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 | 2 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...
The Lego Movie Blu-ray #Giveaway and Blog App

The Lego Movie Blu-ray #Giveaway and Blog App

Have you seen The LEGO® Movie in theatres? My family and I missed it but have been looking forward to watching it at home. Now the wait is over - this fun movie is now available on Blu-ray and DVD. Check out the blog app below, and enter the giveaway for a chance to win The LEGO® Movie on Blu-ray.

About the Movie
The LEGO® Movie, the first-ever, full-length theatrical LEGO® adventure, directed by Phil Lord & Christopher Miller is an original 3D computer animated story that follows Emmet, an ordinary, rules-following, perfectly average LEGO minifigure who is mistakenly identified as the most extraordinary person and the key to saving the world. He is drafted into a fellowship of strangers on an epic quest to stop an evil tyrant, a journey for which Emmet is hopelessly and hilariously underprepared.

Chris Pratt (Moneyball) stars as the voice of Emmet. Will Ferrell (The Campaign) stars as the voice of his primary adversary, President Business, an erudite, anal-retentive CEO who has a hard time balancing world domination with micro-managing his own life; while Liam Neeson (Taken) voices the president's powerful henchman, known as Bad Cop, who will stop at nothing to catch Emmet.



  • Move your mouse across the GIFs to control the action and play "EVERYTHING IS AWESOME" at the same time to really get crazy with it!
  • Press the "record" button and make a mini 6 second LEGO GIF video that can be shared to Twitter and Facebook. Videos instantly get posted to YouTube for everybody to enjoy.
The Giveaway
One lucky U.S. reader will win The LEGO® Movie on Blu-ray.

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Saturday, June 21, 2014 | 23 comments | Read more...
Book #Giveaway: iRules by Janell Burley Hoffman

Book #Giveaway: iRules by Janell Burley Hoffman

Book Description
Tech enlightenment and empowerment for parents so they can create iRules contracts for their own families

As Janell Burley Hofmann, mother of five, wrapped her 13-year-old's iPhone on Christmas Eve, she was overwhelmed by questions: "Will my children learn to sit and wonder without Googling? Should I know their passwords for online accounts? Will they experience the value of personal connection without technology?"

To address her concerns, she outlined boundaries and expectations in a contract for her son to sign upon receiving his first cell phone. When Hofmann's editor at The Huffington Post posted the contract, now known as iRules, it resonated on a massive scale and went viral, resulting in a tsunami of media coverage and requests. It quickly became apparent that people across the country were hungry for more.

In iRules, Hofmann provides families with the tools they need to find a balance between technology and human interaction through a philosophy she calls Slow Tech Parenting. In the book, she educates parents about the online culture tweens and teens enter the minute they go online, exploring issues like cyberbullying, friend fail, and sexting, as well as helping parents create their own iRules contracts to fit their families' needs. As funny and readable as it is prescriptive, iRules will help parents figure out when to unplug and how to stay in sync with the changing world of technology, while teaching their children self-respect, integrity, and responsibility.

About the Author
Janell Burley Hoffmann, author of iRules: What Every Tech-Healthy Family Needs to Know About Selfies, Sexting, Gaming, and Growing Up, is a parent coach who writes about parenting and technology for The Huffington Post; has a weekly spot on "American Public Media Marketplace," NPR, as tech etiquette consultant; and has been covered by major national media, including Good Morning America. She lives in Sandwich, Massachusetts.

For more information, visit http://www.janellburleyhofmann.com.

The Giveaway
One U.S. reader will win a copy of iRules: What Every Tech-Healthy Family Needs to Know about Selfies, Sexting, Gaming, and Growing up.

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Saturday, May 31, 2014 | 3 comments | Read more...
Hamptons Lane Subscription Box {Review} #ad

Hamptons Lane Subscription Box {Review} #ad

These days, it seems subscription boxes are everywhere. Vitamins and supplements, food, makeup, even lingerie boxes let you try new products every month. Some offer little more than a collection of samples while others include full-size products, offered at a discount compared to buying them piecemeal. You might love the products and even discover new favorites. Or, open a box and find you don't really care for some of the contents.

Hamptons Lane is a new e-commerce start up aimed at culinary enthusiasts. Their subscription boxes include artisan foods, kitchen tools and tabletop items. Each box is put together around a specific theme. Last month, Hamptons Lane had a Southwestern Fiesta box. This month, they sent me one of their Coastal Italy boxes for review.

I am a fan of most things Italian, so I was very curious to see what was inside. This month’s box features products from five towns in coastal Italy. The box includes authentic Colatura di Alici anchovy sauce, Faella spaghetti pasta, Antimo Caputo flour, Antichi Uliveti Extra Virgin Olive Oil and Wine Aerating Pourer with a $25 Lot18 gift card for wine. My family enjoyed the spaghetti and olive oil - we love pasta dishes and salads tossed with a simple vinaigrette dressing. I saved the flour for my mom who is an avid baker - I have no doubt she will create something delicious from it, although it may not be the focaccia or pizza suggested by Hamptons Lane. I am not a fan of anchovies, so I passed on the anchovy sauce.

I was hoping to order a bottle of Italian wine from Lot18 to go with the Italian-themed meal and the aerating pourer. Although I found a couple of interesting offerings in the under-$25 category, none shipped to my state. In fact, nothing from Lot18 ships to my state due to legal restrictions. I can, however, buy a bottle of Tuscan red to ship directly to a friend in another state, so the gift card is not a total loss. The aerating pourer worked perfectly on a bottle of Cabernet I already had.

Each Hamptons Lane box retails for $45 (including free shipping) and has a suggested retail price of $75+. That is a 40% savings - with one important caveat: that you like or can use everything included in the box. For me, the Coastal Italy selection was, surprisingly, only half-worth it. Luckily, Hamptons Lane allows members to opt out of boxes that don't interest them. Food is, after all, very personal.

* Disclosure: The opinions expressed above are 100% my own. I received product in exchange for this post. I am disclosing this in accordance with the FTC's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."  
Saturday, May 31, 2014 | 2 comments | Read more...
Celebrate National Chocolate Chip Cookie Day - with a Balance Bar #Giveaway

Celebrate National Chocolate Chip Cookie Day - with a Balance Bar #Giveaway

Did you know today was National Chocolate Chip Cookie Day? Until recently, I had no idea someone had come up with the perfect excuse to have a cookie. Or, bake a batch of my family's favorite chocolate chip cookies. Not that I need an excuse to do that. It's just that our delicious recipe includes tons of butter, sugar, and chocolate chips. And you can't just have one. Seriously, so close to swimsuit season? I'd rather have a cookie day sometime between Thanksgiving and Christmas, when a cookie overindulgence can be camouflaged under an extra layer of clothing.

Rather than reaching for the tub of cookie dough in the back of the freezer, how about a healthier way to enjoy that irresistible flavor? Balance Bar comes in a cookie dough flavor that tastes like dessert. Usually, I am not one to rave about protein / nutrition bars - I've had too many that have the consistency of cardboard and a taste to match. The Cookie Dough Balance Bar is different. It provides 15 grams of protein, 23 vitamins and minerals, and just 210 calories in one delicious package. It's filling, especially when accompanied by a glass of milk, juice or even water, and I can only have one. A win-win.

The Giveaway
One lucky U.S. reader will win a box of cookie dough Balance Bars.

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Book #Giveaway: The Blonde by Anna Godbersen

Book #Giveaway: The Blonde by Anna Godbersen

Book Description
At the height of the cold war, Marilyn Monroe was the most famous woman in the world, but what if she was also a secret soviet spy?

In 1948, a young, unknown Norma Jeane Baker meets a mysterious man in Los Angeles who transforms her into Marilyn Monroe the star. Twelve years later, he comes back for his repayment, and Marilyn is given her first assignment from the KGB: Uncover something about JFK that no one else knows.

But a simple job turns complicated when Marilyn falls in love with the bright young president, and learns of plans to assassinate Kennedy. More than anything, Marilyn wants to escape her Soviet handlers and save her love -- and herself. Desperate, ruthless, and brilliant, what she does next will leave readers reeling.

From New York Times bestselling author Anna Godbersen comes a whip-smart reimagining of the life of Marilyn Monroe, set in a world of silver screen glamour and political intrigue. At once a crackling portrayal of Old Hollywood, an intimate portrait of the larger-than-life star, and a cat-and-mouse thriller, The Blonde is history rewritten as it could have -- and might have -- been.

About the Author
Anna Godbersen is the New York Times bestselling author of The Luxe and Bright Young Things. Anna grew up in Berkeley, California, graduated from Barnard College, and lives and writes in Brooklyn, New York.

The Giveaway
One U.S. reader will win a copy of The Blonde by Anna Godbersen.

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Tuesday, May 13, 2014 | 6 comments | Read more...
Chamberlain's Leather Care Liniment No. 1 {Review} #ad

Chamberlain's Leather Care Liniment No. 1 {Review} #ad

Disclosure: I got this product as part of an advertorial.
I love the smell and feel of leather. Whether it's a pair of shoes, a jacket, a purse, or my home office chair, I know that with proper care, it's something I can enjoy for years. The only thing that's not so great about leather, in my opinion, is that I can't just toss it in the laundry when it needs cleaning.

Recently, I tried a new cleaning and conditioning product for leather. Chamberlain's Leather Care Liniment No. 1 comes in an 8 oz bottle that reminds me of a drinking flask. The product is a water-based and can be used as a cleaner and conditioner. It comes with an applicator pad, sort of a sponge covered in soft white fabric. It is easy to use: pour a little on the applicator and rub into leather. As recommended, first I cleaned the leather with a damp cloth. The liniment was rather watery in consistency, so I had to be careful not to pour too much onto the applicator. I was a little surprised to see extra dirt on the applicator after I used it - clearly, a wipe with a damp cloth does not remove everything I think it does.

The last step was to buff gently after a brief drying time. I did as instructed, then left it alone for a while. The liniment left my leather looking nice and "refreshed", without the shiny oily residue that I've noticed with some other products. There is a pleasant almond-y scent that disappears after a few hours. The one thing I did not like was the slightly sticky feeling of the leather in some places - perhaps I used too much? Time will tell.

Chamberlain's Leather Care Liniment No. 1 is made from natural oils and conditioners and can be used on leather clothing, bags, auto interiors, furniture and more. You can find it online at leathermilk.com, along with other leather-pampering products. Check out their blog for some handy leather care tips.

I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Tomoson.com. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.
Thursday, May 08, 2014 | 4 comments | Read more...
Book #Giveaway: The Accidental Book Club by Jennifer Scott

Book #Giveaway: The Accidental Book Club by Jennifer Scott

Book Description
Writing a new future takes a little time — and a lot of love.

Jean Vison never expected to run a book club, until her life took an unexpected turn. Now, with Jean’s husband gone, what began as an off-the-cuff idea has grown into a group of six women who meet the second Tuesday of every month for a potluck supper, for wine and laughter — and for books.

There’s Loretta, who deals with the lack of intimacy in her marriage by diving into erotic novels. Dorothy, whose ruffian sons are a never-ending source of stress. May entertains the group with her outrageous dating stories, while Mitzi finds something political to rant about in every book—including Loretta’s trashy romances. Even Janet, with her mousy shyness and constant blush, has helped Jean rediscover the joy in life.

So when Jean’s family starts unraveling again — her daughter forced into rehab and her troubled teen granddaughter, Bailey, coming to live with her in the interim — she turns to the book club for comfort and support. And, together, they all, even Bailey, discover that family is what you make of it, especially the family you choose…

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One U.S. reader will win a copy of The Accidental Book Club by Jennifer Scott.

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Tuesday, May 06, 2014 | 6 comments | Read more...
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