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And Our First Weekly Winner Is . . .

Kassi H. from Oregon! While competing in the OnSugar Love.Write.Win. Blogging Challenge, Kassi won our first weekly prize for receiving the greatest number of likes on her new OnSugar blog, Beautiful Basics. She will receive the HP Pavilion dv6t laptop, the right balance between mobility, size, and performance, complete with Beats Audio technology and HP SimplePass, which allows you to access all of your password-protected sites with the swipe of a finger!

Each day, we're asking a new question to get you that much closer to winning our OnSugar Love.Write.Win. Blogging Challenge. You can join the challenge anytime, but why wait? You could be this week's winner! Just receive the greatest number of comments on your posts this week, and you can win the same great prize.

And that's not all! At the end of February, we're giving away the grand prize, the premium Ultrabook PC HP Envy14 Spectre and an external drive to the blogger who inspires us the most. So answer today's question in a post, or write another post on something that lets us get to know you better. Just make sure to tag it LoveWriteWin to qualify. Learn more about the contest.

Congratulations to Kassi! Maybe you'll be next?

Posted by Eileen Burke on February 09, 2012 at 10:38AM | Permalink | 0 Comments

Question 9: What Are Three Words Your Friends Would Use to Describe You?

Interested in winning the OnSugar Love.Write.Win. Blogging Challenge? Start blogging with us! Have writer's block? Answer the question "What are three words your friends would use to describe you?" and get writing! I'm answering, too, so keep reading.

Question 9: What are three words your friends would use to describe you?
Tell us in a post and be sure to tag it LoveWriteWin. Learn more about the contest. The blogger who inspires us the most will win the OnSugar blogging package, including the premium Ultrabook PC HP Envy14 Spectre, and an external drive!

For my last paper as an MBA student, I had to ask co-workers, friends, and classmates about their perception of me. If you don’t know how others see you, all you apparently have to do is ask. They’ll be very forthcoming, trust me.

I heard everything from “you’re someone I would not want to be caught in traffic with” to “I always want you as a member of my team.” But perhaps the three that gave me the warm and fuzzies were that I was hilarious, brave, and kind. So, while I have to work on my road rage apparently, it appears I have some redeeming qualities. And it’s always nice to hear from people who know you best and even those who don’t, that they like you very much. Just as you are.

Source: IMDB

Posted by Eileen Burke on February 09, 2012 at 5:45AM | Permalink | 0 Comments

Question 8: If You Could Have Any Job in the World, What Would It Be?

This week’s mission if you choose to accept it, is to receive the greatest number of comments on your posts. If you succeed, Ethan Hunt, you shall be the proud owner of a HP Pavilion dv6 laptop, the perfect balance of speed and class for all of your entertainment and blogging needs.

Each day, we're asking a new question to get you that much closer to winning our OnSugar Love.Write.Win. Blogging Challenge. You can join the challenge anytime this month, but this is too much fun to miss.

Question 8: If you could have any job in the world, what would it be?

Tell us in a post and be sure to tag it LoveWriteWin. Learn more about the contest. If you want to do your own thing, feel free, just tag LoveWriteWin on any post you write that shows off your writing skills and what you're passionate about!

Now to my dream job. I imagine that George Clooney’s masseuse has a pretty good life. Or Ryan Gosling’s makeup artist. Or Ryan Reynolds’s fitness trainer. Do you sense a pattern?

While all of those options are appealing, I would have loved to have been a travel writer. Correction: a traveling food writer. Maybe I didn’t graduate from the Culinary Institute of America or pack up all my belongings and move to Provence, but I do know that crème brûlée can never be Jell-O.

Source: YumSugar

Posted by Eileen Burke on February 08, 2012 at 5:45AM | Permalink | 0 Comments

Question 7: Who Would You Want to Trade Places With For a Day?

Just joining us? Or have you been blogging along since Question 1? No matter, you can enter the OnSugar Love.Write.Win. Blogging Challenge anytime this month. Just be sure to answer 10 of our questions, or write 10 posts, tagged with LoveWriteWin to win the weekly prize, the sleekly designed HP Pavilion dv6t laptop, or the grand prize, the extraordinary HP Envy14 Spectre and external drive.

Question 7: Who Would You Want to Trade Places With For a Day?

This one had me stumped. Angelina Jolie? It would be great to see what a day in the life of the most beautiful, most famous woman on the planet is like. Although there's a chance that I would be so busy working as a UNHCR goodwill ambassador, filming my own stunts, being an extraordinary mother, and attending award shows with Brad that I wouldn't make it through the full 24 hours. She does it all. Still, let it be known that I'll have what she's having.

But really, I think Kate Middleton takes the cake on this one. Not because of the clothes, the fame, the whole married to a prince thing, but after looking at her vacation pictures, her life just seems pretty darn nice. To be able to devote one's life to charity work and humanitarian causes must be extremely fulfilling, and to have the perfect hair while doing all of that? Sign me up.

Posted by Eileen Burke on February 07, 2012 at 5:45AM | Permalink | 0 Comments

Question 6: What Song Do You Know All the Lyrics To?

Haven't entered our OnSugar Love.Write.Win. Blogging Challenge? Start writing! Begin with this question if you like . . .

Question 6: What Song Do You Know All the Lyrics To?

Tell us in a post and be sure to tag it LoveWriteWin. Learn more about the contest. If you want to do your own thing, feel free, just tag LoveWriteWin on any post you write that shows off your writing skills and what you're passionate about! But don't miss out on hearing your favorite song with the Beats Audio technology on our weekly prize, a Pavilion dv6t laptop!

To answer my own question, I distinctly remember sitting in my bedroom, walls covered with New Kids on the Block paraphernalia. No, Jordan Knight had not stolen my heart. It belonged to the young, prepubescent Joey McIntyre. But was I memorizing lyrics to "The Right Stuff"? Please, there are only about three of them. Instead, I dedicated hours upon hours to stopping, rewinding, and playing Billy Joel's "We Didn't Start the Fire" on my cassette player.

The year was 1989, and clad in ripped jeans and an oversized t-shirt, I had no idea what "Dien Bien Phu falls" meant and could have sworn that the verse "trouble in the Suez" was actually "trouble in the sewers." But it didn't matter, I still shouted it at the top of my lungs, impressing friends and strangers alike, I'm sure. My neighbors moved soon after that, but I'm sure that's just a coincidence, right?

Posted by Eileen Burke on February 06, 2012 at 5:45AM | Permalink | 0 Comments

Question 5: What's Your Favorite Thing to Do on a Lazy Sunday?

Each day, we're asking a new question to get you that much closer to winning our OnSugar Love.Write.Win. Blogging Challenge. This week, the winner for most likes received on their posts will win one of our weekly prizes, a Pavilion dv6t laptop with a vivid 15.6-inch HD display and HP SimplePass that allows you to access all of your password-protected sites with the swipe of a finger. We're only a few days in, so get one started. You can join the challenge anytime this month, but why not start now? Remember, I'm writing right alongside of you.

Question 5: What's your favorite thing to do on a lazy Sunday?
Tell us in a post and be sure to tag it LoveWriteWin. Learn more about the contest. If you want to do your own thing, feel free, just tag LoveWriteWin on any post you write that shows off your writing skills and what you're passionate about!

Sundays are made for sleeping in, brewing a pot of coffee, reading The New York Times, grabbing a noon brunch, seeing a movie, attending an early evening yoga class. Don't you wish every day could be like that? More often than not, I instead find myself in long lines at the grocery store, running mundane errands, or preparing for Monday morning. But every once in a while, there is a serene, quiet Sunday that reminds me of what they are supposed to be — a day of rest, reflection, and mad cheering in a too-crowded bar for my favorite sports team. And when that does happen, I consider myself the luckiest (wo)man on the face of the earth.

Posted by Eileen Burke on February 05, 2012 at 5:45AM | Permalink | 0 Comments

Sugar High!

Hope everyone has had a fabulous week! We have been grinding away here at Sugar and are so excited about the launch of the "Love. Write. Win." OnSugar competition. I hope most of you have seen and read about our fabulous blogging challenge, but if you have not, head to the launch post and check it out. We are giving you the chance to win four incredible HP laptops and the brand-new, not-even-released HP Envy14 Spectre unit! Amazing, right? All you have to do is follow the blogging prompts and tag your posts with "lovewritewin." Simple as that!

Below I have highlighted some of my favorite posts from the contest. It's not too late to enter, so why not start today? Happy blogging!

  • Amschrader introduces herself in a witty, engaging post that includes two adorable photos of her as a child, my favorite being the one you see above. Her story on Bits, Bytes and Words is completely relatable and very well written. I can't wait to read more! Oh, and Amschrader, if you're reading this, I'd really love to see photos throughout the hair color evolution!
  • Robin of Tea for Three gives us the lowdown on her love for food and apathy for Boulder's reputation and encourages fellow OnSugar bloggers to share recipes, tips, and antics with her.
  • I Crave Fashion's very own Suppa Model shares her ambitious goals for 2012 and gives us insight into who and what she thinks being The Suppa Model entails. Looking forward to watching her reach her goals and stomp the runway!
  • With writing standing as her passion, Kali of Simply Me has decided to join the Love. Write. Win. competition to refine her craft and continue writing stories as an outlet. Seems like a perfect fit to me!
  • Per usual, House of Anaïs brings us a stunning assortment of beautiful homes. If you've ever read her blog, you know that her passion for houses is strong and slightly contagious.

 

Posted by Elizabeth DiCarlo on February 03, 2012 at 3:23PM | Permalink | 0 Comments
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Question 3: What Three Things Can You Not Live Without?

Interested in winning the OnSugar Love.Write.Win. Blogging Challenge? Start blogging with us! Have writer's block? Answer the question "What three things can you not live without?" and get writing! I'm answering, too, so now you have no excuse.

Question 3: What Three Things Can You Not Live Without?
Tell us in a post and be sure to tag it LoveWriteWin. Learn more about the contest.

Is it too self-serving to say that I can't live without the newly revamped OnSugar? Yeah, probably. So, in Tom Hanks Castaway-style, I'll relay the three things that I need to survive on a desert island.

1) A movie theater. There is nothing better than freshly popped butter popcorn and a Diet Coke that requires two hands to lift. When the lights go down and the animated candy bars start dancing, the goosebumps come out. Movies are my bread and butter, my one true love, my je ne sais quoi, my . . . OK, you get the picture.

2) College football. Maybe it brings me back to the glorious days of yore when I lived with my girlfriends, ate with the aid of a meal card, watched Beverly Hills, 90210 (the original, of course), and pulled all-nighters, but Fall season nostalgia takes over at the end of August. For the next 14 weeks, SportsCenter trumps 30 Rock as I pore over postgame interviews and dedicate too many brain cells to memorizing player stats and high school recruiting techniques. Crisp, East Coast breezes, cozy sweaters, good friends, yummy tailgating, cheering stadiums, what's not to love? Plus, beer just tastes better in the afternoon.

3) Which brings me to chocolate, which tastes just fine any time of day. Dark, milk, white, semisweet, with nuts, without nuts, powdered, piping hot, or served frozen on a cone, it hardly matters. I'm in. You had me at hello.

What are three things you can't live without? Start an OnSugar blog, write a post, and tell us. We're making you an offer you can't refuse.

Posted by Eileen Burke on February 03, 2012 at 5:45AM | Permalink | 0 Comments

Question 2: What Are You Most Passionate About?

Each day, we're asking a new question to get you that much closer to winning our OnSugar Love.Write.Win. Blogging Challenge. This week, the winner for most likes received on their posts will win one of our weekly HP Pavilion dv6t laptops, just the right balance of mobility, size, and performance for all of your entertainment and blogging needs. You can join the challenge anytime this month, but why not start now?

Question 2: What Are You Most Passionate About?
Tell us in a post and be sure to tag it LoveWriteWin. Learn more about the contest. If you want to do your own thing, feel free, just tag LoveWriteWin on any post you write that shows off your writing skills and what you're passionate about!

So what am I most passionate about? Movies, movies, and, um, some more movies. From Cary Grant's heyday in The Philadelphia Story to Michael Fassbender's turn in Shame, I've seen it all. Whether it's Charlie Sheen or Michael Sheen, I don't discriminate.

For me, films resonate much longer than their two-hour running time. My college dorm was filled with the transcendent Dirty Dancing soundtrack, and Indiana Jones peered down on me from my closet door. Over the years, I've become a more educated critic, but I still have an innate passion for the old celluloid.

One of my favorite things to do is quote movies, which can sometimes be deemed as annoying, but this is my blog. Oh, it's the Official OnSugar Blog? Well, it's on loan to me for the next few weeks. After all, Mr. DeMille, I'm ready for my close-up.

Posted by Eileen Burke on February 02, 2012 at 5:45AM | Permalink | 0 Comments

Question 1: Introduce Yourself to the World

There's nothing like a firm handshake to make a great first impression. But your first blog post is also a strong way to win friends and influence people. As a way of kicking off our OnSugar Love. Write. Win. Blogging Challenge, we'll begin with a question that will help you make that great impression. And so you don't feel shy, I'll be answering them right along with you.

Over the course of the next month, we're on the lookout for our favorite blogger, one who writes about their passions and allows us to understand what makes them tick. In addition, this week we're also rewarding the person who receives the most "likes" on their posts. There's incredible HP loot waiting in the wings, so be sure to like others and get them to like you back. So start a blog, create a post, and answer along. Don't forget to tag your post with LoveWriteWin. Learn more about the contest.

Question 1: Introduce Yourself to the World

So I'll begin the hellos. I'm Eileen, a new employee here at Sugar Inc. I've just moved to San Francisco, 3,000 miles away from my previous life in the Big Apple. To say that it has been an adjustment is an understatement. There are things I miss: yellow cabs, a juicy bacon and egg on a bagel with salt/pepper/ketchup, and bodegas on every corner. Carrie Bradshaw said it best when she declared "Women come to New York for the two Ls: Labels and Love." So what did I come to San Francisco for? Well, the 65-degree weather, a small little bridge called the Golden Gate, and the ability to dip my toes into the Pacific aren't things to sniff at.

Luckily, I've been tasked with writing alongside you every day, and thus the ability to make new friends speedily. So join me on the new OnSugar and start a conversation with the world.

Posted by Eileen Burke on February 01, 2012 at 5:46AM | Permalink | 0 Comments