Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Rock Your Workout Event Sweepstakes

Welcome to the Rock Your Workout Event Sweepstakes


MPG is a brand of clothing which fuses fashion sensibility with performance function.

In our drive to develop the ultimate active apparel, we have achieved garments that feel and look so great on, you will want to wear them for everyday use. MPG has effectively blurred the lines between fashion and performance.
Truly powerful action is the result of an equally passionate vision and drive to achieve. Behind the energy for perfection surges the will to attain it. In recognizing this balance, MPG has developed a line of clothing that seamlessly blends fashion and function, design and performance. The results are richly detailed pieces with a technical edge — an entire collection unparalleled in conception and construction. MPG, inspired by the smooth, strong movements of performers such as athletes and dancers, celebrates the drive, dedication and perseverance of these phenomenal individuals. MPG applauds their unyielding pursuit of excellence, through sacrifice and discipline, with respect and admiration. The brand’s versatility allows for more than just function; it embodies style and comfort by offering a range of clothing to suit any activity in any environment, at the apex of vision and vigor. We welcome you to experience the World of MPG.
go HERE to check out MPG's website!

MPG has offered not 1 but 3 prizes of YOUR choice of top, bottom, jacket and tote! This prize is available for both MALES and FEMALES ! Prizes are also open to USA/CAN!!!
  • MUST reside in USA or Canada (void where prohibited such as Quebec)
  • ONE entry per household
  • ends august 14/14
  • you have 2 days from when I send the winning email to claim prize or another winner will be chosen!
  • fill out form CORRECTLY ( I will be checking all entries)
  • facebook, twitter, etc are NOT liable in anyway!
Awesome for anyone who wants to start getting more physical activity in, or just look the part. Who couldn't use a little pick me up in active apparel. Well now you have the chance to do that for free so why not click below and enter. MarksvilleandMe wishes everyone who enters Good Luck!

Disclaimer: MPM was compensated for this giveaway. ALL other participating bloggers DID NOT receive any compensation for this giveaway. MPG is the ONLY one responsible for the prizes. Facebook, twitter, pinterest etc is NOT responsible or liable in ANYWAY for this giveaway! If you want to work with Mom Powered Media (MPG) or have any questions please message Natasha at ! Good luck guys!

Back to School in Style Sweepstakes

Welcome to the Back to School in Style Sweepstakes
Mom Powered Media wants to show you how much education means to us and the future of our wee ones and are personally sponsoring a Target and American Eagle Gift Card!

Aloetree is a brand new organic children’s clothing line with a mission to give back to kids and raise funds to prevent child trafficking. This clothing line is not only gorgeous and perfect for any little one in your life but it has special characters that tell a special story of a different eco-system and unique and positive quality.

Rachel Florio-Urso is the Founder of Celebrity Baby Trends, a Television Producer, On-Air Personality, CEO of Rachel Florio PR and a Mother of six as well as a humanitarian that loves to give back. Rachel is an expert in the Parenting industry and knows what's hot for tots and their family. We {HEART} Celebrity Baby Trends and you will too!

Ibiley Uniforms & More celebrates the sense of community, education and progress through the development of refined dress codes for your organization! At Ibiley, you can find high quality, comfortable and easy to care uniforms, corporate wear, scrubs and more! Serving customers nationally make sure and check out their fantastic selection!

The Ultimate Green Store provides a collection of many of the finest environmentally friendly products for you, your home, office, kids and even your pets! The Ultimate Green Store carries products from many of the world’s leading manufacturers and designers of sustainable, natural, organic, recycled, eco-friendly goods- products that are made with your health and the health of our planet in mind.

Yala is about making simple, elegant clothes from the heart, for the planet. Living well is always in style. Proudly welcoming the dreamers, the believers and the seekers. Come stand with us. Facing the warm sunshine. True clothes you can live in. Elegant. Sustainable. Comfortable. It's that simple.

Forever 21 is the authority on fashion & the go-to retailer for the latest trends, must-have styles & the hottest deals. Shop dresses, tops, tees, leggings & more. Now also carrying plus sizes!

Tea Collection carries the best modern, designer children's clothing for babies, girls and boys in sizes newborn to age 12. Kids and baby clothes for little citizens of the world. Shop their worldly collections today.

Gymboree has been dressing children since 1986. The brand's fashionable clothing and accessories are designed and crafted to withstand rugged play while letting kids be kids in outfits they love to wear. Gymboree currently operates more than 600 stores in the U.S. and Canada, as well as an online store at
This BTS event was organized by Mom Powered Media and special guest Conservamom. Stop by and say hello to our co-hosting bloggers: Monica's Rants, Raves & ReviewsMy Mommy BrainFinger Click SaverBarbara's BeatMemoirs of a Clueless WomanA Medic's World and Iowa Mom.
Ten winners will receive one of the following $100 Gift Cards: Aloe Tree, AMEX, Ibiley, The Ultimate Green Store, Yala Designs, Forever 21, Gymboree, Target or American Eagle.
Giveaway ends August 19 at 11:59pm, open to US and Canadian residents, ages 18+. Excludes Quebec. Only one entrant per household, per address. Winner is subject to eligibility verification. Enter using the giveaway form below. Good luck!

I think most parents are getting ready for back to school. Well MarksvilleandMe and the other participating bloggers are here to help you out with that. Make sure you enter below to have a chance at winning some great gift cards. Ten winners in all. Fantastic. MarksvilleandMe wishes everyone who enters Good Luck!

Disclaimer: MarksvilleandMe as well as the other participating bloggers were not compensated for this post. No purchase is necessary to enter. One entrant per household, per address. Void where prohibited by law. Winner(s) will be contacted by email and have 48 hours to respond before a new winner is chosen. The sponsor(s) will be responsible for product shipment to winner(s) of this sweepstakes. This event is in no way administered, sponsored, or endorsed by, or associated with, Facebook and/or Twitter, Google, Pinterest. if you have any additional questions or comments.

Propresser Garlic Press Review

Propresser Garlic Press by Orblue

Product Description
  1. ENJOY AN UNPRECEDENTED 200% SATISFACTION GUARANTEE - I am so confident you're going to love your Propresser Garlic Press I'm offering it with a ridiculous double guarantee. If you have ANY problems with your Propresser Garlic Press FOR THE LIFETIME OF THE PRODUCT simply let me know and I will refund every penny of your purchase AND send you a brand new unit free of charge.

    2. QUALITY YOU CAN COUNT ON - Unlike many of the garlic pressers on the market that are made from cheap zinc alloy, your Propresser Garlic Press is fashioned from 100% stainless steel. It won't rust, won't weaken at the joint, and won't break. We've meticulously designed the Propresser Garlic Press to serve you for years and decades to come.

    3. DESIGNED WITH EASE OF USE IN MIND - Hold the Propresser Garlic Press in your hand. Note the thickness of the handles and how comfortably your fingers wrap around them. With a clove of garlic nestled in the basket the handles are the ideal distance apart to maximize leverage. Gently squeeze the handles together. You'll be delighted at how easily, how effortlessly your Propresser Garlic Press produces perfectly minced garlic.

    4. CLEANUP IS A BREEZE - Now you can enjoy the flavor and health benefits of garlic instantly without the hassle of messy cleanup. Simply flip up the Propresser Garlic Press's basket, rinse it under your faucet, and you're done!

    5. A BEAUTIFUL ADDITION TO YOUR KITCHEN - When you first remove the Propresser Garlic Press from its box marvel at the way light dances over the stainless steel handles and glides over the curves of its ergonomic design. This is no mere utensil - this is a handsome complement to your kitchen's d├ęcor.
MarksvilleandMe Review

This is how my Propresser arrived out of my Amazon box.

As you can see it is wrapped inside the box.

Here is is out of the box.

Finally in my hand it is sturdy and has some heft to it but not so heavy that you have to man handle it. It is beautiful and I can tell already I have never used anything quite like this garlic press before. So glad we decided to cook shrimp scampi on the night this came in. Perfect timing if you ask me.

One of the first things I noticed was that it has a swinging basket which already says to me I will have a really easy time cleaning it out. Our family does not have a dishwasher so it has to be easy to clean and ready to go at a moments notice.

The swinging basket is really exciting, and everything moves smoothly and effortlessly. Great for someone like me who has Fibromyalgia. I like things that make my job easier.

I had ordered this the other day so I made sure to have fresh garlic in the house. With my Fibromyalgia our family has been using jarred minced garlic. There isn't anything wrong with jarred we have been using it for years but nothing is as good as fresh garlic. Look at the size of my garlic. The two on the table are half of the size as the one in the basket. I wanted to use a large piece first to see if the Propresser could handle it. 

I did start it with two hands because I wasn't sure how it would work out but it was way easier then I expected and no fighting with it at all. It crushed that garlic with no problem.

Now for the unpeeled garlic, which is the big selling point for this garlic press.

As you can see I used the biggest piece I could find. On the plate you can see what came out with the peeled garlic. Now for the real test.

I was totally amazed look at all of the garlic! It was just as easy to use as when I had done the peeled garlic, so guess what? No more garlic hands here, and I don't think we will be buying jarred garlic anymore.

Here is the peel that was left in the basket. I am sold. I have used many garlic presses in my day and the reason I have never bought one before is that I have hear nothing but complaints from friends and family that no press works like it should and it is easier to just cut your garlic then to mess with a peeler. So I never bought one, until I got this review.

The cleaning was even super easy. Just a rinse and everything was gone. No scrubbing or trying to stick toothpicks or needles through the holes to get the garlic pieces out. A second thumbs up came from my husband on a well made product.

I personally have never used a garlic press that can do what this press does with ease. Check out the Propresser Garlic Press Review on YouTube below and see it in action.

You can find out more about the Propresser Garlic Press, Orblue, and Loving My Kitchen on:

I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Regardless, MarksvilleandMe only recommends products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

No more lost school items.

Just in time for back to school. Do you have children who loose their items? Why not label them, sure would make it a lot easier for anyone who finds the item to return it, which saves everyone money. I am sure I am not the only mom who doesn't like to replace items because they were lost.
Label Daddy has the the answer parent's need.

Label Daddy labels are super durable peel-and-stick washable labels -- they're washer/dryer safe, microwave safe, dishwasher safe and UV resistant! Label Daddy labels are also fun and attractive. You design your own labels! Pick from tons of colors, sizes and logos, including Disney and Marvel characters, MLB, NBA, and NHL team logos, other sport and fun logos, and more. Our exclusive laminated coating gives labels an extra layer of protection and is a must for camp! These labels are made in the USA and shipped directly to you worldwide. 

Save 20% on Label Daddy labels for Back to School! Label Daddy is the number one solution for labeling your belongings! Remember to label all clothing, sports equipment and other personal belongings your kids bring to school, camp, sports leagues, day care, and other places. Label Daddy labels keep them from getting lost or mixed up with others. 

And right now my readers can get a 20% discount by using the code USFAMILY20 at checkout at Label Daddy.

Sounds like a sale to me, can't wait until my MarksvilleandMe labels come in. 

Monday, July 28, 2014

Zuca Mini Giveaway

ZUCA Mini Travel Case Giveaway Image

Welcome to the ZUCA Mini Giveaway Ends 8/12 at midnight CST
Sponsored: by ZUCA

MarksvilleandMe is excited to be partnering up with several other great blogs to bring you this fun giveaway.  If you like you may head over and read Amy's review of the ZUCA Mini and see what all they have to offer a traveling toddler.   

Awesome I have always wanted to get my children one of these even though we don't travel often, my children do go to their friends houses quite often, and when they were little went to my parents for overnight stays all of the time. They loved it, and if they had a piece of luggage like this, it would have been the cat's meow. 
MarksvilleandMe wishes everyone who enters Good Luck!

*Giveaway ends August 12th at 11:59pm CT. Open to US residents, ages 18+. Only one entrant per household, per address. Winner is subject to eligibility verification. Chances of winning depends solely on amount of total entries. Enter using the giveaway form below. Good luck!
Disclosure: All thoughts and opinions are at the discretion of this writer and may not be the same as your own. This contest is in no way associated with Facebook, Google, Twitter, Pinterest or any other social media network. This disclosure is done in accordance with the FTC 10 FCR, Part 255 Guides Concerning the use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising. For questions, comments, or to have your product featured on Holyjeans N’ My Favorite Things, email Amy at

Beachin Event Giveaway

Summer Is HERE And So Is The Beachin' Event!!

Andersons Angels, Joy Of Momma Joyner and The More The Merrier love the Summer Season! To celebrate, they have teamed up with an awesome group of bloggers and wonderful sponsors to bring you great products that anyone would need for a great beach trip or beach themed party! ONE WINNER will walk away with this whole prize package worth over $960!

The Prize Package includes items from these sponsors:

beachin collage

Block Island Organics – SPF 15 Lotion and After Sun Gel – $46
Dream Team Pets – Dream Pet of Choice – $20
Blue Rhino – Mr BarBQ Grill Tool Set – $60
Frogglez - Frogglez Goggles of Choice – $20
The Orb Factory – Make Your Own Glitter Chalk Set – $15
Wusic – Power Bank Charger – $50
Pint Size Projects – Beach Theme Activity Kit – $28
Kiss My Itch Goodbye – Itch Cream – $9
Boogie Board– Jot 8.5 eWriter– $38
Sand Gone – Sand Gone – $15
Margaritaville – Bali Drink Maker – $400
ezydog - dog life vest – $42
Coleman – puddle jumper – $20
Chichanella Bella – Sunkissed Sweetheart Swim Suit & Bonnett – $98
Beach Road Designs - Beach Sheet - $49
 Keystrokes By Kimberly - Aveeno Skin Care Kit - $50

So, what do you think? Ready to enter? It’s simple! Just fill out the Giveaway Tools Form below. There are plenty of entry options, and the more you do, the better your chances of winning are!
The Beachin' Event Prize Package is open to all legal residents of the United States who are 18-years-old or older. This event will run from 12:00am EST Monday, July 28, 2014 through 11:59pm EST Monday, August 11, 2014. Best Of Luck!

Oh my! Did you see the list of items you could win? I sure did and a few stood out to me right away like the Frogglez goggles, Bali drink mixer, beach sheet, and make your own glitter chalk set. Sounds like lots of fun just in time for the end of Summer.
MarksvilleandMe wishees everyone who enters Good Luck!

DIsclosure: Anderson's Angels, Joy Of Momma Joyner, The More The Merrier, MarksvilleandMe, and all other participating bloggers are not responsible for prize fulfillment. The sponsors will send the prizes directly to the winner. We are also not responsible for any unfortunate accidents that result from the use of any of these products.

Sunday, July 27, 2014

MarksvilleandMe reviews Where is My Home?

Some of my readers might remember I did a review on another book in this series called Terry Treetop and the Lost Egg. I had told you how much my 6 year old daughter Dorothy had enjoyed it and that she had asked me to read her more. Luckily I was picked to review another book in the series so here I am.

Where is My Home written by Tali Carmi

Send your kids on an adventure!

Terry Treetop books: Adventure & Education series

("Animal Habitats & Environment children's books collection")

Book description:
There is no place like home!

This fun children's picture book is about a boy with red hair and freckles named Terry, yet everybody calls him Terry Treetop because he loves climbing trees.
Terry is chasing a beautiful butterfly and wants to go back home.
But where is Terry's home?

  • And how can he find his way home?
    Does the rabbit in the borrow know?
    Does the beaver in the lodge know?
    Maybe the fawn's mother knows?
    Or can Susanne the squirrel help him?
Do your kids love to listen to stories about the habitat and environment of different kinds of animals?
Do your children like beautiful picture books?
Where is my home? is a sweet children's book written especially for you and your aged 2- 6 children with 18 colorful illustrations.
The story is suitable as a read aloud book for preschoolers or a self-read book for beginner readers.

MarksvilleandMe Review

This happens to be the third book in the series and the second MarksvilleandMe has read. The illustrations were colorful and friendly, everything you look for in a book for young children. This time we find Terry Treetop on vacation, when a colorful butterfly leads him far from home. Terry is lost, hungry and missing his Mom, so he asks some animals to help, embarking on an adventure to find his way home. 

My daughter Dorothy is between 1st and 2nd grade. She felt very sad when Terry Treetop was lost and then happy at the end. Her favorite part was when Terry Treetop said "It's very nice making new friends and trying new things, but there's no place like home!". Can you guess why she liked that part best? 

If you would like to read Where is My Home? by Tali Carmi you can get it here.

More Books from Tali Carmi

You can read my review on Terry Treetop and the Lost Egg
About the Author Tali Carmi

Tali Carmi spent her childhood in the dessert, she memorized many of the books her parents read to her. She played with word and rhymes, writing her first book of songs at the age of 10.
As she grew she turned to other hobbies and a successful career.
Now she is back writing stories for young children.

You can find out more about the Author Tali Carmi at:

check out my other Blog

Disclaimer: I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers. All of the opinions are from MarksvilleandMe.

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Boogie Wipes Review and Giveaway

Some of you know I am a big supporter of Boogie Wipes and their products. My children no longer suffer with sore noses during allergies or colds thanks to this great invention. The best part is now they have Boogie Mist which is a Gentle Saline Mist for Stuffy Noses.

I am not sure about you but I don't like my children to be in pain when they are sick so anything I can do to lessen it a bit for them I will try to do. This is a easy way to make your child feel better be it a stuffy nose, or sneezy, runny noses. Boogie Wipes can handle it all. 

Make sure you child has a pack of these in their backpack so that they will always have relief within reach. Take it from me my girls almost always have these in their packs. I check every week on Fridays when they come home. We even have a stash in our car. 

If you would like to try them take a chance at the Giveaway below. For any of my friends who live close to me let me know and I will be sure to get you a sample next time I see you.

*giveaway open to readers in the US only

If you are interested Boogie Wipes also has a monthly giveaway when you Take the Pledge.

You can sign up for the Boogie Bunch here.

You can find out more about Boogie Wipes on:

Disclaimer: MarksvilleandMe was given free products in exchange for my honest opinion about Boogie Wipes. MarksvilleandMe is not responsible for handling of prize. Prize will be shipped from Boogie Wipes Headquarters.

Hill's Ideal Balance Dog Food Sampling

Recently I was sent a Sample package filled with all kinds products for my Saint Bernard Princess Goliath to try out.
We received :
1 Bag Grain Free Natural Chicken and Potato Recipe Dry Food
1 can of Grain Free Braised Salmon Recipe Wet Food
1 Bag of Soft-baked Naturals with Duck & Pumpkin Treat
1 Coupon booklet with $20 in savings
1 Hill's Ideal Balance Retractable Leash 

I had read in many places when starting your dog on a new food you are to mix it with their regular  food and wean them onto the new food. 
Since this was just a sampling and we didn't know how things would go we have been mixing a little in her bowls at a time. 
Hills Ideal Balance also has this on the side of the bag for reference.
Mind you Princess eats 5 plus cups of food a day.

Above Princess is laying down and kind of snuck over to the bowl to try it. She eventually got up and gobbled the rest down.
Today we put mixed the soft and hard food together and he enjoyed it very much, came running out to me when she was done with her tail wagging, with a big smile on her face.

This is the neat leash they sent to use while walking our Princess. 
Sadly it was raining out (you can tell by my daughter Deanna's hair), and Princess lives up to her name she will not go out in the rain to walk.

Also because of her size I don't trust the leash, she is pretty good when you walk her but if someone she doesn't know were to walk up to me or the girls she would pull and I don't think this leash holds up to her size, so we use the leash only inside.

I have to tell you that everyone who know's Princess especially our neighbors knows she does not like dog treats. So when we tried Hills Soft-Baked Naturals with Duck & Pumpkin I thought like everything else we bought for her it would end up at one of our neighbors houses or my husband's mother's house for his sister's dog.

The first time we tried to give it to her she turned her nose up and moved away. I wasn't going to try it again. A few days later we noticed our male kitten who is 6 months old and way bigger then his mother had torn the bag open to get at the treats, so my husband taped the bag shut and put it up out of the cats reach.

I was getting ready to do this blog and my daughter Dennise picked up the bag and called Princess over, gave her one (I was saying he isn't going to eat it), as Princess chomped it down. My daughter gave her another and she chomped it down.
We had Princess do a trick and she took another. 
I think we have found a treat she likes. 
Before Hills Ideal Balance Treats we were stuck either giving Princess Brewer's Yeast, cheese, or bits of meat for a treat.

Princess was taking the treats from everyone else so I thought I might as well give it a go too.
Sure enough she sat down when told and enjoyed a treat, getting an extra bonus hug and what a good girl from me.

What I like most about Hills Ideal Balance is that it is made in USA Facilities. 
If you want to find out which food is best for you dog they have a survey here.
I can't wait to try her on what it said we should try which was 

Large Breed Natural Chicken & Brown Rice Recipe Adult - Dry , with their wet food, and treats. They have so many treats I won't know where to start first. Hope Princess enjoys them all.

A wink from Princess to let my readers know that Hills Ideal Balance Grain Free Natural Chicken & Potato Recipe is approved by her.

You can find out more about Hills Ideal Balance and the rest of their line on:
Disclaimer: I received free products and gifts from Crowdtap and Ideal Balance in exchange for MarksvilleandMe's opinion on their products or in this case our Saint Bernard, Princess Goliath's opinion of the products. 

#PetFoodCrew  #IdealBalance 

Monday, July 21, 2014

A Mom's Guide to Home Organization

Are you frazzled by your family's hectic schedule and chaotic household? Then try Debbie Lillard's "A Mom's Guide to Home Organization." This book walks you through simple processes and tips for organizing your time, your stuff and your space. The second half of the book addresses how to teach your children the life skill of being organized. Written by a busy mom for busy moms.

Believe me I am there with you.

Even though the below two pictures are not from my home you can see the difference that was made from before to after.



To make this a little more real for you below you will see two pictures of my home office before.

I will be doing the after as I read along in the book.

Are you interested in Organizing your home?

You can buy it today on Amazon.

from free on Amazon Kindleunlimted to 22.47
* prices are subject to change

Why not join along with me in making your home clean and cozy for all.

Disclaimer: I may receive a free ebook from the above post.