So there are a good many of you out there who are probably trying to be really good right now at the start of the New Year. You’re probably sitting at your desk eating an orange (like I am right now) or pinning new exercise routines on your boards. I apologize in advance for the delicious giveway I am about to present because I know it will throw a monkey wrench into your plans. BUT the key here is not to self indulge right? We can have a wee bit of chocolate every now and then; no harm no foul.
Welcome to the Guylian Belgian Chocolate Giveaway!
Sponsored by: Guylian
Hosted by: Gloriously Green Gal & Savory Savings
Co-hosted by: Monica’s Rants, Raves & Reviews, Dividing by Zero, and Got Giveaways?
Valentine’s Day is right around the corner – have you found your sweetie the perfect sweet? Or maybe you want to treat yourself for the day full of hearts and naked cherubs. Krista from Gloriously Green Gal and Savory Savings had the chance to review Belgian Chocolates from Guylian and thinks you should share them with your Valentine every day of the year!
And now you will have your chance with this giveaway! One lucky, US resident, aged 18 and older winner will receive the following (or very similar) package from Guylian Belgian Chocolates:
- One – 22 piece marbled chocolate seashell truffles
- One – 22 piece extra dark chocolate seashell truffles
- Two – 6 piece chocolate seashells truffles
- Four – 2 piece marbled chocolate seahorse truffles
- One – No Sugar Added Milk Chocolate Bar
- One – No Sugar Added 54% Dark Chocolate Bar
If you cannot wait to win, feel free to pop over to the Guylian Belgian Chocolates online store and pick yourself up some amazing Belgian chocolates by using coupon code Chocolate10 to save 10%!
The giveaway will run from January 8, 2013 through January 22, 2014 at 11 PM CST. Entries will be verified. Winner will be notified via email (consider adding firstname.lastname@example.org to your safe list) – winner will have 48 hours to respond and claim prize or another winner will be selected.
Krista from Gloriously Green Gal and Savory Savings received products from this sponsor to facilitate her review, no other compensation was received. All participating blogs are not responsible for prize fulfillment. This giveaway is in no way associated with social media sites including Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest.
Let’s face it; some concert performers simply are way better than others. So we set out to find places that concert goers can visit for legitimate and helpful concert reviews. Fans will agree that it’s so important to do research before attending concerts, especially considering how expensive tickets can get. Checking beforehand which performers are known to amaze compared to the ones who often disappoint is the first step to having a great time at the show. Here’s the list we came up with…
Let’s begin with the most obvious choice. If you want 100% confidence that you’re going to get the most accurate review for today’s top concerts, make a trip to Facebook. While the performer’s websites may offer reviews, it’s hard to feel that they are totally unbiased. On Facebook, you’ll also get personal advice from concert goers and fans everywhere. Make sure to check the comments and likes of the performer’s concert pages.
No matter what event you attend, there are sure to be people talking and tweeting about it on Twitter. Make sure to check trending topics for any reviews or insight from fans that have recently seen concerts. They’re the ones who will give you actual input and feedback about their experiences. Because you can’t delete tweets from trends, you can be sure this is the most unbiased way to get the best concert reviews.
Since opening for business in 1976, Ticketmaster has been one of the largest companies in the world when it comes to tickets. You can access Ticketmaster online anytime. On every individual performer page, you can see a string of news and comments. Here, you can get info on concerts and tours that are updated daily. But I am skeptical about the credibility of these comments and reviews, since Ticketmaster seem that they have had a secret agenda when it comes to selling tickets.
When it comes to concert reviews, no one knows their stuff like the concert reviews section of the Hollywood Reporter. They are constantly polling and receiving feedback from their fan base and displaying the nation’s collective opinions on the latest concerts and tours today. They touch on most major genres of music including Rock, Hip Hop, Country, R&B, and many others. All concert information is unbiased and up-to-date.
StubHub is one of the kings of online ticket sales. Many concert goers rely on StubHub’s well-organized system of reviews and responses through their large social presence on Facebook and Twitter. But with a campaign like the Ticket Oak, how much credibility can they really have?
Red Hot Seats has carved out a nice niche in excelling in two areas: website layout and customer service. They are constantly bringing you the latest information in regards to specific tour dates and concert tickets while providing lots of user feedback through performer articles and venue information.
7. Online Forums
It’s easy to overlook online forums, so make sure to utilize them also. If you want to attend a particular concert event, find some forums dedicated to the artist that is playing. Not only will you be able to find threads about reviews, but you can also post your own inquiries. Busy forums will provide busy back-and-forth chatter to answer most of your questions. One drawback is that they can be very difficult to find.
Concert Tour supplies hundreds of interactive polls and great feedback from the best critics on the web today. Each artist’s performance is analyzed from concert fans everywhere, and all information is totally unbiased since there are no ticket sales or advertisements on this site.
With a massive amount of information available at your fingertips, you have a good reason to at least consider Wikipedia when looking for concert reviews. Looking up an artist is simple, whether you do it through the actual site or just though Google (since Wikipedia will appear #1 in almost every search). Here you can find basic info about the artist’s tours and concert specifications, but you are limited when it comes to personal reviews.
10. Yahoo! Answers
Yahoo! Answers is a great open forum that allows users to ask anything and other users to give their best shots to answer. And out of the list of answers that you receive, you can choose the best for future users asking the same question. Asking “How was the Justin Bieber concert?” will get you plenty of unbiased answers from people everywhere, and hopefully you will get the info you need.
Yesterday, the Earth Day Network introduced their first action of the series: Slaying Vampire Energy. Even when appliances are turned off, they still consume electricity, called “Vampire Energy.” Each year, vampire energy is estimated to cost US consumers $11 billion. Since the majority of electricity is produced by fossil fuel power plants, vampire energy is also responsible for millions of tons of carbon dioxide emissions each year!
Fortunately, there are several easy steps we can take to cut down on vampire energy. Unplug appliances and chargers when they are not in use, plug appliances into power strips, which can be easily turned on and off with one button, or replace old appliances with energy efficient models.
Make the pledge to reduce the amount of electricity wasted in your home today! Tell your friends! And be sure to engage with the Earth Day Network on Twitter: #ActOfGreen.
Oh, and remember (pay close attention…this is the important one)…HAVE FUN!
Questions for Friday, March 1st: (Special thanks to Pam (@trooppetrie) from Troop Petrie, Deanna (@deannajw) from Musings, Julie (@newmanjulie), Sandy (@PardonMyDust) from Pardon My Dust, and Brooke (@HallBro) from Brook and Michael for these 5QF question suggestions! I would love to link you in a future 5QF, so come on over to my community or watch for my Thursday afternoon shout out for questions on Twitter and offer up your best question suggestions! Remember to @5crookedhalos me and use hashtag #5QF if you go the Twitter route!)
1. What was the most productive thing you have done this week?
Hmmm, I work full-time, go to school and am a Mama to three fab kids. I think I am productive every week. But I did attend a great Creative Teams Meeting on Monday and convert an oddly tab delimited text file into something more easily imported into SQL.
2. Enjoying the winter or ready for spring?
I’m ready for Spring but disappointed we didn’t get a really good snow. I would have enjoyed a snow day.
3. Are you an introvert or extrovert? Is your spouse the same as you?
Both. I think I’m mostly extrovert now that I am older, but when I was younger I was mostly introvert. Although sometimes I really do wish I could be left alone. Ha.
4. Would you rather go without music or television for 1 year?
I simply would go batty without either. I need music, it’s therapy, but I also need my Psych. Truly they both keep me sane.
5. Have you ever been truly scared of someone?
Yes. There have been several people in my life that have scared the shnikes out of me. At the moment no, I’m intimidated by people but not scared. But in my past, oh yes, very much so.
There’s this amazing 3-day workshop (The Blog Workshop) specifically for bloggers and vloggers who are sincere in going the extra mile for their website. It’s aptly named “The Blog Workshop” and the conference spans from May 17 through 19th, 2013. And really the great thing about this workshop is that it is online. You can be anyone, anywhere and if you’re interested you can go online and be a part of the conference by registering here. This is especially important for people like me who are already working full-time, who might be a mom with three kids ;) and might also be insane enough to be taking a class while trying to keep up with a blog. *raising hand*
Some of the speakers who will be presenting include:
- Ryan Schram, he is with the company IZEA and Crystal Duncan, they are some of the minds behind payperpost and socialspark
- Lindsay Lee, she is co-founder of Blog Trends
- There will be representatives from BlogAds
- Stepfanie Cuevas, she’ll discuss sponsorship and advertising, her site is StepfaniesDesk.com
- Laura Summers, Blogging for Business, her site is NakedBlogging.com
- Da Vinci, she is a Lifestyle Blogger/VLogger, known for the Your Life After 25 brand
- DeeDee Cocheta, from A.B.C. Publicity, she’s a guru of PR and branding
- Holly Hamann, she’ll discuss Sponsorship & Monetization, she’s behind BlogFrog
- more TBA
You are going to want to register now, in advance, because you will get emails leading up to the conference with more information. They do offer scholarships and grants for those who would like to virtually attend. There are discounted tickets available through Indiegogo campaign perks, more about the Indiegogo campaign below. Perks include t-shirts, tickets, and other bloggy swag. The IndieGoGo campagin will accept anything from $25 to $50 or even $1 if that’s what you can contribute at the moment. So make a contribution and earn a perk, there’s a helpful widget below.
You can check out The Blog Workshop website right now because there are a myriad of useful tips you can put into motion starting today. Including pages of ideas on how to handle SEO. There is a page on using videos to promote your site with practical YouTube SEO tips that will help your videos be more interactive and get more views.
All the links you need:
A Christian group, World Vision, has a program called 30 Hour Famine and they use social media to help market the campaign. But to take the social media approach one step further they also did some research to find out how much much pull the 30 Hour Famine project would have if pushed on Twitter or Facebook. Would social media have the outreach they need and would the people they get in contact with really care? I found the results to be quite interesting and even a bit uplifting.
According to this recent study by 30 Hour Famine, many teens claim their social networks have done just that. A group of 535 U.S. youth ages 13 to 17 years old were polled in January. Statistics which have been published from the results show that more than half of teens (55%) say social media sites like Facebook and Twitter have made them more aware of the needs of others. This is a huge increase from 2011 when a little more 4 in 10 (44%) said their use of social media made them more aware. The study also says 2 in 3 teens (68%) agree that the benefits of social media outweigh the risks.
According to the study, more than nine out of ten (91%) agree that it’s important to volunteer locally. At the end of this month, some 200,000 teens will go hungry as part of World Vision’s 30 Hour Famine to raise funds and hunger awareness. Since 1992, 30 Hour Famine has raised more than $150 million to fight world hunger. This is the fourth year World Vision has surveyed American youth to get a better idea of what they’re thinking. 30 Hour Famine has close to 30,000 Facebook friends.
“The jump in the number of teens who say social media sites make them more socially aware is a sign of the times,” says Regina Corson, Senior Vice President, Harris Poll, Public Relations and Youth Research at Harris Interactive. Michele Tvedt, World Vision’s 30 Hour Famine Manager says, “It’s exciting to see our youth using the tools at their fingertips like social media to have a direct impact on the world.” Tvedt has personally done The Famine for 13 years, adding up to more than 390 hours over the years.
While many teens will do 30 Hour Famine in late February, others will participate April 27th, 28th. Teens forsake food for 30 hours to get a taste of what the world’s poorest children face. Prior to the event, teens raise funds by explaining that $1 can help feed and care for a child a day. Teens consume only water and juice as they participate in local community service projects (food banks, soup kitchens and homeless shelters). Last year’s 30 Hour Famine raised $9.5 million to fight hunger. This year’s goal is $10 million.
Tonight, almost 1 billion people worldwide will go to bed hungry. Almost 22,000 children die each day from hunger and preventable diseases. Chronic poverty, affecting half the people on earth, is the cause. Nearly 3 billion people live on less than $2 a day. Funds raised this year for 30 Hour Famine will be sent to 10 countries including Haiti, the Horn of Africa, Burundi, Malawi, Pakistan and Afghanistan. Some 30 Hour Famine funds also address poverty here in the U.S.