Saturday, April 23, 2011

Win a Tee!!

All month we've been saying how wonderful t-shirts are for playing in the great outdoors.  T-shirts really are the perfect outdoor wear as they wash well, are comfortable and casual.  We'd like to show you another fun site for great t-shirts at really great prices....
.com!!!


CostumeSquad.com has a fun selection of t-shirts.  From movie tees to funny tees, they carry something for everyone.  Now, I'm not really one to walk around with Chuck Norris or the Power Rangers on my chest but I know people who prefer to sport the Ghostbusters logo to a button-up shirt.  Of course, if you're wearing your tees camping or hiking.... anything goes!!


The giveaway portion of this post is now CLOSED.  Congrats to our winner, cherdon!!

Would you like to win a tee?  Of course you would!  CostumeSquad.com is offering one lucky reader their choice of t-shirt ($16.99 or less).  Just follow these rules to enter the giveaway.  Be sure to leave your email in your comments if it isn't in your profile so we can find you if you win.  Thanks!

MANDATORY ENTRY
*1) Visit CostumeSquad.com and leave a comment on this post with which t-shirt you might choose if you win.

EARN EXTRA ENTRIES, complete as many or as few as you like:
*2)  Sign up for the Email list at CostumeSquad.com.  Leave a comment letting us know. 
*3)  Follow @ArtsyChaos on Twitter.  Leave a comment and include your twitter name.
*4)  Like the Artsy Chaos Facebook fan page.  Leave a comment and include your facebook name.
*5)  Follow Artsy Chaos with Google Friend Connect (in the right sidebar--->).  Let us know you follow.
*6)  Tweet this giveaway.  Leave the URL to your tweet!  You can tweet once daily if you'd like, just come back and leave a comment to let me know.  Or, if you'd prefer, share on facebook or another social networking site. Just leave the URL in a comment and let us know (once daily).

Giveaway ends April 30, 2011 at 11:59 pm MST.  Be sure to leave your email or  have it in your blogger profile so we can find you if you win.  Open worldwide, 18+.  In order to win you must not have received a promotional item within the last 90 days from CostumeSquad.com, NachomamaTees.com or CrazyDogTshirts.com and must not own a review/giveaway blog.  Winner will be selected by a true random generator.  Winner must respond to winning email in 48  hours or a new winner will be selected.   No compensation was received for this article and all opinions are honest and unbiased.  Thank you to CostumeSquad.com  for providing the giveaway prize(s).

Did you Earth Day?

Yesterday was Earth Day... did you do anything special?  We had planned to pick up litter but it has to be postponed because we have nothing but rain, rain, rain and more rain!  Wouldn't it be great if we all committed to making every day Earth Day!


Remember to join us at B Kind 2 Earth Day on Facebook and leave a comment sharing what you did (and/or are going to do in the future) for the earth. :)

Thursday, April 21, 2011

Easter Bunny... Caught!! *Giveaway and Discount Code*


Looking for something unique and fun to do for the kids on Easter?  
Look no further than iCaughtTheEasterBunny.com!


This is such a fun product.  You just upload your photo of say, your backyard or living room and customize that photo with your choice of Easter Bunny pose.  It really does look like the Easter Bunny has come to visit at your home (or wherever you choose).  After you're done customizing and purchase your photo, it is yours to keep, download and share.  You can also have it printed in a variety of sizes at your local Walgreens so you can get it quickly and surprise your little ones on Easter.

We decided to try out iCaughtTheEasterBunny.com ourselves and had so much fun designing our photo.  Today was an icky rainy windy cold overcast day but we took Molly, the little doggie, to the park for a photo shoot.  All of the trees are blooming and it looks so Springy!  Well, Springy in the sense that icky rainy windy cold and overcast is Springy.  We uploaded our photo, did a little customization and this is our final product.


Fun, right?!  This photo will make an awesome scrapbook page!

iCaughtTheEasterBunny.com has offered all of our readers 25% off with the promo code BUNNYHOP25.  Plus, we have five (5) codes for a free photo ($9.99 value) to giveaway to five lucky winners.

Just follow these rules to enter the giveaway.  This will be a quick giveaway as Easter is sneaking up on us.  Be sure to leave your email in your comments if it isn't in your profile so we can find you if you win.  Thanks!

MANDATORY ENTRY
*1) Visit iCaughtTheEasterBunny.com, have a look around and leave a comment on this post with your email.

EARN EXTRA ENTRIES, complete as many or as few as you like:
*2)  Follow @ArtsyChaos on Twitter.  Leave a comment and include your twitter name.
*3)  Like the Artsy Chaos Facebook fan page.  Leave a comment and include your facebook name.
*4)  Follow Artsy Chaos with Google Friend Connect (in the right sidebar--->).  Let us know you follow.
*5)  Tweet this giveaway.  Leave the URL to your tweet!  You can tweet once daily if you'd like, just come back and leave a comment to let me know.  Or, if you'd prefer, share on facebook or another social networking site. Just leave the URL in a comment and let us know (once daily).

Giveaway ends April 23, 2011 at 11:59 AM MST.  Be sure to leave your email or  have it in your blogger profile so we can find you if you win.  Open worldwide, 18+.  Winner will be selected by a true random generator.  Winner must respond to winning email in 24 hours or a new winner will be selected.  I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Tomoson.com created by WebBizIdeas a Minneapolis SEO and Web Design firm. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commissions 16 CFR, Part 255 Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising. Tomoson Product review & giveaway Disclosure.

Earth Day Deals~Freebies~Events!

Remember... Earth Day is April 22nd!  Please join us on Facebook and pledge to do a good deed on Friday.


Here is a listing of deals that are being offered in honor of Earth Day.  Have fun!!

Starbucks - Bring in a travel cup or reusable mug for a free coffee or tea on 4/22.

Caribou Coffee - Free coffee to guests who bring in reusable drinkware on 4/22.

Evos - Get a free organic milkshake on 4/22.

Disney Store - On 4/22 get a free reusable shopping bag when you trade in 5 plastic shopping bags.

Blockbuster Express - Free rental on 4/23 or 4/24 with code THANKYOU.

Lowe's - Visit on 4/23 to get a free tree.

US National Parks - Free admission to all parks through 4/24.  Junior Ranger day is 4/23!

Origins - Trade-in your old facial care product (any brand!) for a free full size product of Checks and Balances™ Frothy face wash or A Perfect World™ Antioxidant cleanser with White Tea on 4/22. 

Yoga Journal - Get the current issue for free and look for their Earth Day Sweepstakes.

Sierra Club - Win a trip to the Caribbean in the Earth Day 2011 Sweepstakes.  Enter by registering a pledge.

Target - Enter the Refresh Your Nest Sweepstakes for Earth Month.

iTunes - Download a free children's eBook:  The Four Seasons - An Earth Day Interactive Childrens Storybook.

ThredUp - Join for free on April 22 to receive a $13.95 swapping credit towards gently used kids clothes, toys and books.

Kellogg's - Free reusable bag with purchase of 2 cereals and enter to win a 2011 Ford Fusion Hybrid.

Also be sure to check your local newspaper and Google search your local area for Earth Day events close to you!

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

FREE Gardens Admissions


This month we've been celebrating the outdoors because there simply is just so much you can do close to home and even in your own backyard.  May 6th is National Public Gardens Day, another great way to celebrate the outdoors... and you can do it for FREE!

Better Homes and Gardens along with other organizations are offering free admissions in select states on May 6th.  Just fill out the form to request up to 10 free admissions.

What a HORRIBLE Month!

This month bites.  Truly. 
Sometimes I feel like we're drowning in a moneyless sea of ruined economy.  Although "sometimes" should be "daily".  For those that don't know, Mr. Artsy Chaos is a contractor.  A residential home building contractor.  Since there is about zero going on in the residential home building market, that equals about zero opportunity for a residential home building contractor.  When you've sunk 20+ years of your life into a career that basically doesn't exist anymore, well.... no one is interested in what you can bring to the table.  Hence, the drowning.

Since the first of the month, my mother has been in the hospital having and recovering from open heart surgery.  This is her second open heart surgery, the first she had at age 45.  It's been a scary few weeks.  We nearly lost her in surgery this time as they couldn't stop the bleeding during the 10+ hour operation.  For 3 days after surgery she was unresponsive and on a ventilator. Even when she woke up, she didn't recognize anyone and seemed confused.  We were all very worried to say the least.  She is now on the mend, but has a ways to go.  I'm so thankful she came out of it.  

So again I say, this month bites.  Here's to hoping a month comes soon that doesn't.

Life Promises for Success

First, let me say... I LOVE this little book.  Life Promises for Success ~promises from God on achieving your best~ by Jim Tressel is a keeper.  


On the rear cover of this book, Jim Tressel, the head football coach of Ohio State and author, says "If you're struggling with your place in the world, if things have become difficult and you feel like giving up, this little book will encourage you, lift you up when you're wrestling withlife, push you forward, and motivate you to be a better person-and a more vital part of whatever team you serve."

This is one of those books that you want to keep around to inspire and reassure you with quotes, short stories and touching messages of scripture.  We all have bad days, sometimes we have more bad days than good.  Life Promises for Success reminds us that we're not alone, that everyone experiences the down times and can use some encouragement and words of love.

As you turn each page of this sweet book, you are greeted with a few scripture messages on the left and then encouraging words on the right.  The encouraging words are divided into categories like hope, generosity, enthusiasm, attitude and teamwork.  You can flip to any page of the book and have a quick boost to your attitudes and demeanor.  

I must also mention that the construction of this book just thrills me.  Literally, the paper it is written on is beautiful.  The cover is padded... PADDED!... and the pages are nearly cover stock weight.  This book will most definitely stay with me to inspire me in the coming years. 

I would definitely recommend Life Promises for Success for anyone.  It would make a fantastic Mother's Day gift!

Tyndale House Publishers has provided us with a complimentary copy of this book for review purposes.  All opinions are honest and unbiased.

Monday, April 18, 2011

Cover Your Hair Review and GIVEAWAY


Hair coverings are a blessing when you're camping, working outdoors and hiking. Hair falling in your face?  Pull it off your face with a headband.  Catching a chill outside?  Slip on a hat or cap because stopping heat loss here keeps the rest of your body warm. 

Cover Your Hair is an online store which specializes in every type of hair covering you can think of.  Need a bandana, they've got it!  Looking for a snood, yep they've got those too!  Can't find a turban?  Well, you can find them at Cover Your Hair.  They even carry hair accessories like brushes, rollers and clips.

Since my daughter is somewhat of a hair covering connoisseur, we decided to try out a couple of items she would normally wear.  The first is a "Wide Ribbed Chappone" or what we would call a Beanie.  The color is a beautiful olive green.


The second item we tried is a Paisley Wide Pre-Tied Headband. This is a fun turquoise color and perfect for holding your hair back.


We were impressed with how easy Cover Your Hair is to work with.  Plus, their selection of hair coverings is amazing.  If you're looking for ideas on how to wear some of your hair coverings, they also have videos to help, how nice!  We were a little disappointed in the size of the beanie and the headband, however.  They did seem to be a little on the small side.

The giveaway portion of this post is now CLOSED.  Congrats to our winner, malika!!

How about a chance to win a Surprise Box of Hair Accessories worth $25!?  OK, you got it!!  Cover Your Hair has graciously offered this to one lucky Artsy Chaos reader!!

Just follow these rules to enter the giveaway.  Be sure to leave your email in your comments if it isn't in your profile so we can find you if you win.  Thanks!

MANDATORY ENTRY
*1) Visit Cover Your Hair and leave a comment on this post with an item you would love to have.

EARN EXTRA ENTRIES, complete as many or as few as you like:
*2)  Like Cover Your Hair on Facebook.  Leave a comment and include your Facebook name (first name, last initial).  Please feel free to leave a comment on their Facebook wall if you would like!
*3)  Follow @CoverYourHair on Twitter.  Leave a comment and include your twitter name. 
*4)  Follow @ArtsyChaos on Twitter.  Leave a comment and include your twitter name.
*5)  Like the Artsy Chaos Facebook fan page.  Leave a comment and include your facebook name.
*6)  Follow the Cover Your Hair Blog with Google Friend Connect.  Leave a comment and let us know.
*7)  Follow Artsy Chaos with Google Friend Connect (in the right sidebar--->).  Let us know you follow.
*8)  Tweet this giveaway.  Leave the URL to your tweet!  You can tweet once daily if you'd like, just come back and leave a comment to let me know.  Or, if you'd prefer, share on facebook or another social networking site. Just leave the URL in a comment and let us know (once daily).
*9)  Subscribe to Cover Your Hair on You Tube or Stumble Upon.  Leave a comment and let us know, one comment for each method.

Giveaway ends April 25, 2011 at 11:59 pm MST.  Be sure to leave your email or  have it in your blogger profile so we can find you if you win.  Open worldwide, 18+.  Winner will be selected by a true random generator.  Winner must respond to winning email in 48  hours or a new winner will be selected.   We received complimentary review items for this article and all opinions are honest and unbiased.  Thank you to CoverYourHair.com  for providing the giveaway prize(s).