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Get to Know Sambazon: Review and Giveaway {Ends 6/18} #MomsMeet

A girl’s gotta have priorities. Right now, I have to pick and choose my priorities pretty carefully because my two biggest priorities (Little Man and Baby E) kind of trump all others. Getting my butt out of bed in the morning, staying awake during my commute and getting a good, healthy breakfast into my body are all at the top of the short list.

Luckily, I’ve found a new juice that takes care of those daily to-do’s. I’ve seen Sambazon on my grocer’s refrigerated case for a while, but I never tried them until I was offered the opportunity as a Moms Meet™ blogger. Once I went to the store with my coupons and really looked, however, I found that Sambazon fulfills a lot of the priorities that sometimes fall down a little lower on the list, but are still really, really important to me: All Sambazon Superfood juices and smoothies are Non-GMO, USDA Organice, vegan, gluten-free and provide whole food nutrition. They’re also Fair-Trade certified, meaning that they support the environmental and social well-being of the Brazilian Amazon and its people (2 million acres of the Amazon rainforest and over 10,000 family farmers, to be exact!)

Just reading the ingredients of the Sambazon organic juices and smoothies got me excited for breakfast. Here are some details on the three varieties I tried (and shared with some of my coworkers):

Blended Breakfast: This is the first beverage to combine whole fruit with quinoa, amaranth, chia and organic/non-GMO verified soymilk for a truly nourishing and satisfying smoothie. The strawberry/banana blend is a good source of fiber with 7g per bottle.

Protein: I tried the Chocolate + Almond + Coconut Milk since any one of those flavors is enough to turn my head. All 3? Definitely a winner. My coworker and I split it and while we through the texture was only the teeniest bit chalky, we really liked the flavor. This is a breakfast in itself, and I felt like I didn’t need anything else with it.

Acai/Antioxidant: This is the original Amazon superfood juice, and it’s bursting with powerful antioxidants and healthy omegas. I fought my free radicals with the Acai + Blueberry + Pomegranate flavor, and it was my favorite of the bunch. I was surprised, because it didn’t have all of the coconut/chocolate/grains of the others, which I thought I’d like better. This one was simple and really smooth (although a tad sweeter than I had expected) and with a thinner consistency, it went down super easy. I probably could have gone through 3 bottles if I had them. My buddy at work agreed that this was the best one we tried.

Sambazon is also available in an Energy blend (which I didn’t choose because it contains caffeine – a no-no for me right now) and a Supergreens with Kale and Ginger blend that contains two servings of whole fruits and veggies and no added sugar. There are ten varieties in total, and each 10.5 oz bottle retails for $2.99.

As a busy breastfeeding mom, I love having go-to products that I can pick up when I’m in a hurry without having to think about them. Sambazon is now one of them! It has every quality I look for in a drink (or food), so I know I’m spending my money wisely and getting quality, bio-available nutrition.

To learn more and keep up-to-date on news and promotions, follow Sambazon on Facebook.

Win it!

Enter to win 3 FREE Sambazon product vouchers and a wooden bowl and spoon set valued at $45 (pictured above). Enter using the easy Rafflecopter form below. Good luck!

Disclosure: I received this product for free from the sponsor of the Moms Meet™ Program, May Media Group, LLC, who received it directly from the manufacturer. As a #MomsMeet blogger, I agreed to use this product and post my opinion on my blog. My opinions do not necessarily reflect those of May Media Group LLC or the manufacturereof this product.

 

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Celebrate Earth Month: DivaCup Review and Giveaway

Psst…guess what.

There’s kind of a revolution going on. You want in? Sure, but I’m going to have to talk about period stuff for a minute…

K? K.

I grew up thinking there were 2 options for feminine products: pads or tampons. I guess the ol’ OB could be considered a third option depending on how you look at it, and I did prefer those for a while because there was no applicator, and I considered that a little more Earth-friendly.

It wasn’t until college that I heard of something called a menstrual cup. I wasn’t sure what it was, or exactly how it worked, but I knew one girl who used one and she was waaaay crunchier than I was.

That was then. Bwahaha! :D

So long story short, after I had my son and committed myself to ridding our lives of scary things that make us sick (like chemicals and plastic, both of which live in a traditional maxi pad), I decided I wanted to give menstrual cups a try. I had heard nothing but great things about DivaCup. Sure, I had some reservations about using something that seemed like it could be complicated or uncomfortable, but after just a few uses it was easy as can be. No fuss, no mess. If you have those same concerns, let me assure you: you can do it. I promise.

Here’s a statement straight from DivaCup describing their mission:

Diva international Inc. makers of The DivaCup® (menstrual cup) and The DivaWash®, offers women an environmentally responsible and economical alternative to tampons and pads, thereby changing the face of feminine hygiene around the world. 


Billions of tons of pads and tampons are dumped into landfills each year, and consumers are becoming more aware of this every day. Because of this, women are looking for a cost-effective way to make a positive impact on the environment. The DivaCup® significantly reduces one’s eco-footprint while providing the most convenient, clean, reliable, and comfortable way to address the monthly cycle and the issue of disposable feminine hygiene.

 

Obviously, using a product that eliminates waste is good for the environment. But the benefits of DivaCup go further. I honestly think that using DivaCup is one of the best things you can do for yourself as a woman. Seriously. Pads and tampons are full of chemicals that have no place in a woman’s body, and I have even been told by friends that their flow and uncomfortable symptoms decreased when using a menstrual cup. I chose cloth diapers mainly because I didn’t want yucky toxic ingredients next to my son’s most delicate parts, so I should be worth the same consideration, right? :) I think so. I encourage every woman out there to just give DivaCup a try; it might take a cycle or two to get used to it, but it really is easy…and you’re worth it.

 

Interested in trying DivaCup? Purchase one in stores or online, or enter to win one using the easy Rafflecopter form below!

Happy Earth Month, from me and the folks at DivaCup!

 

And just a note: DivaCup provided me with a product sample for review purposes, but I was not compensated at all for providing a positive review.

 

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A Rainbow of Green: Re-Play Toddler Tableware Review and Giveaway

Plastic. It’s a heck of a thing.

Have you ever tried to do away with it? Just not use plastic things any more? It’s hard. No matter how dedicated you are to greening up your life, cutting out plastic is really hard. It’s everywhere. Especially when you’ve got small kids around.

Some things are easy. I pack my lunch in stainless steel storage containers now, and I use a Klean Kanteen water bottle, and some other Eco 101 type stuff. But some things are harder to replace. Toothbrush? Storage totes? Durable – yet cute – tableware for your toddler…

Oh wait, I got that one covered. ;)

Introducing: Re-Play Recycled Tableware for your little ones!

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ABE3 is here! Enter to win an eco-friendly toy prize package!

Welcome to A Blogtastic Extravaganza!

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Just imagine it.

Fast forward to December, 2012. The holidays are here, and everyone you know is scrambling to shop for their kids. But not you. You’re calm, cool, collected. The gifts are ready, your budget is intact. And you didn’t even have to compromise – the toys you have, already wrapped and ready to go, are top quality, eco-friendly, non-toxic and COOL.

All you have to do is pour yourself some egg nog, sit back, and wait for the unwrapping to begin.

Sound too good to be true? No way! I did it last year, and now you can too! The answer is starting early. Super early. Like January early. No kidding. NOW.

And I’m here to help! With my January Jumpstart prize package, you’ll get that momentum started and be well on your way to a worry-free gift-giving season! Continue reading

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Simple, yet brilliant: cauliflower rice

It’s not rice, and it doesn’t taste like rice.

But it feels like rice. It seems like rice. It’s adequately rice-ish.

I love it!

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