Apr 302012

Welcome to May Buffet coordinated by ShePromotes!


This event will take place from May 1st at 12:01am EST through May 15th at 11:59pm EST.

It’s May! And for many of us that means the start of grilling and cookout season. Good food is great all year round, but there is just something about the warm weather that says bring on the steaks! I am sure you like to check out recipes shared by your favorite bloggers, so we thought we’d share some yummy prizes with you! Each blog listed below on the linky has a prize valued at $25+ for each winner – ALL FOOD RELATED! This means goodies to eat and items to help you fix, mix, cook, and serve delicious dishes. So let the May Buffet begin!

Here at Mia’s Musings, we are giving away a $25 gift card to Amazon! We know you will find the perfect food related item to buy at Amazon!

Disclaimer: Please note that Mia’s Musings, “May Buffet Giveaway Event” or the “May Buffet” bloggers are not responsible for sponsors that do not fulfill their prizes. We have represented each sponsor with the expectation they will fulfill their prize and in a timely manner. We will contact the sponsor regarding your prize(s). The sponsors, in most cases, are shipping their items to you directly. We will make every effort to assist you obtaining your prize. If there is an issue with a sponsor, please notify the blog you won a prize from within 4-6 weeks for assistance, after that we may be unable to assist you.

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Apr 292012

mothers day gift ideas

Everyone loves their mom and always wants to find the best gift to make her feel loved and appreciated. These are the gifts I have found and would love to share with you. After you enter my giveaway head over to Makobi Scribe to see her Mother’s Day gift ideas worth over $3000. Then stop by Sason & Pobi to enter the grand prize drawing of a Toshiba 32SLV411U – 32″ class 720p 60Hz TV/DVD Combo!

Here at Mia’s Musings, we know that many mom’s LOVE jewelry!! That is why we have decided to give away to one lucky winner, 5 items of Paparazzi Jewelry (ARV $25) from my website, Baubles & Bling by Lori. I am an independent consultant for Paparazzi Jewelry where everything is priced at $5 or less!! Beautiful fashion jewelry is hard to get at an affordable price but Paparazzi is a sure fit for just about every budget. Be sure to check out my store and if you feel like it, leave a comment on this post telling me which item is your favorite. Keep in mind that with the ever changing inventory, if you see something today that it may be gone tomorrow.

This giveaway is open to residents of the US and Canada, ages 18 and older. Makobi Scribe Reviews, LLC or the Mother’s Day Gift Event Bloggers are not responsible for sponsors that do not fulfill their prizes.

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Mar 292012
Welcome to the
March Into April Giveaway Hop
hosted by Planet Weidknecht and
All the bloggers participating in this hop are giving away prizes
worth at least $20 on their blogs. After you enter my giveaway,
be sure to hop around to all the blogs on the list below
to enter more awesome giveaways!
Here at Mia’s Musings, we are giving away 4 Paparazzi Jewelry items. Paparazzi Jewelry is amazingly priced at only $5 each. Can you imagine getting your bling on for only $5? Here are a few samples of what Paparazzi offers at this amazing price.
pa blue necklacepa turquoise brown braceletpa pink earrings pa pearl center ring
Photos are not of the actual prize. Prizes will be chosen from available inventory upon choosing the winner.
Visit Baubles & Bling by Lori (Independent Consultant #4518) to learn more about Paparazzi Accessories.

Mar 182012


Welcome to the March Moola Madness Giveaway hosted by The WiC Project. Here at Mia’s Musings, we are giving away a $50 gift card of the winner’s choice!! Be sure to enter using the Rafflecopter form below. Also be sure to visit The WiC Project for your chance to win the $300 Amazon Gift Card Grand Prize! Want to earn bonus entries towards the grand prize? Make sure you visit and enter all of the giveaways in the hop!

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Mar 122012

Is today your lucky day? Find out and hop around to all these blogs hosting sweepstakes you can win hosted by Sason and Pobi. Here at Mia’s Musings, we are giving away a $25 gift card to Amazon! Be sure to visit all of the blogs in the linky to be able to enter for the prizes being offered by all of the participating blogs. Enter our giveaway by using the Rafflecopter form below!

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Mar 072012

We love to eat salsa at our house. Therefore, I was excited to be able to try Mrs. Renfro’s salsa. I like my salsa mild and somewhat sweet but my husband likes it on the HOT side. I was able to choose the flavors I wanted to review. I chose habanero, tequila, peach and pineapple for my review.

habanerosalsa_lg_mediumSalsa does not last in the pantry very long around here. This is especially true if it is on the HOT side. The habanero lasted maybe 30 minutes. We always have chips on hand so the habanero made a quick, tasty snack. He informed me that it was definitely hot and that I would not be able to eat it. He has been begging me to get some more for him. The other 3 jars were used in some of my favorite recipes. The labels also had recipe suggestions.

For the pineapple salsa, I cooked it with a boneless pork loin. I sliced the pork into strips and cooked it with a little olive oil in my electric skillet along with a sliced onion and some bell pepper. I added the salsa along with salt and pepper to taste. I served it over rice.

I used the tequila salsa in another dish with the same ingredients substituting chicken for the pork. I served it with flour tortillas in place of the rice.

The peach salsa was used for beef enchiladas. I browned 1 lb ground chuck and added 2 large onions (sliced). I cooked it until the onions were soft, then added the salsa. After simmering for 10 minutes over low heat, I scooped the mixture into corn tortillas, rolled them up and placed them in a baking pan. I covered the enchiladas with sauce and cheese then baked them in the oven until the cheese was melted.

All of the dishes were absolutely delicious. I highly recommend Mrs. Renfro’s salsa for your next meal or snack. Mrs. Renfro’s salsas are:

  • Gluten-free & fat-free
  • Made only with natural ingredients
  • Time and money savers
  • Easy to use – a simple & tasty recipe is right on the label
  • Readily available – found in leading grocers in the US, Canada, Caribbean and the UK
  • Easy on the pocketbook – a 16-oz jar retails for about $3.69
  • Flavorful – flavors include Peach, Black Bean, Raspberry Chipotle, Mango Habanero, Pomegranate, Garlic, Roasted, and award-winning Pineapple and Ghost Pepper, among others.

You can purchase Mrs. Renfro’s at leading grocers or online at Mrs. Renfro’s website. You can also enter to win by submitting your entry via the Rafflecopter form below.

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Mar 052012

Looking for educational toys that allow your child to explore, create and experiment? Look no farther-Smartlab Toys has toys that fit the bill. I was given the opportunity to review the You-Build-It RoboXplorer.

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Kids build their very own multiterrain robotic vehicle, complete with six S-shaped legs designed to conquer some of the toughest terrains, such as sand, rocks, and grass. Test its limits by towing toy cars, climbing a stack of books, or negotiating a wall—RoboXplorer will stop at almost nothing!

021Caden and I had so much fun putting this together. We laid out all of the pieces and I had him look at the instructions and tell me how to put it together. He loves being hands-on when we are building things.After we got it assembled, we took it outside for some night time experimenting. I loved the idea that it had lights, especially since it was dark. Our cats chased it around thinking it was their toy.

This is definitely a fun toy. I would recommend it as a great project to work on with your child. You can purchase the RoboXplorer, as well as any of the other great products from Smartlab Toys directly from the Smartlab Toys website and save 25% by using savings code: BLOGDEAL0412 (expires 4/30/12). You can also enter to win your very own RoboXplorer by entering in the Rafflecopter form below. SmartLab Toys also has free downloadable activities for kids! Check them out at http://www.smartlabtoys.com/free-zone.html.

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Feb 292012


Welcome to the Luck of the Irish Giveaway Hop, hosted by Mama Does It All and Deals From MS Do. Here at Mia’s Musings, we are giving away a $25 gift card to Amazon. You can also enter to win the Grand Prize Kindle Fire sponsored by zuuzs.com

“zuuzs is a social shopping site where friends shop, share, and earn together. You can shop at more than 850 stores, share deals & opinions with friends, and control your own cash back rewards with their exclusive Buying Power functionality. It’s free to join and have fun with zuuzs!”

In addition to the Grand Prize, there are over 70 other prizes in giveaways being hosted by over 70 bloggers! Prizes include Dawgs toners, a ceramic hair dryer, a St. Patrick’s Day Theme Pack including Flogging Molly’s CD and P.S. I Love You movie, Wawabots, a parazul purse and much much more!

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Feb 192012

002I was recently given the opportunity to review the Swingline Stack-and-Shred Shredder 60X. What an awesome machine! I have one of those “other” shredders that is on top of a trash can and it does not hold a candle to the Swingline Stack-and-Shred.Not only is the “other” shredder ugly, I never used it because with a young child in the house, I was worried about little fingers getting in the blades. With the Stack-and-Shred, everything is enclosed which made me feel much better about leaving it out in the open. Did I mention that it also looks good?

008Having spent a lot of time shredding confidential papers when I was working an office job, I know what it means to spend the whole day shredding papers. I spent countless hours in front of a shredder feeding page after page into the chomping blades. The companies I worked for subsequently hired a shredding company to come in and do the dirty work. Keep in mind that the Swingline Stack-and-Shred 60X is not designed for larger office environments but it is perfect for home or a smaller office. Swingline does make larger Stack-and-Shred shredders with the capabilities of shredding larger amounts of paper.

009As you can see from my pictures, I started out with a good-sized stack of papers to shred. While I was shredding paper, I was able to do a few household chores. How could I do that? Easy. I opened the top of the shredder, placed the paper inside and shut the top. I was able to wash a sink full of dishes while the shredder did its job. When that stack was finished, I proceeded with my next stack after emptying the shredded paper drawer. I swept the floors while that stack was reduced to shreds of paper. I continued stacking the papers (about 60 pages at a time) and dumping the drawer whenever it would finish.

036Meanwhile, my son was anxiously watching the paper fall into the drawer through the clear area of the drawer. This is another great feature-you can see when the drawer is getting full.



By now, I bet you are wondering how loud this machine is. In my opinion, it sounds something like a hand mixer on low speed. Not very loud at all. As you can see, it did not seem to bother my FuFu Kitty while she was eating. She is due to have kittens any day now. (Need a kitty or two?)

040I ended up with a huge trash bag full of shredded paper and a lot of work done. It was nice to feel productive. Especially after being sick all week and not getting anything at all done around the house.

My overall impression of the Swingline Stack-and-Shred is A+. I love it. It is well worth the price and I see my future as being free of stacks of papers to be shredded or burned. A couple of other features that I have not mentioned are:

  • Shreds regular sized staples and paper clips without having to remove the staples before putting them into the shredder
  • Shreds credit cards
  • Manual feed option where you can just insert a few pages in the slot on top. This is also good if you have envelopes.

Things to remember:

  • The shredder is not a magician-don’t expect it to pull an envelope full of papers into the blades. Envelopes do better if placed through the manual slot.
  • If you recycle the shredded paper, be sure to not let items mix in with the paper. For example, when shredding a credit card, empty the paper bin so the shards of plastic do not mix with the paper.
  • Don’t expect to shred stack after stack at one session. The poor machine will need a break in between, even if you don’t. Smile There is even a cool down indicator just to let you know. If you have a lot papers to shred on a regular basis, you should check into the larger capacity shredders available from Swingline.

Now, are you ready for this? You can buy one of these awesome SWINGLINE Stack-and-Shred 60X Hands Free Shredder, 60 Sheet Capacity, Black (1757572) at Amazon for $139.99 (at the time of this post) OR you can enter to win one!! We are going to be giving away one of these awesome Swingline Stack-and-Shred 60X shredders to one lucky reader!! All you have to do is enter using the Rafflecopter entry form below. All entries are optional, but you must do at least one to be entered. The more you do, the more chances you have to win!

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Feb 192012

Treasure-BuddiesTo celebrate the recent release of Disney’s Treasure Buddies, Mia’s Musings will be giving away a DVD/Blu-Ray combo pack of Treasure Buddies for one lucky winner. We received a copy for review and absolutely loved it! My son watched it over and over and over. We really enjoyed it. We finally made the plunge for a blu-ray player so we could watch the blu-ray copy. I love the fact that the blu-ray has bonus features. The bonuses are always fun!


Treasure Buddies Bonus Features:

  • DIGS: B-Dawg Edition – In this fun bonus feature, B-Dawg the hip hop happening pup gives a tour of his home to kid reporter G.
  • “Roam” Music Video – A re-make of The B-52s song performed by Caroline Sunshine, Kenton Duty and Adam Irigoyen from the cast of the Disney Channel hit series “Shake it Up.”

This is a very cute movie. I am a fan of all things “Buddy”. We have almost all of the buddy movies and my son watches them quite often. We have a DVD player in our car so he can watch movies on his way to school.

The Buddies are off on an all new adventure, and this time their journey takes them all the way to the ruins of ancient Egypt where, with the help of some new friends, including Digger the Archeologist dog, Cammy, a baby camel, and a mischievous monkey named Babi, they’ll explore mysterious tombs, dodge treacherous booby traps, and race against a devious cat in search of the greatest treasure known to animalkind, the lost collar of Cleocatra.

You can enter to win your very own combo package of Treasure Buddies by entering using the Rafflecopter form below. If you have any questions, feel free to ask!

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