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cooking with greek yogurt cookbook giveaway! (CLOSED)

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Posted on Dec 20, 2013 in Career

This giveaway is now CLOSED.

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So, even though technically my cookbook isn’t officially released until January 4th here in the States, the printer finished up early and lots of folks have been receiving their books early from various retailers (and if you’re in Canada, it’s already in stores!). Yay! First of all, thank you SO much to everyone who has already ordered the book for themselves or for others. It means the world to me that you’d spend your hard-earned money on something that I created. And even if you haven’t ordered it (or don’t plan to), you have done so much to help me get to this point just by reading my blog, sharing my recipes and supporting me. Y’all rock.

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To thank you guys, I’ve partnered with my publisher (W.W. Norton/Countryman Press) to give away 15 (!) signed copies of Cooking with Greek Yogurt to BTHR readers. I’ll custom-sign each book just for each winner, so start thinking about who you want it made out to! Side note: you know what’s weird? Signing books. I definitely did not practice my signature for 20 minutes before signing my first book. Definitely not.

After you’ve won and had a chance to look through and use the cookbook, it would be amazing if you could post a totally, completely, 100% honest review of the book online to Goodreads, Amazon, Barnes and Noble or another book-related site. Book sales now-a-days are driven so much by the reviews online, and you’d be doing me a huge favor by writing up what you think.

Alright, who is ready to win a cookbook?

  • PRIZE: One signed copy of Cooking with Greek Yogurt per winner
  • TO ENTER: Leave a comment on this post telling me what you would write a cookbook about if you got the opportunity.
  • GIVEAWAY CLOSES: Friday, December 27th, 2013 at Noon (12pm) EST
  • NUMBER OF WINNERS: 15!
  • ELIGIBLE FOLKS: This giveaway is open to everyone! I ship worldwide. Please be aware, I will be shipping USPS media mail domestically and USPS first-class for international winners, and shipping times may be lengthy for foreign winners.
  • WINNERS ANNOUNCED: Monday, December 30th, 2013 on this here post and via email.
  • LEGALESE: To enter you must be 18 or older. Winners 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. 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 Friday, December 27, 2013 at noon (EST). The winners will be contacted by email on or before Monday, December 30, 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 W.W. Norton & Company, Inc. and Back to Her Roots, LLC and is void where prohibited by law.

Good luck! And have an awesome weekend.

The winners’ emails have been sent. Check your email to see if you’ve own. Congrats to all the winners!

What would you write a cookbook about if you got the opportunity?

 

persimmon spinach smoothie (giveaway!) {CLOSED}

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Posted on Oct 9, 2013 in Food

This giveaway is now CLOSED. Thanks for your participation!
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Let’s talk about my blender situation.

I’m hard on blenders. Really, terribly abusive. I’ve had the same, bright orange KitchenAid blender since I was about 22, and the poor girl is in bad shape. We’ve done a lot of fixes and repairs, but the truth is, my eight-year-old blender just isn’t made to go through the kale-blending, soup-pureeing, ice-chopping daily abuse I put it through. In fact, a few months ago, some part in the blade assembly broke again, and she’s been sitting in basement purgatory waiting for me to decide if she’s going to be fixed again or going to go to the landfill ever since. We’ve had a good run, but my blender was made for folks who want to make the occasional blended margarita, and as much as I love the occasional blended margarita, I use my blender for a lot more than just that.

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I’ve seen the big ole fancy high-speed blenders demonstrated at Whole Foods, but, as much as I love a good kitchen appliance that can blend a cell phone without losing step, I gotta draw the line at dropping $500+ on an appliance that isn’t really necessary in my life. I’m just way too cheap frugal to spend that kind of money. It’s the same way I feel about organic red bell peppers. Would I love to buy them? Yes. But I cannot justify $4 a pepper, regardless of how pesticide-free they are.

ANYWHO. This sordid tale of my blender-related life is all to inform you about my frame of mind with I walked up to the Ninja booth at the Healthy Living Summit a couple of weeks ago. They had this beautiful, incredible, high-speed blender (the Ninja Ultima) sitting out, and right next to it, a sign saying they were giving away five blenders to HLS attendees—just as long as you snapped a photo with the blender and posted it on Instagram. I was, quite shamelessly, all over that.

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And I found out the next evening—I won! I never win raffles or giveaways or things like that, so I was SO pumped. I was at dinner with Lauren, Gretchen, and Amy, and I totally flipped out.

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And immediately started thinking about all the amazing things I was going to whip up in my new, shiny blender. So many options! No longer would I have to pre-smash ice. Or only blend things a cup at a time. Or drink a gritty smoothie. Oh, the possibilities!

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I really wanted to put my new blender to the test, so I decided to start of with a green smoothie. Green smoothies can be tricky because, if you aren’t careful, you might find yourself chewing your smoothie a lot more than drinking it. No one wants to chew a smoothie.

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I know a lot of folks use bananas as the base for smoothies, but we don’t eat a lot of bananas in our house, so instead, I make sweet, tangy persimmons the base of this smoothie. If you’ve never had a persimmon before, it’s one of the sweetest fruits on the planet, it’s soft and has a slightly citrus-y flavor. It’s incredible delicious. And we’re very lucky that they grow wild right in our backyard. But if you don’t have your own persimmon tree, many grocery stores carry them (albeit a totally different variety than what grow around here).

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The Ultima totally rocked this smoothie. The thing that impressed me the most was the speed. With my old blender, it took me a good 3-4 minutes worth of blending to make sure there aren’t any spinach chunks, with the Ultima, it was ready to go in just a few seconds. And the added ice? Absolutely no problem. It was smooth, creamy and totally delicious. I’m a big fan.

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I am so thankful to Ninja for being an HLS sponsor, and giving away their awesome blenders to attendees. And if that wasn’t cool enough, Ninja also decided to giveaway more blenders to two friends of the winners. Which means, not only did I win an awesome blender, but so did the amazing Coach Krissie (because it was the least I could do to pay her back for all the awesome she brings to my life). And, because I’m a rule-breaker, I asked Ninja if they’d be willing to give the other blender to one of my very best friends—you guys! I asked if it was okay to giveaway the third blender to my readers, and they were totally excited. Yay!

More about how to win the blender below, but first, a recipe for you to make once you win…

Persimmon Spinach Smoothie

by Cassie Johnston

Prep Time: 5 minutes | Cook Time: None | Makes: 1 large smoothie

Ingredients

  • 1 cup fresh spinach
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce
  • 1/2 cup persimmon puree
  • Pinch of cinnamon
  • 1 cup nut, soy or cow’s milk
  • Handful of ice cubes

Instructions

Combine all the ingredients in the carafe of a high-speed blender. Blend on high until very smooth. Serve immediately.

Ready to win?

  • PRIZE: One Ninja Ultima blender (a $250+ value!)
  • TO ENTER: Leave a comment on this post telling me what’s the first recipe you’ll make with your new blender.
  • GIVEAWAY CLOSES: Tuesday, October 15th, 2013 at Noon (12pm) EST
  • NUMBER OF WINNERS: One
  • ELIGIBLE FOLKS: This giveaway is open to residents of the U.S. only at this time. Sorry international readers! I try to score as many international giveaways as I can. Maybe next time!
  • WINNER ANNOUNCED: Wednesday, October 16th, 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 be a resident of the U.S. and provide a valid email address. One entry per email address. Once a winner is notified and verified, Ninja 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, October 15, 2013 at noon (EST). The winner will be contacted by email on or before Wednesday, October 16, 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 Ninja and is void where prohibited by law.
  • DISCLOSURE: I was not compensated for posting this giveaway, however, I won my own Ninja blender in a giveaway.

We have a winner! Congrats to Arianna C., who is going to use her blender to make melty cheddar cheese slices (thanks for the recipe link, Arianna, I’m totally gonna try this!). 

What’s the first recipe you’ll make if you win the blender?

happy national can-it-forward day! (giveaway) {CLOSED}

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Posted on Aug 17, 2013 in Food

This giveaway is now CLOSED. Thanks for entering!
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Happy Saturday, my friends! I have a rare weekend post for you on this Saturday because today is a very special day in my books, it’s National Can-It Forward Day!

If you follow my homesteading adventures over on The Broken Plow, you know that I am a huge fan of “putting up” food. Canning, for me, is about so much more than the yummy food I get to eat come February (although, that’s an admittedly nice perk, too). I grew up canning. I remember waking up from naps as a kid to the soothing sounds of the pressure cooker processing green beans. I remember wrapping my dark hair up in a white t-shirt so it didn’t get hot while picking tomatoes with my brother in the middle of summer. I remember the excitement I got every time I got to run downstairs to the shelves and grab a new can of food. For me, canning is about so much more than preserving food. When I’m in the kitchen, funneling peach jam or whole tomatoes or pickle brine into hot jars, I feel like I’m connecting to my history. It feels like I’m doing what I’m supposed to be doing. It feels like I’m keeping up a tradition that has been part of my family for generations.

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I know a lot of folks don’t have the warm and fuzzies that I do about putting up food. It can be scary! You’ve heard horror stories of exploding jars and bacteria and botulism, but those are just that—horror stories. When done correctly, canning is totally safe, totally easy and insanely rewarding. If you’ve been afraid to try out canning, I urge you to try a batch (jam is a great place to start!).

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All day today, my friends at Ball (a local company for me, Hoosier love) are hosting all kinds of awesome online beginner canning classes and demos. It’s a great way to get more information, from the experts, about how to put up food and get yourself totally jazzed to start canning. Here is the schedule:

10:00am-10:45am: Jam making and water bath canning demo by Jessica Piper
10:45am-11:00am: Craft Corner with Jordan DeFrank
11:00am-11:45am: Pickles Demo by Rick Fields
11:45am-12:00pm: Craft Corner with Jordan DeFrank
12:00pm-1:00pm: Special Guest Host Ted Allen canning and cooking demo
1:00pm-1:15pm: Cocktails in Ball Jars hosted by Mason Jar NYC Restaurant
1:15pm-2:00pm: Jam making and water bath canning demo by Jessica Piper (repeated)

Want to tune in? You can check out Ball’s live broadcast page.

And because Ball really wants you to get started canning, they’ve offered up an awesome beginner canning pack to one BTHR reader. In the pack, you’ll get:

  • The Ball Canning Discovery Kit—This beginner’s kit contains three pint-sized jars, plus lids and rings, a canning rack that’ll fit in most large stock pots (and fits the three jars perfectly) plus an easy beginner’s illustrated guide for canning.
  • The Ball Blue Book Guide to Preserving—THE bible for canning! I use mine all the time. I’m a little ashamed to admit how jam-covered it is.
  • A coupon for a free case of Ball jars—Free jars? Awesome!

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Ready to win?

  • PRIZE: One Ball canning starter kit.
  • TO ENTER: Leave a comment on this post telling me why you want to start canning.
  • GIVEAWAY CLOSES: Tuesday, August 20th, 2013 at Noon (12pm) EST
  • NUMBER OF WINNERS: One
  • ELIGIBLE FOLKS: This giveaway is open to residents of the U.S. only at this time. Sorry international readers! I try to score as many international giveaways as I can. Maybe next time!
  • WINNER ANNOUNCED: Wednesday, August 21st, 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 be a resident of the U.S. and provide a valid email address. One entry per email address. Once a winner is notified and verified, Ball 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, August 20, 2013 at noon (EST). The winner will be contacted by email on or before Wednesday, August 21, 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 Ball and is void where prohibited by law.
  • DISCLOSURE: I was compensated for posting this review and giveaway with a case of Ball jars and a case of pectin.

Congrats to our winner Kaitlin! Kaitlin said she’s dabbled in canning before, but never had the right equipment. This should help! Happy canning, Kaitlin!

Tell me why you want to start canning!

the simple life (sponsored + giveaway) {CLOSED}

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Posted on Jul 14, 2013 in Food

This giveaway is now CLOSED. Congrats to all the winners!clouds sky stock

When we moved to the country last year, I didn’t realize it at the time, but one of my main motivations for going back to my roots (hardy-har-har) was the deep desire to live more simply. When I lived in the city and worked in an office, I didn’t feel like I could shut down. I couldn’t disconnect. Not only was it the culture of my urban life and my urban career, but it was the mindset I was trapped in. I wouldn’t allow myself to disconnect. I wouldn’t allow myself to not feel guilty when I went a few hours without checking my email. I lived in constant fear of missing something. Missing the big news story. Missing the big event. Missing the big announcement. I felt like to have an important and valuable life, it also had to be a complicated, connected life.

I’m slowly (but surely) learning that isn’t the case.

Living so geographically disconnected from the urban world has done a lot to teach me about the beauty and excitement that’s held within simplicity. It used to be, that for me to be really excited about something, it had to be big. It had to be the-game-of-the-year-that-I-scored-free-front-row-tickets-to kind of big. The everyday just wasn’t big enough to register a tremor on my excitement meter.

But as those big events trickled out of my life (purely out of convenience really, we’re 45 minutes out to the closest metropolitan city), I started to see the awe of the everyday. I guess it’s all relative. Some may consider my life boring, but I see it as completely exciting. I get excited about blue skies. I get excited about rainbows (really, who doesn’t?). I get excited about rows of canned peaches. I get excited about picking a perfectly ripe cucumber. I get excited about a trip to the grocery store. I get excited when my husband pulls in the driveway from work. I get excited about dessert. Sure, I’m not jumping out of planes or visiting foreign lands or running a Fortune 500 company, and all those things are perfect for someone (lots of someones, actually) but for me, this kind of simple excitement is my ideal life. And it doesn’t require a parachute or a passport or an executive assistant.

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This is going to sound silly, but one of my daily joys is walking into the kitchen after dinner and pulling out a sweet treat to savor. Yes, eating dessert everyday is 90% about my absolute need to satisfy the ravenous monster that is my sweet tooth, but that other 10% is speckled with some of what I’ve been talking about—simple excitement. I know you aren’t “supposed” to be emotionally tied to your food, but I for one think that’s a load of baloney. Food is emotional. And it always will be. Certain foods will always make you think of the holidays as a kid. Certain smells will always take you back to a place in time. Certain events will always make you want to eat a specific dish. And I think the sooner we stop fighting the “emotional eating is bad” adage, the sooner we’ll all have a much healthier relationship with food (now, emotional overeating, that is a whole other can of worms).

In my world, food is tied to emotion, and for me, dessert is the most emotional of them all. It’s how I treat myself. It’s how I give myself a pat on the back. It’s how I do something just for me. I know rewarding yourself with food isn’t a popular concept, but I see no issues with it just as long as you are moderate and smart about it. You can argue that most desserts really add no major nutritional value to a diet (well, other than just straight-up calories), but in my world, desserts add major emotional value to my diet. And that’s something I think needs to be fed, too.

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Because I am a daily dessert eater, I do have to be a little prudent about the desserts I do eat. If I downed an 800 calorie piece of chocolate cake everyday, I’d have to run out and buy a new pair of jeans every three months. So, instead, I eat that 800 calorie piece of cake every now and again, and try to stick to lighter, simpler desserts for every day consumption.

My newest favorite simple summer dessert? These Fruttare frozen fruit bars.

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Now, yes, this is a sponsored post (if you hadn’t picked up on that yet). They are paying me to talk about these bars. In fact, they even sent me a couple of coupons to get the bars free (at the bottom of the post, join in the win your own free coupon). But let me tell you, I love these bars sponsorship or not. If this wasn’t a sponsored post, the Fruttare bars would totally end up on a Things I’m Digging post, because man, I’m digging these.

In fact, Craig and I plowed through our first two free boxes of Fruttare so quickly, that I didn’t even have time to snag a photo. So I went out and bought a few more boxes—with my own cash—so we could keep enjoying these fun little fruity frozen treats.

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There are quite a few flavors of the bars, and our favorite, hands-down is the Coconut and Milk. It’s sweet, coconuty, and only 140 calories. They also have some straight up fruit bars (we love the Lime flavor), that clock in at only 70 calories a pop. To me, those the kinds of numbers that you could eat everyday without needing to buy new pants.

Now, you guys know me, and you know that we don’t do a lot of processed foods in our house. Admittedly, these bars aren’t the cleanest food on the planet. Honestly, if you want truly clean pops, I recommended investing in your own molds and some fruit to make your own creations. But considering these bars are a mass marketed product, I was pretty impressed with the ingredients and nutrition facts.

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I personally like eating organic and natural foods, but I also completely understand the availability and cost of those kinds of foods can prohibit a lot of folks from being able to buy them. So whenever there is a product that is widely available, a little bit cheaper, and a little bit healthier, I’m always on board. The fact that these bars don’t have artificial colors, artificial flavors or high fructose corn syrup and use real fruit and real milk is a huge step in the right direction for conventional food—especially ready-made desserts—in my books. It makes my natural food-lovin’ heart happy. If we can elevate the standard of conventional foods as a whole to be closer to the natural/organic standards, I think everyone wins. And the fact that they are within a price-range that maybe would allow people to think about buying them instead of a cheap frozen dessert that is 100% junk? That’s really good for the health of a lot of folks (especially kids).

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Fruttare frozen fruit bars are available at mass merchants, grocery and convenience stores nationwide. Want to try out a box of your own bars for free? Fruttare is giving away a coupon for a free box to each of six BTHR readers! Yippee!

Ready to win?

  • PRIZE: One coupon good for a free box of Fruttare frozen fruit bars (any flavor).
  • TO ENTER: Leave a comment on this post telling me what simple joys you have in your life everyday. Seeing your kids laugh? Splashing in puddles? Wearing a beautiful dress?
  • GIVEAWAY CLOSES: Wednesday, July 17th, 2013 at Noon (12pm) EST
  • NUMBER OF WINNERS: Six
  • ELIGIBLE FOLKS: This giveaway is open to residents of the U.S. only at this time. Sorry international readers! I try to score as many international giveaways as I can. Maybe next time!
  • WINNER ANNOUNCED: Wednesday, July 17th, 2013. NOTE: This is a quick turn around giveaway, I will need to submit the winners’ mailing addressed to Fruttare by Friday, July 19th, so if you do not reply by then you will be forfeiting your free coupon. My plan is to contact the winners (by email) on Wednesday afternoon.
  • LEGALESE: To enter you must be 18 or older. Winners will be chosen by random drawing from the pool of comments on this post. To be considered for the prize, you must be a resident of the U.S. and provide a valid email address. One entry per email address. Once a winner is notified and verified, Fruttare 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 Wednesday, July 17, 2013 at noon (EST). The winner will be contacted by email on Wednesday, July 17, 2013. If the winner does not claim the prize within two days, the original winner forfeits the prize and a second random entry will be chosen from the pool. This contest is sponsored by Fruttare and Clever Girls Collective and is void where prohibited by law.
  • DISCLOSURE: I was compensated with two free boxes of Fruttare bars and received compensation for posting this review and giveaway. I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls Collective and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own. If you have any questions about my disclosure/sponsored post policy, chickity-check out my bylaws or shoot me a line.

Tell me what simple joys you have in your life everyday. Seeing your kids laugh? Splashing in puddles? Wearing a beautiful dress?

friday freebie: stella + dot earrings {CLOSED}

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Posted on Jul 12, 2013 in Fashion & Beauty

This giveaway is now CLOSED. Thanks for playing along!

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Happy Friday, friends! I have yet another awesome fashion-related giveaway for y’all today. You’d think that I was some sort of fashionista with all these fun bags, clothing and accessory giveaways. Ha. So not. I just like pretty shiny things, and plus, I think it’s a fun little bi-weekly deviation from all the talk about food, fitness, and (well, this week at least) cellulite.

This week, I’ve got a giveaway courtesy of one of your fellow readers! Everyone say a warm, BTHR howdy to the amazing Liz! Liz is a Stella + Dot stylist and offered to partner with me to give you guys some loot. Never heard of Stella + Dot? Well, it’s an affordable and trendy line of high-quality jewelry and accessories sold Tupperware style—at in-home trunk shows and online. Stella + Dot offers so many nice pieces and none of them are going to break the bank (which is always nice).

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Liz asked me to personally pick out my favorite item in the current Stella + Dot collection to give away, and I landed on these beautiful turquoise drop earrings. I love large-scale jewelry, and I think these earrings are incredible because they aren’t too big, but they are still big enough to stand out. And bright pop of turquoise is one of my favorite accent colors in my wardrobe!

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Ready to win?

  • PRIZE: One pair of Charlize Teardrop Earrings.
  • TO ENTER: Leave a comment on this post telling me where/when you’ll wear your brand new earrings. Going to wedding? Out on date night? Just around the house while doing laundry?
  • GIVEAWAY CLOSES: Tuesday, July 16th, 2013 at Noon (12pm) EST
  • NUMBER OF WINNERS: One
  • ELIGIBLE FOLKS: This giveaway is open to residents of the U.S. and Puerto Rico only at this time. Sorry international readers! I try to score as many international giveaways as I can. Maybe next time!
  • WINNER ANNOUNCED: Wednesday, July 17th, 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 be a resident of the U.S. or Puerto Rico and provide a valid email address. One entry per email address. Once a winner is notified and verified, Elizabeth Milks 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, July 16, 2013 at noon (EST). The winner will be contacted by email on or before Wednesday, July 17, 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 Elizabeth Milks and is void where prohibited by law.
  • DISCLOSURE: I was not compensated in any way for posting this giveaway. However, any purchases made through the links in this post will earn me referral credits with Stella + Dot.

We have a winner! Congrats to Molly, who wants to wear her new earrings on date night. Enjoy, Molly!

Tell me when and where you’ll wear your new earrings!