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Lilla Rose Hair Clip Review and GiveAway!

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

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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 a new type of hair clip.

These are BEAUTIFUL hair clips — and not like any I’d ever seen before.

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I have rather thick hair, and have been known to pop hair elastics and break metal hair clips. Melanie thought that I’d like how easy-to-use the Lilla Rose hair clips are, and how they will hold even the most stubborn-to-hold hair.

The best part for me is that there are no metal parts that bend on a hinge — so you have no risk of losing chunks of hair in the clasp. The patented clasp simply wiggles into place under the loop — it’s quite clever!

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And SO VERY PRETTY. It really is hair bling — you can throw this on and do a simple tie back, or an updo, and have a put-together look, effortlessly.

I think the pricing is extremely fair — these are absolutely lovely and are packaged beautifully. I think they make fantastic gifts, too, for any upcoming birthday or Mother’s Day presents.

If you’d like to place an order, do so through This Link and make sure that Melanie’s name is on the order form so she gets the credit.


Melanie has graciously donated a hair clip to a lucky winner!

To enter your name into the giveaway, simply leave a message in the comment box.

You can enter multiple times, if you follow Lilla Rose on twitter

or facebook


Just be sure to leave me another comment for each entry so I can make sure that you are counted properly.


A winner will be randomly selected next Friday, April 3rd at 5pm Pacific. 



I entered the @LillaRose hair clip #giveaway @StephanieODea, and you should too! Hair clip bling for everyone! “Tweet: I entered the @LillaRose hair clip #giveaway @StephanieODea, and you should too! Hair clip bling for everyone!


Good luck to all, and thank you again to Melanie and to Lilla Rose!





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 Year’s Resolution this year was to look younger and finally get your teeth whitened, you’re in luck. Because whitening your teeth? You can TOTALLY DO IT FROM THE COUCH while binge-watching The Good Wife.


I was offered a free trial of Smile Brilliant’s Professional Whitening System for review and I have another pack (value $139) for a giveaway item.

This is kind of a cool system — in order to whiten your teeth, you first need to make a mold of your teeth. I like that each kit is customized for each and every mouth — this really gets the whitening gel into the nooks and crannies. Since I had just whitened my teeth the boring way (strips) not all that long ago, I decided that Adam could really use some whiter teeth.

He actually wasn’t all that happy with me deciding that he needed whiter teeth. I’ve got to work on my delivery.

Anyway, I made the form mixture and had him bite into it. I dropped the mold into the padded pre-addressed and pre-paid envelope that comes with each kit and a few days later we had beautifully crafted silicone trays that fit his teeth perfectly.

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The kit comes with 3 tubes of desensitizing gel, and 3 tubes of teeth whitening gel. The idea is to use the desensitizing gel first for about 20-30 minutes, and then follow-up with the whitening gel.

You can use the whitening gel anywhere from 30 minutes up to 3 hours. You’ll drool a lot — keep a towel handy.

I like that this is a one-time thing. Yes, 3 tubes of each came, but unless your teeth are quite dark and stained, most surface stains from coffee and wine will be removed after just one application. I can see using this about every six months or so for maintenance.

The one-time thing is important, because with the whitening strips on the market, you really do have to plan in advance if you have an event or special occasion coming up. It would take the full 7-10 days of the strips to get the level of whitening that Smile Brilliant is able to achieve in just one sitting.

That’s completely worth the price for me — and while the kit costs a bit upfront, the $139 price includes 3 applications and the refills are available on the website. (warning, there is a live chat that pops up when you look at their website that’s kind of annoying).

NOW. This is where anybody NORMAL would insert a before and after photo of their teeth. And if I did it myself, I’d include this.

BUT. I married Adam, and Adam is not all that into posting photos of his teeth on the internet. So you’re just going to have to take my word for it that it works.


Are you ready for a giveaway? I have one set (value $139.95) of the Smile Brilliant Professional Teeth Whitening System to giveaway to you today.

This giveaway will be open for 10 days — I’ll close it on Monday, January 19th at 5pm Pacific.

To enter, simply leave a comment below — if you’ve tried teeth whitening products in the past, I’d love to hear your stories — but that’s up to you!

If you’d like to garner an additional entry, you can by signing up on Smile Brilliant’s website

Happy 2015! xoxo steph

Jord Wooden Watch and Jamberry Nail Wrap GiveAway!

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

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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 over, sigh) was to become “more of a grown-up”, and it appears that Real Grown Ups wear watches.

I love this watch. It’s bigger than something I’d pick out on my own, but that’s because I absolutely stink at knowing what works fashion-wise and what doesn’t. It’s absolutely PERFECT and classy and is definitely a Statement Piece. I needed to go get it sized at the watch place in the mall — and I’m glad I did that rather than fool around with a mini screwdriver on my own — the watch is super well-well made and I would have messed it up.

This is probably one of the nicest pieces of jewelry I own, outside of my wedding ring.

Paul, from Jord Watch has graciously agreed to give away a Jord Watch to one of you, too, so we can be Twinnies!

He said that a winner will receive a $129 gift certificate to pick out a watch and also receive Free Shipping.

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This is the one that I picked out, but their website has quite a few options. The gift certificate is for $129 though — if you’d like a fancier one, you’ll have to pay the difference.

If you are looking for a Holiday present for a special someone this year (or you are shopping for yourself, because HEY, you deserve something cool!) I’d highly recommend Jord Watch. The watches are so very well made, and are really very cool looking.


ITEM # 2 — Jamberry Nail Wraps Set — 2 Winners

As I mentioned up above, I’ve been trying to be More Grown Up this past year, which means at the ripe age of 38-in-three-weeks I need to really stop biting my nails when I’m nervous or anxious. It’s been a life-long habit, and one that I’m kind of embarrassed about.

I can go weeks at a time without biting, but then something happens and I forget and all of a sudden I’m spitting DNA out all over the living room.

Gee, Steph, that’s a lovely image…

ANYHOW, I get my nails done here and there for special occasions or for when I’m going to be on TV or doing some sort of food demonstration. Which really only means that 4 times a year or so my nails look decent.

ENTER Jamberry Nails.

These things are awesome. If you aren’t familiar, they are Nail Wraps that you attach to clean nails and then use heat (a hair dryer) to get them to adhere. FOR A SUPER LONG TIME.

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What I love about them is that I can be crazy rough on my hands and nails  (here I am after painting the upstairs bathroom):

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but the Nail Wraps stay on and stay looking great. I am definitely the type of person who chips her nails while getting into the car after paying to get them done.  I like that I can wash dishes, garden, open soda cans, etc. and at the end of the day the nail wraps still look pretty darn good.

And they are economical. One sheet of wraps costs about $15 and they are good for 2 manicures AND 2 pedicures, with a few extra strips in case you mess up or need a new one.

that is SUCH a super value.


It’s wonderful!

The colors show up differently on your computer screen than they do In Real Life. My nails above are with Boysenberry — which on screen looks lighter than what it is — which is a perfect deep burgundy, which is awesome for fall.

My friend Jen is a Jamberry Consultant (you know Jen from A Year of Cocktails) and she is happily giving away 2 sets of Jamberry Nail Wraps for you today — each worth $15.

If you are a lucky winner, I’ll get you in touch with Jen to pick out your new wraps! If you aren’t a winner, but would still like to order the wraps, you should! They are fun and make fantastic stocking stuffers!



I have 3 winners that I will select randomly in 10 days — this means that this giveaway will run from today until Monday, November 17 at 5pm pacific.

The first winner randomly selected (I use a software program to pick the winner(s) ) will win a Jord Watch, and the second and third winners will receive a free manicure and pedicure from Jamberry Nail Wraps.

You may gain additional entries by sharing this GiveAway socially on your favorite channels (twitter, facebook, pinterest) —


I entered to win the @woodwatchs_com & Jamberry NailWraps @thecocktailady #giveaway on @StephanieODeaTweet: I entered @woodwatches_com & Jamberry NailWraps @TheCocktailady #givveaway  @stephanieodea



Hamilton Beach Slow Cooker and Lid Pocket GiveAway!

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

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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, the cooking steam/moisture stays in the pot instead of dissipating into the air, and it looks nice on the kitchen countertop.

and? it’s a great price. Amazon regularly sells the Set n’ Forget for about $45.


But that’s not all for this prize package! I also have a Lid Pocket to add to today’s giveaway. The Lid Pocket is a fantastic invention by my friend Vicky Braun. The lid pocket fits on most 3 to 6-quart slow cookers (it doesn’t currently work with the Ninja) and is designed to keep your kitchen countertop clutter-free and drip-free when scooping food from the pot. This is FANTASTIC if you entertain with your slow cookers the way I do. It’s always a challenge to figure out where to keep the lids!

The lid pocket sells on Amazon for $10, or you can order directly from

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The lid pocket simply hooks on to the side of the pot and when you are ready to serve it snugly holds the lid in place. This is a wonderful gift for the slow-coookerer in your life that you think has EVERYTHING — chances are he/she NEEDS this new invention!!


I am happy to have partnered up with Hamilton Beach and Vicky from Lid Pocket to give away a prize package for you today of 1 Hamilton Beach Set n’ Forget, and 1 Lid Pocket to a lucky random winner.

To enter, simply leave a comment in the box below. I will randomly select a winner in 10 days — you have until

Thursday, November 13th (5pm pacific)

to win this contest, and I will allow multiple entries if you Tweet about this post or share on Facebook.


I entered to win the @HamiltonBeach and @LidPocket #GiveAway on @stephanieodea and you should, too! Tweet: I entered the @HamiltonBeach  @LidPocket #GiveAway via @StephanieODea. You should, too!



Good luck, and thank you again to Hamilton Beach and Lid Pocket!


Review and Giveaway! The Lid Pocket Hands-Free Lid Holder for Slow Cookers

Wednesday, December 4th, 2013 by Lisa

Review and Giveaway!  The Lid Pocket Hands-Free Lid Holder for Slow Cookers!  Giveaway at runs 12/4/13 - 12/11/13.

Wednesday, December 11, 2013.  This giveaway is now over.  Thank you for all of your comments and entries!!!  The winner has been randomly chosen and notified by email.  Congratulations Darlene S.!

Have you ever been cooking in your slow cooker, lifted the hot, drippy lid to stir or season your food, and not had a place to set the lid while you’re doing this?  It happens to me all the time.

Lid Pocket to the rescue!  This perfect little piece of plastic does a big, big job!

From the Lid Pocket website:

Product Description

  • Designed for use with slow cookers
  • Holds the slow cooker lid
  • Will accommodate most crock rims when the narrowest part of the rim is .75” or less
  • Fits 3-QT Round to 8-QT Oval Slow Cookers
  • BPA Free
  • Food and dishwasher safe
  • Built-in reservoir collects condensation
  • Stores inside the crock
  • Hands-Free solution when seasoning, stirring or serving
  • Fits the majority of slow cookers


They even have a nice little video on YouTube!


I couldn’t wait to try the Lid Pocket Hands-Free Lid Holder.  What a great idea!  It works perfectly!  I tried it while I was cooking some chili for dinner.

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I loved that when I set the lid in the Lid Pocket, it didn’t drip all over my countertop!

The Lid Pocket can be purchased easily on their website HERE.  This would make a great stocking stuffer for that slow cooker lover or could be paired with a slow cooker and a couple of Stephanie’s books for an awesome gift for that slow cooker newbie!  😉

I am so happy to be able to offer one free Lid Pocket to one very lucky reader!


You may garner additional entries by:

  1. Liking Lid Pocket on Facebook.
  2. Following Lid Pocket on Twitter.
  3. Following Lid Pocket on Pinterest.



This giveaway will run from today (Wednesday, December 4, 2013) until Wednesday, December 11, 2013 at 4pm Pacific Time.


The winner will be notified by email.

Best of luck to all!!!


Lisa Irvine writes at Lisa’s Blogety Blog. You can find her at @Lirvine98 on twitter. If you have an idea for a giveaway, please let her know!

Cyber Monday Giveaway!!! Enter to win ALL FOUR of Stephanie O’Dea’s Books!

Monday, December 2nd, 2013 by Lisa

Cyber Monday Giveaway!!!  Enter to win ALL FOUR of Stephanie O'Dea's Books! Cyber Monday Giveaway!  Enter to Win ALL FOUR of Stephanie O'Dea's Books!

Monday, December 8, 2013.  This giveaway is over.  Thank you so much for your overwhelming response!  You make both Stephanie and I very happy!  :-)

The winner has been randomly chosen and notified by email.  Congratulations Teresa R.!  Happy Holidays and Enjoy!!!

It’s Cyber Monday!  If you are looking for some great books to give as gifts this year, don’t forget about Stephanie’s books!

The gift of  her “Make It Fast, Cook It Slow“,  “More Make It Fast, Cook It Slow” and her newest book, “365 Slow Cooker Suppers” would make that newlywed, busy mom or busy dad smile.   Stephanie’s slow-cooker recipes are so easy and delicious!    You won’t believe all the hot, comforting dinners you can make in your slow-cooker!

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Busy folks and those who are organizationally challenged (like me) will absolutely love “Totally Together: Shortcuts to an Organized Life“.  I personally, cannot live without this book!  Life is so much easier when you have a plan!  You can read my review of thi

s excellent book HERE.

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Please check out all four books HERE on Stephanie’s website.

I am so excited that Stephanie is offering one of each of her four books to one lucky giveaway winner!!!

To enter this great giveaway, PLEASE LEAVE A COMMENT BELOW.


You may garner extra entries by:

  1. Subscribing to Totally Together.
  2. Following @Stephanieodea on Twitter.
  3. Liking A Year of Slow Cooking on Facebook.


PLEASE LEAVE A COMMENT FOR EACH EXTRA ENTRY so that I can count you!!!  Thank you!


This giveaway will run from today (Monday, December 2, 2013) until Monday, December 9, 2013 at 2pm Pacific Time.


The winner will be contacted by email!


Good luck everyone!!!


Lisa Irvine writes at Lisa’s Blogety Blog. You can find her at @Lirvine98 on twitter. If you have an idea for a giveaway, please let her know!


Review and Giveaway! “The 21 Day Sugar Detox” by Diane Sanfilippo, BS, NC

Wednesday, November 27th, 2013 by Lisa

The book everyone is talking about!  Enter to win a copy of "The 21 Day Sugar Detox" by Dian Sanfilippo, BS, NC!  Giveaway at runs 11/27/13 - 12/4/13.

Wednesday, December 4, 2013.  This giveaway is now over.  Thank you for all of your comments!  The winner has been randomly chosen and notified by email.  Congratulations Lili!

Lisa Irvine writes at Lisa’s Blogety Blog. You can find her at @Lirvine98 on twitter. If you have an idea for a giveaway, please let her know!

I’m very excited about today’s giveaway.  Everyone I know has been talking, tweeting and facebooking about this book!

At first, I thought that this probably wouldn’t be a good time to review “The 21 Day Sugar Detox”, by Diane Sanfilippo, with the holidays coming up and all of the yummy holiday food that goes along with this time of year.  Then I thought, what better time to review this book?  We will all know exactly what to do once the holidays are over!

Many people I know suffer from an addiction to sugar.  Full confessional: count me as one of those people.  I’ve been hooked on sugar and carbs ever since I can remember.  My biggest downfall is candy.  Even though I know it’s not good for me, I feel like I need to have something sweet during the day,  just to keep me going!

So, when I heard about “The 21 Day Sugar Detox”, I knew I had to check it out.

Does the name Diane Sanfilippo sound familiar to you?  Her first book, “Practical Paleo” is a 29-week New York Times Best Seller!  You can check out her website, Balanced Bites.

“The 21 Day Sugar Detox” has three different plans to help you lose your sugar cravings.  Each plan, or level, tell you what foods you should eat and what not to eat during your 21 day detox period.  You level is determined by taking a short quiz before you start the program.  Each level has it’s own meal plan with recipes for each of the 21 days.  There are even modifications for pescetarians, pregnant and nursing moms, those who are very active and need more carbohydrates, and modifications for those with autoimmune conditions.

The recipes look delicious!   There is definitely a lot of good things to eat on this plan.  Some of the recipes included are:

  • Pumpkin Pancakes with Vanilla Bean Coconut Butter
  • Buffalo Chicken Egg Muffins
  • Mini Mexi-Meatloaves
  • Italian-Style Stuffed Bell Peppers
  • Seafood & Chorizo Paella


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  There are even some “Non-Sweet Treats” like Vanilla Bean Coconut Freezer Pops, Banana Coconut Ice Cream and Apple Cinnamon Donuts!

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You can purchase “The 21 Day Sugar Detox” easily on!

I am happy to be able to giveaway one copy of “The 21 Day Sugar Detox” to one lucky reader!


TO ENTER THIS GIVEAWAY, PLEASE LEAVE A COMMENT BELOW. You may garner additional entries by:

  1. Liking Balanced Bites on Facebook.
  2. Following Balanced Bites on Twitter.
  3. Following Balanced Bites on Pinterest.



This giveaway will run from today (Wednesday, November 27, 2013) until Wednesday, December 4, 2013 at 4pm Pacific Time.


The winner will be notified by email.


I want to wish everyone a wonderful Thanksgiving and a very Happy Hanukkah!


A Double Review and Giveaway! ThermoWorks Super-Fast Thermapen & Smart Sizzors by AnySharp

Monday, November 25th, 2013 by Lisa

A Double Giveaway!  ThermoWorks Super-Fast Thermapen and Smart Sizzors!  Perfect Stocking Stuffers!!!  Enter to win both at!  Giveaway runs 11/25/13 - 12/2/13.

Monday, December 2, 2013.  This giveaway is now over.  Thanks so much for all of your comments!  Can you believe it’s December already? 

The winner has been randomly chosen and notified by email.  Congratulations Natalie!!!

Lisa Irvine writes at Lisa’s Blogety Blog. You can find her at @Lirvine98 on twitter. If you have an idea for a giveaway, please let her know!

Today I am pleased to be able to giveaway two great products that I think you will like!

First, the ThermoWorks Super-Fast Thermapen!

I have to tell you that I’ve never had good luck with food thermometers.  I’ve never had one that really works.  I’m also a little bit “gadget challenged”.  😉 I’m so glad that I was sent the Thermapen to try!

This is my first digital thermometer and I love it!  It’s so easy to use.  No wondering if the needle is on 160 degrees or 165 degrees. The Thermapen is really Super-Fast too.  No waiting and waiting for the temperature to display.  This is important because you lose less oven heat when you don’t have to have the door open a long time while you’re taking the temperature of your roast!

The Thermapen comes in so many great colors!


This would make an excellent stocking stuffer for that hard-working cook in your family!  :-)

You can purchase the Super-Fast Thermapen and check out some neat videos on the ThermoWorks website!  You can also sign up for their email list!
Next, Smart Sizzors by AnySharp!

All I can say is that these are awesome!   These aren’t your aveSmart Sizzors can cut through the toughest materials, crack nuts, strip wire, crush garlic, open bottles, cut meat, cord fabric and even bone a chicken!




I know exactly how I’m going to use my Smart Sizzors!  You know that crazy, annoying plastic that all of the Christmas gifts are packaged in?  Yup!  The Smart Sizzors will glide right through them!

I really like that these scissors have a nice, soft hand grip.  No cutting into your fingers.

AnySharp Smart Sizzors can be purchased online at the AnySharp Store or at a retailer near you HERE.


I’m happy to tell you that the nice folks at ThermoWorks and AnySharp are offering one free Thermapen and Smart Sizzors to one lucky reader!  That’s right, you will receive both products!


This giveaway will run from today (Monday, November 25, 2013) until Monday, December 2, 2013 at 2pm Pacific Time.


The winner will be notified by email.

Thank you so much for checking in and I look forward to reading your comments!  :-)



Review and Giveaway! Shrek the Musical Deluxe Edition Blu-ray™ and DVD

Wednesday, November 20th, 2013 by Lisa


Enter to win a "Shrek the Musical" Deluxe Edition Blu-ray™ and DVD Combo Pack!  Giveaway at runs 11/20/13 - 11/27/13.

Wednesday, November 27, 2o13.  This giveaway is now over!  Thanks to all of you for your comments!  The 5 winners have been randomly chosen and notified by email.  Congratulations Kathy M., Lu L., Cathi, Jen and Jennifer!

Lisa Irvine writes at Lisa’s Blogety Blog. You can find her at @Lirvine98 on twitter. If you have an idea for a giveaway, please let her know!

I’m very happy to be able to bring you this review and giveaway today!

I was not fortunate enough to catch “Shrek The Musical” on Broadway or even when it came around to our local theatre, so I was glad to see that the musical production was coming out on DVD!

For those of you who haven’t seen the original “Shrek” movie, it’s about an ogre, a donkey, a prince and a fair maiden with a secret.  But the musical version is much, much more than that.  The musical is full of dancing, singing and fun, along with a great message.

I want to share the official press release with you!

LOS ANGELES, CA – The greatest fairy tale never told comes to life as never before in DreamWorks’ Shrek The Musical, the highly acclaimed Broadway production based on the smash-hit movie. Called a “triumph of comic imagination” (Elysa Gardner, USA Today) that “never stints on spectacle or laughs” (David Rooney, Variety), Shrek The Musical received eight 2009 Tony Award® nominations including Best Musical, winning Best Costume Design of a Musical (Tim Hatley) and received a Grammy Award® nomination for Best Musical Show Album.

Featuring a fantasic score of 17 all-new songs, Shrek The Musical was filmed on stage to capture the magic of a Broadway performance and stars an amazing celebrated cast including Brian d’Arcy James (Shrek), Sutton Foster (Fiona), Daniel Breaker (Donkey), Christopher Sieber (Lord Farquaad), and John Tartaglia (Pinocchio). The film was shot live on Broadway with 10 cameras and directed by Michael Warren. Now you can bring the magic of Broadway to your home and get the best seat in the house when the Deluxe Edition Blu-ray and DVD arrives on October 15th!

Fans can join in on the performance with sing along Shrek-tastic songs on the Deluxe Edition Blu-ray™ + DVD + Digital HD or single-disc DVD. And the Deluxe Edition Blu-ray™ goes even deeper into the fairytale’s journey, taking viewers behind-the-scenes to see how the show became a smash hit that “will make your heart dance.” (Cindy Adams, The New York Post).

Shrek The Musical tells the story of a swamp-dwelling ogre who goes on a life-changing adventure to reclaim the deed to his land. Joined by a wise-cracking donkey, this unlikely hero fights a fearsome dragon, rescues a feisty princess and learns that real friendship and true love aren’t only found in fairy tales.

The musical is based on the story and characters from William Steig’s book Shrek!, as well as the DreamWorks Animation film and features a book and lyrics by Pulitzer Prize® winner, David Lindsay-Abaire, music by Olivier Award-winner Jeanine Tesori, and is directed by Tony Award® nominee Jason Moore. Shrek The Musical is produced by DreamWorks Theatricals and Neal Street Productions, Ltd.

The DVD is unrated, however, I think if I were to rate it, I would give it a PG-13 rating.  While it’s ok for the entire family, some of the humor is a little on the “potty humor” side.  For example, the ogre is very, very gassy.  If you have a tween or teen, they will probably love it.  Most of the other adult-aimed jokes will probably go right over a younger viewer’s head.

I think the best part of the movie is the overall message that it is alright to be yourself!

We did have a little trouble loading the Blu-ray disc, which just could be an issue with our player (or operator error), but the DVD loaded just fine.  😉

“Shrek The Musical” is available almost everywhere right now!

The nice folks at DreamWorks sent me FIVE COPIES to giveaway to five lucky winners!


*Please note that this giveaway is only available to those readers with a US mailing address.  Thanks for understanding!

This giveaway will run from today (Wednesday, November 20, 2013) until Wednesday, November 27, 2013 at 4pm Pacific Time.

The winners will be notified by email.

Have a great week and good luck everyone!


Review and Giveaway! Temp-tations Presentable Ovenware by Tara $50 Gift Card

Monday, November 18th, 2013 by Lisa

 Enter to win a $50 gift code to Temp-tations Presentable Cookware!  Giveaway at runs 11/18/13 - 11/25/13.

Monday, November 25, 2013.  This giveaway is now over.  Thank you for all of your comments!  The winner has been randomly chosen and notified by email.   Congratulations, Pat O.!

  Lisa Irvine writes at Lisa’s Blogety Blog. You can find her at @Lirvine98 on twitter. If you have an idea for a giveaway, please let her know!



I can’t believe I am fortunate enough to be hosting another Temp-tations Presentable Ovenware giveaway!  The wonderful people at Temp-tations by Tara are offering one of our readers a $50 gift code, just in time for the holidays!!!

I can’t say enough good things about this cookware!  I have loved every single piece they have sent.  (You can check out my last review HERE.)  This time, I was sent a beautiful set of 3 Floral Lace Nesting Bowls.  I am smitten!

The set includes a 1 qt, 2 qt and 3 qt bowl.  They are freezer, microwave, refrigerator and dishwasher safe and oven safe to 500F.  You can use them as mixing bowls, prep bowls, or for serving right at the table!  Aren’t they pretty?

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They come in eight lovely colors (subject to availability), including Blue, Black, Green, Light Blue, Cranberry, Chocolate, Red and Spice.



Here’s something else really great.  There are some awesome recipes on the Temp-tations website you can use with these bowls!


I really want to try this one…



 Cookie Dough Pie!  Oh my goodness!!!  The recipe is very simple and I plan to try it using gluten-free pie crust and flour.  Yummy!

You can purchase all of Tara’s creations from her online store or from QVC.

I know you are probably anxious to enter to win the $50 gift code so that you can place your order, right?  This gift code is valid on any item on the Temp-tations website!  They have so many wonderful things!

To enter this giveaway, PLEASE LEAVE A COMMENT BELOW.

You may garner additional entries by:

  1. Liking Temp-tations by Tara on Facebook.
  2. Go to the bottom, right-hand corner of Tara’s website and sign up for her NEWSLETTER.




This giveaway will run from today (Monday, November 18, 2013) until Monday, November 25, 2013 at 2pm Pacific Time.

The winner will be notified by email.


Thanks so much for checking in and good luck to everyone!!!