The Island News

June 17, 2009

On occasion I receive emails from various companies and organizations asking me to forward their messages on to you. So, here they are in their own words . . . well, mostly.


microSD Memory Card from SanDisk - For a cute Father’s Day idea, kids can actually use Mom’s phone to record personal greetings, videos and add photos to the card. Then dad can just pop the card into his mobile phone and take these videos and photos everywhere with him to view at any time. Dad can also use the card to add his own music, videos, documents, photos, etc., but he’ll always have the personalized items the kids put on there too.


Suave Skin is teaming up with actress and celebrity mom Holly Robinson Peete to help launch its new Suave Naturals Wild Cherry Blossom Body Wash AND encourage moms everywhere to “Shower Themselves Beautiful” every day! To celebrate this new product launch, Suave Skin has launched the Shower Yourself Beautiful Sweepstakes.  Each week, mom can create a different registry for herself for a chance to instantly win her chosen prizes, and mom will also be automatically entered for a chance to win the ultimate at-home shower for herself and her friends.  Visit and enter for a chance to win great weekly prizes and the ultimate at-home shower for yourself and your readers.

SKIL, Lowe’s and Worlds of Discovery Theme Parks have partnered to create a Father’s Day parent-child project contest for the chance to win an all expenses paid family vacation and other exciting prizes. Outdoor projects are available for parents to do with their children, starting at age 4. Simply build the project together and submit in-action photos or videos along with your entry form on the contest Web site! To find a list of projects, tools and materials needed and official rules, visit The contest ends on July 12th.

To extend thanks to those who are committed to making a difference in their communities and in other’s lives, Applebee’s is hosting contest called “Realburgers for Real Heroes” in which the person voted Applebee’s National Real Hero can win $5,000 and prizes!  Here, you can share a story about how they have made a lasting impression in your or someone else’s lives. And just for nominating, you are automatically entered into a weekly sweepstakes drawing for a $50 Applebee’s Gift Card. Nominations will be accepted through July 5th.

Sizzle to stardom by sending the National Pork Board a video featuring your “gratest” tip for the grill using any cut of pork. YOU could be crowned the “Next Pork Personality!” 3 Finalists will win an all-expense paid trip to compete in a live finale grill-off in the Big Apple hosted by celebrity chef and grilling guru Guy Fieri! Guy will serve on a panel of judges to determine who will be crowned the “Next Pork Personality.” The winner will take home $5,000, a Char-Broil® grill, grilling accessories and a two-night stay and airfare for themselves and a guest. Enter before August 31st.

Through July 10, 2009 premium business stationery retailer Tiny Prints is hosting a Facebook page Open House and has proudly partnered with our close friends in the blogging community to assist us in giving away $50 gift certificates to celebrate. In order to be eligible to win you need to become a “fan” of this page, post a link to your favorite Tiny Prints product on our “wall” and then satisfy any additional requirements at one or more of the participating blogs below. You may enter as many times as you like but may only win once. Winners will be chosen at random from those who have fulfilled the minimum requirements. Gift certificates are custom printed so winners will need to provide a mailing address once their participation has been verified. Open to all contestants not excluded by applicable local laws barring participation.


For the first time, the parenting site Mommy Track’d is offering its wildy popular organizational supplies for FREE!  These thrifty, hip and convenient downloads will kick your clunky organizer to the curb in no time! From the EAT SHEET to the BALANCE SHEET to the MASTER CHECKLIST and more, Moms everywhere will find these downloads to be super helpful in planning weekly meals, grocery shopping, parties, projects and keeping track of things like appointments, soccer games, and family events. Just print out a new one each day, week, or month as needed!  A variety of “Tools for the Tired & Time Starved” are available here:

For the second year in a row TCBY, The Country’s Best Yogurt, is swirling free cups and cones to all Dads on Father’s Day. Details are also available on the TCBY Web site.

Aloha Petroleum has designed an exciting Save-a-$-Club card to help Hawaii consumers instantaneously save money at the pump each time they use it. The card is pre-programmed to automatically subtract 5 cents per gallon instantly at the pump every time it’s used. Additionally, when the cardholder pays the monthly bill in full and on-time, the individual will receive an additional 3 cents off each gallon that they’ve pumped (to be reflected on the next month’s bill). That adds up to cardholders saving 8 cents per gallon each month, a significant savings considering the state of our economy. For more info, stop by Aloha Petroleum.


National Geographic has a special issue of the magazine coming out next week, filled with some fabulous photo’s submitted by our readers. The fun twist is that we have a custom cover option, where you can order a special version of the magazine with your favorite photo on the cover. The custom cover is available to order at starting Monday, June 15–just in time for Father’s Day!

Raggs, the new hit public television series, is kicking off their Raggs Rockin’ Kids Search on June 1st (through June 30th), looking for 100 expressive kids, ages three to seven years-old, who represent the ideas, geographic regions and cultural backgrounds of children across the US (auditions will take place online…no travel necessary). Winners will be selected based on video submissions, which parents can upload to the website or mail in. Winners will be notified in early July and taping is scheduled for mid-August in Charlotte, NC. The Raggs episodes with some of the winners will begin airing with the special debut of the first-ever Halloween-themed episode. Additional shows will be released in February 2010. Further information and full contest rules are available at


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