Blendtec Giveaway & Last Minute Halloween Recipe


Happy Halloween!

Before I get to part 1 of the giveaway, I want to share a last-minute Halloween idea.

I present to you: Spooky Shakes…

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They are more homely than scary, but let’s just go with it!

I spotted this on Martha and I thought it was a cute idea. To make: all you do is melt a tiny amount of chocolate (about 1-2 tbsp) and then paint chocolate ghost faces on the inside of the glass using the end of a popsicle stick. Easy.

Place the glasses in the freezer or fridge to set the chocolate. For the shake, I blended vegan vanilla ice cream (I love almond or coconut varieties), with a splash of almond milk and some ice, served with a cinnamon stick. You could even make a healthier shake by blending frozen bananas with almond milk. The chocolate faces stay intact thanks to the cold smoothies.

Now, for part 1 of the giveaway…

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Today, I’m celebrating YOU – the kick-butt, Green Monster chuggin, recipe-lovin’ Oh She Glows community! On October 31, 2008, I started the blog on a complete whim, not thinking I would ever have the attention span to stick with it, but here I am 4 years later still smashing my head against the keyboard daily and chasing my dreams. I am so grateful for each and every one of you who read the blog each day and my hope is that you find as much inspiration here as I’ve found in all of you.

Now, to celebrate!

1) Blendtec Total Blender & Twister Jar

Blendtec has been gracious enough to donate one of their coveted Total Blender Classic Wildside machines (picture above) valued at $454.95 USD! Whoa baby. I’ve reviewed the Blendtec before on the blog and I can attest that it’s a great machine.

About the blender: “Total Blender Classic Series® is the all-in-one appliance that makes smoothies, fresh juice, ice cream, milkshakes, cappuccinos, margaritas, soups, sauces, bread dough, dressings, salsas, and more! It replaces up to 9 other appliances with one fast easy-to-use machine, at a fraction of the cost. This package includes the new precision tuned 4″ blade in the large nearly 3-quart total capacity BPA-free jar. The new large blade / large jar combination powers through tougher blending tasks and larger recipes with ease, and in less time.”

In addition to the blender, they are also giving away a Twister Jar (shown below) valued at $119.00 USD!

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About the Twister Jar: “Blendtec’s newest innovation, the Twister Jar, is designed to blend your thickest recipes such as: Nut Butters, Hummus, Baby Food, Dips, Thick Shakes, Dressings and more! Best of all, it’s compatible with all Blendtec Home Blenders.”


Update: The giveaway winner is….

Thank you for sharing your touching (and often hilarious!) “lessons to my younger self” comments. If you are ever feeling down and need a pick me up, just read through the comments. It’s amazing to see how many of us have struggled with the same life lessons.

The lucky winner of the Blendtec machine is #3659 – Alicia Woulfe! Congrats! I will email you shortly to collect your mailing address. Thanks to everyone for participating!

How To Enter:

There are two ways to enter this giveaway:

1) Leave a comment below with a piece of advice/wisdom you would give to your younger self. Here’s one of mine: Ange, no matter how sneaky you thought you were as a 16 year old, mama always knows. Moms talk with one another, in fact I think they have a secret undercover mom spy network! Then she’ll test you to see if you tell the truth before she brings you down. She is also a human lie detector so don’t even bother to act like you weren’t up to no good. One day, one day in the far future, you will appreciate her amazing detective skills, just not right now.

2) Tweet the giveaway to your followers on Twitter. Make sure you leave a second comment letting me know you’ve Tweeted (is that even a word??) the contest, to get another entry in the draw! Just click this button to send your tweet:


Don’t have a Twitter account? Re-pin one of my recipes on Pinterest and then leave a second comment to get another entry.

Giveaway details: Blendtec is opening this contest to anyone in North America. Don’t fret if you are outside of North America, I have another giveaway coming up that will be opened worldwide. The contest will run until Wednesday November 7th at 8am EST and the winner will be selected by random number integer. Goodluck!

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Merry October 31, 2012

I would advise my 16 year old self to start saving up for a really great blender ;)

Thanks for the give away!

Shira October 31, 2012

I love this comment (first one I read and it’s going to stay that way!) Congrats on four years Angela! If I could go back I’d definitely tell myself to easy does it on the hair teasing & back combing…then maybe I could look at old photos without wincing! ;) Happy Halloween!

Michelle November 1, 2012

The advice I would give my younger self would be, carve your own path in life. Don’t worry about what everyone else thinks. Do what makes YOU happy! There will be alot less bumps in the road if you follow your heart. Congrats on four years! I love your recipes. Delish:)

Angelina November 1, 2012

The “it” that you are looking for is not ‘out there’…it is within you.

Carole November 5, 2012

I would tell my 16 year old self to think about what she wants, now and in the future, not just go along with whatever sounds good at the time. I would also tell my 16 year old self to rock those short skirts and bikinis while she can, because they do not look nearly so good on my 49 year old self!

Jessica November 1, 2012

Dear Younger-Jess;

Life is going to take you to the places that you need to be, going to provide you the opportunities you need to experience, and introduce you to the people that you need to meet in order to grow into the person you are supposed to become. So spend less energy on forcing life to fit into your plan, and instead spend it on being open to the love that life wants to bring to you! And be patient with yourself : )

Ena November 1, 2012

I would go back and tell myself “you are always more beautiful than you think you are. ” As I got older I realized there is no point on being self-conscious about appearances, every time I looked at older photos of myself I thought, “Wow I looked so great back then!” but I do not remember feeling that way at the time. The important thing is to be confident – nothing gets you farther in life than a sense of self-assurance!

Timothy November 6, 2012

To my younger self,
Be who you are. Embrace your true self. Don’t waste the next 12 to 14 years of your life being afraid of what people will think of you and hiding who you really are. Life is so much more fulfilling when you step out from behind the mask and you really start to live.

Cara W. November 7, 2012

This giveaway is great – congratulations on four amazing years. Thank you for sharing your life and your passion for healthy eating with us all. You’ve really helped me a lot in my search for low sugar, GF foods that are much better for my body.

I’d tell my 16 year old self to keep living in the moment, to be kind and gracious, to help those in need and not to be completely selfish and naive. I’d tell myself that there’s a lot more to life than the realm of highschool and idea of college and partying. I’d tell myself to cherish loved ones as I’ve lost a few along the way. And above all, I’d tell myself that even though plans are good ideas for line/measure, they don’t always work out so don’t set the bar too high. Be flexible.

Shaunlara November 7, 2012

I would advise myself that all the “big” things that matter when you are younger or a teen become irrelevant. It doesn’t matter what clothes you wear, or who you hang out with, you will reach a point where you are comfortable being you. So do and be who you want to be, so you will never have to look back in regret or longing, but will look forward to being true to yourself ;to eat the healthiest you can, because it will go a long long way to help you look and feel great, and do less talking and more listening!

J October 31, 2012

I would oh sell my younger self to have a better sense of humour about life’s hardships. Laughter is the best medicine …and exercise!

Simone October 31, 2012

I would tell myself to not be so hard on myself, enjoy every minute of your life and just breathe…

J October 31, 2012

*counsel, not oh sell!

Amy October 31, 2012

I would tell my younger self to listen to mom’s advice about boyfriends/men I dated (turns out she was always right!)…would’ve saved me a lot of heartache!

Kelly October 31, 2012

I would tell my younger self not to be afraid to try new things, even if you fail you have much better life stories!

Katie October 31, 2012

I would tell younger me that happiness is a choice – all I have to do is choose it! Oh and that perfection is something to strive for, not stress over when you fall short :) Gratitude and happiness have turned my life from a ball of stress as a teen, to one of joy as a mother of two, with another on the way. Life truly is amazing!

Baila October 31, 2012

Honestly I would tell my 16 year old self to give herself a break! You don’t have to push yourself beyond your limits to do more than you are capable. You are 16, take a deep breath and enjoy being young- there is nothing more important than your mental and physical health!

Kate October 31, 2012

I would tell myself to love myself earlier in life than I started to.

michelle October 31, 2012

Dear younger self – please challenge yourself more… it is totally worth the hard work.


Anisha October 31, 2012

I would tell my younger self NOT to care about what everyone else thought and to just go with my gut, be myself, and I’d be fine! Life’s too short to live it for other people!

Marian October 31, 2012

I would give myself the same advice! Care less about what others think, and more about what I think and what I do.
And I tweeted.

Anisha October 31, 2012

Also, I just Tweeted about the giveaway!

sheelah October 31, 2012

I would tell myself to relax and not worry about every small thing… life has a way of working its self out!

Christine October 31, 2012

I would tell my younger self that it wasn’t as bad as it all seemed – and that things will be better than I ever imagined.

Laura October 31, 2012

Life gets much better after high school

Susanne Mastromattei October 31, 2012

I would tell my 16 year old self to enjoy every last minute of being 16 because they’ll be a time when you want to go back to the care free life and you can’t. Enjoy every second of being a teen and not be so hard on yourself!

Nicole Marie Story October 31, 2012

Nicole Marie Story, Volunteer at animal shelters on the weekends, helping dogs until you can have one of your very own to raise with happiness! :D

Susanne Mastromattei October 31, 2012

I tweeted your giveaway :)

Shanice October 31, 2012

I would tell my 16 yr old self not to give into peer pressure. I thought I didn’t care what people thought but obviously I did because of the stupid decisions I made regarding my mind and body. I have always been up and down in my weight and always had a low self-esteem. I’m finally trying to just be healthy (and newly vegan =D ). Thanks for this blog its really helping me through this process.

Shanice October 31, 2012

I also tweeted this!

Joanna October 31, 2012

I would tell myself to not worry so much. Things always have a way of working themselves out and its important to enjoy the journey.

Great giveaway. Happy Anniversary! So happy I found your blog :)

Kat October 31, 2012

Hmm… I would tell my younger self to slow down and stop being in such a hurry.

Heather October 31, 2012

I would tell my younger self to trust herself more. That it WILL get better and that the world is a huge place you’ve only started to understand.

Kat October 31, 2012

Oh, and I posted this on Twitter!

Nicole Marie Story October 31, 2012

I have tweeted about this gorgeous giveaway!
So excited!
Merci beaucoup! :)

Leanne October 31, 2012

advice to younger self – stop counting calories!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Jenny October 31, 2012

I would tell my younger self… take time to breath, you are beautiful, and stop being so hard on yourself.

Stacy October 31, 2012

Stac, LISTEN to those older and wiser than you. Actually, seek out their counsel. It will save you much heartache and not only serve as guideposts in your life, but bring you joy in growing in those relationships in the process.

Sarah Jane October 31, 2012

I would definitely tell myself to enjoy the present. Don’t always be wishing to be at the next step of life. Time goes by too quickly….

Jennifer October 31, 2012

Hey Jen!
Think beyond merely following the path of least resistance. It’s okay to be different.
Eat your veggies.
Buy stock in Apple.

Emily October 31, 2012

I would tell myself to eat more veggies and to exercise more… not to be skinny, but to be strong! I have been vegan for a long while, but it has only been in the past few years that I’ve really eaten plant-based and felt great. Thank goodness for the inspiration of OSG!!

Hilary October 31, 2012

I would tell my younger self that life is better than high school! Just wait it out :)
Thanks for the giveaway! Congrats on your anniversary

Celina L. October 31, 2012

I would tell myself to enjoy life more. It is great to work towards goals, but they become meaningless if you don’t enjoy life!

Natalie S. October 31, 2012

I would tell myself to stop taking everything so seriously and have fun!

Sarah L. October 31, 2012


My younger self should know that I end up having a pretty good life, so don’t worry too much about the future. Oh, and I STILL haven’t received my letter from Hogwarts.

Sarah L. October 31, 2012

I also tweeted the giveaway!

Leanne October 31, 2012

just posted the contest on twitter!

Vegan Collegiate October 31, 2012

I would advise the younger readers of this blog that if they are unsure about going vegan that they should just do it! If I had thought about it too much I would’ve backed down from the challenge but because I just went for it I realized it’s not really a challenge at all – it’s fun!

Gloria October 31, 2012

I would tell my younger self to stay positive, no matter what life throws at you.

ellen October 31, 2012

I would tell myself to moisturize moisturize and that yes, all those painful runs and squats do make a difference!

Vegan Collegiate October 31, 2012

I also just tweeted about to giveaway!

Emily October 31, 2012

I wish I could tell my younger self to spend less time trying to understand my friends, and more time trying to understand myself!

Sarah October 31, 2012

I would tell myself not to fret and dwell so much on making decisions….I would tell myself to make the best decisions I can with the information I have on hand at the time….and that all my decisions would lead me exactly to where I am meant to be at this moment!

Sara October 31, 2012

I tweeted! :)

Shanice October 31, 2012

I still dwell on decisions but I will definitely try to think about this the next time. Thanks !

Veronica November 1, 2012

Dear young self (and to my dearest daughter),
Respect, love, care for yourself first and most importantly find peace no matter what happened or happens each day.

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