GIVEAWAY | Win a POM Wonderful “It’s POM Time” Party Pack

It’s time for yet another giveaway. We’ve shared how much we love pomegranates and the delicious POM Wonderful products. We’re not ashamed to say we’re eaten several POM Wonderful pomegranates (I love the entire process of eating the seeds) and finished off several bottles of their juices in one sitting….it’s difficult not too. The best thing about POM Wonderful, besides the nutritional value, is that it can be enjoyed year-round. Thanks to POM Wonderful, enjoying pomegranate juice is season-less. To celebrate the versatility and seasonality of this festive fruit – we present offer a gift-basket, the “It’s POM Time” Party Pack, that is perfect for celebrating.

Perfect for any host prepping for the holiday season and parties, this Party Pack giveaway is the perfect, healthy helper. Take a look at what you can win in this awesome prize pack.

  • A Chef Series 2013 cookbook with POM-inspired recipes featuring culinary masters like Top Chef Hung Huynh, Michael Mina, Charlie Palmer and more!
  • POM Wonderful 100% Pure Pomegranate juice
  • A wooden cutting board for prepping fresh pomegranates
  • An apron and coupons

In addition to this giveaway, you can also enter the official giveaway on the POM Wonderful Facebook page once a day until December 6, 2013 for a chance to win individual prizes. For more info and to enter that contest, visit: To enter to win the above “It’s POM Time” Party Pack, see the rafflecopter entry below:

Eat Your Best & Win FREE #SmartOnesOatmeal

When the weather begins to get cooler, there’s nothing better than enjoying something warm, filling and tasty but let’s face it, most of us don’t have enough time to enjoy anything else than a cup of coffee or tea as we run out of the door or at our desk. For those who want something a bit more fulfilling and delicious for breakfast, direct your attention to the newest launch from Smart Ones – Maple & Brown Sugar Oatmeal, Apple & Cinnamon Oatmeal and Peaches & Cream Oatmeal.

Found in the frozen aisle in heat and eat cups, these three delicious Smart Ones® oatmeal varieties feature steel-cut and rolled oats, real fruit and granola that really gets your morning started. Not only are they really yummy, Smart Ones® make it easy for you to enjoy on the go, just pop in the microwave and you’re ll set for a delicious hearty breakfast. And unlike other oatmeal brands, the Smart Ones® Oatmeal varieties are thick and hearty, not watery. As you can see from above, the Maple and Brown Sugar is my favorite, I love the big chunks of raisins and cranberries. Fans of Apples or Peaches won’t be disappointed with the amount of fruit you will enjoy in those varieties.

I can talk about how amazingly delicious these oatmeals are but I’d much rather let you experience it for yourself. So I am giving two winners a COUPON for a FREE Smart Ones® Oatmeal of your choice. See the rafflecopter entry below to win. While you’re at it, you can enter for chance to win $5,000 at Follow the steps to create and share an inspirational message with friends, and Smart Ones® will make a donation to Dress for Success® (up to $10,000), an organization that helps people in need get back on their feet.

This post was created in partnership with Smart Ones®. All opinions are my own.

GIVEAWAY | Win A.M.Y.O Jewelry for Valentine’s Day

Discovering eye-catching jewelry is an essential part of any fashion lover’s life and a beyond enjoyable pastime – something I had the pleasure in partaking in. I was introduced to a wonderful jewelry brand whose name, A.M.Y.O, is a fashion mantra that must always be honored – Accessories Make Your Outfit. Created by the very talented Gina Nam (seriously, she does amazing things with Home Depot supplies), the A.M.Y.O Jewelry collection is for any woman who loves to express her individual style.

And love she will…not just the stunning jewelry pieces but you as well when you give your sweetheart an A.M.Y.O Jewelry piece for Valentine’s Day. Pieces are available in five must-have styles – BOHO, GLITZ, DECO, ROCKER, and PRESCHE – that are sure to please all style personalities. To commemorate the season of celebrating love, I am giving one reader the chance to win the stunning A.M.Y.O Jewelry BOHO Fringe Statement Necklace in black (pictured below) for Valentine’s Day.

“Two tone colors make up the fringe that falls from the center of this free spirited necklace.”The $50.00 statement necklace, which I feel has a bit of an Egyptian style, features matte Gold plating, genuine black leather cords, and a lobster clasp closure. The Bib measurements are H 5 in. x W 4.5 in and leather cord length is 27 in. & 3 in. extension.

For more information on AMYO Jewelry, go to and follow their updates on their blog, To enter this giveaway, see rafflecopter entry information below:

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Weekend Event Alert – Ann Taylor’s Chic Makeover Weekend

Want to enhance your personal style and get a chance to win a whole new head to toe look from Ann Taylor? All you have to do attend Ann Taylor’s Chic Makeover Weekend Event at any of their locations. See flyer below for details

Full details can be found at AnnTaylor/ChicMakeover. Happy Shopping

GIVEAWAY | The Republic of Tea Launches The No. 1 Ladies’ Tea Collection

As a lover of tea, I was beyond excited to attend a Tea Party with The Republic of Tea and famed author, Alexander McCall Smith. You may recognize the name Alexander McCall Smith from the wonderful book series, The No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency (now in its thirteenth entry), which HBO made into TV series starring Jill Scott.

If you’ve read any of the The No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency books, you’ll notice there are lots of scenes where the characters drink tea, so it was no surprise to hear of the collaboration between the amazing tea powerhouse, The Republic of Tea and Alexander McCall Smith’s The No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency Books on a new collection of teas inspired by the book called The No. 1 Ladies Tea, all of which are available now:

97 Per Cent Citrus Ginger Bush Tea – Made of 97 per cent green rooibos and 3 percent red rooibos and is flavored with the tang of fresh citrus and a little kick of spicy ginger. This was my favorite mainly because I love ginger. This refreshing tea is also amazing as an ice tea and with a splash of vodka or rum.

Precious’ Cup of Comfort Vanilla Red Bush Tea – This full-bodied, traditionally built, red bush tea is blended with the cozy flavor of honest vanilla beans. Endless cups of this red rooibos herb tea from South Africa can be enjoyed hot or over ice, as it is caffeine-free.

Speedy Motors Breakfast Black Tea – A blend of dependable black teas from Africa produces a rich, robust, dark cup. Great in the morning to help get the motor started or in the afternoon to keep it running. This cup is nice with a splash of warm milk.

The Republic of Tea has a distinguished collection of premium Black, Oolong, Green, White and Herbal teas, herbs, brewed iced teas and tea-inspired products that are available at over 20,000 gourmet retailers and restaurants throughout the US, online, and through their mail-order catalog. Whether you’re looking for something exotic like Roobios or Hibiscus teas or something simple like decaf or organic teas, The Republic of Tea has a vast variety of options.

The very funny Alexander McCall Smith spoke about the teas and his book to the intimate crowd before he autographed a few copies of The No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency. During the entire event, we sampled each of the teas and enjoyed a few delicious deserts

I enjoyed all three teas and I want to give you a chance to do the same, so one lucky tea lover will not only win all three teas but also an autographed copy of Alexander McCall Smith’s The No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency. To enter to win, see the Rafflecopter entry form below:

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Win Tropicana Trop50’s NEW Red Orange Juice Beverage

Remember when I first wrote about Tropicana Trop50 and how I’ve been a fan of their Farmstand Apple since it launched, get reacquainted here – Well my favorite flavor has now changed thanks to the addition of their newest flavor, Red Orange. Trop50 Red Orange juice beverage blends nutritious orange juice with lush red oranges for a refreshingly smooth, delicious taste.

Like the other flavors, Tropicana® Trop50® Red Orange juice beverage delivers the goodness of orange juice with 50 percent less sugar and calories, and no artificial sweeteners. It also has an absolutely delicious, sweet exotic taste, contains 100% of your day’s vitamin C, and is a good source of potassium. While one 8oz glass is enough to give you the nutritional benefits, your tastebuds will continuously crave the delicious beverage (just try drinking only one glass – I tried and failed). Want to get your hands on a bottle, a 59-ounce bottle retails for $3.96, visit such retailers as Walmart, Target Supercenters, Kroger, etc. But for one lucky reader, I am giving away one coupon for a free full size bottle of Tropicana Trop50 Red Orange or any other flavor you may want to try. To enter this contest, see rafflecopter entry info below


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New Delicious Treats from Lifeway Kefir

Lifeway Kefir, makers of the creamy blend of rich flavorful, drinkable, yogurt-like beverages packed with probiotics and rich health benefits. Lifeway Kefir is great for everyone – Kids, infants, seniors, pregnant or nursing women, those with compromised immune systems, and those with digestive disorders. Last year they launched their delicious Lifeway Frozen Kefir, an extra-healthy, probiotic, 90-calories-per-serving frozen yogurt alternative that provides the amazing benefits of kefir’s 10 live and active probiotic cultures (up to three times more than yogurt with roughly half the calories) that help stimulate digestion and support the immune system but in a deliciously frozen form. This addictive, delicious frozen treat came in four fun flavors: Mango, Pomegranate, Original, and Strawberry – allowing you to give up the guilt from eating a whole pint of ice cream by substituting it with this tasty, healthy treat.

 Frozen Kefir-Dulce de Leche

Now Lifeway has introduced three new decadent flavors to their Frozen Kefir line – Pumpkin, Chocolate, and Dulce de Leche (pictured above). These three new decadent flavors make enjoying dessert deliciously guilt-free. Lifeway Frozen Kefir is always 99% lactose-free and gluten-free. These new flavors, which are available now, retails for $4.59-$4.99 for 1 pint /473 ml.
Another great new product from Lifeway Kefir and my new addiction is the Greek Style Fro-Yo – a delectably creamy, tangy and good for you pint of heaven

Greek Style Fro-Yo Blood Orange

This protein packed creamy treat can curb your hunger while satisfying your sweet tooth with its three delectable low-cal flavors – Blood Orange Swirl, Chocolate Swirl, and Honey Swirl. Blending in a velvety swirl of flavor, Greek Style Fro-Yo kefir is gluten-free, 99% lactose-free, 110 calories per serving, and packed with 10 strains of probiotics. These retail for $4.59-$4.99 for 1 pint /473 ml. I fell in love with the Blood Orange Swirl at first spoonful and it was quite a challenge not to enjoy the entire pint in one sitting.

Lifeway has joined Christy Turlington Burns and Every Mother Counts to improve the health and lives of mothers and children everywhere. Julie Smolyansky, Lifeway Foods, Inc. CEO ran in the ING New York Marathon to increase awareness and support for the non-profit organization Every Mother Counts (EMC). Lifeway is sponsoring a private screening of Christy’s documentary, No Woman, No Cry in Chicago on April 16th. Lifeway is currently running a sweepstakes and fundraising campaign to support maternal health. The Grand Prize for the sweepstakes includes an all-expense paid trip for two to Chicago on April 16 to meet global maternal health advocate and founder of EMC, Christy Turlington Burns.