Support your favorite charity with Bialetti’s new Illuminate cookware line (giveaway ends 7/19/15)



We live in an itty bitty condo. Our kitchen is incredibly small. My work space is literally roughly the size of a placemat. I’m not kidding! We have things on our counter top (small blender, microwave, coffee brewer) but the two largest items (brewer and microwave) are on the side counter which could not be used for much anyway.

I don’t have the gourmet kitchen of my dreams. I wish I did, or even close to it.

I can’t decorate my kitchen the way I truly want to, but that doesn’t mean I need to settle either.

I have a nice assortment of pots and pans – some even handed down to me from my mother in law and grandmother. Let’s just say those are “well seasoned.”

I guess back in the day you didn’t have much choices with pots and pans. They were all metal colored (some with copper bottoms). While those are find, they are rather bland looking and don’t bring much to your kitchen’s decor. I like pots and pans with a bit of pizazz to them – something that makes them stand out.

A year or so ago I received a pasta pot from a company called Bialetti. They are Italy’s #1 cookware and stove top coffee maker.

I love my pasta pot. I use it many times throughout the week, and not just for pasta. I use it to make soup, stew, lentils, boiled potatoes and of course pasta. The strainer built right into the lid is the best part about it. I don’t need a separate colander.


Another thing that I really like about my Bialetti pasta pot is the color – it’s purple. It’s not the boring old metal color. It really stands out in my kitchen when it’s on the stove and I like that. My eye goes right to it when I walk into the kitchen.

Bialetti offers their products in a variety of colors including a really cool granite looking color. You can even find colors like orange and Robin’s Egg blue.

The brand recently launched Illuminate 10” sauté pans to bring light and funds to worthy causes and the charities that support them, with 10% of all sales going to each pan’s designated cause, including:


Illuminate Pink supports the National Breast Cancer Foundation, which provides help and inspires hope to those affected by breast cancer through early detection, education and support services.


Illuminate Blue supports Autism Speaks, the world’s leading autism science and advocacy organization.


Illuminate Yellow, supports clean water projects through charity:water, a non-profit organization bringing clean, safe drinking water to people in developing countries.

Illuminate’s coating is non-toxic by being PTFE- free and PFOA-free, and is eco-friendly as the coating is applied at a low temperature, leading to a lower emission of CO2 into the atmosphere. Each pan is sold individual for an MSRP of $29.99 at www.bialetti.com and amazon.com.

Bialetti sent me one of their new Illuminate pans to check out for myself. They asked which color I would like. To be honest all the colors are awesome so I asked that they send me any color – just surprise me!

I received to review the Illuminate Yellow pan. I LOVE IT! It’s so bright and cheery. The color really “pops” and stands out in my kitchen.

Pan 2

Our kitchen used to be painted a dull yellow. Currently it’s blue. After seeing the pan in person I’m tempted to repaint the kitchen yellow again. Yellow is such bight and cheery color.

I LOVE the white inside. Normally pans are a metal color on the inside. It’s unusual to see pure white.

I was reluctant to use the pan. I didn’t want to ruin the clean, crisp white inside. Thankfully the pan washes beautifully. I’ve used the pan several times so far from eggs to veggie patties and each time the pan cleans up nicely and the pure white color is still in tact.

Pan 1

I wouldn’t mind more of these types of pans with colorful outsides and beautiful white insides.

The pan is non-stick and as I mentioned before, cleans up perfectly. It’s a decent size too – not too big and not too small. It’s not that heavy either.

Look for Bialetti products at the links (mentioned above). You can also check out the brand on social media. The links are found on the bottom right of their website.

Bialetti LogoBialetti was kind enough to offer a lucky winner an Illuminate pan of their own (choice of color). Thank you Bialetti!

This giveaway is open to U.S. residents only and will end on July 19, 2015. The winner will be chosen at random using a random number generator from all eligible entries. The winner will be notified via email and will have three days to reply or a new winner will be chosen in their place.

To enter please comment on this post and tell me which pan charity (or color) you would like if you are the lucky winner?

For extra entries you can use the Rafflecopter widget (below) but you must complete the initial entry requirement or the additional entries won’t qualify.

a Rafflecopter giveaway


*I received a free product sample in order to do this review. There was no compensation. The opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way. 

Related Posts:

  • No Related Posts

City Harvest Skip Lunch Fight Hunger in NYC: Monday May 11th-Friday May 15th #SkipLunchFightHunger


Skip Lunch Fight Hunger

I know that many of my readers are not in the New York City area, so please excuse this post. For those of you in the New York City area, or perhaps even work in the city, I hope you will consider this special campaign to help fight hunger.

If you read my blog on a regular basis you know that programs that help fight hunger are near and dear to my heart. No one should ever have to struggle to put food on their table, or in their stomachs. There are some days I have completely famished by the time I get home for lunch. I can’t imagine having to go through a day – or days – without a bite to eat.

City Harvest is running a special campaign from May 11, 2015 through May 15, 2015. It’s called #SkipLunchFightHunger.

City Harvest Logo 2


Here is more information about the campaign and what you can do to help.

Join thousands of New Yorkers and fight childhood hunger this spring by participating in City Harvest’s annual Skip Lunch Fight Hunger campaign taking place Monday May 11th to Friday May 15th. This is NYC’s New Power Lunch #SkipLunchFightHunger.

Hunger is a major issue in the city – nearly 1 in 4 children in New York City don’t always know where their next meal will come from, and when classrooms empty for the summer, access to free school meals may become limited. This adds further strain to families who are already struggling to put food on the table. But, you can be a part of the solution: with $15 – the cost of a lunch – City Harvest can help feed 60 children.

Start a Skip Lunch Fight Hunger fundraising team and mobilize your colleagues, friends and family to help feed hungry kids in New York City all summer long. With your support we can raise $1 million and help ensure that no children go hungry this summer.

Anyone who donates $38 or more online between Monday, May 11th and Friday May 15th will receive a voucher for a complimentary sandwich at Potbelly and a voucher for a complimentary cold-pressed juice at Juice Press.

Last year, Skip Lunch Fight Hunger raised $1 million-that’s enough to help feed thousands of children and their families for an entire summer.

Skip-Lunch-Fight-Hunger-Logo2015 2

That is amazing! $1 million! Way to go New York!

When you stop and think about it, how much do you spend weekly, or even daily, on lunch? Some people take lunch to work, but it still costs money (cold cuts are super expensive). Sadly I think I spend $15 a week just on coffee, if not more. I really need to re-evaluate my coffee spending habits.

Please take a moment to view this brief video that provides you with more information about this campaign.


If you don’t live in or work in the New York City, but know someone who does (friend, relative…) please share this information with them and encourage them to participate.

Learn more about the Skip Lunch Fight Hunger campaign that takes place Monday May 11th to Friday May 15th and follow City Harvest on Twitter https://Twitter.com/CityHarvest #SkipLunchFightHunger.

Thank you for the taking the time to read this post. I hope you can find a way to help. Perhaps you can arrange a similar program in your area?

City Harvest NYC New Power Lunch


*I was not compensated for this post. I posted this for the benefit of the program. Any opinions expressed are my own unless otherwise noted and not influenced in any way. 

Related Posts:

New products from Kohl’s Cares



Are you familiar with Kohl’s Cares? Kohl’s Cares is a special charity from the retail giant that helps to support children’s health and educational programs across the country. 100% of the proceeds from the sale of Kohl’s Cares products goes towards these programs. Since the year 2000, Kohl’s Cares has raised a whopping $257 million dollars. That is amazing.

Kohl’s Cares offers wonderful products for both children and adults. Every Kohl’s Cares products sells for $5.00. And let me tell you from personal experience, the products are worth much more than that. Some people might assume the products are cheaply made for such a low selling point. That is not the case at all. Take their plush animals for example. They are just as well made as the $25+ plush you find in specialty stores. Unlike those plush 100% of the sale of the Kohl’s Cares plush goes towards children’s charities.

I personally enjoy the products offered through Kohl’s Cares. They do offer “grown up” things like cookbooks (which I love), but mostly it’s books and plush animals. Often the plush and the books match up. For example, last time around Kohl’s Cares offered a plush “Dough/Dug” (don’t remember how it’s spelled) from the film Up. In addition they also offered an Up book.


I’m a bit kid at heart so I often purchase the books and matching plush – I can’t have one without the other. LOL! Some I keep for myself. I display them on my bookcases and I rotate them a few times per year. Others I hold on to as a set to give as a gift. It’s always a great idea to have gifts on hand and I like offering the little kids in my life the plush/book combo. It makes a wonderful and appreciated gift plus it only costs you $10 ($5 each). How often can you find a quality gift at that price point?

I also donate some of the plush and books to my place of employment. The kids love them and it makes me smile when I see them enjoying them.

Kohl’s Cares offers new products for a limited time (until supply lasts) every few months. I make sure to bookmark their site and check in every few weeks to see if they have new products available. I don’t want to miss out on anything.

Kohl’s Cares is currently offering some of these delightful products. REMEMBER each product is $5 – they do not come as a set.

Bear Elephant Turtle Whale

Kohl’s Cares was kind enough to send me the Bear and book set, as well as the Turtle and book set. I love the plush and books so much that I went out and purchased the Elephant and Whale plush, as well as their matching books.

These are not mini-plush animals. They are full size (regular plush size) – ideal for hugging and snuggling up with at night.

I love the books! Not only are the stories delightful (perfect for bed time), the illustrations are beautiful too. They are quick reads with only a few words or a single sentence on most pages. These books would be great for early readers too.

If any of these interest you I would recommend you visit your local Kohl’s soon, or shop online. Once they are sold out there will be no more.

Kohls Cares Spring 2015

Make sure to check Kohl’s often, or visit their online site, to see what new Kohl’s Cares products are available. They change throughout the year.

Look for the Kohl’s Cares products near the check out lanes. They are usually on prominent display. Remember, 100% of the proceeds goes towards children’s health and educational charities.

To find a location near you (or order online) visit Kohls.com. To find the Kohl’s Cares products do a product search for Kohl’s Cares. You can also find Kohl’s on all the social media channels (links are found at the bottom of their website).

Have you ever purchased, or received, any Kohl’s Cares products? Would you consider buying them as a gift for someone special? Feel free to share your thoughts.



*I received some free product samples. I also purchased some one my own. There was no compensation. The opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way. 

Related Posts:

Help support the Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals with Rite Aid’s Annual Miracle Balloon Campaign

Rite Aid_ Supporter 1

It’s that time of year again – Rite Aid’s 21st annual paper Miracle Balloon campaign to benefit the Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals.

Rite Aid has been a proud sponsor of the Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals for 21 years. During that time they have help to raise nearly $70 MILLION to help sick and injured children served by the hospitals. That is an amazing amount of money to support the communities the hospitals is serves.

Until Saturday, April 25th (2015), every time you purchase a Miracle Balloon you’ll received $7.00 worth of coupons.

The coupons you’ll receive are for the following;

  • $1 off any Kleenex 6 pack
  • $2 off any Colgate Toothbrush 2 pack
  • $2 off any CFL GE Light Bulb
  • $2 off any Centrum Silver 200ct or higher

The next time you are shopping at your local Rite Aid I hope you will consider purchasing a balloon to support this wonderful organization and all that it is doing to help sick and injured children in your community.

Find out why children’s hospitals need community support, and learn about your member hospital, at CMNHospitals.org and Facebook.com/CMNHospitals.

For a Rite Aid location near you visit RiteAid.com.

Children Miracle Network Rite Aid


*I was not compensated for this post. I posted this for the benefit if a great charitable campaign. Any opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way. 

Related Posts:

Encourage your friends and family to join the fight the end child hunger



If you are a regular reader of She Scribes you’ll probably recall all the posts I have done over the years in regards to child hunger here in the United States.

A few years ago I flew down to Tampa, Florida and helped out at a food bank as well as had the opportunity to visit a Feeding America food warehouse. It was truly an eye opening experience.

If you are interested you can read about my experiences working with Feeding American in these posts.

The Face of Hunger Part 1

The face of hunger in your own backyard – Part II: Feeding America Tampa Bay visit

My eye opening experience at a mobile food bank

Needless to say I didn’t have to travel all the way to Tampa to understand just how serious the issue of hunger in America is. It’s happening right now – in your very own “backyard.”

Some people assume that they could tell a hungry person from one who is not. The truth is that food insecure families do come across as looking like “starving” people. You would be surprised at how many families living in nice homes, driving nice cars and working full time are struggling to put food on their table. You cannot assume you know their stories. Just because they have a roof over their heads doesn’t mean that the parents lost their job or had their hours cut and they are struggling to get by day by day. For all you know their home is at risk of foreclosure and their cars might be repossessed. Another words, food insecure families are all different. The only thing they have in common is finding a way to feed their families.


Did you know that 1 in 5 children are at risk facing hunger? Think about 5 of your children’s classmates. It’s possible one of them comes from a food insecure home.

My kids are teenagers and they know how serious this issue is. They know kids at school who participate in the free meal program at school. They know all too well that it might be the only meal their classmates have that day. I can’t imagine what these kids go through when school is not in session, like spring break. Does that mean those students are going to go to bed hungry most nights of their spring break – a time when they should be having fun and enjoying the time off from school.

Since my kids were off for spring break, and looking for something constructive to do, I thought I would take the to our local grocery store with a $50 gift card to see how much food they can get that we could donate to our local food bank. I challenged them to maximize as much food as they could get for the $50 by checking out what items were on sale. I also encouraged them to look for healthier for you options.

I must say that my kids did a really good job. They found pasta on sale for .88 each and cereal on sale for $1.99 a box, among other things. They also picked up oatmeal, soup and other great food options, including snack items like crackers and Goldfish.

I tried to get a photo of my kids, but being teenagers, they were not too keen on posing.

Shopping Cart 1

Shopping Cart 2

The loaf of bread in the photo was ours. I was craving PB&J and we ran out of soft, fluffy bread. :-)

We left the grocery store with several bags.

I think this was a great lesson for my kids. Not only did they shop for others in mind, they also looked for good food options and learned a lesson in how to get the most for your money by checking out sales and opting for store brands instead of name brands in some cases.

Bags 1

Bags 2

We took the food right over to our local food bank after we were done shopping and met one of the employees there. We also brought over some ice cream that I had received to review (long story, mix up with shipping – I was sent A LOT of ice cream) which they were happy to accept because ice cream is not something they normally get donated and the people their food bank serves would appreciate the dessert, especially for the holiday.

I didn’t take photos inside the food bank. I felt uncomfortable asking to do that. My kids did get the opportunity to see inside and see how the shelves looked.

We are planning on returning soon with clothing. The food bank we took the food to also gives those in need clothing and toys for the kids (depending on donations). My kids need to spring clean their dresser drawers so we’re hoping to go back with clothing donations as well as more food.

There are plenty of ways you and your family can get involved to make a difference in YOUR community. Please visit ChildHungerEndsHere.com for more information as well as great project ideas.

ConAgra Foods and the ConAgra Foods Foundation are doing what they can to support the 16 million children in the United States who are not getting enough to eat.

ConAgra and the ConAgra Foods Foundation has been committed to fighting hunger for over 20 years by donating food, creating valuable partnerships and working together to find solutions to this growing problem.

If you would like to learn more about ways ConAgra Foods is helping to fight child hunger please visit this website.

ConAgra Foods has partnered with Soul Pancake to hear what children thought about hunger and way in which people might be able to help. You can see what these children have to say on the Child Hunger Ends Here website.

One of the easiest ways YOU can help is simply by buying specially marked packages of ConAgra foods and entering in the special 8 digit code on the ChildHungerEndsHere.com website. From March – August 2015, ConAgra Foods will donate the monetary equivalent of one meal to Feeding America, up to 3 million meals. Look for the pushpin logo on specially marked packages (as seen below).

How do you and your family help to fight hunger in your community? Are you involved in any special projects?

In what ways can you and your family help fight hunger? What ideas do you have in mind? Feel free to share your thoughts and ideas.

You can also share your ideas on social media using the hashtag #FightHungerTogether.



*I have partnered with ConAgra Foods and The Motherhood to bring you this information. Although compensated the opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way. I also received a gift card that was used to purchase the donated food. 

Related Posts:

Please help Make-a-Wish “Give Wishes Wings”


Give Wishes Wings

Are you familiar with the Make-a-Wish Foundation? If not, the Make-a-Wish Foundation is a wonderful organization that helps to grant wishes to children with life threatening illnesses.

The Make-a-Wish Foundation recently launched a new campaign to help make even more wishes come true for sick children. The new campaign is called “Give Wishes Wings.”

Give Wishes Wings is hoping that people will donate their airline miles to help make wishes come true. Some wishes children make require air travel. As you know, air travel can be very expensive. By donating your miles it can help off set the cost for making wishes come true which means even more wishes can be fulfilled.

Last year Make-a-Wish granted 14,000 wishes. Almost 3 out of 4 wishes require airline tickets, that is why it is so important to help find ways to cover the cost of airfare for the children and their families.

I think this is a wonderful idea. My family and I don’t travel much and the last time we went on a plane was 12+ years ago. We don’t have any bonus miles or I would gladly donate them to this great campaign.

Please take a moment to view this video to learn more about Give Wishes Wings.


Many airlines offer frequent flyer bonus airline miles that can be redeamed for tickets including Delta, United, American Airlines and JetBlue.

The Make-a-Wish Foundation would love for you to not only consider donating your miles points, but also create a video and post is on social media to encourage you friends, family, coworkers and social media followers to do the same. The official hashtag is #GiveWishesWings.

If you would like to learn more about this campaign, or to learn how to donate your miles points (or even make a cash donation) please visit GiveWishesWings.org. On the site you can see videos submitted by others for inspritation.

To learn more about the Make-a-Wish Foundation or to see how you can help make wishes come true in other ways please visit MakeaWish.org.

If you don’t have bonus miles points I hope you will consider sharing this information with people you know who have them. Thank you!

Make a Wish Logo


*I was not compensated for this post. I posted this for the benefit of the campaign.

Related Posts: