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Ninjaâ„¢ Mega Kitchen System from Brylane Home {Giveaway} – CLOSED

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Welcome to the Let’s Mix It Up in March Giveaway Hop Event, hosted by The Blogging Mamas Network. We’re mixing up March, with a host of other bloggers, by bringing you fun (and in some cases delicious) giveaways in this Food and Cooking themed Giveaway Hop!

And you do not want to miss the Grand Prize – a Ninja Ultima Blender – be sure to enter to win the Grand Prize!


Did you catch that?  The grand prize of this huge blog hop is a Ninja Blender, and we’re also giving away an entire mega kitchen Ninja system right here on Dandy!  Today’s giveaway is sponsored by Brylane Home.

brylanehomeThey are the one-stop dream shop for anything and everything you could ever want in your home, and especially your kitchen.  Check out all these wonders that are NEW at Brylane Home.  Couldn’t you do with just about everything here?

kitchen stuffAmong their finest kitchen appliances, Brylane Home has an impressive selection of Ninja blenders.  When I heard that I’d be able to review this Ninja Mega Kitchen System 1500, I about died!  These high-powered, intensely strong, durable blenders have always been on my wish list for when we make it big, so to get my hands on one of these in my 20’s (ha!) is a dream come true.

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Ok, where do I start?!  There are so many fantastic things about this.  Just look at those blades!!  (Be careful as you pull these out of the dishwasher!)  As you can see, there are a lot of parts and pieces, but keep in mind that this basically will replace your Kitchenaid, smoothie maker, blender, and your hand-held mixer.  Within the box are an extra-large 72 oz. pitcher, 64 oz. processor bowl, single serve drinking cups & easy to use attachments, along with the big black base.

IMG_9404 copyIf you’ve ever tried making green smoothies in a $20 blender, you’ve experienced the not-so-desirable chunks of leaves that get stuck in your teeth.  If you’re a green smoothier, you really need to invest in something better, and this Ninja handles greens like a champ.  Its like this system doesn’t even bat an eye at frozen strawberries as hard as rocks.

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The top lid is a little different, and I really really like it.  Once securely in place, only then are you able to press the handle down until it clicks and makes a secure and leak-proof seal.  Push the release button and it pops back up.

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I love being able to see the number of ounces and cups along the side.  9+ cups?  That’s huge!  The pour spout in the top corner is genius, and when lifted all the way, will stay open so you can pour without holding up with your other hand.

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Wanna see what else this can do?  In the mood for cookies?  Included in this kitchen system is a 64 oz. processor bowl which is perfect for making salsa, chopping vegetables, and making pizza doughs.  It can also mix up to 2 lbs. of dough in 30 seconds.

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Making several dozen cookies was a snap, and they were honestly the best chocolate chip cookies I have ever made.  My husband spent probably more than an hour making cookies the week before, and then I showed how to do it all effortlessly in about 5 minutes.  I also tried making spinach artichoke dip.  It was incredible!

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To do this, you place an even smaller food processing part into the processor bowl, then mince, chop, grind and blend practically anything you want.  My husband asked something like, “Is it very powerful?” to which I responded, “anything that is measured in horsepower has got to be quite intense”.  1500 watts and 2+ horse power is remarkable for this kind of an appliance.

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Here’s yet another option.  See, there are SO many possibilities with this Ninja!  You also have the option of making up a one-serving smoothie and taking it on the run.  Two single serve blending cups with sip-able lids make this even more appealing and money-saving when you think of all the healthy smoothies you could make as you run out the door.

Has your mind been blown?!  I happily dropped our blender and smoothie maker off at Salvation Army yesterday.  Good riddens.  I will be 100% recommending this Ninja Kitchen System to anyone in the market for something powerful, reliable, and multi-functional.

You can purchase this blender from Brylane Home HERE for $219.  I LOOOVE anything and everything that comes from Brylane Home!  I have them to thank for all the best things in our home, from our storage systems, coat rack, guest bed, comforter…

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And enter to win your own Ninjaâ„¢ Mega Kitchen System below!

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So Easy Being Green, Viva Veltoro, the Blogging Mamas Network, and the Mix It Up in March participating bloggers are not responsible for sponsors who do not fulfill prize obligations.

Poyomi Photo Books {Giveaway} – CLOSED

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 You guys!  I have another fun Blog Hop for you today!  ONE HUNDRED AND ELEVEN of us have joined up to bring you some fabulous giveaways, and all of them are book-related!  Its our way of officially saying goodbye to summer and hello to staying indoors and cozy-ing up to the comfort of books and novels, virtual or in print :)  Be sure to hop around to all the blogs at the bottom of this post, and check in with our hosts, BTS Book Reviews, Decadent Publishing, and Everpress Media for the grand prize of a Kindle or Nook!  (They are the first three blogs to follow in the list below) hop-summer-september-1

Our featured giveaway here at Dandy Giveaway is sponsored by Poyomi.  Now to introduce them, let me tell you about how I have an entire bookcase of 3-inch binders chock full of pictures of me for every year of my life.  Its true.  My mother has labored for hours over pictures, cardstock, and cut-out printed captions to preserve all of our memories since the day I was born!  I LOVE looking through these scrapbooks that have preserved all the pictures and stories of the people and things that I love!
Try as I might, I am not my mother.  I can’t do it!  I could keep up with it for awhile, but I think the 2-kid lifestyle pushed me over the edge and I just have TOO many great pictures I want to preserve that we really don’t have the space to keep adding a 3-inch binder to the collection every year.
I have actually been anti-photobook for awhile, convinced that they are a little too impersonal and uniform, but I’ve really changed my thinking after creating my own book with Poyomi.  Putting it together online was really just an exciting, creative, and fulfilling activity for me!  I was able to paste in all of the important pictures I could find from other that last 15 months, which came out to be 90 pages, and the entire book is less than 1/4″ thick.  Your book could be 20 pages or less or even up to 384 pages!
The creative process was so easy and slick.  I basically uploaded the pictures I wanted, selected which ones to combine onto a page, and rearranged if I wanted certain pictures to be larger than others.  There were multiple times that I saved my project and came back later to finish up.
I felt just as crafty as if I was cutting and pasting actual pictures because I’m still copying, pasting, arranging, and really personalizing my own scrapbook, but it is just SO CLEAN that I don’t want to ever go back!  The pictures look printed in high-resolution on thick paper with the detail and brightness preserved.
Poyomi can create your photo books into different dimensions besides the standard “Letter” size.  They can also print into “Digest”, “Digest Landscape”,  “Square” and “Calendar”, as well as perfectly bound, or saddle stitched.
IMG_6886What I reeeally love about this set-up is being able to paste in pictures of odd and unusual dimensions, like collages I have photoshopped together for blog posts.  If I were to print this in regular 4 x 6 format, things would get chopped off, squished, or come back completely unusable.  Poyomi lets me keep the dimensions I’ve got, and just arranges according to what layout makes the most sense.  Zero frustration.
They also have an ipad app and an iphone app, and both are free.  Here’s a snazzy video to give you an idea of how that works:
Doesn’t this inspire you to want to create your own book of memories?!

One lucky winner will receive $50 to spend at Poyomi to create their own photo book!



Now be sure to follow along and check out all the other sweet book-related prizes in this Sunset on Summer Fun blog hop! <!– end LinkyTools script →

And thank you to all our co-sponsors!

Decadent Publishing Deena Remiel Kathleen Ann Gallagher Taryn Kincaid Lia Davis Susannah Scott Natalie-Nicole Bates V.S. Nelson Jennah Scott Milly Taiden J.A. Garland The Smutty Kitty Cynnara Tregarth Christine Murphy For the Love of Reading Hannah Fielding Eva Lefoy Writer Wonderland Katalina Leon Kendall McKenna Lisa Kessler Tiffany Allee D.C. Stone Tory Richards Joanne Jaytanie Cathy Perkins Joya Fields Grave Tells Heather Long Layla Hunter J.L. Hammer Serena Zane Cat Johnson Renea Mason Patricia Green Lisa Beth Darling Sabrina York Annie Seaton Annie Seaton Celia Breslin Amanda McIntyre Susan Arden Lena Hart D.L. Jackson Colette Saucier


*This giveaway is open to US entries only
*The winner of this giveaway will be drawn no later than the evening of Oct 1st and will be emailed.  If the winner does not respond within 48 hours, a new winner will be drawn.
*The product(s) in this review was provided to me free of cost for the purpose of conducting this review.  All opinions expressed in this review are my own are not influenced by monetary compensation.  


EatSmart Precision Pro Digital Kitchen Scale {Giveaway} – CLOSED

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Hey foodies!  We’re so excited to be a part of Measuring Flower‘s 2013 Savory Summer Giveaway Hop!  No, this kitchen scale is not edible, but it can measure anything and everything edible, so I say, hey, it should count.

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Our giveaway item here at Dandy Giveaway is sponsored by EatSmart, who carries some terrific kitchen scales, all designed to help you out in the kitchen while preparing dishes as well as effectively monitoring your food intake on (let’s face it) all of our quests to stay in shape.


Let me preface by saying that I’ve wanted one of these FOREVER!!  I’ve been telling my husband we needed one of these for the longest time, and when a reviewing opportunity came up, I emailed him at work immediately to share my excitement!


Here is the EatSmartâ„¢ Precision Pro Digital Kitchen Scale.  There really isn’t a better choice on the market.  This guy is so versatile and $25?  Shoot, son.  The glossy finish and vibrant red make it slick enough to leave out on the counter all the time, and it goes so well with my red kitchen decor :).


Remember our molten chocolate lava cake addiction, and how we have to make them nearly every Sunday?  Ya, I’m trying to do the whole close-your-eyes-and-guess-which-one-is-heavier game to get an accurate 5.75 oz. of chocolate.  We’ve been melting down wafers, chips, and bars, pretty much anything chocolate in the house, to get our fix, and the guessing was getting ridiculously inaccurate.  Thank you EatSmart, for making this part of baking a whole lot easier and now just funnest game for me!
This device couldn’t be easier to use.  It even COMES with batteries, which is rare and quite a pleasant surprise.  Put in the batteries, turn it on.  My favorite part is the tare feature, where you can set on your container (such as your heavy ceramic bowl), then press tare, and the scale goes down the 0.0 oz.  From there, add your food and you are only measuring your chocolate chips, instead of the chips and the bowl.  100% useful.  You eliminate the weight of the container, plate, bowl, etc.
Now here’s why my husband loves this.  Two words.  Pinewood Derby.  Nothin like taking the hassle out of hauling along the drill, the glue gun, and a jar of coins to the derby and frantically adding or subtracting weight minutes before the race begins.  And then think about mailing stuff!  Holy heck, I hate guessing!  I hate being unsure about postage, worrying about if I under-guess and it will be sent back to me, but I don’t want to overpay, and it really is just another hassle to get to the post office atleast every week.  I’m an eBay-er.  Don’t judge.
If these very strong reasons didn’t talk you into getting an EatSmart kitchen scale, I don’t know what will.  Next to my KitchenAid, this is my favorite kitchen gadget.  That’s saying something.

You can win your OWN!  One lucky duck will win the EatSmart Precision Pro Digital Kitchen Scale.

You can also buy it on Amazon for $25, and check out the other kitchen scales available at www.eatsmartproducts.com.
Now enter to win your kitchen scale below!



And if you’re a foodie, check out all the other grand food-related giveaways going on below, and hosted by Measuring Flower‘s 2013 Savory Summer Giveaway Hop!  Two grand prizes sponsors include Calphalon who is giving away a stainless steel cookware set worth $700 and Volcano Grills is giving away a prize pack (including one of their grills) worth $345!  That’s over $1,000 in grand prizes!


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*This giveaway is open to US entries only *The winner of this giveaway will be drawn no later than the evening of June 18th and will be emailed.  If the winner does not respond within 48 hours, a new winner will be drawn. *This posting and giveaway were sponsored by EatSmart, but all opinions are strictly my own

PROBAR and FITS socks Father’s Day Giveaway! – CLOSED

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We are excited to be a part of the SUPER DAD Father’s Day Giveaway Hop hosted by mamaNYC (http://mamanyc.net/) this week!  Almost 50 bloggers have put together some incredible giveaways, all focused on Father’s Day!

June 1 (12:01am EST) - June 9 (11:59pm EST)

Hop over to see the full list and enter some more goodies for your honored men!


Now its high time to dedicate a post to our dear ol’ Dads!  My own father is a hero in my eyes.  A gentleman in every way.  Through continuous and unfailing example, he has shown me how to love unconditionally, lead without force, and to guide with compassion.  I will never ever forget the moment I left for college.  It was probably something like 4 or 5am, on my way the airport to catch a flight to Utah.  He gave me a hug at the door and completely choked up, and said “I’ve been thinking of all the things I wanted to tell you, but all I can say is ‘I love you'”.  Break my little 17-year-old heart.  I’ve often thought of that moment, and how when my own children leave me–for kindergarten, high school, someday college–above all the things I will have told them and taught them at that point, above all I want them to know that I love them.  Thank you, Dad, for all the love!

Ok, enough sap.  Now on to two companies your own Dads will love!  PROBAR and FITS Sock Co.

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 The first manly item we have to showcase today are the delicious PROBAR Meal™ bars!  These 3 oz. bars are jam packed full of natural goodness, condensed to be an entire meal in a bag.  They contain fruit, nuts, and seeds, mostly still completely intact so that you can SEE the entire fruit, nut, or seed.  These are BEEFY!  These are so nutrient dense and full of raw ingredients that they make a great meal replacement.


My husband and I enjoyed tasting the PROBAR Meal™ Variety 12-Pack, which contains one of everything you love!  Seriously, what a great variety of flavors: Original Blend, Whole Berry Blast, Superfood Slam, Superfruit Slam, Superberry & Greens, Chocolate Mint, Oatmeal Raisin, Koka Moka, Superfruit Slam, Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip, Double Chocolate, and Peanut Butter!


Look, you can SEE what they consist of–packed full of fruit, nuts, and seeds, fully intact.  Umm, yes, these would definitely be considered full meals.  I could barely finish one by myself before I felt full and satisfied.   Look at this Superberry & Greens on the left.  Reminds me a green smoothie!  Yummy!  If your man is in to nutritious, nutrient-packed and conveniently packaged meals-on-the-go, he’ll be all over these!IMG_3877

One winner will also receive the PROBAR Mealâ„¢ Variety 12-Pack, sold for $35.48!

And next we have a Father’s Day gift that will please any man who wears socks.  Yes, that should include every guy I know.  Introducing, the fantastic socks of FITS Sock Co.!

IMG_3931 copyFITS socks are made from merino wool, and are specialized to create a perfect fit for your feet!  They have three points of interest–the dynamic toe cup that conforms to the shape of your toes, the heel lock that keeps the sock correctly on your heel, and a full contact cuff that comfortably stays up your leg.


We were sent a Business Crew pair in Chestnut, and the hubby is really impressed!!  At first he was skeptical about how exceptional they could be for a pair of socks, but after he returned home after wearing them the full work day, he was a believer.  Very comfortable, very form-fitting, and very high-quality.  Don’t tell him I told you this, but he loved them so much, he wore them two days in a row without washing.  He said they kept his feet very comfortable and that he could really tell a difference between this FITS pair and other socks.  I told him its definitely because of the merino wool!


FITS carries socks for hiking, ski/snow, hunting/sporting, running, business/casual, and biking!  THESE are the activities and situations where I’m sure sock you’re wearing makes a huge difference.  Underneath boots and specialty shoes, these are each customized to provide the right cushion and comfort for your activities.

One lucky man is ALSO going to win three pairs of merino wool socks!  1 running, 1 hiking, and 1 casual, making this entire prize over $80!

super-dad-giveaway-button_zps868a1322Remember to hop over to mamaNYC (or see the list of other participating giveaway sites below) and check out the other fantastic giveaways going on in this Super Dad Father’s Day Giveaway Hop!

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*This giveaway is open to US entries only *The winner of this giveaway will be drawn no later than the evening of May 9th and will be emailed.  If the winner does not respond within 48 hours, a new winner will be drawn. *This posting and giveaway were sponsored by PROBAR and FITS Sock Co. but all opinions are strictly my own


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