Bob’s Red Mill – Products Worth Reviewing and Giveaway

 

When you’re seriously looking to eat better and live a healthier life, you must remember 3 important things: eat natural foods, exercise often, and reduce your stress. Sometimes it’s hard to find the balance between the 3 facts, but eating healthy is extremely important in maintaining and achieving a healthy lifestyle. One company who strives to bring you healthier food choices is a company called Bob’s Red Mill. At Bob’s Red Mill, they make a wonderful assortment of food products for people who strive to eat better and live healthier. In our home, we have countless products from Bob’s Red Mill ranging from their pancake mix to their cereal blends. Bob’s Red Mill makes wholesome, natural, and delicious food for everyone.

You may have seen and heard about Bob’s Red Mill. They’ve been around for over 30 years making natural products that are good for you and good for the planet. Bob’s Red Mill started humbly in a small town in Oregon by Bob Moore and his wife after his pursuit to find original stone-grinding flour mills. When by chance he came upon an old mill for sale one day, he took the opportunity to start his own business of stone-ground flours and cereals for his friends, family, and customers. From then on, Bob’s Red Mill products slowly but steadily became a popular trend in the health-conscious industry. Bob’s Red Mill started as a family-owned company but recently became an employee-owned company because of Bob’s dedication to his employees and his company. In fact, as the company stated, you might even meet Bob himself if you ever decide to visit his store and visitor center in Oregon.

Bob’s Red Mill truly has a great assortment of products to choose from for your everyday cooking needs. They make products ranging from 10 grain whole grain hot cereals to flaxseeds to dried fruit. In fact, you can probably make an entire meal out of Bob’s Red Mill products and be extremely happy and satisfied knowing that you made something healthy and wholesome for your family. I’ve used their whole wheat flour and oat flour to make cookies and on most mornings we like to eat their 10 Grain Hot Cereal. The 10 Grain Hot cereal is super delicious as it contains stone ground high protein hard red wheat, rye, triticale, oat bran, oats, corn, barley, soy beans, brown rice, millet, and flaxseed. Talk about a nutritional powerhouse! We love the 10 Grain Hot Cereal with a little bit of milk or soymilk and some organic brown sugar or honey – yummy! Bob’s Red Mill has so many great products to choose from, you’re bound to find something that you’ll like and stock up on.

Bob’s Red Mill’s philosophy in providing healthy, wholesome, and natural foods extends beyond other normal food companies. They do all the milling, testing, packaging, and distributing in house and they source their ingredients from responsible farmers and farms who abide by the organic standards and laws. Bob’s Red Mill believes in close relationships with their farmers to ensure quality control and they inspect every ingredient that comes into their facility. And Bob’s Red Mill’s belief that whole grains are better for you and for the planet is evident in the quality of their products. They don’t add any unnecessary ingredients like preservatives, artificial colors and flavors, or sulfites. Their products are pure and simple and you can use them in virtually any baking or cooking recipe you have. In fact, on their website, they even offer recipes using their own products: http://www.bobsredmill.com/recipes.php and they encourage you to submit your own recipes as well.

Bob’s Red Mill makes organic, natural, and even gluten-free products so there really is something for everyone.  They care about their products, their customers, and the environment and you’ll even find biodegradable packing peanuts in their packaging. Their see-through bags are easy for customers to see what they’re purchasing and the friendly, familiar face of Bob himself is on every package. Simply put – Bob’s Red Mill products are healthy, wholesome, and can fill almost every cooking need you may have. Bob’s Red Mill was also interested in my review of a few of their products and to give away to 3 LUCKY readers of Happymomblogger! The products they sent me were the Date Pieces, Pecan Halves, and Raw Pumpkin Seeds. Imagine the things you can cook and bake with those! Bob’s Red Mill’s Date Pieces are little bite-sized pieces of real dates and coated with oat flour. They’re great by itself or mixed into your cereal or even in your trail mixes. The Pecan Halves are plump, dark brown pecans that has a nice crunchy bite in them. I like to bake them with some organic brown sugar and organic butter and they become incredibly tasty snacks! And the Raw Pumpkin Seeds are great for baking, stirred into soups, or eaten as a snack; just make sure to toast them first since they come raw. Whatever ways you want to enjoy these 3 delicious prizes from Bob’s Red Mill, make sure you enter the giveaway now! Read below to find out how:

Here’s how to enter in the Bob’s Red Mill giveaway:

(Please note, the rules have changed slightly. Please read carefully before entering)

ENTRIES:

#1 entry – “Like” Bob’s Red Mill on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/BobsRedMillNaturalFoods and write on their wall that you are entering the contest at Happymomblogger: http://www.happymomblogger.wordpress.com/. Please put Happymomblogger as the heading.

ADDITIONAL ENTRIES: 

#2 entry – Become a follower: http://twitter.com/#!/happymomblogger and “Tweet” me @happymomblogger that you are entering the Bob’s Red Mill giveaway. Become a follower of Bob’s Red Mill: http://twitter.com/Bobs_Red_Mill and “Tweet” that you are entering the contest at Happymomblogger.

#3 entry – Subscribe to my Blog.

#4 entry – Enter in my other contests.

#5 entry – Vote for me at Top Mommy Blogs using the link provided below.

You can enter by telling me the 5 entries in the LEAVE A COMMENT box. Please be sure to give me your name and email address so that I may contact you if you win. Contest is open to residents of US only. 18 years and older please. Please be sure to provide a physical address and not a P.O. Box. Only 1 contestant per household please. Please allow 4-6 weeks for delivery of prize. Any violation of the rules will deem your entry as disqualified. Happymomblogger is not responsible for lost, stolen, or damaged prizes but will do the best to ensure your prize gets there. In  the event the winner can not be contacted within 3 days of email sent then another winner will be chosen. No purchase necessary to enter. Void where prohibed by law.

Contest Start Date: February 6, 2012

Contest End Date: February 20, 2012 – CONTEST CLOSED. WINNERS WILL BE SELECTED.

Only 3 winners will be chosen at random and I will post the winners names on my blog.

GOOD LUCK AND THANK YOU FOR PARTICIPATING!

Disclaimer: The product(s)were sent to the author for review by the manufacturer/PR. All reviews on “Happymomblogger” remain unbiased and unpaid and are the sole decision of the author. The opinions of these product(s) were not influenced in any way, shape, or form. As always, please read the ingredients carefully when trying new products. 

Please read the labels and ingredients carefully and follow all manufacturer’s instructions (if any). The products selected for the giveaway were generously donated by the companies/PR to help readers learn more about their products. The winner’s choice in using/consuming these products are entirely up to the winner and will not hold the author and her family liable nor the companies/PR liable. These products are made with non-toxic ingredients but always be safe with what you use and consume.

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Healthy Child Healthy World Party – Company Worth Reviewing and Giveaway

It’s not easy trying to bring world peace, advocate healthy eating and making the world a better place all the while raising a child. No, not many people can do it but luckily you can get great ideas on how to raise a healthy child and live a healthy lifestyle. The good folks at Healthy Child Healthy World had that goal in mind when they started their fledgling company over 20 years ago with the launch of their Colette Chuda Environmental Fund (CCEF) in honor of their daughter. Through suffering and hard lesssons they learned from the founders daughter’s disease, they dedicated their lives to helping other parents learn about the dangers of carcinogens in the air due to environmental toxins. After all, it was the toxins that eventually encumbered their daughter’s life.

Healthy Child Healthy World is a non-profit organization dedicated to the awareness and education of using non-toxic products in our homes and in our lives. Through their website, fundraising events, and charity work, the Healthy Child Healthy World organization helps parents and everyone know about the importance of eating healthy foods and using healthy products. Their goal is to teach and educate as many people as possible on the dangers of toxic materials in our homes and in our bodies. Healthy Child Healthy World are advocaters of a greener planet through their never-ending support of people, companies, and causes. They hope to reach as many people around the world as possible in hopes of educating the awareness of living a cleaner life in a cleaner planet.

With over hundreds of volunteers across the nation, Healthy Child Healthy World partners with many natural and organic companies to bring you products that are safe for people and for the environment. Through partnership with health organizations and health professionals around the globe, they hope to educate others about how to live healthier and help the planet become healthier. With the help of Healthy Child Healthy World, anyone can access their information whether on their website: http://healthychild.org/, through their fundraising events, or through their home parties.

Healthy Child Healthy World’s Home Parties was created to inform and educate people about the availability of safer, non-toxic products and food. With their parties, a “kit” is sent to the recipient with samples, product information, dvd’s, and literature on how to bring the world together in campaigning for a healthier planet. Their samples include well-known natural and organic companies such as Earth Friendly Products, HappyBaby, LUNA, Cleanwell, Plum Organics, Baby Organics, and many more. All the products are from the same companies who also wish to provide the planet with healthier and safer products. In each Kit, their are plenty of educational materials and pamphlets to pass around to your party attendees and a DVD for you and for your attendees to watch for further information. Although there is a small donation asked to order these Party Kits, Healthy Child Healthy World provided me with a free kit to review and to give away to 1 LUCKY reader of Happymomblogger. Although the Party Kit that I received is slightly different from the winning prize, the new kit will also include full size samples of Bona floor cleaner, Dolphin Organics shampoo and Green Planet Parties cutlery set. With this informative and useful party kit, you can plan a great event and help others learn about the importance of non-toxic food and products. So do you win this ultra-helpful party kit? Read below to find out!

Here’s how to enter in the Healthy Child Healthy World Party Kit giveaway:

(Please note, the rules have changed slightly. Please read carefully before entering)

ENTRIES:

#1 entry – “Like” Healthy Child Healthy World on Facebook:  http://www.facebook.com/HealthyChild  and write on their wall that you are entering the contest at Happymomblogger: http://www.happymomblogger.wordpress.com/. Please put Happymomblogger as the heading.

ADDITIONAL ENTRIES: 

#2 entry – Become a follower: https://twitter.com/#!/happymomblogger and “Tweet” me @happymomblogger that you are entering the Healthy Child Healthy World giveaway. Become a follower of Healthy Child Healthy World: http://twitter.com/healthy_child  and “Tweet” that you are entering the contest at Happymomblogger.

#3 entry – Subscribe to my Blog.

#4 entry – Enter in my other contests.

#5 entry – Vote for me at Top Mommy Blogs using the link provided below.

You can enter by telling me the 5 entries in the LEAVE A COMMENT box. Please be sure to give me your name and email address so that I may contact you if you win. Contest is open to residents of US only. 18 years and older please. Please be sure to provide a physical address and not a P.O. Box. Only 1 contestant per household please. Please allow 4-6 weeks for delivery of prize. Happymomblogger is not responsible for any lost, stolen, or damaged prizes but will do the best to ensure you get your prize. In the event the winner can not be reached within 3 days of email sent then another winner will be chosen. Any violation of the rules will deem your entry as disqualified. No purchase necessary to enter. Void where prohibed by law.

Contest Start Date: February 6, 2012

Contest End Date: February 20, 2012 – CONTEST CLOSED. WINNER WILL BE SELECTED.

Only 1 winner will be chosen at random and I will post the winner’s names on my blog. 

 GOOD LUCK AND THANK YOU FOR PARTICIPATING!

Disclaimer: The product(s)were sent to the author for review by the manufacturer/PR. All reviews on “Happymomblogger” remain unbiased and unpaid and are the sole decision of the author. The opinions of these product(s) were not influenced in any way, shape, or form. As always, please read the ingredients carefully when trying new products. 

Please read the labels and ingredients carefully and follow all manufacturer’s instructions (if any). The products selected for the giveaway were generously donated by the companies/PR to help readers learn more about their products. The winner’s choice in using/consuming these products are entirely up to the winner and will not hold the author and her family liable nor the companies/PR liable. These products are made with non-toxic ingredients but always be safe with what you use and consume.

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Kashi TLC Granola Bar – Products Worth Reviewing

Granola Bars are like socks. Socks keep your feet warm and from harm as so do granola bars. Why? Because properly nutritioned granola bars keep your body from harm – when you eat a healthy granola bar, it feeds your body and your mind.

Kashi makes an assortment of delicious and healthy granola bars that are appropriate for kids and adults. As a leading brand of natural and organic food products, it’s easy to see why Kashi has really made a great name of themselves in the food industry. You probably even have a few of Kashi’s products in your pantry right now. They make everything from granola bars to cereal to pasta and in our home, we’ve enjoyed many of their products on a regular basis. We always have one of their organic cereals in our pantry or my son and I will have one of their frozen meals for lunch. And Kashi has introduced some new products to their fans recently. One of them is their new TLC Granola Bar in Peanutty Dark Chocolate – and it sure is chocolatey!

As a member of Moms Meet, I was given the opportunity to try and review the Kashi TLC Granola Bar in Peanutty Dark Chocolate.  They kindly offered me samples of Kashi’s new TLC Granola Bar in Peanutty Dark Chocolate to try and I absolutely loved them! We had a party with my son and his cousins and it passed the kids test for sure. As one of his cousins said, “Mmm, this doesn’t taste yucky!”. I’m assuming he meant that he’s had some yucky-tasting granola bars before. The result was, that the kids wanted more and their parents were happy to read the ingredients didn’t contain any refined sugars, artificial flavors or colors, or preservatives. And the best part yet- you can really taste and see the layers. That’s why it’s called “Peanutty Dark Chocolate Layered Granola Bars”, because you can taste the layers of rolled oats and grains, smooth chocolate, and crunchy roasted peanuts. It’s a perfect blend for those who enjoy both chocolate and peanut. It’s not overly sweet and it’s slightly chewy and crunchy at the same time.

Kashi’s Peanutty Dark Chocolate Layered Granola Bars contain 7 grams of fiber and 4 grams of protein in each serving so it does pretty well in satisfying the hunger area. I usually eat one for breakfast with my hot tea and it’s quite filling. Then I again I don’t eat a heavy breakfast, so it’s really up to you on how many bars you think will satisfy you. With all of the grains and Kashi’s signature 7 Whole Grains and Sesame included, their Dark Chocolate Layered Granola Bar really packs a punch.

Kashi has been making wholesome, natural, and organic food for over 25 years. Their food caters to people of all ages and genders and even the picky eaters too! Kashi currently makes ready-to-eat cereal in both organic and non-organic versions, hot cereal, snack bars, crackers (we love their crackers!), frozen entrees, frozen pizzas, cookies, pilaf, and waffles. Their food can be enjoyed at home, at the office, or even at parties. For more info about Kashi and their products, please visit their website: http://www.kashi.com/.

Disclaimer: I received this product for free from the sponsor of the Moms MeetSM program, May Media Group LLC, who received it directly from the manufacturer. As a Moms MeetSM blogger, I agreed to use this product and post my opinion on my blog. My opinions do not necessarily reflect the opinions of May Media Group LLC or the manufacturer of the product. The product(s)were sent to the author for review by the manufacturer/PR. All reviews on “Happymomblogger” remain unbiased and unpaid and are the sole decision of the author. The opinions of these product(s) were not influenced in any way, shape, or form. As always, please read the ingredients carefully when trying new products. 

Please read the labels and ingredients carefully and follow all manufacturer’s instructions (if any). The products selected for the giveaway were generously donated by the companies/PR to help readers learn more about their products. The winner’s choice in using/consuming these products are entirely up to the winner and will not hold the author and her family liable nor the companies/PR liable. These products are made with non-toxic ingredients but always be safe with what you use and consume.

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Tom’s of Maine – Products worth Reviewing and Giveaway

 

It’s often a misconception that all-natural products do not clean as well as those with made with conventional ingredients. They are both equally effective in cleaning, but the only difference is that natural products do not potentially cause harm for humans and for the environment and it helps maintain the integrity of your products. Nature has always provided the best of everything to us and sometimes we take it for granted. So when I find a company that can harness the incredible cleaning powers that come from nature, I embrace the company and tell everyone about it. And Tom’s of Maine is top of my list in personal care products.

For over 40 years, Tom’s of Maine has done exactly that – learning nature’s amazing powers and benefits and putting it to use in their personal care products. Tom’s of Maine makes natural personal care products which includes toothpaste, mouthwash, deodorant, dental floss, and soap. All of their ingredients are sourced responsibly from nature and do not contain anything that is toxic and potentially harmful. I’ve tried most of their products but I really love their new soaps (or beauty bars) because they smell wonderful and they last a really long time – which is a difficult feature in most soaps. And their new soaps come in 6 different refreshing scents/varieties – Exfoliating which contains natural apricot seeds to gently remove old, dull skin; Daily Moisture which contains olive oil for natural premium moisturization; Deodorant which contains natural sage and lemongrass which has built-in odor-fighting properties; Sensitive which contains chamomile for gentle cleansing; Relaxing which contains calming lavender for an instant soothing sensation; and Energizing which contains citrus oils for a natural pick-me-up. I like their toothpaste just as much because they don’t contain any unnecessary sugars like in other conventional toothpastes. And they make my entire mouth feel incredibly refreshing and clean. Yes, I know that sounds like a commercial, but it’s true – Tom’s of Maine’s toothpaste gives you that natural clean and refreshing feeling afterward, without any sweet aftertaste. And they also make a great children’s toothpaste in “Silly Strawberry” without flouride which my son actually enjoys using since strawberry is one of his favorite fruit.

Tom’s of Maine has been in the personal care business for a long time and they take great pride in ensuring that their products are made with ingredients that are natural and beneficial. Their unwavering dedication to provide their consumers with natural and healthy products is what makes them a leading company in personal care products. You can find most of their products in any natural grocery store, supermarkets, and major mass retailers such as Target, Rite Aid, and CVS. Whenever their products goes on sale, I usually stock up a bit because my family and I go through them like crazy! I enjoy using their products because they’re made with natural ingredients, and well, they’re quite effective!

Tom’s of Maine is truly dedicated in producing high-quality all-natural products and it shows in the choosing of their ingredients as well as their packaging. They use packaging made of post-consumer recycled paper board and use vegetable-based inks on all their packaging and printed materials. They are also the first in their industry to use recyclable plastic on their deodorant sticks. Here is more info on their environmental practices: http://www.tomsofmaine.com/business-practices. With the use of recyclable and sustainable materials, they are able to save millions of solid waste and wastewater, billions of electricity, and enormous amounts of pollution are reduced. That’s incredible considering the vast personal care industry and all that is used up by consumers and manufacturers. One personal thing that I did notice was their transition from aluminum toothpaste tubes to plastic laminate tubes which they indicate the reason as part consumer feedback, part environmental impact. They even encourage their consumers to send their toothpaste in the new plastic laminate materials back to the company for recycling and “incorporating the plastic into their recyling stream” as part of the “Gimme 5” campaign which allows recycling of PETE #5 plastics. I think that’s a great idea as most companies do not even offer that option but hopefully everyone will soon.

So besides their practice in using sustainable ingredients in their products and packaging, what else makes Tom’s of Maine a responsible company? They also promise never to test their products on animals. Personally, I believe that if you have years of experience in the natural products department and you use high-quality ingredients derived from nature, testing products on humans is more effective anyway. So really, choosing Tom’s of Maine products as part of your daily personal care regimen is an authentic way to add some natural-based products into your home. Their prices are also decent and their products are easy to find. And with a great selection to choose from, I’m sure you’ll find something you would like.

Although I’ve been using Tom’s of Maine for many years, they generously sent me their entire Beauty Bars line and their latest Wicked Fresh! toothpaste to try. They are also offering 1 LUCKY reader of Happymomblogger a chance to win their 6 Beauty Bars and 1 large-sized Wicked Fresh! Toothpaste as a prize. If you’ve never tried their Wicked Fresh! toothpaste then you’re in for a real treat. Tom’s of Maine’s Wicked Fresh! toothpaste is so refreshing and so invigorating that you feel as if you’re chewing on mint while you’re brushing your teeth. Yes – it’s that strong of a minty taste and sensation! So how do you win these great products from Tom’s of Maine? Read below to find out!

Here’s how to enter in the Tom’s of Maine giveaway:

MANDATORY ENTRY:

#1 entry – “Like” Tom’s of Maine on Facebook http://www.facebook.com/TomsofMaine and write on their wall that you are entering the contest at Happymomblogger: http://www.happymomblogger.wordpress.com/. Please put Happymomblogger as the heading.

ADDITIONAL ENTRIES: 

#2 entry – Become a follower: http://twitter.com/#!/happymomblogger and “Tweet” me @happymomblogger that you are entering the Tom’s of Maine giveaway.

#3 entry – Visit http://www.tomsofmaine.com/home and tell me what products you would like to try.

#3 entry – Subscribe to my Blog.

#4 entry – Enter in my other contests.

#5 entry – Vote for me at Top Mommy Blogs using the link provided below.

You can enter as many times as you like but you MUST enter in the Mandatory entry to qualify. The more you enter, the more chances your name will be drawn.  You can enter by telling me the 5 entries in the LEAVE A COMMENT box. Please be sure to give me your name and email address so that I may contact you if you win. Contest is open to residents of US only. 18 years and older please. Please be sure to provide a physical address and not a P.O. Box.

Contest Start Date: May 11, 2011

Contest End Date: May 25, 2011 – Contest closed. Winner will be chosen. Congratulations to Eugenie W.!

Only 1 winner will be chosen at random and I will post the winner’s name on my blog.

GOOD LUCK AND THANK YOU FOR PARTICIPATING!

Disclaimer: The product(s)were sent to the author for review by the manufacturer

Disclaimer: The product(s)were sent to the author for review by the manufacturer/PR. All reviews on “Happymomblogger” remain unbiased and unpaid and are the sole decision of the author. The opinions of these product(s) were not influenced in any way, shape, or form. As always, please read the ingredients carefully when trying new products. 

Please read the labels and ingredients carefully and follow all manufacturer’s instructions (if any). The products selected for the giveaway were generously donated by the companies/PR to help readers learn more about their products. The winner’s choice in using/consuming these products are entirely up to the winner and will not hold the author and her family liable nor the companies/PR liable. These products are made with non-toxic ingredients but always be safe with what you use and consume.

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