Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Show Your Gratitude: Pick Up The Telephone And More

OK~ It's that time of year when we all focus on being thankful for this and that. Wouldn't it be nice if we could all focus on being thankful and nice all year long? That's my focus as we move forward. Just yesterday I called a friend that I had worked with off and on throughout the past year and thanked her for everything. I truly meant it, but after I hung up the phone I thought to myself, "I need to do that more often." A holiday should not be a reminder that I need to be grateful for someone that has helped me. I need to be thanking people every single day for what others do for me.

We live in a society where we all want everything now and that dreaded word, "entitlement" arises and my head just shakes. I then begin to think about how things were when I was growing up. Times were much different, as there were no cell phones and there was no internet. We actually had to have face to face conversations, write thank you notes, and even call someone from the "house" phone with a cord that reached a mile long or so! Remember that? Oh yeah, and it was usually a beautiful golden or avocado color!

I am thankful for all of the technology that we have today, but I do wonder how our younger kids of today will cope. Heck, I struggle with showing my gratitude with all of this technology as I need to really "think" about calling someone or writing out a thank you note and tossing it in an actual mail box. I honestly believe that kids do watch every move their parents make. One would like to think that kids would follow along and do the right thing, but often times peer pressure gives in and they sink. A fun way to test your family in this department is to have a tech free holiday- Hey, if this family can do it, yours can too.

So...... is it appropriate for a child to sit down with their parents and Skype a thank you call to their Grandparents for something?

You bet! This is a great way to use technology in the 21st Century and it also shows kids a nice way to use the apps that are available today. This is a really nice way to show gratitude when Grandparents are unable to be with their Grandchildren on a special occasion. This leads right into why it is important for Grandparents to embrace technology. Staying connected in a positive manner matters when it comes to the relationship of a Grandchild and a Grandparent. We do live in an exciting time and we all need to think about how we use all of these awesome tools.

My goal from now into the future is to be much better in showing my gratitude day in and day out. And one other thing, you know what? I felt so uplifted after I called my friend yesterday- I felt like I was ready to conquer the world! That seems to be reason enough to pick up the phone a little more often to say "Thank You," from this Mom's point of view. After All, It's All In a Mom's Day, Right?

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Cooking With Colavita Giveaway (11/20-12/13)


                                                               Cooking with Colavita Giveaway

Cooking with Colavita Giveaway Sponsored by Colavita

Hosted by Pea of Sweetness

Co-Hosted by Deliciously Savvy and Deals of Sweetness

Emilee at Pea of Sweetness loves Italian food but has been stuck in a rut with the same old recipes and ingredients. She was excited to broaden her horizons with Colavita. An Italian gift basket just in time for the holidays is sure to make anyone's day, including yours! There is no time like the present to have a great tasting Italian meal.

Colavita's history goes back a long time ago in the quaint hilltop village of Sant’Elia a Pianisi, located in the Molise region of Italy, two small family businesses were born. One family operated a stone mill for crushing homegrown olives used to produce fine extra virgin olive oil. The other family gathered the durum wheat harvest, milled the wheat into semolina grain and ultimately produced fresh pasta for the local market.

Over time, both families became experts at their trade, passing their knowledge to the next generation, who in turn did the same. The two families had much in common not only in perfecting time-honored production methods, but also in name. They were both Colavita families.
Today, the Colavita Olive Oil and Colavita Pasta companies are still family-owned and operating in the same town of their ancestors. They have since joined with another family-owned company, Colavita USA, and together they have shared the fruits of their respective crafts with American consumers for over twenty years.

Emilee got to try her hand at a new Italian recipe using the amazing ingredients included in the Colavita Simply Italian Gift Basket.

The Simply Italian Gift Basket includes:
  • Colavita Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • Colavita Balsamic Vinegar
  • Cirio Crushed Tomato with Basil
  • Colavita Eggplant and Sweet Peppers
  • Colavita Olive Bruschetta
  • Colavita Marinara Sauce
  • Colavita Tomato Basil Sauce
  • Colavita Penne Rigate
  • Dal Raccolto Capellini
  • Dal Raccolto Orchiette
  • Almond Cantuccini
Doesn't it sound amazing? One winner will receive the Colavita Simply Italian Gift Basket! (ARV $75.00) This giveaway begins on 11/20 and ends on 12/13 at 10:00pm (times are Central) and is open to US residents ages 18+. Winner is subject to eligibility verification and will have 48 hours to confirm before a new winner will be drawn. One winner per household, email address, or home address. If you have won this prize on another blog you are ineligible to win again. For any questions/concerns please email emilee.roberts@peaofsweetness.com (consider adding this email to your “Safe List” as winning email notification will be sent from this email.) Please refer to the full terms and conditions in the Giveaway Tools.

 Disclosure: Pea of Sweetness received complimentary product(s) or service(s) in exchange for an honest review. No additional compensation was received. Participating bloggers are not responsible for prize fulfillment.  

Monday, November 17, 2014

Blogger Opp: $50 Amazon Gift Card Giveaway

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Sunday, November 16, 2014

Hiland For The Holiday Cookie Contest Rules And Information With a Giveaway of Hiland Dairy Products

OK~ It's the season of holiday cookies. Are you planning to start baking soon? Hiland Dairy Foods as a fun "Hiland for the Holidays Cookie Contest" this holiday season.

The beauty of the holidays is that everyone can be very creative when it comes to cookies! From now through December 31, 2014. Here's how the Hiland for the Holidays Cookie Contest works. Entrants are encouraged to share their "Entry Links" with friends and family through social media using #HilandCookies. The top five cookie recipes with a combination of the most votes on the landing page and social shares will receive one of five identical prizes including:

  •  A programmable slow cooker
  • A slow cooker cookbook featuring 1,400 of the best slow cooker recipes
  • A month's supply of Hiland Dairy products.

And the other cool thing, folks that enter could have their recipes featured on Hiland Dairy Food's Website.

 Winners will be chosen based on those with the most social "shares," "likes," "pins," retweets," "favorites," and of course votes. Be sure to share the link to your entry and encourage your friends and family to do the same. Be sure to use the hashtag #HilandCookies.

Keep in mind, your recipe MUST feature at least one Hiland Dairy ingredient and be submitted with an original photo of the prepared recipe. This contest is ONLY open to consumers in the Hiland Dairy trade area, which includes Missouri, Kansas, Iowa, Nebraska, Colorado, Wyoming, Texas, Arkansas and Oklahoma). For more in depth detail, please read the official rules.

And thanks to the good folks of Hiland Dairy, I've got some Hiland Dairy products to give away to one lucky reader. I have 5 24 oz. of Hiland Cottage Cheese, 5 6 oz. Lowfat or Fat Free Hiland Yogurt, and 5 1/2 gallons of Hiland Orange Juice. Enter through the Rafflecopter form below and your creative holiday baking project may get a little easier! After All, It's All In a Mom's Day, Right?

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*Thank you to Hiland Dairy for providing dairy products to my readers. I did receive Hiland Milk and Sour Cream products. I did not receive any monetary compensation to share this holiday cookie contest with all of you.