Giveaway ~ $75 CLOSED


Do I have a special surprise for you!  Beau-coup Favors is offering a $75 gift card to one lucky winner towards anything on their site! Beau-coup carries everything from wedding favors to baby shower favors, and party favors for all occasions including items for all the holiday festivities Christmas party favors and winter wedding favors!

I love all of the winter style party favors, I'm thinking of  doing my Christmas dinner theme in snowflakes this year for a bit of a non-traditional look.


If you are a winter bride though, you’ll need plenty of candles to light up the night and Beau-coup’s snowflake tea light holders add the perfect seasonal touch. Send your guests home with their very own snowflake wine bottle stopper or a mini snow globe that’s too adorable to resist for Winter wedding favors. Mini candy jars come with all kinds of personalized labels that are sure to fit your theme and Beau-coup’s personalized mint tins will keep your guests breath minty fresh!

If you aren't a winter bride or looking for a winter themed holiday, don't worry ~   Beau-coup has all kinds of goodies for everyone on your nice list including personalized Hershey’s chocolates that will satisfy that sweet tooth, custom fortune cookies to liven up a holiday soiree, tea sachets to ward off the chill, and of course plenty of favor packaging like mini spice jars, and favor boxes wrapped in personalized ribbon to make the wrappings as pretty as your Christmas party favors inside! 

HOW TO ENTER ~
 
Post a comment here telling us which item(s) from the Beau-coup Favors website you’d love to get if you win!
Giveaway ends Sunday, November 22nd  at midnight PST. Winner will be chosen randomly and announced on Monday, November 23rd. Good luck, everyone!
 
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Congrats to Joy
Images: snowflake wine bottle stopper, ornament place card holders, mini glass candy jars, snowflake glass coasters, snowflake frame ornaments, personalized mint tins, mini snowglobe, holiday travel candles, snowflake tea light holder, wire snowflake place card holder
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Microsoft Office Live ~ 5GB of Online storage!


I recently learned about Microsoft Office Live thanks to Mom Central, and I am in love!  Microsoft Office Live is a set of free, easy-to-use online tools.  With being a mom on the go, having a home business, these tools have now become essential in my life! 

What you get {for free!} is an online space to store, share, and remotely access your documents and files.   They actually give you 5GB of online storage.  Plus you can upload virtually any file type.

When you log on to Office Live Workspace, you can create a workspace for a specific event or project, and choose among dozens of templates that can help get you started and stay on track along the way.

Microsoft Office Live stores all the templates and documents online so you can update the document you started at work on your home computer, or vice versa. You can use Microsoft Office Live to manage extracurricular activities, work projects, travel schedules, and even job searches. 

The other Office Live service, Office Live Small Business, can help you easily create a simple but professional-looking website for a school event, sports team, or to help get your new business off the ground. Starting with one of the Office Live Small Business website templates, you can quickly build a website, even if you aren't an expert in HTML or web design. Plus, web hosting and design tools are all free.

Since discovering this wonder on the internet ~ I have been using it in many aspects of my life both as a mom and business owner.  We do a lot of fundraisers for dance, so I've been using it to organize the various flyers, etc that we have.

It is also great if you do any work for the PTA, your school in general or even if you homeschool.  Think of the ease of being able to pull up your childs documents from anywhere. 

If you are a student, you can access your files at home, on your laptop, at the library, at your friends while studying!  There are just so many possibilities. 

I wrote this review while participating in a blog campaign by Mom Central on behalf of Microsoft Office Live. Mom Central sent me a gift card to thank me for taking the time to participate.Like this post ~
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Mega Swag Bucks Day


Today is Mega Swagbucks Day.  What does that mean?  You can earn even more swagbucks in your regular searches!  Swagbucks will be awarding points in 10, 20, 50, and 100 increments. How do you win? Just do your normal online searches using Swag Bucks.

I actually have the Swag Bucks toolbar installed in firefox, so doing searches is super easy.  I am doing a big chunk of my Christmas shopping by exchanging my Swagbucks for presents and Gift Cards.  I just ordered a Crazy Dog Tshirt for my brother & they also have kids clothing from Cookies Kids. I usually just redeem for the $5 Amazon gift cards.  I actually was able to pay for a Wii using Swagbucks and then some surveys/reviews that paid in Amazon Gift Cards.

It is a great program & if you join using the link in this post ~ You can head over to my review site and get an extra entry into my contests!

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Book Review & Giveaway ~ Jantsen's Gift

Thanks to Hatchette Book Group & Mama Buzz, I was given the opportunity to read a wonderful story ~ Jantsen's Gift by Pam Cope with Aimee Molloy.

Jantsen's Gift is a true story about Pam Cope.  Pam owned a cozy hair salon in the tiny town of Neosho, Missouri, and her life revolved around her son's baseball games, her daughter's dance lessons, and family trips to places like Disney World. She had never been out of the country, nor had she any desire to travel far from home.

Then, on June 16th, 1999, her life changed forever with the death of her 15-year-old son from an undiagnosed heart ailment.

Needing to get as far away as possible from everything that reminded her of her loss, she accepted a friend's invitation to travel to Vietnam, and, from the moment she stepped off the plane, everything she had been feeling since her son's death began to shift. By the time she returned home, she had a new mission: to use her pain to change the world, one small step at a time, one child at a time. Today, she is the mother of two children adopted from Vietnam. More than that, she and her husband have created a foundation called "Touch A Life," dedicated to helping desperate children in countries as far-flung as Vietnam, Cambodia and Ghana.

Pam Cope's story is on one level a moving, personal account of loss and recovery, but on a deeper level, it offers inspiration to anyone who has ever suffered great personal tragedy or those of us who dream about making a difference in the world.

Wow, what a book.   Jantsen's Gift is not only tear jerker, but an incredibly moving book.  Being a mom, I really related with Pam Cope in her life prior to her tragedy.  As you read Pam's story, you won't only feel the sadness of loss, but inspiration!

Not only will you cry throughout this book, but you will laugh as well.  I think that is what makes the book even better.  Plus you will look at your life differently.  Such a great read, truly inspiring.

If you do book clubs, this would be a great pick.  Hatchette even provides a reading group guide to assist in your group.




Hatchette did send me a courtesy copy to review and another to giveaway to one of my readers!  To enter, comment with why you want to read or why you want to win a copy to give to someone else.

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Contest will end on November 30th @ 11:59pm



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The Power of Parents ~ MADD


My husband and I are not big drinkers.   Mainly weddings and occasional holidays.  My parents aren't big drinkers either.  I think this helped me not have a huge desire to drink.  Now that my oldest is 12, we are starting to bring up drinking, smoking and drugs a bit more often.  Trying to keep the lines of communication open. 


I was surprised to learn that drinking is the #1 drug problem in youth right now.  Roughly 6,000 people will die this year in direct correlation with underage drinking—a statistic that can be greatly reduced with parental intervention.  Studies have shown that parents still have the most influence our kids on these issues.  We need to influence our kids to not drink and especially not drink and drive.


On October 27th, MADD (Mothers Against Drunk Driving) launched The Power of Parents: It's Your Influence (www.thepowerofparents.org). This program has been designed to help provide us as parents with key tips, information, and tools to help us at home reach our teens and communicate the real life danger of underage alcohol use. 

Please check out the above site and also the below resources.  When you are at the Power to Change website, take a look at the take action section.  There are several things you can do to help influence the importance of underage drinking  ~ 



MADD Blog: http://maddparents.blogspot.com/
Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/maddparents
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/pages/MADDs-Power-of-Parents-Its-your-influence/131838435851
Safety Quiz: http://www.madd.org/parents/highschool-drinking2.html 
Support 21 Survey: http://support.madd.org/support21



I wrote this review while participating in a blog campaign by Mom Central on behalf of MADD.  A donation was made to MADD in my name to thank me for taking the time to participate.

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Uprinting Brochure Winner

Congrats to our winner onangelwings.  She has one the Uprinting.com brochure contest that was held. 

If you didn't win, Uprinting.com has some of the best prices on  brochures or flyer printing!

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General Mills Cereal & Movie Ticket Giveaway ~ CLOSED


I was lucky enough to get a fantastic Movie Moments prize pack in the mail from MyBlogSpark and General Mills. They sent me 4 e-movie cash certificates and one (1) free coupon for a General Mills cereal to use thanks to a new promotion that General Mills is having.




Starting in November, you can receive a free movie ticket when you purchase two specially marked packages of General Mills’ Cereals. After purchasing two cereals, visit generalmills.com/moviecash to enter the code found inside each box of cereal and print your free movie certificate good for admission to any movie.

The participating brands of cereal include select sizes of: Honey Nut Cheerios, Cinnamon Toast Crunch, Lucky Charms, Trix and Reese’s Peanut Butter Puffs.

To find a participating theater near you, head over here: http://emoviecash.com/dis_locator/


I am so excited about this promotion!  Cereal is always on sale and with coupons, what a great deal.  We hardly ever go to the movies because it is so expansive and end up missing some great movies.  I plan on taking my tween to see New Moon when it comes out and then going to the movies with hubby with the other 2 tickets.  I will have to get some more movie cash to be fair to my other daughter, lol.  Not a problem though since the girls love honey nut cheerios! 


Ready for the giveaway?  Myblogspark and General Mills is sending one of my readers the same Movie Moments package that I received!  

MAIN ENTRY (you must answer at least one of these questions to qualify.  Feel  ~
1.) Tell me your favorite movie moment.
2.) Tell me the first movie you ever saw.
3.) Tell me the first movie you took your child/children to see
4.) Tell me what movie(s) you will go see if you win these 4 tickets?


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Contest will end on November 16th at 11:59pm

Congrats to Doreen

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