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Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Holiday Gift Giveaway Blog Hop

I am so excited to offer 5 people the opportunity to win ONE of these gift certificates as there are five gift certificates.

Here’s how the Holiday Blog Hop going to work (thanks for dropping by):

  1. You enter with the REQUIRED entry below.

  2. You can do as many or none of the extras.

  3. Every comment is entered into the ENTIRE giveaway. You can NOT ask to win a specific gift certificate.

  4. Random.org will choose each of the winners. I will go in order of the listing below and draw for each one individually.

  5. Please visit the other Holiday Blog Hop sites for the cash or gift certificates that they have exclusively set up.


$150 Gift Certificate to

Naturalizer Shoes.Naturalizer Shoes

$100 Gift Certificate to Tealogo

$65 Gift Certificate to CSN.comCSN_Stores_Logo
$25 Gift Certificate to Jasmere.comjasmere_logo

$10 Gift Certificate to BeecologyBeecology logo

Required Entry

Follow Marvelous Mom Reviews

You MUST leave a way to contact you either have it in your profile or leave an email address! I don't have the time to be searching for your information (I'm lucky to know my own information...most of the time).

My Holiday Gift Giveaway Blog Hop is open to US Residents, 18 yrs and older. Blog Hop runs Dec 1-5, 2010 and ends at 11:59pm PST on December 5th.

Winner has 48 hours to respond or I will draw a new winner. Gift Certificates or Check Out Codes will be provided by the company, aside from Naturalizer Shoes which I will provide.

5 Extra Entries

  • Subscribe to MMR

  • Follow me on Twitter

  • Visit ONE of the companies and tell me about a product you like

  • Follow ONE of the companies on Twitter





*Tea is not on Twitter

  • Like ONE of the companies on Facebook






I would like to thank CSN.com, Jasmere.com, Beecology, Tea, and Naturalizer for the Giveaway gift certificates. I received samples from Beecology and Tea only. There are no opinions included with this post.

Giveaways Ending Tonight & 1 New Giveaway

The first set of giveaways from Christmas Gathering & Gift Guide will close tonight at 11:59pm PST.

Here’s a list of the giveaways in case you haven’t entered to win yet:

Crest Pro-Health FOR ME Kit

Bridgewater Holiday Diffuser

Hasbro Games & Bonus Gifts

Wilton Gingerbread Kits

Tama-Town & Gotchi Figure

Ornaments With Love

Hallmark LogoOver at my other site Woven by Words I have 2 Hallmark Recordable Storybooks of your choice to giveaway! These books are so awesome!Hallmark2_thumb11

Monday, November 29, 2010

National Geographic Kids Atlas of My World

NatGeo Are you looking for a gift for a child that’s personalized and not like the gifts all the other kids are receiving? Check out the National Geographic Kids Atlas of My World!

These are so cool! It was fun to go play with the sample book that allows you to get an idea of what the book will be like. You can go check it out and see for yourself. Here’s what you can get in this book:

  • 48 pages, hardcover
  • Over 200 full-color photographs and maps
  • Custom printed with your child's photo and details
  • NatGeo2 There you can upload your child's/children's photos, see & choose from several different personalization options (ranging from where the child/children go to school, information about their pet, things they love/enjoy & more), write your dedication and then see what the final product would look like!

    I’ve been given discount codes to pass on to you from NatGeo:

    • 50% Discount plus free shipping on Nov 29 & 30 & Dec 1 with "personalized" Marvelous Mom Reviews blog discount code:  mmr50gift
    • 25% Discount plus free shipping on Dec 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7 & 8 with "personalized" Marvelous Mom Reviews discount code: gift25mmr

    So make sure when you are checking out to use those awesome codes!

    You can also find NatGeo on



    *By sharing this information with you I am eligible to win a Savings Bonds and my own personalized atlas. I have not received any compensation or product for sharing this information.

    Sunday, November 28, 2010

    Tea Collection: Blog Hop Sponsor

    logo We’re just a few days away from the Holiday Blog Hop hosted by Simply Stacie.sale boys

    One of my sponsors is Tea. They have luxurious clothing for children. It’s so wonderful to come across a company who not only makes fantastic lines for children, but also have a larger goal when it comes to how they create their lines. Learn more about their Inspiration!

    “Before we sold our first sweater, we had our inspiration: for little citizens of the world. We want to bring the beauty found in cultures around the world into the lives and homes of families in our own backyard. We believe that if the foreign is familiar – it is no longer foreign. It helps us remember that we all more alike than we are different."

    girls saleBuddy was sent a Back Roads Pullover about which they say “We loved experimenting with the bold striping we discovered on an everyday pair of Hungarian hand-knit socks”. Poor kid had the sun in his eyes, but he liked modeling his new sweater!


    Doodle received the Village Plaid shirt. I just want to snuggle against him it’s so cozy! Tea’s clothing tag says, “We were charmed by the cozy hand-woven plaid blankets we found in the Hungarian countryside.” To go along with it he also received the Long Sleve Solid Henley in prune. Man he looks like such a little outdoorsman!


    For the record, if anyone needs models, my boys have no problem in front of a camera! Doodle posed how he wanted and told me when to take the photo! Buddy did the poses above against the tree!IMG_4241 If you are looking to do some cyber shopping check out their sales going on thru Tuesday!

    As a side note, Tea has a gorgeous collection of clothing for women as well! They offer free shipping on orders over $150!

    Tea is generously offering a $100 gift certificate to one winner!

    I’d like to thank Tea for the shirts for review and for providing the gift certificates for the Blog Hop!

    Naturalizer Shoes Blog Hop Sponsor

    Naturalizer Shoes I actually won a $150 gift certificate from Naturalizer Shoes at a Twitter party. I am, in turn, giving it to someone who enters the Blog Hop!

    I’ve never actually owned a pair of Naturalizer Shoes and hope that one day I will! I think if I had the money, my closet would be lined with Naturalizer Shoes!

    They have great selections for all seasons! Check out these gorgeous Bernice boots that would be perfect here in MN:Bernice

    Attending any get togethers over the holidays? How about a beautiful pair of Lennox Red Shiny dress shoes?Lennox Red Shiny Of course, Naturalizer doesn’t stop at shoes! Oh no, they’ve got a fantastic selection of handbags as well! This one’s the Rocker!Rocker Be sure to check out their other selections as well!

    Beecology.com Blog Hop Sponsor

    BeecologyogoNew I received a few sample collections of Beecology to review and have to say my favorite so far has been their All Natural Peppermint Body Wash. Especially for this time of year it smells heavenly.


    I love that this is a family operation and they take what they put into their products seriously. Beecology also gives back through their charity web site,  SweetYear.org They “will give 10 percent (of net profit from all sales) to environmental and social causes.”Beesmall-crate-gf-bodywash_smallAbout Beecology:

    Beecology Natural Skincare and Hair Products

    About six years ago I agreed to let a co-worker put a beehive on my family farm. I didn't plan to be responsible for it, but when life events kept him from tending to it, I became a beekeeper.

    I found bee science and culture fascinating, and I soon began researching bees and attending workshops at The Ohio State University agricultural campus. Beyond enjoying the science, I found that tending the bees gave me time to reflect. It became a cathartic activity.

    I also came to realize how connected the bees' world is to ours - any changes in our environment affect their environment as well. I began to think about the foods we eat, the chemicals we use, and the impact these factors have on bees and on us. That's when the idea hit me: I wanted to make natural skincare and hair products using honey, beeswax, and other ingredients that are good for us and our world.

    beecology group This is the philosophy behind Beecology. Today my family and I produce a full line of natural products - lip balm, soap, shampoo, conditioner, body wash, and lotion - that help our customers keep their skin and hair healthy the natural way.

    But being a good corporate citizen isn't just about using the Earth's products wisely. So in addition to drawing from the world to make our natural skincare and hair products, we give back through our charitable arm, SweetYear.org. We invite you to join us in making a difference.

    David Rzepka, on behalf of the Rzepka family

    I’ll be giving away a $10 gift certificate to Beecology.com.

    Jasmere.com Blog Hop Sponsor

    jasmere_logo About Jasmere.com:

    1. Jasmere features high-end merchandise from the nation's top web merchants.
    2. Our sales begin and end at noon each weekday. Some items have limited supply, and once it's gone, it's gone.
    3. Prices always start at 50% off or better.
    4. As more people buy, the price gets lower. We won't charge your credit card until the sale ends, and everyone pays the day's lowest price.
    5. Refer your friends, and earn $10 jasmere credit for each one that becomes a customer.
    6. Find us on Facebook, where we offer a prize every single weekday.
    7. Spread the word, and we'll all save more!

    Some examples of the the companies they’ve worked with are:

    • ‘love bottle’: reusable glass bottles
    • Ruva Cards
    • Kids Konserve
    • dolma jewelry
    • My Lucky Wish
    • Sweetteeth

    They will be offering a $25 gift card to Jasmere.com!

    Holiday Blog Hop Giveaway Starts December 1-5th

    Ok everyone! I know I have some great new followers and people who have been following since I started back in March.Beecology logoI wanted to give you all a heads up about 5 gift certificates that I’ll be giving away starting at midnight on December 1st.CSN_Stores_LogoHere’s how it’s going to work. I’m going to have a single post listing all 5 companies that are working with me. You will have ONE required entry. Then there are 5 extra entries, that’s it.logoIn the extras you will have the opportunity to follow ONLY 1 company via Twitter and 1 company via Facebook. You are more than welcome to follow all of them, but only one comment for each will qualify. You get to choose.Naturalizer ShoesThe giveaways will end at 11:59pm PST on December 5th. From there Random.org will choose 5 winners in order of the listed gift certificates. For example, if Beecology is my first offered gift certificate, then the person’s name I draw first will win that gift certificate.jasmere_logoThere is no guarantee that you’ll win the exact one you want, you just have the opportunity, and what a fun and fantastic opportunity!

    I’ll be highlighting these companies today and tomorrow so be sure to check them out! I did a post about CSNstores.com already so make sure to read that one, too.

    GLEE Make Your Own Candy Kits Giveaway: Christmas Gathering & Gift Guide Day 15

    logo I’ve heard of GLEE Gum before but had no idea that they had a fun selection of Make Your Own Candy Kits!chocolate Kit Ingredients

    Now, I know this was an activity for my boys so I thought the Chocolate Kit would fit me our family the best.

    IMG_4272Doodle helped me out with the Chocolate Kit from beginning to almost the end. I wanted him to read the history of chocolate with me and test the cacao bean. Oh, that was so gross, but it was funny to watch his reaction. We did it to his brother & friend. tee hee hee

    IMG_4273Then we set about mixing the ingredients. Pretty quick and simple. The part that took the longest was the mixing. Let me warn you that when it says it could take 15 minutes of continuous stirring, they mean it!!

    I sat at the computer stirring and stirring thinking I was off my rocker to believe the instructions, but guess what? They’re right! Go figure.IMG_4274 It HAS to hit the right temperature. I believe it was 92 degrees.

    Then we set about putting it into the individual candy wrappers. We I filled up nearly all the wrappers since I was abandoned by Doodle for a movie. Then they were stuck in the fridge to hardened.

    I was a bit cynical as to how it would taste. I mean, come on, it’s out of a box. I was supremely surprised at how fantastic these chocolates have tasted. They seem to be more on the dark chocolate side, but not so much that I won’t eat it. Trust me, I don’t willingly eat dark chocolate.

    IMG_4561 Now, about the photo, there should be a LOT more candies on the plate. As in spilling off the plate there were so many, but I forgot to take a photo by the time they hardened. I’ve been eating them here and there (or all the time depending on who you ask).

    The Make Your Own Chocolate Kit cuts the mustard with me!

    3 kitsThis would make a fantastic family activity, especially since a parent should be around to oversee the project. Here’s your chance to win one! And in case you want to purchase your own, they’re having Free Shipping on all orders of $50 or more!

    Required: Tell me which Glee Candy Kit you would like to win for your family.

    Giveaway open to US Continental Residents 18 yrs or older. Please leave your email in the required entry or have it available in your profile. No email/contact = No entry. Giveaway ends 12/11 11:59 PST. Winner has 48 hours to respond.

    Extra Entries:

    5 Extra entries if you grabbed my button and commented on the required post (5 entries, comment 5x)

    Follow Marvelous Mom Reviews (1 entry)

    Subscribe to MMR (2 entries, comment 2x)

    Follow my Networked Blogs sidebar (1 entry)

    Follow Glee on Twitter (1 entry)

    Follow me on Twitter (1 entry)

    Tweet this giveaway (1 entry daily) “RT #Win your choice of a Glee Candy Making Kit. Kits R from scratch & learn exciting information #giveaway @bigguysmama http://bit.ly/eXJkDo

    Like Glee on Facebook (1 entry)

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    Enter any of my other current giveaways (1 entry each)

    Blog Friendly PR

    I’d like to thank Blog Friendly PR for connecting me with Glee, and to Glee for sending my review product and providing the giveaway! The opinions expressed are my own.

    Saturday, November 27, 2010

    Perricone: Best Anti Wrinkle Cream $150 Giveaway | US & Canada

    logo01 When taking care of your skin and fighting aging, one of the first products to check out is Perricone.

    Being a lady in her 40’s I am on the search for the best anti wrinkle cream, albeit a bit late, to tackle my wrinkles. I wasn’t proactive at keeping wrinkles at bay so now I have to go to trusted products to help me reduce the appearance of my current ones.

    Thankfully Perricone has the products we need to help keep our skin healthy and diminish lines and wrinkles. If you have been wondering what is the best anti wrinkle cream, I’d say to start with Perricone.

    concentrated restorative treatment I decided to try the Concentrated Restorative Treatment. It contains Vitamin C Ester and DMAE. These products help “minimize the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, and skin discoloration.” I have all three issues and am hoping this product helps it all out! DMAE “helps to firm and lift the appearance of skin.

    I have been using it at night and I can tell how soft my skin is throughout the day. I haven’t used it long enough to notice the difference in the discoloration on my forehead or the wrinkles around my mouth and eyes.

    If you like to take care of your skin and keep it healthy, now’s your chance to win up to $150 to PerriconeMD.com

    Required: Share which Perricone (linked above) product valued at $150 or less you want or need and why.

    Giveaway open to US & Canadian Residents 18 yrs or older. Please leave your email in the required entry or have it available in your profile. No email/contact = No entry. Giveaway ends 12/11 11:59 PST. Winner has 48 hours to respond.

    Follow Marvelous Mom Reviews (1 entry)

    Subscribe to MMR (2 entries, comment 2x)

    Follow my Networked Blogs sidebar (1 entry)

    Follow Perricone on Twitter (1 entry)

    Follow me on Twitter (1 entry)

    Tweet this giveaway (1 entry daily) “RT #Win $150 to Perricone and treat yourself to healthy skin care products #giveaways @bigguysmama http://bit.ly/gnWlKB

    Like Perricone on Facebook (1 entry)

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    Sign up for Daily Perricone (2 entries)

    Take the Skin Quiz and tell me something about your suggested skin care regimen (2 entries)

    Enter any of my other current giveaways (1 entry each)

    I’d like to thank Blog Friendly PR for connecting me with Perricone. Perricone provided the review & giveaway product. The opinions expressed are my own.

    Toys For Tots & Growing Tree Toys Black Friday

    The holiday season is fast approaching, and we are celebrating with a special collaboration with the Marine Toys for Tots Foundation. Throughout the month of November, for each “Like” we receive on our Facebook page we will donate $1 to Toys for Tots!

    We have supported our local Toys for Tots for years, but this program is the first that we are incorporating Facebook to help the cause.

    “We agree that it’s important for all kids to feel included during the holidays. The Marine Toys for Tots Foundation has been making kids feel special at Christmastime for over 60 years. We’re proud to be a part of that tradition,” says Managing Partner Kim Emigh.tft-fb

    In the past, we have solely promoted our Black Friday and Thanksgiving weekend deals through our email updates. This year, we’d love to extend it to you!

    From Black Friday through Sunday, every 100th order placed on our site will be FREE! That’s right, if you are lucky enough to win we will contact you and refund you for your entire order!  But on top of that, we are going to share a 15% off discount that you can share with your readers! This discount too will only be valid Friday through Sunday. Just enter code MBBTVL at checkout! Please Note: We are ONLY sending this code out through the Blog Network!

    Thursday, November 25, 2010

    Paperspring Sales Black Friday

    paperspring logo Paperspring

    1 day only 30% site wide sale + free shipping on any order. Offer expires 11:59PM (PT) on 11/26.

    Gifted Imaginations Early Bird Sale

    logo_template Gifted Imaginations

    We're starting our sales early this year.  We'll be offering fabulous deals starting at Midnight Wednesday and ending Midnight Sunday!

    Make & Serve Apple Pie

    Melissa & Doug Make & Serve Apple Pie

    We're offering two separate deals this week. (1) Starting Midnight Wednesday through Midnight Thursday: We're offering 25% off your entire order PLUS Free Shipping! (2) Starting Thursday at Midnight and lasting until Sunday at Midnight: We're offering 30% off your order PLUS a Free Melissa & Doug Puzzle Set in a box (while supplies last). Set includes four wooden, 12-piece vehicle jigsaw puzzles-each stored in a separate compartment of a sturdy wooden box! The slide-on box lid doubles as a convenient puzzle board! Each puzzle piece is shape-coded on the back for easy sorting. Great for travel!

    puzzlesMelissa & Doug Puzzles

    Themes include: Vehicles, Farm Animals, Wild Animals and Construction Vehicles.

    Phase 1 starts at Midnight Wednesday and ends at Midnight Thursday-we're offering 25% off your entire order + Free Shipping!
    Coupon Code: TurkeyLeg

    Midnight Thursday thru Midnight Sunday: 30% off plus Free Puzzle!
    Coupon Code: Leftovers

    Stay tuned for details on Fri-Sun Coupon Code! Start and end times are on Eastern time zone.


    Brugo Mug Giveaway: Christmas Gathering & Gift Guide Day 14

    Brugo Colors Not all things are created equal. Such is the case when you compare a Brugo Mug to any other on the market. I was introduced to Brugo a year ago when I fell in love with the design and colors.

    I now have my very own that I can tote around with me everywhere I go! AAAHHH!

    So what’s so great about a Brugo Mug? Here are just a couple of reasons:

    · As you know Brugo is the only travel mug in the world that allows you to drink hot tea or coffee immediately. This works because you are separating the sip from the main chamber, the “brandy swilling” motion cools that sip in the top chamber. Brugo offers an immediate solution to drinking tea and coffee on the go, in the office and at home. You can drink any hot beverage immediately... yes... no more having to wait 20 minutes for you first sip.justTip andSip

    I neglected to do the “brandy swilling” and burned the stink out of my tongue with my first sip. I’m still feeling the effects of that mistake. THEN I did the “swilling” and it really did work! Please, don’t do my mistake, this is what my reviews are here for!

    · Brugo is 100% leakproof so have your sip, twist to lock, drain the cooling chamber just in case, and off you go... it is that simple.

    As they say, make sure the cooling chamber is empty because it will leak out if you haven’t. From there you’re all good! No leaking for MY Brugo!My Brugo Mug

    We all know coffee lovers and if you are looking for that “perfect” gift, I would highly suggest the Brugo Travel Mug. Have you seen the colors they offer? They have lines to suit everyone’s needs.

    For the business minded, there’s the Executive Collection (although I received the Mediterranean and I’m not the Executive type but my favorite color is dark green!)collection-executive Then there’s the Jazz Collection that my oldest daughter would ADORE! I know her favorite one would be the Flamingo!collection-jazzFor my 2nd daughter who is always on the go and loves to play tennis, she’d take either the red or black from the Sports Collection.sportCollectionPressBrugo is even a conversation piece. Last night at our church Thanksgiving Pie Social I had two people ask me about it! They thought it was so cool. My friend even had to try it out to see how it worked. I had just gotten some coffee. It worked just fine for her. She gives Brugo a thumbs up!

    If you’re looking to give Brugo as a present this holiday there are a couple of “specials” currently:

    • Buy 2 or more Executive/Jazz Collection and they’re $14.95 each. That’s a $5 savings on each one!

    • Free shipping on orders of $50 or more

    • These apply to orders shipped in the US

    Make sure that you put “LEAKPROOF” to your shipping address because they still have some of the old styles left!


    I have graciously been given the opportunity to giveaway a Brugo Travel Mug to one of my readers!

    Required: Visit Brugo and tell me which color you like to win!

    Giveaway open to US Residents 18 yrs or older. Please leave your email in the required entry or have it available in your profile. No email/contact = No entry. Giveaway ends 12/14 11:59 PST. Winner has 48 hours to respond.

    Extra Entries:

    5 Extra entries if you grabbed my button and commented on the required post (5 entries, comment 5x)

    Follow Marvelous Mom Reviews (1 entry)

    Subscribe to MMR (2 entries, comment 2x)

    Follow my Networked Blogs sidebar (1 entry)

    Like Brugo on Facebook (1 entry)

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    Follow Brugo on Twitter (1 entry)

    Follow me on Twitter (1 entry)

    Tweet this giveaway daily (1 entry) “RT #WIN your choice of @BrugoMug Executive, Jazz, or Sports Collection. Exclusive Tip & Sip Technology @bigguysmama http://marvelousmomreviews.blogspot.com/2010/11/brugo-mug-giveaway-christmas-gathering.html

    Enter any of my other giveaways (1 comment per entry)

    I’d like to thank Brugo mug for the review and giveaway product they are providing. The opinions expressed are my own.