Friday, November 21, 2014

Cooking with Colavita Giveaway

Cooking with Colavita Giveaway Sponsored by Colavita

Hosted by Pea of Sweetness

Co-Hosted by Deliciously Savvy and Deals of Sweetness

Cooking with Colavita Giveaway

Emilee at Pea of Sweetness loves Italian food but has been stuck in a rut with the same old recipes and ingredients. She was excited to broaden her horizons with Colavita.

Colavita's history goes back a long time ago in the quaint hilltop village of Sant’Elia a Pianisi, located in the Molise region of Italy, two small family businesses were born. One family operated a stone mill for crushing homegrown olives used to produce fine extra virgin olive oil. The other family gathered the durum wheat harvest, milled the wheat into semolina grain and ultimately produced fresh pasta for the local market. Over time, both families became experts at their trade, passing their knowledge to the next generation, who in turn did the same. The two families had much in common not only in perfecting time-honored production methods, but also in name. They were both Colavita families.

Today, the Colavita Olive Oil and Colavita Pasta companies are still family-owned and operating in the same town of their ancestors. They have since joined with another family-owned company, Colavita USA, and together they have shared the fruits of their respective crafts with American consumers for over twenty years.

Emilee got to try her hand at a new Italian recipe using the amazing ingredients included in the Colavita Simply Italian Gift Basket.

The Simply Italian Gift Basket includes:

  • Colavita Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • Colavita Balsamic Vinegar
  • Cirio Crushed Tomato with Basil
  • Colavita Eggplant & Sweet Peppers
  • Colavita Olive Bruschetta
  • Colavita Marinara Sauce
  • Colavita Tomato Basil Sauce
  • Colavita Penne Rigate
  • Dal Raccolto Capellini
  • Dal Raccolto Orchiette
  • Almond Cantuccini
Doesn't it sound amazing? This would make a great Christmas present!  One winner will receive the Colavita Simply Italian Gift Basket! (ARV $75.00) This giveaway begins on 11/20 and ends on 12/13 at 10:00pm (times are Central) and is open to US residents ages 18+. Winner is subject to eligibility verification and will have 48 hours to confirm before a new winner will be drawn. One winner per household, email address, or home address. If you have won this prize on another blog you are ineligible to win again. For any questions/concerns please email (consider adding this email to your “Safe List” as winning email notification will be sent from this email.) Please refer to the full terms and conditions in the Giveaway Tools.

Disclosure: Pea of Sweetness received complimentary product(s) or service(s) in exchange for an honest review. No additional compensation was received. Participating bloggers are not responsible for prize fulfillment.

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Build-A-Bear $30 Gift Card Giveaway

Build-A-Bear $30 Gift Card Giveaway
Sponsor: Build-A-Bear

My daughter went to a Build-A-Bear birthday party last year, and absolutely LOVED creating her own bear.  Now every time we pass the store in the mall, she insists we stop in and see the newest bear clothes!  This giveaway is a great way to get some goodies from Build-A-Bear.

Prize: Build-A-Bear $30 Gift Card
Dates: 11/19-12/3
Open to: US Residents 18+
Enter to win using the widget below. Good luck!

Monday, November 17, 2014

Northpole Giveaway

About a week ago, I got a review copy of the new DVD Northpole with Tiffani Theissen, Josh Hopkins, Bailee Madison, and Max Charles.  My 6-yr-old daughter saw the movie sitting on the table, and kept asking to watch "the Christmas movie", but we were so busy that it got put off for a couple of days.  When we finally got a chance to sit down and watch it, my girls (ages 6 and 4) REALLY liked it.  As in, I didn't hear anything while they were watching it, which means they were actually watching it.  

According to my 6-yr-old, "There was a girl Elf named Clementine and Santa and a lady in there.  It was good."

The REAL synopsis:
Northpole, the magical home to Santa & Mrs. Claus, has grown into a huge city powered by the magic of holiday happiness around the world. Yet as people everywhere get too busy to enjoy festive time together, the city is in trouble. Who can help save the cherished traditions of Christmas? One young boy, Kevin, might have a chance if he can convince his protective mom, Chelsea, to rediscover the magic of the season. With a little added help from Kevin's charming teacher Ryan, a mysterious elf-like girl Clementine and a gospel singer named Josephine, Kevin is determined to bring his mom in on the fun and prove that one small voice can change the hearts of many.

We travel a lot during the holidays, and we always bring a DVD player in the car.  To me, Northpole is a great Christmas movie to add to our holiday travel collection.  

It's rated G and the running time is 85 minutes.  It's available on DVD Nov. 18th, but if you'd like to WIN a copy, enter the rafflecopter below.  There will be THREE winners!

Disclosure--I was provided a copy of the DVD for review, but not otherwise compensated for this post.

Saturday, November 15, 2014

BOGO Free Starbucks

You still have the weekend to buy one Starbucks holiday drink  and get one FREE!  You can get it through Nov. 16th between 2-5pm.  Choose Chestnut Praline Latte, Peppermint Mocha or Caramel BrulĂ©e Latte.

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Paranoid Mom

The day before Halloween, I was helping my 4-yr-old put on her Elsa dress for a party, and glanced down at her head and saw tiny black specks on her scalp.  My first thought was that it was dirt from the playground at preschool, but then I got paranoid that it was lice.

I've never seen lice before, and had no idea what I was looking for, but according to the oh-so-accurate internet, black specks on the head can sometimes be lice feces, and I was convinced that's exactly what it was.  I immediately sent my husband to buy any and every thing he could find--shampoos, combs, conditioners--anything that would get rid of lice.

I immediately started what would turn out to be a week long cycle of laundry (hot water of course).  I washed everything from sheets to teddy bears to EVERY SINGLE PIECE of clothing in my daughter's dresser.

I emailed her teacher and warned her of our possible (what else could it be??) lice infestation, and I shampooed our carpets.  I made everyone in our house scrub their hair with the special shampoo, and I threw away everything from bath mats to toothbrushes.

After a good washing, her scalp looked good.  I waited.

Sure enough, a week later, in the bright sunlight, I glanced down at her head and this time saw not only black specks, but white ones too.  This time I was SURE it must be lice, but I wanted confirmation.  I grabbed the kids, and drove as fast as I (safely) could to the doctor's office, which was closing in 15 minutes.

I explained our situation and the doctor started sticking her little plastic wand through my daughter's hair, then shaking her finger through it.

"Gracie," the doctor calmly asked, "do you have a sandbox?"

Gulp.  Hand slap to the forehead.  Dumb mom moment.  Yep, in fact Gracie DOES have a sandbox at her preschool, and that afternoon was "scooping sand up and throwing it in the air", according to her little 4-yr-old self.

Yes, I took my daughter to the doctor because she had sand in her hair.  The good news is that her laundry has never been cleaner.  

Sunday, November 9, 2014

Free Starbucks for Veterans Day

Veterans, active duty service members, and spouses—enjoy a free tall (12 fl. oz) hot brewed coffee on Starbucks, Tuesday, November 11.

Saturday, November 8, 2014

Beatrix Girls Holiday Prize Pack

Beatrix Girls Holiday Prize Pack Giveaway

My daughter has a Beatrix Girl doll, and LOVES her!  This prize pack would be a great Christmas present.

Prizes: Beatrix Girls Doll with Stand, Beatrix Girls CD, Beatrix Girls Poster RV $50+
Dates: 11/8-11/22
Open to: US Residents 18+
Enter to win using the widget below. Good luck!

Thursday, November 6, 2014

Free Huggies Sample

I have two sisters-in-law that just had babies, so we need lots of diapers!  Here's a chance to grab a  Free Huggies Little Snugglers Diapers Sample!