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EatSmart Precision Elite Digital Kitchen Scale Giveaway

Start Time/Date: 12:00 AM (EST) 3/30/16

End Time/Date: 12:00 AM (EST) 4/21/16

This giveaway will have 1 Winner and will be valid in the Continental United States
only. Entrants must be 18+ years of age to enter.

EatSmart Precision Elite Digital Kitchen Scale Giveaway


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EatSmart Precision Elite Digital Kitchen Scale Giveaway

1 – Winner

Holiday Contest and Sweeps and a great group of blogs are pleased to work with

EatSmart Products, the leader in Kitchen Scales and Bathroom Scales ,Luggage Scales,

Travel Products and Thermometers in the United States.

This giveaway will give one winner the chance to win one of their EatSmart Precision Elite Digital Kitchen Scales. Entrants must live int he Continental Unite States and be at least 18+ years of age to enter.

Let’s Take A Look At This Scale:

EatSmart Precision Elite Digital Kitchen Scale 

This EatSmart Precision Elite Digital Kitchen Scale makes portion control and counting calories easy. It has a stainless steel platform, which ensures strength and durability. This kitchen scale features a large backlit LCD display and includes a TARE feature, which enables you to weigh the contents of the bowl, without including the weight of the bowl itself. This Precision Elite Digital Kitchen Scale by EatSmart is perfect for everyday tasks from weighing food to monitoring caloric intake. It displays readings in four different units; ounces, pounds, grams, and kilograms. This kitchen scale also includes a free Calorie Factors Booklet, which provides education on calorie counting and proper portion control with your scale.


Includes FREE EatSmart Calorie Factors guide – Portion control and calorie counting made easy!

4 AAA batteries included; 100% EatSmart Guaranteed Satisfaction

Professional food scale – Extra large lighted display and stainless steel platform

Max weight 15lbs; Displays ounces/lbs/grams/kgs; Graduation .05 oz / 1 gram

Tare feature eliminates the weight of a plate; 3 Minute Auto-Shutoff lets you prepare ingredients while maintaining battery life

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Holiday Contest and Sweeps did not receive any form of compensation for this giveaway.

EatSmart Products will be responsible for the awarding and shipping of the prize directly

to the winner.



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Posted in Beauty, Product Reviews

Beauty Blooms with Beauty Box 5

IMG_0032Now, if you haven’t yet heard of Beauty Box 5, it is a monthly subscription service that delivers 5 new or new-to-you products to your door. For $12 a month, you’ll get to enjoy the best of the best in beauty. When the product totals are tallied, you’ll see how much money you save by ‘trying before buying’!
This month, our theme is ‘Flower Power’. All 5 products this month have something to do with flowers.

First up, we have Sky Blue Fragrance from Colour Me. Jasmine & freesia mix in this feminine fragrance. For me, I definitely noticed the jasmine. While I agree it’s feminine, it should be used sparingly until you decided whether or not it’s for you. It can overpower with a heavy hand. Not surprisingly, it sports an MSRP of $20.

Next, Mai Couture delivers its ‘Blush & Highlighter Papiers’. This was a new one for me! I had no experience with papiers like this whatsoever. Basically, they are pigmented sheets of papers. No brush is needed. Directly, touch up cheeks color from the papiers to face. It’s kind of neat, actually. They seem much easier to use than a cream or gel blush because there is no direct way to over apply it. They can also be used to blot up excess oil on your face. Each packet holds 2 sheets which are talc & paraben free. If you have difficulty with blushes or haven’t ever used it, these may be an excellent option for you. Coming in a variety of shades, it has an MSRP of $15.
IMG_0033Pur-Lisse offers us it’s 4-in-1 ‘Eye Adore Serum’. Said to aid in reducing puffiness, wrinkles & dark circles, it retails for $65. In my case, I saw little difference. Perhaps, in all fairness, I didn’t have a great deal of time to form a complete opinion. Personally, it failed to impress. Along with a hefty (to me) price tag, I’ll be skipping this one.
Glamour Dolls is a company we subscribers have seen before. Known for bringing consumers bold & bright colors, they debut their Spring Makeup collection. As an added bonus, they’ve sent us a full-sized product for March instead of a sample size. That’s very generous! I always enjoy their flair for the bright & beautiful; however, I was taken aback with the bold, green eyeliner in my box. The liner is intense with glitter & if you’re feeling particularly ‘spring-y’, go for it & rock that green! Even with the dark brown eyes I have, the green was a little much. Thankfully, they offer a variety of shades & with an MSRP of $3.99, it’s priced for fun. Bottom line: I like their products & their company.
Personail adds flower power to your pretty fingers with their ‘Custom Floral Nail Polish Wraps’. Full disclosure: I have very short nails & couldn’t possibly use these. But, they’re really cute. The package directions are simple enough & the colors are bright & fun. These would be good for a Girls’ Night In or spa treatment at home. With an MSRP of $12.99, they crush salon prices for very similar looks.
Finally, we receive a bonus, 6th item this month. BB5 has already spoiled us with 3 full-sized products this month & they, personally, provide a 6th. For a little fun, BB5 offers a Custom Temporary Tattoo. For an MSRP of $2, have all the tattoo fun with no pain. Why not? You only live once, right!

For full info on the products as well as ordering info, visit Ordering Beauty Box 5 is definitely a gift to yourself. Make it a beautiful spring!
*I received the aforementioned products in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are mine.
March’s Beauty Box was beyond late. It’s not the company’s fault. I have to place the blame on USPS. Usually, the box is received & discussed before the 20th. Unfortunately, this month, it wasn’t the case. I sincerely apologize for the lateness of the post.

Posted in Book Reviews

Seven Cities of Gold: Preston W. Child & Matthew King

‘Relic Hunters Book #3’

Mark & Kathy, again, believe that their globe-trotting adventuring is behind them. With a new job waiting in Moscow, their lives are becoming a bit more stable. At least, that’s what it looked like.
Along with her new teaching position, Mark & Kathy are about to be thrown headfirst into an international incident. While every country & every world leader seeks wealth, some are more obsessed than others. That’s certainly the case when it comes to the Seven Cities of Gold. Explorer Francisco Coronado was said to have found it or evidence that it existed. Since that time, it has been discussed & desired by many.
One group determined to discover it is the former Soviet Union. Lenin started the quest & now a group of unscrupulous folks are a mission to fulfill the search. In their opinion, the one man with the greatest chance of discovering them is Mark. Quietly kidnapped, he’s whisked away by the FSB to do their bidding.
Simultaneously, Mark’s good friend, Claude, AKA the Professor, has also been kidnapped. Although his friends are currently unaware of his location, the FSB is holding him as collateral for Mark’s benefit. Mark may have been an unwilling participant without incentive. Unfortunately for Claude, his captors are a notorious set of twins, wanted & feared throughout the continent. Both men are merciless in their duties & loyalty to the FSB. Claude is in serious trouble. But he isn’t the only one.
Kathy is all alone in a foreign country. Mark’s other friend, Remy is being stalked by unknown rogues and all those the group comes in contact with is in danger. As yet another expedition turns sour, can the crew stay alive while either proving or laying to rest the legend of the Seven Cities of Gold?

Pluses: Again, our authors have developed a plot based on a seldom discussed archaeological ‘mystery’. There is an incredible amount of action & for the most part, it’s quite fast paced. Mark & Kathy are further developed as lead characters & the supporting cast is well-used in the action.
Cons: According to my Kindle, we were 73% through the book when the Seven Cities finally relevant. Instead, the majority of the plot revolved around the twins. Honestly, the twins’ angle was good. It should have been named after them. It could’ve still been a novel of espionage & intrigue while involving them. After leading off with Lenin’s involvement in the search for the cities, we’re then forced to spend our time on Mark & Kathy’s relationship & the twins. I would have preferred to hear more about this archaeological angle. It was disappointing.

Even though it had its momemnts, the novel is a three stars.

Posted in Health, Home, Product Reviews

Plackers Offers a Sweet New Take on Flossing

20160322_173036Few things cause parents to roll their eyes more than discussing dental health with their kids. We know all the tricks. From running their toothbrushes under the water to rinsing a swirl of mouthwash around, my boys have tried (& failed) to get out of brushing. Why is tooth care such a battle? I believe, in part, it’s due to the mundane nature of it. Kids simply think there are better things to be doing (like video games-yeah!) then to be standing at the sink.
But, recent studies have reinforced the importance of dental health to our overall well-being. As someone who didn’t take this seriously, I’ve been plagued by dental issues. All 3 of my boys have heard me reiterate countless times that I don’t want them to repeat my mistakes. Consistent, daily care at-home will prevent an adult hood filled with Novocaine & drills. Despite our best efforts, one area that I hear other parents complain about is flossing.
20160322_173624 20160322_173405Little hands can’t grip traditional floss properly. Many times, flossing is simply forgotten. Unlike toothbrushes which often sit in a decorative holder, floss is usually lost somewhere on the sink, in a drawer, or cabinet. Kids need a bright, shiny reminder- a neon sign of sorts-to say ‘Hey, don’t forget to floss!’. How do we get kids to do things they would normally skip? Make it fun!
Plackers gets it! To get kids excited about brushing & flossing, they offer their new flossers for kids.
Fruit Smoothie flavored flossers are presented to kids in this adorable Flosser Friend. Our monkey-shaped buddy sits stably on the sink or countertop. A flip-up lid over his large, smiling mouth keeps the flossers in & sanitary. I love that the lid insures a clean flosser for each use. Head & body easily separate for quick cleaning & filling. On a side note, have elementary age children ‘feed’ the monkey the flossers via his mouth for a fun, counting game.
20160322_17333720160322_173358Each Flosser Friend comes with a gift of 30 flossers to get you started. Although he isn’t a toy per se, no one said dental health shouldn’t be enjoyable!
Now, for the flossers themselves. What I love, love, love are the dual grips. As a mom with a disability, gripping floss can be a challenge. It may sound simple to most, but during my ‘shaky’ days, it can be difficult. For other parents who may have similar issues, the dual grips provide a safe & easy way to assist in flossing. With an angled head, you (&the kids) won’t miss even the furthest, back teeth. ‘Hi-Tech Floss’ featuring fluoride, covers more tooth surface. These may be marketed for youth, but I’ll admit, they were very helpful to me. I never lost my grip. You can watch a video of them here.20160322_173303
No more mint or cinnamon only flavor options, either. Fruit Smoothie Swirl is the way to go. I noticed the banana taste is especially prevalent & pleasant. My sons never liked the previous floss flavor options and definitely preferred the fruit taste! This is definitely a product I’d have heavily invested in when they were growing up. Being that they are available in packs of 30 & 75, you can be sure they’ll last. No more guesswork of how much floss to wrap around your fingers or wasted floss from frayed pieces. These flossers didn’t fray one bit when we tried them. That’s impressive.
During a season of family dinners & too much chocolate, add a Flosser Friend to their Easter present stash. Because the monkey adds an element of fun, you won’t be a part pooper by suggesting they go brush. They will want to! I highly recommend Plackers Flossers & Flosser Friend.

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*We received the aforementioned product(s) in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are mine.

Posted in Giveaways

Standard Concession Supply Haus Soft Serve Pretzel Giveaway

This giveaway is valid in the Continental United States only and entrants must be 18+ years of
age to enter.

Start Time/Date: 12:00 AM (EST) 3/23/16

End Time/Date: 12:00 AM (EST) 4/11/16

Standard Concession Supply Haus Soft Serve

Pretzel Giveaway





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 Standard Concession Supply Haus Soft Serve  Pretzel Giveaway

1 – Winner

Holiday Contest and Sweeps is pleased to work with Standard Concession Supply to

bring you the ” Standard Concession Supply Haus Soft Serve Pretzel Giveaway” One

lucky winner will win a case of 50 Soft Serve Haus Pretzels that are simply mouth watering.

Each pretzel is individually wrapped and comes with it’s own packet of salt to sprinkle on

it. Simply cook them in the microwave for 30 seconds and you have a delicious treat to eat.  



New Pretzel Haus Soft Pretzels. Very high quality authentic Bavarian pretzels…always moist and flavorful. Come packaged 50 pretzels per case. We have salted and cinnamon pretzels. The salted pretzels include separate packaging for salt, and the cinnamon include separate cinnamon glaze dip. The shelf life of the pretzels are very stable which will eliminate waste and prep time. Shelf life for these pretzels are one year!



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The unique Pretzel Haus pretzel recipe was developed by a third-generation certified master baker, trained in Germany to work with the highest-quality ingredients to produce an authentic soft pretzel.


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Posted in Clothes & Shoes, Giveaways


Start/Time Date: 12:00 AM (EST) 3/22/16

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Holiday Contest and Sweeps is honored to work with ManBrands.Club to bring you their latest addition to their product line-up, their designer ties. I would like to thank the great

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Posted in Book Reviews

Operation Nexus One: Preston W. Child & Matthew King

‘The Relic Hunters-Book 2′

On the island of Saint Kitts, divers’ disappearances are causing quite a stir. Many native islanders have theories. So does their government. But, when a child disappears, the situation takes on a life of it’s own. Something very disturbing is happening off the island’s coast.

Far from Saint Kitts, is Mark Lockhead. An archaeologist working on projects for the government, he usually operates on a mundane field. But, when an old friend begs him to help, he can’t say no. Upon hearing of the disappearances, Claude, known as the Professor, knows he must return to Saint Kitts. Begging Mark & Mark’s girlfriend, Kathy to accompany him, he tells them little of his reasoning. All he’ll offer is that he witnessed something as a young boy visiting the island which may hold the key to the disappearances.

I intentionally skipped Book 1 in the series due to it’s subject matter. I enjoy a good Holy Grail chase, but couldn’t plow through the unbiblical view the author created. Regardless, I jumped to Book 2.

I was intrigued by the plot. This particular Greek Myth isn’t often explored anymore. It had all the makings of an incredible adventure. In some aspects, it succeeded. The story surrounding Saint Kitts was well done. I wish the author had tunnel vision to stick with only that plot line. There was way too much information about the characters & their backgrounds. Too much time was wasted on scenes having nothing to do with the Saint Kitts plot.

It almost felt like the author kept changing his mind on the book’s direction, deleting, & trying again. I was drastically disappointed in the ending as well. I won’t go into it as it will spoil the book. Although it is the second in a series, I found it to be able to stand alone. There is a back story, developing from the first book, but readers should have no problem following along.

I am going to continue a bit with the series & hope it will improve. Fingers crossed that not every ending is a cliffhanger of sorts. I give it 3 stars.