Vehicle Tips to Weather Any Storm + Prize Pack Giveaway

Disclosure: I am working with the International Carwash Association to share these tips. However, my opinions are entirely my own and I have not been paid to publish positive comments.
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Americans’ love affair with their cars is well documented, along with the dollars they spend each year to keep them running.  This is particularly evident in the winter time when the harsh elements can challenge even the most conscientious car owners.  One thing’s for sure:  Keeping your vehicle in good condition will ensure a safer ride in the short term and a higher resale or trade-in value down the road.

So, before the cold weather takes hold for good, we’ve included the following tips to help your vehicle weather just about any storm…

1. A clean car is your first line of defense against winter.  While the winter season typically takes a toll on your car, proper maintenance can go a long way to preserving your investment.   For example, according to the International Carwash Association®, getting a new wash and a fresh coat of wax before the temperature starts to fluctuate can be your first line of defense against winter elements like ice, salt, sand and slush.

Vehicular corrosion also occurs most quickly when temperatures rise and then fall below freezing.  That’s why most auto manufacturers recommend getting your car washed and waxed at a professional car wash twice a month, especially during the winter.

Using a WaterSavers® Car Wash can is a strong first step to ensuring that your car will be ready to withstand the winter elements – inside and out.  It’s also a great way to protect the environment.  For example, these car washes typically use only 40 gallons (151.5 liters) or less of fresh water per car wash.  Learn more and find a WaterSavers wash at Washwithwatersavers.com.

2.       Rotate your tires. Most people know they should get their oil changed every 3,000 miles, but many forget their tires need maintenance as well. Tires should be rotated before winter and then again every 6,000 miles.

3.       Add some winter weight to your oil. Changing your oil and filter is especially important during the winter. Drivers who live in a colder climate should consider changing to heavier, winter-weight oil during the winter months.

4.       Take care of your wiper blades. Your windshield wiper blades are your first line of defense when the snow starts to fly. Make sure your wiper blades are in good, working order and replace them if you have doubts. It’s better to make this change now instead of finding out your blades aren’t working when you really need them.

5.       Take your car in for a tune-up. Any noises, pings or sluggish starts you currently notice will only intensify as the temperature drops. It’s best to get your vehicle in for a tune-up as soon as possible to get any issues addressed.

6.       Give your steering some power. Check your powering steering fluid each month, and make sure the car is warmed up before you do so. If you find the level is low, look for leaks in the hoses or pump. Low power steering fluid will make your car more difficult to steer, which is something you’ll want to avoid as the roads get slick.

7.       Protect yourself from carbon monoxide. Carbon monoxide leaks are dangerous at any time, but they are especially deadly during the winter when you will be driving your vehicle with the windows closed. Have your exhaust system checked to make sure no leak exists.

8.       Apply the brakes. Besides the seatbelt, your car’s brakes are its most important safety feature. This is especially true in the winter when slippery conditions can make stopping difficult. Before the first snow fall, bring your car to an experienced mechanic to verify that your brakes are ready for the season. Cold winter temperatures mean vehicle maintenance is even more important. By following these simple tips listed above, you’ll be able to ward off winter’s harshest advances, protect your investment and those who ride inside of it.

To learn more about protecting the value of your vehicle, visit Washwithwatersavers.com.
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Now onto the giveaway…

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One reader is going to win a prize pack that consists of:

  • Thermal travel mug
  • Fleece travel blanket
  • Hand Mitt ice scraper
  • $30 VISA Gift Card

To enter, leave a comment stating whether you will take the advice for maintaining your vehicle this winter.

I will give you additional entries for each of the following:

I will end this giveaway on 1/7 at 5 pm EST

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Winners of the Giveaways That Ended December 24

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If you are the winner listed below, you have 72 hours to email me at pooh5497@yahoo.com with which giveaway you won, your name and address for shipping.

Klutz Draw Star Wars Rebels:

Author: Charity L. (Primabee@…)
Comment: My nephew would like this book.

Author: paprika721 (paprika721@…)
Comment: i follow you on pinterest

Author: Susan (susanandtim@…)
Comment: I get your emails.

Author: Jessamine D. (jessamine_marie_tan_ricafort@…)
Comment: Twitter follower

Author: Katie G (13iscute@…)
Comment: I subscribe to your daily emails

$25 Hooters Gift Card:

Author: Mary L (marydon7@…)
Comment: Subscribed to emails

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Chicken Soup for the Soul Power of Forgiveness Giveaway

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Whether it’s forgiving a major wrong or a minor blunder, forgiving someone is healing and frees you to move on with your life. You don’t have to forget or condone what happened, but letting go of your anger improves your wellbeing and repairs relationships. You will be inspired to change your life through the power of forgiveness as you read Chicken Soup for the Soul: The Power of Forgiveness which contains 101 personal, touching stories that will help you see the power of forgiveness and how it can change your own life.

This book truly can change your life if you have been holding onto anger over something that happened in the past with someone in your life.  Learning to forgive is the greatest gift you can give yourself !

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Now onto the giveaway…

Three (3) readers are going to win a copy of Chicken Soup for the Soul Power of Forgiveness.

To enter, leave a comment stating whether there is someone in your life that you are having a hard time forgiving.

I will give you additional entries for each of the following:

I will end this giveaway on 1/7 at 5 pm EST

Disclosure: I was given the book featured in this post to facilitate my review. All opinions are 100% mine and not influenced in any way.

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Betty Crocker Loaded Potato Casserole #GetYourBettyOn

Disclosure: I was compensated for the products featured in this post. All opinions are 100% mine and not influenced in any way. betty crocker casserole potatoes

Betty Crocker™ casserole potatoes taste like real potatoes because they are made from 100% real potatoes.  And because they bake in just 20 minutes, you can easily make a delicious and convenient side dish your whole family will love.

You can choose from 11 different varieties:

  1. Au Gratin
  2. Scalloped
  3. Three Cheese
  4. Cheesy Scalloped
  5. Julienne
  6. Loaded Casserole
  7. Sour Cream & chives
  8. Parmesan & Asiago
  9. Cheesy Hashbrown
  10. Cheddar Bacon
  11. Roasted Garlic

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I chose the “Loaded” variety and then added sour cream, crumbled bacon and cheese to the top.  This was a huge hit in my family and I bet it will be in yours as well.

Because I know you all love to save money, here is a coupon to save 50¢ off Betty Crocker™ Potatoes (boxes or pouches).  There is a limited number available so don’t wait to print it.

And to make this post a little more fun, one reader is going to win $15 in paypal cash so that you can try Betty Crocker™ casserole potatoes for yourself.

To enter, head over HERE and leave a comment stating what your favorite recipe is (can be anything on the site)

I will give you additional entries for each of the following:

I will end this giveaway on 1/7 at 5 pm EST

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25 Days of Klutz + Reader Giveaway #25DaysOfKlutz

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Klutz is a premium brand of book-based activity kits, committed to inspiring creativity in every kid.  I have been getting my kids Klutz books for Christmas for many many years because they give them something creative to do when they say “I am bored”.  To help celebrate the holidays, Klutz is doing “25 Days of Klutz” where each day you have the chance to win one of their books (read the rules HERE).

In order to keep up with the giveaways make sure you Like KlutzBooks on Facebook and Follow KlutzBooks on Twitter using hashtag #25DaysOfKlutz.

Today’s giveaway is for the Klutz Draw Star Wars Rebel.  This is the latest addition to the Klutz Star Wars book series and is a how-to guide packed with expert tips, simple techniques, plenty of draw-right-in-the-book space, and translucent overlays to make you a master of drawing. Start with stick figures, move onto basic shapes, and finish up with the details. This sketchbook comes with everything you need including the most essential tool for any artist, an eraser (because sometimes even a Jedi Master could use a do-over).

Comes with: 90 page book, 6 sheets of vellum tracing paper, mechanical pencil, black marker, 3 dual-tipped metallic colored pencils, block eraser

nineteen-drawswrebels Now onto the giveaway….

5 readers will win a copy of Klutz Draw Star Wars Rebels.

To enter, leave a comment stating who would love this book in your life.

I will give you additional entries for each of the following:

I will end this giveaway on 12/24 at 5 pm EST

Disclosure: I was given the product featured in this post to facilitate my review. All opinions are 100% mine and not influenced in any way.

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Great Last Minute Gift Ideas + Reader Giveaway

Pooping toys are THE big trend this holiday season and they may seem strange, but these toys will win your heart and keep all the kids on your gift list happy! lalaloopsy-diaper
Lalaloopsy Diaper Surprise
 is a real charmer. (Literally) Each of these Lalaloopsy babies poops magical charms into reusable diapers! Just feed them water, press their belly “button,” and check their diaper for a surprise! Charms come in butterflies, hearts or flowers, and can be hooked onto the included charm bracelet. Ta-dah! A magical poop charm bracelet — now that’s a fashion statement!

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Tired of having the same boring doll pets?  Moxie Girlz Poopsy Pets  are anything but ordinary.  Kids can take them on an imaginative adventure complete with whimsical pets that poop — so cute!  Kellan has a pet tiger who poops striped eggs, Lexa has an elephant that poops peanuts, and Avery has a pet panda who poops bamboo shoots!  It’s a great way to teach kids how to manage pet “clean up,” with a laugh! 

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Now, you may be thinking,  “but what about the boys?”  Never fear, here is a toy that takes pooping toys to a whole new level. Our Little Tikes Big Dog Truck ride-on & walker is the coolest dog on the block! The Big Dog Truck comes with boulders that can be scooped up at the front of the truck when your toddler rides over them, and then dumped out the rear.  But don’t just take our word for it — The Big Dog Truck has been awarded Dr. Toy’s  2014 Best Picks, Toy Talk Awards’ Best Preschool Toy, and ToyTesters TV Gold Award for Best Preschool Toy.

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Now onto the giveaway…

One reader is going to win all 3 of these great toys.

To enter, leave a comment stating which of these you think it is coolest.

I will give you additional entries for each of the following:

I will end this giveaway on 1/7/14 at 5 pm EST

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Winners of the Giveaways That Ended 12/17

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If you are the winner listed below, you have 72 hours to email me at pooh5497@yahoo.com with which giveaway you won, your name and address for shipping.

Universal Pictures Peter Pan Live:

Author: Jessamine D. (jessamine_marie_tan_ricafort@…)
Comment: My favorite character would have to be Tinkerbell. :)

$25 in Mrs Freshleys Free Product Coupons:

Author: paprika721 (paprika721@…)
Comment: i follow you on twitter

 Aerogarden 3SL:

Author: Karey K (dpkknoll@…)
Comment: I get daily emails.

NEW WINNERS:

$25 Target gift card (Target Wedding Registry)

Author: Kelly D (kellywcu8888@…)
Comment: I Follow WhoSaidNothinginLifeisFree on Pinterest(Kelly Saver)

Lalaloopsy Babies Newborn Dolls:

Author: Samantha C. (dmb161@…)
Comment: I’m an email subscriber.

Pet Gift Box:

Author: Cheryl (cheryl.free@…)
Comment: Following @amy99s on Twitter {@cherylfahling}.

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Hooters Offers $5 Santa Bucks wyb a $25 Gift Card + Reader Giveaway

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The festive season is in full swing and Hooters is helping make gift giving a breeze during the busy holidays by offering $5 in bonus “Santa’s Bucks” with every purchase of an in-store $25 gift card from now through December 31. These bonus cards are redeemable beginning in the new year through February 28, 2015.

If you are planning a holiday party, the Hooters wings-to-go platters can be made to order with options including original Hooters-style wings, “naked” Daytona Beach style, or boneless wings. Buffalo sauce favorites range in heat from mild to 911, and Hooters signature sauces and rubs include teriyaki-style samurai, lemon pepper and chipotle honey.

Along with their delicious wings, you can find appetizers, hand-formed burgers, seafood, fresh entrée salads and more on their menu.

And if you are looking for unique gift ideas, visit HootersGear.com and enjoy 30 percent off closeout merchandise items while supplies last, plus free ground shipping on all items over $50, now through December 25.

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Now onto the giveaway…

One reader is going to win a $25 Hooters Gift Card

To enter, leave a comment stating what your favorite thing is to order at Hooters

I will give you additional entries for each of the following:

I will end this giveaway on 12/24 at 5 pm EST

Disclosure: I was given a gift card for my participation in this post. All opinions are 100% mine and not influenced in any way.

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Winners of the Giveaways That Ended 12/10

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If you are the winner listed below, you have 72 hours to email me at pooh5497@yahoo.com with which giveaway you won, your name and address for shipping.

$25 Target gift card (Target Wedding Registry)

Author: Amanda Sakovitz (pokergrl8@…)
Comment: pinterest follower mandy375

Lalaloopsy Babies Newborn Dolls:

Author: Charity L. (Primabee@…)
Comment: I subscribe to your email.

Febreze HEPA-Type Air Purifier:

Author: Kelly D (kellywcu8888@…)
Comment: I follow you on twitter (kellydpa)

Pet Gift Box:

Author: Amy Orvin (2dogs5catscrew@…)
Comment: tweeted – https://twitter.com/amyorvin/status/538754538790846465

Scotties Facial Tissue Free Product Coupons:

Author: Charity L. (Dianelcanfield@…)
Comment: I subscribe by email

Krystal $25 Gift Card:

Author: Susan (susanandtim@…)
Comment: i follow you on Pintrest as Alison Eales.

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