Thursday, October 28, 2010

Fresh Produce Women's Clothing Giveaway

*Congratulations to #37, pmj, who is our very lucky winner!

Fresh Produce is a clothing company with a difference. What started in 1984 in Long Beach when Thom and Mary Ann Vernon began selling silk-screened t-shirts in bright graphics and custom jewelry at the '84 Summer Olympics in the parking lot across the street from the coliseum has since blossomed. The concept then was the same as now - to bring the emotions, the colors, the sensations, the leisure of beach life to everyday life through fashion. Now in its third decade, Fresh Produce continues to be primarily Made in the USA and has grown into a $50 million company with one of the most original, refreshing and captivating casual, resort and sportswear lines in America. Known and loved by women ages 6 months to 60-plus for lush colors, year-round sensibility, simply inspired design and coastal comfort, Fresh Produce continues to delight customers around the globe. Fresh Produce can be found in Nordstrom, Walt Disney resorts and stores, and over 400 specialty boutiques and resort retailers.When Fresh Produce contacted me about reviewing some of their clothing, I was thrilled. Honestly, it was a new company to me as we don't really trip over Nordstroms here in my little suburb. I was sent the Shorefront Cardigan in black as well as the Cafe Wrap Dress in sangria.
As a middle aged woman, I sometimes find it difficult to find women's clothing that is stylish without looking too trendy or young. It was love at first sight with my Fresh Produce clothing.

Honestly, I have worn my cardigan most days of the week since receiving it. I first noticed that "made in the USA" tag when I opened it and was very impressed. It is a perfect weight for this time of year. Not too heavy but still warm enough for those early mornings or the chill of an office air conditioner. I think it is cute loose or belted. I am a cardigan loving woman and own quite a few. This is my favorite one!
The sangria color of the dress happens to be my favorite clothing color. (They surprised me with what styles they sent me and the colors. They know me better than my family!) I think this dress would be perfect for most summer days. Pull it on and you look put together. What has happened to my beautiful sangria dress? My college daughter has stolen it already.I guess that proves their claim to be loved by women of all ages.

Now the good news for you. First, you can treat yourself or someone you love to some of this delightful clothing sOr you can look for it in a retailer near you.

One of you will win a Tide Is In Tunic for herself! I love the detail - the pintucks and the water swirls print. I know you will love this clothing line as much as I do.How to enter:
Mandatory Entry: Go to the Fresh Produce website and tell me one other item you like other than the three I've discussed above.

For extra entries, you may do any of the following:
* Like Fresh Produce on facebook.
*Follow Fresh Produce on twitter.
*Follow this blog.

Giveaway will end at midnight on November 12 and a winner will be selected at random. I will contact the winner by email and he/she will have 48 hours to respond before a new winner is selected.

I was sent the cardigan and dress for review in exchange for hosting this giveaway. My opinions are my own.

Thursday, October 14, 2010

Teens and Texting

Teens and texting. Those two terms go hand-in-hand and as a parent of four teens, I don't think they will be inseparable until the next, greatest technology breakthrough occurs that surpasses texting.

As a parent, I wanted to be able to text my kids. I could see that was the direction I needed to head in if I wanted to be able to keep in contact with my kids when they weren't in the same house as me. Especially as my oldest headed off to college, I knew texting would be key in maintaining our relationship. Even with mine that still live with me, my middle son who tends to be quieter and much more reluctant to enter into conversations with the family will text me when he is not here and is rather chatty.

So, we text. But as anyone who has spent any time around teens knows, their texting isn't always quite like the parent's texting. First of all, they are fast. I'm astounded at how fast my daughter can text. She can also text with complete accuracy and never look at her keypad.

The other difference is that teens tend to use shortened lingo when they text. Sure, we see some of that on blogs as well. I think we are all fairly familiar with LOL and even LMAO. But what in the world are those shortened forms our kids are using?

Have you read any of your kids texts to their friends? Accidentally or because you had reason to believe you might need to be a little more aware for their safety or well-being?

If you have, I bet you have come across plenty of shortened forms you were at a loss to define. KPC apparently stands for "keep parents clueless" and it sure seems to be working as far as texting goes.

In my online searching for this post, I found a wonderful resource by LG where you can enter your teen's texting lingo and up will pop the translation. Additionally, the site has a glossary containing hundreds of terms - many of which were submitted by parents. If you saw "420" on little Brittany's phone, would you know it was a drug reference?

Again, as a parent of teens, I feel like it is our job to be diligent. We give them this technology - this ability to stay in constant contact with anyone anywhere without us having any idea of what is going on. Once we give them this ability, I think it is our responsibility to help them learn to use it wisely and safely. Knowing what they are saying is just the tip of the iceberg.

I'd love to hear about your experiences. Have you gone onto your teen's phone to read any texts? Have you seen him or her using texting lingo? Have you ever gone online to search for what an acronym might mean? I feel that by sharing our experiences, fears, and successes, we can help each other learn to navigate this texting road. Ours is the first parenting generation to travel this road and we can support each other on the trip. I can't wait to hear your thoughts.

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Friday, October 8, 2010

Beach Bag Giveaway from Simply Bags

Unfortunately, my first winner never replied to me email. Let's try again. This time random.org chose #45, Closer to Lucy. I'll email her now! Congrats.

I have another wonderful company to introduce to you today: Simply Bags.

Simply Bags has a diverse selection of bags - everything from beach bags to laptop bags. I was impressed when I went to the website and saw the quantity and quality of bags offered.

I love this Leopard Print Bag (only $29.99 and that includes monogram).
My daughter and I love carpet bags and magazines have been featuring them heavily for fall. Of course, I haven't seen one less than several hundred dollars but I love this one from Simply Bags for $67.99.How about a cute damask lunch tote?
Or a laptop bag?Simply Bags sent me the beach bag to review. I took it on vacation with us this past week. No, we didn't go to the beach but my bag didn't seem to know the difference. This workhorse stylishly carried my netbook and cords, library books, camera, snacks, jackets and more. The rope handles are very secure and the metal grommets made me feel very comfortable about the safety of my electronics. It features a full zipper closure (which I would have used had I not crammed my bag overly full) and was so stylish that I felt proud carrying it in and out of hotels. I truly love my bag and plan to give one to each of my sisters-in-law for Christmas.One of you can win your own personalized beach bag from Simply Bags. Just leave a comment on this post telling me which of the five colors you'd choose. This giveaway will end at midnight on October 22 and I will choose a winner by random.org. Good luck!As stated above, I received a bag to review for this post. All opinions expressed are mine alone.

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Perricone Giveaway and Release of Forever Young Book

Our lucky winner according to random number generator is comment #12, Floating. Congratulations!

If you've read many of my posts, then you know that while I'm not looking to convince people I'm a 27 year old woman, I'd still rather folks not catch a glimpse of me, cover their eyes, and go screaming in the other direction. Sadly, I didn't grow up in the age of sunscreen. Otherwise, I've tried to take reasonable care of my skin. Still, aging happens.

That's why I was thrilled when the kind folks at Perricone reached out to me to offer a giveaway to my wonderful readers. Dr. Nicholas Perricone truly knows anti-aging science and even has celebrities talking about his Forever Young book. I quickly chose their number one seller, Cold Plasma, to offer to one of you. It fights 10 signs of aging including loss of elasticity, loss of radiance, and fine lines and wrinkles. So, what do you have to do to win a jar of Cold Plasma and start down the road to brighter, firmer, and smoother skin? Just leave a comment on this post telling me which Perricone product priced at $150 or less you want or need the most. That's it! One very lucky winner will be chosen at random after 9 pm October 20. I will email the winner so make sure your email is listed in your profile or leave it in your comment. If you can't wait or or not the lucky winner, you're still in luck because Perricone is currently offering a cold plasma deluxe sample tube for free. Let me know how beautiful you end up looking.

Friday, October 1, 2010

Clean+Green Pet Cleaning Products Giveaway

Our lucky winners are numbers 16, 21, and 55. I will email Michelle P., Angel Jacklyn, and Almost Crazy Coupon Lady. They will each have 48 hours to respond. Congratulations!

A few months ago I had the opportunity to review some products from Clean+Green. I love the fact that they are a company focusing on eco-friendly products for pet owners. I know many of you have pets and would like to be able to clean and freshen your home, remove any unwanted pet stains or odors, and accomplish this in an enviromentally friendly way. Clean+Green offers the products we all need to achieve these goals.

Clean+Green offers a line of green home cleaning supplies for everything from green carpet cleaning and stain removal, green wood and tile cleaning, green furniture cleaning, and elimation of pet stains and odors. They even offer a product to eliminate odors in litter boxes!

According to the Environmental Protection Association (EPA), typical household cleaning products and air fresheners are one of the leading contributors to poor indoor air quality. The agency reports that poor indoor air quality can lead to health issues; because babies/children – and pets! - are closer to the ground, they are more often in direct contact with these harmful substances.

Clean+Green® are the only eco-friendly aerosol pet cleaning products on the planet. Unlike most other cleaning products that can be harmful, require multiple applications and/or only temporarily mask odors, Clean + Green delivers instant results in a non-toxic, eco-friendly solution. Clean+Green permanently cleans stains and eradicates odors. It is safe for pets, people (kids too!), and the planet.

Each Clean+Green product is individually formulated to address a specific odor/stain problem and can be used on carpet and area rugs, wood floors, tile, cement and all fabrics. The products are non-toxic, non-flammable, non-carcinogenic and will not damage the ozone layer – with no harsh chemicals or perfumes, no VOCs and no CFCs.


Clean+Green is offering three of my readers a can of their best selling product, Clean+Green Carpet and Upholstery for Dogs and Cats which cleans, eliminates odors and removes stains. I've used this product personally on my rugs and have been very pleased with the results.

If you'd like a chance to win, just leave a comment on this post. Make sure your profile links to an email or leave one in your comment.

If you'd like more chances, you may do any or all of the following:
~Follow this blog.
~Tweet about this giveaway.
~Follow Clean+Green on twitter.
~Like Clean+Green on facebook.

I'll use random.org to choose 3 winners on Tuesday, October 12 and notify the winners by email. Once notified, each person will have 48 hours to contact me prior to another winner being chosen.

Disclosure: I did not receive any money or products for doing this giveaway. Any opinions are my own.