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Win an Apple iPad from Shop It To Me!

Shop It To Me Logo

Shop It To Me is giving away something I really want to win – a brand spanking new Apple iPad!

Shop It To Me LogoThe reason for the giveaway is to celebrate the launch of their latest site – Shop It To Me UK.  The new site will feature British stores, British sizes, and everything will be listed in pounds.

So how do you get a chance to win the iPad?  Become a member of Shop It To Me!  One lucky member {from either the U.S. or UK} will win this iPad! 

You gain extra entries by referring other people to Shop It To Me OR by Tweeting about the giveaway.  Click here to sign up to become a member now.!

As an additional bonus, for every 10 people you refer to Shop It To Me and that accept your invitation you will receive a FREE $10 gift card to your choice of the following stores: J. Crew, Banana Republic, Bloomingdales, Gap, iTunes, Jamba Juice, Macy’s, Nordstroms, Old Navy, Starbucks, or Urban Outfitters!  You can literally earn hundreds of dollars worth of free gift cards just by getting your friends to sign up for Shop It To Me!

So what is Shop It To Me?  It’s a really awesome website.  When you sign up, you will tell them what retail locations you’re interested in, what brands you love, as well as what products you’re looking for and in what sizes.  They will, in turn, send you an email either daily or weekly per your choice, with anything they find that fits your parameters!  Registration is completely free and they often have kick-ass giveaways like the one above.

Click here to But you must first become a member of the site, and then learn more about this great promotion

The winner of the iPad will be announced on April 10, 2010, so hurry up and start earning entries!  {And make sure you tell me if you end up being the grand prize winner!!}

Audrey Kate Rae Cake Ball Giveaway Winner!

Wow, y’all.  I’m so happy to see that many of you share in my love of cake and cake balls! Thanks so much to all of you that took the time to enter and a very special thank-you to Audrey for agreeing to host this giveaway.

As a personal little note, I’ve tried these cake balls and can personally attest to how delicious they are {and how nice Audrey is!}.  I hope if you’re looking for specialty baked goods for any events in the future that you’ll check out Audrey Kate Rae!

So many of you suggested some delicious sounding cake ball ideas for extra entries.  Here are a couple of my favorites:

maybe a dark chocolate mint (like a thin mint!)

Decadent Lemon

Pineapple upside down cake

Mexican Chocolate (ie chocolate with cinnamon and a little cayenne)

To be honest they all sounded amazing!  You all are very creative people.

So let’s get to the winner, shall we?  The winner of 12 cake balls from Audrey Kate Rae is…

Lucky #283 is Taryn from The Colorado Desert!

Congratulations, Taryn!  I hope you enjoy your prize.  I’ll be contacting you in just a moment to get your information and choice of cake balls.

And thanks again to all of you that entered.  You all rock. 🙂

Amrita Singh Bracelet Giveaway Winner!

Amrita Singh Bracelet

While I love hosting giveaways for all of you, there are times when I really wish I could be the big winner. Today is one of those days. I LOVE this Amrita Singh Bridgehampton Bracelet in Amethyst and I really hope the winner does too!

So let’s get to it, shall we?

Lucky #281 is… Megan from Life as a Dill!!!

Congratulations Megan, I will contact you shortly to get your mailing information.

Thank you to all that took the time to enter this giveaway and thanks to Amrita Singh for allowing me to host!

Etsy Monday + Giveaway: Audrey Kate Rae

So do you all remember these lovelies that I posted about two weeks ago in my Etsy Monday feature about cupcakes?

Red Velvet Cake Balls

Tiffany's Red Velvet Cake Balls

Yep, I posted about cake balls with all of the cupcakes and am I ever glad I did! Immediately after I posted about these treats I contacted their maker, Audrey of Etsy shop Audrey Kate Rae, to ask if she’d be willing to be featured in Etsy Monday.  Luckily for all of us, Audrey was not only nice enough to answer a few questions, but she offered up a cake ball giveaway, too!  Woo hoo!

I must confess though – not only did I contact Audrey to see if she’d be willing to be featured here, but I also placed an immediate order for the Red Velvet Cake Balls above.  You see, I absolutely cannot resist anything that is red velvet and I just had to try these for myself.

Friends – they are amazing.  A-M-A-Z-I-N-G. These red velvet cake balls were easily the best cake balls I’ve ever eaten.  Now, I’m no cake ball connoisseur or anything {giggle}, but I can tell you when red velvet cake tastes good, and this red velvet tasted wonderful.  So wonderful, in fact, that I’m currently really upset that I ate my dozen in three an embarrassingly small number of days.  Oops.

If you haven’t had a cake ball before, the frosting and the cake are mushed together in the actual “cake” part of the ball.  When you bite into the red velvet balls you get the wonderful chocolate red velvet flavor combined with a not-too-rich cream cheese frosting.  It makes for a wonderfully moist bite of cake.  It is all dipped in chocolate, which holds everything together.  The outcome?  Too die for.  Seriously.

I recognize that not everyone may be a freak about red velvet like me, so no worries, Audrey makes cake balls in other flavors, too.

For instance, Dark Chocolate Orange Espresso, sprinkled with sea salt:

Dark Chocolate Orange Espresso Cake Balls

Or Chocolate Covered Peanut Butter Cake:

Chocolate-Covered Peanut Butter Cake Balls

I dare you to tell me that you’re not yearning for a cake ball or two or three right about now.

I’m going to let Audrey talk for a minute while I try to figure out how to make these myself and then we’ll talk about the giveaway, k? 🙂

1. For how long have you been baking?

I’ve been baking for as long as I can remember. My mom, Betty Crocker, and I used to bake when I was little and it just stuck. (My mom loves Betty Crocker…) For the past year or so, I’ve decided to start making cake balls.

I tried all different combinations, brought them into work with me or sent them to work with my husband. A few coworkers kept encouraging me to take my cake balls to the next level and try selling them, so I did!

2. How did you decide to specialize in making cake balls?

Cake balls and cake pops are so fun because they’re the perfect little snack, they’re not messy, they look really fancy and you can come up with endless flavor and color combinations. People love them because they’re something different.

3. Is there any secret to making a good cake ball?

The secret is to get the ratio of frosting to cake just right. Too much frosting and you won’t be able to dip them without them sticking everywhere. Too little frosting and you’ll have crumbs in your chocolate when you try to dip them. Oh, and the last tip is to try not to eat all the cake so you actually have enough left to make the balls!

4. All of the cake ball flavors you make sound incredible – is there any one you would consider a favorite?

That’s a tough one – I think it’s a tie between the devil’s food and the carrot cake. Carrot cake is my best seller too, so it sounds like everyone agrees. My favorite design is the Tiffany’s Red Velvet – this one has been featured on a lot of blogs lately.

Double Chocolate Devil's Food Cake Balls

Double Chocolate Devil's Food Cake Balls

Carrot Cake Cake Balls

Carrot Cake Cake Balls

5. Do you have plans to add new flavors and/or baked goods to your line-up?

Absolutely! Im always cooking up new flavors and combinations. In fact, just last week I added a new flavor – German Chocolate. Suggestions are always welcome too!

6. Do you ever make bulk orders for events and parties?

Yes, I have made bulk orders and love to do them! People really like them things like for baby showers, girl’s-night-ins, birthday parties, and anniversaries because they’re different than your normal party snacks (Jordan almonds, mints and peanuts) and they WOW the guests!


Want to learn more about this talented baker?  Get the latest and greatest from AudreyKateRae by becoming a fan on facebook at or by visiting her Etsy shop at!

And now one of you is going to get the opportunity to walk away with your choice of 12 cake balls from Audrey Kate Rae!  I’m pretty much always jealous of those of you that win giveaways, but this time I’m particularly jealous.  I know how wonderful these cake balls are and I have no doubt the winner is going to love them just as much as I do, and possibly devour them as quickly as I did mine!

To enter: Fill in the form below sharing which flavor of cake ball that Audrey makes that you would most like to try.

For an extra entry, suggest a new cake ball flavor that you would love to try.

For one final entry, become a fan of Audrey Kate Rae on Facebook.

This giveaway will stay open through March 29, 2010.  A winner will be announced on March 30, 2010.

Good Luck to all of you, and a super big thank-you to Audrey!  You rock!


Yoplait Light Giveaway Winner

Wow. This must be some type of personal record in slowness. I’m so sorry for taking so long to post the winner of the Yoplait Light giveaway. So let’s just get to it, shall we?

Lucky #50 = Stephanie C.!!!

Congratulations, Stephanie! I’ll be contacting you shortly…

Thanks to everyone that entered!

Don’t forget you still have time to enter to win a 0 amethyst bracelet from Amrita Singh!

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