You already text it and email it. Now you can show it too! Just 🙂 and LOL is my newest Blogmania sponsor. They are a small business looking to put a a positive happy message on some quality products. Their goal is to put a smile on some faces, create some laughter, and have some happy customers! Bill from Just 🙂 and LOL believes smiles and laughter are contagious… please help him start the wave!
Now everyone in the family knows where to eat! The placemats are laminated so they wipe up super easy and a virtually indestructible which is a must-have in this house. You can get your own placemat personalized with your child’s name and face or with a name in a design for $12.00 or you can win one here.
Giveaway will end on March 23, 2011 at 11:59 pm EST. Open to US and Canada only. Please make sure your email address is public on your profile or leave with your comments so I can contact you should you win. The winner will be chosen by random.org and announced here as well as emailed and will have 48 hours to respond or a new winner will be chosen.
So, now that you have learned how I started my product review site, I am going to tell you how I found products to review. This is not the only way to find products I am sure, but this is how I got my start. At least four times a week I get packages on my foyer and/or in my mailbox, and mail only gets delivered 6 days a week! My son is getting spoiled with all his “presents.” He thinks everything that is in a package is a present and he helps me open it. Usually he is more interested in the box and the bubble wrap than what is inside. Makes me wonder why we spend so much on “real” toys! The first places I check are my Blogger Promotion Sites. The ones I use currently are:
- The Buzz Brand Network
- Giveaway Blogs
- Pitch It To Me (Your blog has to be 6 months old)
- Bloggy Moms
- Purex Insider
- Educational Toys Planet
- Carmex Express
- Tele Brands
- Ah Goo Baby
- Bake Me A Wish
- Affordable Lifestyle
Other Great Resources I have come across:
- Kraft First Taste
- All You
- Parenting Magazine Mom Tester
- Kiwi Magazine Parenting Advisory Board
- Moms Meet: Mom Ambassor Program
- Mom Select
- House Party
- Nielson Home Scan Consumer Panel
- Bodycology Tester Panel
- Kashi Test Panel
- Pringles Advisory Panel
- Frito Lay Be Snack Ready
- Pop Tarts Sprinklings
- Nesquik Shakers
- Brillo Connection
- Nescafe Taster’s Choice Tasters Program
You can also check out Simply Stacie’s list.
These are all good starter places. Once you have joined the above resources and get into the habit of checking them daily, soon you will build relationships with the brands and get repeat business. Now my inbox is flooded with pitch emails and I have a team of 4 product reviewers and 4 book reviewers.
- If this tutorial was beneficial to you, please take the time to Stumble It!
- When I see a product I really want, I send a cold pitch letter. This is a letter introducing myself and my blog asking to review a product or company. I find the contact in formation more often than not through Google. Usually when I am Googling a company the ads pop up for similar products, and I pitch them too.
- One of my favorite places is Etsy. I love homemade, and I love promoting the wonderful products I have always found there. I find that Etsy owners usually take a lot of care in making the things they sell and have that personal touch! Just be careful when you send a pitch to Etsy. It need to be personal and about their products specifically. They also have spam rules in place so make sure you use a sort of disclaimer asking them to disregard if they are not interested in your promotion. Do not email more than a handful of Etsy shops a day or you will be flagged as spam.
- One of the most helpful ways I find products is simply browsing around other review and giveaway blog sites and see what they are reviewing. When I was new, I would go back to other review and giveaway sites, check their archives to their first reviews and contact those companies.
Welcome to the BOLD blog hop lasting from March 10th to March 13th. Hop down the list and WIN!!
1. Bold E-zine
(1) – $10.00 Cash Paypal
(10) – $20.00 Advertising Certificates redeemable with BOLD – Winner may use themselves or transfer the advertising certificate to a friend.)
2. Still Blonde After All These Years
$75.00 Lending Luxury.com Gift Certificate
3. Bree, Home to Blogmania
$15.00 Best Buy Gift Card – $10.00 Cold Stone Creamy GC
4. Di Doodlings
$10.00 PayPal – $10.00 iTunes – $10.00 Amazon
5. Momma Told Me
$20.00 Amazon Gift Card – $10.00 PayPal Cash – $10.00 WalMart GC – $10.00 Target GC
6. The Socialite’s Closet
$20.00 Target Gift Card – $25.00 Apothica GC
7. Books R Us
$10.00 PayPal Cash – $25.00 gift card to restaurant.com – $10.00 gift card to Amazon.com
Gift Certificate – winner’s choice – Cowgirl Dreams, or Follow the Dream
9. The Adventures of My Family of 8
$10.00 Gift Card – Starbucks
10. Turning The Clock Back
$20.00 Ecomom gift code – $25.00 Isle of Eden Code – $10.00 Starbucks Code
11. Maxwell’s Mommy
$10.00 gift card to Hashibags on Etsy – $10.00 gift card to CSN stores
12. Kelly’s Lucky You
$10.00 PayPal Cash
13. Makobi Scribe Product Reviews
$10.00 Accent Studios Wall Decals – $25.00 Accent Studios Wall Decals
14. My Fitness World
Product code for Win X Bluray DVD iphone rippper
15. Mommies Playground
$10.00 PayPal Cash
Accent Studios has quite a selection of really nifty decals. I picked out the monster set and above are the pictures of all the fun we had with it! Jakobi has really been on a monster kick lately, so I totally used that for my advantage. When he has his great days, and sometimes not so great days, (okay whenever I feel froggy), we pull a monster decal out of my stash. One afternoon Jakobi was having a particularly rough afternoon; (He misses his Daddy who has been on the road for three weeks) and I pulled out a monster surprise! This particular decal, he told me, was tooooo scaaary for his room. So, not going in there…he wanted it to go in the bathroom (our very own toilet monster) to scary Daddy when he pees. Where do kids get this stuff? He also wanted one on my lap top — on top of my pretty butterfly. Guess what? Now I have a funny worm monster on top of my butterfly. Accent Studios had super prompt delivery, easy installation instructions, a handy dandy application tool, and a bonus decal! This particular monster set sells for $48.00; however, you can make it bigger or one color to adjust to your price range. For this Gift Certificate Blog Hop giveaway, I thought Accent Decals would be perfect because they gave me TWO GC’s to share with my readers. Twice the fun. Do the mandatory entry below and two winners will be picked! Yay!
Giveaway will end on March 13, 2011 at 11:59 pm EST. Open to US and Canada only. Please make sure your email address is public on your profile or leave with your comments so I can contact you should you win. The winner will be chosen by random.org and announced here as well as emailed and will have 48 hours to respond or a new winner will be chosen. I received no monetary compensation for this review but was supplied this product free of charge; however, all opinions are my own.
- It fits snug to my body pulling my love handles in!
- It is purple.
- It is long and covers up my (a) broken zipper on my favorite jeans I am too lazy to sew, and (b) my back and belly when my awesome low riders want to show my booty crack (not a teenager anymore…LOL)
- It is so freaking soft! Seriously, Jakobi even thinks so and rubbed on my belly saying, “soft, soft”
- It stretches and if I were pregnant that would make me happy, but since I am not (and won’t be) I am just sharing for EVERYONE else I know that is!
On April 9 through April 11, Skinny Tees is one of my Blogmania 2011 sponsors. I highly suggest taking the time to like their Facebook page now so you will be able to breeze through everything on giveaway day! Show them some love and let them know how excited you are they are a Blogmania 2011 Sponsor. I am wearing an Amanda Pennantnecklace. Make sure you check out her giveaway.
- Wine bottle Wear™ is revolutionizing the way wine is gifted and enjoyed. Simply write a personal greeting on the back of the Wine Wear card, place it over the neck of the bottle and instantly have a unique gift presentation.
- Product is patented and only available through Wine Wear, Inc.
- New, unique and colorful that gets a reaction of “Wow – that’s great”
- Woman-owned business.
- Great price – Retail $3.49 each
- All sales of our Live Laugh Love design donated to cancer charity.
- Rapidly expanding and sold in stores such as Walgreens.
- Product featured in magazines such as Smart Money,
- Greetings etc., Gift and Decorative Accessories.
This is the coolest– Wine Fashion Wear for your wine bottles. Perfect to slip over a bottle to give to a friend. No gift bag needed! This is a great gift for someone who likes wine; it provides packaging for a wine bottle and delivers a sentiment at the same time – the patented greeting card for a wine bottle from Wine Wear, Inc. The entire line can be viewed at the wine wear website, along with their other product lines: Wine glass Wear and Wine fashion Wear.
Like personalized T-shirts? You can save 10% with this code: Blog0311 until 3/31/2011. YourNameUniversity.com is the country’s sole manufacturer of personalized academic apparel and novelty diplomas and certificates with over 165,900 family last names for sale every day. With over 75 printed and embroidered products, they can personalize products for everyone from infants, parents, and siblings to grandma and grandpa.
Their apparel and accessories are perfect for birthdays, baby gifts, mother’s day, father’s day, family reunions, and of course, the holidays. Customers tell them that they wear their products as much as possible and always get the question, “Hey! Where did you get that?” What more can you ask for a great personalized gift? Noah has not yet received his shirt yet, but when he comes home I just know that he will proudly wear his family’s name!!
When I came across these “Precious Peas,” I knew that I had to have them for my sister, Jamie. Amanda can do any amount of peas and in any color. Perfect for upcoming Mother’s Day??! You could put in a pea color for every child. Your very own precious peas. The pendant is made from real cultured button pearls and wire wrapped with non tarnish silver tone wire. Amanda’s Pennant has some really cool, unique jewelry. I think that it is really neat that she gets most of her inspiration from her custom orders. One of her specialties is the guitar pick necklaces. Talk about a conversation piece. Perfect for that special musician or someone who just thinks the color purple is cool, like me. (Mine had a purple swirl stone in it). You can purchase these works of art for $18.00 and $15.00 respectively. Amanda’s Pennant has graciously offered one of my lucky readers this nifty, beautiful “Bird’s Nest.”
Giveaway will end on 03/24/2011 at 11:59 pm EST. Open to US and Canada only. Please make sure your email address is public on your profile or leave with your comments so I can contact you should you win. The winner will be chosen by random.org and announced here as well as emailed and will have 48 hours to respond or a new winner will be chosen. I received no monetary compensation for this review but was supplied this product free of charge; however, all opinions are my own.
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Post three on my series of Showing Daddy you love him is probably the most important one so far because it promotes communication and togetherness along with the complements and I love you notes. The nightcap notes are a great plus to let Noah how much I miss him, but the game Good Night Sweetheart, Couples Edition is completely awesome. Noah and I are not together very much these days and definitely not alone very often. so, when we are it is treasured time. We tried out Good Night Sweetheart Couples Edition one of the rare nights he was home, and I was very pleased with the results. First, it only took a few minutes (twentyish) and it was super easy to do. Each of us drew some cards and then answered them in turns. The responses the cards elicited were all made to be positive “warm fuzzies” in nature. I actually learned some insight in to why he thought I was special. I mean I knew I was loved, but it was cool too find out why, and what I did in our early relationship to have him fall in love with me. Now, when he is not exhausted from lifting 40,000 pounds off and on trucks, we take two minutes over the phone to reconnect with one of the cards. I read ti, and he tells me the answer or I just read mine and tell him my answer. It really brings us closer and reminds us why he is out there busting his butt for his family. You can buy this Good Night Sweetheart Couples Edition for yourself at $17.95 or you can win it and Night Cap Notes below.
Giveaway will end on March 22, 2011 at 11:59 pm EST. Open to US and Canada only. Please make sure your email address is public on your profile or leave with your comments so I can contact you should you win. The winner will be chosen by random.org and announced here as well as emailed and will have 48 hours to respond or a new winner will be chosen. I received no monetary compensation for this review but was supplied this product free of charge; however, all opinions are my own.
For part two of showing Daddy how much we love him, I found Positively Proud. This site has quite a collection of showing your loved ones how much you care with little notes to go in lunch to yummy Hershey’s chocolates as pictured here. Jakobi misses his Daddy terribly, and he does not really understand why Daddy all of a sudden is gone for weeks at a time. I thought it was not only a great idea to show Daddy how much we love him, but to show Jakobi how much Daddy loves and misses him. What a treat it is for Jakobi and for Daddy to get a bit of chocolate love. The really cool thing about these particular chocolates is that they all have a note of encouragement on them, and some are even personalized with a first or last name! I think $16.95 for a container of this yummy treats is a decent price to say I love you in a yummy way! You can win your own container of personalized lunch mail by entering below.
Giveaway will end on 03/21/2011 at 11:59 pm EST. Open to US and Canada only. Please make sure your email address is public on your profile or leave with your comments so I can contact you should you win. The winner will be chosen by random.org and announced here as well as emailed and will have 48 hours to respond or a new winner will be chosen. I received no monetary compensation for this review but was supplied this product free of charge; however, all opinions are my own.
We miss Daddy. He has been gone for over a week now. That is only 1/3 of the way until he comes home. Two more long weeks of not seeing my husband, not being held by him, and not watching him play with the kids. This is a three-part post on how much we miss our Daddy being home, and how we show him all the ways we care while he is not with us. One of the things we did was tuck this personalized note card in his laundry bag. This way when he went to put in his dirty shirts, he would get an “I love you message from his family” Mandy’s Moon has quite a selection of items that you can personalize to look like you and your family, including your pets! Noah (Daddy) was so happy to receive his card. There was room inside for me to put a personalized note to further let him know how much we really do miss him. Jakobi is pointing out all the members of our family. What would yours look like? Mandy’s Moon cards can be customized with different images of different ethnicities, different text messages, and greetings. You can purchase a pack of 10 of these 5 x 7 note cards with envelopes for only $8.50 or you can win your own set below.
Giveaway will end on 03/19/2011 at 11:59 pm EST. Open to US and Canada only. Please make sure your email address is public on your profile or leave with your comments so I can contact you should you win. The winner will be chosen by random.org and announced here as well as emailed and will have 48 hours to respond or a new winner will be chosen. I received no monetary compensation for this review but was supplied this product free of charge; however, all opinions are my own.
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cool coloring sheet of Veggie Tales too. You can also have a chance to win your own Veggie Tales video.