Posts made in January 4th, 2013

friday freebie: chobani! {CLOSED}

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Posted on Jan 4, 2013 in Food

This giveaway is now CLOSED.

Tune in every other Friday for a new giveaway!

chobani

First of all, thank you all for your kind words on this morning’s post. It means so much to me to have all of your support. You are all frickin’ amazing. I want to drive to each of your houses’ and give you a big, fat hug. Since I can’t really do that, here’s hoping a big, fat yogurt giveaway will suffice instead.

Alright, who’s ready to win some CHO?

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Chobani is pushing their #justaddgood campaign, where they are spreading the gospel that you can sub in Greek yogurt for all kinds of ingredients in your everyday recipes to make them healthier. Yogurt isn’t just for breakfast anymore! I’m a big fan of using Greek yogurt in place of sour cream, butter, mayo, and cream in all kinds of sweet and savory dishes. If you haven’t tried subbing in CHO, this giveaway is your chance.

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To get you started cooking with CHO, Chobani is giving away six (SIX!) 32 ounce tubs of yogurt to one lucky BTHR reader. That’s enough to take a bath in yogurt if you really wanted to (although, I recommend cooking with it). You’ll get two each of 2% plain, 0% plain and 0% vanilla. Yum, yum!

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  • PRIZE: 6-32 ounce tubs of Chobani Greek Yogurt (two each of 2% plain, 0% plain and 0% vanilla)
  • TO ENTER: Comment on this post and tell me what recipe you’ll overhaul by subbing in CHO.
  • BONUS ENTRY: Tweet about your recipe overhaul and use the hashtag #justaddgood. Then come back here and leave a comment saying you tweeted.
  • GIVEAWAY CLOSES: Tuesday, January 8th, 2013 at Noon (12pm) EST
  • NUMBER OF WINNERS: One
  • ELIGIBLE FOLKS: Sorry, international readers, this one is for U.S. Residents, aged 18 and over only. I try to snag as many international giveaways as a can. Maybe next time!
  • WINNER ANNOUNCED: Wednesday, January 9th, 2013 on this here post!
  • LEGALESE: To enter you must be 18 or older. Winner will be chosen by random drawing from the pool of comments on this post. To be considered for the prize, you must provide a valid email address. One entry per email address. Once a winner is notified and verified, Chobani will be provided with the contact information of the winner and they will be responsible for  prize fulfillment. The number of eligible entries received determines the odds of winning. To enter, leave a comment on this post. No purchase necessary to win. Entries will close on Tuesday, January 8th, 2013 at noon (EST). The winner will be contacted by email on or before Wednesday, January 9th, 2013. If the winner does not claim the prize within seven days, the original winner forfeits the prize and a second random entry will be chosen from the pool. This contest is sponsored by Chobani and is void where prohibited by law.
  • DISCLOSURE: In exchange for this blog post, as well as posting this giveaway, I was compensated with six—32 ounce tubs of yogurt.

We have a winner! Congrats to Shica who was excited to try out Chobani in her “better than sex” cake recipe. Yum! 

a big, juicy announcement…

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Posted on Jan 4, 2013 in Career

I can’t believe I’m writing this post. It’s been a long time coming. If I’m being honest with myself, it’s probably been in the making since the first time I sat down at my very first desk in my very first office in my very first job right out of college. Here goes…

I quit my job.

And I don’t have another one.

And it was on purpose.

I am so fortunate that, after six years working in a job that wasn’t a perfect fit for me, I now have the opportunity to figure out what is a great fit. I am insanely excited to figure out what is next in my career. I realized early on after college that doing the 9-to-5 desk job thing wasn’t going to be a “forever” for me. I just never gelled with it. And I’m so lucky that I get to try and venture out on my own now.

I know this all sounds a little bit flighty and irresponsible, I mean who leaves a well-paying job in the middle of this economy? I know. I know. But the truth is, I’m 100% sure this is the right decision for me and my family in my heart.

So you’re probably wondering what I want to do with my life. Well…a lot! I have so many plans. But when it comes to the down-and-dirty finances part? I’m very fortunate to be pulling in some income from BTHR and the Broken Plow (thank you guys so much!) and my freelance writing and design gigs. I can’t wait to devote more time to bringing better content to my blogs and snatching up more freelance writing and design opportunities. I love writing about food and wellness, and I’m really excited to see how far I can take it now that I’m jobless.

Also, I’m not the only one going through a change. Craig recently snagged a perfect-for-him job working in a local Mom and Pop garden nursery full-time. He’s always loved plants, gardening and helping people, and this place seems like the perfect fit for him. For the vast majority of our marriage, I’ve been the breadwinner while Craig worked part-time, went to school and did almost all of the domestic stuff, but we’re switching that up at the end of the month. He’ll be the full-timer, and I’m going to have to finally learn how to use the washer and dryer.

Even with Craig’s new awesome job and my side jobs, we’re still not up to pre-quitting income levels. We’re actually slashing our total monthly income in about half. Which sounds dramatic, but we’re pretty skilled at living frugally. And it’s enough to hold us over while we try our hand at something we’ve wanted to do for ages—a joint photography and design business.

We’ve been wanting to do this business (focusing mostly on weddings) for years, before we were married even, but with my full-time gig and writing two blogs, I just never had the energy or time to devote to getting it off the ground. We’ve dabbled (him shooting a few weddings, me doing a few invitation designs), but we’ve felt like for a while now, that to really get it off the ground, one of us needs to go at it full-time. And with my marketing background, I was the right Johnston for the job. We’ve always had a dream of working and being creative together, and we’re hoping this business might be “the one” in coming years.

Of course, there are a million other things I’d love to do with newfound 40+ free hours a week, too. I would love to write and self-publish a cookbook. I’d love to open up an Etsy store. I’d love to sell some produce at the farmer’s market. I have so many ideas. I can’t wait to have the time to implement them.

So, basically, it’s all a big leap of faith, which, if I’m being honest, isn’t normally my thing. I’m a numbers girl and cutting out that kind of stability has me scared at times, but I know in the deepest part of me, that this is the right decision—even if the logical side of me puts up a fuss sometimes. There is obviously going to be some serious penny pinching—we might end up eating rice and beans for the rest of our lives—but at least I’ll know we took the risk. And if I didn’t, I know I would wonder “what if” forever. Even if I go crawling back asking for my job again in a year, it’ll be worth it because I’ll know I tried.

I am so thankful for all the support I’ve had from Craig, my friends, my family and even my co-workers. People have been absolutely amazing with this hefty chunk of news. Thank you guys for helping to make this possible! Your support means so much more to me than I could ever put into words. I think I’ll bake you all cookies. Who wants chocolate chip?

Onto the next big thing…

P.S. Pop back in this afternoon for a hefty-sized Chobani giveaway. Yum!

Have you ever made a leap of faith in your career?