Friday, December 7, 2012

The Master Holiday Chef Challenge ~ Great Holiday Recipes & Prizes!

Do you love gourmet food?  Love cheese?  Love a good contest?  Then you MUST check out the Master Holiday Chef Challenge, hosted by Alouette® Cheese, Chavrie® Fresh Goat Cheese and Ile de France® Cheese.  14 of the countries top chefs are now competing to create the most delicious holidays meals, inspired by their location.  Each meal will use a variety of cheeses from Alouette, Chavrie, and Ile de France.

These 14 well-known chefs from all around the country were carefully chosen based on their achievements, and influence in their local community. The winning chef will receive the ultimate title of Master Holiday Chef and a grand prize of $20,000.

But, there's lots for YOU to win too!

From now until December 12th, 2012, you can vote for your favorite meal created by the chefs.  Each day that you vote, you get entered to win some awesome prizes, such as: $25 grocery gift cards, KitchenAid mixers, food processors, and blenders, AND the grand prize...a trip to the winning chef's restaurant, including airfare, hotel, dinner, cooking demonstration, $500 bucks, and a camera!  That is definitely worth taking a few minutes to enter.  Besides a chance to win, you come away with some great recipes from some of the best chefs in America...just in time for your holiday meal.

A little about the delicious sponsors of The Master Holiday Chef Challenge:
The Alouette® brand has grown over the years, extending its unique line of cheeses to include a wide variety of Alouette® Spreadable Cheese flavors as well as other specialty cheese products, such as the award-winning Alouette® Baby Brie. Today, Alouette® is a leading brand in the Specialty Cheese Category in the UnitedStates and is the #1 brand of Premium Spreadable Cheese.

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The Chavrie® brand is one of America’s first fresh goat cheeses. Introduced to the United States in 1989, Chavrie all natural fresh goat cheese is based on a classic French recipe and is created from the milk of local Amish farmers in the lush farmlands of Lancaster County, Pennsylvania.

Today, Chavrie offers a variety of fresh, gluten-free and Kosher-certified goat cheeses including two Pyramid flavors: Original and Caramelized Onion and three Logflavors: Original, Sundried Tomato and Cranberry.

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First Brie ever imported to the US in 1936 aboard the Ile de France ocean liner, Ile de France Brie remains nowadays a top seller in the United States. Today, Ile de France is importing in the US, French Classic soft specialties to Foodies craving for superior recipes, including a Brie made with “the cream of the day”, we make our cream from freshly collected milk and add it to cheese making the very same day; a Camembert from Normandy, a region renowned for its soil and lush pastures, yielding milk of exceptional richness which lends to ourcheese all the flavors of a traditional French Camembert; an all natural fresh Chèvre from grass-fed goats bringing richer flavors; and a Roquefort PDO aged in natural caves for up to 5 months, delivering a unique creaminess and offers a rich & bold flavor.

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Remember, you can vote for a favorite EVERY DAY, giving you a much better chance of winning!  Hop on over to vote, check out the sponsors, and eat well, my friends.

Saturday, September 8, 2012

$50 Giveaway to Mikarose!

Status: Closed

Everything I own from Mikarose is a closet-favorite.  A while back they had this promotional booth at Costco and I totally stocked up!  I'm a sucker for cozy dresses, so I had to get these ones:

And, my most cozy skirt, ever...soooo easy to dress up or down.

There are sooooo many things I would still love to have from their shop.  Luckily, they just sent me this one...which I'm saving until after I have the baby.  Dang-it.  Only, um...5 more months.  It's pleated chiffon...nice.  It's so pretty in person!

The other items on my wish list...

Anyway, you get the point...they have cute stuff.  All modest, all great prices.  Let's get this giveaway started...

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Good luck!

Thursday, August 30, 2012

$50 Gift Card to OshKosh B'gosh ~ Awesome Labor Day Sale!

Status: Closed
Winner: Karen Wall

Now that the big Back-to-School shopping rush is over, it's time to take advantage of the great sales.  One of the best around is the big Labor Day sale at OshKosh B'gosh, where you'll find the cutest clothes for boy, girl, or baby.  They're offering up to 60% off the entire site and store plus an extra 20% off clearance items!  Sale starts today and ends on September 5, 2012.

Save big on great doorbuster items. These deals end on Labor Day, September 3rd. (Find a store)

Check 'em out... 

For Girls:

Lovely Leggings starting at $5
Head-to-Toe Accessories starting at $5
Yoga Pants starting at $6
Fleece Pants starting at $8
Princess Hoodies starting at $14 Boy

For Boys:

Short Sleeve Tees starting at $5
Fleece Pants starting at $8
Pull on Pants starting at $8 pants
Athletic and Cargo Pants starting at $12
Heritage Hoodies starting at $14

Wanna see what's in my OshKosh B'gosh shopping cart??

I love the stripes and pop of color on this Cap Sleeved Stripe Knit Top.  $10

A girl can never have enough cardigans.  They come in handy for layering (so trendy now), keeping warm, changing up an outfit, or taking an outfit from summer to fall.  I love the polka dots on this cardigan sweater! $20

I love this bold yellow Fleece Hoodie for $18!  It's a great jacket for fall and 'cool' enough for my son.

I'm always looking for polo shirts for those occasions where my boys need to 'step it up a notch.'  I love the orange and I love the price, even more.  $7.

Good stuff, right?  Before you take off to start shopping, take a minute to enter this giveaway...OshKosh B'gosh is giving away a $50 gift card to their shop!  All you have to do is leave a comment on this post answering the question: What's your favorite item in the OshKosh B'gosh Labor Day Sale?

Contest ends September 3, 2012 at midnight (MST.)  Open to US Residents only.  Winner will be chosen by and will be notified by email.  Winner will have 48 hours to respond. 

Follow @oshkoshbgoshon Twitter and OshKosh B’gosh on Pinterest for outfitting ideas, vintage ads, deals and special events!

Disclosure Statement
OshKosh B’gosh partnered with bloggers such as me to help promote Labor Day Sale. As part of the program, I received product or gift cards. OshKosh B’gosh believes that consumers and bloggers are free to form their own opinions and share them in their own words, and therefore did not tell me what to purchase or what to say about the products I used. OshKosh B’gosh policies align with WOMMA Ethics Code, FTC guidelines and social media engagement recommendations. The winner of any giveaway in this program will be randomly chosen and gift card fulfillment will be handled by a third party.

Saturday, August 25, 2012

Honey Bunches of Oats Beach Cruiser Giveaway! ($200 Value)

Status: Closed 
Winner: Entry #526 Tracy N. (notified)

What?!?  Hello.  Look at my awesome bike.  Totally bragging, I know.  But, it's so cute....and happy. 

Thank you, Honey Bunches of Oats.

So, I have a matching bike to give to one of y'all too!  But, first let's talk a little about the if y'all don't already know and love Honey Bunches of Oats.  Here's something you might not know.  This cereal was created back in 1986 when two Post Foods employees mixed together several of their favorite cereals to create their own concoction...and this is it!  Now, today there are 10 varieties of the cereal and it's one of the top selling in the nation.  I'll tell you, it's one of the rare 'healthy' cereals that my kids won't complain about, in fact, they love it!  The standard variety, Honey Roasted, contains only 120 calories per serving, has 9 essential vitamins and minerals, and 10 grams of whole grain.  Yum, yum.  Let's go ride bikes!

For this giveaway, I decided to try out the new Rafflecopter system.  Don't be scared.  It's actually super easy to use/enter, and you should probably get used to it since TONS of bloggers are using it now.  So, on to the good stuff...

a Rafflecopter giveaway

* Remember, you don't enter by commenting on this post.  Use the Rafflecopter box above to enter, there are several ways to earn entries! 

Saturday, August 18, 2012

Alouette Cheese & 'Portion Size Me' Giveaway

Status: Closed
Winner: Dani Freeman

Alouette is excited to announce a new line of 100% all-natural, gluten-free, 40-calorie servings of America’s #1 spreadable cheese, providing everyone a convenient snacking option without sacrificing taste. The new Alouette Portions will be available in two flavors – Original and Italian Herbs and are hitting grocery store shelves this summer!

Alouette is also embarking on a 30-city U.S. tour with the brainchild (literally) behind the latest food trend that everyone is buzzing about – Portion Size Me ( This new book hit shelves in May and captures the journey and lifestyle of 12-year-old author, Marshall Reid, and his family, as they transform their lives by modifying their daily food choices and watching their portion sizes.The Reid family will travel across the country this summer to share the concept behind their book that has been the focus of national media attention in the New York Times, NBC’s TODAY and CNN among other outlets.

With a lot of conversations occurring throughout the country spearheaded by First Lady, Michelle Obama and celebrity chef, Jamie Oliver we feel as if the discussion of how to "portion size" your life would resonate with all Americans.

The Reids are hitting the road on Monday, June 11 and will visit various cities across the country with stops at local food markets, YMCAs, day camps and more to share with people not only their journey but also educate families on how they can "Portion Size" their lives.

Alouette is giving away a signed copy of the Portion Size Me book and 5 coupons for free Alouette cheese packages to one lucky winner!

Here’s How To Enter:

1. Leave a comment here and tell me…”What do YOU do to 'portion size' your life?

For Extra Entries:

2. Follow 'Or so she says...' on Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter, and subscribe via email or feed. (leave separate comments for each of these)

3. Share this giveaway on Facebook, Twitter, or your blog.  Comment for each one.

4. 'Like' Alouette Cheese on Facebook.

Contest ends August 25, 2012.  Open to US Residents only.  Winner will be chosen by and will be notified by email.  Winner will have 48 hours to respond. 

Saturday, August 11, 2012

$30 Credits for a Junie Blake Dress ~ Giveaway!

Status: Closed
Winners:  Melissa Lantz and Paige Green (contact me to claim your prize.)

I'm a little bit anti-jean, at least around the house.  I've also been a lover of yoga pants and my jammie pants, until my little girls convinced me that dresses are the way to go.  I swear, they want to wear dresses all day, every day.  I think it's more of a 'princess' thing, rather than a comfort thing...but, I'm sold.  Dresses and skirts can be way more comfortable, cooler (as in, less hot AND cooler), and way more stylish than yoga pants, any day.  With that said, I'm a dress shopper, always having my eye out for cute, modest, and comfy dresses.  So, naturally I was stoked when Junie Blake contacted me, introducing themselves as the best new place for dresses....skeptical, skeptical, checked out their blog...they were right!  I literally wanted one of everything.  But, I settled on this beauty...'Lynn'.  Pretty, huh?!?

A few other lovelies...

The selection is pretty limited, as of now, but I do love their prices...LOTS better than...oh, I won't say.  But, the average dress is around $59.99.

So, for you, my dear friends, I have two $30 dollar credits to give away....that would get you a dress for 1/2 off!  Want one??

Here’s How To Enter:

1. Like 'Junie Blake' on Facebook and leave a comment on this post (include a contact email, if your name isn't linked to an account.)

For Extra Entries:

2. Follow 'Or so she says...' on Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter, and subscribe via email or feed. (leave separate comments for each of these)

3. Share this giveaway on Facebook, Twitter, or your blog.  Comment for each one.

Contest ends next Friday, August 17th, 2012.  Open to US Residents only.  Winner will be chosen by and will be notified by email.  Winner will have 48 hours to respond. 

Friday, August 10, 2012

Trident 'See What Unfolds' ~ Free Duran Duran Download

Approximately 3,000 lucky fans were treated to an evening of unexpected surprises thanks to world renowned DJ Steve Aoki, who hosted an unforgettable performance that included an appearance by legendary pop superstars Duran Duran. The defining moment of the night was a Steve Aoki produced remixed performance of the band's classic hit, Hungry Like The Wolf, aptly named, "Hungry Like The Wolf: Steve Aoki vs. Duran Duran - The New York Werewolf Mix" that brought the house down. The remix was the joint vision of electronic dance music master DJ Steve Aoki, and Duran Duran, who collaborated for weeks on the reinvention of the song. "We could not pass up the opportunity to work with Steve Aoki on a remix of one of our songs. It's always really exciting to collaborate with someone whose work you admire, especially when what you are creating together is something that ultimately you're going to perform live. Unlike so many remixes, where a DJ takes just a few elements from the original to create a new track, the challenge for Steve and all of us was to come up with something that every member of the band was well represented on, and that could be performed live on stage for the fans," said Simon LeBon, lead singer Duran Duran. "This event is the beginning of a really exciting summer for us including tours in both the States and Europe, where we end up with a concert back home in Hyde Park for the opening of the Summer Games." "I am always looking for new projects and opportunities that allow me to push my limits and surprise my fans- the chance to remix Hungry Like The Wolf has been a lot of fun and Duran Duran and Tridenthave been great partners," said DJ Steve Aoki. "Hungry Like The Wolf is such a classic hit, I was thrilled to remix it and now we're handing it to the fans to bring it to the next level with the video competition. I can't wait to see how it turns out!"

For more information and to see if the Trident See What Unfolds Live road show will be coming to your city, go to About Trident® Sugar-Free Gum Trident gum has long been a pioneer in providing oral health benefits to consumers. Trident was the first gum brand of its kind to undergo extensive long-term clinical testing in 1967 with studies showing that people who chewed Trident experienced significantly fewer cavities. Trident recently launched a new marketing campaign, the tone of which delivers against Trident's brand purpose of "liberating fun" and is designed to facilitate an emotional bond with consumers. Understanding that a piece of Trident "sparks that fun" is at the core of the campaign's new messaging. Trident is that tiny spark that motivates you to say yes to life's fun experiences.

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