3/13/15

Bloggers Wanted! Kitchen Makeover Giveaway Hop (May 1-14)

Join us for the Kitchen Makeover Giveaway Hop
hosted by Planet Weidknecht
and LeahSay's Views
from May 1-14, 2015

By adding your blog link below, you agree to:
Post your own dedicated giveaway for this event, from May 1, 2015 at 12:01a.m. until May 14, 2015 at 11:59p.m. Giveaway may be company-sponsored or self-sponsored. This is a KITCHEN-THEMED hop and all prizes must be products used in the kitchen in some way. Gift cards to stores that sell kitchen items are acceptable. Giveaway prize must be family-friendly and worth at least $25.00. Blogs without giveaways posted by 9:00a.m. on May 1 with all required elements will be removed from the linky list. Signups close on April 27, 2015.

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:
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Your giveaway post (on May 1) must include:
Kitchen Makeover Giveaway Hop button
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

HTML 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
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3/12/15

Giveaway! $100 Visa Gift Card Plus Enter Fiora's #EggspressYourself Egg Tattoo Contest

Disclosure: I received product at no charge in exchange for my honest review.
Easter is just around the corner and Fiora brand is celebrating by hosting an Eggspress Yourself Egg Tattoo Contest. Fiora has teamed up with The Rachael Ray Show to help kick off the popular Easter Egg decorating contest with this year’s limited-edition Fiora egg tattoos. The designs will premiere on The Rachael Ray Show, and you can register to receive an egg tattoo set through Fiora’s Facebook page. Then submit your designs for a chance to win a special grand prize!
I received an Easter bucket from Fiora that included a set of Fiora egg tattoos and their Lavender Scented Bath Tissue. Each roll has 350 sheets of super-soft bath tissue and I am a huge fan of the lavender-scented core, because it makes the entire bathroom smell fresh and clean!
Head over now to the Fiora Facebook page and get your egg tattoos so you can enter to win their contest. You can also enter my Fiora-sponsored giveaway below to win a $100 Visa gift card. That will buy you a bunch of eggs to decorate and a whole stash of Fiora Lavender Scented Bath Tissue!
Win a $100 Visa Gift Card from Fiora!
To enter, just fill in the contest form below. Open to US residents ages 18 and older. Giveaway ends on 3/25/2015. Good luck!

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Giveaway! Frazoni Silicone Baking Mat - 3 Winners

Disclosure: I received product at no charge in exchange for my honest review.
I just baked the most delicious sugar cookies on my new Frazoni Silicone Baking Mat! I'd never tried a silicone baking mat before, so I was eager to see the results. My cookies baked perfectly all the way through, with just a tad of delightful crispiness to the edges!
The Frazoni Silicone Baking Mat is made from the best materials and has a double silicone layer, making it thicker than most other brands and it will last longer too. Silicone is a naturally non-stick material, so my cookies didn't stick and it was so easy to clean! Silicone is also inert, so it doesn't leave a taste or odor on food. It can also be used as a working surface for rolling dough, preparing candy, or making chocolate.
The Frazoni Silicone Baking Mat fits perfectly into my old metal pans, making them like new and now I'll never have to replace my pans. The mat measures 11 1/32" x 16 17/32" and features beveled edges for a perfect fit.
The mat distributes heat evenly, allowing me to make exquisite cookies. It doesn't slip around on the baking pan but peels off easily for washing. The Frazoni Silicone Baking Mat is safe to use in temperatures from -40 degrees F to 480 degrees F, and can be used in the oven, microwave, and freezer!
The Frazoni Silicone Baking Mat can be stored flat in your baking pans or if your space is tight, you can roll them up to store them and they will not lose their shape. A mason jar lid ring provides the perfect hug to the mat for easy, space-saving storage!
Get your Frazoni Silicone Baking Mat HERE on Amazon! What a fabulous Mother's Day Gift idea! I absolutely love these mats and will never go back to baking cookies on foil. Enter below for your chance to win one and try it for yourself!

Enter to win a Frazoni Silicone Baking Mat!
THREE winners will each win one Frazoni Silicone Baking Mat. To enter, just fill in the contest form below. Open to US residents, ages 18 and older. Giveaway ends on 3/25/2015. Good luck!

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Ocean Elements SPF 30 Sheer Moisture - Review

Disclosure: I received product at no charge in exchange for my honest review.
Did you know the sun can damage your face nearly any day of the year? It doesn't matter if it's cloudy or even the middle of winter. The sun's damaging rays can reach your face and could cause melanoma, so it's important to protect your face all the time. Ocean Elements SPF 30 Sheer Moisture is a gentle, effective, marine-based daily moisturizer that your skin will love!
Ocean Elements is formulated for sensitive skin to reduce damage from daily sun exposure, plus it nourishes your skin with natural moisturizers, antioxidants, and anti-inflammatories. It has a smooth, matte finish and can be worn daily, alone or under makeup. It's fragrance-free, PABA-free, paraben-free, BPA-free, and phthalates-free. It contains gentle non-nano zinc oxide and titanium dioxide, cocoa seed butter and sweet almond oil, and marine and other natural ingredients. It's even water resistant for up to 80 minutes!
I love the rich consistency of Ocean Elements SPF 30 Sheer Moisture. A little goes a long way, so this 3oz tube will last a long time. I found it easy to apply and it absorbs wonderfully into my skin, leaving it very soft and smooth. It doesn't feel greasy or heavy on my skin. Knowing my face is protected from sun damage is priceless!
Learn more about Ocean Elements SPF 30 Sheer Moisture at www.oelements.com. You can also find out how to decipher skin care labels and ingredients on their site. Follow them on Facebook and Twitter too!

3/11/15

Giveaway! Fricaine Duchess Handbag - Open Worldwide #FashionistaEvents

It's finally begun!!!

The Spring Fashionista Giveaway Event is hosted by
The Chief Blonde at Still Blonde After All These Years
and Katy from ModlyChic.

All Fashion! Only FASHION event! Largest Fashion Giveaway event on the internet with $20,000+ in prizes, 85 participating blogs and 3/4 million entries. Each individual blog has a minimum of $125 prize!
The Spring Fashionista Events 2015 Grand Prize is $500 PayPal (worldwide where allowed by law). For every giveaway in the Spring Fashionista Event that you enter, you gain one entry toward the Spring Fashionista Grand Prize. 1 Grand Prize winner will receive $500 PayPal cash. 1 first prize winner will receive $300 gift certificate to Monroe and Main. Isn’t that stunning?
I'm giving away
the Duchess Shoulder Bag from Fricaine!
($138 Value)
This gorgeous handbag is just one of Fricaine's amazing collection of classy, sophisticated wax fabric bags that make a real statement. Every fashionista deserves to carry a colorful, exotic handbag and you can enter below for your chance to win the Duchess!
Fricaine offers high-quality products made from globally-sourced exotic fabrics that are sure to accentuate the tastes and unique style preferences of today's women. Check out my glowing review of the Fricaine See Fancy Embroidered Handbag HERE.
The body of the Duchess shoulder bag combines high-quality synthetic leather and 100% cotton using special wax printing technology. Fricaine uses four distinct wax fabric patterns to make this roomy, functional, eye-catching handbag.
The interior lining is custom-made to contrast perfectly with the exterior. All the hardware is forged with real gold-plated material with anti-soul treatment, so it will never corrode. It features one card pocket, one cell phone pocket, one drop pocket and one separate multi-purpose pocket.
Go see the entire collection of stunning Fricaine handbags at www.fricaine.com. You can also follow them on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and Instagram. Don't forget to enter below to win the Duchess!

Enter to win!
To enter, just fill in the contest form below. This giveaway is open Worldwide!!! One winner will receive the Fricaine Duchess Shoulder Bag, valued at $138. Giveaway ends March 20, 2015. Good luck!

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Weekly Giveaway Linky - Wednesday Wealth (March 11-17)

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3/10/15

Giveaway! $25 Walmart Gift Card #FebrezeCar

Disclosure: This is a sponsored post for SheSpeaks/Febreze.
It's time to leave your smelly car in the dust! It's time to ride in freshness with Febreze Car Vent Clips! Why is my car so smelly? Since my husband gets to drive our nice car to work, I'm usually running around in our old pickup truck. That old thing has seen much better days, and it's also the vehicle I use to take my dog to the vet. In the dead heat of summer, it's nearly rancid. Thank goodness for Febreze Car!
I received this fun Febreze Car and had a blast opening up the hood! Inside I found a sheet of little bumper stickers for the Febreze car, sticker clings for my car, a 3-D car and a Febreze Road Trip board game. In the seats of the Febreze car were three "passengers" - Febreze Car vent clips in Gain Island Fresh, Linen and Sky, and Midnight Storm.
Have you ever left a food bag in the car after running through a drive-through? Getting in the car a few hours later, the smell can be staggering. If you have kids, you're probably familiar with the choking smell of molded milk from a baby bottle that got dropped under the seat a few weeks ago.
I remember getting into the truck a few years ago after I had taken the cats to the vet. One of them apparently didn't appreciate the truck ride very much and had peed on the seat in the back. Some days I think I can still smell that!
I was more than excited to try Febreze Car in the truck! I stuck the Febreze Car Vent Air Freshener Clip to the vent and closed the door. It's so easy to use - just slide the clip onto an air vent slat. I went back about an hour later and every single smell in the truck was gone. I was amazed!
Febreze Car clips come in several scents and can be purchased in packs of one or two. I will also be putting one in the car my husband drives to work, so that it smells nice for me on the weekends when I get to take over the nicer vehicle. Each one keeps cars fresh for up to 30 days! Backseat passengers love freshness too -- just attach a Febreze Vent Clip to the passenger vent.
Find Febreze Vent Car Clips at your local Walmart and take freshness on the go! Look for the offer in the 3/1 Sunday brandSAVER to see how you can buy a single clip at Walmart and get another free! Febreze Vent Clips helps you take the comfort of a fresh-smelling home on the road.
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Win a $25 Walmart Gift Card to get Febreze Car Vent Clips!
To enter, just fill in the contest form below. Open to US residents ages 18 and older. Giveaway closed on 3/18/2015. Good luck!

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Pack Your Lunch in PlanetBox

Disclosure: I received product at no charge in exchange for my honest review.
Today is National Pack Your Lunch Day! Packing your lunch is always a better idea than running through a fast food restaurant drive-through. You'll save money on food and you'll be making healthier eating choices. PlanetBox is a fabulous lunchbox system that can help!
PlanetBox is the smart lunchbox that guides adults and kids in packing a well-balanced meal quickly and easily. Part bento box and part TV dinner tray, these high-quality, stainless steel, segmented containers are the best way to pack delicious, no-waste meals.
There are three different lunch packing systems from PlanetBox - the Launch, the Rover, and the Shuttle. This one is the Launch which holds nearly 6.5 cups of food. It is designed to hold a 3 course meal. The PlanetBox is also dishwasher safe!
The Launch Complete Kit includes a Tall Dipper metal container for dips and sauces, a fun magnet set of your choice, a glass Satellite Dish for reheating foods with a wrap-around lid, as well as a slim Sleeve for easy transport. The outer sleeves are available in multiple color choices.
I filled my Launch PlanetBox with lettuce, tomato, wheat crackers, blackberries, a cheese stick, and some light ranch dressing. It was plenty of food for my lunch and I didn't even fill it full. It was easy and fun to pack my lunch. The trays feature a metal clamp that keeps the food in their compartments.
The medium-sized PlanetBox is the Rover. Its carry bag features two outside pockets, one that fits the optional BottleRocket Water Bottle. The PlanetBox Rover is designed for those who like a wide variety of foods in smaller serving sizes. This carry bag also comes with an optional shoulder strap.
The Rover holds nearly 4.5 cups of food, which satisfies both adults and children. The Rover Complete Kit includes a Rover lunchbox, Big and Little Dipper metal containers for wet messy foods, a choice of magnet designs, as well as a Carry Bag made out of recycled polyester.
I think the PlanetBox is a fabulous way to take lunch on the go! My husband takes his lunch to work so we will be using these on a regular basis. He just packs up his lunch with the cold foods in the evening, puts the whole thing in the fridge, then adds the room temperature foods before he leaves.
I packed a healthy lunch in a Rover PlanetBox, with strawberries, cheese blocks, pepperoni slices, pumpkin seeds, carrot matchsticks, wheat pretzels, and a sliver of dark chocolate. I think PlanetBox is the perfect way to control portions!
Check out all the PlanetBox designs and colors at www.planetbox.com. We love our PlanetBox lunchboxes! It's lunch transportation for the green generation! Check out their "Plan-It App" that helps users plan healthy ways to fill each compartment for each day of the week. After you've planned out your week, you can even download a shopping list to take with you to the grocery store. PlanetBox offers even more ideas on their Instagram! Follow them on Facebook and Twitter too!

3/9/15

Protect Children's Hearing with Puro Headphones #tech

Disclosure: I received product at no charge in exchange for my honest review.
According to the CDC, an estimated 12.5% of children and adolescents aged 6–19 years (approximately 5.2 million) have suffered permanent damage to their hearing from excessive exposure to noise. Having raised three children, I know this age range loves to listen to loud music, as did I at that age. Headphones often decrease a parent's ability to know how loud a child is playing their music, but Puro headphones help protect children's hearing by limiting the volume to 85 dB, the maximum safe listening level.
These stylish Puro headphones don't limit the sound quality with their patent-pending Puro Balanced Response curve. They do block out 82% of the background noise (comparable to some of the best active noise cancelling headphones on the market). I've tried them myself and Puro headphones deliver a comfortable, clear, high-quality listening experience.
They are made of durable aluminum with soft, cushioned padding on the ears. Puro headphones are Bluetooth-enabled and have a battery life of up to 18 hours. They come with a charger plug and cable, as well as a headphone cord, plus a storage bag to keep everything together. At just $79.99, they are a small price to pay for protecting your children's hearing.
Learn more and order at www.purosound.com
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Today My Daughter Married Her Girlfriend

Parenting is never easy. My kids have challenged me from the day they were born. They are all grown now and I was surprised to learn that parenting adult children is much more of a challenge than when they were young. It's much easier to control what your children do when they live in your house, but when you release them out into the world to become their own persons, you no longer have that option. I did my best as a parent, but I'm certain I failed many times. I do know that I gave them the tools to take on life with fierce determination and the belief that God is with them every step of the way.

Today my daughter married her girlfriend.

My daughter told me she was gay when she was in middle school. My strong religious background always taught me that gay sexuality was wrong, so she dated boys in high school. Once she was out on her own, she made her own choices. I have never stopped loving her and never will. When she announced in January that she was engaged to marry her girlfriend, I went through every emotion known to mankind. My biggest struggle wasn't that she was marrying a female, although that was certainly part of it, but that they had only known each other a couple months. Since gay marriage is not legal here in Texas yet, they drove to Oklahoma to be married today. My husband and I, as well as our two sons, will be attending their reception.
After searching my heart, I have decided to choose love. I will love my daughter's wife in the same way I will love my sons' future wives. My children are now adults and are responsible to God for their own hearts and their own lives. I am responsible for mine, and I will choose to love.

Congratulations to you both!

34 “A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. 35 By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.” 
John 13:34-35 (NIV)


UPDATE - These two are now divorced.

3/8/15

Giveaway! Baskin-Robbins Ice Cream Gift Card

Disclosure: I received product at no charge in exchange for my honest review.
Baskin-Robbins has announced its new March Flavor of the Month! Snacknado features salty caramel-flavored ice cream loaded with chocolate-covered potato chips and pretzels, all swirled together with candy pieces and chocolate fudge and salted pretzel ribbons.
Let me be clear - This ice cream is an incredibly scrumptious combination of flavors! It's one of those flavors that makes you close your eyes in dreaminess as you eat it. The Baskin-Robbins Snacknado flavor is my new favorite. As I melted through the deliciousness of ice cream, I know I tasted some peanut m&ms, some peanut butter cups, and pretzel pieces. It's a treasure hunt delight!
Now that I've got you drooling over the new Snacknado flavor, it's only fair that I give away a $10 Baskin-Robbins Gift Card so you can try it for yourself. You could also use it towards one of their delicious ice cream cakes and request Snacknado as the ice cream filling. Visit your local Baskin-Robbins location and try it today!
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Win a $10 Baskin-Robbins Gift Card!
To enter, just fill in the contest form below. You must be at least 18 years old and reside in the US. Giveaway ends on 3/20/2015. Good luck!

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