2015 Grand Ole Opry 90th Birthday Bash Weekend Getaway Sweepstakes

If you knew the sins and secrets of your parents and grandparents and great grandparents, would you love them anyway?
That’s the question I’m pondering this morning.
My grandparents lived to be somewhere in their late 80s and early 90s (people barely kept records back then so it’s hard to nail down actual birth dates) but in those years, plenty of secrets were accumulated by and between them that I never got a chance to learn since 3 out of 4 grandparents died before I was born and the last one dotted on us but never really gave us any information about her life or any juicy gossip about my mom and what it was like raising her.
Oh well.

If however you want to learn all, or at least some of the Grand Ole Opry secrets, then you’re in luck because she turns 90 this year and of course there is going to be a big bash celebrating that and I bet you musicians will be spilling some very juicy secrets about their time at the Opry!
The bash happens in one of my fave cities in the US – Nashville and accommodation as well as a slew of other goodies are provided..peep the dets below. You can enter the sweep online or via mail-in by:

clearly hand printing your name, address, phone number, and date of birth on a plain piece of 3″x5″ paper and mail to:

2015 Grand Ole Opry 90th Birthday Bash Weekend Getaway

PO Box 190633
Nashville, TN 37219-0633

Rules and dets
Ends 9/16/15

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Drag Show Reviews

I’ve never been to a live drag show.
Always wanted to, just hasn’t happened – yet.
The closest I’ve come to one is the RuPaul drag show on telly and that definitely piqued my curiosity about drag shows and that whole culture mainly because the queens look so fabulous and so fierce and full of confidence, it’s hard to look away from them.
I honestly just want to steal some makeup tips from them because they always look absolutely flawless.

If you want to see the queens live in person and are wondering when and where they’ll be appearing, then hit up DragShowReviews.com because they’ve got the 411 on where the hottest drag queens are hitting the stage in cities like Philly, LA, Minneapolis, Knoxville and maybe even your local drag show bar down the road!

Connect with them on social media: Facebook or Twitter

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TOSTITOS “Party Like a Pro” Promotion

When I first read the title of this new sweepstake from Tostitos, the song “Party like a rock star” immediately started playing in my head.
Come on, admit it – that happened to you too, didn’t it?
If you don’t know what song I’m talking about Youtube it and then try not to break a hip while dancing like I almost did!
But anyway, back to this promo – it’s all about football.
Football season is upon us and if you needed any further proof, here it is.
There are season tickets, football video games and trips to football games including the Superbowl being dished out.
Yes, I said a trip to the Superbowl.
So if that’s on your bucket list, jump on this already.
You’ll need codes of course and then there is some type of auction – please read the rules, they were way too long for me to process this early on a Tuesday morning but I did get this much from scanning through them:
There is also a mail-in entry option and I got that info for you below:

No Purchase Necessary Method of Entry:
To enter the Sweepstakes without purchase, hand print your complete name, address and date of birth on a 3″ x 5″ card and mail it in a postage-paid envelope, to be postmarked by December 31, 2015 and received by January 7, 2016 to:

TOSTITOS® “Party Like a Pro” Entry,
PO Box 1005,
Dept. 878-730,
Young America, MN 55594-1005.

Full rules and dets here
Ends 12/31/15

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Grave Markers, Headstones and Monuments Shipped Anywhere in the US and Canada

Death has knocked on our door thrice this year so far.
It’s just August and I don’t know just how much more death I can handle in one year.
The latest was just this past Sunday when a close family friend succumbed to a stroke but because he died all the way in Uganda and I’m all the way in the US, I couldn’t make his funeral. I like to think though that he was buried in style because that’s just the kind of guy he was – stylish and always well put together. He also had a thing for angels so his grave marker is a beautiful angel and lyrics from his favorite song.

Death is not something we typically like to think about or even particularly talk about but it’s a part of life and if you’re currently dealing with a death in the family, my condolences. Since I know you’re too busy planning the perfect memorial and a big part of that is choosing the headstone for the grave, I want to tell you about the folks over at MonumentsUSA.com who ship all kinds of headstones and monuments anywhere in the US and Canada. They’re an accredited member of the BBB so you know you can trust them but most importantly, they’ve been in the grave markers and headstones for graves business for so long that you know you can count on them to deliver exactly what you want. They take the hassle out of memorial planning so you can spend your time grieving, processing and eventually healing.

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Ladies Hats, Loose Leaf Teas and a 0.99 cent Book Await You at Mad Hatter

Have you ever discovered a little gem you were tempted to keep to yourself because you knew that if word got out about it suddenly everyone would swarm it and it wouldn’t be exclusively yours? You’re going to feel that way about Mad Hatter.

It’s a little charming shop down in Fuquay-Varina, North Carolina but you don’t have to travel that far to enjoy the ladies hats and loose leaf teas they have to offer. You can just browse through their website and see a sample selection of their inventory and if something catches your eye, call them up and order it! I spotted a fancy pink hat with a green ribbon that would be perfect for next year’s Kentucky Derby so I’m calling dibs on it! While browsing through their site, I also noticed they’re offering the Mad Hater Tea Society book for just 0.99 cents!
Aren’t you glad I shared this little gem with you?
Sharing is caring so pass the word on :)

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Free Horror Video Game Download – Murderer Online

If gore is your thing and you love video games that literally keep you on the edge of your seat then you’re going to love this freebie! Its a free video game download of Murderer Online which is a real time network action game in which users get to be either murderers or fugitives. To hunt or be hunted – sounds super exciting, right?

To keep things interesting for all players, after a while, active users are randomly assigned the roles of either murderers or fugitives and the fugitives of course have to go into survival mode by running from the murderers as they try and stay alive in a hospital setting. This horror video game has a little of everything you can expect to find in a horror video game – lots of blood, lots of terror and fear, definitely zombies and of course murderers and every single person is a suspect! It can be downloaded free of charge from either the apple store (for iPhones and iPads) or the google play store (for android users).

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Win up to $5,000 in the Little Hug “Lunchbox Surprise” Mail-in Promotion

I never, ever thought in a million years I would look forward to the start of school but I do.
I don’t necessarily look forward to the early mornings nor
Do I enjoy the fact that suddenly I have to plan my life around the school schedule BUT
I love the structure that comes with my kiddo being back to school.
I love that it forces me to stay on task because I know that I only have a certain number of hours to get stuff accomplished before school lets out for the day.
You’d be amazed at just how productive I get when school is back in session!

You know what else I love about kids being back in school?
The avalanche of back to school promotions that suddenly seem to be everywhere as brands compete to get our attention.Now I don’t know about you but with me, all you have to say is “free cash” and you have my instant, undivided attention which explains why this new promo from Little Hug had me doing a double take.
Could you use an extra $5,000?
What about $3,000?
Maybe $1,000?
Heck, what about just a $100?
If you answered even one yes, either run out right now (get dressed first, unless you’re going to Walmart then you can run out in your pyjamas!) and grab a specially marked carton of 20 count Little Hug Fruit Barrels and you could win $$$$ instantly or just do it the mail-in way by sending a postcard with your complete name, mailing address, daytime telephone number, email address and date of birth to:

Little Hug Lunchbox Surprise Promotion,
P.O. Box 6004,
Morton Grove, IL, 60053

Rules and dets here
Ends October 30, 2015

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Free Early Access Code to BondsWell.com

Is there something you’re really good at – like wickedly good at you just can’t help but brag about yourself? Maybe you’re one of those rockstar DIY moms, or you’re the scrapbooking queen or you make a pretty darn impressive vision board and the world would be blown away if only they could see it? Well, step into the spotlight my dear because this is your turn to shine!

Show off your flairs at BondsWell and bond with other creative like-minded people. But even if you don’t have a particular talent and just want to join the fun anyway, you too can jump right in and become part of this super cool community! Sign up is free of charge, just use bondyeah as your early access code :)

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Cheap Fish Finders (for under $100 bucks!)

If you love to fish and you’re on a budget, I’m about to make your day. Well, the folks over at Salt Water Fish Finders are about to make your day and save you time in the process because they’ve managed to compile a rather impressive list of cheap fish finders that can be yours for under 100 bucks!

No kidding, they did all the homework for you and narrowed it down to the three best fish finders under $100 and what they love about those particular brands. So see, I was being serious when I said they did all the work for you – now you can spend more time doing what you love aka fishing and not researching gear!

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Free Shipping from Ateaz Organic Coffee & Tea

What’s the first thing you reach for each morning? If you’re like me, it’s a cup of organic coffee. Not just any kind by the way, I reach for Ateaz Organic Coffee because I like to start my morning off the best way possible and the only way to make that happen is by drinking the best organic coffee there is.

My preferred choice is the Tanzanian Peaberry but lately I’ve been thinking about trying their other flavors too because I’m curious to see how they stack up against the one I’m currently obsessed with. In case you’re thinking about trying one of their yummy organic coffees or organic teas (yes, they even make teas for non-coffee drinkers!) then don’t forget they offer free shipping with any order – enter code J7MAB3A at checkout.

Delicious, healthy, affordable and no shipping fees – this is one company that speaks my language!

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Ant-Man : Movie Review

Paul Rudd is Ant-Man.
Can’t picture that? Neither did I right up until the moment I sat down in the cinema for the screening.
As a huge Marvel fan and Rudd fan, I just didn’t think he was the right man for the job.
I was wrong.
He is the right man for the job.
His comedic timing is on point (no surprise there).
His acting is on point (no surprise there).
He makes Ant-Man, Ant-Man.
And then there is Michael Douglas who coupled with Evangeline Lilly is something you’re not going to want to miss.
But what really sealed this for me as a whole was the way Paul Rudd and Michael Peña played off each other.
If you’re looking for a reason to go see this movie, that right there should be your reason.
Forget the fact that it’s so awesomely entertaining and full of laughs in pretty much every other scene.
Forget the fact that Rudd actually pulls off the whole shrinking super hero thing and focus on the chemistry between Scott Lang and his buddy Luis. That to me is where the true magic in this movie lies.
Oh and just a heads up, you may want to brush up on your Avengers knowledge otherwise all the Avengers and Hydra references will fly right over your head and that would be a shame.


Bottom line? Go see Ant-Man.
Opening date: July 17th,2015

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Inside Out – Movie Review

I hear voices ALL the time.
I hear my mom saying “don’t forget to tithe” every single time I get money.
I hear her saying “you don’t need that second or third serving” every time I’m tempted to eat like a pig.
I hear my dad quoting scriptures to suit whatever situation I’m facing at the time.
I hear my aunt Alex saying “I’m proud of the woman you became, you really surprised me and all of us”.
I hear my ex-hubby saying “you’re doing a great job with our son” especially on days I doubt my mothering skills.
And I almost always hear my little man saying “you’re the best mom ever” even when I say no to his repeated requests and pleas to spend all day playing video games with his friends.
Those 5 voices are on a constant loop in my head ALL the time that I was actually beginning to think I was crazy until I went to see Pixar’s Inside Out.

Turns out, according to Pixar and Disney, I’m not crazy or alone.
See, the movie is basically about a young girl named Riley and how her emotions shape her personality and influence her relationships after her family moves from Minnesota to San Francisco.
The voices take on the forms of Joy,Anger, Sadness, Disgust and Fear with Joy being the predominant emotion running the show and Sadness being the one emotion struggling to fit in and find her place in Riley’s life.


To say this movie is well done would be a gross understatement.
It takes the complex issue of emotions and how they affect our decisions and churns it into a rather beautiful story that both kids and adults can enjoy.
Yes, this isn’t just a “kids only” movie, adults will enjoy it too plus if you watch it with your kids, it can be used as a great parenting tool the next time they’re down or frustrated or whatever.
You can then sit them down and get them to talk about whatever emotion is currently running the control board in their heads – Anger? Fear? Sadness?
That dialogue is probably an unexpected consequence the film makers didn’t anticipate as a result of people watching this movie about five personified emotions but I know that it’s come in handy for me and a few other parents!

So bottom line – should you go see Inside Out? YES.

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Free DMV Practice Test from LicenseRoute.com

One of the best feelings on earth is getting your driver’s license.
It’s instant freedom from begging your parents, siblings, friends and peers for rides to this place and that place.
Getting that little plastic card though is a struggle as anyone who has gone through the process will tell you because there is a driving test you must pass along with a DMV written test.

I’ll share a simple secret of how I aced my written test in TWO states – I used a DMV practice test.
There it is – LicenseRoute.com has got at least 500 DMV sample questions and I practiced using those questions until I felt confident enough to take the actual driver’s permit test and when I did, I passed!
So if you’re wondering how you’re going to ace your DMV test, I just shared my little secret!
Good luck!

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Groupon’s Buy a Best of PEAK Product, Enter to Win a Trip Sweepstakes

I’m a travel junkie so I’ve been to a ton of countries and states.
I’ve been to Spain, England, Brazil, South Africa, Kenya and the Bahamas to name a few.
I’ve been to Florida, Louisiana, Alabama, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, California, Nevada, West Virginia, D.C and a whole lot more.
But there is one place I’ve never been to and that’s Seattle.
I want to go there badly for two reasons – one because I want to see if it rains as much as everyone says it does and two because Grey’s Anatomy made Seattle seem like such a cool place to hang!

If YOU need a reason to visit Seattle, here’s one – Groupon’s Buy a Best of PEAK Product, Enter to Win a Trip Sweepstakes. As the name suggests buying a product from the PEAK collection could snag you a vacay in Seattle but if you want to do the mail-in entry thing then this is the info you need:

Mail-in Entry. You may hand write on a 3×5 card labeled
“Groupon’s Buy a Best of PEAK Product, Enter to Win a Trip Sweepstakes Entry” your full name, country and state
of residence, home and daytime telephone number (including area code), e-mail address and confirmation that you
are at least 18 years old or the age of majority (all of which must be legible) and mail it with proper postage to: “Attention: Groupon’s Buy a Best of PEAK Product, Enter to Win a Trip Sweepstakes
Entry”, Groupon, Inc.,
600 West Chicago Avenue,
Ste. 400,
Chicago, IL 60654

Rules and dets
x 5 entries total
Ends 6/30

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Liberty Mutual Insurance Bid Protection Mail-in Sweepstakes

School is almost out for summer here and I’m thrilled because it means that for the next 50 days:
I won’t have to hear an alarm go off at 6:50a.m
I won’t have to hear a warning alarm go off at 2:00p.m
There will be no after school chauffeuring to this and that and the other.
There will be more road trips.
There will be more park visits.
There will be more movie nights.
There will be more sleeping in.
And there will be lots and lots and lots of eBay stalking,after all my schedule is about to be freed up in a big way.
If you’re an eBay stalker like myself you need to know about this new sweep from Liberty Mutual, you can enter it by bidding on items in the auto section or via mail. The earlier you do either, the better!

By Mail: To enter the Sweepstakes by U. S. Mail, hand print your name, address, city, state, ZIP code, eBay User ID, date of birth, email address (optional) and daytime telephone number on a 3” X 5” card, and mail it, in an envelope with postage affixed, to:

Liberty Mutual Insurance Bid Protection Sweepstakes,
P. O. Box 832,
Plainview, NY 11803-0832.

Mail-in entries must be postmarked by June 15, 2015 and received by June 20, 2015 in order to be eligible for the Early Bird Random Drawing. Mail-in entries must be postmarked by September 1, 2015 and received by September 8, 2015 in order to be eligible for the Grand Prize Random Drawing. Limit one entry per outer envelope.

Rules and dets here

Ends 9/1/15

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