Tuesday, June 30, 2015

NOW Foods Giveaway Winner



Thank you to everyone who entered my NOW Foods giveaway! This was definitely the most popular giveaway I've done.

The winner of the giveaway is...


Nicole K!! Congrats!!

I've emailed the winner and if I don't hear back by July 2nd, I'll pick a new winner.

Friday, June 19, 2015

NOW Foods #NowHelloSummer + GIVEAWAY

Last week I was invited to an event at the NOW Foods test kitchen in Bloomingdale. I've been a fan of the company's essential oils for a while and it was neat to learn all about their food division. The kitchen is headed up by Chef Suzy Singh, who was a contestant on Master Chef a few years back.

As soon as all the bloggers arrived we were treated with Righteous Raspberry Watermelon Coolers and Chef Suzy took us outside to see the NOW Foods organic garden, which backs to a serene pond. I completely forget we were steps away from the Stratford Mall parking lot!


Side note... how cute is Chef Suzy?!? She's 8 months pregnant, which you'd never guess by the amount of energy she has!

After the tour we all sat down and learned more about NOW and the different food products they offer (over 1,400 items!).


The food division of NOW Foods is divided up into 3 different brands: NOW Real Food, Living NOW and Ellyndale, with foods ranging from grains, oils and even drink mixes. From my short visit with NOW Foods it was obvious that everyone who works there is passionate about making the best food possible. Foods made from wholesome ingredients that taste delicious! 100% of the products they offer are non-GMO and most are organic.

Next on the agenda was an oil testing, something I'd never done before. Did you know that to properly taste an oil you have to slurp it through your teeth as loudly as you can?? It was funny to hear us all try it!


The two cups with spoons were their new Coconut Infusions- flavored coconut oil! We tried the butter and garlic flavors. You can use the butter flavor as an actual butter replacement (Chef Suzy said she uses it in her eggs all the time) and the garlic was delicious spread on a piece of bread.

For dinner we made vegan Quinoa and Chia Sliders with Lime Kale Chips. Each blogger was assigned a different task in completing the meal- I was in charge of making the avocado puree for the sliders.


Dinner took a good 45 minutes to prepare, I got to use a Vitamix for the first time, it was thrilling! Once we started grilling the sliders the kitchen became very aromatic and I couldn't wait to try everything.


OHEMGEE, everything turned out amazing! New-to-me ingredients included chia seeds (they acted as the binder for the sliders and were totally undetectable) and kale. I'd always wanted to try kale, just for one reason or another I hadn't. So glad I did, the chips flavored with lime zest were great! I will definitely be making some of my own soon.

The sliders were so flavorful and filling. And, I must say, the avocado puree was the perfect touch! For dessert Chef Suzy prepared a gluten-free Berry Rhubarb Pie. The crust, for being gluten-free, was surprisingly flaky and the sugar-free filling was nice and sweet!


The event was a lot of fun and it was nice connecting with other bloggers in the area. From left to right:

Tradingheels.com
Jessicabrie.com
Me (what is going on with my hair here... yikes!)
Honestandtruly.com
Eattheburbs.com
Thepeanutsgang.com
Home-everyday.com

As a parting gift, the nice people at NOW Foods sent us all home with an ahhh-mazing swag bag.



Holy amazing, right?!? And the best part... NOW Foods was kind enough to give me a bag to giveaway to one of my readers!!!! Here's a list of everything you can win:


Total value for the giveaway is $130! To enter, fill out the Rafflecoptor widget below.

a Rafflecopter giveaway

The giveaway will run through June 25th.

I also posted a video on my YouTube channel (Yep, that's still a thing! I've mostly been doing beauty videos because they're fun and it's helping me keep my my resolution of not looking like a slob all the time.).

GOOD LUCK!!

Learn more about the NOW Foods quality standards.
The company has an extensive collection of recipes on their website, you can sort by dietary restrictions (ex. gluten-free, sugar-free, vegan, etc.) that fit your needs.

Thank you so much to NOW Foods for hosting the #NOWHelloSummer event and for providing such an amazing giveaway!

Disclaimer: NOW Foods gifted me the swag bag but I have not otherwise been compensated for writing this blog post. All opinions are 100% my own.

Thursday, June 11, 2015

3.7

This has got to be one of my favorite monthly pictures ever!

6/7/15
- One of Harry's current favorite TV shows is Wheel of Fortune. He loves it! And he especially loves it when a contestant lands on Bankrupt, ha! I think he likes the sound effect that plays. Ant is a proud dad.. he was on the show 10 years ago (OMG, can't believe it was that long ago!!!!) and reminds Harry of that every chance he gets ;).

- Harry's other favorite show.... Harry and His Bucketful of Dinosaurs. Yes, that's a real show! We found it on Netflix a while back just browsing through the kid's section. He's recently rediscovered it and will ask to watch that over just about anything else (I think there's only 18 episodes on Netflix). He loves that he shares his name with the main character and he always stands on the couch and jumps off yelling, "JUMP HARRY!" just like the little dinosaurs do in the show. He also once asked me, "Mom, could I get one of those buckets so I can go to Dino World, too?"

- A couple things I didn't think I'd ever hear come out of my mouth, but with a 3 year old, all bets are off!
   "Don't bring the hula hoop to the bathroom."
   "Don't put the cheese on your butt."

- Potty training is pretty much DONE! YAYAYAYAYAY! The only time he wears a diaper is when he sleeps. His first big "underwear test" came at the end of May when we took the train to Chicago to meet up with Ant for the afternoon. Harry passed with flying colors.

- Harry has come up with new names for all of us. I'm Harry, he's Mom/Lindsey... and Ant? He's Perry, haha!

I haven't done much on my blog lately, so here are a bunch of pictures from the past month.

Harry loves bowling!


Chicago White Sox game!


From his first "field trip" at school. The Jungle Bus came and the kids got to play around in it. His teacher emailed out pictures, I absolutely love this one!


We took Harry to The Bean in Chicago for the first time, he was pretty mesmerized by it.





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