Yup, it’s another giveaway. This one is for an upcoming San Diego event. For those of you not living in San Diego, I also have two other giveaways still happening and both involve a $100 giftcard which you can enter here and here.

The 4th Annual Hillcrest Taste N’ Tinis Event is happening on Thursday, December 13th from 5PM-9PM. DH and I went last year and it was a lot of fun. It’s similar to other taste events in San Diego, though this one also involves alcohol and shopping.

Various restaurants and retailers in Hillcrest will be participating, offering either food or cocktails. It’s always fun to walk around and sample various restaurants and you can also get some shopping done too while sipping on cocktails. There will also be complimentary gift wrapping offered at the will-call booth.

Ginger Spice Cookies

My holiday baking is never complete without a few variations of ginger cookies.

DH requested I make some soft ginger cookies for the start of my holiday cookie baking. He was on this ginger kick, wanting to buy gingerbread cookies from the bakery, ginger lattes at the coffee shops.

Of course the minute I made the cookies, he wasn’t in the mood for ginger anymore. Sigh.

Please note, the giveaway has now ended and Blogher has randomly chosen comment #49 as the winner.

With the holiday season in full effect, I hope you enjoy my participation in P&G’s “Have You Tried This Yet?” campaign, where I reviewed Bounty® Basic Paper Towels and COVERGIRL’s blast flipstick. I also get to host a giveaway to give my readers a chance to win a $100 Visa gift card.

I’m pretty familiar with the Bounty® brand of paper towels, and it’s my top choice when I’m buying paper towels. I find the Bounty® brand to be noticeably thicker and softer feeling compared to other brands. Plus, Bounty® cleans the mess with less because one sheet traps and locks the mess

So there’s the Bounty® I’m used to which usual has bright green packaging, but have you heard of Bounty® Basic, which has a yellow label? (Sorry, I had a picture, but seemed to have lost it. I will update a picture of the Basic paper towels later.)

Recently, I was selected to review Bounty® Basic Paper Towels as part of the “Have You Tried this Yet?” program from P&G. The idea of the program is to introduce brands to consumers to help improve everyday life. You can check out more details here. In addition, BlogHer is doing a Sweepstakes for a $100 Visa gift card, which you enter by leaving a comment.

Have You Tried This Yet? offers consumers various value saving opportunities throughout the year to try some of the program’s participating products like Bounty®:

  • brandSAVER: Complimentary coupon booklet, distributed in local Sunday newspapers nationwide, featuring more than $80 in savings on the campaign’s featured products.
  • brandSAMPLER: Samples and valuable coupons mailed directly to you.
  • eSAVER: Get coupons downloaded directly to your own personal shopper card.

The biggest difference about Bounty® Basic is that it’s only 1-ply, whereas the regular Bounty® is 2-ply. It does not feel as soft and absorbent as the Bounty® I’m used to, but it’s also priced less (about half the price). There are definitely situations in my life where I sometimes feel the thicker Bounty® towels go to waste when being used. For instance, a tiny spill, covering food being microwaved, or when they are being used as napkins.

Even though Bounty® Basic doesn’t feel as soft and thick as the 2-ply Bounty® towels, the 1-ply Basic ones still feel nicer than the 1-ply towels offered at my office and most business offices, which feel almost as rough as regular paper.

While I wouldn’t use these for a heavy duty clean-up, they are good for something small. You can save some money by using the cheaper priced paper towels for smaller situations and saving the super absorbent ones for bigger messes. It is also more environmentally friendly to use the 1-ply ones whenever possible rather than waste and use the 2-ply ones when they aren’t needed.

In addition to the Bounty Basic paper towels, I was also given a chance to review COVERGIRL’s blast flipstick. No it’s not edible and not really about food, but I think lipsticks still appeal to a lot of my readers, right?