Monday, March 2, 2015

Grow Your Garden Giveaway Announcement

Spring is just around the corner and what better way to kick-off the growing season than with a mega garden giveaway! 

There will be multiple garden-related prizes for one lucky winner! We are currently still working with several sponsors to coordinate all the prizes but will have all the info soon including the amount of the gift cards! 

Hosted by So Simply Stephanie 
Currently accepting Sponsors, Co-Hosts and Bloggers with paid & free options to participate! 


If you would like to sponsor a garden related prize in exchange for having your product and company featured on MULTIPLE blogs, please contact Stephanie at with information about your product. Each prize will need to be a minimum retail value of $25. (For products less than $25 you can combine multiple products for a 'gift basket-type prize or send the remainder amount via PayPal and all 'PayPal funds' will go towards a gift card to be included in the giveaway!)

Each Sponsor Will Receive:
  •  2 social media links on the giveaway widget
  • Product info with links to your website (or Amazon link to product)
  • Picture of product
  • social media shout outs throughout the giveaway
  • Be featured on multiple blogs for the duration of this giveaway! 


10 Co-Host spots will be available. Co-Host spots are $10 each and will help cover the costs associated with hosting this giveaway!

Each Co-Host Will Receive: 
  • Blog name & feature listed on the giveaway info with a link back to your site
  • 4 social media links on giveaway widget
  • 1 Comment or Pin-It option on giveaway tool (preferably a garden related post or pin)
  • Free Link Option for posting the Sign Up HTML on their blog (HTML below)
Co-Hosts Sign Up Here.

Paid Bloggers

Paid Bloggers spots are available for $3 each. 

Each Paid Blogger Will Receive:
  • 2 social media links on the giveaway widget 
  • Free Link Option for posting the announcement post on their blog (HTML below)
Paid Bloggers Sign Up Here.

Free Link Option

Bloggers can also opt for the free option and receive a free social media link on the giveaway widget by sharing the Grow Your Garden Sign Up info (this same post) on their blogs. All Co-Hosts & Bloggers will receive an additional link for sharing the sign up info on their page as well. You do NOT have to be a Co-Host or paid Blogger to receive the free link option.

Free Link Option ONLY Sign Up Here.

You can find the Announcement Post HTML Here.

If you have any questions or suggestions for this giveaway please contact Stephanie at 

Sunday, March 1, 2015

Zazzle Sale Ending March 5

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Where's My Lucky Charms? (dark) T Shirts

Check out top selections of St. Patrick's Day t-shirts to celebrate in! Browse through funny, shamrock, irish and cute t-shirts to make sure you don't get pinched! If you can't find one, you're in luck because you can create your own by uploading your own text and design.

Browse the Wedding Invitations Collection and personalize by color, design, or style.

Find an invitation for every event. You can design your very own or select from thousands of charming designs for bridal showers, wedding, and birthday.

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Start off your day with a new custom mug from Zazzle. Browse through their different selections of specialty mugs like espresso, jumbo, lovers' mug or frosted mugs. You can also create your own by adding your own design, text or photos.

Zazzle's St Patricks Day hat section has many styles and colors available for customization or ready to buy as is. Some of the popular colors available are black, blue, green, hot pink, red, brown, all white, and yellow.

See more of our St. Patrick's Day Plates and personalize by color, design, or style.

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Zazzle has even included codes for name branded items on their site.

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Saturday, February 28, 2015

Awakenings Book Review

Awakenings (Intertwined Souls Series Book 4)

By Mary D. Brooks

Historical lesbian romance in Post War Greece and Germany.   Secrets. Passion. Destiny.

In the fourth novel of the Intertwined Souls, Awakenings continues with Eva and Zoe's tumultuous journey to Greece and West Germany. They leave Greece with a new understanding of the past and a renewed purpose for their lives. 

In Germany they discover unknown secrets and gifts that span generations. With hidden truths uncovered and a peek of their future, they can now work toward making their once impossible dreams come true.


Eva has had a life of pain and suffering for as long as she can remember. The majority of it came from her stepfather and his family. With her mother dead, her partner, Zoe, is the only family she has left as far as she is concerned. Now as she tries to move forward with Zoe, more family and secrets are revealed one by one, causing her to question everything she ever knew.

Even though this was the fourth book of this series, I was able to keep up with everything going on. I like that all the past happenings are explained throughout the plot, keeping me abreast of why things are the way they are. The characters of Eva and Zoe complimented each other, and I really liked them as a couple, which was a surprise to me. I wasn’t expecting much out of this story, but became thoroughly engrossed almost immediately. It had the right amount of sexual interaction for me to enjoy the entire read without distraction.    

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**The above opinions are 100% my own, whether I purchased the book or it was given to me to review.

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Mary D. Brooks lives in Australia and has been writing for forty years including short fiction stories for various Australian magazines and some non-fiction articles. Mary published her first novel "In the Blood of the Greeks" in 2001 and that soon became evident that there was more to the characters and their story that needed to be told so the Intertwined Souls Series was born. Mary works as a web and graphic designer in addition to being the chief editor and owner of the AUSXIP News and Multimedia Network of sites. When she's not writing, reading, creating art or designing new sites, Mary travels when the travel bug hits and is always on the lookout for new adventures. You can find Mary's sites at and her official author site at

Friday, February 27, 2015

Cordskinz Review

Do you have a problem with your earphone cords staying tangled every time you go to use them? Well, here's a solution to that problem. Cordskinz are colorful plastic sleeves that you insert your cords into. They help protect them, and keep them detangled.

When you order, you will get two sets in your choice of colors. This makes them even more affordable. And with two different colors, you can change them to fit your mood, style, or activity. The tool that is included makes them easily changable. 

They come in sturdy envelopes with easy to follow instructions on the back.

You get a pair of Cordskinz, an assembly tool, and an envelope with printed instructions.

This is how my earbuds usually come out of my purse, along with whatever else they are tangled around. This drives me crazy.

See how easy the assembly is. You just hold and pull. The tool does all the work. The Cordskinz are plenty long enough. You just use regular scissors to cut to size. I actually took the cutoff and put it on the bottom of the cords. 

Here is how they looked after I wadded them up. There is no tangle. I was able to pick them up and they just straightened out automatically. 

It seems I'm not the only one who liked them. I hope I get them back!

The Cordskinz come in 11 different colors. I like how vibrant the colors are. It makes them easy to find. I was definitely impressed with them. The only downside I found was that they didn't work for flat corded earbuds, only round ones.

**This post contains affiliate links and I will be compensated if you make a purchase after clicking on my links. I received this product for review but all opinions are my own.

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Thanksgiving Book Review


By Gage Irving 

"Thanksgiving is the first novel in the Holiday Series and it is multifaceted. A thrilling murder mystery with supernatural underpinnings, the novel is also a morality play about human greed. A dynamic new voice, Gage's undexpected insights and visualizations quickly ensnare.

The first scene of the book goes back thirty years into the past, describing a permanent division erupting between Latham Donnelly and his wife, April. She assumed her husband was responsible for her latest pregnancy, and he believed he'd been cuckolded. Latham was sure that someone else had fathered their third child. Never confronting each other, the ongoing pressure was never resolved and the reverberations of what had really taken place destroyed the future of the entire family.

Returning to the present, everything revolved around Latham and April Donnelly, and their two sons and their married daughter. The entire family hadn't been together for over five years, and April had set up a reunion on Thanksgiving in 2004. During the festivities, politesse oozed out of them like sweet maple syrup, but it was only veneer. Behind their ingratiating smiles, things were actually getting worse. Nevertheless, they decided to commit themselves to another reunion a year later in a drunken and resounding toast. In the intervening months a few different grievous plans sprouted among them. Thick irony and black humor to gently impart the bad news, their second get together is a culminatgion jet fueled by depravity.


When April became pregnant with her third child, she was unaware that her husband, Latham, had gotten a vasectomy done beforehand. Not knowing this, she had no idea why their marriage went downhill, as he never told her. What Latham doesn’t know is that April had been loyal to him all along. Many years later, when their three kids are grown, the animosity reaches a breaking point. Not only for April and Latham, but also for each of their offspring.

What a family this was! The plot had me bouncing around like a rubber ball. Each of the characters had good qualities, as well as bad ones, giving me a love/hate relationship with each of them. With all the greed, corruption, and selfishness, it was like watching an episode of Dallas, except that this had more levity. I knew the showdown was going to be epic, and couldn’t wait for it to happen. I must say though, that the supernatural aspect kept me a bit confused. 

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Gage Irving
Gage Irving grew up on the South Fork of Long Island, winning awards for her art and poetry. As a great - niece of Washington Irving, Ms Irving currently resides in a log home built by herself and her husband, a sanctuary to complete the Holiday Series. Her ability as an artist expanded after a near death experience in '88. Irving's current writing projects may be the best so far, and she will donate 15% of her profits from Thanksgiving to the Audubon Society.