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Cookbook Giveaway: Lighten Up, America!

Lighten Up, America!The folks at Cooking Light will release their latest cookbook, Lighten Up, America!, on October 22nd. But as a Cooking Light blogger, I got a sneak peak at some of the lighter versions of regional American favorites featured in the book. After spending an hour flipping through every page, I had bookmarked at least 50 recipes that I plan to make.

Having grown up in the south, some of my favorite dishes aren’t exactly known for their health and nutrition stats. A few recipes I have featured here—including collard greens, corn pudding, and key lime pie—get a healthy makeover in Lighten Up, America! I’m especially curious to try the corn pudding because my version is more sweet than savory, like the recipe featured in the book.

The best part about getting an advanced copy of the cookbook is that Cooking Light sent me two so that I could share one with one lucky reader!

Enter below for your chance to win your very own copy.

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Custom Photo Transfer Giveaway!

I have mentioned my friend Stephanie a few times on this blog. She’s the creative genius who made this adorable sign for Olivia’s Sesame Street party, this fun Valentine’s Day garland, and this DIY decoupage ornament. I don’t think there’s an artsy thing she can’t do!

She also happens to be a talented photographer. While looking for new ways to display her art, she started experimenting with photo transfers. Her work won such rave reviews from family and friends that she decided to open an Etsy store—For the Birds.

Stephanie specializes in taking photographs and transferring them by hand to various materials, including wood, canvas, glass, tile, and acrylic. The transfer process gives the photos a vintage, Instagram-ish feel. Check out this collage of photos she took while in Charleston, South Carolina this summer:

Charleston on Canvas, $50

Amazing right?! The best part is that she takes custom orders. Have a collection of pictures from a recent vacation that you can’t figure out how to show off? Still trying to figure out what to get your parents for the holidays? Here’s your answer!

I love the finished product so much that I’ve collaborated with the artist herself to bring you an awesome giveaway. One lucky winner will receive a free custom photo transfer! The winner will be able to choose between one 12×12 wood or canvas transfer OR two to three smaller sized (think 5×7) transfers. Stephanie will work directly with the winner to recommend the best medium, size, etc. for the photograph(s). Enter below for your chance to win!

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National Family Pack Walk Giveaway!

This is Tater, our lovable 10-year-old beagle.

Look at that face! Yeah, we couldn’t resist either. Ryan and I adopted her as a little puppy when we were two poor college students who had only been dating a year. Now, 10 years later, we’re married with a daughter (aka Tater’s BFF), and Tater has firmly cemented her place in our family—not to mention her place on the back of the chair in the living room overlooking the front window. And to think that she was the runt of the litter and nobody else wanted her. . .well, we were more than happy to come to the rescue and welcome her into our family.

So when I was asked to participate in the National Family Pack Walk benefiting the Cesar Milan foundation’s efforts to rescue, rehabilitate, and find homes for abused and abandoned dogs, I was thrilled to help out in any way that I could. Unfortunately, we won’t be in town to participate in the walk, which takes place in DC on September 29, but I’m excited to support and promote the cause by giving away a prize pack courtesy of the folks at the National Family Pack Walk!

The prize pack includes a Scooby-Doo basket with a Scooby kids’ T-shirt and Scooby-Doo educational video game! Enter below for your chance to win.

If you are interested in signing up for this year’s National Family Pack Walk in Washington, D.C., click here. It will be a great day for everyone in your family (even the four-legged members)!
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New All-Natural Food Line + Giveaway = Happy Thursday!

I am always on the lookout for healthy, kid-friendly and affordable food for my family. So when the folks at Wholesome Goodness asked if I’d like to try out their new line of all-natural foods at Walmart, I figured I’d give it a try. I liked their belief that “nutritious foods are beneficial only if they are accessible and affordable.”

I was expecting a few small samples of this, a taste of that, so I was rather shocked to have a large box delivered to my office. These people mean business. No sample sizes here; these were full sized products. I immediately tore into the box and started sampling (and sharing with anyone who stopped by my desk and wanted a snack); unfortunately, this means that, by the time I got around to taking a picture, I’d already polished off several of the items in the box (oops!). Still, it’s an impressive spread, right?

The samples came with a list of 126 banned ingredients, including anything artificial, and none of their foods contain trans fats, high fructose corn syrup or other processed ingredients. The real question was, what does all that naturalness really taste like?

Honestly, everything was pretty darn delicious! The Omega Apple Cinnamon Granola Bars were a clear favorite—packed with yummy apple-ness and the perfect toddler snack size. I did a quick comparison to Quaker Chewy Granola Bars and found that the Wholesome Goodness bars have a lot more fiber and protein than the Quaker bars and a whole lot less stuff I can’t pronounce.

The best part was that it lived up to the affordability hype. I compared the prices at Safeway, and most of the Wholesome Goodness items were at or below the cost of their comparable Safeway generic item. Not bad.

I enjoyed the food so much, that I asked Wholesome Goodness if they would be willing to throw in another box of food for one of my lucky readers, and they were all too happy to oblige. Enter below to win $40 worth of free, all-natural food from Wholesome Goodness! One lucky person will win everything I received in my sample box, including granola bars, salsa, chips, cereal, oatmeal, trail mix, and more!

The Wholesome Goodness line is currently available in 226 Walmart stores throughout Virginia, North Carolina, Maryland and parts of West Virginia. For those in the DC area, you can find Wholesome Goodness at the following Walmart stores:

6303 Richmond Hwy., Alexandria, VA 22306
3549 Russett Grn., Laurel, MD 20724
13059 Fair Lakes Parkway., Fairfax, VA 22033
45415 Dulles Crossing Plz., Sterling, VA 20166
17041 Jefferson Davis Hwy, Dumfries, VA 22026
9401 Liberia Ave., Manassas, VA 20110
8386 Sudley Rd., Manassas, VA 20109

 Good luck!

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