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Chew for the Loot! (Giveaway – ends 3/7/12)

Have you seen the commercials for the new Trident and Stride promotion called “Chew For The Loot” yet? If not keep an eye out for them.

Chew for the Loot is an instant-win game that rewards you for chewing gum. Trident and Stride are giving away one million dollars to loyal fans, $50 at a time. 

For your chance to win look for specially-marked packs of Trident or Stride. Simply open the game piece to find out if you’re one of the lucky winners.  If you don’t win the first time, keep trying because the more you chew, the more chances you have to win!

My kids love to chew gum. I know my son especially likes Stride. I think I need to make sure that he gives me the game piece, just in case. 🙂

While you can’t win on Facebook, Trident and Stride have put together interactive Facebook tabs that allow you to get a virtual taste of money right now by adding some bling to your mouth (using one of your Facebook photos).  Try it now and ‘LIKE’ the official “Chew For The Loot” tab at your favorite brand’s Facebook page:

–    Trident: www.Facebook.com/TridentGum
–    Stride: www.Facebook.com/Stride-Gum

For more information or for the official rules and regulations please visit www.Chew4Loot.com

To help you get started on your chance to win I have to boxes (12 packs in each box) to give to two lucky readers (one box per winner).

To enter please comment on what you would use the $50 for if you were one of the lucky Chew 4 the Loot winners?

For extra entries you can do any or all of the following. Please leave a separate comment for each that you have done. Extra entries are optional. 

– Subscribe to She Scribes. Both E-mail and RSS options are found on the right side bar.

– “Like” She Scribes on Facebook, www.Facebook.com/SheScribes.

– Follow She Scribes on Twitter, www.Twitter.com/She_Scribes and tweet about the Chew 4 the Loot promotion and/or giveaway. Please include @She_Scribes AND #Chew4Loot in the tweet so I can see it too. This is limited to three tweets per day.

– Share information about the Chew 4 the Loot promotion and/or giveaway with others on Facebook, Digg, Technorati and so forth. Be sure to tell me what you did and please provide a name and/or URL so I can verify.

– Leave a thoughtful comment on a non-giveaway post on She Scribes and tell me which post you commented on. There is a limit of one comment per post, but you can comment on as many posts as you want for an unlimited extra entry option.

– Post about the Chew 4 the Loot promotion and/or giveaway on your site and please link back to this post. Please provide the URL.

This giveaway is open to US residents only and will end on March 7, 2012 at 11:59 PM (EST). The winners will be chosen at random using a random number generator from all eligible entries. The winners will be notified via e-mail and will have three days to reply with a name and mailing address (no PO Box). Failure to do so will result in a new winner will be chosen in their place.

Other great giveaways can be found on the right side bar under “Win It.”

Kimberly

*I will be receiving free product samples. There was no compensation. Any opinions expressed are my own.

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Campbell’s AdDress Your Heart Recipe Challenge (Giveaway – ends 3/6/12)

Earlier this morning I was watching the news. There was a segment on “silent heart attacks”. Mostly women experience the silent heart attacks. Many of them don’t know they are even having a heart attack. The news said 19% of women have these kinds of heart attacks and of those 19%, 15% will die by the time they get to the hospital because it would be too late.

NOT the way I wanted to start the morning. 🙁

I worry about my heart all the time. I admit that I should be doing A LOT more to take care of myself and my health. My husband does. I should be more like him. Heart disease runs in the family. His father died when he was 42 years old (my son was 11 at the time) of a massive heart attack. My mother in law had heart problems too, including bypass surgery. Because of that I have encouraged my husband to visit a cardiologist regularly. So far, so good. The doctor says he’s “ticker” is in great shape. Now I have to jump on the “heart healthy bandwagon”, so to speak.

There are more than 42 MILLION American women who suffer from some form of heart disease. Risk factors are on the rise too! Now more than ever a heart healthy diet is VERY important.

Campbell’s is taking the initiative to show people that heart healthy cooking doesn’t have to be bland or difficult to prepare. Now it’s sixth year, the Campbell’s AdDress Your Heart campaign has pledged to contribute more than $3.6 million to the American Heart Association through 2012. I think that is awesome!

At Campbell, we have a tradition of culinary excellence, and this year’s campaign builds on that legacy to support our commitment to heart health,” said Eric Christianson, Vice President, Campbell Soup Company. “We hope these delicious and easy recipes will inspire people to feel like a top chef in their own kitchen.”

For this year’s campaign AdDress Your Heart has a Cooking Challenge with put celebrity Chef Richard Blais up against Campbell’s Master Chef Thomas Griffiths. Each was asked to create a mouthwatering dish that incorporate two of Campbell’s nearly 100 heart-healthy products, all in support of the American Heart Association’s Go Red For Women movement. 

Chef Blais created Spicy BouilliaBlais and Chef Griffths created the Spiced Chicken and Green Bean Salad recipe. It’s made with Campbell’s Select Harvest Healthy Request Tomato and Basil Soup (which I love on it’s own too or with rice), Pepperidge Farms Farmhouse Whole Grain White Bread (I had to substitute this because I couldn’t find it at my local grocery store), and a very delicious V8 V-Fusion Pomegranate Blueberry juice. 

The full recipe can be found on the Facebook page.

I had to substitute a few things because either my local grocery store didn’t carry it or I knew my family wouldn’t eat it (this recipe called for mushrooms and I’m the only one who likes mushrooms).

The recipe was more involved then the kids I’m used to making but it turned out really good as far as the taste. My presentation left a lot to be desired (thus the reason I don’t have a photo). I over cooked the green beans and they looked sort of funky. They tasted fine, they just didn’t look too appetizing. 🙂

It turned out really good and I have a hard time believing that it was a “heart healthy” meal. I actually was very gourmet, so so than I am used to making at home. It’s something that I will make again.

I haven’t tried the Spicy BouilliaBlais yet because it is made with Scallops and Shrimp and no one in my family will eat them except me (I love seafood). I didn’t want to make the whole thing for myself (freeze for future meals) because I’m not sure how long seafood will last in the freezer. I will have to wait to make this for when I have company.

You can also find the recipe on the Facebook page. In fact if you visit the Facebook page, www.Facebook.com/CampbellsKitchen you can watch the “AdDress Your Heart Cooking Challenge” webisodes, get these and other recipes as well as coupons for Campbell’s heart-healthy products.

Fans can vote for their favorite recipe. Each vote will trigger a donation by Campbell to the American Heart Association’s Go Red For Women movement, to help fund research and eradicate heart disease. For every vote through March 1, 2012, Campbell will donate $1 to the movement, up to $625,000. That is awesome!

Campbell’s offers nearly 100 convenient, delicious foods that are certified heart-healthy by the American Heart Association (AHA). This includes all 33 Campbell’s Healthy Request soups, Low Sodium V8 100% Vegetable juices and Prego Heart Smart Italian sauces, which have been screened and verified to meet the AHA’s certification criteria to display its Heart Check mark.

To encourage you to become more “heart healthy” and to promote Campbell’s AdDress Your Heart campaign, Campbell’s has generously offered to give a lucky reader a fabulous prize package. The package will include many of the ingredients needed to make both recipes (soups, spices, juices…) AND a hand held blender and a really cool microplane (a large hand held grater). Thank you Campbell’s!

To enter please comment on what you are doing to be “heart healthy”?

For extra entries you can do any or all of the following. Please leave a separate comment for each that you have done. Extra entries are optional. 

– Subscribe to She Scribes. Both E-mail and RSS options are found on the right side bar.

– “Like” Campbell’s Kitchen on Facebook, www.Facebook.com/CampbellsKitchen.

– “Like” She Scribes on Facebook, www.Facebook.com/SheScribes.

– Follow Campbell’s Kitchen on Twitter, www.Twitter.com/CampbellKitchen.

– Follow She Scribes on Twitter, www.Twitter.com/She_Scribes and tweet about the AdDress Your Heart Campaign and/or giveaway. Please include @She_Scribes in the tweet so I can see it too. This is limited to three tweets per day.

– Share information about the AdDress Your Heart Campaign and/or giveaway with others on Facebook, Digg, Technorati and so forth. Be sure to tell me what you did and please provide a name and/or URL so I can verify.

– Leave a thoughtful comment on a non-giveaway post on She Scribes and tell me which post you commented on. There is a limit of one comment per post, but you can comment on as many posts as you want for an unlimited extra entry option.

– Post about the Campbell’s AdDress Your Heart Campaign and/or giveaway on your site and please link back to this post. Please provide the URL.

This giveaway is open to US residents only and will end on March 6, 2012 at 11:59 PM (EST). The winner will be chosen at random using a random number generator from all eligible entries. The winner will be notified via e-mail and will have three days to reply with a name, mailing address (no PO Box) and phone number (shipping purposes only). Failure to do so will result in a new winner will be chosen in their place.

Other amazing giveaways can be found on the right side bar under “Win It.”

Kimberly

*I received free product samples in order to do this review. There was no compenstation. The opinions expressed are entirly my own and are not influenced in any way. Campbells will be providing the prize package for the winner.

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Budget friendly, DIY Pet Projects (#BudgetLiving)

 

I have partnered with Apartment Guide to serve as an Official Apartment Guide Pet Blogger. As an official blogger, I will be sharing articles filled with tips for living on a budget.

I was checking searching the Internet for instructions to make a window shelf for my cats when I happened upon a really cool idea to make a cat “condo” using some cardboard tubes purchased at the local hardware store.

I can tell you from experience that cat condos are expensive. I have looked into them for my own cats but they are way out of our budget. We have a small one now, but it’s a hand-me-down from another cat owner.

 

I really LOVE this idea! I’m going to have to try to make one when the weather is better and I can do the work on the balcony (I rather not do this inside). It can be made for under $40 too.

On the Lowe’s site it’s referred to has a “Kitty Corner Cat House”. For step-by-step instructions please visit http://www.lowescreativeideas.com/idea-library/projects/WAGI_Kitty_Corner_Cat_House_0211.aspx.

Here is a brief video that shows you how to make the Kitty Corner Cat House too.

Another thing I love about the above project is that it’s light weight and can be moved if needed.

I did continue to look for directions to make a window seat for my cats. One of the best ideas I stumble across was one that required little to no crafting skills to make. All you need is a large serving tray, a pillow or small blanket, shelf brakets and screws.

All you need to do is measure and mark where you can the brackets to go. Pre-drill the holes to make it easier. Attach the brackets to the tray and the others side to the wall. One attached place a pillow or small blanket in the tray to make it soft and comfy for your feline friend. You can even attach string and dangly toys from it for you pet to play with too. 

I found the instructions to make the shelf out of an old tray here, http://www.shelterness.com/amazing-diy-cat-window-perch. The photo is from the site too. The article was written by Kate.

I think this is a great project because it only requires a few very inexpensive supplies and you are recycling an old tray.

Both of these products are very budget-friendly and ideal for pet owners like me who live in a small space. We live in a tiny condo which is basically an apartment that we own.

For other great how-to tips for making the most of a space for you and your pet on a budget Apartment Guide blog, www.ApartmentGuide.com/Blog as well as www.MovingToday.com.  

You can also “like” Apartment Guide on Facebook, www.Facebook.com/ApartmentGuide as well as follow them on Twitter, www.Twitter.com/AptGuide for real-time tips and updates on making the most of your space and living on a budget.

Apartment Guide is also on Google+.

Apartment Guide offers visitors plenty of photos, floor plans, features and tips to help you find the perfect pet-friendly apartment community.

Kimberly

* Apartment Guide and owner Consumer Source, Inc. have partnered with bloggers like me as Official Apartment Guide Bloggers. As part of this program, I have received compensation. They have not told me what to purchase or what to say about the products used, and believe that consumers and bloggers are free to form their own opinions and share them in their own words. Consumer Source’s policies align with WOMMA Ethics Code, FTC guidelines and social media engagement recommendations.

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Red Carpet Online Viewing Party with I Can’t Believe It’s Not Butter! (Giveaway – Ends 2/21/12)

I seriously cannot believe that it’s awards season again. It seems like yesterday Colin Firth won Best Actor for The King’s Speech and Natalie Portman won for her eerie portrayal of a tortured ballerina in the Black Swan. Now ANOTHER awards show is upon us. Times flies way too quickly!

I Can’t Believe It’s Not Butter! has announced that they are hosting an online Ultimate Red Carpet Viewing Party on Sunday, February 26th on Facebook from 3:00-4:30 PST (6:00 – 7:30 EST). The show is going to include a round table discussion with some of Hollywood’s biggest stars and a food & wine expert who is well known for her delicious recipes.

The Facebook page is www.Facebook.com/ICantBelieveItsNotButterUSA

You can also follow the conversation all week long leading up to the Academy Awards on Twitter using the hashtag #ToastRedCarpet.  

Are you having an Oscar party with your family and friends? If so be sure to check out the yummy recipes on the I Can’t Believe It’s Not Butter! website, www.ICantBelieveItsNotButter.com. One of my favorite is the Pear and Parmesan Stuffed Mushrooms. These elegant appetizers would be perfect for an Oscar Party.

 

 It’s fun to host (or attend) an Oscar Party. Have your guests get dressed up in their fanciest attire. Roll out a “red carpet”. Serve elegant appetizers and champagne (or Ginger Ale) in champagne flutes, decorate your home in movie decor and give each guest a mini-Oscar to take home. Perhaps you can give awards for the “Best Smile”, “Funniest Couple” and so forth. You can find a lot of Oscar Party supplies at most party stores, or get creative and make your own.

Don’t forget to check out the I Can’t Believe It’s Not Butter! Facebook page for more tips, recipes and more!

To help make this glamorous night one to remember, I Can’t Believe It’s Not Butter! would like to offer a lucky reader a kit full of the essentials needed to host the Ultimate Red Carpet Viewing Party. ($130 value). The kit includes:

–   Coupon for a free tub of I Can’t Believe It’s Not Butter!

–   I Can’t Believe It’s Not Butter! recipes for you and your guests to enjoy during the show.

–   Stainless steel serving tray. I love the tray! It’s so elegant!

–   Beaded Butter spreader. This is very pretty.

–   Cocktail napkins.

–   Set of four champagne glasses. Beautiful!

–   Set of four personalized champagne glass charms. Very pretty.

–   Set of four toast shaped coasters. These are drink coasters that are shaped like toast. They even look like real toast.

To enter please comment on who you think might take home to Oscar for any of the categories (Best Actor, Best Actress, Best Movie…).

For extra entries you can do any or all of the following. Please leave a separate comment for each that you have done. Extra entries are optional. 

– Subscribe to She Scribes via RSS or E-mail. Both options are found on the right side bar.

– “Like” I Can’t Believe It’s Not Butter on Facebook, www.Facebook.com/ICantBelieveItsNotButterUSA.

– “Like” She Scribes on Facebook, www.Facebook.com/SheScribes.

– Follow She Scribes on Twitter, www.Twitter.com/She_Scribes and tweet about the Ultimate Red Carpet Viewing Party and/or this giveaway. Please include @She_Scribes AND #ToastRedCarpet in the tweet so I can see it too. 

– Share information about the Ultimate Red Carpet Viewing Party and/or this giveaway with others on Facebook, Digg, Technorati and so forth. Be sure to tell me what you did and please provide a name and/or URL so I can verify.

– Leave a thoughtful comment on a non-giveaway post on She Scribes and tell me which post you commented on. There is a limit of one comment per post, but you can comment on as many posts as you want for an unlimited extra entry option.

– Post about the Ultimate Red Carpet Viewing Party and/or this giveaway on your site and please link back to this post. Please provide the URL.

This giveaway is open to US residents only and will end on February 21, 2012 at 11:59 PM (EST). The winner will be chosen at random using a random number generator from all eligible entries. The winner will be notified via e-mail and will have three days to reply with a name and mailing address (no PO Box) or a new winner will be chosen in their place. 

Other awesome giveaways can be found on the right side bar under “Win It”.

Kimberly

*I received a free prize package/samples in order to do this post. There was no financial compensation. The opinions expressed are my own. ICBINB will be providing the prize.

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Dollar General Black History Month Prize Package Giveaway (Ends 2/27/12)

 

February is Black History Month. In celebration Coca-Cola is offering Dollar General customers a chance to win a fabulous trip for up to 10 people to attend the 2012 Essence Music Festival (which is also presented by Coca-Cola).

This year the Essence Music Festival is going to be in New Orleans and will take place from July 6, 2012 – July 8, 2012. The Essence Music Festival is the country’s largest annual African-American music and empowerment event.

I would love to go to New Orleans. It’s on my “Bucket List” to go to Mardi Gras in New Orleans. I have a friend who lives down that way and he said we could stay with him and his family if we ever go. Someday…

We don’t have a Dollar General near where I live but I have heard great things about it. They carry a lot of products from personal care to household supplies and from crafts to holiday decor.

As part of the Black History Month celebration Dollar General is hosting one of it’s first initiatives that honor every day heroes. This year long program will honor community heroes, from veterans to firemen and from caregivers to teachers.

Along with the trip to New Orleans, shoppers who purchase qualifying products may also be eligible to win instant prizes, including $50 and $25 in Live Nation Concert Cash. For a chance to win, Dollar General shoppers can check their receipt for a special code upon purchasing qualifying products.

To learn more about these promotions, sweepstakes rules, or to find a store near you please visit www.DollarGeneral.com.

Dollar General has offered to give a prize package to a lucky reader. The prize includes Olay Firming Night of Olay Cream, CoverGirl LashBlast 24 Hour Mascara, Febreze Auto in Linen & Sky scent, a Dollar General calculator and a key chain. Thank you Dollar General. 

To Enter please comment on what kinds of products do you buy from Dollar General, or would you purchase if you had a store near by.

For extra entries you can do any or all of the following. Please leave a separate comment for each that you have done. Extra entries are optional. 

– Subscribe to She Scribes via RSS or E-mail. Both options are found on the right side bar.

– “Like” Dollar General on Facebook, www.Facebook.com/DollarGeneral.

– “Like” She Scribes on Facebook, www.Facebook.com/SheScribes.

–   Follow Dollar General on Twitter, www.Twitter.com/DollarGeneral.

– Follow She Scribes on Twitter, www.Twitter.com/She_Scribes and tweet about this giveaway and/or the Dollar General sweepstakes. Please include @She_Scribes in the tweet so I can see it too. This is limited to three tweets per day.

– Share this giveaway and/or the Dollar General sweepstakes with others on Facebook, Digg, Technorati and so forth. Be sure to tell me what you did and please provide a name and/or URL so I can verify.

– Leave a thoughtful comment on a non-giveaway post on She Scribes and tell me which post you commented on. There is a limit of one comment per post, but you can comment on as many posts as you want for an unlimited extra entry option.

– Post about this giveaway and/or the Dollar General sweepstates on your site and please link back to this post. Please provide the URL.

This giveaway is open to US residents only and will end on February 27, 2012 at 11:59 PM (EST). The winner will be chosen at random using a random number generator from all eligible entries. The winner will be notified via e-mail and will have three days to reply with a name and mailing address (no PO Box) or a new winner will be chosen in their place. 

Other great giveaways can be found on the right side bar under “Win It”.

Kimberly

*I received free product samples in order to do this post. There was no compensation. The opinions expressed are entirely my own. P&G provided the information and the prize package.

 

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Great online resource for coupons – CouponCabin.com ($100 Target Gift Card Giveaway – Ends 2/26/12)

When you plan on making an online purchase, do you take the time to research online to see if there are any coupons you can use? I do that all the time. You can often find online coupons for free shipping or a percentage off the regular or sale price.

One great resource to check out before making an online purchase is CouponCabin.com. I know there are similar sites but none have been featured as often as CouponCabin.com. CouponCabin has been featured in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, O, The Oprah Magazine, USA Today, Good Morning America, MSN Money, Good Housekeeping and Yahoo! Finance, among many others.

CouponCabin.com offers coupon codes, printable coupons, grocery coupons, deals and even freebies.

One popular retailer is Target. CouponCabin.com works directly with Target and more than 3,700 other retailers to offer incredible savings on quality goods. CouponCabin.com online, printable and grocery coupons save shoppers $5.25 on average. Users can grab a code quickly (less than 90 seconds on average), or sign up for CouponCabin Rewards to earn points toward gift cards.

Check out just how easy it is to use CouponCabin.com. E-mail subscribers can CLICK HERE to view the brief video.

You can find all the current Target coupons here, www.CouponCabin.com/Coupons/Target.

Right now you can find a coupon for $5.00 off a $50.00 purchase. Every little bit helps, that is for sure. And if you shop regularly at Target this is a great deal. Check out the coupon here, www.CouponCabin.com/Coupons/Target/#cpn-663540.

I also see coupons for 20% off patio furniture. With Spring right around the corner I’m sure that will come in handy for a lot of people. There are also a few offers where you’ll received a free Target gift card with the purchase of select items (up to a $30 Target gift card). That is awesome!

To help you take advantage of the fabulous Target coupons  you can find at CouponCabin.com I have a $100 Target Gift Card to give to a lucky winner, compliments of CouponCabin.com**.

To enter please comment on what you would like to purchase from Target if you were the lucky winner?

For extra entries you can do any or all of the following. Please leave a separate comment for each that you have done. Extra entries are optional.

– Subscribe to She Scribes via RSS or E-mail. Both options are found on the right side bar.

– “Like” CouponCabin on Facebook, www.Facebook.com/CouponCabin.

– “Like” She Scribes on Facebook, www.Facebook.com/SheScribes.

–   Follow CouponCabin on Twitter, www.Twitter.com/CouponCabin.

– Follow She Scribes on Twitter, www.Twitter.com/She_Scribes and tweet about this giveaway. Please include @She_Scribes in the tweet so I can see it too. This is limited to three tweets per day please. Thank you!

– Share this giveaway with others on Facebook, Digg, Technorati and so forth. Be sure to tell me what you did and please provide a name and/or URL so I can verify.

– Leave a thoughtful comment on a non-giveaway post on She Scribes and tell me which post you commented on. There is a limit of one comment per post, but you can comment on as many posts as you want for an unlimited extra entry option.

– Post about this giveaway on your site and please link back to this post. Please provide the URL.

This giveaway is open to US residents only and will end on February 26, 2012 at 11:59 PM (EST). The winner will be chosen at random using a random number generator from all eligible entries. The winner will be notified via e-mail and will have three days to reply or a new winner will be chosen in their place. The gift card will be sent electronically.

Other great giveaways can be found on the right side bar under “Win It”.

Kimberly

*I was not compensated for this post. I posted this for the benefit and enjoyment of my site readers. Any opinion expressed is my own. CouponCabin.com is providing the prize.

** By entering this promotion, each participant agrees to release, indemnify and hold harmless the Sponsor and its parent companies, affiliates and subsidiaries and their respective representatives, officers, directors, shareholders, agents and employees from and against any injuries, losses, damages, claims, actions or liability of any kind resulting from or arising from participation in this promotion.

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