Toys for Summer Giveaway

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Welcome to the Toys for Summer Giveaway

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Sponsored by: American Plastic Toys Hosted by Powered by Mom Blog

Make sure to read the review on these fun toys & instructions on how to make play sand on Powered by Mom HERE

Don’t these Toys for Summer look fun?  I know a few munchkins that would thoroughly enjoy them. Read on to find out how you can win them for yourself. Good luck!

American Plastic Toys has been around since 1962 and they make quality toys that are safety test to all ASTM requirements as well as most export standards. The toys are all made in the U.S.A by US workers!

They have so many fun toys for kids and what could be more fun than some sand and beach toys?!

One lucky winner will receive the following toys:

  • Sand Table
  • Colossal Pail Set
  • Beachcomber Wagon Set

Now enter on the rafflecopter below and GOOD LUCK!

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Gardening Giveaway

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Gardening Giveaway

Disclaimer: This post was written by Shannon Fenix, a contributor on the site Mama Luvs Books. And the giveaway prizes will be awarded from Mama Luvs Books.

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I am loving living in the midwest and learning how to garden.  It’s so rewarding picking my own veggies. I’m really excited to be part of this giveaway.  Read on to find out more!

I am fortunate to enjoy a career as an occupational therapist for a large school district in Virginia. Not only do I love my job, but I also love the balance it affords me in my home life. Right now, I am enjoying spending quality time with my two kids (ages 5 and 2) over summer break. Now that the whirlwind of end of the year tasks and long awaited get-aways have come to an end, I’m faced with finding activities to fill these long summer days.
Over the school year, I was involved in planning and implementing outdoor learning activities for students with special needs. While cleaning out my office in late June, I came across my stackable garden pots. We had used these pots in the fall to plant an herb garden in the classroom. I immediately packed them up and brought them home with my own children in mind.
On one particularly hot and humid afternoon, my son and I set out to create our own herb garden for our home. I always find myself buying fresh cilantro and basil at the grocery store, so I decided this is what we would plant for our home garden. We went to our local home and garden store to select some herbs that were already growing and ready for transplanting. I also picked up some potting soil. At home I had all the other tools that were needed, which really was not much, just some scoops for the dirt and a garden hose.

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Once we got home my son went to work. He cleaned out the pots using a hose. He used a trowel to scoop soil from the bag and into the pots. And then he dug small holes in the soil in preparation for the plants. His absolute favorite part was removing the plants from their package and placing them into the soil. He also loved the responsibility of handling the plants with care and putting them into a container that was all his own.

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He also got to use scissors, which is awesome for most 5 year olds. My inner OT loves it whenever I can work school-related fine motor skill tasks into everyday activities.

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Once finished we gave our plants a good drink, and brought our containers onto the front deck where we stacked them and admired our hard work.

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So where to from here? I’m thinking watering the garden can become part of my son’s daily responsibilities. And, I’ve already got meals and snacks in mind that would be easy and engaging for my little ones to prepare.
I’m looking forward to the opportunity to share these simple garden activities with my kids this summer. Gardening is a great way to engage children in hands on experiences while learning about the world around them. Managing gardens teaches children about caring and responsibility. Harvesting and eating or using the foods we grow, helps children develop an awareness of healthy eating and appreciation for their hard work.
If you are interested in garden tasks with your little ones, or learning how to use gardens therapeutically with children with special needs; my colleagues and I collaborated to create a book entitled “Growing Plants, Functional Skills, and Communication Skills in School Gardens.” For more information about the book follow the link: www.growingschoolgardens.com. This book can also be purchased on Amazon.
Giveaway: To WIN a signed copy from one of the authors, all you need to do is fill out the easy Rafflecopter below. You will receive the signed book and a $10 Amazon Gift Code. Winner must be 18 and older and US only. Giveaway ends 7/26/2014 at 11:59pm.

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Copenhagen

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Have you ever thought about Copenhagen as a travel destination?  The picture above is enough to have me interested. I love the bright colors. Read on to find out more.  Have you been to Copenhagen already? Leave a comment and let me know your thoughts!

A Stroll Round Copenhagen
If you want a short but interesting voyage out into Europe, a weekend in Copenhagen might just do the trick. This busy city is the largest in Denmark and is frequently recommended in travel magazines. Whether you pursue an organic lifestyle, enjoy boutique shopping or appreciate high design, you’ll find a lot to do in the Danish capital.

Traveling around Copenhagen is easy and you can save money by using bicycles which are provided free in each city center. You may also want to consider getting a CPH Card which allows you to travel on the metro, bus, and train for 72 hours. What could be better for getting around? 


For a dose of history 
Copenhagen is home to several historic castles and places which will interest adults and children alike. Guided tours are available for most of these but you can also explore many of them on your own. Some of the best to visit 
are Rosenborg Castle, Frederiksberg Palace, and Amalienborg.

Many visitors enjoy touring these historic buildings. Several of the structures seem to have come straight out of one of the fairy tales that Denmark is famous for. Other forms of literature such as plays were inspired by Danish castles and palaces, which served as the background for well-known characters like Hamlet. If you only have a weekend to spend in the city, a complete day tour may not be ideal since that will take up a significant portion of your time. However, you should consider spending time visiting at least one famous castle.


A Walk Through Copenhagen… and the Architecture 
Historic walking areas in Copenhagen provide you with the opportunity to enjoy many of the city’s fabulous architectural spots. You may explore a number of different styles, including:


Baroque

Renaissance

Classicism

Functionalism


Neighborhoods like Frederiksstaden are a must for people who enjoy any of these architectural styles. Most walking tours take between one and two hours and allow you to take a closer look at historic towns.


See the Little Mermaid
The famous statue of the Little Mermaid is over a hundred years old. It is made from bronze and provides a great photo opportunity.


Go Shopping in Strøget
Strøget is a long pedestrian street that has a variety of shops where you can buy both expensive and affordable items (make the most of the money you save with the travel card!). Large international chains are also found in the area, closer to the square. You can check out some of the street entertainers that frequent Copenhagen while you’re there, they make a great photo opportunity. 
Copenhagen, it’s scenic and civilized and makes for a great weekend.

 

 

 

Garlic Roasted Eggplant Dip

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Garlic Roasted Eggplant Dip Recipe

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Garlic Roasted Eggplant Dip

I’ve been craving a really good dip but so many were full of dairy or had glutens.  I spent several hours some time Pinterest and took bits and pieces of recipes and came up with this!  It is a keeper for sure!

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What you’ll need:

  • half an eggplant
  • olive oil
  • sea salt
  • 1.5 cups almond milk
  • 2 tbsp nutritional yeast
  • 1/4 tsp minced garlic
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 1 tsp chili powder

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1. Slice eggplant into rounds approximately 1/4 to 1/2 inch slice. Sprinkle salt on both sides and arrange in a colander for about 10 to 15 minutes .

2. Rinse with cool water then pat dry.

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3. Turn on the broiler.  Arrange the eggplant on a cookie sheet with tin foil.  Spray with oil and lightly salt.

4. Broil 5 minutes on each side until they are golden brown.

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5. Cover with tin foil and let the eggplant steam for about 5 more minutes.  Peel the skin off the rounds.

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6. Mix eggplant, almond milk, nutritional yeast, garlic, cumin, and chili powder in food processor or blender.

7. Season with salt and pepper.

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8. Pour into bowl.

9. Enjoy!

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It was a little chunkier than I would have liked, but tasted amazing! My kitchen smelled delicious too! I combined it with salsa on Nut Thins and it was so good!  I’ve put it on just about everything. It is good hot or cold but I prefer it warmed up.

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I think I’ll also double the recipe next time because it only lasted me a few days :)

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Win a Diono Rainier Covertible + Booster Car Seat in your choice of color {$359 RV}

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Diono Rainier Giveaway

Welcome to the Diono Rainier giveaway, sponsored by Diono
and hosted by Thrifty Nifty Mommy and Viva Veltoro.

How awesome is this? It’s a convertible carseat and booster seat in one!  We’re giving one lucky reader their very own Diono Rainier. Read on to find out more about it and how you can win.  Good luck!

The Rainier Convertible Plus Booster is 1 of 3 brand new car seats from the company that brought you the first ever steel reinforced folding car seat, Diono. The New Diono Rainier is the ultimate in car seat safety with new extra deep side walls providing enhanced side impact protection taking Diono car seats to a whole new level. With its extended rear-facing capabilities, it can comfortably seat rear-facing children from 5 to 50 lbs. and forward-facing children from 20 to 90 lbs. in 5-point harness mode (up to 57″ in height). Additionally it converts to a booster for children between 50 and 120 lbs. or up to 57″ in height. The aluminum reinforce headrest has 12 height positions for adjustable head support and additional EPS foam surrounds the child’s head and body for complete side impact protection. Its unique SuperLATCH™ system makes installation easy and the Rainier is NCAP crash tested, the industry benchmark for verifying child seat performance in severe accident conditions.

Janessa at Thrifty Nifty Mommy recently had the opportunity to review the Diono Rainier, and is absolutely thrilled with this new convertible car seat. Make sure you read her review to find out full details of this seat and find out how it differs from their popular Radian RXT seat.

One lucky person is going to win a Diono Rainier in his/her choice of color!

This giveaway is open to residents of the US only who are 18 years of age or older, unless prohibited by law. The giveaway will end at 11:59pm EDT on July 9th, 2014 and a winner will be drawn randomly from all eligible entries received. Enter using the Giveaway Tools entry form below. Good luck!

Disclosures: The participating bloggers have not been compensated for sharing this giveaway. Prize fulfilment is the responsibility of Diono. This giveaway is not associated with Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, or Pinterest. For questions about this giveaway, please email thriftyniftymommy {at} yahoo.com

Pancake Brunch – Manly, IA

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Pancake Brunch

May 30th – Jun 27th
11:00AM – 1:00 PM
 
Ecumenical Vacation Bible School fundraiser Breakfast Brunch for June 23 – 27, 2014, VBS expenses. All-you-can-eat pancakes, sausages, fruit orange juice, milk
Cost: Free Will Donation
Event Type: Fundraiser
Bethel UM Church
Highway 9 East
Manly, IA 50456
Phone: 641-454-2427

Win a Bialetti Complete Pizza Making Kit {$75 RV}

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Here’s another fun giveaway for you! My husband and got a pizza stone for our anniversary one year and made fun of it. We were SO wrong! We loved it!!  I think we both cried when we lost it in the move. They are so awesome for making pizza! We’re giving away a Bialetti Complete Pizza Making Kit to one lucky reader!

What food brings more people together than delicious Pizza. A food you can do using so many different recipes and stiles tailored even to the ficklest of eaters. Bialetti has come up with the perfect kit to perfect your pizza making skills.

Starting with a Stone made of Ceramic material that is designed to cook evenly and absorbs moisture to bake crispy delicious crusts. Most important keep pizza & breads warm until you serve them!

You will be making professional home made pizza with this fantastic set in no time! Bialetti Complete Pizza Making Kit pizza stone donnahup

 

or make fantastic Pizza on your outdoor grill using Bialetti Pizza Tiles.

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This summer the sky will be the limit! Think outside the box and get your imagination going with all the different ingredients you can use. From fresh vegetables to delicious cheese. What will you create?

Here’s a fun video from Chef Fabio Viviani giving us some fun hints on how to make delicious authentic Italian Pizza.

So is your mouth watering yet? You can own these great items two ways! From today until Monday June 9th at 1:00pm EST you can get 40% off all pizza stones and accessories with the promo code pizza2014 over at www.bialetti.com So get Dad a fun and unique gift for the grill or stock up for a fun summer party!

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One lucky winner will get a fantastic Bialetti Pizza set of their very own to make pizza anyway they like it!

This set includes:

-The pizza stone 4-piece set. $24.99
-Pizza tiles (these are to used on barbecue grills, so great for summer!
-Pizza chopper
-Pizza stone brush
Retail Value $75!
So enter below for your chance to win! Giveaway open to US Residents only and ends on 6/23 at 11:59pm.

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Disclosure: This Blog is not responsible for the fulfillment of prize. This giveaway is in no way associated with, sponsored, administered, or endorsed by Facebook, Twitter, Google, Pinterest or any other social media network.All opinions and experiences are my own. Open to the US only and must be 18+. Confirmed Winner(s) will be contacted by email and have 48 hours to respond before a new winner will be drawn. No purchase necessary. Void where prohibited by law. The sponsor will be responsible for product shipment to winner(s) of the giveaway.Conservamomwill not be responsible for prize fulfillment. The disclosure is done in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission 10 CFR, Part 255 Guides Concerning the use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising. For questions or to see your product featured in an Event you can contact Elia AtConservamom

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Win a Custom Nail Solutions Impression System

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Custom Nail Solutions

Hosted by Give Oh Giveaway & Sponsored by Custom Nail Solutions

I love having my nails done because they look so nice. I just don’t like all the money I spend. Read on to find out more about Custom Nail Solutions and how you can win a Set of your own!

For decades, women seeking longer beautiful nails had limited options: Genetically you are blessed with long natural nails or subject yourself to harsh grindings, filings and toxic chemicals with acrylics and gel nails that are time consuming to apply every couple of weeks.

Nail beauty breakthrough has emerged that is changing the way women achieve nail beauty all over the world! Custom Nail Solutions Nail System has evolved from the dental industry and is a patented, revolutionary, custom fit finger nail that is guaranteed to never break, chip, crack, change shape or stain and will last your lifetime!

This is the World’s Only Custom Fit Fingernail that will not break, chip, crack or stain. They are removable and reusable and do not cause the nail damage that traditional artificial nails cause. Our nail bed is as unique to us as our fingerprint so when a set of nails is created for a client they will fit no one else but her. Her scans are archived so re-ordering different sets is a breeze. Nails come in 5 lenghts, 3 shapes and 2 designs.

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Who is ready to win??? Right now we are giving away an Impression System $139.99 value her created nails and everything she will need to apply, remove and care for her nails.

This includes:

10 finger trays
1 spoon
1 yellow impression material
1 white impression material
1 Instruction sheet
1 Product brochure
1 Order Sheet

Giveaway ends 6/11 at 11:59pm EST. Open to US only.

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Disclaimer: 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. The sponsor(s) will be responsible for product shipment to winner(s) of this giveaway. This 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. This disclosure is done in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission 10 CFR, Part 255 Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.

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Win a Build a Dream Playhouse

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Imagination is great! I used it all the time when I was little. Imagine all the adventures your little ones can have with a Build a Dream Playhouse! We’re giving one away to one lucky reader. Read on to find out more!

We have joined up with Acadiana’s Thrifty Mom and a few other AMAZING bloggers to bring you this Amazing Build A Dream Playhouses giveaway they strive to deliver safe, affordable, eco-friendly products that stimulate and encourage the endless imagination of ALL children. You can read Acadiana’s Thrifty Mom’s full review HERE!
One lucky reader will win their very own Cosmic Cruiser or Dream Machine. Simply enter the Rafflecopter below for your chance to win:

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Disclaimer: The participating bloggers were not compensated for this post. 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. Build a Dream Playhouses 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. This disclosure is done in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission 10 CFR, Part 255 Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.

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Win a Weber 22.5in One-Touch Gold Kettle Grill

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Welcome to our Weber 22.5in One-Touch Gold Kettle Grill Giveaway!

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Weber 22.5in One-Touch Gold Kettle Grill Giveaway

Sponsored by BuyDig.com

The snow has melted and it’s been beautiful outside! One guaranteed way to spend time outdoors is grilling! I love the smell of the grill going.

With Father’s Day right around the corner BuyDig.com has offered to sponsor the perfect Father’s Day Gift as our awesome prize!

BuyDig offers great deals on products you want!! Along with Free Shipping plus a flexible 45-day return policy!You can read BabyCostcutters’ full review of the BuyDig site and our awesome Weber Grill prize HERE!

Open to US Only ~ Ends June 5, 2014

Enter using the form below.

 

Alberto V05 Hair Care for Men Giveaway

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Alberto V05 Hair Care for Men Giveaway

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Alberto V05 Hair Care for Men Giveaway

Sponsored by: Alberto V05 Hosted by: Powered by Mom Blog

Wondering what to get your guy for Father’s Day? What about hair care? Yeah, it may sound girly but this line is for the men and I know my hubby likes looking handsome for me :)

Alberto hair care now has products just for the men!
VO5 Men’s 3-in-1 Ocean Surge
Powered by 5 essential vitamins and a revitalizing scent, how doesn’t love the smell of the ocean! Ocean surge will kick your shower into high gear!

VO5 MEN’S 3-IN-1 FRESH ENERGY

Powered by 5 Essential Vitamins™ and a clean crisp scent, Fresh Energy has the strength to cleanse anything life throws at you. The all-in-one formula will leave you feeling fresher, faster!

One lucky guy will win both products! Just enter on the rafflecopter below and good luck!

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Win a Customized Photo Collage Design Wall Decal

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Sponsor: WiseDecor

Are you looking for an easy and affordable way to change the look of your room in minutes? Have you heard of wall decals? They have so many neat designs that are durable and long lasting but not permanent.

Perhaps you have a bare wall that is missing something, but you don’t want to put holes in your walls. Vinyl lettering may be just what you need to visually warm your space. It can instantly change the look of an entire room and add an air of elegance and style.  See Style, Decor’s full review HERE.

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WiseDecor Decorative Lettering offers a wonderful and large selection of favorite words, quotes, letters and wall decals, available in dozens of colors and styles. If you don’t see what you are looking for on WiseDecor’s site, no worries. Whether it’s your favorite quote, a personal expression or a family name, WiseDecor will help create a custom-made decal, just for you.

GIVEAWAY!
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WiseDecor Decorative Lettering has generously offered one (1) lucky winner has a chance to WIN this customized photo collage design 
(In these moments time stood still decal) from WiseDecor.
 
To enter, simply fill out the Rafflecopter form below!
U.S. Residents Only – 18 Years and Older!
Good Luck!

 

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Intuit GO Payment

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Intuit GO Payment

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Accept credit card anywhere! Sign up, download the free app, and plug the reader into your mobile device. Just a small fee per swipe. NO monthly fees, no contracts, cancel anytime.

FREE Santoku Knife – Just pay $3 S/H

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FREE Santoku Knife – Just pay $3 S/H

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Cooking Pleasures (a continuity club) has a great new intro offer: Get the all-purpose Santoku cooking knife FREE! Pay just $3.00 shipping and handling $100 total value! I actually did this offer and own this knife. It’s the best knife we have! I use it all the time.

EverydayFamily Free Diapers

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EverydayFamily Free Diapers

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EverydayFamily.com offers users a number of different free baby samples, offers and coupons from name brand advertisers. Get free diapers and more!