Wednesday, November 17, 2010

a typical day & $250 gift card giveaway

This is a compensated review by BlogHer and Intel. I received a laptop for compensation and will tell you my honest thoughts about it…

(continued from 320 Sycamore)

clean up lunch, read books, boys down for naps, eat my lunch, take pictures, edit pictures, write blog post, catch up on email, tie up a project, boys wake up, kids come home, snacks, help with homework, practice reading with 5 year old, go through folders, practice piano for other daughter, piano teacher comes to give lessons upstairs, take boys downstairs to pick up playroom and then they play (and sometimes they just fight), tidy downstairs family room, wipe down bathroom, drop 8 yr old off at soccer practice, finish dinner, throw veggies in microwave (love those steamable bags), kids set table, I run pick up from soccer, husband comes home, eat dinner as a family, clear table, every other week is Activity Days at the church, thank goodness not tonight, finish any homework, end of the day (why are they wrapping me in packing stuff? I have no idea. it’s the end of the day. welcome to our house.)

husband and I tag team bedtime: get boys and baby ready for bed: baths, teeth brushed, drinks, read books, say prayers, then repeat for girls, 3 yr old comes out (again) for drink, bathroom, another song, put him back in bed, watch news while husband and I clean up from dinner, start dishwasher, check email, down time with husband, shower, get ready for bed, brush teeth, take makeup off, empty brain out onto white board of things not to forget tomorrow, scribble a few lines in my line a day journal, fall asleep while reading, (11:30) repeat again tomorrow.

Maybe Blogher saw my day and decided I needed help….

because they sent me a new laptop with an Intel® Core™ i5 processor!

It is super fast with something called Turbo Boost Technology…which allows me to get on, get what I need done quickly, then get off. It also has an Intel®Wireless Display (aka WiDi)which allows me to use an HDTV for a monitor. So cool! I will show you more later, but the BEST part is?

BlogHer is going to give one of you a $250 gift card to Best Buy!

Holy smokes!

Here is how:

No duplicate comments.

You may receive (2) total entries by selecting from the following entry methods:

a) Leave a comment:give your best tip that helps your day run smoothly.

b) Tweet about this promotion and leave the URL to that tweet in a comment on this post

c) Blog about this promotion and leave the URL to that post in a comment on this post

d) Follow this link and provide your email address and your response to the sweepstakes prompt

* BlogHer is also giving away 4 laptops, plus there are other bloggers giving away the Best Buy gift cards….check it out here!

Sweepstakes ends at 5 PM PST on December 22, 2010 . This giveaway is open to US Residents age 18 or older. Winners will be selected via random draw, and will be notified by e-mail. You have 72 hours to get back to me, otherwise a new winner will be selected. The Official Rules are available here.

Monday, October 4, 2010

New Ragu Review

******Giveaway now closed...thanks!*********

This is a sponsored review from BlogHer and RagĂș.

Ragu contacted me and wondered if I would sample their new Traditional Pasta sauce and compare it with the old formula. No problemo. We’re all about free pasta sauce around here.

We broke them open and started tasting…

My first impression was that the new formula was much thicker and a tad sweeter. It tasted more homemade than the old formula. Plus 2 servings of veggies in each serving??

Two thumbs up from me!

Lets see what the kids think:

A careful examination

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Landon votes for the new version:september 2010 011 1

My 5 year old likes both, and my 3 year old likes the new formula.september 2010 018 1

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We vote for the new & improved version! My two daughters are at piano lessons, so they can vote later at dinner.

Speaking of dinner, we did not let these jars go to waste. We made one of my husband’s family favorites, Classic Stuffed Shells. You can find the recipe on Ragu’s site here.

september 2010 021 1This recipe is what we would call a six-er. Meaning, 6 out of the 7 of us love it. Anything above a fiver in this family is a major victory for me. This recipe makes a huge batch (a 10X13 pan plus an 8X8) so I make them on a calm night (wait….is there such thing??) and then freeze half for a crazy night that I can just throw in the oven and heat it up and serve it with some bread and salad. september 2010 025 1

You will feel all good-mommish inside because your kids are getting 2 servings of veggies from the pasta sauce, plus whatever they eat from the salad.

Now, because of their awesomeness, BlogHer is giving one of you wonderful 320 Sycamore readers a $100 Visa gift card!

Just tell us in your comment what your favorite thing to do with pasta sauce is. Are you a basketti family? A bread-dipping family? A gourmet chicken parmigiana family?

If you want one more entry, choose one of the following:

1. Tweet about this promotion and leave the URL to that Tweet in a comment on this post

2. Blog about this promotion and leave the URL to that post in a comment on this post

3. Follow this link and provide your email address and your response to the sweepstakes prompt

Here is the round-up page, where you can see the other blogs giving away a $100 Visa Gift Card! BlogHer.com special offers page

Here are the review/giveaway Official Rules: http://www.blogher.com/rules-ragu

Good luck!

Disclaimer: Ragu compensated me with 3 jars of pasta sauce for this review. I only accept review opportunities that me and/or my family will enjoy, and I will always give you my honest opinion.

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Groop Dealz Giveaway!

*giveaway now closed*

Y’all know I love a good deal and I love to share them with you.

Let me introduce you to a company called:

Groopdealz is a

Deal-a-Day website, with deals from

* Target

* Sweet Briar Home Decor

* Frogurt

* Platinum Car Wash

* Incredible Pizza Company

* Nail Port

* Smoochies

and lots more…

Mostly with daily deals that are 50% off!

They are Utah-based now, but have big plans to go national soon...

They are launching their new site on September 13th

... and all they need right now is people to sign up, to receive their emails!

And they can save you money on things that you were going to buy anyway!!

Do you want to win this?

Of course you do.

So... here are the ways to enter to win the $25 Target Gift Card:
1. Go to Groopdealz and enter your email address
2. Become a fan of Groopdealz on Facebook

Leave a separate comment for each entry…giveaway ends Saturday, 9/11/10
SO Easy! And the best part is...EVERYONE can enter, because Target is everywhere!

Good luck!