Monday, December 30, 2013

Do a Lighting Makeover with GE reveal® Light Bulbs ~ Now Available at Target! (COUPON)

Disclosure: I will be receiving complimentary GE reveal® light bulbs for my fair and honest review. All opinions are 100% my own.

I’ve very excited because GE Lighting has invited me to do a home lighting makeover with their GE reveal® light bulbs! I’m going to find out firsthand whether my choice of light bulb can really make a difference in my home. In watching the video below, I found out that really good lighting can have a tremendous impact for people in certain occupations. See what the following four “tastemakers” have to say about their lighting transformations!

Now before I share my own experience with GE reveal® light bulbs with you in the near future, I wanted to spread the news that these innovative light bulbs are now available at Target -- and at a discount! With Target’s Cartwheel App, you’ll find savings for in-store purchases of GE reveal® products, along with many of the other items you love at Target. Simply download Target’s money-saving Cartwheel app (available on Apple IOS here and Android here), select GE reveal® (and any other savings you need) and head to your local Target for great deals!

**Starting on January 5th, there will be a coupon for 25% off GE reveal® light bulbs on the Cartwheel app.**

In addition to using the discounts on the Cartwheel app, you can also print off the coupon below for even more savings nationwide on GE reveal® light bulbs!


GE reveal® Coupon - Enjoy $1 off any package of GE reveal® light bulbs. Good to print through December 31, 2013 with a 45-day expiration after print date.

As you can tell, I’m really looking forward to doing a home lighting makeover courtesy of GE reveal®. I hope you’ll check out GE Lighting through the links below, too.

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What Are Your Health and Fitness Goals for 2014? Giveaway for a Master Lock Combination Padlock! #LSSS

During the month of January, we often reflect on our health and fitness goals. Did we succeed at our efforts to become more fit and eat healthier during the past year? Or do we need to set or renew our goals for the following year? For myself, I’m fairly happy with my 2013 efforts. My friend and I started walking several miles together 3-5 days per week. It took a while, but I have started to notice a real difference in my health. Not only do I breathe better (I was always out of breath before), but many people have told me I look like I’ve lost some weight. I put on an older pair of jeans yesterday that had been getting tight, and they fit comfortably!

As for eating, I’ve never been a big eater or snacker, but one of my goals was to give up the nightly ice-cream treat. Although I love ice cream, I’ve always felt bloated when I eat a lot of it, and I feel much better now that ice cream is a rare treat. Previously, I was finding that I had to buy more and more size 10 clothes, so I’m thrilled that my size 8s are starting to fit again. This is really motivating me to keep up my efforts in 2014! So, what could I do better next year? Even though I don’t overeat, the food I do eat is primarily junk. I’m a lazy cook, so I often reach for the prepared and processed foods, and I rarely eat vegetables. So, I’m hoping to improve the quality of my food in 2014. Wish me luck!

What about you? I hope you’ll take this time of year to reflect on your health and fitness achievements (and setbacks) from the previous year. If you’re not happy with what you accomplished, rejoice in the fact that a new year is a time for new beginnings! It’s never too late to get back on track. Set small goals, like I did with my walking program, and slowly increase them as you’re able. Get a friend to help you reach your goals. My friend and I both credit each other with forcing ourselves to walk even on those days when we’d rather sit on the couch. Be patient with yourself and your progress this year, and you just might see some great results for your efforts in 2014!

By the way, if one of your goals this year is to join a gym (or use your current membership more often), I have a great giveaway for you from Master Lock!


One lucky winner will receive a Master Lock Combination Padlock 1534D (perfect for securing your valuables at the gym) like one of those shown above! Enter through the Rafflecopter form below. This giveaway is open to U.S. residents only and will end at 11:59 PM EST on January 31, 2014.

Children’s Book Review and Giveaway: "Half Popped," by Jeff Feuerstein

Have you ever felt sorry for those unpopped or half-popped popcorn kernels at the bottom of your bowl? Instead of being appreciated by popcorn lovers, they’re often relegated to the trash can. But one half-popped kernel wants to change all that by speaking out in the new children’s book, Half Popped!

Written by Jeff Feuerstein, with illustrations by Dayna Brandoff and Alex Miller, this rhyming tale shares the story of Kenny the kernel, who decides to leave his lonely spot at the bottom of the bowl and venture out. Peeking into the refrigerator, he meets all kinds of poor foods like himself, including a baby carrot who feels inferior about his size and a red grape that doesn’t fit in with the green grapes. It’s a similar story in the rest of the kitchen -- plenty of foods that are different from the others. Kenny’s pep talks manage to make them feel better about themselves, but what can make Kenny feel worthy, too?

I won’t spoil the ending, but kids will cheer for Kenny as he finds his own happiness. Half Popped encourages kids to see themselves as others see them and to appreciate being different. Written in rhyme, with artwork uniquely combining photography and illustration, this is a clever story that children will want to read over and over again. And they’ll never neglect those half-popped kernels in the popcorn bowl, either! Learn more about Half Popped at


One lucky winner will receive a print copy of the children’s book, Half Popped, by Jeff Feuerstein! Enter through the Rafflecopter form below. This giveaway is open to U.S. residents only and ends at 11:59 PM EST on Monday, January 13, 2014.

Little Passports' New Year's Eve Traditions Around the World

5, 4, 3, 2, 1 ... Happy New Year! As people in the United States start the new year with fireworks, parades, and resolutions, people around the world are also doing everything they can to welcome 2014. Join Sam and Sofia of Little Passports as they visit friends in other countries to see how they start the year!

Are you looking for travel and adventure? In Colombia, they say that if you grab your suitcase and run around the entire block as fast as you can at exactly midnight on New Year’s Eve, you will get to travel in the new year. Sam and Sofia love joining their Colombian friends to participate in this tradition -- they are always looking for their next adventure!
Sam and Sofia join their friends in Greece to celebrate New Year's and St. Basil’s Day on January 1st. The Greeks start the year off with a fun-filled day of food, festivities, as well as time with family and friends. One favorite way to celebrate is eating the Vasilopita or St Basil's cake, which is similar to a pound cake and is baked with a silver or gold coin inside. Whoever finds the coin in their slice of cake will have a very lucky year!

When it’s cold outside, you might want to slurp down a giant bowl of steaming-hot noodles! But for the new year, not just any bowl of noodles will do. Little Passports always enjoys joining their Japanese friends to eat “long-life” noodles. Imagine a dish piled high with long, winding, uncut noodles! Many Japanese believe that eating these long noodles will bring health and longevity. What a yummy way for Sam and Sofia to start the new year!
Do you pay attention to who enters your house first on New Year’s Day? In Scotland, on January 1st, people keep a close eye on the door because whoever enters first determines the family’s luck the next year. According to tradition, the “first-foot” must bring gifts -- such as coal to wish others warmth and shortbread to wish everyone full bellies throughout the year. When Sam and Sofia visit their friends in Scotland on New Year’s Day, they always bring gifts!

Bring Little Passports into your child's life in 2014 to teach them about all of the fascinating cultures around the world!

Tiny Prints New Year's Sale: 20% OFF Sitewide + Free Shipping on Orders of $49+

Did you take an adorable photo at Christmas? It's not too late to send it out to loved ones on a personalized card or gift! Head over to Tiny Prints for big New Year's savings!

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Enjoy Free Shipping With Orders of $49+ (stackable with the sitewide sale)
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Friday, December 27, 2013

Super Saturday Giveaway Linky (December 28, 2013)

Wow, I can't believe this is the last linky for 2013! I hope you all had a good year, as well as a fun Christmas holiday. Please excuse the lack of posts this past week. I was enjoying a few days away to spend Christmas with my parents. My #2 son drove down from college, so we had a great family reunion! Now that the holiday is over, it's time to get back to "normal," which hopefully includes entering some giveaways! Please check out my right sidebar for my current giveaways and then hop around to those listed in the linky below. If you're hosting a giveaway on your blog, feel free to link up and share it with us! And don't forget to promote this page to your Twitter and Facebook fans. Stay safe for New Year's and we'll link up again next year!

Thursday, December 26, 2013

Boxing Day Traditions around the World with Little Passports

While the exact origins of Boxing Day aren't completely known, one of the more well-known traditions of this holiday started several hundred years ago in England. At this time, Boxing Day -- the day after Christmas -- was when the wealthy landowners would bring gifts of food or other necessities to the homes of people who worked for them. Many countries have continued this tradition of being generous to those who are in need at this time of year, but Boxing Day around the world has also changed to include other festivities and events. 

In the Bahamas, they celebrate with a festival -- called Junkanoo -- dating back to the 16th or 17th century. On December 26th, Bahamans celebrate with a large and colorful street parade during which people wear magnificent costumes, masks, and headdresses, and dance, sing, and play music as they proceed through the streets. There's even a Junkanoo museum in downtown Nassau (the capital of the Bahamas) where visitors can see costumes from past festivals. 
New Zealand is another country that celebrates Boxing Day during their summer weather. Taking advantage of the nice weather, some New Zealanders may choose to go swimming in the ocean or the lakes and rivers. Others might decide to hike and have a picnic on the trail. Those families who just want to stay home and take it easy after the Christmas celebrations might flip on the television to watch cricket and grill up some Christmas dinner leftovers. Other families might go to the Ellerslie Boxing Day Races. These are horse races that have been held on Boxing Day for over 150 years at the Auckland Racing Club. 

Australia is another country that has sports-centered Boxing Day traditions. On the day after Christmas, Australians can either watch the Boxing Day Test match featuring Australia’s cricket team or they can cheer on sailors competing in the Sydney-to-Hobart yacht race. The Sydney-to-Hobart yacht race, which is thought to be one of the most difficult yacht races in the world, starts in the harbor of Australia’s largest city, Sydney, and finishes in Hobart, the capital of the Australian island Tasmania. 

Although we don't celebrate Boxing Day in the United States, Sam, Sofia, and the team at Little Passports will be honoring the tradition by helping those in need in their local community. How does your family give back during the holidays?

Sunday, December 22, 2013

Winners for the Week of December 15, 2013

Illuminating Gracie Book Blast: $100 Amazon Gift Card or PayPal Cash

Congratulations to the winner: Claudia!

Crossroads Saga Book Blast: $50 Amazon Gift Card or PayPal Cash

Congratulations to the winner: Carolyn V.!

Dear Santasaurus, Signed Children’s Book by Stacy McAnulty

Congratulations to the winner: Jenny Q.!

Hoodie Bear or Sweater Bear from Teddy Bears Personalized

Congratulations to the winner: Tram L., Rachel K. and Alexa C.!

Skylanders SWAP Force Starter Pack for Wii

Congratulations to the winner: Darlene J.N.!

Sweet Poison, by Rachel Carrington (eBook)

Congratulations to the winners: Lalaine H. and Paula M.B.!

Kool & The Gang T-shirt, Ornaments and Kool for the Holidays Album

Congratulations to the winner: Darlene J.N.!

Caza Trail Donut Shop Coffee (for Keurig Brewers)

Congratulations to the winner: Molly P.!

The Watcher Book Blast: $50 Amazon Gift Card or PayPal Cash

Congratulations to the winner: Daniela P.!

PAC-MAN and the Ghostly Adventures Video Game (Xbox 360)

Congratulations to the winner: Monique O.R.!

Best of 2013 Giveaway Hop: Finding Colin Firth: A Novel, by Mia March

Congratulations to the winner: Corina L.!

Entire Carmex Limited Edition Moisture Plus Collection

Congratulations to the winner: Crystal L.!

Spell Fire Book Blast: $50 Amazon Gift Card or PayPal Cash

Congratulations to the winner: Angela S.!

Rebels Book Blast: $50 Amazon Gift Card or PayPal Cash

Congratulations to the winner: Morena B.!

Friday, December 20, 2013

Super Saturday Giveaway Linky (December 21, 2013)

I'm calling this week's linky the "sick edition." I have been struggling with a stubborn cold for almost two weeks now! Thank God I write for a living because my voice is nearly gone today. Anyway, if you're also stuck at home with a nasty virus, spend the time trying to win some great prizes! Check out the giveaways listed on my right sidebar and in the linky below. And if you're hosting a contest or giveaway on your blog, be sure to share it with us. Please spread the word about this linky to your Twitter and Facebook fans. Merry Christmas!

Free Christmas Cookie eCookbook from The Prepared Pantry!

The Prepared Pantry has a gift for you this Christmas -– it’s a free e-cookbook: Mrs. Claus’s Christmas Cookies. Filled with delicious recipes and cookie-baking methods, you’ll enjoy making these cookies all year long.

Thursday, December 19, 2013

Enter to Win $100 a Day Through the Molly McButter Facebook Game! Plus, Enter This Giveaway for a $50 Visa Gift Card and a Year’s Supply of Molly McButter!

Here’s a reason to celebrate this holiday season: Molly McButter makes it easy to add a flavorful and healthy twist to your favorite foods with just a few sprinkles! Their natural butter and cheese flavors are fat-free, cholesterol-free and contain zero trans fat, with five calories per serving.

And here’s another reason to rejoice this holiday season: Molly McButter has created a Facebook application game where Molly McButter fans have a chance to win $100 a day through 12/31 just for playing! Those who play each day are entered into a daily sweeps. High score doesn’t matter!

But the giving doesn’t end there! Molly McButter is offering another great giveaway on this blog. The winner will receive a $50 Visa gift card along with a year’s supply of Molly McButter! Enter through the Rafflecopter form below. This giveaway is open to U.S. residents only and ends at 11:59 PM EST on December 30, 2013.

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Tonight Only! Free Expedited Shipping on Orders of $49+ and 20% Off Holiday Cards from Tiny Prints!

Still haven't ordered your Christmas cards yet? Resigned yourself to boxed cards from the store, with no style?

Don't worry, it's not too late to get some awesome cards from Tiny Prints

If you order tonight, from 4pm to midnight Pacific Time, you can get free expedited shipping on orders of $49+ with guaranteed delivery by Christmas Eve. Plus, get 20% off your entire order with the code SW1219. 

Don't send a card that everyone else is sending. Send a personalized, custom card from Tiny Prints. You can pick from hundreds of designs, add your own picture, and make them uniquely you. 

You may not be the first on the mantle this Christmas, but you will stand out. 

Here's how to get the free expedited shipping and 20% off. 

1. Go to Tiny Prints and choose from 700+ holiday card designs

2. Personalize your card with your own pictures. 
3. At checkout, enter code FASTSHIP49 and then SW1219. 

4. Enjoy the rest of your holiday!