Saturday, June 30, 2012

Apple iPod Touch Giveaway (Open Worldwide) 7/1 - 8/1/12

Selena Thinking Out Loud With Purpose is happy to announce and be a part of this Apple iPod Touch Giveaway
Read the Giveaway Information from Diva Fabulosa below:

Diva Fabulosa and Beauty and Fashion Diva is hosting a very FAB giveaway! We are giving away an Apple Ipod Touch to one lucky winner!
This giveaway was made possible by the following fabulous sites:
  • Prize: Apple Ipod Touch or $200 Paypal Cash
  • Giveaway will start July 1 at 12:01 am EST – August 1 at 11: 59AM EST
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Thursday, June 28, 2012

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Tuesday, June 26, 2012

"Hana Lani" by Christine Sunderland book Review & Giveaway (Open to US) Ends: 7/10, 11:59PM/EST, is Daily

Selena Thinking Out Loud With Purpose is announcing a Novel Hana-Lani book giveaway! Personally, I love Lifetime movies and how they take stories from people's lives and other topics for women and bring them to the screen. The reviewer said that this novel reminded her of a Lifetime movie!

This Review & Giveaway is done by SaraLee's Deals Steals & Giveaways and we are so happy to announce it to our readers and guests. Enter the giveaway via the Rafflecopter below and Good Luck Always! 

Book Description:
Only opening their hearts will keep them from plunging into the dark abyss. Old Nani-lei lives in Hana-lani, her family home in rural Hawaii. She looks after her grandson Henry, 52, and his daughter Lucy, 6, who have returned to Maui from Berkeley after the death of Maria, Henry's wife. Henry and Maria, both professors, had been working on A History of Ethics, and now the grieving Henry struggles to finish it. City girl Meredith Campbell, 36, fast-paced, self-centered, and beautiful, believes her body will ensure her happiness. After losing her job and finding her lover unfaithful, she flies to Maui, sure he will follow...but her plane crashes near Hana-lani. As their worlds collide in a natural world both beautiful and dangerous, Henry will be forced to act on his words, and Meredith will come face-to-face with her own life choices. A poignant journey that unravels T.S. Eliot's "permanent questions"- what is goodness, truth, and love? By the author of the thought-provoking trilogy Pilgrimage, Offerings, and Inheritance.
About the Author:
 Christine Thomas Sunderland (1947-), the daughter of a Presbyterian pastor, grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area and came of age in the tumultuous Vietnam war years. Her inspirational novels, set in the present day, reflect the larger questions of our world today: What is civilization? Why is our past important? How do we understand where we are going? She is also fascinated with the interaction of matter and spirit. Her trilogy explores the legacy of Western European culture: Pilgrimage (OakTara, 2007), tells of a mother's search for healing of body and soul in Italy; Offerings (OakTara, 2009) tells of a redemptive journey through France (Bronze Medal winner in the Independent Publisher Book Awards 2010); Inheritance (OakTara 2009) tells of a life-saving trip through England. A fourth novel, Hana-lani (OakTara 2010), set in Hana, Maui, is a love story about the role of family in American culture. She is currently working on a mystery about Mary Magdalene set in Rome and Provence.

Christine is Vice-President of the American Church Union, the publishing house of the Anglican Province of Christ the King. She has written numerous publications for children, including the Jeanette Series, novellas set in France and San Francisco, 8+, and has edited the Anglican Confirmation Manual and The American Church Union Church School Series ( She lives in Northern California with her husband and two incredible cats.

Visit Christine's website at
My Take on the book:
I love reading books like these because they remind me of a Life Time movie. I got into the plot of the story and kept wanting to read more so I could get to the good part lol I personally could relate to the characters in the story because my husband & I are two different people and a flat tire brought us together. This will be a good read for anyone who reads it.

Now for the Giveaway:  One lucky reader will win a copy of  "Hana Lani" by Christine Sunderland just by filling out the Rafflecopter below!  

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Monday, June 25, 2012

*SPECIAL* 6/26 24HR Flash Giveaway - Win $25 Target eGift Card

**SPECIAL 6/26 24-HR Flash Giveaway 
Ends: June 26, 11:59PM/EST
Readers and Guests
and to announce another

 Win $25 Target eGift Card

To broaden your chances of winning prizes during the Coach Purse and Wallet Giveaway, I have decided to announce another 24 HR Flash Giveaway to give my readers and guests a chance to win a $25 Target eGift Card! 

The Winner will be contacted by email via Madame Deals and will have 48 hours to respond. Target is in no way affiliated with this giveaway and it is FREE to enter with no purchase necessary. Open Worldwide. 18+

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Sunday, June 24, 2012

Bee All Natural Review & Giveaway (US & Canada Only and is Daily) Ends: 7/9/12

Selena Thinking Out Loud With Purpose is so excited to bring you this beauty product giveaway! We are so happy to share this with you and provide the extensive review from SaraLee's Deals Steals & Giveaways  

Read her review and enter the giveaway via the Rafflecopter below! Good Luck!

About Bee All Natural:
Bee All Natural was founded in 2009 when I couldn't find the quality skincare products I was searching for.  Tired of buying "natural" products that were petroleum based and filled with perfumes, I set-out to develop my own skincare that would be safe for every member of my family. 

The daughter of an organic dairy farmer. I already believed in the connection between diet and health.  I wanted the products I chose for my family's skincare to reflect the same quality and goodness as those that I chose for their nutrition. 

Working independently, I researched, tested and developed each of my products from start to completion.  The ingredients are certified organic and are all "food grade" quality.  I make each product from scratch and never use pre-made bases.  Packaging each batch myself, I even design and print my own labels and carry each order to the post office or retail location!

I am proud of Bee All Natural and stand behind my products 100%.  I won't sell a product that I don't use and believe in myself.  If I can't make a product great, I just won't make it.

A Michigan native, I am a regular at the Royal Oak farmer's market where I sell dairy products at my father's booth.  I live in Shelby Twp., Michigan with my husband Dave, son Trevor and step-daughter Isabel.
 The first item I tried was the Clarifying Mud Mask and I love it. The mud was very easy to put on and didn't smell at all. A little does go a long way. My husband did tease me when I had this on my face and said it looked liked the paint he puts on his face when he goes deer hunting lol My face felt so refreshed after using this.
 The second item I was the Intense Hand & Foot Salve and this works. I have dry cracked heals and I have been using this for almost 2 weeks now and I can see and feel the difference in my heels. Now this doesn't smell the greatest but I love how a little goes a long way. My heels look great.
Now for the giveaway: One lucky person will win a Bee All Natural Product. This is open to the US & Canada only and ends 7/09 @ 11:59 pm est. To enter, simply do the tasks on the Rafflecopter widget below and you're set to have a chance to win!

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Saturday, June 23, 2012

Avon - Become a Representative *Entrepreneurial Opportunity*

It's becoming more important for individuals to find their own ways to making ends meet. These entrepreneurial opportunities are good for people who want to take their incomes into their own hands. A career in beauty may be right for you. 

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Friday, June 22, 2012

Cute Summer Bag on Sneakpeeq - Get it Today!

This is such a cute, summer bag, I found on Sneakpeeq. During the summer you want to stand out in the crowd but make a nice and sweet statement. I love the artistic design of it. This is stylish and comes at a very affordable price. 
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Amrita Singh's Jewelry on Sneakpeeq Today at 70% Off

Drench your days in style with Amrita Singh's unique and beautiful jewelry. Check out all the NEW pieces available on Sneakpeeq today at 70% off! Rings that retail for $60 are only $19 for you. Gorgeous cuffs and necklaces that retail for $100 are only $29. I particularly like the turquoise and gold mashups. Love the style of these :) SHIPS FREE! 


Free Jeweled Heart Pendant - Sneakpeeq *NEW Member Sign Ups*

Get in the mood for summer with this Free Jeweled Heart Pendant! *New members signing up for Sneakpeeq will get this absolutely Free just for exploring the site. Pair this beautiful pendant with a long dress and sandals to give it a fun and elegant, beachy feel.

Thursday, June 21, 2012 - Learn the World's Top Bars, Tasty Cocktail Recipes and More

When I came to Los Angeles, CA, I certified as a bartender. Although I am not a huge drinker, I found it interesting to know about wines, beers, and mixed drinks. It was also pretty Awesome to make drinks for people and have them enjoy it. It's a huge industry to explore and learn about.

Liquor.comSign up for and receive exclusive stories from industry insiders on the finest spirits, the world’s top bars, the newest drink trends and tasty cocktail recipes. 

ellaWrap Bridal Gift - Facebook Sweepstakes ENDS: June 22nd at 6pm CST

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Only one day left! Simply Click: “Like” ellaWrap on Facebook for the chance to win one of two beautiful sets of monogrammed bridal gift bags and one of two wedding keepsake envelopes.

Ends: June 22, 2012 at 6pm CST

Jamba Juice - $2.00 Coupon

Any Sixteen Size Smoothie for $2.00 when you become a Jamba Insider. Jamba's mission is to be the leading healthy lifestyle brand offering consumers great-tasting and better-for-you products. 

Curves - Free Week! Get Started Today

This year, be the star in your own Success Story. Every day, women who thought they couldn't get fit find out that they can at Curves. Burn up to 500 calories with their 30-minute workout, which combines strength training and cardio for a workout that works your entire body, from head to toe. It works every major muscle group and gives you results that last. 

Now's the time to take the first step toward YOUR success. * New guests only. Offer not based on any enrollment. Not valid with any other offer. Some restrictions may apply. Valid only at participating locations in the US and Canada. ©2012 Curves International, Inc.

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

The Sacrifice Necessary to Win

Last night, while watching the NBA Finals game between the Heat and OKC, I began to go into this deep thought. I started to think about how much sacrifice these men make to be at the top of their game as professional players. For most of them, they find themselves away from home and the only way for their families to stay connected is by watching the television set. 

I believe at times, it must feel like thorns piercing their bodies when they are attacked by their loved ones who don't quite understand the Big Picture.

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As I continued into an even deeper level of thought, I realized personally, how much of a sacrifice I must make for my dreams, goals, or better yet, future. Sometimes it takes a lot of hours, sweat and tears, ups and downs, delays and rejections, before you finally reach a level where you can take a breather. The sacrifice of play for work becomes necessary in your minds eye. It becomes your only way of reaching your purpose.

The sacrifice necessary to win is great.
             It is only pursued by a few. 
Are you a part of that few?

**SPECIAL** 6/21 24-HR Flash Giveaway - Win $25 PayPal CASH

**SPECIAL 6/21 24-HR Flash Giveaway 
Ends: June 21, 11:59PM/EST
Readers and Guests
and to announce a
Coach Purse and Wallet Giveaway EXTRA!

Win $25 PayPal Cash

To broaden your chances of winning prizes during the Coach Purse and Wallet Giveaway, I have decided to announce some Flash Giveaways to give my readers and guests a chance to win Cash Prizes! 

The Winner will be contacted by email via Madame Deals and will have 48 hours to respond. PayPal is in no way affiliated with this giveaway and it is FREE to enter with no purchase necessary. Open Worldwide. 18+

 Enter on Rafflecopter Below:

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Tuesday, June 19, 2012

4th of July $500 Cash Giveaway Announced by SVB Productions!

4th of July $500 CASH Giveaway!Selena Virginia Brown Productions has announced a 4th of July $500 Cash Giveaway hosted by Coupon Queen of Texas. Visit Selena Virginia Brown Productions  to enter the giveaway! This event ends: 7/4/12, 11:59pm/EST.
*I enjoy sharing awesome giveaways and this is my way of sharing the good news about some great bloggers! No financial compensation was given. Enjoy!
Enter HERE! 

Sunday, June 17, 2012

SugarSync - Free 5GB

SugarSync - Free 5GB

Being on the go most of the time, I have to make sure that all of my content, information, and resources are available to me wherever I am. SugarSync provides this service and access to all data, anytime and anywhere. It is instant and secure online file sync and backup for your PC, Mac, or Mobile Device. They're available Worldwide.

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Boston Market $3.00 off coupon Nationwide

Boston Market $3.00 off coupon Nationwide

I'm a Boston Market FAN! They always have HOT, Fresh food available for a quick meal. I always like to get their macaroni and cheese for dinner, parties or functions that I have to attend. It's easy! Now, if there is a Boston Market in your area, you can take advantage of this $3.00 off coupon, available Nationwide

CLICK HERE to check your Zip Code and get your coupon by email.

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Coach Purse and Wallet Giveaway Event - 6/14-6/30

Madame Deals Event: Coach Purse and wallet event June 14 - June 30

Thank you for joining us for this Coach Giveaway!

Selena Thinking Out Loud With Purpose is SO excited to be promoting this AWESOME Giveaway for the Ladies!
**Powered by Madame Deals and Slop Swap** Thanks to our hosts for helping us run this great giveaway: Dixieland Product Reviews & Giveaways Colleen's Book Nook Still Blonde after all these YEARS Saving More Than Me Diva Fabulosa

Purse Details:

*Wallet SOHO F45622 

How To Enter:

This giveaway will run from 6/14 12:01 am EST thru 6/30 11:59 pm EST.

If you've entered any of our other Madame Deals Events, this will be easy for you.

There is 1 mandatory entry of a blog comment plus Facebook likes for bonus entries.

Wait for the Rafflecopter to load and enter below:

Free Blogger Opp: New iPad Giveaway Event sponsored by BeeSavy | Selena Thinking Out Loud With Purpose

Free Blogger Opp! New iPad Giveaway Event sponsored by BeeSavy | Selena Thinking Out Loud With Purpose

Mom to Bed by 8, the Iowa-Mom is proud to present the The New iPad Giveaway Event, sponsored by BeeSavyEvent dates: July 1 to July 15.
Details: This is a FREE blogger event, open worldwide and blog accepting sign ups now. Join The New iPad Giveaway event with special co-host voiceBoks today!
  • If you do not wish to post the announcement, send the $5 via paypal to with your email address and BeeSavy Event in subject line or notes portion of the form.
  • Once you have posted your announcement or sent the paypal payment, fill out this form.
  • You will receive an email from me with 7 days, confirming your participation. If you do not, please email me at and I will check into it for you.
  • Then around June 28th you will receive another email from me with the html code for publishing the giveaway.  Note it is required that you publish the giveaway html in full to be included in this event. I will verify links on July 1st around 8am central and if you have not done so, your link on the rafflecopter will be removed. This keeps this event fair for all who joins.
Referral prize: The top referrer will receive $50 paypal or Amazon credit for your effort. Then the top 2 runners-up will receive $10 paypal or Amazon credit Just make sure to add-on your announcement that they should add your blog name or url in the referred by section on the sign up form. This bonus will be paid the on June 2nd after your referral links have been verified.

***COPY IN "WHO REFERRED YOU" box, Email Below****


Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Win $50 Cash from Bay Area Mommy (WW) **3 Days Left**

Bay Area Mommy is having a Sweet Summer $50 Cash Giveaway. Visit Bay Area Mommy to enter the giveaway! This event ends: 6/15/12, 11:59pm/EST
*I enjoy sharing awesome giveaways and this is my way of sharing the good news about some great bloggers! No financial compensation was given. Enjoy!
Enter HERE!

Win $100 Omaha Steaks Gift Cards from Coupon Queen of Texas Giveaway (US) **2 Days Left**

Coupon Queen of Texas has teamed up with American Family, Bay Area Mommy and some awesome bloggers to give away  Two (2) $100 Omaha Steaks Gift Cards. Visit Coupon Queen of Texas to enter the giveaway! 
*I enjoy sharing awesome giveaways and this is my way of sharing the good news about some great bloggers! Enjoy!
Ends: 6/14/12, 11:59pm/EST
Enter HERE!

Back to School Cash Giveaway~Sign Ups

Back 2 School Cash Giveaway

We all know Back to School time is super hectic and we all have tons of things we need to buy!  Let's help out and make one lucky followers day!   Lets Share and get people signing up!

Super easy Sign Up: $5 for 1 Link..Facebook OR $10 for 3 Links…Facebook and 2 of your choosing. The other 2 links can be whatever you like…Twitter, GFC, Google +, Subscribe or something else.

As a special Incentive - the person with the most referrals will get 4 links for free!

Send payment to via “gift” at Paypal then click join below to fill out the form.

Blogger Sign Ups are open until July 1 and Post goes live July 15.
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Sunday, June 10, 2012

My Chance Encounter with a Furry Dog

Photo by sue_r_b

This is a cute little story:

Last night, I was coming home from celebrating my birthday and took a little street, I sometimes don't take, but tonight decided it would be closer. As I was approaching, I saw this little fury dog in the middle of the street (it looked exactly like the one in the picture above). There were cars driving right by it and didn't stop! I then saw a young boy, about 14 yrs old with his bike, sitting on the sidewalk looking at it. 

Suddenly, I shouted out, "Are you two okay?". He said, "This dog is in the street and I don't know who it belongs to and it runs away when I try to approach it". I said, well, let's see what we can do. I pulled over and walked over to the little dog. She looked up at me as if she was expecting me to come to save her! We both did a happy dance! What a chance encounter, right? Remember, there are no mistakes.

So...the boy didn't want to go home and leave her and he didn't know what to do. I saw that she had a little blue tag, which is also used for identification now via a chip and told him that I would drive her to the Shelter on Plummer St, about 5 minutes or so, from my house. She was so good in the car and sat right next to me. She was all spread out looking up at me drive. I was telling her that it was going to be okay because we would get her back home. 

When I got her to the Shelter, I found out that the little dog had been there before for licensing and they had the owner's phone number and everything. 

So...I'm calling on tomorrow to see if the owners came by to pick her up. It would give me a peace of mind. 

Tip: Make sure your pet has up-to-date, identification tags on it or get the chip from the shelter because you never know how your little furry friend can get away from you!

Poem: I Dare You... by Selena Brown

Photo by asifthebes

I Dare You
by Selena Brown

I dare you, today, to stand up and be who it is you are called to be. You know, the thing that's been pulling at your conscience for the past week or how about years. 

I dare you to start that business and hire those people, out of work, because you know that there is no "I" in team. 

I dare you to write that novel, screenplay, or stage play because I know that it is the only way that you will be able to put to rest the voices that haunt your progression. 

I dare you to take that first walk in your local park because I know that in order to get healthy you have to take the first step. 

I dare you to open your mouth and sing the lyrics to the first track on your album because it's been laying there unheard by the best in the industry because of your self-undermining tendencies. 

I dare you to say "hello" and smile at the one you are fond of because the process of communication is so necessary with love.

I dare you to stand up to who you are truly inside regardless of the friends you will lose or what people may think of you because there is ultimately only One who can judge. 

          I Dare You...

Thursday, June 7, 2012

Winners Announced in Cook'n Birthday Giveaway!

As promised the winners of the 3 Cook'n Birthday Prize Packages have been Announced!
!!Congratulations Winners!!

Winner #1- Sandy VanHoey

Winner #2- Jenny Green 

Winner #3- Kellie Partridge

Please check your email for the winning notification. You have 24 hours to respond with the requested info or a new winner will be chosen! Thanks to everyone who entered and we know you will enjoy your prizes from Cook'n!

Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Offer Expired - Honest Company by Jessica Alba and Christopher Gavigan

Founded by Jessica Alba and Christopher Gavigan, the Honest Company was created to help moms and to give all children a better, safer start. Within the Honest Company, you will find Products that take care. Products that exceed expectations. Products guaranteed to not only satisfy, but also delight. We are relentless in the pursuit to be attentive to every detail.

Users can get a free trial of The Honest Co. products. Get Started and fill out 3 pages of info on you and your child then Choose a free discovery kit of Diapers and Wipes and/or our Essentials. Pay only $4.95 for shipping and handling. Great Way to check out the products to see if you like them. You'll be automatically enrolled in our monthly service* – cancel the service at any time.

* With your free Discovery Kit you will become enrolled as a MEMBER of The Honest Company. You have 7 days following receipt of your Discovery Kit to cancel your membership at any time, for any reason. We will remind you several times about your membership options. If you choose to not cancel your membership, you will be charged $79.95 plus $4.95 shipping and handling for your monthly supply of Diapers, or $35.95 plus $3.95 shipping and handling for your monthly supply of Family Essentials.

Breakfast at Tiffany's Watch Necklace at Sneakpeeq

Audrey Hepburn has always been such a timeless beauty. 

Check out this cute Breakfast at Tiffany's Enamel Pocket Watch Necklace at over 60% off! These necklaces retail for $50, but your price is only $19 at Sneakpeeq! SHIPS FREE! Click below or Here!

There Are No Mistakes

"There are no mistakes."

Recently, I read an article, in U.S. News, about the first doctor to treat President Abraham Lincoln after he was shot by Booth. Dr. Charles Leale, a 23-year-old army surgeon, did not disclose this information publicly until 44 years later after the assassination at Ford's Theater. However, now there is a discovered report of his full account just hours after the president died the following morning.

Did you know that Dr. Leale and Booth were in the same place at the same time during President Lincoln's speech to a crowd celebrating the surrender of Robert E. Lee and the Army of Northern Virginia? 

They say that's where Booth made his final decision to kill the president. (Read Full Article)

Photo by ralev_com
What makes this story so interesting to me, in present day, is how freely we move throughout our lives. We have no idea why we meet certain strangers who may or may not become our friends, why we experience unexpected delays or choose to dine at the places we do on a particular day.

Yes, we may move with intention but there is a greater purpose for it all. Just as the six-week old, Dr. Leale, attended the same performance as the president to be the first aid on scene, we are positioned where we are, in this moment, to fulfill our purpose.

Remember, there are no mistakes. Take some time today to notice your surroundings. Sit patiently in your car during traffic jams and be grateful that you may have avoided a real emergency and was protected from it. 

Be relieved by the pink slip that haunts us all unexpectedly to know that there is something greater that you are called to do. Embrace it!

Know that there are no mistakes in this life because this life is truly a mystery that none of us really understand but think we do.

Share your experiences with me. 

*Have you ever felt that you were in the right place at the right time? 

*Have you wondered why the events of your day didn't quite go as you had planned? 

Share. I would love to read them. Be inspired.

Friday, June 1, 2012

Achieve Obtainable Goals

Photo by asifthebes
In order to really understand where you're going and how you plan to proactively get there, you must achieve obtainable goals. As I write this, it's June 1, 2012 and an awesome time to review what you have accomplished in May and how you can improve upon things in June. 

Personally, I have a whiteboard that I bought from Target and posted it in the room where I am most of the time. I can always see it when I'm walking by or turning in my office chair. Every month, I write down goals that "I expect" to complete for the current month only! I don't concentrate on too many months down the road because then I would get myself so overwhelmed. I stick to the obtainable goals that speak to my "now" and make them happen.

In the beginning, I dreaded this task because I just didn't understand it's value. I would write things down on paper or a little notebook and would forget about them. Then I took a course with Christy English called The Actor's Edge and everything totally gained perspective. During this course we would have to write down our monthly goals and we were accountable to completing those goals. I have accomplished so many goals that I could not have accomplished if I didn't have an accountability partner. Now, it's been about a year or so since this course and I am still writing down my goals and making things happen in my acting career. I have completed two independent films and now on another goal with the representation race by Dallas Travers.

It doesn't matter what field of work you're in. If you are a blogger, actor, manager, small business owner or singer, the best advice I can give you is to get the white board and start writing your obtainable goals down for one month at a time and read them everyday to get them into your daily activities and watch the path to getting them accomplished show up for you. 

I hear the saying all the time, "Rome was not built in one day". So goals are the bricks, glue, and step-by-step instruction to get us to our personal cities of Rome.

Leave me your feedback on how you achieve your monthly goals or if you have any questions on this topic for me, leave a comment below.

Happy Journeys to you,