Thursday, September 10, 2009

Giveaway ~ Chicken Soup for the Soul Extraordinary Teens

When I received these books, my 12 year old saw that Brenda Song from Suite Life of Zack & Cody was on the cover.  She was like, "Mom, can I please have this?"  Now this is coming from a girl that absolutely HATES reading.  I was like yeah, of course!

Personal stories combined with photos and specific advice from the contributors.

Chicken Soup for the Soul: Extraordinary Teens inspires teens with stories from the young people they admire. These extraordinary teens, mostly celebrities, share their troubles and triumphs, as well as what they do to continue to achieve. More than fifty celebrity contributors, including a special story from Sean Covey, author of Seven Habits for Highly Effective Teens.

In the book is ~

Desiree Amadeo, environmental activist and MIT engineering student

Eric Babbitt, two-time cancer survivor and athlete

Chris Barrett, filmmaker, entrepreneur, and author

Olivia Bennett, artist

David D. Burstein, filmmaker and activist

Kari Byron, Artist, thrill-seeker, and pro MythBuster

Ryan Cabrera, singer, songwriter, and artist

Julie Marie Carrier, Miss Virginia USA, speaker, and author

Jon Chu, film director

Kendall Ciesemier, philanthropist

Cameron Clapp, triple amputee, famous athlete

Shivani Dixit, humanitarian

Jason Ryan Dorsey, author, speaker, and mentor

Amanda Dunbar, world-class artist

Chelsea Eubank, entrepreneur and clothing designer

Timothy Ferriss, world record holder, kickboxing champion, and #1 New York Times bestselling author

Dustin Godnick, entrepreneur, author, and speaker

Dr. Farrah Gray, entrepreneur, author, and speaker

Kent Healy, author, entrepreneur, and speaker

Joshua Heinzl, entrepreneur, toy store owner, philanthropist, and motivational speaker

Andrew Hewitt, author, speaker, visionary for education reform

Tyler Hinman, crossword puzzle champion and puzzlemaker

Joel Kent Holland, III, journalist, producer, and entrepreneur

Chauncey Cymoné Holloman, entrepreneur, designer, speaker

Cameron Johnson, author, speaker, and entrepreneur

Roy Juarez, Jr., speaker, entrepreneur, and humanitarian

Anna Kournikova, international tennis pro and model

Jasmine Lawrence, entrepreneur

Margaret Lewis, humanitarian and aspiring documentary photographer

Grant Lin, national scholar and student leader

Gabrielle Linnell, freelance writer

Kyle Maynard, author, speaker, and champion wrestler

Danica McKellar, actress, author, and math-whiz

Lin Miao, Internet entrepreneur

Nathan Nguyen, entrepreneur

Jason O’Neill, entrepreneur

William Oliver, author, trainer, and entrepreneur

If you think the tween or teen in your life would enjoy this book, then I have great news!  I have 3 copies to giveaway to my readers!   Check out Chicken Soup for the Soul: Extraordinary Teens: Personal Stories and Advice from Today's Most Inspiring Youth, then come back here and tell me who you think your teen is most interesting in reading.  Or, why do you want to win this book.

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Contest will run until September 20th @ 11:59pm

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Giveaway ~ 24”x 24” Wall Graphic CLOSED

A new product is being rolled out on, and I think my readers will love it!  The new product is an innovative adhesive fabric that they call a Wall Graphic. Just imagine a huge sticker that you can peel and stick on any flat surface! (Similar to the Fat Heads stickers you’ve seen on TV) In addition, these use the same high-quality printing that they use for their poster prints, so you can print photos, artworks or patterns in great detail.

My blog sponsor, Large Format Posters wants to offer (2) of my readers a 24”x 24” Wall Graphic.

As a BONUS: They are going to be hosting a Video Blog Challenge in October to find the most creative Wall Graphic Print! The winner will receive a cash prize, so if you win ~ make sure to participate in this giveaway and make your own Wall Graphics video entry!

This giveaway is only open to Only open to US residents.  **Winners must pay $5 Handling Fee to claim prize, the shipping and prize are free.

 To enter ~ Check out the Wall Graphics (so you can get an idea of what they are like), then come back here and tell me what you would make if you won.  I need some ideas you guys.  I'm not sure what kind I want to make.  I'm thinking flower or maybe the beach?  Let me know what your plans are if you one of the two lucky winners!

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 Contest will end on September 13th at 11:59 pm.  If comments are open though, you can still enter :)

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Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Free Shipping Photo Deals ~ Snapfish & Artscow

I just scored a great deal on pictures from Snapfish!

20 Free Prints + Free Developing at Snapfish

Right now they are offering free shipping with code FREELABOR  (ends 9/13) ~ If you are a new member though, you get 50 free prints.  I had 50 prints in my account already, I think it might be from a referral though because I'm pretty sure I've ordered before.  Anyways, I then went & redeemed at My Coke Rewards for 90 prints @ 64 points per 30 prints.  I'm not sure how, but I got a bonus 30 prints because I ended up with a total of 170 prints totally free.  I'm so excited, I might actually be caught up on ordering 4 x 6's this year!

If you are new to Snapfish & want a referral from me, feel free to email me :)

Artscow is also offering free shipping.  If you shopped them before, you know what a deal this is.  The prices are super low, but shipping can get high (they ship from hong kong)

The deal is free shipping for all orders over $10* . That's right, the price you see is the price you pay; no delivery fees required.

Just use the coupon code during checkout to benefit from this time-limited offer.

Coupon code: FSOVER10
Expires on: 9/20/2009

*Cannot be used with 4"x 6" prints, and cannot be used in conjunction with any other offers.

I need some 5 x 7 prints, so I'm hoping to be able to use it on that.  It looks like the only exclusion is on 4 x 6 {bummer}  Still a good deal though if you need other things.  I've ordered the dog tags and ornaments in the past & a money clip.  All the photo items come out really nice in my opinion.

Any other good photo deals going on?

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Monday, September 7, 2009

Review & Giveaway ~ Yoplait Delights Gift Package CLOSED

Two yummy yogurt reviews in a row for you guys!

Are you looking for a guilt-free snack that will help satisfy that afternoon sweet tooth? Want to enjoy in a delicious treat with only 100 calories? Then I have the perfect treat for you - Yoplait® Delights, a rich and creamy layered yogurt parfait with just 100 calories!

Did you know?
  • Nearly nine out of 10 women experience a mid-day craving and have the urge to snack
  • Eighty-three percent of women admit they sometimes feel guilty when cravings take over and they reach for sweets
With Yoplait Delights you can enjoy a delicious sweet treat and feel good about your choice. Available in four tempting flavor combinations Chocolate Raspberry, Triple Berry Creme, Lemon Torte and Creme Caramel - creamy Yoplait Delight is the perfect everyday treat. Right now you can also download a $1.25 off coupon for Yoplait Delights Parfait at:
I was sent a fun Yoplait Delights Gift Package that came with a coupon to try the new flavors for free.  I purchased the Chocolate Raspberry and my kids gobbled them up.  They both are typical girls and crave chocolate, so this was a perfect little treat for them.  They felt like grown ups too because you can tell it is geared toward woman :)  If you get that craving, definitely give Yoplait Delights a try!  

On to the giveaway, thanks to My Blog Spark and Yoplait, I have the same gift package to give away to one of my readers.   The "Delight Your Day" gift pack that includes, a spa mask, wrap robe and slippers - all delightful treats for you to enjoy and relax with every day!
To enter ~ Just comment here with what flavors you crave throughout the day.
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Dark Sky Festival in Harmony Florida ~ Fight Light Pollution!


The purpose of the Dark Sky Festival in Harmony Florida is to expose the general public to the marvels of astronomy and the importance of protecting dark skies - not just for astronomy purposes, but also for the values that darkness provides to area wildlife.

The entire family-friendly festival is held outdoors in low light conditions on the streets, sidewalks and park located in Harmony Town Square.

An important value of gazing at the night sky is the mental rejuvenation that it brings. The evening will include recording artist Jonn Serrie performing his own style of "space music." Attendees are encouraged to bring blankets and chairs for lawn use in the amphitheatre area. Mr. Serrie's performance outdoors on an unlit stage will provide a perfect setting for minds to wander through the stars.

Due to Harmony's efforts and the support of the County Commissioners, an ordinance now requires new lighting in the County to be protective of dark skies. In a county that includes portions of Walt Disney World and has extensive brightly lit tourist commercial uses, this was a significant event in itself. In addition, all County facilities were retrofitted to better protect the night sky.

Harmony is an environmentally intelligent community located in Central Florida and was chosen as the site for the Dark Sky Festival for several reasons:
  • Harmony Town Square, where the event is held, is in an area rated as Class 4 on the Bortle Scale of Light Pollution.
  • The developer has commited to protecting dark skies. For example, all street lighting, any park lighting and other public lighting uses full cut off fixtures. Private residential and commercial lighting is also held to this standard.
  • The Central Florida Astronomical Society uses Harmony as one of their observing locations in Central Florida.
  • The Harmony Institute, a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization and the primary event sponsor, is located at Harmony and advises the Harmony developer on lighting and other measures to protect natural systems.
I think this sounds like a great event, that would be tons of fun.  Visit the site here to learn all about it, if you near the area, think about going!  If you do, let me know how it turns out.  I would be there if I wasn't all the way up in Michigan!

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Sunday, September 6, 2009

Review & Giveaway ~ Yoplait Whips! CLOSED

Since we are still chatting about food, I wanted to do some posts on Yogurt.  This is one of the few snacks, my tween will eat that is actually healthy for her.        
It isn't only good for snacking though, pair some yogurt with toast ~ it makes a great breakfast when you need something quick and nutrisous!

Now, off the back to school topic and back to yogurt as a yummy snack.  Did you know that you can also freeze yogurt?  Thanks to My Blog Spark and Yoplait whips, I got to try this out!

Simply place your favorite Whips! yogurt cup in the freezer overnight and you will have a chilled yogurt indulgence that you don't have to get from the ice-cream truck or at the parlor.  So this summer, before you hit the beach, park or your own backyard, don't forget to stock your freezer with Yoplait Whips! (We suggest removing the Yoplait Whips! from the freezer for 5-10 minutes before enjoying). Of course this is still a great treat at the end of summer, into the fall, then winter, then spring & then summer again.  Can always use some frozen goodness :)

Yoplait Whips! are currently available in a variety of delectable flavors Strawberry Mist, Chocolate, Key Lime Pie, Orange Crème, Chocolate Raspberry, Lemon Burst, Peaches 'N Cream and Raspberry Mousse. Also, try Yoplait Whips! newest flavor Vanilla Creme which just hit store shelves!

There is a downloadable coupon for Yoplait Whips! - where you can save $0.60 when you purchase three cups of any Yoplait Whips! Flavor: Click here to download.

Additionally, right now, new members who sign-up to become subscribers of Betty Crocker's newsletter, will receive a free coupon for Yoplait Whips! **Click here to join.

My tween absolutely loved Yoplait Whips, and she loved them even more frozen.  Her favorites were the Strawberry Mist, Orange Creme & she loved Chocolate frozen.  I was given coupons to purchase 2 whips, but I ended up buying a whole lot more then two :)  My 8 year old, used to not like yogurt until a few months ago, also loved the Whips!

I personally do not like yogurt of any kind.  I'm tempted to try it frozen tough.  It is the texture that makes me not be able to eat it, so being frozen probably wouldn't bother me.  My kids enjoyed them so much though, I never had a chance to get up the guts to try, lol.

**This free coupon is not valid in some states, including California, Idaho, Louisiana, Minnesota, Nevada, New Jersey, North Dakota and Tennessee.

Great news ~ I have a "Summer Cool Down" gift bag that includes two free coupons for Yoplait Whips!, cooler tote, popsicle molds and a set of 12 color-changing spoons for one of my lucky readers.

To enter ~ Answer one of these questions ~

  • What tips they follow when freezing their Yoplait Whips!?

  • Do they enjoy their Yoplait Whips! ice-cold or softly chilled?

  • What's their favorite flavor of Yoplait Whips!?

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    Contest will end on September 16th

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    I was provided with some of the above information, gift basket and product for sampling from My Blog Spark and Yoplait Whips.  These are just my opinions.
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    Review ~ Memoirs of a Fortune Teller by Gary Turcotte

    Memoirs of a Fortune Teller By Gary Turcotte
    Rochester, NH, Jan 22, 2009 - Author Gary Turcotte in his book, Memoirs of a Fortune Teller, crafts a tale of a fortune teller who uncovers the secrets of a serial killer.
    This book is a journal of the most disturbing readings of a traveling fortune teller. A carnival set-up man and his girlfriend are entertained daily as they watch Mary Ann the fortune teller work on the most resistant customers. They watch her turn the skeptics into believers. They see that she is truly gifted at seeing the future as well as the past.
    By chance she uncovers the truth about the carnie couple. He is a traveling serial killer
    and as the fair enters the new season the locals are asking the fortune teller to help find a
    missing child. Mary Ann is an older woman and is afraid to be involved. She realizes that
    many of the local people's reading are entwined.
    Soon the killer is convinced that Mary Ann knows too much. Mary Ann doesn't want to
    be the next one missing. Mary Ann is 68 years old and she knows that she is no match for
    a young psychopathic merciless killer.
    About the book:
    Memoirs of a Fortune Teller by Gary Turcotte
    ISBN: 978-1432733421
    Publisher: Outskirts Press
    Date of publish: Oct 2008
    Pages: 131
    S.R.P.: $13.95
    About the author:
    Gary Turcotte grew up in Dover, New Hampshire, and has earned his living as a General
    Contractor. He has written five books. This is the fourth published. There is a sequel to
    this book titled Vigilante Witch Hunter.

    I was sent this book several months ago.  It went on my review shelf, and to be honest it got overlooked.  I tend to read my library books first, so the books I own never get read.  About a month ago, I finished up my library books and stopped requesting new ones.  I just have to get through the some of the books I own and a ton of review books.

    A couple days ago, we were reformatting  my C drive, so I couldn't get online.  I've been trying to read the new Patterson, Trial but have really been struggling with the content.  I happened to look over and noticed Memoirs of a Fortune Teller.  It has a cool cover, is on the thin side, and I figured would make a great book to read in between trying to read Trial. 

    I have to admit, when I started reading the book, I got really into.  I couldn't figure out why I waited so long to read it.  I really enjoyed the writings of the character Mary Ann.  The story is basically her journal, which I found interesting.  I quickly read through the entire book, and I can't wait to read the second book told by her daughter ~ Vigilante Witch Hunter.

    I was looking at the reviews on Amazon, they seem to be mixed.  Mainly people wish it was edited a bit better and more details.  I personally didn't really notice anything.  I just got into the story and enjoyed a fun book about fortune telling.  

    This book also would qualify for the RIP IV challenge!  It is a fun read around Halloween time, check it out!  Let me know if you have read it or if you do, I'd love to hear your thoughts!

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