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Winner Announced: Skinny Pop popcorn Case Giveaway

Skinny Pop Popcorn Review and Giveaway

Skinnypop Popcorn

I absolutely adore popcorn, but usually avoid the prepared bags in the store.  I really thought they would taste stale, but then I tried Skinny Pop.  It tastes fresh popped and is delicious.  Skinny Pop comes in two flavors: Lightly Salted and Black Pepper.  And – you parents packing school lunch boxes are gonna love this – It comes in two sizes.  Skinny Pop Popcorn is available in Skinny Packs with 6  individual serving bags perfect for sneaking into school lunch boxes.  Skinny Pop also comes in larger 4.4 oz bags.  If you are doing a family movie night, just dump it in a bowl and enjoy!   You don’t have to wait for the microwave.  This snack will not slow down your family together time.

Skinny Pop

Skinny Pop comes in 2 sizes and 2 flavors.

My kids loved the Skinny Pop.  Lydia really liked the Black Pepper popcorn.  It’s not as spicy as I was expecting, and has just a hint of black pepper flavor.  The Lightly Salted Skinny Pop is my favorite.  This popcorn proves that you can have a rich butter flavor without the popcorn being drenched in butter.  It has the perfect mouth-feel and just the right amount of butter flavor.  My daughter did say that, if you like it saltier, just turn the bag upside down and shake before you open it.  I, personally, thought it had enough salt.

Of course, Skinny Pop features what the kids love best – great taste and easily portable for school lunches.  However, it’s also got what I care about – good nutritional value and no artificial anything.  Skinny Pop has zero trans fat and no cholesterol.   The Skinny Pack bags are my personal favorite.  They only come in the Lightly Salted flavor, but that’s OK by me, because it’s my favorite.  Each single serve bag only has 100 calories, 2 grams of fiber and 2 grams of protein.  The larger bags have just 38 calories in a single cup.  No matter which option I choose,  so I can snack guilt-free and feel good about what I am feeding my family.  Good eating habits last a lifetime.  I want to teach my kids to love good food now, so it’s natural for them in adulthood.

Skinny Pop is also Non-GMO, Gluten-Free, Tree-Nut Free, Peanut Free, Dairy Free and Preservative Free.  The list of ingredients that Skinny Pop does NOT have is longer than the list of ingredients it DOES have.  It’s got All Natural Popcorn, Sunflower Oil and salt.  Just three ingredients.  That’s it.  My youngest can read the entire ingredient list out loud without ever taking a breath.

Hey!  Did you see that it is non-GMO?  Corn is one of the largest GMO crops in the US, so the fact that Skinny Pop is non-GMO really impresses me.

You can find Skinny Pop popcorn at Walgreens and a few grocery store.  In the Minnesota area, I found them at Cub and Rainbow.  Use the store locator to find them near you.   Be sure to check out their website, follow them on Twitter and like them on Facebook to learn more about SkinnyPop.

Seriously, this stuff is so good!  Would you like to try it?  I am giving away one case of SkinnyPop popcorn.  You can choose whether you want a case (12 4.4 oz bags) of Lightly Salted or Black Pepper or a case (10 packs) of SkinnyPacks (60 individual bags total).  So, what will it be?  The delectable, hint of black pepper?  The satisfying lightly salted? Or the SkinnyPack size perfect for packing in the lunch boxes?

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*Winner Announced* Kona Kase full of Deliciously Healthy Goodies

Kona Kase Review and Giveaway

Kona Kase Contents

I love subscription boxes and just got my first one from Kona Kase. Since Runner’s World recently featured Kona Kase, I was curious.  KonaKase.com offers monthly subscription boxes featuring products that appeal to people with active lifestyles.  Every month, subscribers receive a new box with up to 8 healthy snacks to try.  So, my favorite thing about Kona Kase?  It actually had several products I had never tried.  Some of them were new to me.  Some were new flavors by some of my favorite companies.   You can subscribe and pay monthly, which is currently $15 a month.  However, you can also opt to pay for a 3, 6 or 12 month subscription and for significant discounts.  I do wish that they had dietary options.  Many health food nuts (like me) are vegetarians, but they do  not offer a separate box for dietary preferences.  Since I married a carnivorous man, this is a small quibble.

So, what was in the August box?

Justin’s Almond Butter

Justin's Almond Butter

I got a single-serving pouch of Justin’s All Natural Almond Butter.  Check out this list of ingredients: Dry Roasted Almonds, Organic Palm Fruit Oil.  Yep – that’s it!  It’s a gluten-free, vegan product.  Justin’s actually sells their almond butter in the jar, or in these little packs.  These packs are perfect for kids packing school lunches, or for someone with an on-the-go lifestyle.  Simply slide one into the lunch bag with some crackers.  When you are ready to eat, tear it open at the tabs and squeeze it onto the crackers.

At only 80 calories per packet, 3 grams of protein and 4% of daily calcium needs, these pack a nutritional wallop and I am adding it to my grocery list now.

VALUE: My Super Target sells Justin’s Almond Butters, and you can buy them online at Justin’s website. Kona Kase sent me one single-serve packet.  ARV for one pack: $1.24

Krave Chili-Lime Beef Jerky

Krave Chili-Lime Beef Jerky

This is why I wish Kona Kase offered a solution for those with different dietary needs.  I’m a vegetarian, so I didn’t eat this myself.  My husband loved it though.  He’s pretty picky about his beef jerky, too!  It’s got to be tender and it has to be delicious.  He says he doesn’t like that they rate it from sweet to spicy because his jerky is both sweet and spicy.  I browsed the Krave Jerky site and discovered that they do sell Sweet Chipotle jerky, too.

Krave Jerky is all-natural, gluten-free with no sulfites.  As much as my husband likes jerky, I’m considering signing him up for the Krave Klub.  For $30 a month, you can get 5 bags of jerky in your choice of flavors.  It’s normally $7 a bag, so this is a great deal with a savings of $10 per case.

VALUE: Kona Kase sent me a single-serve bag.  The $7 bags hold 3 servings.  So the ARV for this sample is $2.33.

Greenola from the Kale Factory

GreenolaGreenola is another new-to-me product.  It’s a Raisin Coconut snack made from Kale, Dates, Coconut Flakes, Organic Raisins, Sesame Seeds and Cinnamon.  One vitamin packed serving helps you get your daily veggie quota.  Even as a vegetarian, I have a hard time getting all the veggies I’m supposed to get.  It’s slightly sweet and tastes like dried kale with fruit with a chewy texture.

The jury is still out on this one.  I am definitely one to try new things and will probably try it again sometime.  They have several other flavors  and I may try one of them, but this flavor combination was not for me.

VALUE: Kona Kase sent a sample size bag.  A 3 pack goes for $17.00. – which is about $5.66 a pack. Each pack contains 3.5 ounces (3 servings).   Since they sent me 1 serving, this sample’svalue is about $1.89.

Larabar – Carrot Cake

Larabar Carrot CakeMy dad’s favorite cake is carrot cake, so this Larabar carrot cake flavor makes me a bit sentimental.  I wish I could be a child again.  The very short ingredient list makes this a winner for a child’s lunch box – or just on-the-go snacking for me.  One bar has 4 grams of fiber.  It contains dates, almonds, walnuts, raisins, pineapple, unsweetened coconut, carrots, cinnamon and extra virgin olive oil.  Raise your hand if you see what’s missing that most snack bars have!  That’s right class – sugar.  The Carrot Cake Larabar contains no added sugar, but tastes great!

While I’m a long-time fan of Larabar, I had never tried the carrot cake bar, and it was a pleasure to give it a try.  Larabar’s commitment to non-GMO products keeps me coming back, too.

VALUE: Carrot Cake Larabar sells for $25.45 for a 16-bar case, currently.  This single bar sample’s value is about $1.59.

Biotrust Protein Cookies – Frosted Oatmeal Raisin

Biotrust Protein CookiesPacked with protein and fiber, I’m happy to tuck this treat into my lunch bag for work.  BioTrust Protein cookies are 100% all natural, gluten-free and non-GMO.

They are available in two flavors: Chewy Chocolate Chip and Frosted Oatmeal Raisin.  Each cookie has 150 calories, has 12 grams of protein and 6 grams of fiber so one cookie is a reasonable after-school snack.  Oh!  They are also a good source of calcium with 15% of your daily calcium requirement.

Individually packaged, these cookies are very convenient to slip in a lunch box or even your gym bag for a post work-out treat.  I always love healthy treats that make both me and the kids happy!

VALUE: One box with 12 cookies retails for $29.95 on the BioTrust website.  Kona Kase sent one cookie – about $2.50.

Rise Protein Bar – Almond Honey

Rise Protein Bar

Rise Protein+ bars appeal to people who work out heavily.  These 60 gram bars contain just 3 non-GMO ingredients: Almonds, Honey and Whey Protein Isolate.  This high protein snack is ideal for muscle recovery after hours of power lifting or other intense exercise.

One of my children has ADD.  Her doctor suggested that she start the day with 20 grams of protein, but she hates to eat breakfast.  Packed with 20 grams of protein at only 280 calories, these may make an excellent meal replacement for her.  It comes in two flavors: Honey Almond or Crunchy Carob Chip.

Wow.  Another new-to-me product!

You can find them in many natural food stores or buy them from their website.  Use the store locator on the site.

VALUE: Kona Kase sent me a one ounce bar.  One full-sized bar weighs 2.1 ounces and retail for $27.99 for a case of 12.  If they had sent a full-size bar, it would cost $2.33, but the half-size sample costs $1.17.

QuestBar Protein Bar – Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough

QuestBarThe QuestBar Protein Bar is the only product I have already tried and the only non-natural product in the box.  While the Quest Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough bar contains no added sugar, it is sweetened with sucralose.  Sucralose is an artificial sweetener.

The packaging reads “contains no gluten containing ingredients” but doesn’t say that the bar is Gluten-Free, so I am not sure how to interpret that.  It feels heavy in the mouth and has a thick texture, but I do enjoy the flavor.  However, since it’s sweetened with stevia (in addition to the sucralose), it has a bit of a sweet aftertaste.  I don’t find it unpleasant, but my husband does.

This bar is packed with 21 grams of protein with only 190 calories, so is another great option for people with high-energy needs.

VALUE: You can buy them on the Quest Protein Bar site at $24.99 for 12.  That’s $2 a bar – so a $2 value here.

Final Analysis

So for the tally:

  • Quest Protein Bar: $2
  • Rise Sample: $1.17
  • BioTrust Cookie: $2.50
  • Larabar: $1.59
  • Greenola: $1.89
  • Krave Beef Jerky: $2.33
  • Justin’s: $1.24

Total: $12.72 value if you were to buy these products individually.  Add in the shipping costs and the value exceeds the $15 a month subscription plan.  Of course, you also get to try new products you probably wouldn’t ordinarily consider.  Finding a new, healthy product I like is priceless!

If you are interested, you can sign up on the Kona Kase site.  Of course, you can try to win one right here.  I received the August Box.  The box the winner receives will have different products since they send different products every month.  Follow Kona Kase on Twitter or like Kona Kase on Facebook to see the newest specials and products.

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Disclaimer: I received a free product for review purposes, but all opinions are my own.

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Enter to Win an Orkin Home Education Kit and Flashlight

Orkin Home Education Kit and Flashlight Giveaway

Orkin Home Education Kit

Enter to win an Orkin Home Education kit and flashlight.  I was always an unusual child.  I loved bugs and still do like spiders and other creepy crawlies!  When I find them in the house, I usually catch them and put them outside.  Bugs are an important part of our ecosystem!  However, even the best bug lover in the world can get overwhelmed and need the help of a professional.  The best way to protect your home is education.

You can enter to win an Orkin Home Education Kit which includes:

  • 2 Orkin Factoids 11×17 Posters
  • Poster #1 – The Pollinators
  • Poster #2 – The Recyclers
  • 1 Orkin bug-finding flashlight
  • 20 Rubber Toy Creepy Crawly Bugs

Take this fun quiz and see how much you actually know about bugs:

I actually got all of the questions correct on the first try!  Haha!  Told you I liked my bugs 🙂  Did you look at the bizarre fact sheet, too?  I didn’t know that termites are born blind!  That’s absolutely fascinating!

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Enter to Win Autographed “Standing Up” anti-bullying DVD

Standing Up DVD Giveaway

Enter to Win Standing Up Anti-Bullying DVD

I don’t know about you, but my middle school years were hell.  I was constantly bullied and even got suspended for fighting one time when I finally stood up to defend myself.  I was different than most of the other girls my age.  I wasn’t interested in make-up and the latest hair styles.  Heck.  I wasn’t even attracted to the same guys they liked.  They chased the latest fad fanboy and I thought Rick Moranis was H-O-T!  Most people don’t even remember him.  He’s the geeky father in “Honey, I Shrunk the Kids” and a few other movies.  I definitely stood apart from my peers, and the other girls did not like that at all and had decided that they would make my life miserable for being different.  Since I also happened to be the smallest person in my entire school at only 4ft 10, I also made an easy target.  Some of the things those girls said stuck with me until adulthood.  I never really got over them and, to this day, I still hear myself repeating it in my head.  Anyone who says that bullying is not really damaging has never been a victim of bullies.

standing upI was not alone and bullying remains a problem today.  Did you know that, according to Pacer.org, 160,000 US students stay home from school EVERY DAY from fear of being bullied?  I am looking forward to seeing this new movie, Standing Up.  Based on the young adult book and directed by D.J Caruso, Standing Up tells the story of two kids who get bullied at summer camp.  Stranded alone on an island, the pair decides they are not going to be victims and make a stand.  It will be available at Walmart on August 20 and at redbox on September 3rd.

When over 160,000 kids stay home each day to avoid bullies, we have a national problem that needs to be addressed. One of the best things we can do to understand the problem and discuss solutions is to be inspired. The movie “Standing Up” is THAT inspiration.

I found this really cool blog app that tells you whether you stand up to bullies or not.  I got a 93%, so I do a lot better than I did as a kid, and I work hard to teach my kids to not only stand up for themselves and others, but to not be the bully, either.  Like in the movie Standing Up, life is full of beautiful, amazing things, but bullies sure aren’t one of them! Do you stand up to bullies? Or do you let them intimidate you and others? Take this quiz to see where you stand and get tips and tricks to beat the bullies in your life.

Standing Up Anti-Bullying PledgeAccording to reviewers,Standing Up not only has incredible charm, it also carries a powerful message. After watching the movie as a family, sit down with your young kids and talk about some of the essential life lessons from Standing Up. Tell your children about how bullying can affect even the strongest of people. Read and sign the Standing Up to Bullies Pledge and pin it on the fridge, bulletin board, or wherever you can see it as a reminder.  Be sure to share it with your friends and pass the message on!

I haven’t seen this movie, but the theme definitely resonates with me.  I am giving away one signed copy of this acclaimed film by D.J Caruso.  Be sure to enter below!

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This is a sponsored post for which I may receive compensation in the form a DVD copy of the movie, but all opinions are my own.

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Kids Magic Calming Lavender Bubble Bath Review *Winner Announced*

Kids Magic Calming Bubble Bath Giveaway

Kids Magic Calming Lavender Bubble Bath GiveawaySometimes, my youngest has a hard time falling asleep at night.  She is in middle school and has found just how stressful those years are!  Even during the summer, she worries about returning to school and what her friends do each day.  I remember those years, and there is no way that I would go back to them.  I use a lavender oil to help with stress relief and thought that a little lavender would probably help my daughter as well.

Unfortunately, most of the lavender infused products are labeled for babies.  Have you ever tried getting a 12-year-old to use a product for babies?  I did find Kids Magic Calming Lavender Bubble Bath, though, and decided to let her try that instead.  She enjoyed it and said it really did help her relax.  I like that it left her smelling soft and sweet and made hugging on her more fun!  It’s always more fun to hug your kids when they smell nice.

I like that Kids Magic derives its scent from pure lavender extract, unlike some lavender-scented products.  Even though it is not mentioned in the product description, it also has real Chamomile extracts.  Kids Magic Calming Lavender Bubble Bath creates a nice lather with rich lather.

My daughter prefers to take showers and used the Kids Magic Lavender Bubble bath as a body wash instead.  It rinses clean and you only need a small amount to bathe your entire body.  Check out the suds leftover after a complete shower!  Even with our hard water, which pretty much kills most suds, I got some nice suds!

Kids Magic Calming Lavender Bubble Bath

A small amount of Kids Magic Calming Lavender Bubble Bath on my bath mitt is enough to take a complete shower and still have some leftover.

I find the soft fragrance relaxing, as well.  I enjoy de-stressing with a shower after a long day and really believe in the power of lavender.  Oftentimes, I spray my pillowcases with lavender essential oil. I have even caught my husband using the Kids Magic Calming Lavender Bubble Bath.  He prefers to actually take a bath with it and enjoys the fragrance as well.  He says, however, that the bubbles don’t last long in the bath.  I say that’s two-fold.  We have very hard water and haven’t added salt to the softener in a while.  Hard water kills bubbles and suds.  He also takes long, leisurely baths that are longer than most kids will stay in the water.  His baths are so long that he needs to add more hot water so he doesn’t freeze.  When he adds more water, the bubbles foamed right back up.

My skin remained pleasantly scented for a couple of hours after my shower.

It’s supposedly tear-free, too.  Since my husband, daughter nor I got any in our eyes, I cannot vouch for that – and I wasn’t about to rub into my eyes for testing purposes.  That is a nice bonus, though.  I mean, after all, the idea of taking a bubble bath in lavender is to whisk away the stress of the day and relax.  It’s hard to relax if you accidentally get bubbles in your eyes and it burns for hours later.  Kids Magic Calming Lavender Bubble Bath is also hypoallergenic.  My husband has very sensitive skin and didn’t have any reactions at all to Kids Magic Calming Lavender Bubble Bath.

While Kids Magic created Calming Lavender Bubble Bath for kids like my daughter, I highly recommend it for adults as well.  We could all use a little relaxing shower and I like it better than some other lavender soaps I have used that had artificial lavender fragrance.  It kissed my skin with a light fragrance left it soft for hours later.

Use the store locator to find where Baby Magic and Kids magic products are sold near you. You can also find Kids Magic Bubble Bath-Calming Lavender Bubble Bath on Amazon.  Also, visit their site to learn more.

I am also giving away a free 33oz bottle of Kids Magic Calming Lavender Bubble Bath right here.  Just enter below.

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Firmoo Sunglasses Giveaway – Winner Announced

Enter to Win Firmoo Sunglasses!

Firmoo sunglassesI began wearing glasses in 1st grade.  My mom still remembers the first thing I blurted out after getting my first pair of glasses.  “There are a bunch of leaves on the tree.  Not just one, big leaf!”  No doubt, we miss out on a lot when our vision isn’t crystal clear.  However, glasses can be expensive.  However, I just discovered Firmoo.com.  They have a first pair for free program.  You just pick your favorite glasses from their special free selection, tell them your single vision prescription and pay for shipping.

Existing customers can still take advantage of their awesome prices. Placing an order is very easy and you can even qualify for free shipping.   It only takes a few days to have them delivered right to your door.  When I say their prices are affordable, I mean it!  They start at just $8!

Of course, you can’t really get a good feel for what the glasses will look like on you if you can’t try them on, right?  Firmoo.com lets you try them on virtually!  Upload a photo of yourself without glasses, circle your pupils and see what the frames will look like on you before you get them.  Check out how stylish these frames are and these prices 1.50 single vision lenses.

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(The above model photos are all derived from Firmoo+.)

Firmoo wants to give you a chance to try their service, so they are giving away a free pair of non-prescription Firmoo Wrap Around Sunglasses!  This give you the chance to check out their service.  One winner will receive a free pair of sunglasses from this selection.

I like this pair!

Free Firmoo Sunglasses
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I love the pink and green accents! Aren’t they just adorable? And with the Firmoo tool, I can see what they will look like on me before I get them. When I get my own pair in a few days, I will make a separate blog post about whether or not I like them. I will even post some photos showing how they actually looked on me.  I’m still narrowing down my choices on whether I want these or a cute little tortoise shell pair.  Decisions, decisions!

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