Saturday, December 14, 2013

My Favorite Things + 16 GB iPad Air Giveaway

'Tis the season for sharing and GIVING. And because I love you all so much, I'm excited to give away some of my favorite things (valued over $75) to one lucky winner plus a chance to win an iPad! 

My Favorite Things:
Clockwise from the top:

Hamilton Beach Set 'n Forget 6-Quart Programmable Slow Cooker – because what's better than coming home to a meal that practically cooked itself?

Healthy Dish of the Day Cookbook (Williams Sonoma) – this book has 365 days worth of healthy meals.

Weeknight Gluten Free Cookbook (Williams Sonoma) – whether you have gluten allergies or not, the photos and recipes in this book are mouthwatering.

David & Young Ombré Infinity Scarf (Nordstrom) – because I love warming up with a cozy, knit scarf.

Paderno Spiral Vegetable Slicer – the easiest way to make zucchini noodles, sweet potato spirals, carrot ribbons and more!

Citrus Zinger from Zing Anything – diffuse citrus fruits directly into your water bottle!

PLUS I've teamed up with 7 other bloggers to each share a few of our favorite things with our readers and give you the opportunity to win one, or all, of our favorite stuff. And as another present to you, with EACH entry on every blog you'll be entered to win a 16 GB Apple iPad Air.

Now who wouldn't want to find THAT under their tree?

Every blogger’s giveaway is different so make sure you hop around to see what awesome stuff you can win.

1. Love & Olive Oil | 2. Skinnytaste | 3. Reluctant Entertainer | 4. RecipeGirl | 5. A Southern Fairytale | 6. Gimme Some Oven | 7. Mountain Mama Cooks | 8. FoodieCrush

Here’s how it works…
  • Enter to win my list of Favorite Things by filling out the Promo Simple widget below.
  • One winner will be chosen to receive my Favorite Things Giveaway.
  • Take another look at the other 7 bloggers and their giveaway items in the collage above then check out the other blogger's sites and enter to win their favorite things too. Every entry will give you another chance to win the 16 GB iPad Air.
  • All entries on my blog will be added to the other bloggers' entry lists. From that list one Grand Prize Winner of the Apple 16 MB iPad Air will be selected via Good luck and have a happy, happy holiday!

Official Rules: One winner will randomly be chosen to receive the list of My Favorite Things from Skinnytaste ($75+ value). Giveaway is open until December 20, 2013 at 11:59 p.m. MST and is open to all residents 18 years and older. Each entry will be submitted to the grand prize Apple 16 MB iPad Air Giveaway. Giveaway is open only to those in the countries listed at the Apple Store. Be sure a valid email address is included with your comment. Winner of the Favorite Things giveaway will be chosen randomly and announced on this post. I will email the winner and if the winner doesn’t respond in 48 hours, a new winner will be chosen. Winner of the iPad Air will be chosen and notified within 48 hours via email and noted on this post. If the winner doesn’t respond within 48 hours, a new winner will be chosen.

Monday, November 25, 2013

{giveaway} Vintage Hand Stamped Flatware from For Such A Time Designs

Silver Plated Flatware is back and better than ever! Hand stamped pieces from For Such A Time Designs make weddings, anniversaries, baby showers, meal time, coffee time, or anytime special! As seen in Inside Weddings Fall 2013 Issue and Lauren Conrad's Website!

This week I am giving away $100 credit towards any purchase on her Etsy Store

I love her whimsical vintage one-of-a-kind designs. They make great gifts plus they are very affordable, so even if you don't win take a look around her Etsy Store, I am sure you'll fall in love.

THE PRIZE: One lucky winner will get a $100 credit towards any purchase.

Giveaway over. Congrats to Terri Leon!

For a chance to win, simply visit her Etsy Store then come back here and tell me which is your favorite. Be sure to leave your email address so I can reach out to you if you win. That's it! One lucky winner will be chosen by this Friday, November, 29th. 

Thursday, November 21, 2013

{giveaway} Le Creuset 3 1/2 Quart Braiser

I just returned from the Grand Opening of the First Le Creuset Flagship Store at the Walt Whitman Stores in Long Island which is happening today until Nov 24th, and did some major damage! I bought my mom this Le Creuset 3 1/2 quart braiser in the color Dune for Christmas – can't wait to give it to her, it will be her first Le Creuset!

If anyone lives in the Long Island area, they are giving away lots of free stuff like mini magnets, t-shirts and measuring magnets this weekend (while supplies last).

But for those of you who don't live in the area, they are also being so generous to give away this beautiful 3-1/2 Quart Braiser in any color of your choice! (I'm getting myself one in yellow).
Braising is perfect for hearty stews or side dishes, and this pot has a lifetime guarantee, it's dishwasher safe, oven safe and comes in so many colors!

THE PRIZE: (1) LUCKY WINNER will get one Le Creuset 3 1/2 Quart Braiser in any color of your choice.

Congrats to the winner, you have been emailed!


Wednesday, November 13, 2013

5 Ways to Maximize Your Motivation

Want to reclaim your weight loss motivation and recharge your drive to succeed? Use these five tips from my truest Skinnytaste dietitian, Heather K. Jones!

1.  Listen to your inner voice.

Everyone has one—that little voice in your head telling you what you should or shouldn’t do. That voice, as much as you try to ignore it, has a profound effect on you. Pay attention to it, and try to keep your self-talk positive; what you tell yourself every day will either lift you up or tear you down.

2.  Surround yourself with role models.

How much easier is it to go to the gym when your friend offers to go with you, as opposed to begging you to bag on your workout and hit happy hour instead? The link between health and your circle of friends isn’t just anecdotal—recent research has confirmed the connection. By surrounding yourself with people who are either living a healthy lifestyle or are working towards that goal will positively influence you to achieve your own goals. Find like-minded people who support your healthy lifestyle: Join a running club, find a hiking meet-up, or take cooking classes. Whatever your interest, there are others who share the same; it’s up to you to find them.

3.  Visualize success.

Do you know exactly what it is you want to achieve? Visualize your goal in vivid detail. What will it feel like, inside and out, when you reach it? Imagine the healthy, vibrant energy and confidence that will radiate from you. Remember, losing weight is not just about your outward appearance, but also about your mental and physical well-being.

4.  Don’t let mistakes get you down.

Repeat after me: Slip-ups are a part of the weight loss process, just as they’re a part of life. Some days, things will go your way and you’ll do everything “right.” And other days, you’ll face temptations and obstacles, and yes, inevitably make some mistakes. Look at it this way, if you are making mistakes, you are trying, and if you are trying, you are learning. Don’t beat yourself up. Simply pick back up where you left off the next day or at the next meal.

5.  Think about how far you have come.

Try to recall the day you decided to make a change. Write down everything about yourself from that time—from how you felt (mentally and physically) to the tangible things like your pants size and weight. What has changed? Sometimes taking a look back helps you to see how far you’ve come and also allows you reconnect with where you want to go. If you are just starting out, take the opportunity to jot down your “before” stats (all the details I mentioned above). Doing so serves two purposes: It allows you to measure your progress going forward and it also gives you a starting point from which you can create your roadmap to success. For instance, if you can only walk five minutes before you get out of breath now, you can aim to be at 10 minutes in a month and 30 months in three months.

Much love,


P.S. Don’t forget to grab your free Smaller Size. Bigger Life. guide here.

Heather is working with me on the upcoming Skinnytaste cookbook, and she is the founder of Heather K Jones, a weight loss site about healing and hope, instead of diets (ugh) and deprivation (no thank you). And her FREE Smaller Size. Bigger Life. guide includes a Skinnytaste weight loss meal plan – you can grab your copy here.

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

{giveaway} Dr. Susan Albers new book – Eat. Q. Unlock the Weight-Loss Power of Emotional Intelligence

Increase your Eat. Q. and completely change your life – for the better!

If you’ve grown tired of the same old dieting tips and tricks that end up leaving you frustrated and annoyed, you’re definitely not alone. Fortunately, those days may be over forever. Thanks to Dr. Susan Albers and her new book, Eat. Q. Unlock the Weight-Loss Power of Emotional Intelligence, feeling great about your body and learning how to lose weight and escape the yo-yo diet go-round is now easier than ever. Eat. Q. presents you with an innovative three-step program that will help you conquer emotional eating patterns so you can lose weight, eat healthfully and mindfully, and experience a greater quality of life.

This week only I am giving away (4) FOUR COPIES of Eat. Q. Unlock the Weight-Loss Power of Emotional Intelligence.

Emotionally intelligent eating is not about having a vast nutrition facts.  Instead, it is being:

  • Aware of hunger and fullness cues
  • Tuned in to how and why you are eatingAware of your need for impulse control around pleasurable food
  • Acutely tuned it to how social interactions impact how much you eat
  • Able to make decisions even when emotional
  • Aware of which emotions make the quality of your decisions plummet
  • Able to tone down or work through feelings without stress eating
  • Intrinsically motivated to eat better rather than tied to external rewards
  • and more…

Deciding what to eat can often be one of the most emotionally imbued decisions you make during the day.  It starts with the question, “What do I feel like eating?”  What you choose often hinges on your mood at the moment.  Think about the quality of your choices when you are happy versus angry (many people crumble down to “I don’t care what I eat” when upset). The  process of eating ends with an emotional response—satisfaction, joy, guilt, longing etc.

Thankfully, EatQ contains quick and easy psychological tricks that make choosing healthier foods easier and being able to say “stop” and actually do it.   If you want to know if you are an emotionally intelligent eater, visit to find out.

THE PRIZE: (4) FOUR LUCKY WINNERS will each got one copy of Eat. Q. Unlock the Weight-Loss Power of Emotional Intelligence.

Winners have been chosen, comments are now closed.