Thursday, 27 June 2013

The Great Canadian Blog Bash #Giveaway

I was so excited when I came across the post explaining what The Great Canadian Blog Bash was. I am new to blogging this year, and have found such wonderful people along the way! This event is such a great way for Canadians to connect with other Canadians, including some awesome Canadian companies! 

I never realized the importance of buying Canadian until I reached adulthood. I always just went for whatever is cheapest, but have grown to appreciate the work that our Canadian's put into their products. I want to support people here at home who pour their hearts into what they do!

Pinky and Company

That's exactly what Pinky & Company does. Run by a stay at home mom and her husband, Pinky & Company is an online baby boutique for stylish, high-quality designer baby bags, baby bedding, gifts for new moms, mealtime gear and so much more :)

Though they are a small operation, they are dedicated, and that's my favourite part about buying from a small business! They go the extra mile...or should I say kilometer.. for their customers in order to provide the very best service possible. They pack and ship your order within one business day anywhere in Canada! How much better could it get? 

Pssst.....They even have a clearance section for those of you deal lovers out there!

For those of you who like to think about how the products you buy impact the environment, they care too! Pinky & Company uses packaging materials containing recycled content. They also think locally, supporting local designers and manufacturers! 

You can follow our sponsor on their Facebook page and Twitter account.

Now, on to an awesome prize! The folks over at Pinky & Company have very generously offered one lucky winner their choice of the following three JP Lizzy bags: 

JP Lizzy French Vanilla Society Tote    JP Lizzy Truffle Society Tote     JP Lizzy Snake Latte Cate Tote

This giveaway, in light of celebrating Canada, is only open to my Canadian readers. One mandatory entry, take a peek around Pinky & Company's website and then come back and leave me a comment with another product you'd love to own. All others are optional. Fill out the form below for your chance to win!

Runs from June 27 - July 11

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Also, don't forget to head over to The Great Canadian Blog Bash's website to enter all of the other awesome Canadian giveaways!

The Great Canadian Blog Bash

Gotta Love Being Canadian!

This is my first year participating in The Great Canadian Blog Bash hosted by Whispered Inspirations, Mom vs the Boys, and Maple Leaf Mommy and I am so excited to be joining so many other Canadian bloggers in a 2 week long celebration of our Home!

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Canada means a whole lot to me and I'm so excited that we celebrate our 146th birthday as a country on July 1st! It's a day for Canadians to come together in a celebration and represents different things to different people. To me, Canada represents freedom, multiculturalism, snow (lol), and a proud set of people! I think of our flag, our Canada Goose, our Canadian companies and the Canada Day celebrations that happen all around the country!

Did You Know?
My favourite thing about Canadian Geese is that they are monogamous creatures. Once they find a mate, they stay with them for life! Also, the female chooses her mate. ;)

Photograph by: Mike Baird

When I think of the Canada Day Celebrations I think of the fireworks displays all across the country! The one they put on here in Winnipeg has gotten better over the years, and I can only imagine what it's like in Ottawa! This year is extra special because our daughter is old enough to come and enjoy the fireworks too. I'm curious to see what she'll think of the loud noises.  How did your kids react to fireworks when they first saw them?

Happy Canada Day to all those Canadians out there from my family to yours! 

Photograph by: ***Bud*** (Flickr)

Sibu Beauty Giveaway

*Giveaway is open to residents in USA & Canada, ends July 11. See below disclosure for more details*
Sibu Beauty Giveaway
Sponsored by: Sibu Beauty
Organized by: Search With Vonni
 I've seen Sibu Beauty products around for a little while now, and have always been curious about trying them! I've heard and read nothing but good things. Good luck everyone!
If you have been looking for a skin care product that is natural and good for you, then we have the company for you! Introducing Sibu Beauty and their key ingredient - the sea buckthorn berry, also known as "the holy fruit of the Himalayas".
The sea buckthorn contains over 190 bioactive compounds that restore, revitalize, and protect youthful beauty. The often elusive Omega 7 is found abundantly in the sea buckthorn berry, in addition to the more common Omega's 3, 6, and 9. All four of these are critical in providing cellular support for healthy skin, hair and nails.

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Search With Vonni received the Sibu Beauty Sea Buckthorn Nourishing Facial Cream to review. Check out the post to read her experience / opinion of this beauty product. Click HERE.
Sibu Beauty Product Line: They have a variety of natural skin cleansers, moisturizes, and other topical treatments as well as dietary supplements that beautify and protect from the inside-out. Check out all of Sibu Beauty product line at

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PRIZE: Winner will receive a Sea Buckthorn Nourishing Facial Cream from Sibu Beauty - valued at $20.95
RUNNING: June 27 - July 11, 2013
LOCATION: open to USA & Canada

Please NOTE winner can not have won a previous Sibu Beauty giveaway.
DISCLOSURE: Search With Vonni and participating bloggers were not compensated for this post (other than link on giveaway form) nor associated with the company listed. No purchase necessary to win – must be 18 or older to enter. Void where prohibited. This promotion is no way sponsored, endorsed, or administered by, or associated with Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest or any other Social Media Network. Shipment of prize will be sent to the winner by the above sponsor upon email confirmation. My opinions are my own and my differ than those of your own. Per request from company, winner can not have won a previous Sibu Beauty giveaway!

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Joovy Groove Umbrella Stroller #Giveaway

It's summertime and most of us will be on the Go! What better way to take your little one everywhere you head off to this summer than in a Joovy Groove Umbrella Stroller.

Welcome to the Joovy Groove Umbrella Stroller Giveaway Event!
Hosted by Conservamom

First thing you notice when you open up the box is this techy looking super strong rectangle aluminum frame attached to the cleanest looking fabric ever!
Available in Joovy's bestselling colors, Blueberry, Greenie, Orangie and Black.
Pop the huge canopy open and step back... you are the proud owner of the best looking and most functional umbrella stroller available today at any price.

The Best Part! You get to enter to win one here! Just fill out the Rafflecopter below for your chance to win! 

All Entries will be verified, Void where prohibited. Open to US & Canada residents.
Good Luck!

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Disclaimer: This giveaway is in no way associated,sponsored with Facebook,Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram or any Social Media outlet. This event was organized by Conservamom please contact with questions,comments or concerns.

Wednesday, 26 June 2013

Coming Soon! Sibu Beauty Facial Cream Giveaway Event

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Join Search With Vonni in this Sibu Beauty Facial Cream Giveaway.
The often elusive Omega 7 is found abundantly in the sea buckthorn berry, the key ingredient in all Sibu Beauty products, in addition to the more common Omega's 3, 6, and 9. All four of these are critical in providing cellular support for healthy skin, hair and nails.
PRIZE: Winner will receive a Sea Buckthorn Nourishing Facial Cream from Sibu Beauty (valued at $20.95)

EVENT RUNNING: June 27 - July 11, 2013
LOCATION: residents in USA and Canada
IN RETURN FOR YOUR PARTICIPATION: receive 2 FREE links as a thank you for participating - with an announcement post. Get copy of it HERE.


$200 Toys R Us Gift Card Giveaway

Welcome to the $200 Toys R Us Gift Card Giveaway!

Hosted by Giveaway Promote.
Sponsored by author Carole P. Roman.

Carole P. Roman takes you on a another journey, this time to Asia, landing in South Korea.
Once again, children can learn how life is like for young people on the other side of the globe. From food to famous landmarks, they will learn that's it's easy to find something in common with people in different countries.

This is the third book in the series, and we'd like to celebrate with a giveaway! One winner will receive a $200 Toys R Us Gift Card and a set of Carole P. Roman's cultural books.
The series includes:

Enter to win a $200 Toys R Us Gift Card and a copy of the "If you were me and lived in…" series

Complete the tasks below to earn entries into this giveaway.
Refer your friends using your unique link at the top of the Rafflecopter for even more chances to win.
One winner will be chosen at random from all valid entries.

Open in the United States.
Ends at 11:59pm EST on July 9th, 2013.
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Tuesday, 25 June 2013

Change Your Hair, Change Your Life!

It's amazing how a new 'do can change how you feel on the inside. It's been just about 2 weeks since I visited the Aura Hair Salon over at our local shopping centre, Kildonan Place. Managing Partner, Dan Potenza and Senior Stylist, Amy Nilsson were very kind to offer their assistance in my transformation.

For the longest time, at least 12 years ago, I started thinking about experimenting with different hair colours: blonds, reds, purples, blues...You name it. A few things held me back; mainly my confidence and money. I didn't think that I could "pull off" being a blond, or a redhead. I suppose I was afraid of the attention I'd draw towards myself if I couldn't blend in with my regular hair. It's okay to be afraid, but I decided over the years that it's NOT okay to let that fear hold me back from being who I see myself as. So I decided to take a few steps forward.

 Old Me

The trip over to Aura was one of those bounce-your-leg, bite-your-nails sorts of anticipation. Walking up to the reception desk took a lot of courage, and I had to fight the instinct to run away when the woman behind the counter asked me how I was, and who I was there to see that day.

Since I was a few minutes early, Amy was finishing up with her previous client, so I sat and waited in the little waiting area.

"Fashion or Trash?" I heard someone say, in reference to some magazines. That made me smile and automatically I knew I felt at home there. Sure enough that someone happened to be Amy!

I had brought along a few pictures of hairstyles I liked, as she had suggested over the phone. Amy was so helpful, letting me know the ups and downs with each pictured style. Not once did I feel bad about not knowing the hair lingo. We decided on the one that would require the lowest amount of maintenance.  Since I'm a Mom with a toddler, this was probably the single most important deciding factor when it came to choosing my style.

Amy was very knowledgeable and shared with me some important information, and some great suggestions. One of which being to go with highlights over just dying my whole head. Benefits were a more natural look and no hard skunk stripe when my roots start coming in. Plus I have to go back to get them touched up less often. Money savings? Sounded good to me! She was also very personable, friendly and welcoming. We shared family stories back and forth and chatted up a storm. I was surprised to find out that she's gotten to travel south of the border for extra training! I always thought once you were certified that was it, but found it incredibly comforting that she keeps educating herself further.

Towards the end, I started getting extremely nervous about how I should say goodbye, what kinds of questions should I be asking her, Should I be asking questions? etc etc. But when she started blowdrying my hair and doing the cut, I could barely believe my eyes! The person staring back at me seemed so different from the person that was there only a couple hours before.

My favourite, well one of my favourite, parts of this entire experience was getting to donate my hair! I was absolutely delighted when she informed me that I can donate my hair. That's something that I've always wanted to do. I didn't think my hair was nearly long enough for that, but it was, and since it was untreated, it was acceptable. That made me feel so amazing and was totally unexpected! I will never forget the feeling of that smile that came across my face at that moment.

Overall, I loved this experience, and don't know why I waited so long to do it. Going to a professional, especially going from brown to blond, has been invaluable. It was an amazing feeling to pamper myself, and to allow myself a change for once. I would encourage everyone who puts themselves on the bottom of the totem pole to let yourself be treated too! Taking care of my outside has helped me on the inside. I only hope you find the same comfort I did.

If you are from Winnipeg or are in the Winnipeg area and are in need of Haircare, I would strongly recommend Aura in Kildonan Place Shopping Centre. Not only do they take care of your Hair needs, but your Skin and Nail needs too! The whole team was warm and friendly, but Amy was especially great. My hat (if I wore one) goes off to her and we will be seeing each other again in about 4 or 5 weeks :)

Pictured: Amy Nilsson, New Me :)

I would like to say Thank You to Dan and Amy both at Aura - Kildonan Place for all of your help! You can find Aura on their Website or on Facebook

Disclosure: Services were provided to me at no charge in exchange for this review.

Review: Banana Boat Natural Reflect Kids Sunscreen Lotion SPF 50

Keeping our daughter protected from the sun is among my top priorities in the summertime. I know I've dealt with so many sunburns in the past, a few of them pretty serious being so fair skinned, I would never wish that upon my worst enemy. So to do everything we can to protect Emily from getting any degree of sunburn, we always make sure to use sunscreen when we leave our home.

Banana Boat's Natural Reflect Kids Sunscreen Lotion SPF 50 has worked wonderfully for us. We've used it on a few separate occasions so far, all on very hot and sunny days.

I loved that the sunscreen itself was thicker, where some others that I've used before seem very watery and would even drip sometimes. This one stayed where I put it and was easy to rub in. I used the excess on my face and even after a few hours out in the sun with no reapplication, my fair skin didn't burn!

I was very hesitant to put this on Emily's skin, since her skin is super sensitive and doesn't do well with most other lotions. But she hasn't had any reactions and doesn't seemed bothered by me applying it, or by having it on her.

I would buy this brand in the future, and would recommend it to other Moms out there who are looking for a quality sunscreen for your little one's, that protects without irritating sensitive skins! 

You can find more information about Banana Boat products on their websites.


Swim, Sun and Fun Giveaway Event

A Ladybug on the Go
Hosted by

Summer is one of those exciting times of year no matter where you live or how old you are!  This giveaway  is about celebrating the season in every way.  Prizes include outdoor games, pool/beach gear, vacation essentials, outdoor sporting goods and More.......

Monday, 24 June 2013

OMG Fashion Giveaway

We are very excited to present this new giveaway sponsored by OMG Fashion and organzied by Giveaway Monkey. In this giveaway, we’re giving away one Skater Dress straight from OMGFashion.

OMGFashion is an online store that sells affordable yet trendy women's clothing and accessories. Run by young Manchester couple, Hayley and Andrew, OMGFashion has evolved from a simple small boutique shop to an internationally shipping online shop. They have thousands of items for sale, and they sell it at super reasonable prices. You can visit OMGFashion website to see how low their prices are.

As mentioned earlier, one winner will get an Ava Black Cap Sleeved Belted Skater Dress from OMGFashion. This beautiful dress is just worth £12. Amazing right?! You can always count on OMGFashion to give you a budget friendly trendy clothing and accessories.

Use the Rafflecopter form below to earn your entries. Giveaway ends July 15th at 11:59pm EST. Open Worldwide. One winner will be chosen and shipped a black skater dress. Feel free to read the full terms and conditions in the Rafflecopter widget for more info! Good luck!

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Child of the Sacred Earth by Alicia Michaels: $50 Amazon Giveaway

These are dark times in the land of Fallada, and I fear that they will only continue to grow darker. Only the return of those we’ve lost will even the score.
It will begin with first line of the prophecy, which foretells of a red sun over the desert sky…
~Adrah, Queen of the Fae

So began Daughter of the Red Dawn, Book 1 of Alicia Michaels' The Lost Kingdom of Fallada series. The saga continues with the newly released Child of the Sacred Earth.

Get a degree, get a job, save adorable foster siblings from the clutches of the evil foster mom …
These are Jocylene Sanders’ top priorities as she enters her sophomore year of college. The last thing she expects is to find herself the champion of an entire kingdom. However, that is just what happens when the mysterious Faerie, Rothatin Longspear, appears to her, tasking her with saving a parallel world full of creatures from her wildest dreams.

Jocylene journeys with him into the world of Fallada, hoping for answers about her birth parents and background. What she finds is a mystifying past, and an even more uncertain future, as her heart becomes entangled with the stoic, battle-hardened Rothatin, as well as Eli, the untroubled Panther Shifter with no loyalties and no home. With her heart and soul pulled in so many directions, can Jocylene find the strength needed to become the savior one nation so desperately needs?

Buy Child of the Sacred Earth at Amazon and B&N 

Twitter Party with Alicia Michaels
Tuesday, June 25 at 8 pm eastern

Enter to win a $50 Amazon Gift Card

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Sunday, 23 June 2013

As I Eagerly Await...A Giveaway!

As I start my latest endeavour I wanted to write up a quick post out of sheer excitement! I can finally get to posting some reviews since my camera is back in working order...and I am probably (I have no clue in all honesty) the newest distributor for It Works! Ultimate Body Applicators!

Have you heard about those "Crazy Wrap Things"? They show results in as little as 45 minutes! I have seen nothing but amazing results in the many before and after photographs I've come across.

I eagerly await the arrival of my wraps to try, and I will definitely be sharing my personal results, so stay tuned for those! I won't be updating much here, except that and to help promote giveaways, but if you'd like to stay up to date on these fantastic products, deals and be one of the first people to know about new giveaways, head over to my Facebook page and give it a Like :) Thank you guys for all of your continued support!

Come back tomorrow, or well, after midnight, to enter for your chance to be 1 of 4 Winners who will get to try a Body Wrap FREE!

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Saturday, 22 June 2013

Blogger Opp: Great Prizes!

Are you a lifestyle, parenting, or book blogger?

Then you will want to sign up for this Book Blast Giveaway

June 30

Prize: $25 Amazon gift card, signed paperback and rack card

Basal body temperatures. Hormone injections. Invasive procedures - that leave no room for modesty. Tips on “effective positions” from well-meaning grandparents.

When the natural way fails to work these are all added to the so called “fun” process of making a baby. Walk this rocky path to motherhood with author Stacey Rourke as she openly and honestly shares every good, bad, and awkward step of her three-year long journey. Using humor to break through the perils of infertility, she gives the lowdown on all the strange, embarrassing, and heartbreaking aspects. Stacey guides us through an unforgettable path that ends with a kid on each hip and hope for all those suffering with infertility.

BONUS MATERIAL: “Morsels of Hope”
Success Stories from Infertility Survivors

Sign up HERE

Thursday, 20 June 2013

Blogger Opp: $100 Amazon Gift Card

Blogger Opp: $100 Amazon Gift Card OR $100 PayPal Cash Giveaway~7/5-7/19
Money Saving Deals is super excited to be bringing you this great giveaway!!! One winner will receive a $100 Amazon Gift Card or PayPal Cash (Winner's Choice)!!! This event is also being Co-Hosted by:
This is Free Blogger Event with Paid options!  Here are the details:
Prize: $100 Amazon Gift Card or $100 Paypal Cash Giveaway~One winner will get to choose between the two!!!  This is a open Worldwide (for PayPal) so this prize should bring in a lot of traffic!!!
Event Dates: July 5-July 19
Free Twitter or Pinterest Link with Announcement post (Can pay $5 if you don't want to do the Announcement)
Additional link - $2
Facebook link - $3
Co-host spot - $10 (Backlink; Follow page; Facebook, Twitter & Pinterest link)

Blogger Opp: $50 Amazon GC

Help Alicia Michaels celebrate the release of


by hosting a giveaway for a $50 Amazon Gift Card

Starts June 24

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Blogger Opp: Kinderfeets Giveaway

Sign-ups are open for the fabulous Kinderfeets Giveaway
This event is free to join with an announcement post. 
For participation, you will receive 2 free links (Facebook and Twitter)
Sign-ups for the event closes on June 28th
Sign up for the event Here

Friday, 14 June 2013 $150 Giveaway

Evgie and Ev are the expertise in digital illustration, interior decoration and wall decals design behind They grew up drawing from early childhood and loved it so much it became their profession. EVGIE Studio was started in 2010 and pretty soon became a full time career. Wall decals are easy to apply, easy to remove, easy to tailor to a specific wall or surface. It is very easy with the wall decals to take a plain unexciting room and transform it into a jungle or safari, forest or friendly animals, outer space or the ocean. We all want these rooms for our little ones to spark their imaginations. helps to make the decorating easy, fun, and simple! They offer handmade large and small vinyl wall stickers with designs and ideas for kids’ and grown-up’s rooms. So if you would like to make your living room have a custom family photo can! EVGIE Studio also specializes in producing customized wall decal designs. They will create a personal design just for you that reflects the ideas you have in mind. They will tailor it to fit your unique space!

Right now you can also grab FREE shipping in the US and Canada using the code: FreeSHP

One lucky person will receive $150 Credit to

You can also find EVGIE on Etsy
This giveaway is hosted by Baby Costcutters and Giveaway Booster
Giveaway ends July 3, 2013, at 11:59pm, open to US and Canada residents, ages 18+. To enter please use the Rafflecopter form below. Good luck!

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Disclosure: I received no compensation for this publication. My opinions are my own and may differ from those of your own. LIVING AS WE is not responsible for sponsor prize shipment. This event was organized by Baby Costcutters and Giveaway Booster please contact with questions or to see your business or blog featured on the next big event!

Man Cave Giveaway

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Man Cave Giveaway Event
Organized by: Mom to Bed by 8

A-mazing! I know my husband would love this one if it were open to Canadians. We have yet to indulge in any kind of flat screen, LCD, LED or Plasma. I can only imagine that it would save space for all of the other goodies that come along with this prize package. For all of my US readers, good luck and don't forget to share the wealth and share this contest with your friends ;)
Prize Package Includes:
Experience a full-HD picture with crisp detailing and stereo sound on the terrific RCA 46LA45RQ LCD HDTV. It is an elegantly designed; wall-mountable LCD TV that meets energy star standards. This RCA LCD HDTV features true-to-life screen delivering brightness of 500cd/m2 that enables you to watch clear picture regardless the lighting condition of the room. The 46-inch LCD screen with 16:9 widescreen formats offers you clear and natural motion scenes, thereby making it ideal for watching sports and video games. This 1080P 60HZ HDTV has a brilliant contrast ratio that ensures detailed images with wide range of brightest to darkest colors. The HDMI inputs easily connect to HD sources thereby delivering high definition videos. Watch digital channels, including HDTV programs with the built-in ATSC digital/NTSC analog tuner. This RCA 46LA45RQ LCD HDTV can be tilted vertically and horizontally to 176 degree allowing you to watch the TV from different areas in your home.
  • 16:9 LCD panel
  • With 1920 x 1080 full-HD resolution
  • Wide 176-degree vertical and 176-degree horizontal angles
  • See a clear picture from anywhere in the room
  • Built-in ATSC digital/NTSC analog tuner
  • Watch digital channels, including HDTV programs where available
  • High brightness of 500cd/m2 with 6.5ms. response time
  • Place your full-HD TV anywhere
  • 4,000:1 dynamic contrast ratio
  • HDMI Inputs: 3
  • Enjoy a superior HD experience with the HDMI one-cable solution
  • Wall-mountable
  • VESA standard
  • 45.99" screen of the RCA 46" 1080p LCD HDTV is measured diagonally from corner to corner
54" Foosball Table
Square off with the 54 inch foosball table from MD Sports. This official competition-sized soccer table features a green, pitch-like playing surface, 15.8mm steel player rods with sleek robo players and a beaded scoring tabulator. The adjustable leg levelers make setup easier even on uneven floors. The MDF cabinet has a PVC laminate and wood-grain finish to give the table a strong presence in any game room. This 54" foosball table offers plenty of entertainment and competitive play. The table comes with a standard size foosball, weighted to give you a solid feel as you go face-to-face with the competition.
The Nostalgia Electrics KRS2100 Kegorator Beer Keg Fridge in Black dispenses beer easily and quickly to even the thirstiest crew. Swivel casters make it mobile enough to roll around the clubhouse, pool area or anywhere you want to get the party started. The included 2.5-pound CO2 bottle is good for about four 15-gallon kegs and the fridge features a semi-gloss black tap tower with spring loaded, top-mounted tapper. A chrome guard rail and drip tray finishes the look of the durable black counter top. Keep track of the amount of CO2 in the tank or adjust pressure with the included double meter regulator.
  • Holds one full size 1/2 barrel keg, one 1/4 barrel pony size keg or two 5-gallon D system kegs
  • Keg coupler fits D system valves and does not fit non-standard keg sizes
  • Adjustable thermostat with interior temperature range of unit is 30-40 degrees F
  • Includes empty 2.5-pound CO2 bottle, double meter regulator and drip tray
  • Spring loaded beer tapper
  • Approved for commercial and household use
  • Four casters provide easy portability
  • Black finish
  • The Double Regulator works the CO2 Tank and measures PSI (pounds per square inch), as well as the volume of the CO2 gas in the Cylinder. Set Output Pressure Gauge between 8-12 PSI for a nice, frothy head.
Thank you to each reader who is taking the time to visit, read and entering to win this amazing summer fun prize package. Please take a moment to also visit our lovely co-hosts whom without them great things such as these would not be possible: Another Cent Saved, Java John Z's, Ultimate Coupon Club, The Penny Hoarder, Barbara's Beat, Coupon Queen of Texas, Maria's Space, A Medic's World, The Stuff of Success and Baby Costcutters.

One lucky winners will a 46" RCA LCD-HDTV, 54" Foosball Table & Kegorator!

Giveaway ends July 5th at 11:59pm, open US, ages 18+. To enter please use the Rafflecopter form below. Good luck
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Disclosure: I received no compensation for this publication. My opinions are my own and may differ from those of your own. LIVING AS WE is not responsible for sponsor prize shipment. Please contact with questions or to see your business or blog featured on the next big event!

Wednesday, 12 June 2013

Celebrating Another Beginning: Giveaway

I've been waiting for awhile now for a summer storm to come and wash away the last years worth of troubles. For me, storms bring in a new light, a new day, and a new start. So until it comes our way here is a giveaway to celebrate the start of something new and amazing, in the form of this new blog. Thanks for stopping through and Good Luck!! Please read the terms and conditions, and my Giveaway policy before entering :)

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Famous Free Sample's Fun in the Sun Giveaway: $100 Lowe's Gift Card

Happy (almost) summer and welcome to the Fun in the Sun Giveaway Event hosted by Famous Free Samples! We’re looking to give away a $100 Lowe’s gift card (delivered electronically) to one lucky winner to make this summer even more enjoyable!

This giveaway begins on June 12th and will run through June 26th at 11:59pm EST. Open to residents of the US only, 18+.

Use the PromoSimple form below to enter the giveaway. Be sure to come back daily for more chances to win. Best of luck to all!

$100 Lowe's Gift Card

Tuesday, 11 June 2013

Relax & Refresh Giveaway Event!

A Lucky Ladybug

Hosted by:
Prizes Include:
$100 GC to
12" Butt Bench
Libre Tea Original
Conscious Teas Sampler
Barefoot Yoga
The Call of a Vampire
Chicken Soup for the Soul
Elegant Portions
$230 in prizes
Giveaway Begins 6/10/2013 and will run through 6/25/2013 Good Luck!!

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"Make Our Own Network" solely organized this event and I received no compensation for this publication. My opinions are 100% my own and may differ from your own or even those stated in this post. JUST TRYING TO LET IT BE is not responsible for sponsor prize shipment.

**If you are a company and would like to see your brand advertised in a M.O.O.N. event similar to this please contact

Watermelon Kiwi Jewelry Candle Giveaway!

Thank you for entering to win a Watermelon Kiwi candle from Jewelry Candles


Jewelry Candles was inspired by the famous classic movie, Willie Wonka And The Chocolate Factory! If you remember in the movie there were only a few golden tickets won by a few lucky kids but with Jewelry Candles, everyone is a winner! Inside all our candles is a hidden jewel that can be worth anywhere from $10 to $7500. Inside your candle could be a ring, necklace, pendant, bracelet or a pair of earrings! You just never know what you are going to get but you will always get a gorgeous piece of jewelry! About Jewelry Candles:
  • Jewelry Candles are 100% natural soy and use premium quality fragrances so they all smell great!
  • Jewelry Candles are 21 oz and have a burn time of anywhere from 110 hours to 150 hours
  • All Jewelry Candles are hand poured in Louisville, Kentucky!
Giveaway closes 6/23/2013 at 11:59 EST. Open to US and Canada residents 18 years of age and older Enter to win using the Rafflecopter below! a Rafflecopter giveaway Disclosure: Prize will be delivered to the winner directly from Jewelry Candles. ***LIVING AS WE**** is not responsible for prize delivery and has received no compensation for participation in this giveaway.

Sunday, 9 June 2013

Back to School Blast Giveaway Event: Coming Soon!

Back to School Blast Event

Hosted by: Mom Powered Media
Prize: $1,000 in Gift Cards up for grabs!
Event dates: 7/1 - 8/1
Free Blogger Event: Sign Up HERE

Saturday, 8 June 2013

Life with IBS, Anxiety and Depression

To say that I've struggled with IBS, anxiety and depression is a huge understatement. In the past ten years, there have been many trips to the emergency rooms, well over 20 different medications, and there's been me, going from someone who had a little bit of confidence, to someone who had none. I've seen myself go from a healthy, intelligent teenage girl, to someone so unsure of herself that it physically makes her ill as an adult. I have hid pretty much my entire life and have missed out on a lot. I've lost a lot of great friends along the way (if only I knew how to be a friend....but that will be another post). It got to the point where I was actually afraid to leave my house. 'Slight Agoraphobia' my doctor wrote one time. It's really hard to cope with that situation when you know deep down that that's not you. That extremely fearful, overly conscientious, ridiculously polite girl that doesn't speak her mind....that's just not me! I had lost all sense of adventure, all sense of what truly makes me happy as a human being, and all sense of hope for getting better.

Over the past half a year or so, things have started to turn around. It's really hard to put my finger on exactly what has been helping me, but so far I feel like I've identified a few things:

  • Emily. Our daughter has this way of putting things into perspective for us. She helps us decide what truly matters in this life of ours, every day. Watching her learn how to walk was eye opening for me, in particular. To see a living thing,  grow from needing support all of the time, to needing support standing, and then to being able to take one step at a time until out of the blue one day they can walk on their own, was just amazing to me. It reaffirmed what I already knew: that it just takes a little bit of work each day to get to where you want to be. As long as you know whereabouts you want to go, all it takes is a little more determination today, than you had yesterday. :)
  • Exercise. Exercise was a scary word for me. I would hear it, and think ugh....sweaty hard work, going to wind up feeling light headed, sick and out of energy for the rest of the day. But now I realize that exercise doesn't mean going to the gym for an hour or two...I mean it can, but not always.  For me, I prefer to go on really long, exploratory walks. Instead of taking the bus to where we want to go, recently we've been walking. It's improving the way I feel everyday, and knowing that as long as I put in a little more effort today than I did the day before has made a big impact. It's also been a great way for my husband and I to have little (free) adventures of our own.
  • Changing my diet. Yes diet, another scary word. But for me it hasn't so much been about following any specific diet, just about making a few different choices. For example, for our dairy products, we always choose the light, or lower fat version. Yes, fat free sour cream doesn't taste as good as the one with 14% fat....but I'm definitely willing to sacrifice a little taste to know that I'm a lot healthier because of it. I have also been making sure to actually eat. It makes a difference, and a lot of the times I wasn't eating until dinner time. I'd usually wind up sick by that hour. In the morning, even though I still feel a little iffy some mornings, I try and make myself drink a smoothie for some energy through the day. So far with Diet and Exercise I'm down about 10 pounds. 
  • Finding what makes me happy. That has been the biggest challenge, but then I just figured I'd go back to the basics. I thought about it and figured what better place to start than when I was the happiest in my life.  I went all the way back to when I was around 8 and 9 years old. I had lots of friends, I did well in school, I always tried at everything I did. I wanted to be a teacher, a writer or an artist. I enjoyed reading, writing, creating art, and going on adventures, exploring the unknown, swimming, riding my bike, stuff like that....the simple stuff. I started reading again, and writing, and creating. The adventures and exploring part have been more recently reawakened. I am still really hesitant to get on a bike...but we'll get there :)  My advice to others out there trying to find their way....As long as you're not hurting anyone, do what makes you happy! Everything else will fall into place as it comes at you. 
It takes a lot to sit down and figure out who you actually want to be, who you see yourself as, where you want to be..all of those things. It's probably one of the hardest questions in life, Who am I? One I am assuming every human being has asked themselves at one point or another. Something I've been thinking about for a long time, since about 16 years old. I am a free spirited person. I truly love people (even though I am extremely fearful of them) and I believe in telling the truth, no matter how ugly it may be. Those are just a few things I've come to learn and accept about myself.

Years later, I am still trying to figure that answer out a hundred percent, but at least now I have a bit of an understanding and I'm being a little more proactive in making it so, instead of just saying that I want these things.

Over the next few months I'll be making over my outside to match the inside. I want to look like I feel. It starts with the hair :) For the longest time, I've wanted to experiment with fun colours, so I'll be going blonde for the first time in my life. I have no idea how I'll look, and I've always been afraid of it. So I figured here goes nothing, and I don't want to wonder about it for the rest of my life. Next will be a tattoo, to symbolize my mantra for life: Let it Be. It's something I tell myself over and over, reminding myself that there is only so much in this life for me to control. Everything else, I just need to take it stride.

I will be sharing this journey step by step and hope that maybe it will help someone else out there struggling through something similar.  You may feel stuck now, but it does get better :)

Have you had any experiences with IBS, anxiety or depression? What helped you through?

Friday, 7 June 2013

Book Review: Crashers by Lindy S. Hudis

Fraudulent car accidents is a multi-million dollar racket involving unscrupulous medical providers, personal injury attorneys, and the cooperating passengers involved int he accidents. Such is the fate of newly engaged Nathan and Shari whose joy is tempered by the dark cloud of mounting debt.

A chance encounter with a stranger in whom Shari confides her troubles proves fortuitous: he tells her of a get-rich-quick scheme that will put her and her fiance on easy street. Seduced by the chance to move from hard times to good times in no time, she finds herself acting as a "stuffed passenger" - the "victim" in a staged auto accident. The act goes according to plan and Shari gets her payday, but getting out and breaking free of the insurance fraud underworld will take nothing short of a miracle.

A modern day cautionary tale, Crashers is a true-to-life novel that uncovers how the innocent get lured into the scheme of "cappers" and "hammers."

A riveting story of love and desperation, greed and redemption.

Let me start off by saying, I finished this book several months ago, before I started publishing reviews on my blog. I felt like it deserved a proper review.

Crashers tells the fast paced often exhilarating story between Nathan and Shari, a couple who suddenly finds themselves down on their luck, and the men responsible for staging numerous car accidents. Shari, overtaken with the need to make ends meet and the sweet sound of the "good" life ahead, agrees to be a part of the cap and hammer scheme. It's a revealing story of what desperation and greed can do to a person.

The cover captured my attention right off the hop, as well as the blurb on the back of the book. The couples' struggles, their desperation, their "do-good" attitudes, all these things made me feel for the characters. I really got into the storyline, and wanted to know what happened next. I had to pry myself away from it. The ending was definitely not what I expected. I love that! I appreciate a book that can surprise you, even when you think you know what's going to happen. I could see this being turned into a movie. It is one that I will be watching for.

I enjoyed this novel a lot. Lindy has done a great job combining action, crime and love. I understood Shari and Nathans' reasoning behind jumping into such a dangerous scam, but at the same time I wanted to jump into the pages and tell them to just say NO! I read through it in a short time period because of how easy it was to get caught up in the action.

I didn't much care for Bryce's character. He was well-written, don't get me wrong, but if I were to see or talk to him on the streets, there would have been so many scumbag flags flying. He seemed very full of himself right from the start. I definitely would not have gotten into any sort of agreement with him. I guess that's just how innocent Shari was. She seemed very easy to manipulate.

I would recommend this book to readers who like a quickly paced, action/crime combo. It's gotten lots of great reviews and was very eye opening. I rated this one a 5/5.

I got lucky and won a signed copy of the book from someone's blog (can't remember which one for the life of me)either way, Thank you! :)

What are you reading? Does this sound like a book you'd enjoy?

Thursday, 6 June 2013

Watermelon Kiwi Jewelry Candle Giveaway Starting Soon!

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 Interested in being a part of the Jewelry Candle Giveaway?

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  1. The giveaway will run 6/10/13 – 6/23/13
  2. Sign ups will close 6/8/13 at 11:59pm EST
  3. Giveaway is open to residents of the US and Canada 18 +
  4. The blogger who refers the most bloggers to sign-up will receive a prize! 
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Man Cave Giveaway Coming Soon!

Man Cave Dreams Event

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Prizes Include: 46" RCA LCD-HDTV, 54" Foosball Table & Kegorator
Event dates: 6/14 – 7/5

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Swim, Sun and Fun Giveaway Coming Soon!

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Summer is one of those exciting times of year no matter where you live or how old you are!  This giveaway  will be about celebrating the season in every way.  Prizes may include outdoor games, pool or beach gear, vacation essentials, swimwear, outdoor sporting goods and More.......
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Famous Free Sample's Fun in the Sun Event Coming Soon!

Famous Free Samples’ Fun in the Sun Giveaway Event
Sign-ups are now open for this great new giveaway event!
  • Event is free to join with an announcement post. If you don't wish to post the announcement, please send the $5 non-post fee to
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  • Additional links (RSS/Email, YouTube, Twitter and Pinterest) are available for $5 each. Facebook links are now available for $15 each.
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  • Event runs from June 12th - June 26th
  • Prize: $100 Lowe’s gift card
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Relax n Refresh Giveaway Announcement!

A Lucky Ladybug

Prizes Include:
$100 GC to
12" Butt Bench
Libre Tea Original
Conscious Teas Sampler
Elegant Portions
Over $200 in prizes
 and More.......
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Sign-ups close 6/8
**The blogger with the most referrals will receive the additional links at no cost
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M.O.O.N. has now added several perks/discounts for frequent participation in our events but you must be a member of our Facebook group to be eligible.  Please visit the M.O.O.N. group if you are a blogger and would like more information regarding these perks and other group events.
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Please be sure to come back to enter on June 11, and if you choose to sign up please say that Sarah @ Living as We referred you :) Thanks!