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 | 0 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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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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 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.



The Giveaway
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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Book #Giveaway: Alive! from @readersdigest

Book #Giveaway: Alive! from @readersdigest

Book Description
Drama in Real Life!

The stories in Alive! highlight life-and-death moments where the will to survive is the only thing that keeps one hanging on when hope seems lost.

In "The Tot and the Twister," Derek Burnett tells the dramatic story of a grandmother's determination to protect three children when a tornado rips through her house. In "Terror on the Cliff," Kenneth Miller recounts hiker Larry Bishop's harrowing forty-eight hours clinging to the side of a mountain, thoughts of his wife and daughter giving him the courage to await help. And in "Face to Face with a Grizzly," Kathy Cook describes how two women who are being mauled by a bear summon all of their strength to defy death.

A captivating collection at once gripping and inspiring, Alive! will keep you on the edge of your seat and remind you how ordinary people can do extraordinary things in extreme circumstances.

The Giveaway
One lucky U.S. reader will win a copy of Alive!: Extraordinary Stories of Ordinary People Who Survived Deadly Tornadoes, Avalanches,
Shipwrecks and More!.

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Sunday, July 27, 2014 | 9 comments | Read more...
Orkin Backyard Explorers Kit #Giveaway #BugWisdom @AskTheOrkinMan

Orkin Backyard Explorers Kit #Giveaway #BugWisdom @AskTheOrkinMan

Summer is finally here and Orkin offers some helpful “Bug Wisdom” to ponder and a “Backyard Explorers Kit” to keep the kids busy at home. Check out their videos - I had a blast watching all eight with my kids. And here's the scoop, straight from the horse's - sorry, bug's - mouth...

When life hands you dung, just roll with it.

At Orkin, we never stop learning. Our new “Bug Wisdom” video series is a reminder that some of life’s biggest lessons come from small places. Bugs are smart, curious creatures – we humans can learn a lot from their ways.

Take the quiz to discover your “Spirit Bug,” and check out all the GIFs to soak in every nugget of wisdom that these bugs have to offer.

The Orkin Man always knows what to look for when he shows up at your home. If you want to get exploration down to a science, be sure and enter to win Orkin’s Backyard Explorers Kit.



The Giveaway
One lucky U.S. reader will win an Orkin’s Backyard Explorers Kit, including:

- The Orkin 9-Page Activity Bug Book
- Orkin Bugview Bug Catching Tool and Magnifier
- Red/Black Summer Wayfarer Sunglasses

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Book #Giveaway: Remember the Time: Protecting Michael Jackson in His Final Days

Book #Giveaway: Remember the Time: Protecting Michael Jackson in His Final Days

Book Description
Michael Jackson's former bodyguards reveal the amazing truths of the late superstar's last years -- his life in seclusion with his children, his financial crises, his preparations for the This Is It tour, and the weeks leading up to his shocking death.

Hounded by the tabloid media, driven from his self-made sanctuary at Neverland, Michael Jackson spent his final years moving from city to city, living with his three children in virtual seclusion-a futile attempt to escape a world that wouldn't leave him alone. During that time, two men served as the singer's personal security team: Bill Whitfield, a former cop and veteran of the security profession, and Javon Beard, a brash, untested rookie, both single fathers themselves.

Stationed at his side nearly 24/7, their job was to see and hear everything that transpired, and to keep everyone else out, making them the only two men who know what 60 million fans around the world still want to know: What really happened to the King of Pop?

Driven by a desire to show the world who Michael Jackson truly was, Whitfield and Beard have produced the only definitive, first-person account of Michael Jackson's last years: the extreme measures necessary to protect Jackson and his family, the simple moments of happiness they managed to share in a time of great stress, the special relationship Jackson shared with his fans, and the tragic events that culminated in the singer's ill-fated comeback, This Is It. The truth is far more compelling than anything you've yet heard.

An indispensable piece of pop-culture history, Remember the Time is the story of a man struggling to live a normal life under extraordinary circumstances, the story of a father fighting to protect and provide for his children. Remember the Time is the book that dismantles the tabloid myths once and for all to give Michael Jackson back his humanity.

About the Authors 
Experts in the field of private protection, Bill Whitfield and Javon Beard served for two and a half years as the personal security team for Michael Jackson and have worked with numerous other high-profile clients, including Sean "P. Diddy" Combs, Alicia Keys, and Shaquille O'Neal.

Cowriter, Tanner Colby, is the author of the New York Times bestseller The Chris Farley Show: A Biography in The Acts, Belushi: A Biography, and Some of My Best Friends Are Black: The Strange Story of Integration in America, which was nominated for the Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Nonfiction by the American Library Association. He is also a frequent contributor to Slate magazine.

The Giveaway
One U.S. reader will win a copy of Remember the Time: Protecting Michael Jackson in His Final Days.

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Friday, July 04, 2014 | 7 comments | Read more...
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