Flash Giveaway

This N That with Olivia is excited to host a Flash Giveaway for the Zipz Mission Giveaway Event! Through 7/25 you have the opportunity to a $10 iTunes Gift Card! 

It is really easy to enter! All you have to do is enter the Mission Giveaway, where you can win a pair of Zipz shoes you and a pair for a friend from Zipz Shoes. Each pair of shoes retails for $65 each. Please make sure you enter this week’s Mission Giveaway because that is MANDATORY for winning this flash giveaway!

This giveaway will be over at 11:59PM on 7/25! Good luck!

Simply use the Rafflecopter form below to enter to win, good luck! 

 

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I remember preparing to go away for college a few years back, it was fun but stressful. The idea of being away from what I always knew was terrifying but at the same time exciting to see what adventures would come by way! Help your child away at college feel their “Home away from Home” with this College Edition BTS giveaway! College Edition

They may be away but you can still show you care with this clever, handy and good tasting away from home care package. This is a great gift idea for college students, housewarming gifts, or for spouses away on long business trips. Each gift is hand crafted with attention to detail, tied with ribbon and includes a personalized gift message from you.

Away From Home Snacks and Essentials Care Package includes: Mini Laundry Hamper; Laundry Bag; Animal Cracker Cookies; Pretzel Twists; Cracker Jacks with Prize; Gold Fish Crackers; Room Air Freshener; Listerine Mouth Wash; 2 Tide Stain Remover Sticks; 2 NutriGrain Breakfast Bars; 2 Nature Valley Granola Bars; Famous Amos Chocolate Chip Cookies; Rice Krispy Treats; Woolite Fabric Softener; Hand Sanitizer; and 2 Grandmas Old Fashioned Cookies.

One winner will receive a Away From Home Snacks and Essentials Care Package.

This event was organized by Mom to Bed by 8. Giveaway ends August 5th at 11:59pm, open to US residents, ages 18+. Only one entrant per household, per address. Winner is subject to eligibility verification. Enter using the giveaway form below. Good luck!

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Disclaimer: The participating bloggers were not compensated for this post. No purchase is necessary to enter. One entrant per household, per address. Void where prohibited by law. Winner(s) will be contacted by email and have 48 hours to respond before a new winner is chosen. The sponsor(s) will be responsible for product shipment to winner(s) of this sweepstakes. This event is in no way administered, sponsored, or endorsed by, or associated with, Facebook and/or Twitter, Google, Pinterest. Contact teri@mompoweredmedia.com if you have any additional questions or comments.

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This N That with Olivia is super excited to partner with another awesome company for this Mission Giveaway. With back to school right around the corner, you’re going to love this feature from Zipz. Enjoy learning about this company and good luck on the giveaway! 

About Our Sponsor

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Zipz shoes are the world’s first, true, and only interchangeable shoe system! Our inventive and worldwide patented technology in both utility and design provides our customers the ability to interchange shoe components in the same size as they see fit. Whether its fashion, function, or fun Zipz shoes have it covered.

Simply purchase a completed pair of Zipz and then accessorize your footwear purchase with more Zipz “Covers” now or in the future. You can match any Zipz “Covers” from our Offshore, Boardwalk, X Games, or Cali-Classic collections with the same size Zipz outsole to create one of a kind mix and match shoes to suite whatever mood you’re in.

The Prizes

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Winner will receive two pairs of Zipz. One pair to keep and one pair to share with a friend. Must be from current available stock (no custom printed Zipz). Retail value $65 per pair!

Keep: One pair of Zipz Shoes of your choice from available stock (no custom printed Zips). $65 Value

Share: One pair of Zipz Shoes of your choice from available stock (no custom printed Zips). $65 Value

How to Enter

The Giveaway will open up on 7/22/14 at 12:01 am EST and Close on 8/1/14 at 11:59 pm EST. Open to U.S. residents only.

Complete the mandatory entries on the Rafflecopter below.

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Mission Giveaway started with Madame Deals and her $100 story where with $100 several people received the help they needed. We are on a mission to help people help each other! We have gathered a group of bloggers that want to make a difference. Together we are Mission Giveaway!

To ask about becoming a sponsor, please contact Amee or Dawn at madamedealsmedia@yahoo.com for details. Take a look at our Media Kit to see what Mission Giveaway has to offer.

Are you a blogger that would like to participate in Mission Giveaway? Find out how you can join us.

Find our official Terms and Conditions on the Madame Deals Media page.

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Welcome to This N That with Olivia’s Baby Gift Guide!

Are you a Mom-t0-Be or New Mom? Or maybe even someone looking for a perfect gift for the Mom-to-Be? This N That with Olivia’s Baby Gift Guide will feature products from the best baby brands out there in the form of reviews and sometimes giveaways. We are expecting our first little boy in October, 2014 so the search for great baby products is in full swing– those with great reviews are always at the forefront of our minds. Therefore, I plan to provide you with a review of some specific products from amazing baby brands.

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Our next feature is from Beyond Bedding! We were given the opportunity to review a crib set for Liam from Beyond Bedding. Liam’s nursery theme is Jungle, so we chose the Jungle Time Baby Bedding 9 piece crib set! This set is adorable– hands down!

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“Jump into the jungle with this adorable crib bedding set featuring detailed monkeys, lions, giraffes, crocodiles and elephant jungle themed appliques and embroidery works. This set uses a fresh color palette including green, blue, orange, brown, yellow, red, and ivory. It combines cotton, microsuede, corduroy, chambray, denim, and plush minky fabrics. It also boasts a multi colored jungle animal print, a tonal leaf print, and a mini hatch print. This great combination of various colors and textures will enhance this jungle theme for your child’s bedroom.”

It fits all standard cribs and toddler beds and is machine washable! Pictured above you can see Liam’s crib with the Jungle time set all there! We have the crib sheet, comforter, crib bumper and pillow. Also in this set were 2 window valences, toy bag, crib skirt and a diaper sorter. We LOVE this set and cannot wait to bring Liam home to his adorable Jungle themed nursery. This set has all of the colors that we were looking for to decorate his room! 

“Beyond-Bedding offers luxurious designer bedding at prices you can afford. All of our kids bedding collections are carefully chosen so that we can offer our customers gorgeous unique, high-quality bedding. We guarantee superior service and customer satisfaction.

If you’re looking to decorate a baby nursery or bedroom for you or your child you’ve come to the right place! All our children’s bedding sets are handcrafted from the finest materials for long lasting comfort and durability. We all know children grow up way too fast, which is why we have designed our Sweet Jojo Designs baby bedding sets, children’s bedding sets, toddler bedding, nursery bedding and teen bedding with similar patterns and themes, so you won’t have to worry about re-decorating. Beyond-Bedding also offers matching room decor and accessories for all our Sweet Jojo Designs baby bedding sets, children’s bedding, toddler bedding, and teen bedding sets. Don’t forget to take a look at our luxury bedding for adults, including hotel bedding, comforter sets, featherbeds, and much, more. 

We are pleased to now offer a full line of designer baby clothes. Available in different colors, styles and sizes, our stylish children’s clothing is unique and cannot be found anywhere else – perfect for your baby! Our designer baby clothes also make a great gift to go along with a children’s bedding set.”

Also, here are a few awesome facts about Beyond Bedding! 

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The weekends are the time that we get to sleep in and enjoy our time together. Our weekends usually start with some sleeping in– something that we long for all week long as we both get up pretty early for work. Oh and we know that the days of sleeping in will most likely go away when our little man arrives this fall. We enjoy the time we get to snuggle with our 2 black labs, Keira & Mack, and the time we get to spend together at church on Sunday mornings. Our weekends are definitely a great time for us and we usually splurge and make a pretty awesome meal (grilling is usually something we try to do). 

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This weekend was no different! While we did get some cleaning done– the typical stuff like laundry, vacuuming, dusting, etc. we also were able to spend time with our doggies at the park, with friends at their baby shower, and just together at church and thereafter. We decided on Sunday morning that we would grill the ribs that we purchased on our last trip to Wegman’s grocery store. Along with those ribs, I had stumbled across a recipe from Ree Drummond, The Pioneer Woman, for Bacon Wrapped Shrimp, and we also decided on corn on the cob (grilled of course). After church, we ran a few errands, took the dogs to the park to play with the tennis ball and then came home to relax a bit before we made dinner. 

Our dinner was absolutely delicious, and I wanted to share the amazing recipes that we altered to make our dinner delicious. Since we’re from Maryland, Old Bay Seasoning goes on almost anything– my husband is always adding it to something we’re cooking and it surely is delicious. He loves to grill and I am not objecting to that either! :). 

Sunday Dinner 1Oh dinner was absolutely delicious– we’ve found some recipes that we’ll keep forever! The ribs were grilled with Old Bay, Sweet Baby Ray’s Honey Barbecue Sauce and some Mesquite seasoning as well as some salt. The corn (originally corn on the cob) was wrapped in aluminum foil and cooked on the grill and the shrimp….well, here’s the recipe:

Bacon Wrapped Shrimp Skewers
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Ingredients
  1. 1 stick (8 tablespoons) butter
  2. 1 tablespoon chili powder
  3. 1/3 cup apple cider vinegar
  4. 2 tablespoons Old Bay Seasoning
  5. 2 1/2 pounds peeled and deveined raw jumbo shrimp
  6. 1 pound thin bacon, slices cut in half
Instructions
  1. Thaw and peel shrimp as instructed on package.
  2. Place the shrimp in a saucepan. Pour apple cider vinegar and sprinkle Old Bay on shrimp. Cook on low until shrimp are pink and fully cooked.
  3. Place shrimp on skewer sticks and place on an aluminum foil covered baking dish with sides.
  4. Wrap each shrimp skewer in a slice of bacon and place back on baking dish.
  5. Melt butter in microwave and mix in chili powder. Separate into 2 bowls.
  6. Brush the chili butter onto shrimp skewers.
  7. Bake at 400F for 10-15 minutes or until bacon is cooked.
  8. Brush the remaining chili button onto shrimp skewers. Serve.
Adapted from The Pioneer Woman
Adapted from The Pioneer Woman
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Our Sunday was absolutely amazing, we love to find new recipes and make them ours! Let me know if you try them, and what you think. :-D Have a blessed week ahead.

 

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Welcome to This N That with Olivia’s Baby Gift Guide!

Are you a Mom-t0-Be or New Mom? Or maybe even someone looking for a perfect gift for the Mom-to-Be? This N That with Olivia’s Baby Gift Guide will feature products from the best baby brands out there in the form of reviews and sometimes giveaways. We are expecting our first little boy in October, 2014 so the search for great baby products is in full swing– those with great reviews are always at the forefront of our minds. Therefore, I plan to provide you with a review of some specific products from amazing baby brands.

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Our next feature is for you expectant moms out there– Kevel Mommy! 

“The Kevel Fly Tie was inspired years ago by a fairly common problem: How to preserve a favorite pair of jeans. Rachel Kearl, Kevel’s founder, began working on a fix for the faulty fly. She ran through a number of development cycles, until a modified hair band qualified as the first prototype. The original prototype, which stretched out quickly and eventually would break, was transformed into the reliable, durable, discrete Kevel Fly Tie it is today.

Another application of the Kevel became apparent with the popularity of low-rise jeans. It was at this point that Rachel identified a separate problem with the beloved jeans we all wear…What to do when an expanded waistline creates an unreachable gap between the buttonhole and button? Deep six our favorite jeans and buy a new pant wardrobe? Rachel created the Kevel Perfect Fit to solve this temporary dilemma. Save your money for Fiji, knowing you’ll be back to your regular size in no time.

Furthermore, during Rachel’s pregnancy, she noticed a more elaborate version of the Fly Tie could accommodate her growing belly. The design later evolved into what is now known as Kevel Mommy – a way to stay in the comfort of your non-maternity pants as long as possible during pregnancy and as soon as possible after pregnancy, available in three sizes.

Always quick to apply lessons learned in the laboratory of life, Rachel refined her prototypes until she had created today’s current versions; Kevel Mommy, Kevel Perfect Fit and Kevel Fly Tie.”

When I found out that we were expecting, the first thing I wanted to do was buy maternity clothes, it was something I had never been able to do. I quickly realized how expensive even a pair of shorts or a tank top was in maternity and tried to squeeze into any pair of jeans that I could get up past my thighs. Then, the issue of buttoning them came into play. I tried the belly bands (they worked a little bit, but I felt the pressure of the metal parts of my jeans hurting me) and even a hair tie. The early months of pregnancy were very uncomfortable for me as I just couldn’t seem to breathe in anything I squeezed into yet I wasn’t big enough for the traditional maternity jeans/clothes.

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Here comes Kevel Mommy– the perfect solution to my early pregnancy struggles. To use, you simply attach one end of the Kevel Mommy to your zipper and the other end to the button on your pants! Then, the third loop attaches to the button hole. There we go – a few more months of non-maternity jeans. You can also start wearing your non-maternity jeans after baby is born too! What’s awesome is that the Mommy Kevel comes in three sizes– giving you even more wear out of your non-maternity jeans! 

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I have an awesome opportunity for you! We love the beach, as you can see in our Virginia Beach Mini Vacation post HERE, so Myrtle Beach is one on our lists of vacation spots! Looking for a great place to vacation? Maybe you want to have one last getaway before the kids go back to school. Or maybe you’d love a sunny escape once winter hits!

Either way, a vacation to Myrtle Beach is perfect and you could WIN!!

Enter to WIN a 3 Day, 2 Night Stay in Myrtle Beach

Vacation Myrtle Beach is offering a 3 day, 2 night stay in an oceanfront queen efficiency with a $50 resort credit valued through 5/15/15.

Want to see where you could be staying? Here is a review of one of their lovely Myrtle Beach resorts! All you have to do is Enter now through August 10 11:59 pm EST. Open to US Residents 18+ years old. Travel to and from the resort is not included.

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Virginia Beach Vacation 1

With a baby on the way, my husband and I decided to take a weekend away for our anniversary! We didn’t have much vacation time from work (saving up for when the baby gets here) but we knew that we needed something called a ‘babymoon’ together before our lives change with the arrival of our little one. We didn’t want to go very far– wanted something within driving distance but knew that we wanted a beach! We contemplated Outer Banks, Myrtle Beach, Ocean City, or Virginia Beach. After looking at our options and found a great deal at the Hampton Inn Oceanfront in Virginia Beach, VA! 
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We’ve never stayed in a hotel oceanfront but decided to splurge a little bit for the oceanfront experience! This was, after all, our 3 year wedding anniversary short vacation. We arrived on Friday, mid-day, and were astounded at the view! When we booked the hotel, we got a King sized suite with an oceanfront balcony– definitely worth it. Yes, it was a little more expensive but we splurged for the great view. That way, at night we were able to go back to the room and just relax watching the waves come and go from afar– a great view for sure.

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 (Standing on our balcony at Hampton Inn- Oceanfront Virginia Beach, VA)

Not only did we decide to splurge on an oceanfront hotel, we also went for a nice dinner at Chops which I purchased a Groupon voucher for! This restaurant wasn’t too far from our hotel and was a great place to celebrate our anniversary. The atmosphere was amazing, and we were immediately sat (reserved seats in advance) and our waitress was very polite. My husband ordered the dry rubbed steak and I ordered a smaller version of his steak. They were both cooked to perfection and the side dishes we got were also delicious. This was a great treat for our anniversary and we would love to visit this restaurant again! 

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After dinner, I had purchased a Groupon voucher for Pirate’s Paradise Mini Golf– we were both able to play a round of golf and got a funnel cake at the end. The golf course offered free parking not too far from the location so we didn’t have to walk far. The mini golf course itself was fun and challenging at times. There were the traditional 18 holes and my husband even got a hole in one!! Golf 1

Mind you, I was beating him before then, but he came back and kicked my butt. We truly enjoyed our time there with the waterfalls, challenging mini golf courses, and the boat at the end. Of course, we had to climb up the ramp of the boat at the end to enjoy– it was pretty fun. Although, we’re a little too big to fit through the areas, but it was still fun. This would be a great family activity location.

Golf 2

 

Our experience in Virginia Beach was awesome, and we’re are definitely planning to go back! We even caught a car show on the boardwalk which had a great variety of cars that we were able to view and meet with the owners. There were also beach concert series that were available as well as some other entertainment including a wine tasting festival and some sort of charity walk. Virginia Beach is definitely a great location for a family vacation and we plan to take our family there. 

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