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Hurry! Time is Running out! Now through November 19th you can enter Culturelle® Baby's Instagram giveaway! It's important to celebrate every #NewParentWin—that's why Culturelle® is giving away a prize box with over $80 worth of Culturelle® Baby Probiotics and fun baby prizes.
So go ahead a post a photo of your precious little one smiling, sleeping, or trying a new food, and be sure to tag @CulturelleProbiotics and use the tags #NewParentWin and #giveawayentry. Good luck!
Just for fun, here is my sweet grand daughter, Reylin! Should I enter her in the contest? What do you think?
I absolutely adore chocolate! Not just any chocolate, mind you. If I am going to eat chocolate, it has to be worth the indulgence because I don't need wasted calories. I need my chocolate to be luxurious, rich and decadent. Well, I found it! I found the kind of heavenly chocolate that only dreams are made of in the form of tinyB Chocolates.
I was given the chance to try out tinyB Chocolate's brigadeiros. tinyB Chocolate's brigadeiros are a heavenly Brazilian cousin to the chocolate truffle, with a smooth, creamy texture but no hard shell.
They taste as delicious as they look! Is your mouth watering yet?
Brigadeiros have an interesting history. They were invented by Brazilian women in the mid-1940s as a product to sell to raise funds for the women’s rights-conscious presidential candidate—Brigadier Eduardo Gomes. They were the Brazilian MAGA hats or HOPE posters of their day! Brigadier Gomes didn’t win the election, but “brigadeiros” became a national tradition and are still made across Brazil to this day. Now, San Franciscan and tinyB founder Renata Stoica (a Sao Paolo native) is using her old family recipe to bring the tradition to America. Renata infuses the brigadeiros with flavors that remind her of home, like passion fruit, pineapple, cayenne pepper, and Brazilian coffee.
Brazil. Bossa nova. Beaches. And now brigadeiros! That’s the essence of tinyB chocolates. They capture the excitement, romance and richness of Brazil in the magic of its favorite national chocolate treat.
Made fresh to order with two-day delivery guaranteed anywhere in the continental US, tinyB offers the hands-on care and service of a local family-owned business blended with international charm and panache.
But at its heart, tinyB is about the happy love story between Renata, a beautiful Brazilian chocolatier, and Andrei, a San Francisco tech entrepreneur. They fell in love, got married and started tinyB in their kitchen as a way to share their love for each other and for brigadeiros with San Francisco and the world.
Renata’s special recipe heightens the chocolate intensity, without the bitterness of dark chocolate or the sweetness of extra sugar. Hand-dipped coatings offer a variety of sensational taste treats.
Just as Renata fell in love with Andrei, I fell in love with tinyB after the first taste! (Of course my husband grabbed the box and we fought over them, which is not a very romantic story, but we did learn to share.) I have never tasted chocolates so fresh, as if they were just made!
Each tinyB is handcrafted and gently placed in gift boxes that are detailed with care because they want you feel that they're made just for you - which they are.
Perfect for sharing, giving and enjoying. Client gifts. Wedding favors. Holiday gifts! Enter to win a box below!
Enter to win! One winner will receive a 15-piece box of brigadeiros from tinyB Chocolates(ARV: $34)
How? It's easy! Just enter to win using the GiveawayTools form below. Good luck!
For more information, visit tinyB at: https://www.tinybchocolate.com
GET GRILLIN’ WITH BIG MOE AND BIG RED’S SUMMER BBQ PROMOTION
Bold BBQ Pairs with Sweet and Smooth Big Red for Summer Contest
Big Red, America’s original and best-selling red soda, is kicking off the summer BBQ season with its “Get Grillin’ with Big Moe and Big Red” promotion. From June 25 – August 17, consumers have the chance to win a Big Red BBQ party, hosted by Pitmaster Big Moe Cason, and other BBQ related prizes. Contest details are available at www.bigred.com/bigmoe.
Known for its sweet and smooth flavor, Big Red is the perfect complement to BBQ’s spicy, salty flavors. Big Red has partnered with Big Moe, who is nationally regarded as a BBQ expert, grill master and competitor. He has competed in hundreds of competitions and served as a judge on “BBQ Pitmasters.”
“Big Red and BBQ is a long-standing tradition among our fans. We are thrilled to partner with Big Moe, and tap into his BBQ expertise and passion, and continue to be a staple at the BBQ table this summer,” says Big Red’s SVP of Marketing Thomas Oh.
Big Moe and Big Red will throw a deluxe backyard BBQ party for the grand prize winner and 50 friends. Secondary prizes include:
- iGrill 2 thermometer
- Big Moe BBQ sauces and rubs
- Weber Original Kettle Charcoal Grill
- Yeti Tumbler 20 oz.
ABOUT BIG MOE CASON
Big Moe Cason is a self-taught BBQ pit master. The Iowa native has participated in 260+ BBQ contests and was a season two finalist on TLC’s “Barbeque Pitmasters.” He was also a judge for Destination America’s “BBQ Pitmasters” in 2014 and “SMOKED” in 2013. For more information visit his Instagram , Facebook or Twitter .
ABOUT BIG RED
Big Red Inc. is one of the top 10 beverage companies in North America with a history dating back to 1937. Along with Big Red®, recognized as the number-one selling red soda, Big Red Inc. also markets beverage brands Big Red Zero®, Big Blue®, Big Peach®, Big Pineapple®, NuGrape®, and Nesbitt’s® products. Distributed widely throughout the Dr Pepper Snapple Group, Independent Bottlers and Pepsi Beverages Company, consumers across the country enjoy Big Red Inc.’s beverages. For more information, please visit www.bigred.com.
Join Celebrity Chef George Duran on a Quest for the Perfect Cheeseburger
Enter the Jarlsberg Sizzling Summer Burger Contest to Win Big
Contest Runs from July 2nd to August 27th
Jarlsberg® Cheese famous worldwide for its nutty, mild and sweet flavor launches a global recipe global contest starring two best friends: burgers and cheese. Cheese fans and all foodies can enter the Jarlsberg Sizzling Summer Burger contest from July 2nd to August 27th athttps://www.facebook.com/jarlsberg. Entrants will have the chance to win exclusive Jarlsberg® Grill Kits every week and the grand prize is a Big Green Egg Grill, so that winners can re-create their favorite Jarlsberg® burgers, just in time for Labor Day weekend!
The program also offers some great new burger ideas from Celebrity Chef George Duran. Duran, the Venezuelan born American chef, is well known for hosting cooking programs on TLC and Food Network and his appearances on numerous TV shows. He has created four distinctly different Jarlsberg® burger recipes, including one vegetarian burger and one burger with grilled pineapple slices in place of burger buns.
Each of Chef Duran’s four burger recipes offer a summer story and their own film:The Marvelous Meltdown (Jarlsberg® Fondue Burger), Melted Maui Madness(Pineapple Bun Jarlsberg®Burger), The Viva La Quinoa (Quinoa and Red Lentil with Jarlsberg®), and The Brooklyn Bacon Bonanza (Bacon Burger Stuffed with Jarlsberg®). The burgers are placed in different settings, and the ambience is quintessentially New York: three of the four burger shorts are filmed in a Williamsburg brownstone, and the fourth on a rooftop in Queens with the Manhattan skyline as a backdrop.
“As summer heats up around the world, we wanted to share some creative and luscious ways to enjoy burgers made with Jarlsberg® Cheese,” said Valerie Liu, Marketing Manager. “Chef George Duran elevates burgers in brand new melted and magical creations. You won’t want to stop at just one!”
Enjoy these creative, fun summer BBQ recipes from Jarlsberg® and Chef George Duran. To see all of the Summer Global Jarlsberg® Burgers, visit https://www.facebook.com/jarlsberg
The Marvelous Melt-down – Fondue Burger
For the burgers:
1 tbsp. panko-style breadcrumbs
1 tbsp. heavy cream
1 1/2 lb minced beef
2 garlic cloves, minced
1 tbsp. salt
1/4 tbsp. black pepper
4 sesame burger buns
Red pepper flakes (optional)
For the Jarlsberg® fondue sauce:
2 tbsp. butter
2 tbsp flour
1 C. of whole milk
1 1/2 C. of grated Jarlsberg® cheese
1. In a small bowl, mix the breadcrumbs and heavy cream until absorbed ( about 3 – 4 minutes)
2. In a large bowl, mix the beef with the garlic and breadcrumb mixture until combined. Season with salt and pepper and form 4 large burgers. Make a large indentation in the middle of each burger and preheat your grill.
3. In the meantime, make the Jarlsberg® cheese fondue sauce by melting the butter in a small saucepan and whisking in the flour. Whisk over a medium heat until browned. Slowly whisk in the milk and allow to thicken (about 3 – 4 minutes). Add the grated Jarlsberg® and whisk until smooth. Keep some cheese aside.
4. Grill each burger as desired, spread butter inside the buns and toast lightly. Arrange lettuce on the bottom half of the bun, followed by the burger. Then pour fondue sauce on top of the burger. Add the other half of the bun and pour more fondue sauce over the top.
5. Garnish with scallions and red pepper flakes.
Makes 4 burgers
Melted Maui Madness
1 1/2 lb. minced beef
1 tbsp. tomato paste
1 tbsp. teriyaki sauce
1 tbsp. kosher salt
4 thick pineapple rings
4 red bell pepper rings
4 slices Jarlsberg® cheese
Thinly-sliced red onions
8 slices of cooked bacon (optional)
Lettuce and tomato
1. Pre-heat your grill.
2. In a medium bowl, mix the beef with the tomato paste, teriyaki sauce and salt.
Form 4 equal-sized burger patties.
3. Spray the grill with non-stick spray and grill the pineapple rings evenly on both sides.
Set aside and grill the peppers and burgers as desired. Top the burgers with Jarlsberg® cheese and allow to melt slightly.
4. Assemble your burgers using the pineapple rings in place of a bun and top with the
burger, cheese, peppers, red onion slices, bacon, lettuce and tomato slices.
Makes 4 burgers
About Jarlsberg® Cheese:
In 1956, we created Jarlsberg® Cheese, using an original Norwegian recipe. Why does Jarlsberg® cheese taste so mild, nutty and delicious? It’s all part of the legend…and Norway’s most guarded recipe! For more information go to www.jarlsberg.com
About Norseland, Inc.
Norseland, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of TINE SA (a cooperative of more than 13,000 dairy farmers in Norway and its largest producer, distributor and exporter of dairy products) is the exclusive importer, sales, marketing and distribution agent for Jarlsberg® cheese, Snøfrisk®, TINE Brunost Collection™, Ilchester®, García Baquero, Lotito®, Gabriella®, Parmissimo®, Old Amsterdam®, Igor and Couturier®. Headquartered in Darien, Connecticut, Norseland has national distribution across supermarkets, mass merchants, club stores, food service and convenience stores.
I am excited to announce that Kneipp has launched the #KneippLife sweepstakes! Here are the details:
Be Beautiful. Be Loved. Be Harmonious. Be Natural.
Enter your chance to win the Kneipp Life Sweepstakes, featuring:
- A trip to the Woodstock Inn in Vermont for you & 3 friends
- Kneipp gift baskets
- all entrants will receive 20% off their next purchase
Link to sign up: http://bit.ly/TheKneippLife
America's third annual National Hot Tea Day is on January 12, 2018! Why not celebrate the TEA-rrific holday because what’s better than a hot cup of tea to start or end your day?
We know that every cup of tea has a story to tell and each one of us have a unique way of enjoying tea, reason why we love tea, as well as our own individual preference for tea times and tea types.
Although all true teas come from the same plant, Camellia sinensis, there are four main types that pair well with food and each have a story of their own to tell:
- Black Tea, The Tea of the Masses: Black tea is the most commonly consumed tea in the world accounting for approximately 68% of all consumption. In the United States, well over 80% of the tea consumed is black. Black teas are fully oxidized* and pair well with creamy desserts, chocolate and spicy jerk chicken.
- Green Tea, The Tea of Well-being: Green tea is heated after plucking to prevent oxidation. Heating can be done by either steaming or pan-firing the tea, which denatures enzymes that would cause oxidation to take place. Green tea is the most popular form of tea in China and Japan, and pairs well with chicken, melon and key lime pie!
- White Tea, The Tea of Delicacy: White Tea's origins are found in the Fujian province of China around A.D. 1000 and it is considered to be amongst the rarest of teas and to possess the most delicate flavor. Today, its production follows very strict harvesting and processing requirements. One type of white tea looks like silver needles and pairs well with freshly sliced fruit, light fish like salmon and salads.
- Oolong Tea, The Tea of an Artisan: Oolong tea is partially oxidized tea. Plucked leaves are withered and are then allowed to oxidize before drying. Oolongs lie between green and black teas on a sliding scale and pair well with lobster, duck and maple syrup.
In honor of the beloved beverage and celebration of National Hot Tea Month (January!), the Tea Council of the USA has launched the second annual #IndividualiTEA Photo Sharing Sweepstakes , to give tea lovers across the nation an opportunity to win $500 and a year’s supply of tea.
So, are you ready to share your #IndividualiTEA?
Share a photo, video or explanation of the unique ways, times, and places you like to cook with or sip your favorite tea (it can be as unique as you'd like!) on http://bit.ly/individualiTEA and on Twitter with the hashtag #IndividualiTEA and tag @TeaCouncil.
You'll be prompted to finalize your entry for a chance to win at http://bit.ly/individualiTEA
The sweepstakes runs through January 31, 2018. A copy of the official rules can be found here. Enter as many times as you'd like and don't forget to tag and tell your friends! We're excited to hear your tea stories!
*Oxidized is the correct chemical term for the natural process that takes place during the manufacturing of different types of teas. Fermentation is still commonly used by tea makers around the world, simply out of habit. The only tea that actually undergoes a fermentation process is Dark Tea.
Also, you can enter to win a Tea-Riffic Gift Basket worth over $90 from Beautiful Mommies (That's Me!)
Enter to win! One winner will receive a prize basket containing an assortment of different teas and teaware. (ARV: $90.)
How? It's easy! Just enter to win using the Giveaway Tools form below. Good luck!
About the Tea Council of the USA:
The Tea Council of the USA is a non-profit association that was formed in 1950 as a joint partnership between tea packers, importers and allied industries within the United States, and the major tea producing countries. It functions as the promotional arm of the tea industry with a primary goal of increasing overall awareness of tea by providing information about its many positive attributes. One of the Council's primary objectives is the dissemination of key scientific findings about tea to the public. The Tea Council does this in several ways including: funding scientific meetings to bring tea researchers from around the world together to share key information and identify next steps for future research projects; and working with health organizations and international scientists to disseminate information about potential positive health effects of tea consumption on a public level.
*Product received. All opinions are my own.
The DOUX is A MUST DO!
New Hot Hair Care Line Drops at Target
THIS Christmas Eve!
Get ready to “drop the mic” on the beauty aisles at Target stores this December. The Doux® (pronounced The Do) is a “new school” modern hair care system with an “old school edge.” With packaging that is bold and bright and product titles inspired by 90’s hip hop, The Doux is poised to kill it with those seeking a way to smoothing curly, kinky, and wavy hair into both, curly or straight styles.
Created by Maya Smith, a 25-year celebrity stylist and International Curl Master, The Doux was first launched in Europe in 2011 in response to her passion for helping people master the hair they were born with. STRAIGHT, NATURAL, CURLY, or RELAXED, according to The Doux, if you grew it, it’s ALL GOOD. “I was living in Germany at the time, had my own salon there and my specialty was helping clients to transition to a relaxer-free lifestyle. I’m obsessed with people maximizing the potential of the hair they were born with. Mastering curls is my passion and purpose,” explains Smith.
The people felt her passion through her products. The Doux blew up overseas so much so that it caught the attention of media in the USA. “Once we started getting press in the states the demand for The Doux was incredible. I had to return to the states and see this vision through,” Maya Smith explains. In 2014, Maya opened The DOUX Salon™ in Macon Georgia’s historic Downtown district and started selling her professional grade products at her salons and on-line.
Fast-forward three years and a lot of work and dedication, The Doux will arrive in Target stores, on Christmas Eve; no easy feat for an indie brand. “We are so excited to bring The Doux to the masses. It’s 20 years in the making. We listened to 20 years of feedback from actual clients from Minneapolis to Morocco. We listened to what people wanted, a salon grade, high quality product that delivered on its promises. Helping people to manage and maintain their natural hair and celebrate their own bold, unique style is what the last 25 years of my professional life has been about,” Maya Smith shares.
The Doux also redesigned its packaging, with the intention to disrupt the category. It’s bold with bright colors, which is the opposite of the more subdued look you see on the shelves currently. “I’m a fan of 90’s rap so I wanted to incorporate lyrics and titles in the packaging,” adds Smith. With titles such as Bonita Afro Balm, Mousse Def, Sucka Free, Fresh Rinse, and The Light, The Doux will most definitely catch the eyes of Millennials and Gen X’ers alike.
Shampoo and Conditioner
*SUCKA FREE™ Moisturizing Shampoo, *FRESH RINSE™ Conditioner
Sulphate & Paraben-free Shampoo and Conditioning Duo with Shea Butter & Sea Silk. A gentle cleansing system for thick, dry, or color-treated hair. Ultra-hydrating conditioner has amazing slip for easy detangling. Sea silk smooths the cuticle, leaving hair frizz-free and full of body. MSRP: $12.99 each.
*BONITA AFRO BALM™ Shine Enhancing Texture Cream Delivers shine and manageability for pixies, Afro's, tapered cuts, and twist/braid/coil sets. Certified organic botanicals, alcohol & paraben free. MSRP: $15.99.
*MOUSSE DEF™ Texture Foam Non-flaking mousse gives definition to curly styles without stiffness, cloudiness, or crunch. Soy proteins and natural humectants make this humidity-resistant styling aid ideal for thermal styling as well. MSRP: $14.99
*THE LIGHT™ Shine Mist Preserves color and protects hair from heat styling. Reduces drying time and delivers weightless shine to finished looks. Adds natural luster to natural styles. Infused with Black Cacao, Passion Fruit, and Palm Oil. MSRP: $14.99.
Enter to win! One winner will receive 3 full-sized products, which include SUCKA FREE Moisturizing Shampoo, FRESH RINSE Conditioner and MOUSSE DEF Texture Foam Mousse; ARV: $41.00
Donuts Take Center Stage in the Big Apple
Entenmann's® Hosting a National Donut Day 2017 Party on June 2 in Heart of New York City and Consumers can "Win Free Donuts for a Year"
Entenmann’s® Bakery, a division of Bimbo Bakeries USA, is making donuts the star of New York by bringing its 2017 National Donut Day celebration to Times Square, on June 2. Fans will have the opportunity to sample delicious Entenmann’s Donuts, take part in fun activities and be wowed by the world famous Harlem Globetrotters.
Thousands of donuts will be given away throughout the 2017 National Donut Day celebration. Fans who cannot be in New York can join the festivities Live on Entenmann’s® Facebook page and share in the fun using #NationalDonutDay and #Entenmanns.
Starting today, specially marked National Donut Day boxes of delicious Rich Frosted Donuts are available for purchase, and consumers can enter into the “Win Free Donuts for a Year” sweepstakes via Entenmann’s® Facebook page. For each entry, $1 will be donated to charity partner Feeding America, up to $10,000. With 200 Food Banks and 60,000 food pantries and meal programs throughout the U.S., Feeding America is able to serve 1 in 7 Americans and continue the fight against hunger in our country. More information about the sweepstakes and donation program is available www.entenmanns.com/nationaldonutday.
“We are excited to bring our National Donut Day celebration to Times Square and raise funds for Feeding America,” said Lorraine Hale, Senior Director of Marketing for Entenmann’s Bakery, part of Bimbo Bakeries USA. “Our ‘Win Free Donuts for a Year’ sweepstakes is a fun way for Entenmann’s® to engage with our fans and a National Donut Day tradition. Who wouldn’t want a year’s worth of donuts!”
Let's face it. Dogs LOVE treats. And dogs DESERVE treats. After all, they love us unconditionally. As any pet parents know, it is important for your four-legged family member to have healthy treats!
My dog, Banner, is a twelve year old black lab. Banner loves his daily treats. His newest favorite is Delectables Stew Lickable Treats.
The Hartz Mountain Corporation introduces Delectables, the first lickable stew treat for dogs, available at Walmart, Amazon.com and select retailers around the country. “Delectables Stew Lickable Treats for dogs represents a true innovation in the canine treat category,” says Susan Burris, Brand Manager, Dog Treats, Hartz Mountain Corp. “Perfect for small dogs, Delectables Stew is a delicious and lickable wet dog treat that provides a new occasion for treating and healthy snacking and is ideal for dog parents who love to pamper their pets.”
Ideal as an in-between meal treat or as a savory topper for dry food, Delectables Stew Lickable Treats’ convenient, single-serve pouches provide dogs with appealing, low-fat treats made with real chicken, beef, cheese and vegetables, without meat by-products. Delectables Stew Lickable Treats are available in four varieties, including Chicken, Chicken with Cheese, Chicken with Beef and Chicken Senior Formula.
Look at this cute video of little 'Ripley' enjoying his lickable stew treat:
My black lab, Banner isn't a little dog, by any means, but he still adores his Delectables. Banner's favorite way to eat his lickable stew, is when I pour it as a delicious topping on his dry dog food. It is like the icing on the cake for him!
You can see all of the goodness in Delectables Stew Lickable Treats!
Delectables make Banner Happy! (He's smiling, I promise!)
Enter to win! One of my readers will be chosen to receive a 12-pack of Delectables Stew Lickable Treats.
How? You can enter to win by using the Giveaway Tools form below. AND while you're at it, you are invited to share a photo of your pooch with his/her tongue out on Instagram with the hashtag #delectables to celebrate 'Tongue Out Tuesday.'
*Product received. All opinions are my own.
What Is YOUR Favorite Way To Enjoy Jarlsberg® Cheese?
Jarlsberg® Cheese Celebrates Norway Day
Enter To Win A Trip For 2 To Norway!
Contest Runs April 1 – May 14, 2017
Winner To Be Announced On Norway Day, May 17, 2017
Jarlsberg® Cheese is showing the love for their fans by running a worldly promotion inspired by Norway Day on May 17, 2017 that will send 1 Grand prize winner plus a guest for a trip to Norway! Jarlsberg® Cheese fans can enter the Jarlsberg® Cheese Norway Day Trip Giveaway daily for a chance to win a trip to Norway from April 1 – May 14, 2017. Fans can be a “day tripper” by simply answering the question “ What is your favorite way to savor Jarlsberg® Cheese? ” Fans can enter daily athttps://jarlsbergnorwaytrip.pgtb.me/mGpJJK to win this grand prize for a trip-of-a-lifetime to Norway.The grand prize winner will be announced on Norway Day, which is May 17, 2017 on the Jarlsberg Facebook page.
Jarlsberg® Cheese was created in 1956 using an original Norwegian recipe. With its mild, mellow and nutty flavor, Jarlsberg® Cheese is a staple in kitchens from coast to coast. Enjoyed on a cheeseboard, as a snack, melted in recipes or topped on a burger, in a sandwich or in an omelet. Naturally gluten and lactose free Jarlsberg® Cheese is also available in Jarlsberg® Lite and Hickory Smoked Jarlsberg® Cheese.
To enter the Jarlsberg® Cheese Norway Day Trip Giveaway simply fill out the form at https://jarlsbergnorwaytrip.pgtb.me/mGpJJK and, if you would like to double your chances, also post a photo showing your favorite foods made with delicious Jarlsberg® Cheese on Facebook, using hashtag #norwayday!
The Grand Prize winner will receive 1 pair of tickets to Norway, including airfare for two people and hotel accommodations for 4 nights.
“Lovers of Jarlsberg® Cheese will take the trip of a lifetime when they win a fabulous vacation to Norway!” says Jarlsberg® Cheese General Manager Marketing Debbie Seife. “We want to give back to our fans, and send lucky winners on a journey to where it all started! This is the perfect way to show Jarlsberg® Cheese fans how amazing Norway – the birthplace of Jarlsberg® Cheese - is in every way imaginable!”
About Jarlsberg ® Cheese
In 1956, we created Jarlsberg® Cheese, using an original Norwegian recipe. Why does Jarlsberg ® Cheese taste so mild, nutty and delicious? It's all part of the legend...and Norway's most guarded recipe! www.jarlsbergusa.com