my son was younger, he could possibly use this in the car, but I cannot see him laying in bed with it. To me, it's more of a decor item.

This company offers ten different vintage pillow styles. They are really soft and very well made. You can also get a coordinating blanket to go along with their darling pillows. I love the products found at The Baby's Bundle. They carry a nice variety of adorable items for babies and toddlers.

Here is a bit more about the company from their website:

"Welcome to The Baby's Bundle. We are glad you stopped by. We know you have many choices when picking a baby boutique. We appreciate your visit. The Baby's Bundle business was born out of a friendship and a desire for a creative outlet. It has evolved into a passion to create timeless and modern products for 'the pampered baby and loving mother'. We are dedicated to excellent customer service, quality products and affordability. We love to bring you a vast collection of fabrics and will customize if you do not see what you are looking for. We have also added products that we use ourselves and love. Such as the Cold Seat, Baby Legs, Hooter Hiders/Bebe au Lait Nursing Covers, Baby Necklaces and Ties. We have been blessed with the opportunity to create this online boutique. Every product that is sent out to our customers is done with love and careful attention detail. We know you want to receive only the best. It is our pleasure to work with you and hope you come back and visit often. We have worked hard to bring you luxury baby items at affordable prices. We think every baby should be pampered! If you are interested in being added to our mailing list, where you will be notified of sales, blog giveaways and shows, please send us an email letting us know. Take care and many blessings to you."

The Baby's Bundle would like to offer one lucky reader a $25 Gift Certificate! You're sure to find something sweet for the little one in your life.

To enter this precious GIVEAWAY, please visit their website and tell me how you would spend your $25. Click "comments" below this posting and leave a message as your entry. It's that simple! Be sure to leave your email address so I can contact you if you're the lucky winner. You do not need to have a Google account to comment. You may do so with just your name.
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**This giveaway ends on May 29th and is open to U.S. residents. **Be sure to leave a separate comment for each entry. **The winner will be announced on May 30th.

Thursday, May 21, 2009

Geezees: Making Memories Memorable

Just take a look at my gorgeous children! Can you tell I'm one proud mother?!? That photo was taken last summer. Geezees turned one of my favorite photos into a true work of art. The creator, Stephanie, took my adorable photo to an entirely new level. I cannot take my eyes off it. It's beautiful.

Geezees creates personalized canvas art for weddings, maternity, children and more. The entire design process was super easy. I emailed Stephanie two photos for her to take a look at. She informed me that both would work wonderfully. I went with this one because it was so candid and captures the innocence of my kids.

Stephanie allowed me to choose all of my key words, font and colors. The design was up to her. She emailed me my proof in no time and I about died when I saw the finished result. I was blown away. It turned out better than I had imagined.

My canvas measures 9x12 and looks fabulous in my home. Wouldn't you love to personalize a photo with Geezees? These would make terrific Father's Day gifts. How special would that be?!
Check out this beautiful maternity canvas from Geezees. I love it! What a wonderful way to create long lasting memories of your pregnancy. Check out their Gallery here to see photos of their work.

You will be very satisfied with your finished product from Geezees. The process was smooth, my canvas arrived in flawless condition and was ready to hang. I highly recommend this company to you all.

Geezees would like to offer you 10% OFF your order through the end of May. Just mention The Funky Monkey when you place your order.

IDDOS: Jewelry at its FINEST Giveaway

This giveaway is now closed with 494 comments. Thank you to all who entered. Congratulations to the lucky winner ~ JamericanSpice!

Talk about a classy jewelry company! IDDOS is definitely in a league all by themselves. The minute I entered their website, I just knew I was going to love all that they have to offer. This is jewelry at its absolute finest. Their unique and ultra creative pieces are sure to please.

I was able to review their Garnet Petites from their Essential Elements Collection. These are dynamite. I am a huge fan of dainty jewelry. I do like to play it up and go big once in a while, but for the most part, I love understated, elegant pieces that are timeless, classic and simple. These earrings were just that for me. They are even more breathtaking in person. They are the perfect size to wear every day - 0.8" long. The garnets are gorgeous and they really sparkle with their many facets.

I want all of their petite earrings. They are priced just right at $28. They come in sterling silver, 14k gold filled and 18k solid yellow gold.

IDDOS offers some of the best jewelry I have seen in a long time. They currently offer eight imaginative collections and each one of them is truly special.

Here is a bit more about this beautiful company from their website:

"Currently based in Singapore, Aden’s design inspirations are drawn from a variety of sources ranging from the exquisite intricate Peranakan art, to Science Fiction and Fantasy. Equally comfortable with the traditional art of metalsmithing and working with copious lengths of hair-thin sterling silver wire, Aden has managed to create unique jewelry pieces that incorporates both techniques with ease.

Each piece of jewelry that Aden makes undergoes at least three polishing processes (2 process tumbling and a final hand polish) to ensure that her creations are shiny and are hardened sufficiently to resist wear and tear. Aden generally prefers to work with golden / blue / green / violet gemstones and white freshwater and saltwater pearls. They are usually combined with sterling silver and other elements into necklaces, bracelets, earrings and charms."

IDDOS would like to offer one lucky reader a $50.00 Gift Voucher!

To enter this fantastic GIVEAWAY, please visit their website and tell me how you would spend your $50. Click "comments" below this posting and leave a message as your entry. It's that simple! Be sure to leave your email address so I can contact you if you're the lucky winner. You do not need to have a Google account to comment. You may do so with just your name.

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**This giveaway ends on May 28th and is open worldwide. **Be sure to leave a separate comment for each entry. **The winner will be announced on May 29th.

Energizer Ultimate Photo Contest


POINT, SHOOT AND WIN
National Geographic and Energizer Team Up Again for
Second Annual “Energizer Ultimate Photo Contest"

Here is some information taken directly from Energizer:

ST. LOUIS (April 16, 2009) – National Geographic magazine has long-represented the “Ultimate” in photography for professional and amateur photographers. Now, through the second annual “Energizer Ultimate Photo Contest,” photographers from coast-to-coast will again have the chance to have their photograph grace the pages of the magazine in an ad for Energizer® Ultimate Lithium batteries. The winner will also be awarded a trip of a lifetime – a National Geographic Expedition for two to the Galapagos Islands.

Beginning today through Tuesday, June 30, aspiring photographers can visit nationalgeographic.com/lithium to enter a photo in one of six thematic categories: animals/wildlife, nature, travel, people and cultures, weather and inspiration/Keep Going®. Whether you are a digital photography novice, a proud picture-taking mom or a long-time photo enthusiast, all skill levels are encouraged to enter.

“You don’t have to be a professional or have professional equipment to take the perfect photo,” said National Geographic photographer and contest judge Jim Richardson. “I’ve seen a lot of great pictures that were taken with perfectly ordinary digital cameras, just because the photographer happened to be in the right place at the right moment.”

After the entry period closes, Richardson will review all of the entries and select two finalists in each category. Then, starting on Aug. 14 and extending through Sept. 15, Americans will be asked to go online and review each of the Category Finalists and vote for their favorite in each category. Once the Category Winners are determined, Richardson will help choose a Grand Prize Winner, who will be announced on or about Oct. 15.

Visitors to the Web site can also take advantage of a number of “photographer-friendly” features including a list of photo tips developed by Richardson. They can also submit photography questions to Richardson who will provide the answers and respond when he is in between travels.

Energizer® Ultimate Lithium batteries are the world’s longest-lasting AA and AAA batteries in high-tech devices. They last up to 8x longer in digital cameras and up to 2x longer in flash units than Energizer® MAX®, the company’s flagship alkaline brand, results may vary with each device. The batteries also last longer in handheld GPS devices, LED flashlights and handheld games.

With a storage life of 15 years, Energizer® Ultimate Lithium batteries are 33 percent lighter than ordinary alkaline batteries and perform well in extreme temperatures from -40 to 140 degrees Fahrenheit (-40 to 60 degrees Celsius), making them ideal for photographers who are on-the-go.“Photo buffs have long-relied on our Energizer® Ultimate Lithium batteries, the world’s longest-lasting batteries in high-tech devices,” said Betsy Laakko, director of household batteries marketing for Energizer. “That’s why it made perfect sense for us to partner again with National Geographic and bring back the popular ‘Energizer Ultimate Photo Contest.’ We had a great response last year with more than 8,100 entries, and we’re hoping for even more this year.”

Entry into the “Energizer Ultimate Photo Contest” begins on April 15, 2009, at 12 a.m. and ends on June 30, 2009, at 11:59 p.m. ET. Photos must be submitted online. No print or film submissions will be accepted.

Richardson will select the 12 Category Finalists based on the following criteria: extent to which photo captures the essence of the theme selected (25 percent), composition (25 percent), clarity and technical quality (25 percent) and creativity (25 percent). Then the American public will vote for their favorite in each category.

Each of the Category Finalists will receive a prize pack comprised of a 2.0 USB scanner, an assortment of Energizer® Ultimate Lithium batteries and two books from National Geographic’s collection: “Organize Your Digital Life,” which offers step-by-step instructions on how to streamline your digital assets, and the stunning “The Photographs,” which contains the best of the magazine’s award-winning photography.

The 12 photos designated a Category Finalist will be posted online at nationalgeographic.com/energizer on Aug. 14, and voting for the winning photo in each category will extend through Sept. 15. The Grand Prize Winner will be selected by Richardson and the winner will be announced on or about Oct. 15.

Category Winners will receive the prize package outlined above along with a framed and signed 16×20 print from Richardson’s photography gallery Web site. The Grand Prize Winner will receive all of the items listed above as well as a National Geographic Expedition for two to the Galapagos Islands, accompanied by a National Geographic expert.

Click here to enter! GOOD LUCK!

2010 Ford Fusion


We are fortunate enough to receive a company car from my husband's work. Every three years, we are sent a brand new car which includes free maintenance and unlimited gas. It's a really sweet deal and I know we're very blessed.

We recently received the new 2010 Ford Fusion. Yes, this is the car you see advertised all over American Idol. I've never owned a Ford before. I have to admit that this new Ford Fusion performs just as nice as our other sedan, a Toyota Camry. I'm very impressed with this vehicle and its amazing features. If you're looking for a new car, check it out!

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Hip Hip Hooray!


Congratulations to the following giveaway winners:

Insect Lore - Mtlgrl4evr #321

The Note House - reaping joy #115

Maddison Avenue - Amy Mccathran #184

**All winners have been notified through email. Please check your junk/spam folder! If no response is received within 2 days, a new winner will be chosen. Random.org is used to determine all winners.

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

The Pretty Peacock: Personalized Necklace Giveaway

This giveaway is now closed with 509 comments. Thank you to all who entered. Congratulations to the lucky winner ~ LADYHIGHTOWER!


Jewelry this beautiful should come with a warning. I was blown away when I saw my customized Gold Family Tier Pendant from The Pretty Peacock. I love every single thing about it from its delicate chain, to the personalization, to the craftsmanship...I could go on and on forever! And let me add, the customer service from this company is the absolute best! You will not be disappointed.

This is a photo of the pendant I received that was taken from their website. It looks like more of a copper color, but it's really a beautiful gold color in person. I love sterling silver and gold jewelry. It's nice to have both so you can change up your look every once and a while.
I can't imagine this pendant any other way. It is perfect and it looks so elegant and classic. There is something magical about the jewelry from The Pretty Peacock. You can tell that so much love goes into each piece.

I was able to choose the Swarovski crystal birthstone for the top of the pendant. I chose my daughter's birthstone (April) and it looks absolutely breathtaking with the gold. The lower disk was personalized with my husband's and my name. The middle disk has the name of my two children and the top disk has the word "love" on it. I will treasure this gorgeous piece for as long as I live. I hardly want to take it off!

Here is more information about the pendant from their website:

"There is a reason why gold is such a coveted precious metal across the globe: the glow and warmth of it is undeniable.

This pendant set has a 1" gold filled disk (Gold fill lasts longer than gold-plated and is less expensive than solid gold jewelry), a 3/4" gold filled disk and a 1/2" gold filled disk.

Each one is hand stamped, letter-by-letter and can have the same format as I show in this example, a child's name or two on each disk, a quote, like : Live, Laugh, Love - anything you would like!! The text is very slightly oxidized so it stands out.

A beautiful, gold plated Swarovski crystal birthstone adorns the top of the disks.

A delicately lovely gold-fill chain really suits this pendant set. We hand cut this gold-filled (not plated!!) chain ourselves, so please let us know if you would like the standard 16" length (which would sit just below the hollow of one's throat), or something longer (the price stays the same up until 20" - anything longer will be a nominal fee)."

Take a look at the photo below. Isn't it a lovely pendant?! You have the chance to win it! The Pretty Peacock would like to offer this beautiful 3/4" sterling washer pendant with a Swarovski butterfly charm. You may also take 5% OFF your order with the discount code MONKEY at checkout.

To enter this beauty of a GIVEAWAY, please visit their website and tell me one piece of jewelry that you just love. Click "comments" below this posting and leave a message as your entry. It's that simple! Be sure to leave your email address so I can contact you if you're the lucky winner. You do not need to have a Google account to comment. You may do so with just your name.
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**This giveaway ends on May 26th and is open to U.S. residents. **Be sure to leave a separate comment for each entry. **The winner will be announced on May 27th.

Monday, May 18, 2009

Anchor Bay Entertainment: The Velveteen Rabbit DVD Giveaway

This giveaway is now closed with 338 comments. Thank you to all who entered. Congratulations to the 5 lucky winners ~ taterbug, sherri419, Tiffany819, erma & john ferris!

Here is a DVD that both of my children truly enjoyed. The Velveteen Rabbit from Anchor Bay Entertainment is a movie that will delight children of all ages. The really great thing about this movie is that it incorporates animation with live-action drama. This classic story is portrayed in a very imaginative and creative way. I loved watching this movie with my kids and they have requested to watch it time and time again.

Here is a bit more about it from their website:

"In this brand new feature film, one of the most beloved family tales of all time comes to life in an enchanting combination of live-action drama and animated adventure. It's the story of a young boy named Toby who is sent by his busy father to spend the holiday season in the home of his stern grandmother. Toby's world instantly changes when he discovers the house's 'magic attic' where three forgotten toys - including a special stuffed rabbit - unlock a world of imagination that will change all their lives forever."

Anchor Bay Entertainment would like to offer FIVE lucky readers their very own DVD of The Velveteen Rabbit!

To enter this terrific GIVEAWAY, please visit their website and tell me one other DVD that interests you. Click "comments" below this posting and leave a message as your entry. It's that simple! Be sure to leave your email address so I can contact you if you're the lucky winner. You do not need to have a Google account to comment. You may do so with just your name.

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**This giveaway ends on May 25th and is open to U.S. residents **Be sure to leave a separate comment for each entry. **The winner will be announced on May 26th.

GelPro: Stand In Comfort Giveaway

This giveaway is now closed with 708 comments. Thank you to all who entered. Congratulations to the lucky winner ~ LoisS!

If you're constantly on your feet all day, GelPro is your answer for supreme comfort. I received their Basketweave Standard Size Gel Mat in the color Coquina. I must say, my feet have never felt better! My husband wishes the entire house was covered in GelPro!

The neutral color is very nice and blends in with my decor style. This style of mat comes in many different colors and sizes. I can see getting one of their longer designer styles for the garage. It would be an excellent addition to my husband's work area.

This gel mat also works really well underneath my existing decorative rug. I have placed my new GelPro mat in my kitchen. This is where I spend a lot of time preparing food and doing dishes. This innovative mat is really easy to clean. Just wipe with a damp cloth and you're good to go.

Here is a bit more about this company from their website:

"Millions of people who love to cook experience pain in their feet and back from standing on hard, unforgiving kitchen flooring for extended periods of time. GelPro has solved this ergonomic problem with a line of stylish anti-fatigue floor mats manufactured with a soft, shock-absorbing gel core. The unique properties of the GelPro gel enable GelPro mats to provide the most comfortable surface to stand on, regardless of the type of hard flooring you have in your home. No other anti-fatigue mat on the market has our patented design or can match the GelPro combination of soft comfort and stylish look. Perhaps that is why nearly 40% of our customers purchase multiple GelPro mats."

Start protecting your joints, feet and back with the world's only gel-filled anti-fatigue floor mat. One lucky reader will win a single Basketweave GelPro Mat in your choice of color!

To enter this comforting GIVEAWAY, please visit their website and tell me the color you would choose. Click "comments" below this posting and leave a message as your entry. It's that simple! Be sure to leave your email address so I can contact you if you're the lucky winner. You do not need to have a Google account to comment. You may do so with just your name.

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**This giveaway ends on May 25th and is open to U.S. residents **Be sure to leave a separate comment for each entry. **The winner will be announced on May 26th.

Cloud B: Helping Children Sleep Better

I have had the pleasure to work with the company Cloud B once again. A while back, I was fortunate enough to review their Twillight Sea Turtle and it's absolutely wonderful! My son sleeps with this amazing turtle nightlight and he adores it. It's a great product for any child. I highly recommend it.

I recently received their Lavender Lab to review. It's an adorable plush dog. It was presented beautifully and came in a lovely tulle bag. What's really neat about this product is that the scent of lavender is built right into the lab. It's a great idea to help soothe your child to bed at night. I have to say that my daughter and I personally felt the scent was too strong, but if you're a lavender lover, you'll love this.

Here is a bit more about the product from their website:

"Nestled inside Lavender lab's plush head and back are packets filled with our exclusive blend of Lavender and aromatherapy scents which produces a gentle aroma that lasts up to five years. Made with the softest Velboa fabric, Lavender Lab is designed to help children sleep easier with its relaxing scent as the all natural sleep benefits for Lavender have been time tested and scientifically proven.

Simply squeeze Lavender Lab then place on child's pillow or bed during the day to absorb its gentle scent. When it is time for sleep, move Lab to bedside and enjoy the wonderfully soft lavender aroma that helps them float away into a peaceful slumber. To release additional scent, gently squeeze Lavender Lab's head or back."

Cloud B offers some excellent products for children. I encourage you to visit their website and take a look at their innovative line of items that help children of all ages sleep better. Their award-winning products are developed with the support of pediatricians and specialists.

Cloud B would like to offer you 15% OFF with the discount code SBL409. This offer is good until June 17, 2009.

Yeah, It's You!

Congratulations to the following giveaway winners:

Al Dente Pasta (417 comments) - Jackie #86

Zhen Cosmetics (548 comments) - SeahorseLady #468

Bendaroos (421 comments) - hminnesota #236

The PaperDoll Store (207 comments) - Callie Ivy #167

**All winners have been notified through email. Please check your junk/spam folder! If no response is received within 2 days, a new winner will be chosen. Random.org is used to determine all winners.

Thursday, May 14, 2009

The Healing Seed: All-Natural Giveaway

The all-natural beauty products I received from The Healing Seed are absolutely wonderful. They all contain one very special core ingredient - virgin organic hempseed oil. If you want healthy skin to go along with your healthy lifestyle, The Healing Seed is your place.

Here is a bit about the company from their website:

"Formerly known as Richmond Nature, we’ve launched The Healing Seed product lines with even cleaner (and greener) formulations based on our core ingredient, virgin organic hempseed oil.

The Healing Seed is our new name, and we are proud to offer this amazing line of all-natural products that deliver the wonderful benefits of hempseed oil. All of our products contain no parabens, no chemicals or perfumes, no artificial colors and we never test on animals. In addition, our hempseed comes from a sustainable crop."


One of my favorite products I received was their shampoo. This cleans beautifully and washes away completely. I didn't feel like there was any build up left in my hair after using this product. It improved the overall quality of my hair and has a refreshing scent of orange to help wake me up in the morning.

"Our color-safe shampoo nourishes your scalp, while giving your hair strength, volume, and a healthy bounce and shine. Scented with orange oil."

Their conditioner is very creamy. While I loved the shampoo the best out of the two, I really loved the fact that this conditioner contained really terrific ingredients like Virgin Organic Hempseed Oil and Soy Protein.

"Our color-safe, nourishing conditioner works for all hair types, increasing moisture and shine, while making your hair soft, smooth and more manageable. Scented with orange oil."

Hands are one of the first body parts to really let the world know how old you are. Take care of them with their wonderful hand cream. I hate wearing greasy hand lotion all day. I can't stand the feeling. I was really pleased when I tried this hand cream from The Healing Seed. It absorbs quickly and doesn't leave my hands feeling greasy. It's pleasantly scented with lavender.

"Our non-greasy formula quickly absorbs into the skin to moisturize and heal even the driest hands and reduce the signs of aging. Scented with lavender."


Their facial cleanser washes away all traces of my cosmetics and leaves my skin feeling soft and glowing. I love the fresh scent and moisturizing hempseed oil.

"Our facial cleanser works for all skin types, removing impurities from the face, while healing inflammation and nourishing the skin for a healthy glow. The EFAs in our virgin organic hempseed oil nourish and moisturize the skin beneath the surface and improve your appearance with smoother, healthier skin. Scented with English daisy oil."

The Healing Seed would like to offer one lucky reader all 7 of their products which also includes the products you see pictured above! Lucky you!
To enter this green GIVEAWAY, please visit their website and tell me the one product you are dying to try. Click "comments" below this posting and leave a message as your entry. It's that simple! Be sure to leave your email address so I can contact you if you're the lucky winner. You do not need to have a Google account to comment. You may do so with just your name.
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**This giveaway ends on May 21st and is open to U.S. residents. **Be sure to leave a separate comment for each entry. **The winner will be announced on May 22nd.

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

CoverBee: Stylish Laptop Sleeve Giveaway

This giveaway is now closed with 319 comments. Thank you to all who entered. Congratulations to the lucky winner - MaddyRu!


Spoil your laptop with a CoverBee sleeve! CoverBee is a company that creates beautiful and stylish laptop sleeves. Forget the dull and boring sleeves you see elsewhere. CoverBee offers feminine styles and designs to suit every personality.

While all of their styles are phenomenal, I was drawn to their Black Boa sleeve. It looks professional, yet it still has a sassy side. It's definitely gorgeous and my laptop fits beautifully inside. It's extremely well made and protects my laptop from scratches and blemishes. They come in two sizes - 8,9" and 15,4". When my sleeve arrived, it also came in a reusable protective cover. It was a really nice touch.

I'm attached to my laptop and I'm really happy to have found a sleeve that's easy to use, looks great and is very functional. I want to protect my investment and my new CoverBee sleeve will do the trick!

Here is a bit more about the company from their website:

"CoverBee is the answer to the new trend of styling up everything to do with your 'office life'. We provide the 'breeze of fresh air' that was needed for laptop sleeves... the time is over where all you could find was a black or grey laptop sleeve - now we have CoverBee!

What's a BeeSleeve Laptop Sleeve?

An open casing, mostly made of soft fabrics that protect your laptop from scratches. BeeSleeves are super stylish and stand out of the crowd with their fashionable designs.
Our sleeves are made of highest quality fabrics and we pride ourselves for producing 'locally' in Holland. This means that we create jobs and opportunities within our own society and help people who are less fortunate than others in our neighbourhood."

CoverBee would like to offer one lucky reader a sleeve of your choice!

To enter this excellent GIVEAWAY, please visit their website and tell me the one sleeve you love. Click "comments" below this posting and leave a message as your entry. It's that simple! Be sure to leave your email address so I can contact you if you're the lucky winner. You do not need to have a Google account to comment. You may do so with just your name.

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**This giveaway ends on May 20th and is open worldwide. **Be sure to leave a separate comment for each entry. **The winner will be announced on May 21st.

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Maddison Avenue: Beautiful Soy Candle Giveaway

This giveaway is now closed with 343 comments. Thank you to all who entered. Congratulations to the lucky winner ~ Amy Mccathran!

It's important for me to have non-toxic candles in my home. We're really trying to be more environmentally conscious these days and the clean burning candles I tried from Maddison Avenue are amazing. I have never found such lovely eco friendly candles until now. I was sent some really wonderful soy candles to try.
First of all, let me comment on their HUGE list of scents! WOW! It was really hard for me to choose some. I wanted them all. I'm a fan of fruitier scents over floral so I chose to review their Travel Tin Soy Candle in Blueberry Muffins. Oh my, it's heavenly! I have it right next to my computer and it smells like a delicious bakery. Even before I lit it, the scent lingered and filled the area with blueberry bliss. I was very impressed with the quality of this candle. Their Travel Tin Soy Candle comes in 3 sizes - 2 oz, 4 oz and 10 oz.

I was also drawn to their Green Apples scent. This was sent to me in a Spa Tumbler Soy Candle. This candle is beautiful and smells so fresh and crisp. My kids love the scent of this candle in their bathroom. It reminds them of their favorite fruit. This is made with pure soybean wax and lead free wicks. It is hand poured in the USA and this line was created for the Spas at Walt Disney World!


I just love the smell of coffee! I received their Matchbook Candle in their coffee house scent. It smells amazing in my kitchen. My husband really loves the smell of it also and requests that we always have one handy. It's great to light up in the morning. I really love the look of this candle.

I am a huge fan of these all natural, biodegradable candles from Maddison Avenue. They contain absolutely NO toxic materials and are perfect for any home. I love their simplicity and scent variety. There is not one candle that was sent to me that I don't think is out of this world. What a classy company that cares about Mother Earth.

Maddison Avenue would like to offer one lucky reader a pure soy candle in their 7.5 oz FROST spa tumbler in the fragrance Bajan Fig and Oakmoss!

To enter this beautiful GIVEAWAY, please visit their website and tell me one product/scent you would like to try. Click "comments" below this posting and leave a message as your entry. It's that simple! Be sure to leave your email address so I can contact you if you're the lucky winner. You do not need to have a Google account to comment. You may do so with just your name.

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**This giveaway ends on May 19th and is open to U.S. residents. **Be sure to leave a separate comment for each entry. **The winner will be announced on May 20th.