Thursday, November 27, 2014
Happy Thanksgiving, Everyone!
Today, as America enjoys this holiday of thanks, I hope you are having a wonderful day. I will be enjoying a few days off during this holiday weekend, with plenty of turkey and leftovers to get me through it! Regular posts will resume on Monday (well, maybe Sunday, if I get everything done that I need to do ; ).
In the meantime, I am still thankful for you! I hope you will enjoy this holiday classic!
Wednesday, November 26, 2014
My family has always been into electronics. Not that we're fanatics. Our electronics are just a normal part of daily life, as they've come to be for many people. Still, the gadgets we enjoy take some care, to keep them in optimal condition. iPhones, digital media players, e-readers, and the like, are not the type of thing one wants to replace more often than necessary.
Hence, when my son called me recently, to let me know his new iPhone 6 Plus had arrived, the "mom lecture" automatically rolled off of my tongue, "You'd better get a good case for it!"
We bantered back and forth, discussing the rumored "bending" of these phones. He assured me that this was really a lot of hype, based on a very few instances, and nothing more. Still, my resounding argument was that I have several electronic devices that are still in like-new condition, even after a number of years, and that I have never broken one... not by luck, but due to the use of a good case.
He, again, assured me that he intended to get one. The ensuing discussions eventually brought us to the abundance of choices available from Zazzle.
One of the benefits of shopping these cases at Zazzle, is that there are so many talented artists designing them! The cases run the range of artistic, beautiful, thought-provoking, humorous, stylish, and basically just about anything a person could want. Many are customizable, so you can use the artist's work, and add your own personal touch.
Still, if you have your own design in mind, Zazzle makes it easy. You can add your own digital artwork and/or photos, and use their simple text editor, to create the look and feel you want. The process is easy to understand, and easy to work with.
This is what my discussions with my son led us to do. He emailed me his company logo, and I designed a case with it and his name on it. Of the two options, the "Tough" case or the "Barely There" case, he wanted the tough one. This is the design we decided on:
With this design, a co-worker can simply edit the name, changing it to his or her own name, so each employee has a case that's unique (as some of them have expressed an interest in getting one, too). The style and size of the case is also easily customizable, so whether it's a 6 Plus, a 6, or one of several other editions, brands, or devices, the case will fit and the design can be uniform.
As some of you may be aware, I have been creating various forms of artwork with my photography, on Zazzle, for a number of years. I have continued to be quite happy with what they have to offer. The quality, service, variety, prices, and ease of use, also make Zazzle a wonderful place to shop!
Check out more cases for the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus here, and check out their (beautifully) curated collection here.
Disclosure: I was offered compensation from Zazzle in exchange for this post. All opinions are my own, and the events are real. Published with the appropriate permissions for the use of my son's part of this story and the company logo.
Tuesday, November 25, 2014
Winter weather has arrived with gusto. With widespread freezing temperatures, lake effects snow storms burying homes and vehicles, freezing rain and ice covered roads, all followed by the promise of floods in some areas, this season is definitely packing a punch.
Maybe you're the rare bird who is loving it. Maybe you're like me, and are dreaming of baking your soul in the sunshine, rather than being battered by all these unpredictable twists and turns that mother nature has bestowed.
As luck would have it, today's sweepstakes offer the chance to win a nice, toasty warm vacation, someplace where the sun still shines...
Travel Channel November 2014 Sweepstakes
* Grand prize is a seven day/six night trip for two to the U.S. Virgin Islands. Includes air fare; accommodations for three nights in St. Croix and three nights in St. Thomas; a half-day sailing trip to Buck Island to snorkel; a St. Thomas Mangrove Lagoon kayak adventure; and more. Total ARV $10,000.
* One instant win prize is awarded each day, of one Travel Channel branded notebook, each. ARV $4.98, each prize.
Up to two entries per person/email address per day, and one instant win play. Open to legal residents of the 48 contiguous United States and D.C., 21 or older. Ends November 30, 2014.
Visit Palm Springs Sweepstakes
* Grand prize is a five day/four night trip for two to Palm Springs, California. Includes air fare, accommodations, activity certificates, and more. ARV $2,000.
One entry per person/email address. The rules say that this sweeps is open to legal residents of the 50 contiguous United States, D.C., and Canada, 21 or older. Of course, generally speaking (and in a correct sense), "contiguous United States" means the 48 states of the continental U.S., so this sweeps may or may not actually include AK and HI. Judging from the ARV, I'd guess these two states are excluded, though this is merely my own assessment. As always, your entry is your own. Ends June 30, 2015.
Win an All Star Orlando Family Vacation
* Grand prize is a five day/four night trip for four to Orlando, Florida. Includes air fare, accommodations, eight single day/single park admission tickets to winner’s choice of the following attractions: Walt Disney World, Universal Orlando, or SeaWorld Orlando, car rental, and more. ARV $4,655.
One entry per person per day. Open to legal residents of the 50 United States, D.C., and Canada (excludes Quebec and Puerto Rico), 21 or older. Ends December 31, 2014.
For residents of AR, KS, LA, MO, OK, and TX, 18 or older...
The State Farm Hawaiian Escape Sweepstakes
For a trip to the 2016 Pro Bowl in Hawaii...
Sabra NFL Ultimate Tailgating Sweepstakes
Save $10.00 when you spend $30.00 on any of the following Procter & Gamble products; Duracell, Tide, Downey and more. See site for complete list.
Monday, November 24, 2014
Monday has arrived once more. The weekend has flown by, again. The chaos of the day has yet to be reigned in, and assigned its weekly order. Today's sweepstakes are just this way. Still, it's a Monday mix that will take you away, even if for a few brief moments, and you may never want to go back again...
Man Made Meals Sweepstakes
* Grand prize is an "All-Clad" package. Package includes a 7 piece stainless steel pots and pans set, a stainless steel Roti roasting pan, a 5 quart colander, a stainless steel dutch oven and cook & serve tool set; a selection of artisenal foods provided by Mouth.com; and a Copy of the book "Man Made Meals" by Steven Raichlen. Total ARV $1,800 USD.
One entry per person. Open to legal residents of the 50 United States, D.C., and Canada (excluding Quebec), 18 or older. Ends January 6, 2015.
La-Z-Boy Holiday At Home Sweepstakes
* Grand prize is $2,500 for the winner to purchase a La-Z-Boy item from the La-Z-Boy Corporate Headquarters (cannot be used at retail stores). ARV $2,500.
One entry per person/email address per day. Open to legal residents of the 50 United States and D.C., 18 or older. Ends December 8, 2014.
HGTV.com's Fresh Faces of Design Awards Giveaway Sweepstakes
Click on the tab marked "main" to vote for your favorite designs.
* Grand prize is $10,000.
One entry per person/email address per day. Open to legal residents of the 50 United States and D.C., 21 or older. Ends December 11, 2014.
Instant win and Sweepstakes... Ends December 1st.
Quicken Loans Cyber Monday Campaign
Save money on your groceries with exclusive freebies, healthy offers & BIG savings on your favorite brands.
Sunday, November 23, 2014
Today we have a combo that is both a contest and sweepstakes in one. For starters, once you enter the contest, you are automatically entered into the sweepstakes. The last day to be entered into both is December 23, 2014. After this date, you will only be entered into the contest.
To enter, you are asked for your idea of your dog's dream dog house. Then, you will need to depict it in some way. The nice thing about this contest is that you are offered multiple means to do so. You may upload a photo, draw a sketch, or simply describe it in your own words.
The sweepstakes has multiple entry periods, each with its own prize. The current entry period (Entry period #1) ends on December 12, 2014. Then, each day after that is another entry period, through December 23. Non-winning entries will roll over into subsequent entry periods.
Contest entries will be judged based upon the following criteria:
Creative content of Submission (40%; score out of 40 points);
Relevance to the theme of the Promotion (40%; score out of 40 points);
Functionality & “dog appeal” (20%; score out of 20 points).
* Contest grand prize is a dream dog house, awarded in the form of a check for $10,000.
* The sweepstakes prize for entry period #1 is one holiday sweater for pet. ARV $70.
See rules for further sweepstakes prizes, and for further details on submission requirements.
12 Days of Giveaways
Limit of 5 entries into the contest/sweepstakes per person/email address. Open to legal residents of the 50 United States and D.C., 18 or older and with a valid email address. Contest ends January 28, 2015.
On Friday I received an email to let me know that I am a weekly winner in the "Aveda Invati Sweepstakes." My prize is an Aveda Invati Exfoliating Shampoo, Thickening Conditioner, and Scalp Revitalizer sample set.
This made me happy, as I have been searching for some new hair products to care for my aging hair. Not that I'm getting old, mind you. I don't have Jennifer Aniston beat by much, thank you... Anyways, I'm happy for the chance to try these!
I was also informed, that as a weekly winner, I am now in the drawing to win one of twenty full-sized sets (valued at $116), that they have yet to be giving away. Fingers crossed! Thank you, Aveda!
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