Oh Nuts! The Giveaway (CLOSED)

>> Monday, November 29, 2010

Hello Everyone! How’s your Cyber Monday going? It’s sure in full force isn’t it? I’m bombarded with ads and sale announcements and it’s driving me a little cuckoo but tis the season. :) I still need to decorate and get a tree. Soon…but I have been listening to holiday music now that Thanksgiving is over. Getting in the spirit, you know?

So how about some giveaway fun? With the holidays fast approaching, snacks like chocolate, nuts, candy, chocolate, fruit, chocolate, or gift baskets are the norm (and more chocolate) - fun to give and to receive too.

Well, the kind folks at Oh! Nuts are offering one lucky reader a $25 gift certificate (good towards anything). Sweet! I have purchased from them in the past - they're prompt with shipping and I got exactly what I ordered and it was all fresh so I can tell you, in a nutshell (bahdoom boom), they're awesome.

To enter:
  • Leave a comment for each entry – if it counts for more than one, enter that number of separate comments (if you lump them all it’ll only count as one so read carefully).
  • Provide a valid email address. I need a way to contact you if you win so be sure to include it in your profile or in comments.
  • Only entries posted here will count. If you have problems, email me and let me know.
  • Winner will be selected via Random.org
  • Open to all HOWEVER, Oh! Nuts ships only within the US
  • Giveaway will end on Tuesday, December 7th. So start entering now!
Mandatory: Go to Oh! Nuts Christmas or Hanukkah gift baskets page and tell me which gift you like the most. Leave your comment with the name of the gift basket and/or URL here.

For Extra Entries:

► “Like” Oh! Nuts on Facebook and post on their wall the name and URL of the gift basket you like (Christmas or Hanukkah) and include that you came via my blog. Leave a comment here that you did it (2 entries).

► Follow me @hihorosie and @OhNuts on twitter and tweet this giveaway: Win a $25 gift certificate from @ohnuts and @hihorosie http://bit.ly/eo8JDv Gift baskets and snacks - perfect for the holidays! (3 entries)

► Follow my blog via Google Friend Connect (1 entry)

► Subscribe to my blog via email (confirmed) and/or reader (3 entries for each)

► Blog about this giveaway (5 entries)

Many thanks to Oh! Nuts for sponsoring this giveaway.

Remember, ends one week from tomorrow on 12/7. Good luck to you all!


Time to Shop!

>> Saturday, November 27, 2010

Happy post-Thanksgiving! Hope you had a wonderful holiday (for those in the US celebrating anyway – the rest of you hopefully you had a good couple of days).

Were any of you nutty brave enough to shop Black Friday? Not me, man. I stay far far away! Too much madness and DANGER out there. Basically, I value my life and my sleep, so no thanks.

Well, there is Cyber Monday coming up. I don’t really do that either but it is safer. I’m a procrastinator. I wait till I’m in the mood to shop, or have a list, or when I know I have to. Don’t get me wrong. I love to shop but holiday shopping is a bit crazy.

Here’s a gift idea if you’re looking for one. The Raw Beauty Calendar 2011.

What it’s about (info provided by Tanya, the artist):

Raw Beauty 2011: 13 Real People Gone Raw

Passionate Montreal-based artist and raw foodie Tanya Wood and Halifax photographer Nick Rudnicki have teamed up to create Raw Beauty 2011: a Calendar featuring 13 Real People Gone Raw. These real subjects bare it all to showcase how delicious and beautiful life can be when you eat a little more raw.
  • makes the perfect gift for the health enthusiast or raw vegan
  • was created with the planet in mind
  • includes delicious healthy quick raw recipes
  • meet 13 real people who’ve gone raw and love it.
  • join the health craze that will make you radiant at any age
  • move into 2011 ready for a little more raw
Each month features the natural un-airbrushed beauty of one of 13 volunteer models, tastefully posing with seasonal produce. Inside you’ll find a short model’s story along with easy to prepare raw vegan recipes. Using only basic kitchen tools and easy to find ingredients, these recipes make for a simple introduction to raw food and encourage the extremely eco-conscious act of eating a more raw seasonal diet.

Printed on 100% FSC approved and 50% post-consumer paper using 100% vegetable inks, this calendar was created with the planet in mind. The printing and production was kept local to minimize shipping emissions.

This gift would be perfect for the health enthusiast on any holiday list, or for someone who could use a bit of healthy inspiration in 2011. And it’s certainly perfect for that impossible to buy for raw foodie! Help them start off the New Year on the road to increased energy, clear skin, sparkling eyes, healthy weight, and peace of mind. Share a taste of raw food for perfect age defying health and beauty this New Year.

For more information or to place an order, go to:

So you can have beautiful people on your wall, with some raw vegan recipes to try all while keeping track of your day-to-day activities. Sweet!

And if you’re looking for more green ideas, check out the great list my friend, Mommy Is Green put together.

Now, get ready. My next post will involve a giveaway – one perfect for the holidays.


Time to Eat!

>> Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Remember when I brought up copyrights? Well, a blogger friend emailed me recently about another blogger plagiarizing her. Tsk tsk.

Awhile back, my friend had written a review about a product she used and then went onto host a giveaway for said product. The naughty blogger recently reviewed (I use the term loosely here) the same product but interestingly enough, her review was nearly identical to my friend’s. When called on the carpet about it, Naughty Blogger denied it all – denied plagiarizing, denied knowing my friend or her blog, etc. My friend noticed she had one less GFC follower and Twitter follower shortly thereafter. Hmm... Naughty Blogger ended up changing some of the language after the fact but there’s still some wording that’s obviously the same. Interesting she would change anything if her claims of innocence are right.

While I don’t feel it’s my place to out publicly* the suspect and/or the victim here it does make me angry enough to say something, even if it's been said before. I highly doubt any of you reading this would ever steal from someone else’s blog knowingly (pics, text or anything else). And based on some of the comments on my copyright post, a few of you have had experience with this very issue. It amazes me that this goes on still. So blatant too. I get how pics get stolen but not text. Especially in the case of my friend where their connections are similar and would likely cross. *I also believe (assume) that most of you wouldn’t know who this naughty blogger is anyway.

I know I just talked about this but couldn’t help saying something again in defense of my friend. But what’s done is done though and hopefully Naughty Blogger learned her lesson of not stealing from others’ blogs (and hey, maybe actually use the product provided to give an honest review).

All done now…moving on…

It’s Thanksgiving people! Can you believe it?! This year is just flying by. I love this time of year though – the holidays, the food, the craziness. All I care about is stuffing. :) What are your favorite eats? Are you traveling this year? I’m staying home!

I am trying to do some prepping beforehand because it’s hard cooking/cleaning with a young one running around and working in naps in between it all. Hubby will end up doing most of the cooking so I’m just trying to help out where I can. But anyway, it’s a fun time and especially so now that YS2 is older.

We actually had some snow here – it’s so pretty (no pics, sorry)! I know, anyone outside the PNW would laugh at our snowstorms and I do too sometimes but in our defense we are barely above sea level so we’re not used to extreme temperatures plus we have hills galore. And the snow here is wet heavy stuff that turns to ice but it’s true the city pretty much freaks when one snowflake is spotted. Ha ha! But it really was/is pretty (hasn't melted yet). I hope we have a white Christmas, too.

You’ll want to check back in a day or two for a fun giveaway to jump start the holiday season but until then, hope you have fun and safe Thanksgiving!


Reviews - 4 for 1

>> Friday, November 19, 2010

I recently received a few things from my friends over at CSN Stores. You know the ones who’ve got everything under the sun from kids backpacks to couches to blenders for you to choose from? Time for some holiday shopping! Personally, I don’t start until after Thanksgiving but that’s just me…

I assigned myself the task of choosing something for our home and it was hard narrowing it down since there are so many things I would love. But I finally was able to decide on three things, which I will review here today.

First up, a kitchen magnet. Not for the fridge but for our knives. Currently, we have a knife block but since we don’t have much counter space to begin with this just takes away more space plus it looks like bulky ugly clutter when crowded between a juicer and a food processor. So out it went and up goes the magnet bar by Mundial.

It’s so great freeing up a little extra counter space and I love how handy it is. It’s strong both in the wall and for the knives; the magnets themselves are just strong enough to hold all of our knives from small to large. I quickly got used to grabbing a knife from the mag bar plus it seems it will be better in the long run at keeping them sharp. I always seem to bang the knives when putting them back in the block. It seems more sanitary too.

Bottom line: I highly recommend a magnet bar for your kitchen knives.

The second thing I got is a Cuisinart spice and nut grinder. I guess the space I cleared up from the knife block was meant for this little guy. Actually, it’s smaller than the knife block and cuter so it’s all good.

We have a little coffee grinder, which has been a good tool but it’s tricky to clean since it’s all one piece and the lid is cracked. With the Cuisinart, the container is removable and dishwasher safe. Woo hoo! Easy to use too – just put your spices or nuts in the container, put the lid on, push down and whirrrrr! We love using fresh cinnamon and cumin (although, not together – ew) and other spices for our recipes. So fresh and much more fragrant too. Oh and it comes with a separate lid for storage. Now it just needs an extra container and we’ll be set. Actually, the only negative I can think of with this is that it doesn’t come with its own cleaning brush. Our old coffee/spice grinder did but this doesn’t. It would be handy when cleaning the big lid as spices get trapped. So that would be my one complaint/suggestion to the Cuisinart folks, otherwise, very handy and I’m glad I have a new grinder.

finely ground cinnamon - yum!

The third thing I got was for YS2. A Melissa & Doug pets mix n’match wooden peg puzzle. I should’ve taken pictures BEFORE he started putting these in his mouth as you’ll see some edges are worn away (I actually try not to let him eat them). This puzzle is geared for kids ages 2 and up but he’s 18 months old so close enough with me watching him. He can easily pick up each puzzle piece by the peg with his chubby fingers and he’s starting to catch onto which way the puzzle piece goes. He has fun taking out each piece then trying to put them back. It’s funny, shortly after he received this puzzle we got another M&D puzzle from a friend – he loves them both!

My last review is of CSN Stores. My experience with them this time and in the past has been favorable. My orders have been correct so I received exactly what I ordered and I received them promptly even when opting to ship economically (aka slow). I did learn through this last experience since I ordered three different brand items that they come from places. But all shipments arrived safely (well-packaged) and on time.

I’d be interested in your thoughts if you’ve had any experience with these items or brands I reviewed today, if so, please feel free to share in comments.

Disclosure: I was provided by CSN Stores an online gift card excluding shipping costs. The products I reviewed were of my own choice so that means my reviews and experiences with each one are 100% honest and my very own. Your opinions and experience may differ.


Thanks, and some ramblings

>> Monday, November 15, 2010

Howdy kids!

I wanted to say thanks for all the comments and compliments on my last post. Your comments mean a lot to me and I’m thankful for each one. Not just on that post but all posts. Normally, I enjoy replying back to each one but unfortunately, my time didn’t allow me to so that’s why I wanted to thanks to all of you here and now. How’s that for timing with Thanksgiving around the corner? Ha ha! But I am being serious. You all are the best! (source)

Kinda sad though that Halloween came and went, dontcha think? I always feel bad for Thanksgiving. It comes and goes even quicker, like hurry-up-and-eat-clear-the-dishes-so-we-can-get-out-the-Christmas-decorations-and-shop-all-the-crazy-sales! Ugh. I do celebrate Christmas but I don’t like being rushed through the holidays, let alone anything else. One local radio station is already playing holiday music round the clock (totally serious – it’s 24 hours, non-stop – I have caught myself singing along so I can’t really complain all that much) and one house I passed last week had their tree up with lights ON! Seriously folks? One holiday at a time, please.

Busy times! With work, upcoming holidays and well, life in general, days seem to morph into one another and there never are enough hours in the day to fit it all in. Probably for all of you, too, I bet. It’s the reason for not being by many of your blogs lately or consistently. Sometimes all I do is lurk.

And hey, if you would be so kind as to install an email subscription for your blogs that would be great. I like subscribing and getting emails…sometimes it’s just easier for me to keep up since I don’t do Google reader much. Well, like never. Just a thought... :)

I’ve been trying to be a big girl these days by trying to like mushrooms again. Yeah, yeah I don’t like ‘shrooms. They typically taste like dirt and the texture is all wrong plus they’re a fungus. What’s to like, huh?

crimini (source)

Anyway, there was a time in my distant past when I loved mushrooms. I think we usually had the button mushrooms and I liked them marinated. Not sure I ever liked them raw but I remember not having issues with ‘shrooms in general. Somewhere along the way though I developed a serious disdain for them (see above). I’m not sure if I had a bad experience one day or was easily influenced or simply no longer liked them but it must’ve been traumatic enough that the memory or timing of it is locked away in the dungeon of my brain.

chanterelle (source)

Sam loves ‘shrooms but doesn’t have them often until recently so he’s picked up some criminis and then today, some chanterelles. My verdict? Criminis were pretty good. I didn’t looove them but I kept my gag-factor in check. The texture I could handle, too. However, the chanterelles, I must confess, I thoroughly enjoyed. Very yummy. I wasn’t diggin’ the texture (less so with these than the criminis) but the flavor wasn’t like dirt at all. I would eat these again and just ignore the texture.

See? Big girl. Proud of me?

Speaking of pride though, uh, my lil one? You know, YS2. He loves nooch! I knew he liked it because he loves my cheesy hummus with brown rice noodles. The love I’m talking about is dump some on the tray of his highchair and he dips a chubby finger in it and licks it clean. Good boy! You make mama proud!

By the way, you know how I was reading The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo? Well, I finished a week or so ago. It was hard to put down! I don’t know many people I’d recommend this to though due to the subject matter (and you know how I feel about reading it to little kids – a big FAT NO) but I don’t think I’ll be seeing the movie after all. Some visuals I can do without and having this book played out before my eyes might send me running for cover. Too disturbing. I’ll probably read the two other books in the series but will pass on the movies. Any of you like this?

Oh and today I found out from Kelly I won her soy candles giveaway. I'm so excited about that! Thanks Kelly!

Thanks for listening to my many ramblings (sometimes I just have to get it out) and hope you have a good week!


Finally, some pics

>> Friday, November 5, 2010

Finally, I'm posting some pictures from YS2's first "real" Halloween. Okay, technically this is his second Halloween but he was too little last year to go trick or treating but you can see pics of his fireman's costume here. Awww! Not really a costume but close enough.

Anyway, here he is this year dressed as The Poky Little Puppy from the Golden Seal children's books. Personally, I don't remember reading that book as a kid but Caleb loves it! And just about every other book out there. :)

Trick or treat!

It's always story time

running around like a puppy (on two legs)

Um, please excuse the scary lady pictured with the cute puppy. That would be me and I wasn't exactly camera-ready but it was Halloween so I got to be scary-looking by default. ha ha!

It was hard getting pics of this active boy in full costume (there's a tail you can't see) - I mean, getting the hat on involved trickery. There were mittens and booties that looked like paws. Believe it or not, I managed to get the booties on (one fell off during our candy rounds) but the mittens were a no way jose! It's funny but once the hat went on he didn't seem to mind it. Usually he's pulling hats off.

I took him around the 'hood to score his load (thankfully awesome weather) while hubs stayed home and waited for trick-r-treaters. Not sure we had any. Ugh. That means candy hanging around. Anyway, Caleb had fun knocking on doors once he got the hang of it. Maybe next year he'll actually say, "trick or treat!"

He had fun in his costume and going door-to-door even if he didn't quite get what Halloween was all about. And thankfully, he doesn't know candy yet so I was able to take that to work and give it away. This mama doesn't need it either.

Happy weekend!


Copyrights, the Web, and You

>> Thursday, November 4, 2010

Have any of you been following or heard about the Cooks Source backlash? I'll tell ya, I'm not (or wasn't) familiar with Cooks Source until today when I saw some angry tweets going on about them. And on facebook I guess there's even more (haven't looked myself - I got the jist).

Apparently, Cooks Source (now being referred to as Crooks Source) did a big no-no. And that is they lifted content from other sources and posted to their magazine. Based on the tweets I've seen, there's been more than one source. They believe this okay. That ANY and ALL info posted to the internet is "public domain."

You can read here where and why this all started (quick read): http://illadore.livejournal.com/30674.html

Wow is all I gots to say! Seriously, who in their right mind thinks it's okay to lift material from someplace, even leaving the author's name in place, and reworking the content and posting WITHOUT permission? This isn't a recipe they reworked but an actual article. I'm floored by the response Monica received from the editor of CS.

They're obviously getting slammed on their website too because I haven't been able to access it.

Hopefully after this fiasco the editor and staff at CS know that not everything posted to the internet is up for grabs to use as they see fit.

And in case you're wondering yourself about copyright laws here's a good link.

Have you heard about this story?
What do you think of this?
Have you had any experience in this regard?

This post was just a quickie. I'll be posting Halloween pics soon!


WINNER: Trek Light Gear Hammock

>> Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Thanks to all who tweeted, facebooked, and ultimately entered this fabulous giveaway for a double hammock plus rope kit from Trek Light Gear.

And big big thanks to TLG for their generosity in sponsoring this awesome prize.

Now the moment you've been waiting for:

the winner of Trek Light Gear's hammock is....
89. Heather R
I subscribe to Trek Light’s newsletter
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Congrats Heather! I will contact you by email and you'll have 48 hours to respond before another random winner is chosen.

Thanks again to all participants and TLG!


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