Monday, February 25, 2013

Win #166!

I've been a reader of Cake Mom for a very long time, I want to say somewhere in the neighborhood of three to four years!  I've had her buttons up for sometimes too, I bet i've been through a few different button designs!

What I love about her is that she does a ton of reviews and giveaways, mostly of things I need or want! She lists them all and they're easy to get to and i can enter them all from the home page without having to navigate to each individual giveaway!

I scored this space heater, I totally put some good energy behind this one because I've been borrowing the girl who sits near me space heater at work for some time, mostly because she blows a fuse if she uses it and I don't (stupid wires) but also because it's freezing in here.

Thanks Jaime at Cake Mom for the best win of the month!

Win #165!

I enter to win all the kids DVD's I see!  My kids watch DVD's in the car, on movie nights at home we build blanket fortresses with bean bag walls and make popcorn and sometimes I take them to Daycare on rainy days so we can share all the great movies we win!  I scored this awesome DVD from Sweeps4bloggers!  I have won multiple times from them and like I've said in the past if you're looking for blogs with easy multiple entries this is a great one to check out!

Thanks to Sweeps4bloggers for this great win!

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Win #164

Another win saved from the spam folder, gosh am I ever glad that I check that thing regularly!  Learning Resources is a phenomenal website that has learning toys and games for teachers and parents!  Thank you to them for hosting so many giveaways and to 2 Classy Chics as well for having such a great review and giveaway blog that features so so so many contest on a daily basis.

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Win #163

You all already know that there are several blogs I visit every single day without fail.  They meet my "multiple win" criteria.  I trust them, they have good prizes, easy and multiple forms of entry.  Yadda yadda contest jargon.  Gay NYC Dad is one I go see every morning over my coffee.  He's got a lot of great things to say and a ton of great things to give away!  So please as I have said in the past go see Mitch in all of his splendor and enter his contests because they are super awesome and you'll win eventually, I always do!

Thanks to Mitch at Gay NYC Dad for the Blip Toys win!

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Win #162!

I've won multiple times from Sweeps for Bloggers.  They offer a daily easy entry on all of their giveaways so it makes for good odds.  They have a high number of loyal readers though so it's usually pretty high entry into their giveaways.  They do a great deal though so it makes it really fun!  This month in particular they are giving away a ton of kids DVD's so I entered a ton to try to stock up on new DVD's for my car for the kids.  They were getting sick of the same old movies we had.  So thanks to Sweeps for bloggers for helping me score this Leap frog DVD!

Win #161

Thanks to Day by Day in our world for the chance to try the Purex baby laundry soap!  I've won a coupon for a bottle and I can't wait to add this to my baby care package for my girlfriend.  So excited, I also only use Purex at my house so I know it's going to be great!

Win #160!

Another Funky Monkey Win!  You can bet im reading them every single day as I mentioned before.  They have a new giveaway almost every day!  I scored a cute valentines banner from Two Doodles Designs!  Super stoked as my valentines decor is pretty limited.  Go see Funky Money when you have time, they do reviews/giveaways on jewelry, prints, decor and more, I love them!

Tuesday, February 5, 2013

How to win blog contests: all the secrets.

A friend of mine asked me to teach her how to win stuff.  I guess at this point I am some kind of expert in winning huh?

 I can do you one better, I can teach anyone how to win stuff.  I feel like deep down inside my little winners soul I will regret giving away my secrets, but it's really not a secret in the first place.  It's going to be easy to lay these out as steps for you.

Step 1.  Subscribe to Online Sweepstakes Websites.  I have my favorite that I have belonged to for years now.  It's not a secret, these sites exist, they are googleable (say that ten times fast).  I like OLS, Prizey and Sweepstakes advantage.  There are links for all of these sites on the right hand side of my blog under "links that are full of Win".

Step 2:  Subscribe to every social network possible.  Blog contests thrive on social media outlets and they compete by number of clicks, most likes, most "ups", all kinds of internet malarky.  Your big ones are: Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Google + and Google Friend Connect.  Of course there are many sites that bloggers use to promote themselves and their giveaways but those are the most frequented.

It is helpful to create an alternate email just for giveaways.  Trust me, when you see the amount of spam you're going to get after subscribing to all these emails and publicly posting your email address on blogger you'll crap your winners pants.

Know how to use all of these sites by the way.  If a blogger wants you to repin a contest and provide them a link to it in order to win, you sure as shit better know what to do and what link to post.  This just takes practice.

Step 3: Use the force.. I mean Form.  There are several form widgets out there used to allow people to enter contests more easily and faster than ever before: WELCOME TO THE FUTURE!  Raffelcopter is your big one.  These forms not only make it easy for you to one click your entries but it also gets rid of a lot of cheaters.  I love them and I usually enter these a lot more often that other contests.

Step 4:  Take advantage of lazy sweepers.  Because of step 3 a lot of people who enter sweepstakes and contest are now lazy and don't like the old method of entering 100 comments on a blog in order to win something.  This is great news of course because if you aren't lazy you can throw your hat into a ton of low entry giveaways.  Low entry means good odds that you'll win.  I know several blogs that don't use widgets and still follow the tradition way of entering, I usually wind up in a pool of about 100-500 comments to win, if I entered ten times that means my odds are awesome!

Step 5:  Enter as much as possible.  keep in mind that you will go through periods where you don't win anything, this is when most people give up.  If you keep entering than you'll win something eventually. I enter every day while I eat lunch, this is my deal and it's my hobby, it's just what I do.  Maybe you do yours during your kids nap time, maybe late at night when you can't sleep, whatever.

Step 6:  Use your bookmarks, save your favorites.  There are five places I enter everyday, I have them book marked on my computer for easy access.  If your serious about winning something make sure you save the best places to enter.

Speaking of entering...  You can enter some contests daily.  If there's one you really want to win and it has daily entry methods, perhaps book mark it and do that daily entry everyday, that takes like one second of your lunch break.

Step 7:  Creativity.  If you have it use it.  There are some contests that only require something fun, if you have creativity you can destroy the others and come out with contest gold.

Step 8: Check back and claim your prize.  Most blogs you enter will email you if you win.  If you enter somewhere know how they'll be contacting you and if they don't email you be sure to bookmark it and check back to claim your prize.  Also most emails must be responded back to within 24-48 hours in order to actually receive the prize, so check your email at least once a day to make sure you aren't letting prizes get away from you.  Twice this year I checked my spam folder only to find I had won something!

BAM!  I just blew the milk out of your cheerios didn't I?

So there you have it, how to win stuff in 8 easy steps.  Now forget you ever read this because I don't need all you guys lowering my odds by becoming sweepstakes and contest pros.


It isn't a true win, but I still feel like I won something so I wanted to share it!  My friend from high school moved to Florida when we graduated, he recently started a wonderful jewelry business and is just fantastic!  I love all the leather pieces and the simplicity that some of their pieces offer, it means you can wear it with everything!

My wonderful friend mailed me the most beautiful bracelet, it looks like the one below only it's got swarovski crystals on it.  I love it so much I wore it to the gym, lol!  He has a Facebook page and does custom work, so go check them out if you are in the market for men's or women's jewelry. 

Win #159

TWO IN A ROW!  Wow, I received another email from Dandy Giveaway that I won their 13 in 2013 Giveaway!  There were 13 prizes and I won a beautiful item of my choice from Baby Wisp!  I chose I lovely bow with feathers on it for Delia and I to share.  It's purple for our Baltimore Ravens team so we'll wear it out for sure!

Thanks again Dandy for the great giveaways!

Monday, February 4, 2013

Win #158!

First win of February is a super awesome Valentines giveaway just for me.  Thanks to Dandy Giveaway I was able to score myself an awesome pair of Bed Head pajamas ($140 retail) to make my Valentines awesome.  Not only are these super cute but they have been featured on several television shows!  Check out this picture from How I met your Mother!

So thanks again to Dandy Giveaways, you rock, and I am totally going to be reading you guys all the time now!