Friday, January 22, 2016

The Fruitful Yield Get Fit-Get Healthy Expo

Earlier this week I was invited to go shopping at the Fruitful Yield in Elmwood Park, IL. The health food store is celebrating it's one year anniversary, and to celebrate all 13 Chicago area locations are hosting a Get Fit-Get Healthy Expo tomorrow and Sunday, January 23-24, 2016.

I've been shopping at the Bloomingdale Fruitful Yield for years and have always had a good experience at the store. When I got to the Elmwood Park location I was greeted by the manager, Tina, who gave me a quick tour of the store. 

The Fruitful Yield doesn't advertise, so the money saved is passed on to their customers. Tina explained that most of the store's pricing reflects the suggested retail price, along with the store's every day low price. I love how transparent the company is! And, it's so wonderful that they offer healthy food at a lower cost than other stores. 

As far as what they offer, for being a smaller store, Fruitful Yield has a great selection! The store is perfect for people who are gluten-free, dairy-free, soy-free, or people who are just looking for good, wholesome, organic food. I was really impressed with their frozen food selection, I had never been to that section of the Bloomingdale store before. They also have a nice little produce section, filled with all sorts of fresh, organic fruits and veggies. One half of the store is dedicated to a very extensive selection of vitamins, supplements, personal care items and essential oils. 

While shopping I picked up a wide variety of foods to try, including dinner for that night- buffalo burgers and risotto. 

Ant and I fell in love with buffalo burgers while in college. Our senior year we discovered them at a local restaurant and haven't stopped talking about them for the past 9 years. Since moving back to Chicago I don't think either of us have have had another buffalo burger, so when I saw the patties at Fruitful Yield, I couldn't pass them up. I wish I would have gotten Ant's reaction to them when he first pulled them out of the grocery bag... pure, unadulterated joy! They cooked up really easily on our Foreman Grill and tasted delish! Next time I'm at the store I'm definitely picking up another box.

The risotto was also really good. I don't have much to compare it to- not sure if I've ever had it before- but it had a great flavor and cooked up easily on the stove. 

Oh, and I have to share a blast from the past I picked up. Kind of...

The new Zevia is basically Crystal Pepsi from the 90s! It's not my favorite, but I got a kick out of it! And those Glutino fudge covered pretzels I picked up? Freaking amazing! It took a lot of will power not to eat the entire bag in one sitting.

So, as you can probably tell, the Fruitful Yield is a great store! If you're in the area, be sure to check them out if you haven't already. And don't forget about the Get Fit-Get Healthy Expo happening this weekend! All the stores will be hosting giveaways, cooking demos, guest speakers and tons of free samples. The Expo runs from 10am-4pm on Saturday and 12-4pm on Sunday.

Disclaimer: Fruitful Yield provided me with a gift card and swag bag for shopping at their store and writing this blog post. All opinions are 100% my own. 

Saturday, January 16, 2016



The day before I took this picture he knocked his head on a chair. The bruise was big, but healed quickly.

School is going well. This semester he's in a math class once a week. He's very good with numbers and doing simple addition and subtraction, so I think he'll enjoy it. And we've already registered for his last year of preschool.

His hair is looking so much darker these days I think. He still has a little blonde streak on the back of his head, but in general he's not much of a blondie anymore. He never got super light hair, which I was surprised about. Ant had white blonde hair as a kid and my hair was on the lighter side, too.

The other day at lunch he picked up a piece of cheese and then said, "Oh, wait, I'm broccoli hungry," and the put the cheese down and grabbed some broccoli instead. I just thought the way he said it was super cute!

Eating has been a struggle lately. Well, I guess dinner always has been. Breakfast and lunch are always easy. He flat out refuses to eat dinner some nights. Even when I let him help me make it, which I thought would be motivation to try it! I guess not. I hate sending him to bed hungry, but I'm not going to make him a second dinner. And it's not like I make weird foods, he wouldn't eat a taco the other night! I heard about this plate that looks like a board game to try and encourage kids to eat, so we're going to try that.

We're still having issues with hitting and screaming when he gets mad. It's not every day though, and for a while it was, so that's an improvement!

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