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Indestructible Dog Toys

April 17, 2013
Lt. Dan, indestructible dog toys

We go through a lot of dog toys around here. Ruby, the lab/boxer/pitbull puppy can destroy any dog toy within minutes. I’ve searched high and low for a dog toy that lasts longer than one day. I’d also like to find one that doesn’t make a mess.

This is the cow toy with another toy inside. It’s got a tennis ball on a rope inside of it. There is also a little pocket above the udders to put treats in but that got ripped off right away. The udders, not the little pocket.

Indestructible dog toys after Ruby

After ten minutes. The udders are gone, the head is gone and the tennis ball looks like it’s gone through a shredder. Every squeaky thingy has been consumed.

Indestructible dog toys before Ruby

I thought this one might last longer because it had more squeaky things in it and she likes those. Turns out she doesn’t like them they annoy her and they must be removed.

Lt. Dan, indestructible dog toys

7 minutes later we’re calling him Lt. Dan.

I’ve bought stuffing – less dog toys and dog toys made of heavy duty nylon and still she gets them apart.

Note – when the dog toy says it has no stuffing there is still some stuffing in it and my dog can take that little bit of stuffing and spread it all over the house.

Here is the challenge: Tell me about your indestructible dog toy and I will buy it and test it out on my destructing dog. If it passes her test, you’ve got a million dollar toy.

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Contests Minnesota People

World’s Largest (Charity) Baby Shower March 28 in Minneapolis — That's Tomorrow!!!!

March 27, 2013


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World’s Largest (Charity) Baby Shower to Benefit Tubman Culminates in Free March 28 Event Hosted by Travel Leaders

Grand Finale of Donation Drive Will Take Place at the Hotel Sofitel Minneapolis Featuring Live Broadcast of the “Lori & Julia Show” on myTalk 107.1

Plymouth, MN (March 27, 2013) — To cap off a successful donation drive to benefit Tubman – the state’s largest provider of domestic violence services – local Travel Leaders are hosting a free grand finale event on March 28, 2013, from 3:00-7:00 p.m. at Colette Bar & Bistro at the Hotel Sofitel Minneapolis in Bloomington. This free event is open to the public, which can donate needed items or cash at the door if they so desire, but it is not required to attend.  In addition, “The Lori & Julia Show” on myTalk 107.1 will broadcast live during the baby shower event. 


Attendees at the World’s Largest (Charity) Baby Shower event will enjoy a fun-filled evening with drinks and appetizers, a photo booth, and prizes – including a grand prize of a trip for two to Cancun, Mexico, from Funjet Vacations.* In addition, local Travel Leaders experts will be on hand to offer travel advice on adventurous cruises, luxurious all-inclusive resorts, rich cultural escapes and colorful sun-drenched island vacations – particularly those offered by Funjet Vacations and Holland America Line.


The driving initiative for this baby shower event – and the month-long donation drive – was to help raise awareness for the work Tuman provides on behalf of women and families who have been victims of domestic violence.  Donations collected at Travel Leaders travel agency locations throughout the greater Twin Cities-area included baby supplies and necessities such as: bottles, diapers, sippy cups, onesies, sleepers, and wipes. With almost 40 years of experience, Tubman has provided safe shelter, legal services, counseling, elder care resources, youth programming and community education for women, children and families struggling with relationship violence for nearly 40 years.


The Travel Leaders agencies who have participated in the month-long donation drive include:


Albertville 6597 Laketowne Place NE, Suite A

(763) 497-0312

Apple Valley 15083 Flagstaff Avenue

(952) 432-6272

Bloomington – Southtown 7831 Southtown Center, Suite A

(952) 835-8636

Coon Rapids 2740 Main Street

(763) 323-3665

Edina 3922 West 50th Street

(952) 929-6444

Maple Grove 13756 83rd Way North

(763) 231-8870

Mendota Heights 750 Main Street, Suite 105

(651) 686-9903

Minneapolis 15 S 5th Street, Suite 1120

(612) 333-5559

North Oaks 893 Village Center Drive

(651) 483-0296

Plymouth 3675 Plymouth Boulevard, Suite 110

(763) 544-3191

Prior Lake 16731 Highway 13 South, Suite 108A

(952) 445-6463

Red Wing 201 Plum Street

(651) 388-6702

Stillwater 1826 Tower Drive

(651) 439-3522

Willmar 716 South 1st Street

(320) 235-5700

Woodbury 7455 Currell Boulevard, Suite 107

(651) 731-9706

River Falls (WI) 117 East Maple Street

(715) 425-8200


“Travel Better” with Travel Leaders. To learn more about the World’s Largest Baby Shower to benefit Tubman, go to  or call one of the participating Travel Leaders locations.


*No purchase necessary. Must be present at event to win. Additional restrictions may apply.

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Contests Kids

Got Milk? Breakfast Blitz! Support Breakfast Programs at Local Schools

February 12, 2013
Got Milk? Breakfast Blitz

Join in the Got Milk? Breakfast Blitz Sweepstakes!


The people at Got Milk are making breakfast possible at the local level and you can help. Enter to win this great sweepstakes and help your local schools provide a healthy breakfast for kids to start their day off right.

All you have to do is click here to enter the UPC codes from any carton of milk.  You can enter more than once so collect those UPC codes for more chances to win.


One lucky winner will receive a “Tackle Your Day” breakfast basket from Milk Mustache. This basket will include a few items sure to prepare you for a successful day ahead.

Got Milk? Breakfast BlitzThe “Tackle Your Day” breakfast basket will include:

  • Spilt milk bowl
  • Spoon straw
  • Tackle Your Day Challenge Chart
  • Milk Mustache Magnet
  • Cow slippers
  • Mustache glasses
  • Breakfast Project Recipe Cards

Multiple entries allowed. Required entry entails:


This is a great way to help schools in your neighborhood so save your UPCs, tell your neighbors about the Sweepstakes and enter their UPCs. Tell your children’s school about it too!

Additional information about the Milk Mustache Campaign

*NO PURCHASE / PAYMENT NECESSARY TO ENTER OR WIN. Open to legal residents of 50 United States or D.C who are 18 years of age or older at time of entry. Sweepstakes starts on 12/27/12 at 7:01 PM Eastern Time (“ET”) and ends on 2/17/13 at 6:59:59 PM ET. Click here for complete Official Rules and for details on how to obtain a free UPC code to enter the Sweepstakes. Each entry into the Sweepstakes will earn one Vote for the school selected. Only schools participating in the Fuel Up to Play 60 program are listed. If you can’t find your school, a vote will be made for the national Fuel Up to Play 60 organization. The top 250 schools that receive the highest number of valid Votes will receive a $1,000 Fuel Up to Play 60 Grant to use towards school breakfast programs. The NFL Entities (as defined in the official rules) have not offered or sponsored this promotion in any way
Sponsor: The National Fluid Milk Processor Promotion Board. ©2012 America’s Milk Processors. got milk?® is a registered trademark of the California Milk Processor Board. ©2012 National Dairy Council.® Fuel Up is a service mark of National Dairy Council.
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The Heart of Christmas Giveaway

November 7, 2012

The Heart of Christmas DVD

I’m having a very special giveaway. You can win this beautiful story about a little boy and his last Christmas and how a whole town turned out to make it the best one ever.

Click here to watch the trailer of this wonderful movie.

The story is moving, sad and inspiring. If you would like to win a copy of The Heart of Christmas please do the following and leave a comment to let me know you did it.

1. Tweet this post (or just copy and paste) Win The Heart of Christmas! – inspiring movie of a town coming together for a very sick little boy @redheadranting

2. Share this post on Facebook

3. Like Minnesota Nice on Facebook (You can just click on the link to the right there) if you haven’t already.

The Heart of Christmas is a heartbreaking yet hopeful holiday film about a family faced with losing their child and their quest to give him one last Christmas celebration.

Based on a true story that gained national attention, the film tells the story of Austin and Julie Locke, who are devastated to learn that their young son Dax has been diagnosed with cancer.  With courage, determination and faith they decide to give the boy one last Christmas – even if it has to be in October!  When the community sees their decorations and learns the truth of what’s going on in their home, a truly moving outpouring of care and support occurs that people really need to see to believe. It’s a great relief to know that this kind of thing really occurs in our society today, despite all our problems.

THE HEART OF CHRISTMAS is also a tremendous Christmas film that many families will add to their favorite holiday movie collections. It teaches valuable lessons about life, faith and community and features popular singer/songwriter Matthew West, whose title song received Emmy® nomination.

For more information about this inspiring true story of hope and compassion, visit the Dax Locke Foundation website at:

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October is National Pork Month

October 16, 2012

Did you know that? Well, it’s true. And to celebrate I’ve been given $50 Costco cash for one of my readers. What do you have to do to win? Share your favorite part of the video in the comments section. That’s it. 

To celebrate October as National Pork Month, Costco is offering discounts on top pork cuts from chops and roasts to pork tenderloin and boneless loins. Costco members can take advantage of weekly savings ranging from $2.00-$2.50.

Between October 15 and October 21, Tenderloin is $2.50 off. Juicy and delicious, the tenderloin is your holiday entertaining hero. With its versatility and quick cook time, the tenderloin is among the most flavorful, guilt-free party food: ounce for ounce, it is as lean as a boneless, skinless chicken breast.

Pork Makes the Party: 
Pork’s versatility and its ability to pair perfectly with a variety of foods and flavors makes it perfect for bringing people together this holiday season.  This holiday season celebrate pork as the catalyst that “makes” any party – join in!

Temperature News: The USDA reduced the temperature guideline for pork loins, chops and roasts from 160 to 145 degrees F, with a three minute rest. This will yield a juicy, flavorful product that may be pinker in color than most home cooks are used to. Ground pork, like all ground meat, should be cooked to 160 degrees.

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Morning Latte Makes My Breakfast Better

October 9, 2012
Latte Love on RedheadRantingI am not the most active blogger anymore. I want to, I miss everyone, but I am now at the tail end of this book journey and have to focus on that. Fingers crossed the first in a trilogy will be available next month. That will give me exactly one week to putz around with my blog before it’s back to the grindstone.
Have I ever mentioned that writing a book is hard?
I really understand now why most people, people who have great stories to tell, never actually write their book. It’s a lot of work and some of it (depending on the subject matter) isn’t fun to delve back into.
Even though I am not as active in the commenting sections as I would like to be (because that is where all the fun stuff is happening) I still like to start each morning visiting by blog buddies. While I’m reading my favorite blogs I’m drinking a latte as part of The Breakfast Project.
These are my favorite blogs:
If you’d like to start your morning off with your favorite blogs and this cool mug (pictured above) leave a comment. For extra entries follow @MilkMustache on Twitter, Tweet about the giveaway, tagging @MilkMustache and #LatteLove”. And if you want to include your blog because it’s awesome and you want me to include it in my morning rounds then please leave the URL in the comment too.
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Contests Kids Things I Really Like

The Winner of the Perry Files!

June 6, 2012

PHINEAS AND FERB DVD Photo, phineas and ferb Disney DVD contest, winner of Disney DVD giveaway, image of Perry the Platypus, Image of Agent P from Phineas and Ferb, Disney characters, Disney cartoons the whole family will loveThe winner to last week’s Disney Giveaway is Patricia Wojnar Crowley!

Congratulations Patricia, I hope you enjoy the Disney DVD about Agent P and all his crazy friends and enemies. We really loved the video and have watched it several times in the last week. In addition to the DVD you get some games and puzzles that the kids will be sure to love.

Please email me your contact information so I can get your prize out to you.


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Contests Things I Really Like

Subway Catering Win a $50 Gift Card

April 17, 2012
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Did you know that Subway (Five, Five Dollar, Five Dollar Foot Long) does catering?

I’m pretty sure I knew this in the back of my head somewhere because years ago we had a massive party with a 3 foot sub that fed everyone with leftovers.

I know for sure that Subway does catering because they have asked me to talk about their catering on my blog and even gave me a $50 gift to try them out.

I don’t know enough people in real life to host a party with $50 worth of Subway subs (mostly because their subs are so inexpensive and feed so many) but also because I don’t get out much. However, I do have a son and he has friends and they can eat me out of house and home. Which is why I offered him up my $50 (or what was left of it after picking up some kids meals before school for the daughter who is so hard to pack a lunch for) for helping me paint my windows. If I were to have a painting party it would be almost too easy to have Subway cater it because:

  • Variety isn’t an issue – Subway offers Giant Subs, Sandwich Platters, SUBWAY to GO!™ boxed meals, drinks, sides and cookie platters.
  • Short lead time – Catering orders can be placed 24 hours in advance – in some cases less!
  • Small OR Large groups – Size of group isn’t an issue! They have options for as few as 5 people, a mid-size group of 25 people – or hundreds of people if you need it.
  • They can cover ANY Occasion – Whether you’re planning a birthday, anniversary party, sporting event, office meeting or other occasion for a meal, Subway can cover just about any type of gathering.
  • Customizable Options – Sandwiches can be customized with your favorite veggies and toppings just the way you like!
  • Great Value – Simply put – it is possible to feed groups well – without spending a lot!

There is a Subway in every neighborhood in my area and I suspect it’s the same in yours. My Subway is managed by the most awesome woman who calls me “honey”, something few people can get away with but she totally does because she rocks.

Subway has given me an extra $50 gift card to give away to one of my readers. If you would like to win it please tell me how you’d cater a party with Subway. I’ll choose a winner at random on Friday, April 20th.


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I'm Having a Giveaway Sponsored by Straight North for a $50 Gift Card!

March 1, 2012

Straight North Chicago Marketing company, SEO, PPC, social mediaThat’s right, I’m having a giveaway sponsored by the folks from Straight North. Straight North is a Chicago marketing company that is so much more than a company. Mitt was right when he said that corporations were people, at least that’s the case with Straight North. Straight North provides B2B Internet marketing, SEO, PPC,  and social media solutions for business.

Straight North is offering a $50 gift card from to one of my readers and all you have to do is Tweet or Like this post (you can use those handy dandy buttons at the end of the post) and then follow Straight North on Twitter and Like them on Facebook. Once you’ve done that come back here and let me know. I’ll choose a winner at random next Thursday, March 8th.

Good Luck!

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Polaroid Digital Camcorder Giveaway!!

June 22, 2011

Polaroid digital camcorder giveaway, Pierre's lab, digital camera giveaway, polaroid giveaway, contest to win digital camera, win a camcorderStep right up boys and girls, I’m having an awesome giveaway!

My buddy Pierre from Pierre’s Lab, and Tribal Blogs member,  has given me this great little hand held digital camcorder to giveaway to my readers. The camcorder is a Polaroid Easy Grip HD 720p. It has a 2.7″ screen, 3X zoom, SD slot, 8MP and 32 MB…whatever all that means. It also comes with an A/C adapter, Li-ion Rechargable Battery USB Cable, AV Cable, and Component Cable and a CD so you can watch how to use it the proper way.

All you have to do to win is write a post on your blog about why you want to win this camcorder. Make the post as creative as possible. The more entertaining the better. You have until Monday June 27th 2011 to enter. In the post you must do the following:

Link to with the keywords Polaroid DVG-720BC

Link to with the keywords Digital Camera


Link to Redhead Ranting using the keywords Humor Blog

When you have finished your post leave a comment with the URL to your post. The best, most entertaining blog post will win this amazing camera!!

Good luck everyone!


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