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Did anyone else sing this song when they read the title? Cause I sure did.

So it's no surprise I'm a big wine fan around here but I have friends who have only begun their wine adventures (welcome to the dark side my friends). When they ask for recommendations, I get a sparkle in my eye because I know just what to recommend: Jam Jar.

I first wrote about Jam Jar back in my Weekend Wine-d Down series, when I stumbled upon their Sweet Shiraz at a Seasons 52 restaurant. I was only beginning my love affair with wine so I must admit, I picked it for 3 reasons:

A. I liked it's fun name. Jam Jar.
B. It was reasonably priced (somewhere between $8-$10)
C. It was from South Africa and my dear bloggy friend Nicole was moving there so I wanted to feel close to her.  🙂

But I was more than pleased, I fell into a deep passionate love affair. I think I told Rob at least 4 times that night, "I love this wine!" And Jam Jar forever lives on our wine rack (sometimes 3-4 bottles at a time!).

JamJarWineYup, I even took Jam Jar camping!

So when Jam Jar contacted me after reading my blog post, my mind was blown. When they said they said also wanted to give away a $50 Seasons 52 giftcard to my readers, I was ecstatic (for you guys of course!).

First off, Seasons 52 is a beautiful restaurant that provides a seasonal menu with a farmers market flair. One of my favorite things about it is that every entree on the menu is under 500 calories.  From flatbread pizzas to filet mignon to goat cheese ravioli, they're all under 500 calories! Jam Jar Sweet Shiraz is served at all Seasons 52 locations and is a perfect sweet wine to pair with all the tasty mini indulgences. They also have their Jam Jar Sweet White that is featured in their Flights and Flatbreads promotion (available through June).

Jam Jar Seasons 52

Jam Jar wines are crowd pleasing and easy to drink wines, especially for beginner wine drinkers out there. It would be wonderful as a sangria and even for the more experienced winos like myself, a chilled glass of Jam jar is one of my favorite ways to end a long day. So trust me, you want this giftcard!

So without further adieu, enter here to win a $50 Seasons 52 giftcard to try out Jam Jar yourselves. It's the perfect place for a Valentines Day meal with your guy/girl or gaggle of girlfriends so enter now! (To check for a Seasons 52 near you, click here).

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Good luck loves!


While I did receive products free of charge for hosting this giveaway, all opinions are 100% my own. I promise I do absolutely love this wine and have bottles of it on my wine rack! Feel free to ask me to snapchat you a photo for evidence.


Happy Friday everyone!

So anyone that knows me, knows that I struggle with my weight. I'll be honest and say I don't typically post full body photos on the blog because there aren't a ton of them I like. My weight has been a work in progress all my life but especially so since my junior year of college (corresponding with the year I turned 21...coincidence? Lol). But I don't beat myself up about it too often, I am blessed with curves for days, a clear complexion and well behaved hair so I have plenty to be thankful for. And the fact is that I love GOOD food and I'm not inclined to play any sports so it's not a huge surprise to me that fitness is a struggle.

So when I noticed other bloggers struggling with their health and found myself inspired by ones who found success, I knew I wanted to create a link up from that. I didn't want a link up about gaining followers, and for that reason alone I don't even require you to follow me (or future co-hosts) to link up. It's not about that. At the end of the day, I just wanted a place for bloggers to vent, share and encourage each other to set fitness goals and follow them. And Let's Get Physical was born!

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Since I've started Let's Get Physical, I can't say I've dropped 50 lbs. Or even 15 frankly. But I know that just by participating, I hold myself somewhat accountable. For the first time (probably in my life), I went a month without french fries (No-fry November!). I also drastically cut down at eating/snacking at night. At the beginning of this year, I made the life-altering decision to give up McDonalds french fries (for all you non-fast food eaters, you're like robots or something. Lol jk). I swear those things are dusted with cocaine because my body longs for them. But knowing I made a promise to the ladies who link up, I find strength in that. And I now understand that my journey in fitness might take days, months or years to achieve because it's about changing your lifestyle, not just your diet. So it's okay with me that I shed a tear when I get a whiff of the golden arches' fries (McDonalds DUH). It might take me a lifetime to stop wanting them but I know I can stick to my guns about it with the support of Let's Get Physical!

So I promise I didn't intend for this blog post to be an infomercial about LGP, it's just so deeply rooted in my own fitness journey that talking about it feels natural. I wanted to do something special for the ladies who linked up with Let's Get Physical in November so I decided it was the perfect time for a (kinda) surprise giveaway! Here are the contestants:

1. Melissa at Insert Sarcastic Remark Here
2. Brighton at Dear Brighton
3. Allie at A Day in A Joyful Life
4. Nina at Nina's Metamorphosis
5. Yen at Green House on Top of the Hill
6. Betsy at Musings of a Museum Fanatic

Congrats Brighton! 🙂 E-mail me your address so I can send it to you!

And please remember, Let's Get Physical isn't just for losing weight! It's for getting healthy, whether that's getting routine doctor's checkups or toning up for the summer, all fitness goals are welcome!

What is a fitness goal you'd like to cross off your list?

December's Let Get Physical link up will happen on Wednesday, December 5, 2012 with our very first co-host Melissa! Read up on this for how to join in the fun. We'd love to have you!

Have a great weekend everyone! Wish me luck with the party and the storm coming!

P.S. I'm opening up button swaps for the first time ever in December! Check out the Sponsor page up top for more information! 🙂 (But bear with me, it's my first time AND I will definitely be busy until Sunday morning.)


Happy Monday!

What better way to start a week than with a giveaway?! 🙂 As I've mentioned before, I LOVE using Essie's Set In Stones in many ways but especially as an accent nail because it's the perfect mix of small and big chunks of silver glitter. Here it is on top of one of my favorite peach OPIs!

OPI My Address is Hollywood & Essie Set In Stones

Link up today!

Anddddd because I spend ultimately way too much time and money at Ulta, I picked up an Essie Set in Stones just for you! That's right friends, Giveaway time!

To enter the giveaway

Mandatory to enter: Follow Simply Evani with 1 of the following: Bloglovin, WordPress or E-mail Subscription.

2 entries possible:

1. Leave a comment letting me know how you follow (Bloglovin, WordPress or E-mail) and tell me your favorite nail polish color!

2. Follow via Twitter and tweet the following for an additional entry: "I want to win Essie's Set In Stones via @SimplyEvani's blog! Check it out at: http://www.simplyevani.com!" Leave a comment on this entry saying you've completed this! 

This giveaway is open until Wednesday at 5:00 PST. Enter today!!

How was your weekend? Mine was a little uneventful, which at the time was what I wanted but I kinda wish I had done a little more with my weekend. I think that's how I always feel when it's my time of the month. Generally unfulfilled. Haha...

Did you get a chance to read the fabulous guest post from my friend Maša yesterday?

Hope you have a great start to your week!


Happy Friday everyone!

I truly love sharing my blog with all of you and I can't thank you enough for all the sweet comments and views! Also a big Gracias to two lovely ladies who featured me on their blogs this week, Emily over at Anna Delores Photography and Jess at Livin On Sweet Tea. You ladies rock!

So I'm going to be honest, I don't have to travel far for this deliciousness (get real, it's literally a 5 minute drive). But for any of you out-of-towners traveling through or to Northern California, I've got a spot right off the freeway to recommend. Sweet tooths of the blog world, meet Leatherbys Family Creamery!

So Leatherbys is a family owned creamery/diner where they make their own ice cream and toppings! I have a soft spot for Leatherbys because my parents used to go on dates to Leatherbys when they were younger and it's been a part of our family ever since. Plus I love to support local businesses!

They have outrageous servings of ice cream like the Daddy Dave's Sundae (the mound of ice cream pictured above) but my personal fav is a traditional vanilla and caramel sundae because their caramel is to DIE for. Just trust me on it. And the messy pour of toppings will work to your benefit, don't hesitate to scoop it up! Also if you don't like ice cream/sweets (like Rob) try one of their shakes, he raves about it.

So if you're driving on the 99 through Elk Grove (just south of Sacramento), get off on Laguna Blvd and stop by Leatherbys! 🙂 Try the caramel, you won't be disappointed. Better yet, call me and I'll meet you there!

Winna Winna

I am so excited because I received the Swarovski Magazine that I won in a giveaway on Make it & Fake it! Its full of amazing jewelry and craft ideas and even came with a bag of Swarovski beads. So a big THANK YOU to Swarovski and Katrine for gifting me this wonderful package! I love it!

Beautiful right?!?

Friday Links to Love

I'm buying more "see-through" washi tape ASAP!

This is how you get custom color baskets! Brilliant.

I've been working on revamping my bathroom, these are happening!

Get in my mouth.

As soon as I have any free time (yea right!), get to planning these out.

Happy Friday loves!

P.S.  For a Simply Evani first, I'm hoping to get a post up this weekend too! Come check it out while you're relaxing and enjoying the 2 glorious days off.