The Lazy Gourmet Cookbook Giveaway


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Here at How Was Your Day?, we have a copy of The Lazy Gourmet up for grabs. The Lazy Gourmet is a cookbook for those that don't want to spend eons in the kitchen, but still want to really impress when having guests. So often it's the little things that make the difference, y'know? Full review coming soon!

Enter on the easy peasy rafflecopter, after the jump.

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Beyond Coastal Eco Friendly Sunscreen Giveaway #backyardblast

Beyond Coastal Eco Friendly Sunscreen Giveaway

It's summer time, and the living is easy!  What's one of the things that everyone needs when it comes to summer?  That's right – sunscreen!  Beyond Coastal is generously offering one super lucky How Was Your Day reader the chance to win an awesome assortment of their eco-friendly sunscreens.  Made with green tea leaf extract, vitamins C + E, Aloe Vera, and algae extracts, and no artificial fragrances. You can read my whole review here

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Life’s A Beach Summer Giveaway – US + Canada

Can you believe Summer's here already? 2012 is going by so quick! Well, as a member of the Mom's Do it Better community, I have an extra special treat for you, … ready for it? We're giving away some amazing prizes to help you get Summer started with a splash. This giveaway event is open to US & Canada residents. Here's what we have lined up for you:

Grand Prize:

  • Step 2 – My Clubhouse – Step 2 offers a huge variety of toys for preschoolers and toddlers. Their toys are designed to build imaginations and enrich the family's celebration of childhood.
  • Del Sol Goody Pack – Fun and cute color changing clothes, accessories and make-up
  • 2pc At Home Tanner from ShowerTan

But don't worry, we have other prize packs for you to give you even more chance to win some great things!

Prize Pack 1:

  • Berry Dog – Bubble Gum Bikini – gorgeous swimsuits in a variety of styles
  • Trukid – 3 Sunscreens and Body Lotion – Enjoy the beach with your family and know they're protected with sunscreens from Trukid
  • 2pc At Home Tanner from ShowerTan


Prize Pack 2:

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Orange Crème Fraîche Cake with Bittersweet Chocolate Drizzle Recipe

Easy Orange Chocolate cake meant to impress

Photo by Andres Ramirez


This is a cake that is meant to impress, without tons of work involved.  It can be mixed together in a single bowl and then toss it in the oven.  Rich, creamy crème fraîche makes it incredibly moist, and lots of orange zest and orange juice give it intense orange flavor. A quick bittersweet chocolate glaze is the final touch that makes this cake The One (and yes, we would marry it if we could).A Bundt pan is best for maximum visual appeal, but a springform pan or a simple round cake pan will do as well.


  • 1 cup crème fraîche
  • 2 /3 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 cup sugar
  • grated zest of 2 large oranges
  • 1/4 cup fresh squeezed orange juice (from about 1 orange)
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice (from about 1/2 lemon)
  • 11/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 3 large eggs
  • 11/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 11/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon table salt
  • bittersweet chocolate drizzle (page 1 5)


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Dyson Housewarming Vacuum Cleaner Giveaway – Open WW

Could you use a new vacuum?  I know I could.  And I would LOVE to win a Dyson!  Welcome to the Dyson Housewarming Giveaway event. This took months in the making and Mom to Bed by 8, the Iowa Mom is proud to bring you this fantastic home essential and offer you the chance to win one too! Big thank you to our lovely co-hosts How to Have It All, Mark Your Savings and GiveAway Bandit.


Dyson DC23 TurbineHead Canister Vacuum

Delivering 220 airwatts of suction power, this canister vacuum cleaner features advanced Level 3 Root Cyclone technology to ensure thorough, efficient cleaning with no clogging or loss of suction. It also offers a TurbineHead brush bar that's ideal for cleaning medium and short pile carpets and can be turned off for hard floors. Certified asthma and allergy friendly by the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America, the unit expels air that contains up to 150 times less mold and bacteria than common breathing air thanks to the vacuum's money-saving, lifetime washable HEPA filter. Plus, Dyson's Bactisafe screen traps and kills bacteria, mold and allergens on contact, preventing them from re-entering the air.

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Giveaway Roundup – May 31

Lucille Ball Surprise


There are a few really good giveaways that end either today or by the weekend.  Here's a quick rundown of them:

Kindle Fire – Ends May 31, US Only

HP Omni Computer  – Ends May 31, US Only

$50 Amazon Card – Ends June 1, WW

2 Danze Showerheads – Ends June 1, US Only

$100 in Amazon Gift Cards – Ends June 1, WW

Snow White + the Huntsman – Ends June 4, US Only

Coach Purse – Ends June 5, US Only

Buggy Love Stroller Cleaner – Ends June 5, US Only

7 On A Shoestring 10k Fan Giveaway – Ends June 6, US Only

$40 Amazon Twitter Giveaway – Ends June 10, WW

Louis Vuitton Wristlet – $400Value – US Only, Ends June 12

Running vs Walking


Running + walking for fitness

Rachel at Rachel’s Reviews and Giveaways is in training for a half marathon!  Can you imagine?  I could never ever ever run a half marathon.  Heck, I’m not sure I could run a 5k or a 10k.  Nor would I really want to, honestly. 

I’ve never been a fan of running.  I’m sure part of that is being full-busted.  I don’t really need two black eyes from my workout, know what I mean?   Swimming has always been my preferred form of fitness.  We’ve always had a swimming pool though.  If not in our own backyard, at least in our subdivision or complex. 

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