Vita-Mix Contest Update

>> Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Our winner of the Vita-Mix 5200, Andie in the Raw, posted an update on her brand new blender! So I invite you to watch her video. It's darling (well, she's darling to boot) and there's a recipe involved too. 



Ahhhh Nutz!

>> Sunday, February 15, 2009

I have another product review to share with you. This time by Oh Nuts! I tried their raw organic walnuts. I don't particularly like walnuts by themselves but I knew the almonds were definitely pasteurized and cashews are so tricky, plus we already had some at home. I also thought walnuts would be a good selection to try since hubby likes them in his salads and I like them when they're pulverized and used in something such as taco "meat." Hmm, maybe I'll share the recipe with you...later though. :)

When we received them, they were fresh and tasty but one of hubby's first thoughts were they were cooked. Meaning they weren't truly raw. I actually don't know for sure. I've asked the company if all their raw nuts are pasteurized but didn't hear back in time for this post. I would
assume yes, they're all pasteurized - just note that I am guessing. I do know, as they have confirmed, that the almonds are but that's pretty much a standard all the way around. I can understand why a company would pasteurize their products - whether it's liked or not. Anyway, we did use them for various recipes and salads and they were really good. Even shared some with a friend who also really liked them.

Oh Nuts! appears to offer a lot of great products on their website but they're mostly geared towards a non-raw foodie. Not that there's anything wrong with that. ;) However, they do have a pretty decent selection of raw nuts - just type in raw nuts in the search bar and you'll see. Now, I wish I tried some raw macs. You know those have got to be good!

Update: their raw walnuts are NOT pasteurized so they're truly raw. Gobble away!



>> Friday, February 13, 2009

Whoa, two blog posts in two days from me?! I've gone cuckoo I tell ya! :)

It's Valentine's Day (well, tomorrow), which means chocolate. Mmmm...good stuff. Now, most of us are aware of the many health benefits it has. Antioxidants, magnesium, potassium and so on, so here's a little video talking about this very thing.

You know what I say? Go find some RAW chocolate. The doc in the video mentions for the most health benefits look for chocolate that's the least processed. Hmm, that means raw cacao doesn't it? She doesn't say that but I do. Okay, for some of us it's a little harder to find (and a little more expensive) than say your standard Twix bar but if you can, find some and splurge for the holiday! There are options out there however, I'm a big fan of Gnosis Chocolate (I highly recommend my fave, the Cool Peppermint).

Raw cacao, including raw chocolate bars, is the way to go. With the raw "candy bars" you get the most health benefits vs. the other stuff and they're organic and dairy-free (you'd never know or would never miss it) and they're TASTY so you won't be missing out on anything - just pure goodness.

And that's all I have to say about that (yes, I watched Forest Gump recently).


Kreativ Blogger Award

>> Thursday, February 12, 2009

Woo hoo! I recently received the Kreativ Blogger Award from my blog buddy, Amanda. Thanks Amanda!!! You know how to make a girl feel special. :)

I'm quite late in responding to this award but it turns out to be very timely with Valentine's Day coming up because the fun part of this award is I share with you 7 things that I love, and then I nominate 7 others for this award.

So without further adieu, here are 7 things I love:

1) My husband,
Sam - his love, support, and humor get me through many days (tough or not). He's taught me so much and I love that he's my best friend and companion. He's also dreamy. ;)

2) My unborn son - wow! It's amazing how much love there is for someone I've never met! I can't wait to meet him.

3) My sister,
Lori - She means the world to me and I'm forever grateful she's my sister. She's the best! I'm also proud of the fact I finally get to make her an aunt. :)

4) My family/friends - I have wonderful family, near and far, and great friends. Makes life so much easier and richer.

5) The SUN - Oh how I miss thee! And your warmth...soon, I hope, you'll be here to stay for awhile.

6) My internet buddies - all of you! Some are unknown but I count them too. Your encouraging words or simply your visits are appreciated. I've even had the privledge of meeting a few of you in person. FUN! And I love that you're all forgiving of my lazy ways as of late. :)

7) Life - I love that I'm alive and healthy at this moment, even though we're all in the midst of challenging and crazy times I love life. I love all the things I'm experiencing and learning. Maybe this is considered a bit broad (life) but I'm truly happy and grateful to be alive right now.

I could go on and on about the many things I love but I'll obey the rules this time and leave it at 7 things.

Now, I nominate:

Raw Pomona
Lauren at Ginger is the New Pink
Aimee at Bitt's Blog
PixyWinks Lisa
Raw Cool Michelle
Annie of Blue Gables
Sarah at Living the Fruity Life

It is hard to limit this to just seven people. So to bend the rules a little bit, I say feel free to join in on the fun nominated or not! It's Valentine's after all.


There Can Be Only One...

>> Friday, February 6, 2009

I'm terribly sorry for the long delay! I know you're anxiously awaiting the outcome of our Vita-Mix giveaway. The time is here!

To watch the announcement of both winners (can't forget the Artisana Coconut Butter prize) click here.

I have to say this was a very very tough decision to make. In our eyes, all those who submitted videos for the contest were worthy of the grand prize. No doubt about it. Thank you all who participated - believe me, I know how hard it is to get in front of the camera!

The videos we watched were inspiring, creative, and honest and all of you had great ideas and intentions as to how this will benefit you and your family's lives. See? All deserving, which made this so difficult but alas, we only had one Vita-Mix to giveaway.

The winning entry:

Thank you again to all who participated. Keep checking back here because you never know when another contest should pop up! :)


Tough Competition

>> Thursday, February 5, 2009

Wow! Have you seen the Vita-Mix Giveaway contest videos?! You haven't? Check them out here, under video responses.

This is one tough competition! No lie.

We will be announcing the winners of the Vita-Mix and the Artisana Coconut Butter very soon so be on the lookout!


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