4/5/12

friday links PLUS a giveaway

CONTEST CLOSED!

It's Friday! I love fridays. But you know I love Fridays even more when there is a SUPER fabulous giveaway.
The creative and GENEROUS folks over at Funky Chunks Soaps are giving away a basket full of goodies.
You may recognize the name Funky Chunks Soap as I am a HUGE supporter and user of their soaps. They are all natural, no chemicals, no junk and quite possibly the worlds best scents. They make all of their soaps in small batches to bring you the freshest soaps possible. Soaps are Vegan friendly and have highly fragrant big bubble lather that is kind and gentle to your skin.
Coming soon they will be launching a retro men's line of soaps, as well as plans to open their own store in 2013. Did you know that over 45% of their customers are men? Nothing better than a nice smelling man--well if he smells like Surf Wax then all the better! Surf Wax is my favorite: it smells just like the beach. No really. If you're going to buy just one thing, make it the Surf Wax. Amazing beachy-like scent. It's one of their top sellers.

The giveaway includes a filled with:
Funky Four Pack of soap chunks (green tea zen, tequila sunrise, secret sin, and hello sweetie)
2 ounce Beach Butter solid lotion
16 ounce Organic Cane Sugar Scrub
16 ounce Whip'd Body Butter

AND......
on top of the giveaway, they are offering the readers of vanillasugarblog a 25% off your total order! Yep, you read that right 25% off. No boring 10% or 20% but 25% off until May 6th, 2012!
Use coupon code: vanillasugar when you checkout; enter it in the coupon box. Easy peasy.
AND......
LIKE them on Facebook page. They have other offers and deals there too.
Right now, they have a contest (ends April 15, 2012) "Show us your soapdish".

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Drawing ends Friday, April 13, 2012!
One comment per person, please have a valid email.
All you have to do to enter is tell us, if you could create your own soap, what scent(s) would you choose and why?
Be creative!

Friday Links:

Easter is this weekend. Are you interested in making Easter treats for yourself?
Chocolate-peanut butter eggs with crispy filling. Take two with an ice cold glass of milk--Happy Easter!

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coconut-almond truffles

Or maybe coconut-almond truffle is your thing?
These are the MOST pinned item on my Pinterest.

Are you a horoscope junkie like me? I love my horo-tweets on twitter with these guys. I love them! Follow Zodiac Fact on Twitter.

The updated omelet pan. I want one not only for omelets, but for dual grilled cheese--hey it might work?

Raisins lower blood pressure? I think you might have to eat a fair amount though. Still good news.

Turmeric is really becoming a super-healing spice. Do you use it?

How many of the most common food related illnesses do you have?

Top 10 recovery foods post-workout according to Outside Magazine.




Another hobby I want to take up. I love little magical worlds.
How cute are these books?

DIY hanging garden globe terrarium? Love this website: full of nifty DIY crafts.

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The sauce, the rolls, heavenly! I would add a touch of ground peanuts to the rolls. Don't these look good?
Recipe from Williams-Sonoma

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I saw this on Pinterest. And now I must have it! I have no idea where it came from, sadly. If you do, tell me.

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Using paint chips/samples to decorate a wall. Fabulous idea!!

Last minute Passover recipes.

1-hour NYC tour of Chinatown eats with chef Susan Feniger. She has the best gigs!

Chef Daniel Holzman of The Meatball Shop.
Giving us the scoop in his infamous meatball shop in this candid interview.
Anyone been there yet? It's on my list for NYC.

The Great Food Truck Race is currently casting!

Easter egg tree has a bumper crop!

Shockingly popular British dishes. Yeah, no thanks.

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Peanut butter & jelly vodka is here! LOL

Geeky decorated easter eggs.

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Best & worst supermarkets.

How about a gumball dress filled with real gumballs?

Cheesecake filled chocolate Easter eggs. Amazing. Hard work.

Spicy-sweet fried tofu buns! That's foodporn to me.

Winners of the "How to Cook Gluten Free" cookbooks are #3 Alexandra and #8 Caiti.
Congrats! Email me your shipping address.

Have a great weekend kids!

67 comments:

  1. Chocolate chip cookie soap sounds good to me:) Have a great weekend!

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  2. Happy Friday! My favorite day of the week! I am an aromatherapy fan (yes, I'm a guy) and have thought about make star anise (not too girl, right?) or cardamom (almost herbal!) soap but I'm just waiting for a brilliant soap company to do it for me!

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  3. Hi!
    I would have to say soft lavander and vanilla. The combination is so relaxing.
    Thanks Tori

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  4. I want to open like 10 links!

    PB&J vodka
    the paint chip wall
    the spring rolls from W.S. -- saw those on Pinterest this week!

    The giveaway...it's awesome. Good smelling soaps and lotions are the best.


    And love your Easter Eggs.

    These are my fave posts :)

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  5. I've been on a huge coconut kick lately (for scent and for eating!), so I would probably go for a coconut scent. Maybe coconut pineapple scent.

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  6. I know it's not very creative, but I would create honeysuckle or lilac. The two scents of these flowers make me smile and give me an inner peace. I love them and it's hard to find these genuine smells outside of nature!

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  7. If I could create my own soap dish, I would use natural scents like green tea or lavender. To be creative, I'd try some beer flavored soaps like a porter or an IPA soap bar. Could be a great for my hubby.

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  8. Totally awesome giveaway - I could use some new fun soap in my life! :) If I could create my own soap scent, I think I would choose mint mojito - lots of fresh scents to wake me up in the morning! :)

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  9. PB and J vodka? I'm going to check out that link! Those eggs look so so good. I'd definitely want a beachy soap- sun tan lotion- yum!

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  10. If I created a new soap it would be some sort of cupcake/cakey scent! I know they probably already have this out there, but it would be divine!

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  11. I'm so torn between something fresh and green, or something warm like chai. I guess I'd have to invent 2!

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  12. I'm not that creative but definitely something with vanilla in it!

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  13. I DO make my own soap, and my favorite scents so far are cinnamon-vanilla and chamomile-vanilla.

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  14. I have always wanted to make my own soap. I think White Tea, Rose and lavender would be nice.

    margueritecore [at] gmail [dot] com

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  15. Pink grapefruit! Yes, I know it's a popular scent but it makes me so happy! Orange blossom would be a very close second.

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  16. My own soap flavor?? The sharpest, tartest, brightest, most mouth-puckering lemon I could find.

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  17. I love soap and this giveaway! I would for sure choose chocolate, if I can't eat it, I can wash with it!

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  18. What a great giveaway....Thanks! I would create a Pineapple Nutmeg soap.

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  19. If I could create my own smoke I would want it to smell like campfire, because I think it smells incredibly sexy

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  20. Pina colada would be my soap scent.

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  21. Creamsicle . . . yum. Today is Friday and I just wanna be a kid again!!!

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  22. I'd create one that's iris scented. I LOVE irises. emilywells10@gmail.com

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  23. I would love tuber rose soap. Most people don't like the smell but I love it! I would call it unrequited love - ha! email is georgiecakes (at) gmail (com)

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  24. Roasted chicken! My husband loves the way the house smells when I cook it, so it would be really funny to surprise him with a soap that smelled the same.

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  25. I'd love to take a shower with a bar of s'mores scent, mmm!

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  26. I love a freshly washed laundry scent!

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  27. rosemary and lemon verbena soap

    jacquieastemborski AT comcast DOT net

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  28. It would smell like my perfume from the 80's--a scent I've been chasing my whole adult life because they don't make that perfume anymore.

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  29. I would make one that smells like April Fresh Downy. Love that stuff so much I joke sometimes that I could almost drink it. April Fresh only, please, none of their other "flavors". ;)

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  30. I'd love a soap with just the right balance of citrus & sandalwood.. heaven!
    rmaloy1@msn.com

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  31. I would love something tropical like strawberry basil mojito! It reminds me of the beach.

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  32. I do not even know how to spell it, but at the age of 54, I love the "hippie" scent of patchouli! Misty...roasted chicken soap is so funny!

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  33. I would like to have a soap that smells like lilacs, one of my favorite flowers.

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  34. I think I'd go for mango, if I made scented soap!

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  35. Thanks for sharing the links, I really like them all. Happy Easter!

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  36. I would love ginger soap, it's so a refreshing scent!

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  37. I would love a soap with lavender, chamomile, vanilla, honey, and oatmeal. Mmmm.

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  38. I would LOVE to make a soap with the scent of Coconut and Chai!!

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  39. Cinnamon is my favorite scent! I would love to wear it but can never find it!
    Lia S

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  40. I would make a double dipped chocolate covered peanut soap! Good enough to eat:)

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  41. Hmm, well my favorite herb is thyme, so I am thinking some sort of lime-thyme scent...

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  42. I would make a soap that smells like Downy April Fresh dryer sheets.

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  44. Peanut butter banana swirl!

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  45. i would make a chocolate almond coconut milk scent...they are all my favs!!! :)

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  46. fresh cut grass soap would be interesting...i love the scent of that! but in reality, i'd probably use something citrus-y more.

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  47. I would make raspberry mixed with something really fresh! Like fresh laundry.. mmmmm.

    Sherry
    s.greek23@hotmail.com

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  48. I want a county fair soap smell; cotton candy/sugared pecans/dip fried oreos :) Love those smells!

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  49. I.MUST.HAVE.THAT.BATHTUB.NOW!!! How sweet is that? The giveaway is awesome too... I would love a sandalwood soap. Hmmmm.

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  50. I would LOVE to try surf wax!!

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  51. mango peach strawberry banana. my favorite smoothie flavor, that remind me of a hot summer day :)

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  52. i would make a scent that smelled like fresh air. or maybe like a flowery scent with a little pine.

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  53. Many years ago I came across a sugar cookie-scented lotion that I just loved. I always regretted not buying it (since I have never found it again) so I would love a sugar cookie-scented soap.

    dianeconstan@gmail.com

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  54. I have really become a fan of lemongrass lately. It smells so fresh and clean without being too overwhelming. Bathtub looks awesome but I get the feeling it might serve as a highly unflattering magnifying glass! haha

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  55. gumball dress? pb&j vodka? lol. crazy talk. wanted to make the crispy pb eggs again this year, but didn't get to it... oh well.

    scents? fresh cut grass? or rain?

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  56. If I could create my own soap, It would smell like watermelon, cantaloupe,and peach. Mmm!

    lisswrzesniewsky@gmail.com

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  57. My perfect soap would be vanilla with grapefruit.

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  58. I'd love a clean sugared lemon scent with hints of sea air and jasmine.

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  59. Woodsmoke. I love the smell of a campfire on a misty dewy morning.
    A little evergreen thrown in too.

    feetandlace at yahoo.com

    Thanks for the chance.

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  60. I would like a soap scent with lilac- maybe because it is Spring and I haven't smelled lilacs in years- It is still my favorite flower.

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  61. Probably one with mint, lavender and honey... strange combo I know, but those are some of my favourite scents!

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  62. I'd love the smell of fresh rain or cut grass!

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  63. Snickerdoodle Soap ...or wintergreen (that would be a great scrub)

    tmpatzer@gmail.com

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  64. My faavorite scent is Cinnamon, but it's hard to find! I love egyptian musk too!
    stampinstro at aol dot com

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  65. Here's your bathtub info :)

    http://www.apartmenttherapy.com/make-a-big-spla-147634

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