Enter to Win a Little Romance

By Charlotte on July 29, 2011 6:07 AM

Our long-time friend and fellow boomer Jerry Williams deserves the award for planning the most romantic celebration, ever.

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As his wife Debbie says, their 25th wedding anniversary was "absolutely perfect." That day, Debbie awoke to find a red rose petal path leading to their kitchen, where she was greeted by a touching tribute: a dozen red roses interspersed with 25 red, cutout hearts, each inscribed with things Jerry loved about her. Awww!


Happy Anniversary! Jerry and Debbie Williams will celebrate 32 years of marriage Aug. 4.


Sentiments like "You look good in your car" left Debbie speechless. (Coming up with 25 ways to say "I love you" can be tough, even when you're as creative as Jerry.) Beside the arrangement, Debbie found a box of sexy lingerie with a simple card: "Have your bag packed for overnight."  



We're giving away three prize packages sure to speak to your passionate side. Each contains:


  • A set of three hot, new Playboy Fragrances for Women - Play It Lovely, Play It Sexy and Play it Spicy

  • A Pure Romance Bed of Roses Travel Pack and Burning Desire candle  


Click "Read More" for details on how you can win one of these three, $90-value prize packages ... FREE.* Contest ends Aug. 11!


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Jerry had planned dinner and a stay at Grapevine's grand Gaylord Texan resort as well as more surprises. Rose petals scattered through the hotel room led Debbie to the:


  • Bed - Topped with rose petals in the shape of a heart and a gift box containing a beautiful cross pendant covered with diamonds (after all, they are a girl's best friend!).
  • The bathtub - Decorated with, you guessed it, even more rose petals. The dreamy picture was completed by glowing candles and a silver tray holding champagne, chocolate-covered strawberries and a CD of soulful tunes labeled "Caution, listening to this may result in love making."


About then, Debbie realized her thoughtful husband hadn't acted alone. Their youngest daughter Lauren, the true romantic in the family, had staged much of the awe-inspiring anniversary.


Wouldn't we all like a little help in the name of love? Since Lauren's not available, Bob and I turned to the folks at Playboy Fragrances for Women and True Romance.  Thanks to them, we're giving away three packages of playful prizes, each including:


  • A set of three hot, new Playboy Fragrances for Women - Play It Lovely, Play It Sexy and Play It Spicy

  • A Pure Romance Bed of Roses Travel Pack and Burning Desire candle

Play It Lovely, Play It Sexy and Play It Spicy ($17 each at drugstores) are Playboy's first female fragrances. Each alluring new scent represents the three steps in the art of attracting a man from flirtation to temptation to total captivation. PLALVY_PKSHT_SIL 200.jpg


Play It Lovely - Helps create a lasting first impression. Perfect for daytime, this enchanting fresh, fruity floral suggests a sweet and playful innocence. Light and easy-to-wear, it opens with a mouth-watering blend of zesty citrus, ripe blackberry and juicy pear that uplifts and delights. The heart is built around a delicate bouquet of cherry baby orchid, belle de nuit and tuberose. As the fragrance settles, the subtle floral notes give way to a warm and sensual base of amber, patchouli and tonka bean. Simply 'lovely'.




Play It Sexy - Takes your game to the next level. This sultry, oriental fragrance is ideal for evening, when you're all dressed up with somewhere to go. A darker, richer scent, Play It Sexy leads with an invigorating rush of pink grapefruit and mandarin blended with a spicy hint of pink pepper that progresses to an exotic heart of jasmine teas, osmanthus and liquorice. Seductive base notes of vanilla, patchouli, sandalwood and tonka bean complete the intoPLASCY_PKSHT_SIL 200.jpgxicating experience.



Play It Spicy - Creates a sensual signature that can't be ignored. A sparkling floriental full of excitement, Play It Spicy is the sexiest and edgiest of the three new Playboy for Women fragrances. This glamorous nighttime scent opens with a vibrant burst of pomegranate, bellini cocktail and pink berries followed by a luminous floral fusion of elegant tiger lily, passionflower and heliotrope.  Alluring tones of amber, sandalwood and vanilla essence provide a finale sure to seduce the senses.

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Pure Romance Bed of Roses Travel Pack - Helps set the stage for love, no matter where you are. This travel friendly, mood-making kit is one any romantic will appreciate.  It includes more than 100 scented silk rose petals, four tea-light candles and an invitation to enjoy. ($17 at PureRomance.com)

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Pure Romance Burning Desire Candle - Fills the room with a charming glow as well as enticing fragrance.  This sensual candle, made of soy massage oil, doubles as a warm body balm when melted. Designed to provide a luxury spa experience at home, it lasts up to 20 massages. ($24 at PureRomance.com)




Why not add a little romance? Three lucky boomers will win this package of five mood makers (a $90 value):


  • Three hot, new Playboy Fragrances for Women - Play It Spicy, Play It Lovely and Play It Sexy 
  • Pure Romance Bed of Roses Travel Pack 
  • Pure Romance Burning Desire candle


To enter the contest, email your name, mailing address (no PO Boxes please) and phone number to Enter@BoomerBrief.com by Aug. 11 and put "A Little Romance" in the subject line.



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