WINNERS: Prana bars

>> Tuesday, March 30, 2010

It's a good start to a new day for a couple of readers, namely Gena of Choosing Raw and Kelsey. Congrats to both as they are the winners of my Prana Super Charger bars giveaway! Woo hoo!

I let them duke it out (well, first to respond sort of thing) as to who wanted the pack missing the Mango Maca or the one missing the Blueberry Coconut. I tried and tried to find replacements locally but was unsuccessful. Hopefully, they'll forgive me anyway.

For the rest of you, there is still time to enter for the $50 gift card to Dick's Sporting Goods. Enter here. Contest and giveaway end tomorrow!


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Kelp Noodles

>> Sunday, March 28, 2010

I'm eating my kelp noodle salad as I type this. :)

What I'm eating was inspired by an Asian-infused salad I thoroughly enjoy found at my local natural market made with organic angel hair pasta. Of course, I quickly adopted my own version at home but had been thinking how I could make a more raw version. Or as Rawdorable says: rawify it. It's not completely raw as I use toasted sesame oil but close enough for me. BTW, if you haven't picked up a copy of Rawdorable's raw cupcake e-book, I highly recommend you do!

I was trying to find some info on kelp noodles themselves - you know, health benefits. I haven't found much other than they're low in fat and calories and high in mineral content, particularly iodine.

Even though I had sampled kelp noodles before I don't remember much about them. Many raw blogs as of late had been talking about their use of the seaweed so it got me thinking about my salad. Kelp noodles would serve as the perfect replacement for the angel hair pasta.

I will admit that the noodles are a wee bit funky. I don't mind the texture really. In this salad, their crunch actually fits perfectly. There is a twang or particular flavor that stands out from time to time for me but I believe I've moved past it. :) I think it just needed some time to sit and absorb all the flavors. I would eat these again trying other variations. Secret's in the sauce right?

Now for the recipe.

HiHoRosie's Asian Kelp Noodle Salad
One 12 oz bag kelp noodles, rinsed and drained well
One red bell pepper, diced
3 spring onions, chopped
2 TBS toasted sesame oil
3 TBS Nama Shoyu or Tamari
cayenne pepper to taste
sprinkling of black sesame seeds and/or white sesame seeds
Mix all together and serve.


Of course, I'm of the mindset that one can tailor this to suit their needs or tastes so you might find you like less or more of something. You could also add in cilantro, carrot or cabbage/bok choy.

Enjoy!

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a Contest AND a Giveaway (CLOSED)

>> Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Okay, I know I’ve got a giveaway going already…told ya tis the season for giveaways. I personally can’t seem to keep up with them all there's so many. I noticed my sidebar is looking a little sparse. Be sure to check my other giveaway out if you haven't already.

Anyway, this is a fun contest and a giveaway and a little different for HiHoRosie’s Place.

Dick’s Sporting Goods is sponsoring a Twitter-based contest for a chance to become a member of their “Starting Lineup.” The 10 nominees with the most votes by March 31, 2010 win.

What does it mean to be on the “Starting Lineup?”
• A chance to try out and preview new products
• A spot on an online panel of experts for one season (for approximately 3 months)

Here’s how to enter:
• Follow @dickssportcmo.
• Vote for yourself (or someone else) by telling @dickssportcmo who should be on the "Starting Lineup" and why. Sample Tweet: "@dickssportcmo my vote is for @TwitterID because...” (a sample of this sample is “@dickssportcmo my vote is for @hihorosie because she thinks she’s an expert”)
• You can only vote for the same person once per day, but you can vote for multiple people in the same day.
• Recruit others if you wish.

*Make sure you're following @dickssportcmo or your vote won't count!

Think about how fun it would be to be the first to preview new products and provide input. If you are into yoga, running or even walking, this is for you!

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Now, for the giveaway part. In conjunction with the contest above, I have a $50 gift card from Dick’s Sporting Goods for one lucky winner!
All you have to do is leave me a comment telling me what your favorite outdoor activity is (doesn’t have to be sports related). That’s it. Nothing extra. Winner will be selected at random. Giveaway ends March 31st at 9 PM (PDT).
Good luck!
PS I was not compensated in any way for this contest/giveaway. It's all in good fun!

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Ramblings and a Giveaway (CLOSED)

>> Monday, March 22, 2010

Do you ever have one of those weeks that seems to get away from you? You wake up and *poof* the week’s over? Yeah, that was me last week. Weekend too. So so busy. Not anything in particular but just…was. I had blog posts started but gone unfinished (catching up on blog reading is a whole ‘nother beast), housework still to do (laundry never ends!), office work and of course, sunshine to be enjoyed. I did get to enjoy that wonderful sun with YS and YS2 in between those busy moments and at the end of the week, that’s all that really matters. Sweet memories.Happy spring everyone! It’s officially here! Yay! Hopefully, wherever you are the snow is finally melting and new life beginning with birds singing their glorious songs. Summer is my favorite season but nothing beats those first signs of spring you know? I feel so alive again, although, I have to admit we Pacific Northwesterners having been enjoying spring for some time now. We’ve enjoyed our bragging rights while we could since it’s not often we get to. Seems everyone is just now catching up to us. ;) I just hope we continue on this warming trend because gardening season is upon us and we want to reap the rewards! Photo: embroodles.com

Speaking of gardening, who’s gardening this year? We are again at the community garden (click
here for a pic of our garden last year - this season I hope to help out hubs). We have three plots to enjoy, which is about 1200 square feet in total. Wahoo! We’ll have YS2 “helping” out too. He’s not walking yet (phew!) but he will soon enough so I’ll need to find him some gardening boots. But gotta get him a gardening hat first. I found one at a lovely nursery yesterday but didn’t feel like spending $20 for it knowing he’d grow out of it before the season ended. So the hunt is on!

I finally bought
kelp noodles – spotted them at my local natural foods market (yes, IN THE STORE! Didn't have to search online or go out of my way to a specialty store to get them). I believe I’ve sampled these once and what I remember is that they were neutral, non-offensive tasting. Hee hee! This is a good thing; they’re supposed to be neutral and pick up the flavors of other ingredients. I have an idea of what I’d like to do with them so I’ll let you know how it pans out...or I might just try one of the twins' variations first.

Remember those Boomi and Prana bars I recently
reviewed? Weeellll…how would you like your shot at a gift pack? A gift pack consisting of a recycled Prana Bar tote, a Prana laynard, and full size samples of each of their Super Charger bars, actually make that two full size samples of each for a total of seven bars. Confession: a Prana bar thief intercepted two bars and promptly ate them not knowing these were meant for a giveaway. Whoopsie! I’m terribly sorry but hopefully this won’t deter anyone from entering the contest – there are two packs so each pack will be down just one bar. About the Super Chargers themselves, I personally haven’t tried them but have enjoyed the other bars (the thief did enjoy the SC bars though). The Super Chargers have a bit more sweetener in them, which I’m sure adds to the name. They look great to me!Divine Foods has generously offered gift packs for TWO WINNERS!

Contest rules (US residents only):

Required:

Tell me something that gets you “super charged!” Can be anything (i.e. recycling, hang gliding, a new relationship, etc)! Just keep it clean for the sake of others, please. For me, it’s snuggling with my little boy and looking into his beautiful baby blues – aww. --->
look into my eyes...
Extra credit – leave a comment for each:
• Go to the
Prana bar website and peruse their products (Boomi, Prana, Super Chargers) and share what other bars you’d like to try.
• Follow me on
twitter.
• Tweet about this giveaway – be sure to include my twitter name
@hihorosie.
• Post about this giveaway on your blog, provide a link back (counts as 3 entries – leave a comment 3x).
• Follow my blog via Google Friend Connect.
• Subscribe to my blog via
FeedBlitz (counts as 2 entries – leave a comment 2x).
• Subscribe to my blog via other reader (i.e. Google).

***Leave a comment for each entry that applies***
Contest will end promptly at 11:59 PM (PDT) on Monday, March 29th. Winners will be announced sometime on the 30th. Make sure I have a way to contact you.

Good luck!

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WINNER: Candida Kit

>> Tuesday, March 16, 2010

I'd like to formally announce the winner of the Candida Kit from Kroeger Herb Products.

Valerie of Valerie's Vegan Vittles, come on down! You are the winner! :)

Thank you all for participating and many thanks to Kroeger Herb for sponsoring this awesome giveaway.

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Candida & a Giveaway (CLOSED)

>> Monday, March 8, 2010

Do you have major food cravings, especially for sweets, breads or alcohol?
Do you suffer from headaches, depression, or have many allergies?
How about PMS, gas/bloating, vaginal infections, irritability?

Yes? Read on…

Candida albicans is a fungus that is found on the skin and mucous membranes of everybody. Nothing wrong with this when in balance but when its growth increases drastically it can be devastating. The imbalance of excessive candida is called candidaisis.

Here’s the tricky part: how do you know if you suffer from candida? This is one of those common conditions that’s difficult to diagnose. Again, this is because it’s present in everybody and creates a variety of symptoms. If you find yourself being adversely affected at times, you’ll want to evaluate your diet and your health. If you find yourself addicted to carbs/sugars (even fermented foods) or consume antibiotics (i.e. medications, birth control pills, foods containing antibiotics), those things feed the candida. Unfortunately, as this growth gets more and more out of control you may find yourself not feeling well physically, mentally and/or emotionally. Your immune system is weakened and you’re exhausted and crabby. Of course, this just makes matters worse because it’s either misdiagnosed or we, being unaware, keep feeding the wrong bacteria.

There are some great alternatives that you can eat such as veggies (fresh steamed and sea vegetables), almonds and unprocessed oils. If you still eat animal products, try sea foods, eggs or poultry without added antibiotics and hormones. Once you have been off sugar and carbs for a few days, you’ll begin to feel in control again, as though a fog has been lifted from your brain. After a week or so, you may slowly add fresh fruits. Fruits MUST be eaten alone and on an empty stomach. You can also add natural whole grains like brown rice, millet, amaranth, rice cakes, flat breads (made without yeast) to your diet. Continue to avoid yeast containing foods for awhile (like breads, wine and beer) to maintain control of the fungus growth. Make salad dressing with lemon juice instead of vinegar. Bake, poach, boil and steam your food instead of frying (or eat more raw *wink*). There are a lot of culinary possibilities.

For a lot of us, we have changed our lifestyles in dramatic ways. Switching to a healthier diet, especially one consisting of living foods is a terrific start. A new diet will definitely help you feel better because you’re not feeding the candida but it's not actually cleaning out the problem. In order to clear out the excess growth and rebuild healthy flora pairing it with a specialized cleanse is needed.

Enter Kroeger Herb Products and their Candida Kit. This is a program that was designed by founder and master herbalist, Hanna Kroeger, who started working on candida back in the early 70’s before anyone else acknowledged the issue. She made a distinction between candida and other fungal issues and used a slightly different approach for each. The candida kit addresses the overgrowth by first cleansing the candida for four weeks to create an environment suitable to rebuilding friendly bacteria, which keeps candida under control.
Kroeger Herbs was generous to send me a kit to give away to ONE LUCKY WINNER! I have a volunteer to do the program as well – after they’ve had a chance to complete it I hope to do a review, but that will be down the road.

The kit contains:

-Candida Formula, two bottles, 100 caps ea
-Candida Formula #2, two bottles, 100 caps ea
-Taurin Dophilus, one bottle, 100 tablets

The products in this kit work on several key issues for cleansing:

-Strong bitter elements and tannins: increase digestive secretions and make the digestive tract inhospitable to candida
-Neutralizes acidity: neutralizing the acidity helps reduce the candida population and lets the friendly bacteria repopulate
-Controls mucus accumulations: candida can multiply in mucus
-Strengthens digestion and elimination: often compromised by candida
-Binds and cleanses toxins from the blood, lymph and kidneys: candida gives off toxins that can settle in different parts of the body
-Tones the liver: the liver helps eliminate toxins from candida

Want to win? Here’s what you have to do to enter:

Required entry:

Check out their other products by clicking here (this is not Kroeger’s website as they don’t sell direct but you can buy their products here) and tell me what other products interest you. Leave me a comment.
For extra entries:-Follow me on twitter and tweet about this giveaway. Please include my twitter name @hihorosie in tweet. Leave me a comment here. FYI, you can do this more than once but leave a comment for each tweet.


-Follow @HannasHerbShop on twitter. Leave me a comment letting me know you are.

-Register an account at Hanna’s Herb Shop, where you’ll receive exclusive specials and e-newsletter. Leave me a comment letting me know you signed up.

-Post or mention this giveaway on your blog linking back here. Leave me a comment.

-Follow my blog publicly via Google Connect or thru another reader. Leave me a comment if you do or currently do.

Contest begins now and will end Monday, March 15th at 11:59 PM (Pacific Time). US residents only (sorry!).

Good luck!

By the way...

This is a blog.
It contains my opinions and thoughts, and links to other sources of information. I ain't no doctor.
For any important health or medical issues please consult your physician.
Any information listed on this site is for information and entertainment purposes only. It is not intended to diagnose, prevent, treat, or cure any disease or illness.

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New Addition

>> Saturday, March 6, 2010

As I mentioned in my previous post, I was going to add to my sidebar a list of current giveaways happening. It's now up! Hence, title of post. I'll just keep adding to the list as I go along. Some I'll add that I haven't entered too but I'm just catching up with some of these happening now.

I have a giveaway coming up too, which I hope to post about later today or tomorrow. Be on the lookout!

Also, if you any contests you'd like listed here just let me know and I'll work on adding it too.

My little YS2 getting ready for spring

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Copy Cat

>> Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Vegan Valerie has a swell idea that I'm going to have to copy and that is posting in the sidebar a list of the current giveaways happening in blogosphere. I mean with so many going on right now (tis the season) how can anyone keep them straight? Well, maybe you can so I won't speak for you but I know for me, uh no.

So I'll post in my sidebar (when I get there) a few of the contests but here are some others coming up you might be interested in:

Bitt's chia seed giveaway (two pounds people!) - okay, I know I mentioned this before but I'm nice and will mention it again for those who are just tuning in. Ends Thursday, March 4th at 11:59 PM (PST).

Baby Loving Mama in conjunction with The Baby Bunch is hosting a great giveaway, definitely worthy of a look. We're talking super cute stuff for babies and mamas! Ends March 15th at 11:59 PM (CST).

Okay, the sidebar thingy...I'll work on it tomorrow. Time for nigh-night.

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Updated to add this one: Raw Goddess Heathy's chocolate and e-book (her dessert book) giveaway! Could you imagine getting some of these yummy chocolates made by HEATHY?! Ends Sunday, March 7th at midnight (well 11:59 PM) - I'm guessing eastcoast time.

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WINNER: Ice Cream Maker

>> Monday, March 1, 2010

Today's the day! The day I announce the winner of the Deni Automatic Ice Cream Maker courtesy of CSN Stores.

The winner is....

Lisa is Raw on $10 a Day!

Congrats Lisa! Please email me your address and phone number (email address is in my profile) and I will forward to CSN.

I wish I could've given everyone an ice cream maker but thank you all for participating! I have a couple more giveaways coming up so check back for those in the near future.

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