‘Tis the Season(s)

I often wander into Whole Foods and peruse the aisles of down-to-earth, good-for-you products with their wholesome ingredients. The expansive variety of ready-to-eat items on the hot bar. The mingling of the kindred tree huggers…those of us who love to put good into our bodies and do good by Mother Earth.

I always get pizza and 2 cookies. It’s kind of like when I have Mexican. Three crunchy tacos; there’s really no point in looking at the menu. But, I digress…

But did you know that there was magic happening over in the seasoning section?

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I used to have this thing with always wanting one of those gourmet seasoning sets, but I didn’t particularly care for the one-flavor-fits-all packaging. There were always one or two seasonings that I really wanted to try, but didn’t want to waste money on the ones I didn’t think I’d want. Randomly, I found out that you can totally make your own seasoning set at Whole Foods!

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I know right!

So basically, it works like this:

1. Find a super cute container to put your seasoning into. This step is especially important if you’re giving this as a house warming gift… *hint, hint, wink, wink* And bring a mini funnel, if you have one. In retrospect, that would have been helpful…

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2. Take the containers to the counter to have them weighed. When you go to pay for the seasonings, they have to weigh the containers individually and this will ensure you don’t pay double for the container that you brought into the store. Think back to the science experiments in undergrad where you had to weigh each chemical so you didn’t mess up the whole assignment…

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3. Select your seasonings and fill your containers. The best part of being able to make your own seasoning gift set is that it can be super personalized for the lucky recipient!

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4. Checkout! The best part of this whole deal is that you get to sample some spices without breaking your budget. I think I love that part the most 🙂

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I decided to go with Orange Chipotle, Rosemary, Aegean and Yakima Applewood, Smoked Sea Salts. ‘Tis the seasons indeed!

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Does it sound good to you? Let me know in the comments for a chance to use these delicious seasonings in your next dish!

Make It Awesome!

(It’s Still) Spring Fling Giveaway

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The weather is beautiful and we still have a little time before we’re hit with the wrath of summer heat here in the South!

We’re teaming up with some awesome party people to celebrate the changing of the seasons with a fun Spring Fling Giveaway! And what’s even better … the winner gets to pick 2 prizes! Woo hoo! Creating Awesomenessity has teamed up with some awesome businesses and blogs (Go check them out. I promise you will want to!) The full list of sponsors can be seen on the Rafflcopter widget below.

Cupcake With CharacterPlay Party Pin, Freebie Finding Mom, Danya Carey Photography, One Inspired Party, Cupcake Diaries, Catch My Party, Cloudy With A Chance of Wine, Bird’s Party, Mom Spark, Yesterday on Tuesday, Dime Party Divas, Prints For Events, Design Dazzle, Punk n Pie Couture, An Alli Event, B. Lovely Events

SPRING FLING GIVEAWAY

May 16, 2014 at 12 a.m. EST to May 23, 2014 at 11:59 p.m. EST

Open Worldwide

Prize: 1 winner will choose 2 prizes: Canon Digital Camera, iPad Air, Wooden Swing Set or $300 PayPal cash.

Eligibility and Rules: NO PURCHASE NECESSARY TO ENTER OR WIN. A PURCHASE DOES NOT IMPROVE YOUR CHANCES OF WINNING. VOID WHERE PROHIBITED BY LAW. This giveaway is open to individuals 18 and older. The winner will be chosen randomly through the Rafflecopter form. It is the sole responsibility of the winner to adhere to all laws, which includes payments to any governing tax body.

Winner Selection: The winner of the giveaway will be selected in a random drawing through Rafflecopter from among all eligible entries received throughout the promotion period. The random drawing will be conducted within 48 hours of the closing of the giveaway by Pretty My Party or its designated representatives, whose decisions are final. Odds of winning will vary depending on the number of eligible entries received. Winner will be notified by email at hello@prettymyparty.com. Potential winner must accept the prizes by email as directed by Pretty My Party within 48 hours of notification. Any winner notification not responded to or returned as deliverable may result in prize forfeiture. The potential prize winner may be required to sign and return an affidavit of eligibility and release of liability, and a Publicity Release (collectively “the Prize Claim Documents”).

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The Love Boat – Valentine’s Cruise Giveaway

“Baby, let’s cruise, away from heeee…eere!”

Smoky Robinson knew what he was talking about and now you have a chance to see for yourself!
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Valentine’s Day is quickly approaching and if you’re anything like me you’re sick of the cold weather and snow! Pretty My Party has teamed up with Mom Spark and Grown Ups Magazine and a group of fabulous bloggers and businesses to bring you The Valentine’s Day Cruise Giveaway! One lucky winner will win a $1,500 Carnival Cruise Gift Card to use toward a cruise of their choice! There is no expiration date on the gift card, so you can use it whenever you want to plan your vacation!

This giveaway is blog/business sponsored and wouldn’t be possible without the following: Danya Carey Photography, Madame Deals, Town and Country Living, The Everyday Home, An Alli Event, Party With The Warriors, The Pretty Party ShoppeCrafts a la Mode, Memories By The Mile, Inspiration for Moms, Tips From A Typical Mom, We Heart Parties, We Heart Mom, Stretching A Buck, Vintage Confections, Cool Coatz Hydrographics, Consolidated Label, Debt Free Spending, Party Patisserie, Rose Knows Coupons. The full list of giveaway sponsors can be viewed on the Rafflecopter entry form below.

VALENTINE’S DAY CRUISE GIVEAWAY

January 30, 2014 at 12 a.m. EST to February 6, 2014 at 11:59 p.m. EST

Open to U.S. Residents

Prize: 1 winner will receive a $1,500 Carnival Cruise Gift Card to use toward a cruise vacation on Carnival Cruise Lines.

Eligibility and Rules: NO PURCHASE NECESSARY TO ENTER OR WIN. A PURCHASE DOES NOT IMPROVE YOUR CHANCES OF WINNING. VOID WHERE PROHIBITED BY LAW. This giveaway is open to individuals 18 and older who reside in the United States. The winner will be chosen randomly through the Rafflecopter form. It is the sole responsibility of the winner to adhere to all laws, which includes payments to any governing tax body.

Winner Selection: The winner of the giveaway will be selected in a random drawing through Rafflecopter from among all eligible entries received throughout the promotion period. The random drawing will be conducted within 48 hours of the closing of the giveaway by Pretty My Party or its designated representatives, whose decisions are final. Odds of winning will vary depending on the number of eligible entries received. Winner will be notified by email by hello@prettymyparty.com. Potential winner must accept the prizes by email as directed by Pretty My Party within 48 hours of notification. Any winner notification not responded to or returned as undeliverable may result in prize forfeiture. The potential prize winner may be required to sign and return an affidavit of eligibility and release of liability, and a Publicity Release (collectively “the Prize Claim Documents”).

Privacy: All entrants acknowledge that if they are chosen as a winner, some of their personally identifying information may be disclosed to third parties at least as required by law, including, without limitation, on a winner’s list. All personal information submitted as part of the giveaway may be shared by and between the promotion entities, and each of the promotion entities will use such information in accordance with their respective independent online privacy policies. See Pretty My Party’s full privacy policy here.

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Disclaimer: This giveaway is blog sponsored and is in no way associated with Carnival Cruise Lines. If there are any questions, please email hello@prettymyparty.com.

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Good Luck and Happy Valentine’s Day!

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Everyday Love – Valentine’s Day Giveaway

I’m so excited! I was recently part of the blog tour for the Happy Wives Club and fell in love with her book about love! Happy Marriages DO exist!

In my excitement, I really want to share Fawn’s book with you! Not only that, but I’ve teamed up with some pretty awesome people to bring you some gifts to help celebrate this Valentine’s Day and hope that they help you to continue the celebration of love each and every day!

Here are the goodies that you could win:

A copy of the hottest new book on happy marriages from The Happy Wives Club

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A “Kissing Booth” banner from Cupcake With Character…hang the banner up over your doorway (or bed) and start your mistletoe mischief a few months early

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A collection of daily love books from Homemaking with Style

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“Love” stamped spoons, heart bowl, and heart straws for a sweet sundae and sip from The Pretty Party Shoppe

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A Natural Beauty Kit to pucker up and get perky from Mi-Me Handmade Body Products

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Lavender and Vanilla Relaxation set from A Woman the World Deserves to wind down and get comfy…

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A utility tote bag (or $30 shop credit to Thirty-One Gifts) from Party with the Warriors

Glittered wine glasses from Creating Awesomenessity…plus a Love Notes set and “adults only” toys…because we know what Valentine’s Day is really about *wink*

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The contest will run from January 30 – February 5. All we’re asking is that you hop on over and like everyone’s Facebook fan page…following our awesome bloggers on Twitter will get you some extra entries too! Make sure that you share this contest with your friends and best of luck to you!

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Rules: Contest is open from January 29, 2014 at 11:59 PM CST to February 5, 2014 at 11:59 PM CST. The winner will be chosen randomly through Rafflecopter. Giveaway is open across the US to all participants 18 years of age and older. Void where prohibited by law. Winner must comply with all laws in their State. The winner will have 12 hours to claim their prize. Should they not claim their prize within this time, another winner will be selected. Please ensure that the email creatingawesomenessity [at] gmail [dot] com is on your “safe list” to ensure you receive email notification.
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It’s a Sweet Win!

Happy Thursday morning!

Guess what?? I’ve decided to host our first contest and giveaway!

Woot!

So to all of my bakers and foodies out there, here’s your chance!

Why are we doing this? Mostly to help me out. I bought this stuff on our anniversary trip to Savannah, GA and I can’t make up my mind what to do with it…

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So far, I want to put it on a sweet potato or top off some Southern corn bread, but I think that it deserves so much more!

Can you help me out? The person who comes up with the best recipe will win a $25 Visa gift card and a recipe submission on their behalf to The Peanut Shop. They don’t currently have a custom recipe for it, which is why it’s been a challenge to narrow down exactly what I want to do with it. I can’t let myself just eat it out of the jar, which is the prevailing option…

The contest will run until midnight CST on August 17th and the winner will be selected and announced August 18th! Add your recipe suggestions in the comments below. Whatever you submit, I’ll actually bake it, take some pics, all that good stuff. I can’t promise that I’ll save you any though…

Good luck!

Prize: One winner will receive $25 Visa gift card. Winner outside of the US will be responsible/billed for shipping costs.

Rules: Contest is open from noon CST on August 1, 2013 until August 17, 2013 at midnight CST. Giveaway  to all participants 16 years of age and older. Void where prohibited by law. The winner will have 24 hours to claim their prize. Should they not claim their prize within this time, another winner will be selected. Please ensure that the email creatingawesomenessity@gmail.com is added to your “safe list” so that your notification doesn’t go into the spam folder.
Disclosure: This is an independent blogger giveaway. It is in no way associated with The Pecan Shop, Visa, Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram or any other social media network. Should you have any questions, please contact Katherine at creatingawesomenessity@gmail.com.
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