Win a Pong Rugged Case of Choice + $25 Amazon Gift Code

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Welcome to the Pong Back to School Sweepstakes

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Organized by Budget Earth

Sponsored by Pong

I’m so excited to bring you this awesome Pong Back to School Sweepstakes! I know many of you already have munchkins in school, but I’m sure you can totally use this prize back. We’re giving one lucky reader a Pong Rugged Case of Choice + $25 Amazon Gift Code. Read on to find out more about it and how you can win. Good luck!

Looking for the perfect case for your brand new smartphone? How about something a bit more chic and fashionable? Back to school just became a lot safer for your phone and you with the Pong Rugged Case. Unlike silicone cases that just protect your phone from drops and shock, these cases also redirect potentially harmful wireless energy away from your head and body, while also increasing your phone outbound signal and prolonging your battery life. Their patented intelligent antenna technology has been tested in FCC certified labs and is the only case on the market proven to reduce exposure to wireless energy while helping increase your phone’s signal. On top of that, it reduces wireless energy being absorbed by your by body by up to 82% below the industry standard. With the conflicting studies about wireless energy, why not be proactive and protect yourself and your phone! To learn more, make sure to read Budget Earth’s Pong Rugged Case Review.

Would you love to try out one these case for yourself? Budget Earth and some of their favorite bloggers are excited to be working with Pong on this awesome giveaway! One very lucky winner will win a Pong Rugged Case of their choice {phone model & color} and a $25 Amazon gift code! To learn more, make sure to read the rules below and then enter through the Rafflecopter!

Pong Back to School Sweepstakes

  • One lucky reader will win a Pong Rugged Case of Choice + $25 Amazon Gift Code.
  • Open to US ONLY.
  • Winners will be chosen at random Random.org.
  • Sweepstakes ends September 9th at 11:59pm ET.
  • Winner will be notified via email.
  • Winner will have 48 hours to respond before a new winner is chosen.
  • Budget Earth is not responsible for prize fulfillment.
  • Must be 18 years or older to enter.
  • Only one entrant per household.
  • Void where prohibited.
  • Entering the giveaway form means you agree to terms above.
  • Good Luck!

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Win a New Air Ice Maker {$259 RV}

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New Air Ice Maker Giveaway

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Sponsored by Air & Water Hosted by: Powered by Mom Blog

Read Powered by Mom Blog’s review on her NewAir AI-215R Ice Maker HERE

How awesome is this New Air Ice Maker?!  I would love to have one to take to the lake with us when we’re fishing or having a picnic. We’re giving one away to one lucky reader. Read on to find out more. Good luck!

NewAir AI-215R Portable Ice Maker

Never buy a bag of ice again and make enough ice for any occasion! The NewAir AI-215R portable ice maker makes 50 lbs. of ice per day, so it’s guaranteed to keep you well-supplied with all the ice you need.

Prize is the NewAir AI-215R Portable Ice Maker valued at $259!

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Win a Pair of Lugz Drifter Boots

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Welcome To The Lugz Drifter Boots Giveway!

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Hosted by: It’s Free At Last
Sponsored by: Lugz

These Lugz Drifter Boots are great! I know my hubby would love a pair. Well, we’re giving one lucky fan a pair. It could be you! Read on to find out more. Good luck!

Are you looking for something spectacular for that special man in your life for a birthday or Christmas present? Look no further than the Lugz Drifter Boots!. Stylish and comfortable, they are great fot work, home or out in the snow. To learn more about how great these boots are, be sure to check out this review.

Giveaway is open to US Residents, ages 18+ years of age. (Limit to one entrant per household). The giveaway ends on 09/03/14. Simply enter the giveaway using the Rafflecopter form below for your chance to win. Good Luck!

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The participating bloggers were not compensated for this post. We are not associated with any of the companies named above. No purchase is necessary to enter. Void where prohibited by law. The odds of winning are based on the number of entries received Open to US, 18+ only. Confirmed Winner(s) (by Random.org) will be contacted by email. Winner(s) have 24 hours to respond before a new winner is chosen. No purchase necessary. Void where prohibited by law. The sponsor(s) will be responsible for product shipment to winner(s) of this giveaway. My blog is not responsible for product shipment/delivery. This event is in no way administered, sponsored, or endorsed by, or associated with, Facebook and/or Twitter, Google, Pinterest, Instagram or Klout. This disclosure is done in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission 10 CFR, Part 255 Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements. Entrants must only enter with either one email address, IP address and/or Facebook account, anyone found violating these rules will be disqualified. It is at the sole discretion of the admin of the giveaway if the winner has met the rules or not.

Your Family + Rollors = Making Memories

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*I received a Rollors Game to facilitate my review. All thoughts are 100% honest and my own.  

Making Memories with Rollors

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Some of my favorite memories from growing up are playing outside with my 3 sisters.  We often rode our bikes, played a game, or even played make believe.  We were always outside from morning to evening and only came in for meals. Although we ate plenty of them outside too. I don’t know about you, but I feel like there are so many distractions to keep myself and the munchkins inside.  I just have so much to do that I often forget about going outside or push it off. I will say that spending time together as a family is always a great thing and will always be my best memories.

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Who wouldn’t want to make memories with these faces?! We were able to try out Rollors. It’s like bowling + bocce ball + horseshoes all in one and a lot of fun.

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ROLLORS® can be played wherever a flat ground surface can be found. ROLLORS® is a game of skill that requires a modest level of physical activity. The components of the lawn game, rolling disks, (e.g. ROLLORS®) are basic in design and construction keeping the cost down. The difficulty of play of the lawn game using ROLLORS® can be quickly varied depending on the age and skill level of the players, the degree of challenge desired or other factors as decided by the players. When broken down, ROLLORS® is compact in dimension so that it can be toted and stored with ease.

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I know summer is over for a lot of us, but I highly encourage you to spend some time with your kids outside. Rollors is a great game to start with!

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#ad Hot Wings with Chipotle Ranch Dip

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This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #GameTimeHero #CollectiveBias

Hot Wings with Chipotle Ranch Dip

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One of my very favorite foods is hot wings. I probably like them a little too much. Every time my husband asks where I want to go to dinner I tell him I want wings.  I love the wing sauce and that I really like that I can eat them with my fingers. They’re great for a meal or a snack. Is there anything not to like about chicken wings? I certainly can’t think of anything.

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This past Sunday I decided to run into Walmart to grab a few things that I needed before heading home after church.  I happened to pass the deli when I walked in. You’ll never guess what they had :)

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Yep, chicken wings! They actually had quite a few choices for a hot meal.  Of course, I gravitated towards the wings. I got the Hot Wings and the General Tso’s wings.  I love that they were hot, fresh and ready. No prep needed. They were perfect to bring home  which was awesome because I was hungry before I even entered the store. I’m really excited about these because football season is here. Wings are the perfect food to eat while watching the big game! They will totally be my #GameDayHero  It’s also really convenient that they’re hot and ready because you can just run in and grab a few pounds for your next tailgating party!

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The General Tso’s wings were boneless and the sauce was sweet and spicy.  They were very good and will definitely be a hit with my hubby and his friends.

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My absolute favorite though were the traditional hot wings. Hot wings are always a hit with our game day crowd.  They had a nice spice and had just the right amount of sauce. Yum!

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I was so hungry when I got home that I didn’t want to make any thing special so I paired them with some easy peasy dipping sauces like the Kraft Creamy Italian and the Buttermilk Ranch. My favorite was the Ranch, but they were both great.  I love that it’s so simple. We need to have LOTS of wings for our football gatherings and I can put out a couple of dishes with the dressings.

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Oh my goodness did they hit the spot. In fact, because the prices at the deli were so awesome I got enough wings for dinner too. I told you I really like wings ;)

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I’ve also been on a lime kick.  I’m not sure why, but I’ve been using it a lot with spicy food.  It’s a great ingredient.  I got an idea to use with the ranch. I made a Chipotle Ranch Dip.  I combined a 1/2 cup of ranch, one chipotle pepper in adobe sauce, and the juice of one lime in the food processor. It was super simple.

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The result was delicious!  This dip will definitely be a keeper for game day! The next time you need a hot meal or food to feed some hungry football fans stop by the Walmart Deli and pick up some wings! You can also grab all the ingredients for the Chipotle Ranch Dip there. It seriously took 5 minutes.  What is your favorite dipping sauce for your wings?

5.0 from 2 reviews
Chipotle Ranch Dip
 
Ingredients
  • ½ cup of ranch
  • 1 chipotle pepper in adobe sauce
  • juice of one lime
Instructions
  1. Combine all ingredients in a food processor and blend until smooth.
  2. Enjoy!

 

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Win a Cutie Bees Organic Crib Set

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Cutie Bees Organic Crib Set Giveaway

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This Cutie Bees Organic Crib Set is adorable and we’re giving it away to one lucky reader. Read on to find out more about the giveaway and prize. Good luck to all of  you!

Keeping our children happy and health is the most important thing in the world. Thats why I was so happy to discovered a company that offers a beautiful variety of crib sets and plush toys that are both non toxic and organic. Babee Talk has the most lovely organic baby bedding and accessories.

The Facts

· All products are made with organic cotton, made from NON-GMO cottonseeds and grown without pesticides, herbicides, and fertilizers.

· Our cotton is GOTS certified, or certified organic similar to the USDA certification for organic food.

· All dyes are non-toxic and water based- in order to be gentle on skin.

· All clothing is free of formaldehyde, fire-retardants, chlorine, lead, and other petroleum based harsh toxic chemical used in conventional clothing manufacturing processes.

· Our product packaging is econ-friendly, made from recycled and recyclable materials. Clothing tags can be planted to grow flowers!

· Cutie Bees follows ethical and sustainable business practices and partners with like-minded businesses.

· Our social giving project HOPE supports raising awareness on gender equality and women empowerment. In a partnership with “No More Tears”, a 501 (c) 3 not-for-profit providing home to victims of domestic violence in the U.S., Cutie Bees adds up the contributions made with each purchase in order to make a large difference.

 

About Babee Talk

Babee Talk launched in 2014 and instantly was a trendy must-have. Chew-friendly and drool-friendly, Babee Talk products ensure a healthy start in life for babies. From day one, baby is protected against any harmful chemicals in one of the most important places, their crib!

Babee Talk’s goal is to create buzz about buying healthier baby products. We hope moms and dads will start to talk about the importance of choosing eco-friendly products, especially for babies. We are raising awareness about healthy babies, one crib at a time!

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Like Babee Talk on Facebook to enter their monthly giveaway!

Who is ready for the giveaway??!!

Hosted by Give Oh Giveaway & Sponsored by Cutie Bees

Right now we are giving away a Cutie Bees Organic Crib Set!! Giveaway ends 8/31 at 11:59pm EST. Open to US only. GOOD LUCK!

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Win Simmering Samurai FREE Product coupons

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Simmering Samurai Giveaway

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Simmering Samurai- America’s Fried Rice Favorite!

Organized by Mom Does Reviews

Here is another tasty giveaway for you! I have not tried Simmering Samurai myself, but it sounds fantastic. We’re giving two lucky fans a chance to try Simmering Samurai for yourself.  Read on to find out more.

Which Simmering Samurai item would you like to try first?

Broccoli Beef Fried Rice (available at Walmart) 
Our Broccoli Beef Fried Rice, which comes with fresh broccoli, thinly sliced steak, and a delicious sauce that gives the meal a great sweet and savory flavor. This perennial favorite is one that you’ll reach for time and time again.

Chicken Fried Rice (available at Walmart) 
Our all new Chicken Fried Rice incorporates fresh vegetables and battered chicken white meat pieces along with a delicately flavored mix of rice. It can be enjoyed as a side, a quick snack, or even by itself as an entree. A few minutes in the microwave are all that separate you from enjoying this classic dish

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General Tso’s Chicken Fried Rice (available at Walmart) 
Our General Tso’s Chicken Fried Rice boasts the same hearty portions as our original chicken fried rice but come with a delicious sauce that you can add to your meal to give it that extra kick of flavor.

Orange Chicken Fried Rice (available at Walmart) 
Our Orange Chicken Fried Rice boasts the same hearty portions as our original chicken fried rice but come with a delicious sauce that you can add to your meal to give it that extra kick of flavor.

Vegetable Chow Mein (available at Walmart) 
Our Vegetable Chow Mein offers up a delicious pan-fried noodle option that is overflowing with delicious vegetables and a robust wok sauce. Two portions per pack means you can enjoy this offering more than once or share and make someone’s day!

It’s super easy to enter to win these FREE product coupons!

Just use the rafflecopter form below- be sure to come back daily for more chances to win.

The giveaway ends 8/31 at 1159p est

The giveaway is open to US only, 18+

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Van’s Waffles Giveaway

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Van’s Waffles Giveaway

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I have another yummy giveaway for you! We’re giving away free product coupons for Van’s Waffles! They’re gluten free and delicious. Read on to find out more. Good luck!

Did you know that TODAY, August 24th is National Waffle Day? And what better way to celebrate than with a yummy giveaway from Van’s Natural Foods?! One lucky reader will win Product FREE coupons for Van’s Waffles AND a fun tote bag!
Here’s how to enter:

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#MaltShopMemories – An Evening of Fun in Mason City

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#MaltShopMemories – An Evening of Fun in Mason City

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Sara, Me, Jeni, and Beth Ann photo by Sara Broers

Growing up one of my favorite memories is of my parents dancing to their old records in the living room.  My mom had all sorts of records from the 50′s and 60′s and my dad would listen to the “oldies” station on the radio.  I grew up loving the music even though it was decades before my time. This past Friday night in Mason City, KCMR radio station had a #MaltShopMemories event.  They did a live broadcast outside and had dancing in the street.

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There were some classic cars and trucks lined up and everyone just sat outside enjoying the music and each others’ company.

#MaltShopMemories - An Evening of Fun in Mason City

Jeni, Beth Ann, Bill, and I

Bill Schickel, the station manager was here, there, and everywhere greeting everyone and making sure they had a great time. You could find him bringing water to his guests, talking, and even dancing.

He really knows how to get down.  Jeni and I even did the twist.

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Birdsall Ice Cream also showed up and delicious hot fudge sundaes.

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I even won a raffle! I got two CD’s!

It was a great evening of fun for all to enjoy.  I love living in a community that has such great opportunities for those that live here.  Have you visited North Iowa lately? You really should!

Sunset The Great Outdoors Cookbook: Adventures in Cooking Under the Open Sky

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*I received a copy of  Sunset Magazine’s BBQ Cookbook – The Great Outdoors Cookbook to facilitate my review. All thoughts are 100% honest and my own. 

Sunset The Great Outdoors Cookbook: Adventures in Cooking Under the Open Sky – Grilled Chicken with Whisky BBQ, Chili Lime Corn on the Cob and Spicy Slaw Recipe

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There is something about food – not only is it delicious and comforting, but it seems to bring families and friends together.  I love finding new and delicious recipes.  I’m beyond excited to be attending the Sunset SAVOR the Central Coast Food & Wine Festival in CA next month!  They even have a cookbook out.  Sunset The Great Outdoors Cookbook: Adventures in Cooking Under the Open Sky is a fantastic edition to any chef’s library.

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The book itself is beautiful to look at and the pictures are just as fabulous.  It may seem silly but I love good pictures in a cookbook. I am much more likely to cook with a book that has delicious pictures.  In fact I made the most fantastic dinner today and the best corn on the cob I’ve ever had!

The Chili Lime Corn on the Cob can be found on page 75 and the Grilled Chicken with Whiskey BBQ and slaw can be found on page 50.  This would be an amazing meal for the grill, but it was raining all day so I had to improvise.

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I started with the Whiskey BBQ sauce. I mixed together ketchup, tobasco, molasses, Dijon mustard, whiskey, worcestershire  sauce, cider vinegar, and garlic.  I heated it up and let it simmer for 45 minutes.

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It thickened up and smelled so good. When that was done I applied it to my chicken. I used chicken breast cutlets and just baked them.

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For the corn on the cob I started by preheating the oven to 35o degrees.  I made a butter and lime mixture with butter, lime zest, chili powder, salt, pepper, and granulated garlic.

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Then I coated the corn cobs with the butter mixture and cooked it for 30 minutes.  I turned it a few times while baking.

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While everything was baking I worked on the slaw. I’ll admit, I’ve never been much of a fan of coleslaw and this is nothing like coleslaw! It has cabbage, red peppers, red onions, and cilantro. I tossed it with a homemade dressing.

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Serve it up and enjoy!! Yum!

There are so many other great recipes and they even give instructions for cooking on camping trips. This is the perfect cookbook for all outdoor (and indoor) occasions.

Two of the co-authors of the Great Outdoors Cookbook, Sunset food editors Margo True and Elaine Johnson, will be demoing recipes from the book at Sunset SAVOR the Central Coast! Here is the info:
Saturday, Sept. 27 & Sunday Sept. 28 @ 11:30 am

 

5.0 from 4 reviews
Grilled Chicken with Whiskey BBQ Sauce
 
Ingredients
  • Chicken
  • 1 and ¼ cup ketchup
  • 1 tsp tabasco
  • 2 tbsp molasses
  • 2 tbsp dijon
  • 2 tbsp whiskey
  • 2 tbsp worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tbsp cider vinegar
  • 1 large garlic clove, minced
Instructions
  1. Make sauce: Combine ingredients in a medium saucepan. Cover and simmer 45 minutes to blend flavors, stirring occasionally with a long spoon (sauce splatters). Add a little water if sauce gets too thick to pour.
  2. Coat chicken and cook.

5.0 from 4 reviews
Slaw
 
Ingredients
  • 1 lb cabbage, cut into shreds
  • ¼ red onion, cut into long slivers
  • ½ red bell pepper, cut into thin strips
  • 2 tbsp chopped cilantro
  • ¼ cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 tbsp sugar
  • 2 tbsp champagne vinegar
  • 1 tbsp lime juice
  • ½ tsp red chile flakes
  • ½ tsp kosher salt
  • ¼ tsp pepper
Instructions
  1. Make Slaw: Toss vegetables in a large bowl to blend. Put remaining ingredients in a small container then pour over vegetables and toss.

5.0 from 4 reviews
Chili Lime Corn on the Cob
 
Ingredients
  • ¼ cup butter, softened
  • 1 tbsp lime zest
  • 1 tbsp chili powder
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ½ tsp pepper
  • ¼ tsp granulated garlic
  • 6 ears corn in husks
Instructions
  1. Combine butter, lime zest, chili powder, ½ tsp salt, the pepper, and garlic. You can chill until ready to use then bring to room temperature.
  2. Pull back husk from each ear of corn without detaching from the bottom of the cob. Remove as much silk as possible. Spread evenly with butter mixture. Fold husks back over ears and tie in place with kitchen string or strips torn from outer husks.
  3. Grill (I cooked for 30 min at 350 degrees).

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Win an Azteca Foods & Kroger Prize Pack

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Welcome to the Azteca Foods & Kroger Prize Pack Giveaway!
Hosted By: Optimistic Mommy

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Thanks to Azteca Foods & Kroger we’re giving one lucky fan an amazing Prize Pack.  It’s so good that I totally wish I was winning it.  Instead it will go to one awesome reader! Read on to find out more!

With school starting back, you may be looking for easy dinner recipes. Stop by Optimistic Mommy for her Easy Chicken Tortilla recipe featuring Azteca Foods No Preservatives Tortillas! The great folks at Azteca are also providing a great prize pack giveaway, including the following items:

  • $50 Kroger Gift Card
  • Azteca Free Product Coupon
  • Meal Planning Notepad
  • Tupperware Container
  • Dry Erase Wall Calendar Decal

To enter to win this great prize pack, simply use the Rafflecopter below. Giveaway ends on September 1st at 11:59pm EST. Good luck to all who enter!
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Win a Seattle’s Best Coffee Tumbler with 3 FREE product coupons for the Frozen Coffee Blends

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Seattle’s Best Coffee Tumbler Giveaway

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Mom Does Reviews and her fabulous blogger friends want to share this sweet coffee treat with you!

Where are my coffee fans at? Here’s another great giveaway for you! We’re giving away a Seattle’s Best Coffee Tumbler and FREE product coupons to one lucky reader! How sweet is that?! Read on to find out more. Good luck!

Have you heard of Seattle’s Best Coffee?  Did you know they have Frozen Coffee Blend kits in your grocery store’s freezer section?  They are delicious.  You can now make your own frozen coffee drink at home! Here is a great recipe featured on Seattle’s Best Coffee website:

Mega Mocha Peanut Butter Cup Coffee Shake
Serves two
Ingredients:
1 package Seattle’s Best Coffee® Mega Mocha Frozen Coffee Blend
1-1/4 cups milk
18 mini chocolate peanut butter cups, divided into groups of 8 and 10
2 tablespoons peanut butter chips

Directions:

  1. Blend the milk and frozen coffee blend with 8 chocolate peanut butter cups until smooth.
  2. Divide shakes into two glasses.
  3. Chop remaining 10 chocolate peanut butter cups.
  4. Top each glass with chopped chocolate peanut butter cups and peanut butter chips.

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The giveaway:

One lucky winner will get this Seattle’s Best Coffee Tumbler with 3 FREE product coupons for the Frozen Coffee Blends.

The giveaway is open to US only, 18+
The giveaway ends 8/26 at 1159p est

Be sure to complete the mandatory entry and come back daily for more chances to win!

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Win a Large Custom Cross with Hymnal

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Large Custom Cross with Hymnal Giveaway

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Sponsored By: BeingReMade
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I love unique items and this is one of them. I grew up singing the traditional hymns in church and there is something so beautiful about them. My mom’s favorite was How Great Thou Art.  How cool would it be to have one of these hanging in your house?!  We’re giving one lucky reader their very own Large Custom Cross with Hymnal.

These crosses are cut from 1″ solid wood, these crosses are adorned with a classic hymn of your choice. This is finished with an acrylic stain and sealed with an acrylic glaze in either gloss or matte finish. Cross measures 9″ to 11″ high depending on the style you choose and is ready for hanging.

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We’re giving one lucky reader a Custom Large Hymnal Cross of their own. Just enter on the rafflecopter below. Good luck!

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13 Misconceptions about Depression #ThisIsDepression #YouAreNotAlone

It’s been over a week and all the talk about depression has ceased.  The problem is that for those of us who battle depression it has not ceased. In fact we face it every single day.   It doesn’t go away when people stop talking about it.  I thought that it might be nice to bring up some common misconceptions about depression.

Last week I wrote my most personal post ever. I poured my heart out and confessed to the world that I have a daily battle with Depression.  I am so grateful for the *mostly* positive response I received.  I opened my email to multiple letters with multiple messages.

Thank you for sharing your story.  You are not alone.  I’m here if you need anything. If you can stand up so can I, I’m going to talk to someone.

I also lost some friends.  They were not rude, they never even said a word. They just walked away, unfriended me on Facebook, and went on with their lives with out me.  I’m not really sure why they left.  I didn’t insult them.  Maybe they were uncomfortable? Maybe they don’t know how to respond or what to say?  I’m finding as I read other articles on the web about depression it seems there are a lot of misconceptions and scary theories out there.

I’m not a mental health expert or a counselor but I have been there. Sometimes there is comfort in that alone. I remember the day my mother died.  She was very sick and I’m very thankful she is in a better place. Really, I am. I am so glad I didn’t have to watch her suffer another day (she died of cancer).  She was one of my best friends and it tore me up.   Everyone’s words and presence was greatly appreciated. There was one friend though that had lost her mom a few years prior also to cancer and just her saying she was there for me was extra special. I knew all my friends would be there for me, that they all loved me and they’d all do anything I needed.  I knew though that she “got it” She understood exactly what I was feeling even though I was not able to express it.

I feel the that way about depression.  Why am I standing up and letting the whole world know? Well if one person reading my words, the one who hides the same secret battle … if they realize they’re not alone and I (we) get it, then maybe they’ll get help too.  I read in all these posts and news articles that if you’re depressed you should get help, yet they say such ignorant things. I’m sure they mean well, but I feel that they don’t have their facts straight.  They just don’t seem to “get it” Why would anyone want to stand up and get help after reading what they think of people with depression?  My hope in this post is to clear up some of the ignorant misconceptions.

You’re just having a bad day, everyone does.

Yes, everyone has bad days.  Some even have days worse than others.  I have had bad days and good days.  I also have depression. Having a bad day and being depressed are NOT the same thing.  They’re not even close. I worked at a pharmacy through high school and college and was held up and robbed one night there. That was a really bad day.  When I slip into my deep dark funks they aren’t even close. Circumstances make bad days, feelings that arouse from those circumstances.  Depression is a state of mind.  Everything can go right on a day and I am still depressed.  It has nothing to do with circumstances around me.   I am not sad – I’m in deep dark despair.

You just need joy. You just need to be positive.

I’m not sure if you read the recent post that talked about this, but I did and I think it bothered me more than some of the other misconceptions.  This is what was said:

“In the end, joy is the only thing that defeats depression. No depressed person in the history of the world has ever been in the depths of despair and at the heights of joy at the same time.”

Seriously?  Anyone who knows me knows that I have joy and I am a joyful person. It is not an act. Just because I don’t go around telling everyone I also have depression does not mean I do not have joy. Psalm 28:7 says “the joy of the Lord is my strength” and it truly is. Holding on to that truth helps me fight each day. I love people, my family, my friends, life, living and having fun.  I am a positive person. I always see the glass “half full” and try to find the silver lining in every situation. I also have depression.

You can’t have depression because you have an awesome life.

I do have an awesome life. I have amazing family and amazing friends. I am married to my best friend who loves me no matter what. I get to travel and meet people all over. I get to do fun things for a living like zip lining, meeting celebrities, cooking, helping kids, watching movies. I constantly have people telling me they’re jealous of my life. I am forever grateful for the opportunities I’ve had and continue to have.  I have a life better than I could have ever hoped for. I still have depression.  My depression never focuses on my life. It focuses on me. Here’s a few of the lies depression tells me. You’re no good.  You are so far gone that you’re only dragging down the ones you love. They would be so much happier if you were gone.  You are a waste of space.  Yes, as I type this I know none of that is true.  But if you were listening it never said anything about my job, home, the car I drive. Now, some people have lost everything and they are also depressed. I can’t imagine that added to the pain of depression and their battle may be a bit different than mine. I’m sure that plays into their depression and does not help them with the fight, but my point is you can have an awesome life and still have depression. Depression does not discriminate.

It’s not a real medical illness.

The NAMI (National Alliance of Mental Illness) defines depression as:

Major depression is a mood state that goes well beyond temporarily feeling sad or blue. It is a serious medical illness that affects one’s thoughts, feelings, behavior, mood and physical health. Depression is a life-long condition in which periods of wellness alternate with recurrences of illness.

I think this is one of the biggest misconceptions when people believe it’s not an illness they open the door to a lot of the other misconceptions.

It’s a choice.

I wish this was true. I would choose to never be depressed again in a heartbeat. The reality that it is not a choice is another debilitating factor of having depression.  You try so hard to fight it and it just won’t go away no matter how badly you desire it to.

You just need to get over it. Just snap out of it.

You hear people comparing depression to cancer and while it’s not the same thing, the point is it is a disease and you can’t just “snap your fingers” and be cured.  Here are some other common diseases and illnesses: Alzheimer’s, Asthma, Crohn’s Disease, Diabetes, Eczema, Epilepsy, Infertility, Polio, Tuberculosis  Some are worse than others, each is different and those fighting them have their own battles.  Would you ever walk up to any one with those illnesses and tell them to get over it? No, it’s ridiculous to even think about it.  Why is depression any different? It’s an illness too.

Maybe the problem is that the organ that is being affected is the brain.  Yeah, that must be it. Oh, wait. Tumors and cancer can also affect the brain and you would never tell anyone with a brain tumor or brain cancer to snap out of it because they can’t. I have depression and I can NOT snap out of it.

Yes, at times my illness is better than others. I can totally do things that help keep it under control. That is why I would encourage any one battling depression to seek help.  I am in a good place. It’s not always been that way and lately (the last few years) I’ve had many more “good days” then “bad days” in my fight.

You’re just being lazy.

No, I’m exhausted. I am physically, mentally, and emotionally exhausted.  There are days it’s a fight to get out of bed. I am that overwhelmed and drained from fighting depression daily.

It’s all in your head.

While it may start in my head it is physically painful. When I am in the deep and dark despair it physically hurts.  My chest tightens and has sharp pain. My head hurts. It’s beyond difficult to breath.  People that have had panic attacks thought they were having a heart attack due to the physical pain.

13 Misconceptions about Depression #ThisIsDepression #YouAreNotAlone

You are being selfish.

I addressed this when I talked about my own suicide attempt. The last thing I was thinking was how ending my life would be good for me. I thought about my family, my friends, the people I loved and I thought about how I’d be rescuing them and saving them from myself. Yes, it’s twisted, I know. It makes no sense and that is part of the problem. Depression distorts all logic.

I read a great post that compared depression to a person trapped in a burning high rise. It stemmed from this quote from David Foster Wallace.

The so-called ‘psychotically depressed’ person who tries to kill herself doesn’t do so out of quote ‘hopelessness’ or any abstract conviction that life’s assets and debits do not square. And surely not because death seems suddenly appealing. The person in whom Its invisible agony reaches a certain unendurable level will kill herself the same way a trapped person will eventually jump from the window of a burning high-rise.

There are some pretty famous people that have suffered from depression - Abraham Lincoln, Theodore Roosevelt, Winston Churchill, George Patton, Florence Nightingale, Sir Isaac Newton, Ludwig von Beethoven and Michelangelo. I never really thought of any of them as selfish.

You just want attention.

Yes, after hearing people talk about Depressed people as selfish, lazy, and weak I thought, man I need that kind of attention. If I say it affects me they’ll see me as selfish, lazy and weak! Sign me up. Um, yeah, that thought never ever crossed my mind. You know what did cross my mind? I thought about how embarrassing and humiliating it was going to be to tell people. The day after I posted I fought depression I was sure that when I went out in public everyone was looking at me and whispering about me behind my back.  The truth is they probably have no clue who I am and don’t even care. Not that they are not caring people, but they have their own battles they’re dealing with.

Saying you have depression is a sign of weakness.

Try again.  Did you read some of these misconceptions? Saying I have depression despite people thinking I’m selfish, lazy, and weak is brave.  It’s courageous. Unfortunately it should not be this way. You never hear people telling others they’re brave for admitting they have diabetes, cancer, asthma, or eczema.  You will probably hear people telling others they’re so brave for fighting so hard when they have cancer. I know my mom was brave when she fought cancer for 4 years. We’ve already established that depression is a real disease. I should not be seen as being brave for saying I have depression. I should be brave for fighting it.

I learned that courage was not the absence of fear, but the triumph over it. The brave man is not he who does not feel afraid, but he who conquers that fear. – Nelson Mandela

It will go away if you just ignore it.

Depression is a REAL disease and it does not get better by just ignoring it. In fact, it refuses to be ignored.  The longer you try to hide, stuff, ignore, and just not deal with it the more it tears you apart and sends you into a tailspin of despair and utter hopelessness.

Depression is no big deal – it’s not that serious.

Really?  Since when is death not that serious? Here are some terrifying statistics:

  • Nearly 30,000 Americans commit suicide every year.
  • Suicide is the 3rd leading cause of death for 15 to 24-year-olds and 2nd for 24 to 35-year-olds.
  • On average, 1 person commits suicide every 16.2 minutes.
  • Each suicide intimately affects at least 6 other people.
  • About 2/3 of people who complete suicide are depressed at the time of their deaths. Depression that is untreated, undiagnosed, or ineffectively treated is the number 1 cause of suicide.
  • There is 1 suicide for every 25 attempted suicides.
  •  1 in 65,000 children ages 10 to 14 commit suicide each year.

I don’t know about you, but that’s serious.  We need to look at the facts and stop shaming those who are just sick.  They are human beings that have an illness called depression. How on earth can you expect them to seek help for this illness if you keep telling them it’s all in their head?

If you EVER feel like it’s no longer worth it or if you’re starting to think about talking your own life please get help.  You can call the Suicide Prevention Hotline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255). 

13 Misconceptions about Depression #ThisIsDepression #YouAreNotAlone