October 29, 2011

Dale & Thomas Popcorn Winners!

Dale & Thomas Popcorn was not only nice enough to send me an awesome Spooktacular Gift Box to try, they are also giving three of you lucky readers the same great Spooktacular gift.  Late again as usual, the three winner are:

#11 Whit

Congrats to the winner!  Please send me your contact info and I will have the Spooktacular treats send to you!

And..I hit a milestone.  This is my 100th post! 

Hope everyone has a Happy Halloween!

October 26, 2011

Oh Deer! It's Huntin' Season...

After coming home after a long day at work, hubby decided that we should go deer hunting.  I didn't really feel like it but agreed just to get out of the house and enjoy nature for a little bit.

We went to a stand on our property up behind our house.  It's bow season here in NC so I was a little nervous since I've never killed anything with my bow before and not had a lot of practice shooting it this year.

Hubby decided to hunt with me rather than separate so off we went. 

It was just before dark when I see a deer coming out. I began to get that nervous feeling that only a deer hunter gets when they see the antlers coming through the trees.  It was getting so dark I thought I would surely miss.  I knew it was at least a six point buck but couldn't really tell from the distance. 

Hubby kept telling me to shoot..shoot..


I hit it!

I always try to shoot them in the neck (I know..sounds cruel) but they die instantly.  People who shoot deer in the heart or where it is marked on targets, etc., they lie their and die slowly and quiver.  I've done it once and it broke my heart.  Hubby says I'm going to miss one day aiming for the neck because they turn their heads so fast (and I have missed a good one-once).  But, now we are restocking the freezer and I got the first deer of the season. : )

But, hubby had to stay out late in the cold and skin him.  Which took forever.  I also made him skin him so that I could have the head mounted if I wanted. 
I takes longer to skin them this way (or field dress I suppose is the proper terminology).  But, he did it anyway.  Thanks honey! : )

He even turned out to be an 8-point rather than a six.

Needless to say, I was pretty stoked.  We have meat for the freezer (our freezer quit last week and we lost all the meat we had).  So he was much needed.   And, it turned out he was an older buck-which made me feel better.

One more picture for bragging rights then I'll announce the winner of the E.O. Products giveaway that I'm way late on...

Yeay me!  For you anti-hunters...well, if you can't say anything nice...you know...

Now for the winner...

Eddie, please contact me with your information so I can pass it along to E.O. Products and you can get your wonderful lotion and hand soap!

Everyone else, go sign up for the Dale and Thomas Popcorn giveaway! 

October 22, 2011

Big G Cereal Winner!

Sorry I am late announcing the winner of the Big G Cereal Giveaway.  It was suppose to be yesterday.  But, without further ado...the winner is the #22!

Congratulations Choppy!  Send me your info and I will get it to the great folks at General Mills who sponsored this great giveaway!

For those of you who did not win, there are two more great giveaway still left to enter!

October 20, 2011

Mumpkins are Funkin!

I'm going to take partial credit for this fun and cute fall decoration.  But, I also have to give a little credit to the folks at Lowes who came up with the foundation for the project.  I just think mine is better because it will last forever. 

Its a mumkin!

First, you begin with a large styrofoam ball.  I used an 8".

Next, I purchasd about 8 stems of artificial mums.

Then, using wire cutters, I cut the mums off the stems about 1 1/2"
down from the bloom.

After I had clipped off all the blooms I began sticking them into the foam ball.

I could have used a few extra flowers so I had to be careful with spacing so none of the white foam shown through.

Halfway there!  

I left a small space on the top of the foam ball and went outside to find a stick I thought would make a good stem.

Walla!  Lying right on the back porch.  I thought about spray painting it brown but was too lazy.

So, I just stuck it down in the space on the top of the 'mumpkin'.  Then I cut off a few of the pieces of greenery from the left over flower stems and placed them around the stem.

Tada!  Mumpkin!

Okay, thanks Lowes for the idea.  But rather than use a REAL pumpkin and REAL mums (their estimate was it lasting around 3 days).  Mine should last for years.  And, its super cute.  Try it!  This would be a great project to do with kids as well. 

I have another fun Halloween project coming up soon.  Stay tuned! 

And,  don't forget to sign up for the Big G Cereal's Giveaway and the E.O. Products Giveaway AND the Dale and Thomas Popcorn Giveaway.  There is still time to win some awesome goodies and try out some new products. 

October 19, 2011

Nature's Path Organic's Winner!

The winner of the Nature's Path Organics winner is:

Congratulations!  Please send me your contact info so I can get the goods sent out to you.  I'm sure you are going to love them! 

For those of you who did not win, check out the other THREE awesome giveaway's I have posted up at the top right of the site.  Good Luck!

October 18, 2011

Dale and Thomas Popcorn

Dale and Thomas Popcorn sent me one a Spooktacular Halloween Gift Box to try out.  I was popping around the house like a kernel in kettle waiting on this box to arrive.  I have been a popcorn lover my entire life.  My mom and I would watch movies and eat popcorn all the time growing up. We could easily put away a bag in no time.

I guess you could say the same thing about the Spooktacular Gift Box.  I knew as soon as I opened it that it would not last more than maybe a day or two.  First of all, the box was adorable.  I love anything Halloween related so this was right up my alley.

Inside the box were all these goodies:
  • Twice as Nice Chocolate Drizzle Corn
  • Hall of Fame Kettle Corn
  • Parmesan and Garlic Cheese Sticks
  • Milk Chocolate Popsters
I'm not gonna lie.  The first thing I tore into were the Milk Chocolate Popsters.  What could be better than giant kernels of popcorn dipped in caramel and chocolate?  Nothing.  I ate half the bag.  I tried to save some for hubby, or later at least but, it was hard.  They were outstanding.  A sweet and salty mix gets me every time.
Terrible picture for such a great snack. Too busy eating to hold still.
Next on  my list was the Hall of Fame Kettle Corn.  I love Kettle Corn and we always eat it at the state fair.  This was fabulous!  Dale and Thomas have such high quality popcorn.  Their kernels are all so big and fluffy.  And, it had just the right amount of sweetness. 
I have issues with getting up in the middle of the night and snacking.  I know...I know...its a terrible habit and my waistline is growing because of it.  But, when you've got a bag of Twice as Nice Chocolate Drizzle Corn waiting for you to try, you kind of forget the rules.  So..I went for it.  I hope their is some left when I get home.  It was Dreamy so I can't remember if I ate it all (that's going to be a nightmare).  I don't think their is a mix as good as chocolate and popcorn.  I'll take it over peas and carrots any day.

Finally, I tried the Parmesan Garlic Sticks.  As much as I love both those things, on popcorn (or sticks as they were called) I wasn't as excited about trying it.  But I did anyway..I'll try almost anything once. 

They were actually shaped like little twisty sticks rather than kernels.  
They were quite good.  I would have to be in more of the mood for them than regular popcorn but I bet they would be fabulous used as croutons or to dip in dips.  I can think of 100's of things I would just like to use them for besides eating them right out of the bag. 

The Dale & Thomas Popcorn Company is SO generous they are going to give away not 1 but THREE...that's right I said THREE of these Spooktacular Halloween Gift Box's away to some lucky readers.  Just leave a comment saying which of their specialty popcorn's you want to munch on.  You can leave two additional comments if you are a blog follower!  Winners will be chosen on Tuesday, October 23rd! Good Luck!

October 17, 2011

EO Products Supports Non-GMO month!

October is non-GMO month!

What exactly is a GMO?
A GMO, or “genetically modified organisms” is an organism (usually a plant) that has been created through gene-splicing techniques whereby DNA from one species is injected into another. We consumers get a hefty serving not only in soy milk and corn on the cobb, but when eating meat from GMO-fed farm animals & products using common additives like corn syrup and sugar beets.

Why are GMO’s made?
Farmers long struggled with herbicides and pesticides not only killing the bugs that ate food crops, but the foods crops themselves. In 1976, a major biotechnology company developed a bacterial gene that was immune to its herbicide Round Up. When this gene was inserted into soy, corn, canola and other plants, they could now be sprayed with Round Up and survive.  As a result, some 258 million pounds more herbicide have been used in the last 11 years.

Are GMOs safe?
This is the million dollar question. Many health-conscious consumers argue that this determination should be made before the products are publicly available, not after it’s too late. Due to lack of safety evidence, Australia, Japan, the European Union, and dozens of other countries have strong restrictions or outright bans on the production of GMOs. The U.S., on the other hand, approved commercial production of GMOs based on studies conducted by the companies who created them and profit from their sale.

How common are GMOs?According to the USDA, in 2009, 93% of soy, 93% of cotton, and 86% of corn grown in the U.S. were GMO. It is estimated that over 90% of canola grown is GMO, and there are also commercially produced GMO varieties of sugar beets, squash and Hawaiian Papaya. As a result, it is estimated that GMOs are now present in more than 80% of packaged products in the average U.S. or Canadian grocery store.

Where does the Non-GMO Project come in?
The Non-GMO Project is an initiative of the North American organic and natural product industry to create a standardized definition of non-GMO and a 3rd party verification program to assess product compliance with this Standard. The Project’s Product Verification Program is entirely voluntary, and participants are companies who see the value of offering their customers a verified non-GMO choice.

Many of the individuals and businesses leading the way with the Project are the same ones responsible for creating the original organic standards. In California, there is also a ballet initiative underway to require GMO labeling.

EO is a proud to be a participating product in the non-GMO project
EO Products has become one of my favorite companies!  I can't live without their hair care products.  I'm now also addicted to their body lotion.  I've done some other product reviews for them (you can find under reviews on the sidebar).  They are a family-owned natural and organic body care products company distributed nationally in Whole Foods Market and other natural retailers.  They have several products certified non-GMO by the non-GMO Project.

In honor of October as non-GMO month, EO Products is offering 50% oFF!! its certified non-GMO products, which include hand soap and body lotion. In addition to being non-GMO, these products are free of Triclosan, parabens, and other nasty chemicals.  This sale lasts from today, October 17th through the 23rd so stock up on these wonderful products while you can.

Our Skin Absorbs 60% of what is applied to it - Two simple steps to avoid absorbing GMO’s 
1. Visit the non-GMO Project’s website and search their non-GMO product    listings.
2. Purchase from these trusted businesses
3. From Oct. 17-Oct. 23, in honor of non-GMO month, save 50 PERCENT OFF EO Product’s non-GMO certified liquid hand soap and body lotion.

Also, leave a comment of which EO Products, non-GMO products you would like to try and you could be chosen to win not only one of their hand soaps, but also a body lotion. 

If you are a follower of this blog, you can leave two additional (separate) comments.  That's three entries people!  Sign up to be a follower!   The winner will be drawn next Monday, October 24th via Random.org.

October 14, 2011

Big G Breakfast Solutions

I had the opportunity to review SIX different kinds of Big G cereals.  I have always loved cereal.  Whether it be with milk, or straight out of the box.  Thats why I was so happy to get this very generous package of products, prize pack to giveaway, and information, which provided by General Mills through MyBlogSpark!

Talk about hitting the jackpot!  Check out all the great flavors I was given to try:
Being my childhood favorite, I instantly tore into the Cookie Crisp.  I think I ate half the box without even adding any milk.  Then I polished the last bowl off for a midnight snack.
Actually, this would probably be considered two servings.

I have eaten lots of Ceerios in my lifetime and they have always been a favorite, especially if you have little kiddos and just want to let them snack on them.  Not to mention the cholesterol lowering factor.  Then came multi-grain and chocolate.  They all taste great but the chocolate was hands down my favorite.  Go figure!

They are so good for you and taste great.  I will be eating these again.

These were almost like a dessert.  I would love to make some of the rice crispy type treats with these. MMMmmm.

Total has never been one of my favorite cereals, but, its so good for you that I felt good eating it anyway.  I threw in some fresh raspberries that we STILL have growing and it was great.

Golden Grahams, another childhood favorite.  I think I ate most of these straight out of the box as well.  Who can resist that cinnamon goodness.  And also whole grain?  Its hard to believe!

All of the General Mills cereals have whole grains, guaranteed.  They are a great breakfast to for everyone.  Whole grains helps with heart health, helps reduce the risks of cancer, manage diabetes, keeps your 'regular', and can help manage weight.*

Not to mention that right now these boxes contain $5 in coupons for specially marked  select products from brands including Betty Crocker®, Nature Valley®, Pillsbury®, Big G, and Maxwell House.

Leave a comment saying which Big G Cereal you would like to try.  The winner will receive a BIG prize pack including all the cereals I had the opportunity to review. Thanks to General Mills and MyBlogSpark.com.

If you're a follower you can leave two additional comments.  The winner will be drawn next Friday, October 21st!

October 12, 2011

Nature's Path Organics

I'm sure by now you all know that I love to eat.  And, I especially love foods that are truly organic and made by sustainable companies whose focus is on bodies as well as our planet.  That's why I was SOOOO excited to find this awesome box on my front porch.  It was sent to me to sample by Nature's Path Organics

First of all, this was one of the coolest boxes I've ever received!  I loved it!
It was recycled cardboard but appeared to be a wooden crate, too cool!

Check out what was inside:

 Strawberry Yogurt Granola Bars, Flax Plus Cinnamon Cereal, Hemp Plus Granola, Whole O's (gluten free) and Sunrise-Crunchy Vanilla (also gluten free).
I couldn't wait to try them all.  So, I checked out their website to learn more about the Nature's Path Company and found out that they are a company that cares deeply about the ingredients and quality of their foods.  All their products are vegetarian friendly and they carry a large line of gluten free products which is important to me because my mother in law, Kathy, and also my brothers girlfriend both eat gluten free diets.

I first ate the box of granola bars (in about two days).  They are chewy and delicious.  They have a wonderful strawberry flavor drizzled with yogurt on top which makes them that much better.  They are extremely satisfying and kept me full and energized for hours.

"Nature's Path Foods are ALWAYS ORGANIC and have been for 25 years.  They hold the highest standard, their products do not contain artificial preservatives, additives, genetically modified organism (GMOs) or synthetic pesticides." 
See those real bits of strawberries? Mmmm... 
I gave the boxes of  gluten free cereal to Kathy so that she could try them.  She doesn't get the opportunity to eat a lot of anything crunchy/bread like and I knew she could give me the best opinion on how their gluten free cereals compared to others she had eaten.  Her response after trying the cereals were: " They were a tasty blend of corn, rice, quinoa, omega-3 and whole grain.  With its taste, and lightness you forget its gluten free! Fun breakfast cereals as well as a great snack when eaten dry."  She loved them both.

"We aspire to advance the cause of people and planet, along the path to sustainability. And we like to think we put our money where our mouth is. Or rather, where our heart is. Because growing organic, healthy foods in a sustainable way is our passion—the cornerstone of our family company. It’s where, and how, it all began....."

Next, I tore into the Organic Flax Plus Cinnamon.  Wow!  I ended up eating this for dinner a few nights.  It has to be one of the most filling cereals I've ever eaten.  I loved the extra crunchiness of the flax seeds and it seemed to keep me full for hours!

With this cereal, a little goes a long way!

Lastly I tried the Hemp Granola.  I'm not a huge granola fan but this stuff was the bomb.  Since it doesn't have any corn syrup, I ended up giving it to a friend who has an allergy to corn.  She liked it just as much as me and said "it was some of the best granola she had ever eaten".
Another cool thing is, they made their boxes smaller to help with sustainability by using smaller boxes.

All in all, Natures Path has become one of my favorite companies for organic and healthy foods I can trust.  I've seen lots of other goodies on their website I would love to try since getting to sample these.  All their products are as described perfectly, or turn out better than expected.  They definitely keep their promises and deliver incredible products. 

The folks at Nature's Path are also kind enough to offer one lucky reader a package of goods to try for yourself!  Believe me....its worth signing up for.  Leave a comment saying which Nature's Path product you would like to try.  You can also leave two additional (separate) comments if you are a follower of my blog. The winner will be chosen via Random.org next Wednesday, October 19th.  Good Luck!

October 6, 2011

BluApple Re-draw

Because I never heard from the third winner I had to re-draw (or re-random.org) a winner for the BluApple.  So..lucky number 3 is:

Please send me your NEW address so I can get it over to the folks at BluApple.  Congrats!  And, I will have another awesome giveaway posted tomorrow of some great products from Nature's Path Organics.  Check back tomorrow to enter!