#ASweetPairing: Chocolate and Wine Valentine’s Giveaway

This post is sponsored by Ghirardelli and Josh Cellars, order but all views expressed here are my own. chocolate Chocolate and wine are two of my favorite things. I would guess that’s true for most women that I know. My friends and I have been known to have Pop Up Parties with nothing more than a few bottles of wine, medic a table of sweet treats, easy conversation and lots of laughter. When I think of how to spend this Valentine’s Day, this is what comes to mind. (Sorry husband.)

So I was thrilled when approached to promote Ghirardelli’s Valentine’s chocolates and Josh Cellars wine. Ghirardelli’s dark chocolate with sea salt caramel and the red blend by Josh Cellars are two of my favorites. Now I have another reason to love them: they’ve given me two $75 American Express prepaid gift cards to give away to two of my readers!

How will you spend Valentine’s Day with Ghirardelli and Josh Cellars? Show me on Instagram — plus more ways to enter below.

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I’ll announce my winners here and on Instagram on February 14.

You can purchase your own Ghirardelli chocolates and Josh Cellars wine at your local Walmart.* (Not all Walmart stores carry the wine. If that’s the case where you are, check your nearest liquor store.)GhirardelliJosh Cellars

*NO PURCHASE NECESSARY. VOID WERE PROHIBITED BY LAW. Giveaway ends February 14, 2016 at 12:00 AM CST. Winners will be selected at random by Rafflecopter and notified here and on Instagram. Sponsors will ship prize directly to winners.

The California Wine Club Valentine’s Day Deals

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Sweet, there Sweeter, Sweetest Valentine’s Day

That’s how I describe this awesome trio of deals from The California Wine Club going on right now, and these Valentines deals are sure to get you a big kiss.

Give your sweetheart a taste of small batch, artisan wines with 12 delicious bottles hand-selected by us.  You’ll save 45%.ends 2/10

Gift a quarterly Premier Series Wine Subscription with free shipping. Delicious 2-bottle wine deliveries will be sent each quarter (for a total of four fabulous deliveries). Through 2/29 Code Year16

Use coupon code BUBBLY16 when ordering a gift of two months or more and The California Wine Club will include a bottle of $40 Romanian bubbly on the house in the first shipment! Through 6/30

Celebrating 25 Years!

For 25 years The California Wine Club has been offering hand selected wines from Artisan Wineries and each wine has received rave reviews. This is why they have become so popular and just from word of mouth alone have grown over the years. Coupled with their 100% money back guarantee (because they know not everyone likes every wine), they have continued to grow delivering thousands of monthly wine clubs all over the United States.

 

Wedding Paper Divas Sweepstakes

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Are you getting married sometime this year? If so, you definitely need to check this out!  Wedding Paper Divas, part of the Shutterfly family, is having the Next Real Couple Sweepstakes. Enter by April 10, 2016, to win. Wedding Paper Divas - Next Real Couple SweepstakesThree engaged couples will win a prize package that includes:

  • VIP trip to San Francisco
  • Glamour engagement photo and video shoot, including styling, makeup, and manicure
  • Be featured on our website, social media, and more
  • Advice from a celebrity wedding planner
  • Surprise fantasy date
  • Plus, up to $2,000 in wedding stationery!

Wedding Paper Divas has beautiful invitations and thank you cards, plus they will give you a free wedding website.

Wedding Paper Divas - Holiday 2015You might also like Wedding Paper Divas’ Getting Started Wedding Checklist, perfect for keeping organized and turning visions into realities! Wedding Paper Divas has a really nice selection of Save the Dates too.

PLUS, they are having a 30% OFF SITEWIDE SALE right now (thru 1/26). Use code WINTERSALE.Wedding Paper Divas - Sitewide SaleSo if you are planning a wedding, you should definitely take advantage of these deals — and maybe just be the Next Real Couple winner!

Jumping feet first into Paleo

Several of my friends are doing the Whole30 thing, misbirth so I decided to do it too. I have always had a problem with sugar, web so this 30 day strict Paleo plan could be the answer to finally ending this love/hate relationship with sweets.

I found a few delicious recipes to get me started this weekend:steak

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I mean — who needs pasta when you can eat this???

So I know the key to success will be planning my meals in advance and grocery shopping for only those ingredients. I am a sucker for any sweets in the house, glands so I just have to keep them out.

I’ve also partnered with a few Paleo-friendly companies to have Whole30 / paleo approved stuff in the house. [The following contain affiliate links. If you purchase through an affiliate link, I will make a small commission.]

Jerky Snob — When you sign up with Jerky Snob, every month you will receive a box of carefully selected premium jerky.

  • jerky snobNo MSG
  • No Nitrates
  • No Nitrites
  • No High Fructose Corn Syrup
  • Gluten-free options too

2Good2B — a gluten, corn and soy free bakery in Encinitas, CA. They ship delicious breads, pastries and cupcakes all across the US. Baguette

Jilz Snackerz — Gluten free crackers.
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Paleo Plan — Monthly paleo-friendly meal plans that include:

  • A fun, fresh Paleo menu for two delivered every week (covers 3 meals a day, plus a snack)
  • Kitchen-tested, easy-to-prepare recipes created by our resident Paleo chef and nutrition therapist
  • Complete shopping and prep lists to save you time, headaches, and wasted food
  • All recipes are gluten-free, grain-free, dairy-free, legume-free, and vegetable oil-free
  • A bonus “Flex” menu that incorporates one cheat day each week—for those who want some wiggle room in their diet

They have a 14-day free trial.

Paleo Meals to Go — Paleo Meals To Go was born out of love and passion for health and exercise, the spirit of the great outdoors, and advocacy for a holistic, wholesome Paleo lifestyle. They provide the best in class, freeze-dried Paleo meals to those on a path less traveled.
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Have you done Whole30? What tips do you have for me? Please send me any yummy recipes you find too. I have my eye on the Nom Nom Paleo book, so look for more Whole30 recipes on my blog soon.

Rent the Runway’s Shortlist Sweepstakes

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Want to keep track of that spectacular sequined dress for your upcoming birthday party? Or that gorgeous green gown for that fancy St. Patrick’s Day shindig? Rent the Runway makes it super easy. Simply click the heart (?) next to an item you love and you’ll be prompted to create a shortlist. Click “create new shortlist” and follow the easy instructions. Then the next time you heart something, patient you’ll see the option to add it to whichever shortlist you choose.

Something else you’re sure to love? Now through January 22nd, you’ll have the opportunity to win $500 towards Rent the Runway rentals with Rent the Runway’s Shortlist Sweepstakes!

Here’s how Rent the Runway’s Shortlist Sweeps works. To enter, you must:

? Click the heart (?) icon next to an item you love to create shortlists for your upcoming events

? Include “Dream List” in each of your shortlist titles. For example, “Dream List: Kristin’s Wedding”

? Include at least 5 dresses in each list

? Create up to 3 shortlists by January 22

? 5 winners will be selected randomly – check your email on January 23 to see if you won

Clearance Sale

Remember that Rent the Runway is also having a Clearance Sale! Now through January 31st, you’ll be able to purchase dresses and accessories that are priced at up to 70% off!

Shop this amazing sale today because many sizes and styles sell out quickly and quantities are limited!

Gymboree’s adorable newborn collection

The World Just Got a Little Sweeter at Gymboree

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One of my favorite things to do is shopping for newborn clothes. They are so small and precious. Our babies grow so quickly, glands so my philosophy is to adorn them in the cutest clothes possible before they get an opinion of their own and only want to wear pajamas all day long. (My six year old would live in her pj’s if I’d let her.)

Gymboree has great baby clothes. From the colorful Alphabet Onesie to the blue and white striped Bear Beanie, you will fall in love with these adorable newborn essentials from Gymboree.

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Gymboree’s new Tiny Panda outfits will make you feel all the warm and fuzzy feelings inside.

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And if you think things couldn’t get any cuter, just wait until you see their Little Pals collection. The Bundled Pups Bodysuit and Kitten Booties are sure to be a hit.

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And don’t even get me started on the precious new “Fun at Heart” collection:

Gymboree newborn collection
So don’t delay. Get these baby clothes before they are gone! They are great for shower gifts too.
Shop Gymboree’s Baby Girl Collection
Shop Gymboree’s Baby Boy Collection
Shop Gymboree’s Unisex Baby Collection

My Rent the Runway Experience

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Rent the Runway generously gave me store credit to try out their service for myself. About two weeks ago, I went to their website to pick a dress for New Year’s Eve. I found their website to be very user-friendly with lots of categories to narrow my search like length of dress, body type and price. I really like that they have reviews and photos from real women who have rented each item since I’m not a size 2, tall, eat-a-burger-for-the-love model. Those reviews helped me cross a few dresses off my list for sure.

Finally I found my favorite dress that I thought would look good on my 5’3, size 10-12 hourglass body. A super-cool feature is that you can order a backup size of the same dress for FREE! Well, my backup size wasn’t available, so they offered to let me rent a second style in two sizes for a discounted price. Sold. I also decided to take a gamble and order the “mystery bling” for $15.

My box with three dresses and earrings arrived late Wednesday evening. I opened the boxes to find three DIFFERENT dresses, not the two styles that I expected. I wasn’t crazy about the replacement dress that they sent me. It looked too matronly on the hanger. (See #3.)IMG_3213Dress #1 was a nice, thick stretchy fabric, but it was a bit short for my tastes and a little snug through the butt area. IMG_3245Dress #2, my favorite, came only in a size 10. This is the one I was expecting to come in a 10 and a 12. I could have zipped it if I didn’t care to breath all night. It was so beautiful with a deep V-neck that showed off the girls nicely. But again, the breathing thing, so…IMG_3253Dress #3, the one I did NOT pick out, fit me perfectly. It looked much better on me than the hanger. Boobs and hips will do that. On the third try-on, I realized that it was a NAVY dress, not black like the others. This required a different shoe option. Panic set in for a moment since I was pretty sure I didn’t have navy dress shoes. But alas, I found a pair of pretty navy ballet flats that did the trick. IMG_3274My mystery bling were these fun ear jackets. IMG_3214I really enjoyed doing my makeup up all sparkley for my night out with my husband. IMG_3269

Anthony looked so handsome all dressed up. IMG_3275WIMG_3278e had a lovely dinner at Good Food by Ferneau. I had the Korean pear salad, then the Surf n’ Turf. OMG — amazing. I didn’t even get a photo of the chocolate pots la creme. It was probably the best dessert I had all last year. I want another one RIGHT NOW. IMG_3279  IMG_3283

Today, I packed up my three dresses and the earrings in the pre-addressed return envelopes that were provided. Tomorrow I just have to pop them in the mail. So easy. I’d definitely use Rent the Runway again — maybe something red and shiny for Valentine’s Day. IMG_3301

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#Gift Guide: Star Wars Themed Gifts

My husband is foaming at the mouth to see the new Star Wars movie when it comes out on December 19th. Star Wars-themed stuff is everywhere, cialis 40mg so I’m sure something Star Wars-ish will be under most Christmas trees this year. I rounded up a list of my favorite Star Wars gifts for you here. (I might have to get Anthony the Finn plush toy — what do you think?)

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