Celebrating a Special Dad with #KCSteaks

Read on and you’ll find a coupon code AND giveaway…

So, my husband is hard to buy for (if you continue to read this, babe, just act surprised on the 19th). If he wants something, he buys it. If you ask him for ideas, he doesn’t have any,

I’m not alone in this struggle, right?

And Father’s Day is coming up. How do we show our love and appreciation to the guy that works extremely hard for our family but also wants nothing more than to get to spend time with us? It’s tough for him and it’s difficult to do something that shows how much we recognize and thank him for that.

It’s also tough to want to take the entire family out for dinner for a special day when there are six of us (half of whom have dietary restrictions), especially on a holiday when everybody is taking their favorite dads out so traffic is bad and waits are long.

We want him to relax on Father’s Day, and that doesn’t really involve driving for an hour with hungry kids and possibly a grumpy wife trying to herd them, right? I mean, really.

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So with this busy and stressful year, we’re going the better (and more meaningful) route by staying in, showering him with homemade (secret) presents and steak. I’ll even cook it rare to really show my love (because, ew). It won’t be calm (hello, four kids), but it will be less crowded and more relaxing for everyone involved.

Doesn’t that sound, like, perfect?! In fact, with help from Kansas City Steak Company’s Big Daddy Combo, we could actually celebrate all weekend or for every meal on Father’s Day…maybe eggs and strip steaks for breakfast, T-Bones and baked potatoes for lunch, and Bacon-wrapped Filet Mignon for dinner. That’s not overkill for our favorite guy, is it?

So now that I’ve shared my brilliant Father’s Day plans, you’re probably thinking your husband (or dad or grandpa) should be treated like a steak-eating king, too, right? So how about a coupon code, and a giveaway?!

To save 15% on and order from Kansas City Steak Company, including the Big Daddy Combo, use code LUVDAD (good through December 31, 2016 and on all purchases).

OR, to win your own delivery of  4, 6 oz. Super-Trimmed™ Filets*, add your comments below for up to three entries (giveaway ends Saturday, June 11 at 10pm Central):

One comment– tell me who you want to treat (on Father’s Day or any day) and why.

One comment– Tweet the following and comment that you did: I entered to win a gift set of four tender, delicious filet mignon steaks from @gfunkified. http://wp.me/p2nIwS-2ej #justadddad #kcsteaks

One comment– share this giveaway on Facebook and comment that you did.

Thank you so much to the Kansas City Steak Company for sending the Big Daddy Combo for the Big Daddy at our house. I wasn’t otherwise compensated for this post and that’s not even the point of steak on Father’s Day, is it? All opinions of delicious steak (rare or well done) are totally my own.

*Filet Mignon is the Kansas City Steak Company’s best-selling steak, pure and simple. This filet mignon is king — butter-tender, cut from the center of the finest aged tenderloin and hand selected from premium corn-fed Kansas beef.

Established on a standard of quality, Kansas City Steak Company has been providing gourmet steaks and other top-of-the-line beef cuts since 1932. Through its catalog, online, and QVC channels, the company offers high quality Filet Mignon, Rib eye, Top Sirloin, T-bone, Porterhouse, and signature Kansas City Strip Steaks — as well as other find foods. Known for their gift giving solutions, whether you’re celebrating a special day or reconnecting with the grill, Kansas City Steak delivers only the very best.

Giveaway is open to US residents only, and entries must be in by 10 pm central, June 11.

Why I’m Thankful for Thirty-One #Giveaway

So, Thanksgiving is tomorrow, and I listed some things I’m thankful for yesterday. Today, I’m combining two more things that I’m super thankful for with a GIVEAWAY.

Thing 1: My Thirty-One business. I’ve been at it for almost four months now, and I’ve had a lot of really fun Facebook parties, earned some extra money and amazing items for myself and helped hostesses earn a whole lot of product. Most of my Christmas shopping is done thanks to my biz (both through commission to pay for them and products to choose from).

Thing 2: You guys. A gal in the Thirty-One home office invited me to review one of our products (which I basically do every day of my life) and give one of YOU the same product. Personalized for you. Because Thirty-One is an incredibly giving company.

So, I chose a product that I had my eye on, that was super popular with customers, and was new…The Fold-Over Weekender in City Charcoal Swiss Dot. I used it for the first time to pack our family for a weekend trip (another thing I’m thankful for…the ability to more easily travel with the kids, because goodness knows, it hasn’t always been easy).

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This bag can be packed with a ton of stuff, or it can be left not as full and folded over at the top. I love it for when you go on a trip and want to have room to bring a bunch of souvenirs home, or come home with a bag full of dirty clothes that are wadded up and not packed nearly as nicely (or efficiently) as when you left.

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So, now’s the really fun part. One of YOU will win a Fold-Over Weekender in the print of your choice and with the embroidery of your choice (valued at up to $90). YAY!!!

Check out this short video for its features:

 

Entering is easy. There are a few entries you can earn (leave a comment for each entry):

1) Check out my VIP group, where I post specials, deals, exclusive offers, giveaways, mystery hostess parties, and more: https://www.facebook.com/groups/865271086860014/ Leave a comment telling me that you’re either already in the group or have asked to join.

2) Visit my website and tell me two products that you either love and want or have and love: http://mythirtyone.com/gretafunk

3) Leave a comment telling me which print you would get if you won, and what you would have it personalized with (you can change your mind later if you do win): click here for prints.

Open to US residents. Winner will be chosen via random.org out of verified entries on Dec. 3, 2015.

I was given a Fold-Over Weekender for review purposes, but all opinions are 100% my own, of course. I was not compensated for this post.

Grab Green Laundry and Home Care #Giveaway

This post contains affiliate links but also a GIVEAWAY. Woot!

A brand I met at Shiftcon this year was Grab Green. The team I talked to was AWESOME. They were a brand that said “Hey! Do you want to try some of our favorite products that work really well but reduce those disgusting chemicals in your home?” and then “Perfect! Then you can give those same products to one of your readers, and get a discount, and share affiliate links! Because we LOVE bloggers!”

That’s paraphrasing, but you can see why I adored them immediately. They were super friendly and funny and down to earth, and also willing to give out BOXES of their products for everyone at Shiftcon to try. Because let’s be honest….some of the ecofriendly, clean, no- or reduced-chemical products out there can be expensive and not even work. But it’s not like you can just get samples of everything! So you’re stuck with, like, a really good smelling dish soap that doesn’t even get the dishes clean.

So I love nothing more than to be able to try things out before I spend my money on them (understatement of the year).

I got the box (the beautiful box…seriously, the packaging is gorgeous), and it contained Dishwasher Pods, Laundry Pods, Bleach Alternative Pods and Hand Soap.

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Let me just talk about my favorites.

The Dishwasher Pods. I got a small sample of the unscented kind and a regular bag of Tangerine with Lemongrass scented. I haven’t tried the unscented yet because I’ve been using the others. Dish cleaner in general kind of freaks me out. I mean, we eat off of our dishes and then clean them with chemicals before we eat off of them again?? Does that seem kind of…..gross to anyone else? So lately I’ve been on the lookout for natural dishwasher detergent to avoid the whole eating off of chemicals thing. I had not had much luck, to be real. I mean, eating off of chemicals is bad, but so is opening the dishwasher to find that your dishes are only half clean and you have to either hand wash them or run a whole load over again. NOBODY HAS TIME FOR THAT. But. BUT!!! The Grab Green dishwasher detergent pods work really, really well. They get all of crusty stuff off of the dishes and silver ware, without leaving streaks behind, just as well as the “regular” detergents do. And they smell way better without the toxic chemicals, chlorine, dyes, or phosphates (all of the scary stuff regular detergents have).

The Hand Soap. Oh my goodness. I got the Red Pear with Magnolia scented soap. It smells fresh and clean and not too strong but strong enough (if you know what I mean). There are other scents (and fragrance free) to try, and I will be trying all of them. Believe you, me. It’s gentle, non-toxic, AND biodegradable, so you can feel better about washing it down the drain and into the water supply.

The other thing I love about all of the products is their transparency. Literally, on the back of all of the packages is a section called “True Transparency”, where they list all of the ingredients and what they do, so you know exactly what you’re putting on your dishes, or clothes, or bodies, or countertops.

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So, now’s the fun part. You get to enter to win a $35 gift card to get these products (or any others) for yourself! YAY!
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The links in this post are affiliates, so if you happen to order any of the amazing products, I’d get a tiny commission. Also, like I said, Grab Green gave me a box of products to try for review purposes, but all opinions are 100% my own.

We Had A Day Out With Thomas #Giveaway!

Before I tell you all about our Day Out With Thomas, I need to let you know that I’ve got a SUPER QUICK giveaway for a set of four tickets for next Sunday, June 7! Read on and see below for how to enter.

I’ve seen people talking about their families going to see and ride on Thomas for at least a couple of years, and have always wished I could take mine. All of our kids have grown up with Thomas the Tank Engine, so we’ve been fans for a good, solid nine years. Henry still has a blanket with the train that his grandma made him, and we have a huge collection of trains and train tracks that are both hand-me-downs and new. So I was really excited when the opportunity came up for me to get a set of tickets and one to give away!

The weather started out pretty soggy for it, and there was light rain for a little while, but by the time we were done playing at the Imagination Station, the rain was done and there was only a nice breeze left.

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There really was a lot to do there….we could’ve gone a couple of hours earlier and done a lot more. But well, I was on my own and a certain four year old had an attitude before we left. BUT, we did get to do and see a lot and the kids had a blast.

We met Sir Topham Hatt…

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Watched a video (we missed storytime)…

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Got balloon art (Erv asked for a “sword-shaped balloon”)…

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But the highlight, of course, was seeing and riding Thomas the Tank Engine. It was 25 minutes, relaxing and very cool. Especially for a certain little dude:

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It really was a lot of fun and I’m glad we got the chance to go before everybody got too old.

Thomas the Tank Engine is making his way around the US and Canada this year for the 20th year, and if you’ve got a little person in your family that loves him, definitely try to go see him.

AND!!! If you’re local and can make it to Midland Railway in Baldwin City, Kansas this weekend or next (May 29-31 and June 5-7), come take part in the Day Out with Thomas: The Celebration Tour 2015. Tickets are $19 but YOU COULD WIN A SET OF FAMILY 4-PACK OF TICKETS FOR SUNDAY JUNE 7 (train ride at 3:45)!!

TO ENTER, SIMPLY LEAVE A COMMENT TELLING ME WHO WOULD BE EXCITED TO GO SPEND A DAY OUT WITH THOMAS!

WINNER WILL BE CHOSEN AT 10PM, SATURDAY MAY 30.

Winners must be available to attend in Baldwin City on June 7, 2015. Tickets will be at Will Call and will be for the 3:45 train ride. Winner will be chosen randomly and contacted via email.

I was given a family 4-pack of tickets to experience the Day Out With Thomas and one 4-pack to give away to a lucky reader, but all opinions are 100% my own.

An old favorite made gluten free. #giveaway

If you have any kind of dietary restrictions (doctor- or self-imposed) you know what it’s like to want something you can’t have. You might even dream about it sometimes, or get a little tear in your eye when you see someone else eating it, or smell it cooking. And maybe you’ve found or made substitutes, but it just isn’t the same. For my gluten-free girls, some of those things include fresh, melt in your mouth donuts, ooey gooey thick crust pizza, and hot, crispy corn dogs.

When you find one of these things you’ve been missing, and it IS very nearly ohmygoodness the same, it’s like the angels came down from Heaven to serve them to you themselves.

You think I exaggerate, but when an entire food group, an absolute way of living is taken away or changed drastically, it matters. Little things matter.

I don’t often do reviews here on this blog (except books…I do love books), but when I come across something that I just have to share, you know that I love it. If it’s gluten free? EVEN BETTER.

Y’all, shopping gluten free is expensive. Pre-made, packaged GF goodness can be PRICEY. You want a loaf of bread that you don’t have to bake yourself? Here, this tiny one will be six bucks. Oh, and your family of six? They’ll eat the whole thing in one meal. So I hesitate to try a lot of different things, because truly, we’ve been burned. We’ve had bad cookies, and crumbly buns, and flour that tasted like it came out of…something bad. I find what we like, I stock up, and I buy it over and over again. (don’t we all?)

What am I getting at, you ask? So, I was contacted recently to try something from Foster Farms. I snooped around their website and saw gluten free corn dogs. You guys, I don’t know if I’ve ever seen a box of frozen gluten free corn dogs. My husband attempted to make them once (he likes to try things like that….experimental cooking), and while they were delicious, they fell apart a lot and the kids poked and prodded at them more than they ate them. In other words, you couldn’t exactly pick them up by the stick and eat them like you’re supposed to be able to.

Corn dogs are one of those things that I used to love picking up at the store, bringing home for the nights when I just couldn’t cook (you know those nights), and my kids would gobble them up. It was a safe meal, you know? So when we basically became a gluten free household overnight, that safe meal and so many others became another thing that I couldn’t count on.

You can imagine the rejoicing that went on when I opened the box and saw those gluten free corn dogs. And it wasn’t just me….the girls cheered. THEY CHEERED. And they hadn’t even tried them, but the fact that they were in our house, they were AVAILABLE TO EAT, that was enough to bring about whoops of joy.

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And then we tried them. Y’all, they’re good. They taste, to me, almost exactly like the corn dogs I so fondly remember. Sweet from the honey batter, crispy but soft, delicious. We ate them two nights in a row.

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Foster Farms gluten free corn dogs are certified by the Gluten Intolerance Group (GIG), and are just like their number one selling corn dog counterparts—a 100% chicken frank dipped twice in a (gluten free) crunchy honey batter. They’re available nationwide at Safeway stores, Kroger stores, Raley’s, Lucky, Albertsons, Giant Eagle, Woodman’s, Copps/Roundy’s, Schnucks, Food Lion, Hyvee, and Marsh. You can also call 800-255-7227 to find your local stores.

The best part? I get to give away FIVE boxes. FIVE! I know you want to try them for yourself, right?

US residents only please. Winners will be chosen randomly, contacted via email, and will have 48 hours to respond.

I received a box of corn dogs from Foster Farms for a review and to host a giveaway, but I was not compensated and all opinions are 100% my own.

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How To Avoid Buying Toilet Paper For A Year #sheethappens #giveaway

This post is sponsored by Angel Soft® , but keep reading because you can enter an awesome giveaway at the bottom!
 

I haven’t written much about BlogHer, and I already told you that I didn’t take many pictures. What kind of blogger am I, anyway?!

I’m the kind of blogger that sometimes gets overwhelmed by information and experiences, and I have trouble putting into words what I’m feeling when that happens.

Right now, I can say that I really did have a fantastic time, especially connecting with the amazing people I’ve come to know online. I also really did meet some great vendors, too, the ones that were willing to stop and chat with me.

One of those vendors at the expo was Angel Soft® . I shared before about the cute videos that they’ve put out for the #sheethappens campaign. (If you haven’t seen them yet, check them out here)

I feel like this may be me in a few years:

Anyway, Angel Soft®  had a really fun booth in the expo hall at the conference with a photo booth. There’s not much I love more than a photo booth with props and I went with one of my favorite Angelas. We took one of my favorite pictures from the weekend:Angel Soft #sheethappens giveawayI mean, I feel like we’re kind of ridiculously adorable in this picture.

They also had a bathroom set, where you could sit and answer questions for your own #sheethappens video. I cracked myself up talking about my own #sheetoutofluck moments and how I’m the only one that knows how to change a toilet paper roll. (that’s the only explanation for the fact that I’m the only one that changes the roll, right?)

Oh, and by the way, Angela is also giving away a year’s supply of Angel Soft, so you should definitely go enter there, too.

Thankfully, there was plenty of toilet paper at the conference, but once I got back to reality, I stocked up. I definitely didn’t want to depend on my kids to bring me any. Pfffft. I’d have better luck with the puppy.

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Now to the giveaway. Would you like to win a year’s supply of Angel Soft® bath tissue AND a year’s supply of Angel Soft® facial tissue? Who wouldn’t?! Enter below!

Giveaway will close in one week. Winner will be notified and must reply within 48 hours, or a new winner will be chosen. Good luck!

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See Jane Run Wichita Half Marathon #Giveaway

Last year, I ran my very first half marathon. It was relaxed, and laid-back, full of supportive women of all shapes and sizes. And, at the finish line, I was greeted by a medal, chocolates, and a glass of champagne.

It wasn’t easy, by any means. Though the course was flat and half scenic/half residential, I had been sick leading up to the race, and wasn’t sure I’d even be able to finish if I tried. But I had my mom there and my good friend, Liz, and they helped me cross that finish line.

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This year, I’m an ambassador for the See Jane Run half marathon in Wichita and pleased to be able to spread the word about this fun, well organized, supportive race and even give away a half marathon registration.

The race is Saturday, September 13, and I’m willing to bet that the weather will be beautiful.

To save 10% on race registration and gear from the website and store, use code SJRAMB264.

To enter to win a race registration for the Wichita See Jane Run Half Marathon on Saturday, September 13, enter the rafflecopter below.

Giveaway open to anyone that can make it to Wichita KS to run (or walk or jog) the race! It will run for one week, and I will contact the winner with the registration code.

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My Holiday Wish List #Giveaway

How’s your Christmas shopping coming? Do you have YOUR wish list? I do. I have one on Amazon, and it includes running shoes (you can never have enough, right?), a whole array of the Just Dance games for Wii, a tablet that is for me and not the kids, and a few other random things.

I’ve got most of gifts ordered, and if I’m missing any, I’ll remember at the last minute. I don’t get out much (at all), so I do almost all of my shopping online. I should probably buy something for the Fedex and UPS folks.

In case you’re not done yet, or have a long wish list that may or may not be fulfilled, Coupons.com has gift guides (plus coupons) for everyone.

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I would love to have anything on this Gift Guide for Moms, but you can find all of the gift guides AND a different giveaway here.

But right now, enter to win this giveaway for a $200 AMAZON E-GIFT CARD! Wouldn’t that be the icing on the (fruit)cake to win, right before the holiday?

What’s on YOUR wish list?

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Gluten Free Friday: Making Your Own Squeezer Pouch Snacks #Giveaway

My daughter, the one with Celiac Disease, is a snacking fool. She finishes her lunch every day and immediately asks for a snack. Her favorite thing is yogurt, but she also loves fruit snacks, cheese sticks, snack mix made with Chex cereal, things like that. We go through boxes of yogurt squeezers (that’s what we call them…the long, single-serving tubes of yogurt that come in normal and crazy flavors) in no time, and I find the empty plastic all over the place.

When I was approached about trying the Infantino Fresh-Squeezed system for making your own baby food and putting it into pouches (the ones that everything comes in these days), I knew why I wanted to try it. I had heard of the squeezing/filling station before, but I never wanted to spend money on it because I didn’t think it would be easy to clean and I wasn’t sure it was worth the money. But, I also knew that if I could fill the pouches with yogurt and applesauce, two things that we go through like crazy, and save money and save some plastic waste from going into landfills, AND it was easy to use and clean up, I’d be sold.

We’re past the baby food phase, but we go through disposable pouches ever single day, so I was anxious to try the system. Because not only was I hesitant to spend the money on something I wasn’t sure was worth it, but I also don’t like buying yogurt that tastes like cotton candy or blazing blue RAZberry (you know what I’m talking about).

We also often buy a big tub of yogurt because A) it’s cheaper B) it’s cheaper and C) it’s not blue. But, giving my four- and two-year-olds a bowl of yogurt is a disaster waiting to happen. Heck, giving the two-year-old a yogurt tube is a disaster.

So, when I got the system in the mail, I quickly scanned the directions and got to filling the pouches. It took some trial and error for me to make the least amount of mess possible, but when I was done, I cleaned up and had eight 4 oz pouches of natural vanilla yogurt (one of which was immediately drained by my daughter). She calls them “applesauce yogurt” because they look like yogurt in the applesauce pouches that we buy.

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When I was at Aldi (my go-to store for milk, produce, and dairy, at the least), I priced the yogurt…both a 32 oz tub of yogurt and an 8 pack of tubes were $1.99 (both store brand). BUT. The tubes are only 2.25 oz each, so you’re getting half as much yogurt as in the tub.

Plus, there’s a lot less waste. Technically, the box of squeeze pouches says not the reuse them (there is a silicone one that says it’s reusable). I won’t encourage reuse of them, but I am a person that reuses plastic silverware until it breaks (don’t judge…the adults use metal but we do have four kids. Ahem.) and I found the pouches are really easy to clean by soaking them in soapy water and then rinsing them out several times with hot water. In fact, that’s how I clean the whole system after using it, and it’s really easy. (It’s all dishwasher-safe, too, though.)

It can also be used as a rocket, by the way.

It can also be used as a rocket, by the way.

So yes, I’m still figuring out how to not make a mess, but I’m getting better. It IS absolutely worth it to me to save money on snacks my kids LOVE, and be able to easily pack them for lunches and trips or throw them into the refrigerator. AND give them to the kids without worrying about them making a mess. I can handle my messes….theirs are WAY WORSE.

And all I’ve tried so far is a few tubs of yogurt, but you can also fill them with applesauce, yogurt blends, smoothies, pretty much anything you see in ready-to-eat (and pricey) pouches in grocery stores these days (but made by YOU so you know exactly what goes in them).

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In conclusion, there is a little bit of a learning curve with the system, but I’ll continue to happily use it and I’m really glad I got the chance to try it. AND, I’m giving the whole system to one of you lucky readers!

One reader will receive the system, valued at around $70 and including the following:

  • Squeeze Station – 3 Pouch Press unit with (10) starter Squeeze Pouchesinfantino system
  • 50-pack Squeeze Pouches – Plenty of pouches for those lunchboxes
  • Keeper Squeeze Pouch – Offers an additional way to fill-and-go in an easy-to-clean, soft silicone container
  • Peppy Puree – Quickly blends soft fruits and steamed veggiesinfantino system 2
  • Couple a Spoons™ – Spoons that attach easily to Squeeze Pouches for mess-free feeding – $3.99

There are also other accessories available to make it even easier to make your own baby food and snack pouches, like a masher, funnel, stay-cool bag, and freezer sleeve for organizing the pouches in the freezer.

To enter, use the rafflecoptor below. Giveaway will end at 9 PM Central, Sunday, October 13th. Winner will have 48 hours to respond with their information, or a new winner will be chosen. Good luck!
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OMG COFFEE. #backtoschool #giveaway

So, school started this week. That means, waking up at 6:15 started this week. Hip, hip, hoorazzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz.

I think the transition back to our school schedule might be harder on me than on the kids. I don’t have any trouble being the bedtime dictator for them, but I have a much harder time getting myself to bed at a decent time.

So. My solution? MORE COFFEE. Which, you know, helps a lot in the morning but not so much if I continue the caffeine consumption on into the afternoon. Ahem.

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Thanks, Kristi @therobotmommy!

I discovered Coffee.org on a friend’s Facebook page, and after ordering a whole bunch of k-cups, found out that she actually works for them. So, when she approached me about giving some away, I was all, YES PLEASE.

I love them. They’re based out of the Arkansas town my little brother and his wife live in, very close to where I went to high school and college, and I think they’re the friendliest online company I’ve ever ordered from. They have ton of really affordable k-cups, pods, and regular coffee, plus candy, coffee cake, and various beverage additions. And they ship really, really fast.

The first order I placed, with the sale that my friend had been sharing on Facebook, brought a box to my door a couple days later of k-cups, k-cups samples (really pleasant surprise) AND a cute coffee cup with Miss Ellie’s picture on it.

I’m really, really excited to be able to share this super friendly website with you, AND give away k-cups and a coffee cup to one lucky winner!

One winner, chosen at random in one week, will win one 24-count box of Donut House coffee k-cups, one 24-count box of Breakfast Blend coffee k-cups (both for use in a Keurig or single serve coffee machine using k-cups), and one coffee mug.

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I was given a coffee cup and two boxes of k-cups, but I was not compensated for this post. All opinions and extra need for caffeine are my own, and the first order I placed from coffee.org, I paid for out of my own pocket.

Congratulations to Pam B! Her comment was chosen out of 396 entries. She has been notified. Enjoy your coffee, Pam!