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A journey of 1000 miles begins with a single step. ~ Chinese Proverb

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As a reluctant exerciser, this phrase motivates me daily. And while I’m just working toward 10,000 steps each day, meeting that goal begins with just one step. Whether it’s walking in the neighborhood, pushing through the pre-set workout, or just being active around the house, seeing those steps add up on my fitness tracker is motivation to keep going.

With so many fitness trackers on the market it’s hard to know which one to choose. Well, I’ll make it easy! How about a Fitbit Blaze? One of the newer fitness trackers on the market, the Fitbit Blaze is a fitness watch that looks like a watch so you don’t look like you’re wearing a fitness tracker. Designed more like a watch, it allows you to see text and call notifications.

While I have a different fitness tracker, I love the sleek and versatile design and function of this smart fitness watch. And did you know that the Fitbit Blaze automatically recognizes and records your exercise for you, so you’ll get credit for a workout even if you forget to log it? My tracker has a similar feature, and I love it because at the end of the day when you’ve put in your steps you want to get credit for them, right.

One really important feature is the continuous heart rate monitoring. This will help maximize the benefits of your workout. I thought I was getting the most from my workout until I found out about the heart rate monitoring feature and now I can really focus on getting the best workout. Another feature I really like about the Fitbit Blaze is that it gives you music control so you don’t have to fool with your smartphone to get to the song you want!

A new feature from Fitbit is the FitStar workout, which can be used right on your screen. It’s like having a coach right on your wrist! You’ll get step-by-step instructions right on the screen so you don’t have to keep doing the same few exercises you’ve always been doing.

I know you’ll love the Fitbit Blaze as much as I love my fitness tracker. It’s stylish, versatile, and can likely help you reach your health and fitness goals. As always, before you start a new fitness program consult with your personal health professional. And always be careful if you’re outside with your earphones on. So, what are you waiting for?

  • No purchase necessary to enter.
  • Must be 18 years of age or older to enter.
  • Open to US Residents only.
  • Void where prohibited.
  • See Official Rules for details.

Enter now for a chance to win a Fitbit Blaze Smart Fitness Watch

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Take Time To See The Roses and Enter To Win A Trip To The 125th Rose Parade



Last year I mentioned that I’ve been to The Rose Parade once when I was a kid. All these years later, I still watch the parade and think of that experience camping out to get a good spot. And while I don’t think I’ll ever camp out for a spot again, it’s something I’m glad I did. It was that experience that has taken time to see the roses every year at The Rose Parade.

Recently, my friend’s mom passed away and as I drove to the funeral I went a bit out of my way to drive to Pasadena. It was my friend’s mom, Eileen, who took me along. And as I drove through Pasadena I could hear her laughter and sense the joy she had taking “her girls” to see a parade she’d been watching for decades.

Every New Year’s Day I join the millions of families across the globe who tune in to watch The Rose Parade. I love watching the back stories about how the floats are made with all the flowers and seeds and grasses. I’m amazed at how one person’s idea can be transformed into a three-dimensional float.

Then there are the marching bands, dance teams, drill teams, and other organizations with youth from all over who’ve saved and begged and raised money to be there for this parade. I love watching these kids perform and knowing how hard they’ve worked to get there. I know it’s not easy being in a parade but the memories.  Oh, the memories!

This year, DOLE is once again vying for the prize of being the best float among the over 40 floats. And to celebrate their involvement with the 125th Rose Parade they’re giving away a trip to the parade and football game. If you’re on Facebook, you can enter directly through the DOLE Facebook page. You can also enter other ways by going directly to the DOLE sweepstakes page.

The grand prize winner will receive a four night trip to Los Angeles – from December 30, 2013 to January 2, 2014 – for themselves and three guests to see the DOLE float in the 2014 Rose Parade on New Year’s Day in beautiful Pasadena, California. The winner will also receive four tickets to the 2014 Rose Bowl to watch two of the best college football teams fight to become the 2014 Rose Bowl Champion.

The sweepstakes runs through December 5, 2013. In addition, DOLE will also give sweepstakes entrants the opportunity to win prizes daily in the “Instant Win Trivia Promotion” to those who enter the “Cheer in the New Year” sweepstakes and correctly answer five trivia questions.

So, go enter and if you’re the winner make a big sign for me!


Enter To Win A Trip To The ET Emmy Awards Gala

How fun would it be to win an all-expenses-paid trip to a fancy Hollywood party? Now’s your chance! Through May 24th, you can enter to win a trip to Los Angeles, California for the ET’s Exclusive Emmy® Gala Party on Sunday, September 23, 2012.

It’s easy to enter! All you have to do is Like Entertainment Tonight on Facebook so you can fill out the form for the Hanging With The Stars sweepstakes. There are daily winners based on the number of people you share it with as well as weekly winners. There isn’t much time left, so go enter and I wish you luck and hope you’ll be Hanging With The Stars this fall!

Win a trip to ET’s Exclusive Emmy® Gala Party in LA?


Don’t be shy! Your favorite television and movie celebs will be on hand to mingle with and talk to. They’ll be wondering who the new star is!

Enter To Win!


  1. Grand Prize – a trip to Los Angeles, California for ET’s Exclusive Emmy® Gala Party on Sunday, September 23, 2012.   This includes airfare, hotel stay and 2 tickets to the ET’s Exclusive Emmy® Gala Party!  (approximate value $2,200)
  2. Dates to enter – This sweepstakes continues until 4:59 PM PDT on Thursday, May 24th, 2012 (the “Sweepstakes Closing Date”).
  3. Who can win? The Grand Prize Winner and a traveling companion must be 21 years of age or older and legal residents of one of the fifty (50) United States of America or the District of Columbia. All Weekly Prize and Daily Prize entrants and winners must be 18 years of age or older and legal residents of one of the fifty (50) states within the United States of America or the District of Columbia.
  4. Still need to enter? Enter Now, then click on the “ET’s Hanging with the Stars Sweepstakes” button and complete the entry form. Enter your first and last name, birthdate, and email address.

Sweepstakes Sponsor: CBS Television Distribution, a division of CBS Studios Inc.


Disclosure: I may be compensated for this post. This post has not been reviewed by a third party. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising. I was permitted to enter but my chances of winning are no greater than that of any other entrant. If you win, please take me! 😉


Blog Law: Facebook Promotion Guidelines Updated

Facebook Promotion Guidelines

This week, on May 11, 2011, Facebook made some sweeping changes to their promotional guidelines. The Facebook promotion guidelines are much shorter, but still pack a punch. As such, I wanted to highlight the changes.  To see the prior iteration of the guideline, check out my Blog Law post about the prior Facebook promotion guidelines.

Things That Remain the Same

1. You Must Use A Third-Party Application. The rule is now plain and simple that promotions on Facebook must be administered within Apps on, either on a Canvas Page or an app on a Page Tab.

2. You must not suggest Facebook is connected with your promotion

3. You must not ask people to interact on your Facebook page to vote or qualify

  • You must not use Facebook features or functionality as a promotion’s registration or entry mechanism. (New Term #3) For example, the act of liking a Page or checking in to a Place cannot automatically register or enter a promotion participant. This means you can’t say that when you reach XX ‘Likes’ you’ll give 5 people something cool
  • You must not condition registration or entry upon the user taking any action using any Facebook features or functionality other than liking a Page, checking in to a Place, or connecting to your app.  (New Term #4) For example, you must not condition registration or entry upon the user liking a Wall post, or commenting or uploading a photo on a Wall.
  • You must not use Facebook features or functionality, such as the Like button, as a voting mechanism for a promotion. (New Term #5)

What this means for blogger & brand promotions?: If clicking ‘Like’ is an entry – and it would need to be an alternative means of entry due to Giveaway Laws – then the entrant must then take an additional step to tell you they clicked ‘Like’. If using a 3rd party app within Facebook, this step is taken care of through the subsequent entry process. If not using a 3rd party app on Facebook then the entrant must go back to your blog or website and somehow tell you they did this. Simply clicking ‘Like’ as a means of entry into a promotion would be a violation of the Promotion Guidelines.

4. You must not use Facebook for notifying winners. This means no posting to walls, private messages, chat or anything that uses Facebook to communicate with the winner.

5. You must not use Facebook’s intellectual property, except to comply with the rules. This means you can say the word Facebook when you disclaim it is no involved with your promotion but you can’t use their trademark, trade name, copyright or other intellectual property to promote any aspect of your promotion.

6. You still have to comply with all Federal, State and Local laws regarding contests, giveaways, promotions, sweepstakes and the like.

Things That Changed

1. No longer will Facebook prohibit any goods or services from being offered in a promotion. In the past, they excluded things like dairy, alcohol, tobacco, etc. This mean that you’re likely to see more promotions for things you may not be used to seeing. In addition, it means you’re pretty much free to offer whatever you want as your prize as long as it’s not prohibited by law.

2. No longer are Facebook promotions limited to people age 18 and over. While you may make that limitation, Facebook is essentially opening all promotions to anyone who can legitimately sign up for a Facebook account. This mean, children age 13 – 17 are now potentially able to enter promotions. Of course, if you are going to open a promotion to anyone under the age of 18, I highly suggest learning about the specific laws regarding promotions to minors.

3. Facebook no longer has exclusions based on location. Essentially, you can now offer promotions worldwide if you’re willing to comply with whatever law govern such promotions. Just make sure your giveaway is legal!

4. The new Facebook promotion guidelines will allow for sweepstakes promotions as well as contests in which the winner is determined on the basis of skill. This is a slight departure from the prior rules which had several restrictions. Now, it’s basically up to you to comply with any laws.

5. All promotions MUST include the following:

a. A complete release of Facebook by each entrant or participant.
b. Acknowledgment that the promotion is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with, Facebook. (Note: this term isn’t actually new)
c. Disclosure that the participant is providing information to [disclose recipient(s) of information] and not to Facebook.


Overall, I think these promotion guidelines are much better and easier to comply with. Rather than taking it upon themselves to police promotions, it appears that Facebook is shifting liability and responsibility to the promoter. That doesn’t mean Facebook will all of a sudden slack off in monitoring compliance. Failure to comply with these new guidelines will result in your account being suspended, just as it had before.

For other articles about the legal implications of being online, check out my series on blog law and online rights.

Disclosure: While I am a lawyer, I am not offering legal advice. Posts on legal matters are intended to provide legal information and do not create an attorney/client relationship. This post is part of my Blog Law Series.