Lights Out and Giveaway

As you all know, I’m a sucker for anything to help the environment.  That’s why I am so proud to be taking part in WWF’s Earth Hour 2011

On March 26th, THIS SATURDAY at 8:30pm, thousands, even millions, of people will be helping out the environment and sending a message to everyone, by turning out their lights for ONE HOUR.

I would LOVE it if you would take the pledge through WWF’s website to turn off your lights for that one hour.  I know that it’s a Saturday night, and you might be out having fun and well, at that hour it’s dark, but take that time to sit and have a bath or dinner by candlelight, snuggle with your significant other, or just take a moment to look up at the sky and into the stars.  I mean, even the Empire State Building, Times Square and Wrigley Field is turning off it’s lights!
I might be out of town in Oakland, CA getting ready to run a 1/2 Marathon the next morning but you know I’ll be turning off my lights, and that includes the TV, radio and my computer!  I think this is a very important to get the word out on Climate Change.  And it’s only an hour!  I know you can do it!
But get this, I’m including a giveaway to help promote it!
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When I was at the National Products Expo I came across the stand for Endangered Species Chocolates, which I’ve tried before and absolutely love!  I explained to one of the employees there (thanks Stephanie!) about my running fundraiser and she gladly handed over a few kinds of chocolates for me to give to you!!!
I am super excited for this giveaway not just because it’s awesome chocolate (duh) but because of the way they make their chocolate, get their products, and donate 10% of their net profits (a minimum of $10,000) to various organizations!  How awesome is that! 
So, for this giveaway I have some great products for you!
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First off, Dark Chocolate Covered Cashews.  How much better can it get than such a great nut enrobed in 72% Dark chocolate that’s fair trade and ethically farmed!?  And look at those little monkeys…they’re using those eyes to get you to give into this giveaway!
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Then there’s the beautiful Rhino’s on the front of these very tasty Dark Chocolate Covered Hazelnut Toffee pieces.  I know you all love toffee!
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This bar gives me a flashback to my trip to Australia where I got to see a wild Koala Bear snacking on leaves in the trees. So what better than to eat a Dark Chocolate and Cherry Bar with their cuddly face on it?  I wish I could!
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And then the Rhino’s are back with a Dark Chocolate Bar with Hazelnut Toffee.  If you didn’t get enough of it with the clusters, you always have a bar leftover to satisfy that craving.

Now, how can you get your hands on this chocolate? 
There are many ways to enter!

1. Visit WWF’s Earth Hour Pledge Page and pledge to turn off your lights this Saturday.  Leave a comment to let me know!
2. Let me know what you would love to do to help out the environment this spring as the snow starts to melt and the flower start to bloom!
3. Tweet about the giveaway: @Tryingtoheal is doing a giveaway of @ESC_Chocolate’s to help with her running fundraiser!
4. And if you’re really feeling generous, you can donate to my running fundraiser as I run the SD Marathon on 5 June!  You can donate here; I would really appreciate it!
You have until next Tuesday, 29 March at 8pm PST when I will announce the winner!

Good luck!!!
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79 Responses to Lights Out and Giveaway

  1. freya says:

    Just tweeted!

  2. PoweredbyPeanutButter says:

    I'm turning out the lights for Earth Hour :)

  3. Junghwa says:

    yep i'm definitely pledging to have lights off

  4. Megan says:

    I'm trying to get better about unplugging appliances when I'm done with them. Also I won't be using my oven nearly as often when the weather warms up!

  5. Junghwa says:

    i am going to plant more plants in my garden :)

  6. proudpatriot07 says:

    I'm pledging to turn off my lights for that hour :).

    Amy Lauren

  7. Lauren @ Spiced Plate says:

    I signed the pledge! My husband and I do this every year. Candles are more romantic :)

  8. proudpatriot07 says:

    I also tweeted the giveaway!

  9. Amanda - RunToTheFinish says:

    wahooo haven't tried these particular items!! i just blogged about it, which did a tweet and will show in my side bar

  10. Amanda - RunToTheFinish says:

    I have been unplugging all appliances we aren't using. I could also start turning off my computer over night

  11. Amanda - RunToTheFinish says:

    I made the pledge!

  12. Samantha says:

    Never even heard about this event till you! Thanks, I am excited to see what I get up to in this hour of darkness.

  13. Carol says:

    I pledged!

  14. Carol says:

    I'm going to build a solar cooker, it's cheap and easy to make and way better than heating the whole oven to cook something small

  15. Carol says:

    twitter name is marciebeth

  16. fittingitallin says:

    I pledged! Now you just have to help me remember:)

    Oh and I've been extra careful to turn out ALL of my lights every day before work.

  17. JW says:

    I tweeted! @butterjessfly

  18. claire says:

    I definitely pledged to turn off my lights for earth hour!

  19. JW says:

    In order to help the enviornment, I'm growing my own garden this spring and plan on shopping at local farmers markets!

  20. claire says:

    Oh, and this spring I am trying to use less energy on air conditioning

  21. Endangered Species Chocolate says:

    Running for the environment…good luck on the marathon, Melissa!

  22. Katy says:

    I tweeted!! xxx

  23. Katy says:

    Pledged :)

  24. squigglefloey says:

    I would love to go on evening walks when it starts getting warmer!

  25. squigglefloey says:

    tweeted! :) @Squigglemefloey

  26. madeline says:

    My husband and I had already made it our new years pledge to have a weekly no-lights night, where we enjoy dinner and each other's company without electricity. I hope to keep it up this spring!

  27. Biz says:

    Since I don't know how to Tweet (how old am I?!) I donated to your race – good luck Mel! :D


  28. Haley says:

    I just pledged for Lights Out (I always wondered how it worked, but it's good to know we all do it in our own timezones at 8.30, lol).

    My hubby and I are super conscious of unplugging appliances and even turning off our water heater during the day while no one's home. It saves a lot of energy. Not to mention, we don't have a dryer or dishwater (who needs em in Hawai'i?)

  29. andy says:

    Just pledged :) (love this idea and the chocolate!)

  30. andy says:

    Planning to do another "side-walk" clean up: a group of us get together every spring since 11th grade and clean up a good number of blocks in the shadier areas of town! It's fun and good for the environment :)

  31. andy says:

    Just tweeted about it! :)

  32. Natalie says:

    This spring I am growing my own herbs instead of store bought, and also making an effort to use natural light vs. artificial.

    Thanks for the giveaway! LOVE the brand!

  33. Gloria says:

    I pledged! :)

  34. mymarblerye says:

    Just tweeted! I love your heart!!

  35. Shannon O. says:

    Took the pledge! Now for some chocolate. : )

  36. Sophia Lee says:

    Pledged!!!! :-)

  37. Sophia Lee says:

    Tweeted too, tweet tweet!

  38. Sophia Lee says:

    And this spring, I'm going to possibly get a bike so I can bike around everywhere. :-)

    Even if I can't, I'm still gong to be continuing to recycle everything OCD-ly!

  39. Ashley says:

    I pledge to turn my lights out. :)

  40. Amy says:

    I just tweeted!

  41. Just a Girl says:

    I absolutely LOVE this brand!

    I'd like to help the animals… kind of relates to the environment. I've been volunteering/donating to the local animal shelter. There are tons of innocent dogs and cats that need help and love.

    I'd also like to start planting some of my own veggies to lead to a more "sustainable living" lifestyle.

  42. veechy says:

    I just pledged!

  43. veechy says:

    I would love to start a recycling program for my apartment complex… we currently don't have one and my roommate and i haul our recyclables to the office

  44. Bec says:

    I pledged and this spring my roommate and I are really ensuring all lights are off unless absolutely necessary. And I'm getting better at unplugging appliances.

  45. learningtocookeatandenjoydeliciousfood says:

    I pledged to turn my lights out and the company I work for is a big company in my town and will be turning off its lights also.

  46. Loving Incredible Food while Living in Normal says:

    I plan to share the ride with others as I can often drive too often when I can catch a ride with others. I am also going to try to start running places when I can! :)

  47. Mary says:

    I am pledging for sure :)

  48. Cathy says:

    great giveaway, melissa! thanks!
    i walk everywhere i possibly can to help out the environment, and use recyclable bags at the grocery store.

  49. brandi says:

    how awesome :)

    I pledged!

  50. brandi says:

    this spring, we're helping our environment by planting our garden and more flowers/plants in the yard. we'll be visiting the farmer's markets again to buy local produce from the farmers that live around us. and with the later light in the evenings, we'll be out more, using less energy in the house for lights, tv, etc.

  51. brandi says:

    also donated! thanks for the reminder :) I've been meaning to, and I just kept forgetting!

  52. Rachel (tea and chocolate) says:

    Thanks for the reminder that Earth Hour is on Saturday. I try to do that every year. I pledged!

  53. Rachel (tea and chocolate) says:

    I plan on planting a vegetable garden.

  54. JLYNCH6341 says:

    I am going to turn the lights off for Earth Hour

  55. Lucy says:

    I will definitely try to conserve by shorter showers and less use of electricity
    ralphlucy at comcast dot net

  56. Cherloo says:

    Planting trees!!!!!!!!

  57. Cherloo says:


  58. Emma says:

    I just got these chocolates for my birthday! The winner is a very lucky-duck. They're delicious(:

  59. mindrunningwild says:

    my college does an awesome earth hour event!

  60. mindrunningwild says:

    and I help out the environment by showering in the dark to offset the number of people who leave the lights in thebathroom on!

  61. mindrunningwild says:

    tweet tweet!

  62. Robin says:


  63. Robin says:

    And I made the pledge!

  64. Anonymous says:

    I'll be turning out the lights Saturday.

  65. Anonymous says:

    I'll be making a commitment to recycling .

  66. Chelsea says:

    I pledge to turn my lights off on Saturday!

  67. Chelsea says:

    i plan to turn off all of my appliances when they are not being used- save energy!

  68. Chelsea says:

    I tweeeteddddd!

  69. EmilyK says:

    I'll turn out my lights for Earth Hour. I can study by candle light!

  70. EmilyK says:

    I'm going to try to recycle more… sometimes it's laziness! Ugh I hate that

  71. Becky says:

    I pledged and I'm turning out the lights right now.

  72. Lunges and Lunch says:

    What a great cause!

    I pledged and I tweeted. To help the environment, I'm going to try to take my bike more often. While I usually take transit, those buses exude a lot of gross stuff. Here's to biking places!

  73. Jasmine says:

    To help the environment this spring I plan to take advantage of the warm(er) weather and walk as often as I can instead of driving!

  74. spectacuLAUR says:

    This spring, I would really like to start recycling. Especially my water bottles! Or start using a water container for my runs because I feel like I'm using WAY too much plastic :(

    Psst-> Love your blog, btw!

  75. Carrie says:

    I just tweeted!

  76. Catherine Agnes says:

    To help the environment this spring, I'm cloth-diapering my baby both at home and away. This cuts down on waste in a very major way, and I can use the diapers again on my next child!

  77. Diet Coke and a Lemon says:

    I just found your blog, but I turned out my lights on Saturday.

  78. Diet Coke and a Lemon says:

    I have recently started unplugging appliances when I am not using them, and I am moving soon so I am going to start gardening. Hopefully everything will live.

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