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Monday, April 18, 2011

Earth Day 2011 Freebies & Deals

Offers good on Earth Day, 2011 (April 22) unless otherwise noted.

Lowe’s is giving away 1 million trees.  Click here for more info!

Office Depot – (through Saturday) bring in 10 used pens, markers or mechanical pencils and receive a coupon good towards new products like Sharpie, Expo or PaperMate.  TerraCycle will turn the old pencils, pens & markers into new office supplies.

Disney Store - Bring in five used plastic bags and get a free reusable tote bag. 

Free admission to our national parks during National Park Week of April 16 –24

Origins stores are giving away free samples when you bring in an empty cosmetic package (of any kind). 

Starbucks – bring in your reusable mug and get free coffee or tea!

Whole Foods – bring in your reusable mug/tumbler and get one free fill of Earth Day Tea or Rainforest  Coffee

iTunes – The Four Seasons, a free Earth Day interactive story App  & Planet Earth, Series 1

Thursday, April 14, 2011

BzzAgent–word of mouth marketing.

I love being a BzzAgent.  I have been one since 2005.  Since then I’ve taken part in over 50 campaigns!  If you’re not familiar with BzzAgent – as a member (it’s free to join!) I get to try products and services at no cost with samples and  coupons.  Most of the time they give me extra coupons to share (as some of my friends already know!)  After I’ve reviewed the product or service I give my honest opinion – with friends and also 
In the 6+ years I’ve reviewed lots of  products/services after being given free samples/trials including these:
The Domino Project from Seth Godin, Marzetti Otria Greek Yogurt Veggie Dip, Silk, COVERGIRL 50th Anniversary, Carbonite, Elmer's Crafters', mark. body care that cares, AMEX Starwood Consumer Credit Card, CoverGirl LashBlast Fusion, LifeLock, ,Barely There CustomFlex Fit bras, Reinvented Dove Hair, COVERGIRL & Olay Simply Ageless, L’OrĂ©al Advanced Revitalift Deep-Set Wrinkle Repair, Children's Claritin, AfrinPureSea, Neutrogena Cosmetics, Boston Market Catering, Smucker's Uncrustables, Scrubbing Bubbles Action Scrubber, Back to Nature Nuts and Trail Mixes, 2008 AVEENO(R) POSITIVELY AGELESS(TM) Lifting & Firming, Canadian Club, Tropicana Pure Valencia, Horizon Organic Milk Plus DHA, Oust(R) Surface Disinfectant & Air Sanitizer, LISTERINE WHITENING Quick Dissolving, Sonicare UV Sanitizer, Mrs. Dash, TV Guide, Grey Poupon, Raid Disposable Yellow Jacket Trap, Coppertone, OFF!, Hillshire Farm Entree Salads, Atkins Advantage Bars, Aquapod, Gusto!, Storyville Coffee, Sonicare, Pledge Duster Plus,, November 17, Arby's Chicken Naturals, Fantastik OxyPower
My latest Bzz campaign is for Marzetti Otria Greek Yogurt Veggie Dips.  Coupons were mailed to me & redeemed for free product.  I tried the Cucumber Dill Feta Dip.  It’s delicious!  We eat lots of raw vegetables in our house – usually with ranch dip I make with low fat sour cream.  I really like the idea of a yogurt based dip – the kids eat fruity yogurt but I wasn’t sure if they’d like this dip. They did!  Even used it as a dip for their fish!  We will be trying the other flavors of Marzetti Otria Greek Yogurt Dip in the future!  I have a few extra $2 off coupons that expire at the end of June.  If you send me an email I’ll pop one in the mail to you so you can try this new product.  Sorry - expired.  There are other flavors including Chipotle Cheese, Salsa Cilantro, Garden Herb Ranch and Spinach Artichoke.  I think I’m trying Salsa Cilantro next!
There are surveys to fill out – so that you can be matched up with campaigns that would interest you – and reports of any “bzzing” activity to be filed (on their website)  The whole point of this word of mouth campaign stuff is to not only try out the products, but talk about them, too!  That isn’t very hard – almost all of the products I’ve reviewed have been fantastic & I’m always willing to share things I love w/friends!  The coupons help, too!  The more sharing of information (bzzing) you do as well as surveys you take will get you more campaigns!  Bzzing can be done in person or online via Facebook & Twitter!  (See that info above – that was a Bzz!) Easy Peasy!
This is taken from an email that is sent to people I refer to BzzAgent:
As a BzzAgent, you'll get to:
  • Discover and try new products and services (often for free)
  • Spread sincere word of mouth about them
  • Have your opinions influence some of the biggest companies and brands around
  • If you'd like to receive those benefits, become an Agent today. Don't worry, BzzAgent respects its members' privacy and won't share your personal information or spam you.
    We're a community focused on word of mouth, so what better way to recruit new members than referrals and recommendations from friends?

I’m happy to email you an invitation to join or you can visit their website to sign up!

Free Everyday Math Apps–April 13–16!


Got an elementary school student?  These free apps are great ways to help them learn or maybe even help parents brush up on their basic skills.  They’re free until April 16th.  After that I think they’re around $1.99 each.

Top-It Addition and Subtraction (2 separate apps) – Great way to practice and reinforce basic addition facts (0 – 10) and number comparisons or  2 digit subtraction computation and number comparisons.  One or two player game.

Tric-Trac – Competitive one or two player game makes practicing addition facts fun!

Baseball Multiplication 1-6 facts – Quick, easy way to practice & reinforce multiplication facts (1-6)

Beat the Computer Multiplication – Practice and reinforce basic multiplication facts (0 – 10)

Name That Number – Practice computation and order of operations

Equivalent Fractions – Practice and reinforce fraction concepts and relationships

Divisibility Dash – Practice recognizing multiples of a number and applying divisibility tests

Monster Squeeze – This fun & easy game helps reinforce number recognition and offers a way to practice number line concepts and number comparisons.  One or two player game.


You might also be interested in Bluster! (also from McGraw-Hill who developed the Everyday Math Apps)  Bluster helps build your vocabulary and word understanding while matching words.  It is a free app.