Showing posts with label giveaways.
Showing posts with label giveaways.

Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Don't Forget My Pregnancy Poll & Contest!

I'm almost 32 weeks pregnant already with our second baby--can you believe it? So, I thought now would be a good time to remind you of a little contest that I'm running:


FYI: Most folks may know this from my posting, but we are having another boy, so be sure to enter boy in the gender field! My due date is May 2nd. 

 Enter the game name RocklandMother2 to get to my poll. 

Thursday, February 23, 2012

Giveaway Time! Kushies Girl's Polka Dot Crib Sheet as Seen on Martha Stewart

So, how did you guys like the that aired last Friday? Did you agree with my thoughts that some of the products were nice but been-here-done-that or do you think I'm just a horrible hormonal pregnant lady? :)

Seriously, though, being at the show taping was great and the baby picks/audience gifts were lovely--and lucky for you I'm giving one away!

36棋牌Kushies Fitted Crib SheetFounded in Canada in 1953, Kushies started out in Canada as a doll clothing and accessory manufacturer. Now they make a large array of adorable baby products, including organic layette sets, cloth diapers and the beautiful pink polka dotted fitted crib sheets at right, which I am giving away to one of you!

From the : Kushies premium quality 100% cotton flannel sheets are available in adorable pre-assorted boy, girl, and neutral colors and prints to match any nursery!  All fitted sheets are fully elasticized for a perfect fit. Finished edges for quality & durability. Sized to allow for shrinkage - fits perfectly after each wash.

To enter to win a pink polka dotted 100% cotton flannel fitted crib sheet from Kushies, please leave a comment below by 11:59 on February 29th. I'll contact the winner on March 1st. Good luck!

Thursday, October 6, 2011

Baby #2 Due May 2! (A baby pool & giveaway too!)

We're having another baby this spring, due on May 2nd (a couple days after my 30th birthday no less) and we're super excited! So, pretty please forgive me for not posting frequently this past month or two--the first trimester is kicking my butt this second time around. Nausea, aversion to most smells, aches and pains, exhaustion, you name it. But, really, who wouldn't suffer through it all gladly when the outcome is an adorable, miracle of a baby?

I can't wait for Andrew to have a sibling, and, at the same time, I'm certainly scared of how things will change when there are two babies in the household. But, there are so many others before me who have done it before and survived (Heeellooooo, 19 Kids and Counting! No, seriously, I will not have 19 kids...)

Be on the lookout for reviews of new baby products (I'm gonna get me a Mamaroo!), Rockland OB/GYNs, and more, and also for my search for awesome double stroller (wow, a double stroller.) Its gonna be fun! 

Also, to make things fun, enter my baby gender and birthday pool! The person closest to the correct answer this Spring will win a set of 3 handmade soap bars from my favorite Ukrainian mall kiosk and online store . I am obsessed with their soap bars and even my super-sensitive nose still loves them. Hooray! 

Monday, September 26, 2011

You will love The Whole Package! Book Review & Giveaway

I devoured Cynthia Ellingsen's The Whole Package in about three nights--staying up way too late because the novel was such a great read! Cynthia stopped by Rockland Mother as a guest blogger last month and I have done you such a disservice in not reviewing the book until now. You are going to want to run out and read it immediately!

Berkley; Aug 2011
The story: Doris, Cheryl and Jackie are three almost-40-somethings who have been best friends since high school. Life hasn't turned out as expected for any of them: Doris, once a wild and talented soccer player, is now a prim wife, living with a unhappy husband and an ungrateful teenager daughter. Cheryl, who is divorced from her husband after she cheated on him, flits from guy to guy and works her ass off at a male-dominated marketing firm where sexual harassment is the in thing. And, Jackie, once a very promising artist who happened to married a rich older gentleman, has fled to Paris after his death to process her loss.

After Jackie receives a call from her lawyer informing her that her husband's money has run out during her time in Paris, she returns to Illinois to find her friends both in the middle of their own catastrophes: Doris' husband has left her to "find himself" on the seat of a motorcycle and Cheryl is fired from the company she helped build after her boss snoops through her files.

Drowning their sorrows at a local male strip club, the girls have a great idea--why not open a Hooter-inspired restaurant for women called The Whole Package? Why should men have all the fun? Bring on the Adonises in thongs serving goat cheese and apple salads!

Before I get carried away and give away the entire story, let's just say that the rest of the book has to do with the women trying to succeed at opening their restaurant and trying to put their lives back together. And, man, did I have a fun time following these three girls around. They fight and make up, make mistakes and figure things out, just like real girlfriends do. And Cynthia has a way with flirting/sex scenes--I really felt giddy reading them. Nothing too raunchy, but just so so sweet and sexy.

I also loved the pair of gay characters in the book, and one gorgeous man, especially, who helps Doris out or her style doldrums (and doldrums of the heart too). And, there were more than a few scenes that made me laugh out loud--like a geriatric woman dancing suggestively on a chair.

My only tiny problems: the final line of the book seems out of character for a few of the men and something happens to Cheryl at the end of the book that really is more of a big deal than it is made out to be (you will recognize it when you read it, especially if you are a mom).

Thank you for such a fun read and thanks to Penguin for providing me with the book to review! I really hope there is more to come from this author soon. Until then, I will remember the characters in The Whole Package fondly, take some of their lessons learned to heart (mainly, you must take care of yourself first before you can love those around you fully), and remember certain scenes in front of a fireplace with a smile.

Leave a comment below by October 3rd to win a copy of the book!! Winner must be in USA or Canada.

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

$25 for Pajamas Giveaway from Crazy For Bargains

 is an online one-stop-pajama-shop for the entire family. When they contacted me about doing a review and giveaway, I was shocked that I didn't know such a store existed! 
My family is always in need of pajamas. Andrew grows so quickly his pajama pants are capris now. My husband's pajamas are seven sizes too big (he bought them that way) and I collect pajamas like I should be on TLC's "Extreme Hoarders" (Ok, I'm not that bad). 
Needless to say, I was happy to hear from Crazy for Bargains. Shopping for pajamas while in my pajamas sounds like a good thing to me! Furthermore, I was really impressed by the high quality of the review samples they sent my way.

I received a for me and the ridiculously adorable  for Andrew. Despite my fear that I would feel like an old lady a nightgown that reaches my calves, it is actually really cute and so soft I could wear it all day (but will try not to).

Andrew's pajamas, aside from being the cutest darn pajamas ever, are also really soft. And despite my fears that they wouldn't fit because we received the 12 month size (he is 23-ish pounds) or would shrink in the wash, they actually fit and held up really well. I only noticed a bit of fading on the inside of the waistband from my heavy washing/high heat drying.

Crazy for Bargains has pajamas available in a wide range of prices and even a lot of clearance/sale options. They have $5 flat rate shipping and free shipping on orders over $40. They also offer returns and exchanges within 30 days of purchase (with tags still on), but shipping is not refundable.

Store Credit Giveaway!!

One lucky reader will receive a $25 store credit to Crazy For Bargains (free shipping included)! Entrants must be 18 years and older and live in the US. Please comment below and you will receive one entry for the giveaway. For extra entries you can (leave a separate comment for each below):

1) Follow Rockland Mother through Google Friend Connect
2) Like
3) Visit and tell me what you might use your prize on!

The giveaway will end 11:59pm on August 15, 2011. Good luck!!

Monday, July 18, 2011

The Cutest Cupcake and Kokeshi Giveaway Ever!

adorable polymer clay products! I really think the items in Claybaby's Clay & Me Etsy shop are the most adorable cupcake charms that Etsy has to offer. 
I ordered the set of 4 blue cupcake charms pictured above for just $5.00 + $3.50 shipping. I think that's a pretty good deal since they came all the way from the Philippines. It also makes me feel good to support and artist who is working entirely by hand. But you, my dears, won't have to pay shipping because, for a limited time, shipping on all orders is free if you enter the code BIG100 at checkout.  Shipping is standard mail unless you choose otherwise and takes 2-4 weeks.

for galleries that will make you want to shop!  
and post your favorite item in a comment below. For extra entries, like , like , and/or follow Rockland Mother on Google Friend Connect and post a separate comment for each below stating that you did so. The contest will end at 11:59pm on August 1st. I will then contact the winner and wrap the charms well for shipping, but cannot be responsible for any breakage (my apologies!)  

Monday, July 4, 2011

Don't Miss Magic Beans' 31 Days of Giveaways!

Ahhh... this long-awaited break from the activities of a busy two weeks gives me time to tell you about Magic Beans' awesome annual  which began July 1st. 

The Orbit
Bloom Fresco Loft
High Chair
Each year for the past 3 years the adorable Boston-area kids store (with an national web presence) hosts a 31-day giveaway of their favorite products. This years giveways include over $12000 of swanky prizes such as the $750 , the $500 ,  and the $650 . 

Check the each day to see which prize is up from grabs and to enter--and then cross all your fingers and toes like I do that you'll come up a winner. If only I could win the $600 that's being given away. Then we'd just need to make another kid to sit next to Andrew!

Good luck!

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Snort! Giveaway & Review of A Pug's Tale!

 (released today from Berkley!)36棋牌. I LOVE this book and have actually been working with Alison to get the word out to other bloggers about its release today. And I've gotta tell you--all the bloggers who have read A PUG'S TALE just adore it!

**About the book:

Metropolitan Museum of Art paintings restorer Hope McNeill feels like she finally has it all. Aside from the dream job, she has an amazing boyfriend who has left his adorable black pug Max in her care while he's overseas on a humanitarian mission. That she’s able to sneak Max into work with her is just the icing on the cake--that is, until an art heist on her watch brings everything tumbling down.

When Hope discovers that a priceless oil painting is missing, her boss and the museum’s development head keep it quiet in hopes that they can retrieve the painting themselves. But Hope is certain that she is their top suspect and secretly takes things into her own hands. Following anonymous clues on a scavenger hunt throughout the museum--and letting guidance from a wealthy museum benefactress and even Max help her along the way--Hope inches closer and closer to a truth that will change her life forever.** 

What I loved most about this book are the things that everybody seems to be raving about too. First, the descriptions of pugs in A PUG'S TALE are just spot-on perfect! If you have ever met (and loved) a snorting pug, you will be laughing aloud at the pug antics in this book. Also, I was just riveted by the behind the scenes museum details in the book, and the scavenger hunt throughout the museum left me thirsting for more (really, I would like to go on my own scavenger hunt through the Met!) 

Also, A PUG'S TALE is actually a standalone to another great book, 36棋牌, and I was so happy to be "reunited" with Hope again. I really fell in love with the character and her lovable, so-New-York neurose in the first novel, and I was just so glad to see her get what she wanted in life (but I won't tell you anymore or that would be spoiling the fun!) And, Alison's writing is just so much fun and so witty that, with both books, I found myself laughing out loud or marking down passages to share with friends. Now that's the hallmark of a good book--the want to share it with others!

Ok, enough of my blathering. Check out the first chapter of the book for yourself , visit Alison's for more info, and then enter below to win your very own copy of A PUG'S TALE courtesy of Berkley. All you have to do is follow Rockland Mother and comment below before 11:59pm on June 12, 2011.

Disclosure: I work with Alison Pace and was provided a copy of A PUG'S TALE to give away by Berkley. The opinions above are my honest opinions and were in no way paid for. 

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

That's a spicy giveaway! Exploring Ultimate Fantasies game from The Adult Toy Shoppe

 is just a little ole online shop where you can purchase adult products without the embarrassment of, say, running into the parish priest. They sell almost everything you could imagine, including books, videos, clothes, and toys--and even some stuff that shocked the pants off poor little me (pay no mind to the terrible pun!)
I got the chance to experience the company's discreetness for myself when they offered me a copy of their  game for review. The game arrived in a plain brown box, with no indication of the sexiness (or, as you'll read below, silliness ) to be found inside. And, if I had purchased the product myself, my billing statement would have simply read "Legend Sales."

36棋牌Exploring Ultimate Fantasies
Exploring Ultimate Fantasies is a couples' game that comes complete with props--a leg restraint, arm restraint, feather, blindfold, mini massager, body lotions and oils, a candle and edible body paint. The first goal of the game is for each player to get the other to strip down to his/her birthday suit. The second goal is to... well, get busy.

While the goal may be obvious, the rules of the game aren't quite as clear. Through some "advanced" mathematics you must roll the five included dice to earn points and beat your partner's score, causing them to pick up a passion or fantasy card, whose instructions you must follow.

My husband and I couldn't figure out how to add up the points, so I read a few of the passion and fantasy cards just to get a taste of what was in store. Maybe its just me, but a lot of the activities described just inspired laughing fits. Take off a piece of your partner's clothing with just your feet? Have your partner take off their clothes while doing a striptease (I can just imagine my husband doing that!)

Also laugh-worthy is the the image on the front of the package. I mean, seriously, does the man at left look sexy or like he is about to get sick (or both?)

But maybe you're a more romantic type and can see the fun/fantasy in Exploring Ultimate Fantasies (hey, a little laughter is good, right?) If so, The Adult Toy Shoppe has been generous enough to offer one game to a lucky Rockland Mother reader!

To enter (mandatory entry): 

1) Be a Google Friend Connect follower of Rockland Mother and comment below.  

Extra entries for the brave: 

1) Like Rockland Mother on Facebook 

2) Post a link in the comments below to another interesting product at

3) For the really brave: Tweet or post a FB comment on Rockland Mother's page mentioning another interesting product at 

The giveaway ends at 11:59pm on June 1st. Good luck! Also, I will be sure to notify the winner privately via email since this is such a spicy giveaway! :) 

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

A Diaper Bag a Day in May Giveaway from Preganancy & Newborn

 magazine is giving away one diaper bag a day for the entire month of May! Up for grabs today is the beautiful copper  pictured left. 36棋牌

Click to enter daily through the 31st of May.

Be sure to also click on the "fabulous free stuff" link on the right-hand side of the page to enter daily for a chance to win a variety of awesome monthly prizes. This month's prizes include a !

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

And the winner is... KIDStrong Hydration Drinks Giveaway

36棋牌The winner of the case of KIDStrong Hydration Drinks is Lisa Weidknecht! Thanks to everyone for entering--and be sure to stop by for future product reviews and giveaways!

Lisa, please contact me with your mailing address at rocklandmother@gmail.com and KIDStrong will send those drinks right out to you. I'm very interested to hear what you and your children think of them!

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

36棋牌 were scientifically formulated by Dr. George J. Murphy to meet children's (4 years and up) hydration and energy needs and combat childhood obesity by being a healthy alternative to soft drinks. Each 12 fl oz bottle is chock-full of vitamins, minerals and nutrients, is low in sugar, contains no artificial colors, flavors, sweeteners or preservatives, has an optimal electrolyte profile--and is only 45 calories. That's darn impressive!

The folks behind KIDStrong were nice enough to send me samples of their three flavors--Clearly Fruit Punch, Clearly Orange, and Clearly Grape--to review. In my opinion, all of the drinks taste like melted ice pops in their respective flavors--and I find that strangely yummy. While I wasn't able to give Andrew a sip since the drink is formulated for bigger kids, I bet he would have found the drinks tasty too.

On the flipside... at the time of taste-testing, I didn't have any children over 4 around to give their opinions, but my husband and older brother gave them a try for fun. My husband didn't care for them at all and my brother gave them a "5 out of 10."   But bear in mind that these are grown men who are used to artificial flavors and sweeteners.

Sorry for the mixed bag of a review, but why don't you try KIDStrong for yourself and see if your tastebuds agree with me or my husband and brother? KIDStrong has provided me with a 12-pack case (4 in each flavor) to give away to one of my readers! All you have to do is be a follower of my blog and comment below by Tuesday, May 3rd.

KIDStrong is currently available for around $20 for a 12-pack at the , 36棋牌, and at various food retailers (check out the KIDStrong site for store availabilities).

Friday, March 25, 2011

And the winner is...

36棋牌The winner of the 36棋牌 is Marzena! Thank you to everyone who entered the contest. I really wish I had a My Little Seat to give to all of you! Stay tuned for more fun giveaways--next week I'll be giving away a 12-count case of KIDStrong all-natural kids hydration drink, courtesy of the folks over at .

Monday, March 14, 2011

Giveaway - My Little Seat travel high chair

36棋牌Quite often the best little hole in the wall restaurants in NYC (or your in-laws' house) don't have high chairs--and you can't lug a big ole booster seat down the street--so I bought the 36棋牌 travel high chair when Andrew began sitting up on his own. It worked well for us until Andrew became too active to be restrained by the fabric seat... and that wasn't actually too long after we began using the product because Andrew is just a really active kid!

The product specifications state that the seat is usable from about 6 months to 35 lbs, unless you have a little Houdini on your hands. So, if you've got a prim and proper baby who isn't going to tip over a dining chair a la Bam Bam, go ahead and enter this giveaway and give the My Little Seat a try.

The My Little Seat I am giving away is completely new in the packaging, comes in a handy fabric carrying pouch, and is in the Blue and White Hula Loops design shown in the picture above. It features a five point harness, which actually comes up pretty high on baby's chest when he is smaller, ensuring a secure--if somewhat uncomfortable-looking--fit. It fits most dining chairs, although not super-high-backed ones. Check out the 36棋牌 on Amazon for more info.

To enter the giveway, simply follow me and let me know that you are a follower in a comment below. I will pick a winner using random.org on Friday, March 25th.

Good luck!

Friday, July 23, 2010

Magic Beans' Awesome 31 Days of Giveaways

We all know I'm a sucker for giveaways, so I have been really, seriously over the moon about Magic Beans' online. Magic Beans is a super-cute Boston-area kid's chain (filled with a great hand-picked selection of children's products) that has an even cuter online storefront. Naturally, the products they are giving away are out of this world--from a Bugaboo, to a giant giraffe toy, to a super fancy Monte Designs Luca $1000 glider (that's today's prize!)

Hurry up and get over to before the 31 days are up (today is day 23, so you've got a good week left of awesome prizes.) Tell your friends and family too--maybe they'll win a prize and gift it to you!

Monday, May 31, 2010

And the winner is ....


Megs is the winner of the LOVE IN SPOONFULS baby food cookbook. Congrats! Please send your mailing address to aQueensMama@gmail.com and I'll send the book your way. Don't forget to tell us what you think of it! :)

I hope you are all enjoying the lovely holiday weekend. We're having a lazy one at 36棋牌. Andrew is actually sleeping off his first taste of delicious sweet potatoes right now--yum! Photos of his orange face (to match his orange hair) to come!

We are also, of course, remembering and honoring in our hearts those who have fought for this country, regardless of the circumstances. They are much braver men and women than I, and I'm sure we are all sending them a huge thank you today and all days.

Monday, May 24, 2010

And the winner is....

Stephanie has won Queens Mama's first giveaway--a copy of The Very Hungry Caterpillar. Congratulations!

Stephanie, if you'd please send me a mailing address at aQueensMama@gmail.com, I'll get your prize out right away.

Thanks to everyone for entering and I wish you luck in future giveaways. Don't forget to enter to win a copy of the baby food cookbook LOVE IN SPOONFULS !

Friday, May 21, 2010

Book Review & Giveaway! LOVE IN SPOONFULS: Fast and Easy Ways to Make Nutritious Foods for Your Baby

Fast and Easy Ways to Make Nutritious Foods for Your Baby
from the editors of Parenting (Chronicle Books; March 2010)


Can I say it? I just love LOVE IN SPOONFULS from the editors of Parenting magazine! Besides being packed with delicious, easy-to-prepare baby food recipes and gorgeous food photography, the cookbook is peppered with useful information on when and how to begin feeding your little one.

I wasn't actually aware that many parents make their own baby food until I got pregnant with Andrew. But, once I got wind of the trend, I knew it was something we would want to try. We're not what you would call a "crunchy" family, but what's great about making your own baby food is that you don't need to be. Making your own food is quick, economical and healthy for the entire family--really anybody can give it a try.

So, I had decided I would give it a go, but how in the world was I supposed to do it? Without LOVE IN SPOONFULS, you probably would have found me try to mash up whole carrots in a blender or forgetting to remove the skins from everything (knowing small babies need the skins removed isn't as natural as one would think!) 

Now, however, I know just how to roast sweet potatoes, boil turnips (I didn't know you boil them!) and mash avocadoes for Andrew. And I can put together fun purees I would have never thought of like asparagus and applesauce, banana and cantaloupe and broccoli and goat cheese (yum!)

Did I mention that the book is broken up into recipes for children 4-6 months, 7-8 months, 9-11 months and 12-18 months? By the end of the book you're into finger foods such as little chicken dippers with yogurt-cucumber sauce, tofu almond satay, and a kid-friendly bento box. And all the while the beautiful accompanying photos make you want to try everything from the cherry puree to the french toast bites. You may just have to make extra for yourself!

Throughout the book you'll also find great info on storing food, introducing dairy products, appeasing a finicky eater and more.  You'll even come across tons of tip "bubbles" sprinkled among the recipes addressing food allergy concerns, recipe variations and vegetable-disguing tips, to name a few. Each recipe also indicates whether it is freezer safe or not and how long it takes to make--very useful!

So, before I end this little love fest, I must say that you should of course consult your pediatrician before starting your baby on the foods mentioned in the book (and the book says this too.) One thing I will definitely ask my pediatrician about is the use of a tbsp of oil in making some of the "first foods" purees. I don't see how it could be harmful, but one can never be too careful with their little one, right?

Alright, so now that you know how awesome I think LOVE IN SPOONFULS is--and you've stayed with me through this long review--do you want to check it out for yourself? The wonderful folks at Chronicle Books have given me a copy to give away--and I can't tell you how excited I am to share this book with one of you.

To enter the giveaway, please follow Queens Mama and comment that you have done so below before May 30th. I'd also love to hear what your favorite fruit or vegetable is and if you will share/have shared it with your little one. I really love avocados and, thankfully, it is one of the most popular first baby foods. Lucky Andrew!

Friday, May 14, 2010

Giveaway! The Very Hungry Caterpillar



Hooray for Queens Mama's first giveway!

One randomly-selected reader will win a board book copy of classic 36棋牌36棋牌. All you have to do is post a memory of your favorite childhood book in the comments section below by May 23.

Reading THE VERY HUNGRY CATERPILLAR is one of my most vivid memories of nursery school. Much better than my one other vivid memory of forgetting my show and tell and having to sit in the coat rack as punishment!

I mean, what was there not to love about a book that was so colorful and so fun in its design that you didn't even realize it was teaching you to count? What a very talented and deviously-educational man Carle is!

More than 40 years after its publication, THE VERY HUNGRY CATERPILLAR has been translated into over 47 languages and brings back such happy memories for so many of us that we must share it with our little ones. I'm so happy I can give this book away to one reader to pass along to a special child.

Good luck and stay tuned for more giveways!