June 30, 2013

Escape Monthly Giveaway

Escape Monthly
photo courtesy escapemonthly.com

Life is stressful and everyone deserves an escape now and then.  Escape Monthly will deliver luxury products right to your door every month for you to have some pampering "me" time.

Escape Monthly lets you relax with handpicked luxury items.  They are the only destination inspired subscription box service.  Each box contains:
  • Full size luxury products
  • Travel guides and secret tips
  • Special offers for resorts, spas and travel
  • Opportunity to win a vacation for 2 to the destination of the month

Let's face it that stress is never going to go away.  It's just a part of life, but how you deal with stress is what matters.  Taking a vacation is one great way to relieve stress.  It lets you recharge, let loose and have some fun.  Of course, we can't always hop on a plane to a beautiful beach resort.  So treat yourself to a stay-cation and escape at home with products to help you relax and unwind.

Or even better, you could win a vacation to the destination of the month.  Escape Monthly's destination for August is Napa Valley.  An escape to wine country sure sounds relaxing to me.  All subscribers are automatically entered to win this amazing vacation.

Escape Monthly
photo courtesy escapemonthly.com
It would be so cool if one of my readers won the Napa Valley retreat.  That's why I'm excited to offer all of you a chance to receive 20% Off your Escape Monthly subscription FOR LIFE.  Just use exclusive coupon code "YOURESCAPE" to receive 20% off for life.

Last, but not least, you can win a free Escape Monthly box (valued $50).  Easy entry with the form below.  Giveaway ends 7/8/2013 and is open to the US.  Good luck everyone.

Disclosure: I received no compensation for this publication. My opinions are my own and may differ from those of your own.  Lil' Debi As Mama is not responsible for sponsor prize shipment.  


    June 27, 2013

    What Do You #GiveACup About?

    Peet's is launching their new Single Cups.  For 5 years they have been perfecting each blend using more coffee and a different kind of filter that lets more flavor pass into the cup.  To celebrate Peet's Single Cups they are launching the internet's very first social sampling experiment - Give A Cup.

    Do You Give A Cup?
    Image and value provided by our partner, Peet's

    Every week you can go to doyougiveacup and vote on a topic.  The topics are fun, current and could be about anything.  Your votes determine where Peet's hosts their sampling events each week.

    They could show up at your local farmer's market or the ice cream shop down the street.  It's up to you and America to decide where by voting, sharing and participating in Peet's social sampling experiment.

    Peet's - Do You Give A Cup? Image and value provided by our partner, Peet's

    This week's topic - Zombies

    I am a big fan of all things supernatural.  I like them all from vampires & werewolfs to fairies & hobbits.

    The only ones I don't like are zombies.  I know they have become very popular, but I'm just not a fan.

    Why am I not a Zombie fan?

    • Zombies are so darn slow.  I mean really, how hard can it be to get away from something that moves so slowly and jerkily.  If you can speed walk, you can out run a zombie.

    • Zombies don't talk or communicate.  They just grunt.

    • Zombies are too easy to kill.  Just blow their heads off and that's it.

      • Zombies are ugly and gross.  There's nothing attractive or appealing about a rotting corpse.

      • If actually caught by a zombie, they just eat you....boring.

      What is your opinion on this week's topic of Zombies?  Do You Give A Cup?   I'm curious as to how many of my readers are ready for the Zombie Apocolypse and who could care less about the undead creatures.

      Don't forget to vote at doyougiveacup and maybe Peet's will show up in your neighborhood.

      Disclosure:  Thank you to Peet's Coffee for sponsoring this post.  All opinions are completely my own based on my experience.

      Most Beautiful Eyes Contest

      Real Kids Shades is proud to continue it's sponsorship of Prevent Blindness America's Most Beautiful Eye Contest. The contest allows children across the United States the chance to win a $10,000 educational scholarship.

      Protecting your kid's eyes is just as important as protecting their skin from permanent sun damage.  If you haven't heard of Real Kids Shades, you can check out my previous post and review - Protect Your Child's Eyes.

      Most Beautiful Eyes Contest

      Here are the Most Beautiful Eyes contest details:

      From June 24 - July 31, 2013, parents of children ages zero to 17 are encouraged to enter their child in the Prevent Blindness America Most Beautiful Eyes Contest by submitting a photo to the Prevent Blindness America Facebook page at facebook.com/preventblindness.

      From August 1 - 31, 2013, the public will be encouraged to place online votes for their choice of the child with the most beautiful eyes. Each state will have a winner (void where prohibited), who advance to the second round of voting.

      All state winners will receive a free pair of Real Kids Shades sunglasses and a copy of the children's book, "Jacob's Eye Patch" by Beth Kobliner Shaw and Jacob Shaw.

      The national winner will be decided by the panel of celebrity judges including, ORA-TV's Larry King, "Fox NFL Sunday" host Curt Menefee, actress Barbara Eden, and bestselling author Beth Kobliner Shaw.

      The 2013 national winner will be announced at the Prevent Blindness America Annual Awards Banquet on Friday, November 8, 2013. The national winner and two family members will enjoy a weekend in Chicago where they will accept the award.

      You can enter the contest and follow along on Facebook. Real Kids Shades will continue to give contest updates on their facebook page.  facebook.com/realkidsshades.

                                               Real Kids Shades is also having a SUMMER SALE!

      RKS Summer Sale


        Sale Ends July 21st.

      Summer Sun Hat Combo - $28.99
         Now $19.99 plus free shipping

      FREE shipping on all orders over $25

      Click on the cutie to the left to check out all the latest styles.

      June 26, 2013

      Free Online Blogging Class

      {FREE} 4-Week Profitable Blogging For Beginners Class

      Sign Up For The Free 4-Week Online Blogging Class!

      Heads Up: This offer ends June 30th!

      Blogelina is once again offering her very popular 4-week blogging class — for FREE! This online class will be held in July 2013.

      If you sign up for this free class, here’s what you’ll get:

      • A class manual – packed with 60 pages of information that will help take the overwhelming out of starting your own blog
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      Save yourself a lot of time, trouble, and money – learn from blogger experiences what to do and not to do.

      Go here to sign up for the FREE 4-week blogging class.

      June 25, 2013

      Wordless Wednesday (Linky) - Being A Kid

      I have been feeling kind of old lately and not liking it.  When we went to visit my brother and I saw the trampoline.....  I decided to just play like a kid and prove that I'm still not too old to jump on a trampoline:)




      June 22, 2013

      Jack The Giant Slayer Giveaway

      Warner Bros. is proud to announce the arrival of Jack the Giant Slayer released on DVD & Blu-ray on June 18!  I have always loved watching these kinds of movies about classic tales.  It's even more fun to watch them now with my daughter.

      Unleashed on the Earth for the first time in centuries, the giants strive to reclaim the land they once lost, forcing Jack (Nicholas Hoult), into the battle of this life to stop them.  Fighting for a kingdom and its people, and the love of a brave princess, he comes face to face with the unstoppable warriors he thought only existed in legend... and gets the chance to become a legend himself! Directed by Brian Singer (X-Men, Superman Returns)

      Starring: Nicholas Hoult (About a Boy), Ewan McGregor (Star Wars, Moulin Rouge!), and Stanley Tucci (The Lovely Bones).

      The question is... are you courageous enough to rescue the princess? Are you brave like Jack?  Take the quiz to find out!

      Celebrate this classic story with NEW content exclusive to the Jack The Giant Slayer Blog App!

      You have the power! 

      • Control the moving GIFs and power the action in the movie with a swipe of your mouse! 
      • The Giant Soundboard lets you compose your own mashup of sounds from Jack The Giant Slayer, which your kids will enjoy for hours! 
      • Test your bravery and take the How Brave Are You? QUIZ to see if you are as brave as our hero Jack.

      How would you like to have your own Jack The Giant Slayer on Blu-Ray?  Enter to win a combo pack with the easy entry form below. Giveaway ends Feb. 6th at 2am and is open to U.S.  Good Luck Everyone!

      Jack The Giant Slayer Blu-Ray DVD

      Disclosure:   I received no compensation for this publication. My opinions are my own and may differ from those of your own.  Lil' Debi As Mama is not responsible for sponsor prize shipment

      June 12, 2013

      Wordless Wednesday - Family Vacation (Linky)

      I'm on vacation this week visiting family in Illinois.  These are a few of the pictures so far and I'm sure I will be taking many more.  It's nice to relax a little and spend time with family and friends from my hometown.

      Rachel loves any playground

      Wind Farm
      Some wind turbines (Wind Farm- Pontiac, IL)

      swinging bridge
      one of the few remaining swinging bridges

      Duck park pontiac, il
      Duck Park

      June 7, 2013

      #BICMarkIt Permanent Markers Review

      Bic Mark-It

      I was excited to receive the Bic Mark-It 36 count permanent markers from Smiley 360.  I love to craft, color and create.  I find it to be a great stress reliever.  The markers come in this easy flip open case which has room for extras too.  This is a real plus for me.  I am always looking all over for that certain color and can never find it while they are rolling all over the drawer.  The case keeps them neatly organized.  

      Bic Mark-It

      I had fun decorating the magnetic frame and then I just wanted to play around with all the different colors.  I think my diagonal stripes will make a cool background for some future art project.  They write smoothly and consistantly.  They also dry very quickly on whatever surface and I don't end up getting color all over the side of my hand.

      Bic Mark-It

      You can use these markers on different surfaces including glass, metal, plastic, photos and more.  Just imagine all the colorful things you could make.

      Visit Bic Mark-It on Facebook for a chance to win one of their daily color inspired prizes and get a $2.00 off coupon.

      Disclosure:  I was not financially compensated for this post. I received a free product for review purposes. The opinions are completely my own based on my experience.

      June 6, 2013

      Pennington Smart Feed Sprayer System Review #GetItFree

      Pennington smart feed video

      Pennington Smart Feed

      I am in the process of moving from an apartment to a house with a huge yard.  I am so excited to have a yard again even though it needs a lot of work.  Pennington and BzzAgent provided me with the Smart Feed Sprayer System to try in my new yard.  Here in south Texas I am lucky enough to be able to grow things almost year round.

      To keep my flowers and plants looking good in the hot Texas sun, I need to water and fertilize them regularly.  I do my best to keep up with watering, but fertilizing is my downfall.  I just don't like to mess with it because it's usually a pain in the butt and just plain icky.

      I had my hubby and daughter help me get the flowerbed below planted.  It was a nice way for us to all work together too.

      digging up flowerbed

      Making flowerbed

      Pennington Smart Feed Sprayer System
      Pennington Smart Feed Sprayer System

      Fertilizing is no longer a problem for me with the Pennington Smart Feed.  It's pretty simple and saves so much time.  As a work at home mom, anything that is an easy time saver is awesome.  I also like to save money anywhere I can.  The sprayer system is reusable and sells for around $12.99 and the refill tablets start at only $9.99.  This is a great deal since each tablet fertilizes up to 300 sq. feet.  and comes in three varieties.

      You also save money by using half the water of other application systems.  The tablets are pre-measured to supply the right nutrient to water ratio with no mess.  The Smart Feed System delivers 100% of it's nutrients in about 10 minutes versus using 100 gallons of water per application with typical feeders.  Hubby sprayed the above flowerbed in about 2-3 minutes.

      Pennington Smart Feed Sprayer System

      I also used it on a couple banana trees I am trying to save and bring back to life.  I will update this post very soon with pictures of my beautiful flowerbed and hopefully healthy banana trees. 

      Disclosure:  I was not financially compensated for this post.  I received a free product for review purposes. The opinions are completely my own based on my experience. #GetItFree


      Cree and Scooter Children's Book Review

      Take The Adventure With 
      Cree and Scooter

      Cree and Scooter Hit The Slopes In British Columbia  is the first book of a global series by Tammy Sutton-Brown.  Cree and Scooter teaches young children about about other places and cultures around the world.

      Cree and Scooter Hit The Slopes in British Columbia

      Cree is a 7 year old little girl who is given a toy chameleon, named Scooter, by her brother.  Cree soon finds out that Scooter is a very special chameleon.  Scooter comes to life in Cree's dreams and they travel, learn and have fun-filled adventures.

      In this first book, Cree and Scooter travel to British Columbia.  They have a fun adventure while learning about Canada's places and people. While learning to ski, they even learn some words in French and so much more.

      Cree and Scooter lets your kids use their imagination and they enjoy learning about the world.  My daughter, Rachel loves reading the story and likes the colorful pictures.  At the end of the story, there are bonus activity pages.

      Cree and Scooter

      We are leaving for vacation in a couple of days and Rachel keeps telling me not to forget to pack her new Cree and Scooter book.  She plans on doing the activities while we are traveling in the car.  It will help keep her busy for our 1400 mile road trip.  I love seeing her excited about reading and learning.

      Cree ans Scooter

      About The Author

      Tammy Sutton-Brown is a WNBA veteran and two-time all star.  She was raised in Ontario, Canada and has visited over 40 countries in 5 continents.  She believes exposure to different cultures, languages and traditions enhancing one's quality of life.  

      Tammy also founded the Tammy Sutton-Brown Foundation, Inc. in 2009.  The TSB Foundation is a non-profit organization committed to the empowerment of women and children.  Some of the proceeds from the Cree and Scooter adventure book series will be donated to the foundation.

      You can learn more about Cree and Scooter on Facebook and Twitter.  Visit their website and download your own activity book, shop or watch Cree and Scooter TV.  Also watch for the 2nd book of the series coming this year titled Cree and Scooter Climb The Great Wall of China


      Become a parent ambassador and earn gift certificates and prizes for spreading the word.  For more information check out my previous post >> Become a Cree and Scooter Parent Ambassador.

      Disclosure:  I received a copy of this book to review but I was not financially compensated in any way. The opinions expressed are my own and are based on my observations while reading this book.

      June 5, 2013

      Bloggers Wanted - Back To School Blast Event

      Back to school events are always big and bring a lot of traffic to your blog.  For your readers there is $1000 in gift cards up for grabs.  

      For the blogger who refers the most unique people to this event will win either $50 PayPal cash or Amazon e-code. 

      Back To School Blast Giveaway Event

      Back to School Blast Event

      Hosted by: Mom Powered Media
      Prize: $1,000 in Gift Cards up for grabs!
      Event dates: 7/1 - 8/1

      Free Blogger Event: Sign Up HERE

      June 4, 2013

      Wordless Wednesday - Peaceful Pelican (Linky)

      Usually the brown pelicans fly away before I can take a picture.  This one just kept chilling and didn't care what I was doing around him.  So he was my peaceful pelican friend for the afternoon.  Happy Wednesday:)

      Brown Pelican

      June 2, 2013

      #RevoltNowFit - Week 5 Update

      Memorial Day and week 5 of Revolt Fitness with Nicole Huntsman.  This was a hard week with all the cookouts and yummy desserts everywhere.  Even harder than not eating my weight in barbeque and fudge brownies, was the week of cardio workouts.

      One word of advice for any mom..... Do not play Just Dance with your daughter on the Wii before working out.   I don't know what I was thinking that day.  I sure was tired and a little sore too.  That's when I received the old classic lines "No Pain, No, Gain"  and "Feel The Burn" from my hubby who thinks he's funny:) 
      Why not try a Free workout and "Feel The Burn" for yourself!  You just might like it and even feel good when you've finished.  Now go ahead and get your butt off the couch and do some exercises with Nicole.  It will only take a few minutes. 

      Well , how did it go?  I enjoy the workouts the more I do them.  You're not always doing the same exercises everyday.  Having a mix of exercises keeps me from getting bored and I actually looking forward to the next one.

      You can continue to work out with Nicole, get a monthly meal plan and much more for only $10 a month.  

      Check back next week for my update after participating  in the program for 6 weeks.  I will post all my before and after measurements and hopefully some before and after pictures too.  I'll try not to chicken out:)

      Disclosure:  I have received free monthly access to the Revolt Fitness Program for review purposes.  All opinions are 100% my own based on my personal experience with the program.

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