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Bertolli Prize Package Date Night Giveaway

The kids, my husband and I decided to spend the Easter weekend doing the vacation thing in our own home town. We booked a hotel down on The Plaza and decided that we would spend the weekend being Kansas City tourists. Our “staycation” was meant to rejuvenate us, get us away from home for the weekend, and provide a memorable experience.

We had a wonderful time, but as the weekend progressed, it became more and more clear to me that what we really needed… my husband and I… was the same type of experience but without the kids. 6 of us scrunched into two beds… long, leisurely lunches trying to talk over the 3 year old chatter box and the 10 month old food thrower just wasn’t quite the rejuvenation our marriage needed. We needed to get away… or at the very least, we needed a date night.

Date nights have always presented a challenge for us because for 1…we have four kids and when you justify the cost of a babysitter versus the cost of going out, it just never seems to be worth it. Secondly, we are extremely busy so simply finding the time and energy to go out seems difficult.

The other day I was talking to a friend of mine and she mentioned that her and her husband have an at home date night once a week. They feed the kids and put them to bed early and then have a special dinner just the two of them. It solves the babysitter dilemma and the time dilemma. It sounded like a great solution for what Nick and I needed.

Bertolli just happened to come to the rescue to make our date night a cinch. Armed with 2 coupons from Bertolli for free Bertolli Frozen Pasta meals, my husband went to the store and grabbed their Shrimp Scampi and Linguine meal and their Roasted Chicken Cannelloni. Within a very short time, dinner was on the table and my husband and I could focus on catching up with each other… not cooking, not cleaning up after an extravagant cooking session… just talking and eating. It was a great night.

In addition to the two coupons for free meals, Bertolli also helped set the scene by providing a stainless steel wine aerator and wine pairing guide, an Andrea Bocelli CD of greatest hits, 2 Crate & Barrel dinner bowls, 1 large Crate & Barrel serving bowl, a candle from Crate & Barrel and sage napkins with silver napkin rings. Our evening was complete, thanks to the wonderful folks at Bertolli.

Are you in need of a date night? Do you want to be swept away, in your own home, to a true Italian experience? Do you need some spark back in your love life and just a little push in the right direction? Do you want to have just a small time investment so you can spend your evening gazing lovingly into your sweetheart’s eyes? (Ok – I went a little overboard with the cheese there… I know…) Bertolli is giving one of my readers the chance to enjoy an at home date night, just like Nick and I had. Simply leave a comment on this post that includes what an ideal date night would look like for you! 1 winner will be drawn to receive a complete Bertolli prize package, including coupons for 2 frozen Bertolli meals and all of the things to set the scene mentioned above (minus the loving husband… he’s mine!). The winner will be drawn by the Random Number Generator next Friday, April 16th. All entries must be turned in by 5pm on the 16th CST to be considered for the drawing.

Unfortunately, because of the large weight of this prize package, Bertolli is only able to ship to entrants within the United States.

Once again, the prize package includes:

·         Coupons for free Bertolli Frozen Meals for two that will transport you to Italy in just 10 minutes
·         Stainless steel wine aerator and Bertolli wine pairing guide
·         Verona Pasta Serving Bowl, two matching individual bowls, contemporary red wine glasses and cloth napkins from CB2
·         An orange luminary candle and two contemporary brushed silver napkin rings from Crate and Barrel
·         The Best of Andrea Bocelli CD

Thanks for entering and good luck!

For more Italian inspiration, make sure to check out Episode #2 of Into the Heart of Italy: The Secrets of the Fungaioli. I have loved watching this series unfold… I hope you will too!

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  1. *sigh* I love date nights :) Sounds like you and your hubby had an amazing evening! An ideal date night for me is definitely some great conversation over a meal and some delicious wine! *sigh* Perfect!
    .-= Dawn (HealthySDLiving)´s last blog ..My Favorite Day =-.

  2. Tiffany S. says:

    My perfect date night includes, obviously my boyfriend Justin. Then a bottle of red wine, a warm summers night, our puppy Morgan, an italian meal, and a dessert to be shared.

  3. Date night for me is dinner at a place on the water with fabulous wine and conversation! Ending with dessert!
    .-= Jessica @ How Sweet´s last blog ..Happy Easter! =-.

  4. What I really need is a night or two away with my hubby. We have lots of home dates, but sometimes I wish I could totally get away from the mess, the laundry, the email, the routine… you know?
    .-= Katie @ goodLife {eats}´s last blog ..Linguine with Lemon-Roasted Asparagus and Goat Cheese =-.

  5. Fun!! Date night for us usually looks like a nice dinner eaten together while watching Star Trek! I know . . . nerds!
    .-= Julie @ Willow Bird Baking´s last blog ..Banana Nut Bread Waffles =-.

  6. Sarah R says:

    Date night is having dinner on the patio with my husband when the weather is nice and we can enjoy each others company.

  7. I need a date night! Quiet, at home, no kids. Sounds perfect.
    .-= Vicki´s last blog ..Braised Cabbage =-.

  8. My ideal date night is in a quiet place with a pleasant setting – the most important part of date night is not having to cook or do dishes though. :)
    .-= carmen´s last blog ..Saucepan Fudge Drops =-.

  9. Maybe if I win the package I can then get a date! Can I win one of those also! Joking!

  10. i love a nice quiet date night that i don’t have to plan! any break i get is welcome, a movie on the couch with some snacks is great!

  11. Kelly S. says:

    My perfect date night would be a romantic dinner (preferably outside near the water) and maybe a movie at home later. Nothing fancy, just a quite night with my husband.

  12. Nicole Joy says:

    My ideal date night is most certainly a great meal, good wine, and a lovely conversation. Hopefully I’ll have another one of those soon!

  13. The best date nights are when we do dinners at home, dine on the back deck and have an awesome bottle of wine!

  14. My best date night is any date night! I’m not hard to please…dinner, a movie, and some dessert would be nice too.
    .-= Brandie´s last blog ..Learning Cooking Techniques on YouTube (WFMW) =-.

  15. Sabrina says:

    My favorite date night is at my favorite restaurant pub, in a corner seat, where there’s just enough noise that nobody can hear you.

  16. an ideal date night would be at a fancy yet local hotel. fancy so we can be wined, dined, and catered to without having to clean up. local so we wouldn’t feel guilty spending so much time in a hotel room like we would if we were traveling somewhere foreign!
    .-= sarah´s last blog ..masterpiece together =-.

  17. Awww. Date night has always been “dinner and a movie” for us… a joke at first because that was our excuse pre-dating and pre-marriage. Doesn’t matter if the dinner’s prepared by someone else or by me, if the movie’s great or awful, we love our dinner and movie date nights.

    .-= Zahra Duffy´s last blog ..Cinnamon Toast… Muffins! =-.

  18. April in CT says:

    What an awesome give away! I am at my happiest when with my husband so any meal shared with him is a great one. A perfect date night would be a good meal at home and great conversation!

  19. I need a date night for just me and my bf. Our nights are spent eating bad for you food at our half finished house. We certainly can’t have date night at one of our parents house. Hopefully can have one soon :)
    .-= Niki´s last blog ..Chicken pita w/ avocado tzatziki and my 100th post!!! =-.

  20. Oh how I cherish a great date night! My problem is always that I am pesca/vegetarian and my husband LOVES his meat.. so we are stuck straddling the fence whether eating out or in! I am sure I could come up with something we could both eat from Bertolli! I do love their dishes and the ones with shrimp are great because then we both can enjoy! If we won this I would cook the fabulous dinner, using all of the new and wonderful items, paired with the perfect red wine. Following, I would take my husband for a candlelit walk in the desert, followed by strawberries and champagne that just happen to be in the back of my car.. under the stars of course! <3


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