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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 Day: WeeCanToo Edible Art Supplies

Don’t you love it when you find a company that just gets it?

A company that produces exactly the product you’re looking for, and does it because they genuinely care about your child?

Yeah, when that happens, it’s pretty awesome.

And guess what! It just happened to me! :D

When life gets busy, it’s easy to let the non-essentials slide. But I know that creativity is so vital to a well-rounded life, so I’ve been making a more concerted effort to work art into our daily free time. It doesn’t take long, and the look of pride on my little man’s face when he gives his Grammie a project he made always reminds me just how important it is.

But just like art is important, so are safe, non-toxic art supplies. And BOY are they not easily found on store shelves….

So, I started hunting…and I found WeeCanToo Art Supplies!

"Have your fun and eat it too!" ~ WeeCanToo

WeeCanToo is a small (yet booming!) company that was founded in 2007 with the sole purpose of bringing safe art products to your children. All WeeCanToo products, from sidewalk chalk to fingerpaints to egg dyes, are 100% all-natural, organic, and vegan. The vibrant colors come from ingredients like spinach, blueberries, pumpkin and lots of other fruits and veggies. How fun, right?! Don’t these look kind of like cake rolls?

The sidewalk chalk looks good enough to eat!

As we moms know all too well, whatever goes on your baby’s hands inevitably ends up in your baby’s mouth, and with these art supplies, you don’t have to worry! Each product is edible – not meant to be eaten, but safe to be eaten, so your baby can create freely!

Too good to be true? Nope. I was afraid these products wouldn’t work, or would have weird textures or something, but they are all fantastic! I love the tottle set of fingerpaints, and I was especially impressed with the beautiful colors! Of course they are slightly muted in comparison to conventional art supplies, but I think they are absolutely beautiful and just so real.

I feel like the moms at WeeCanToo sent a little love from their hearts straight to my little boy, and that’s a wonderful gift. Many thanks to them for helping to make art fun and safe for our little ones!

Check out the great selection and learn more about the company at WeeCanTooArt.com.

My little man is having a blast with these! Would your little one like to try a set of all-natural, safe-to-eat, veggie-based finger paints? Enter to win a set using the easy Rafflecopter form below!

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

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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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Wordless Wednesday: Nutella who?

Tierra Farms Organic Chocolate Hazelnut Butter. Real food. Real yummy.

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A Green Gift: Conscious Box Review and Giveaway

Writing a blog has some fun perks.

Once in a while, I make a few dollars, and every so often, I get a free product to try out. That’s fun. But, the true treasures are found when I happen upon a new friend–a fellow conscientious greenie. No matter what your priorities are, life can get a little lonely when you don’t know many people who share them, so finding like-minded friends…well, it’s a gift.

So, when Jameson Morris contacted me to try out his new offering, the Conscious Box, I jumped at the chance. It was apparent to me right from the get-go that Jameson is 100% dedicated to introducing his customers to the best in eco-friendly, conscientiously and sustainably produced products. There’s no greenwashing here…the concept behind the Conscious Box is from the heart.

What is the Conscious Box?

“Conscious Box is a monthly delivery of pure and sustainable products that are handpicked from businesses that care for the planet.” These products are carefully vetted by the folks at Conscious Box, and meet their strict criteria. A pretty, seasonally decorated box arrives at your doorstep, complete with an inspirational, heartfelt message and filled with sample sizes of pure and natural products from ethical businesses you can trust.

Sounds like a fun thing to find in the mail, huh?

I received the November and December boxes to review. Honestly, I was a little skeptical at first. Samples sizes don’t excite me all that much. I guess I just feel like you don’t get much of a chance to really try a product from a tiny sample. Well, when the boxes arrived, I found that these were no tiny samples. Many of the products seemed nearly full size, and the ones that weren’t were still generous enough to really give them a good try.

Here’s the November box:

…and December:

I couldn’t possibly provide a thorough review of all the products I received – there were too many of them! But I can tell you that there were several that I already purchased faithfully, and a few that have become new favorites.

Good Earth lollipops, Honest Kids organic juice pouches, Kind fruit and nut bars, Eat Cleaner wipes, Justin’s nut butter – they were all staples in our home already, and I was happy to see them among my Conscious Box loot. (A huge sign that Jameson and I are most definitely on the same page.)

Several new products that piqued my interest, and then FAR surpassed my expectations, include BerryPlus laundry soap (made from soapberries!) and EarthFriendly Products cinnamon-scented room freshener spray. Love, love, love…LOVE!! Scented products are one thing that many toxin-conscious folks miss, and I was thrilled to be able to spray and scent my living room (and cinnamon is my #1 favorite scent!) SCORE! These two will definitely be joining my regular arsenal of household products. :D

I saw a few differences in the 2 boxes I received, and they told me a lot. The November box was great, but the December box was even better. More products, bigger samples, coupons…that tells me that the folks at Conscious Box are working hard to find more and more companies to share with their subscribers, and they are succeeding. This is a company focused on growth, so, in my opinion, this is the time to subscribe. I would bet that these monthly deliveries are only going to get better and better! :)

Get your Conscious Box!

Gift yourself or a greenie friend with the gift of sustainable surprises each month! Visit Conscious Box to subscribe now, and be sure to like them on Facebook where you just might find fun opportunities to get extra goodies added to your next box just by leaving a comment or sharing ideas on how to reuse the delivery box.

Win it!

Jameson has generously offered one lucky ABCs and Garden Peas reader their own December Conscious Box! (Trust me…you will LOVE it!)

Enter using the easy Rafflecopter form below.

The only mandatory entry is the first one on the form – Visit ConsciousBox.com and let me know what you’d like to find in a future delivery!

 


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