Chromebook Giveaway Event

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Welcome to the "Chromebook Giveaway Event" sponsored by Tip Hero and featuring some great bloggers! Need to replace your old laptop? We're giving away an Acer C720 Chromebook (ARV: $199) to one lucky winner! This giveaway begins on February 12th and will run until February 26th at 11:59pm US Eastern time. It will be open to residents of the US only, 18+. Winner may choose to receive a brand new Acer C720 Chromebook or its value's equivalent in an Amazon gift card. Use the PromoSimple form below to enter, and make sure that you take advantage of the many entries you can gain. Also, be sure to come back daily for more chances to win. Good luck! You need to enable javascript to enter this campaign !Powered by PromoSimple. Disclosure: Great Contradictions is not responsible for prize distribution. If you have any questions or concerns, please send an email to kira@tiphero.com. All entries are optional, but if the winner task is a task that you did not complete, a second … [Read more...]

Making Healthy Living easy, fun, & effective with Insync Natural Probiotic #NaturalProbiotic #shop

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  Even though we know the facts that doesn't necessarily mean we always do what we should.  For example, as a mom managing a household with an auto-immune disorder, I understand why doing what we can do to stay healthy is important. However since my husband has been living in a different state, I have slacked on some of my usual healthy choices. I teach my kids that there are consequences to every action. My body is tired and picking up everything the boys bring home from school because I have not been making time for my healthy habits.  Overall one of my main goals this year is to find long-term solutions and stick with them. I know you know what I am talking about? Say you start eating a different way or start a new workout plan. Once you start seeing results you stop because you got what you wanted. In one way or another we are all guilty of this! Something that I have used in the past is a natural probiotic. Even though I was pleased with the results I stopped using them because I … [Read more...]

Bloggers: Come join this Chromebook Giveaway Event

Tip Hero’s Chromebook Giveaway Event Sign-ups are now open for Tip Hero’s latest giveaway event! Event is free to join for bloggers who a.) have Facebook pages with at least 5,000 likes and b.) post an announcement on their blog. If you don't wish to post the announcement, please send the $5 non-post fee to tiphero@gmail.com You'll receive 1 free link for participating (either Twitter or Pinterest) Additional links (RSS/Email, YouTube, Twitter, Instagram and Pinterest) are available for $5 each. Facebook links are now available for $15 each. Sign-ups for this event close on February 10th Event runs from February 13th - February 26th Prize: Acer C720 Chromebook (ARV: $199) Please send all payments to tiphero@gmail.com as a "gift" via PayPal. Sign up for this event … [Read more...]

Lemon Berry Cheesecake with Great Day Farms #shop

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As you all know, I have been working with Great Day Farms for the past 6 months. Great Day Farms has teamed up with DreamWorks for the upcoming release of Mr. Sherman & Peabody! I remember watching episodes when I was a kid. I love the smart humor from the nostalgic cartoon and how they recreated something I can enjoy with my boys! In honor of the partnership of Great Day Farms and DreamWorks for the upcoming release of Mr. Sherman & Peabody, I created a dessert full of brain-boosting nutrients...Lemon Berry Cheesecake!  We try to test out new recipes to spice things up for at home date night and family time together. My husband LOVES cheesecake so I decided I needed to learn to make a healthier version for our family to enjoy at home. Cheesecake depending on how it is made can have some great health benefits like the 120 mg of Choline found in each egg and the antioxidants found in blueberries! If you haven't watched the Mr Peabody & Sherman trailer, watch it … [Read more...]

Learning to Dance in the Rain #LuvSoFab14 #SoFabCon14 #collectivebias

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This post is my entry for the #LuvSoFab14 Collective Bias Contest for a sponsorship to #SoFabCon14. Last year was the first year of SoFabCon. I was so happy to be there for it. I had been torn on whether I wanted to go since I had been in a pretty bad car wreck the year before. I had been working with Social Fabric a while (now: 2 years & 75 campaigns). The support and extra income that I have found just keeps encouraging me to improve. When I found someone to carpool with and roommates, I took that as a sign that I had to go! SoFabCon was not my first conference. However,once there I realized the bigger conferences cannot compete with the tight knit intimacy of SoFabCon. I knew that it was worth the investment to be there and loved meeting the many people in real life that I felt like I had known for a while online. I didn't realize just how much I needed that experience. ~~~~~ SoFabCon inspired me to make some changes like the fact that my blog is in the midst of a … [Read more...]

Hallmark Cards for all of our Valentines #ValentineCards #CollectiveBias #shop

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I LOVE making Hallmark a part of our traditions from our yearly hallmark ornament to recordable books to cards for every occasion. My parents always gave us Hallmark cards for Valentine's day and I do it for my boys. As parents, I think it's important to show our kids how special we think they are every chance we get. The fact that Hallmark cards are found at many retailers including Walmart where I bought these cards makes finding the right Hallmark Card convenient! Even though we should be use to moving every few years, I think it gets harder for us as we move further from family. We all make a point to exchange cards and packages all year! I love the variety of cards that Hallmark offers from fun to sentimental for every budget! I got this one for my mom...   Elliott really liked all the cat ones! I think it's important to teach our kids the value of kind words and gestures. My kids get just as excited about giving and receiving cards as they do presents. Elliott is an avid … [Read more...]

Getting SoFabulous for SoFabCon #SoFabulous

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I am a mom of 3 fabulous boys who keep me busy...  The good and the bad thing about being a mother is that we often put ourselves last. While I am preparing to be more fabulous for SoFabCon 2014, I am going to have you all help me be accountable for making time for myself. Often as a blogger our personal lives bleed into our work lives and vice versa. For my goal to be more successful: I need to learn to say no. I often take on roles at work or the boys' school because I know I can make the time. However, making the time means I cut into me time. I have been known to go 6 months (or more) without a haircut, skip meals, or just don't have any down time. Learning to value and accept me time to be just as important as every task that I do is my top priority!   I need to remind myself the value of enjoying what I love. When we get so over-whelmed with all our roles we forget to stop and do what we love. I need to encourage us to do these things as a family more or … [Read more...]

Random Acts of Udi’s Giveaway #shop

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 Udi's Gluten Free is one of our favorite gluten free brands. As most of my readers know, I am more of a homemade cooking mom. However, we all need a back up plan for last minute surprises or failures in the kitchen. When Udi's asked me to participate in Random Acts of Udi's, I could not turn down the opportunity to keep showing others how great they are! Since we recently moved, I honestly don't know any others who are gluten free in the area. I used my Udi's box to show others who are not gluten free just how wonderful gluten free can be! Udi's is one of the easiest to find gluten free brands. I can even find it at the Walmart closest to us in our small town!  We have been fans of the chocolate chip, snickerdoodle, and brownies for a while. The new dessert flavors are so enticing with the new flavors. I love treats that we might not make for ourselves. Our first Random Acts of Udi's was with my in-laws. Mimi always makes the boys cookies. We were able to exchange the favor with … [Read more...]

Banana Nut Breakfast Cookies

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Mornings can be the most hectic time of the day. We have tried to establish a very specific routine and preparing ahead of time really helps. The night before we make sure all their homework is done, make breakfast (anything that requires more prep work than scrambled eggs), put snacks & water bottles in their backpack, and set their clothes out. The morning of I like to keep our routine to eat breakfast, brush teeth, get dressed, and coat/backpack on. How quick we are able to get our routine done means some playtime before we leave. Incentives are a quick way to make mornings flow smoothly! Bananas, rolled oats, nuts, and eggs are staples in our house and create this perfectly filling breakfast to start the day off right even in a hurry! Yesterday we went on a hike for an hour and these were a great treat when we got done!    The batter resembles oatmeal. If your kids are not fans of oatmeal, I suggest grinding up the rolled oats smaller. We like the texture of the oats in our … [Read more...]

Pistachio Crusted Salmon Patties #shop

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  Happy New Year! The new year brings the inspiration of making over our body, our eating, or both. I am not very good at sticking to strict diets unless medically necessary. However I like to use parts of different diets to get inspired such as Paleo. Eggs are an easy way to eat paleo-inspired. Not too mention that eggs help me eat healthy even with limited time. If you are trying to lose weight, double up on protein instead of just cutting calories to help you lose fat instead of muscle. No time to cook? Check out Great Day Farms pre-boiled eggs found in the Walmart deli. The average egg has about 6 grams of protein!  I love dishes that look and sound like they take a lot of work but really don't. This is especially true if you like to make-ahead meals like I do!  To complete your meal Paleo style, stick with salad topped with pistachios and dairy free dressing. We had rice with ours as well.  If you are wondering what kids think....  This is my picky eater. He kept … [Read more...]