Little Girl’s Vintage Inspired Dress Giveaway at The String Nest

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Prize Description: The Bernadine Dress – Size 24 Mos.

The Bernadine Dress is a brightly colored dress perfect for the spring or summer. It is made from 100% cotton fabrics.

The fabrics consist of bright pinks, brown, maroon, yellows and burnt orange. The top of the dress is accented with a ivory grosgrain satin ribbon. The fabrics are vintage inspired and modern prints combined to make a beautiful and bright dress.

The Bernadine Dress is a size 24 Months and measures 17 inches in length.

Entry deadline: July 1, 2012

Open to: Worldwide

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$500 Cash & $1,000.00 Shopping Spree at Giveaway at Costume SuperCenter

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Prize Description: Win a 1000 shopping spree from Costume SuperCenter and 500 cold, hard cash!

Entry deadline: July 1, 2012

Open to: 18+

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National Hot Dog Month: Recipes & Fun Facts

Did you know that July is “National Hot Dog Month”? Both hot dogs and mustard were introduced to the world during the 1904 St. Louis World’s Fair, so these two things have gone hand-in-hand right from the start! Because of this, French’s Mustard wanted to share some fun trivia with you in honor of the upcoming Hot Dog Month as well as share their favorite hot dog recipes. They sent me some coupons as a thank-you for this post, so I’ll be able to pick up some more mustard of my own for summer soirée!

French’s Mustard


Fun Facts about Hot Dogs and Mustard*:

  • 2.3 billion hot dogs are consumed during National Hot Dog Month which occurs in July
  • During hot dog season, from Memorial Day to Labor Day, 7 billion hot dogs are consumed which translates to 818 hot dogs every second during that time period
  • Mustard is the number one hot-dog topping in America
  • On July 4th, Americans will enjoy 155 million hot dogs—enough to stretch from D.C. to L.A. over five times
  • Every year, Americans eat an average of 60 hot dogs each
  • Classic Yellow mustard is 100% natural with zero calories, making it one of the healthiest condiment

Important Dates:

1839- Baseball invented by Abner Doubleday

1903 – The inaugural World Series between the National League (formed in 1876) and American League (formed in 1900) champs.

1904- French’s® Cream Salad (yellow) Mustard introduced at the St. Louis World’s Fair.

1915- French’s® Pennant became the brand’s official logo.

1926- Reckitt and Coleman purchased RT French Company.

2000- Reckitt and Coleman changed its name to Reckitt Benckiser, the current parent company of French’s® Mustard.

2004- French’s® Celebrates 100th Anniversary of Classic Yellow Mustard

2010- Today French’s® Mustard offers Spicy Brown, Honey, Honey Dijon, and Horseradish flavors in addition to its Classic Yellow Mustard and new Honey Mustard Dipping Sauce.


* Courtesy of the National Hot Dog and Sausage Council


Hot Dog Burrito


A quick, easy meal for back-to-school days. To serve for lunch, spoon bean mixture into Thermos®-style containers. Great for serving at picnics, too!

Prep Time: 5 min. Cook Time: 5 min.

1 (16 oz.) can baked beans

8 frankfurters, sliced

1/3 cup ketchup

2 tbsp. FRENCH’S® Classic Yellow® Mustard

2 tbsp. brown sugar

8 (8 inch) flour tortillas, heated

1. COMBINE beans, sliced frankfurters, ketchup, mustard and sugar in medium saucepan. Simmer about 5 min. to heat through.

2. SPOON mixture into tortillas, dividing evenly. Roll up jelly-roll style.

Makes 8 servings

Tip: Try topping dogs with FRENCH’S® French Fried Onions before rolling up!

German Potato Salad


Grill sausage at your next barbecue and add to potato salad just before serving. Ideal for tailgating parties.

Prep Time: 15 min. Cook Time: 15 min.

2/3 cup prepared vinaigrette salad dressing

1/3 cup FRENCH’S® Spicy Brown Mustard or FRENCH’S® Horseradish Mustard

1 tbsp. sugar

1 ½ lbs. red or boiling-type potatoes, cut into 3/4-inch cubes

1 cup chopped green bell pepper

1 cup chopped celery

½ cup chopped onion

½ lb. kielbasa or smoked sausage, split lengthwise

1. MIX salad dressing, mustard and sugar in large bowl; set aside.

2. COOK potatoes in boiling salted water to cover for 10 to 15 min. until potatoes are tender. Drain and transfer to bowl. Add bell pepper, celery and onion; set aside.

3. Grill sausage over medium-high heat until lightly browned and heated through. Cut into small cubes. Add to bowl with potatoes. Toss well to coat evenly. Serve warm.

Makes 6 to 8 servings

Dramamine – New Products & Sweepstakes!


If you travel, then it is more than likely that you’ve packed or bought Dramamine on occasion. This OTC motion sickness remedy is a household name and a go-to for anyone who feels a bit seasick on long trips. Have you ever traveled without Dramamine and regretted it? My most memorable story is actually the first time I ever tried the product. In 2008, we drove from our home in Oregon to Phoenix, Arizona, and I had a slew of medical issues going on with esophageal spasms at the time so I was sick as a dog. There’s nothing quite like pulling your car over in the middle of nowhere so you can be sick in the desert. When we reached a gas station, I ended up buying some Dramamine to see if that would help with the sickness. Since then, I’ve ended up purchasing it many times!

If you have a similar tale, then you could share it on for a chance to win a cruise! To enter, just click here to visit the website and tell them in 50 words or less why you wish you’d had Dramamine on a recent trip. The sweepstakes runs until September 30th, 2012, and can be entered once per day per household by US residents 18 years or age or older. You can view all the rules here. The grand prize winner will receive a week-long cruise for four people, ARV $8,000. Four finalists will take home a prize package containing a Kindle Fire, a neck pillow, headphones, an eye mask and Dramamine.

In addition to this contest, Dramamine is introducing some new products and formulas: Dramamine for Kids, and Dramamine Less Drowsy. I actually like the original “Drowsy” formula because it helps me sleep on long flights – 90% of the time I use it as a sleep aid rather than for motion sickness, since I (Thankfully!) don’t get car sick often. But it’s awesome that they have a less drowsy formula available because it would be an ideal choice for the majority of people with motion sickness. After all, unless you’re flying, you probably don’t want to sleep! Likewise, I think the children’s formula will come in really handy for parents. Dramamine isn’t a magic cure, since a lot of things can contribute to nausea, but for me I feel like it helps enough that I definitely make sure to take one if I do end up feeling queasy. I received samples of all three Dramamine formula varieties, and I’m so happy to add them to my medicine cupboard because it’s a product that I already buy and use. I wasn’t able to personally review these two new formulations yet, since I’m not feeling carsick and I don’t plan on making myself nauseous just to try them out. ;) But I know they will come in very handy!

Dramamine can be found in your local grocery or drug store. As with all medicines, consult with your doctor or pediatrician before use.

$50 Gift Card Giveaway at Cuckoo For Coupon Deals

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Prize Description: $50 GC (2 winners, LOW entry rafflecopter!) ends 07/01

Entry deadline: July 01, 2012

Open to: Open to USA

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iCarly: The Complete 4th Season DVD Review

iCarly: The Complete 4th Season DVD

Just like most of you, I’m having a very busy summer…and it only just started! There has been so much going on that I’ve barely turned on my TV for months. At this point I have no idea what’s going on in my favorite shows and I think my DVR is about to explode! One of the shows I’ve missed is iCarly. I caught the first few episodes of the last season during the Sam/Freddie storyline, but things started getting so hectic that I didn’t have time to watch it and forgot to set it to record…so I have no idea what’s been happening. Yes, I’m pushing 30 and lamenting that I forgot to record iCarly. ;) What can I say, my life is so serious most of the time that I appreciate a little lighthearted escapism! Luckily, the complete 4th season has just been released on DVD, so now I can get caught up on everything I missed. Here’s an overview of what you can find on the DVD:

iCarly: The Complete 4th Season Episode Synopses:

Disc 1:
iDate Sam & Freddie
Carly steps in to resolve an argument for Sam and Freddie. Soon Freddie and Sam are coming to Carly for help with every single fight. Now that she’s involved, how can Carly remove herself?

iLost My Mind
Carly discovers that Sam has checked herself into a mental hospital, thinking she’s crazy for liking Freddie. Unable to check herself out, how can the gang free Sam before they have to film iCarly?

iCan’t Take It
Mrs. Benson discovers Sam and Freddie’s relationship after Gibby, now the subject of Sam’s abuse, concocts a plan to split them up. Will Carly fight for Sam and Freddie, or help Gibby break them up?

iLove You
Carly tells Sam and Freddie to try each other’s favorite hobbies. Meanwhile, Spencer bumps into his old babysitter and asks her to dinner. After reverting to their old roles, will they stay together?

Carly tries to impress a new boyfriend by trying to look smarter than she is. Meanwhile, the gang tries to find T-Bo a new place to live after he gets kicked out of the Groovy Smoothie.

iMeet The First Lady

A high-level government agency starts to inquire into the iCarly gang after they hack into a secure network to throw Carly’s dad an online birthday party.

iStill Psycho (Two-Part Episode)
Part 1: After receiving word that Nora Dershlit is going to be released from jail, the iCarly kids see what they can do to keep their old captor behind bars. Meanwhile, Mrs. Benson discovers the real T-Bo.
Part 2: The iCarly gang has to find a way to escape from Nora and her crazy parents. When Freddie figures out how to send a message to his mom, will Mrs. Benson get there in time?

Disc 2:
iToe Fat Cakes
The gang, minus Carly, takes Sam to the Canadian Fat Cake factory, only to find Sam can’t get back into America. Meanwhile, Carly has trouble in the tub while getting ready for a date.

After being snubbed in an interview about iCarly, Freddie tries to show his creative side by webcasting iCarly in 3D. Spencer hires an assistant he can’t afford to pay.

iBloop 2: Electric Bloopaloo
Christopher Cane, the actor who plays Rex on Victorious, returns to host an in-depth interview with the stars of iCarly and to show their hilarious bloopers/outtakes.

This show really is cute and it has a lot of clever humor that gives it a crossover appeal for families. The last episode I saw on the air was “iLove You”, so now I can find out what happened afterwards when I finally get a chance to sit down and watch TV again! That’s the great thing about DVDs – they’re available whenever you are!

iCarly: The Complete 4th Season will be released on July 10th and is available to pre-order on Amazon now. Thanks to Nickelodeon for sending me a complimentary press copy of this title so that I could check it out and get caught up on my iCarly viewing!

Full Acces Pass to Evo’12 Giveaway at SpanglishBaby

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Prize Description: Enter for a chance to win one full acces pass to Evo’12(The Evolution of Women in Social Media) conference. (Valued at $399)

Entry deadline: July 1, 2012

Open to: US, 18+

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