Win a $25 Gas Card and Fuel Up!

Welcome to the 2nd Annual Summer Sweeping to Win Giveaway Hop, hosted by the Blogging Mamas Network.

Fall may be around the corner, but the good news is that it’s still Summer! Still time to get some more fun in! Each blogger in this Event has a giveaway worth at least $25 to help you stay cool and enjoy the season – so take your time and check them out! You have two weeks as this hop ends on August 15.

Here at Strange Daze Indeed, I’m always trying to think of prizes you will enjoy and that you can really use! My favorite prizes often are gift, food and gas cards. Filling up my tank always seems to drain my wallet, so here is some help! You can even take that road trip you were planning.



One lucky reader will win a $25 Gift Card to Speedway. Simply enter via Giveaway Tools below. There are no mandatory entries, however each one you do enter gives you more chances.

Thanks all for being such awesome blog readers and I will keep finding fun giveaways for you.

 Best of luck and Happy August!


So Easy Being Green, Viva Veltoro, the Blogging Mamas Network, Strange Daze Indeed and the Summer Sweeping participating bloggers are not responsible for sponsors who do not fulfill prize obligations.





Win a Prize Package Worth Over $950 at the Summer Beachin’ Event! #Giveaway


Summer Is HERE And So Is The Beachin’ Event!!


Andersons Angels, Joy Of Momma Joyner and The More The Merrier love the Summer Season! To celebrate, they have teamed up with an awesome group of bloggers and wonderful sponsors to bring you great products that anyone would need for a great beach trip or beach themed party! ONE WINNER will walk away with this whole prize package worth over $950!
The Prize Package includes items from these sponsors:
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Block Island Organics – SPF 15 Lotion and After Sun Gel – $46
Dream Team Pets – Dream Pet of Choice – $20
Blue Rhino – Mr BarBQ Grill Tool Set – $60
Frogglez – Frogglez Goggles of Choice – $20
The Orb Factory – Make Your Own Glitter Chalk Set – $15
Wusic – Power Bank Charger – $50
Pint Size Projects – Beach Theme Activity Kit – $28
Kiss My Itch Goodbye – Anti-Itch Cream – $9
Boogie Board– Jot 8.5 eWriter– $38
Sand Gone – Sand Gone – $15
Margaritaville – Bali Drink Maker – $400
ezydog – dog life vest – $42
Coleman – puddle jumper – $20
Chichanella Bella – Sunkissed Sweetheart Swim Suit & Bonnett – $98
Beach Road Designs – Beach Sheet – $49
Keystrokes By Kimberly - Aveeno Skin Care Kit – $50

So, what do you think? Ready to enter? It’s simple! Just fill out the Giveaway Tools Form below. There are plenty of entry options, and the more you do, the better your chances of winning are!
The Beachin’ Event Prize Package is open to all legal residents of the United States who are 18-years-old or older. This event will run from 12:00am EST Monday, July 28, 2014 through 11:59pm EST Monday, August 11, 2014. Best Of Luck!




DIsclosure: Anderson’s Angels, Joy Of Momma Joyner, The More The Merrier, and all other participating bloggers are not responsible for prize fulfillment. The sponsors will send the prizes directly to the winner. We are also not responsible for any unfortunate accidents that result from the use of any of these products.


Noseblind? Febreze can help! – #Win a prize pack for your home and a $60 Amex GC

This review and giveaway was made possible by Double Duty Divas and Febreze. I was compensated for my participation in this campaign, but all opinions are 100% mine.

 Are you noseblind? 

I knew about colorblindness and snowblindness, but, until recently, I never knew that you can also be noseblind!

what is noseblind?

noseblind [nohz-blihnd], noun;

The gradual acclimation to the smells of one’s home, car, or belongings, in which the affected does not notice them (even though their guests do).

Have you ever not wanted to visit someone’s home because of moldy, pet or stale odors? Have you ever skipped your Mom’s Group or Book Club because you just couldn’t handle the smell? Chances are the people who live there may be completely immune to the odor and have no idea why people don’t want to visit.

Even the door-to-door salesmen don’t want to come in!


Febreze recently sent me a kit and invited me to do a Noseblind test.

I invited two friends over for popcorn and a movie last weekend.  They had heard me talking about James Brolin in Labor Day and were curious to see the peach pie scene!


I invited them in and asked them if they would mind filling out some surveys.  The first was about any smells they noticed in my home.

Then I popped some buttered popcorn in the microwave and set it out on the table. I asked them to fill out another survey about smells.


We settled in with a pitcher of fresh-brewed iced-tea to watch the movie and, afterward, we all did another survey, a Noseblind Assessment.

Checking into the results, I found that my guests could still smell the Tilapia I had cooked earlier and it pretty much had taken over the entire living room (next to the kitchen). I was completely acclimated to it and didn’t even smell it anymore. Classic Noseblindness!

After the popcorn, the fish odor lessened, but now we also had the popcorn smell which lingered. Basically, odors, once released into your home can stay airborne or deposit on the soft surfaces which act like odor-magnets. Although you become nasally-challenged, your guests walking in from outside smell it immediately.


But, don’t despair, there is a solution for noseblindness!

Febreze contains a molecule called Cyclodextrin which traps and eleminates bad odors, leaving behind a pleasant scent. It does not just mask odors; it actually gets rid of them which is a blessing to me as I hate being embarrassed or putting my guests through an unpleasant experience when they come to visit.

Next, we used some of the Febreze products which I had received. My favorite of all was the Meadows and Rain Candle. It not only looked beautiful, but it freshened up my home as well.


I also really love the Meadows and Rain Air Effects spray.

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Learn more:

Visit the Febreze Noseblind site to read up, learn some tips and tricks and check out some fun videos.

Follow Febreze on Twitter.

Fan Febreze on Facebook.

Febreze has generously offered one of my readers a wonderful prize pack containing Febreze products. This includes Febreze Air Effects, Febreze Fabric Refresher, Febreze Noticeables with refill, and a Febreze Candle. You will also receive a $60 AMEX Gift Card. Super sweet!


Simply enter via Giveaway Tools below. This giveaway is open to US residents 18+.

Hot Deal: Summer Escapes 14′ X 42” Metal Pool Set at KMart $199.99 (save $170)

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July is a wonderful month for #KmartSummerFun!

Right now, Kmart has a great deal for outdoor Summer fun with your family! Now through July 26th,  get 32% Off a Summer Escapes 14′ X 42” Metal Pool Set. Originally $369.99, now you can get it for only $249.99. Save $170.00. Plus it ships free!

In addition, when you purchase a pool from Kmart you can receive 10% off pool tools or pool chemicals with this exclusive coupon!

Now that we’re getting into the dog days of summer, how awesome would it be to have a pool in your own backyard at such a reasonable price. Cool off with your family and friends and enjoy summer to the max!


Disclosure: This is a sponsored post, I am a Kmart blogger, though all opinions expressed are my own.

What’s On Your Bucket List?


I’ve knocked a lot of things off of my bucket list. One of my major dreams was to live in Paris for a year and travel throughout Europe. Another was to spend time in the Greek Islands. I’ve walked across hot coals in New Mexico and met the Dalai Lama. My poetry has been published in books and magazines. I was blessed to get the chance to be a lunch chef at a hot springs resort, study with spiritual teachers, take art classes and visit ashrams.

In my life, I’ve always felt that if you want to do something badly enough, then put your all into it, work hard, save your money and do it. I’m glad that I did a lot of these things fresh out of college, because it’s harder now to find the time, leave everything and get away.

But, when you think about it, there are always more things you can add to your bucket list:

I would still love to visit Australia, explore the Great Barrier Reef.

I would love to spend time in Ireland, check out the pubs and the glorious countryside.


I would still love to run The Amazing Race. Don’t know if I ever will, but one of my best friends and I always dream about it.

I would love to visit Bora Bora, stay in a hut that you can only get to via the ocean.


I would love to be able to be a philanthropist, even for a short amount of time. I would love to have enough money to help make others’ most cherished dreams come true. That would give me so much joy!

This is the beauty of life. There are always new adventures to be had, new landscapes to explore!

I’m not near retirement yet, but, when I think about it, that seems like a glorious time to knock some of those desires off my bucket list. I just hope I have the funds to do it when I get there. For ideas on how you can fund your retirement adventure, check out

Whether it’s a Caribbean Cruise or learning a new language, becoming a gourmet chef or visiting each continent, they have some great ideas for you.

It’s never too late to explore and learn something new!

What’s on your Bucket List?

Disclosure: This is a partnered post with AAG but all opinions and experiences are strictly my own.

Win $50 Paypal Cash or Amazon GC! Son of War, Daughter of Chaos Book Blast


Son of War

Son of War, Daughter of Chaos

Aislynn is used to watching out for the enemy. Her parents taught her from the time she was a child to look for the signs: people with greater than normal strength, eyes that can glow green, and that have the ability to jump long distances. Over the years, Aislynn has come to view her parents’ fears as simply quirks—things that get in the way of having a normal high school life.

When Aislynn’s mother dies under suspicious conditions, her father doubles his restrictions. But all his precautions can’t stop the boy with the glowing green eyes from finding Aislynn. She realizes much too late that she’s been drafted into an ancient Egyptian war, prepared or not.



Janette RallisonAuthor Janette Rallison

Janette Rallison is old. Please, don’t ask how old, because it isn’t polite. Let’s just say she’s older than she’d like to be and leave it at that.

Janette lives in Chandler, Arizona with her husband, five children and enough cats to classify her as “an eccentric cat lady.” She didn’t do this on purpose. (The cats, that is; she had the children on purpose.) Every single one of these felines showed up on its own and refuses to leave. Not even the family’s fearless little Westie dog can drive them off.

Since Janette has five children and deadlines to write books, she doesn’t have much time left over for hobbies. But since this is the internet and you can’t actually check up to see if anything on this site is true, let’s just say she enjoys dancing, scuba diving, horse back riding and long talks with Orlando Bloom. (Well, I never said he answers back.)

Website * Facebook * Twitter


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$50 Amazon Gift Card or Paypal Cash

Ends 8/17/14

Open only to those who can legally enter, receive and use an Gift Code or Paypal Cash. Winning Entry will be verified prior to prize being awarded. No purchase necessary. You must be 18 or older to enter or have your parent enter for you. The winner will be chosen by rafflecopter and announced here as well as emailed and will have 48 hours to respond or a new winner will be chosen. This giveaway is in no way associated with Facebook, Twitter, Rafflecopter or any other entity unless otherwise specified. The number of eligible entries received determines the odds of winning. Giveaway was organized by Kathy from I Am A Reader and sponsored by the publisher. VOID WHERE PROHIBITED BY LAW.

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Find Back To School Savings and $1000 Giveaway at Valpak #Back2School !


Summer is so great for relaxing and enjoying being outside with family and friends that it just seems to fly by. Can you believe it’s almost back-to-school time!

Here is my main tip for you:

Have a plan! Check your inventory of school supplies and clothing and see what you have, then make a list of what you need. Set a budget, then shop smart with coupons and sales.

I find that not waiting till the last minute saves me a boatload of stress and is a great place to find back-to-school savings!

I love one stop shopping. Valpak and have your savings for back to school all in one place: from clothes, shoes, backpacks, lunch boxes, haircuts, and physicals to a chance to win great prizes!

You’ll also find top tips for packing lunches and homework to help make going back-to-schoool a smooth transition.


 At Valpak, you can find the best back-to-school bargains including more coupons for your favorite things, more coupon codes for your favorite stores and chances to win some incredible prizes.

Right, now, go to’s Back to School Page to find great savings as well as a chance to win an awesome Backpack Prize Pak worth $1,000! That’s not chump change.

Best of luck!!


Disclosure: This post is sponsored by Valpak however all the ideas and opinions are strictly my own.

Have fun and Stay Safe This Summer With Healthy Essentials – #Moms4JNJConsumer

Summer is time to celebrate! With bbqs, beach parties and pool time, it’s a wonderful season to spend more time with family and friends. Especially after the long cold winter we had here in New England.

Summer is a great time for exploration, for trying new things, whether it be a hike in the woods, teaching your kids to grow their own veggies or learning to float. These are memories that will be cherished always.



As much as Summer is play time, it’s also important to stay safe and keep yourself and your family well protected. One way is to always wear sunscreen and have extra on hand. Sunburns can turn a summer outing into a very painful experience. It’s also important to have first aid items on-hand for minor mishaps, cuts and scrapes. By having essential first aid items on board, you can quickly take action and get back to doing what you love and enjoy!


This summer has some wonderful savings for you on these items!

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We’re ready for the unexpected with Johnson & Johnson Healthy Essentials products such as Neutrogena Wet Skin Kids Beach & Pool Sunscreen with its light fresh scent and Neutrogena UltraSheer Dry-Touch Sunscreen Broad Spectrum SPF 45. I love the feel of this lightweight clean sunscreen. It absorbs immediately and has a delightful subtle scent.


We have Band-Aid Tough Strips for cuts and scrapes and Neosporin for extra protection. I also love the Neutrogena Healthy Volume Waterproof Mascara for the beach and pool!


The Healthy Essentials program is offering tips and tools, printable coupons and lots more including the products you and your family love. You can save more than $45 by visiting them in July and signing up for HEALTHY ESSENTIALS program coupons and offers.

Check out these deals:

Save $1.00 on any (first aid essentials1) NEUTROGENA® Sun product (excludes trial size)
Save $2.00 on any (3) NEOSPORIN®, NEOSPORIN® ESSENTIALS, BAND-AID® Brand Adhesive bandages, BENADRYL® Topical or JOHNSON and JOHNSON RED CROSS® Brand products (excludes all trial and travel sizes, First Aid Kits, 10 ct Band-Aid Brand Adhesive Bandages, and On-the-Go First Aid Kits). Must buy (2) different brand products to qualify for this offer along with a third product
Save $1.00 on any (1) SPLENDA® No Calorie Sweetener Product
Save $1.00 on any (1) LISTERINE® SMART RINSE Anti-cavity Mouthwash, 500 ml
Save $1.00 on any LUBRIDERM® product
Save $1.00 on any (1) CLEAN & CLEAR® product (excludes trial and travel sizes)
Save $1.00 on any (1) REACH® Total Care Floss, or REACH® Gentle Gum Care Floss, or REACH® Dentotape® or REACH® Access® Flosser
Save $3.00 on any (1) REMBRANDT® Whitening Kit or Strip or any (2) REMBRANDT® Whitening Paste or Rinse
Save $1.00 on any (1) VISINE® product, 5 oz. or larger

 Are You Summer-Ready?

Disclosure: This post is part of the HEALTHY ESSENTIALS® 2014 program by Johnson & Johnson Consumer Companies, Inc. and The Motherhood, who sent me a box of products and compensated me for my time. All opinions and experiences are my own, and I hope you enjoy them.

Spectacular Summer #Giveaway! Win a $500 Amazon gc!


Summer is truly spectacular! So many fun things to do! We wanted to celebrate with you by offering up a $500 gift card to Amazon. Amazon is by far my favorite online retailer. I’m always amazed at what they have! Best of luck to all my readers!

Amy over at This Mamas Life also recently had a new little one and is helping us Celebrate! One lucky reader will win an Gift Card


Hosted By: This Mamas Life
Co-Hosted by: Barbara’s Beat, StrangeDazeIndeed, Cherry Blossom Love and Joy of Momma Joyner
Sponsored by:

A little about Kinsights: Kinsights is an online Pediatric Personal Health Record Keeper for parents. Gone are the days where you’re being held responsible for keeping track of slips of paper or lugging files and folders containing your children’s health information. And in the event of an emergency, you can even have the health records sent to the ER or out-of-town doctor in a snap. Organize your child’s growth and developmental milestones, immunizations, medications, allergies, and more. This tool is amazing and a godsend to parents. Kinsights is also a community where parents can safely seek and share answers to parenting questions. You can ask anything and Kinsights will find the right community members who can provide guidance. Kinsights even offers groups with similar interests their own pages, including single parents, grandparents, those interested in car seat safety, baby & kids fashion, potty training groups, and many more What’s really cool about this community is that it makes finding the best answers easy-community members vote up answers so the best content rises to the top.

*One Lucky Reader will receive the item shown above ( $500.00 Value)
*Giveaway starts July 14, 2014 at 12:01am est.
*Giveaway will end at 11:59pm est on July 31, 2014
*Giveaway is open to US only
* You must be 18 or over to enter
* Winner will be chosen at random via Giveaway Tools
* Winners will have 48 hours to respond before a new winner will be
* The lucky winner will be notified by email at the end of the Giveaway.
* This Mamas Life and the other participating blogs are not responsible for prize shipment or fulfillment
*Prize will be fulfilled by the Sponsor.

Disclosure: This blog did not receive financial compensation or product in exchange for this giveaway. Facebook, Twitter, & Pinterest are in no way associated with this giveaway. Prize fulfillment and shipping will be handled by the Sponsors

Snap Pics, Win Prizes with Snaapiq!


I love pictures and photos. As much as I love the written word, visual imagery is so immediate and can convey so much. I believe that’s what makes Instagram and Pinterest so enjoyable. So many times during the day, my friends, family and I snap and share photos. One of my good friends who lives across the country is always sending me pics and it makes me feel like I’m there with her.

I’ve discovered a new app that I’ve really been enjoying called Snaapiq. Snaapiq is like Instagram, but you can win prizes for your photos. There are many different photo Adventures and you can take new photos or use ones you already have taken. It’s really simple.


1)   Download Snaapiq (FREE iOS)

2)   Join Photo Adventures

3)  Win SnaapCoins

The Android version is coming soon as well!

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Each photo adventure lasts for a certain period of time and, when it is over, a winner will be chosen.  If chosen, the prize will be sent to your Snaapiq account. You can win gift cards and more! SnaapCoins are also earned for photo submissions and sharing with your friends.  These SnaapCoins will give you more chances to win additional weekly and monthly prizes.


Right now there is a selfie contest that goes along with soccer fever.  Enter the #CopaSelfie tournament and submit your favorite selfie for a chance to win $500 in AMEX gift cards!

 Some of the adventures are “How is your pet funny”, “What’s Outside Your Window”, “Yummiest Cake”. Today I submitted several pictures for “For The Love of Blue.” I really enjoyed trying to find or take pictures that fit and I’m really having a great time with the app.

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 To get you in the winning mood, we are giving away a $25 gc to Amazon!


This giveaway is open to US residents. Please enter via Giveaway Tools below.

Best of luck!

Disclosure: This is a partnered post with Snaapiq however all opinions and experiences are strictly my own.