Thursday, January 29, 2015

Giveaway: 16-bar variety pack from Larabar

If you like snacks and haven't tried a Larabar yet, you're missing out. They're tasty, gluten-free, and are actually pretty healthy for you.

As Larabar says on their products page:
LĂ„RABAR®, the Original Fruit & Nut Bar™, is a delicious gluten free blend of unsweetened fruits, nuts, and spices. Made from whole food, each indulgent flavor contains no more than nine ingredients - minimally processed, and as close to their natural state as possible.

I prefer the bars that are more fruity, like banana bread, apple pie, and key lime pie. Or maybe I just like pie...

And my favorite bar is blueberry muffin. It's real fruity, rich, and just tastes great. You've got blueberries, cashews, dates, lemon, and vanilla. Did you know blueberry is the most popular muffin flavor in the U.S.? People love blueberries.

Larabars are great for on the go (I gorge on these while hiking), at the office when you're in need of a pick-me-up, sending with lunch for your kid, and pretty much anything. The bars are portable and small enough to stick in pockets without being bulky.

And there are so many flavors to choose from!

16 varieties of Larabar

So who wants a sampler kit?! The folks at Larabar have been gracious enough to offer up a free sampler kit of 16 bars, which includes these flavors:
  • Banana Bread
  • Coconut Cream Pie
  • Apple Pie
  • Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough
  • Cashew Cookie
  • Key Lime Pie
  • Carrot Cake
  • Peanut Butter Cookie
  • Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip
  • Chocolate Chip Brownie
  • Blueberry Muffin
  • Pecan Pie
  • Cherry Pie
  • Lemon Bar
  • Peanut Butter & Jelly
  • Chocolate Coconut Chew

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Monday, January 26, 2015

100% great American socks from Mitscoots [giveaway]

This winter I've been investing my money in new, comfy socks. If your feet don't feel comfortable, you don't feel comfortable. Many of us could use much better socks.

And do you know what the most requested clothing item at homeless shelters is? You're probably guessing socks at this point, and you're right.

Mitscoots donates a pair of socks to the homeless for every pair that's sold. How cool is that? Buying a new pair of warm socks feels gratifying, but knowing a second pair is donated on your behalf is pretty cool.

Mitscoots socks logo


Mitscoots socks last because they're designed for those who may wear 'em for days on end. 100% American-made, Mitscoots takes pride in their socks and they care about the people they help. Check out their entire collection of men's and women's - they have plenty to be proud of.

The stitching is quality, and these are some of the most comfortable socks I own. Temper-padded sole, combed cotton, and an elastic arch support are just a few great things about Mitscoots. On some socks there's even a blister tab above the heel for added cushion and protection.

I have the ankle socks in black known as The Andrew and I love them. It's actually named after one of the interns, Andrew. I have no idea what he's like, but if he's anything like these socks, he must be pretty cool. These performance socks are ideal for running, biking, and pretty much anything really.


So who wants a free pair of socks?! The folks at Mitscoots have been gracious enough to offer a pair of socks of your choice. Enter to win using the Rafflecopter form below. You may share on Twitter once a day for extra points for the duration of the giveaway.

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Sunday, January 25, 2015

Giveaway: Artisan s'mores kit from Madyson's Marshmallows

It's cold, and that means it's s'mores season. But I suppose any season is the season for making s'mores if you love chocolate. Also, February is right around the corner, which means Valentine's Day is nearing.

Madyson's Marshmallows is a gourmet marshmallow company that began just a few years ago. 4 year old Madyson asked how to make a marshmallow and the Wetzel family started making recipes together at home.

And Madyson's marshmallows are delicious!

Madyson's artisan s'mores kit

I recently tried an artisan s'mores kit. Madyson's has two different varieties - a chocolate chip kit and a chocolate peanut butter chip kit. The gourmet marshmallows have little chip "surprises" inside and it's fun. Stick one on a skewer, roast it if you like, and put it between two cookies. The kit is fairly portable so you can snack on the treats wherever you go. My wife loves this and it's worth every penny.

Madyson's also has a special Valentine's Day section in the shop, including marshmallow tulips, marshmallow hearts, and other cool treats. If you're thinking about giving something

So who wants an artisan s'mores kit?! The Wetzel family at Madyson's Marshmallows have been gracious enough to offer up a free prize pack to one of my readers. The kit includes:
  • 10 vanilla bean marshmallows filled with chocolate and peanut butter chips
  • Classic Moravian chocolate cookies
  • Skewers
  • Box of matches

Madyson's artisan s'mores kit


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Thursday, January 22, 2015

Giveaway: Glasstic water bottle - the ONLY shatterproof glass bottle!

We almost exclusively use reusable bottles for drinking water at our house. They're better for the environment and certainly cheaper than paying for the cheap plastic bottled water in stores. I'm a fan of glass water bottles, but it's risky bringing them places due to the danger of breaking it.

Glasstic has something I've never tried before - a shatterproof glass bottle. How is this possible?! Well, the outside layer is hard plastic, and the inside is glass. Envision a bottle within a bottle. The glass will most likely never shatter, but in the rare circumstance it does, Glasstic will replace it for you, free of charge within the first year.

Glass water bottle in green by Glasstic

There's plenty more I like about the bottle too. It's dishwasher safe, it fits in cup holders (so clutch while on the go), the flip cap comes completely off for big gulps and cleaning, and you can stuff your everyday ice cubes into it easily. The only thing more refreshing than water is ice-cold water.

My green bottle has already handled some bumps and dings, and I'm confident this will last a long time. For our convenience Glasstic offers replacement caps to buy, which is great since at some point I'll probably want a fresh cap. I like this Glasstic bottle so much that I'm planning to buy a second one in blue.

There are also some fun designs and other colors which you can check out here.



So who wants a free bottle?! The folks at Glasstic have been gracious enough to offer up a bottle of your choice. Enter to win using the Rafflecopter form below. You may share on Twitter once a day for extra points for the duration of the giveaway.

Glasstic is also offering coupon code REV15OFF, good at their website and on Amazon. It's for 15% off any bottle purchase except the multi-pack offers, and is valid for all of 2015.

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Monday, January 19, 2015

Giveaway: $25 Amazon gift card (#JustBecause)

I started this blog in December with the intention of bringing cool giveaways to everyone on the internet, and so far I've made great progress. The interest continues to grow...

Giveaway Guy has been killin' it this January. As of this blog writing, I have five other giveaways currently going. Enter 'em now if you haven't already!

Since January has been so successful, I'm giving away a $25 Amazon gift card. In other words, $25 Amazon credit. #JustBecause

Amazon.com logo

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Super Bowl fever is high! Enter to win Madden NFL 15 (giveaway)

Yesterday the Patriots dominated the AFC Championship game and in the NFC the Seahawks came back to shock the Packers. Super Bowl fever is high!

Remember the times Tom Brady waited and waited for high fives in the past? He finally got one.



With the success of my blog this month, and the news of my hometown Patriots getting to the Super Bowl once again, I've decided to give away a copy of Madden NFL 15.

I have the game for Xbox 360 and it's awesome. And you can win it right here for the console of your choice! It's available for Xbox 360, Xbox One, Playstation 3, and Playstation 4.

Madden NFL 15 cover

Enter to win using the Rafflecopter form below. You may share on Twitter once a day for extra points for the duration of the giveaway.

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Saturday, January 17, 2015

Giveaway: Wonderful Halos mandarin oranges

It's January, and not only are kids going back to school, but this is a time to make resolutions and eat healthier. Consider incorporating tasty fruit into your diet. Kids love sweet things too.

Wonderful Halos are mandarins, similar to the orange, but seedless and easy to peel. Halos are a great snack and easy to take on the go. And when I say easy to peel, I mean it's nothing like peeling a traditional orange. The loose skin comes off easily, and the pieces of mandarin come right out.

Each mandarin is about 50 calories and delivers 45% of the recommended daily value of vitamin C, so not only is it a sweet snack but a healthy one too.

Box of Wonderful Halos mandarin oranges

These guys are in season November through April, so you have a few more months to enjoy 'em. Check out where to buy Halos.

So who wants a Halos prize pack?! The folks at Wonderful Halos have been gracious enough to offer up a free prize pack to one of my readers. The pack includes:
  • Dozen Wonderful Halos mandarin oranges
  • Coupon for free box of Wonderful Halos
  • Tote bag
  • Key chain
  • Lip balm
  • 12 ounce glass
  • Baseball cap
Wonderful Halos prize pack

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Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Giveaway: Vegan cinnamon rolls from Butterfly Desserts

In a previous post about making New Years resolutions to eat better or lose weight, I suggested eating vegan once in a while. I like to treat myself to vegan desserts and you should too!

There are many physical benefits of vegan foods, including:
  • Weight loss
  • Increased energy
  • Healthy skin
  • Strong hair and nails
  • Reduced body odor

I recently tried some delicious vegan cinnamon rolls from Parvaneh at her Etsy shop, Butterfly Desserts. As she states on her profile, her name means butterfly! She has a passion for eating and making healthy food - especially desserts.

vegan cinnamon roll by butterfly desserts
Source: etsy.com/shop/ButterflyDesserts


And I have a passion for cinnamon rolls! You wouldn't even know these rolls are vegan, and they're as good as any I've ever had. Great rich flavor, soft and chewy, and I had trouble limiting myself to just one.

All of Butterfly Desserts' products are made with unrefined sugars like coconut sugar and are SOY FREE. They are also super low-fat and low calorie. Parvaneh has plenty of other cool stuff in her shop, so check it out.

Butterfly Vegan Bakery logo

So who wants to win some vegan cinnamon rolls?! Parvaneh is graciously offering two of her vegan, low-fat rolls to one of my readers.

vegan cinnamon roll by butterfly desserts
Source: etsy.com/shop/ButterflyDesserts

Enter to win a pair of vegan cinnamon rolls using the Rafflecopter form below. You may share on Twitter once a day for extra points for the duration of the giveaway.

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Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Free burrito at Chipotle when you order Sofritas on January 26

I recently discovered a freebie deal for Chipotle that is right up my alley. Order the Sofritas burrito on January 26th and get a free burrito for your next visit. No need to print anything for January 26th - just show up. You can check out the promotion here.

Free burrito when ordering Sofritas


So Chipotle clearly wants people to try their vegan burrito. Here are the details:
Order our organic tofu Sofritas on Monday, January 26th at any Chipotle in the US or Canada, then bring your receipt back on your next visit—from January 27th through February 28th, 2015—for a FREE burrito, bowl, salad or order of tacos of your choice.

And what is Sofritas anyhow?

Sofritas is organic tofu braised with chipotle chilis, roasted poblanos, and a blend of aromatic spices. I haven't tried it yet, but it gives vegans and vegetarians an option at an otherwise meat-oriented restaurant.
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Monday, January 12, 2015

Giveaway: Vegan brown rice treats from Fat Cat Bake Shop

Many people make New Years resolutions to eat better or lose weight. Why not try eating vegan once in a while? I like to treat myself to vegan desserts and you should too!

There are many physical benefits of vegan foods, including:
  • Weight loss
  • Increased energy
  • Healthy skin
  • Strong hair and nails
  • Reduced body odor

I recently tried some delicious vegan rice treats from Monica at her Etsy shop, Fat Cat Bake Shop. As she states on her profile, she's at peace while employing her hands, creating and baking some of the best damn treats you'll ever have, whether you're vegan or not.

vegan brown rice treats
Source: etsy.com/shop/FatCatBake
And best damn treats they are! In my opinion they taste even better than the traditional Rice Krispies bars we've most likely had at some point. Great flavor, soft consistency, and I had trouble limiting myself to just one. And brown rice packs more flavor than white rice.

Fat Cat Bake Shop uses 100% vegan ingredients and does NOT use any genetically modified ingredients. Fat Cat Bake Shop uses organic items when available. Monica has plenty of other cool stuff in her shop, so check it out.

Fat Cake Bake shop logo

So who wants to win some vegan marshmallow and brown rice treats?! Monica is graciously offering a bag of 4 deliciously gooey brown rice triangles.

vegan brown rice treats
Source: etsy.com/shop/FatCatBake

Enter to win a bag of vegan brown rice treats using the Rafflecopter form below. You may share on Twitter once a day for extra points for the duration of the giveaway.

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Saturday, January 10, 2015

Bombas performance socks, as seen on ABC's Shark Tank

What do you think the most requested clothing item at homeless shelters is? From the title of this post you can probably guess it's socks. And this is the inspiration for Bombas that changed everything, which they brought to ABC's Shark Tank to seek investment in their business.

Bombas donates a pair of socks for every pair that's sold. How cool is that? Buying a new pair of warm socks feels gratifying, but knowing a second pair is donated on your behalf is pretty cool.

Bombas socks donation
Source: bombas.com


As of this published blog post, 278,798 socks have been donated. They've partnered with Hannah's Socks, a non-profit who get socks to those in need. According to the website, they have a goal to distribute 225,000 socks this year, and if you have feet and need socks, we can make that happen together.

Bombas are made for athletic performance and leisure. The stitching is quality, and there's a blister tab above the heel for added cushion and protection. These are some of the most comfortable socks I own.

I have the ankle socks in black and yellow and I love them. They have plenty of choices of color combinations, which you can check out in the shop. These Bombas performance socks are ideal for running, biking, and pretty much anything really.
Bombas socks black and yellow

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Thursday, January 8, 2015

Eating vegan with the Veg Coach thanks to the Manatee River Run

It's a brand new year and maybe you've considered losing weight or eating healthier. Know a lifestyle that's healthy and affordable? Eating vegan.

Right after Christmas I ran the Manatee River Run, a 5-mile road race that's actually half on the road, half on trails. After crossing the finish line completely exhausted, I noticed a car parked nearby that had decals about eating vegan. It caught my eye and it had me thinking, "you know, changing my diet a bit to include more vegan foods would be good for me."

Manatee River Run

The person with the brightly-colored car was Ellen Jaffe Jones, the Veg Coach. Ellen's a personal trainer, running coach, author, and vegan lifestyle coach, just to name a few things.

Her best-selling book, Eat Vegan On $4 A Day, will help you eat healthy and save money. $4 a day, that's it??? It can be done, and Ellen is here to guide you. She also has plenty of other useful things to check out on her site about training and eating right.

Eat Vegan On $4 A Day

As she says on her site, with this book you can "Discover how to give your shopping cart a makeover, learn how to forgo expensive processed foods and get the most flavor out of delicious, high-quality basic ingredients."

And that's the big takeaway for me. We put too many chemicals and processed food into our bodies, and we wonder why we're sick and fatigued all the time. We should be eating whole foods and shopping the perimeter at grocery stores. Don't venture into the middle aisles unless you have to!

Here are three tips Ellen offers for saving money on the path to eating vegan. Check out all ten here.
  • Use your head, not your heart (or stomach) when you shop
  • Check the unit prices
  • Buy in bulk within reason

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Pet fleece blanket from Amore Pet Boutique [giveaway]

It's the first week of January! And that means here in Massachusetts, it's pretty cold. It also means the holidays are still fresh in people's minds, gift exchanges are being made, and gift cards are being spent. So why not get something for your pet?

My cat, Jasper, loves fleece, and he almost never sleeps on the floor without some kind of blanket or bed. Hey, floors can get cold no matter the season, and pets need warmth just as much as we do. Pets deserve a little bit of help keeping warm during the coldest months of the year.

I recently gave him a fleece blanket in the houndstooth pattern. He sat on it immediately and he loves it. The fleece is hand-crafted by Lori Boyd out of her Etsy shop, Amore Pet Boutique. Soft, quality, and just the right size for Jasper.

Cat on pet fleece blanket
Jasper lounging on his fleece blanket

Lori specializes in custom pet apparel, jewelry, beds, blankets, and other pet accessories. If you want something special or custom, you can contact her via her Etsy shop, or email her. Together you can create something unique and fun for you and your pet.

Here are a couple other fun patterns. Check out Lori's Etsy shop for more.



So who wants to win a fleece blanket?! Lori is graciously offering a SMALL pet fleece blanket with a pattern of your choice. And because it's small, it's best suited for a cat or a very small dog.

Enter to win a small pet fleece blanket (your choice of pattern) using the Rafflecopter form below. You may share on Twitter once a day for extra points for the duration of the giveaway.

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Monday, January 5, 2015

Giveaway: Free entry to any Spartan Race in the continental U.S.

Last year I participated in the Spartan Race sprint at Fenway Park in chilly November (thankfully no water obstacles!), and it was more challenging than I expected. I decided to ditch my knee brace and instead use kinesio tape, and it was much more streamlined and easy to run with. When you're climbing over stuff and crawling on the ground, tape is less of a nuisance than a brace.

The race throws all kinds of curve balls at you, and some things you just don't train for, like crawling a hundred yards underneath taught ropes (or barbed wire) at an incline. The incline makes it infinitely tougher. When was the last time you saw someone at the gym crawling?

Spartan Race has a handful of ballpark races, and if you're nearby one of 'em, you should consider signing up. It gives you the chance to run throughout the park - even on the field - and it's a rare experience. I'm looking forward to Fenway again this year.

Spartan Race has a couple new things in the works too. Did you know there's a season pass you can purchase for 2015? Join now for unlimited racing, special travel discounts, and more.

Spartan Race 2015 season pass

There's also a new podcast with founder Joe De Sena which premieres the first week of this month. And if it's anything like his book, Spartan Up!, it will be a terrific motivator.

"Joe’s interviews with authors, academics, athletes, adventurers, CEOs and thought leaders will shift your thinking, make you laugh and and give you the tools you need. He’s on a mission to find the secrets to success in all aspects of life. Not only does Joe interview epic people, he has brought together an amazing panel to break down and analyze every aspect of these interviews. We give you the ultimate blueprint and action steps to assimilating these powerful conversations into your own life."
So who wants a free entry to a race?! The folks at Spartan Race have been gracious enough to permit me to offer up a free entry. Enter to win a free entry to any Spartan Race in the continental U.S. using the Rafflecopter form below. You may share on Twitter and Facebook once a day for extra points for the duration of the giveaway.

The code will work one time for any open heat (non-confirmed start time) in any Spartan Race in the continental U.S. And if you don't win the giveaway, you can use code SPARTANBLOGGER for 10% off any race.

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I'm Seth, owner of the Giveaway Guy blog. I live in the suburbs outside of Boston with my wife and have a career in SEO. I enjoy writing reviews and entering giveaways in my spare time.
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