I have been looking forward to this post for so long I can barely type fast enough to spit it all out. Really. That’s how excited I am about giving something, anything, away. I figured you wouldn’t want my used coffee cup or a lock of my hair, (except for YOU, stalker) so I decided to wait until I found the *perfect* prize. I was hoping said prize would present itself before my 200th post, but here we are at 202 posts and that’s really okay with me.
In case you haven’t been following along for the past 202 posts, I have recently gone through some pretty major life changes. I lost my dream job offer, moved back home to Michigan, met the love of my life, *poof* pregnant (!), got married (yes. in that order. judge me. dare ya!)*poof* miscarriage (rest peacefully Baby C), *poof* just kidding, you still have twins! So, in the course of one year I went from single and almost getting the job of a lifetime in the best city ever to married with twins in Small Town, America. I’m still wrapping my head around it too. It’s okay. Take your time.
But not too much time, because I’m really excited about these next parts.
As you know, any time life upends itself and completely changes, other things have to change as well. The good news is that not all change is bad. I briefly wrote about this in my 200th post/mid year update, but we are currently closely examining and working on changing our lifestyle(s) for the better. There’s never a better time than the present to get that ball rolling so, here we are. One major category has been money. Unfortunately, I’m no longer working. I still technically have a job, but I can’t currently meet the physical demands. (e.g. Pulling a 180 lb. man out of bed to wash his pieces.) So, in the meantime, I’ve gotten creative. Am I making a sizable income? No. But I am making something and we’re getting smarter about spending. I’ve been doing things like Sponsored Tweets and Ad.ly where I get paid for tweeting ads. The ad only runs once, there’s no spam, gimmicks, etc. Just one simple tweet and boom, money in my pocket. I’ll take two, please. Money is money. I’ve also been doing my internet searching through Swag Bucks where I earn “Swag Bucks” and redeem for either Pay Pal cash or Amazon.com gift cards. There are *tons* of other prizes but these are the most useful for me. I’m essentially getting paid to do something I do on a regular basis: search the web. I even type in “Google” sometimes if the Swag Bucks search engine doesn’t provide me with the info I want/need. The other great thing about Swag Bucks is that I can shop for things I’m already shopping for and earn Swag Bucks while doing it. Sometimes it’s 2 Swag Bucks for every $1 I spend on stuff I was already going to buy. Winner Winner Healthy DINNER!
Which brings us to the portion of the giveaway called “How I Found Your Prize and Earned Money Doing It!” Swag Bucks has special offers pages where you can browse no obligation offers and earn a Swag Buck just for looking, or you can take part in another special offer and earn a crap ton of Swag Bucks. Signing up for Netflix? Earn Swag Bucks. Switching to Direct TV? Earn Swag Bucks. I signed up for a book club and earned over 800 Swag Bucks. (Which equates to almost $10 in Pay Pal cash, thanks.) I was planning on doing this anyway because I want to start collecting some more kids’ books. (Kids’ books are crazy expensive and book clubs usually have great deals.) I looked into The Doubleday Book Club because I had tried The Literary Guild before and didn’t like it. They had a decent selection so I decided to give it a try through Swag Bucks. And then I had an epiphany…. I could get my giveaway prize here!
And so I did. For the low, low price of one fifth of ninety nine cents, I present to you:
I always thought my first giveaway would be something coffee related (since I’m an addict), but then again, I never imagined my first giveaway being around the fifth month of my pregnancy. Next time, darlings! Instead, I give you Hungry Girl 1-2-3: The Easiest, Most Delicious, Guilt-Free Recipes on the Planet. This is the most recent book in a line of cookbooks written by Lisa Lillien aka Hungry Girl. If you haven’t been to her site and are looking for healthy eating tips (and who isn’t?) you need to check her out. She is chock full of information regarding healthy eating and dieting. She’s not a professional. She’s just a girl who wanted to lose weight and was tired of eating crappy tasting diet food. Plus, she’s funny and I love a good chuckle. Why would this matter to me at almost six months pregnant? Because eventually I’m going to give birth and while it would be nature’s miracle to give birth to all of the extra fat I’ve had to accumulate to provide for two growing babies, girl please. In an effort to stay ahead of the game and not be scouring the internet with a baby attached to my boob looking for a cookbook to help with reducing my postpartum thigh cheese, I’m starting now. I’ve been slowly collecting easy to make, healthy recipes that I can turn to when I’m scrambling to make a grocery list between feedings and diaper changes. (Hey Ma! Look! I’m not procrastinating!) And because I’m SO nice, I decided to purchase not one, but two, of these books so I could share one with you. D’awwwwww. I know.
So, how are you going to get your hungry little hands on this fantastic cookbook for free? Well, hopefully you’ll win the giveaway of course! And how do you increase your chances of that? And when does this all go down?
To Enter: Leave me a comment with your favorite healthy recipe. (Or even the link to the recipe, if it’s online.) [required]
To Earn Extra Entries:
1. Subscribe to my blog!* (I can’t wait until Google Friend Connect works with my Widgets! ARGH!) [one entry]
2. Tweet about this post. (Please include my name so I can follow you if I don’t already! @kallayanna) [one entry]
3. Follow me on Twitter.* [one entry]
4. Leave a SECOND (or third or fourth) favorite healthy recipe! [one entry per recipe]
5. Write a post about this giveaway. [three entries]
*If you’re already a subscriber and/or follower on Twitter, let me know! You still get the entries!
Okay, here are some dubs for ya.
Who: Random.org will choose the winner and I will announce the lucky person on Friday, September 10th.
What: The winner will win the Hungry Girl cookbook and will get to see my real life handwriting! (Double win!)
Where: I will announce the winner here and on Twitter, but not via vlog because I’m just not as cool as Salt. Oh, and I also don’t have the video upgrade thing for WordPress. So there’s that.
When: This giveaway will end on Thursday, September 9th giving you two whole weeks to post recipes and spread the word.
Why: Because I like you! (Andplusalso, I want your healthy recipes like babies want boob juice.)
Oh, golly. This is so much fun! My very first giveaway! I feel like a virgin again.
Good luck to you all!
(P.S. I was not paid and am not receiving anything awesome from any of the websites/people mentioned in this post. I’m just a big fan and thought you should know about them, because free money should be shared. The Hungry Girl cookbook image is from Amazon.com)