Tuesday, March 31, 2009

What's In Your Diva Toolbox?

Is your Diva Toolbox in need of a few new tools? Maybe it needs a new trick or two! Visit Diva Toolbox's Website to get great ideas on these topics:


The contributors are just as diverse as the topics, so treat yourself to a tour of DivaToolbox.com.

And remember! If you register, you will be entered to win a Swag Bag from Diva Toolbox this Friday!

Monday, March 30, 2009

Finding Care Is A Click Away

Here's the skinny on one of our Swag Bag Sponsors, straight from their very easy-to-use Website:

Candi Wingate, President of Care4hire.com, a mother herself, knows first-hand how hard it can be to find the perfect caregiver. We put a great deal of effort into making Care4hire.com as easy to use as possible. Our database is designed to assist families in finding a quality babysitter, housekeeper, tutor, companion/eldercare, pet sitter and Miscellaneous care such as a personal assistant, gardener, party planner, etc. for their specific needs and requirements and offer caregivers an enjoyable employment experience.

A free preview of available caregivers is available to families through our local neighborhood mapping technology. Whether you need a caregiver for a few hours to a few days, you will find it at Care4hire.com. Once you are a registered member, you will be given immediate access to babysitters through email and phone. In addition, helpful tools are available, including sample interview questions, a sample reference form and a sample contract. Care4hire.com also gives you advice, tips and information that will help you and your caregiver connect on a social and personal level.

Care4hire.com has been affiliated with the caregiver industry since 1987 so all of us here are no strangers to matching families and caregivers. Besides Care4hire.com, we are also affiliated with Nannies4hire.com, Babysitters4hire.com and a full service Nanny Placement Agency.

If you have any unanswered questions, please visit our Resource Center or Contact Us.

Our staff is available to respond to your needs. We strive to provide the highest quality customer service!

Friday, March 27, 2009

Win A Swag Bag From Diva Toolbox

The mission of Diva Toolbox is to empower, educate, and entertain women. The site provides insight into issues that affect women, nspires women to achieve, educates women in both practical and intellectual subjects, offers a forum for discussion, and creates a supportive and nurturing community.

The Diva Toolbox presents timely articles, engaging stories, powerful testimonials, and wise words from members of our community. We offer a forum for discussion, and an opportunity for differing viewpoints.

If you register, you will be entered to win a gift bag from Diva Toolbox. The Swag Bag includes the bag (super cute), a Diva Toolbox tee shirt and other fun Swag.

Win A Gift Certificate From Care4Hire.com

Care4hire.com is an online family and caregiver database providing babysitters, housekeepers, tutors, pet sitters, elder/companion care and other services. The compny service the United States and Canada. And if you were familiar with Babysitters4Hire.com, that Website has merged with Care4Hire.com.

Check out their Website for the unbelievable resources that are just a click away!

If you register, you could win a one-month membership to Care4Hire.com, which will give you one month to log in and contact caregivers directly

Not sure about it?! Dr. Phill suggests his guests use Care4Hire.com!

And The Essie Winner Is....

The winner of the Love Beverly Hills, xx limited edition nail polish by Essie Cosmetics is .... Cindi Chinrock.

Congratulations, Cindi!

And The Winner of the Janice VanCleave Books Is...

The winner of the Janice VanCleave books is ... Ilene Rosen.

Congratulations, Ilene!

Thursday, March 26, 2009

Science Experiment #630: Nail Polish?

Selling more than 2 million copies of your books is no small feat. And that's what science teacher extraordinaire Janice VanCleave has done. Her books show just how fun and exciting science can be. They’re full of cool projects and experiments that use inexpensive household materials — and help turn ordinary young people into enthusiastic junior scientists. Sounds good to us!

If you haven't already, be sure and register to win a bag of Janice's books.

SBB P.S. Maybe she can teach us how to make nail polish - and our two Swag Bag items this week will have a fabulous tiein!

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Essie Classic

While the limited edition "Love Beverly Hills, xx" red-hot red shade by Essie is not a "classic" - yet - we would be remiss if we did not mention our favorite Essie color (pre- Love, Beverly Hills, XX of course!).

Our favorite go-to color when we're at the salon is Essie's pale pink called "Ballet Slippers." Essie describes it as "An award winning, best selling pale pink, a necessary classic." We couldn't agree more!

You can see all of Essie's signature shades on the Essie Website.

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

User-Friendly Science Site

This week we're giving away books by Janice VanCleave. They're fabulous! Especially if you have children or know a few curious kids - nieces, nephews or neighbors. And if you're a teacher - well, you will have hit the jackpot!

If you aren't the lucky Swag Bagger who wins, do not worry! Many of Janice's tips and experiments/projects are posted on her Website.

Check it out!

Monday, March 23, 2009

Red - Beverly Hills Style

We love what we read by the founder of Essie. Here's the quote:

“When I thought of the color red in Beverly Hills, I knew it had to dazzle,” said Essie Weingarten, founder and president, Essie Cosmetics, Ltd. “‘Love, Beverly Hills xx’ is what happens to red in Beverly Hills – pure 24 karat gold shimmer. We are thrilled to partner with the Beverly Hills Conference & Visitors Bureau to create this gorgeous color.”

Register to win this limited edition Love Beverly Hills, xx nail polish.

Friday, March 20, 2009

Win this Bag of Books from Janice VanCleave

About Janice VanCleave
Janice VanCleave has fifty-two published and fifteen foreign translations. With sales exceeding two million, kids and educators around the world are using Janice's books to have fun as they learn about science. In response to educational demands for increasing student science comprehension, Janice’s list of books now includes hands-on resources for educators K-8. Teachers and parents will find these books essential guides that complement any science curriculum.

What makes the Janice VanCleave books different from others is Van Cleave's approach of setting high standards for kids without mystifying the subject. The Janice VanCleave books inspire, challenge, and help kids from K-12 develop a lively and lifelong interest in science. “Janice VanCleave’s presentation of the application of the scientific process is truly beyond compare…A talented author and spectacular teacher.” Says Kristen Parks, Educational Director, The Discovery Science Place.

In addition to her books, Janice VanCleave has created a science website. The goal of the site is to meet the needs of kids, teachers, and parents desiring to understand and make science more applicable as well as provide detailed instructions for developing science fair projects. This website is free and all material may be copied.

Register to win this fabulous and educational Swag!

Win this Limited Edition Nail Polish

Register to win this limited edition Love Beverly Hills, xx nail polish.

About Love Beverly Hills, XX: Trends come and go, but when it comes to making a statement, few brands know how to consistently pave the way for the fashion elite more than Beverly Hills—a destination that has long dressed the movers and shakers of Hollywood—and essie cosmetics, famous for its bold color palettes and trend-setting clientele. This coming awards season, the two iconic brands have teamed up to debut an exclusive, limited-edition nail polish sure to land on every “Best Dressed” list from East to West, and turn heads along the way. “Love, Beverly Hills xx” officially hit the shelves Jan. 1, 2009 in salons, spas and beauty stores worldwide. The opulent red polish features an authentic shimmer thanks to the polish’s special ingredient: 24 karat pure gold. Offered in 65 countries internationally, including more than 50,000 salons and beauty destinations in the United States, this limited edition is only available while supplies last, and at a price of $18 per bottle, it’s the most reasonable gold on the market.

About Beverly Hills: Beverly Hills is one of the world’s most sought-after locales. Centrally located in west Los Angeles, Beverly Hills is a premier vacation and business travel destination boasting beautiful year-round weather, acclaimed full-service and boutique hotel accommodations, sumptuous dining, and world-renowned designer boutiques and first-class shopping. Synonymous with Hollywood glamour, Beverly Hills has enjoyed a long and storied history as the home and playground of A-list movie stars. The city is not only known worldwide for its grand mansions and flagship shops along Rodeo Drive but also for its art and architecture, spa and salons, and walkable drives. For more information about Beverly Hills, please call the Beverly Hills Conference & Visitors Bureau at (310) 248-1015 or visit www.lovebeverlyhills.org.

About Essie Cosmetics: New York-based essie cosmetics was established 27 years ago and is now regarded as a leading international nail color manufacturer offering over 250 fashion colors and total treatments for hands and feet. Essie nail color is an industry icon; distributors, beauty professionals, celebrities and consumers trust its excellence. For more information, please call (800) 232-1155 or visit us at www.essie.com.

And the Winner of the Hook Bracelet is ...

The winner of the Montesino Heart Hook Bracelet is .... Eileen Lou!

Congratulations, Eileen!

And the Queen of the Road Winner is ....

The winner of the Queen of the Road by Doreen Orion is .... Pam Maxon!

Congratulations, Pam!

Thursday, March 19, 2009

Awareness Bracelets

If you poke around the Montesino Caribbean Bracelet Company's Website, you will see its line of original Awareness Hook Bracelets. Here's what the site says:

Montesino Caribbean Bracelet Company has created this original Awareness Hook Bracelet as our symbolic gesture designed with a precious stone in the color significant to its meaning wrapped in a 14k gold ribbon with a sterling silver band. Many groups have adopted ribbons as symbols of support or awareness, and as a result, many causes often share the same color. These bracelets make a wonderful gift and provide timeless remembrance and awareness to its cause; the strong who have survived and the brave we have lost.

Pretty cool! Check out the awareness bracelets they have and if there is a cause near to your heart, you might be able to wear a hook bracelet to show your support.

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

The Queen of the Road is in Virginia!

Doreen Orion, author of Queen of the Road, is on tour. This weekend, March 18-22, she is at the Virginia Festival of the Book. Check out Doreen's Website as well as the Festival's Website for more info.

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

The Destination Bracelet

This week's Swag includes a Montesino Heart Hook Bracelet. The bracelet is simple, yet elegant. And if you want, you can position the heart to tell your story.

If you visit the Montesino Website, you can see a very vast and eclectic collection of bracelets. There are hobby-related hook bracelets (like golf?) or school-related hook bracelets (alum of U of Fla?) as well as destination bracelets (frequent Hilton Head?). There's a little something for everyone. Perfect gift, too. Check it out!

And if you are an SBB or FFL registered user, you will be entered to win the heart hook bracelet. So be sure to register!

Monday, March 16, 2009

Attention Book Clubs!

Doreen Orion, author of QUEEN OF THE ROAD: The True Tale of 47 States, 22,000 Miles, 200 Shoes, 2 Cats, 1 Poodle, a Husband and a Bus with a Will of Its Own, loves book clubs. On her Website, she talks about how she has been part of the same book club for over 10 years. When writing Queen of the Road she hoped that it would land in the laps of book club members. And if does, Doreen will call your book club and chat with you, just like she was part of the gang!

To learn more about how to incorporate Doreen and her book into your book club, check out Doreen's very cool Website. And don't forget! If you register, you could win your very own copy. Good luck!

Friday, March 13, 2009

Win This Montesino Heart Hook Bracelet

Win this Montesino Heart Hook Bracelet. It's simple, yet elegant and we love the story that goes with it....

The shape of a heart is the ultimate symbol of love, and the Montesino Heart Hook Bracelet makes a sentimental statement as a tribute in precious metals to a timeless emotion. As the story goes, if you wear the hook of the heart toward your own, your heart is taken and holding all of your love for your special someone. If you wear the hook of the heart away from your own, you are open to love and good fortune coming your way.

If you haven't already, be sure and register so you will be entered to win!

Win This Book, Queen of the Road

QUEEN OF THE ROAD: The True Tale of 47 States, 22,000 Miles, 200 Shoes, 2 Cats, 1 Poodle, a Husband and a Bus with a Will of Its Own (Random House) by Doreen Orion. A hilarious, offbeat and romantic travel memoir about living your dreams and refusing to settle. (It's available on Amazon.) But don't listen to what we have to say, listen to what these reviews have to say:

"Eat, Pray, Love - without the depression." - Denver Magazine
"A Charles Kuralt-Albert Brooks-style romp. Required Reading." - NY Post"The best of Bill Bryson and David Sedaris." - Jonathan Kellerman
"A lovely portrait of a marriage that treats its ups and downs with humor and grace." - Elle"Grade A." - Rocky Mountain News

If you haven't already, be sure and register so you will be entered to win!

And the DailyPainters.com Winner Is....

The winner of the DailyPainters.com book is .... Laura Miller!

Congratulations, Laura!

And the Greenpurse Winner Is....

The winner of the Greenpurse handbag is .... Hilary Briggs!

Congratulations, Hilary!

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Priceless Artwork at Affordable Prices

A visit to the DailyPainters.com online gallery will take your breath away. But the prices will not. Instead, there are beautiful little treasures to lift spirits in this bad economy, many starting at or around $100 for an original, signed oil, acrylic or watercolor painting.

The gallery’s unique format allows the visitor to become intimately familiar with the works and motivations of each artist, and even to communicate with the artists, to learn the stories behind their paintings. This unique accessibility to fine, original art is unmatched.

Paintings can be purchased directly from the artists. Poke around! The site is truly amazing! So much talent!

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Greenpurse Couture

There are certain articles of clothing that you don't want to get rid of but you won't be wearing them again either - a special coat from days gone by, a loved one's sweater, or even your wedding dress. You could always repurpose it and have Tina Wick of Greenpurse create a custom handbag for you using the materials. She could even use a bunch of ties that were you dad's or you husband's or a combination therein and create one of her "Tie One On" bags.

Right on the Greenpurse Website, there is a "Design a Bag" link that explains how simple it is to get started....

And if you haven't already, be sure and register to win one a Greenpurse bag this week from SBB. The winner will be announced in Friday's newsletter!

Monday, March 9, 2009

Daily Dose of Daily Painters

If you go to the Daily Painters' Website, there is an opportunity where you can sign up to receive a daily dose of artwork. Each day they will send you samples of the latest paintings added to their online gallery. The SBB team has signed up to receive our daily dose - it's so nice to get a breath of talent in our inbox, not just junk!

And don't forget to register to win the Swag offered by the Daily Painters Gallery - a copy of the book colour, obsession, joy and torment: the daily painters art gallery 2008.

Friday, March 6, 2009

Win This Book from Daily Painters Gallery

Swag: All SBB registered users will be entered to win this gorgeous book, colour, obsession, joy and torment: the daily painters art gallery 2008. The book captures the look and feel of the Daily Painters Art Gallery. The book is 165 pages of delicious color, with over 500 images by 146 of your favorite Daily Painters Gallery artists! To see samples, be sure and check out the Daily Painters Website.

About: Imagine a community of artists commited to painting daily. Some even strive to complete a painting a day! And their work is unbelievable!

The Daily Painters Gallery is the first and largest juried gallery of daily painting artists. The group's Website was founded in 2006 by daily painter Micah Condon. The gallery features more than 30,000 paintings, and more are being added every day by the Website's community of over 140 juried painting-a-day artists. From around the globe, artists gather in cyberspace to pool their talents. They donned their best berets, and set out with their paintbrushes and easels in one hand, and their computers in the other. Their mission? To bring us the world, one brushstroke at a time.

If you haven't already, be sure to register, so you are entered to win! The winner will be announced in the Fri, March 13th SBB newsletter. Good luck!

Thursday, March 5, 2009

Win this Handbag from Greenpurse

Swag: All SBB registered users will be entered to win this adorable handbag which comes with a matching accessory bag. Perfect for spring! We want to thank Greenpurse for the ultra cool Swag! Check out next week's newsletter to see if you are the lucky winner!

About: Tina Wick, designer and owner of Greenpurse, repurposes sweaters, vintage silk shirts, even wedding dresses to create eco-friendly accessories. Greenpurse gives old fabric new life. Their goal is to protect the vital resources of this planet which are so limited. In addition, for each purchase made with Greenpurse, the company donates 10% of sales to non-profit organizations that help victims of abuse, particularly children.

If you haven't already, be sure to register, so you are entered to win! The winner will be announced in the Fri, March 13th SBB newsletter. Good luck!