Win a Handmade Emerald Calcite Pendant from Amanda Self #Giveaway

Welcome to the [3rd annual] Under the Rainbow Giveaway Hop Event, hosted by the Lindsey Blogs & Viva Veltoro.

Is there a pot of gold under the rainbow? Do wishes and dreams really come true?

I’ve got together with a fantastic group of bloggers who are offering some wonderful prizes for you, waiting to be found under the rainbow. So, take your time and hop along to as many as you like in the giveaway hop linky below and have some fun! Don’t miss the Grand Prize too – if you have 1 or 2 children, you’ll find the gold under the rainbow is an amazing Fold N Go Double Stroller from Combi USA! You can enter to win the Grand Prize here.

Here at Strange Daze Indeed, you know that I love to introduce you to and feature my favorite artists.  I am very pleased to be working with my friend Amanda Self, a wonderful artist who creates beautiful jewelry with crystal and gemstones.  These creations are not only lovely, but also healing.

About Amanda (in her own words)


My love of gemstones began over a decade ago when I walked into a gem store in the Rocky Mountains of Colorado. I totally fell in love with their beauty and calming energy. Over the years I have discovered crystals and gemstones to be wonderful healing gifts from the Earth. They are here to help us in so many ways. I have thoroughly enjoyed using them in my Reiki practice to help ground and balance energies. In 2006, I decided to create a way to both utilize their powers and enjoy their incredible beauty through jewelry.

I have been cultivating and expanding my jewelry line over the years and I am totally in love with my work. It gives me great joy to see my jewelry light up the lives of others!

With Love,

For this event, Amanda has picked the perfect stone and pendant, a beautiful handmade one-of-a-kind Emerald Calcite.

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About Emerald Calcite
 Emerald Calcite is ideal for those who have manifested disease due to self-directed anger or resentment, resulting from difficult emotional experiences from the past. Emerald Calcite helps one to resonate with love energy and to express compassion and goodwill toward others. It brings a sense of renewed purpose and vitality and a desire to make positive change. Emerald Calcite engenders forgiveness of oneself and others. It is helpful in recognizing  where self-improvement is needed and gives one the willingness and energy to change.


This Pendant is 2 1/4 inch long by 7/8 inch wide and it comes with a black satin cord.
One lucky reader will win this gorgeous pendant. Just enter via Giveaway Tools Below and Best of Luck!
If you would like to have a custom made piece by Amanda, contact her at or you can reach her at 917-903-5425.


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Free Educational Apps from Kids Academy

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Educational Apps from Kids Academy
Available on iTunes & Google Play Free for a limited time!

Kids Academy Educational Apps are high quality and among the best out there. I am happy to share the updates and also introduce new users to the company. It’s never to early to start learning and Kids Academy makes education fun!

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With this app, you can turn your iPad or iPhone into a learning center for your kids. This fun app is based on the proven Montessori approach and opens the door to the exciting world of children’s stories and songs.

Kids Academy always has high quality apps that help make learning fun for your kids. This app was recently updated and improved with beautiful graphics. There are a few books that are free and it’s really wonderful how the app reads to your child. This is a fantastic way for kids to learn on their own. You can upgrade to get more selections, but, this is a good introduction to see if your children enjoy it and if it will keep them entertained.

Great graphics and really cute characters!  Download this game for FREE on iTunes




123 Tracing Numbers: Montessori Math Game for Kids

This app keeps kids busy and helps them learn useful skills. 123 Tracing is a quality app by Kids Academy. It teaches basic math through fun play. This app teaches your child to trace numbers. When the numbers are correctly traced, their jar will fill with fireflies. You can personalize the app for each of your children. It’s great to get a head start in Math!

Download this game for FREE on iTunes

Free for a limited time! Normally $3.99!

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ABC Preschool Games was expressly designed by professional education experts to meet your children’s needs. It heavily relies on the proven Montessori method to help them develop all the necessary preschool skills through playing games. 

This app teaches letters, numbers, shapes, colors, develops fine motor control and promotes new vocabulary.

We found this to be a wonderful learning resource! Research has shown that children learn most when they are enjoying themselves and this app is very engaging. Children learn to trace letters and numbers and have a blast doing it!

Download this game for FREE on Google Play

Free for a limited time! Normally $2.99

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About Kids Academy

Kids Academy develops mobile apps for preschool education. Covering all major platforms their apps are designed to help kids of 5 and under to master all of the preschool educational skills from letters to numbers and vocabulary. Having passed the ten million installs mark, Kids Academy continues to deliver quality apps for iOS, Android and Amazon devices.

This post was created in partnership with Mom Buzz Media. The reviews above are my own opinions and are not influenced in any way.

My Little Pony #Giveaway

My Little Pony Giveaway
Feb 24 – Mar 4, 2015
Open to US


My Little Pony has an interesting charm that makes it stand out from the rest and a very large fandom. Now there is My Little Pony – Friendship Is Magic! I’m happy to share this giveaway with you.

If you are a fan of My Little Pony and have been following the developments in Equestria, you would love this new Cutie Mark Crusaders adventures on both DVD and new App! All is up for grabs in this cool giveaway with 3 winners.

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Organized by Celebrate Woman Today

Featured by Strange Daze Indeed

Adventures of the Cutie Mark Crusaders is becoming one of the popular movies to watch and to interact with!

PlayDate Digital has announced the new Cutie Pox Storybook App. When Apple Bloom becomes impatient waiting for her cutie mark, she decides to take things into her own hooves! In this interactive story book, follow Apple Bloom and the fillies as they learn that taking the easy path toward your goals isn’t always the best way.
Enter the world of Equestria in this storybook adventure full of excitement, humor and friendship!  The release of “Cutie Mark Crusaders” marks the first of a series of planned collaborations between PlayDate Digital and Shout! Factory to cross-promote My Little Pony Friendship is Magic stories and media.

The fans of the Little Pony do know that every Little Pony is looking for the sign to obtain her own Cutie Mark that is unique and can be used to make a difference for those who live in Equestria. Guess what, this new My Little Pony – Friendship Is Magic: Adventures Of The Cutie Mark Crusaders DVD would tell you all about those cutie marks and how little ponies are getting them!

This amazing DVD is being released on February 24, 2015, in the U.S. and Canada from Shout! Factory Kids in collaboration with Hasbro Studios. With each DVD, there’s a bonus offered : A Sing-Along and Coloring Sheets.

Here’s the official DVD description to ignite your further interest:

In EQUESTRIA, obtaining a CUTIE MARK is an important coming-of-age moment for a young Pony. After all, Ponies acquire their CUTIE MARKS only after they discover a unique characteristic about themselves, setting them apart from all other Ponies. So when Sweetie Belle, Scootaloo and Apple Bloom meet, they instantly become friends and make it their mission to find their CUTIE MARKS! They are The Cutie Mark Crusaders!

Take a look at the official trailer, kids would love it!

 1st Prize – My Little Pony DVD + Cutie Pox Storybook App
2nd & 3rd Prizes – Little Pony

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Ends at 11:59pm EDT on March 4, 2015

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Sofia the First #Giveaway

Sofia the First Giveaway
Feb 27 – Mar 4, 2015
Open to US

There is nothing like a child’s imagination, and, as we encourage them to exercise and expand it, we provide a great foundation for future creativity. I’m happy to share this wonderful giveaway with you!

Bringing You Moments To Celebrate

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Organized by Celebrate Woman Today

Featured by Strange Daze Indeed

Play is an important part of the day for our children. During the play, they learn to think, to communicate, and develop their social skills. Feeding their imagination by providing the right type of activities and toys is one of the top priorities as our parents, caregivers, instructors and mentors.

With Sofia the First, our kids would have amazing opportunity to exercise their thought process while having a lot of fun with their imagination!

This prize pack includes the following:

• Decorate Your Own Mirror Set
• A Stationery Set
• A Puzzle
• A Sofia the First: The Curse of Princess Ivy DVD

What not to like? Your kids would love you for winning it.


Prize – Sofia the First: the Curse of Princess Ivy Play Kit

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Ends at 11:59pm EDT on MARCH 4, 2015

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Win $50 Paypal Cash or Amazon GC – Winter In The Soul Book Blast #Giveaway

Winter in the Soul CoverWinter in the Soul by Jennifer Novotney

Living in a world separated by greed and power, 17-year-old Lilika has a strong desire to return to Winter in the Soul, the place her family had left to escape the darkness manifesting from a deep coldness.

When she meets Talon, their connection is evident right from the start, and together they travel through the Black Kingdom to recover Lilika’s stolen locket. And in search of an answer to the mystery behind Winter in the Soul.

Lilika holds the key to stopping the darkness from spreading. The fate of their world lies in her hands. Will she stop the Black Kingdom before its darkness overtakes them all, or will they succumb to the darkness that is spreading across the land?





JenniferAuthor Jennifer Novotney

Jennifer Novotney was born in Burbank, California and lived in Los Angeles for most of her life until settling in North Eastern Pennsylvania with her husband and daughter. She attended California State University, earning a bachelors degree in journalism, and Northern Arizona University, earning a masters degree in English. After college, she spent several years writing and teaching, including at Pennsylvania State University.



$50 Amazon Gift Card or Paypal Cash

Ends 3/22/15

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 author. VOID WHERE PROHIBITED BY LAW.

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Win a $220 Prize Package from Van’s w/ a Fitbit, Yoga set and Visa GC! #Giveaway

Easy Mealtime Hacks


Time seems to be flying by lately. With work, family, and trying to keep up with everyone’s schedules, it’s hard to always have a good meal on the table. We could all use a little help now and then!

Hello from Van’s Foods!

We know how busy life can be for Van’s foods fans. Between work, working out, parenting, driving, walking, riding, creating, days get full – fast.

Some meals are easy, and you’ve got plenty of time to plan, shop and put together something delicious.

Other times, there’s yoga or soccer or Scouts or a late meeting, and you need something fast and easy that you can still feel good about eating.

Which brings us to our gift to you this month – easy, nutritious mealtime hacks from your friends at Van’s. They’re all delicious, nutritious and a cinch to pull together.

First up?

Breakfast. To pack a quick protein punch, start with Greek yogurt and pair it with whatever fresh or frozen fruit you’ve got on hand. Add Van’s Soft Baked Whole Grain Granola Clusters and you have decadent flavor and a hearty, wholesome start to your day. (With taste like that, you’d never guess they’re gluten-free!)

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Snack. Now before you put away those breakfast fixings, tuck that handy re-sealable bag of granola in your briefcase, purse or backpack. It’ll be there for you all day as a soft, chewy pick-me-up whenever the snacking urge strikes. The best part? You can feel great about every whole grain bite.

Dinner. For homemade feel in a fraction of the time, gather the following: Van’s new gluten-free Ultimate Cheddar Penne Pasta, a rotisserie chicken and the fresh or frozen veggie of your choice.

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Warm up your veggies while your pasta is cooking – and take a moment to slice the chicken for serving. Season your veggies with salt and pepper and serve with the pasta and chicken. (For variety, you can also choose Van’s Rotini & Red Sauce or Creamy Herb & Garlic pasta.

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No time for veggie prep? Grab some pre-cut crudités while you’re at the store, and embrace the convenience.

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Need more ideas for delicious, nutritious meals? Stop by our blog, where we feature great recipe ideas from some of your favorite writers. Happy hacking!


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At Van’s Foods, we know it can be tough to stay active and track progress along with everything else in your life. To make it a little easier, we’re offering one lucky winner the chance to win:

  • a complete yoga set with all the basics including a 1/4″ thick yoga mat, 12″ foam roller, D-ring yoga strap and foam yoga block
  • a Fitbit
  • coupons for free Van’s foods and
  • a $50 Visa Gift Card for a total value of $220 in prizes!

Begins NOW and Ends 3/13/2015 at 12 AM Central Time

Open to legal residents of USA who are 18 or older

Terms & Conditions can be found on the Rafflecopter

Enter on the Rafflecopter below and good luck!

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This is a sponsored post written by Van’s International Foods, Inc. and facilitated by Strange Daze Indeed.

Don’t Leave Your Skin Out In The Cold – Protect it with Vaseline Advanced Repair




Hands are wonderful. They can soothe your little one’s fever, communicate love with just a touch, make a hearty beef barley stew or re-paint the playroom walls purple.

But, it’s no fun when your hands are tight and dry from the elements. Winter usually wreaks havoc on mine leaving them uncomfortable and susceptible to all kinds of small cuts.

Here in Boston, we’ve had an especially cold and rough winter with never-ending snow! Sometimes I feel like we’re inside of a snowglobe and someone is shaking us. Although temperatures might take a nosedive this time of year, the moisture of your skin really doesn’t have to because Vaseline® Intensive Care™ Advanced Repair lotion moisturizes to help heal dry skin, even through the toughest winter conditions.

We went out to shovel off the car which was completely buried in snow and decided to build a snowman, but, before going out I decided to take the Vaseline Winter Challenge by testing out Vaseline Intensive Care™ Advanced Repair lotion.


I received a bottle of Vaseline Intensive Care Advanced Repair (Fragrance Free) Lotion for the challenge. With its easy flip-top, you only get as much lotion as you need. I love that it’s lightweight and non-greasy on my skin and that it has no dyes or perfumes!


As you can see by the pictures above, we are buried in snow and it’s very powdery, which is good for clearing off cars, but, not so great for snowman-building. Nevertheless we really wanted to build a snowman. He’s probably not going to win any awards, but, he’s very approachable and friendly, and he’s ‘our snowman’. We had fun making him!


After we got inside, shook off the cold and put the hot chocolate on the stove, I checked out my hands. They remained soft, comfortable and smooth throughout. Since the first layer of protection for cold weather is your skin, why not try Vaseline Intensive Care Advanced Repair Lotion to give it the proper moisturizing, healing treatment it needs to weather the coldest days of the year?

Vaseline Intensive Care Lotions contain healing micro-droplets of Vaseline Jelly to deeply hydrate and heal dry winter skin and Vaseline Intensive Care Advanced Repair Fragrance Free is clinically proven to heal dry skin in 5 days.

You can find it at CVS stores nationwide at $4.99 for a 10oz bottle.

Don’t leave your skin out in the cold! Before you hit the slopes, go sledding, build a snowman or shovel out your driveway, give it some well-deserved protection! 

Disclosure:  I participated in this sponsored campaign on behalf of Vaseline® and One2One Network. All opinions stated are my own.

ORBit Relaxation Lamp Helps Me Unwind & A Giveaway!

I have a strange sleep schedule at times and often find myself turned around, working at night when everything is calm and quiet. The days are usually filled with schedules and feeling like I’m pulled in quite a few different directions.

The only drawback to enjoying the late night peace and stillness is that I still have to get up and meet the responsibilities of the day, so a good night’s sleep is essential.

Recently, I got a chance to try the ORBit Relaxation lamp made by Verilux.


The small ORBlie lamp transitions through a calming array of hues of the three primary colors. As I watch it shift from lavender to violet to green to turquoise then sapphire blue, from pink to red in a steady rhythm, I find myself getting sleepy and even yawning! It’s so peaceful, a light and color meditation that keeps my mind from flitting here and there.

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You can also simply tap the top of the ORB and it shifts to a crisp Natural Spectrum white light which works as a mini-lantern in places where you might like some extra light. I have even used it to light my way to the bathroom at night. Tap it again and you turn it off. The lamp stays cool to the touch and uses batteries so there are no tangly cords.

You could even pop it in your backpack or purse and take it anywhere.

Did you know light therapy can be as effective for enhancing relaxation as it is for energy and focus?  When many people hear the term “light therapy,” they think of lights that help increase energy and enhance mood, particularly during the winter months.  While this is a very popular use for light therapy, it can be just as helpful for relaxation when using the right product.


Energy efficient, long-life LED illumination (runs up to 100 hours in transitioning colors mode; up to 40 hours in Natural Spectrum mode)
Requires three AA batteries (not included)
Box measures: 3.84” x 3.84” x 4.16”

I really love this little gadget and it also provides a nice accent to whatever room you put it in. It also makes a great night light.

Check out this video to see it in action:

Would you love to destress with a Verilux ORBit relaxation lamp? Simply enter via Giveaway Tools below!


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Best of luck and happy unwinding!

Disclosure: I was provided a sample for review purposes, however, the opinions shared above are strictly my own.

‘The Voice’ Returns Tonight! Catch the Premiere on NBC


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Season 8 of NBC’s singing competition, “The Voice”, returns tonight at 8pm EST.

The mix of judges includes Blake Shelton, Adam Levine, Pharrell, and Christina Aguilera who has taken a few seasons off.

Though I enjoyed both Shakira and Gwen Stefani the past few seasons, I’m looking forward to seeing Christina again. She brings a fierce energy and passion that is exciting.

Will someone from Team Blake win yet again? Is it Pharrell’s time to shine? Will Adam return to his former glory or will Christina be the one who picks the victor?

I love discovering new artists and enjoy the dynamic between the coaches.

Here is a sneak preview from tonight’s show where the four judges rock out to “Are You Gonna Go My Way.” Now that’s not a group you see together often! Awesome chemistry.

Will you tune in? If you had to pick a coach, who would be your choice?

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Michael Todd Organics: Ageless Face and Neck Cream Review

“You’ll love what’s in it. You’ll love even more what’s not.” – Michael Todd True Organics


While we all strive to age gracefully, we certainly don’t want to look older than we are! As we age, our skin becomes thinner and less elastic and certain body parts show age more than others. They are generally the neck, face and hands.

The neck has special needs which need to be addressed and this skin responds well to care and attention.

I am really picky about what creams I use on my face and my body as well. What we put on our skin is just as important as what we put in our bodies because they both affect our well-being. This is why it’s important to avoid chemical-filled formulas. Our skin absorbs a large percentage of what we put on it.

The Simple Truth for Michael Todd True Organics:

Made in the USA

Made with organic ingredients

NO added water

NO parabens or triclosan, phthalates or sulfates

NO mineral oil, artificial color or synthetic fragrance

NO animal testing (products tested on our chairman)

 I was very happy to review the new Michael Todd Ageless Face and Neck Cream. It arrived in a sleek purple jar that looks lovely in my bathroom. It also has a wonderful dispenser which covers the cream and keeps it from spilling out or from any bacteria getting in. You simply press down on the white covering and just the right amount pops up. It’s clean with no mess.


The cream itself is not too heavy and has a nice smooth texture. It’s thin, light and fresh with a slight scent of natural sea fennel which smells like mild licorice. This dissipates after a bit. The cream absorbs quickly with no residue and it is non-greasy. My skin afterward felt hydrated and refreshed.

After a few weeks of use, I feel that my skin seems firmer and smoother with a healthy glow.

I haven’t been paying much attention to my neck or décolletage area, but I certainly will be now as I notice a difference already. I use this in the morning and evening on clean dry skin. If I apply my foundation afterward, I find it goes on even smoother leaving me with a fresh bright look.

From the site: Michael Todd Ageless Face and Neck cream is a complete anti-aging complex targeting all three sectors in the anti-aging realm: cell regeneration, improved cellular turnover and future protection. It includes next generation Hyalusphere delivery system technology for advanced penetration of encapsulated Hyaluronic Acid, which helps create a ‘dewy’ look.

Neuropeptides in the cream smooth wrinkles, creating a flawless surface to reflect light and exude health. Plant stem cells and tripeptides stimulate the cell regeneration process for more youthful looking skin while Sea Fennel extract and Lactic Acid brighten dulled complexions. Fatty acids and Ceramide 3 restore the protective barrier that seals in moisture and protects against harmful environmental factors.

It is ideal for mature skin but suitable for all skin types except sensitive.


Bottom Line: This is a cream that I feel very comfortable using and that I would definitely recommend highly.


Disclosure: I received this product to facilitate my review; however all opinions are strictly my own.