Our holiday season is in full swing and for many of us we will be partaking in holiday parties and shenanigans. Additionally we will also be eating, drinking and being merry which means we ought to look and feel our best. Sometimes for us ladies, we do not always feel this way when we overindulge in sweets and cocktails when being exceptionally merry.
Hanes has a great collection of hosiery and tights to help us feel and look good this holiday season. Not to mention the Hanes line is a great stocking stuffer idea for ladies who love tights and leggings this time of year when we like to bundle up, yet remain fashionable.
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What is nice about this bear is that you can customize it for your child. He is meant for 2 years or older, which means he will work perfectly for my 5 year old. Once you put the app on your device you will be asked a bunch of different questions so that way Teddy knows your child. It also works to see how well you know your child when you are filling out the questions without them beside you I did to get Teddy ready for Christmas morning.
There are different games that your child can play with Teddy when he is hooked up to the blue tooth device. You can have him read your child a story, do activities such as fish bowls, sea puzzle, animal zoo. Then there is a page for you to fill out with information about your child’s family members and there friends. There is also a button to push so they can interact with Teddy by answering the questions that Teddy asks. The stories that Teddy tells are ones that your child may know like Little Red Riding Hood, The Three Little Pigs, and Goldilocks and the Three Bears. You can also sing a song with Teddy.
What is great for this Teddy bear for younger children is that he does not need to be connected to the internet to use him. He just uses the information that you entered when you started him up and down loaded the app on to the desired device. You can also control how his mouth works when he talks, with the switches on his back.
MY FRIEND TEDDY is a cuddly teddy bear, designed equally as a personalized plush toy
companion, as well as a development tool for preschoolers.
Parents are able to customize child specific information, such as favorite characters, family names, and birthdays, and Teddy will incorporate them into his engaging interactive and storytelling dialogue.
MY FRIEND TEDDY also features numerous activities to further enhance motor skills and language development, via interactive learning games, counting exercises while offering multiple degrees of complexity built in, allowing parents to adjust learning levels appropriately as the child develops.
One person is going to win an Interactive My Friend Teddy from Genesis Toys. Tablet or Phone NOT included.
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Giving the gift of an experience is giving a memory that will last a lifetime. Xanterra Parks & Resorts is the primary authorized concessioner in Maumee Bay State Park. They will help you with your lodging needs and setting up activities for the whole family. Maumee Bay, located in the Ohio State Park, is located on Lake Erie. This beautiful park has both Summer and Winter Activities for the whole family.
Maumee Bay 2015 Winter Carnival
Maumee Bay is the perfect winter destination for you and the entire family to frolic and have fun in our giant, indoor Winter Carnival playground complete with a plethora of activities — and a discounted room rate starting at $125.99 — this December 27 – 30, 2015.
Come visit the magnificently transformed ballroom where you can participate in activities including Jacob’s Ladder, jousting, inflatables and more. Try your luck at several games and win tickets that can be exchanged for great prizes. And when you’re done, enjoy the indoor heated pool, children’s splash pad, game room, soft play area and more!
To book online use promo code CARNIVAL*.
*Use Promo Code CARNIVAL to check availability, view current rates and make your reservation today. Or, call 1-800-282-7275 to speak with a reservations agent. Offer valid December 27 – 30, 2015. Room rates are based on double occupancy and do not include tax. Valid for Lodge rooms only – cottages are not included in this offer. May not be combined with any other offer. Blackout dates and minimum stay restrictions may apply.
Experience an Ohio State Parks winter in an entirely different light. Whether you’re joining us for a romantic weekend for two, or bringing the whole family for a reunion, these deals make winter the perfect season to visit!
It pays to stay longer! Here’s how it works: 10% off 1 night, 20% off 2 nights, and 30% off 3 nights.
Ohio State Park Lodges Include:
Maumee Bay State Park Lodge and Conference Center
Deer Creek State Park Lodge and Conference Center
Mohican State Park Lodge and Conference Center
Punderson Manor Lodge and Conference Center
Salt Fork Lodge and Conference Center
Geneva State Park Marina
One person is going to win:
A 2 night stay for 2 at any Ohio State Park Lodge run by Xanterra. It also includes breakfast. Does NOT include transportation.
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Dreamy Bamboo Sheet Set Giveaway
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These sheets are so incredibly soft and wonderful! Bamboo is a sustainable fiber that is breathable and wicks away moisture so you never feel over heated.
You get into bed and are ready for dreamland, they feel nice on your skin and wash up beautifully!
Good Luck all!
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Back for 2015….St Patrick’s Day 3 Foot Leprechaun Inflatable Great way to decorate for and celebrate this St. Patrick’s Day either indoor or outdoors. This little Irish fellow will greet all your passersby and party goers this March with a great big Irish Hello.Standard Concession Supply is your place to find all you party and decorative items, including a
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The Corinthian Bells® 44″ T406 creates musical tones for your outdoor garden or patio.
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Night Stars Landscape Lights are decorative lights that are ideal for both indoor and outdoor use. It projects points of brightly colored lights onto walls, dance floors, landscapes, pools, gazebos, etc. Create an instant atmosphere for parties and entertaining or add a splash of color and interest to your home, yard, or garden.
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Blogging is easy. Running a blog as a business is not. You see blogs are as diverse as people in the world with our various creeds, cultures, backgrounds, beliefs, colors, you name it a blog exists for or about the topic. More so is the rising cut throat popularity and business of giveaway blogs. Some years ago I wrote about the “not so” up and up practices of a giveaway blog; bloggers sweeping for traffic and never living up to providing a fruitful giveaway. Seems more are capitalizing in this fashion but with the added factor of collusion plus a ponzi scheme. Worth repeating I might share how NOT to run a giveaway.
Nowadays big brother is involved on a deeper level than the role Linda Lovelace ever played in American pornography. Every post has a disclaimer, every page has a disclaimer, every product, link, back link; a perpetual circle jerk of monkey’s appeasing an ever tiresome topic driven by fear. However, the fear should be real in the event one individual decided to pony up with legal representation and assert action. Maybe we should go over the basics, I might save you a trip to the Library of Congress to seek out the information I have so readily at hand.
The true definition of a “giveaway” is if you just enter and by some asinine, random luck the blog owner picks you. Congratulations. Contests on the other hand require some panache, finesse, albeit skill to enter. Post a comment, follow me on Twitter, sit and spin. You know the drill. Even though the jargon is used interchangeably, if someone would like to get specific (especially when the law is concerned) you might want to understand the differences. If you were truly running a “giveaway” you need to provide an alternative form of entry such as “provide a self addressed stamped envelope to 123 Mickey Mouse Lane, Bagdad, AZ 85009” of which you now have your entrant with their information so you may contact them if they are chosen as well. This get’s sticky, can you feel it?
2. Make sure your contest is visible to all parties
The beauty of the age of information, technology and having a husband who is an IT (Information technology) guru, you cannot hide from anything in this world. Everything is on the web and everything has a history. Google me for instance. You can find my name, address, phone number, travel ten pages deep before you hit the obscurity of darkness that drowns out the name Karie Herring. Terrifying actually. I digress. Anyhow, when running a contest, you need to ensure that if you are the host and you will be pimping out the link like a whore (yes because you are receiving payment from others who are assisting in the promotion), the least you could do is:
- A) Ensure a permalink on your blog for said giveaway. This is most excellent for SEO if you give a damn.
- B) Ensure you post for original content to be indexed by Google and other robots and search engines. You want to be recognized as legit….get your content out there, even if you are prostituting services.
Take this photo for example. The blog labeled Blog A is the blog that posted the HTML as part of a legitimate service to share the contest at large. The blog labeled Blog F for “failure,” “fluff,” “flob,” I think you get the picture. This bollix of a blogger failed to even post this giveaway. Anywhere on her blog.They are HOSTING the giveaway as indicated in Blog A’s screen shot. Wouldn’t one think that they would have a permalink post for this giveaway they are hosting? Or the other hosts for that matter….where are their posts? I stalked the post of the host in question. Her blog. Google cache. Nothing. Nada. No where in the nether webs was this posted. But she’s hosting? How do you indicate an official capacity without having official capacity…I’m confused. Maybe someone can clear that up.
Let’s move on shall we.
3. Pull a Winner. A legitimate winner
The beauty of a contest is that the winner is based on luck of the draw, pun intended. No mathematical equations, statistics, algorithms or minutiae of the sorts is involved. Just plain old lady luck. With that being said, however, some fail to realize that everyone has to have an opportunity to enter and they have to have the same chance to win. In the event that a winner is already predetermined by the blog owner this is in direct violation of the 1995 Crime Bill passed by President Clinton and subject to sanctions of two years in a Federal prison plus any hefty fines as deemed fit by a court of your peers. If you suspect someone of this fraudulent activity, reach out to the FTC to file a complaint.
If you pull a winner, do not post right away. Not everyone responds within the time frame which, in turn, defaults to choosing another winner. Be honest and solid on your times. If you pull a winner at 11pm, and they are provided 48 hours, give them the 48 hours and a few minutes. Tweet it out there, email to them, Facebook, make this notice public, not just on the widget yet because the widget would indicate finality. Think of the post on the widget and your blog as you have notified family members of a death before releasing to the media. Make sense? Once you have made contact then make it final on the widget. Done.
Finally, stick by your word. Your word is your bond. If you claim to be a professional act like one or subject yourself to a lashing greater than any troll or sweeper. Federal sanctions, state sanctions, imprisonment, fines, oh my. Playing with the big leagues can bring big league regulations. When in doubt, PUNT, tell the truth. Contestants, bloggers, brands and people alike will respect you if you have a legitimate giveaway and provide legitimate winners. How you run your giveaway is a clear indication of how you run your business. How not to run a giveaway, well that is a clear indication that you are a fraud and acting in a manner to deceive others, so ladies, enjoy your bedfellows of Bernie Madoff, Lou Perlman and the like.
The above was written by Karie, but I want to add (Joie) that when a sweeper or someone questions me about the validity of an entry or giveaway winner I take it seriously. I was asked by a sweeper about this giveaway here that was hosted by Deb Picard at All About Parents because when googled NOTHING comes up with this name and spelled this way. In our day and age this doesn’t happen. What also brought attention to this is that it states that this giveaway winner was personally selected on the Giveaway Tools Widget.
I wanted to give this blogger the benefit of the doubt and here are the emails I exchanged with her.
On 1/24/2015 6:27 PM, All About Parents wrote:
Wow… I just noticed this. I ALWAYS have the tool draw randomly for me. This is odd and I am going to email giveaway tools myself about this. I will keep you updated on what I find out. I have never selected the winners myself. I am wondering what this about myself now.
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On Jan 24, 2015 6:29 PM, “Winter Witch” <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote:
Thanks so much for checking on this some of the sweepers are mad and I can understand that because bloggers have been accused of cheating in the past. I am in NO WAY saying you’re cheating, but I wanted to check because this is one of the giveaways they’re squawking about and I want to give them an answer.
Thank you again,
Below is Deb’s Answer to me:
Well, thats bull. I have never once chosen my own winner. It really upsets me that people are “squaking” about my giveaway and haven’t one come to me about it. I have been sponsoring my own giveaways for the last few months and I was already thinking about not doing it any more after the current giveaway that is running. Its a shame that others have to point the finger. I just got done emailing giveaway tools. But for sure now I’m not sponsoring any more giveaways and I’m just gonna stay to myself just as I have always done with out any problems. Thank you for coming to me with this. I will keep you posted on what happens when they email me back.
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I emailed Deb from All About Parents again on 1/26/15 to follow up on this and she hasn’t replied:
I’m following up to see if you found out anything on this. The winner is now not on the widget and I want to get back with the sweepers. There are other giveaways too that have the same problem that I worked on with you.
Here are 3 giveaways I worked on with you and none of the winners are posted. Unfortunately the FTC states that we as bloggers must post the winners publicly. I usually post winners on my site of all giveaways including group giveaways. I go back and check the widgets and many times I email when there is no winner posted.
If I could get the winners and the source of how they won I would appreciate it so I can share the information with my readers.
All the best,
When I wrote the above not there were NO winners on the widgets and now the original widget in questions reads like this:
There are so many good and honest bloggers out there and it only takes one to give us all a bad name. There are rules and laws to protect us all and something isn’t just isn’t right.
We are so glad you are here and are ready to make huge changes in your life and the lives of others. Networking Perks is excited to host our monthly #EatInChallenge where we challenge families and bloggers alike to step up to create more time with family. What better way than through dinner time, where we disconnect from the traffic and busyness of the day to gather as a family and enjoy one another through a great meal and great company.
Each month we will host a blog hop and giveaway for you to post your amazing recipes to share for others to come visit your amazing blog. Additionally we will help you grow your blog and social media following. Our goal is to create a powerful and amazing group of women and bloggers through enrichment and collaboration. Work is hard, but we don’t want to make this any harder for you.
Here is how the Eat In Challenge works: Each blogger will provide their own recipe for a meal (any meal) or dessert along with their own, original photo. After you sign up we will supply you with the post details, linky for the hop and HTML for the giveaway. This is a FREE Event with a single Twitter link. If you would like additional links included in the giveaway and event, they are available for a fee (purchase).
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If you have any questions please let us know. Use the sign up form to join. No payment is required unless you choose to add other links. We are currently wrapping up the January Eat In Challenge.