Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Eagle Brand Sweet Secret Recipe Contest

I love the Holiday season!  I love to bake, I love the smell of baked goods, and oh, do I love to eat those goodies! 

When I'm stocking up my kitchen to start the Christmas baking I always make sure I have Eagle Brand Sweetened Condensed Milk!  It is one of my baking essentials. I try to always have it on hand. In fact, right now I'm thinking it's time to make some fudge! Oh, great.... now I'm fixated on fudge!

Let me tell you about a fun contest that Eagle Brands is offering!  It's called the Eagle Brand Sweet Secret Recipe and Essay Contest!  You know how I feel about sweepstakes and contests!  (yippee!)

One lucky winner will receive $10,000 towards a Sweet Secret Wish!  Wow!  I think I can fulfil alot of my wishes with $10,000!

Now through December 7, 2011, home bakers are invited to enter the "Sweet Secret" contest by submitting an original dessert recipe, along with an essay of 100 words or less describing why Eagle Brand Sweetened Condensed Milk is the "sweet secret" ingredient in the recipe.  You can enter in English at or in Spanish at  You can submit your dessert recipes using at least one 14-ounce can of any variety of Eagle Brand Sweetened Condensed Milk.  You can submit your recipe in one of five categories:  fudge, cheesecake, pie, cookie bar, or other.  (Great, now I'm drooling!)

Did you know that Eagle Brand Sweetened Condensed Milk, when combined with acidic fruit juice, (like lemon juice) will thicken without heating to form amazing pie fillings, puddings and other desserts.  You can caramelize it very easily too, just dump it in a saucepan, and heat and stir (per directions on the can).

Remember, the contest ends on December 7th, 2011. You can enter here.  Good luck! 

Now, if you'll excuse me, it's back to thinking about fudge!

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Plantable Holiday Cards

I am so excited to tell you about my newest discovery!The Greenfield Paper Company offers the coolest cards!  Let me tell you about them...

Greenfield Paper Company offers Grow-a-Note cards for all occasions. These are cards that are hand-made, and each card is embedded with wildflower seeds.  Once the card is received, the person can plant the whole card and watch it grow!  See, I told you it was cool!

They offer cards for all occasions, I picked the four-pack of Holidays cards.  I am so impressed with how cute they are!  The colors are great, the images are wonderful, and I really love the concept of sending a card that will give a little something extra to the person I send it to!  (Is it okay, if I mail myself a card so I can have wildflowers too?) Ü

These cards are customizable too, if you wish.  The cards are blank inside, or they offer imprinting services.  They can also customize an existing design or create an original Holiday card just for you!  That definitely adds to the coolness factor!

They have lots of other products including plantable gift tags, plantable gift card holders, chia cards, and other great products all using 100% recycled material, and no chemical, dyes, or additives.

Check out Greenfield Paper Company and see for yourself all the amazing products they offer!  I think you'll love them as much as I do!

Well, I hope you're sitting down because Greenfield Paper Company has generously offered a four-pack of Holiday Cards to one of you lucky readers!  Woot!

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Contest ends Thursday, December 1, 2011. One winner will be randomly chosen from all correct entries. Winner will be notified by email and has 72 hours to respond or another winner will be chosen. This contest is open to residents of the US, ages 18 and over. Prize will be shipped directly from the sponsor.

Disclosure: I was generously provided these products for the purpose of a review. The opinions are all my own and free of charge!

Monday, November 21, 2011

Pennysaver Thanksgiveaway

I wanted to let you amazing readers know about a great giveaway just in time for the Holidays! It is the ThanksGiveaway!

Until 11/29, PennySaverUSA and Mogasa be randomly giving away  grocery store gift cards to their PennySaverUSA and MOGASA fans. They’re giving away one $50 gift card  this Tuesday, and a $100 gift card on 11/29- just in time for holiday shopping. This contest is pretty exciting because fans can enter several times through different social media interactions via Rafflecopter. 

It's a really easy contest to enter and who can't use a little extra Moola this time of year!  Just go here and enter! Good luck!  I'll keep my fingers crossed for you and for me!  I sure hope one of us wins! 

Saturday, November 19, 2011

Amazon Rain -

I love to blog!  Not only do I get to share my opinions, and you KNOW how I like to do that Ü , but I get to find out about great new products that I probably wouldn't have found on my own!  Let me share my opinion with you about just such a product!

It is called Amazon Rain Replenishing Moisturizer.  Amazon Rain - is that a cool name or what!  There are a lot of different moisturizers out there on the market but this one is different.  All Amazon Rain products are free of chemicals and preservatives, alcohol, detergents, waxes, artificial fragrances and colors.

I was surprised by the color the first time I used it.  It is a little goldeny-yellow-brownish, not the usualy white or cream color you see.  I thought it might turn my face that color, but it doesn't.  It blends in beautifully and my skin instantly felt better.  Less tight, more smooth, soft and... well... moisturized!  I feel like it is a barrier between my skin and the elements.

I've used it for several weeks now and I can definitely tell a difference in my skin.  It feels so much better now.  I think it looks better too.  I had some dry spots on my face that are completely gone!  I traveled up to a cold state last weekend and we dealt with cold winds and snow.  My face felt so protected from the weather.  I even put some on my son's skin when his cheeks started looking a little chapped.

Amazon Rain Replenishing Moisturizer definitely gets a thumbs up!  Not only is it great for my skin but the company gives so much back!  With every purchase of Amazon Rain, a portion of the proceeds goes to the Olivia Newton-John Cancer and Wellness Centre and to ACEER (Amazon Center for Environmental Education and Research), which brings teachers and environmental education programs to children in Rainforest villages.

You can purchase Amazon Rain here. You lucky readers also have the opportunity to win a bottle of Amazon Rain Replenishing Moisturizer for yourself!  Cool, huh!

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Become an Amazon Rain Email Subscriber here.  That's it!  Easy, right?  Please leave your email in the comment if it's not visible on your profile (jane doe at gmail dot com)

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Contest ends Thursday, December 1, 2011. One winner will be randomly chosen from all correct entries. Winner will be notified by email and have 72 hours to respond or another winner will be chosen. This contest is open to residents of the US, ages 18 and over. Prize will be shipped directly from the sponsor.

Disclosure: I was generously provided these products for the purpose of a review. The opinions are all my own and free of charge!

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Heelys - They're for Grown-Ups Too!

Okay, for those of you who know me, you know I'm always up for an adventure!  So when I was offered the chance to review a pair of Heelys, well... I jumped at the chance!  I've always wanted to try to Heely, but thought they were only for kids.  Oh, was I mistaken!

I was like a kid waiting for Christmas, waiting for my Heelys to arrive.  When they arrived, I loved them the minute I saw them!  They are completely cute!

I put them on, ran over to the kitchen floor and gave myself a mighty push.  I promptly ended up on my patootie!  Okay, maybe I should have read the instructions.  Or even better, watched this video!

I've been practicing now, and am getting better.  I asked my kid's to video me on my Heely's.  You will notice there is no video of me Heelying (is that a word?!)  They were laughing so hysterically at me that the video is unwatchable.  That, and I didn't appreciate all the comments those youngsters made.... hmmmph!

The shoes are adorable and come in all styles and sizes.  They even have pairs that have double wheels that make them a little more stable (yes, that's the kind I got!).  Go check them out!
I really love my Heelys, even if my kids still laugh at me!  I think they secretly think I'm one cool mom in my Heelys!  I can Heely now, next stop.... Tricks!  Hee-hee!

Christmas is coming and these would make a great gift, especially for yourself! is running a Black Friday special!  Between Nov 25th - Nov 28th, Buy any pair of Heelys, get the second pair for $25. Or buy a Nano, and get a pair of shoes for $25, and get free ground shipping on all orders!

You can check out the Heelys on their website, Facebook, or Twitter!  I think you'll love them, I sure do!

Disclosure:  I was sent this product for the purpose of a review.  The opinions are all my own and free of charge! Ü

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Gildan - The brand you love, but didn't know it (till now)!

I've had the amazing opportunity to not only review the Gildan Care Package, but let you know about an amazing sweepstakes and an amazing project!  How amazing is that?!

Where do I start? Well, first Gildan (an apparel company) and My Stuff Bags are teaming up to help kids in foster care with clothing essentials.  With each purchase of a Gildan college care package, one will be donated to My Stuff Bags.

"Gildan’s college care packages include a pullover hoodie, a crew sweatshirt, three T-shirts, a Gildan Bowl T-shirt, a six-pack of underwear (men’s packages only) and a six-pack of socks (2 packages for women only) ― available through the promotional period for $39.99 (a value of approximately $65) at Ideal to cover the basics for any college student, this care package goes the extra mile. For each care package purchased, Gildan will donate a much-needed socks and underwear care package to My Stuff Bags (, a nonprofit organization providing children under the age of 18 with bags filled with the basics as they navigate through the foster care system and other child welfare agencies."

If that's not amazing enough, they are also running a sweepstakes called Touchdowns for Tuition.

"Open to residents in the continental U.S., the Gildan Touchdowns for Tuition Online Sweepstakes and Instant Win Game will culminate in one family winning a Grand Prize package that includes a college scholarship of up to $10,000 for a child attending college, plus a trip for four to the Gildan New Mexico Bowl including a three-night stay. For the grand prize college scholarship, Gildan will contribute $1,000 for every touchdown scored during the Bowl game, up to a maximum of $10,000. Additional daily instant win prizes will include the Gildan college care packages and discounts that can be applied to online purchases at "

You can enter at either or on the Touchdowns for Tuition Sweepstakes page hosted on Facebook, at  Once there, you can play the instant win game and receive immediate notification if you've won a Gildan college care package.  At least 25 instant-prize winners will be selected each day to receive college care packages. Registrants can enter once a day, for each day that the contest is running. Those who do not win instantly are still entered to win the Grand Prize and will receive discount coupons, as well as a link to purchase care packages for each child attending college   The contest runs through November 15th so get on over and win!

Now, about Gildan... chances are you already have Gildan apparel in your closet.  They are known for their high-quality t-shirts and sweat shirts.  If you have a concert or event t-shirt, it may be from Gildan!  I had the opportunity to try out a sweatshirt, three gorgeous colored t-shirts, and 2 packs of women's socks!  They are all wonderful quality, have stood up wonderfully in the wash, and the socks are now my favorite brand!  The picture just doesn't do justice to how pretty the colors of the t-shirts are.  But maybe this will... the t-shirts were in my posession exactly thirty minutes.  That's how long I had them before my daughter absconded with them.  I admit it, she looks much cuter in them than I did!

I'm impressed with the products, you all know I love a good sweepstakes (and this one is GREAT), but I really love that foster care children are getting the clothes that they so desperately need!  Now what are you waiting for, go buy a Gildan Care Package, enter the sweepstakes, and enjoy that wonderful feeling knowing you are helping some very deserving children!

Disclosure:  I was generously provided this product for the purpose of a review.  The opinions are all my own and free of charge!

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

1001 Touch Games - Something for Everyone!

Now, don't panic.... but Christmas is just around the corner.  I was going to tell you how many shopping days, but I don't want to start a full out panic attack!

Well, here's a great gift idea for just about anyone in your family!  1001 Touch Games for Nintendo DS.

These games can all be played on the touch screen with your stylus!  There are a wide variety of game categories including matching, strategy, puzzle, word, card, hidden object, sports and arcade.  See, there really is something for everyone!

The games are easy to use, fun to play, and yes... very addicting!  My personal favorites are Solitaire Twist and Sudoku Mania! My son really loves the Ultimate Racing and Basketball Star!  My daughter enjoys Mahjong. I like that there are multiplayer options (though my kids always beat me!) and different challenge modes for the games.  You can play these games for hours and never get bored!

 I am impressed with the graphics and how many games there are (1001 to be exact!)  This is a great deal at $19.99, and available at Maximum Family Games.  They also have many other games your family would love!

I highly recommend this as you are out Christmas or Birthday shopping, or just looking for something fun for yourself!  Check out 1001 Touch Games for yourself!  I think you'll love it!  I sure do!

Disclosure:  I was provided a copy of the game for the purpose of a review.  The opinions are all my own and free of charge!