Saturday, December 10, 2016

Team Challenge: Dashing Through the Dough


Who doesn't love a friendly competition? Especially when the prize is points to redeem towards free gift cards!

Join the Dashing Through the Dough team challenge hosted by Swagbucks, a website where you can earn cash back on everyday tasks you do online. It starts on Monday, December 12th at 8am PST and goes through Friday so you have a whole week to contribute points to your assigned team. It's so much fun to see which team you are placed on, and discover all the ways you can earn SB while you contribute to your team's goal! There's so many ways to earn points for your team-  watching videos, completing surveys, shopping online, just to name a few. These activities and more will help your team get ahead. If you've never used Swagbucks before, now is a great time to join, especially if you participate in the Team Challenge because it's an opportunity to win an extra bonus for trying out the site.

All members who participate and contribute at least 400 SB to their team’s total will receive an SB bonus in the form of a rebate on their next gift card! I can’t wait to help my team come in 1st place for that 50 SB rebate.

The challenge lasts until December 16th so log in or make a free account! Pre-registration is open now!

Earn Double Cash Back or More on Holiday Shopping

If you still have lots of holiday shopping to do, I recommend you check out Swagbucks Holiday Shopping Deals, where you can get cash back on your online purchases. Who wouldn't want to earn a little extra cash for themselves on purchases for friends and family? Starting today and running through next Friday, they are offering double cash back or more at your favorite retailers like Amazon, eBay, Groupon, Gap, Macy's, Old Navy, and many more!

Check out the site here to see all the deals they're offering this week.

If you haven't heard of them, Swagbucks.com is an easy, quick way to earn cash back and gift cards by shopping online or doing other everyday activities like taking surveys or watching videos. When you do those things, you earn points (called SB) that you redeem for PayPal cash or gift cards to places like Amazon, Walmart, Target, Starbucks, and more!

Just for signing up through me, you can earn a $3 (300 SB) bonus if you earn 300 SB before January 1st - if you spend at least $25 shopping through Swagbucks during that time, you'll get another $2 (200 SB) bonus!

Take advantage of these great deals - sign up now.

Saturday 12/10, Low Entry #Giveaways!

The Secret Life of Pets on DVD/Blu-ray (@10pm CST) - U.S. - King Sized Savings

Paperback copy of "Broken Wings," by L. Stoddard Hancock (@10:59pm CST) - U.S. - Reviews, Chews & How-Tos *GT

$25 Junebug & Bean Store Credit - U.S. - The Classy Chaos *RC

Abigail the Belle of Bravery - children's book - Main 48 U.S. States - Penny Minding Mom *GT

Bottle Amazing Grass Raw Reserve, Green Superfood Trio, and Detox & Digest (Almost a $100 value) - U.S. - Julie Morris

Charlie the Tramp - children's book - U.S. - The Loose Screw

Amy Grant Tennessee Christmas CD - U.S. - The McClanahan 7 *RC


Over 250 Entries:
Beautiful Creatures Grayscale Coloring Book, by Nicole Stocker - US/CAN - Adult Coloring 101 *RC

Two Rivers Coffee Assorted K-cup - U.S. - Coupon with Cents *RC

Brooklyn Bean Roastery K-Cups - U.S. - Coupon with Cents *RC

Kate Spade planner, Kate Spade Mug, and three flavors of Land O Lakes hot chocolate (@11pm CST) - U.S. - A Magical Mess *GT

Friday, December 9, 2016

Friday 12/9, Low Entry #Giveaways!

The Star from Afar book and wood Nativity play set (@6pm) - U.S. - Training Happy Hearts

"Wise Up and Be the Solution: How to Create a Culture of Learning at Home and Make Your Child a Success in School," book by Education expert Dr. James Casale (@9pm CST) - All 50 U.S. States - Healthy Moms Magazine

Ellie Claire Bible Journaling Kit - U.S. - The McClanahan 7 *RC

Create Your Shining Year workbook - U.S. - Running on Balance *RC

Seeds of Christmas CD & DVD - U.S. - Frugal & Focused *RC

Amy Grant's CD - Tennessee Christmas - All 50 U.S. States/CAN - Try It-Like It *RC

“Tennessee Christmas” by Amy Grant (CD) - U.S. - Susan Heim on Parenting *RC


Over 250 Entries:
Handloomed Cotton Barcode Bean Bag Chair - U.S. - Pocketful of Posies *RC

Bible Journaling Kit - U.S. - Giveaway Lady *RC

Three Hallmark Keepsake Ornaments - U.S. - Moments That Take My Breath Away *RC

"as the LEAVES kiss the STREAM" by Terry Barnes (Christian fiction novella) - U.S. - Chat with Vera *RC

Elena of Avalor DVD - U.S. - mami does it all *RC

Item of winner's choice (up to $50 value) from Zero Foxtrot - All 50 U.S. States - Luv Saving Money *GL

Thursday, December 8, 2016

Thursday 12/8, Low Entry #Giveaways!

Sant Superfruit Beverage (@9pm CST) - All 50 U.S. States - Healthy Moms Magazine

Betty Boop Watch and a Set of Avon Picture Perfect CZ Studs (Rose Goldtone) Earrings - U.S. - Loving to Save*RC

Charlie the Tramp - children's book - U.S. - Swinging on Small Hinges *GT

Cardio Dance Hoop - U.S. - Jen is on a Journey *RC

Any Cutting Edge Stencil up to $50 - U.S. - Simple Home Life *RC

Bible Journaling Kit - All 50 U.S. States - Try It-Like It *RC

CD of “Tennessee Christmas” by Amy Grant - U.S. - Walking with Jesus *RC


Over 250 Entries:
"Cara’s Kindness" -  Picture Book by Kristi Yamaguchi (2 Winners) - U.S. - Bicultural Mama *RC

Tennessee Christmas - Amy Grant (CD) - US/CAN - Counting Pinecones *GT

eGalley of OF THE TREES (3 Winners) - Worldwide - Susan Heim on Writing *RC

$30 GC and free shipping to Powder & Jade - All 50 U.S. States - Building Our Story *RC

Model replica of Sam & Dean’s Impala from Supernatural - US/CAN - Upcoming Horror Movies *RC

$50 OshKosh B’gosh Gift Card - U.S. - Wildish Jess *RC

“A Christmas Wish ” Kate & Mim-Mim DVD - U.S. - day to day MOMents *RC

Bible Journaling Kit - U.S. - Linda's Lunacy *RC

Omaker Bluetooth speaker - U.S. - The Simple Moms *RC

$50 GC for OshKosh - U.S. - Betsy V. *RC

One bottle each of Vegan Supplements Ashwagandha, Gymnema and Turmeric (3 Winners) - U.S. - Just 2 Sisters *RC

Christmas Ornaments Coloring Book & Paper Crafts - U.S. - Adult Coloring 101 *RC

Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Tuesday, December 6, 2016

"Footloose" - Children's Book #Review & #Giveaway! (2 Winners) (U.S.) Ends 12/15 #HolidayGiftGuide #HGG2016 #Footloose4Kids



Kenny Loggins re-wrote and re-recorded the original Footloose song with lyrics about an animal dance party at the zoo--he's a grandpa now and has been working on some new songs for kids, parents and grandparents. The new song is now a children’s picture book illustrated by award-winning children’s book illustrator Tim Bowers.



About the Book:
Time to cut loose! Have a rockin' time introducing children to the fun of Footloose, rewritten for children by the one and only Kenny Loggins. As a zookeeper named Jack joins the zoo animals in an all-night dance party, this new original story from Loggins is sure to get your feet moving. Little ones will love the cast of characters, including the rockin' chimp Louise ("Geez, Louise"), Mister DJ Elephant, the lemur Marie ("Oo Wee, Marie"), Milo the wombat, Luke the funkiest cat in the zoo, and so many more rocking, bopping, boogeying, tangoing, shaking, rattling and rolling animals!

To add to the fun, the book includes a CD with new recordings by Kenny Loggins. Kids and parents can sing along to the classic hit with new lyrics, as well as a three-song medley families will love.

Reviews
“Loggins invites readers to ‘slip on their dancin’ shoes’ and join a rowdy cast of animals who show off several dancing styles....a fun way for parents and grandparents to ‘cut footloose’ with a new generation.” - Publishers Weekly

“full-bleed double-page spreads are appropriately kinetic and playful... ‘Slip on your dancin’ shoes,’ indeed.”- Kirkus Reviews

“A natural fit for kids. Irrepressibly bouncy with slingshotting verses and a shout-worthy chorus”- Booklist



My Review:
I grew up in the 80's. I loved it! While I didn't completely understand it, I did love the music and movies. Footloose was one of my favorites! So when I saw that Kenny Loggins had created a children's book, along with a CD of Footloose redone to go with the book, I just had to review a copy! The CD includes two songs, "Footloose" and "Monkey Town Melody." My aunt and cousins used to think it was so funny to sing the "Monkey Town Melody" to my sisters and I when we were little.


If you know the Footloose song, then you can't resist reading the book without singing the words along to the Footloose tune! It's tough not to do.

I recommend this book is for children and adults of all ages. It's a lot of fun.

For more information about "Footloose," and for a Footloose Activity Kit, please check out this link: https://www.quartoknows.com/page/Footloose

Buy It! (affl. link)



Win It!

Enter below using the Giveaway Tools Form for a chance to win your own copy of "Footloose!" Two Winners! Giveaway is open to residents in the main 48 continental United States only, 18 years of age or older. No P.O. Boxes, sorry. Giveaway ends 12/15/16.


Disclosure: I received a copy of Footloose from the publisher in exchange for my post. No other compensation was exchanged or received.

Tuesday 12/6, Low Entry #Giveaways!

$50 Credit Towards any Purchase at Mumberry.com (@9pm CST) - All 50 U.S. States - Healthy Moms Magazine

Digital Code for "The BFG" movie - U.S. - Just Happiling *GT


Over 250 Entries:
Amy Grant’s Tennessee Christmas CD - U.S. - Girls in White Dresses Blog *RC

Waffle Egyptian Cotton Robe - U.S. - Girl in Betsey *RC

Brooklyn Beans Campfire Hot Cocoa K-cups - U.S. - Daily Woman *RC

Hobans: “Charlie the Tramp” - children's book - giveaway form - All 50 U.S. States - Finch N Wren *GT (link to the giveaway page/review)

Monday, December 5, 2016

Get $5 When You Sign Up For Swagbucks in December!


We've reached the Holiday season, and if you haven't begun already, now's the time to start shopping for the Holidays! Since this time of year in particular is a good one for having some extra money, Swagbucks is offering a $5 bonus to people who sign up through me this month!

Swagbucks is a rewards site where you earn points (called SB) for all sorts of things you're probably already doing online, like shopping, discovering deals, taking surveys, watching videos, and more! Then you can turn your gift cards in to PayPal cash or gift cards to places like Amazon, Starbucks, and more!

Here's how you get your bonus:

1. Sign up using this link

2. Earn 300 SB total before 11/1. You'll get a $3 (300 SB) bonus for it!

3. When you do your holiday shopping, spend at least $25 through Swagbucks Shop* and you'll get another $2 (200 SB) bonus on top of the cashback you'll get from shopping.

That's it. It's super easy, and Swagbucks is for real. I use it myself, and I've earned more Swagbucks then I can count!

*You must receive your shopping SB before February 1st

Get great deals when doing your holiday shopping!


Now that the holidays are in full gear, you can get great deals and cash back for shopping through Swagbucks! Just go here and see all of the great cash back you can get from some of your favorite stores. Here's how it works:

1. Click here to see the stores offering deals and cash back.
2. Click through to the store(s) of your choice and do some shopping!
3. Get cash back in the form of points (called SB) that you can redeem for free gift cards so you can stretch your holiday budget even further!

As an extra bonus, if you're not a Swagbucks member and join through my link (or you've joined through my link this month), you'll get an one time 200 SB bonus when you spend $25 or more in any of the Swagbucks Shop stores before January 1st! Swagbucks is a great site where you earn SB points for doing every day things online like shopping, discovering deals, taking surveys, watching videos, searching the web, and more. The SB you earn, the more gift cards you can get, which are a HUGE help this time of year. I have been saving up my Swagbucks to help purchase presents for our three children for Christmas.

Monday 12/5, Low Entry #Giveaways!

Superseed Crunch Gluten-Free Snack (@9pm CST) - All 50 U.S. States - Healthy Moms Magazine

Sunday, December 4, 2016

"Babushka: A Christmas Tale" #Review & #Giveaway! (US/CAN) Ends 12/14 #HolidayGiftGuide #HGG2016 #Babushka



On the eve of the very first Christmas, an old grandmother is busy tidying her home when a bright star illuminates the sky. Soon three wise men arrive and invite Babushka to join them in their travels—following the star in search of a newborn babe, the Prince of Peace. But there are dishes to be washed, and floors to be swept, and Babushka is too absorbed in her work to leave her home with presents for the baby Jesus.

The next day, when Babushka tries to follow the men, she cannot find their tracks. Instead, she finds a little girl shivering in the cold, and a little boy, his tummy rumbling with hunger. Babushka walks and walks, and everywhere she goes she finds children in need of toys to play with or a shawl to keep them warm. And to each one, she offers a gift from her basket and a smile of light and love.

"Babushka: A Christmas Tale" by Dawn Casey (Author) and Amanda Hall (Illustrator): With beautiful illustrations evoking folk art traditions and sensitive storytelling, Babushka tenderly reminds us that nothing is more important during the holiday season than taking the time to show love for one another. This timeless Russian tale will warm your heart and fill you up with the joyful, generous spirit of Christmas.

· “The emotionally satisfying folk tale is told in lyrical, polished prose that exudes an air of magic and mystery. . . A delightful retelling of an intriguing tale that will make a fine read-aloud for families who celebrate Christmas as a Christian holiday.” —Kirkus Reviews, STARRED review

My Review:
Babushka is about a sweet old lady who spends most of her time inside her home cleaning, that she didn't notice the Star that shown brightly on the night that Jesus was born. The three wise men knocked on her door for a place to rest and she feeds them while they rest, and they tell her of Jesus and his birth and how they are taking gifts to him. Babushka then decides before she falls asleep, that she will take gifts to the newborn king in the morning. She packs up a bunch of toys, food and more and follows the footsteps of the three wise men. Then she gets lost and loses their trail. But she runs into a little girl who is cold, a little boy who is hungry, and children who've never had a toy before. She shared all of her toys, food, etc. with others. "Babushka is still journeying. And everywhere she goes, she gives a gift."

This would be a great book to share with your children this year, and year round, to teach children about giving to others.

Be like Babushka this Christmas, and purchase one extra gift for another child. Either wrap it up and leave it on someone's doorstep that you know don't have a lot, drop it some place where there's a Toys for Tots box, or at your local police or fire station. You too can be like Babushka.

Buy It!




Win It!

Enter below to win your own copy of "Babushka: A Christmas Tale" using the Giveaway Tools form below. Giveaway is open to residents in all 50 U.S. States and Canada. No P.O.Boxes, sorry. Giveaway ends on 12/14.


Disclosure: I received a copy of "Babushka: A Christmas Tale" by Dawn Casey from Skypony Press in exchange for my post. No other compensation was exchanged or received.

Sunday 12/4, Low Entry #Giveaway!


Go! Go! Smart Friends Prince Hector From Vtech - U.S. - GayNYCDad

Skylanders 3D Code ($50 value) - U.S. - GayNYCDad

Charlie the Tramp - Children's Book - U.S. - Life is what it's Called *RC

3 month subscription to Kidloland App - U.S. - Spark and Pook *RC


Over 250 Entries:
$15 iTunes Gift Card - U.S. - GayNYCDad

Disney’s Moana Starlight Canoe And Friends - U.S. - GayNYCDad

“The Secret Life of Pets” Combo Pack - U.S. - GayNYCDad

AmopĂ© Pedi Perfect With Diamond Crystals Extra Coarse Kit - U.S. - GayNYCDad

The Giving Manger Set - All 50 U.S. States - A Delightful Glow *RC

MiO Collection of your Choice (exclusions apply) - U.S. - OMG Goodies *RC

$25 e-card to Mahattan Toy Company Website - U.S. - OMG Goodies *RC