Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Buy 4, Get the 5th Free with Tea Collection

Fabulous sale alert! Tuesday, April 30th through Sunday, May 5th, Tea Collection is offering you the chance to buy 4 regularly priced separates and get the 5th free on select styles with promo code SUMMER5. Stock up on comfortable and durable summer clothes for your little citizens! Now is your chance to shop the adorable South Africa Collection! Happy Shopping! 

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Snapping Away With Polaroid #Fotobar Review & #Giveaway

Whenever it is time to buy a present for someone special in my life, I like to make sure that it is a gift that comes from the heart.  Mother's Day will be here soon and I can't think of anything more special than giving Mom a customized photo of a memorable moment.

Polaroid Fotobar has a wide variety of options to help you get Mom the perfect gift.  I am especially fascinated with the Framed Art.  You just go online, upload a photo and then you are ready to choose your frame and mat.  I immediately knew which photo I was going to use because it is one of my favorite pictures of all time.  It was taken shortly after my husband and I started dating and the photo truly captured my feelings for James.

Shortly after ordering my framed picture online, I received an email confirming my order.  It did not take long for the framed picture to be delivered.  I was very pleased with the packaging of this product.  I can't tell you how many times I have received broken or cracked items.  Polaroid Fotobar took the time to make sure that the delicate contents would not be rattled or marred.  The quality of my new wall decor has blown me away.  Every time I walk by this photo, I can't help but grin from ear to ear. 

You can find Polaroid Fotobar on Facebook and Twitter.

Polaroid Fotobar offers a 90 day 100% satisfaction guarantee.  Save 20% on your order now through May 31, 2013 when you use this coupon code: FBLLIFE

Giveaway Time: Polaroid Fotobar is going to treat one of my readers to a $50 gift certificate to use at www.polaroidfotobar.com. To enter, fill out the form below:

I received the above product free of charge for review purposes. All opinions expressed in this post are 100% my own. 

Monday, April 29, 2013

A Case of Redemption by Adam Mitzner #giveaway

Dan Sorensen was once a high-powered New York City defense attorney . . . but that was before a horrifying accident killed the two people in his life who meant the most, plunging him into a downward spiral. As he approaches rock bottom, Dan is unexpectedly offered the opportunity of a lifetime: defend an up-and-coming rapper in a murder trial on the front page of every newspaper. Although his client swears he's innocent of the brutal slaying of his pop star girlfriend, proving it will not be easy. Unsure that he's ready to handle such a high stakes case, Dan realizes that this chance to save a man he believes has been falsely accused of murder just may be his last and only hope to put his own life back on track, and achieve redemption for his past sins. But as Dan delves deeper into the case, he learns that atonement comes at a very steep price.

A Case of Redemption
By Adam Mitzner
Published by Gallery Books
336 pages
May 14, 2013
$26.00 US/$29.99 CAN

Visit Adam's website and Facebook page.

Disclosure: I did not receive any form of compensation for this post. 

Mother's Day #Giveaway - KitchenAid Mixer


Empowered Mommy proudly brings a giveaway for the mothers world-wide. 

Special thanks our co-hostess and contributors Army Wife and MommyJoys Of Life, Sparkling Mom, Global Media Moms and many other friendly blogs.

Good news for all the mothers out there - WIN KitchenAid Mixer with us this Mother's Day! 

Mother's Day is right around the corner.  Have you bought Mom a special gift yet? If not, wouldn't it be nice to win her the perfect gift?  What would she do if you showed up with a KitchenAid Mixer and a Happy Mother's Day smile?

Open World-Wide. Enter via rafflecopter widget below. This giveaway will run from April 29, 13 to May 29, 13. Make sure you complete all the entries to maximize your chances of winning. 

Disclosure: This giveaway is brought to you by of Empowered Mommy and other bloggers who contributed towards the giveaway. This giveaway is in no way related
and/or endorsed by Facebook or KitchenAid.  It's My Life was not compensated for the publication of this post. All views are 100% my own and may differ to than that of yours. 

Sunday, April 28, 2013

Get Crafty With Craftsy


I've always wanted to attend DIY classes and start making my own products.  I can't tell you how many times I have looked at something and thought, this would be perfect if it had __________.  Finding time to take classes is a bit difficult though.  How great would it be if you could take an Online Class and learn how to sew or quilt from the privacy of your own home?  Take a course in cake decorating this week and then learn embroidery the next.  This is possible with Craftsy! 

May 1st

Kenneth King: The Carefree Fly-Front Coat (sewing)
Jacquie Gering: Improvisational Piecing, Modern Design (quilting)
Marsha Winbeckler: Ruffles and Draping: Fabric Techniques in Fondant (cake decorating)
Terry White: Free-Motion Machine Embroidery (embroidery)

May 8th

Leah Day: Free Motion Fillers, Vol. 2 (quilting)
Sharon Wee: Design Your Own Castle Cake (cake decorating)
Cookie Gaynor: Digitizing Your Embroidery (embroidery)

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Become A Purex Insider #bloggeropps

I've been a member of Purex Insiders for a while now and I just received notification that they are looking for more bloggers to team up with.  Do you have a blog where you review different products?  If so, then I recommend joining Purex Insiders.  So far I have been able review several different brand and host giveaways.  I've received products from Purex, Jockey, Soft Scrub brands and more.  Have I piqued your interest?  If so, go on and apply!

Apply here if you are a US resident.

Canadian residents should apply here.

If you are a Spanish speaking blogger, please apply here.

I did not receive any form of compensation for this post.  All opinions expressed are 100% my own.

#Win $125 PayPal or Amazon Gift Card #Giveaway


Welcome to the Stacy's Savings & Other Stuff Celebration Giveaway!!

Stacy's Savings & Other Stuff has hit a lot of milestones lately, and its all because of awesome fans like you! So to celebrate all of our fantastic fans, who make everything possible, we're hosting a huge giveaway! Many of our blogging friends are helping us to celebrate! It's a huge party all for YOU!

Zany Dezines, Giveaway Jungle, and eWriters Central have joined me to co-host this event!

One lucky winner will win a $125 Prize! The winner can choose between PayPal or an Amazon Gift Card!

I am so happy about being a part of this awesome giveaway!  I'm sure everyone could use an extra $125.  I would use it to buy a new blu-ray player.  What would you use it for?

This awesome Giveaway starts at 8:00 PM CDT on April 28th, and ends at 11:59 PM CDT on May 28th!

US & Canada Only, must be 18+ to win.

See Giveaway Tools Widget for full terms & conditions.

Use the Giveaway Tools Widget below to enter! GOOD LUCK!!

Disclosure: It's My Life did not accept any forms of payment for this event and is not responsible for shipping or emailing prize to the winner(s). This even is in no way associated with Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, Twitter, Google or any other social media network. Winner will be notified by email submitted and prize will be emailed to winner after confirmation. See Giveaway Tools Widget for full disclosure or contact Stacy at stacy@stacyssavings.com.

Baby Cargo #Giveaway

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Sponsored by: Baby Cargo

Special Thanks to Our AWESOME Cohosts

This giveaway is part of the Bloom Into Baby Event.

Be sure to check out all of the current Bloom Into Baby giveaways in the linky below the Giveaway Tools Form.


Baby Cargo makes everything you need for your on the go baby. With three strollers to choose from, you're sure to find the perfect fit. The Georgi Stroller Bag fits on your stroller handles and will carry all your baby's essentials.

Are you pregnant or know someone who is?  Would you love to be able to give them a brand new stroller?  If so, be sure to enter this amazing giveaway!

See the full Baby Cargo Review on My Four Littles.


One lucky reader will win Baby Cargo 200 Series Stroller and a Baby Cargo Georgi Stroller Bag.

This giveaway is open to the United States only.

This giveaway will begin 12:00am EST April 28th and end 11:59pm EST May 16th.

All entries will be verified.

Good luck and thank you for entering!

Don't stop now!

Enter some more Bloom Into Baby Giveaways!

Disclosure: This giveaway is not associated with, affiliated with, endorsed by, sponsored by, or connected to Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, or any other social media platform in any way. Social media outlets are in no way responsible for sponsor prize fulfillment. The sponsor alone is responsible for fulfilling the aforementioned prize. This blog did not receive compensation for posting this giveaway. Your information will not be shared with anyone without your explicit consent. This giveaway event is hosted by Amanda from My Four Littles and Four Littles Media. You can contact Amanda at contactus@myfourlittles.com with any questions, concerns, or to see your company featured on a Four Littles Media event.

Saturday, April 27, 2013

THE UNFINISHED WORK OF ELIZABETH D. by Nichole Bernier Review & #Giveaway

Kate has suffered a devastating blow.  Her close friend Elizabeth has passed away, a casualty in a plane crash.  When Kate finds out that it was Elizabeth's wish was that Kate would take on the task of taking care of Elizabeth's precious journals, Kate is taken more than shocked.

All of a sudden Kate is given the opportunity to see her beloved friend in a new light.  Elizabeth was an avid journal writer who painted a picture of each event with extreme clarity.  Kate not only learns that her friend was subjected to tragedy at a young age but that she never shared the deepest turning points in her life with anyone.

While reading about Elizabeth's life, Kate can't help but reflect on her own life and the choices that she has made.  Kate begins to question how she arrived at this place in life and if it is really where she wants to be.

This is one of the best books that I have read in a while.  Stunningly addicting, THE UNFINISHED WORK OF ELIZABETH D. is a novel that pushes boundaries and open hearts.  The exquisite writing style and memorable characters make a perfect combination.  I highly recommend reading this book.  

ISBN: 978-0307887825
Pages: 336

I received a complimentary copy of this book for review purposes. I did not receive any compensation for this post. All opinions expressed are 100% mine.

Friday, April 26, 2013

#BareItAll #BTlivechat With @LoriLFoster

BookTrib invites you to celebrate the release of the steamy new novel, BARE IT ALL on April 30 at 3:30 p.m. ET with a Live Chat with Lori Foster, New York Times bestselling and award-winning author.

Already receiving rave reviews in Publisher’s Weekly, RT Book Reviews, and more— BARE IT ALL, Lori Foster’s latest in her Love Undercover series, does not disappoint!

A cop’s craving to know more about the woman next door could prove fatal.

As the person responsible for taking down a brutal human trafficker, Alice Appleton fears retaliation at every turn. No one knows about her past, which is exactly how she prefers it…until the sexy cop next door comes knocking. Detective Reese Bareden thinks he knows what makes women tick, but his ever-elusive neighbor keeps him guessing like no other. Is his goal to unmask Alice’s secrets? Or protect her from a dangerous new threat? One thing is certain: their chemistry is a time bomb waiting to explode. And with no one to trust but each other, Reese and Alice are soon drawn into a deadly maze of corruption, intrigue and desire—and into the line of fire….

So, join us to chat live with Lori and find out everything you ever wanted to know about her red hot reads.

What’s more— For the FIRST time ever, BookTrib will be giving away a goodie bag filled with ALL of Lori Foster’s favorite things. Including, chocolate, lip balm, and more! Along with FREE copies of the book!

I did not receive any form of compensation for this post. Images and information were provided by BookTrib.


Disney Channel’s hit special event “The Wizards Return: Alex vs Alex,” starring superstar sensation, Selena Gomez reprising her role as Alex Russo, makes its highly-anticipated debut on DVD – June 25, 2013! Making the release a must-own, the DVD debut of “The Wizards Return: Alex vs Alex” also contains the final episode of the original series ‘Wizards of Waverly Place,’ the most-watched series finale in Disney Channel’s history. "Overflowing with big adventure, stunning special effects, epic stunts, exotic locales, and supernatural elements, "The Wizards Return: Alex vs Alex" is an exciting collectible for any Wizards fan and a fantastic adventure for the whole family."

The Russo family headed to Italy, to meet their long lost relatives... but when Alex (Selena Gomez) tries to prove she's more than a seemingly carefree young Wizard, she inadvertently conjures a spell that creates a Good Alex and an Evil Alex. When Evil Alex gets roped into a charming young wizard's foreboding plan to take over the world, Good Alex must find a way to save her family and humankind, which leads to a monumental battle between the two versions of herself - all atop the Tower of Pisa.

"The Wizards Return: Alex vs Alex" was written by Vince Cheung and Ben Montanio ("Wizards of Waverly Place") and Dan Berendsen (ABC Family's "Baby Daddy"). Selena Gomez, Cheung and Montanio and Dan Cross and David Hoge are the executive producers. It was directed by Victor Gonzalez ("Wizards of Waverly Place"). "Wizards of Waverly Place" was created by Todd J. Greenwald ("Hannah Montana") and is a production of It's a Laugh Productions for Disney Channel.

Check out the trailer here.

I did not receive any form of compensation for this post.  Information and images were provided by Click Communications. 


Keurig OfficePRO Single-Cup Commercial Coffee Brewer from Staples Review

I am the type of person who cannot be spoken to until I've had my morning caffeine.  If someone tries to have a conversation with me before my cup of coffee, I am likely to bite their head off.  I don't mean to be this way and I have tried to work on it to no avail.

When I was given the option to review the Keurig OfficePRO Single-Cup Commercial Coffee Brewer from Staples, I just about jumped for joy.  I am the only person in my home who drinks coffee, so a regular coffee pot just isn't for me.  I try my best not to waste anything, so being able to make one cup at a time just makes sense.

Why was I so excited about receiving this machine? Well, I will tell you.  You get to choose how big of a mug you would like to fill.  You can choose between 6, 8 and 10 ounces.  The great part about this is that you can use a variety of cup and/or mug sizes. 

The "Keurig commercial grade brewers generally brew about 10 times the volume of a typical home brewer".  I was really pleased with how quickly my coffee was ready.  When the machine first started warming up, I thought that it might lift off and take flight.  This really is a heavy duty appliance.

Plus, just look at how stylish it is?  It looks absolutely amazing in my kitchen!  With it's sleek design and user-friendly operation, this is the ideal coffee maker for the home and at the office. 

I was really excited because the Keurig OfficePRO came with a variety of different drinks.  I could choose between plain coffee, flavored coffee, tea and hot cocoa.  I also received an 18-pack of Newman's Own Organics Special Blend Coffee.  This is the first time that I tried organic coffee and I love it!  It has a clean taste that is unlike any other brand that I have tried. 

One of my favorite features is that it will turn itself off after two hours.  Have you ever had one of those moments when you can't remember if you turned off the oven or your flat iron?  It's nice to know that a machine can shut down automatically. 

When it came time to clean the machine, I was taken aback by how simple the process as.  The 48 oz water reservoir and drip tray are removable.  It only weighs 14 pounds, so it's easy to move around to clean up the counters.

I can't even tell you how many compliments I have received on this coffee brewer.  I was told that coming over to my house for a cup of joe was "better than visiting a barista".  I must say that I agree with that statement.  I can just imagine how much money I will save by preparing my coffee at home instead of shelling out an arm and a leg at a coffee house. 

You can purchase your own Keurig OfficePRO Single-Cup Commercial Coffee Brewer from Staples for $129.99.  I'm sure Mom would love receive this brewer for Mother's Day.

I received a complimentary Keurig OfficePRO Single-Cup Commercial Coffee Brewer and for review purposes. All opinions expressed are 100% my own.

Thursday, April 25, 2013

Mother’s Day Movie Night #BestofWB #Giveaway

We think that most can agree... Moms are the best - and they do a lot for us! Now it’s time to return the favor and celebrate this Mother’s Day by giving mom the movie night she deserves! Celebrate Sunday, May 12th in the best way possible by spending quality time with your family and watch one of YOUR favorite classic films! Watching a classic flick together tells the story of a different time and place, and is the perfect opportunity to catch up and share stories with your family... tell them something that they never knew about Mom!

Mother's Day is an exciting holiday because it is an entire day designed to thank our mothers for everything that they do for us.  I have been blessed with a wonderful mother and I truly hope that she knows how much I love and appreciate her.

Fill out the GiveawayTools form below and be entered to win A Star is Born (1976) (Blu-ray) OR Cabaret (1972) (Blu-ray)(Prize will be chosen at random)

I did not receive any form of compensation for this post. Images and information was provided to me by Warner Bros. Home Entertainment.

Double Stuffed Swagbucks

Before April ends Swagbucks is giving you another opportunity to earn big! This Tuesday, April 30th Swagbucks is holding another Double Stuffed Swagbucks. If you missed the first one, here's how it works:

Double Stuffed Swagbucks means you'll get DOUBLE the SB amount in many of the ways to earn: Shop & Earn (in countries where available!), the Daily Poll, NOSO, the Toolbar, Games (aka Play) & on SBTV (aka Watch)!

In addition to Double the SB-earning fun, there will be 35 Swag Bucks worth of Swag Codes given throughout the day in each country of the Swag Nation.

If you haven't joined Swagbucks yet, now is the time. It's your chance to earn Swag Bucks twice as fast on Tuesday -- which means more free prizes like gift cards to Amazon, Target, Walmart & Paypal! Use the sign-up code 70DOUBLESTUFF for an extra 70 SB bonus when you sign up here.

I love Swagbucks!  I have been using the website for a very long time and have redeemed a ton of gift cards.  Have you joined yet?

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Make Mom A Memorable Blurb Design Instant Book For Mother's Day & Save 20%

With Mother's Day coming up soon, I want to do something special for mine! Which is why I am using the Blurb Designer Instant book template to make a professional quality photo book filled with memories for mom. Instant Books are easy to create, take about an hour, and start at just $12.99. This is definitely a present she will leave on the coffee table for everyone to see each and every day! Start creating your Blurb Designer Instant Book today and save 20% with promo code LOVEYOUMOM valid through 5/10/13!

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Buying Mom The Perfect Mother's Day Card

Mother's Day Cards from Treat

Mother's Day is almost here.

Whether you're looking for a card for your mom, your wife, grandmother, sisters, or in-laws, Treat has the card for you.

Their cards are top-quality and you have 100% control of the content. They have 450+ Mother's Day designs to choose from, ranging from funny to sentimental. You add your own pictures and text to make them uniquely your style.

Here are some of my favorite best-sellers:

The best part is that right now you can get 25% off all Mother's Day orders by using the code TREATMOM25.

So visit Treat today and make sure to use promo code TREATMOM25 by 11:59pm PT on April 30 to save 25%.

This post will enter me to win a Google Nexus 10 and contains affiliate links.

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

#Win a Canon EOS Rebel T4i Digital Camera in the Photo Ready #Giveaway

Welcome to the Photo Ready Giveaway Event

Organized by: Mom Powered Media

Please take a moment to say hello to our sponsor: Giveaway Booster

Have a giveaway? Great! Now, how do you get the word out about your giveaway? Of course you want to reach more than just your audience right?!
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Now let's talk about the fabulous prize package which includes:

Canon EOS REBEL T4i 18.0 MP CMOS Digital Camera with 3-inch Touchscreen and Full HD Movie Mode (Body) - Canon EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS II SLR Zoom Lens - Canon EF-S 55-250mm f/4.0-5.6 IS Telephoto Zoom Lens - Telephoto & Wide Angle Lens Set - 3 pc Filter Kit: UV/ Polarizing filter/Fluorescent correction & Case - 32 Gigabyte SDHC Secure Digital Memory Card - Secure Digital USB Card Reader - Universal Memory Card Wallet - Pack of LCD Screen Protectors - Additional LP-E8 Rechargeable Lithium-ion Replacement Battery Pack - Well Protective SLR Camera Gadget Bag w/Pockets & Strap - Full Size 59" Tripod W/Case - Focus DVD Guide to Digital SLR Cameras - Focus Digital Grey Card Set for color correction - Focus 5pc Deluxe Lens Care & Cleaning Kit - HDMI cable

One lucky winner will receive the Canon EOS REBEL T4i Prize Package {detailed above}!

 If you win, what will be your first picture?  Will it be of your children?  A pet? A beautiful sunset?

Giveaway ends May 14th at 11:59pm, open worldwide residents, ages 18+. Residents outside of the US will receive a $750 Amazon GC instead. To enter please use the Rafflecopter form below.

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Disclosure: I received no compensation for this publication. My opinions are my own and may differ from those of your own. It's My Life is not responsible for sponsor prize shipment. Please contact teri@mompoweredmedia.com with questions or to see your business or blog featured on the next big event!

Get Craftsy #makemoneyblogging


Here are some great reasons to join Craftsy's affiliate program:

30% commission on all course sales
$1 for every new registered Craftsy account
30 day cookie
$10 affiliate referrals: Invite your website-owning and blogging friends to join the Craftsy affiliate program and earn $10 for each friend who's approved.

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Enter to #Win $100 Paypal Cash #Giveaway

Today is Great Products! Great Reviews!'s 1 year anniversary, so they are hosting a $100 Paypal Cash giveaway for their readers and mine.

Could you use an extra $100?  I know I could! 
For a chance to win $100 deposited into your PayPal account, read on:)

Also co-hosted by The Lucky Lady Bug and Real Moms Review. Please check them out!

About the giveaway: 
One very lucky person will win $100 Paypal Cash! 
This giveaway will begin on 04/24/2013 at 12:01am EST and end on 05/24/2013 at 11:59pm EST. Open Worldwide, must be at least 18 years of age to enter. 
Enter through the Rafflecopter form below! 
Remember to come back for daily entries!
Good luck everyone!

Disclosure:  I was not compensated for this giveaway, nor am I responsible for shipping the prize to the winner.

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Go Social With HootSuite

HootSuite Social Media Management

I just recently started using HootSuite Social Media Management. It's this great social media helper that will automatically tweet your blog posts and share on Facebook, Google+, etc.  Right now, I am using the free version which allows you to use their website with limited access.  I am going to try 30 days of their Pro service and you can too!

This post contains affiliate links. All opinions expressed are 100% mine.

Layla Grayce & Zinc Door Want You #makemoneyblogging

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Mother's Day Is Right Around The Corner - Save 15% With Layla Grayce

Mother's Day is quickly approaching and now is the time to find that stylish and unique gift that shows how much your mom means to you! This year, Layla Grayce has posted a Mother's Day blog post suggesting the top ten gift ideas and essentials for mom and is offering 15% off these gifts with code 4URMOM valid through 5/1. Below are a few of my favorite gift ideas:

This is a sponsored post that contains affiliate links. 

Green Is Universal Prize Pack #ShareandTell

What is NBC’s Share and Tell?

Did you know that for every pound of new goods produced, 71 pounds of waste are generated during manufacturing? This Earth Week, NBCUniversal is partnering with the sharing site yerdle to help you minimize your impact on the planet by sharing your stuff. One person’s stuff is another person’s story!

What is yerdle?

Yerdle is the new mission-driven California Benefit corporation that’s out to help people share with their friends rather than buying things new. On yerdle, friends post items they're willing to give away or loan, search for items they're looking to get, and nab the things they want. Simple.

It's time for another giveaway!  Here is what one of my readers will win:

One Green is Universal canvas tote bag (made from recycled cotton)

... along with two of the items below (chosen at random)

- Planet Ocean DVD
- Green is Universal T-shirt (made by Alternative Apparel)
- Green is Universal colored pencil kits (made from recycled newspaper)
- Green is Universal Vapur water bottles (BPA-free)
- Green is Universal hardboard cover spiral bound notebook (not pictured)
- Green is Universal burlap FEED bag (not pictured)

I did not receive any form of compensation for this post. Information and images were provided by NBC Share and Tell.

Bolivar: American Liberator by Marie Arana #Giveaway

A larger-than-life figure from a tumultuous age, Simon Bolivar ignited a revolution, liberated six countries from Spanish rule and is revered as South America’s George Washington. And yet he remains little known to North American readers, in part because there has been no first-rate popular biography of the Great Liberator – until now. In BOLIVAR, Arana draws on a wealth of primary documents to brilliantly capture early nineteenth-century South America and the explosive tensions that helped revolutionize Bolivar. In 1813, Bolivar launched a campaign for the independence of Colombia and Venezuela, commencing a dazzling career that would take him across the rugged terrain of South America. From his battlefield victories to his ill-fated brief marriage and legendary love affairs, Bolivar emerges as a man of many facets: fearless general, brilliant strategist, consummate diplomat, passionate abolitionist, and gifted writer. Arana colorfully portrays a dramatic life, even while explaining the rivalries and complications that bedeviled Bolivar’s tragic last days. The publication coincides with the 200th anniversary of Bolivar’s first military campaign. Arana is the former editor of The Washington Post Book World and was a finalist for The National Book Award.

Title - Bolivar: American Liberator
Author - Marie Arana
Publisher - Simon & Schuster
ISBN - 978-1439110195
Pages - 624
Price - $35.00 US

Three of my readers will win a copy of this book thanks to Simon & Schuster!

I did not receive any form of compensation for this post.

Monday, April 22, 2013

The Stud Book by Monica Drake #studbook Review & #Giveaway

The Stud Book revolves around four close women who have known each other since high school.  Even though their lives have veered off in different directions, they still make time to stay in touch.

There is Sarah who longs to have a baby of her own but only encounters miscarriages.  She works in a zoo and observes the relationship between babies and their mothers.

Georgie has a newborn at home and her husband likes to spend his time at the bar.  She's doesn't want to become a nagging wife, so she just lets him come and go as he pleases.

Dulcet is the one in the group who does not want kids.  She teaches sex-education to teenagers and likes to experiment.

Nyla is a hippie with two older children.  She winds up pregnant and feeling guilty.  She also has a tendency to give money to charity that she doesn't actually have.

I had high hopes for this book.  I thought that the synopsis sounded great and I couldn't wait to dive in.  I made it about a fourth of the way through and then decided it wasn't for me.  I felt like the writing was a bit dry and there was just too much going on to really keep up.  I think that there is potential there, it just fell a little short. 

I received a complimentary copy of The Stud Book by Monica Drake for review purposes. All opinions expressed are 100% my own.

Happy 110th Birthday Crayola!

To celebrate their 110th birthday, the 8 original crayons are throwing a birthday bash at the new fun-omenal Crayola Experience, the world's only interactive Crayola family attraction. Right now, they're out on a colorful adventure to spread the news, and you're invited to join the fun!

How can you join in on the fun? You can FOLLOW the crayons on their adventure, LEARN more about each color and enter to WIN a trip for 4 to celebrate their birthday and the Grand Opening of the all new Crayola Experience this coming May, 2013!

Visit the Crayola Facebook page and click "enter now" for your chance to be first in line when the Crayola Experience reopens.

The new Crayola Experience features four floors of new interactive exhibits and one-of-a-kind attractions that will bring the magic of color and your child's creativity to life! The winner will be among the first to experience the fun, along with a three- night, all-expenses paid stay. It's an experience your kids will never forget - and neither will you!

Crayola supplied the image and information for this post.

Make Money With Tea Collection #makemoneyblogging

Do you run your own blog?  Are you interested in becoming an affiliate of Tea Collection?  Here are some great reasons to join:

8% commission
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$100+ Average Order
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Regular promotions including bounties and contests

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Energize Your Own Adventure #Giveaway


Guide 10 Plus Adventure Kit

Rock Out Speaker

Rechargeable AAA’s & Adapter

(A.L.L. Review)

ARV $165

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A Ladybug on the Go

 "GOAL ZERO is an innovator of portable solar power systems that power a variety of USB, AC and DC devices anywhere and at anytime. Providing a perfect blend of portability, power, and ease-of-use, GOAL ZERO products feature full solar energy systems -solar panels, power packs and accessories - each designed to work in concert with each other."

The Escape 150 Adventure Kit is an "All-In-One Integrated Solar Kit" which allows you to have access to an outlet wherever you may need and whenever!  What great is this device can not only charge your cellphone but something as large as a laptop as well!  The Escape 150 Adventure Kit can be used for USB, 12V and AC outputs and can be recharged in about 10-20 hours. 

What kind of adventure do you have planned if you win?  I want all the details:)

"Make Our Own Network" solely organized this event and I received no compensation for this publication.  My opinions are 100% my own and may differ from your own or even those stated in this post. It's My Life is not responsible for sponsor prize shipment. 

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Neater Feeder #Giveaway

I have some great news!  The wonderful folks over at Neater Feeder have decided to let me give one away to one of my readers!  The winner will be able to choose the size and color.  This giveaway is open to US residents only.  If you missed my review, check it out here.  Good luck!

I did not receive any form of compensation for this post.

CollageIt Pro Software #Giveaway

CollageIt Pro is an automatic and easy to use collage maker on Mac OS X & Windows. It excels with its ease of use and hugely reduces manual work. CollageIt Pro is a TOP 10 Photography APP on App Store! Here you can see some highlighted features:

*Simply add your photos to your collage; using “Random Layout” to generate layout automatically and customize collage; then export and share your collage.
*Various layouts and diverse templates.
*Easily personalize collage by cropping, adjusting photo number, photo space, page margin, rotation, sparse, and so on. Decorate collage with photo border and shadow.
*Save collage as an image file; set as desktop wallpaper; share through Email; or print it out instantly.

CollageIt wants to share their product with my readers!

Enter to win one of twelve CollageIt download codes for Windows:

Enter to win one of eight CollageIt download codes for Mac:

I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Tomoson.com. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.