Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Blogger op: $150 Paypal cash

Update: this signup is over, but the giveaway begins on Sept. 10. Please come back to Carol's Random Babble on Sept. 10 to enter.

Here is another FREE event for bloggers worldwide!

Participate in I Heart Giveaways and The Coffee Chic's upcoming $150 Paypal Cash Giveaway.

One winner will get a chance to win $150 Cash sponsored by Giveaway Scoop!

All you need to do is to make an announcement about the FREE sign-up on your blog. This is a good way to gain more followers on your Facebook page. Co-hosting spots are also available! Click here or on the banner above to sign up.

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

$50 giveaway

I follow a lot of blogs - well, by follow, I mean on Facebook. As you may know, Facebook restricts page posts to a small percentage of the page's fans. When I post things to my Facebook pages, only about  5 or 6 percent of my fans can see them. (Which is why I repost things a lot - to reach more people.)

So it goes with other blog pages. I only see a small percentage of the posts. I don't take the time to go to each Facebook page to check all their posts. So I am happy when a good post shows up in my timeline.

The blog Life: Full of Unexpected Happiness is holding a fan giveaway for a $50 gift card. (They don't do Paypal, but they do use WePay and Serve.)

Conditions: One entry per person. Winner will receive a $50 gift certificate to the place of their choosing. Gift certificate will be given to winner within 2-3 weeks after winner states where they would like.

It's very easy entry - if you are already a fan on Facebook, click I'm a Fan! If you are not, you have the chance to become a fan, then click I'm a Fan!. That's it. At the time I am writing this, there are 31 entries.

Go enter!

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

TV Dinner giveaway

Have you played the TV Dinner app on your iPad before? So FUN! You get together with other fans, friends or family and chat while watching your favorite TV shows. Like the show So You Think You Can Dance! Are you a fan? It's more fun watching a show when you can comment on your favorite dances or boo the judges because they didn't like it but you did. ;-) There's other shows too besides SYTYCD ... lots of fun to be had!
Don't have an iPad? Not a problem!
The TV Dinner app is now available ONLINE! Now we can all get together online or on our iPads and chat, comment and cheer while watching our favorite shows.

Madame Deals Media has teamed up with TV Dinner to introduce you to TV Dinner online.

Join us this Wednesday 8/15 during SYTYCD (8-10 EDT) and have a chance at a $100 CASH Prize!! (On the west coast? It's OK, you can still join us for TV Dinner and chat even if the show isn't on in your area yet).
You must register in the Rafflecopter below AND attend the TV Dinner event on 8/15 in order to be eligible to WIN!
Make sure to tell them that Carol's Random Babble sent you!

Good luck and see you there!!
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Thanks to all of the participating bloggers on this event: Slop Swap| Missi Rose's Coupon Spot| Optimistic Mommy| Great Products! Great Reviews!| Columbus Coupon Queen| Frugal Washington Mommy| Miss Jackie's Views| Mommyknowz| The Mom Show| AllThingsAbby| The Kids Did It| Devoted Mommy of 3| Baby Bear Hugs| I Heart Giveaways| whazz bloggin you and me| Chant3llo's Blog| Kathy's Freebies & Savings| Are We There Yet?| FurKid Fosters| Life:Full Of Unexpected Happiness | SlickHousewives| A Thrifty diva Surviving Mommy Hood| Saving You Dinero| The Mommy Island| Money Savvy Michelle| Confessions of an Overworked Mom| Donna's Deals and More| Giveaway Bandit| Giveaway Guru| Sidetracked Mom's Blog| Family, Love and Other Stuff| Ramblings of a Frugal Mother of four| News Wahl| Down South Savings| icefairy's Treasure Chest| A Goddess of Frugality| The Ladies Lounge| Music. Movies. Mayhem.| Spicy Pinecone| Rockin Deals| Baking Beauty| Carol's Random Babble| Limauge| countrylife4me| Bearable Deals| Rantings from Lil n Hail's Mom| Rantings from Lil n Hail's Mom| Young Mom's Deals| wrapwithann| Insights by April| Mom To Grandma| Virtually Yours| Mama's Mission| Mommy2 Nanny3 Doggy1| Schmoozing with Betsy| What's Up| Katie's Krazy Savings| Kara's Deals and Steals| Giveaway Maven| Lil' Debi As Mama| B and V Savings| Blog by Donna| Nearly Nothing| From PDX with Love| JadeLouise Designs| the ABC kidZ| NaturalHairLatina| Are We There Yet?| Giveaway Monkey| Sue's Review| Elitemama| How Was Your Day?| One Sleepy Mom| Sweeping The USA| The Lucky Ladybug| emilys frugal tips| Couponing for Freebies| miss JHENZ| Sweeties Freebiesq| Pregnancy Forum| bonkers4coupons

Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Blogger op: TV Dinner flash giveaway

Would you like to promote your blog with a free giveaway? Signups are going on for the TV Dinner flash giveaway on Aug. 14-15.

Sign up here and please say Carol Foltz sent you. There is also a referral contest and the blogger whose blog or tweet the winner came from will also win.

Back to School Bash

Welcome to the Back to School Bash Giveaway Event, hosted by mommyGAGA.com! A great group of bloggers have teamed up to bring you some of the latest and greatest products geared towards elementary aged children - more than $200 worth! These prizes include cool school clothes, shoes, healthy lunch snacks, school treats, personal labels, paper and other essential classroom supplies.

Famous Footwear - Known for their awesome shoes for all ages, Famous Footwear is getting families ready for the back to school season, in style! They carry brands you know and love, such as Nike, Converse, Stride Rite, Puma, DC Shoes, Steve Madden and more all at affordable prices! Shop for footwear for the whole family in stores or online at FamousFootwear.com. Enter their "Rock Your School Contest" where you can win cash towards your dream enhancements for their child's school. Prize: $50 Famous Footwear Gift Card

Office Max -  This retailer carries the best in school and office supplies online and in store outlets nationwide. They have revealed the hottest school supplies this year, which include folders, backpacks, pencils and more with Angry Birds, Marvel Heroes, girly Glitz & Glam decorations and animal print styles. Visit your local Office Max for supplies this year! Prize: Assorted Angry Birds School Supplies.

AstroBrights Paper - Make your projects stand out with colorful paper selections from AstroBrights! The colors are bright, bold and ready for your school. Choose from binder paper, note cubes, poster boards and more. Available at Staples, OfficeMax, Office Depot, Target and Michaels. Prize: Assorted AstroBrights Colored Paper Packs, cardstock, envelopes, note cubes and more.

Lovable Labels - Not only a practical back to school must have, but these are totally cute! Lovable Labels makes awesome personalized labels that any student could use to identify his or her items. Use them for backpacks, clothing, folders, books, shoes, art supplies, lunch boxes and so much more! Prize: Back to School Personalized Labels Pack

Pirates Booty All-Natural Snacks - Say no to unhealthy, fried, fat and sugar ridden snacks! Kids want something tasty in their lunch boxes, so packing a little Pirates Booty all-natural snacks are sure to be a hit! Give your child's lunch box a makeover with these baked and gluten-free snacks made of puffed rice and corn. Flavors include aged white cheddar, barbecue, New York pizza, sour cream and onion, veggie and even chocolate! Prize: Assorted flavors of Pirates Booty Snacks

Pampers Kandoo - Pampers is best known for their quality baby diapers, but their Kandoo products are just as great! They make a foaming hand sanitizer that is wonderful for combating the germs that school brings, and the Pampers Kandoo flushable wipes are the perfect size for little hands.  Use in the restroom or on the go. The Pampers Kandoo frog, Diddit, makes hand washing and cleanliness fun and enjoyable for kids! Prize: Pampers Kandoo Foaming Hand Sanitizer and Flushable Wipes.

3M Command Clear Hooks -  These clear hooks provide a hanging solution for almost any project. The best part: they stick onto the wall wherever you'd like and come off damage free! Now that school is back in session, have your kids organize their area by hang their backpacks, sweaters, art work, sports cleats and more. There are a bunch of options with various weight capacities, look for these at your local office and school supply store. Prize: Assorted 3M Command Clear hooks

Cookies by Shar - Oh, Shar. Must you make these delectable cookies that tempt us so? YES! Kids love to get a surprise in their lunch box every so often, these back to school pencil, red apple and even nutella-stuffed mini sandwich cookies. Yum! Cookies by Shar is a national gourmet bakery that creates cookies for all occasions. I love their holiday cookies, all-natural, cute and tasty! Prize: Assorted Back to School decorated cookies

Zarbees - Back to school unfortunately also means back to sick! Kids share the germ love and sickness spreads like wild fire. Zarbees is here to arm parents with all-natural cough medicine that is safe and effective for children. Choose from all natural cough syrups in cherry and grape, and children's nighttime drinks, perfect for sore throats. Prize: Assorted Zarbees Children's Natural Cough Syrups

Gymboree - Because kids need clothing, no? Gymboree has a bunch of it, and their cuteness and quality gets an A+ in my book! Sizes range from newborn to size 16 for boys and girls. Prize: $25 Gymboree Gift card.

All of these awesome products are included in the Back to School Prize Pack, be sure to enter to win via the Rafflecopter form below. Good luck!

A huge thanks to all of the participating bloggers who are involved with this event: Spoiled But Not Rotten, Attic Girl, Mudpies and Tiaras, From PDX With Love, Mom Knows It All, Tots and Me, Mommy 2 Nanny 3 Doggy 1, Women Who Win, Mommy Coupon Swappers, The Review Wire, A Wiser Steward, My Favorite Deals, and 50 Plus Single.

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Sunday, August 5, 2012

Dinner's on me! giveaway

Do you ever have times when you just don't want to cook? Of course you do! This giveaway is a chance to indulge that feeling.

Dinner's on Me!

$300 worth of Restaurant Gift Cards Giveaway

The Prize(s): 1 Grand Prize Winner will get: $150 worth of Gift Cards (1) Olive Garden $30 GC, (1) Chili's$30 GC, (1) Pf Changs $30GC, (1) Red Robin $30 GC, (1) AppleBee's $30 GC 10 additional Winners will get: (1) $15 Subway Gift Card Event Hosts: ATD Surviving Mommy Hood | The Lucky Ladybug | One Sleepy Mom |Roasted Beanz | Nearly Nothing| My Frugal Wife| Kimberly's Thoughts
Rules: Open to US residents. If you click "Done" on the rafflecopter please do that task. All winning entries will be verified before announcing as the winner, if there is a discrepancy and the winning entry is not verifiable, a new winner will be chosen. Verified Winners will be announced on the Rafflecopter on or before 9/5/2012. The winners will have 72 hours to respond to an email in order to claim the prize. Please allow the RC widget to load below.

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Disclosure: The owner of Carol's Random Babble will not be held responsible of distribution of any prize(s) facilitated in this giveaway to the winners. For comments or concerns please contact the admin of this giveaway. In addition, Carol's Random Babble did not receive any compensation or product in connection with this giveaway.

Saturday, August 4, 2012

Tightly wound

That's how I describe how I feel right now.

But let's go back about 24 hours ...

At 9:43 p.m. Friday, there was a fire call to the Bohemian Hall, southwest of Fort Dodge. Bill Shea and Hans Madsen went to cover it (Bill was at work, Hans was at home already). The building burned nearly to the ground. (There was enough left to have hot spots today and they had to call out Callender FD again.)

So, because of the fire, I left work around midnight. I came home, played around on the computer for awhile and then went to bed.

About 10 minutes later, there was a phone call. Mom had activated her Lifeline, they called Donna and she called me.

I got dressed and went over. Mom was on the floor in the bathroom. She had fallen and her foot hurt.

I called 911.

They came, got her out to an ambulance and took her to TRMC, where she eventually got X-rays and a diagnosis of a broken leg.

She has a tib-fib fracture (that's what they call it on the medical shows - and by medical shows, I mean like "ER"). One bone is broken in three places; the other has bone fragments. I haven't seen the X-rays, so I'm just going by what the doctors said.

So eventually they put her in a room (around 4 a.m.) and I went home.

I got  up at 7 because her podiatrist was coming at 8 to talk to her about what was going to happen.

The ankle is really swollen, and they want the swelling to go down. They are going to check how her blood flow is in the foot. It's possible she could have surgery on Friday.

But she lives alone and can't put her weight on her foot. So they had to find a place that can take care of her until her leg heals.

So the case manager called to see if Mom could get into a local skilled care facility. Yes, they could take her. We tried to rush things a little because they told us that we had to take her, and we had someone with an SUV who was available but not around 1 p.m. So we wanted to take her before then. As it turns out, the hospital transported another patient to the same facility, so when we arrived at basically the same time, it kind of threw things out of whack.

They got things settled down a bit, and decided that Mom could go into a bigger room in a different section of the facility, at least while the leg healing is going on. If she stays longer (or permanently), she'll have to have a different room. But the room she was in at first was the smallest room there and has no TV (they are remodeling and moving things around).

I hung around for awhile, then went to Walmart to get her some housecoats (and one nightgown) to wear there because she normally wears pants, which would be hard to get over the temporary splint on her leg (that thing is huge).

I brought them back, along with her pillows, her Rollator and some other stuff.

Then I went to work.

Where there had been a power outage earlier and we had to start our computers again and some people had trouble connecting to various things, so we decided to share the misery and called our IT guy in. But the phones were still out, until after numerous phone calls, we got someone to come in and fix them. (Basically resetting them from the "phone room," whatever that is.)

I went home to eat and although I wanted to take a short nap, I decided not to. I went back to work, sent the last two pages and updated the website.

Now, after having about 3 hours of sleep since approximately 7 a.m. Friday, I'm going to bed, where I hope that the crazy stuff that has happened doesn't invade my dreams.

There is, of course, more to this story (people visiting Mom in the hospital, she got a blessing, I paid her rent, etc.) but I tried to keep this as short as possible. And if you thought it was long reading it, imagine living it.

If you are the praying sort, Mom could use some prayers for healing and managing her pain. Good night.