June 27, 2014

Composer Brian Crain on how TuneCore helped him!

Before TuneCore Publishing Composer Brian Crain was only using ASCAP.  They have been good for his music but he didn’t realize how many more royalties he could collect with a Publishing Administrator in addition to ASCAP. As he says "It was easy to sign up and I thought that they would bring in a few extra dollars.  Being an independent musician, it’s important to collect from as many different sources as you can.  It all adds up."

Currently his most lucrative revenue stream is from TV and movie publishing deals that TuneCore Publishing brokers. They look over the contracts and it’s great to have another advocate on your side. TuneCore Publishing has basically become his agent.

When your a struggling, new artist its great to have more "ducks lined up" than you think you might need! TuneCore helps find the royalties that you otherwise might not ever know about!

To read more of this awesome interview, go HERE.

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Southtree - Home Movies to DVD

 Southtree uses state-of-the-art equipment and techniques to digitize and transfer your old home videos and photos to DVD. 
There are no hidden fees!
 The whole process is simple! You sign up and they send you what you need to ship your items to them. Everything you send them is bar coded and you can track everything! They send you back everything you sent them and a new CD with your memories transferred over! Their DataDVDs can be edited, stored, or shared on all your devices!
This would be a super gift for Grandparents or Parents who are still hoarding all those old VHS tapes and slides! outh

Right now you can take advantage of their current offer: 
25% off any order Code: blog25 
expires 7/15
Adam Boeselager and Nick Macco (Founders)

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All opinions are my own."

June 26, 2014

Celebrate Your State Giveaway Blog Hop! MAINE

Make sure to stop by The Review Wire for The Grand Prize, enter for your chance to win a set of Home State Note Cards and a personalized set of color note cards!
A special thanks to Markers & Mud for sponsoring the Grand Prize!
I am so happy to be taking part in this Celebrate YOUR State Blog Hop! I, as you can tell, am from Maine! And YES we have electricity, NO we are not part of Canada and YES we have indoor plumbing! 
My prize for this giveaway is: 
 A surprise prize! (Prize depends on if winner is Male or Female)
Total Value: $27
You can see my review of Todd's Original Homemade Salsa by clicking here!

Use the Rafflecopter below to enter. Todd's Original Homemade Salsa will be shipped by Todd's and the surprise prize will be shipped by Debra from Debras Random Rambles.
 Debras Random Rambles was not compensated in anyway for this post. 
Winner will have 24 hours to reply to the winning email or another winner will be picked.

Disclaimer: This giveaway ends at 11:59 PM EST on July 11, 2014. The celebrate YOUR State Event Bloggers are not responsible for sponsors that do not fulfill their prizes. Companies and bloggers, if you would like to participate in group giveaway events like this one, sign up to be emailed about future events hosted by Review Wire Media.


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June 22, 2014

New photo series, 1st week

I have thought about this for awhile now and have decided that I will do a photo series every Sunday.

This week I am going to start with a few scenic photo's of Orrington, Me.

I'm not a pro at picture taking so you will have to bear with me.  I will do the best that I can with my little digital camera.

Orrington is not a busy hub. But the beautiful scenery and the sounds of nature along with all the open water activities, more than make up for the lack of commerce. Dont get me wrong tho! They have a school, fire dept and several stores so they are not totally off the grid. Its a quiet and pretty town and I love to sit and listen to the loons or geese or whatever may be there at the time. Its also so cool seeing the minnows and tadpoles along with the splash of fish grabbing a bug for dinner!

Take a look and listen This is a short clip I took off Fields Pond Road in Orrington, Me. 

June 19, 2014

Ozeri WeightMaster II 440 lbs Digital Bath Scale with BMI

Ozeri WeightMaster II 440 lbs Digital Bath Scale 

with BMI and Weight Differential Detection

You can click the picture to be taken to Amazon.com to find this or you can click HERE

  • Made in USA or Imported
  • BMI with Weight Differential Detection -- Instantly displays your BMI (Body Mass Index), current weight, and your net weight change since your last weigh-in. It also calculates your net weight change from the average of your last 3, 7 and 30 weigh-ins to help provide a comprehensive understanding of your weight.
  • Accurate Weight Tracking with 30 Day Memory -- By measuring your weight once a day, the Ozeri WeightMaster II empowers you to instantly see how your current weight changes from the previous day (e.g. -0.8 lbs), the average of the last 3 days (e.g. -1.1 lbs), the previous week (e.g. -1.8 lbs), and the previous 30 days (e.g. -5.8 lbs), all displayed on an intelligent LCD with color alert technology.
  • Smart LCD with Color Alert Technology -- For users who want to focus on their weight trend instead of the actual numbers, this scale displays your weight change in color, with a GREEN illumination for weight loss and RED for weight gain, providing a visual form of intuitive feedback so you can see if your weight is trending up or down day to day, over the last 3, 7, and 30 days.
  • Immediate and Flawless Results -- Performs and displays all calculations on the scale's LCD without complicated synching or data connection failures common to more expensive wireless and Bluetooth alternatives.
  • Robust Construction, Industry-leading Capacity and Built-in Intelligence -- Weighs up to 440 lbs with auto-recognition technology for 8 unique users at home, at the office, or at the gym. Automatically calibrates with StepOn technology and auto-powers off. Features a slip-resistant grooved ABS exterior reinforced with a tempered glass interior, and non-slip scratch-resistant feet that won't damage flooring. Treated with Microban® antimicrobial product protection that disrupts the growth of stain and odor-causing bacteria and helps maintain surface cleanliness.
 Ships with batteries included, and backed by Ozeri's 100% Hassle-Free Satisfaction Guarantee.

I really like this scale! Im not really one for looking at them since Im trying to loose weight and not really getting very far very fast. I love the bright digital number and how accurate it is tho. Its a definate keeper! I love the guarantee since I have kiddo's who like to weigh themselves! They are scale breakers! Even my fat cat seems to like it! He and his chubby self can actually turn it on! None of the other cats can tho!

Ozeri sent me one scale for my review.
 My opinion is my own and I was not compensated in any other way.

June 17, 2014

Mod Cloth Celebration!

**The links in this post are affiliate links and I will receive a small commission if you make a purchase after clicking on my link.**

ModCloth is celebrating a very exciting milestone this week -- the one-year anniversary of officially launching plus-size clothing on their site! In just one year, they’ve expanded their product catalog with more items that fit all body types. Check out the full-range fashion page in their Style Gallery, which showcases community-uploaded photos featuring ModCloth items that are available in a full size range. Why? Because fashion should be for all! 

Todds Original Homemade Salsa

"TODD'S ORIGINAL SALSA started as a hobby in Todd Simcox's home kitchen. He was growing tired of the typical store brand salsa, and wanting to make a fresher, more flavorful salsa than anything anyone has ever tasted. After numerous taste tests and the urging of family and friends, that "hobby" quickly turned into the young upstart business that they are today. The salsa is created using fresh ingredients, chopped by hand, cooked with care and ladled into jars. Tinkering with the recipe to get the flavors just right was important from the start. Their salsa is made with "just the right" consistency for a smooth texture with every bite. They feel their salsa will satisfy everyone's taste buds from those that like very mild foods to those that really like the heat. From TODD'S ORIGINAL SALSA to your table, they hope you enjoy our product as much as they do." 
*Taken from their website and edited for blog purposes.*

I have reviewed salsa before but when my local weatherman, Todd Simcox, made mention he was making salsa, I had to try it!
 I like my salsa mild so I started with that one. 
As you can see the chunks are not too big or small. They are perfect and it stood up to my chip test! And the best part is I can understand the ingredient label! There is nothing "FAKE" in it! I can pronounce everything! AND ITS GLUTEN FREE! 
As you can see by the gauge on the back of the label, its almost time for me to go get more!
In my opinion, this is the best salsa I have reviewed. My kids and my husband liked it as well. Hubby likes his on the hotter side so he approves of the medium and hot. 
We have added salsa to tacos, macaroni dishes, mac and cheese and sandwiches. I definitely love this salsa!
Right now its sold only in select Maine stores and online. 
Click HERE to see their website.

This review is my opinion. I was not reimbursed with product or any compensation I purchased the salsa with my own money.

In a few days look for the Celebrate Your State Giveaway. My portion of the giveaway will include several jars of TODD's Original Homemade Salsa. 

June 13, 2014

Every 28....Men take notice! (6-19-14 SHUT DOWN DATE)

Ok ladies and gents, prepare yourselves!
 Men, if womens products makes you squimy, then look away from the next pic!
I warned you!

What is every28.com you ask? 

  • Every28 is a service that delivers tampons, pads, pantiliners, and other feminine products to women every month. With Every28, you can choose whatever brands you want, the quantities you need, and your delivery date. Customize your period to your needs! 
  • Finally, you will never run out of tampons again, no more late night trips to the store, no more awkward or embarrassing checkout lines, and no more sending the hubby or boyfriend to do it for you (as if they enjoy that). And, the best part, chocolates are included each month in your package! During the summer tho, they send something other than chocolate in case it gets too hot and it melts! If you have suffered PMS you know, and your significant other knows, melting chocolate is not good at that time, or any time!

  • How many guys do you know that actually enjoy buying tampons for their wife or girlfriend? Not too many, right? So, Every28 makes it possible for men to actually give Every28 as a gift to their special lady! Men pay $20 per month and then Every28 delivers “the goods” to her every month. What woman is going to be opposed to her man being sensitive and caring and giving her a gift (in fact, paying for it every month) that includes chocolates? And what man is going to be opposed to never having to go to the store again to buy tampons? See, it’s a win-win all around for everyone!

This is one of the best ideas ever! I showed my husband the site and even he was a little impressed! It takes alot to impress him! The brands I was sent are the brands we Daigle women usually use any way. That was sweet! The chocolate, well chocolate is good no matter when you have it! This is definitely a service men, and women should take advantage of! 

*This post does contain my affiliate links and if you make a purchase, I will make a small stipend. I was sent a sample box in exchange for my fair and honest review. All opinions, as always, are my own.*

June 12, 2014

Grandstand Ink Review

Disclosure: I got this product as part of an advertorial.

I have been looking for a Press Badge since my blog turned 1. I was happy to be able to do a review of Grandstand Ink in exchange for a product, a Blogger Press Pass. I have used it already several times and I have even gotten a compliment on it from a door guard at a local event who told me most bloggers he has come across dont have one. HAHA! Im ahead of the curve, for now!!

Ordering was super easy and they were friendly. Every step of the way I got emails and I was contacted when there was a question about my order.  I even got to proof my badge before they finished it. When it arrived, it was so much better than I expected! I am so happy with my order! If I ever hear someone needing to order specialized tickets or something, I will send them to Grandstand Ink.

From their page: Mission Statement

Grandstand will improve the overall success of any size event with affordable products and services specifically designed to increase sponsorship revenue and attract new attendees.
Grandstand Ink is a print and design firm with a strong focus in event marketing materials. Founded by a second generation printer and entrepreneur with the goal of providing “The Little Guy” the means to portray a professional image with products and services. Grandstand Ink has since carved out a corner in the grass root event market by specializing in various niche industries across the United States and expanding into Canada and Mexico. This international collection of clients allows us to bring the knowledge and expertise we learned from one event to events across the country. Giving our clients not only a superior product, but also the information on how these products can positively affect their industry and help make their particular event run smoothly, efficiently, and most of all, profitably. 
They offer Ticket Printing, Badge Printing, Wristbands and all sorts of Promotional Items. 
I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Tomoson.com. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.

Age Defying Moisturizer Cream Review

Disclosure: I got this product as part of an advertorial.
Ready for a moisturizer that you just can't live without? Well...They have got it!

Get it HERE
Youth Express Age-Defying Moisturizer is a must and should be part of your daily regiment. There are just too many active ingredients to list here..but suffice to say that everyone on our team uses this moisturizer and we swear by it. 
Reduces Apperance of Fine Lines, Wrinkles & Other Signs of Aging
Moisturizes the Skin Deeply From Within
May be used as an all around face treatment + as an under eye treatment
Get better tone and complexion
Regain the brightness and glow lost with age
I have been using this for about 2 weeks now. I have seen a suttle improvement, it has not been dramatic. When applying, I found less is more and if I put too much on, I sweated. Just the right amount tho and I couldnt even tell I had put it on. My teenage daughter uses it as well and she says it smells weird to her, but I think it smells fine. 
I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Tomoson.com. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.

June 11, 2014

Fathers Day Giveaway Hop

Happy Fathers Day to all the Dad's!
 I am so happy to be part of this years Giveaway Hop to celebrate Dads! 
There are 29 super blogs taking part and there are alot of cool prizes to win! 
Hosted by: MamaNYC
Runs: June 12 - 18
 Debra's Random Rambles will award the prize to the winner! One winner! Winning email must be replied to within 48 hours or another winner will be chosen. Debra's Random Rambles has received no compensation for this post and LOWE'S is not responsible for prize fufillment.

a Rafflecopter giveaway

See the little froggie below? Click on that to see the other bloggers participating and to enter to win other super prizes!

June 10, 2014

Flip Flop Makeover! With a loop not a knot!

I love flip flops! Yes I know they are not best for your feet. Yes I know they can cause danger issues. But I love them! I tend to wear mine until they are too ripped to wear or my toes begin to freeze when I go outside. I wear them everywhere! Shopping, the park, baseball games, soccer and I even wore them Trick or Treating one year! 
The thing I dont like is the plastic toe thing and Im too stingy to pay more than $3 for flip flops! So I "upcycle" the pairs I buy at the Dollar Store. This year I chose to do denim since Im more a Plain Jane type and denim is so comfy! 
I also prefer the loop to the knotted toe type of flop. The knots tend to hurt the top of my feet.
The next step is to cut the fabric so that it fits through the holes of the base of the flip flop. 
I tried a few ways but the easiest was to do this to the ends:
Take 1 of the shorter strips, fold it in half and thread it through the top hole of the flip flop. When the loop is as big as you want it tie the ends into a knot. I prefer to use a drop of hot glue on the knot to keep it in place. The knot has to be bigger than the hole! Trim off the excess cloth. Turn the flop over and voila! 
You have the loop! 
Then take one of the longer pieces and thread it through the loop so its about 1/2 and 1/2. Thread those 2 ends through the hols on the same side of the flop. Then put the flop on your foot and tighten the cloth to your preferred fit. Flip it over and tie the ends off. Trim the excess and dab a bit of hot glue. 
So simple! You can get any cloth to use.
I like the rough edges so I didnt trim extra or iron into a fold. Here are mine:
I wear them everywhere and they are comfy!

June 9, 2014

Celebrate Dad with Hallmark

I really wish I could celebrate Fathers Day with my Daddy! But since I cant I wish a Happy Fathers Day to all the Daddy's out there!

June 8, 2014

Tuna Squish Review and Giveaway! Have I peaked your intrest?

Disclosure: I got this product as part of an advertorial.

How great is that?!?! I hate the smell of tuna on my hands and I hate the fact I keep cutting my fingers on the tin lid! This takes all of that away! I loved reviewing mine! The kids think its super cool too! 
I especially love the fact I dont have to touch the tuna! I have a hard enough time keeping the cats away from me when I open a can! Let alone after the fact when I have to wash my hands 10 times to get rid of the smell!

The people of Tuna Squish are also offering 1 Tuna Squish to one of my readers! Just use the easy form below to enter! Good luck! Tuna Squish will ship the prize to the winner! Winner has 24 hours to reply to the winning email!
a Rafflecopter giveaway
I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Tomoson.com. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.

June 7, 2014

Cocoa the Dog Humidifier Giveaway

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Cocoa The Dog Cool Mist Humidifier

  dog01         Benefits Infographic   

Operation is simple - keep it off the floor about three feet and away from walls and corners. Definitely don't want to breed mold. We just have one of those multiple step stools and place it on that. We could easily also place it on one of the little side tables in her room - just move it away from the wall. We don't add anything to the water - no oils, medications or salt. We also make sure the mist is not headed towards the ground or any other surfaces - the mist just flows into the air. Please see my full review - here If you have young children you probably already know that the FDA is not recommending over the counter cough and cold medicine to young children anymore. Instead they are recommending cool mist humidifiers, saline nasal solution and a nasal aspirator. About Crane-USA
Crane USA was founded in 2005 on the belief that design is an attitude and the home is a personal expression of an individual's lifestyle. They also realize that more than ever before people are looking to improve their health and their home environment. Crane is a company that recognizes these health concerns and people’s individual lifestyles. Since 2005, Crane USA has taken the lead in putting the “fun” into cool mist humidifiers, air purifiers, and space heating by following our mantra: design for better living. Their products are functional and efficient at fulfilling your home improvement needs while communicating an appreciation for elegant design. Their unique sense of design and unwavering commitment to quality allows them to continue to create their own distinctive interpretation of humidity, air quality, and heating solutions while remaining a step ahead of the crowd.
Enter the Giveaway Tool below for your chances to win your very own Cocoa The Dog Cool Mist Humidifier! Must be 18 or older to enter and USA only.
Disclosure: The prize sponsor will send prize to the winner. The Stuff of Success is not responsible for prize. If you have any question please send an email to thestuffofsuccess@gmail.com. All entries are optional, if you do any of the tasks you can collect the entries.

Cocoa The Dog Cool Mist Humidifier

  • Increases air moisture for easier breathing and a good night’s sleep
  • Relieves cough, cold, and flu symptoms, including nasal congestion, dry cough, sinus irritation, nose bleeds, dry skin
  • 1 gallon water tank runs whisper quiet up to 24 hours
  • Mists up to 2.1 gallons of moisture per day
  • Effectively humidifies rooms up to 250 square feet
  • Auto shutoff safety sensor
  • Uses less energy than a standard household light bulb
  • Does not require a filter
My daughter has significant allergies with frequent issues with breathing and assorted other ailments. We have been looking for a humidifier for a while and this is the perfect solution for her. Before I discuss the benefits of this machine - I will discuss what makes this so special for her. She has panic disorders and always struggles with sleep. However, she loves loves loves dogs. We have two giant breed dogs but they are not dogs that sleep in our beds or rooms and even if they were it definitely wouldn't help her allergies. But to have Cocoa The Dog in her room - is a really good solution. As you can see from the photo above she loves this humidifier and even insisted I take her picture with it. This thing is better than a puppy at the moment. Isn't he so cute?!   dog01   This humidifier has ultrasonic cool mist operation and it increase air moisture for easier breathing and a good night's sleep. She is really at the point where she feels she always needs her buddy beside her bed and running. Cocoa relieves cough, cold and flu symptoms, including nasal congestion, dry cough, sinus irritation, nose bleeds and dry skin. She was suffering from all of them - particularly the nose bleeds and dry skin and hasn't suffered for a little while now. Huge improvement. Cocoa is also so quiet I can barely tell it is operating which means it does not interrupt her sleep at all - it operates silently and efficiently misting up to 2.1 gallons of moisture per day. It is powerful enough to humidify a room up to 250 square feet - her room is not nearly that large so it does its job no problem at all. There is even an auto shutoff safety sensor, eliminating any need for me to worry and it actually uses less energy than a standard household light bulb and doesn't require a filter.     Check out all of Crane-USA's humidifiers on their website
There are options for every price range.
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.

June 4, 2014

#ModSummer with ModCloth

The links in this post are affiliate links and I will receive a small commission 
if you make a purchase after clicking on my link.


The season of BBQs, vacations, and outdoor festivities is upon us, and ModCloth wants you to share your summer memories with them! Include the hashtag #ModSummer when you’re posting your adventures and you could be featured on one of their social networks. Join in on the community fun, find some outfit inspiration in their Style Gallery, and get ready for the best summer ever!

Celebrate your State Giveaway Hop! Blogger Hop!

Celebrate Your State
The Review Wire will be hosting a free Blogger Opp called the Celebrate Your Giveaway Hop, which will run from June 27-11, 2014. Now is the time to show off your great state. Giveaways can be anything from famous foods from your state, handmade items, jewelry, clothing or pictures to name a few. If you are from outside the states, have no fear you can join in the fun as well! The giveaway total must be at least $25. DETAILS:
  • ~ This FREE Event will run June 27-11, 2014
  • ~ Posts must go live at 12:01AM (EST) on June 27, 2014
  • ~ Giveaways will end at 11:59PM (EST) on July 11, 2014
  • ~ Hashtag: #CelebrateYOURstate
  • ~ Prize Minimum: $25
  • ~ All participants must find their own sponsor(s) and host the giveaway on their own blog that starts the day of the event.
  • ~ All participants will be responsible for reporting their posts and removed from the event if not reported on time.
  • ~ Questions? Please contact PR@TheReviewWire.com with any questions!
~ DEADLINE: June 23, 2014 *Linky will close and signups will no longer be accepted!For more details on this Hop please visit The Review Wire!


Organic Cumin Powder

Disclosure: I got this product as part of an advertorial.

Jiva Organics is a line of certified organic spices that offer a tremendous value over mainstream alternatives.  This is a USDA certified organic Ground Cumin that is of extremely high quality.

This product is being sold exclusively on Amazon.com
See them on Facebook: HERE

This is my new favorite spice in my spice collection! And I have alot of spices! You can definitely tell the difference between the store bought Cumin and this.  I have added this to just about everything and there have been no complaints! That alone makes me happy!
I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Tomoson.com. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.