Tis the Season $400 Giveaway!

I have been so excited for this giveaway I can hardly stand it! How awesome would it be to win $400 to spend for Christmas!? And two runners up will win a $20! I have teamed up with some amazing Bloggers on this one! Don’t forget to spread the holiday love and become a follower to our pinterest and facebook pages and GOOD LUCK!!

To ENTER the giveaway, please use the Rafflecopter widget below. It does take a few moments to load at times, so please give it a moment. You MUST leave a comment to be eligible, and you can earn a bonus entry for following the blogs listed below on Facebook and Pinterest. It is really easy to earn extra entries, so we have a bunch of different ways to enter- and check out some fabulous new blogs when you do! 
(please note if you enter via a bonus entry, they will be verified should you win). 

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  1. My husband and I have our one year anniversary in January and I would love to get a really, really nice hotel room!

  2. Would love to win the $400 gift card!!

  3. I would love to be the winner! Fingers crossed!

  4. I would love to win! Fingers crossed!

  5. If I had the $400 dollars, I would spend it on my kids christmas presents. We dont have much money this year, so it would make their christmas bright!

  6. I would buy a mini ipad for my husband!

  7. How fun! With 3 little girls – would be put to really super use! 🙂

  8. $400 would help me to buy a few presents for my daughter and the rest would help with bills 🙂

  9. I would love to win some extra Christmas cash!
    Heather Hogan

  10. I would use the extra Christmas cash to fix my digital slr camera. Thanks for the consideration. Michelle (dinkum1@aol.com)

  11. I could pay for the Nutcracker tickets I just bought!
    Cheryl (canewton42@yahoo.com)

  12. You’re so awesome to offer people some extra cash this time of year!

  13. Amanda Johnson says:

    This year I am finished buying for everyone, inlcuding the Christmas Operation children in Africa, two angel tree children (boy and girl), tons of food for two food drives and of course presents for my son. My husband and I dont have much money left over after that, so it would be nice to have some spending money for each other!

  14. I would use the 400.00 to fly my husband home for the holidays! 🙂 He is currently living 2,000 miles away for work, and he moved only 2 months after we got married, so it has been rough. Thanks for this giveaway opportunity!!!

  15. The Davis Family says:

    Woot Woot!

  16. FoodBloggieAddict says:

    How exciting! I would love some extra $$ for presents 😉


  17. Annie One Can Cook! says:

    I’m getting married in January, so the extra $400 would help immensely!

  18. Devan and Desiree Fenn says:

    Love your blog, tried many of the recipies and look forward to more!!! I would love to win as I just lost my job unexpectedly and any little bit helps. 🙂

  19. I’d use it on plane tickets to see family that I miss desperately.

  20. mamahuerta89040 says:

    This would be so awesome to win for my little boys for Christmas!

  21. mamahuerta89040 says:

    This would be so awesome to win for my little boys for christmas! Every little bit helps out! : )

  22. I would love love love to use the money to help finish my basement. We’ve been in our house for 2 years and it still sits unfinished.

  23. Neil and Roxy says:

    with the extra $400 I would use it towards buying the double stroller I want I am expecting baby #2 in early January:)

    Roxanne Gonsalves Tomkinson

  24. I would like to buy something extra for my better half – maybe a surf casting rod?? Thanks for the giveaway – I hope I entered it correctly

  25. Cindy in Wisconsin says:

    Just discovered your blog. I’m going to try the banana bread bars this afternoon; I have the bananas on the table to use up. These sound so good! It would be wonderful to win the $400, too. I’ve bookmarked your blog and am going to start following you on Facebook and Pinterest. Love Pinterest!

  26. Nate and Keshia says:

    Love to buy a new blender!

  27. Nikki Spencer says:

    I would buy some things to spruce up my kids room. I have 5 year old son and niece who share a room and I would like to make it more nuetral for them not that she is living with me full time…bedding and wall accents as well as maybe a bookcase or new toy boxes for my babies!!!

  28. i would put it towards a trip with my mom! i told her i’d take her on vacation after i graduated college and it’s been over a year now and it still hasn’t happened! shame on me. this money would really help me out!

  29. Great Giveaway! Who couldn’t use some extra cash for the holidays! Count me in.

  30. Laura, Ella, and a Pair of Toms says:

    Woo for giveaways!! 😀 I hope I win – it is definitely going towards kids Christmas presents if I do! 🙂

  31. Oh how I would love to win!! I would buy all the kiddos in the family an extra present! Love the giveaway and I love the recipes on your blog!

  32. I would LOVE an extra $400 for Christmas. Things are tight and I could buy my husband a little something along with better gifts for the kids.

  33. What an amazing giveaway! Thanks for the chance to win! =)

  34. This would be a saving grace right before the holiday season – thank you! 🙂

  35. I’d use an extra $400 to buy my family everything on their wish lists this year!

  36. I would buy my mom something really special and take her and my hubby out to a really nice dinner

  37. This money would help us to travel to see my family for christmas… I haven’t been home for christmas for 8 years now and haven’t been with family except for my husband for 6 years.

  38. I’ll give it a try!

  39. I would love to be able to get my boyfriend a lot of gifts.. I am the only one who gives him gifts because his family is estranged from him, so this money would really help a lot!!!

  40. I’m simply a girl on a pretty tight budget right now and would use the $400 to buy Christmas gifts this year for my loved one. Love all these generous giveaways I’ve seen lately!

  41. It would go straight to my parents for all the financial help they’ve given me over the past year!

  42. would love to win!

  43. I would give the money to my daughter and her husband. He has been out of work on and off for over a year,they have a 19month old,10 year old and 13 year old.

  44. From Sugar Cookies to Peterbilts says:

    What a help this would be for the gift giving season!

  45. Great giveaway. I hope to win! 🙂

  46. The Traumatic Teenager says:

    I love this blog! If I won the $400, I would use half for Christmas, and the rest for a new car, or my mission! 🙂

  47. With $400, we would actually be able to buy Christmas gifts for our family this year! Money is tight, and at this point, I just don’t see us being able to do gifts this year. Very generous giveaway!

  48. SNOW tires to keep my husband safe on the road!

  49. I would buy more presents for all the people I just love to give presents to 🙂

  50. I would use the money to buy Christmas for my kids :).

  51. Bri Rueschaw says:

    With an extra $400 for the holidays I would be able to buy more thoughtful gifts. This year is going to be a tight year.

  52. Sarah Carletti says:

    I’d put it towards a DSLR

  53. I would buy our family a new KitchenAid stand mixer…mine is on it’s last leg. I try to make as much from homemade as possible to avoid the added preservatives, etc. I make homemade bread, pizza crust, tortillas, pitas, cookies, cakes, and so much more!

  54. Sarah Barrett says:

    I would buy lots and lots of books!

  55. Oh wow! Thanks for the chance first off! Thanks for the recipe’s too! I think I’ve gained 86 pounds just looking at your recipe’s tonight! How would I spend it? Hmmmm, easy-peasy…I’d spend it all on my beautiful granddaughter, Carlene! She’s 2 and the apple of my eye! Well, that’s not entirely true, I have two apples..my own daughter, Rana and and my sweet baby granddaughter Carlene. I call her Munchie. I think that God gave me a second chance to live out my ‘little girl’ dreams as my sweet Rana has Autism and doesn’t quite get all the fancy, smanchy, prissy things that I’ve always wanted to do with her and that’s ok too but still.. oh dang, anyway I’d spend it all on my two girls and I might get my …ha! who am I trying to fool? I’d spend it all on my girls :-)!
    Thanks so much!

  56. I would spend it on my grandkidlets! My son was just laid off from his job with the State ( We live in Grinch-ville, Madison, WI) and he and my d-i-l have 3 little ones, ages 6, 3 and 15months. They are pure joy! We don’t have much but what we do have is theirs and 400 dollars would sure make it sweeter 🙂 Thanks so much!

  57. I would donate a portion to my local food bank and also to The Open Door Mission, a homeeless shelter, in Omaha, Nebraska. I would take my entire family on a day trip to the Zoo and out to eat. I would use whatever remained to spend and spoil my 2 grandaughters, ages 3 and 4, and my soon-to-be grandson!! I am so blessed!! Detra

  58. I would use the $400 to fly home for Christmas. I moved to California from Michigan in 2009 and have missed the last 2 Christmases. My family is really missing me!

  59. I’d buy my family an iPad!

  60. I would buy airfare to go see my family for the holiday.

    a marie hj saver

    hmcnaron at gmail

  61. Amanda Estroff says:

    I would buy all my Christmas gifts. A family portrait photo shoot for my parents, watch for my husband, toys and art supplies for my son Lukas and toys for my nieces and nephews. 400 would cover everything plus a few extra gifts for my best friends.

  62. This would be amazing to win for the holiday season!

  63. This would be amazing this holiday season!

  64. Courtney B says:

    If I were being rational I’d use the $$ towards paying off our hospital bills so that we have one less thing to worry about. Our baby is going to be the BEST Christmas present ever… but she sure is going to cost a lot, ha ha!
    But I’d also like to buy a rifle my husband has been wanting so that he can go hunting and stuff. He’s just been so amazing and deserves a special gift that we wouldn’t normally buy!

  65. Mini vaction for my family 🙂

  66. Wow, I would buy my hubby a bike so we could cruise around together!
    <3 Dana @ This Silly Girl's Life

  67. This would be SO helpful!

  68. I just found your blog today! I would use the 400$ in part to help my niece who has been having issues with gluten making her very ill stock her kitchen with various flours and products she can use to make gluten free meals for her and her family. I just sent her a pasta recipe of yours I think she will be pleased with and told her to just substitute the pasta with her gluten free pasta , she has been overwhelmed with trying to figure out what to eat. She has had issues and with her digestion for a long time and spent a lot of $$$$ this past year on testing and medical bills and has had issues with food allergies since she was a child so this is not a ‘ fad ‘ for her. So thank you for the opportunity .

  69. With an extra $400 this Christmas I would be able to spend more money on my family and adopt an Angel Tree child on our own instead of partnering with a bigger group.

  70. Would love to win.With an extra $400, I could buy gifts for my family, donate to a local food bank and maybe even swing a little something for myself

  71. Wouldn’t this be nice!! And love you and your blog 🙂

  72. I would love this! It would help out so much with Christmas.

  73. I would buy gas so my family and I could visit our family in Utah!!

  74. Would love to win. With the extra $400, I could buy gifts for my family,donate to a local food bank and maybe even get a little something for myself.

  75. My husband recently lost his job, we have a new baby and a 5 year old.. It would be nice to get some extra groceries Abbe maybe a few presents

  76. I would buy my 1 1/2 year old daughter some fun Christmas gifts, and use it for gas money to drive 1000 miles to spend Christmas with all of our family!!

  77. I would buy my family a health club membership so we could all get more fit and healthy. Thanks for offering this!

  78. I would spend some of it on our kids Christmas presents and also buy some toys to be donated to children in need.

  79. I would use it to give my family and husband the best christmas ever!

  80. I’d buy some gifts!

  81. The prize would be so helpful to anyone in today’s hardships, I am sure it would be put to good use making this holiday season a little brighter! Thanks Alyssa!~

  82. We are trying to get into a house before Christmas, and money is TIGHT! Winning $400 dollars would definitely help! Thanks for the contest and all of the yummy recipes! I’m trying the slow cooker chicken teriyaki this week!

  83. I would use the money to help pay for Christmas without stressing out our budget! Thanks for the opportunity!

  84. I would take my new fiance home to Colorado to spend Christmas with my family! Love all of your recipes! (and so does he) 🙂

  85. If I won I would use it to help a few needy kids & then maybe use some on my own family

  86. Hello, I would get presents for my family. They deserve it and I’m always paying off credit card bills well into April with holiday purchases. Thanks for a great giveaway!


  87. If I won, it would mean a completely different Christmas this year for my family!

  88. I would buy much needed new clothes for my young boys.

  89. I would definitely put $400 to good use this Christmas! Not only toward presents, but a little toward supplies for some new decor. 🙂

  90. I would love to win this.

  91. I would buy something nice for my hubby! Probably something for his UTV.

  92. I would be so excited to win! I could get my husband the scope he has been wanting!

  93. Wow, what an awesome giveaway at the perfect time of year! I could definately use this to help get some much needed winter clothes for the kids. I’d be sure to pay-it-forward as well 🙂

  94. Wow! My husband and I haven’t been on a non-family vacation since our wedding four years ago so I would love to use it for a special getaway for us!

  95. I would use it for clothes and food for our disabled veteran friend. Thanks for offering the chance to win. What a great giveaway.

  96. I would uae it on something special???

  97. Girl, you know Addi needs some new stuff 🙂

  98. I would buy myself and my husband a Fitbit! We started working out and it would be great to use one of these to track our progress. Thanks for the giveaway!

  99. It’s our TEN year anniversary this December! I would totally use it to do something fun with my husband. :]

  100. a cruise for me and the hubby!

  101. What a great giveaway! I would use it to bless my family and friends this Christmas!

  102. I would love to use this to help a friend who’s been down on her luck buy gifts for her 4 kids for Christmas. What an awesome giveaway. Thank you!

  103. definitely the new samsung galaxy camera!

  104. I love cooking with my 7 yr old daughter and your blog certainly gives all sorts of new ideas! I just restarted treatment for cancer and unfortunately won’t be myself til after christmas. But I would love to have 400 to spend on my kids and make them feel extra special this year! Keep the recipes coming!

  105. I love trying out your recipes with my 7 yr old daughter. They’re easy and fun and she loves them as much as I do. I recently started back on chemo for my second time this year and know I won’t be myself or be able to spend a ton of time with my kids this christmas. I would love to be able to spend this money on my kids and make them feel extra special this year! Keep the recipes coming! We look forward to trying them out again!

  106. Perhaps it’s selfish, but we just finished a remodel and I really want to switch out our mini blinds for nice curtains throughout the house, so it would go toward that and a few other home needs! Plus, I have already gotten all the kids Christmas gifts in a clearance blow out a few weeks ago! I love you recipes!! Thanks so much!

  107. Mrs. Massey says:

    I would use the $400 to help finish the remodel of our bedroom!

  108. Beth Ann Zumwalt says:

    $400 or $20 would be a blessing this year towards Christmas for my family this year.

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