Wednesday, January 2, 2013

2 Free Quest Bars! These are Delicious!

If you are one of the first 250 at 2PM EST Every day, to submit your form at Quest Nutrition Facebook page under tab “free Bars” and you’ll get 2 free quest bars!



I got mine! Have you gotten yours?

How to Enter Contests to WIN!

Do you enter contests? I do sometimes, I have periods where I am super active and periods where I get too caught up in home life to bother. 
BUT...you know the saying, You have to be in it to win it! 


If you have any contests you are currently entered in, 
feel free to add the link to vote !

Here are also a few tips to help you get started when entering contests:

1. Choose a contest that focuses on one of your strengths. Don't enter cooking or recipe contests if you call the smoke alarm your timer (haha). I am not a great seamstress (aka, I cannot sew!) as a result, you will never see me enter one of those contests. I stick to the things I am good at, to improve my chances of winning. 

Example: 
I have 4 years of culinary school under my belt, so I feel comfortable submitting recipes to contests. This was my entry in the Classic Pastry Arts Contest. 


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2.Make sure your pictures stand out. Don't get too "artsy-fartsy" with it, as that can hurt your chances almost as much as a crummy shot. Just make sure you have good lighting, nice color contrast, and a unique perspective.  I have won several online contests in the past several years for my original recipes, but quite often, the judges loved the visual impact. 

Example:
The colorful fish stew, topped with fresh herbs, gives a nice color contrast. The camera focuses on the food, the bowl fading in the back. 

This won first prize in the Nordic Naturals Essential Fish Dish Contest!



3. Wording Counts. Be clever, make sure you spell everything correctly, and make sure you have filled out the forms properly. There is nothing worse than having people point out your spelling errors on a contest entry!

4. Show your creative side! Don't be afraid to break the mold when entering a contest. Check out the other entries, and figure out how you can make yours stand out a little. 

5. Enter as many contests as you qualify for! I have entered cooking, baking, Pet and family photo contests...even  DIY contests on Instructables! If you can take step by step pictures and write clear instructions, this is a great site to join. 
2 years ago I won second place in a Spring Clean Contest, this year I was runner up for 3 seperate cooking and DIY contests!



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6. Follow the Directions. Make sure you qualify, make sure you cross your 'T's and dot those 'I's...it is a horrible thing to have one of your entries chosen, only to be disqualified! 

7. Don't let haters stop you from being awesome. I personally have had some recent experience with jealous adults acting like bratty kids because they weren't getting votes, and I was attacked (verbally) online. 

Just ignore them, know that whatever you did, it was great enough to make them try to take action against you. Sure, you might occasionally not win something due to one of these people, but in the long run, as long as YOU do not fall down to THEIR level, you will be fine. Judges DO take harassment into account, if you make it known (if it is severe enough - in my case it required legal action).  

Do you have any contests that you are currently entered in, and need votes? Add your link to the comments below! Make sure to tell us if it is a daily or one time vote! 
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Outback Steakhouse ~ on January 2nd ~ Free Aussie-tizer

Because the South Carolina Gamecocks WON the Outback Bowl, everyone gets a FREE Bloomin' Onion Appetizer! Valid TODAY ONLY (Jan. 2,2013). 

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The Complete Sherlock Holmes Ebook Collection For Free!

Head over to Amazon where you can get the The Complete Sherlock Holmes Collection for free! This is the complete collection of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s Sherlock Holmes tales, both long and short, compiled together for the first time by Simon & Schuster! I am getting this for my husband, he is a BIG fan of the old Holmes stories! 

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Grab your free credit card reader! No monthly fees! 

Perfect for yard sales, or Work At Home Moms/Small business! I used mine to get payments at the flea market and at craft fairs! It has made my life much easier!! What do you have to lose? 


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Kids Eat FREE at Olive Garden PLUS 2 for $25 Meal Deal


Olive Garden coupons, valid through 1/3/13
They also have a great 2 for $25 dinner deal ~ Choose 2 entrees, plus an appetizer or dessert to share.  Take the family out for dinner!
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100 FREE Pampers Gifts to Grow Points!

You can go here to sign up for Pampers Gifts To Grow reward program and through that link you will get 100 FREE points!


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5 FREE Coldplay Songs Download from Google Play




As a holiday present, Google Play is offering up a FREE track from each of Coldplay’s five studio albums.
Available tracks:
1. Yellow
2. Clocks
3. Fix You
4. Viva La Vida
5. Paradise
Click HERE to get yours!
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