Freedom Giveaway: Thoughts Without Cigarettes

Welcome to the Freedom Giveaway Hop! This event features book-related prizes and is hosted by I Am A Reader Not A Writer and Simply Stacie. It runs from July 1st to July 7th.

For my prize, I am offering a new copy of Thoughts Without Cigarettes: A Memoir by Oscar Hijuelos.

The beloved Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist turns his pen to the real people and places that have influenced his life and, in turn, his literature. Growing up in 1950’s working-class New York City to Cuban immigrants, Hijuelos journey to literary acclaim is the evolution of an unlikely writer.

Oscar Hijuelos has enchanted readers with vibrant characters who hunger for success, love, and self-acceptance. In his first work of nonfiction, Hijuelos writes from the heart about the people and places that inspired his international bestselling novels.

Born in Manhattan’s Morningside Heights to Cuban immigrants in 1951, Hijuelos introduces readers to the colorful circumstances of his upbringing. The son of a Cuban hotel worker and exuberant poetry- writing mother, his story, played out against the backdrop of an often prejudiced working-class neighborhood, takes on an even richer dimension when his relationship to his family and culture changes forever. During a sojourn in pre-Castro Cuba with his mother, he catches a disease that sends him into a Dickensian home for terminally ill children. The yearlong stay estranges him from the very language and people he had so loved.

With a cast of characters whose stories are both funny and tragic, Thoughts Without Cigarettes follows Hijuelos’s subsequent quest for his true identity into adulthood, through college and beyond-a mystery whose resolution he eventually discovers hidden away in the trappings of his fiction, and which finds its most glorious expression in his best-known book, The Mambo Kings Play Songs of Love. Illuminating the most dazzling scenes from his novels, Thoughts Without Cigarettes reveals the true stories and indelible memories that shaped a literary genius.

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Win $400 Worth of Pampered Chef Products in July

Want a 1 in 10 chance of winning $400 of FREE Pampered Chef® products of your choice?!?

One of my close friends, Kendal Lynch, happens to be a Pampered Chef Independent Senior Consultant and today she called to tell me about this awesome Christmas in July promotion!

From July 1st thru 14th, anyone who collects & turns in at least $100 in orders (not including shipping and applicable sales tax) to Kendal will automatically be entered in a drawing for $400 of free products!

There are only 10 slots, so this means you will have a 1 in 10 chance of winning $400 in Pampered Chef products! All runners up will receive an amazing discount of 30% to 60%!

This is a great opportunity to save big on Pampered Chef just by gathering up a few orders.

Email Kendal Lynch at today for more details and to reserve one of the 10 spots and be sure to mention that you heard about this promotion on ohmygoshbeck!

But hurry, July 2nd will be the last day you can reserve a spot for this promotion!

Free Tote Bag from Vistaprint

Today’s Vistaprint freebie is a can’t miss deal — a free tote bag! 

This tote bag will be great for carrying your stuff around all summer. It’s the perfect accessory! 

Hurry and get this freebie before it’s gone!

Melissa & Doug Sand Toys Review and Giveaway

Summer is officially here! That means it’s time to head out to the beach for some fun in the sun… and sand. If you’re planning on a family trip to the beach, then you’ll definitely want to take along the new Melissa & Doug Sunny Patch Line of Sand Toys. Say good-bye to your old pail and shovel, because once your kids see the Melissa & Doug Sand Toys they won’t want to play with anything else.

Clicker Crab 

Pail and Shovel

A crab-shaped scoop and a sunny red-orange, crab-face bucket make digging for treasures at the beach even more fun! Clicker Crab is always smiling and you will be too, with this sturdy plastic duo.


Seaside Sidekicks

Sand Baking Set 

You can make fabulous mudpies and sandcakes with this sea-creature inspired “baking” set. Includes shell shaped measuring cups, octopus whisk and crab mixing spoon to “cook” up some great beach treats. The turtle lid on the “mixing” bowl doubles as a sifter!

Seaside Sidekicks 

Sand Cupcake Set

This is a 12-piece set that your child can use to make sand cupcakes. Includes the cupcake molders, topper, icing tool and tray.  Also comes with a mesh bag for easy storage.

Seaside Sidekicks 

Sand-Molding Set

The turtle mold has lots of friends hiding under its shell; a fish, a crab, a starfish and a seahorse! This set provides hours of sand molding fun in the sandbox or at the beach and quick clean up, as all the molds store neatly in their turtle “shell”.

Kids will love playing with these fun, Melissa & Doug Sand Toys at the beach or in the sand box and parents will love being able to give their kids such great quality toys at an affordable price.

Would you like to win a set of these Melissa & Doug Sand Toys? Melissa & Doug have generously offered up this entire set of toys to one lucky ohmygoshbeck reader! This is a $50 value. You can check out the entire line catalog of Melissa & Doug product here. You can enter the Melissa & Doug Sand Toy Giveaway by using the Rafflecopter widget below.

This giveaway is open to US residents only. Ends July 16th at 11:59 PM EST.  I received a set of Melissa & Doug Sand Toys to facilitate this review. All opinions are my own.

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Free Stickers from Vistaprint

Tired of dealing with lost items?

Take advantage of FREE Stickers! They’re absolutely perfect for labeling all of your camper’s important personal items like trunks, books and journals.

Choose from a variety of sizes and designs to find the perfect stickers for your campers style!

Shipping starts at only $4.41. But hurry, this offer is only good today!