Monday, April 15, 2013

Big giveaway: Peek Plus Monitor by Summer Infant

After not posting pretty much all last week I am back today with an big giveaway.  You will love what I am about to share with you...seriously, this product looks so awesome I am temped to buy one for myself.  

Some of you might have heard of the new online magazine, Daily Mom, that just launched last month. It's an amazing resource of posts and articles for the modern woman and mom. Imagine Pinterest worthy posts with useful information about all aspects of life - from parenting to beauty, fashion, green living, health, fitness, and more. Once you visit Daily Mom, you will be hooked - jumping from one post to another.

It's probably no surprise that I love reading mom blogs, it's where I get great advice and learn about awesome products.  The Managing Editor, Elena, is also the writer/creator of The Art of Making a Baby blog, which happens to be one of my favorite mom blogs out there.  I've been reading it since Elena was in her first trimester with baby Lexi.  She finds the best products and I always trust her recommendations because she researches everything extensively.  She is also big into natural living and toys/products free of chemicals and toxins and I have recently been moving in that direction. The information she provides is invaluable.  All of that great information and advice is also throughout Daily Mom, it is definitely an awesome resource.

I have partnered with Daily Mom to host one of their giveaways as a part of an extensive 50 Days of Giveaways campaign to celebrate their launch. For 50 days, they will be giving away one awesome prize a day to thank their new readers. So today we're giving an opportunity for one lucky reader to win a Peek Plus Monitor by Summer Infant.
Being able to peek in and check on your baby while they are sleeping is the ultimate parent anxiety relief. Sometimes you just want to look at them and know that they are still peacefully sleeping, or quietly playing. What about if you're a working Mom? What if you could check in on your napping baby while you're out and a babysitter is home with your little one? Thanks to the Peek Plus by Summer Infant, you can use this technology integrated video monitor to see baby on your phone or even on the web through a password protected log-in site. Be sure to check out their products on their website, and follow their Facebook and Twitter for updates. And of course, enter to win it below. To read what Daily Mom writer, Megan V., thought about the Peek Plus that she uses in her own home, read this feature.
The giveaway will run for a week, and there are only two mandatory entries with many optional ones. All you have to do is follow the directions below in the Rafflecopter widget. This giveaway is open to legal US residents only. And be sure to visit Daily Mom tomorrow to see what new item they are giving away and to enter previous drawings! The prizes range from strollers to high chairs, monitors, diaper bags, fashion items, baby clothing and photography products. There is something for everyone.

Need Help? Do not have a Facebook account to enter? Email Daily Mom staff!
After you've entered the giveaway, be sure to browse Daily Mom and check out some of my favorite posts! I'm loving:


To see a full list of prizes and current giveaways, please visit Daily Mom's Giveaway page.

I'll be back this week with some great recipes for toddlers and parents alike including Asparagus and Tomato Mini Frittata and Peanut Edamame Noodles.  Juliet tried peanut butter for the first time this weekend and absolutely loved it.  I've been cooking a lot lately and loving the longer days with more light.  It allows me to take more photos which means more recipes on the blog.

Have a great Monday everyone!

Saturday, December 31, 2011

Sierra Mist giveaway winner

Thanks to all who participated in the Sierra Mist giveaway, there were some realy awesome recipe ideas!

The winner is AubreyLaine whose recipe idea was:

"Coconut rum and sierra mist!"

Have a wonderful New Years Eve!

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Cranberry kiss mocktail and a Sierra Mist giveaway

I have a fun post for you today that includes mocktails and a giveaway.  Ok, so maybe it would be a bit more fun if the drink was a cocktail, but hey, I haven't had a drink in about 7 months so it's all about the mocktail for me these days.

The Cranberry Kiss mocktail is something I whipped up with the holidays and New Years Eve in mind.  The key ingredient is Sierra Mist Natural, which gives it those festive bubbles! Pretty, aren't they?

Cranberry Kiss (Mocktail)


• 2 oz. Sierra Mist Natural
• 2 ½ oz. cranberry juice
• 1 mint leaf
• Fresh lime juice (about 1/4 of a lime)


1. In a martini shaker, muddle one mint leaf with lime juice

2. Add cranberry juice to the shaker; shake well and strain into a champagne glass

3. Top with Sierra Mist Natural

4. Garnish with three cranberries skewered on a toothpick

Now for the giveaway...Sierra Mist and I would like you to share a creative cocktail/mocktail recipe. One winner will receive a Sierra Mist Natural holiday gift pack which includes:
  • Martini shaker
  • Drink garnish/sugars
  • Party glasses
  • $50 Amex Gift Card (this will come in handy with all those after-the-holiday-sales) or perhaps you are hosting your own New Years Eve party? 
How to enter:

Leave a comment on this post with your own Sierra Mist Natural mocktail/cocktail recipe idea (it doesn't have to be exact...for example, you can write, "I would love a cocktail with Sierra Mist, vodka and a splash of pineapple juice")

I will choose one comment/winner using  Giveaway ends Friday, December 30 at midnight.  The winner will be announced on Saturday, December 31st.  US residents only.

Be sure to check out Sierra Mist on Facebook and submit your recipes on the Sierra Mixolgy tab!!

Disclaimer: I have partnered with Sierra Mist for this giveaway post. They provided me with the prize as well as compensation. The photos, recipe and opinions are my own.

Thursday, October 27, 2011

Starbucks giveaway winner!

Thanks to everyone for participating in the Starbucks giveaway. Based on your comments I can see that you are all just as obsessed with coffee as I am.

The winner is Kristen who said:

"Salted Carmel Mocha, and love to pair it with any type of muffin that has some good streusel topping. Because I'm pregnant I try not to indulge too often but when I get to have a coffee drink it's pretty much heaven to me!!"

Monday, October 24, 2011

Pumpkin bars and a Starbucks giveaway

Every fall I look forward to many things, but at the top of my list is Starbucks fall flavors and any type of pumpkin pastry or dessert. So when Starbucks approached me to do a giveaway I was thrilled and knew my readers would be, too.

Last weekend I made my mom's pumpkin bars and paired them with a hot mug of Starbucks Breakfast Blend coffee. These pumpkin bars are the best, the recipe is written on a worn, old recipe card dating back to the early 80's. Those recipes of my mom's are always the best kind.

The Starbucks giveaway includes four flavors (12 oz bags); Italian, Breakfast, French and House. It also includes 2 boxes of VIA instant coffee (now shown) and a Starbucks mug (value approximately $75). 

Want to win?  Here's how to enter:

- Comment on this post and let me know what your favorite Starbucks drink is during the fall and what you love to pair it with (e.g. the Pumpkin Spice Latte with a big chocolate chip cookie).  Or maybe you live in Florida and can still drink iced coffee.  I don't even use the word "iced" anything until the summer months are upon us in MN again. 

- For a second chance to win, "like" Eat Drink Pretty on Facebook.

- Make sure you leave a separate comment for each entry you make.

- US residents eligible only, the giveaway will close on Wednesday, October 26 at 11:59pm CT. The winner will be announced Thursday.

Don't forget to check out this delicious pumpkin bar recipe.  Yes, that does say 1 cup of oil.  It's a lot of oil....but also makes a ton of bars that are super moist and amazing.  These received a ton of compliments and I would make them again.  And again. And again.

Pumpkin bars with cream cheese frosting


2 cups flour
2 cups sugar
4 eggs
1 cup vegetable oil
1 can pumpkin puree
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon baking powder
2 teaspoons cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon salt

Cream cheese frosting
2 1/2 cups powdered sugar
3/4 stick of butter, at room temperature
4 ounces of cream cheese, at room temperature
1 teaspoon vanilla


Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Spray or grease a cookie sheet.

Combine all the ingredients for the bars and blend well with a hand mixer.  Pour into the cookie sheet and bake for 30 minutes. Let cool.

Combine all the ingredients for the frosting and spread onto the bars.

Thursday, August 4, 2011

Reddi-wip giveaway winner

Thanks so much to everyone who participated in the Reddi-wip giveaway.

The winner is:

Pinkflipflops who commented: "my favorite was the blt sliders and the dessert!" and shared the giveaway on Twitter.

Please send me an email with your name and mailing address.

Happy Thursday!

Monday, August 1, 2011

Reddi-wip giveaway!

I have a fun giveaway for you today sponsored by Reddi-wip. Remember the Hoedown BBQ I hosted last week? This is the last installment of that project and it's a good one!

Reddi-wip sent me a gift as a thank you for the partnership.  They are extending the exact same gift to one of my readers.

It includes:

Reddi-wip coupons
Reddi-wip recipe cards
Picnic basket
Fruit bowl
Cocktail shaker
Cocktail recipe book
Beverage dispenser
$100 Visa gift card

Wow, right?  Here's how to enter to win:

- Check out my Reddi-wip Ulttimate Summer Hoedown BBQ and comment on this post which party detail was your favorite (the hay bales, fried chicken, strawberries on a cloud, guests outfits, etc).   *****Be sure to come back to the giveaway post and comment here, not the hoedown post.

- For a second chance to win, talk about this giveaway on Twitter, linking back to this post and using the hashtag #reddiwip.  Example: "I just entered to win the @eatdrinkpretty #reddiwip giveaway," Make sure you leave another comment on this post letting me know you tweeted.

- US residents eligible only, the giveaway will close on Wednesday, August 3 at 11:59pm CT.  The winner will be announced Thursday.

I look forward to your comments and tweets!

Friday, April 22, 2011

Earth Dinner winner

Thanks so much to everyone for participating in the Earth Dinner giveaway!

The winning comment is number 34, Andrew who "liked" Earth Dinner on Facebook.

Congrats Andrew! Please send an email to eatdrinkpretty{at}gmail{dot}com with your mailing address.

I am heading to North Dakota for the Easter weekend. That means I will have a constant struggle for the next 48 hours on whether or not to ruin my diet with dumplings.

Have a wonderful weekend!

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Earth dinner giveaway

As someone who spends the entire winter dreaming of the day the farmers' market opens in MN, today's giveaway is totally up my alley.  Strolling down Nicollet on Thursdays and Lowertown St. Paul on Saturday mornings is always the highlight of my week in the spring/summer/fall months.  I buy so many fresh fruits and vegetables during my visits at the market that my arms get sore from carrying such a heavy load.  Nothing is more beautiful or tastes better than local, fresh ingredients. 

Today's giveaway is sponsored by Organic Valley, the company behind the Earth Dinner program.  Founded in 2004, Earth Dinner is about celebrating the Earth, one meal at a time.

As told by the folks behind the Earth Dinner program:

The Earth Dinner is a joyful, animated, and inspiring theme dinner party held at least once a year, connecting people to the earth, their food, and each other. It can be as planned or as spontaneous as you like. At its core Earth Dinner is a chance to highlight local, seasonal and organic cuisine—and most importantly, to have meaningful conversation about food, farming and our connection with the Earth.

There are three tenets to a successful Earth Dinner, no matter the style, size or season:

1. Use as many local, seasonal and organic ingredients as possible
2. Know the “story” behind the food you're eating: Who grew it? Where did it come from? How was it produced?
3. Have meaningful discussion about your connection to food, farming and the earth, and why it matters.

To learn more about the Earth Dinner program check out their website and Facebook page.

Enter to win your chance to host your own Earth Dinner with the following package:

1) One Year’s Worth of Free Organic Valley Products in the form of 52 free-product coupons ($520 value)
2) 4 Earth Dinner Books
3) An Organic Valley reusable, packable shopping bag for carrying all those delicious Organic Valley goodies.

There are Earth Dinner events happening all over, click here to find one near you.

To enter all you have to do is "Like" Earth Dinner on Facebook and leave a comment on this post telling me you did so. 

For additional entries you can also:
  • Comment on this post and share a memorable food story
Eligible to US residents only.

The winner will be chosen at random (using The giveaway will end on Thursday, April 21 at 11:59pm CT. The winner will be announced on Earth Day!

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Shabby Apple dress giveaway winner

Thanks to everyone for participating in the Shabby Apple dress giveaway.

The winner is Alycia of Crowly Party who said:

"I have seriously been drooling over this citrus dress since it came out! SO EXCITED :) *crossing my fingers!*"

Send an email to eatdrinkpretty{at}gmail{dot}com so we can connect!


Friday, March 11, 2011

Giveaway: a lovely Shabby Apple dress

Eat Drink Pretty is not a fashion blog, as you may have noticed. Let's just say that while I have plenty of creativity in some areas, fashion isn't one of them. I'm not a total nerd or anything when it comes to dressing myself, but I'm no fashion guru, either.

Despite all that, I definitely know a cute dress when I see one, and Shabby Apple has no shortage of them. Today I am excited to giveaway this adorable "Cider" dress.  Shabby Apple carries a bunch of pretty women's dresses as well as maternity dresseslittle girl's dresses and accessories

How to enter:

- "Like" Shabby Apple on Facebook.  Comment on this post letting me know you did.  
- Head over to Shabby Apple and choose from the women's dresses or maternity dresses.  Leave a comment on your favorite dress and what occasion you would wear it to.  I personally love the Ming style!
- Eligible to US residents only.

Shabby Apple is also offering Eat Drink Pretty readers 10% off any purchase until the end of March, use code "eatdrinkpretty10off". 

The winner will be chosen at random (using The giveaway will end on Tuesday, March 15th at 11:59pm CT. The winner will be announced on Wednesday, March 16th. Good luck and I look forward to your comments!!

Monday, February 28, 2011

Winner of Canary Grey Photography giveaway

Thanks so much to all the fabulous entries for the love shoot session/package by Canary Grey Photography.  I loved reading all your sweet love stories.

The winning comment is comment #2:

Laura said, "Great giveaway and those are amazing photos! If I won, I would bring my husband - we've been together for four years and just got married last summer. He was the big brother's friend that fell in love with the little sister. But don't worry, we're all friends now! :)"

Happy Monday all and I wish you a wonderful week.  Stay tuned for a great line-up of posts and lots of pretty inspiration.

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Giveaway: a love shoot session from Canary Grey Photography

I am thrilled about today's incredible giveaway! As a lover of all things pretty, you can never forget about the amazing photographers who capture it all; the gorgeous details of a wedding, a happy, newly engaged couple, the sweet wrinkles on newborn feet, etc.

If you live in the Twin Cities you may have heard of the talented wedding and lifestyle photographer, Wing Ta of Canary Grey Photography. She is giving away a love shoot session/package to one lucky reader. 

The winner will receive:

- 1.5 hour session
- Online print gallery
- 50+ high res edited images on a disc with copyrights to print

All couples are eligible to win this photo session.  You don't have to be engaged to get with your sweetie and document your love in a fun session.  Maybe you have an anniversary approaching?  Or are you and your partner expecting your first child and have that beautiful glow about you?  Or maybe there is nothing special on the horizon but you would love some great photos of you and your honey.  Keep reading to find out the (easy!) way to enter to win.    

Photo credits to Canary Grey Photography (these will give you a good idea of how fabulous your photos will be if you win this session!)

Canary Grey Photography is based in Minneapolis but is available for travel worldwide.  Spend a bit of time on her website and blog and you will get a taste for her awesome style.  In addition to being a talented photographer, Wing is a totally sweet gal (and gorgeous!). 

When you make a big decision about who to hire to photograph any special moment in your life, it is so incredibly important to have someone that is not only talented, but also cool to be around.  You need someone that will make you feel comfortable and enjoy the session.  And after seeing all of Wing's gorgeous photos you can tell that she does exactly that. 

Be sure to head over to Canary Grey's website and blog to view the hundreds of beautiful images.  You can also connect with her on Twitter and Facebook.

How to enter:

Comment on this post and share a little bit about your own love story. It doesn't  have to be long, I promise, just share who would be your plus one on this photo shoot if you were to win and a quick one or two liner about how you met or your first date or your wedding day or your favorite date spot, etc. 

The photo shoot will take place in the Minneapolis/St Paul area and the winner will be chosen at random (using 

The giveaway will end on Sunday, February 27th at 11:59pm CT. The winner will be announced on Monday, February 28th.  Good luck and I look forward to your comments!!

Friday, February 11, 2011

Happy Friday (plus winner of giveaway!)

{Photo credit: DL Photography via Lemon Sprinkle blog}

Happy Friday!  I hope you all have a fabulous weekend planned.  I will be baking up a storm and having a fun brunch with girlfriends on Sunday.   

Thanks to everyone for participating in the Eye Candy Event Details giveaway!  The winner is:

Barbarabythesea who commented "I "like" them! As for my favorite, I think a whole bunch of them are pretty nice!"

Barbara, please email me so we can get the $50 gift certificate to you. 

Have a wonderful weekend!

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Giveaway from Eye Candy Event Details!

I think it's pretty clear that my readers heart giveaways as much as I do. Today's giveaway is all about fun printables from Eye Candy Event DetailsEye Candy Event Details is giving away a $50 gift certificate to their design shop on Etsy.

Eye Candy Event Details specializes in customized party decor; details that give your event that special touch.  The owner, Laura's motto is "if you can IMAGINE it . . . we can CREATE it!" Eye Candy Event Details does all events - weddings, showers, b-days, any special occasion.  The adorable printables shown in these photos are the "Kiss Me Valentine's Day" collection. 

As told by Laura:

"We love doing 'live' events because it gives us a chance to sit down with the client and bounce ideas off each other to get the vision they wanted. There is NOTHING more rewarding than seeing a client's happy face once they see the finished product - it's the BEST! Design shoppe services include custom invites, printable party packs, DIY decor for events, and logo design."

How to enter to win a $50 gift certificate to Eye Candy Event Details's design shop:
  • "Like" Eye Candy Event Detail's page on Facebook (be sure to comment on this post that you "liked" their page!)
  • Check out their Etsy page and comment on which printable you like best
Eligible to US residents only.

The giveaway will end on Thursday, February 10 at 11:59pm CT. A winner will be chosen at random and announced on Friday, February 11. Good luck and I look forward to your comments!!

Monday, January 31, 2011

Sweet giveaway from Side Dish!

I have a very yummy giveaway for you today from online sweets shop Side Dish.  Laura, the chef and owner behind Side Dish, studied culinary arts in NYC and had also owns a catering company based in Southern Calfornia called Dish Catering.

Side Dish is giving away all these tasty treats (including shipping) to one lucky reader:

1 dozen Chocolate Bouchons (chocolaty brownies)
1 dozen shortbread cookies (lavender or rosemary walnut)
1 dozen truffles (Caramel with sea salt)

These heart-shaped shortbreads are perfect for Valentines Day!  Side Dish also offers french macaroons, fudge and cookies

How to enter:

• Head over to Side Dish and check out all the yummy sweets
• Leave a comment on this post with your favorite item
• Eligible to US residents only

The giveaway will end on Wednesday, February 2 at 11:59pm CT. A winner will be chosen at random and announced on Thursday, February 3. Good luck and I look forward to your comments!!

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Love shoot: Libby and Jason plus a giveaway!

I took engagement photos for my good friends Libby and Jason a few weeks ago on a gorgeous fall day in October.  We had a blast hanging out at the apple orchard, wandering up and down rows of apple trees and drinking apple cider.  Libby and Jason's wedding is going to be very special as my husband Erik is the best man and I am the matron of honor. 

Caveat, I am not a photographer. I just take photos with a semi-decent SLR. I recently started messing around in Photoshop (thanks Nicole!) but still have so much to learn. Also, when is there time to edit photos? I need about 4 more hours in each day.

This rustic branch heart has made other appearances.  Remember Libby and Jason's engagement party I hosted a month ago? 
These two are a great couple, always laughing and having fun.
I love these photos surrounded by juicy, red apples.  Of course I was armed with plenty of props for this shoot.

And now for the giveaway!
I am giving away 2 sets of 2 "general fair" tickets to the Independent Wedding Fair in Minneapolis, MN.  The fair consists of hand-selected wedding professionals taking place at the Varsity Theater on Sunday, November 14th.  The general fair tickets are valid from 1pm - 3pm and each set is valued at $30. 

Visit for all the details plus the vendor list. 

Are you planning a wedding, have a friend/sister/daughter/etc that is planning her wedding or just love weddings?  Here's how to enter to win:

1.  Comment on this post about your favorite aspect of wedding planning.  Or if you are not planning a wedding but would like to win these tickets for a friend comment on what your favorite aspect of a wedding is.
2.  Must be a Minnesota resident to be eligible.
3.  Contest will end Thursday at 11:59pm CT and a winner will be chosen at random using 

I look forward to your comments!  Good luck!

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Sweet Treats Party Boutique giveaway!

{Photo credits: Sweet Treats Boutique}

I am super excited for today's giveaway because it is for the ladies (or gentlemen) that love to bake.  There is not a lot I'd rather do on a Sunday morning then sip a mug of coffee while I bake muffins or scones.  There is something stress relieving about being in the kitchen, creating something from scratch.  It's really satisfying and I LOVE it!

This giveaway is sponsored by Sweet Treats Party Boutique for a $50 gift certificate.

As told by Elisa, Sasha and Erin, owners of Sweet Treats Party Boutique:

"Sweet Treats Party Boutique, established in 2009 is a small online baking boutique that features cupcake accessories and party printables. We are three sisters that love family, baking and all things fabulous and hope that our products will inspire the baking goddess in everyone!

We have always enjoyed spending time together in the kitchen, along with some cafe con leche of course and encourage others to do the same! It's easy and anyone can make delicious desserts that look fabulous too!

Our mission is to provide quality products that accessorize your baking. After all, everything tastes better with style!"

I adore their products, especially the cupcake wrappers and baking cups. Be sure to enter for your chance to win $50 worth of their great products. 

How to enter:

•  Head over to Sweet Treats Party Boutique and check out their baking accessories and party printables
•  Leave a comment on this post with your favorite item
•  Eligible to US residents only

The giveaway will end on Sunday, October 10th at 11:59pm CT. A winner will be chosen at random and announced on Monday, Ocrtober 11th. Good luck and I look forward to your comments!!