Friday, March 27, 2015

Winner Announcement

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Pepper Spray for Safety at Work: The Home Security Super Store

Disclosure: This is a sponsored post. All opinions stated are genuine and my own.

The Home Security Super Store is helping to keep my husband safe at work.

You wouldn’t think there were that many perils of being a mailman, and for the most part you would be right. There are, however, some instances where safety decidedly comes into question. That means it is a good idea for people in such a position to be prepared for the ‘just in case.’

One example I have to offer came in the form of a big dog my husband, a mailman for the last 20+ years, ran into the day-before-yesterday. Because the weather is getting warmer, people are leaving their doors open, cracking their windows and using their screens. Most people know that dogs aren’t overly fond of the mailman, probably because that’s someone they don’t know coming right onto their turf.

When hubs went to reach into the mailbox at the house where the aforementioned pet lived, the massively huge dog ran to the door, and because it was the lightweight screen door, had his head sticking out, teeth bared and a vicious bark going…trying presumably to eat my husband. Fortunately, there was no harm done. My husband offered him a doggie treat, something he keeps in his pockets at all times, and all was well…at least long enough for my husband to retreat safely off of the porch.

One of many types of pepper spray available on the website.

While we laugh at some of the instances he comes across with the dogs, they are not all funny, and many a mail carrier has been bitten. While it is not something mailmen want to do, using pepper spray is something they will do, if they have to, in order to buy them the time they need to get to safety if a dog is surely going to bite.  Of course animals are not the only safety concern mailmen/women come across, so carrying the pepper spray is always a good idea anyway.

The Home Security Super Store carries a variety of types, sizes and styles of pepper spray, as well as many other non-lethal items that could be used for safety and/or protection. It is truly a one-stop shop for home security solutions and self-defense needs. Take a look around their website and you will see that they have a huge selection of DIY home security & personal safety product, with a low-price guarantee.

You can learn more about The Home Security Super Store by visiting their website ( You can also follow them on Facebook here and/or Twitter here.

There are many instances I can think of, besides the one I’ve given, where safety protection would have been in order. Walking the bike trail, early morning hikes at the lake, trips to the park when it’s getting dark, and shopping in the wee hours of the morning (which I sometimes do at the 24-hour super store) are all things that come to mind for just me alone.  I’m sure if I thought for a second or two, there would be others.

How about you? Have you ever found yourself in a situation where you could have used, or did have something along with you for safety purposes?

Pick Your Own Graco Item (for Baby)! #Giveaway

Disclosure: Mail4Rosey did not receive compensation to help promote this post and is not responsible for prize delivery.

GRACO is a trusted name in baby care and has been for as long as I can remember being a mom...and I've been a mom for a long time! It's important to have high quality items from a brand name you trust when it comes to big-ticket baby items. Your little one is going to spend a good deal of time hanging out in his/her car seat and/or play yard, so finding something safe and comfortable is paramount.

Winner Chooses from these Three Items!

If you're in the market for a new carseat or play area, or you know someone who is, you've come to the right place! Enter to try and win...because the prize is all up to you. One lucky winner will get to pick from one of the three items pictured.

Now that's a fun giveaway.

Big thanks to Growing Up Madison for hosting! I'm happy to share.
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Thursday, March 26, 2015

My #mixcups #singlecupcoffee Subscription Really Hits the Spot

Disclosure: I received a sample product to help facilitate the review. All opinions stated are genuine and my own.

Oh yeah, that's bea-u-ti-ful!
Showing the variety from our Mixcups sample.

Subscription services are popular and aplenty right now, and for good reason. They allow something new to arrive on your doorstep each month, that you already know you're going to enjoy...and for me, not much is more exciting than having a monthly shipment of coffee arriving from Mixcups!

Created by coffee lovers, for coffee lovers, those who subscribe to this service will receive 30 single cup coffees each and every month. There will be ten different types of coffee, three of each kind, for you to sample. The samples are rotated monthly to ensure constant variety.

I am a coffee lover from way back, and to my surprise there were some great flavors in my MixCups box that were new to me. I liked all of them, but I have to say the Cake Boss Italian Rum Cake was definitely my fave, and it wasn't one I'd heard of until I got this shipment!!

If you're looking for a smaller subscription, there are other sizes besides the (30). That one is just my favorite because it allows for a new cup of coffee to be had each and every day.

I can't be the only one who thinks this is exciting! Stop drinking the same old coffee every morning and add a little adventure to your life with the MixCups monthly subscription. If you're a fanatic like I am, you will definitely be happy that you did!

You can learn more about MixCups by visiting their website. You can also follow them on Facebook and/or Twitter.

Make Filing Less Taxing with Master Lock +Sweepstakes Info & Locking File Box #Giveaway

Disclosure: I received a product sample to help facilitate the review. All opinions stated are genuine and my own.

Master Lock Keyed Locking File Box

One thing you want to be sure to store properly, for many reasons, is your important documents and papers. Up until now, all of my own, such as tax records, house insurance papers, car titles, personal documentation, etc. have been neatly tucked and organized in hanging folders inside of a file box. The trouble though, was that box was made of plastic. It's always been in the back of my mind to change it up for something more sturdy, but getting around to 'doing it later' just never seemed to come... until now. :) 

Today I am happy to report all of those papers have been neatly transferred to a new Master Lock 7148D Keyed Locking File Box. This 13.5 (34.3cm) W x 10.5in (26.7cm) H x 6in (15.2cm) D box is made of a durable steel construction that is far superior to our previous plastic version. It comes with two keys (don't lose them because duplicates are not available) and a limited lifetime warranty. And it's a from a name you can trust: Master Lock. 

At the end of this post, one lucky winner (US/Canada only) will win a Master Lock Keyed Locking File Box to call their own. And there's an even bigger prize to win with the Sweeps below. Interested? Keep reading...


Five Master Lock Vault® users will win $1,000 each in Tax Relief Reward Sweepstakes

MILWAUKEE, Wis. (March XX, 2015) – Approximately 1 in 5 Americans who file their own tax return leave an average of $450 on the table each year – adding up to more than $5 billion in the U.S. – due largely to unnoticed deductions and credits*. This tax season, Master Lock is offering advice for maximizing returns during key life stages with credit opportunities and organization tips, and is also providing financial relief  to consumers via the Master Lock Tax Relief Reward Sweepstakes.

Now through April 16, any registered user of the Master Lock Vault is eligible to enter for a chance to win one offive $1,000 prizes. The Master Lock Vault is a free, digital safe deposit box that provides a safe and secure solution for storing copies of important tax documents for easy access from any smart phone or computer.

“Each new stage of life brings with it new considerations during tax time,” said Rebecca Smith, vice president, marketing for Master Lock. “Whether it’s your first year doing your own taxes, or first year with a dependent on your tax forms, we’re here to help you feel more confident about the process and your results, and maybe even take home some extra cash.”

No matter which life stage you are in this tax season, pay close attention to possible deductions and credits you may qualify for as you reach each new milestone**:

1.      Recent College Graduates: Graduating from college is a great accomplishment, but many graduates face a mountain of debt owed on their student loans. Luckily, there are credits that could provide a tax break for young professionals this season:

Graduates who begin repaying their student loans may qualify for the Student Loan Interest Deduction, which would deduct up to $2,500 of qualified student loan interest. If you plan to continue your education, you may qualify for the Lifetime Learning Credit which can provide eligible students with a tax credit toward undergraduate, graduate or professional degree courses at an eligible educational institution.

2.      Newlyweds: After exchanging rings and tossing the bouquet, newlyweds’ lives – and taxes – merge into one. Filing jointly with your spouse offers many advantages, and the IRS gives joint filers one of the largest deductions each year.

With a new marital status comes significant changes that could affect your taxes. It’s imperative for the names and Social Security numbers on your tax return to reflect your Social Security Administration (SSA) records. If you made changes to your name (Form SS-5) or address (Form 8822), you need to file the proper forms to notify the SSA and IRS. You should also notify your workplace to ensure your receive your W-2.

3.      Parents: Raising a child to the age of 18 costs approximately $245,000 in today’s economy, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Parents can ease their burden by taking advantage of the Child Tax Credit, which offers a tax credit up to $1,000 per qualifying child. Additionally, parents who paid for child care in order to work may qualify for the Child and Dependent Care Credit, which reduces federal income tax.

4.      Seniors (65+): As we age, it’s even more important to correctly prepare tax returns in order to receive the proper deductions and credits. Storing personal expenses and documentation in a secure location, such as the Master Lock Vault, will keep seniors’ personal information organized and eliminate the worry of lost or stolen paper documents that contain confidential information. If you want or need to store physical copies, keep them protected in a locking fire- and water-resistant Sentry Safe storage chest or safe.

Based on filing status, seniors may qualify for the Credit for the Elderly or Disabled (Forms 1040 or 1040A), and seniors who do not itemize their deductions receive a higher deduction amount. Seniors should also take advantage of free tax services, such as the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program, which provides income tax preparation and electronic filing services, and Tax Counseling for the Elderly program, which focuses on pensions and retirement-related concerns.

Master Lock Tax Relief Rewards Sweepstakes

An added bonus of utilizing the Master Lock Vault to organize the variety of forms and online passwords needed for your tax-filing process this year is the chance to win $1,000, which can be used to supplement your tax refund, or help ease the burden of additional taxes owed. To enter, new users can register for a Master Lock Vault account at Once the account has been activated, users will receive an email containing the sweepstakes entry form. Existing Master Lock Vault users who have opted in for brand communications will receive an email with the sweepstakes entry form once the sweepstakes kicks off March 16. One entry will be accepted per person through April 16.

Master Lock Vault
Benefits of the Master Lock Vault extend well beyond the tax season. Use the system year-round, via the website or by installing one of the free mobile apps for your Apple®, Android®, Kindle® or Nook® devices. Securely store and organize lock combinations, digital copies of your passport and social security card and other confidential data such as debit or PIN card numbers or online credit card account log-in information. Offering a high level of online security, the Master Lock Vault serves as a digital safe deposit box for quick and easy access to valuable information anytime, anywhere.

For more safety tips and products, visit the Master Lock website at or the Master Lock Facebook page at

About Master Lock
Master Lock is the world's largest manufacturer of padlocks and related security products providing innovative security solutions for home, automotive, campus, power sports, bike and storage security needs for consumers and industry alike. Master Lock Company LLC is an operating unit of Fortune Brands Home & Security,Inc., a leading consumer brands company. Headquartered in Deerfield, Ill.,Fortune Brands Home & Security, Inc. (NYSE: FBHS) is included in theS&P MidCap 400 Index.  For more information about Master Lock,visit

About the Sweepstakes
NO PURCHASE NECESSARY TO ENTER OR WIN. Entry into the Master Lock“Tax Relief Rewards” Sweepstakes is open to permanent lawful residents of the 50 United States, the District of Columbia (“D.C.”) and Canada, excluding Quebec,who are 18 years or older at time of entry. Limit one (1) entry per person.Sweepstakes begins at 07:00:01 a.m. CDT on March 16, 2015 and ends on April 16,2015 at 6:59:59 a.m. CDT. Entrants can access andfollow the on-screen instructions to create a Master Lock Vault account, which will generate a confirmation message containing a link to the Sweepstakes entry form. Existing, opt-in subscribers will receive an email containing a link to the Sweepstakes entry form.Sponsor: Master Lock Company LLC, 137W. Forest Hill Avenue, Oak Creek, WI 53154.

**Master Lock is not a legal, tax or accounting advisor, and the information in this press release should not be construed as legal, tax or accounting advice. Master Lock recommends that consumers consult a professional advisor for advice concerning specific tax or other matters. 

There's a giveaway here too! One lucky winner (US/Canada) gets
a Master Lock  7148D Keyed Locking File Box to call their own.

Now that you've read this bevy of quality information, it's time to enter the giveaway Master Lock has also graciously offered to Mail4Rosey readers. One lucky winner will get the Master Lock 7148D Keyed Locking File Box mentioned at the top of this post. US/Canada only.

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Wednesday, March 25, 2015

(Not Really) Wordless Wednesday

It started out as Spring Cleaning and turned into Twisted Logic

You know how it does't rain if you carry an umbrella? That's what I'm hoping for here. Can you force these things, or is it just chance? ;)

Explanation: I had a higher ed .admin. job for years that I loved when we lived in another state. I totally took it for granted and thought it would be easy to find something comparable when we moved. Not so. Welcome to rural Michigan. I did find work when I got here, in a school (not a college), and I liked it, but the pay was so bad. I had a little one and decided to stay home with him (what a wonderful gift). But, he's in school now, so...

Back to the drawing board. What I get though, when I apply for higher ed. admin work close to home, (outside of one interview session that got me to the final round with a nuh-uh) is a form letter that says, 'We're sorry, we received hundreds of applications for this position, blah blah blah," and I don't even get to an interview.

So...that left me with two closets full of expensive, designer clothing going to waste. The stack you see here was just the beginning, I literally filled up every inch of my SUV with dress clothes. I drove them to a parking lot with two big metal donation boxes, and in they went.

Now I have only a few outfits for dress, literally. 
I'm not prepared for work. Maybe now I'll get it. 
Here's to hoping my twisted logic pays off. :)

Winner Announcement

Congratulations to Alissa who won the Easter book giveaway, and Alison who won the CarPET scratch stopper giveaway. Both winners were randomly selected by Rafflecopter.