Tuesday, December 13, 2011
Remember how ecstatic I was when Karen worked her magic with items we had from around our home and totally transformed the living room I hated?
I still cannot believe she pulled it off, in less than three hours mind you!
When Karen left our house that morning, she left me with a note that had some suggestions for enhancing the space even further, and one of those suggestions was the purchase of a floor lamp that wasn't so torch-lampy like the one we've been using (since college).
I've kept my eye out for a floor lamp that looked rich, yet didn't cost an arm and a leg. Something that gave decent light since our home has no overhead light fixtures. Something that would fit in our home now, but also fit when we get our new furniture and flooring...
I finally found it! AT WAYFAIR.COM!~
You may know Wayfair.com as CSN.com, but it now has a new name.
New name, same outstanding collection of items to choose from.
Literally, something for everyone on your list and then some.
Our boy got right to work assembling our new accessory - (love when it's so easy, your 4 year old can put it together! awesome!)
This lamp is a great addition to our living room & will grace our home for years to come...
Thank you Wayfair!!
Wednesday, December 7, 2011
Sunday, December 4, 2011
Enter in Chex - Mix! A Chex Mix-Change!
One quick visit to this website ChexMix.com and all of my holiday treat exchange woes are over!
15 minutes to whip up a batch of delishiousness...with minimal mess and no baking? I'm all over that!
|Hot Buttered Yum Chex Mix!|
You are sure to find a recipe or two for every different taste for your party - I'm sure of it...
There's even a gluten free section!
I loved the packaging ideas...So much fun!
How would you like to pick up some Chex Mix & ingredients and try out a few recipes for your own holiday enjoyment?
The fine folks from Chex & MyBlogSpark are providing a prize pack that will contain:
2 boxes of Chex cereal to create Chex Party Mix recipes
5 featured Chex Party Mix recipes
10 takeout containers so your guests can take their Chex Party Mix to-go
$20 gift card to purchase recipe ingredients and decorating supplies ~
|Chex Mix Prize Pack!|
How awesome is that?
How do you win?
Easy - Simply complete any one or more of the following items via the Rafflecopter entry form below (Don't forget to click on the 'I did this' section of the rafflecopter for it to count! (Each person will have up to 4 chances to win this give away - which will end next Monday, December 12th)
Thanks - and Good luck!
I'll admit it, a recent PR pitch hit my inbox and I immediately thought - "oh yeah, right!"
I said to myself 'Sex Toys?' I don't think so!' but I did take the time to read the email all the way through...Instead, words like intimacy and relationships caught my attention.
In addition to adult products, it turns out that EdenFantasys.com also carries a lot of candles, lingerie, massage kits, and novelty items.
I decided to click through and see what I could find ~ I was THRILLED to find one of my favorite bloggers featured on edenfantasys.com ~ How did I not know she writes a column there?
I admit it, some of the things I discovered had me ::BLUSHING:: ~ but there were so many things that didn't.
They have a great collection of things that would make awesome gifts...we have a wedding in the family coming up in 2012 & I think I know JUST the thing for her bridal shower and/or bachelorette party! (Don't worry Auntie Linda - that link is PG - go ahead! Check it out!)
The folks at EdenFantasys.com have generously offered up a $50 gift certificate for one of my lucky readers!
How awesome is that! You can go ahead and treat yourself to something awesome...if it's something you can leave under the Christmas Tree from Santa for everyone to see will have to be up to you - it's your choice!
Concerned about it arriving on your doorstep? You needn't be ~ I've scoped out the shipping policy & a quick google search tells me no one will know what comes in your unmarked, plain brown box nor will your credit card statement make a statement either.
So - what say you? Who wants to treat themselves (or buy a gift for a friend or a significant other?) with a $50 credit? A credit that has no requirements/conditions or expiration; and can be applied to shipping if there is enough of a balance left after your purchase total.
Help yourself to one or more of the following Rafflecopter entries...
Leaving a comment is not mandatory, but I'd love to hear how you carve out time for yourself (rated PG of course!)
One winner will be chosen on Wednesday, December 14th - Good Luck!
Tuesday, November 29, 2011
I can say that now - it's less than a month away!
Remember when I visited Brookstone late last spring and found so many things I didn't know I needed?
I recently had the opportunity to hang out in their Mall of America store again....
THIS time, I even sat in their massage chair! The uAstro Massager...
I could post pictures of myself in the chair, but really, there's nothing flattering about seeing that - so...
Just use your imagination...That thing heats & massages everything...wowsa!
With the holidays quickly approaching, Brookstone has something for everyone - from big items for the whole family to cute, adorable and practical stocking stuffers for people of all ages! (I still stuff stockings for the adults who spend Christmas in our home...so this is perfect for me!)
Some of the highlights I found...
|Phone Folio - How great is this!|
|Rover - Every (big & little) kid's dream!|
I could tell you about all of my favorite things from Brookstone - but, I already did that...
So, why don't you go ahead - check out Brookstone for yourself...I bet you can find something for everyone on your list!
(Don't forget yourself!!)
*** A special thank you to Brookstone for having me out to the MOA as their special guest earlier this month. Words and opinions are my own. I was given a small gift of appreciation from Brookstone for my time. ***
Tuesday, November 22, 2011
I've got a Q & A - WITH GIVE AWAY going on!
Please stop by, leave a question for the Cub Foods Dietician and be entered to win a $20 gift card to Cub Foods!
Sunday, November 20, 2011
Everyone can use a little pick me up now and then. But for the millions of military families manning the fort at home while their loved ones are away serving, a gesture of Cheer is especially welcome.
When our troops are called to serve, their families must rise to meet the challenges of service as well. To thank them, Cheerios® and the USO have partnered in a postcard campaign that spreads Cheer directly to these honorable military families and supports USO programs.
Through November 2011 at your local grocer, specially-marked boxes of Cheerios cereal will feature Cheer postcards on the front of the box. Consumers can simply cut out the postcard from the Cheerios logo, write a message of thanks on the back, add a stamp and mail the pre-addressed card to the USO. The USO will deliver the Cheer card to military families across the country.
For each postcard received through November 2012, Cheerios will make a $1 donation to the USO to help fund programs that support military families.
To kick off the campaign, Cheerios has already donated $150,000 to the USO and will donate up to an additional $100,000 based upon the number of postcards received from specially marked boxes now through November 30th, 2012.
Sending a “Cheer” postcard is a simple way to say thanks and lift the spirits of our country’s military families. So, take a moment out of your day to spread some Cheer and send a message of thanks!
And thanks to the folks at General Mills and MyBlogSpark - I have a super fun prize pack to give away!
1 winner's prize pack will contain the following items:
1 Cheerios cereal bowl
1 Cheerios cereal spoon
1 cereal dispenser
1 “Cheer” box of Cheerios
Some fun tidbits about the Zevro - Indispensable Dispenser - you do not HAVE to use it for cereal! (Hello - office M&M's? anyone?)
· Suitable for a wide variety of dry foods (cereal, trail mix, candy, granola, nuts, beans, rice)
· Convenient storage and portion control each quick twist dispenses approximately one ounce
· Designed to preserve freshness for up to 45 days
· Ideal for parents (promotes growing independence as children learn to serve themselves)
· Ideal for health- or weight-conscious consumers
How do you win?
Easy - Just like usual around here at Gust Gab!
Pick one or more of the following Rafflecopter Entries and viola! You are all set! None of the entries is mandatory, pick and choose whatever you feel comfortable with. Select 1, select 2...it's all up to you - the more you enter - the more chances you have to win of course, but again, nothing is mandatory...
(I'm getting my feet wet with the fancy new rafflecopter entry forms so I'm trying out many different ways to enter so I can see how it all lays out on the handy dandy spreadsheet - thanks for humoring me!)
Tuesday, November 15, 2011
COMMENT #1! I love when that happens, because it always seems like people are afraid to go first!
Congratulations Linda! Enjoy your Burger King gift card!!
Some of our nights are a little more hectic than others...
|Finger Puppets punched out from the BK Crown Program Box!|
Monday, November 14, 2011
And the winner is...
CONGRATS Meg! I will email you the details of your free year of Carbonite Online Back Up!
Thanks to everyone who entered and tried out the rafflecopter give away entry form with me...
I really liked it...and will use it as often as I can with my give aways going forward...don't forget to click on the 'I did this' box next to the entries!!
Come back again soon and see what other give aways I have coming down the pipeline!
My main reason for blogging is so that I have a place to collect the literally hundred of pictures that I take each and every month - and make some rhyme and reason out of them.
At the end of each year, I take my blog and turn it into a hard cover book...one day, I will gift these books to our kids who will have beautifully bound books of our adventures, complete with narrative. I hope they will enjoy them & share them with generations to come. I love love love looking at old photos of my family.
It took my computer 14 days to back up!
Finally, 100% backed up!
Up to 3 entries per person -
I'm trying out this fancy new way of hosting the give away - I've absolutely loved it on other blogs, so I hope it's as easy and fun as it appears to be!
The winner of a one year FREE subscription to Carbonite Online Back Up will be chosen on Monday, November 28th, 2011.Good Luck!
*** I was given a one year media subscription to Carbonite and one to give away. Words you are reading on this page are mine and mine alone. ***
Thursday, November 10, 2011
The winner of the General Mills Prize Pack is...
We are huge cereal eaters in our house...
- Collect all four comics – there’s one in each specially-marked Big G cereal box - and you’ll instantly be the hero of your house
|Let Big G cereals and DC ENTERTAINMENT feed your family’s bodies and minds while also giving them a super start to their day! Visit http://www.biggcerealheroes.com/ for more information on Big G cereals and DC Comics.|
The prize pack contains:
1 box of a participating Big G cereal
1 set of the collectable DC Super Hero comic books
1 Green Lantern action figure
I mean, really...who wouldn't want to get this?
So how do you enter? Simple - leave me a comment!
If you could have any super power...what would it be?
Tuesday, October 18, 2011
PS - if you are a blogger - don't forget to throw your name in the hat for an ADDITIONAL 25 cards! (Details in the blog post over on Gust Gab!)
Talk about awesome!
Monday, September 26, 2011
Wednesday, September 14, 2011
Need a little me time?
Stop by over here, leave a comment or two and be entered to win not one, not two, but THREE SAVE Certificates for a Spa Mani/Pedi at Colleen & Company! Me Time with a couple of friends?
What could be better than that?
Sunday, September 11, 2011
Combining cake mix and filling pouch in one box, Fun da-middles cupcakes have a special creamy filling that bakes inside the cupcake.
•One cupcake pan
•One oven mitt
•One package of cupcake liners
•One box of cupcake gift notes
** Bonus entry... Like Gust Gab on FACEBOOK and then leave me a comment telling me you are a Facebook Fan for a bonus entry! ***
Please don't forget to leave me an email address to get ahold of you should you be the winner! (Not everyone has their emails enabled in their blogger profile! THANKS!)
Click HERE to print your own coupons for Fun da Middles!
Tuesday, August 30, 2011
Gust Gab Minnesota Zoo Give Away - Click HERE!
Friday, July 29, 2011
Little did I know just how hard that would be when life was actually happening...
From the time the alarm goes off in the morning until long after the sun goes down...
It's busy busy busy at our house - work and daycare, time spent with friends, softball, karate, swimming lessons, grocery shopping, lawn mowing, flower gardening, bike riding and who all knows what else...
We are always on the go -
Finding the time to make a decent meal much less all sitting down at the same time to eat it is harder than you'd think!
We've been experiencing a major heat wave here in Minnesota - Heat index well up over 100 degrees many days in a row...The last thing we want to do is turn on a hot oven or eat a warm meal on days like that...and those days have been many...
It's no secret that our five year old is a picky eater - but one thing that she loves to eat and we love to let her, is cereal...What better meal on a stifling hot day than a bowl of cereal! And I don't feel one bit bad about letting her, or our entire family for that matter, eat cereal for dinner either! (Or breakfast or lunch!)
It's especially easy when you let your taste buds be your guide and let Fiber One take care of the fiber. Getting fiber in foods you love doesn’t have to be a struggle when there are delicious honey clusters, plump and juicy raisins, caramel-flavored whole wheat squares, or whole grain shredded wheat biscuits with frosting that make it taste amazing.
My family has been enjoying a wide variety of Fiber One cereals thanks to General Mills and MyBlogSpark, and now, they'd like to give one lucky reader of Gust Gab a Fiber One cereal gift pack too!
The gift pack includes 5 boxes of Fiber One cereal (Original®, Honey Clusters®, Raisin Bran Clusters®, Caramel Delight®, and Shredded Wheat®) for you to enjoy!
Visit Fiber One online for great information on healthy living and additional ways to incorporate fiber into your diet. Also, be sure to check out the Fiber One Facebook page and get involved in the conversation!
For an awesome money saving coupon, click here so you can get yourself a printable coupon for $0.75 off the purchase of any (1) Fiber One cereal today! (And...if your local store doubles like mine does...That's $1.50 off a box of Fiber One! YAY!
*** To be entered in the contest, simply tell me your favorite breakfast cereal...
***** Bonus Entry - Like GUST GAB on Facebook
******** Bonus Entry - become a follower of Gust Gab
That's it! Three chances to win! (Please leave a separate comment for each thing so that random.org has an easier time selecting the winner!)
A winner will be chosen on August 3rd - so leave your comments now!
Saturday, July 16, 2011
As part of its national a cross-country tour, the Organic Family Love Fest offers Minneapolis area families an opportunity to play, eat and learn with the organic experts. The event will feature delicious yogurt tastings, cooking demos from local chefs, food and nutrition information, and barnyard shenanigans for kids including Stonyfield Farm’s own automated “pooping cow” that teaches about organic farming with a hint of humor. Talk about something different to capture the kids' attention at the Aquatennial huh?
AND...Stonyfield will donate $1 to charitable organization Healthy Child, Healthy World for every handprint added to the event’s handprint wall.
Folks, if you are going to be at the Aquatennial...DO THE HANDPRINT!! What an easy way to make a donation!
Details on the Stonybrook Event are as follows:
When: Saturday, July 23
Time: 6:00 PM– 10:00 PM
Where: Minneapolis Aquatennial (81 S. 9th Street #260, Minneapolis, MN)
Stonyfield organic YoBaby Meals offer a unique 3-in-1 combination of protein-packed yogurt + fruit + veggie purée in one cup. They’re an easy, delicious and surprising way to help moms give their babies and toddlers a trio of important food groups at every meal. Oikos is the only organic Greek yogurt available nationally; it’s made from organic milk that’s free of toxic and persistent chemicals, antibiotics and synthetic growth hormones.
Stonyfield Yogurt for the Whole Family!!
The fine folks at Stonyfield would like to share their products with one lucky reader from Gust Gab! (The give away is in coupon form, so you do not need to be local to win!)
YAY! Interested in coupons for FREE Oikos and YoBaby yogurt?
Who doesn't need a healthy, COOL treat when we're in the hot hot hottest days of summer???
Simply leave a comment here telling me your favorite flavor of yogurt...
**Bonus entry? Become a Gust Gab Facebook Fan...& then leave another comment saying that you are...(even if you already are...BONUS!! Just leave a separate comment...)
That's it...easy peasy!
A winner will be selected via random.org on Thursday, July 28th.
Thursday, July 7, 2011
Being that we aren't into the iphone and neither of the adults in our house have any iphone envy...
I wasn't sure if this was the right fit for our family...
We do however, have a couple of ipods...
Ipods that are constantly in use for the hub's daily jogs and for the kiddos' listening enjoyment...
and every great once in awhile...for me to escape & listen to some tunes as well!
Imagine my delight when I discovered that this thing not only works as a portable speaker, but also charges the unit at the same time! YAY! (Our ipods NEVER have any juice!)
As taken from their website:
A compact, clutch-style speaker system, the PurePlay™ Portable Speaker packs a big sound in a small, easily portable design. Perfect for a picnic, poolside or indoors, slide it in your favorite bag knowing the speakers are well protected, and then simply unfold it to move and groove to your favorite tunes – all while charging your iPod® or iPhone®.
They aren't kiddin! You can plug this unit in with the AC Adapter it comes with...Or you can pop in some AAA batteries and take it with you where ever you may be headed...
My kids who are ONLY preschoolers yet,love using the unit to listen to the ipod 'out loud' as we often have them listening with headphones...
There have been some crazy fun family dance parties going on around here since we discovered the Memorex PurePlay!
You'd looove to see some pictures or video of THAT now wouldn't you?
You'll just have to use your imagination...although my 4 year old does have him some great dance moves!
This cute little number comes in three colors: white, charcoal and black...
I just love how compact and lightweight and PORTABLE it is...slip it right into my purse and it fits right in with the other stuff...
Here it is next to my cable remote...
Almost the same size and even more lightweight!
You can bring this little number anywhere!
To the park or beach, or just on your nightstand!
The Memorex PurePlay retails for around $70.00 and is available at many fine local retailers both in stores and online...
To buy or not to buy?
In my opinion, this is an easy one ~
A docking station for your ipad (or iphone) that CHARGES it up for you too? For families like us who take the ipods with them on the go, how great to be able to travel and not have to plug the ipod into a computer somewhere to charge it up! HEEEELLLLLOO convenience!
Plus, the portability factor, the sleek, compact design and the ability to play your itunes out loud anywhere you are?
We are loving this little gadget ~ and I'm confident you will too!
*** I was provided with a complimentary unit for review. The words and opinions that you read here are my own ***