Thursday, March 29, 2012

Hackers and other things

Hackers...And other things

Okay so many of you are asking where the hell are the winners for the followers day appreciation thing. Well here is my group answer. Everyone would find out the winners much faster if two things occured. #1 Check your email... please. I don't advertise who the winners are until I hear back from them... that way I don't have to change the post once I post winners due to an unanswered email and #2... this is a big one! STOP HACKING MY ACCOUNTS. Currently my Twitter account has been hacked 8 times, my blogger account 4 times and rafflecopter... get ready for it... 43 times! One of the giveaways went from 5000+ entries to over 100k in the matter of minutes... I do monitor my accounts... I do notice when something is out of the norm and it does mess it up for everyone else. It makes me not want to blog or to giveaway things because of a few select people that keep hacking me.... it doesn't help your odds to hack my account and enter more times... I do notice when this happens, and it will disqualify any pervious entries... and from here on out...YOU WILL NOT BE ELIGIBLE TO WIN ANYTHING ON THE SPARKLING REVIEWS BLOG!
You know who you are... and better yet thanks to the co-operation of Twitter, Blogger and Rafflecopter... I know who you are...

As for everyone else... thank you for standing by and waiting... Winners have been chosen and they have received their items. I will post names tomorrow. I also have some great giveaways coming up and would love you to email with some ideas! 

Saturday, March 10, 2012

Follower Appreciation Day: Giveaway #8

Follower Appreciation Day: Giveaway #8
Apple Gift Pack
*MacBook Air
*Unlocked GSM iPhone 4s (black or white)
*iPod Touch 32 GB (Latest Gen)
* Apple TV

And I am so excited about this one! One March 16th you will have a brand new iPad 3! It has been pre-ordered and will ship directly from Apple on the 16th!

Enter NOW!


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Follower Appreciation Day: Giveaway #7

Follower Appreciation Day: Giveaway #7
MacBook Pro!

Enter Below!

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Follower Appreciation Day: Giveaway #6

Follower Appreciation Day: Giveaway #6
$1000 Coach Gift Card
Enter Below!

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Follower Appreciation Day: Giveaway #5

Follower Appreciation Day: Giveaway #5
Unamore Leopard Print Kitchenaid mixer!

(This does have a waiting list due to how busy Unamore is)

Enter Below to win!

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Follower Appreciation Day: Giveaway #4

Follower Appreciation Day: Giveaway #4
Can you guess it?

Its a Disney Cruise for 4!

        7-Night Eastern Caribbean Cruise on Disney Fantasy

If you enter please keep in mind that this cruise departs from Port Canaveral, Florida

 You have to be 18 or older to enter this one!

Due to the size of this giveaway... the next giveaway will be at 11:00am EST

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Follower Appreciation Day: Giveaway #3

Follower Appreciation Day: Giveaway #3
Kobo Vox
In your choice of color
Give the box below some love to enter!

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Follower Appreciation Day: Giveaway #2

Follower Appreciation Day: Giveaway #2
$500 Best Buy Gift Card!

You know how to do it! Enter Below!

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Follower Appreciation Day! Giveaway #1

Follower Appreciation Day Giveaway
64 GB iPad 2

You know the drill! Enter below my lovelies!

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Friday, March 9, 2012

About ME, Rants and other things

About ME!

I do this occasionally when I receive enough emails that I get fed up reading and replying to. I always get emails asking about who I am... That's easy... I'm me. 

Like most blogs, you may have noticed that I don't feature an About Me page. I do that purposely. I didn't forget to add it, I honestly didn't and don't see the need for one. Most people if they want to know more about me, hit me up on Twitter. Which most of you have at one time or another connected with me on. (I have a Twitter addiction!)

The truth is ... I'm not trying to hide who I am, I just don't find it overly relevant to the blog. Yes I am a blogger, I do have a life that has nothing to do with blogging, and for the most part my personal and blogger life don't over lap each other.... This is also done purposely.  I like being able to just blog and not have to worry about personal things or offending anyone when I do it. 

I also understand your need to know more about me. I am a little guarded with things about myself for one main reason... no its not you... its the internet! I don't like posting my life on a website. I think the internet gets too involved with everyone's everyday life, and for the most part... it doesn't end well. No one should know the in's and out's of someone's everyday life. So I keep most of my personal things... to me.

So here is my about me page. You want to know some things about me and here they are. I am loud, opinionated and I don't care what most people think, I love food! and carbs are my friend! My thighs agree! , I am a little OCD about certain things, and have strange little quirks... like most people do. I love to read, and get lost in those books, for whatever time it takes to read that book, I can escape reality... I think thats something everyone needs to do now and then. I have a gadget addiction...phones...tablets...ereaders... I can't help it! I believe that caffeine runs through my veins. I think everyone should speak their mind... even if someone gets hurt, at least its out there. I have a tendency to babble... on and on. When I am nervous I can't make eye contact, but find it to show someone is lying or not trust worthy if others won't make eye contact with me. I am full of double standards! I don't think what is good for the goose is good for the gander... because you aren't me and i'm not you, so how can something that is good for you be good for me and vise versa? I am a huge glass is half empty girl... I am a huge pessimist. I trust blindly and a lot of the time it comes back to bite me in the ass. I swear like a trucker! Its a trait that I really dislike about myself, but not enough to change it. Even though most of these things drive me, and a lot of other people crazy... I wouldn't change them, because its all that stuff that make me ... me. 

I don't feel its anyone's business if I am single and I really look down on rude and explicitly suggestive emails and more than likely if you sent me one of those, you won't get a reply. 

You read my blog because you like the reviews. You like the giveaways, and you like how I run the blog. Running this blog includes leaving my personal life off of it, unless it somehow effects the blog. I don't mind answering blogging questions, review questions, or just shooting the shit with any of you. I do however mind when that crosses the line, and lately I have been getting ...disturbing and suggestive emails, that I am not okay with. Those people will get blocked. I don't have any tolerance for it.

Sorry this went from an about me to a rant...

In short... I don't have an about me page... my blog isn't about me... its about the books and products I review and the giveaways I host. I pour a lot of me into it, but it isn't about me! So even though I don't have an about me page, and most of you don't have a face to put with the name... you all already know me, there is a piece of me in every blog post. I'm Mary... from Sparkling Reviews!

Tomorrow is a great day to be a FOLLOWER!

Tomorrow is a great day to be a FOLLOWER!

So while the blog has been neglected, most of you have stayed... which means so much! So I have decided to have a Follower Appreciation Day! YUP! You got it right! Tomorrow I am going to appreciate my followers and do a ton of giveaways! But there are 2 catches! 

#1 You must be a follower of the blog... no exceptions. 
#2 The giveaways are only open until midnight est tomorrow night 3/10/12

So if you already are a follower or just becoming one... this is a BIG THANK YOU!

I will be adding giveaways throughout tomorrow starting at 8am EST... they will all end at 11:59 EST. So don't forget to enter tomorrow and good luck everyone!

Dinner is on us!

Dinner is on us! Enter below to win a 20.00 Applebee's Gift Card
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  • Spread The Word! Did you or someone you love serve in the military?  Help us spread to word and share the app on your Facebook or Twitter!  Use hashtag #marriageops ! The more people who realize this is an issue, brings us one step closer to helping more families!
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  • These are NOT required to enter the giveaway!
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Explanations, Good Things and Giveaways

     So as many of you may have noticed I haven't updated my blog in a little bit. I feel as though I owe you all an explanation and if you are still with me at the end of this explanation there is also a giveaway at the bottom. 
      I have been MIA now for a few weeks due to many reasons. #1 I am going threw an unexpected divorce which has brought about certain life changes that has hindered my extra time. #2 I had to move. I moved residences from a house to an apartment recently and that took a bit of time and it also took a little bit for my internet to be installed. Now that it has I am ready to start blogging again. #3 I went through a questionable period, where I wasn't sure I was going to continue with the blog. But I have decided I am going to keep going with the blog. I will be instituting a few changes but nothing big. I love all my followers and couldn't imagine not blogging and hearing your feedback.

On to other things...
Many of you have been asking about the 2000 follower giveaway. There was a minor hold up due to people not responding to the email sent in order to get their mailing address... I ended up picking 11 names before I heard anything back... with out further ado... The winner is!!!
Ashley M.

Brighter and Better Things...
If you are still with me... enter below to win a 500.00 Gift Card! 

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