Friday, December 10, 2010

Mama’s Holiday Wish List 2010

TodaysMama and GameStop are giving away a sleighful of gifts this holiday season and to enter I’m sharing this meme with you.

1. What is your holiday wish for your family?

    I wish everyone in the family will remain healthy and be happy for the coming year.

2. What is your Christmas morning / Hanukkah Nightly tradition?

    We don't really do anything special on Christmas morning. We usually get up late, skip breakfast, and have a rather elaborate brunch instead.

3. If you could ask Santa for one, completely decadent wish for yourself, what would it be?

   I'd wish that I were away from diseases, crimes, and financial crises for the rest of my life.

4. How do you make the holidays special without spending any money?

   We use Photoshop to create our own photo holiday cards and send them electronically to our friends along with our best wishes.

5. What games did you play with your family growing up?

   We play Monopoly, which can get really addictive.

6. What holiday tradition have you carried on from your own childhood?

    I stay up on New Year's Eve and do the countdown together with my family.

7. Where would you go for a Christmas/Hanukkah-away-from-home trip?

   I would go to Hawaii for a warm and romantic Christmas vacation.

8. Check out GameStop and tell us, what are the three top items on your GameStop Wish List this year? 

    Xbox 360 4GB Console with Kinect
    Nintendo DS Lite
    Just Dance 2 for Nintendo Wii

Thursday, December 2, 2010

Baby Gizmo 12 Days of Christmas Giveaway just kicked off its 12 Days of Christmas Giveaway. Members of the website will have the chance to win a nice baby product every day between 12/1-12/12. You may check out the list of prize and enter the giveaways that you like.

In addition, you may gain 5 extra entries for each daily giveaway by blogging about the event. There is also an additional blogger contest, in which one blogger will win a $250 VISA Gift Card! Make sure you follow the rules here. Best of luck!

Disclosure: I'm entered into a gift card drawing by writing this post. No monetary compensation was provided.

Rayovac Mom Rocks The Holidays Sweepstakes

Rayovac is hosting a Mom Rocks The Holidays Sweepstakes from now through December 5, 2010. By sharing how you or your mom rocks the holidays in 120 words or less, you will be entered to win 1 of 3 Grand Prizes ($1,000 cash) or 1 of 20 runner up prizes (a Rayovac Jam kit including a Paper Jamz guitar, drum, amp and guitar strap as well as 2 packs of Rayovac Alkaline AAA 24 packs). Winners will be randomly selected from all eligible entries. Why not give it a shot? Good luck, ya'll!

Plus, if you blog about this sweepstakes and share your link here, you may win a bonus prize of $250 cash or a Rayovac Jam Pack. The deadline for the blogger giveaway is 12/2.

Disclosure: Followers who promote the Rayovac Mom Rocks the Holidays Sweepstakes may receive gifts from Rayovac.

Thursday, August 26, 2010

Flavorful Low-Sodium Family Meals

With both my father and grandfather suffering from high blood pressure, I'm highly aware of the importance of controlling the sodium in our diet and I'm always on the lookout for tips to maintain a low-sodium diet. It is also one of my top priorities to cultivate healthy eating habits for my kid.

But does eating less salt mean eating bland, boring foods? Not necessarily! There are many ways to make meals that are both flavorful and healthy.  Mrs. Dash and TwitterMoms have teamed up for new blogging program asking you to share your tips and recipes for "Flavorful Low-Sodium Family Meals." The first 50 qualified submissions will receive a $50 gift card! You can learn more about Mrs. Dash Seasoning Blends and get great recipe ideas from their site to inspire your own creations!

Here's my favorite low-sodium recipe:

Baked Salmon

  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 6 tablespoons light olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1 teaspoon Mrs. Dash® Italian Medley Seasoning Blend
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon fresh parsley, chopped
  • 2 (6 ounce) fillets salmon

  1. In a medium glass bowl, prepare marinade by mixing garlic, light olive oil, basil, salt, pepper, lemon juice,  Mrs. Dash® Italian Medley Seasoning Blend and parsley. Place salmon fillets in a medium glass baking dish, and cover with the marinade. Marinate in the refrigerator about 1 hour, turning occasionally.
  2. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C).
  3. Place fillets in aluminum foil, cover with marinade, and seal. Place sealed salmon in the glass dish, and bake 35 to 45 minutes, until easily flaked with a fork.
About Mrs. Dash

Mrs. Dash® doesn't just offer the tastiest salt-free seasoning you can find, they also have hundreds of delicious recipes. Most of these recipes are low sodium, and you'll find everything from appetizers, salads, vegetables and main dishes. Prepare tasty, healthy cuisine when you're cooking with Mrs. Dash® Salt-Free Seasoning Blends.

Mrs. Dash Seasoning Blends are available in 15 different salt-free varieties that add flavor to foods - everything from seafood to salad and meat to mixed vegetables.

Disclosure: I wrote this blog post while participating in the Mrs. Dash and TwitterMoms blogging program for a chance to get a $50 gift card. For more information on how you can participate, click here

Sunday, August 22, 2010

Bloggin’ for BUCKS!!!

Blogmania bloggers are all about building relationships – between our blogs, our cherished readers, the online community and business owners. We value each other’s opinion as we all are endeavoring to make the best choices for our home life. So it seemed natural to partner up with The Lane Real Estate Team and Breebee’s blog to bring you our first ever twitter and blog blast party. The Lane Real Estate Team is all about building relationships through communities – specializing in Kennewick Homes for Sale. And Bree is a blogger – and a mom – trying to think outside of the box and help build community ties in NW Columbus OH via her Kid event website! Our other twitter party sponsors also offer items to help strengthen and maintain relationships – from stationary to hand stamped sentiments.

Our Party Theme: “Building toward Blogmania with The Lane Real Estate Team” []

Info on the Blog Blast:

If you post on your blog(s) our announcement between now and the twitter party you will be entered to win $100 cash. If we reach 500 blogs there will be two additional $50 drawings, totaling 3 winners! You can email me, or for the HTML code for blog(s) links and some posting specific OR ask the post owner for info and that blog owner will provide you an HTML code.
Please return with your specific blog post links on Bree’s Blog, under her Twitter Party PAGE tab.

Info on the Twitter Party:

9:30-10:30pm EST - SUNDAY AUGUST 22we will party!
There is a custom tweet grid and a linky for early RSVP. RSVP’ing early also enters you into special drawings. You do not have to RSVP to tweet and win but the ‘extra’ will not be available.

You can win both the blog blast and at the twitter party!

RSVP at BreeBee’s:

Friday, August 20, 2010

Dinosaur Train Themed Products Giveaways

To celebrate the Get Ready for Kindergarten Month (August), the Jim Henson Company has sponsored Dinosaur Train Themed Products Giveaways on 48 blogs. The prize pack is worth $53. The products look very cute. I'd love to win some for my son. So here goes the list of blogs I've found that are hosting the giveaway.

Firefly Blog 8/20
Flying Giggles and Lollipops 8/27
Grammy Janet's Place 8/27
Toronto Teacher Mom 8/28
Keeper of the Cheerios 8/31
icefairy's Treasure Chest 9/1
Momma Findings 9/2
Confessions of a Psychotic Housewife 9/4
Energizer Bunny's Mommy Reports 9/4
and Twins make 5 9/9

Saturday, August 7, 2010

No-Go BlogHer Blog Hop


Are you staying home during the BlogHer 2010 conference? Well, there is no reason to be down about it. Maya from Musings of a Marfan Mom and Stefany from ToBeThode are hosting a No-Go BlogHer party to cheer you up.

Here is what you need to do to participate:

1. Answer the questions below on your blog and then link up that post in the linky
2. Grab the button for the No-Go BlogHer party and place it on your sidebar during the duration of the party.

Here are the questions and my answers:

1. When did you start blogging?

I started this blog in June this year, but I started blogging back in March 2009, when icefairy's Treasure Chest was born.

2. Why did you start blogging?

I started blogging because of my love for freebies and giveaways. I benefited a lot from the valuable information provided by many great blogs and wanted to carry on the spirit of sharing. You may read more about why I started this new blog here.

3. What is one thing you are going to do this week that is WAY cooler than going to BlogHer?

I was at BlogHer last year. Although I had a great time and grabbed home a huge suitcase of swags, I missed my son and hubby badly. This year, I'm able to spend some quality time with my family and I think that's way cooler than going to BlogHer on my own. We just came back from a Rodeo Tournament show, which was a lot of fun!

4. Share a post that you think says a lot about you or is your favorite.

My favorite post on this blog is certainly this one, because I put a lot of work into it and hope it'll benefit a lot of people. 

Once you post your answers on your own blog, don't forget to link up. Then start hopping around and meeting some new bloggers. It would be great if you would leave a comments for everyone you visit regarding their answers (so they know you stopped by). Also, follow some blogs if you like them! If you are playing along, tweet about it using the hashtag #NoGoBlogHer!

Sunday, July 11, 2010

Constructive Playthings Giveaways

Constructive Playthings has a Mom Bloggers Program that sponsors reviews and giveaways on 12 mom blogs. They're currently giving away a $50 gift card on each blog and here are the links and end dates.

Mommy Moment 7/19
Toy Queen
Crazy Adventures in Parenting
No Time for Flash Cards
Momma DJane
Raising Olives
Experimental Mommy
Feisty Frugal and Fabulous
3 Garnets 2 Sapphires 7/26
My Sentiment ExactLee 7/25

Saturday, July 10, 2010

HearthSong Giveaways

HearthSong is toy store I recently fell in love with. They carry a wide range of educational and recreational toys that kids of all ages can enjoy. I love to win toys for my kiddo. Here's a list of current giveaways sponsored by HearthSong.

A Butterfly or Froggy Kite 7/10
$50 Gift Certificate 7/11

Friday, July 9, 2010

CSN Stores Giveaways

CSN Stores is one of the most blog friendly company out there. They've sponsored numerous giveaways on blogs big or small, new or established. I love them! So I'm building an ongoing list of current CSN Stores giveaways (that I enter). The format is Prize-End Date and link to the giveaway post.

$70 Gift Code 8/14
$125 Gift Code 8/17
$100 Gift Code 8/20
$60 Gift Code 8/21
$60 Gift Code 8/24
$40 Gift Code 8/25
$60 Gift Code 8/29
$160 Gift Code 8/30
$40 Gift Code 9/16

Monday, June 28, 2010

The Master List of Places to List and Find Giveaways

It took me quite some time to compile and update this long list of places to list/find giveaways. It is my ambition to provide the most complete list, but it's virtually impossible without your help. Please feel free to add any site that is missing from my list by filing out the form at the bottom of this post. I'll try my best to keep the list current and comprehensive.

*For easier view, please click on each day to see the corresponding list*


Any Day
icefairy's Treasure Chest Giveaways Express
(Mr. Linky)

Sweeps Advantage (Account required, link back required)
Online Sweepstakes (Account required)
PRIZEY (Account required)
Mom Giveaways
Contest for Moms
Super Sweeps (Link back required)
All Things Bloggy
Contest Corner
Giveaway Blogdom
Mommy PR
Giveaway Scout (Link back required)
Contest Heat
Contest Bee
Sweepstakes & Contest List Directory (Email)
A Contest Blog
Blog Contest Station
Etsy Giveaways
Just A Mom's Take On Things
Big List of Giveaways (Account required)
Blog Sweeps (Account required)
Tip Junkie (Account required, prize value $25+, ends within 7 days)
Picket Fence Blogs (Member w/ 10+ votes, up to 2 giveaways at one time)
Sweeties Sweepstakes
The Sweepstakes Wire
Double Prizes
Great Blog Giveaways Daily Roundup
SweepsGoat (Account required)
Smart Canucks (Canadian, Account required)
Contest Live (Account required)
Prize-A-Tron (Email)
Enter Online Sweeps (Account required)
Contest Alley
Giveaways Cafe (Account required)
Mom of 2 Dancers Contest Listings
Everything Up Close
Canadian Giveaways
1stopmom Giveaways
Contest Guide
Win Prizes Online (Account required)
CashNet Sweepstakes
The Giveaway Gallery
I Heart Contest
Tasty Swag
Contest Blogger (Account required)
Bloggy Treasures (Email)
No Time Mommy (Email)
Blog Giveaways (Email)
Helping Mommys Win (Leave a comment, <50 entries)
Tight Wad in Utah (Email, <200 entries, ends within a week)
Ten Talents (Email, <100 entries)
Living Out Loud (bottom of page)
International Giveaways
Connie's View
Ecobunga! (Account required, green giveaways only)
Contest Beat
Giveaways 4 Mommy
Let's Win! 
Product Sweepstakes
Prizeblade Featured Five (Selected 5 giveaways are featured on a rotating banner above the fold)
The Frugal Homeschooling Mom (Leave a comment)
By Hand Giveaways (for handmade prizes only)
The Give-Away Diva (not active)

Ning Community/Forum
Momlogic Giveaways and Contests
Mom Bloggers Club Contests and Giveaways Galore
Twitter Moms Contests
The Product Review Place Giveaways
Pitch It To Me List Your Giveaways
Giveaway Blogs
Mom It Forward Forum

Linky Tools
Mom Fuse List Your Giveaway
Eighty MPH Mom
Only Free Stuff Here
Kiddies Corner Deals
Mama of 3 Munchkins
Mom Most Traveled
The Nurse Mommy
Extreme Personal Measures
The Eclectic Element
A Moms Rantings
Miss Organic's Kitchen
Blog Giveaways Sweep Tight
Health, Beauty, Children & Family
Mama Zone 
Wicked Cool Giveaways
Momma Told Me
Mama's Money Savers
Delaney's Top Pick Giveaways
All In A Mom's Life
Mommy 2 3Monkeys
Mommy Enterprises
Fave Giveaways
Health, Beauty & Family
Captive Illusions Giveaways
Mom's Best Bets
Naddez's Goody Corner (Bottom of page)
Psychic Mama*Indigo Child (not active)

Mr. Linky
A Blog Of Goodies Gimme Giveaways
Product Sweepstakes (Updated every Sunday)
Oh So Savvy Mom (<200 entries, ends in 6 days)
Familylicious Reviews & Giveaways
Mama Buzz (any day)
Canadian Contests and Giveaways
The Giveaway
dkMommy Spot
The Frugal Kennedys Giveaways Galore
Family Focus Blog
Mom Made That
Mother 2 Mother
Latina on a Mission
Moomette's Magnificents
Get Savvy Linked
Loads of Freebies
Keeper of the Cheerios
My Good Cents Blog Giveaways
Great Deals Everywhere
One Scrappy Mom
My Blogs 4 U
Here and There Contest Quest
News Around The Blogs (not active)

Simply Linked
Mom in Training
The Steady Hand

Giveaways 4 Prizes (new linky daily)
Craving the Giveaways