Monday Giveaway : The Last Snowman

The Last Snowman Giveaway

Somehow I kept thinking when the cold and snow and no school ended, I would get back on track. Since that doesn’t seem to be in sight I am sweeping the snow out of my virtual home and lighting up the hearth. It’s good to be back!

And there is no better way to start than with a giveaway from one of my blogging friends, The Animated Woman. Here book The Last Snowman is one of the girls’ favorite Kindle books so I jumped at the chance to give away a copy of the actual book. It’s a tale any parent will love and will definitely take the sting out of the endless snow days.

This giveaway includes:

  • A paperback copy of The LAST Snowman by JC Little. (definitely don’t want to download it for your Kindle (or Kindle app) though! It’s a steal at $3 and the story is designed to ‘animate’ in the page flips of Kindle. It’s a totally different reader experience from the paperback version.
  • A mug featuring one of the illustrations from the book; perfect for a little hot chocolate after playing in the snow (a personal gift from JC Little!)
  • A Boiron swag bag with Oscillo, Coldcalm and Chestal, all products we use throughout the winter in our house! Boiron is the world leader in homeopathic medicines for the whole family and I love them!
  • A custom Dot & Lil soap just for The LAST Snowman blog tour: Limited edition “Hot Chocolate Swirl” soap! It’s chocolate scented and has chocolate soap sprinkles on top. And as a bonus, their Shea Rescue Butter for lips and nails.

Awesome right?  I wish I could win!
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Gift Guide : Everpurse

EverPurse : The Purse that charges your phone!

Have a tech diva on your list? This year’s must have crossover tech and fashion accessory–also known as wearable tech–is the Everpurse. It is a clutch purse that charges your smartphone. Yep, you read that correctly. A chic and stylish handbag that keeps your phone charged on the go with an integrated smart phone charging pocket. A perfect holiday gift for the lovely lady in your life (hint, hint.) Or yourself!

In case you’re interested, here’s a great review by Cristi of Motherhood Unadorned. And if you’d like to purchase your own, go to and enter this special code THEGUAVALICIOUSLIFE13 for 5% off your purchase. (Please enter this code at checkout where it asks for a gift card code.)

Available in fabric and leather in many beautiful colors, Everpurse is small enough to be used inside a larger purse or used by itself as a clutch. There is also an optional wrist strap or shoulder strap available.

Retail price: $189 to $329.
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Gift Guide : Mighty Leaf Tea Gift Sets

As a tea drinker, I sometimes feel left out of the red cup craze of the holidays. Gift sets for coffee drinkers abound while us poor tea drinkers are left clutching our tea bags and seeking the aisles for holiday blends. If you have a tea drinker in your life, indulge them with one of the Mighty Leaf tea gift sets. I was lucky enough to receive the Chai Tea Collection set to review.

Chai Tea Collection Gift Set description:
“Take a journey to a colorful and aromatic street market in Bombay with the Mighty Leaf Chai Tea Collection set. Become your own chai wallah (a chai tea maker in India). Steep Mighty Leaf Tea Bombay Chai in our insulated stainless steel mug with lid. Add steamed milk and sugar and and inhale the aromas of cinnamon, ginger, pepper, cardamom, clove and star anise.

The 12 oz mug is 18/8 stainless steel and double-wall insulated to keep tea hot or cold longer. Includes 15 pouches of Mighty Leaf Tea Bombay Chai, a lively whole leaf Indian black tea flavored with spices. Retails on for $24.95.”

I have spent many wonderful Fall mornings drinking chai on the go from my mug.
Especially since I have been using their brewing tips!

• Prepare your tea with filtered or bottled water. Avoid tap, distilled, or mineral water.
• Be sure not to over-boil the water as it makes flat tasting tea.
• For black tea and herbals, hot water is key! Please do not let the water sit and cool before adding the
tea pouch.
• Immerse the tea pouch completely in the hot water and move it back and forth several times to maximize
water flow through the bag.
• Steep 4 to 5 minutes for black tea
• Store tea in a cool, dry place away from direct sunlight.

Click through for a great twist on eggnog and a chance to win a Bombay Chai gift set!
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Gift Guide : Mabel’s Labels

Win Write Away Labels

Sometimes you need something small for a gift. Perhaps for a night of Hanukuh or maybe to give out to friends at a party. Or, like our family, you put your shoes out on December 5th to see what St. Nicolas might leave you to celebrate his special day. Really almost any reason will do for snagging some of Mabel’s Labels Write Away labels. They are perfect for kids, teachers, teen girls, and anyone else who likes to LABEL EVERYTHING.

Here’s what The Guavalicious Life contributor Mama Staci had to say about them:
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Gift Guide : Disney Classics

Thank you to Disney and the One 2 One Network for sponsoring this gift guide gift and giveaway!
Win This Disney Classics Box Set

Who likes to whistle while they work?
Who doesn’t?!

Since a great part of my day is spent either in my car or sitting in my home office, I control the airwaves. Sure I could listen to my favorite music. But that’s rock and to paraphrase Nick Hornby, 99% of rock music is depressing. So it’s good to change it up and listen to some songs guaranteed to lift your mood. Even cynical me is transported back to childhood when I hear songs like “You Can Fly, You Can Fly, You Can Fly” and “A Spoonful of Sugar.”

Give your friends and family the gift of joy this season with the new Disney Classics box set. It’s available for pre-order now. The big release is November 12! This makes a fabulous gift because it is something that the whole family can enjoy together. Plus it makes the trip home from holiday travel a lot more fun.

Find out more details and how to win below!

The box set was compiled by Disney Music Group’s resident music historian and Grammy®-winning producer, Randy Thornton. It features 94 original recordings from Disney and Disney-Pixar movies, television shows and theme parks celebrating over 85 years of Disney musical magic.

The four volumes of the collection are:
Disney Modern Classics
Disney Timeless Classics
Disney Theme Park Classics
Disney Television Classics

These four CDs contain 94 original Disney recordings sure to bring magical mousical memories to all generations of Disney lovers.

And a special bonus for box set purchasers: a new medley of Disney hits by YouTube a capella sensations Peter Hollens and Alex G. Peter and Alex create fully orchestrated songs using only the sounds of their voices. With well over 100 million views on YouTube alone, their sensational approach has excited audiences all over the world.

Want to know more about Disney music?

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Win your own copy to enjoy or give as a gift!
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In the mood to win today?
Good because I have a great flash giveaway for you!

One family four pack of passes to the 3D advance screening in St. Louis, this Saturday, October 26th, 10am at Ronnie’s 20 Cinema
One $25 gift card to Oriental Trading Company

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Extra Space Wants To Give You a $1000 Ikea Gift Card

This contest info is brought to you by Extra Space Storage. Compensation was received, but all opinions are straight from my random brain. Ahem.
Extra Space Show Me the Storage Contest
Usually on Mondays, I host a giveaway. But this week I decided to share a very cool contest from Extra Space instead. I love being an Extra Space ambassador and sharing their information. I only wish they had been part of my life the several times I moved myself across the country. Now that we are settled (one more year and I will have lived longer in this house than anyplace besides my childhood home,) I am all about the nesting. And still Extra Space is my friend because of their awesome boxes. I am a little neurotic about matching boxes.

Anyway, enough about me and more about you.
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Monday Giveaway : Car Seat from Safety 1st

It’s Child Passenger Safety Week and I have partnered with Safety 1st to share car seat safety tips with all of you. And one reader will win a Safety 1st car seat of their choice!

Safety 1st Car Seat Giveaway

Did you know that car crashes are the leading cause of death for children age 1 through 12 years old? Sponsored by the U.S. Department of Transportation and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the goal of Child Passenger Safety week is to make sure all parents and caregivers are properly securing their children (ages 0-12) in the best car restraint (rear-facing, forward-facing, booster, seat belt) for their age and size.

Julie Vallese, Safety 1st Consumer Safety Expert, suggests that you keep kids rear facing until the age of two, or until they reach the maximum height and weight requirements allowed by their car seat. According to a study in the Journal of Injury Prevention children under the age of two are 75 percent less likely to die or be severely injured in the event of a car crash if they are rear facing.

Also, make sure you get that car seat installed properly. And then have it checked out!

Details on the Safety 1st car seats and how you can win one:
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Wordless Wednesday : Yes Video Giveaway

Faithful readers know that my giveaways are usually on Mondays but I decided a “Wordless Wednesday” post would be perfect for this giveaway. Like the picture above, my daughter all ready for the Rangers vs Yankees game tonight with her wristband Fan Band gifted her, most of my memories live in my phone. When we wanted to show the girls our wedding video on our anniversary we weren’t able to because it’s on video tape. When they wanted to see videos of themselves at their class play, we had to crowd around the tiny screen of my phone.

And forget sharing them with friends and family. I know they would love to see their girls showing off their acting skills but I have never gotten around to figuring out a way to do it.

Enter Yes Video.
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Monday Giveaway : Hot Iced Gift Set From Seattle’s Best Coffee

Oh hai July! We’re in the full swing of summer now so why not cool down with some iced coffee? I am not a coffee drinker ten months of the year. But I break that ban during July and August. It’s just too hot for my usual morning cup of tea! At Blissdom this year we were treated to iced coffees one morning from Seattle’s Best. So yummy!

And now I can make them at home. It’s way easier than I thought to make iced coffee. Me and Seattle’s Best want you to see how easy it is. So we’re partnering for a fun giveaway! The “Hot Iced” set has everything you need for the perfect summer coffee recipes.

The Hot Iced gift-set includes:

  • One-month supply of Seattle’s Best Coffee® (4 bags!)
  • Seattle’s Best Coffee Tumbler for your iced and frozen coffee drinks
  • Seattle’s Best Coffee Hot Travel Mug to enjoy our brewed coffee on-the-go
  • Melitta coffee brewer and recipe for a totally new way to make a single cup of coffee
  • Simple Iced Coffee recipe featuring our go-to cold brew method
  • Coffee scoop to measure the perfect amount of coffee


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