And The Winner Is . . .

I hope that my readers have had as much fun helping me promote breast cancer awareness as I have doing it! The final contest for my Save the Ta Tas promotion involved having readers write a jingle or poem to compel women to remember to have an annual mammogram. I loved the entries you submitted! The two jingles with the most “Likes” for the respective prize were declared the winners.

So without further delay, the winner of the Handpicked Necklace is Cindy Brown and here’s the jingle she submitted:

Walking scared of the what ifs.
Walking out wondering about what to do next.
So don’t waste time; Ease your mind
And make a pancake of your boobs,
One at a time.
~ Cindy Brown

The most “liked” jingle among the submissions for the Spanx Camisole, donated by Rue La La, came from Jennifer Kerns:

Do not forget about your best friends, please! Get your boobies checked once a year for their yearly squeeze. ~ Jennifer Kerns

Congratulations to both of you! Please e-mail your shipping information, along with a phone number, to contact@pennywisepanache.com.

There were other great jingles and I thought that the one from Sally England deserved at least an honorable mention as the Editor’s Pick.

B cup, C cup, maybe D…
Get your mammo, will you please?
Don’t delay! there’s no time to waste!
The sooner the better, please make haste!

Although the test is just a screening,
The final results hold so much meaning.
Hurry now! Is it a date?
Let’s rule out cancer! Is it a date?
~ Sally England

There were so many fun things going on during the month, and I wanted to end this post with a wrap up of them . . .
Did you read my blog post Breast Cancer Is No Laughing Matter? Actually, this post WAS a laughing matter, but meant to help you remember some important things and have a little laugh at the same time.

Finally, check out all the creative names that readers suggested for the female breast (Hilarious)!

Ladies, Take care of your girls! Hubbies, Save a life and grope your wife!

WIN A $20 Groupon Gift Card

And get $5 to boot! That’s right! Groupon is giving $5 OFF on any Groupon deal until November 3, 2010.

I’ve done a lot of Christmas shopping already. In fact, I have already wrapped several packages and expect to finish my shopping BEFORE Thanksgiving. So, while the spirit of giving is alive and well at Pennywise Panache, I’ve decided to share some of my generosity with you!

Two Pennywise Panache fans–one existing Groupon member and one new Groupon member–will will a $20 gift card from Pennywise Panache! Here’s how:

Existing Groupon Members

  1. MANDATORY ENTRY: If you’re already a Groupon Member, share this post with your friends, asking them to join through this link. Using this link will give them $5 OFF a Groupon purchase through 11/3/10. So that you’ll get credit for the referral, your friends MUST post a comment below reading “[YOUR NAME] referred me to Pennywise Panache.”
  2. Earn an extra entry by subscribing to my RSS Feed. If you’re already subscribed, just leave a comment indicating that you’re a subscriber.
  3. Earn extra entries by tweeting about this giveaway daily. Tweet “Get $25 to spend at Groupon from Pennywise Panache! http://bit.ly/PWP102410. Please retweet!” Leave a comment that includes your Tweet Username for every day that you Tweet!

New Members

If you’ve never experienced Groupon, you’re in for a treat! Just join through this link, and you’ll automatically get $5 off any deal purchased between now and November 3, 2010! Trust me! You’re going to find something you can’t resist!

  1. MANDATORY ENTRY: Join Groupon by clicking here and you’ll receive $5 off a Groupon purchase between now and November 3, 2010. To confirm your membership, forward your Welcome E-mail from Groupon to contact@pennywisepanache.com before 11:59 PM ET on November 3, 2010.
  2. Earn an extra entry by subscribing to my RSS Feed. If you’re already subscribed, just leave a comment indicating that you’re a subscriber.
  3. Earn extra entries by tweeting about this giveaway daily. Tweet “Get $25 to spend at Groupon from Pennywise Panache! http://bit.ly/PWP102410. Please retweet!” Leave a comment that includes your Tweet Username for every day that you Tweet!

Contest ends November 3, 2010 at 11:59 PM ET. Two winners (one new Groupon member and one existing Groupon member) will be selected, using Random.org, to win a $20 Groupon Gift Card.

Here are the Groupon deals that are right in my backyard:

$40 for $100 Worth of Home Furnishings at Nadeau in Charleston!Nadeau characterizes its furniture as “with a soul” because it’s true artisan work: handcrafted from wood rather than mass-produced from gasket pylons. Showcase fine china and live gerbils in a double-domed glass-door cabinet ($284), or in a hefty, finely trimmed kitchen hutch ($410). Or, display a new moving picture box on a delicately polished TV stand/buffet ($500). Small console tables ($160) and storage chests ($224) come in a myriad of stains and colors, and many pieces are one-of-a-kind. Nadeau’s ever-changing inventory includes a variety of sturdy dining room tables ($435–$548) and chairs ($80 each). Prices and selection may vary due to rotating inventory, but pieces are always fully assembled and ready to welcome any tuckered torso or mound of toothbrushes.

All Nadeau products are built to last out of fine core woods such as teak, sheesham, and mahogany imported from India and Indonesia. Feel free to ask one of the friendly staff about the durability and elasticity of your item of choice; Nadeau’s crew is knowledgeable about products, eager to help customers navigate the expansive showroom, and willing to offer advice on home decorating and catapult construction.

The Details: Limit 1 per person. Limit 1 per order. Must use in 1 visit. In-store only. Valid only at listed location. Tax not included. Not valid with other offers.

$7 for Two Admission Tickets and $4 Worth of Food Sample Tickets at the 2010 Charleston Mac Off ($14 Value)!For $7, today’s side deal gets you two admission tickets and $4 worth of food sample tickets at the 2010 Charleston Mac Off on November 12, a combined $14 value. Sample various mac and cheese recipes from 12 to 14 local restaurants ($1/sample). Live music provided by Fowler’s Mustache and The Diesel Brothers. Beer and wine available. A portion of the proceeds benefits Charleston Peace One Day, committed to reducing violence through conflict resolution.

$10 for $20 Worth of Pancakes, Eggs, Lunch Fare, and More at The Original Pancake House in Charlotte! Founded in Portland, Oregon, in 1953, The Original Pancake House has since put local hungers to rest by using only the highest-quality ingredients such as Grade AA (93 score) butter, pure 36% whipping cream, and a secret spy-guarded sourdough starter recipe to craft each breakfast dish. The wide-ranging menu includes blueberry pancakes, light and lemony Dutch Babies, crepes, omelets, waffles, flapjacks, sandwiches, pastries, and more. The Original Pancake House offers a charming abode where butter and jam meld with lovingly lavish early morning fare to energize diners like an edible game of underwater field hockey.

The Details: Limit 3 per person/1 per table or 2 per table of 4 or more. Gratuity not included. Not valid with other offers.

$59 for Six Kettlebell Fundamental Classes at Advanced Training Concepts in Charlotte! For $59, today’s side deal gets you six kettlebell fundamental classes at Advanced Training Concepts (a $120 value). Through 6 hour and a half classes, learn the fundamentals of kettlebell training and lifting. Build muscle, burn fat, and increase flexibility with the help of trained, supportive instructors. Total-body kettlebell training has been used to treat poor posture, back pain, and shoulder instability.

The Details: Limit 1 per person to new clients only (18 years or older); may buy multiple as gifts. Reservation required. Groupon is forfeited for no-show. Not valid toward fitness professionals or personal trainers. Must use all classes within 2 weeks of first.

$25 for $53 Worth of Skincare Products From Donell Super-Skin! Human faces experience a lifetime of wear and tear from gravity, driving into the wind, and pineapple-pie-eating contests. Today’s Groupon for skincare products from Donell Super-Skin helps you restore your cheeks’ original splendor. Donell Super-Skin’s dermis-strengthening goodies harness the pharmacological power of MCC (mucopolysaccharide cartilage complex), an active protein that’s long been used by plastic surgeons, dermatologists, and resilient cartoon characters to speed wound-healing time and renew skin. Products cater to human husks of every variety, whether in need of basic maintenance or specialized age-fighting, rosacea-zapping, or surgery-recovering care. Steroid-free products made from MCC are especially good for sensitive or allergy-prone skin. Peruse the long list of testimonials given by dermatologists and other medical professionals as your skincare products make their way through the mail system, dodging storks, paper planes, and liberated dust bunnies. Free shipping is included with every order.

The Details: Limit 2 per person. May buy multiple as gifts. Must use in 1 purchase.

$24 for a Seasonal Five-Month Membership at Spinner’s Resort & Marina ($60 Value)! For $24, today’s side deal gets you a seasonal membership to Spinner’s Resort & Marina in Leesville (a $60 value). Spinner’s is an 11-acre resort—including a marina and beach—on the shores of Lake Murray. Membership is valid for purchaser, spouse, and children younger than 21, plus three visits for guests (when accompanied by a member). Gain access to the main restaurant and visit the Sand Bar & Grille. Dock at members-only boat slips and enjoy free boat launching. Attend special events and parties at the resort. Receive a 10% discount on guest cottages. Limit 1 per person, may buy multiple as gifts. May pay difference to upgrade membership. Allowed up to 3 visits with a guest.

The Details: Limit 2 per person. May buy multiple as gifts. Must use in 1 purchase.

If Groupon is not in your city (you can find out with the little widget below), don’t worry! There are always several online deals every day that anyone can purchase, regardless of geography! Groupon hasn’t made it to my city yet, but I’ve taken advantage of some great deals and you can, too! Here are some of the ONLINE deals for November 3, 2010:

$45 for One 16″x20″ Gallery-Wrapped Canvas Including Shipping and Handling from Canvas on Demand ($126.95 Value) A wrapped canvas is a professional photorealistic reproduction printed on textured artist canvas and gallery wrapped around a sturdy 1.5″ edge. Upload your desired image and pass it off to Canvas on Demand’s image touch-up experts. They’ll make complimentary fixes, such as improving sharpness, balancing and enhancing the color, fine-tuning contrast, and removing suspiciously red eyes, before reproducing your image on a 16″x20″ canvas. Customers can also opt to mail in traditional prints; Canvas on Demand’s image magicians will make a high-resolution scan and return originals by mail—unless they’re baby photos, which are returned via stork.

With a wrap-around canvas, your new art will have a colorful edge, and it won’t need a frame. About a week from receipt of your initial submission, you’ll have your gallery-canvas print in hand, ready to hang with pride above any lonely fireplace in need of a non-imaginary friend.

The Details: Limit 1 per order. Holiday orders should be placed by 12/5 in order to ensure delivery. Not valid with other offers. Tax and shipping included.

$15 for $30 Worth of Personalized Children’s Clothing and Gifts at Makaboo!Children, who are born naked, must be immediately swaddled to prevent their “new baby” smell from wafting out windows and attracting feral Peter Pans. Seal in your offspring’s freshness with today’s Groupon: for $15, you get $30 worth of personalized children’s clothing and gifts from Makaboo, an online purveyor of custom textiles for kids. Shipping is not included with this deal; see the sidebar for rates.

As featured in People’s celebrity baby blog, Makaboo specializes in design-it-yourself clothing and gifts for babies and kids from such tried-and-true brands as Angel Dear, Bella Bliss, Kissy Kissy, and Swaddle Designs. Pillow pals ($29.99) provide a fuzzy companion, head supporter, and indoctrinator into the lifelong skill of spooning. A snuggly hoodie jacket ($49.99) makes an effective, colorful cocoon for darling human larvae when the weather gets nippy. Robes, blankets, bibs, and burps help parents attend to the various needs of their twee tater-tots with stylish aplomb. I’ve pictured all the items under $50 to give you some idea of what you can buy with this Groupon.

The Details: Limit 1 per person per order. Valid online only. Tax and shipping not included.

$15 for $30 Worth of Shirts and More at Donkey Tees!T-shirts are easy to get into, unlike college pottery courses or invisible mime boxes. Overcome comfort barriers with today’s Groupon to Donkey Tees. This purveyor of casual wearables offers a head-spinning selection of shirts, hoodies, and pajamas donning clever catchphrases and pop culture references. Donkey Tees’ online shop features a plethora of torso wrappers, including vintage, novelty, and Ohio-themed designs.

The Details: Limit 2 per person; may buy multiple as gifts. Not valid with other offers. Must use in 1 purchase.

$22 for a 24-Cookie Gift Box from Insomnia Cookies ($50 Value)!Insomnia Cookies began as a project to feed fresh-baked cookies to hungry college students who spend the wee hours studying, partying, or studying parties for an anthropology course. Cookie gift boxes can be shipped nationwide and store their baked bounty in a chocolate-brown box topped with a satin ribbon. Inside, your mother, father, or long-lost identical twin will discover 24 deliciously soft cookies in an assortment of signature flavors, which include chocolate chunk, snickerdoodle, white-chocolate macadamia, double-chocolate chunk, M&M, oatmeal raisin, and peanut butter. Include a message in the complimentary greeting card, or leave it blank as a haunting memento to the delicious flavors words cannot express.

The Details: Limit 3 per person. Limit 1 per order. Not valid for tin box. For delivery in December, must place order prior to December. Shipping and tax included.

$20 for $50 Worth of Holiday Cards, Canvas Prints, and Other Merchandise at Paper-Moments.com! In business for nearly a century, the family-owned business specializes in a wide array of photography products. Using the latest digital printing equipment, the knowledgeable robo-staff can create high-quality digital prints from film, digital images, and more. They can turn images into a life-sized poster ($24.99–$59.99) or museum-worthy wrapped canvas print ($39.99 and up) to comfort and watch over the cat while you’re at work. Create your own cards, announcements, and invitations ($1.09 and up), or celebrate the season with photo-laden gifts such as mugs ($12.99–$19.99), T-shirts ($16.99–$24.99), and notepads ($12.99–$45). Holiday cards come in a variety of shapes and styles, including multi-image cards and folded cards ($1.39–$2.39).

The Details: Limit 1 per person, per order. Must use in 1 purchase. Tax and shipping not included.

$15 for $30 Worth of Soaps, Lotions, and Lip Balms from Firefly Essentials! Firefly Essentials delivers moisturizing products straight to your home; these products battle the itchy, red, and uncomfortable skin brought on by dry air and wintry weather. More than 25 varieties of handmade soaps are available—including bar blends ($4.75 per bar) such as coconut breeze, lemongrass, and cucumbery melon—that transform the body into a tasty treat for nocturnal, closet-dwelling trolls. Goat-milk-based body lotion will ensure sleek skin by wicking away spilled nacho cheese, while beeswax lip balms formulated with cocoa butter, sweet almond oil, jojoba oil, and tea-tree oil will soothe the mouth pillows after a season of chappage. Otherwise, opt for one of Firefly’s quick gift sets, like a four-pack of natural soaps tied in raffia cord ($19.50).

Skin is the anchor that keeps body organs from floating away like balloons. With Firefly Essential’s convenient mail-order delivery, you’ll be able to cleanse in style after a sudorific session of table tennis or Monday-night fight club.

The Details: Limit 2 per person. Does not include shipping.

$15 for $30 Worth of Customizable Skins for Smart Phones, iPhones, iPods, Laptops, eReaders, and More from GelaSkins!
Upon reaching secondary education, the students’ first task is to wrap and protect their sworn enemies: textbooks. Safeguard and stylize the things you actually care about with today’s Groupon: for $15, you get $30 worth of customizable skins for iPhones, iPods, laptops, gaming systems, and more from GelaSkins, an online hotspot of technological personalization. Though shipping is not free, the Groupon can be used toward shipping and tax is included.

Each skin features a durable, scratch-resistant coating. Skins are easily applied and removed using a non-gunky adhesive. The stylish and functional coatings turn any device into an enviable work of art. Browse the site to see if you have a device fit to be skinned alive. The total number of compatible unclothed machinery exceeds 100 and includes numerous phones, iPods and MP3 players, laptops, gaming consoles, and eReaders. As for the design itself, users have the option of browsing the gallery or uploading a custom masterpiece. Bedeck an iPhone with an army of all-seeing aliens ($14.95), a Zune HD with a graphic ink pond ($14.95), or a Wii with five dancing figures ($29.95). GelaSkins has even teamed up with a number of collaborators, including Marvel comics and National Geographic, to bring recognizable and professional imagery to the backside of your electronic sidekick.

The Details: Limit 1 per person. May buy 3 additional as gifts. Valid for “buy 3, get 1 free” offer. May use toward shipping. Must use in 1 order. Tax not included.

$35 for a “Big Wall Graphic” Panoramic Wall Mural from LTL Prints ($84 Value)!
Larger Than Life specializes in wall art that combines modern materials with state-of-the-art digital-production technologies. With today’s Groupon, you’ll receive one of its panoramic wall murals, 48 inches by 12 inches in size. Browse the selection of city- and landscapes and order online. Keep it American with skylines of Boston, Chicago, and New York, or roam far away with a sweeping low-angle shot of the Eiffel Tower against a golden sky. Tropical and mountain scenes are also available, along with a lone sunflower amidst lavender plants and a diner on Route 66. Think not on frames or complicated mounting procedures; all murals are printed on fabric paper using eco-solvent digital inks, and are designed to adhere to any kind of wall material without leaving residue or damaging the underlying surface. If you need to leave town because a band of renegade apiarists is dangerously close to discovering the galvanized-steel hive stocked with superbees in your neighbor’s backyard, simply peel the mural and go—it’s safe to remove and reapply up to 100 times.

LTL wall murals make great gifts for back-to-school decorating, birthdays, Burton Gilliam Day, or most any day. They’re also good for college-bound students headed for empty-walled dorms, as well as for spicing up sawdust-flavored office walls. All LTL wall graphics are made in the United States, printed on demand, and shipped within 48 hours. With today’s deal, shipping (normally $4) is absolutely free; if you need the shipping expedited, just choose to pay extra during checkout.

The Details: Limit 1 per order. Valid for panoramic wall mural only. Shipping included.

$25 for $75 Worth of Wine from Barclay’s Wine! For $25, today’s side deal gets you $75 worth of fine fermented grape juice from Barclay’s Wine, an online shop that will deliver directly to your home or office. Whether you are a certified oenophile or attempting to shed your Welch’s training wheels, Barclay’s Wine’s customer-friendly site will help you see, swirl, and sniff out sophisticated sippables that pair well with your palate. The virtual bottle boutique’s impressive selection is sortable by style, varietal, region, winery, or price range. Stockpile your cellar with multiple mouth pleasers sold for less than $15, such as the delightfully crisp 2008 Apex chardonnay ($12.95), which you can enjoy while whittling holes into a block of swiss cheese on the porch, and the 2008 Bridgman merlot ($12.95), well-suited for washing down hearty plates of pasta. Or use this Groupon to guiltlessly treat yourself to a bottle with a slightly higher price tag, such as the 2001 Viña Alicia cabernet sauvignon ($62.50) from Mendoza, Argentina, sporting notes of cedar, blueberry, and chocolate. You may also apply the value of this Groupon toward a sampler case or Barclay’s Wine Experience, which gets you 12 bottles, an automatic corkscrew set, and more for $129.95 plus shipping ($54.95 plus $19.95 shipping when you use your Groupon).

To ensure an easy shopping experience, Barclay’s provides thorough descriptions of each offered wine on its site. The site’s team of behind-the-scenes wine guys prides itself on bridging the gap between winemakers and consumers by providing an outlet for producers to share their stories, philosophies, and experiences. Snoop around the site to learn about the luscious liquids and their origins, and then have your favorite finds delivered to your home, office, or underground peanut-butter refinery just in time for drinking them.

The Details: Limit 1 per person. May buy 2 additional as gifts. New clients only. Must be 21 or older.

$15 for $35 Woth of Wise Desserts at Fancy Fortune Cookies!
Over the years, the Chinese fortune cookie has become so dry and tasteless that many diners prefer to eat the fortune instead. Today’s game-changing Groupon delivers a reversal of fortune (cookie): for $15, you get $35 worth of gourmet fortune cookies and personalized fortunes from Fancy Fortune Cookies. You can buy as many Groupons as you want but may only use one per order.

Having baked its delicate desserts of destiny for the celebrity likes of Oprah, Jackie Chan, and others, Fancy Fortune Cookies offers a handsome array of crack-openable creations like the chocolate-covered-raspberry fortune cookie ($1.15 each), chocolate-covered cookie ($1.10 each), and cherry-flavored cookie ($0.65 each). You can also make yourself feel tiny by ordering one-pound gigantic fortune cookies ($29.95+) and much more. Check out Fancy Fortune Cookies’ larger-than-normal-fortune-cookie-sized selection of flavors here. Best of all, you can customize your own fortunes in a variety of languages (including French, Spanish, and even Arabic, which likes to end its fortunes with “inshallah” rather than “in bed”). Besides doling out pithy prophecies, lines of love, and Dadaist declarations, you can also use your fortunes to promote your death-metal band or your new pushcart business.

The Details: Limit 1 per order. Shipping not included.


Now, I need your help . . . I’m told this great little Groupon widget above will default to your most appropriate city. I’d appreciate my readers letting me know that this widget works properly. If it does, then you can bookmark this page to find your daily Groupon deal.

Can’t Even Give Stuff Away!

What’s up with the giveaways, folks? I’ve got several contests going on right now and nobody is entering! It’s FREE STUFF!! And it’s GOOD STUFF!

Let me recap the current giveaways and maybe if they’re all in one place, you’ll be a little more inclined to enter.

BREAST CANCER PROMOTIONS & GIVEAWAYS

What’s Your Most Embarrassing Moment?

What’s your most embarrassing moment involving the breast? It can be your breast or someone elses (be sure you ask permission before you tell their story).

I shared a story of my own–click here to read it. And then I asked Facebook fans to post their own stories. Two people posted, but nobody voted! I can’t pick a winner unless you vote! Here are the stories:

Story #1~Susan B.

One night, years ago, two girlfriends and myself went out for drinks at a bar/night club. My two gorgeous girlfriends ended up meeting two cute guys as they sat on stools at the bar. All of a sudden, one of my girlfriends jumped up, grabbed myself and other friend and said, “We have to go to the bathroom now!” When we got into the bathroom, she said, “Oh my gosh, I was sitting there talking to that guy and my “boob” fell on to the floor.” And he looked down where it landed and yelled, “What the heck is that?”

She then holds out her hand with her “chicken cutlet” style breast enhancer in it to show us. My other girlfriend turns to us and says, “We’re gonna have to get out of here because the guy I was talking to keeps running his hand through my hair and my extensions are gonna fall out at any moment, too!!!!”

Story #2~Life’s a Gift
My most embarrassing moment was a couple months after my oldest had been born. We were were stationed at Hickam AFB at the time & it was our first visit back to the beach. I squeezed into my old bikini and slipped a skimpy one piece cover-up over it. When we arrived at the beach, my friends invited me into the water to try my hand at boogie boarding…bad idea! A huge wave hit me and my bikini top popped open and I popped out! I was frantically trying to cover myself with my skimpy cover-up and looking towards my hubby for help…expecting him to come running with a towel…didn’t happen! He sat on the beach with our newborn just shaking his head! LOL! I am a very modest person & will remember that day forever!! :)

Since the only people who have voted for the stories are the authors and myself, I’m going to run this contest through Friday to give fans an opportunity to vote and to submit their own stories. The person who gets the most “Likes” wins a pink pashmina from RSH Catalog (compliments of Pennywise Panache).

NEW! Join Rue La La to WIN a Ruccini Brooch

Rue La La is one of my favorites among the sample sales. Right now, they’re running a promotion for new members. Join and you get $20 to spend toward your first purchase!

To be entered in the contest to win the brooch, all you have to do is join Rue La La. Not only are you entered in the giveaway for the Ruccini Brooch, but you get $20 toward your first purchase at Rue La La! Even if you don’t win the brooch, you’ve got $20 to spend on something at Rue La La’s great sales.

Here’s a sampling of today’s sales at Rue La La:

Yummie Tummie is a modern body contouring shaper. Your Yummie Tummie is meant to be seen while secretly slimming your mid-section and camouflaging visible lumps and bumps! Unlike most shapewear that compress your bust and roll up, the Yummie Tummies’ cotton bust and hip panels appear to the outsider as a normal tank top; meanwhile the secret midsection panel is smoothing and shaping your middle, eliminating approximately five pounds off your appearance.

Yummie Tummie is the first body shaper garment that is top oriented and designed to be worn each and every day as a foundation or layering piece. The effects of Yummie Tummie are dramatic for the wearer, both physically and mentally. Yummie Tummie will give you a boost of confidence! It is extra long in the body so it provides coverage as you bend and move. These shapers come in lots of styles and range in size from X-small to 3X. Prices range from $29 to $35.

Designing jewelry that is both fashionable and classic, Janice Giraldi blends modern flair and ancient drama into striking combinations of precious metals, gemstones and freshwater pearls. I love jewelry and it was hard for me to find a piece I didn’t like in this collection. The earrings pictured are $39 and the ring is only $49.

OTHER GIVEAWAYS

Groupon Giveaway

Now through Wednesday, October 20th, every 5th person who joins Groupon will get $20 credited to their account to spend whenever and however they choose. Groupon is also giving $5 to new members who join by November 4th!

To be eligible for the GIVEAWAY:
1) Click here to join Groupon and get $5 credited to your account.
2) Once you’ve joined, select the city closest to you, indicating that you wish to receive the daily email for that city.
3) Once Groupon confirms your membership, forward the confirmation email to contact@pennywisepanache.com.
4) Once you’re joined, click here to go to my Facebook wall. Leave a post that reads “I joined Groupon!”

I’ll determine every 5th new member by the time stamp on the email.

Reisenthal Market Tote Giveaway Sponsored by Nicole Jane Home

Read all about this giveaway and the details for entering by clicking here. This tote is valued at $49.95 and I love mine!

Show Your Boobies!?!

As I was standing in front of my boss’s desk one day, waiting for him to complete his instructions for a project I was working on, I noticed he seemed a little distracted. He managed to finish giving directions as I picked up a stack of files from his desk.

As I double checked the files to make sure I had everything, I asked, “Anything else?”

He dropped his head a little and said, “Yes, Martha! Your blouse is unbuttoned!”

Of course, it was the button dead center of my chest, so he got a good look at some cleavage. Definitely not a totally innocent peek! I felt my face turn 50 shades of red as I thanked God for that stack of folders, clasped them over my chest, and got out of there as quickly as I could!

Now, share your most embarrassing moment–that has to do with your breasts (or somebody else’s if you have their permission) to win a pink pashmina from Room Service Home. (Click here to see the scarf).

To help get you in the mood for a funny story, click here and leave a comment (so I’ll know you read it).

To Enter:

  1. Leave a comment indicating that you read the post “Breast Cancer Is No Laughing Matter” (link above). A couple of you have already commented so that’s your first entry.
  2. Go to the Pennywise Panache Facebook Page and post your funny story under my status update about the giveaway.
  3. The story that gets the most “Likes” wins the scarf.

Contest ends Saturday, October 16, 2010, at 11:59 PM ET. Open to residents of the U.S. and Canada.

Save The Ta Tas!

I’m big on causes! I’m a bit selective but when I get behind one, I’m on board! I am 100% behind our military (my sons are both soldiers), and I’m a big education advocate. I find it harder to get behind some causes, but not the one we’re honoring in October–Breast Cancer Awareness! I know someone who is just beginning her fight with breast cancer–she had her first chemotherapy treatment this week. I have a sister cousin (we call each other that because we’re close and because our moms have the same birth date) who is a breast cancer survivor. She was diagnosed in her 40’s with two types of breast cancer and immediately started waging the fight of her life. Her precious parents–my aunt and uncle–were by her side every step of the way! A dear friend of mine lost her mother to breast cancer when her mom was only 44 years old! Way too young! And my former mother-in-law (my children’s grandmother) battled breast cancer all the years I knew her. I have never known anyone who fought so relentlessly to win her battle with breast cancer in an era when treatments were not as advanced as they are today.

So you see, I’ve loved people who have survived breast cancer and some who didn’t. I have friends who have been touched by the loss of someone close to them. I have an aunt and uncle, co-survivors, who put on their boxing gloves with my sister cousin and waged war with her. And I just know that in my life time, this disease will be eradicated. But it takes awareness and people talking openly about it. So here’s my plug–

Feel your boobies!
Have your mammies grammed!
Know your breasts!

If you’re due a mammogram, here’s your reminder. If you haven’t learned how to do your own self-exam, click here for step-by-step instructions. And here are all the tools you need––a place free of distraction, the finger pads of the three middle fingers on your hands, and a mirror! Yes! A mirror! You need to look at your breasts! These links will give you more details.

Now, back to my support of the cause . . . I wish I was smart enough to know the science to wipe out this horrible disease. But I’m not–science is not my thing! I wish I had millions of dollars to contribute to research, but I’m not a millionaire, so my ability to contribute is limited. But I can use my voice–or my keyboard–to raise awareness and that’s what I’ve decided to do.

Sometimes, it takes a trick or two to get people to read information that they’re bombarded with. And I know that during this month, especially, you are seeing all sorts of things about breast cancer awareness. So, I thought I’d use a trick of my own to get your attention . . . GIVEAWAYS! I know how much you love them!

First, let me say that had I started sooner, I think I would have had 100% of the giveaways sponsored by someone. I have been so encouraged by the positive response from the people I asked for help. For the giveaways that I purchased myself, I opted to introduce you to some of my favorite places to shop.

My hope is that if you win one of these prizes, you will–
A. Use it to remind yourself that YOU are worth taking care of;
B. Share it with someone who is struggling with breast cancer right now to encourage them; or
C. Give your prize to a survivor to let her know that you’re glad she won the fight.

I have lots to share and these prizes will be given at random using whatever criteria happens to strike my fancy at the time. Ready?

I love Room Service Home and have shopped their catalog for years! When I thought about giveaways for breast cancer patients and survivors, I immediately thought of RSH because I knew I’d find those great presents that say “pamper” with a capital P!

When I don’t feel well and I’m stressed, I’m more likely to forget things. That’s why I thought these “All Out Of” Pads were perfect for the woman who has more important things on her mind than a grocery list!

Wear these beautiful Pashminas to complement your outfit, tie a trendy turban, or just knock off the chill on these cool, fall days. Generously proportioned so that you can decide how to wear it. Of course, I’ve chosen pink! Acrylic/viscose. Machine washable.

If you’re a breast cancer survivor, I’m sure you’re back to cleaning (Ugh!), but hopefully, these adorable pink gloves will make the chore a little lighter. If you’re in the thick of the battle, give these to your husband and see how cute he looks in these! Room Service Home’s natural rubber latex gloves with clever dot oil-cloth cuffs are perfect for cleaning and gift giving.

I found these great Rucinni brooches (yes, they’re back in style) at the Modnique sample sale last week. I think they’re gorgeous and either of these pins would look great on a gray blazer or a black coat. Rucinni products feature some of the most exquisite jewelry available on the market. Their attention to detail and extremely high quality products are second to none. Each product features luminous enamel and carefully set Swarovski Crystals! Inside each box is their “Rucinni” brand stamp embedded into the enamel so you know you are receiving a genuine Rucinni product.

Shower for the cure is philosophy.com’s charity pink ribbon shampoo, shower gel & bubble bath supporting the Women’s Cancer Research Fund. The creamy formula contains a touch of comforting milky notes and a kiss of tangerine nectar for a unique scent that delicate, feminine and sophisticated. philosophy donates 100% of its net proceeds from the sale of this product. Not many companies donate ALL the proceeds of a promotion. philosophy.com’s commitment to the cause makes me proud to be a philosophy.com affiliate.

I love Etsy! If you don’t know about Etsy, you’re missing out on so much!

Etsy enables people to make a living making things, and to reconnect makers with buyers. The Etsy community spans the globe with buyers and sellers coming from more than 150 countries. Etsy sellers number in the hundreds of thousands!

Etsy’s vision is to build a new economy and present a better choice: Buy, Sell, and Live Handmade!

When I decided to do this promotion, Etsy was one of the first places I started browsing for ideas, and I wasn’t disappointed by the selection. But more importantly, I wasn’t disappointed by the response! I get a little teary eyed still (and I’ve been working on this promotion over a week) just thinking about how generous these Etsy sellers have been in helping with this promotion. There was no hesitation! Not one question asked! They just wanted to know where to send the goodies! Angels for sure!

Amy Lynn Thompson of Cameos & Such, contributed these beautiful cameo hair pins. For me, a cameo depicts the beauty of a woman, and I want all women, whatever they’re facing, to feel beautiful! When I sent Amy an email, she responded within minutes–”My mother is a 3 year survivor! Count me in!” Way to fight like a girl, Lynda Thomspon (Amy’s mom)! This giveaway is in honor of you! Add Amy’s shop to your favorites and subscribe to her RSS feed by clicking here. I’m so impressed with Amy–she’s 18 years old and runs her little cameo business out of her bedroom. She designs and creates all of the jewelry herself, and I see a burgeoning entrepreneur on the horizon!

Kim and her friend Jaynie make handmade cards for all occasions, along with some little extras that can be tucked inside. They also offer some useful and unique items that can be personalized for shower favors and thank you gifts in their shop, J And K Kreations.

I enjoyed browsing their shop because they had so many great things to raise awareness of breast cancer. Kim and Jaynie donated these “Seeds Of Hope” Wildflower Seeds. I love the quote they have posted on the site: “To plant a garden is to believe in the future.” What woman doesn’t need assurance–and a little reminder–that the future is so much brighter for breast cancer patients than it was just 10 years ago? Please add a href=”http://www.etsy.com/shop/JandKKreations?ref=top_trail”>J And K Kreations to your favorites and subscribe to their feed by clicking here.

These Etsy dealers are already the most thoughtful people ever! I mean, I didn’t have to ask them to make items especially for breast cancer awareness–they already had! Thus, I just went shopping and asked a few people to contribute to the cause! Don’t you just love people who are so thoughtful?

Sharla at Cheeks and Lola was ready and willing to help with my promotion and donated several special edition pocket mirrors from her “I HEART Boobies” designs. Sharla specializes in what she calls “LOOK AT ME” pocket mirrors. These mirrors are intended to make a statement–funny, absurd at times, inspirational…whatever you make it. When you hold up that mirror, you’ll be saying “Look at me!” The mirrors have a little attitude, reflecting Sharla’s belief that being a little on the edgy side boosts confidence! How important is THAT to a woman fighting breast cancer?

Cheeks and Lola pocket mirrors are not just to reflect your image, but they are reflectors of light that shine into those dark places and illuminate what is uniquely beautiful in each of you.

I’m sort of peculiar about some things and a good mirror for my purse is one of them. If you use your compact mirror, you have to clean it before you’re able to see yourself. But these mirrors are on the ready for you to check your lipstick or check your hair (or wig). Thank you so much, Sharla, for your quick and cordial response to my request! Subscribe to Sharla’s shop feed by clicking here.

I immediately took a liking to these hand-stamped “Feel ‘Em Up” Breast Cancer Awareness Greeting Cards from Christy’s Creations. All of her cards are so beautiful and you’ll find just about anything for any occasion. Since October is Breast Cancer Awareness month, Christy took the opportunity to remind someone to feel their boobies or to get a mammogram. Think of all of the women in your life–mothers, sisters, neighbors, daughters, nieces, teachers, friends, cousins, grandmothers, aunts! Breast cancer is the most common cancer among women, and Christy and I hope to see it eradicated in our life times! Right, Christy?

Christy based this card on the hope that someone will grab a handful and feel, or even go get a mammogram. You never know when a little nudge–a simple card that serves as a reminder, might just save a life. And really, in the end, isn’t that the point!

Not only are these cards a subtle reminder to take care of yourself, but they are messages of hope to someone who is currently fighting cancer. Maybe you know a breast cancer survivor: use one of these cards to let her know that you’re glad she won the fight! Since both of Christy’s parents have had cancer–her mother, a survivor, and her father, a fighter to the end, she is eager to raise awareness of breast cancer.

These 4″x5″ cards come on white card stock with a matching white envelope. The inside of the card is blank for your own message, while the left side has a floral print with a pink ribbon just to the right of the floral paper. I hope you’ll continue to support Christy’s Creations by adding her shop to your favorites and subscribing to her RSS feed by clicking here.

When you aren’t feeling well, and especially when you’re waging the fight of your life, you need your rest! This sleep mask with lavender sachet was the first Etsy item that caught my eye. From Art Colors and Lavender Studio, this sleep mask is embroidered with the words “Beauty Sleep.” Ahhhhh! It just begs you to take a nap, doesn’t it?
This shop’s mantra is “Conserving the elegance of yesterday, and combing it with the spontaneous and fun things of today: Art and Color.” Subscribe to the shop’s feed by clicking here. Thank you so much, Maria Patricia Lazaro Boeri, for your help with this promotion!

LMK Gifts has the greatest favors for all occasions, but especially for breast cancer fundraisers! This line, called “In Favor Of A Cure,” had so much that I had a hard time selecting from the items. In the end, I figured that everybody loves cookies, thus, the great cookie pops, and that it’s very important for breast cancer patients to keep bacteria to a minimum, so I chose the hand sanitizers. Aren’t these great?

LMK Gifts offers a wide selection of unique, hand finished favor boxes, favor centerpiece and personalized christening rosary favors, graduation party favors, birthday party favor boxes and many other personalized favors for almost any occasion. The shop has origami favor boxes to fit nearly any theme, as well as monogram favors that will coordinate with any type of wedding décor or color scheme. In addition to wedding favors, you’ll find a number of unique designs in personalized bridal shower favors and personalized anniversary favors to celebrate that milestone anniversary in style.

In addition to offering favors for specific occasions and themes, many of LMK Gifts’ favor designs are versatile enough to be used for a range of occasions.

Thanks so much, Lisa, for making these products available to me at a wonderful discount and for customizing them just the way I wanted them! I know lots of people who are having parties and planning weddings, and I know just the place to help them find the perfect party favor! Subscribe to the LMK Gifts feed by clicking here.

When I started my blog several months ago, I became acquainted via the wonderful world of Facebook with this great lady whose user name is Life’s A Gift! Doesn’t that say something about her attitude? And what a great sentiment for this promotion!

I don’t think I’ve ever seen such a creative idea for offering encouragement to others. Sandy Grams beat old fashioned greeting cards, hands down! Sandy Gram-Say it in the Sand is still in its infancy. Started by Lynda Thorn, a stay-at-home mom of two (a teenager and a toddler), Sandy Gram-Say it in the Sand gives you the opportunity to “write” your message or greeting in sand and have it photographed. Click here to see an example. Once Lynda has finished written your greeting and photographed it, she sends an email of the picture to you so that you can share it with someone you want to encourage.

I love these because they are beautiful, one-of-a-kind gifts that can be framed and treasured for years! Visit the SandyGram Facebook page by clicking here. Please “Like” Lynda’s page and tell her “Thanks” for contributing to this promotion. Lynda will give one lucky winner a Sandy Gram that says “Dreams Come True” or you can choose one that says “Never Give Up.” For more information on ordering a Sandy Gram of your own, e-mail Lynda at SendASandyGram@yahoo.com.

Lynda, thank you from the bottom of my heart!

It began as more than a love of fashion, but a passion for the land and people of Mexico. With a desire to bring meaning to her life and a calling to unite the village markets of Mexico and her home country, Melanie Mauldin not only built her own family business, HandPicked but helped build better lives for the families of silversmiths that have created HandPicked treasures for the past 20 years. And, even today, Melanie continues to work to improve the quality of life for women in those villages.

By offering handcrafted sterling silver jewelry that represents value, HandPicked has evolved from home shows and holiday markets to a family-owned chain of stores in three states. I think I shopped one of their very first stores in Columbia, South Carolina, almost 20 years ago. Now, they have one just 20 minutes from my home, so I love shopping there. When I was looking for something special to wear to my step-daughter’s wedding, I went to HandPicked! So, it’s only natural that I looked to HandPicked to buy something special for this promotion.

One lucky winner will receive this necklace made from pink swarovski crystals and sterling silver. I picked it because it’s so dainty and I think it will make a woman feel beautiful. And after all, this is what this whole promotion is all about!

REVIEW & GIVEAWAY! Reisenthal Market Tote by Nicole Jane Home

Most Americans know very little about shopping baskets except those we see in our local grocery store or pharmacy when we go in to pick up a few items. Instead of a rolling shopping cart, we might pick up one of the little plastic baskets with handles, available near the checkout, to throw a few items into. But in Europe, shopping baskets are an essential! Unlike us lazy Americans, most Europeans walk to the market and take their mode of transporting their purchases with them. No European would be caught browsing a market or pharmacy without their trusty shopping basket!

Used all over Europe, the Reisenthal basket is an ideal shape and size for those trips to your local farmers market or those annual festivals that take place in the spring and fall. In fact, I just took mine along to the local Farmers’ Market Fall Festival! Having used mine recently, I can tell you that it beats those plastic bags by a country mile!

The basket has a lightweight aluminum frame and polyester covering—mine is the art deco pattern, and I find all sorts of uses for it every day! The frame and the covering are durable and easy to clean. The rigid bottom and protective feet make it easy to put down your basket while you browse without fear that everything will topple out. I don’t like shopping bags or totes for this very reason.

Typically, I don’t enjoy shopping baskets because when I drape the handle over my arm, it leaves a bruise. If I hold it in my hands, I sometimes get a little pinch when the handles (that are poorly made) grab my fingers. But the Reisenthal basket has a thick rubber-grip handle that makes it comfortable to carry—no bruises even when I fill it to the brim!

And right now, mine is filled with magazines and books in anticipation of a weekend away, filled with reading and relaxation.

There’s a lot to love about this basket and I found it hard to narrow my favorite features down to just one thing. I love that the basket collapses easily for storage. Assembly is simple–expand the lightweight handle from the frame and lock in the up position. I keep mine in the back of my car so that I’m never without it when I decide to make a local run to buy some produce or hit one of the antique (think more in the area of junk) stores. It’s perfect for putting those small items into.

Here’s my other favorite feature—the basket has an inner zippered pocket for carrying your wallet, cell phone, keys and other essentials. Primo feature! Thin inserts are provided to give extra support along the sides. You don’t have to carry your purse!

Like all Reisenthel products, it is very high quality (this is the real deal—not a cheap knockoff)! An updated version of the classic wicker basket, the Reisenthel Market Basket is an ideal tool for groceries if you’re into keeping our planet green. Use in place of plastic baskets to shop, pack and haul home Reisenthel materials are remarkably durable, featuring designs that add a refreshing dash of color to normally mundane looking products. Bold colors and fashion forward prints turn heads.

The Reisenthal Market Tote is about the same size as a traditional shopping basket when open. It measures 19” x 12” x 11” and has a 25 liter volume (about 6 gallons).

About the Sponsor ~ Nicole Jane Home

Nicole Jane Home is a leading online home décor and gift store, serving customers throughout Canada and the U.S.A. Based in South Surrey, BC, Nicole Jane Home brings you stylish, high-quality products delivered right to your door. Whenever and wherever it’s convenient, just pull up a chair, pour a cup of tea and shop to your heart’s content, without ever leaving your home or office.

Okay, so Nicole Jane Home is convenient . . . but do they have what you’re looking for? Sure thing! Nicole Jane Home carries the latest trends and styles to help you create beautiful room scapes with the style and ambiance you want. If you’re looking for a special gift, they have just the thing! Nicole Jane Home shops the world so you don’t have to!

I took a little shopping tour today, and here are a few of the things I found and put into my shopping basket:

Celebrate the changing seasons with this exquisite set of 4 glass squash (each 4″). Each set is individually hand/mouth-blown high quaity glass. Collect the amber or clear, or mix and match both for a stunning display of Fall’s favourite harvest. These would look great on your Thanksgiving table.

I always find a need to use card tables at Christmas–for my dessert table or beverages–but I can never find a pretty cloth for a table that size. Usually, I wind up with something way too large or I settle (and I do mean settle) for paper or plastic. Anybody who has been to my home for a meal knows that I hate settling for ugly paper and plastic ware! I use it, but only if it’s really pretty! I am so excited to find a square tablecloth for my holiday festivities at Nicole Jane Home! I ordered two of these–a solid and a print for layering! These April Cornell Table Linens (they are exquisite) start at $24.99. You’ll love browsing the table linens from Nicole Jane Home.

Truly, it’s all at the touch of your fingers. Shop the site, place your order, and wait for everything to arrive at your doorstep. And don’t worry! If everything isn’t just the way you like it, Nicole Jane Home has a hassle-free return policy. I haven’t returned a single item I’ve purchased, but I can tell you a little about Nicole Jane Home’s customer service . . . It’s simply the best! Period! You’re notified when your order is shipped and if anything is delayed for any reason, you’re notified that the item is delayed and why.

When the item ships, my dear friend Jennifer who is the brains behind Nicole Jane Home, tracks the order and sends you an email on THE day the order is to arrive telling you to look for your shipment! (I love that about her!) Not only does she notify you to look for your package, but she asks if you’re pleased with your order and she truly wants to know!

Nicole Jane Home is big enough to bring you a wide selection of great items for your home and gift giving but small enough to bring you that wonderful personal touch that I so appreciate when I shop!

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Contest ends at 11:59 PM ET, Wednesday, October 20, 2010. Winner will be selected using Random.org and announced by October 23, 2010.

AND THE WINNER IS . . . Amber Gi!

Congratulations, Amber! Amber, please send your shipping information to me at contact@pennywisepanache.com!

Thanks everyone for entering!

Petunia Picklebottom Giveaway

GIVEAWAY!

In honor of the debut of Petunia Pickle Bottom at zulily today, I’m giving away two of their beautiful pieces–a $200 value!

The Petunia Pickle Bottom line of diaper bags, baby gear, linens and layette is distinguished by its fearless sense of style, innovation in design and distinctly fashionable look making each and every one of their luxurious products true must-haves for parents. It’s no wonder Petunia Pickle Bottom is the most sought after brand of diaper bags on the market today! From the Original Collection to Scout and Cake, each meticulously designed baby bag is beautiful enough to be considered a collectible yet perfectly functional and practical for everyday use.

The Tranquil Tibet Touring Tote by Petunia Pickle Bottom is part shoulder bag and part stroller bag, offering true elegance with uncompromising functionality. This tote features a Venetian blue and cream scrolled medallion design with Marigold and Buttercup hand embroidery detail, making a dramatic statement that can’t be missed. The Glazed collection of baby bags features a (pvc free) coated-canvas fabric, providing a wipe-able and water-repellent matte finish that makes cleaning a cinch. As pretty as it is practical, this collection combines wonderful designer touches with unique hand embroidered accents. A perfect fit for the fashion forward mom, it transitions beautifully from day to night and from shoulder to stroller, with unparalleled style.

Touring Tote Features Include:

  • Double-headed zipper for easy opening
  • 3 carrying options: small hobo, long shoulder, stroller clips
  • Venetian Blue water resistant liner
  • 1 front pocket with magnetic closure
  • 1 large back zippered pocket with removable changing pad
  • 2 side zippered pockets for cell phone or iPod
  • 4 spacious interior pockets
  • 2 interior bottle/sippy cup pockets
  • 1 interior pacifier pocket
  • Petunia Pickle Bottom monogrammed plastic wipes case
  • Wipe clean with damp cloth only. Spot clean liner with damp cloth
  • PVC-Free Glazed “wipe-able” exterior
  • Dimensions: 12″ x 14″ x 6.5″

The Organic Stroller Blanket in Tranquil Tibet boasts superb hand embroidery in fabulous shades of Marigold and Buttercup upon a blue and cream scrolled medallion background. Part of Petunia Pickle Bottom’s Original line, this soft, stretchy baby blanket in a double layer of organic cotton knit is the ideal companion to the mobile mother when traveling with your little one and stroller in tow. Features print on one side and solid on the other, finished with coordinating solid color binding.

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Contest ends at 11:59 PM ET, Wednesday, October 6, 2010. Winner will be selected using Random.org and announced by October 8, 2010.

THE WINNER OF THE PETUNIA PICKLE BOTTOM GIVEAWAY, VALUED AT $182, IS . . .

Gracyn Altman Hamilton

Congratulations, Gracyn! Please email me at contact@pennywisepanache.com with your mailing address so that I can ship this beautiful bag and stroller blanket to you.

Thanks everyone for entering! Please stay posted for more great giveaways!

JustGano.com Product Review & Giveaway

I came to know about JustGano.com through a post on Facebook, and I was lured by the picture of the gorgeous jewelry. I clicked on the link to learn more about the contest that offered a free piece of jewelry, of my choice, but I thought there was a catch and was a little leery because JustGano.com is unlike any other site in the way they market their beautiful jewelry.

The contest rules explained that I would receive a bonus piece of jewelry to keep if I enrolled in a trial membership and the first month’s membership was free as part of the contest. “Uh-oh!” I thought. “I’m going to get roped into this club that I can never get out of!” Still, the appeal of that knock-out bracelet I was going to win sucked me right in and I figured it was worth the risk. By the way, here’s the piece I won. Isn’t it stunning?

I’ll be the first to admit that I was a bit skeptical about joining what I perceived to be a jewelry club. In my mind, I could see these shipments showing up at my door much like one of those book-of-the-month clubs where you are shipped a book every month based on your favorite genre and authors. You know the ones . . . IF you return the book in the very limited period of time allotted you won’t be billed for it. Well, I’m not very good at returning things in a timely fashion, and apparently, there are a lot of other people who aren’t or these clubs would cease to exist. Nevertheless, I told myself that I would sign up and once I got my free stuff, I’d unsubscribe. I was getting a free month’s membership and even if I forgot to cancel for a month, it was only $7.95 after that. AND I was getting a bracelet valued at $48, so if I wound up paying the second month’s membership, I still had a gorgeous bracelet that only cost me $7.95.

Well, I got my bracelet and the pictures didn’t do it justice! Along with the bracelet, JustGano.com shipped a pair of CZ studs that I wear almost every day. I swear they look real! I also got a Signature Keyhole Heart Bracelet ($32 value) as an added bonus that was mine to keep even if I canceled my membership. As excited I was with all my goodies, I still thought it must be too good to be true. But I was oh, so wrong!

About JustGano.com
For decades, JustGano.com has created much of the quality fashion jewelry seen in well-known department stores and designer collections. Even in today’s economy, style savvy women, like you, can always be chic and smartly accessorized!

Here’s how it works . . . Once you select a membership level, you go to the JustGano.com site and browse their selections for your Personalized Wish List. There are no shipping charges, so you are only paying the membership fee, which is deducted from your PayPal account. Don’t worry! You will receive an email notification to alert you that your account will be charged. Add, delete or change items on your Personalized Wish List as often as you like. Then once each month, the item(s) from your list is shipped.

JustGano.com’s revolutionary Just Get a New One concept offers three membership levels that are extremely affordable.

  • The Deb Plan ~ $ 7.95 per month for one free item shipped monthly
  • The Demi Plan ~ $21.95 per month for three free items shipped monthly
  • The Diva Plan ~ $39.95 per month for six free items shipped monthly

Depending on your personal style and how often you like to change looks, it’s just that easy to update your jewelry wardrobe and get a new look all the time! Even if you don’t wear jewelry that often, can you think of a more affordable way to get killer gifts for your friends and family? It’s akin to a jewelry lay-away plan at unbelievable savings!

There are no shipping fees; No cancellation fees; No hidden fees–EVER! And terrific new designs and collections are added on a regular basis. Become a member and participate in members-only promotions. JustGano.com offers a Referral Program that allows members to receive up to six months of FREE upgrades! As a member, you’ll also receive JustGano.com’s seasonal e-newsletter filled with fashion and accessory ideas.

Here’s what I’ve gotten since I joined JustGano.com:

  • Hepburn Pave Bracelet ($48 value)
  • Abstract Hoop Earrings ($42 value)
  • Paradise Necklace ($40 value)
  • Truly Spectacular Necklace ($78 value)

That’s $208 in jewelry that only cost me $23.85 (remember, I got my first month free).

Giveaway:
JustGano.com is giving one lucky winner a Garden of Flowers Ring valued at $54. The ring’s bold design and scintillating style screams glamour! With five faceted, round, black diamond navettes in the center and smaller pear shaped stones underlying them, the ring is sure to be a conversation piece.

While the picture seems to make the stones in the ring appear a true black, the stones actually are more of a dark gray to black, which makes the ring more appealing to me. In my opinion, it gave the ring a less costume look. The ring comes in one size (8) which fits the average sized finger. You choose which finger will sport this beautiful floral design.

TO ENTER: Leave a comment to this blog post for each entry. A visit to the sponsor’s website followed by your feedback is a mandatory entry. Failure to meet this requirement will disqualify you for the giveaway.

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  3. 1 Entry: Follow @pwisepanache on Twitter. Include your Twitter user name in your entry comment.
  4. 1 Entry: Follow @JustGano on Twitter. Include your Twitter user name in your entry comment.
  5. 1 Entry (per day): Tweet about this giveaway, leaving a comment for each tweet with the link to your tweet. In your tweet, copy and paste the following: GIVEAWAY: Enter to win ring from @JustGano (MSRP-$54) and @pwisepanache . Please RT. You must post a comment here for every day you post a Tweet.
  6. 1 Entry: Follow Pennywise Panache on Facebook. Include the URL to your Facebook page in your entry comment.
  7. 1 Entry: Follow JustGano.com on Facebook. Include the URL to your Facebook page in your entry comment.
  8. 1 Entry: Subscribe to  Pennywise Panache by email.
  9. 5 Entries: Blog about this giveaway. Your blog post should include a link back to this post as well as a link to JustGano.com. Include the URL to your blog post in your entry comment.

Each comment counts as an entry. Extra entries will not be counted if you do not leave the two mandatory posts.

Contest runs from July 29, 2010 through 11:59 PM EDT, August 12, 2010. Winner will be chosen by random.org. and notified by email on or before August 15, 2010. Winner must respond to email notification within 48 hours, including their full name, address (no P.O. boxes), and telephone number (for shipping purposes). If winner does not respond within the specified time period, another winner will be chosen.

Contest is open to residents of the U.S. and Canada who are 18 years of age or older. Prize is provided by JustGano.com and shipped directly from them.

* A ring (MSRP – $54) was provided by JustGano.com to Pennywise Panache for purposes of the product review and in exchange for hosting this promotional giveaway.

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