Category Archives: Giveaways

Need I say more? Contests for you to enter to win stuff and give aways of free stuff. Fun-fun-fun!!

A Restonic Mattress and the Importance of Sleep

Disclosure: I have partnered with Life of Dad   and Restonic Mattress for this promotion. As always, full editorial control stays with me. 

Just over seven years ago my life changed forever when I became the father of twin daughters. Before my kids were born I would go to bed at some point in the evening, usually about 10pm, and sleep through the night until I woke up to an alarm clock, usually around 6am.

After my kids were born that part of my life ended. I have not used an alarm clock since their birth. In fact for the first two years of their lives I rarely slept for more than an hour at any one time.

The fact that our kids were born significantly prematurely made my wife and I hyper-concerned about their well-being. Yes, we instilled in them poor sleeping habits and we continue to live with the consequences of our choices to this day.

Restonic Beds
The King of Rest

As a result of my inability to sleep at night, I learned strategies to get sleep where and when I needed it. For example, staff meetings were great places to catch a few winks. That was until my colleagues got tired of me snorting and snoring while they discussed important issues like where the microwave oven should be placed in the staff kitchen.

Restonic Beds
The King of Rest at Work

They elected me chair of the meetings – while I was sound asleep! No more sleeping at staff meetings. Coincidentally, at the next meeting which I chaired, we managed to decide where to place the microwave oven!

Restonic Beds
The King of Rest

Another place that I found to sleep was in my car. While driving home I would often pull into a parking spot and catch a few minutes of sleep. When I got home my wife would ask where I had been and why I was so late getting home; I would blame my late arrival on heavy traffic.

Restonic Beds
The King of Rest

My ability to sleep in bizarre places went from being hilarious to my friends, to being downright annoying to them. Who wants to invite someone to a sporting event when you know they will simply fall asleep and probably drool on your shoulder?

Being someone who needed some serious help with my sleep habits, how could I refuse when Restonic asked me to partner with them on a blog post about sleep? I couldn’t!

The reality is that I am not at my best when I do not get quality sleep in the night. Sleeping during meetings or on my way home was not meeting my sleep needs. So I started reading from the Restonic Sleep Blog to learn more about sleep and sleep habits.

Some of the key points I read hit close to home  

  • We can’t be nice to our kids or partners if we don’t get enough sleep. 
  • We can’t be good at our jobs if we don’t get enough sleep.
  • And we don’t have the energy to exercise, play with the kids, or make dinner – if we don’t get enough sleep.

That was me.

  • Me not being nice to be around.
  • Me not being productive at work; what was I contributing to my work environment when I was sleeping during meetings?
  • Me being too tired to get any exercise or to go to the park with my kids. 

While my kids’ poor sleep habits have had an impact on my sleep habits, that is only part of the reason why I don’t get enough restful sleep. The reality is that I sleep on a terrible mattress. A mattress that was purchased with the only consideration being how much it cost. That decision continues to cost me plenty.

If people have a good mattress, and thus get a good sleep their day to day lives will benefit from that. And that is why I am seriously considering a new Restonic mattress of my own.

If you are like me and are thinking seriously about your sleep and how rested you get after a night’s sleep, you need to check out Restonic’s Sleep Blog or follow them on Twitter to learn about how a quality mattress can improve the rest that you get each night.

You can also find a Restonic retailer near your home for when you want to visit a Restonic retailer.

If you are interested in winning a very lovely Restonic mattress, feel free to enter the Restonic giveaway – details and how to enter listed below.

GIVEAWAY

By entering below, anybody has the chance to win a queen sized HealthRest® Mattress from Restonic.  Invest in your health with one of Restonic’s HealthRest® Brio™ Mattresses. Layered with latex and TempaGel® by Restonic and supported with a Trucomfort core™, a healthy, supportive night’s sleep is yours for the taking.

 

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Disclosure: I have partnered with Life of Dad   and Restonic Mattress for this promotion. As always, full editorial control stays with me. 

The Bond & Knight Giveaway

Some time ago I did a YouTube video review of a couple Bond & Knight wallets, this origami-style Passport wallet included. Now, as I promised in my YouTube video, I am giving away this beautiful wallet!


A little review about this wallet – in short, it is gorgeous. Ultra-precise cuts and folds with NO stitching! It is made in England from one piece of Italian leather and is based on a design from the 1940s with creative folds and tucks giving it a very slim appearance and feel.


Other than the bi-fold wallet that I purchased from A Simple Leather Belt Co, a wallet made from English Bridle leather, I have not yet held a wallet with such fine and beautiful construction as this Bond & Knight Passport Wallet.

All that being said, seeing as this wallet was sent to me to do a review of, and I have now done so, I would like to pass this gem of a wallet on to one of my readers. Perhaps to you?

To enter this giveaway of a Bond & Knight Passport Wallet, in the comment section of this blog post

  • write a comment with the type of wallet you are carrying now
  • AND a whole number between one (1) and two hundred (200).

The Fine Print –

If two people enter with the same number, and that number is the winner, the first person to have entered will be the winner.

If there is no exact match, the next closest number, higher or lower, will be the winner.

I will use a random number generator to find the winning number.

One entry per email address please.

This giveaway closes at 6pm PST on Friday, November 6th 2015.

The winner of the wallet is required to pay for the cost of shipping the wallet in its pretty little box to their mailing address.

That is it! Play fair, have fun and good luck!

MiBelle Custom Leatherworx Giveaway

I am pleased to announce that we have another leather wallet GIVEAWAY to do!!


We have been through the giveaway routine before and this time the giveaway is being hosted by MiBelle Custom Leatherworx based in Dartmouth Nova Scotia.


As I said in my previous post, the owner of MiBelle, Wayne Higgins drove from Nova Scotia out here to BC and stopped to visit with me at which time we discussed the leather work he does.

I was very impressed with the quality of the leathers he chooses to work with and I was also very impressed his stitching skills. Wayne is a guy who pays attention to the details!!


I have already sent the kangaroo leather vertical card holder back out east to Maryland, but now I want to find a forever home for the Horween Leather Passport Wallet that Wayne so kindly left me.

To enter my giveaway all you need to do is make a comment on this blog post with a number of your choice from between one (1) and one hundred (100).

On Friday, August 14th 2015 shortly after 6pm PST I will use an iPad app that generates random numbers to draw the winning number. The person with the number closest to the number generated (higher or lower) will be the winner of the MiBelle Custom Leatherworx Horween Leather Passport Wallet.

It is up to you to scan or read the comments before you choose a number to make sure you have not chosen a number that somebody has already chosen ahead of you. If two or more people enter with the same number and that number is the winning number, then the person who entered first will be declared the winner.

I will limit this contest-giveaway to one entry per email address.

This contest will close on Friday August 14th 2015 at 6 PM Pacific Standard Time.

After a winner has been decided I will contact the winner through the email address that they have provided me when they commented on this post.

The winner will be required to answer a skill-testing question.

The winner will be required to pay for the cost of shipping the prize from the post office near my home to their home.

Disclosure – Wayne did not pay me or provide any incentive for me to write this post and as always, I maintain full editorial control of everything that is posted here on this blog.

Marlondo Leather Bi-Fold Wallet Giveaway

I am pleased to announce that we have another GIVEAWAY to do!!

We have been through the giveaway routine before, however, this time there are a couple of things to be aware of. First, this giveaway is a little different because it is a giveaway of TWO Marlondo Leather bi-fold wallets.

To be clear, that means there will be two winners in this giveaway.

Marlondo Leather Bi-Fold Wallets
Marlondo Leather Bi-Fold Wallets

 

To enter my giveaway all you need to do is make a comment on this blog post saying which of the two bi-fold wallets you prefer (vertical or horizontal) AND a number of your choice from between one (1) and one hundred (100). 

If you want to know more about these Marlondo Leather bi-fold wallets I encourage you to visit my YouTube channel to see my review of these wallets.

On Wednesday, July 22nd 2015 shortly after 6pm PST I will use an iPad app that generates random numbers to draw TWO numbers. The person with the number closest to the first number generated (higher or lower) will be provided the choice of which of the two wallets they want.

The second number the iPad generates will be given the other of the two Marlondo Leather bi-fold wallets.

It is up to you to scan or read the comments before you choose a number to make sure you have not chosen a number that somebody has already chosen ahead of you. If two or more people enter with the same number and that number is the winning number, then the person who entered first will be declared the winner.

I will limit this contest-giveaway to one entry per email address.

This contest will close on Wednesday July 22nd 2015 at 6 PM Pacific Standard Time.

After a winner has been decided I will contact the winner through the email address that they have provided me.

The winner will be required to answer a skill-testing question.

Good luck!

Royal City Farmers Market – Free Tickets to Fundraiser Dinner

I love farmers’ markets. Be it Trout Lake, Lytton’s Friday Farmer Market, Coquitlam – Poirier, or the Royal City Farmers Market, I love farmers’ markets.

Farmers' Market
Farmers’ Market

I love the many varieties of fruits and vegetables with real dirt still on the roots that are available for purchase.

I admire the eccentric people who are so sincere about saving heritage apple trees, tomatoes, potatoes and chickens.

There is usually someone at the market selling real free range eggs and someone with fresh raspberries or cherries or strawberries that were grown nearby or maybe from out in the Fraser Valley.

Each of the vendors is there at the market forming meaningful relationships with people who will be enjoying the food that they have spent their time and energy growing. You’ve probably seen the Facebook meme going around – the one that says it is important to shake the hand of the person who grew your food. Well, that is exactly what farmers markets are all about.

So, to help out the Royal City Farmers Market I have purchased two tickets to their fabulous fundraiser dinner event that will be held at the New Westminster Hub Restaurant on Wednesday, May 21st from 7-9pm.

However, instead of me going to the fundraising dinner I want to give the tickets away to one of my local readers. What do you need to do to win my two tickets? Post a brief comment on this blog post saying what you like about farmers markets. Include in your comment a number of your choosing from between one (1) and one hundred (100).

I will let this giveaway run from now until approximately 6:30pm PST on Monday, May 12th, 2014. Shortly after that time I will use my Random Number Generator iPad app to choose the winning number and then I will email the winning entry to let them know about their win.

Keep in mind when entering this giveaway that these are tickets to a one-off event and can only be used on May 21st from 7-9pm at the RCFM fundraising dinner event.

What would also be helpful is for you to share this blog post through your networks – Facebook, Twitter, MySpace (just kidding), email etc. Let people know that farmers market season is beginning and in particular, let them know that the Royal City Farmers Market is hosting a fabulous fundraising dinner event at the New West Hub Restaurant (which I have heard amazing things about!).

Thanks and good luck.

Avallone Luxury Italian Bi-Fold Giveaway

Recently Christopher from Avallone Luxury sent me one of their Italian bi-fold wallets so that I could do a video review of it and, to give it away to one of my readers.

Here is my video review:

And here is the how-to for you to win the Avallone Luxury Italian bi-fold wallet;

  • First, go to the Avallone Luxury website and find the bag or accessory that you think would best partner with the Italian bi-fold wallet that is being given away here.
  • Next, make a comment on this blog post with the name of the bag or accessory that you think would partner best with the Italian bi-fold that is being given away in this post.
  • Along with the above mentioned info, in your comment on this blog post, add a number between 1 (one) and 100 (one hundred). (Yes, you can enter with numbers one or 100).
  • One entry per email address.
  • On Friday, February 21st, 2014 sometime as close to (but after) 6pm PST I will use an iPad app to generate a random number to decide the winner of this giveaway.
  • When posting your comment with your Avallone Luxury partnering accessory and your chosen number, be sure to include your name and a valid email address (which will not be published or shared or sold or used to send you spam). The email address will be the way that I communicate to the winner of this giveaway.
  • The winner of the Avallone Luxury Italian bi-fold wallet will be required to pay the cost of shipping there prize to their home.

The Shaving Yeti’s Magic Elixir

The guys from The Shaving Yeti sent me a puck of their new Dr Yeti’s Magic Elixir to do a test shave and video with. In the package with my puck was a puck of their super-face-freezing menthol shave soap, Yeti Snot and a shave stick of Columbian Necktie.

The Yeti Snot and Columbian Necktie soaps could be yours. See below the video for details about how you can win these soaps. However, have a look at the video:

Here is the super simple how-to for you to win the puck of Yeti Snot and the shave stick of Columbian Necktie:

  • Make a comment on this blog post with a number between 1 (one) and 100 (one hundred). (Yes, you can enter with numbers one or 100).
  • If multiple people enter the contest with the same number the first person to have used the number will be recognized.
  • One entry per email address.
  • On Friday, January 31st, 2014 sometime shortly after 6pm PST I will use an iPad app to generate a random number to decide the winner of this giveaway.
  • When posting your comment/number be sure to include your name and a valid email address (which will not be published or shared or sold or used to send you spam). The email address will be the way that I communicate to the winner of this giveaway.
  • The winner of the shave soaps will be required to pay the cost of shipping the prize to their home.

And the winner is…

The winning number in my giveaway of A Simple Leather Belt Co cinch belt is … 93. Looking over the comments, I see that Timothy guessed 89 and that being the closest number makes him the winner of the A Simple Leather Belt Co cinch belt giveaway.

Thanks all for playing along. Now I need to see if I can get a prize pack for another giveaway.

A Simple Leather Belt Company Giveaway

Well, my season of giving continues. This time we have partnered with the guys behind A Simple Leather Belt Company to offer a cool giveaway of one of their cool new cinch belts.

So what is the story behind ASLBCo? Well, you take two university students, one with an interest in entrepreneurship and the other with some serious coding skills, add in their contacts to the very old world of the Amish artisan and voila, you have A Simple Leather Belt Co.

And this is what they are all about, simple leather belts; belts made to last a lifetime. Made all by hand, without any electricity by a group of Amish craftsmen who have been making leather belts, harnesses and equine goods for decades.

You can have a more detailed look at one of these belts in my little video review:

Now, do you want one of these cinch belts? You can win a free cinch belt, compliments of me at Life in the Burbs and the guys at A Simple Leather Belt Co.

Here is the how-to for you to win a cinch belt!

  • First, go to A Simple Leather Belt Co.‘s website and follow their instructions on how to “Build One”.
  • Next, make a comment on this blog post with two important details from that process; 1) the colour of the belt and 2) the style of tip you would choose (these choices can be changed later and these choices do not bind you to that particular belt in case you win).
  • Along with the above mentioned info, in your comment on this blog post, add a number between 1 (one) and 100 (one hundred). (Yes, you can enter with numbers one or 100).
  • One entry per email address.
  • On Friday, December 13th, 2013 sometime shortly after 6pm PST I will use an iPad app to generate a random number to decide the winner of this giveaway.
  • When posting your comment with your belt details and your chosen number, be sure to include your name and a valid email address (which will not be published or shared or sold or used to send you spam). The email address will be the way that I communicate to the winner of this giveaway.
  • The winner of the A Simple Leather Belt Company cinch belt will be required to pay the cost of shipping there prize to their home(there is free shipping CONUS).

Good luck!