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Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Stonyfield Organic Greek Yogurt & Giveaway

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Something I eat on a daily basis because it not only tastes great, but is a great source of protein is Stonyfield Organic Greek Yogurt! It is seriously like a guilty pleasure - I look forward to the time each day when I get to open it, take a bite of the creamy, deliciousness, and I definitely savor each bite!


By now you’ve likely tried Greek yogurt too...there are lots of new Greek yogurt companies out there... but have you tried Stonyfield Organic Greek yogurt? This January, they introduced their newly perfected recipe and added two delicious flavors - Black Cherry and CafĂ© Latte.
Black Cherry is my ultimate favorite yogurt flavor so when I saw that Stonyfield came out with this flavor in their Organic Greek Yogurt, I was ecstatic! I immediately went out to buy it and it made me look forward to eating my daily Greek yogurt even more!


Stonyfield Greek yogurt is unique because it’s organic - it's made from organic milk produced without the use of toxic persistent pesticides, chemical fertilizers, antibiotics, or artificial growth hormones (rBST). I feel that organic is not only better for you, but better for the planet as well.

If you are interested in trying Greek yogurt or are looking for a better-for-you brand, I HIGHLY recommend Stonyfield Organic Greek yogurt!!!

Buy It: You can purchase Stonyfield Organic Greek Yogurt at your local retailer.

Win It: Stonyfield is generously offering $30 in Organic Greek Yogurt to a lucky winner!

Enter here for a chance to win:
(1) $30 worth of 
Stonyfield Organic Greek Yogurt
(in the form of free product coupons)

a Rafflecopter giveaway


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* Thank you to Stonyfield for their product for review! Disclosure - This product was given for review for my honest opinion. No other compensation was given.*

VIKTOR Air Purifier

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Allergy season is definitely underway this Spring. My poor son has had a stuffy and runny nose a couple weeks now and NOTHING is helping him!

But one thing we definitely can't do without this Spring is our new Stadler Form VIKTOR Air Purifier that is now in my son's room to help him with this allergies and the allergens that are bothering him! We immediately noticed a difference in the freshness and cleanness in the air in his room and I LOVE that you can add essential oils to the fragrance dispenser to help too!
Brilliantly designed, Viktor filters fine dust, pollen, viruses, bacteria and unpleasant odors through a specially developed HPP filter system. Equipped with activated carbon filter, fragrance dispenser, night mode, and five cleaning levels, Viktor clearly demonstrates what clean air is all about with top CADR (Clean Air Delivery Rate) values.


Air in rooms is often burdened by fine dust, pollen and unpleasant odors as well as viruses and bacteria. But VIKTOR filters all this through a specially developed HPP Filter System ™ (International patent application pending), thus permitting you to take a deep breath of fresh air!


Small and yet great in his own way – VIKTOR clearly demonstrates what clean air is all about with top CADR values (Clean Air Delivery Rate). The special filter cleanses the air while active carbon eliminates unpleasant odors. And with five capacity stages (extremely quiet to powerful) and dimmable night-mode LED control lights, VIKTOR will always be a fine companion!

The filter is easy to get to and clean and we LOVE the different levels they often: cleaning (volume) levelsand  lights brightness levels - the buttons are nicely disguised into the design to make a really sleek look!


Check out these other features:

  • Rated power: 12 to 18 Watt
  • HPP Filter System™
  • Pre-filter
  • Activated carbon filter
  • 5 cleaning levels (very silent to powerful)
  • Accessories: Viktor Filter Pack
  • Night mode (dimmable LED lights)
  • Fragrance dispenser
  • Dimensions: 7.8”W x 14.5” H x 10.5” D
  • Weight: 10.8 lbs


PLUS, this VIKTOR Air Purifier recently won the 2014 Family Choice Award! The Family Choice Awards recognizes excellence in products, services, resources and leisure activities for children and families. They are evaluated and tested through a rigorous judging process by parents, educators, children and qualified professionals. Recommendations of these "Choices" are reflected in Family Magazines’ Award Programs. These prestigious annual awards, now in their 18th year, are one of the most coveted; family friendly consumer awards programs in the nation!

If you are looking for a high-end, high-performing, and well made air purifier that is really easy to use, I highly recommend the VIKTOR Air Purifier!

Buy It: You can purchase the VIKTOR Air Purifier for $399.99 from the Stadler Form website.

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* Thank you to Stadler Form for their product for review! Disclosure - This product was given for review for my honest opinion. No other compensation was given.*

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Balance Bars Dark & Giveaway

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A major part of preserving the Earth is preserving our rainforests. Honestly, for me, I don't think about the rainforests often being from cold, snowy Minnesota but I know they are important and I also know how important it is to have sustainably managed farms that protect people and their surrounding ecosystems of water, soil and wildlife!

Balance Bar agrees which is why they offer Balance Bar Dark Bars that are made with 100% Rainforest Alliance Certified™ cocoa! The Rainforest Alliance certification assures consumers that our cocoa beans are grown on sustainably managed farms that protect people and their surrounding ecosystems of water, soil and wildlife.


Talk about a dark chocolate lover’s dream! This Balance Bar favorite layers smooth, dark chocolate over a crunchy cookie base and covers both with a rich, dark chocolate coating. Is your mouth watering? Then you’ll also love that they’re gluten free and packed with enough nutritious protein and fiber to keep you moving. Happy snacking!

These bars are really the perfect snack! Both my husband and I loved grabbing these bars on the go and knowing we are supporting the Earth and getting the perfect balance nutrition in every bar! I felt fuller longer after this balanced snack and have I mentioned how A-MAZING these bars taste!!! MMMMmmmmmm!


Check out these other features:
  • Gluten Free
  • Rainforest Alliance Certified™ Cocoa
  • 4g Fiber
  • 13g Protein
  • 180 Calories
  • Balanced 40-30-30 Nutrition
  • Excellent Source of Antioxidants & Vitamin D

Buy It: You can purchase Balance Bars from the Balance Bars online store.

Win It: Balance Bars is generously offering (1) Box of Dark Chocolate Crunch Balance Bars to a lucky winner!

Enter here for a chance to win:



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Celebrate Earth Day with Tasty Recipes from Driscoll's!

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HAPPY EARTH DAY!!!!!


This Earth Day, there is nothing more that reminds me about what the Earth gives us than eating FRESH juicy berries! They are one of the most natural, sweet and delicious foods on Earth that are NOT processed, made in a factory, or made with zillions of ingredients.

And the brand I am always looking for at the store is Driscoll's because not only do they offer fresh, juicy berries but they offer an organic variety too!


Family owned for over 100 years, Driscoll’s is passionate about growing premium fresh berries. Their strawberries, raspberries, blackberries, blueberries and organic berries are sweet, juicy and naturally wholesome. Packed with antioxidants, fiber and vitamins, they’re a healthy treat for any time of the day.

All of Driscoll’s organic berries, regardless of growing region, are 100% certified organic according to the USDA National Organic Program (NOP).

As the leader in fresh berries, growing the finest organic berries in the world is both art and science, requiring care, commitment and dedication.


By choosing Driscoll’s, you can be confident that you’re enjoying the finest, best tasting organic berries available.

If you love berries and want a tasty recipe to celebrate Earth Day, Driscoll's website offers exclusive berry recipes, including healthy berry recipes, for all your menu needs.

My mouth just watered as I went through them! Check out two of my favorites below and two I will be making for sure!




No-Bake Strawberry Cheesecake Bites

Prep Time:20 minutes
Cook Time:5 minutes
Servings:20
Strawberries filled with a simple cheesecake filling are a fantastic bite-sized treat. For ease of preparation, make filling and prep strawberries ahead of time then assemble just before serving.

INGREDIENTS
  • 2 packages (16 ounces each) Driscoll's Strawberries
  • 1 package (8 ounces) cream cheese
  • 1/2 cup 0% fat Greek yogurt
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • Pinch salt
  • 8 ounces semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 1 tablespoon graham cracker, vanilla wafer or shortbread cookies

DIRECTIONS
  1. Line a baking sheet with waxed paper. Cut top off each strawberry and core out center with a melon baller. Place on lined baking sheet and set aside.
  2. Beat cream cheese, yogurt, sugar, vanilla and salt with an electric mixer until creamy and evenly blended. Place cream cheese mixture in a pastry bag or self-sealing plastic bag. Cut a small hole in tip of bag and pipe cream cheese mixture into strawberries.
  3. Place strawberries in individual serving spoons or small dishes on a cookie sheet.
  4. Melt chocolate chips in microwave on 50% power or in a bowl set over simmering water. Place melted chocolate in a pastry bag or self-sealing plastic bag and cut a small hole in top of bag. Pipe melted chocolate over strawberries. Chill in refrigerator to set at least 15 minutes.
  5. Top with cookie crumbs.





Strawberry-Raspberry Frozen Yogurt





Prep Time:10 minutes
Cook Time:0 minutes
Servings:8
Homemade frozen yogurt puts store-bought to shame, and our berry-studded best is as rich, creamy, light and refreshing as they come.

INGREDIENTS
  • 1 package (16 ounces or 3 cups) Driscoll's Strawberries, hulled and sliced
  • 1 package (6 ounces or 1 1/3 cups) Driscoll's Raspberries
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 tablespoon water
  • 2 teaspoons lemon juice
  • 1 1/2 cups plain whole milk yogurt
DIRECTIONS
  1. Combine the strawberries, raspberries, sugar, water, and lemon juice in a large bowl. Let stand at room temperature, 1 hour, stirring occasionally.
  2. Transfer the strawberry mixture to a blender or food processor. Add the yogurt and puree. Transfer to a bowl and refrigerate 2 hours or overnight.
  3. Pour strawberry mixture into an ice cream maker and freeze according to manufacturers directions. Frozen yogurt can be served immediately with a soft texture or transferred to an airtight container and placed in the freezer for several hours for a firmer texture. If placed in the freezer remove and let stand at room temperature for 15 minute before serving.
Buy It: You can purchase Driscoll's berries at your local retailer.

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Book Review: A Sensible Arrangement

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About the book: 
A Lone Star Brides book.

Marty Dandridge Olson is ready to leave behind the pain of the past.

Answering an advertisement for a "Lone Star bride," she leaves her Texas ranch and heads to Denver to marry a man she doesn't know.

Jake Wythe is the man waiting for her.

Burned by love, he marries now simply to satisfy the board of Morgan Bank, which believes a man of his standing in society should be wed. Together Jake and Marty agree they are done with romance and love and will make this nothing more than a marriage of convenience.

When missing money and a collapsing economy threaten his job, Jake's yearning to return to ranching grows ever stronger, much to Marty's dismay. But a fondness has grown between them, as well, further complicating matters.

What will happen when their relationship shifts in unexpected ways . . . and dreams and secrets collide?


About the Author: 

Tracie Peterson is the award-winning author of over eighty novels, both historical and contemporary. Her avid research resonates in her stories, as seen in her bestselling Heirs of Montana, and Alaskan Quest series. Tracie and her family make their home in Montana.

Learn more about Tracie at: www.traciepeterson.com

My Opinion
I have been reading Tracie Peterson's books since I high school and she was one of the reasons I fell in love with historical fiction - her books have always been amazing and her 100th book: A Sensible Arrangement was no different!

I always love the "mail order" bride story line because it is so unbelievable that that really happened and I give so much credit to those marriages that stayed together without even dating or knowing each other before!

I loved cheering with Jake and Marty as they begin their marriage in a tumultuous time in our country's history and I loved the little history lesson I also got!

This book was a great mix of history, romance, drama and love and Tracie writes the same amazing books as she did 100 books ago!

Buy It: You can purchase A Sensible Arrangement for $11.72 from Amazon.com

Welcome to the campaign launch for Tracie Peterson's 100th book! 

A Sensible Arrangement launches Tracie's new Texas-based series, Lone Star Brides, that’s sure to please. As a special treat, devoted fans will be able to catch a glimpse of several popular characters from previous series.

Tracie is celebrating by giving away an iPad Mini and hosting a LIVE webcast event on 4/29.

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One winner will receive:
  • An iPad Mini
  • A Sensible Arrangement by Tracie Peterson
Enter today by clicking one of the icons below. But hurry, the giveaway ends on April 29th. Winner will be announced at the A Sensible Arrangement Live Webcast Event on April 29th. Connect with Tracie for an evening of book chat, trivia, laughter, and more! Tracie will also be taking questions from the audience and giving away books, fun prizes, and gift certificates throughout the evening.

So grab your copy of A Sensible Arrangement and join Tracie and friends on the evening of April 29th for a chance to connect and make some new friends. (If you haven't read the book, don't let that stop you from coming!)

Don't miss a moment of the fun; RSVP today by signing up for a reminder. Tell your friends via FACEBOOK or TWITTER and increase your chances of winning. Hope to see you on the 29th!


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