Winner Wonderland Giveaway Hop – Lovable Labels Gift Seals & Labels {US & Canada}

Welcome to the Winner Wonderland Giveaway Event!

This event is hosted by Put A Little Umbrella In Your Drink, Seeds of Life, And The Little Ones Too and Taking Time For Mommy. It features giveaways with a value of $25 or more at each of the participating blogs!

Check out all of the great Winner Wonderland Sponsors being featured in this event!  Also, be sure to visit each blog from the linky below and enter for your chance to win!

This event will close on December 4th at 11:59 pm EST.

My Giveaway


I’m giving away a Lovable Labels pack full of gift seals and labels!  It’s awesome; I love mine!

Use the Rafflecopter form to enter to win!

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Sweet Sponsor: Loveable Labels

Lovable Labels

My Winner Wonderland giveaway sponsor is Lovable Labels!  You may remember them from a previous giveaway of mine that they sponsored.  I love their stuff and am so happy that they’re once again providing a giveaway item!

Gift Seals & Return Address Labels


Lovable Labels is providing a set of gift seals and return address labels for you guys!

With six designs, there’s bound to be something that strikes your family’s fancy.  The gift seals are nice and large, making it a} easy to read the text on the seal and b} great for sealing a variety of sized packages.  The return address labels are also large, which makes them more formal and special to me!

I also like how Lovable Labels has provided its customers with different styles, from formal to fun.  Each pack contains 60 gift seals and 90 address labels.  That is a ton of labels, you should be good for a while!  And at only $25, it’s a great deal!

If you’d like to win a set of seals and labels, come back on Friday to enter my Winner Wonderland giveaway, plus tons of other great prizes on other participating blogs.

True Confessions:  I was provided with a complimentary set of seals and labels.  All statements are my own.

12 Days of Gifts Galore – $25 PayPal Cash {US}

gifts galore hop

Welcome to the 12 Days of Gifts Galore Giveaway Hop hosted by Tales From the Nursery, Formula Mom, and Mama on a Green Misson.

There’s over $5,000 in prizes offered to help you get the gifts you need! There is also a grand prize:

$150 GC to Kudzoom, $100 GC to Kudzoom, and $50 GC to Kudzoom

After you are done entering my giveaway you’ll want to check out everyone else’s AND enter for a chance to win one of three GRAND prizes sponsored by Kudzoom! Each blog you stop and enter at will be another entry!

I’m giving away what I like:  cash.  Use the Rafflecopter form to enter to win $25 cash via PayPal and then be sure to enter all the other great giveaways at the blogs below!

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Sweet Showcase: Motorola PHOTON 4G #MotoCalyp #cbias

Motorola PHOTON 4G

Motorola PHOTON 4GCell phones sure have come a long way, haven’t they?  I don’t know about you, but I feel like I absolutely need a smartphone now:  check emails, keep up with social media, productivity, etc.

My old cell phone was at least four years old and it wasn’t working for me.  Vince and I had been talking about getting a new phone for me for a while, but there wasn’t really anything that really excited me.  They all kind of seemed the same, or completely irrelevant to my life.

Until I started researching the Motorola PHOTON 4G.  I am so not even kidding you guys when I say that I absolutely LOVE this phone.  I have yet to find a feature that I need, that this phone doesn’t have.

Motorola PHOTON 4G Basics


PHOTON researchThe PHOTON is a smartphone available from Sprint for $199.99 with an eligible phone upgrade or new contract.  It runs Android platform 2.3 {Gingerbread}.

In addition to it’s stellar media performance, the phone is also uber when it comes to staying connected {social media, email, texting, calling} and productivity.  With Android apps, you’ve also got many opportunities to just sit there and have some fun with things like games and puzzles!

The PHOTON sports a touch screen, HDMI jack, and kickstand.  Great way to rest your arms while watching a movie!

For the nitty gritty specifics on the PHOTON, check out the extensive research I did here in my Google+ photo story.

Shopping for the PHOTON


We visited our local Sprint store to purchase the phone.  The rep was helpful, the displays were great, and the ability to play around with the phone was appreciated.

Sprint Store

I really liked that they had a large display with both the docking station and the lapdock for the PHOTON, both connected to a phone, so you could really see how those accessories worked and the webtop application functioned.

Read more of my experience in my Google+ photo story.

My Top Ten Favorite PHOTON Features


  1. Motorola PHOTON 4GThe large screen – With a 4.3″ screen, the PHOTON was one of the largest phones in the store.  I like this since I will be doing a lot of internet browsing, social media interaction, and emailing.  I don’t need a tiny screen for all of that…
  2. Expandable storage - I was not a fan of phones that came in different storage sizes, but did not offer the option to expand that.  Not cool.  The PHOTON allows you to go from 16 GB to 48 GB.
  3. Social media tools – Lots of choices when it comes to keeping up with all of you in the cyber world!
  4. The Android App store - Whether it’s for education, productivity, or fun, I love the selection of apps in the store!
  5. Email tools - Just like the social media tools, the email tools give me multiple ways to manage my email accounts.  Score!
  6. Speed – This thing is super fast.  Like, really.  On the 4G network it’s blazing, but even on 3G if doesn’t feel like you’re working on a cell phone.
  7. Voice recognition – Perform a Google search, make a call, send a text message, or many other things; the PHOTON supports all of these voice recognition commands.
  8. Call quality - The sound is crisp and clear.  I don’t really know how to explain it, but if you have an older phone like I did, you will LOVE it.
  9. Dock options – I like the idea of docking the phone and having access to everything on the big screen.  Sometimes you need stuff to be on your phone, but hate working on it there.  The docking station or the lapdock is all you need.
  10. Security features – Data encryption, password protection, and other choices:  the PHOTON is uber-safe.
  11. BONUS – It’s a world phone! – This might not seem like a huge thing, but it is.  There are not a ton of world phones around, and they come in really handy.  Like, say, when your husband is deployed and in port in a foreign country and wants to call you…  Ask me how I know…

But why read when you can listen to me get so excited about the phone?!?!  Here you go, a vlog dedicated to the Motorola PHOTON 4G and why I *heart* it!

Final Thoughts


Motorola PHOTON 4GI think this phone is definitely the phone for busy moms and bloggers {I’m both of those}.  Well, it’s the phone for others, too.  We enjoyed it from the time we bought the first one, on to buying a second.  I still can’t stop touching the thing!

The personalization options are great; I feel like I can really make the phone work for me.  Having the ability to keep up with my world while on the go is priceless.

Guys, believe me when I tell you I have spent hours researching and playing with the PHOTON.  If you have any questions, let me know; I’ve probably got the answer!  If I don’t, I’ll definitely get it for you.

If you’re interested, you can purchase the PHOTON and get free 2-day shipping right now!

True Confessions:  This shop has been compensated as part of a social shopper insights study for Collective Bias.  Everything I’ve said is my own honest opinion.  Stock photos have been taken from Motorola.

Sweet Critique: Barilla Whole Grain Pasta

Barilla recently launched their Barilla Whole Grain Taste & Share Challenge.  To help get the word out, they sent me a Challenge kit full of all sorts of goodies!!  I received:

  • Six boxes of Barilla Whole Grain pasta – Linguine, Thin Spaghetti, Spaghetti, Medium Shells, Rotini, and Penne
  • Barilla apron
  • Academia Barilla 100% Italian Olive Oil
  • Academia Barilla Balsamic Vinegar of Modena – aged 3 years
  • Academia Barilla Pesto Alla Genovese
  • Academia Barilla Canned Cherry Tomatoes
  • Academia Barilla Sicilian Sea Salt with Italian Black Olive

I was ready to start tasting!

What Did I Make?


Well, the genius people at Barilla came up with the Whole Grain Dinner Kit to help people find tasty and healthy recipes to prepare with their pasta.  It’s a pretty neat little doodad, definitely go check it out!

After using the Kit I decided on Rotini with Creamy Bolognese Sauce and Peas.  It was a special occasion recipe {which, in this case, meant it took a while to prepare} and we really enjoyed it.  Personally, it had a few too many peas for our tastes, but the overall dish was excellent!

The key to working with whole grain pasta is to properly prepare it* and flavor the dish as a whole well.

*  Prepare the pasta according to package directions, otherwise you end up with a gummy mess.  This means adhering to cooking time and heavily salting your water!

What Do I Think About the Pasta?


I love it!  I’m the first to admit that I steer clear of most whole grain stuff unless I know it tastes good.  We’ve tried other whole grain pasta and it just wasn’t good.  The texture was off and it was just blech…

Not the case with Barilla!  The pasta of course tastes different than traditional pasta {51% whole grain will do that}, but it’s a great wheat-y full-flavored taste that doesn’t overpower the dish.  The texture is awesome, pretty much like that of traditional pasta.

I was so shocked at how much I liked it that I decided to give it a second go, you know, just to make sure the first time wasn’t a fluke.

This time I used one of my recipes:  good ole spaghetti.  The only alterations I made were to include the can of peeled cherry tomatoes in the sauce and use the whole grain noodles instead of traditional ones.

How did it go?

Well, Babydoll actually said something to the effect of this being the best sauce I’ve made.  The pasta was still good, and filling.  Looks like the Barilla Whole Grain pasta really is awesome!  Yay!!

What’s This Taste & Share Challenge?


Glad you asked.  You can get all the details here, but basically by sharing your experience with others on Facebook, you AND your friends get Barilla coupons.  Awesome!

I’m so excited to let you guys know that Barilla is giving three of you {!!!!} a Taste & Share Challenge Dinner Kit just like mine!  Use the Rafflecopter form to enter!!

True Confessions:  I wrote this review while participating in a blog tour by Mom Central Consulting on behalf of Barilla and received a Taste & Share Challenge Kit to facilitate my review, kits to giveaway, and a promotional item to thank me for taking the time to participate.

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