Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Tis the Season of BIG GIVEAWAYS


Today was a BIG day for me! For lunch I enjoyed a gluten free pizza party…

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for one! Uno’s Chicago Grill Gluten Free Flatbread. New. Improved. Darn good!

And then I went on a BIG adventure.

It seems like every blog I read is offering up a delicious bloggity giveaway. Inspired by the giving, I decided to host one myself. So I bring you a BIG giveaway!

Today I went to a BIG box store. A BIG box store that sell big boxes of things…at discounts prices. The very kind folks at MyBlogSpark offered me the opportunity to try out one of the big guys: BJ’s Wholesale Club.

In all honesty, I’ve never been a wholesale club member. I’ve used a friend’s ownership to buy sparkling water a few times, but that’s about it. Working at a food co-op for 5 years, really taught me the impact your dollars can make in your local economy. While I understand that a wholesale club does employ local folks, I really would rather buy spinach from my local farmer. I live in a small household, so big bulk buying doesn’t appeal to me as much, but if I had a large family I’m sure I would be ALL over it!

With all that said, I’ll try anything once. And so today I made the trek down to Raleigh and in to the BJ’s.

The staff were super friendly, and it did seem much more approachable than Costco and Sam’s. I feel that the size of the store must have been smaller, but I’m really not sure. As for my loot:

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I stocked up on ALL the naughty stuff! (for me and for Max)

10 Busy Bones for 10 dollars, Riceworks, a new Gluten free cracker I’ve never seen before Crunchmaster, Sabra hummus (aka the only hummus), Laughing Cow wedges, tasty peppermint mocha coffee creamer, and WAAAYYYYY too much Ranch for two people.

Overall my experience was positive. I DEFINITELY saved money on items that I can’t get at my local co-op and everyone at BJ’s was super nice and helpful. Plus, you really can’t go wrong with a giant tub of Sabra. I’m going to have a smile on my face until January because of that alone!

Want to try BJ’s Wholesale Club for yourself?


MyBlogSpark and BJ’s Wholesale Club is offering one very lucky Gluten Hates Me reader a FREE 60-day trial membership AND a $25 Gift Card to help you start shopping!

To enter: Leave me a comment or send me an email with an item that you might want to stock up on. I’ll choose the winner by the ol’ random number integer on Sunday, December 6th.

Want more chances to win? Tweet about it. Blog about it. Email it out. And then comment back to me and let me know!

After my BIG adventure, Parrish and I FINALLY decorated our tree!

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So pretty. And cozy. And Christmas-y. Max approved:

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but was also a bit confused. Seven years later, he still doesn’t understand why he can’t drink the tree water!

I hope everyone has a great hump day!! I’m starting my new holiday work schedule, which means going in late and working late. Hmmm…I wonder if I’ll be able to fit in a run before work… Either way, I will be recreating this bowl of oats!


Theresa said...

Ooh, your christmas tree lights look awesome! they are so bit and beautiful! :)
- your loot makes me want to live in the US!

Kate said...

I'm interested to hear about the Crunchmaster crackers...They were in my Sam's Club flyer but hadn't gotten them yet at the store. I had NO IDEA that Uno's did a gluten free flatbread - will have to see if our carries it!!!

Chandice said...

Fun! I would love to stock up on some of that yummy laughing cow cheese...delicious!!!

Jenn said...

I would want to stock up on the rice works chips. Those are really good and I end up wanting to buy them by the case.


Raw'r! Food! said...

Hey Marlow! Just want to say love reading your recipes and such! I have Celiac and it's awesome to see your product reviews etc!

I would LOVE to stock up on fresh produce from BJ's. I eat TONS of fruit and veggies everyday because I am a Raw Vegan so whereas a typical person would eat like one apple with breakfast, my breakfast would literally BE APPLES, like 4 of them lol.

Also, I'd love to stock up on McCormick spices, I go through cinnamon and curry powder like it's not tomorrow!

I blogged about your post!

Have a great day!

Mikki Black said...

Ok, so I'm curious... you say that Uno's pizzas are new and improved. In what way? I am terribly unimpressed by what I've had there in the past, and had decided not to go back, so your input would be appreciated.


Joan said...

I would stock up on YoBaby yogurt that Ella eats like they are stopping production tomorrow!! :)

Jenn/CinnamonQuill said...

Oh, that pizza. I've never tried the Uno's GF, but it sure *looks* incredible.

Your Christmas tree is lovely! Nice work :)

Iris said...

I don't have any BJs near me, but that's a beautiful tree! I love Christmas!

Jamie said...

I would definitely stock up on GF coffee creamer. :)

LizNoVeggieGirl said...

Beautiful tree and cute dog :)

Did you receive my email? Just checking!

LizNoVeggieGirl said...

Nevermind! Just received the package in the mail about 5 minutes ago, hahaha :-D

Allie (Live Laugh Eat) said...

COOL giveaway!! I would want to stock up on some cheese!! Goat cheese, brie cheese, Laughing Cow too of course.

Lacey said...

I would stock up on the hummus. My partner loves it almost as much as I do so I always have to get enough to share!

Anna said...

MORE approachable than Costco or Sams? Sounds like a great experience! Especially if they offer so much that's gluten free - I'd love to try the Riceworks OR Crunchmaster crackers (if I could find them!).

Sharon said...

Ooooh rice works, never tried those before!

Kathleen said...

I love the Rice Works crisps. They are a fantastic substitute for bread or crackers for dips.

With the Uno pizza, I tried it in the summer and it was good but the bottom crust was a little pasty. I brought the leftovers home and I reheated it on the BBQ and it was fantastic!