Monday, September 30, 2013

Music Moves Me Monday(9/30)


Welcome to Music Moves Me Monday 160th week!

This meme is hosted by a group of seriously fantastic people-Dolly of XmasDolly, Stacie of Stacie Uncorked, Callie of JAmericanSpice, and of course we can't forget Cathy of Cathy Kennedy's Blog!

Also, a BIG thank you to this month's co-conductor....Naila Moon!

 
Here are the rules if you wanted to participate::

First step: Run over to You Tube, (or wherever), and lock and load! Get your pick for the theme of the week.

Second Step: Grab our "Monday's Music Moves Me" button::


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Third step: SIGN THE LINKY - Dance (follow) your host/hostesses, and grab their buttons.

Final step: Start lookin' for a partner and boogie on down to her blog, and say hello, and tag (follow) her/him, and leave a nice comment. If you've been tagged (followed) be hip, and get on over there, and tag (follow) her back and leave a comment.

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Yet another freebie week again!

What shall I pick...

Enjoy :)





Swedish House Mafia--Don't You Worry Child ft. John Martin



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Don't forget to link up your musical 
choices for this week!








Have a musical week everyone! 












Mailbox Monday(9/30)





Mailbox Monday divulges into the inner workings of my mailbox throughout the week. From books to jewelry to free samples to random magazines and letters-You never know what will be in the mail this week...

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I don't normally do many book reviews; for one, I don't want to swamp myself with too many and get overwhelmed and for two, a book really has to grab my attention for me to be interested.

When pitched to do a review for Mike Bond's book, Saving Paradise, it definitely captured my attention right off the bat.

I can't wait to start it!














Gluten-free deliciousness right in my mailbox?!

I think so!

I received an assortment of KIND bars for an upcoming review and charity spotlight.

You won't want to miss that post!















I finally received my first issue of SELF Magazine from the Self Workout in the Park event this past June

Super excited to discover all sorts of new healthy tips and tricks!












 






What did YOU get in the mail this week? 









Friday, September 27, 2013

Disney's FROZEN: New Trailer Released! #DisneyFrozen






At long last, the new trailer for Walt Disney's FROZEN is finally available to view! 


"Walt Disney Animation Studios, the studio behind “Tangled” and “Wreck-It Ralph,” presents “Frozen,” a stunning big-screen comedy adventure. Fearless optimist Anna (voice of Kristen Bell) sets off on an epic journey—teaming up with rugged mountain man Kristoff (voice of Jonathan Groff) and his loyal reindeer Sven—to find her sister Elsa (voice of Idina Menzel), whose icy powers have trapped the kingdom of Arendelle in eternal winter. Encountering Everest-like conditions, mystical trolls and a hilarious snowman named Olaf (voice of Josh Gad), Anna and Kristoff battle the elements in a race to save the kingdom."





FROZEN opens in theaters everywhere November 27th, 2013!



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Thursday, September 26, 2013

Fall Fashionista Giveaway Sponsor: FaeriesDance.com #fashionistaevents


Disclaimer: This feature is in exchange for sponsorship for the Fall Fashionista Giveaway courtesy of FaeriesDance.com. All opinions and expressions in the above post are 100% mine unless otherwise stated.







Introducing my lovely sponsor for this year's Fall Fashionista Giveaway Event starting October 3rd and running through October 9th, please welcome Adrienne of the earth-friendly fashion website, FaeriesDance.com!

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'Faerie' is the traditional spelling when one refers to the Celtic myths and folklore of Faeries, sometimes referred to as the Fey or Fair folk. According to many of the stories, Faeries are joyous and carefree creatures with a bit of a mischievous side, but overall kind and good-hearted wee little folk.

It is said they live deep in the heart of the forest and they honor the earth and trees with a deeply ingrained respect.

I will freely admit that I believe in the Faerie folk, so reading through how Faerie'sDance.com got its name excited me, not only because I learned a little more about the idea of Faeries, but also because I truly appreciate the aim of Adrienne and her company!

"Faerie's Dance is not meant as a group of Faeries dancing, but the elegant, frivolous, frolicking dance of an individual Faerie. Each step of the dance is performed wildly, with great pleasure, and yet also honorably and gently with deep reverence. When I decided to open this shop my greatest goal was to ensure that every aspect be prepared with honor to our earth, but also to keep it fun and light; to express that honor not with somber veneration but through joy and delight. I realize that consumerism in general is not exactly the best thing for the planet, but let's face it; our society isn't going to change overnight. So let us joyously embrace who we are. Let us choose wonderful, pretty things that make us feel good about ourselves while simultaneously dancing our blissful dance with gentle footsteps upon the planet


Luxe Chateau Coat
Opening in 2005 and initially offering around 60 pieces of eco-friendly products, Adrienne and the folks that run FaeriesDance.com have been, and are continued to be, committed to providing an environmentally conscious shopping experience for their customers.

Nearly nine years later, their website and products have expanded to over 900 pieces in multiple different categories, but it's something that has maintained it's eco-friendliness and sustainability! 

"Our clothing is made of environmentally sensitive fabrics and low-impact dyes. We source products from both US manufacturers and overseas manufacturers who take care to ensure that all workers are treated fairly, are safe from sweatshop conditions and receive living wages. No children are employed by any of our manufacturers here or overseas."

From mens' and womans' clothing and accessories all the way down to kid's apparel, you can find a multitude of different categories while browsing the Faerie's Dance website! Aside from beautiful clothing, the website also offers items like collections of jewelry made from renewable resources, sustainable fashion bags and scarves, to even healthy bath and body products.
  
While you can find many organic and eco-friendly fashion and accessory items that are beautifully and skillfully crafted, Adrienne informed me that her specialty is environmentally friendly intimates. 

As if bettering the planet with their unique brand of clothing and accessories wasn't enough, FaeriesDance.com is also proud to donate some of their profits to 3 different environmental charities!

Bronze Tree of Life Pendant Necklace
"FaeriesDance.com is committed to supporting all aspects of environmental sustainability for ourselves, for our children, for humanity as a whole and for all our fellow earthlings. As part of that commitment, we donate 1% of our gross income to charity. That's gross income, so even if we do not make a profit, our charities are still paid."

If you would like to know more about the charities they donate to, you can do so Here

Make sure to come back on October 3rd to learn more about FaeriesDance.com and the Luxe Chateau Coat one lucky TEE reader will be winning!

**HintHint**One of the extra entries will be to tell me something you learned from this feature post, so read up and be ready to tell me what you've learned!


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Health Update Thursday(9/26)


This is most likely going to be a short and sweet Health Update Thursday since I'm battling a migraine as I type and the light is starting to make me a wee bit nauseous.

The last several days to a week have been, for lack of a better term, torturous. I sincerely wish, dear friends and readers, that was an exaggeration, too.

My menstrual cycles have gone from bad to worse; last month was a pretty severe one with a ruptured ovarian cyst and this month, it's the same story. I've been bed bound for the past 3 days in excruciating pain just waiting until it's all over.

I actually ended up going over to the local Immediate Care two days ago because I was shaking and in tears due to the high amounts of pain. Of course the doctors at Immediate Care aren't equipt to deal with anything like an ovarian cyst so they just gave me a shot in my tooshie and sent me on my way.

Believe you me, I was beyond thrilled to get that shot!

The best part of this all (yes, that was sarcasm)? Anything I take doesn't help the pain. At. All. I've taken your standard over the counters, I've taken prescriptions, I've taken vitamins, herbs, supplements, I've done exercise and stretching, I've done heat, I've done ice...Imagine being in excruciating amounts of pain that's always there regardless of what you do.

You'd cry, too!

As of right now it's just playing the waiting game. Still in bed, still in a lot of pain.

Something's gotta break sometime, right?









Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Win It Wednesday(9/25)






Win It Wednesday is a day for showcasing, browsing, entering, and linking up contests-Have a contest that needs a little extra exposure? Feel free to link it up!

NOTE:: Linking up your contests on my Win It Wednesday linky below automatically puts then on my Ongoing Contest Linky.

DOUBLE NOTE:: You only have to submit your contest link ONCE because I manage the ongoing list myself, deleting contests as they expire.



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Win a Special Fall Themed Prize Package from Mom's Got Mail!!


Ends October 1, 2013


Enter Here










Win 4 Products Valued at $25 from Manna Organics!! 


Ends October 6, 2013


Enter Here












Win your Choice of Duvet Cover from  Deny Designs!!


Ends October 9, 2013


Enter Here











Have giveaways you want to advertise?

Link them below!!














Monday, September 23, 2013

1 of 3 Ju-Ju-Be Bags Fall Fashionista Lookbook Giveaway(10/9)



Fall Fashionista Events Lookbook 

Giveaway!

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Ju-Ju-Be Lookbook Giveaway Prizes: Packabee, BeFabulous in Earth Leather, BetterBe

 


Welcome to the Fall Fashionista Events Lookbook and Lookbook Giveaway! 


In this Lookbook, you will get a SNEAK PEEK at all the prizes that are being sponsored by all 108 blogs for this year’s Fashionista Event, hosted by Still Blonde after all these Years and Modly Chic. Event is co-hosted by K Squared Glamour. OH WOW!


Ju-Ju-Be Smart Bags for Smart People





Ju-Ju-Be is our Lookbook sponsor for the Fall Fashionista Events Giveaway 2013! They have provided us with three of their darling bags. The winner of each bag will be able to choose their colors. Up for grabs is the PackABe , the BeFabulous in Earth Leather, and the BetterBe. Let’s take a look at these beautiful bags that can be used as everyday totes or high end diaper/parent bags. Watch this video as Susan, the owner of Ju-Ju-Be Bags describes these amazing bags with a presentation of the BetterBe.





Just a few amazing features of a Ju-Ju-Be Bag...


  • Detachable and adjustable messenger strap
  • Messenger strap has a memory foam shoulder pad with a grippy textile underneath … no more straps sliding off your shoulders
  • Gusseted mommy pocket with extra long scrunchy key clip, sunglass case, lipstick loops, and pen loop
  • 2 exterior insulated bottle pockets … with Thinsulate™ by 3M™. Keep it warm? Keep it cold? Sure!
  • Picture pocket to keep photos handy when bragging to friends
  • Crumb Drains™ … bye-bye mess!
  • Memory foam changing pad included … nice ‘n’ comfy, super cushy
  • Teflon® … fabric protector helps repel stains
  • Agion® … natural antimicrobial treatment inhibits and reduces the growth of odor-causing bacteria, mold, and mildew
  • Metal Hardware … we don’t trust any of the cheap plastic stuff
  • Light-Colored Linings … you can actually see what’s inside; it’s not just a big black hole in there
  • Machine Washable … air dry


Now, for the Fall Fashionista Lookbook

 

The Fall Fashionista Lookbook features many of the sponsors for the Main Event and for individual blogs. Our Main Event Prizes total $1000. Coupons.com is sponsoring $300 of our Main Event Prize. They want you to know that in addition to their amazing coupons, they also have coupon codes to use when shopping online. More sponsors will be added everyday, so be sure to check back and make a list of your favorite products and bloggers. You will then be ready for the Fall Fashionista Events Giveaway which takes place Oct. 3-9. Take the day off work and don’t miss this event!








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Disclaimer: Still Blonde after all these Years, Fashionista Giveaway Events, or the Fashionista Giveaway Event bloggers are not responsible/liable for any product defects or for sponsors that do not fulfill their prizes. I received no compensation for the above post. This giveaway is part of the 2013 Fall Fashionista Giveaway. Giveaway is open to US residents only, 18+ years or older and will run from September 24th, 2013 until October 9th, 2013.






The Fall Fashionista Giveaway Event-Coming Soon!!

The biggest fashion-inspired giveaway 
event in the blogosphere is coming!! 





Our gracious and oh-so fashionable hostesses for the event are the lovely Shelley of Still Blonde After All These Years, Katy of ModlyChic, and the co-host for the event, K Squared Glamour!

With over 105+ blogs participating and $26,000+ in all fashion prizes, this is THE biggest fashion related event on the internet! Each blog hosts a minimum of $125 worth of prizes and with 105+ bloggers joining in, that's a pretty good haul!

Here's a quick summary of the prizes being offered.....



Prize #1 — $300 in Paypal Cash

Coupons.com will be providing a $300 Pay Pal Cash to Main Event entrants.  They want to make sure you know that they are not just a coupon site, they also have great shopping deals all through the year as well.  Check out their ever-changing shopping codes page  that is PACKED with shopping deals.  Also, they have an incredible Coupons.com blog  which summarizes their hottest deals for the week.  Be sure to follow along!

Prize #2 — $100 black and white diamond necklace by Rarities: Fine Jewelry with Carol Brodie.

Prize #3 — $400 Mountain Khaki gift certificate

Prize #4 — $189 Ju-Ju-Be Be Prepared Bag in Black and Silver



In addition to the main event that starts on October 3rd and runs through the 9th, make sure to keep an eye out for the Lookbook Giveaway, sponsored by Ju-Ju-Be Bags! Running from September 24th until October 9th, 3 lucky winners will receive one of the gorgeous bags below in their color choice.

2) BeFabulous in Earth Leather



Now for a sneak peak of my giveaway, sponsored by the earth-friendly fashions of FaeriesDance.com!





Plus we can't forget some fashionable, shiny vintage adornments to dress up that pretty organic cotton coat. For that, you'll need a $25 gift card to my Etsy shop, The Eclectic Element: Vintage!






Make sure to come back over the next week to keep tabs on all the exciting things happening and, of course, the start of the big Fall Fashionista Giveaway event!






Disney's Saving Mr. Banks: New Movie Poster!


The film Mary Poppins is one of the most iconic family films that transcends the generations! Regardless of age, a good majority of people have seen it, or at the very least heard about it and the younger generations are still watching it to this day. Did you know, however, that there is quite a heartwarming back story to the seemingly simple film?

The upcoming Disney movie release, Saving Mr. Banks, tells the untold true story very few know...


Two-time Academy Award®–winner Emma Thompson and fellow double Oscar®-winner Tom Hanks topline Disney’s “Saving Mr. Banks,” inspired by the extraordinary, untold backstory of how Disney’s classic “Mary Poppins” made it to the screen.

When Walt Disney’s daughters begged him to make a movie of their favorite book, P.L. Travers’ “Mary Poppins,” he made them a promise—one that he didn’t realize would take 20 years to keep. In his quest to obtain the rights, Walt comes up against a curmudgeonly, uncompromising writer who has absolutely no intention of letting her beloved magical nanny get mauled by the Hollywood machine. But, as the books stop selling and money grows short, Travers reluctantly agrees to go to Los Angeles to hear Disney’s plans for the adaptation.

For those two short weeks in 1961, Walt Disney pulls out all the stops. Armed with imaginative storyboards and chirpy songs from the talented Sherman brothers, Walt launches an all-out onslaught on P.L. Travers, but the prickly author doesn’t budge. He soon begins to watch helplessly as Travers becomes increasingly immovable and the rights begin to move further away from his grasp.

It is only when he reaches into his own childhood that Walt discovers the truth about the ghosts that haunt her, and together they set Mary Poppins free to ultimately make one of the most endearing films in cinematic history.
 
Inspired by true events, “Saving Mr. Banks” is the extraordinary, untold story of how Disney’s classic “Mary Poppins” made it to the screen—and the testy relationship that the legendary Walt Disney had with author P.L. Travers that almost derailed it.
 




Saving Mr. Banks hits select theaters December 13th and opens everywhere December 20th!




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Music Moves Me Monday(9/23)



Welcome to Music Moves Me Monday 159th week!

This meme is hosted by a group of seriously fantastic people-Dolly of XmasDolly, Stacie of Stacie Uncorked, Callie of JAmericanSpice, and of course we can't forget Cathy of Cathy Kennedy's Blog!

Also, this month is in need of an honorary volunteer co-conductor...Anyone interested in rocking it out for the month of September?!

 
Here are the rules if you wanted to participate::

First step: Run over to You Tube, (or wherever), and lock and load! Get your pick for the theme of the week.

Second Step: Grab our "Monday's Music Moves Me" button::


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Third step: SIGN THE LINKY - Dance (follow) your host/hostesses, and grab their buttons.

Final step: Start lookin' for a partner and boogie on down to her blog, and say hello, and tag (follow) her/him, and leave a nice comment. If you've been tagged (followed) be hip, and get on over there, and tag (follow) her back and leave a comment.

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I do quite love inspirational themes, so I enjoyed finding out this week's theme was songs about moving forward-nothing like good, uplifting music to give a person the jump start they need!

I've featured this song on one other 4Ms post in the past but I'd like to post it again because it's perfect for today's theme.





Florence + The Machine--Shake It Out


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Have a musical week everyone! 










Mailbox Monday(9/23)






Mailbox Monday divulges into the inner workings of my mailbox throughout the week. From books to jewelry to free samples to random magazines and letters-You never know what will be in the mail this week...

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Thanks again to Smiley360, I was contacted to do a review that's right up my alley.

Let me tell you, I was like a kid in a candy shop when this package arrived for me; not only do I get to review BIC Mark It permenant markers, but I get to do something creative with them!






I won a Sephora gift card awhile back at a party I went to when I was in Chicago and I finally was able to spend it! 

Of course my sister had to weasel something out of it, but that's okay-I like being generous :)













What did YOU get in the mail this week? 






Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Win It Wednesday(9/18)






Win It Wednesday is a day for showcasing, browsing, entering, and linking up contests-Have a contest that needs a little extra exposure? Feel free to link it up!

NOTE:: Linking up your contests on my Win It Wednesday linky below automatically puts then on my Ongoing Contest Linky.

DOUBLE NOTE:: You only have to submit your contest link ONCE because I manage the ongoing list myself, deleting contests as they expire.

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Win a California Almonds Better Breakfast Starter Kit!!


Ends September 23, 2013


Enter Here









Win a $50 Michael's Gift Card!!


Ends September 30, 2013


Enter Here









Win an Assortment of Plants from Costa Farms!!


Ends September 30, 2013









Have giveaways you want to advertise?


Link them below!!














Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Self Workout in the Park 2013




Earlier this year when I had somewhat of my 'eye opening experience' or epiphany if you will, I discovered my love of all things exercise. Of course gyms and trainers are beyond my financial reach so free workouts and free workout plans are definitely what I seek along with my splurging on a monthly pole fitness pass the past 3 to 4 months.

When I heard Self Magazine's Workout in the Park was back in town to celebrate their 20th anniversary and make some people sweat, I knew I had to be there.

Fate seemed to agree because the Wednesday before the Saturday of the event, I won 2 VIP tickets on SweepTight.com to the event-SCORE!

I wasn't going in alone so I recruited some friends of mine who were as thrilled about healthy living and exercise as I am.


Bright-eyed and bushy tailed for our Workout in the Park adventure!


The train ride there was quite uneventful as was the long and confusing walk to find Grant Park-let me tell you, we had a pre-workout before we arrived to the park walking the whole roundabout way there!






Before we arrived I was instructed to seek out the media tent which is where I could pick up my tickets (really they just found your name on a list and crossed it off) as well as get a neat VIP wrist band for myself and my friend whom I had given the other ticket to.

I swear the whole day I felt like such royalty!


We have arrived!


We unfortunately were a wee bit late so a few of the earlier exercise classes like Sexy Stretch, Sunrise Salutations, and Stiletto Strength were either already over or currently going on. The good news is there were tons of more classes and things to experience so we weren't too sad!

Deciding to check out some of the sponsors first, we made our rounds around to all the tents. On the pamphlet about the event, it quotes, "Delectable treats. Fabulous swag." Let me be the first to tell you that quote was 110% accurate!




With sponsors such as Wendy's, LUNA Bar, Green Mountain Coffee Wellness Collection, Garnier, Smartfood Selects, and many others, this was definitely one heck of an experience! Both of my friends have never been to a 'blogger' event, so they weren't sure what to expect; needless to say, I think the picture below shows how excited they were at the experience. And, of course, the swag!




At this particular event, I was also able to meet up with my good friend Shelley of SweepTight.com! Thanks to her and her sister who put on that wonderful giveaway, I was able to attend this event VIP status so it was perfect that we got to reconnect and enjoy the event together.

Plus just look at those crazy awesome leggings of hers! Matches her personality perfectly.


Shelley of SweepTight.com & I


The workouts they had in store for us were pretty crazy awesome themselves! There were 3 main sections: the Main Stage, the Quiet Zone which included anything yoga and Pilates, and the Reebok Fitness Zone that specialized in back to back Crossfit workouts.

While I thought about attempting to do CrossFit, I figured maybe save that for another day when I'm in better shape. That and the trainers scared the bejezzus outta me!




Out of all the workouts we participated in that day, all 3 of us unanimously agreed that our favorite was the last of the day: 2 FLY. 2 FLY, according to the dance instructors, means to freely love yourself and was inspired by the style, music, and moves of the 90's.

Below is part of the dance routine the instructors taught the crowd...




Strike your best middle school pose!




All in all, the day was truly amazing and I'm so thankful myself and my two friends were able to take part in the healthy sponsors, the fun workouts, meeting up with some old friends and meeting some new ones.

Hopefully next year Self Workout in the Park comes back to Chicago and when it does, I'll be first in line for my ticket!


If you'd like to see more pictures of the Self Workout in the Park event, friend me on Facebook and take a look at my album!








Huck Walton & the Walltones App & iPad Mini Giveaway!




I would definitely consider myself a creative type of person but when it comes down to it, music is definitely not my forte. I've always been envious of people who have musical talent and, in another life, I would love to be musically gifted myself, but in this life, I don't have a musical bone in my body!

Regardless, music is a wonderful part of life and I do my best to appreciate and support it as much as I can, so when contacted about an opportunity to help spread the new music releases of Huck Walton & The Walltones, I was quite excited.

Especially after I snuck a listen to their singles on iTunes and fell in love with their upbeat style!

Currently, Green Car Management, along with Sony/ATV, is releasing the band Huck Walton & The WallTones' debut iTunes singles. In celebration of this new release, a special online giveaway is being launched, featuring their new Band Web App. The grand prize is an iPad Mini! Second prize is the band's iTunes single pack and lifetime redemption code for 20% off all *official band products.






In order to enter to win the iPad grand prize, all you need to do is click the big red 'Sign Up' button on the app, enter your name, email, and the name of the blog you're entering from and you're in the running!

There are also extra entries you can receive to bring you one step closer to that iPad *winkwink

Plus, a winner from each blog will be selected as a second place winner to receive the band's iTunes single pack, as well as a lifetime redemption code for 20% off all *official band merchandise!

Whether or not you choose to enter this great contest, you can still click the 'Pay with a Tweet or Facebook' button below to download your Free live single from the band! Just click, download, and enjoy jammin' out!




If you're a fan of Huck Walton & The Walltones, make sure to spread the musical love around! Share their music and this fantastic giveaway opportunity and show your support for art and music lovers everywhere.

The app above has many share opportunities so don't be shy!







 
*"Official band products" excludes any purchases made outside the official store, currently residing at, but not limited to www.huckwalton.com.

Disclaimer: I will be provided Huck Walton & The Walltone's iTune's Single Pack in order to facilitate this post. All opinions expressed above are 100% mine and mine alone unless otherwise stated. Please do your own research before committing to purchase a product or service as your opinions may vary. This giveaway is open to US residents, 18 years or older and will run from Tuesday, September 17th, 2013 until Wednesday, September 25th, 2013. The winner will be chosen through Huck Walton & The Walltone's app and be contacted within 24 hours of the drawing. You'll then have 48 hours (2 days) to claim your prize and send me all applicable information-If I haven't heard from you within that time frame, I will be forced to choose another winner.
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