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Gear Up For The Outdoors With A $50 REI Gift Card



REI gift card giveaway

If you’re an outdoors enthusiast who loves to hit the trails, slopes and waterways, you’re in for a real treat, as we’re giving away a $50 REI gift card to one lucky reader!

What began as a group of 23 mountain climbing buddies is now the nation’s largest consumer co-op. But no matter how large they grow, their roots remain firmly planted in the outdoors. Their passion for adventure is clear, and they know first-hand the importance of quality outdoor gear.

From backpacking to cycling to staying in shape and more, you’ll be able to outfit your outdoor activities with the latest gear, clothing, and footwear with an REI gift card. As we all know, every penny counts this holiday season. Me, I just spent a bundle getting new lower units for my boat, so I can definitely appreciate getting something for free.

To enter the giveaway, simply leave a comment below and tell us what you would buy if you win! We’ll pick a winner at random on December 31st at 5pm EST. Contest open to US residents only.

Good luck!

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  1. Stephanie torres

    November 30, 2016 at 11:13 am

    Glove for the famalia

  2. Molly Denis

    November 30, 2016 at 11:16 am

    I would put it towards a new tent!

  3. mami2jcn

    November 30, 2016 at 12:52 pm

    I would buy gloves.

  4. Daniel M

    November 30, 2016 at 9:45 pm

    need a warm coat for the winter

  5. Kristin C

    December 1, 2016 at 6:20 am

    I would put it towards some new mid-weight gloves for walking the dog on these chilly mornings.

  6. Regine Karpel

    December 1, 2016 at 6:26 am


  7. Debbie F

    December 1, 2016 at 9:52 am

    I would put it towards a great new jacket!

  8. Michelle Poole

    December 1, 2016 at 10:02 am

    Our family is going on a cross-country (sea to shining sea) camping trip next spring. We will be hitting lots of national parks during this adventure! We also need lots of essentials, so this $50 gift card would come in really handy! My husband’s been eying a chair at REI, my son is angling for a new sleeping bag, my daughter wants a new pair of hiking boots, the list goes on and on!

  9. Gina M

    December 1, 2016 at 10:11 am

    I would love to get a pair of the womens – lucy get going pants!

    Thanks for the chance to win!
    wildorchid985 at gmail dot com

  10. Pat

    December 1, 2016 at 11:30 am

    I would put it toward an ultralight sleeping bag.

  11. accontests6

    December 1, 2016 at 1:30 pm

    A new winter jacket.

  12. Natalie Yarbrough

    December 1, 2016 at 2:26 pm

    I would buy a new warm skiing jacket to go cross country skiing.

  13. Steve Weber

    December 1, 2016 at 2:46 pm

    I would put it towards a portable hammock.

  14. Wehaf

    December 1, 2016 at 3:20 pm

    I would stock up on smartwool socks!

  15. Alison King

    December 1, 2016 at 3:22 pm

    I would buy a new fishing pole.

  16. Jennifer M.

    December 1, 2016 at 3:23 pm

    I would buy shoes!

  17. Elizabeth

    December 1, 2016 at 4:26 pm

    I definitely need new shoes!

  18. Joy

    December 1, 2016 at 5:32 pm

    A waterproof jacket is high on my list.

  19. Cindy Peterson

    December 1, 2016 at 7:27 pm

    I would buy quality hiking socks for my son

  20. Angelica

    December 1, 2016 at 7:44 pm

    I would put it towards some waterproof hiking boots, my water resistant ones aren’t quite cutting it this soggy year! It doesn’t help my favorite trails involve creek crossings. 😉

  21. Tiffany S

    December 1, 2016 at 7:56 pm

    I would buy a sleeping bag or some kind of camping gear.

  22. Sara B.

    December 1, 2016 at 10:09 pm

    I’d buy a new head lamp

  23. Mishell DeFelice

    December 1, 2016 at 10:41 pm

    Hiking boots

  24. Wendy R.

    December 2, 2016 at 2:00 am

    I’d love to get my husband some new camping stuff!

  25. Jeanne M Rousseau

    December 2, 2016 at 2:46 am

    New boots for my son is what I would use this gift card for. Thanks for the chance.

  26. Tabathia B

    December 2, 2016 at 11:19 pm

    I would purchase my daughter some winter gear, hat and gloves

    tbarrettno1 at gmail dot com

  27. Crystal S

    December 3, 2016 at 11:41 am

    I would use it towards a new pair of boots for hiking!

  28. Candace Miller

    December 3, 2016 at 3:07 pm

    We want to start camping so camping supplies.

  29. Marina

    December 4, 2016 at 12:13 am

    I would like to buy a sweater!

  30. Elizabeth B

    December 4, 2016 at 6:43 am

    I really need new boots this winter!

  31. Heather Sebastian

    December 5, 2016 at 12:44 pm

    I would buy a new jacket for my daughter!

  32. Nicole B.

    December 5, 2016 at 8:26 pm

    I would stock up on quality socks, a mix of the Balega
    Hidden Comfort, Darn Tough and SmartWool socks! I like those brands in particular.

  33. Austin Baroudi

    December 6, 2016 at 9:12 am

    I’d get the Chrome Forged Rubber Timur shoes in red/white! Thanks for the chance!

  34. Judith

    December 6, 2016 at 11:10 am

    i’d get new boots

  35. Susan Christy

    December 17, 2016 at 5:55 pm

    I would use it toward the Columbia Sleek Heat Snow Pants – Women’s

  36. Grant D

    December 20, 2016 at 1:29 pm

    I would buy a new backpack for camping

  37. Geena O'Banion

    December 21, 2016 at 3:07 pm

    I’m looking into buying a warm weather jacket or vest.

  38. al

    December 27, 2016 at 9:30 am

    Warm gloves that the wind won’t pierce.

  39. Geena O'Banion

    December 29, 2016 at 4:26 pm

    I want to buy a few things: a winter jacket, a workout shirt, pair of gloves and scarf.

  40. Laurajj

    December 29, 2016 at 5:10 pm

    Oh I would love to buy our little one that SnowGlow Snowshoes – Kids’! Oh those would be so much fun for him in the snow!

  41. Danielle Magee

    December 29, 2016 at 10:09 pm

    If I won, I would buy a new jacket.

  42. Linda N.

    December 30, 2016 at 2:26 pm

    I would use the gift card towards a new pair of athletic shoes!

  43. Lindsey

    December 31, 2016 at 9:36 am

    I would get some new yoga gear!

  44. Allyson Rose Becker

    December 31, 2016 at 3:18 pm

    I would probably say a new jacket.

  45. Yvonne Delgado

    December 31, 2016 at 6:59 pm

    I would use it towards the price of the Hunter Gloss rain boots.

  46. liz lew

    December 31, 2016 at 10:48 pm

    I would probably put it towards rollers for after my long runs

  47. Sarah Cool

    January 1, 2017 at 12:21 am

    If I won I would buy the Columbia Inner Luminosity II Wrap

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This Mother’s Day, Treat Mom To Breakfast In Bed.. And Maybe Even A Spa Gift Card



Disclosure: This post is sponsored by Bays English Muffins, but all opinions are my own.

It’s hard to believe, but we’re just a few weeks away from Mother’s Day. Do you know what you are getting that special superwoman on your list? My suggestion – Start things off on the right foot and treat her to breakfast in bed. She will appreciate the effort.

While the notion of cooking breakfast might seem daunting to some (myself included), there’s no need to panic, as we’ve partnered with Bays® English Muffins, who have provided us with some tasty and delicious Mother’s Day recipes that are easy to make and sure to please!

Trust me, if I can make these dishes, then you can too. See how easy it is for yourself:

If she’s a fan of French Toast, Bays Classic French Toast substitutes boring bread for English muffins. The Mattina Toscana is a restaurant-quality egg sandwich. The Chocolate Chunk Cheesecake Spread is perfect for those Mom’s with a sweet tooth. But my personal favorite would have to be the Strawberry Ricotta Balsamic Bites.

Bays English Muffins comes in four different varieties (Original, Sourdough, Multi-Grain and Honey Wheat), so feel free to use whichever one best suits her tastes in your dish. You can find them in your grocer’s refrigerated case next to the eggs – not in the bread aisle.

You can find these recipes and more on Bays website under the recipe tab, but I’ve included the Strawberry Ricotta Balsamic Bites recipe here for your convenience:

Strawberry Ricotta Balsamic Bites recipe

1/2 cup ricotta cheese
1 pkg. (4 oz.) goat cheese (or whipped cream cheese)
3 teaspoons grated lemon rind, divided
4 BAYS English Muffins, any variety, split
8 medium strawberries, trimmed, sliced
2-1/2 tablespoons balsamic glaze
1/8 teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon ground black pepper

Mix ricotta cheese, goat cheese and 2 teaspoons of the lemon rind.
Toast English muffins.
Spread about 2 tablespoons ricotta mixture on each muffin half. Top evenly with strawberries; drizzle with glaze. Sprinkle with remaining 1 teaspoon lemon rind, salt and pepper.

Bon Appétit!

But wait, there’s more!

Enter The Bays English Muffins What Mom’s Want Sweepstakes

Bays English Muffins - What Mom Wants Sweepstakes

To make Mother’s Day a little brighter, Bays is hosting an awesome giveaway, where one lucky winner will receive a $200 Spa gift card, so Mom can treat herself to the spa treatment(s) of her choice. Now that’s a gift that is sure to make her happy!

You can enter the contest every day from April 24th to May 13th 2018 on Bays Facebook page. Official rules can be found at And while you’re at it, don’t forget to ‘LIKE’ Bays’ Facebook page, to share your Bays creations and pick up some new ideas.

Good luck!

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Michael Symon’s New Cookbook Arrives Just In Time For BBQ Season



Clarkson Potter sent us a copy of Playing With Fire AND is providing a prize pack for one lucky reader!

Michael Symon - Playing With Fire

Just in time for the start of BBQ season, Michael Symon (co-host of The Chew and celebrated Iron Chef and restaurateur) has released his fifth cookbook, Playing With Fire, which covers all things meat!

Playing With Fire focuses on barbecue and live-fire grilling, with 72 recipes inspired by his newest restaurant, Mabel’s BBQ, in his hometown of Cleveland. In preparing to open his barbecue restaurant, Michael Symon enthusiastically sampled smoked meat from across America.

These finger-licking, lip-smacking recipes draw inspiration from his favorites, including dry ribs from Memphis, wet ribs from Nashville, brisket from Texas, pork steak from St. Louis, and burnt ends from Kansas City, as well as the unique and now signature Cleveland-style barbecue that he developed to showcase the flavors of his hometown. Symon offers expert guidance on working with different styles of grills and smokers, cooking various cuts of meat, choosing aromatic woods for smoking, and pairing proteins with rubs, sauces & sides.

If you’re looking for a new guide to classic American barbecue with the volume turned to high, look no further.

Michael Symon

Michael Symon cooks with soul, having grown up in a Greek and Sicilian family. The Cleveland native shares his exuberant, approachable cooking style and infectious laugh as an Iron Chef on Food Network and as a co-host on ABC’s The Chew. Michael is the chef and owner of more than 18 restaurants, including Lola and Mabel’s BBQ in downtown Cleveland, locals of B-Spot Burgers throughout the Midwest, and Angeline at the Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa in Atlantic City.

He’s always posting amazing creations on his social media accounts, so you should definitely make sure that you’re following him on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. But be forewarned, his feed will make you hungry.

I’ve long been a fan of Michael Symon and his cooking, so when Clarkson Potter sent us an advanced copy of Playing With Fire, I couldn’t wait to check it out. And let me tell you, the recipes had our mouths watering! Sadly, it’s still freezing outside here in the Northeast (heck, it just snowed last week), so we can’t fire up the grill just yet. But once it warm up, we’ll definitely be trying out some of these dishes for ourselves.

Michael Symon's BBQ Toolset Prize Pack

In celebration of the release of Playing With Fire (in stores April 3rd), we’ve partnered with Clarkson Potter for an exciting giveaway, where one lucky winner will receive the following:

  • A copy of Michael Symon’s Playing With Fire
  • A Cuisinart Deluxe 20-piece grill set
  • A barbecue pit mitt glove

To enter, simply leave us a comment below telling us what your favorite barbecue dish is. We’ll pick a winner at random on April 20th at 5pm EST. Contest only open to US residents.

Good luck!

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Enter To Win A $10,000 Grand Prize From eLEND For A Home Renovation



What would you renovate with $10,000? eLEND, a mortgage lender that provides affordable home financing options to first time buyers and existing homeowners, is asking that very question, and your answer could help you get the cash to do so!

eLEND’s #RenovateYourLife sweepstakes runs through July 21st, and each week a $250 gift card will be awarded toward a home renovation. A grand prize drawing for $10,000 will be drawn on July 27th!

It’s super easy to enter. Simply submit a picture or video with a description about a home renovation project and why you should win at: The winner will be chosen by random draw.

Now I don’t know about you, but I could sure use $10,000 (or even $250) to renovate my horribly outdated kitchen and make it look sleek and modern like in the photo above..

So what are you waiting for? Enter eLEND’s Renovate Your Life Sweepstakes today!

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