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Maple Farms Infusions {Giveaway} – CLOSED

Disclosure: This could be a sponsored post or contain affiliate links (which means I earn a percentage of the sale), but all opinions are strictly my own.

We can claim a lot of “bests” out here in New England.  Best lobster, best clam chowder, and best Boston cream pie.  Since tasting some of these “bests” myself, I have become a HUGE fan of local delicacies, and will always opt for something home-grown, native, and straight from the farm or ocean over factory-made in a big city hundreds of miles from the source.  Lately, I gravitate towards unique flavors and rich breakfast foods, and found a perfect marriage of flavors, spices, and syrup!  Introducing Maple Farms!

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Six of these syrups can also be put on my “best of New England” list, and two, the Bourbon Infused Maple Syrup is aged in oak barrels from Berkshire Mountain Distillers in Great Barrington, MA, and the Cranberry Infused Maple Syrup made from PJ’s Cranberries on Cape Cod, are from right here in Massachussets!  Ok, check out these Fruit Infused Maple Syrups!  They come in They come in Adirondack Apple, Going, Bananas, Wild Maine Blueberry, Cape Cod Cranberry, North Fork Peach, Rhode Island Raspberry, and Scrumptious Strawberry.

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If you haven’t tried fruit-flavored syrups, you’re missing out.  If you have, think about that glorious taste, and then add another degree of flavor and you might have an idea of what these taste like.  I was able to try the Rhode Island Raspberry and Scrumptious Strawberry and they are to die for!

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They arrived yesterday, and so this morning we made a hearty batch of Belgian waffles for breakfast and these syrups made our plain waffles an extravagantly gourmet dish!  First of all, the wax (?) dipped tops are so classic!  I’ve never seen that before on a syrup bottle, and I think it is such a fancy finishing touch!  I really like the consistency–not too thick where you have to be patient waiting for it to pour.  You can tell that the maple flavoring base is not from just a bottle of concentrate.  It is richer and more intense, and though it is very sweet, it is not just a bottle of a lot of sugar.

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These flavors are so intense!  A tiny drop on the finger is enough to fill your senses!  The fruit infusions are my favorite.  I giant strawberry clump in my bottle slowed down the flow from the neck, but I don’t mind.  The raspberry was my favorite!  Loved those raspberry seeds and clumps of fruit.

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Next, check out these Maple Cream Infusions.  These are like syrups turned into creamy spreads that you can smother on toast, pancakes, pies, you name it.  Available flavors include apple, banana, blueberry, cranberry, peach, raspberry, and strawberry!

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They also sell Liquor Infused Maple Syrups–Amaretto, Brandy, Hazelnut, Spiced Rum, Bourbon, and Irish Cream.  Now lest you go thinking that I’ve become a drinker (hi, the whole Dandy team consists of Mormon moms who don’t drink alcohol), these don’t actually have an alcohol content–but a lot of flavoring from barrel-aging the syrup in previously used casks for 4-6 months!  Still, I made friends with my neighbor and had her try out my liquor-infused syrup for me 🙂

Now don’t forget pancake and waffle mixes!  Mixes include: Strawberry Shortcake, Peach Cobbler, Cranberry Oatmeal Cookie, Cinnamon & Sugar Blueberry Muffin, Chocolate Banana Bread and Cinnamon Apple Crisp!

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Now here’s a thought for the health-conscious, organic-lovers: these syrups are made from high quality, completely organic ingredients including fresh, farm-raised fruits and liquors from award-winning local distilleries.  They tap their own trees and process the sap immediately, bringing you the freshest maple syrup possible!

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Even if you don’t win the giveaway below, there is a way to get your hands on some of these delicious products while supporting Maple Farms Infusions at the same time.  There are only a few days left on their Kickstarter Campaign, where you can be a backer and pledge your support.  It ends on Sunday and there are some sweet rewards!  For example, pledge $20 and get some infused maple syrup samplers.  Pledge $65 or more, and we’re talking gift baskets, pancake and waffle mixes, and whole gallons of syrup!

Visit the KICKSTARTER CAMPAIGN and pledge for some sweetness!

These are my favorite options:

Pledge $250 – BREAKFAST IN BED! Seriously, Maple Farms will come to you and the best breakfast guys in the business will fix you up an amazing breakfast!

Pledge $2,450 – Maple Farms will name its One Year Anniversary Syrup After YOU!   Live forever in the chronicles of maple syrup history.

One lucky winner will receive a Maple Farms gift basket!

It has a $65 value and you can choose any of their Infused Maple Syrup and Gourmet Pancake & Waffle Mix flavors – Blueberry Muffin, Cranberry Oatmeal Cookie, and Chocolate Banana Bread Pancakes, just to name a few!  All are made with gluten free, old grain quinoa flour, and pure maple sugar!

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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 June 25th 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 Maple Farms Infusions, but all opinions are strictly my own

Bare Fruit Apple Chips {Giveaway} – CLOSED

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I’m a SAHM.  No, I’m not thinking Stay-At-Home-Mom.  I’m that too, but I’m also a Snacking-at-All-Hours-Mom.  I will always opt for lots of mini-meals throughout the day vs. three big ones.  When the kids eat, I eat, and sure I think it keeps my metabolism up, but sometimes I don’t always make the best snacking choices.  I’ve found a super great snack food that I don’t feel bad about eating absolutely all day: Bare Fruit Apple Chips.
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Ok, I’ve tried dehydrated apples before, and knew that I loved them.  I remember eating off that bag in a few days, so I was excited about trying another brand.  These are so different than the ones I have tried before, but so much better!  They taste much sweeter and crunchier, like real chips.
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That’s why I was even more surprised to afterwards reading the packaging label and seeing that the only ingredients are organic apples and organic cinnamon.  No way!  These are just too delicious to have no other additive ingredients or flavors.  Muy impressed.
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The peel makes it feel like I’m eating an actual apple, which is actually exactly all it is.  With all these peels, I figured these have got to be chocked full of fiber.  Its true–
And get this: there are 30 Washington apples in each bag!
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So many times this week, I’ve been tempted to pull out the chocolately sweets or a bowl of cereal, but instead went for my mega bag of apple chips and been so glad I did!  My sweet tooth is satisfied and I’m eating apples instead.  Win.
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And YOU might be the lucky winner to receive a whole CASE of this goodness!  ($25 value!)

You can enter to win this giveaway HERE!

Or copy and paste this link:  http://DandyGiveaway.pgtb.me/Fn7bkX
You can also access the giveaway form by QR Code:
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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 June 22nd 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 Bare Fruit, but all opinions are strictly my own

KANDALS Shoes {Giveaway} – CLOSED

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Welcome back!  Our family had a fabulous holiday season and enjoyed vacationing, spending time with extended family, and eating delicious food.

You might have noticed in December that we had giveaways and reviews posted at least once a day, sometimes multiple times a day.  We have good news — that’s going to continue!  Be sure to check back on Dandy Giveaway each day for our daily giveaways and/or reviews, and make sure to follow us on Facebook if you aren’t already.

I have been loving my skinny jeans this season, more than I ever imagined that I would, and I’ve especially loved the skinny-jean-and-flats look.  It’s just gotten too cold here to wear flats anymore, though, and I pretty sure that I’ve been wearing my boots more than my husband wears his.  (Remember that he’s an active duty Marine who works four days on and has two days off…)

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I was excited to find these KANDALS shoes as a great alternative to my boots on those cold-but-sunny days.  These shoes are cute and SUPER comfortable — I actually wore them around the house for the first week when it was rainy outside, and I loved the material and the feel.  On top of that, though, there are a few defining pieces that allow KANDALS shoes to stand out against the rest:

KANDALS are a unique line of scented, earth-friendly shoes made in Spain with premium, natural material. The soles of each pair of KANDALS are dyed with a strawberry scent.   Scented?  Yes.  Strawberry?  Yes.  My son asks all day if he can smell my shoes, and he gets a kick out of it every time.  (No pun intended, but pretty funny…)

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 Organic and Comfortable:  Made in Spain from eco-friendly upper and natural rubber outsole.  Double canvas stitching allows the canvas to mold to your feet.

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 Convenient: The outsole is also very flexible allowing you to walk with comfort and easily fold the shoes so they can be slipped into a purse or athletic bag without hassle.

Eco_Womens_Classic_Shoes_Red_FrontSustainable: For every pair of KANDALS sold, a tree will be planted to aid in deforested areas of lower income countries.  Last month, thanks to our customers, we’ve donated to Trees for the Future to plant 500 trees in Ethiopia.  

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 Here’s one of my favorite parts, though — they have a special price for college students!  My husband and I were full-time college students for two years, and I know that I always appreciated the school discounts that were given in our small college town.  Read on for some information straight from their website:

“College is awesome. But as great as it can be, we always run out of cash to buy more shoes, clothing, beauty products, etc. Our KANDALS team comprises both currently enrolled college students and recent grads. We created KANDALS shoes to cater towards college students both in style and customer service.

Seeing that tight budget is always a concern for us and our fellow classmates, we created an exclusive student pricing. All you will need is a college “edu” account to be eligible and we will send you the discount code to your student email. You can sign-up on the left section of this page with your “edu” email address.”

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And, I just got texting a couple of months ago (yes, really…), so I now can appreciate (and partake of) the amazing idea of customer service through texting:

“Our customer service is primarily through text messaging. Why wait in line for someone over the phone when you can just text and get a response from us throughout the day? You can hit us up with any question whether you’re in class, the library, at home or while shopping online. We’ll text you back as soon as we can.”

Head on over to the KANDALS website, take a look at the cute styles in their LOOKBOOK, then come back and enter 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 evening of Saturday, January 12th 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 KANDALS, but all opinions are strictly my own.

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