Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Brugo Mug Review & Giveaway


How many of  you have been in this situation before:  You poured a cup of coffee (or hot tea, but for the sake of this review we're going with coffee since I'm a coffee drinker) into a travel mug and head out on the road.  You put your travel mug in your cup holder while you back out of the driveway.  You get to your first stop sign at the end of your road and you eagerly anticipate the first sip of your morning coffee.  You place the travel mug to your lips and gingerly try to take a teeny sip.  That was good.  So you try to grab another quick sip before you leave the stop sign.  This time you're feeling a bit more brave and you give your mug a bigger tip.  A car pulls up behind you so you try to hurry.  And then it happens. You end up with a great big ol' swig of scalding hot coffee.  Your tongue is burned and you can forget tasting your food for the rest of the week.

Those days, my friends, are over.  The solution is Brugo Mugs!

Brugo Mug Facts:
  • Patented 2 oz/25 ml Temperature Control Chamber giving you sip by sip satisfaction at the perfect temperature
  • Double-wall insulation
  • 3-position drink mode selector -  "Lock, Sip, Tip & Cool" - allowing you perfect taste and temperature control whether you need a bolt of caffeine or prefer to linger over your coffee ritual

  • 16oz / 450ml capacity cup size - a large cup
  • Non-slip bottom keeping your coffee where you put it
  • Ergonomic grip for maximum comfort
  • 13 stylish colors
  • Stainless Steel and Chrome accents
  • Fits all cup holders
How does it work, you ask?  It's so simple!  Well, it's simple for us to use, I have no idea if the technology is simple :P  I just know it works and I love it!

That's right, you tip the cup forward.  The Temperature Control Chamber
will fill and that's what then becomes your "sip".
And the great thing is that Brugo Mug gives you options!  Say you filled your mug with iced coffee and don't need the Tip & Sip feature this time - not problem, just twist the cap to the setting of your needs.  There's even a lock feature so you don't spill on yourself when you're schlepping bags, books or whatever and your coffee in you hand!
Jazz Collection
Executive Collection
Sport Collection
I received this one, Seaglass, to facilitate this review.
It has been well loved and will continue to be well loved!
Brugo Mugs retail for $19.95 or $14.95 when you buy two or more!  And there is always FREE SHIPPING on orders of $50 or more.  Buy your Brugo Mug HERE.

These will make *GREAT* holiday gifts!  Think teachers, employees, gift exchanges, friends, family etc.

WIN IT HERE!

Main Entry:  Visit Brugo Mug and let me know which color mug you like best.  *Note that this entry must be done before any bonus entries.

Bonus Entries:

1 Entry Each:
Fan Brugo Mug on Facebook.  Tell them I sent you.  
Follow Brugo Mug on 
TwitterRegister for an account with Brugo.

For even more entries you can follow me via any social media (TwitterFacebook, Networked Blogs, e-mail subscribe, GFC, RSS...) all 1 entry each. (Leave me a comment on Facebook and give yourself an extra entry!)

For daily entries you can VOTE for my blog (your click is your vote) and Tweet.

I want to WIN a Brugo Mug @BlackOlive03 @BrugoMug #GIVEAWAY http://tiny.cc/f175d Ends 9/9 

2 entries for each non-giveaway comment you make on my blog. The more comments you make, the more entries you get!

1 entry if you enter my CrazyDog T-shirts giveaway!

For 2 entries you can grab any of my buttons and let me know where to find them.

Love my blog? Write a review and get 10 super bonus entries! A glowing review not required but is always appreciated :-)
Review darwinsfrg.blogspot.com on alexa.com
REMINDER: If you qualify for multiple entries, you must leave a separate comment for each entry in order for all of them to count!!

Giveaway ends September 9, 2010 at 11:59pm. A winner will be chosen using random.org and will be notified via e-mail. Winner will have 48 hours from the e-mail time stamp to claim their prize. In the event that the prize isn't claimed within those 48 hours, another winner will be chosen.

I received a product sample to facilitate this review. No other compensation was received. All opinions posted are my own and are 100% honest. If you have specific questions about Brugo Mug or their products, please contact them directly.

10% Off Commissioned Pet Paintings


I have a special message from Sharon Lamb, the artist behind Commissioned Pet Paintings / A Brush With Fine Art.


Sharon Lamb A Brush With Fine Art said...275




Congratulations Courtney Smith!!!
I look forward to painting your pet and I'm so excited you won!!! Thank you everyone for your support and your comments. A special Thank you to you Melissa for all your hard work and your time spent setting up this blog. It is beautiful!!!
To everyone who entered I'm offering a 10% discount on all paintings just mention the giveaway when you place your commission with me. Email me at artonanything@cox.net if you have any questions. Links to my site are below

Sharon Lamb
www.stores.ebay.com/abrushwithfineart
www.sharonlamb.etsy.com






This is a great opportunity to get a portrait done of your pet at an amazingly reasonable price!  OR!  The holiday season is fast approaching us.  A custom pet portrait would make for an excellent gift!



THANKS AGAIN, SHARON!  

Sunday, August 29, 2010

Mailbox Monday ~ August 30 ~ Blog Hop


Welcome to Mailbox Monday!!


A blog hop to boost your subscriber count!

Here’s how to join in the fun:
  • Add your blog link to the linky
  • Subscribe by email to the three hostesses. They will return the favor.
  • Visit the other blogs on the list and subscribe by email to the ones that interest you. Leave them a comment with your blog link so they know you are subscribing from Mailbox Monday. Don’t forget to confirm your subscription!
Everyone is welcome to participate.  Each week a new linky will be generated so make sure you stop by on Monday’s to add your blog.

Your blog *must* have a place for people to e-mail subscribe.We will be subscribing to everyone’s blog who participates.  If there isn’t an e-mail subscribe option, your link will be removed from the linky.

The Mailbox Monday Blog of the Week is Being Tazim! which takes the #4 spot on the linky. Next week, we will choose from this week’s participants for the Blog of the Week.

Help us spread the word about Mailbox Monday! Write a post for your blog and add the blog hop code.

Let’s have fun and meet (and read via email) some new blogs!

*~*~*~*Don't forget ~ I am going to be giving away an Amazon.com gift certificate when I reach 500 followers.  Read about it HERE.*~*~*~*

Saturday, August 28, 2010

Dog Days of Summer ~ Commissioned Pet Paintings ~ WINNER!

A heartfelt THANK YOU to Sharon Lamb from Commissioned Pet Paintings for making this giveaway possible.  This particular prize isn't just a prize, it's a piece of artwork that will be cherished forever.

And the WINNER is....










Courtney said...151

tweet

http://twitter.com/MeandBells/status/21681562736

The winner was chosen using random.org and will be notified via e-mail.  The winner will have 48 hours from the time stamp on the e-mail to respond and claim their prize.  In the event that they do not respond within the designated time, a new winner will be chosen.

CONGRATULATIONS!

Friday, August 27, 2010

Yo Gabba Gabba! Cool Tricks Contest


Cool Tricks, Cool Tricks!  Cool Tricks is my personal favorite part of the Yo Gabba Gabba! show.  The kids love it, too!  Usually after that segment they jump up and start with "Mommy, watch me!  Look what I can do!"  It's funny.

This Sunday the kids and I are going to see Yo Gabba Gabba!  LIVE!  I am SO excited!  Oh, and so are the kids :P  My daughter has it set in her mind that she's going to go on stage to give "the pink one" hugs.  I'll have to convince her blowing kisses from the audience will be sufficient!  Seriously, tho, Gabba was on today and the kids were going nuts because they know we're going to see them in real life this weekend!

So.  There is an AWESOME contest that you have to hear about!  Below you can find all the details you need to enter!


YO GABBA GABBA! LAUNCHES COOL TRICKS CONTEST

WINNERS TO RECEIVE VIP FAMILY 4-PACK AND THEIR COOL TRICK FEATURED AT
KIA MOTORS PRESENTS YO GABBA GABBA! LIVE!: THERE’S A PARTY IN MY CITY!

GRAND PRIZE WINNER TO RECEIVE 5 DAY ALL-EXPENSE PAID FAMILY VACATION 

Miami, FL -- (August 18, 2010) Hello friends! YO GABBA GABBA! announces the launch of the Cool Tricks contest which provides an opportunity for fans across North America to show-off their unique talents.  Gabba fans are invited to upload a :30-:60 second video demonstrating their Cool Trickto win the opportunity to receive a VIP Family 4 Pack and have their winning video played during intermission at the KIA Motors Presents YO GABBA GABBA! LIVE!: THERE’S A PARTY IN MY CITY! show closest to their hometown. All participants are also automatically entered into a sweepstakes where one lucky fan will receive a five night trip for four to the Caribbean or Mexico.
In addition, each winner will also receive $100 worth of organic baby food, toddler, and lunchbox snacks and two “Party In My Lunchbox” Yo Gabba Gabba! Live! concert t-shirts from Revolution Foods and Plum Organics. Grand prize includes roundtrip air, Junior Suite accommodations, and all meals to a choice of Palladium Hotels & Resorts.
To enter the contest, participants must upload their video to Facebook at http://facebook.yogabbagabbalive.com.  Winners are determined by public vote in each tour market. So be sure to get all your friends and family to vote for you! 
Cool Tricks begins on Wednesday, August 18 at 10AM EST and winners will be notified and announced prior to the show date in each local market.  The entry period for the grand prize sweepstakes will end on Sunday, Dec 12.  See official rules at http://facebook.yogabbagabbalive.com.
Cool Tricks is a popular segment on the television series where children and adults show off their special talent or skill (gymnastics, cup stacking, breakdance move, etc.).  Celebrities such as Tony Hawk performing a skateboard move and Rhys Darby doing the robot have appeared on Cool Tricks. 
Heading back on the road, KIA Motors Presents YO GABBA GABBA! LIVE! THERE’S A PARTY IN MY CITY! will make stops in 60 cities at top theaters, arenas and amphitheaters across North America starting on August 27 in Bethel, NY and ending in Dallas, TX on December 12.  Featuring music, singing, dancing and animation, KIA Motors Presents YO GABBA GABBA! LIVE! THERE’S A PARTY IN MY CITY! is an interactive experience that offers audience members of all ages the opportunity to witness their favorite characters come to life.  Joining the characters on stage will be hip-hop legend Biz Markie to teach kids how to beat box with “Biz’s Beat of the Day.”  Special guests will join the party on stage for the Super Music Friends Show and Dancey Dance segments. 
For complete tour, ticket, and VIP package information, visit www.yogabbagabbalive.com
For More Information on S2BN, Wildbrain or Yo Gabba Gabba, go to www.YoGabbaGabbaLive.com
For information on Revolution Foods and Plum Organics go to www.revolutionfoods.com and www.plumorganics.com
About Kia Motors America
Kia Motors America (KMA) is the marketing and distribution arm of Kia Motors Corporation based in Seoul, South Korea.  KMA offers a complete line of vehicles through more than 700 dealers throughout the United States.  For 2009, KMA recorded its 15th consecutive year of increased U.S. market share and recently achieved its best quarter of sales ever.  Kia Motors subscribes to a philosophy of building high value, high quality, safe and dynamic vehicles.  Kia Motors prides itself on producing vehicles that are exciting and enabling and evoke the Kia tagline “The Power to Surprise.”
Kia Motors America is the “Official Automotive Partner of the NBA.”  Information about Kia Motors America and its full vehicle line-up is available at its Web site – www.kia.com.  For media information, including photography, visit www.kiamedia.com.

Crazy Dog T-Shirts Review & Giveaway


You've all heard of Crazy Dog T-Shirts by now, right?  They've got a little something to satisfy everyones style of choice!  Funny t-shirts, retro/vintage t-shirts, geeky gifts, holiday, junk food t-shirts, movie t-shirts, custom t-shirts and many, many more styles to choose from!

Okay, so those of you that know me IRL know that there are a few movies that I love and can pretty much quote word for word.  One of those movies is Dumb and Dumber.  I nearly fell off my chair when I saw that Crazy Dog T-Shirts had a shirt with the Shaggin' Wagon on it.  I had to have it, oh yes, it would be mine!
And mine it is!  Crazy Dog T-Shirts agreed to sponsor the Dog Days of Summer event that I hosted earlier this month.  Now I realize that the event is over but there was a delay in communication with an e-mail getting jammed up in Junk Mail.  I e-mailed Crazy Dog T-Shirts to let them know I hadn't received the product samples.  I received a prompt, friendly reply and the product samples arrived at my home shortly after.  Another prime example of excellent customer service.

The t-shirts are high quality, even my husband commented on the nice quality.  To quote him "Wow, this is nice and thick, doesn't feel cheap at all."  We have a few t-shirts that we've been wearin' and washin' for years and while they no longer look brand new they still have a ton of life left.  I am positive that the Crazy Dog T-shirts will be one of those t-shirts that gets worn often, washed often for years and years.

I love this:

Birth of Crazy Dog T-shirts

We're CrazyDog T-Shirts and we made it here by accident. A beautiful accident to be sure, and one that has provided us years of entertainment, but still, an accident is an accident whether its spilling your milk or having a surprise kid.

7 years ago, CrazyDog Owner and CSO (Cheif Snacking Officer), Bill, started CrazyDog as an eCommerce project in the dark dormroom hallways of Ithaca College. Forgetting to take down the website, orders kept coming in, and Bill kept filling them, working out of his moms basement for a year or 2 before she stopped making him Meatloaf and told him he better start leasing the space or she'd stop making his bed and folding his laundry. Not long after that we started leasing space in the artsy Village Gate in our hometown of Rochester, NY; home of Genessee Beer, Garbage Plates, and a really nice water reservoir. Several years later our space is 3500 square feet of pure awesomeness; and we run the joint will a staff of 6 who love every minute of it.
Read more about Crazy Dog T-shirts HERE.
HOW TO WIN

Crazy Dog T-shirts is offering one of my lucky readers a t-shirt with a value of $19.99 or less.  My apologies to my Canadian and other international friends, this giveaway is for US residents only.

Main Entry:  Sign up for Crazy Dog T-shirts e-mail list.  *Note that this entry must be done before any bonus entries.

Bonus Entries:

1 Entry Each:
Fan Crazy Dog T-shirts on Facebook.  Tell them I sent you.  Comment on their FB page and let them know which shirt is your favorite for an additional entry.
Follow Crazy Dog T-Shirts on 
Twitter


For even more entries you can follow me via any social media (TwitterFacebook, Networked Blogs, e-mail subscribe, GFC, RSS...) all 1 entry each. (Leave me a comment on Facebook and give yourself an extra entry!)

For daily entries you can VOTE for my blog (your click is your vote) and Tweet.

I want to WIN a Crazy Dog T-Shirt @BlackOlive03 @CrazyDogTShirts #GIVEAWAY http://tiny.cc/lusxf ends 9/6  

1 entry for each non-giveaway comment you make on my blog. The more comments you make, the more entries you get!

For 2 entries you can grab any of my buttons and let me know where to find them.

Love my blog? Write a review and get 10 super bonus entries! A glowing review not required but is always appreciated :-)
Review darwinsfrg.blogspot.com on alexa.com
REMINDER: If you qualify for multiple entries, you must leave a separate comment for each entry in order for all of them to count!!

Giveaway ends September 6, 2010 at 11:59pm. A winner will be chosen using random.org and will be notified via e-mail. Winner will have 48 hours from the e-mail time stamp to claim their prize. In the event that the prize isn't claimed within those 48 hours, another winner will be chosen.

I received a product sample to facilitate this review. No other compensation was received. All opinions posted are my own and are 100% honest. If you have specific questions about Crazy Dog T-Shirts or their products, please contact them directly.

I got a Bloggy Award!


Thanks so much to Two Monkeys & A Washtub for sending this to me!  One of my all time favorite movies in the whole world is The Jerk.  The scene where Navin R. Johnson (Steve Martin) finds his name in the phone book pops into my mind with this award.  "I'M SOMEBODY NOW!"  :-)

For me blogging has been, rewarding, exciting, surprising, work and challenging.

So guess what!  The fun part about this award is that I get to pass it along to 10 blogs.  It's hard to pick just 10, so if you don't end up on my list, it's not 'cause I don't love ya, it's 'cause I can only pick 10!

The next Blog With Substance award goes to:

This Mama Loves Her Bargains
Freda's Voice
Dealicious Mom
Flowerz In Her Hair
Airplanes and Dragonflies
Mommy Wants Freebies
Living on Love and Cents
Chubby Cheeks Thinks
Chickenista
Stash Mama

If you are an award recipient, please take a few minutes to pass it along!  Here are "The Rules":

•Thank the blogger who awarded it to you. 

•Sum up your blogging philosophy, motivation, and experience using five (5) words.

•Pass it on to 10 other blogs which you feel have real substance.

FREE Mrs. Fields Cookies up for grabs!



Looks delicious, doesn't it?

Mrs. Field's has an awesome referral program.  Invite 3 people to sign up for their e-mail.  After 3 people accept the invitation and sign up, YOU get FREE COOKIES sent directly to your doorstep.  That's it.  No strings attached.  Super easy!

Want to get stated?  I would be more than happy to send you an invite!!  Just comment here and leave me your e-mail address.  Then you can send your friends and family an invitation so you get FREE Mrs. Field's cookies!

Thursday, August 26, 2010

Magnetic Maze Boards Recalled by Lakeshore Learning Materials Due to Choking, Intestinal and Aspiration Hazards


Hazard: The magnetic maze board’s plastic wand can separate and expose a magnet that can be a choking hazard to children. Also, if a child has more than one of these toys and the magnets detach and are swallowed, the magnets can attract each other and cause intestinal perforations or blockages, which can be fatal.


Read the full report from CPSC by visiting the link below.
Magnetic Maze Boards Recalled by Lakeshore Learning Materials Due to Choking, Intestinal and Aspiration Hazards

Dog Days of Summer ~ Bad Dog ~ WINNERS!

Thank you to Workman Publishing for being a sponsor for the Dog Days of Summer event!

And the WINNERS are...
Lynette said...41

When I have a treat in my hand, my dog goes through her whole repertoire of tricks before I even give her a command - she is so eager she figures she may as well try everything she know!

76

Shellie said...
Like Workman on Facebook.
Brutus Duffy

9

Shannon said...
I follow via GFC


snaugle81@gmail.com

13

Peggy said...
My granddogs are so cute! Ruby will sleep under the covers by my daughter's feet! Randy is a big baby and the sweetest mixed German Shepard ,Damon and Matty ,the boxers think the couch is theirs , Dutchess is laid back and follows Rocky's lead!
All so sweet!!
Thanks
matternu@gmail.com
August 18, 2010 7:07 AM

CONGRATULATIONS!

The winners were chosen using random.org and are listed in the order they were picked.  Everyone will be notified via e-mail and will have 48 hours to claim their prize.  In the event that a winner does not claim their prize within the designated time frame, a new winner will be chosen.

Dog Days of Summer ~ Pillow Pet WINNER!

A huge THANK YOU to Pillow Pet for being a sponsor for the Dog Days of Summer event!  And, as always, thank you all for entering the giveaway!

And the WINNER is...












debbie said...336

Liked you on Facebook!

CONGRATULATIONS!

The winner will be notified via e-mail and will have 48 hours to reply and claim their prize.  In the event that the prize is not claimed within the designated time frame, a new winner will be chosen.