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This is one amazing box of chocolates.

The 42-piece Valentine’s Day Constellation Chocolate Collection, available exclusively at IfOnly. the amazing culinary artistry of 21 award-winning and Michelin-starred chefs, this is the Motherlode of all Valentine’s chocolate gifts.

Let’s inspect some of what’s in this box:

– a caramel, Maldon sea salt and vanilla blend from Michael Mina
– a smooth dark chocolate truffle with single-origin cacao from Traci Des Jardins
– oven-roasted bananas
– maple and sage
– Oh, and by the way, there’s chocolate in it.

This box is available for $150, but you can also purchase the 21-piece collection for $75 or the 9-piece collection (from nine chefs) for $32. All boxes include the Mina and Des Jardins creations, and all are guaranteed to be the kind of boxes for which you or your special one will likely find a secret hiding place and take the time to slowly appreciate all the fine work put into these amazing things.

Can you tell that I love chocolate? I also appreciate the work of chefs, so I’m glad to note that a portion of the proceeds of these sales will go to benefit the James Beard Foundation. Here’s a bit of info:

Founded in 1986, the James Beard Foundation’s mission is to celebrate, nurture, and honor America’s diverse culinary heritage through programs that educate and inspire. A cookbook author and teacher with an encyclopedic knowledge about food, James Beard, who died in 1985, was a champion of American cuisine. He helped educate and mentor generations of professional chefs and food enthusiasts, instilling in them the value of wholesome, healthful and delicious food. Today the Beard Foundation continues in the same spirit by administering a number of diverse programs that include educational initiatives, food industry awards, scholarships for culinary students, publications, chef advocacy training, and thought-leader convening.

I have seen many friends find their passion through the culinary arts, so it’s good to know there is an organization willing to foster those passions.

In order to receive these by Valentine’s Day, you can order for east-coast recipients through Feb. 5, 2015. For other parts of the country, Feb. 8 is the deadline.



I have been given the chance to review each of the items that are included in this giveaway and am able to share them with 1 LUCKY Winner for this fun Culinary Gadgets Giveaway! I will be adding items as well as my reviews throughout the sign up process, so be on the lookout!

1 Lucky Winner Will Receive:

1) KitchenPalz Smooth Edge Automatic Electric Can Opener ($39.99 ARV)

2) Shatterproof Glass Water Bottle – 3 Pack Giveaway ($55 ARV)

3) Stainless Steel Microfiber Cleaning Cloths ($34.99 ARV)

4) Pro Chef Kitchen Tools Premium S Shaped Hooks in 10 Pack Stainless Steel Metal ($28.99 ARV)

5) Smart Touch Wine Opener ($24.99 ARV)

($180 Total Package ARV) & I will add more if they become available!

Now I need your help promoting!

As always, 2 FREE links with announcement post! (Choose from Facebook Visits, Twitter, Pinterest and / or Instagram Follows) OR Pay $3 For the 2 links without Announcement Post Payable to [email protected] via PayPal

ANNOUNCEMENT POST BELOW (Just copy and paste)

Co-Hosts Needed: $5 for 5 links of your choice PLUS the 2 FREE links above = 7 links total. And I mean ANY links you choose… Facebook Likes, shares and or Comments, Twitter Re-tweets, Website Comments, Giveaway Entries, Daily Votes, Daily Endorsements, Extra Follows, Anything, you tell me! You will be be highlighted in the Giveaway Picture and Giveaway HTML, as well as receive a co-host page PLUS an extra follow page or two depending on total number of entries which are all linked back to your website.

***Other Sign Up Options Available On Sign Up Form***


SAVVY OFFER: The Blog With The Most Referrals for this giveaway (whether your own announcement post or word of mouth) will receive a FREE Co-Host spot for this giveaway. If you sign up for the co-host spot and have the most referrals you will be refunded the co-host fee.

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Giveaway Dates: 2/03 12AM EST until 2/26 12 AM EST


Trending on Modcloth: The Sweetheart Shop!

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**This post contains affiliate links and I will be compensated if you make a purchase after clicking through my links.

Want to express your love for standout style this Valentine’s Day? ModCloth’s Sweetheart Shop is your perfect match! From heart-printed pieces to charming trinkets and treats, the Sweetheart Shop is filled to the brim with gifts and garb you’ll adore.

Here are some of my favorites:

Hepcat Soda Fountain Dress in Cherry – $49.99

from: ModCloth

This dress has been in my loved items for quitee a while, and it’s on sale for $39.99 through 1/28! It packs a punch with color, has beautiful lines, and would be perfect on a Galentine’s Day date! It also comes in plus sizes! YAY!

Lip Stain in Pink Velvet – $19.99

from: ModCloth

Of course you want smoochable lips on your special night out. I love the color here, and it’s compact enough to go in your purse!

Always Impressive Necklace – $14.99

from: ModCloth

Now, this one just made me squeal when I saw it. Perfect with a low-cut neckline, this is going to WOW. I am a big fan of Modcloth’s jewelry and accessories and would love to see this hanging on my jewelry tree. Better yet, my neck!

Don’t let these hard-to-find pieces be the ones that got away!



We had a total of 50 entrants into the Super Hemp Raw Organic Shelled Hemp Seeds Giveaway, and we have a winner! Check the widget to see if it’s you!

I have two other giveaways going on – be sure to enter if you didn’t win this one (and even if you didn’t!)

Anavita Moisturizing Anti-Wrinkle Cream (Ends 1/29/15)

Erin Condren Life Planners (Ends 2/14/15)

Additional giveaways next week!

Good luck and have a great rest of the weekend!


I’ve been my mom’s caregiver for – oh, about five, six years now – and the assumptions and questions from people I talk are so interesting. I think a lot of people think that as a caregiver, I’m taking care of someone who is homebound and without independence. That’s not the case in my life.

My mom is a functioning person with malfunctioned kidneys. She drives herself to the dialysis clinic three times a week for what I call her “part-time job.” She goes to the grocery store. Picks up her own medicine. Does chores, makes her breakfast in the morning.

There are times when she is unable to do those things by herself, but I step in every day in many other ways.

So, these are the things I have to do as a caregiver:

Monitoring. Mom can check her blood sugar and blood pressure, but I take notice of changes in my mom’s body that she may not notice. I was the first person to bring up her tube-shaped nails that led to her renal failure diagnosis. I also have to check her feet for any cuts or drastic changes (foot health is very difficult for diabetics), and give her that extra push to get things checked out. They may be benign, but even benign things can turn into disasters if they aren’t monitored properly.

Personal care. While I don’t have to be with my mom every second she’s in the bathroom, I do have to help her with some personal care. I always have to be around when she showers. I must properly cover her dialysis port so it won’t get wet. I must stay in her adjacent bedroom  in case she has a fall. And when she gets out of the shower, I help her dry off (feet are again very important here) and I remove her port dressing. I also have to help apply lotion to her feet if needed (and we are finding it is likely needed every morning and evening).

Power of attorney. We have the security in knowing that if anything happens to mom, I can have her admitted to the hospital. I can also take on her finances in her place if the need arises. Mom still pays her bills on her own.  I do things like going online to check her bank balance, taking care of financial matters if she is hospitalized or in skilled care, and offering support and guidance with financial concerns.

A completely functional pair of hands. I am the one in charge of opening all cans, opening most packages, plugging and unplugging mom’s phone to charge (her nails make it very difficult), and doing lots of things that require strong hands or strong fingernails. I also use my hands to do things like change the Wii back to the cable box so she can watch television. This is important!

Companionship. Mom’s only outside world is that of the grocery store, the pharmacy, her doctors’ offices, and the dialysis clinic. And they all ADORE her. I provide her with someone to talk with, joke with, watch movies with, eat with. Okay, maybe she provides me some of the same.

So, caregiving, for me, is not all driving, sponge baths and bedpans. I help my mother live her life. My job as a caregiver is not for her to be dependent on me, but for me to help her live as independently as possible.

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