12/30/15

Bloggers Wanted - Cup of Love Giveaway Hop (January 18 - February 4)


Welcome to the Cup of Love Valentine's Giveaway Hop Sign Ups!
Planet Weidknecht and  Mom Does Reviews are VERY EXCITED to share this great opportunity with YOU!  Giveaway hops are great ways to increase your traffic!

Please use #CupofLove in your social shares!

This Blog Hop is for gift cards or Family-Friendly Gifts.  You can giveaway  anything you know your readers will like as long as it is worth $15 or more.  Since this is a Valentine's Day Hop, we would love to see more prizes that you would want to get or give for Valentine's Day!  Of course, everyone loves gift cards and CASH! 
Because this is a blog hop, each blog will be responsible for securing their own prize on their own blog. Each prize must be a Minimum of $15. The Prize can be sponsored OR you can self sponsor. Each blog can have more than 1 winner, but each winner must win at least $15 in prizes.  For example, you can giveaway a $15 Walmart GC or a prize valued at $15 or more.  
Joining this Blog Hop is FREE! You do NOT have to post the announcement- but we do appreciate shares.  If you Tweet, pin, or share on FB, that would be amazing!
 
Dates: The giveaway starts 1/18/16 at 12:01 am est and ends 2/4/16 at 11:59p est
Who: YOU!  Anyone with a blog can sign up.

Sign ups close 1/14

Just enter your blog name and email on the linky below.
HTML will be emailed 1/15!  


Bloggers Wanted - Hugs and Kisses Giveaway Hop (February 2-16)


Hugs and Kisses Giveaway Hop
hosted by Planet Weidknecht
and LeahSay's Views
from February 2-16, 2016

By adding your blog link below, you agree to the following:
Post your own dedicated giveaway for this event, from February 2, 2016 at 12:01a.m. until February 16, 2016 at 11:59p.m.
This is an "open theme" giveaway hop.
Giveaway prize must be family-friendly and worth at least $25.00.
Blogs without giveaways posted by 9:00a.m. on February 2 with all required elements will be removed from the linky list. Times are ET.
Signups close on January 29, 2016.

You aren't required to post in advance of the giveaway hop, but if you'd like to add the button to your sidebar, please link it to this post so that others may join in too.

Please also join the Weidknecht Events Facebook Group at:
http://www.facebook.com/groups/WeidknechtEvents/

Your giveaway post (on February 2) must include:
Giveaway Hop button (above)
Links (nofollow is fine) to the hosts:
Planet Weidknecht (http://www.weidknecht.com)
and LeahSay's Views (http://leahsaysviews.com/)
Provided linky list of all participating bloggers
Your giveaway description, photo of prize, and contest form

Giveaway Hop reminder and linky code will be provided at least one day before the hop begins, both by email and post in the Weidknecht Events Facebook Group.

Questions can be directed to LisaWeidknecht@hotmail.com

Sign up below with your name and main blog link if you'd like to participate!

Weekly Giveaway Linky - Wednesday Wealth (December 30 - January 5)


If you're hosting a giveaway, link it up below to drive more entrants to your site.
If you'd like to enter the giveaways, just click on them to visit the giveaway!
Thanks for stopping by today!

12/24/15

Merry Christmas! Plus, Last-Minute Gift Ideas!

May you have a blessed, merry Christmas
and very happy holiday season!
If you're doing some last-minute shopping,
check out my Holiday Gift Guide!

12/23/15

Coffee! The Gift That Keeps On Giving!

Disclosure: I received product at no charge in exchange for my honest review.
There is probably someone in your life who cannot function in the morning until they've had a cup of coffee (or three). This holiday season, give them the gift of consciousness and happiness with delicious coffees from Royal Cup and H.C. Valentine. Coffee is the gift that keeps on giving! For the espresso lover in your life, H.C. Valentine 100% Organic Signature Espresso is complex blend of organic coffees featuring tastes of red fruit, spice, caramel, and toasted nuts. It's absolutely delicious!
Royal Cup Coffee is another delectable choice! The Marseilles French Roast and Kenya Estate coffees offer premium international coffee tastes. The Marseilles French Roast is a medium dark that leaves a hint of winy taste. The Kenya Estate comes from East Africa, near the volcano Mount Kenya, and offers a rich acidic winy taste. They both offer delightful tastes to wake up to, and the Kenya Estate is my favorite. Pair up a unique coffee cup with one of these delicious coffees for the coffee lover on your list and you'll give the perfect gift!

Wonster Words - Kids App for Phonics and Spelling

Disclosure: I received compensation in exchange for this post.
Learning the alphabet, phonics, and spelling should always be fun for kids and Wonster Words is a great way to engage your kids in educational activities. This free download comes to you from 77Sparks Studio, makers of lots of great kids' games!
Wonster Words is filled with funny words, interesting characters, and challenging games to help your children practice spelling and phonics. It's like the alphabet on steroids! The game takes place in Wonster Land, where it's almost Christmas time and Santa gets accidentally knocked out of the sky.
Your kids will giggle and laugh as they try to help the wonsters save Christmas. Kids will learn new vocabulary as they navigate through this Christmas Crisis. They will learn how to spell new words using phonics with silly letter ghosts.
Interactive spelling puzzles will help them to make new words. They will want to play the fun letter hide-and-seek game over and over. As words are formed, the wonster animations will help to reinforce the words your kids just learned.
Wonster Words is designed for ages preschool through first grade who are just beginning to learn letters, sound out letters, and string letter sounds together to make words. Both boys and girls will love playing Wonster Words and before you know it, they'll be spelling and reading.
Wonster Words is FREE to download and comes with 14 words in the Christmas Crisis story. If your child loves it, you can make an in-app purchase through the parent gate to download even more great words and activities. Each month, the app is updated to keep the material fresh for your kids. I think it's a wonderful way to learn!
Click HERE to see a quick video of the game in action!
Give your kids something educational and fun to do
over the holiday break and all year long!
Download Wonster Words today on 
 


12/22/15

Weekly Giveaway Linky - Wednesday Wealth (December 23-29)


Everyone loves winning a prize!
If you're hosting a giveaway, link it up below to drive more entrants to your site.
If you'd like to enter the giveaways, just click on them to visit the giveaway!
Thanks for stopping by today!

Dinotrux Reptool Revvit Toy

Disclosure: I received product at no charge in exchange for my honest review.
The Reptool Revvit toy from Dinotrux is the ultimate in little boy toys this holiday season. It combines all the things boys love - dinosaurs, reptiles, tools, action, and noise! Revvit is shaped much like a lizard, but in a robotic way.
He's got darling big eyes, and four sturdy feet that have wheels on the bottom so Revvit can move fast across the floor. On his back, Revvit can carry four different drill bits, and each drill bit can fit onto his nose.
Each drill bit gives Revvit sounds. Revvit has a hinged mouth and when you open his mouth, you'll find a tongue inside. Little boys will be delighted when they discover that pulling on Revvit's tongue reveals it's made of a tape measure!
Letting go of Revvit's tongue creates unique sounds and phrases. If your kids have seen the Dreamworks Animation show Dinotrux, they'll be so thrilled to actually play with this character from the show. Being able to store all the drill bits on Revvit's back means this toy is easy clean-up too!
There's more! Pull Revvit's tail down for even more fun action. Revvit is just one of the many Dinotrux characters that are available this holiday season at Toys R Us. If you still need to pick up something for one of your boys, I highly recommend Revvit!
Shop for Revvit at your local Toys R Us
or order at www.toysrus.com


Denon HEOS 5 Multi-Room Speaker Review #tech

Disclosure: I received product at no charge in exchange for my honest review.
Gone are the days of record players and records. CDs are great, but I always load the tunes onto my music player anyway because it's much easier to take my music with me. But when I get home, it's time to turn it up and, well, my music player just isn't that impressive then. The Denon HEOS 5 Multi-Room Speaker gives me the ability to rattle the windows of my house.
This modern-looking speaker is both elegant and impressive. The sound it delivers is incredible! It can play my music from the cloud, from my phone, from my tablet, from internet radio stations, from music subscription sources, from USB thumb drives, and more. The plug-in ports are all on the back so it blends nicely into into room. I'm thrilled that it's under 12 inches wide because space is at a premium here in my smallish house. It weighs only 6.6 pounds.
It's a multi-room speaker in that you can use multiple speakers in multiple rooms, and play either different songs in different rooms, or the same song in different rooms. There is even a comfortable carry handle built into the back so you can easily transport from room to room if you elect to just purchase one. You can even take it outside! My husband even takes it into the garage when he's working out there (and he was thrilled to get rid of the decades-old boombox that was out there).
The HEOS 5 is extremely simple to set up and use. It has built-in dual band wireless to connect to our home wireless network. It comes with an ethernet cable, a setup cable, a power adapter, and a user guide. The exact dimensions of it are 8.2x11.6x6.5 inches. It has a five-driver speaker system, which includes two tweeters, two mid-woofers, and a passive radiator. It even comes in black or white (not pink though, you know I checked). It's Denon's medium-sized speaker, so you can go larger or smaller, depending on your tastes. Or get the entire HEOS wireless multi-room sound system for your whole house!
Visit us.denon.com to learn more about the Denon HEOS 5 Speaker. We are absolutely thrilled with ours! Since Denon has been creating audio systems for over 100 years, they really know to rock the tunes. It's a fabulous holiday gift idea! Be sure to follow them on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, and Instagram to be first to hear about new products and promotions.

12/21/15

Send Personalized Digital Gift Cards for Any Holiday

Disclosure: I received product at no charge in exchange for my honest review.
If you waited until the last minute to buy your holiday gifts, I have found the perfect solution! TheGiftCardShop.com will send a personalized digital gift card to anyone's email address in just seconds. You can even add photos, videos, text, music, or sound to your digital gift card.
TheGiftCardShop.com offers dozens of great egift cards, including all the ones you see above, plus many other shops and restaurants like Home Depot, Chili's, American Eagle, Sears, Game Stop, Ebay, AMC, Cabela's, IHOP, Old Navy, and many more. You just pick a gift card and type in the dollar amount you want to send.
Then you can choose a digital greeting card to go with your digital gift card. You can send one for any holiday, including Christmas, Hanukkah, birthday, wedding, graduation, anniversary, get well, new home, or even just because.
Simply click the "next" button to choose a card, then get started on your customization. Add sound, video, photos....whatever you think will best engage the lucky person who will receive your gift. It's much more fun to receive an egift card that is personalized than a piece of plastic in the mail. Plus, all digital customization is FREE.
TheGiftCardShop.com also allows you to type in your own personal message and then decide what font and size you want the text to be. The digital gift card photo appears on the left side of the card, so they will know exactly what gift card you sent to them.
Click the next button one more time and you can even customize the envelope that you want. Once you're happy with your digital gift card, just click again and fill in the TO and FROM email information, then make your payment and your shopping is done. You can even shop in your pajamas while drinking wine!
In just seconds, your gift card will arrive at its destination. I personally buy a lot of digital gift cards online and send them by email. I have always gone right to the website of the store or restaurant and sent from there, but now that I've used TheGiftCardShop.com, I won't use anything else. It's much easier, much faster, and the customization doesn't cost me anything additional.
Finish up your holiday shopping at TheGiftCardShop.com today! Be sure to bookmark their page so you can find it again easily all through the year. While you're on their website, check out the other great services they offer and be sure to follow them on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and Instagram.

Special discount code for my readers: 
Use promo code GET50 for 50% off any printed holiday cards!

12/18/15

Giveaway! Sweet Holiday Cookie Gift Ideas #SpreadCookieJoy #MyKrusteaz

Disclosure: I received product at no charge in exchange for my honest review.
This year is the first time I've ever tried Krusteaz cookie mixes. They sent me a big package of five different cookie mixes, plus goodies like a tote bag, apron, cookie cutters, decorating pen, Ball mason jar, and even some recipe ideas. I donned my new apron and headed off to the kitchen with my tote bag full of baking gear.
My goal was to come up with as many different cookie gifts as I could with my cookie mixes. I started with the Oatmeal Scotchie cookie mix. They are really easy to make and come with butterscotch chips already in the mix. I only needed to add one egg and one stick of butter to the cookie mix for perfect cookies.
I made about two dozen cookies from the Krusteaz mix and put a coffee-glaze drizzle on half of them to make the Jolty Scotchies recipe from the idea on the box. They are SO delicious! Krusteaz also offers other stir-in ideas on the box so I can make them different every time.
Next, I used the Shortbread Cookie Mix to make Raspberry Thumbprint Cookies. I added one stick of butter to the cookie mix and the raspberry jam after they cooled. The Krusteaz box says it will make about 3 dozen shortbread cookies, but I used larger cookie balls to make them thicker because I love shortbread so I got about 2 dozen.
The Shortbread mix felt dry when I first started working it, but I used my hands to knead it well and the dough came together beautifully. I used a wooden cookie press to make the raspberry jam indentations after they came out of the oven. They are simply beautiful and very tasty!
The Butter Vanilla Sugar Cookie Mix is perfect for making traditional decorated Christmas cookies. If you need a gift idea for someone who loves to bake, you could create a cookie gift basket with a box of Krusteaz Butter Vanilla Sugar Cookie mix, a set of mini cookie cutters, and an icing decorating pen!
The Krusteaz sugar cookie mix is wonderfully easy to work with for making Christmas cookies. I rolled out my cookie dough with loose flour on a piece of parchment paper. The mini cookie cutters come in 12 different shapes, plus I used my own circle cutters to make some larger snowman cookies.
Then I used the icing pen and some sprinkles to decorate them. They are light and crispy! I always include some traditional cookies in my gifts that I give to my neighbors each year. I like to give baked goods as gifts because I know they will be enjoyed and I love to bake!
The Krusteaz Gingerbread Cookie smells wonderful. Another wonderful cookie gift idea is to put the cookie mix into a Ball Mason Jar, like the one Krusteaz sent to me, and make a little recipe tag that tells how to create the cookies. Attach it with some string and put a bow on top for the perfect gift. The Ball Mason Jar is also the perfect size to store all 12 of the mini cookie cutters, so that would be another clever gift idea!
I noticed the Gingerbread Cake recipe on the back of the box, so I decided to make little gingerbread cakes with my eight-loaf pan. I got eight delightfully fluffy cakes from one box. I dusted each one with sifted powdered sugar and they are ready for gift-giving!
The Krusteaz Snickerdoodle Cookie Mix is my husband's favorite. On the box was a recipe idea to make Cocoa Snickerdoodles by adding a bit of cocoa to the included cinnamon sugar packet, so that's what I made from the cookie mix. I am so thrilled with the Krusteaz cookie mixes and my holiday cookies have never looked more festive! I even picked up some of their bread mixes at the grocery store to try them out too.
I found some glass bowls with lids that are perfect for gift-giving and bought some holiday-printed wax paper to put in the bottom of each bowl. Using the lid of each bowl as a guide, I cut the wax paper just a bit bigger than the lid, then set them in the bottom of each bowl. I filled the bowls with the cookies and cakes, sealed the lids tight, and gave them to my neighbors and to my mail carrier. They were so happy and everyone raved about the holiday treats!
Visit www.krusteaz.com to find out how you can Spread Cookie Joy this holiday season! They have tons of great ideas for using their cookie mixes to make delicious treats. For even more great food ideas, follow them on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and Instagram. Click HERE for a money-saving coupon! Don't forget to enter to win a Krusteaz Cookie Joy Package below!

Win a Krusteaz Cookie Joy Package!
One winner will win ALL of the following:
  • Two boxes each of the following mixes: Shortbread, Gingerbread, Snickerdoodle, Butter Vanilla Sugar and Oatmeal Scotchie
  • Fun holiday baking items like an apron, tote bag, cookie cutters, frosting decorating pen and a mason jar (for gifting and storage!)
  • Holiday cookie recipe ideas for inspiration
To enter, just fill in the giveaway form below. Giveaway is open to US residents ages 18 and up. Giveaway ends on 12/30/2015. Good luck and Merry Christmas!

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