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Posted on Dec 21, 2011 in Giveaway, Reviews | 178 comments

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! http://bit.ly/vBqlMJ

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  8. I like you on facebook!

  9. I follow you on twitter!

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

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

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

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

  14. Awesome giveaway!

  15. I followed you on Twitter (@whitelambie)

  16. And tweeted about it!

  17. And “liked” your page on the book of Face

  18. 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!!

  19. I like you on FB.

  20. I follow you on Twitter.

  21. Liked you on FB!

  22. Following you on Twitter! (DisneySarah23)

  23. I follow you on Twitter

  24. 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!

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

  26. I followed you on Twitter! @laughsweatagain

    I LOVE vera bradley!!!

  27. 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!

  28. I tweeted as well @laughsweatagain

  29. and i follow you on facebook 🙂

  30. AND i follow you on twitter! 🙂

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

  32. I definitely follow on twitter!

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

  34. I follow you on Facebook. 🙂

  35. I follow you on Twitter, as Embrace of course 🙂

  36. 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!

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

  38. I also follow you on Twitter already. 🙂

  39. Shared on Facebook

  40. I liked your facebook page.

  41. I follow you on twitter. @amiller534

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

  43. I follow you on Facebook.

  44. I also follow you on Twitter.

  45. I tweeted about this giveaway!

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

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

  48. I posted about your giveaway on Facebook!

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

  50. I am now following you on Twitter

  51. I tweeted your giveaway as well 🙂

    Thanks for doing the giveaway!!!

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

    Pick me, Pick me, Pick me!

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

  54. I “like” your page on Facebook 🙂

  55. Currently following you on Twitter!

  56. Liked your Facebook page – as a verb 🙂

  57. liked, followed, twitted. 🙂

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

  59. following @shrinkinggretch on Twitter my username is @shuggysmommy

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

  61. follow you on twitter @mellanhead

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

    • I didn’t know that! I love that. 🙂

  63. Liking you on faceboookkkk!

  64. I liked you on facebook!

  65. I follow you on FB!

  66. AND I Tweeted! Woo hoo!

  67. 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 🙂

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

  69. I liked your FB page

  70. I reposted the giveaway on FB

  71. Tweeted and shared on Facebook!

  72. like you on fb and follow on twitter 🙂

  73. Vera Bradley and smoothies?! I tweeted!

  74. liked on the book! love this!

  75. I LIKE you on facebook!!

  76. I follow you on twitter!

  77. I like you on facebook 🙂

  78. and follow you on twitter

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

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

  81. *get

  82. and I follow you on Twitter too 🙂

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

  84. I followed you on Twitter!

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

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

  87. And tweeted about the giveaway @tiffanynico

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

  89. 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 🙂

  90. I follow you on Twitter!

  91. I tweeted about the giveaway!

  92. I shared the giveaway on FB!

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

  94. I already liked on facebook!

  95. I am following on twitter!

  96. Like you on Facebook. (leann brandner voyer)

  97. I follow you on Twitter @dancersmom69.

  98. LIKED your facebook page!

  99. just tweeted 🙂

  100. 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. 😉

  101. I’m following on twitter. Thank you!

  102. I follow you on Twitter (CeeVegNashville).

  103. I follow Gretchen on Twitter!

  104. I tweeted the giveaway!

  105. I shared your giveaway on Facebook!

  106. aaaaand I liked you on Facebook!

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

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

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


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