$1000 Amazon Gift Card Giveaway

That’s right!!!  Your eyes are seeing correctly this morning!  Today I am teaming up with some of my favorite blogger friends to bring you this amazing giveaway!   A $1000 Amazon Gift Card!!!

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Uncommon Goods Gift Card Giveaway

Do you shop online very much?

Until this year, I had never really done much online shopping. Occasionally I would order something here or there, but mostly I went to the stores.  Until this year. I had no idea how much fun shopping online was…or how easy. Some sites are as easy as a click of a button.

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One site that I have been enjoying going through is Uncommon Goods.  Have you ever shopped there?  They are a privately owned retailer that features unique designs and hand crafted gifts.  They support and provide a place for artists and designers to share their products.  They feature artists who make jewelry, kitchen items, and home decor.  There are a wide variety of fun handmade jewelry and gifts for that special woman in your life here.

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I was given the chance to review one kitchen gift item.  It was hard to choose just one item…I had a few that I had to decide between.  But this amazing License Plate Platter stood out to me.  With all the holiday baking that I have been doing, I need beautiful trays to serve them on.  I love the option to customize this with my own home state.  It was just as gorgeous in person as it was shown online.  The platter is very well made and the colors are beautiful.  For more personalized gift items, make sure to go here.

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Uncommon Goods would like to help you with your gifting this year.  They are offering a $50 gift certificate to one BruCrew reader.

Happy Holidays!
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iPad Mini Giveaway

Can you believe 2013 is almost over?!  Neither can I!

Well to hit off an amazing new year, I’ve teamed up with some amazing bloggers to bring you a special New Year’s Giveaway and you could win an IPAD MINI!!! Follow the simple steps below to be entered and on your way to a brand new iPad Mini of your own to start 2014 off with a bang! The great thing is that you have not one, but 24 chances to win! Wow! This giveaway only runs for one week so be sure to get your entries in right away!

Good luck!


Step ONE: PIN the image above!

Step TWO: FOLLOW all of these amazing bloggers on Pinterest!

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$500 Amazon Giveaway

This amazon gift card giveaway is just in time to make the holidays a little brighter.

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Today I am partnering with some pretty awesome food bloggers to bring you a fun giveaway! Make sure you visit each of their amazing pages and say Hi.

Do you have your holiday shopping done yet?  How would you like to win a $500 gift card for Amazon.com?  Think of all the fun toys, gadgets, books, or your hearts desire you could buy for someone (or maybe just for yourself) if you win.   This would definitely make someone’s day brighter!

Fill out the form below to enter. The giveaway is open from December 8 until December 15th at midnight and is only open to US residents over the age of 18.

Happy Holidays!

Apple Week Recap

It is hard to believe, but Apple Week is over for another year.

I do have a few more apple recipes that I made…there are just not enough days to post everything.  Stay tuned for some more yummy recipes in the next few weeks and days :-)


If you are just tuning in (whaaa what??), my bestie Aimee and I decided to host an apple week and show you how easy it is to eat an apple a day.


Day 1 kicked off with my Peanut Butter Apple Pizza and Aimee’s Apple Pecan Cups.

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Kindle and Amazon Gift Card Giveaway

I am so excited to share this fun giveaway with you.  Today I am partnering with a few of my blog friends to celebrate Crazy For Crust’s blog birthday.  Do you all know Dorothy?  She make the yummiest things like these Peanut Butter Caramel Shortbread Bars and this Carrot Cake Ice Cream Cake .  Dorothy and I have been commenting on each other’s blogs for a few years now, and I had the opportunity to meet her this past summer at the BlogHer conference.  She is just as sweet in person as she is online.  I puffy heart love her and am so happy to help her celebrate 3 years of awesome blogging memories.

Now if only we could all celebrate in person and have cake together.  That would be a fun and happening blog birthday.  But since we are celebrating virtually, I thought I would share some virtual cake with everyone.

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Peanut Butter Explosion Cake

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Toffee Mocha Cupcakes

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White Chocolate Funfetti Chip Cake

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Mocha Cookie Crumble Cupcakes

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Lemon Cheesecake Cake

Now that you are completely dreaming about cake and birthday celebrations, make sure you enter to win the Kindle.  Think of how many cookbooks you could buy to read on that.  Sounds like the perfect plan if you win.

Also, make sure to stop by Crazy for Crust and wish her a big happy blog birthday!

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A bunch of my best bloggy friends and I have joined forces to bring you this giveaway!

Here are all the details:

The Prize: One 7″ Kindle Fire HD (16GB) and a $20 Gift Card to Amazon.com!

Details about the Kindle Fire HD:

  • 1280×800 HD display with polarizing filter and anti-glare technology for rich color and deep contrast from any viewing angle
  • Exclusive Dolby audio and dual-driver stereo speakers for immersive, virtual surround sound
  • World’s first tablet with dual-band, dual-antenna Wi-Fi for over 35% faster downloads and streaming
  • High performance 1.2 Ghz dual-core processor with Imagination PowerVR 3D graphics core for fast and fluid performance
  • Over 23 million movies, TV shows, songs, magazines, books, audiobooks, and popular apps and games such as Facebook, Netflix,Twitter, HBO GO, Pandora, and Angry Birds Space
  • Integrated support for Facebook, Twitter, Gmail, Hotmail, Yahoo! and more, as well as Exchange calendar, contacts, and email
  • Front-facing HD camera for taking photos or making video calls using Skype, Facebook, and other apps
  • Free unlimited cloud storage for all your Amazon content
  • Kindle FreeTime — a free, personalized tablet experience just for kids on the Kindle Fire HD. Set daily screen limits, and give access to appropriate content for each child
  • Kindle FreeTime Unlimited — just for kids. Unlimited access to books, games, apps, movies and TV shows.
  • What’s in the box: a 16GB Kindle Fire HD with 7″ screen and a USB cable to connect it to your computer.

We’re also throwing in a $20 gift card so you can buy your first few books! (Or a movie, we won’t judge.)

How to enter:
Enter via the rafflecopter form below. Sometimes the form takes a few minutes to load. You will need to login to the rafflecopter form using either Facebook or your email address. Be sure to use an email address you check often, as that is how you will be notified if you win.

Fine Print:
Open to U.S. residents only. You must be 18 years or older to enter. Giveaway runs through October 4, 2013. Winner will be notified via email within 48 hours of the end of the giveaway and has 48 hours to respond to said email or a new winner will be chosen.



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Mini iPad Giveaway

Today I am teaming up with a group of awesome bloggers to bring you a fun giveaway.  That’s right…one of you just might win a mini iPad + a $20 iTunes gift card to get you started with some fun apps.  I can’t wait to see who wins!Pin it to Win it! Enter to win an iPad Mini & $20 iTunes Gift Card! #giveaway

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Behind BruCrew Life

Behind BruCrew Life has always been a post where I shared cute and funny instagrams from the past weeks.  I am going to start changing that up some.  There will still be the personal pictures and behind the scenes from the BruCrew, but I am going to add in other fun finds that I come across and also product reviews.  What do you think?  Now I just need to come up with a cute name for the new series…anyone have any ideas?


1.  This week Shari’s Berries sent me some Mother’s Day treats to review.  I love my job :-) I have never ordered chocolates or strawberries online before, so I didn’t know what to expect.  I couldn’t wait for the truck to deliver them on my scheduled day.  The box was very well packed and was still chilly, even though my delivery confirmation email said they left the building the day before.  The strawberries were so large and perfectly decorated.  I didn’t know which one to bite into first.  Of course the all-chocolate one won out!  The strawberries were fresh and juicy!

That night my husband and I sampled the mini cheesecakes that came with them.  Oh my goodness!  The cheesecakes were so creamy and delicious!  It is a good thing we have 3 kids to help us out with sampling…because I really wanted to hide in a closet with the cheesecake.  I also received a box of Mother’s Day Truffles!  The chocolate creamy centers were amazing!  So far my family hasn’t realized that I cut open the bottoms of most of them to see what they were :-)

You need to order some of these for Mother’s Day this weekend, either for mom or for yourself!  I’ll leave that one up to you!  They have so many different gift ideas to choose from.
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2.  My husband and I  had the opportunity to go to a dinner banquet in our town to learn more about a program called Life Care.  It is a pregnancy care center located near a large college here.  It always amazes me to hear the statistics on teen/college age pregnancy.  We will be visiting their office soon to see what type of volunteer opportunities are available for our church life group to get involved in.

3.  Have you had your 1/2 price Fraps yet???  This week only Starbucks is offering Happy Hour from 3-5 pm.  I see a mocha cookie crumble in my very near future!  That is if I get over this stomach bug!

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4.  I love how Dessert for Two made a classic jell-o salad into these Strawberry Pretzel Parfaits for breakfast.   Aren’t they just gorgeous?


5.  This week this super cute quote from Best Friends For Frosting. popped up in my Instagram feed.  I absolutely love it and need to print it for something!  I’m thinking a kitchen print, a cover for my notebook, and maybe one for my pocket calendar.


6.  Of course this would be the week I spilled sprinkles ALL.OVER.MY.KITCHEN.  I’m still vacuuming up those color bits!  My super power obviously isn’t cleaning ;-)  But they sure did look cute on top of my Nutella Latte.


7.  I absolutely love easy cinnamon rolls like these Mocha Chip Rolls, but Tonia from The Gunny Sack took her cinnamon rolls to a whole new level.  I mean seriously…Cinnamon Roll Whoopie Pies.  I die!!!


8.  Target Dollar Spot gets me every single time.  I went in just looking for brown pants for my son’s wax museum costume.  Are you laughing with me too?  Trying to go in Target and only buying what you came for is next to impossible.  I came out with chalkboard labels, napkins, earrings, cupcake gum, and notepads.  Oh, and no pants!  (They didn’t have the color I was looking for.)
9.  Looking for a cute teacher appreciation gift?   Shaken Together has an adorable orange themed gift that you can put together from Target.  Yay!!!  Another reason to go to my favorite store :-)

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10.  I’m thinking these Pasta Salad Skewers would be so fun for all the barbecues coming up soon.  Memorial Day weekend is only 2 weeks away.



What fun things have you made or seen this week?  Keep me posted…I love to check out cool things!!!

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Have a wonderful weekend celebrating Mother’s Day with your family!!!


*There are affiliate links in this post.   Thank you so much to Shari’s Berries for sending me chocolates to review.  All opinions are 100% mine.

Lucky Day Nikon D3100 Giveaway

Happy St. Patrick’s Day!!!  Are you wearing green today?  I sure hope so!!!  I have some fun and luck to send your way.  How about a Nikon D3100 camera giveaway to start the day with?

Lucky Day Giveaway

Today I am joining together with some really awesome blog friends to bring you this fun camera giveaway.  One lucky reader will win this Nikon D3100 camera with a 35 mm lens.  Pretty awesome huh?  I personally have a Nikon camera and I love everything about it.  It is easy to use, so anyone can learn on it.

Here are the details on the camera that one LUCKY reader will win:

Nikon D3100 SLR Camera {Body Only}

  • 14.2 megapixel DX-format CMOS image sensor
  • Active D-Lighting
  • 3.0 inch Color LCD Monitor
  • Picture Control System expands creativity
  • Nikon Integrated Dust Reduction System
  • Full HD 1080p movies with sound and full-time autofocus
  • ISO range of 100 to 3200 (expandable to 12800-Hi2)
  • 6 Automatic Exposure Scene Modes- Portrait, Landscape, Child, Sports, Close-up or Night Portrait

Nikon 35mm f/1.8G AF-S DX Lens for Nikon Digital SLR Cameras

  • Fast, f/1.8 prime lens is perfect for low-light conditions, travel, environmental portrait and general photography
  • Engineered for Nikon DX-format D-SLRS, the AF-S DX Nikkor 35mm f/1.8G lens renders a picture angle approximating the classic normal angle of view of a 50mm lens on a Nikon FXformat digital SLR or 35mm film camera
  • Aspherical lens element minimizes coma and other types of lens aberrations, further improving image integrity
  • Nikon Super Integrated Coating (SIC) enhances light transmission efficiency and offers color consistency and reduced flare
  • Exclusive Nikon Silent Wave Motor (SWM) enables fast, accurate and quiet autofocus
  • Close focusing to 1 foot for creative perspectives and versatility
  • Rounded 7-blade diaphragm opening makes out-of-focus elements appear more natural
  • Accepts 52mm filter attachments


So, if you are feeling lucky, go ahead and enter now.

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Blendtec Giveaway {Pin it to Win it}

Today I have an awesome Blendtec giveaway for you!  I have teamed up with a great group of my blog friends to give one lucky reader a Blendtec blender.  You just need to Pin It to Win It!!!  Good luck :-)

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The 12 Delicious Days of Christmas Recipes

The holidays are coming at us so fast this year.  Do you have your menus planned out yet?   Today I am so excited to be joining forces with 11 other fantastic blogging friends to bring you 12 holiday recipes.  Everything looks so great, so you won’t want to miss any of these tasty recipes.  Head below and check out all the links in the hop.

*Warning…excessive drooling is about to commence:-)