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Review and Giveaway! SIMPLE SQUARES Whole Food Snack Bars

Tuesday, December 18th, 2012 by Lisa

Friday, December 21, 2012 at 5:30 pm PST.  This giveaway is now OVER.  Thanks to everyone for your comments!  The winner has been randomly chosen and notified via email.  Congratulations Winston!

Lisa Irvine writes at Lisa’s Blogety Blog. You can find her at @Lirvine98 on twitter. If you have an idea for a giveaway, please let her know!

I think I picked a bad month to start watching my weight.  I have the best of intentions, but there is just so much temptation at this time of year!  Cookies, candy, fudge.  Christmas cupcakes, donuts, sweet coffee drinks (who me?).  Oh my!

Did you know that according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), the average American consumes 156 pounds of sugar every year? Yikes!  A good portion of that sugar is consumed during the holiday season, when we are surrounded by sugary- sweet holiday treats.  Of all the foods we eat, refined sugar is considered to be one of the most harmful, causing series health risks such as inflammation and infection, compromising the immune system and raising insulin levels.

If you have an auto-immune disease like celiac disease, like I do, inflammation can cause a whole lot of issues.  But trying to stay away from sugar is hard for most of us.

Enter SIMPLE SQUARES!  Snack-enthusiast and Simple Squares’ founder, Kimberly Crupi Dobbins, offers a delicious and healthy alternative to holiday sweets.  Simple Squares are whole food snack bars made from just five ingredients: nuts, honey, vanilla, and hints of sea salt and herbs – that’s it.  Always free of wheat, gluten, dairy, soy and refined sugars. They are also organic, kosher and raw.

SIMPLE SQUARES are high in protein and other nutrients to keep you full and satisfied-so pumpkin pies and frosted gingerbread bread men won’t be a temptation.

I really like these bars.  Since I love coconut, you can probably guess that I would try the coconut bar first.  It was moist and chewy and delicious.  These bars are very portable and great to throw in your purse or car for a quick snack.

Simple Squares are available in a variety of flavors such as coconut, cinnamon-clove, rosemary, and sage.  (I also received a sample of coffee flavor which I think will be available soon.)

You can purchase them at, Amazon or hundreds of retail outlets throughout the U.S.

Would you like to try new SIMPLE SQUARES?

I am pleased that founder Kimberly Crupi Dobbins is offering a mixed case of three bars of each flavor to one fabulous reader!

To enter this giveaway, PLEASE LEAVE A COMMENT BELOW.

You may garner additional entries by:
  1. Like Simple Squares on Facebook.
  2. Follow Simple Squares on Twitter.


This giveaway will run from today (Tuesday, December 18, 2012) until Friday, December 21, 2012 at 5pm Pacific Time.

The winner will be notified by email.

Good luck!


Review and Giveaway! Lucy’s Cookies

Thursday, November 8th, 2012 by Lisa

Wednesday, November 14, 2012 at 8am PST.  This giveaway is now OVER.  Sorry for the delay in picking the winner!  It’s been a busy, busy week!  The winner has been randomly chosen and contacted via email.  Congratulations Amber!

Lisa Irvine writes at Lisa’s Blogety Blog. You can find her at @Lirvine98 on twitter. If you have an idea for a giveaway, please let her know!

Have food allergies?  Love cookies?  No problem!

Lucy’s Cookies are not only delicious,  they are free of  peanuts, tree nuts, milk, eggs and gluten!

First, I want to tell you a little bit about Lucy’s.

When Dr. Lucy Gibney discovered her child had severe food allergies, she got down to some serious medical research—in the kitchen. What began as a mother’s tasty recipe for her child has today developed into a delicious alternative for people with or without special dietary considerations.

As an M.D. and mother of a child with severe food allergies, Dr. Lucy Gibney brings understanding and a first-hand knowledge of the importance of strict quality standards and how to achieve them. With clear ingredient and allergen information on our packaging and careful selection of all raw materials, we employ the very best methods for quality control.

Lucy’s cookies are made in a dedicated bakery where we use the best available testing methods to exclude specific allergens: gluten, milk, eggs, peanuts and tree nuts.

Lucy’s Cookies are also Vegan, Kosher, Non-GMO and have Zero Grams Trans Fat and Zero mg Cholesterol!

When I received my sample cookies, I couldn’t wait to open them up and try them!  Along with Lucy’s Brownie Cakes and Snack ‘n Go Packs, I also received as sample of their NEW Holiday Cookies, Chocolate Merry Mint and Holiday Sugars!

I loved all of these products!

  •  The Brownie Cakes are really Lucy’s cookies are very chocolaty and chewy.  They come in little packages of two brownie cakes.  Really handy for lunch boxes!
  • The Snack ‘n Go Packs contain individual packages of of three cookies,  Maple Bliss, Chocolate Chip and Chocolate flavors. All of the cookies are sweet and crunchy.  My favorite here is the Maple Bliss.  I really like the delicate maple flavor!
  • The Holiday Cookies are perfect for a snack with hot cocoa or eggnog!  I will definitely be purchasing some of these to keep in the pantry for those cold, snowy nights around the fireplace!  Santa may even like these left out on his cookie plate!

Lucy’s Cookies can be purchased at many retail stores.  You can find a store in your area HERE.  You can also shop online for Lucy’s Cookies  HERE.

I am excited to be able to offer a Free Sample of Lucy’s Cookies, just like the one I received, to one lucky reader!!!

To enter this giveaway, PLEASE LEAVE A COMMENT BELOW.

You may garner additional entries by:

  1. Liking Lucy’s on Facebook.
  2. Following   Lucy Gibney  on Twitter.
  3. Going to Lucy’s website and signing up for her email updates!



This giveaway will run from today (Thursday, November 8, 2012) until  Tuesday, November 13, 2012  at 5pm Pacific Time.


The winner will be notified via email.


Best of luck!!!