Friday, November 28, 2014

Holiday Gift Guide Giveaway Event For 2014

Welcome to the 2014 Holiday Gift Guide Giveaway! This event is hosted by Dixieland Reviews and Co-Hosted by Mom 'N Daughter Savings, Ottawa Mommy Club, Finger Click Saver, Susie Q-Pons and Giveaways & Michigan Saving and More and is sponsored by various companies.

Check out the amazing list of prizes. I know that a lot of these items would make my holiday shopping a whole lot easier and affordable. So, why not enter? If you don't, you can't win!

There will be a total of 19 Winners! To see a list of winners at the end of this contest, just click here.

This event is open to residents of the U.S. and Canada who are 18+. Void where prohibited by law. Winners will be notified via email and will have 24 hours to respond. If no response is received, winner forfeits the prize and a new winner will be chosen. We are not responsible for late or misdirected email or email ending up in your spam folder. Please add to your safe list so the email will reach you if you win. This event will begin at 11:59 pm eastern standard time on November 28th, 2014 and end at 11:59 pm eastern standard time on December 8th, 2014. All entries from all tools will be combined and then ran through to ensure a fair draw. Chances of winning varies depending on number of entries received. Approximate retail value of all prizes is $4440. Participating Bloggers are not responsible for shipment of prizes.


(1) Mantry Gift Package -arv $75- from Mantry.- 1 Winner- And don't miss their incredible Black Friday Deal!! But the deal is only good on November 28th!

(1) HP Stream 7 Tablet arv: $99.99 Blogger Sponsored Prize -1 Winner!


(1) Click 'n Dig F6 Smart RF Item Finder-arv: $67.95 from Click 'n Dig- 1 Winner!

(1) Coach Embossed Horse & Carriage Handbag -arv-$475- from Just Ideas with Venus Kem -1 Winner

1) Keurig 2.0 Coffee Maker K550 Bundle arv $249.99- from Keurig - 1 Winner - Save 20% + Free Shipping on Black Friday Only! Use Code: BLACKFRIDAY

(1) Black And Decker 4 Speed Digital Blender arv: $49.99- from Black And Decker  1- Winner

(1) Black & Decker Extra wide Convection Toaster Oven arv $59.99 from Black & Decker  1 Winner

(1) $350 Visa Gift Card arv $350 from Our World Travel - 1 Winner

(1) XBox One arv $349 from Our World Travel -1 Winner

1) Absolutely GORGEOUS Butterfly necklace- arv $15 from Joyful Gifts by Julie - 1 Winner

(1) Samsung Galaxy S 5 arv: $649 - from Samsung - 1 Winner

(1) $500 Visa Gift Card arv $500 - from Our World Travel -1 Winner

(5) $100 Visa Gift Cards -arv $100 each-from Just Ideas with Venus Kem 5 Winners

Grand Prize!!! (1)- ONE lucky winner will win a $1000 shopping spree with a $1000 Visa Gift Card courtesy of Our World Travel, where you can earn cash back every time you book travel!- 1 Winner Entry is simple, just follow the instructions on the Giveaway Tool below.  Entries from this Giveaway Tool and the Follow Pages will be combined and ran through to ensure a fair draw. All winning entries will be verified. When you Visit a Facebook Page, please take a moment to "Like" the page.   Good Luck!!

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Show Your Gratitude: Pick Up The Telephone And More

OK~ It's that time of year when we all focus on being thankful for this and that. Wouldn't it be nice if we could all focus on being thankful and nice all year long? That's my focus as we move forward. Just yesterday I called a friend that I had worked with off and on throughout the past year and thanked her for everything. I truly meant it, but after I hung up the phone I thought to myself, "I need to do that more often." A holiday should not be a reminder that I need to be grateful for someone that has helped me. I need to be thanking people every single day for what others do for me.

We live in a society where we all want everything now and that dreaded word, "entitlement" arises and my head just shakes. I then begin to think about how things were when I was growing up. Times were much different, as there were no cell phones and there was no internet. We actually had to have face to face conversations, write thank you notes, and even call someone from the "house" phone with a cord that reached a mile long or so! Remember that? Oh yeah, and it was usually a beautiful golden or avocado color!

I am thankful for all of the technology that we have today, but I do wonder how our younger kids of today will cope. Heck, I struggle with showing my gratitude with all of this technology as I need to really "think" about calling someone or writing out a thank you note and tossing it in an actual mail box. I honestly believe that kids do watch every move their parents make. One would like to think that kids would follow along and do the right thing, but often times peer pressure gives in and they sink. A fun way to test your family in this department is to have a tech free holiday- Hey, if this family can do it, yours can too.

So...... is it appropriate for a child to sit down with their parents and Skype a thank you call to their Grandparents for something?

You bet! This is a great way to use technology in the 21st Century and it also shows kids a nice way to use the apps that are available today. This is a really nice way to show gratitude when Grandparents are unable to be with their Grandchildren on a special occasion. This leads right into why it is important for Grandparents to embrace technology. Staying connected in a positive manner matters when it comes to the relationship of a Grandchild and a Grandparent. We do live in an exciting time and we all need to think about how we use all of these awesome tools.

My goal from now into the future is to be much better in showing my gratitude day in and day out. And one other thing, you know what? I felt so uplifted after I called my friend yesterday- I felt like I was ready to conquer the world! That seems to be reason enough to pick up the phone a little more often to say "Thank You," from this Mom's point of view. After All, It's All In a Mom's Day, Right?

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Cooking With Colavita Giveaway (11/20-12/13)


                                                               Cooking with Colavita Giveaway

Cooking with Colavita Giveaway Sponsored by Colavita

Hosted by Pea of Sweetness

Co-Hosted by Deliciously Savvy and Deals of Sweetness

Emilee at Pea of Sweetness loves Italian food but has been stuck in a rut with the same old recipes and ingredients. She was excited to broaden her horizons with Colavita. An Italian gift basket just in time for the holidays is sure to make anyone's day, including yours! There is no time like the present to have a great tasting Italian meal.

Colavita's history goes back a long time ago in the quaint hilltop village of Sant’Elia a Pianisi, located in the Molise region of Italy, two small family businesses were born. One family operated a stone mill for crushing homegrown olives used to produce fine extra virgin olive oil. The other family gathered the durum wheat harvest, milled the wheat into semolina grain and ultimately produced fresh pasta for the local market.

Over time, both families became experts at their trade, passing their knowledge to the next generation, who in turn did the same. The two families had much in common not only in perfecting time-honored production methods, but also in name. They were both Colavita families.
Today, the Colavita Olive Oil and Colavita Pasta companies are still family-owned and operating in the same town of their ancestors. They have since joined with another family-owned company, Colavita USA, and together they have shared the fruits of their respective crafts with American consumers for over twenty years.

Emilee got to try her hand at a new Italian recipe using the amazing ingredients included in the Colavita Simply Italian Gift Basket.

The Simply Italian Gift Basket includes:
  • Colavita Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • Colavita Balsamic Vinegar
  • Cirio Crushed Tomato with Basil
  • Colavita Eggplant and Sweet Peppers
  • Colavita Olive Bruschetta
  • Colavita Marinara Sauce
  • Colavita Tomato Basil Sauce
  • Colavita Penne Rigate
  • Dal Raccolto Capellini
  • Dal Raccolto Orchiette
  • Almond Cantuccini
Doesn't it sound amazing? One winner will receive the Colavita Simply Italian Gift Basket! (ARV $75.00) This giveaway begins on 11/20 and ends on 12/13 at 10:00pm (times are Central) and is open to US residents ages 18+. Winner is subject to eligibility verification and will have 48 hours to confirm before a new winner will be drawn. One winner per household, email address, or home address. If you have won this prize on another blog you are ineligible to win again. For any questions/concerns please email (consider adding this email to your “Safe List” as winning email notification will be sent from this email.) Please refer to the full terms and conditions in the Giveaway Tools.

 Disclosure: Pea of Sweetness received complimentary product(s) or service(s) in exchange for an honest review. No additional compensation was received. Participating bloggers are not responsible for prize fulfillment.  

Monday, November 17, 2014

Blogger Opp: $50 Amazon Gift Card Giveaway

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Sunday, November 16, 2014

Hiland For The Holiday Cookie Contest Rules And Information With a Giveaway of Hiland Dairy Products

OK~ It's the season of holiday cookies. Are you planning to start baking soon? Hiland Dairy Foods as a fun "Hiland for the Holidays Cookie Contest" this holiday season.

The beauty of the holidays is that everyone can be very creative when it comes to cookies! From now through December 31, 2014. Here's how the Hiland for the Holidays Cookie Contest works. Entrants are encouraged to share their "Entry Links" with friends and family through social media using #HilandCookies. The top five cookie recipes with a combination of the most votes on the landing page and social shares will receive one of five identical prizes including:

  •  A programmable slow cooker
  • A slow cooker cookbook featuring 1,400 of the best slow cooker recipes
  • A month's supply of Hiland Dairy products.

And the other cool thing, folks that enter could have their recipes featured on Hiland Dairy Food's Website.

 Winners will be chosen based on those with the most social "shares," "likes," "pins," retweets," "favorites," and of course votes. Be sure to share the link to your entry and encourage your friends and family to do the same. Be sure to use the hashtag #HilandCookies.

Keep in mind, your recipe MUST feature at least one Hiland Dairy ingredient and be submitted with an original photo of the prepared recipe. This contest is ONLY open to consumers in the Hiland Dairy trade area, which includes Missouri, Kansas, Iowa, Nebraska, Colorado, Wyoming, Texas, Arkansas and Oklahoma). For more in depth detail, please read the official rules.

And thanks to the good folks of Hiland Dairy, I've got some Hiland Dairy products to give away to one lucky reader. I have 5 24 oz. of Hiland Cottage Cheese, 5 6 oz. Lowfat or Fat Free Hiland Yogurt, and 5 1/2 gallons of Hiland Orange Juice. Enter through the Rafflecopter form below and your creative holiday baking project may get a little easier! After All, It's All In a Mom's Day, Right?

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*Thank you to Hiland Dairy for providing dairy products to my readers. I did receive Hiland Milk and Sour Cream products. I did not receive any monetary compensation to share this holiday cookie contest with all of you.

Monday, November 10, 2014

Tips To Shopping Black Friday and Cyber Monday Like A Pro #SPONSORED

Disclosure: As part of the Better Moments Blogger Brigade Program, I did receive compensation for this post. The opinions expressed here are mind and nobody else's. I have been a U.S. Cellular customer for 10+ years.

OK~ Can you believe it? Black Friday and Cyber Monday are just around the corner! This year will be an exciting one, especially if you have a smartphone. Your smartphone can become your best shopping pal.

It is no secret that Black Friday and Cyber monday often provide the best deals of the year and with USA Today predicting that Cyber Monday will outshine most offerings on Black Friday this year, the lines between the two continue to blur. Shopping in stores during this busy season is a highlight of the year for some, but it can be stressful. Likewise the number of online sites and web-only deals can be enticing, but can also overwhelm. Fortunately, the holiday shopping experience doesn't have to be stressful or overwhelming, thanks to some strategic tips for U.S. Cellular on how your smartphone can become your best shopping pal.

Use your smartphone and make the holiday shopping season less stressful and enjoy the sounds of the season! Think about it, when is the last time you actually listened to the Christmas Carol, Away In a Manger. Chances are you have came upon a group singing or performing in a local mall over the holidays, but due to your time limits you could not stop to listen. When you shop with your smartphone, you can enjoy the sounds of Christmas.

Here are two apps to help you shop smarter this holiday season.

Slickdeals  is one app that bargain hunters will want to have at their fingertips this Black Friday.

Millions of users submit, vote and comment on deals across the nation SO the best deals rise to the front of the page. With U.S. Cellular's 4G LTE network, this is a no brainer! This app can be used on both Android and Apple devices and will help you find the lowest prices.

Amazon Mobile App is our family favorite app!

With an iPhone6, your experience will be even sweeter. This app is so easy to use and makes your holiday shopping experience a fantastic one. The Amazon Mobile App works on your smartphones and tablets. In my opinion, this app has transformed how we all shop. I can tell you that our UPS man delivers a lot of Amazon packages to our home.

And as always, if you have a tween or teen in your home, I'd highly suggest that you monitor their online activity this holiday season. U.S. Cellular Better Moments Parent- Child Agreement can protect your family and your bank account on Black Friday and Cyber Monday.

Slickdeals and the Amazon Mobile App are a couple amazing apps out there to help you enjoy the holiday season this year. Shopping has never been easier and if you use your smartphone wisely, you may even find yourself singing a few Christmas Carols in 2014! So, tell me, what is your favorite shopping app? I'd love to hear about it. After All, It's All In a Mom's Day, Right?

Sunday, November 9, 2014

ISOTONER Women's Slippers (Holiday Giveaway)

OK~ I'm all about keeping my feet warm over the cooler months. Here in Iowa, that seems to be about eight months out of the year. My feet are always cold and let me tell you, the Luka ISOTONER slipper is perfect! My feet are cozy, comfy and warm!

It’s all about casual footwear this season. Dear Birkenstocks, Please Move Over. Just imagine this slipper with a maxi skirt heading to Whole Foods….Meet the Luka slipper, from the new Isotoner® Signature line. Promising cushioned comfort and noticeable warmth with its smartZONE2™ Gel Comfort Technology, the Luka allows you to master your tasks outdoors, indoors and in style all season.

The Luka makes a great go-to choice for busy women, and is a perfect gift for the holidays. The Luka is a microsuede slip-on that features faux mink fur trim, an on-trend Moroccan detail, and is available in 5 colors: Black, Navy Blue, Ash, Moroccan Blue and Wildberry. 

And then there is the Conversational slipper, the Sonja, which would make the ideal stocking stuffer! I have worn these slippers myself thanks to the good folks over a ISOTONER, as they sent me a couple pairs for review purposes. I highly recommend them to someone looking for an excellent slipper to wear around the house.

A dash of vintage preppy style on your feet during the holidays keeps the season bright and the compliments coming. New from the premium Isotoner Signature, meet the Conversational slipper, a perfect stocking stuffer. The Conversational features a festive sweater knit topped with a whimsical winter appliqué, appropriate for the young and young at heart. Cold weather characters like owls, snowflakes, penguins, and reindeer add a hint of novelty. Plush memory foam and fleece lining keep feet cozy, and the indoor/outdoor sole lets the Conversational take you wherever you need to go. Available in Denim Blue, Henna, Spruce, Oatmeal Heather, and Dark Charcoal Heather, the Conversational is a playful and practical slipper for the holiday season.

ISOTONER always impresses me and again, these slippers would make the perfect gift for yourself or someone else this holiday season.

I have two pairs of ISOTONER slippers to give away.One pair is the Sonja in a size XL (9.5-10) and a pair of the Luka slippers in a size L (8.5-9). Enter through the Rafflecopter form below. Winners will be randomly chosen and the size and color listed are what I have to give you. If the size you win doesn't fit you, just wrap it up and give it to someone this holiday season- they will LOVE you and their feet will thank you time and time again! After All, It's All In a Mom's Day, Right?

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As always, the opinions expressed here are mine and nobody else's. And again, I did receive two pairs of slippers for review purposes. The ARV of each pair of slippers is $34.00.