Lenovo & Microsoft’s #TeamUp With Timbaland Sweepstakes

Calling all music lovers! Do you love creating your own beats? Does music move your soul? Have you ever wanted to work with one of the hottest music producers and have him produce your track? If you answered YES to those questions, then you definitely need to get familiar with the amazing sweepstakes presented by Lenovo and Microsoft. The tech and software companies have teamed up with renowned music producer, Timbaland, to create the Team Up With Timbaland Sweepstakes, a contest that will give indie music artists and their fans the opportunity of a lifetime, and a chance at cool tech prizes. Want to know how to enter this great giveaway? Then read on…..

Lenovo, Microsoft, and Timbaland wants to give you and your favorite music artist an exciting music experience. Any music lover can enter Lenovo & Microsoft’s Team Up With Timbaland Sweepstakes daily, until October 22nd, for the chance to win amazing products from Lenovo, cool tech/music gear, and a grand prize which includes: A trip for two to L.A., and two Weekend One 3-Day VIP Passes to one of the largest, and most popular, California music festivals taking place from April 10th – 12th.

So far, over 5,000 Independent singers, song-writers, and music artists have entered the Lenovo and Microsoft Team Up With Timbaland Song Contest since it began on August 27th. The contest has even received celebrity shout-outs from great artists such as Missy Elliot, Lil Kim, and Snoop Dogg. Don’t miss your chance to share and vote for your favorite original tracks and artists in this groundbreaking sweepstakes, and give that artist the chance at the ultimate prize – the winning artist of the final challenge receives a day in the recording studio with Timbaland in Miami.

As of today, Timbaland and a team of specially selected judges in the music industry are reviewing the best songs and will select their top five (5) finalists from among the thousands received, based on their creativity, originality and recording appeal. The five (5) finalists will be announced after the voting period has ended, and each will be given a two-week surprise musical challenge to determine the winner, selected by Timbaland. Will your favorite be one of the top 5? Whether your favorite artists makes it or not, you can still enter Lenovo and Microsoft’s #TeamUp With Timbaland Sweepstakes to win prizes daily. Check out the contest details and guidelines below:

You can enter daily but please note it’s limited to one entry per day. You must be over 18 years of age or older at the time of entry and a legal resident of the US (Continental United States and the District of Columbia).

GIVEAWAY: Snack Guilt-Free While Devouring Harvest Snaps

When we usually snack, we tend to search for things that are delicious first, and healthy second. As you can imagine, sometimes one (the healthy) is pushed aside for the other. We were so apprehensive when we first received Harvest Snaps, because when we think of peas, we think veggie side dish you eat for health reasons, not a delicious snack. We were never so happy to be so wrong about how amazing and addictive these snacks are.


Upon first taste we were hooked and down one bag, then two……and so on of these incredibly tasty Harvest Snaps. It’s a great snack for the entire family and perfect your kids Lunchspiration. We think you’ll love them as much as we do, so we’re giving some away (details at the end of this post).

Let’s just say, we’re not the type to sing about how delicious Edamame are (it’s an acquired taste that our tastebuds haven’t fully embraced yet) but if they tasted like these Harvest Snaps, we’d clean out every store that sells them. That’s how delicious the Lentil Snaps and Snapea Crisps are. The Lentil Snaps are baked, have less sodium and 40% less fat than potato chips (they taste better too), are gluten-free, have higher levels of protein and fiber, and lower your glycemic index. The Lentil Snaps come in two delicious flavors: Tomato Basil, which perfectly combines the taste of juicy ripe tomatoes with sweet, aromatic basil, and Onion Thyme, a sweet yet tangy onion perfectly pairs with the slightly minty, dry herbal taste of thyme.

The Snapea Crisps are also baked, have less sodium and 50% less fat than potato chips (trust us, they taste amazing), are gluten-free, great source of fiber, high levels of protein and vitamin B, are Non-GMO,  and lower your glycemic index, and completely eliminates your snacker’s guilt. The Snapea Crisps are available in four addictive flavors: Lightly Salted which allows the original flavor to shine, Caesar gives the classic tangy and savory flavor without the high calories and all the deliciousness, Black Pepper gives your tastebuds a delicious and bold kick with just a pinch of pepper, and the Wasabi Ranch combines the intense flavor of wasabi and cool ranch to fascinate your senses and taste buds.

Want to try these delicious snacks or already know and want your favorite flavor? See below for a chance to win these incredible snacks:

This post was created in partnership with Harvest Snaps. I have been compensated for this post. However, all thoughts and opinions are my own.

Tips on How YOU Can Keep Your Style Fresh & Great #CarefreeChallenge Jewelry Giveaway

This post is sponsored by Carefree® #CarefreeChallenge, however all the opinions and musings are all my own.Fashion is an ever changing entity whose trends, innovations, and modifications we strive to follow. We buy and discard things when they go in and out of style without a thought….until we look at our bursting-at-our-seems closets and declare, “I have nothing to wear!” The truth is we’re just bored with whats in our closets and want new looks to revamp it. Thankfully there are things you can do to refresh your style and we’re sharing them today as part of the Carefree 30-Day Fresh Challenge, to help you return the “style spark” to your look. We hope that you’ve been enjoying and following all the great Carefree Challenge tips. We don’t want you to miss out on the great daily prizes or the $5,000 grand prize. So here goes:

Shop Your Closet

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When was the last time you saw the back of your closet? You’d be surprised the hidden gems you’ve forgotten about that are just waiting to be paired with more recent purchases. Especially as some fashion trends tend to repeat every few years. So dig in, don’t be afraid to be creative – give that old t-shirt some new life by pairing it with layered necklaces and slacks, rock that cool scarf as a belt, wear a long necklace as a bracelet, or layer your leather jacket over those old blazers you think are outdated; the possibilities are endless once you open those closet doors.

Shop Vintage and Thrift Shops

If your closet is bare and your budget is limited, try Thrifting. These money-saving shops are treasure troves of fashion goodness. One of my favorite times to thrift is during the yearly Buffalo Exchange Earth Day Sale. The sale raises money for charity (so it’s for a good cause), is held at every Buffalo Exchange location nationwide, and everything is only $1, that’s right $1. Available items for sale includes designer labels and ranges in everything from clothing to shoes to accessories. I’ve scored lots of designer labels from the sale, like Betsey Johnson, Kenneth Cole, Rachel Palley (see next tip), Versace, etc.

Re-purpose Your Shoes and Handbags

Give your shoes and handbags some new life with some new color. It works for cars, so why not your small leather goods and accessories. I recently gave the Rachel Palley shoes I got at the $1 Buffalo Exchange sale (see above) a new hue (I wanted to color them a neutral grey-taupe hue for fall) with a leather color dye kit. I chose and used Tarrago Color Dye Kit for Leather for their vast color assortment (they have more than 80 creme and metallic colors) and kit supplies, plus it works on leather, synthetic leather, and canvas goods. That small box you see has everything you need to change the color or restore your items.

DIY

If you’ve ever linked paperclips together to create a necklace, you can DIY jewelry. However, if you’ve never done it before and want to ease your way into it, there are amazing companies that help you get started by supplying you with everything you need to create great accessories. We love the boxes from Darby Smart, Whimsey Box, and Brit + Co for their great fashion and accessory kits. Whether you want to create new fashion or accessory looks or just want to spice up an item you haven’t worn in years, put those arts and crafts skills to work.

Forget the Rules

Remember the old adage about taking one thing off before you leave the house? Forget it, embrace and show off your personality with your style. If that means piling on the necklaces, scarves or bracelets, wearing mismatched prints together, or…egad….wearing white after Labor Day – just do it! Rule breakers usually end up being trendsetters, so don’t limit yourself, experiment with your style and if it works for you, then it works.

Stay Fresh All Day

Don’t forget to stay fresh all day with a Carefree Acti-fresh pantyliner. Be confident in knowing that these thinner, more absorbent liners lock away fluids and move with you as you go about your day. We always love to save, so don’t miss the chance to save $1.50 on your purchase with this Carefree Coupon.

Don’t forget you only have until Sept. 10th, 2014 to win a grand prize of $5,000 to renew and refresh your wardrobe. You can also enter to win today’s prize of a $100 gift card towards some great Jewelry. While we hope you enjoy and implement some or all of our tips, we’d love to hear some of yours. What are some of your favorite ways to refresh your style?

GIVEAWAY: We Need Fashionable Healing | Band-Aid Brand Adhesive Bandages by Isaac Mizrahi

We once again had the pleasure of attending a launch event for one of our favorite fashion designers, Isaac Mizrahi and the expansion of his lifestyle brand with the launch of his Band-Aid Collection by Isaac Mizrahi. The very fashionable band-aids are inspired by Isaac’s past and present collections and captures the colorful and adventurous spirit and fashion aesthetic Isaac is known and loved for. We love them so much, we want to share it with you. We have a few boxes to give away, so check out the end of this post for details.

This is the second designer collection for the Band-Aid brand, and the first for Isaac Mizrahi, who previously launched a fantastic beauty tools collection with Tweezerman. Here is Isaac below introduces the collection:

The collection features 14 fun designs including watercolors, hearts, stripes, camouflage, and roses that both kids and adults can enjoy while they protect their cuts and bruises as they heal. Each box of Band-Aid Brand Adhesive Bandages by Isaac Mizrahi contains 20 assorted bandages (10 – 3/4 in x 3 in and 10 – 5/8 in x 2 1/4).

We had the pleasure of sitting down with Isaac (thanks to my Contributing Writer, Laura, for conducting the interview while I filmed) for some one-on-one about the collection:

The Band-Aid Adhesive Bandages by Isaac Mizrahi are available now at Walgreens and Walgreens.com, for $2.99 per box. As stated at the beginning, we want to share these fashionable band-aids with you. To enter, check out the rafflecopter entry methods below:

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Enter to Win the POM Juice Blends Summer Giveaway

When we think of Summertime, we think escaping on some wonderful tropical vacation, where we sip on delicious drinks made with coconut water, pineapple, and mango juices. Alas, we are not able to achieve that dream getaway this summer, so we’re doing the next best thing. To fully enjoy our staycation, we are stocking our refrigerator with the tropical deliciousness that are the POM Juice Blends. Since we can’t go to the tropics, we’re bring the tropics to us…..and we want to do the same for you. To celebrate the newest new family-friendly 48oz sizes of POM Juice blends, we’re doing a giveaway. That’s right, it’s POM Juice Blends giveaway time.

POM Wonderful’s 100% Juice Blends come in three tasty varieties: POM Hula, POM Mango and POM Coconut. POM Hula is a tropical whirlwind of flavor with 100% POM, pineapple, and apple juices; POM Mango blends 100% POM and mango juice and works perfectly in mixed drinks, smoothies, and popsicles; and POM Coconut helps fuel your workout and keeps you hydrated by combining the benefits of 100% POM with coconut water. These juice blends also make wonderful additions to your summer recipes, whether you’re pairing them with a delicious dish or creating refreshing cocktails for the summer. Two of our favorite POM Wonderful staycation cocktails include:

Dragon’s Punch



1 oz. POM coconut
1.5 oz. vodka
.75 oz. basil syrup
.75 oz. fresh lime juice
5 dashes Angostura bitters
Crushed ice
Combine ingredients in a shaker, and pour into a tall glass over crushed ice.

Pomegranate Sangria




1 bottle Fruity Red Wine
2 cups Pomegranate Juice
1/2 cup Triple Sec
1/4 cup Simple Syrup
Orange (Sliced)
Apple (Sliced)
Pomegranates
Grapes (Sliced in half)
Combine all ingredients in a pitcher, cover and refrigerate for at least 4 hours or up to 48 hours before serving. Serve over ice.

As we stated at the beginning, one lucky reader will win a month’s supply of POM Juice Blends, which includes two of each of the 12 oz juice blends and two bottles of each of the 48 oz juice blends (that’s twelve bottles total), along with a POM Blends tote that’s perfect for summer picnics and beyond.

To enter to win this amazing summer prize, see the Rafflecopter entry below:

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Win a Meet-and-Greet w/ Heidi Klum & Tim Gunn at Project Runway Finale from Groupon

Who wants to win two tickets to the season finale of Project Runway for a meet-and-greet with Heidi Klum and Tim Gunn? I bet we all do. Thanks to Groupon, one lucky person and their guest will get the chance to do just that….and more. To celebrate the launch of Groupon’s Beauty Week, “a week packed full of spectacular health, beauty and wellness deals (see more on the deals below), a Groupon Grassroots campaign, a sweepstakes for an epic experience, a second sweepstakes for a luxurious spa day hosted by Groupon’s Favin the Beauty Mavin and useful beauty advice and tips from fabulous beauty experts;” and in support of their campaign to support the World Wildlife Fund, anyone who donates $10.00 receives one entry into a sweepstakes* for a chance to win an amazing trip for two to New York to attend the season finale fashion show of Project Runway and meet Heidi and Tim.

If you thought just the meet-and-greet was all you’re winning, take a look at the full prize package below…it’s amazing. The lucky person will win:

  • Two tickets to the season finale of Project Runway on Friday, Sept. 5, 2014
  • Meet and greet with series hosts Heidi Klum and Tim Gunn after the show
  • Pre-show hair and makeup by the Project Runway team
  • Coach airfare for two to New York City, departing Thursday, Sept. 4, and returning Sunday, Sept. 7
  • Three-night stay in a junior suite at the 4-star DoubleTree by Hilton Metropolitan New York
  • Ground transportation from NYC airport to hotel and from the hotel back to the airport
But wait, there is more: in addition to the above campaign and sweepstakes, Groupon’s resident health, beauty and wellness expert, Favin the Beauty Maven, is hosting a second sweepstakes** to win a trip for two to New York City complete with airfare, hotel accommodations, meals and a day of treatments at Asanda AVEDA Spa Lounge. Groupon subscribers can go to Favin’s Facebook page to enter the sweepstakes.

Beauty Week will also have Groupon teaming up with top beauty experts including Kayla LaShae, MelMphs Knows, Makeup By Kimm, Nabela Noor, Laguna Beach Love 10, Shades of Kassie, Jay Jays Beauty Blog, Coloured Beautiful, Still Glamorous, Coffee Break with Dani, Lili Simply, and My Life as Eva, all who will be posting videos featuring top beauty products that can be purchased at Groupon this week. What great discount beauty offerings can you look forward to during Groupon’s Beauty Week? Check out the wonderful health, beauty and wellness deals below that have been curated by Groupon’s team of beauty experts:
  • Amore Blue Tourmaline Straightening Iron Set (85% discount)
  • 5- or 10-Piece Eye Majic Instant Eye Shadow Sets (33% discount)
  • Facial at Gary Manuel Aveda Institute in Seattle (up to 54% off)
  • Massage, Mani-Pedi or Facial from Valeo at JW Marriott in Chicago (47% discount)
  • Day Spa visit at Crystal Spa in Los Angeles (up to 57% off)
  • 60-minute massage with aromatherapy from Energy Vibrations & Enrichment in Atlanta (44% discount)

What are you waiting for? Donate for your chance to win this epic prize. Time is running out.

*No donation is necessary to enter or win, and a donation will not increase your chances of winning. To enter without donation, you must handwrite on a 3×5 card labeled “Project Runway Sweepstakes Entry,” your full name, complete address, home and daytime telephone number (including area code), e-mail address and date of birth (all of which must be legible) and mail it with proper postage to: “Project Runway Sweepstakes Entry,” Groupon, Inc., 600 West Chicago Avenue, Ste. 400, Chicago, IL 60654. See Official Rules for additional requirements. Odds of winning depend on the total number of entries received. Void where prohibited by law. Sweepstakes only open to legal residents of the 50 U.S. or D.C., 18+. Entry period ends: 11:59 p.m. EST on 8/5/2014. ARV of prize: $4,644.23. Sponsor: Groupon, Inc., 600 West Chicago Avenue, Ste. 400, Chicago, IL 60654.
** NO PURCHASE NECESSARY TO ENTER OR WIN. A PURCHASE WILL NOT INCREASE YOUR CHANCES OF WINNING. Odds of winning depend on the total number of entries received. Void where prohibited by law. Sweepstakes only open to legal residents of the 50 U.S. or D.C., 18+. Entry period ends: 11:59 p.m. CT on 8/3/14. ARV of prize package: $3,785. Subject to full Official Rules (click to link). Sponsor: Groupon, Inc., 600 West Chicago Avenue, Ste. 400, Chicago, IL  60654.

I Want (Arm) Candy | LuLu Avenue Bracelets #Giveaway

One of our favorite current jewelry trends is layering. Whether it be rings, necklaces or bracelets, we love the eclectic mix of chunky and delicate pieces, bold and subtle colors, and leather and metal pieces stacked wildly together. We remember enjoying this trend as a child (granted it was with candy bracelets) and we love that it’s gained popularity again. This resurgence shows that this hot trend is great at any age, plus it really is arm candy. Today we’re going to celebrate this hot trend by hosting a giveaway of five stunning bracelets (pictured below) from Lulu Avenue Jewelry that are perfect for layering.

Lulu Avenue is known for their elegant jewelry that offers both understated and statement pieces. The collection is diverse enough to include core pieces, dramatic indulgences, and everything in between. Lulu Avenue’s jewelry are always on-trend and feature a flare for those that want to captivate those around them. One (1) winner will receive the Madrid Cuff Black Leather and Madrid Cuff Pink Leather – a versatile leather cuff that compliments absolutely everything you could have in your closet, Venetian Leather Cuff – a leather black cuff lined with a rhodium silver finish that’s perfect for layering, Pilar Black Bracelet – a chic combination of leather and hardware, and the Sloane Bracelet – a beautiful gold and hematite multi-chain bracelet with crystal detailing.  The five pieces total up to a value of approximately $263.00.

As stated, one lucky My Life on (and off) the Guest List reader will win all five of these beautiful pieces. To enter, you must complete all the Rafflecopter entry options shown below. Please note this giveaway is open to US residents ONLY:

Zippo Interactive Media Experience & Limited Edition #SharethePain Lighter Giveaway

How would love like to win a Limited Edition lighter from Zippo, the makers of the incredible, iconic symbol, which has been around for nearly eight decades? We had the great pleasure of attending a Zippo interactive media experience, which featured first-hand connection stories shared by Zippo owners and their families with some amazing lost/found stories received over the past 80+ years. To celebrate these heartfelt and sometimes hilarious stories, we are giving away five of the below #SharethePain Zippo Windproof Lighters to some lucky readers….just in time for Father’s Day (more details at the end of this post).

During the “Share the Pain” Interactive Media Experience, we got the opportunity to take a mobile walking tour through time and listen to first person accounts (via provided headphones) of lost Zippo stories while walking through the displays. The experience featured examples of past customized pieces, and other Zippo lifestyle products, including lighters, wallets, cologne and watches.

From lighters eaten by bears, swallowed by fish, and even one lighter that was found after four decades, there were tons of extraordinary tales of lost Zippos shared. The event also gave us the chance to check out the Zippo car. Fun fact: the original Zippo car, a 1947 Chrysler New Yorker Saratoga, was actually lost in 1950’s after being taken to a Pittsburgh Ford dealer for renovation and to this day has still never been found. What you’re seeing below is the second Zippo car purchased and customized in 1996.

Although the handwritten letters have changed to tweets, Zippo continues to receive stories of lost lighters (and some found lighters) with the #sharethepain hashtag.

As stated at the beginning of this post, we are giving away five limited Edition Zippo Windproof Lighters, which make excellent gifts for Father’s Day. If you or someone you know has lost their Zippo lighter, this is a great time to surprise them with a new….and special lighter. To enter, check out the rafflecopter entry form below: