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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This giveaway made possible by Verizon FiOS thru Surf and Sunshine.

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.


Monster Jam at Hartford XL Center Family 4 Pack Giveaway

Advanced Auto Monster Jam family 4 pack ticket giveaway  Who wants to go see Monster Jam?  I do!  I do! and so will my 8 year old.  He does not know yet but we will be going to see Monster Jam at the XL Center in Hartford this Saturday.  He is going to go nuts!  This year’s show dates are Saturday February 9th at 2 pm & 7:30pm and Sunday February 10 at 2pm.  Tickets are available online or at the door.

 Special Deal: All Kid’s Tickets are just $13!   

Special Discount: Save $5 Per Ticket Valid for Sat., Feb. 9 at 7:30PM and Sun, Feb. 10 at 2PM  Valid on $28 and $38 price levels  Just use the Promo Code: FAMILY5


Monster Jam® Trucks: Son-Uva Digger® driven by Ryan Anderson, El Toro Loco® driven by Marc McDonald, Monster Mutt® Rottweiler driven by Rod Schmidt, Iron Man™ driven by Morgan Kane, Crushstation driven by Greg Winchenbach, Thrasher driven by Pat Summa, Higher Education driven by Jim Tracy and Shockwave driven by Bill Braukman!!
Subject to change without notice.  The show also includes Quad wars!

 About the Monster Trucks

Approximately 12 feet tall and about 12 feet wide, monster trucks are custom-designed machines that sit atop 66-inch-tall tires and weigh a minimum of 10,000 pounds. Built for short, high-powered bursts of speed, monster trucks generate 1,500 to 2,000 horsepower and are capable of speeds of up to 100 miles per hour. Monster trucks can fly up to 125 to 130 feet (a distance greater than 14 cars side by side) and up to 35 feet in the air.


The great people at the XL Center have offered a family 4 pack for Sunday February 10th at 2pm.  Leave a comment below with your email address, for your chance to win a family 4 pack to Hartford XL Center Sunday, Feb. 10 at 2pm. Tickets will be left at Will Call under winner’s name.  Winner will be picked on Friday and contacted via email.


Which Monster Truck is your favorite?


Tickets were provided to facilitate this review.  All opinions are my own.

Belugabloo Online Bookstore Interactive Books and Games for iTunes and Google Play (iPad Mini & Belugabloo Giveaway)

I found a new must-have online bookstore app for families with children up to 12 years. It’s called Belugabloo and we are loving it!  Belugabloo is actually an online bookstore that you download, and then add apps, games and e-books within it.  It’s available on Google Play and iTunes, free to download.  Some content for Belugabloo is free, while others have a minimal charge.  The books, games and apps within the bookstore are really great- beautiful graphics, quality material and content, and engaging for the kids.  It’s also really nice because instead of going into all different apps on my iPad, the kids are going all over Belugabloo and not moving my apps and stuff around- or worse, hiding or deleting them (I’m not the only person this happens to, right?)

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My 7 year old asks for Belugabloo all the time.  She thinks its so cool to read books on a tablet, and to be able to interact with the books.  She had it at the dentist last week and it was so cute to hear her explain to the hygienist that she was ‘helping mom blog’ and explaining about how Belugabloo works.   She’s very inquisitive and is really hoping she can start getting some of the books in Spanish so she can teach herself (I loved learning languages as a kid too so I guess she gets that from me?)

belugabloo groovy tortoise and the hare

When you open one of the books in Belugabloo, you can choose to “Read by Myself,” “Read to Me.”  Many also have “Read and Play” for an option.  This is great because the kids can all use the app if they are readers or not. I can’t decide if I want to see the words highlighted when  the book is read to the kids or not- sometimes I think that’s a good thing and other times I think it’s distracting and takes away from the story.

belugabloo crossing of the red sea

There are some religious books you can find in this bookstore- something that my family enjoys- my kids are always asking more and more questions about God and the stories in the bible and this is just one more way they can explore that.

For the older kids, there’s some content from Discovery Channel and some other authors with cool science, history and culture books.  I have tried to peek at almost all of the apps and books available through the Belugabloo bookstore and most if not all have a free “sample” option to try before you buy- something we don’t always see in apps.  I like this feature, because we’ve all had that thing that looks great but doesn’t end up to be what we were wanting it to be…or isn’t quite what we were looking for.

belugabloo matching game

Different levels of play means that your child will be engaged for a much longer period of time.

Apps in Belugabloo range from free to $2.99.  Definitely affordable and lend themselves to being enjoyed for a long time with the interactive features contained within each. My little one loves using the “read to me” feature but is also happy to snuggle up with me or daddy (or her big sister) and have us read to her.  I always want to be sure that no matter how interactive things are, that the kids are having interaction WITH us and not alone,  something I feel we parents in the digital age need to be aware of.

belugabloo lullaby piano book

The bookstore is available as a free app on Apple iTunes and Google Play, and features e-books, games and apps, designed for babies and children up to age 12.  Sample features include:

·         Animated story books with built-in play activities

·         Customizable options such as “read to me,” “read by myself” and “games”

·         Books, games and apps that cover subjects like counting, colors, art, music and more

·         Content that is available in a variety of languages, including Spanish and Chinese

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One reader will win an iPad Mini and the Belugabloo app with download codes!
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I received an iPad Mini and app codes to facilitate my review.  Opinions are my own.

Nexus 7 Tablet Giveaway

Nexus 7 Tablet


Welcome to the Nexus 7 Giveaway! We are giving away a  Nexus 7 Tablet (32 GB Wi-Fi) valued at $249 to one lucky reader!


At only 12 oz., this tablet is designed to go wherever you go — and now with up to 32GB of storage, and the ability to connect to most mobile data networks — Nexus 7 is your perfect travel companion. With the latest version of Android, a stunning 7-inch display, powerful quad-core processor, up to 10 hours of web browsing or e-reading, and a staggering 300 hours of standby time, Nexus 7 was built for top of the line grab-and-go performance.


Special thanks to our co-hosts: Oh My Gosh Beck!, This Mama Loves Her BargainsSlapDash MomBay Area Mommy,  Freebie SpotFreeMakeupandBeautySamples.com and Money Saving Lisa


This giveaway is open worldwide and ends February 21st at 11:59 PM EST. Come back everyday for more chances to win by completing our daily entries!
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Valentine’s Wedding Extravaganza Giveaway

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Welcome to the Valentines Wedding Extravaganza Event! This event is hosted by Dixieland Mom Product & Travel Reviews and So Cal Coupon Mommy and co hosted by This Mama Loves Her Bargains, Freebie Spot, Chillingly Cheap, &  Spend with Pennies.

We have some amazing prizes up for grabs! Like this gorgeous wedding gown by Alfred Angelo:

The winner will choose her size.
Another awesome prize, from Kay Jewelers is winner will get their choice of one of these wedding sets!
Also up for grabs are these amazing wedding favors available from My Wedding Favors: (Winner will get choice for up to 100 guests):
One lucky winner will get this beautiful Unity Ceremony Set:
One lucky bride will get her Bridal Bouquet in her choice of colors thru FTD
Also up for grabs is this awesome 16 x20 Canvas print from Easy Canvas Prints
What Great wedding Favors these would be from Candles by Nature:
Winner will receive one candle
Last but not least, One winner will receive a VISA gift Card valued at $500 and sponsored by all the amazing bloggers participating in this event!!
Entry is simple.  There are two entry forms, the Giveaway Tool for all the regular entries and the Rafflecopter for Facebook likes only.  We have to do it this way now due to Facebook restrictions on how we do our giveaways. All entries will be combined and drawn randomly via Random.org to ensure fairness. Sorry that we had to complicate it like that, but Facebook left us no option in the matter. Winners will have 48 hours to respond to the winning notification email, so please add marie@dixielandsdeals.com to your safe list so the email doesn’t get sent to spam if you win. If no response is received, winner will forfeit the prize and a new winner will be chosen.

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Disclaimer & Rules: Giveaway is open to residents of the US age 18 and older. Void where prohibited. The participating bloggers are not responsible for shipment of prizes. This giveaway is not associated with Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, or any other social network medium.

$100 Amazon Giveaway Facebook Blast

amazonblastWho wants to win an Amazon.com gift card?  Makobi Scribe is bringing you this Amazon Facebook 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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Harman Stoves Offer Eco-Friendly Way to Heat Your Home (Giveaway)

This post brought to you by Harman Stoves. All opinions are 100% mine.


We have used a fire-burning woodstove or insert for several years to heat our home in the cold months.  It’s saved us hundreds a year if not more in oil costs.  We’ve been able to burn trees that have fallen from storms on our property, or those of friends, finding a way to have those trees not go to “waste” and giving us a good workout in the meantime, between chopping, splitting, stacking and bringing the wood in.  I have noticed more and more that families are using fireplace inserts or pellet stoves (like the Harman Pellet Stoves) to supplement their heat to use furnaces less.  It also means we’re not using as much heating oil- which reduces our carbon footprint.

I think more and more of us are leaning towards using a popular heating alternative for many reasons- I know in my area, a lot of families are looking to woodburning stoves in one form or another because you can still generate heat even when the power is out- something we’ve had happen more and more frequently with severe storms in the past few years.  We’ve had several storms now where we lost power for anywhere from 5-8 days- others have lost longer- but we were one of the few houses that was “warm” at 64 all day simply from having that fireplace insert going.  With or without the fan blowing, it can still be used for heat.

Harman™ has forged a brand of premium pellet stoves and inserts that are “Built to a standard, not a price.” Even heat, easy maintenance, advanced technology and distinctive features place these stoves in a league of their own.

A stove is freestanding and offers a traditional and charming ambience. Stoves can be conventional and efficient woodburners, pellet or coal fueled. They are available in a variety of sizes and style and are easily added to most rooms. Inserts are installed inside an existing fireplace to provide a more efficient, clean burning fire. They can be wood, pellet, or coal.

We had a hard time deciding between a pellet stove or a wood-burning stove or insert. Ultimately for us, it came down to what we’d incur less cost for- and given the number of trees on our property and friends’ properties, wood won.  The pellet stove is a great alternative and from what I have seen at friends’ homes, a bit less dusty than a wood-burning option.

One BIG piece of news: The federal tax credit on 75 percent efficient biomass heating appliances, which expired on Dec. 31, 2011, was reinstated on Jan. 2, 2013. The bill includes a “tax extender” for Internal Revenue Service Section 25C, which provides a tax credit for, among many other things, qualifying biomass-burning stoves!The extender provides a 10 percent tax credit of up to $300 on a qualifying biomass heating appliance purchased between Jan. 1, 2012 and Dec. 31, 2013!

Pellet Stoves are Awesome

What do you use to heat your family’s home?  Have you considered a Harman stove or similar? 

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One reader will win a Harman notebook and a Harman t-shirt!

To Enter: Leave a comment and tell me which Harman product you like or  something that struck you as interesting from the Harman site.  

This giveaway will end on February 16, 2013 at 11:59pm EST. US only.  Winner chosen randomly. 

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Love LEGO bricks? You’ll LOVE LEGO’s YouTube Channel! ($1000 LEGO Giveaway) #LEGOChannel

One of my favorite childhood pastimes was building with LEGO blocks.  I’m so happy to say that all three of my children seem to have inherited my love of LEGO blocks, and each spends time regularly playing with them.  We’ve had Quatros, Duplos, and “regular” LEGOS, we’ve had sets and we’ve had individual pieces. We’ve got accessories, kitchen items, apparel, and whatever else we can find.  

One thing we’ve not had was a way to view the LEGO shows that don’t appear on the TV “on demand” from our cable provider- or to view the LEGO videos that have aired elsewhere or are made for online viewing…until recently.  LEGO has it’s own YouTube channel and we’ve found a new way to watch our favorite toys come to life.  

TheLEGO channel is fabulous.  Just about any LEGO-produced video you can find, from product information, TV ads, shows, and behind the scenes stuff- all in one place.  AND, you can create playlists to match interests or your kids’ ages and have them be able to access a list with content that YOU want them to  be able to watch- no surprise videos popping up.  We have all experienced or heard of someone innocently stumbling upon “adult” content or something not in our taste and having playlists means we eliminate that risk. 

I will say, I do hope that LEGO expands on what they offer for videos and include some fun DUPLO videos- I know my kids would get a big kick out of seeing their LEGO farm friends on screen, and my little girl would be ecstatic if her princess friends came to life.  My oldest is very into the LEGO Friends line and keeps asking me if there are episodes for Friends like there are for Ninjago.  So LEGO, if you see this…we want more!  Please!


There is a lot of content on web; creating a playlist on the Official LEGO® Channel is a great way to ensure your kids are entertained and watching videos you can feel good about. 

Visit the Official LEGO® Channel to build your own playlist to watch with your kids and then reply below for a chance to win one (1) $1,000 gift card to buy your family’s favorite LEGO® products!

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of LEGO. The opinions and text are all mine. Official Sweepstakes Rules.