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YumEarth {Giveaway} Closed

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My boys love sweets! Let’s be honest here, I love them too! However, finding a treat that they love and that I feel good about giving them can be kind of tricky. I heard that advice to only eat products if you can pronounce all of the ingredients in them; but that can be really tough when it comes to finding fun and yummy snacks for my boys. When I first heard about YumEarth and how they make completely organic sweet treats I was a little unsure about how they would taste. I think sometimes organic sweets get a bad rap; but these do not fall into that category at all!

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YumEarth sent us their organic pops, gummy bears, and sour beans. The box was dropped off and as soon as I got it open my boys wanted to try some right away. I did too! The packaging was so bright and fun! We opened the oragnic pops first. The flavors were Perfectly Peach, Pomegranate Pucker, Very Very Cherry, and Strawberry Smash.

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Munchkin wanted the “orange” one first. I told him it wasn’t orange, but he was set on it. I was worried he wasn’t going to like it. Oh, I forgot to mention Batman made a surprise appearance that day! He loved them right away! I kept hearing things like “mmmm” and “these are yummy suckers Mommy.”

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I wasn’t going to be able to give Munchkin one with Baby Cakes standing right beside me. I unwrapped a Strawberry Smash, and  into his little mouth it went. At first, I could tell that he was really trying to get a feel for the treat. In seconds I knew exactly how he felt about it!

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These are seriously yummy! I’m a big fan of all things cherry flavored. I decided to give the Very Very Cherry a try. It literally tastes like some delicious sweet cherries. It didn’t taste at all like the ‘fake’ cherry flavoring I’ve had before. It tastes like real cherries. The gummy bears are a huge hit too! They come in the same flavors as the suckers only instead of Very Very Cherry they have Mango Tango. They boys gobbled them up. The sour beans are really good but they’re a bit tart for the boys. My Man J and I like them a lot though! One of the best parts about this product is that it’s free of a lot of ingredients that cause allergies. Hop over here to see a list of the ingredients found in their products.

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YumEarth was created by two dads who wanted to create something delicious and good for their kids. They state on their website that “we believe YumEarth tastes better because we choose real fruit extracts and planet friendly ingredients grown on sustainable family farms to sweeten our lives and yours…and because we love spectacular flavor and hand craft all our flavors to make them all tart and bright and delicious!” I’ve really enjoyed these products and they’ve made me feel better about giving my boys sweets. That’s why I wanted to extend the Father’s Day spirit this week by partnering with YumEarth for a giveaway.

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The winner of this giveaway will win a pack of YumEarth products valued at $25.

*This giveaway is open to entries in the US only.
*The winner of this giveaway will be drawn no later than the evening of June 23rd and will be emailed.  If the winner does not respond within 24 hours, a new winner will be drawn.
*This posting and giveaway are sponsored by YumEarth, but all opinions are my own.

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NurturMe {Review}

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When my son was a baby, I made all his baby food. I would cut up fresh fruits and vegetables, blend them or boil them if needed, and then freeze them in ice cube trays and store them in the freezer. It was a great way to save money and know I was giving him the freshest food possible. However, when Number Two came along, life got significantly crazier, and I opted for store-bought, jarred baby food. I wish I had known then about NurturMe, a better alternative to the stuff in the jar.

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NurturMe was created in 2008 by two moms in Austin, TX, who wanted a better way to feed babies than “pureed nutrition in thick glass containers.” After lots of messy experimenting in their kitchens, they partnered with experts in the freeze-drying organic farming community and launched their first line of products in a Texas store in 2010. Since then they have expanded to grocery stores nation-wide, national big-box retailers and online retailers, but their product goals have remained the same:  to create a product that is Certified Organic, Non-GMO verified, Kosher, perservative-, salt-, sugar- and gluten-free, AND made in the USA!

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NurturMe offers Cereals, Singles, Blends and Snacks. I was sent some Singles, some Blends and some Snacks. I’ll start with the Singles and Blends. The powders can be mixed with water, milk or breast milk to make better baby food, but since my youngest has been over “baby food” for at least a year, I knew I had to get creative in trying these powders. So I used some of their recipe ideas and got to work. First, I tried the Crisp Apple powder added to vanilla yogurt. Unfortunately, the powder didn’t mix in well and so the texture was grainy instead of smooth. The apple taste was great, but the texture was definitely off. My girl “Sunny” wouldn’t eat it. Next, I tried mixing in a Sweet Potato/Raisins/Carrots blend into our Ground Turkey Stroganoff dinner. The kids didn’t seem to notice that the flavor had been altered and ate it just fine. I tasted it and it was good! I could taste a bit of the sweetness from the raisins and sweet potato, but overall it was a good nutritional additive.

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Next we tried the Snacks. They are small bags of premium dried fruits and veggies cut up into tiny, bite-sized pieces. Bountiful Bites (apple, banana, broccoli) was a good combo with its sweet, tart and slightly bitter flavors. We all ate some and really liked it. Happy Harvest (pea, sweet corn, apple) was also a good combo, but the crunchy peas were occasionally too crunchy for my taste. I appreciated the fact that the dried fruit was definitely high-quality; every pea, corn kernel and chunk of apple was perfectly shaped and not wrinkled, shriveled or maimed in any way.

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NurturMe Blends and Snacks definitely seem more geared toward babies, and I don’t know that I would buy the powders just as a nutritional additive for my older kids, but as a substitute for jarred baby food these powders are great. I especially like that they are very portable; you could bring these camping, to the park, on a plane, etc. , and all you would need is some water or milk and you would have a nutritious meal for a baby! NurturMe foods can be purchased online or at select retailers, including Target, nationwide.

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*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 not influenced by monetary compensation. 

FRUCHI Smoothies {Giveaway} – CLOSED

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I’m so excited to feature FRUCHI Smoothies here on Dandy Giveaway again!  Our family had the opportunity to review these smoothies right at the beginning of the summer, and we absolutely loved them.  We took them on all of our summertime adventures and loved the convenience of a refreshingly cold smoothies anytime, anywhere during the hot, humid months.  Now that the weather is starting to change and school is back in session, though, these FRUCHI Smoothies are just as valuable because they’re an incredibly healthy snack that can be taken on the go!

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 I think that I can count the number of times that I ate school lunch on one hand — even through middle school and high school, I generally packed my own lunch and took something with me rather than waiting in line for something that I most likely wouldn’t eat anyway.  One of the ever-present items in my insulated bag was the bulky ice pack that kept everything cold but definitely took up way too much space.  I love the idea of sending one of these FRUCHI smoothies with my kids in that same type of insulated bag for lunchtime!  The frozen FRUCHI smoothie would keep everything cold, but it could also be eaten as a healthy, fruit-filled part of the lunch meal.

Along those same lines, they make the perfect after-school snack to eat in between school and extracurricular activities, especially since they have OVER a full serving of fruit that can curb hunger in the afternoon hours.  They’re also a great choice for an early morning on-the-go breakfast since they can be quickly thawed by popping them in the microwave for 20-30 seconds.  From there, FRUCHI smoothies can be eaten easily without making mess in the car for any age.

While there are lots of options for use with children and teenagers, these FRUCHI smoothies are also perfect for adults to take to work or to eat on-the-go while still maintaining portion control and making healthy eating choices.  I could easily grab one of these on my way out the door for any of the same above reasons (breakfast, lunch, snack, etc.) and feel energized and, more importantly, satisfied until the next meal.

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Berry Blast — Antioxidants abound and blueberries lead the way in this powerful dark berry blend with raspberries, strawberries, and blackberries.

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Strawberry Banana — Strawberries and bananas combine with our 100% all-natural fruit juice blend to make this one unforgettable smoothie.

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Island Splash — Escape to the Caribbean with this refreshing mix of oranges, peaches and mangos with our all-natural fruit juice blend.

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 Raspberry Rush — Zing your taste buds with this tangy blend of raspberry juice, strawberries, blackberries and other power-packed juices.

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This fall season also brings the start of youth groups, sports teams, and other school-related activities that might require fundraising – if your organization is looking for an original product for fundraising, FRUCHI® smoothies are the perfect choice!  All-natural FRUCHI® smoothies are the only ready-to-eat  real fruit frozen smoothies in the country, which means your fundraiser can  feature an innovative, better-for-you product that tastes great.  Kids love FRUCHI® smoothies for their great taste and how  much fun they are to eat. Parents love them because they deliver a full serving  of fruit in each environmentally friendly package.  Our fundraising program is designed to maximize your  profitability while minimizing the hassle and headaches of running a successful fundraiser.”

Starting a FRUCHI® smoothie Fundraiser is as easy as 1-2-3

1. Place an order by completing the online form or calling 1-855-4FRUCHI

2. Pick up your order or have it shipped to you

3. Sell FRUCHI® smoothies at your event or concession stand

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  FRUCHI can be found in grocery stores at Cub Foods, Festival Foods, Kowalski’s, and Hy-Vee, but they can also be purchased through Schwans.com .

 One Dandy reader will win a 12-count case of FRUCHI Smoothies in any flavor — enter below to win!

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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 morning of Tuesday, September 17th, 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 FRUCHI Smoothies, but  all opinions are strictly my own.

DaVinci Gourmet {Review}

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 When we were going to school full-time, we were living in a college town in Washington state — you can only imagine how important the local coffee shops were to most of the students on campus.  Between the college setting and being just over an hour away from Seattle, coffee was king!  I don’t drink coffee, but many of our study sessions or get-togethers after class or work took place at a coffee shop, so I needed to find something there outside of hot chocolate for the warm summer months.  Enter Italian sodas!  I loved having a fun fruity drink to order, and I especially loved being able to try multiple flavors and mix and match over the two years I lived there.

I found a great post for Italian sodas on one of my favorite foodie blogs at the beginning of the summer, and it took me right back to these fun times with friends!  I added “fruit flavored syrups” to my shopping list so I grab them at the grocery store, but there were NONE to be found — some vanilla, caramel, and chocolate flavors to add to coffees or hot chocolates, but no fruity flavors for Italian sodas.

 

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I headed online to see where I could purchase these syrups online, and I came across the new Fruit Innovations Syrups offered by DaVinci Gourmet!  “The Fruit Innovationsâ„¢ Syrups are specially formulated for making refreshing cold beverages.  Give lemonades, ice teas, and sodas a unique twist by adding one of our gourmet syrup flavors.  These delicious syrups are made with pure cane sugar and ultra-filtered water.  Easily mixable Fruit Innovationsâ„¢ syrups naturally compliment many cold drinks without adding overwhelming sweetness.  So stir in one of our nine new flavors into your next drink recipe and get that fresh-squeezed fruit taste anywhere, anytime!”

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We were sent the Pomegranate, Raspberry, Strawberry, Peach, and Mango flavors to try, so we invited some friends over for dessert and games and pulled out all the fixings for Italian sodas!  By the end of the evening, we had sampled all five flavors and were pleased with all of them.  Peach, though, was a clear favorite, with raspberry coming in right behind.

DaVinci Gourmet also offers Honey Melon, Kiwi, Mandarin Orange, and Tropical Fruit in this new Fruit Innovations line — they all sound amazing!  DaVinci Gourmet also provides a plethora of recipes that use these  Fruit Innovationsâ„¢ Syrups, such as Asian Citrus Sorbet, Summertime Strawberry Lemonade, and Peaches and Cream Soda.  I would highly recommend these great  Fruit Innovationsâ„¢ Syrups to add a fun twist to lots of different drinks!

In addition to these great new summer fruit flavors, DaVinci Gourmet also offers Classic Syrups, Sugar Free Flavored Syrups, All Natural Flavors Syrups, Gourmet Sauces, and Tea Concentrates.

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**This review was sponsored by DaVinci Gourmet, but all opinions are strictly my own.

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