Monday, September 14, 2009

A Bright Brilliant Smile is Worth a Thousand Words...

Let ARM & HAMMER SpinBrush ProClean Sonic and ARM & HAMMER Advance White Brilliant Sparkle toothpaste help you with that task right now!

Thanks to the PR people who work with Arm & Hammer I was able to receive a New ARM & Hammer SpinBrush ProClean Sonic toothbrush as well as the ARM & HAMMER Advance White Brilliant Sparkle toothpaste to review.

Starting with the Pro Clean Sonic toothbrush right from the start I loved the way that this toothbrush felt in my hands. It was lightweight, and had a comfort grip that worked. I love that not only the batteries but the head was replaceable, so it is green as well as cost effective. The brush head also has angled bristles which help to really clean not only your teeth but massage your gums at the same time.

The package illustrates what makes this brush different from others:

-16,000 precision micro-sweeps per second
-Dynamic fluid action which pushed water and toothpaste in between teeth for better cleaning
-Multi-angle Multi-Level Brushes.

Check out the Spinbrush website for more information.

When I tried the toothpaste I was surprised how intense the flavor really was. It felt smooth and refreshing on my teeth.

It has fluoride, baking soda, and peroxide and has been clinically proven to remove up to 5x more plaque in hard to reach places.

Overall, both products are great and I can't wait to see how white my teeth will be when the tube is gone.

Now, you my readers, have the opportunity to win a "Smile Essential” package — the ARM & HAMMER Advance White Toothpaste and Spinbrush Pro Clean Sonic (a $20 value!) Pretty cool! Time to make that smile shine!

This is what you have to do:

(1) Comment on something you learn from either website that I did not mention in this review ( or


(2) Be a follower of my blog ( this will be verified)

Contest to start from September 14, 2009 and end on September 30, 2009 at 11:59pm. USA only please. Winner be be picked via and sent a winning email. Response to that email required within 72 hours or an alternate winner will be chosen. Once verified, winner will be posted on blog.

So stop waiting around and start working on that million dollar smile with the New ARM & Hammer SpinBrush ProClean Sonic toothbrush and ARM & HAMMER Advance White Brilliant Sparkle toothpaste!!!

Friday, September 11, 2009

On Give-a-ways and Sponsors and Winners...

I don't know how many people who follow and read this blog have blogs themselves that also conduct give-a-ways as well as work with sponsors. Those of you who do will understand what I am saying and those of you who don't might get some insight into the whole process.

I recently completed a review on this blog of Yoplait Whips! and conducted a give-a-way of a Summer Cool Down Gift bag. This was won by a person named " Jacque" and I received this message vis email from her today:

A few days ago, I got the yoplait cool down gift bag. The bag is bigger then what I thought! There's lots of room in it. The kids love the pop molds and the spoons! Thanks again! Jacque"

This event was sponsored by in partnership with Yoplait and was done professionally and with no problems. When Jacque won she was sent a winning notice and responded to that notice with her information, which was then forwarded to They handled the fulfillment end and everyone was happy: Yoplait gained some new fans, I increased my presence in the blogosphere,

Contrast that to this email from another blog that I actually won a fifty dollar gift certificate for the Kara Janx website( she was on Project Runway a while ago) which was handled in an unprofessional manner ( not the blog, but the sponsor, Kara Janx)

"Dear Kara Janx Winners on,

We received an email yesterday from a Kara Janx $50 gift certificate winner which expressed sincere displeasure with her actual physical "gift certificate" that ended up resembling more like a 50% off coupon.

We're writing to you today to express firsthand that no one could be more unhappy about how this giveaway was fulfilled by Kara Janx herself than those of us at

Over the past 5+ years we've run hundreds of amazing giveaways on the site and have had the extreme privilege of awarding tens of thousands of dollars in prizes to great winners like yourself. A number of these giveaways have been of legitimate gift certificates and the sponsors issuing those gift certificates are fully aware that a gift certificate is that and not an opportunity to hand out a 20% or 50% off coupon.

Only at the end of the Kara Janx giveaway, not less than 4 "Rules of Redemption", making it impossible to actually receive a true prize, were articulated to ourselves and the winners. We found this to be incredibly disheartening especially given we'd promoted Kara's brand for free for a over a month on our site and elsewhere. We expressed our concerns to Kara as she had not stated such restrictions before or anytime during the actual promotion. Kara proceeded to explain that this was our fault, and in reality the part we quickly learned was our fault was that we didn't know enough to ask about such restrictions in advance because we've honestly never dealt with a situation like this before. We issuing gift certificates in such a manner could give Kara a bad name...she proceeded to go on and on about how her name was pristine (being that she dresses Julia Roberts and was on Project Runway and all). She then went so far as to send copies of our correspondence to her husband who proceeded to send Judy a lovely email from his company's workplace while she was on vacation calling her an "F*in Tool" (because she was fighting for your rights). I then talked to Kara personally and we thought the best solution was to send the winners physical gift certificates via snail mail. She agreed, went on about how she was going to make a beautiful presentation out of them, etc... and due to yesterday's email from a winner who's received hers, it's obvious that nothing could be further from the truth.

Both Judy and I want you to know we fought tooth and nail to try and make these prizes legitimate and worthwhile because the only people we care about are * you *. The economy has presented hard times for everyone, including ourselves. Though we'd really like to try & make up for this in any small way that we can by offering an exclusive giveaway only to Kara Janx winners.

Lastly, I'd like to note that while talking to Kara she expressed that if ~anyone~ had any issues at all they should feel free to phone her directly ~anytime~. The email address she checks is and her phone #'s are 917-520-6322 (w) and 646-246-3760 (c). We also warmly invite you to post your grievances about this giveaway in this section of our Forums: because the winner who wrote us yesterday is 150% correct...."The tackiness of this whole thing is kind of appalling, especially for a theoretically couture operation" and we honestly couldn't agree more.

Thanks so much for hearing us out and please rest assured we've learned a great deal and will make sure future gift certificate giveaways on do not go down like this ever again. Our #1 concern is you and you alone and we can't thank each of you enough for your support and understanding."

Does this post make more sense now?

Remember, dear readers, that when you enter a giveaway on a blog, the fulfillment of that giveaway is only as good as the sponsor the blogger is working with!


MyBlogSpark and Yoplait = Good

Kara Janx = Bad

Is anyone out there still interested in purchasing items from her website or clothing line?

Let me know what you think!

Monday, September 07, 2009

Back-to-school savings with General Mills and Stop and Shop grocery stores!
(and a give-a-way too!)

Thanks to and General Mills, I want to share the following information with you to help save a little money as you gear up for back to school.

This Back-to-School Saving Event is taking place at Stop & Shop stores September 4-10.

Here is how it works:
General Mills and Stop & Shop are teaming up to give families a great way to stock up and save, as they gear up for back to school. Here’s why shoppers should shop at Stop & Shop’s big Back to School Event.

1. Great sale pricing on the participating General Mills brands:
Cheerios, Lucky Charms, Reeses Puffs, Cinnamon Toast Crunch, Cookie Crisp Sprinkles, Cookie Crisp, Fruit Snacks, Old El Paso Dinner Kits, Pillsbury Strudel, Pillsbury Scrambles, Green Giant Boxed Vegetables, Yoplait Yo-Plus Multi-Pack, Fiber One Yogurt Multi-Pack, Pillsbury Refrigerated Cookies, Pillsbury Crescent Rolls, Pillsbury Sweet Rolls and Yoplait Delights

2. Additional savings for you or your school, depending on which Stop & Shop location you shop
If your Stop & Shop store sells gas

* Buy four (4) participating General Mills items and you’ll automatically earn 100 points on your Stop & Shop card

* For every 100 points earned, you'll save 10¢ per gallon of gas (Please note: Total discount cannot exceed price per gallon)

* Just swipe your Stop & Shop Card at the pump to redeem your Gas Rewards

If your Stop & Shop store doesn’t sell gas

* For those Stop & Shop locations without gas stations, don’t worry – you’re not left out of the savings – if you buy five (5) participating General Mills products, you will receive 20 Bonus Box Tops for your school

This is a great way to help out your local schools and save a little money at the same time!

To make this an even sweeter deal, I am able to offer (1) ten dollar Shop & Stop gift card to my faithful followers.

What do I have to do to win this great prize, you may ask?

You have to leave a comment on this post.

In order for your comment to be valid you have to do two things:

(1) Follow my blog ( this will be verified)


(2) Tell me how much do you think your can save on your next shopping trip to Stop & Shop. You can estimate with a dollar amount or a percentage... your choice!

It's that easy!

Give-a-way to run from September 7 - September 14, and will end at 11:59 EST. will be used to choose winner. Winner must respond to email within 72 hours and be a verified blog follower. Once confirmed, winners name and address will be forwarded to who will send out your gift card.

We Have a Winner for the Yoplait Whips! Summer Cool Down Giftbag!

Using, a winner was chosen and has been confirmed!

minishoes1 said...

I would say choc raspberry. Thanks! great giveaway!
August 25, 2009 9:21 PM

I hope you enjoy your gift!

Keep on entering!