Expired Giveaways

Enter to Win Autographed “Standing Up” anti-bullying DVD

Standing Up DVD Giveaway

Enter to Win Standing Up Anti-Bullying DVD

I don’t know about you, but my middle school years were hell.  I was constantly bullied and even got suspended for fighting one time when I finally stood up to defend myself.  I was different than most of the other girls my age.  I wasn’t interested in make-up and the latest hair styles.  Heck.  I wasn’t even attracted to the same guys they liked.  They chased the latest fad fanboy and I thought Rick Moranis was H-O-T!  Most people don’t even remember him.  He’s the geeky father in “Honey, I Shrunk the Kids” and a few other movies.  I definitely stood apart from my peers, and the other girls did not like that at all and had decided that they would make my life miserable for being different.  Since I also happened to be the smallest person in my entire school at only 4ft 10, I also made an easy target.  Some of the things those girls said stuck with me until adulthood.  I never really got over them and, to this day, I still hear myself repeating it in my head.  Anyone who says that bullying is not really damaging has never been a victim of bullies.

standing upI was not alone and bullying remains a problem today.  Did you know that, according to Pacer.org, 160,000 US students stay home from school EVERY DAY from fear of being bullied?  I am looking forward to seeing this new movie, Standing Up.  Based on the young adult book and directed by D.J Caruso, Standing Up tells the story of two kids who get bullied at summer camp.  Stranded alone on an island, the pair decides they are not going to be victims and make a stand.  It will be available at Walmart on August 20 and at redbox on September 3rd.

When over 160,000 kids stay home each day to avoid bullies, we have a national problem that needs to be addressed. One of the best things we can do to understand the problem and discuss solutions is to be inspired. The movie “Standing Up” is THAT inspiration.

I found this really cool blog app that tells you whether you stand up to bullies or not.  I got a 93%, so I do a lot better than I did as a kid, and I work hard to teach my kids to not only stand up for themselves and others, but to not be the bully, either.  Like in the movie Standing Up, life is full of beautiful, amazing things, but bullies sure aren’t one of them! Do you stand up to bullies? Or do you let them intimidate you and others? Take this quiz to see where you stand and get tips and tricks to beat the bullies in your life.

Standing Up Anti-Bullying PledgeAccording to reviewers,Standing Up not only has incredible charm, it also carries a powerful message. After watching the movie as a family, sit down with your young kids and talk about some of the essential life lessons from Standing Up. Tell your children about how bullying can affect even the strongest of people. Read and sign the Standing Up to Bullies Pledge and pin it on the fridge, bulletin board, or wherever you can see it as a reminder.  Be sure to share it with your friends and pass the message on!

I haven’t seen this movie, but the theme definitely resonates with me.  I am giving away one signed copy of this acclaimed film by D.J Caruso.  Be sure to enter below!

HOW TO ENTER TO Win an Autographed copy of Standing Up

Mandatory entries are shown initially.  Completing them and submitting your name and email, are required to enter and to unlock the optional bonus entries and daily entry options.  There are multiple bonus entry opportunities. You may see them all by clicking the “Options” link on the form.  Presenting entry opportunities one at a time is the default.

This is a sponsored post for which I may receive compensation in the form a DVD copy of the movie, but all opinions are my own.

Processing your request, Please wait....

Kids Magic Calming Lavender Bubble Bath Review *Winner Announced*

Kids Magic Calming Bubble Bath Giveaway

Kids Magic Calming Lavender Bubble Bath Giveaway Sometimes, my youngest has a hard time falling asleep at night.  She is in middle school and has found just how stressful those years are!  Even during the summer, she worries about returning to school and what her friends do each day.  I remember those years, and there is no way that I would go back to them.  I use a lavender oil to help with stress relief and thought that a little lavender would probably help my daughter as well.

Unfortunately, most of the lavender infused products are labeled for babies.  Have you ever tried getting a 12-year-old to use a product for babies?  I did find Kids Magic Calming Lavender Bubble Bath, though, and decided to let her try that instead.  She enjoyed it and said it really did help her relax.  I like that it left her smelling soft and sweet and made hugging on her more fun!  It’s always more fun to hug your kids when they smell nice.

I like that Kids Magic derives its scent from pure lavender extract, unlike some lavender-scented products.  Even though it is not mentioned in the product description, it also has real Chamomile extracts.  Kids Magic Calming Lavender Bubble Bath creates a nice lather with rich lather.

My daughter prefers to take showers and used the Kids Magic Lavender Bubble bath as a body wash instead.  It rinses clean and you only need a small amount to bathe your entire body.  Check out the suds leftover after a complete shower!  Even with our hard water, which pretty much kills most suds, I got some nice suds!

Kids Magic Calming Lavender Bubble Bath

A small amount of Kids Magic Calming Lavender Bubble Bath on my bath mitt is enough to take a complete shower and still have some leftover.

I find the soft fragrance relaxing, as well.  I enjoy de-stressing with a shower after a long day and really believe in the power of lavender.  Oftentimes, I spray my pillowcases with lavender essential oil. I have even caught my husband using the Kids Magic Calming Lavender Bubble Bath.  He prefers to actually take a bath with it and enjoys the fragrance as well.  He says, however, that the bubbles don’t last long in the bath.  I say that’s two-fold.  We have very hard water and haven’t added salt to the softener in a while.  Hard water kills bubbles and suds.  He also takes long, leisurely baths that are longer than most kids will stay in the water.  His baths are so long that he needs to add more hot water so he doesn’t freeze.  When he adds more water, the bubbles foamed right back up.

My skin remained pleasantly scented for a couple of hours after my shower.

It’s supposedly tear-free, too.  Since my husband, daughter nor I got any in our eyes, I cannot vouch for that – and I wasn’t about to rub into my eyes for testing purposes.  That is a nice bonus, though.  I mean, after all, the idea of taking a bubble bath in lavender is to whisk away the stress of the day and relax.  It’s hard to relax if you accidentally get bubbles in your eyes and it burns for hours later.  Kids Magic Calming Lavender Bubble Bath is also hypoallergenic.  My husband has very sensitive skin and didn’t have any reactions at all to Kids Magic Calming Lavender Bubble Bath.

While Kids Magic created Calming Lavender Bubble Bath for kids like my daughter, I highly recommend it for adults as well.  We could all use a little relaxing shower and I like it better than some other lavender soaps I have used that had artificial lavender fragrance.  It kissed my skin with a light fragrance left it soft for hours later.

Use the store locator to find where Baby Magic and Kids magic products are sold near you. You can also find Kids Magic Bubble Bath-Calming Lavender Bubble Bath on Amazon.  Also, visit their site to learn more.

I am also giving away a free 33oz bottle of Kids Magic Calming Lavender Bubble Bath right here.  Just enter below.

HOW TO ENTER to Kids Magic Calming Lavender Bubble Bath

Mandatory entries are shown initially.  Completing them and submitting your name and email, are required to enter and to unlock the optional bonus entries and daily entry options.  There are multiple bonus entry opportunities. You may see them all by clicking the “Options” link on the form.  Presenting entry opportunities one at a time is the default.

Processing your request, Please wait....

Firmoo Sunglasses Giveaway – Winner Announced

Enter to Win Firmoo Sunglasses!

Firmoo sunglasses

I began wearing glasses in 1st grade.  My mom still remembers the first thing I blurted out after getting my first pair of glasses.  “There are a bunch of leaves on the tree.  Not just one, big leaf!”  No doubt, we miss out on a lot when our vision isn’t crystal clear.  However, glasses can be expensive.  However, I just discovered Firmoo.com.  They have a first pair for free program.  You just pick your favorite glasses from their special free selection, tell them your single vision prescription and pay for shipping.

Existing customers can still take advantage of their awesome prices. Placing an order is very easy and you can even qualify for free shipping.   It only takes a few days to have them delivered right to your door.  When I say their prices are affordable, I mean it!  They start at just $8!

Of course, you can’t really get a good feel for what the glasses will look like on you if you can’t try them on, right?  Firmoo.com lets you try them on virtually!  Upload a photo of yourself without glasses, circle your pupils and see what the frames will look like on you before you get them.  Check out how stylish these frames are and these prices 1.50 single vision lenses.

firmoo glasses
firmoo glasses
firmoo glasses
(The above model photos are all derived from Firmoo+.)

Firmoo wants to give you a chance to try their service, so they are giving away a free pair of non-prescription Firmoo Wrap Around Sunglasses!  This give you the chance to check out their service.  One winner will receive a free pair of sunglasses from this selection.

I like this pair!

Free Firmoo Sunglasses
sunglasses
I love the pink and green accents! Aren’t they just adorable? And with the Firmoo tool, I can see what they will look like on me before I get them. When I get my own pair in a few days, I will make a separate blog post about whether or not I like them. I will even post some photos showing how they actually looked on me.  I’m still narrowing down my choices on whether I want these or a cute little tortoise shell pair.  Decisions, decisions!

HOW TO ENTER TO Win a Free Pair of Firmoo Sunglasses

Mandatory entries are shown initially.  Completing them and submitting your name and email, are required to enter and to unlock the optional bonus entries and daily entry options.  There are multiple bonus entry opportunities. You may see them all by clicking the “Options” link on the form.  Presenting entry opportunities one at a time is the default.

Processing your request, Please wait....

Sizzix Die Giveaway from Crafty Compliments *Winner Announced*

Sizzix Die Set Giveaway from Crafty Compliments

Crafty Compliments is hosting their first giveaway and will be giving away a New Sizzix Die Set (Labels, Wavy-658363).

Sizzix

Cut what you see. It’s that easy and efficient with Framelits. These wafer-thin chemical-etched die sets feature the perfect registration without interference from any ridges at the edge of the die opening. Plus, they’re excellent for clearly cropping photos and cutting windows in cards, bags, boxes and scrapbook pages. Designed to cut a single sheet of cardstock, paper, metallic foil or vellum, these dies also make great stencils and are perfect for layering to produce a 3-D effect.

This awesome Sizzix Die set giveaway from Crafty Compliments ends on 09/05 at 11:59 CST, so hurry and enter now.

HOW TO ENTER TO Sizzix Framelits Die Set

Mandatory entries are shown initially.  Completing them and submitting your name and email, are required to enter and to unlock the optional bonus entries and daily entry options.  There are multiple bonus entry opportunities. You may see them all by clicking the “Options” link on the form.  Presenting entry opportunities one at a time is the default.

Processing your request, Please wait....

Enter to Win Swish, Jr. Card Game

Swish Junior Card Game Giveaway and Review

We recently took a 12 hour drive for a South Dakota vacation with four kids and I needed something small and portable to keep them occupied.  Since we were “getting away from it all”, including technology, I wanted something besides their iPods and other devices.  I picked up this really cool Swish Junior Card Game and threw it in the bag.  One morning while two of the kids and my husband were still snoozing off the long drive and adventures of the previous day, I broke out the game since I thought it would be quiet enough not to disturb the sleeping people in the next room.

Swish Junior

Lydia shows off her first Swish on the transparent cards.

It comes with a travel bag, making the Swish Junior Card Game ultra-portable.  The rules are easy and the kids loved that the transparent cards.  I loved that, even on vacation, I was able to find something to entertain the kids while still engaging their minds.  Swish Junior helps kids aged 5-15 years old develop spatial and pattern recognition.  Our kids were 12-15 years-old, so at the ideal age.

Swish Jr comes with 42 transparent cards.  Each card bears the image of two shapes.  Some shapes are hollow and some are filled.  The goal is to match the cards so that each hollow shape matches a solid shape on the card.

The rules are really easy.  Shuffle the cards and deal them out in 3 rows of four columns each.  Be the first player to see a Swish (matching card set).  The player with the most number of Swishes wins.

This video does a better job explaining how to play Swish, Jr.

My kids really got competitive with it and declared a new rule – you must match THREE shapes to declare a swish.  Next, she and I tried to see who could make the largest Swish.  She’s a pretty smart cookie.  In fact, my daughter beat me with an incredible 7 card Swish!  Check it out!

 

My daughter and her friend playing Swish Junior

My daughter and her friend playing Swish Junior

Well, Swish Junior did not stay as quiet as I thought it would.  One of the other kids overheard the ruckus from our “Swish” yelling and wanted to play as well. More than two people can play, but I needed to start breakfast for all the kids, so I gave up my spot and let my daughter and her friend play, as long as they promised to stay quieter than we had been before.

I almost brought Math Dice Powers along for the trip since I was looking for something to stimulate their brains.  It also comes with a Game-Go storage bag and teaches mental math skills.  You roll the dice and try to come up with a math equation from the rolled combo. It’s new from ThinkFun and helps kids learn powers and exponents.   It’s great for ages 10 to adult and any number of people can play it.  Kids may be on summer vacation, but when they go three months without using what they learned in school, they tend to forget their lessons.  I like ThinkFun because they have a complete line of games that keeps kids’ sharp while the kids still have fun!

If you are a teacher, be sure to check out Math Dice Tournament Kit.  It’s big enough for the entire classroom to play at one time!

My kids enjoyed Swish, Jr so much that I want to give away a game here.  I believe kids should play games that stimulate thinking skills and spatial awareness, but still have fun in the process.  Do you agree?  Enter below!

HOW TO ENTER TO Swish, Jr Card Game

Mandatory entries are shown initially.  Completing them and submitting your name and email, are required to enter and to unlock the optional bonus entries and daily entry options.  There are multiple bonus entry opportunities. You may see them all by clicking the “Options” link on the form.  Presenting entry opportunities one at a time is the default.

I did receive a free sample of the game for the purposes of review, but all opinions are my own.

Processing your request, Please wait....

Enter to win Free Clothes from Ahai Shopping! Winner Announced

Free Clothes Giveaway

Win Free ClothesWith 2 kids starting school in just a couple of weeks, I can really use a break on school clothes!  AND, I need it be able to get a few items without breaking the bank.  If I can still afford that new backpack my son needs after springing for new clothes my daughter needs after her summer growth spurt, I will feel relieved.

I discovered Ahai Shopping and they have some really cute clothes that start around $9.99.  Ahai Shopping even has free worldwide shipping!  I think my daughter would just look adorable going back in this cute little v-neck heart print t-shirt and it’s only $9.99.  It’s actually pretty amazing all the stuff that they have for just 9.99 and free worldwide shipping at Ahai Shopping.

Win Free ClothesOf course, I just lost about 20 pounds and I need new clothes, too.  I love this charming Korean lace waist dress.  I can’t believe that it is only $9.99, too with free shipping anywhere in the world.

And I just MUST have this cute little Leopard print skirt.  I wear a lot of solid black tank tops this would pair well with.  Paired with this beautiful gold-toned jeweled leopard head necklace, a leopard print bangle, and a pair of knee boots and I have would have a complete outfit!  That necklace is only $9.75 and the skirt?  Just $19.80 with free shipping.  They accept Paypal and credit cards, and deliver right to your door, so it sure does make shopping convenient!  If you are not satisfied, you can get a return or an exchange within 30 days.

Leopard Print Skirt

To keep up with new offers from Ahai Shopping, be sure to follow them on Facebook,  Circle them on Google+, Follow them on Twitter and follow them on Pinterest.

So, Ahai Shopping is generously sponsoring this giveaway.  TWO winners will get to pick two items from their website – one from the $9.99 section and one piece from the $19.80 section with free shipping if we have over 100 entrants.  If we have fewer than 100 entrants in the next 3 weeks, TWO winners will each get a $15 gift certificate to use on their site.

Remember, the more people who enter, the better the prize, so be sure to tell all your friends to enter, too!

HOW TO ENTER TO WIN Free Clothes OR GIFT CERTIFICATE

You must complete the mandatory entries to enter and unlock the optional bonus entries and daily entry options.  There are multiple bonus entry opportunities. You may see them all by clicking the “Options” link on the form.  Presenting entry opportunities one at a time is the default.   Some people on mobile devices have problems with this form.  Try the form in landscape and if you still have trouble with it, please try again from a PC.

Processing your request, Please wait....