Fitbit Blaze Sweepstakes: Smart Fitness Has Never Looked Better #vzwbuzz #FitbitBlaze

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A journey of 1000 miles begins with a single step. ~ Chinese Proverb

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As a reluctant exerciser, this phrase motivates me daily. And while I’m just working toward 10,000 steps each day, meeting that goal begins with just one step. Whether it’s walking in the neighborhood, pushing through the pre-set workout, or just being active around the house, seeing those steps add up on my fitness tracker is motivation to keep going.

With so many fitness trackers on the market it’s hard to know which one to choose. Well, I’ll make it easy! How about a Fitbit Blaze? One of the newer fitness trackers on the market, the Fitbit Blaze is a fitness watch that looks like a watch so you don’t look like you’re wearing a fitness tracker. Designed more like a watch, it allows you to see text and call notifications.

While I have a different fitness tracker, I love the sleek and versatile design and function of this smart fitness watch. And did you know that the Fitbit Blaze automatically recognizes and records your exercise for you, so you’ll get credit for a workout even if you forget to log it? My tracker has a similar feature, and I love it because at the end of the day when you’ve put in your steps you want to get credit for them, right.

One really important feature is the continuous heart rate monitoring. This will help maximize the benefits of your workout. I thought I was getting the most from my workout until I found out about the heart rate monitoring feature and now I can really focus on getting the best workout. Another feature I really like about the Fitbit Blaze is that it gives you music control so you don’t have to fool with your smartphone to get to the song you want!

A new feature from Fitbit is the FitStar workout, which can be used right on your screen. It’s like having a coach right on your wrist! You’ll get step-by-step instructions right on the screen so you don’t have to keep doing the same few exercises you’ve always been doing.

I know you’ll love the Fitbit Blaze as much as I love my fitness tracker. It’s stylish, versatile, and can likely help you reach your health and fitness goals. As always, before you start a new fitness program consult with your personal health professional. And always be careful if you’re outside with your earphones on. So, what are you waiting for?

  • No purchase necessary to enter.
  • Must be 18 years of age or older to enter.
  • Open to US Residents only.
  • Void where prohibited.
  • See Official Rules for details.

Enter now for a chance to win a Fitbit Blaze Smart Fitness Watch


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All we need is love & cute cards!

 

For years, I’ve used Shutterfly to make photo gifts, cards and actually print out my photos. They’ve always been well-received. As Shutterfly has expanded their offering from those first days of being just a photo print site, they’ve maintained a high quality and the competitive pricing.

This past holiday season was the first time I didn’t send out holiday cards. I decided that I wanted to send greetings at another time of year when my friends wouldn’t be overwhelmed with trying to get it all done. Instead, I  thought it would be fun to send out cards around Valentine’s Day to let them know that they’re loved and thought of not just in December. And while I’m not a big fan of the commercialism of Valentine’s Day, I am a fan of telling people they are loved and appreciated.

So when Shutterfly asked me to talk about their Valentine’s Day cards and gifts, it was easy to say yes. Even better, one of you will win a very nice prize pack just for commenting on this post! How’s that for sharing the love?

My first photo gift from Shutterfly was a photo mug. BabyGirl was probably about 3 and saw mugs at the store and said we should get that and tape a photo on it. I laughed, but BabyGirl was serious. So now, Aunt Zoni is the proud owner of a mug with BabyGirl’s mug on it. Now that she’s 10, I think BabyGirl secretly hopes AuntZoni drops the mug because the photo is definitely a bit cheesy. But sometimes, that’s what these type of photo gifts are for. Right?

My most recent purchase was a custom iPhone case. CycleGuy got a new work phone and I wanted to get him something that fit his personality and wouldn’t be the same as everyone else at the office who had the “corporate” cover. The nice thing about getting it from Shutterfly is that I upload hundreds of images every month so it’s easy to find the right one and create the case without spending too much time sifting through the thousands of images on my computer.

I’ve shared before that I like unique photo gifts, not just stashing a picture in a frame and calling it a day. The prize pack includes one of the newest additions to Shutterfly, the desktop photo plaque. Last time I saw these I was in high school and we ordered one for my grandparents. It’s still the one photo my grandma gets the most compliments on. I’m so excited to get one for CycleGuy (Valentine’s day spoiler alert!) because the other photos he has at the office are also unique.

Back to my “holiday” cards, though. before I was contacted by Shutterfly for this promotion, I’d already started looking through their Valentine’s Day cards for just the right one. Nothing too lovey-dovey or goofy. There are just so many great options. And even better, there are various card sizes so I don’t have to send out a giant “look at me” card when what I really want is something that says “you are thought of”.

I remember taking a shoe box and decorating it to collect all my Valentine’s Day cards at school. Year after year I looked forward to carrying this construction paper-covered box to and from school and opening it up to see all the sweet candy hearts and little cards from my classmates. I hope my friends will be as excited to get their Valentine’s Day cards as I am to send them out.

I’d love for you to enter my giveaway so you can share the love too!

Enter my Shutterfly Valentine’s Day Prize Pack Giveaway

Prize: (50) – 4×5 Stationery Cards and one (1) – 5.5×5.5 Desktop Plaque.

The approximate retail value (“ARV”) of the prize is $85.

All you need to do is leave a comment below telling me your favorite Valentine’s Day memory.

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This Promotion begins January 21, 2013 at 06:01:00 AM Pacific Time (“PT”) and ends January 28, 2013, at 05:59:00 AM PT. By entering, you agree to the Official Rules.

Shutterfly will provide me with the same items I’m giving away. Items stated as purchased are those where I have paid and were not provided gratis or as part of a business relationship. This post reflects my views and opinions and was not reviewed or edited by a third party. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.

The Promotion is open to legal residents of the fifty (50) United States, and the District of Columbia (excluding Puerto Rico and all other U.S. territories) who are eighteen (18) years of age or older, and have a valid US mailing address. For more details view the Official Rules. Void where prohibited.


Sara

Green Giant New Seasoned Steamers Giveaway

Since the first time I spotted the Green Giant Steamers they’re always on my list when they’re on sale. They’re very convenient and make adding a vegetable to any dinner so easy. Rarely do I doctor them up, other than some Jane’s Mixed Up Salt or Mrs. Dash. It’s pretty boring but it gets a healthy and nutritious meal on the table.

It makes sense that the Green Giant Steamers family expands to add Seasoned Steamers. Available in six different varieties, Green Giant Seasoned SteamersTM are one of the first sauce-free seasoned vegetables to bring unique chef-inspired seasonings and premium cut vegetable blends to your dining room table. Seasoned Steamers are available in six varieties including: Mediterranean Blend, Tuscan Seasoned Broccoli, Brussel Sprouts with Sea Salt and Cracked Pepper, Honey Roasted Sweet Corn, Honey Dijon Carrots and Backyard Grilled Potatoes.

I tried the Honey Dijon Carrots and they were really tasty. A hint of sweet and savory made steamed carrots more than just an afterthought for a side dish. Normally we’re a broccoli family so it was nice to have something different.

To give you the opportunity to try these yourself, one reader will win a prize pack (approx $35 value) that includes

  • (1) VIP coupon for one free package of Green Giant Seasoned SteamersTM
  • Apron
  • Green Giant Serving Spoon
  • Mixing Bowl

Enter the Green Giant Seasoned Steamers Prize Pack Giveaway

All you need to do is leave a comment below telling me your favorite veggie side dish.

And whether you enter or not, visit Green Giant Coup0n to download a printable coupon for $1.00 off the purchase of one Green Giant Seasoned Steamers.

Limit one entry per person. This Promotion begins October 28, 2012 at 06:01:00 AM Pacific Time (“PT”) and ends November 2, 2012, at 05:59:00 AM PT. By entering, you agree to the Official Rules. You may enter all my Birthday Giveaway promotions but you may only win one (1) so that others have an opportunity to win some goodies.

If you don’t already, please consider following Saving For Someday on Twitter, Facebook, Email or RSS.

As stated above, I was provided a prize pack to facilitate writing this post. This post reflects my views and opinions and was not reviewed or edited by a third party. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.

The Promotion is open to legal residents of the fifty (50) United States, and the District of Columbia (excluding Puerto Rico and all other U.S. territories) who are eighteen (18) years of age or older, and have a valid US mailing address. For more details view the Official Rules.


Sara

Birthday Giveaway #6: $50 CafePress Gift Card [CLOSED]

What are little girls made of

I came across this What Are Little Girls Made Of?’ wall decal at CafePress and I just had to have it. BabyGirl loves science and talks about becoming a chemist. So what better way to encourage her love than a fun piece of art for her bedroom?  And it’s removable without damaging the wall! Extra awesome!

There’s never a time when a customized gift isn’t appreciated. Wait, I take that back. A few years ago I coordinated a white elephant gift exchange for CycleGuy’s company holiday party and someone’s gift was a set of coffee mugs with the CEO’s “mug” on them. Talk about weird! In that instant, I’ll go out on a limb and say a customized gift wasn’t really all that appreciated. But then again, it was a white elephant exchange so it was likely better than the toothbrush that played pop tunes while you brushed.

But, that was then and this is now! I’m sure you’ve heard of CafePress, right? If you have then you know all the great products they sell that can be personalized or are just super cool and unique. They literally have tens of thousands of items to choose from. T-shirts, aprons, coaster, iPhone cases, mousepads, water bottles, blankets, flipflops! You name it, CafePress likely has it. And whether you want to check out their approved designs or upload your own image it’s so easy to find the perfect gift.

BabyGirl is always asking for notebooks. Sometimes I get her notebooks for a specific purpose, like karate or Violin Girl journalviolin. I was so excited to see a Violin Girl journal. I knew it would be perfect because it was just the right about of girly and yet still very practical. And, to tell you the truth, I’m kind of getting tired of everything being pink-princessy. It’s good to expand the boundaries, right?

One thing I’m always looking for is motivational artwork for the house. I love sayings and quotes that can easily remind me of the beauty that surrounds me. I have purchased wall decals in the past, but only from photo websites. I was so excited to see that CafePress had them and there were thousands of different images and saying to fit most any age or interest.

After finding the What are Little Girls Made Of wall decal I looked through pages of wall decals for one I could use to decorate by BabyGirl’s bedroom. I like wall decals because I don’t need a frame, they don’t need any special hardware and when you tire of it you just peel it off. They’re pretty inexpensive too!

One of the wall decals I chose was this “I am” reminder – to both BabyGirl and me. There are too many opportunities throughout the day to forget, and for me it’s really important to remember these.

I am beautiful wall decal

And because YOU deserve to have beautiful things, CafePress is offering one of my readers a $50 Gift Card to shop for themselves or someone they care about!

Giveaway #6 in Birth Month Giveaway Bonanza: $50 CafePress Gift Card

All you need to do is leave a comment below telling me what you think you might buy from CafePress.

Limit one entry per person. This Promotion begins May 21, 2012 at 06:01:00 AM Pacific Time (“PT”) and ends May 29, at 05:59:00 AM PT. By entering, you agree to the Official Rules. You may enter all my Birthday Giveaway promotions but you may only win one (1) so that others have an opportunity to win some goodies.

If you don’t already, please consider following Saving For Someday on Twitter, Facebook, Email or RSS.

I was provided the three items above to facilitate writing this post. This post reflects my views and opinions and was not reviewed or edited by a third party. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.

The Promotion is open to legal residents of the fifty (50) United States, and the District of Columbia (excluding Puerto Rico and all other U.S. territories) who are eighteen (18) years of age or older, and have a valid US mailing address.Void where prohibited. For more details view the Official Rules.


Sara

Birthday Giveaway #5: PUR One-Click Faucet Mount Water Filter [CLOSED]

Earth Day has come and gone, but our kindness toward Mother Earth is a daily practice. Every day my friend Stephanie tweets out a Hydration Nudge, reminding people to have some water. We get so busy we forget to have a nice glass of water. Sometimes, though, we’re stuck with tap water that doesn’t taste all that great no matter how much lemon we squeeze into it.

Clean water is a gift that we often take for granted. So this fifth birthday giveaway is partly for you and a whole lot for me. I strongly believe in the work Procter and Gamble does through their Child Safe Drinking Water program that helps bring clean water to children and families in impoverished parts of the world and areas hit by natural disasters that creates problems with getting clean water.

I was contacted by PUR to share tips to bring greater awareness to Earth Day, so I shared with you tips for reducing your carbon footprint. Now its time for me to give you a way to keep the kids hydrated this summer without spending a fortune on bottled water, not to mention all the plastic that needs to be recycled.

PUR is offering one reader a PUR® mineralclear™ Vertical Mount Faucet Water Filter. It is a one-click mount and will attach to most standard kitchen faucets. It has a sleek design so it’s not in the way, and comes with an electronic monitor to remind you when to change the filter. The best part is you’ll get up to 100 gallons of purified water so you can drink up, use it for cooking or even washing off your fruits and veggies!

If you don’t need one, consider entering and, if you win, give it to a college student getting their first apartment, a newlywed couple just starting out, or a college grad heading out on their own.

Enter the PUR® mineralclear™ Vertical Mount Faucet Water Filter Birth Month Giveaway Bonanza

All you need to do is leave a comment below telling me how you’ll keep the kids busy this summer.

Limit one entry per person. This Promotion begins May 17, 2012 at 06:01:00 AM Pacific Time (“PT”) and ends May 26, at 05:59:00 AM PT. By entering, you agree to the Official Rules. You may enter all my Birthday Giveaway promotions but you may only win one (1) so that others have an opportunity to win some goodies.

If you don’t already, please consider following Saving For Someday on Twitter, Facebook, Email or RSS.

I was provided a PUR water filter to facilitate writing this post. This post reflects my views and opinions and was not reviewed or edited by a third party. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.

The Promotion is open to legal residents of the fifty (50) United States, and the District of Columbia (excluding Puerto Rico and all other U.S. territories) who are eighteen (18) years of age or older, and have a valid US mailing address. For more details view the Official Rules.


Sara

Enter To Win A Trip To The ET Emmy Awards Gala

How fun would it be to win an all-expenses-paid trip to a fancy Hollywood party? Now’s your chance! Through May 24th, you can enter to win a trip to Los Angeles, California for the ET’s Exclusive Emmy® Gala Party on Sunday, September 23, 2012.

It’s easy to enter! All you have to do is Like Entertainment Tonight on Facebook so you can fill out the form for the Hanging With The Stars sweepstakes. There are daily winners based on the number of people you share it with as well as weekly winners. There isn’t much time left, so go enter and I wish you luck and hope you’ll be Hanging With The Stars this fall!

Win a trip to ET’s Exclusive Emmy® Gala Party in LA?

 

Don’t be shy! Your favorite television and movie celebs will be on hand to mingle with and talk to. They’ll be wondering who the new star is!

Enter To Win!

 

  1. Grand Prize – a trip to Los Angeles, California for ET’s Exclusive Emmy® Gala Party on Sunday, September 23, 2012.   This includes airfare, hotel stay and 2 tickets to the ET’s Exclusive Emmy® Gala Party!  (approximate value $2,200)
  2. Dates to enter – This sweepstakes continues until 4:59 PM PDT on Thursday, May 24th, 2012 (the “Sweepstakes Closing Date”).
  3. Who can win? The Grand Prize Winner and a traveling companion must be 21 years of age or older and legal residents of one of the fifty (50) United States of America or the District of Columbia. All Weekly Prize and Daily Prize entrants and winners must be 18 years of age or older and legal residents of one of the fifty (50) states within the United States of America or the District of Columbia.
  4. Still need to enter? Enter Now, then click on the “ET’s Hanging with the Stars Sweepstakes” button and complete the entry form. Enter your first and last name, birthdate, and email address.

Sweepstakes Sponsor: CBS Television Distribution, a division of CBS Studios Inc.
NO PURCHASE OR PAYMENT IS NECESSARY TO ENTER OR WIN.

 

Disclosure: I may be compensated for this post. This post has not been reviewed by a third party. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising. I was permitted to enter but my chances of winning are no greater than that of any other entrant. If you win, please take me! 😉

Sara

Birthday Giveaway #4: Green Giant Prize Pack [CLOSED]

Ho, Ho, Ho, Green Giant! I was a marketers dream when I was a child. I loved all those jingles and and advertising catch phrases. Like you, I grew up on Green Giant vegetables. And when they came out with their broccoli and cheese sauce I would eat it all the time. Now, Weight Watchers has endorsed over 30 varieties of Green Giant frozen boxed vegetable. Including my childhood favorite, the delicious broccoli and cheese sauce.

To support my readers in their healthy lifestyles, Weight Watchers and Green Giant are supporting the Birth Month Giveaway Bonanza! One reader will win a prize pack (a $45 value) that includes:

  • (1) VIP coupon for a free box of Weight Watchers® endorsed Green Giant Boxed Vegetables, any variety. These are available in the frozen aisle of your local grocery store. Green Giant is the only frozen vegetable brand to be endorsed by Weight Watchers®, and nearly all endorsed varieties have a 1 or 2 PointsPlus® value per serving
  • Water Bottle
  • Lunch Bag
  • Mini Nutrition Tracker
  • Lunch to Go Kit
  • Solar Powered Pedometer
  • Mini Ice Pack

Enter the Green Giant Prize Pack Birth Month Giveaway Bonanza

All you need to do is leave a comment below telling me what you’d pack for a healthy lunch.

And whether you enter or not, visit Green Giant Coup0n to download a printable coupon for $0.60 off the purchase of two boxes of Weight Watchers® endorsed Green Giant Boxed Vegetables.

Limit one entry per person. This Promotion begins May 13, 2012 at 06:01:00 AM Pacific Time (“PT”) and ends May 21, at 05:59:00 AM PT. By entering, you agree to the Official Rules. You may enter all my Birthday Giveaway promotions but you may only win one (1) so that others have an opportunity to win some goodies.

If you don’t already, please consider following Saving For Someday on Twitter, Facebook, Email or RSS.

As stated above, I was provided a prize pack to facilitate writing this post. This post reflects my views and opinions and was not reviewed or edited by a third party. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.

The Promotion is open to legal residents of the fifty (50) United States, and the District of Columbia (excluding Puerto Rico and all other U.S. territories) who are eighteen (18) years of age or older, and have a valid US mailing address. For more details view the Official Rules.


Sara

Birthday Giveaway #3: Land O Lakes Eggs Prize Pack [CLOSED]

The love/hate relationship with eggs has been ongoing for decades. They’re good for you. Not they’re not. Now eat more eggs. You should limit your eggs to X per day. I pretty much have ignored all that.

I love eggs! Always have. My mom used to make me special egg salad and deviled eggs because I don’t like them with relish. When I was pregnant, a nutritionist friend suggested eating an egg for breakfast to help with my morning all day sickness. It worked like a charm! And unlike others who then end up not being able to eat what they craved during pregnancy, eggs are still my thing.

I’ve been switching from ‘regular’ eggs to organic, free-range eggs. Because I like to eat eggs, I figured I should have the best I can afford. Also, I think they taste better.

Recently, Land O Lakes eggs have been my go-to brand because one store I shop at keeps clearancing the Organic, Cage Free Brown eggs for under $2/dozen. I realize no one should get that excited about eggs, but what a savings!

Anyway, Land O Lakes and BlogSpark are supporting my Birth Month Giveaway Bonanza (doesn’t that sound like a fun name?)! I was sent a gift pack so I my family could make special birthday eggs. I received:

  • VIP coupon for Land O Lakes Eggs
  • Egg Tray (for some relish-free deviled eggs)
  • Mini Frying Pan (which is so adorable and should be in my museum of cute miniature things)
  • Mini Muffin Tin (again with the cute!)

And because it wouldn’t be a Birth Month Giveaway Bonanza if I didn’t give one away to a reader, you can enter to win your very own Land O Lakes Eggs Prize Pack which will include the same four items.

Enter the Land O Lakes Eggs Prize Pack Birth Month Giveaway Bonanza

All you need to do is leave a comment below letting me know how you like your eggs, what you make using Eggs for a ‘bite size brunch’, or your favorite egg recipe.  I’ll start – I like breakfast for dinner and for a bite size brunch I’d probably make quiches.

Limit one entry per person. This Promotion begins May 10, 2012 at 06:01:00 AM Pacific Time (“PT”) and ends May 16, at 05:59:00 AM PT. By entering, you agree to the Official Rules. You may enter all my Birthday Giveaway promotions but you may only win one (1) so that others have an opportunity to win some goodies.

If you don’t already, please consider following Saving For Someday on Twitter, Facebook, Email or RSS.

Make sure you check out Land O Lakes on Facebook for recipes, information about promotions and fun facts. You can also follow Land O Lakes on Twitter.

As stated above, I was provided a prize pack to facilitate writing this post. This post reflects my views and opinions and was not reviewed or edited by a third party. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.

The Promotion is open to legal residents of the fifty (50) United States, and the District of Columbia (excluding Puerto Rico and all other U.S. territories) who are eighteen (18) years of age or older, and have a valid US mailing address. For more details view the Official Rules.


Sara

Birthday Giveaway #2: 250 Custom Stickers From PrintRunner [CLOSED]

To keep the Birthday Celebration going, here is a great giveaway for those of you with small businesses, blogs, special events coming up, or who just want great personalized stickers.

I have used custom stickers for a variety of reasons over the years, and have found that the quality just keeps improving. I have used PrintRunner for other online printing services and was excited to try out their online sticker printing. I was happy to find a place that let me upload a custom image and then turn it around with quick service without compromising my design.

PrintRunner is helping me celebrate my birthday by offering one of my readers 250 2″ x 3.5″ custom stickers in full color or black and white (a $40 approximate retail value).

Prize Details:

Stickers
Sticker Shape : Standard Stickers
Flat Width : 2″
Flat Height : 3.5″
Quantity : 250
Paper : Premium Sticker Stock
Colors : Full Color (4 Color Process), Black and White
Proof : NONE
Ready to Ship In : 3 Business Days

How to Enter Birthday Giveaway #2

Leave a comment below, it’s as simple as that! Limit one entry per person. This Promotion begins May 6, 2012 at 06:01:00 AM Pacific Time (“PT”) and ends May 12, at 05:59:00 AM PT. By entering, you agree to the Official Rules. You may enter all my Birthday Giveaway promotions but you may only win one (1) so that others have an opportunity to win some goodies.

Remember, through May 8th you may also enter my Birthday Giveaway #1: National Geographic Books Family Collection!

If you don’t already, please consider following Saving For Someday on Twitter, Facebook, Email or RSS.

Printrunner is also online –  Follow PrintRunner on Twitter and Like PrintRunner on Facebook

The Promotion is open to legal residents of the fifty (50) United States, and the District of Columbia (excluding Puerto Rico and all other U.S. territories) who are eighteen (18) years of age or older, and have a valid US mailing address.

This post reflects my views and opinions and was not reviewed or edited by a third party. I was provided with a complementary set of stickers. No other compensation was received. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.

Sara

Giveaway: Starbucks Coffee Tasting Kit [CLOSED]

I’m not a regular coffee drinker. Never have been. But I’ve always had coffee on hand for guests. And since I don’t drink coffee daily it was hard for me to know what was the right kind of coffee. Then Starbucks started selling coffee and I’d just buy some of theirs since most people drink it daily. I figured if it was good for that many millions of people then surely my friends would like it.

Recently, Starbucks made it easier for me (and millions of others) to figure out which roast they liked most. The Starbucks Roast Spectrum simplifies coffee buying for both the uninitiated and the pro. And for me, that’s definitely a good thing. I feel good knowing that I can give my guests coffee that’s to their liking too. I also like knowing the intensity of the coffee I’m using when I incorporate it into baking.

I thought I’d share this little video with you about the roasting. I just love the fun and passion the two gentlemen have for the job as a master roaster.

So, here’s the fun. Besides giving my readers to enter a little giveaway to receive their own tasting kit, Starbucks is running a huge sweepstakes where one winner will be able to take 3 friends (you’ll take me if you win, right?) to Seattle for a personal tasting experience at the original Starbucks location. How cool is that? You can enter the Starbucks Find The Roast You Love Most Sweepstakes online or via smartphone using QR codes on packaging and signage.

Now that you’ve entered the big Starbucks Sweepstakes, you can enter my promotion!

Starbucks is giving ONE lucky reader their own Starbucks Tasting Kit! The Starbucks Tasting Kit (valued at $100) includes a Starbucks Card, coffee press, coffee scoop, coffee passport booklet, and three coffee samples from Starbucks Roast Spectrum.

How to Enter

Leave a comment below, it’s as simple as that! Limit one entry per person. This Promotion begins April 12, 2012 at 06:01:00 AM Pacific Time (“PT”) and ends April 19, at 05:59:00 AM PT. By entering, you agree to the Official Rules.

The Promotion is open to legal residents of the fifty (50) United States, and the District of Columbia (excluding Puerto Rico and all other U.S. territories) who are eighteen (18) years of age or older, and have a valid US mailing address.

This post reflects my views and opinions and was not reviewed or edited by a third party. I was provided with a complementary Starbucks Tasting Kit. No other compensation was received. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.

Sara