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I frequently receive email from companies asking me to share news and special offers with my readers. I?ll be selecting the best of them and sharing them, in their words, with you here each week.

SKIL and Lowe?s Partner for Building Memories Contest
Make this Father?s Day special by spending a lot of time with Dad instead of a lot of money. SKIL Power Tools and LOWE?S Home Improvement are offering inexpensive projects designed to provide hours of priceless memories for kids and dads alike. In addition, you can take advantage of the opportunity to enter your family fun project into the SKIL Building Memories Contest for a chance to win one of more than a hundred different prizes.
Kids and moms can surprise dad by choosing one of four project plans and getting all the materials they need at participating LOWE?s locations. The project plans are available both in LOWE?s stores and at, along with a complete list of materials and tools they will need. Then, all you need to do is capture the building and bonding process with video or photos and enter your completed project for a chance to win. Plans range in difficulty level and are appropriate for children ages 4 and up. Entries will be judged based on the quality of the completed project shown. The top entry for each project plan will be awarded an all-expenses paid trip for four to a Worlds of Discovery park of their choice. Worlds of Discovery Parks to include, SeaWorld Orlando, SeaWorld San Diego, SeaWorld San Antonio, Busch Gardens Tampa Bay, Busch Gardens Williamsburg, Discovery Cove, Aquatica, Sesame Place, Adventure Island and Water Country USA. Prize package includes hotel accommodations, roundtrip airfare and more.
Just in time for Father?s Day, the contest kicks off May 11 and ends July 10. Eight second-place winners will each receive a SKIL Benchtop Workshop including a table saw, miter saw, drill press, grinder and band saw; 20 third-place winners will receive a SKIL 18V Lithium Ion Combo Kit; and 100 fourth-place winners will receive a SKIL Power Wrench. Winners will be notified by mail on or about September 1, 2009.
For official Building Memories contest rules and for additional information visit

NBC?s ?Days of our Lives? Donates Maternity Clothes to InStyleBelly
Soap opera fans will now be able to connect with their favorite ?Days of our Lives? stars and contribute to a deserving charity. The Emmy Award-winning show has donated pre-loved and gently-used maternity wear for their fans and soon-to-be moms. Worn by some of the show?s most recognized characters including ?Sami Brady,? portrayed by actress Alison Sweeney, all items will be available for purchase exclusively at, an online maternity consignment boutique for stylish women. Proceeds from the ?Days of our Lives? maternity clothing will be given to Autism Speaks, an advocacy organization that sponsors autism research and awareness.
?If you’re a fan of the show or just want to buy some great maternity clothing and help raise money for a good cause, this is a great opportunity,? says Krista Karo, a mother, a long-time ?Days of our Lives? fan and founder of InStyleBelly. ?We?re thrilled to receive such beautiful and chic maternity fashions by some of today?s most sought after designer brands including Diane von Furstenberg and 7 For All Mankind; as well as items from specialty retailers such as Pea in the Pod and bebe. The donated clothing from ?Days of our Lives? complements InStyleBelly?s current collection of affordable and stylish maternity wear.?
?We are excited to be teaming up with InStyleBelly to give our loyal viewers a chance to own a piece of their favorite soap star?s wardrobe and help support a wonderful organization,? says Sarah Griffin. ?The show?s fan base is made up of a diverse audience, including expecting moms. We believe our viewers and InStyleBelly?s customers are alike in many ways. They are savvy to today?s fashion trends and at the same time, price-conscious of their budgets. InStyleBelly is the perfect destination for women looking for stylish and affordable maternity clothes.?

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