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Pot o’ Gold Giveaway

Happy March, everyone!

Aren’t you so happy it’s here?!  Big things happen in March including the First Day of Spring, Daylight Savings, snow (hopefully) melting, my husband being addicted to brackets and basketball, and (my personal favorite) St. Patrick’s Day!

I love me some ethnic holidays, and St. Patty’s Day tops that list.  One year back in college (read: before parenthood), I imbibed in so much green beer my lips turned green.  These days I’m older and much more responsible…so I stick to chugging Guinness.  (Fist bump to all my Irish friends.)

Of course, St. Patrick’s Day is about more than green beer and Guinness.  It’s a time to celebrate Irish and Irish American culture, the “wearing of the green,” shamrocks, parades, corned beef & cabbage, AND…

Testing your luck!

Test your luck in March and you could win this "Pot o' Gold Giveaway" (valued at more than $500) on St. Patrick's Day!

I am so excited to team up with a fabulous group of blogging friends to bring you this fantastic “Pot o’ Gold” giveaway to celebrate the luckiest month of the year!  One lucky winner will receive a prize package valued at more than $500 from these 10 generous sponsors:

Test your luck in March and you could win this "Pot o' Gold Giveaway" (valued at more than $500) on St. Patrick's Day!

Prize Package Includes:

$50 Ace Hardware Gift Card

Ball Brand green mason jars (pint case and quart case)

$50 Birch Lane Gift Card

$100 Duluth Trading Gift Card

HomeRight Finish Max paint sprayer

$50 Michaels Gift Card

$50 in fabric from Oninefabricstore.net

100 free prints from Printicular

Rust-Oleum paint package

Rockwell BladeRunner X2 (small table saw) and Sonicrafter F30 (oscillating tool)

I don’t know about you, but this is EXACTLY the sort of thing I’d love to see at the end of my rainbow!  Feeling lucky?  You have 32 chances to win!  So grab your lucky shamrock, rabbit’s foot, horseshoe, jersey, or undies that haven’t been washed since you scored the winning shot in your 8th grade basketball tournament, and click your way to a victory using the Rafflecopter giveaway widget below!

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The Fine Print: The Pot O’Gold Giveaway starts on March 2, 2015 at 6:00 AM and ends on March 16, 2015 at 11:59 PM EST. Open to Legal Residents (18 years of age or older) of the U.S. only. Prizes cannot be shipped to PO Boxes. Winner will be selected at random by Rafflecopter and will be notified by email on St. Patrick’s Day, March 17, 2015. Winner will have 48 hours to respond before a new winner is selected. Please note the 23 bloggers participating in this sweepstakes are not responsible for sponsors that do not fulfill their prizes. We have represented each sponsor with the expectation that they will fulfill their prize and in a timely manner. We will contact the sponsor regarding your prize(s). The sponsors, in most cases, are shipping their items to you directly. We will make every effort to assist you in obtaining your prize. If there is an issue with a sponsor, please notify the blog you won a prize from within 30 days for assistance, after that we may be unable to assist you. The product provided for the review was free of charge from the company. The product offered for the giveaway is free of charge, no purchase necessary. My opinions are my own and were not influenced by any form of compensation. Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter and Google+ are in no way associated with this giveaway. By providing your information in this form, you are providing your information to the participating bloggers. We do not share or sell information and will use any information only for the purpose of contacting the winner.

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Tilapia Piccata

This Tilapia Piccata recipe is the perfect compromise for those who like their fish battered and deep-fried and those who prefer a healthy, lighter option!

Fish is a staple in the G&D household.  It makes our menu more often than chicken, beef, or any other protein source, and this healthy Tilapia Piccata recipe is one of our favorites!

The Wisconsin girl in me drools over a good Friday Night Fish Fry, so I love white fish that’s been dipped in beer batter, deep-fried, and all crunchy on the outside.  My husband (and my arteries) hate fish that’s been coated, and prefer a healthier variety.  This Tilapia Piccata recipe is a our compromise!  It’s dusted with flour and seasonings so I get my crunch, yet it’s light enough that G (and my arteries) like it, too.  The piccata “sauce” topping that you drizzle over it is fresh, crisp, and lemony and tastes like a little flavor party in your mouth.

And speaking of parties…

This recipe includes white wine, which is always a winner in my book.  A splash for the pan, and all the rest for me!

CLICK HERE to snag my recipe at Homes.com and enjoy this yummy Tilapia Piccata (and leftover bottle of wine) on your menu this week!

Interested in more healthy food options?  Be sure to also visit my list of 8 Healthy Food Items to Have on Hand!

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Road Tripping

A couple of years ago – when Kate was 3 years old – our family set off on our first road tripping adventure.  We drove from our home in Madison, Wisconsin down to Indianapolis, Indiana to visit G’s Aunt Anne (a.k.a. “Aunt Mimi) and Uncle Dick, and G’s cousins.

Prior to this, Kate’s average car ride was about the 5 minutes it takes us to get to her daycare, Target, and Starbucks.  A “long” car ride, in her mind, was the 45 minutes it takes to get to Grandpa & Grandma’s house.  This road trip – which was supposed to take us 5.5 hours – stretched into 7 when torrential downpours shut down the interstate just 11 miles away from our destination.

Along the way we made several stops so we could use the bathroom and get out and stretch, but Kate wouldn’t take any bathroom breaks. Not a single one!  She was eating and drinking the entire car ride, and every time we stopped G and I urged her to try but she refused. When we finally made it to G’s cousin Chris’s house in Indianapolis I insisted (read: flat-out bribed) that she go potty.

After dinner, we loaded back into the car for the short 15 minute drive to Aunt Mimi’s house where were staying, and as soon as Kate was buckled back in her carseat she said, “This time, no stopping – let’s just get there!”

This girl was made for road tripping.

Road tripping in your future?  Check out this Road Tripping Guide for a Stress-Free Adventure and Fun Road Trip Games & Questions - great for the whole family!

Kate (age 3) road tripping to Aunt Mimi’s house!

Is there a road trip planned in your future? Check out my Road Tripping Guide for a Stress-Free Adventure at Homes.com, and be ready for anything!

(There’s even a tip on how to handle the unpredictable potty-related behavior of preschoolers!)

Once you’re properly prepared for a safe, and stress-free road trip, be sure to bring some memorable fun along with these Entertaining Road Trip Games & Questions – great for adults and kids!

Entertaining Road Trip Games & Questions - FREE PRINTABLES from All Things G&D for Homes.com

Entertaining Road Trip Games & Questions – CLICK for FREE PRINTABLES!

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2015 Spring Fashion Trends

Who’s ready for Spring?!  How about your closet?

We’re still blanketed in beautiful sparkly snow here in Wisconsin, but soon it will melt, the birds will start chirping, and we’ll all be wondering…what should we be wearing once we put away our puffy parkas?

To answer that question I’ve teamed up with Evereve (formerly known as Hot Mama) – on of my favorite women’s clothing stores with a mission to make moms feel fabulous – to get the scoop on all the (wearable!) spring fashion trends for 2015!  Here are a couple of my favorite looks:

A look at some of the (wearable!) spring fashion trends for 2015 with #Evereve. | www.allthingsgd #springfashion

Every single piece of this outfit is begging to be in my closet! This would be my go-to look all spring long (as soon as our snow melts so I don’t dirty these gorgeous sneakers).  Can you spot the spring fashion trends here?

Here’s another look that makes me impatient to jump and splash in puddles!

A look at some of the (wearable!) spring fashion trends for 2015 with #Evereve. | www.allthingsgd #springfashion

And lastly…a little teaser pic of an outfit I NEVER thought I’d wear:

A look at some of the (wearable!) spring fashion trends for 2015 with #Evereve. | www.allthingsgd #springfashion

Click on over to my latest post on Madison Moms Blog to see the rest of this outfit and many more - plus all the details of the upcoming 2015 spring fashion trends for the real woman!

Local moms – be sure to register for our upcoming Mom’s Night Out – Hilldale Hop and score 15% OFF your TOTAL PURCHASE at Evereve in Madison, WI on February 24th (plus get loads of other great Hilldale deals and discounts)!  In addition to these amazing savings, Evereve will also have personal stylists in-store the night of our event to help you identify your body type, and find the clothing and styles that are just right for you.  Evereve’s mission is to help you love the body you have TODAY, and they can’t wait to help you make it happen.  Register now (using the Eventbrite form below) and join us on the 24th!

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“You Make My Heart POP” Popcorn Valentine Printable

Looking for a quick and easy last minute Valentine idea?  Give this Popcorn Valentine Printable a try! Pair it with buttered popcorn, kettle corn or a sweet & chocolatey popcorn mix!

Looking for a quick and easy last minute Valentine idea? Give this Popcorn Valentine Printable a try! Pair with buttered popcorn, kettle corn or a sweet & chocolatey popcorn mix! | www.allthingsgd.com

If you want to get fancy, you can gift this popcorn Valentine printable with some yummy chocolate and candy-coated popcorn like this Super Sweet Valentine’s Popcorn Mix I created:

Looking for a quick and easy last minute Valentine idea? Give this Popcorn Valentine Printable a try! Pair with buttered popcorn, kettle corn or a sweet & chocolatey popcorn mix! | www.allthingsgd.com

To gift this mix for Valentine’s Day, portion it out into small zipper-topped plastic bags (you can use snack size or sandwich-sized; whichever you prefer) and top with my free “Valentine…You Make My Heart POP” Popcorn Valentine Printable!

Looking for a quick and easy last minute Valentine idea? Give this Popcorn Valentine Printable a try! Pair with buttered popcorn, kettle corn or a sweet & chocolatey popcorn mix! | www.allthingsgd.com

{Click to download this free Popcorn Valentine Printable}

To use, print in color on standard white copy paper and trim each set of rectangles so each cut out piece has a front and (when folded) a back. Each printed sheet makes 3 Valentines.

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Fold each of the cut outs in half and secure to the top of your zip-top plastic bag like a little tent using double stick tape.  Use the back of the printable to write who the Valentine is going to and who it is from.

Looking for a quick and easy last minute Valentine idea? Give this Popcorn Valentine Printable a try! Pair with buttered popcorn, kettle corn or a sweet & chocolatey popcorn mix! | www.allthingsgd.com

Another great and super easy option – perfect for anyone needing a last minute Valentine exchange idea! – is to simply fill a zip-top plastic bag with buttered popcorn or kettle corn, tape one of these Valentine printables to it, and you’re all set!

Looking for a quick and easy last minute Valentine idea? Give this Popcorn Valentine Printable a try! Pair with buttered popcorn, kettle corn or a sweet & chocolatey popcorn mix! | www.allthingsgd.com

Even easier – skip the mix and fill a big with pre-popped buttered popcorn or kettle corn!

Like this idea? You may also like my “Every Day I Like You S’More!” free Valentine Printable!

"Every Day I Like You S'more" valentine and free printable from All Things G&D. | www.allthingsgd.com

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Super Sweet Valentine’s Popcorn Mix

Got a sweet tooth that just won't quit?  Treat it with this Super Sweet Valentine's Popcorn Mix this Valentine's Day!  (Makes a great treat for school Valentine exchanges!) | www.allthingsgd.com

Got a sweet tooth that just won’t quit? Treat it with this Super Sweet Valentine’s Popcorn Mix!

Super Sweet Valentine’s Popcorn Mix
1/2 cup popcorn kernels, popped
2 cups meltable white chocolate chips
1/2 cup Valentine-colored M&Ms
1/2 cup chocolate candy coating or milk chocolate chips

  1. Pop popcorn kernels and pour into large bowl. Melt white chocolate according to package directions, pour over popcorn and stir to thoroughly mix and coat popcorn.
  2. Stir in M&Ms.
  3. Spread white chocolate-coated popcorn and M&M mixture out onto large cookie sheet or jellyroll pan lined with parchment or wax paper.
  4. Melt chocolate candy coating (or milk chocolate chips) according to package directions and drizzle over popcorn mixture.
  5. Allow popcorn mixture to cool completely and then break into pieces and serve in a bowl or put into zip-topped plastic bag to store.

This quick and easy treat can be enjoyed at home, or gifted to friends! It also makes a great last minute Valentine exchange treat. Come back tomorrow to download the free Valentine’s printable I made to go along with this super sweet mix!

Got a sweet tooth that just won't quit?  Treat it with this Super Sweet Valentine's Popcorn Mix this Valentine's Day!  (Makes a great treat for school Valentine exchanges!) | www.allthingsgd.com

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Mom’s Night Out – Madison, WI

I’m so excited to share my latest little adventure!  I’ve teamed up with Madison Moms Blog and Hilldale to bring our local Madison, WI area moms a fun, delicious, and discount-filled Mom’s Night Out!

(Not in the Madison, WI area?  Check out the City Moms Blog Network to find a local mom’s blog and Mom’s Night Out in your area!)

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Here are some of the delicious details!

Date: Tuesday, February 24th
Time: 4:00-9:00pm
Location: Hilldale – 702 N. Midvale Blvd., Madison, WI
Ticket Price: $10

Registration and ticket purchases must be done in advance.

Guests can arrive at Hilldale anytime between 4-7pm to check in and get your Mom’s Night Out VIP Shopping Pass to use in stores until 9:00pm that evening. Your VIP Shopping Pass gets you access to:

  • Complimentary in-store appetizers and refreshments
  • Great store-wide discounts and coupons
  • Exciting giveaways throughout the night
  • …and much, much more!

Join our “Mom’s Night Out – Hilldale Hop” Facebook Event Page to keep up to date on all the details and special promotions each store will be offering.

Tickets are limited, so REGISTER TODAY (using the Eventbrite form below) to purchase your ticket and reserve your VIP Shopping Pass.  All of our fabulous moms who register by noon this Monday will be entered into a drawing to win one of four $25 Hilldale gift cards to use during your fun night out!

We can’t wait to spoil you at our next Mom’s Night Out – you deserve it!

Have friends in the Madison area? Please help us spread the word by sharing this event with them. Thank you!

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A portion of proceeds for this event will be donated to the American Heart Association – Wisconsin’s “Go Red for Women” campaign. Thank you for helping us raise money for this wonderful cause! Please note: No ticket refunds will be permitted.

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