I am Moving Back to www.greatideasandmore.blogspot.com

I originally started this blog with the purpose of having one blog strictly for reviews but have found it is too time consuming for me right now so ALL of my content will be at www.greatideasandmore.blogspot.com. Please feel free to check it out and follow me there via Google Friend Connect/Networked Blogs/ or by e-mail. Thanks!


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Congrats to the MAM Give Away Winners!

I got a little behind this week so my winner announcements are a little late.  So…..dum dum dum….


Girl Package – Nickie

Boy Package – Lisa 

All winners have been notified via e-mail!  Thank you all for participating in my first blog give away!  My winners were chosen via a random number based system through random.org.  I hope to have another give away very soon so make sure to stay subscribed (or subscribe if you already haven’t) to my blog!  Thanks again everybody for participating!!!!!

Who Doesn’t Love Goodies in the Mailbox???

So, I just had to post this because I am an ABSOLUTE MAIL ADDICT!  Seriously….The other day I stalked the mail box THREE times until about 5:15pm waiting for my mail to come.  I knew I had some goodies coming in (birthday and business cards!).  I was so disappointed when nothing came.  I could not believe that I received NO MAIL!  Then, to my delight, I watched the mail lady pull up and deliver the mail.  Success!  It is the little things that make me happy, like mail.  Not just any mail – I hate getting BILLS!  But I do sign up for free samples and am always entering give-aways.  It feels like Christmas everyday!

Today was an especially exciting mail delivery day because I got some Chapstick!!!  I am addicted to chapstick.  I have at least three or four on hand at ALL TIMES.  I signed up for a Facebook dealy thing with Chapstick® and today I got a package with not one but FIVE tubes of chapstick in it!  I feel like I hit the lottery!  It is for the NEW LipSHIELD 365.  It has an SPF of 50 and will be perfect for this cold winter season.  As much as I would just keep the whole stockpile for myself, I am going to share a tube or two with some friends who like Chapstick®.

Yay! Chapstick®

I am sure it will work well.  I have used many other Chapstick® types and flavors and have NEVER been let down.  They all have great coverage and long lasting results.  So, Thanks Chapstick® for the awesome package and for making today’s mail call spectacular!!!!  My lips will thank you later 😉

MAM Baby Product GIVE AWAY!!!!

So, If you read my recent post you will see that I just had the opportunity to host a MAM Rock-A-Bye Baby Party on behalf of Child’s Play Communications.  I was given enough goodies for each guest to receive a gift bag valued at approximately $30.  I have two left over for TWO of my lucky readers!  One boy goodie bag and one girl goody bag.

Boy Giveaway Package

The Boy Goodie Bag includes:

  • MAM Baby Single Anti-Colic Bottle 5oz
  • MAM Baby Single Anti-Colic Bottle 8oz
  • MAM Baby Oral Care Rabbit
  • MAM Baby Cooler Teether
  • MAM Baby Learn to Brush Set
  • Informational Booklets from MAM

Girl Giveaway Package

The Girl Goodie Bag includes:

  • MAM Baby Single Anti-Colic Bottle 5oz
  • MAM Baby Single Anti-Colic Bottle 8oz
  • MAM Baby Night Pacifier
  • MAM Baby Oral Care Rabbit
  • MAM Baby Cooler Teether
  • Informational Booklets from MAM

This is my FIRST giveaway and I am pretty EXCITED since these are all really cool high quality products.  The contest begins today 10/13/2011 and runs through 10/23 2011.  Share this with anyone you know who would like some FREE baby stuff!  And it is MAM!  They are one of the best out there!  Good luck!  I will have a winner within 48 hours after the give away is completed.

Mandatory to Enter:

  • Subscribe to my blog by entering your e-mail address**
  • Leave a comment on THIS POST telling me whether you want a BOY or GIRL goodie bag – (Note: I will be choosing ONE (1) boy winner and ONE (1) girl winner)**


  • Follow me on twitter – @merrica30 – Leave your twitter ID in a comment
  • Follow MAM and Child’s Play Party/Communications on Twitter
  • Share this post on your Facebook page! (This is optional – you can receive ONE (1) extra entry in the giveaway for each day you share this post.)
  • And Tweet this post!  Here is a sample tweet you can use: (This is optional – you can receive ONE (1) extra entry into the giveaway for each day you tweet the message.) – Share the link with me in a comment

I just entered to win a MAM baby goodie bag valued at $30 and you can too!  http://bit.ly/qjqFbe #childsplayparty

** The requirements that are starred are MANDATORY to be eligible for this giveaway.  If you complete the optional tasks you will receive ONE (1) extra entry for each task.  Please let me know in the comments section if you also did the optional requirements.    This is valid for US Residents only. 

Working on this NEW blog as well as my other blog!

Well, I am working on this blog but am still posting to my other.  So, I am going to link up my review for Cerra™ for now and put any new reviews after these on here.  Check it out

New Blog!

Whew!  I have decided to set up another blog – really a random whimsy.  I was checking out a fellow bloggers blog at this wordpress site and had to set up an account.  So, since I have been busy in the social product testing world  I thought I would set up a blog strictly for topics such as products I try, free samples, coupons, cool websites I find and/or use.  So, I am just setting it up right now and will add more content later.


This has been a busy week already!  I recently started my own candle making business.  Yummy smelling soy container candles made with love by me 🙂 And personalized gift baskets.  I have been an avid candle connoisseur since I was a teenager.  Love candles – love the scents.  So…I have been unemployed and looking for a **decent** job for quite a while now and nothing has come up.  So I figured that now is the time to just jump in and do it!  I wrote up a business plan and a financial outlook and found someone willing to invest a small start up amount.  I am “boot strapping” – but working hard to make my dreams come true!  And, as a stroke of perfect timing, a really cute upscale store asked me if I would like to display my candles.  Of course!!!  So exciting!  And that is where I am at now.  Taking care of my two beautiful daughters (ages 11 months and 7 years) and doing something I have passion for.  And exploring the world of social media marketing on the side.


I started product testing a few years ago for the website bzzagent.com.  Now not only am I a member of bzzagent, but I am also a member of a few other awesome sites.  Not only do I get to try new products and share my opinion with the companies that make them, I also get to meet new people.  It is a win-win situation.  The social media world has just EXPLODED over the past couple of years and has opened up so many new avenues for marketing, socializing, interacting….My experience with being a consumer and product testing is one of my main marketing strategies in my own business.  Well, the concept of word of mouth advertising – it is proven that this is the top form of advertising.  I love being able to help brands I love spread the word as well as new brands who are looking for an extra oomph.  And I love stuff. It is so fun to share samples too because any person I have ever given a sample to has been excited about it.  And that makes me excited.


So let’s see what kind of fun we can have!  I have a lot of awesome programs in the works right now.  I just got approved today through Crowdtap to do an Old Navy Style Council Sample Share!  Yay!  This is my second sample share.  I just did one with them for the new line of Old Navy Jeans. ( See my blog post here )  This sample share is for the new workout pants and a top.  What is even more awesome than that is I get an extra coupon to share with a friend!  This is great for me because I bought a gym membership on Living Social and have yet to redeem it.  Now I have some motivation – cute workout clothes!

Also, I am a member of The Shespeaks Blogger Society and have had a lot of fun with this group of ladies!  We just did a campaign for Macy’s, The Aetna Healthy Food Fight, Cerra.com, and just today – Torani Syrup (Yum!!).  You will see a lot of posts about this group.

Also today, I got my Burt’s Bees sensitive skin bzz kit in the mail.  It has a face cleanser, face moisturizer, and a bunch of moisturizer samples to hand out – plus coupons to share too.  A great kit for sure!

And…I redeemed a $50 Amazon gift card I received for doing activities through Coffee-Mate Brew Crew and bought myself some ink for my printer (I make my own candles labels, for now).  It was a good day!


But you will hear about all of these cool products later…and how you can be able to try out stuff just like me!


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