Friday, August 31, 2012

Super Saturday Giveaway Linky (September 1, 2012)

It's been a crazy week here in the Heim household. As you may have read in my Wordless Wednesday post, Tropical Storm (later Hurricane) Isaac skirted south Florida. The news shows are showing all of the damage in New Orleans and the surrounding areas, but many people don't realize that some areas in south Florida have had extensive flooding issues. My children were fortunate that their school was only closed for two days. Many other children have been out of school all week because it's been unsafe for them to leave their homes due to the high waters. Please keep everyone in all of the states affected by Isaac in your prayers. And after the prayers, be sure to visit the blogs listed below for the opportunity to win some terrific prizes. Check out my right sidebar for the giveaways I've listed, too. And if you're hosting a giveaway on your blog or website, please share it in the linky below.

Fall Family Safety: Master Lock Has What You Need

When I hear the word “Fall,” I think about the start of another college semester. This year, my son, who attends college in another town, moved into his first apartment. Fortunately, he had plenty of Master Lock products to take with him to keep him and his possessions safe.

This portable safe is great for keeping smaller items like his wallet, MP3 player, and phone safe.

This document storage box holds all of his important school and work records so they’re always close at hand and out of the reach of others.

This sliding door security bar helps keep intruders from entering his apartment through the patio.

My son’s been talking about getting a bicycle since it’s so difficult to find parking on campus, and he’ll definitely need a bike lock like the one above.

The products above are just a small percentage of the wide variety of products made by Master Lock to keep your college student -- and your whole family -- safe and secure. Visit today!

Disclaimer: As a member of Master Lock’s Live Secure Safety Squad, I periodically receive complimentary Master Lock products to review. All opinions are 100% mine.

Thursday, August 30, 2012

It’s Tea Time Anytime with the Libre Loose Leaf Tea Glass! (GIVEAWAY; US/CAN)

Tea is wonderful because it’s so versatile. You can drink it hot or cold. Plain or with milk or lemon. You can make it with a tea bag or loose tea. And it comes in so many varieties. You just can’t get bored with tea! I recently discovered a really easy way to make and drink tea. I use a Libre Loose Leaf Tea Glass! This thermal glass comes with a removable filter and lid (BPA-free) that enable you to brew your loose tea right in the glass! Here’s how I make my tea in a Libre Loose Leaf Tea Glass:

I put my loose tea in the filter and screw on the lid:

I add (hot or cold) water to the glass, and attach the filter and lid. Then I flip over the glass!

The water goes through the filter to mix with the tea leaves and brew the tea!

After a few minutes, you have a delicious glass of tea like this:

Just take off the lid and filter, and drink it up! The thermal bottle keeps your tea at just the right temperature but is cool to the touch. Put the lid back on and you have tea on the go!

This product is ingenious! Watch the video below for yet another way to brew your tea using the Libre Loose Leaf Tea Glass:

[Email subscribers, please click on the title of this post to view the video online or CLICK HERE to view the video on the Libre Tea website.]

I love my Libre Loose Leaf Tea Glass. I have the Large size, which is 14 ounces. There’s also a smaller 9-ounce size, as well as a 10-ounce mug! Visit to learn more about their wonderful tea glass products.


One lucky winner will receive the Libre Loose Leaf Tea Glass in the 14 oz. Large size (a $32.50 value)! To enter, simply fill out the easy Rafflecopter form below. This giveaway is open to residents of the United States and Canada, and will end at 11:59 PM ET on Thursday, September 13, 2012.

AsthmaSense: Manage Asthma Efficiently with This Free Android or Apple App!

If you or someone in your family has asthma, you know that it’s a serious condition that needs careful monitoring. Now there’s a new app, called AsthmaSense, which allows you to monitor and manage your or your child’s asthma from any Android or Apple device! When you install it on your phone, you have a portable and effective tool for keeping track of your asthma medications or other actions you take to monitor asthma.

I think this app is especially useful for teens with asthma because they’re accustomed to using apps and performing various functions on their phones. Henry Ehrlich of told me, “Whenever I’m with my kids at a restaurant or watching TV and I wonder about some song that comes on, they whip out their iPhones, hit an app and tell me the name of the song, the artist, and the year it was recorded. If you hit the right button, you can download it. If you can do that, it makes sense that somewhere in ‘the cloud’ there’s something that can tell you if your asthma is behaving itself or not.”

I was provided with a copy of AsthmaSense for review, and while I couldn’t fully test it because no one in our household has asthma, I checked out some of the features of the program. First, I set an alarm to tell me when to take medication. Sure enough, at exactly the right time, it alerted me to the need to take my meds! There are also options to enter a Peak Flow Measurement, a Wheeze Rate, or various asthma symptoms. When I entered a random number for the Peak Flow Measurement, it gave me the message, “Susan’s Asthma may be Not Well controlled.” There’s even a quick button to dial 911 if you’re experiencing a severe attack. And having an ongoing record of your symptoms and medications makes it easy to share with your doctor or emergency personnel. Watch this brief video to view the features and benefits of the AsthmaSense app:

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Managing asthma symptoms and medications just got a lot easier with the AsthmaSense app. If you or your children or grandchildren have asthma, I highly encourage you to download the FREE AsthmaSense app to your smartphone or computer. Learn more about this amazing tool through the links below.


Giveaway for a NOOK Color and a $25 Barnes and Noble Gift Card!

On my other blog, Susan Heim on Writing, I just posted a giveaway for a fantastic NOOK Color and a $25 Barnes and Noble Gift Card! I have a NOOK Color myself, and I absolutely love it. If you already own an eReader, this would be a great way to get started on your holiday shopping!

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Love, Weddings, and Chicken Soup! My Interview with Johnny Tan on Blog Talk Radio

Yesterday, I had the pleasure of speaking with Johnny Tan, author of the award-winning book, From My Mama’s Kitchen. I was a guest on his talk radio show, and we discussed my new book, Chicken Soup for the Soul: Here Comes the Bride. We shared details from many of the stories and touched on themes such as marrying later in life, handling the stress of planning a wedding, and the quest for perfection. I hope you’ll join me in listening to this program.

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Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Wordless Wednesday: Tropical Storm Isaac in South Florida (LINKY)

Tropical Storm Isaac sideswiped south Florida over the past few days, dumping up to 14 inches of rain in some areas. We were very fortunate at our house to experience no more than the slight effects you see below. Our boys’ school was closed Monday and Tuesday due to flooding. Other areas of south Florida weren’t so lucky and are still under water.

A Banana Tree Toppled Over
Many Palm Fronds Fell Down
A Patio Chair and Drain Pipe Blew into the Yard
But Kids Loved Jumping in the Puddles After the Storm!

If you’re participating in Wordless Wednesday, feel free to leave your blog name and URL in the linky below.

Monday, August 27, 2012

Blue Marble Body Care: Natural Ingredients to Pamper Your Skin!

I love to use natural products on my skin whenever possible, so I was really excited about the opportunity to review some wonderful soaps from Blue Marble Body Care. This company was started by a mother of five, and all of their bath and body care products are made with natural and organic ingredients, such as coconut oil, olive oil, and lavender essential oil. Watch this video from Elaina Watkins telling about her company!

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I’ve been using Blue Marble’s Lavender & Oatmeal Botanical Soap Bar, and I love it! It smells wonderful, and it has pieces of oatmeal in it to help scrub my skin. And I really like knowing that this soap is free of artificial ingredients, parabens, petrochemicals, and sulphates. It doesn’t irritate my skin, and makes it feel soft and clean. I also received a Rosemary Botanical Soap Bar that I’m excited to use. It smells absolutely heavenly!

Blue Marble makes 7 varieties of the Botanical Soap Bar: Cinnamon & Spice, Citrus Bliss, Lavender & Oatmeal, Lemongrass, Patchouli, Rosemary, and Shea Butter (for those who prefer an unscented soap). They also make 5 different Botanical Body Washes. (The Sweet Blossom sounds especially lovely.) If you’ve been looking for all-natural or organic body care products, I hope you’ll check out Blue Marble Body Care through the links below.

Blue Marble Body Care:

Sunday, August 26, 2012

Winners for the Week of August 19, 2012


Congratulations to the winners: Kah C.!


Congratulations to the winner: Sarah Yurga!


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Congratulations to the winner: Carla B.!


Congratulations to the winner: Seyma D.!


Congratulations to the winners: Marianna B. and Lily K.!


Congratulations to the winners: Dario M. and Kyl N.!


Congratulations to the winner: Tee K.!

Kahlua Iced Coffee: A Refreshing Beverage with Kick!

Coffee and Kahlua are two of my favorite drinks, so when I heard they had combined them into a Kahlua Iced Coffee, I knew I had to try it! Best of all, this pre-mixed coffee cocktail comes in cute little cans, so it’s very portable.* Pack several cans in a cooler and take them to your next gathering or tailgate party!

Made with 100% Arabica beans from Mexico, Kahlua Iced Coffee comes in three flavors: Iced Espresso, Iced Mocha, and Iced Coffee with Cinnamon Spice. I had the opportunity to try all three varieties and loved them all, but my favorite was the Iced Mocha. And they’re only 150 calories, so they’re a guilt-free treat!

If you’re looking for a refreshing cold drink with a bit of kick, pick up a four pack of Kahlua Iced Coffee. Their slogan is “Delicioso To-Go,” and I couldn’t agree more! Learn more about Kahlua Iced Coffee at and on Facebook at

*This product contains alcohol. Please drink responsibly. Don’t drink and drive.

Saturday, August 25, 2012

Get Ready for College at Sam’s Club ~ and Enter This Giveaway for an iHome Alarm Clock!

This past week, I moved Son #2 into his first apartment in his college town, which is a 7-hour drive from home. Needless to say, we had to stock him up on everything for his new home, from bedding to school supplies and laundry detergent. It’s never fun having to run all over town to track down these kinds of items, which is why it’s a smart move to shop at a one-stop place like Sam’s Club! Not only does Sam’s Club have just about everything your college student will need for his new dormitory or apartment, but they carry most items in bulk sizes, so they’ll last a long time before they’ll need to be replaced.

We all know that the cost of tuition, textbooks, room and board, and even food continues to rise. That makes it even more crucial to shop at Sam’s Club where you can find college supplies at affordable prices. Does your student need a new computer? Find it at Sam’s Club! Don’t forget paper and toner, too. Does your child need new tires before making the long drive back to school? They’re at Sam’s Club, too! And, of course, they have plenty of grocery items, as well as furnishings like towels, rugs, and pillows. The selection is great, and the prices are extremely reasonable.

If you’ve got a college student in the family, head over to Sam’s Club today to see all of the products available to get him or her ready for a great year! Like Sam’s Club on Facebook, too, at


To celebrate back-to-school for college students, Sam’s Club is generously offering one lucky winner this very awesome iHome!

About the iHome App Enhanced Alarm Clock (from the Sam’s Club website): Now you can start or end your day just the way you want it to sound. Wake or sleep to your iPhone or iPod; just plug your device into the flexible dock to charge and play while docked. Enjoy your music while keeping your iPhone or iPod fully charged. You can even customize your alarm and nap settings using the iHome + Sleep app to tailor your settings for any time or frequency to suit your lifestyle. Additional features include a sync button that syncs the clock time to always-current iPhone time settings in seconds. Plus, the Reson8® speaker chamber’s specially designed high-end driver delivers pure, crisp audio, and the adjustable EQ Bass and treble controls let you customize your sound.

This giveaway is open to U.S. residents only and ends on Wednesday, September 5, 2012 at 11:59 PM ET. Enter through the easy Rafflecopter form below.

You Could Receive a Mountain Dew Pit Kit! #DewCrew

I recently shared the news with you that I’m a member of the DEW© Crew! So, I was really excited when my complimentary Pit Kit arrived this week! Look at all of the great items I received ~ my dad was happy to model them. (There’s also an awesome bag not shown in this photo.)

If you’d like a Mountain Dew Pit Kit, too, then click on the following link to join the Mountain Dew Insiders program:

After you submit your information using the form in the provided link, a member of their team will reach out with more information about participating in the Mountain Dew Insiders program. And if you are one of the first 200 Insiders to sign up, you will also receive a Mountain Dew Pit Kit!

Membership in the program is limited to US residents over the age of 19 with an active Twitter account, Facebook page and/or active blog. I hope to see you on the DEW© Crew!

Content and/or other value provided by our partner, Mountain Dew.

Wake Up in the Mornings with Don Tomas Coffee!

This week was our twins’ first week back to school, and I have to admit that the need for coffee in the morning was more acute than ever! Summer camp started an hour later than school, and it’s amazing how much a difference it makes in how you feel when you’re getting an hour less sleep in the morning. So, coffee is a must these days, and I found a great “wake-up coffee” from Don Tomas! This Nicaraguan coffee consists of 100% handpicked Arabica coffee. And the taste? Wow!

Don Tomas Coffee comes in several varieties (and there are decaf and half-decaf options, too, if you don’t need help waking up). Both options that I tried were very hearty and flavorful. If you like your coffee a little on the strong side, you’ll definitely love Don Tomas Coffee. My parents visited us recently, and I served Don Tomas Coffee to them. My dad liked it so much that he took home one of my bags of coffee!

At, you can order your coffees individually or join their Coffee Club to schedule regular deliveries. There’s also a fundraising program to help you raise money for your child’s school or other organization. Choose from the following Grind options: Whole Bean, Espresso, Cone Drip, Flat Bottom Drip, French Press, Percolator. A description of each coffee is provided to help you decide which one (or more) you would like to try first! I hope you’ll consider Don Tomas Coffee if you’re a coffee lover. Visit them through the links below.

Don Tomas Coffee Company Website: