Wednesday, February 1, 2012

February Favorites + a Happy Birthday Give-Away!

Happy February Everyone!  Here are some of my favorite things this month:


1. favorite TV guilty pleasure:  The Vampire Diaries/Pretty Little Liars
It's a real toss-up. I love them both and I'm only a little ashamed to admit it! {photos from cwtv.com and abcfamily.com}

2. favorite lip gloss:  Charlotte Ronson A Perfect Kiss Lip Gloss in Annabelle from Sephora
I'm a sucker for lip gloss, especially lip gloss that makes your lips look like you've been eating cherry popsicles. And the tube is heart-shaped. So cute!

3. favorite place to buy vanilla beans: Vanilla Products USA on eBay
That's right, eBay. Those little bottles from the spice aisle at the grocery store that contain 2 crusty beans and cost $8? That's a racket! Vanilla Products USA has a huge selection at great prices. I use them to make my own extract. Big, nerdy kitchen fun! {photo from igourmet.com}

4. favorite childhood memory spotted at Costco: Ducktales, Talespin, and Rescue Rangers on DVD
I practically screamed out loud when I saw some of my favorite childhood cartoons on DVD at Costco. I couldn't decide which box set to get, so for less than $10 each I went ahead and bought all of them! {photo from amazon.com}

5. favorite cute kitchen thing from Anthropologie: Chalkboard Spice Jars
I fill mine with salt and keep it next to the stove, but I know for a fact that it can also be filled with Swedish Fish (idea via [dandee]). {photo from anthropologie.com}

Now for the even-more-fun part: because I just had a birthday, I've decided to give some of this month's favorite things away to one lucky reader! If you win, you'll get

1 tube of Annabelle lip gloss by Charlotte Ronson,
a little sample of Madagascar Bourbon Vanilla Beans from Vanilla Products USA,
&
1 red-lidded Chalkboard Spice Jar from Anthropologie, filled with a little surprise


The give-away is now closed; thanks for stopping by!
To enter to win, please leave a comment on this post. Please make sure I can get in touch with you if you are the winner (ie, leave your email if it isn't in your profile). The give-away will be open for 1 week; I'll choose a winner next Wednesday, February 8th. Good luck readers!

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94 comments:

  1. Fun!

    clawsonfam at yahoo dot com

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    1. Love it!! I love baking and your blog! ascholten86@yahoo.com

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  2. How fun! Happy belated birthday!

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  3. I would love to win! I must try that lip balm!

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  4. Happy Belated Birthday! Those Chalkboard Spice Jar's are such a great idea!!

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  5. What a sweet thing to do on your birthday and sprinkle a RAK on to someone else!

    Thanks for sharing such cute little things with us! Hope your birthday was Happy!

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  6. ooooh my neighbor makes her own vanilla and i've been wanting to try too-- thank you for the source! xoxo.

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  7. Those jars are just too cute! Love your blog!
    rebeccayoung93@gmail.com

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  8. Im in love with your blog im fixing the carmelitas tonight cant wait !
    calejea1978@yahoo.com

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  9. What an interest, eclectic giveaway! Vanilla beans! I love them. Do you cut up your "used" ones (the ones you have scraped the seeds out of) and bury then in a container of sugar? Vanilla sugar is so good in cakes and cookies. Just replenish the sugar as you use it and give it a stir. The vanilla beans last forever. Happy belated birthday!

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    1. I have vanilla sugar and never remember to use it! Note to self--begin immediately!

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  10. What a collection of fav things. Thanks for offering up a set! Delana - contact info: ddbrad1982@aol.com

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  11. I recently found your blog and am hooked! I think I have shuffled through everything on it at least once and am now going back each day to read entries in detail. Love the spice jars. Happy Birthday.

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  12. The lip gloss is so cute! I'm new to your blog, here from a Carmelitas pin on pinterest, but I like it a lot! Happy birthday!
    kleenexcow@hotmail.com

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  13. I would love to make some vanilla sugar, Thanks!

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  14. What a fun giveaway - those little jars are the cutest! I had to laugh at the Duck Tales DVD, I loved them too :)

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  15. This is such a great idea! I loved the rescue rangers and Duck Tales!

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  16. I was looking at pinterest when I saw the post about carmelitas....Then i came here and found more things i'm gonna want to make....love to win....
    thanks!
    email is houseaholic21@yahoo.com

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  17. The Duck Tales took me back to my childhood, where the VHS crackled because I watched "The Treasure of the Lost Lamp" 10,000 times. Awesome.

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  18. Hi! I started following your blog, after I pinned your Carmelita's on Pinterest! (you totally should've won that contest!). And I really enjoy getting your emails! I love baking and your recipes are all new ideas for me to try! M

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  19. Hope you had a great birthday! I also stumbled across your blog through Pinterest. I made your Carmelitas for a scrapbooking retreat last weekend and they were a GREAT hit! Gonna make a double batch tonite for our superbowl party at work tomorrow! I look forward to making more recipes from your blog! Happy Weekend!!! Jean J
    j_jungling@hotmail.com

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  20. Happy belated birthday! I look forward to reading your blog everyday :-) I try pretty much every recipe you post!
    Mmygem510@aol.com

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  21. I have really enjoyed your blog!
    HaPpY BiRtHdAy!!!!

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  22. Happy Birthday! Thanks for such a great blog! Kim Landon
    email fkland@yahoo.com

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  23. Love your blog and thank you for the giveaway!


    wdra0632@students.spcc.edu

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  24. Well Happy Belated Birthday! And thank you for giving a giveaway in honor of your Birthday, that's so nice of you! Well I can't say I wouldn't love to win...that are loveley things...especially love the jar. I think the lip gloss would get swiped my my niece...I'll have to remember if I win to hide it...lol. Thanks again!

    ColdWater2006@yahoo.com

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  25. That was a wide range of favorite things. Great list. I love lip gloss in every color.
    kgbanff@gmail.com

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  26. I almost screamed when I read that you can buy all these cartoons on DVD now!!!!!

    Happy Birthday! I think I am going to be picking up some movies this weekend.

    41starsstudio@gmail.com

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  27. Hope you had a happy birthday and thanks for sharing.

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  28. so cute!! thank you for the giveaway!
    happy birthday!
    littlegray88 at yahoo dot com

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  29. Happy birthday!!

    petrellinyc-blog at yahoo dot com

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  30. Great Giveaway! Happy Birthday!

    Stacy H

    lanceandstacy@gmail.com

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  31. Happy Birthday! Found your blog via Pinterest and love it!

    Alison
    alilillie at comcast dot net

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  32. Just started reading your blog and I love the recipes! Happy Birthday!

    Kristin Q

    klquigley@gmail.com

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  33. happy birthday! awesome giveaway and an awesome blog! i love the DuckTales video!!

    Wesley S

    wmstaedt@gmail.com

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  34. Found you through Pinterest. I love your recipes (and the photos you take with them)! In fact, I just made one of your desserts tonight, and finished off the leftovers of your awesome cheesy vegetable chowder yesterday. :-D

    ~chelinra@gmail.com

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  35. Thanks for the vanilla 411!

    Love the giveaway!

    Jen Jones

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  36. This is the first time I have ever been on your blog and I only have 5 and a half words to describe it... "I LOVE IT SOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO MUCH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!"
    I found you through Pinterest and I am sooo happy because now, I get to make all this yummy looking stuff!!!" :D

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  37. How is it possible that I can come across your wonderful caramelitas recipe via pinterest and then find out you're having a birthday and a giveaway? Happiest of birthdays to you, and thank you for your generosity!

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  38. Happy Birthday! And in honor of your bday, I hope I win! I love your site and your blog!

    Arlene

    aboyerdesign@comcast.net

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  39. Looks like fun! Happy Birthday!

    tsn816{at}gmail{dot}com

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  40. Love so many of your recipes!!!! & I also love the chalkboard jars!!

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  41. Love so many of your recipes!!! & I love the chalkboard jars! I would use it for salt+pepper mix! Also been meaning to try red lip gloss for a while :-)
    Thanks!
    elisheva.taitz@gmail.com

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  42. How sweet of you, I love those jars!

    Happy Birthday!

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  43. HaPpY LAtE bIrThdAy tO yOu! How incredibly generous of you to give away something to celebrate YOUR birthday! I would so love to celebrate your special day with you by winning! Heeheehee!!!! <3

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  44. Love the stuff on your blog and I LOVE the things in the giveaway! Fingers crossed! :) Thanks for the vanilla tip, too. The extract from the store is never very good. I'm katiesummers99 at yahoo dot com.

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  45. Happy Birthday Lulu! I just stumbled across your blog and the first post I read was from 2010 about Carmelitas and not winning the baking contest. Really? White chocolate with dried cranberries??? Anyway, thanks for the laughs and I'm looking forward to hearing about more of your adventures!

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  46. Just found your site :) Love looking through the recipes and ideas :) Hope I win your birthday package!

    mjrobin25@hotmail.com

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  47. Wow, thanks and Happy Birthday, Lulu!! I LOVE vanilla!
    debdock@aol.com

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  48. Just came across your blog via Carmelitas on Pinterest. Happy Birthday! My birthday is this month so I would love to win the prize package.

    lynncornitius@gmail.com

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  49. Love the post

    snspivy@gmail.com

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  50. i believe we have at least two common loves: baking and mrs. callister. happy birthday indeed.

    joleneanderson@gmail.com

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    1. What a small world! Annie is one of my very favorite people!

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  51. Hope you had a happy birthday! Love your blog!

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  52. Your blog is a worthy time waster birthday girl x

    melaniedavy@live.com

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  53. I found your blog through Pinterest. As a matter of fact, I am making your "Carmelita's" for the Super Bowl tomorrow. I can't wait to try them!!!

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  54. Happy belated birthday!!! I hope I win! nicoleriensche@gmail.com

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  55. Fell upon you through Pinterest and Carmelita's too! I like your backwards birthday..giving to others! Happy Birthday! (welman@metrocast.net)

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  56. Looks like a fun giveaway! Happy Birthday!

    Sarahmusgraves@gmail.com

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  57. Like many others, found you via Pinterest! Your recipes all look delicious... Will definitely have to try them! Ajandm@yahoo.com

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  58. How fun! Came back to visit for that Carmelitas recipe! :) Happy belated birthday to you! :) (candylouu@comcast.net)

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  59. So very sweet and generous of you to have another giveaway for your readers. You're missed! Kristy V. (nickels05 gmail)

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  60. Cute containers! Saw you on pintrest! sloanbrie(at)gmail(dot)com

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  61. Happy birthday! What a lovely giveaway, thanks so much :)

    shevilkenevil1 at aol dot com

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  62. That anthro jar is sooo cute! Great giveaway! fancyhomelife@gmail.com

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  63. I also found you through Pinterest! Love this contest!! (dianaslbillings@gmail.com)

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  64. Happy birthday! Those spice jars are absolutely adorable!

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  65. Happy Birthday. Can't wait to try your Camelitas!

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  66. Found you and the Carmelitas on Pinterest. Those Carmelitas are certainly to die for! Love the little aprons on the sidebar too!
    Happy Birthday from Maine!

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  67. Love it! Have a great birthday. Going to make Carmelitas right now.

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  68. What a great give-away and those jars are so cute! Found you through a Carmelitas pin on Pinterest and now I'm going to have to make those ASAP! They look amazing! Happy Birthday :)

    contact info: kendra.ksn@gmail.com

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  69. First: Happy Birthday! What a novel concept, giving gifts away on YOUR birthday! I'm in! terrisundseth@yahoo.com
    Hope it was FABULOSO!

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  70. First, Happy Birthday! And how cool is that to GIVE presents on your birthday! I'm in! Thank you and I hope your birthday was FABULOUS!

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  71. happy birthday!! scheinst at gmail dot com

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  72. Omg that is such a lovely spices holder? where can i get it?
    Thanks,
    Louret Escotto - louret.escotto@gmail.com

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    1. Hi Louret. The spice jar is from Anthropologie. You can find them in stores or online, they come in four cute colors, and they're only $10 each!!! Here's the link: http://www.anthropologie.com/anthro/catalog/productdetail.jsp?id=23864820&catId=HOME-KITCHEN&pushId=HOME-KITCHEN&popId=HOME&navCount=28&color=034&isProduct=true&fromCategoryPage=true&isSubcategory=true&subCategoryId=HOME-KITCHEN-GADGETS

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  73. I have the same guilty pleasure: Pretty Little Liars. & I'm not even embarrassed to admit it! Oh & I've happily gained about 5 pounds from yer EVIL Carmelitas! So yummy. Thank you! [: Everything is so cute & I'd love to win. [: Contact: otis_lover21@yahoo.com

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  74. I just found your blog today via Pinterest. The Carmelitas look totally decadent - will definitely have to make them. suzthorn@yahoo.com

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  75. Hope you had a great birthday! I just wrote the name of the gloss down so the next time I'm near a Sephora I could scoop it up. BUT, if I win, well...that'd be even better! :) Thanks!

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  76. Happy Birthday! I'm making the carmelitas today for a friend's bday -- thanks for the great recipe!

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  77. Happy birthday! What a cute and awesome little set of prizes! I'd be psyched to win it. Thanks for the chance! kindleblossom@gmail.com

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  78. What a great giveaway! Happy late birthday!
    ashleyturner007 (at) gmail (dot) com

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  79. Happy Birthday!
    ashcoops@hotmail.com

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  80. So so cute! Happy belated birthday!
    k8e.childs@gmail.com

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  81. Came here from The Long Thread - love the little chalkboard spice jars!
    kelsey (dot) rohwer (at) gmail (dot) com

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  82. Those jars are so cute! And vanilla - you can't go wrong there. :)

    megankunzphoto (at) gmail.com

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  83. What a Wonderful Blog!!! Happy birthday kiddo!!!
    jolenedutterer@yahoo.com

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  84. discovered your blog through a meal planners group on facebook. someone shared your veggie chowder recipe :)

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