Giveaway: Seattle Chocolates for Valentine’s Day!

Giveaway time!

It’s no secret that Seattle Chocolates are my favorite chocolates. They are melt-in-your-mouth swoon-worthy treats with creative flavors and beautiful packaging. You can watch me rave about them during my appearance on NBC/King 5’s New Day Northwest (skip to 3:55 in the video for their mention). Brandon and I always have a few bars in the house to bring to parties, pull out for guests, or enjoy a few squares for ourselves as sweet treat. Brandon took a bunch with him back east for the holidays and they were a huge hit.

Speaking of holidays, the CHOCOLATE holiday is almost upon us. I’m a firm believer that Valentine’s Day should extend to those you love, not just your significant other. Here are some special Seattle Chocolates flavors you can pick up for your honey, close friends, family members, and favorite coworkers to help make them feel loved:



The Pink Bubbly Bar has all natural popping candy pieces (think pop-rocks for adults), so be sure to savor this one and let it melt in your mouth to experience that fun effect! This dark chocolate bar is perfect for berry lovers, with its freeze dried raspberries in white chocolate.

The Just for You bar is delightful for the caramel lovers in your life. Milk chocolate, creamy caramel, and a hint of sea salt! Might want to keep this one all to yourself! :)

For the dark chocolate lovers, meet Tall, Dark, and Delicious! Crunchy cocoa nibs and intense dark chocolate will have you saying, “Hello, Handsome!”

All these bars feature Rainforest Alliance Certified™ cocoa. You can find these Valentines bars at the Seattle Chocolates factory store (which will be open this Saturday for Valentine’s shopping) and at many area stores including QFC, Bartells, PCC, Metropolitan Market, and beyond. They also have a shop in Concourse C at SeaTac Airport.


Enter to win these three delicious Valentine’s truffle bars.

You can enter via Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, or all three:


Giveaway ends 11:59pm Pacific Time 2/9/16.




Giveaway: J’ADORE! A Burlesque Valentine at The Triple Door

My favorite burlesque troupe is back with the a sassy and sexy tribute to Valentine’s Day. Take a date or a make it a great girl’s night out. With Kitten LaRue at the helm as producer, you know you can expect the best-of-the-best burlesque performers that will bring you acts you’ll smile at the memory of for years to come.

Enter their giveaway for a pair of tickets to the show AND a swag bag of love (click here).

About the show: “Re-imagined each year, and featuring a parade of breathtaking brand new and classic acts, J’ADORE! is a burlesque, drag, and dance spectacular that celebrates romance with good humor, style, and a healthy dose of dazzle! Recently named “Seattle’s most venerable burlesque dancers” by The Stranger, The Atomic Bombshells are comprised of a cast of award-winning, title-holding, globe-trotting showgirls…catch them here in Seattle while you can!” This show tends to sell out, so get your tickets now.  I can’t wait to see what acts Kitten LaRue, Faggedy Randy, and Ruby Mimosa delight us with this time! The show runs February 11–14, 2016.



Idaho Uber Takeover + BIG Travel Giveaway!

UPDATE: Giveaway has ended and winner has been contacted. Thanks to all who entered.

Tomorrow is Idaho Uber Takeover Day with your chance to win a bunch of stellar prizes! Read on to find out how to enter the Idaho Uber Takeover giveaways PLUS enter to win my Seattle Pockets giveaway prize that includes airfare, a two-night stay, and more.
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Get a free uber ride + enter to win one of many prizes from Visit Idaho on Idaho Uber Takeover Day (January 20):
Idaho Tourism has partnered with Uber Seattle to help Seattleites discover the fun that awaits in Idaho. They are giving away airfare, hotel rooms, Idaho mountain resort lift tickets, Treefort festival passes, and more!
Here’s how you enter to win the Idaho Uber Takeover giveaways:
1) Tomorrow, Wednesday January 20th, request a COMPLIMENTARY ride with Uber between 8 am and 6 pm by selecting a “Vitamin ID” uber in the app
2) Get your complimentary Visit Idaho umbrella from your driver
3) Share a photo of your umbrella on FB, Twitter or Instagram with hashtag #VisitIdaho

Full details on the Uber blog. You’ll be entered to win great #VisitIdaho prizes. Meanwhile, Visit Idaho has sponsored a giveaway here on Seattle Pockets!

Here’s your chance to enter to win an INCREDIBLE Visit Idaho prize package via THIS blog:


Prize includes:
  • Two round trip tickets on Alaska Airlines (from Seatac to Spokane International Airport)!
  • A two-night stay at The Selkirk Lodge, compliments of Schweitzer Mountain Resort!
  • Four Schweitzer Mountain Resort lift tickets!
Schweitzer Mountain Resort is the largest ski resort in North Idaho, with 2,900 acres of skiable terrain, 92 runs, and three terrain parks.  Schweitzer’s Village gives you direct access to the mountain and is steps away from shopping and dining.
To enter to win:
1) Comment below & tell me what you’d like to experience in Idaho (check out Visit Idaho for inspiration).
That’s it! Check out the giveaway app for more ways to enter to win via Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

UPDATE: Giveaway has ended and winner has been contacted. Thanks to all who entered. // Disclosure: A BIG thank you to Visit Idaho for sponsoring this post and giveaway! I received compensation and the prize package that will be gifted to a reader from Visit Idaho in exchange for promoting this campaign. As always, I only promote experiences that I truly believe in. Entries will be received through 11:59pm Pacific Time on 1/22/16. Idaho Uber Takeover Day is 1/20/16. Visit giveaway app for full terms and conditions.

Giveaway: Olympus Spa (Rejuvenation Package)

The new year is my favorite time of year to visit the spa. The weather is right (cold), it’s a time for new beginnings—a time we let go of emotional things that are holding us back—and the perfect time to truly relax as we put the holidays behind us. Read on to learn more about the spa, then enter the giveaway below.


 The Olympus Spa in Lynnwood is one of my favorites, and the largest in the area by far. This quiet/silent space is the perfect spot to venture for a day by yourself or with a girlfriend or female relative (my mom and I make a point of visiting together at least once a year).
Enjoy their three heated tubs (temperatures at 104, 97 (my favorite) and 90). For those brave enough to take the cold plunge, 60 degrees feels a LOT colder. I myself like to dip in the 90 degree pool to cool off after I enjoy the hotter ones. You can also step inside the steam room and herbal dry sauna. No bathing suits are allowed.


Around the corner you’ll be able to experience my favorite part of this spa that sets it apart from any others, their six heated (silent!) rooms. You’ll wear your robe in this area of the spa and enjoy hot rooms ranging in temperature from 90 – 170 degrees. In the sand room (my personal favorite), you’ll lay on a canvas floor (with sand under it) and listen to ocean waves, enjoying the 150 degree heat.  Be sure to cool off between rooms in the lounge or the chill room (60 degrees).


The Sand Room (and many of the other rooms are more darkly lit than this image shows:
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I like to give myself about four hours to enjoy the spa, which will include a meal at their casual Korean cafe. My favorite item is their bibimbap served in a stone bowl. The bowl is so hot that it cooks and crisps your rice while you eat it. Brandon hears me rave about this dish a lot, I wish he could experience it!


Be sure to bring:
– a non-glass water bottle (it’s important to stay hydrated with the heat)
– hair ties for long hair
– a real book or magazine (if you want to read in the lounge, they don’t allow devices, including kindles)
– your thoughts.
Only whispering is allowed in the hot tubs, sauna, steam room and lounge, and the heated rooms are silent. The Olympus Spa isn’t the space to go to catch up with girlfriends, though you can chat freely during lunch in the cafe.


Update: This Giveaway has ended and the winner has been contacted. Thank you!
Olympus Spa has generally provided a Rejuvinate gift package, which includes a day pass, a body scrub and a body moisturizing service! Prepared to be pampered and feel amazing.
To enter:
1) Comment on this post what you most are excited to experience at the spa, then


In case you missed it: I featured Olympus Spa in my TV appearance on New Day Northwest this week! Click here to watch the full segment.


Note: Comments made on this blog may take some time to appear. You will see a confirmation note once your comment has been submitted. Olympus Spa is a women-only facility. 

Seattle Pockets on TV! Plus upcoming giveaways

Seattle’s King 5 (NBC) New Day Northwest invited me to be a guest on their show this week! Click here to watch the full segment.

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“One local blogger has made it her mission to help the rest of us discover the hidden gems of Western Washington.”  – New Day Northwest

As a recap, my five picks for this appearance included:

SANCA – The School of Acrobatics and New Circus Arts in Georgetown! Take a Flying Trapeze class or drop in on Friday’s for their Pay-Per-Flight sessions. This fantastic school also offers series and one time classes in tumbling, aerial work, gymnastics, strength training, and more for kids and adults.

The Electric Boat Company – be captain for a day! These cute duffy boats in South Lake Union fit up to 10 people. You can bring your own picnic and wine with you for a gorgeous ride on the lake with family and friends.

Olympus Spa – One of my happy places. Their Lynnwood location features different temperature hot tubs, a cold plunge, sauna, steam room, and (my favorite)  multiple silent heated rooms. Don’t forget to try the bibimbap in stone pots in their Korean restaurant.

Seattle Chocolates – these are my favorite chocolates! Their “Here’s to You” flavor is Dark Chocolate Truffle with natural Turkish popping candy. Let it melt in your mouth for a delicious experience akin to pop rocks. Available at Bartell Drugs, PCC, and other shops around town.

Big Picture Theater – perfect for a date night or a fun experience with friends. This place has a total speakeasy feel to it, with comfortable little nooks to sit and chat before the show. This is a 21+ theatre. It has a fantastic bar AND you can pre-order a drink to be delivered to you during the movie. Be sure to order popcorn with white cheddar or truffle butter, served in swanky champagne buckets.

These fabulous businesses have provided gifts for me to giveaway to my readers in the coming days and weeks:

  • A Gift Card to SANCA good for tuition or merchandise.
  • A certificate to Olympus Spa in Lynnwood that includes a day pass, a body scrub, and a body moisturizing service. (Giveaway is now live on my blog!)
  • Treats from Seattle Chocolates – perfect gifts for Valentine’s Day.
  • A Movies & Martinis gift certificate from The Big Picture – includes movie passes and cocktails for two and a bucket of popcorn.

If you’re viewing this on a computer or tablet, sign up to “Follow this blog” on the right side to get notified when these giveaways go live!

Thanks again for checking out my segment. If there’s a business, restaurant, or experience that YOU love that you think I should feature on my blog, tell me in the comments below.

Special thanks to New Day Northwest’s host Margaret Larson, who is a true delight, great at her job, and puts her guests totally at ease. Many thanks as well to the show’s producer Joseph who was wonderful to work with.

January Giveaways: Seattle fun + round trip tickets on Alaska Airlines!

Tomorrow, I’m appearing on New Day Northwest (King 5/NBC) to chat with Margaret Larson about five great Seattle businesses you should visit this year. In the coming weeks, I’ll be hosting some great giveaways from some of the businesses I talk about on the show. Stay tuned! You won’t want to miss these giveaways.

PLUS: I can’t reveal all the fun details yet, but later this month, I’ll be hosting a giveaway that includes two round-trip tickets on Alaska Airlines! I’m so excited to gift one of my readers with this fabulous prize.


Be one of the first to hear about these giveaways when they go live: if you’re reading this on your computer or tablet, you can sign up on the right side under “Follow This Blog” to receive emails when new blog posts are posted.

Current giveaway on now: Enter to win tickets to see “Foreverland” at Showbox in the Market.

Question: If YOU were appearing on TV this week, what Seattle businesses would you talk about? Post in the comments below or tell me on Facebook.


Images via Alaska Airlines and New Day Northwest

Free Opening Reception for “Reverb: Katie Kurkjy”

The work of one of my favorite Seattle visual artists will be on view at Urban Light Studios starting this Friday.

Katie Kurkjy’s show “Reverb” will be on display at Urban Light Studios. The opening reception is Friday, January 8 from 6–10 pm (with live music from 7–9 pm). RSVP for the free Opening Reception for this show, here.

Combining her interest in design and love of music, Katie Kurkjy creates one-of-a-kind sculptural assemblages using discarded instruments. Some of my favorite are her works with cymbals, where the golden instruments look like they’ve been thrown into the wall.

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“Taking an instrument that has been broken, discarded,
or smashed, and transforming it is the driving force behind
what I do. This challenges the brain’s perception of the object while at the same time breathing new life into something that has been cast aside.”

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View more works on the artist’s website.

The opening reception will feature live music by Wonder and Kelsey Sprague. The January 8th event will also be the closing reception for prolific Seattle artist Ryan Henry Ward. I love this anecdote Katie wrote about a recent interaction between Henry and a fan.

Artwork: “The Crash” “Dangerous Attraction” and “Double Vision” by Katie Kurkjy. Photos via