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Cammy! Please email me with your address, and I’ll send your stats to the awesome Vita-Mix people so they can send you a spankin’ new blender, making you the envy of all!

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A word (ok, many words) about my Giveaways:

Someone accused me of hosting so many giveaways solely in order to make money.

Normally I don’t bother responding to baseless accusations, and we’ve already covered the blogging-for-money topic.

But I get a lot of (much nicer!) comments from people wondering how companies find me and offer these giveaways. The truth is that I really don’t know how some of these companies find me!  I’ll be sorting through my junk mail and will come across a “Free Samples!” email.  Then I’ll have to decide whether to open said email or not: It could be spam… or a virus!  On the other hand, I don’t want to throw out an amazing offer.

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Magic Bullet, NuNaturals, Vita-Mix— in all of these cases, they contacted me.

(Very rarely, I will contact a company, but only if I can’t find their product where I live. This was the case with Jay Robb, because I wanted to try their rice protein but never saw it in my area.)

Many of the “free sample” emails also come with offers to host a giveaway.  And who wouldn’t take these companies up on such generous giveaway offers?  Well, honestly, it’d be easier for me not to.  After all, I’m not getting the stuff offered in the giveaway, so I don’t understand how anyone could say my motives in sponsoring these giveaways are selfish.  It takes a lot of work to host a giveaway, what with setting it up, writing the posts, keeping track of comments, etc.  It’d certainly be easier to just not do it.  But making someone’s day is so much fun!!  As Phoebe says, on Friends, there’s no such thing as a selfless good deed.  Hmmm, well then I guess, in a way, my motives for hosting giveaways are selfish! Plus, I’m only looking out for my well-being.  I don’t think people would be happy with me if they learned I’d passed up, say, an Artisana Nut Butter giveaway!  (Maybe then I’d finally get some of those elusive tomatoes thrown my way???)  Be honest; would you pass up such an amazing offer??? Not unless you were insane, right?! 😉

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But I don’t want my blog to just be about giveaways.

I do a lot of them because it’s so hard to say no to someone who’s offering free stuff, ya know?  But I do actually say no to some of them.  (Sorry if you wanted a chance to win bags of chia seeds, a knock-knock bundle, a vegan cookbook, cacao nibs, etc.  I’ll take those tomatoes now.) So, other, non-giveaway upcoming posts will include: (I know, I do these lists a lot; they help me stay organized!)

  • Healthy adaptations of cheesecake, pancake syrup, chocolate milkshakes, fudge brownies, etc.
  • Decorated cupcakes to raise money for Haiti (PLEASE, guys, don’t forget about Haiti!)
  • Running posts
  • Previously-mentioned upcoming posts (beauty, chopstick tutorial, raw recipes…)
  • More debate posts (and a very personal post, when I finally get the courage to post it!)
  • And maybe another 3000-Calorie Post.

Thanks so much to everyone who reads my blog.  It means so much to me!  I’m sending you all big hugs through my computer screen :). Did you get them?

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  1. eaternotarunner says:

    I did! Thanks haha 😉

  2. eaternotarunner says:

    I did! Thanks haha 😉

  3. caronae says:

    Thanks for doing this giveaway :)

  4. caronae says:

    Thanks for doing this giveaway :)

  5. jcd says:

    Congratulations, Cammie! Thank you again, Katie, for being so generous. You must be dedicated to your readers and incredible organised to run giveaways.

    I look forward to all your posts. I thought of you this morning whilst I was jogging in the freshly fallen snow. I forgot my iPod and began to dream about fun running partners. At one time I was running alongside a (real) rabbit and imagined it was the Easter bunny. Haha.

  6. jcd says:

    Congratulations, Cammie! Thank you again, Katie, for being so generous. You must be dedicated to your readers and incredible organised to run giveaways.

    I look forward to all your posts. I thought of you this morning whilst I was jogging in the freshly fallen snow. I forgot my iPod and began to dream about fun running partners. At one time I was running alongside a (real) rabbit and imagined it was the Easter bunny. Haha.

  7. joy says:

    I am SO excited for the pancakes one! And seriously some people need to just chill…

  8. joy says:

    I am SO excited for the pancakes one! And seriously some people need to just chill…

  9. Heather says:

    That’s for doing to giveaways, they’re so much fun to enter!

  10. Heather says:

    That’s for doing to giveaways, they’re so much fun to enter!

  11. Erin says:

    Ignore the haters. They’re not worth anyone’s time, care or energy.

  12. Erin says:

    Ignore the haters. They’re not worth anyone’s time, care or energy.

  13. Chica, I am waiting with baited breath for that healthified cheesecakeeeeeeee.

  14. Chica, I am waiting with baited breath for that healthified cheesecakeeeeeeee.

  15. Holy Choco-moly! This is a fantastic way to start the day, the week, the month, and my new career as a chocolate-covered everything chef! Thank you very much! Email info will be zipped to you immediately! Then I’m off to stock up on dates and chocolate and pecans and peanut butter and… :)

    Thanks again!

  16. Holy Choco-moly! This is a fantastic way to start the day, the week, the month, and my new career as a chocolate-covered everything chef! Thank you very much! Email info will be zipped to you immediately! Then I’m off to stock up on dates and chocolate and pecans and peanut butter and… :)

    Thanks again!

  17. Jess says:

    Some people need to freaking get. a life. And stop attacking you! I completely understand and I think 99% of the rest of us do as well. Stupid accusations!
    <3 jess
    xoxo

  18. Jess says:

    Some people need to freaking get. a life. And stop attacking you! I completely understand and I think 99% of the rest of us do as well. Stupid accusations!
    <3 jess
    xoxo

  19. Caroline says:

    Not really sure why there are so many Katie Haters (I propose the name, Katers) but I suspect it’s jealousy.

    The only reason giveaway posts needle me is because they are very US centric, but it doesn’t bother me enough to be a huge problem… it’s more kinda grumbliness, I can’t get moody because others are lucky enough to be eligible and I’m not… that would just be silly!

    Anyway, keep on doing your think Katie…. I think it’s awesome :)

  20. Caroline says:

    Not really sure why there are so many Katie Haters (I propose the name, Katers) but I suspect it’s jealousy.

    The only reason giveaway posts needle me is because they are very US centric, but it doesn’t bother me enough to be a huge problem… it’s more kinda grumbliness, I can’t get moody because others are lucky enough to be eligible and I’m not… that would just be silly!

    Anyway, keep on doing your think Katie…. I think it’s awesome :)

  21. Christina says:

    I love your giveaways!! I think you should ignore all these haters. All you do is good stuff, they should leave you alone!

    And hugs to you too :)

  22. Christina says:

    I love your giveaways!! I think you should ignore all these haters. All you do is good stuff, they should leave you alone!

    And hugs to you too :)

  23. You rock, CCK! Thanks for keeping us all entertained and for making Cammy’s day!

  24. You rock, CCK! Thanks for keeping us all entertained and for making Cammy’s day!

  25. Lexi says:

    Congrats to Cammy!! Can’t wait for the next coconut butter giveaway!!

  26. Lexi says:

    Congrats to Cammy!! Can’t wait for the next coconut butter giveaway!!

  27. MaryZ says:

    You are awesome! I look forward to all your posts and have learned so much from you.

  28. MaryZ says:

    You are awesome! I look forward to all your posts and have learned so much from you.

  29. lindsey says:

    congrats to cammy for sure :)

    and i’m sorry people actually accuse you of making money off of this! they are just jealous they can’t do it themselves :)

    can’t wait for the upcoming giveaways and posts girl!

    ♥ lindsey

  30. lindsey says:

    congrats to cammy for sure :)

    and i’m sorry people actually accuse you of making money off of this! they are just jealous they can’t do it themselves :)

    can’t wait for the upcoming giveaways and posts girl!

    ♥ lindsey

  31. Kate G. says:

    pancake syruppppp :) i can’t wait!!

    i get so frustrated when people attack your blog, and especially about GIVING things away??? eff even though you don’t do it for the publicity, part of having a blog is so that people will come read it!
    Grr.

    congrats to cammy, im jealous girl!

    can’t wait to see more recipes soon :)

  32. Kate G. says:

    pancake syruppppp :) i can’t wait!!

    i get so frustrated when people attack your blog, and especially about GIVING things away??? eff even though you don’t do it for the publicity, part of having a blog is so that people will come read it!
    Grr.

    congrats to cammy, im jealous girl!

    can’t wait to see more recipes soon :)

  33. Michal says:

    Hugs back atcha Katie :)
    Congratulations to cammy! Thats awesome!

  34. Michal says:

    Hugs back atcha Katie :)
    Congratulations to cammy! Thats awesome!

  35. Cindy says:

    Congrats to Cammie! WoO HOO girl!

    K, just keep doing what you’re doing! you’re awesome!

    I;m off to enter the coconut butter giveaway!
    :)

  36. Cindy says:

    Congrats to Cammie! WoO HOO girl!

    K, just keep doing what you’re doing! you’re awesome!

    I;m off to enter the coconut butter giveaway!
    :)

  37. molly b says:

    Don’t listen to the haters! You are so sweet and generous, and your blog is full of so many amazing recipes! I love the giveaways, even though I have yet to win one. Keep doing what you are doing because people love it!

  38. molly b says:

    Don’t listen to the haters! You are so sweet and generous, and your blog is full of so many amazing recipes! I love the giveaways, even though I have yet to win one. Keep doing what you are doing because people love it!

  39. Sallie says:

    Congrats to Cammy! Lucky! Fortunately I have access to a regular-person food processor… off to make more fudge babies! (And enter the new giveaway…!)

  40. Sallie says:

    Congrats to Cammy! Lucky! Fortunately I have access to a regular-person food processor… off to make more fudge babies! (And enter the new giveaway…!)

  41. Jessica says:

    Why is there so much negativity in the world? It baffles me. Oh well, you are awesome for being so charitable. Did you get my hug back?! :)

  42. Jessica says:

    Why is there so much negativity in the world? It baffles me. Oh well, you are awesome for being so charitable. Did you get my hug back?! :)

  43. Tanya says:

    Congrats to Cammy!! Wow, I’m sooo jealous :) I’m sure she’ll be using it a ton. I’m gonna keep on saving up for my big food processor……or maybe Vita Mix…..but I think the food processor will be cheaper :)

  44. Tanya says:

    Congrats to Cammy!! Wow, I’m sooo jealous :) I’m sure she’ll be using it a ton. I’m gonna keep on saving up for my big food processor……or maybe Vita Mix…..but I think the food processor will be cheaper :)

  45. Lori says:

    Congrats to Cammy!
    I am so sorry somebody said you host giveaways to make money. I hope you know the majority of your readers do not think that at all! I love your blog and appreciate all you put in to it. If it weren’t for you I probably never would have tried kabocha and it is now one of my favorite things. My kids love that I read your blog because now I make them fudge babies! Please keep doing what you and doing and no that it is probably just some jealous person posting negative comments!

  46. Lori says:

    Congrats to Cammy!
    I am so sorry somebody said you host giveaways to make money. I hope you know the majority of your readers do not think that at all! I love your blog and appreciate all you put in to it. If it weren’t for you I probably never would have tried kabocha and it is now one of my favorite things. My kids love that I read your blog because now I make them fudge babies! Please keep doing what you and doing and no that it is probably just some jealous person posting negative comments!

  47. leangreendeane says:

    Upcoming posts sound GREAT! Looking forward to them, even if you decide never to do a giveaway again!;) And i don’t have any tomatoes i would be willing to throw unfortunately, i’m not into wasting food… haha

  48. leangreendeane says:

    Upcoming posts sound GREAT! Looking forward to them, even if you decide never to do a giveaway again!;) And i don’t have any tomatoes i would be willing to throw unfortunately, i’m not into wasting food… haha

  49. Stef @ moretolifethanlettuce says:

    aw congrats to the winner! i seriously think this was the best giveaway i’ve ever seen! like, better than a new car. i think it’s great that you host giveaways, and you can tell it’s not for $ at all, and not just for the sake of getting your blog out there by making everynoe add you to their roll. cool!

  50. Stef @ moretolifethanlettuce says:

    aw congrats to the winner! i seriously think this was the best giveaway i’ve ever seen! like, better than a new car. i think it’s great that you host giveaways, and you can tell it’s not for $ at all, and not just for the sake of getting your blog out there by making everynoe add you to their roll. cool!

  51. Chrysta says:

    Congrats to the winner! And thanks so much sweetie for hosting a great giveaway! All the upcoming posts look great and I cant wait to read. Have an awesome day girl!

  52. Chrysta says:

    Congrats to the winner! And thanks so much sweetie for hosting a great giveaway! All the upcoming posts look great and I cant wait to read. Have an awesome day girl!

  53. candice says:

    A selfish giveaway? Is that not an oxymoron? lol. People like that are honestly not worth your time. I’m looking forward to “healthy” pancake syrup (even though maple is purrrfect already)! 😀

  54. candice says:

    A selfish giveaway? Is that not an oxymoron? lol. People like that are honestly not worth your time. I’m looking forward to “healthy” pancake syrup (even though maple is purrrfect already)! 😀

  55. *Andrea* says:

    congrats cammy!

    ignore the haters 😉 they just jealous haha. anyways i think they find your blog because it is is bad ass. and super popular. and they see how kind you are :)

  56. *Andrea* says:

    congrats cammy!

    ignore the haters 😉 they just jealous haha. anyways i think they find your blog because it is is bad ass. and super popular. and they see how kind you are :)

  57. liz says:

    congrats cammy! you will have to keep us posted on how awesome your new kitchen appliance is!

  58. liz says:

    congrats cammy! you will have to keep us posted on how awesome your new kitchen appliance is!

  59. jessicaconte says:

    Oh, people can be so dumb. I added you to my google reader and I LOVE your blog! And I love the giveaways just as much! :)

  60. jessicaconte says:

    Oh, people can be so dumb. I added you to my google reader and I LOVE your blog! And I love the giveaways just as much! :)

  61. Monica says:

    Woo! I’m actually really excited for your healthy pancake syrup after all the tantalizing hints you’ve given us with your carrot cake pancakes! The words “healthy” and “syrup” usually don’t occur in the same sentence.

    Healthy cheesecake, too? I’m intrigued…

    As always, the blog is always so fun–and, in the immortal words of Beyonce, haters to the left, to the left :)

  62. Monica says:

    Woo! I’m actually really excited for your healthy pancake syrup after all the tantalizing hints you’ve given us with your carrot cake pancakes! The words “healthy” and “syrup” usually don’t occur in the same sentence.

    Healthy cheesecake, too? I’m intrigued…

    As always, the blog is always so fun–and, in the immortal words of Beyonce, haters to the left, to the left :)

  63. Katie says:

    That’s ridiculous that people would accuse you of that! I’m sad I didnt win, but thanks so much for hosting!

  64. Katie says:

    That’s ridiculous that people would accuse you of that! I’m sad I didnt win, but thanks so much for hosting!

  65. Sünne says:

    Aw, really, those stupid people complaining about everything you do/write on your blog have a serious over-abundance of free time – that’s it! They seem to find it funny to make others feel bad – Katie, you are awesome and your blog’s great so just don’t listen to anybody who’s apparently just trying to get some attention!

  66. Sünne says:

    Aw, really, those stupid people complaining about everything you do/write on your blog have a serious over-abundance of free time – that’s it! They seem to find it funny to make others feel bad – Katie, you are awesome and your blog’s great so just don’t listen to anybody who’s apparently just trying to get some attention!

  67. Just Audrey says:

    Oh my gosh…why would hosting a GIVEaway be selfish. As a reader, I LOVE giveaways. I say the more the better!! I never actually thought about all the work entailed for you, however. So I guess it makes sense that you have to base some of them up. Seriously though, you’re blog is awesome. You’re doing a great job. To hell with what people say/think!

    Thanks for the hug. I got it. 😀

  68. Just Audrey says:

    Oh my gosh…why would hosting a GIVEaway be selfish. As a reader, I LOVE giveaways. I say the more the better!! I never actually thought about all the work entailed for you, however. So I guess it makes sense that you have to base some of them up. Seriously though, you’re blog is awesome. You’re doing a great job. To hell with what people say/think!

    Thanks for the hug. I got it. 😀

  69. Just Audrey says:

    I mean: “*pass* some of them up.” and “*your* blog is awesome.”

    Note to self: proofread comments before hitting submit. Hehe.

  70. Just Audrey says:

    I mean: “*pass* some of them up.” and “*your* blog is awesome.”

    Note to self: proofread comments before hitting submit. Hehe.

  71. Quix says:

    I like giveaways! I don’t always enter them (I figure if it’s something I’m just *meh* about I’ll let someone else have the chance to win), but I always think it’s really cool when blogs host them! :)

    You rock, even though I didn’t win. :)

  72. Quix says:

    I like giveaways! I don’t always enter them (I figure if it’s something I’m just *meh* about I’ll let someone else have the chance to win), but I always think it’s really cool when blogs host them! :)

    You rock, even though I didn’t win. :)

  73. Gina G says:

    your amazing Katie, dont ever let anyone get you down, thats all I have to say! =)

  74. Gina G says:

    your amazing Katie, dont ever let anyone get you down, thats all I have to say! =)

  75. catms916 says:

    Congrats Cammy!!! Cannot wait for the coconut butter giveaway… I’ve been looking for that stuff everywhere! I accidently bought coconut oil the other week mistakenly when I was looking for the butter. Any ideas for using coconut oil?

  76. catms916 says:

    Congrats Cammy!!! Cannot wait for the coconut butter giveaway… I’ve been looking for that stuff everywhere! I accidently bought coconut oil the other week mistakenly when I was looking for the butter. Any ideas for using coconut oil?

  77. Jenna says:

    This was a great post – I always appreciate when people come out with what really goes on “behind the scenes” and it’s good that you let people know what is really involved in a giveaway =D.

    And oh man, those lists of giveaways and scheduled posts have me SO excited! I’m anticipating all of them! I think I’m most intrigued about that personal post though – so, courage and hugs to you, you lovely woman! =)

  78. Jenna says:

    This was a great post – I always appreciate when people come out with what really goes on “behind the scenes” and it’s good that you let people know what is really involved in a giveaway =D.

    And oh man, those lists of giveaways and scheduled posts have me SO excited! I’m anticipating all of them! I think I’m most intrigued about that personal post though – so, courage and hugs to you, you lovely woman! =)

  79. Megan Leigh says:

    yay! I’m so excited for the new posts!

  80. Megan Leigh says:

    yay! I’m so excited for the new posts!

  81. Carbzilla says:

    I’ve never been asked to host a giveaway and the one time I got free products to review, I did such a crappy write-up (they really deserved more but I had NO time) that I wouldn’t be surprised if I never got another single thing. But I don’t care, and I know you have a great attitude about your blog and take most things in stride.

    Just sad I didn’t win it (ps, I’ve never won anything) so I could give it away. I’d love to share the Vita love!

  82. Carbzilla says:

    I’ve never been asked to host a giveaway and the one time I got free products to review, I did such a crappy write-up (they really deserved more but I had NO time) that I wouldn’t be surprised if I never got another single thing. But I don’t care, and I know you have a great attitude about your blog and take most things in stride.

    Just sad I didn’t win it (ps, I’ve never won anything) so I could give it away. I’d love to share the Vita love!

  83. crystine says:

    I am surprised anyone would be upset about free and wonderful and useful giveaways! Maybe I’ll post a free sample in your inbox soon too.
    O if only we all could win a vitamix…I felt for sure it would be my turn:)
    Off to make some walnut/chocolate treats.

  84. crystine says:

    I am surprised anyone would be upset about free and wonderful and useful giveaways! Maybe I’ll post a free sample in your inbox soon too.
    O if only we all could win a vitamix…I felt for sure it would be my turn:)
    Off to make some walnut/chocolate treats.

  85. CaSaundra says:

    Congrats the winner! And giveaways on a blog only make things more exciting–whoever is wasting time rambling at you again is just jealous that a.)they didn’t win or b.)no companies will contact them. Keep it up!

  86. CaSaundra says:

    Congrats the winner! And giveaways on a blog only make things more exciting–whoever is wasting time rambling at you again is just jealous that a.)they didn’t win or b.)no companies will contact them. Keep it up!

  87. Bekah says:

    Yaayyy! Congrats to Cammy! And kudos to you for posting such awesome giveaways. And yahoo for another coconut butter giveaway. I NEED some!!!

  88. Bekah says:

    Yaayyy! Congrats to Cammy! And kudos to you for posting such awesome giveaways. And yahoo for another coconut butter giveaway. I NEED some!!!

  89. What a butthead for accusing your giveaways to have selfish motives?! *I* am the selfish one–I can’t wait for your Magic Bullet giveaway!!!

  90. What a butthead for accusing your giveaways to have selfish motives?! *I* am the selfish one–I can’t wait for your Magic Bullet giveaway!!!