Monday, April 26, 2010

Carrabba's Giveaway

*** This giveaway is now CLOSED. Please check back here (on my main blog) after May 31st to see if you are the winner ***

This is a sponsored review from BlogHer and Carrabba's.

Recently I was given a Carrabba's gift card to go try out their "Less is Amore" menu, featuring smaller portion options. I was delighted, because I'm the kind of person who likes to have both dinner and dessert when I go out to eat... but often the portions are so large that I over-eat and then I am too full to have any dessert!

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So, what my husband and I often end up doing is we order one large plate and then share it so we can then enjoy some dessert. The bad thing about this is that we have to agree on the same entree. Sometimes it's not a problem at all, but sometimes we have trouble coming to an agreement. Carrabba's "Less is Amore" option is perfect for us because we can both get smaller portions and get what we're in the mood for, without having to compromise.

For those who have never been to Carrabba's, they offer Authentic Italian food made with only the freshest ingredients. We ordered the Grilled Salmon and Chicken Marsala. Each entree comes with soup or salad and a side dish. I ordered the sauteed spinach and my husband ordered the garlic mashed potatoes. Everything was delicious and well prepared. I particularly enjoyed the spinach, but if you ask my husband, I also had a large portion of his mashed potatoes too! The best part? We both got to order what we were in the mood for, and we still had room for dessert at the end!

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Want to try these smaller portion sizes yourself? Here's the good news - I'm giving away a $100 Carrabba's gift card to one lucky winner. With portions starting at just $12, you could get a lot of food with that! To enter, just visit Carrabba's and leave me a comment answering the question, "What great things come in small packages?" If you're not sure if there is a Carrabba's near you, use the official Carrabba's store locator to find out.

Here are two additional ways you can get an entry:

- If you have a blog, blog about this giveaway with a link to my post. Come back and leave another comment here with the link to your blog post.

- Tweet about this giveaway! Come back and leave another comment here with the link to your tweet.

You have until May 26th to enter to win and the winner will be chosen using a random number generator. There are also 9 other bloggers who are participating in this giveaway, so be sure to visit the BlogHer.com special offers page for additional chances to win!

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158 comments:

  1. My husband and I first went to a Carrabba's in Indianapolis when visiting my in laws - it was SO good! To answer the question, I think I'd have to say jewelry :)

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  2. less is amore small entrees!
    yum - love carrabbas!
    Thanks!

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  3. Altoids, my favorite breath mint, come in small packages!

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  4. My husband LOVES Carraba's!

    What great things comes in small packages?
    -My Flip Mino! Even though my son is only 1, I have already looked back at the videos I've taken and cry and laugh! I can only imagine how much I will enjoy those videos years from now!

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  5. Hi Jaime! Ooh, I've never been to Carrabba's but there's one near us and it sounds delish. We'll have to check it out. If we win your $100 gift card we'll get to do it more than once! LOL!

    Let's see...great things in small packages...

    Babies for sure! And diamond rings! LOVE!

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  6. I'm a mommy so I have to say my 3 kids are great things that come in small packages.

    mami2jcn at gmail dot com

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  7. Less is amore...too true!

    Personally, I'd have to say jewelry. ;)

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  8. I love Carraba's! I'd say my cat is something great in a small package.

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  9. My netbook! I love my netbook; it's much better than any other laptop I've had. And it's small enough to fit in my purse!

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  10. I've got a 4-month old, so I'd say sleep (ha!) just kidding - my real answer is my daughter.

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  11. My mom used to say that I was great and came in a small package.( I only grew up to be 5 feet tall)

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  12. Well, my two little boys are the best small packages I could have asked for!

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  13. frankly, as a general rule, i think smaller is better. mini desserts, baby animals, tiny cars. one exception would be clothes. most times, smaller is NOT better. :)

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  14. Yummy food! I would say my two baby cats, Fluff and Puff!

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  15. My little girl! She'll be 1 month tomorrow. Time is flying. DH and I would love to try Carrabas!

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  16. My baby girl Mariah was the best small package I could ever ask for!

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  17. Yummy! There are two near us, have never been. What great things come in small packages? I have to say... Itty bitty red velvet cupcakes, like the one I ate on Friday! Yummy! (This is Malia, btw. :-)

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  18. There isn't one in my area but I'll be near one in July! I think cats, especially my two, are sweet things in small packages. :)

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  19. My engagement ring came in a small package! It was the start of a great life, an amazing supportive husband, a beautiful daughter and a positive future!

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  20. I love my iphone! It's little, but I don't know what I would do without it!

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  21. Babies, are the sweetest thing I know that come small!! Would love to try Carrabba's!!

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  22. A diamond ring sure is "less" but means wayyyy more!

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  23. GREAT THINGS IN SMALL PACKAGES ARE GUMMY BEARS

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  24. I am just like you! I want to get dinner and desert but the portions are so huge! So I usually order just a salad for dinner!

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  25. I have never eaten at Carrabbas, so this would be a great way to try it out. I love a sampler dessert platter, with just little bites of lots of wonderful desserts.

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  26. When I was a kid, I hated being short and my mom always told me "Good things come in small packages". So my answer is...ME! Haha.

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  27. My little 6 lb chihuahua. She is wonderful and so sweet.

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  28. Hmm...small packages- would have to be jewelry or money!

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  29. Tweet:

    http://twitter.com/mami2jcn/status/12945396126

    mami2jcn at gmail dot com

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  30. I've been wanting to go to Carrabas ever since I found and started making their bread dipping oil. Yum! There's one near DFW Airport, I just haven't gotten there yet.

    The best things in small packages have to be my two tiny long coat chihuahuas, Cocoa Puff & Tidbit.

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  31. My kittens come in small packages :)

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  32. I'm gonna agree with keith and amanda - diamonds

    mjharvey26 at yahoo dot com

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  33. I think that ladybugs are cute, and they're small

    Artisticbaker at gmail dot com

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  34. My elementary school students come in small packages, and they're cute (some of them)

    seanm1999 at hotmail dot com

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  35. a diamond ring ;-)

    bluegirl1423 @ gmail . com

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  36. I would have to say my kids when they were babies, although my oldest who only weighted 6 lbs. ll ounces, is now 6 ft 1 in.!
    jedoggett@embarqmail.com

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  37. tweeted http://twitter.com/annedoggett/status/12963914146
    jedoggett@embarqmail.com

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  38. Yummy:) I'm hungry just thinking about it! One of the greatest small packages i've ever opened---the positive pregnancy test i took and days later found out I was carrying QUADRUPLETS!:):):):)

    Jenny B
    jennyhasquads at yahoodotcom
    thequadsquad.blogspot.com

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  39. I LOVE carabbas! And my babies are definitely great little people in small packages! :)

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  40. DNA. its the foundation of life. my husband owns a Carrabba's and my children are now tired of eating there for the past 12 years. I have yet to not want thier food.

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  41. mmmm, love Carabbas.....I would say jewelry is a great thing that comes in small packages.

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  42. Chocolate truffles! I haven't been to Carrabas in a long time, but it was good last time I was there!

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  43. Hugs from a small, but loving, grandchild...that's the best thing that comes in a small package!
    And I love Carrabbas! Yum!

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  44. lol, as a petite person i think great women come in small packages ;) seriously, though i worked at Carrabba's as a hostess and loved it- employees and management were super nice and so knowledgeable. I had to memorize the menu and all dish ingredients even though i was not even a server- just in case a customer asks! that is how thoughtful they are at Carrabba's
    ann.altima at gmail dot com

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  45. Hershey's chocolate kisses with almonds!

    gr8kidsgr8fam at yahoo dot com

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  46. My children are the best gift in small packages.
    A close second: Carrabba's gift card!

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  47. seeds are small and grow into beautiful flowers! looking forward to having room for the tiramisu my next visit to carrabas!!

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  48. We would love to try Carrabba's - have heard lots of great reviews about them.

    Small packages?...I have to agree with the other and say jewelry!

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  49. My kiddies aer the best things in thesmallest packages.

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  50. Definitely kids!! I'd love to try the salmon at Carabba's. Looks delicioso! No Carabba's around me, though.
    micahandkelsey1(at)cox(net)

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  51. I loooove the spedino di mare at Carrabba's. In fact, I may have had a dream about it last night....

    :)

    I think babies are pretty small and fantastic!

    And because I can't figure out how to leave my email address: elizabethwins (at) gmail (dot) com

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  52. I would have to say puppies and kittens! :)

    My email is thelittlekitchenblog at gmail dot com

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  53. It has to be all my children & granchildren. :)

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  54. this resturant looks amazing. O those deserts look heavenly. I hope this is the place to let a comment to win the gift card. A lot of great things come in small sizes.Since i have a hard time figureing this website out here is my email is e717ml@gmail.com

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  55. I love Carrabba's! Their marsala sauce is to die for!

    One of my favorite things in small packages - Godiva Gems in the little foil wrappers. Delicious!

    Kristen - sksmiths@aol.com

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  56. Love Carrabbas! The first thing that comes to mind is babies! :)

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  57. as for great things that come in small packages I would say that would be my children but I would love to try some of the items you described from carrabbas.

    teechbiz at gmail dot com

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  58. I twittered and here is the link:

    http://twitter.com/thriftymaven/status/13189378288

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  59. My daughter, we call her a little peanut. She is the best.

    Kirsten

    kirstennicholas@gmail.com

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  60. I'd have to go with... ME! Haha. I am only 4'11".

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  61. Less is Amore Small Entrees

    Great giveaway. I haven't been to Carrabba's in awhile.

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  62. I blogged about your giveaway and linked back to your site three times in that post

    Here is the link to the post

    http://thriftymaven.com/?p=13737

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  63. Carrabba's food is really good and smaller portions are just right to leave room for dessert.

    Small packages? A lot of $100 bills will fit in a small package!

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  64. I love carabas and so want to eat there now! Small things....I just got a beautiful mother's ring from hubby and it came in a nice little box!

    amaul72995 @ yahoo . com

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  65. Thinking about my last visit to Carraba's, the best thing in a small package was the take home bag...love Carraba's and the regular size meals always mean leftovers...but smaller entrees sound terrific too.

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  66. super rich/sweet desserts. where the first bite is amazing but if you have a big chunk you will end up quite sick.

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  67. Pistachios! And I love Carrabba's. Now that they have a Gluten-free menu, I can still eat there!

    nina[at]sylvaticasolutions[dot]com

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  68. Anything baby is a wonderful awe-inspiring "small package". Of course, so are airline tickets!

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  69. My kids! My twins were 4 lbs each. Very small but very great!

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  70. Referring to the menu I think the Sirloin Marsala. . . YUM!

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  71. Little babies are great things that come in small packages!

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  72. I think jewelry is the best thing to come in small packages!

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  73. The new Sangria flavored Orbitz gum. Yummy!

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  74. Diamonds come in small packages! They're pretty nice!
    digicat {AT} sbcglobal {DOT} net

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  75. I posted your contest on my Blog
    http://carolsbloggys.blogspot.com/2008/10/contests-from-our-bloggy-friends.html
    digicat {AT} sbcglobal {DOT} net

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  76. Babies! and kittens! and Babies!

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  77. My camera is great and it's quite small. I love photography.
    shutterboo at gmail dot com

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  78. chocolates!

    psalms5289(at)aol(dot)com

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  79. I've never tried Carrabbas, so I'd be excited to try them if I win.

    I have to say that children are a great thing that comes in small packages! I love my son so much!

    mattschmunk at gmail dot com

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  80. My husband and I LOVE Carrabbas! Am I horrible to confess that I don't mind the larger portions there. Leftovers the next day are just wonderful.

    My kiddos are probably the best things that have come in "small packages"

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  81. Mmmm...lots of good things come in small packages, like jewelry:)
    jrk2948atyahoodotcom
    -Janelle

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  82. Pam Mc from Ohio

    According to Carrabbas - less is amore!! Smaller entrees - how wonderfu! I love Carrabbas! Diamonds are nice too!

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  83. I love getting Thank You notes in the mail. It is a very small - big thing.

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  84. Carraba's Grilled Norweign Salmon is one great thing that comes in a small package.

    I would love to win the gift card.

    Eva
    phnxallison@aol.com

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  85. What great things comes in small packages you ask? I have to say my precious little Zane Bug at Two he is really great! And of course all new born babies :)
    thegrants(at)live(dot)com

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  86. I blogged:
    http://thegrantsgiveaways.blogspot.com/2010/05/good-eats-n-sweet-treats-100-carrabbas.html
    thegrants(at)live(dot)com

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  87. tweet:
    http://twitter.com/sgrant2005/status/13440203539
    thegrants(at)live(dot)com

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  88. absolutely babies!

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  89. I blogged:

    http://bonggafinds.blogspot.com/2010/05/100-giveaways-at-blogher.html

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  90. Money, gift cards, and jewelry all come in nice little packages. :) I'll take any of the above - or all three.

    There is a Carrabas near me and I'd love to go!

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  91. What a cute post! :)

    Blueberries and blackberries are the great things in small packages. I LOVE them! :)

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  92. Dynamite. Dynamite comes in small packages. At least that's what this 5'1" gal tells people!

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  93. Mini Snickers! :)

    spcase (at) gmail (dot) com

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  94. I'm going to say chocolate truffles, small but extra special.

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  95. Great things in small packages...babies, for sure!

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  96. Diamonds... but at Carraba's the Cozze In Bianco comes in a small or larger version!
    1prizewinner(at)gmail(dot)com

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  97. My firstborn came in a small package, at 6lbs, 1 oz!

    treflea4 at gmail dot com

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  98. My sons. They were the biggest gifts in very small packages! This is a great giveaway! I have to eat gluten free and this restaurant has a gluten free menu! Thanks!

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  99. Carrabba's is great, I've enjoyed it when I've been there, I'd love to go back.

    My daughter is a small package and she is great and I love her (she's 3 mo old!)

    christina dot sternberg at gmail dot com

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  100. small entree's is the answer I love the gluten free menu too

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  101. One great thing in a small package is a hand-written letter. I always love going to my mail box and seeing one of those!

    -Ashley
    KikiZoe86(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  102. Pay checks are great things in small packages!

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  103. My iPhone is a nice small package.

    rhoneygtn at yahoo dot com

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  104. My cat Dustbunny is one of my favorite things that comes in a small package- she only weighed 3 lbs when we got her as a kitten!



    amycastellano74(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  105. Novels. A physical book is small, but the story told can be vast and inspiring.

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  106. Carraba's is the best...I love the diabetic menu too!

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  107. A great thing in a small package is my iPhone. Thanks for the chance!

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  108. Carraba's gift cards are a good thing that comes in a small package ;-)

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  109. My little niece wins :) Her smiles and laughter are something else!!

    cathcancook(at)gmail.com

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  110. The best thing in a small package is my daughter! We love Carrabbas. There is one just a few miles away. I love the grilled shrimp caeser salad!

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  111. I immediately though babies are the best great and small package!:o)

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  112. Since we are dealing with Celiac disease in my family- it is especially exciting that Carrabba's offers a gluten free menu! As for what good things come in small packages- the little munchkin that I am expecting in October. He/She started out as a tiny, nearly invisible, bundle of cells in a petrie dish. And after 6 miscarriages and nearly 3 years, we can't wait to meet this perfect little one!

    Nickels11(at)gmail.com

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  113. My children first arrived in small packages and they are the best thing in my life.

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  114. A passport is a wonderful small package! So many places to eat new foods all over the world!

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  115. My two little boys are my favorite small packages!

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  116. My engagement ring came in a small package and it was GREAT!

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  117. Letters from the heart...

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  118. My husband (he is only 5'6) and jewelry, haha

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  119. One great thing that comes in a small package...my mom would say ME, I'm only 5 foot tall ;)

    Thanks! Your photos your posted look AMAZING. Delish!

    shevilkenevil1 at aol dot com

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  120. I tweeted the giveaway for an extra entry:
    http://twitter.com/lipstickncandy/status/14064210668

    shevilkenevil1 at aol dot com

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  121. I tweeted about the giveaway: http://twitter.com/cdziuba/status/14092860563

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  122. cdziuba@aol.com Hershey's Kisses. I enjoy a few every day, what joy in such a small package!

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  123. Carrabbas is probably the ONLY chain that we like. And we don't just like it we LOVE it. This is where we have gone for our anniversary for the past 7 yrs! :)

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  124. Hmmmm…good things in small packages…definitely Hershey’s kisses!

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  125. Engagement rings come in small packages and they are pretty great!

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  126. Dark chocolate comes in small packages.

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  127. my puppy, sofie!! and Godiva Truffles...mmmmmmmm

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  128. Cupcakes...love them especially the small ones..

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  129. I left a blog post about this! My blog is private, but it is viewed by many and this will be seen!

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  130. I'm having my first little baby in a few months, and ALL that I can think about is that little babies are the sweetest things that come in small packages!

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  131. Ooh, I want to try Insalata Fiorucci and Rigatoni Martino.

    As a girl, I loved the tiny toys in capsules from gumball machines.

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  132. I love going to carrabbas when I am in Vegas. One little thing that is great that comes in small packages is jewelry.

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  133. babies, they are truly a tiny but HUGE blessing

    lauren51990 AT aol DOT com

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  134. babies for sure...and TRUFFLES!! marissapinon at hotmail dot com

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  135. Dark chocolate mints, big taste, small bites.
    uheeter at comcast.net

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  136. Has to be my iphone. It's small and it's like having the world at your fingertips all the time. I feel 100% naked without it.

    My husband says I have a problem ;)

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  137. Small is a relative term, no?
    I want scallops now. They're good.

    jenniferhemp@msn.com

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  138. GOAT CHEESE.

    especially when its on that delightful salad at carrabbas with the grilled eggplant and roasted red pepper -

    YUMMY

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  139. Jewelry is my pick. I love them and they are quite small.

    shopgurl101 at gmail dot com

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  140. blogged: http://sweetqt.wordpress.com/2010/05/19/giveaways-from-blogher/

    shopgurl101 at gmail dot com

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  141. I tweeted: http://twitter.com/shopgurl/status/14606975703

    shopgurl101 at gmail dot com

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  142. I think jewelry is the best thing I've ever gotten in a small package!

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  143. Looks delicious! Great things in small packages? Probably MP3 players, so much music in such a little space, it makes my heart sing!

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  144. We love Carrabba's! What great things come in small packages? I love giftcards!

    lexbyam at gmail dot com

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  145. I blogged
    http://jennaiscorner.blogspot.com/
    HobartsMama {AT} AOL.COM

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  146. Ummmmmm.....diamonds! Rubies! Emeralds! They are all small, right? Oh, yeah, and the Bambini menu at Carrabba's!
    HobartsMama {AT} AOL.COM

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  148. sorry susitravl, but your comment/entry was posted after the deadline (see official rules)

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