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Sunday, November 28, 2010

And the winner is... 


The winner of the Pillsbury Toaster Strudel "Million Morning Smiles" prize pack giveaway is... Noelle M!! Stay tuned for more goodies!! :-)

Friday, November 26, 2010

Pillsbury Toaster Strudel "Million Morning Smiles" prize pack giveaway 


The fine folks at Pillsbury and MyBlogSpark sent me the following:


"When the sound of your alarm means the start of a morning filled with packing lunches, getting everyone dressed and out the door on time, it can be a challenge to serve a quick breakfast that everyone will love.

When your morning routine has you in a hurry, make it a better morning with Pillsbury Toaster Strudel frozen pastries. A simple pleasure with sweet filling, creamy icing, and flaky crust, Pillsbury Toaster Strudel pastries are the ones everyone will want to eat - and decorate too! Since every Toaster Strudel pastry can be personalized with your own icing design, your family can gather around the table to kick off the day with a fun delight that will keep everyone smiling all day long!

Now you have the chance to show us what kind of icing artist you are with the "Doodle on A Strudel" Facebook application. Visit Pillsbury on Facebook and click on the Toaster Strudel tab to use your cursor to draw your favorite icing designs on the virtual Toaster Strudel pastry. You can save your Strudel Doodles and share them on Facebook or send a doodle to your friends by clicking "Share Your Strudel Art."

Need even more to smile about? Pillsbury is also giving you the chance to win Toaster Strudel pastries for a month through the "A Million Morning Smiles" sweepstakes. With over 2,000 winners per week, simply visit

http://strudelsmiles.pillsbury.com/

and enter to win four boxes of Toaster Strudel from now through February 7, 2011."


They also sent me a "Million Morning Smiles" prize pack that includes a Pillsbury Doughboy Giggle Doll and a smiley face-themed mug, placemat and stress ball. And, they provided me with another prize pack to give to one of YOU!! Whoever sends me the funniest Thanksgiving story will win it; I'll announce the winner at the end of the weekend.


Friday, November 19, 2010

And the winner is... 


The winner of the Carmex Moisture Plus Tints duo is... Cheri B!!

Stay tuned for more giveaways. :-)


Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Twinings of London 


The fine folks at Smile.ly sent me the following info:


"Twinings of London
You deserve a better cup of tea.
You can taste Twinings of London’s passion and commitment to the perfect cup of tea with every sip you take. Using only the finest leaves the world has to offer, Twinings blends more than 50 varieties of tea. So whether you drink a classic black, soothing green or calming herbal, you’re sure to taste the difference only 300 years can make.
Get FREE shipping now through 11/24/10 at

TwiningsUSA.com/TeaFan

using the code FREESHIPSM.
To sign up for the Twinings of London Tea-Mail newsletters and be the first to learn about new blends, special offers and more, click here

http://twiningsusa.com/teafan"


They also sent me the TEA... and this is some seriously GOOD tea, I've really liked all the flavors and so has my husband. The cooler weather demands more hot beverages, so give it a shot.

If you want to read more about this product, or get goodies of your own to try and review, go here:

http://smile.ly/26415.cfm


Monday, November 15, 2010

Carmex Moisture Plus Tints 


(NB: Carmex sent me free products to try out and review as a member of their Blog Squad... but they didn't put any words in my mouth.)

Carmex has done it again!! Now, you can get Carmex moisture and protection with a hint of color AND a really cool case that looks like a skinny lipstick; it comes in Sheer Pink and Sheer Peach, and both shades give your lips a really nice fresh look... you could wear them with a bare face and still look natural. I hope they'll eventually introduce a shade for women of color, like maybe a berry-ish tint, and while they're at it a deeper, rose shade for more mature women... if I ever become mature I'll certainly wear it, lol. The balms are also SPF 15, and you KNOW you need to have SPF on your lips every time you go out into daylight.

Like all Carmex balms, these really do a good job of keeping your lips soft, and they stay on a pretty long time; longer than a tinted gloss, that's for sure, and it's less greasy and teenaged-looking in the bargain, not to mention a better price.

Currently you can only get the goods at Walgreens and Walgreens.com; the cardboard backing is Carmex Yellow, and the tubes are gray, so they should be easy to find. I'd prefer that Carmex eliminate the backing and save some trees, and offer the products in one of those racks that lipsticks get displayed in; it's a fairly glamorous-looking product, so why not take it all the way? However it's packaged, it's a neat balm, one that you could loan to your mother or your daughter and they'd both love it. With the weather getting colder it's time to stock up on lip balms, so give it a try.

One of you will try it for FREE!! Whoever sends me the best Thanksgiving recipe will get TWO balms, one of each color. I'll post the winner in a few days.


Sunday, November 14, 2010

And the winner is... 


The winner of the Old El Paso "Family Taco Night" prize pack giveaway is... James C!! Stay tuned for a new giveaway in the next few days!! :-)

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Old El Paso "Family Taco Night" prize pack giveaway 


The fine folks at Old El Paso and MyBlogSpark sent me the following:


"With the return of weekday routines, it may be difficult to gather the family together for a home-cooked meal every night. Amidst the hustle and bustle of a busy schedule, look to Old El Paso to bring fun to your dinner table and spice things up with a "Family Taco Night" fiesta!

Why not set aside time at least once a month for "Family Taco Night?" Old El Paso offers a variety of seasonings, sides, sauces, and meal kits as simple solutions for a night of catching up with the family over a delicious taco dinner. To satisfy your Mexican style cravings, the Old El Paso line up of products includes chilies, dinner kits, dips and sides, enchilada sauce, refried beans, seasoning mixes, shells, taco sauce and salsa. The Old El Paso taco seasoning mix selection includes flavors like Burrito, Cheesy Taco, Chili, Fajita, Taco, Mild Taco and even a seasoning with 40% less sodium. For a fun twist on Taco Night, be sure to try one of the delicious recipes below.

Double Layer Tacos

Old El Paso Favorite Recipe! Layered taco shells and tortillas create the "double" in beef- and bean-stuffed tacos.

Chicken Ranch Tacos

Need a new idea for a 30-minute dinner? Here's a twist on tacos using precooked chicken.

To keep your family laughing at the dinner table, have some fun with El Tacodor, the world's only Family Taco Night Game. With El Tacodor, your family can share a special night at home by challenging one another to quick fire trivia, wordplay and pantomime. Visit

www.ElTacodor.com

today to download instructions, a score card, and a challenge sheet for even more fun on Family Taco Night!

Visit Old El Paso for news and great tips, recipes and more. Take a minute to share family fiesta photos and videos from Family Taco Nights on the El Tacodor Family Spotlight!
In addition, you and your readers can visit

http://www.myblogspark.com/uc/main/b069/

to download a printable coupon for $0.60 off any two Old El Paso products today!"


They also provided me with an Old El Paso "Family Taco Night" prize pack which includes a packet of original Old El Paso Taco Seasoning (which is a big time-saver and very tasty, whether you use ground turkey or beef), a Cactus Chip & Dip Serving dish, a set of 3 Fiesta Chili Pepper serving dishes and a $10 gift card to purchase taco fixings. And, they've provided me with an additional prize pack to give away to one of YOU; the person to send me the best Mexican recipe will win it!! :-)


Tuesday, November 09, 2010

And the winner is... 


The winner of the Yoplait Save Lids to Save Lives giveaway is... Elana C!!

Come back tomorrow for another giveaway. :-)


Thursday, November 04, 2010

Yoplait Save Lids to Save Lives giveaway 


The fine folks at Yoplait and MyBlogSpark sent me the following info:


"According to Komen.org, 10 million people could die of breast cancer in the next 25 years. As breast cancer continues to impact far too many of our loved ones, we invite you to join the cause. This fall, look for specially-marked pink lids on Yoplait yogurt cups through Yoplait´s Save Lids to Save Lives campaign.

For every pink lid saved and sent in by December 31, 2010, Yoplait will donate 10 cents to Susan G. Komen for the Cure, with a total donation of up to $1.6 million and a guaranteed minimum donation of $500,000. To date, Yoplait has raised more than $25 million for the breast cancer cause.

In an ongoing effort to educate and encourage women of all ages to put their breast health first, Yoplait´s Save Lids to Save Lives campaign is once again collaborating with celebrity breast cancer surgeon Dr. Kristi Funk, in addition to the founder and CEO of Susan G. Komen for the Cure Nancy G. Brinker and MTV star Audrina Patridge. Through their relationship with Yoplait, these empowered women are encouraging everyone to save their pink lids and join the fight against breast cancer.

How Can You Help Contribute to the Cause?

Be sure to sure to save the lids from your favorite participating Yoplait products including all single serve yogurt cups - Original, Light, Thick & Creamy, Light Thick & Creamy, Whips!, Yoplait Delights, Yoplait Greek and select specially-marked packages of large size Yoplait yogurts and Yoplait Frozen Smoothies. Remember, there are no specialty codes, so be sure to save and send in your pink Yoplait lids by December 31, 2010."

"To watch educational videos and read a Q&A with Dr. Funk, learn more about Nancy Brinker's new book Promise Me, and for additional information about Save Lids to Save Lives, visit www.YourLidMatters.com.

Don´t forget to visit Facebook.com/YoplaitPledge

http://www.facebook.com/YoplaitPledge

where you can find fun and easy tools to pass on. While you´re there, make sure to "Like" the page and take a minute to share your photos of the pink lids you´ve collected. Get your friends involved in the cause by sending them a virtual Save Lids to Save Lives gift! For every lid gift sent by December 31, 2010, Yoplait will donate $1.00 to Susan G. Komen for the Cure up to $100,000.

You can also check out the Promise Me book tour sponsored by Yoplait

http://www.randomhouse.com/catalog/display.pperl?isbn=9780307718129&view=isbn_events

to find out when Nancy Brinker will be making a stop in your area."


They also provided me with a prize pack that included 2 VIP coupons for Yoplait Greek (which is some seriously tasty stuff, especially the Honey Vanilla (my lesser half would say the Blueberry, but this isn't his blog)), a pink leather journal and pen and an awareness charm bracelet. In addition, Yoplait made a $25 donation to Susan G. Komen for the Cure on my behalf. They've also provided an additional prize pack to give away to one of you; if you're a breast cancer patient or survivor, be the first one to send me your story, and the prize pack is yours.


Wednesday, November 03, 2010

RIP Caprica :-( 


Today, I officially became the last person in the Western hemisphere to realize that Caprica had been cancelled:


"Syfy has announced that it's cancelling its Battlestar Galactica prequel, Caprica. The show, which launched fully earlier in the year, has been battling low ratings and criticism of its narrative, which seems to have spent most of its running time building up story blocks rather than telling them. However, it's sad the show has bitten the bullet. There's real intelligence and ambition in Caprica, it was just hard work to watch at times, and consequently, very hard to sell.

As Syfy's Mark Stern said, "We appreciate all the support that fans have shown for 'Caprica' and are very proud of the producers, cast, writers and the rest of the amazing team that has been committed to this fine series. Unfortunately, despite its obvious quality, 'Caprica' has not been able to build the audience necessary to justify a second season."

Caprica's demise was expected, to be fair, following the announcement of the new spin-off series, Battlestar Galactica: Blood and Chrome, which Syfy announced at the end of last week. That's already got the look of something a little more action-focussed, from where we're sitting, and on paper, it's a show that looks set to enjoy more success. There's no guarantee of that, of course.

The remaining episodes of Caprica appear to have been removed from the schedules. There are five that haven't yet been aired, and we're told that Syfy will announce when these are to be broadcast early next year."

http://www.denofgeek.com/television/656554/caprica_cancelled.html

The endless focus on religion, the Tauron culture, and how badly people would behave in a virtual reality world without consequences, while fascinating to ME, were undoubtedly too much for many potential viewers, and the admittedly sparse bits of plot devoted to the evolution of the Cylons probably alienated much of the geek audience. Bummer... :-(


Monday, November 01, 2010

And the winner is... 


The winner of the Carmex goodie bag giveaway is... Denise V!! Stay tuned for more reviews and giveaways!! :-)




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