Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Prilosec-palooza! Prilosec OTC gift pack giveaways

Holy Moly, things were hopping on Twitter today! I was finally able to check in late in the day, and I saw dozens of tweets in my stream all about Prilosec OTC, $100 AMEX gift card giveaways and #POTCBOGO. Oh course my interest was piqued, so I did a little investigating... I didn't even know what Prilosec was, and I was wondering why they were hosting giveaways.

I found out that Prilosec OTC is an over-the-counter (OTC), once-a-day Heartburn medication that works by blocking the stomach pumps that produce acid.

From the sponsor's website: Prilosec OTC Blocks Heartburn
When you eat, millions of tiny pumps in your stomach lining create acid to break down food. Normally your lower esophageal sphincter (LES) works as a door, opening and closing to let food pass from your esophagus into your stomach.

When your LES relaxes, excess acids flow up, or reflux, into your esophagus. This creates the painful sensation of heartburn.

Prilosec OTC works by directly blocking many of the active stomach pumps that produce acid before they start. Prilosec OTC is a proton pump inhibitor (PPI). The way Prilosec OTC works to fight heartburn sets it in a whole separate class from other treatments such as histamine blockers or antacids.

Right now, they have a special offer: buy 2 Prilosec OTC in a single transaction, and get a $25 gift card back (mail-in rebate). In looking at their website, there's also an opportunity to get coupons or even a free sample!

To advertise their rebate promotion (as well as get buzz going about their product in general) they turned to bloggers, and they came out in force. At last count, there were over 40 different bloggers who are participating. Each is giving out a Prilosec prize pack which includes a $100 AMEX gift card! I was able to put together a list - refer to each blog for their giveaway specifics (duration, entry opportunities, etc.):
  1. 3 Garnets, 2 Sapphires
  2. A Mom's Balancing Act
  3. A Mom's Impression
  4. A Mom's Take
  5. ace & friends co
  6. Acting Balanced
  7. An Island Life
  8. And Twins Make 5
  9. At The Fence
  10. Babes and Kids Reviews
  11. Baby Loving Mama
  12. Being Alison
  13. Blessings Abound Mommy
  14. Chief Family Officer
  15. Cocktails with Mom
  16. Daddy Digest
  17. The Divine Miss Mommy
  18. Eighty MPH Mom - Head over to Eighty MPH Mom where you can win a $100 American Express Gift Card and Prilosec Prize Pack!
  19. Empowering Mommy
  20. Energizer Bunny's Mommy Reports
  21. Fun Saving Money
  22. Guide to Smart Shopping
  23. I Could Use A Deal
  24. Just Married with Coupons
  25. Kiddies Corner Deals
  26. Ladybug Soup
  27. Fabulous Won
  28. Laughing Lindsay
  29. Mom Start
  30. Momma Findings
  31. Mommy Katie
  32. Moody Mama Says
  33. My Silly Monkeys
  34. My Thoughts, Ideas and Ramblings
  35. The Not-So-Blog
  36. One Mom's World
  37. The Post-it Place
  38. Review Avenues
  39. Sage and Savvy
  40. Sharing Savings With You
  41. She Scribes
  42. Simplified $aving
  43. Songberries
  44. Southern Bella's Ways to Save
  45. Tatum's Family Reviews
  46. What's That Buzz

If I see any more participating blogs, I'll add them to the list :)

Monday, February 14, 2011

Happy Valentine's Day!

Another Valentine's Day *sigh* I never understood why people needed a day to express their love to someone else - shouldn't that be every day? And yes, I've always felt like this... I'm not just saying that because I'm single! Seriously though, never overlook an opportunity to tell someone how you feel about them, because you never know - you may not get another chance.

I don't know if it's a coincidence or not, but a lot of Valentine-appropriate giveaways are ending today. Jewelry, chocolates, cheesecake, electronics and more are all up for grabs. Here's a sampling of the ones I've entered.

Blessinga Abound Mommy is giving away a coupon for a free Delizza Desserts! If you've never tried these before you're missing out! I love that they're small, and frozen - so I can just take out a couple when I want to treat myself but I'm not tempted by the entire container. It makes my diet bearable :)

Mama Must Have It is giving away a $100 gift certificate to Hayneedle. She reviewed an awesome Proform Stride Select Folding Elliptical Trainer that may not seem very romantic, but if you and/or your loved one are working towards getting fit this year, it would be a lovely gift! Still not your thing? Hayneedle has over 200 specialty stores - trust me, you'll find at least 187 other items you'll want! Everything from Astronomy Binoculars to Writing Desks ,and hundreds of things in-between.

Optimistic Beauty is giving away a $100 gift certificate to CSN Stores. Everytime I go to that site, I find something else I love - like this blender, this gorgeous goose down duvet, this awesome gear art piece with clock for my living room, or this kitchen island with a pull-out table extension. *sigh* isn't it lovely? Forget diamonds, flowers, chocolate - I'll take furniture any day! It would be perfect for my kitchen.

My Four Monkeys is hosting a giveaway for a Crisco Get Inspired prize pack (worth over $120!) that includes (according to Angie):
  • a bottle each of Crisco 100% Extra Virgin Olive Oil, Crisco Pure Olive Oil and Crisco Light Olive Oil
  • set of four Italian Recipe Pasta Bowls from Williams-Sonoma
  • Herbs of Tuscany window box kit from
  • pair of herb scissors from Crate & Barrel
  • 12" bamboo spoon from Crate & Barrel
  • salt pig with scoop from Crate & Barrel
This would be perfect for a date night - pick up some salad makings, fresh pasta, a nice bottle of wine, maybe a little shrimp or chicken and cook up a Mediterranean feast! I can't think of a better way to spend Valentine's Day :)

Our Ordinary Life has 2 giveaways ending tonight- the first for a Flip UltraHD (Valentine's Day edition - winner's choice from over 60 different designs). Who knew there were soooo many ways to show your love? LOL

The second Our Ordinary Life giveaway ending tonight is for an Orb TV, which allows you to stream internet content (like Netflix, Hulu, Pandora, etc.) to your TVs. This would be great since most of the TVs in my house aren't internet ready, so instead of watching Hulu on my desktop in the office, I can watch it from the comfort of my bedroom!

The Bragging Mommy is giving away a goegeous Pearlotica Love Pendant with AAA Freshwater Round Pearl necklace. Since the pearl is my birthstone, I can look at this as an early birthday present :)

My Valentine's Day plans consist of some shrimp fried rice *YUM* and turtle cheesecake *DOUBLE YUM* and a movie... not sure which one though. Maybe Serendipity. Something light-hearted and fun.