Summer Giveway: four tickets to Cimorelli on August 6th at the El Rey!

I’ve got a fun giveaway today: four tickets to Cimorelli on August 6th at the El Rey in Los Angeles. Cimorelli is formed by six sisters known for their tight harmonies. Christina, Katherine, Lisa, Amy, Lauren and Dani (ranging in age from 12-22 years old) started their group in 2007, playing many local gigs in Northern California after having spent several years in musical theater. In 2009, they put up an a cappella cover of Miley Cyrus’ song “Party in the USA” on YouTube, which led to a record deal. They then moved to Los Angeles along with their five brothers. Cimorelli has since released two EP’s and over 150 YouTube videos, with nearly 2 million subscribers. My girls love watching their videos and we’re excited to be seeing this show as well!

To enter to win, use the rafflecopter below. You can also buy tickets at Ticketmaster. Good luck! a Rafflecopter giveaway

Pinterest + Shopping = Luvocracy (A $150 Giveaway)

I’m excited to share about a new website that I think will change the way we shop. Pinterest has become hugely popular in the last few years, as an inspiration site but also as a place to bookmark things.The problem with Pinteest, though, is that the images are not always related to an actual product. So you may see a cute dress you love, but upon clicking you may find it’s from 2 years ago (or you may not find a source for the dress at all). Luvocracy is a social inspirational pinboard like Pinterest, but it adds a shopping component. It’s Pinterest meets Amazon – with even more buying options, which I love because I do about 80% of my shopping online at this point. I love that Luvocracy makes everything on the web available to purchase IN ONE SPOT, from small mom + pop shops to Target and Nordstroms, and you can add any item you are interested in from any online store. It’s like a one-stop shop for pretty much everything under the sun. I’ve been using it as a wish-list of sorts, but I’ve also been curating some of the favorite items I’ve purchased and love. Here are a few of my “collections”: image

(Items where the purchase helps empower someone in impoverished circumstances)

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(I’m all about dresses in the summer. About half of these I own, and about half of these I want.)

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(I’ve been spending a lot of time at the beach/pool this summer and have searched high and low for flattering suits that don’t scream “mom tankini”. Here are a few of my faves.)

  image (These are some of the clothes and accessories I’m stocking up on for fall. Lots of Old Navy, Tea Collection, Mini Boden, and Shaun White) What’s great about: Luvocracy is that they will search the internet for the cheapest price on any item that is bookmarked. The price listed is the maximum you’ll have to pay. They’ll buy it for you and have it shipped to you, and deal with the returns for you as well. And a fun bonus! If you sign up with Luvocracy through me, you’ll immediately get a $10 credit to buy whatever you want, and then you’re automatically entered to win $150 to Luvocracy.  You can use it to buy back-to-school clothes or necklaces from Uganda or some cute dresses. . . whatever floats your boat. Giveaway rules 1. Click here.  2. Sign up for an account and you will automatically be entered to win a $150 credit to Luvocracy. Giveaway Rules: All members who sign up for an account will automatically be entered to win. Contest giveaway ends July 31st. Winner will be announced the following day.Luvocracy only ships to US. Must be 18 or older to enter.

Summer Giveaway: Bodum Bistro Stand Mixer

My friend Roo (of Neon Fresh) and I have partnered with Bodum for a fun summer giveaway: a Bistro Stand Mixer (retail value $400) with fun colors and a futuristic/retro vibe. Check out the other colors on the Bistro here. _bodum bistro mixing stand givaway
This mixer has a 700-watt, 7 speed motor to tackle all your mixing needs. It features large, stainless steel mixing bowls with a rubber-covered handle for easy pouring and carrying. Want one?  Roo and I are giving away TWO.  You can enter below.  This giveaway is open to US residents only.  Apologies to our international friends!  You can also follow BODUM on Facebook + Twitter to get updates on all of their cool products.    a Rafflecopter giveaway

Funny stories for college money? Yes, please.

A couple weeks ago I posted about my trip to New York to make a little web episode for Happy Family Organics. The shoot was a lot of fun . . . they had a group of improv actors from the Upright Citizens Brigade to act out our real-life stories. All of them are posted now, and they are so much fun: first, for how relatable the stories are of the difficulties of getting kids to eat well. But when you add in the hilarity of the improve, it’s a really fun series. My friend Kristen Chase’s is one of my favorites:

You can see more here. In the spirit of finding some levity with our children’s’ food foibles, Happy Family is hosting a contest for $20,000 towards college. To enter, submit a video or essay telling a funny food story.  Click here to submit your video and enter.   This post was sponsored by Happy Family. Watch their facebook page for all of the Bright Side stories.  image

Canon T4i DLSR + Epiphanie Camera Bag GIVEAWAY!

  Photo May 08, 9 50 50 PMI’ve teamed up with some blogging friends for a great giveaway of two items I own and love . . .  a brand new Canon T4i plus a new Epiphanie Charlotte Camera Bag.  I got the T4i about a month ago and it is fantastic. It is a digital DSLR, Canon’s first with a touch screen, and it takes amazing photo and video. I’m not a great photographer but this camera makes me look like I am.  To carry the camera in style, we’re also giving away an Epiphanie camera bag. I own two of these bags (one large and one small.) They are perfect for carrying and protecting a camera without a tacky camera bag, and can also function as a purse. My friend Maile is the brainchild and designer of Epiphanie Bags and her goal is to create camera bags with style. They have movable inner compartments so they are flexible to work with any camera (or without a camera). This giveaway is sponsored by: – Christine of Boston Mamas
– Jane of This Week for Dinner
– Kami of NoBiggie
– Marie of Make and Takes
– Audrey of Mom Generations
– Allison of Petit Elefant
– Kristen of Rage Against the Minivan
– Rachael of Todays Mama
– Meagan of The Happiest Home
– Heather & Whitney of Rookie Moms
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Eat Blog Run a Rafflecopter giveaway   One lucky winner will receive a Canon T4i + camera bag. Entries ONLY accepted in the Rafflecopter widget. Giveaway will remain open until May 24, 2013. Winner will be chosen at random in the Rafflecopter, notified by email and will have 48 hours to respond. Contest open worldwide!