Thank you so much for the awesome response to this giveaway! I was certainly feeling the love. Without further ado, the winner is:

Amy #943: …tonight I am making a shrimp and lobster scampi for hubby and me and your Tuscan garlic chicken recipe for my girls (ages {almost} 7 and 4). We will all have mashed potatoes and roasted broccoli. My youngest, and I are getting ready to head into the kitchen to make your No-Bake Nutella Cheesecake recipe…

A huge thank you to everyone who entered! Man, I sure love all of your guts and will undoubtedly be throwing many of these giveaways out there in the near future.


I’m not a spontaneous person by nature. But Valentine’s Day must bring out the very small part of me that wants to live on the edge. I decided at 10:00 p.m. last night that the orange glazed chicken set to post today was just not going to cut it.

So I scrapped it and decided to honor this day of loooooove, by giving away a sweet box packed with a few of my favorite things. Humor me since a few of these are not kitchen/cooking related. They are just too fabulous not to share.

Let’s take a peek at what you’ll find inside the little box of love if you are the lucky winner:

valentines giveaway revised

1. This night-renewing serum is the most amazing stuff I’ve ever put on my face. My friend, Elizabeth, introduced me to these products and I am loving the changes in my skin. Loving. I am not a cosmetic/facial product junkie, unless you count L’Oreal mascara and sometimes eyeshadow so it didn’t take much convincing for me to spend a little bit more on actual skin care products. This serum is weightless and silky and light and makes me feel about 20 years younger by morning. So I want you to have some, too. Let’s be in denial of our age together, ok?

2. Like I always say, you just can’t live without a kitchen scale. From weighing roll dough to at-home science experiments with the kids, this is most definitely the only scale I need in my house (trust me, those bathroom scales can just go away, they do me no good).

3. I fully recognize that I may be the only person still living in a climate where slippers are a necessity. I’m afraid we may not thaw until June. Until then, I’ll be wearing these lovies. So cute, I kind of want to wear them to the grocery store (PS: I’m wearing them right this very instant). Plus, they are fantastically warm and comfy. They are on clearance right now so I’ll hurry and choose a winner so we can be sure to get your size (if not, we’ll come up with a snazzy replacement, promise!).

4. I really love this lotion. That’s all. Not fancy. Not shmancy. Just really great.

5. Since these are the only knives I really use anymore, I figure I ought to share the love. Sharp and pretty. What more could you ask for?

6. You’d think that these nested round cutters wouldn’t be that life-changing, but I’m telling you, I use mine all.the.time. I am in constant disbelief at how handy they are. We’re talking donuts, biscuits, cookies. I never knew I needed a 3 1/6 round cutter until I actually had one.

7. I’ve waxed poetic about this lip butter before so it’s no wonder it should appear again today. It’s glossy and moisturizing and I don’t go anywhere without it. I’m kind of partial to the Jasmine color myself because it’s pretty neutral which works for me and my afraid-of-bold-lips self. The winner can choose whichever color they like!

To enter, simply leave ONE comment on this post telling me anything you like (a simple Happy Valentine’s Day, or better yet, what you are eating for Valentine’s Day, will do!).

Winner will be picked sometime this weekend so hurry and enter!

Giveaway sponsored by me; no affiliates or 3rd party sponsored products…just some things I’m loving right now.

4,138 Responses to A Whole Lot of Love in One Little Box {Giveaway Closed!}

  1. SimplySusan, says:

    Happy Valentine’s Day, Mel!

  2. Wendy Toomey says:

    Cooking for those I love!!!

  3. Sandi says:

    We actually celebrated last night since the whole family was snowed in together. We had seafood and an amazing paleo chocolate mouse. Happy Valentine’s Day!

  4. Donna says:

    Happy Valentine’s Day!

  5. Nicole Fenton says:

    We made your delicious stuffed french toast for breakfast (I am totally hooked!) and pork kebobs for dinner, followed by your banana cream pie- yum!!

  6. Veronica Kick says:

    This is my first time actually commenting but I absolutely love your blog. Today we will be eating your chewy oatmeal coconut cookies. Also, I will be looking through your cupcakes posts. My husband recently deployed for a year and your menus and recipes have been a lifesaver! I have five kiddos also! Happy Valentine’s day!

  7. Hilary says:

    Since we are in the process of a big move, this valentines day we are keeping it simple- in fact, most of my favorite things in life are simple! My kids are begging for the papa Murphy’s heart baker pizza and since all of my pots and pans are packed, I’m thinking this is a great idea! Pizza and Olympics are on the docket for tonight and if course, something chocolate for dessert

  8. Erica says:

    What a “sweet” collection!! Today, I made strawberry muffins to go into the lunchbox as something special. For dinner, we are having BBQ chicken & red onion pizza (in the shape of a large heart) along with some red quinoa caprese patties with balsamic/ricotta sauce (trying a new recipe). Dessert is chocolate biscotti – yum! Nothing too fancy with an 8-month old baby under foot in the kitchen.
    Have a great Valentine’s Day!

  9. Jackie says:

    Cookies. It’s what’s for dinner.

  10. Amy Lucas says:

    Happy Valentine’s Day!

  11. Kara says:

    I am making strawberry mousse for dessert. My hubby is bringing home dinner, so I don’t have to cook. What a sweetie! Happy Valentines Day, Mel!

  12. Liz says:

    Love in your heart isn’t put there to stay. Love isn’t love until you give it away! Happy Valentine’s Day to all!

  13. Lisa says:

    We aren’t celebrating until tomorrow, but we will be going to a new to me restaurant where I hear the pasta is delicious!

  14. Shannon says:

    happy valentine’s morning! i am thinking of making some waffles or heart shaped biscuits for the kids :)

  15. Mary H. says:

    For dinner I am making homemade pizza, salad and chocolate brownies.

  16. Jamie says:

    So fun! The only thing that could have made out better was some homemade cookies by you :-)

  17. Donna says:

    Hey, it’s chocolate all day for me…who needs to wait for dinner?

  18. Rachel says:

    Hi Mel! Happy Valentine’s Day! My husband and I will be eating the best pizza in Baltimore this evening! I can’t wait :). Thanks for the giveaway!

  19. Mandy Rambo says:

    We’ll be having orange – balsamic chicken with lemon risotto and a veggie and flour less chocolate cake with raspberry sauce for dessert! Happy Valentine’s Day!

  20. p32 says:

    Out to eat for us tonight!

  21. Karen Voshall says:

    Happy Valentines Day! Thanks for your blog!

  22. Happy Valentine’s Day! Thanks for the giveaway!

  23. Christine B says:

    Aww, happy valentine’s day to you! Hope your day is sweet!

  24. Jessica says:

    My little girls and I are so excited that daddy’s one day off for the week is today! Although it’s snowy and cold we are making homemade ice cream and heart-shaped pizza!

  25. gabby says:

    those knives are amazing!!!!!!!!!!!! ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhh!! we are having strawberry pancakes for breakfast… dinner is yet to be decided thanks to this ridiculous winter storm that hit the southeast. le sigh. happy valentines day and thank you!! xo.

  26. Brianna says:

    I will spend Valentines with my mom, sister, and grandmom. We’ll probably order Chinese or something!

  27. Bryn says:

    My family will be having family movie and popcorn night

  28. Beth says:

    I made a chocolate tart in a peanut butter cookie crust for our Valentine. Hope you have a great day!

  29. Steph says:

    Happy Valentine’s Day! I love the blog! I tell other people about it all the time!

  30. Julie says:

    It’s just my boys and me for Valentine’s Day, so I will probably make their favorite — breakfast for dinner. Nothing says love like french toast and bacon. (Maybe I will be brave and try your recipe!) :-)

  31. Jasmine says:

    Happy Valentine’s Day! All of these look wonderful!!

  32. Liz says:

    We’re celebrating on vacation on Rio de Janeiro! ❤️

  33. Heather L. says:

    Happy V-day! Thanks for the giveaway!

  34. Kelley Clarke says:

    I made your favorite cheesecake. Yum Yum!

  35. queenann says:

    I never win, but I’ll give it a shot anyway.

    I like oven-roasted broccoli. And Lindt 70% Dark Chocolate.
    And some other stuff, but I won’t bore you.

  36. Jenn says:

    Happy V-day! We’re having a fondue dinner at home!

  37. Amy says:

    Happy Valentine’s Day!!! I will be cooking for my family today. Two of the recipes are from your blog–pizza made into a heart and the white chocolate mousse cheesecake. I love all your recipes and use them regularly!

  38. Mary says:

    Started my day by giving my kids Valentine’s stuffed animals. Even my 11 year old boy was excited, saying , “I love you, Mom!”. Not sure what I will make for dinner tonight, but lunch will be spent with my dad who is battling stage 4 pancreatic cancer and is in his last days. He asked me to find a thirst quencher for him, which is why I stopped in here this morning. I love your recipes and hope you know the impact you have on people’s lives and in this case deaths.

  39. Clarissa Meegan says:

    We started the day with pink heart shaped pancakes… and I think that I may attempt your cheesecake stuffed strawberries for dessert tonight. Wish me luck!

    Happy Valentine’s Day. I can honestly say that I LOVE your blog this day and every day.

  40. Jamie says:

    Happy Valentine’s Day, Mel! What are you making tonight for your candlelit dinner? Dinner and icecream at our favorite little shop for us tonight! :)

  41. kathy v says:

    happy valentine’s day!

  42. Melissa says:

    Making heart shaped treats for the kiddos all day long!

  43. Desiree says:

    I get to spend today with my 2 cute kids, and eat pizza for dinner!

  44. Tami R says:

    We are celebrating Valentine’s day dinner with our two little ones tonight. We’re having their favorite meal- spaghetti and for dessert- chocolate fondue!

  45. Emilee says:

    I’m using your idea of a “fancy” sit down dinner with my husband and kids.

  46. Kirsten G. says:

    Happy Valanetine’s Day!
    For dinner we are having mini pizzas (on English Muffins), caesar salad, and cucumber slices. Dessert is strawberry cheese cake ice cream that I made yesterday.

  47. jill says:

    Happy Valentine’s Day, Mel!

  48. Kaylee says:

    Happy Valentines Day! We are using your idea and having a nice candlelit family dinner. Thank you for all of your recipes!

  49. Sai says:

    Happy V-Day!

  50. Abigail says:

    We’re (my three kids and I) are making their daddy {your} creme brulee as a surprise for when he comes home from work, today…what says “I love you” more than a delicious dish of creme brulee?!?

  51. Emily says:

    My plans to make chicken cordon bleu were scrapped when I broke my foot this week! So we’ll just wing it and it whatever (fries and chicken nuggets, maybe?). And that’s fine with me :)

  52. Debbie N. says:

    Happy Valentine’s Day! Tonight on the menu is lasagna and your recipe for breadsticks. I just love them because they are quick, easy and delicious.

  53. Yayyy! Happy Valentine’s Day!! :D I’m not actually celebrating until Sunday, but when I do it’ll be burgers for us (the simple things in life lol)

  54. Kelly says:

    What a lovely givaway! We are ordering in from our favorite Thai place- cashew chicken & pineapple fried rice. Happy Valentine’s Day!

  55. Ryann says:

    I will be eating birthday cake as it is my daughter’s birthday!

  56. Leigh Anne says:

    How sweet of you to host this giveaway!! I love posts like this to hear what others are loving and to hear about new things I need in my life…..haha! I’ve been wanting to take the plunge on the Rodan & Fields but didn’t know if it was worth it. Now, I’m gonna have to do it! For v-day I was planning dinner for hubby and kids but last night hubby surprised me and told me he arranged for Gma to watch the 3 oldest while he & I (plus 2mos old baby girl) head to the big city for a “day date”!!! Yay!! So, no cooking for me, but I hope to get in some chocolate!

  57. Jen says:

    We are going out for Italian tonight! Happy Valentines Day! Love your blog! Thanks for the giveaway!

  58. Deanna says:

    Happy valentines day! We are snowed in but are having heart shaped pancakes and then pizza and movie night. Thanks for the fun favorites. I’ll be trying some of them for sure!

  59. Lea says:

    Making my kids’ favorite dinner tonight – pancakes and bacon! They love it!

  60. Donna T. says:

    LOVE your blog and recipes Mel! Thank you and Happy Valentine’s Day!!

  61. Lauren says:

    Happy Valentine’s Day! Love the blog! We are staying simple this valentine’s and just cooking some scallops at home with some veggies with a good bottle of wine!

  62. Alyssa says:

    Not sure what will be for the main course yet, but I know we are having crème brule for dessert!

  63. Donna says:

    Happy Valentine’s Day!! Great giveaway, thank you

  64. Micela says:

    Happy valentines day!

  65. Nicole L. says:

    Happy Valentine’s Day! Today I have your molten chocolate lava cakes from a few weeks ago on the menu! Cannot wait to try them! :)

  66. Laura says:

    Happy Valentines Day! I will spend Valentines Day driving to the airport to pick up my son whom I haven’t seen since Christmas! Maybe I will have a snack at the airport?

  67. lisa says:

    Brownies, choc covered strawberries, and lots of chocolate.

  68. Emily Wells says:

    My husband is out of town tonight for work, so it’s the kids and me for dinner. They’ve requested pancakes and bacon, and I intend to oblige. :)

  69. Michelle F. says:

    Those slippers look amazing, and I have that set of knives on my Amazon wish list! Happy Valentines Day!

  70. Ashley says:

    Happy Valentine’s Day! We have been snowed in and I am in need of a grocery trip so who knows what’s for dinner?

  71. Andrea says:

    Special breakfast for the kids — brownie waffles and ice cream. Happy Valentine’s Day!

  72. Kathy says:

    Happy Valentine’s

  73. Beth W says:

    Happy Valentine’s Day!

  74. Chris M. says:

    Frosted sugar cookies!
    Heart-shaped, of course!

  75. Jillian says:

    Sugar cookies with frosting, so yummy!!!!

  76. Rayanne says:

    I love your site. It is my go to for what’s for dinner. Thanks.

  77. Carly says:

    I hope you have a great weekend!

  78. Teresa says:

    We’ve been snowed in for two days now, so I think we may venture out later and have dinner!

  79. Sascha says:

    Can’t wait to eat some steak and potatoes at Flemings tonight. Happy Galentines Day!

  80. Lena Yakim says:

    Happy Valentine`s day! And thank you for the giveaway!

  81. Kara says:

    Smooth milk chocolate! Heavenly! Melts it’s way right down to your hips :) Love your website!

  82. Katie says:

    Happy Valentine’s Day! We are having chocolate fondue for dessert. Next year I hope to set up a special dinner for my three boys in the dining room like you do every year. Great idea!

  83. Sarah G says:

    Happy Valentine’s Day! I am going to spend the day making teats, a special dinner, and cards for my kids. And trying to cheer my middle son up! He is home sick and upset about missing his class party today, he was sick on theday of their Christmas party too!

  84. Julie says:

    One thing I’m making is your No Bake Berry Yogurt Parfaits — yum!

  85. Leslie B says:

    Hope you have a Happy Valentines Day! :) Love your blog.

  86. Cyndi B says:

    We are so tired from shoveling that tonight we are just going to order a pizza for valentines day.

  87. April says:

    Since it is Pizza night we are still having pizza, but it will be heart shaped!! And we will definitely be eating in the dark… I mean by candlelight :) So excited, hope I win. Even if I don’t I hope your Valentines is fabulous!!

  88. Shari says:

    HAPPY VALENTINE DAY! Your blog is among one of my favorites! My favorite dinner for this special day is a filet mignon, baked potato and a dinner salad. And, of course, there has to be some chocolate for dessert!

  89. Heather says:

    We are having a Valentine’s Dinner at home. Heart shaped pizza, molten chocolate cake, berry apple sauce, red cherry Kool-Aid.

  90. Brenda says:

    Happy Valentines day!

  91. Ruthie says:

    Chocolate, chocolate, chocolate! Happy Valentine’s day!

  92. Nancy says:

    Happy Valentine’s Day! We are trying something new… Beef Wellinton Tarts with Mushroom and Blue Cheese sauce. :-)

  93. Connie says:

    Hi Mel! Hope you and your hubby have a great Valentine’s Day! Remember to make a little looooove time with just you and him. (Put the kiddies to bed early?) ;) I will be making the Maple Glazed Pork Tenderloin tonight… and for dessert… well, I can’t put that here on your blog, if you know what I mean! ;) wink-wink!! ;)

  94. Sheila H. says:

    I sell Rodan and Fields and am thrilled that you love the serum! It is also my mom’s favorite product. (Shameless plug: )
    We are using your menu and candlelit dinner idea with strawberry pancakes for b’fast, heart shaped pizza for lunch, and pork loin for dinner with your blackbottom pie for desert.

  95. Dana McBride says:

    Happy valentines day beautiful! Hope it is filled with love!!

  96. Kalyn says:

    We never really celebrate Valentine’s day, but will probably have a nice easy evening watching the Olympics and eating roasted chicken.

  97. Roni says:

    I love a great chocolate covered strawberry which is what I am making for my husband today!

  98. Kelli B says:

    We have a yearly tradition – a heart shaped pizza!!

  99. Erica says:

    Happy valentines day!!! Would be thrilled to win this!!! Love it!!:)

  100. Summer says:

    Fun giveaway! My husband is making us reservations. Leave the mess somewhere else.

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