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Review and Giveaway! A Free One-Year Subscription to “Simply Gluten Free Magazine”!

Monday, November 11th, 2013 by Lisa

A Free One-Year Subscription to "Simply Gluten Free Magazine"!

Monday, November 18, 2013.  This giveaway is now over.  Thank you for all of your comments!!!  The winner has been randomly chosen and notified by email.  Congratulations Monica Powell!

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!

There’s no more ignoring it.  The tree has arrived at Rockefeller Center in NYC.  There are radio stations playing Christmas music 24/7.  The stores are decorated.  Time to think about the people on your shopping list!

Are you gluten-free or do you know someone who has recently been diagnosed with celiac disease or gluten intolerance?  The gift of a subscription to “Simply Gluten Free Magazine” is the perfect present!

I love receiving my copy of “Simply Gluten Free Magazine” in my mailbox!  It’s just packed full of great articles, recipes and resources.   This magazine is put together by the best group of gluten free people on the planet!  It doesn’t get better than THIS LIST OF CONTRIBUTORS!

I’ve been enjoying the November/December 2013 edition and marking the recipes I want to try.  Among them are some of Stephanie’s great “Slow Cooker Holiday Side Dishes” featured in this issue!

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I also can’t ignore those awesome-looking Potato Latkes by Carol Kicinski on the opposite page!  Yum!

Along with gluten-free recipes, there are also vegetarian, vegan and paleo recipes here!

I highly recommend subscribing to this magazine.  You can order your subscription easily online  HERE.  Give the gift of GLUTEN FREE this HOLIDAY!

I am very excited to be able to offer a FREE ONE-YEAR SUBSCRIPTION (Six Issues) to one very lucky reader!

TO ENTER THIS GIVEAWAY, PLEASE LEAVE A COMMENT BELOW.  That’s all you need to do!  :-)

This giveaway will run from today (Monday, November 11, 2013) until Monday, November 18, 2013 at 2pm Pacific Time.

The winner will be notified by email.

Good luck everyone!

~Lisa

Review and Giveaway! Health Warrior Chia Bars

Wednesday, September 11th, 2013 by Lisa

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Wednesday, September 18, 2013.  This giveaway is now over.  Thank you everyone for your comments!  The winners have been randomly chosen and notified by email.  Congratulations Sunnie and Lara C.!

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!

Healthy snack options!  I’m always happy when I know that the snack I’m eating is good for me.  I’m even happier when the healthy snack is tasty too!

Chia Bars from Healthy Warrior are just that!  Healthy and tasty!

Chia Bars are gluten-free, soy-free and 100% vegan.  Chia Bars are chockfull of healthy omega-3!  One Chia Bar has 1000mg!  They also are full of protein, fiber and magnesium.  Check out their neat “What is Chia?” page!

About Health Warrior:

“Five centuries after the Aztec Warriors built an empire on the power of Chia, we learned about the benefits of Chia while reading the best-selling book Born to Run, about the Tarahumara Indians and their jaw-dropping long-distance runs. The Tarahumara, like the Aztecs before them, are Powered by Chia.

We looked into it further, and were floored by what we found. Turns out Chia is one of the most nutrient-dense foods on the planet.

We started eating Chia every day, on everything. Suddenly we were working out harder, lifting heavier, feeling stronger, and running farther, faster.

With that, Health Warrior was born.

Health Warrior is dedicated to vetting the world’s growers for the highest quality Chia and helping people conquer the many challenges of their everyday lives.”

Pretty awesome, right?

Health Warrior Chia Bars come in great flavors like, Coconut, Banana Nut, Acai Berry,  Apple Cinnamon, Coffee and Chocolate Peanut Butter.

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Coconut.  Look at all of those yummy chia seeds in there!

You can purchase Health Warrior Chia Bars easily on their online store HERE.   You can also use their handy store locator HERE.

I am so happy to be able to offer a free sample of two of each of four flavors of Health Warrior Chia Bars to two lucky readers!!!

TO ENTER THIS GIVEAWAY, PLEASE LEAVE A COMMENT BELOW.

You may garner additional entries by:

  1. Liking Health Warrior on Facebook.
  2. Following Health Warrior on Twitter.

PLEASE LEAVE A COMMENT FOR EACH ADDITIONAL ENTRY SO THAT I MAY COUNT YOU!  Thanks!  ;-)

 

This giveaway will run from today (Wednesday, September 11, 2013) until Wednesday, September 18, 2013 at 4pm Pacific Time.

The winners will be notified by email.

Good luck everyone!

~Lisa

Review and Giveaway! Chia Squeeze Vitality Snack from Mamma Chia

Wednesday, April 17th, 2013 by Lisa

Wednesday, April 24, 2013.  This giveaway is now over.  Thanks so much to everyone who entered!  The winners have been chosen and notified by email.  Congratulations April and Sunnie!  Two very springy names!!!  ;-)

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!

Sometimes you just need a good squeeze!  Especially when it comes in the form of a delicious, healthy snack!

Chia Squeeze Vitality Snack by Mamma Chia is a 70-calorie, no sugar added snack in an on-the-go squeeze pouch.  Chia seeds are packed with the richest plant-based source of Omega-3, dietary fiber, protein and antioxidants known to man.  Chia Squeeze is Chia seeds combined with organic fruits and vegetables to create a delicious snack beverage!  Chia Squeeze is also gluten-free and vegan.

Chia Squeeze pouches can be carried in a backpack, lunchbox, purse, briefcase or gym bag and does not require refrigeration.  Perfect to take anywhere you go!

I wasn’t sure what to expect when I received my samples of Chia Squeeze.  I have never had chia before and I wasn’t sure if I liked the idea of seeds in a drink.  I was very pleasantly surprised!  This drink really grew on me!

Here’s what Chia Squeeze looks like out of the pouch…

I drank most of the pouch in order to try it and then poured it out into a glass.  I thought you might like to see it!

The best way I could describe the taste would be fruity, liquid-like jello, with crunchy little bits in it!  It may sound a little weird, but it is really good!  I sampled the Strawberry Banana flavor and am saving my sample of Blackberry Bliss for a snack later in the week.  I put my Chia Squeeze in the refrigerator and it was great cold.

Chia Squeeze comes in four yummy flavors:

  • Strawberry Banana
  • Green Magic
  • Apple Cinnamon
  • Blackberry Bliss

Chia Squeeze is very new, but soon you will be able to purchase it at a retailer near you.  You can check HERE to find a store in your area.

The nice folks at Mamma Chia have agreed to giveaway a sample of each of the four flavors to two lucky readers!

IN ORDER TO ENTER THIS GIVEAWAY, PLEASE LEAVE A COMMENT BELOW.

You may garner additional entries by:

  1. Liking Mamma Chia on Facebook
  2. Following Mamma Chia on Twitter

PLEASE LEAVE A COMMENT FOR EACH ADDITIONAL ENTRY SO THAT I MAY COUNT YOU!  THANKS!

This giveaway will run from today (Wednesday, April 17, 2013) until Wednesday, April 24, 2013 at 3pm Pacific Time.

The winners will be contacted via email.

Thanks so much for checking in and good luck!

~Lisa

Review and Giveaway! Earth Balance *NEW* Coconut & Peanut Spreads

Friday, November 30th, 2012 by Lisa

 

Wednesday, December 5, 2012 at 5pm Pacific Time.  This giveaway is now OVER.  Thank you for all of your comments!  I really enjoy reading them!!!  The winner has been randomly chosen and notified via email.  Congratulations Audrey!  Enjoy!

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!

 

Did you watch Oprah’s Favorite Things 2012?  Do you read O Magazine?  If you did, you may recognize the product I am reviewing today!

 

I watched “Favorite Things” and I couldn’t believe the awesome products they gave away!  What a nice way to show appreciation for the spouses of our military!

 

Earth Balance new Coconut & Peanut Spreads are so delicious, Oprah picked them for her FAVORITE THINGS!

“Earth Balance is one part all-natural peanut butter, one part organic extra virgin coconut oil together make a mouth-watering, coconutty spread that is tasty on toast, in stir-fry dishes, added to smoothies, you name it!”

All of Earth Balance’s products are plant-based, vegan, made without artificial ingredients or hydrogenated oils, and are free of gluten, lactose and eggs

The ingredients in Earth Balance Coconut & Peanut Spreads are:

  • Peanuts
  • Organic Extra Virgin Coconut Oil
  • Agave Syrup
  • Palm Fruit Oil
  • Natural Flavor
  • Salt

 

The spreads are naturally gluten-free, non-GMO and vegan.

From the label:

“Bring out the “WOW” in your Asian stir-fry, your morning toast, your fruit smoothies, your steaming pancakes, and your inspired imagination.”

 

I just used it as a dip for my carrot sticks!  It is delicious!!!

 

 

I REALLY liked that this spread is “No Stir”.  I always end up spilling half of the oil on the top of natural nut butters when I open the jar!

You can purchase Earth Balance Coconut & Peanut Spreads at a Store Near You.    The beautiful Holiday Gift Pack pictured above can be purchased on the Earth Balance Website for $14.99!  Trust me, it would make a great gift!!!

 

The nice folks at Earth Balance have offered to give away a Holiday Gift Pack to one very, very lucky reader!

The Gift Pack includes:

 

  • One jar of creamy Earth Balance® Coconut & Peanut Spread
  • One jar of crunchy Earth Balance® Coconut & Peanut Spread
  • A holiday cookie recipe card
  • A star-shaped cookie-cutter
  • A reusable Earth Balance-branded bamboo spreader

 

It is a very nice prize!

 

To enter this giveaway, PLEASE LEAVE A MESSAGE BELOW.

 

You may also garner additional entries by:

1.  Liking “Earth Balance” on Facebook.

2.  Following “Earth Balance” on Twitter.

3.  Signing up for their Newsletter.

 

PLEASE LEAVE AN ADDITIONAL COMMENT FOR EACH ADDITIONAL ENTRY SO THAT I MAY COUNT YOU!  THANKS!

 

This giveaway will run from today (Friday, November 30, 2012) until Wednesday, December 5, 2012 at 5pm Pacific Time.

 

The winner will be notified via email.

 

Thanks and good luck!!!

 

~Lisa

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Review and Giveaway: “The Big Book of babycakes® Cake Pop Maker Recipes” by Kathy Moore & Roxanne Wyss

Tuesday, November 20th, 2012 by Lisa

 

Monday, November 26, 2012.  This giveaway is now OVER.  Thank you for all of your great comments!  The winner has been randomly chosen and notified by email.  Congratulations  April!!!

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 you seen the latest craze?  Cake Pops!  I haven’t actually had a cake pop yet, since I haven’t found anyone who makes gluten-free ones, but they look so cool!

 

If you own a cake pop maker, “The Big Book of babycakes® Cake Pop Maker Recipes” is for you!  If you don’t have a cake pop maker, you should run right out and get one!  (I did, but shhhhh, don’t say anything, it’s a gift for my daughter for Christmas!)

 

You are going to drool over the recipes in this book.  No, seriously.

 

The best way for me to tell you about this book, is to show you.

 

Are those not the cutest things you’ve ever seen?  Mini Flowers, Tie-Dyed Berry Cake Pops and Chocolate Walnut Cake Pops.

So adorable for a party!!!  Movie Night Popcorn and Basket of Chicks!

 You can even make Sticky Rolls, Bacon Cornbread Muffins and Orange Pecan Scones!   Mmmmmmm!

There are so many great recipes in this book, including gluten-free and vegan.

You can purchase “The Big Book of babycakes® Cake Pop Maker Recipes” on Amazon.com ($16.30).

I am also very happy to be able to giveaway one copy of “The Big Book of babycakes® Cake Pop Maker Recipes” to a very lucky reader!

To enter this giveaway, PLEASE LEAVE A COMMENT BELOW.

 

That’s it!

This giveaway will run from today (Tuesday, November 20, 2012) until Monday, November 26, 2012 at 5pm Pacific Time.

 

The winner will be notified via email.

 

Thanks and good luck to everyone!!!

 

~Lisa

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!

PLEASE LEAVE AN ADDITIONAL COMMENT BELOW FOR EACH ADDITIONAL ENTRY SO THAT I MAY COUNT YOU!!!

 

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!!!

 

 

Review and Giveaway! “The Spunky Coconut: Dairy~Free Ice Cream” by Kelly V. Brozyna

Thursday, September 13th, 2012 by Lisa

September 18, 6pm pacific time. This contest is now OVER. Thank you so much for all of your wonderful comments!   The winner was randomly selected, and has been notified via email. Congratulations to Jackie P.! 

 

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!

 

 

When I received my copy of “The Spunky Coconut: Dairy~Free Ice Cream” in the mail, I knew that I was going to love it, just by looking at the cover photo!

I mean really, what is better than ice-cream?  Well, for me, and others with problems digesting dairy, Dairy-Free Ice Cream!    Kelly V. Brozyna of  The Spunky Coconut has written a beautiful cookbook filled with recipes that are not only dairy-free, but also soy-free, sugar-free and vegan.  As far as I can tell, these recipes are also grain-free and gluten-free, providing you make sure to check your ingredients, such as the spices, to be super sure.  The base for the ice cream in this book is made with coconut milk and either cashew or hemp milk.

You will need an ice cream machine and Kelly also recommends having a good blender to make her ice cream.  The recipes look so delicious, that I’m sure if you don’t have this equipment, you will want to run right out and get it!

My favorite recipes in this book, although they all look so yummy that I had trouble just choosing a few, are:

 

* Chocolate Hazelnut Ice Cream

*  Rum Raisin Ice Cream

* Pumpkin Ice Cream

* Gingerbread Cookie Dough Ice Cream

 

For those of you who love frozen yogurt, pudding pops and sorbet, there are great recipes for:

 

*Orange Cream Frozen Yogurt

* Chocolate Chip Banana Bread Pudding Pops  (Wow!)

*Pomegranate Sorbet

 

These are just a few of the many recipes found in Kelly’s book!

 

Kelly has graciously offered to giveaway a copy of “Dairy-Free Ice Cream” to one of our lucky readers!

 

To enter this giveaway, please LEAVE A COMMENT BELOW telling me what your favorite flavor of ice cream is!

 

You may also garner additional entries by:

1.  Subscribing to The Spunky Coconut.

2.  Following @Spunkycoconut on Twitter.

3.  Liking “The Spunky Coconut” on Facebook.

 

***Please leave me additional comments below, one for each step, to let me know if you did these things so that I can count them for the giveaway!

 

This giveaway will run from today (Thursday, September 13, 2012) to Tuesday, September 18, 2012 at 6pm Pacific Time.

The lucky winner will be notified via email.

 

Thank you and best of luck!!!