Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Blogosphere Giveaway Alert!



Angie at 5 Vinez Monkeys is having an awesome giveaway sponsored by SlimPerfectTM. Stop by before 11:59pm ET on August 26th and enter to win a $50 Gift Certificate!

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Family Time

I'm visiting my parents this week. The computer situation is actually better than I thought it was going to be. My laptop cord broke, so I was going to be relying on their desktop, which they said was broken. Turns out that it was just internet explorer (which I absolutely abhor, mozilla firefox all the way please) acting up. So I fixed that and here I am!

I won tickets from a local radio station to go to the red carpet premiere for the movie The Goods and the exclusive after party. Problem is, since it is on a Thursday, most of my friends can't go. I have a chance to meet Jeremy Piven (Ari on Entourage) and I might not even be able to go? That is just lame. Maybe I should just go by myself haha . I am currently on a spree calling people I haven't called in awhile. Hey, don't judge, we are busy people...and we all suck at keeping in touch. That's what facebook's for, right?

Oh yeah, I also won the whole collection of NOW That's What I Call Music cds. One word. Hilarious. Since I consider myself somewhat of an Indie music lover, it is definitely amusing to see me popping in a cd full of Britney Spears, N'Sync, and Destiny's Child. My 3 year old nephew was thrilled to have some music to dance around to, so I guess it is a good prize.

Monday, August 10, 2009

Blogosphere Giveaway Alert!

3 Garnets and 2 Saphires is giving away an Eardoc!

All of us have had ear pain and know how frustrating it can be. Eardoc helps relieve that pain!

Go check out the giveaway and enter to win!

Monday not so funday

Whoo, I got a good workout in today. I absolutely love that Comcast offers free workouts OnDemand from fitnessTV.com.

If anyone has Comcast OnDemand you can find the workouts by going to your OnDemand screen, clicking on Sports & Fitness, then clicking on Fitness TV. They have anything you could possibly want. Yoga, pilates, workouts with Jillian Micheal (Biggest Loser trainer), cardio, strength training, and more.

My favorite at the moment is a 20 minute pilates video. I had never done pilates before and I was surprised to find that I love it. It stretches you out and really works out your core. I have horrible posture (think hunchback of Notre Dame and then realize I am hugely exaggerating haha). Ok, it is not that bad, but I am hoping that once I strengthen my back muscles it will be easier to sit up straight.

I am not a big fan of Mondays. Even though I am having a good day, it is still sad to say goodbye to the weekend :(

Sunday, August 9, 2009

New 50 Calorie Fiber One Yogurt $1.00 Coupon

MyBlogSpark has offered a $1.00 off coupon for me to share with you all!

New 50 Calorie Fiber One Yogurt $1.00 Coupon


I haven't tried it yet, but it looks pretty yummy. Plus, I am all about the coupons. Which reminds me, my coupon holder thing broke and I am looking for a new one. Anyone got any suggestions?



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Blogosphere Giveaway Alert!

Conversations with Moms is hosting a great giveaway sponsored by My Blog Spark! The winner will receive a Honey Kix Cereal Prize Pack including a coupon for a FREE Box of Honey Kix Cereal, a cool Honey Kix container, the matching bowl, a nifty on-the-go container that keeps your beverage cool, and a honey container! This giveaway ends August 9th, 2009 so don’t miss out on your opportunity for a chance to win this great giveaway.

Friday, August 7, 2009

Sexy Hot Tan or Sun Stroke?

Ok, anyone who knows me knows my love for all things Will Ferrell. I am sure that my family and friends are sick of hearing it, but I was a fan before it was cool to be a fan.

I met him while he was filming "Stranger Than Fiction". Part of it was filmed at UIC in Chicago. A friend and I waited outside for a few hours. First, Dustin Hoffman came walking out dressed in khaki shorts and black socks with little ghosts on them (he is eccentric and I love him for it). He stopped and talked to us for a few minutes and was really sweet. For some reason, I wasn't really nervous. He went on his way and we continued waiting....and then it happened. Will Ferrell walked out of the building and stopped to talk to us. My friend was chatting away, but I...couldn't....say...a...thing. He even tried asking how I was doing and all I could do was mouth the word "okay". Even though all I did was stand there gaping like an idiot, it was still one of the best moments of my life! haha

So, when I saw that Will Ferrell created his own line of sunscreens, I about died! They are called Sexy Hot Tan or Sun Stroke.




You can find them at fredflare.com and according to their description:


"Save your skin AND support Cancer for
College with these hilarious sunscreens
endorsed by Will Ferrell! Proceeds go to
scholarships for cancer survivors. PABA
free, alcohol free, mineral oil free, and
fragrance free! 30 SPF lightweight sport
formula has aloe and vitamin E. Hypo-
allergenic and UVB/UVA broadspectrum
protection. Choose from, Sexy Hot Tan
or Sun Stroke. 6 oz. Limited availability!"

So, not only are you buying some awesome sunscreens that you will want to save the bottles of, you are also helping to support a great cause!

I am definitely adding these to my Christmas wish list (hey, it is never too early to start your list!)







Sometimes inspiration comes at the most random moments...

I was over at My Bottle's Up entering a giveaway and one of the extra entries was to subscribe to her feed. I did and I was looking through her posts when I stumbled upon her entry sharing a link to the story of her rape. It was posted on a website called Violence Unsilenced. It brought tears to my eyes reading her story and I was amazed at how brave she is to have shared such a scary, traumatic event with the world.

She has inspired me to speak out.

It is amazing to me how the internet can seem so vast and anonymous, but at the same time, you read one story and you feel like you have support that you never even knew existed.

Violence Unsilenced helps survivors of domestic abuse and sexual assault by giving them a voice.

Wednesday, August 5, 2009

Awesome Blog Giveaway Alert!!!

The Dirty Shirt is giving away Sprint HTC Snap phone!!!

Now that is one awesome giveaway! The phone has 3G support, Microsoft Office Mobile, and a bunch of other great features! Go enter here!

Ends August 5

Monday, July 27, 2009

Awesome Blog Giveaway Alert!!!

Mission Mommy is giving away a bottle of Skin MD Natural Shielding Lotion!

Great for dry skin and even eczema and psoriasis sufferers! Go enter to win here!


Giveaway ends July 28th.

Friday, July 24, 2009

Awesome Blog Giveaway Alert!!!


“Jeanne's Ramblings is hosting a
giveaway sponsored by Bedding Sets.com! The winner will be able to select between four Modern Basics Boo Hippo Pillows, from the Boo Hippo Collection. This giveaway ends July 25, 2009, 12 midnight EST so enter now."


There are other giveaways going on at Jeanne's Ramblings that you should definitely enter as well!

Friday, July 17, 2009

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Sunday, May 31, 2009

Book Review: A Gift From Brittany

A Gift from Brittany: A Memoir of Love and Loss in the French Countryside A Gift from Brittany: A Memoir of Love and Loss in the French Countryside by Marjorie Price


My review


rating: 4 of 5 stars
To be honest, I still sometimes judge a book by its cover. (I know, shoot me) At first I thought this was going to be another book about some lady who moves to France, falls in love and blah, blah, blah. It ended up being so much more. The story pulled me in and elicited emotions within me that usually remain dormant. Definitely a book that I fell in love with.


View all my reviews.

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Busy Mom Triderma Giveaway!



Busy Mom is giving away hundreds of dollars worth of TriDerma products!

Be one of seven winners. The giveaway ends May 28th. Be sure to check out the other great giveaways on Busy Momincluding a Keurig Platinum Brewer.



Saturday, May 23, 2009

Days Like These: Uprinting Giveaway!



Days Like These is having a giveaway of 500 Postcard Printing to 2 lucky winners from Uprinting.com!! These would come in handy for anyone who is looking to promote their blog, ebay business, etsy business, or anything else you can possibly think of! You should definitely stop on by before Sunday, May 24th at noon and enter to win!

Thursday, May 21, 2009

It's my birthday!

I am 24 today. Wow, that sounds old to me. I know, I know, it isn't! But still, it just feels...weird.

Going to the Museum of Science and Industry in Chicago to see The Harry Potter Exhibit!!!

Age appropriate birthday outing? haha, I think so.

Afterward it is either Heaven on Seven or Grand Lux Cafe. It depends on which I am in the mood for, they are only about a block away from each other.

Hope everyone has a great day!

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Mom In The City Blog Contest


Mom In The City
is giving away a Sansa® slotRadio™ Player and SanDisk® slotRadio™ Card

The player comes preloaded with 1000 songs, which is absolutely, amazingly, stupendously, awesome!

Also, you should go check out this post on her blog. She is looking for some feedback for her great blog and if you are the creative type, help her out with some ideas!
(valued at $99.99)!

Mommy's Idea is hosting a Blog Makeover Giveaway!



Sick of looking at your boring blog? I know I am.

Lucky for us, Mommy's Idea is giving away a Custom Blog Design or Blog Makeover from Sweet Pea Design Studio (who, by the way, is super talented)! How cool is that?

Go check it out here!



Sunday, May 17, 2009

Blog Contest Alert: The Parenting Pink


The Parenting Pink is giving away an awesome Mini Kick Scooter (valued at $74.99!) from Kickboard USA!

They look like so much fun, I want one! They have a bunch of different colors that you can pick from and they all look really cool. Go check it out and enter here!

Thursday, May 14, 2009

Blog Contest Alert: A Mom in Red High Heels



A Mom in Red High Heels is giving away an awesome package from beauty fix to 15 of her readers! You should check it out here!


Besides the giveaways, A Mom in Red High Heels has other interesting and helpful articles on her site like Beauty Tips, Book Reviews, and Children's Products.


It is definitely a blog that you should take some time to read!

Blog Contest Alert: Life In a House of Blue



Life In a House of Blue is having an awesome giveaway!

They are giving one lucky winner
A KODAK EASYSHARE Z1015 IS !! (A 279.95 value ! )

Get on over and enter to win!




Monday, May 4, 2009

Blog Contest Alert: Parent Reviewers


Parent Reviewers are giving away one Wordlock Padlock and Bike lock to a lucky reader!

These locks are the first locks to let you set a word combination instead of just a normal number combo (which can be hard to remember). Check them out and enter the giveaway as well!

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Blog Contests Shout Out

There are so many good blog contests out there, it is hard to keep track!
Here are a few that I think are worth mentioning:

The Ohana Mama is giving away a Medela Swing Pump & Bamboo Nursing Camisole! Visit to learn more about breast feeding and other great information!


Confessions of a Housewife is giving away a copy of the Being Dad: Inspiration and Information for Dads-To-Be DVD! Interesting and informational look at how dads feel!

Babes and Kids is giving away and Aden and Anais 2 pack of swaddling blankets! And she has a discount for her blog readers as well!

Go Graham Go!
is giving away Mama Jewels and an All About Me Diary from Fresh Baby! Check out her review (and the giveaway) here!

Berrie Sweet Picks is giving away a "She Colors My Day" photobook from Snapfish by HP! It is a great giveaway promoting an amazing cause!

Mom Start is giving away an awesome bag from Tessuta Woven Products! They have tons of team colors that you can choose from!



Friday, March 13, 2009

Book Review: Brisingr (Inheritance: Book 3)

Brisingr (Inheritance:  Book 3)
Brisingr (Inheritance: Book 3)

by Christopher Paolini

Finished this book with a sigh (almost a scream) of frustration. Silly me, I had no idea that the last book of the trilogy (now a cycle) had been split into two books. I was so excited to finish the series and see how it ended. Get to the last page and realize that this isn't the end. The book just wasn't as good as the first two. The story is so good, but Paolini's writing can sometimes seem superfluous and whole sections of the book seemed unnecessary. I see the importance of the sword being forged, but did I honestly need to sit through about 30 pages of minute-by-minute details of how exactly it was made?

All of that aside, it really does engage the imagination and lives up to what a fantasy novel should be. There is the right amount of suspense and danger that keeps you reading (even when it is way past your bedtime). I hope the fourth novel finishes what has been a great series in a way that satisfies.

Oh, and if it turns into five books, I swear to god....

Book Challenge 2009

Two years ago I made a New Year's resolution to read 50 books in a year. I completed it and it was a unbelievably satisfying feeling and experience. I decided this year I would like to try it again.

Here is a list of the books that I have read so far (I have been on a fantasy series kick lately it seems). I am in need of a good nonfiction book to read next.

Even if you can't find the time to read 50 books, take a little time out to read a good book. It is amazing how it can make you feel when you find a book that you love.

I linked all the books to their sites on goodreads. That site is perfect for keeping track of books that you have read and that you would like to read. Plus, you can check out how other readers rated books and what they thought of it.




Nuclear Winter Wonderland: A Wild Tale of Nuclear Terror, Kidnapping, Gangsters and Family Values (Paperback) Nuclear Winter Wonderland: A Wild Tale of Nuclear Terror, Kidnapping, Gangsters and Family Values Corin, Joshua


I Am Legend (Paperback) I Am Legend Matheson, Richard


Little Bee (Hardcover) Little Bee Cleave, Chris


The Host: A Novel (Hardcover) The Host: A Novel Meyer, Stephenie


How to Be Good (Paperback) How to Be Good Hornby, Nick


Breaking Dawn (The Twilight Saga, Book 4) Breaking Dawn (The Twilight Saga, Book 4) Meyer, Stephenie


Eclipse (The Twilight Saga, Book 3) Eclipse (The Twilight Saga, Book 3) Meyer, Stephenie


New Moon (The Twilight Saga, Book 2) New Moon (The Twilight Saga, Book 2) Meyer, Stephenie


Twilight (The Twilight Saga, Book 1) Twilight (The Twilight Saga, Book 1) Meyer, Stephenie

Brisingr (Inheritance:  Book 3) Brisingr (Inheritance: Book 3) Paolini, Christopher


Eldest (Inheritance, Book 2) Eldest (Inheritance, Book 2) Paolini, Christopher


Eragon (Inheritance, Book 1) Eragon (Inheritance, Book 1) Paolini, Christopher