My Favorite Things. . . Giveaway!

♪♫ Brown paper packages tied up with string… These are a few of my favorite things! ♫♪

It’s that time of year, and I’m feeling SO very festive! I’m so excited to announce this giveaway, as I’ve been dreaming about some of these gifts since LAST YEAR! I want to share my joy & blessings with you, my readers, and I hope that you will enjoy hearing about some of my favorite things! ♥

Partylite! One of my obsessions is Partylite Candles, and during the holidays, I light candles each & every single night. The top of my entertainment center is covered in candle holders, from pillar stands to votive cups, to tealight houses and aroma melts in warmers. I absolutely adore candles, and I love that Partylite has so very many choices of scents (or “flavors,” as my BFF likes to call them!). I have a closet full of Partylite’s signature pretty, pale turquoise boxes, and love to open the door just to get a whiff of the great smells! Plus, my board games smell AWESOME! (They’re located on the shelf at the top of the closet. :-) )

One of my all-time favorite scents is “Holiday Spices.” Partylite isn’t selling the scent this year, but the description calls it, “Vanilla laced with cinnamon and cloves.” It’s a creamy ivory color, and it burns almost clear. And for the first day of “My Favorite Things Giveaway,” I’m giving away ONE DOZEN TEALIGHTS in this dreamy scent!

Cookie Cutter Lights! Last year, Williams-Sonoma offered the neatest set of holiday lights – a twinkling strand of white lights inside decorative tin cookie cutter shapes!


I fell in LOVE with these lights, but they were discontinued after the season and almost impossible to find. My husband scoured eBay until he found some, and he gifted me with them. I just *knew* one of my readers would love them too, so… for the second day of “My Favorite Things Giveaway,” I’m giving away a set of WILLIAMS-SONOMA COOKIE CUTTER LIGHTS to one of you! ♥

Cake Pops! I trust that by now, you’ve all heard of cake pops and the amazing diva Bakerella who created them, right? If you haven’t, STOP what you’re doing right now, and head over to her site to check out her amazing work! I created my first cake pops way back for the premiere of Twilight: New Moon (to give credit to the first book, actually), and I used her apple design. Her blog is inspiring & funny & creative, and her book is even better! When she announced she would be doing a book tour, I fervently hoped she would come someplace close. Well, in September, “close” meant Minneapolis (which is a 9.5-hour drive!), but my friend Janelle & I made the trip anyway! Meeting Angie was worth it, though! She was so kind, and took so much time to chat with each of us, making me feel SO SPECIAL, and I loved her bubbly personality!



Her book is amazing, and has so many CUTE new cake pops! She offers beautiful step-by-step photos of the process to make each one, and I can tell you from experience that it really IS easy, and you CAN do it! And for the third day of “My Favorite Things Giveaway,” I picked up an extra copy of Cake Pops and had Bakerella sign it just for one of you! That’s right – an AUTOGRAPHED COPY OF CAKE POPS! I’m also adding a set of cute, glittery cupcake ornaments with the book, if only because they remind me of Bakerella’s signature cupcake pop. ♥

Longaberger! I first fell in love with Longaberger through the beautiful baskets that my mother-in-law had all over her house… and then she gave me my first basket the first Christmas my husband and I were married. I was hooked from that point forward, and I even sold the products for years to support my own habit. All of our dishes are in the Heritage Green pottery, and I still love using my baskets all over the house for a bit of “country chic” storage. You can see my Recipe Basket in action in this post. :-)

Each basket is signed & dated by the weaver, and is a true collectible. They’re just as useful as pretty, and they can work hard – trust me! The optional fabric liners & plastic protectors increase the functionality, too. For the fourth day of “My Favorite Things Giveaway,” I’m giving away a LONGABERGER HOLIDAY HELPER BASKET with Paprika Liner & Protector, and I’m adding a set of 3×5 Longaberger Recipe Cards. Together, this would make a great spot for storing those favorite holiday recipes you want to remember each year! :-)

Pampered Chef! I tell folks all the time that I’m a “Pampered Chef Junkie,” but I swear it’s true! In the early years of our marriage, I hosted a big party every six months, slowly earning practically the entire catalog of amazing kitchen tools, and I STILL love them! I’ve had their Professional Cookware for over ten years, and I just can’t speak highly enough about it. Now, though, Pampered Chef has a newer line of nonstick cookware – the Executive Collection – and it is even more amazing! I have some upgraded pieces of this myself, and I use them each day. I love how everything I cook slides out simply & easily for washing, too. It makes clean-up a breeze! The handles are soft & stay cool, and the hard-anodized aluminum outside is fused with titanium, and the look is purely GORGEOUS. When I first pulled out my pots & pans, I couldn’t stop running my fingers over the silky-smooth surface… really! :-D


The tempered clear glass lids are another feature I love! I can check on my food without opening the lid & losing precious steam for faster cooking. The handles have a lot of clearance for your fingers (something my husband loves, too!), and the cookware is oven-safe up to 400°, too. Can you imagine the possibilities?! Start dreaming now, because for the fifth & final day of “My Favorite Things Giveaway,” I’m sending one lucky person a TPC Executive Cookware 10″ Skillet with Lid! (Brand-new, by the way, even though you can see my used one in the picture above. I can’t show you the new one well in packaging, see? ;-) )

And that’s a handful of my favorite things! I’m thankful for so much, and I’m blessed to be able to share with my readers & fans for this holiday season. I cannot wait to find my lucky winners! Here’s how things will shake down, and the official rules:

- The giveaway begins on Monday, Nov. 28th, and the five prizes will be drawn from the entries on consecutive days, with drawings starting on Friday, Dec. 2nd and ending on Tuesday, Dec. 6th.
- Winners will be drawn each night at 9:00pm CST, starting on Friday, Dec. 2nd.
- Only one prize can be won per person. For example, if you win the first day’s drawing, your subsequent entries are null & void for any other drawings.
- 1st Day (Friday, Dec. 2nd) = ONE DOZEN TEALIGHTS
- 2nd Day (Saturday, Dec. 3rd) = COOKIE CUTTER LIGHT SET
- 3rd Day (Sunday, Dec. 4th) = SIGNED COPY OF CAKE POPS & ORNAMENTS
- 4th Day (Monday, Dec. 5th) = HOLIDAY BASKET SET & 3×5 RECIPE CARDS
- 5th Day (Tuesday, Dec. 6th) = TPC EXECUTIVE COOKWARE 10″ SKILLET WITH LID

And now for the easy part – entering for your chance to win! You have LOTS of chances, so I hope you take advantage!

REQUIRED: Leave a comment on THIS POST telling me one of your favorite things this holiday season. Whether it’s a favorite household item, your favorite holiday movie, your favorite holiday cookie, a favorite family tradition, or just the first Christmas carol that pops into your head, tell me about it & make me smile! :-)

OPTIONAL: For additional chances to win, you may also do any or all of the following:

1. ‘Like’ my Facebook Page (or comment that you have previously ‘liked’ the page)
2. Follow me on Twitter (or comment that have previously done so)
3. Re-Tweet the giveaway using the following code (leave a comment with your Tweet link):

“My Favorite Things!” Giveaway @LifesABatchNic with great prizes & FIVE days to win! Join in the holiday fun here: (

Leave a new comment for each entry, up to a total of four entries. ALL entries will be verified before a winner is chosen. Be sure to leave your email address with each comment, as I need to be able to contact you if you’re the winning entry! I will use to generate winners. You will have 48 hours to respond to my email if you are a winner, or I will draw a second-chance winner & you will forfeit your prize. Thanks for reading, and HAPPY HOLIDAYS! :-D

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123 comments on “My Favorite Things. . . Giveaway!

  1. I love the lights!! It’s my favorite part of the holiday season. :)

  2. I’ve also liked you on Facebook. :)

  3. And I follow you on Twitter!

  4. And, ta-da! A re-tweet!!/adiasplat/status/141117520831721472

  5. Deanne Dwyer on said:

    The best part about the holidays is having my daughters all home from college and being surrounded by those you love the most!

  6. Francine on said:

    What wonderful prizes! I “like” you on Facebook!

  7. Francine on said:

    My favorite holiday thing is a tree topper my dad gave me years ago.

  8. mary lewis on said:

    Love A Christmas Movie with Ralphie :) . Also, this is the first year my little girl has been aware of Christmas time. I love seeing her excitement! It makes me feel like a kid again, too :)

  9. julie ricardi on said:

    I’ve been a fan on facebook forever!! :)

  10. Amy Hardesty on said:

    I collect Lenox Christmas items – the figurines and houses, and tons of ornaments. Their milky white presence in my house at Christmas is one of my favorite things! (And if I’m sucking up a bit, your cookies were one of my favorite things at my daughter’s first birthday party!)

  11. Diana Keller-Cannon on said:

    “O Come all Ye Faithful” my favorite song. What an awesome giveaway!
    Thanks so much!

  12. Tammy Carter on said:

    I too love Pampered Chef and candles and all the other cool stuff. I’ve never tried making cake pops but I’ve seen some super cute ones. I believe I’ve already liked your page but believe me, I will check again. Awesome giveaway!!

  13. Jennifer on said:

    I love everything about Christmas! Super excited about the baking and decorating!

  14. Jennifer on said:

    I like lifes a batch on fb…but i really LOVE it!

  15. One of my favorite things is the hippopotamus ornament you sent me! Oh what joy and what surprise!

  16. I re-tweeted!!/redwink/status/141159829287870464

  17. Not only have I LIKEd your Facebook page, I adore it!

  18. Wendy Stengel on said:

    My favorite thing is Pink Sunday Caroling.

  19. I love all the traditions we are passing down to our children. Making latkes, playing driedel, lighting the menorah and singing the blessings.

  20. Jennifer on said:

    I love my white Christmas tree. Its loaded with white lights and colorful ornaments. A tradition we started years ago was letting the kids put candy canes on the tree by themselves. Now that they are older they can do the whole tree but we still have the candy canes and now they are just as colorful as the ornaments, it takes me forever to pick the “perfect” ones in the store. Its kinda like I get new ornaments every year!

  21. mostcurious on said:

    My favorite thing about this time of year is snow. Snow snow snow. Of course, I like it all winter long, but I think it makes the holidays softer and sweeter. (Uh, I just spelled that “sweater” the first time. D’oh!)

  22. My favorite holiday cookie is the snickerdoodle. I made a few hundred a few years Ago as gifts and I ate about 150 myself! Needless
    To say I had to give out another gift too ;) .

    Theredcooky @

  23. When all the hustle and bustle of Christmas gets to be more than I can handle… I grab a cup of coffee and watch National Lampoon’s Christmas vacation and realize things are not as bad as I thought.


  24. Aubreylaine on said:

    I love gingerbread cookies!
    littlegray88 at yahoo dot com

  25. Lisa Bergstad on said:

    One of my favorite things is about the holiday seasons is decorating Gingerbread houses with my kids. So much fun! Especially eating the leftovers:)

  26. I love Christmas movies. Hopefully this year I will be able to eat some amazing Life’s a Batch Christmas cookies too :)

  27. Christy L. on said:

    My favorite thing is our Christmas ornament collection! We travel all over the place, and always collect interesting Christmas ornaments wherever we go. And I love making Chex Mix… Christmas is the only time of year I make it. :)

  28. Christy L. on said:

    I like you on Facebook!

  29. Christy L. on said:

    And I follow you on Twitter!

  30. Christy L. on said:

    And I retweeted:!/cmmunchkin/status/141258784545845248

    Yay! Such a fun giveaway!

  31. Tiffany on said:

    I love getting all the blankets out and the whole family gets cozy and we watch The Polar Express and drink hot cocoa.

  32. Michelle S on said:

    Miracle on 34th Street is my favorite movie (love the remade one) and decorating sugar cookies with my closest and dearest friends each year!!

  33. Michelle S on said:

    And I already “like” you on FB! :)

  34. Vanessa on said:

    My favorite thing this holiday season is Christmas music. I love it & it reminds me of growing up in places where it snows (not this warmer Tucson climate).

  35. Vanessa on said:

    I have already “liked” your facebook page, and just wish I could jump through the screen to enjoy your treats!

  36. Vanessa on said:

    Following you on Twitter

  37. Vanessa on said:

    Twittered it @vanessakwarren

  38. Karen @ Trilogy Edibles on said:

    Love this, so cute. My fav thing at xmas is getting to use my grandmother’s fabulous red plate and filling it full of her cookie recipes!

  39. Karen @ Trilogy Edibles on said:

    and I of course like you on facebook and on twitter!

  40. Heather on said:

    Middle of the night hot cocoa and club sandwiches at IHOP with my best friend.

  41. Jordan Redwine on said:

    My favorite part of the Holiday Season is watching little kids enjoy themselves getting things that they can call their own. Every time you see it happening, you know that they have grown a bit.

  42. Jessica on said:

    My favorite thing is time off work to spend with my boys!

  43. Jessica on said:

    I like you on FB!

  44. Jessica on said:

    I follow you on Twitter!

  45. Dallas Ann on said:

    I love the candle light Christmas Eve service.

  46. Dallas Ann on said:

    FB liked, of course!

  47. Jessica on said:

    And retweeted!!/jchammonds/status/141297389100204032

  48. Melissa D on said:

    My favorite Christmas song is Elvis’s Blue Christmas.

  49. Melissa D on said:

    I’m already one of your FB fans. What an exciting giveaway!

  50. I love all of your favorite things!! I have been selling Pampered Chef off and on and using it EVERY day since 1998, and feel about all their products the same way you do! :) I would be thrilled to have the cookie-cutter light set for my kitchen tinsel tree but honestly, any of your favorite things would put a huge smile across my face. Thanks for hosting this wonderful give-away event! xxoo

  51. Dawn Bodtke on said:

    I Love being a teacher during the Holidays!!! Seeing the excitement in them makes me excited! I love when I can turn up the Christmas songs and sing along! I already like your page!

  52. I love decorating my house at Christmas and the joy it brings my kids. They are so much happier at Christmas time and not just because of Santa and presents. I wish it was Christmas all year long!!!

  53. Kim @ The Cookie Puzzle on said:

    HMMMM my favorite holiday thing….well not sure…hard to pick just one….but I will go with baking cookies and making candy! Then the best part is packaging them up and giving them away!

  54. Kim @ The Cookie Puzzle on said:

    I already “like” you on Facebook

  55. Lorraine on said:

    The one thing I love about Christmas is the atmosphere that is created through lights – I love it – I wish there could be lights every day of the year and not just Christmas. (Lorraine’s Cookies)

  56. adrianne millinder on said:

    Hello! Thank you for having this giveaway! It’s awesome! My favorite thing about the holiday is watching my children get more and more excited as we get closer to Christmas. The whole week before Christmas is craziness!

  57. adrianne millinder on said:

    I have ‘liked’ your FB page for awhile now. Unfortunately, I’m not on Twitter, so I can’t do that one for an extra chance. :(

  58. mary foster on said:

    My favorite – ginger lemon tea with ginger snaps!

  59. Sarah Nelson on said:

    My favorite is definitely all of the Christmas lights. The sparkle just puts joy right into my heart! :)

  60. I love driving around each year with my husband to look at Christmas lights. We go through all the developments, driving slow, and by now we know where most of the amazing houses are that are local. We play an all Christmas station on the radio, and have a great time!

  61. Catherine Cullerton on said:

    I love decorating the Christmas Tree with all my childhood ornaments. :)

  62. amber mendez on said:

    Ny favorite things … wow this is way more than a paragraph but i will list my super fav. thing ever… Family. I love sitting next to my kids eating sunday pancakes or decorating our christmas tree together, or watching Charlie Brown Chrismas special. I am so blessed to have the time I have and always am thankful for each memory.

  63. My favorite thing this holiday season is being able to spend it in CA with my family, and away from the snow for a bit! Even though Minot hasn’t really gotten winter yet. lol But you know what’s going on with me, and I’m so grateful to be with my family during this time. They’re my favorite. :)

  64. I’m already a liker!!

  65. Jessica C. on said:

    My favorite thing this year is our REAL Christmas tree! Finally convinced my husband it was worth the trouble! It smells SO good!

  66. Jessica C. on said:

    I like you on Facebook!

  67. Songbird Sweets (Sarah) on said:

    such a fantastic giveaway!!!! one of my favorites during the holidays is the muppet christmas carol movie…such a classic! happy holidays!

  68. Songbird Sweets (Sarah) on said:

    i also follow you on facebook:-)

  69. Michelle on said:

    What’s not to love about the holidays!?! I love all the lights and the baked goods that are so readily shared!

  70. I love the smell of Christmas Trees!

  71. I have previously liked your Facebook page

  72. I am following you on Twitter

  73. I tweeted about you giveaway!!/Jodi_Keller/status/141672643869937666

  74. Anne @ Flour Box Bakery on said:

    My favorite thing about the season is Christmas morning with my family. We enjoy cookies and coffee and celebrate! Having children makes the morning just so wonderful!

  75. Anne @ Flour Box Bakery on said:

    I’m already a fan on facebook <3

  76. Anne @ Flour Box Bakery on said:

    I am a new follower of Life’s A Batch on twitter.

  77. Anne @ Flour Box Bakery on said:

    I tweeted the link with the giveaway information!

  78. m mendez on said:

    amazing cookies!

  79. One of my favorite traditions (and there are many in my home) was & still is loading up the kids, now in their 20′s & 30′s, and driving around on Xmas Eve to look at all the holiday lights in the small town we live close to. We take along some treats (homemade English toffee, Russian Teacake cookies and some hot chocolate) and seek out the best & not-so-great decorations in no particular order. When we saw particularly adorable inflatables, which there are TONS of nowadays but not so much 10 years ago, we would stop and let one of the kids get out and hug it. One year it had rained on the afternoon of Xmas Eve and when my older daughter ran out to hug her favorite inflatable, Frostie the Snowman, the hat on his head that had filled with water from the earlier rain and dumped all over her! Shrieks and giggles were heard throughout the land as my drenched daughter jumped back into the car! Soaked daughter…priceless!

  80. I already like you on Facebook!

  81. Andie Walston on said:

    Like you on facebook and Amber Mendez is re- referring me :)

  82. Margret West on said:

    I have previously liked your facebook :)

  83. Margret West on said:

    My favorite thing about the holidays is just being with my family and watching the kids’ faces on Christmas morning. The joy in their faces is priceless to me! Also, I love watching Christmas movies, even the “cheesy” ones that come on! haha

  84. Anita T. on said:

    My favorite thing about the holidays is taking out all my decorations and putting them up and as I put them up I remember who gave it to me or what memories each decoration has

  85. Anita T. on said:

    I have previously LIKED your facebook page! :)

  86. Anita T. on said:

    I THINK I tweeted on Twitter… I’m such a tech spaz!!! :) LOL

  87. Anita T. on said:

    I have previously followed you on Twitter… too bad I can’t tweet! So SAD!

  88. Tabi Paschall on said:

    I LOVE all the “giving!” I like to give handmade treats (not beautiful cookies like you, but I’m good at chocolates and cupcakes).

  89. Tabi Paschall on said:

    and I like you on facebook!

  90. Tabi Paschall on said:

    And though I’m not on often, I follow you on Twitter.

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  92. Rhonda Harvey on said:

    I’ve”liked” you on Facebook, and I think cake pops are cool, but not as gorgeous as your cookies!

  93. Rhonda Harvey on said:

    I love that you’re giving at the holidays. Giving is so much FUN, isn’t it?

  94. Lauren on said:

    i really love the movie how the grinch stole christmas with jim carrey

  95. Kailee Adams on said:

    I love hanging out in the evening with all the xmas lights on! :)

  96. Kailee Adams on said:

    I ‘LIKE’ you on FB! :)

  97. Kailee Adams on said:

    I follow you on Twitter! @PreciousCargo15

  98. Kailee Adams on said:

    I tweeted about the giveaway! @PreciousCargo15

  99. Kristina Hamilton on said:

    I previously liked your fb page :) My face part of the season is decorating cookies with my sons :D

  100. Lisa Palladino on said:

    I LUV Ya on Facebook of course!!!

  101. K Johnson on said:

    My favorite holiday tv special is How The Grinch Stole Christmas!

  102. K Johnson on said:

    I already like you on facebook!

  103. Melissa Mueller on said:

    My favorite thing to do during the holiday season is bake Christmas cookies with my son. Also since he was born I have done a picture Christmas card and each year the whole family waits to see what theme/pictures I have come up with. It’s the 2nd already and have a few ideas but I have to play around with them to get the perfect one;)

  104. Favorite holiday movie — it’s a toss-up:
    The original “Miracle on 34th Street” with Natalie Wood and the more recent tradition of “Christmas Story.” It’s not xmas without watching these films with my family even now that they’re in their own homes. We pick a weekend night to gather and everyone brings some holiday goodies to share with the crowd!

  105. Even with the kids in their 20′s & one 30-yr-old, they still want to open ONE gift on Christmas Eve at mom’s house. It’s funny because it’s not really a surprise as to what they will get…the pre-xmas gift is always pajamas/nightgown but the one year I didn’t do it (I thought my 20+ year olds wouldn’t miss it) there was lots of grumbling! LOL!!!

  106. Susan @ The Weekly Sweet Experiment on said:

    Favorite Christmas Carol is Silent Night. Love that you got to meet Bakerella! I also like you on facebook!

  107. Shelly Carbo on said:

    My favorite part of Christams is being with family and friends!!! I also love having my real christmas tree and coming home to my house smelling like Christmas!!

  108. Dawn Heath on said:

    My favorite thing about the holidays is not the tree, not the tinsel, not the caroles, not the snow (definitely NOT the snow), not even all the presents under the tree….but my favorite thing is truly just being with family and the ones you love the most. I can leave all that other stuff out and just spend time with my family, and that would be the true meaning of Christmas to me.

  109. Lisa Bergstad on said:

    Watching my kids open presents. Their faces light up and are so happy. THAT is the best gift EVER!

  110. Jennifer on said:

    Following on twitter!!

  111. I love all the recipes and craft ideas that start flowing on my facebook feed!

  112. Sue Brand on said:

    Some of my favorite Christmas things are watching Christmas movies with the lights off and nothing but tree lights and candles lighting the room. . .spending time with my niece from California when she comes home and it snows. . .making presents for my friends and getting nervous while they open them. . .listening to my favorite Christmas song, “The Bell That Couldn’t Jingle”. . .remembering getting my dog for Christmas when I was 12. . .and anything to do with Christmas lights =)

  113. Jamie Adrian on said:

    I love the whole Christmas spirit – from the lights to the cookies to the excitement of my little kids!

  114. Christina on said:

    I love all the Christmas movies, especially Rudolph, Frosty, It’s a Wonderful Life, White Christmas (my favorite!) and Christmas Story. I really love leaving the lights off and just having the Christmas lights on at night too.

  115. Christina on said:

    Facebook Fan too :)

  116. Roberta on said:

    My favorite thing to do at Christmas is making & decorating sugar cookies with my family. I have already clicked like on your FB page.

  117. I love the movie Miracle on 34th Street! It is my favorite holiday ritual :)

  118. Visit for some awesome Christmas give a ways
    My tweet from @applesnbeads

  119. I have ‘liked’ on facebook

  120. I’m following on Twitter (@applesnbeads)

  121. I have so many Fav’s @ Christmas….
    Elf, Home Alone, The Ultimate Gift, and It’s A Wonderful Life, along with as many Christmas Cartoons at possbile are traditional here.
    Snowman, Holly, and Snowflakes are my Favorite decorations.
    Lots of Christmas songs while cleaning, chores, and baking cookies (my children and myself are new to this way If decorating cookies….we did some over this past weekend and are ‘hooked’….this Christmas will start a new tradition for us…beautiful decorated cookies. Can not wait!!

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