Crock-pot Love and More #giveaway

Crock-pot® Love and More #giveaway from RedPack Tomatoes®

It’s not that I love my crock-pot more than any other appliance (sorry, crock-pot, I may love my mixer just a little bit more, but we have been together since 1992 and she’s even a bit sickly of late, so…). But this time of year with busy days, late sporting events and activities, I both love and need my crock-pot (I even ponied up for a larger capacity model last year when I couldn’t fit some recipes in my training model (only a one quart).

What do I do with it? Um, everything, really. From beans to sauces to full meals, the crock-pot handles it all. Having a team dinner? Have food allergies/requests? You can have two crock-pots and one meat chile and one veggie. Feeds a crowd – add a big green salad and some cornbread and you are done.

My favorite sauce in general (and it works beautifully in a slow cooker) is from smitten kitchen – tomato sauce with onion and butter.  And I’m always looking for new recipes – I am going to try the Slow Cooker Pulled Pork (or Chicken) from Redpack Tomatoes.

So all of you Slow Cooker Lovers, Redpack Tomatoes is running a giveaway of 44 custom crockpots – they are giving away 2 crockpots a day! And here is their Facebook Page where you can enter the giveaway.


Disclosure: I received Redpack Tomatoes and a pretty wooden spoon to add to my growing collection. I was not compensated and I have a feeling I can’t enter to win the crockpot either, so you’re welcome.


The New Year

What have I been doing, besides my random acts of kindness, you mean? Well, I have been putting my house in order which takes a lot more work than I thought it would. I have also been on a massive return spree and think I am all “mall-ed out” for the foreseeable future.

What am I actually doing? Well, I cleaned my linen closets, junk drawer, and my own closet (okay, just the dresser drawers) and hoping for an Elfa Intervention to organize the hanging closet mess. This is no subtle hint – help me Elfa! BTW, the 30% off sale on Elfa is going on now at The Container Store.

I just thoroughly clean the fridge yesterday, too. Wow, something is up with me.


Good timing – I just heard about a contest that The Container Store is running…

The Perfect Pantry Makeover Contest

You can enter for a chance to win a $1,500 Gift Card towards the elfa pantry of your dreams. All you need to do is visit their Facebook Contest Page and submit a photo a baked good that you have either made or that you admire.

It’s simple and you can submit as many photos as you like – just make sure you have your favorites submitted by THIS SUNDAY, January, 20th. Three finalists will be selected on Monday, January 21st and you will be able to vote for your favorite entry until Sunday, January 27th.

Works for me as I have been busy baking (flour banana bread – two versions – one as Joanne Chang intended and one adaptation minus the cinnamon and walnuts of her recipe but with chocolate chips added) – so I will take more pics as I bake my way through January.

For more information and to see what treats have already been submitted, just click the image below to jump straight to the contest page.


Show NYC a little love

Show NYC a little love #citybuzzNYC Matters

Central Park NYC Capability Mom BlogI loved visiting New York City for Blogher this year and could have easily spent more time there – even in August –  but this is my favorite time of year there. I love the city for the holidays – Great energy and even more fun than usual!

CityBuzz is giving away a weekend in NYC  and asking you to share what matters to you on instagram (my favorite new non-Pinterest visual hangout), share it on Facebook or your blog if you have one, too.

Check out the video (below) and the easy requirements to enter to win a weekend in NYC.

Share what matters to you – it doesn’t have to be NYC related – I just happened to have a great picture from this summer that I wanted to share.

What are you thankful for?

From CityBuzz:

In the wake of Hurricane Sandy the nation poured on their support, and one thing became clear, NYC Matters, and it matters because of you. Citybuzz is treating two people to a NYC Insider Weekend of Broadway, museums, the best restaurants…AND airfare. It’s your turn to show us what matters to you. Post your entry on Instagram with the hashtag #citybuzzNYC.


Trip for 2 including airfare to New York City.

Runner-up Winners

  • Citybuzz giftbags filled with NYC collectibles, gift certificates for museums and restaurants as well as $50 at Bloomingdale’s.

All entries will be judged and winner selected by NYC’s the New Museum.

Must Do Steps to Win

1) Take a pic of what matters to you, put it on Instagram and tag it with “#citybuzzNYC”.
2) Head over to our Facebook page,, like it and leave a comment with a link to your post.

Both conditions must be met in order to win.


NY Matters Photo Contest is sponsored by Vidicom and Citybuzz.

Show us what matters to you and win a FREE weekend in NYC
Enter to Win by December 13th & Check Back December 17th to See Who Won!

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