Rainy Day Giveaway

May 18, 2009 at 4:01 pm 57 comments

I’m so excited to have my first giveaway! Let’s get the eats out of the way first.

After blogging yesterday I had a banana with pb.


You probably didn’t notice but the house we’re renting has the same plates my mom has at her house.  Weird.

Then Andrew and I did some more shopping.  The rain never really slowed down yesterday so we watched Little Miss Sunshine after returning until dinner time.

For dinner we were going to have grilled chicken but with the rain my dad didn’t feel like going outside to cook, so we baked it in the oven, it was marinated in Italian dressing.


On the side we had broccoli and Near East Wild Rice in the Garlic and Herb flavor.



Perfect dinner!

And to drink with dinner I had:


Last night we went to bed nice and early, when I woke up this morning it was raining again.  The good news is the weather is supposed to be really nice the rest of the week, so we used today to do some more shopping.  Before we left I had a Peach Chobani with cereal.



I love cereal/yogurt messes.

We went to do some more shopping today at the outlets.  In addition to some clothes that I purchased, my SUPER wonderful mom bought me a gorgeous new Coach bag!


I love the blue color!  I have the best mom!

Between stores I had a Clif Chocolate Chip Z bar.


On top of my Coach bag from last year.

Andrew and I also made a special purchase today.  I’d like to introduce you to our new pet, Geoffrey.


He is a Hermit Crab with a Giraffe painted shell.  Giraffes are by far my favorite animal and if I can’t have one of those as a pet, a hermit crab with a giraffe shell will have to do.  Apparently he is tired from an exciting day he was climbing on the side of his cage for a while on the way home but now he’s sleeping, I’m sure you’ll see plenty of pictures of Geoffrey in the future.

For lunch we stopped at Sonic.  We don’t have any Sonic’s near us so everyone wanted to try it, I was going to wait until we got home to eat but we still had more shopping to do.  So I got a grilled chicken sandwich with no mayo.


It looks like a whole wheat bun but I can’t be sure.  It was pretty good.

Now that I have caught you all up on the past few meals it’s time for…

My First Giveaway!

One of my favorite things about vacation is buying my friends souvenirs.  It’s always so fun to come home from vacation and share something from your time away with your friends.  You girls have all been really good friends to me since I started this blog back in January so although I can’t buy something for everyone I’d like to give you each the chance to have some great souvenirs from The Outer Banks!  I bought a few things to give to one lucky reader.

Here’s each item in the giveaway.

First up is a T-Shirt.  It’s a size small but it looks like it would fit most people, if you win and you require a different size I will gladly exchange it before sending it to you.  It looks pink but it is tan with green writing.



The next thing is a magnet clip.


The next item is a coffee mug.


And the last 2 items are some local treats.

I love salt water taffy and I found a cute little tote bag stuffed with some salt water taffy.


Last part of the package is a can of nuts from a local shop that’s called Try My Nuts.  I picked out a can of peanuts called Dirty Nuts.  They are seasoned with salt, paprika, black pepper, garlic, onion, and chipotle.  I was able to sample them while at the store yesterday and I can tell you they are really delicious.


Here’s the package all together.


I am on the lookout for a nice big tote bag for the winner as well so I’ll be adding that to the prize as well, and will share it with you as soon as I find and buy it.

I’m giving you a couple ways to win:

  1. Leave a comment (on this post!) telling me your favorite vacation spot.
  2. Link back to this on your blog, if you don’t have a blog send me an email at 365healthyeats@gmail.com, be sure to let me know if you linked it in the comment section.

So there you go! I’ll announce the winner Friday afternoon so you have plenty of time to enter!


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57 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Victoria  |  May 18, 2009 at 5:42 pm

    What a fun giveaway! Hmm.. my favorite vacation spot I’ve been to has probably been Hawaii, but I also loved Sand Diego. Glad you’re enjoying yourself!

  • 2. wholefoodswholeme  |  May 18, 2009 at 5:51 pm

    that is a gorgeous bag! and i can’t wait to see more of geoffrey 😀 the souvenirs look so fun – very sweet of you to share the love!

    favourite vacation spot…. on one hand, somewhere with a great beach and lots of sun sounds good, but on the other, i inevitably always lean towards…. paris!! there is something magical about that city.

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  • 4. Melissa  |  May 18, 2009 at 6:18 pm

    great bag, greater mom! woodchuck cider was my first beer, I remember having it at my boyfriends house when I was like 15, sweet nostalgia.

  • 5. Anne K.  |  May 18, 2009 at 6:23 pm

    How fun! My favorite vacation spot that I’ve been to is the Florida Keys, but it’s my dream to go to Hawaii!

  • 6. Anne K.  |  May 18, 2009 at 6:24 pm

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  • 7. Doreen  |  May 18, 2009 at 6:27 pm

    Your Mom sounds really sweet!! Vacation?! 🙂 I’ve only gone to Ocean City multiple times especially as a child. I would love to go to the Beach and chill!

  • 8. applec  |  May 18, 2009 at 6:55 pm

    What an exciting giveaway! Now I have to update tonights post …all in a good cause.
    As for my fav. vacation spot: Carmel-By-The-Beach, California…wait…make that ANYWHERE in California. Oh no….I like Wilmington, North Carolina …I put that in for points 😉

  • 9. katecooks  |  May 18, 2009 at 6:57 pm

    sounds like you had a great vacation!!! i need to post about mine 🙂 no pool for me tho LOL. what a cute giveaway! hopefully i can remember to link back, i always forget that OOPS. I think best vacation spot…anything tropical. i am a sucker for beaches, hot weather, and fruity alcoholic drinks 🙂

  • 10. Kay  |  May 18, 2009 at 7:07 pm

    My favorite vacation spot is Gatlinburg, TN….I love the mountains and there is sooooo much to do there!
    Hope I win!

  • 11. brandi  |  May 18, 2009 at 7:25 pm

    hermit crab! we used to get them at the beach all the time, too 🙂

    LOVE The new bag.

    My favorite vacation spot is where you are – we use to go every summer when I was growing up and i LOVE the Outer Banks – that’s actually where we went on our honeymoon, too!

    i’ll post a link right now 🙂

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  • 13. Meghann  |  May 18, 2009 at 8:04 pm

    Cute giveaway!

    My fave vacation spot is Lake Lanier in GA. Soo many great family memories camping along that lake.

  • 14. dailygoods  |  May 18, 2009 at 8:25 pm

    the outer banks is sooo funnn 🙂 i love it there! my fav vaca spot is good old tampa florida, all my moms side of the family is there and its so fun! LOVE LOVE your coach bag girl!

  • 15. Jessica  |  May 18, 2009 at 8:35 pm

    I absolutely love the north shore in hawaii, it’s so peaceful and beautiful. We saw turtles everywhere and was away from the crowded beaches.

  • 16. burpexcuzme  |  May 18, 2009 at 8:59 pm

    wow, how sweet of your mom to give you such an incredibly gorgeous bag!
    fav vacation spot…guess it’s gotta be the hawaii beach, though never been there before…I sure would love to though!

  • 17. Jenn@slim-shoppin  |  May 18, 2009 at 9:06 pm

    I used to spend summer vacation there growing up. Most of my relatives are on the East Coast. When we were younger and would tell our friends we went to the Outer Banks (I’m from Chicago) they would say “Where?”

    Awesome place to visit and great place to vacation!!

  • 18. Kath  |  May 18, 2009 at 9:11 pm

    How fun! Love the Outer Banks 🙂

  • 19. Melissa @ For the Love of Health  |  May 18, 2009 at 9:20 pm

    Your mom is awesome!! Great bag!! 🙂

    Great giveaway!! My favourite place for vacation is actually experiencing places I have visited before. Those are the best kinds of holidays.

    Great eats!

  • 20. jsr  |  May 18, 2009 at 9:21 pm

    Hmmm…my favorite vacation spot, that is tough since I am not very well traveled. But I do love Paris!

  • 21. Jordan  |  May 18, 2009 at 9:30 pm

    OooO! I like seasoned nuts! =]

  • 22. homegirlcaneat  |  May 18, 2009 at 9:51 pm

    Fav vacay spot is FRANCE! Nice in particular 😉

    The hermit crabby is adorb! I am so happy he has found a nice homefront!

  • 23. june  |  May 18, 2009 at 10:29 pm

    thank you for the giveaway!

  • 24. hyang  |  May 18, 2009 at 10:30 pm

    love your blog! you always inspire me to be healthy and keep the healthy mindset (which includes indulgence time to time!).

  • 25. jk  |  May 18, 2009 at 10:31 pm

    you’re so sweet!

  • 26. jayme  |  May 18, 2009 at 10:32 pm

    i’m glad you’re enjoying yourself! everyone needs a wonderful vacation

  • 27. junghwa  |  May 18, 2009 at 10:32 pm

    love the giveaway items. check out my giveaway! i have weekly giveaways that you might really like 🙂

  • 28. Spiceaholic  |  May 18, 2009 at 10:36 pm

    I had those plates when I lived alone during grad school, they were the best!

    My favorite vacation spot is anywhere with great views or some history — so a tropical getaway or Europe seem to fit the bill.

    I’ll link back to this on my blog.

  • 29. Emily  |  May 18, 2009 at 10:39 pm

    My favorite vacation spot that I have been to so far is Carmel, CA! 😀

    Cute Package and SUPER CUTE COACH bag!

  • 30. Emily  |  May 18, 2009 at 10:39 pm

    I linked back!



  • 31. Laura E  |  May 18, 2009 at 10:43 pm

    Thanks so much for the opportunity! It’s kind of sad, but I’ve only been to a couple other Midwestern states for my vacations but my favorite is Kansas City, MO. I don’t have a blog but emailed you!

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  • 33. Sarah  |  May 18, 2009 at 11:42 pm

    danielle, this is such a cute giveaway!! i want to win 🙂 i’m going to link back in my post right now.

    and i’m so jealous of your coach bag. go mom! Geoffrey is adorable. aww, you’re a mama now, too 🙂

  • 34. jenna  |  May 19, 2009 at 8:20 am

    Whan an Awesome GIVE AWAY!!! 🙂


  • 35. Lele  |  May 19, 2009 at 9:33 am

    Um, I was totally in the Outer Banks this weekend and totally went to the same outlet mall as you ON THE SAME DAY! How weird! Although the weather was pretty bad, so maybe outlet shopping was the obvious thing to do.
    I unfortunately didn’t get anything at Coach, but went a little wild at J. Crew…

    My favorite vacation spot is PARIS!

  • 36. Laura  |  May 19, 2009 at 9:57 am

    Disney World….did you know that have fireworks EVERY night?

  • 37. Laura  |  May 19, 2009 at 9:58 am

    P.S. What are the odds Sue will be a lamb and get me a new coach bag? That one is GORGEOUS!

  • 38. Erin  |  May 19, 2009 at 10:21 am

    LOL, Hi Geoffrey! Nice shell.

    Wow. Mom is totz cool for getting you that gorg new bag.

    My fav vacation spot? Ack! Too hard to pick. I guess Costa Rica tops my list right now. It’s hard to compete with monkeys!

  • 39. healthy ashley  |  May 19, 2009 at 12:02 pm

    What a fun giveaway! And I love Geoffrey !!

    My favorite place I’ve vacationed so far was definitely the Grand Canyons.. and NYC!

  • 40. Christina  |  May 19, 2009 at 12:03 pm

    Don’t enter me in the contest b/c it wouldn’t be fair! I just wanted to stop by and tell you that I grew up 19 years on the Outer Banks – too funny to see all the souvenirs! 🙂

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  • 42. Sharon  |  May 19, 2009 at 2:24 pm

    Totally love your new coach bag from your mom!
    And my favorite vacation spot? Busy Hong Kong!!!

  • 43. ikkinlala  |  May 19, 2009 at 5:19 pm

    May Canadians enter? My favourite vacation spot is Vancouver Island.

  • 44. marie  |  May 19, 2009 at 7:35 pm

    What a fantabulous prize pack!! My favorite vacation spot is Destin. It’s just sooo relaxing.

  • 45. Jacquelyn  |  May 19, 2009 at 9:11 pm

    Favorite vacation spot so far would deffinately be the carribean. But in the future I will be traveling to greece within the next five years. I am excited already :))

  • 46. Kristan Anne  |  May 20, 2009 at 10:48 am

    Hi there!

    I love Woodchuck Amber! It’s my absolute favorite. Have you tried the Pear? I don’t like it as much. I’m aiming to try the Granny Smith flavor next. 🙂

    My favorite vacation spot is Disney World, by far. That and Galveston, TX. We just went last weekend!

  • 47. Kristan Anne  |  May 20, 2009 at 10:57 am

    I forgot to let you know that I linked back to your blog on mine. Ooops! Sorry!

  • 48. Allison  |  May 20, 2009 at 11:33 am

    Cute prizes! My favorite vacation spot is anywhere warm – the Carribean sounds perfect today 😀

  • 49. Alyssa  |  May 20, 2009 at 2:09 pm

    Mmm….those Dirty Nuts, sound pretty tasty! THis is a cute giveaway.
    My favorite vacation spot I have encountered so far would be San Francisco. There is so much to do in that city, and I love that you can basically walk/bike everywhere. I love cities that are set up so you are not forced to have a car. Their China Town is HUGE, and such a neat place to spend an afternoon.

  • 50. Mariposa  |  May 20, 2009 at 5:41 pm

    holy giveaway!!! that looks so awesome! i would love to win..

    lol i think its hysterical about the plates.. who knew your mom and the landlord have so much in common?

    My fav place to vacation is definitely Miami..

  • 51. psychoj1  |  May 20, 2009 at 9:06 pm

    My favorite vacation spot is Hilton Head in SC. Thanks for this giveaway!

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  • 53. elise  |  May 21, 2009 at 9:00 am

    now that im on the east coast, my fave vacation spot is ANYwhere warm…haha. ok, but seriously, hawaii is the best. im going in june for 2 weeks and i cant WAIT!!

  • 54. Tina  |  May 21, 2009 at 12:23 pm

    Great giveaway! I’m always up for a giveaway! 🙂 I’ll link back to your post in my update this evening!

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  • 56. Lea  |  May 22, 2009 at 8:19 pm

    Love love souvenirs from vacation spots. Fav vaca destination is Cali, It may not sound glamorous, but since moving to the East Coast I just really miss the place.

  • 57. joanna  |  May 25, 2009 at 12:14 am

    How fun, you got a hermit crab! I do hope you know, that little cage will not do for him. Hermit crabs need an environment where the temp and humidity stay around 70-80. He also needs two dishes of water (no, a wet sponge won’t do!), one dechlorinated fresh (chlorine burns their gills) and one dechlorinated ocean salt water (you can buy the mix at a pet store). They also need sand to burrow in, or a coconut husk substrate (there’s a brand called Eco Earth). They really do need to be able to burrow, and gravel is a terrible substrate for them. It’s so sad, most pet stores have no clue about the care of hermit crabs. Please do visit one of these websites and research the care of your little guy: http://www.thecrabbagepatch.com ; http://www.crabstreetjournal.com ; http://www.hermitcrabparadise.com (note: read only articles with the “new” label)
    I hope your crab lives a good long life and you can enjoy him a while. They can live up to 30 years in captivity, when cared for properly!

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