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Mixbook Review/Discount Code/Giveaway! – ENDED

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When Halle & Zanna were in nursery school this year, I decided that at the end of the school year, I would put together a photo book of all the pictures their teachers had taken of them at school.

Normally I dread making photobooks.  It gets rather frustrating not being able to do what I like with positioning pictures, and the layouts are kinda same-old same-old.  But I recently found a new photobook company called Mixbook* that looked kinda cool.

Mixbook takes the concept of photobooks and goes a bit further – into the realm of scrapbooks!  Scrapbooking was another thing I’ve been really wanting to do, but was always somewhat daunted by – I am NOT an organized person, and I knew that I’d soon lose control of all the bits and bobs that come with scrapbooking – the cute little stickers, the different papers, and the physical pictures themselves.  It all seemed overwhelming.

But with Mixbook, I don’t have to have any of that mess in my home to deal with!  (Thank goodness!)

When I went to the Mixbook site, I picked my book size, in this case, a hardcover 11 x 8.5 one, then there were different themes I could easily click around to pick my favorite (or I could have started from scratch, but really, who’s got time?) and then when I chose the one I liked best – Rad Plaid – it already had a basic layout, complete with scrapbook elements in it, then all I had to do was drag and drop my uploaded pics (which is way fast!  No time to do a Starbucks run while waiting for everything to load!) into place, and then the real fun began…

(I did get a little carried away with the cute stickers!)

All of the pre-loaded scrapbook elements in the template I chose are customizable – EASILY customizable!  The user interface is so intuitive.  Size, direction of tilt, placement are all so simple to adjust.  Placing things in front of or in back of other things are a breeze, and then there is a wide selection of other “stickers” to choose from to put all over if you like.  Even the spine, front cover and back cover were decorate-able!

At last I had gotten my scrapbook-like photobook done, and it looked great!  It was shipped very fast and before I knew it, I was holding the finished product in my hands.  It looked so great, I could even see using Mixbook as a self-publishing option for picture books!

(They also do calendars, cards, and invitations – but with a scrapbook twist and a super-easy user interface to get the things designed without all the usual hassle.)

And another great thing is that Mixbook has offered me the chance to do a giveaway for another 11 x 8.5 Hardcover Photobook with FREE shipping, for one of my readers! (ARV $29.99 ) (Open to USA/UK/Canada!)

If you’d like to order a Mixbook of your own, they have various sizes and types, and Mixbook has even offered a discount code:  TBLMX20 for 20% off, if you’d like to just purchase your own outright.

But if you’d like to win a FREE Mixbook, here’s how to enter:

After you complete every entry, leave a comment per entry below WITH your email to let me know.  Include any links to twitter tweets, etc… as necessary.  (I do go thru all entries to make sure they’re completed, so please follow these easy instructions so you don’t miss out on this prize! 🙂 )

🙂 🙂  MANDATORY ENTRY (if this one’s not completed, bonus entries will not count):

  • Visit Mixbook,
  • at the top of the page, click the “Photo Book” tab,
  • go to “11×8.5 Classic Landscape” and click “Start Book” (don’t worry, you’re not really starting anything at this point),
  • then take a look at the different themes on the left side.
  • When you’ve found the one you like best, come back here and put a comment below with your favorite theme and your email.

Bonus Entries: (don’t forget the Mandatory Entry above, first! and if it says 2 entries, leave 2 comments and don’t forget to put your email)

🙂  Subscribe to Twice Blessed Life’s RSS Feed (1 entry)

🙂  Follow Twice Blessed Life on Facebook w/ your personal page (1 entry)

🙂  Sign up for Twice Blessed Life’s newsletter (In your comment, include your email AND the email you used to sign up.  (1 entry)

🙂  Follow Twice Blessed Life on GFC (Google Friend Connect – located on the right sidebar) (1 entry)

🙂  Tweet about this giveaway-can be done once a day: (2 entries)  and put link in your entry comment.

You can use this text:

“#Win a Mixbook 11×8.5 Photobook w/Free Shipping! Ends 8/6 #Giveaway @ “

🙂  Post giveaway on Facebook – can be done once a day (2 entries) and put link in your entry comment.

You can use this text:

“Win a Mixbook 11×8.5 Photobook w/Free Shipping! Ends 8/6  – Open t residents of USA/UK/Canada.  Giveaway at: “

🙂  Post giveaway on your blog and put link in your entry comment (3 entries)

🙂  Write a review of Twice Blessed Life on Alexa and put link in your entry comment (5 entries)

Giveaway open until 8/06/11 11:59 pm EST (USA) and is open to residents of USA/UK/Canada.  Winner will be chosen from among verified entries with and notified by email.  Winner has 48 hours to respond or alternate winner will be chosen.

*No compensation was received in exchange for this review.  To aid in the review, I received an 11 x 8.5 hardcover Mixbook photobook with free shipping.  All opinions in the review, however, are my own personal opinion and have not been influenced by Mixbook or other parties. Mixbook has also offered an additional photobook plus free shipping to one of my readers as a giveaway.

Giveaway/Review – Potty Tots Training Kit – ENDED


Recently, I won a giveaway at a twitter party.  I was told I had won a “Potty Tots Training Kit for Girls”. At first, I thought that would be rather useless, as we were already (sorta) advanced (wishful thinking) in the potty business.  But I thought it wouldn’t hurt to try – maybe we could learn a few new tricks.  (I just hoped it was better than the “Once Upon A Potty” series that shows the little girl putting the potty ON HER HEAD!  Trust me, my girls do not need encouragement to do annoying things like that!)

So about a week later, I got the Potty Tots training kit in the mail.  They have an online component that the kids can meet the Tots online and learn about them, and I checked it out – it did look interesting – but I don’t usually let my kids use the computer at home.

There was a Potty Tots storybook, a DVD, a Potty Chart, and a Potty Game.

The girls demanded to see the DVD right away.  We popped it in and they were riveted!  They wiggled and danced around during the two extra bonus Potty Tots Music Videos.

Next, they demanded I read them the storybook – they loved it!  They insisted that I tell them each Potty Tot’s name, which they repeated until they could name them all!  Zanna seems to like Leilani most, and Halle seems to like Shamika most.

Then the girls demanded to go potty.

We trooped in to our bathroom, where I had already set up the Potty Chart and Potty Game. I was floored when my girls started pointing and following along with the steps on the Potty Chart!  I didn’t even have to chase them around the bathroom first or pull them away from the sink or tub!

They got their pants down, sat down and did their business without long drawn-out dawdling, then they carefully counted out the appropriate amount of toilet paper – “!!!!!” (I was shocked at this point, because usually I have to wrestle them for control of the toilet paper before they waste half the roll!) then they wiped, hopped off, got clothes back in place, flushed (and didn’t try to swish their hands in the toilet!!!) and then went over to the sink to wash hands – with soap! – and they DIDN’T EVEN SPLASH!!!

Then, triumphantly, they went over to the Potty Game and advanced their marker to the next position.  Then they simply exited the bathroom and went on playing!

Instead of 20 minutes of toilet torture for me, everything was over and done with in less than 5 minutes!


They’ve even been managing this consistantly for a week now, so I’m actually thinking of setting out a portable potty in the hallway for Halle to use by herself at night!  I think that thanks to the Potty Tots, she might be ready for this next big step! (And my husband and I might actually get some sleep at night!)

You can buy the Boy or Girl version of the Potty Tots Training Kit at the Potty Tots website for $19.95 USD.*

And here’s a discount code good until 6/30/11 that I caught off of Potty Tots’ Twitter:

“RT Get 25% off Potty Tots Potty Training kit! Use code PottyTotsMNO25 Hurry offer expires 6/30/11 #pottytraining”

* I received no compensation for this review, and it is my own honest opinion.  The product I received was a prize at a party and was not in exchange for this review.


Potty Tots just got in touch with me and were very impressed with my review of the Potty Tots Training Kit – and they generously offered to do a giveaway for Twice Blessed Life readers!

The winner will have their choice of 1 Boy or Girl Potty Tots Training Kit!!

(Retail Value: $19.95)

The giveaway will run from 6/1 – 6/21 10pm EST.  USA Residents Only* (*Alaska & Hawaii residents excluded).  Prize will be shipped directly to the winner for free.  Winner will be chosen via, notified and have 48 hours to confirm and respond to notification email.  If winner does not respond within 48 hrs of notification email being sent, runner up will be chosen.

How to enter:

Leave a comment below with each entry. If something says “2 entries” then leave 2 separate comments for that action.

ex: posting the giveaway on twitter – 2 entries….

Here is what your comments should look like:
1) posted giveaway on twitter………  entry 1
2) posted giveaway on twitter………  entry 2


  • Mandatory Entry: Visit Potty Tots and leave a comment below with your (or your child’s) favorite Potty Tot and your email (You can find a picture with all the Tots in the “Meet the Tots” section.) — (1 entry)

Additional Entries (won’t count unless Mandatory Entry above is completed.)

  • 2 entries-Click to “Like” Potty Tots Facebook page, and let them know Twice Blessed Life sent you, and leave a comment below that you did so.

  • 2 entries-Tweet about this giveaway on twitter, and comment below with the status link for the tweet.   (Can tweet once per day. )

You can use this for the tweet:

Via @twiceblessdlife – #Win #PottyTraining #Giveaway – Potty Tots Training Kit for Boy or Girl Ends 6/21

  • 2 entries-Post about this giveaway on Facebook, with a comment below including the post link.  (Can be done once per day.)

You can use this for your Facebook post:

Giveaway at “Twice Blessed Life – Raising Twins Heartistically!” – Potty Tots Training Kit for Boy or Girl – Ends 6/21 –

There!  That should be enough ways to enter to give everyone a fighting chance!  Good Luck!  And may your nights be dry ones! :)


Giveaway Listing** – ENDED

There is a website that lists a large amount of giveaways and coupons that are posted on the internet.  They list rebates, sweepstakes, you name it.  Just in the giveaway section alone, there were about 248 pages of giveaway listings, when I checked last.  It’s definitely worth checking out if you like giveaways.

**Disclosure: in return for this posting, I received a blog listing on, and the ability to list my giveaways there. No money exchanged hands, no other compensation was given.  The opinion above is my honest opinion and was in no way influenced by

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