SpiceStack Spice Rack Giveaway

We have a great giveaway for anyone looking to get organized in the kitchen.  I won this for Kyra when she was on her own but she never got a chance to use it and since she's moved back in it it is just taking up room here (I have WAY too many spices and use an over the door clear shoe bag in the pantry for mine).

It's the original SpiceStack Spice Rack

Original SpiceStack
  • Measures 8" w, 8.5" h, 10.75" d

  • Holds 18 full size or 36 half size spice bottles up to 5.5" tall

  • Includes 48 blank and 48 pre-printed drawer labels

  • Stackable, durable, easy-to-clean

We have one SpiceStack Spice rack to give away - new in box.  No one is sponsoring, it is in our hands and we will be sending it to the winner ourselves.

 THE GIVEAWAY: 1 lucky reader will win a SpiceStack Spice Rack.  Open to US residents 18+ ends 3/10 at 11:59pm CST.

Main Entry:  Daily-  tell me your biggest organizational challenge.  This is for first daily entry only, on subsequent days you can just put today's entry.

Want more?  The main entry is all you need for a chance to win, but you can find out how to get additional entries into our giveaways here.
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Denise's Daily Dozen giveaway

Win a Copy of Denise's Daily Dozen:  The Easy, Every Day Program to Lose Up To 12 Pounds In 2 Weeks by Denise Austin

We have a copy of Denise's Daily Dozen to give away to one lucky reader.

No one is sponsoring, it is brand new, it's in our hands and we'll be sending it to the winner ourselves.

THE GIVEAWAY: 1 lucky reader will win a copy of Denise's Daily Dozen:  The Easy, Every Day Program to Lose Up To 12 Pounds In 2 Weeks by Denise Austin.  Open to USresidents 18+ ends 3/3 at 11:59pm CST.

Main Entry:  Daily-  Tell me what you do to stay in shape.  This only needs to be done the first day, you can just put today's entry on subsequent days.

Want more?  The main entry is all you need for a chance to win, but you can find out how to get additional entries into our giveaways here.
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Count Your Blessings giveaway

Somehow we ended up with a spare copy of Chicken Soup for the Soul  Count Your Blessings so we're going to be giving it to one of y'all.

No-one is sponsoring, it's brand new, it's in our hands and we'll be sending it to the winner ourselves.

THE GIVEAWAY: 1 lucky reader will win a copy of Chicken Soup for the Soul Count Your Blessings.  Open to USresidents 18+ ends 3/3 at 11:59pm CST.

Main Entry:  Daily- tell me something you are grateful for.  Easy peasy, right?  Make it something different each day so we don't get bored if you don't mind. ;-)

Want more?  The main entry is all you need for a chance to win, but you can find out how to get additional entries into our giveaways here.
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Kidorable review & giveaway

With all this snow we've had, melting away, you can bet we have had plenty of something else, too. Mud puddles. Well, lucky for us we received some Kidorable Froggy Rain boots to review. These things are ADORABLE!

Shortly after we received the boots when we were in Target we saw some similar (copycat) frog boots but they were... okay. Cute, nothing special, with kinda creepy eyes. The Kidorable ones are just FUN and awesome and you can really see a difference in the quality.

And, what is better for puddle jumping then frogs, really? They seem comfy, Ian sure doesn't complain, and his feet stay warm and dry. They seem sturdy, and are easy to wipe clean, and don't have that funky rubber smell, all good points.  Very very good points as mom gets gaggy with that funky smell and lets EVERYONE know- especially if we are shopping and we get an unpleasant whiff. 

We also received a Froggy rain coat, but instead of a 5 they sent the 18 month old size so it is going to my goddaughter, Miss Lexxi, next time we visit her. She likes frogs and just had a birthday, so it works well, and I will let you know how it holds up after she has worn it a time or two.  We did take it out of the packaging to inspect and it is really, really cute.

Now the good news-  Kidorable has generously offered to send one of our readers an umbrella of their choice.

THE GIVEAWAY: 1 lucky reader will win the umbrella of their choice from Kidorable.  Open to USresidents 18+ ends 3/1 at 11:59pm CST.

Main Entry:  Daily-  Head on over to Kidorable and tell me your favorite item.   This only needs to be done the first day- for subsequent daily entry just put something like today's entry.

Bonus Entries-   
Fan Kidorable on Facebook and leave me your name (first name and initial is fine).
Follow Kidorable on Twitter and leave me your nickname.
Tweet the giveaway with a link back here - can be done up to 3x daily - wait at least one hour between tweets.
Sample tweet- can cut &  paste:  Win the umbrella of your choice from Kidorable @dddiva #giveaway ends 3/1 http://bit.ly/9brfzG
Want more?  The main entry is all you need for a chance to win, but you can find out how to get additional entries into our giveaways here.
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Opinions Wanted - what would you do? Bloggers, Review / Giveaway preferences

So I've been putting some effort into entering giveaways and contests lately-  ya- like everything else got a little lazy with it.  And the world didn't come to an end.  Imagine that.  *grin*

Ugh is all I have to say.  I've had some wins, and yes I will eventually update-  probably- but for now, I'm kind of bummed again.

In some ways I think I sort of have a unique viewpoint coming into the game the way I did- as someone who enters contests, sweepstakes and giveaways first, then later getting into the review and giveaway aspect of things.  So, you can trust me to tell you when something smells rotten in Denmark as they say.  YMMV (Your Mileage May Vary) but for the most part, there are a few sponsors and bloggers who are taking advantage of you (and by that I mean those of us who enter the giveaways) or  they are trying to, in my not so humble opinion.

For a mandatory entry- you have to blog about the giveaway with links back to the blog and the sponsor.  And not just a blurb, but a separate post.  And it has to be a certain length.  Okay, let's break this down shall we.  Blogger hosting the giveaway gets free product and / or monetary compensation and / or traffic to their blog for hosting the giveaway.  Hosting blogger also gets traffic from every blogger who posts as well as an extra link to their giveaway.  Good for hosting blogger.  Company gets traffic from hosting blogger and from each blogger as well.  Lots of PR, very little money-  usually just a couple of products which we all know-  not very expensive for company.  Good for company.

Blogger trying to win-  well, not so good.  Sure you get a shot at winning-  1 in hundreds or 1 in thousands.  I don't have a problem with extra entries, in fact there is a page on my site you can go to if you want them for most of the giveaways I host, but for the main one-  yeah, I do have a problem when you are making it mandatory I do your work for you.  Especially when you say I can't use your words-  umm hello you want me to pitch a product I never received and use my hard won traffic ranking and link you and your sponsor to up your traffic & ranking for a one in thousands chance that maybe just maybe I'll get lucky this time?  Why on earth would I want to do pretty much what you are doing minus the benefits?  You got compensation but I only *might* win against at least hundreds but most likely thousands of other entrants?  Yeah, that's fair.

I'm not dissing review & giveaway bloggers, heck, at times we are both, but there are opportunities I turn down because it just doesn't feel right.  And while say winning a mattress or higher end vacuum would be nice- I don't think that it is right to make it mandatory that I post you on my front page where my readers have no choice but to see-  some of my traffic is certainly for the giveaways, but much is not.  I don't have a problem if I REALLY want a prize posting a blurb about your giveaway and links to both you and your sponsor on my giveaways around the blogosphere page, but I really don't think it is fair to ask for or expect a feature which is what a LOT of blogs are now wanting-  and not always for high dollar prizes, I've seen it for a $25 GC as well.

If a company wants to give me a mattress set, I'm all about splashing you all over my social networks and promoting the heck out of you, and I will offer extra entries to others if they'd like extra chances but I won't say you can't enter if you don't have a blog with a certain number of readers or a twitter account with x number of followers or link my giveaway to your FB account, etc..  Those are great for BONUS entries, and really, I don't have a problem with that or any other hoops that I can choose to jump through or not, but the key word there is choose.

Another trend is having many many many bloggers post the same giveaway for a paltry number of prizes to be chosen among all blogs and the chance that the blog hosts could win one fairly decent prize.  We're talking about the blogs getting to offer readers a chance to win a $20 to $50 prize here, not like the major appliances from a while back, and maybe 10 winners will be chosen from ALL the blogs-  so that could literally be hundreds of blogs and only a handful of winners- and then one of those bloggers will win a few hundred dollars-  now the blog chosen could either be random or the most entrants (which let's face it- there are only a handful who are not wasting their time if that is the case).  Only one I see winning here is the company.

I know I have the choice to host or not, to enter or not, but I am genuinely curious as to whether this strikes anyone else as extremely unbalanced or do you just think- oh smart business going as cheap as you can with the adverstising?

I am at the point where I am seriously considering starting a blog strictly to post giveaways that I want extra entries for-  honestly I would LOVE LOVE LOVE a decent mattress, I haven't slept well in forever as mine is ancient and I am stiff and sore all the damn time, but I don't want this blog to be all about other peoples content and giveaways.  I'm all for sharing the love, but we're divas here, not gonna give y'all top billing.  Just isn't gonna happen. ;-)  

Oh- sorry, back on track- so that's my thinking-  starting a new blog-  which will get no time or anything at all it will strictly be for the extra entries- so no traffic, no page rank, no followers, but I won't mind giving you a blurb.  Would you rather I did that- and you got a whole post dedicated to your giveaway, albeit one no one would ever see, or would it be better to have a blurb on my giveaway page- where people who actually give a crap about entering do go and look?
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Mommy Magic: Defying the weatherman, one snow day at a time.

The other day, the weather man said our town was going to get somewhere between a dusting and two inches of snow. In true Dddiva fashion, Mom immediately began chanting, "Mommy magic! Mommy magic! Make it a snow day!"

We ended up getting six and a half inches of snow, and three days off school--paired with the "mental health day" I took on Friday, that's a six-day weekend. I used it to catch up on all the important things... sleeping, reading bad romance novels, and most importantly of all, being lazy. Y'know, life's little essentials.

Along with controlling the weather, Mommy Magic also has the power to break jinxes, settle not-my-turn disputes, and override dibs. I don't know if Mommy Magic is something that comes with being a mother or unique to my own, but I strongly recommend you try exercising yours. To use, just shout "MOMMY MAGIC!" and say the desired outcome.
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MilkDot lunch tote review

An embarrassingly long while ago, we received a lovely MilkDot lunchbox to review. The one we got is Cotton Candy Pink + Chocolate, a lovely combo, and they also have Robins Egg Blue and chocolate, very lovely as well. It is fairly spacious, not the biggest lunchbox but it easily fits a sandwich, chips, drink, yogurt and dessert, with little pouches for a cold pack, silverware, napkin etc.

It also has a little button/tag where you can put a name or picture so everyone knows its yours, or you can tuck it in the front pocket so they DON'T know its yours and your home made cookies will be safe! (a problem I had around Christmas, though more so with fudge haha!) It is well insulated... Okay... the inside is all silvery, so it can double as a tin foil hat, only with a much more fashionable outside! (yeah, I'm a goober, the first thing I do with a new lunchbox is put it on my head. I wear everything =P Life is more fun my way.)

The other really handy thing? It folds flat. Yep, flattens out, so when I'm done with lunch and need to squeeze it into my smaller then a shoebox locker with my purse and such.

As you know, we're trying to do our part by using less packaging and Milkdot helps us do it stylishly.

We received a product so that we could do a review and no other compensation.   The opinions are ours and were in no way influenced by the receipt of this product.
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