Giulana Rancic’s favorite Chicago Groupons gift card giveaway!

This giveaway is sponsored by Groupon. All opinions here, however, are my own.

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This week, Groupon is featuring some of Giulana Rancic’s favorite Chicago events, activities, and merchants! Here are a number of Giulana’s picks for you, then enter below for your chance to win a $25 Groupon gift card so that you can find your own favorite.

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Let’s start out with Jazzin’ at the Shedd, which looks amazing, doesn’t it? Score two tickets for just $20, or 44% off.

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Our next Giulana Rancic pick is a quintessential Chicago activity: See Island of Lemurs 3D (with popcorn and sodas!) at Navy Pier IMAX, and pick up two tickets for just $24.00.

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Dress for any of these events and activities with your 50% off Caché Groupon, where $25 gets you $50.

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And do your hair for the final touch — you want to look good in all your new duds. Get up to 44% off blowouts at Arch Apothecary on the Near North Side.

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And, if you have a spare $200 left over, here’s another Giulana Rancic pick for someplace to show off your new look: Attend this Wine 101 Class and Dinner with Wine Director Ryan Arnold on June 24 at Paris Club Bistro & Bar.

So those are all of Giulana Rancic’s favorite Chicago merchants on Groupon — how’s that for an eclectic mix? But let’s move on to the giveaway, for your chance to pick up your own faves.

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What can you win?

  • THREE Mashup Mom readers will each win a $25 Groupon gift card. Note: Winners’ gift codes will be sent by email to the address you enter with; use one you check regularly.

How do you enter?

One entry per comment; each comment is an entry; a maximum of one entry per household. Enter through 11:59 PM Central on 6/6/14. U.S. residents only, please. If you are reading this through email or Facebook, please click on the title of this post (up at the top where it says “Giulana…”) to go back to the blog. Scroll down to the bottom of the post and you will see a box to enter your comment; just comment there to enter. Email and Facebook entries will not be counted. If you are reading the Mashup Mom homepage on the web, look at the bottom of this post where it says “___ comments.” Click on that to get the box to enter your own comment.

The fine print

Prizing and information for this giveaway has been provided by Groupon; however, all opinions here are my own. The winner will be randomly selected from all comments received on or around 6/7/14. Codes will be sent via email to winners’ addresses.

No purchase necessary. The number of eligible entries receives determines the odds of winning. Duplicate entries will be deleted. Void where prohibited. Please allow 8 weeks for delivery of your prize.

Giveaway — Who would you share your TWIX Bites with?

This giveaway is sponsored by TWIX Brand. I received TWIX Bites for purposes of review; however, all opinions in this post are my own.

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Introducing: TWIX Bites! TWIX have always been one of my favorite candy bars, but I have to admit: Bites are even better, although they sport the same caramel, crunchy cookie, and milk chocolate as the full-sized bars. Check out the chocolate to insides ratio, for one thing… I shared these with an enthusiastic Mr. 7, who became an instant fan. (And, if you have more than one kid, it would be a lot easier to share a bag of these than to try to split up candy bars just so evenly…)

TWIX Bites come in two sizes, a 2.83-ounce sharing size and a 7.0-ounce resealable stand-up pouch. And if you want to be amused:

With such big taste in such small bites, you’re probably wondering why they didn’t think of this sooner? To find out why, call 1-844-WHY-SO-LONG! You’ll hear decade-by-decade excuses as to why!

Find out more about TWIX Bites and tell them who you’d share your Bites with on their Facebook page here.

What can you win?

  • One Mashup Mom reader will win a TWIX Bites Movie Prize Pack that includes a $15 Fandango gift card, 2 sharable bags and a larger resealable bag of TWIX Bites.

How do you enter?

  • Just comment here and let me know who you would share your TWIX Bites with!

One entry per comment; each comment is an entry; a maximum of one entry per household. Enter through 11:59 PM Central on 6/4/14. U.S. residents only, please, and no P.O. Boxes for this one. If you are reading this through email or Facebook, please click on the title of this post (up at the top where it says “Giveaway — Who…”) to go back to the blog. Scroll down to the bottom of the post and you will see a box to enter your comment; just comment there to enter. Email and Facebook entries will not be counted. If you are reading the Mashup Mom homepage on the web, look at the bottom of this post where it says “___ comments.” Click on that to get the box to enter your own comment.

The fine print

Each household is only eligible to win One (1) TWIX Bites Movie Prize Pack containing 3 Twix Bites Bags and 1 $15 Fandango Gift Card via blog reviews and giveaways. Only one entrant per mailing address per giveaway. If you have won the same prize on another blog, you will not be eligible to win it again. Winner is subject to eligibility verification.

Prizing and information for this giveaway has been provided by Twix Brand; however, all opinions here are my own. The winner will be randomly selected from all comments received on or around 6/5/14 and will have 48 hours to respond to notification email; Prize will be forfeited and Mashup Mom will choose a runner up if no response is received in that time frame.

No purchase necessary. The number of eligible entries receives determines the odds of winning. Duplicate entries will be deleted. Void where prohibited. Please allow 8 weeks for delivery of your prize.

Heluva Good review and giveaway — roasted garlic & carmelized onion dip

This giveaway and post has been sponsored by Heluva Good. I received products for purposes of review; however, all opinions here are my own.

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Heluva Good recently introduced a limited edition Roasted Garlic & Carmelized Onion Dip, just in time for National Garlic Day on April 19. As a garlic lover, I’m pretty sad that I missed National Garlic Day :) — but still pleased to have had the chance to check out this new dip!

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We brought this Heluva Good Roasted Garlic & Carmelized Onion Dip over to our family Memorial Day BBQ this past weekend, where it paired equally well with chips, bagel chips, and sweet bell peppers.

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To tell the truth, Mr. 7 did find Heluva Good Roasted Garlic & Carmelized Onion Dip a little strong for his taste. I think that the bold garlic and onion flavor might be more appropriate for a grown-up palate — it was quite flavorful, and all the adults present were quite pleased! It’s also good to know that Heluva Good dips never add any oils or water, and you can see in the photos above how nice and thick this dip was.

Find out more about Heluva Good and explore all their products and where to find them at HeluvaGood.com.

What can you win?

  • One Mashup Mom reader will win THREE free product coupons so that you can pick up your own Heluva Good dips to try!

How do you enter?

  • Just comment here and let me know how you add bold, fun flavor and excitement to your own gatherings.

One entry per comment; each comment is an entry; a maximum of one entry per household. Enter through 11:59 PM Central on 6/2/14. U.S. residents only, please. If you are reading this through email or Facebook, please click on the title of this post (up at the top where it says “Heluva…”) to go back to the blog. Scroll down to the bottom of the post and you will see a box to enter your comment; just comment there to enter. Email and Facebook entries will not be counted. If you are reading the Mashup Mom homepage on the web, look at the bottom of this post where it says “___ comments.” Click on that to get the box to enter your own comment.

The fine print

Prizing and information for this giveaway has been provided by Heluva Good; however, all opinions here are my own. The winner will be randomly selected from all comments received on or around 6/3/14 and will have 48 hours to respond to notification email; Prize will be forfeited and Mashup Mom will choose a runner up if no response is received in that time frame.

No purchase necessary. The number of eligible entries receives determines the odds of winning. Duplicate entries will be deleted. Void where prohibited. Please allow 8 weeks for delivery of your prize.

Giveaway — Tropical Traditions Organic Shredded Coconut (5/7)

This giveaway is sponsored by Tropical Traditions. Tropical Traditions provided me with a free sample of this product to review, and I was under no obligation to review it if I so chose. Nor was I under any obligation to write a positive review or sponsor a product giveaway in return for the free product.

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Here’s another great new giveaway sponsored by Tropical Traditions! You might remember previous giveaways and recipes here featuring Tropical Traditions Gold Label Virgin Coconut Oil and Tropical Traditions Organic Coconut Flour.

Well, here’s your chance to win another great organic coconut product from Tropical Traditions:

Think of all the great recipes you could make with this, such as…

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Tropical Traditions sent over a whole gallon of unsweetened shredded organic coconut — really! Coconut lovers rejoice, since you can order your favorite in bulk over at Tropical Traditions; plus, shredded coconut is even on sale as I type right now.

So I started thinking of heavy-on-the-coconut recipes to test this out with, finally settling on: Gluten Free Dairy Free Whole Egg Coconut Macaroons. This easy-peasy recipe is perfect for Passover or for any time of year, and is also a great simple gluten and dairy free dessert to whip up — with no need for special flours or lots of steps.

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See the whole coconut macaroons recipe over at Sunday Scratchups. These were a definite hit with Dairy Free Junior High Guy, and the irresistible temptation of homemade macaroons even caused low carb MashupDad to cheat on his diet a little (shh…).

Since I used both products in this recipe — Want to know more about Virgin Coconut Oil, too?

Check out the following pages for more info!

On to the giveaway

What can you win?

How do you enter?

One entry per comment; each comment is an entry; a maximum of one entry per household; duplicate entries will be deleted. Enter through 11:59 PM Central on 5/7/14. U.S. residents only, please. If you are reading this through email or Facebook, please click on the title of this post (up at the top where it says “Giveaway — Tropical Traditions…”) to go back to the blog. Scroll down to the bottom of the post and you will see a box to enter your comment; just comment there to enter. Email and Facebook entries will not be counted. If you are reading the Mashup Mom homepage on the web, look at the bottom of this post where it says “___ comments.” Click on that to get the box to enter your own comment.

The fine print

Prizing and information for this giveaway has been provided by Tropical Traditions. I received a product for purposes of this post/review; however, all opinions here are my own. The winner will be randomly selected from all comments received on or around 5/8/14 and will have 48 hours to respond to notification email; Mashup Mom will choose a runner up if no response is received in that time frame.

No purchase necessary. The number of eligible entries receives determines the odds of winning. Duplicate entries will be deleted. Void where prohibited. Please allow 8 weeks for delivery of your prize.

If you order by clicking on any of my links and have never ordered from Tropical Traditions in the past, you will receive a free book on Virgin Coconut Oil, and I will receive a discount coupon for referring you.

Fresh Thyme Farmer’s Market Grand opening + $50 gift card giveaway!

This giveaway and post has been sponsored by Fresh Thyme Farmer’s Market. I was compensated for this post; however, all opinions here are my own.

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This looks like such a fun and fresh new store launching in the Chicago area! Fresh Thyme Farmer’s Market (scroll down to sign up for weekly emailed ads, coupons, and deals) will be holding their grand opening celebration on April 23 at their brand-new Mount Prospect location at 211 W. Rand Rd. The store opens at 7:00 AM on 4/23.

The grand opening event will feature food samplings and giveaways including a grocery bag giveaway to the first 200 customers on grand opening day. The celebration will continue throughout the week with events for kids including face painting, balloon animals, and performances by Miss Jamie from the Farm.

Fresh Thyme Farmer’s Market believes you “shouldn’t have to give away the farm” to eat nutritious food. They focus on fresh, healthy, natural, and organic products, including an extensive produce section featuring organic and local produce, a natural meats section, locally roasted organic coffee beans, Earth-friendly cleaning supplies, and more. Following the Mount Prospect grand opening this week, they’ll also be opening five more Chicago area locations through 2015 in Deerfield, Fairview Heights, Downers Grove, Naperville, and Joliet, plus many more stores throughout the Midwest. I’m looking forward to seeing the new store and how their prices stack up — the prospect of affordable local and organic foods sounds fantastic.

What can you win?

  • One Mashup Mom reader will win a $50 gift card to Fresh Thyme Farmer’s Market!

How do you enter?

  • Just comment here and let me know what you think of the Fresh Thyme concept after checking out their website.

One entry per comment; each comment is an entry; a maximum of one entry per household. Enter through 11:59 PM Central on 4/26/14. U.S. residents only, please. If you are reading this through email or Facebook, please click on the title of this post (up at the top where it says “Fresh Thyme…”) to go back to the blog. Scroll down to the bottom of the post and you will see a box to enter your comment; just comment there to enter. Email and Facebook entries will not be counted. If you are reading the Mashup Mom homepage on the web, look at the bottom of this post where it says “___ comments.” Click on that to get the box to enter your own comment.

The fine print

Prizing and information for this giveaway has been provided by Fresh Thyme; however, all opinions here are my own. The winner will be randomly selected from all comments received on or around 4/27/14 and will have 48 hours to respond to notification email; Mashup Mom will choose a runner up if no response is received in that time frame.

No purchase necessary. The number of eligible entries receives determines the odds of winning. Duplicate entries will be deleted. Void where prohibited. Please allow 8 weeks for delivery of your prize. Comments left on this site about Fresh Thyme may be used in Fresh Thyme marketing materials.

Giveaway — Saffron Road Crunchy Chickpeas (4/22)

This giveaway has been sponsored by Saffron Road. I received Saffron Road Crunchy Chickpeas for review; however, all opinions here are my own.

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I’ve been a fan of Saffron Road since picking up their delicious broth at Whole Foods a while back, so was excited to try their new globally-inspired Crunchy Chickpeas flavors. They sent over samples of the new Korean BBQ and Chipotle flavors, both of which are non-GMO project verified, made with organic chickpeas, and certified gluten free. (The entire line of chickpea snacks is gluten free and made with organic chickpeas, and other flavors include Wasabi, Falafel and Bombay Spice.) All Saffron Road products are made with all natural products and are Halal certified.

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These were a great little protein packed crunchy snack! And, the flavor variety worked out perfectly in our house: Mr. 7 thought the Chipotle were a bit too spicy, but went nuts for the sweeter and slightly spicy Korean BBQ — while Junior High Guy opined that the Chipotle had just enough of a kick, and polished his off without even asking for water.

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Both varieties are nicely crunchy and packed with flavor. I also liked that they’re a healthier snack option, with good amounts of both protein and fiber to help give energy and keep you full.

Want to try?

Or, try to win!

What can you win?

  • One Mashup Mom reader will win a sample of each of these two new Crunchy Chickpeas flavors, plus a coupon for any Saffron Road product up to $10!

How do you enter?

  • Just comment here and let me know what flavor you’re most excited to try, and why.

One entry per comment; each comment is an entry; a maximum of one entry per household. Enter through 11:59 PM Central on 4/22/14. U.S. residents only, please. If you are reading this through email or Facebook, please click on the title of this post (up at the top where it says “Giveaway — Saffron Road…”) to go back to the blog. Scroll down to the bottom of the post and you will see a box to enter your comment; just comment there to enter. Email and Facebook entries will not be counted. If you are reading the Mashup Mom homepage on the web, look at the bottom of this post where it says “___ comments.” Click on that to get the box to enter your own comment.

The fine print

Prizing and information for this giveaway has been provided by Saffron Road; however, all opinions here are my own. The winner will be randomly selected from all comments received on or around 4/23/14 and will have 48 hours to respond to notification email; Mashup Mom will choose a runner up if no response is received in that time frame.

No purchase necessary. The number of eligible entries receives determines the odds of winning. Duplicate entries will be deleted. Void where prohibited. Please allow 8 weeks for delivery of your prize.

It’s my birthday and you can win!

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It’s my birthday today! So I decided to take most of the day off while the kids were in school and go shopping, cause… that’s what I like to do. :) Also, I like to give stuff away.

  • So — say something nice in comments on this post by 11:59 PM Central today 4/16/14 and be entered to win a $25.00 Amazon gift card, which I will buy and send to your email address.
  • It can be a great deal you got on this blog, that you like the green, that someone else here has been really helpful to you — whatever comes to mind, as long as it’s nice. Cause, hey, it’s my birthday, and so we’re all sunshine and rainbows today!

One comment per household. Each comment is an entry. U.S. entries only. Facebook and twitter comments aren’t eligible to win; just on this post itself.

Fine Print

This giveaway is sponsored by no one but me. The winner will be randomly selected from all comments received on or around 4/19/14. Please use an email address to enter that you check regularly; if you win, the gift card will be emailed directly to you. No purchase necessary. The number of eligible entries receives determines the odds of winning. Duplicate entries will be deleted. Void where prohibited.

Giveaway — Dark Chocolate Crunch Balance Bars (4/18)

This giveaway has been sponsored by Balance Bar. I received Dark Chocolate Crunch Balance Bars for purposes of this post; however, all opinions here are my own.

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Here’s one sponsored by Balance Bar in honor of Earth Day on 4/22/14 — how’d you like to try out a box of their protein packed dark chocolate crunch bars? Gluten free Dark Chocolate Crunch Balance Bars feature Rainforest Alliance Certified Cocoa, layering dark chocolate over a crunchy chocolate cookie base. “The Rainforest Alliance Certified seal assures consumers that the product they are purchasing has been grown and harvested using environmentally and socially responsible practices,” and you can read more info here.

What’s Balance mean in terms of these bars? They aim for long lasting balanced energy with a 40-30-30 ratio of carbs, protein, and fat. Find out more about Balance bar on their Facebook page — where you can also print a $1.00/3 coupon! — as well as on twitter.

On to the giveaway

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What can you win?

  • One Mashup Mom reader will win a box of Dark Chocolate Crunch Balance Bars.

How do you enter?

  • Just comment here and let me know how you’ll enjoy your Balance Bars if you win — as a snack, as quick energy when you don’t have time for a meal, after a workout, on a trip?

One entry per comment; each comment is an entry; a maximum of one entry per household. Enter through 11:59 PM Central on Tuesday 4/18/14. U.S. residents only, please. If you are reading this through email or Facebook, please click on the title of this post (up at the top where it says “Giveaway — Dark Chocolate Crunch Balance Bars…”) to go back to the blog. Scroll down to the bottom of the post and you will see a box to enter your comment; just comment there to enter. Email and Facebook entries will not be counted. If you are reading the Mashup Mom homepage on the web, look at the bottom of this post where it says “___ comments.” Click on that to get the box to enter your own comment.

The fine print

Prizing and information for this giveaway has been provided by Balance Bar; however, all opinions here are my own. The winner will be randomly selected from all comments received on or around 4/19/14 and will have 48 hours to respond to notification email; Mashup Mom will choose a runner up if no response is received in that time frame.

No purchase necessary. The number of eligible entries receives determines the odds of winning. Duplicate entries will be deleted. Void where prohibited. Please allow 8 weeks for delivery of your prize.

Giveaway — All natural Pomi tomatoes (4/8)

This giveaway has been sponsored by Pomi. I received products to review for purposes of this post; however, all opinions here are my own.

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I have a tasty giveaway for you guys today, sponsored by all natural Pomi Boxed Tomatoes from Italy. These are processed from fresh Italian tomatoes shortly after harvesting, and Pomi tomatoes are non-GMO and have no preservatives or added ingredients. Since they’re boxed rather than canned, they are also BPA-free — plus, the aseptic packaging is recyclable.

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Now, I really should have read the directions on their site about how to open the box neatly before ripping on in… But I persevered nonetheless, and eventually popped open this lovely box of chopped tomatoes they sent over for review. These smelled great right out of the box, but were much more saucy than pictured.

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I used about half the box to make Pomi Portobello Pizzas, using this basic recipe from last summer. Rather than using out of season fresh cherry tomatoes, however, I simply spiced up half a box of Pomi chopped tomatoes to make a nice chunky and flavorful sauce to fill each portobello cap, mixing them together with 1 tsp basil, 1/2 tsp oregano, 1/2 tsp crushed red pepper, and 1 tsp minced garlic.

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After marinating the portobellos for about half an hour in some minced garlic, oregano, lemon juice, balsamic vinegar, olive oil, and a little sea salt and black pepper, I filled each cap with the spiced up Pomi chopped tomatoes. I then topped each with mozzarella (some also got a little pepperoni and/or fresh spinach) and baked them on a foil-lined cookie sheet for 25 minutes at 400 degrees.

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Pomi Portobello Pizzas were so good! I’m glad we still have the other half of the box, because I’m making these again this week. :) Once you’ve opened your Pomi tomatoes, you can transfer any leftovers to another container and refrigerate up to ten days.

Want to try Pomi?

Check the store locator on their site. In Chicagoland, you should be able to find Pomi tomatoes at both Meijer and Jewel. (I am pretty sure I have also seen them at Whole Foods!) Also, give a go at the giveaway below, since one lucky Mashup Mom reader will win both chopped Pomi tomatoes and strained Pomi tomatoes for themselves. (Psst — make Pomi Portobello Pizza!)

On to the giveaway

What can you win?

  • One Mashup Mom reader will win boxes of all natural Pomi chopped and strained tomatoes!

How do you enter?

  • Just comment here and let me know what you’re looking forward to making with your Pomi tomatoes.

One entry per comment; each comment is an entry; a maximum of one entry per household. Enter through 11:59 PM Central on Tuesday 4/8/14. U.S. residents only, please. If you are reading this through email or Facebook, please click on the title of this post (up at the top where it says “Giveaway — All Natural Pomi Tomatoes…”) to go back to the blog. Scroll down to the bottom of the post and you will see a box to enter your comment; just comment there to enter. Email and Facebook entries will not be counted. If you are reading the Mashup Mom homepage on the web, look at the bottom of this post where it says “___ comments.” Click on that to get the box to enter your own comment.

The fine print

Prizing and information for this giveaway has been provided by Pomi. This post is sponsored by Pomi; however, all opinions here are my own. The winner will be randomly selected from all comments received on or around 4/9/14 and will have 48 hours to respond to notification email; Mashup Mom will choose a runner up if no response is received in that time frame.

No purchase necessary. The number of eligible entries receives determines the odds of winning. Duplicate entries will be deleted. Void where prohibited. Please allow 8 weeks for delivery of your prize.

Giveaway — $25 Mrs. Green’s Natural Market gift card (3/30)

This post has been sponsored by Mrs. Green’s Natural Market in Chicago. I have been compensated for this post; however, all opinions here are my own.

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The other day I told you about the spring celebration Mrs. Green’s Natural Market, a local market devoted to health, natural foods, and sustainability, is holding tonight at their Chicago location. Visit them at 555 West Webster Ave. in Lincoln Park today March 27 from 6-8:30 PM and check it out! Find out more details about this celebration, which is devoted to eating well and celebrating a healthy lifestyle, plus print some coupons to bring along.

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 Well, in addition to tonight’s celebration, Mrs. Green’s is also celebrating spring by offering a $25 gift card to one lucky Mashup Mom reader!

On to the giveaway

What can you win?

  • One Mashup Mom reader will win a $25 gift card to Mrs. Green’s Natural Market, so you can pick up some healthy good food at an honest price!

How do you enter?

One entry per comment; each comment is an entry; a maximum of one entry per household. Enter through 11:59 PM Central on Sunday 3/30/14. U.S. residents only, please. If you are reading this through email or Facebook, please click on the title of this post (up at the top where it says “Giveaway — $25 Mrs. Green’s…”) to go back to the blog. Scroll down to the bottom of the post and you will see a box to enter your comment; just comment there to enter. Email and Facebook entries will not be counted. If you are reading the Mashup Mom homepage on the web, look at the bottom of this post where it says “___ comments.” Click on that to get the box to enter your own comment.

The fine print

Prizing and information for this giveaway has been provided by Mrs. Green’s Natural Market. This post is sponsored by Mrs. Green’s Natural Market; however, all opinions here are my own. The winner will be randomly selected from all comments received on or around 3/31/14 and will have 48 hours to respond to notification email; Mashup Mom will choose a runner up if no response is received in that time frame.

No purchase necessary. The number of eligible entries receives determines the odds of winning. Duplicate entries will be deleted. Void where prohibited. Please allow 8 weeks for delivery of your prize.