Thoughtful Gifting for the Holidays with Thoughtfully!

Thoughtful Gifting with Thoughtfully!

By Erin

There’s a new gifting experience much more exciting than traditional gift baskets. Thoughtfully believes that a gift should last long after the beautiful wrappings that just get torn away. A truly thoughtful gift is a story – a curated adventure that is perfect for each special individual in your life. Gift Thoughtfully to your friends and family and let them taste, see, smell, and experience the stories of Thoughtfully.

For birthdays and Christmas, I put a lot of time and thought into each gift I lovingly give. For Christmas I make a list of everyone I need to buy gifts for and what I’d like to get them. Making people smile is one of the best parts of the holiday season and when giving someone a special gift on their special day. Finding that perfect gift to give someone though is not always easy. Some people are just harder to shop for you know?  So how can you gift thoughtfully, stay within your budget, and get it all done on time, and better yet, do this all in the comfort of your own home? Shopping at home in your pajamas while enjoying a cup of coffee or wine is the best. Well at least I think so!

This is where Thoughtfully.com comes into play. Thoughtfully is a company whose passion is to create a new gifting experience that’s much more exciting than traditional gift baskets. Thoughtfully gifted me with my own Birthday Cup Cake gift box, beautifully wrapped and presented. The colors of this drew me in at once, and I just loved the mug! But first…. take a look at the thoughtful packaging it comes in.

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You can tell that Thoughtfully put a lot of thought into all of the littlest of details with each and every box. Every tiny detail has been thought of when packing and shipping these beautiful gift boxes. Each one comes with a little pull card at the top of the box that tells you about the theme and has a story, the Pay It Forward card, and a cute flier that creatively lets you know about all of the contents inside of your box.

What’s inside the ‘Birthday Cup Cake’ box? Take a look! Isn’t is pretty?

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Such beautiful, shiny, colorful packaging and boxes! Each item was wrapped individually so nothing could break in shipment and packed in a sturdy box that lets you know it is from Thoughtfully but does not giveaway what’s inside. Everything was so bright and colorful too!

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Stacked: Seasonal Treats for the Holidays! | @Foodwellbuilt #FoodWellBuilt #Holidays

Stacked: Seasonal Treats for the Holidays!

By Erin

*I was invited as media to come check out the special bread pudding at Stacked for the holidays!*

Stacked has been serving up some special holiday treats this season! One thing in particular: Bread pudding! The classic dessert favorite that transcends generations with its richness and warmth, has made its grand debut this holiday season at STACKED: Food Well Built. With Stacked’s trademark personalized twist, guests can enjoy 22 topping options to customize their bread pudding creation for a limited time.

Stacked’s new bread pudding starts out with freshly baked Challah bread, cream, eggs, brown sugar, cinnamon, raisins, toasted walnuts and a hint of vanilla.  Guests will be able to STACK their bread pudding with sauces like caramel, chocolate, peanut butter, strawberry and hot fudge.  Other flavorful toppings include bananas, strawberries, Reese’s® peanut butter cups, chocolate chips, white chocolate chips, marshmallows, peanuts, toasted almonds, whipped cream and candied bacon. You can also add to your creation with six flavors of ice cream including vanilla, fudge swirl with peanut butter, double fudge brownie, strawberry, mint chocolate chip and coffee.

Here is the creation of bread pudding that we had. With so many toppings it was a little hard to get to the bread pudding part, but when we did, boy was it good!

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“Rich and satisfying bread pudding is one of those desserts that warms your soul, and we’ve reinvented traditional bread pudding as only Stacked can – with many, many ways to make it exactly as you’ve dreamed about,” said Paul Motenko, Co-founder, STACKED Restaurants LLC.

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The Kahlua Hot Chocolate is another holiday treat you won’t want to miss.

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Winter Cocktails. Very yummy!

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Of course we had to have a little bit of dinner before diving into all the sweet treats, so we started with some warm Spinach and Artichoke dip. The nights have been so cold, so this dip is perfect to help warm you right up! Spinach and artichokes, blended with cheese and garlic, then topped with a tangy tomato relish. Served with crispy tortilla chips.

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Sharky’s Where You Can Feel Good About Eating & Gifting! $25 Giftcard Giveaway!

Sharky’s Where You Can Feel Good About Eating & Gifting!

By Erin

In the spirit of giving, Sharky’s Woodfired Mexican Grill has graciously offered two gift cards, each valued at $25 to two Horsing Around In LA readers. Want to enter? Fill out the form below by December 22nd at 11:59pm for your chance to enjoy some delicious eats at Sharky’s on us.

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Sharky’s has some other great deals going on as well, that anyone can enjoy. At Sharky’s Woodfired Mexican Grill®, the mission is all about serving made-to-order, flavorful Mexican-inspired dishes that offer everyone the chance to “Feel Good About Eating.” Now, guests can also feel good about gifting this holiday season by sharing the experience with their family, friends, co-workers, teachers and other special people, and receive a holiday bonus for themselves. Guests can purchase $25 in gift cards through Thurs., Dec. 24,  and will receive a $5 bonus card that can be redeemed from Fri., Jan. 1, 2016 to Tues., Mar. 1, 2016.

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During this time of year, it can be a real struggle to stay on top of eating healthy & not over indulging with all of the holiday parties and get togethers.  At Sharky’s, it is completely possible to enjoy an awesome fast-casual meal, and not consume a huge amount of calories. This is why I LOVE the “Get it Naked” Menu.  Featuring items with lower calories and lower fat, the “Get it Naked” menu, has a lot of good options, with tons of flavor.

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If you are still looking for something to give for the foodie lover on your holiday list, then Sharky’s is the answer. You can feel good about gifting this holiday season and share the Sharky’s experience with your family, friends, co-workers, and other special people in your life and receive a holiday bonus for yourself. Be sure to enter the giveaway for a chance to win one of two $25 Gift Cards to enjoy the season! Ends 12/23/15 at 12AM PST. See the sweepstakes section on the blog for all rules.

Who will you give the gift of Sharky’s to this holiday season?

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HAPPY HOLIDAYS & GOOD LUCK! 🙂