September 28, 2013

The Pasta Shoppe: Review and Giveaway

I was so lucky to be sent a box of various pastas from The Pasta Shoppe to try and to review! Pasta is a staple in the Daigle home so of course we were all willing to review! But as kids, and mom are, as soon as the Meringues were seen, they were the first tried! Devine, OMY Goshness, holy yummy were some of words used to describe the awesome melt in your mouth pieces of yumm! Not only do the come in Vanilla Bean, they also have Key Lime Coconut, Peppermint and Chocolate Cocoa Crunch.

Because we have all been feeling crappy due to this nasty ickness thats been going around, instead of giving the kids the canned chicken noodle soup, I decided to make The Pasta Shoppes version. Yes I had to cook chicken to add, you can use a canned chicken, but it paid off. It was good!

There are so many various shapes, there is no way I could cover them all.  My daughters loved the peace, love & happiness pasta shapes. Abby thought it was so cool to eat hearts!
They also have a large variety of seasonal shaped pasta! Not only Halloween but Christmas, Valentines Day, Thanksgiving and Jewish Holidays as well! There are just too many to list here! But you can see their full list of seasonal pastas HERE.

And they have Glutton Free food as well!  But for the College sport fans there is something extra special! Collegiate Pasta Shapes! AND they are only $5.99 a bag! Perfect for game days! No Maine Black Bears tho, sorry. 
There are also gifts and gift boxes. Perfect for the holidays and the hard to shop for!

You know how kids go the annual school fundraisers to raise money for school and bands and trips and such?? Well, The Pasta Shoppe offers a fundraisng program! I know I hate it when kids ask me to buy. I think the paper and candy are way over priced and I dont really like them. But just about every one eats pasta!  So that makes this the perfect fundraiser! And the packages are actually a useable size and the sweets are more than just a nibble sized nibbler! You can find more about their fundraising on their fundraising website.

They have 2 pages on Facebook as well. Their main page, HERE and their Fundraising page HERE.

The founders of The Pasta Shoppe are John and Carey Aron. Their business is family run and home based in Nashville, Tennessee. Their pasta adventure began in 1992 during their honeymoon to Italy. They fell in love with pasta and the Italian lifestyle, and knew someday that they wanted to recreate a piece of Italy back home.
In 1994, they traveled back to Italy to understand exactly what it took to make the highest-quality and best-tasting pasta around. Then they added the fun part: hand-crafted bronze dies to create more than 250 different pasta shapes. From cat paws to Christmas trees to college logos, they have got a fun pasta shape for everyone.
The Pasta Shoppe creates small batches of quality pasta – no mass production. The plant is similar to the 'boutique' manufacturing plants found in Italy, home of perfect pasta. They buy all their pasta-making machines from Italy and fill them with only the finest ingredients available – 100% durum semolina flour and all-natural vegetable powders.

 Now the best part! One lucky person is gong to win a box valued at $30.00 worth of pasta plus their choice of 1 collegiate bag of pasta. Debras Random Rambles and >>YOUR BLOG NAME HERE<< are not liable for fufillment. Good luck!

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September 26, 2013

Cardstore special

It's time to plan your Halloween costume (it's only 35 days away!) so plan your party too! Invite your family and friends to a spooky Halloween party, and get them excited about the ghoulish day. Cardstore has an awesome selection of Halloween invites and cards that are fun and easy to personalize. Simply select a invite or card, add your favorite photo (or 3!), add a message like "Trick or Treat!", personalize the card or invite with your own signature, then Cardstore will mail the invites or cards directly to your recipient. Create personalized Halloween invites and cards for your friends and family today and get 30% off your entire Halloween order!

 Just go to Cardstore and use code: CCL3926 at checkout. Valid through 10/3.

Shop Now! Did you know Cardstore has a new and improved card builder? Personalizing cards is now even more fun! Enlarged text box that lets you see what you are typing Spell check "What you see is what you get" font drop down Add photos from your computer, Facebook, Instagram, Dropbox, Picasa, and more Super easy to upload and add multiple photos to collage cards Zoom into card details during preview step Help videos PLUS you can create cards now and Cardstore will send them whenever is best for you via their Future Send tool, up to 365 days from now!

Fortune Girls, Empowering Teens

As a mom of girls, one who is Tween a bit before her time, and a teen aged girl,
 finding this group was superb!

Fortune Girls is all about big girl power!  If you dream big you get big things done! They  are focused on empowering girls to let them know and believe that they can do anything! DREAM BIG!! Really BIG! They want young girls to know that there is no one like them because they are each special and unique in their own way. Fortune Girls was created by a tween and her mom. They want to invite and empower tween girls to join them on this exciting journey
 and invite all of your friends.
Fortune Girls is a movement! They want you to be a part of it - empowering tween girls every day!
They have a growing social presence as well.


Twitter: @fortunegirls

September 25, 2013

Pigs n blankets = easy receipe

 I use Pillsbury Crescent Rolls for this. Open the package and seperate the triangles. Flaten them out, just a bit. Cut 4 hot dogs in half. Sometimes I use turkey dogs to make it a bit healthier.

Put the dog on the larger end and roll the dog towards the smaller end. Fold over ends.

Place on a baking sheet and bake at 350 until golden brown.

VOILA!!! Done!

Newmans Own Organics Pets Review and Giveaway

Product: Newmans Own Organics Cat food

Reviewers: Bags, Fluffy(not pictured), Sir PurAlot, & Merl (yep, after a Walking Dead guy)

My reviewers gave this box of wonderful yummies 5 out of 5 purrs! I couldnt really take a good picture of them eating since they chowed so fast. But they seemed happy after their feast!

Newmans Own Organics is offering one of my readers a chance to win a box of cat food for their purr baby! Just enter the easy copter below for a chance. Debras Random Rambles is not responsible for fufillemt or shipment of the prize. Newmans Own Organics is the sponsor and will ship to the winner.  I received no compensation, other than the cat food for review. 

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September 24, 2013

Red Shirt Kids Review and $75 gift card giveaway


My opinion, even tho the book seemed slow paced to me, it was a very good book and well written. My daughter, who is 14, liked it as well. My son,12, is currently reading it and as he hasn't put it down yet, I'm assuming he likes it as well. The characters are believable and likeable seeming to be like children who reside in any American neighborhood.  

The book is written by Bryce Clark and Kim B Clark. Bryce has written for television shows such as "Yo Gabba Gabba"; He lives in Salt Lake area with his wife and their 5 children. Kim is the former Dean of Harvard Business School and he is currently the President of Brigham Young University-Idaho. He and his wife reside in Idaho. 

The book was released September 24, 2013. See below for a link to purchase Red Shirt Kids on 

You can catch up with Bryce Clark on Twitter HERE.  

Visit Content Kingpin on Facebook by clicking HERE.

Now the best part! The sponsor of the Giveaway is offering a copy of the book, Red Shirt Kids AND a $75 gift card!!! Debras Random Rambles is not responsible for fufillment of any prizes. The sponsor will ship and provide the prizes. I did receive a copy of the book for review and was not compensated in any other way. Good luck to those who enter!!

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Juppy Baby Walker Review and Giveaway

Juppy Baby Walker Review & Giveaway

After having 7 kids, I can tell you that is is backbreaking to help them walk. Now there is a new gadget out there to help save our backs and save little babes from having their arms pulled! The concept is simple, the Juppy Baby Walker Momentum helps your baby to be more safe and confident when learning to walk while you maintain your posture. The Juppy comes with a cute storage/carry bag and is simple to use. There is really nothing to put together, adjusting of the straps and the velcro to fit your babies size is all that is necessary.

 You can read the full review with more information here at Product Review Cafe Juppy Baby Walker Review   Juppy has been generous enough to offer one winner the color of their choice ! Use the giveaway tool below to enter. All entrants must be a US resident , age 18 or older. All entries are verified. A winner will be chosen at random Oct 1st, notified via email and will have 48 hrs to respond before a new winner is chosen. Good luck ! Giveway open Sept 24 - Oct 1st at Noon.  

September 22, 2013

Like Pirates??

I was sent a copy of L. Ron Hubbards book and audio Under the Black Ensign to review for Talk Like a Pirate Day. I received no other compensation for my review. My opinions are my own.

I love a good story. I really like to reread the books that I grew up reading. Thats why I was happy to read Under the Black Ensign. Classics never go out of style. Even tho the book was written in 1940, it still captures the mind today. This book came with a CD audio to listen to.

Quick Synopsis:

"Long before Captain Jack Sparrow raised hell with the Pirates of the Caribbean, 
Tom Bristol sailed to hell and back Under the Black Ensign. That’s where the 
real adventure begins.

Bristol’s had plenty of bad luck in his life. Press-ganged into serving aboard a 
British vessel, he’s felt the cruel captain’s lash on his back. Then, freed from 
his servitude by pirates, his good fortune immediately takes a bad turn . . . as 
the pirates accuse him of murder—and leave him to die on a deserted island. Now 
all he has left are a few drops of water, a gun, and just enough bullets to put 
himself out of his misery.

But Bristol’s luck is about to change. Finding himself in the unexpected company 
of a fiery woman and a crafty crew, he unsheathes his sword, raises a pirate 
flag of his own, and sets off to make love and war on the open seas."

L Ron Hubbard is an American author and the founder of the Church of Scientology. (Not promoting this or any religion).

There is also a lesson plan that goes along with the book. It is perfect for homeschoolers and teachers to use. You can find it by following THIS LINK.

I really did love the book! It brought back memories of hanging out in my parents backyard and reading on the double swing.


September 17, 2013

Purex win $1000 chance!

Who wouldnt love to win $1000, especially with the Holidays right around the corner! And a years worth of laundry detergent??? Oh heck yes!!!!

blogger opportunity!

Looking for bloggers to ACTIVELY promote  numerous giveaways.
With the form below you can sign up for any of them you like or all of them.
I would like to offer a free facebook or twitter link for your help. 
You can purchase additional links for $1 each. Funds will be put towards Wal Mart giftcard(s). ($10/each)
Please read additional information at the top of the Form. 

Sponsors and prizes include:

Lugz------------------ Mens Drifter boots
Meridane Designs----- Zymbol Pendant necklace
OMG Nails ----------- 2 sets of nail strips / 2 winners
At A Glance----------- Mead and Fivestar supply package
Gold Toe-------------- childrens and adult socks
Almondina Brand----- Sampler pack
Sally Hansen --------- new fall Xtreme Wear Nail Polish -10 shades
NYC New York Color - Set of 10 Appplelicious balms
Mighty Bright -------- Xtra Flex2 reading lamp

These are possible other sponsors. 
Gilden- Fleece Sweatshirt(s)
Anna's Linens- Dorm organization
Del Sol -
Green Time Bags -
and others may still come in

*** If you click all on the form I will send the "possible" giveaway HTML's to you as well. 

September 15, 2013

Glass Dharma Giveaway

straw giveaway

Glass Dharma Giveaway

Sponsor: Glass Dharma

Host: Living Frugal in Georgia

Co-Host: Pea of Sweetness, Search With Vonni, BloggieAway

Glass Dharma is a company that truly believes in helping the environment. Their glass straws are made right here in the USA and are warranted against breakage. This does not mean there will never be a flaw in their design. Read here what happened when Rachel from Living Frugal in Georgia received a glass straw from Glass Dharma that had a crack in it.


One winner will receive a $25 e-gift certificate by email to use at Ends October 4 at 11:59 EST Open to 50 US, D.C. and Canada 18+ Use the Giveaway Tool application below to enter.
Debras Random Rambles was not compensated to post this giveaway and is not responsible for prize delivery. The sponsor is responsible for prize delivery. This giveaway is not sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with, Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest or any other social network. This giveaway is open to residents of the 50 United States, D.C. and Canada. You must be 18 years of age or older to enter. Winners will be chosen at random and contacted by email. They will then have 24 hours to respond. If the said winner does not respond in 24 hours another winner will be chosen. No purchase necessary. Void where prohibited by law. Entrants must only enter with either one email address, IP address and/or Facebook account, anyone found violating these rules will be disqualified. If you have any questions please contact Rachel at

DocSafe Review and giveaway

Personally, I am prone to forget everything. I forget where I put things all the time. My husband says I would loose my head if it wasn't attached. So when I was offered a chance to review The DocSafe, I jumped all over it! Sign up was easy. The questions basically led me to what I had to do. The whole process was very simple. 

Want to organize and simplify your life? Wouldn't it be great to be able to locate your critical financial and personal information and files in one location that is available to you anywhere in the world.  The DocSafe turns that into a reality for you.

Are you concerned that your family will not have immediate access to your estate information if you get sick or even worse, die??  Are you afraid that a natural or unnatural disaster might destroy everything including your important papers for insurances? Do you travel alot? Or are you in the military? Worried about being able to change or show documents?

DocSafe is the product for you! All you need to do is answer a few questions and then scan and upload your documents.  Easy and simple! You can also give access to someone else and restrict what they can do on the site. 

Since you put so much energy and time into preparing your documents, having them filed and documented and notarized, shouldnt you take the extra step and store them safely? Its easy! Just gather your documents, scan and upload them to DocSafe. The program is simple and they help you every step of the way.

What kinds of documents should you store?  Each section has a list of what they suggest you save.

 Estate Planning:

Revokable Living Trusts
Pre/Post Nuptual Agreements
Financial Powers of Attorney
Health Care Powers of Attorney

Military Personnel
Wills & Trusts
Financial and Healthcare Powers of Attorney
TRICARE  Information
ID Cards
Dept. of Defense specific forms such as DD-214

Disaster Planning
Wills & Trusts
Birth and Death Certificates
Copies of Social Security Cards
Insurance Policies
Inventory and Appraisials
Deeds & Mortages

Special note to Military Personnel Direct copied from DocSafe website.

Our Commitment to You

You are the people we love to serve. Your commitment to serving our country with the qualities of honesty, integrity and loyalty define you as a member of the military. We strive to honor those qualities as we, in turn, serve you.

In recognition of your service, we are pleased to extend special promotions to you and your family.

Simply  CONTACT US so that we can offer our thanks to you and a unique promo code for a discounted membership. When you contact us, please provide:
  • your name; and
  • copy of your DoD identification card (you can scan it in and black out your DoD ID number if you wish), OR email us from your ".mil" account
If you are on active duty and preparing for deployment, you may want to review this Pre Deployment Guide courtesy of Navy Federal  Credit Union.
The DocSafe offers a 14 day free trial to everyone. If anytime within the 14 days you decide to cancel, you can and your documents will be removed.  With monthly memberships for 5.95 and yearly for 49.95, it really is a great deal. You can sign up for the trial membership HERE. 

The DocSafe people are offering my readers a chance to win a FREE LIFETIME MEMBERSHIP! There isnt just 1 winner either! Ready for this??? There will be 10 winners!!!! All you have to do is enter the copter below.

~Debras Random Rambles is not responsible for prize fufillment. Debras Random Rambles received a membership for review purposes. I was not compensated in any other way, My opinions expressed are, as always, my own.~ 

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September 14, 2013

Newmans Own Organic Review and Giveaway

Newmans Own Organics

We have been buying and eating Newmans Own for years. So when I was given the opportunity to try Newmans Own Organics, I jumped on it!

I was sent a large box of Newmans Own Organics products to try and to review. The opinions are, as always, my own.
Since this post would be way to long for me to detail everything I got, Im going to highlight just a few of the yummy items they sent. I was sent Prunes, a few different types of pretzels and other yummy goodies. 

The Licorice Twists were a big hit! The sour apple was the winner of the two. They were not as sour as I was thinking they would have been. We have bought these since and to be honest we took the last 3 packages on the shelf.
 Fig Bars were ok, they did seem a bit dry to me but the kids loved them. They ate the entire package in less than 5 minutes, so Im guessing thats a seal of approval.

Creme Filled Vanilla Cookies. They had a partner with the chocolate and the mint cookies but they went too fast to get a good picture. They are just as good as the "other" named cookies.

Last but not least, these awesome Double Chocolate Cookies that I hid from the kids and had myself. Im not a big cookie eater and I like the crunchier type of cookie so these were perfect to me! I only wish they sold them in the store down the street!
Newman's Own Organics was established as a division of Newman's Own in 1993, and became a separate company in late 2001. The sale of Newmans Own Organics products generates money for the Newman's Own Foundation to give away. Since 1982 Paul Newman and the Newman's Own Foundation have donated more than $350 million dollars to educational and charitable organizations worldwide.
The wonderful people at Newmans Own Organics are going to send a reader of my blog box of goodies as well. Enter the easy rafflecopter below and good luck!
While you wait to see if you won, go HERE to print out a few Newmans Own Organics coupons. You can also visit them on Facebook HERE.

September 12, 2013


Zipzicles are a terrific product that I am very excited to have an opportunity to try.  My kids love popsicles so I was looking for a healthy alternative that I could make myself.  My daughter and I juice often - 2 to 3 times per week.  Our juicing activities are perfect for making healthy popsicles and Zipzicles are the best vehicle to make these in! 

Yeah - I know fresh juice is not the most attractive looking.  Seems it always ends up green or brown.  But let me tell you - it is so incredibly tasty.  

Essentially these are zip top ice pop bags.  The bags are nice and thick with a "fill to" line so you don't overfill.  This product allows for us to make popsicles that are free from dyes, all natural, no need for sticks and fully portable.  We have children with special needs - anything we can do to improve their diet is very helpful.  These are also the perfect frozen option for when we are camping - I can juice at home, fill the Zipzicles and throw them in the freezer when we get to the camper.  Each pouch holds 3.5 ounces.  They recommend several different methods for filling but I use a funnel simply because I use the funnel to fill my jars after I juice anyway - I am already set up for it.  The site also recommends that you freeze the pops standing upright in a container.  I have yet to find enough space anywhere in my freezer to be able to stand anything upright.  But even without that, it freezes and works just fine.  

Apparently their ice pop bags are a new design with reinforced sides.  I did not try the old design so I have nothing to compare it to but I can tell you this bag is very sturdy and strong.  I have had no issues so far.  I have also reused them.  I simple rinse them out with warm water and soap and then hang them in the dish drainer over a straw to allow them to dry.  

These are so much fun to make; don't require any sticks; completely portable; they save space (remember - I have NONE, especially in the camper); the BPA Free and recyclable.  

U.S.  $2.99 per package of 12!

And Zipzicle has so graciously offered to giveaway away a package to three entrants in the giveaway below.  THREE entrants will win their own package of Zipzicles!  How cool is that?!  Enter below.

Giveaway open to US and Canada only.

ONE entrant per household/IP address.




I received one or more of the products or services mentioned above in the hope that I would mention it on my blog.  I only recommend products or services I use personally and/or I believe would be helpful for my readers.  I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”  The opinions expressed in this post are entirely my own.  Your experience with the product(s) or service(s) may differ from mine.


September 11, 2013

Barts Cookies Giveaway

4 Winners!
Sponsored By:
Sober Rants & Raves

Who doesnt love cookies?!?!

The Comparison!
About the same size around but Bart's are much thicker!
I never realized how flat my favorite cookies were until I got Bart's!
Look at all those chocolate chips!
You can obviously notice that there is no comparison when it comes to which cookies are better! And to be honest the cookies I compared then to are not some cheap brand of cookies…  They are from one of the most popular brands of cookies out there!
Bart’s offers enough flavors to make everyone in your house happy! Including those who eat Gluten Free!
Check out some HUGE pictures of all his cookie flavors HERE!
Bart’s cookies come in two sizes: "B-Bites" and "B-Mo's." B-Bites are worthy of 2 to 3 bites of pure chocolate chip cookie heaven. The B-Mo’s are outrageously decadent, satisfying, and about a quarter pound in size and weight.
So what are you waiting for?? Go order you some Cookies!
Or why don't you enter the giveaway below and try to win some before you buy some!
Warning: Once you've tried them there's no going back! 

Find and Follow Bart’s Cookies! 

Chat with Bart on Facebook
Tweet with Bart on Twitter
Connect with Bart on Linkedin 
Watch Bart’s videos on YouTube
Order cookies from Bart on his Website

Full Review Written Here! 


The Giveaway!

4 Winners!
Three lucky winners will get their choice of One Dozen Cookies!
One Winner will receive 50% off an order of Bart's Cookies!
Enter using the Giveaway Tools form below.
The Bart’s Cookies giveaway is open to all legal residents of the United States who are 18-years-old or older.
This giveaway is open from 9:00am EST Monday September 9, 2013 through 10pm EST Monday September 30, 2013.
Good Luck!
Debras Random Rambles and Sober Rants & Raves is not responsible for prize shipment. Must be 18 years and older. Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and Google are in no way affiliated with this giveaway. No Purchase Necessary. US Only.