Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Secret Santa Gift Exchange

Remember how much fun it is to have and be a Secret Santa? Survey Junkie and Simply Stacie are giving us the opportunity to enjoy that fun this year. They are setting up their "Surprise Me! Secret Santa Gift Exchange" right now. They have set a limit of $15 (not including shipping) for the exchange, which is very reasonable. If you are interested in participating just click on the Secret Santa button on my sidebar.
When you get to Simply Stacie's post just fill out the entry form and you will be added to the list. After filling out the form and submitting it, grab the button to post on your blog and spread the word. I participated in 2 Christmas swaps last year and had a ball. Just remember the sign up closes on Wednesday October 6.

After the sign up closes they will send you an email with the "Who, What, When and Where" information. Go sign up. Who knows you may meet your next best friend.

Monday, September 27, 2010

Yoplait Splitz Review and Giveaway - CLOSED


I do honestly believe that other than the Greek Yogurt there is nothing that Yoplait has introduced that I don't like. They have come out with a new yogurt that tastes like a sundae. Yes you heard me IT TASTES LIKE A SUNDAE. Just think here is a treat that provides all the goodness of 100% yogurt, is a good source of calcium and vitamin D, has no artificial flavors or sweeteners, has no high fructose corn syrup and the best part is only 90 little calories.

There are 3 great flavor combinations: Strawberry Sundae, Strawberry Banana Split and my favorite Rainbow Sherbet. They are great just out of the frig but for a real treat pop them into the freeze for a few hours and enjoy a cup of really authentic frozen yogurt.YUMMMMMM.

Yoplait through MyBlogSpark was nice enough to send me a coupon for a free sample of the new Yoplait Splitzs and a prize pack that includes an insulated carry tote and a roll up fleece picnic blanket. Because I love sherbet ice cream, I had to try the Rainbow Sherbet Yoplait Splitz and I have to say it was great. Although summer has almost given way to fall in most of the country here in Texas it just refuses to let go, so I will be stopping at my grocery's refrigerated dairy section to stock up on these luscious treats to have on those toasty afternoons when nothing but ice cream will do.

Yoplait through MyBlogSpark has also provided a coupon and prize pack just like mine for one of my readers.


For your chance to win here is what you can do:

1) Tell me which of the 3 flavors you think you would like to try first.

2) Like Yoplait on Facebook and leave a comment on the wall.

3) Follow my blog.

4) Follow Yoplait on Twitter.

5) Follow The Loca Loba on Twitter.

6) Tweet about the giveaway can be done daily.

The giveaway ends on Friday 10/1/10 at 11:59PM at which time the winner will be selected using Random.org. The winner will have 48 hours to respond to the email that I send.

Can't wait to try Yoplait Splitz? Click here to get a coupon* for $0.75 off any flavor.
*This coupon is not valid in some states, including California, Idaho, Louisana, Minnesota, New Jersey, Nevada, North Dakota and Tennesse.

Disclosure: The Yoplait Splitz coupon, my prize pack, information and the prize packfor thr giveaway were provided by Yoplait through MyBlogSpot. All comments are my opinions. Your experience with this product my vary.

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

5 Favorite Family Times

Because we want the kids to learn to use their imagination we don't always plunk them down in front of the TV or the Wii to keep them busy. Here are 5 things that we have done as a family.
1) We got several very large sheets of corrugated box material and built a house inside our house. We cut out windows and doors. We actually made it big enough that there were rooms inside. You had to go through the inside house to get from the living room to the kitchen. We ate meals in the house and let the kids sleep there overnight.
We left it up for about a week and you have never seen such long faces when it finally had to come down.
2) We have taken old sheets and hung them across the clotheslines to make a tent for the kids to play in.
3) We have them take turns at bedtime reading a story to the family.
4) We have movie night and they take turns picking the movie we watch and the snack that we will have.
5) Sometimes we just decide to go for a walk, just to see what we can find. I make a list of flowers, trees, animals, and bugs for them to look for and who ever finds the most gets to stay up a little longer than the others.

What do you do with your family to create family time?

Disclaimer
I wrote this blog post while participating in the TwitterMoms and LEGO blogging program, making me eligible to get a prize pack. For more information on how you can participate, click here.

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

5 Important Lessons

What 5 important lessons have you been teaching your children as they are growing up? Don't talk to strangers? Say please and thank you? Treat everyone with respect? These are just a few of the many lessons our parents taught us and that we are or should be teaching our children. Here are my 5.
1) Don't talk to strangers. With the way the world is today this is possibly the most important lesson you can teach your child. Don't talk to anyone you don't know unless your mommy or daddy are with you. Don't get in a car or go with a stranger unless your mommy or daddy are with you. You don't want to have a child that is afraid of everyone and everything but you do what a child that is cautious.
2) Be polite. Say please if you want something and say thank you if someone gives you something. Also say your welcome if someone thanks you. I don't know how many times I have thanked someone and there is no acknowledgment.
3) Never approach a strange animal. You never know how friendly or frightened an animal may be. If they are hurt or frightened you could get bit or worse.
4) Save part of your money. It's never too soon to teach a child to save. Even if it is only pennies. Get them a bank of some kind and help them learn to put part of the money they receive into the bank knowing that once it is in the bank they can't take it out.
5) Never be afraid to come to Mommy or Daddy with any concerns or problems. Someone is bullying you. You did something you know is wrong. You may get in trouble but know that no matter what you do we love you and will be there for you.

Want to see what others think are 5 Important Lessons? Check out this link http://nannymcphee.twittermoms.com/about

Disclaimer: “I wrote this blog post while participating in the TwitterMoms and Nanny McPhee Returns blogging program, making me eligible to get a $50 gift card.

Wednesday, July 7, 2010

The Zhu-niverse Tour 2010


In case you haven't heard the Zhu Zhu Pets are taking their show on the road. Yes they are coming to a city near you.

Here is a list of the remaining stops on the Zhu-niverse Tour 2010:

Taste of Buffalo, Buffalo, NY
Saturday - Sunday, July 10-11
New England Sand Sculpting Festival, Boston, MA (Revere, MA)
Friday - Sunday, July 16-18
QuickChek New Jersey Festival of Ballooning, Trenton, NJ (Readington, NJ)
Friday - Sunday, July 23-25
Please Touch Museum, Philadelphia, PA
Friday - Sunday, July 30-August 1
Maryland Zoo, Baltimore, MD (Washington, D.C.)
Saturday - Sunday, August 7-8
State Fair of West Virginia, Charleston, WV (Lewisburg, WV)
Friday - Sunday, August 13-15
Streets at Southpoint, Raleigh, NC
Saturday - Sunday, August 21-22
Summerfest, Charlotte, NC (York, SC)
Saturday, August 28
GeckoFest, Tampa, FL (Gulfport, FL)
Saturday, September 4
Yellow Daisy Festival, Atlanta, GA (Stone Mountain, GA)
Friday - Sunday, September 10-12
GrapeFest, Dallas, TX (Grapevine, TX)
Friday - Sunday, September 17-19
Fortbend County Fair, Houston, TX (Rosenberg, TX)
Saturday - Sunday, September 25-26
TBD, CA
Saturday - Sunday, October 2-3
Wildlife World Zoo, Phoenix, AZ (Litchfield Park, AZ)
Friday - Sunday, October 8-10

There is an adult-size habitarail to explore. There are also tables with the various Zhu Zhu Pets including the new Kung Zhu line. The kids can go through a Kung Zhu training grounds to test their talents. All in all it sounds like a fun time for young and old.

So mark your calender. You can bet I am. Get ready to see your favorite Zhu Zhu in person and see the new Zhu Zhu Flo Dance performed.

Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Let The Party Begin



With one of the biggest weekends of the summer fast approaching, it's time to think about safe and sober driving. With the Fourth of July on a Sunday this year it could mean for a lot of us a 3 day weekend, which is one more day to picnic, go boating, swimming and watch or shoot off fireworks. It's also one more day to have a few brews.

There will be so many people on the road this weekend and there will be many that are "just buzzed". What is just buzzed you may ask. Just buzzed is that slight tingly relaxed feeling you get after a few drinks. Even if you have only had a few drinks it can affect your reaction time. It slows your response. It can cause you to have an accident.

Here are 4 steps you can take to protect yourself and your loved ones on the road this weekend.
1) Designate a sober driver before you leave for your Fourth of July events.
2) Be ready and willing to take alternate transportation such as a bus or taxi.
3) Have the phone number of a taxi service stored in your phone before you leave for the party.
4) Call 9-1-1 if you see an impaired driver on the road. You could be saving some one's life.

Remember that even if you aren't drinking and driving there will be others that are.
In 2008 there were 491 fatal traffic accidents over the Fourth of July Holiday period and not all of the victims were drinking. Many were innocent young children just like yours.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and the Ad Council are continuing in their effort to remind people that "Buzzed Driving is Drunk Driving". Buzzed drivers drink and drive, but don't consider themselves a hazard on the roadway because they have had "only a few" drinks. Sadly a buzzed driving crash looks just like a drunk driving crash and have the same consequences.



DON'T BE A STATISTIC.

I was provided this information by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and Ad Council through Gobal Influence and will be entered into a drawing for a gift card for my participation.

Friday, June 25, 2010

Pound for Pound Giveaway Winner

There were 119 comments on the Pound for Pound Challenge giveaway of a $30 Kroger giveaway. I want to thank everyone who commented and everyone who decided to make a pledge.
Now for what you all have been waiting for...Drum roll please....
The winner is...comment number 34 - jenspurg. I will be emailing you shortly and you have until Monday 6/28/2010 at 9:00AM to respond or I will have to give it to someone else.
Congratulations to my winner.

Monday, June 21, 2010

My Pledge


Well I am trying to live up to my Pound for Pound pledge. As of today I have lost 3 pounds. Wish me luck on the 27 other pounds that I pledged. Every one gone is sooooo good.

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Solo Online Photo Contest




With a summer of picnics, graduations, weddings and birthdays there will be many opportunities to use Solo products to cut down on Mom's clean up time. These occasions are all golden opportunities for fabulous photo memories. The Solo Cup Company has launched their second annual online photo contest.


To enter visit and log in to www.SoloCups4ever.com and follow the instructions to upload your photo and caption for the promotion. The entries must include an identifiable Solo Squared cup, plate or bowl, Solo Grips Cup, Solo Ultra Color Cup, or Solo's Straight Walled Cup, to be determined by the judges and at the sole discretion of the Sponsor. The promotion is open to all legal residents of the 50 United States who are 18 years old or older.
You can enter your favorite photos until August 6, 2010.

There will be daily winners, weekly winners, 2 runner up winners, and a Grand prize winner, so you have a lot of chances to win. Up to 15 daily winners will be chosen Monday thru Friday and win a coupon for a free pack of Solo products. There will be 2 weekly winners chosen from the pool of daily winners who will win a $100 gift card to the store of their choice. One weekly winner will be chosen by the sponsor and the other one by popular vote. The weekly winners will be featured in a winners gallery.

The Grand prize and 2 runner up winners will be chosen from the pool of daily and weekly winners. The Grand Prize winner will by chosen by the contest judges and will win $5000. Now who couldn't use an extra $5000?
One of the runner ups will be chosen by the judges and the other one will be chosen by the registered contest users. Oh by the way the 2 runner ups...win $1000 each; which isn't too shabby either.

I'm going to start going through my summer time fun photos to start entering to try to win that $5000. You should too. All it take is a little time and imagination.


Disclaimer: I received no compensation for this post. However I will be entered into a separate contest at MomSelect for a $250 Visa gift card.

Spa and Golf Vacation Giveaway

I just entered a Spa & Golf Vacation Giveaway and I wanted you to have a chance to win too!

All you need to do to enter is to click the link below or copy and paste it into your favorite Internet browser:

http://www.8trilliondollarindustry.com/giveaway?ref=35294685

Be sure to read the email you receive after you register. You'll get your own unique link that you can use to earn even more entries in the drawing!

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Pound for Pound Challenge (CLOSED)



How many of you have watched "The Biggest Loser" on TV and thought "I can do that"?
I have but as they say "Talk is cheap". It's all well and good to think this while we are watching the show but how many of us have actually made the effort to do it? I haven't and lord knows I need to lose the weight.

The Kroger Co. Family of Stores, General Mills, NBC's hit TV show "The Biggest Loser" and other key sponsors are partnering to donate up to $1,080,000 to Feeding America this year.

The way this works is you go to http://www.pfpchallenge.com/Kroger to make your pledge to lose weight. For every pound pledged 14 cents will be donated to Feeding America. That 14 cents is enough to deliver 1 pound of food to a local food bank. You are able to choose the food bank you want your pledge to go to. By participating you are making a change that not only helps you but can help the hungry in your local community. Pledges will be accepted through June 30, 2010 so hurry over and start working on that change. I made my pledge. How about you?

If you have watched The Biggest Loser, you have seen several General Mills products featured. Some examples are Yoplait Greek Yogurt, Total and Multigrain Cheerios all of which are available at the Kroger Family of Stores, who is an official supplier of the Biggest Loser Ranch.

The Kroger Family of Stores and General Mills through My Blog Spark has generously given me a $30 Kroger gift card to help me on my way to meeting my pledge. They are also going to give one of my readers a $30 Kroger gift card.

Here is how you can win:
Although I would love for you to make a pledge, I am not going to require a pledge for an entry.
1) Tell me how you would spread the word about the Pound for Pound Challenge.
2) Follow my Blog.
3) Blog about the giveaway (+5 entries)(must make comment for each entry).
4) Follow me on Twitter.
5) Tweet about the giveaway - can be done daily.(provide your link).

This giveaway will start on Tuesday 6/15/2010 at 12:01AM and end on Thursday 6/24/2010 at 11:59PM. The winner will be chosen by Random.org and will have until 9:00AM on Monday 6/28/2010 to respond.
Your email must be included in your comment so I can contact you or it will be disqualified if chosen.


DISCLOSURE:Although a $30 Kroger gift card and the information about the challenge were provided to me by The Kroger Family of Stores and General Mills through My Blog Spark, any and all opinions stated are my own.

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Take Time to Give Thanks to Those Who Give All


I know Memorial Day isn't until Monday but I hope everyone will watch this video and pass it on to their friends.

On the opening page is this message:

This Veterans Day take time to remember those in the armed forces on active duty, the reservists or service members who have fallen in the line of duty. Think about the law enforcement officers, fire and rescue personal, individuals involved in national defense. Think of the fearless men and women who put on a uniform everyday to make freedom possible - Because there are no freedoms without those willing to fight for them.



Enjoy Memorial Day but remember the reason we are celebrating and give thanks for the men and women who gave so we can have.

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Make The Girls Happy With Playtex Bra Makeover


Do you like so many of us just buy a bra that seems to be the right size? Well Playtex wants to help us find our right size. Playtex has launched a site where we can go and apply for a bra makeover or even nominate a friend for one. If chosen, the winner will be flown to New York City to receive a Bra Makeover with style expert Alison Deyette. Alison is a fashion and trend lifestyle expert who has been featured on Bravo's millionaire Matchmaker and TLC's Ten Years Younger, as well as in print publications including Good Housekeeping, The Washington Post, and O Magazine. Apply now for your chance to win. The last day to apply is Friday May 21, 2010.

The 10 winners selected for a Bra Makeover will also star in their very own webisode where a makeover candidate will receive a fitting with Deyette and walk away with the perfect Playtex products. A new webisode will premier on
www.PlaytexBraMakeover.com every two weeks.

You only have a few days left to take advantage of this great opportunity so hurry over and apply.

Disclosure: I received no compensation for this post. All opinions and thoughts are my own. By posting this information, I am entered in a contest to win a free bra from Playtex.

Saturday, May 15, 2010

New Giveaways

Got a child that just loves horses? Win the new Flicka 2 DVD at Minnesota Mamma. There will be 2 winners. The giveaway ends 5/19.

Remember the wrestler who went by the name "The Rock"? Well he is starring in a new movie called "The Tooth Fairy" as the Tooth Fairy - tutu and all. Win your own copy from Minnesota Mamma. This has got to be a great family comedy. The giveaway ends on 5/19 and there will be 2 winners.

What a great Father's Day gift for grandpa or dad. Simply Stacie is having a giveaway for a digital photo key chain that comes with a stand so it can be displayed on his desk. It can also be engraved with up to 3 lines with 11 characters per line. This giveaway ends 5/21.

Looking for a graduation gift for a special young lady? Enter the Family Treasure's Charm Factory bracelet giveaway. Ends 5/19

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Giveaways in the World of Blogs

A Happy Hippy Mom has a great giveaway for that hard to buy for man in your life. She is giving away an 18 X 24 poster with your choice of picture from Digital Room. The giveaway ends 5/27.

Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Garden Swap Goodies

There have been Halloween Swaps, Christmas Swaps and many other holiday swaps, but Julie at Engine 3 came up with a unique "Garden Swap". We filled out a survey about ourselves and our gardening then waited to be partnered with a perfect match. My partner is Yona at My Name is Yona Williams and I Write.
She sent me a much needed hand trimmer and an assortment of flower and veggie seeds. I haven't ever seen the cucumbers she sent me before and can't wait to see how they will fair in the hot Texas sun. She even sent me some seeds for some Texas sized pumpkins.



Thank you Yona for the great gifts. Thank you Julie for having this garden swap, it was a lot of fun.

Sunday, May 2, 2010

New Giveaways on the Web

Win a pair of Jolly Garden Clogs from One Savy Mom. Ends 5/14

Still don't have a Wii? Win one from One Savy Mom. Ends 5/14

Thursday, April 22, 2010

Earth Day Everyday



Today is Earth Day. The day everyone professes to be "living green". When I see all the free stuff that is being given away for Earth Day I wonder if we are really know what Earth Day is. It's a day set aside to make us aware of the damage we are doing to the world we live in and what we must do to stop the damage. It seems like a lot of people only see it as a day they can get lots of "free" stuff.

Now I am not opposed to free stuff but I think we need to think about what kind of future we are leaving for our children.

Earth Day is a good thing because it does bring awareness but I believe we should try to carry the idea with us everyday. Reusable bags became a hot item last year, but how many of us still use them? I try to use them but must confess there are days I jump out of the truck and don't bother to grab them. I do keep them in the truck so the old I left them at home excuse doesn't fly. I just have to work harder on using them instead of getting the plastic bags that the stores have.

As my light bulbs burn out I am switching them for the CFL bulbs, so that is one good thing I am doing. I read that if every American replaced just 1 incandescent light bulb with a CFL bulb we would save enough energy to light more than 3 million homes a year. Now that is impressive. As I have to replace appliances I will only consider "Energy Star". I have planted some fruit trees that now are helping clean the air. I am planting a garden and will be freezing what I can out of it.

As I drive to work I see fields that used to have lots of trees in them totally bare.They are being cleared to build new homes. I understand the need for more homes but someone needs to think about what those trees do for the air quality. I sure don't want my kids to have to wear a gas mask to be able to play outside because the air is so bad. I want my kids to be able to go outside without checking some site to see if the air is breathable today.

If you don't like the taste of or are afraid of what might be in your tap water, buy a PUR or a Brita water pitcher. They both work really well and will save the landfills from the milliions of plastic water bottles we insist on buying. Brita has a filter that you can install on your tap. Everyone rants and raves how wonderful and pure bottled water is when in reality it come from the same ground supply as your tap water. It just gets filtered better.



We all need to carry the Earth Day mentality with us everyday not just on April 22 because if we don't the day will come that there is no Earth to try to save.

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Win a Bryan Foods Gift pack that includes a sweatshirt, cap, apron, skewers and coupons for free Bryan products from Big Easy Mom. Ends 4/25

Friday, April 16, 2010

Danger for Pets


I just got this in an email and wanted to share it with you. Spring has us all outside planting flowers and spiffing up our yards. All of us dog and cat owners need to read this.

Over the weekend, the doting owner of two young lab mixes purchased Cocoa Mulch from Target to use in their garden. The dogs loved the way it smelled and it was advertised to keep cats away from their garden. Their dog
(Calypso) decided the mulch smelled good enough to eat and devoured a large helping. She vomited a few times which was typical when she eats something new but wasn't acting lethargic in any way. The next day, Mom woke up and took Calypso out for her morning walk. Halfway through the walk, she had a seizure and died instantly.

Although the mulch had NO warnings printed on the label, upon further investigation on the company's web site,

This product is HIGHLY TOXIC to dogs and cats.

Cocoa Mulch is manufactured by Hershey's, and they claim that "It is true that studies have shown that 50% of the dogs that eat Cocoa Mulch can suffer physical harm to a variety of degrees (depending on each individual dog). However, 98% of all dogs won't eat it."


Snopes.com site gives the following information:
http://www.snopes.com/critters/crusader/cocoamulch.asp

Cocoa Mulch, which is sold by Home Depot, Foreman's Garden Supply and other garden supply stores contains a lethal ingredient called 'Theobromine'. It is lethal to dogs and cats. It smells like chocolate and it really attracts dogs. They will ingest this stuff and die. Several deaths already occurred in the last 2-3 weeks.

Theobromine is in all chocolate, especially dark or baker's chocolate which is toxic to dogs. Cocoa bean shells contain potentially toxic quantities of theobromine, a xanthine compound similar in effects to caffeine and theophylline. A dog that ingested a lethal quantity of garden mulch made from cacao bean shells developed severe convulsions and died 17 hours later.
Analysis of the stomach contents and the ingested cacao bean shells revealed the presence of lethal amounts of theobromine.

Saturday, April 3, 2010

Bunches of Great Giveaways

2 winners in "Deal"ectible Mommies giveaway for a Robby Wash laundry ball. Ends 4/16

Do you take your dog camping with you? Doggies and Stuff is having a giveaway for a Kakadu Pet Adventure Mat. A comfy mat for your dog to sleep on. Ends 4/16

Tired of that plain old black umbrella? Go to Latina on a Mission and check out her giveaway for a Urban Trim Squidarella Umbrella. This bad boy changes color as it get wet. You have to see the video. This giveaway ends 4/10.

Win not 1, not 2 but 6 bottles of Suave Mango Mandarin Body Wash at Latina on a Mission. Ends 4/11

Friday, March 26, 2010

Great Giveaways

Mommy Kat and Kids is hosting a giveaway for Soapnuts the ultimate green laundry cleaner. Ends 3/31

Sunday, March 14, 2010

How Will You Celebrate St Paddy's Day?

St Patrick's Day is celebrated world wide with parades, wearn' o the green, eating corned beef and cabbage and drinking green beer. Are you planning to go out with friends this Wednesday to celebrate? Have you decided who in the group is going to be the designated driver? Not going out to celebrate? Did you know that even if you don't plan on drinking on St Patrick's Day your life can still be in danger from all of the drivers who have been? In 2008, 1179 people in other vehicles were killed in crashes involving alcohol-impaired drivers. A buzzed driving crash looks the same as a drunk driving crash and it causes the same pain to a family who lose a loved one. I hate to say it but I was one of those buzzed-drivers more than once. I was lucky that I didn't hurt or kill myself or someone else. I have learned that even 1 or 2 drinks can impair your judgment and reactions. Fortunately I didn't have to learn it the hard way. I am joining Global Influence in their work with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and the Ad Council to remind people that BUZZED DRIVING IS DRUNK DRIVING.

To learn more about the impact buzzed driving can have on a life, please watch this important video about the financial and personal repercussions of getting a DUI.
http://buzzeddriving.adcouncil.org/sign.php#video

For more information, visit Buzzed Driving Is Drunk Driving on Facebook and on Twitter @Buzzeddriving.

Plan ahead and ask your loved one to do the same thing. Don't become a statistic.

REMEMBER: BUZZED DRIVING IS DRUNK DRIVING

This information was provided through my membership in Global Influence, NHTSA and the Ad Council.

Saturday, March 13, 2010

Giveaways in the Blogshere

It's not to early to think about dear old Dad...what are you going to get him for Father's Day? How about a Football Snack Bowl? Well Life with 5 Monkies is having a giveaway for one. Ends 3/23

Barefoot Mommies has hooked up with Fairtale Browines for an awesome giveaway. Who would not love to win some mouthwatering brownies? Hurry over for your chance. Ends 3/28.

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Yoplait Frozen Smoothie Review and Giveaway - CLOSED

According to Webster a smoothie is "a creamy beverage made with fruit, milk or yogurt." That does describe a smoothie physically but mentally not so much. A smoothie is a visit to a tropical beach where you are laying in a hammock under a palm tree with a glass of heaven in your hand and "Hector" is fanning you gently with a huge palm branch. It is that pick me up that lets you drift off to your beach when the day is going so bad.



Yoplait has combined its delicious yogurt with real fruit for a revolutionary frozen smoothie kit that goes from your freezer to fabulous in seconds. Each smoothie serving contains one full serving of fruit with Live & Active Cultures and is an excellent source of Antioxidant Vitamin C. It come in 3 wonderful flavors: Strawberry Banana, Strawberry Mango Pineapple and my favorite Triple Berry.

Yoplait and My BlogSpark gave me a gift pack of a coupon for a free package of Yoplait Frozen Smoothies and a blender to make the smoothies. I decided to have "Smoothie Friday" at work and got 2 packages of Yoplait Frozen Smoothies and a quart of skim milk. We made smoothies on Friday afternoon and everyone loved them. My boss - a guy - had never had one before and really like his. They are so simple to make just put 1 cup of milk and the package into a blender, hit the button and voila you have a very thick delicious drink that has great flavor and only 110 calories. One package make 2 smoothies, one for you and one to share.
So lets recap: Yoplait Frozen Smoothie = 1 full serving of fruit (which you know you aren't consuming the recommended daily amount), good source of calcium from the milk, and a source of antioxidant vitamin C that tastes really great. WHAT'S NOT TO LIKE.




Yoplait and My BlogSpark also gave me a gift pack to give to one of my readers. If you don't want to wait for the giveaway to try Yoplait Frozen Smoothies here is a coupon for $1.25 off a package.
Now for the giveaway. Tell me if you make smoothies at home and if you do what is your favorite flavor.
Your email must be in your comment or it will be disqualified.
EXTRA ENTRIES
1) Follow my blog
2) Follow me on Twitter.
3) Tweet about this giveaway can be done daily but must post link with each comment.
4) Blog about this giveaway - 5 entries

This giveaway will end on Wednesday 3/17 at 11:59pm at which time I will draw the winner with Random.org. The winner will have 48 hours to contact me or a new winner will be drawn. Good Luck everyone.

I was given a coupon for a FREE package of Yoplait Frozen Smoothies, a blender and information about Yoplait Frozen Smoothies By Yoplait and My BlogSpark to do this review. I was also given a gift pack to giveaway. All of the opinions expressed are my own.

Saturday, March 6, 2010

Here are some Great giveaways

Win a Zuvo Water Filtration counter top system at Audrey's Give Aways. Ends 3/19

Win 2 b.happybags reusable shopping bags at Cake Mom. 4 lucky winners. Ends 3/9

Thursday, March 4, 2010

P&G brandSaver coupon book



Here's a heads up in this Sunday's paper - March 7th - Procter & Gamble will release it's biggest brandSaver coupon booklet ever, with more than $160 in savings!!
This booklet will be included in newspapers delivered to more than 55 million homes.

Plus for every coupon redeemed, P&G will provide one day's worth of clean drinking water to a child in need through the Children's Safe Drinking Water (CSDW) Program, which is P&G's philanthropic cause aimed at saving lives by providing clean drinking water to children in developing countries.

It will feature coupons for PUR Water Filtration, Gillette, Pantene, Tide, Venus, Olay, Pampers, Febreeze and Swiffer just to name a few.


Click here to find the local paper carrying your $160 in savings and help make a difference.

Thru my membership in the One2One Network I was provided this information to pass on to you. No compensation other then the good feeling when I help someone was received for this post.

Tuesday, March 2, 2010

We have a Winner

I had 16 comments for my Teddy's Pride giveaway and Random.org chose number 1.
Here is the winning comment:
"My dog is an 8 year old min pin named Puppy. But there are 6 others here. And way too many cats to add."
Congratulations Linda you are my winner. I have sent you an email and am waiting to hear from you in 48 hours.

Monday, March 1, 2010

Pimp My Laundry Room


Tired of doing laundry in that old dark damp laundry room that hubby keeps promising to fix up but never seems to find the time? Well Wisk is coming to your rescue.
Wish is teaming up with TV's Designing Spaces to pimp-out one laundry room that really desperately needs a face-lift as a part of the Wisk Pimp My Laundry Room video contest.
All you have to do is shoot a short video explaining why you deserve a laundry room makeover and enter it between March 1 and March 29, 2010 at www.LaundryHE.com.
The top Finalists will be featured on www.LaundryHE.com from April 12-19 and the Grand Prize Winner will be chosen by popular vote so make sure you get all your friends and family online and voting. Also a vote is an automatic entry into a sweepstakes for a year's supply of Wisk HE Laundry Detergent and who couldn't use free laundry detergent.
The winner will have Wisk and their partners-in-design, Whirlpool's DreamLaundry Solutions team lead by Bill Thomas and Emily Johnson, owner of the interior designs firm EJ Interiors and founder of Material Girls Blog show up at their door. They will change your drab laundry room to fad with the help of a new Whirlpool High Efficiency (HE) washer/dryer set and a years worth of Wisk HE Laundry Detergent. Best of all the winner will get to star in her very own episode of Designing Spaces.
So grab your camers and start making the winning video.
GOOD LUCK to everyone.

I am partnering with BSM Media to let you know about this contest and will be entered into a seperate contest for a year's supply of Wisk.

Saturday, February 27, 2010

Giveaways in the Blogsphere.

Win a Waterpik Sensonic Professional Toothbrush from The Bragging Mommy. Giveaway ends on March 5 at 10:00AM.

Get your $25 Kroger card right here at Mom"s Focus on Cyber World. Ends March 12.

MMMMMMMMMM Pure Maple Syurp you just can't beat the taste. Win a Coombs Family Farms maple syrup gift pack that includes maple syrup, maple candy and maple sugar from The Groschen Goblins. Ends March 10.

Sure and wouldn't you be wanting to win a Charm Factory Irish charm on a black silk cord necklace from The Groschen Goblins. Ends March 10.

Win a beautiful Jewelry By Jacoby Celtic Knot bracelet from The Groschen Goblins. Ends March 10

Monday, February 22, 2010

Teddy's Pride Review and Giveaway - CLOSED


My name is Amos and I have bad breath. There I said it. When mom comes home and I try to give her a kiss she sometimes backs away with a funny look on her face. I try to be carefully what I eat but hey I'm a dog we eat lots of stuff we shouldn't.
A while back Mom gave me some canned dog food and it had some kind of powder on it. Now the only time I get canned food is when she is trying to slip me some medicine but like I said we eat most anything that comes even close to our mouths so it was gone before she could change her mind. It didn't taste bad. The next night I got my regular old dry food but it had that powder on it too. The last month or so she has been putting this powder on my food and I have noticed that when I try to give her a kiss she doesn't back away or make that funny face anymore. She even lets me kiss her every now and then.
I heard her talking the other day and she said she had gotten some Teddy's Pride Oral Care to try out. She said it was 100% natural and would gently clean and whiten my teeth in addition to getting rid of my bad breath. She said it has no taste or odor which I can say is true.
She said it has ProBiora3 probiotics in it that are specially formulated to address the oral care needs of pets. She said it was safe for all dogs and those other four legged fur balls CATS. It is also made in the USA and is backed by 25 years of scientific research.
You can win a 60 day supply right here or if you can't wait you can buy a 60 day supply of Teddy's Pride Oral Care here for $24.95 which is just pennies a day for better breath.

OK here is what you have to do to win.
1) Tell my mom if you have a dog or cat and their name.
2) Follow my mom's blog
3) Follow my mom on Twitter.
4) Follow Teddy's Pride on Twitter.
5) Tweet about this giveaway - can be done daily - must have link to tweet.
6) Blog about this giveaway with a link to this giveaway and Teddy's Pride- 5 entries - must put 5 comments to count as 5
Your email address must be in each comment or that comment will be deleted.

This giveaway will start at 12:01AM on Tuesday 2/23 and end at 11:59PM on Tuesday 3/2 at which time the winner will be drawn by Random.org. The winner will be email and will have 48 hours to respond.

My mom was given the opportunity to review this product because of her membership at The Product Review Place.
Receiving this product at no charge in no way influenced the opinions of any parties involved in this review.

Winner

I have a winner and here is the winning comment:

"I now follow OLPC on Twitter as @shortoncents lvn777 at charter dot net."

I had 26 entries and number 12 was the winner.
I will be sending you an email shortly and you will have 48 hours to respond.
Congratulations.

Sunday, February 21, 2010

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Friday, February 12, 2010

Some Great giveaways

Win a beautiful Flirty Lasso necklace from Jennifer at The Dirty Shirt. Giveaway ends 2/21.

Win some yummy Fairytale Brownies from Jamie at Cake Mom. Her giveaway ends 2/21

Win a HP Photosmart Premium with TouchSmart All-in-One printer from 5 Minutes for Mom. Giveaway ends 2/26.

Win the "Amilia" DVD at Tiars & Tantrums. 5 WINNERS in a giveaway that ends 3/6.

Win a 3-way tin of The Big Popper popcorn from Terra at Heck of a Bunch. The giveaway ends 2/20.

Win your choice of a Shannon Barcic Designs hand stamped personalized key chain or necklace from J. Leigh Designz. Ends 3/5

Win & Give a Laptop - CLOSED


How would you like to win a laptop computer for your child? Better yet how would you like to help a child in Africa get one too? Well Betty Crocker Fruit Flavored Snacks has teamed up with One Laptop per Child to make this happen.
One Laptop per Child is an organization that creates educational opportunities for the world's poorest children by providing each child with a rugged, low cost, low power connected laptop with content and software designed for collaborative, joyful self-empowering learning. Here is a short video that show the great work that One Laptop per Child is doing in Africa.




Now through May 30, 2010 one laptop will be awarded to a U.S. winner and for each U.S. winner another laptop will be donated to a child in Africa. In specially marked boxes of your children's favorite fruit flavored snacks - including Fruit Roll-Ups, Gushers, Fruit by the Foot and Stickerz & Shapes - there will be a unique online code. This code simply needs to be entered on www.WinOneGiveOne.com to see if you are a winner

Betty Crocker through MyBlogSpark sent me a box of Fruit by the Foot and a box of Fruit Roll-Ups so I could try my luck at winning a laptop. MyBlogSpark also made a $25 donation to One Laptop per Child on my behalf. They generously gave me 2 boxes of fruit flavored snacks so one of my lucky readers could have their chance to win. MyBlogSpark will also make a $25 dontaion on my winner's behalf.

The first and mandatory entry is:
Share what you have done to encourage your children to help others.

For extra entries that are valid only if the mandatory entry is done.

1) Post this giveaway on your Blog --- 5 entries
2) Follow me on Twitter --- 1 entry
3) Tweet about the giveaway --- can be done daily link must be posted with comment
4) Follow OTPC on Twitter --- 1 entry
5) Email 5 friends and cc me at alocaloba@gmail.com --- 1 entry

Your e-mail contact must be in your comments so I can contact you when you win.

This giveaway starts at 12:01 AM on Friday 2/12/2010 and will end at 11:59PM on Sunday 2/21/2010.
The winner will be drawn by Random.org and will have 48 hours to respond. Good Luck everyone.

Although Betty Crocker through MyBlogSpark provided product for me to review, all opinions are my own.

Tuesday, February 9, 2010

God Speed White Wolf


2 years ago in the wee hours of the morning of February 10, I lost a very important person in my life...my Dad. He was my go to guy for support no matter what the problem.
That Christmas I debated about going home. I really didn't have the money but something kept telling me you need to go. So I did. My sister who lives in Georgia was able to come too so we were all home. We took a picture because we don't all get home every year not knowing it would be the last one with my Dad in it. When it was time to come back to Houston and we were saying our goodbyes, I knew in my heart that this would be the last Christmas we would spend together. I hugged him and told him that I loved him.
In January my neice had her first baby. The day they took the baby out to my Dad's house to introduce her to her great grandpa an eagle landed in one of the trees in the front yard. I know you are thinking so what? Well my Dad was really fasinated by Native American lore and the eagle is a very sacred being. The eagle is believed to help the Shaman on his journey to the land of the Gods. In all of the years that I lived in Iowa I have never seen one single eagle. Within 3 weeks I got a call from my sister saying that Daddy was in the hospital and they really didn't know what was wrong. I told her to keep me up to date and after hanging up the phone got the most powerful feeling that I had to go home now.
I got a flight and when I got to Iowa went directly to the hospital. He was in Intensive Care but was doing pretty good. He recognized me and that made me feel good. I stayed for a while then went to his house for the night.
The next day he was ok but I don't think he recognized anyone. He was "fixing" things. To this day I don't know what he was fixing but he would ask for a tool, use it and then give it back. He kept asking who that gray haired lady was looking in his room and there was no one in the doorway. I believe it was my Mom coming to let him know it was time. This went on for 2 days in which he did not sleep at all. Sunday February 9 he got so aggitated they put restraintes on his hands which really upset him. I had a really bad feeling that day and with the weather turning bad I decided to stay at the hospital that night. I went in to check on him and he was pleading with God to help him. I stayed and talked to him but I don't think he heard me. The last time I went in to see him, he was very calm. I went back to the family room and it seems like I had just found a half way comfortable spot when the nurse came rushing in saying his heart had stopped and they were giving him CPR. I had my feet up on a chair and I gave it a kick and ran into the ICU behind the nurse to wait outside his room hoping they could help him. After what seemed like a lifetime, the doctor came out and said they had been administering CPR for 15 minutes and had not gotten any response. I asked him if they would get him back what would his chances be and he said slim. I told the doctor let him go. After I made the phone calls that I had never wanted to make, they asked if I wanted to see him. I went into his room, sat in the chair next to the bed, held his hand and cried. He looked so peaceful and happy. I don't know how long I sat there. After my sister and brother-in-law got there I finally left the room.
He was always there when I needed someone to listen. He gave me my love of the land. He taught me how to depend on myself. He was a person I truly admired.
Daddy I miss you so much but rest well because I will take care of the rest of the family for you.

Sunday, February 7, 2010

Win a Flip Ultra

I just entered a contest to win a free Flip Ultra HD from NateHines.net (worth $199!) and I wanted you to have a chance to win one too!
All you need to do to enter is to click the link below or copy and paste it into your favorite Internet browser:
http://natehines.net/win-a-flip?ref=30764310

Be sure to read the email you get from Nate after you register. You'll get your own unique link that you can use to earn even more entries in the drawing!

Giveaways on the Blogs

Win a Dremel Multi-Max from SAHM Reviews. Giveaway ends 2/15.

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Win a $50 off $100 Coupon for Old Navy

This is a hurry up quick giveaway. It ends at midnight on Thursday 2/4. Hurry over to Manda Blogs About for you chance to win 1 of 10 $50 off a $100 purchase coupon. There are lots of ways to enter but not lots of time to do it. So HURRY QUICK.

Monday, February 1, 2010

Sunday, January 31, 2010

Furry Furniture

Got that "Furry Furniture" thing going on at your house? Everytime you move you have dog or cat hair clinging to your clothes. Jolly Mom has a solution. She is hosting a giveaway for a FURminator. This handy dandy gadget is a brush that works.
My vet used one on my Golden and you could have knitted a blanket from the fur they got off of him. It does work. Her giveaway ends 2/12.

Sunday, January 24, 2010

Giveaways Around The Blogsphere

Win a HP PhotoSmart Premium TouchSmart Web Multifunction Printer/Copier/Scanner/Fax from Real Life. This giveaway ends on Feburary 6.

Sunday, January 10, 2010

Let the Winning Begin

Win a Charm Factory bracelet and 8 charms at Simply Stacie. This giveaway ends 1/22/2010.

When someone mentions a sundial what do you think of? That old pile of stones in Granny's backyard? Well a sundial is a really old method of telling time that has been around for centuries. Audrey at Audrey's Giveaways found Shepherd's Watches a site that has brought the Sundial back. They have sundial necklaces that really work and Audrey's Giveaways has one for you to win. This giveaway ends 1/31/2010.

Most babies and kids love mobiles and most homes have ceiling fans, so why not put them together to make a great mobile for your kids (one you don't have to continually rewind). Well one clever mom has done that and Fandangling is the result. Carrie at Growing a Baby in Seattle Reviews has a giveaway in which you can pick your own Fandangling set when you win.
This giveaway ends 2/3/2010.

Here is another chance to win a Charm Factory bracelet with 8 charms. Made in Canarias is hosting this giveaway that ends 1/21/2101.