Thursday, June 30, 2011

Freedom Giveaway! July 1st-July 7th! It's a book hop!

I am so excited to be participating in the Freedom Giveaway Hop hosted by I am a Reader not a Writer & Simply Stacie! This is a book giveaway hop! So it's time to win free books!

As my 2 year old says "Ready-Steady-Go!!" 

Brag All About It! is happy to be offering 1 of its readers a chance of winning these 2 books!

Skinny B*tch-
 by Rory Freedman & Kim Barnouin -A no nonsense, tough-love guide for savvy girls who want to stop eating crap and start looking fabulous!
Skinny B*tch In the Kitch

- also by Rory Freedman & Kim Barnouin- Kick-Ass Recipes for Hungry Girls Who Want to Stop Cooking Crap (and Start Looking Hot!)

Now that you are on the edge of your seat with excitement here's all you have to do to enter!

1. Mandatory Entry-Follow me on Google Friend Connect (GFC) (1 Entry)

Extra Entries: (right click on link to open in a new window)
2. Follow me on Twitter (2 entries)
3. Follow me on Facebook (3 entries)
4. Vote for me "on the fence" (3 entries)
5. Follow me on email (3 entries)

This giveaway will be open until Thursday, 7/7 11:59pm pst

Must be 18+ to enter.  1 winner will be randomly selected via and emailed.  The winner has 48 hours to respond or a new winner will be selected. Open to US & Canada!

That's all folks! Good luck & Happy Freedom Giveaway hoppin'!


Tips to make your own fantastic giveaway banners!

I always envy when I come across a  blog that looks so crisp and clean!
How did they do that graphic?  How did they make their giveaway look so cool??
Surely, I won't have to pay someone to do it!?  Do I?!  Great news, the answer is NO!

Yesterday, Michelle over at Family Approve wrote this fantastic blog post on "how to make your own banner displays for your giveaways!"  I immediately clicked on it and read it and absorbed it all in!
It will require you to download picasa which is free, yeah!  We love FREE!

You can download it for free here:

To follow Michelle's step by step instructions on making your own banner with picasa click here

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

flipflop wines review

What can turn that frown upside down when you hear your doorbell at 7:15am?
Opening up the door to  receive 3 bottles of flipflop wines from the Fed Ex man!!!

After signing on the dotted line, I couldn't wait.  I opened the box and placed the bottles on the kitchen counter. 
to each, their own: seven individualistic wines
I was sent 2 white wines, a Riesling and Pinot Grigio and 1 red wine: Pinot Noir.
It may only have been 7:15am  but I was so excited thinking  "It's 5 o"clock somewhere, right?!  I can't wait to have a glass tonight!

These wonderful wines are brought to you by David Georges, Vitner, flipflop wines."These are just good wines that complement the everyday casual lifestyle.  My goal was to stay true to the varietal character, to be expressive and to be well-balanced, and be affordable for people of all economic levels". 
I feel he stayed true to his goal with a price of $7.00 a bottle.  But my personal favorite perk about flipflop wines?  The screw top! I LOVE IT! 
That night my husband and I twisted open the Riesling, if you enjoy a sweet wine, this is the wine for you!  The first word out of my husbands mouth after his first sip was "delicious!".  I must agree it was very good.

A few days later on Saturday  night we enjoyed the Pinot Noir and we ate it with some home made chocolate chip cookies as it suggests it goes well with.  It was the perfect little night cap to enjoy together after our 2 year old had finally gone to sleep!

The last bottle left was the Pinot Grigio.  This was outstanding and quite refreshing!  Again, following their suggestion we enjoyed it with a lovely bruschetta pasta dish!  Success!

Did you  know an important part of  flipflop wines is its partnership with Soles4Souls?
Did you know more than 300 million children in the world are without shoes?  I didn't, so knowing a pair of shoes is being donated because I purchased a bottle of flipflop wine is a great feeling!
In 2011, flipflop wines and Underdog Wine Merchants are partnering with Soles4Soles to help them achieve their goal of 11 million pairs of shoes in 2011!  Let's help them achieve their goal!

Soles 4 Souls
Don't be sad my review is over, keep up with flipflop wines current events by following them below:

Twitter here
Like flipflop wines on Facebook here
and buy it here.  You must be 21 years of age to enter.

Please drink responsibly.

*I received 3 bottles of flipflop wines to review.  I was not given any monetary funds for my review.  This review is 100% mine and reflects my honest opinions*

Monday, June 27, 2011

And the winners of my Blog Bash 2011 giveaway are...

Wow, what a success Blog Bash 2011 was!  I was so excited to have been able to participate in such a fabulous event!

I won't keep you in suspense any longer!  Winners were picked on

The awesome winner of prize package #1 is:

The fabulous winner of prize package #2 is:
Jen M of My Secret Home

The amazing winner of prize package #3 is:
Angel Jacklyn of Hypnotic Blend

Congrats to our winners and thank you to all who entered!

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Blog Bash 2011 Giveaway is here! Purses Galore! Enter Now!

Hello everyone,
Well, it's finally here, BLOG BASH 2011!

 121 bloggers, myself included, are all hosting giveaways that total $100.00 or MORE!  If there is more than one giveaway it will also be $100.00!  That's right, every giveaway you enter will be at least $100.00 or more.  HOW AWESOME IS THAT!!

Well, you saw a few sneak peeks the last two weeks and here are my giveaway packages.
There are 3 and there will be 3 individual winners!  The lucky winners will have all the bags & totes they need for the summer!!

Here is giveaway #1

Giveaway # 1 includes 1 Guess Tote Bag $78.00, 1 Tommy Hilfiger purse $55.00 & 1 Coach scarf $38.00
Total $171.00  You will receive the 3 items in this picture.

Giveaway #2

Giveaway # 2 includes 1 Tommy Hilfiger Tote Bag $78.00, 1 Tommy Hilfiger purse $59.00 & 1 Men's leather Tommy Hilfiger wallet $38.00  Total Value $165.00
You will receive the 3 items in this picture.

Giveaway #3

Giveaway # 3 includes 1 Tommy Hilfiger Tote Bag $78.00, 1 Tommy Hilfiger purse $59.00 & 1 Men's leather Tommy Hilfiger wallet $38.00  Total Value $165.00
You will receive the 3 items in this picture.

Ok, now that you're so excited about the opportunity to win these beauties you're asking "what do I have to do?"
It's easy!

Mandatory: follow me on google friend connect. 

Extra entries:

1. Like me on ">Facebook (2 entries)
2. Follow me on Twitter (2 entries)
3. Tweet this tweet (2 entries) Win a Guess purse, a Coach scarf or a Tommy Hilfiger bag or more !-3 Winners @bragallaboutit #giveaways #blogbash2011
4. Follow me by email (3 entries)

5. Vote for me "on the fence" see button on right (3 entries)

This giveaway will be open until Sunday, 6/26 11:59pm pst

 Must be 18+ to enter.  3 winners will be randomly selected via and emailed.  Each winner has 48 hours to respond or a new winner will be selected.  Open to US & Canada!

That's all folks!  Good luck & Happy Blog Bash 2011 hoppin'!

There's 120 other blogs to check out!  Keep on hoppin'

I am not affiliated with Guess, Tommy Hilfiger or Coach.  I just love their products and I also sell on eBay!
Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Dooney & Bourke Giveaway Ends today! Blog Bash 2011 starts tomorrow!

Welcome to all my new followers!  300+ wow, feeling the L.O.V.E.!

Today is an exciting day!  It's the last day to enter to win this Dooney & Bourke wristlet!
Click here to enter!  Winner announced/emailed tomorrow!

Don't forget to stop back 6/22-6/26 for BLOG BASH!  My giveaway goes up tonight at midnight!  150 bloggers with giveaways of $100 or more each!!! 

Monday, June 20, 2011

2 Days until Blog Bash 2011!

Drum roll please..... the final sneak peek!

That's right folks, that's an authentic Coach scarf!  One lucky winner of my giveaways will being looking awfully sassy this summer wearing that!!

I am so excited for the post to go live on June 22nd at MIDNIGHT!  Mark your calendars and make sure you come by and enter!!

In the meantime, don't forget to enter my Dooney & Bourke giveaway ending Tuesday, June 21st!  Click here to enter!
Friday, June 17, 2011

5 More Days Until Blog Bash 2011

Have you enjoyed my sneak peeks for the Blog Bash?  Well, don't be sad, here is another one!

This leaves nothing to "GUESS" about!  How cute is this!  Come back and enter June 22nd - June 26th and it may be yours!!!

Also, the giveaway for the Dooney & Bourke Wristlet ends June 21st!  If you haven't entered, hurry!
One lucky winner will be drawn on Wed. 6/22.
Thursday, June 16, 2011

Hello from Southern CA!


We have been having a wonderful trip visiting family and hanging out with friends!
We are staying at the in-laws house while they're in Peru visiting for a few months.
Before we arrived we had no idea the  tv cable was shut off while they are gone and they do not have internet access!  I though that's ok I will  use the internet at my sister in laws.  Guess what!? Their internet is down too! Can you say withdrawals!  Thank goodness for an aircard!!!

I'd like to give a big SHOUT OUT  to all my new followers!  I have some great reviews and giveaways lining up and a super cute blog makeover in the works that I cannot wait to share with you all!

Don't forget, Blog Bash is coming up quickly!!! Be sure to check out the 150 bloggers who are participating in the giveaway, myself included!  If you love purses, you must come back by my blog June 22nd -June26th and enter!!!

Before I head out to enjoy the beautiful sunshine don't miss out on a chance to win a super cute Dooney & Bourke I am giving away! Click here to enter!
Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Winner! Winner! $25 BabyGap goes to...

I am so excited to announce the winner of my 1st giveaway ever! 
The $25.00 BabyGap giftcard goes to... ASHLEY T!!
Ashley, you have 48hrs to claim your prize!!  i will email you now!

Thank you to everyone for entering!
Don't miss out on a chance to win a Dooney & Bourke wristlet, enter my giveaway now!
Monday, June 13, 2011

Tick Tock, Blog Bash is a comin' soon...

June 22- June 26th... here's another sneak peek at my giveaway!


If you haven't entered my $25 Giftcard to BabyGap hurry and enter!  It ends tomorrow !  Winner announced on Wednesday!

Also, check out the awesome Dooney & Bourke Giveaway ends 6/21
Sunday, June 12, 2011

Holy Moly -Win a two ring adventure swing set $1,799.00 !

Calling all mom's and dad's!!!!

Hurry over to One Bored Mommy and enter to win a Two Ring Adventure Swing Set Retail $1,799.00!!

You're house will be the best kid house in the neighborhood!

Imagine the squeals of delight from the kids when they see this awesome set in their very own backyard!!!

Delivery is free anywhere in the US except Alaska & Hawaii and installation is not included!

Giveaway ends on  6/22  and open to US residence only!

I know I entered!  Good Luck!
Saturday, June 11, 2011

Blog Bash 2011 is getting closer!!!

Here is a sneak peek into my giveaway!  Be sure and come back June 22-June 26 to enter!

Super cute huh! note there is a plastic covering over the logo on the front, it is not scratched

Please check out my other two giveaways currently going on.
Friday, June 10, 2011


Happy Friday Everyone!

We're heading down to Southern CA for the next week! Looking forward to seeing family and having some fun!  Hope the sunshine is there because it sure hasn't been making an appearance here!  Oh, and we're staying at the in-law's and they don't have Internetconnection! Sigh.  But, I will be able to log on each day!

Never fear, I will bring the $25 GiftCard to BabyGap with me to mail out to the winner when it ends on 6/14. Enter here if you haven't already for this great giftcard.

Enter here if you want to win a Dooney & Bourke wristlet ending 6/21.

Be sure to come by June 22-June 26 for blog bash!  I will have a great giveaway with 3 winners! THREE!!

One last thing, it seems my GFC is not showing on my blog (at least not for me)  I also cannot see anyone else GFC on their blogs.  It seems to be a problem for some blogs from what I've been seeing out there.  As soon as it's fixed (gosh, soon I hope) I will be sure and follow you back!

Have a Fantastic Friday!
Thursday, June 9, 2011

Question please :)

I am trying to make my blog and entering the giveaway as user friendly as possible.

I never put the captcha code/word verification because that can make it quite time consuming.

I did, however, realize that when you click on  follow me on twitter or facebook in my giveaways it leaves my page and is not opening into a new window.  I found the HTML code to do that and I can't seem get it to work.
If I'm trying to get it to go to the the homepage of a site it I can do it fine but where do I insert  "target="_blank" to get those to open new windows on my FB & Twitter pages?

If someone could show me an example I would be grateful!

I really appreciate the help :)  I'm trying my best to be user friendly!

Happy Thursday Everyone!

Mom's Most Wanted is hosting a Piggy Paint Review & Giveaway

Mom's Most Wanted posted a great review for ">Piggy Paint.

Hey mom's, check this out!
A nail polish that doesn't stink!
A nail polish remover that doesn't stink!
No toxic chemicals!!??

WOW, I don't have a little girl but I know many friends who do and I am sure going to pass this on to them!
I know a special little girl who is turning 4 soon and I'm thinking the glow in the dark polish would sure be a hit!
Don't worry mom's, they have mom colors too! (even though you know you want the glow in the dark too :)

They're offering a 10% discount , use the coupon code momsmostwanted10

Good luck!
Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Such a worthy cause. Would you kindly re-post and spread the word? Paws 4 Thor

Yesterday I came across the blog Paws 4 Thor.  Being a huge dog lover I just had to click on the blog.

What I saw was the most heart warming blog written by a mom named Erin.  She is writing for her beautiful son Thor who is 2 years old and has autism.  She is trying to raise enough money so Thor may have an autism service dog.

An autism service dog is trained to be tethered to a child, alert the parent when a child wanders out of the yard and  most importantly trained to track the child if they do go missing.

A service dog is not cheap, she is trying to raise $13,000.00 and according to her Facebook page she is now at 20%.

If you are in a position to make a donation please click here.
If you are unable to do so but would love to show your support, please stop by and visit Paws 4 Thor and follow them on Facebook and Twitter.  Even better would you Facebook and Tweet their cause?  The more people who hear the sooner Thor can get his angel!
Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Dooney & Bourke Wristlet Giveaway! Perfect for Summer!

Hello everyone!
I want to welcome all my new awesome followers and tell you I am so glad you are here!
So today, my 2 year old son (he turned 2 on May 14th) told me "I love you mama" for the very first time!!
Wow, he's my first and it was music to my ears!!  To celebrate I thought I'd  host
another giveaway!  I think it's pretty awesome, I hope you do to!

Think of this as a sneak peek to my Giveaway(s) for Blog Bash 2011 on 6/22-6/26!

It looks like there are still a few slots open if you would like to participate!  There are 150 blogs and each one is hosting at least one giveaway worth $100.00 each!!  Click here for more information!

OK, are you sitting on the edge of your seat!  Here it is, my 2nd giveaway!!!
A super cute Dooney & Bourke wristlet.  I LOVE D & B, omg, I have one of these and
I carry around all the time. It has a flap over snap closure. It holds my cell phone, camera, lip gloss, credit cards & license and money!
It's perfect! Length= 6.5" (16cm) x height 4" (10cm)x width 1.5"(4cm) 

It's super easy to enter my giveaway!

Mandatory- Follow me on Google Friend Connect.  Be sure and leave your email in your comment so I can contact you if you win. (1 entry)

Additional ways to increase your chances of winning:

1. Follow me on Twitter (2 entry)
2. Like me on ">Facebook (2 entry)
3. Subscribe to my email list (2 entries)
4. Tweet about this giveaway: #Win a Dooney & Bourke Wristlet
  @bragallaboutit #giveaways
   and include your tweet link in the comment. (2 entries)
5. Blog about this giveaway and link to it (5 entries)

This giveaway will be open until 6/21 11:59pm pst

 Must be 18+ to enter.  Winner will be randomly selected via and emailed.  Winner has 48 hours to respond or a new winner will be selected.  Open to US & Canada!

**I am not affiliated with Dooney & Bourke in anyway.  This giveaway is hosted by me.
Sunday, June 5, 2011

I'm participating in Blog Bash 2011 June 22nd-June 26th!!

I am so excited! I am going to be a part of Blog Bash 2011!  It will run from Wednesday, June 22nd until Sunday, June 26th!  150 FANTASTIC bloggers will be taking part in hosting giveaways on their blog.

Each giveaway being a minimum value of $100!  How exciting is that!!!???
Michelle of Family Approve is hosting the Bash!  She still has a few slots open if you're interested in being a part of this amazing event!

Click here if you're interested in joining!

Be sure to check it out!!
Stay Tuned!
Friday, June 3, 2011

Fab Five Friday Finds! Giveaway finds!

I've been so excited going around and finding Great Giveaways that I just had to share a few with you!

1st off~ I entered this giveaway at Audrey's Giveaways.  A super cute tote from M & N's Custom Monogrammed Gifts. I love bags so I thought I'd pass this Giveaway on! Ends 6/18

2nd~ Ok, holy-moly of all giveaways?  Quite possibly so!  Just Married with Coupons  &
Sweet Tight teamed together for this mega of a giveaway!  One winner will win prizes totaling $3,184.00!
Be sure to head on over to enter! Ends 6/14

3rd~Oh, you have to stop on over at Just The Two of us & Deals and enter this adorable giveaway for PetCakes!  Cute plush pet for ages 3+  Ends 6/15

4th~Wanna smell oh so chic?  Hop on over to Babblings of a mommy and enter her Victoria Secrets giveaway for a bottle of Bombshell Summer fragrance! Ends 6/6

5~ I love Etsy!!  Here's a great giveaway over at Mom-A-logues.  She's giving away a $25 GC to Charmed Figs Etsy store.  Oh My Word the clothes are adorable! Ends 6/9

** I am not affiliated with any of these blogs or giveaways.  These are just 5 Fabulous Friday Finds that I entered that I'm passing along!
Wednesday, June 1, 2011

My 1st Giveaway ~ Win a $25.00 babyGap GiftCard

I am bouncing with excitement to announce my first giveaway!!  Drum roll please....

A $25.00 GiftCard to babyGap!! 

I chose babyGap because ever since I received some babyGap outfits at my baby shower I was hooked!  The clothes are absolutely adorable and stand the test of time. With all the options listed below I'm sure you can find something for the little one in your life!

GiftCard is good at Gap, GapKids, babyGap, GapBody, Gap Outlet and

It's super easy to enter my giveaway!

Mandatory- Follow me on Google Friend Connect.  Be sure and leave your email in your comment so I can contact you if you win.

Additional ways to increase your chances of winning:

1. Follow me on Twitter (1 entry)
2. Like me on ">Facebook (1 entry)
3. Subscribe to my email list (2 entries)
4. Tweet about this giveaway: #Win a $25 babyGap gift card from @Brag All About It  -Reviews &    Giveaways  and include your tweet link in the comment. (2 entries)
5. Blog about this giveaway and link to it (5 entries)

This giveaway will be open until 6/14 11:59pm pst

 Must be 18+ to enter.  Winner will be randomly selected via and emailed.  Winner has 48 hours to respond or a new winner will be selected.  Open to US & Canada

**I am not affiliated with Gap in anyway.  This giveaway is hosted by me.

Hello! Introduction ~ 1st post! Review & Giveaways!


I’m so excited to be writing my first post on my Review and Giveaway blog!!!
I am so happy to be here with you all and hope it’s the beginning of what will be a wonderful relationship!

I’m currently in the process of a blog make over and I’m so excited about that!
I’m also currently working on lining up some reviews and great giveaways!
I will host the first one or two as a way to say thank you for your support!

Until then please follow me on Google Friend Connect, Twitter and Facebook so you can see when we start reviewing and hosting our 1st giveaway & more! 

If you’re interested in having me review your product send me an email at
bragallaboutit (at) gmail (dot) com

Thank you!


UPDATE 8/2 if you are trying to follow via GFC it is down today for the time being as my blog is currently being moved over to wordpress. I apologize for any inconvienence. As soon as it's moved it will be updated!
my new URL will be

I am in the process of changing my blog name over from Brag All About It to My SoCal Life. Just to make it complete I am also moving from Blogger to Wordpress!!
My family will be relocating from N. CA to S. CA the weekend of 8/5. There may be a short delay in my responses during that time! If you wouldn't mind liking my new FB in the box to the right I would really appreciate it. Thank you for your understanding while I get everything settled :)


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