Sunday, May 03, 2015

Mother's Day Gift Idea: Ravensburger's Neuschwanstein Castle 3D Puzzle (GIVEAWAY)

Every mom is the queen of her "castle," and for Mother’s Day she can have one of her very own with Ravensburger’s Neuschwanstein Castle 3D Puzzle, which was the inspiration for Disney's Cinderella's Palace. This 216-piece puzzle is made of precision-cut plastic pieces that snap perfectly into place (no glue needed) and molded plastic pieces to "crown" the castle. The puzzle can be assembled by the numbers located on the inside of every piece or by the exterior design. Here’s a really cool video that shows how it’s assembled:

My oldest son loves to assemble 3D puzzles, so I asked him to put together this puzzle. Check out the photos of its construction in process!

This puzzle was so much fun to put together. It was challenging, but not so difficult that it was frustrating. My son, who decided to put it together without looking at the numbers, finished it within a couple of hours and was really pleased with the result. If someone in your family loves to assemble puzzles, especially of the 3D variety, then Ravensburger’s Neuschwanstein Castle 3D Puzzle would make the perfect gift! CLICK HERE to place an order today or check out some of the other amazing 3D puzzles at Ravensburger!


One lucky winner will receive a Ravensburger Neuschwanstein Castle 3D Puzzle ~ a $49.99 value! Enter through the Rafflecopter form below. This giveaway is open to U.S. residents only and ends at 11:59 PM EST on Sunday, May 17, 2015.

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Fun Mother’s Day Gift Idea: I LOVE LUCY: I ❤ MOM EDITION on DVD!

I’ve always loved the show I LOVE LUCY, so I was excited to see that CBS Home Entertainment has released a new DVD just in time for Mother’s Day: I LOVE LUCY: I ❤ MOM EDITION. It even comes gift-ready in greeting card packaging! (See photo above.)

The special DVD compilation features four of the most beloved episodes from the legendary series that highlight Lucy’s journey as a mom:

• The emotional episode “Lucy Is Enceinte,” in which Lucy first learns she is pregnant (featuring the touching scene in which Lucy and Ricky shed tears of joy at the news)
• “Lucy Goes to the Hospital" - an absolute phenomenon when it first aired, over 70% of all televisions in America tuned in to see the birth of little Ricky during this landmark episode
• “No Children Allowed” in which the Ricardos and their best friends and neighbors, Fred and Ethel, deal with the stress of a screaming newborn
• “Nursery School,” in which Lucy adjusts to sending little Ricky to school, and later comforts him when he needs to get his tonsils removed

I watched this DVD recently, and it was such a fun, nostalgic trip! The episodes on this disc all aired between December 1952 through December 1955, so they are in black-and-white. I loved the fashions and hairstyles. Ricky and Lucy both smoke cigarettes (although Lucy doesn’t smoke when she’s pregnant), which wasn’t considered taboo back then. Lucy was obviously very pregnant in real life when she filmed the episode during which she was supposedly just finding out that she was pregnant. It was tough to imagine that she had no idea at first that she was pregnant, but they do explain that she’d been married 11 years with no visit from the stork, so that was why she didn’t even think of the possibility. The hospital scenes were fun, too, because Ricky was not allowed to join Lucy in the delivery room and had to stay in the fathers’ waiting room. The two episodes that aired after the baby’s birth are still very relatable to parents today: dealing with a baby who won’t stop crying and sending your child off to preschool for the first time. I loved revisiting these episodes of I LOVE LUCY, and this is a gift that will delight moms of all ages and entertain families for years to come! Best of all, it is very affordably priced at $14.99 or less. I hope you’ll pick up a copy for Mother’s Day for the special mothers and grandmothers in your life!

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Saturday, May 02, 2015

Winners for April 2015

World Water Day Umbrella and Royal Silk Scarf from World Vision

Congratulations to the winner: Mrsshukra!

Whatever Wanda! by Christy Ziglar

Congratulations to the winner: Melissa S.!

Pediped Children’s Shoes

Congratulations to the winner: LaTanya T.!

Cookie Gift Basket from Holly Baking

Congratulations to the winner: Elizabeth H.!

The Longest Ride Tote Bag and $25 Visa Gift Card

Congratulations to the winner: Elena I.!

HOME Giveaway: $25 Visa Gift Card and Two “Smek” Books by Adam Rex

Congratulations to the winner: Tabathia B.!

The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies (Blu-ray)

Congratulations to the winner: Bernie W.!

For the Love of Mom Hop: Two Chicken Soup for the Soul Books

Congratulations to the winner: Terra H.!

Friday, May 01, 2015

Super Saturday Giveaway Linky (May 2, 2015)

May started off beautifully here in South Florida! Sunshine, lower temperatures and a cool breeze ... it was heavenly today! Fingers crossed that this will continue throughout the month. Let's celebrate by checking out some giveaways! Visit my right sidebar throughout the week to see all of the giveaways I'm adding to my blogs. And be sure to hop through the linky below to see the giveaways that other bloggers are offering. If you're one of those bloggers, please share your giveaway(s) in the linky and then tell all your social media fans about this page. Thank you!

New Colgate Products Strengthen Tooth Enamel and Provide Relief from Sensitivity!

Today, I’d like to introduce you to some new toothpastes from Colgate! They’re called Colgate Enamel Health, and they’re specially formulated to replenish natural calcium to strengthen tooth enamel and also polish the tooth so that germs are less likely to stick. Why is it so important to make sure the enamel of your teeth is as clean as it can be? Try the experiment below, like I did.

The Colgate Tile Experiment

The tile on the left is smooth, just like the surface of teeth after using Colgate Enamel Health toothpaste. I wrote on the tile with chalk, but I had a very hard time getting the chalk to stick! That’s because it won’t stick to a smooth surface, just like germs and bacteria won’t stick well to teeth when the enamel is smooth. The tile on the right has a rough surface, and you can see that I had no trouble at all writing on it with chalk. That’s because the chalk loves a rough surface, just like germs and bacteria like a tooth where the surface of the enamel is rough because it hasn’t been properly cared for.

Colgate Enamel Health toothpaste comes in Whitening and Multi-Protection formulas, but what if your teeth are sensitive? Then Colgate has another formula, plus a toothbrush, for you: Colgate Enamel Health Sensitivity Relief toothpaste and the Colgate Sensitive Toothbrush with Built-in Sensitivity Relief Pen. Have you ever experienced tooth sensitivity after eating something cold like ice cream? Try brushing with the toothpaste and then using the Colgate Sensitive Toothbrush. The unique thing about this product is that it has a Sensitivity Relief Pen that fits right into the bottom of the toothbrush! After brushing, just apply the gel from the pen to the source of the pain and gently massage it for a minute. Don’t rinse. I tried this, and my teeth felt amazing! I’ve had problems with sensitivity in my back teeth for some time, and they really feel so much better after using Colgate Enamel Health Sensitivity Relief toothpaste and the Sensitive Relief Toothbrush with Pen. That’s because the gel not only numbs the pain, but it creates a seal that shields the exposed nerve. Keep using it and you’ll get long-lasting relief. I have definitely noticed a difference in how good my mouth feels and will purchase this product in the future.

It’s so important to take good care of our teeth so they’ll last a lifetime. I hope you’ll pick up some Colgate Enamel Health toothpaste the next time you’re at the store. And if you’re dealing with sensitive teeth, be sure to add the Colgate Sensitive Toothbrush with Built-in Sensitivity Relief Pen to your shopping cart. Your teeth will thank you!

CLICK HERE to learn more about the enamel on your teeth and Colgate Enamel Health products!

Mother’s Day Giveaway Hop: Enter to Win a $50 Gift Code from UNICEF Market!

Welcome to the 2015 Mother's Day Giveaway Hop! 
We have over 40 amazing bloggers who have come together to bring you the opportunity to win 40+ awesome prizes ranging from $20 - $200!

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The 2015 Mother's Day Giveaway Hop will end on May 15, 2015 at 11:59pm EST.

Each participating blogger will be hosting a giveaway for a prize with a minimum value of $20. Each giveaway is exclusive to this event and will include the linky so that you can easily hop from one giveaway to the next. Enter as many giveaways as you would like to! 

Be sure to come back and visit daily for additional entry options! 

Each blogger is responsible for their own giveaway. Social Exposure PR, Co-Hosts and participating blogs are not responsible for each individual giveaway. If you have questions regarding a specific giveaway, please contact that blogger directly. Each giveaway will have their own terms and conditions and requirements for entering. 

Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter and other social media sites are not affiliated with or responsible for this event or any of the giveaways associated. 

My sponsor for this event is UNICEF Market! UNICEF Market was conceived as an online store for people shopping for unusual, well-designed and beautifully crafted items. In looking for a way to make UNICEF Market a reality, they found the perfect partner, NOVICA. Founded in 1999, NOVICA works directly with artisans through their regional offices in Asia, Africa and Latin America. They have built a proprietary infrastructure enabling purchases to go from the country of origin directly to the consumer. With the aid of NOVICA's procurement, logistics and technology capabilities, UNICEF Market is able to offer wonderful handmade products. At UNICEF Market they have beautiful jewelry, accessories, home decor and so much more!

Check out some of the gorgeous rings, necklaces, earrings and other jewelry that would make perfect gifts for Mom!

Or maybe Mom would love a gorgeous handbag, scarf, or shawl

One of my favorite sections of the site carries items for the home, from sculptures and vases to tableware

I selected an item for review, and received the amazing glasses shown below! This Emerald Crowns tumbler set contains 6 hand-blown glasses with little bubbles in the glass that make each one unique. I was absolutely thrilled when I received them. They look even prettier than in the picture! I love the green band on each glass. I can't wait to use them for entertaining!

Thanks to UNICEF Market, one lucky winner will receive a $50 gift code to Enter through the Rafflecopter form below. This giveaway is open to U.S. residents only and ends at 11:59 PM EST on May 15, 2015.

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Now, for even more awesome prizes, be sure to hop on over to some of the giveaways listed below!