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Saturday, October 31, 2009

Giveaways 10/31

Check out the SodaStream review and giveaway at Piece of ME for your chance to win a Fountain Jet Soda Lovers Start-Up Kit (ARV $100)! Ends November 9. Open to US and Canada.

Leslie Loves Veggies has a review and giveaway for the evolve waterlily rain showerhead (ARV $75). Enter for your chance to win (2 winners)! Ends November 13. Open to US only.


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Santa's Picks Holiday Gift Guide event starts 11/9!

The Santa's Picks: 2009 Holiday Gift Guide Kickoff Party is coming up soon! Hosted by My Four Monkeys, Mission Mommy, and A Simple Kinda Life, this product guide and giveaway event starts on November 9th and will run until at least Thanksgiving! Head over to to check out the gift guide and remember to head over there on the 9th to start entering!

My Four Monkeys

Bake Me A Wish giveaway at MomStart

Enter for your chance to win a Caramel Apple Crumb Cake from Bake Me a Wish at MomStart!

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Tasty Halloween Treats

Every year I spend a couple of days before Halloween baking, decorating, getting treat bags done, finishing costumes, and anything else. I'll be posting what I'm baking this year. Here's the first treat:

Pumpkin Cupcakes With Cream Cheese Frosting

Makes 24 cupcakes
Hands-On Time: 15m
Total Time: 40m

1 18.5-ounce box yellow cake mix (plus the ingredients called for in the package directions)
1/2 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
1 15-ounce can pumpkin puree
2 8-ounce bars cream cheese, at room temperature
2 cups confectioners’ sugar
24 pieces candy corn

Heat oven to 350° F. Line two 12-cup muffin tins with paper liners. Prepare the cake mix as directed but with the following change: Add the pumpkin pie spice and substitute the can of pumpkin puree for the water called for in the package directions.
Divide the batter among the prepared muffin tins and bake until a toothpick inserted into the center of a cupcake comes out clean, 18 to 22 minutes. Let cool.

Meanwhile, using an electric mixer, beat the cream cheese and sugar until creamy. Spread on the cupcakes and top each with a piece of candy corn.

Recipe and photo courtesy Real Simple

Shea Terra Is Awesome!

So last week I received a box full of awesome beauty goodies that I won in a giveaway from My Beauty Bunny. The products were all Shea Terra, a line of organic, African beauty products, from Green 4 Your Soul has a wide selection of products that are USDA certified organic, fair trade, and recycled products  They make sure their products are safe, effective, and green. They are what what all natural beauty stores should be like.

Here are just a  few of the items I really enjoyed:

  • Organic Certified Shea Butter - It's shea butter. That's it. No fragrances, preservatives, or yucky chemicals. It's great!
  • Marula Face and Body Oil - If you haven't heard the current buzz about marula oil, you will soon! What is it? Some people call it the African miracle oil. It's a great moisturizer, used by many women to reduce wrinkles. No wrinkles for me yet, but it did make the patches of dry skin on my arms go away almost immediately! I also tried them on my upper arm bumpies (if you want to get technical, it's called keratosis pilaris), and it seems to have significantly reduces the bumpage!
  • African Lemongrass Indigenous Black Soap Elixir - A great cleanser for skin prone to acne and blackheads. since I have combination skin (more like bipolar- extreme dryness and extreme oil, all in one day!), I have a hard time finding a good facial cleanser. This one works so well, and it's totally devoid of all those seriously harsh chemicals that are found in nearly all traditional cleansers. The lemongrass scent is totally energizing too.

Oh, and if you're a sucker for something that smells deliciously sweet and fruity, but want to keep it all natural, try the Honeybush Peach Body Nectar Oil Spray. It smells like really ripe peaches and red rooibos tea!

There's no guarantee that these products will work the same for everyone, but I've decided that they're my new favorite organic beauty company!

My thanks to Green 4 Your SoulShea Terra, and My Beauty Bunny. And click here to enter My Beauty Bunny's 31 Days of Giveaways. Hurry! There are only a few days of new contests left!

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Huge Etsy Surprise Box Giveaway at Monkey's Momma!

Enter at Monkey's Mama to win a surprise goodie box from thirteen different Etsy artisans, including Tattie's Tats, A. Heron Design, Beaux Bijoux, and many more! Approximate value of $275-300! Click on the badge below to enter:

Monday, October 26, 2009

Giveaways 10/26

Baby Loving Mama has a great giveaway going on right now! You can enter to win your choice of handbag as well as your choice of clutch AND a set of Oh Snap! pouches from Namaste! Ends 11/2. Open to US and Canadian residents.

A Working Blogging Mommy is giving away a $30 gift certificate to CSN Mirrors!. Click here to enter. Ends 11/5. Open to US residents.

Sunday, October 25, 2009

Giveaways 10/25

A Happy Hippy Mom is giving away 100 postcards from to TWO readers!
Enter here. Ends 10/28. Open to US and Canada

Enter to win a $50 gift certificate to NOVICA, an artisan store associated with National Geographic, at A Happy Hippy Mom!
Enter here. Ends 11/10. Open WORLDWIDE

Jones Soda Holiday Flavors Giveaway at MomStart

Check out Jones Soda's holiday flavors with personalized photos and enter to win a six pack at Mom Start!

Thursday, October 22, 2009

Giveaways 10/22

A Nut in a Nut Shell is hosting a great giveaway! Check out for your favorite brands like Hamilton Beach, Emile Henry, Rachael Ray Cookware and more! Giveaway ends 10/26

Enter to win GIRAFFALAFF LIMBO and SCATTERPILLAR SCRAMBLE from Hasbro at An Island Life. Enter here. Ends 10/27

Enter to win a $25  Uppercase Living gift certificate at And Twins Make 5! Enter here. Ends 11/14. Open to US

Enter to win an Admiral Road Designs scarf prize pack at And Twins Make 5! Enter here. Ends 11/17. Open to US and Canada

Beautiful Bridget Feature and Giveaway at Shrimp Salad Circus

Check out Shrimp Salad Circus for a feature on Etsy shop Beautiful Bridget AND a giveaway! You can win a hat of our choice from Beautiful Bridget

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Giveaways 10/21

Win a tee from Ban T-shirts at Organic Girl!

Ends 11/19. Open to US and Canada

Going Pink for the Cure Giveaway: Win an Inspiring Hope gift basket from at Rockin Mama!
Ends 11/03. US only

Be the Voice of Change: Join the Million Baby Crawl sponsored by Seventh Generation and enter to win a Seventh Generation starter kit at Rockin Mama
Ends 11/04. US Only

Enter to Win a pair of pink/peach pearl earrings (appraisal value: $245) from Pearl Distributors at One 2 Try!

Ends 10/30. US only

My Friendship Bracelet Review/Donation and Giveaway at MomStart

MomStart has a great giveaway for a My Friendship Bracelet Maker! This would make a great holiday gift for a tween!

Enter here. Contest ends 11/02

Cuisinart Water Filtration System at MomStart!

Click here to enter! Ends 11/02

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Giveaways 10/20

PLAY-DOH Burger Builder Review and Giveaway 

at The Mommy Files (2 Winners) 

Ends today (10/20) US residents only.

Enter to win tampons, sanitary pads, pantyliners, and cotton puffs (all hypoallerginic, synthetic-free, and eco-friendly products) from Maxim.
Ends 11/02, Open to US residents

MomStart is giving away two web cameras with head sets and ooVoo software on CD from ooVoo!

Ends on 11/02

Win $50 of invitations, announcements, cards, or stationary from Urbanity at MomStart

Ends 11/02

Saturday, October 17, 2009

Colgate Giveaway at MomStart

Mom Start is hosting a giveaway alongside the Colgate Smile campaign, you can enter to win:

Visible White
Colgate Total Advanced Whitening
Colgate Motion Whitening Battery Powered toothbrush
Colgate Sensitive Enamel Protect
Colgate 360 sensitive toothbrush
Dora the explorer and Sponge Bob square pants toothpaste
360 Sonic Power Toothbrush
Colgate Total Mint Stripe
Colgate Max Fresh Cool Mint

There are several ways to enter, go here for your chance to win.
Contest ends 11/02

Spore Hero Review and Giveaway at MomStart

Mom Start has a great giveaway going on right now. You can read a review for Spore Hero for the Wii, and enter for your chance to win the game, which came out last week.

It is largely based on the Spore Galactic Adventures expansion pack, and it is focused on the Creature stage from the original Spore game. Quoted from Spore Wiki.

To enter, head over to this post.

Contest ends 11/02

Costume Kingdom Review + Giveaway at Me and Bella

Me and Bella reviews Costume Kingdom, an online costume shop, just in time for Halloween!

You can enter to win a $50 gift certificate! To enter, go to this post.
Contest ends 10/22. US residents only

The Cream Perfume Review + Giveaway at Me and Bella

Me and Bella is giving away any perfume or lotion from the Cream Perfume Company, and there are three winners!

To enter to win, head over to this post.
Contest ends 10/29

We Take The Cake Red Velvet Layer Cake Giveaway at Leslie Loves Veggies

Leslie Loves Veggies is giving away a yummy 6" Red Velvet Layer Cake ($47 value) from We Take the Cake!

(Doesn't it look good?)

To read her review and enter to win this cake, head to this post.
Contest ends 10/25. Open to US residents only

Pearls of Joy Freshwater Pearl Bracelet Giveaway at Leslie Loves Veggies

The List price is $150 - Your price is $69
Certificate of Appraisal Value $345

To read her review and enter to win this bracelet, head to this post.
Contest ends 10/30. Open Worldwide!

Amy's Kitchen Review & Giveaway at Monsters in My House

Monsters in My House is giving away three free Amy's Kitchen product coupons and an Amy's canvas shopping tote to one reader!

To enter this giveaway, head over to this post.
Contest ends 10/26, US residents only

PUR Flavor Options Giveaway at Ramblings of a Texas Housewife

There are several ways to enter!
To enter this giveaway, head over to this post.
Contest ends on 10/21 at 8 PM CST.

Shabby Apple Review & Giveaway at Piece of ME

Piece of ME has a giveaway going on until October 23 for this 90 WPM dress from Shabby Apple!

To enter to win the dress ($64.00), head over to this post.
Contest ends10/23. US residents only.

HUGE Orglamix Giveaway at My Four Monkeys

My Four Monkeys has an awesome month-long giveaway going on right now. One winner each day will receive an Orglamix mineral eye color in any color! I've personally won this twice (you can win more than once!) and I've received the first of my eye colors, Baie Rose, and it's so pretty!

I'm usually not a big fan of mineral makeup, especially around the eyes, since I tend to have allergic reactions to them, but since it's made with pure minerals, it gave me no problems and stayed on beautifully.

To enter, head over to this post. There are several ways to enter, and it's possible to win more than once!

Contest ends 10/31, Open worldwide

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Eden Fantasys $50 GC Giveaway at A Working Blogging Mommy

This post contains material for mature audiences only. It also contains links to a site that has adult content.
A Working Blogging Mommy reviews Eden Fantasys, an adult online store. She's also giving away a $50 gift card!

Head here for your chance to win. Good luck!
Ends 11/04/09. US residents only.

Hoover Cordless Stick Vac Giveaway at The Mom Reviews

The Mom Reviews had a great giveaway going on now - The Hoover Cordless Stick Vac (ARV $179)!

Check out her review and enter to win here.
Contest ends 10/28/09.  US residents only.

SodaStream Review & Giveaway at Monsters in My House

Monsters in My House has a great giveaway going on right now: SodaStream soda maker!

Check out her review and how to enter to win here. Good luck!

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

EdenFantasys Review & Giveaway at Piece of ME

This post contains material for mature audiences only. It also contains links to a site that has adult content. 

Piece of ME has a great review of Eden Fantasys, an adult store that offers everything from cute lingerie to adult toys.  She checks out the  Afterglow Natural Massage Candle, and also offers up a chance to win a $75 gift card to Eden Fantasys!

To enter, head over to this post.  Good luck!

Giveaway will end on October 17th at 11:59pm ET.

FLOR Giveaway from A Giveaway Addicted Mommy

A Giveaway Addicted Mommy has a wonderful giveaway going on right now!

Enter to win your choice of 5 x 7 FLOR rug (excluding Coir and Shaggy Sheep)!

Enter the giveaway here.

Contest ends 
October 13th at 11:59 PST and a winner will be chosen at random and contacted via email. I will contact the winner on October 14th and they will have 48 hours to respond or a new winner will be chosen. US ONLY.