Saturday, June 30, 2012

Miami!

Check out some Miami pictures that I've taken so far!

Friday, June 29, 2012

I'm in Miami for the weekend!

I'm in Miami for the iHeartRadio Ultimate Pool Party! I'm so excited. I hope everyone has a great weekend and fun in the sun!


Tuesday, June 26, 2012

The Swiss Cheese Theory of Life Giveaway

Positivity in life is very important, especially in challenging situations. It's much easier to dwell over the negatives of daily life than it is to be positive. Finding the positive in a negative situation will get you farther in life. It's essential to thrive in the life you live.

The Swiss Cheese Theory of Life is written by Judy Belmont and Lora Shor. The main theme of the book is resiliency. Using Swiss Cheese as a metaphor for life itself, you will explore ways to get through the holes rather than get stuck in them. Swiss is not like any other cheese - and neither are you!



This self-help health and wellness book is sure to delight and enlighten - with a thick-sliced sense of humor. While it is whimsical in style, it deals with many serious and universal topics that affect our everyday lives. We distill important concepts from many sources, slicing them up into easily digestible chunks of information.

After all, Swiss is not like any other cheese and neither are you like anyone else! This wellness book is about thriving in the face of life's adversities, overcoming challenges, developing stress resilience, and making effective and long lasting changes for a happier life. Important training concepts are easily related through a light-hearted holistic approach that will touch your mind, body and spirit. Our expertise as psychotherapists and wellness speakers has reached thousands of people throughout the country - and now we want to reach out to you! Couldn't everyone benefit from Swiss Cheese Life resiliency training to help them move through life's holes instead of getting stuck in them?

This book features a great collection of real life situations that we face every day, and helps us form a different and positive perspective of it. The Swiss Cheese Theory of Life will help you to form a new outlook on the way you handle life and certain situations.


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Monday, June 25, 2012

Florida Holidays 2012-A Touch of Magic/Guest Post

Florida Holidays 2012 – A Touch of Magic

Daniel Radcliffe may well have finally hung up his broom, his Invisibility Cloak – though we’ll never know for sure – and his little golden balls in search of a more adult career starring in the “Woman in Black” but there are many families for who the draw of the Wizarding World still remains strong. Thankfully, to satisfy the needs of the smaller members of the family – and the big kids inside all of us – The Wizarding World of Harry Potter™ is going strong in Florida, at least. For those planning Holidays to Florida in 2012 it’s worth knowing that there is more to the Sunshine State that witches and wizards, although most experiences contain a certain magic.



What to pack

• You won’t need to pack ‘fun’. Unlike those dreary weeks in wet, grey and cold UK tourist ‘hot’ spots you don’t need to pack the play station or other diverting forms of entertainment, either. In my childhood we were subjected to endless games of ‘Happy Families’ or ‘Snap’ in dank, steamy caravans. For parents of my generation there is, thankfully, no need to subject the kids to this kind of memory sharing. Fun generally comes as standard on Florida Villa Holidays and the standards are pretty high.

• When it comes to the weather you do need to prepare sensibly but prepare, in this case, in a good way. Florida has a sub-tropical climate and although this means it’s basically hot, it can also be warm and wet at different times of the year, with high levels of humidity. So pack light clothing made from material that breathes well. Battery operated fans are a good idea for staying cool when queuing for rides in the parks – queuing is not just a British preoccupation, sadly. If it is rainy season, small umbrellas won’t go amiss – though you won’t get drenched in quite the same way as in the UK!
Places to go, Mice to See

• If it’s a family holiday to Florida it will undoubtedly involve the theme parks. Florida was named by the Spanish as ‘La Florida’ which translates as the Flowery Land. Today it’s known as ‘The Sunshine State’ and is also gaining the nickname the ‘Theme Park Capital of the World’. Say as they see sort of people aren’t they? Yes, Florida, particularly the area around Orlando deserves this title. The main parks are Walt Disney World® Resort, Universal Orlando® Resort and SeaWorld® Orlando, but it doesn’t end there.

• Florida contains numerous State and National Parks and these offer a range of alternative outdoor activities. The most famous of the National Parks is undoubtedly the Everglades National Park – further south than Orlando. This is a must for multi centre holidays split between Orlando for the big (fake) mice and Miami for the big (real) alligators. The State Parks offer the opportunity to get away from it all, with relaxing outdoor pursuits that include, but are not limited to, kayaking, hiking, cycling, camping and diving, snorkelling or fishing and surfing, in the coastal ones.

The beauty of Florida villa holidays – and it really is a beautiful state – is the variety of activities available. The climate means that you aren’t like to be stuck indoors at any point and it’s perfect for families who like to get out and about. While Orlando offers everything you could want in the way of theme parks to exhaust the kids, just down the road are small coastal towns that offer retreats, restaurants and relaxation to recover and re-charge for the adults.
Holidays to Florida in 2012, offer just about everything you could need for a perfect family holiday, including perfect weather. With holiday season nearly upon us it’s the perfect time to snap up some affordable last-minute deals to the many magical kingdoms of the Florida peninsula.

Author Bio
Charlotte actively blogs about Fashion, Beauty, Food & Drink covering everything from the latest fashion trends to tasty food. On her spare time she loves shopping, discovering new products & enjoys getting lost in new places as she writes away.


Sunday, June 24, 2012

Gain Review

There's nothing like the scent of Gain laundry detergent. One sniff and you will be magically transformed onto a beautiful tropical island where you'll be sitting beach side with a butler to attend to your every need. Just kidding, but imagine if a smell can do that, what can Gain do to your clothes? :)



Gain offers a variety of laundry care items including: laundry detergent, fabric softener, and dryer sheets. Gain recently introduced a dish washing liquid as well. There's even Gain with a Febreze scent! Over the past few years, Gain has included new scents in their products such as Spring Awakening, Outdoor Sunshine, Apple Mango Tango, Hawaiian Aloha, Island Fresh, Dazzle and Shine and more. Every scent will leave your clothes smelling amazing!

I've been using Gain for years and always enjoy using a new scent to wash my clothes with.

When I had the opportunity to review a new Gain Scent detergent, I took my time in deciding. I was sent a strip with the new Gain scents on them to figure out which scent I wanted to review. I finally decided on Hawaiian Aloha. I knew the scent would not only smell delicious but remind me of a fantastic Hawaiian trip too!



The one thing I love about Gain is that the color of the bottle has remained the same over the years. It's always been that recognizable bright green color. I grew up with Gain and it's a laundry detergent that I rely on and trust.

The pink label and flowery graphics certainly catch your attention. The detergent came at just the right time since I ran out of my last bottle of Gain. I loaded up my clothes in the washer and prepared for my clothes be instantly transformed to Hawaii! I opened the bottle and took a big whiff of the magical liquid. It smelled very sweet and floral. The febreze that the detergent contained provided a nice clean element as well.

The detergent washed my clothes well and thoroughly. As soon as I took them out of the washing machine, the aroma of the detergent instantly blanketed my senses like a warm summer day. Even a day after putting my clothes away the Hawaiian Aloha scent remained. This detergent will surely be my new go-to scent. I absolutely love it! Thanks to Gain my clothes always smell delicious and look their best.

*DISCLOSURE* I received a complimentary bottle of Gain in exchange for the review. All thoughts and opinions are strictly mine and not based on anything else.




Paypal Giveaway

Everyone loves money, right?

I'm looking for more followers. Whenever I hit 2,500 followers, a random winner will win $25 paypal.

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Friday, June 22, 2012

Hair Removal--Guest Post

5 Reasons Why Hair Removal is Such a Popular Idea:

Hair removal is an often sought choice for many individuals. Men and women alike try to find a way to get rid of the unwanted hair from their bodies. Whether it is through Tria laser hair removal, waxing, or shaving, this practice is important to many seeking the removal of that unwanted hair. But even knowing this, does not explain the whole story. It is important to ask the question of why individuals want to remove hair at all. The following are five popular reasons why hair removal is chosen and a quick review of the methods used to do so.



Beauty
Hair removal can be completed for many reasons. For some, the top reason is cosmetic or beauty driven. Individuals do not want hair on certain parts of their body because of the way it looks externally and removal is sought because the body is not the way that the individual wants it. This is a personal choice that they make in order to provide themselves with the best look possible. Whether it is waxing the eyebrows, shaving the legs, or another procedure of the sort, beauty is an important aspect of why hair removal methods are sought out.

Custom
In some areas of the world, hair must be groomed in a certain way for religious customs or practice. This can mean tailoring a look to the specifications deemed appropriate by a religious text, leader, or another individual. In the same way as customs or religious beliefs may deem hair removal practices, so too, can the social norms of society. Whether it is removing hair between the brows or removing it from the legs, custom is another top reason why hair removal is so popular.

Comfort
Hair in unwanted places can be uncomfortable. Whether it is the itchiness that can develop from hair on the back or neck or near the bikini zone, hair removal is not all about cosmetic appeal. Instead, it can very much be rooted in the seeking of comfort. For this reason, hair removal methods are chosen to help to make for a more pleasant life.

Medical
Others choose to remove hair for medical purposes. Whether it is an impending surgery that needs hair removed or a disease which leads to hair falling out anyway, this can be a popular reason for removing hair. It can also be one of the most intense and terrifying. Individuals who remove hair because of this should check with their doctors before attempting any procedure, at home or otherwise, in order to make sure that it is safe for the body and their health.

Personal
Sometimes the reason for hair removal has nothing to do with society or others perception of beauty. Sometimes it is simply a personal choice or desire. It is not about how it may look to others but how we ourselves feel about our bodies. This is a popular reason and may just be the best reason to choose this cosmetic and aesthetic procedure.

Methods
No matter what the reason, there are several great options available to those looking to remove hair from the body. Among the most popular are shaving, which men and women alike both choose. This is a great option for the face, legs, and bikini region if done correctly. Another option for removal is waxing. In waxing, the pain is a bit more intense—though not overbearing if done correctly—and the results are longer lasting. Whether it is regular waxing or sugar waxing, this option can be very useful to those that want a hair removal plan or course of action.

Laser treatments are available as well, usually carried out in a professional clinic. Tria permanent hair removal however is an at home, clinically proven method for hair removal that is getting great and positive feedback. Though not yet as popular as the other methods, if the Tria Laser hair removal reviews are any predictor, this product will soon become a mainstream hair removal device.

Author Bio
Charlotte actively blogs about Fashion, Beauty, Food & Drink covering everything from the latest fashion trends to tasty food. On her spare time she loves shopping, discovering new products & enjoys getting lost in new places as she writes away.


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D-Link MovieNite Plus Giveaway

Movie nights are a regular occurance in my life. I love to go to the movies with friends, or have a quiet night in with my boyfriend and watch the latest flick. I have probably close to 100 DVD's. I don't buy DVD's quite as much as I used to now with Netflix and other live-streaming video platforms that are available. Make sure that whatever movie you watch, you accompany it with popcorn.



Dlink is the global leader in connectivity for small, medium and large enterprise business networking. Whether you're looking for wireless routers, wireless media players, or even internet cameras, D-Link has you covered. Consider D-Link your gateway to the media and conferencing world.

With the weather hotter than ever in some areas this past week, it's a good idea to stay inside where it's cool. Of course watching a movie while indoors is a wonderful idea too. To make your movie-viewing experience the best possible, D-Link has introduced MovieNight Plus.



With the D-Link MovieNite Plus, you can now stream the latest movies and TV shows from VUDU and Netflix, listen to Internet radio from Pandora, and view your favorite photos all on your big screen TV. Best of all, you can also use MovieNite Plus to conveniently view live video from your Cloud Camera on your TV using the mydlink app to keep an eye on your kids and pets. If you have more than one Cloud Camera you can view up to four cameras on your TV using the mydlink + app – freeing up your computer and mobile device.

This is a great product for any mom who enjoys the convenience of watching their favorite movies on Netflix or Vudu in the comfort of their own home.

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Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Pink Meadow Review

I'm a very girly girl. I love getting dressed up, wearing jewelry and doing my hair. I regularly wear pink items and I have a favorite polka dotted dress. I enjoy accessorizing and being female. I'm a big fan of any companies that promote girliness, like Pink Meadow.



Pink Meadow started to bloom in 1999 with the first seedling, Notano, which sold unique pink and green note cards.

From that first seed and years of pollinating and growing, and selecting only the best unique pink and green items, a meadow of pink and green started to grow. From that moment, a pink meadow was formed!

If you're looking for adorable pink themed items, this website is your go-to company! How about pink and green polkadotted suitcases for your upcoming trip? Or maybe a new pink watch is what you've been looking for. If your daughter, niece or granddaughter is going to college this year, you can help to furnish their dorm with items from Pink Meadow. Don't forget to check out their cute jewelry too! There's something for everyone at Pink Meadow.

Check out examples of other items sold at Pink Meadow.




I was sent an adorable overnight bag for review. This bag is just my style, I really like it.


The bag is perfect for taking on a one day overnight trip, or even using it as a gym bag. It has handles, but also includes shoulder straps too if you don't want to carry it. The pink and green are vivid and bright and full of personality. The dots add a fun touch of pizazz. The bows on the pockets are adorable. The pockets also offer additional space too. The bag is not extremely roomy inside but it's enough to store a pair of shoes, a shirt, and a pair of jeans. There is a separate compartment on the bottom to store a makeup bag and anything else you desire. There are pockets on the inside of the bag for easy access too. I am looking forward to taking this on an overnight trip soon!

I love the design of the bag, the only thing I wish is that the bag was a little more spacious.

*DISCLOSURE* Thank you to Pink Meadow for supplying me with the complimentary bag in exchange for this review. All thoughts and opinions are strictly mine and not based on anything else.


New Confectioner Review

Now that summer is officially here, it's time for those ice cream and cold sweet treat cravings to be in full force. There's nothing quite like a icy cold, refreshing popsicle in the middle of a hot summer day. It was very close to 100 in NYC here today and with heat like that all I can think about is something frozen! Make sure that whatever icy treat you choose, it tastes amazing! :)



New Confectioner uses coconut milk containing no cholesterol, and no trans fats, organic soy milk, and organic raw blue agave sweetener, as base ingredients of their vegan ice cream style frozen desserts. Sorbets are made with real fruit and berries, and sweetened with organic raw blue agave, so there's a low glycemic profile, and no fat. Authentic flavors made from fair-trade coffee, organic chocolate, organic oranges, and lemons, and more. Rich, creamy-perfect, satisfying, and vegan! With many flavors around 100 calories per serving, its a sin to not indulge.

New Confectioner offers such exotic flavors as cucumber wasabi, Thai sweet corn, peach mango, pina colada, pumpkin pie, cranberry orange and much more. How about delighting your senses with some of these unique flavors?

I first found New Confectioner at a booth at a farmer's market in Beacon, New York. You can find him at various markets and events around the upstate NY area. The owner of the company, James Spica was selling his sweet desserts and handing out samples. I tried a sample and fell in love. The ice cream style dessert was cool, creamy, and full of excellent flavor. I knew I just had to do a review too! Not long after that, a package full of 8 sample cups of sorbet and ice cream style desserts arrived at my door. I received peanut butter cup, snow and orange flowers, carrot raspberry sorbet, mint chocolate chip sorbet, and many others. Everything looked heavenly and I couldn't wait to dig in. How can you resist delicious desserts that are healthy too?



I first tried the peanut butter cup. It was true perfection. It looks like ice cream, but it's not authentic ice cream. The dessert is light, fluffy and very airy. It's not thick or dense at all like regular ice cream. The color was a rich brown. With one quick insertion of my spoon, the creamy treat was ready to be taste-tested. Upon first bite my taste buds were met with the heavenly symphony of peanut butter and chocolate, but all at once. I could instantly identify the peanut butter, then the chocolate. It was utterly delicious. The treat was not heavy at all and went down smoothly. The flavor of the dessert was fantastic and it was like eating a liquified Reese's peanut butter cup. Chocolate and peanut butter are a fantastic combination and you can't go wrong when you pair them together.


This picture features the beautiful texture of the dessert.

Next, I tried a few spoonfuls of the snow and orange flowers. The bright yellow color of the dessert was very inviting. As soon as I took the lid off, the aroma of oranges hit me. It was like standing next to an orange tree! I loved it. I've always loved orange flavored ice cream and frozen yogurt, especially in the summer. There's something about orange flavored foods that I associate summer with. The dessert was also light and airy. I tasted the first bite and it was also extremely delicious. The flavor of the orange was extremely prevalent and strong. Each bite was better than the next! It was very refreshing and a nice, fruity change from the chocolate that I previously tasted. This is one treat that you certainly cannot pass up this summer.

I look forward to trying the other flavors and I was sent, and any other new ones in the near future.

If you're in New York State, keep an eye out for New Confectioner at a location near you!

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Auric Blends Giveaway

Who doesn't love great smelling body mists, perfumes, and lotions? I know I do. I can't go into Sephora or Bath and Body Works without smelling practically everything on the shelf. I wear perfume on a daily basis and couldn't imagine not wearing it. There are too many scents not to enjoy. I always love to find new favorites.



Since 1993, Auric Blends has been captivating women and men with their creative line of fragrance products. Their perfumes and incense are handcrafted and always made from the highest quality ingredients from around the world. They invite you to enjoy what millions of people worldwide have come to know and love as their favorite fragrance line.

It's very easy to get wrapped up in the friendly and inviting website of Auric Blends. If you've never tried perfume oils or roll-on perfumes before, you've really been missing out. Don't worry though, now is a perfect time to redeem yourself!

Here are some featured products from Auric Blends:

Layla, an enticing floral with Moroccan and Bulgarian rose, jasmine and orange flower blossom. Sandalwood and vetiver notes blend with just a touch of the spice of clove to create a complex perfume.


Pele, earthy and rich with bay leaf and cinnamon. Spicy florals of geranium and lavender add a floral touch while patchouly and vanilla round out the composition.

Siren is a fresh lemon oil and lemongrass blended with rich florals. Sage and thyme add to the base a lively herbaceous quality.

Of course there are many other scents to choose from as well. What scents do you like best?

What I admire most about Auric is that they offer untraditional scents that are bottled and available at your fingertips. They don't sell scents that are common and ordinary. Go ahead and treat yourself to a wonderful smelling product today!

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Saturday, June 16, 2012

John Frieda Review

I absolutely love curling my hair. I tend to curl it for special events, parties, and just if I feel like having curly hair that day. It's important to take preventative measures of damaging your hair from the curling iron, and using a heat protecting spray when curling your hair. I've been curling my hair for years and I love that with one roll of my hair in the iron, I achieve beautiful curls.



John Frieda is an English celebrity hairstylist and founder of hair salons and hair products. This brand is your go-to choice for keeping your hair looking fabulous and beautiful. The brand offers shampoo and conditioners, volumizing products, serums, and of course curling irons and flat irons. I've been using John Freida shampoo and conditioners for years and have always loved the results.

I've been needing a new curling iron for a while. The one I have now is very old and is not working up to its potential. When I had the chance to review a John Freida curling iron, I was very excited at the prospect.

John Frieda® 1 ½ Inch Frizz Ease® Conical by Conair: Achieve well-defined, frizz-free wavy curls with this premium true ceramic heat styler. With a uniform heat recovery system and 11 digital high heat settings to suit all hair types, the Frizz Ease® Conical is a breakthrough in advanced true ionic technology.


My hair before. As you can see it's pretty straight.



Curling iron heating up:

It's a very sleek curling iron and I love the modern silver color of it. The temperature gauge is digital and you can increase or decrease the temperature by using the appropriate buttons.

The curling iron was easy to use. In literally one second it was already heating up. My old one took a few seconds to gradually warm up. The buttons on the temperature gauge were easy to press. I started off with about 250 degrees. I know that may seem hot but the curling iron was only moderately warm! I easily wrapped my hair around the thick barrel and let the styling tool do its job. After doing a few curls, I realized that my hair wasn't curling like it normally does. I increased the temperature and figured that's what was wrong.

This is what my hair looked like after increasing the temp.

You can see curls, but they are not very bouncy and tight. These curls are loose and soft, not what I'm used to when I curl my hair. I'm not sure if I need to find the right temperature balance or what. This curling iron just might not do tight curls like I'm used to. I will have to try it again.

I did like that my hair did not get stuck in the barrel and was easy to unroll too. The ceramic design of the curling iron helps to protect against frizz which is something I can always use.

*DISCLOSURE* I received this curling iron in exchange for the review. All thoughts and opinions are strictly mine and not based on anything else.









Friday, June 15, 2012

Duane Reade Brow Intervention #DREADE

My eyebrows always need as much help as they can get. When I found out that Duane Reade was offering their eyebrow services complimentary only on June 15, I jumped at the chance. I needed my eyebrows shaped and plucked and whipped back into shape.


I made an appointment for 6 pm, right after I got out of work. I used to live right near the Duane Reade on 53rd and 3rd that I went to, a few years ago. I didn't realize that they had remodeled the store. The store now had much more inventory and contained a Look Boutique, among many other new features.

The girl who did my eyebrows was very sweet. Unfortunately, I cannot remember her name! She was very friendly and wanted me to feel as comfortable as you can when someone comes at your face with tweezers. She gave me the mirror many times throughout the session to make sure I was okay with how my brows were turning out. She gave me some helpful eyebrow care tips. I regularly get my eyebrows waxed and she told me this was really bad because the constant pulling at your skin can make it sag as you get older. I never thought about this before, but it does make sense.

She spent time and did a thorough job on each eyebrow.

Here's the after picture. The before picture is not allowed to be posted! Haha.

As you can see my eyebrows are much thinner and fantastic! I'm very pleased with the results.

I highly recommend the Look Boutique at Duane Reade on 53rd and 3rd for any of your eyebrow needs.


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*DISCLOSURE* I am receiving compensation for this post from Duane Reade. The eyebrow appointment was complimentary. All thoughts and opinions are strictly mine and not based on anything else.









Thursday, June 14, 2012

Inga Liberte Giveaway

Have you ever seen a pair of shoes that you loved, but wished they featured something that wasn't there? For example, a pair of black heels that would look amazing with a big red bow on them, or spikes on the back of a pair of red flats? You get the picture. Inga Liberte felt the same way as you. Now your shoe dreams can become a reality!



Inga Liberte is a new fashion brand shoe bow collection line. The idea for the creation of a shoe bow line was born on January, 2012, when the founder, Inga Liberte, was shopping in her favorite boutique in Beverly Hills. She noticed two pairs of shoes of the same color, one came together with removable bows, and the other did not. She chose the pair without the bows, but as soon as she got home, started searching the internet for similar bows. But to no avail. And that is when the idea was born – Inga Liberte decided that she can make her own bows for her shoes!

The best part about the bows is that they are removable. Put the bows on your favorite flats one day, and then your new pair of pumps the next! Be creative and have fun with it.

Here are some examples of Inga Liberte's bows.





You can view the rest of the collection here.

All of your favorite summer shoes can look extra cute with added personality now! What's your favorite bow style?

GIVEAWAY RULES:
1. I will be picking ONE(1) winner for this contest. One winner will win a pair of shoe bows of their choice.

YOU MUST DO THIS FIRST or all other entries will be DELETED!

2. Please tell me which shoe bows you like best. (1 entry)

BONUS ENTRIES

3. Subscribe by Email and Confirm that Subscription (1 entry)

4. Subscribe to Sammi's Blog of Life in a Reader (1 entry)

5. Follow me on Blogger. (1 entry)

6. Follow me on Twitter (www.twitter.com/pinkice88) (1 entry)

7. Leave a Tweet and the direct link to that tweet (1 entry) (You can do this daily)

8. FOR 5 EXTRA ENTRIES - Blog about this giveaway with a link to my blog and come back and leave the link to your blog post. Post FIVE separate comments that you've blogged about this.

9. Add my main button to your sidebar (if it's already there, let me know that! Leave link to your blog.) (1 entry)

10. Add Sammi's Blog of Life to your blogroll (using my URL), with a link back to me! (1 entry)

11. Become a fan of my Facebook fan page for 1 entry (https://www.facebook.com/pages/Sammis-Blog-of-Life/307593407356)

12. Become a Facebook fan of Inga Liberte for 1 entry
(https://www.facebook.com/shoebows)

Winner will be chosen on June 28th, 2012 at 10 pm and then will be emailed.
One entry per day.
Alternate winner will be chosen if winner does not respond after 48 hours. Thank you and good luck!
Sammi's Blog Of Life Follows All New FTC & Facebook Laws for Reviews & Giveaways.
IF YOU DO NOT CORRECTLY ANSWER MY CONTEST QUESTION, YOUR COMMENT WILL BE IMMEDIATELY REJECTED.




Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Timex Giveaway

Timex is one of those watch brands that are legendary for quality and style. When you choose Timex, you know you're guaranteed a durable watch. Timex takes great pride in creating the best watches possible to keep their customers satisfied. A watch is more than just knowing what time it is, it's a daily accessory that always stays on your wrist. With Timex, the time is always stylish o'clock.



Timex is the nation‘s leading watch manufacturer. With a large and varied line of watches, Timex has the style for everyone. From the locker room to the board room, there is a great Timex style time-piece for you. If you're looking to buy your first watch, or even your 5th watch, there's a Timex watch for everyone's taste and style needs.

The beauty of Timex is that their watches are perfectly versatile for work and play and everything in between.

If you're in need of a new watch, I have an excellent choice for you. How about slipping the Timex Dress Expansion on your wrist? I'm sure it will be a wonderful fit!


Special Features:
INDIGLO® Night-Light
Water-Resistant to 30 meters
Polished Finish
Mineral Glass Crystal

Not only is this watch elegant, but it's perfect for night or day wear.

GIVEAWAY RULES:

GIVEAWAY RULES:
1. I will be picking ONE(1) winner for this contest. One winner will win a Dress Expansion watch from Timex.

YOU MUST DO THIS FIRST or all other entries will be DELETED!

2. Please tell me if you've ever owned a Timex watch before. (1 entry)

BONUS ENTRIES

3. Subscribe by Email and Confirm that Subscription (1 entry)

4. Subscribe to Sammi's Blog of Life in a Reader (1 entry)

5. Follow me on Blogger. (1 entry)

6. Follow me on Twitter (www.twitter.com/pinkice88) (1 entry)

7. Leave a Tweet and the direct link to that tweet (1 entry) (You can do this daily)

8. FOR 5 EXTRA ENTRIES - Blog about this giveaway with a link to my blog and come back and leave the link to your blog post. Post FIVE separate comments that you've blogged about this.

9. Add my main button to your sidebar (if it's already there, let me know that! Leave link to your blog.) (1 entry)

10. Add Sammi's Blog of Life to your blogroll (using my URL), with a link back to me! (1 entry)

11. Become a fan of my Facebook fan page for 1 entry (https://www.facebook.com/pages/Sammis-Blog-of-Life/307593407356)

12. Become a Facebook fan of Timex for 1 entry
(http://www.facebook.com/TimexStyleWatch)

13. Follow Timex on Twitter for 1 entry
(http://www.twitter.com/timexdotcom)

Winner will be chosen on June 26th, 2012 at 10 pm and then will be emailed.
One entry per day.
Alternate winner will be chosen if winner does not respond after 48 hours. Thank you and good luck!
Sammi's Blog Of Life Follows All New FTC & Facebook Laws for Reviews & Giveaways.
IF YOU DO NOT CORRECTLY ANSWER MY CONTEST QUESTION, YOUR COMMENT WILL BE IMMEDIATELY REJECTED.