party on contest winner!

16 01 2010

the shamwow vince new year’s giveaway has officially ended, and we have a winner! a hearty congratulations to michelle f. who guessed 277- a mere 11 away (without going over) from 288-the actual number of times shamwow, vince, slap chop, or hooker were googled to get to my website. as promised, she will be taking home the sweet sweet burt’s bees giftbag.

i would also like to thank all of you who participated in my first decent giveaway! i will be having another one start up in a couple of weeks, where you will be guessing the amount of change in my found money jar – so keep those guessing muscles limber. perhaps buy playing a lot of guess who? while listening to the guess who. or whatever does it for you. mazel tov michelle!





givin it up.

2 01 2010

remember that time i made a promise that i was going to start a giveaway contest once a month? well, that time has finally arrived. my only prior giveaway was for something that i just wanted to get rid of, and the winner was the first person to ask me for it. not very exciting! this time, i’ve chosen something that you might actually want! as a matter of fact, when it arrived in the mail, i almost decided to keep it for myself. but lucky for you, i managed to talk myself out of it.

when i was figuring out what to buy, i really wanted it to be something that was connected to my home state. burt’s bees is the perfect choice. not only were they conceived and founded in maine– but i also really really love everything they make.  double endorsement! but anyway, every year around xmas, they put out a totally sweet mystery bag full of all sorts of crazy shit. this year, the bag contains:

2 lip shimmers
2 lip glosses
2 lip balms
1 full size hand cream
1 full size cuticle cream
3 sample size soaps
1 sample eye cream
1 sample muscle mend
1 sample almond milk hand cream
1 sample body lotion
1 sample foot lotion
1 sample facial cleanser
1 package buttermilk bath
1 package therapeutic bath crystals
1 pair of adorable bee socks
1 shower cap
1 eye mask
1 lip balm holder

oh, and it all comes in this funny little burlap & plastic purse/bag thing that you should probably throw away- but maybe you can find some use for if you think about it really hard.

so now that i’ve made you want it (and you do want it), i suppose i need to tell you how to get it:

since it’s the new year, and because shamwow vince has been such a surprising source of traffic for me, i’ve decided that i would like people to guess exactly how many hits i have gotten from vince related web searches. here’s how it works:

1. ogle and desire the burts bees gift bag.

2. think about how many vince related web searches (including: vince, shamwow, slap chop, hooker- and any combination thereof) i will have received by the close of the contest on january 15th.

3. leave me a comment with your guess.

4. be the closest guess without going over (price is right rules).

some stuff to know:
to date, i have had around 8500 hits on my website. so unless you’re planning on doing a media blitz for me- chances are your guess should be somewhat lower than that.

one guess per commenter!!

if you are the lucky winner, i will notify you on the 16th. i will email you personally asking for your shipping information, and i will send you the goods. no strings, i promise. you don’t even have to subscribe to my twitter  (unless you want to).





ghosts of sham wow past.

27 12 2009

so, every now and again, i like to go back and re-read some of my old posts to see if they still pass the luggage test, or if i’m just full of shit. thanks to good ole shamwow vince, the “mysteries of the slap chop revealed” is consistently one of my top 5 posts (you guys are weird). anyhow, i was perusing the walletpop article that started it all, and as i was scrolling through the comments, i saw someone pimping the website infonotmercial.com. usually i’m a little wary of people advertising their websites in such a manner, but it sounded interesting, and since it’s a lazy sweatpants wearin sunday…. i decided to check it out- and i was NOT DISAPPOINTED! basically, these guys take all the “as seen on tv” products, and test them on video. i found their reviews to be surprising (wow, magic jack is actually a pretty good product), humorous without being schticky  (one of the cons of the ped-egg was that emptying out the dead skin was kind of gross), and very thorough (apparently it takes 12 paper towels to absorb as much water as one shamwow!).  they even gave you shopping links next to the video if you wanted to buy the product. the site is simple and easy to navigate, and my only real complaint is that they don’t have a ton of content (seriously guys- step it the hell up!!). it seems like they’re pretty new, so hopefully over time they will build up more reviews.

along with saving money with coupons and deep discounts, i’m also a huge proponent of not buying garbage. it’s crazy i know, but i would much rather spend significantly more on something that is actually good quality. i find that research and reviews are one of the very best ways to do this, and i’m always happy to stump for quality resources- and these guys are one of the best that i’ve seen. (oh, and the mighty putty video made me seriously laugh out loud)

p.s. if you click on the picture, it takes you somewhere hilarious that was even slightly too offensive for me to post outright.





wow. sham-wow.

8 12 2009

i’ve been getting a lot of traffic from people searching for sham-wow.  so weird!  thanks vince!