Showing posts with label contest. Show all posts
Showing posts with label contest. Show all posts

Monday, February 23, 2015

Find out how my #Travel Wanderlust could mean a trip to #Paris for YOU! #trafalgarinsider

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I have battled both Snowmageddon 2015 and the Flu this brutal winter here in the North East and the only thing they have both stirred up in me is my never-ending battle with Travel Wander Lust! I want to escape, and I want to escape BAD! Having worked in the airline industry in the past my passion for travel has never waned.

With my birthday coming up in April I really want to go big, but quite frankly I'm not sure I am up for the planning involved in an Epic adventure you know - that 'once-in-a-lifetime' trip that you never forget! (My first trip to Vegas was one of those Epic trips that's for sure! Thankfully what happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas!) The only thing I'm sure of at this point is that I want it to be an international trip, Europe, Asia or somewhere Down Under are my top choices right now.

While stuck at home with the flu I have done some preliminary research, and come across some real contenders both in terms of destination AND who should plan it - with the same attention to detail that I would if I did it myself.  One of the forerunners is a family owned company who is one of the innovators in "Insider Experiences' - allowing travelers to dine with locals in their homes and more! I have always been an 'off-the-beaten-path' type of traveler, and like me, the folks at Trafalgar share a passion for all things travel.

I need a personal travel director/concierge for this upcoming birthday trip and with Trafalgar they arrange for every detail - think luxury coach transportation, hand-picked four-star accommodations, all baggage, hotel and restaurant gratuties! Now that's what I'm talking about!

I personally was snowed in with the Flu on Valentine's Day, but my research for one thing (my upcoming birthday trip) led to another that I just couldn't keep to myself and just had to share! How does an eight-night romantic trip to France - you know THE CITY OF LOVE - sound to you?

The Eiffel Tower
Photo Credit: Mayors & Cities - The Worldwide Municipalities Magazine
Not yet sold? The Wonderful France Trip Includes:

Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ - Visiting famous landmarks including: Eiffel Tower, Champs-Elysees, Palace of Versailles

Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ - St. Tropez and Monaco - the playground of the rich and famous

Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ - Pristine Cote d'Azur Coastline

Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ - Trafalgar unique insider experiences including a Be My Guest dinner in Provence cooked in a wood-fired oven in a family run restaurant

Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ - Visit the world-renowned vineyards of Cote du Rhone and Burgundy Wine Regions

But HURRY! The contest runs until February 26th, that is also the deadline date for the Early Payment Discount allowing couples to save up to $1,200 on trips to Europe! Enter HERE for the contest, and if you can't wait to find out if you won and want to lock in that discount, call Trafalgar Travel Experts at 866-544-4434!


You know just how much brands that give back mean to me and I am happy to share that Trafalgar is a founder and active supporter of The TreadRight Foundation, a not-for-profit that works to ensure the environment and communities we visit remain vibrant and well preserved, TreadRight has donated $2.5 million to sustainable tourism projects worldwide!

If you are like me and like to 'lurk' a bit and get to know a brand before you commit, you can hang out with Trafalgar on Facebook and Twitter! And as a blogger I am literally bursting at the seams to share that if you fill out the form HERE and share your best photo taken during a Trafalgar Vacation, they will PAY YOU for it! And it is easy as one, two, three - (1) Enter your Details, (2) Upload your images and (3) Submit, note they will only accept hi-res images 710 x 710 pixels or larger!

Where is your next adventure? Where would you like Trafalgar to help you plan an epic adventure for? Did you enter the Wonderful France Competition Butterflies?

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Thursday, September 26, 2013

Win a VIP @SmoothJazzNY Angela Bofill Experience Concert Cruise with #dinner & drinks via @Ascending1 #Giveaway

#Sponsored: This giveaway has been sponsored by (see below for full disclosure):

I have been partnering with Smooth Jazz New York for a number of years now and it has become an annual tradition that I greatly look forward to! While it's fantastic in summer, it's the final sail that happens right after the beginning of Fall that is my favorite. It's always bitter sweet because I know the Boat Cruises are over for the season until next summer, but it also means a host of other fun events are on the way. 

I didn't get to take the final sail last year and most of you know why by now, so I am looking that much more forward to this year's final sail.

Angela Bofill
Angela Bofill

The Smooth Cruise season is coming to an end, and the last sail is: Smooth Cruise Encore: The Angela Bofill Experience!

Like me Angela is a Bronx Native and you may know her by her six albums that made the Top 40, (five of which made the Top 100 on the pop charts as well), her albums 'Angel of the Night' and 'Too Tough' made the top 10! With performances by Maysa and Kim Waters, this is going to be some sail folks!

Here is a picture of me and mama butterfly all smiles during our last sail this summer during the Spyro Gyra sail, if you missed my recap of that sail, you can check it out HERE:

Left: Tracy of Ascending Butterfly and Right: Mama Butterfly enjoying the smooth sounds of Spyro Gyra on the Smooth Jazz Cruise in New York City

My Take:

The Smooth Jazz Cruises are my favorite part of summer, and the final sail just gets me in the mood for Fall. Back in my recruiting days it was a favorite client gift. It is just a super relaxing evening with great music, food and people! I have met so many wonderful people throughout the years (I have actually been taking the sails well before my blogging days!)

Win It:

Our friends at Smooth Jazz New York want you to experience the same VIP experience I did! One lucky butterfly (and a guest) will win a pair of passes to the October 4th 2013, 9:30 Smooth Cruise Encore: The Angela Bofill Experience sail including dinner and drink tickets for two as well! This is a true New York Experience not to be missed! (Please do not enter if you cannot attend on 10/4 as this is a very fast turnaround and we won't have time to process a last minute cancellation)

Enter using the link to the Rafflecopter Widget below:

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FTC Disclosure: Smooth Jazz New York provided Ascending Butterfly with tickets to the upcoming Encore Sail for editorial consideration, all opinions are 100% my own, you may visit our full giveaway and disclosure page for complete policy information.

Thursday, August 22, 2013

Win a VIP Experience @SmoothJazzNY Cruise to see Phil Perry w/dinner and drinks via @Ascending1 #Giveaway

#Sponsored: This giveaway has been sponsored by (see below for full disclosure):

One thing that's never been much of a secret is that I'm a born and raised New York City Girl, and like anyone living in a City that is a major tourist hub, there are sites you get sick of because of you have to take family and friends visiting town to these same sites/restaurants and experiences pretty much Ad Nausem, and yes, some of them tend to grow old.

Others however have become annual traditions whether or not someone is in town. That's how fun the experience is, that it never grows old or tired, and you never get that 'been there, done that' feeling afterwards. For me being an official Media Partner for Smooth Jazz Smooth Cruises has been an annual tradition that I greatly look forward to. 

Late 2011 on the night before my sail I fell into the hospital which started an over one year drama that forced me to miss the sail in 2011 I was slated for, and I also missed the sails in 2012 which truly made me sad. The smooth jazz cruises are the best part of my summer memories each year. It gives me dedicated time to connect with family and friends in a totally relaxed environment. No TV, No Distractions, just dinner, drinks, hot jazz on a cool night on the water with an expansive of view New York City all around you. And eventually great dinner, great drinks and great music with close proximity to other tables means you can always meet a new friend and have a great conversation with your table mates or those at tables in close proximity to you. 

You can stay in the lower level and have front seats to the concert, or one level up on the buffet level where you can look through directly to the stage from your seat, and eat your meal in comfort enjoying the smooth jazz sounds around you. And you can always head outside for a bit and take in the view, the night air, a cocktail on deck, and the smooth jazz music that is piped outside so you can hear the music both inside and outside the ship.

The Smooth Cruises are winding down for the season, but that doesn't mean the fun is over my butterflies, it's actually FAR from it, there is a full schedule ahead of other fun activities, as well as a rewind sail in October that we will be sharing with you all very soon! 

The Smooth Cruise season is coming to an end, and the last sail is: the smooth sounds of Phil Perry!

I got to enjoy a 6:30 sunset Sail on the Spyro Gyra Cruise and I had a blast! This was the first time I took a Smooth Jazz sail and stayed indoors the whole time. I normally spend some time on the buffet floor, then grab a drink and listen to the smooth jazz live downstairs for a few, then head upstairs to an upper deck overlooking the expanse of the water and the beautiful view, with the sound of the music dancing in my head and I put my feet up and lean back and feel the breeze that is coming off the water brush my hair back, and I take a sip of my drink and literally feel the stress of the week literally slide right off my back. It's like a meditation for me with music. My mind just goes into a relaxed, zen-like state, and I always leave smiling.

Here are some photos from my Sail, The Spyro Gyra Sail:

Spyro Gyra takes the stage at the Smooth Jazz Cruise in New York City
Spyro Gyra takes the stage at the Smooth Jazz Cruise in New York City

Spyro Gyra takes the stage at the Smooth Jazz Cruise in New York City
Spyro Gyra takes the stage at the Smooth Jazz Cruise in New York City

Lee Pearson takes a drum solo at The Smooth Jazz Spyro Gyra Sail in New York City
Lee Pearson takes a drum solo at The Smooth Jazz Spyro Gyra Sail in New York City

Ascending Butterfly filming the action at The Spyro Gyra Smooth Jazz NYC Sail
Ascending Butterfly filming the action at The Spyro Gyra Smooth Jazz NYC Sail

Left: Tracy of Ascending Butterfly and Right: Mama Butterfly enjoying the smooth sounds of Spyro Gyra on the Smooth Jazz Cruise in New York City

Emcee of the evening was none other than @LennyGreen Host of the Syndicated Radio Show #TheQuietStorm
Emcee of the evening was none other than @LennyGreen Host of the Syndicated Radio Show #TheQuietStorm

Tracy of Ascending Butterfly at Pier 62 in Chelsea Piers, I'm wearing: Jacket: Wilsons Leather, Shirt: Covered Perfectly Shoes: Tika Sandals by Earthies

My Take:

The Smooth Jazz Cruises are my favorite part of summer, back in my recruiting days it was a favorite client gift. It is just a super relaxing evening with great music, food and people! Check out our Pinterest Page for additional photos that didn't make the post!

Win It:

Our friends at Smooth Jazz New York want you to experience the same VIP experience I did! One lucky butterfly will win a pair of passes to the 9:30 Phil Perry sail including dinner and drink tickets for two as well!

Enter using the link to the Rafflecopter Widget below:

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FTC Disclosure: Smooth Jazz New York provided Ascending Butterfly with tickets to the Spyro Gyra sail for editorial consideration, all opinions are 100% my own, you may visit our full giveaway and disclosure page for complete policy information.

Tuesday, July 2, 2013

@Ascending1 Monthly #Book Club - July #Giveaway: Enter to #win Pancho Land by @Raul_Ramos

No monetary compensation has been received to host this giveaway, full disclosure below:

Butterflies I apologize for the hiatus, but our book club is back just in time for summer, because this is the season where my best reading gets done! Whether it's in the airport lounge, on the plane or beach/pool side I always bring something along to read. And not to knock the 'e-reader' craze, but I still prefer real books. Hard Cover preferably, but even soft covers still have their appeal. Much like music, I still get excited by holding a new CD in my hand, despite having a portable MP3 Player and various services that I love including iTunes and Spotify. There is just something exciting about holding that book in my hand. Like some love their soaps and shows, that's how I feel about books, I can't wait to see where the author will transport me.

We are stoked to have the Monthly Book Club return with Pancho Land by Raul Ramos Y Sanchez!

The author's name should sound familiar to loyal Ascending Butterfly readers, this book is the third in a trilogy of books, and we reviewed the first book in the series (called America Libre) HERE.

I have to start by assuaging a fear I'm sure most of you share with me, starting with a third book in a popular trilogy, but you don't have to worry about that with this book, it does stand alone if you are starting with this book, but the author also weaves in the back story so well that readers of the entire trilogy won't get bored, but new readers get an understanding of the characters and their back stories.

I don't want to give away any spoilers, but I will say that after reading the end of the trilogy, you are going to be amazed at what happens with the characters. The trilogy centers around a family, a family that experiences incredible blows, incredible lows and incredible highs too. It really is the journey butterflies, not the final destination that matters.

Raul is a skilled writer and you can't help but find yourself invested in the family that is at the center of the books. I can totally see this trilogy becoming a movie! (and like every armchair reader I have strong casting ideas on the roles too!)

While you will see this in the rafflecopter widget below when you enter, I wanted to let readers know that if you "Like" the Class H Trilogy Page on Facebook you will be automatically entered each month in a drawing for a signed and dedicated copy of Pancho Land, America Libre or House Divided! Don't you love having not just one shot at winning but TWO shots at winning? I know I do! Not to mention you can get PDF quick peeks of a chapter in the books as well.

Get Social With It:

Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ - "Like" the Class H Trilogy Page on Facebook
Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ -  Follow  on Twitter

Remember you get extra credit in the giveaway for social follows so be sure to get your entries


One lucky Ascending Butterfly reader can win a copy as well (and based on availability of course) the author will try his best to provide either a physical copy or an electronic copy, winners choice!

Enter using the Rafflecopter Widget below:

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FTC Disclosure: This is NOT a compensated post, the sponsor is fulfilling to the giveaway winner. All opinions are 100% my own. Neither Ascending Butterfly or our giveaway sponsors will be held responsible for late, lost or mis-directed mail. See our Full Disclosure page for any questions or concerns.

Friday, June 14, 2013

Calling all 'fashionistas' and 'intentionistas', if you like your jewelry with Style AND Meaning, this #Giveaway is for YOU!

#SPONSORED: This Giveaway is Sponsored by: (see full disclosure statement below)

BuDhaGirl Logo
BuDhaGirl Logo

Ascending Butterfly began in 2009 with daily breathing affirmational meditations, for the first year we focused daily and exclusively on mind, body and soul wellness as a path to overall wellbeing. If our spirits are out of balance, invariably our bodies will be too.

I have had the pleasure of partnering with a wide variety of intention jewelry designers and sharing their amazing designs with you. I'm a fan of bold, statement jewelry, and when that jewelry is also intention based for me it's a super powerful combination that helps me feel more attuned to myself and the energy I'm putting forward.

I have had penpals my whole life, we all share a love of stationery and the fine art of putting our thoughts to paper. It is one of my penpals who introduced me to prayer boxes, a tradition she shared with her mother, that I was introduced to when she gifted me one for a birthday many years ago. Years later I discovered the power of using pyramids to make new moon wishes or new years goals and putting the paper inside of them. (I have a red pyramid I like to use to make New Years Goals for myself, on my birthday, NOT on New Years Eve and I also use it to add New Moon wishes throughout the year) it resides in my Meditation area.

After years of using my prayer box and my Pyramid, I hit on a stroke of brilliance, it's just so smart, I only wish I had invented this myself, a core cuff bracelet that allows you to carry intentions with you everyday in the form of super stylishly designed jewelry with a hidden secret inside!

Reminders on Display for the BuDhaGirl Core Cuff
Reminders on Display for the BuDhaGirl Core Cuff

About BuDhaGirl

BuDhaGirl is deeply rooted in the present while being elevated, informed and inspired by the past. Their products straddle the line between ornament and spiritual touchstones; they are enhancements for both body and soul. BuDhaGirl’s core foundation begins with fascinating objects and glamorous jewelry created to inspire awareness, knowledge and create brain health through purposeful interaction. They aim to re-introduce that wisdom into our lives in a simple yet powerful fashion. Their attitude and aesthetic is a unique combination of iconic and witty, traditional and edgy…and definitely, always chic.

BuDhaGirl Core Cuff Bracelet
“Clear your mind, breathe, and visualize intention(s) for the day. Think of it as a personal ritual.”

BuDhaGirl Core Cuff Bracelet

Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ - The BuDhaGirl Core Cuff is a jewelry piece with pedigree. Based on an extraordinary 1930's French creation, this modern version will hold your intention 'Reminders' in style!

Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ - Stainless Steel micron plated in 18kt gold that is finished and polished by hand

Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ - Resin Bars add a modernist Art Deco Style

Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ- Opening coffer lid reveals compartment to add your BuDhaGirl Reminder Daily (you can interchange with a large assortment of beautiful reminder inserts)

Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ - Weight: 3 oz

Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ - Includes: Golden Guanyin First Level Reminder

Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ - Packaged in a gorgeous acrylic Temple Display Box

How it works:

I included the YouTube Video on the Cuff because I thought it would be helpful for you to see it in action, it's a super fast, super simple way to align yourself to your intentions and be more vibrationally aligned to your purpose!

How I styled it: Jewelry: I am wearing the BuDhaGirl Core Cuff Bracelet in the color 'Jade', Handbag: Elliott Lucca Blue Cordoba Flap Front Shoulder Bag (in 'Teal' Exotic),  Jeans: Coldwater Creek Denim Bootcut Trouser Jeans

My Take:

I am living in this bracelet, I've used it daily to add pizazz to more casual outfits as well as with dressier outfits, and it has turned heads each and every single time I've worn it, I am absolutely obsessed with my BuDhaGirl Core Cuff Bracelet and with BuDhaGirl and I want to get ALL the extra intention reminders for my bracelet now! I have my eye on the 'Healing Buddha' reminder next!

The artwork on the reminders that go inside the cuff are simply beautiful, and also if you use a very thin paper you can also write your own intention and add it to it, I love that the reminders also have Mantras that you can say as you slip them inside the cuff out loud and then do it again silently during the day anytime you want.

I couldn't imagine a more perfect collaboration, Ascending Butterfly and BuDhaGirl are definitely a match made in intentional living and spirituality heaven!

BuDhaGirl Core Cuff Bracelet
BuDhaGirl Core Cuff Bracelet

Win It:

You know I'm always looking out for my butterflies, and I am super happy that our friends at BuDhaGirl have offered to sponsor a BuDhaGirl Core Cuff Bracelet Giveaway for one super lucky butterfly!

Just use the rafflecopter widget below to get in your entries, as always, the first entry is easy peasy, so just be sure to do the main/mandatory entry FIRST and then do as many of the others as you'd like for 'extra credit' :-)

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Get Social With it

Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ - Follow @BuDhaGirl via twitter

Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ - 'Like' BuDhaGirl on Facebook
Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ - You can also become 'pin' friends with BuDhaGirl on Pinterest too!

(And don't forget to tell them you saw them featured on Ascending Butterfly! And doing so gives you extra entries in the giveaway too!)

So Butterfly what intentions would you use this bracelet to help you align to?

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Thursday, November 15, 2012

Purex with Oxi and Zout Stain Remover! I can't give you Laundry Service, but I can give you a Free Product Coupon {#Giveaway}

Purex plus Oxi with Zout Stain Remover

We are a week away from Thanksgiving, and you know what that means? Getting the house ready for in-laws, clearing out some drawers and closet space for houseguests. Let's not forget swapping out the stuff in the closet and taking down the sweaters and extra blankets. All this leaves you a flurry of extra wash to do. And as much I'd love to provide you all with a Merry Maid as a holiday gift, I haven't quite hit the Powerball yet.....

But since I know you are all on Santa's 'Nice' list, I can share that I have hit on a detergent that takes the extra prep work out of heavy duty laundry loads and tough stains!


Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ - Purex® plus Oxi is so powerful, it works against over 101 different stains!

Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ - The three stain-fighting enzymes in Purex plus Oxi each work against different types of stains for the most Purex stain-fighting power you can get.

Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ - For ALL Machines, works with both Front and Top Load Washing Machines! (I have a very old Top Loader that is on it's last legs, so it's super helpful to have a powerful detergent because with my machine I now have to use more detergent than I normally would to get the results I like).

Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ - Sensitive Skin? Purex Plus Oxi is hypoallergenic!

My Take:

I love that this can be used as a pre-treater as well, it saves you from buying extra product, and it works for all machine types! I really do think there is something behind the extra bubble power of the Oxi that helps to fight tough stains. You are getting triple the stain fighting power for a much more reasonable price point than the 'leading brands'. The one amazing thing that has come out of blogging for me is that it has made me way more flexible and open to try new things. I have to admit that shopping for some things at times can become a bit rote and routine and I end up doing it on 'Auto-Pilot' and tend to stick to the same old same old, but now that I've tried this one, I would continue to rebuy it, I look forward to this particular Triple Action being offered in a wider variety of scents, it's currently only available in 'Fresh Morning Burst'. I have a tendency to get 'un-scented' Laundry Detergents so I can leave the final scent to the Fabric Softener, so I hope they offer this one in an un-scented soon. I do like the scent, but like having the option! :)

Win it:

I can offer 2 lucky butterflies a Free Product Coupon so you can try out Purex plus Oxi with Zout Stain Removers for yourself! And maybe we can something about the Laundry Service after all, Purex is hosting a $1,000 sweepstakes on their website! You can enter their contest daily to win $1,000 cash or 1 of 250 gift cards! That can certainly buy you some Laundry Service and then some! Who Loves YOU Butterfly?

Enter using the Rafflecopter Form Below!

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FTC Disclosure: I am a Member of the Purex Insiders Program. Purex has provided me with a product sample for editorial consideration, however all opinions expressed herein are 100% my own. The sponsor is fulfilling directly to prize winner(s), this in no way influenced my opinion of the product. Once a winner is selected and their information has been forwarded to the sponsor, the responsibility of prize fulfillment rests with the sponsor. Ascending Butterfly and our giveaway sponsors are not responsible for lost or mis-directed mail.

Thursday, September 13, 2012

I've Joined The Big Reboot and YOU can too! Just by voting, you can win a Tosiba Portege Ultrabook!

My medical scare this year has been making me crave change, not just any change however, something focused, impactful and meaningful. With career being first and foremost on my mind. I've been providing Life Coaching for about 10 years now, it started as purely Career Coaching as an off-shoot of my work when I worked for a high volume staffing agency. And has transformed to Life Coaching throughout the years. When people read my blog business card which does not even mention my Life Coaching, they immediately associate the name to a Life Coach.

I'd like to integrate my offline and online worlds and I feel The Big Reboot will help me do it, I am hoping this Technology Makeover will help make both my worlds a bit more efficient, which would make me a much better coach!

So if you want to vote for my entry and learn more about how you can enter too, please click HERE! <- Did I forget to mention that just by voting, you get an entry to win a super hot Toshiba Portege Ultrabook. (But I'm sure you would have voted for me without the extra incentive, right?) ;-)

Forgot to mention, this is a DAILY VOTE, and I need 50 votes to even qualify for the grand prize, which I must do before 09/23!

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FTC Disclosure: This is NOT a sponsored post. I was not required to post about my contest entry and all opinions are 100% my own. I do feel this Technology Makeover would be amazing for my brand!

Sunday, April 15, 2012

RSVP for the Helping Hands #HHMilkBank Twitter Party 04/24! Over $350 in Prizes!

As you all already know I am considered 'The Official #TwitterPartyDJ' because I like to spin virtual tunes during twitter parties. I have also hosted quite a few twitter parties and greatly enjoy them whether I am hosting or attending, I find them fun, fast-paced and informative!

And this time around the party is for a brand doing BIG things for the littlest of our society, preemies! Babies that spend that their first waking hours in the neonatal intensive care unit. During this party we are going to learn how a simple donation will not only help to save babies lives in the intensive care unit, but how that same donation can also help support Susan G. Komen for the Cure! One simple, generous gift from you can save literally thousands of lives worldwide. This will also be a bi-lingual party conducted in English and Spanish!

Helping Hands Milk Bank is operated by Prolacta Bioscience, they collect excess breast milk to help save the lives of babies who are in the neonatal intensive care unit. Excess breast milk is used to make nutritional products from 100% human milk which has a significant impact on the lives of the infants and their families. They also make the donation work harder, for every ounce of donated qualified breast milk collected by Helping Hands Milk Bank $1 will be contributed to Susan G. Komen for the Cure in support of Breast Cancer Research.

Preemie who needed fortified human milk from Helping Hands Milk Bank

Here is the party 411:

Who: Helping Hands - Make sure to follow the sponsor on twitter @hhmilkbank and of course our party hosts: @Tracy_Iglesias (if I get sent to twitter jail, I'll then be tweeting from @Ascending1 so you may just want to go ahead and follow that account too), Co-hosts include: @JessieNuez from Hecho Para Mama -

What: Twitter Party! - Follow along with the #HHMilkBank Hashtag

When: April 24, 2012 at 9pm EST/6PM PST - 2 hour party!

Where: You can follow along using the #HHMilkBank Hashtag or you can use a grid. Here is a link to the custom tweetgrid already created for this party, (you only need to be sure to change the username on the very right hand column to your own so you can see any tweets made directly to you!)

Baby Drinking Prolacta Fortified Human Milk

And of course, what's a party without presents?


Door Prize: Follow the RSVP instructions in the rafflecopter widget below for a shot at the $50 Amazon Gift Card and Prize pack just for RSVPing for the party! The party is come as you are, but only the folks who RSVP have a shot at the door prize (as long you actively participate during the twitter party!)

Party Prizes: There will be 8 $25 Amazon Gift Card and Prize Packs awarded during the party every 15 minutes!

Grand Prize: One luck party goer will win our Party Grand prize a $100 Amazon Gift Card along with a Helping Hands Prize Pack!

That's over $350 in prizes, so be sure to tell a friend. Tweet it out. Share it on Facebook!

RSVP using the rafflecopter widget below: (You only need to RSVP once, there will however be sign up widgets on each hosts blog!)

Baby Isabella, an underweight newborn who benefitted from Prolacta Fortified Human Milk

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FTC Disclosure: While this post is not sponsored, the twitter party is sponsored. I will receive additional incentives for hosting this party. For full details on Ascending Butterfly disclosure policies:

Monday, March 12, 2012

Think you've got the moves? Ideology by Macys DOUBLE Giveaway! (ARV $100) Ends 03/19 - 1 winner!

Macys Ideology It's Your Move Dance Video Contest!

Back in December of 2011 I had the chance to attend the launch of Ideology, a premiere fitness line being sold at Macy's. I had a really great time learning all about Ideology and if you missed my original post with my impressions about the line and photos from the event, click HERE. What impressed me then before having the opportunity to actually try any of the pieces, is exactly what impresses me about them now after having had the opportunity to actually try them out, they are really cut with a woman's curves in mind. As many a trip to the gym will tell you, not all workout gear is flattering, not all workout gear actually flatters your figure. Macy's Ideology line of fitness gear actually works with a woman's natural curves and are figure flattering as well comfortable. The pattern on the racerback tanks actually makes your waist appear 'cinched in' a good way. Ladies, you can now work up a sweat, and still look totally hot doing so!

Cheryl Burke, professional dancer and two time Dancing With The Stars Champion is the spokeswoman and face of the brand. Cheryl gets what it takes to make fitness clothes functional, they need to move with you, be comfortable, 'breathable', yet still trendy and fashionable. Ideology has that all on lock!

Now I'm sure you are wondering why this is a DOUBLE giveaway post right? If you have moves, and are not afraid to bring it, then Macy's has got something special for you! I'm sure my Butterfly Fashionistas are already 'liking' Macy's on Facebook, but if you are aren't, this sure may be incentive enough for you to do so. You know those wonderful fitness goals you've been working on since New Years? They just might be about to pay off. Macy's is hosting an 'It's Your Move Dance Contest' on Facebook. Cheryl Burke will determine the grand prize winner, but 5 Fan Favorites will also have a chance to win great prizes.

How it works:

1) Visit HERE on Facebook, then select a music track - You will be provided with 5 choices. Listen to each track and then decide which one you will use, download that track (no worries, it's a FREE download).

2) Here is the fun part: Choreograph and record yourself dancing to the track you selected in step 1. (It can be an individual dance or with a partner, please be sure to tell your partner you are entering a video contest!)

3) Upload your video + Fill out form and hit UPLOAD and you are good to go! But HURRY Butterflies your videos have to be uploaded by March 15th.

Grand Prize:

A VIP trip to Los Angeles including round trip airfare and accomodations for 2, where you will be Cheryl Burke's special guests at a taping of a TV show and enjoy a $1,000 ideology shopping spree!

5 Fan Favorites:

From March 16-29th, you will have a chance to vote on the videos - the top 5 videos will be awarded a $250 Ideology Shopping Spree.

Macy's Ideology Racerback Sleeveless Tank

I had the chance to try out the Sleeveless Striped Racerback Tank and the Ideology Pants Bootcut Leg Pull On, and find them super figure flattering and they make my work outs more fun and fashionable!

Macys Ideology Fitness Pants in three different lengths

Not a dancer? Not big on being on video? No worries, you don't leave here empty handed! I always take care of my butterflies! Macy's has a little something something for YOU too!

One lucky butterfly will have the option of selecting ONE tank and ONE bottom from the Ideology collection and a Yoga Mat (size and color based on in stock availability)! Check out the rafflecopter widget below to get in your entries!