12.31.2016

Receive up to $20 from Blue Diamond

Not too long ago, it came to our attention that the "all natural" almond milk and nut thins from Blue Diamond actually had synthetic ingredients. This was disconcerting to those of us buying their products, believing that we were feeding our families organic. 

Well Good News, Folks!

 

The false advertising lawsuit has reached a settlement. 

12.29.2016

PYP Game 3c

Pick Your Own Prize Giveaway! 

Option 3

 

If this item strikes your fancy, type "3" on the Giveaway post on Facebook.

Click Here to go back to facebook page

Thanks for playing! 

Items change from game to game.

We have worked on this game for 4 days and have lots of items on unpublished pages. 

Make sure you play each game to see all the items!

Must be 18+ to play.

USA Only. (No APO/FPO)

All Winners will be chosen from random.org

If you win this weekend, please wait a week before playing again. Gives more people a chance to win this weekend! 

Thanks!



PYP 1st Option (Game 1130)

Pick Your Own Prize Giveaway! 


Option1

 


If this item strikes your fancy, type "1" on the Giveaway post on Facebook.


Click Here for Option 2


~♡~


Items change from game to game.
We have worked on this game for 4 days and have lots of items on unpublished pages.
Make sure you play each game to see all the items!
Must be 18+ to play.
USA Only. (No APO/FPO)
All Winners will be chosen from random.org
If you win this weekend, please wait a week before playing again. Gives more people a chance to win this weekend!
Thanks!


12.28.2016

~☆~ The Cowboy's Christmas Plan~☆~ By- Shanna Hatfield

~☆~ Book Blitz & Giveaway ~☆~



Title: The Cowboy’s Christmas Plan
Author: Shanna Hatfield
Genre: Romance - Western / Contemporary / Sweet / Holiday
Hosted by: Lady Amber’s PR




Blurb:

Sometimes the most unexpected circumstances lead to the best adventures...


Book Sale Blitz ~ Ariel Rising by AJ & CS Sparber

Book Sale Blitz!!

Title: Ariel Rising
Author: Aj & CS Sparber
Genre: YA Paranormal Romance
Cover Designer: Regina Wamba at Mae I Design & Photography
Hosted by: Lady Amber's PR


12.23.2016

~☆~ Book Review & Tour~☆~ Evading The Dark by E.M. Rinaldi

First, My Review!

*I had the supreme pleasure of being allowed to read this book in exchange for an honest review.*

Once I started reading, I had a hard time putting the book down! Evading the Dark is a fantastic read! The heroine, "Casey" starts out being an underling who has trouble finding her place in society. She was instantly my favorite character. 

The writing style draws you in, it's easy to no longer see words, instead you're watching the movie only a great book can produce in your minds eye. You do not want to miss this great story!

-Renea  (Diva Dragon at Diva Sweeps)

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Title: Evading the Dark
Author: E.M. Rinaldi
Genre: YA Paranormal
Cover Designer: Regina Wamba at Mae I Design & Photography
Hosted by: Lady Amber’s PR

12.21.2016

Last Blog Giveaway of 2016 Ends Tonight!

The "Winter is Coming" giveaway will end tonight. On our facebook page we have a giveaway that ends December 27th at 11:59pm EST -
Enter Here

Once the Blog Giveaway has ended Tonight, We will be taking a vacation from blogging until the day after Christmas  (26th). There's too much to do and zero time for blogging.
But we hope you all have a Merry Christmas!
Happy Holidays!! ♡♡♡

12.20.2016

~☆~ Book Blitz & Giveaway ~☆~ Stupid Cupid by Annelise Reynolds


Title: Stupid Cupid
Author: Annelise Reynolds
Genre: romance/erotica romance/contemporary
Editor:  Dawn Lewis
Cover Designer: Dark Water Covers

12.14.2016

Making Edible Wonders Of Delight!

We all have our own passions in life, mine is creating edible wonders of delight! Also known as "Meals". I have a huge crew to cook for and my love of cooking enables me to try a variety of meals on my family.


*Affiliate links may be present in this post. If clicked and a purchase is made, I will make a small commission.*

I spend at least an hour a day searching the web for new ideas, sometimes I get discouraged with how bland the recipes are. 

~☆~ Book Blitz ~☆~ A Miracle Mountain Christmas by Ciara Knight

Another Great Book Listed On Diva Sweeps!


Title: A Miracle Mountain Christmas
Author: Ciara Knight
Genre: Sweet Romance

12.11.2016

Recipe - Easy Chicken Teriyaki

I Love Chicken Teriyaki! 

I found this recipe online and tried it out. It's so easy to make and took less time than waiting for it to be delivered from across town!

Photo Courtesy of Rasa Malaysia

My family chowed down on our meal of Chicken Teriyaki with white rice and sauteed carrots and snow peas, Before I could snap a photo!

12.09.2016

Dear Deadbeat Mom -

I received your message on FB this afternoon, right before you blocked me.

I just want to let you know how your children are doing and tell you that I will not be passing on your hateful message to my husband. You have his cell number, do your own dirty work.

12.07.2016

*My Review* - The Gilded Cage by Vic James

I read this book, in it's entirety, in one Day!

I Give it ★★★★★!

These Are A Few Of My Favorite Things.

 

One of My Most Favorite Gifts is Jewelry!

I Love BLING! Sweet, Shiney Baubles of pure delight.

Yet sadly, After buying Christmas Gifts for 9 kids, We are hard pressed to find the money to buy gifts for each other. That's why I have to Share my latest Find!

 


12.05.2016

The Most Hilarious Of Holiday Traditions

What is your one hilarious holiday tradition? 

Ours is creating a card on Jib-Jab! Then sharing it with friends and family. 

 





*Affiliate links may be present in this post. If clicked and a purchase is made, I will make a small commission to help support my Giveaways hosted by me. Thanks for reading my blog!

12.03.2016

Winter Words

PSST!

Wanna hear a secret?!


It's a word, only helpful if needed.
Pick the word next to the day that you are entering our giveaway.





Monday -  Freeze

Tuesday - Flannel

Wednesday - Flakes

Thursday - Frigid

Friday - Fireplace

Saturday - Frosty 

Sunday - Florida











I had to take a few days off for family

Like the title says, I had to take a few days off for my family.
I already had some posts scheduled and many have seen me on instagram sharing a meme or two. Tragedy struck our family on November 30th, when my 14 yr old nephew, Austin, lost his battle with cancer. 

It crushed us.

Do you Care for a loved one? Want to make a little $ and share your opinions?

I do. I did this survey and shared my opinions.

Being a Caregiver to my 76 yr old Mom, is sometimes really hard. Now I  have a place where I can share my experiences and get paid for it.

*Affiliate links may be present in this post. If clicked, I will make a small commission to help support my self sponsored Giveaways. It costs you nothing to click. Thanks for reading my blog!

Get 2 Free Baby Kits!

Can you ever have enough stuff for your baby?!

I think not!

Your child deserves the best care, enjoy two Johnson's Baby Kits! Free!

 


*Affiliate links may be present in this post. If clicked, I may make a small commission to help support the Giveaways self sponsored by me, on my fb page and my blog. It costs you nothing to click. Thanks for reading my blog!

12.02.2016

Recipe - Vegetable Beef Soup - Dump Style

I'm going to share with you, the easiest recipe ever!
Have you ever put your leftovers in the fridge? I do. Those little generic tupperware things really start to add up after a few days. Two nights ago, I made a beef roast via crock pot. Tonight I pulled out the leftover beef roast and chopped it into bite size strips. So I'm going to list the ingredients the best way I can.

11.30.2016

~☆~ Book Freebie~☆~ Pathogen by E.L. Lorain & Tim Frazier

Diva Sweeps is proud to present a
~☆~ Book Freebie~☆~




Title: Pathogen
Author: EL Loraine & Tim Frasier
Genre: Dystopian


Check Out These Adorable Holiday Gift Guides

*Affiliate links may be present in this post. If you make a purchase from one of these links, I will make a small commission.

The Holidays are just around the corner, it will be here before we know it, so Diva Sweeps is searching high and low for all the super cute Holiday Deals!


An Elf Themed Party

Whether you’re planning a party for your little one or want to set a table for your favorite holiday helpers, these fun elf themed party supplies and novelty items will set the mood and make everyone a bit more merry this holiday season.


Elf Napkin - $6.95

11.24.2016

Happy Thanksgiving!

Hope you all have a happy & safe Thanksgiving ♡

From my family to yours.

11.23.2016

Are You Looking For A Way To Make Some Extra Cash?


If you are looking for ways to make some extra cash, then you are not alone. I am always on the search! Whether it's online or offline, I am open to trying just about anything!

11.21.2016

Pick Your Prize Game 3

Pick Your Own Prize Giveaway!
Option 1




If this item strikes your fancy, type "1" on the Giveaway post on Facebook.

Click Here for Option 2

Thanks for playing!
Items change from game to game.
We have worked on this game for 4 days and have lots of items on unpublished pages.
Make sure you play each game to see all the items!
Must be 18+ to play.
USA Only. (No APO/FPO)
All Winners will be chosen from random.org
If you win this weekend, please wait a week before playing again. Gives more people a chance to win this weekend!
Thanks!

11.20.2016

~☆~ Book Blitz~☆~ Chronicles of Ave by Stephen Zimmer

DivaSweeps is pleased to promote this awesome book!

Title: Chronicles of Ave

Author: Stephen Zimmer

Genre: Fantasy




11.18.2016

NOOOOOO! Not this again!

I got a phone call around noon, from the elementary school, "come pick up Max, he's very sick. And bring a change of clothes!"

I get to the school, had just parked when my phone rings again. "Can you cover for Nita tonight? She called in sick." Not knowing what awaited me inside the school, I said "let me call you back."

PYP Option 3 (Game 1130)

Pick Your Own Prize Giveaway! 


Option 3

 If this item strikes your fancy, type "3" on the Giveaway post on Facebook.

Click Here to Go Back to Our Facebook page!

(Look For The Pinned Post For Current Game)

Thanks for playing!
Items change from game to game.
We have worked on this game for 4 days and have lots of items on unpublished pages.
Make sure you play each game to see all the items!
Must be 18+ to play.
USA Only. (No APO/FPO)
All Winners will be chosen from random.org
If you win this weekend, please wait a week before playing again. Gives more people a chance to win this weekend!
Thanks!


~☆~ Book Blitz ~☆~ Sound of Sirens by Jennifer Malone Wright

~☆~ Book Blitz~☆~






Title: Sound of Sirens

Author: Jennifer Malone Wright

Genre: Paranormal Romance

Hosted by: Lady Amber’s PR


11.11.2016

~☆~New Release Book~☆~ Don't Tell by Erin Trejo ~☆~

*Affiliate links may be present in this post.*
Title: Don’t Tell
Author: Erin Trejo
Genre: Dark Romance,Thriller
Blurb:
In a world full of lies and deceit, where do I fit in? A highly respected surgeon for a step-father and a lawyer for a mother, I never wanted for anything. The lies that live behind these mansion walls are ripping us apart. No one speaks of them but we all know they’re there.  Opting to take a break, I leave for the summer.

11.09.2016

Contest Girl

The name says it all.
A website for the masses to find some of the best giveaways on the Internet.

Contest Girl offers a wide range of contests.
Once you have signed up, you have the option to receive the newsletter. Some of the days best contests will be featured in the newsletter.

MyContests - is where you can save any contests you have entered. This really comes in handy for all those daily contests.



So do yourself a favor and go checkout contestgirl.com

~♡~


11.07.2016

Freebie *Book Blitz* - MoonLit by Jadie Jones

*Affiliate links may be present in this post. Please read our Disclosure Policy for more information.*


Title: Moonlit

Author: Jadie Jones
Genre: YA Fantasy/Paranormal


Blurb:

Tanzy Hightower is not crazy. At least that’s what she tells herself. She also tells herself that the shadows in the woods aren’t living, murderous beings. Only one of these things can be true. On the third anniversary of her father’s death, Tanzy revisits the woods and the shadows that took him. She quickly realizes they now have their sights set on her. Neither Tanzy nor life as she knows it escapes them unchanged.


Two strangers seem too willing to help her navigate her new reality: Vanessa Andrews, a doctor’s trophy wife with a southern drawl and a history Tanzy can appreciate, and Lucas, a quiet, scarred man with timing that borders on either perfect or suspect. But Tanzy has secrets of her own. Desperate for answers and revenge, Tanzy must put her faith in their hands as her past comes calling, and the shadows close in.

Will her choices shed light on the shadows of her past, or will they bring forth the darkness within her?




Author. Equine professional. Southern gal. Especially fond of family, sunlight, and cookie dough. ​​Learn more on my website: www.jadiejones.com

Author Links:



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11.03.2016

Being A Secret Santa and Staying Debt Free. Can it be done?

Being a secret santa -
Last year we sponsored five children of various ages from three different families, on top of the nine children we already have to buy for. This year we are sponsoring four children from two different families. I wanted to sponsor more but it's not in our budget.

We are not rich.
We do not own credit cards.
Our house is paid off.
We are debt free.
It was the hardest 3 years of our lives, but we did it!

I work part time, my husband works full-time and then some. Kids are expensive, no matter how you look at it.

As a family, we like to help those in need ...

At church tonight, we received our "wish lists", items the kids want Santa to bring them, and I am appalled at the items listed!!

11.02.2016

Recipe: Rosemary & Garlic Bread

First of all, I do not always bake fresh bread, so this is a treat! (Store bought french loaves are my go to).
I use 2 bread machines simultaneously.
It takes 3 hours to bake one loaf in each machine.
Four loaves demolished in one meal.
(We had spaghetti & meatballs with this bread and a small side salad.)

11.01.2016

Book Blitz: Chasing Brynn by Angela Corbett & $25 Amazon Giveaway




Title: Chasing Brynn
Author: Angela Corbett
Genre: Humorous Adult Contemporary Romance
Publisher: Midnight Sands Publishing
Hosted by: Lady Amber's PR


Blurb:
Witty and blunt blogger, Brynn Harper, has a knack for incredible sex. As a graduate student studying to be a sex therapist, Brynn’s heard her fair share of intimate horror stories. Starting an anonymous blog offering naughty advice changes her life. When a competitor tries to "out-blog" her with equally risqué posts from a male perspective, Brynn vows to shut him down.

Product Review: Nutiva Organic Hazelnut Spread

* I received a free jar in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.*


Nutiva Organic Hazelnut Spread with Cocoa.

The label says "Nutiva nurtures vitality by conscious  curating of the world's finest organic plant-food ingredients. With 40% less sugar & 450mg of Omega-3 per serving."

10.31.2016

My Worst Halloween Decorating Disaster.

I've got that Question on the "Fall is in the air" Giveaway Hop.

My absolutely worst halloween decorating disaster happened in 1998. Living on my own for the first time, I decided I was going to go all out and make my yard be the most frightful on the block.

Blow up decorations were a new thing, they were also really expensive. So I didn't go that route, instead I bought 20 packs of fake spider webs, dug some dirt up in the back yard and put the dirt in the front yard to look like a fresh grave. I used a fake hand that I splashed some red paint on, half burying it in the fresh dirt/grave. Cut a headstone from a piece of cardboard box, painted it and then put some corny epithet on it like "here lies stu, he choked to death eating stew, now he's dead with nothing to do."

10.30.2016

Recipe: Easy Meatloaf - Main Dish

This recipe is so easy, the teens in my home take turns making it.













Ingredients

    1 1/2 pounds ground beef
    1 egg
    1 cup sour cream
    2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
    1 (1 ounce) package dry onion soup mix
    1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
    1 1/2 cups Italian-style dried bread crumbs

Directions

    Preheat oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C).
    In a large bowl, combine the beef, egg, sour cream and Worcestershire sauce. Mix in soup mix, cheese, and bread crumbs. Form mixture into a loaf, and place in a 9x5 inch loaf pan. Cover with foil.
    Bake at 375 degrees F (190 degrees C) for 45 minutes. Remove foil and continue baking for another 10 to 15 minutes. Let stand 5 to 10 minutes before serving for easier slicing.
Feeds 6.
(We always make 2 or 3 pans)

This is a cheap and tasty main dish.
Goes great with broccoli & cheese rice sides and cream corn.  We give it ☆☆☆☆

10.28.2016

Book Blitz -Desert of Destiny by Debbie Cassidy ( Sleeping Gods book 2 )



Title: Desert of Destiny (Sleeping Gods book 2)
Author: Debbi Cassidy
Genre: High Fantasy
Cover Artist: DC Creations
Editor: Read Head Editing
Hosted by: Lady Amber’s Reviews & PR





Blurb:
...Priya was overcome by a longing to know him, to understand him, this man who had given her life. But her life was soon to end and she would never know anything ever again. Her vision blurred and she wiped at her eyes.
“Do not be afraid, Priya,” he said.
“I’m just a girl, in the face of death I don’t know how else to feel”
The answers dwell beneath...
The capital has been taken and the streets run crimson with the blood of the innocent. The only hope to end the butchery lies in finding the Fist, a duty which rests heavily on Priya’s delicate shoulders. A responsibility that she believes will be shared by her allies, until the moment the illusion is shattered...
Suddenly Priya is on the run.  With the shadow of betrayal over her heart, Priya must step onto a perilous road. One that will test her limits, and throw her into the path of a danger from which there may be no return. As alliances are tested and secrets are revealed, Priya must decide whether the bonds of blood will serve to define her, or whether her destiny can be hers to forge alone.
To save the Isle, Priya must first save herself...

10.27.2016

When My Mom Gets Sick...

Is when I worry the most.
She's the last person in our house, to catch the 48 hour stomach virus and we're going on hour 80.

At the age of 71, my moms crippling arthritis ended her days of walking with a walker. Mom became immobile and it was hard for her to accept it. She's 76 yrs old now.

When she gets sick, it's really bad by anyones standards. Hospital visits are deemed necessary because she gets dehydrated fast!

And I worry so much, I think I'm developing another ulcer.

I could write a separate blog about my mom, alone.
But once she heard me say I was writing a blog (described to her as an online diary, she knows nothing about the internet!) mother made me promise I would Not write about her.

Promise broken!

So there you go.
I am a promise breaker.
No sleep for the wicked.

10.25.2016

How many days does it take to change a lightbulb?

This is a relevant question in my house.
Our main bathroom, off the hallway, has 2 light fixtures that have one bulb in each. Regular size bulbs, I prefer the 75 watt. Usually, when one bulb dies there's a backup in the second fixture, so the bathroom is never dark. What happens when that bulb dies? In the middle of the night, no less? The adventure of "going potty by flashlight" begins!

It's not as glamorous as it sounds but if you are desperate for something to do with your family, by all means, give it a try!

10.21.2016

ARC Review: The Murder Game by Julie Apple & Catherine MacKenzie

*I received a free ARC e-copy of this book in exchange for my honest review. Affiliate links may be present in this post.*



Title: The Murder Game
Author: Catherine MacKenzie writing as Julie Apple
Genres: Fiction, Mystery, Suspense
Release Date: November 1, 2016


10.17.2016

Recipe: Kale Pesto Pasta Casserole (Gluten-Free)


This kale pesto pasta casserole is filling, delicious, and so easy to make! It has an especially savory, umami twist thanks to the addition of sun-dried tomatoes and olives. I also sautéed thin strips of eggplant in a bit of olive oil and mixed it all together with the pesto. An absolutely lovely highlight is the crust, which is made of gluten-free bread crumbs mixed with olive oil and garlic. It's crunchy, hearty, and perfect!

10.14.2016

Go Visit Online-Sweepstakes!

 I promised my readers that I would divulge my favorite sweep sites, last week . Let's get started.


One of the most comprehensive directories for entering sweepstakes is  

OLS offers you a way of tracking what sweepstakes you have entered with "My Sweeps".
Plus they have an awesome forum where you can have any question answered by other members. That forum is a huge bonus when you're a newbie. We've all been new at this, once.
Go check them out!

Make Some Quick Christmas Cash!

Christmas is coming, now is the time to start looking for ways to make a little extra money. As a family, we usually have one last yard sale for the year. The kids go through their stuff and select things they no longer have a use for. What they sell, they keep the money from it.

Dear Angry Dad in the Carpool Line

I've seen you lose your mind, while sitting in the long carpool line. You are quite the entertaining little man. I especially enjoyed your screams of "How MUCH LONGER IS THIS CRAP GOING TO TAKE?" But NOTHING can beat your performance of "I'M TOO BUSY FOR THIS HOLY HELL! HURRY THE EFF UP YOU COMPLETE MORONS!" All said while you were beating on your stearing wheel and screaming out your window.

10.13.2016

Book Review: Wreckers Gate by Eric T. Knight

Wreckers Gate (Immortality and Chaos #1)Wreckers Gate by Eric T. Knight

My rating: 5 of 5 stars


From the first page of this story, I was immediately teleported into another world. The characters were personable and exciting. The landscapes were harsh and unforgiving. The fight scenes were epic! This is a must read for any lover of fantasy books. I found myself cheering for the tenders! Reading parts of the fight scenes out loud to my kids. I completely loved this book. Looking forward to the next book.

*I received a free e-copy of this book in exchange for my unbiased review, I just happen to be a fantasy geek.*



View all my reviews

10.10.2016

Ugh, It's Monday.

Another Monday is almost over, Thank God!
Needless to say, my day has not been great. First thing this morning, my alarm clock did not go off, kids went to school after having a granola bar for breakfast.
I went to feed the dogs but couldn't find their food, so they had dry cat food poured in their bowls, which they just stared at. Probably because we usually put them in their crates when they steal the cats food.

10.09.2016

Going in a New Direction

When I first started my blog back in 2009, I did it with a vision in mind. It was a place where my friends and I could post links of all the sweepstakes we were entering.

 Then in 2013, I took a sabbatical for personal reasons. 

Coming Back this year, I no longer have the same vision as I once had before. I love hosting my own giveaways but I want to do more! I want my blog to be more, be a reflection of me.

9.29.2016

Making Some Changes

Since I have a few days before the next Giveaway goes live, from DivaSweeps,  I thought it  was a good time to update my blog. My share buttons are missing for now but they will be back. I had the old ones since 09, lol it's long past time for an update. Changing more things I hope I don't regret later.

Until next time..

R.

Winner, Winner Chicken Dinner! *Update*

 Congrats to Aaron Morgan!
Thanks for participating in my 1st Blog Hop Giveaway!
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~\~~~

A Winner for the $25 Amazon Gift Card has been randomly drawn!
I'm waiting for Confirmation from him before announcing.
48 hours to reply to my email.
Woot!

I'm participating in a few more blog hops in the upcoming few weeks, so stay tuned folks!

9.24.2016

Do you want to Winit?

I know "Winit" is two words, but in this case it's one.
If you have a few minutes to spare and you want to enter a lot of sweepstakes in one place, you will want to visit this site.


Read More >>>

8.29.2016

The Fake Giveaways posted on Facebook

I think we have all seen those fake Giveaways on facebook. You know, the ones that are named
"Win a toyota 4 runner" or the "Win this mobile home". Those pages give the legitimate giveaways a bad name. 

8.27.2016

Look at this sweepstakes website!

I'm going to share with you one of my favorite sweepstakes websites.

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