Friday, November 25, 2011

Giveaway of the Day: Win 13 Prizes at K Squared Glamour

I hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving! I did, and now I'm back on the hunt for free stuff. There are a lot of great giveaways starting today! One of the most exciting new giveaways that I've found today is at K Squared Glamour. One very lucky winner will be scoring 13 prizes, worth over $1000 all together. Prizes include a camcorder, boots, jewelry, clothing and more. This Rafflecopter giveaway is open to US residents only, and ends on 12/6. Good luck!

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

I've Been Getting Lucky!

I've been on a bit of a losing streak for the past month or so, but my luck has finally changed! I've won several cool things over the past few days, and I just wanted to brag a little.

I'm very excited about winning a Kritter Kondo Deluxe, Kritter Kondo Konnector, and Shade Canopy in the "Lub My Box" photo contest at Kritters That Twitter.  This is a Kritter Kondo:

I'm really happy about winning this prize. Currently, none of my cats are allowed to go outside because I feel that it isn't safe... too many of my childhood pets were run over by cars. One of my cats, Cheeto, would love to go out- he was a street cat before we grabbed him, and he's always trying to sneak out the door. After the Kritter Kondo arrives, Cheeto will be able to enjoy spending time outside safely! Plus, this prize package is worth $330, making it the most valuable prize I've won so far. Thanks very much to Kritters that Twitter and all of the contest judges for choosing my picture of Cricket as the platinum paw winner :) Here's the pic in case anyone wants to see it:

I also won an awesome prize for my cats from Stretching the One Income Dollar. Check out this cute Kat Kabin:
I think it's adorable. Hopefully, at least one of my creatures will opt to sleep in this rather than in random boxes or on top of my clean laundry. It's retail value is $99. Thank you, Monique!

It might seem like my poor dog is getting left out, but don't feel sorry for her! I've won not one, but three, doggie prizes within the past few days.
  • 3 1/2 lb tub of IN Supplements for Dogs from Doggies and Stuff. These supplements should help to keep my dog's coat soft and shiny. ($28 value)
  • 2 bags of Bocce's Bakery dog biscuits from Barkzilla, which I'm sure she'll love.  ($19 value)
  • Natural Dog Grooming Gift Set by EO from Andie's Sharing the Savings. Cricket doesn't like baths, but I like it when she smells good! ($28 value)
Finally, I won $100 to Karen Kane from Susan's Disney Family. I could really use a nice new outfit for the holidays, so I was very happy with this win. Thank you, Susan!

I hope everyone is having as much good luck as I am this week. If not, keep trying! You never know when your luck might turn around.

Giveaway of the Day: Win a $25 Kroger Gift Card at Our Ordinary Life

Sorry for slacking off on the daily giveaway feature, I've been feeling a little under the weather. Anyway, who likes to shop at Kroger? It happens to be my favorite grocery store, because it has a nicer selection than the other local stores and they usually have pretty good sales, too. If you like shopping at Kroger as well, enter to win a $25 Kroger gift card at Our Ordinary Life. All you have to do in order to enter is comment about what type of milk you like to buy. This giveaway ends November 25th. Good luck!

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Giveaway of the Day: Win a $100 Amazon GC at Beautifully Bella Faith

I dunno about you guys, but I have been trying my hardest to rack up some gift cards to use for Christmas this year because money is tight! So, I was excited to see this giveaway at Beautifully Bella Faith- she's giving away $100 Amazon Gift Cards to THREE lucky readers! The giveaway is open worldwide, and ends on 12/16. Check out her many other awesome giveaways as well. Good luck!

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

**CLOSED**Gratitude Giveaway: $10 Amazon Gift Card (11/27)

Welcome to the Gratitude Giveaway Hop! As a little thank you gift to my followers, I'm giving away a $10 gift code. After you've entered here, be sure to check out the linky at the bottom of the post- there are over 300 blogs offering up prizes! Feel free to enter my other giveaways as well- they're listed on the right sidebar.


  • Open to US residents, ages 18+
  • One entry per household
  • See my Official Rules page for more details
Prize: One $10 Gift Card

How To Enter: Simply follow my blog via GFC (widget is on right sidebar) OR like my page on Facebook, and leave your user name and email address in a comment on this post.

This giveaway will end at 11:59pm EST on November 27th, 2011. The winner will be selected using, and notified via email. If the winner does not respond to their email within 48 hours, a new winner will be selected.

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

And the Winner Is...

Congrats to AshleyOhio, who won the $25 Gift Code with comment #11! Everyone else, thank you very much for entering and check back soon- I plan on having another EdenFantasys giveaway in the near future!

Monday, November 14, 2011

Giveaway of the Day: Win Prizes worth $215+ at Whirlwind of Surprises

Whirlwind of Surprises has some great prizes up for grabs in her Turkey Trot Giveaway! She's offering the following items:
  • Over $100 of Sibu beauty products
  • Two Scholastic Storybook Treasures DVDs ($40)
  • Lovable Labels Holiday Pack ($21.95)
  • A $50 EdenFantasys Gift Card
There are numerous ways to enter this rafflecopter giveaway, which ends on 11/21. There are also 32 other blogs with great prizes of their own participating in the Turkey Trot giveaway hop- you can see them in the linky at the bottom of her post!

Sunday, November 13, 2011

Contest: Swagbucks Pays for Your Holidays

Search & Win

SwagBucks is having an exciting holiday contest until November 28th! All you have to do to enter is sign up for SwagBucks (if you haven't done so already), build a wishlist, and share that wishlist on twitter and facebook for more entries. One lucky person will win $2500 in Amazon gift cards, and they'll be giving away Swag Store prizes every week day leading up to the grand prize drawing. You can also tweet about the contest using the hashtag #SBHolidays for a chance to win swagbucks and prizes.

If you don't already use SwagBucks, consider signing up! You can earn SwagBucks just for searching with their toolbar, filling out surveys, watching short videos, and completing other easy tasks and then use those SwagBucks to buy things from their store. I put in a minimal amount of effort and still get $5-10 in Amazon gift cards per month- you could easily earn a lot more than that if you try!

Friday, November 11, 2011

Giveaway of the Day: Win Your Choice of Product by Perricone at Pink Dandy Chatter

I've never tried Perricone MD's beauty products, but they make a lot of things that I'd like to try. Their anti-aging products, such as Cold Plasma and Acyl-Glutathione, are supposed to be phenomenal. They also have cleansers, eye treatments, acne treatments, and more. If you want some great skin care products, enter to win your choice of Perricone product (valued at $150 or less) at Pink Dandy Chatter! This giveaway ends on November 27th at noon MST. Good luck!

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Giveaway of the Day: Win a Basket of Mederma Products at Southern Brittany

Let's face it- most of us have a few stretch marks or scars that we'd like to get rid of. I've personally used Mederma products on scars before and they worked pretty well for me. If you'd like to try Mederma, you should enter this contest at Southern Brittany- she's giving away a whole basket full of goodies! All you have to do is play "stretch the truth" with her in order to enter. Hurry, though- this giveaway ends tomorrow night!

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

**CLOSED**My Memories Suite Digital Scrapbooking Software Review and Giveaway (11/30)

 Years ago, I thought it would be fun to try scrapbooking. I envisioned putting together this beautiful book full of great pictures that would preserve my fondest memories for years to come. Well, little did I know that scrapbooking can actually be kind of a pain. It's not that easy to put together a scrapbook that actually looks good- it takes a lot of effort, and it can be expensive, too. For a slacker like me, it was just too much trouble. After fiddling around for a few days, I put away my supplies and forgot about scrapbooking.

When I found out about My Memories Suite Digital Scrapbooking Software, I felt that old creative energy welling up again. However, I was a bit doubtful-  would I get frustrated with this as quickly as I did with traditional scrapbooking? The answer was no! I quickly figured out how to use the software, and in no time I had created a cute page showcasing my pets. Take a look:

Not too shabby! I had fun playing around with the software, and I'm looking forward to actually doing something with the countless other digital photos that have been doing nothing but taking up space on my hard drive. 

My Memories Suite  is easy enough for a beginner to use, but powerful enough to satisfy experienced scrapbookers as well.  This top rated software offers powerful design tools, a user-friendly interface, and multiple sharing options. Here are a few of the things that you can do with My Memories:
  • Build pages from scratch or use a professionally designed template
  • Enhance your scrapbook with music, narration, and video
  • Create your own word art with effects like bevel, emboss, warping, and more
  • Layer multiple background papers
  • Duplicate and mirror your pages easily
  • Create photobooks, calendars, and cards
  • Turn your scrapbook into a movie to watch on a DVD or view on an iPod
My Memories Suite comes with a large collection of papers and embellishments, and there are even more goodies that you can download from their site! Some of their digital scrapbooking kits are free, and others cost a few dollars. Here are a few that caught my eye:

           Autumn Rose (free)                 Harvest Kitchen Paper Pieces ($1.49)

I prefer digital scrapbooking to the traditional method for several reasons. First of all, there's no mess to worry about- when you're done, all you have to do is save your work and hit "x." Also, it's cheaper! Real paper and embellishments can only be used once, then you have to go out and buy more. Digital paper and embellishments can be used as many times as you want, at no additional cost. Another advantage to going digital is that it's more forgiving- mistakes can be undone with a click of a button. Decide that you don't like that background paper so much after all? You can change it in seconds, without moving any of your pictures. I could go on and on about the advantages of using this software, but I think you probably get the point: digital scrapbooking is simply an easier, less expensive, and more modern alternative.

Special Offer

My Memories has offered a special code just for my readers! When you purchase My Memories Suite v2, you can use this coupon code: STMMMS27110 and get a $10 discount off the purchase of the My Memories Suite Scrapbook Software plus a $10 coupon for the store!

My Memories has generously offered a copy of their software (a $40 value) for me to give away to one of my readers! The software is a digital download, and it will work on the following platforms: Windows 7, Vista, XP, Mac OS X v10.4.11 or later.

This contest is open world wide, but the My Memories software is intended for use with English language computers. Only one person (age 18+) per household may enter. No purchase necessary. Void where prohibited by law. Odds of winning depends upon the number of eligible entries received .Winner will be chosen via and notified by email. The winner will have 48 hours to respond, and if they fail to do so a new winner will be chosen.

Mandatory Entry: Visit and leave a comment on this post telling me which of their digital scrapbooking kits is your favorite. This entry must be completed in order for you to be eligible to win. Please leave your email address with this comment so I'll be able to contact you if you win.

Bonus Entries
*Each of these options is worth one bonus entry each unless otherwise noted. Leave a separate comment for each one you complete!*
  • Follow me via GFC (widget is on my right sidebar, try refreshing if it isn't showing up)
  • Follow me on twitter @giveawaysetc, and leave your twitter name in your comment
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  • Enter another one of my current giveaways and tell me which one.
  • Tweet about this giveaway and leave the link to your tweet in your comment- you can use the convenient tweet button at the top of this post! You may tweet once per day for an extra entry each day.
This giveaway will end at 11:59 pm EST on November 30, 2011.

Disclosure: I received a free copy of My Memories Digital Scrapbooking Software in exchange for this post, and I will receive a $20 PayPal deposit each time my special promo code is used. However, all opinions expressed in this post are genuine.

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Giveaway of the Day: Win a $50 Gift Card at!

I just found yet another giveaway at! See that heart shaped pillow above? That's a Liberator Heart Wedge, and I really want one, so I'm entering all of the EdenFantasys giveaways that I can find. If there's something at that you have your eye on, head over to Jenn's blog and enter to win a $50 gift card. This Rafflecopter giveaway ends on 11/14. Good luck! Oh, and if you haven't done so yet, make sure to enter my $25 EdenFantasys GC giveaway as well!

Monday, November 7, 2011

Giveaway of the Day: Win a $100 Wilson's Leather GC at Ascending Butterfly

I love leather- especially leather handbags. I like the look, the feel, even the smell of leather. However, I do not like the price, and since I'm usually broke, I rarely buy any of the lovely leather items that I admire. I'd love to win some, though! That's why I'm entering to win a $100 gift card to Wilsons Leather at Ascending Butterfly. If you'd like a nice new leather item, head over and get your entries in!  This giveaway is open until November 15th, and there are plenty of entry methods.  Good luck!

Sunday, November 6, 2011

Slackin' Sunday 11/06

"Life has become immeasurably better since I have been forced to stop taking it seriously."
- Hunter S. Thompsom

Saturday, November 5, 2011

Giveaway of the Day: Win Swiss Diamond's 6 Piece Cookware Set at Momma Told Me

Wow, there are sooo many good giveaways going on right now! Though I didn't win much in October, I have high hopes for November. One blog that is giving away tons of great stuff right now is Momma Told Me. She's opened so many fantastic giveaways over the past few days that it was hard to pick just one to showcase, but I decided on this one: Swiss Diamond's 6 Piece Cookware Set ($515 value). This high quality cookware set is something that just about anyone would love to win, or to receive as a gift this Christmas. Even if this doesn't appeal to you for some crazy reason, you should really check out the giveaways at Momma Told Me- she's giving away beauty products, a GPS, foods, a robotic vacuum and lots more!

Thursday, November 3, 2011

Giveaway of the Day: Win a Hoover Max Extract 77 at Mom Mart

I have a lot of pets, so my carpets need to be cleaned pretty frequently. I currently have to borrow my mom's carpet cleaner because I can't afford one, so I was happy to see that Mom Mart is giving away a nice looking Hoover floor cleaner. The Max Extract 77 can be used to clean carpets and hard floors, and it's worth nearly $300! If you want to enter this great giveaway, head on over to Mom Mart before November 25th. Good luck!

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Weirder Than Marshmallows: Book Review + Special Offer

Weirder Than Marshmallows:
Essays and Observations by Dan Fogg
Compiled and Edited by Deborah Carney
Published by NightFire Publications

I like weird stuff. If something can be described as strange or bizarre, there's a good chance that I'll like it at least a little bit. So, when I read the description of Weirder Than Marshmallows- "Stories that are, like marshmallows, strange, mind boggling... hard to explain, impossible to ignore"- it appealed to me.

Weirder Than Marshmallows contains true stories and essays by the author, Dan Fogg. Most of the essays are humorous, but some are more serious and personal. Much of the humor is based on human stupidity. Fogg addresses topics such as seemingly unnecessary warning labels (i.e. "highly flammable!" on lighter fluid), technological malfunctions, and people who don't know the difference between "lose" and "loose"- that's a pet peeve of mine, so I can relate! The more serious essays deal with issues such as the aftermath of Columbine and the 2000 Presidential elections.

This book isn't perfect. For one thing, it's quite short- many of the chapters are only a page or two long. Also,the writing didn't seem very polished. I feel that the book could have benefited from some grammatical changes. Many sentences started with conjunctions (such as "and" or "but"), and while that isn't always a bad thing, I feel that it was done a bit too often and made the writing seem choppy or fragmented at times.

Fogg writes in sort of an informal, conversational style- I often felt more like I was reading a blog post or an email from a friend rather than a book. That type of style could be a good thing or not, depending on your personal preference.

As I read, I found myself becoming more interested in the story behind the book. From a few personal details in the essays and from the editors notes, I gathered that the author was a young man with a disability who felt driven to become a writer. Tragically, Dan Fogg died in his early 20's. His mother, knowing how badly Dan wanted to become a successful writer, gathered his essays, edited them, and had them published. This book serves as a tribute to an ambitious young writer who died much too soon.

Although Weirder Than Marshmallows has its flaws, it did touch me. Dan Fogg clearly loved writing, and he was striving to improve his style. He had potential, and his death was a tragedy.  After reading about Dan, I feel inspired to work on my own writing skills, maybe type up a few stories. So, I'm glad that I read this book. After all, it's easy to find a few cheap laughs, but it's not every day that I read something that actually motivates me.

If you want to know more about Weirder Than Marshmallows or its author, Dan Fogg, please visit NightFire Publications and the Weirder Than Marshmallows facebook page .

Special Offer
If you'd like to read Weirder Than Marshmallows by Dan Fogg, you can purchase the Kindle Edition for $7.99 on As a special limited time offer, any of you who purchase the kindle edition can get a special Scentsy Pumpkin Marshmallow Scent Circle- all you have to do is forward your receipt to

I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Congrats, Winners!

A few of my giveaways have ended over the past few days, and now I have three confirmed winners!

The winner of my leather Woofwerks dog collar giveaway is Uneatable Sorbet (comment #114), who won on a re-draw after the first winner failed to respond within 48 hours. The collar will be worn by her black lab, Mu, who wandered into her back yard one day and became her beloved pet.

The winners of my Spooktacular book giveaway were Ashlyn_Jai (comment #53), who won the Scary Stories Treasury, and sweetsue (comment #26), who won Haunted by Chuck Palahniuk.

Congratulations, everyone! I will be mailing your prizes out within the next few days. To everyone else, thanks very much for entering my giveaways, and stay tuned- I'll be having more over the next few months. And remember, if you like entering contests, try to check your spam folders often- missing out on prizes due to winning notifications ending up in there is no fun for anyone! Well, maybe it is for the person who wins on the re-draw, but you know what I mean...

Giveaway of the Day: Black Friday Frenzy Gift Card Giveaway

I've already mentioned that I'm really hoping to win some gift cards this month to buy Christmas presents with- so I was very excited to see the Black Friday Frenzy Gift Card Giveaway! For this event, 21 blogs have come together to offer 21 gift cards to 21 winners! The gift cards are to places such as Target, Walmart,, Kohls, and more. If you wanna win, enter at one of the 21 participating blogs (I entered at before November 10th. Good luck!

Giveaway of the Day: Gift Card Giveaway Gala at MamaNYC

To celebrate the relocation of MamaNYC Headquarters, MamaNYC is giving away six gift cards! Here are the prizes:
  • Grand Prize: $100 American Express Gift Card and $50 PayPal Cash
  • First Place: $75 Visa Gift Card
  • Second Place: $50 Visa Gift Card
  • Third & Fourth Place: $25 Amazon Gift Card
  • Fifth & Sixth Place: $10 Amazon Gift Card
This awesome rafflecopter giveaway is open until November 25th, and there are lots of ways to enter. She's planning on having even more great giveaways later this month, too! Check out MamaNYC for your chance to win.