Reader of the Month and Addict Nation Book Giveaway! (Updated)

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It took me a LONG time to decide on January’s reader of the month. The contributing editors and I decided that it should definitely be someone who interacts both here on the blog and also on Twitter and Facebook. That’s the nature of this community, so, honestly, it was a pretty tough decision!

Reader of the Month: January

So, without further ado, the reader of the month for January is Kathy – otherwise known as RedKathy (I’m guessing for her fiery red hair). Kathy is a great food blogger and lifestyle blogger, and regularly engages here, on Twitter, and on Facebook. I love her. 🙂 Thanks, Kathy! You win the gift card and bragging rights. Til next month!

Addict Nation Book Giveaway!

[pullquote]We can’t consume our way to being better people.[/pullquote]

This book is so new that even I have not read it yet, but it’s gotten great reviews and I can’t wait to get my hands on it this weekend. Addict Nation is written by Jane Velez-Mitchell and Sandra Mohr. What I like about this book is that it challenges American culture – are our habits killing us? Seriously?

addict nationI also like that this book is written by two very smart biz chicks. Velez-Mitchell is the host of a television show, Issues with Jane Velez-Mitchell, and Mohr is a well-known Hollywood film editor and director. Talk about being go-getters!

Now, I am no saint. I wholeheartedly admit that I am an addict. What am I addicted to? Many things, including convenience, comfort, black cut tea with cream and sugar, white chocolate mochas, The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills, and blogging. There are a number of other things. I cannot tell you how many chicken nuggets from McDonald’s that I have eaten in the last 11 months. It may not show on my body but rest assured it has taken a toll on my quality of life.

Description of this book from

“Americans are being lured into addiction. And what we’re hooked on isn’t necessarily illegal or even hard to come by. Prescription medications are making us high. Fast food is making us fat. The Internet keeps us constantly distracted with everything from gambling and porn to compulsive social networking. Television bombards us with glamorized violence. From billboards, to online pop ups, to commercials. . . we’re seduced into buying more stuff we don’t need while we drown in growing debt. Massive profits fill the pockets of a handful of ‘pushers’ at the expense of everyone else. Corporations, government, and the media are creating the illusion that the more we have, the better we are, and so we crave whatever they’re selling and become addicted to their products in the process. Americans are being seduced into self-destructivebehavior on a mass scale. It’s time to take our power back. In her trademark no-holds-barred style, Jane Velez-Mitchell asks, ‘Do you really want to be a slave, existing just to make someone else rich and powerful?’ If the answer is no, then read this book. Addict Nation is our blueprint for change, but first we must see what is really going on. This is an intervention!”

How to win a copy of Addict Nation

Easy. Just write a post about addictions – yours, mine (I’ve listed them for you), America’s, your neighbors. It can be one addiction or many. It can be funny, serious, or anything in between. It doesn’t have to be text – it can be a photo, song, cartoon, or even a clip from a movie that you feel relates to the subject.

Addictions impact us. They impact our families, our businesses, and the communities in which we live. Eventually, they spill out into the larger society.

Link back to this post in your entry. I’ll tweet your post out for you using the #addictnation tag (this way, people using that tag will see all of our related posts). Then, leave a link to your post on bizchickblogs’ Facebook page.

Posts must be published by February 24th at midnight, New York time.

As posts get published and I get notified, I will list them on a spreadsheet and then on February 25, I will announce the winner, and will include a link and screenshot for all of the other entries, as well.

The winner will be selected not by me, but by our friendly generator. However – please note that each post will be checked to ensure quality. 🙂 If it’s a junk post, it won’t be added to the list, ya dig? This isn’t a ploy to get links; it’s to open a dialog about addictions, especially to things other than drugs. We never talk about them! So let’s.

You do not have to be a chick to enter this giveaway. 🙂 Contributors and contributing editors are allowed to enter, too.

International participants: You are welcome to enter! If you win, I will give you an gift card equal to the cost of the book. You will be responsible for shipping charges.

Good luck!

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{ 19 comments… read them below or add one }

Morgan February 9, 2011 at 4:52 pm

What a fun contest!! Definitely going to be doing this! 🙂 And congrats to Kathy!

Tia Peterson February 10, 2011 at 1:53 am

Good! Let me know when you publish your entry!

cindy leli red bank February 8, 2011 at 6:56 pm

I don’t think it’s an american thing per say, we just can afford these lifestyles now, but the third world is catching up and demanding our resource intensive lifestyles as well, it’s just human nature

Tia Peterson February 10, 2011 at 1:54 am

Hey Cindy!

I agree with you in part! The thing is, just because we can afford a certain lifestyle, that doesn’t mean we should gravitate towards it.

Lots of people can afford drugs and alcohol but don’t use them with abandon. Money and the ability to buy things is just one part of the equation.

Kaimo turizmas February 8, 2011 at 1:21 pm

Hi Kathy, I am so glad that you won this month because I have now found a wonderful food blog to follow. I can’t wait to try out some of your recipes! I’m following you on Twitter and added you to my Facebook Networked blogs so I won’t miss any of your new posts.

Kadeejia February 8, 2011 at 12:50 pm

Hey Tia,
Writing my post was in a way, therapeutic. I hadn’t thought about the situation I wrote about since it happened. A lot within me has changed since then and it was nice to see my growth. So thanks for the opportunity. It definitely started as “I’m doing this for an entry” but in the end it has become a chance for me to see my maturity through life.


Bibi February 7, 2011 at 12:51 pm

What a great idea for a post. We all have them good or bad. I need to remember the closing date and try to write a post.

Tia Peterson February 10, 2011 at 1:55 am

Hi Bibi!

I’ll remind you!


Tasha February 7, 2011 at 2:07 am

Saw your post about the giveaway on the SITS forums! I wrote about addictions in my latest blog post. It should be the link provided by commentluv.

Tia Peterson February 7, 2011 at 12:45 pm

Thanks, Tasha! Visited and commented!

Sherryl Perry @Keep Up With The Web February 5, 2011 at 9:43 pm

Hi Kathy, I am so glad that you won this month because I have now found a wonderful food blog to follow. I can’t wait to try out some of your recipes! I’m following you on Twitter and added you to my Facebook Networked blogs so I won’t miss any of your new posts.

Italian Mama Chef Michelle February 4, 2011 at 3:32 pm

Congrats go out to RedKathy!!! I love your tweets cause I find out good recipes and lots of other great information.

I’m going to have to think about this addiction thing because I have my own and my true nature is to be open and share those things. But do I really want to hang it all out on the line right now? In this way? Hmmm….food for thought for sure.

Tia Peterson February 5, 2011 at 1:49 pm

Hey Michelle!

I really hope you do participate. There will likely not be many doing it, so you’ll have a pretty good chance at winning!

redkathy February 4, 2011 at 1:32 pm

Oh Geez Tia,

Now you have matched my face with my hair!! I remember reading about the reader of the month and NEVER expected it would be me.

What can I say, bizchicksblog is entertaining, educational, and down right fun! Besides, the creator, that being you, is a most kind, generous, and intelligent woman.

Thank you for the mention, the gift, and most of all the outpouring of support for women.

Hope you have a great weekend and I still plan on baking those cupcakes 😉

Tia Peterson February 5, 2011 at 1:45 pm

You’re so welcome, Kathy! I’m lucky to have you all around – it just wouldn’t be as fun without you!


Kadeejia February 9, 2011 at 7:53 am

Congrats, Kathy!
Love your food blog…but I can’t visit often. Its makes me hungry and the hungry girl that lives inside of me wants everything! lol

AIDY February 4, 2011 at 1:31 pm

Congratulations Kathy! Great incentive for a contest as well. I may have to get in on some of that 🙂

Thanks Tia!

redkathy February 4, 2011 at 1:34 pm

Well Thank you AIDY! Bizchicksblog is pretty awesome don’t ya think?!

Fran Aslam From Online writer February 4, 2011 at 11:24 am

Hi Tia:

You created excitement for me with your post. I never knew that my progress to link to this site is being watched at the end of month. However, it was nice to know you get to brag for a month.

Awesome planning by you. I liked how you wrote this post too.

keep up with the web by winning every time.

Fran A

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