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11/30/12

Tech Lovers Christmas Event #Giveaway

This is a fabulous bundle to win for your holiday excitement! I know we all need some help financially and if you can get something for free, then why not?

Come enter for your chance for one of these fabulous prizes!

 

  First Place Winner Xbox Bundle: Xbox 360 4GB Console
  • Xbox 360 has blockbuster games, HD movies and controller-free fun for everyone
  • Built-in Wi-Fi for easy connection to Xbox LIVE
  • Super quiet with sleek new design plus matching controller
  • Ready for the controller-free fun of Kinect
Microsoft Xbox Live Gold Subscription Card Boaderlands Game: In a distant future, the planets at the outer edges of the galaxy have become a beacon to fortune seekers and those yearning for a better life off world.

2nd Place Winner Google Nexus 7 Black Wi-Fi 16GB Tablet - ASUS-1B16 The Google Nexus 7 tablet computer is the world's first Android tablet that combines the latest Android 4.1 mobile operating system with a powerful quad-core processor for high-performance computing on the go. An eye-catching 1280 x 800 high-definition display is your touchscreen interface for this Google tablet. The Google Nexus 7 tablet computer's LED-backlit IPS panel is made from scratch-resistant glass to offer crisp images, wide viewing angles and 10-finger multi-touch support.

3rd Place Winner: Blue Hue" Laptop Bundle with optional matching accessories:
  • Blue Laptop
  • Case/Bag
  • Mouse
  • USB Flash Drive
  • Headphones
The event dates: 11/30 - 12/10 Open World Wide. If the winner is outside the use they will receive and online gift card in the prize amount in place of the physical prize. NO EXCEPTIONS.
 
 For a chance to win one of these three amazing prizes enter the Rafflecopter below      
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About the author: Owner of JamericanSpice. Sharing my journey in the present, from the past or thoughts for my future. Mom of two who loves to travel and read and decipher people. Please read my disclosure 
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11/29/12

Is It A Good Idea To Re-Gift? - TQT / Aloha Friday

I think it's a great idea. Why keep something to hate it, or have to lie about what you did with it. Re-gifting saves time and money and we are being community right? 

What say you? Is it a good idea to re-gift?

 THIS


Colette is a busy mom of 2 kids focusing solely on being a mom. She hails from the Caribbean and now balance the full life of being a SAHM and dabbling in odd jobs to help around the home. She enjoys sharing her memories, hopes, food, travel, entertainment, and product experiences on her blog. Please read my disclosure 
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11/28/12

Xbox 360-250GB Kinect Holiday Console Bundle #Giveaway

I usually want many things but I quell these urges and never request or speak about them. I do not want my husband to feel pressured as if he is not providing because I know he is working very hard for our family. And wanting something doesn't mean, I need it. 

But I remember how much I wanted an Xbox and because he had purchased something for himself which I thought was unnecessary, I requested the Xbox for our family.  It's still here all by itself. now if only we could afford some games and such, my son would go cowabunka! :) 

So come win for your family! 

Xbox Holiday Bundle Giveaway Event

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Xbox 360 250GB Kinect Holiday Console Bundle Includes:
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Kinect Carnival

One lucky reader will receive a Xbox 360 250GB Kinect Holiday Console Bundle!

Giveaway ends December 19th at 11:59pm, open worldwide {residents outside of the US will receive cash equivalent of $339}, ages 18+. To enter please use the Rafflecopter form below. Good luck!

Disclosure: I received no compensation for this publication. My opinions are my own and may differ from those of your own. JamericanSpice is not responsible for sponsor prize shipment.
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Colette is a busy mom of 2 kids focusing solely on being a mom. She hails from the Caribbean and now balance the full life of being a SAHM and dabbling in odd jobs to help around the home. She enjoys sharing her memories, hopes, food, travel, entertainment, and product experiences on her blog. Please read my disclosure 
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In Heels or Sandals - Girls Rule! - WW

The kids had fun at the park and climbing trees was apart of it. I remember how much I loved climbing trees as a child.

Girls can do tomboy too!
Heels or sandals, nothing to it!




For more Wordless/Wordful Wednesdays check out Judy's Thoughts and 5 minutes for moms,Wordless Wednesday and Parenting by Dummies and Go Graham Go and Stacy Uncorked.

Colette is a busy mom of 2 kids focusing solely on being a mom. She hails from the Caribbean and now balance the full life of being a SAHM and dabbling in odd jobs to help around the home. She enjoys sharing her memories, hopes, food, travel, entertainment, and product experiences on her blog. Please read my disclosure 
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11/27/12

World Vision Holiday Charity Event + #Giveaway

My family and I share in a few charities. It's a blessing to be able to give and especially to teach our children the importance of giving. 

So this event is extra special to me. 


Whether it’s for the tax deduction or the warm fuzzy feeling giving to others generates, most Americans plan to make a charitable donation over the holiday season. In fact, nearly 60 percent of Americans say they’ll donate between Thanksgiving and Christmas, according to a survey reported in the Chronicle of Philanthropy.

With so many worthy causes, it is difficult to know where the gift can best be used. Gifts to the WorldVision Gift Catalog Maximum Impact Fund are used where resources are most desperately needed, to help children and families in struggling communities around the world. With a financial contribution, the gift giver can select one of 36 Maximum Impact items (a few are listed below) that can be given to a loved one and at the same time help a person in need.
Please consider the unique, life-changing items from World Vision’s Gift Catalog as you start, continue or even complete of your holiday shopping. Here are a few suggestions we would like to offer you:
  • Artisan Beaded Necklace: This glass-bead necklace is handmade in Thailand and can be worn several different ways — even as a multi-strand bracelet.
  • Eco Cold Cup: This popular 16 oz. BPA-free tumbler comes in handy when on the run. Every sip is a reminder of those who’ve been helped.
  • Veggie Tales "Incredible Vegetables" DVD: Heroic adventures and veggie fun for the family movie night! This newest Veggie Tale DVD is an action adventure that teaches kids how to conquer fear through a faith-based message.
  • Plush toys - Gertie Goat, Chuma Chick and Pallu Pig: Gertie, Chuma and Pallu are available exclusively through World Vision and represent farm animals that are donated to children and families around the world and provide a steady supply of nutritious food and the surplus can be sold for extra income.
World Vision is a Christian humanitarian organization dedicated to working with children, families, and their communities worldwide to reach their full potential by tackling the causes of poverty and injustice.
They serve close to 100 million people in nearly 100 countries around the world. World Vision serves all people, regardless of religion, race, ethnicity, or gender.

Eight lucky readers will receive one of the following: Artisan Beaded Necklace, Eco Cold Cups, Veggie Tales Incredible Vegetables DVD or a set of plush toys (Gertie Goat, Chuma Chick and Pallu Pig)!

Giveaway ends December 9th at 11:59pm, open to US residents, ages 18+. To enter please use the Rafflecopter form below. Good luck!
Special thank you to Mom Powered Media bloggers for putting this event together.

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Disclosure: I received no compensation for this publication. My opinions are my own and may differ from those of your own. JamericanSpice is not responsible for sponsor prize shipment.

Colette is a busy mom of 2 kids focusing solely on being a mom. She hails from the Caribbean and now balance the full life of being a SAHM and dabbling in odd jobs to help around the home. She enjoys sharing her memories, hopes, food, travel, entertainment, and product experiences on her blog. Please read my disclosure 
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11/25/12

Forgiveness - 4Ms

Who knew there were still places without phone service and internet, but alas, there is and I was there for more than a week!

Sorry I missed out on the communing with you lovelies. I promise I'll get around as soon as I settle. I just got back home this morning from AZ and I'm super tired. However spending thanksgiving with the inlaws was 1. foodalicious 2. Very awesome for the kids.

I will share more as I can.

Love to yous!

My inspirational music right now is: Forgiveness.
I'm trying hard to do it with so many areas of my life and O_M_G it's hard! Sorry for the om_

But for freedom's sake, I will have to. Freedom for my spirit. Freedom to love freely.

It's the hardest thing to give away
And the last thing on your mind today
It always goes to those that don't deserve

It's the opposite of how you feel
When the pain they caused is just to real
It takes everything you have just to say the word...

Forgiveness
Forgiveness

It flies in the face of all your pride
It moves away the mad inside
It's always anger's own worst enemy
Even when the jury and the judge 
Say you gotta right to hold a grudge
It's the whisper in your ear saying 'Set It Free'

Forgiveness, Forgiveness
Forgiveness, Forgiveness

Show me how to love the unlovable
Show me how to reach the unreachable
Help me now to do the impossible

Forgiveness, Forgiveness

Help me now to do the impossible
Forgiveness

It'll clear the bitterness away
It can even set a prisoner free
There is no end to what it's power can do
So, let it go and be amazed
By what you see through eyes of grace
The prisoner that it really frees is you

Forgiveness, Forgiveness
Forgiveness, Forgiveness

Show me how to love the unlovable
Show me how to reach the unreachable
Help me now to do the impossible
Forgiveness

I want to finally set it free
So show me how to see what Your mercy sees
Help me now to give what You gave to me
Forgiveness, Forgiveness

Welcome to today's music.  I hope Monday find you with a smile and music to begin your week with light steps. 

Don't forget to visit the spotlight dancer in the #1 spot. Soon it might be your turn. 
Spotlight Dancers
Thank you for visiting and I'll visit you soon! 
Hosts: 
Colette @JamericanSpice
Marie @XmasDolly
and 

Honorary Co-host: 
Lucy - Lucy's Reality - Welcome! 
and thank you 
for doing a fabulous job with the month of October!
Steps:
1. Visit YouTube (or other) and get your music for the theme of the week
2. Grab our "Monday's Music Moves Me" button (above) 
3. Add your post to the linky - follow the hosts and grab our buttons. Leave a note so we can follow you back
4. Visit each other and leave a comment or whatever you want to do to let them know you were there. See if they have the same music style as you. Enjoy the music! 

You can also join Denise @




Colette is a busy mom of 2 kids focusing solely on being a mom. She hails from the Caribbean and now balance the full life of being a SAHM and dabbling in odd jobs to help around the home. She enjoys sharing her memories, hopes, food, travel, entertainment, and product experiences on her blog. Please read my disclosure 
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11/24/12

Little Girls Dream Christmas #Giveaway

I know all my daughter is dreaming about for Christmas. Seems she wants to make  a wish list already. I don't mind. Less stress on wondering what she wants. It's so fun with kids, they know exactly 'everything' they want and let you know!

How about your children? What do they want?




Hosted by: Mom Blog Society | Geeky Gamer Mom | Jackie’s Reviews | Mom Does Reviews | | Route 249 | Shannon's View from Here |

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GrandPrize winner: Barbie Dream House, Little Tikes Kitchen, Lalaloopsy, Bratzillaz, Novie Star Mae Talkii, Bratz Boutique
1st Place winner: Little Tikes Kitchen, Lalaloopsy, Bratzillaz, Novie Star Mae Talkii, Bratz Boutique Barbie Dream Townhouse:
  • Tons of Barbie fun on three levels!
  • Includes a pink personal elevator
  • Roaring fireplace and pop up flat screen tv
  • Ultra-luxurious Barbie signature bathroom
  • Sounds include doorbell, kitchen timer, crackling fireplace, shower humming, and flushing toilet.
Little Tikes Cook 'n Grow:
  • Kitchen can be reconfigured for 2 year age grades
  • Stage 1 introduces preschoolers to kitchen play at a height that's just right and stage 2 provides growing kids with added kitchen role play
  • Real working oven, refrigerator and microwave doors
  • Includes Electronic cooking sounds
  • Hooks and molded in slots hold cups and plates
Lalaloopsy Fun House:
  • Magical Lalaloopsy Silly Fun House Playset
  • Five Play Areas Rollercoaster track with removable car
  • Includes exclusive doll and pet
  • 5 fun house accessories
  • Works in both directions Zip line with pet balloon, 2 Spinning swings, Twisty slide, Snack shack, Pop Popcorn
Novie Star Mae Talkii:
  • Mae Tallick really talks, she has a robotic voice and says cosmic phrase
  • Voice is activated by push button on her ear
  • Mae Tallick is made of metalized body material
  • Multi-color eyes with icon, bow shaped antennas and metallic eyelashes
Bratz Boutique:
  • Includes 2-in-1 mannequin and doll stand
  • Check out counter includes cash register with working, beeping scanner
  • Includes additional outfit, 1 extra pair of shoes or boots, sunglasses, shopping bag, shoe box, purse, 2 pairs of earrings, bracelet and brush.
  • Packaging transforms into boutique playset environment
Bratzillaz:
  • Brand-new sculpts with stunning glass eyes
  • Articulated, posable bodies
  • Each character has her own special power and personal "witch mark" symbol
  • Each character has her own fashionable outfit and boots
  • Includes broom hair brush, doll stand and spell scroll
For your chance to win simply enter via the Rafflecopter Below: Good Luck and Happy Holidays!
The event dates: 11/24- 12/12 Open to World Wide Open to World Wide: If the winner is outside the USA they will receive the cash equivalent via Paypal or Amazon NO EXCEPTIONS  

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Colette is a busy mom of 2 kids focusing solely on being a mom. She hails from the Caribbean and now balance the full life of being a SAHM and dabbling in odd jobs to help around the home. She enjoys sharing her memories, hopes, food, travel, entertainment, and product experiences on her blog. Please read my disclosure 
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11/22/12

Wii U & Game Stop $200 Gift Card #Giveaway

My son would go plum giddy to find a game stop gift card in his gift set.  What about you and your children?
Come enter to win this cool prize!



 
 Hosted By: Mom Blog Society | Geeky Gamer Mom | Jackie's Reviews | Mom Does Reviews | Twinkle Monkey | Route 249 | Swank Savings | S.O.S Mom | Funny Pregnant Lady | Divas With A Purpose | Life Simply Fabulous
Prizes: Wii U & $200 Game Stop Gift Card

If the winner is outside the USA they will receive the cash value in their choice of Paypal cash or Amazon Gift card NO EXCEPTIONS!

The event dates: 11/22 12:01 am - 12/10 12:59 pm EST
Open to World Wide

The new controller incorporates a 6.2-inch, 16:9 touch screen and traditional button controls, including two analog Circle Pads. This combination removes the traditional barriers between games, players and the TV by creating a second window into the video game world.

The rechargeable controller includes a Power button, Home button, +Control Pad, A/B/X/Y buttons, L/R buttons and ZL/ZR buttons. It includes a built-in accelerometer and gyroscope, rumble feature, camera, a microphone, stereo speakers, a sensor strip and a stylus.

Game Stop Gift Card where you can purchase all your Wii u games!
Once lucky person will win it all. For your chance simply enter via the Rafflecoper below. GOOD LUCK!

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Colette is a busy mom of 2 kids focusing solely on being a mom. She hails from the Caribbean and now balance the full life of being a SAHM and dabbling in odd jobs to help around the home. She enjoys sharing her memories, hopes, food, travel, entertainment, and product experiences on her blog. Please read my disclosure 
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11/21/12

iPad Mini #Giveaway Event With MPM

I think I would prefer the iPad mini. But I still cannot let go of my laptop! I'm so behind. But do you want to win one?

Of course there is the children. They'll take anything electronic! :) It would be nice to win one for them. 

iPad Mini Giveaway Event

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The iPad Mini has a beautiful display, powerful A5 chip, FaceTime HD camera, iSight camera with 1080p HD video recording, ultrafast wireless, and over 275,000 apps ready to download from the App Store. The iPad mini is an iPad in every way, shape, and slightly smaller form. Easy for on the go with that same great Apple power punch!

One lucky reader will receive a iPad Mini {white}!

Giveaway ends December 5th at 11:59pm, open worldwide {residents outside of the US will receive cash equivalent of $329}, ages 18+. To enter please use the Rafflecopter form below. Good luck!

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Disclosure: I received no compensation for this publication. My opinions are my own and may differ from those of your own. JamericanSpice is not responsible for sponsor prize shipment.


Colette is a busy mom of 2 kids focusing solely on being a mom. She hails from the Caribbean and now balance the full life of being a SAHM and dabbling in odd jobs to help around the home. She enjoys sharing her memories, hopes, food, travel, entertainment, and product experiences on her blog. Please read my disclosure 
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Blind Driving - Thankful Week 3

It is good to give thanks, especially for the little things, so that we remain content with life and have peace.

What are you thankful for most this week?

- I drove to the airport safely those two nights and back home. I am a nervous wreck to drive at night as my depth perception is way off and the headlights in my eyes just blinds me. But I had to pick dh up. I was this close to telling him to take a taxi home.
Then I was so nervous or just busy that I showed up on Thursday night instead of Friday night, hence the two trips!

- Husband is home safe with us. The home feels different when he is home. And I don't pray so much for him. And I don't worry so much for him. It's like now I know where he is. I can touch him. Give him a hug.

- Our vehicle is fixed and it didn't cost us an arm and a leg! The battery died. It's amazing how much we have to depend on a vehicle here in America. In my country, we walk almost everywhere! So it's a blessing to have a good running vehicle

- 10 hours of sleep Thursday night! I haven't had that in years! And I'm sick as a dog, but I woke up this morning bouncing off the walls! Whooo!

- My children making awesome students in school! What not to be proud of. Seems they drive me crazyinsane at home and be all nice and great outside. Hey, they gotta let it out somewhere right?

- I can cook. Lord help this family if I couldn't cook :)

- My son's soccer team made it to soccer tournament again! They only lost two games to the same time. They are bigger and better, but that's good practice and I hope we get to whip them in the tournament and win like we did last year against another team who was doing the same thing to us :) Sweet victory has never been given!

- OUR Team Won the Soccer Championships! WHOOOO! And yes we whipped that team that was acting all high and mighty! Those are the sweetest victories yet! Whooo! 



I will be sharing my thankful thoughts during the month of November and December. The kids have a jar that they've been putting notes in throughout the year too and we'll read those at dinner. So these are basically my post it notes. Join in if you wish and we'll visit each other!

Colette is a busy mom of 2 kids focusing solely on being a mom. She hails from the Caribbean and now balance the full life of being a SAHM and dabbling in odd jobs to help around the home. She enjoys sharing her memories, hopes, food, travel, entertainment, and product experiences on her blog. Please read my disclosure 
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11/19/12

It's A Good Morning - 4Ms

By the time this goes live, I don't know if I'll have access to a computer, but fear not, late or early, I'll come visit y'all.

This song is how I usually feel every morning, thank God! I am one of those morning and night people. I can stay up late 3am or so and wake up early 5:30am or so and still be all bouncy and ready to go go go. No coffee. Music is my coffee.

Hope y'all have a wonderful Thanksgiving!




Good Morning by MANDISA from MJ Gilhooley on Vimeo.

Welcome to today's music.  I hope Monday find you with a smile and music to begin your week with light steps. 

Don't forget to visit the spotlight dancer in the #1 spot. Soon it might be your turn. 
Spotlight Dancers
Thank you for visiting and I'll visit you soon! 
Hosts: 
Colette @JamericanSpice
Marie @XmasDolly
and 

Honorary Co-host: 
Lucy - Lucy's Reality - Welcome! 
and thank you 
for doing a fabulous job with the month of October!
Steps:
1. Visit YouTube (or other) and get your music for the theme of the week
2. Grab our "Monday's Music Moves Me" button (above) 
3. Add your post to the linky - follow the hosts and grab our buttons. Leave a note so we can follow you back
4. Visit each other and leave a comment or whatever you want to do to let them know you were there. See if they have the same music style as you. Enjoy the music! 

You can also join Denise @



Colette is a busy mom of 2 kids focusing solely on being a mom. She hails from the Caribbean and now balance the full life of being a SAHM and dabbling in odd jobs to help around the home. She enjoys sharing her memories, hopes, food, travel, entertainment, and product experiences on her blog. Please read my disclosure 
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