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Monday, August 30, 2010

Tuesday Tag-Along 8/30/10

Reminder: I'm creating a Blog Hop Master List! Read this post for info about how to submit your blog hop!


Ever wish you had a Tuesday Tag-Along reminder each week? 
The solution is simple! Just subscribe to Twee Poppets via email! You'll receive a brief email on each day that I make a new post (including my weekly TTA post) - but no spam, ever! It's also a great way to learn about my new giveaways.


Psssssst! While you're here, why not enter one of my great giveaways? Here's what you can win right now on Twee Poppets:

      Don't miss out!
       

      Welcome to this week's Tuesday Tag-Along blog hop, hosted by Twee Poppets Review and Giveaway! This is a great way to discover new blogs while increasing the number of followers for your own blog. Please feel free to grab the TTA button for your blogroll to help bring more bloggers to this blog hop!



      Tuesday Tag-Along button art adapted from the "Follow the Leader" illustration by Diana Jones. I encourage you to visit her at her blog, Sketch & Jones, and her online shop to see more great illustrations and all sorts of wonderful crafts!


      Without further ado...
      Here's how it works:
      • Create a new Tuesday Tag-Along blog post. Include the Tuesday Tag-Along button by copying and pasting the code above. (You are also welcome to copy and paste these instructions in their entirety, or any portion of this Tuesday Tag-Along blog post!)
      • Add your blog name and the URL of your TTA post to the MckLinky below.
      • Follow Twee Poppets, the hostess blog listed in the first slot. Twee Poppets will follow you back! (Note: If you want Twee Poppets to follow you back, you MUST leave her a comment saying that you are a new follower and leave a link to your blog!)
      • Follow the Blog Hopper of the Week, listed in the second slot. To learn how to be chosen as the Blog Hopper of the Week, read the red text below.
      • If you can, please follow the blogs in the three slots before you (e.g., if you're number 20, follow numbers 19, 18, and 17). This is not mandatory, but it will help ensure that everyone who signs up gets a few new followers!
      • Follow as many other blogs as you want. The more you follow, the more that will follow you back! Be sure to tell them that you're following from Tuesday Tag-Along! You may also want to leave a link to your blog so they can return your follow more easily.
      • When you get a new follower through Tuesday Tag-Along, be sure to follow them back! It's just common courtesy. :)
      The weekly Tuesday Tag-Along MckLinky opens every Monday night at 8:59pm Pacific Standard Time (that's 11:59pm Eastern Standard Time), and the TTA blog post will be posted well in advance of that time. The MckLinky will be open to add your blog until 11:59pm Tuesday night. You then have all week long to visit blogs and return follows!

      There is a new list every week. The link you enter one week will not carry over to the next week's MckLinky. Please link up again each week to join in the fun!


      Tuesday Tag-Along Blog Hopper of the Week:
      Note: To be eligible to be Blog Hopper of the Week, you MUST place the Tuesday Tag-Along button somewhere on the main page of your blog or website (Inside a blog post does NOT count; it must be on the actual page, e.g. in the sidebar. And since I'll be checking for it manually, I must be able to actually find it). If the randomly-drawn winner does not meet this condition, a new winner will be randomly selected. If you do not want to place the TTA button on your site, you are still more than welcome to join in the blog hop, you will just not be eligible to be the Blog Hopper of the Week.

      Each week, one blog will be chosen randomly from all the links, and that lucky blog will be placed in the desirable second slot for the following week's MckLinky!

      This week's lucky blog hopper is #163 - Sueberry Lane! Congratulations!






      Thanks for being a part of Tuesday Tag-Along! If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Chelsea from Twee Poppets directly, at TweePopACap@gmail.com. Have fun!

      Review and Giveaway: ViCera Ceramic Cutlery (ARV $80!)



      Up until a few weeks ago, I had never even heard of ceramic cutlery - but oh, I'm so glad I did! ViCera crafts some of the most amazing knives around, and the blades are made entirely of ceramic. I know that may sound a little unusual, but once you see the statistics, I think you'll be swayed. Take a look at how ceramic compares to traditional steel cutlery.

      Ceramic vs. Steel


      Why Ceramic?


      In the spirit of full disclosure, there are a few drawbacks to ceramic that must be noted. Ceramic is more delicate than steel. It should not be used to cut very hard materials, such as bone, frozen food, thickskinned items (e.g. pumpkins), nonfood items (e.g. wood, metal), etc. The blade should not be exposed to flame, and the edge should not be used to crush food (e.g. garlic). Ceramic is not able to withstand shock and may break if dropped from a height. However, for my purposes, I have found these disadvantages to all be very minor, and they have not adversely affected my knife usage.


      My whole experience with ViCera has been fabulous. I was given the opportunity to review their chef's knife, and from the moment my package arrived, I have had no complaints. Even the packaging was impressive! My knife came in a large box packed full with Styrofoam peanuts and marked fragile - this shows me that ViCera cares enough about their customers to take the extra initiative to ensure that everything arrives safely, which I truly appreciate in a company.

      Of course, things only got better once I opened the box! The knife is beautiful. It's bright white and somewhat translucent when held up to the light. From far away, it looks to me almost like an extremely shiny, clean metal knife - and up close it's a flawless white.


      The knife feels perfect in my hand. The handle is very comfortable to hold and I was surprised at how lightweight it is compared to my metal knives. This made it very easy to wield. It is so much easier to use than any other knife I've ever tried out! I love that the blade is slightly curved, because it allows me to chop by rocking the knife back and forth, which is especially terrific when there's a lot for me to cut. I feel completely comfortable chopping with it, and I've found that I'm able to cut food into smaller pieces and with much more precision than I am able to with my other knives.

      Just look at these teeny tiny pieces of pickle - I wanted to see how finely I could chop them. It's a little tough to tell from the photo, but some of these pieces are literally as small as large grains of sand. Plus, I'm confident that the only thing that kept me from dicing them into even smaller bits is my own coordination, not the knife. I have no doubt that the knife could cut them into even smaller pieces, if wielded skillfully!



      The blade truly is incredibly sharp, which makes easy work of slicing, dicing, chopping, and mincing! It feels like I'm slicing through butter, even when I'm cutting something like a thick, tough piece of steak. Not only can I chop faster, easier, and more effectively, but the sharpness of the blade prevents me from needing to apply much pressure and squishing my food - this results in far fewer juices escaping and less mess for me to clean up!

      Take a peek at this experiment - the pile on the left was chopped with my normal metal knife and the pile on the right with my new ViCera ceramic knife. As you can see, many of the pieces cut with my normal knife turned out mushy from all the extra pressure needed to cut with the knife, and so the pile on the left has a small puddle surrounding it:


      I also tried cutting a loaf of French bread with my ViCera knife. Since it isn't serrated like a normal bread knife, I didn't expect it to work very well...but as it turns out, it sliced through the bread far more easily than even my actual bread knife! It didn't crush the bread, create a mountain of crumbs, or rip the bread haphazardly. Since I was able to cut through it without using much pressure at all, I was left with beautiful, clean-cut, presentable slices - which is fortunate, because I was having company over that night! I was pleased to be able to serve nice-looking, uniform slices of bread with the meal.

      Overall, I have been very pleased with my ceramic knife. It's beautiful, lightweight, extremely sharp, and very easy to use. I would highly recommend a ViCera ceramic knife to anyone who wants to experience chopping heaven!

      Buy It!
      You can purchase the ceramic chef's knife from ViCeraCutlery.com for $80.  ViCera also offers a Santoku knife ($70), a utility knife ($60), and a paring knife ($40).

      Win It!
      ViCera has generously offered to send one lucky US winner the winner's choice of ANY ViCera ceramic knife (chef's, Santoku, utility, or paring)! That's up to an $80 value - wow! Thanks, ViCera!


      Please be sure to leave your email address in at least one entry; I will do my best to find your email address if you're the winner, but if I have no way to contact you, you cannot win! For complete giveaway rules, please see the "Giveaways" section under the "The Fine Print" page. Winning entries WILL be checked to ensure qualification, so please be honest! :)

      Mandatory Entry (Must be completed before any other entries will qualify!)
      • Publicly follow Twee Poppets with Google Friend Connect. (Click the "Follow" button under the "Followers" section at the top of the main page.)

      Bonus Entries (Please leave a separate comment for each entry! If it's worth 3 entries, please leave 3 separate comments!)
      • 3 Extra Entries (Leave 3 Comments): Subscribe to Twee Poppets via email (must be activated to count). (Enter your email address under the "Subscribe Via Email!" section on the left hand side of the main page and click the "Subscribe" button.)
      • 1 Extra Entry: Visit http://www.viceracutlery.com/ and tell me which knife you think you might choose if you are the winner!
      • 1+ Extra Entry: Enter another one of my current giveaways. You may have one extra entry PER contest entered (please leave a separate comment for each). This applies only to current giveaways. Giveaways that have already ended (before 8/30) do NOT count.
      • 1 Extra Entry: Follow @TweePoppets on Twitter. (Include your Twitter ID with your entry.)
      • 1+ Extra Entry: Tweet about this giveaway (may be done once daily for one entry per tweet). You may use this tweet: Win your choice of ANY ViCera ceramic knife (ARV up to $80)! Enter to win @TweePoppets. http://tinyurl.com/WinVicera (9/13) #giveaway
      • 2 Extra Entries (Leave 2 Comments): Become a fan of ("like") Twee Poppets on Facebook. (Click this link or the button under the "Follow on Facebook!" section on the left hand side of the main page.)
      • NEW!!! 2 Extra Entries (Leave 2 Comments): Become a fan of ("like") ViCera on Facebook. Leave a comment on their wall letting them know that Twee Poppets sent you! (You MUST comment on their wall, or this entry will not count!)
      • 2 Extra Entries (Leave 2 Comments): Grab my button and add it to your blog or website. Let me know where I can find it! (Copy and paste the code that is in the "Grab My Button!" section on the left hand side of the main page.)
      • 5 Extra Entries (Leave 5 Comments): Blog about Twee Poppets and this giveaway. Please be sure to mention this giveaway and link back to Twee Poppets (http://tweepoppets.blogspot.com). Your blog must have at least 10 followers on Google Friend Connect to be eligible. Blog entries must be at least 50 words long to count; must be a dedicated post (not just part of another post).
      • 10 Extra Entries (Leave 10 Comments): Make a purchase from Vicera.com. If given the opportunity during checkout (notes to seller, etc.), be sure to say that Twee Poppets sent you! And please note that if you win, I WILL ask for proof of purchase (confirmation email, etc.).

      Contest will end at 11:59pm PST on September 13, 2010. Winner will be chosen via random number generator. Winner will be contacted by me (tweepopacap@gmail.com) and will have 48 hours to respond before he or she forfeits the prize and a new winner is chosen. Open to mailing addresses in the US only.

      Friday, August 27, 2010

      WINNERS! Powermat and Bubele Giveaways

      The Powermat giveaway has officially ended! There were 544 entries, and the winner was...


      Lucky number 468, Backslash!

      Congratulations to our winner, who has won a Home and Office Powermat plus up to three receivers! The winner will have 48 hours to respond to my email before a new winner is chosen.





      The Bubele giveaway has also ended! There were 234 entries, and the winner was...


      Lucky number 218, LouisTheBear!

      Congratulations to our winner, who has won any mix and match set from BubeleBaby.com! The winner will have 48 hours to respond to my email before a new winner is chosen.

      Baby Blogger Thursday Feature

      Guess what! I was fortunate enough to be featured on one of my very favorite blog hops, Baby Blogger Thursday, at the ever-wonderful blog, Cookies and Clogs! Baby Blogger Thursday is a blog hop specifically for those of us who have been blogging for less than a year, so if you're new to the scene like I am, it's a great way to meet bloggy friends that you can really relate to!


      TerriAnn, the blogger behind Cookies and Clogs, wrote up a very kind snippet about yours truly! I'd love for you all to check it out - and while you're there, be sure to join in the fun! Link up your blog if you have been blogging for less than a year, and visit some of the other great blogs on the list. The linky for this particular blog hop is an ongoing linky, which means that you only have to enter your info once ever - so hurry over and snag the next spot on the list!

      Monday, August 23, 2010

      Tuesday Tag-Along 8/24/10

      Reminder: I'm creating a Blog Hop Master List! Read this post for info about how to submit your blog hop!

      Ever wish you had a Tuesday Tag-Along reminder each week? 
      The solution is simple! Just subscribe to Twee Poppets via email! You'll receive a brief email on each day that I make a new post (including my weekly TTA post) - but no spam, ever! It's also a great way to learn about my new giveaways.


      Psssssst! While you're here, why not enter one of my great giveaways? Here's what you can win right now on Twee Poppets:
       
        Don't miss out!
         

        Welcome to this week's Tuesday Tag-Along blog hop, hosted by Twee Poppets Review and Giveaway! This is a great way to discover new blogs while increasing the number of followers for your own blog. Please feel free to grab the TTA button for your blogroll to help bring more bloggers to this blog hop!



        Tuesday Tag-Along button art adapted from the "Follow the Leader" illustration by Diana Jones. I encourage you to visit her at her blog, Sketch & Jones, and her online shop to see more great illustrations and all sorts of wonderful crafts!


        Without further ado...
        Here's how it works:
        • Create a new Tuesday Tag-Along blog post. Include the Tuesday Tag-Along button by copying and pasting the code above. (You are also welcome to copy and paste these instructions in their entirety, or any portion of this Tuesday Tag-Along blog post!)
        • Add your blog name and the URL of your TTA post to the MckLinky below.
        • Follow Twee Poppets, the hostess blog listed in the first slot. Twee Poppets will follow you back! (Note: If you want Twee Poppets to follow you back, you MUST leave her a comment saying that you are a new follower and leave a link to your blog!)
        • Follow the Blog Hopper of the Week, listed in the second slot. To learn how to be chosen as the Blog Hopper of the Week, read the red text below.
        • If you can, please follow the blogs in the three slots before you (e.g., if you're number 20, follow numbers 19, 18, and 17). This is not mandatory, but it will help ensure that everyone who signs up gets a few new followers!
        • Follow as many other blogs as you want. The more you follow, the more that will follow you back! Be sure to tell them that you're following from Tuesday Tag-Along! You may also want to leave a link to your blog so they can return your follow more easily.
        • When you get a new follower through Tuesday Tag-Along, be sure to follow them back! It's just common courtesy. :)
        The weekly Tuesday Tag-Along MckLinky opens every Monday night at 8:59pm Pacific Standard Time (that's 11:59pm Eastern Standard Time), and the TTA blog post will be posted well in advance of that time. The MckLinky will be open to add your blog until 11:59pm Tuesday night. You then have all week long to visit blogs and return follows!

        There is a new list every week. The link you enter one week will not carry over to the next week's MckLinky. Please link up again each week to join in the fun!


        Tuesday Tag-Along Blog Hopper of the Week:
        Note: To be eligible to be Blog Hopper of the Week, you MUST place the Tuesday Tag-Along button somewhere on the main page of your blog or website (Inside a blog post does NOT count; it must be on the actual page, e.g. in the sidebar. And since I'll be checking for it manually, I must be able to actually find it). If the randomly-drawn winner does not meet this condition, a new winner will be randomly selected. If you do not want to place the TTA button on your site, you are still more than welcome to join in the blog hop, you will just not be eligible to be the Blog Hopper of the Week.

        Each week, one blog will be chosen randomly from all the links, and that lucky blog will be placed in the desirable second slot for the following week's MckLinky!

        This week's lucky blog hopper is #35 - Sassy Sites! Congratulations!






        Thanks for being a part of Tuesday Tag-Along! If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Chelsea from Twee Poppets directly, at TweePopACap@gmail.com. Have fun!

        Extension: BLINGuals Giveaway

        Hi, all - you may have noticed that the BLINGuals giveaway ended a few days ago and a winner hasn't been announced yet. I've been debating about it over the past few days, and have decided to extend the giveaway by a few more days. There were just over 70 entries, and since BLINGuals is a fledgling company, I would really love to help them out by generating a greater response. So here it is:

        Entries for the BLINGuals English-Spanish flashcards giveaway will be accepted until 11:59pm EST on Friday, August 27!!!


        If you missed out on entering (or if you just want to toss in a few more entries), now is your chance! Come win this amazing learning tool, and help teach your child a second language! Remember, there are currently VERY LOW ENTRIES!!! 

        And yes, additional daily tweets will be accepted, for those of you going that route. :)

        Good luck, everyone!

        Thursday, August 19, 2010

        I joined BlogFrog!

        ...But I'm not exactly sure how it all works! Does anyone have any tips for how to make the most of my BlogFrog experience?

        You can come visit me at BlogFrog here:




        See you there! Oh, and if you decide to join my community, be sure to leave me a comment, and I'll return the favor. :)

        WINNER! Juppy Giveaway

        The Juppy giveaway has officially ended! There were 144 entries, and the winner was...



        Lucky number 97 - ♥Heαther♥!

        Congratulations to our winner, who has won a Juppy Baby Walker! The winner will have 48 hours to respond to my email before a new winner is chosen.

        WINNER! CSN Giveaway 2

        The second CSN giveaway has officially ended! There were 930(!!!) entries, and the winner was...



        Lucky number 719 - Coquelicot!

        Congratulations to our winner, who has won an $80 gift certificate to CSN Stores! The winner will have 48 hours to respond to my email before a new winner is chosen.

        Wednesday, August 18, 2010

        Freebie: Pregnancy Planner (AND Free Shipping!)



        Are you pregnant? Are you planning on becoming pregnant? Do you know someone who is? All these are great reasons to snag a 100% FREE pregnancy planner from HealthyWomen! Here's what HealthyWomen says about this pregnancy planner:

        If you are pregnant or planning to be, the NEW HealthyWomen Pregnancy Planner is just right for you. Use its colorful, easy-to-read pages to help prepare you for each trimester and for when Baby comes home! The 48-page planner includes a 10-month calendar section to record checkups and other notes. Plus, order the Flu-Free and a Mom-to-Be card, offering easy-to-understand flu facts and prevention strategies.

        It looks like you can get up to two pregnancy planners free with free shipping, so grab one for you and one for a friend! (Note that if you want more than two, they do charge a shipping fee.) Or, if you'd prefer just to view it electronically, they also provide a link for a pdf download.

        Click here to get your free pregnancy planner!

        Disclaimer: This was NOT a paid post or a sponsored post. I wasn't working with HealthyWomen in any way whatsoever. I just wanted to share this fantastic freebie with you all!

        Tuesday, August 17, 2010

        SMALL extension to the CSN giveaway!

        Hey folks - I'm not going to get a chance to post the winner of the CSN giveaway tonight, so because I'm feeling spunky (yes, spunky), I'm going to let you all have a small extension! ENTRIES WILL BE ACCEPTED UP UNTIL I DRAW A WINNER!!! 

        If you missed out on entering (or if you just want to toss in a few more entries), now is your chance! Come win that $80 gift certificate to CSN Stores!!! But hurry, because you don't know when I will choose a winner! 

         

        And yes, an additional daily tweet will be accepted, for those of you going that route. Just please remove the ending date from the provided tweet. :) 

         

        Good luck, everyone!!!

        Monday, August 16, 2010

        Tuesday Tag-Along 8/17/10

        Reminder: I'm creating a Blog Hop Master List! Read this post for info about how to submit your blog hop!

        Ever wish you had a Tuesday Tag-Along reminder each week? 
        The solution is simple! Just subscribe to Twee Poppets via email! You'll receive a brief email on each day that I make a new post (including my weekly TTA post) - but no spam, ever! It's also a great way to learn about my new giveaways.


        Psssssst! While you're here, why not enter one of my great giveaways? Here's what you can win right now on Twee Poppets:
         
          Don't miss out!
           

          Welcome to this week's Tuesday Tag-Along blog hop, hosted by Twee Poppets Review and Giveaway! This is a great way to discover new blogs while increasing the number of followers for your own blog. Please feel free to grab the TTA button for your blogroll to help bring more bloggers to this blog hop!



          Tuesday Tag-Along button art adapted from the "Follow the Leader" illustration by Diana Jones. I encourage you to visit her at her blog, Sketch & Jones, and her online shop to see more great illustrations and all sorts of wonderful crafts!


          Without further ado...
          Here's how it works:
          • Create a new Tuesday Tag-Along blog post. Include the Tuesday Tag-Along button by copying and pasting the code above. (You are also welcome to copy and paste these instructions in their entirety, or any portion of this Tuesday Tag-Along blog post!)
          • Add your blog name and the URL of your TTA post to the MckLinky below.
          • Follow Twee Poppets, the hostess blog listed in the first slot. Twee Poppets will follow you back! (Note: If you want Twee Poppets to follow you back, you MUST leave her a comment saying that you are a new follower and leave a link to your blog!)
          • Follow the Blog Hopper of the Week, listed in the second slot. To learn how to be chosen as the Blog Hopper of the Week, read the red text below.
          • If you can, please follow the blogs in the three slots before you (e.g., if you're number 20, follow numbers 19, 18, and 17). This is not mandatory, but it will help ensure that everyone who signs up gets a few new followers!
          • Follow as many other blogs as you want. The more you follow, the more that will follow you back! Be sure to tell them that you're following from Tuesday Tag-Along! You may also want to leave a link to your blog so they can return your follow more easily.
          • When you get a new follower through Tuesday Tag-Along, be sure to follow them back! It's just common courtesy. :)
          The weekly Tuesday Tag-Along MckLinky opens every Monday night at 8:59pm Pacific Standard Time (that's 11:59pm Eastern Standard Time), and the TTA blog post will be posted well in advance of that time. The MckLinky will be open to add your blog until 11:59pm Tuesday night. You then have all week long to visit blogs and return follows!

          There is a new list every week. The link you enter one week will not carry over to the next week's MckLinky. Please link up again each week to join in the fun!


          Tuesday Tag-Along Blog Hopper of the Week:
          Note: To be eligible to be Blog Hopper of the Week, you MUST place the Tuesday Tag-Along button somewhere on the main page of your blog or website (Inside a blog post does NOT count; it must be on the actual page, e.g. in the sidebar. And since I'll be checking for it manually, I must be able to actually find it). If the randomly-drawn winner does not meet this condition, a new winner will be randomly selected. If you do not want to place the TTA button on your site, you are still more than welcome to join in the blog hop, you will just not be eligible to be the Blog Hopper of the Week.

          Each week, one blog will be chosen randomly from all the links, and that lucky blog will be placed in the desirable second slot for the following week's MckLinky!

          This week's lucky blog hopper is #205 - Sassy Sites! Congratulations!






          Thanks for being a part of Tuesday Tag-Along! If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Chelsea from Twee Poppets directly, at TweePopACap@gmail.com. Have fun!

          Saturday, August 14, 2010

          WINNER! Sunglass Warehouse

          The Sunglass Warehouse giveaway has officially ended! There were 145 entries, and the winner was...



          Lucky number  136 - tina reynolds!

          Congratulations to our winner, who has won a $20 gift certificate to Sunglass Warehouse, or a choice of ANY pair of sunglasses on the site! The winner will have 48 hours to respond to my email before a new winner is chosen.

          Friday, August 13, 2010

          Master Lock Sweepstakes Video 8/13/10

          Here is the 10th and final video for the Master Lock sweepstakes! If you don't know what I'm talking about, click here to read my original post about this event. Enjoy the video!

          Video #10 - 8/13/10

          Did you catch the final Letter of the Day? Be sure to visit Master Lock to enter it for a chance to win the daily giveaway! And now, with this final letter, you have all the information you need to answer the big question, "What is the secret combination to surviving the teen years?" and win the grand prize: an iPad, 2 year data plan, and more! Good luck!

          Mega Swag Bucks Friday! 8/13/10


          Search & Win

          Today is Mega Swag Bucks Friday! That means that odds of receiving large amounts of Swag Bucks are increased - all for doing the same easy things you always do! You can get Swag Bucks in multiples of 10, 100, or if you're really lucky, even 1000! And with that, you could get some awesome prizes.

          In case you haven't learned about Swag Bucks yet, here's how this terrific program works! On Swagbucks.com, you earn virtual dollars called "Swag Bucks" which can then be traded in for REAL prizes! They have all sorts of things you can win, including gift certificates to Amazon, Target, Paypal, and more. There are also plenty of prizes besides gift certificates - almost anything you could think of. There's something for everyone!

          How do you earn Swag Bucks? It's easy - just search the internet from their site, answer fun polls, find freebie codes online, and more. Basically, interact with Swagbucks.com and be rewarded with free Swag Bucks for prizes. It's SO EASY.

          If you're already a member of Swag Bucks, be sure to search on Swag Bucks today for your chance at winning some major Bucks! If you're not a part of Swag Bucks yet, now would be a terrific time to join!

          It's completely FREE and oh-so-simple to sign up! Plus, you'll automatically receive 30 Swag Bucks just for creating your free account! So what are you waiting for?

          Sign up for Swag Bucks - Click HERE!

          Search & Win

          Disclaimer: This was NOT a paid post or a sponsored post. I wasn't working with Swagbucks.com in any way whatsoever. I just wanted to share this fantastic program with you all!

          But if you do decide to sign up, PLEASE (Pretty please! With a cherry on top!) sign up using one of the links or banners in this post!!! These are my referral links, and if you sign up using them, it gets me some extra Swag Bucks (and doesn't doesn't have any negative consequences for you whatsoever!). I would be so appreciative! Thanks!

          Thursday, August 12, 2010

          Master Lock Sweepstakes Video 8/12/10

          Hello, everyone! Here is today's video for the Master Lock sweepstakes! Not sure what I'm talking about? Read my original post here.

          Video #9 (8/12/10)

          Did you catch the Letter of the Day? Then be sure to enter it for another chance to win! Every entry brings you one step closer to the amazing prizes!

          Review and Giveaway: Bubele (CLOSED)



          Bubele has some of the cutest clothing for little ones that I've come across yet! The offer a variety of onesies, lap tees, dresses, lounge pants, and accessories in fun prints and coordinating solids. When I saw their adorable mix and match sets, I was immediately enchanted. Bubele was kind enough to send me a complimentary Chocolate/Sage Stripe Set to review. Isn't this the most adorable little outfit you've ever seen?


          When the package arrived, I opened it right away and practically squealed with delight! It was even cuter than I had thought it would be. I ran to show my partner, Cody, and found that we were in total agreement: c-u-t-e, CUTE! We were especially taken by the tiny pocket on the seat of the pants. We kept giggling and saying, "What does a baby need a pocket for, anyway? What's he gonna do, keep his tiny, tiny little wallet in there?" We love the pocket.

          These are the pants from behind. The little pocket is much easier to see in person. Isn't it just the cutest, though?

          The whole outfit is just perfectly designed. The stripes and polka dots are bold and fun - I'm definitely a sucker for them. Based on the photos, I was worried that they looked a bit more blue than green, but once I checked them out in person, I saw that they are the perfect minty green. The long-sleeved onesie has a lap neck, so there will be no problem getting a baby's proportionately large head through the opening. The hat is one-size-fits-most and its double-knotted top reminds me a bit of bunny ears, and what could be sweeter than that? The lounge pants have a bit of stretch to help extend the amount of time your little one can wear them - in fact, the size I received has a six month window (newborn to six months)! If they're a little long at first, they can easily be rolled up, and with just two rolls, the brown inner lining will peek out to make a darling little coordinating cuff.

          I made cuffs! Just two quick rolls! The same thing can be done with the hat.

          A nice little bonus is that each mix and match three-piece outfit comes with a free Pacifier Snappy, which can be used to keep your baby's pacifier (or small toy) from falling on the ground when your baby lets go of it. It is a dark brown ribbon with tiny white polka dots and sage green snaps, so it matches very well with the outfit. Best of all, Bubele was smart enough to include a fabric loop on the side of the onesie, so the Pacifier Snappy can be attached right to it!


          The quality of this outfit is very impressive. All three pieces are made of 100% cotton, which I love because it is breathable, natural, and soft. Bubele is all about quality and attention to detail. Even the stripes line up from pant leg to pant leg, which definitely appeals to my more (*ahem*) meticulous side. My only small, nit-picky complaint about the set is that it has care tags that could potentially irritate a baby's sensitive skin, even on the inside of the hat - a tagless variety would be most welcomed. But other than that, I wouldn't change a thing. I'm in love with this outfit and I can hardly force myself to take my eyes off of it!

          Buy It!
          You can purchase your own Chocolate/Sage Stripe Set on Bubelebaby.com for $33. There are also a wide variety of other clothing sets and individual pieces. Bubele mix and match sets run from $33 to $47.

          Win It!
          Bubele has generously offered to provide one lucky US winner with any mix and match set (includes lounge pants, shirt/onesie/dress, double-knotted hat, and Pacifier Snappy) from Bubelebaby.com - that's a value of up to $47! Thanks, Bubele!

          Please be sure to leave your email address in at least one entry; I will do my best to find your email address if you're the winner, but if I have no way to contact you, you cannot win! For complete giveaway rules, please see the "Giveaways" section under the "The Fine Print" page. Winning entries WILL be checked to ensure qualification, so please be honest! :)

          Mandatory Entry (Must be completed before any other entries will qualify!)
          • Publicly follow Twee Poppets with Google Friend Connect. (Click the "Follow" button under the "Followers" section at the top of the main page.)

          Bonus Entries (Please leave a separate comment for each entry! If it's worth 3 entries, please leave 3 separate comments!)
          • 3 Extra Entries (Leave 3 Comments): Subscribe to Twee Poppets via email (must be activated to count). (Enter your email address under the "Subscribe Via Email!" section on the left hand side of the main page and click the "Subscribe" button.)
          • 1 Extra Entry: Visit http://www.bubelebaby.com/ and tell me which mix and match set you think you might choose!
          • 1+ Extra Entry: Enter another one of my current giveaways. You may have one extra entry PER contest entered (please leave a separate comment for each). This applies only to current giveaways. Giveaways that have already ended (before 8/12) do NOT count.
          • 1 Extra Entry: Follow @TweePoppets on Twitter. (Include your Twitter ID with your entry.)
          • 1+ Extra Entry: Tweet about this giveaway (may be done once daily for one entry per tweet). You may use this tweet: Win an ADORABLE mix and match baby/child's outfit from Bubele (ARV $47)! Enter @TweePoppets. http://tinyurl.com/WinBubele (8/26) #giveaway
          • 1 Extra Entry: Publicly follow Bubele's blog with Google Friend Connect. While you're there, leave a comment letting them know that Twee Poppets sent you!
          • 2 Extra Entries (Leave 2 Comments): Become a fan of ("like") Twee Poppets on Facebook. (Click this link or the button under the "Follow on Facebook!" section on the left hand side of the main page.)
          • 2 Extra Entries (Leave 2 Comments): Become a fan of ("like") Bubele on Facebook. Leave a comment on their wall letting them know that Twee Poppets sent you! (You MUST comment on their wall, or this entry will not count!)
          • 2 Extra Entries (Leave 2 Comments): Grab my button and add it to your blog or website. Let me know where I can find it! (Copy and paste the code that is in the "Grab My Button!" section on the left hand side of the main page.)
          • 5 Extra Entries (Leave 5 Comments): Blog about Twee Poppets and this giveaway. Please be sure to mention this giveaway and link back to Twee Poppets (http://tweepoppets.blogspot.com). Your blog must have at least 10 followers on Google Friend Connect to be eligible. Blog entries must be at least 50 words long to count; must be a dedicated post (not just part of another post).
          • 10 Extra Entries (Leave 10 Comments): Make a purchase from Bubelebaby.com. If given the opportunity during checkout (notes to seller, etc.), be sure to say that Twee Poppets sent you! And please note that if you win, I WILL ask for proof of purchase (confirmation email, etc.).

          Contest will end at 11:59pm PST on August 26, 2010. Winner will be chosen via random number generator. Winner will be contacted by me (tweepopacap@gmail.com) and will have 48 hours to respond before he or she forfeits the prize and a new winner is chosen. Open to mailing addresses in the US only.

          Wednesday, August 11, 2010

          Master Lock Sweepstakes Info



          Master Lock is a company that makes a variety of strong, secure locks (both key and combination) to suit just about any purpose. I've recently teamed up with this great company to let you know about the amazing sweepstakes that they are currently running. By doing this, not only do you all get the info you need to enter, but Master Lock will also sponsor a review and giveaway of their locks, as well as a giveaway for one loaded backpack (and I'll get one, too - yay!) which includes the following goodies: one backpack, a bunch of great school supplies, some Master Locks, and a $100 Target gift card! That's a very exciting giveaway, so keep your eyes peeled for it in the near future! In the meantime, let me tell you about Master Lock's fantastic sweepstakes!

          What You Can Win
          One winner in each of the 10 daily drawings receives the ultimate back-to-school accessory package: iPod touch®, Master Lock 1500iD Speed Dial™ and Master Lock 1590D Precision Dial. Four additional winners receive a Speed Dial or Precision Dial. Enter the grand prize drawing for a chance to win an iPad®, iPad accessories, and a gift card for a two-year data plan.

          How to Enter
          Watch all 10 videos between August 2 and 15 for daily prize drawings. Then, learn "The Secret Combination to Surviving the Teen Years" by combining the Letters of the Day, and enter the answer into our grand prize drawing August 13 through 29.
          Official Sweepstakes Rules

          Now I'm sure you're all excited to enter, so I'm going to help you out by posting all the videos that have been released so far! Unfortunately, to enter the daily prize drawings, you must submit the letter of the day within 48 hours of the video's release, so the first six videos (August 2nd through 9th) are closed for Letter of the Day entries. However, the videos from yesterday (August 10th) and today (August 11th) are still eligible, and I will post the August 12th video in another post tomorrow, too. Plus, you need all the letters to learn "The Secret Combination to Surviving the Teen Years" and enter to win the grand prize (see above) - AND I will include watching the videos and entering the Letters of the Day as extra entries into my own upcoming Master Lock giveaway (one entry per video/letter, for a total of up to 5 extra entries). So let's get watching!

          Video #1 (8/2/10)


          Video #2 (8/3/10)


          Video #3 (8/4/10)

          Video #4 (8/5/10)



          Video #5 (8/6/10)



          Video #6 (8/9/10)



          Video #7 (8/10/10)



          Video #8 (8/11/10)


          Enjoy the videos, and then head on over to Master Lock to enter the sweepstakes!

          Monday, August 9, 2010

          Tuesday Tag-Along 8/10/10

          Ever wish you had a Tuesday Tag-Along reminder each week? 
          The solution is simple! Just subscribe to Twee Poppets via email! You'll receive a brief email on each day that I make a new post (including my weekly TTA post) - but no spam, ever! It's also a great way to learn about my new giveaways.


          Psssssst! While you're here, why not enter one of my great giveaways? Here's what you can win right now on Twee Poppets:
           
            Don't miss out!
             

            Welcome to this week's Tuesday Tag-Along blog hop, hosted by Twee Poppets Review and Giveaway! This is a great way to discover new blogs while increasing the number of followers for your own blog. Please feel free to grab the TTA button for your blogroll to help bring more bloggers to this blog hop!



            Tuesday Tag-Along button art adapted from the "Follow the Leader" illustration by Diana Jones. I encourage you to visit her at her blog, Sketch & Jones, and her online shop to see more great illustrations and all sorts of wonderful crafts!


            Without further ado...
            Here's how it works:
            • Create a new Tuesday Tag-Along blog post. Include the Tuesday Tag-Along button by copying and pasting the code above. (You are also welcome to copy and paste these instructions in their entirety, or any portion of this Tuesday Tag-Along blog post!)
            • Add your blog name and the URL of your TTA post to the MckLinky below.
            • Follow Twee Poppets, the hostess blog listed in the first slot. Twee Poppets will follow you back! (Note: If you want Twee Poppets to follow you back, you MUST leave her a comment saying that you are a new follower and leave a link to your blog!)
            • Follow the Blog Hopper of the Week, listed in the second slot. To learn how to be chosen as the Blog Hopper of the Week, read the red text below.
            • If you can, please follow the blogs in the three slots before you (e.g., if you're number 20, follow numbers 19, 18, and 17). This is not mandatory, but it will help ensure that everyone who signs up gets a few new followers!
            • Follow as many other blogs as you want. The more you follow, the more that will follow you back! Be sure to tell them that you're following from Tuesday Tag-Along! You may also want to leave a link to your blog so they can return your follow more easily.
            • When you get a new follower through Tuesday Tag-Along, be sure to follow them back! It's just common courtesy. :)
            The weekly Tuesday Tag-Along MckLinky opens every Monday night at 8:59pm Pacific Standard Time (that's 11:59pm Eastern Standard Time), and the TTA blog post will be posted well in advance of that time. The MckLinky will be open to add your blog until 11:59pm Tuesday night. You then have all week long to visit blogs and return follows!

            There is a new list every week. The link you enter one week will not carry over to the next week's MckLinky. Please link up again each week to join in the fun!


            Tuesday Tag-Along Blog Hopper of the Week:
            Note: To be eligible to be Blog Hopper of the Week, you MUST place the Tuesday Tag-Along button somewhere on the main page of your blog or website (Inside a blog post does NOT count; it must be on the actual page, e.g. in the sidebar. And since I'll be checking for it manually, I must be able to actually find it). If the randomly-drawn winner does not meet this condition, a new winner will be randomly selected. If you do not want to place the TTA button on your site, you are still more than welcome to join in the blog hop, you will just not be eligible to be the Blog Hopper of the Week.

            Each week, one blog will be chosen randomly from all the links, and that lucky blog will be placed in the desirable second slot for the following week's MckLinky!

            This week's lucky blog hopper is #212 - It's Me Melbie! Congratulations!


            (Linky removed after one week.)



            Thanks for being a part of Tuesday Tag-Along! If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Chelsea from Twee Poppets directly, at TweePopACap@gmail.com. Have fun!

            Friday, August 6, 2010

            Mega Swag Bucks Friday! 8/6/10


            Search & Win

            Today is Mega Swag Bucks Friday! That means that odds of receiving large amounts of Swag Bucks are increased - all for doing the same easy things you always do! You can get Swag Bucks in multiples of 10, 100, or if you're really lucky, even 1000! And with that, you could get some awesome prizes.

            In case you haven't learned about Swag Bucks yet, here's how this terrific program works! On Swagbucks.com, you earn virtual dollars called "Swag Bucks" which can then be traded in for REAL prizes! They have all sorts of things you can win, including gift certificates to Amazon, Target, Paypal, and more. There are also plenty of prizes besides gift certificates - almost anything you could think of. There's something for everyone!

            How do you earn Swag Bucks? It's easy - just search the internet from their site, answer fun polls, find freebie codes online, and more. Basically, interact with Swagbucks.com and be rewarded with free Swag Bucks for prizes. It's SO EASY.

            If you're already a member of Swag Bucks, be sure to search on Swag Bucks today for your chance at winning some major Bucks! If you're not a part of Swag Bucks yet, now would be a terrific time to join!

            It's completely FREE and oh-so-simple to sign up! Plus, you'll automatically receive 30 Swag Bucks just for creating your free account! So what are you waiting for?

            Sign up for Swag Bucks - Click HERE!

            Search & Win

            Disclaimer: This was NOT a paid post or a sponsored post. I wasn't working with Swagbucks.com in any way whatsoever. I just wanted to share this fantastic program with you all!

            But if you do decide to sign up, PLEASE (Pretty please! With a cherry on top!) sign up using one of the links or banners in this post!!! These are my referral links, and if you sign up using them, it gets me some extra Swag Bucks (and doesn't doesn't have any negative consequences for you whatsoever!). I would be so appreciative! Thanks!

            Thursday, August 5, 2010

            Giveaway: BLINGuals (CLOSED)


            Today I have a giveaway for you from BLINGuals, a great new company designed to help promote bilingual language development in young children. BLINGuals offers various sets of illustrated vocabulary flashcards, each set with any two languages from a list of fifteen language choices total. 

            Here's what BLINGuals says about their flash cards:

            About the BLINGuals Flash Cards

            Illustrated bilingual flash cards are a great way to teach toddlers and young children new words in multiple languages.  Each pack includes 54 or 60 cards (depending on type), with an illustration of a common word.  Each side of the card spells out the word in a different language.  Choose any combination of fifteen available languages.
            The BLINGuals flash cards are designed to look like a story book, with cameo appearances by a curious boy and girl.  Most illustrations allow for follow-up questions and conversations.  
            For example, the "Tree" flash card, shows a boy and girl sleeping under it.  The same pair watches a nature documentary show on TV in the "Television" flash card.  The boy and the girl make repeated appearances throughout the flash cards allowing parents to tell their child a story, rather than run through a series of unrelated cards.
            The bilingual illustrated flash cards are appropriate for children at a number of stages.  
            • For babies and toddlers, it's a safe and entertaining toy that is quite difficult to destroy (we know they'll try!)  The Spanish-English cards are made of highly durable plastic.  All other language combinations are made of thick paper stock.
            • For talking toddlers, the flash cards provide illustrations of objects from every day life.  They'll start by pointing out the correct card as you call out the words, and advance to repeating the words themselves.  
            • For pre-schoolers, the cards provide a way to hone multilingual and spelling skills.  
            • For parents, it's a valuable and fun teaching tool.  The cards are compact, easy to take along and once packed away in the tuck box (included), they don't clutter up the room.
            Games options include:
            • Vocabulary for non-talking toddlers: lay out the cards and call out words - ask your child to point out the appropriate cards.
            • Vocabulary for talking toddlers: ask your child to call out the word you show him/her.
            • Categories and groupings: ask your toddler to group cards into categories: animals, clothing, food, vehicles, body parts, etc.
            • Colors #1: stack the cards so that the blue or yellow background consistently faces up.
            • Colors #2: group cards by color, e.g. the frog and the car go into the green pile.
            • Language: For children who mastered one language already, quiz your child on pronouncing and spelling the word on the other side of the flash cards.
            • And many, many more...
            Whether you're looking to teach your child a second language or just getting him/her started with verbal skills, the BLINGuals flash cards are a fun and valuable learning aide.
            Buy It!
            You can purchase BLINGuals flashcards straight from blinguals.com. English-Spanish flashcards are just $7.95, while other language combinations are $14.95. 

            Win It!
            BLINGuals has agreed to send one winner a pack of English-Spanish flashcards. This contest is open worldwide!

            Please be sure to leave your email address in at least one entry; I will do my best to find your email address if you're the winner, but if I have no way to contact you, you cannot win! For complete giveaway rules, please see the "Giveaways" section under the "The Fine Print" page. Winning entries WILL be checked to ensure qualification, so please be honest! :)

            Mandatory Entry (Must be completed before any other entries will qualify!)
            • Publicly follow Twee Poppets with Google Friend Connect. (Click the "Follow" button under the "Followers" section at the top of the main page.)

            Bonus Entries (Please leave a separate comment for each entry! If it's worth 3 entries, please leave 3 separate comments!)
            • 3 Extra Entries (Leave 3 Comments): Subscribe to Twee Poppets via email (must be activated to count). (Enter your email address under the "Subscribe Via Email!" section on the left hand side of the main page and click the "Subscribe" button.)
            • 1 Extra Entry: Visit http://www.blinguals.com/ and tell me something you learned OR another language combo you would love to try!
            • 1+ Extra Entry: Enter another one of my current giveaways. You may have one extra entry PER contest entered (please leave a separate comment for each). This applies only to current giveaways. Giveaways that have already ended (before 8/5) do NOT count.
            • 1 Extra Entry: Follow @TweePoppets on Twitter. (Include your Twitter ID with your entry.)
            • 1+ Extra Entry: Tweet about this giveaway (may be done once daily for one entry per tweet). You may use this tweet: #GIVEAWAY: Help your child learn a second language with BLINGuals English-Spanish flashcards! Enter @TweePoppets: http://tinyurl.com/WinBL
            • 2 Extra Entries (Leave 2 Comments): Become a fan of ("like") Twee Poppets on Facebook. (Click this link or the button under the "Follow on Facebook!" section on the left hand side of the main page.)
            • 2 Extra Entries (Leave 2 Comments): Become a fan of ("like") BLINGuals on Facebook. Leave a comment on their wall letting them know that Twee Poppets sent you! (You MUST comment on their wall, or this entry will not count!)
            • 2 Extra Entries (Leave 2 Comments): Grab my button and add it to your blog or website. Let me know where I can find it! (Copy and paste the code that is in the "Grab My Button!" section on the left hand side of the main page.)
            • 3 Extra Entries (Leave 3 Comments): Blog about Twee Poppets. Leave a link to the blog entry in your comment. Please be sure to mention this giveaway and link back to Twee Poppets (http://tweepoppets.blogspot.com). Your blog must have at least 10 followers on Google Friend Connect to be eligible. Blogs entries must be at least 50 words long to count; must be a dedicated post (not just part of another post). Please include a link to your blog post in your comment.
            • 3 Extra Entries (Leave 3 Comments): Pledge to blog about what you won if you are the winner of this giveaway. This is based on the honor system - if you promise to blog if you win, please do. Please be sure to mention this giveaway and link back to Twee Poppets (http://tweepoppets.blogspot.com). Your blog must have at least 10 followers on Google Friend Connect to be eligible. Blog entries must be at least 50 words long to count; must be a dedicated post (not just part of another post).

            Contest will end at 11:59pm PST on August 19, 2010 August 27, 2010 (extended). Winner will be chosen via random number generator. Winner will be contacted by me (tweepopacap@gmail.com) and will have 48 hours to respond before he or she forfeits the prize and a new winner is chosen. Open to mailing addresses worldwide.