Monday, December 9, 2013

::. LET IT SNOW CASH GIVEAWAY .::

Welcome to the $750 Let It Snow Cash Giveaway!

We've joined a great group of bloggers to bring you this awesome giveaway. One lucky person will win $500 cash and five others will win $50 cash!

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Ends at 11:59pm EST on December 22nd, 2013.
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Thursday, October 3, 2013

::. Little Tikes Big Adventures Construction Peak Rail & Road Play Set Giveaway! .::

Welcome to the Little Tikes Big Adventures Construction Peak Rail & Road Play Set Giveaway!

Hosted by The Link Fairy

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My daughter is really into cars and trucks. The Big Adventures Construction Peak Rail & Road Play Set is the perfect toy which she could grow into. Since she is younger we would set up the track and train. I could see her ‘choo chooing’ around the track for hours. It would almost be like a brand new toy connecting the rest of the set together once she gets a bit older.

The Big Adventures Construction Peak Rail & Road Play Set comes with everything you need for construction fun including:
  • Working lift bridge and railroad crossing gates
  • 3-way boulder auto-loader
  • 1 Mountain
  • 6 Boulders
  • 1 Dump Truck
  • 1 Train Engine & 2 Train Cars
  • 30 Train and Road tracks
Check out The Link Fairy‘s review of the Big Adventures Construction Peak Rail & Road Play Set!
Enter to win!
Enter through the widget below. Giveaway ends at 11:59pm CST on 10/15. Open to US residents 18+.

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

::. Card.com ~ Pay With Personality !! .::


*Disclaimer - This is a sponsored review and post, which means I  am receiving compensation in the form of payment for my time writing this post for Card.com & Sverve .  However, the opinions expressed here are mine and not those of any advertiser, company, affiliate or group.

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    I had the hardest time EVER picking out my card. There were so many awesome designs to choose from !! I finally went with my home state - the North Carolina card. But here are a few more that I absolutely LOVED : 

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::. It's Not Goodbye, It's See You Later ... .::

I refuse to say goodbye anymore ... It's ‘See Ya Later’ or ‘Good Bye For Now’.

For those of you that know me, we've moved around a lot.  For those of you that don’t, my hubby is a Combat Medic in the Army & he is heading to the second half of nursing school at Walter Reed National Military Center in Maryland, so we are moving AGAIN next week.  I think for the most part, I do a pretty good job of playing it off like I'm a good sport about moving so much & that I 'make the most of it,' despite my quite vocal moaning & groaning during the process.  Honestly, I'm a hot mess away from home.  Don't get me wrong, I love my husband with all my heart & of course, I want to be where he is.  I just wish sometimes that I could take "home" with me ...

Think of it like this.  You're a little kid again.  You live in a neighborhood with all of your friends .  You all go to school together.  You all are the best of friends.  Then, your parents tell you that you have to move.  You're forced to pack up your life, move into a new house, new neighborhood, and worst of all having to make new friends.  Basically, you have to start all over again.


This has been my life for the past 6 years.  Except, it’s not as easy as it might have been when you were a little kid.  Making new friends isn’t as simple.  Getting to know a new neighborhood in a short time is nearly impossible.  Especially when you are married with kids & have responsibilities.  And making a short-term house/apartment feel like your own seems pointless when you are probably leaving again soon anyways.  As we get older, most of us have already established our friendships ~ some of them go all the way back to grade school.  We usually share very similar common interests.  So, when a new person comes along, it takes close friends a while to accept them or get to know them.  Although I like to think I’m a very easy going, likeable person, it is always very hard for me to connect with new people.  I've never been one to have a million friends.  I prefer a few quality relationships over quantity.



With that being said, I guess that's just how life really is.  It’s tough to move somewhere and fit right in.  Truth is, it just takes time.  But the worst part is, I usually don't have that kind of time.  Just when I start to adjust and fit in & become close with someone, I have to leave again. 

I always thought it would get easier leaving ...  It just doesn't.  I have met so many wonderful people who I have had to & will have to leave.  And it never feels really okay.  In some ways, I think leaving this time is even worse that even the very first time I had to leave home.  I was HOME for almost 3 years.  I got a taste again of what it's like to be here, ALL the time with my family and friends in short driving distance and I've made a new, wonderful friend that I don't want to leave.  And now that will be gone again, just like that.  I don't know when I'll be back.

Yeah, I'm a little emotional.  Moving is not easy.  Both physically and emotionally.  However, with moving so much, I have truly learned to cherish the time I have with the people who mean the most to me.  The biggest & hardest lesson I have learned is that no one is promised tomorrow.  You HAVE to keep in touch.  You have to let the people who are important to you know how important they are to you before it's too late.  But, it works both ways.  So, until next time ...

“It’s Not Good Bye … It’s See Ya Later”


::. Kid-Friendly Tablet Accessories Giveaway + Get a FREE eBook When You Enter !! .::

Hosted By: KiteReaders
Co-Hosted By: The Butterfly Effect
Sponsored By: KiteReaders
KiteReaders is thrilled to host and sponsor a Tablet Accessories Giveaway! We have an amazing selection of some of the most popular kid-friendly accessories available for your tablets out in the market today! We all know how difficult it can be to maintain your tablet when you have a young child who always wants to use it. Whether you want to protect your tablet with a kid-friendly case, use a handy stylus instead of your fingers to touch the screen, or simply accessorize your tablet with some awesome headphones, we’ve got you covered!
When you enter the giveaway, not only will you have the chance to win one of these highly coveted prizes, but you will also be able to immediately download one of our award winning titles…for FREE! Simply enter the giveaway below and read more to learn all about our 20+ amazing prizes!
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 About KiteReaders
KiteReaders is a multi-award winning digital publisher of children’s books. With over 100 titles and 30 best sellers across Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and iBooks, KiteReaders aims to provide quality content for children and their families and increase literacy around the world. Visit KiteReaders at http://kitereaders.com and like them on Facebook at http://facebook.com/kitereaders!


Giveaway Rules: US Residents, 18 years and up only. 1 entrant per household. Winners will be picked randomly through the Rafflecopter entry form. Winners will be emailed and will have 48 hours to respond before a new winner is chosen. 
All winning entries are verified.  
Prizes Include: 
Gumdrop Kindle Fire Case (Valued at $49.99): 1 Winner
If you’re looking for the most rugged, durable yet ultimately affordable Kindle Fire protection, you found it in the Drop Tech Series Kindle Fire Case. Shock Absorption, drop protection, extreme ruggedness and hard-core readiness for all adventures, the Drop Tech Series Kindle Fire case specifically conforms to the shape of the Kindle Fire and offers multiple layers of protection. This transformer case features a unique, snap-on integrated screen for maximum protection. (http://www.gumdropcases.com/kindle-fire.html)
iPad Smart Cover (Valued at $39.99): 2 Winners
Snap the Smart Cover into place and it wakes up, stands up, and brightens up your iPad. It magnetically aligns for a perfect fit. It wakes and sleeps your iPad on open and close. It’s a handy stand for reading, watching, and typing. And it’s a way to make your iPad as personal on the outside as it is on the inside. (http://www.apple.com/ipad/accessories/)
iGuy iPad Case (Valued at $39.95): 2 Winners
Say hi to iGuy. He’s fun, free-standing and kid-friendly. Designed to fit all full-size iPads – even the new iPad 4! (http://www.speckproducts.com/iguy-for-ipad.html)
Fisher Price Kindle Fire Kid-Tough Apptivity Case (Valued at $29.99): 2 Winners
With a Kid-Tough rubberized casing and a clear film over the screen to protect against drips and sticky fingers, the next time your child asks to play with your Kindle Fire, you’ll be much more likely to say “sure”! (http://www.fisher-price.com/en_US/brands/kidtough/products/67522)
Griffin Technology Cinema Seat (Valued at $24.99): 2 Winners
CinemaSeat turns your iPad into the perfect in-car entertainment system. CinemaSeat’s wide, adjustable strap routes around your car seat’s headrest to perfectly position your iPad for backseat riders. Without sacrificing access to Multi-Touch display, controls or headphone jack, CinemaSeat lets them watch video, listen to music, play games and more. CinemaSeat gives your riders the best seats in the house. Or car. (http://store.griffintechnology.com/cinemaseat-2-for-ipad)
KaZoo MyPhones (Valued at $19.99): 2 Winners
KaZoo MyPhones have built-in-volume-limiting circuitry that keeps the sound pressure down to levels recommended as safe for young ears. Exposure to excessive levels of sound is more than a nuisance. It’s a health issue, especially for children. KaZoo MyPhones use a built-in, always-on sound-control circuit to cap peak volume levels at 85 decibels. That’s the maximum level recommended by many auditory health organizations in the U.S. and abroad. And, of course, KaZoo are kid-friendly with fun animal designs and durably constructed. (http://store.griffintechnology.com/kazoo-myphones)
Felix TwoHands Stand (Valued at $19.99): 2 Winners
When you want to use your NOOK hands-free, this ingenious accessory is the perfect solution. Made of sturdy molded plastic, it opens with a gentle squeeze and securely grips the edges of your NOOK, while the base rests on a flat surface to form a sturdy stand. The spring mechanism is both strong and flexible, so the Felix will hold your NOOK in either landscape or portrait mode; when closed, it’s only 7″ long, so it will easily slip into a pocket or bag. Add in the sleek, distinctive look – enhanced by a “felix” logo script printed in silver – and this is truly a must-have item for every NOOK owner. (http://www.barnesandnoble.com/p/home-gift-twohands-stand-in-black/25719436)
Crayola Color Studio iMarker (Valued at $15.99): 2 Winners
iMarker is the key to unlock limitless discovery and play on your iPad. It’s a digital marker, crayon, pencil and paint brush that interacts with the Crayola ColorStudio HD app to create all your favorite Crayola colors on the iPad’s Multi-Touch display. As you color, animated characters, music, sound and visual effects bring scenes to life, and surprises await on every page. (http://www.griffintechnology.com/crayola/colorstudiohd)
Marware UpSurge Speaker (Valued at $9.99): 2 Winners
The Marware UpSurge Mini Speaker delivers crisp, distortion-free sound from virtually any media player device. The UpSurge travels with you wherever you go, providing rechargeable, long-lasting audio enhancement in the palm of your hand. Its compact design twists and extends when in use for enhanced bass and sound quality. The UpSurge Mini Speaker is the perfect solution for your portable audio needs, whether you’re watching a movie, listening to music or playing a video game. (http://www.marware.com/upsurge-mini-speaker)
KiteReaders Stylus (Valued at $5.99): All Winners!
The KiteReaders Stylus is the perfect accessory to use on any of your touch devices! With a pen on one end and a stylus on the other, this stylus is a great tool to have in your pocket or bag at all times! 

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

::. Seussational Dr. Seuss Back to School Giveaway Winners .::


Sweet Potato Stitches: Stacy Quinn
Pretty Lil Frills: Katherine Bynum
Corrine Couch's Crochet: Stacy Quinn


Grand Prize: Melody (no last name given)
Melody_XXX79@hotmail.com



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Sunday, August 25, 2013

::. Purex Back 2 School Sweepstakes .::



From August 2 - August 30, Purex will be providing one lucky winner with a $1,000!
If you’re family’s having trouble saying goodbye to summer this year, Purex has some news that’s bound to put that spring back in your step and a smile back on your face.
Enter for your chance to win here :

http://insiders.purex.com/1000Back2School?id=175

If you're a blogger & would like to sign up for Purex Insiders, fill out the information here :
http://www.purexinsiders.com/general/register_start.asp?ref=E2FBBDFE-E370-4B96-9CB8-22AFCE26F927

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*Disclaimer: I am a Purex Insider and this post has been made on behalf of Purex. I will be entered into a drawing for this post but have received no compensation otherwise.

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Sunday, August 11, 2013

::. 122 Years of Borax Sweepstakes .::






From August 13 - September 17, Our friends at Borax are teaming up to provide one lucky winner with a $1,891!

A long time ago, in a valley far far away, the Pacific Coast Borax Company was born. The year was 1891, and no one could have known that 122 years later, Twenty Mule Team Borax would still be helping people clean all around the home.

** Stay tuned for more information on how to enter !! **

If you're a blogger & would like to sign up for Purex Insiders, fill out the information here :
http://www.purexinsiders.com/general/register_start.asp?ref=E2FBBDFE-E370-4B96-9CB8-22AFCE26F927

Sunday, August 4, 2013

Sponsored Review - Sverve - PowerMyLearning

*Disclaimer - This is a sponsored review and post, which means I  am receiving compensation in the form of payment for my time writing this post for http://PowerMyLearning.org/ & Sverve . However, the opinions expressed here are mine and not those of any advertiser, company, affiliate or group.

The 2 1/2 to 3 months between the end of one school year and the beginning of the next is known as summer break.  During this time, many children lose educational ground because their minds are sitting idle for almost 3 months.  This idle time is known as "summer slide."  One way to prevent this "summer slide" is to engage your child's mind with fun, educational games. 

http://powermylearning.org/ is a free website with everything your K-2nd grader needs to get ahead for the upcoming school year! The site provides educational online games that incorporate things your child already loves such as trains, animals and even fashion.

I have an upcoming Kindergartner, as well as an upcoming 2nd grader.  So, both of my children engaged in the math games that PowerMyLearning provides.  My Kindergartner (who won't be 5 until the end of August) had a really hard time with the 3-D shapes & subtraction, but did really well with the 2-D shapes, comparing numbers, addition, colors and determining shapes.  We didn't get to the measuring & comparing of objects, place values or number names & sequence.

My 2nd grader (who just turned 7 at the end of July) really enjoyed Number Line Fun, Telling Time, Adding Tens & Hundreds and Odd or Even.  She had a harder time with Mental Addition, Measurement is Everywhere & Solving Word Problems.  We didn't get to the Having Fun With Data section.

I really think that this website is very helpful in keeping my kids from forgetting some of the things that they learned in school during the school year.  I also think it helped my Kindergartner learn some things he didn't know yet, so he'll have an easier time when he starts Kindergartner at the end of the month.  My 2nd grader got a refresher course in some of the things she learned in 1st grade, which I really think will help as she heads into the new school year.

I definitely recommend this site for any parent with K-2nd graders, as well as kids all the way up to high school.  They have appropriate lessons for each grade level that truly make learning fun. Worrying about your child forgetting some of what they've learned or slipping out of practice during the summer months will now be a thing of the past.

Wednesday, July 31, 2013

::. A-B-Seas Multi-Vendor Giveaway Winners .::

 
These are the giveaway winners from the A-B-Seas Multi-Vendor Auction Giveaway !! Please thank the vendors if you are a winner, as we would not have these awesome prizes without them !!  Also, please contact the vendor by Saturday, August 3rd or your prize will be forfeited & a new winner will be drawn.  Thank you to everyone who participated !!


TEDs TUGs--Katherine Teague Bynum 
Sweet Potato Stitches--Corrine Couch 
Funky Jean Designs--Katherine Teague Bynum 
Jenn's Butterfli Bowtique--Carly Fridlich 
Trendy Sprouts Boutique--Lisaann Orecchio 
O-dee-O Designs--Jade McDonald 
Jamie Winter--Teresa Cashman Geer 
White-o-Coccoli--Johanna Loth 
Chunky Monkey Unlimited--Emily Randle 
Corrine Couch's Crochet--Amanda Evans 
Cold Lipstick's Garden--Michelle Johnson 
Pretty Lil Frills--Mindy Davis

Saturday, July 27, 2013

::. A-B-Seas Multi-Vendor Grand Prize Giveaway ~ Jenn's Butterfli Bowtique & Chunky Monkey Unlimited .::

 
 
The Prize: Felt Fishing Set (Boy or Girl Set) & Large Eco-Friendly Snack Bag

How to Enter: Head to our Facebook page and SHARE, LIKE, and COMMENT on our photo, then enter the Giveaway below using the entry form.

Winner: 1 winner will win the Felt Fishing Set & Large Eco-friendly Snack Bag Grand Prize. Random.org will be used to generate the winner using a list of all the entries. The winner will be announced on our blog on Tuesday, July 30th at 8:00pm EST. The winner is responsible for contacting Jenn's Butterfli Bowtique via email. If the prize isn't claimed by Sunday, August 4th, the prize will be forfeited.

Disclaimer: This giveaway is in no way sponsored, endorsed, or associated with Facebook. 
 
 
 

Thursday, July 25, 2013

::. A-B-Seas Multi-Vendor Giveaway ~ Funky Jean Designs .::


$5 Gift Certificate
Entry-Form

::. A-B-Seas Multi-Vendor Giveaway ~ Sweet Potato Stitches .::


*3* Felt Shrimp
Entry-Form

::. A-B-Seas Multi-Vendor Giveaway ~ Chunky Monkey Unlimited .::


Bamboo Teether
Entry-Form

::. A-B-Seas Multi-Vendor Giveaway ~ White-O-Coccoli Childrens Tableware .::

*1* Personalized Bamboo Smiley Spoon

::. A-B-Seas Multi-Vendor Giveaway ~ TEDs TUGs .::

Pom Pom Ball Fleece Toy

::. A-B-Seas Multi-Vendor Giveaway ~ Jenn's Butterfli Bowtique .::


$10 Gift Certificate
Entry-Form

::. A-B-Seas Multi-Vendor Giveaway ~ Trendy Sprouts Boutique .::


ABC Mouse Bow
Entry-Form

::. A-B-Seas Multi-Vendor Giveaway ~ Corrine Couch's Crochet .::


$5 Gift Certificate
Entry-Form

::. A-B-Seas Multi-Vendor Giveaway ~ O-dee-O Designs .::


$5 Gift Certificate
Entry-Form

::. A-B-Seas Multi-Vendor Giveaway ~ Cold Lipstick's Garden .::

Set of 2 Custom Bottle Cap Key Chains
Entry-Form

::. A-B-Seas Multi-Vendor Giveaway ~ Jamie Winter .::

1 OZ Organic Rose Petals (from Mountain Rose Herbs) & the recipe for Rose Petal Sugar Cookies

::. A-B-Seas Multi-Vendor Giveaway ~ Pretty Lil Frills .::


$5 Gift Certificate


Thursday, July 18, 2013

My Angels Left Footprints On My Heart ... by Jennifer Ripel (Posted with Permission)

Jennifer Ripel lost her twin babies in her first trimester of pregnancy 7 years ago this October and is still struggling with the pain & loss.  She hopes by sharing her story, she can gain some healing, support & maybe help someone else who is struggling with the same thing.  It can be hard when you lose a child or children and people around you become pregnant.  You may go back and forth between feeling happy for them, yet resentful that it didn't happen for you.  Here is Jennifer's story. 

“Do you feel special?” the nurse asked me as I sat in her office.  “Do you feel special that you are pregnant with twins?  It’s not special.  One in 9 pregnancies results in twins”.  I didn’t know what to think.  I just found out that I was carrying two beautiful little lives inside of me, and yes, I did feel special.  I felt darn special.  What she said I now know to be false.  Around one in thirty pregnancies will result in twins, not nine.  No matter the information, it wasn’t a wanted conversation and I was shocked to hear it.

I had a daughter; she was just eight months old when I found out about the second pregnancy.  She was the apple of my eye and my colorful rainbow in the sky.  Her smile can light up a room even if the power was to go out.  It was her sweet chubby cheeks that helped me get through the horrific morning sickness that I endured.  I was never sick with my first, aside from the one time I was craving a plum and the only one left was rotten.  I ate it anyways.  Every day I prayed to the porcelain toilet to make it stop.  Every day I wondered if I was going to be able to wake up and get dressed and go out of the house.  Each and every day I felt horrible.  It all made sense once I found out that I was carrying multiples as I had always heard morning sickness comes on strong when you are. 

I was so excited to be having twins.  In my heart, I think I always knew I would.  I imagined it from the time I was a little girl playing the game of Life, always eagerly waiting to have twin girls.  I just knew.  I was also so scared.  My Jasmine was only a baby still.  A small baby that needed her Mommy and my heart broke thinking about the position I would be putting her in.  I am a third child, followed by a fourth.  I know what it is like to be left out and I swore that would never happen to my children. I knew everything would fall into place though.  I believed it would.  I thought it would.


The pain was so bad.  In my abdomen, my thighs, and in my heart.  There is no pain worse than that of a broken heart.   I knew what was happening inside of me.  I didn’t want it to happen and I prayed from the first shock of pain that it wouldn’t happen, but it did.  Late at night on October 4th I made my way to the bathroom after being woke in bed by my conscious telling me to go.  There I birthed two tiny little people.  I cried, and I cried, and I cried.  I wasn’t through my first trimester as of yet, but I felt a strong connection to them.  They were a part of my heart, me and my husband, a part of my family and life.  I crawled back into my bed trying not to wake my husband.  I think I was in a state of shock.  Little did I know that life would never be the same for me.


I see commercials on the TV. I think this day and age it’s all about multiples.  So many refer to having twins.  Thank goodness for PVR and being able to fast forward right through them.  My husband’s cousin and now my cousin are both pregnant with twins.  Luckily, I can hide posts or profiles on Facebook.  I know I can’t live this way, and I know I need to move on as my sister told me not long ago.  I just don’t know how to move on.  I don’t know how to pretend that this didn’t happen.  I don’t know how to just forget about the babies that I lost, that I birthed, that I loved. 
I now have another beautiful daughter.  She was somehow conceived just weeks after I lost my beautiful babies, through protection and all.  She was an easy pregnancy, much different than the previous.  After the horrific pain and guilt I had from my loss just weeks before, I didn’t want more children.  I didn’t want to chance going through something like that again.  I knew I couldn’t do it.  Not mentally, emotionally or spiritually.  I had a daughter to be strong for.  A beautiful little girl that looked up to me and I wanted to be there for her in every way possible.  


We named our unborn baby Sarryn, short for serendipity or un-planned fortune.  No, she wasn’t planned and that is okay.  She was still made from love and she really is my little fortune!  She was due at the very end of October, and at the end of a very healthy, wonderful pregnancy I suddenly went into pre-term labor at the end of 34 weeks.  It came on nice and slow, but after a trip to the hospital, then an ambulance ride to the nearby bigger city, I delivered a beautiful baby girl.  Sarryn Georgia Rose, 5 lbs 11 oz. Rosy pink, healthy as could be and oh so cute!  She was born on October 4th.  The day in which just one year before, I had lost my beautiful babies.  A day of loss was now a day of celebration. 


I still can’t watch TV shows with multiples. I still fast forward the commercials that have them in it.  I still cry for days when I find out that my friend or relative is expecting twins.  But as the years go on it does get easier and I don’t cry nearly as much.  As fate would have it, a few years ago I met someone who is now my best friend.  She has two girls.  Twins.  Some days it is hard, but most days I am just happy for her that she gets to experience what I never had the chance to experience.  It is helping me to heal.  I also have my two beautiful girls in my life that I couldn’t be more thankful for.  They are both the apples of my eyes and my colorful rainbows in the sky.  I love them to pieces.

Losing my babies put in a hole in my heart I have yet to learn how to fix.  I have seen multiple counselors, I have had candle light prayers (and I’m not one to pray often), and I have even considered getting little footprint tattoos on my shoulder so that in a sense they could always be with me.  Even if the ink were to be on my skin, it would not heal me. 


Wednesday, February 6, 2013

.:: TOTS New Year, New Year, New Business ::.

New Year, New You, New Business Giveaway February 4-11 2013

Thinking Outside The Sandbox New Year GiveawayLook More Professional, Get More Organized, and Increase Your Web Presence.

The new year is a time for reflection and renewal. A time to set new goals and dreams. A time to challenge yourself . Thinking Outside The Sandbox wants to help you achieve your goals and make your dream attainable. Do you want to start your own small business or blog but don't know where to start? I remember very clearly when I first thought of opening my own business. I had many great ideas but did not know where to start. We want to help you in your small business journey. Wait, I already have a business/blog?! The New Year, New You, New Business Giveaway has everything you need to get started and organized. Business/blog idea is not included. If you already have a business/blog, the giveaway includes products and services which can push you to that next level (and look good doing it)! What if I don't have a business or blog but want to win some of these amazing prizes? Enter away! Just pay forward the good luck and donate all of the business/blog specific prizes to your favourite small business or blog. Prize Package worth over $600 includes: AND....
  • $50 Paypal Cash
Prizes were donated from the following awesome companies: thinkingoutsidethesandbox logoThinking Outside The Sandbox is a website designed to help WAHMs and other business moms navigate the world of business. We think that running a business and being a mom can go hand in hand. Our mission is to help other moms in business to reach their full potential. There is no reason that you need to be alone in this endeavour! Aside from our daily posts, which range from social media tips to how to find a balance between work/home life, we also provide affordable advertising options. Advertorials are articles written about your business or product. We script the advertorials in our voice, to remain consistent, and write it not as an ad, but as an article, which encourages more reads. Featured Listings include photos and links and are a place where you direct your future customers to read honest, unbiased, and unsolicited feedback about your business. Basic listings are FREE. To sign up for your basic listing click here. Follow Thinking Outside The Sandbox on Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest. Clutch donated by Bundles and Buzz
The Petunia Pickle Bottom Cross Town Clutch was donated by Bundles and Buzz. This clutch is a perfect addition to any mommy lifestyle. Not only does it have enough room to carry everything you need for a night out, but it is also the perfect professional accessory to bring to those business meetings and while networking. Bundles and Buzz bundles are surprise packages of mom/baby products, supplied by companies, who are looking to increase their sales, introduce a new product, clear out discontinued products or boost brand awareness. You can purchase Mama, Toddler, Baby, Family and Cloth (diapering) themed Bundles.
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clarity marketing and design logoClarity Marketing & Design provides web, graphic, SEO (search engine optimization) and social media services to small businesses and non-profits. Based out of Surrey, BC, Clarity has had well-known companies take on their services in the past, such as the Surrey School Board, BC Youth Week, City of Burnaby and Prostate Cancer Foundation BC. Attract a whole new audience with a custom logo design. Perfect for re-branding or making a great first impression with your new company. Check Clarity Marketing and Design out on Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn. copy-kids logo
The Vonny Market Tote was donated by Copy-Kids. Copy-Kids makes video content encouraging positive habits in young children by encouraging them to copy other kids. Our debut release is a DVD entitled Copy-Kids Eat Fruits and Vegetables. In it you find children joyfully eating fruits and vegetables. Kids watching it want to join in. It’s that simple. And it’s effective. The Vonny Market Tote is perfect for any busy mom but particularly one who also runs a business. Cai from Copy-Kids sent me this message; "These bags are so full of pockets -- absolutely amazing. We use ours for knitting... but can definitely be used to get organized." Copy-Kids is also on Facebook.
kitty and buck designGet a head start on your blog or web design with a $50 gift certificate from Kitty and Buck. Shell is a qualified Graphic Designer (B. Digital Media) with over 5 years of professional experience. At Kitty & Buck we love to create something beautiful for you, whether it is a complete blog design, or something smaller like a new banner or branding for your online store. Shell works as an animator and designer for television during the day and moonlights as a ballerina, musician, crazy cat lady and chef. She dreams to one day provide beautiful designs for beautiful businesses (and the people behind them) from a secluded log cabin somewhere in the vast wilderness.
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Special Thanks: Special Thanks go out to all of our contributors and our intern Hannah. Please take a minute to learn about all of them here. We also want to give a BIG thanks and shout out to Reachli for helping us promote the giveaway. We use Reachli for all of our Pinterest pins. Check out our blog post about Reachli and why it is a must have for any business or blog. Cannot wait to win this prize package? Make sure to enter below and share. a Rafflecopter giveaway
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