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Make Something Astrobright

This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of Astrobrights Papers by Neenah Paper for SocialSpark. All opinions are 100% mine.

Looking for something different for your at-home projects, crafts, or even presentations at work? Want something to make you stand out from the bland old white? 

Have you heard of AstroBrights papers

It comes in 23 bright and colorful papers so that you never blend in with everyone else- and is perfect for a colorful way to express yourself. Astrobrights is all about creativity and originality. 

Right now you can enter the Astrobrights “Give a Brighter Year” sweepstakes to enter for a chance to win a $500 gift card while also getting a chance to win $30,000 in supplies for your favorite school (Kindergarten – 8th grade). All you have to do is go to their Facebook page, pop in your information, and you’re in! 

There’s also a really fun contest going on called “Make Something Astrobright” where you use their super fun paper to make something creative, and you’re entered to win a Visa Gift Card ranging in the amounts of $100-$400. All you have to do is make something fun with Astrobright paper, upload it to their Facebook app- and you could win! We’re all always doing crafty things at home with our kids anyway- why not win a little moolah to go along with it? What have you got to lose? I mean, even if you don’t win, you’ve made something really cool that you can display, while having a good time doing it.

Get inspired! Share your ideas (or get new ones) with the Astrobrights community on Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter, and other social media channels (Be sure to use the hashtah #goastrobrights). I know i’m low on ideas and their Facebook has some pretty cool stuff!

So, what are you waiting for??

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Posted on July 22, 2012 by Holdin' Holden 0 Comment

Holdin’ Holden 15k follower 3-book Giveaway!

**This giveaway has ended and the winners have been drawn. Thanks for playing everyone!

Alright, so I HATE the word “fans”, and I refuse to use it- so this is the 15,000 FOLLOWER giveaway. That’s a little better, yes?

As promised, once my Facebook page hit 15k followers, i’d be doing a celebratory giveaway- and so now is the time! With the help of some other fabulous page admins- we’ll be giving away THREE copies of my book “Musings of a 20-something Mom, and the perils of being a Mommy Blogger”. (that’s a link to check out the book, just in case you needed a little confirmation that it’s something worth winning!)

It’s VERY simple to enter, so here’s what ya gotta do!

From 6/19/2012 – 6/26/2012 at 12:00am EST, you can enter to win by using the Rafflecopter widget below.
There are 4 pages you MUST like in order to enter. Everything else is optional, but will earn you an extra entry! There is one option that you can do daily and earn daily entries- which is to share this blog post on your Facebook page- just come back in and punch it back into the widget that you’ve done it each day.

All entries are subject to verification- so please be honest!

Good luck y’all! And don’t forget- if you don’t win, you can always pick up a copy on Amazon! It’s available in Paperback, Kindle, and can be converted from kindle to Nook!

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Posted on June 19, 2012 by Holdin' Holden 8 Comments

Affordable prescription sunglasses

This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of Zenni Optical for SocialSpark. All opinions are 100% mine.

I am an eyeglass wearer, and I have never once bought prescription sunglasses. Why? Because they’re friggin’ expensive! I have a lot of other things I could be spending hard earned money on, like food and gas, I just can’t justify spending money on some stylish shades. I love mine, don’t get me wrong, but it does suck not being able to see as clearly as I could if I had prescription sunglasses. 

I know you might think contacts are a viable option, and then one never has to worry about buying anything special- but the thought of sticking things in my eyes gives me the heebies, so glasses it is.

If you are like me, I may have a solution to you in the form of affordable prescription eyeglasses from Zenni Optical. I knew for a long time they had regular glasses (which can be pricey too without the right insurance, or any eye insurance at all), but didn’t until today know about their tinted lenses. 

Basically, any glasses you find that you like for every day wear, they can tint the lens to make them sunglasses. Hell, with their cheap prices, you could pick out some regular glasses and get a second pair tinted for those bright days in the sun and sunny day drives. Their tinted lenses are just $4.95 more than regular lenses, and you can even choose from tint colors as well as the density of the tint.

This works especially well if you have a kid who wears glasses- as we all know how clumsy they are and how fast they can go through frames. 

Personally, i’m really digging these cat-eyed frames. I’ve been looking for some for a while!

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Posted on June 12, 2012 by Holdin' Holden 1 Comment

Quaker Soft Baked Bars. Mmmmm

This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of Quaker Oats for SocialSpark. All opinions are 100% mine.

It’s no secret, and I have no interest in hiding it- I LOVE Quaker! I grew up with it, it’s delicious, and typically it’s pretty darn good for you and we always consider it a wholesome food. My kids eat the oatmeal for breakfast, we LOVE the chewy granola bars for a snack, and whenever they come out with something new, I feel an intense urge to try it.

The new Quaker Soft Baked Bar is no different. I want one so bad I can(almost) taste it.

Made with real fruit and nuts, weighing in at only 140 calories, containing 6 grams of protein and an excellent source of 5 B-Vitamins- I can see it being the perfect breakfast snack for me and the kids on a lazy day where I don’t feel like preparing anything (which is pretty much every day).

And did I mention the flavors? That’s the best part!

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They come in Cinnamon Pecan- which my husband would love, and (drool) Banana Nut Bread. There honestly is not much I love more than banana nut bread- seriously! Please, someone buy me one now! 

How about this for delicious: Heat them up for a warm morning snack, perfect to tide you over until lunch!

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Posted on June 7, 2012 by Holdin' Holden 0 Comment

Eclos Beauty Giveaway Winner

The winner for the Eclos Skincare kit (which includes ALL the items in my review and a headband) has been drawn!

The winner is…

Aimee M.


Congrats Aimee, check your email! And thank you everyone who entered! More giveaways on the horizon!

Posted on June 1, 2012 by Holdin' Holden 0 Comment