5/31/13

Win a $40 Longhorn Steakhouse Gift Card - Sweet Summertime Giveaway Hop

It's time for the
Sweet Summertime Giveaway Hop
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Not only is there a giveaway on every blog listed below,
there is also a grand prize giveaway!
The grand prize winner can choose one of these three beautiful
Indoor/Outdoor Area Rugs from Woolrich:
Olefin Classic Weave Area Rug
Olefin Ferndale Fern Leaf Area Rug
Olefin Maple Grove Area Rug
I'm giving away a
$40 Longhorn Steakhouse Gift Card
and to enter, all you have to do is fill out the
Rafflecopter form below.
You must be at least 18 years old
and reside in the USA.
Good luck!

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5/29/13

Eighteen Years Ago - Throwback Thursday

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This week I'm traveling back in time eighteen years. This is a photo of my son Ryan when he was just a baby. I remember how nervous I felt when I found out he was a boy. I grew up with three sisters and had no clue what having a little boy would be like. But no worries, my on-the-job training went well and he taught me many things about raising boys. It's a bit hard to believe he graduates from high school this weekend!

VTech Techonology and Decor for Your Lifestyle

Disclosure: I received product at no charge in exchange for my honest review.
Design and decor are equally important and this new VTech phone system has both! The model name is the Two Handset Connect to CELL Answering System with Caller ID/Call Waiting, but I like to call it my Red VTech. This snazzy set can make and receive both landline calls and cellular calls, but only requires one phone jack. It also has push-to-talk, voice announce caller ID, HD Audio, and handset speakerphone. Plus it is expandable so it can use up to 12 handsets! Landline service is NOT required to use this phone so if you're a cell phone only family it's perfect for your house.
The digital answering system records 14 minutes of messages for those long-winded people who can't just leave a phone number for you. My Red VTech will display a large backlit message counter letting you know how many messages are waiting. Plus you can even download and store your cell phone directory in it, which has proven to come in handy several times over the past few weeks.
Each handset is lightweight but sturdy and the phone base can even be mounted on the wall. I prefer to keep mine on the counter because it fits right in with the decor of my home. My family LOVES this phone system! VTech Communications has a wide variety of new tech decor ideas that will easily fit into your lifestyle and your budget.
Check out http://www.vtechphones.com for more information about my Red VTech and all the other fantastic products to add some pizzazz to your home!

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5/28/13

HEB Toilet Paper VS. Charmin

I have used Charmin Ultra Strong toilet paper for years. HEB (a Texas-based grocery chain) is pretty good about making copycat products so I decided to "take the plunge" and try their new toilet paper that claims to be comparable to Charmin Ultra Strong. 
The packaging for HEB's Our Finest Ultra Strong is very similar to Charmin Ultra Strong. In the store, the biggest difference is the price. HEB sells Charmin for $9.97 and HEB Our Finest sells for $7.97 for the same 16 double roll package.
Since I still had some Charmin at home, I unrolled a bit of each roll and laid them side by side. The Charmin is on the left of the photo and the HEB Our Finest is on the right of the photo. You can see that they both offer the "quilted" look that supposedly helps to clean without falling apart.
Upon closer inspection, you can see the color of the countertop through the Charmin toilet paper more than you can see it through the HEB Our Finest. So I've concluded the HEB Our Finest is a little bit thicker. After everyone in my home used the HEB brand for a week, I polled everyone and no one even realized they were using the HEB Our Finest brand. I personally like the HEB Our Finest just as much as I like the Charmin.
Given that I'm going to save $2.00 per package, my family is switching to HEB Our Finest Toilet Paper. Well done, HEB!

OWL Always Love You - Review and Giveaway

Disclosure: I received this book at no charge in exchange for my honest review.
This adorable personalized bedtime book is sure to be a keepsake treasure. OWL Always Love You is a children's picture book that features the child's name on the cover and throughout the book. By making bedtime a more meaningful and quiet togetherness, parents can cultivate a love of reading in their children, decrease the stress that often accompanies bedtime, and encourage love and kindness.
The story is very sweet and fun to read aloud. The rhyming text and darling pictures draw children into the story. This high-quality book is a wonderful gift idea for Mother's Day, Father's Day, baby showers, and birthdays. You can order OWL Always Love You at flattenme.com. Just include the name you want printed in the book and in a few days you'll be snuggling with your little one to read it together. Be sure to follow on Facebook and Twitter, then enter below to win this book for someone you love.
Win OWL Always Love You!
To enter, just fill in the Rafflecopter form below. You must be at least 18 years old and reside in the USA. Only the first entry is mandatory; bonus entries increase your chance to win. Giveaway ends at midnight ET on 6/15/2013. Good luck!

IndieFlix presents Finding Kind - Review and Giveaway

Disclosure: I received free access to the site in exchange for this post. Opinions are mine.
Independent films don't often get the attention they deserve. IndieFlix has set out to correct that, by providing a subscription-based online service that let's you watch thousands of independently made films. You can sort on many categories including genre, length, most-viewed, film festival, or country. It was launched to help get independent filmmakers more attention and more money, with a unique revenue-sharing model that ensures that the filmmakers get the cut they deserve.
This month, IndieFlix presents Finding Kind, a documentary about girl-against-girl bullying that ultimately became Kind Campaign, an internationally recognized movement, documentary, and school assembly program based on the powerful belief in kindness that brings awareness and healing to the negative and lasting effects.
As I sat and watched Lauren Parsekian (Director/Writer/Producer) and Molly Thompson (Producer) talk with girls across the nation, I was struck by the magnitude of emotional problems that girl-bullying causes to everyone. I love their honest approach and the program they have developed to reach into the schools to talk to girls. I was reminded several times as I watched the film about my own experiences being picked on in school and how freshly the pain can resurface even after many years. As we become mothers of daughters it's even more important that we strive to be kind and teach kindness. I hope you'll enter the giveaway below to win yourself a two-month subscription to IndieFlix and I hope you'll take some time to learn more about Finding Kind.

Enter to win a two-month subscription to IndieFlix!
To enter, just fill in the Rafflecopter form below. You must be at least 18 years old and reside in the USA. Only the first entry is mandatory; bonus entries increase your chance to win. There will be ten winners randomly selected. Giveaway ends at midnight ET on 6/15/2013. Good luck!

Tuna Veggie Salad #Recipe - Tasty Tuesday Recipe Link Up

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In a small bowl, toss together some iceberg lettuce and spinach leaves.
Add cut red onion, grape tomatoes, cucumber chunks, and sliced black olives.
In another bowl, mix 1 can drained tuna with 2 tbsp mayo, 1 tbsp mustard,
1 tbsp dill pickle relish, plus a dash of salt and pepper.
Spoon tuna mixture over veggies and serve.



5/26/13

Bil-Jac Take Your Dog To Work Day Pinterest Contest


WHO:
Bil-Jac celebrates Take Your Dog To Work Day with Pinterest Contest

WHAT:
Bil-Jac a family owned company since 1947 is hosting a Take Your Dog To Work contest where dog lovers across the US have the opportunity to win dog treats and food coupons by sharing a photo of their dog at work. It is a celebration of National Take Your Dog To Work Day June 21 with a very special campaign, celebrating the spirit of the American office dog!

WHEN:
May 21-May 30

WHERE:
National

WHY:
To honor the loyal pet everywhere, and their Pet Parents that count on them every day with important work-related responsibilities.

HOW:
Between now and May 30, share your favorite photo of your dog "at work" -- in the office if you're an office worker, in a home office if you're a home office/remote worker, and/or in the home if you're a home-maker, stay at home mom, or the like!

Share photo via Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter @BilJacDogFood or on our website http://www.bil-jac.com/photouploader.php.

After June 1, vote daily for your favorite "Dog at Work" picture on our Pinterest Board at http://pinterest.com/biljac/take-your-dog-to-work-week/. The Dog at Work with the most votes before June 30 wins $100 worth of Bil-Jac premium dog food and treats!

To learn more about Bil-Jac dog food and treats, go to: www.BilJac.com