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Monday, February 23, 2009

Eleven Collection Shoes Giveaway!

*THE CONTEST IS NOW CLOSED.* Thank you for your amazing recponse!

I was thrilled when I was offered the opportunity to review a pair of shoes from Eleven Collection, a sister company with See Kai Run. I am sure you've seen these amazingly adorable shoes around the blogosphere. I had seen them around and had eyed a few of the super-cute styles. I didn't have any problem at all finding the perfect new pair of shoes for AJ. I loved the Josefs:

And then when I found out that Reese could pick out a pair as well......Well, let's just say that I had one happy camper in my house. Reese got to look through the catalog and pick out her very favorite design. Every shoe that she looked at was cuter than the next. But she decided on the Rio:

The shoes came in the mail at the end of last week, and the kids were in heaven when we opened the box. They are loving their new shoes and I am loving the style and quality of their new footwear. One of the things that stood out to me right off the bat was that they were very easy to take on and off. AJ tend to have tall feet, and so sometimes squeezing his feet into a pair of tight shoes is tough. Not these! They open up wide to let his foot slip easily in, and then close up nice and secure so that he can run and explore to his hearts content. I also noticed that they are well made, soft, and flexible. No breaking in, no uncomfortable feet.

Here's a little bit of info about Eleven Collection shoes:

Eleven is a sister company with See Kai Run, carrying on the same tradition of flexibility and good looks, but for the older set (age 3-8 years, or shoe sizes 9-3). They are a family-run company based in Portland, Oregon.

Comfortable Fit:
Flexible soles designed for growing, active kids
Premium, soft leather ensures comfort and breathability
Cushioned insole makes each step a comfortable one
Easy on and off, with padded collars for a sensational, secure fit
Premium Construction:
All premium materials and construction
All leather uppers
Durable and sturdy soles with superior traction
Independent Style:
Vibrant and bold colors
Timeless vintage styles with swank modern accents
Classic and intelligent city-chic design
Effortlessly playful, elegant shoes

And now for the great news! Eleven Collection has generously offered to give one of my lucky blog readers their own pair of Eleven Collection Shoes! Yes, you even get to chose your favorite style and size.

Here's what you need to do to enter to win these great shoes:

1-(REQUIRED) visit Eleven Collection and tell me which shoe you would like for your little traveler. Which is your favorite style?

For extra entries, do any or all of these, and then leave me a comment for each entry:

2-Tweet about this contest (I'm @1momof5 on twitter) and leave me the link to your tweet

3-Blog about this contest with a link to Eleven Collection (www.elevencollection.com) and me (http://1momof5-reviews.blogspot.com/)

4-Follow me! (or my main blog) Do both, and get 2 entries!

5-Grab my button and post on your blog (Life is Sweet button counts, too!)

Remember to leave a comment for each entry. Good luck!

This contest will run until Thursday, March 5 at 11:59 Eastern Time. Open to US residents. I will chose a winner with Random.org's cool random number generating widget on Friday, March 6 and notify the winner via email. Please make sure there's a way for me to contact you! If I can't get ahold of the winner within 48 hours, I will have to pick a new winner.

Now go visit Eleven Collection and come back to enter!

Saturday, February 21, 2009

Cherish Bound Winner!

Thanks to Random.org's new widget, we have the winner of the Cherish Bound Story Starter and account. Ready? It's none other than commenter #52, CAREBEAR, author of Two Under Two, WHEW! Congratulations!

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

$50 Target Giftcard Giveaway!

Who couldn't use $50 to spend at Target??

MeckMom is having a fabulous giveaway on her blog and I thought I'd pass it on to everyone! Her husband's company, Employers Health Network, is looking for people to answer their survey. The survey was quick and easy to fill out. Just complete the survey and you are entered to win a $50 Target giftcard! And if you refer the person who wins, you BOTH get a $50 giftcard! So....if you enter, be sure to mention that Lolli at Life is Sweet referred you!

The contest ends at midnight on March 4th.

Click HERE to enter!

Monday, February 16, 2009

March of Dimes

A fellow blogger, Katie Sue at Backwoods Homemaker Barbie, is doing a fabulous giveaway for a $25 Starbucks gift card and mug that I thought was worthy of note. She is trying to raise money for the March of Dimes. Please go check out her post and see how you can help out this worthy cause!

Thursday, February 12, 2009

Got Some Soul for Valentines Day?

Please stop by and enter my current giveaway HERE.

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

He's Just Not That Into You Winner!

We've got a winner! Using my new Random.org widget on my sidebar, Number 19, Shel is our winner! Shel, e-mail me with your address and the CD and hoodie will be on the way to you! Congrats! And thanks, everyone for playing!
Blogger Shel said...

I can't wait to see the movie and I love that Maroon 5 song.

shel704 at aol dot com

February 4, 2009 7:05 PM

Don't forget to enter my newest giveaway below!

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Cherish Bound Story Starter & Account Giveaway!


Those of you who know me at all know that I love photos, and I particularly love the stories that go along with them. My family photos and their stories were some of the primary reasons why I started my family blog.

I met Tara at Cherish Bound over a month ago when I entered and won one of her Story Starters. Since then, I have gotten to know her as a wonderful friend and I've learned about her amazing company! Keep reading for a chance to win an amazing giveaway from Cherish Bound....but first, What is Cherish Bound?

Cherish Bound is so much more than a photo book! You can create books to find, capture and share the stories of your life... As a blogger, I have endless stories and Cherish Bound is a perfect place to publish them and save forever in a physical form.

Family Traditions

You can do so much with Cherish Bound...create books, enjoy amazing products to help you organize your stories....they even have an opportunity for you to make money from home. Tara tells me that they are ramping up for some big things this summer and are looking for fun people to join the Cherish Bound family. You can be a part of the movement they're creating with some great specials and deals going on right now. And who couldn't use a little extra money these days - especially doing something we already all love!

With Cherish Bound you can...

Capture your Story. Using their online publishing tool, you will upload your story text, photos, and scanned images into a book template of your choice. With their ever-growing selection of colors, borders, and fonts, finding the right format for your story is easy. The tool is web-based so you don’t have any software to download or update – all of that is done for you!

Submit your Story. With your book completed you are ready to submit your project to Cherish Bound online. All you do is press the submit button and they take it from there. Your book will be printed and bound using cutting-edge, archival processes and materials. You can order as many copies as you like, whenever you want. Your finished book is digitally stored in their archives indefinitely.

Share your Story. Your completed book will arrive by carrier in approximately 15 business days from date of submission so that you can begin the tradition of sharing story in your family.

Teach others about the Story. Cherish Bound is growing. Kind of an "odd" thing to hear given the circumstances of our economy and how this little world of ours is turning. Tara said, "It doesn't surprise me. Many people are finding comfort and joy in our products, the stories that are being shared between family members and friendships that are being created between consultants and customers. It's a beautiful thing..."

To help you get started with sharing your stories, Tara is giving away a Cherish Bound Story Starter and Publishing Account for one lucky person! She's also including a $29 credit towards publishing your creation!! All you have to do is leave a comment on which of your stories you would love capture and share. If you'd like to contact Tara and receive some more information about Cherish Bound go to www.findcaptureandshare.com and fill out a request for information. (top left in red - says "register")

So, to make it easy, Here's what you need to do:

1st entry--Leave a comment here and mention which story you would like to preserve. Would you tell about your child's birth, or first day of school? Maybe you would like to do a recap or your family's year, or remember your wedding day? Anything goes!

Extra entries-- For EACH entry, please leave a separate comment.

~Tweet about this

~Stumble or Kirsty this giveaway post (or ANY post on my home blog that you find worthy!) Leave me your stumble or kirtsy name if you do.

~Follow me here or on my home blog

~Grab my button and post it on your blog


~Blog about this contest, linking back to me and Cherish Bound (www.findcaptureandshare.com)--*This is worth 3 entries!*

This giveaway closes on Friday, February 20 at midnight Eastern Time. Open to US residents only. Please leave your email if you don't have it on your profile. (You can also e-mail me your e-mail address if you'd rather not post it) Winner will be announced on Saturday, February 21 by email (winner will have 48 hours to respond to me with their mailing address or a new winner will be chosen).


Saturday, February 7, 2009

Skin MD Shielding Lotion

How many of you have dry, cracked, and even burning hands for the bulk of the Winter? I do. My hands have often gotten so dry that they have bled. So, when I was offered the opportunity to test Skin MD Shielding Lotion, I jumped at the chance.

I have to admit--I was skeptical at first. It's promises were quite lofty, but you know what? It performed! When I first put it on my hands, I was pleasantly surprised to find it light and non-greasy. I have used other lotions that have left my hands greasy for an hour after application. Skin MD has been so pleasant on my hands that I started using it every morning on my face as well. I love the fact that it has SPF 15--a huge draw for me because of my history of skin cancer.

So what is a Shielding Lotion and what makes Skin MD different?

"A shielding lotion is a lotion that provides a natural barrier on top of the skin to protect it from outside chemicals and irritants. In addition it also acts to keep the moisture and the oils in the skin, so that the skin can heal itself."

Problem With Traditional Moisturizers

"Regular moisturizers are designed to add moisture onto the skin. However it does nothing to repair the barrier so it's an endless cycle of constant moisture application onto the skin without healing and curing the dry skin. Many traditional moisturizers restore the moisture to the skin on a temporary basis, but after continued use actually send a message back to the skin saying it doesn't need any further moisture to be produced by the skin, and so we can end up with the opposite condition where the skin is less hydrated than prior to using the moisturizers. With the shielding lotion, first off it's a thin layer, so it does not clog the pores, it allows skin to breathe and it is what we call non-comedogenic – it won't promote acne. But in addition, it also protects the skin while allowing it to breathe."

"Shielding lotions not only protect the skin's barrier but they restore the moisture to the skin and allow the skin to continue to moisturize itself, so that your skin does not become addicted on the moisturizer and ultimately cures the dry skin."

You can even watch a video HERE on how well Skin MD works...just like an "invisible pair of gloves!"

I highly recommend Skin MD. It came at the perfect time for me!

Tuesday, February 3, 2009

He's Just Not That Into You--CD and hoodie giveaway!


I LOVE music, and I have a slight obsession about collecting new music for my iPod. I've got music playing on my stereo just about all day long. I have my morning playlist, with upbeat, easy to listen to music, my night time playlist with soothing tunes, and a bunch of day time playlists for all of the things that I do around the house and out and about. I have been listening to a new CD --the soundtrack for He's Just Not That Into You--for about a week now, and I am SO EXCITED to be able to pass a copy of it on to one of you, thanks to my friends at One2One Network!

I also LOVE going to the movies. It's especially fun to grab a group of girlfriends and kick back at a romantic comedy. There's nothing better than girl power and bonding with friends. Well, almost nothing. :)

My first impression of the He's Just Not That Into You soundtrack was that it gave me a strange desire to dance around my kitchen. There were several old favorites mixed in with new songs. Yes, a few songs (life The Cure's "Friday I'm in Love") sent me back to my high school days. Ahh. Sweet reminiscing. The soundtrack is fun and upbeat and I find myself playing it over and over. I can't wait to see the movie, which opens in theaters on February 6th.

Here's what is included on the CD:

Corinne Bailey Rae “I’d Like To”
My Morning Jacket “I’m Amazed”
The Human League “Don’t You Want Me”
R.E.M. “Supernatural Superserious”
Tristan Prettyman “Madly”
Talking Heads “This Must Be The Place (Naive Melody)”
The Black Crowes “By Your Side”
Wilco “I Must Be High”
James Morrison “You Make It Real”
Maroon 5 “If I Never See Your Face Again”
The Replacements “Can’t Hardly Wait”
The Ting Tings “Fruit Machine”
Lilly Allen “Smile”
Keane “Somewhere Only We Know”
Erin McCarley “Love, Save The Empty”
The Cure “Friday I’m In Love”
Scarlett Johansson “Last Goodbye”

Want to win a copy? As if a new CD isn't enough, we're also throwing in this great hoodie! (I love this...but believe me, I'll be wearing it with an undershirt)

Here's what you need to do for a chance to win:

1. Comment on this post. Simple! Make sure you include your e-mail address. (By the way--This contest is open to US residents only). Contest ends on February 10 at midnight (Eastern time). I will pick a winner using Random.org on 2/11. Winner will have 48 hours to claim the prize and send me a mailing address.

For extra entries:

2. Tweet about this contest and then come back and leave another comment here.

3. Blog about this contest with a link back here and then come back and leave another comment here.

4. Follow my Review Blog and then come back and leave another comment.

5. Follow my Home Blog (*Life is Sweet*) and then come back and leave another comment. If you are already following Life is Sweet, you get a free extra entry (just don't forget to leave that extra comment).

6. Post my button on your blog and tell me about it. If you already have it up, let me know about that too. I don't have a Review button yet....I'll probably whip one up soon.

To make it easier here's the code. :)