Raw Revolution {Giveaway} Closed

Let’s talk about health stuff. I’m not a super fan of exercising. Have you seen that work out shirt that says “I hate running” on it. I want it so bad! That way when people see me running while pushing my kiddos in a double stroller around the track they think “Man, look at her go, she hates running but is doing it anyway. Good for her!” Instead of seeing me huffing and sweating and pushing the same double stroller and thinking “Wow, she’s totally out of shape. Why is she sweating so much?!” Haha okay, maybe people wouldn’t think any of those things. When I say I’m not a fan of exercising that doesn’t mean I don’t try to bring healthy goodies into our home for us to eat. When I heard about Raw Revolution I wanted to try them out so bad! I was immediately drawn to the packaging. Then when I started reading the names of all of the bars I was even more excited. I was so thrilled when they decided to team up with me to do a giveaway for you!

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I really loved their story so I wanted to share just a bit with you. “Raw Revolution was launched in Alice Benedetto’s home kitchen in 2004. A registered nurse and natural food chef, Alice was looking for something that she could give to her kids – a healthy snack that also tasted good… A lot has changed in the last decade, but some things are the same as they have always been. The ingredients are fresh. The taste is revolutionary. And the story is just beginning.” Doesn’t that just draw you in? This company is totally upfront about their bars and their ingredients. I read through the FAQ page and learned so much about them and wanted to share these instantly with everyone I know that has a food allergy, is vegan, or only eats kosher foods!

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They sent me each of their flavors to try. From what I saw on the bars there are three different general descriptions for the bars. At first I divided them up into chocolate ones and non-chocolate ones. I might like chocolate a little bit! Then I realized that above their logo on each of the bars there was one of three different general descriptions for the bars. The first is Fruit, Nut, & Seed Super Food bars.

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Organic Greens Super Food Bar was next. Each of these bars has either spinach powder or spirulina powder in them. Munchkin loved the Apple Cinnamon the best!

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The last is Organic Live Food Bar. I had to look up what “live food” meant. My mind took me off to a place where I opened the little package and things were still growing. Of course that’s not what I found inside. The term “live food” for those of you who might not know, simply means that the ingredients haven’t been processed.

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Besides just tasting a vast majority of the bars I wanted to put one of them to a test. I wanted to see if it gave me energy and made me feel happy. Like I said, I’m not a fan of running, I always feel FANTASTIC after I’m done (okay right after I’m done I just want to lay on the ground and cry a little) but later I feel like I really did something good for my body. On my latest run I decided to give the Dark Chocolate Trail Mix a try. I’m a big fan of the fruit and nut chocolate bars, trail mix, and dark chocolate. It seemed like the best fit. TheFruit, Nut, & Seed Super Food bars all contain chia and sprouted flax seeds. I’m a huge believer in only eating when I’m hungry and that morning I hadn’t eaten yet but the timing was right for going running (meaning of course, the boys were happy, it wasn’t raining, and it wasn’t time for naps). However on the way to the track I got crazy hungry so I decided to have a bit of the bar. It was delicious and not too heavy.  Once I finished running I had some water and decided to finish off the super bar. Later, I realized that it totally satisfied my hunger, I didn’t feel sick after eating and running, and it kept me feeling full for longer than other energy bars I had tried.

I love these bars! I feel happy letting my kiddos have them too. The ingredients aren’t a mystery. When you bite into the bar you can see the nuts and chocolate bits. I highly recommend them! That’s why I am so excited that you have the chance to try some out for yourself!

Raw collegeThe winner of this giveaway will receive one variety pack which consists of 14 different bars!

*This giveaway is open to entries in the US only.
*The winner of this giveaway will be drawn no later than the evening of July 15th and will be emailed.  If the winner does not respond within 48 hours, a new winner will be drawn.
*This posting and giveaway are sponsored by Raw Revolution, but all opinions are my own.

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MOLO Microwave Cover {Giveaway}

Have you ever had the power go out and only then realize just how much you use your microwave every day? Between hot dogs for lunch, veggies for dinner and maybe a warmed-up snack or two in between, I use my microwave at least 5 times a day. I don’t know about you, but I couldn’t live without it! I’ve never used any kind of microwave cover, however, and after recently spending about 15 minutes scrubbing splattered food off the inside walls, I realized it was time to make some changes!

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Enter the MOLO: Moisture Lock Microwave Cover™. The MOLO is more than just a microwave cover. It has a secret compartment that holds water to keep your food moist (hence the name) while it cooks, as well as protecting from splats and explosions. Sounds simple, right? Kind of makes you wonder why no one thought of something like this before!

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So, does it really work? It does! I’ve used it several times now to steam veggies, cook frozen veggies and reheat leftovers. I’ve been happy with the consistency of the steamed veggies and even happier that I’m not leaching chemicals into my food by cooking them with plastic wrap over the top. I find that when I’m heating frozen veggies I don’t have to add as much water to the bowl because of the steam that is already in the MOLO when I microwave. That means less water that I have to drain off before serving the veggies, and less time to the table equals a happier family :)

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These carrots were perfectly cooked; soft and moist with no weird dry spots on any of them. I forgot to take a picture before I set them on the table and my rabbit-family gobbled them up before I could stop them! But believe me when I say they all looked like this:

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I even put the MOLO to the ultimate test: I reheated restaurant french fries! I’ve tried this before with several disastrous, disgusting results. The fries are either limp and soggy or hard and overcooked and usually broiling hot when bitten into. I nuked some fries from Red Robin yesterday with the MOLO covering the plate and the result was quite pleasing! Microwaved fries can never come close to the fresh stuff, but these were delightfully edible. I even ate a few, and I NEVER eat reheated fries (for the reasons stated above). Obviously, my kids ate them, no problem.

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My only complaint about the MOLO is that when you go to grab your food out of the microwave, you have to hold the MOLO straight or the water inside the moisture holder will spill out and onto your food, the inside of the microwave or your counter. I’m sure as I get used to using it and with some finessing I’ll be able to get my food out without spilling every time. But so far my microwave has stayed perfectly clean and my food has been nicely moist, so I’m happy! You can buy a MOLO of your own at Dingware.com for $19.99, with free shipping to the US. Or, you can enter the giveaway below and win a snazzy Orange MOLO, courtesy of our friends at Dingware!

Enter to win a MOLO of your own!

**Because I was sent the winner’s prize items along with my review items, the winner will be responsible for paying shipping from me to you, via PayPal invoice.

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** This giveaway is open to U.S. entries only.

** The winner of this giveaway will be drawn no later than the morning of April 1, 2014, and will be emailed within 24 hours.  If the winner does not respond within 48 hours, a new winner will be drawn.

** This posting and giveaway were sponsored by Dingware, but all opinions are strictly my own. The product(s) in this review was provided to me free of cost for the purpose of conducting this review.  All opinions expressed in this review are my own and are not influenced by monetary compensation.

Sjaak’s Organic Chocolates {Review}

So I try to stay away from any food tasting reviews because I just know I will gobble it down in .5 seconds and then feel so guilty afterwards. But when Sjaak’s Organic Chocolate contacted me and I did my research, I knew I had to try at least one, or 3 ;-)

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Sjaak’s Organic Chocolates aims to create the highest quality gourmet organic chocolates possible while participating in fair trade practices and encouraging sustainable agriculture through the use of organic, non-GMO ingredients. It is also the goal of Sjaak’s Organic Chocolates to build a socially responsible, profitable business that can be carried on for generations to come.

They had me sold at gourmet organic chocolates! I am a huge health freak. The only chocolate I will eat is dark chocolate, so when they had Organic Dark Chocolates and Vegan chocolates, I jumped right on board!

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My husband tried the Milk Chocolate with Peanut Butter and I was able to devour the Dark Chocolate with Almonds and let me tell you! These candy bars are so delicious! What we loved about them is they were so rich in flavor but didn’t leave that chalky left-over taste to them.

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So, I realized I needed to explain why three truffles are missing from the tray. I came home from work and saw a box on the counter (I had forgotten I was expecting a package from Sjaak’s Organic Chocolates) and I ask my husband what was in the package. He then proceeds to tell me how crazy it is that I ordered a ton of Organic Chocolate that was probably very pricey, so to “punish me” he ate three Chocolate truffles. Hahaha, he felt horrible once he realized who they actually were from.

These truffles are probably the best truffles I’ve ever had, hands down. I am not a big fan of truffles just because (like I said earlier) they leave a chalky taste and are way to rich are for me. Let’s just say these were the first chocolates to disappear. The box came with a wide range of truffles, and none of them disappointed. You wont find weird ones like raspberry-orange-marmalade or something ;-)

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Sjaak’s Organic Chocolates are not only incredible but they are very reasonably priced! My husband couldn’t believe how in-expensive they were for being Organic/Vegan.

These Dark Chocolate Covered Almonds where actually the last to leave our house. I savored every last bite of them. What I loved is they weren’t covered in a thick layer of dark chocolate, rather more like a coco powder of dark chocolate. Which is great because I didn’t feel heavy after eating them. Whenever I had a small chocolate craving, I would grab a few of these bad boys and felt like I fed my craving without stuffing it over the top!

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Lastly, Eli’s Earth bars. They are an amazing candy bar that not only is seriously so flavorful but whenever you purchase one, Eli’s Earth Bars will give back 5% to a non-profit charitble organization that benefits children. How amazing is that. So not only does it taste out of this world but it also helps so many little children around the world.

Sjaaks Organic Chocolate has a wide variety of chocolates that you HAVE to check out. What I love most is how they categorize their chocolates into seasons. What better way to say I love your or even HAPPY EASTER to someone with a box of chocolates. And the best thing, their shipping is super fast. I probably received mine 2-3 days after I ordered it all and nothing was melted.

I highly suggest ordering from Sjaak’s Organic Chocolate with Easter right around the corner. You wont regret it!

*This post was sponsored by Sjaaks Organic Chocolates, but all opinions are my own 

Top Reasons Why Weight Watchers is a Good Diet Choice

Choosing the right weight loss program can be difficult and depends on your lifestyle, fitness levels and the types of foods you love to eat. Shedding a few pounds requires commitment and determination. One of the most popular weight loss plans is Weight Watchers that offers a wide variety of foods for a balanced way of eating. The top five reasons to choose WW are:

Reason # 1 – Ease in Following the Plan, Eating Any Foods

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The Weight watchers plan is a rather easy plan to follow because it is not just a diet but learning a new way of eating. The premise is not to limit any type food or count calories but to determine a point’s value for all you eat. You can still eat your favorite foods and desserts, but learn to control portions and allow for the points. To be more successful, you may want to opt for higher fiber foods, leaner proteins plus fruits and vegetables. When starting the program, you are provided a point’s calculator that you can take with you anywhere you go to determine with ease what and how much to eat.

Reason #2 – Choice of Online or Local Memberships

You may choose to attend weekly meetings in your area, if that fits into your schedule, or join the online program if you lead a busy lifestyle. Either way, you get all the tools necessary to begin losing weight immediately; a list of the best food choices, a discreet weekly weigh-in, recipe ideas, coupons for weight watcher food choices and the encouragement and support of other members and staff. Going to a meeting near you may allow you more incentive because of the personal interaction with other members and the one-on-one encouragement received for each achievement of weight loss; but the choice is yours according to your needs and schedule.

Reason #3 – Affordable: Weight Watchers Promotions Throughout the Year

Promotion codes are published every month, bringing the cost down to $5 a week for Weight Watchers Online and $30 a month for Weight Watchers Monthly Pass. For promotional discounts look at:

Promotion codes are published every month, bringing the cost down to $5 a week for Weight Watchers Online and $30 a month for Weight Watchers Monthly Pass. For promotional discounts look at:

You can find sites with coupons for Weight Watchers if you search on Google for “Weight Watchers promotional codes.”

Reason #4 – Specialty Foods and Products

You are provided all the special products necessary in following the program, such as food diaries, points calculator, how to follow the plan, plus tips, recipes and more. If you choose to follow the plan on your own with tips from online, there are many available weight watchers products at your local grocery store. They may be labeled as weight watcher or smart one’s foods to include frozen meals and entrée’s, breakfast, snacks, cakes, desserts, candy and more. However, you don’t have to eat specialty foods to be successful.

Reason #5 – List of Zero Points Endless Foods

You never have to starve while on the WW program because there is a full listing of foods provided you that consist of zero points. You can eat as much as you like to feel satisfied. Typically, the foods on the zero points list consist of most fresh fruits and non-starchy vegetables. Enjoy and lose!

As mentioned previously, one of the best tools for success on weight watchers is the support and motivation gained from meeting leaders, WW staff and fellow members. This is the best way to guarantee you stay on track and achieve your goals.

Harold Import Company Brining Bags {GIVEAWAY}–CLOSED

When you hear the phrase, “Bar-B-Que” what comes to mind? If it’s hot dogs and burgers, chances are you grew up on the West Coast. If it’s ribs, brisket and maybe a smoked turkey, chances are you’re from the South. I’m a California girl myself, but we lived in Georgia for two years and I was so confused the first time we showed up at a church “Bar-B-Que” and there were no hot dogs! Even after our stint in the South, I still equate “BBQ” with burgers and dogs, but after tasting some of the delicacies the South has to offer in the way of BBQ, I have definitely broadened my horizons. Today’s giveaway from Harold Import Company will surely do that for you, too.

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I was sent an Elizabeth Karmel’s Grill Friends Brining Bag made by HIC, Harold Import Co. What’s a Brining Bag, you ask? Don’t worry, I had to ask, too. Well, a Brining Bag is basically a giant, heavy-duty zippered bag that allows you to brine a chicken or turkey before grilling or roasting. What’s a brine? Glad you asked. A brine is simply boiled water, salt and some type of sweetener (brown sugar, maple syrup, etc.) that helps flavor your meat and helps it to retain moisture so it’s nice and juicy when it’s done.

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 The bag  was thick and sturdy and I never once worried that it would leak–even when I filled it with two gallons of brine and an eight pound chicken! The plastic Sealing Zipper helped ensure the bag was completely secure and made it easy to close.  There are recipes and detailed instructions included with the bag so doing the brining (which was foreign to me) was a cinch! Here’s me with my chicken in the brine, ready to sit in the fridge for 18 hours.

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I put our chicken in the fridge at 10 pm Friday night and got it out to grill at 4 pm on Saturday.  Here it is, ready to be grilled.

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The grilling time for the chicken was the same as cooking it in an oven; about 11-13 minutes per pound. The instructions said to grill it in a disposable pan for the first 30 minutes and then transfer it to the grill. Ours got a little Cajun style on the wings and the bottom because apparently our grill has some powerful flames, but overall the cooking was easy and flawless.

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Look at that beautiful bird! Thanks to our Grill Thermometer, we knew right when the chicken had reached its proper internal temperature and was ready to be served. If you have questions about grilling and grilling methods, check out Elizabeth Karmel’s blog, GirlsAtTheGrill.com.

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Ta-Da! See the juices coming out of the bird, even after being in a BBQ for an hour and a half? That’s all thanks to the Brining process. The result was a deliciously moist and flavorful chicken that my family ate right up! Is your mouth watering just looking at that picture? Then you should enter to win a brining bag for yourself! Think of what your hubby would say if you grilled him a tender, juicy turkey for Father’s Day!

 

THREE lucky winners will get a Brining Bag so you, too, can grill a delicious Turkey or Chicken and impress your friends and family!

 

**Because I was sent the winner’s prize items along with my review items, the winner will be responsible for paying shipping from me to you, via paypal invoice.  This also means that this giveaway is open to WORLDWIDE entries!

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** The winner of this giveaway will be drawn no later than the morning of May 27th and will be emailed within 24 hours.  If the winner does not respond within 48 hours, a new winner will be drawn.
** This posting and giveaway were sponsored by Harold Import Company, but all opinions are strictly my own.

Love with Food {Giveaway} – CLOSED

I am in love with a lot of things.  My husband.  My boys.  My electric blanket.  After these begins a long list of food items: ice cream, peanut butter, crepes, red velvet anything, etc. etc. etc.  Yes, you could say I am in love with food.  True for the majority of us?logo_red

Would you be in love with a box of new and tasty treats every month that arrived on your doorstep?  This monthly subscription of goodies is only so appropriately named “Love with Food“, and it contains 8+ hand-picked gourmet food samples.

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I received last month’s delightful Valentines themed box and really enjoyed the yummy combination of sweet and spicy treats. First I dived into the juicy dried cranberries, and then decided that was the last thing I was going to share.
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One of my favorite items was the Tomato Basil Sipping Broth.  I had never tried a soup that comes in a tea bag, and the Tomato Basil green tea infused sipping broth was delicious and it was fun to try something new.  “A Savory Alternative to Coffee or Tea” was just perfect, since I’m Mormon and don’t drink coffee or tea :)
My favorite: the Donsuemor chocolate madeleine.  Ya, good thing I can go to the Love with Food shop and order more of any of these items at a reduced cost.  After you get a small taste of a newly found love, that doesn’t have to be the last time you two spend time together.
I should probably say that I snacked from this box over several days or maybe a week or two, but in actuality, I consumed it all in an afternoon.  It was all just so tempting and a perfect combination of items to skip from one to another.  Love that.  Though an entire box of those chocolate madeleines would have been fine too :)
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The food items included in your box changes every month, but they’re based on seasonal themes, like a box full of healthy snacks in January when we all are health-minded, and then back to the sweets in February when we’re so done with that :).  So what’s my opinion of Love with Food?  I LOVE it!  I think the day you received your monthly box would simply be the best day of the month!

One lucky winner is going to receive a FREE 3-MONTH subscription!

Note that in order to redeem the first-month free trial, the winner must sign up for the service by entering their contact info and payment info as if they were signing up for a monthly subscription, but of course, the winner will not be charged, and they may cancel at any time.


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*This giveaway is open to US entries only
*The winner of this giveaway will be drawn no later than the evening of March 30th and will be emailed.  If the winner does not respond within 48 hours, a new winner will be drawn.
*This posting and giveaway were sponsored by Love with Food, but all opinions are strictly my own

Little Green Pouch {Giveaway} – CLOSED

I was joking with my husband the other day that it feels like most of my “modern” pregnancy and infant parenting choices are not so modern anymore.  I beg for an epidural when I walk through the door of L&D rather than birthing naturally, I nurse for only a couple of months before switching to formula and bottles, I prefer to have my babies in their own cribs without any blankets or crib bumpers rather than in bed with me, I use disposable diapers, and the list goes on.  The only thing that I’ve done with my boys that is semi-”modern” is make my own baby food.  I LOVED being able to throw fruits and vegetables into the Magic Bullet and come out with great, fresh baby food in just a couple of seconds.  One of my main problems, though, was transporting it and feeding them when we were out of the house.  Frankly, I think this is concern even with store-bought food — it’s just not easy to find a suitable high chair substitute and then to use a spoon with the little containers.

Meet my new favorite modern product, Little Green Pouch!!  The Little Green Pouch is a reusable food pouch that can be filled with healthy foods of your own choosing, that can save money, and that is a green alternative to disposable food pouches.

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I absolutely love these Little Green Pouches!  While their use for baby food is obvious, they are easily used for older kids as well.  I can’t even begin to count the number of times my four-year-old asks for sugar-filled Gogurt or another pricey applesauce pouch after he’s completely downed one in record time.  We’ve used them for our boys (22 months and 4 years old) in the past couple of days, and they work like a charm.

openA friend of mine mentioned that she’s freezed food in them so they can thaw out throughout the day and be ready for lunches or snacks on the go.  These would be perfect to keep food cold in lunch boxes at school or day care.

And, another one of my modern-but-not-modern choices is to use the dishwasher instead of washing by hand, so thank heavens that these Little Green Pouches are dishwasher-safe!

Enter below to win a Little Green Pouch 4-Pack to try at your house!

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** This giveaway is open to U.S. entries only.

** The winner of this giveaway will be posted no later than the evening of Saturday, March 9th, and emailed within 24 hours. If the winner does not respond within 48 hours, a new winner will be drawn.

** This posting and giveaway were sponsored by Little Green Pouch, but all opinions are strictly my own.

An Apple A Day

It’s so much easier for me to adhere to the old adage when the apples look like this:

 

Happy Fall!

Dollop Gourmet Cupcake Creations {Giveaway} – CLOSED

Fall season is baking season!  Baking means cakes and cookies, which of course need frosting!  This week’s giveaway is for just that!  Dollop Gourmet!  Heather runs this premier gourmet cupcakery and is the proud winner of Food Network’s Cupcake Wars!

They carry a delicious gourmet frosting spread in a squeezable pouch, so you can easily squirt it on practically anything anywhere.

You can buy them HERE!  “Rocket” and I loved trying it on sliced apples, and then “Little Brother” wanted to try some too!

*This picture is completely staged!  Of course, I wouldn’t really give my 5-month old frosting!  The card said try it on baby noses!

 

Two winners will each receive two pocket-packs of Frosting Spread from Dollop Gourmet!

(Note that for this Dollop giveaway, you cannot have received a promotional item within the past 90 days, or own a review/giveaway blog of your own)

For updates, find Dollop on Facebook HERE and Twitter HERE.  Follow Heather at her website HERE, and follow her on twitter HERE!

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*This giveaway is open to US entries only
*The winners of this giveaway will be posted no later than the evening of Friday, October 26th and emailed within 24 hours.  If the winner does not respond within a week, a new winner will be drawn.
*This posting and giveaway were sponsored by Dollop Gourmet, but all opinions are strictly my own

Snack Food Boredom


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I’m trying to make sure to fit nicely in a little red number for this weekend. Cousin’s wedding reception. You know. Lots of family I haven’t seen in ages. At a very fancy location in the city. Anyway, this magazine in my kitchen is not helping with the prospect of that red dress. I’m sooo hungry and could really go for a cheeseburger and fries right about now. After all one can only eat so many baby carrots in one day before her nose starts to twitch. Must step away from the magazine… Help me! Pry it away from my starving little hands! Alright it’s not quite that bad. But I really could use some help on some healthy snack ideas. Ready? Go! You know just to get me through the rest of the week. *wink*

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