The Snow Queen: Magic of the Ice Mirror! Review and Digital Giveaway!

Come On A Digital ICY ADVENTURE With The Snow Queen: Magic of the Ice Mirror!

Released today, November 3rd, 2015  via iTunes:

 The Snow Queen: Magic of the Ice Mirror


This follow-up feature film once again sends us on an a fun, family adventure with Gerda (Bella Thorne) and Orm (Sharlto Copley)  that you won’t want to miss.


After celebrating their victory over the Snow Queen, Gerda and Orm have given their fellow trolls a taste of freedom. But when Orm gets a cold-hard reality check, they slip into another perilous journey and must protect the world from eternal winter.

—>>> View the trailer for The Snow Queen: Magic of the Ice Mirror <<<—

My Review:

Having not seen the first movie(Which I highly recommend doing!), The Snow Queen, I am glad that the movie starts with a 3 minute recap of what has happened so far with Orm.

Orm has quite the personality. He ends up in many funny and somewhat dangerous situations.

I found myself holding my breath within one of the first scenes where Orm has an “accident” at work.

The movie has many situations that many younger children will not understand like issues with money and bills, getting fired from your job, and eviction. I would not recommend this for under 6 yeas of age, but, it really depends on the child and what they are used to watching.

That being said, because the characters have wonderful “personalities” children of all ages will enjoy this adventure!

I think it will make for a lovely addition your holiday movies! Definitely a great movie to have on hand when your kids need a bit of distraction this holiday season.

Orm may be accident prone and have a nasty habit of telling lies to get out of and around trouble but, deep down he has the best of intentions and wants to be good.

Unfortunately Orm is faced with fighting his inner demons. Learning to choose right over wrong is not easy.

But, you’ll have to watch the movie to see if he is able to conquer them

and become good once and for all!

This movie is full of twists and turns and very funny moments that I am sure you and your family will love!

Your kids will love all the old and new characters in this movie. My favorite character is Orm’s sidekick Luta who just also happens to be his “Jiminy Cricket” trying to keep Orm from making bad choices.


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Ps: Did you know that the voice of Arrog is none other than The Game of Throne’s Sean Bean?!!

I really enjoyed this movie and give it a 8/10 overall. Please come back and let me know what you thought of it!

Available  @iTunesMovies this is a great movie to add to your holiday collection!

 For those of you who cannot wait to watch this awesome movie:

Here is the iTunes direct to purchase link :

Click there —>>> The Snow Queen: Magic of the Ice Mirror


One of my lucky Canadian and USA followers  have a chance to WIN The Snow Queen: Magic of the Ice Mirror on iTunes, gifted to them by Momentum Pictures / kaboom! Entertainment. This giveaway ends November 27th at 11:59pm

CLICK HERE —>>>a Rafflecopter giveaway<<<—to ENTER


I hope you and your family enjoy this movie as much as I did!

After entering the above giveaway please head on over to A Crafty Christmas Giveaway where there are 10 prizes  up for grabs. Ends November 30th.


A Crafty Christmas – #Giveaway Time!




A Crafty Christmas Giveaway

 A Crafty Christmas Giveaway


A Crafty Christmas Giveaway was meant to be a way for crafters /businesses(especially local and small) to gain some new traffic to their facebook pages / blogs. Unfortunately, I did not receive the response I had hoped for.

So, while I am involving a few smaller businesses, I am also including a few bigger companies as well.
I hope that you will find something on this page that you will enjoy winning. Good Luck!

****** Please use the links provided below the prize descriptions to enter! ******

*Please note – Most prizes will be awarded by myself. Please allow 4-6 weeks for delivery!                                          FPCs will be mailed out ASAP as they do have a DEC 31st expiry date.
– Each giveaway will state whether it is open to Canada, USA, Worldwide, or Canada/USA.                                          
-Must be 18+ to enter, 1 entry per household/I.P address.
– Facebook, Twitter, WordPress, etc are not affiliated with this giveaway and are not responsible for prize fulfillment.


  1. $50 Travel Voucher + 2 luggage tags, GOwithHIPPO branded pen & ear buds, and reusable travel bag

Many thanks to Maryanne Wagstaff ~ Certified Travel Professional at GOwithHIPPO Travel for providing this wonderful prize pack!

” It’s the little details that turn a good vacation into a GREAT vacation! I can help with that!
All Inclusives, Cruises, Flights, Hotels, Car Rentals, Guided Tours, Bus Tours, Golf Vacations, Destination Weddings, Sporting Events, & More!  – I can make your travel dreams come true!
Flexible payment plans available with No Credit Check Required and No Added Fees!
Travel is my passion – let my experience work for you! I have personally visited many destinations via cruises, all inclusive resorts, road trips, and more! I have firsthand knowledge of different forms of travel, as well as knowledge of how traveling with a friend, or spouse, differs from travelling with children, and I am able to offer tips and advice to you, my valued clients, allowing you to TRULY relax.” ~ Maryanne Wagstaff

*This prize will be awarded to you by Maryanne Wagstaff  **Canada and USA Only


2) $25 Gift Coupon to PosterJack – Need a unique and personal gift for someone?

Check out PosterJack.Ca to create a one-of-a-kind gift this holiday season!


Enter to Win it Here: a Crafty Christmas Giveaway – PosterJack Prize

*This prize will be awarded to you by Chaos & Silence not PosterJack **Canada Only


3) Fiji Water Insulated Shopping Bag and 2 Water Bottle Straws – Thanks to Fiji Water I am able to provide you with this prize pack. You can visit them on facebook here:


*This prize is provided to you via Chaos & Silence not Fiji Water. ** Canada Only

Enter to Win it Here: a Crafty Christmas giveaway – Fiji Water Prize Pack


4) Lilla Rose Peacock Flexi and Hair Sticks – Thanks to Sue Ellen’s Lilla Rose Page for participating in this giveaway!

Lilla Rose makes quality hair decorations for all hair lengths. Their flexi-clips are one of my most favorites things ever! Made of musical wire they are sturdy and do not tarnish. The range in size from a mini all the way up to a mega! Head on over to Sue Ellen’s facebook page to check them out!


* This prize will be awarded from Chaos & Silence not Sue Ellen. **WorldWide

Enter to Win it Here:a Crafty Christmas giveaway – LillaRose Prize Pack


5) Hip Hop Abs 10 Minute Workout on DvD – Thanks to The Fit Partners & Carin Day Fitness for participating in this giveaway!


* This prize will be awarded by Chaos & Silence not The Fit Partners or Carin Day Fitness **Canada Only

Enter to Win it Here: a Crafty Christmas giveaway – Hip Hop Abs DvD


6) $10 Store Credit to RockabillySteam – *Please note you do NOT win the pendant pictured.


*This prize is a “virtual gift card” that can be used anytime to shop from available stock at RockabillySteam on facebook. **WorldWide

Enter to Win it Here: a Crafty Christmas giveaway – $10 RockabillySteam credit


7) 3 Free Product Coupons for Ozery’s Pita Break Products – Thanks to Ozery Bakery for providing these coupons to me!


*These coupons expire December 31, 2015 **Canada Only

*** This prize will be awarded by Chaos & Silence

Enter to Win it Here:a Crafty Christmas giveaway – Ozery’s Pita Break FPCs


8) 3 Free Product Coupons for Ocean’s World Cuisine 530ml Pasta Sauce – Thanks to Ocean’s World Cuisine for providing me with these product coupons!


*These coupons expire December 31 2015 **Canada Only

*** This prize will be awarded by Chaos & Silence

Enter HERE —>>> a Crafty Christmas Giveaway – Ocean’s World Cuisine FPCs

9) Chococat Wallet – Provided to you by Mugsy’s Adventures.


* This prize will be awarded from Mugsy’s Adventures. **WorldWide

Enter to Win it Here: a Crafty Christmas giveaway – Chococat Wallet

***  This prize will be awarded by Chaos & Silence


10) Super Secret Mystery Gift – Provided to you by RockabillySteam


* This prize will be awarded from RockabillySteam. **WorldWide

Enter to Win it Here: a Crafty Christmas giveaway – Super Secret Mystery Gift


Wishing you all the very best this holiday season! Good luck!


End Stress Sweat!

Thanks to BzzAgent I was able to test out a new anti-perspirant by Secret.


I tried the Clear Gel, Completely Clean, Clinical Antiperspirant /Deodorant .

At first I wasn’t sure about using a gel.


They usually go on sticky and do not feel nice at all.

But, I had recently learned a trick.

  If you are using a wet or gel antiperspirant  or deodorant,  hold your arms in the air (or use a blow dryer) for 30-60 seconds after applying. This allows it to dry and results in a clean fresh feeling not a sticky wet feeling.

My first test was application  and it felt after being applied. Thanks to the trick mentioned above,  it felt great  and did not have a sticky, wet, stuck to my clothes feeling.

My 2nd test was a slightly  gross one. I stopped shaving my pits for a few weeks. Yeah, I know…eeewwww. Luckily I have fine, blonde hairs. I really  wanted to put this product  to the test and “make it work  hard” to live up to its claim :

“Goes on clear, stays clear throughout the day.
Odor-fighting capsules absorb odor all day long.
Offers 4X protection from stress sweat*
Sport Fresh scent: Designed with athletes in mind

*vs. the wetness protection required of an ordinary antiperspirant.”              


I cleaned, ran errands, even got a small run in and took care of my kids.
Then it was bedtime.
  Still no sweat marks under my arms….

But… did they smell?

I asked hubby to participate  and smell my pits for this study and there was no way he was doing something so disgusting. …so…I did what any mother would do ..I asked my kids for help. LoL.

Nate was game for the task and took in a whiff of my pits after a long and busy day…”They smell good!” was his response!

So, even though I had  had a very busy day (that would normally make me want to shower right away) I was still left feeling and smelling clean !
I have never had any other under arm care product stand up to its claim like that.

My third test was to “pit” this new product up against  2 others I already had at home.


#1 – Solid white 24hr Invisible Antiperspirant
#2 – Advanced Dry Clinical Level Wetness 48hr Protection Antiperspirant and Deodorant   Invisible Solid
#3 – Completely Clean Clinical Clear Gel Antiperspirant /Deodorant

#1 and #2 definitely  did not provide enough smell control at the end of the day.  My pits were stinky! And they also left  a weird film on my tank tops that I cannot seem to fully eliminate and has also left them stained.
They did not stand up to the sweat test like #3 at all. With #3 I have no sweating in my armpits during high stress/high activity times.

I think I have found my new under arm care product!  Thanks Secret!




My little guy has ADHD, and to help keep him safe and focused he takes medication  which has improved things quite a bit.
Unfortunately,  one of the effects of the medication is that it decreases appetite.

  Nate was already a skinny string bean without losing any weight. So, we are trying to find different  options for him that are high fat or high protein to help increase his weight.

Luckily  a few weeks ago I won a Facebook  contest  with Manitoba Harvest Hemp.

I won a package of their Hemp Hearts which are high fibre (Also needed by my kids) and high protein.

We baked 1/4 cup into  some banana  muffins and the kids really like them.
Next stop brownies infused with Hemp Hearts!

Thanks again Manitoba Harvest Hemp!

My Little Pony – The Friendship Games: Review & DVD Giveaway!

My Little Pony – The Friendship Games: Review & DVD Giveaway!


My Little Pony, one of the most popular television series on Treehouse TV, has a new full-length feature film being released Digitally, on DVD and via a Blu-ray/DVD/Digital combo pack in Canada on October 13th!

In the new release titled, My Little Pony Equestria Girls: Friendship Games, Canterlot High meets its rival school, Crystal Prep Academy, in a competition that’s a long-standing tradition – The Friendship Games: a series of exciting events that includes archery, motocross, and rollerskating!  Sunset Shimmer is tasked with keeping magic out of the games to keep things fair while she and her friends compete against Crystal Prep’s top students led by someone with an equal amount of interest in Equestrian magic – this world’s Twilight Sparkle.

 Continue the journey through high school with the Mane 6 in this alternate My Little Pony universe, and find out what happens next in My Little Pony Equestria Girls: Friendship Games!

When the new My Little Pony “Friendship is Magic” cartoon started showing up on Netflix, I wasn’t sure what to think about it. The animation was different, the voices weren’t quite what I had expected for the characters. It was a lot different from the My Little Pony cartoons I grew up with:

However, even though the animation and characters have taken on changes, I believe that the message of the show still remains true. It is even more apparent because it is in now in the show’s title: “Friendship Is Magic“.

When going back and watching the older episodes you will see that there are things to learn in every episode. Lessons on etiquette, family, friendship, school, work etc. I  really enjoy in the new series that the ponies will go back and reflect over the lesson learned in that episode, a great way for kids to really think about what was going on in the show instead of just watching it.

A Lesson in Friendship???

Recently my little guy, Nate, he’s 7, brought something to my attention and it truly broke my heart.

Nate had taken some hockey cards to school because a few of his “friends” were really into hockey. He was SO excited. Only to come after school to tell me this:

“Mommy, “Bob” called me and some other kids into the bathroom, then he took my hockey card and said that Boston sucked and put my card in the compost and they all laughed”

I cannot even write that without being brought to tears. I know “Bob” and I know his siblings and his family. They are well known around the area. This child is showing signs of being a bully – he called other kids around to watch him treat Nate like crap and then laughed… friend would ever do that to you.

But, you know what. Nate will probably forget that moment and will continue to call “Bob” his friend. That’s because Nate has a huge heart and doesn’t see the black lining of others intentions and cruelty. I fear for the day he does.

Why are parents ignoring their kid’s behaviour? Do they not see how they treat others? Or is it because they are so busy and wrapped up in their own chaos that they are truly oblivious?

 I would like to ask that you take some time to talk to your kids about not only how to treat their friends (maybe talk about the lessons found in MLP after they’ve watched an episode!) but, also on how they are being treated by their friends. It is so important to make sure that your child doesn’t turn into a bully, but also that they are not being bullied themselves.

Now, on to the movie review !


My Little Pony : The Friendship Games

I want to give a big shout out to Shout Kids, Kaboom! Entertainment and HasbroStudios for making this review and giveaway a possibility! This one was so much fun for us as we are HUGE fans of the My Little Pony Equestria Girl movies (though we have yet to see “Through The Mirror”).

This time around we also got to involve many FRIENDS from school too!

For this review I wanted to kick things up a notch and include more than just my own opinion and my kids’ opinions of the movie.


So, I invited a bunch of kids to come over for a movie screening.


We made 16 (yes, I said 16) bags of microwave popcorn, topped it off with Kernel’s popcorn seasoning, went through 40 juice boxes, 12 freezies and a bunch of homemade rainbow cupcakes I had made that morning!

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We also had 3 little prize draws which included the digital copy code for the movie, a Nerf Rebelle throwing star from MacDonalds and some Stars Wars Telepods.


The kids had a lot of fun watching the movie and there was rarely a peep heard.


We had 12 children aged 6 – 11 and they all really enjoyed it as you can see from the pictures. It was funny watching their faces change in emotions during the movie; a few scowls, gasps but also some “yes” moments too.


I interviewed some of the kids to see what they thought about the movie as well as what they thought being a good friend meant. It’s funny when you put kids on the spot and ask them questions they are not prepared for, no matter how simple.

Please note: I am horrible at interviewing people…LOL…I stumble over my words and say “yeah” a lot! Next time I’ll be more prepared…LOL..oh dear!

But, their answers are pretty cute and that’s all that matters!

 I have to say most of them seem to know that being a good friend means helping your friends when they need it and being kind to them !

My review of the movie: I did not get a chance to watch the movie with the kids as I was constantly popping popcorn and grabbing more juice boxes but I have since watched the movie. As I have said before I really enjoy the morals of the show and that they use the movies/shows/characters/music to teach kids how true friends should act and treat each other…so that alone makes me want to give this movie a 10/10….but…I’ve been jaded and am a bit biased….Equestria Girls and Rainbow Rocks both had stellar sound tracks that we listen to time and time again…this time around unfortunately the soundtrack falls flat for me. When a movie has lots of songs in it, the soundtrack needs to be great IMHO (in my humble opinion). So, I have to dock a point because of that! Sorry! But, the movie still gets a big 9/10 for me and I know it is one we will be watching over and over again!


Now it is time for you to have a chance at winning a copy of the movie on dvd for you and your children!

I really hope that if you win that you come back and let me know your thoughts on it!



One lucky CANADIAN follower will have the chance to win a copy of “The Friendship Games” on DvD thanks to kaboom! Entertainment and Shout Kids!

—->>>> Please click this link to be taken to the giveaway page for your entries! <<<<—-

Ends November 6th, 2015!

Here are some images for you to download for your kids to color :

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** I did not receive any compensation for this review other than the copy of the movie on dvd for our reviewing purposes! All opinions in this blog post are that of myself, my children and their friends!


Jewelry Sale via RockabillySteam – OCTOBER SALE $5 Bargain Bin

 Head on over to RockabillySteam for a bunch of sale albums!

Only 1 of each item available. Most are One Of A Kind (OOAK) and will not be duplicated ever! And YES, I made them!
1 Chain will be provided with each order. All pieces will be hand varnished.

First item $5.00
Second Item $4.50
Third Item $4.00
Fourth Item $3.50
Fifth Item $3.00
Sixth Item ……………………………. FREE …………………………………….
(Ex: The total cost of 6 items from this album would be $20 plus shipping.)
( That’s a savings of $10 ! )

Shipping/Packaging: Canada $3.50, USA $4.50, Elsewhere $6.50

*Each additional item please add on $1.00 for shipping

*30 day replacement/repair only. No returns.

Items will be mailed wrapped in tissue and in a bubble envelope via ground/letter post.


LashBlast – Clump Crusher by CoverGirl – Product Review

Lashes are Loving it!


This mascara is AMAZING! I went from having thin, blonde, barely there lashes to stand out noticeable Lashes! I love the curved wand that was not hard and stiff. I love how smooth the mascara went on, coating my lashes. My lashes did not stick together, each one had perfect coverage.

I was telling my best friend Shelley (who wears make up everyday) about this awesome mascara that I just reviewed for BzzAgent.

I described how it went on smooth like butter and didn’t clump and was amazing….she asked me what kind it was…

I said it’s by CoverGirl the new Lash Blast line…

she said “Is it the bottle green?”

I said “yes”

She said “That’s Clump Crusher! I use it all the time it’s my favorite!”.

It was so weird that she not only new what i was talking about but that she has been using this same mascara for a long time!

If you are looking for quality mascara at a reasonable price you really need to try CoverGirl’s line of LashBlast mascaras.

“COVERGIRL LashBlast Mascara offers not one but four wildly different ways to power up your lashes. The original LashBlast Volume Mascara increases volume up to 10 times. Clump Crusher can build serious volume with zero clumps. Fusion combines volume with incredible length, and Full Lash Bloom leaves lashes touchably soft and full. Whatever look you crave, COVERGIRL has a blast for every lash!” ~BzzAgent

And lucky for you I have a few $2 off coupons to give away ! But, I’m only giving away 4 of them… LOL

I’m keeping 1 for myself! 😉


Head on over to my facebook page to enter my giveaway to win a coupon! Enter here: ChaosAndSilence Just scroll down until you see it!

#gotitfree #ABlastForEveryLash #bzzagent

Contesting 101

Contesting 101 – Lessons in how to contest online

Whenever I post a picture of something I have won online I get asked:

“How did you win that?”

“Why are you so lucky?”

“What are you doing to get so much free stuff?”

“How can *I* be a part of that?”

Well, today is your lucky day. I’m going to give you some tips and tricks on how to enter and win contests as well as how to avoid scams and hackers.

A few of my 2015 wins/free stuff

A few of my 2015 wins/free stuff received

When I first started contesting, I was completely oblivious. I pulled all the classic mistakes I keep seeing people on my friends list doing. I was liking fake pages and entering fake contests and got hit a few times with scams and hackers. BUT, I have learned a lot in the past 3 years. Contesting has now become a part of my normal daily routine and thanks to my new friend Christine I am entering many more contests in a day then ever.

My new friend Christine and I met through contesting(Actually I think it all started when she won a giveaway from my “store page” Under The Apple Tree”)  and we have become close. I cherish our chats and cannot wait to one day meet her and her family. We tag each other in any giveaways or contests that we see, that way we both have a chance at it. Some days she tags me in more and some days I tag her in more. I never feel bitter or jealous when she wins a prize and I’m sure she would say the same about me. We’re out there cheering each other on!

Christine is my contesting buddy…and everybody should have a contesting buddy…or two…or three…the more eyes out there scanning the news feed and facebook pages, websites, blog pages, the better! It’s very easy to miss contests in your newsfeed and it is also easy to miss seeing your name drawn as a winner if the contest page does not tag you in the winning post.

So, where do I start in educating newbies to contesting….that’s tough…but I think I’ll start with the things to NOT do and the pages to avoid.

Scammers – Fake Pages – Hackers

No one likes to be played a fool, nor do they like hackers and viruses on their computers. So, you HAVE to be careful when “Liking” facebook pages and apps and clicking on links.

How to tell if a Facebook page is legit:

I see many contests being shared on my friends pages that look like this:


I can tell just from looking at this that it is a fake. I don’t even have to go to their facebook page to check.





If a page or app is claiming to be giving away 25 FREE IPhones or 50 Xbox 360 and does not have an actual real business name, it is FAKE. Stop sharing and liking these pages!!

(I will admit I have done it in the past, but, I try to be extremely careful nowadays!)

If you want to know if a contest is for real or a facebook page is for real here are some things to look for:

Go to the “ABOUT” tab for their facebook page – This should have more business info on it.

Minimum it should contain a website address. If you go to the website and it does not have further contact info like a phone number then it is a FAKE website and is a scam. Close down the page and do not click on anything else.

Here are some examples of legit and scam pages so you can see the difference:

FAKE giveaway!

FAKE giveaway!





This showed up in my news feed the other day. As well as another “over the top” giveaway from the same page. Pages that post multiple amazing giveaways that “ends tonight” are usually fake and you should not be liking or clicking on them.

That being said, some pages have “flash giveaways” and sometimes they are amazing prizes…that’s why you need to do some investigating to see if a page is real or not!

There are many companies and blogs that giveaway amazing prizes like trips, cameras, tvs, cars, etc. You just need to be careful. And again, if you are not sure feel free to ask me and I am more than happy to check it out.

Anyways, back to how to see if a page is fake or not.

When I saw that giveaway shared by a friend, I went and checked it out.


The page holding the amazing giveaway is the fake one. When I searched for Tiffany and Co. both pages popped up and so I checked them out. You can see already by comparing the main page that there are big differences…but, then I went a step further and checked out their “About pages”:


Page on left is the fake one. This is your biggest clue into knowing if a page is real or not.

HOWEVER, there are exceptions to the rule! Some home based businesses do not have big “About” pages. But, if you first check out their main page they will have things to show that they are real.

Let me show you a great example using my friend Michelle’s business page:


Here are examples of fake giveaways that I have seen in my news feed:

scamGiveaways that show up like this that are too good to be true and “only so many left” are fake. Do not click on them!







While I know a gamer/blogger that was actually giving away a gold Iphone (I think he actually gave 2 away), pages that say Xbox Giveaways or Iphone Giveaways(like this one) are fake pages. Only go to reputable companies/blogs to enter giveaways for big prizes, this will keep you and your information safe.


PS: If there are major spelling mistakes on a page(especially on the About page) then I would definitely avoid them!




One last piece of information: Stopping accepting friend invites unless you know the person!!!!!!!!!!

I no longer accept friend requests unless I am affiliated with them through giveaways/blogging (I do some background checking/investigating first) or unless I know them in person.

Hopefully now you will better choose which pages and contests to share!

And if you are not sure, you can always send a link/page to me and I would be more than happy to check it out for you.

Now, on to the more important part *wink*….WINNING!

I can’t guarantee that you’ll win a contest but I can share some tips that will increase your odds of winning.


#1 Enter Often – Do not think by entering one or two contests and not winning that you have no luck. You have to enter MULTIPLE contests. I suggest starting with 10 contests a day. But, certainly enter more if you have the time!

Keep in mind some contests you can enter DAILY and doing so greatly increases your odds of winning that prize.

#2 Leave a better comment. Don’t just type in “Liked & Shared” in the comments section if you are required to comment on a post to win. I’m guilty of doing this sometimes if I am busy, and you can sometimes win simply by doing that. But, sometimes messages get deleted on blogs if they are too short because the system thinks they are just spam.


*So, to help your entries get noticed by the prize sponsor/company I suggest at least writing one or two sentences.

*Include any posted hashtags. If a contest post includes hashtags include them in your comment. Sometimes the company is looking for people who are paying attention as well as sharing the hashtags they are using.

#3 Make sure you READ. OMG, I cannot tell you how many times I have posted my own giveaways and have people ask me how to enter, or not follow the rules even when they are there in plain sight! This is extremely frustrating and can be a waste of time for the company offering the prize when they have to wade through entries that have not followed all the rules. Which leads me into the next tip……

#4 READ the rules. Again. Reading. I’m also guilty of not reading the rules sometimes and have lost out on prizes because of it. I’ve also ended up entering giveaways that I could not win even if I was chosen a winner because of failing to meet a requirement of the giveaway ie: age, where I live, etc. So…make sure you read the RULES & REGULATIONS!

#5 Make sure you are actually entering the contest. LOL. Yeah, I’ve failed at this a few times. I’ve also pointed it out to a few of you. When entering contests for facebook make sure you go to the facebook page that has the giveaway, not that you are just entering on someone’s page that shared the giveaway post.

Example: Christine shared this giveaway from GameSeek and it showed up in my newsfeed. To enter I need to actually go to GameSeek’s facebook page to enter. By clicking on the photo or GameSeek’s name I get taken to the proper place to enter.



#6 BE POSITIVE – Don’t play the “I’m not lucky”, “I’ll never win” card. Contesters and promoters don’t want to hear it. Be grateful for every win no matter how small! I try to make sure to take a photo and tag the company even when they send me free samples in the mail. Why? Because I am grateful that they have sent me something for free and it gets their attention.

#7 Find a Contest Buddy. If you would like to enter lots of contests to up your odds in winning, you really should have a contest buddy.

*You don’t have to look very far either….I’m right here! LOL. But, if you ask me to be your contest buddy, please be aware that your newsfeed/notifications will BLOW UP with contests on a daily basis. you do not have to check them all out or enter every one but I can tag you if you like…..

OR you can simply “follow” me here: just make sure that you are active in “liking” the posts I share or you will not see everything I post and might miss out on a contest. Or set your notifications so that you see more of what I post.

follow button

Here’s how to set-up or adjust your notifications:


Hover or click on the “Like” button until a menu pops up. Select “Get Notifications. Then set your notifications to “See First”.

**Keep in mind that if a page posts many times a day you will receive notifications every time they post when selecting this option. This can get to be very annoying! I usually keep my notifications set to “Default” unless there is a winner notification or upcoming giveaway that  I do not want to miss.

#8 Make sure you are active on facebook pages where you want to try to win contests from.

Or set your notifications to make sure that their posts show up on your newsfeed.(See image above on how to set notifications up)

#9 Make sure you check your inbox, Otherbox and emails daily!! Some contests only allow 24-48hrs for a winner to contact them in order to win their prize.

*Also, if a contest post says “Check back here” to see if you are a winner, then you might want to make sure you set a reminder to check back on the contest close date to see if you won or not. I’ve missed out on prizes because I forgot about the draw date!

#10 Don’t “Like” a page just for the giveaway. Facebook has started keeping tabs on the pages you like and unlike and how often you do it. If you like too many pages in a day you can have your account frozen. Only like pages and enter contests that you actually want to win or that you can actually use the prize that is being offered. Entering a giveaway for baby stuff when you don’t have a baby or know anyone that has a baby is just being selfish and is bad contesting etiquette.

*Entering to win a trip? Make sure you check the dates in which you have to cash in that prize and make sure you can get your passports in time/save up enough money to pay for taxes, etc. It’s not fair to someone who could have had everything ready for the trip to lose out because you “just wanted to win a trip”.

#11 Congratulate those who win. Yeah, sometimes it sucks when you don’t win something that you really wanted to win. But congratulating those that win shows good sportsmanship and sometimes gets you noticed by the company involved as well. Don’t say “I never win anything” “this contest is a fake”, etc etc which the trolls like to do in the comment section.

#12 Follow contest/giveaway blog pages. BUT, be ware! There have been a few scammy ones out there. One which I followed for quite sometime before they were outted. They were getting prizes from companies and never sending them to the winners!! It happens unfortunately. I try to make sure that I screen the pages I follow but, sometimes you don’t know until you win a prize from them and actually receive it. I will be sharing some pages on my blog page on facebook: . The ones I share will be SAFE as far as I have researched….either myself or someone I know has won from them and received their prize.

*If you are following me at : you can go to my “Likes” on the left hand side of the page and see the pages and companies I follow. This will get updated from time to time. This would be a good place to start in “Liking” some contesting/giveaway/blog pages.

#13 If you want to keep it simple: Stick to facebook contests or RT to win on Twitter. Many of the company pages I follow have daily, weekly, monthly, or seasonal giveaways. They are usually “Like, Comment and Share to win” and sometimes they require you to use woobox on facebook (I have not yet to date had any safety issues from using woobox!)

  • Some contests require many different steps to gain entries(Rafflecopters, GiveawayTools, etc), which can be extremely time consuming and sometimes frustrating. Avoid these ones if you do not want to put in the time!

Follow me on twitter @chaosnsilence if you would like to enter contests simply by liking the companies page and retweeting the post.

#14 Don’t give up! Do not think you are going to win the first contest you enter. Do not think that you are going to win just because you entered 100 giveaways last month. Winning takes time. You will eventually win and if you are grateful for it, more winning will follow!

I think that is about it as far as tips to get you started in contesting. I do wish you all the very best! And please if you win something let me know what you won and from where! I love sharing positive wins on my page!

If you have any questions please do not hesitate to ask me. If you have any additional tips that you think would be helpful please share them with me and I will add them in!

Happy Contesting!


Here are a list of links to the good business pages that I used in my example photos in this blog post.

The ones that have * by their names often have giveaways.

Michelle’s Sweets And Treats (Local meals and desserts)-

*Sally Hansen Canada  –

*GameSeek –

*Kernel’s Popcorn –

Tiffany & Co. –




Wanted: Crafters/Vendors for ” A Crafty Christmas Giveaway!”


I am looking for crafters and home based business owners to participate in a HUGE Christmas Giveaway.

The purpose is to not only increase your traffic/ “likes” on facebook but, it is also to make connections with other crafters and show support to those trying to get their home based business started.

Each vendor/business is required to donate a prize to this event. It can be a physical prize, gift card for your business, PayPal/Amazon credit, etc. Minimum value of $10.
* If donating a gift card to your store/business there must be at least 1 item that can be purchased for that price.
**A photo must be submitted of the prize being offered.

There is no cost to participate like some other big blog giveaways require. It is free to participate other than the item you wish to donate and postage costs if applicable.

No, I do not have a large following so I cannot say how much extra traffic you will get….. but, I have some contacts who do that will be more than willing to share this giveaway. 🙂

People talk, and if someone is new to your business, wins your prize, likes it…they are more than likely to buy more and tell others about it. Word of mouth…and word of blog can be a great resource in getting more business!

Vendors are required to ship physical items to the verified winner’s address within 2 weeks(posted date of 2 weeks post giveaway) of the giveaway ending. (More info in vendor application)

All vendors will be required to share the giveaway at least once daily during the event.

This event will be shared on multiple contest sites, blogs and Facebook pages. I do not have a list as of yet, as I would like to make sure I have vendors/crafters lined up before asking a site to promote the giveaway…can’t really promote a giveaway if there are no prizes! 😉

I will be sharing each business page at least once as a highlighted post on my own pages to give everyone an extra boost in recognition.

More information(vendor applications) will be available in the upcoming weeks. My hope is to have this giveaway begin November 1st.

If you are still interested in participating please send an email to : fightingpoverty@hotmail.CA
with the subject line:

More information will be available soon, but, if you are interested please send me an email!

Thank you!



try small things

I’ve been at my wit’s end this week struggling to find ways to entertain the kids (and keep my sanity!) in the last couple of days before they’re back in school. What’s saved us is one of the most simple activities: colouring. And not just the kids, but me too. Penguin Random House sent me a copy of the adult colouring book OUTSIDE THE LINES, TOO: An Inspired and Inventive Coloring Book by Creative Masterminds curated by Souris Hong, and within minutes of putting my pencil crayons to paper I started to feel my frustrations melt away.

outside the lines too cover

The book is a follow-up to the 2013 bestseller, OUTSIDE THE LINES, and like the first it’s filled with drawings from graphic artists, illustrators, photographers, street artists, filmmakers and more. I recognized only two of the names so for me it’s very much an introduction to contemporary art.

outside the lines too many faces

Many by Ryan Seslow


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