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Ride the Flying Ray…

manta_test_flight1_hi1I have never been to Sea World but have always wanted to visit, ever since I was a young child. Sea World has so many wonderful exhibits to keep just abut anyone occupied for hours!  I always knew they had a lot to do and see but I had no idea that they had roller coasters! Did you know that?

Sea World in Orlando has a great contest running right now featuring their brand new Roller Coaster named the Manta!  This coaster is the only flying roller coaster of its kind in the world and it is topping the list of don’t-miss 2009 theme park attractions! It’s sounds so exciting!

Sea World is giving us the the opportunity to win a “Front-of-the-line” pass! What you need to do is visit their website and check out the “Participant and Win” section.You must participate in six activities in order for your chance to win! Each of the activities are fun and easy! You’ll be asked to answer a quiz on mantas ,submit photos to Flickr, Fill Your Row, Submit to Youtube, Make a Manta Mask, Follow, and Tweet.  Doesn’t’ that sound fun? If I was able to visit Sea World this year I would defiantly be trying to win this contest to beat the crowds in line!

I’m a big coaster thrill seeker and I want to be able to glide like a ray and ride this coaster some time soon! Don’t miss out on your chance!

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Fancy Fortune Cookie Review and Giveaway

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Who doesn’t love to get a fortune cookie? I know each time my husband and I eat Asian food ,we make sure to get our cookies and eagerly open them to see what silly fortune is inside. And now for something new, did you know there is a company called Fancy Fortune that specializes in personalized and one-of-a-kind flavored fortune cookies? Yes, I did say flavored!

I was sent a plethora of their flavored fortune cookies to review. I’m a chocolate addict so I inquired that all would be covered in their fine gourmet chocolate. Can you blame me? Out of all the flavors I tried, I would settle on the Toasted Coconut, Minty Mint, and the Cool Cappuccino as my favorites, though they are all really delicious! We honestly couldn’t stop trying them all out at one sitting.

Some of the other flavors my family and I tried were:

The Original, Old Fashioned Bubblegum, Chocoholic’s Delight, Cherry Bliss, Horseshoe Blue, Luscious Lemon, Oh, Wow!” Orange, Very Berry Raspberry, Passion Fruit Punch, Sun-Ripened Strawberry, Cool Cappuccino,and the  Double Chocolate.

These cookies are great to use as Wedding favors, Mother’s Day, Father’s Day,Anniversaries, and more! Can you imagine how surprised and memorable an event would be to whomever would be receiving a flavored fortune cookie with a custom fortune cookie on the inside? Some wonderful suggestions you can surprise someone with is announcing your pregnancy, send them as save the date cookies, and even propose! How fun!

I recommend this company highly if you are looking for a fun and unique way to wow those around you with something old with a new twist!
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Win it:

Fancy Fortune Cookies has generously offered one of my readers a chance to win a 100 personalized fortune cookies of any flavor.

To Enter: Visit Fancy Fortune Cookies® and let me know which flavor you would choose if you won!

For additional entries:

1. Subscribe to my blog – 1 entries
2. Blog about this giveaway- 2 EXTRA
3. Subscribe to my blog by feed burner by e-mail- 1 extra
4. Favorite me on technorati and leave me your url 1 extra
5. Add me on twitter and retweet this:
@erinlowmaster WIN: 100 personalized fortune cookies of
any flavor –
(Daily Extras are Available)
6. Add my button to your site and leave me your link 2 EXTRA
7. Post this at a giveaway listing site and leave the link- 5 extra entries
note: This Giveaway is only open to U.S only.

Please leave separate comments for each additional entry, i.e.: if you blog about it leave 2 separate comments.

Giveaway – running till 06/25/09 and is open to the USA only. Winners will be notified shortly afterward by email. Please respond within 48 hours or you forfeit your prize to another participant.

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Eenamaria Bags Review

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I’m in love with Eenmaria handbags.  Why? Well these bags are  bright and bold! …And if you know me, I love all sorts of bright and bold color! When it comes to accessories, I like to make a statement!

Eenamaria offers every type of bag you can think of from small weekend clutches to large, functional travel totes that can fit all of your travel, personal, or business needs!
About Eenamaria:

Sarah Morgan is the creative force behind eenamaria handbags. She may have inherited her talent for design from her grandmother who was a Parsian designer. She also may have discovered her talent for design while atending the Pratt Institute of Art in NYC. She generally follows two rules when designing: what period in history she’s currently fascinated by and which neighborhood in New York represents the spirit of that era. Sarah shared her new 1960s-inspired Chelsea Boi line handbags at London’s recent Fashion Week. She has truly made herself someone to watch out for. Not only has she been nominated twice for the Fashion Group International’s ‘Rising Star Award’ but she’s airing her new line on QVC. Her current line of bags are bold and edgy in bright colors on shiny patent vinyl.

116778_2_1My Thoughts:

I was blessed to receive the Workin’ Weekend Baby Tote and the Workin It Satchel to review. I love both these bags in so many ways!

Let me first tell you about the the Workin’ Weekend Baby Tote! This bag is so wonderful! First you must know I’m a red fanatic. It’s my favorite color! So when I found out that this bag was lined in a classic bright signature red, I was quite pleased! Okay, enough about my obsession with red! This bag is very roomy, and doesn’t bulge out on the sides like other bags I’ve used! I love that the bag is weather resistent (added bonus since I live in Oregon). The fact that there are top zipper closure is great!  The front and back extrerior zipper pockets help me keep organized and share my daughters diaper bag without mixing our things together. I know this is called a baby tote but I can honestly see myself using it long after baby needs a bag!

The Workin It Satchel is fun bag. It’s much smaller than the large baby tote and I like it a lot too.  It came in blue/black/and green, how vibrant!  I can stay easily organized with this bag with the added magnetic snap closures pockets on front for my cell phone and smaller camera. I use this one most often when I am not going out with my daughter.

Buy it: If you are looking for a fashionable bag that is bold, fresh, and geometric, check out the entire collection at eBags!

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Diane Birch – Bible Belt Music Review

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As part of the One2One Network, I’m introducing you to singer/songwriter Diane Birch.

Diane Birch is a piano-playing preacher’s daughter with a shameless love for Sixties and Seventies soul and singer-songwriter pop.” She’s a well-traveled and worldly soul having lived from  Zimbabwe to South Africa and Australia, before finally landing in Portland, Oregon, as a teenager.

I enjoyed listening to her music. Diane’s voice is quite bluesy with a kick of jazz. I found her music also very similar to the uplifting revival music I grew up with in church as a child.  Overall I enjoyed listening to her songs which were all written by her in entirety. I completely respect and think highly of musicians that write their music!

Diana kept it real by sharing songs with her listeners that we can all can relate too. There were songs of heartache, love, loss, and the perseverance to keep on going.

If you are looking for a new artist with a sound of their own, do check out Diana’s Birch cd Bible Belt.

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Ultra Fast Internet

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My current internet connection is so-so.  It runs like it should during work hours but on the weekends and when people get home from work, I notice lag. This shouldn’t be happening and can be rather annoying! My husband and I pay good money for better quality service and speed.

I’m always on the look out for the best quality internet connection out there and that’s why I am thrilled to let you know about Charter’s Ultra60 Mbps service. This Internet Connection claims to be ultra fast!  Right now it’s currently only available in the St. Louis area but is planning on branching out more this year!

You can find out more information on the Ultra60 Information Page. But know with the Ultra 60 many services such as Ultra Streaming, Ultra Download, Ultra Gaming are available and it is Ultra Safe! There clients even claim that there is no wait whatsoever! How awesome would that be? I like my husband enjoy playing online games and would definitely appreciate the lag free play!

Charter’s Ultra60 Mbps service is the first of the Phatband speeds that Charter will be rolling out! Charter’s PhatBand has turned DSL into the new dial-up Internet service. If you want to keep up with the latest news on Charter’s Ultra60 Mbps service  check out Charter’s Twitter Feed.

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Little Showoffs Review

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100_9214Have you been looking for fun and expressive tees for everyone in the family (yes, even Fido) ? Your search may be over once you see everything that Little Showoffs has to offer! 

full time mommy Jacqueline Fair, mother of two active young boys is the woman behind showoff tees.  She has taken her passion of simple and yet expressive baby, toddler, and adult tees and created  Little Showoffs .

I love the huge variety of tees! Each tee proudly express “new accomplishments”, “loves”, “place of residence” and more.  I literally cracked up when I saw the shirt that reads “Why?”, and the still breastfeeding shirt for toddlers was too close to heart. Yes, my daughter is still breastfeeding and I am wondering how long it’s going be for. Maybe I should invest in the shirt “Still Breastfeeding”.  My husband noted that even though our daughter is one, the Got Sleep shirt is must for either parent. Yes, our daughter does not sleep through the night still.

I was sent the Jesus Loves Me tee in purple to review for my daughter. Amen to that! I love this tee as it’s made from the highest 100% ring spun cotton available out there! I’ve washed it several times already and there’s no sign of fading!

I also am liking the variety of colors! Never have I been to a site that has so many different options to choose from!
Speaking of options, you can create your very own gift packages! Little Show Offs can even specialize your order if you don’t see what you are looking for!

Heck, even the stars love Little Showoffs! Celebs like Courtney Cox, Debra Messing, Holly Robison-Peete, Ben Affleck, can be seen with little ones sporting “little showoffs” favorites!

These would make the perfect gift for anyone in the family! Check them out at http://www.littleshowoffs.com/

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