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Sweet Milwaukee – Classy Girls Cupcakes Giveaway!

It’s been a while since I’ve posted, and that’s largely because I have been focusing on eating healthier, more well-rounded meals – at home.

However, when I saw a contest giveaway from one of my favorite local shops, I just had to enter!  Lo and behold, I won!

Classy Girl Cupcakes is an adorable shop in Cathedral Square in East Town Milwaukee.  Almost every time I have visitors, we make a stop in for a cupcake or a push pop.  With all the walking and exploring we do, CGC always seems to be a nice, sweet reward!

I’ve also used CGC for my “Clue-themed” party.

Six character themed cupcake styles from Classy Girl Cupcakes (on the right of the page).

Six character themed cupcake styles from Classy Girl Cupcakes (on the right of the page).

Classy Girl Cupcakes were also responsible for my contribution to UPAF Night at Casablanca earlier this year.  Four different flavors on hand, decorated in UPAF colors!  Carrot cake, Ghirardelli chocoloate, Red velvet and Vanilla (a personal favorite of mine!).

A gorgeous array of 250 cupcakes to celebrate UPAF and the hostess's birthday!

A gorgeous array of 250 cupcakes to celebrate UPAF and the hostess’s birthday!

So, back to the contest…  Every Friday, CGC takes one of their cupcakes on-location in Milwaukee for a photo shoot. The photo then gets posted on both their @cgcupcakesmke Twitter account and their @classygirlcupcakes Instagram account.

Followers should “repost” the photo to their own accounts. The hashtags to use are #CGCinMKE and #classygirlcupcakes. Followers should also leave a comment on the Classy Girls Photo with where they suspect the cupcake was photographed.

Photos are generally up by 8AM Friday mornings. And a winner is chosen by 6PM that evening. Here are a few photos (including the “Tequila-themed” photo which made me a winner!)

The deets...

The deets…

Festa Italia!

Festa Italia!

Tequila! (National Tequila Day) at Bradford Beach.

Tequila! (National Tequila Day) at Bradford Beach.

All I had to do to claim my prize was to stop by the shop (on my way home from a morning at the salon) and show the confirmation email Christine sent me the evening that I won (last night).  I had the lovely lady behind the counter pick her favorite jumbo filled cupcake and surprise me.


I came home to a beautiful, and huge gooey pretzel chunk jumbo filled cupcake ($5.00 value, and who knows how many calories!).

Gooey pretzel crunch...

Gooey pretzel crunch…

IMG_2429aI’m not sure how long it will take me to finish this package of pretzel filled gooey goodness.  Every time I’ve strayed from my meal plan, my body gets a little upset with me, so I may have to take things slowly here!


I will say this… it was love at first bite!

If you’re in the Milwaukee area, please remember to follow Classy Girl Cupcakes on Twitter (@cgcupcakesmke) and Instagram (@classygirlcupcakes), and pay special attention on Fridays!  The rewards are real!



The #SizzlingSummerBlogHop winner is…

I’d like to thank everyone who took the time to leave a comment about his/her favorite thing about summer.  The comments were such fun to read, and inspired me to try some new things this summer too!

I utilized to choose the winner of the Sizzling Summer Blog Hop giveaway.  Comment number 169 is the winner.


“Congratulations!” are in order for Kayla Britt, who will win the napkin rings, the toe ring and the Essie mini polish collection.  Giveaway2

Kayla, please send me an email ( with your contact information, and I will send the prize pack to you.

I hope everyone continues to enjoy summer!



Ringing in Summer 2014 – A Sizzling Summer Blog Hop Giveaway! (CLOSED)

Well, it’s the first day of summer, and what better way to ring in the season than to “ring” in the season? This is the second Blog Hop giveaway in which I’ve participated, and I’m very excited to join thirteen other bloggers to give away some of our favorite summer themed items!

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For my part in the giveaway, I’ve decided to gift one lucky reader with a few things I really enjoy in my own life.

Do you see that picture on the side of my blog?  The sparkly peacock?  Well, that’s one of the four napkin rings I picked up in Little Washington, VA during a visit with family a couple of years ago. They were a splurge for me, but I didn’t want to walk away from the opportunity to take these beautiful treasures home with me!  I LOVE my napkin rings, and I think they provide a beautiful accent to an otherwise rather boring dining table. So, I’ve included a set of six floral indoor/outdoor napkin rings in this giveaway.

If you read my Twitter profile or have seen my Instagram pictures of my nail polish rack and baskets, you know that I am a nail polish fanatic!  I am not necessarily brand loyal, but I do think Essie has some great colors and are good quality polishes. A nice summer manicure and pedicure are “must-haves”, right?  So, I’m including a box of the mini Resort Fling collection (summer… resort… you get it, right?).



Finally, to accent those pretty pedicures, I’ve included a Hawaiian Sterling Silver two toned Plumeria toe ring (get it? “Ring” in the season).


So, to summarize, the prize pack is a set of six summer indoor/outdoor napkin rings, the Essie mini Resort Fling nail polish collection, and a Hawaiian Stainless Steel Plumeria toe ring.

To enter this giveaway, please leave a comment describing your favorite part of summer! A winner will be randomly chosen on July 13th.

As I mentioned, thirteen fellow bloggers are participating in this blog hop as well, so please be sure to hop over to the blogs listed above in the picture or below in the list.

Blog name – gift packages:

The Sweetphi Blog – Farmers Market cookbook, Farmers Market tote, and $20 Starbucks gift card
Karis’ Kitchen – Two popsicle cookbooks and popsicle molds
Food n’ Focus – $25 Williams Sonoma gift card, two ice cream bowls, KitchenAid ice cream scoop, salted caramel sauce, and sprinkles
The Frosted Vegan – Popsicle mold, mason jar tumbler, and paper straws
Food Faith Fitness – Popsicle mold and $15 Starbucks gift card
Kiss My Smoke – Grilling cookbook, grilling skewers, and grill thermometer
Cravings of a Lunatic – Ice cream maker, ice cream cookbook, and ice cream dishes
The Housewife in Training Files – BBQ cookbook, BBQ sauce, and Tazo tea
The Cookie Rookie – White summer tote, KitchenAid hand blender (in mint), and Sally’s Baking Addiction cookbook
Crumbs and Chaos – Drink dispenser and glasses
Cooking with Books – Martha’s Vineyard local items: salt, fudge, honey and sugar
Miss in the Kitchen – Drink tumbler, summer tote, caramel sauce, bracelet, and straws
Art of Natural Living – One pound of Organic Fair Trade Earl Grey tea and Spearmint, and a tea infuser

Thanks for hopping by!  Good luck in the giveaways!



PS. This giveaway is open to US residents. I apologize to many of my global readers, whom I truly appreciate.

Spreading WI Love Giveaway!

My friend and fellow Milwaukee-based blogger, Phi of the blog SweetPhi, has invited me to participate in my first “blog hop giveaway”, and I’m really excited to be a part of this clever concept!

Essentially, you will have opportunities to win fabulous prizes – not only on my blog, but on other participating blogs as well! See the list below.

Since February is often thought of as the “month of love”, or at least associated with Valentine’s day, and the local MKE blogger network is “spreading the love”, for my first giveaway, I’m going to send one lucky winner a fun and functional heart-shaped piece of Wisconsin bake ware pottery from Rowe Pottery Works, based in Cambridge, WI. It’s always a nice feeling to support local businesses. Rowe Pottery Works is located just about an hour west of me.

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You can bake your loved one(s) a heart-shaped dessert, or use the adorable dish to serve appetizers, dips, and other snacks. If you’re like me, you never really have enough good serving dishes. In my opinion, this one seems perfect to use at an intimate gathering. It will also show well just being placed on a shelf or used as an everyday candy dish.

Speaking of candy, I’ve also included a bar of Milk Chocolate Sea Salt by Indulgence Chocolatiers, based right here in Milwaukee.

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And, since wine and chocolate go hand in hand (and I can’t legally ship wine), I’ve included the wine stopper pictured above. It’s silver and red and the message reads “Charming, Seductive, & Pleasing”. Perfect for that bottle of wine you can’t finish in one evening!

As a bonus… I’m also going to include a tried and true secret family recipe with this dish! This is a “dessert” that is great as a an after-meal dessert, as well as a morning coffee cake. And, shhhh, it’s not a difficult recipe!

You may enter below by tweeting about the giveaway, liking and leaving a comment on the “She Ordered What?” page on Facebook, following me on Twitter, or by leaving a comment about why you’d love to win these prizes below.

The giveaway contest will end at 11:59PM on February 9th and the winner will be randomly chosen on February 10th. I will notify the winner on February 10th.

I encourage you to visit other participating blogs to discover fantastic recipes and enter their giveaways!

Check out:

Sweet Phi for a chance to win a WI shaped cutting board, a box of chocolates and a $10 Starbuck’s gift card.

Karis’ Kitchen is giving away two “Sweet Treats” boxes filled with an Indulgence Chocolatiers bar, candied pecans from Treat Bake Shop, and a jar of caramel sauce (plus caramels) from Becky’s Blissful Bakery.

The Frosted Vegan is offering up a chocolate bar from Indulgence Chocolatiers, a jar of smoked paprika from Penzey’s Spices, and a bag of Collective Coffee Blue Heeler blend.

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