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One For Me And Two For You!


Today I was surprised by this mysterious giant box on my doorstep. I was thrilled to discover that it was addressed to me from Kraft Canada and nestled inside was this beautiful gift basket filled with an assortment of Kraft goodies including my very own Real Women of Philadelphia apron!

It was been a real joy to contribute to Real Women of Philadelphia these past few months by becoming a Philly Ambassador. Kraft wanted to thank me for all my yummy posts, photos and recipes, but really I feel like I should be the one sending them a gift basket!

As a way for me to return the favour to them and to all of you who followed the excitement over on Real Women of Philadelphia, I'm giving away TWO Kraft gift baskets just in time for the holiday season! Enter now and you might be one of the TWO lucky winners!


And Now A Word From Our Sponsors.

Please welcome to the Hot Polka Dot family two new sponsors!

The first is Ezebee, a unique international community and marketplace where people looking to buy or sell creative handmade products can meet. You can find everything from trendy chevron change purses to gold and pink leather wrap bracelets, colourblock faux leather pencil skirts to industrial steampunk lighting, origami crane mobiles to knitted infinity scarves.

What I love most about Ezebee is that, unlike other online craft showrooms, it's totally free of charge to create your own shop and sell your beautiful wares. They also don't claim a commission on any of the sales. As a former Etsy shop owner I can tell you that's a pretty big deal. They even offer a bunch of ways to customize and market your shop. The site was recently redesigned to be streamlined, efficient and super cute. Check it out!

The second is Beutiful Magazine, a forward-thinking online magazine that touches on subjects like equality, racism, self confidence, eating disorders, well-being and happiness. All powerful thought-provoking subjects that we so often ignore. It's important to note the intentional misspelling of beautiful. Beutiful Magazine is not about about mascara, skinny jeans, nail polish, weight loss or hairspray. It's about loving yourself for who you are, breaking the mold and letting go of the ridiculous expectations we place on ourselves. It's about being you.

This is a message that I think we can all agree on, but so often forget. Especially as a woman, I know that we put ourselves down, judge ourselves too harshly and hold ourselves to impossible airbrushed photoshopped standards. Our “flaws” as we call them are what make us unique, special and beautiful. As Colin Firth said so eloquently in Bridget Jones's Diary “I like you, very much. Just as you are.”


Good News And Great News.

If you've been following me on Facebook and Twitter, you might have noticed some yummy new posts that I've been sharing the last few weeks. Maybe you've caught a few exciting announcements about new friends and new partnerships.

Those of who haven't are probably very confused right now. Allow me to fill you in!

I'm happy to officially announce to you that I've become a Philly Ambassador for Real Women of Philadelphia! I've joined a great group of like-minded individuals that appreciate family, food and definitely Kraft Philadelphia Cream Cheese! Every month, along with my fellow Philly Ambassadors, I'll be contributing tasty recipes, handy tips and fun tutorials all about ways to creatively use your favourite bagel spread.

I hope that you'll visit Real Women of Philadelphia and join us in our discussions about loving life and having fun with food. You can check out the huge index of recipes created by loyal members and dedicated contributors like myself.

Blueberry Lemonade No Bake Cheesecake Hot Polka Dot

I've already posted a fun and easy tutorial on how to make chocolate curls like the pros. I've also shared a simple yet impressive picnic-friendly dessert that will make your mouth water called Blueberry Lemonade No Bake Cheesecake. You're going to love what's in store next month so make sure to check back again soon!

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To celebrate, I thought you'd all enjoy a giveaway courtesy of our friends at Kraft! Enter to win a Kraft gift basket that includes an assortment of Kraft products and a Real Women of Philadelphia apron and spatula! Everything you'd need to get creative in the kitchen!



Break Time.

I thought you all deserved an explanation for my lax blogging of late. I have decided it's time for me to take a bit of a break from the blog over the holidays. This decision is something that I've been wrestling with for a while now and it's time to come to grips with it.

I have so much passion and so many interests that it gets spread a little thin. I love baking, cooking, writing, photography, jewelry making, sewing and crafting to name a few. The problem is that I don't know how to prioritize that list. I don't know what I love most and, ultimately, what I want to spend the rest of my life doing.

I have appreciated all your comments and support thus far, but I feel as though I am maintaining this blog for others and not for myself. I am a firm believer that it's important to do what makes you happy in life. I have made too many wrong turns to give up on that now. I just need some time to decide exactly what it is that makes me happy.

I feel as though I use the blog as a shield to protect me from following my dreams and consequently failing or even succeeding. I stay distracted and busy myself with cookies and buttercream so I don't have to face the fact that I'm floundering. I am a huge procrastinator and I don't want to resent the blog for keeping me from what I really want.

Life can be scary. I am exactly where I want to be physically, emotionally and romantically, but not professionally. I need to find balance.

When I come back there will be some big changes with Hot Polka Dot. I have some avenues I need to explore and some experiments to make. I don't want you to worry. It's all very exciting! I expect some of you won't stick around to find out, but I hope that most of you will be patient and wait to see what comes next.

Thank you all for your understanding and support! I look forward to talking with you again after the break!

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Change Is Good…

...There's a lot of it going on around here.

I would like to announce that Hot Polka Dot is now accepting sponsors! I'm very excited about this new development because it means I can start giving back to you. In sponsoring Hot Polka Dot I can help bring readers, customers and, ultimately, money your way. And, of course, you get a snazzy place on my sidebar reserved just for you!

Perhaps you have a growing Etsy shop you'd like to promote. Maybe you're a web designer and you'd like to start getting your name out there. You might have a blog you'd like to brag about. You could make DIY video tutorials and you want to broaden your audience.

Hot Polka Dot readers are artsy, crafty, thrifty and, above all, creative. They have an eye for detail and impeccable taste. They appreciate good design, fashion, photography and art. They visit for the recipes and stay for the kitchen tips. Let's just say they're hungry for more than just cookies. They're my kind of people and yours too!

If you're interested, please click on that adorable pink polka dot button on my sidebar or the "Sponsor" tab under my banner and we can talk more about my advertising rates, ad sizes, custom ad prices and blog statistics.

I look forward to hearing from you!


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