A crave-worthy book: Win The Desire Map by Danielle LaPorte

How often does someone ask you: how do you want to feel?

Not enough.

I’ve been using Danielle LaPorte’s book The Desire Map in my own life for a couple of years, and it was influential in guiding my work with clients and writing Women, Food, And Desire.

I find that when we really dive deep and get clear on what we WANT, rather than what we don’t want, life can shift in miraculous ways.

Win the Desire Map from Danielle LaPorte

Win the Desire Map from Danielle LaPorte

Today I’m teaming up with Danielle LaPorte to give away a digital copy of her groundbreaking book, The Desire Map.

Her guide will help you define your “goals with soul” and help you never make another to-do list and New Year’s resolution ever again.
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Deliciously pretty skin care – win a $200 gift basket from AnnMarie Skincare!

Two good rules to live by:

1. If you don’t have something nice to say, don’t say anything at all. 2. Don’t put stuff on your skin that isn’t safe to put in your mouth. Your skin care, make up, hair care, deodorant, and any other beauty aids should be toxin-free, and made from super-healthy ingredients. Because your skin is porous, yo! You absorb everything through your skin, so it’s time to upgrade that old toxic Maybelline with AnnMarie.   annmarie Wouldn’t you love to have a simple bathroom cabinet that looked like this? I LOVE Annmarie Gianni’s skincare – it’s non-toxic, and truly feels like it’s feeding my skin when I put it on.

So I’m happy to announce that we teamed up to give away a

$200 gift basket of incredible products to one lucky winner!

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Enter here, and be sure to go check out their awesome products online!

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How I got to sleep again…Win my FAV Magnesium from Perfect Supplements!

I was a tired, frustrated mess until I started using Natural Calm…

Win my favorite Magnesium supplement from Perfect Supplements!

Win my favorite Magnesium supplement from Perfect Supplements!

I was suffering from insomnia for over a year, and it was really wrecking my life. The stress of my mom getting sick while I was under a writing deadline for my book were all too much for my adrenals.

Total exhaustion, spiraling hormones, grouchy mood, and a total collapse of my libido ….

and did you know that ONE bad night of sleep can make you insulin resistant for a few days? That’s crazy.

Magnesium is one of the best first steps when it comes to supplementing for insomnia – and chocolate cravings!

Yup, the first nutritional cause of chocolate cravings is low magnesium levels.



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So today I’m giving away some of my favorite helpers from Perfect Supplements – a gift box including my favorite Natural Calm Magnesium (which I take before bed) and my favorite Perfect Cordyceps, a great medicinal mushroom I take for boosting my energy and my immune system.

Enter to win here from me and Perfect Supplements!


Win a 3-Day Juice Cleanse from Alex + Suja!

Fresh, organic juices are a great way to flood your body with delicious healing fuel.

But you don’t always have time to shop, lug/carry, and juice the fruits and veggies yourself, right?

And there are sOOO many brands on the shelves – what’s the best choice? It’s enough to make a girl skip the grocery store and head right to the nearest bar for a cocktail…

to juice or not to juice!?

to juice or not to juice!?

That’s why I’ve teamed up with Suja Juices to give away one of their popular 3-day juice cleanses in my #20til40 give away!


Win a Suja 3-Day Juice Cleanse!

Win a Suja 3-Day Juice Cleanse from Alex + Suja!


Now that the weather is warmer, juice cleanses are safer to undertake. (I don’t do juices much in the winter – my Featherweight type gets too cold! More hot tea and soup, please!)

But you can enter here to have SUJA ship you a 3-day supply of their organic, non-GMO juices to reset your body – fun and YUM!

Enter here! Hope you win, juicy! xo, Alex
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A gift to help you relax! 2 spa baskets from Topricin


Relax with Alex + Topricin! Win a $50 gift basket

Relax with Alex + Topricin! Win a $50 gift basket

Unwind & Relax! 
After a long day, it’s time to chill, and you might have some aches + pains that keep you from feeling as good as you want.

I’ve been using Topricin for years because it’s safe, and it works.  No minty aroma, no icy-hot sensation, just a nice lotion feel that works on pain.

On neck pain, tight shoulder muscles, over worked calves, tired feet, and even my kid’s growing pains, we always have extra tubes of Topricin in the house.

I’ve had back and neck pain since the age of 12 when I was diagnosed with scoliosis, but with yoga, biking, and Topricin, I keep the discomfort in check.

Topricin and I have teamed up to give away 2 awesome spa sets!

Each Deluxe Topricin Spa Set includes:

  • (1)2oz Topricin Pain Relief Cream
  • (1)4oz Topricin Pain Relief Cream
  • Mini Manicure KeyChain
  • Filing Block
  • Spa Music CD
  • Reflexology Card (Hands)
  • Smoke Blue Fabric Bag
  • Topricin Sample Envelope

Enter here:

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Perfect for all types of aches and pains, Topricin is patented for treating fibromyalgia and neuropathy, and is safe for diabetics and children.


Win a $50 gift basket from Alex + Topricin

Win a $50 gift basket from Alex + Topricin

When grocery shopping is a chore, not a pleasure…win 1 month of Instacart delivery!

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I LOVE buying and making my own food.

Shopping, cooking, touching and smelling the ingredients…it’s a pleasure for me, connects me with my food, and is part of the experience of eating…99% of the time.

Then there are times when I’m running late, I need to pick my kid up from school, the weather is terrible, or I’d just rather work on my podcast, not run to the market.

That’s when I use Instacart.

Yes, I order my groceries online. Often.

This service, while not available everywhere, is a HUGE help for the busy family.

It’s a great way to save time, and honestly money – if my time is worth over $100 an hour, and it will take me 1+ hour to grocery shop, or even an extra $20 to get a taxi back home to save time (I’m a New Yorker – and haven’t owned a car in 18 years)…I’d just rather hop online, choose the organic, healthy ingredients I want, and pay less than $10 to have it picked up and delivered to my home.

Seriously – it’s a life saver!

Instacart is one of my favorite ways to enjoy what I love most about food – taking time to choose the recipes, and cook the food in my own home, rather than being stuck in traffic or fuming, looking for a parking spot.

Enter to win 1 month of Instacart Express above, which is their grocery delivery membership. With Instacart Express, you get free delivery on 2 hour & scheduled grocery deliveries over $35. Instacart Express begins with a 14-day free trial. After that, Express is just $99/year.

Instacart delivers in the Atlanta, Austin, Boston, Boulder, Chicago, Denver, Houston, Los Angeles, New York City, Philadelphia, Portland, San Francisco Bay Area, San Jose, Seattle & Washington D.C. areas. If you’re ready to save some time shopping, so you can have more time cooking, enter above! 

Don’t forget to keep coming back here and to follow me on Instagram and Facebook – the #20til40 giveaways go all the way through 3/27 (my 40th birthday) and we’ve got some HUGE prizes coming up!

Writing Is Healing: Write Your Story

Writing has changed my life, over and over again.

From sorting out my feelings in “dear diary” style countless nights over my life, to writing through the pain of losing my mother, to exploring what my cravings were telling me near the end of my vegan life, writing is one powerful way to sort through the mess.

Writing gets the thoughts out of your head, and onto the paper.

Writing takes the stress out of your body.

Writing can help you feel grateful and calm.

And clarity. Woah, can writing help shine a spotlight on your truth.

So for today’s #20til40 give away, I’m sharing one of my favorite writing tools – a lovely deck of cards created by my friend Cynthia Morris, writer, coach, and creative artist. Cynthia recently appeared on my Crave Cast where we talked about creativity and healing. Listen here: http://bit.ly/cravecynthia


“We write to taste life twice, in the moment and in retrospect.” 

Anais Nin 

“There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you.” 

Maya Angelou, I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings


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“Writing is an exploration. You start from nothing and learn as you go.”

E.L. Doctorow

“Either write something worth reading or do something worth writing.”

Benjamin Franklin 

I hope you win!



Look as fine as yoga makes you feel – Win Couturetee Yoga Pants

I’ve been doing yoga since the age of 7 when my mom got a VCR and we would stretch along with Lilias, Yoga & You before my school bus pulled up to the corner.

Yoga is one of the best ways to get in touch with my body, calm my nervous system, strengthen my crooked back, and relax the tense muscles that support my daily writing habit.

And I want you to enjoy trying yoga, moving in your body, and loving how you look – every day.

So I want you to win a pair of these awesome hand-dyed yoga pants from Tristan Christopher + Couturetee.com! 


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  • yoga is all about breathing into the discomfort, in order to get through it (like listening to your cravings)…
  • yoga is for everyone, can be done anywhere, and costs nothing, once you learn the moves…
  • yoga quiets the mind, tones the body, and brings an unbreakable confidence and partnership between body + mind.


So today, my dear Clan of the Crave Bears, I’m giving you a chance to win 1 of 3 pairs of hand made yoga pants to swaddle your hot buns in the beauty they deserve. The beauty you deserve to feel about your body.

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I hope you win!
Share the wealth, and tell your friends – send them an email with the link to this page, because you and your girl should totally walk down the street in these hot pants together!

Warm Up, Chill Out! Win my FAVORITE hot water bottle #20til40

I love feeling the soothing, melty relief of a squishy hot water bottle – and I want you to have THE BEST hot water bottle ever!

Seriously. I’ve looked.


Every massage therapists secret? The Fomentek bag. Get one here, a gift from @deliciousalex #20til40

Every massage therapists secret? The Fomentek bag. Get one here, a gift from @deliciousalex #20til40

Just as I’ve been on a search for the perfect Earl Grey Tea (@RepublicofTea – your Earl Greyer is the current front runner!) I’ve been on a search for the best, relaxing hot water bottle.

Am I a grandma?

No, but I do love cats, B&Bs, hand made quilts, tea, making inappropriate jokes at family gatherings. So yes, I’m a grannie in training.

Heat therapy is so good for sore muscles, releasing tension at the end of the day, and has been in use since humans tripped into that first hot spring:

  • good for sore muscles when your handsome masseuse Juan is out of town
  • great for painful joints when you’ve been madly writing your next erotic novel all day
  • helps relieve headaches after the 90 minute commute, and won’t ruin your hair-do unlike a hot shower
  • hot water bottles make a good “boyfriend” replacement when your partner is out of town + you hate getting into a cold bed alone

Today’s #20til40 give away is THE FOMENTEK bag, which I’ve been using for years. (No, not my personal bag, but one just like it)

I’ve had scoliosis and the back pain that comes with a twisted spine since the age of 12. Hot water, massage, yoga and regular biking help me keep things in line…literally.

Enter to win your very own hot water bottle here, and put me down for a thank you card, because baby, you’re going to love it! xo, Alex
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