star wars {giveaway}

Living in a household where the boys outnumber the girls 2 to 1, it’s no big surprise that we have some avid Star Wars fans. Luke Skywalker, starfighters, Ewoks… what’s not to love?

The STAR WARS THE COMPLETE SAGA was released on Blu-ray Disc September 16th. Now, you can relive the entire Saga in a whole new way!

To celebrate the release, select General Mills Big G cereals have a limited edition Star Wars good versus evil image on their packaging. Combine these images for a full panoramic poster featuring your favorite Star Wars characters! Exclusively at Walmart, look for specially marked boxes of Big G cereals, including Honey Nut Cheerios®, Cinnamon Toast Crunch®, and Lucky Charms®.

I recently received a prize pack containing each of these cereals to make our own panoramic poster: Honey Nut Cheerios, Cinnamon Toast Crunch, and Lucky Charms, as well as a $25 Walmart gift card. It wouldn’t be any fun if I didn’t give a prize pack away to one of my readers, too! So tell me, who is your favorite Star Wars character?

You can tweet about the giveaway for an extra chance to win (daily), just make sure you come back and let me know! Contest will run through Monday, October 10th! One winner will be randomly selected and announced shortly after. Good luck!

Disclosure: The cereal, gift card, information, and giveaway have been provided by General Mills through MyBlogSpark.


My twins are changing lives, and you can help:
Ashton’s Thrilling Drilling Campaign
Bridger’s Clean Water for Christmas Campaign

smile, part two {giveaway}

This week, I put Crest 3D White 2 Hour Express Whitestrips to the test. Check out my before and after:

I threw the strips in this morning as I was hanging around the house doing dishes and other just-as-exciting stuff. The whitening strips are easy to use, simply peel off the backing and place over your upper and lower teeth. They definitely don’t taste the best, but for whiter, brighter teeth in two hours, I would definitely use them again!

Want to try out a box of Crest 3D White 2 Hour Express Whitestrips for yourself? Leave a comment below and I will randomly choose a winner on Monday! Answer this question: What would you whiten for? A red carpet premiere? A trip to Bora Bora? Or your weekly grocery-shopping trip, like me? I’m kidding. I still need to go out and get groceries. Good luck!

Disclosure: I was given this product for free to review as part of the Crest 3D White 2 Hour Express Whitestrips campaign hosted by One2One Network. They are also compensating me for writing this post, as well as supplying the product for giveaway.  All opinions are my own, as always!

fiesta! {tea collection giveaway}

Have you heard about Tea? I’m not talking about the drink, I mean the world-inspired clothing line offered here. The fashion collections are inspired by world travels and culture. The styles for Fall 2011 are modeled after modern Mexico.

This was my first experience with clothing from Tea, and I am super-impressed with the not only the design of the pieces, but also the quality. You know how rough and rowdy 8-year-old boys can be, and I have TWO of them, so clothing that will endure on a daily basis is definitely a plus!

Tea gave us the opportunity to choose some pieces from their current line, just in time for back-to-school! The clothing arrived a few days ago, and I am in love. After football practice last night, the {sweaty} boys and I had an impromptu photo shoot in their new duds.

Let’s begin with the Long Sleeve Purity Tees, cute on their own or layered under short-sleeved shirts!



The striped, yarn-dyed Cinco Senses Hoodie? My favorite. Times two.



Both of the above pieces are perfect for layering under tees, too. We stocked up on the short-sleeved shirts found in the sale section of the site, from the Catalonia summer line. I may have went above and beyond my allotted amount and dug into my own pockets, but these shirts were just so FITTING for the twins. They HAD to have them. *cough*




Last but not least, I had to purchase this adorable little dress for a friend’s baby. I haven’t sent it to her yet, so shhhhhh…

Want to try out the clothing from Tea for yourself {yes, they have a women’s line!} or your children? You can WIN a $50 gift certificate! Simply check out Tea Collection and leave a comment here telling me one of your favorite pieces!

Extra entries, leave comments for each:

I will randomly choose a winner on Monday, September 4th, 2011! Good luck!

Tea Collection provided me with a gift certificate to purchase clothing, as well as a $50 gift certificate to giveaway. Giveaway open to US residents only, sorry. The opinions are mine, as always.

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sam’s club + box tops {giveaway!}

Update! The randomly chosen winner is Kristin K! Congrats!

I know all of you have seen those bright pink Box Tops on products that you probably purchase on a weekly or monthly basis. But do you take the time to cut them out? Did you know that your children’s (or nieces, nephews, friend’s kids) schools can actually receive cash in return for you taking a few seconds to clip those Box Tops? It may not seem like much, but trust me, those things add up.

Public Service Announcement: Please trim Box Tops on the dotted lines. Because, somewhere, at some time, someone has to do it. Most likely it will be a PTO volunteer for your child’s school who has a gazillion classrooms’ Box Tops to “trim”, so just take the time and do it yourself. Just sayin’.

We’ve been collecting and stashing Box Tops all summer long, saving up for next week when school resumes. This year, Sam’s Club and Box Tops are teaming up to bring you the “6 Box Tops on a Pack” promotion. You can find the promotional Box Tops on such General Mills products as Honey Nut Cheerios, Nature Valley Oats ‘N Honey Crunchy Granola Bars, Totino’s Pizza Rolls, and more!

In order to help with your back-to-school shopping and box-top-collecting, I have a $25 Sam’s Club gift card to give away to one lucky reader! To enter, leave a comment below telling me what you are most looking forward to with the start of the new school year! For extra entries, tweet and/or post on Facebook about this giveaway! THREE ways to enter, just make sure you come back and leave a comment for each entry!

Contest will run through Tuesday, August 23rd at 11:59 p.m. One winner will be selected via and announced the following day! Good luck!

Disclosure: The Sam’s Club gift card, information, and giveaway have been provided by General Mills through MyBlogSpark.

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45 days. {giveaway}

45 days to reach our goal.

45 days to raise enough money to save lives. 1 BILLION people do not have access to clean water.

45 days to fund a project that will help women and children spend less time walking miles and miles for {dirty} water, which will enable them to spend their time being educated and bringing in income for their family.

45 days to make their days so much better and brighter.

photo by J & S Lang

I’ve been thinking and thinking of ways to raise money for these people, how to give these children a chance at life. Besides just running. I have channeled my inner-crafter-that-i-never-knew-i-had. I’m making things. Pretty things. {of course, even if you don’t like pretty things, you can just simply donate here}

Like these bracelets:

and these cute bobbies:

The bracelets are made of jersey knit and are currently available in aqua, chocolate brown, black, and camouflage. {note: camo is only printed on one side of fabric, so their is a mixture of white in the bracelets, but I personally think it adds to it and I love}.

The bobby pins will come in a set of 2… colors and sizes will be a surprise! Variety of circle, square, and heart buttons {turquoise, pink, brown} on a flowery cut-out from a vintage dictionary!

Or maybe you would like a simple charity: water bracelet. Black with white lettering.

Last, but not least, let me tell you about Ariah Fine. He is a father of two and has a mission of teaching children who have the privilege of clean water more about those who do not. To serve this purpose, Ariah wrote the children’s book Clean Water for Elirose. He donates the profits from all sales directly to clean water projects. He first contacted me when my son, Bridger, gave up Christmas to fund a water well. We have been in touch ever since, and he is working with me to sell his books and the profits will go to our campaign! Read more about Ariah on the charity: water blog. These books would make great gifts to the children in your life, teachers, and libraries!

How to make your purchases?

All are $15!

  1. Donate directly to our project: Send me an email {} with the products you want and mailing address!
  2. Send the money through paypal {}. Make sure you put the products you want and mailing info in the comments of the transaction!
  3. Send me a check directly through snail mail. Email me for mailing info {}!

If you live in the Mandan/Bismarck areas, I will deliver products if you prefer, otherwise all orders will be sent out via USPS. Also, if you are going to Fitbloggin’ in a few weeks, I can also deliver, if you wish!

Now, for the giveaway!

I am giving away one the above products to {two} winners!! Winner’s choice!

How to enter:

I need your help getting the word out. I have a lot of money to raise in the next 45 days. I’m offering you these ways to enter:

  1. Share my project on Facebook, you can use this link:
  2. Share my project on Twitter, again, use this link:
  3. Blog about this project, feel free to use any of the above product photos in your post! Link to this post by using this link:
  4. Post this pretty little button on your site {copy and paste the code from over there —–>}

FOUR WAYS to enter! Easy! Make sure you come back and tell me what you’ve done!

There you have it! Four ways to win! Contest will end Friday, May 13th and winners will be randomly chosen and announced the following day! Good luck!

Thank you so much for all the help in spreading the word and donations.

There are no words for how much it means to me.


*Updated* Seventh Generation GIVEAWAY!

*Updated* The winner is Cheryl! Congrats!
School is going to be starting very, VERY soon (eek! I am so not ready) and we all know that along with back-to-school, comes germs and illnesses. Did you know as many as as many as 2.7 million bacterial found per square inch on common school surfaces (NSF International). Just thinking about that statistic makes me nauseated.

We can’t protect our children from all these germs, but we can teach them about proper hand-washing and covering their mouths and noses when sneezing, as well as making sure they are getting adequate nutrition and physical fitness to keep those bodies in tip-top form.

Seventh Generation offers a disinfecting product line that is made from botanical ingredients and kills 99.99%* of household germs. I love that the products are free from that harsh-chemical stench. The multi-surface spray met my cleaning needs and smelled fresh. I am very sensitive to smells of air-fresheners and cleaners, and I am very picky in regards to what I use.

And now, I have a Seventh Generation back-to-school kit for one of you! It contains a cute little bag, 2 canisters of disinfecting wipes (one for you, one for your child’s classroom), spray, paper towels, and tissue! To enter, answer this question: What do you do to keep your children as healthy and germ-free as possible?

For extra entries:

  • Follow or subscribe to my blog.
  • Follow @SeventhGen on Twitter and tweet about this giveaway, using @LissaJoy, @SeventhGen and the hashtag #myblogspark. (once per day)

Contest will run until Sunday, August 15th at 11:59pm. One winner will be randomly selected and announced the following day! Good luck!

I received a back-to-school kit for myself and one to giveaway from Seventh Generation through MyBlogSpark. The opionions stated are my own!

*Kills over 99.99% of household germs, specifically Salmonella enterica, Pseudomonas aeruginosa and Influenza A on hard, nonporous surfaces.


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**UPDATED** Martina McBride ticket giveaway!

*Update: Winner is commenter #5, Princess Pirvle! Congrats!*

Martina McBride is coming to Bismarck, ND on April 10th for her Shine All Night Tour. I will be attending the concert, along with my lucky guest, thanks to MomSelect.  And guess what?? I may be seeing you there! I have another set of two tickets to give away to one lucky reader! With those tickets, you will also receive a Prize Pack consisting of a CD, T-shirt, and autographed 8 x 10!

This is going to be a super-fast giveaway! To enter, leave a comment below telling me what your favorite song by Martina McBride is! You can also have an extra entry for tweeting about this giveaway! Ready, set, GO!

Contest will end Thursday, March 18th, 2010 at 11:59 pm Pacific time. Make sure you leave a valid email address, so that you can be contacted if you win! Good luck!

Full Disclosure: I am receiving two tickets to the Martina McBride concert and a Prize Pack through MomSelect. I have received no monetary compensation for this post!

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**UPDATED**ecostore USA giveaway!

The winner of the giveaway is…. KRISTA! Congrats! Email me at with your contact info!

I am always on a quest to be more healthy, more organic, more green… so when ecostore USA approached me about trying their products, I was more than happy to! Ecostore USA is a New Zealand-based company that offers plant-based products that don’t contain nasty chemicals.

I tried the Laundry Liquid and the Citrus Spray Cleaner and quite honestly, was pleased with both products! Both products smell clean and fresh, which is so much better than the “bleach-y” smell of typical everyday cleaning products.

The Laundry Liquid is made from:
* Palm and Coconut based non-ionic and anionic surfactants
* Fatty acid derivative
* Mineral hydroxide
* Certified organic Eucalyptus oil

This concentrated product worked just as well as my usual Tide and the eucalyptus oil smells divine! LOVE this and I think I will definitely be purchasing this again in the future!

Ecostore USA is offering 50% off on all their baby products through the end of January and always offers free shipping on orders over $25!

Do you want to try out Ecostore USA products for yourself? Well, today is your lucky day! One reader will receive a $25 gift card to use in the online store!  

To enter, just answer this question:  What steps do you take in order to help the environment? 

For extra entries:

This giveaway is open through Saturday, January 30th at 11:59pm. Make sure you leave a valid email address. One winner will be randomly selected and announced the following day! Good luck!

Full disclosure:  Ecostore USA provided me with product for review purposes only, no monetary compensation was received. The opinions expressed above are my own.

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Taco Night Giveaway!


I find it SO HARD to find meals that my whole family will eat. Seriously. I am not a big fan of cooking elaborate means anyway, so when I have to hear the whining and complaining that is sure to come from at least ONE of the children, it makes it even worse!

Enter Taco Night. Each and every member of my family will eat tacos (Bridger eats lettuce and cheese tacos, but hey, it still counts!). The kids can dish up what they like and omit the ingredients they don’t care for. Easy.


Through MyBlogSpark, I received a gift pack from Old El Paso which included the El Tacodor game, as well as two coupons for Old El Paso dinner kits and a $10 gift card to purchase any additional meal needs (i.e. meat, cheese, lettuce, etc). The kids had a great time during the meal, the games were easy and fun for everyone. I am happy to report Bridger and I were partners and kicked some serious butt. Woo-hoo!

I have another gift-pack to give away! To win, just answer this question: Do you have a “taco night” with your family? All comments received by the end of Thursday are eligible to win. One winner will be randomly selected and announced the following day! Good luck!

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I cannot even tell you how much I *LOVE* Brandi Carlile’s new album, Give Up the Ghost. This album is totally my style, indie rock-ish… along the line of some of my favorites like Schuyler Fisk, KT Tunstall, A Fine Frenzy… This is BY FAR my favorite CD I have reviewed for One2One Network!

I would love to go see one of her shows, but unfortunately North Dakota isn’t high up on performers’ lists of places to play! ;p Here are Brandi’s remaining tour dates, maybe you can catch a show:

Oct 15  Santa Fe, NM          The Lensic Performing Arts Center
Oct 16  Tucson, AZ              Rialto Theatre
Oct 17  Los Angeles, CA       The Wiltern
Oct 20  San Francisco, CA    Fillmore
Oct 22  Portland, OR           Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall
Oct 24  Seattle, WA             The Paramount
Now, here is your chance to win a download of this awesome, soulful album for yourself! Leave a comment below and I will randomly choose a winner on Monday, October 19th! Good luck!