Features & Fun Friday #7 ~ Top 5 Soothing Slow Cooker Soups and A GIVEAWAY!!!

Welcome, friends! It’s the last Friday of the month and that means it’s time for another Features & Fun Friday! The fun is super-sized today because Five Heart Home is featuring our very first GIVEAWAY!

EllaBead Giveaway ~ Custom Necklaces for Toddlers, Little Girls, & Adults  |  {Five Heart Home}We’ll get to the exciting details in a minute, but suffice it to say that I think you’re going to love this giveaway as much as I do!

{Top 5 Round-Up ~ Soothing Slow Cooker Soups}

First off, fall has officially arrived (yippee! — despite our outdoor thermometer still indicating the contrary) and I am loving the excuse to whip up lots of warm and comforting meals and, of course, plenty of pumpkin treats! When the weather cools down (eventually — ha!), nothing makes me feel cozier than a hearty bowl of soup. Couple that with the fact that crock pot recipes are always popular, and what would be more appropriate today than to feature a round-up of comforting soups that cook up effortlessly in the slow cooker?!

Top 5 Soothing Slow Cooker Soups ~ Crock Pot Recipe Round-Up (Kielbasa and White Bean Stew with Tomatoes and Spinach, Baked Potato Soup, Tomato Basil Parmesan Soup, Vegetable Beef and Barley Soup, and Creamy Green Chile Enchilada Soup)  |  {Five Heart Home}1. Slow Cooker Kielbasa and White Bean Stew with Tomatoes and Spinach, photo & recipe by Kalyn’s Kitchen

2. Baked Potato Soup ~ Slow Cooker Style, photo & recipe by Mama Loves Food

3. Slow Cooker Tomato Basil Parmesan Soup, photo & recipe by Karen Petersen via Today’s Mama

4. The Easiest Slow Cooker Vegetable, Beef, & Barley Soup, photo & recipe by CookSmarts

5. Slow Cooker Creamy Green Chile Enchilada Soup, photo & recipe by Scattered Thoughts of a Crafty Mom

In case you missed it, my recent Slow Cooker Split Pea Soup is another perfect-for-autumn recipe that requires minimal up-front effort for a warm, comforting meal at the end of a long day.

Slow Cooker Split Pea Soup ~ your crock pot does all the work for this warm and comforting soup, made hearty (but not heavy) by the addition of diced ham, potatoes, and carrots | {Five Heart Home}Thanks so much for always clicking through and pinning from the original sources!


{GIVEAWAY! Custom EllaBead Necklace}

~for a Toddler, Little Girl, or Adult~

I am SO happy to be hosting this giveaway today, y’all! EllaBead is a collaboration between Carmen and her 2-year-old firecracker of a daughter, Ella. What started out as a fun mother/daughter activity creating toddler necklaces for Ella evolved into much more, as family and friends caught wind of the cuteness and started placing orders. Now Carmen (and Ella, when nap time isn’t calling) have a spiffy little shop taking custom orders for not only toddler necklaces, but also longer lengths for little girls and more sophisticated styles for “big girls.” Hey, we can’t let our daughters have all the fun now, can we?

1000928_10151806886880747_1102925382_n I’m going to stop talking for a moment so that you can take a gander at some of the gorgeousness. Here are some beauts that would look adorable on the younger ladies…

EllaBead Giveaway ~ Custom Necklaces for Toddlers, Little Girls, & Adults  |  {Five Heart Home}…and here are some styles that would be perfect for little girls on up to adults!

EllaBead Giveaway ~ Custom Necklaces for Toddlers, Little Girls, & Adults | {Five Heart Home}I happen to be slightly partial to that top, right maroon & white beauty, but should you wish, Carmen has the beads to make a necklace in the colors of your very own alma mater as well!

I’ve had the honor of watching EllaBead evolve since the beginning, and let me tell you that the styles that Carmen and Ella have been adding to their shop keep getting better and better. First there were the fun, colorful, patterned, and sometimes sparkly beads, and then there were the classic, sophisticated wooden beads, and now there are all manner of embellishments. Carmen has done holiday necklaces (Fourth of July, Halloween, Christmas), themed necklaces (Minnie Mouse, school colors), and even a necklace to match the nursery of a particularly precious little 1-year-old… πŸ˜‰

PinkGreenEllaBead_700pxAs if all of that wasn’t enough, the price of an EllaBead necklace runs from a super affordable $18 to $22. Seriously, folks…the only downside of EllaBead is narrowing down your favorite combo of beads from so many fabulous choices!

Whether you have a daughter/niece/granddaughter to accessorize, or you fancy an EllaBead original for yourself, I hope you will go check out Carmen’s shop, and I really hope you will enter the giveaway to try to score one of these fabulous necklaces!

The Rafflecopter below offers several options for additional entries (choose one or all, and feel free to spread the word about the giveaway for 5 extra chances to win!), and the giveaway ends at midnight on October 4th. Please let me know if you have any issues with or questions about Rafflecopter. Good luck, everyone!!!

The giveaway is over. Thanks to everyone who entered,

and congratulations to our winner, Mary Leigh!!! πŸ™‚

a Rafflecopter giveaway

{Behind the Scenes at 5HH}

It’s been a busy, exciting month around here since the last Features & Fun Friday!

We may have had his party early, but a few weeks later, we celebrated the official big #6 for our biggest big boy.

BirthdayCollage_700pxThen we shipped child #2 back off to preschool for a few mornings a week.

1stDayPreschool_700pxAnd finally, last week the baby girl turned 1! Gah! I can hardly believe it. We had an extremely pink birthday party to celebrate our little princess, and I’ll be sharing a post with those pics and party details soon.

Pink1stBirthday_700px That’s it for today, y’all. Don’t forget to enter that EllaBead giveaway and have a wonderful fall weekend!

This giveaway is sponsored by EllaBead. I was provided with a free necklace for review
purposes, but in no way did that influence this post. All opinions expressed are my own.



  1. Debbie Caraballo says:

    Hiya Samantha,
    I absolutely love those gorgeous necklaces! I’m thinking small beads – maybe black and silvery gray. The soups look wonderful. Actually, I made the Green Chile Enchilada soup a couple weeks ago, and it was awesome! Thanks for a great giveaway!
    Deb (Native Texan and Aggie fan, stuck in NJ for now)

  2. Darien Schlegel says:

    Love the turquoise and flower necklace, but they are all so cute!

  3. Great blog!!! Beautiful necklaces and yummy recipes- can’t beat that! :)!

  4. Bristi Cure says:

    Can’t wait to try a few of those soups and love the EllaBead necklaces!

  5. I am sooooo happy that Fall is here! I’ve already made three different soups in the last two weeks. I’m thinking I found some new ones to try now, too.

    Thanks for the awesome giveaway!

    • Samantha at Five Heart Home Samantha at Five Heart Home says:

      I’m really excited for fall, too, Jennifer, and I love making soup once the weather cools down. I hope you find a few new keeper recipes in this round-up! And I’m so glad you entered the giveaway…good luck!

  6. What a great give away!! I’m thinking burnt orange colors though… πŸ˜‰

    • Samantha at Five Heart Home Samantha at Five Heart Home says:

      Carmen just recently located true burnt orange beads, Jenn, so I know she can do it! She’s a Red Raider, so it may make her wince a little bit, but she suppresses any feelings of school rivalry and happily designs EllaBeads for everyone… πŸ˜‰

  7. I initially was going to say yellow for my daughter, but then I remembered that she’s learning about the colors of the rainbow in art class in kindergarten, and I think she’d love a rainbow-colored necklace. Thank you for this giveaway!

  8. What a fun giveaway, Samantha! I love the gray, mustard, and teal necklace, but they’re all so gorgeous! Thanks so much for hosting it!

    ~Abby =)

  9. I found your blog through Ellabead & am so excited to subscribe after seeing all of the great recipes! The pumpkin biscoff bundt cake sounds amazing & my husband is a big soup lover, so I’m sure we will try some of your soup recipes this fall as well!

    • Samantha at Five Heart Home Samantha at Five Heart Home says:

      I’m so happy to have you stop by, Amanda! Hope you enjoy the recipes and good luck on the giveaway! πŸ™‚

  10. Mary Leigh Caldwell says:

    EllaBeads ROCK! I love the rainbow colored necklace for my little girls and the light blue, gray and mustard necklace for myself.

    • Samantha at Five Heart Home Samantha at Five Heart Home says:

      Aren’t they fabulous, Mary Leigh?! I have the hardest time deciding my favorite style…

  11. Oh, how fun to have a tiny girl to dress up after all of the blue…I know you catch my drift;). Perry Kate would be adorable in one of these:):)

    • Samantha at Five Heart Home Samantha at Five Heart Home says:

      I totally catch your drift, Amy! πŸ™‚ I know you’re having so much fun with sweet Miss Perry Kate. Good luck winning her some EllaBeads!

  12. Thanks for the give away! We sure love EllaBeads!!

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