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Epiphanie Camera Bag Giveaway

Have An Epiphanie

Remember when all camera bags were black and basic?  It takes a truly talented and clever person to realize that we lady photographers may enjoy a more stylish mode of photography equipment transport.

Not only are Epiphanie Camera Bags fashionably aesthetic, their functionality fits the lifestyle of someone like me who writes, networks, photographs and needs to apply lip gloss.  This is what it means to have an epiphany, and I’m sure that’s exactly what happened when designer Maile Wilson, professional photographer for fifteen years, decided to create these amazing and appropriately named bags.

Epiphanie Bag in Clover

the “Clover” Epiphanie Bag in Fuchsia


My Epiphanie

My Epiphanie bag has traveled with me on media tour, and recently to BlogHer Food in Seattle, Washington.  My bag does hold quite a bit, but I’m always more amazed at how well it holds my stuff, in addition to how much…. it always fits my purpose just perfectly.

Epiphanie Bag at BlogHer Food

Having an Epiphanie at BlogHer Food in Seattle Washington


And now, I’m the proud owner of the “Lyric” Epiphanie Bag in Mustard, and am packing it up for BlogHer’12 in New York City.  With my Canon T2i, macro and zoom lenses, pocket wallet, business cards, iPad, lens wipes and- of course- lip gloss, this bag holds everything in it’s perfect place and (most importantly) will make me the most stylish blogger at this powerhouse conference.  If you’re on Twitter and Instagram, be sure to follow me for live photos throughout the event!

“Lola” Epiphanie Bag in Mustard


The Giveaway

This is probably our most exciting giveaway yet.  To kick off my trip to BlogHer in New York City, we’re hosting a giveaway of an Epiphanie Bag of the winner’s choice.  Click on over to EpiphanieBags.com to check out their shop then enter our giveaway below. We know this is going to be very popular so we gave you lot’s of ways to gain extra entries that you can do each day!


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Edible Gifts Paella Basket- Manic Monday Giveaway

Spanish Paella is one of my favorite one-dish meals to make during summer.  With some fresh lemon wedges to garnish my simple Seafood Spanish Paella Recipe, it’s the perfect meal to eat on the patio with family and friends.

Spanish Paella from The Organized Cook

Spanish Paella Recipe from The Organized Cook

The only thing I love more than gifts is edible gifts, which is why I love EdibleGiftsPlus.com.  I’m so excited to have a Paella Gift Set from Edible Gifts Plus as this weeks Manic Monday Giveaway from The Organized Cook.  Everything you need to make Spanish Paella is here including the paella pan!

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Paella Gift Set from Edible Gifts Plus

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Greek Yogurt Recipes from The Organized Cook

Healthy Family Dinner Recipes

With a high protein value and creamy-rich taste, Greek yogurt is the perfect snack food to have handy when hunger strikes.  And did you know that you can easily substitute Greek yogurt into many recipes for a healthy alternative to mayonnaise or sour cream?

Here are three of my favorite recipes using Greek Yogurt:


Greek Pita Pockets with Cucumber-Yogurt Sauce

Greek Pita Pocket recipe

Greek Pita & Greek Yogurt Cucumber Sauce


Greek Pita Pocket recipe

Cucumber Yogurt Sauce

  1. ground low-fat beef, 1-1 1/2 lbs
  2. whole-grain pita bread pockets
  3. Plain Greek Yogurt- 16 oz.
  4. cucumber- 1, peeled
  5. garlic salt with parsley- 1 tbspn.
  6. cumin- 1 tspn.
  7. dried basil- 1 tspn
  8. lemon pepper- 1 tspn
  9. onion powder- 1 tspn


  1. Brown beef in a skillet over medium-high heat until cooked thoroughly; season with garlic salt and cumin.  Drain any excess fat.
  2. Chop cucumber
  3. In a mixing bowl, combine yogurt, chopped cucumber, basil, lemon pepper and onion powder; mix well
  4. Serve beef in pita pocket bread and top with Cucumber-Yogurt Sauc


This recipe is best served with Mediterranean Potatoes from The Organized Cook.

Mediterranean Potatoes by The Organized Cook

Mediterranean Potatoes by The Organized Cook


Baja Fish Tacos

Baja Fish Tacos recipe from The Organized Cook

Baja Fish Tacos recipe from The Organized Cook

Baja Fish Tacos with Baja Sauce and Cabbage Salad Recipe


  1. white fish, like Tilapia, 2-3 lbs

    Baja Fish Tacos Recipe by The Organized Cook

    Baja Fish Tacos Recipe by The Organized Cook

  2. flour- 1 cup
  3. chili powder (like Chipotle), paprika and salt- 1 tspn each, or 1 packet of taco seasoning
  4. canola oil
  5. Plain Greek Yogurt- 16 oz.
  6. chipotle sauce- 1/4 cup
  7. limes- 4, sliced in half
  8. cole slaw cabbage mix- 1 pre-cut ready-to-eat bag
  9. cilantro- 1 bundle, chopped
  10. crushed red pepper (optional)
  11. corn tortillas, smals



  1. Pat fish dry
  2. combine flour and seasoning in shallow dish
  3. heat oil in large non-stick skillet over medium-high heat
  4. coat fish, one at a time, in flour mixture before frying in skillet until golden brown on both sides, approximately 4 minutes each side

Baja Sauce

  1. For sauce, combine yogurt, chipotle sauce and juice from one lime; mix well

Cabbage Salad

  1. Combine cabbage, cilantro and crushed red pepper in salad bowl
  2. Squeeze juice from remaining limes over cabbage; toss

Serve fish in corn tortillas topped with Cabbage Salad and Baja Sauce


Swedish Meatballs

Swedish Meatballs recipe from The Organized Cook

Swedish Meatballs recipe from The Organized Cook

Swedish Meatballs with Spinach Pasta and Yogurt Swedish Sauce



  1. ground beef, 1-2 lbs
  2. onion, white- 1, peeled and minced
  3. seasoned bread crumbs- 1 cup
  4. eggs- 2
  5. salt- 1 tspn
  6. nutmeg- 1 tspn
  7. olive or canola oil


  1. spinach pasta- 1 lb

Swedish Sauce

  1. Plain Greek Yogurt- 16 oz.
  2. cream of mushroom soup- 1 can
  3. milk- 1/2 cup
  4. paprika- 1 tbspn
  5. grape tomatoes- 1 pint, sliced in halves


  1. In large mixing bowl combine beef, onion, breadcrumbs, eggs, salt and nutmeg; mix well
  2. Heat oil in large non-stick skillet over medium-high heat
  3. Hand roll beef mixture into 1 1/2-inch balls and place in skillet to cook, turning each one gently with a spoon until all brown all over and cooked thoroughly, approximately 15-20 minutes
  4. Boil pasta in salted water until tender
  5. Drain pasta reserving some (about 1/4 cup) of cooking water in the pan; return pasta to warm pan and water, and toss
  6. For sauce, warm soup and milk in saucepan over medium-high heat until hot
  7. Add yogurt and paprika; mix well



Each of these recipes is part of The Organized Cook Weekly Meal Plan System.   Sign up for our newsletter and get your free Weekly Meal Plan here:

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Type A Parent Conference Pass Giveaway

Have you been dreaming of going to the Type-A Parent Conference but just haven’t been able to get that pass? We may have the answer for you! Type-A Parent Conference will be June 22-24, 2012 in Charlotte and we are giving away a full pass! This ticket will include all sessions and the primary official parties for three days of the conference. It does not include travel, room or other expenses.

In order to win the pass please leave us a comment here with the following:

  • Your name
  • Twitter ID
  • Blog name and URL
  • Reason you would like to attend

One winner will be chosen by random.org by comment number on Thursday, June 14th after the entries close at 6 PM MST. Winner will be notified and expected to claim within 24 hours so the pass can be transferred. A new winner will be drawn if original is not claimed in 24 hours.

 *Edit to announce that the winner is Shana. Congrats! I will be in touch in the morning!*


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