Your Chance to Win a Free Jetpack America Flight in Newport Beach, California

Do you dream of flying a jetpack? Is it on your bucketlist? We want to help you make it a realty. 

Jetpack America Flight, Newport Beach, California

Flying a jetpack is the ultimate adventure. After my jetpack flight with Jetpack America in Newport Beach, California, I was left with feelings of euphoria. I felt like I could conquer anything and I was ready to explore a world of possibilities without restrictions.

In cooperation with Jetpack America, we’re giving away a free jetpack adventure in Newport Beach, California!

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Get Your CityPASS – Giveaway

We were able to get the most out of our week in Atlanta, Georgia with a CityPASSCNN Tour AtlantaCityPASS is available in 11 North American destinations: Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Hollywood, Houston, New York City, Philadelphia, San Francisco, Seattle, Southern California and Toronto. More than a million happy travelers use CityPASS each year; I am one of them. Would you like to be one of them too?  Continue reading

Give the Gift of Time this Christmas: Mitch Albom’s The Time Keeper

Before I created Bucket List Publications, I was a high school English teacher for 8 years and a university student The Time Keeperfor 7 years before that; my life was littered with books, reading, and writing. I cherished the daily reading time that was built into my class schedule and I loved going to class to discuss a book, new or old. The feel of the pages below my fingers, the look of the written word displayed before me in sentences and paragraphs, and the unlimited world that was created with each new character and setting all came together to drive my passion for reading. I read 100s, maybe 1000s, of books and narrowed my favorite authors down to a handful. Choosing an absolute favorite seemed impossible; with countless genres spanning the history of time, I didn’t think one would rise above the others. Then, one day in class, a student suggested I read “The Five People You Meet in Heaven” by Mitch Albom and a new love for reading flourished. I read all of his books over and over again; I found ways to incorporate them into the high school curriculum; I suggested them to everyone I knew. I had found my favorite author. Filled with inspiration and creativity, his books are a cherished addition to my collection. His new book, “The Time Keeper”, is Albom’s most imaginative novel yet. Regardless if you read regularly or just on occasion, give the gift of time this Christmas and experience the world through Mitch Albom’s eyes. Continue reading

Happy Holidays! Too Soon? Not if You’re Doing a Holiday Card at Shutterfly

Now that we have a baby, we’re actually considering a personalized holiday card for our Shutterfly photofamily. Don’t get me wrong, we’re a far cry from matching, red, knitted sweaters but the idea of sending our parents, siblings, and grandparents a family picture is appealing. After all, they ask for pictures daily and they do live in another country and miss Athena, and us, dearly. Continue reading

Joovy for My Bundle of Joy and Yours (Joovy Giveaway Included)

It seems like just yesterday I found out that I was pregnant with Athena. Now, she’s four Joovy Products Reviewmonths old! How did that happen? I felt so prepared for her arrival. We had everything that we needed to take her home and comfortably welcome her into this world, but she is growing so quickly and she learns something new every day. She laughs; with the cutest little giggle, she can melt my heart. She recognizes my voice; when I sing, she is instantly soothed. She looks intently at me; when she watches my every move, I know that I’m the most important person in her world. She’s actually growing out of her clothes and tummy time gets longer almost daily. The time had come to put away the 0-3 month clothes and think about crawling, walking, and eating solids. For a few of our most important baby product needs, we chose Joovy. They recently introduced a new line-up including a walker, a potty, and a step stool. Things change so quickly, I figured I would get all three and be prepared for the next few “steps”. After all, the last four months went by in the blink of an eye. Continue reading

Bucket List Item # 9 – Lose the “Baby Weight” (Giveaways Included)

Athena is now 6 weeks old and it’s time I start taking bucket list item #9, lose the baby weight, seriously. Just last year, I ran a marathon; now walking up three flights of stairs leaves me winded. I want to run again, I want to see muscle on my legs, arms, and stomach rather than fat, and more importantly, I want to be healthy and active so when my daughter is ready to play so am I. Continue reading

Similac SimplySmart Giveaway!

Similac gave me the opportunity to review the Similac Simply Smart Bottle and after trying it out, both Athena and I love it! Finding the right bottle, and the right nipple, makes a difference for Athena’s comfort and enhances feeding time for both of us. Three qualities that make the Similac Simply Smart Bottle the right fit for Athena are: the venting system, the nipple, and easy mix, mixing device. These combined features have addressed the challenges I’ve been facing during feeding including formula flow, bubbles, fussiness, and gas. Continue reading

Napoleon Travel Q Portable Propane Gas Grill Giveaway

Spring is in bloom and what better way to celebrate the season than with a brand new Napoleon Travel Q Portable Propane Gas Grill Giveaway?

In cooperation with Napoleon Grills, Bucket List Publications is giving away a Napoleon Travel Q Portable Grill worth $285! The contest is open to all US and Canadian residents (sorry international readers, but shipping restrictions apply). Continue reading

Skydiving Adventure Package Finalists – Vote Now

Today is the last day to vote for the Skydiving Adventure Package Finalists! Make all of your votes count and send one lucky reader on a tandem skydiving adventure with deluxe video and stills from Skydive San Diego.

Their tandem skydive adventure includes:

Pre-jump instructional class
One tandem jump harnessed to a professional Instructor
A scenic 5 to 7 minute parachute flight
A First Jump Certificate
Deluxe Video and Stills
The finalist with the most “likes”, “tweets” or other “mentions” under their profile by March 12th, 2012 at 5pm PST (GMT-8:00) will be the winner of the Skydiving Package.

Check out their profiles at Bucket List Publications and vote for your favorite contestant!

Good luck to all finalists from Bucket List Publications!

The contest closes at 5pm this evening and the votes will be tallied. 

The winner will be notified shortly after 5pm. 

Snug Science Winner – Tali Burress!

The winner of the Snug Science giveaway is Tali Burress at!

Congratulations Tali!

Coming from eastern Canada and living in northern Manitoba for two years, I know what it means to be cold! I’ve experienced -60°C, freezing eyelashes, and difficulty breathing from the frigid weather. If I had to endure those temperatures again, I would become a hibernating bear that didn’t venture outside until the thaw. Luckily, in southern California I don’t need to worry about frostbite or bundling up, but for those of you new parents who are still experiencing those winter blues, I’ve found the perfect product to give you and your baby a breath of fresh air. At Snug Science, they develop the finest baby products in synergy with the active parent lifestyle. Their use of intelligent designs, high quality, performance materials, and expert manufacturing will inspire parents to start or continue their outdoor lifestyles. Continue reading