Kinoko AHCC – Review & Giveaway – Ends 11/14

I was recently invited to try out Kinoko AHCC, a supplement that bills itself as a natural immune booster. And one lucky Contest Corner reader will win a bottle of Kinoko AHCC, so read on!

I received a neat “Boost pack” in the mail, filled with things to “help boost your energy, boost your luck and boost your brain power.” This cute package included a bottle of Kinoko AHCC, a nice box of green tea, a lovely bracelet, and a fun Sudoku puzzle book!
Jai tried some of the AHCC capsules, and said that he found it to be effortless to take. Kinoko AHCC has not been evaluated by the FDA yet, so there’s no official word on its effectiveness as an immune supplement, but this product may appeal to those who enjoy trying natural remedies and supplements.

Here is some additional information about Kinoko AHCC that Robin Leedy & Associates provided me with on behalf of the company:

“Kinoko AHCC, a natural immune booster derived from Japanese medicinal mushrooms, is a great addition to your cold/flu season arsenal.

During last year’s flu season, Active Hexose Correlated Compound (AHCC) became Japan’s #1 selling immune supplement and the news about this unique compound is finally reaching our shores. And, there’s a new clinical study out of Michigan State University showing that AHCC enhances the effectiveness of the seasonal flu shot. How? Patients taking AHCC showed increased production of “T-cells” and natural killer (NK) cells — those are the two types of white blood cells that help destroy virus-infected cells and fight off infections.

Kinoko AHCC also has a 20-year history of safety. It’s the world’s most researched natural immune supplement, supported by more than 50 human studies and 25 studies published in NIH-recognized peer-reviewed journals.”

Giveaway time!

One lucky Contest Corner reader will win 1 bottle of Kinoko AHCC! Here’s how to enter:

1. For your first entry, just leave a comment on this post and tell me why you’d like to try Kinoko AHCC! This step is required to qualify for the drawing.

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. 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! One Twitter entry per person. You can use the button at the bottom of this post to tweet with one click!
4. Subscribe to my blog updates by clicking here. 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:

Rules, regulations, and other important stuff: Giveaway ends on November 14th at 11:59 PM, PST. Winner will be chosen the following day via 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. This article is not intended to intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any illness or medical condition.

Holiday Gift Guide 2010

Holiday Gift Guide 2010

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas – and Contest Corner is getting into a festive spirit with our second annual Holiday Gift Guide! Here you’ll find gift ideas for the whole family; and to make it even more merry, you’ll have the chance to win presents for everyone on your list! Starting November 1st through December 24th, you’ll be able to read reviews, recommendations, and enter to win my top picks for the 2010 holiday season – and make your holiday budget that much bigger!

Ready for some festive fun? Click on the categories below to read my gift recommendations and enter to win!

Gifts For The Whole Family
Gifts For Adults
Gifts Just For Her
Gifts Just For Him
Gifts For Kids
Gifts For Tweens & Teens
Stocking Stuffers
Holiday Supplies

And everyone who displays the Holiday Gift Guide badge will receive an extra entry into each giveaway next month – so get a head start, and copy & paste the following code onto your site’s sidebar or links page:

If your company would like to be featured in this year’s Gift Guide, you can send an email with your interest to:

Scentsy Review: “Fright Night” Warmer & Festive Fragrances

In recent years, I’ve heard a lot about Scentsy, a line of fragrances for the home. Scentsy consultant Esther Hartsky is an advertiser on Super Coupon Girl, and she asked if I would be interested in reviewing a few Scentsy products also. I love anything scented, so of course I said yes! Esther told me to browse through her online catalog and choose a complimentary warmer and bars.

Scentsy is unique because it’s not a candle – it’s a warmer that contains a small lightbulb, which melts scented wax bars. I’ve never tried anything like this before, so I was excited to see what it would be like. I saw many cute warmers when I was surfing through the site, but when I saw their special holiday products, I knew right away that I had to have this “Fright Night” Halloween warmer:

Fright Night Full-Size Scentsy Warmer

I love decorating for the holidays, and I actually collect Halloween items and display some of them all year. This one fit my personality perfectly!

When I looked through the scented wax bars, I was spoilt for choice – there were all sorts of lovely fragrances to choose from. The first one to catch my eye was “Autumn Sunset”, a seasonal fall scent. Since I love all things Halloween, I have a soft spot for anything that smells like pumpkins and spices!

For my second choice, I browsed through the “Romance Collection” and decided on the “You Go, Girl!” bar. I love anything that smells fruity and girly, so I chose this based on the name and description.

When my box of goodies arrived, my nose was stuffed up with a cold, but I could still smell the wonderful scent wafting out of the package when I opened it! I waited a few days until my sinuses cleared a bit, and then plugged in my warmer for the first time.

Scentsy warmer on my shelf

The light shines through the moon on this adorable warmer and makes the perfect Halloween decoration! I broke off a brick of the “Autumn Sunset” bar, and enjoyed the scent of fall enveloping the room. This is such a festive scent, perfect for the holidays!

Scentsy Halloween warmer

You can pour the melted wax back into the container once you’re ready to turn off the warmer; I thought this was going to be tricky, but it was actually very easy. I love that you can reuse the bricks – according to the website, one full Scentsy bar usually lasts between 40 to 80 hours.

Melted Scentsy brick

Scentsy wax after melting – I had no trouble pouring it back into its plastic container.

“You Go, Girl!” has a wonderfully fresh scent, floral and fruity. This smells like the kind of perfume I would buy – I’m the kind of person who could spend all day at the Victoria’s Secret fragrance counter! I love this scent and can’t wait to try it in the warmer. Esther also threw in a bonus bar, “Lucky in Love”. This is another fabulous scent – light and fruity.

I can see why Scentsy products have become popular. Their unique warmer adds a warm glow and scent to your home without ever lighting a candle. Although the wax melts, it never gets very hot – according to the FAQ, “The Scentsy Wax never gets hot enough to burn anyone since we use a low watt light bulb.” This would be a great for people in dorm rooms (where candles are often banned!), or those who have children or pets that might knock candles over.

Winners For October 29th

Mommy and Daddy Do it Pro Bono

We have several winners to announce today, so let’s get right to it! The winner of the “Mommy and Daddy Do it Pro Bono” book giveaway is…

Comment number 19, tina reynolds, who said: “i subscribe to your blog”.

The Glamour of Grammar

The winners of “The Glamour of Grammar” giveaway are…

Winner #1 is comment number 53, Tabathia B, who said: “tweet

Winner #2 is comment number 94, katklaw777, who said: “i subscribe via email.” She also won the Retractable Badge Holder giveaway last month!

Winner #3 is comment number 5, connie black, who said: “When in school English was my favorite class. I would love to read the origin of it.” Connie also won the Campbell’s giveaway back in May!

Spin & Go

And finally, the winner of the Spin & Go Mop giveaway is…

Comment number 36, Emma Peel, who said: “Subscribed to your blog updates”

Congratulations to all the winners!