Animoto Plus One Year Subscription Giveaway {CLOSED}


Looking for a creative way to say I love you to those special people in your life? Or even to create a marriage proposal?

To say “I love you” to that special person and/or friends and family, you can easily create a professional quality video slideshow complete with music and text, from your photos and/or video clips, with a service called Animoto. I reviewed Animoto here.

To get started, just go to, and select your favorite Valentine’s Day style and Animoto does the rest.

Animoto has several new Valentine’s Day templates to choose from so you can easily create video greetings. Along with the video template or ”style,” you can add music to your video, selecting from songs available on Animoto, or uploading one of your favorite songs. After the video is created, you can easily share them via email, Facebook or create a DVD.

To get started, 30 second videos are free to create and share. A monthly subscription to Animoto costs $5 for longer length videos and an annual subscription is $30.

Several have used Animoto to create a marriage proposal video that they shared with their loved one on Valentine’s Day. In fact, the cofounder of Animoto proposed to his girlfriend (now wife) via an Animoto video!

The heart of Animoto is its Cinematic Artificial IntelligenceTM technology that thinks like an actual director and editor, using the same sophisticated post-production skills and techniques that are used in television and film. The technology takes into account every nuance of a song: the genre, song structure, energy, rhythm, instrumentation, and vocals – and syncs the images to the music- to that you have an amazing video.

Here are some sample Valentine’s video slideshows:

A Giveaway!


Animoto is giving away a one year subscription to Animoto Plus so you can make all sorts of awesome videos for the ones you love!  Use the Rafflecopter form below to enter!


AL Gives Day – Help End Domestic Violence

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The domestic violence shelters in the Birmingham, AL, area are coordinated through the Central Alabama YWCA.  On February 2nd {today!}, the YWCA Central Alabama will participate in Alabama Gives Day, a statewide day of giving.

They need our help to reach their goal of $5,000.  They have secured matching funds of $1,000 from an anonymous donor if they can raise $4,000.

Every gift helps. No gift amount is too big or too small, and you don’t have to live in Alabama to participate.

Donations will not be accepted before February 2nd.

How to Help


On February 2nd, visit the Birmingham YWCA’s Razoo page and make an online donation.  That’s it!

Also, if you’d like to learn more about Alabama Gives Day, visit this site.

True Confessions:  I was not compensated in any way for sharing this information.  I believe in supporting organizations that work to end domestic violence, and wanted to let you guys know about this great campaign!

Pamper Yourself Giveaway

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Pampering is fun! I bet you we could all use it.

Well, I’ve teamed up with a few other bloggers to offer you guys a $125 gift card to Spa Finder!!  This giveaway is open worldwide, although the gift card will be issued in US funds and converted if need be.

Use the Rafflecopter form below to enter!

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Food is Good #AbbottCFK #CBias

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Last week we talked about the need for nutritional food for children in our country.  More than likely, there is a need in your area!

I detailed the Abbott Nutrition Pack A Snack program, and talked about ways you can help end child hunger in your area!

What Did We Do?


We decided we really wanted to make this bigger than we are, so we opened it up to our homeschool community.  Here in AL you have to belong to a cover school to homeschool, and each cover school is like a homeschool community.

Since the backpack program in our area is only able to accept cash donations, we decided that it would be a great idea to donate our items to the domestic violence shelter in our area.  We learned in December that at that time there were approximately 80 children living in the facility.  They are always in need of non-perishable food items.

We are still gathering items and will soon be delivering them to the shelter.  I know they will love getting these items.  The woman who runs their outreach is a great lady and is always so appreciative of any help that people can give.

What Did We Get?


Babydoll and I headed down to our local Walmart and picked up a few Abbott Nutrition products:  PediaSure, PediaSure Sidekicks, and Zone Perfect bars.  Babydoll was eager to try the latter two!

There was a surprising variety of Zone Perfect bars, so Babydoll helped pick out a couple of different flavors, reminding me that some people might be allergic to nuts so we had to pick a variety that was nut free!  We even picked up a few individual bars for her to try {she loved them!}.

Our next stop was to pick up some PediaSure.  Last time I bought PediaSure Babydoll was a baby, and they didn’t have PediaSure Sidekicks.  There was quite a variety of flavors and products, and we picked up a little bit of everything, including some stuff for Babydoll.  She liked the Sidekicks too!

If you’d like to see more pictures of our shopping trip, you can view my Google+ album!

Final Thoughts


No matter how large or small your donation is, I hope that you consider getting involved with the Abbott Nutrition Pack A Snack program.  There are a variety of organizations that would benefit from your assistance.  I know I can’t wait to get our stuff to the shelter!

True Confessions:  This shop has been compensated as part of a social shopper insights study for Collective Bias.  All opinions are my own.

Making Dinner Special with Bertolli


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We’ve talked several times on Sweet Phenomena about the need for easy weeknight meals.  Y’all know that during soccer season it’s killer around here!  Some days, if we’re really busy, we eat out for every meal…  *gasp*  Hey, I’m just keeping it real.  When you’re sick of eating out, you know there’s a problem…

I’ve found several ways to help us out, but I’m always open to more.  I do love meals at home after all!

We recently checked out Bertolli’s new product, Bertolli Meal Soups.  The idea behind this product is to provide a hearty, easy, and delicious meal for two in just minutes.  Will it fit the bill?

Which Soup Did We Choose?


Tomato Florentine & Tortellini with Chicken Bertolli Meal SoupWe tried the Tomato Florentine and Tortellini with Chicken soup.  I have to tell you, this thing was good.  And, I’m not a soup person.  At all.  I swear, it is really difficult to tell this is a frozen meal.

What I really loved about this soup is that it had a nice kick to it, a bit of spice.  I can’t stand getting bland frozen food.  This touched all the right taste buds.  I also appreciated the fact that the pasta was not soggy or hard or weird.  Perfect!

The soup looks like the picture below, straight out of the bag. All you have to do is pour in some water, bring it to a boil, and then simmer for five minutes. That’s. It.

While that was coming to a boil, we heated the oven for some roasted garlic bread.  We bought it premade, but that’s just how I roll when we’re in a hurry.  You could easily make your own.  We also had some applesauce.

We decided that a good end to our meal was some angel food cake with fresh sliced strawberries.  After the bread was going, Babydoll sliced the strawberries and we were good to go!

How Long Did Dinner Take?


Fifty minutes.  That’s it.  To heat the soup, the bread, prepare strawberries, dish it up, everything.

We decided to use some of the pottery we painted not too long ago.  That was fun!

This was a lot of fun for Babydoll and I.  We picked a few fun items that we don’t normally have with dinner and worked together to put dinner on the table.  Cooking with your kids is priceless!

I recommend checking out the Bertolli Meal Soups for a quick and filling lunch or a quick dinner.

You can find Bertolli on the web, Twitter, and Facebook!

True Confessions:  I was compensated for my participation in this challenge.  I really did like the soup and the time I spent with Babydoll!