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Tell Me: Over or Under? Enter to Win One of Ten Cottonelle Gift Baskets



Cottonelle is getting to the bottom of a great debate raging across America. Cottonelle wants to know: how do you roll? Over or under? Vote for your preferred way to roll at

Everyone has an opinion on the right way to roll – over or under – and both points-of-view have been argued in households for ages. This January, Cottonelle brand sets out to settle this Great Debate once and for all. Are you Team Over or Team Under?

(image) I admit that I stand tall on my personal stance for team Over . Really, the science behind that is that we go through a lot of toilet paper in this 9 member household, plus many guests as we seemingly have an open door policy. Keeping it over in all 3 bathrooms in this house keeps it neat and accessible, and you're less likely to rip off tiny useless shreds! Plus, my dog really likes paper anything--and keeping it Over the kinda thwarts his attempts at toilet paper mutiny.

Leave a comment on this post & and tell me which team you roll with, and you will be entered to win 1 of 10 Cottonelle gift baskets randomly chosen on January 29, 2010 from all entries, with many thanks to Mom Bloggers Club and the super nice folks at Cottonelle.

Disclosure: This post is my entry into a contest for a month's worth of Cottonelle toilet paper as a member of the Mom Bloggers Club.

America's Cutest Last-Minute Tax Deduction Photo Contest


Is Your New Bundle of Joy America's Cutest Last-Minute Tax Deduction?This is the LAST DAY left to enter the TurboTax®  America's Cutest Last-Minute Tax Deduction Contest! Moms of December new babies have a chance to win $5000 when they submit an entry by today, January 7th, 2010 at 11:59 p.m. ET2009 came to an end and 2010 is upon us, you’re now enjoying your new baby (and probably not much sleep), it’s hard to think about taxes. What you may not know is that the newest member of your family may be a welcome last-minute tax deduction. Plus, your new bundle of joy could be worth a bundle!All Moms would agree that the joy that comes from having a new baby is priceless! The sweet sounds of cooing, chubby cheeks and the intimate bond between parent and child can make any family feel rich with love. But, as any new parents can attest, raising children can have an impact on your checkbook, as well as your heart. In fact, the typical family spends more than $221,000 raising a child through age 17. Thanks to TurboTax®, one "last-minute" baby will help his or her parents save a bundle.TurboTax® the nation's No. 1 rated, best-selling tax preparation software from Intuit Inc. is conducting its third annual nationwide search for America's Cutest Last-Minute Tax Deduction. The parents of one lucky baby, born in December 2009, will win a $5,000 Grand Prize.To enter, parents or legal guardians should submit a photo of their baby born between Dec. 1-31, to The deadline for submissions is January 7, 2010 at 11:59 p.m. ET . Judges will select 10 finalists, and America will determine America's Cutest Last-Minute Tax Deduction and the $5,000 grand prize winner! Read the rules & regs here Good luck to all of our new Moms! We wish you a wonderful holiday season and even more joyous moments in 2010.   Looking for more tax tips to get the biggest possible refund? go to   Further details, rules and eligibility are available at You can follow @TurboTax on Twitter (#TTbaby) or visit TaxBreak, the new TurboTax blog for updates.[...]

2010 High Resolution(s): @Twincere (That's me) Is Keeping It Simple


I really hate saying the R- word. Its difficult for me to make a list of resolutions because I feel that I am just setting myself up for failure. Let's make a resolution to not make resolutions! Ha! Bottom line: In the back of my mind I know what I need to do. We all do. 2009 was one heck of a year and I am desperate and anticipating for 2010 to be much better on so many levels, financially, personally, professionally. I will however, always count my blessings...because behind every gloomy, sodden cloud is a bit of sunshine that helps me make it through.My personal weakness is finding the mental and physical stamina to stay motivated and invigorated in everything I do. I'll be 34 this Spring and honestly, running after 7 kids becomes utterly exhausting. Granted, living with chronic anemia and its unflattering side effects plays a role in that, but I know that I want so much more out of my life. Its going to be a good year, I can feel it in my nearly-middle-aged-bones.Water on the brainDrinking more water has been at the top of my resolution list for two years in a row. This is resolution that I've really worked hard to maintain, and this year will be no different.Java JunkieI will be quitting subtly reducing my expensive coffee habit and making it at home as often as willpower shall mandate. It’ll be just as good (maybe better, I pray I hope) if  I steam the milk.A Stroke of GeniusI will handwrite and or bespeak a note or words of thanks for every kind gesture big and small, as much as I can. It's so important to let someone know that they are appreciated and valued.Liar Liar, pants on fireI am going to stop lying to myself. Especially about things like my shoe size, clothing, and gray hairs: “I’m an 8, so what? P.S. I’m really a 10/12 . Ugh, I hate myself.” Time After TimeI have personally taken a vow of punctuality. I have chronic issues with it, and I know its super annoying. Hubs says I'd be late for my own funeral.New HeightsI want to try new, daring adventurous things. That means not being a wimp and actually braving the roller coasters at Busch Gardens and King's Dominion, with my kids and hubby....laughing all the way--instead of crying.Rock ’Em, Sock ’EmI want to wear matching socks more often. That means painstakingly devising a fool proof plan that entails the proper sorting and matching of the mountains of socks that is produced weekly in this 9 member household.Grow a PairI want to not kill everything I touch. I am going to search the web over and try to turn this black thumb of mine green, once and for all!Heck, YesI want to end the nay-saying with the naughts.I will work on being more positive. I will be the semi- Yes Mom and Yes-Wife.Say It Ain't SoI'm working on deep cleaning my potty mouth. I'm a native New Yorker, easier said than done.Resident Night OwlI will be more consistent (even though I may be too tired to wash the makeup from my face) to treat my skin with love and respect and the best moisturizer, because this getting older bit sucks, bad.Beauty Awaits No OneI will be more committed to getting my beauty sleep this year, even though the Night Shift at the hospital beckons me.Stretch it to the LimitI will take a a few moments to stretch and strengthen my body every day. This is something I've taken for granted for far too long. I shall cherish what little physical flexibility I have and work on regaining it.Charitable InfluencesAs a family, we will continue to make an impact. Pick a charity, pluck a heartstring. Spending time together last year as a family and volunteering at our local FoodBank was a grounding and humbling experience for all of us. It truely is a hearwarming experience and makes one appreciate what they have.Just Talk It OutThere will still be no texting at our dinner table. Practicing and perfecting engaging conversations will give our family lots to talk about.French Toil and TroubleI'd like to seriously brush up on my French[...]

Happy New Year!


Its been a long December and there's reason to believe,

Maybe this year will be better than the last,
I can't remember all the times I tried to tell myself,
to hold onto these moments as they pass.

To all of my readers, old and new...thanks for sharing with me and bearing with me as I tread the waters both here and at Mommy's Multiple Mayhem, and here's wishing 2010 to be the best ever! Be safe, be merry, be wise...enjoy your family and loved ones tonight. I'll be thinking of you as I keep watch over my hospitalized patients tonight........till next year!

Multiple Blessings to You and Yours

Simplify My Life Sweepstakes! Comment and Enter For A Chance to Win An HP 110 mini Netbook By Studio Tord Boontje!


The Mom Bloggers Club, one of the largest social networks for Mom bloggers, has collaborated with HP, Windows® 7, and five-time Olympian & super-Mom, Dara Torres. They want you to imagine how an HP Mini with Windows® 7 Home Premium could simplify your everyday tasks, work the way you want, and make new things possible. Balancing family and home life, work, blogs & tweets, and scrounging for some semblance of a grown-up social life is utterly exhausting.Yet, as caretakers we do this methodically day in and day out.  I, for one, rely on computing to organize the day to day aspects of caring for my husband, 5 children and 2 nephews. Spreadsheets, lists, school projects, meal planning, email, shopping, photosharing, blogging and tweeting in my spare time, as well as the online courses that I am subscribed to as I tackle my graduate degree in Nursing. It would be a blessing to have a reliable and pleasantly portable computer, such as the HP 110 Mini Netbook, to help streamline, coordinate and simplify all of these aspects of my life--anytime and anywhere. Here's my attempt at poetic justice. HP-Hear My Plea! Please, Simplify My LifeFor the love of my family that I do adore,all of our photos, documents, recipes and moreare entrusted to just one, lonely, desktop dinosaur.Our burgeoning family has the highest faith and trust,in an old, laggard machine that could soon bite the dust.Oh, what a blessing an HP 110 Mini Netbook would be,with Windows® 7 Home Premium and ease of portability,and Integrated Wireless technology would get me online easily,This way I could still shop, plan meals, share photos and tweet,homework, blogging and bill paying would be no huge feat!This HP 110 Mini Netbook with Windows® 7 is beyond ideal,it affords style and functionality in a mobile companion that is real.1. Want to win a HP Mini of your own? To be a "Simplify My Life" winner, Blog about how you’d use one to smooth the bumps in your crazy day and then tweet the link using the hashtags #HP and #Win7. The three most creative entries will win an HP Tord Mini of their own.2. Not a blogger? You can still enter. Multiple Blessings readers should comment on this post because MomBloggers Club will randomly give away three (3) HP Mini 110-1100 by Studio Tord Boontje PCs to randomly selected readers who leave a comment on (Bloggers) entrants' sweepstakes posts.  Good Luck to You and I! Make a statement with the HP Mini 110 by Studio Tord Boontje. This pearl white companion PC, created in collaboration with critically acclaimed Dutch designer Tord Boontje, features an intricate pattern of plants and animals. HP Imprint 3D technology makes the art appear to float. Weighing just over 2.5 pounds, measuring about one-inch thin and featuring a 10.1 mercury-free LED display, it’s the ideal travel companion, and small enough to fit in a purse or carry-on bag.Read on further for more concise info and the rules here at Mom Bloggers Club                                                                                  How would a brand new, HP 110 Mini Netbook simplify your life?By participating in this promotion, I certify that no intellectual property rights were violated, with the exception of verbatim inclusion of the provided messaging, photos, or video. All other content is expressly owned by me. This is a non-compensated post.[...]

Fujitsu Uncover the Possibilities


Post-Holiday Shopping Saviness


Fresh from a maddening Holiday Hiatus, yes the Holiday madness is over, sort of. Some of us really feel the let down after the holiday rush.  We’ve put so much of our energy into decorating, entertaining, shopping and celebrating that when it’s all gone by we realize we haven’t really done anything for ourselves.  Well, thank goodness for post-holiday sales and the Internet.  No need to fight the crowds.  There are tons of great offers online, so don’t even think about entering a store for some time. Here are some of the sales and popular styles I’ve had my eye on recently.Dark JeansWe love dark, boot cut jeans for most occasions, and these favorites are rarely on sale. Piperlime  is the place to score.Long Belted CardiganA very useful, belted cardigan at an enormously reduced price, just in time for the coldest days of winter.Ruched BootsI love the ease of pull–on boots with a ruched shaft to fit nearly anyone, and this style (a favorite of celebrity stylist Rachel Zoe) is perfect for comfort too.More DealsIt's the New Year's Sale at! Customers can save on thousands of sale and clearance items + everyday values! This offer is valid December 30th through January 3rd.The Kids Too!Who doesn't love See Kai Run shoes (one of  my boys had particularly wide feet that fit very few brands other than these), and adorable slip–on walker sneakers are on sale now.Baby, it's cold outside - so Giggle is warming things up with their winter sale! Shop now and save 15-75% on select gear, clothing, furniture, and more!Hanna's Big Big Twice A Year Sale On Now. Save Up to 60% On Quality Kids Clothes.Get up to 80% off at The Land of Nod sale.Great ResourcesThere are many great one-stop shopping sources for fashion, and one of our favorites is  It’s like a personal shopper that lets you know the minute certain brands, styles and sizes go on sale. It's great for finding sales on items you love, but can’t afford at full price.  On average, members save over 40% on over 600 brands, and you can choose how often you are alerted so it doesn’t clog your inbox. There are many great online shoe sources, and only is offering you a savings of 15% through the end of the year with promo code SNOW and 20% on clearance and sale items with the code WINTER (until 1/4/10), plus free shipping is extended through January 31st. [...]

Win $5,000 with DOLE's "Share the Goodness" Contest!


Win $5,000 with DOLE's "Share the Goodness" Contest!

As we find ourselves in the midst of the holiday season, we constantly break out the camera to catch our kids in their holiday best and to remember the snow, decorations, and special times spent with family. Looking back at the memories, we all have our favorite holiday photos, from Grandma cutting a pie, to an aunt's funny sweater, or the kids dancing to holiday tunes. This year, we can take those photos and turn them into something good for the community—and ourselves!

With DOLE's "Share the Goodness" contest, you can enter for a chance to win $5,000 for yourself and $5,000 for your local Food Bank. Through the virtual (image) DOLE mosaic poster, you can easily upload your favorite holiday photo to enter to win the contest. The site also features great recipes using DOLE Canned Fruit to include in holiday and everyday meals. After you register, you can send an eCard to family and friends letting them know about the contest and to gain extra entries. You can also gain multiple entries by uploading up to 20 photos (5 per day) and, if a friend you referred is the grand prize winner, you also win $2,000! Enter for a chance to win through December 31, 2009 by going to
Help spread the word about DOLE's "Share the Goodness" contest and enter to win the grand prize!

Allstate's "Thumbs Up for the Safest Holiday Ever" Campaign


The Allstate Foundation's Safe Teen Driving InitiativeClimbing behind the wheel means freedom and independence for teenagers. Kids everywhere wait impatiently for the day they hit that special age and their parents finally hand them the keys to the family car. But studies by The Allstate Foundation have found that teens are particularly susceptible to dangerous distractions, highlighting the need for parents to sit down early on with their teens to discuss safe driving. These days, more and more teenagers own up to using their cell phones to text while driving. According to The Allstate Foundation, two thirds of teens admit to texting and instant messaging behind the wheel! Yet nearly 81% of teens rate parents as their number one driving influencers. Knowing this, how can we as Moms not take steps to ensure we set a good example and make safe driving a priority? Especially when recent research by Virginia Tech's Transportation Institute reveals that texting while driving can increase the risk of an accident by 23 times.Allstate's "X the TXT: Thumbs Up to the Safest Holiday Ever" campaign challenges teens and parents alike to make the pledge not text and drive. By joining the cause at, you're pledging to put your cell phone down behind the wheel. For each person who takes the pledge, Allstate will donate $1 to the National Organizations for Youth Safety (NOYS) – a collaborative network of national organizations and federal agencies that serve youth and focus on youth safety and health – for safe teen driving programs.As part of the campaign, a 30-city "X the TXT," tour kicks off this holiday season during which teens and their families can add their thumbprints to a pledge banner as a public commitment not to text and drive. Click here to go to Allstate's  website to download the Allstate Family Texting Pledge and start the conversation about responsible driving with your family.*I was not compensated in any way for this post. It is in reference as an important public service message*. [...]

Eden Fantasys Rubber Duckie Review


*The following review is adult in nature and is intended for mature audiences, 18+. Please enjoy this review, but be aware that the links contained within this review will take you to the website that is specifically adult in nature.* I ❤ Eden Fantasys. I for one firmly believe that its important to remember to de-stress, unwind and indulge a bit around the holidays to maintain sanity and order. I am thrilled to be participating in another Eden Fantasys review, if you missed my last review--refresh your memory here.  Eden Fantasys is a great place for couples to browse and shop for innovative concepts to help re-discover and re-ignite the fiery passion in their lives. " is an internet sex toy and adult novelty retailer. We uphold a standard of quality in the toys we offer to our customers, but we are even more focused on customer service and consumer education. The site has developed an online community of product reviewers, editorial writers, fantasy writers, and sexuality experts, in addition to other educated and opinionated people. The EdenFantasys’ blog represents a summation of the collective efforts of this community."Just in time for some holiday fun, Eden Fantasys has stocked up with the new holiday edition "I Rub My Duckie", the perfect gift for everyone on your naughty list. Holiday Ball Santa Duckie (BT10160): Its a Perfect gift for the winter holidays, this mischievous (but discreet) vibrating Duckie massager can be used as a holiday decoration or for some more intimate moments. This Whimsical Duckie wears a Santa’s outfit and is sealed in a clear ornament Latex and phthalate free, soft material The Duckie is waterproof so you can take it to the bath or shower Retails for only $29.99 - available for a limited time onlyCustomers can order from Eden Fantasys until 12/22 in order to receive their purchase before Christmas, we are also free next day shipping on orders over $100 and free 2nd day shipping on orders over $80. This little Duckie is just too cute. It is actually very innocent and discreet looking with a tame, gentle vibe that makes a little ripple in your bath water, its actually a lot of fun and just totally cute. Personally,  I'd love to collect all the Duckies. I want the posh looking Paris Duckie--she's totally a mini Diva like me! I highly suggest adopting this sweet Santa Duckie before he's gone for the season. He comes ready to wrap up in a gift box, nestled cozily in an actual ornament. Hurry, place your order for this little fella and other great Eden Fantasys Novelty items from their website and have your order delivered, still ready in time to wrap before Christmas!*I received a product to sample and keep for this review, but no monetary compensation. The views and opinions expressed in this post are my own.* [...]

We have our Winners!


Emails have been sent, please email me back with your info! Thanks & congrats! Don't forget to enter all of my current contests!Coach® #ThanksGiveAway Anonymous said... 174 My wife would love this Coach bag for her 40th birthday! David K. December 11, 2009 11:59 AM  Cynthia said... 164 tweet: December 18, 2009 6:59 AM  Eebee's ◕ ‿ ◕ Mix & Mash Adventures in The Kitchen For Baby & You cookbook & DVD set✮ Amo said...  22 I have both buttons December 5, 2009 2:15 PM  ✮Blush Topless Undershirt✮ Heidi J said...   39 December 19, 2009 10:09 AM [...]

Prayers For Shellie


Bryson Drago RossDecember 14th, 2009.This memorial photo is from Kimberly at She ScribesI want to express my deepest sympathies to a fellow blogger, Shellie, aka @Military_Mom ( ) who lost her precious baby boy, last evening in a horrible drowning accident in the pool in the backyard of their new home. Little Bryson was only two years old. a mom, I could never imagine or understand the depth of the pain and heartwrenching agony from losing a child. Sadly enough to admit, I pray that I never have to have those feelings. No parent is ever prepared for such tragedy. When I read about this last night on twitter, my heart became so achey and heavy that I needed to trod upstairs and touch and love on all my kids. Of course, they were sleepy and didn't understand and were quite grumpy. I felt so consumed, and was feeling bad at scolding the boys earlier for making a mess, and maybe I was a little too tough on the girls about their chores....none of that really matters. What matters most is that we are a family and that we are together, and face it, LIFE is short. We should be living in the moment, rather than always worrying about what's going to happen tomorrow, next week or even next month.I know that I myself am guilty of getting so wrapped up in the hustle and bustle of life that I find little time to enjoy the blessings that I have today.The holidays are supposed to be about the Savior, and being with our loved ones, and creating and holding onto memories to cherish for a life time. The Face of Tragedy does not fit into that equation. I don't know Shellie on a personal level, but my heart still aches for her and her family.Please keep Shellie and her family in your deepest thoughts and prayers. I implore you to take the time out today to cherish your family, hold your children and significant other close, pick up the phone and make ammends with that long lost relative, forgive someone that needs your forgiveness, let bygones be bygones and live for today, in the moment--and hold onto that for as long as you possibly can.[...]

V-Motion™ Active Learning System Review & Giveaway


V-Motion™ Active Learning System Active Minds in MotionPut your child in motion while driving home lessons in math, reading, science, spelling and more with V.Smile Motion™ TV Learning System! V.Smile Motion™ is a breakthrough gaming console that combines wireless, motion-activated play, web connectivity and educational gaming into a system that plugs directly into your TV! V.Smile Motion™ has all of your child's favorite characters including Scooby-Doo, Thomas the Tank Engine, Winnie the Pooh and Spider-Man, as well as new ones like Disney Fairies, Pixar’s Up!, Handy Manny, and Ni Hao, Kai Lan Your child will love these wireless action packed toys that guide them through age-appropriate skill levels and developmental activities. Plus children can use the V.Link to track scores and earn bonus online games at The exciting "Action Mania" Smartridge comes included with the console.V.Smile Motion™ Active Learning System FeaturesWireless, motion activated joystick is also for left-handed or right-handed childrenThis learning system is 100% compatible with the entire V.Smile Smartridge libraryUse V.Link to track your scores and earn bonus online gamesComes with Action Mania sampler SmartridgeV-Motion™ Active Learning System – (3–7 years) ERP: $59.99 on sale now at Vtech Kids for $39.99 Games from $24.99 now on sale: $17.99 on Vtech KidsExtra Controller: sale $17.99 on VTech Kids Use Coupon code:  BIGSAVINGS  for additional 20% off and  Free Shipping for Christmas Also available from these retailers: My 3 year old nephew, Nick, really loves counting and solving problems with Thomas the Train and Scooby Doo on the V-Motion™ Active Learning System. It is definately geared to his level. Set up of the system was easy . I did not expect Playstation 3 graphics, so I am satisfied with the quality in graphics. The quality did not suffer any more on my 42" LCD than a smaller tv as some others have complained about. Bottom line: if you are looking for high quality graphics comparable to other high profile gaming systems, look elsewhere. The functionality is great--its ambidextrous, suitable for both right and left handed players. You have the option of joystick or motion capabilities with each V-Motion game. It's functionality is very much comparable to a wireless remote.There is a vast amount of learning content which varies from shapes, letter, number and color identification, math, logic, etc. The games are broken up into 3 categories: 3-5, 4-6 and 6-8 years old. There is overlapping, by that I mean my nephew can play and enjoy the 4-6 age category despite being only 3 years old. It all depends on their educational level and with enough supervision and proper guidance your child will not be limited to a particular category. I advise that the first time your child plays a game you walk him through it. The best part of all is that all the smartridges are compatible with the vmotion. All V-smile games and accessories work on this system, expanding your library of gaming options. Most games also have a difficulty option giving you the ability to choose easy or difficult, so as they progress, it can become more challenging. This is also great for households with younger and older children. I also find that using the motion controller helps develop my young nephew's hand and eye coordination.Not IncludedBatteries: Requires both 4-AA, 3-AAA AC/DC 9VAdapter Plug Sold separatelyAdditional games sol[...]

Will $50 Make you Holler?


Everybody loves the Green stuff. Except its going to be in the form of ONE $50.00 Gift card to either Amazon® , Target® , PayPal® or Walmart GC® (winners choice) to a total of TWO winners.This way you can splurge on something for yourself that Santa neglected to leave under the tree. I'm always looking out for my readers. 【ツ】I am excited and finalizing my plans to attend BlogHer 2010, which was announced that it will be in NYC at the Hilton New York from August 5-7th. NYC happens to be my stomping grounds so I am beyond ecstatic and am still planning my itinerary.  I had a lofty goal of reaching 4,000 Twitter followers and/or 1000 blog followers/subscribers by 11:59 pm EST Wednesday, November 21, 2009. Update: I didn't quite make my goal the first time around, but the results were still significant and very much appreciated. I figure it creates a buzz and some very happy Multiple Blessings  and Mommy's Multiple Mayhem  readers if I change it up very now and again and offer something inspiring. Have fun with it! Deadline to enter is 11:59 pm EST on January 29, 2010.How to Enter the GiveawayYou MUST do the first requirement listed below, include the info in your initial comment, this MUST be done accordingly before all other additional entries will be considered because I will be checking, thanks in advance! If you do not have a blogger account with an active email on file, please leave your email addy in your comment, (like this: Twincere(at)gmail(dot)com--it prevents spam bots from picking it up). If I can't contact you, how are ya gonna know you won? Winners will be notified via email  and have 48 hours to contact me, or risk forfeiting the prize and another winner will have to be chosen. Good Luck! Deadline to enter is 11:59 pm EST on Friday January 29, 2010! Winners will be chosen via Random.OrgMandatory Entry– Are you funny? Tell me something really funny! A story, a joke, whatever...I try to be funny but I'm not so good at it! Just keep it clean, no profanity or dirty jokes, please!  After you’ve completed the above step, you can earn bonus entries by leaving separate comment entries for each that you choose to do. Please follow the directions carefully, or your comment will have to be deleted (sorry) Here’s how:1 Extra Entry- just follow @Twincere on Twitter & for each Tweet you post about the contest -unlimited entry opportunity- leave a separate comment on this post linking to each tweet.  You can copy this if you'd like: @Twincere wants to know, ❝Will $50 Make you Holler?❞  #Twincere✰Big Bonus Linky ❤: 5 Extra Daily Entries for each of these that you choose to do– ❶Follow my friend, Dee's blog ; Bella So Savvy (trust me--you'll ❤ it) on Facebook Networked Blogs ❷  Follow Dee on Twitter, here 2 Extra Entries- for each of my contests that you enter.unlimited entry opportunity2 Extra Entries- for each comment posted on any non giveaway post on either of my blogs unlimited entry opportunity 3 Entries–Follow Multiple Blessings on blogger/google friend connect 3 Entries–Follow Mommy's Multiple Mayhem on blogger/google friend connect  ✮ I ♥LOVE♥! I love to win stuff and want my readers to win, too! If you happen to be one of my OLS peeps, leave me your OLS screen name and friend me on OLS (I'm GonnaWinBig) for 5 additional DAILY entries. Please leave 5 separate comments each day! ✮ 5 Extra Entries – Favorite Multiple Blessings in Technorati and leave your ID name in a separate comment (you may click the green blog reactions link on my sidebar to get there) 5 Extra E[...]

Heinz and Ocean Spray's Easy Ultimate Party Meatballs


Nothing brings people together quite like the holidays. Great company and the tantalizing aroma of great food ignites the social charm of a party!. Whether it be a potluck dinner with close friends, a Sunday afternoon football game with the guys, or all the relatives coming to your house, the holiday season fills up fast with gatherings and get-togethers. As someone who loves to cook, and does it frequently out of necessity-- the arrival of the holidays for me also means a chance to try new recipes, cook up old favorites, and spend time in the kitchen with my family. (Hey, I could use all of the hands that I can get)  As the colder weather keeps us inside more often than not, I find myself searching for warm, comforting dishes that  I can put together at a moments notice.Thanks to MomCentral, I was beyond ecstatic to come across the information that Heinz and Ocean Spray have teamed up to create a great, easy holiday appetizer recipe. Their Ultimate Party Meatballs recipe takes only two steps and three ingredients, perfect for serving before a holiday meal as tempting hors d'oeuvres or taking to the neighborhood party. This is perfect for busy Moms like us who want to whip up something in a hurry without sacrificing quality or taste! W00t!  Heinz and Ocean Spray have also created a fun Ultimate Party Meatballs website,, filled with additional recipes and tips for entertaining.Ultimate Party MeatballsHaving friends over to watch a game? Hosting a dinner? With just three ingredients, Ultimate Party Meatballs are bound to be a hit with your guests.1   14-ounce can Ocean Spray® Jellied Cranberry Sauce1   12-ounce bottle Heinz® Chili Sauce1    2-pound bag frozen, pre-cooked, cocktail-size meatballs Combine sauces in a large saucepan. Cook over medium-low heat, stirring until smooth. Add meatballs. Cover and cook for 15 minutes or until meatballs are heated through, stirring occasionally. Makes 30 appetizer servings. Slow cooker Preparation: Place meatballs in a slow cooker. Combine sauces and pour over meatballs. Cover and cook 4 hours on HIGH.*I was not compensated or endorsed by Heinz or Ocean Spray in any way to promote their products, but I really like Heinz and Ocean Spray & thought you might, too* [...]

Coffee Break: Starbucks® Gift Card Giveaway


I was NOT compensated for this post, but I really like  Starbucks®  & thought you might, too*New Year, New Name for The Same Contest. My Starbucks® giveaways continue to be successful  and generates a lot of  caffeine induced fanfare. I enjoy Starbucks® immensely, and maybe a bit too often, ( and I am loving my venti Peppermint Mocha right now ).  I don't want to with hold the mesmerizing power of a bonafide caffeine jolt from anyone, and you will need it post holiday and New Year's as an important tool in your full recovery.Once again I am bringing you a chance to win One of  SIX- $10 gift certificates to Starbucks® (not sponsored by Starbucks® ) so you can enjoy a morning (or afternoon, evening) cup of coffee/Tea/whateva-you-like  and  inhale a pastry on me.How to Enter the GiveawayYou MUST do the first requirements listed below, include the info in your initial comment, this MUST be done accordingly before all other additional entries will be considered because I will be checking, thanks in advance! If you do not have a blogger account with an active email on file, please leave your email addy in your comment, (like this: Twincere(at)gmail(dot)com--it prevents spam bots from picking it up). If I can't contact you, how are ya gonna know you won? Winners will be notified via email  and have 48 hours to contact me, or risk forfeiting the prize and another winner will have to be chosen. Good Luck! Deadline to enter is 11:59 pm EST on Friday, January 15 , 2009! Winners will be chosen via Random.OrgMandatory Entry– Tell me a little something about your holidays.  After you’ve completed the above step, you can earn bonus entries by leaving separate comment entries for each that you choose to do. Please follow the directions carefully, or your comment will have to be deleted (sorry) Here’s how:1 Extra Entry- just follow @Twincere on Twitter & for each Tweet you post about the contest -unlimited entry opportunity- leave a separate comment on this post linking to each tweet.  You can copy this if you'd like: Coffee Break: Another Starbucks® Gift Card Giveaway from @Twincere #GimmeABreak ✰Big Bonus Linky ❤: 5 Extra Daily Entries for each of these that you choose to do– ❶Follow my friend, Dee's blog ; Bella So Savvy (trust me--you'll ❤ it) on Facebook Networked Blogs ❷  Follow Dee on Twitter, here2 Extra Entries- for each of my contests that you enter.unlimited entry opportunity2 Extra Entries- for each comment posted on any non giveaway post on either of my blogs unlimited entry opportunity3 Entries–Follow Multiple Blessings on blogger/google friend connect 3 Entries–Follow Mommy's Multiple Mayhem on blogger/google friend connect ✮ I ♥LOVE♥! I love to win stuff and want my readers to win, too! If you happen to be one of my OLS peeps, leave me your OLS screen name and friend me on OLS (I'm GonnaWinBig) for 5 additional DAILY entries. Please leave 5 separate comments each day! ✮ 3 Extra Entries – Favorite Multiple Blessings in Technorati and leave your ID name in a separate comment (you may click the green blog reactions link on my sidebar to get there)  5 Extra Entries- for displaying my button on your blog. Get 15 Extra Entries if you decide to display both of my blog buttons on your blog and/or blog about this giveaway on your own blog. (button codes are in the right hand column, please include the links to your blog for verification) if you already have the buttons from a previous contest, g[...]

Surviving Holiday Allergies: PreHistin® Review & Giveaway


Follow my blog with bloglovinDo you notice that your nasal, eye, sinus and various respiratory symptoms begin to worsen when the family Christmas tree, complete with holiday ornaments, makes its appearance in your home?  Christmas trees are a source for mold spores, which attach to the branches and needles, due to daily watering. So, how can you reduce the risks of Christmas tree allergies interfering with your holidays?  Here are some tips that may help:When handling a live tree, be sure to wear a long-sleeved shirt and gloves to prevent sap and resins from irritating the skin.  Allow your tree to dry out on an enclosed porch or garage before bringing it indoors, but keep the trunk in a bucket of water so it doesn’t die.  Explore whether your tree retailer provides a shaking machine, which will physically remove some allergens from the tree.  Encase your mattress and pillows in effective allergen barrier covers,  to protect from allergens getting into your pillows and keep you from breathing them in while sleeping. Consider an artificial tree if you develop Christmas tree related respiratory symptoms (i.e. irritated eyes, sneezing, coughing) after exposure to a fresh tree, wreath or garland.  Be sure to keep the artificial tree securely covered when not in use to minimize dust and mold growth. Since decorations stored for the past year in a damp basement may harbor molds or dust mites, it’s best to keep ornaments and decorations stored in dry areas, off the floor and in plastic bags. Wash your hands after unpacking decorations.  Be sure to clean ornaments and lights before decorating your tree to rid them of dust and mold.  The better you prepare yourself for the holiday and winter-time allergies, the easier it will be for you to have a healthy and happy holiday season!PreHistin® is a scientific breakthrough that will help regulate your response to allergens. PreHistin® takes advantage of the latest research to regulate the release of histamine which is related to annoyances such as sneezing, nasal congestion, andrunny nose. Best of all, PreHistin® is effective for both indoor and outdoor allergens!PreHistine® provides a safe, non-sedating alternative to powerful antihistamines that can often cause unwanted drowsiness and other uncomfortable effects.PreHistin® is in a class of its own, literally creating an entirely new approach to regulating normal response to allergens for seasonal and year-round allergy sufferers .Directions for UsePreHistin® is safe and easy to use. For best results, simply dissolve one cherry flavored lozenge under your tongue and swallow, twice a day for 30 days.PreHistin® helps build up your immune system and has been shown to keep working for weeks after you stop taking it. For best results, continue taking it throughout the season. You can begin taking PreHistin® at any time, but it takes several weeks to see optimal results since PreHistin® works by rebalancing your immune system to maintain normal response to allergens.  So the sooner you start, the sooner you will see results.PreHistin® is effective for both indoor and outdoor allergens, and safe for long-term use year round.BUY IT: Right now you can order online 2 boxes for only $19.95 plus $6.95 S/H. That's a huge savings as it is regularly priced at $29.99. The giveawayThanks to Laura, the coolest PR rep from Robin Leedy & Associates, one lucky Multiple Blessings reader will win their own package of relief PreHistin®WIN IT: One Multiple Blessings will win a box of PreHistin (63 cherry lozenges in a blister pack; retail value $[...]

Upcoming Kmart Specials At A Glance


Below are the teasers for this weekend December 19th and 20th: ·         Boys/Girls Licensed Hoodies $8 (reg. $18.99) ·         Essential Home 10 pc Sets $29.99 (reg. $49.99) ·         Rollercade $49.99 (reg. $79.99) Don’t forget to follow @KmartDealsnNews and use the #KmartBLS hashtag for a chance to win every day!  For more info & rules:  Good luck!Look out for more Kmart Bluelight Special teasers next week from me, and don’t hesitate to contact me if you need any additional info!Happy Holidays and happy shopping!!*I was not compensated or endorsed by Kmart in any way to promote their products or stores, but I really like Kmart & thought you might, too* [...]

Getting Ready For Holiday (or Anytime) Guests


If you have a spare room, it’s likely become storage space, a playroom, or gift-wrap center, and may not be ready for guests.  Whether you’re expecting friends or relatives, it’s a very nice gesture to make the room look like you prepared it just for them.  It doesn’t take much. Take a look around, get rid of any clutter, make room in a drawer, and clear space in a closet. I've compiled a ✔ list (at the end of this post)  for preparing to have guests in your home, and check out these items I’ve used to make our guests feel welcome. BedFor most of us, our guest room is a last thought when we’re putting together our home, so we use whatever odds and ends are available to make the bed.  Offer your guests a bed with fresh, matching linens and other amenities such as a cozy comforter, a selection of pillows and a fuzzy throw.NightstandA nightstand with drawers gives your guests extra storage and gives you a place to tuck away any stray items in the room.  Can’t afford to purchase a nightstand? Use a side table from another room or make a small table by placing a small board on a pile of books and draping matching floor length fabric over it.LightingHaving a lamp on the nightstand is great, but you’ll make more space for books and other necessities with an easy-to-install sconce light for reading.ClockYour guests will appreciate knowing what time it is, and an alarm clock with an i-pod dock and a special ambient sound feature makes sleeping easier by blocking out unfamiliar noises in your home.If you don’t have a spare room, then an air mattress in a room without too much traffic is a good alternative, and can be set up to be as welcoming as a guest bedroom.[...]

We have some winners!


Emails have been sent, please email me back with your info within 48 hours! Thanks & congrats! Don't forget to enter all of my current contests!

samsakara said... 55

I would choose the My Name Is book for my son.

November 20, 2009 10:29 PM

 Anti Monkey Butt Powder winner
joahsgrandma said... 98
It has to be my husband because of course I would NEVER need Anti Monkey Butt Powder no matter how hot and sweaty I got!
December 9, 2009 6:41 PM 

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Sponsored Tweets Mega Mac Challenge


This is it people…the big one you have all been waiting for. Sponsored Tweets is hosting another challenge for its referral program, and they are giving away more than  ever have before.Win ALL this Apple Gear!They are not giving away just a laptop or an iPod. The winner of this challenge will snag a boatload of Apple gear including:MacBook Air27-Inch Quad-Core iMacApple TVTime CapsuleiWorkiPod nanoNike+ iPod Sport KitWHHHHAAATT!??We know what you are thinking. Does one person really win all of that? Yeah. They are that awesome. That is so much Apple gear that you may just be able to take over the world. If you do take over the world we would like to see universal bacon delivery to the home. Everyone deserves bacon. Everyone.The Challenge1. Click the Retweet button at the top of this page.2. Use your referral link inside SponsoredTweets to sign up new Tweeters to the system. You can use the standard tweet, display ads or get creative and make something new. If you are a developer you may use the SponsoredTweets API.The challenge starts today and ends January 31st, 2010.The person with the most valid new referrals during the contest period will win.Your referral Twitter accounts must be over 120 days old by contest end (you can’t just setup a bunch of Twitter accounts and refer yourself).Referrals prior to today do not count. Everybody starts fresh!Valid to U.S. Residents 18 years of age and older only. Void where prohibited by law.Do not use Twitter bot spamming (or any spamming for that matter) to drive registrations. Doing so will make you ineligible, you will be reported to Twitter and your SponsoredTweets account will be suspended.You can view the official rules here. IZEA has no affiliation with Apple, it worksUse these links and badges to spread the word about SponsoredTweets. When a tweeter signs up using one of your links or badges you will receive 10% of Sponsored Tweets portion of revenue for each successful transaction that Tweeter makes. If you sign up an Advertiser you will earn 5% of Sponsored Tweets earnings for each transaction they make.[...]

Wordless Wednesdays: 3 Peas In A Pod



                                                    This sticking together stuff is exhausting!

WW hosted by 5 Minutes for Mom
WW hosted by SevEn cLoWn CirCuS
WW hosted by 3 Kids and Us

Points to Ponder


Finding fault with everything you see

We all know people who just like to complain. It seems that no matter how good they have it, they're always spreading negative energy. Even the best, most painstaking listener can have trouble with someone who finds fault with everything around them. You can shine even in the worst situations if your character is strong. If you're starting to see the "dark side" too often and find yourself blaming your circumstances on other people, take another look. If you think a change of scenery will solve all your problems, think again. Change can be good. Moving on to
new things can be an exciting chance to stretch yourself and break a rut. But it's important to start with yourself when you're finding things to improve. No matter where you live, work or play, the only constant is you. You can't escape yourself. Change on the outside will have no effect on your happiness or fulfillment unless you change on the inside, too.

My Entry For the Kia Sorento Ultimate Road Trip Sweepstakes


Win BIG in Momlogic's Kia Sorento Ultimate Road Trip Sweeps  "Moms all over the country are buzzing about the new Kia 2011 Sorento -- on sale in January! This stylish and powerful crossover (built in the USA) is fuel-efficient, with seating for seven (love that!), Bluetooth Wireless Technology, USB connectivity, satellite radio, plus available push-button ignition, voice-activated navigation, and rear sonar.To celebrate this super car, MomLogic and Kia has put together an Ultimate Road Trip Prize Pack -- full of over $1000 in Mom-tastic prizes!" W00T! Check out Kia Sorento on Facebook! The Ultimate Road Trip Prize Pack Includes:ExxonMobil Gift Card ($100) Starbucks Gift Card ($50) Subway Gift Card ($100) Sony DVP-FX930/R 9-Inch Portable DVD Player, Red ($159.00) POWERCUP On-The-Go Power Supply Cup ($32.50) LeSportSac 7008 Travel Tote ($98) Kindle Wireless Reading Device ($259) Garmin nüvi 260W 4.3-Inch Widescreen Portable GPS Navigator ($134.99) 2 Star Kids Snack & Play Travel Tray ($19.94 each) The Family Road Trip Box of Questions ($19.95)Travel-tainer ($11.99)Coleman Collapsible Pet Bowl (2-Quart) ($7.69)MomLogic asked "If you could take your family on a road trip anywhere, where would you go and why?" One random commenter on the winning blog post will win a $100 Target Gift Card!  (hint hint: comment on this post and we may both be winners, ya never know---but you've got to be in it to win it!)  I know that family time and family trips are important in a child's life. I remember almost all of the fun trips that my parents took me on and we have such a great bond because of the experiences we have had together. My husband and I try really hard to continue with that tradition. We have a blended family, as this is the second marriage for us both, and road trips are second nature in our family. They can often be tedious and long, but its what you make of it that will make it a memorable and fun experience. We both have family based up North in New York, so it would be a dream to take all 7 kids (that's our 5 kids and 2 nephews that we care for) on an extended trip down South. Well, I mean further South than where we are right now ( we're in South Eastern Virginia; Virginia Beach to be exact) And while we love living by the beach, we'd love to explore the fabulous Southern Charm and mountainous terrain of Tennessee. I know my family would love an adventurous road trip to tour the mountainside, enjoy the scenery, horseback riding, gem mining, and even a frugal but fabulous road side picnic lunch buffet would be a fun, family adventure.So tell me, If you could take your family on a road trip anywhere, where would you go and why?"  [...]