Life as We Know it Sweepstakes and Basket Giveaway from Oh Nuts!

Good morning from rainy Austin! Or is it sunny Austin? Or is rainy? I don’t know, but the weather can’t make up its mind. An hour ago I thought I’d be trapped inside all day, but now the sun is shining and beckoning me to head out for some fun Friday morning errands (Michaels! Wine Store!) before it rains again.

But first I have to wait for my second batch of cream cheese brownies to come out of the oven. More on that later, but while I’m waiting I will tell you about some contests from my friends at Oh Nuts!

First off, there’s the Oh Nuts! Life as We Know it sweepstakes. Oh Nuts! is partnering with Warner Brothers to promote Life as We Know it, a new movie with Katherine Heigl and Josh Duhamel. The prize is a trip for 4 to Hollywood (air and the W hotel included!) plus 4 tickets for a VIP tour at Warner Brothers. The contest takes about 2 seconds to enter and I would absolutely love it if a Cookie Madness reader won. Good luck.

And here’s the second contest.   Oh Nuts! is giving a Life as We Know it inspired Baby Girl or Baby Boy Gift Basket to one Cookie Madness reader. Wouldn’t it be funny if you won the sweepstakes and the gift basket?

For a shot at the gift basket from Oh Nuts!, please tell me

a) your favorite nut


b) something your child did as a baby that surprised you. For instance:  My favorite nut is the pecan and my child would only nap in a swing.

If you don’t have a child, state your favorite nut and tell me something about your pet.  For instance:  My favorite nut is (still) the pecan and my dog is really good at catching food in mid-air.

I will use the random number generator to pick a comment.  Deadline for this giveaway is this coming Monday at noon CST (September 27).

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  1. Pat says

    My favorite nut is the cashew and I was surprised by my 18 month old son when, (while on vacation), he heaved his bottle at my head at 3:00 AM because he wanted some apple juice. Not a fun wakeup call.

  2. Katie R says

    My favorite nut is pecans and I was surprised at my baby sister when we figured out she doesn’t call airplanes baw baw’s she is saying bye bye’s.

  3. Melissa says

    My favorite nut are pecans although cashews are a close second and my dog, Marc Anthony, loves run around in circles in the house

  4. says

    My favorite nut is the pecan and I was always so surprised that my extremely shy son (as a toddler) wouldn’t talk to people but would basically use them as a jungle gym.

  5. Karen says

    My favorite nut is almond, and my daughter surprised me as a baby by refusing to grow any hair until she was three years old.

  6. Heidi says

    My favorite nut is the pistachio and my baby (a border collie mix) ate half a loaf of banana bread yesterday while my husband and I were at work. I guess it’s a good thing I snagged a slice for breakfast!

  7. natacha says

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  8. Pamela M says

    My favorite nut is the pecan, and when I am not at home, my boyfriend will only eat stuff that takes the *least* amount of effort to consume, i.e. absolutely no cooking, heating in the microwave is still too much effort. The most I’ve realized he will do is pour milk into a bowl for cereal.

    (I have no child and no pet; so I chose to write about my boyfriend.)

  9. caroliny says

    Hello! congratulations! the site! wonderful! joy to enter this site, and I delight, a fact that the feel, the smell .. these are pleasures, Nuts Oh! ‘d like it a bit, this blog in the shape of heart, love everything, but even covered cake and cheesecake, you could do thanks to Ana, I am learning to cook … niver one of my PIMPOLHOS was this month, and I made Boston Cream, was excellent, everyone loved, thank you,

  10. Andrea Dorn says

    My favorite nut is a cashew. My favorite thing that my girls did when they were babies is the special cuddles they would give me just because.

  11. says

    My favorite nut is a peanut, and my dog is a little escape artist – we can’t figure out how he manages to get out of the places he does, but somehow he can.

  12. Katie says

    My favorite nut is a pistachio and my baby likes playing with empty water bottles more than any toy she’s ever received.

  13. says

    I love most nuts, but I eat almonds almost daily so I guess I’ll choose the almond as my favorite.
    My son went through a phase where he was pretty adamant that he consume only orange juice. I’m glad that didn’t last forever!!

  14. says

    My favorite nut is an Almond. My cat Joben(from I love you man) enjoys watching me bake. He sits on top of my refrigerator and stares aimlessly.

  15. cccobsessed says

    My favorite nut is cashew – pref. honey roasted with sesame seeds – yum. When I told my 2 year old I was making dinner tonight she said “Oh Mommy, I so proud of you!” Potty training praises can be applied to everything!

  16. Paula Diekhoff says

    I like walnuts and almonds and I once told my mother to lay off nagging me about my grades because I usually got A’s and B’s and one “C” wasn’t the end of the world.

  17. AppleTree says

    I love raw cashews and my puppy has suddenly started spinning in circles when he gets excited. It is hilarious.

  18. ladywild says

    My favorite nut is an almond and my dog just shocked me by trying to rescue me when I was swimming in the ocean. She’s terrified of water so it was a real shocker. She’s a good girl.

  19. Veronica says

    My favorite nut is a peanut. One thing my daughter did as a baby was love to reach for my hair and twist it. To this day she loves playing with hair.

  20. Nive says

  21. Chris M. says

    My favorite nut is a pistachio and my pet kitty used to stand up on her hind legs like a meer cat when she was a kitten.

  22. says

    My favorite nut is the almond and the cutest/funniest thing my 11-month old is doing at the moment is walking behind a push toy wearing pink sunglasses….ADORABLE!

  23. Melissa says

    My favorite nut is the pecan because I have a tree in the yard, and it makes me happy. I don’t have any kids, but I have a 100-pound dog who is afraid of his own shadow. The other day on a walk he sniffed a frog on the sidewalk, and when the frog jumped, all 4 of the dog’s feet came off the ground. I laughed so hard I almost couldn’t stop.

  24. Polly says

    My favorite nut is the cashew and my daughter started singing songs about the time that she could talk.

  25. says

    I love hazelnuts! Sadly I don’t have any kids or ever had a pet.. but if I could have a pet it would definitely be a pug. I love their face!

  26. caryn says

    I like walnuts but only in something–they add that extra sumthin to brownies. My son grew attached to a Little People dog when he was a baby and at 5 still sleeps with it.

  27. Meryl says

    My favorite nut is the almond. I used to have a dog when I was a child – She was my best friend, and always comforted me when I was sad.

  28. Darlene says

    I love cashews! Our cat, Mr. Kitty, surprised us the first time he went to the door and “said” Out. Honestly, it really sounds like he is saying out (although he hasn’t perfected the “t” sound) everytime he wants to go out.

  29. Jennifer says

    My favorite nut is the walnut. My beagle Buster is very good and tipping over trash cans and shredding whatever material he finds inside.

  30. cora says

    my favorite nut is hazelnut. my daughter, who’s now 17 used to dance on top of the table even with the slightest encouragement like relatives and friends clapping to a beat

  31. Juli says

    Pistachios are my favorite. I don’t have kids, but when I worked in a pre-school many years ago, I had a little girl who would stand behind me playing with my hair while we watched cartoons. When she zoned out on the cartoons she would stick my hair in her mouth. This surprised me in a “wow, that’s disgusting” way.

  32. Judy says

    My favorite nut is the cashew and my oldest son would only take a nap in the swing with the sweeper running!

  33. says

    My favorite nut is the hazelnut and my daughter thought that the curtains blowing in the wind were the funniest thing ever. No matter how often it happened, the curtains fluttering in the wind resulted in the cutest, most contagous belly laughs.

  34. Michelle says

    My favorite nut is honey roasted peanuts and my daughter has slept ten hours at night from the time she was born but to this day only naps about one hour total.

  35. Charlene says

    My favorite nut is the cashew and my dog thinks he’s a cat, he swats at you when he wants something. Not good when you have a 100 pound dog swatting at you!

  36. Patty says

    My favorite nut is my granddaughter. Oh ok I’ve never met a nut I don’t like. When my daughters were young my 3 yr old carried our 1 month old upstairs, back downstairs, and left her on the couch in the middle of the night.

  37. Karin Muserallo says

    My favorite nut is the cashew. My baby girl ate soft tacos at six months because she had a Mexican nanny who made them for her. She suddenly showed a dislike for baby food. One night we had Mexican food so I decided to give her a little bit. She picked it up and ate it happily. The next day we talked to Maria who said that she had been feeding her soft tacos since she was six months old!!!!!! True story!!!!!

  38. monica says

    Favorite nut is Macadamia! And my cat will only hop like a bunny up and down the stairs using two feet at at time!

  39. says

    Whoo hoooo! This is exciting. I’m going to enter both.

    My favorite nut is the cashew. My cat, Sage, used to climb up the ladder into my bunk bed to sleep every night when I was a kid.

  40. Laura says

    My favorite nut is the almond. I don’t have kids (too young), and my apartment buildingg doesn’t allow pets. 🙁

  41. says

    My favorite nut: Pecans… add them to cookies, pies, cakes, roast them or eat them plain! Love them!

    And my dogs are escape artists… one from the crate and the other from the yard!

  42. Laura says

    My favorite nut is a peanut and my youngest daughter jumped out of her play/tree house at 2 yrs. old-not a scratch!

  43. Cheryl says

    Brazil nuts are my favorites. One of my daughters is a very picky eater. The rest of us eat almost everything. Where did she come from? ( :

  44. Maria says

    I love almonds and my dog likes to sleep in his kennel even when we are at home. We just leave the door propped open and he lays in there all the time!

  45. says

    My favorite nut is the almond. When my granddaughter (who is now 7 and probably wouldn’t appreciate me sharing this with you…)was little she never crawled. She just sat like a princess and waited for us to bring her whatever she wanted/needed!

  46. Jane says

    Most days my favorite nut is the cashew, but sometimes it’s the hazelnut. I don’t have any children, but my darling cat watches TV and I swear sometimes when I turn on the television, it’s on a different channel than when I had last turned it off.

  47. Janetta says

    My favourite nut are pistachios and my cat, Tank has been trained to sit, stay, shake hand and high five. We’re still working on roll over 🙂

  48. says

    My favorite nut is hard to choose because there are none I don’t like, but I’ll say pecans and my youngest (3 1/2) is finally almost potty trained!!!

  49. jacqie says

    i love walnuts the most.
    my now 21 mo. old boy has surprised me by never getting a diaper rash- ever.

  50. StacyM says

    My favorite nut is a pecan and my son grabbed a small piece of cantaloupe from my husband’s plate at age 6 months and swallowed it whole! We were so freaked out, but he seemed fine – so we figured maybe it was time for some real food for the little guy 🙂

  51. KristinaYellow says

    I love pine nuts that are toasted….and my baby shocked me by loving veggies and hating sweets!

  52. Amanda Lumpkin says

    My favorite nute is Almonds, and my dog sleeps with a sliver of a sheet and a pillow every night. Its a sight to see!!! 🙂

  53. Ram says

    Pistachio is my favorite nut. My dog surprised me most when he started opening then closing the sliding screen door whenever he goes out the backyard.

  54. Laura E. says

    The only nuts I will eat out of hand are raw cashews and my Border Collie/Lab mix smiles when she is excited! Thanks Anna ~

  55. Jan says

    I love walnuts and use them in everything. My son made cookies in living room chair; eggs, etc. etc. etc.

  56. chris burd says

    My favorite nut is pecan and when my daughter was just a tiny thing she loved cucumbers, broccoli and lettuce. It really surprised me!

  57. says

    Hmmm, favorite nut…that would be a toss up between a pecan and a macadamia. My dog Lucy (boxer)loves hotels and traveling. Everything to her is a great adventure.

  58. Melissa says

    i think my favorite nut is a pistachio….more for childhood nostalgia than anything else (my grandpa and i would sit on the back porch, shelling, eating, and just enjoying being together). i don’t have kids, but i have an perfectly beautiful niece (two years old) who likes saurkraut. odd.

  59. MaryBeth says

    My favorite nut currently is the pistachio. Weird but so am I. 😉

    My youngest son was crawling at two months! EEK! No rest for me! But he’s an incredible kid and now a senior in HS. Lord help me now!

  60. says

    my fav nut is pecans. wait no, maybe almonds, or pistachios…idk they’re all just too yummy! and um, i named my mouse: mouse-mouse. weird, i no.

  61. says

    1. My fav nut is pistachio.
    2. My pet cat likes to sit in the bathroom sink, and get wet. Odd, cats shouldn’t like water.

    Also, I recently got married and used Oh nuts! to purchase a lot of the candy for a candy buffet we did as the guest favor. It was great!

  62. Claire says

    My favorite nut is the pecan and I love when my kittens try to stick their noses in my nostrils. 😀

  63. Tiffany says

    My favorite nut is the cashew, and something that surprised me (at the time) was how much my little tiny girl could spit up. Gross, but it was shocking at first. 🙂

  64. jacquie says

    my favorite nut is the walnut. one of my dogs is really good at finding stinky stuff to roll in 🙂

  65. C L says

    My favorite nut is the pecan, and my cat eavesdrops with her ear against our front door so when we open the door, she falls over! We think she is a spy for Mr. Tinkles (reference to the movies “Cats and Dogs” and “Cats and Dogs 2”). 🙂

  66. Delia says

    My favorite nut is cashew, and the closest thing I have to a pet is a houseplant. When I first got it, I would forget to water it, but putting a water bottle next to it that was specially for it kept me in line.

  67. heather says

    my favorite nut is the pecan…. or almonds… ok, BOTH! and my son had so much hair i had to cut his baby mullet at 2 weeks!

  68. says

    My Favorite Nuts are Pistachios. We named our cat Stilton because of the black spot on his nose, which we call his ‘mold’ spot. He likes to eat just about EVERYTHING we eat, he really likes rice. >^..^<

  69. Angela says

    I’m a Texan and it would be disloyal to love any other nut more than the pecan. 🙂 I have to give my dog medicine every morning and he hates meat, cheese, and other things dogs generally like – if I stuff the pills inside of those items he’ll spit it out. But if I put the pills inside of cinnamon coffee cake he’ll gobble it down and beg for more! Seriously, a dog that likes baked goods is a dog after my heart.

  70. marleen says

    My favorite nut is the pecan. When my son was 5 he would dig big holes in our yard looking for buried treasure!

  71. Sandra says

    Macadamian my favorite nut.
    Our son was about 2 yrs. old and instead of saying Daddy he started calling him Arty. (not his name)
    When our new neighbors were moving in my son ran across the lawn, excited and pointing at the moving truck, yelling…Look, look, big cuck Arty.
    Here 30 years later that neighbor still calls my husband Arty and laughs hysterically.
    Yes, in time, my son started calling his father Daddy…what a relief. :o)

  72. Megs says

    I don’t think I can choose a favorite nut because it seems to change everyday! My cat actually got the tip of her tail amputated after she crawled into the engine of our car.

  73. says

    oh, it’s hard to pick a favorite! I’ll say cashews, but that could change tomorrow! 🙂 Something surprising that my daughter did was doing sumersaults at a year and a half.

  74. says

    I love a good roasted, salted almond. My oldest child surprised me by walking at 9 months–I was not ready!

  75. Louise says

    Wow, it’s hard to choose just one nut as the favorite. I love them all. Cashews, pecans, and pistachios are probably my very favorite, but I eat walnuts frequently as they go well on salads. My Norwegian Forest Cat came from a family of tv watchers. She still loves a good documentary about wild animals. She used to absolutely love watching World News Tonight with Peter Jennings. She’d sit three feet in front of the tv for the whole show.

  76. bakingblonde says

    My favorite nut is the peanut (in the shell), OMG i could eat a barrel while enjoying a cold one.

    Mycat believes he is a little baby and cries until I pick him up sometimes. He will put his arms up to me to indicate he needs a hug and enjoys being cradled and rocked like a little baby.
    Of course, I comply. 🙂

  77. krista says

    my favourite nut is a peanut! yum!
    my 4 kids are constantly surprising me… but one of my daughters didn’t get any teeth until she was 13 months but could say 25 words at 10 months old! it was surprising to see this toothless baby talking so much!

  78. Janelle says

    Definitely cashews! And my dog dances in circles on two legs when he knows his dinner is coming…and I didn’t even teach him that!

  79. charmy says

    I love all nuts but I’d have to say the pistachio is my favorite!

    I don’t have any kids, yet, but I am pregnant! So I hope for lots of good memories and stories in the journey of raising our little one!

  80. Susan B says

    I love pistachios, also pecans!
    My first child was not a sleeper–most unusual because I am a sleeper. I was so sleep deprived her first 7 months….
    Thanks for the opportunity, I love your blog.

  81. Nancy Greenfield says

    My very favorite nut is the pecan. THe MOST surprising thing my newborn son ever did was manage to flip himself over from tummy to back when he was THREE DAYS old. Funny, too, looked sort of like a turtle upside down.

  82. Aly says

    I’m going to have to go with macadamias – especially when they’re covered in chocolate. My little one fell asleep on the toilet more than once!

  83. Kim says

    My favorite nut is the pistachio. Our son surpised us very early by pretending to read little books to our small dog.

  84. Tammy M. says

    My favorite nut is cashews. When my son was little, he was terrified to go to the barber shop with my husband for a hair cut. He would scream so loud and would get so upset that I had to learn how to cut his hair at home.

  85. Kirsti M. says

    My favorite nut is the macadamia, and my little boy surprised me by rolling — front to back and back to front — starting at 1 week old. (!)

  86. jenni says

    My favorite nut is a cashew. My daughter surprised me by learning to crawl backwards and upside down (I know!) before she crawled regularly. And by upside down, I mean like a crab, leading with her head upside down. Strange……

  87. Lori H. says

    My favorite nut for desserts would be almonds, for savoury dishes I love pine nuts! : )
    My oldest son walked 1 day before he turned 9 months.

  88. Peg C says

    I love cashews and pecans equally. My 3rd child started walking at 8.5 months. I wanted her to stay a baby longer!

  89. Barbara says

    a) I have two favorite nuts, actually! I LOVE pistachios and cashews!

    b) Every time I come home from wherever (even if it’s just a grocery trip) my dog greets me as if I’ve been gone for a month! She whimpers, rolls around, licks me all over, it’s the cutest!

  90. Gianna says

    My favorite nut is the pecan.

    While my twins nursed they sometimes held hands or rubbed each others heads while staring and smiling at each other.

  91. rhfjr says

    My favorite nut is roasted almond. My son was watching birds eating bugs out of the lawn and saw on bird get a worm and said, “look that bird is eating spaghetti.”

  92. Diane Tresco says

    My favorite nuts are pine nuts and my daughter amazed me when she could read each alphabet letter before she was 2!

  93. Nancy V. says

    My favorite nut is the pecan. My older daughter (age 30) surprised me by frequently have hiccups while still in the womb and I could feel them. She had hiccups while I was hooked up to a fetal monitor in the hospital and it made a funny sound with every hiccup. The nurses all came by to listen to her.

  94. edna murga says

    Wow my favorite nut is almond and the funniest thing i ever saw one of my five children do was sucking on his father’s big toe (while he was sleeping) My son was only 14 months old at the time…i still laugh about it and now my son is 22 years old…e*

  95. beth says

    Macadamia nuts are my favorite. Santa leaves them in my stocking every year. My son didn’t sleep through the night until he was a year old!

  96. Kim says

    My favorite nut is walnut, I guess, for its versatility. Good for baking, cooking and snacking 🙂
    And my dog used to scratch her back by use of the bottom of a cupboard. It was just slightly higher than her back so she would step back and forth on her tippy-toes to reach and scratch. She would get totally lost in that activity and go back and forth for minutes 🙂

  97. Jessica says

    My favorite nuts are cashews! My first child is due in February so I’ll tell you about my beagle today…he is used to getting a rawhide bone to chew on most nights. Starting at about 6pm, he stands at the refrigerator (bones are kept on top of the fridge) and growls/barks/makes noises until he gets one. Spoiled?!