Monday, December 31, 2007

Goodby 2007,Hello 2008! NEW BEGINNINGS & Viechaotique

Today we have been cleaning up around the house and the yard.A good thing to go into the new year with.I have so tired of the same ole,same ole,in the house.So one of my things on my list of ''2008 nanna list'' are rearranging the house.Time for a new look and feel.The yard now looks sooooooo untidy it must be
Things have got behind this summer and fall ,i just have not had time to get it all done.A bit difficult with the little one's running around.Kolby will take off in a second when you turn your back on him,or at least he did.He is getting better now so soon maybe i can get it under control again!There are a couple overgrown tree's that must come down as well.Summer storms damaged one and i think bugs got the other one.
This is a day to think about all the good and the bad and plan how to make next year better!
What are my plans for 2008? I have a few things floating around i have put off this year for one reason or the other...

1.finish my children's book entitled ''possum''.It is a story on how a baby opossum came to be a part of a human family and a few of the mishaps that happened.I hope it encourages less fear on wild animals. This book is based on a true story.
2.I have some songs i have written that i need to get sent off ,see what happens there.
3.More work on pro life..I try to be a voice for the babies that have no voice.
4.Be an advocate for the elderly and sick and neglected kids.
5.My son is awesome at comic books.He ,akes his own,i plan to help him get that started off for him.
6.I want to get a web site for my photographs and my son's painting's(he is great!)
7. Planning for 3 new additions to our family come Spring ..My nephew and his wife and my son and julie are expecting thier first in april.
8. Work harder at being a better christian, mom,nanna,wife,aunt,daughter,sister and friend.(and
9.Try to give my testimony more.Meet more peoplle in need of jesus...

10.Try a few ideas on making extra money online.

I am already looking forward to spring,my favorite time of the year.Gardens to till and plant,flowerbeds to move and arrange,seeds to sow...i just love it.
Easter comes early this year so my plans for that will be beginning soon.I have a huge family and friend affair for that.The celebration of Jesus's love for us! Wow!!!!
W e do a big dinner ,hide eggs for the kids and play music outside.I also have the arrival of my new grandbabies this spring,and great neice or nephew,1 in april,and the other 2 in May! So there will be babies everywhere running around by am looking so forward to that.Sometimes i ask myself am i crazy?lol..
I have missed out with Billy and Kolby doing the typical grandparents stuff..We can't spoil em and send em home,,,they are home.I would not change that for anything, but when you are the ''parents'' of the grands it is different in that way.You are the disciplinarian and such..And of course at the same time have a 15 year old..But the good lord above gives me strength and i so pray for knowledge and wisdom not to make many mistakes raising them.
Darrell and Julie are going over to a friends house tonight .They are having a bonfire for new years.How many times through the years have a done that!And always had a blast..They don't drink so i don't have to worry about that.
Well on to the remainder of my new years eve afternoon,I wish you all a very blessed and safe NEW YEAR...

Betty~Simply Southern

Before i close this blog tonight ,i want you to go by and check out Viechaotique.!If you have never been by ,you will be glad you found it...They have the prettiest stuff.look over their Crystal Brooches,gift baskets,candles ,soaps and much more!
while you are looking around take a moment to check their new years contest out....I soooooooo want
happy new years!
click here to enter------->>> Viechaotique blog contest

~Betty ~~Simply Southern

After a cup of coffee...or two: The Big Bloggy Move!

After a cup of coffee...or two: The Big Bloggy Move!

Megan at SortaCunchy and I were chatting about Blogger's (now different) comment policy and blogging in general, and our desire for a change, and in a flurry of emails (ok, it was a flurry of, like, three emails, but still, it can be hard for two moms with young kids to fit emailing into a busy day!) we came up with the idea that we should both debut our new blogs on the same day.

And then we thought maybe we should have a party and anyone else who had a new blog could join.

And then buttons were created and plans were made, and although I do this with the fear that it is only my excitement about my husband returning from deployment that makes me think this is a good idea, and maybe I was totally delusional when it came to me, I now announce (with fear and trembling) the details of...The Big Bloggy Move.

Are you looking to move to a new blogging platform or to self-host your blog?
Are you getting a new blog design for Christmas?
Is your New Year's Resolution to start a blog for the first time?
Then join us on Monday, February 11th for The Big Bloggy Move!

As long as your blog is new or a complete redesign (not just a new item in your sidebar, that would just be cheating) then you qualify! And we are giving you almost two months to work some bloggy magic.

On Monday, February 11th, come here to sign the Mr. Linky with your NEW blog address, and then visit everyone else's new blog, too.

Megan and I will both be hosting prizes on our new blogs that day, and if you'd like to host a prize at your blog, just put (prize) next to your name when you sign the Mr Linky.

And check back with Megan and I periodically, because we just might have a giveaway or two between now and then...including some FREE blog designs by some of your favorite designers!

But the details on that haven't been worked out yet, because I've had very important things to do, like stay up late watching movies with my hubby, and taking two-hour afternoon naps.

We have six months to make up for!

So mark your calendars for February 11th, add the code to your blog, spread the word, learn some html...or hire someone who knows some...

And get your move on, ya'll!

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Sunday, December 30, 2007

So many Contest Still going on ~

There are a lot of 2007 contest still up and going out very soon.From the small amount of entries at a lot of them i'd say a lot of us are still recovering from the holidays!That makes the odd's of winning a lot better for the ,come on! Can't win if you don't enter...and don't forget to check my prior post as well..most are still ongoing as well and i will try and not repeat one...
happy new year readers...
Betty~Simply Southern

+++++++++CONTEST TIME++++++++++++++++CONTEST TIME++++++++++++++
Win It! Shrek 3 DVD

So, to win the Shrek 3 DVD so you can sit your kids down for 2 glorious hassle-free, clean-up free hours of uninterrupted silence, or if you just want to see one of the two movies I saw in a theater this year, here’s what you have to do:

Make a post on your blog (linkbacks are appreciated, so we can spread the word) telling us what you do to keep the kids busy while you get things done other than sitting them down in front of the television. Admitting you do sometimes sit the kids in front of the TV gets you bonus points. (I don’t want to be the only one, here, who uses the electronic babysitter!) Link us to your blog post in the comments here so we don’t miss a single entry!
Ready to enter now? click below!
Deadline for the contest is Monday, January 7th at 11 PM central standard time


Book Buds! -enter to win narnia!!
Here is another one i'd love to win!pop up narnia ...everyone in the household loves narnia....

A Book Buds challenge:
Win a copy of pop-up Narnia
One reason I haven't been reviewing books is that I'm frantically cracking the whip over at Cybils, the online literary awards I helped mastermind and edit. Three of the first four lists of finalists are ready to go; they'll be posted Jan. 1.

Now, I know just about everybody who has anything to do with Cybils has already blogged about it, so I'll do something a little different.

Here's a challenge for you. You can win a copy of The Chronicles of Narnia Pop-up, illustrated by the incomparable Robert Sabuda.
The contest'll run from Jan. 1 when the short lists are posted until midnight, Jan. 5.*
Want to win? click here---------->>>> Book Buds -enter to win narnia!!
Are you looking to move to a new blogging platform or to self-host your blog?
Are you getting a new blog design for Christmas?
Is your New Year's Resolution to start a blog for the first time?
Then join us on Monday, February 11th for The Big Bloggy Move!

As long as your blog is new or a complete redesign (not just a new item in your sidebar, that would just be cheating) then you qualify! And we are giving you almost two months to work some bloggy magic.

On Monday, February 11th, come here to sign the Mr. Linky with your NEW blog address, and then visit everyone else's new blog, too.---click below to join in!!!!
After a cup of coffee!

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Contest - L-Dawg won at & You Too Can Be a Winner
As a reader of eSpot - The Entertainment Spot you have a chance to win a prize pack that includes a drawstring backpack with a t-shirt, a towel, and microphone, courtesy of ThinkTank Marketing.

To enter, leave a comment here or on any one of the posts on this site that references All comments must be left between 12/29/07 and 11:59 p.m est 01/11/08. click below to enter..
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~scott neumyerphotography contest!
What DVD are we giving away? One (1) DVD copy of Teen Titans: The Complete Fourth Season courtesy of Warner Bros.
click over and sign up to win
When does the giveaway end? Comments will be closed at 11:59 PM EST on Monday, January 7, 2008. That is when the contest ends and we will draw our winner.

Saturday, December 29, 2007

Contest & Giveaways ~End of 2007 blowout

Hello readers,
Wishing you and your's a wonderful,healthy,safe and blessed by God in the new year ahead.Wanted to add afew contest this morning ,will be out the door later to eat at mom's with the rest of the family.

Happy Weekened and good luck to all of you entering!Don't forget to check my previous blog''the watcher'' for some very nice contest on bottom as well!

God Bless You All,
~Betty~Simply Southern

CONTEST TIME~~~~~~~~~~CONTEST TIME~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~CONTEST TIME~
nerdapproved contest!

Contest Reminder: Vat 19 Holiday Giveaway - Only 3 Days Left
(((((((i so want to win this flying alarm clock!!!!!Guys want ever want me to wake them after this!!!!!))))))))))))))))))))))))))))

Another friendly reminder that our holiday giveaway featuring a flying alarm clock, 5-for-1 Beer Glass, and a Kufra Pitcher from Vat19 is winding down. Just send us an email ( with the subject “Nerd Approved Vat19 Holiday Giveaway.” In the body, briefly tell us about your favorite gadget featured on Nerd Approved and why you love it. Winners will be chosen at random on December 31st. It’s stupid and its free —so get on it!
nerdapproved contest!
little fun little learning
Here it is . . . giveaway #4. This giveaway is from Thrifty Mommy. Included in the giveaway are two books - The Prayer of Jabez for Kids and A Life God Rewards for Kids. Both books are written by Bruce Wilkinson. The value of this package is $19.98.
You have a chance to enter this contest twice. Here's how:

1) Leave a comment below.

2) Post about this giveaway on your site. This will count as another entry in the contest, but a separate below to read more and enter!
little fun little learning

praise and coffee
Hello friends!

I can tell that I am not the only one trying to recover from Christmas and get ready for New Years. Things are pretty quiet out in the blogging world!

But, I wanted to give a shout out to you and let you know that I am thinking about you and excited about some things coming up this year!

First, I want to let you know that I will be doing monthly giveaways of Praise and Coffee!
They will start on the 1st of every month and finish on the 10th of that month.
The giveaway will include (but not be limited to) a praise CD and a bag of coffee.
I will have a button available for anyone who wants to add the giveaway to their blog.

Cleo on "Webkinz"
I've changed the date of my giveaway to January 15:
Mommy Has To Stay In Bed is available online at and Barnes&Noble, but you don't have to let your fingers do the walking any further than the comment section of this post, because I have two copies of this delightful book to give away to two lucky winners. Just leave me a comment about why you'd love this book, or who you'd give it to, and I'll draw two names on January 15, 2008.
feefifoto contest


facipiers contest!

I told you I would give something away, and By-Golly I will! We have up for grabs a Girlz Connect Destiny for age 8 and up! How can you win? Just visit my other blog... (You know, the Punkin' one), and pick your favorite review from all the reviews done in 2007. You can browse the categories on the side for easier pickins! Then pop back over here to this post, and leave below to read more!
facipiers & stinkytoes contest!

blessed toys
Jesus Doll Giveaway Information:

We have just found a small supply of our thought to be sold out talking Jesus dolls.
To celebrate, we are giving away one free talking Jesus doll to the
first 100 children that write to us about what Christmas means to them.

Parents please have your children send their letters to:

Jesus Doll Giveaway
28010 Industry Drive
Valencia, CA 91355

Include your name, address, age and phone number with your letter.
No purchase necessary, open to residents of the US only.
Letters must be postmarked by 1/15/08 to qualify.

First one hundred letters received will win.
win a really neat pattern!!!
stacy sews!
A few weeks ago, I ordered a pattern - I thought I had purchased the new Jalie Sweetheart Neckline top (24794), but instead, I accidently ordered the Jalie Crossover Top (2449). While this is definitely one of my favorite patterns, I don't need two. So, I'm giving this one away. Just leave a comment in this entry and I'll put your name into the hat for this pattern - I'll draw a name on January 1, 2008 (I figure it's a good way to start the new year). Good luck!
Now that you’ve opened your presents and saw that you were loved enough to receive a Garmin take a moment to leave a comment below and subscribe to our feed to win a ToughSkin case from Speck.

We’re giving away two Garmin Nuvi cases from Speck. They’ll fit on the Nuvi 200, 250, 260, and 270. One of them is black, the other is white.

To win all you need to do leave a comment below and of course fill-in your email address so we can reach you. Double entries will be disqualified. That includes IP addresses too.

We’ll close this post for comments one week from today. Good luck.


mod*mom giveaway :: 10 taro gomi doodle all year books $170

chronicle books is celebrating the debut of taro gomi's doodle all year book by giving 10 books to mod*mom readers! to enter to win a copy of doodle all year, tell me in the comments...
by midnight january

also chronicle books is having a contest to win the complete set of taro gomi creative collection 5 grand prize winners will be awarded a deluxe set of art materials, a limited edition print autographed by Taro Gomi, the Taro Gomi creativity collection of books from Chronicle Books, including squiggles, doodle all year, doodles + scribbles

the contest is open to doodlers + scribblers of all ages grand prize winners will be selected by taro gomi. enter today! (entries must be post-marked by may 15, 2008)
• print out 1 of these pages from squiggles + create your best artwork following the prompt in the upper right-hand corner. use any art medium. have fun! add your name + e-mail address in the space provided on the sheet. put your entry in an envelope + mail it to the chronicle books address below to read more!
mod mom
We have the following to give away to one lucky winner!

A Rock Band™ t-shirt
Rock Band™ stickers
A pair of Rock Band™ drumsticks

**TO WIN**

Email us your name and mailing address, with subject title "Rock Band™ goodies" to We would love to keep this for ourselves but someone has to win this!thats all! dec 31st deadline!

e Christmas goodies for you cheapskates. We've got 4 pairs of Idiot Pilot album cover stickers to give away. Email us at with the subject title "I AM AN IDIOT FAN" including your full name and mailing address. Get their latest album "WOLVES" now.


Thursday, December 27, 2007

The Watcher...2008 (contest on bottom)



2008,Right around the corner now.I reflect on year's past,mistakes made and accomplisments finished.Dissapointments and tear's,achievements and laughter.New additions in the family and new one's one way for 2008.As well as the new one's that would have been but never made it.These little one's in Heaven now ,i am left with a sorrowful heart that i never got to hold them .While at the same time glad they are with Jesus above now,laughing and having a great time awaiting the rest of us down here that have put our trust in Jesus.I am referring to abortion,not me ,but of another family member.The babies are my grandchildren that i didn't get too hold.I named him September ,the month i lost him.One day in Heaven i shall get too know him i am assured through my father.
For the past 11 months i have been raising our 2 grandsons ,Kolby age 2 full time and Billy ,age 5 ,split time with the other nanna.It has been difficult at times ,due to health problems i have as well as the other stress going on around me now,but i am glad this is the way it is .I know where my grandbabies are and they are fine.They have love,food,learning about Jesus and a home of their own.It has been an unplanned transistion of middle age becoming parent again,but it has been the most wonderful blessing i could have gotten .They are now my strength,They need me so i must stay strong for them.

Drugs as well have taken their toll on a family member.Meth is becoming ,or has become ,a destructive killer.It is very addictive to even the strongest wills if ever allowed into a person.If you do not want to be an addict,NEVER BEGIN!For over 5 years now meth has been an intruder in my family.Takes common sence and throws it all away until you are left with a demented picture of reality that only you,the addict,can comprehend.This reality is a mixture of paranoid dillusions,half truths,anger,rebellion taken as survival,health issues,and complete resentment of anyone who tries to help you ,even out of love.Anyone that tries to show the trueth to you is cut off,new friends or old one's with the same addictive personality ,are the only one's you will stay around.They make you feel better about the choices you have made instead of allowing you guilt and pain ..Two of the things that just may allow you to free yourself from this deadly foe.Friend please don't be confused...You do meth,Meth becomes you ...You are lost even to your own self and family.
Alcohol as well will steal you away.The same as with drugs,just cheaper to buy and readily available for your consumption.People usually begin drinking just for the fun of it.At parties and socials with your closest friends.Some begin drinking just too try and make it easier to deal with painful situations.This is the worse in my opinion.I have seen more lost to the addiction in this matter than any other.The more you hurt ,the more you drink.It does not make it easier really,just puts off the ineveitable chore of dealing with it.
Life is hard for most any of us anymore.When you have to be the person who lives or loves one or more of these addicts,it is ten times harder.You become the peacekeeper,the watcher shall we say.We must stand by and watch your life be eaten away day by day and seem helpless to stop it.While at the same time ,expecially if it is inside your home,babysit the situation constantly to keep it under control as much as possible.Tempers flare,patience is at it's lowest due to the same thing happening over and over with this person.Other's have ran out of patience for the excuses and the apologies that are unfelt any more.
Prayers have held you up until you yourself wonder''Are you there''? You know God is but you wonder why an answer has not come..Don't get me wrong,in my heart i know he is and it will happen at God's timing.But with our human nature we wonder...We Don't doubt,it just happens.
I wonder why my daughter can't see all that has happened and know why we can't just act like it is ok now anymore.Those days are over.She must stand up strongly and fix this mess,and it want work just by saying ''it want ever happen again''.
Rehabilitation of some kind must be taken,too ensure a greater chance of her complete recovery.She must make new friends instead of hanging on too the very one's that are just as weak as herself.She must learn too stand on her own two feet instead of needing a man there constantly,any man.These things she seems to be blinded by.The need for a life different than what she has had.I pray and hope for her.She is not a bad person,she can have one of the biggest ,given freely,hearts i have seen.But she has hidden it deep away,or rather drugs have.The results of the drug use are there,memory problems,easy to anger,confusion,resentment,blaming others for the problems and pain she has placed on us...No honest look at now.
Life has a way of making us look really deep inside ourselves.We can choose to learn from it by taking all the pain upon ourselves and trying to make sure this never happens again ,or we can choose to look for other reasons that this happened.Someone hurt us somewhere down the line,someone said mean words,took something from us.
You know that is where i have a probem with mental help .Most of them try and find out the REAL UNDERLYING REASON this HAD to happen to you.And thus making an excuse to the person for things being this way.From why you have destructive thooughts to inflicting pain on others.Instead of making that person realize they are in control of their future by the choice's they make ,they almost excuse it,thus making them empowered to do it again,simply because someone ,somewhere,in their past caused this.
''it's not their fault'' THEY SAY!!!!!!!!!!
I DISAGREE SO BADLY ON THIS.I have had some really bad things happen to me through my life.Rape,drugs,abuse-mental and physical over and over,theft,alcohol,much anything you can think of.DOES THAT EXCUSE ANYTHING I DO?????? NO ,NO,NO.
Can i use this as a learning tool? YES.
Anything that does not kill you can and will empower you for positive actions.The choice is your's to either become the victim and find more victims ,or be the one to overcome.I choose to live my life as full as i can.I try and help, not be the deciever of friends.I choose to trust God and allow him to help me grow and change my life.I choose to forgive pain instead of letting it eat me alive.I choose to love.

What will 2008 hold for me? What are my plans? Stay tuned for next blog>>>>
Betty~Simply Southern
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Laura Williams' Musings

GIVEAWAY: Pedometer

With the new year coming, many will probably make losing weight a part of their New Year's Resolutions.

In an effort to help you meet one of your goals, I am giving three pedometers away.

If you don't know what a pedometer is, it's a handy little gadget to count your steps. So you can walk off the weight.

To enter this giveaway, just leave me a comment below.

If you blog about the giveaway, you'll get a second entry. (this step is optional).

This giveaway ends December 31st at 11:59 p.m. EST
Head over to laura's!!!
-------->>>>>>>HERE COMES THE TURTLE----->>>PRESENTING KOOPA!---->>>>

I added this contest a ways back but i like koopa so much i am adding him to this new one!Koopa just have to see this.And right now they have a contest going on to win one of these.....

Enter by December 31, 2007 for your chance to win one of three original abstract Koopa paintings..
Here's how to Enter

Got a website or blog? Great! You're halfway there

Now to read more and find out all about koopa,follow this link and be amazed!They are gorgeous..I am trying to win one for my home..I am an avid animal lover so these are special to me.....So make sure you get there by dec. 31st and win a one of a kind KOOPA PAINTHING!!!!!!!


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Giveaway: 2008 Hawaiian Pictorial Wall Calendar
I was cleaning out my closet today and realized that I still have three 2008 Hawaiian Pictorial Calendars left. Want one?

Just leave a comment below before midnight on December 31st. That's it! Three random winners will be selected and notified on January 1st.


This is just the most beautiful bassinett i have ever saw!I would love to win this with the new grandbabies coming along in march and april.They will be here a lot and this would be so very nice...Guys make sure you go by and enter....

mod*mom giveaway :: modern bassinet $360

baby star is offering an adorable classic white modern bassinet by cariboo!
this is my favorite bassinet ever. i LOVE it's simple classic design + quality.

to enter to win a cariboo classic white modern bassinet, tell me in the comments, what baby star products are your favorites + why?
(include your email address + web url so i can contact you when you win!)
before midnight, new year's eve, monday december 31
modmom giveaway!


5 minutes for mom!!


I love linen contest!

just by chance found a link over to i love linen!Beautiful..make sure you bookmark her to come again!

I'm posting is because I did indeed mention a give away this past week. I'm feeling extra generous lately. Must be the holidays still buzzing around in my head, ah yes and tomorrow is a special day for me. (You'll find out why tomorrow. ^_^) Plus, I like to liven things up around here a bit and also people delurk and say "hello" which is really cool too.

So here it is:

Last time I picked one person, but this time I will pick 3 people!
now click here to visit and enter......

I love linen contest!

You’re just minutes away from your customized Christian reference library (and $25 of product FREE). START NOW! EZONDERVAN
1. Visit the eZondervan store*ABOVE .
2. Browse from over 70 products. Enter the source code(AVZCS8) to get your FREE product.
3. Pick your delivery option:
• Immediate download.
• Custom CD-ROM shipped to you.

Use code AVZCS8 at checkout.
One-time use per household.
Offer ends December 31, 2007.
you must pay shipping but can get up to 25.00 free!

Designer Credit: Michelle Pieters

laced with grace
As 2008 approaches, we wanted to thank our readers with this little giveaway. We pray that God will continue to use the team blog to encourage you in your walk with Him.

The package will include a Women of Faith study Bible (NIV/Hardcover); Lisa Whelchel’s Bible study tool for busy moms; a coffee mug from “Mugs of Truth“; the DVD “The Nativity Story“; the book “Love and Respect“; and a music CD by Becky Knight, who just released her first CD.

You can sign up to win this package through Jan 1st. Link from your blog to this post and sign Mr. Linky below. If you don’t have a blog, you can still participate. Just share the giveaway with your friends and encourage them to stop by. We will announce the winner on Jan 2nd, 2008.
laced with grace =click here

mommy knows is giving away TWO Ju-Ju-Be MiniBe Diaper Bags! Value $140 USD

The 1st Winner will be choosen randomly from all new comments posted between now and January 1, 2008.
The 2nd Winner will be choosen randomly from all the bloggers that post about this contest on their websites (make sure to come back leave a link in the comments section, so I know who you are).
Mommy Knows!

Kim the owner of - a great online spot for Baby Clothing, Shoes, Toys, Gifts and Cloth Diapers is hosting the December JuJuBe Diaper Bag Give-Away @ go on over and comment and be entered to Win one of two great JuJuBe MiniBe Diaper Bags!

Giveaway Sponsored By The Body Shop

It’s giveaway time again here at Spoiled Pretty. Which means another opportunity to win fabulous prizes! This time, we’re partnering with The Body Shop.

One first place winner will receive a spa in a box; the Spa Wisdom Rainforest Paradise Gift includes: 8.5 fl oz Spa Wisdom Dreamboat Milk Bath, 8.5 oz Spa Wisdom on a High Hydrating Puree, 12 oz Spa Wisdom Africa Spa Salt Scrub, and a delicate Pink PEVA Flower Lily. (a $65 value)

A runner-up will win sugar and spice and everything nice, with must-haves from the Body Shop Vanilla Spice range. The Vanilla Spice Quartet Gift includes: 1.7 oz Vanilla Spice Body Butter, 4.2 oz Vanilla Spice Body Lotion, 0.3 oz Vanilla Spice Lip Balm, 3.5 oz Vanilla Spice Soap. ($25 value)
To enter the contest, leave a comment in the comments section below by 9 pm EST on Wednesday, January 2nd
spoiled pretty

Win a $100 Tiny Prints gift certificate. This contest closes at midnight, EST December 31, 2007
modmom contest!


A big welcome to all of our new readers - and what a month you picked to become readers.

Because if you sign up to receive the CMP monthly newsletter, filled with exclusive discounts, giveaways just for subscribers, and product picks you won't see on our site, we'll make it even more worth your while.

the opinionated parent contest
The Caboose is extremely easy to use and requires nothing other than itself and the diapers you have anyway. Invented by industrious American stay at home mom Suzy Smithson and produced right in her native USA (not China!), it consists of two hard plastic clam shells that fit together with any size and brand of disposable diaper tucked strategically under the rails.

The cleanup couldn’t be easier - just wipe, drop the wipe in the diaper, fold up the diaper and throw it away. I like to pre-load mine after cleaning so it’s all ready for the next time. So much better than some other models I’ve seen that use a transparent zip-lock bag which you then zip up and carry around until you find a garbage. Ew.

Another inspiring story of a mom with a vision who follows it through and makes the lives of other parents easier. I love it!

Win a Caboose for your cutie patootie! To enter the random
click to read more and enter

the opinionated parent contest


Monday, December 24, 2007

Christmas festivities & RevoLOUtion~a new concept in movies!

Gifts have all been unwrapped and toys in the rooms.Paper piled high for recyclying,Food enough for tomorrow as well...We had a really blessed day.The entire family was here together.I laughed so hard at the laughter of the grandkids,Still sooooo easy to please at age 2 and 5.I am glad this is over,i do so love it but the older i get the more exhausted afterwards i am.
Billy was so happy his mom was here when he woke up,this made his morning,and of course the note that santa and rudolph replied back too(thanks to
I sincerely hope each and every one of you have a happy,healthy,blessed christmas...

Time to relax a little tonight ,i will finish cleanup in the morning..found some contest for you too do and maybe find a freebie ot two...

Betty~Simply Southern

I got some info on this and have been checking it out.He has an awesome concept and one all of us can be invloved in,This is great.So read a little more ,click on the link and even watch the movie!Remember ,you pay what you think the movie is worth!And if you blog about this movie, you will receive a producer’s credit at the end of the movie.

Revolution ~be a part!
A RevoLOUtion in the Movie Industry ::::::::

How many times have you walked into a movie, paid the $10 or so and walked out thinking you just completely wasted your time and money? I know it has happened to me a few times…

Let’s face it - the current “pay as you go” model is not ideal. Fortunately, it looks like one person is determined to change that. His name is Bret Carr.

Bret Carr, star of the new movie, RevoLOUtion, plans to change that through a new model where you pay what you think the movie is worth.

Sounds risky, right? Well, yes. If this model proves to be successful, it could turn Hollywood upside down. Watch this:

I met Bret Carr when I was most recently in Las Vegas for Pubcon. Bret is an accomplished actor, director and producer and, like I mentioned, he is the star of RevoLOUtion.

What is RevoLOUtion About?
RevoLOUtion is about a man who makes an incredible transformation from violent, stuttering street fighter to powerful communicator. Believe it or not, the movie was shot over a ten-year time span!

Bret managed to get two Oscar winners to give him their time and effort for free in order to create the movie. The story of how RevoLOUtion came to be is just as amazing as the movie itself, if not more so! Bret Carr has overcome incredible obstacles in order to have RevoLOUtion come to fruition.

According to Bret:

RevoLOUtion” is a movie about the most powerful experience of my life - a Rite of Passage I went through that freed me from a lifetime of insantiy & manic depression (I had lost a family and a $250,000,000 fortune — yes, read the Backstory).* The writer of five-time Oscar winner, The Deer Hunter, found this process so powerful that he jumped on board (for free), helping me embed the Rite of Passage into “RevoLOUtion”, so others could have a similar experience just from watching.

What is also revolutionary about RevoLOUtion is that, unlike traditional movies in which you pay prior to entrance, with RevoLOUtion you only pay what you think the movie is worth, a model recently used in the recording industry by Radiohead.

This is an innovative new business model which, at to a recent showing of RevoLOUtion in Los Angeles, resulted in people paying MORE than what they would have paid if they were paying standard ticket prices.
You Can Get Involved
Earn a producer credit for the movie! To anyone who blogs about the film, you can earn a producer credit on film’s final release. You can learn more about earning the producer credit here.

Revolution ~be a part!


Chicanduntroubled contest

J Brand Jean “Lovestory” Giveaway
Happy Holidays! This month we’re giving away (one) pair of J Brand “Lovestory” jeans in dark wash. The jeans are super comfortable and will flatter all body types. These low waist flared legs, valued at $180, have been seen on everybody from Kate Moss to Lindsay Lohan, so expect to shine just as bright when you’re wearing your pair (or at least imagine)! The giveaway ends December 30, 12:00 midnight.

To enter the contest: click below to read more and enter!

Chicanduntroubled contest


The Christmas Story

This is how the birth of Jesus Christ came about: His mother Mary was pledged to be married to Joseph, but before they came together, she was found to be with child through the Holy Spirit. Because Joseph her husband was a righteous man and did not want to expose her to public disgrace, he had in mind to divorce her quietly.
But after he had considered this, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream and said, "Joseph son of David, do not be afraid to take Mary home as your wife, because what is conceived in her is from the Holy Spirit. She will give birth to a son, and you are to give him the name Jesus, because he will save his people from their sins."
All this took place to fulfill what the Lord had said through the prophet: "The virgin will be with child and will give birth to a son, and they will call him Immanuel"--which means, "God with us."

When Joseph woke up, he did what the angel of the Lord had commanded him and took Mary home as his wife. But he had no union with her until she gave birth to a son. And he gave him the name Jesus.

After Jesus was born in Bethlehem in Judea, during the time of King Herod, Magi from the east came to Jerusalem and asked, "Where is the one who has been born king of the Jews? We saw his star in the east and have come to worship him."
When King Herod heard this he was disturbed, and all Jerusalem with him. When he had called together all the people's chief priests and teachers of the law, he asked them where the Christ was to be born. "In Bethlehem in Judea," they replied, "for this is what the prophet has written: "'But you, Bethlehem, in the land of Judah, are by no means least among the rulers of Judah; for out of you will come a ruler who will be the shepherd of my people Israel.'" Then Herod called the Magi secretly and found out from them the exact time the star had appeared. He sent them to Bethlehem and said, "Go and make a careful search for the child. As soon as you find him, report to me, so that I too may go and worship him."
After they had heard the king, they went on their way, and the star they had seen in the east went ahead of them until it stopped over the place where the child was. When they saw the star, they were overjoyed.
On coming to the house, they saw the child with his mother Mary, and they bowed down and worshiped him. Then they opened their treasures and presented him with gifts of gold and of incense and of myrrh. And having been warned in a dream not to go back to Herod, they returned to their country by another route.
When they had gone, an angel of the Lord appeared to Joseph in a dream. "Get up," he said, "take the child and his mother and escape to Egypt. Stay there until I tell you, for Herod is going to search for the child to kill him."

So he got up, took the child and his mother during the night and left for Egypt, where he stayed until the death of Herod. And so was fulfilled what the Lord had said through the prophet: "Out of Egypt I called my son."
When Herod realized that he had been outwitted by the Magi, he was furious, and he gave orders to kill all the boys in Bethlehem and its vicinity who were two years old and under, in accordance with the time he had learned from the Magi. Then what was said through the prophet Jeremiah was fulfilled: "A voice is heard in Ramah, weeping and great mourning, Rachel weeping for her children and refusing to be comforted, because they are no more."
After Herod died, an angel of the Lord appeared in a dream to Joseph in Egypt and said, "Get up, take the child and his mother and go to the land of Israel, for those who were trying to take the child's life are dead."
So he got up, took the child and his mother and went to the land of Israel. But when he heard that Archelaus was reigning in Judea in place of his father Herod, he was afraid to go there. Having been warned in a dream, he withdrew to the district of Galilee, and he went and lived in a town called Nazareth. So was fulfilled what was said through the prophets: "He will be called a Nazarene."

--Matthew 1:18 - 2:23 New International Version

Several thousand years ago,Jesus Christ came down to this earth in the form of a tiny little baby.From th moment he was born until the moment he was crucufied he had you and i on his mind.
He was born a baby,just like us,Yet when he died he was our Savior!He endured it all for you and i...
On this wonderful Christmas day,let us take a little time to remember him!!!
Make sure you tell your little ones the story of Jesus,and how much he loves us all,expecially the children..
He will never forget us,let us make sure we do not forget him....

Happy Birthday Jesus!!!!I love you and i thank you for everything you have done and will do for me and my loved ones....

Merry Christmas Everyone!May God watch over,protect,heal and bless us all...

Betty~~Simply Southern
i would like to say thank you to all these sites for the info i have used above...

Holy Days

saint max

The BibleRevival


Sunday, December 23, 2007

Pics of My Grandson's ,Billy and Kolby!! MERRY CHRISTMAS EVERYONE AND GOD BLESS!

I could not for some reason get the pics to load on my previous blog,so i had to do it this way..

Billy and Kolby are tucked warmly in bed,having dreams of surprizes and laughter no doubt.My brother robert came by tonight and we popped some fireworks.It is really too cold to stay out long,but they enjoyed it about 30 minutes!Ham is cooked and everything else ready to finish in the morning for dinner.Their mom rita,is suppose to be here in the morning before they wake to spend christmas with them.I pray for them she shows...
Adam came in tonight from upstate,our cousin,his wife is picking him up in the morning to be with them.Some of the family will come for dinner tomorrow ,but our extended family christmas dinner will be Saturday,,,,,

SOOOOOOOOOOO,i do hope you enjoy my pics,wanted to share with you....Dont Forget To Tell JESUS HAPPY BIRTHDAY~~~~

Here is my oldest grandson billy,on the night we decorated the tree....

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~This is a pic of my beautiful daughter in law julie ,with our youngest grandson kolby,they are hiding from the fireworks!lol...

Here is Kolby and Billy digging out their favorite fireworks!

Christmas~A time for Jesus,Love ,Laughter,Smiles,Family and Faith..

Hi readers!
First offf i'd like to thank my new visitor's whom have came by and emailed me.For some reason many like to email instead of comment,so i thought i'd take the time to say hello and thanks!
My immediate family will celebrate Christmas tomorrow,Christmas eve..I decided to do it this way to avoid all the running back and forth between homes for other family members.Just makes it too confusing and stressful.This way the grandkids spend the day together and wake up together,then be able to have a day at other family members home to share as well..
I wanted to share a few photos of the kids leading up to Christmas with all of you.I know later it will be very busy for me.The grands are excited and know presents are tomorrow.I also have the meal to begin preparing this evening into the night as well as some friends and family members will be tonight to pop fireworks.We live in the country so fireworks are ok to do ,and it rained last night so no fear of a fire...;)I just hope this north wind dies down so it won't be so very cold for the kids and mom outside to do it.Robert,my brother went and bought a lot of them last night and brought them down and put them away,well most of them.The kids talked him into popping a few last
I will come on later today and write a little more,time permitting! lol....
Betty~Simply Southern

Friday, December 21, 2007

Christmas Vacation~School's Out!!!! Contest Review

Well it is the day for screams and laughter at school! CHRISTMAS VACATION...The kids are
Some parents are excited ,for others the heathens are home..For me it is a good thing.I will go pick up billy (grandson age 5)after lunch and get back before the bus arrives with zack(my teen).Kolby is happy,he misses Billy during the week,Heck we all do..
Last night the rain came down beautifully.My guess is we got a good 2 inches all together.I was amazed to see the lightening and hear the thunder as well..It's the middle of December!
Julie is becoming accustomed to our Alabama weather and temps., she is from Arizona.The humidity is a big change as well as raindrops pretty often,although she does not care for the
I hope the new owner of Arnold the pig shows up today.Just can't have him setting the blankets on fire again!And i found out last night me and my nephews horse,midnight,attempted to jump the fence and cut himself pretty badly.He had to have stitches ,it is pretty bad under his leg and stomach i am afraid.I hope all goes well with him,He is such an easy going horse and wonderful with everyone that rides him,he just thinks when he wants out,he should get out...No matter how big the pasture is and how much food there is..
Kolby stayed a while with his mom yesterday for the first time in almost a year.I was leery of it,but i think all went well.he said he had a good time and so did she.I just so wish things had not worked out this way for the grandbabies...Why can't parents be good parent's anymore,,,at least try!I just don't understand that and never will.....Only thing i can see on this is just some people are not parent people...
I just pray everyday the lord gives me and the other nanna the strength,knowledge and patience to raise these little boys the best we can.They have been failed enough..I also think about the little one she is carrying now(yep!)..How will this work out?How come so many women are having babies that they do not want responsibility for caring for?????It is becoming so wide spread.Use too i said men were sorry at a high percentage..Now i believe the women are sorrier than men!How do you carry a baby inside you for 9 months(more or less) and not have some kind of love?Wheather it is an unselfish love that can give it to loving parents through adoption,or being parent yourself...This world has become a very cold hearted place i am afraid....


We will cutting wood either today or tomorrow and we have a client who wants some cleaning done up in town.Extra money is always good!It is always a godsend..We cut and deliver firewood as well for several folks,keeping price down cheaper than most we hope to add even more customers this year.It is extra money as well as cleaning the forest of old dead trees.We harvest no green..only seasoned wood.They say cold temps by Christmas.We shall see,,lol,,,
I have also spent a little time this week entering blog contest..I have won a couple of things as wll the last 2 month's..That was a nice surprise..They are fun to do and made a few christmas presents for me to give out....I try and add some on here along,i just don't want this blog to become just a contest blog...i want it to reflect other things as well..But i have had positive feedback on adding the contest and giveways ,so will continue to add for you...
Well the morning will quickly pass and my toddler will be up,so let me finish out with a couple contest for you....
until tomorrow ,good lord's willing,,,,,

~~~Betty~Simply Southern

Book Giveaway - Taming Rafe by Susan May Warren

Author Susan May Warren is giving away 25 preview copies of "Taming Rafe" on January 1 -- be one of the first to read about this bullrider and the woman who "tames" his heart.

To enter, click below and fill out the Contest Entry Form and put the words, "I want Rafe!" in the contest question answer box and hit submit. You will be entered in the contest and subscribed to Susan’s private newsletter mailing list.

She'll be announcing the winners in her January newsletter.
a book blogger giveaway!
SFist Gift Guide Giveaway -- NapaStyle
We already expounded the rustic virtues of Michael Chiarello's NapaStyle: a place that helps you get that Napa Valley look, feel, and taste. (Speaking of Chiarello, what happened to his show on KQED? Did he make the move over to the Food Network? While he's no Joanne Weir -- who is, really? -- we enjoyed watching him at times.) What's nice about the place is that it won't overwhelm you in the way that Williams-Sonoma and Sur La Table will. And how.

For a quick last-minute gift, head on over to NapaStyle for a bottle of fancy vinegar. Or a fancy micoplane. Or a jar of fancy truffle salt. Or a fancy spork. (We'll double-check on that last item.) And to sweeten the deal, enter our contest and you just might win a $25 gift certificate. Yay, you!
SFist Gift Guide Giveaway -- NapaStyle
win a 25.oo gc--napa style!

Contest - December 2007 - New You with New Beauty - Part 3

i would like to present to you a prize package valued at $500 as our end-of-the-year blowout giveaway! TEMPTALIA has put together a stocked-to-the-brim makeup soft case with so many products, it’ll blow you away! ...
TEMPTALIA has put together a stocked-to-the-brim makeup soft case with so many products, it’ll blow you away! We are so stoked to be able to announce this finally, as this prize is worth $500! That’s right–$500 smackaroos–and it’s all yours for the taking (and it weighs over 10 pounds)! We want to be able to give one deserving reader the chance of a lifetime: a do-it-yourself makeover. We’re going to supply all of the goods so you can truly embrace your “New You” for 2008 with this jam-packed case of “New Beauty.”

Winner will receive…

Almay Eye Makeup Remover Pads
Clinique Long Pretty Mascara
Clinique Pink Bamboo Lipstick
DuWop Lip Venom Trio
Eminence Herbal Eye Makeup Remover
Garnier Nutritioniste Ultra-Lift Lotion


2 Chances to Win a $50 Gift Card in Time for Christmas

I've been working on a cycling and outdoor gear search on this site for a little over a year. I have a lot more things I want to do with it plus some things need fixing. With my limited time, it will be a while before I get to some of the things.

Here's your chance to help me and win a $50 gift card. So that I can spend my time working on things you think would make the biggest difference, I'm going to give away a gift card in return for suggestions.. cycling and outdoor gear search page
Look around, search for something you're dreaming about for Christmas. Then write a comment on this post with what you'd like added or what needs improving.


ULTRA ROB'S ADVENTURE HURRY!!!!!!!!!!MUST BE submitted by Sunday night, December 23rd.

Thursday, December 20, 2007

Bubble's And Kat!! Money MakingScoop!!!Check them out (contest going on now tooooo)

Hello bloggers and friends! I have a couple sited i want you to check out..I really enjoy going by and right now they have 2 wonderful contest going on that you ned to enter!
What the peeps are talking about

Hey peeps. Kat and I arent getting as many viewers as expected so me, Bubbles is going to give away a free Ipod nano. All you have to do is send Kat and I a comment with your email on it. Also put your name on it so I can announce that you won. The more comments you send the more chances you get of winning. I will put each entry that you sent on a piece of paper, put it in a pot and randomly select a winner. I will emailing you saying you won and I will mail the Ipod nano to you.

What the peeps are talking about

bubblekat!click now!!!!

make sure you take their poll while there...


Head over to money money scoop!!!

MoneyMakingScoop--enter now!
Another Christmas Giveaway - XM Satellite Radio XPressRC
December 20th, 2007 by Chris Jacobson · 1 Comment
Thanks to a friend of mine at XM Radio who e-mailed me and donated a second radio to give away to my readers. The Delphi XPressRC is the first ever colour screen satellite radio receiver. It includes a car kit, remote control and a plethora of features (see link above). MSRP: $169.99.

How do I enter?

The rules for this giveaway are the same as the first - just reply to this post and consider yourself entered.

CLICK BELOW TO READ MORE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
MoneyMakingScoop--enter now!

Wednesday, December 19, 2007

Pot Belly Pig at the Fireplace ! Vaccination Recall! (contest lookout as well)

The clouds are beautiful this morning!i love the strat clouds.We have a small chance of rain in the forecast as well.Finally i think for us,we have got close to coming out of drought,at least for the time being.I see water staying in the ditches again for several days after rain has left and water also is still coming out of the ditch banks up and down the road.Been a while since i saw that.I would like to see the creeks and rivers back up closer to normal,but with the exception of clear creek(whose mouth starts near here) that is not the case.
I do believe i have found a home for my pot bellied pig,arnold.She has just gotten too big for my household!When someone shows you this very cute little piglet,and says oh,,,,it just gets 35 pounds,DON'T BELIEVE THEM!!!!!!
I payed for one for my grands last year ,potty trained ,sets for you and got used to staying in house...Arnold is now about 140 pds.!And still stays in at night!Just gotten too big ...We have a fireplace we use mainly for heat.Night before last we awoke to the shrill beeping of the smoke alarm AT 2 AM..apparantly arnold had dragged her blanket too close to the fire and it was a flame!Thank goodness for smoke alarms!So time for arnold too go...That is not the only reason,i keep the fireplace grate in front of it usually,just a list of things .Not too mention new babies on the way..I am being very cautious who i give her too ,,,Too many folks see bacon and pork chops when they see her,she is a pet,not food!!!!
But i can not stress smok alarms too much right now..Before that accident even had time to get bad the alarms were going off..If you still do not have smoke alarms in your home,GET SOME!!!!They recommend one to every entry(and i do too!)of doorways.They could very well save your home and your life and your loved ones!At the cost of a few bucks a peice,get a hand full!

Certain lots of the Haemophilus influenzae type b (Hib) vaccine and the combination Hib/Hepatitis B vaccine produced by Merck & Co., Inc. have been recalled by the manufacturer. These vaccines are given to young children as part of the regular immunization schedule. The Hib vaccine prevents certain forms of meningitis and pneumonia. Merck decided to recall the vaccine because it found that the equipment used to make the vaccine could become contaminated. The vaccine in the recalled lots has not been found to be contaminated and it is not likely that a child who received a dose of the recalled vaccine will have a problem. Parents of children vaccinated with recalled vaccine within the past few weeks should watch for any signs of infection and contact their physician if there is swelling or redness at the injection site. Children who have already received this vaccine do not need to be revaccinated. Other sources of the vaccine are available, so a shortage may be avoided. At this time pediatricians are advised to discontinue use of the affected lots and to continue immunizing their patients as usual. If a temporary shortage occurs, doses could be delayed for certain ages. Children at higher risk for Hib infections should be vaccinated on schedule. For more information, go to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Q and A.

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~CONTEST LOOKOUT THIS MORNING!~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

Win $25 With One Post~~~I was over @ THE BLOGSCAPE this morning and they are running a neat little contest!CHECK IT OUT READERS...

I’m still thinking about drawing in traffic to the site and I’ve decided to start up a small contest. Its as simple as the title says. All you have to do is post on your blog, or website with a link back to this page.

After I confirm that you actually posted it and didn’t just say then I will leave a list of links on this page of everyone that linked here. Make sure you leave a comment telling me you did this or it won’t count! The contest ends one December 24, 11:59 PM CST. (Our Christmas gift to you.)

You get multiple entries for different things though…So you should pay close attention.

Subscribe to RSS feed: 2 entries
Add to Technorati favorites: 2 entries
Post about this contest with link: 3 entries
You can have up to 7 entries from ONE blog. Do you have multiple blogs? You can post about the contest on all..................NOW HEAD ON OVER AND ENTER YOUR POST!

blogscape!win $25.00

BabyGanics aims to rid your home of toxic chemicals while helping you get everything spotless and sparkling clean.

All BabyGanics Healthy Home products are superior in performance to conventional cleaners, safe for children, pets and the environment, non-toxic/free of harsh chemicals, and contain all natural/organic ingredients. All BabyGanics Healthy Home products are free from fillers and dyes, pollutants, caustic ingredients, and volatile organic compounds (VOCs).

How to enter this contest
Just leave a comment on this post by Midnight Pacific, Friday, December 21 and you’re entered to win one of each of their 4 products!

Prize valued at approximately $20. Open to legal residents of the United States 18 years of age and older. No purchase required. One entry per person. Void where prohibited by law. Important contest rules and details. By submitting your Name and Email address, you agree to.......CLICK BELOW TO ENTER!

I really like the concept of this contest!WHAT WOULD JESUS BUY???
Think about that..what do you think he would get?

Enter to Win: 'What Would Jesus Buy?

Let us know what you think by posting your opinion in the comments box below by Christmas Eve, December 24, 2007. Don't forget to include your email address where it asks for it (it won't be made public). The top five answers, ...

belief net..enter now!

while you are here make sure you look around at all the nice printouts available there! These are easy to get and the site is simple to navigate,,laid out very well!AND THEY ARE FREE!!!!!!!!!!!!!ENJOY!!!!!

Kids love stickers, there is no getting around it, so print out some and have fun!

Printables for kids giveaway!
The Homeschool Minute
win ''the white senaca''! ends:::December 31, 2007
This book geared for ages 12 and up makes a wonderful family read-aloud. Read the TOS reviews online and enter for a chance to win your very own .........

Holiday Giveaway: "It's a Wonderful Life" special edition train set

The folks at Lands' End have generously provided our final giveaway of the season, a special edition Lionel train set featuring scenes from the award winning film It's a Wonderful Life. This beautiful $299 O-Gauge set hearkens back to the days before video games and computers, when kids dreamed of a train set under the tree. This set doesn't disappoint with a genuine die-cast metal locomotive, two cars with opening doors and a classic red caboose.

Bohus couldn't resist taking a look inside the box and gleefully reports that the engine features a real air whistle, puffing smoke and an illuminated headlamp. The set runs on AC power and features remote-controlled forward, neutral and reverse. It also includes magnetic couplers, along with metal wheels and axles to ensure miles of trouble free service. The track features a textured roadbed to help keep everything in place. It's recommended for ages 8 and up, and I suspect grown-ups will have as much fun as kids!

For your chance to win, leave a comment on this post letting us know how long you've been a Retro Thing reader........READ MORE BELOW!



Tuesday, December 18, 2007

Contest review This Week~~Almost CHRISTMAS!

Happy Tuesday!Hope your week is going well.Here in the lower south is was 22 night before last and 25 this morning at 5 am.Feels like winter change from our 80's last week.We watched the meteor shower the other night,it was very pretty.I tink we saw like 40 or 50 this time.We have pretty good visability here ,14 miles from town.Hope you were able to view it as well.
Here are a few contest going on you may want to check out.

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~BEAUTYBENTOBOX CONTEST~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
Get a Holiday Gift from Moor Allure Naturals
I feel like Santa Claus. Er, make it, Mrs. Claus since Beauty Bento Box will be giving away some beauty loots to three (3) lucky women (or men — if they’re interested, LOL)! You can get the chance to enjoy a holiday gift set from Moor Allure Naturals that’s valued at $190.00!

Moor Allure Naturals are created from high quality ingredients that are 99% natural (formula includes a preservative) and rich in antioxidants.

Daily use works to:

* prevent premature aging
* protect from environmental damage
* regenerate skin for pure radiance

Benefits of using Moor Allure Naturals are:

* Protect Skin from Harmful Free Radicals - ANTIOXIDANTS - for Diminished Signs of Aging
* Reduce Redness and Puffiness - ANTI-INFLAMMATORY - for a Clear Complexion
* Regenerate Skin Cells - NUTRIENT DELIVERY SYSTEM - Reclaim Youthful Radiance
* Repair Damaged Skin - BIOAVAILABLE NUTRIENTS - for Plump, Smooth and Softer Skin
* Draw out Toxins and Impurities - ASTRINGENT - Deep Cleanse Pores for Acne-Free Skin

This is such a treat for your skin this yuletide season.

Contest Mechanics:

1. The contest will run from today, 10 December 2007 and will end on Thursday, 20 December 2007, 11:59 pm...........

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~tThe Sun~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

Celebrating the Holiday with $200 Cash Giveaway
By Sun on Dec 16, 2007 in Contest

To celebrate the holiday and appreciate the support from everybody who read, comment on, and link to the posts in the past year, I am running an annual giving away of $200 gift certificates in the coming week, from December 16th to 22th.

The giveaway consists of two parts:

The first part is a daily $20 giveaway for guessing the closing number of the Dow Jones/S&P/NASDAQ index of the following day from December 16th to 2oth. Winner will be chosen from those who makes the closest guess. Very simple! This part is open to everybody and entries can be made by leaving a comment with a guess number to the posts published at every midnight. Enter every day until you win more!


Everyday ME
Sallie over at Everyday Me.. life as it happens is having a blog contest and you can win a DVD copy of The League of Grateful Sons from Vision Forum. Go on over and sign up for your chance to win but hurry because the contest ends Wednesday night at midnight!
Vision Forum is giving its affiliates the opportunity to have a contest and they supply the prize, shipping, etc.. How great is that for me, and for you?! My husband and I absolutely loved the DVD The League of Grateful Sons and so that is the item we have chosen to give away.

This documentary was shot on location in Iwo Jima and it brought together the sons and fathers of WW II. These warriors are now in their 80's and returned to Iwo Jima to be mentors of what real Christian manhood looks like. These aged warriors share their love of Christ, and family, and country with a new generation that has risen up to honor their legacy! Some of these young sons never got to meet their father but have love letters from them as a lasting memento and a living legacy of what it meant to be a warrior and a man of God. I'm excited to offer it to you for free!! Click here to open a trailer that you can watch in a new window.

So, for the contest, here is what you need to do. Copy the phrase below that is in "quotation marks" and post it in your blog so you can share about the contest and then leave me a comment with the link to your post (or email me at with VF contest as subject line if the comments don't seem to be working right). You can also leave a comment in the chat box with your link to your post as well. I will accept entries until midnight PST on Wednesday. The winner will be announced Thursday morning. The DVD will be direct shipped from Vision Forum but it will take 2-3 weeks so don't plan on this as a Christmas gift for anyone ;-)

Everyday ME
As promised, WoW Insider is giving away one Dell XPS M1730 World of Warcraft Edition and all the WoW goodies that come with it (estimated retail value $4,999). Under the hood of this bad boy is an Intel Core 2 Duo Processor T7500, 2GB Memory 667MHz, 17inch UltraSharp TrueLife WUXGA, 512MB Dual NVIDIA GeForce 8700M GT w/ NVIDIA SLI, a 200GB HDD and a Blu-ray DVD player. And of course, the winner will be able to choose between the Alliance or Horde editions.

In addition to the laptop, you'll get an XPS backpack to carry it around in stuffed with WoW novels, game guides, retail boxes and more. And if you think it can't get any better, check out the full list of goodies included with your XPS notebook after the jump (including the World of Warcraft Beta Club card that contains 5 beta keys for upcoming WoW games!)

Dear me! The (Internet) dust has barely settled on our previous contest, but we here at Shoeblog are very much into the spirit of giving. Especially when giving involves shoes.

It is with great pride that we announce a NEW!! EXCITING!! GIVEAWAY!! sponsored by our fabulous Barefoot Tess gals (can you tell I’m excited?)

All you have to do is submit a comment to this entry for a chance to win a $100 coupon to be used at Barefoot Tess. The winner will be announced on December 23rd–just in time for Christmas. Need I remind you that they have wonderful selections, suited for every taste and budget?

You could go for these beautiful, classic Delman “Brett” pumps, modestly heeled at 2.5″ high, and so lady-like that people will want to carry your bags and possibly kiss your hand. Or ankle.
SHOE BLOG!click now to enter!

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~MY FAMILY LOVES IT!~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
Shrek Calendar Contest: 12/17-12/22
posted by Heather on December 17th, 2007

This week we are giving away THREE neat shaped 2008 Shrek wall calendars. They are shaped like Shrek’s head! John was supposed to put the picture up with this post but last night we were up VERY late with a sick kid. He was the one that cleaned up all the throw up so I’ll cut him some slack (he’ll add the picture later though)!
Here’s what you need to do if you want to be one of the winners:
post a comment for 1 entry
post about us in your blog if you want a second entry (remember to let us know)
the contest runs from Mon 12/17 - Fri 12/22 and the winner will be announced on Saturday 12/23/07 (US residents only....CLICK AND READ MORE!

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~FREE HOME ED. CONTEST~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

FreeHomed--click here now!

I decided to throw this contest to bring my lurkers out into the open, and to get the word out about this website. To get a chance to win this book set, you need to add a link to this contest (anywhere) and leave a comment to let me know you did it.

FreeHomed--click here now!


Sunday, December 16, 2007

Scientists Turn Cockroaches Into Zombie Slaves

Sometimes you come across these stories such as the one's i'll add below and you just scratch your head and wonder''And excatly why would you want to do this''?
read a few and tell me what you think!What is the dtrangest story you have read lately?

~Simply southern

Israeli scientists have figured out how to turn cockroaches into zombie slaves.

They're replicated the mysterious power of the jewel wasp, also known as the emerald cockroach wasp, which incorporates the cockroach into its reproductive cycle in a most gruesome way.

Most parasitic wasps paralyze their victims, but the jewel wasp's sting mysteriously leaves a cockroach able to walk, yet robbed of all free will.
The wasp leads the zombie roach back to its lair, lays an egg in the poor creature and then lets the wasp larva eat the roach alive from the inside out.
The Israeli team, led by Frederic Libersat of Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, discovered that a synthetic form of the neurotransmitter octopamine freed stung cockroaches from their zombie-like state.

They then injected other roaches with compounds that blocked octopamine -- and turned them into docile zombies.The study was documented in the Journal of Experimental Biology.
Zombie roaches~click to read story!

CHEYENNE, Wyo. — Police in Cheyenne say a junior high school teacher was hospitalized Monday after a student put Visine eyedrops into her drink as a prank.

Police identified the victim as 58-year-old Jo L. Miyamoto, a teacher at Johnson Junior High.

She went to the emergency room for treatment, spent the night in the hospital and was released late Tuesday.

A school receptionist said Miyamoto was back in the classroom on Thursday.
Police say that some popular movies have shown that spiking a person's drink with Visine is just a prank that can give the person diarrhea.
However, police say ingesting Visine in fact can have very serious health effects, including possibly sending the person into a coma.

Police say they intend to have the Cheyenne District Attorney's Office review the matter when their report is complete.


Saturday, December 15, 2007

Weekend Contest Review~~I want to win the SONIC BOOK ALARM CLOCK CONTEST!!!

Happy 10 days till christmas!lol...ARE YOU READY??? i am ,,at least i think i am.I try and prepare long ahead and i did pretty good this year,with a plus that some of my gifts are handmade.Tree was cut and put ud last saturday when both my grandsons were here as well as son's and daughter in law.I like tree hunting with them each year.The weather here has been ridiculously warm for the past 2 weeks,highs in the 80's and lows in 50's.Tonight all that is suppose to change.The front moves throough and wind is suppose to be blowing from 15-20 mph tomorrow and tomorrow night with low temps.I really feel for the upstates,supposes to be a blizzard for them.

I have been looking around and come up with you a few killer contest and get out there and enter them.There are some really great blogs in blogville so give a look around. Make sure you sign up for the feeds on any you like so you want miss anything.


EASY WORD PRESS--christmas gifts,WIN A PRIZE!

I SOOOOOOOOO want to win this sonic boom alarm clock!
My son is so hard to wake up and he waill be moving out on his own soon,getting married.He and my brother as well are ''night people''.I don't mean they stay out late ,they just have trouble ever falling asleep and then in the morning they are like trying to wake a hibernating bear mid way thru the
When i saw this ,i laughted out loud.I could picture putting that under both their beds and watching them when it went off.Yea,i have a strange sence of humor i am I SO WANT THIS!!!click on the link below and check out all 6 of the coold gizmo's up for grabs,,,

Wanna carry Yoda on your back just like Luke Skywalker did? In return, Yoda will carry your books, laptop, clothes or whatever else you want him to carry.

It even looks cool if you’re a macho biker. The straps are adjustable and sized for adults.

Gift 2 - Sonic Boom Alarm Clock with Bed Shaker ((I WANT THIS!!!!!))))

If you have trouble getting up early (like me) you’ll absolutely need this. This alarm clock will wake your entire neighborhood, and shake your bed so violently you’ll have no choice but to get up.

The Sonic Bomb Clock has an adjustable volume alarm with a maximum loudness of 113 decibels (just for reference, a jackhammer is about 100 decibels!) And the bed shaker does just that. Slip it under your mattress and your ears will bleed and your bed will shake, and there is no way you will oversleep.

Gift 3 - Marshmallow Shooter

The best non-lethal way to get even with your work colleagues or family members.

It is easy to fire and reload, making it perfect for quick attacks (or rapid defense). Holds up to 20 mini-marshmallows (I’ll include one pack of them) or you can use the foam pellets provided.

Shoots over 30 feet.
Magazine holds 20 rounds of ammo.
Shoots foam pellets or mini-marshmallows.
5 foam pellets included.
Gift 4 - USB Memory Watch

No time to back up your files? With the USB Memory Watch, you literally do.

This watch shows you the time (duh..) but also lets you store up to 2GB of data into it’s built-in flash memory stick.

Standard USB interface and USB extension cord included
USB 2.0 (read 4MB/s and write 3MB/s)
Sleek design, very lightweight (this is not a bulky watch)
Plug and play, easy operation (appears as a USB mass storage device)
LED indicator light shows device connectivity and data transfer
Operating Systems: Win 98, ME, 2000, XP, Linux 2.4 or higher, Mac OS 8.6 or higher
Shock proof and Anti-static
Water resistant to 20 meters (let USB connector dry before using)
Japanese movement with 3-year battery life
Memory size: 2GB
Weight: 1.5 oz (43 grams)
Dimensions: 1.5″ width x .375″ thick (watch face)
Gift 5 - Spaceman Moppel LED Light

The Space Man Moppel is the perfect buddy for the sci-fi lover. Each foot has two power magnets, so the Space Man can stand in almost any pose, any direction, and any gravity! The arms, legs, and neck are super bendy, too.

One hand is molded to hold a cable or two, and the other is a strong alligator clip for securing notes, thin wires, or anything else your mind can imagine. With a push of the button, your Space Man Moppel’s head will illuminate an area of your workspace in a soft, white, LED glow. And there is nothing as lovely as an LED glow.

How To Win Any of The 5 Gifts Above - Read Carefully

Write a post about our contest. The title should contain the name of the gift you want to win, something like “I Wanna Win The Sonic Boom Alarm Clock” - this helps us determine who wins what.

On your post, link back to our contest page. The correct URL for the link is........

NOW click below to read more and get entered!Just don't get my luck!

EASY WORD PRESS--christmas gifts,WIN A PRIZE!

Freeze 24-7 Contest!
Win Freeze 24-7 Anti-Aging Eye Serum
& Freeze 24-7 Freeze & Go!
I haven’t tried either of these products yet, so the winner of the contest can tell me what he or she thinks! The Eye Serum says it “helps reduce puffiness, fine lines, dark circles, and other signs of aging.” It costs $115. The Freeze & Go “can be used under or over makeup, to fix fine lines, absorb excess oil and brighten skin for a flawless finish.” It costs $65.To win $180 worth of Freeze 24-7 products, just comment on this post with your name and email address (which will only be seen by me) and say you want to enter the contest. The contest ends on Sunday, December 16, 2007. I will randomly pick the winner, and then contact the winner via email.

Make Up Loves Me Contest
makeup loves me contest

head over and chek this out!

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Boston Mamas contest

Boston Mamas -click here now
Many thanks to Braincandy for sending us review copies and to my mama reviewers for these thoughtful comments. Want to win a Braincandy DVD? FIVE WINNERS will receive one of Braincandy’s award-winning DVDs. Here’s how to enter to win:

Visit Braincandy's DVD collection and email with “Boston Mamas Contest” in the subject -- in your email, name one of the Five Senses characters (click on the DVDs in the online collection to learn more about the characters).
One entry permitted per person; US and Canada entrants welcome.

Entry period is between today (November 28) and December 23rd at midnight EST.

Blonde Reviews
blonde reviews!Win a book

Dawn from So a Blonde Walks Into a Review is hosting a fun holiday contest where you can win an autographed copy of Merry Christmas, America! Megawatt Displays Across the USA by Bruce Littlefield along with a vintage, Christmas treasure! Deadline to enter is December 19, so click on over and enter quickly!
Merry Christmas America! Megawatt Displays Across the USA

Bloggy Giveaways!!!!!
rocks in my dryer!BLOGGY GIVEAWAYS

she's got 4 contest going on right now!Enter quickly for your chance!

OFF BEAT HOMES CONTEST!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
off beat homes-enter contest!

Contest duration: From the time this post goes up until the end of December 31st. I know it’s kind of a long contest but that gives you plenty of time to earn points and then I don’t have to deal with sending prizes during the height of the holiday season — last Christmas, Amazon and a few other places shut down for days and I’m so not going there again. I’ll announce the winners during the first week of January.

Who can win: Anyone except me. I officially disqualify myself. We all know I’d win ;)

How to win: Earn the most points. At the end of this Offbeat contest the three people with the most points will all win a prize.

Leave a comment: Each comment = 1 point.
Blog about this contest at your blog for 10 bonus points. Some of us have one blog and some of us have five plus blogs so to make it fair you can only earn these extra 10 points once. To get the 10 bonus points you just need to make sure to link back to this post.
There are going to be three prizes to choose from. If you’re a winner you can pick whichever one you like. If all three winners want the same thing that’s fine as well. I went with three offbeat-minded items that I personally like that are also easy to send. Hopefully there’s one prize here you’d enjoy.

1) The Natural House: A Complete Guide to Healthy, Energy-Efficient, Environmental Homes by Daniel D. Chiras
2) A year subscription to Dwell
3) Moxy. I figured it might be cool to include an offbeat kids item as a prize option.
head over and enter!!!! off beat homes-enter contest!
pajama mommy giveaway!

Now you are going to want to know how to enter this contest well there are a few ways we’re allowing you to enter!
As the apartment is being built I got myself thinking about another chair for the apartment that isn’t as heavy as the giant green one and can be easily put away for when we don’t have company, I was fortunate enough to be contacted by the Canopy Chair people for a give away for you guys! This chair is awesome, not only is it easily converted to a “back pack” but it is so portable and super cheap! It is only $39.99
1. Comment on this article telling us your favorite color chair (this will be the one the winner gets)

2. Do a write up on your website of this contest, please do not link directly to the contest but you can link to the Canopy Chair website and tell them to come here for the contest. You just need to make a comment with a link to the post or email it to us!

3. Recommend someone else enter the contest. They just have to use your name in the
THis contest will end December 18th at MIDNIGHT EST.


ENTER THE CONTEST HERE--> pajama mommy giveaway!

little fun little learning!
The winner of this giveaway will receive two products of their choice from Oopsie Dazie. There are two ways to win the prize from Cindy.

1) Leave a comment below telling which product from Oopsie Dazie is your favorite.

2) Install the Little Fun; Little Learning giveaway button on your blog (the code is at the top ....CLICK BELOW TO READ MORE!

little fun little learning!
5 minutes for mom contest
The prize pack we’re giving away includes toys for a range of ages from baby to toddler to preschooler as well as the Mom & Baby Fitness DVD and three different CDs.
I wish Santa could drop off one of these prize packs for each of you… but the great news is that even if you don’t win the whole bag of loot, these toys are well priced and you still have time to get them under your tree.

Here’s a complete list of all the goodies in the prize pack:

Mom & Baby Fitness DVD
Rockin Sing-Alongs CD
Now I Know My ABC’s CD
Sleep Sounds for Mom CD
Garden Counting 1-5 Puzzle
Fruits & Vegetables A-Z
My MP3: Classical Music
Bee Bop Band
Pop Beads
Water Works
Bristle Blocks
Rev & Roll Bus
Petite Painter
If you want to win this prize, simply follow these two steps:

Publish a post on you................
CLICK TO READ MORE! ---->>> 5 minutes for mom contest

mommy cracked~christmas in dixie!
Boston Mamas contest

Boston mammas

Welcome to our December contest in partnership with Tiny Prints. Up for the winning is a $100 gift certificate. This contest closes at midnight, EST December 31, 2007. You may enter this contest once.

STEP 1: Create an account on tinyprints..
click to read more........
Boston mammas

**********************************while you are there!!!

issue is brought to you by Peanut & Beans, purveyor of handmade bibs. Peanut & Beans will gift TWO lucky newsletter subscribers (US entrants welcome) with a bib of their choice from the Peanut & Beans collection. Click here to enter to win this prize; entries must be received by midnight EST Friday, December 21.

And for more goodies, visit us regularly. We've got great daily giveaways lined up for this week!

Best wishes and happy holidays, Christine Koh, Publisher, Boston Mamas
Win A Bib

snow nation!win a pair of goggles

December is a month of giving and we are giving away Smith Triad Goggles to three (3) lucky winners.

Each goggle prize (retail value of $90) will have a separate contest ending at 11:59PM on December 31, 2007.

Listed below are the three contests and instructions on how to enter. Be sure to use a valid email address that you check, because if you win, we will contact you via that email address. Your email address is safe with us and will not be shared or abused in any way.

Contest #1: Enter by making comments on SNOWNATION. here now


Win $25 Cash From The IBD Health Blog
Do you own a blog? If you do, you can enter our contest to win $25 cash. We will award a $25 cash prize on January 1st to one lucky blogger. It’s easy to enter - just follow the rules below.

Baby Jamz Shape Sorter Contest:FROM A MOM'S REVIEW!!!!!

We wanted to give one of you the chance to win one of the toys from the new Baby Jamz toy line to see how well you like it. To enter to win the Baby Jamz Shape Sorter leave a comment on this post telling me you want to win by Sat. Dec. 22nd, 2007
Win a copy of Harry Potter & The Order of Phoenix
Rules: legal US resident, 21+, void where prohibited
head over to the Goody blog now---->>> goody blog
Get your half of People You’ll See In Hell’s December income!

Submissions have been pouring in and we’re very excited to see who we get to announce as the final winner on the first day of the new year.

We’ve never run a contest before, and it’s kind of fun.

You can enter in one of three ways
people you'll see in hell-enter now
BLOG Paradise is hosting its first blog contest - The Christmas Paradise Contest! Up for grabs is a $45 T-Shirt coupon voucher from, where you can get for yourself some beautiful customized T-shirts. We would like to thank our kind sponsors, Kevin aka Zentro, OneBuckWiki Contest Page and FiveDollarWiki Contest Page for providing the prize.

This is a quickie contest which will run for around one week and end on 22nd December 2007 (12:00 A.M., PST) so that we can send you your voucher in time for Christmas.

It is super easy to enter this blog contest and this contest is open worldwide and to both bloggers and non-bloggers alike. All you need to do is to leave a comment on this post (in the comments form) and you get one entry (no spam please)! I love to give options so if you want more entries, you can do the following as well:

click to rad more!
Blog paradise contest
woman wardrobe needs contest!
CONTEST! You will want to check this out! I need one of these soooo badly...good luck!
HARDWARE Handbags wants you to be as big of a fan as I am... and is offering one of you a FREE bag of your choice! Just send an email to me with HARDWARE Handbags in the subject line (sorry, only US and Canadian residents for this contest) before Midnight, December 23rd, 2007 and a winner will be chosen at random. All who participate in the contest will be added to HARDWARE Handbag's mailing list so you will be kept abreast of any new products or promotions happening with the line.
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woman wardrobe needs contest!

~Simply Southern~