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Blissmobox Review and Giveaway

Hey, do you know Blissmo?

Blissmo is a daily deal site dedicated to helping you discover exceptional eco-friendly and organic products by offering them up to 70% off!

And now, Blissmo offers (drumroll please) the Blissmobox!

What’s a blissmobox?

“It’s the easiest way to discover products that are safer & better for you, your family and your planet. Think of it like a CSA or Wine Club subscription, except instead of veggies or Pinot Noirs you’ll be discovering well-loved sustainable products that are better for you & your family than conventional alternatives.” ~Blissmo

In short, the Blissmobox is a package of carefully chosen organic and eco-friendly products, delivered to your doorstep with the promise that they fit Blissmo’s standards. Even better, Blissmo offers 2 different themed options each month, and you get to choose which one you want to receive!

In June, Blissmo offered a food and beverage-themed box, and a beauty-themed box. I was given the opportunity to review one, and, well, I’ll bet you can guess that the foodie in me won out!

Get a load of this haul:

The June “Foodie” box contained:

Kaia Foods - Cocoa Bliss Buckwheat Granola
Kaia Foods - Fruit Leather
Clif Bars - Coconut chocolate chip energy bar
Clif MoJo - Peanut butter pretzel trail mix bar
La Yapa – Organic Golden Quinoa
Alter Eco Fair Trade - Unrefined Golden Brown Sugar
Numi Tea – Organic Rooibos 18-pack
Sambazon – Acai berry energy drink
A fun write-up of all the products and a letter from Blissmo
Here’s a quote:
The June Food & Beverage Bissmobox is a reminder that every corner of the planet is doing their part to make food and farming more sustainable…Eating sustainable food reminds us that, despite our borders and language barriers, we’re all in this together.”

Lovely words to live by…and a steal for only $19! There was nothing in the box I wasn’t excited to try (except maybe for the energy drink, but my husband happily took that.)

So, if you’re anything like me and you love to experiment and try new organic and eco-friendly products, Blissmobox is a great way to do so without spending a lot of money!

Buy it!

Exclusively for ABCs and Garden Peas readers – Subscribe to the Blissmobox and get your first box for only $11 with FREE shipping! Get more details on subscribing to Blissmobox here.

Win it!

Win the latest Blissmobox! I can’t tell you what will be in it, but rest assured – you’ll love it! Besides, who doesn’t love a surprise! (Especially when it’s eco-friendly!)

Mandatory Entry: –> June Blissmoboxes were Food and Beverage and Beauty. July was Get Outdoors and Summer Snacks. Tell me what type of theme you’d like to see in an upcoming Blissmobox! (Just leave a comment below. Easy, huh?)

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Disclosure: I received a free Blissmobox for review purposes. I was under no obligation to provide a positive review, and the opinions stated above are my own, honest opinions based on my experience with the products.
Entry period will close on Aug 24 and winner will be chosen on or about that date and notified by email. Winner will have 48 hours to confirm prize via email response or a new winner will be chosen. Contest open to US residents only.

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Product Review: Quinoa Gold

Uh oh. The Hydration Project is rearing its thirsty head again…

This time, in the form of a tall, cold glass of quinoa

Wait… what?! Quinoa? 

Yup. Quinoa. I love quinoa. It is a nutrient-packed supergrain, after all, and an easy way to add texture and nutty flavor to tons of dishes. I love it plain, with veggies, in place of rice, in breakfast porridges, and now, I love to drink it, too!

I tried Quinoa Gold on a whim when I found it in a local grocery store. I had never seen it before, and it was in my cart before you could say, “Mother of all Grains!”

I was afraid I’d be weirded out by the texture, but it wasn’t an issue at all. I can’t say it was comparable to anything I’d ever had before, but the bits of quinoa in the mix weren’t offputting. My husband compared it to some of the SOBE drinks. I thought it was completely unique, and maybe a little…slick? Definitely one you want to drink very, very cold.

What I love about Quinoa Gold:

  • 100% organic
  • contains complete proteins
  • low glycemic index
  • sweetened with organic agave nectar
  • provides sustained, caffeine-free energy!
  • I’ve even heard that quinoa increases a nursing moms milk supply! (Not sure how true that is…further investigation is in order…)

As a busy, breastfeeding mommy, I look at Quinoa Gold as a way to check hydration and organic nutrition off my list with ease, and I can drink it on the go. (And, for my vegan and gluten-free friends out there, it fits your needs, too!)

Learn more about the history and benefits of quinoa and Quinoa Gold here. Try Quinoa Gold in Dark Berry, Mango Passion and Pina Colada (Great flavors make great nutrition even better!)

 

*I received no compensation or product from Quinoa Gold. This review is my own opinion.

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Have you tried quinoa? What is your favorite way to enjoy it?

Would you try Quinoa Gold?

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Rainy Day Squash Boats

I’m all for rain, but what’s with the threatening skies every time I have a day off!? Not being able to hang laundry outside really throws a wrench into the rest of my week. 

Rrrrr…. :x

Oh well. It’s good for the garden, right? Besides, a rainy day is the perfect time to take care of some things on the To-Do list and spend some playtime in the kitchen!

To-Do for Today? Baby food!

Back when I was prego, I got a lot of cr*p from people when I said I wanted to make my own baby food (among other things…) I never said I wanted to make every single bite of it, but I did want my baby to eat homemade food whenever possible. You should have heard all the comments I got…“You just wait…you won’t have time”…”Must be nice to have that much free time on your hands”…”Ha ha…I said that, too, and then I woke up to reality.” I heard ‘em all. Some people just laughed at me and rolled their eyes.

For those people, this is for you.

I timed it, and it took me all of 20 minutes during my son’s midday nap to turn one organic mango and 3 organic peaches into 7 servings of fresh, healthy, beautiful baby food. I mean, come on…it’s not rocket science.

Only the nice fleshy parts are included.

One for the next day at Grammie’s house, and the rest for the freezer. He’s not eating a whole lot at once right now, so I’m still making small batches. Once we graduate up to big batches, it will be even more efficient. 

I paid a total of $5 for the lot, and I don’t have to worry about all these scary recalls. Priceless, in my opinion.

It’s that easy, and believe me, I don’t have ANY spare time on my hands these days.

Note to self: People will always tell you YOU CAN’T. Always know that YOU CAN. (especially when little eyes are watching your example and taking notes…)

Once that was done, the sun came out so grilling came to mind. I have vowed not to shop for a few days because I want to use up some of the masses of random groceries taking over my kitchen, so I started rummaging…

Hmmm….a few yellow summer squash from the garden. Those are fresh and perishable, so they definitely need to be involved here…

Quinoa needs to be used up….have a can of black beans….some tomato sauce…garlic, sea salt….hmmm….

Squash boats! Sort of. They were too small to dig out the middles and stuff, but they were happy to be topped with a yummy quinoa something-or-other.

Olive oil, salt and pepper.

Oh, too dark. Nope! Turns out they were just right.

Pot full o’stuff. More than enough for 2 dinners and 2 lunches!

I feel like this was missing something green, but my kale was buggy. Eek! A good dousing of hot sauce kicked it up a little.

In the end, I feel like I accomplished a few things: I spent very little, I used up some neglected pantry items, and I fed my family the way I want to without much time in the kitchen. 

Feeling like a pretty good mommy today… :D

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A lot of people say that they can’t eat a healthy made-from-scratch diet because they don’t have time. What’s your response to that excuse?

The zucchini/squash onslaught has begun! What’s your best recipe?

Reminder: don’t forget to enter to win free products from Turtle Mountain! I’ll be picking a 2 winners on Saturday, 6.26…

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