Smooth Operator (Giveaway!)

Ho, ho, ho! There’s a reason my middle name really is “Ho”, y’know.

4 Days!

In honor of the fourth day ’til (of?) Christmas, I have a fun giveaway for you! A couple of weeks ago, I was contacted and asked if I would be willing to review V8’s newest products: V8 V-Fusion Smoothies. I really like regular V8 (despite having a less-than-stellar experience with the low-sodium kind — blech), so I was totally up for it.


They sent me a bottle of each of the three flavors: mango, strawberry banana, and wild berry. They tasted pretty good! You can’t taste the veggies and the smoothies were very fruity and sweet. Well, okay, I should elaborate: two of the three of them tasted good. I really liked the strawberry nanner, and the mango flavor was my favorite (Ben and Taylor both liked it as well), but I was NOT a fan of the wild berry. Then again, I’m not too into berry-flavored beverages in general. Ick.


While I do like the fact that these smoothies provide the whole “one full serving of vegetables and one full serving of fruit” thing that V8 offers, the nutritional stats aren’t perfect. There’s no fat, but each 8 oz. serving has 130 calories (Wild Berry has 120), with 21 grams of sugar. So this definitely isn’t the kind of thing that should be consumed with wild abandon. That said, the flavor of two of them was very nice, and the drink itself was substantial enough to take the place of breakfast one day last week when I was running late for work, hahaha.


Along with the three full-sized (!) containers of the V8 V-Fusion Smoothies, I was also sent a nice “smoothie bottle”, which is a glass bottle with a cute impact cover over it. I really like that it has measurement amounts listed on the side, so you know exactly how many ounces you’ll be drinking — especially since, as I mentioned, one serving is 8 ounces (which is standard), but the bottle holds 16 ounces. In addition to that, I also received…


A Vera Bradley tote! I was floored when I saw that this was part of the package. Back in college, every girl on campus carried one of these (VB tote + Northface jacket + Uggs = JMU girl uniform) and I swore never to own one… and then promptly bought one within a year of graduating. What can I say? I just couldn’t resist the pull of the paisley.


The pattern on the bag I was sent is admittedly a little bit flowery (literally, ha!) for my usual tastes, but I’ve been using it for the past week or so, and I love how BIG it is. So now it’s your turn to win one of your very own!


One reader will win the exact same package from V8: three full bottles of the smoothies (one of each flavor!), a smoothie bottle, and a Vera Bradley tote bag!

How to Enter:

1. Like Honey, I Shrunk the Gretchen! on Facebook.
2. Follow @shrinkinggretch on Twitter.
3. Blog, tweet or post on Facebook about this giveaway, mentioning my blog, Twitter handle, or Facebook page depending on the medium. Here’s some sample text for you to play with:

Win a Vera Bradley tote bag + 3 bottles of V8’s new smoothies via @shrinkinggretch/Honey, I Shrunk the Gretchen!‘s sweet #giveaway!

That’s up to 5 different ways to enter and win! As always, multiple entries are definitely allowed, just don’t forget to come back here and leave separate comments for each one. A winner will be randomly selected on Monday, December 26th — a belated Christmas present for one of you! 🙂


  1. Holy give away!! I follow up on Twitter and like you on FB 🙂

  2. what a great giveaway! I follow you on twitter (how i found out about it) and just ‘liked’ you on facebook

  3. I would love to win this! I follow you on Twitter!

  4. I like you on Facebook and I tweeted about this awesome giveaway!

  5. I follow you on facebook and twitter and i tweeted about this fantastic giveaway! merry christmas gretchen!

  6. I like you on FB!

  7. I just started following you on twitter (I only just got twitter a few weeks ago, whoops!).

  8. I just put a tweet out about your giveaway!

  9. Ambersays:

    Nice giveaway!! I follow you on twitter and just liked you on FB!

  10. Anniesays:

    I like you on facebook!

  11. Anniesays:

    I follow you on twitter!

  12. Anniesays:

    AND, AND, AND, I tweeted about YOU! and vera! and your giveaway! (all in ONE tweet!)

  13. I kind of feel awesome since I already follow you on twitter. 🙂

  14. And what do you know, I like you on facebook, too!

  15. And, last, but certainly not least, I posted the link to this blog post on my facebook page. 🙂

  16. Kristensays:

    Awesome giveaway!

  17. Kristensays:

    I followed you on Twitter (@whitelambie)

  18. Kristensays:

    And tweeted about it!

  19. Kristensays:

    And “liked” your page on the book of Face

  20. I also just wrote about your giveaway on my blog: Wooo hooooo!

  21. Amy G.says:

    Awesome giveaway!

    I follow you on twitter – just “liked” you on facebook (can’t believe I hadn’t done that before!) and tweeted about the giveaway.

    Yay for almost Christmas!!

  22. Athenasays:

    I like you on FB.

  23. Athenasays:

    I follow you on Twitter.

  24. Connie Coreysays:

    Liked you on FB!

  25. I liked you on Facebook!

  26. Following you on Twitter! (DisneySarah23)

  27. I already like you on Facebook!

  28. I follow you on Twitter, too!

  29. And, I tweeted about this contest!

  30. I re-tweeted you!

  31. I like you on fb!

  32. And follow you on twitter!

  33. I follow you on Twitter

  34. The JMU girl uniform…one we know so well. Too bad I could never afford a Vera that big, real uggs (mine were 5 dollars from walmart) or a Northface (I just bought a look-a-like Northface from Aeropostale for 20 dollars and I’m happy).

    I like you on facebook!

  35. Aaaaaaand I follow your every waking thought on Twitter!

  36. Tarasays:

    I followed you on Twitter! @laughsweatagain

    I LOVE vera bradley!!!

  37. Elena Testasays:

    you’re never gonna believe this, but i’ve been lusting over that bag AND water bottle for the past few months! it’s like fate!

  38. Tarasays:

    I tweeted as well @laughsweatagain

  39. Elena Testasays:

    and i follow you on facebook 🙂

  40. Elena Testasays:

    AND i follow you on twitter! 🙂

  41. Elena Testasays:

    and i tweeted the giveaway! i’m so psyched!

  42. I definitely follow on twitter!

  43. Jenny Weinersays:

    This is a great giveaway! I follow you on twitter and I just tweeted about the contest! Good luck to all!

  44. Kate Zsays:

    I follow you on Facebook. 🙂

  45. Kate Zsays:

    I follow you on Twitter, as Embrace of course 🙂

  46. I’m obsessed with Vera Bradley bags! And that bottle/cover – adorable! I will literally jump up & down and squeal like a little girl at a Justin Bieber concert if I’m the lucky winner!

  47. I just “liked” you on Facebook – how did I not know you had a FB page until now?

  48. I like you on Facebook, of course!!!! I love this giveaway. Win win win win win!

  49. …and I just Tweeted about the giveaway

  50. I also follow you on Twitter already. 🙂

  51. …AND I posted about the giveaway on Facebook!

  52. Shared on Facebook

  53. Ashleesays:

    I liked your facebook page.

  54. I tweeted!@

  55. Ashleesays:

    I follow you on twitter. @amiller534

  56. I like you on Facebook 🙂

  57. I already follow you on Twitter. 🙂

  58. nikkisays:

    I like you on facebook and shared your post.. super EXCITED ABOUT THIS GIVEAWAY! <3 the bag!

  59. I follow you on Facebook.

  60. I also follow you on Twitter.

  61. I tweeted about this giveaway!

  62. I like you on facebook!

  63. I follow you on twitter!

  64. I tweeted the link!

  65. Finally, I posted about it on facebook….pant pant. Ok done. Your comment police didn’t like my speedy gonzales fashion.

  66. I liked the blog on fb.

  67. I totally follow you on twitter.

  68. I facebooked @ Cortney Hoch.

  69. Katrinasays:

    I follow you on fb & I love Vera Bradley!!

  70. Katrinasays:

    I posted about your giveaway on Facebook!

  71. And I follow you on Twitter

  72. Elizabethsays:

    This is a great giveaway! I just “liked” you on Facebook.

  73. I Liked you on Facebook

  74. I am now following you on Twitter

  75. I tweeted your giveaway as well 🙂

    Thanks for doing the giveaway!!!

  76. I posted on Facebook as well about your giveawy.

    Pick me, Pick me, Pick me!

  77. Way cute bag! And I just love the smoothie bottle!

  78. I “like” your page on Facebook 🙂

  79. Cindy D.says:

    Currently following you on Twitter!

  80. Cindy D.says:

    Liked your Facebook page – as a verb 🙂

  81. liked, followed, twitted. 🙂

  82. Ashley Hattensays:

    Thanks for the chance to win this!! I Like Honey, I Shrunk the Gretchen! on Facebook my username is AshleyGHatten

  83. Ashley Hattensays:

    following @shrinkinggretch on Twitter my username is @shuggysmommy

  84. Ashley Hattensays:

    I shared on fb

  85. Ashley Hattensays:!/shuggysmommy/status/149570199358681088
    shared on twitter!
    thank u!

  86. jeaninne msays:

    I Like Honey, I Shrunk the Gretchen! on Facebook. (jeannine drenchek-scavo)

  87. jeaninne msays:

    follow you on twitter @mellanhead

  88. jeaninne msays:

    shared on facebook (jeannine drenchek-scavo)

  89. I follow you on Twitter, and would recognize that JMU “Uniform” as the UNC female student “uniform” when I was a student, as well!!

  90. I <3 the VB!!!! That's the new breast cancer pattern – double love!

  91. Liking you on faceboookkkk!

  92. I tweeted!

  93. Donna Fsays:

    I liked you on facebook!

  94. I follow you on FB!

  95. And Twitter!

  96. AND I Tweeted! Woo hoo!

  97. Kate McHughsays:

    Wow this is a pretty awesome giveaway! That tote bag is adorable…i can’t resist the pull of paisleys either lol! I like you on facebook 🙂

  98. I LOOOOVE V8 Fusion – wildberry flavor included! – and am swooning for that Vera Bradley bag. Fingers crossed! I like your blog on Facebook.

  99. And I also follow you on Twitter. I’m @heysuburban.

  100. What a great giveaway! I already follow you on fb. :-)I love those glass bottles and the bag is cute too.

    Happy Holidays!

  101. And follow you on Twitter @rrrrreba

  102. I liked your FB page

  103. I reposted the giveaway on FB

  104. Elainesays:

    Tweeted and shared on Facebook!

  105. I like you on Facebook!

  106. I follow you on Twitter!

  107. Dorresays:

    like you on fb and follow on twitter 🙂

  108. Kellysays:

    Vera Bradley and smoothies?! I tweeted!

  109. Anna Clairesays:

    liked on the book! love this!

  110. I LIKE you on facebook!!

  111. I follow you on twitter!

  112. I tweeted

  113. I blogged!

  114. I tweeted! (@livingalicia)

  115. I like you on facebook 🙂

  116. and follow you on twitter

  117. And, I like you on facebook!

  118. Chrissy Brucknersays:

    Liked you on FB. Happy Holidays!!!!!!!

  119. Molliesays:

    I like you on Facebook! And I the the “uniform” comment, haha! I think that is standard attire for many places!

  120. Molliesays:


  121. Molliesays:

    and I follow you on Twitter too 🙂

  122. Iris Leesays:

    Oh my goodness! This giveaway is amazing. 🙂 I followed you on Twitter!

  123. Donna Fsays:

    I followed you on Twitter!

  124. OMG I love that Vera bag, I havent seen that pattern beore—exciting!! I follow you on the twitter @tiffanynico

  125. Thanks for hosting this great giveaway. I follow you on Twitter! 🙂

  126. And tweeted about the giveaway @tiffanynico

  127. I also like your page on FB!

  128. I followed you on twitter

  129. And I’m following you on twitter! Whoop Whoop. @coffeeckecardio

  130. Jen Robinsonsays:

    I tweeted and forgot to comment saying that I did! so there.

  131. Jen Robinsonsays:

    Also- as we all know, i already follow you on twitter and like you on facebook so once again i’ll combine the two entries into one 🙂

  132. I like you on FB!

  133. I follow you on Twitter!

  134. I tweeted about the giveaway!

  135. I shared the giveaway on FB!

  136. i like you on facebook!

  137. annnddd i follow you!

  138. I’m following you on twitter. I need a new Vera tote, mine is tore up!

  139. Leahsays:

    I already liked on facebook!

  140. Leahsays:

    I am following on twitter!

  141. LeAnn Vsays:

    Like you on Facebook. (leann brandner voyer)

  142. LeAnn Vsays:

    I follow you on Twitter @dancersmom69.

  143. Kristen @ livinlifeinlouiesays:

    LIKED your facebook page!

  144. Kristen @ livinlifeinlouiesays:

    just tweeted 🙂

  145. What an awesome giveaway. I just followed you on twitter and I’m a native of the Hampton Roads area so we are practically neighbors. 😉

  146. Maria C.says:

    I’m following on twitter. Thank you!

  147. I follow you on Twitter (CeeVegNashville).

  148. Belindasays:

    I follow Gretchen on Twitter!

  149. Belindasays:

    I tweeted the giveaway!

  150. Belindasays:

    I shared your giveaway on Facebook!

  151. Belindasays:

    aaaaand I liked you on Facebook!

  152. Kathryn C.says:

    Like Honey, I Shrunk the Gretchen! on Facebook (Kathryn Gatewood Costa) katbirdfl (at) gmail (dot) com

  153. Kathryn C.says:

    Following @shrinkinggretch on Twitter (@katbirdfl) katbirdfl (at) gmail (dot) com

  154. Kathryn C.says:

    Tweeted about this giveaway:!/katbirdfl/status/151049976275935234
    katbirdfl (at) gmail (dot) com

  155. Jennifer Lsays:

    I’ve like you on FB since the beginning!
    Merry Christmas Gretchen! 🙂

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