Get Balanced, Get Lean: “Fuel + Fitness the Total Package” Book Giveaway

My friend, Sandra Koulourides, is the most fit woman I know. I am honored to call her a close friend as she is such an inspiration. I am excited to introduce her brand new book to you, “Fuel + Fitness The Total Package”.  Sandra, a Registered Dietician and Fitness Expert has been counseling people for years on how to eat right and get lean. Sandra’s company, Fuel + Fitness, started with her infamous (and tough) workout called “Horizontal Conditioning”. It has become quite the rage, and she has released a total of 8 DVD’s as well as a DVD club where you get a new workout DVD each month. Sandra says her method is “not a diet but a lifestyle. It’s about balancing food, fitness and life.” She honestly offers a simple, practical, real-food, and real-life approach to eating, and her book provides so many tips, advice and much more. I am giving away one copy of her fantastic book to one of you.

How to Enter:

1. Please leave a comment telling me why you would like a copy of this book. This is only open to U.S residents. To earn additional entries, leave a comment for the steps below:

2. Tweet this on twitter: Check out @alisonlewis Fuel + Fitness Total Package Giveaway

3. Follow @alisonlewis on twitter

4. Become a fan of Ingredients, Inc on Facebook

5. Follow @FuelplusFitness on Twitter

6. Join the Fuel + Fitness Facebook page

6. Stumble this post and follow me on Stumble Upon

7. Winner will be selected Thursday

$100 Stella & Dot Jewelry Giveaway

I’m so excited to bring to you this awesome, fun giveaway just in time to celebrate the upcoming holidays! Christine Raspino, an independent Stella & Dot stylist, would like to offer one Ingredients, Inc. reader a $100 gift certificate to go shopping at Stella & Dot! Just take a look at their fashionable, one of a kind jewelry pieces. They’re perfect for daytime, evening, parties, family gatherings, and get-togethers anytime of year! They also have a new teen line of jewelry which my daughter loves.

$100 Stella & Dot Jewelry Giveaway!

offers boutique-style jewelry that has been featured in top fashion magazines, like InStyle and Lucky, and worn by celebrities such as Penelope Cruz, Jennifer Love Hewitt and many others. The Stella & Dot design team is led by Blythe Harris, who previously designed for Banana Republic. She has created a line of jewelry for Stella & Dot with variety and style, from vintage-inspired pieces to modern, versatile designs. With pieces ranging from $15-$198, and half the line under $50, the collection has something for everyone!  

Still holiday shopping?  For all orders placed by Wednesday, December 22nd, Stella & Dot will automatically upgrade your shipping to 2-day air to receive in time for Christmas!  Everything comes adorably packaged and gift ready!

How to Enter

To be entered to win the $100 Stella & Dot gift certificate, all you have to do is leave me a note in the comments section of this post. How would you spend your gift certificate? What’s your favorite piece? Would you keep it for yourself or who would you give it to? 🙂

Also for an extra chance to win, join my Ingredients, Inc. Facebook Fan Page and Christine’s Stella & Dot Facebook Fan Page to keep up-to-date on new products, sales, giveaways, and more!

Also, tweet the following for another chance to win: Awesome Stella and Dot Jewelry Giveaway on Ingredients, Inc. via @AddThis via @alisonlewis

Contest ends Monday, December 27th at 8 pm CST. One entry per person, please. Winner will be chosen by and notified by email.

Exclusive Stella & Dot Jewelry Special for Ingredients, Inc. Readers! Get ready to sparkle on NYE!

For those who’d like to place an order, Christine would also like to offer fellow Ingredient’s Inc. readers an exclusive Stella & Dot promotion! Place an order by Monday, December 27th and you’ll be entered to win this beautiful Petra Bracelet (featured below, a $98 value).  Mixed industrial metal chains are braided together with the sparkle of cubic zirconia for take-no-prisoners style. This versatile piece will be the hit of any holiday / NYE event with a little black dress, or look great with just jeans and a t-shirt.  When you visit the site, click the top right hand corner, “find your hostess,” and enter Christine Raspino when prompted for your Hostess name.

Good luck!! 🙂

Food Blog Conference With A Cause & Discount: Food Blog South

I am so excited to be a speaker at such a great event coming up on January 22, 2011 in Birmingham, Alabama: FoodBlogSouth. If you’re looking to be a better food blogger and be proud that you can tell the world where to find the best shrimp & grits, join in. With names such as Kim Severson, Lisa Ekus, Virginia Willis, Christy Jordan and more, this is a conference not to be missed.

This idea was Shaun Chavis’ brainchild.  Shaun Chavis is the Associate Editor at Health Magazine. She manages “The Birmingham Foodie Book Club” and wanted the club to do something to contribute to the community. Somehow that turned into a blogging conference to benefit the Desert Island Supply Company, the new non-profit writing center that started earlier this year in Woodlawn, AL. This is a place where volunteers teach after-school writing and blogging workshops to 4th and 5th graders. Shaun said, “I really think FoodBlogSouth has the potential to do other good things too… I think it’s cool to bring Southern food bloggers together to network, learn from each other, and talk about the things that are unique to Southern food bloggers. For example, Southern food is a big trend now. People are looking to us for comfort food, and there’s a revival of classic American flavors.”

To get $20 off your registration fee use the code: FBSingredients when you register, a special Ingredients, Inc. discount.

Here’s a look at some of the topics that will be discussed in this great event:

Chitlins and Boiled Peanuts in New York City?

Why Southern Food is Trendy Across the USA

Southern Seafood After the 2010 Oil Disaster Blogging for beginners

Developing recipes

Food photography


Blog to Book: Becoming a published author

Food writing

Growing an audience and making money blogging

Mom& Blogging for small food businesses and restaurants

Reviewing restaurants

Barbecue Shrimp and “Too Hot in the Kitchen Cookbook” Giveaway by Holly Clegg

I am very fortunate to have met Cookbook Author Holly Clegg about 9 years ago at one of my first conferences at IACP. I truly appreciated how down-to-earth, inspiring and helpful she was and still continues to be. Known as “Queen of the Quick”, Holly is a Baton Rouge resident who brings her Southern charm to every aspect of her life. Her busy lifestyle and desire to feed her own family health-conscious, homemade meals, even when in a time crunch, has served as her inspiration throughout the years with her total of 7 cookbooks. Her latest cookbook, “Too Hot in the Kitchen: Secrets to Sizzle at Any Age”, is filled with 200 easy-to-prepare recipes, nutritional information, diabetic information as well as photos, adorable illustrations, coffee parings and more. It is so fun, whimsical and is designed for today’s busy woman.

I seriously had a difficult time trying to decide what recipe to feature from this book. Since I’m a Southerner as well, I thought the Barbecue Shrimp recipe would be great for this time of year. It’s so easy, light and quick with only 179 calories, 8 grams of fat and 4 carbohydrates. For a chance to win Holly’s latest book, leave me a comment telling me why you would like to own a copy of this amazingly fun book. Here’s a sneak peak at another recipe in the book, Chocolate Peanut Clusters.