Book #Giveaway: Dogs Rule Nonchalantly

Book #Giveaway: Dogs Rule Nonchalantly

Book Description
There is nothing happier than a happy dog” reads one of the observations in this humorous and heartwarming look at the everyday interactions between man and man’s best friend. Renown illustrator Mark Ulriksen combines his handwritten observations with his intricate paintings of dogs from over 20 years of his career.

Mark reaches back to his youth to talk about his first dog and chronicles the idiosyncrasies of each of his ten dogs that have enriched his life. Mark parallels major life events from dating, married life, and raising a family, with such humorous moments as house-breaking a puppy, obedience classes, the sad melancholy of nursing an aging canine friend, Ted, and his eventual ascension to “dog heaven.”

Dogs Rule, Nonchalantly appeals to dog lovers of all ages. The intuitive, colorful paintings communicate a depth of understanding of the quips and quirks of our canine companions that will bring a smile to the faces of children, while the sophistication and nuance of Mark’s artistic expertise and his acute observations, will resonate with anyone who has ever had a dog. In addition, having contributed more than forty covers to The New Yorker magazine, this collection will also appeal to art lovers.

The Giveaway
One lucky U.S. reader will win a copy of Dogs Rule Nonchalantly.

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Friday, October 10, 2014 | 5 comments | Read more...
While the Gods Were Sleeping: A Journey Through Love and Rebellion in Nepal #Giveaway

While the Gods Were Sleeping: A Journey Through Love and Rebellion in Nepal #Giveaway

Book Description
Love and marriage brought American anthropologist Elizabeth Enslin to a world she never planned to make her own: a life among Brahman in-laws in a remote village in the plains of Nepal. As she faced the challenges of married life, birth, and child-rearing in a foreign culture, she discovered as much about human resilience, and the capacity for courage, as she did about herself.

While the Gods Were Sleeping: A Journey Through Love and Rebellion in Nepal tells a compelling story of a woman transformed in intimate and unexpected ways. Set against the backdrop of increasing political turmoil in Nepal, Enslin's story takes us deep into the lives of local women as they claim their rightful place in society -- and make their voices heard.

About the Author
Elizabeth Enslin grew up in Seattle and went on to earn her PhD in cultural anthropology from Stanford University in 1990. While a graduate student, she married into a Brahman family in the plains of Nepal. Inspired by local women, especially her mother-in-law, she researched women's organizing, poetics, politics, and agroecology. Her academic essay, "Beyond Writing: Feminist Practice and the Limits of Ethnography," still inspires conversations about feminism and the ethics of research and activism.

Enslin returned to the Pacific Northwest in 1995 and earned her living as a high school and college teacher, a grant writer, and an independent consultant. She has published creative nonfiction and poetry in The Gettysburg Review, Crab Orchard Review, The High Desert Journal, The Raven Chronicles, Opium Magazine, and In Posse Review and received an Individual Artist Fellowship Award from the Oregon Arts Commission and an honorable mention for the Pushcart Prize.

She currently lives in a strawbale house in the canyon country of northeastern Oregon, where she raises garlic, pigs, and yaks. While the Gods Were Sleeping is her first book.

For more information please visit http://www.elizabethenslin.com.

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One lucky U.S. reader will win a copy of While the Gods Were Sleeping: A Journey Through Love and Rebellion in Nepal.

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Cover Reveal: The Devil Takes a Bride by Julia London

Cover Reveal: The Devil Takes a Bride by Julia London

Julia London's next historical romance, The Devil Takes a Bride, will be released in January 2015. Check out the brand new cover and the book description below. I am looking forward to reading The Devil Takes a Bride  this winter!

Book Description
From powerful love to sizzling passion, Julia London always delivers an incomparable Regency reading experience. Returning to her acclaimed Cabot sisters series, we meet an earl who can only be tamed by one wicked lady…

A plan born of desperation…

Once the toast of society, Grace Cabot and her sisters now await the shame of losing high status and fine luxuries upon the death of the Earl of Beckington. The dire circumstances are inevitable unless, of course, Grace's wicked plot to seduce a wealthy viscount into marriage goes off without a single hitch. But once a stolen embrace with the wrong man leads her to be discovered in the arms of Jeffrey, the Earl of Merryton, her plan takes a most unexpected—and scorching—twist.

…and altered by passion.

Governed by routine and ruled by duty, Jeffrey had no desire for a wife before he succumbed to Grace's temptation. Though his golden-haired, in-name-only bride is the definition of disorder, he can't resist wanting her in every way. But once her secrets meet his, society might consider their lives to be ruined beyond repair…while Jeffrey might just see it as a new beginning.

About the Author
Julia London is the NYT, USA Today and Publisher's Weekly bestselling author of historical romance, contemporary romance, and women's fiction with strong romantic elements. Previous series include the Secrets of Hadley Green and Homecoming Ranch. She is a six-time finalist for the RITA Award of excellence in romantic fiction, and the recipient of RT Bookclub's Best Historical Novel. She lives in Austin, Texas.

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Book Spotlight: The Forks Over Knives Plan @ForksOverKnives

Book Spotlight: The Forks Over Knives Plan @ForksOverKnives

Book Description
From the creators of the groundbreaking documentary (and bestselling books) Forks Over Knives comes a four-week plan, showing anyone how to transition to a delicious whole-food, plant-based diet.

The trailblazing film Forks Over Knives exposed an entirely new generation to the whole-food, plant-based nutrition revolution and inspired thousands to want to transform their diets, and their lives. With so many people looking for change, the outstanding question became, "How can we put these dietary ideas into practice?" That's what authors Alona Pulde and Matthew Lederman reveal in The Forks Over Knives Plan: How to Transition to the Life-Saving, Whole-Food, Plant-Based Diet -- a clear, easy-to-follow plan that outlines the steps to take each week to transform your diet by cutting out animal-based and processed foods.

Forks Over Knives is a leading authority in the "food as medicine" movement, showing how simple dietary changes are proven to prevent, and even reverse, chronic disease such as type-2 diabetes and heart disease and improve your overall health. This is no fad diet; the Forks Over Knives program is backed by original research and has received rave reviews from physicians like Dr. Sanjay Gupta and Dr. Mehmet Oz, to athletes like Tony Gonzalez and pro basketball player Steve Nash, to healthy lifestyle pioneers like Alicia Silverstone, to name a few. Whether you're already a convert and just want a dietary reboot, or you are trying a plant-based diet for the first time, The Forks Over Knives Plan makes it easier than ever to transition into this new way of eating.

About the Authors
Alona Pulde, MD, is a family practitioner specializing in nutrition and lifestyle medicine. Alona developed the Lifestyle Change Program used for patients in the film Forks Over Knives and in her clinic, Transition To Health. She is the author of the book Keep It Simple, Keep It Whole: Your Guide to Optimum Health. Alona joined Whole Foods Market in 2010 as a health and wellness medical expert.

Matthew Lederman, MD, is a board-certified Internal Medicine physician specializing in nutrition and lifestyle medicine. Matt has lectured for the eCornell T. Colin Campbell Certificate Program in Plant-Based Nutrition and appeared in the films Healing Cancer From the Inside Out and Forks Over Knives. With Alona, he cofounded Transition To Health and coauthored Keep It Simple, Keep It Whole. Matt joined Whole Foods Market in 2010 to help direct various health and wellness projects.

For more information about The Forks Over Knives Plan: How to Transition to the Life-Saving, Whole-Food, Plant-Based Diet, please visit http://www.forksoverknives.com.

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Tuesday, September 16, 2014 | 1 comments | Read more...
Book #Giveaway: Mercy by B.J. Daniels

Book #Giveaway: Mercy by B.J. Daniels

Book Description
For U.S. marshal Rourke Kincaid, there’s the law…and then there’s his law. When the two don’t agree, he always trusts his instincts. A killing spree has gripped the Northwest, showing a strange connection that only he sees, and now the old rules of justice no longer apply. Forced to turn rogue, he goes deep undercover to track his mysterious female suspect to a quiet, unassuming cafĂ© in the wild, isolated mountains of Beartooth, Montana.

But encountering Callie Westfield complicates his mission in ways he never expected. As suspicious as she seems, her fragile beauty and sexy charm get to Rourke. Then the gory crimes begin anew. With his heart suddenly at war with his instincts, he has only two options. Either turn Callie over to the law, or put everything — including his badge and his life — on the line to protect her.

The Giveaway
One lucky U.S. reader will win a copy of Mercy by B.J. Daniels.

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Wednesday, September 10, 2014 | 3 comments | Read more...
VTech Kidizoom Smartwatch #Giveaway

VTech Kidizoom Smartwatch #Giveaway

Last year, my daughter got her first watch for Christmas. I picked an analog watch because I think it's important that she can tell time the "old-fashioned" way, not just by reading numbers on a digital display. While she loved the design and wore the watch on occasion, I found she still had some trouble telling time on it. I was excited to see how she did with the new Kidizoom Smartwatch from VTech.

With the exciting interactive Kidizoom Smartwatch, kids can capture photos, add photo effects, record videos and play built-in games for learning fun on the go. Complete with an easy-to-use 1.4’’ color touch screen, as well as more than 50 digital and analog clock displays, the multi-functional Kidizoom Smartwatch is perfect for kids learning to tell time. The Kidizoom Smartwatch also boasts a rechargeable battery, alarm clock, timer, stopwatch, voice recorder with funny voice changing effects and parental game controls.

The VTech Kidizoom Smartwatch is intended for kids 4 and up. It is a bit bulky for a watch but comfortable to wear, thanks to the soft wristband. It comes in four pretty colors: pink, blue, white, and green. My daughter loves the green watch we received for review. After I charged it by connecting the USB cable to my computer, she picked her favorite display and started playing one of the games. She took a few pictures, shot a video, and kept herself busy while we waited at the doctor's office and during the long ride home. I love the volume controls and the fact that the watch is rechargeable. No need to unscrew a cover and keep replacing  those batteries! And kudos for making the watch splash- and sweat-proof. Something that's educational, fun, and easy to maintain? A win-win.

On school days, I see us using the alarm in the morning and the timer for those read-20-minutes-a-day homework assignments. My daughter has not used the special effects yet but I know she will enjoy adding photo frames, color filters and distortion effects to her photos.

The Giveaway
One lucky U.S. reader will win a VTech Kidizoom Smartwatch (ARV $59.99).

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Life of Crime Released and Fandango Gift Card Giveaway #LifeOfCrime

Life of Crime Released and Fandango Gift Card Giveaway #LifeOfCrime

Life of Crime releases in theaters this week, and I'll admit it is my top choice to see over Labor Day weekend. The new caper comedy stars Jennifer Aniston, Tim Robbins, Will Forte and Isla Fisher. If you can't get to the movie theater - the backyard barbecue is calling, perhaps, or you are heading to the beach or the pool for one last dip this summer - you can watch Life of Crime on demand and iTunes, too.

About the Movie
Mickey Dawson (Jennifer Aniston), the wife of crooked real-estate developer Frank Dawson (Tim Robbins), is kidnapped by two common criminals (yasiin bey and Jon Hawkes), who intend to hold her for a $1 million ransom and extort her husband with inside information about his illegal business dealings. But Frank, who is holed up in the Bahamas with his mistress, decides he’d rather not get his wife back, setting off a sequence of double-crosses and plot twists that could only come from the mind of master storyteller Elmore Leonard.

Check out the action packed new trailer for Life Of Crime below, then enter the giveaway for a chance to win a Fandango gift card.



The Giveaway
One lucky U.S. reader will win a $15 Fandango gift card.

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Giveaway Rules: Giveaway ends 12:01 am ET, September 9, 2014. No purchase necessary. Open to legal residents of the U.S., 18 years of age or older. Void where prohibited by law. One winner will be chosen randomly, and odds of winning depend on the number of eligible entries. Each household is only eligible to win 1 $15 Fandango gift card via blog reviews and giveaways. Only one entrant per mailing address per giveaway. If you have won the same prize on another blog, you will not be eligible to win it again. Winner is subject to eligibility verification. The winner will be contacted via e-mail and will have 24 hours to respond. Entrants agree with this site's Official Rules.
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Orkin Fact or Fake and Back-to-School Prize Pack Giveaway #OrkinMan

Orkin Fact or Fake and Back-to-School Prize Pack Giveaway #OrkinMan

How well do you know bugs? Do you study the little creatures with fascination, or just work on improving your aim with the fly swatter? No matter which, you might learn something from Orkin's Scientific Fact or Scientific Fake series of famous bug myths.

“Daddy longlegs are poisonous.”
“Mosquitoes prefer adults over children.”
“Ants can survive underwater.”

Fact or fiction? Take the quiz to find out below, then enter the giveaway for a chance to win a prize pack from Orkin. Your little - or big - explorer will have just what they need to turn bug observation into a science project. No specimen collections, please.



About Orkin
Orkin uses the latest technology and unparalleled training to develop a treatment that's right for your home and your needs. To learn more about pest control that's based in science or to schedule an inspection, visit orkin.com or call (844) 503-8251.

The Giveaway
One lucky U.S. reader will win an Orkin Scientific Back-to-School Prize Pack, including:

- Clip-on Fisheye Lens (iPhone, Galaxy, Android compatible)
- Orkin On-the-Go Drink Tumbler
- Orkin Drawstring Bag
- Orkin “Field Notes” Notebook with Pen

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Giveaway Rules: Giveaway ends 12:01 am ET, September 3, 2014. No purchase necessary. Open to legal residents of the U.S., 18 years of age or older. Void where prohibited by law. One winner will be chosen randomly, and odds of winning depend on the number of eligible entries. Each household is only eligible to win 1 Orkin’s Back-to-School prize pack via blog reviews and giveaways. Only one entrant per mailing address per giveaway. If you have won the same prize on another blog, you will not be eligible to win it again. Winner is subject to eligibility verification. The winner will be contacted via e-mail and will have 24 hours to respond. Entrants agree with this site's Official Rules.
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 Little Caesars Lunch & Laugh Sweepstakes Plus #Giveaway @LittleCaesars

Little Caesars Lunch & Laugh Sweepstakes Plus #Giveaway @LittleCaesars

It's back to school season, and things have been a bit hectic around here. Doctor's appointments, visits to the dentist, shopping for school clothes, for shoes, snacks, and school supplies... All that leaves little time and even less energy for other things, such as getting the groceries and cooking. Just the other day, I had to squeeze in lunch between a last-minute run for more school items and a meet-and-greet with my kids' new teachers. My solution? The $5 Lunch Combo from Little Caesars.

I know I've mentioned it before on the blog but if you love pizza and have not tried this lunch deal, check it out. The $5 Lunch Combo from Little Caesars includes four slices of Little Caesars Detroit-style DEEP!DEEP! Dish pizza, paired with a 20-ounce Pepsi product. The $5 Lunch Combo is available HOT-N-READY every day from 11AM to 2PM at participating locations, plus tax.

* Information, images, blogger gift card and a giveaway prize were provided by Little Caesars or PR firm. This post is not monetarily compensated. The opinions expressed are all mine. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising".

This month, Little Caesars are celebrating their $5 Lunch Combo with the Lunch & Laugh sweepstakes. Register to vote for your favorite Little Caesars commercial for a chance to win free Lunch Combos for a year, as well as other prizes. There are three grand prizes of HOT-N-READY Lunch Combos for a year, plus five first prizes of a GoPro Camera, and fifty second prizes of a $50 Little Caesars gift card. You can enter daily by August 31, 2014.

I love the Little Caesars commercials, and while all six videos included in the voting are hilarious, I do have a couple of favorites. I am still trying to decide whether to vote for the Rowdy Kids commercial - as a busy mom, I can feel that harried dad's pain! - or for the Stargazing one. Enjoy those fun commercials, vote for your favorite, then enter below for a chance to win a Little Caesars gift card and try their pizza.



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One lucky U.S. reader will win a $15 Little Caesars gift card.

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Friday, August 08, 2014 | 19 comments | Read more...
Dirt Stopper Chart Topper Sweepstakes and $25 Walmart GC #Giveaway

Dirt Stopper Chart Topper Sweepstakes and $25 Walmart GC #Giveaway

Do you listen to music while cleaning the house? I crank up something energetic on the iPod and pretend house cleaning is a dancing / working out routine. I round up the kids, too - they love helping out while singing along and teaching their mom some new dance moves. Doing chores = fun family time. Who knew?

The folks from the Stain Fighting Community agree: cleaning can seem like a daunting task, but with the help of some fave songs, it doesn’t have to be! Right now, Spot Shot Instant Carpet Stain Remover, 2000 Flushes Toilet Bowl Cleaner, X-14 Mildew Stain Remover and Carpet Fresh Odor Eliminator are hosting the Dirt Stopper Chart Topper Facebook sweepstakes. They are curious to find out what people listen to when they clean. What gets you in the mood to clean your home? Pop, rock, classical? Those who share their cleaning playlist through the sweepstakes will have a chance to win a grand prize that includes an iRobot Roomba vacuum, Bluetooth-enabled speakers, an iPod touch, cleaning supplies and more. Enter once per day by August 18, 2014. Each week, five randomly selected entrants will receive Spot Shot and 2000 Flushes products.

The Giveaway
One lucky U.S. reader will win a free product coupon for a household cleaning product and a $25 Walmart gift card.

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