Win a Dynacraft Disney Princess Carriage! Ends 05/07/17 #DynacraftPrincess #PrincessWeek

Disney Princess Carriage
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Just in time for National Princess Week, Dynacraft have launched an amazing video contest where you could win a Disney Princess Carriage just by recording a 15 second video! This fabulous, fully drivable carriage is pink with gold accents and has everything from a light-up wand to a detachable tiara – it is seriously cool and makes me wish they made one in my size. ;)

To help me explain how to enter the Dynacraft Princess Video Contest, I’ve enlisted some mini-princesses to give you the lowdown:

Entering is simple: Just record a 15 second video of your daughter answering the question “What does it mean to be a Princess?” and submit it at DynacraftWheels.com/Contest. One very lucky entrant will win a Disney Princess Carriage worth $398! Click here for full official rules.

Feel free to share your videos in the comments if you enter, I’d love to cheer you on!

Win a Trip to Hawaii in The SOUR PATCH Kids Tropical Vacation Sweepstakes!

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SOUR PATCH Kids Tropical Vacation Sweepstakes

If you’re as tired of April showers as I am, then you’ve probably found yourself daydreaming of a tropical paradise! I’ve wanted to go to Hawaii ever since I officiated a luau-themed wedding on Halloween 3 years ago, and I can’t think of a better place to escape from our dreary Pacific Northwest weather. That’s why I’m excited about the SOUR PATCH Kids Tropical Vacation Sweepstakes, where one lucky person will win a dream vacation to Hawaii just by sharing their best tropical selfie.

Paradise is calling! If you’re looking for a tropical vacation this summer, look no further! Enter the SOUR PATCH Kids Tropical Vacation Sweepstakes for a chance to win a trip for four to Hawaii! Just submit a tropical selfie to Twitter or Instagram using the hashtag #spktropicalsweepstakes. Contest ends on May 31st, so get on it!

Find out more information here: SPKTropicalSweeps.com.

NO PURCHASE NECESSARY.  Legal residents of 50 US/DC, 18+. Ends 5/31/17.  To enter and for Official Rules, including odds & prizes: SPKTropicalSweeps.com. Void where prohibited.

And while you’re at it, try the new Tropical SOUR PATCH Kids Soft and Chewy Candy available at a Walmart store near you. All new flavors include Paradise Punch, Passion Fruit, Pineapple, and Tropical Twist. Which one is your favorite?

Tropical SOUR PATCH Kids Soft and Chewy Candy

If you enter the sweepstakes, be sure to link to your selfie below – I’d love to check it out and share!

Enter to Win a $150 Tiffany & Co. Gift Card + Flowers From Tarn-X! Ends 02/28/17

Double the Love

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This Valentine’s Day was very special for me, because it was the day I sent out the Save-The-Dates for my upcoming wedding! Jai and I are so excited for this next chapter and to spend the rest of our lives together. We met in 2002 and yet it feels like it all happened in the blink of an eye. Life passes by fast and before we know it, we’ll be celebrating our 50th anniversary and wondering where the time went, so we’re making the most of this special moment in our lives!

True love never tarnishes, no matter how much time passes, which is why Tarn-X is commemorating 50 years in business by honoring married couples who have been together for over five decades with a special sweepstakes! Now through February 28th, entrants can nominate a couple who are celebrating a 50+ anniversary on the CLR Products Facebook page and be entered to win a $150 Tiffany & Co. Gift Card for themselves along with a bouquet of flowers for the happy couple! Tarn-X has been helping married couples keep their wedding gifts and jewelry looking beautiful for the last 50 years with its wipe and rinse formula that eliminates tarnish on sterling silver, silver plate, gold, diamonds, copper and platinum. It was also one of the first products to ever coin the phrase “As seen on TV”, which makes them noteworthy in my book because you know I love seen on TV products! I’ll definitely be picking up a bottle before the wedding to get our rings sparkling before we walk down the aisle.

Click here to visit the CLR Products Facebook page and enter for your chance to win a $150 Tiffany & Co. gift card and a bouquet of flowers! Sweepstakes ends February 28th.

Enter to Win a Kenmore Elite Washer & Dryer + 1,000+ Other Prizes!

Kenmore Elite Washer and Dryer
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A new washer and dryer are on my home improvement wish list, which is why I’m excited about this new sweepstakes! Through November 30th, Shop Your Way members can enter to instantly win a Kenmore Elite Washer and Dryer bundle along with over 1,000 other prizes. If you’re not a member, it’s free to sign up and you’ll have access to lots of other awesome sweeps, too. Click here to enter this awesome giveaway, and be sure to check back daily for another entry.

Special Extra Entry For Contest Corner Readers

But wait, there’s more! After you’ve played the Instant Win game, you can snag an extra entry thanks to being a loyal reader: Contest Corner readers can use our special Sweeps Code laundryday for another entry. Good luck!

Enter to Win Minions on Blu-Ray From Foster Farms!

Minions & Foster Farms

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Foster Farms is hosting a fun giveaway on its Facebook page for copies of Minions on Blu-ray, plus corn dogs! Here’s how to enter: Click here to visit the Foster Farms Facebook page, and leave a comment on the weekly Minions post for a chance to win. Ten winners will receive the Blu-ray, which features 3 new mini-movies, plus a box of Foster Farms Corn Dogs – perfect for your very own Minions-themed movie night! The contest is open to US residents and runs from November 30th through December 21st.

Also, if you’re a coupon diva in addition to being a sweeper (like me!), you can snag a $2 rebate on the purchase of Foster Farms Corn Dogs and Minions on Blu-ray by visiting FosterFarmsMinions.com.

How a Frugal Person Shops For a New Computer

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As a full-time blogger, nothing is more crucial to my business than my computer. And as a full-time penny pincher, I also have a few tricks up my sleeve for shaving off the cost of this expensive, but necessary equipment!

1. Enter Sweepstakes.

The computer I won in 2011

Well, naturally! One of my favorite prizes is this new $1200 computer that I won back in 2011. It’s still my primary PC 4 years on; but naturally, every computer needs work and upgrades as the years go by. Which brings me to:

2. Use Gift Cards.

Last month, it became apparent that I needed to get a few new hard drives to back up my data, and possibly a new video card. I shaved down the cost of this by using gift cards to Best Buy and Staples that I had received for some blog posts I had written. Gift cards are a very common item to win, also! Which brings me to:

3. Use Coupons.

I further reduce my out of pocket cost on big ticket items by taking advantage of coupon codes. I always do a quick search any time I need to make an online purchase to see if there are any special sales, dollar off coupons, free shipping offers, and so on. One of the newest resources for this is Groupon Coupons, which has a database with thousands of offers for big name retailers, including many in the tech category.

Groupon Coupons

Groupon Coupons is a free listing of promo codes and deals, so there’s no registration required. Here’s a couple of promo codes that could save you some cash on a computer upgrade:

Inspiron Touch Laptop for $379.99 with free shipping after promo code at Dell Home

$15 off your order of $75+ at HP Home & Office Store

It only takes a second to look up what coupons are available, and you might just find something that could save you some cash!

So, those are three ways I shave down costs on this spendy, but crucial item! Tell me, do you have any strategies for saving cash on PC purchases?

Thrill The Blogger on Your Gift List With a Canon Rebel From Best Buy!

Canon EOS Rebel T5i

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Do you have a blogger on your Christmas list this year? It might be hard to know what to get them, since bloggers are often immersed in new product ideas as part of their job. If you’re wondering what would be really helpful to a blogger, I can personally vouch for this excellent gift idea: A Canon EOS Rebel T5i.

I bought a Canon Rebel last year – my first DSLR camera – and it’s made such a huge difference for me. Because photography has become such a large part of this job, having a DSLR camera is crucial for shooting product photos, recipes, and crafts. Thanks to my Canon Rebel, I can take the quality photos I need to deliver for work; there are so many things you cannot do with a point and shoot, no matter how good the lighting is or how well you dress up your props, simply due to technical limitations. A DSLR is a game-changer and I am so happy with my Canon Rebel!

And it’s not just a work tool, either – as someone who’s always enjoyed taking pictures as a hobby, it’s great to have a quality camera on hand to capture special moments. The Canon EOS Rebel T5i has an 18.0-megapixel CMOS sensor, a DIGIC 5 image processor, HD video with continuous autofocus and a 3″ vari-angle touch screen, making it an amazing gift for any blogger or amateur photographer on your list. And through December 20th, you can save $150 on the T5i at Best Buy, so click here to learn more!

Do you own a DSLR camera?

Last-Minute Holiday Shopping? Best Buy Has You Covered!

Best Buy

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So Christmas is next week….and I haven’t had time to wrap any presents or mail cards yet. Whoops! I know I’m not the only one who is caught in this last-minute scramble! If you’re like me and need some quick inspiration, Best Buy is your one-stop shop for everyone on your list.

For Mom & Dad: A GPS

TomTom Go 50s

A navigation system is an invaluable thing to have – especially this time of year, when you’re trying to remember what street Aunt Susan lives down. For the GPS-less, the gift of navigation is a thoughtful one that will help them all year long. Consider the TomTom Go 50s, which comes with lifetime access to TomTom Traffic and Maps, or the Garmin 52LM with lane assist. Best Buy has them all on sale!

For Tweens & Teens: JBL

JBL

Tweenagers can be tough to shop for, but fortunately, Best Buy has you covered with a wide range of products from JBL. Between the Charge 2 and the Flip 2, young music fans connect their Bluetooth devices to these speakers and play their favorite tunes with great sound. Or, if they’d rather listen privately – say, on the school bus, or to stop sibling fights about what music to play – the JBL Reflect Earbud headphones are a great solution.

For The Whole Family: Xbox One

XBOX

The Xbox One is a gift that will keep on giving well into 2015 and beyond, offering something for every member of your family. You can play almost any game you can think of: Mom can play Call of Duty, Dad can play Halo, your teen daughter can play Just Dance; whatever your tastes, there is a game to suit them! Beyond that, the Xbox One serves as a vessel to watch movies and more through a variety of apps, so the whole family can gather together to watch their favorite shows. Click here to save $50 on Xbox One consoles at Best Buy!

Are you picking up any last-minute gifts this week?

Get More Uptime With Dell Storage

Dell Storage SC4020

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As those of us here at Contest Corner headquarters can tell you, server uptime is very important. There’s nothing worse than a server crash causing your website to go down for hours! At times in the past, we have toyed with the idea of creating our own server to host this site on, but that would require an array of hard drives, stacked together and sharing information. That way, if one goes down, your data – and website – still remain up. And that is exactly what the Dell Storage SC4020 does!

This mega-storage is perfect for businesses, serving as a SAN entry point that has been receiving a lot of praise. And although it’s probably out of my budget at the moment, it is an affordable option for small businesses, with 0% financing available (A 36 month finance lease is required) and lower pricing. Honestly, I’d love one of these just to store my personal files on as backup, but maybe that’s overkill. ;)

Are you a blogger/business owner and if so, how do you deal with data storage? Have you ever had a major crash and burn with either data getting lost, your site going down, or both? Would you consider something like this?

Chaotic Cookery With Cutthroat Kitchen!

Cutthroat Kitchen

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You guys know that I’m a reality TV junkie, so I’m always anxious to find new programs to follow. The more outrageous the premise, the better – so I think this season of Cutthroat Kitchen: Superstar Sabotage is going to be a fun one to watch! Cooking shows tend to have a bit of a slow pace, which isn’t always exciting to watch; but this show will be anything but dull. 16 chefs have to whip up fabulous meals while also avoiding traps and dealing with tricky kitchens. Ever cooked on a floating prep station, or had to stir food with a utensil made from cheese? How about cooking on a treadmill, or being forced to hold hands with another chef while you simultaneously try to whip up your dish? All of these and more are real challenges that this season’s contenders will face!

And for an extra twist, this time it’s an all-star season featuring celebrity chefs competing for a good cause. The last chef standing will receive up to a $75,000 donation to a charity of their choice – so everyone’s a winner! Cutthroat Kitchen: Superstar Sabotage is hosted by Alton Brown and will premiere on The Food Network on Wednesday, October 8th at 9 PM PST/EST. The season finale crowning the grand prize winner will air on Wednesday, November 5th at 9 PM PST/EST.

What shows will you be watching this Fall?