Friday, February 28, 2014

"Never Lose Your Stuff" Sweepstakes

 Welcome to the Never Lose Your Stuff Sweepstakes!

Organized by Mom Powered Media

In today's busy world, it feels like none of us have a chance to sit back and relax. Business meetings, school functions, and of course, running errands when time allows. With how busy our lives are, we don't have time for those little emergencies, especially when it is the loss of a cell phone, tablet, or heaven forbid, our purse! When our expensive, personal items disappear, we panic and think of the worst case scenario, when in actuality, it is likely laying where we left it or may have been picked up by a good Samaritan, having no clue how to get your valuable back to you. While name tags may have worked when we were kids, we really don't want strangers having our personal information. Wouldn't it be nice though if there was a way they could contact you without giving them such valuable information, allowing you to get your stuff back?

Luckily, something like this does exist - Bungee Virtual Lost and Found! So, what are Bungee Tags? Possibly the most brilliant idea out there! You see, these tags anonymously mark your property and when it's lost, someone can text the number listed on the tag and report the tag number. From there, Bungee facilitates a conversation between you and the person who found your stuff, via cell phone and/or email so that you can arrange a way to safely get your lost item. Best of all, it works anywhere in the world that has cell phone signal or internet!

To learn more about all of their amazing plans and how they can protect your important electronics and items, make sure to check out the Bungee website. They also set up an amazing deal for Moms, allowing you to save 50% off their coverage plans.  Don't worry, you don't have to be a mom to take advantage of this exclusive offer, just make sure to use this following code at check out.

50% off Promo Code: MOMSRULE

As part of this awesome offer, Mom Powered Media and Bungee Virtual Lost & Found are working together to bring you this awesome giveaway! 1 lucky winner will receive a $100 VISA Gift Card and a 5 Year Family Bungee Pack ($95 value). Another 50 winners will win a 2 year Bungee plan ($19 value). To learn more, make sure to read the rules below and then enter through the Rafflecopter!


  • One lucky reader will win a $100 VISA Gift Card AND Bungee Family Pack.
  • Fifty lucky reader will win a 2 Year Individual Bungee Pack.
  • Only one entrant per household.
Contest is open to US residents only, 18+ (ends March 14th, 2014 at 11:59pm EST). Winners will be chosen at random through Rafflecopter via Random.org and will have 48 hours to respond to claim their prize. Good Luck!
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Disclosure: I received no compensation for this promotion. My opinions are my own and may differ from those of other consumers. "Jen's Blog of Random Thoughts" is not responsible for sponsor prize shipment 

Would you like to have your products featured in a giveaway event? Want to increase your social media exposure this holiday season? See how Mom Powered Media can help! Contact susan.l.bewley@gmail.com to see what we can do for your company!

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Catch David Ragan and the Farm Rich #34 Ford in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series

Farm Rich is proud to sponsor 2013 Talladega winner David Ragan in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series. Check out David, his crew, and the Farm Rich #34 Ford on March 2nd at Phoenix International Raceway.

Everyone needs a pit stop now and then, so remember to grab some Farm Rich snacks before the big race to feed your whole crew. Click here and race to your local freezer aisle for this great deal from Farm Rich!

See how David gets ready for a race with all his favorite Farm Rich snacks!


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Facebook Giveaway: Win The Woods & Co Beauty Nest

Enter to win The Woods & Co Beauty Nest and hatch open a beauty sample box like no other – extra-large, filled to the brim and curated by beauty PR girls and other industry insiders.

The only way to get your hands on one of these exclusive beauty boxes is to LIKE The Woods & Co on Facebook and enter to win each month. This month’s challenge? Tell us what makes you feel beautiful.

This month’s box includes:

· Adventuress Skin Care Sample Tin
· Adventuress Fearlessly Refreshing Facial Wipes
· Apothederm Moisturizing Cream
· emerginC scientific organics phytocell cream
· Mia Beauty Tony Ties
· Miracle Skin Transformer Heal Everything Balm
· Miracle Skin Transformer Lip Rewind
· Patricia Nail Lacquer in Harmony
· Patricia Nail Lacquer Inspire Nails
· Sublime Beauty Face Whisperer Night Cream
· Whitening Lightning Brow Bar To Go
· Whitening Lightning Zero White Pen

Disclosure:  I did not receive any products nor received compensation for this promotion. I was provided info and photos to share. My opinions are my own and may differ from those of other consumers.

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Thursday, February 27, 2014

Photo of the Day: Rainbow Over Vancouver City

It was late in the afternoon and on my way home, I noticed a rainbow in the sky. I was driving towards it. When I got home, I pulled out my camera and took this snapshot:

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{WINNER} Glysonna Sleepceutical All-Natural Sleep Aid Giveaway

Announcement: The lucky WINNER for the Glysonna Sleepceutical All-Natural Sleep Aid Giveaway that ended February 26th, 2014 is..... (drum roll, please).

Congratulations to Evie Sells(#3)

I have sent you an email. You have 48 hours to respond. Thanks everyone for participating in my giveaway contests.

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Tuesday, February 25, 2014


From Marvel, the studio that brought you the global blockbuster franchises of Iron Man, Thor, Captain America and The Avengers, comes a new team—the Guardians of the Galaxy. An action-packed, epic space adventure, Marvel's “Guardians of the Galaxy” expands the Marvel Cinematic Universe into the cosmos, where brash adventurer Peter Quill finds himself the object of an unrelenting bounty hunt after stealing a mysterious orb coveted by Ronan, a powerful villain with ambitions that threaten the entire universe. To evade the ever-persistent Ronan, Quill is forced into an uneasy truce with a quartet of disparate misfits—Rocket, a gun-toting raccoon, Groot, a tree-like humanoid, the deadly and enigmatic Gamora and the revenge-driven Drax the Destroyer. But when Quill discovers the true power of the orb and the menace it poses to the cosmos, he must do his best to rally his ragtag rivals for a last, desperate stand—with the galaxy's fate in the balance.

Marvel’s “Guardians of the Galaxy,” which first appeared in comic books in Marvel Super-Heroes, Issue #18 (Jan. 1969), stars Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Dave Bautista, featuring Vin Diesel as the voice of Groot, Bradley Cooper as the voice of Rocket, Lee Pace, Michael Rooker, Karen Gillan, Djimon Hounsou, with John C. Reilly, Glenn Close as Nova Prime Rael and Benicio del Toro as The Collector.

James Gunn is the director of the film with Kevin Feige producing, and Louis D’Esposito, Victoria Alonso, Jeremy Latcham, Alan Fine and Stan Lee serve as executive producers. The story is by Nicole Perlman and James Gunn, with screenplay by James Gunn. Marvel’s “Guardians of the Galaxy” releases in theatres on August 1, 2014.

Disclosure:  I did not receive any products nor received compensation for this promotion. I was provided info and photos to share. My opinions are my own and may differ from those of other consumers.

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Movie Review: Fast & Furious 6

Love fast cars and action flicks? Are you a fan of the Fast & Furious movie series? Fast & Furious 6 is the 6th installment of the franchise. Fast 7 is currently in production and will be complete in 2015. I'm pretty excited about that. Fast & Furious 6 is now available on Blu-Ray and on DVD.

I finally get to own the DVD copy to add to my collection. If you get the DVD, you'll find exclusive special features such as deleted scenes, The Making of Fast & Furious 6, on the set with Vin, and feature commentary with director Justin Lin. Thanks to Connect Your Home for the review opportunity.

A little about the sponsor - CONNECT YOUR HOME is an award winning, authorized retailer of the top home service organizations in the nation, including: DISH Network, Time Warner Cable, ADT, HughesNet, and many more.

They are a privately owned company that aspires to keep every home across the country connected. They offer customers the best prices in home communication, entertainment, as well as security in their local area. Connect Your Home continues to be a leading one-stop home service retailer in the telecommunications industry.


Vin Diesel, Paul Walker, Dwayne Johnson and Michelle Rodriguez lead a cast of returning all-stars as the global blockbuster franchise built on speed delivers the biggest adrenaline rush yet. Hobbs (Johnson) has been tracking an organization of lethally skilled drivers, whose mastermind (Luke Evans) is aided by the love Dom (Diesel) thought was dead, Letty (Rodriguez). The only way to stop the criminal mercenaries from stealing a top secret weapon is to outmatch them at street level, so Hobbs asks for the help of Dom and his elite team. Payment for the ultimate chase? Full pardons for all of them and a chance to make their families whole again.


I am a huge fan of the "Fast & Furious" franchise and I've been following the series since the first one came out (The Fast & The Furious). Also a big fan of Paul Walker, who had recently passed away from a tragic car accident on November 30. 2013. I'm very sad about it and it still breaks my heart, but he'll always be remembered. I grew up watching his films, got to know him through his acting career and feel like part of the #FastFamily.

Fast & Furious 6 is the continuation of the previous film, Fast Five. The characters of the previous Fast and Furious movies return to team up after Federal Agent Luke Hobbs asks Dom help him take down a team of mercenary drivers. Only the best drivers can help get the job done and capturing Shaw, the criminal leader.

If you haven't seen this movie yet, I would recommend it. A lot of great action throughout the film. It's quite an intense ending... and a little emotional, but I won't spoil it for those who haven't seen it yet. Have a family movie night and it will keep you entertained.

Disclosure: I received the above mentioned product from Connect Your Home for review purposes. My opinions are my own and may differ from those of other consumers. No other compensation was given.

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Thursday, February 20, 2014

ISSON Eyewear SS 13/14 Collection

Australia’s avant-garde eyewear specialist, Isson, has unveiled its SS 13/14 collection with seven new optical models and twelve new sunglass frames.

The new collections stay true to Isson’s overarching motto (borrowed from Napoleon Bonaparte) of ‘Imagination Rules The World’ and continue its ongoing themes of mixing function and form; kookiness and sophistication; and, experimentation and restraint. The result is a wonderfully varied mix of its trademark show-stopping, extravagant frames and more understated, classic designs.

New design elements in the sun collection include engraved floral and cross-hatch patterning and the introduction of mirrored lenses into some key pieces for the first time. This SS 13/14 collection also features three models created in collaboration with local swimwear gurus, We Are Handsome, using its custom prints.

For the sophomore optical range, designer Catherine Federici has introduced her unique hinge-plate design, seen on many of the pieces in her sun collection, into the designs for a number of frames.

See more at: http://isson.com.au/isson_2012/?page_id=377#sthash.ghmewnbq.dpuf

Securing an identity of its own, the optical collection comprises 3 distinct design concepts:

STAINLESS ILLUSTRATION - an illustrative play on vintage shapes in stainless steel.

CELLULOID FORM - a bold collection using vibrant and intriguing Italian acetate.

MIND THE GAP - a collection intended to challenge conformity and defy the norm.

Disclosure:  I did not receive any products nor received compensation for this promotion. I was provided info and photos to share. My opinions are my own and may differ from those of other consumers.

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The Fashion Hero: Model Casting for the Healthy Body Image with Real People

Vancouver Fashion Week is only a few weeks away beginning March 18th, 2014. It's the fastest growing fashion week in the world and the only industry event that actively sees out to showcase international award-winning designers from over 30 global fashion capitals.

Caroline Bernier, from The Fashion Hero (a Canadian-based company), is promoting healthy body image within the fashion industry as well as her upcoming televised event. It's a perfect place to start if you are looking to do some modeling.

 "The Fashion Hero" Takes the Fashion Industry by Storm with New TV Show

"The Fashion Hero" is an International casting event with a quest to define real people as a healthy and true portrayal of what is beautiful within the fashion industry for a 2015 televised event. This will be done via a competition where real faces will be matched up with elite brands in order to celebrate real people and
individuality. Consumers will be able to relate a lot better as these faces will resemble a sister, daughter or the woman riding on the train that have that 'je ne sais quoi' element.

The Fashion Hero is dedicated to healing the fashion industry and is working to quickly eliminate the 5'9' model standard, or bone thin. The movement strives to promote healthy models, real faces, and a wide range of ages where the statement is clear that it is not too late to achieve a dream that was once limited to a select few.

The Fashion Hero will select the Top 40 entered candidates, based on votes from the public, from 80 participating countries to receive a professional photo shoot and portfolio. During the Grand Finale, which will be filmed, 12 candidates will be selected and take part in an array of promotional campaigns and advertisements, essentially becoming "the faces" of these internationally acclaimed brands.

Be part of The Television Show. Anyone can model for International Brands. Visit www.thefashionhero.com for more info.

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Blogger Opp: Mother’s Day Giveaway (KitchenAid)

Blogger Opp: Mother's Day Event

Attention bloggers:  This is a free/paid blogger event hosted by NYSavingSpecials. Link is free when you post about the giveaway on your blog and a thank-you for participating in the event.


* Prize: KitchenAid KSM75SL 4.5 Qt. Classic Plus Stand Mixer (silver)

* Event dates: May 9 - 23, 2014

* Eligibility: Contest is open to US only

* FREE link on entry form (Pinterest, Facebook or Twitter) with announcement post (or pay $5 waiver fee).

* Optional additional links are $2 each (up to 4 links)

* Co-host spots available for $20.00 (includes 10 Links and 2 Co-host pages; no Google links)

* Agree to post the giveaway HTML on the date the event begins and promote at least 3x a week

* Please feel free to mention Jennie from "Jen's Blog of Random Thoughts" referred you! Thanks much!

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NY Fashion Week Red Dress Show with Hair by Jenny Balding

February is the American Heart Association’s Heart Month and during New York Fashion Week, stars wore some of their favorite designer’s red dresses to promote women’s cardiac health. Celebrities included Ireland Baldwin, Joan Jett, Nene Leakes, Lindsey Vonn, Kat Graham, Taryn Manning, Victoria Justice, Sasha Cohen and more. NYC Cutler/Redken Stylist Jenny Balding led the hair for the show and provides an insider’s perspective on the hair for the show:

“At the Red Dress Show, you’re working with celebrities with a well established image within the industry so for the hair, we made them feel as beautiful as possible and runway ready. My team and I consulted with each celebrity on their red dress so we could create a hairstyle that complimented both their red dress and individual style. I personally styled Ireland Baldwin and Joan Jett. For Ireland, I created a look that was sleek, elegant, sexy and off the face – this worked perfectly with her Donna Karan gown. Joan Jett is Joan Jett so I just enhanced her rocknrollness!”

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Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Photo of the Day: The Drive Along the Oregon Coast

This is one of the amazing views during our drive along the Oregon Coast looking out towards the Pacific Ocean.

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Monday, February 17, 2014

#MysteryBrand VoxBox Revealed: Garnier Fructis

Remember my mention about the #MysteryBrand from Influenster VoxBox I received not too long ago? It has been revealed that the mystery product I received was Garnier Fructis Damage Eraser! And yes I was quite surprised! I used Garnier before, but had switched. Now I think I'm getting back to using this brand as it works better for my hair.

It is a perfect match for my damaged hair. It makes my hair feel smoother, bouncier, and definitely shinier. No more complaints about it getting dull and limpy after the next day. And I love the smell (almost like a tropical scent). The split end serum keeps my hair from getting split ends and helped fixed my damaged hair. It's perfect!


Heat styling tools can cause some serious damage to your hair. But, why compromise on your favourite look? Now, you don’t have to with Garnier Fructis Damage Eraser! With Phyto-Keratin® Complex and Cupauçu Butter, the unique formula reconstructs hair strength 90% from root-to-tip and prevents future damage. Hair is strong, shiny and revitalized – totally repaired. Style your hair without fear of damage!

Try and love the full routine! Shampoo and conditioner reconstruct and preserve strength for strong hair that looks rejuvenated. Split Ends Bandage Serum helps to prevent split ends and reconstructs and preserves hair’s strength. Strength reconstructing butter is designed to intensely reconstruct hair’s strength for strong, rejuvenated and shiny-looking hair.

Disclosure: I received samples of the above product(s) for my review in this post. My opinions are my own and may differ from those of other consumers. No other compensation was given.

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Soyfoods Council Soy Recipe Redo Contest

On February 11th, the Soyfoods Council launched its Facebook recipe contest, the Soy Recipe Redo. To enter, simply redo your favorite recipe by incorporating soy to make it more healthful and improve its nutrition profile. Then, submit your entry on the Soyfoods Council Facebook page: http://bit.ly/1gpeGza. A winner will be selected by popular vote.

The recipe creator who earns the most votes will receive a $200 VISA gift card! You have until March 11 to enter your recipe redo.

Reinventing favorite recipes with soy is a way to improve the nutrition profile while retaining familiar flavors and textures. Soy is a lean, complete, plant-based protein, making it easy to reduce fat and calories without changing the way you like to eat. Soy also provides heart-healthy fat and is cholesterol-free. Soyfoods such as tofu and TSP® (texturized soy protein) are ideal for adapting recipes for chili, soups, spaghetti sauce, tacos, salad dressings and desserts.

For soy and health information, as well as tips for soy-izing your recipes, check out the information on the Soyfoods Council website: www.thesoyfoodscouncil.com. As part of its #SoyInspired social media education campaign, The Soyfoods Council offers social media fans a variety of resource material, infographics and recipes. Learn more about soy, and start redoing your favorite recipe today for the Soy Recipe Redo Contest.

  1. Create an original soy recipe by taking your favorite recipe and using soy to make it healthier.
  2. Submit your recipe and a photo.
  3. The recipe creator with the most votes will win!

Disclosure: I did not receive any products nor received compensation for this promotion. My opinions are my own and may differ from those of other consumers.

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Winter Beauty Tips

Is the cold winter season drying out your skin? Is your fragrance/perfume not lasting? Here are some great winter beauty tips from Patti Kapla, beauty aficionado and V.P. Business Development of leading beauty e-retailer FragranceNet.com. From tips on choosing a fragrance that is perfect for this season, to keeping skin from drying out in the cold, I think this expert information could be really useful.

1. It seems like fragrance fades more quickly in the winter. How can I make it last longer?

Since your sense of smell is not as sharp in the winter as it is in the summer -heat increases the impact of a scent, try layering your favorite scents. Lucky for us, layering with fragrance is easy to do when we have matching shower gels and body lotions offered with our favorite fragrance. Using the shower gel, soap, shampoo, etc. of your favorite fragrance will help make your fragrance last all day long!

2. Should you switch perfumes with the seasons?

Naturally we gravitate to warmer, heartier things in the winter -- thick sweaters, soups that warm the soul, even warmer makeup tones. Cold-weather fragrances are traditionally more musky and a tad sweeter than warm-weather scents, which tend to be floral and crisp. Think spicy boldness versus breezy citrus. There are plenty of perfumes and colognes out there that go perfectly with a warm, crackling fire.

3. What are the most popular winter scents (both perfume and cologne)?

Choose a winter fragrance from categories such as the chypre scents, which tend toward the woody and mossy aromas like pine. Bid adieu to the light, fruity and floral scents that are perfect for the warmer months, and welcome the heavier, spicier scents that harmonize with the cooler days and nights.

4. Does dry skin have an effect on the longevity of a fragrances’ scent vs. moisturized skin?

Scents cling to moisturized skin. If you don’t have the matching lotions offered with your favorite scent, try applying Vaseline or a non-scented moisturizer to your pulse points before you apply your fragrance. It will give your scent something to hold on to!

5. What are some ways to keep skin from drying out in the cold weather?

Hydrate! Hydrate! Hydrate! Let’s face it. Old Man Winter can (and does) wreak havoc on your skin. Constant moisturizing is essential during the colder months. While frigid temperatures contribute to the problem, so does too much heat. Overheating your house can zap the moisture right out of your skin. And while there is nothing better than a hot bath on a cold day, the same thing holds true: hot water will leave you feeling itchy and dry. Lukewarm is the best option, although not as enticing! Another tip? Be sure to apply your moisturizer immediately after your shower. If you tend to use gel-based moisturizers, you may consider switching to creamier versions during the winter, which are less likely to dry out. Also, if you get in the habit of washing your hands more to avoid the flu, be sure to carry moisturizer with you wherever you go.

6. What are the best ways to tame static, dry hair?

Your hair needs moisturizing just as much as your skin does, so it’s essential to use a shampoo specifically designed to trap the moisture, especially when it’s cold out. Depending on your hair type, select a shampoo and conditioner with just the right amount of hydration – ultra hydrating products can are often too much for thinner hair. Limit your time with the hair dryer. This one might seem like a no-brainer, but it’s important to reiterate. Let your hair air dry for as long as possible and then finish with the hair dryer. Hot oil treatments can help to keep moisture in, as well as everyday kitchen products like olive or vegetable oil. Moisturizing shampoos and conditioners will also alleviate static, which tends to rear its ugly head in the winter.

7. How do I revive my pale, tired complexion so I’m not overcompensating with makeup?

As winter bears down on us, we lose our summer skin tone. One way to avoid looking washed out is by mixing a little brown color into your daily eye shadow to warm it up. You can also switch to a slightly darker shade of foundation, if necessary. If you’re concerned about more than your face, try a self-tanner (preferably one that won’t give your skin an orange hue). If you like to use bronzer, make sure it’s the right tone for your skin. Nothing stands out more than dark bronzer on fair skin!

8. What are the best ways to tone down winter redness?

Cold temperatures and drying indoor heat can equal a stressed out complexion, so think about adding a few products to compliment and support your current routine. Swap your cleanser for a softer, creamier variety, brighten up with an exfoliating mask, amp-up your moisturizer with a few drops of hyaluronic acid and shield skin from wind and weather with a rich, healing balm.

9. What is your favorite winter beauty look?

While I love big cozy sweaters, warm socks, scarves and gloves, I also enjoy the unexpected look of bright, bold, colorful makeup. People tend to darken their makeup and nails to match the grey cold weather. I find it pleasantly uplifting to see dramatic color!

10. How can I banish my cracked, peeling lips for good?

There is nothing worse than a case of chapped lips. And winter weather does its best to whip up on our lips, ultimately causing burning, chapping and cracking. It’s not a pretty sight, and licking them only makes the problem worse. Cheap lip balms just don’t cut it, either. Your cherry-flavored Lip Smackers might temporarily ease discomfort, but it won’t help to prevent or heal chapped lips. Ingredients to look for in a lip balm are tea tree oil, beeswax, vitamin E, aloe and essential oils. It will help to apply your lip balm several times a day.

Disclosure: I did not receive any products nor received compensation for this promotion. My opinions are my own and may differ from those of other consumers.

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