Share Your Heart with CaringBridge and Enter to Win 2 iPad Minis! #ShareYourHeart

How do you share your love and support with friends and family? CaringBridge wants to know- in fact, they want to know so much that they’ve decided to ask you to Share Your Heart with them and by doing so, you will be entered to win not one but 2 iPad Mini’s so that you can keep in touch with those closest to your heart.  Anyone can enter- all you need to do is visit, upload a photo, video or a simple 50 word description of how you share your heart with those you love and support.  Easy, peasy.  Submissions are accepted through March 1, 2013, so get going on your entry! CaringBridge is trying to bring awareness of their mission to life by showing and sharing all of the love, hope and compassion that this world offers.  I think it’s a pretty wonderful organization, myself- the contest just makes it cooler.  Voting goes through March 6th.  Entries can be shared on social networks and email so get your entries in and start to Share Your Heart!  Voting can be done once per day, per entry- so get your entry in and share, share share!!


I was introduced to CaringBridge when my friend’s infant daughter was diagnosed with a very rare liver cancer.  Kelly and Kurt quickly found CaringBridge (and I’m not sure how they found it), and were able to share updates, photos, requests for help, prayers and anything else with ALL of us who were so desperately wanting updates and to offer support.  CaringBridge is a free website that allows you to communicate when you or someone you love has health issues- it’s a great way to show your love and support and also for families to keep loved ones up to date.  I know that as Kelly and Kurt shared more of their journey with Jamie’s cancer treatment and progression, more and more love and support came to that page.  Within weeks, there were people around the world checking in on Jamie’s progress, her family, sharing the pain and sharing the hope.  It was an amazing thing to see what one tiny little baby could do to bring strangers together.  That’s what CaringBridge is about.



About CaringBridge:

  • The mission of CaringBridge is to amplify the love, hope and compassion in the world, making each health journey easier
  • CaringBridge offers many ways for people to care for each other during any type of health event and is for anyone to use. It’s available 24/7, free to use and accessible to anyone, anywhere
  • There is no advertising on CaringBridge. The organization is dedicated to families, not profits.
  • CaringBridge is a nonprofit and relies mainly on individual donors to fund its operations and does not sell users’ information. This approach allows CaringBridge to stay true to its mission while protecting users’ personal data

CaringBridge Sites:

  • CaringBridge Sites are personalized pages where you can post health updates to connect with family and friends and keep them informed during any type of health event
  • Your site is a safe place for you to share day-to-day thoughts and experiences
  • People are able to leave supportive messages and well-wishes, as well as stay informed on your progress, whether you’re recovering from surgery, living with a chronic illness, caring for an elderly parent and everything in-between
  • CaringBridge Sites are protected and respected environments
    • Users set their personal preferences
    • Multiple settings for privacy
    • Personal data is protected and not sold
    • No intrusive advertising


  • The SupportPlanner is an online calendar that helps family and friends coordinate care and organize helpful tasks, like bringing a meal, offering rides, taking care of pets and other needs.

  • The tool came to life through requests from users for something to help them centralize support during a health event.

  • Only people a user invites to view the planner can access the calendar and sign up for a task, keeping the online conversations private.

 Get your entries in- and feel free to link to them in a comment- I’d love to see your stories and will be glad to vote for you!

This post is brought to you by our friends at CaringBridge. Opinions are my own.

$400 Cash Giveaway

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Welcome to the February Extreme Cash Giveaway! teamed up with Oh My Gosh Beck! and other fabulous blogs to give our readers the chance to win

The February Extreme Cash Giveaway will run for four weeks giving you plenty of time to complete any entries you choose to do. Remember, all entries are OPTIONAL. We have lots  of daily entries for you to take advantage of as well, so don’t forget to bookmark this giveaway and come back everyday for more chances to win!


This giveaway is co-hosted by: This Mama Loves Her BargainsJust Married with CouponsBroward SavesMaking of a MomShopaholicMommySmartySaver and Coupons In Motion
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Giveaway is open worldwide and ends March 14th  at 11:59 PM EST. Good luck!


Blueprint to Quit wants to help YOU stop smoking (Giveaway)

Here’s my mom with my son shortly after he was born.

My mom came to stay with us when my older daughter and my son were born.  She didn’t live to see my littlest baby born.  She’ll never meet her namesake.  It breaks my heart because her death was preventable.  I know that everyone says smoking is bad for you, and she knew that. If you smoke, YOU know it.  But my mom was one of the many who developed Emphysema and COPD.  She and my dad worked so hard and were so careful to plan for retirement so they could travel and live the good life.  My mom retired the day after she turned 65.  She was bedridden within a month and died a year later.  There were no trips.  There was no fun.  There was oxygen, and medication to help her to simply breathe.  But there wasn’t much living going on.  Had she ever been able to quit, all of our lives would be very, very different right now.  She just wasn’t ever able to stop smoking.

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Blueprint to Quit wants to help you stop smoking. I wish they’d been around to help my mom.  Maybe she’d have been able to stop. Blueprint to quit is a Walmart-exclusive program by Nicorette and Nicoderm designed to help you stop smoking for good! QuitNet is a behavioral support community that you can join on its own or bundle with 14 different Nicorette or Nicoderm products.

TEN of my readers will win QuitNet cards(valued at $39.99) to help them get started on the path to being smoke free! 
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Wanna Win Something (Giveaway Linky)

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$200 David’s Bridal Gift Card

2Windows Phones, 1 winner

$600 Cash

Aquaphor Prize Pack (Visa GC, Pottery Barn Frame, Ice Age Continental Drift, Godiva Hot Chocolate, Aquaphor products)

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Valentine’s Wedding Extravaganza

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I Love Cash $600 Giveaway!

I love cash.  You probably love cash, too. I mean, who doesn’t like cash?  You can do what you want- or need with it!


Welcome to the $600 I ♥ Cash Giveaway!

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We’ve teamed up with a great group of bloggers to bring you this fabulous giveaway. Three lucky people will win cash! One grand prize of $500 and two other $50 cash prizes are up for grabs.

Enter to win $500 or $50 cash via PayPal.

Complete the tasks below to earn entries into this giveaway. Refer your friends using your unique link to earn even more chances to win.

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Aquaphor’s Tender Loving Care For Your Skin- Not just for babies (Prize Pack Giveaway) #WorksWonders

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Aquaphor was one of the first brand names I remember other moms recommending on a message board when we were trying to conceive our first child.  It’s so great, they said.  So versatile.  Great quality.  So obviously, as time progressed and I got pregnant, and started preparing for baby, I purchased some of Aquaphor’s Baby Healing Ointment.  At first, I bought the tube.  Then I got some of the gentle baby wash and shampoo.  It wasn’t very long into my pregnancy that I discovered one of the many, many “surprises” that come along with the pregnancy hormones- skin changes.

Almost overnight my hands went from normal hands to dried up hands that felt like they were going to crack.  I was hooked.  I used the Aquaphor ointment on my hands, my feet, dry ankles, lips…everywhere.  By the time the baby came, I was on my second tube.  I got that tube, and a big tub.  Then I actually had a baby (and then two babies, and then the third baby) and we found we used Aquaphor Baby products very regularly.  When my mom started declining and started to need oxygen, I brought her a tub of Aquaphor.  She used it to soothe the irritated skin under her nose.

There are many uses for Aquaphor besides for baby care -caregivers for older children, adults and seniors who have incontinence issues can also use Aquaphor as a treatment for protection and for relief.

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I think my personal favorite application for Aquaphor’s Baby healing ointment (now that my littlest is 3) is to keep the kids lips, cheeks, nose and chin from getting chapped when playing outdoors.  We woke up to well over 3 feet of snow this morning, with drifts 6-8 feet high in places in our yard- there was nothing that would keep my kids inside.  They were ready to head outside before 7am .  Of course, they had absolutely nowhere to go since they couldn’t actually walk…but they all had Aquaphor on their little faces to protect their skin from the cold harsh wind (blizzard conditions lingering) and cold, wet snow.  I have been known to put some on my husband’s cheeks too before he heads out to snowblow the driveway.  I think I’ve done it so many times he does it on his own now!




Aquaphor DEFINITELY helps us to enjoy our favorite winter activity- playing outside in the snow !!!

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He was yelling into the the tunnel he dug to see if anyone in China could hear him. He’s 5. It was funny.

After a long day of playing outside, coming in to dry off and warm up, going back out…we were all pretty beat.  The kids were all in agreement that Aquaphor ROCKS! because they sent us Ice Age Continental Drift with some other goodies and we all snuggled in with blankets, hot cocoa, and enjoyed a relaxing family movie night.  I think we made a lot of memories this weekend- with the blizzard, not seeing out the bathroom window upstairs because there was a huge drift on the roof below it, playing hide and seek in the snowbanks…movie to end the day…that’s what this life is all about.

One reader will win a Bundle of Joy Package from Aquaphor including:

$50 Visa gift card, Aquaphor Baby Healing Ointment, Aquaphor Baby Wash & Shampoo, Pottery Barn picture frame, Godiva hot chocolate, a “Warmy Buddy” Penguin, and Ice Age Continental Drift (2012) DVD!
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I received a prize package from Aquaphor to thank me for taking the time to share this post. Opinions are my own.

$100 Amazon Giveaway- Twitter Blast


Makobi Scribe is bringing you this Amazon Twitter blast. We host one of these blasts each week! If you are a blogger, you can sign up for the blast here. If you are a reader, then good luck! The winner will receive an Amazon gift card for $100. The giveaway is open WW.

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Nexus 7 Tablet

Valentine’s Wedding Extravaganza– huge giveaway

$100 Amazon GC

Tshirt and Notebook set

$1000 LEGO Gift Card

Little Passports subscription

$1000 CASH

Chromebook Giveaway

On-In Beauty Skincare 3 winners

Enter to win a $25 giftcard to CafePress

Enter to win a FREE bottle of Purex Crystals for Baby’s Laundry

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16gb Wi-Fi iPad with Retina Display Giveaway

ipad giveawayMy husband jokes that my iPad is attached to my hip.  I correct him frequently- it’s attached to my hands.  I couldn’t see it well if it was on my hip.  Seriously!  I do love having it though.  I love love love playing word games, catching up with Facebook friends, checking emails, doing some blog work, and playing games with my kids.  There are seemingly endless ways to use iPads, and I feel like I hear of new things iPads are capable of weekly.

It isn’t just for me for personal use — for those times we have family or friends in the away from us, or in the hospital, iPads can be used for  Face Time to keep in touch.  We can watch videos and play games- or loved ones can play them – to pass the time while  waiting or staying someplace.

All these reasons, plus, iPads are just plain fun.  So I joined in to give one away.  Lucky one of you!

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NuGo Bars Review and Giveaway

nugo nutrition barsToday the mail carrier brought me this incredible selection of NuGo Dark Chocolate nutrition bars.  I am already quite familiar with the Chocolate Pretzel variety.  That is my breakfast most work days.  It is easy to throw in my work bag and it is so good, it makes me happy. The combination of the sweet and crunchy filling, the dark decadent chocolate and the amazing sea salt is something I will never get sick of.

NuGo bars are  Gluten FreeNon-Dairy, OU PareveVegan and have 10 Grams of Protein.   My husband has one of the Peanut Butter Cup bars everyday.  Before switching to a plant-based diet, my husband was a huge peanut butter cup fan.  This bar fills that craving without making him compromise his dietary plan.  They are truly delicious and pack a load of flavor into 200 calories.  The NuGo Dark bars are filling and almost make me feel like I am cheating and eating something unhealthy.

You can buy NuGo Bars online or use their Store Locator to find one of many stores in the US and Canada that carry them.  I get mine by the case at my local Whole Foods Market.  NuGo Bars are clearly labeled and NuGo Nutrition, the company that makes REAL dark chocolate coated protein bars for many lifestyles, urges the FDA to create a standard of identity for dark chocolate. Consumers deserve to know what is in their food!  They have an online petition that can be signed to support this issue.

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NuGo also likes to give back to the community.  They donate a portion of their sales to The Children’s Alopecia Project which is the only non-profit devoted specifically to all forms of the incurable autoimmune hair loss disease, Alopecia. Their mission is to help any child in need who is living with this life altering disease. Their goal is to build the self-esteem in children so they become stronger teens and more productive adults and become the advocates of tomorrow.


NuGo has offered to giveaway a mixed box of all five certified gluten-free NuGo Dark flavors (a total of 12 bars) to a winner who lives in the continental US.

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Samples of these bars were provided to facilitate the review.  All opinions are my own.