Showing posts from June, 2012

Tell Congress to Protect SNAP Funding

No child should have to go hungry. Tell Congress to Protect SNAP Funding in the Farm Bill. Why Should You Care About Federal Nutritional Programs? Every parent does their best to give everything they can to their children: food, shelter, clothing, education and positive social experiences, just to name a few. Many of us are fortunate to not have to worry about where our next meal will come from, but what if you or your spouse/partner lost their job, became sick or otherwise unable to provide for your children? Federal nutrition programs such as the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) have been put into place to help out during those times of need. Members of Congress are working to reauthorize the Farm Bill, legislation that provides funding for the SNAP program and for the SNAP education program. Drastic cuts to SNAP are on the table for the Farm Bill, and nearly half of all SNAP participants are children. If Congress cuts funding for this poverty relieving p…

Belle Banquet Placemats *Giveaway*

Belle Banquet sets a beautiful table! Make your table a work of art with their exclusive place settings. These unique place mats will enhance any occasion whether eating alone at your kitchen counter, entertaining friends, or throwing a belle banquet. I chose the Dragonfly Place Mats. I love them! It is a set of 6 place mats, 11" x 17". They are high quality with full, rich color printing. These place mats are durable and affordable. You can update table for every season or holiday! I love them, did I say that yet? With all the great designs, you can make a change every month if you want!
One lucky reader will win a set of place mats! Here's how to enter:
1. Follow this blog via GFC, the newsletter, or Networked Blogs. 2. "Like" Belle Banquet on Facebook. 3. Follow Hanging Off The Wire on Twitter. 4. Promote this giveaway.  5. Tell me which design(s) are your favorite from the website.
Giveaway ends July 16th. Good luck!
I received a product from Belle Banquet in exchan…

Safari Ltd. Toys

Play is the essential joy of childhood. Through play children learn about themselves, their environment and the larger world. At Safari, they design toys that assist the joy of play. In a highly technical world, the most endangered species is the imagination. Without imagination, the individual loses the creative spark.
I received some amazing toys for Callan to play with, and to learn with also! He was in Heaven when he got them, and he even asked me if he could take the toys to bed with him. They sure were a hit with him! The Insect Toob: Discover a world of fascinating award winning miniature collectibles in a myriad of popular themes. Each collection is professionally sculpted and finely hand painted. Great for school projects or it's just fun to display near your computer. Excellent "carry-along" for any excursion since the figures are neatly packed in a reusable acetate tube. The Insects Toob includes: Dragonfly, Praying Mantis, Grasshopper, Ant, Cockroach, Caterpill…

Trash Pack Review & *Giveaway*

Introducing The Trash Pack! The grossest guys that live in your garbage! There are over 100 Trashies to collect, with each one having a different rarity. We got two different Trash Pack Toys. The Atomic Drum Ooze Chamber: There's heaps to do with the Atomic Drum Ooze Chamber! Squish your Trashies in the compactor, lift them to safety in the lift or lose them in the Atomic Ooze! Contains: Atomic Drum Ooze Chamber Playset, 2 Exclusive Trashies - Molecular Mouse and Atomic Ant. The Wheelie Bin Ooze Slide: Watch your Trashies grind through the grotty cogs. Slide 'em down the ooze slide or flip 'em from the top of the bin! Contains: Wheelie Bin Ooze Slide Playset, 2 Exclusive Trashies - Ear Wax Ball and Gutter Grub. Callan adores these! He can play for hours with these simple but fun toys. He even took them to bed with him the first night, and a few nights later in my own bed I woke up to one of the Trashies on my pillow. Hmmm. You can buy The Trash Pack t…

Spoonful Of Comfort Gift Basket

If someone you love is sick, sad, or having a bad day.....send a little comfort their way. Spoonful of Comfort Chicken Soup. They'll feel better and so will you!
I received the Get Well Gift Basket. It included: One 64oz jar of Spoonful of Comfort Chicken Soup. Gift packaged with enclosed custom gift card. One half dozen made from scratch rolls. One half dozen oatmeal raisin cookies. It was packaged so beautifully, and everything tasted sooooo good. We devoured the soup. I am going to order more. It is the best chicken soup I have ever had!
Check it all out at Spoonful Of Comfort on Facebook, as well as Spoonful Of Comfort on Twitter!
I received products from Spoonful Of Comfort in exchange for a review on my blog. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

Foto Fun Fridays - 4th Of July Weekend

Have a safe & fun 4th Of July Weekend!

I'm bringing Foto Fun Fridays back. Play along and post pics of the things you love, etc. each week on Friday, and feel free to share your posts with us! Have fun!

Loving It Up Here In The Northwoods

Mama and her favorite boy, loving it up here in The Nothwoods of MN.

Win a Kindle Fire at @KimCashTate's Hope Springs Author Chat Party {7/10}!

Celebrate the release of Hope Springs with Kim Cash Tate by coming to her Author Chat Party on Facebook.

Find out what readers are saying here.

Grab your copy of Hope Springs and join me for an Author Chat Party on July 10th at 8:00 PM EST (that's 7:00 Central, 6:00 MST, & 5:00 PST)!

During the evening Kim will be sharing the story behind her new book, posting book club questions, testing your trivia skills, and of course, there will be plenty of chatting and fun giveaways - books, gift certificates and (I'm so excited about this) - a Kindle Fire!

But, wait there's more – she’ll also be giving you a sneak peak of her next book too!

RSVP today and then come back on the 10th ... and bring your friends!

Dry Idea Sweepstakes & *Giveaway* 3 Winners!

Dry Idea stands for professional performance. For over three decades, Dry Idea has been one of the industry leaders in reducing under-arm perspiration and body odor. Dry Idea antiperspirants provide all day protection to help keep you dry and fresh. I received the new roll-on deodorant, and totally love it! Roll With It! Regular, Unscented and Powder Fresh Roll-On (2.5 and 3.25oz.) Silicone-based formulation - the secret to dry. This formulation puts the “Dry” in Dry Idea antiperspirants. It contains no water – for a drier application. And it’s time-released for longer-lasting odor protection and fragrance. Dry Idea Roll-On available in Unscented, Powder Fresh and Cotton Dry: ·Superior All Day Protection from wetness and odor. ·Fast Drying Microcotton Formula ·Hypo-allergenic ·Contains Vitamin E. a Rafflecopter giveaway Don't forget to enter the sweepstakes! $1,000 Dry Idea Advanced Dry Sweepstakes! Grand Prize is $500 and 20 winners will receive $50 for second place!
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All Mighty Pacs

All Laundry Detergent has been fighting tough dirt and stains for over 50 years! Introducing All Mighty Pacs, their most concentrated detergent ever! Conveniently pre-measured with active stain lifters. Powerful Clean, Mighty Results! The Mighty Pacs are conveniently pre-measured to contain the right combination of powerful concentrated detergent with active stain lifters. They dissolve completely, leaving behind nothing but clean. Available in original and free clear.
They are really easy to use, and I love that, especially when I have a preschooler who needs my attention a lot of the time. No measuring out detergent or spilling. Just pop the pac into the washer and go! Awesome!
Check it all out at All Laundry on Facebook!
I received a product from All Laundry and Cone Inc. in exchange for a review on my blog. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

#EclosBeauty Information

This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of éclos Skin Care for SocialSpark. All opinions are 100% mine.éclos Skin Care beauty product feature Apple Stem Cells extracted from a rare Swiss apple which have shown tremendous ability to stimulate skin stem cells, encouraging aging skin to behave like younger skin. Plant extracts, vitamins, and anti-oxidants combine with the Apple Stem Cell technology to help minimize the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles and tired skin. Similar products were once only available from specialty brands at department stores with a high price tag to match. éclos Skin Care is the first brand to bring this active ingredient to mainstream stores at a fraction of the cost - making beautiful and younger skin available to women everywhere, of every age, and every financial bracket. Each kit contains one of each of the following: • Facial Cleanser Skin Prep • Cellular Activator Face Serum • Moisture Therapy Regenerative Cream • Restorative Eye Cream • Instan…

Oasap Fashion

Oasap is an online shopping store dedicated to high-street fashion by offering various kinds of women’s apparel, bags, shoes, jewellery, accessories, etc.. They keep updating products at a high rate every day to ensure that you can find the latest and best styles.

I got a cut-out lace top that I love love love from Oasap. The t-shirt is crafted in cotton, featuring cut-out lace shoulder design and cut-out design of back, round neckline, short sleeves, in medium length cut, all in loose fit. I love the detailing. It is so simple, but totally gorgeous.

I also got the cutest pair of shoes, just in time for 4th of July! The canvas shoes are crafted in fabric and rubber, featuring low top, color block of the vamp, white stars printing, lace-up fastening design, low cut with rubber sole. They are really very comfortable, and so cute in jeans or shorts. I love that the side of the shoes on the outside say Wonder Woman! Totally adorable. I am so pleased with these items, and can't wait to t…

Dramamine Sweepstakes

Dramamine, the leading brand of motion sickness relief for adults and children, is encouraging consumers to conquer their motion sickness with the opportunity to win a week-long cruise!

From June 11th through September 30th, 2012, adult consumers are invited to enter “The Dramamine Travel Challenge Sweepstakes”.

Entering is easy! Just visit the Dramamine website and tell in 50 words or less why you wish you had used Dramamine during a recent trip, and you could be chosen to win a week-long cruise for four people!

The sweepstakes is a way to educate consumers about the benefits and uses of Dramamine, especially its effectiveness in easing symptoms associated with motion sickness.

To enter, simply go to and click on the “sweepstakes” banner. The sweepstakes period runs from 9:00 a.m. Eastern Time on June 11th, 2012 and ends at 5:00 p.m. ET on September 30th, 2012. Limit one entry per household per day.

Winners will be determined by random drawing. The sweepstakes is open…

Mompreneur & Boogie Wipes Contest

Supporting Little Busy Bodies’ core values, Julie (the owner of BoogieWipes) maintains a vigorous schedule of speaking engagements and call-in chats, all while contributing to the company’s business-themed blog ( in order to share her “mompreneur” knowledge with others while continuing to grow the Little Busy Bodies brand.
Now, she is taking it a step further by creating the “Make Me a Mompreneur” contest. To submit yourself or someone you know for the Little Busy Bodies’ “ Make Me Mompreneur” contest please email a 1000-word or less explanation of your business, difficulties you are facing, the success you have had and why you need/deserve a mentoring session with Julie to
One lucky winner will be chosen on August 1, 2012. The winner will receive a daylong mentoring session with Julie in the winner’s hometown.