Weekly Giveaway Linky – 11/21/14


Welcome to my weekly giveaway linky! This giveaway linky will be posted every Friday. Feel free to add your giveaways!

Giveaway Linky Rules:

  • Make sure the following information is included: Ending date, Description of giveaway, open to US or WW. Example: 1/1 – $100 PayPal – WW
  • You must link directly to your giveaway, not your main page.
  • Giveaways must be family-friendly.
  • I will periodically check through the giveaway linky to make sure the giveaways follow these guidelines and to remove expired giveaways. Any not following the guidelines will be removed.
  • When you add a giveaway, comments are not required, but are much appreciated! I would also love for you to add my button to your site if you don’t mind!

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Tips for Hosting a Thanksgiving Dinner


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Hosting a Thanksgiving Dinner for the first time can seem overwhelming. However, consider these tips to minimize the guesswork and to compartmentalize tasks for easier accomplishment. For example, take a day or two before Thanksgiving to clean the house. Clean all areas of the house and clear out everything that does not need to be kept in the house. The attic and the garage are excellent places to store excess items. It’s easier to store items out in the garage if there are garage cabinets. Cabinets make the garage neat and tidy and can help keep items hidden.

Make arrangements on where to keep pets. If they are loud, if they jump on visitors or have other habits that may bother guests, it may be wise to keep them elsewhere; however, be sure that they are comfortable as they can suffer from separation anxiety. They can stay at a friend’s home if they are not bothersome there or they can stay at a well-known kennel. Save trimmings for pets and reassure them that they are loved.

A day before Thanksgiving, it is best to cook foods that will keep, such as pies, casseroles and other dishes. Prepare ahead of time by looking up how long it will take to cook a turkey and other foods so that everything is ready for guests. On Thanksgiving Day, wake up early in the morning to prepare the turkey and other large entrees that may take the entire day to cook. For example, make stuffing the day of. If food will be eaten earlier in the day, it’s wise to put the turkey in the oven the night before, and complete the other foods early in the morning. Keep food warm by keeping it in the oven.

Set the table an hour or so before guests arrive and have appetizers to accommodate hungry and early arrivers while waiting for all the guests to arrive. Have the TV on for guests to watch. Get children involved in the festivities by giving them turkeys to decorate or create special centerpieces. Children can gather multi-colored leaves outside to place in a basket or threaded on a string.

It is wise to keep in mind any possible dietary restrictions of guests as well. Leave little cards of the ingredients in front of food and mark things “gluten-free” or “lactose-free” to make things easier for guests to identify. Thanksgiving sounds like a lot of work. It is a labor of love, but with carefully prepared steps, it is much easier.

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I’m Thankful for Intel This Thanksgiving #IntelTablets

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On top of the many, many things I am thankful for every year – my kids, my health, my job, a roof over my head, and many other blessings – I am adding Intel Tablets to my ‘thankful’ list this year. Why? Because it helps me complete so many tasks quickly and conveniently. Planning my Thanksgiving tasks just got way easier for me, thanks to my Acer Iconia A1-830 tablet. [Read more…]

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VTech InnoTab MAX Review & Giveaway

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About the VTech InnoTab MAX (From VTech):

  • VTech’s 4th generation kids’ learning tablet features its fastest processor yet with up to six times the processing power of previous generation and a 7” high-resolution multi-touch screen display
  • InnoTab MAX features an enhanced 2nd generation version of Premium VTech Kid Connect™, at no additional charge, allowing children and parents to exchange voice and text messages, photos, drawings and fun stickers in real time between the tablet and a smartphone
  • InnoTab MAX offers the best of both learning worlds with access to more than 650 educator-endorsed, age and stage appropriate learning titles as well as carefully cultivated educational Android apps that can be purchased and downloaded through VTech’s Learning Lodge® app store
  • The tablet comes with 15 onboard apps including Premium VTech® Kid Connect, My Magic Beanstalk, Movie Maker, Art Studio, Wonder Cam Max, E-Reader with Story Dictionary and more
  • InnoTab MAX also comes with one free Toca Boca app and two additional free apps that can be downloaded from the Learning Lodge
  • Other InnoTab MAX features include a built-in rechargeable Lithium battery and kid-safe Wi-Fi so kids can explore appropriate online games, videos and websites that have been pre-selected by VTech
  • Parental controls allow parents to manage their child’s apps, web access and tablet time, as well as view a progress log

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ModCloth’s 2014 Holiday Gift Guide

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‘Tis the season for gifting! And ModCloth wants to help you find the perfect presents for everyone on your list with their 2014 Holiday Gift Gift. Shop using their handy categories, or check out presents inspired by trendsetting bloggers, including A Beautiful Mess, Oh Joy!, Girl with Curves. Utterly unique and endlessly fab.

Their vast collection of utterly unique gifts is the perfect place to find something to wow your favorite gal (or guy)! Plus there is always something fun on sale, be sure to check back often – http://www.modcloth.com/shop/sale.
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