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some of my favorite things

When I was just about to hit my “blog-a-versary” date I sent out a tweet asking friends what they think a fun “giveaway” would be to honor my year. And one of my bloggy buddies immediately wrote back and said “why not your favorite things?” So that was it… and just so you know 5 of my favorites…

• My favorite ice cream… not that I have eaten any since my wellness makeover began but I will again at some point and it is Cherry Garcia! Yum!

• My favorite TV channel… of course the food network lol. And I love love love Ina, but Ellie is a close second.

• My favorite season… Spring! Love the smell of fresh cut grass for the first time and the smell of jasmine, it’s intoxicating!

• My favorite color… Green

• My favorite book… The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald

• My favorite getaway… the beach, I love the sound of the waves.

And for my favorite things giveaway I have included a CD from my favorite singer: (not only is he a cutie patootie but this boy has a wonderful voice!) Michael Buble, two of my favorite movies, “the holiday” and “love actually” Ellie’s “So Easy” cookbook which you will just love! A bag of dark chocolate which is good for your blood pressure and your soul lol and since I’m the queen of organization a pad to keep up with you and your family events for the week and yes a little gift card to Starbucks…

I’d love to enter this! I think the actual value is around $75.00 it’s all ready and packed for one lucky follower.

How to enter the giveaway:

1 entry- Follow this blog, if you are already a follower leave a message and let me know one of your favorite things…

1 entry-Become a follower at my secondary blog

1 entry- Join my Wellness Makeover Fan page

1 entry- Grab I’m still standing button

1 entry- Follow me on Twitter and leave a comment that you are following on twitter.

1 entry-Tweet about this giveaway. Up to once a day! and leave a separate comment here with the twitter link.

1 entry-Subscribe to my feeds

1 entry- Favor my blog on Technorati

1 entry- Blog about this giveaway and include a link back to this contest

1 entry- Post on Facebook:, leave a separate comment here that you posted this on Facebook

Contest Rules:

• Contest ends Monday May 24, 2010 at 11pm Eastern Standard Time.

• Winner MUST either have their e-mail address on their profile, or leave their e-mail address with their comment.

• I will announce the winner of the giveaway on May 25, 2010 on this blog as well as through e-mail to the winner. If I do not receive a response within 48 hours, I will randomly choose a new winner.

* all entrants must live in the united states.

Shelley’s is Giving Away Ellie!

By now most of you know I am on a “Wellness Journey” to a healthy makeover. I started this journey a little over three weeks ago with a nutritionist who I meet once a week and a trainer who I work out with three days a week plus added cardio another 2-3 and I’m happy to report I’ve lost 10 pounds so far.

Last week my nutritionist told me that I need to “step up” my exercise a bit and take an extra walk or find something else I like to do to get my bootie moving a little more. My daughter who was home last week on spring break and I shook our booties to exercise TV which I didn’t even know we had, Disco Abs baby! Lol but I have heard some great things about Zumba so I’m on a mission to find a certified teacher to give it a try. Meh, one thing I’ve learned in my life is “what doesn’t kill you, only makes you stronger” I think this is true of exercise too! LOL

I love to cook for family and friends and entertain, so going on this healthy living jaunt I was worried about future entertaining and holidays but have since learned that there are ways to “skinny” down a recipe and make it healthy for everyone.

I’ve tried some new foods which I never had before and the recipe below for quinoa is an example of one of those. Quinoa pronounced keen-wah is a grain much like rice but can be used as a side dish or even as a breakfast in place of oatmeal. Give it a try…

photo credit: The Food Network Ask Ellie


• 1 cup quinoa, rinsed well
• 1/4 cup pine nuts
• 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
• 2 cloves garlic, thinly sliced
• 1/3 cup chopped fresh parsley
• 1/4 cup raisins
• 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
• Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper


Place the quinoa in a saucepan and cook over medium heat until toasted, about 2 minutes. Add 1 3/4 cups water (or use low-sodium chicken broth) and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat to medium-low and simmer, covered, until the liquid is absorbed, 10 to 15 minutes. Remove from the heat and let sit, covered, about 2 minutes.
Meanwhile, toast the pine nuts in a skillet over medium-high heat, stirring, until golden, about 3 minutes; transfer to a plate. Add the olive oil and garlic to the skillet and cook over medium heat, stirring, until golden, about 2 minutes. Transfer the garlic to the plate, reserving the oil.

Fluff the quinoa with a fork. Add the pine nuts, garlic, reserved oil, parsley, raisins and lemon juice. Season with salt and pepper and toss.

Per serving (3/4 cup): Calories 300; Fat 15 g (Saturated 2 g); Cholesterol 0 mg; Sodium 5 mg; Carbohydrate 37 g; Fiber 4 g; Protein 8 g

I have been using Ellie Krieger’s “So Easy” cookbook a lot and have loved pretty much everything that I have made. So I thought it would be a fun idea to have a giveaway for this cookbook.

To Enter:

Be a follower of I’m Still Standing via Google Friend Connect (2 entries)

Add my button to your blog (1 entry)

Follow me on twitter (1 entry)

You may enter as often as you like by doing any of the following (be sure to come back here and let me know)

Extra Entries:

Tweet about this giveaway, may be tweeted once a day for 1 entry each tweet. You must leave a link of your tweet in your comment and add @shelleyellen to each tweet

Get a friend to follow I’m Still Standing via Google Friend Connect, your friend must comment telling me you sent them (4 entries)

Blog about this giveaway, linking back I’m Still Standing (5 entries)

Become a fan of Shelley’s Wellness Makeover on Facebook (2 entries)

Contest open to the U.S ONLY. Ends on April 9, 2010 at midnight. You must leave your email address in your entry as I will email the winner and then the winner has 48 hours to reply. If the winner does not reply within’ 48 hours, I will award the cookbook to the “next in line”.

Good Luck!

We have ourself our first Winner! YaY!

A big thank you to everyone who entered my very first giveaway. I cannot express how grateful I am for all the wonderful comments. Also, many thanks to the new followers and please visit I’m Still Standing often…you are always welcome here! This giveaway was so much fun…there will be another one soon! Like my next post! YAY! so please come back tomorrow and see what we have instore for you!

and the winner is:

Blogger: MommaSuch

*remember you have 48 hours to get in touch with me via email and send over your full name and mailing address and phone for shipping or I will randomly pick another winner.

For All the Doggie Lovers, My first giveaway!

I am so excited to share with all of you my first giveaway contest and introduce you to this amazing group of people who will help you care for your pets! Let’s be honest for a moment… In this day and age who doesn’t like good customer service and good prices? carries more medications than any other pharmacy in the country! They only carry FDA approved medications manufactured in the USA. Center Pet Pharmacy is an “actual” bricks and mortar pharmacy with real pharmacists and not just a warehouse. Their friendly and knowledgeable staff will assist you and your veterinarian in caring for your most treasured furry family members.

A little more about Center Pet Pharmacy:

Companion animals have become important members of the family, with whom we share unspoken bonds of love, friendship, and care. Over the past 50 years Center Pet Pharmacy has adapted to the many changes and advancements in pet medications and has helped make life easier for all types of animals, as well as their owners. Center Pet Pharmacy is a place for those who want to find better, safer, and more effective ways to medicate and care for their pets.

Buy It! has offered my readers free regular shipping on your first prescription with this code ISS1992. So take advantage of this discount and give them a try.

Win It!

Center Pet Pharmacy has generously offered my readers a chance to win this preppy and adorable print collar/leash from Upcountry!!! I know…it’s soooo exciting!

Please leave a comment for each extra entry!

1 entry- Follow this blog.

1 entry-Leave a comment of why you like reading I’m Still Standing

1 entry- Grab I’m still standing button.

1 entry- Visit and follow their blog

1 entry- Follow me on Twitter ( Tweet about this giveaway. Up to once a day!

1 entry- Follow Centerpet on Twitter ( send out a tweet on this giveaway (got pups? I just entered to win a preppy collar/leash from! @shelleyellen

1 entry- Become a fan of Center Pet Pharmacy on Facebook

1 entry-Subscribe to my feeds.

1 entry- favor my blog on Technorati

1 entry- Blog about this giveaway and include a link back to this contest

Contest Rules:

• Contest ends Friday, August 7th at 11pm Eastern Standard Time.
• Winner MUST either have their e-mail address on their profile, or leave their e-mail address with their comment.
• I will announce the winner of the giveaway on August 10th on this blog as well as through e-mail to the winner. If I do not receive a response within 48 hours, I will randomly choose a new winner.