GLEE Make Your Own Chocolate kit review and giveaway—CLOSED

I love finding new and creative projects to do with my boys. Especially with the colder months coming up.  When GLEE Gum asked me if I would like to review one of their “Make Your Own” kits I was more than happy to.  I chose to review the Make Your Own Chocolate Kit.  This kit came complete with all the items you need to make the chocolate including all the ingredients, candy wrappers, and a sticker thermometer.  They even have 2 real cacao beans for you to try in the kit.

The only thing it didn’t come with was the tsp of vanilla for added flavor but it’s optional.

My boys were so excited to try to make their own chocolate from scratch.  I have to admit I was curious too.  The directions were easy to follow.  My boys were able to do a lot of the steps.

There is a point where you have to wait for about 10 min for the chocolate mixture to cool.  In that time I read some of the fun facts packet of info that was included in the kit.  Like where cacao beans come from and more.  I also had the boys taste the cacao beans that came with the kit.

Um…the cacao beans aren’t so tasty before they are chocolate.  You can see my older son in the back already snearing at the bean.  I tasted it too.  Let’s just say it doesn’t taste like chocolate.

We added peanut butter 1/2 of  ours.  You can add other items if you want.  The chocolate turned out very sweet.  It didn’t last very long in our house. 

The boys are already asking about trying out another kit.  GLEE has three available:

Available in Make Your Own Chocolate, Make Your Own Chewing Gum, and Make Your Own Gummies, these activity kits are all-natural, educational, and eco-friendly. With pre-packaged ingredients and easy-to-follow instructions, everyone aged 8 and up gets a real kick out of making candy from scratch. Focusing on the history behind and the origin of these candies, each kit is designed to captivate your interest, connect you to the global community, and create something yummy to eat in the process! 



Wanna know where to find GLEE Make Your Own Kits near you? You can go here:

You can catch up with GLEE on facebook and twitter too.

GIVEAWAY
 Glee is giving one of my readers a GLEE Make Your Own Kit of the winners choice.  US only.
Mandatory Entry:  Follow GLEE on twitter.     Leave a comment below with your twitter id.  Don’t forget to leave your email address so I can contact you if you win. 
Bonus Entries:  Leave a separate comment for each entry completed.  If there is a +1 after the entry leave 1 comment, a +2 leave two comments for that entry, and so on. 

1.  Like GLEE on facebook (+1)

2.  Follow me on twitter: @angiewith3 and leave a comment with your twitter id (+1)

3. Enter any of my other current giveaways and leave a comment telling me which one(s) (+1 for each one)

4.  Follow FFCM with GFC (+1)

5.  Like FFCM on facebook and leave your fb name in a comment (+1)

6.  Tweet this giveaway using the RT button in the upper Left corner or you can copy this message (+1)

”  Enter to win a @GLEEguy Make Your Own kit from @angiewith3 http://bit.ly/gleechoc US 11/3 #giveaway

Can tweet 2 x per day at least 2 hours apart.  Leave a comment with the link to your tweet.

7.  Leave this message as your facebook status:  (+1)

I enter to win an @GLEE gum Make Your Own Kit from @Free Stuff, Fun Sites, Contests, and More www.luvsavingmoney.info US 11/3

8.  Get an additional extra entry for completing any of these activities:  Stumble this post using the Stumble Upon icon next to my signature in this post, Vote for FFCM on Top Mommy Blogs , Follow on Networked Blogs, or rate this site on Alexa.com

***I received the GLEE Make Your Own Chocolate Kit at no cost for the purpose of an honest review.  I was under no obligation to give a positive review.  I did not receive any monetary compensation for this post.  Any opinions expressed are my own. ***

1 winner in the US will win a GLEE Make Your Own Kit of the winners choice.  Giveaway closes 11/3/2010 and winner will be drawn using random.org no later than 11/4/2010.  Winner will have 48 hours to reply to winning email announcement or a new winner will be chosen

RANDOM.ORG DREW NUMBER 63-GINA.  WINNER HAS BEEN CONTACTED AND HAS 48 HOURS TO REPLY TO WINNING EMAIL.

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Kellee Maize — Aligned Archetypes Album Review and Giveaway: Go Pittsburgh! 10 winners US—CLOSED

If I asked you to name a hip-hop artist from Pittsburgh, you might be hard-pressed to come up with a name.  Now, how about a female hip-hop artist.  Even harder, right?

Into the blank, you can insert: Kellee Maize.  If you read through Kellee Maize’s bio you find that she moved to Pittsburgh as a teen.  Went to college at the University of Pittsburgh.  Worked for a Pittsburgh paper and eventually became an Events and Promotions Director.  Along with various personal life struggles she says she found an outlet through writing and music.  She has also founded a socially conscience, female owned and operated company called “Nakturnal” that has turned into a leading marketing and events organization for the area.  There is much more to this story.  Read on here: Kellee’s Bio.   While you’re there, explore her “archetypes” pictured throughout this post.

Now Kellee Maize is the #1 female hip hop artist on Amazon.com in the last month and has been in the top 10 on Amazon.com for 6 months!  Try something for me will ya?  Go to google.com  and google “female rapper”.  See what comes up.  Go ahead, I’ll wait…..

What did you see?  Kellee Maize right, as number 1?  If you didn’t, you didn’t do the search.  That’s ok, I’m happy you trust me 🙂

Kellee Maize’s album Aligned Archetypes is a collection of music influenced with House, Reggae, R&B, Hip Hop, and more along with her strong female lyrics.  Her spiritualism also spices her music.

You can download the entire album FREE on Amazon.com

Being a Pennsylvania girl and former Pittsburgh dweller myself I’m closing this review with one of my favorite tracks “City of Champions”  For all you proud Pittsburghers and Steeler and Penguins fans. (18+ only please due to some profanity).

GIVEAWAY

I’m so very excited to announce this one.  While you can download the whole album for free on amazon.com (and I already have) Kellee is giving 10 of my readers their own physical, autographed, copy of Aligned Archetypes along with a cool friendship bracelet.  US 18 years of age or older. 

Mandatory Entry:   Visit Kellee Maize’s website: http://kelleemaize.com/index.html and tell me either something you learned about Kellee that i didn’t already state in this review OR tell me your favorite song by Kellee Maize. (This must be completed to be entered. Don’t forget to leave an email address so I can contact you if you win).

Bonus Entries:  Leave a separate comment for each entry completed.  If there is a +1 leave one comment for that entry, +2 leave two comments for that entry, and so on.

1.  Download Kellee Maize’s album FREE from amazon.com Aligned Archetype [Explicit]     (+2)

2.  “like” Kellee Maize on facebook (+1)

3.  follow Kellee Maize on twitter (+1)

4.  Subscribe to Kelle Maize’s Youtube channel (+1)

5.  Blog about this giveaway including a link to this post.  Leave a comment with the link to your post (+5)

6.  Tweet about this giveaway using the RT button above or you can copy and paste this message:

”  Enter to win a autographed copy of @KELLEEMAIZE album Aligned Archtypes from @angiewith3 10 winners US http://bit.ly/kmaizerev 11/1

Can tweet 2 x per day at least 2 hours apart (+1 for each tweet)

7.  Follow Free Stuff, Fun Sites, Contests, and More in any or all of these ways: Google Friend Connect, Networked Blogs, Email (must be confirmed), RSS feed, Facebook, and/or Twitter.  All located in Right hand column.  (+1 for each one completed.  Please leave a separate comment for each one)

8.  Leave this message as your status update on facebook (+1) 

Enter to win an autographed copy of @Kellee Maize ‘s  album Aligned Archtypes from Free Stuff, Fun Sites, Contests, and More  10 winners US http://bit.ly/kmaizerev 11/1

***I downloaded the album for free via amazon.com and will also be receiving a free physical copy of Kellee Maize’s album.  I did not receive any monetary compensation for this post.  Any opinions expressed are my own.***

10 winners will be chosen using random.org from qualified entries.  Giveaway closes 11/1 and winner will be notified no later than 11/2. Winner will have 48 hours to respond to winning email or another winner will be chosen.

AND THE WINNERS ARE:
THELADYA
ANDREA
ALLYSMAMA
MICHELLE
TERRY
SUSIEQTPIES
SUPERSWEEPER
WENDY
TINA

Pretty much if you left a comment here you won lol. 

**I did not receive any compensation for this post***

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Die Cut Business Cards Giveaway–CLOSED

I love business cards.  Seriously, I do.  I use them a lot.  I use them for my blog, my fledgling candle business, and mommy cards.  I started my husband using them for his ebay store too.  They’re convenient things to leave with a tip on the table at the restaurant, mail with a letter, or hand to someone when you get on the subject of…say…your blog.

Uprinting.com offers some cool looking die cut business cards.  The die cut business cards stand out from ordinary business cards since there are different cuts and styles to choose from. 

http://www.uprinting.com/business-cards.html

Check out the die cut business cards shapes here: http://www.uprinting.com/business-cards.html

I think the round ones would be really unique and cute.  That would be awesome for a person with a cookie business or catering business.

One of my readers will get a chance to try out these business cards for themselves.  Here are the specifics for the prize:

250 Die Cut Business Cards for One (1) Winner   
2 x 3.5”, 2 x 2” (square card) or 1.75 x 3.5” (slim card)   
Die cutting options available: Rounded Corners, Leaf, Rounded One-Corner, Half-Circle Side, Circle   
Paper Type: 14pt Cardstock Gloss, Matte, or High Gloss; 13pt Cardstock Uncoated
Color: 4Color Front, Blank Back; 4Color Front, Black Back; 4Color Both Sides   
Limited to US residents only  18 years old and above   

GIVEAWAY
Uprinting.com is offering 1 of my readers their own set of die cut business cards.  

Mandatory Entry:  Visit Uprinting.com and let me know what shape die cut card you might choose if you win.
(Must be completed for entry.  Please leave an email to contact you if you win)

Bonus Entries:  Please leave a separate comment for each entry completed.  If (+1) after the entry leave one comment (+2) leave two comments for that entry, etc.

1.  Follow FFCM with Google Friend Connect, Networked Blogs, RSS feed and/or Email (+1 for each one.  Email must be confirmed to count) You can find all these in the Right hand column.

2.  Like FFCM on facebook (+1)

3.  Follow FFCM on twitter: @angiewith3 (+1)

4.  Tweet this message or use RT button in upper Left corner of this post (+1) can be done 2 x per day at least 2 hours apart:

” Enter to win 250 Die Cut Business Cards on FFCM from @angiewith3 and Uprinting.com http://bit.ly/uprntdcb 10/20 US “

5.  Vote for FFCM on Top Mommy Blogs (+1) can be done once per day.

Giveaway ends 10/20 at 10 PM EST.  Open to US residents only.  1 winner will be chosen using random.org on 10/20.  Winner will be notified via email and will have 48 hours to respond.  If no response in 48 hours, a new winner will be chosen

***I am receiving free business cards for hosting this giveaway***

RANDOM.ORG DREW NUMBER 26.  WINNER HAS BEEN SENT A NOTIFICATION EMAIL AND HAS 48 HOURS TO RESPOND. THANKS FOR ENTERING!

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500 Follower Appreciation Giveaway!—CLOSED

I was trying to decide how I wanted to do this. I really do appreciate all of my followers so much. I’ve decided 2 of my followers will win a $25 gc.  The winners will get to choose from either a $25 VISA gc or a $25 Walmart gc.

So help me celebrate by entering to win a $25 gc.

Mandatory Entry:

Be a follower through Google Friend Connect. (of course) leave a comment telling me you are.

I’m only going to offer 2 bonus entries for this one.

Bonus Entries: 

1.  Like FFCM on facebook and leave your FB name (+1)

2.  Follow me on twitter and leave your twitter handle: @angiewith3  (+1)

***The prizes are provided by me in appreciation of my followers.  2 winners will be chosen using Random.org.  Giveaway closes 10/23 and winner will be chosen 10/24. ***

RANDOM.ORG DREW NUMBER 39 BAINESGODESS AND NUMBER 46 JC.  WINNERS HAVE BEEN CONTACTED VIA EMAIL AND HAVE 48 HOURS TO RESPOND.  IF NO REPLY WITHIN THE 48 HOURS, A NEW WINNER WILL BE CHOSEN.  THANK YOU ALL FOR READING AND ENTERING

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SmartknitKIDS Seamless Socks Review and Giveaway–CLOSED

Seamless socks sounded like a good idea to me. I know sometimes I get that pair of socks where the seem along the toes is kind of bulky and actually rubs on my toes. So when I had the opportunity for my kids to try SmartKnitKIDS Seamless Sensitivity socks I thought, why not?

Their slogan “No Seams to Bug YA!”  When I got them in the mail I told my boys that they each got a pair of socks I wanted them to try on so I could review them. I didn’t give them any details as to why they might be different than regular socks.  My 8 year old put his on and said “Mom these socks are really soft.  Can I wear them around the house?”  Of course, I told him yes.  Then my 6 year old came in and I had him put them on .  He wore them for the rest of the night.  I also had a pair for the baby (my 15 mo old).  I was surprised at how well they fit and stayed on him.  Even through his crawling, creeping around on the furniture, and approximately 15 trips up and down the steps that he so enjoys doing.

SmartKnitKIDS was kind enough to send a pair for each of my boys and sent a different color for each.  My oldest got white, my 6 year old got Navy blue, and the baby got black.

I already told you that the SmartKnitKIDS Seamless Sensitivity socks have well…no seams but they also have a “no heel” design.  Why?  Because it keeps little ones from outgrowing their socks so quickly . The “Non-binding Halo Top” won’t pinch or bind.

As an Occupational Therapy Assistant I also see the benefit in these for children with Autism or other Sensory disorders.  Often things likes seams, tags, backing for appliques can distracting and uncomfortable for a child with a Sensory disorder.  SmartKnitKIDS Seamless Sensitivity socks would be a wonderful addition to a child with special needs wardrobe.  

Where to buy:  You can check here on the SmarKnitKIDS website for retailers–http://www.smartknitkids.com/shop_seamless_socks.html  

Or you can click on the pick below to find them on Amazon.com

Seamless Sensitivity Socks

Review Summary:  At $7 a pair the socks may seem expensive.  The fact that they will last through several sizes is a plus.  My kids loved the comfort of the socks.  I loved that I didn’t have to keep putting these socks back on the baby like I do with other socks.  For a child with special needs these socks could be invaluable.

GIVEAWAY
SmartKnitKIDS is offering one of my readers 3 pair of their own SmartKnitKIDS Seamless Sensitivity Socks.  US/CAN
Mandatory Entry:   Visit SmartKnitKIDS and tell me in a comment below, what color and style you think you would like to try for you little one.  
Don’t forget to leave an email address so I can contact you if you win.  This must be completed before any bonus entries can be counted. 
Bonus Entries: Leave a seperate comment for each entry.  If there is a +1 for that entry leave one comment.  +2 leave 2 comments for that entry and so on. 
1. Follow SmartKnitKIDS on twitter and leave your twitter handle: @smartknitkids (+1)
3.  Follow FFCM with Google Friend Connect, Networked Blogs, RSS feed, and/or Email subscription all located in my Right Column (+1 for each one)

4.  Enter the SmartKnitKIDS giveaway on Precisely Mine  (+2)

5.  tweet using RT button in upper left corner of post or you can use this message: ( you can tweet 2x per day at least 2 hours apart) leave a link to you tweet in a comment below.

”  @smartknitkids seamless socks with “No Seams to Bug Ya” #giveaway from @angiewith3 http://bit.ly/Smrtknt ends 10/14 US/CAN  ”

6.  Follow me on twitter and leave your twitter handle: @angiewith3  (+1)

7.  Enter any of my other current giveaways and leave a comment telling me which ones you entered (+1 for each one)

8. Like FFCM on facebook (+2) 

Giveaway will end Oct. 14, 2010 at 10 PM EST. 1 winner will be chosen using random.org and notified by Oct 15 via email. Winner will have 48 hours to reply to winning email.  If no reply in that time frame, a new winner will be chosen.

***I received 3 pair of SmartKnitKIDS Seamless Sensitivity socks at no cost for review purposes.  I did not receive any monetary compensation for this post.  I was under no obligation to give a positive review. Any opinions expressed are my own.***

This Product Was a Free Giveaway
Sponsored by Tomoson.com

RANDOM.ORG DREW NUMBRE 59.  WINNER HAS BEEN EMAILED AND HAS 48 HOURS TO RESPOND OR ANOTHER WINNER WILL BE CHOSEN.

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