Saturday, 31 August 2013

Designer Inspired Handbag Giveaway!

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Welcome to the Designer Inspired Handbag Giveaway event, sponsored by BagInc and hosted by Happy Mothering! During this event, Baginc.com will be giving away a handbag of the winner’s choice from their Hottest Collection (valued at up to a $190)! Remotely operating from Paris with an office and warehouse in Hong Kong, Baginc.com is comprised of a team of energetic fashion aficionados with a passion for celebrity-inspired, designer handbags. Their international coverage gives Baginc a unique edge, one that allows them to deliver the hottest bags to clients all over the globe. They have a great selection of designer-inspired handbag styles at affordable prices. They don’t charge sales tax and provide free worldwide shipping for all orders over $100. They even offer a money-back guarantee for customers who are unsatisfied with their purchase.

Here are are some of the many bags you’ll be able to choose from if you win!

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Entering is easy. Just complete as many options as you’d like from the Rafflecopter form below. The more entries you complete, the more chances you’ll have to win – good luck! This giveaway is open worldwide and runs through September 30, 2013.

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Disclosure: Living As We was not compensated for this post and is not responsible for prize fulfillment.

Friday, 30 August 2013

I Love My Post Blog Hop + #Giveaway!

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Welcome to the I Love My Post Big One Year Celebration!


Between us and the amazing bloggers, you will find on the rafflecopter we have managed to come up with a top prize of $200 and a runners up prize of $50 as a huge thank you to you all for coming and taking part each and every week. We never thought we would end up being still running a year down the line.

I'm really excited to be taking part in this hop, and I hope you'll find some time to add the link to your favourite post after entering for an awesome prize!  I don't know about you but I love coming across new blogs :) Happy reading!

So a HUGE thank you to you all and Good Luck!


Now lets get hopping!! 

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Welcome to the I Love My Post blog hop where we invite you to link up your favourite post of the week, to show it off and hopefully receive some love from the others partaking in the hop! If you are yet to participate in a hop they are really simple to get the hang of all you need to do is 'hop' around, hopefully finding some new great reads!  

The Rules are simple! Have Fun, click around find some new blogs to read and share the I Love My Post LOVE! And if you fancy being a co-host with us! Give Sarah an Email: sarah@lifeinabreakdown.com  

Your Host’s this week are: Sarah from Life in a Break Down Bex from Futures and our lovely co-hosts are: Lorilee from Lorilee's London Rachel from Beauty Queen UK Hannah from A New Addition 

I would love it if you would tweet, share on facebook or place our button on your blog, the more sharing we can get happening the bigger this hop can become!
 
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This week's Featured Blog is: In The Play Room


Anna is lovely - she's been a repeat winner on my competitions and it always made me smile when her name was drawn as she just so lovely. So I was really thrilled when she started her own blog and it's one you really should take a look at. ~ Sarah

If you have been featured grab our button!

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If you fancy being next week’s featured blogger make sure you follow all the rules give you hosts and co-hosts a follow and Sarah could be calling on you next week to come and feature with us.

Monday, 26 August 2013

$200 Winners Choice Gift Card #Giveaway

$200 Gift Card Giveaway For September

Welcome to the $200 Winner Picks It Gift Card Giveaway

Jenn's Blah Blah Blog and some of her favorite bloggers are celebrating amazing readership with a $200 Gift Card Giveaway! It's because of YOU, our readers that we are able to do what we do every single day and we wanted to show you how much we appreciate you! Special thanks to Pink Ninja Media, Pink Ninja Blogger, Coupon Hauls, Just Free Stuff, Southern Rambles, Made by Jess, Simply Shawn N Jenn, Reel Mama, Mama's Mission, Thrifty 4NSIC Gal, What's Up Giveaways, Rambling of Mama, Moms Vacation Spots, and all the other fabulous blogs who have helped make this giveaway come to life. 

One lucky person will win a gift card of their choice valued at $200! That's right Walmart, Target, Amazon, Visa, we don't care you win it you pick it! Giveaway will begin on 8/25/2013 at 12:01am EST and end on 9/28/2013 at 11:59pm EST. OPEN WORLDWIDE, and you must use the Giveaway Tool widget below to enter. Good Luck Everyone! 

Best of Summer 2013 Kit Lit #Giveaway Hop!


Hi, and welcome to the Best of Summer 2013 Kid Lit Giveaway Hop Hosted by Mother Daughter Book Reviews and Youth Literature Reviews!!

Reading is an important part of our day for my daughter and I. It is one of the things we enjoy most, much like my Mom and I when I was young. One of my all time favourite children's book authors is Robert Munsch.

Here, you have the opportunity to win 2 of his fantastic books: Love you Forever, and Murmel, Murmel, Murmel!! Open internationally as long as Book Depository ships to you for free. Void where prohibited. 

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Don't forget to hop your way through the rest of these great giveaways!  

 

Sunday, 25 August 2013

Kick Off the Social Party with Ageless Derma! #Giveaway

Disclosure: I received product from the company below in order to conduct a future review, in no relation this post. However, brand or company has not influenced me in any way to provide any type of review other than my true and honest opinions. Living As We is disclosing all information provided in this post according to the information provided in Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.” 

To say I've taken care of my skin over the years would be an outright lie. Honestly, it just hasn't been on my list of priorities. I've been busy dealing with my health issues and trying to be a good Mom that it wasn't even on my radar.

Recently I came across the Ageless Derma line of products. A research team has worked hard to target the most effective anti-wrinkle properties (peptides, stem cells, antioxidants) and combined them with an unique delivery system to bring their Anti-Wrinkle Cream to the next level.

I've been given the opportunity to review their Peptide and Stem Cell Anti-Wrinkle, and have been using it for the past few days now. I can already feel the difference and can't wait to compare the before and after photos! I hope you'll come back to read my review in a couple weeks. In the meantime, you can head here to see what Lexie has to say about her experience with this product and a few others (including Ageless Derma Mineral Makeup)!

Don't forget to sign up to be a part of the upcoming Back to School Social Party hosted by Voiceboks! Bloggers, this would be a fantastic way to connect and I hope you'll join the rest of us that are already signed up :) You can head here for more details, sign-ups, and schedule!

Now for the fantastic, and very generous giveaway for those of you who are in the US! One lucky winner will receive an Ageless Derma prize pack valued at $300!! Get your entries in by filling out the rafflecopter below:

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Don't forget about the 2 other great giveaways going on too! Open worldwide, here is a giveaway for $250, and here is another one for those of you in the US, Callie's Biscuit Bender! Best of luck to you all and hope to see you at the party!!! ;)

Friday, 23 August 2013

Pink Blush Maternity Giveaway

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Pink Blush Maternity has affordable and stylish looks for pregnant and nursing women. It's always so hard to find trendy and cute clothing when pregnant, or even nursing, but Pink Blush has your covered. Best part is they have LOW prices!

Check out Everything Mommyhood's review of the Colorblock Crochet Maxi Dress.
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One lucky reader will win a $25 Gift Card to Pink Blush Maternity. US Residents, 18 and up only. If you won a gift card from them in the past 6 months or blogged about them in the past 6 months, you are not eligible to win. All winning entries will be verified. Winner will be contacted via email and will have 48 hours to respond before a new winner is chosen. Giveaway ends 8/31/2013 at 11:59pm CST.


Disclosure: This blog was not compensated for promotion of the giveaway. Everything Mommyhood received a product in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are 100% my own, and were not influence in any way. This blog and Everything Mommyhood is not responsible for sponsor prize shipment. This giveaway is in no way affiliated with Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest or any other social media platforms. Only one entrant per household may enter.

Thursday, 22 August 2013

Doc McStuffins Mobile Tour Has Hit the Road!

Now that Emily is getting older, she is much more aware of what is going on around her, including what's on television. She repeats things, and she's learning how to do new things every day. It's important to me that what she's watching is going to have some value to it. Children's shows have changed a lot since I was little, and Doc McStuffins surprised me when it became one we enjoyed together.

Great news for all the other Doc fans out there! The Doc Mobile might be coming to a city near you!

The Doc Mobile, a 27-foot Airstream trailer custom-made to reach young kids (age 2-7) and families with fun and empowering experiences relating to health and nutrition will embark on a multi-city tour  SUNDAY, AUGUST 18 in Boston. Themed "So Much You Can Do…to Take Care of You!" the initiative is inspired by Disney Junior's acclaimed "Doc McStuffins," the animated series that models good health and compassion through stories of a young girl, a would-be doctor, who cares for her ailing stuffed animals and other toys. The Doc Mobile features an area for kids to perform a "check-up" on their own toys plus other activities and age-appropriate health and wellness lessons including nutrition and physical development and fitness.

During the multi-city tour, kids and parents will also have the opportunity to meet real-life doctors from the Artemis Medical Society, an organization of more than 2500 female African-American physicians from around the world who formed their group after seeing a reflection of themselves in "Doc McStuffins." Recognizing the opportunity to further inspire young girls, the group serves to nurture, mentor and provide the foundation necessary to create a diverse physician workforce.


You can follow The Doc Mobile tour route on Disney Junior's Facebook page and on Twitter at @DisneyJuniorUSA, #DocMobile. Scheduled tour dates are as follows (all events are scheduled from 10:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. unless otherwise noted). Doc herself is schedule to make an appearance at the DC, NY, San Antonio and LA stops!!! Make sure to check below to see where the Doc Mobile will be next!


Sunday, August 18
Boston, Massachusetts
Franklin Park Zoo

Wednesday, August 21
New York, New York 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Times Square Disney Store

Sunday, August 25
Chicago, Illinois
Navy Pier Gateway Park

Saturday, August 31 & Sunday, September 1 
San Antonio, Texas 9:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Festival PEOPLE EN ESPAÑOL - Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center

Friday, September 6
Dallas/Fort-Worth, Texas
Fort Worth Museum of Science

Tuesday, September 10
New Orleans, Louisiana
Audubon Zoo

Saturday, September 14

Atlanta, Georgia
Centennial Olympic Park

Tuesday, September 17
Washington D.C.
*Location TBD

Thursday, September 26
Los Angeles, California
The Grove

Saturday, September 28 
Phoenix, Arizona 7:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Arizona Coalition For Tomorrow Kids Health Fair - Salvation Army Community Center


Season two of "Doc McStuffins" premieres  FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 6 on Disney Channel (10:00 a.m., ET/PT) and Disney Junior (4:00 p.m., ET/PT). Guest voice stars for season two include: Geena Davis ("A League of Their Own"), Jeffrey Tambor ("Arrested Development"), Tony Hale ("Arrested Development"), Molly Shannon ("Saturday Night Live"), Tony Award-winning actress Sutton Foster ("Anything Goes"), Amy Sedaris ("Strangers with Candy") and Peter MacNicol ("Grey's Anatomy").  

 
A "Doc McStuffins: The Doc Mobile" game and other digital activities including one that invites boys and girls to create a customized doctor avatar, will debut on DisneyJunior.com/Doc  on Friday, August 30. Also debuting that day is a preview of the season two premiere "Doc McStuffins Goes McMobile/Chip Off the Ol' Box" via WATCHDisneyJunior.com, the WATCH Disney Junior app for smartphones and tablets, and Disney Junior on Demand. It will become available for download on iTunes, Amazon and Xbox beginning Saturday, September 7.


What's your favourite Disney show?

Blogger opp: Baby Bullet Giveaway


Baby Bullet Giveaway! 
The complete set for making healthy homemade food for babies! 
Mami's 3 Little Monkeys & Baby Bullet have teamed up and will be giving away a 20 piece set. 

This prize pack will include: 
  • The Batch Bowl
  • Power Base
  • 6 Date Dial Cups & Storage Tray
  • 2 Short Cups & 2 Stay Fresh Lids
  • Easy Pop Batch Tray & Lid
  • Blend Blade (Stainless Steel)
  • Mill Blade (Stainless Steel)
  • 1 Spatula
  • User Manual
  • Pocket Nutrisionist
  • Cookbook
Total Value of $60

Bloggers will receive 2 free links (Facebook, Twitter and/or Pinterest) with announcement post or small fee. 
Additional links available for a small fee. 
You must promote this event at least 4 times throughout the 2 weeks.

This giveaway is open to US/CAN and will run from Sept. 16th - Sept. 30th.

Wednesday, 21 August 2013

Blogger Opp!

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I Love My Post Big 1 Year Celebration!

Organized by: Futures and Life in a Break Down

Grand Prize: PayPal Cash (Value TBC but all sign up fees will go into the pot!) Event dates: 31st August -28th September Open WORLDWIDE Referral prize: $25 Paypal Cash Bloggers: Sign Up HERE

Etsy Shopping Spree Anyone? #Giveaway

Who wants an Etsy shopping spree?!


Hosted by: The Breezy Birdie

Event Details:
Prize: $100 Etsy Gift Card
Date: August 21st - September 4th
Open Worldwide
Must be 18+
No Purchase Necessary



DISCLAIMER: This blog is not responsible for shipping prizes. Sponsors are responsible for shipping prizes.This giveaway is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with Etsy, Facebook, Twitter, or any other social media site. Information collected is strictly for the purpose of contacting the winner(s) and is not collected by Facebook, Twitter, or any other social media site. If you have any questions or concerns please contact the host at thebreezybirdie.com.

Stuck on You Giveaway! Coming Soon


Hi everyone! Thanks for stopping by. 

Sign-up to offer your readers the chance to win one of four $25 eGC to Stuck On You! 
Yes, the event is titled "Late For School Again Giveaway Event", my sponsor was not late... I was. Just so there are no hard feelings against my sponsor. ;) 

This event is open Worldwide and will run from Sept. 2nd through Sept. 16th!


The 2013 Back to School Social Party

Hi Everyone! Thanks for stopping by my little piece of cyberspace. This is such a wonderful way for us all to connect.

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Up until last year I didn't understand the true meaning behind "blogging". I began entering giveaways on a few blogs that I had discovered. One giveaway led to two, and on and on. Only, after awhile, I felt like I was taking from people and not giving anything back. I am just not that kind of person. I found that I liked a majority of what I had won, and was wanting to share my thoughts just as I had enjoyed reading about other peoples' opinions. I thought it would be a great idea to write my own book reviews, since I was winning so many great books along the way. I started my first blog, Just Trying to Let it Be in March 2013 and dedicated it to books. I later decided that books weren't my only passion in life, that what I was truly passionate about, was writing.

Living As We was born in June 2013 out of my love for writing, cooking, fashion, books, and helping others. Here, you'll find reviews on products I like, Recipes, LOTS of giveaways, as well as posts on other random life topics.

One of the topics I write about sometimes is my issue with Anxiety, IBS and my occasional bouts of depression. It's been tough to find acceptance anywhere in life. But blogging has been therapeutic in a way, and has opened me up to a different kind of social interaction. A year ago I wouldn't have even dreamed of leaving a comment on a someone's page or tweeting to someone. Blogging has given me back my voice, not only as a mom, but as a human being. I appreciate all of the support that you, my readers, show me, especially while I'm still working out the kinks. :)

You are more than welcome to follow along my journey to a better blog, a better me, and a better family! I'm most active on Twitter, Pinterest and Facebook. Also, I am always searching for ways to improve the design of my posts and layout. So if you ever have any suggestions, I am always grateful to receive some great advice!

If you are a blogger interested in having me write a guest post, or if you are a business interested in having me review your product and/or host a giveaway, please feel free to contact me. I would be happy to work with you!

I hope everyone enjoys the Voicebok's party! I look forward to connecting more with all of you.

Monday, 19 August 2013

Keep Calm Candle Giveaway

Welcome to the Keep Calm Candle Giveaway!


Keep Calm Candles seen a drop in people doing things that they truly loved doing during the economical drop, so they created the Keep Calm Candles a message of encouragement to everyone. "Keep doing what you love" so the love of doing it will follow. Keep Calm Candles truly believes that with hope and positive thinking, there is light at the end of every tunnel and they want to help light up that tunnel with their Keep Calm Candles.

Keep Calm Candles are made right here in the US and are of high quality. Every single candle is hand poured using quality soy wax and high end fragrances that smell amazing! These candles are also unique to their competitors because of the simple fact that you can actually choose which fragrance you want in your candle, which allows you to have your favorite keep calm saying as well as your favorite fragrance. A win-win so you know you will love your candle! Keep Calm Candles are available in 15 different scents and you can choose from 45 different Keep Calm phrases.

I have never personally had the opportunity to try a Keep Calm Candle, but I would in the future. I love that you get to choose the fragrance yourself. I don't know about anyone else, but I am really sensitive when it comes to scents. I'd go with a light scent! What scent would you choose? I hope you'll find a minute to stop by and check out what Keep Calm phrases are available...I enjoyed reading through them! :) Good luck!


Giveaway Details!
One lucky reader will have the chance to win their very own Keep Calm Candle, choose your own scent and Keep Calm phrase! This giveaway is open to US and Canadian residents whom are at least 18 years of age at time of entrance. The giveaway will end on September 2nd at 11:59p.m. CST. To enter for your chance to win, simply complete one, two, three or all of the entries in the Giveaway Tools form below. There is only one mandatory entry and the rest are optional. A winner will be chosen at random, emailed and will have 48 hours to respond or a new winner will be chosen. 
 GOOD LUCK TO ALL OF YOU!

Disclosure: Living As We and all other participating blogs are not responsible for the fulfillment of this prize. The sponsor holds full responsibility. I received no form of compensation for this publication. If you have any questions, comments or concerns or if your a brand/company and would like to see your product(s) in a similar post, please contact Sarh at mamis3littlemonkeys(at)yahoo(dot)com .

Missha Crystal Nail Polish Giveaway

Looking to give your nails a sparkling and flashy touch? Then get to win these glamorous "MISSHA - Crystal Style Nail Polish" brought to us by Giveaway Monkey and W2Beauty.

Nail Polish International Giveaway

W2Beauty is an online Korean Beauty Shop offering a huge selection of different Korean brands and products for both men and women at a super reasonable price. Surely, they got all your needs covered from head to toe at a bargain price. Plus, they have this cool loyalty program where you can get rewards every time you buy an item. The reward is money - not points - that you can then convert into a gift voucher! Where else can you experience such thing - earning while shopping?! And to top that, they ship FREE worldwide! Visit their online shop to know more about their affordable products, awesome loyalty program, and great service!


Alice from W2Beauty, is so nice to set aside not one but three (3) Missha Crystal Style Nail Polish (Orange Stone, Lavender, and Blue Stone) to give away for FREE to one of our lucky reader. That could be you! Join now to win these nail polish set by earning your entries via the rafflecopter form below. The more tasks you complete, the better your chances are. This giveaway is open international and will run until September 13, 2013. That is a lot of time to earn more entries through the daily tasks. The prize will be shipped by the sponsor straight to the winner, for FREE anywhere in the world. Have Fun!
Disclaimer: I did not accept compensation for this event, nor we are responsible for the delivery of the prize. The prize will be shipped by the sponsor, W2Beauty straight to the winner. This giveaway is in no way administered, sponsored, endorsed by, or associated with, Facebook Twitter, Google, and/or Pinterest. Read full terms and condition in the rafflecopter form above.

$500 Back to School Cash Giveaway!

Welcome to the $500 Back to School Cash Giveaway!

 

 

We've joined forces with a great group of bloggers to bring you this fabulous giveaway. One lucky person will win $500 cash.

Who couldn't use an extra $500 to spend on back to school goodies? Since Emily isn't quite school aged yet, we would probably use the money to save towards a vehicle. Our goal is to have a vehicle before snow falls....we'll see how that works out!! On to the good stuff, the Giveaway ;) Good luck!

Here is your chance to win! What would you do with $500?


Enter to win $500 cash via PayPal.

Complete the tasks below to earn entries into this giveaway.
Refer your friends using your unique link to earn even more chances to win.
Open Worldwide.
Ends at 11:59pm EST on September 1st, 2013.
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Friday, 16 August 2013

2 Red Hens Diaper Bag Giveaway

 

2 Red Hens Studio was founded by Lori Holliday, the 'Mama Hen', whom grew up on a 1,000 acre farm in rural Arizona in a huge family. Lori grew up with out a lot of money, but she quickly realized that you didn't need fancy possessions or a lot of money to make something look pretty. She incorporates this same philosophy into her designs today. 2 Red Hens offers beautiful things for Mom and Baby including, but not limited to beautiful diaper bags made of fabric designed by Lori as well as one-of-a-kind Limited Edition bags made from reclaimed leather and innovative products that help solve problems such as the Toy Nanny and the Bibby Mat.

Rooster Diaper Bag

The Rooster Diaper Bag from 2 Red Hens is a great diaper bag for a mom who likes to have a little style. This diaper bag's outer layer is water - resistant, making it quick and easy to wipe it down in a pinch. It has a large zippered inside pocket, a bottle holder and two pockets with elastic. The straps on this diaper bag are removable for your convenience. Don't take up room in the under basket of your stroller, just unhook both of the straps (leaving one end attached) and reattach your straps around the stroller handle. Magnetic snaps, at both ends of the diaper bag, help allow a busy mom to effortlessly close the diaper bag so contents don't fall out, there is a magnetic button as well that helps for added security as so many of us moms use our diaper bag as a purse as well. Tired of having to go digging for gold your keys in the diaper bag, your purse, etc? The Rooster Diaper Bag has an attached key fob! PERFECT!   

You can view more detailed photos and read Mami's 3 Little Monkeys full review here.

2 Red Hens is a company that's new to me, and so far I love what I've learned about them and their products! :) I appreciate that this diaper bag is water-resistant for easy cleaning...I so excited that this is open to both US and Canada! Good luck everyone.

GIVEAWAY!
One lucky reader will win a Rooster Diaper Bag ($50ARV) from 2 Red Hens in the print of their choice! This giveaway is open to US & CAN, entrants must be at least 18 years of age. Giveaway will run until August 31st at 11:59p.m. CST. Enter through the Giveaway Tools form below, there are 2 mandatory entries, you may do one or both, if you do both more entries will open. The more entries you have into the form, the better your odds of winning. 
Good luck!     


Disclosure: Living As We and all other participating blogs  are not responsible for the fulfillment of this prize. I received no compensation for this publication. If you are a brand or company and would like to see your product(s) in an event similar to this one please contact Sarh at mamis3littlemonkeys(at)yahoo(dot)com .

Thursday, 15 August 2013

Win Nike Shoes with WomenFreebies.com!


Womenfreebies.com is one of my favourite sites to visit for great giveaways/contests to enter. I have found contests for everything from kitchen mixers, to gift cards and everything in between...even scholarships!

Here's another fantastic opportunity offered EXCLUSIVELY to their Facebook fans. 
You'll have a chance to win a pair of Nike shoes in the colour of your choice! 

Prize is open to both US and Canadians and you can enter once a day to increase your chances! 

Head here to like WomenFreebies.com's Facebook page and get your entries in :) Best of luck!

Disclosure: This post contains an affiliate link. Opinions are my own.

Seth Kornegay Giveaway


Hosted by: Elitemama and Co-hosted by: Java John Z
Sponsored by: Seth Kornegay

About Seth Kornegay:

Seth Kornegay is an elite luxury lifestyle brand that specializes in fine fragrances. They use only the finest pure ingredients from around the world in order to exceed the expectations of the most discerning clientele. Their indulgent products are designed to stand the test of time and they are never mass marketed. Instead, Seth Kornegay has chosen to limit the quantity of each product and solely focus on the quality and individuality. They primary goal is to service the high-end niche client who demands the very best and enjoys exclusivity. All of their fragrances are created in small, hand-numbered qualities with no more than 7500 unites of any one item for sale globally - ever!


Burnt Orange Creme Brulee

Yesterday I shared my review for Andrea Jourdan's 150 Best Desserts in a Jar. If you didn't get a chance to read it, you can find my review, and a recipe for Peach and Mango Parfaits, here. I really liked the sounds of almost all of these recipes, and couldn't just share one for you to try!

The second recipe I chose to share with you was a Burnt Orange Creme Brulee. Creme brulee has always been one of my favourite desserts. This is a great twist on the classic that I'm used to!


Burnt Orange Creme Brulee
 
Burnt Orange Crème Brûlée, page 59

The best crème brûlée I ever tasted was at the now defunct but still memorable Léon de Lyon restaurant in France. I could never reproduce the exact texture and, unfortunately, was never allowed to learn their secret. After years of trying to create the perfect crème brûlée, I finally came up with a recipe that I like enough to share. As for Léon’s crème brûlée — well, it might just have been the sweet Muscat wine I drank with it that made it taste so good. 

 
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Tip:
If you do not have a kitchen torch, preheat broiler. Place jars on baking sheet; sprinkle with a little brown sugar and place under broiler until golden. Remove from oven, sprinkle with remaining brown sugar, top with orange slices and place under broiler for about 2 minutes, until sugar browns to a dark color.

• Preheat oven to 325°F (160°C)

• Four 8-ounce (250 mL) wide-mouth jars, buttered
• Baking pan large enough to accommodate the jars
• Kitchen torch, optional (see Tip)
6 large egg yolks 6
1⁄2 cup granulated sugar 125 mL
11⁄2 cups heavy or whipping (35%) cream 375 mL
2⁄3 cup whole milk 150 mL
2 tbsp finely grated orange zest 30 mL
1 tbsp orange-flavored liqueur 15 mL
3 tbsp packed brown sugar, divided 45 mL
1 orange, sliced thinly 1 

1. In a bowl, whisk egg yolks and sugar until pale and thick. Set aside.
2. In a saucepan over medium heat, bring cream, milk and orange zest to a simmer. Gradually add to egg yolk mixture, whisking until incorporated. Stir in orange liqueur.
3. Pour custard into prepared jars, dividing equally. Place jars in baking pan, spaced evenly apart and not touching the sides of the pan, and add enough hot water to come halfway up the sides of the jars. Bake in preheated oven for 35 minutes or until center of custards is still wobbly. Remove from oven and transfer jars to a wire rack to cool for 30 minutes. Cover jars with plastic wrap and refrigerate overnight.
4. Place jars on a baking sheet. Sprinkle a little brown sugar over each custard. Using kitchen torch, burn sugar just until it melts. Place orange slices over melted sugar. Sprinkle with remaining brown sugar, dividing equally. Using torch, heat until sugar has caramelized and orange rind is a little burnt. Serve immediately.

Makes 4 servings


Excerpted from 150 Best Desserts in a Jar by Andrea Jourdan © 2013 Robert Rose Inc. www.robertrose.ca May not be reprinted without publisher permission. Credit for photos: Philip Jourdan

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Disclosure: I received the item in this post free of cost for review purposes. All opinions are my own and I was not required to provide a positive review.

Anything Goes Giveaway Hop

Welcome to the Anything Goes Giveaway Hop

Anything Goes Giveaway Hop

This event is hosted by The Review Wire and Review Wire Media

All participating blogs will be offering a giveaway of at least $20. So after you enter my giveaway make sure to check out what mystery giveaways the other blogs have to offer. Also, head over to The Review Wire for the Grand Prize...a Gift Set from Keeki Pure & Simple that includes: Pink Lemonade Lotion ($14), a Cheecky Oragnic Lip Shimmer ($8) and a Rasberry Sorbet polish($10). A total Retail Value of $32!
Anything Goes event bloggers are not responsible for sponsors that do not fulfill their prizes. Companies and bloggers, if you would like to participate in group giveaway events like this one, sign up to be emailed about future events hosted by The Review Wire.

I'm extremely excited to be a part of my first giveaway hop here on Living As We. My prize is a $25 Amazon GC. Get your entries in and hop on! :) There are lots of fantastic prizes for you to win along the way. Good luck everyone!
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Matilda Jane Back to School Giveaway

Go Back to School in Style with Matilda Jane!


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Matilda Jane is a wonderful children's clothing boutique. They are the 'Unpredictable Clothing Company’! From the style, to the colors and craftsmanship, you won't find clothes like these anywhere else!

Matilda Jane reflects the uniqueness of each child who wears their clothes in a fun and fabulous way. You can check out a full review by Renae from More Than Mommy HERE.

After taking a look around Matilda Jane I know the lucky winner will have a great time picking out their prize! Here's one of the dresses I would choose...the second would be a different story. They have so many cute choices that I'd have a hard time making my decision ;)  Good luck everyone!

One lucky winner is going to win 2 outfits from Matilda Jane! That is 4 pieces of clothing, which will make a great addition to your back-to-school wardrobe. Simply fill out the Rafflecopter below for your chance.


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Wednesday, 14 August 2013

Review: 150 Best Desserts in a Jar by Andrea Jourdan

I knew I would love this book as soon as I saw the title. I don't know about you, but I am a huge dessert fan! To have a book jam pack 150 different dessert recipes inside was fantastic! Some healthy, some indulgent, something for everyone. I felt like the author of this book wrote specifically to me in most of her recipes. She seemed to know what types of dessert (sweet, sweet and salty, sweet and spicy) I like to eat and there was a great variety of each of them.

It was nice to see some easy, quick and delicious desserts! Author Andrea Jourdan touches on all the sweet spots I knew I had, and some that I didn't know were even there! She shares 10 KEY Tips to making Jar desserts, things you wouldn't even think of! At least, I didn't.

The book itself was comfortable to read, a good size, lots of coloured pages. Being a very visual person, having coloured pages is really important to me in cookbooks. It helps me understand what my attempts should look like after I'm done. I've had some pretty interesting results in the past, not having a picture reference ;).

On top of the 10 key points, there are a lot of other tips that will help even the most novice in the kitchen with making these recipes. All throughout there are Make Ahead tips too! Seriously, a mothers' best friend! Make ahead anything is helpful when you're strapped for time. And what mother isn't strapped for time? This book is definitely for you moms out there who love to save time and money. Think about it, you spend one afternoon a week making jarred desserts for the week....no more spontaneous trips for ice cream/snacks/what have you. No need :)

These would be delicious and would go over well with a crowd for those special occasions. I appreciate that this is an eco-friendly way of individually packaging goodies. No little cupcake liners, or disposable dishes required!

I couldn't even just choose one recipe to share with you...I'll be sharing another great recipe tomorrow! So I hope you'll come back to see what it is!


Peach and Mango Parfait

Peach and Mango Parfait, page 198

Two of everyone’s favorite fruits in one scoop, plus a dash of maple syrup to sweeten. Not only is this dessert delicious, it is especially easy to prepare. 


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Tip: For better results, use pure maple syrup. Maple-flavored and other artificially flavored syrups should be avoided because they have none of the benefits of real maple syrup and they contain too much sugar. Pure maple syrup is actually a healthy sweetener. It provides manganese, zinc, potassium and riboflavin, among other nutrients.

You can purchase canned mango purée at most supermarkets. You can also make your own. To produce the quantity required for this recipe, purée 4 large mangoes (you may need a bit more or less, depending on the variety), 1⁄4 cup (60 mL) granulated sugar and 1 tbsp (15 mL) freshly squeezed lemon juice.

• Six 8-ounce (250 mL) tall jars


PEACHES
4 peaches, peeled and sliced 4
1⁄2 cup maple syrup 125 mL
MANGO PURÉE
3 cups plain yogurt 750 mL
2 cups mango purée (see Tips) 500 mL
2 tbsp sliced almonds 30 mL


1. Peaches: In a bowl, combine peaches and maple syrup.
2. Mango Purée: In another bowl, whisk together yogurt and mango purée. Fold in almonds.
3. Assembly: Spoon half the mango mixture into jars, dividing equally. Cover with peach mixture, dividing equally. Top with the rest of the mango mixture and serve immediately.

Makes 6 servings


 Excerpted from 150 Best Desserts in a Jar by Andrea Jourdan © 2013 Robert Rose Inc. www.robertrose.ca May not be reprinted without publisher permission. Credit for photos: Philip Jourdan




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$100 Book Blast Giveaway: Blucy by Julia Dweck

About the Book

 

Blucy by Julia DweckTitle: Blucy  
Author: Julia Dweck 
Illustrator: Erika LeBarre  
Year published: 2013  
Publisher: Xist Publishing 
 Number of pages: 21  
Recommended age: 3+  

Summary (Amazon): Once in a blue moon, a special pet comes along. When Mandy adopts the best cat at the shelter, she doesn't realize it has a big secret and an even bigger personality. Features full screen images and pop-up text.

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Purchase & Special Offer


Xist Publishing is pleased to offer you a special Buy One Get One FREE (BOGO) offer when you purchase Blucy by Julia Dweck. The Deal? If you purchase Blucy (e-book) through Amazon, you will receive a FREE electronic copy of Julia Dweck's newest book, Mary Had a Sleepy Sheep (released September 5, 2013). All you have to do is forward your purchase confirmation email to sales@xistpublishing.com and Xist Publishing will send you a complimentary copy of Mary Had a Sleepy Sheep. Don't wait to take advantage of this great deal!

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The Early Buzz

 

"Julia Dweck scores another winner Blucy! This book is beautifully illustrated, features solid rhyming verse, has a most unusual main character in Blucy the cat, and will surely be loved and appreciated by all cat-lovers! I would recommend this wonderful picture book to children who love cats and for their grown-ups who will recognize their own cat's behavior in this funny story. ." ~ Mother Daughter Book Reviews
 
"Ms Dweck and Ms Lebarre have created a delightfully humorous read that will no doubt capture the attention of every little mischief maker. The rhythm and rhyme are wonderful and flow so beautifully throughout the book. The illustrations are absolutely exquisite. I honestly wish I could purchase every one of them to put upon my toddlers walls." ~ WhenIgrowupIwannawriteakidsbook
 
"The illustrations are amazing and beautiful and the story pulls you in and had Dino telling Mandy and Blucy what to do and got upset when they didn’t listen to him. He was hysterical with some of Blucy’s antics and wanted to know if Balboa could do that to. Really and truly a cute book and one that Dino will keep reading, especially now that he think he’s a catosaurous." ~ Dinosaur Superhero Mommy

A blue cat? I love color - lots of color and these illustrations are exactly that. The rythmic method used by Julia is perfect for all ages and the content is entertaining for all - including adults. My daughter loves mood rings so she found this book particularly interesting - what about a "mood cat". I am also a firm believer and supporter of pet adoptions - so another plus for this story...That Blucy is quite a mischievous cat. Blucy has special facts at the end of the story as well as a game for the kids to keep them thinking. I love this book as I have all of Julia's books and so do my kids. ~ The Stuff of Success

A Phenomenal Children's Classic. Children & Adults will love and cherish this beloved tale. Julia Dweck has always amazed me with her talent at writing children's books and Blucy is by far my favorite one yet. I laughed and giggled my way through the whole book and had to read it again several times for the pure joy of the story. The illustrations are fabulous and very colorful and I found myself staring at each page as I read and just loved the details in the illustrations. This is a RECOMMENDED MUST read story that adults and their children will fall in love with. This book will become the best bedtime story that children will want to hear over and over again. ~ Back Words, White Pages
 

About the Author: Julia Dweck

 

Julia Dweck, Author Julia Dweck's background in elementary education affords her the opportunity to be in touch with what children want to read and what makes them giggle. She's collaborated with leading artists in the world of children's literature to produce over 20 Amazon eBooks. Her titles have garnered placement on Amazon's bestsellers in children's color picture books multiple times with two #1 bestsellers: PIE-RITS and Zombie-Kids. These titles have been chosen by Amazon Editors for the prestigious "Kindle Daily Deal." Many of Julia's titles have earned placement on Amazon's top ranked lists based on customer review. In her spare time, Julia is a designer of educational adjuncts for children's literature, and has worked with such notable publishing houses as Penguin Young Readers. She presented at the 2011 National Center for Family Literacy for her creative use of technology in the classroom. For more information about Julia Dweck and her books, please visit her website, Jule Loves 2 Write.

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* Where's Blucy? *

Before we get to the $100 Book Blast Giveaway, we have a special treat for you. If you head on over to Julia Dweck's Facebook Fan Page, you will find the "Where's Blucy?" contest. Julia Dweck fans are invited to post suggestions of "blue" places Blucy could be hiding, (e.g., near Elvis' blue suede shoes). The most creative answer will win a print of the Blucy cover by the artist, Erika LeBarre. Head on over to Julia Dweck's Facebook Fan Page to enter and...

Pssssttt... if you enter the contest before August 20th, 2013, you gain 5 entries in the $100 Book Blast Giveaway below!

 

Julia Dweck - Blucy

* $100 Book Blast Giveaway *

Prize: $100 Amazon Gift Card or PayPal cash (winner's choice)  
Contest runs: August 13 to September 15, 11:59 pm, 2013  
Open: Internationally
How to enter: Please enter using the Rafflecopter widget below.  
Terms and Conditions: A randomly drawn winner will be contacted by email within 48 hours after the giveaway ends. The winner will have 72 hours to respond. If the winner does not respond within 72 hours, a new draw will take place for a new winner. This giveaway is in no way associated with Facebook, Twitter, Rafflecopter or any other entity unless otherwise specified. If you have any additional questions, feel free to send us an email!

* This giveaway is sponsored by the author, Julia Dweck and by Xist Publishing. *

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Google Nexus 7 Giveaway!

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Welcome to the Google Nexus 7 Giveaway

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Sponsored by BuyVia.com

BuyVia, a smart shopping mobile app and website, is ramping up for the back to school shopping season! The brand new Google Nexus 7 valued at $229 is the perfect back to school accessory with HD display, a long lasting battery and a front facing camera. This is the newest tablet to hit the market and is thinner, lighter and faster than before. You can get the app in the Apple Store or in Google Play.

One lucky winner will win this Google Nexus 7. To enter, just use the Giveaway Tools widget below. This contest is available to all residents of the US and Canada, age 18 and over. It will begin now and will end on Sept 2 at 11:50 pm PST. The winner will be picked at random from all of the entries by the Giveaway Tools application. More terms and conditions are included in the giveaway form.


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