Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Wordless Wednesday: School Pics


They take pictures twice a year in the schools here. I wasn't going to buy Spring pics, and so I sent my youngest to school in just regular clothes.  This came back and I was so happy, I ended up buying some anyway, lol. They're sneaky smart in the Spring and just send the pics home...telling you to return what you don't want to buy.

Doesn't he look so grown up? WHERE OH WHERE is the time going?????
That's what I want to know.

Winner Announcement




The winner of the Purex ScentSplash giveaway didn't get back with me (I tried multiple times to reach her). So I've redrawn. The new winner, whose name was randomly drawn by Rafflecopter is Rosie. Thanks to all who entered.

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Celebrate National Donut Day with Entenmann's and The Salvation Army! with #giveaway

Disclosure: I received product coupons and a tote (the same items to be given away to a lucky winner). All opinions stated are genuine and my own.



The Facebook Giveaway

June 5, 2015 is National Donut Day. That is a holiday my family and I can really get behind and support. ;) Originally founded by the Salvation Army to honor those in military service, Entenmann's is helping to celebrate this year by featuring their new Rich Frosted Patriotic Donut Eight Pack. They are also hosting a "National Donut Day-Free Donuts for a Year" contest on Facebook. The cause is still to honor the men and women who serve our country, and Bimbo Bakeries will donate $1 to the Salvation Army (up to $30,000) for each entry received through their Facebook page.

100 Grand Prize winners will receive one year's worth of free donuts. There will also be weekly prizes of coupons and plush toys awarded. All entries must be received by 11:50 EST, July 3rd, 2015.

Entenmann's new Rich Frosted Patriotic Donuts are now in stores everywhere!

Entenmann's All-American, New Rich Frosted Patriotic Donut

The new Rich Frosted Patriotic Donut Eight Pack combines the fan favorite (and my favorite!) Rich Frosted Donuts with red, white, and blue sprinkles. They will hit the shelves this month (May) so as to be ready for the big event. The information for the sweepstakes will be printed on the package. It will also be printed on the Entenmann's Rich Frosted and Crumb Donuts Eight Packs.

National Donut Day’s Freshly Baked History 

The holiday was established by The Salvation Army in 1938 in Chicago to honor the “Donut Lassies”, who served these treats to soldiers during World War I, and to help raise needed funds during the Great Depression. The donuts became synonymous with The Salvation Army, as well as the American soldiers who were returning home with the nickname, “doughboys.” This significant occasion established the donut as a long-standing symbol of the services The Salvation Army continues to provide. Today, The Salvation Army continues to provide meals, including donuts, and numerous other services to clients who visit Salvation Army programs daily.


National Donut Day Fun Facts

  • National Donut Day commemorates the “donut lassies,” female Salvation Army volunteers who provided writing supplies, stamps, clothes-mending and home-cooked meals, and of course, donuts, for soldiers on the front lines.
  • With limited resources, these treats were fried, only seven at a time. The Salvation Army’s Ensign Margaret Sheldon and Adjutant Helen Purviance cleverly thought of frying donuts in soldiers’ helmets. Approximately 250 Salvation Army volunteers provided assistance to American soldiers, in France, starting in 1917 during WWI.
  • Now in its 150th anniversary year, The Salvation Army is located in more than 120 countries worldwide. In 2014, nearly 30 million Americans received assistance from The Salvation Army's over 3,500 officers, 60,700 employees and 3.5 million volunteers.
  • With donut bakeries in Carlisle, Pennsylvania, Fort Worth, Texas and Montebello, California, Entenmann’s produces more than 780 million donuts a year, 15 million donuts a week and more than 100,000 donuts every hour to keep up with the demands of Entenmann’s donut lovers nationwide.
  • The Rich Frosted Donut has been the #1 seller since its introduction in 1973.


About Entenmann's 

Entenmann’s produces a wide variety of delicious donuts, donut holes and mini donuts every year with a variety sure to please every taste bud in the house.  Varieties include the #1 seller Rich Frosted, Crumb Topped, Devil’s Food, Sprinkled, Powdered, Glazed, Plain, and Seasonal flavors such as Lemon, Pumpkin and Cider.

Founded in 1898, Entenmann’s® Bakery has over 100 sweet baked goods, including donuts, Little Bites, crumb cakes and chocolate chip cookies. Entenmann’s products are baked by the Bimbo Bakeries USA companies (BBU).  BBU is a leader in the baking industries known for its category leading brands, innovative products, freshness and quality.  Our team of more than 25,000 U.S. associates operates 69 manufacturing locations in the United States. 13,500 distribution routes deliver our leading brands such as Arnold®, Bimbo®, Boboli®, Brownberry®, Entenmann's®, Francisco®, Freihofer's®, Heiner’s ®, Marinela®, Mrs Baird’s®, Oroweat®, Sara Lee®, Stroehmann®, Thomas'®, and Tia Rosa®.  More information about Bimbo Bakeries USA companies' full line of products can be found at www.Entenmanns.com

About The Salvation Army 

The Salvation Army, an evangelical part of the universal Christian church established in London in 1865, has been supporting those in need in His name without discrimination for more than 150 years in the United States. Nearly 30 million Americans receive assistance from The Salvation Army each year through a range of social services: providing food for the hungry, relief for disaster victims, assistance for the disabled, outreach to the elderly and ill, clothing and shelter to the homeless, and opportunities for underprivileged children. Eighty-two cents of every dollar The Salvation Army spends is used to support those services in 5,000 communities nationwide. For more information, go to www.salvationarmyusa.org

One Mail4Rosey reader is going to get a mini-tote
& (5)  Entenmann's free product coupons.

The Blog Giveaway

There's also a fun giveaway for Mail4Rosey readers. One lucky winner is going to get an Entenmann's mini-tote and (5) Entenmann's Free Product Coupons to call their own. US entrants only. Good luck to all who enter.

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Monday, May 4, 2015

Fotor.com A Great Way to Make FREE Photo Gifts for Mom! Plus $100 Etsy #Giveaway

Mother's Day is this weekend. No really, it's this weekend! I have no idea how that happened so quickly, I really don't. To me, it seems like it was just Christmas and now it's already inching up on summer vacation.

The good news though, is that if you still need to make mom something, or you want to add to what you've already made/purchased for her, you can use Fotor to create some really fun photo gifts that Mom (or grandma!) are sure to appreciate. And they're free!

I'm playing around with  Fotor's Collage Maker .
 This is just a draft but you get the idea.
If you have a printer at home, you can print your collage out and gift it to mom!
Making it is free, and it's fun!
You could make a photo using Fotor's Collage Maker. There are many different designs and styles, to choose from, and you pick the number of photos you want to use. I'm sure my mom would love a photo collage with a heart printed out. I was thinking of putting a recent picture in the middle, in a heart shape, and then surrounding that with the kids when they were little. I have my oldest and second oldest out of line in the draft though, and that bugs me... they should be switched. I'm also thinking it might be better if I put mom and the kids in the middle (that pic was taken at my grandmothers's, and it was a very good day), and one of each child in the four corners that might be better. Or maybe I'll keep the two youngest together for a corner and add her great grandbaby. See? Decisions, decisions... but that's okay because these kinds of decisions are fun!

Example of a photo created with the Fotor Montage option!

I could make her a fun photo montage! This is where you juxtapose a head on something funny (putting my mom's face on the body of a queen came to mind) or you add a picture to a fun background. In the example in the picture above, Fotor has put a man skydiving smack dab in the middle of a London street. Funny! The options are plentiful, including a cool transparent feature that can fade photos in and out of the scenery. I liked that feature a lot.

Make mom a photo card for her special day!
There are a lot of great options for the photo cards, and you're sure to find one she'll love!

Or you could make Mom a photo card. Again, there are a lot of options to choose from, and as with all of their applications you can size, resize, zoom in or out, tilt, turn (and twirl, lol), etc. There are also color options and you can pick and choose which pictures you like, how you want them displayed, how many you would like, what font you like best, etc. I love the example Fotor gave on their site for a new mom (in the photo above). I think that photo is precious. :)

$100 Etsy Giveaway!



AND...in honor of mothers everywhere, Fotor is hosting a contest. One lucky winner is going to get a $100 Etsy credit. I know soooo many of you love Etsy, and with good reason.

What it’s about:
We are looking for creative and interesting pics, expressing the special and unique relationship you have with your mother. Your image should contain a short text message to or about her, and a number of items which express your relationship. For example, a creative shot of some items which remind you of her would be perfect!
When:
27th of April – 11th of May
How to enter:
Simply take your fantastic shots about and item that you think can best express your mother, upload them and modify through Fotor, and enter them on either Facebook or Instagram with the hashtag: #Fotor4Mom
What we’re looking for:
Creativity, imagination and originality are the key! Remember to explore all of Fotor’s myriad features to make something really special – and prize winning!
Prize:
While we at Fotor all know that you guys need no prize, and that the sheer exhilarating thrill of the creative process is prize enough, we have decided to throw a few things in as a cherry (or two) on top.
Along with having your work preserved for all eternity on the global slipstream of ‘the net’, you also have a chance of winning a $100 gift card from ‘Etsy.
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And that’s it! Remember to explore the options of Fotor to get that perfect result!


Fotor is always free, always easy to use, and now you can take it mobile.

Download the Fotor mobile app here: 

Sunday, May 3, 2015

Is an Electronic Fence Right for Your Dog?

Remember my in-laws little car seat for their dog? LOL!
They do all they can to keep this dog, and their other dog too,
as safe as possible. That includes an electric fence in their yard!

My in-laws live in the country, but they also live on the corner lot, where two roads intersect. Though the streets are by far not what you would classify as 'busy,' they do get their fair share of traffic, and definitely pose a danger for their dogs, should they get loose and run off.

If you own a dog, you know that their safety and well-being are your responsibility, and you’d do whatever it takes to care for them. If you’re fortunate enough to have a yard for your dog to roam, you must make sure your dog stays on your property. An electronic dog fence is a versatile and reliable tool for keeping your dog safe in your yard. That's what my in-laws use, and it's been amazingly wonderful for them in keeping their dogs safe, and giving the peace of mind.

How do you know if it’s right for your dog? Here are some guidelines to consider, as well as tips for selecting the right dog fence if you decide to purchase one.


Does Your Dog Like to Dig?
One of the biggest problems with traditional fencing is that dogs who like to dig can burrow right underneath and escape. Digging dogs require constant supervision in the yard, because no matter how many times you fill in the holes they dug to escape, they can dig them again. Invisible fencing is an excellent way to keep digging dogs in the yard. It can be buried right along your existing fence line, and your dog’s e-collar will beep first then emit a mild, corrective shock when they get too close to the fence. With an electric dog fence, they’ll be unable to dig their way tofreedom anymore.

Does Your Dog Like to Chase/Hunt?
Dogs with a strong prey drive can also be difficult to contain in the yard. Even if you have a fence in place or if your dog typically doesn’t wander, the presence of prey can cause them to bolt. Hunting and chasing can be deterred with an invisible dog fence. If you already have a traditional fence, invisible fencing can be used as reinforcement to prevent your dog from getting over or through the fence when it’s determined enough to catch something on the other side.

Do You Live on a Farm or Ranch?
If you need to keep your dog separated from things like a chicken coop, other livestock, farm machinery, or away from a pond or well, an invisible fence is one way to do it. Invisible fencing can create barriers to keep your dogs out of any areas you choose - without creating an obstacle for you or other animals, or blocking your line of sight on your property. Invisible fences are also great for enclosing large areas. Some electronic dog fences can inexpensively enclose up to 100 acres of land.

Is Your Dog Aggressive?
Very aggressive dogs shouldn’t be trusted with only an invisible fence. The main problem is that strangers, children, or other animals can unknowingly cross over the invisible fence boundary, putting themselves in danger. If you have an aggressive dog, it’s better to use a combination of a traditional fence and an electronic dog fence. Two layers of protection is the best way to contain aggressive dogs who would be a liability if they were to escape.

Is Your Dog Sick, Pregnant, or Younger than Six Months?
Dogs who are pregnant, very sick, or younger than six months should not use an invisible dog fence. Wait until your dog is older than six months or back to regular health before training them to use an invisible fence.


How to Select an Electronic Dog Fence
It’s important to purchase an electronic fence that’s reliable and appropriate for your dog and yard. Professional fencing companies can help you, but you will likely pay at least $1200 for installation. If you want to save money, it is possible for anyone to install their own electronic dog fence. Before you DIY, carefully reading undergrounddog fence reviews and wireless dog fence reviews can help you select a system. If you have a dog under 20 pounds, you’ll need a system that has an e-collar designed for small dogs. Stubborn dogs may require e-collars that have varying levels of correction. You will also need to consider the acre-capacity of each system to make sure it will work with the size of the area you want to enclose.

Different electronic dog fences have different features, so it’s a good idea to consider what’s most important to you. Do you want e-collars with rechargeable batteries? Do you want a system that has battery backup in case your electricity goes out? Thoroughly researching dog fence systems will ensure you get one that works for your dog(s) and your yard.

Finally, remember that the most important aspect of any invisible dog fence is training. As long as you consistently follow the training instructions, your dog will learn to respect their new boundaries quickly and happily. After all, dogs enjoy knowing they’re safe and secure, too. 

Saturday, May 2, 2015

KitchenAid & Van's Simply Delicious #Giveaway

Disclosure: This is not a compensated post and Mail4Rosey is not responsible for prize delivery.


vansgiveaway

Welcome to the Kitchen Aid & Van's Giveaway
Hosted by Conservamom

I hear about so many people these days working with Celiac and trying to restructure their diets to better accommodate it as needed. Fortunately, the options are continuously improving in quantity, flavor, & quality. In fact, with many food items now, you can't even tell a difference when food items are gluten-free. That's a good thing. A very good thing. :)


Now a word from Van's Simply Delicious:

Hi from Van’s! As you probably know, May is Celiac Awareness Month, and we at Van’s would like to mark the occasion by sharing five of our favorite gluten-free swaps – and by offering the chance to win a Gluten-Free Gift Pack, including a Kitchen-Aid Mixer (entry form & contest rules located at the bottom of this post).

At Van’s, we are committed to providing wholesome, delicious options for a wide variety of dietary needs. That’s why we have worked for years to provide nutritious, whole-grain options for our gluten-free fans – starting with our waffles and expanding in recent years to our crackers, snack bars, cereals, chips, granola and even pasta. As our gluten-free line expands, one of our favorite things is seeing all the creative ways our fans use Van’s gluten-free foods as ingredient substitutes to make delicious gluten-free dishes good enough for the whole family to enjoy. Here are our top-five gluten-free substitutions from some of our talented blog partners:

breadpudding   

cerealtreats



gluttenfreecrackersforbread

gluttenfreestrussle   

wafflesandwich

crushedcrackerquiche


 Now for the giveaway! One lucky winner will win a Kitchen Aid 4 Qt Mixer and a Van's Gift pack. Total prize value is $375! So head below for your chance to enter to win. Giveaway ends on 5/17 at 11:59pm EST. 

This giveaway is open to US only and you must be 18+over to enter. Good luck!!


“This is a sponsored post written by Van’s International Foods, Inc. and facilitated by ConservaMom” All opinions are 100% mine. This giveaway is in no way associated with, sponsored, administered, or endorsed by Facebook, Twitter, Google, Pinterest or any other social media network.. Open US only must be 18+. Confirmed Winner(s) will be contacted by email and have 48 hours to respond before a new winner will be drawn. No purchase necessary. Void where prohibited by law. Van's will be responsible for product fulfillment to winner(s) of the giveaway. For questions on this giveaway or to see your product featured in an Event you can contact Elia At Conservamom

Friday, May 1, 2015

#YouToldMe Mother’s Day Contest!! $50,000 Prize, from The Mrs. #MrsMotherDay

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

I'm loving the Mrs. Right now. I'm also loving this great contest they've got up and running for the moms! Keep reading, chances are HUGE ($50,000 huge!) that you're going to love this one too.


The All-Female Band The Mrs. Continues Their Mission To Uplift and Empower Women Everywhere With The Words of Wisdom “#YouToldMe Mother's Day” Contest! One Lucky Participants Will Win $50,000!

Hot on the heels of the release of their latest single "You Told Me," which debuted at a New York City Mother’s Day gala celebration benefitting Dress for Success and hosted by Jenny McCarthy, the all-female rock band The Mrs. continues to honor moms everywhere. The Mrs. is launching the #YouToldMe Mother’s Day Contest to give participants across the U.S. a chance to win $50,000 for sharing their mother's life lessons and words of wisdom. One lucky winner will be selected on Mother’s Day, May 10, 2015.

Recently, The Mrs. commissioned a survey of 5,000 mothers, and found that nearly 95% of them feel inadequate – and 90% agree that feeling like they’re not “enough” is a universal pattern among mothers. The Mrs. is on a mission to help change that! The band hopes to continue to draw attention to the incredible work moms do in caring for their families every day by having entrants write about their mother's words of wisdom. The Mrs. #YouToldMe Mother’s Day contest is designed to draw attention to the value of all the little things moms do and say every single day.

"We all have worries, fears, and times when we feel we are not enough,” said The Mrs. founder and drummer, Andra Liemandt. “We want to empower women to believe they are enough just as they are.”


As part of their growing female empowerment movement and to help support the financial security of women, The Mrs. is aligning with Rising Tide Capital, a non-profit organization that will provide financial advisement to the contest recipient.


To enter the contest, and for complete rules and details, go to http://themrs.com/youtoldme/ to access the entry form. There is no purchase necessary.

My Thoughts

For me it wasn't necessarily my mom who shared insights with me, but definitely it was my gram. My mom's mom. She was the one who nurtured, loved, and cared for me like her own, and even though I didn't live with her, we lived close by and I was at her house every single chance I got, all the way through my teens. When I moved out of state, it was the thought of visiting my grandmother that drove me back to visit. Always delighted to see me, and later my children, she was and is the big inspiration of my life. The one and only person before my children who loved me unconditionally...the one who made me think I was enough.

Who Is The Mrs.?

The Mrs. became known across the country for their powerful message of self-acceptance. Their first single “Enough” inspired the #ImEnough movement that is resonating with women from all walks of life, empowering them to love themselves just as they are. To bring this message to life, they created a talking “magic mirror” and have been successfully convincing women everywhere that they are, indeed, Enough!

For more information, visit www.themrs.com. The Mrs. “You Told Me” song is available on iTunes; video is available on The Mrs. YouTube Channel. Stay connected with The Mrs. after the contest is over by following them on Facebook and Twitter.

Disclosures: NO PURCHASE NECESSARY. Open to legal residents of the 50 United States and D.C., age 21 or older. Odds of winning depend on number of entries received. Sweepstakes ends at 11:59 p.m. ET on May 10th, 2015. This blog is not accepting entries; you must go to http://themrs.com/youtoldme/ to enter this contest. For full official rules go to TheMrs.com. I have been compensated for sharing this giveaway with you.