Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Blank Label custom clothing & $100 gift card [giveaway]

How many articles of clothing do you have that are made custom for you?

Blank Label believes in celebrating the individual. You should be comfortable in custom-made clothes that make you feel and look great everyday. Many of Blank Label's customers can’t stop smiling the first time they see themselves in their clothes made custom just for them. I know I'm pleased with my custom clothes.

This is what drives the folks at Blank Label.

But what happens at Blank Label is probably not what you'd expect. Their made-to-order design process takes an environmentally-forward approach, producing only what is requested by customers and using only raw materials in handmade proportions.

I call this shirt & shorts "the spring look"

When I visited the Fort Point location in Boston, the customer service was an experience. The staff listened to my preferences, offered opinions and suggestions, and taught me a few things about how clothing should fit the body. The experience was all about me really, without sounding snooty, and it'll be all about you too. Isn't the light pink polo a good look for spring/summer? It's soft knitted cotton pique fabric that allows for better movement.

Why does having a personal size pattern mean a great fit forever?

A size pattern is the blueprint for the way a garment fits, sketched onto paper cut-outs by a tailor using dozens of dimensions. Whether you shop online or in-person at Blank Label, your personal size pattern will be designed and saved to your personal profile (which you can edit any time).

When I visited in-person, the staff took my measurements, asked me how I prefer the fit of shirts and shorts, and created a profile for me. You can also enter your own measurements online and order items as you please. So with my profile, now I can make orders again on the site whenever I like.

Henry didn't wanna drop his stick for the photo

And I've got my eyes on another pair of the lightweight cotton twill shorts - hell, maybe even another polo - which are soft and perfect for warm weather. The shorts are durable and have substance, but not heavy by any means. Everything fits like a glove, just like it should.

You can visit the online shop or make an appointment for their locations if you prefer the in-person experience:
  • Boston - Downtown Crossing
    • Steps from Boston’s Financial District, the Downtown Crossing location is an open-floor experience with vintage architectural elements.
  • Boston - Fort Point
    • Conveniently located off A Street opposite Necco Street in Boston's fastest growing district, this store comes with on-site complimentary parking.
  • Washington, DC
    • Among some of the most influential think tanks and advocacy groups of K Street, this location resides between Farragut and McPherson squares.
  •  Chicago
    • In the heart of Chicago, between some of the tallest skyscrapers in the world.

Who wants to win something?! The folks at Blank Label have been very gracious and are offering one lucky Giveaway Guy reader $100 to spend in their shop.

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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Festive socks for the 4th of July [giveaway]

If you've followed my blog since last summer you might remember the BrightLife Direct socks giveaway I did for the 4th of July last year. Here's another chance at some socks!

For working out and running around, BrightLife Direct will show you the beauty, fashion, and health benefits of compression socks. Socks are more than just an accessory - they're a tool to healthy living.


I still have the Sigvaris 412C compression socks, which provide support and protection for my feet. These socks are designed for arch support and to prevent blisters, and they're really comfortable once I'm able to actually get them on. Compression socks are tough.

There are six colors available, including red, white, and blue which are shown above. Maybe you'll want to collect all three pairs...

Most people associate compression socks with medical conditions, but they’re actually great for athletes and just about anyone that runs around. Give 'em a shot and you just might improve your performance and feel great too.

Jasper inspecting my Sigvaris socks.

The Sigvaris socks offer true graduated compression for better blood circulation and oxygen delivery to muscle tissue, which leads to better endurance. If you're like me and don't have the best endurance, you should like the sound of that. I'm not sure if I ever want to wear another athletic sock!

Do my feet smell or something?

Don't settle for socks that only keep your feet warm - BrightLife Direct has you covered with a nice collection of men's and women's athletic socks that invigorate your feet & legs and improve recovery time.

BrightLife Direct offers free shipping in the U.S., which includes Alaska and Hawaii, APO and FPO addresses, Guam, Puerto Rico, and the US Virgin Islands. There is no minimum amount required for free shipping. Happy Independence Day.

So who wants a pair of socks?! Just like last summer's promotion, the folks at BrightLife Direct have been gracious enough to offer a pair of the Sigvaris 412C compression socks in the color of your choice to one lucky Giveaway Guy 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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Thursday, June 15, 2017

U.S. Open contest at 2nd Swing

My friends at 2nd Swing have a contest going on that's worth checking out.

They've got some great golf prizes up for grabs, and all you have to do is enter your name and address, and make a guess at who wins the U.S. Open this weekend. You have until midnight on the 17th!

https://www.2ndswing.com/t-contest-entry.aspx

GRAND PRIZE: Custom Fit PING i200 Iron Set (7pc - Steel) + A 2nd Swing Gift Package ($100 Gift Card, x2 T Shirts, Titleist Hat, Pitchfix tool, PitchFix Hat Clip Ball Marker & 2nd Swing Poker Chip Ball Markers - Valued at $225)

But wait, there's more!

1st PLACE: $500 2nd Swing Gift Card

2nd PLACE: MINT Condition Scotty Cameron GoLo 5 Putter

3rd PLACE: 2nd Swing Gift Package ($100 Gift Card, x2 T Shirts, Titleist Hat, Pitchfix tool, PitchFix Hat Clip Ball Marker & 2nd Swing Poker Chip Ball Markers - Valued at $225)

25 RUNNER UP PRIZES: 2nd Swing Grey T Shirts w/Red/Black Logo

2nd Swing is a Minneapolis-based specialty retailer and online seller of new and used golf equipment and accessories. Their mission statement outlines their desire to own the best inventory selection in the country!

Big box retailers provide up to 6,000 items including golf clubs, clothing, and accessories. But at 2nd Swing you'll find a selection of more than 50,000 golf clubs alone.

2nd Swing also offers trade-ins, a 30-day play guarantee, free custom fitting with any purchase, and the opportunity to extend the warranty on pre-owned golf clubs up to one year.

The US Open Contest is open to legal residents of the United States of America who are at least eighteen (18) years old at the time of entry.

The US Open Contest begins on June 12th, 2017 at 6 am CDT and ends on June 17th, 2017 at 11:59 pm. CDT.
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Father's Day discount & perks for Spartan Race 2017

Father's day is in a couple days. Time for a Father's Day discount courtesy of the folks at Spartan Race!

Get a free e-book download and a $69 Sprint afternoon race offer valid with an adult registration during the promotion period ending 6/18. Use SPARTANDAD code during checkout.


The race throws all kinds of curve balls at you, and some things you just don't train for, like crawling a hundred yards underneath taught ropes (or barbed wire) at an incline. The incline makes it infinitely tougher. When was the last time you saw someone at the gym crawling?

So check out the perks of the Father's Day promo:


The code (SPARTANDAD) cannot be combined with other codes, including GovX. This Father's Day offer is not valid with Spartan Passes, Volunteer, or Groupon entries. Afternoon time block registrations only, cannot be retroactively applied. US events only.

Offer ends 6/18/17 at midnight. E-book download instructions will be supplied by 6/22/17.

Check out the upcoming Spartan races and sign up for a race near you!
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Sunday, June 4, 2017

Kindle Fire & 100 Days of Solitude [giveaway]

Do you like strange things? Maybe a bit philosophical? This featured author is for you.

Author Daphne Kapsali was born in Athens in 1978, but that was a bit of a mistake on the part of the universe, because she’s actually a Londoner. And she's very nice if you decide to contact her.

When Daphne realized she was a writer, she promptly made herself homeless and unemployed to spend a few months living alone on a small Greek island and writing full-time. Are you imagining those picturesque villas by the water you see on travel sites and stuff? If you are, it's not quite like that.

100 Days of Solitude is a book that has inspired thousands of people to claim the time and space they need to find themselves and live their best lives. It's a personal journey that inadvertently became an accidental self-help guide to doing what you love and living as your true self.


100 Days of Solitude started off as a blog, a way for Daphne to record her experience of spending 100 days living alone on a small island, and to write every day. It was a personal project, an exercise in self-discipline and accountability, but it soon took on a life of its own.

The blog was read by hundreds of people on a daily basis, and the project was funded by a crowdfunding campaign on Kickstarter. The project ended in 2014, and 100 Days of Solitude, a collection of all one hundred daily entries, was subsequently released as a book.

Wanna go inside the mind of the author? Time for an interview with Daphne Kapsali...

What inspires you to write?
Everyday life. Something I saw, something that happened, something I thought about, or something somebody said. It's usually minor things that could easily go unnoticed and unremarked upon, but through the act of paying them attention they often take on another significance and become meaningful. I enjoy finding these connections between the little things that are all around us and the bigger things that If you approach life - and writing - this way, there is always something to inspire you and some insight to be gleaned.

How long does it take you to write a book, on average?
It depends. My first book, 100 days of solitude, took exactly 100 days to write. My novel, you can't name an unfinished thing, was also written in just under four months. My latest book, For Now, is a collection of stories written over nine months, and there are other things I've been working on for years and they're still not quite done. There's a lot of pressure to be prolific these days, and the urge to compare yourself to others, but everyone has their own pace, and we need to respect that and not try to force it out quicker than it wants to come. I think when a book is ready, you know it, and it will take exactly as much time as it needs.

What are you working on right now?
I'm sort of in between books at the moment. I published one recently, and with the preparation that went into it and the promotional work I had to do once it was released, I've fallen out of my writing routine. So I'm trying not to panic, and spending my time on what I call "admin" - marketing and promotion, mostly - while other stuff is brewing in the back of my mind. There's a book I've been working on for years, and which is still resisting me, that I'm gently nudging towards publication. And there's the little things that I write about, as and when they occur to me, and that will eventually culminate in another collection of essays.

What's the best writing tip you can offer an aspiring author?
Just write the stuff that you love to write. Regardless of what the market demands and what sells and what you think you should be writing. Put the best of yourself into your writing so that you can put out the best work you can, no matter what your genre or your subject matter or your style. If you're genuine and you love what you do, that will come through, and your work will find its audience. Back this up with hope, relentless optimism and a little bit of delusion, and you'll be fine.

What's a book written by another author everyone should read in their lifetime?
If I had to pick just one, it would be To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee. It can teach you what it means to be human.

Daphne Kapsali and I have partnered up to give away a couple items. There will be two winners - one lucky Giveaway Guy reader will win a copy of 100 Days of Solitude, and another reader will win a Kindle Fire.


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. Two winners will be randomly selected via Rafflecopter, which I will contact by email after entries are verified. The winners 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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Princess by Vera Wang [giveaway]

I've given away a couple bottles of Vera Wang Princess and those giveaways got a lot of action, so I'm back with another bottle.

The Princess fragrance is marketed to young women but there are many reviews that say it's great for all ages. And by the variety of folks who entered the previous giveaway, age doesn't matter for this perfume.


Vera Wang's Princess opens with notes of water lily and mandarin meringue. Mid notes of pink guava and Tahitian flower. Base notes of pink frosting and chiffon vanilla.

There are several factors which can affect the natural smell of your skin and the way a scent smells on you. Similarly, factors such as dry or oily skin can even affect how long the perfume's fragrance will last.

Who wants to smell like mandarin and pink guava? I've got a 3.4-ounce bottle of Princess by Vera Wang up for grabs for one lucky Giveaway Guy 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 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.

This promotion is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with, Vera Wang.
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The 4th of July is a month away!

The 4th of July is right around the corner. Can you believe it? I did a giveaway for Independence Day last year, and I'm gonna do another one that ends right on the 4th.

One of my favorite quotes about the holiday is from Jim Gaffigan, my favorite comedian, when he said, "I normally don't have a burger, a brat, and a steak, but it is the 4th of July."

Watch this video to see what Jim has to say about the 4th of July:


Apple has a big following and I've got a pair of OEM ear buds I'm going to give away to a lucky reader. These buds seem to be popular so let's give it a go again. The giveaway is available to folks in the U.S.


What music have you been listening to lately? Here are some of the Apple buds' features:
  • Control Music and Video Playback
  • Enhanced Bass Response
  • Answer and End Calls
  • Resistant to Sweat and Water Damage

I also have a bunch of other giveaways going on, so check 'em out if you haven't already! They're also listed on the right side of my blog.

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.

This promotion is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with, Apple.
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Monday, May 29, 2017

$50 Amazon gift card & author Alesha Escobar [giveaway]

If you enjoy fantasy books with a side of chocolate, author Alesha Escobar will probably be your friend. And you might find this interesting - her husband has been doing art for The Simpsons TV show for 20 years.


After earning a B.A. in English Writing and M.S. in Education, Alesha pursued her life-long love of writing. She's the Amazon bestselling author of The Gray Tower Trilogy, an action-packed fantasy series set in an alternate 1940s, where magic meets espionage.

She loves networking with other creative minds, considers herself a life-long learner, and you can find her blogging every week at aleshaescobar.com.

I discovered Alesha Escobar thanks to a giveaway she was part of, and she's doing another big one which you can enter right now.



The Tower's Alchemist is the first book in Alesha's The Gray Tower Trilogy, which you can get FREE. Nazis have unleashed occult forces throughout Europe, and the Allies are forced to recruit wizards to counter their attacks.

Among them is the battle weary spy, Isabella George, a Gray Tower dropout trained in Alchemy. Longing for retirement and a life of peace, she accepts one final job--extract a deadly warlock from Nazi-occupied France and prevent him from unleashing an alchemical weapon that will devour the continent...

But France is crawling with the Cruenti, vampiric warlocks who feed off other wizards. When things don't go according to plan, one Cruenti sets his deadly eyes on her.

Betrayal is everywhere. Even some of Isabella's closest allies cannot be fully trusted. Worse still, she finds, she can't even trust herself. She becomes a woman torn between her charismatic spy lover who offers her what she desires most, and one of her closest confidants, whose soft seductive eyes hold deadly secrets about her past, and the Gray Tower itself.

Plans within plans. Plots versus counter plots. Heists gone wrong, Vatican wizards, and the greatest manipulation of history that has ever been seen, is just a taste of what Isabella George is in for, in her final mission.


So who wants to win something?! Alesha of Creative Alchemy and I have partnered up to give away a $50 Amazon gift card to one lucky Giveaway Guy reader. Think of all the books you could get...


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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Flash Chill Iced Tea Maker for Iced Tea Month [giveaway]

June is National Iced Tea Month. Drink up! Almost two years ago to the day we gave away a very similar iced tea maker, and it's time for another one.

I'm a fan of all kinds of iced tea, and I drink it at home, at work, and on the go.

Saravena is a small, family owned tea company that focuses on offering premium Teas and beneficial Tisanes. They also offer tea ware that is functional and contemporary, like the flash chill iced tea maker below.

The Takeya Iced Tea Maker has an innovative design and holds two quarts (8 glass servings) and is great for entertaining or everyday use. It's made of AcraGlass material that's non-toxic and lightweight, and BPA-free. The iced tea maker is perfect for hot or cold beverages.

Comes in two colors, blueberry and raspberry

Other features of the Takeya iced tea maker:
  • Airtight design with silicone gasket locks in freshness, and won't spill or leak
  • Removable rotating lid-infuser fully extracts tea flavor while steeping
  • Dishwasher safe
  • Airtight design with silicone gasket locks in freshness and won't spill or leak

Furthermore, Saravena also offers many, many bagged and loose leaf teas and I've previously had the pleasure of trying the jasmine tea and English breakfast tea. Delicious.

Did you know that tea is the world's most consumed beverage? Have some in the morning or afternoon to stay energized, or pair with dessert for an evening treat.

The tea comes in a really nice canister, which could be great as a gift. You can also reuse the canisters for storing stuff, or maybe treats for your pets, when the tea is gone...

english breakfast tea and jasmine tea
English breakfast or jasmine, which to have first?!

If you like tea and other healthy beverages, there's a lot of cool stuff in the Saravena shop to check out. Treat yourself for National Iced Tea Month!

So who wants to win something?! The folks at Saravena have been gracious enough to offer up a Takeya flash chill iced tea maker and classic black iced tea.

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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Rockwell Pets Pro natural pet shampoo [giveaway]

See my recent dog shampoo review thanks to Rockwell Pets Pro? Now you can get a bottle of your own!

Rockwell Pets Pro is passionate about their products, and the well-being of our pets is a priority. They're committed to making more natural and safer products for our pets and families.


The natural pet shampoo, which my dog Henry got his paws on, is made from Aloe Vera, Hemp Seed, and Argan Kernel, as well as Natural Willow, Meadowsweet, Chaparral, and Olive Extracts.

The shampoo re-moisturizes dry skin for better health and well-being, and I was happy to try it out with Henry. Well, Henry tried it. Not me.
  • MOISTURIZES AND SOOTHES - natural ingredients improve skin conditions and soothe your pet’s coat.
  • PROMOTES NATURAL SKIN FLORA - luxurious oils replenish your pet’s natural oils to moisturize skin and promote a healthy coat.
  • COMFORTS DRY AND ITCHY SKIN - liquid soap that is free of petroleum and animal by-products to support your pet’s well-being and reduce sensitive reactions.

Henry about to have a bath

Rockwell Pets Pro's dog shampoo is eco-friendly and made from natural ingredients. Free from synthetic fragrances, colors, or antimicrobial preservatives for a better experience. I won't just use any brand with my dog - it has to me made of good ingredients and have a good reputation.

I like this natural dog shampoo. It's scented with lavender but it's really not that overpowering, and there might be a hint of eucalyptus in there. The shampoo does the job, getting rid of dirt and grime, leaving your pet fresh and clean.

Henry's hair isn't greasy or anything and it's just as soft as ever.

So who wants to get their dog clean?! The folks at Rockwell Pets Pro have been gracious enough to offer up a bottle of natural pet shampoo to one lucky Giveaway Guy 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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Sunday, May 21, 2017

Komax pitcher for National Iced Tea Month [giveaway]

We just had a mini heat wave last week in Massachusetts, which is uncharacteristic for middle of May.

My go-to cold drink is iced tea, and I've been drinking it on the way to work. So many people like iced coffee, but I really don't like it. Iced tea is more refreshing anyway in my opinion.

And when I'm not on the road, a Komax pitcher of iced tea in the fridge always welcomes me at home. The Komax Titan pitcher is made of plastic, but looks a bit like glass, and is also dishwasher safe. It holds two quarts, so that's about eight 8-oz glasses of water or iced tea or whatever you like.


Oh, and June is also National Iced Tea Month believe it or not.

So in celebration of iced tea, I'm going to give away this Komax pitcher to one lucky Giveaway Guy reader. It's available to everyone worldwide.

I also have a bunch 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.

a Rafflecopter giveaway


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.

This promotion is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with, Komax.
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Amazon gift card & author SF Said's "Phoenix" [giveaway]

Young Star Wars fans seeking another saga to love can look to this epic middle-grade adventure, Phoenix, from author SF Said. Phoenix is illustrated by Dave McKean with remarkable white-on-black spacescapes.

SF Said is an award-winning author living in London since he was 2 years old. He wrote his first novel, Varjak Paw, in 2003, while working as a speechwriter for the Crown Prince of Jordan.

I discovered SF Said on Twitter when I was searching for content about The Little Prince, a children's book I recently finished and have sort of become obsessed with. The book is one of his favorites too.



Phoenix is SF Said's third book. It's about a boy with unprecedented power who must turn to the terrifying Alien enemies of humanity to discover his true nature and bring peace to a galaxy at war. The Daily Mail gave the book praise, which is nothing to sneeze at.

"Fabulous, high-octane stuff, with an uplifting ending, stunningly illustrated by the brilliant McKean" – The Daily Mail


Lucky lives a relatively normal life on a remote moon of the planet Aries One, safe from the turmoil and devastation of the interstellar war between Humans and Aliens. Lucky has seen images of the horned, cloven-hooved Aliens before, but he’s never seen one up close.

Then one night, he dreams that the stars are singing to him—and wakes to evidence suggesting that he is not so normal after all.

When Lucky’s mother sacrifices herself to help him escape an elite Human military force called the Shadow Guards, he must rely on the Alien crew of a ramshackle starship, where he finds that humanity’s deadly enemies seem surprisingly Human up close.

In fact, they may be more Human than Lucky himself, who has a dangerous power that could change the course of the war and the fate of the galaxy—if he can learn how to use it.


So who wants to win something?! Candlewick Press and I have partnered up to give away a few things - two lucky Giveaway Guy readers will win a copy of SF Said's Phoenix and another reader will win a $20 Amazon gift card.


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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Relaxing lemongrass body lotion from Lee's Lotions

Last Fall I featured lavender body lotion and Lee's Lotions is back this time with lemongrass. This is a reminder we should be wary of ingredients we put on our skin.

Lees Lotions is an Etsy shop run by Kelly out of New Hampshire, a state I've been to many times. It's a wonderful place for those who like the outdoors. Kelly makes lotions made only from all-natural, organic oils and beeswax to assure you the skin that you're meant to feel.


Kelly's products might not be pretty colors, but they hold a beautiful natural shade of gold because there's no synthetic coloring or flavoring. There are no synthetic materials or chemicals used in the lotions, soaps, or any other beauty accessories.


The lotion is great before bed or getting up in the morning. Or just use it as a way to calm the mind and the body. Try using this lotion right after you get out of the shower - your skin will quickly turn softer than ever before. Use it on your face, hands, wherever.

The lemongrass lotion will brighten your dull day and leave you with an improved mental clarity. All you need is a small dab and the jar will last a long time. It doesn't take much to get good coverage on your skin.


We should always have control over what goes on our skin, and this lemongrass body lotion is sure to fix your dry, cracked skin. My knuckles usually get very dry in the cold months, but even in Spring I apply.

Whether you're a man, woman, or child with dry skin, give this lotion a shot and give your skin the moisture it needs.

So who wants to win something?! Lee's Lotions is offering a jar of natural lemongrass lotion to TWO lucky Giveaway Guy 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. Two winners will be randomly selected via Rafflecopter, which I will contact by email after entries are verified. The winners 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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Rockwell Pets natural dog shampoo [review]

As dog owners we have more than enough to worry about. Isn't it nice using things made with high quality ingredients?

Rockwell Pets Pro is passionate about their products, and the well-being of our pets is a priority. They're committed to making more natural and safer products for our pets and families.


The natural pet shampoo, which Henry got his paws on, is made from Aloe Vera, Hemp Seed, and Argan Kernel, as well as Natural Willow, Meadowsweet, Chaparral, and Olive Extracts.

The shampoo re-moisturizes dry skin for better health and well-being, and I was happy to try it out with Henry. Well, Henry tried it. Not me.
  • MOISTURIZES AND SOOTHES - natural ingredients improve skin conditions and soothe your dog’s coat.
  • PROMOTES NATURAL SKIN FLORA - luxurious oils replenish your dog’s natural oils to moisturize skin and promote a healthy coat.
  • COMFORTS DRY AND ITCHY SKIN - liquid soap that is free of petroleum and animal by-products to support your dog’s well-being and reduce sensitive reactions.

Henry about to have a bath

Rockwell Pets' shampoo is eco-friendly and made from natural ingredients. Free from synthetic fragrances, colors, or antimicrobial preservatives for a better experience. I won't just use any brand with my dog - it has to me made of good ingredients and have a good reputation.

Using the shampoo is just like using shampoo on yourself. Get your dog wet with warm water, massage the shampoo into the roots, and rinse everything off.

Rockwell Pets recommends monthly baths to remove accumulated toxins and maintain the natural skin flora. With Henry, he gets baths more frequently than that since he goes hiking just about every day and gets muddy.

Rockwell Pets even has a Vizsla in a product image

I like this natural pet shampoo. It's scented with lavender but it's really not that overpowering, and there might be a hint of eucalyptus in there. The shampoo does the job, getting rid of dirt and grime, leaving your dog fresh and clean.

Henry's hair isn't greasy or anything and it's just as soft as ever.

If for some reason you have a bad experience with the shampoo, Rockwell Pets will replace the product or give you 100% of your money back, no questions asked. Give it a try with your dog!

Disclosure: I was provided a complimentary product in exchange for my review. All opinions are my own.
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Weekday Best's watercolor dog portraits [review]

For the dog lovers who read this blog, or if you like colorful art as I do, check out this artist! I recently had the pleasure of getting my hands (or should I say paws) on a print of an original watercolor portrait from Weekday Best.

Shaunna is the artist of Weekday Best, specializing in watercolor portraits. These portraits are a fun way to capture the personality of our pets! You can either purchase prints of Shaunna's originals, or get a custom watercolor portrait in a colorful, fun style.

German short-haired pointer watercolor

The watercolor print I have is the German short-haired pointer (GSP), shown above. GSPs are very similar to the Vizsla, which I have, and both breeds are a lot of fun. The GSP and Vizsla have similar bodies and facial features, and they both require a lot of exercise. Not just a walk or two a day - they need to run and hike.

The painting also can look like a Weimaraner or other sporting dog. And this print is of an original watercolor painting in bright and bold colors, and a few paint spatters for good measure. Shaunna loves to paint in bright colors to bring out your pet's personality.

I'm a fan of color (that's what I say when people poke fun at my wardrobe choices), and I'm impressed with Shaunna's work.

Henry doing his best to imitate a GSP

You can choose from a variety of print sizes in portrait format - 5x7, 8x10, 11x14, and 13x19. This archival matte paper features a smooth surface, heavy weight, neutral white, matte paper engineered for accurate color reproduction.

Watercolor print hanging on the wall

My wife has the watercolor print hanging on the wall in her office and it says it brightens her day and makes her think of our boy Henry. I might have to get a print for my own office for a bit of color.

Turnaround time for a custom portrait is anywhere from 6-10 weeks, so if you need it by a certain date be sure to contact Shaunna of Weekday Best. A one of a kind painting is waiting for you!

Disclosure: I was provided a complimentary product in exchange for my review. All opinions are my own.
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Monday, May 8, 2017

Sony MDR-ZX310-H On-Ear Headphones [giveaway]

I've been doing a few headphones giveaways recently and here's another one for ya.

I previously wrote about the Sony model MDRZX110 headphones. They're the #8 best seller in the on-ear headphones category on Amazon and well-received by a lot of Amazon consumers. And now I've got a very similar pair to showcase, the Sony MDR-ZX310-H headphones.

Sony MDR-ZX310-H headphones (lime green/gray)

I'm going to give away these MDR-ZX310-H on-ear headphones to one lucky Giveaway Guy reader. The ear pads are lime green.

Maximizing your personal audio experience has never been easier than with SONY ZX-Series. Some of the features:
  • 30 mm driver units deliver full, balanced sound for a complete listening experience
  • Compact for portability yet affording listening flexibility, the ear pads swivel and fold
  • Durable, 1.2 m y-type cable resists snags and tangles

I also have a bunch 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.

This promotion is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with, Sony.
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Amazon gift card & author L.S. O'Dea's "Escape" [giveaway]

If you're in need of a book for Spring, how 'bout the fantasy genre?

Author L.S. O'Dea grew up the youngest of seven. She always wanted to do what her older siblings were doing, especially reading stories. Ill at a young age, she immersed herself in books. Her life changed when she read a short story written by her older brother and realized that normal (somewhat anyway, since her brother was a bit weird in her opinion) people created these amazing stories. From that day forward, she wanted to write. However, as with all good stories, obstacles rose in her path (mostly self-created obstacles) and it took her many years to put finger to keyboard and write/type her first book.

Cover of L.S. O'Dea's "Escape"

Escape is the first book in an ongoing series authored by O'Dea called Lake of Sins. Hundreds of years after the Great Death desolated the planet, the world was reborn. Ruled by humans and filled with human-animal hybrids the difference between life and death is determined by a creature’s purpose and usefulness to society.

For a Producer, the lowest of the classes, the only guarantee of survival is being chosen to stay in the encampment and breed. The other teenagers are loaded onto carts and taken away, never to be seen or heard from again.

Still curious about Escape? Time for an interview with L.S. O'Dea...

What inspired you to write Escape?
I’ve pondered this question quite a bit. The shell of the story has been rattling around inside my head for years being somewhat inspired by my studies on how animals are treated in our society. I mean, why do we eat pigs, cows, chickens, etc but are appalled that other cultures eat dogs and cats? Animals are animals, right? Obviously, not in our minds. We didn’t base our decision on what becomes food on intelligence because many animals, including pigs, are smarter than dogs and cats.
 

For me, this is how stories begin. One question, one thread and I follow it. For this example, I followed it into fantasy. It didn’t start out that way. In the original shell of a story, all the characters were pure human. There were no genetic modifications anywhere. That all changed as I started writing.
 

So, in some ways the series was inspired by my studies, beliefs and questions but it took shape and became the story it is on its own. I don’t want readers to think this is a preachy story about animal rights because it isn’t. Many people don’t even pick up on that thread and I’m proud of that. A good book speaks to us on many levels and each time we read it we get something new because we’ve changed. That’s what I hope people get in this series.


How long does it take you write a book, on average?
I’ll have to guess at this one and I’ll explain why in a moment. It probably takes me about six months to a year to write a full length novel. Why so long? Well, first my books are big. The smallest in the series so far is over 300 pages. The others are around 500 plus.

Also, I write differently than many authors. I sit down and write the rough draft for all the books. Initially, Escape and Secrets in Blood were one book but when I finished it was too long (according to agents). So, I broke it into two books. After publishing them, I realized that there was a lot more to the story, so I sat down and wrote the rest. The entire series is done in rough draft format.

Now, I go back and edit, fleshing out the books.

I also have a lot of editing phases which take time. The first phase is the initial edit. This is where I take the rough draft and shape it, adding, moving and removing a lot of text. Once this done and the work is in the shape that it should be, I continue to edit, but this time, I chip away and tighten it up.

When that’s done, I move on to my next phase. This is where I have a beta reader or two who read one chapter and then we discuss it. This takes time. My books have a lot of chapters. The chapters are usually short, but these beta readers and I go through each chapter together.

When that’s done, I edit it again myself—usually, once more in electronic format and then once in paperback. I see typos and errors better on paper. Once that’s done I send it to my next tier of beta readers. I give them a month or so to read the book.

While they’re reading, I continue to edit. I edit my books until I don’t change one thing – not one word.

After the second tier of beta readers is done, I send the book to my third tier. This group looks for typos that I missed. It doesn’t matter how many times I go over the books, there is always something I missed. I also give this group about a month to read the book.

Then, I send it to my ARC (Advanced Reader Copies) readers. These folks agree to give me feedback and leave a review when the book is released. I give them a month to read the story also (although, at this point, I’m working on my next book).

So, it takes me a long time to write each book, but when it’s done – it’s a perfect as I can make it and so far the reviews have been positive with 94% of those who left a review for Escape on Amazon giving it four or five stars.


What are you working on right now?
Right now, I’m working on Betrayed, book four in the Lake of Sins series, and book five (tentative title Whispers). I often work on two (different stages of editing) at the same time.

When book five is done, I’ll probably work on some Conguise Chronicles books (a spin-off of the Lake of Sins series). I only have one in that series and I have several others in my head vying for my attention.


What's the best writing tip you can offer?
Don’t wait for a muse. Don’t believe in writer’s block. Writing is work. It’s a job (one I love, but a job). In my day job, I don’t wait until I feel like going to work, to go (if I did, I’d never get there). Treat your writing like any other job. You have to go to get paid.

Even when nothing is flowing, sit down and write. Don’t worry about getting it right, just get it down. Let your imagination lead you. Edit it later.


What's a book written by another author everyone should read in their lifetime?
There are so many good books out there, that this is a really hard question. I’d have to say that everyone should read the works of Shakespeare. The man was a genius. He covers it all – love, hate, ambition, magic, betrayal, etc.

Old cover of L.S. O'Dea's "Escape"

Interested in a taste of O'Dea's writing style? Here's an excerpt the book Secrets In Blood:

Hugh and Tim followed the Guard inside the room. Red emergency lights illuminated the interior, casting an eerie glow along the tanks and cages that cluttered the lab. In the tanks floated creatures, things not quite…right. Inside one was something with hundreds of tiny legs protruding from its long, cylindrical body. Hugh stepped around to the other side of the tank and froze. The creature had the face of a Guard. He tapped on the glass.
“The ones in the tanks are dead,” said Laddie. “They’re the lucky ones.”
He slowly wandered after Laddie, studying the inhabitants of the other tanks. One contained a creature with gills and many teeth, similar to the animal that was in the water with Tim only larger, much larger. Another held a Guard that had armor plates growing out of his back. The Guard was flat, like he’d been crushed.
“What is this place?” Tim scooted around the tanks, averting his eyes.
“Welcome to Conguise’s retirement home,” said Laddie.
Hugh staggered backward and Laddie grabbed his arm, yanking him forward. A long tentacle snaked out of the cage behind him. It swiped at where he’d just been and slithered back into the darkness of its prison.
“Shit.” Tim backed up against a tank, face pale.
“Stay by the tanks,” said Laddie. “Those are the failed experiments. The cages…well, they ain’t failed yet.”


So who wants to win something?! L.S. O'Dea and I have partnered up to give away a few things - two lucky Giveaway Guy readers will win a paperback copy of Escape and another reader will win a $20 Amazon gift card.


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. Winners will be randomly selected via Rafflecopter, which I will contact by email after entries are verified. The winners will have 24 hours to respond, otherwise a new winner will be selected.
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Croscill home design and area rugs [giveaway]

You know what can make a room a lot nicer? An area rug.

Croscill has set the standard for contemporary designs that beautify our homes. Their design team is comprised of leaders in the home decor industry. The team is dedicated to providing elegant choices, from timeless classics to superb interpretations of the latest trends.


If you want the best in home design, look no further. The exquisite work of Croscill's artisans and designers results in an unmatched quality that makes Croscill the first choice among those who desire the very best for their home.

I recently had the pleasure of laying down the Tile Path area rug, featuring a transitional design. I have the 5x8 but it's also available in 4x6 and 8x10.


The rug is hand-tufted (a new phrase I like to say now) and made of wool and bamboo silk. The colors you see are grey, black, brown,and charcoal. If you're going for a rustic look like I am, this rug is great.

Each rug is individually handmade, which results in slight color variations from rug to rug, so no rug is exactly the same. It’s the nature of a beautifully handcrafted rug.

Here are some care instructions important to keep in mind:

  • Vacuum regularly on a low setting. Initial shedding may occur and is a natural characteristics of heavy pile wool rugs.
  • To avoid damage to your rug, vacuum with the beater bar off.
  • Should long ends of yarn appear on surface, do not pull.
  • Use scissors to trim yarn evenly with rug surface.
  • Blot spills immediately with a clean, dry cloth.
  • Spot clean with mild soap if needed; harsh chemicals may damage or fade rugs.
  • Occasional professional cleaning may be required.
  • Do not steam clean.


Croscill has been an innovator in creating new styles. Croscill applied the same philosophy of combining the latest innovations with the highest quality standards in expanding their products to include designs for every area of the home. It's safe to say I've easily created a designer's custom look for my home.

So who wants to win something for their home?! Croscill is graciously offering $50 to spend on the site to one lucky Giveaway Guy reader. You must spend at least $100.

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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Flexi retractable dog leash [giveaway]

Since we got Henry six months ago we've tried a lot of dog products. Toys, leashes, poop bags, you name it.

One thing that's held up very well is the Flexi retractable dog leash. We use it all the time. Even though this leash is the #99 best seller in the retractable leashes category on Amazon, there are nearly 600 reviews with an average of 4.5 stars. I'd give it that rating too.


I'm going to give away a Flexi retractable dog leash to one lucky Giveaway Guy reader. You can choose which color and size you like.

This retractable dog leash features a stylish design and an ergonomic grip handle. With its innovative short-stroke braking system, the the Flexi leash creates a high level of safety and comfort during walks with your furry friend.

I recommend hooking any kind of leash to a harness like the one Henry's wearing below. This way there's no stress on the neck when the dog pulls, and instead the stress is around the body.


I also have a bunch 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.

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.

This promotion is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with, Sony.
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Frog Hollow Farm's organic fresh fruit gifts [review]

Mother's Day is in a week and Father's Day is next month. Have a gift for either yet? Fruit and goodies is usually a good choice.

Frog Hollow Farm is a 143-acre organic farm in Brentwood, California just east of San Francisco. The farm is home to hundreds of trees which produce peaches, nectarines, cherries, apricots, apriums, plums, pluots, pears, olives, persimmons, quince, and apples. That's quite an orchard.

Springtime care package

Frog Hollow Farm is certified organic with C.C.O.F. (California Certified Organic Farmers) and committed to sustainable practices. Sustainability is important as they chose to go organic in 1989. They steward the land with care and believe in treading lightly. Not only is the world a healthier place, but your neighbors and family are too.

With Mother's Day in a week and Father's Day around the corner, consider a gift set. Frog Hollow's baskets and sets include a variety of gourmet fruit conserves, organic fruit, and organic marmalade. All gift sets are shipped in stylish packaging, which I can verify is pretty cool. My wife was so pleased.

Sending a care package from Frog Hollow is a good match for any occasion. And with Spring in the air, the Springtime care package is perfect. Here's what it includes:
  • Seasonal organic fresh fruit (3 lbs)
  • Hungarian shortbread
  • Granola (8 oz)
  • Apricot / Peach conserve (8 oz)
  • Honey glazed cashews (2.5 oz)
  • Chocolate Ganache Linzer Cookies (4 oz) or Pluot chocolate chip cookies (4 oz)
  • Dark chocolate walnut butter (2 oz)

Organic fresh fruit, granola, cookies, and more

The fresh fruit was in great shape when it arrived and was pretty tasty too. My wife stashed the cookies, and if I know her they were devoured within a day or two. Hopefully she doesn't read this.

I didn't choose with conserve I wanted, but I got the apricot conserve. Handmade at the farm, the conserve captures the luscious flavors of Frog Hollow's legendary fruit.

Explore the online store! There are lots of fruit options - fruit clubs, fresh fruit, dried fruit, fruit spreads, fruit baskets, and more.

Disclosure: I was provided a complimentary product in exchange for my review. All opinions are my own.
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Tuesday, April 25, 2017

$50 Amazon gift card & menswear from Six8 Clothing [giveaway]

You're tall. You deserve designs that fit well. Six8 Clothing Company is here for you.

At 6'5" and on the lean side (200 lbs.), my experience finding clothes that fit has been frustrating to say the least. Pants are not long enough, or the waist is too big, or the shirt's sleeves are too short. It's tough finding clothes that fit.


But Six8 is awesome! I like that I can browse everything they carry and know they have my size. Six8 was founded in 2012 with the vision to deliver style and proper fit to the tall, fit man. They design their line of casual clothing with unique features that separate them from the rest.

Not only does Six8 ensure that each garment has the proper length. For most guys up to 6’7” like myself, the Tall size (LT, XLT, etc) is plenty long.

For the guys 6’8” and up, consider the Extra Tall size (L-XT, XL-XT, etc) to get an additional 3 inches in body length and 1.5 inches in sleeve length! If you're tall and lanky like I am, look no further.

Slim dark rinse jeans, long sleeve flannel shirt, and v-neck tee

I've got the slim dark rinse jeans and the denim fabric is made in one of the oldest, still operating mills in the U.S. - you’d be hard pressed to find a better quality fabric for your tall jeans.

Six8's jeans for tall men also have wider pocket openings, deeper pockets, and large zipper pull tabs that are easier to grab. These features accommodate the longer, bigger hands of the tall man. I don't have huge hands but I do like the extra room. Next time you’re shopping with someone else for tall jeans, be sure to compare all the features and not just the length

Just a tall man and his Vizsla

I really like the dark rinse jeans, and all the Six8 jeans in general are made true to size. Now, true to size with pants is a bit different. Let's say you wear a 36 inseam... well, a lot of companies call it a 36 when really your inseam is 34 or 35. Nobody wants to tell someone they have a huge size.

With Six8, your 36 inseam will truly be 36, which means it might be a hair longer than you'd expect. And this is great! Too often my pants are never quite long enough, which if you're tall you totally understand. Finally the length is there and my jeans are comfortable.

And let's not forget the shirts. Six8 carries a collection of tall tees, flannels, and polos, and I've had the pleasure of trying the long sleeve flannel shirt in blue & brown as you can see above. They're plenty long in the sleeves, which is crucial for me. When I stretch out my arms the sleeves still cover my wrists. The wrist test is how I determine if a shirt fits me well.

I also own the v-neck tee in blue. The fabric is made in the U.S. and is a soft blend of poly/rayon/spandex. And I mean soft. There's no cotton in the blend whatsoever and the tee drapes nicely with just a little bit of cling. It might be the softest tee I own, and I'll probably buy another color.

So who wants to win something? The guys at Six8 Clothing and I have partnered up to give away a $50 Amazon gift card to one lucky Giveaway Guy 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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Dry-Lite 2.0 Athletic Shirt from TallSlim Tees [giveaway]

Catch my TallSlim Tees giveaway last summer? I'm back with more to share from these guys.

If you're tall then you might like this brand. I like that I can browse everything they carry and know that something will fit just right. The shirts come in a variety of sizes, styles, and colors for men 6'0" to 7'0." Sorry, ladies, nothing for you, but keep TallSlim Tees in mind for the men in your life.

TallSlim Tees was founded in 2014 by Dan Deceuster after years of frustration with t-shirt sizes (much like the frustration of my own with clothes in general), and designed a custom t-shirt specifically for tall, lean men like myself.

Check out their first video:



TallSlim Tees has a new version of the Dry-Lite tee. The second generation Dry-Lite has been redesigned with a tencel, polyester, and spandex fabric blend that will drapes well on my lean frame.

This new material is durable and moisture-wicking while being soft, light, and comfortable. These shirts have a tighter, more athletic fit. You’re going to love working out in one of these!

Dry-Lite 2.0 Athletic Shirt for tall men

Be sure to check out the sizing because it's not standard:
  • Small will fit guys anywhere from 6'0" and 130 lbs. to 6'4" and 150 lbs.
  • Medium will fit guys anywhere from 6'2" and 150 lbs. to 6'6" and 200 lbs.
  • Large is for guys who are 6'4" to 6'8" and 200 lbs. to 250 lbs.
  • X-large has you covered if you are 6'8" to 7'0" and 250 lbs. to 300 lbs.

Another shirt I proudly own is the tall v-neck, the original and top-selling v-neck t-shirt. It's made from a 50/50 cotton polyester blend - soft and lightweight. I'm 6'5" and the large fits like a dream.

This v-neck is designed specifically for slim & tall men looking for a tailored fit. It kinda hugs your figure so don't be shy now.

Typically I'm an XL shirt, but a L fits perfect.

Browse around the shop and you're bound to find something you like. Oh, and 2-day USPS Priority shipping in the U.S. is FREE! There's no catch. Shipping is free and I might add a couple more shirts to my collection.

As you might expect, TallSlim Tees and I have partnered up to give something away! One lucky Giveaway Guy reader will win a Dry-Lite 2.0 Athletic Shirt in your choice of size and color.

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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