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McCormick and Crowdtap

I’ve gone on and on about my adoration of Crowdtap. By answering surveys and participating in online discussions members receive points which allow them to advance to different levels. As members rise levels on the site they are given chances to host different parties. Some of those parties are linked to movie and television shows, while others promote a product. I was lucky enough to receive a McCormick Grill Mates kit to share with friends and family.

On Labor Day my cousin invited my family and a few of our friends over for a swimming get together. I decided this was the perfect setting for me to introduce the newest additions of McCormick’s Grill Mate’s products. I was given an apron, booklet with recipes and party ideas, Spiced Brandy & Herb Marinade, Slow and Low Memphis Pit BBQ Rub, Montreal Steak Seasoning Blend, Molasses Bacon Seasoning Blend and Brown Sugar Bourbon BBQ Sauce.

We used the Spiced Brandy & Herb Marinade on boneless, skinless chicken breast which was served alongside the “traditional” Italian dressing marinated and cooked chicken. Montreal Steak Seasoning Blend was used on HUGE steaks and Hawaiian burgers and hotdogs were brushed with the Brown Sugar Bourbon BBQ Sauce. Some of us also used the barbecue sauce to dip our steak or chicken.

As side dishes we had 7 Cheese Macaroni, stuffed mini sweet peppers, baked beans, potato salad, chips, coleslaw, butterscotch pie, Jello cake, buttermilk cookies.

Everything was delicious. I had wondered if guests would enjoy the old family favorite Italian chicken or if they’d go for the new Spiced Brandy & Herb marinated chicken. By the end of the night there was a few pieces of the Italian chicken and none of the brandy herbed chicken left. I’d say the new McCormick marinade will be used the majority of the time now. It was earthy, yet sweet–just mouth watering. Everyone ate the Brown Sugar Bourbon sauce. I’d hoped to take some home to use the next day, but all I found was an empty bottle!

I’ve got to thank both Crowdtap and McCormick for giving me the great spices which added flavor to the swimming get together. The ending consensus of all who attended the party was that the seasonings and barbecue sauce are ones to buy.

Some of the girls getting their grub on!

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Woolite Opportunity Thanks to Crowdtap

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As a mom I know all about the need to stretch money out. When I heard about Woolite pairing up with Crowdtap to share samples and introduce the public to its newest product Woolite Extra Dark Care, I had to take part.  An added benefit–the samples came with a $1 off coupon.

My care package arrived and I tore into it. I received a jean tote bag, several individually wrapped sample/coupon packages, white boards, dry erase markers and a deck of questions about jeans. In preparation for the party I made a Woolite banner out of index cards and paper clips, added jeans to some of the water bottles and made a zebra style cake for the adults to eat while our kids played at the park.

We chatted and then began playing the trivia game which really got the conversations flowing about laundry, detergent and purchasing habits. There was also talk about washing machines, but that’s a whole other topic. We learned that by using Woolite Extra Dark Care laundry detergent we can extend the life of our denim. Curious about the game questions? Here are a few samples:

If you’re really serious about jean care, how long do denim experts recommend you go before washing your jeans for the first time?

a. After one week
b. After a month
c. After 6 weeks
d. After 6 months

Answer: d (I know right. I had no clue)

AND

Which of the following qualities make Woolite the best choice for taking care of your denim?

a. It’s a liquid detergent so it’s less abrasive than powders
b. It contains less abrasive chemicals than most other detergents
c. It is made with pure lacier water
d. Both A and B

Answer: d

AND

The word “denim” refers to the fabric that jeans are made from as well as the French city where denim fabric was first made. What is the name of the city?

a. Paris
b. Le Mans
c. Nimes
d. Avignon
e. Versailles

Answer: c (Never heard of it either. Good thing I was the one asking the questions while my guests played for an extra sample. lol)

Some guests were early.

We ate and drank a ton of water because it was pretty hot outside. Kind of funny because it was almost torturous and the Woolite campaign is all about not torturing your jeans and extending their life by using a better detergent. Unfortunately not all my guests could make it, but a few stopped by the house both before and after the party to scoop up their samples. They wanted to take part, but couldn’t as fully as they wanted. I was glad to share the samples and hope they like it as much as I do.

Some guests were right on time.

Some guests were late. See those blurry people in the background? They were late, too! But I’m thankful they came.

Now they, as well as the people who received samples, have a chance to share their experience for a chance to win $500 by visiting http://www.samplingeffectiveness.com/jeans. If they don’t use their sample until October, they can still enter as entries are accepted until Oct. 31, 2012.  (No purchase necessary to participate in the sweepstake.) People who didn’t make the party can LIKE Woolite’s FaceBook page (www.facebook.com/wooliteus) for product offers.

Madagascar 3 Crowdtap Opportunity

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When Crowdtap offered me a chance to host a Madagascar 3 party I jumped on it. For its part, Crowdtap sent me a digital party package which contained: Marty’s Zebra Cake Recipe, tic-tac-toe boards, connect the numbers, face painting ideas and paper animal chain cutouts. I didn’t use everything it sent me, but I did use some of the items and had a good time.

I have older kids, so the worksheet ideas didn’t really mesh. Instead I invited a few friends and their kids to join us at the park for cake and bottled water. The water was decorated with Madagascar characters.  I played Madagascar music on my Mp3 player so the kids could dance and taped animal cutouts along the picnic table’s edge for decoration.

The kids attempted juggling and laughed as they listened to my Afro Circus ringtone. They also played Spikeball. It was not a huge get together, but I’d like to think my guests had a good time mingling. Next time I’d like to be able to have a pre-movie party followed by a trip to the movie theater.

Our Smurf Party

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Remember me telling y’all about joining Crowdtap? (It’s a social media site that does a lot with product branding.) Well, I was able to participate in a smurf party hosted by the site. To prepare I made a Facebook party invitation which I called “Being Blue Never Felt So Good.” Unfortunately, the week I was to pimp it my Internet service stopped working. Every light on my modem was on except for the Internet light. It put a major crimp in my party. However, I was determined to have a smurfy good time and the party eventually took place.

To prepare for the party my oldest daughter made apple muffins with chocolate/caramel centers per a Sandra Lee cookbook. I didn’t like the muffins, but the kids did. I also bought blueberry scones, blue-raspberry Faygo soda, blue Hawaiian Punch, blue moon ice cream and tortilla chips and salsa. I printed Smurf coloring pages which were provided by Sony Pictures. Some were printed on white paper. The others were printed on blue paper. I alternated blank blue paper with a smurf printed on blue paper to create a table covering. The girls blue (get it) up blue balloons and laid a blue blanket on the living room floor.

Despite agreeing to come, almost everyone backed out of the smurf party. However, my girls invited a neighbor over and my adult cousin made an appearance to screen the Smurf movie. While the previews played the girls competed in a no-eyes coloring contest. Once the movie began, they watched it, giggled and whacked one another with the balloons. I found it hilarious that I bought blue moon ice cream and a blue moon was a major aspect of the movie. Later the kids played the free video games provided by Sony. None of us liked the Papa Smurf’s Potion Commotion. There were other games that sucked us in though: Gutsy’s Stargazer Quest, Smurfette’s Spot the Difference and Grouchy’s Match Game.

So why did we do all of this? It was to remind people The Smurfs was going to be available for purchase this month. I watched it and laughed. My favorite thought during the movie was that smurfs come in all nationalities: Latino, Scottish and Nerd. Yeah, I’m a little silly. Have you watched the movie yet? What did you think? If you haven’t watched the movie, I want to know if there’s a reason you are avoiding it or if you’re not interested in watching it.

Crowdtap

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Have you checked out Crowdtap yet? Crowdtap is a social marketing and research website that rewards members for promoting different items. You earn money for yourself and a charity of your choice, sample merchandise and pimp you favorite items just by taking surveys, sharing your opinions and telling others about products.

Here’s how it works.

  1. Visit Crowdtap.
  2. Sign up. You can log in with your Facebook or Twitter account.
  3. Invite friends and family to join.
  4. Answer surveys and polls. Participate in discussions.

Crowd tap gives you 300 points for signing up; you will be at level one. Every time you participate you are given points. As you level up you can apply to test products. For example, recently Old Navy was accepting applications for jean testers. If selected, the company gives two coupons for free jeans: one for the applicant and the other for a friend of the applicant.

The higher level you reach, the better the parties you can participate in. It’s simple to level up. I’ve been a member for six days and I’ve already reached level four. As a matter of fact, I’m 60% through the level.

For best results: Be honest and share. Encourage your friends and family to respond to your links.