#NYTough P&G Giveaway (plus Amex Gift Card!)


The winner of the Gigabody giveaway is Jessica! She has been emailed; thanks to everyone for entering!

And with the conclusion of one giveaway, comes the start of another awesome one courtesy of our friends at Proctor & Gamble.

#NYTough P&G Prize Pack Giveaway

I am thrilled to be teaming up with Proctor & Gamble again, not only to give you the opportunity for a chance to win a P & G Prize Pack (which includes a $25 American Express Gift Card!) but because I love talking all things #NYTough, especially a certain toughness which is required around the holidays.

Hanukkah begins tonight at sundown, did you know that?!

I hate over punctuation but that exclamation point stems from my childhood.

I loved Hanukkah as a little girl more than my birthday (eight nights of presents!).


Just the scent of a burning candle at any point during the year brings me back to lighting the menorah as a kid, which by the way, I was NEVER allowed to light by myself because my parents feared I would burn myself.

Hanukkah doesn’t get as much coverage as Christmas but looking back, I can’t say that I ever really felt all that left out of the Fa La La season.

While New York is quite diverse, we Jews make up a large part of the population.

Growing up, most of the kids in my school were Jewish and the kids who celebrated Christmas were few and far between.

So while I don’t really know from Santa on a personal level (I always wanted to experience Christmas morning!), we always did universal holiday-type activities anyway.

I loved taking car rides to look at holiday lights (and counting the lit up menorahs in the windows), baking holiday cookies and most importantly, getting together to celebrate tradition through Hanukkah parties and really good food.

hanukkah table

So much of my childhood was spent in Manhattan, especially during holiday times, at my aunt’s house (you may recognize her pretty table).

Tradition had it that I spent time in the city with my cousins for extended sleep overs during the winter breaks. During this time, we pranced around the Big Apple with all of the hustle and bustle of the holiday shoppers, went ice-skating outdoors, saw the Big Apple Circus each year that it came to town, attended Broadway shows and would walk through Rockefeller Centre to see the tree.

If you are at all familiar with Hanukkah, you are also familiar with the potato latke, also known as a potato pancake.


The whole point of Hanukkah (in basic terms here) is to celebrate the miracle of the menorah oil which long ago, burned for eight nights when it was only supposed to last for one.

For this reason, we celebrate through lighting eight nights of candles and eating foods fried in oil.

Tonight I will be hosting Hanukkah dinner at my house which means lots of potato latkes and lots of mess to clean up in my kitchen.

Life was easier when I wasn’t the holiday-making adult.

I honestly couldn’t do it without my Bounty paper towels.

If you have ever made potato latkes, you may know about both the lingering smell of oil and the messy process of making the latkes and then trying to soak up the extra oil prior to serving.


One Bounty paper towel to line your plate and then another on top of the latkes to blot the oil.


I use Bounty paper towels for every type of clean up needed in my house.

In fact, I keep a slightly damp paper towel on hand at all times should my son come near the kitchen, as was the case on Sunday when we baked our Hanukkah sugar cookies.

#NYTough Hanukkah Cookies

Trust me, if I could follow the kid around with a wet Bounty paper towel or attach one to his neck sort of like the bib they give you in the dentist’s chair, I would.

Between the holiday baking and cooking, I am down to my last roll of paper towels.

And I don’t know if it’s a New York thing, a Jewish thing, a New York Jewish thing or a universal parent thing but my dad likes to pick up the giant packages of Bounty paper towels for me so that I am never without a roll.

Bounty Paper Towels

Just like he is afraid I will burn myself with the menorah, I guess he still lives in fear that I may make a mess.

Giveaway time!

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If you are looking to make latkes tonight and need a recipe, my sweet potato latkes recipe is pretty awesome.


If I recall it correctly, I used quinoa flakes in place of flour and baked them with coconut oil instead of pan-frying.  

I am making them again later and will show you how they come out in tomorrow’s post!


This post is sponsored by Proctor & Gamble. While I was compensated for my time, all memories, thoughts and opinions expressed in this post are my own.

If you celebrate Hanukkah, are you making latkes later? What kind?

Are you a big paper towel user?

 Do you drink hot chocolate while driving around to look at holiday lights like I do? 

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  • Lisa @ Running Out Of Wine December 16, 2014, 5:30 am

    I feel like I go through a roll of papers towels day. Its crazy! I use them for everything. I love Bounty but we usually buy whatever is on sale since we go through them so quickly.
    When I lived on LI we used to drive around looking at lights. I don’t do that here in Baltimore although there is one area about 15 minutes away that apparently has one street with amazing lights. Maybe one year Ill check that out!
    Happy Hanukkah!
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    • The Cookie ChRUNicles December 16, 2014, 12:17 pm

      You need to go looking at lights! Go check it out this year! With hot chocolate.

  • Tina muir December 16, 2014, 6:19 am

    I have never tried latkes, but some day I hope to! Great giveaway Meri! I would definitely be useless without my tide sport detergent (which is almost finished….perfect timing) to wash my smelly running clothes 😛
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    • The Cookie ChRUNicles December 16, 2014, 12:16 pm

      You need a potato latkes. It’s the same thing as a potato pancake. With applesauce on top. So delish.

  • Vangie K. December 16, 2014, 6:47 am

    Probably cleaning alcohol. I know it’s not really considered a cleaning product, but I always use it to disinfect doorknobs/computer keyboards during the fall and winter when so many germs are going around. Thanks for the giveaway:)

    • The Cookie ChRUNicles December 16, 2014, 12:15 pm

      You inspired me to clean my computer. It really needed it! And I did my phone too.

    • The Cookie ChRUNicles December 16, 2014, 12:15 pm

      You inspired me to clean my computer. It really needed it! And I did my phone too.

  • Sara @ Lake Shore Runner December 16, 2014, 7:00 am

    I go through sooooo much paper towel because I am always washing my hands and need something to dry them with. I am actually about to run out this would come at the perfect time 🙂
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  • Liz @ I Heart Vegetables December 16, 2014, 7:28 am

    Hahaha I go through soooo many paper towels! Especially since we bought the house- I swear we’re buying a huge back of Bounty every week!

    Happy Hanukkah!
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  • Mami2jcn December 16, 2014, 7:33 am

    I cannot do without paper towels.

  • Michele @ paleorunningmomma December 16, 2014, 8:09 am

    I’m dying because I think my mom used a roll of Bounty per day when I was a kid! Any only Bounty, she is fiercely brand loyal to them 🙂 She definitely rubbed off on me because I used an obscene amount myself. And Bounty really is the best, no question!
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    • The Cookie ChRUNicles December 16, 2014, 12:14 pm

      Totally brand loyal when it comes to the paper towels. The other brands really don’t work as well.

  • Shannon December 16, 2014, 8:22 am

    I need to have Clorox wipes around at all times to clean up messes. I use way to many of those things!
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  • O Miller December 16, 2014, 9:47 am

    Can’t live without a swiffer!

  • emily g December 16, 2014, 10:30 am

    I cannot live without Lysol wipes ever! I am a 2nd grade teacher and am constantly wiping down everything in my classroom!

  • Hannah @ CleanEatingVeggieGirl December 16, 2014, 10:43 am

    I cannot live without my Tide to-go pen! It is almost inevitable that I will spill something on my clothes during the holidays 😉
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  • Kaylin@EnticingHealthyEating December 16, 2014, 10:46 am

    Can’t live without paper towels!

  • Lizzy December 16, 2014, 12:35 pm

    I can’t live without Barkeeper’s Friend. It’s the best stainless steel cleaner I’ve ever found. We go through paper towels like crazy though. I don’t even know how we use so many!

  • Abbie December 16, 2014, 12:38 pm

    I can’t live without paper towels and disinfectant for sure!

  • Livivua December 16, 2014, 12:51 pm

    Dawn for dishes

  • heather December 16, 2014, 12:57 pm

    I have never had a latke but have always wanted to try them.. I imagine they taste like hashbrowns.. YUM!

    • The Cookie ChRUNicles December 17, 2014, 9:24 am

      Yes, similar to hashbrowns…It’s basically a potato pancake. So good.

  • Jessie C. December 16, 2014, 1:17 pm

    I can not live without paper towels especially during the holidays.

  • Hayley December 16, 2014, 1:51 pm

    Paper towels! !
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  • Jen@jpabstfitness December 16, 2014, 2:36 pm

    Can’t live without paper towels!!!
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  • Rosie December 16, 2014, 3:37 pm

    I’m a GIANT paper towel user. I don’t like using a mop or similar much, b/c it is a hassle to dispose of it, ie not down the sink, etc. So I find it sooo easy and wonderful to go around with paper towels, and I can say I’ve tried them all and I’m in love with Bounty they are the best and the cheapest in the long run b/c they are sturdy and can handle your tasks without falling apart.

    • The Cookie ChRUNicles December 17, 2014, 9:24 am

      Any time I have tried a cheaper/different brand, they certainly don’t hold up the same way as Bounty.

  • Rosie December 16, 2014, 3:39 pm

    Happy Hanukkah and your latkes look delish!

  • Elle P. December 16, 2014, 4:14 pm

    I can not live without paper towels. We go through them like crazy. It gets so expensive.

  • Andrea December 16, 2014, 4:19 pm

    Febreeze scented trash bags! I SWEAR by them!! Makes my apartment not stink from the trash – which piles high in the holiday season 🙂

  • Jen December 16, 2014, 5:03 pm

    I love Bounty…and I also get the HUGE pack b/c I’m afraid of running out 🙂 Bring on the Holiday Baking Mess! Yum

  • Natasha December 16, 2014, 5:30 pm

    White vinegar for the win…!

  • Amy M. December 16, 2014, 6:31 pm

    I absolutely cannot live without paper towels! Nobody has time to clean rags and sponges!

  • Kelly D December 16, 2014, 7:28 pm

    I cannot live without disinfecting wipes.

  • Nina December 16, 2014, 8:01 pm

    Definitely paper towels. I tried going for awhile without buying them and just using dish rags, but there are some messes that can’t be cleaned up properly without paper towels!

    • The Cookie ChRUNicles December 17, 2014, 9:22 am

      I absolutely agree! Especially cleaning my mirrors – I need a paper towel for that.

  • heather December 16, 2014, 8:55 pm

    I can not live without paper towels during the holidays.

  • Tyneisha Fondren December 16, 2014, 9:10 pm

    I need to have my disinfecting wipes and paper towels!

  • Chelsey December 16, 2014, 9:58 pm

    I could not live without wet wipes! They are a life saver for me!

  • Nausheen December 16, 2014, 11:49 pm

    i can’t live with out dishwashing soap. With all the baking I plan to do in the next weeks, it’ll be very necessary

  • Nikki Fahey December 17, 2014, 12:31 am

    kitchen cleaner – oh and computer cleaning wipes!!!

  • Gina M (Wild Orchid) December 17, 2014, 7:04 am

    Besides paper towels, I cannot live without ziploc bags for all of the leftovers and sharing of goodies!

    Thanks for the chance to win!
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  • Peggy Johnson December 17, 2014, 9:12 am

    My Bounty paper towels…we go through a lot!

  • rachel December 17, 2014, 9:41 am

    Dish soap — with all the baking and cooking I do, it’s a must!

  • Terry December 17, 2014, 10:52 pm

    I could not make it without paper towels !!!!

  • Barbara Montag December 17, 2014, 11:58 pm

    I have to have my carpet powder to freshen everything up!
    thank you

  • katherine December 18, 2014, 10:44 am

    I need paper towels

  • Denise L December 18, 2014, 1:11 pm

    For me, it’s baking soda. I use it to clean everything!

  • shaunie December 18, 2014, 3:50 pm

    I am going to say paper towels.

  • Kim Kihega December 18, 2014, 8:37 pm

    I could not do without my Tide and Bounty paper towels.

  • Tracy December 18, 2014, 9:22 pm

    2 little boys = constant spills & messes. Cannot live without Kirkland baby wipes!

  • Amy Orvin December 18, 2014, 9:33 pm

    I can’t live without Lysol wipes and mopping solution for my floors.

  • lisa December 18, 2014, 11:52 pm

    I can’t function without wet-wipes-and all my kids are out of diapers!!

  • Susan Christy December 19, 2014, 12:02 am

    Mr Clean Magic Eraser – I don’t know how I lived so long without it.

  • carol clark December 19, 2014, 12:11 am

    dawn dish soap and lysol spray

  • Vunda V December 19, 2014, 11:47 am

    we go through so many paper towels! holy moly

  • HS December 19, 2014, 2:06 pm

    I can not live without paper towels especially during the holidays.

  • Vera K December 19, 2014, 4:13 pm

    I use a lot of spray counter cleaner.

  • Donna L December 19, 2014, 5:22 pm

    I need my paper towels.

  • Jordan December 19, 2014, 5:23 pm

    Probably the vacuum!

  • Kristen December 19, 2014, 5:38 pm

    All year round…paper towels!

  • Sheila K. December 19, 2014, 5:39 pm

    I use a lot of paper towels and can’t live without them!

  • Elena December 19, 2014, 6:52 pm

    I cannot live without Lysol wipes

  • Dianne Hall December 20, 2014, 12:58 am

    Lysol wipes- I wipe down doorknobs and lightswitches constantly during flu season!

  • Meghan@CleanEatsFastFeets December 21, 2014, 9:28 am

    Happy Hanukkah!

  • Stephanie Phelps December 21, 2014, 5:22 pm

    I cannot leave without my Bounty and Mr Clean Magic Erasers!

  • Stephanie Phelps December 21, 2014, 5:22 pm

    I cannot live without my Bounty and Mr Clean Magic Erasers!

  • Melissa H. December 22, 2014, 8:20 am

    I could not live without Bounty paper towels, but these comments also reminded me of the magic of Mr. Clean Magic Erasers!

  • Em Mahr December 22, 2014, 9:11 am

    There are a ton of cleaning items I can’t live without during the holidays, but I’d say near the top of the list would be dish soap. With all the holiday guests, I always have a ton of dishes to wash!

  • LaTanya December 22, 2014, 2:30 pm

    disinfecting wipes for sure

  • steven weber December 22, 2014, 2:31 pm

    I can’t live without the Bounty paper towels.. people are constantly making messes.

  • Stacey K December 22, 2014, 3:21 pm

    Paper towel and Soft Scrub are my 2 must haves.

  • Dawn Monroe December 22, 2014, 4:20 pm

    I cant live without Dawn Dishsoap because I have well water nad its the only kind that works.

  • Betsy Barnes December 22, 2014, 8:20 pm

    I cannot live without Lysol disinfecting wipes. I use them daily, keep them in every room of the house 🙂

  • Annette December 22, 2014, 9:59 pm

    I can’t live without my all-purpose spray. With cats I’m always wiping counters before and after I cook. Plus they’re messy eaters, so I always have to wipe the floor.