Showing posts with label giveaway. Show all posts
Showing posts with label giveaway. Show all posts

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Cancer. It's an ugly word that has touched far too many in my life - and if the statistics hold true, probably in yours, too.

This recipe was originally created in 2017 as part of a campaign against breast cancer with Cost Plus World Market. 

And because I wrote THE book on smoothie bowls, of course, I wanted to put together a nutrition-packed smoothie bowl recipe just for this occasion!

Smoothie bowls are perfect for getting lots of nutrient dense foods broken down in a blender to make them easier to digest - and because they are so pretty it's like a special little pretty treat just for you!

I designed this recipe with cancer patients in mind but it's superfood packed and great for anyone - whether you are a cancer warrior or not!


Monday, August 31, 2015

My Italian grandmother was the ultimate hostess. There are not many dinners I can remember having at her house where appetizers were not served. In classic Italian style, she often laid out antipasto platters (antipasto is Italian for "before the meal") full of olives, salami and marinated vegetables for grazing. Many times, though, she would lay out a different appetizer and then serve the classic Italian antipasto ingredients in salad form.

My grandmother's antipasto salad was so delicious and full of flavor - but light at the same time due to not being weighed down with heavy or creamy dressings. We usually ate it as a salad course but you can make a large helping of this salad and serve it as the entree as well. It's the perfect no-cook meal for busy school nights or warm summer and fall evenings when you don't want to cook.

Cost Plus World Market recently approached me and asked if I would share one of my favorite Italian recipes with you to help promote their gourmet giveaway sweepstakes (below!) and of course I said YES!

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

There is no shortage of love around here for smoothies (check out my Smoothies and Juice category for more tasty recipes!). Lately, as I've been approaching my due date, I've been trying to be more intentional about my iron intake - which means a lot of green vegetables. And a girl can only eat so many salads! Smoothies have been my savior in this regard.

Recently, Skyhorse Publishing sent me a copy of The Healthy Smoothie Bible by Farnoosh Brock. Farnoosh blogs at Prolific Living and has compiled a collection of 108 healthy smoothie recipes in this book - including a nice collection of green smoothies (perfect for helping me boost iron!). I gave a couple recipes a whirl (see what I did there?) and loved this Limy Minty Charm. Not only was is delicious but it had a great consistency and didn't separate when my husband drew out how long it took him to drink it.

Check out the recipe but be sure to scroll down to the bottom to enter to win a copy of The Healthy Smoothie Bible for yourself!


Sunday, March 2, 2014

This post is brought to you by Cost Plus World Market

While getting dressed up and going OUT for date night might be every parents' dream come true, the truth is that going out isn't always in the cards. Whether it's babysitting issues or lack of cash (because seriously, dinner and a movie isn't cheap!) sometimes we are faced with the choice between date night at home or no date night at all. 

Date night in doesn't have to mean watching new episodes of House of Cards in your yoga pants - mix it up and have as much fun as going out with minimal effort.

Tip 1: Dress up the table

Pulling out your pretty dishes and setting the table up for a wow factor can make any dinner at home feel extra special. The secret to a fabulous looking table? Layers! 

Layers are not hard to add and really add some wow. Here is how I achieved the layered look in the pictures...

Easy layers:
Lay a blue floral paisley table runner across the table. This serves as a placemat for both you and your date. Add a driftwood charger, laying a cloth napkin on the top of the charger as shown. Add a fork, spoon and knife from the Danieli flatware collection to the sides.

Add a dinner plate from the Nantucket collection on top of the charger and napkin.

Fold the napkin over the top of the plate.

Add a salad plate on top of the folded napkin.

Add stemless wine glasses for water and stemmed wine glasses to hold either wine or World Market Blackberry Pomegranate Soda.

Of course all of the table settings featured here were found at my local World Market store. You can can also buy online by following the links above.

Tip 2: Get pretty

Especially if you are like me and are either a stay at home or work at home mom. Seriously. Step away from the yoga pants and ponytail! How fancy you get depends on your personal style but even throwing on a dress and lipstick can go a long way to making your date time at home feel fancy.

Since you're making dinner, too, throw a cute apron over your clothes to keep everything nice. World Market has super cute aprons in all kind of styles and color schemes - you' be sure to find something you love.

Tip 3: Dress up easy food with plating & garnishes

You don't need to spend hours slaving in the kitchen to make fussy, complicated food. When served on a pretty plates and garnishes, simple foods look professional!

A simple salad of organic baby spinach with sliced cucumber and strawberries with sliced almonds on top looks great on the white plates. Set out olive oil and balsamic vinegar for drizzling a DIY dressing.

Serving on white dishes makes an easy plate of spaghetti with jarred sauce really pop! 

Serve vanilla ice cream in personal size trifle bowls with chocolate orange rolled wafer cookies as a garnish. 

Tip 4: Make a cozy nest

Following dinner, get ready to snuggle on the couch and watch a movie. One huge advantage of movies at home is the snuggle factor! Bring cozy blankets and pillows into your living room to snuggle up and watch a movie on the couch - try doing that in a movie theater!

Tip 5: Serve fancy popcorn

You can't have movie night without popcorn! Skip the microwaved stuff and all the creepy chemicals they line the bags with a pick up some flavorful pre-made popcorn from World Market. My two favorites are the World Market brand Organic White Cheddar Popcorn and the American Farmer Kettle Corn (it's GMO free!)

Do you love movies? Enter to Win!

Cost Plus World Market & Fandango are partnering together to give away free movies and World Market gift cards!

Grand Prize: FREE Movies for a Year ($1600 Fandango gift card) and $1,000 World Market gift card

Three Runner Up Prizes: $500 Fandango gift card and a $500 World Market gift card

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Disclosure: This post was sponsored by Cost Plus World Market to promote their Movie Lovers Sweepstakes in conjunction with Fandango. I only publicly endorse companies and products I love and think you will enjoy, too. See my complete review and endorsement policy here.

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

This post is brought to you by Dollar Tree Value Seekers Club.
My husband says I have a "glass jar problem." If a glass jar comes through our house, chances are we're keeping it. They are just so darn useful for everything from food storage to crafts (like these great luminaries I'm about to show you from the Dollar Tree Value Seekers Club) - why in the world would you throw them out?!

Dollar Tree asked me to check out their Value Seekers Club (confession: I was actually already a member!) and to recreate one of their October crafts. I was immediately drawn to these luminaries and figured they would be a great way to use up some of my glass jar stash. Of course, if you don't have a glass jar stash (ahem) you can pick up lots of great jarred goods at Dollar Tree or even vases and candle holders to use instead. I may or may not be guilty of checking out their grocery section just to look for glass jars I like the shape of (don't tell Joe!).

This is what the Dollar Tree Value Seekers Club version looks like:

Cute, right?! I'm sure you can see why I was drawn to this project.

I made mine a smidge differently than Dollar Tree - in part because I wanted mine to live outside. Check out how I made mine below. 

Supplies (for the CGL version)


Monday, August 26, 2013

This post is brought to you by Lullaby Paints.
Few things in life make me as happy as zero VOC paint. I'm not even kidding. I love paint. I love color. But breathing toxins while painting and then for years afterwards? Not so much. 

If you're not familiar with VOCs (or Volatile Organic Compounds), in short they are toxic fumes put off by items like traditional paint, varnish, plastic, some glues and more. VOCs are why traditional paint smells bad. But VOCs aren't just the smell - paint will off-gas toxic VOCs long after the paint has stopped having a scent - like for three to five years long! The EPA has listed indoor air pollution among the top five hazards to human health - and VOCs play a large part of that. So if you care about reducing your overall toxin exposure, you want to pick zero VOC items as often as possible. 

Our goal is to only use zero-VOC paint on any items that will live inside our home. So while I've had a few fun chalkboard paint ideas in mind for a while now, I wasn't aware of any non-toxic solutions I felt good about using around my family so those ideas never went anywhere. Until I learned about Lullaby Paints and their chalkboard paint line. Not only is it non-toxic just like their regular indoor paints but it comes in lots of fun colors, too!


  • Sponge
  • Zero VOC Primer (Lullaby sells this if you don't have it on hand)
  • Paint roller for primer
  • Lullaby Paints Chalkboard Paint Kit
  • Large zip top plastic bag
  • Extra chalk 
  • Soft cloth or towel

Friday, May 3, 2013

Thank you Duluth Trading Company for sponsoring this post. Check out Duluth Trading Company for tough, functional workwear.

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There are few things I enjoy more during the summer that eating the bounty of fresh organic tomatoes I grow in my garden. Last year, I grew about 140 pounds of tomatoes and even though I had to give a lot of them away, I was still able to can enough to last my family through the winter so that we didn't need to buy BPA-containing metal cans of tomatoes. 

Important: Know when the right time to plant is! Don't plant your tomatoes until all danger of frost has passed. Where I live, that's about mother's day weekend BUT the weather this week is supposed to be in the 70's and 80's so I'm planting a week early this year. Use this tool to check when your average last frost date is.


  • Tomato plants
  • Shovel or trowel
  • Dried egg shells
  • Epsom Salt (do NOT use table salt. it will kill your plant)
  • Measuring spoon
  • Water
  • Weather-appropriate work clothes (thanks to Duluth, I'm wearing the UPF 50 Crusher Sun Hat in raspberry and long sleeve Armachillo shirt in Raspberry Plaid)
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