Thursday, March 31, 2011

Review & Giveaway: All Terrain Kids Lip Balm

Sponsored by Tomoson.comI thought that spring was upon us, but this past Sunday I had to brush snow off of my car. And for the rest of this week, the temperatures haven't gone above the mid 40's. So despite March's "in like a lion, out like a lamb" promises, we've got a bit more "lion" to get through.

So I was happy to have the opportunity to review All Terrain's Lip Armor for kids. Chapped lips are always a problem when the weather is dry, and I was happy to see a great lip balm for kids.

The twin pack that I received came with two flavors, cherry and bubble gum. Both have a fantastic scent, but very little flavor. One of the problems with kid lip balms is that they tend to have a lot of flavor to them, the kids lick them off and then you have an even bigger problem on your hands, er, lips. These are very neutral in flavor, so far less of a temptation for licking.

Another thing that's great about this product is that it is paraben and petroleum free. All Terrain products are made from all natural ingredients like almond oil, shea butter, beeswax and vitamin E, so they do an amazing job of keeping your lips (and your kids' lips!) smooth no matter what the weather is. And because they have an SPF of 25, they are protected all year round from UVA and UVB rays.

All Terrain has a whole array of children's products from sun screens to soaps. And you can feel good because all of their products are cruelty free and not tested on animals.

Buy it: You can purchase All Terrain's Lip Armor on the web for only $3.99!

Win it: One lucky reader will win a twin pack of All Terrain's Lip Armor for kids! This contest is open to residents of the US who are 18 and older.

Mandatory Entry: 
  • Like All Terrain on Facebook and leave a comment saying Big Mama sent you! (Leave a comment here too!)
Extra Entries:
  • Follow All Terrain on Twitter.
  • Follow my blog publicly on Google Friend Connect.
  • Follow my blog on Networked blogs.
  • Subscribe to my site by RSS or email (must confirm).
  • Follow me on Twitter.
  • Like Big Mama's Blog on Facebook.
  • Tweet this contest using the following: #Win a pack of Kid's Lip Balm by @AllTerrainCo from @BigMama247! http://bit.ly/erwHUt #giveaway ends 4/11 (2x per day at least an hour apart)
  • Post my button on your blog (leave a link where I can find it).
  • Vote for me on the Fence (see button on the right -- just click! Can do this once a day.).
Please make sure that I have a way to contact you (if you leave an email in your Disqus comment, I'll have it even though it's not visible to everyone). If I can't contact you, I'll make a different selection. This contest will be open until 11:59 PM, April 11. I will choose a winner using the Random.org random number generator. I will send an email to the winner who will have 48 hours to respond. If I don't hear from you by then, I'll select another comment. 

Thanks and good luck!

I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Tomoson.com. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commissions 16 CFR, Part 255 Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising. Tomoson Product review & giveaway Disclosure.
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Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Winners: Apothica & Pillsbury Giveaway

It's winner time! Hooray!

The winner of the $25 Apothica.com gift card was #124, Shawna O!










The winner of the Pillsbury gift pack was #42, ashley!

Both winners have been emailed and will have 48 hours to respond. Thanks to all who entered! Be sure to stop by for more giveaways, and to get ready for the big Blogmania giveaway on April 9-11!





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NMEDA Services

This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of NMEDA. All opinions are 100% mine.

Disabilities can happen to anyone. They aren't something that you can plan for and they can present a number of challenges to families. You have physical difficulties to deal with. You may have modifications that need to be done to your home. It can be emotionally exhausting to deal with the pain of a family member who is encountering this. One challenge that people might not consider is that of transportation for their disabled loved one. NMEDA is able to help with that need.

 

Sometimes the challenge isn't a disability at all, but may be as simple as a family member who has aged and is no longer able to drive their vehicle in without modifications. They may be wheelchair bound or have another issue that compromises their ability to drive without assistance. Again, NMEDA has the tools available to help them lead a full, active life.

 

NMEDA is a non-profit trade organization that educates consumers on purchasing equipment from a qualified NMEDA dealer. NMEDA itself does not sell anything. They help families get in touch with NMEDA dealers who are required to adhere to the safety standards of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. The NMEDA dealers will help you find a safe handicap van or help you make vehicle modifications for your disabled family member. 

 

Because no two people are the same and no two disabilities are the same, it's beneficial to have an in-person evaluation of your needs. NMEDA dealers are able to help you find what the best driving solution is for your family. If you find that you need help with equipment that you have purchased from an NMEDA dealer, they offer training and can help you with any further refinement that may be necessary. You can go to the NMEDA website to find an NMEDA dealer near you.

 

In addition to NMEDA dealers, they also have a Quality Assurance Program (QAP) dealers. The Quality Assurance Program is the only nationally recognized accreditation program for the Adaptive Equipment Mobility Industry. Dealers who have been through the QAP will have a special badge by their name on the website and you can know that they are held to the highest standard to meet your performance and safety needs. This includes having a certified welders if they need to perform structural modification on a vehicle, 24-hour service to their customers, and records of all adaptive work. They also have an annual audit performed by a third party to make sure that they are in compliance to the NMEDA Guidelines, certain aspects of the Americans with Disabilities Act, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's (NHTSA) Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards (FMVSS) and "Make Inoperative" mandates.

 

In order to find out if there is a NMEDA dealer in your area, simply go to the NMEDA homepage and type in your zip code and it will give you a list of dealers who are ready to help you with your mobility and transportation needs. I was able to find four QAP NMEDA dealer within 100 miles of my home. Feel free to leave me a comment and let me know where the closest NMEDA dealer is to you. 

 

Disabilities can be difficult on family members. NMEDA can help make that burden a little bit lighter. 

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Thursday, March 24, 2011

Blogmania Sponsor: EdenFantasys.com

Sex toys - EdenFantasys adult toys storeI absolutely love the folks over at EdenFantasys. They are one of my favorite shops on the web. They have so many fun things going on at their site. Not just all of the awesome toys, but also tons of ways to earn points toward future purchases. Plus lots of contests to win items on their blog at Eden Cafe, and chances to win gift cards and other free goodies if you like their Facebook page. There are so many great things about this site that it's hard for me to list them all!

So I am really excited to announce that EdenFantasys is one of the Blogmania sponsors! They have generously donated a $50 gift card to one lucky winner. My theme is Man Town and they have lots of items to please the man in your life! Whether it's toys for him, lingerie for her (I always consider that to be a gift for my hubby!), or some Liberator furniture for both, there is sure to be something to make you happy! Be sure to head to their site and start your browsing and don't forget to stop by their Facebook page for lots of other opportunities for great deals. And be sure to enter the giveaway here during Blogmania starting April 9!


Disclosure: EdenFantasys.com has sponsored this post, but the opinions are 100% my own. You can read my full disclosure here.

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Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Get Ready for Spring With Pier 1

This post brought to you by Pier 1. All opinions are 100% mine.

Today is the first day of spring and I know that the warmer weather is making me think about spending a bit more time outside. I'm not a huge outdoor person, but I do love sitting on my porch writing or reading, sipping on a mug full of coffee. We had to get rid of our outdoor furniture because it was just falling apart, so I'm in the market for something new. Pier 1 has some beautiful options available.


My personal favorite was the wicker rocking chair they had. I love to lounge and that piece looked like it would be both comfortable and functional. It's available in white, mocha and light brown and would be really versatile for both indoor and outdoor use. They also have a number of different cushions available for each piece, so you can find something that reflects your personal style, no matter what you choose. Whether you like something bold and floral or more subdued, they have colors and styles to match every personality.

In addition to the fantastic rockers, they also have the iconic Papasan line, including the single chair, the double Papasan and even a really wonderful Swingasan chair. If you're looking for something a little bit different from the normal, be sure to check out this beautiful and stylish line of outdoor furniture.
While you're at the store or the website, also take a minute to browse the other bargains that they're running. Right now you can save up to 20% on items like dining furniture, bedroom furniture, home office, upholstery and wicker seating, rugs and window panels, occasional tables, and wall decor. No matter your needs, Pier 1 has something to meet your needs.

Be sure to sign up for the Pier 1 Outdoor newsletter to check out the latest deals and in-store offers that are available. Also, keep your eyes open for the Pier 1 Tweetups that are coming up:
  • Dallas: March 22nd
  • Atlanta: April 5th
  • NYC: April 20th
Start your spring off right with Pier 1!
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Sunday, March 20, 2011

Winner: Roundabouts Cupcake Sleeves

It's winner time!

The winner of the package of Roundabouts Cupcake Sleeves was #25, Eaglesforjack!


I've sent an email and they have 48 hours to respond.


Please check out some of the great giveaways I've got going on the right and get ready for the big giveaway with Blogmania in just a few weeks! Keep your eyes open for more sponsor posts in the coming weeks!





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Review & Giveaway: BKW Seasonings Original

Sponsored by Tomoson.com
One of our favorite meals around here is eggs. We love to eat them for pretty much every meal. I particularly like to make myself fried eggs for lunch. But a little salt and pepper gets boring, so I like to kick it up with something else.

Recently I had the opportunity to review BKW Seasonings Original. I was looking for some ways to use it and noticed on the website that they suggested putting it on eggs. I decided to give it a try on my lunchtime eggs and wow! They were absolutely delicious! I got to try their original flavor and it has a nice kick without making your mouth burn. This was originally made as a wing seasoning, but it would be great for just about any meat. I want to mix it in with my next batch of meatloaf -- I think it will give it a little more zip than a regular meatloaf.

In addition to the Original flavor, BKW has six additional flavors of seasonings, including a Butter Blend that would be great as a popcorn topping, a Cajun Rub that would be delicious as a part of your blackening seasoning, or a Barbecue Rub, perfect for your next grilling adventure! They also sell two different BBQ sauces and several different flavors of beef jerky.

BKW Seasonings is a family-owned business. Originating in the early 1960’s, BKW Seasonings has been satisfying taste buds for over 40 years. The seasoning was created to produce a unique buffalo-style wing that our family has used for years cooking wings for friends and customers at football games, parties, and gatherings.

Buy It: You can purchase the Original Seasoning (or any of the other seasonings) at the BKW website for $4.59 per bottle.

Win It: One lucky reader will win a bottle of BKW Seasonings Original! This contest is open to residents of the USA who are 18 or older.

Mandatory Entry:

  • Go to the BKW website and let me know what recipe you'd like to try!
Extra Entries:
  • Like BKW Seasonings on Facebook.
  • Follow my blog publicly on Google Friend Connect.
  • Follow my blog on Networked blogs.
  • Subscribe to my site by RSS or email (must confirm).
  • Follow me on Twitter.
  • Like Big Mama's Blog on Facebook.
  • Tweet this contest using the following: Win a bottle of BKW Original Seasoning from @BigMama247! http://bit.ly/gbGhzO #giveaway ends 4/1 (2x per day at least an hour apart)
  • Post my button on your blog (leave a link where I can find it).
  • Vote for me on the Fence (see button on the right -- just click! Can do this once a day.).
Please make sure that I have a way to contact you (if you leave an email in your Disqus comment, I'll have it even though it's not visible to everyone). If I can't contact you, I'll make a different selection. This contest will be open until 11:59 PM, April 1. I will choose a winner using the Random.org random number generator. I will send an email to the winner who will have 48 hours to respond. If I don't hear from you by then, I'll select another comment. 

Thanks and good luck!


I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Tomoson.com. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commissions 16 CFR, Part 255 Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising. Tomoson Product review & giveaway Disclosure.

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Sunny Sunday Giveaway Link-Up! (3/20)

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Feel free to list your giveaway here using the following format: Giveaway name - end date - US/Can/WW

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Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Giveaway: 45th Pillsbury Bake Off Prize Pack

I love watching cooking shows with my oldest daughter. We have a great time seeing how the chefs manipulate the items they receive and turn them into amazing meals. We particularly love to see them get things like pie crusts and pastries so we can get more ideas on how to use those goodies from Pillsbury in our own kitchen. I'm not terribly creative in the kitchen (that's more of my husband's domain!), but I know that I have some creative readers so I was excited to share this opportunity with you -- the 45th Pillsbury Bake Off!

Pillsbury is looking for original recipes that taste and look delicious, are easy to prepare and that families across America will love to eat. Consumers can submit recipes in one of four recipe categories:

  • The Breakfast & Brunches category includes casual brunch or weekend family breakfast ideas. For example, sweet rolls, pull-aparts, pastries, breakfast breads, egg dishes or breakfast sandwiches.
  • In the Entertaining Appetizers category, entrants can submit appetizers and snacks to serve at casual gatherings with family and friends or for holiday entertaining. For example, bite size appetizers, tartlets, pinwheels, puffs, bruschetta or focaccia.
  • The Dinner Made EasyTM category encourages home cooks to create easy-to-prepare main dishes that will delight your family. For example, pizzas, calzones, sandwiches, foldovers, casseroles, chilis, soups or savory pies.
  • Quick and easy treats for anytime celebrations can be entered into the Sweet Treats category. For example, cookies, pies, tarts, brownies or bars.
Entries are being accepted online between now and April 18, 2011, at www.bakeoff.com. One hundred lucky finalists will compete for a chance at the grand prize during the contest finals, which take place March 25-27, 2012 at the Peabody Orlando Hotel in Florida. You´ll also find contest details, including eligible products, prizes and the official rules, on the web site.

The recipes will be judged for 1) taste, 2) appearance, 3) creativity and 4) consumer appeal. All entries must meet the requirements of the recipe category and appropriately use two of the eligible products in at least the quantity specified. The grand prize is one millions dollars! 



Win it: One lucky reader will win a Pillsbury Bake Off gift pack, which includes an apron, recipe book and pen from Pillsbury! This contest is open to residents of the US who are 18 or older.

Mandatory Entry:
  • What is one dish you make really well?
Extra Entries:
  • Follow my blog publicly on Google Friend Connect.
  • Follow my blog on Networked blogs.
  • Subscribe to my site by RSS or email (must confirm).
  • Follow me on Twitter.
  • Like Big Mama's Blog on Facebook.
  • Tweet this contest using the following: Win a Pillsbury Bake Off gift pack from @BigMama247! http://bit.ly/eMRiTA #giveaway #myblogspark ends 3/28 (2x per day at least an hour apart)
  • Post my button on your blog (leave a link where I can find it).
  • Vote for me on the Fence (see button on the right -- just click! Can do this once per day.).
Please make sure that I have a way to contact you (if you leave an email in your Disqus comment, I'll have it even though it's not visible to everyone). If I can't contact you, I'll make a different selection. This contest will be open until 11:59 PM, March 28. I will choose a winner using the Random.org random number generator. I will send an email to the winner who will have 48 hours to respond. If I don't hear from you by then, I'll select another comment. 

Thanks and good luck!

Disclosure: I received a Pillsbury Bake-Off gift pack through My Blog Spark to facilitate this giveaway. All opinions are my own. You can read my full disclosure here.

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Blogmania Sponsor: CSN Stores


You've seen me mention our good friends over at CSN stores before, and I'm happy to announce that they are one of the sponsors for my Blogmania theme: Man Town! A lot of giveaways on this and other sites tend to focus on women, so I'm thrilled to be able to give something to the men in your life, even the little ones. CSN stores carry lots of amazing products, including wooden swing sets, accessories for your stereo, even fire pits for the upcoming summer grilling season!

Phoenix Swing Set

I love this company and have been really happy with all of my purchases there. With over 200 stores, there really isn't anything that you could want that they don't provide! They are graciously providing a $45 code to one lucky reader for Blogmania! Be sure to stop by their stores and browse around. You won't be disappointed!

Set your calendar for April 9th -- the amazing team of bloggers that make up the Blogmania Dream Team are getting ready to absolutely blow your mind with some fantastic giveaways! I'm so excited to be a part of it!





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Sunday, March 13, 2011

Sunny Sunday Giveaway Link-Up! (3/13)

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Friday, March 11, 2011

Review & Giveaway: Apothica.com

I’m happy to have Apothica.com as a sponsor on the site. They have a really wonderful collection of cosmetics, skin and hair care items on their site. Not to mention fragrances, candles and even laundry items! They also have a loyalty program where you get 5% back on each purchase toward your next purchase.


Today I want to highlight one of the brands from their extensive line-up of cosmetics, Napoleon Perdis. Napoleon Perdis is an Australian based company, founded with the idea that every woman has the right to feel confident in her appearance. They create professional products that are beautiful for all women. Right now Apothica.com has a number of items in the Napoleon Perdis line on sale, including the Swept Away Siren Lip Gloss pack that includes five beautiful lip gloss colors.

Apothica has graciously offered one lucky reader a $25 gift card! This contest is open to readers 18 and older in the US.

Mandatory Entry:
Extra Entries:
  • Follow Apothica on Twitter.
  • Like Apothica on Facebook.
  • Blog about Napoleon Perdis (or another Apothica brand that you love) and link to Apothica.
  • Follow my blog publicly on Google Friend Connect.
  • Follow my blog on Networked blogs.
  • Subscribe to my site by RSS or email (must confirm).
  • Follow me on Twitter.
  • Like Big Mama's Blog on Facebook.
  • Tweet this contest using the following: Win a $25 gift card to @Apothica from @BigMama247! http://bit.ly/eBT16J #giveaway ends 3/25 (2x per day at least an hour apart)
  • Post my button on your blog (leave a link where I can find it).
  • Vote for me on the Fence (see button on the right -- just click! Can do this once a day.).

Please make sure that I have a way to contact you (if you leave an email in your Disqus comment, I'll have it even though it's not visible to everyone). If I can't contact you, I'll make a different selection. This contest will be open until 11:59 PM, March 25. I will choose a winner using the Random.org random number generator. I will send an email to the winner who will have 48 hours to respond. If I don't hear from you by then, I'll select another comment. 

Thanks and good luck!


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Tuesday, March 08, 2011

Review: EdenFantasys.com Spring Sale!

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It's spring cleaning time! Despite the snow that we got over the weekend, I can tell that it must be getting close to spring. I got the uncontrollable urge this past weekend to sit down at my bookshelf and really clear it out. I don't do that very often, so it must be spring cleaning time. Those little hints of nice, warm weather make me want to open my windows and air out all of the gloom and darkness of winter.

Apparently it's the same with my friends over at EdenFantasys! They are currently running a Spring Clearance sale on a lot of their sex toys, including a lot of the high end items. Right now they have a number of toys being offered at 50% off through March 31. Thirty-five of their luxury toys are offered at 25% off through March 11, so you'll want to hurry to get those.

Also, if you check out their promotions page and like EdenFantasys on Facebook, you are eligible for more great discounts. Right now, Eden Friends can get a high intensity bullet for free! I don't know about you, but I find free to be pretty hard to pass up!

So if spring fever is catching you, be sure to stop by EdenFantasys and check out their Spring Clearance! Hopefully you'll find something so you can reward yourself after all of that cleaning!


Disclosure: I received a gift code to EdenFantasys.com for my review, however, all opinions are completely my own. You can read my full disclosure here.

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Review & Giveaway: Roundabouts Cupcake Sleeves

Sponsored by Tomoson.com
We love cake here. There's just something really comforting about baking something and enjoying it as a family. And the kids LOVE cupcakes. I'm definitely not great at decorating them myself, especially compared to some, but the kids always have a fun time icing and decorating their own personal little bite of deliciousness. And they were really excited about trying the Roundabouts Cupcake Sleeves.


These are a very fun, inexpensive, quick way to turn a regular cupcake into just about anything!


The sleeve is just what it sounds like, a decorative, self-adhesive sleeve that you put around the bottom of your cupcake to transform it into all kinds of different things. You can choose to have an ice cream cone:




A tub of popcorn:


Or even a piece of sushi!




With over 70 different sleeves, the possibilities are wide open!


We received the little burger and we had a great time working on it together. The package includes a dozen sleeves as well as information on how to get the best results for your cupcake. The packaging is very slim, so you can keep it in a drawer and not worry about it taking up extra space in your pantry, which is nice.


We did find that because they are flat, we had to trim up our cupcakes a little bit to get them to fit on easily, but they really were cute and could really add to a party theme.


Buy it: You can purchase Roundabouts Cupcake Sleeves online at RoundaboutSleeves.com!


Win it: One lucky reader will win a package of Roundabout Cupcake Sleeves! Open to residents 18 and older in the US.


Mandatory Entry:
  • Stop by the website and let me know what sleeve you'd like to try!
Extra Entries: 
  • Follow Roundabouts on Twitter.
  • Like Roundabouts on Facebook.
  • Follow my blog publicly on Google Friend Connect.
  • Follow my blog on Networked blogs.
  • Subscribe to my site by RSS or email (must confirm).
  • Follow me on Twitter.
  • Like Big Mama's Blog on Facebook.
  • Tweet this contest using the following: Win a package of cupcake sleeves by @RoundaboutWraps from @BigMama247! http://bit.ly/hO9IGB #giveaway ends 3/18! (2x per day at least an hour apart)
  • Post my button on your blog (leave a link where I can find it).
  • Vote for me on the Fence (see button on the right -- just click! Can do this once a day!).
Please make sure that I have a way to contact you (if you leave an email in your Disqus comment, I'll have it even though it's not visible to everyone). If I can't contact you, I'll make a different selection. This contest will be open until 11:59 PM, March 18. I will choose a winner using the Random.org random number generator. I will send an email to the winner who will have 48 hours to respond. If I don't hear from you by then, I'll select another comment. 

Thanks and good luck!


I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Tomoson.com. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commissions 16 CFR, Part 255 Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising. Tomoson Product review & giveaway Disclosure.


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Winners: Tiecoon.com, Pear Tree Greetings & TCM Sahara

Time to announce some winners! Hooray! (Sorry about the lateness of the announcements -- crazy week last week!)

The Tiecoon.com giveaway winner was #2, Bwp1984!


















The winner of the Pear Tree Greeting $20 gift code was #5, Mframe00!
















The first winner of the TCM Sahara DVD was #52, dglitter!
















The second winner of the TCM Sahara DVD was #64, Nancy M!


















Congratulations to all of our winners! They have been emailed and will have 48 hours to claim their prizes! New reviews & giveaways coming later today and in the coming days. Stay tuned!


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