December 2017 $50 Your Way (Cash, GC) Single Blog #Giveaway!

This new way of hosting this particular giveaway is still a little weird to me. I imagine the newbies are REALLY Confused!! We took a vote here on PBnWhine and decided that the gossip part of this post (aka the Whine Report should be 100% optional for readers. So, Giveaway Widget on top!! So….. don’t scroll. It’s right HERE!!!  And a friendly reminder that being the sole sponsor of this giveaway, you can expect that all of the entries are about me, me, me, me and of course ME!!


Yes, this is MY house in Idaho!! Can you imagine next year’s picture??  Once I decorate the tree with lights??  It’s going to be soooo pretty!!

This giveaway is hosted by me alone so all the entries are only about me and my social media wants and needs. You can find more information about this giveaway if you want to scroll all the way to the bottom.

 The Whine Report November 2017

This is my monthly whine report; in other words my personal gossip is under the widget.

The Husband is back from Idaho for the Holidays. He stayed up there a few weeks, painting and getting things ready for the move. He will head back up in January to get new doors and carpet installed. It’s going to be a brand new house! And since I still need to help my Mom (remember broken hip in August!) I will be staying here in California with her. See how easily I got out of having to paint?!?!

I’m still a big ‘ole sloppy mess! Crying, happy, sad, worried, giddy. It’s a horrible vicious cycle!

Then the packing thing is not going well at ALL. Yup, hoarder does not even begin to describe me. EVERY single space in this house has stuff.  I’m going to cry when I start on my craft room, it’s so overly cramped. Who knows what all I will find in there! Besides with The Husband home I can’t pack. I just can’t. It’s got to be a mental thing……  So, when he leaves I’ll resume my packing schedule. Having 6 more months to pack is just tooo much time. You guessed it, the first of June I’ll be wreck because moving day came too fast.


So, that’s it for the Whine Report this month!! Mostly a lot of whining. I DON’T WANT TO MOVE!!! How is YOUR day going!?!

The Giveaway!! 

My monthly $50 giveaway is my way of saying THANK YOU for being a follower! I really do appreciate the fact that you stop by. THANK YOU!!! (Yes, I do just copy and paste the remainder of this post. I’m lazy! AND tired!! I hang out with a SIX year old ya know!! AND NOW my Mother!!)

This months giveaway has the same exact spiel as last month and the month before and the month before that! The year before and well, you get the idea. For as long as this giveaway is popular, I’ll continue to do it. I am truly thankful and feeling blessed that you stop by. This giveaway is open worldwide for PayPal option only. (I’m not sure the other GC would work worldwide) This is a Giveaway that is hosted only by me. So, by coming back often and staying around for a while, looking at more than one page, really helps me. Of course, any extra clicks on advertisements and of course going through PBnWhine for your regular Amazon Purchases is always appreciated. Going to Amazon from my blog does not cost you any additional money!! The widget is at the top right of the blog. (subtle hint!)

Win $50 Your Way! Tons Of Ways To Enter The $50 Your Way Giveaway!! Comments get you the most entries!! I LOVE COMMENTS and SHARING!! Hint hint!! Okay, so technically, I love all the entries and I’m thrilled you do any of them!

Every once and awhile I may add a new entry so be sure to double-check occasionally.

Since I’m the sole sponsor of this giveaway, you can expect that all of the entries are about me, me, me, me and of course ME!!

I am so thankful for my wonderful followers here on Peanut Butter and Whine!! I really do feel blessed that you stop by!!

$50 PayPal or Target or Walmart or Starbucks, Amazon Gift Card, OR?? Your choice!!

Thank you all so much for your support!! GOOD LUCK!!! Don’t tell the others but I really hope you are the WINNER!!!

$150 Starbucks Gift Card Giveaway!!
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About Connie Gruning

Product review blogger. Giveaway hostess!! Always happy to work with a new company! Thrilled to bring my followers fun giveaways as often as I can!


  1. Julie Hansen says:

    Well, it is 3am. So I’m on twitter and seen your awesome giveaway! So excited because I usually miss the start of them! Lol Thank you for the chance! It is definitely needed!

  2. Julie Hansen says:

    Hi! It’s easy again! Lol I don’t if it’s because it is 3am or what but I’m issues with filling out the entries! I’m also bummed that I don’t get some points because I don’t have a blog! 😕 It’s ok!

    • Julie Hansen says:

      Ok so I meant to say it’s me again. Lol I think my iPad is messing with me!🙃😭I wasn’t able to fill out all the entries because they don’t go anywhere. I will try again later I guess. 😊

  3. There are times Connie that I can’t believe you are leaving southern California.. the new place looks wonderful, pretty and you will make great new memories there.. I left the NYC metro area for southern NJ ( lol) and thought I was in no mans land.. but the beach was right there and I adjusted.. then in 99 we made the BIG move to the caribbean and with the ups and downs and the crying relatives I made it and now as a widow when people ask me ” are you going back to the states” I say NO.. this is my home and I love it.. You will love your new home also… trust me….

  4. Tamra Phelps says:

    I think you’ll be happy in Idaho. And with modern technology, you can literally ‘see’ & talk to your grandkids EVERY DAY! And you can bring them out to ski!

  5. Tamra Phelps says:

    It’s too bad you aren’t seeking moving advice this month because I just remembered the BEST thing about moving: you can use it to explain away any household mess! Just stop cleaning house! When people come in the door just immediately say, “We’re in the middle of a move.” They will nod in sympathy & forgive any mess, lol. And you can use this for months AFTER you arrive at your new house! “We just moved in.” Magic words, I’m telling ya! Milk it for all it’s worth.

  6. Debbie Yoder says:

    Beautiful picture of the snow! Just doing laundry today and glad its Friday! Thanks for the giveaway chance!

  7. Kate Sarsfield says:

    Can anyone please tell me where this year has got to? Anyhow, back to today; just did the weekly shop & collected Mum’s meds in town and am now settling down to an hour or two on ‘net then cuddling up with a book!

  8. My day is going pretty good today for a change!

  9. Kate Sarsfield says:

    Here’s another little bit of a comment for your general perusal: my 24-hour fast raised almost $300 – enough to provide food, shelter & medicine for 3 families in N. Sudan for 3 months. It really does make you grateful for what we have in the western world. Fitting then, that the fast coincided with Thanksgiving.

  10. OK Connie, you asked for contests to enter to help me win. Today’s is an Amazon echo and ends 12/1 (today).

  11. Good swim class today then a visit to t-mobile to get my new phone set up. Hooray!
    Thanks for the contest.

  12. Deb Pelletier says:

    The family is sick, the car needs to be fixed and I have to pay the bills . It’s that crazy time of the year. Hope 2018 is better.

  13. Happy Weekend! Whew we made it! Hope you are able to enjoy it.

  14. Jennifer Boehme says:

    There is a new giveaway hop started. Here is the link to one of the bloggers, rest is at bottom of her page.

  15. Jennifer Boehme says:

    Today and this weekend is going to hopefully be a slow, easy one. Yesterday was chaos, and now a much needed break. Coffee and my giveaways to start my day, then filling out Christmas cards. I am going to try crock pot baked potatoes today to see how they turnout.

  16. Done for the day……I cannot look at anymore plants or seedlings….I need to take a garden break….read and relax for the rest of the day…

  17. Kate Sarsfield says:

    Today’s been a case of, remember the Ben E. King song from the ’60s, ‘I … I who have nothing’? Except it should be ‘I … I who’ve done nothing’!

  18. Tamra Phelps says:

    Where did this day go?? It’s dark out & I haven’t done a thing. I think it just gets dark too quick these days.

  19. My day has been productive – re-organized one room and did some cleaning.

  20. Katie Bellamy says:

    It’s Sunday morning and I’m having coffee & entering some giveaways. Its a good day so far! 🙂 Hope you have a good day!

  21. Trying to get everything done around because we are going to a wedding this afternoon.. I am so glad to see some happiness……

  22. Kim Avery says:

    I’m having a very relaxing Sunday! I may start sorting through gifts and wrapping them later!

  23. Having a quiet day so far, it is overcast and cold. It is a good day to be inside.

  24. Tamra Phelps says:

    This has been a long day for some reason. I’ve done nothing but be lazy, lol.

  25. Kate Sarsfield says:

    The cat didn’t come in till 6 in the morning & I couldn’t sleep till I got him in, the little *?$%*! I ended up sleeping well into the afternoon & with a head full of marshmallow!

  26. Another lovely day. Went to a great concert this afternoon.

  27. Win $250 Bed, Bath & Beyond GC. ends 12/4 ends 12/4

  28. Nikolina Vukelic says:


  29. Kim Avery says:

    My day is going fantastic! At 10:43 this morning my daughter in law gave birth to my SIXTH grandson!!! Baby snuggles soon to come!!!

  30. Day is going along. Got up early and got some chores done. Getting some information for a bunch of things today.

  31. Kate Sarsfield says:

    As soon as it got dark, ie 4 o’clock in the afternoon, I told Mum to ‘wrap up & get in the car’! I drove her into town to look at the Christmas lights and when we got home the dinner was ready. She hasn’t been out in ages & thoroughly enjoyed her little jaunt!

  32. Enter to win a Lindt LINDOR Milk Chocolate Truffles giveaway!

  33. Resting from a very busy weekend. Attended 2 concerts and one class.

  34. Tamra Phelps says:

    I found a great giveaway to share: is giving away a $250 gift card for fresh fish (straight from Seattle.)

  35. Tamra Phelps says:

    Well, I’m pretty sure my brother has the flu. He took to his bed Saturday & when he called today he sounded horrible. Of course, he’ll refuse to go to the doctor until it gets much worse…why do so many guys do that?? Now, I guess we all just wait to see who falls next.

  36. Tammy Woodall says:

    I took care of my Mom today. She was not feeling well at all.

  37. Nikolina Vukelic says:
  38. Kim Avery says:

    It’s cold and rainy out today so I’m spending it curled up on the couch with a fluffy blanket!

  39. My day is going OK. I talked with the asst. fire chief this morning, our condo assn was supposed to take the door holders off (code violation), they had one month to do it, and they are defying it. He is now sending a letter to the president of the board. It is amazing how brazen some people are, they are not afraid of getting our association fines ($250 per day for each of the 18 holders) or even fires due to violations.

  40. Jennifer Boehme says:

    My day is going good. Found out my neighbor can’t pay my back, yet texted to borrow money for dog potty pads….can’t pay me back, yet want more money, no.

  41. Jennifer Boehme says:

    I have a daily entry giveaway to share by Litter Genie you can use or win for a rescue,

  42. Tamra Phelps says:

    I spent the day trying to get documents together. It should have taken a few minutes, but I couldn’t find one, lol. Anyway, my brother found it. So, hopefully, that’s done.

  43. Tamra Phelps says:

    OK, I have a good giveaway to share today, Connie. It’s called the 12 Days of Spud-mas. Prizes are given away every day for 12 days, & include $50 VISA Gift Cards, Instant Pots, huge bags of potatoes, lol. Here’s the link:

  44. Kate Sarsfield says:

    Honestly, if I have to sing ‘Frosty The Snowman’ one more time, I shall explode! Yes folks, Christmas carolling season is in full swing from now until 5pm Christmas Eve.

  45. Quiet day at home. Spent time learning about how to best work my new phone.

  46. Cheryl Chervitz says:

    I spent the day doing some laundry and vacuuming the house. It was cold and windy here today, so mostly stayed indoors.

  47. Win fresh fish. ends 12/15

  48. Win a book and $100 Amazon GC. ends 12/6

  49. Took yesterday off so today it is back to work.. want to hang the lights outside but it is pouring right now…..Hope it clears up by late morning….

  50. Kim Avery says:

    I’m patiently waiting for my son to show up with my newest grandson for fresh baby snuggles!!!

  51. I’m doing good. I finished getting next year’s sign up done for health insurance on our state exchange. I was nervous about the process, so I was going to put it off, as it is a pain, but now I feel so relieved! I’ve been trying to think of a small (non-fattening) treat to reward myself for not procrastinating.

  52. Jennifer Boehme says:

    Finished laundry, and cleaning most of house, and put up some more Christmas decorations. Busy day, now I want to watch my show and elevate my feet!

  53. Jennifer Boehme says:

    I want to share a giveaway for everyone, it’s a daily entry, 5 winners every week for a Visa GC.

  54. Kate Sarsfield says:

    There’s nothing Sweet about Storm Caroline! Our power keeps flickering off & on so I’m frantically trying to type this before it goes again!

  55. Great massage this morning then a good swim class in the warm water.

  56. Tamra Phelps says:

    Wow, this has been a cold evening & the next few days are only going to get colder. we’re heading into those below freezing temperatures. Yuck.

  57. Day is going good. A little quiet, and that is fine with me! Getting ready for the holidays.

  58. Kate Sarsfield says:

    Mum & I had some ex-work colleagues down for lunch. We all taught together in a Special Ed. School in Co. Wicklow before Mum retired & we moved down to Wexford. It was really lovely reminiscing about the ‘good old days’ and the not so good ones as well!

  59. All outside lights husband would have loved the new things we did.. he always strung the outside lights in his own wonderful style.. we kept that but added lots more lights..

  60. Just a quiet day at home. No snow yet, but it’s quite cold so I’m staying inside.

  61. Tamra Phelps says:

    well, I made a few batches of fudge today. And that pretty much sums up my accomplishments for the day, ha.

  62. Jennifer Boehme says:

    Today I have had what I think is a flu bug. I have felt sick all day, and have not done anything, and I hate that. I hope tomorrow it’s gone, but right now, I would say no.

  63. Win $30 Amazon GC. Ends 12/8

  64. Nikolina Vukelic says:
  65. Francine Anchondo says:

    My day is going pretty good. I am glad it is friday.

  66. Francine Anchondo says:

    Win $5000 dollars from valpak ends 12/ 25

  67. A very down day…. we put all the outside lights on a timer and set them with the power outlet in the yard… well it appears they blew the fish pond pump and that was that!! No lights no pump and here it is 11pm and we are out in the yard with a torchlight trying to figure out what to do….we reset everything but still nothing.. Ok here comes the electrician
    bill after we give up and call him….we have not given up yet..

  68. Day is going good. Trying to think what to do for dinner, I forgot to take things out of the freezer that I was going to… woops.

  69. Jennifer Boehme says:

    Today I feel a little better. Still have a little bit of the bug, able to hold down chicken soup. I have to pick up Kmart order tomorrow, so I better get a good nights sleep.

  70. Jennifer Boehme says:

    I have a giveaway to share, daily entry game from Butterfinger.

  71. I had a long day at work but I am very glad that the week is over!

  72. Kate Sarsfield says:

    The local Musical Society held a Bazaar this afternoon & I made a ton of money with my bric-á-brac (or as I named it, the odds & sods stall). I also picked up a couple of gorgeous silk scarves (2nd hand but beautiful quality & colours) for next to nothing. Mind you, 3 hours of being on my feet & I was knackered! All funds raised are going towards next year’s musical The Wizard of Oz!

  73. Kate Sarsfield says:

    Enter to win a $25 Amazon gift card ➩

  74. Good swim class then dinner with friends.

  75. Tamra Phelps says:

    Another freezing day here in KY. But at least there are no fires like you guys are going through, Connie. I hope you guys have found a safe place to hunker down! Be safe, above all else.

  76. Day is going OK so far! First snow of the year coming down hard, I’m going to be walking home in a few hours, so a little nervous.

  77. Kim Avery says:

    My day is going great! I ran all my errands early before the crazy traffic started! Hoping today I get to see the newest grandbaby!

  78. We found the outside re-set button and voila… fish pond pump working and with a few innovative extension cord ideas from CJ we are going to have lights in the yard.. no electrician bill… ok so does this mean we are electricians, plumbers, and general jack of all trades???

  79. Kate Sarsfield says:

    Ireland has snow! WTF’s going on with the weather? We haven’t had more than a flurry since the winter of 2009/2010 and yet this year so far we’ve had a hurricane, countless major storms and now an orange alert in most counties overnight. Still, as Mum said, we’ve got toilet roll, soup, catfood, bread & wine and a roof over our heads – what more do we need?

  80. Kate Sarsfield says:
  81. Tamra Phelps says:

    It’s snowing here in KY, too. It was kind of unexpected. The weather people were saying “Oh, it might flurry a little but not much more.” well, it was sticking to the roads, there have been quite a few minor car accidents, I hear, & I just heard the ‘salt truck’ go up the street, plowing the snow & dropping salt. It’s dark so I have no idea what it looks like out there (I’m not going out there, lol!! It’s 20 degrees!) –but I think it qualifies as more than minor flurries.

    • I say what you should do since it was snowing BAKE…..then sit down and enjoy.. there will be plenty of time in 2018 to go on a diet….that is what I told my partner this morning as she brought me new orders.. tell all the party people they should enjoy then diet…..Christmas only comes once a year

  82. Quiet day at home. The sun is shining.

  83. So now I have a new project….painting old wheelbarrows 2 to be exact and making them into decorative planters….one is done all I have to do is get a stencil and spray paint a design… the 2nd one I started this morning…..glossy white with a lovely blue trim…..have to start saving eggs for the Christmas baking…..I won’t have extra garden time when I start to bake…..

    • Kate Sarsfield says:

      It’s COLD! Minus 8 degrees in our system is 17 in yours and this is temperate Ireland. Luckily we’ve avoided the worst of the snow as we’re on the east coast but I’ve to drive to Dublin at 6 in the morning and am not looking forward to it! In a job I had after College I had to take the temps. of deep-freeze warehouses and minus 30 (minus 22F) was the norm. Now that WAS cold!

  84. Day is going good. Getting ready to do a bunch of baking and some food prep for during the week.

  85. Need a new phone? ends 12/16

  86. Wildfires are scary. We have a red flag warning out for parts of Colorado but nothing like California is right now.

  87. Kate Sarsfield says:
  88. kristina daniels says:

    Its chilly here in Tennessee today, been having a lazy day. Thanks so much for the chance to win! Good luck everyone!!

  89. Tamra Phelps says:

    Thank goodness, the snow has melted, so school tomorrow, lol. YAY! (cheers from every aunt who doesn’t want to get up early & babysit!!)

  90. Tamra Phelps says:

    Here’s a nice giveaway: Staub 4 Quart Cocotte Pot (like a Dutch Oven type pot)–Staub is giving away FOUR!!

  91. Jennifer Boehme says:

    Today was good, I am ready to get some sleep now. I did get alot done today, tomorrow working on porch decorations, hope weather stays nice.

  92. Jennifer Boehme says:

    I have a daily entry giveaway to share from Fannie May,

  93. We finally got an accumulation of snow! But not enough to build a snowman.

  94. Fretting today about the state health care exchange. I thought I was signed up, I called to verify (as they’ve messed up in prior years), and lo and behold, they say my insurance sign up was cancelled. I spent an hour talking with the provider, they can’t see anything wrong, with a broker, who couldn’t get in, and then just a few minutes ago I got an email from the exchange saying I’m enrolled. I need to make sure that their system doesn’t say I’m canceled. They are a nightmare to deal with. I now remember I haven’t gotten myself a “treat” for signing up early, when this is done I need to get a good strong drink somewhere, even though I haven’t had a drink in a decade.

  95. Kate Sarsfield says:

    Starts tomorrow 12/12/17

    #YA Twelve Days of Christmas #Giveaway Hop #Win a Mystery Box of #Books!

  96. Kate Sarsfield says:

    It’s been a loooooooong day! I had to leave at the crack of dawn & drive to Dublin in the ice & snow for a CT scan. It’s a virtual colonoscopy but you still have to have air pumped up your whatsit and a contrast dye in your arm. That’s on top of the drain cleaner I had to take yesterday that had me pooping all night! Yuck! Still if they can find why I’m having this pain it’ll be worth it. The blood results aren’t showing any abnormalities which is one hell of a relief given the family history. A steaming mug of homemade soup & then bed sounds perfect right now!

    • Hope all the results are negative…..good blood results are a great start….

    • Tamra Phelps says:

      I really hope you get good results! If it makes you feel any better I know several people who have gone through this & it always turned out to be something VERY treatable. (Apparently, ‘nodes’ can cause a lot of issues in the whatsit!) Sending good vibes~~~~~~~

  97. Today zoomed by….had company in the morning and by the time they left it was time for lunch…. then I was in no mood to work… tomorrow is another day..

  98. Tamra Phelps says:

    Oh, my goodness. It is too dang cold. And do you realize it’s not even really Winter, yet?? All I want is to live somewhere where it’s always about 72 degrees with a nice light breeze! Is that too much to ask?

  99. Started the day with a swim, then my 6-week infusion and a stop at Arby’s for the Bronco deal. (can you believe they finally won a game?)

  100. Sheila Vives says:

    My day has been hectic and a bit difficult, but hey, tomorrow is coming! Just push on, push on. Looking forward to Christmas…

  101. Win a Sleep Number Mattress. Ends 12/12

  102. We got some snow overnight so I’ve spent the morning shoveling the deck and walkways. Later I will attempt to clean off the car and if I have enough energy maybe build a snowman!

  103. Jennifer Boehme says:

    Today is going well, although it is way too cold outside and bones hurt today. I am making potato soup today, and moving slow.

  104. Jennifer Boehme says:

    I have a daily instant win giveaway from Bed Bath & Beyond.

  105. Day is going OK. I’m glad it is raining instead of snowing! Cold front coming in soon!

  106. Today has been a rollercoaster.

  107. I have done some exercise need to do some more. Went to yoga.

  108. Got all kinds of outside/gardening work done today….No time tomorrow….starting to bake for the holidays…need bread and apple pie for home but have orders for chocolate babka for this week….it shall be a lovely day in the kitchen….

  109. Kate Sarsfield says:

    Enter at to win:
    – a peacock Christmas tree ornament (US Only)
    – an e-copy of Roll with the Punches by Amy Gettinger (International)
    – an e-copy of Alice in Monologue Land by Amy Gettinger (International)
    – an e-copy of Pranks and Poodles by Amy Gettinger (International)

  110. Kate Sarsfield says:

    Pretty much all I’ve done today is drive, sleep and sing! Gotta keep busy otherwise I’ll start to worry waiting for results from the hospital.

  111. Mostly a quiet day at home. Ran a few errands.

  112. Today is swim class then off to volunteer at Blossoms of Light at the gardens.

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