Big Giveaway Dec. 1st–Dec.10 Holiday Gift Guide
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Here’s the Holiday Gift Guide Giveaways:
Giveaway #1–1 Calendar–Value $20.00
This Holiday Season Give A Gift That Will Sizzle All Year Long…
Giving Product: 2010 Calendar New Orleans Firefighters “Look Hot”
Proceeds used to close funding gap to purchase needed equipment for New Orleans Fire Fighters
Giving Gift Product Highlights: This holiday season give the gift of the New Orleans Fire Fighters Look Hot Calendar! In its third year, the calendar was created in response to Hurricane Katrina to replace much needed uniforms and equipment. “It is truly a blessing each year as the community rallies behind the fire fighters to support us through the calendar,” says Assistant Superintendent of the New Orleans Fire Department, Timothy McConnell. “The calendar lets our fire fighters have fun while highlighting them for their hard work and dedication to New Orleans.”
The New Orleans Fire Fighters Look Hot Calendar was first launched in 2007 with the release of the 2008 calendar. In just two years, the Foundation has sold over 10,000 calendars all over Louisiana as well as in 30 other states and even as far away as Norway. The 2008 and 2009 calendars raised over $120,000 in profits. The funds have gone towards replacing uniforms lost to Hurricane Katrina and dollars have been allocated for the purchase of a mobile command and recovery unit which should arrive in the next few months.
Giving Product Price: The third annual calendar –$20.00. For a complete list of retail locations or to purchase a calendar online, visit www.hotnolafirefighters.com.
Chief Blonde’s Remarks: The envelope was BURNING when it arrived. As I am a married woman, I can’t say much more, however I think the cover photo above says it all, DON’T YOU? We will be giving this calendar away on Dec. 1 in our Giveaway blog. Don’t miss it!
Giveaway #2–Snack Size ReSnackit–Value $9.95
Reduce, Reuse, ReSnackit!
Earth Inspired. Mom Invented. Child Endorsed!
Earth Friendly Product Highlights: Why Resnackit Ever notice how many plastic baggies you go through? Approximately 20 million baggies are thrown away every week in US schools. An average family spends $300 per year on snack packing materials. It takes 1000 years for a plastic bag to break down and as it does toxic substances leach into soil and enters the food chain.
Earth Friendly Retail Price: $7.99—9.99 Sandwich size and Snack size in a varied array of colors for the corporate executive to the tiniest toddler. www.resnackit.com
Chief Blonde says: Well when I first saw these, the mom in me said, “Great idea, but how do they stay clean?” Well, you can wash them in the washing machine, dishwasher, or hand wipe. NEAT! I also liked the fact they have no lead, BPA, Phthalates or PVC. My absolute favorite is that they are made in the USA! ReSackits come packaged so cute–with actually no packaging. They are just tied with a bit of twine and a really cute card explaining how they work. The fabrics are adorable and the quality of construction screams handcrafted. Watch the video, it explains so much!
Giveaway #3–Montagne Jeunesse Top to Toe Pampering Giveaway
“top to toe” gift package includes a variety of hair masques, foot scrubs and face masks
Peels off Easy…
Stocking Stuffer Product: Montagne Jeunesse face masks
This Year- Why not Give the Gift of Pampering- at a Price that won’t Break the Bank?
Stocking Stuffer Product Highlights: Montagne Jeunesse face masks are great, inexpensive feel-good items that are available at most mass, drug and grocery retailers across the US. With a vast array of different varieties, it’s difficult to choose just one! All are packed with amazing natural ingredients, vegetarian society approved and never animal tested. Treat yourself and loved ones today! Some of the great choices include:
· Passion Peel-Off Mask–Pomegranate, Raspberry, Grape and Cranberry- an antioxidant powerhouse formula!
· Crystal Mask– An excellent exfoliating mask with sparkling sugar cane, crystallized honey, and passion flower. It smells as yummy as it sounds andgoes on warm – leaves your skin glowing and so smooth.
· Cucumber Peel-Off Mask
· Chocolate Mud Mask—the best seller! The most decadent mask of them all…the signature Chocolate Mud Mask is made with real chocolate (don’t attempt to eat please) and is a deep cleansing mask. The smell will soothe you as your skin is left cleansed, nourished and moisturized.
Stocking Stuffer Retail Price: $2.25 (No..REALLY!). At that price, you can buy every kind!
Chief Blonde’s remarks: They said that peeling off the mask was their favorite aspect of the product because it was really fun. The reviewers said they could feel the mask working and the smell was great!
Giveaway #4–Nutrition at Your Fingertips Book by Elisa Zied, M.S., R.D., C.D.N.
(5 copies to be given away!)
Nutrition at your Fingertips…
Nutrition at Your Fingertips, the latest book by leading national nutrition expert Elisa Zied, M.S., R.D., C.D.N.
The All-inclusive “Go-To” Guide That Answers All Your Nutrition and Health Questions in a Practical, No-Nonsense Way
Nutrition at Your Fingertips is the “go to” guide to have on your desk or kitchen counter. It teaches you:
- How to eat to beat diseases that may be preventable
- The functions of vitamins and minerals and where to get them
- The symptoms of a food allergy, intolerance and sensitivity
- How to burn more calories in less time
- How consuming more fiber can slim your waistline and how to get more of it
- Where all those extra calories in your diet lurk
- Whether you’re eating a portion or a serving
- How consuming super foods can increase weight loss
- How to indulge without going overboard
- How to balance your food and fitness choices to manage or lose weight
Book Retail Price: $18.95 ($12.89 on Amazon)
Chief Bloggers remark: This highly impressive book is by an equally impressive author. If all of these organizations trust her advice, shouldn’t you? For 5 years, Elisa has been a national media spokesperson for the American Dietetic Association, the nation’s largest professional organization that represents almost 70,000 nutrition professionals. Reporters and producers regularly seek out Elisa’s nutrition expertise and real-world approach to nutrition. She has appeared on CBS’s The Early Show, The Today Show, and on dozens of other national and local programs on CBS, NBC, ABC, CNN, MSNBC, Fox News Channel, Food Network, Lifetime, and NY1.
Giveaway #5–A Century of Flavor
A Century of Flavor, a new cookbook by Nielsen-Massey Vanillas
3 Copies to be given away!
A Century of Flavor
A Century of Flavor, a new cookbook published by Nielsen-Massey Vanillas, family-owned and operated since 1907, showcases recipes from the Nielsen family collection, as well as recipes from world-renowned chefs attracted to the quality, flavor and varied functionality of pure vanilla.
Gift ideas from the cookbook include:
• Vanilla oil
• Vanilla maple syrup
• Vanilla Caramel Corn Crunch
• Blueberry Vanilla Granola
Author: Nielsen Massey Vanillas (Waukegan, IL)
Chief Blonde’s Remarks: Really lovely Hardcover book. Great vivid color pictures throughout. Your mouth just waters when you read through the recipes. Highly recommended!
Giveaway #6–Bang the Key: Four Steps to a Lifelong Writing Practice by Jill Dearman
(3 copies will be given away!)
Bang The Key: Four Steps to a Lifelong Writing Practice
From those looking to begin a writing career or those simply hoping to reenergize one, author and writing coach, Jill Dearman, offers guidance. Bang the Keys includes practical direction to get any writing project off the ground including
§ Tips to find the right plot so they can identify and start “the right project”
§ Exercises to focus and stay motivated
§ Organizing strategies to carry the work through to the final deadline
Bang the Keys: Four Steps to a Lifelong Writing Process
ISBN: 9781592579143, Alpha Books, August 2009,
Chief Blonde’s Remarks: Covers a variety of author related topics to get you off the dime and get your witty little thoughts on to the paper or into the computer.
Giveaway #7–Am I Boring My Dog?
by Edie Jarolim
(3 Copies to be Given Away)
Am I Boring My Dog? And 99 Other Things Every Dog Wishes You Knew
The excitement of a new puppy can easily wear off. In Am I Boring My Dog?
, readers find tips, ideas, and fun information for getting the most fun and enjoyment out of their dog, at any age. Author Edie Jarolim
offers any dog-owner ideas to try like:
§ Finding a good trainer for your dog and teaching it new tricks
§ Taking an RV or motor home for vacation and bringing the family dog
§ Venturing into dog parks and dog friendly facilities
ISBN: 9781592578801, Alpha Books, September 2009,
Author: Edie Jarolim (Tucson, AZ)
Chief Blonde’s Remarks: Very Cute, quick read paperback on doggydom. Broken into a convenient question format. Especially good for a first time dog-owner!
Giveaway #8–Code Switching: How to Talk so Men Will Listen
by Claire Damken Brown, Ph. D and Audrey Nelson, Ph. D.
(3 Copies to be Given Away)
Code Switching: How To Talk So Men Will Listen
In Code Switching, authors Claire Damken Brown, Ph.D. and Audrey Nelson, Ph.D. decipher the “codes” men and women have that don’t always mesh well. Readers learn where these codes come from and how to translate to strengthen the communication in every woman’s professional or personal life. Women will read how to:
§ Use their natural tendencies as a women, like social savvy and emotional intelligence, in their favor
§ Have direct conversations by avoiding qualifying statements
§ Take care of themselves at work by learning company policies and knowing how to facilitate meetings
§ Handle conflict while maintaining their femininity
ISBN: 9781592579266, Alpha Books, September 2009, $16.95
Authors: Claire Damken Brown, Ph.D., (Westminster, CO) and Audrey Nelson, Ph.D. (Boulder, CO)
Retail Price: $16.95
Cheif Blonde’s Remarks: Helps to Unlock the codes and finally understand WHAT the opposite sex is really talking about! Written from a women’s perspective
Giveaway #9–Firsts-Origins of Everything that Changed the World By Wilson Casey
(3 Copies will be given away)
Firsts allows readers to develop trivia expertise with surprising, informative, humorous, and always fascinating, little-known facts about the “firsts” that changed the world. Author Wilson Casey describes over 500 firsts in nearly every topic imaginable, from fashion to food, politics to science, sports to art. Firsts includes descriptions of the first…
§ Drive-thru restaurant, Maid Rite Sandwich Shop in Springfield, IL that began serving customers out the window in 1926
§ Person buried on the moon, Eugene M. Shoemaker, whose ashes were delivered in a controlled crash on July 31, 1999
§ Social Security check issued to Ida May Fuller on January 31, 1940 for $22.54
§ Sports Illustrated swimsuit issue, published January 20, 1964, with Babette March on the cover
ISBN: 9781592579242, Alpha Books, October 2009,
Author: Casey Wilson (Spartanburg, SC)
Chief Blonde’s Remarks: I had to rip this out of my reviewer’s hands in order to get it back for this review. Super Duper interesting!
Giveaway #10-New Rules For Mortgage
(3 copies to be given away)
New Rules For Mortgage
The New Rules for Mortgages
helps homebuyers and homeowners looking to refinance navigate the industry’s changes with ease. Home-buyers will read how to navigate the new environment, including
§ New credit guidelines: Explaining the new credit guidelines that apply to mortgages;
§ Overcoming obstacles: Shedding light on issues that can arise, including appraisals, title searches, and home inspections;
§ The right down payment: How big your down payment should be – and how much cash you should keep “in reserve”;
§ New mortgage types: Figuring out what type of mortgage is right for you – and what risks are too big to shoulder.
ISBN: 9781592579488, Alpha Books, September 2009,
Author: Dale Siegel (New York, NY)
Chief Blonde’s remarks: Outlines the newest rules! Helps to have some REAL guidance in this new era of home buying and mortgage. Thanks Dale!
Giveaway #11–Complete Idiot’s Guide to Your True Age
By Judith Partnow Hyman Ph. D. and Elaine Bernstein Partnow
(2 copies to be Given Away)
Complete Idiot’s Guide to Your True Age
Are you younger—or older—than you think?
Nobody wants to acknowledge that dreaded number on their driver’s license, yet chronological age is only one aspect of what determines a person’s “true age.” Just as we all possess multiple intelligences, we also have multiple ages that make up our “true age.” Expert authors Partnow and Hyman explain just what factors make up these multiple ages, and provide practical insight on ways to improve the scores in each area.
•Includes easy quizzes to help readers determine their “true age profile”
•Addresses medical, educational, sexual, and familial issues—and many More
•A fun and engaging take on cultivating optimal health and well-being
About the Authors
Elaine Bernstein Partnow is the author of The Complete Idiot’s Guide® to Great Quotes for All Occasions
Judith Partnow Hyman, Ph.D. has run a family practice of psychotherapy and psychoanalysis in Encino, California for 25 years.
Chief Blonde’s Remarks: It’s so fun to do this and find out you are 10 years younger than your age! Not so, when it goes the other way. Good tips to reduce your “True Age” too. Written in the easily digestible style of all “Complete Idiot’s Guides”!
Giveaway #12-Complete Idiot’s Guide to Stretching Your Dollar
By Shannon Medisky
(2 copies to be Given Away)
Complete Idiot’s Guide to Stretching Your Dollar
An online expert and home economist gathers hundreds of practical-and surprising-tips.
Everyone is being squeezed these days by the faltering economy, but nobody wants to give up the things that add to quality of life. Much more than just common sense warmed over, this handy guide will take them through the doldrums of the current economy, helping them budget and set priorities, while still enjoying their lives.
• Hundreds of tips on stretching the dollar-without the no-brainers like “clip coupons”
•The few businesses thriving during the downturn are bargain- and budget- oriented
•Does not require a lifestyle makeover.
About the Author
Shannon M. Medisky is the creator and owner of Makingbysaving.com, an online community. Wife, mother, teacher, home economist, and graphic designer, she holds a double Bachelor’s degree from Central Washington University. Retail Price: $12.95 Amazon.com Price: $11.01 (stock was extremely low as of this writing..tell you anything about the great DEMAND for this kind of infomation?)
Chief Blonde’s Remarks: I found this book to be very valuable during these difficult financial times. We all need new ideas to get ourselves out of the spending rut. I felt like my thinking was pushed outside of the box with Shannon’s tips.
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