Style My Room Contest from JC Penny & Cindy Crawford

JC Penny is hosting a special contest to celebrate the launch of Cindy Crawford’s new home accessories collection. If you have a room in your home that needs a makeover, then click here to submit a photo to the “Style Your Room” contest, and you could win an all-expense paid trip for two to Los Angeles for a shopping trip with Cindy Crawford at JCPenney, along with a $2,000 gift card. Four runners up will receive a $1,000 gift card. Ends October 4th.

Giveaway – Emily Osment Prize Pack

Actress Emily Osment is well-known for her portrayal of Hannah Montana’s best friend on the hit Disney TV series – and now she’s adding singer-songwriter to her list of achievements. The first single from her upcoming debut effort, “All The Way Up”, was just released this week. An infectiously fun, upbeat pop cut, “All The Way Up” will make you want to dance around your living room! Click here to stream the song on her official website and access links to purchase the single.

Giveaway Time!


To celebrate the release of “All The Way Up”, Wind-Up Records would like to give one lucky Contest Corner reader an Emily Osment prize pack, containing an autographed photo, t-shirt, and a tote bag from her new online store! Here’s how to enter:

1. For your first entry, leave a comment telling me why you’d like to win this!

This step is required to qualify for the drawing. Be sure to leave an email address with your comment, so that I may notify you in the event that you are the lucky winner!

Want extra entries? Do any of the following, and leave a separate comment for each one:

2. Write a post on your blog linking to this giveaway and Emily Osment’s Official Website. Then come back here and leave me the link!
3. Write about this on Twitter, then come back and leave me the link to your tweet!
4. Subscribe to my blog updates by entering your email into the “Subscribe” box in the sidebar. Then come back and leave me the email you subscribed with!
5. Become a follower of my blog by clicking the “Follow” button in my sidebar! Then come back here and let me know in a separate comment!
6. Post my button on your website – just copy and paste the following code, and let me know where you put it:


7. Anyone who donates a Lifestraw qualifies for an extra entry into all my giveaways during August – click here for more details.

Rules, regulations, and other important stuff:
Giveaway ends on September 10th at 11:59 PM, PST. Winner will be chosen the following day via Random.org. Winner has 48 hours to respond to my notification email, or a new winner will be chosen in their place.
Giveaway is open to US residents.

Leavin’ on a Jet Plane


Today I’m catching a flight to San Diego for a four-day vacation. I’ll be visiting with family there, and I’m really looking forward to having some fun in the sun! I’ll be returning Monday evening, but my blog certainly won’t be on vacation – I have a host of fun things scheduled to run while I’m away. I’ll answer all emails and comments after I return; in the meantime, you’re welcome to follow me on Twitter, where I will be tweeting updates and pictures from my trip. I hope everyone has a fantastic weekend!

Leavin’ on a Jet Plane


Today I’m catching a flight to San Diego for a four-day vacation. I’ll be visiting with family there, and I’m really looking forward to having some fun in the sun! I’ll be returning Monday evening, but my blog certainly won’t be on vacation – I have a host of fun things scheduled to run while I’m away. I’ll answer all emails and comments after I return; in the meantime, you’re welcome to follow me on Twitter, where I will be tweeting updates and pictures from my trip. I hope everyone has a fantastic weekend!

Imagination Movers "For Those About To Hop" Winners

And the winners of the Imagination Movers giveaway are….

Winner #1 is comment number 2, shopannies, who said: “tweeted
http://twitter.com/shopannies/status/3276007279″

Winner #2 is comment number 53, Gena, who said: “I follow”

Congratulations! If you didn’t win today, be sure to check out this list of Imagination Movers tour dates, and see if they’re coming to a city near you!

Giveaway – $100 Apple Gift Card

The Juice by Tropicana Trop 50 is a weekly video column on the BlogHer Community. Each week, they tackle a different topic and brainstorm ways to help make our lives better and more productive. This week’s topic centers around curing writer’s block – and to help get your creativity flowing, The Juice would like to give one lucky Contest Corner reader a $100 Apple Gift Card!

More About The Juice:

“This week’s episode on The Juice is all about Creativity on the Fly: Curing Writer’s Block. The Juice was created in support of Tropicana Trop 50 – a new orange juice beverage with 50% less cal and 50% less sugar. The Juice lives on BlogHer and is a unique online community where women can exchange practical ideas and tips on how to get more of what they want and less of what they don’t. The Juice is all about the “good stuff.” You can check it out by clicking here.

This Week’s Episode – Creativity on the Fly: Curing Writer’s Block:

Special Offer:

Click here to access a printable coupon good for $1.00 off Trop50.

Giveaway Time!



To help inspire us and get those creative ideas going, one lucky Contest Corner reader will win a $100 Apple gift card! Here’s how to enter:

1. For your first entry, leave a comment telling me how you get those creative juices flowing!

This step is required to qualify for the drawing. Be sure to leave an email address with your comment, so that I may notify you in the event that you are the lucky winner!

Want extra entries? Do any of the following, and leave a separate comment for each one:

2. Write a post on your blog linking to this giveaway and The Juice. Then come back here and leave me the link!
3. Write about this on Twitter, then come back and leave me the link to your tweet!
4. Follow Tropicana on Twitter. Then come back here and tell me your username!
5. Subscribe to my blog updates by entering your email into the “Subscribe” box in the sidebar. Then come back and leave me the email you subscribed with!
6. Become a follower of my blog by clicking the “Follow” button in my sidebar! Then come back here and let me know in a separate comment!
7. Post my button on your website – just copy and paste the following code, and let me know where you put it:


8. Anyone who donates a Lifestraw qualifies for an extra entry into all my giveaways during August – click here for more details.

Rules, regulations, and other important stuff:
Giveaway ends on September 13th at 11:59 PM, PST. Winner will be chosen the following day via Random.org. Winner has 48 hours to respond to my notification email, or a new winner will be chosen in their place.
Giveaway is open to US residents.

Review – Skin Free Sweet & Smooth Sugar Scrub


I’m somewhat of an exfoliant expert. I have a whole array of exfoliating products in my bathroom, and my friends think it’s quite funny how I’m always looking for new and better exfoliators – it’s become kind of a joke, with them buying me different types for birthdays and Christmas. I love bath products, so that’s OK with me! So when Skin Free Skincare asked if I’d like to try their Sweet & Smooth Sugar Scrub, I was happy to see if it could pass muster with my army of exfoliants.

The Sweet & Smooth Sugar Scrub has nice, thick granules in olive & sweet almond oil. The oils all rise to the top, so it might be a good idea to stir it up a little bit before using. I rubbed this all over my legs and elbows, and was immediately impressed with its scrub power. My sensitive skin can get pretty dry, and sometimes I use exfoliators and am disappointed to find that many of them don’t slough all the dead skin off. Yuck! This scrub really delivered, and did a fantastic job of smoothing my skin and removing those trouble spots. And although it was thorough, it was also gentle, and didn’t irritate my skin at all.

The moisturizing qualities of this are also top-notch – the oil makes your skin softer than soft and leaves the skin thoroughly moisturized and silky after you get out of the shower. To combat dry skin, I usually use an exfoliant in the shower to get rid of the dead layer of skin, and a lotion after I get out to smooth off any remaining rough spots. This one product completely eliminates the need for a moisturizer afterward – in fact, it left my skin feeling much softer than most lotions I’ve ever used, because the oil penetrates the skin with a rich moisturizer, instead of just leaving a surface layer of cream.

I was thoroughly impressed with this excellent sugar scrub and have been using it every time I shower because I like it so much – it’s a nice little pampering treat and it makes my skin feel so nice and soft all day after I shower. The only downside is that the oil in the product leaves your shower extremely slippery, which they warn of on the package. The first time I used this, I had to be careful how I stepped so that I wouldn’t slip. It also leaves a film in the tub that could pose as a slip hazard later on. Granted, I don’t have a slip mat in my shower, so that might possibly help – but please just bear this in mind when purchasing, as I don’t want anyone to fall when using it. Other than that word of caution, Skin Free gets a resounding thumbs-up from this exfoliant snob!

Giveaway – 500 Business Cards – 2 Winners!

Having a slick business card is critical for any professional. Our friends at U-Printing know this more than anybody, so they would like to give 2 lucky Contest Corner readers their own set of high-quality cards!

U-Printing is a large printing company that has been in business for over 25 years. Great business cards are important for any long-standing business, so U-Printing offer all kinds of options, from standard business cards to special die cut business cards.

Do you have a good set of business cards? They’re not just for businessmen anymore; bloggers also need cards to promote their websites with. If you’re going to BlogHer ’10, you’ll need cards! And cards can have uses beyond work – are you moving? Make up a set of cards with your new address to hand out to friends! You could even use these for marking special events, like creating save-the-date cards for weddings.

2 lucky Contest Corner readers will win a set of 500 business cards!

The winner can choose between 3 different business card sizes: 2×3.5”, 2×3”, or 2×2″. You can also choose from either 14pt cardstock (matte or gloss coating) or 13 pt cardstock uncoated, along with your choice of colors: (4/4) Color both sides; (4/1) Color 1 side , B/W backside; (4/0) Color 1 side, black backside. These are high-quality cards that do not contain any logos or watermarks.

***Please note: Shipping of prize is not included, and must be paid by winner; so please bear that in mind when entering. Offer valid for United States shipping only.***

Here’s how to enter:

1. For your first entry, leave a comment telling me how you might use these cards if you win.

This step is required to qualify for the drawing. Be sure to leave an email address with your comment, so that I may notify you in the event that you are the lucky winner!

Want extra entries? Do any of the following, and leave a separate comment for each one:

2. Write a post on your blog linking to this giveaway and U-Printing. Then come back here and leave me the link!
3. Write about this on Twitter, then come back and leave me the link to your tweet!
4. Subscribe to my blog updates by entering your email into the “Subscribe” box in the sidebar. Then come back and leave me the email you subscribed with!
5. Become a follower of my blog by clicking the “Follow” button in my sidebar! Then come back here and let me know in a separate comment!
6. Post my button on your website – just copy and paste the following code, and let me know where you put it:


7. Anyone who donates a Lifestraw qualifies for an extra entry into all my giveaways during August – click here for more details.

Rules, regulations, and other important stuff:
Giveaway ends on September 7th at 11:59 PM, PST. Winner will be chosen the following day via Random.org. Winner has 48 hours to respond to my notification email, or a new winner will be chosen in their place.
Giveaway is open to US residents.