Free Chocolate!

Yeah, that’s what I said.  Free chocolate – for the lucky winner of my Tintin / Cost Plus chocolate bar giveaway.  I love Cost Plus and I love chocolate, so when the PR team offered a set of the chocolate bars pictured above for me to give away on this here blog, I didn’t even blink before saying yes.

But then I realized I had to test the chocolate first.  You know, to make sure it’s a worthy product to give to one of you.  I enlisted my family to help me, and here are the results:

First place:  The dark chocolate with sea salt is the hands-down winner

Second place:  Milk chocolate was my husband’s favorite

Third place:  Milk chocolate with hazelnut and almond pieces was a tasty treat

Fourth place:  The dark chocolate with cocoa pieces has a very strong flavor so it wasn’t anyone’s favorite but if you are a dark chocolate lover you will enjoy this

Other treats that Cost Plus is selling are:

  • Tintin Metal Lunch Box, Set of 2 ($25.98) – Make lunch time an adventure with these collectible retro-style lunch boxes featuring Tintin and Snowy!
  • Tintin Travel Pasta ($2.99) – Travel the world at the dinner table with this Tintininspired pasta, shaped like planes, trains and cars.
If you would like a of set of these tasty bars sent to your home, leave a message here.  I will choose a random commenter to win.
  • Leave one comment here and make sure your email address is entered
  • Contest will be open from now until 11:59 PM on Monday, January 23
  • Winner will be chosen from eligible entries
  • Winner will be announced here on Tuesday, January 24
  • Winner must provide US mailing address, and prize will mailed by Cost Plus/Tin Tin representative within 1-2 weeks

Groceries, Schmoceries. Just Get a Houseguest!

This week, and for much of the summer, we have friends staying with us. They are the mom and dad of a family of four – their little boys are staying with family for the summer, and the mom got a job close by, and they are between homes, so what the heck? What are friends for, right?

Well, turns out friends are for cleaning my kitchen, taking out the garbage, hanging out with my while I do my thrice daily stretching routine, accompanying me to events, watching my kids tonight so I can go out with my husband for our 9th wedding anniversary, and for picking up groceries. I’ll tell you what – it is AWESOME. I highly suggest getting some houseguests for when you are feeling extra overwhelmed. All they want in return is a place to sleep and free access to the country club bar.

Alas, they won’t be here forever, so I’ll eventually have to go grocery shopping again. For people like KIM B. – who won the Albertsons gift bag giveaway – they can put it off at least another day because there is a full dinner in that there bag. Thank you to everyone who entered!

When I do a full shopping trip at Albertsons I will tell you alllll about it.