New York Times bestselling author, slow cooking expert and mommy blogger next door
  • Subscribe to newsletter
  • Follow me on Pinterest
  • Follow me on Twitter
  • Become a fan on Facebook
  • Follow me on Google Plus


Lilla Rose Hair Clip Review and GiveAway!

Friday, March 27th, 2015 by Stephanie O'Dea

lilla rose happy friday giveaway


4/4/2015: this giveaway is now over. Thank you to all who entered — a winner will be randomly selected and will be notified via email.


I am thrilled that it’s finally Friday.

We’ve had a Monster Cold this week, and I think it’s finally on it’s last legs. Thank goodness.

There’s nothing more pitiful than listening to a middle-of-the night chest cough —

I have a great give away for you today. Have you heard of Lilla Rose? I hadn’t until Melanie emailed me and asked if I’d like to try out ... [Read more]

Smile Brilliant Review and GiveAway!

Thursday, January 8th, 2015 by Stephanie O'Dea



This contest is now over. A winner will be randomly selected and notified via email. Thank you! –steph


It’s the beginning of the brand new year, and that means it’s time to better yourself.


Isn’t that what we’re supposed to be doing? We’re supposed to exercise, sleep more, give up sugar, stop eating nachos every night at 9pm while binge-watching The Good Wife (wait, is that just me?), and all in all just BE BETTER.

It can be kind of exhausting,which is why most New Year’s Resolutions have already been discarded.

But. If your New ... [Read more]

$500 GiftCard GiveAway from Peapod Grocery Delivery

Friday, December 5th, 2014 by Stephanie O'Dea
How Slow Cooking Helps with The American Dream


I just returned from the BlogHer PRO annual conference. And by “return,” I mean that I returned to my coffee-splattered desk at the back of the house and I returned to pajama pants and fuzzy slippers.

But! For TWO WHOLE DAYS I wore “big girl clothes” and “big girl shoes” and made conversation with real actual adults and we didn’t talk about carpool or band practice or whether or not we remembered to move the gosh darn Elf on the Shelf.

It was wonderful.

While I was listening to the speakers, I started thinking about what I ... [Read more]

Jord Wooden Watch and Jamberry Nail Wrap GiveAway!

Friday, November 7th, 2014 by Stephanie O'Dea

jord watch and jamberry nail wraps


This contest is now over. Thank you to all who entered! Winners will be notified via email. thank you again! steph


It’s Friday! We made it!!

Item #1  Jord Watch, a Wooden Watch — 1 Winner

I have a fantastic prize package today with 3 winners. I was contacted by Jord Watch a few weeks ago to test out a wooden watch. I don’t normally wear watches, but instead rely on my phone to tell

But part of my New Year’s Resolution for this past year (which is almost ... [Read more]

Hamilton Beach Slow Cooker and Lid Pocket GiveAway!

Monday, November 3rd, 2014 by Stephanie O'Dea

ham beach set n forget

This contest is now OVER. Thank you to all who entered! Winners will be contacted through email. Stay tuned for more fun stuff! — steph



It’s November, which means it’s time to get ready for the upcoming winter Holidays, and it’s time to get serious about gift-giving!

I have a fantastic giveaway for you today. I’ve written before how much I love the Hamilton  Beach Set n’ Forget slow cooker. It has all of the features I look for in a slow cooker: it’s programmable, it cooks evenly, ... [Read more]

$100 KOHL’S Gift Card Give Away

Wednesday, July 9th, 2014 by Stephanie O'Dea




This contest is now over. Congratulations to Sarah, who was randomly selected to be our winner! Thank you for playing along at home, and have a wonderful weekend. — steph

Who likes FREE MONEY?

Me! I do!

I was contacted a few weeks ago by a rep from Kohl’s who asked me to write about their new Summer Collection. I opted to not receive payment but instead am passing the $100 gift card along to a lucky winner. YAY for you!

I really like Kohl’s. This summer I seem to be living in sun ... [Read more]

Benissimo Oils GiveAway!

Friday, June 6th, 2014 by Stephanie O'Dea

benissimo oils

 This contest is now over. A Winner has been randomly selected and notified via email. Thank you for playing along!! -steph

HAPPY FRIDAY!!  I have a great giveaway for you today — an absolutely lovely care package from Benissimo Oil by Hongar Farms.


These olive oils and vinegars aren’t something you’ve had before — the levels of flavors remind me of a wonderful Italian restaurant that I used to go to as a teenager. I’d order a house salad for about $7 and then sit and eat basket after basket of ... [Read more]

Enter to Win an Avalon Bay Ice Machine (AB-ICE26)!

Thursday, May 22nd, 2014 by Stephanie O'Dea

enter to win a new avalon bay ice machine

{please refer to my disclosure policy — this post most likely contains affiliate links. thank you! steph} This contest is now over. Thank you to all who entered! Our grand prize winner was Nancy! Nancy, check your email!! –steph


Is it Friday yet?


I have a wonderful giveaway for you today. I have a brand new counter-top ice machine by Avalon Bay:  the  Avalon Bay (AB-ICE26) which has turned into one of my newest most favoritest toys.

I live in kind of an old house. It’s ... [Read more]

Hatchery Gift Box Subscription Give Away!

Tuesday, May 6th, 2014 by Stephanie O'Dea

hatchery gift box

 This giveaway is now over. Thank you to all who entered!!!! steph

our lucky winners were:

Grand Prize: Lisa P.   ///  Runner Ups:  Kelli S., Magreen, Nikki C., Maryann D.


This is a GREAT give away — and just in time for Mother’s Day. You deserve to get something fun in the mail each and every month, and this new subscription for the foodie in your life (or for YOU) is absolutely perfect.

Hatchery is a gourmet food company that has beautifully wrapped gift boxes containing specialty olive oils, mustards, tapenandes, seasoned ... [Read more]

365 Slow Cooker Suppers and Totally Together Planner giveaway!

Wednesday, April 23rd, 2014 by Stephanie O'Dea

ttj and 365 book pic


This contest is now over. Thank you to all who entered!!  More fun stuff is on the way. thank you for playing along!! — steph The winners of this giveaway were randomly selected, and emails sent to: Your 5 winners on “365 Slow Cooker Suppers and Totally Together Planner giveaway!” are: 1) joanne marion 2) MARSHA LUTHER 3) LeeAnn T 4) Davina Spafford Stuart 5) Dorothy Sparks





We haven’t had a giveaway in pretty much forever and I wanted to get this page up and running with a giveaway in time for Mother’s Day.

I love Mother’s ... [Read more]