Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Giveaway: Game of Thrones White Walker t-shirt

At the end of the second season of Game of Thrones, the white walkers make their first appearance. Since that episode, I've become obsessed with them, partly because they don't get much screen time, but mostly because they're mysterious and undead.


The Starks and Tyrion get all the love on Game of Thrones, but the white walkers are my favorite. And as such, I must have something to display my pride! Tshirt Bordello has an incredibly cool white walker t-shirt that I'm now a proud owner of.

Game of Thrones white walker winter ale t-shirt

I think this shirt has a really creative design, and it would be even better if there truly is a white walker winter ale. The glass in the design reminds me of Sam Adams winter lager actually - deep ruby brown color, bold and rich with a touch of holiday spice. If it's anything like Sam Adams then I'd drink it!

Close-up of Game of Thrones white walker t-shirt

Look at the detail of this, with the white walker in particular. Amazing detail with perfect colors, and the Tshirt Bordello shirts are good quality too. Check out the other shirts for plenty of cool designs.

So who wants to win a Game of Thrones t-shirt?! The folks at Tshirt Bordello have been gracious enough to offer up a White Walker shirt to one lucky reader. Game of Thrones returns April 12th with a brand new season and now's the time to grab some gear.

Enter to win using the Rafflecopter form below. You may share on Twitter once a day for extra points for the duration of the giveaway.

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This giveaway is open to users in the U.S. only. One winner will be randomly selected via Rafflecopter, which I will contact by email after entries are verified. The winner will have 24 hours to respond, otherwise a new winner will be selected.

Disclosure: I was provided a complimentary product in exchange for my review. All opinions are my own.
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Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Station Row Salon in Newton, MA [review]

Station Row has a nice atmosphere. It's bright, people are in a good mood, and the salon is always clean.

stationrow.com

I've had my hair cut several times with stylist Christine Herbst.

Born and raised in Germany, Christine has had a passion for hair design since a young age. After graduating from college in Switzerland, with a degree in Theology, Christine decided to pursue her passion full time.

The first time I went in, I showed her a picture of what I wanted my hair to become, and she made it happen. And when I went back later on for another cut, Christine knew what I wanted before we even got started. She's polite, very friendly, and like a magician with scissors. Be sure to ask her about Germany.

Every time I've had an appointment at Station Row, I left feeling like a new man with a great, refreshing cut. I plan to go back.
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Sunday, March 22, 2015

KEEPTIGHT IronFleece performance hoodie [giveaway]

It's time to stop slacking and take a fierce approach to fitness! KEEPTIGHT is the next generation of hardcore fitness for women.

I discovered KEEPTIGHT on the FitNix blog awhile back and was impressed with the positive review and appearance of the gear. I knew my wife would love to try out the stuff, and a hoodie and tank top were soon on the way to our house.

And she loves it. These are essentially the words out of her mouth about the gear:

  • KEEPTIGHT is really durable and made very well - it should last a long time
  • The material is soft and comfy
  • Form-fitting, fits very well - now's not the time to be shy!
  • Great for cold-weather running when you don't want to wear gloves (thanks to the thumb holes)

My wife wearing the KEEPTIGHT performance hoodie
My wife lovin' the KEEPTIGHT hoodie

I like the black with a bit of pink for pop, and I actually have a sweatshirt that's colored in the same fashion, it also comes in gray with pink trim. You can't go wrong.

And down by the wrists of the hoodie are thumb holes, which is actually pretty cool if you like your sleeves a bit long. You could easily grab on to bars and stuff while working out without having to roll up your sleeves too.

Thumb holes in the sleeves of the KEEPTIGHT performance hoodie
Thumb holes in the sleeves

So who wants a performance hoodie?! The folks at KEEPTIGHT have been gracious enough to offer up a women's hoodie to one lucky reader.

Enter to win using the Rafflecopter form below. You may share on Twitter once a day for extra points for the duration of the giveaway.

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This giveaway is open to users in the U.S. only. One winner will be randomly selected via Rafflecopter, which I will contact by email after entries are verified. The winner will have 24 hours to respond, otherwise a new winner will be selected.

Disclosure: I was provided a complimentary product in exchange for my review. All opinions are my own.
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Monday, March 16, 2015

Giveaway: Endevr MyID Sport bracelet (2 winners!)

If you're in an accident or in a situation where you need medical attention, are you confident that first responders and medical professionals will know your personal info right away? Your allergies, meds, or even just an emergency contact to call?

First responders are trained to look for the star of life on bracelets and necklaces, so wearing an Endevr medical bracelet will give you peace of mind. It's ideal if you have heart conditions, diabetes, and allergies, and it looks cool too. I mean if you like wearing bracelets to begin with then you might as well have one that can be useful too. 

I wear the sport bracelet for running and biking, and it's great for keeping my emergency contacts and vitals with me in the event something were to happen to me. Let's hope it never comes to that...

endevr.com/id-bracelets/myid/sport

While I don't wear it on a daily basis since I don't have serious medical conditions, I pick my spots like running road races, biking to work, that kind of thing. If it happens that you wear off the ID numbers or QR code on the inside of the band, Endevr offers a lifetime guarantee and they'll replace it.

People have even asked me about the Endevr bracelet when they see me wearing it, and I'm happy to recommend it and explain the benefits of having important personal information just a phone call away. Setting up your MyID profile online is easy, and you can enter as little or as much information as you like.

MyID connects to an online profile which holds your vital medical information, so first responders can best help you in an emergency, even if you're unable to answer questions yourself. Check out the video below to learn more.


So who wants a MyID sport bracelet?! The folks at Endevr have been gracious enough to offer up a bracelet to two lucky readers.

Enter to win using the Rafflecopter form below. You may share on Twitter once a day for extra points for the duration of the giveaway.

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This giveaway is open to users in the U.S. only. One winner will be randomly selected via Rafflecopter, which I will contact by email after entries are verified. The winner will have 24 hours to respond, otherwise a new winner will be selected.

Disclosure: I was provided a complimentary product in exchange for my review. All opinions are my own.
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Sunday, March 15, 2015

Giveaway: Lavender body lotion and muscle salve from Third Day Soaps & Garden

Let's advocate for natural ways to improve healthy living. There are so many things out there to make your life healthier, and Etsy is a great place to look.

I recently had the privilege of trying some body lotion and muscle salve from Cynthia at her Etsy shop, Third Day Soaps and Garden. As she states on her profile, her mission is to use ingredients so pure and simple they could have come from one of the earliest gardens on earth.

My wife and I both like the lavender & sage body lotion. To quote Cynthia:

Lavender & Sage Body Lotion is the most intoxicating Body Lotion on the Planet!

The lotion is lightweight, rubs into the skin nice and easy, and most importantly to us it's not oily or greasy. You may have heard that the smell of lavender makes you calm or drowsy. And it's true. The scent lowers your heart rate and blood pressure, putting you in a relaxed state. The lavender & sage body lotion is item #1 for the giveaway.

etsy.com/shop/Thirddaysoapsgarden

And then we have the muscle & joint salve, item #2 for the giveaway. Simply apply the healing salve liberally to aching muscles just about anywhere on your body, and get quick relief from soreness. Personally, I like to use the salve for my knees as they can become stiff after sitting for awhile. I rub the stuff on my knee and it's a warm, relaxing sensation, and even a bit spicy too with cayenne peppers as an ingredient. If you're a runner or have general soreness in your knees, this is great.

etsy.com/shop/Thirddaysoapsgarden

Revitalize your skin with the lotion and healing salve! And Cynthia has plenty of other cool stuff at her site, so check it out and browse around.

Enter to win the lotion and healing salve using the Rafflecopter form below. You may share on Twitter once a day for extra points for the duration of the giveaway.

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This giveaway is open to users worldwide. One winner will be randomly selected via Rafflecopter, which I will contact by email after entries are verified. The winner will have 24 hours to respond, otherwise a new winner will be selected.

Disclosure: I was provided a complimentary product in exchange for my review. All opinions are my own.
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Saturday, March 14, 2015

Earn a free bike by entering your email and sharing with friends

Want to win a brand new bike for free? Then enter this giveaway!

Brilliant Bicycles are launching their full website on March 23rd and will give first dibs on the limited inaugural run to early birds who sign up by email. Share with friends and earn a free bike or Brilliant store credit.

Through simplicity in design, distribution, and service, Brilliant has created the perfect bicycle for the casual rider.



Open only to legal residents of the forty-eight (48) continental United States and the District of Columbia (excluding Alaska, Hawaii, Puerto Rico and U.S. territories), who, as of the date of entry, (a) are 18 years of age or older. Ends on March 22nd, 2015 at 11:59 pm EDT.
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Friday, March 13, 2015

Giveaway: $30 Fandango gift card (and Birdman wins an Oscar)

I recently saw the movie Birdman, which won Best Picture at this year's Oscars, and you can check out my review here. If you haven't seen it yet, consider adding it to your list.

Birdman is a black comedy about actor Riggan Thomson (Michael Keaton) and his descent into Hollywood obscurity. Previously famous as the superhero Birdman, Thomson struggles to get his Broadway play off the ground.

I have a stack of Fandango gift cards that I won from past giveaways, and I'm going to give away $30 of Fandango credit this month to one lucky reader. What's a good movie you've seen lately?


I currently have a handful of other giveaways going on, so check 'em out if you haven't already!

Enter to win using the Rafflecopter form below. You may share on Twitter once a day for extra points for the duration of the giveaway.

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This giveaway is open to users in the U.S. only. One winner will be randomly selected via Rafflecopter, which I will contact by email after entries are verified. The winner will have 24 hours to respond, otherwise a new winner will be selected.
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Movie review: Birdman (2014)

Birdman is a black comedy about actor Riggan Thomson (Michael Keaton) and his descent into Hollywood obscurity. Previously famous as the superhero Birdman, Thomson struggles to get his Broadway play off the ground.


A bit of a one-trick pony, Birdman appears as if it was shot in one, long single take. Daring or gimmicky, you decide. Personally I found it pretty fresh and something I don't believe I've seen before. At times I watched the camerawork closely to critique the transitions between scenes, and other times I just lost myself in the flow. And it flows very well.

The dialogue is rather dramatic and satirical, but that's the intention. I mean, it's Broadway. The way backstage life shown is probably not entirely accurate, but what do I know? In this particular Broadway setting, you'll run into nudity, booze, and an uncomfortable rape situation. Come to think of it, there are plenty of uncomfortable situations that are done well.

Michael Keaton is as good as I've ever seen him. While he didn't win Best Actor for this year's Oscars, the film deservedly won Best Picture. His role as a forgotten superhero is the perfect fit for him (ahem, Batman), and it's as if we're immersed in his actual life as the camera follows him around. His character is entitled, complains, and hates the idea of being forgotten.

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Monday, March 9, 2015

A great interview tip from Lyft's #RidesToSuccess campaign

Lyft recently partnered with Dress for Success to donate 1,000 rides to their clients. Dress for Success empowers disadvantaged women by providing professional attire, career development tools, and the support they need to succeed.

Lyft has encouraged everyone to share their best interview tip on social channels while including the tag #RidesToSuccess. For each tip you share, Lyft will donate a ride to Dress for Success.

One of the interview tips I relate to is from Catherine Fisher (@cafisher), a Communications staffer at LinkedIn.

twitter.com/lyft/status/573984434266894336

If you have a LinkedIn profile (which, if you have a job then you probably should), including examples of projects is a great idea and something I've added to my own profile. I like to think that it grabs the attention of someone skimming over my profile. It's your profile, and you need to showcase yourself and everything you do.
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Thursday, March 5, 2015

Giveaway: $25 Amazon gift card (round 2)

The Giveaway Guy blog has been getting a lot of nice feedback lately. I currently have a handful of other giveaways going on, so check 'em out if you haven't already!

After winning a few giveaways for myself, I've decided to give something away to a lucky reader - a $25 Amazon gift card. If I can, I'll make this a monthly thing. The giveaway is available to everyone worldwide.

Amazon.com logo

What have you had your eyes on at Amazon lately?

Enter to win using the Rafflecopter form below. You may share on Twitter once a day for extra points for the duration of the giveaway.

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Giveaway: Two packages of Oreos (#NationalOreoDay)

With some clever coupon-ing I was able to snag a couple full-size packages of classic Oreos for free. And just in time for National Oreo Day tomorrow, March 6th!


Rather than gorge on 'em myself, I've decided to give these Oreos away to a lucky reader in honor of National Oreo Day. The giveaway is available to everyone worldwide. I also have a handful of other giveaways going on, so check 'em out if you haven't already!

The theme here is cookies. Everyone loves cookies. I recently tried the birthday cake Oreos and they might be my new favorite cookie. What's your favorite?

Enter to win using the Rafflecopter form below. You may share on Twitter once a day for extra points for the duration of the giveaway.

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Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Review: Oreo golden birthday cake sandwich cookies

At first glance, I didn't expect much from a golden Oreo cookie. The tradition of the Oreo has worked perfectly for decades and now there's a golden version of it? Nah, that couldn't be any good, could it?

But then I popped one in my naive mouth.


So good. SO GOOD. The birthday cake Oreo could be my new favorite cookie! Tastes like funfetti too. I quickly grabbed as many as I could fit into my desperate hands and retreated back to my lair. Let me tell you this - limiting yourself to just one will be impossible. Resistance is futile.

The cream is a bit sweeter than the regular Oreo, and the wafer might be yellow cake or something. It's actually not clear what the wafer flavor is supposed to be. Either way, I hope the birthday cake Oreo sticks around. They've got something here...
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Giveaway: Eye cream & anti-aging face creams from Botanique Solutions

Let's advocate for natural ways to improve healthy living. There are so many things out there to make your life healthier, and Etsy is a great place to look.

I recently had the privilege of trying some facial creams from Laura at her Etsy shop, Botanique Solutions. As she states on her profile, her holistic lifestyle grew out of her medical background. Laura has practiced medical cosmetology and acquired a knowledge of skin care solutions that truly work.

etsy.com/shop/BotaniqueSolutions

My wife and I like this anti-dark circle eye cream. It's made to reduce the appearance of wrinkles and puffiness. It's a pampering cream for delicate skin around the eyes, light and refreshing, and soaks in virtually right away. Put some on under or around the eyes before going to bed and help your body fight dark circles while you sleep. The anti-dark circle eye cream is item #1 for the giveaway.

And then there's the various face creams. Item #2 for the giveaway is deep night repair face cream, and item #3 is Coenzyme Q10 face cream. Simply use your finger to apply the cream around the delicate area of your eyes before bed. These face creams are made only with natural and herbal ingredients, free of any synthetic fragrances and parabens.

etsy.com/shop/BotaniqueSolutions

Revitalize your eyes with these creams! And Laura has plenty of other cool stuff in her shop, so check it out and browse around.

Enter to win the anti-dark circle eye cream and two face creams using the Rafflecopter form below. You may share on Twitter once a day for extra points for the duration of the giveaway.

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This giveaway is open to users worldwide. One winner will be randomly selected via Rafflecopter, which I will contact by email after entries are verified. The winner will have 24 hours to respond, otherwise a new winner will be selected.

Disclosure: I was provided a complimentary product in exchange for my review. All opinions are my own.
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Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Giveaway: Smile Squared bamboo toothbrushes

When I can, I try to buy products that are eco-friendly if there are options. Take the shopping bag, for example. I'll use paper as much as possible, and if I can remember I'll bring a reusable bag.

I've decided to try an eco-friendly toothbrush now too. It's something I'll throw away in a couple months, so if I can prevent a piece of plastic sitting in a dump forever I'll try to do that.

I recently had the privilege of trying the Smile Squared bamboo toothbrush from the greenOMgreen Etsy shop, which is hand-crafted and features a handle made from natural bamboo. Each toothbrush comes individually boxed, and the packaging is completely recyclable. The brush is enclosed inside a sealed wrapper, and then enclosed within a box, so it's clean, protected, and completely sustainable.

smilesquared.com/shop/four-pack-of-smiles-bamboo

Did you know bamboo is one of the fastest growing plants on earth? It's a versatile and environmentally sustainable grass. Bamboo is awesome.

The handle is sturdy and a good size for the average hand. The bristles are soft and good quality. I'm not sure how long they'll last, but I expect a couple months is reasonable. This isn't a fancy brush - it's a sustainable brush, and Smile Squared gives one brush to a child in need for every brush that's purchased. It's a good feeling knowing you're helping someone else in the world.

And speaking of being a good size for the hand, there is also a toothbrush available in child size. Get bamboo brushes for everyone and become a sustainable family!

So who wants to win something?! Rush of greenOMgreen is graciously offering two adult bamboo toothbrushes to one of my readers.

Enter to win using the Rafflecopter form below. You may share on Twitter once a day for extra points for the duration of the giveaway.

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This giveaway is open to users worldwide. One winner will be randomly selected via Rafflecopter, which I will contact by email after entries are verified. The winner will have 24 hours to respond, otherwise a new winner will be selected.

Disclosure: I was provided a complimentary product in exchange for my review. All opinions are my own.
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Monday, March 2, 2015

Giveaway: Rip Toned compression knee sleeve

I'm a pretty active person, and I'm glad I have the Rip Toned compression sleeve. I use it at the gym mostly for lifting weights (legs).


As Rip Toned states:
Take care of your knees... Do the activities you love with confidence. Provide support, prevent injury, and encourage healing. These knee compression sleeves increase oxygen and blood flow as well as reduce pain and swelling throughout vigorous workouts or exercise routines. A knee support sleeve aids recovery and provides the right balance and lateral stability when performing functional movements. Maximize every movement without hassle and worries!

I've been dealing with a patella issue in my right knee for awhile now, and on the days my knee is sensitive, using this sleeve is really helpful for load-bearing (i.e. squats or lifting weights with my legs). Rip Toned provides good support, and it fits snugly. And I mean very snugly. It's also durable, not at all flimsy, and I expect it will last a long time.

As for sizing, I believe it runs a bit small. To get your sizing, measure the circumference around your leg at six inches below the knee cap. Mine measured 15 inches, so I chose the large size. It's very tight, and even a bit constricting for running. If you're 15 inches or more, get the XL obviously. In general, you might want to consider ordering one size up.


So who wants a knee sleeve?! The folks at Rip Toned have been gracious enough to offer up a free compression knee sleeve to one lucky reader.

Enter to win using the Rafflecopter form below. You may share on Twitter once a day for extra points for the duration of the giveaway.

a Rafflecopter giveaway


This giveaway is open to users in the U.S. only. One winner will be randomly selected via Rafflecopter, which I will contact by email after entries are verified. The winner will have 24 hours to respond, otherwise a new winner will be selected.

Disclosure: I was provided a complimentary product in exchange for my review. All opinions are my own.
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I'm Seth, owner of the Giveaway Guy blog. I live in the suburbs outside of Boston with my wife and have a career in SEO. I enjoy writing reviews and entering giveaways in my spare time.
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