Friday, April 30, 2010

Welcome to Blogmania - 24 hour giveaway {CLOSED}

Welcome to Blogmania!

My blog is #108 of 123.

You've arrived at exactly the right time to explore lots of new blogs, all of which, ARE GIVING AWAY A VERY SPECIAL BLOGMANIA GIVEAWAY (For one day only - April 30th).

We've done all of the work for you. No hunting or surfing. Each blog will have a number and each new blog link will have a number. These numbers will allow you to keep track of which blogs you've visited and how many are left to visit. Go ahead and take a moment to make a list from 1 to 123 & check off the blogs as you go!

I know you'll want to visit as many blogs today as you can. There are so many wonderful blogs participating today! It's a wonderful chance to enter lots of great giveaways and maybe find some of your new favorite blogs to read. Be prepared to bookmark lots of new sites!

So, here is what I am giving away today and what you need to do to enter my giveaway.

I am a huge scrapbooker and have been for many years. I was introduced to scrapbooking by a friend who sold products for a company called Creative Memories and immediately became hooked! While I do not use that company's products exclusively, I only use their albums to house my projects because of the archival quality of the albums & pages. So, today, I am offering some of my favorite Spring products from the Creative Memories line.

This is the 12"x12" album coverset in the Plumberry color. I adore this color! And this is the album size that I use for almost every project.

I love easy ways to dress up pages and pictures and this Simply Beautiful Spring 12x12 Additions package performs the task easily! It includes papers & stickers that are so easy to use.

Another embellishment tool that I like is punches. This Butterfly Pocket Punch can be used for a variety of projects including scrapbooking, card making and other paper crafting ideas that you might have!

You'll need pages to adhere your pictures to and my favorite shade is the Natural pages. I'm including 1 set of pages to get you started. The package includes 15 sheets.

And finally, I'm including a set of Page Protectors which are specially designed plastic cover sheets that will protect your pictures for many years to come. This is a set of 15 page protectors.

The retail value of this package is $72 and the entire package will be awarded to a single winner. This giveaway is open to residents of the U.S. only. The giveaway closes at 11:59pm Pacific Time on April 30th, 2010. Winner will be chosen by random draw. Winner will be notified immediately and has 48 hours to confirm with shipping information. If you do not have an email address linked to your Blogger profile, you must leave an email address in your entry comment.

To enter this giveaway, please leave a comment on this post telling me if you're a scrapbooker or not. It's that simple!

Anyone interested in extra entries? Here's how you can receive extra entries! (please leave a separate comment for EACH extra entry)

1 extra entry for posting my button on your blog

1 extra entry for becoming a follower of my blog or letting me know you already follow

1 extra entry for becoming a follower of my Facebook Page or let me know you already follow

1 extra entry for becoming a follower on Twitter or let me know you already follow

Thanks for entering and now here's a list of other blogs participating who have great giveaways for you to check out!

Blog 1 - Between the Pages
Blog 2 - The Black Sheep Dances
Blog 43 - Books, Books Everywhere
Blog 6 - Ashleyladd (*Adult Content Warning)
Blog 27 - Blackberry Jam Cafe
Blog 34 - Reading AT the Beach
Blog 54 - Paper Cut Reviews
Blog 90 - SMS Book Reviews
Blog 111 - Deanna's Tidbits
Blog 120 - I Sew Cute and Draw Pretty Nifty Also

Disclosure: I am an independent consultant for Creative Memories and am supplying the items for this giveaway out of my own pocket.

Monday, April 26, 2010

TSRphotography: Review and Giveaway {Closed}

I am a great admirer of beautiful photography. The subject matter can be anything from children sitting on a bench while eating ice cream to a lone tree in a meadow. I just truly appreciate a lovely picture!

TSRphotography is a brand new Etsy vendor who specializes in nature photography, especially landscapes. The photographs are from areas surrounding the Tennessee Valley, which is a lush landscape full of variety. My favorite print is this one called "Savage Falls".

I love a great shot of waterfalls and this one really captures the beauty of the water, while the foliage really frames the shot. Gorgeous!

TSRphotography offers several prints currently, in sizes varying from 5x7 to 11x14. Prices begin at $10 and go up from there. This is a great place to purchase some very affordable pieces that will bring the beauty of the outdoors to any room!


TSRphotography has graciously offered the winner of this giveaway, the print of their choice from the website, in their choice of available sizes. (Giveaway is only open to residents of the U.S. & Canada)

To Enter the Giveaway:

Mandatory Entry - Please visit TSRphotography and leave me a comment letting me know which print is your favorite.

Additional Entries (please leave a separate comment for each additional entry):

1 Entry - Become a Follower of this blog or let me know if you already follow (widget is on the left sidebar)

1 Entry - Grab my button & put it in your sidebar (please leave your blog link in the comment so I can verify placement and come by to say hi)

1 Entry - Become a follower on Facebook or let me know if you already follow

1 Entry - Become a follower on Twitter or let me know if you already follow

1 Entry - Per day for tweeting this giveaway (please leave tweet url in the comment)

1 Entry - Making TSRphotography a favorite on your Etsy profile

This giveaway will close on Sunday, May 2nd at 11:59pm ET. Winner will be chosen by random number draw. Winner will be contacted immediately and has 48 hours to respond with shipping information. If winner does not respond within 48 hours, an alternate winner will be chosen.

Disclosure: This giveaway is sponsored by TSRphotography. I did not receive any compensation (monetary or products) for my review. All opinions are based on my personal experience.

Sunday, April 25, 2010

Blogmania is coming

Be sure to stop by on Wednesday of this week to hear more about a fantastic blog carnival full of giveaways that I'll be participating in! I'll have lots more details on Wednesday and the fun will happen THIS FRIDAY! You won't want to miss out on this great opportunity!

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

The Inaugural Giveaway: $25 gift card {CLOSED}

Wow, I feel like I've just given birth to my 3rd child!

This review blog has been a glimmer in my eye for many months now. After one half-hearted attempt, I finally got my ducks in a row and hooked up with a great blog designer to bring you Queen of the Castle Reviews!

I like to get things started with a bang! I'm in the process of putting together some wonderful product & service reviews for my readers, but in the meantime, let's do a giveaway to get this party started!

I am a huge fan of online shopping and my absolutely favorite site is

I can't tell you how many times I have used this site to shop for just about everything under the sun! I could seriously gush about Amazon for days, but let's get to the good stuff already.

I am giving away a $25 Gift Card to Amazon! This giveaway is 100% sponsored by me. Amazon has no idea who I am, only that they see orders from me way too often. To enter this giveaway, please leave a comment on this post. Any comment will do. Since I am still putting the finishing touches on my castle here, any ideas that you have about things you would like to see or not like to see would be great!

For additional entries, please leave a SEPARATE comment for each additional entry.

1 entry for becoming a follower of mine on Twitter

1 entry for becoming a Facebook Fan

1 entry for becoming a Follower of this blog (the widget is over there on the left side)

1 entry per day for tweeting this giveaway (please leave your tweet url in the comment)

The giveaway will end on Sunday, May 9th at 11:59pm ET. Winner will be chosen by and the winner will be contacted immediately. Winner has 48 hours to respond with shipping information or an alternate winner will be chosen. If your email address is not linked to your blogger profile, PLEASE leave your email address in your comments. If I cannot contact you, you can't win.

Good luck everyone and welcome to my castle!

Thursday, April 1, 2010

Contact the Queen

If you have a product or service idea that you would like to submit for review or just want to say "hi", you can contact me by sending an email to queenofthecastlereviews (at) gmail (dot) com!

I'm looking forward to talking with you!

Meet the Queen

My name is Angie and I am the Queen of My Castle!

I'm a full time mom of 2 girls, but that's just the tip of the iceberg of my job description. As a full time mom, I'm constantly looking for things to enrich our lives in many ways. Whether it be to find products to make us a greener household or fun things for us to do as a family, I'm always on the lookout for new & exciting experiences!

I'm currently a licensed Kindermusik educator for a program in my city, which allows me to work with children of various ages using my love of music to teach them all sorts of developmental skills.

I love all things pop culture and have a serious love of entertainment. I'm a movie buff, TV fanatic, avid reader and a music lover!

My mission with this blog is to bring honest product and service reviews to the masses. I've always felt that the most honest reviews I received about items were from my close friends and I'm here to fill that role for you! I promise that my reviews will be my honest opinions about the experiences that I've had with a product or service. Any compensation that I receive from a company will in no way affect my review positively or negatively.

Thanks for visiting!

PR Opportunities

If you like what you see here and think that your product or service might be of interest to my readers, then I would love to talk with you!

I am a part-time working mom who has been blogging since April of 2008. As the mom of 2 young daughters (ages 4 & 5), I am interested in a wide array of topics ranging from family friendly products to pop culture everything. I am an avid reader and connoisseur of all genres of music. My passions are travel, photography, needle arts and scrapbooking, when I'm not blogging. I am a very hands on parent and have an interest in going more "green" in our lifestyle as my children are growing up. I think it's important to teach them about caring for our planet.

If you agree to send me your product, you also agree that it will not be returned. I will inform you of receipt and will contact you in a timely manner about the approximate date of review publishing, typically within 30 days of receipt of the product. I will also send you the link to the product review post.

If you offer a giveaway with your product review, you agree to mail it directly to my winner at the end of the giveaway period. Please do not send me a duplicate copy of the product to ship. I run most giveaways for one week to 10 days. If the value of your product is over $100, I will extend the giveaway period to 14 days.

If you would like to submit a press release or giveaway without a product review, contact me for my prices. Pricing is based upon my time and extent of promotion that you are seeking.

I have a Twitter account and Facebook Fan Page that I utilize for frequent announcements about what's going on with my blog.

I appreciate you taking the time to consider my blog as an outlet for your product or service and encourage you to contact me at Queenofthecastlereviews (at) gmail (dot) com to discuss further details!

The Queen Recommends

I am always looking for the best of the best in the vast world of retail products and services. This list includes some of my favorites that I think might become some of your favorites as well.

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This policy is valid from 16 April 2010

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