My Favorite Things Giveaway!

NO WAY!!! this is an AWESOME giveaway bundle from one of my fave blogs!

I could not be MORE excited about this giveaway! I’ve been working on putting this together for you guys for MONTHS. But before I tell you all about this amazing giveaway with over $700 of my very favorite brands, I have even BETTER news…there is more than one giveaway happening this week!

UPDATE! The Giveaway is over, and the winner is…Winner

Congrats, Michelle!

I’m partnering with a whole gaggle of other fabulous bloggers who are also sharing THEIR favorite things in giveaways this week. You can see them all here. So hop on over and enter to win some fantabulous stuff! I know I’ll be entering right along with you. :)


1. Thriving Home // 2. Happy Home Fairy // 3. Intoxicated on Life // 4. Mommy Hates Cooking // 5. Nourishing Joy // 6. Kitchen Stewardship // 7. Tried and Tasty // 8. Heavenly Homemakers // 9. Living the Nourished Life // 10. Brilliant Business Moms // 11. Gwen’s Nest // 12. Keeper of the Home // 13. The Nourishing Home // 14. Take Them a Meal

My giveaway up close

Let’s dig into my box of goodies, shall we? I really wanted to do something special with this giveaway, and feature some of my very favorite products and brands- things I use, love, and believe in. Let’s start with the small packages…because everyone knows good things come in small packages. :)

Apothecary Kids Salves

Let’s start with this set of herbal salves (like a balm) from a fairly new, small batch company run by a fellow health minded blogger, Donielle with Apothecary Kids. I reviewed some of their products here, including this set of an herbal healing salve and salve stick. favorite things 2015 giveaway (2 of 4)I need to gush just a little more about this stuff. If you’ve never tried salve, you simply MUST. If you every have or every will get burned, scraped, stung, mosquito bitten, or attacked by poison ivy, you simply must try this. Seriously. This is the very first natural product that I ever made (with the same herbs that Donielle uses!) and our family has been totally sold on it ever since. I cannot ever be without it, and as I’ve introduced other friends and family, they’ve all become addicted to it as well. It’s probably one of THE most used and important products in my herbal first aid kit.

Donielle will send the winner of this giveaway a 2 ounce pot of salve, and a large salve stick, which is perfect for your purse! And of COURSE I carry salve in my purse. Doesn’t everybody?

This set is a $14.95 value. Thank you Donielle, and Apothecary Kids!

Fresh As A Daisy Soaps

I’ve been using Fresh As A Daisy‘s soaps and handmade products for over a year now, and I wanted to share them in the giveaway too. Daisy runs a small Etsy store, and creates these handmade soaps, lotions, and lots more.

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I LOVE when my packages arrive from Daisy- the whole package smells fantastic, and sometimes I stack the soaps in by my computer so I can sniff them while I work. Her soaps make me feel so pampered- and more than that, they lather up very well, and last.

I really, really love the Rosehip & Meadowfoam soap for my face. It’s gentle and not drying. Her facial moisturizer is a favorite as well. It comes in a small pump bottle, and it’s so light and non-greasy.

Daisy is going to send the winner of this giveaway a Winter Survival Kit that will include: Raw Milk & Manuka Honey soap, a Rosehip & Meadowfoam Facial Bar, 2 oz. facial moisturizer, Knuckle Balm, Lip Balm, and Cuticle Salve- this is a $28 value.

You’re going to love this! Thank you, Daisy!

Plant Therapy KidSafe Oils

I just got a package from Plant Therapy today in my mailbox! You too can enjoy opening the little bottles and smelling the amazing blends of oils. Plant Therapy meets my three standards for essential oils: potent, pure, and affordable. They are super serious about oil purity and testing.

Another thing I love is that they’ve worked with aromatherapist Robert Tisserand…who literally wrote THE book on essential oils to develop a line of KidSafe oils. Plant-Therapy-6-10ml-KidSafe-Winter-Care-Set_480x480Maybe you’ve heard that some very common oils like peppermint and eucalyptus may not be the best idea to use on or around small children. The KidSafe line is an excellent choice for anyone who enjoys diffusing and using oils on or around kids. I bought their KidSafe Sniffle Stopper and Germ Destroyer to keep on hand for the winter season here.

The winner of this giveaway will get an entire set of six KidSafe Winter Wellness blends from Plant Therapy. Because they ROCK! This set is a $57.49 value.

Trim Healthy Mama

No discussion on health and wellness would be complete without mentioning the importance of diet. The Trim Healthy Mama books and products have had such an impact on my own life, weight, and health, and I’m forever grateful! I reviewed their original book over 3 years ago, and recently reviewed their brand new Trim Healthy Mama Plan book. (Pssst…the cookbook is awesome too and my review goes up on Tuesday!)favorite things 2015 giveaway (4 of 4)Pearl and Serene (and their publisher, Harmony Books) would love to send the winner of this giveaway a copy of both of the brand new books: Trim Healthy Mama Plan, and the Trim Healthy Mama Cookbook. And you’ll also get a pound of each of their best selling products to try: Gentle Sweet and Baking Blend! Because they’re the sweetest!

This is a $46.96 value.

You might notice that my Mint Chip Milkshake recipe is shared in the new Trim Healthy Mama Cookbook. If you’re going to make a milkshake, wouldn’t it be nice to have a…


Let’s end on a high note: I’m SUPER excited to give away a Blendtec Designer 625 blender. Y’all. This thing is on my short list of appliances that I never want to live without. I reviewed the Designer 625 here, and have enjoyed it immensely! There are SO many features to love about this large appliance trapped in a small appliance’s body.

It’s just beyond anything I’ve ever used, and faithfully churns out milkshakes, soups, and even peanut butter!

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But you really don’t want to make peanut butter with the big jar. You want this:favorite things 2015 giveaway (6 of 4)The Twister Jar is a little engineering marvel that allows super thick foods (like peanut butter!) to continue to spin down into the blades. I can’t remember the last time I’ve bothered to drag out my food processor. I also love this jar for smaller jobs like salad dressings or half-batches of milkshake- and it has a sealing lid that you use for those splashier applications.

And did I mention that the Blendtec blenders don’t have sharp blades? Yes! It amazes me, but the blades are not sharp- it’s the speed that does the work here. So I feel really safe washing my blender and letting my big kids work with it too.

The winner of this giveaway will get both the Blendtec Designer 625 blender AND the Wildside Jar…a $589.90 value. And you’ll fall in love just like I have. Thank you, Blendtec!


More about the bloggers

Part of the fun of a Giveaway “hop” if you will is meeting new bloggers…here are the blogs I’m linking arms with this week!
thriving-home-logo-FINAL-WEBAt Thriving Home, Polly and Rachel strive to encourage moms to thrive in every area of home life. They try to keep it real when it comes to sharing about healthy recipes, raising little people, growing in their faith, freezer cooking and various other topics that motherhood and life may bring their way.


MHCLogoMommy Hates Cooking is a national cooking and lifestyle website that encourages families to take back the dinner table. Through her easy-to-prepare (yet looks like you spent all day in the kitchen) meals and her knack for breaking down meal planning, Kristy has become the busy-mom’s resource for the modern family.

header march 2015The Nourished Life is all about approaching health and wellness from a place of balance. Getting healthy should not be another source of stress in your life! We tackle everything from metabolism to body image to emotional wellness to DIY beauty. If you’re ready to break up with stress and body hate, and embrace a healthier approach to, well, being healthy, then our community might be the perfect fit for you. is a free online tool designed to coordinate the delivery of meals to loved ones in times of illness, new birth, loss of a loved one, etc. Meals are a tangible, meaningful way to show support and our website simplifies the process of coordinating so your time and energy can be spent caring for loved ones.

tnt-square-logo1_1024 is a recipe website where fun, conversational writing is paired with top notch food photography. Join Yvonne as she warmly welcomes you into her kitchen and shows you how to wow your tastebuds!

logoLaura Coppinger and her husband have four sons ages 10-18. is dedicated to inspiring women daily with healthy (and easy!) recipes, homemaking tips, spiritual encouragement, and good ol’ clean fun.

NourishingJoyLogo - intentionalNourishing Joy is dedicated to real food and natural living. We’re on a mission to equip and inspire parents like you with the tools to make intentional, thoughtful decisions – that work for YOUR family – easy. Or at least easier.

Kitchen Stewardship header for newsletterKatie Kimball is on a mission to make real food and natural living possible for everyone. Kitchen Stewardship strives to present healthy living in bite-sized baby steps, challenging people to make positive changes in their kitchens without being overwhelmed, and providing tools to balance a family’s health, budget, time and the environment.

IOL_Header_DesignIntoxicated on Life is about raising strong families—body, mind, and soul. Rich and readable, Intoxicated On Life offers parents timely advice about how to have a healthy family in a world full of unhealthy choices, including books and articles about nutrition, natural remedies, wholesome parenting, and home education.

brilliantbusinessmomspodcastheader300by300Brilliant Business Moms: Sarah Korhnak and Beth Anne Schwamberger are sisters, podcasters, and big dreamers! They interview Mamapreneurs each week who are growing a business while spending time with their families. They’re the authors of Time Management Mama, the creators of the Brilliant Business Planner, and your biggest cheerleaders when it comes to growing an online business.

TNH Grab buttonThe Nourishing Home provides family-friendly GF recipes, free weekly whole food meal plans, helpful cooking tips and techniques, and lots of encouragement to help you in your journey to live a more nourished life.

KOTH-logo (1)Keeper of the Home is a community of women in all seasons of life… newly married, young mama’s with babies, teens all the way up to young adulthood and beyond. We are passionate about being diligent and intentional “keepers of our home”. Enthusiastic about natural and healthy living, we are stewarding our health and the earth, as well as our homes, our times, and our families. In doing this we believe we Honor the Lord. We hope you will join us. Pull up a chair, a warm mug of something delicious, and share this journey with us.


Happy Home Fairy

Julie Brasington is the creator of Happy Home Fairy, a popular blog focusing on encouraging and equipping moms to choose joy on the parenting journey. She shares easy craft ideas, FREE printables, simple recipes, corny jokes, holiday fun, thoughts on raising her 2 boys, and honest, heartfelt messages to uplift the weary mama.

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  1. Jessica says

    Hi Gwen! Thank you so much for these awesome giveaways! When I click to enter, nothing happens. I am not able to see a way to get entries, like comment, pin, ect.

  2. Mattie says

    Hello, this looks like an amazing giveaway! I can’t seem to figure out how to enter to win, though. The raffle is not showing any ways to enter.

  3. Mashele S. says

    The giveaway does not seem to be working? It shows 0/0 entry possibilities. It might just be me? Is there a trick to getting started?

  4. Nancy Mosley says

    I tried to sign up for the giveaways but when I log on there isn’t anything there to enter for. This is a great giveaway!

  5. Celeste Lane says

    I clink on the link to enter and that’s all that happens. No place to earn any entries. Am I missing something? I tried several times and same problem occurs.

  6. Carey B says

    Wow what a fabulous giveaway I absolutely love this prize! Thanks for your FB page and blog, I learn so much from them!
    I recommend them all the time! Merry Christmas! :)

  7. Lisa Mullikin says

    Hi Gwen! Thanks for doing this amazing giveaway. I’m having issues on the “bring a friend” option. I’ve shared it on FB but it still shows that I haven’t. Is there anything specific I should be doing? Thanks!

    • says

      Hi Lisa!
      The way Rafflecopter sets this up is similar to an affiliate link: you share it, and for every friend that clicks through, you get one more entry- qualifying for up to 10 additional entries. Does that make sense? So as friends click through, it will show added points. :)

    • says

      Hi Lisa! I’ll update the giveaway with a note about how that part works. It’s a little confusing. Basically, Rafflecopter gives you a unique link to share, and the first 10 people who click through your link each give you an additional point. :) Make sense? So it won’t show up right away…only after your friends click through it.

  8. Daisy Lancaster says

    What a great giveaway Gwen! I’m so excited to be part of this. Can’t wait to hear who the winners are!

  9. Laura Showalter says

    I enjoy your trim healthy posts and tips. Trying to sign up for the giveaways this week but it doesn’t seem to go through. What should I be doing? Thanks. Laura

    • says

      Hi Laura,
      My giveaway is done through the Rafflecopter widget at the bottom. It should open up different ways to get entry points. If your entries go through, you should see entry points reflected in the widget. If it’s not working on your device, try a computer maybe?

  10. Lpeaco says

    Really enjoy your blog and honesty about products you use.
    Thank you for sharing other bloggers info and giving everyone a chance to win a prize. :)

  11. Durinda says

    Thanks so much for doing such a fabulous give away..I’d be happy to win anything..they’re all great prizes. Merry Christmas!!

    • says

      I’m talking with the folks at Rafflecopter. He says that things look normal from their end, and that “Generally these types of issues boil down to the entrant having extremely strict security software on their device”. You can get direct support from them at :)

  12. Tracy says

    A dream come true .. my whole family is trying to get on the healthy train and stay there. It’s been a work in progress as we’re a very budgeted family, but very worth it!!

    Thank you!! <3

  13. Stacey says

    Thanks for sharing your favorites! I’ve not previously heard of several of these companies and am excited to begin research.

  14. Maralena Phillips says

    Boy this was fun! On an iPad it is difficult to open and reopen the widget and enter. Hopefully I did it right.
    Winning something like this would be such a tremendous blessing and help! For help I am in need of dear Sister!
    Thank you for all you have done and still do with your blog and other social media! I am encouraged and thankful!

  15. Niki Steocker says

    I entered some of the links but others are not working… I shared on facebook and via email but it wont log the entries. I also visited your page on facebook, not sure what I am doing wrong.

    I love the give away though and all your recipes and tips have helped me in my journey. I am still learning but your site has helped me soooo much I couldnt have made it without your help thank you!!! :) Merry Christmas

    • says

      Hi Rochelle, I used Rafflecopter to run my giveaway, so you’ll enter via the Rafflecopter Widget just under the Enter Here banner at the bottom of the post. You sign in, and then Rafflecopter will show you the ways that you can get entries, and if you do it right, you’ll see the points for your entries. The Refer a Friend entries are added as friends click through. :)

    • says

      Hi Karen,
      I used Rafflecopter to run my giveaway, so you’ll enter via the Rafflecopter Widget just under the Enter Here banner at the bottom of the post. You sign in, and then Rafflecopter will show you the ways that you can get entries, you should see the points for your entries as you go. However, the Refer a Friend entries are added as friends click through. :)

    • says

      Sherrill, I’m talking with the folks at Rafflecopter. He says that things look normal from their end, and that “Generally these types of issues boil down to the entrant having extremely strict security software on their device”. You can get direct support from them at :)

  16. Vivian says

    What wonderful giveaways. I would be happy to have any of the above products. Happy holidays and thank you for such a generous giveaway.

  17. Kristina says

    Thanks for sharing your information, your experiences, your recipes, your time, your resources and then going just one step further and blessing someone with some amazing gifts!! Truly enjoy following your posts.

    • says

      Hi Teresa,
      I used Rafflecopter to run my giveaway, so you’ll enter via the Rafflecopter Widget just under the Enter Here banner at the bottom of the post. You sign in, and then Rafflecopter will show you the ways that you can get entries, you should see the points for your entries as you go. However, the Refer a Friend entries are added as friends click through. :) Hope that helps!

    • says

      Hi Josephine,
      I used Rafflecopter to run my giveaway, so you’ll enter via the Rafflecopter Widget just under the Enter Here banner at the bottom of the post. You sign in, and then Rafflecopter will show you the ways that you can get entries, you should see the points for your entries as you go. However, the Refer a Friend entries are added as friends click through. :)

      If you’re not able to open the widget, try contacting I spoke with a representative today, and he said most often it’s due to devices with very high security settings. Hope that helps!

    • Hannah says

      Wait! I figured it out! hooray! this giveaway looks amazing, my mom, sister, grandma and I just started THM and we have been enjoying it, although it is taking some time to learn how it all works, and wrap my mind around everything! i’m sure some of the items in this giveaway list would help us incredibly!

  18. Darlene says

    Thanks so much for this giveaway. I hope I entered correctly. I did not receive a message telling me I have entered.

  19. Felicia says

    What a fantastic Christmas Gift you are giving away! Thank you so much for being such a blessing with the wonderful recipes you post and now this fantastic giveaway! Thank you, thank you, thank you!!

  20. Teresa Byler says

    Hello (from my phone which doesn’t have the freezing issue like my computer)! I also tried to enter several different ways. It shows that I visited different websites, but the entries weren’t processed. Thanks!!

  21. Margaret says

    I found this VERY frustrating as there seemed no real place to enter! Just kept getting more stuff to look at and scroll through – never a real entry form.

    • says

      The Rafflecopter entry form is right under the pink ENTER HERE banner. If you’re on a device, the Rafflecopter support team says that most often, tech issues are due to the device’s extremely high security settings. You can email for help. :) Some have had better luck getting the app to open on their desktop or laptop.

  22. Joann says

    I tried as well to enter and don’t get connected to anywhere to actually put my information in. Would love the Trim Healthy Mama prize. I’ve been wanting to do this plan, but just can’t afford it right now.

  23. D Hicks says

    I would love to win the Blendtec. I make all my 42 year old brain-damaged (Cerebral Palsy) daughter’s food and I am sure this would help the process. Plus I have been a Trim Healthy Mama for 2 years and love all their products.

  24. Judy says

    I am loving your recipes and all your information! I tried to enter for the giveaway but nothing happened. Please help!

  25. Patricia says

    Don’t know if you are allowing Canadians to win, but if I were to be so luck to win, I have a nephew who lives in the States who is willing to take shipment for me :)

  26. says

    Hi, Gwen! I’ve tried several times to share this on FB for a chance for 10 entries… it is on my page but still HERE it doesn’t show that I’ve gotten the number of entries for it. (I have deleted a few of my posts b/c I don’t want to look wacked out silly with 17 shares of this AMAZING giveaway!!! ) Oh, how I’d love that BlendTec!!!!

    • Jenni McClure says

      I’m having the same problem. Phone seemed to give me a javascript error. Tried from my computer and it shares, but doesn’t show +10 entries. :-(

  27. Janet Goodberlet says

    I have shared on Facebook, but rafflecopter isn’t reflecting my entry. I have also pinned the giveaway to my Giveaways board on Pinterest but have no way to share the url from my phone. I will try from my computer late. :) Thank you for the wonderful opportunity!

  28. Joyce Bakker says

    Hi! I am just one week into this healthy life style. The scale has gone down which amazes me because I feel very satisfied. I have the cookbook and plan book and am working on understanding them better. My wish list for mentioned products is growing.

  29. Christy Gaydosh says

    Thank you for always sharing such wonderful information. This giveaway is very generous of you! I was able to enter but didn’t get the points for sharing on Facebook!

  30. Brenda Lang says

    What an awesome giveaway!! I would love to win this. After 29 years of teaching at a university, I have lost my job. My husband is a pastor in an urban church and there is just now much money to go around. This would be a real blessing to us.

  31. Lisa G says

    I was able to do all of the entries except the invite friends. I tweeted and shared on fb but it doesn’t show the 10 entries for doing so. Any tips?

    • says

      Hi Lisa! There’s a little explanation just below the entry widget that explains the share with friends entry points. :) It’s a little confusing, but basically they give you a unique link and add points for the first 10 friends who use your link to enter.