A Thankful Giveaway!

28 Apr

There are different types of Gratitude.

One type of Gratitude may be that the previous owner of your home never un-suscribed to their People magazine.

Another may be like this…

I just want to say how extremely grateful I am for the enormous amount of kind, thoughtful, loving, sweet, and amazing comments and emails from everyone!

After I posted about how I almost stupidly deleted my blog, there were many of you who reached out to me with kind words that made me feel SO MUCH better! It was so nice to know that I am not the only one who goes through times not feeling good about one self, and having struggles with self confidence. With that being said, I know how important it is for me to appreciate my self for who I am, and recognize that I am an amazing person….

As are ALL OF YOU!!

And since I am SO extremely grateful for all the amazing friends that I have made, and ones that have stuck with me on this journey to living a healthy and happy life, I wanted to show my gratitude by doing a little giveaway of some of my favorite things! πŸ™‚

The very FIRST giveaway on ThE DiVa DiSh!!

Want to know what the prize is??

Ok, well it isn’t just ONE thing..

First off:

Chia Seeds

I have been wanting to giveaway Chia Seeds for a LONG time because they are seriously So.Amazing!

They have so many amazing and incredible benefits.

-They have a great source of Fiber, Omega 3s, Antioxidants, Vitamins, Minerals, and Calcium.

– They are great for easy digestion and help aid digestion in the process, as well as easily absorbed in liquid, they give you energy, they are filling, and can be used as a thickening agent (like replacing eggs in baking)

-You can add chia seeds to yogurt, cereal, granola, salads, green drinks, smoothies, make chia pudding, add them in breads, crackers, sauces, etc…

Are you convinced??

Moving on…

Coconut Oil

I love coconut oil.

I use it when I cook things in a saucepan, add it to homemade nut butters, use it for the fat in baking, and you can even add it in smoothies. (You know I love me some smoothies!)

It is a healthy fat. β€œThe health benefits of coconut oil include hair care, skin care, stress relief, maintaining cholesterol levels, weight loss, increased immunity, proper digestion and metabolism, relief from kidney problems, heart diseases, high blood pressure, diabetes, HIV and cancer, dental care, and bone strength. These benefits of coconut oil can be attributed to the presence of lauric acid, capric acid and caprylic acid, and its properties such as antimicrobial, antioxidant, antifungal, antibacterial, soothing, etc. (source)

My Favorite Larabars

Many Bloggers I have to thank for my love of the Larabars.

They have practically every flavor, they are natural, made with whole ingredients, some including dates, nuts,and natural sugars..

Oh and some of them have chocolate.

Definitely a plus πŸ™‚

Justin’s Nut Butters

An assortment of nut butters. Delicious nut butters.

There is Almond butter, Honey Peanut Butter, Classic Peanut Butter, and TWO Chocolate Peanut Butters (Because I heart you!)

Did I mention they use all natural ingredients?!

Oh…and they are freakin’delish!

You will basically have a taste, smear all over your face, and then wish you could lick your face..

(yea that’s right!)

Would you like to win this package of delicious edibles?!?

Here is how to enter: You can do one or all! Each one counts as one entry. US Residents only 😦

1. Leave a comment telling me 3 favorite things about your self πŸ™‚

2. Follow ThE DiVa DiSh on Twitter HERE, then leave a comment telling me that you do!

3. Tweet about the giveaway then leave a comment telling me that you did!

4. Link my giveaway on your blog, if you have one, then leave a comment telling me you did!

Easy as Peanut Butter Right??! πŸ™‚

Want to know three things I am grateful for?

1. My Body-It’s healthy, beautiful, and amazing

2. My family-Especially this little princess who finds joy playing in the pantry with cans of beans..

3. And I am grateful for you my friends!!

Now go enter the giveaway :)!

**Winner will be chosen at Random**

**Deadline is 12 p.m PST on Monday!**


80 Responses to “A Thankful Giveaway!”

  1. Jess@HealthyExposures April 29, 2011 at 12:00 am #

    Ooooh, what a giveaway!! Our favorite things are very much alike πŸ˜‰
    Ohh, man, though; 3 favorite things about myself?! That’s a toughie. Buuuttt. I like that I tend to persevere…not just give up.
    I care about others, not just myself.
    and … hmm. Can my family count, too? I guess they are a part of me, right?!

  2. Jess@HealthyExposures April 29, 2011 at 12:00 am #

    I follow you on twitter :]

  3. Jenn @ Peas and Crayons April 29, 2011 at 12:09 am #

    OMG I HAVE TO WIN! I need coconut oil like WOAH!

    1. I hate talking about myself… yet I blog. weird. I know!

    2. I HEART YOU!!!! Glad the bloggie is here to stay!

    3. Sometimes I pick things up with my toes πŸ˜‰ bahaha!

  4. Jenn @ Peas and Crayons April 29, 2011 at 12:10 am #

    Following on twitter oooof course!

  5. Jenn @ Peas and Crayons April 29, 2011 at 12:11 am #

    I just now realized that you said favorite things annnnnd… well those aren’t my favorites. but they’ll be ok right? lol whoops!!!! I’m hyper!


  6. Kimberly April 29, 2011 at 12:19 am #

    Three favorite things about me:

    I’m a triplet

    I have the most amazing family

    My unrelentless drive

  7. Kimberly April 29, 2011 at 12:19 am #

    I follow you on twitter! kimberly_in_nyc!

  8. Megan April 29, 2011 at 12:41 am #

    Things about me:

    1) I haven’t had a blog since high school…uh…6 years ago.

    2) I only tried green drinks because you were so adamant that they were tasty, and now I love them!

    3) Every time you post an update on twitter, I click right to your blog! I can’t wait to read your very funny, endearing, and health-filled (and peanut-butter and chocolate-filled) posts!

    • Megan April 29, 2011 at 12:45 am #

      I just realized these weren’t “favorite things about yourself”…so three more things!

      1) I love my eyes. They’re green!

      2) I love that I’m following my 7 yr old self’s dream to be a marine biologist…and loving it!

      3) I love that I’m keeping myself healthy by being vegetarian.

  9. Megan April 29, 2011 at 12:41 am #

    Oh, PS. I already follow you on twitter!

    • Megan April 29, 2011 at 12:43 am #

      And I just retweeted your contest!

  10. Averie (LoveVeggiesAndYoga) April 29, 2011 at 1:52 am #

    your twitter link isn’t linking but im pretty sure i follow you!

  11. Averie (LoveVeggiesAndYoga) April 29, 2011 at 1:53 am #

    fave things about myself (this week at least)
    I learned to cook
    I started a blog
    I started learning photography

  12. Kelsey Morasco April 29, 2011 at 1:58 am #

    I love you Ari!!!!
    1. I love my general happiness and how i am able to share it with others
    2. I love my hair and how awesome it is
    3. I love my family and i would not be the person i am today if not fir them.

  13. Jenny @ Fitness Health and Food April 29, 2011 at 2:07 am #

    what a fantastic giveaway! πŸ™‚ You’re too sweet!

    I’m a twitter follower πŸ™‚

  14. Jenny @ Fitness Health and Food April 29, 2011 at 2:09 am #

    I just tweeted about it! πŸ™‚

  15. Kelsey Morasco April 29, 2011 at 2:12 am #

    I already follow you on twitter πŸ˜€
    I twitted about the giveaway and I put it on my blog ;D Love you!

  16. Jenny April 29, 2011 at 3:11 am #

    Wow Ari this is a fabulous giveaway!!
    3 favorite things about myself are:
    1) I started blogging this year and I’m addicted
    2) My awesome bf taught me how to cook
    3) I’m a ballet graduate lol random huh?

  17. Jenny April 29, 2011 at 3:12 am #

    Already follow you on twitter love πŸ˜€

  18. Jenny April 29, 2011 at 3:14 am #

    I tweeted πŸ˜‰

  19. Rebecca April 29, 2011 at 3:27 am #

    What a fun giveaway!! Ari you’re awesome!
    My 3 fav things about myself…hmmm, something I haven’t really thought about! Okay, let’s see…

    1)I love that I care about healthy eating and can pass that onto my children.
    2)I love that I can be silly with my kids and can have fun with them (if you’re not laughing more than your kids, than there is something wrong – my kids are constantly cracking me up with their quirky personalities!)
    3)I love my toes and ears and fingers and belly button. The little details of my body πŸ™‚ (I like the other parts too, but those are my fav parts, haha)

  20. Laura @ Sprint 2 the Table April 29, 2011 at 3:35 am #

    Ohhhh… meeeee! I just used all my coconut butter.

    3 fav things (love this idea, btw):
    – i never give up
    – i’m funny (at least i think so!)
    – i do like my hair. a lot.

  21. Alaina Rose @ Sweetness of Life April 29, 2011 at 4:23 am #

    Oooo yay! Those are some of my favorite things ever! What a great giveaway! So, here are three of my favorite things about myself.
    1) I’m going to take a risk at sounding cheesy here and say my heart! It has the capacity to love deeply and unconditionally with no limits or boundaries and I love that.
    2) My eyes and my smile (I know those are two things but I’m counting them as one!)
    3) My passion for health

  22. Alaina Rose @ Sweetness of Life April 29, 2011 at 4:23 am #

    I already follow you on twitter πŸ™‚

  23. Alaina Rose @ Sweetness of Life April 29, 2011 at 4:30 am #

    I tweeted πŸ™‚

  24. Alaina Rose @ Sweetness of Life April 29, 2011 at 4:34 am #

    I linked your giveaway on my blog πŸ™‚

  25. Cee April 29, 2011 at 2:13 pm #

    My favorite items … coconut butter, prunes (I know!), and almond butter. One of my favorite snacks is a prune with a little almond butter and shredded coconut on the top. Yum!

  26. April McEvoy April 29, 2011 at 2:36 pm #

    Hey! I read your posts all the time, but never comment πŸ™‚ Not until you give away something free that is! Here are three things i love about myself!
    1- I am creative and love to make things
    2- I can get along with just about anyone
    3- I LOVE my children, which are just an extension of me πŸ™‚

  27. Alyssa April 29, 2011 at 4:05 pm #

    Three favorite things:
    1) My hair
    2) My parents worked hard to teach me gratitude, so I write thank you notes to everyone for everything.
    3) Most days I think I’m a pretty good mom.


    • what katie's baking April 29, 2011 at 5:02 pm #

      youre amazing and i’m so happy you didn’t delete it!

      ummm lets see, this is always hard!

      1) i can bake.
      2) sometimes, i can be funny.
      3) i’m friendly.

  28. Kate Horning April 29, 2011 at 4:08 pm #

    Isnt it crazy how hard it can be to say positive things about yourself sometimes!
    1. I am so lucky to have met so many amazing women in the blog world
    2. I am blessed with passions for health and food
    3. I love setting an example!

  29. Kate Horning April 29, 2011 at 4:09 pm #

    I follow you on twitter ❀

  30. Kate Horning April 29, 2011 at 4:11 pm #

    im tweeting!

  31. Kate Horning April 29, 2011 at 4:12 pm #

    ill post in my blog! xoxo

  32. Heidi @ Food Doodles April 29, 2011 at 5:02 pm #

    What an awesome giveaway! All my favorite things πŸ˜€ Except Larabars which I’ve only ever made at home and not tried the real thing, haha. Awesome opportunity! Ummmmm, three things about myself.. Jeez that’s hard… I love that I’m gracious, I hate to make anyone feel like I don’t appreciate them or what they’ve done for any reason even if it’s something small. I like my hair(most days – haha). And I absolutely LOVE that I make mistakes. Because the biggest “mistakes” I’ve made have led me to the greatest joys in my life.

  33. what katie's baking April 29, 2011 at 5:02 pm #

    i already follow you on twitter! πŸ™‚ ktmar12

  34. what katie's baking April 29, 2011 at 5:03 pm #

    i tweeted about it!

  35. Ashley April 29, 2011 at 6:02 pm #

    I am so glad you didn’t delete your blog either. I don’t know what I would do! πŸ™‚

    Three favorite things about myself –
    My relationship with God (not saying it’s perfect, just beneficial), my relationship with my husband, and my eyes.

  36. Mary @ Bites and Bliss April 29, 2011 at 6:10 pm #

    Favorite things about myself?
    I have an amazing family, boyfriend, friends, and animals.
    I’m goal-oriented and really driven.
    And I have killer legs that could kick through a wall! πŸ˜‰

  37. Mary @ Bites and Bliss April 29, 2011 at 6:10 pm #

    I’m following you on Twitter!! @bitesandbliss

  38. Claire April 29, 2011 at 6:12 pm #

    I love my brains first off! Without them, I don’t know what I’d do. I learn things relatively easily and am super thankful for it. Another thing I’m grateful for that I like about myself is my good health. The last thing is my DETERMINATION. If I want something, you bet I’ll go for it!

  39. Mary @ Bites and Bliss April 29, 2011 at 6:13 pm #


  40. runyogarepeat April 29, 2011 at 7:25 pm #

    I just found your blog but can’t wait to read more!
    1.) Banana is my favorite fruit.
    2.) I am obsessed with running, and can’t wait for my 4th half marathon in 2 weeks.
    3.) I love my red hair.

  41. runyogarepeat April 29, 2011 at 7:25 pm #

    I follow you on twitter!

  42. Ashley April 29, 2011 at 8:33 pm #

    This is tough! a) I love that my job is unique, b) I like making other people feel loved, c) I am grateful for the good things in my life. πŸ™‚ Fingers are majorly crossed for this AMAZING giveaway!

  43. pawsitivelife April 29, 2011 at 11:14 pm #

    Im Canadian 😦 no entry for me, but the giveaway looks FANTASTIC. Good luck!

  44. tracey April 30, 2011 at 12:27 am #

    Hi Ari…

    Just love reading your blog and love you and your family πŸ™‚

    3 things I love about me…

    1…my mark

    2…my ashley

    & last but definately not least…

    3…my taylor

    i’m extremely blessed with a wonderful family and the best friends in the world!

    thank you for sharing your passion with all of us πŸ˜‰

  45. Kari April 30, 2011 at 5:00 pm #

    before I tell you my favorite things about me I want to tell you this was the most difficult challenge you could have given today and I am so glad you did it really made me look at myself differently than I have lately. So the favorite thing about myself is I am good at picking wonderful people to surround myself with, this includes family and friends. Number two is I am a good listener, and number three is I finish what I start even when it’s hard.

  46. Leslie April 30, 2011 at 6:45 pm #

    What an awesome giveaway! Also, this is my first time to your blog and have really enjoyed it!

    Three favorite things–
    1. Yoga-it keeps me in check physically and mentally
    2. My family-I don’t know what I’d do without them.
    3. God-with Him, all things are possible!

  47. JW April 30, 2011 at 7:13 pm #

    3 Things:
    I’m caring, I love animals, and my determination and drive!

  48. JW April 30, 2011 at 7:13 pm #

    I follow you on twitter. @butterjessfly

  49. JW April 30, 2011 at 7:14 pm #

    I tweeted! @butterjessfly

  50. kimbertastic April 30, 2011 at 7:41 pm #

    Ive Followed you on Twitter and Tweeted you! http://twitter.com/#!/PixelPaintin

  51. mindrunningwild April 30, 2011 at 8:42 pm #

    three favorite things about myself areeeeee
    1. I am an out of the box thinker
    2. I am strong
    3. I love new challenges!

  52. mindrunningwild April 30, 2011 at 8:43 pm #

    folliwing you @mindrunningwild

  53. mindrunningwild April 30, 2011 at 8:44 pm #

    tweet tweet

  54. mindrunningwild April 30, 2011 at 8:45 pm #

    I linked to you in my blog because you had me at “chia seeds”

  55. Katherine: Unemployed April 30, 2011 at 11:54 pm #

    I like 1. my sense of humor 2. my creativity 3. how long my hair is

  56. Emily May 1, 2011 at 2:18 am #

    I followed you on twitter =) Also I’m so glad you didn’t delete your blog, it’s rapidly becoming of my my new favorites!!

  57. Emily May 1, 2011 at 2:21 am #

    Three favorite things about myself?

    1.) My family, friends, and boyfriend =)
    2.) My quick growing hair.
    3.) My Vegetarianism which has made me feel 100x better in my body =D

  58. Kari May 2, 2011 at 1:03 am #

    Favorite Things about me:
    1. my girly hands
    2. my talents to sew and cook
    3. my cute family

  59. Kari May 2, 2011 at 1:04 am #

    I blogged about you!

  60. Kari May 2, 2011 at 1:08 am #

    I follow you on Twitter (and Facebook… does that count as extra entries?!)

  61. Janice May 2, 2011 at 4:37 am #

    1) my humor – I can laugh even at myself πŸ™‚
    2) my caring/humble attitude – it helps me stay grounded
    3) my arms – what I consider my most flattering body part (lol)

  62. Janice May 2, 2011 at 4:39 am #

    following @TheDiVa_DiSh as @cappytweet

  63. Janice May 2, 2011 at 4:40 am #


  64. Janice May 2, 2011 at 4:40 am #

    hm, my comment didn’t show. Sorry if this is a duplicate

  65. Amy May 2, 2011 at 12:29 pm #

    I like:
    Feeding my family healthy, made frOm scratch meals even though I work dull time.
    My body is strong and healthy.
    I try to make time for my hobbies and preserve some modicum of mental space during busy weeks.

  66. Kelsey Arnett May 2, 2011 at 4:04 pm #

    1. I love my thunder thighs! They are what keeps me running, jumping and dancing!
    2. I love my amazonian-like hair. It’s crazy, thick and has tons of cow licks EVERYWHERE!!
    3. I love my laugh lines that are starting to develop! They remind me everyday to smile and laugh more!

  67. Annette@EnjoyYourHealthyLife May 2, 2011 at 4:22 pm #

    Love this giveaway!!

    I love 1. how strong my legs are 2. how blue/green my eyes can be (depending on what I wear) 3. I love my white,straight teeth!

    Hope I win–great blog, p.s. πŸ™‚

  68. helennaturally May 2, 2011 at 4:54 pm #

    Ok, 3 things…..

    1. I am deathly scared of spiders
    2. I have a Grey’s obsessions and secretly wish I were a doctor/sugeon
    3. I waited 6 years after high school to finish my degree.

    • helennaturally May 2, 2011 at 4:55 pm #

      thing 4: even though I blog I obviously do not know how to spell…lol!

  69. Shanna, like Banana May 2, 2011 at 5:36 pm #

    I’m grateful for
    1. My health and ability to walk/run/enjoy life
    2. A stable and (mostly) enjoyable career
    3. Prospect of life changes…

  70. Emily J May 7, 2011 at 3:04 pm #

    Sounds great!
    Three favorite things about myself:
    1. That I love to dance – and do it pretty well!
    2. That I can show my love for others through food.
    3. That I’m a rockin’ baker.


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