Monday, October 31, 2011

Pre-order Beth Aldrich's Book, Real Moms Love To Eat and Enter to Win Great Prizes!!




Are you looking for a new book to read this coming winter?  Well, do I have the book for you -- Real Moms Love to Eat by Beth Aldrich.  And, right now you not only have the opportunity to pre-order a copy (book set to be released on January 3, 2012), but you can also win some great prizes, just for pre-ordered.  I am excited about this book, and will be sharing it as part of my New England Mommy Book Club Meetup I will be holding in my hometown in Jan. 2012.  Stay tuned in January for my review of this book on my blog site! But, in the meantime, here is more on the book and contest going on now.

More about Real Moms Love to Eat:

The book is written in a mom-to-mom conversational tone, with friendly advice and recommendations. It’s divided into three sections, which include a fun and easy-to-follow 10-part plan for moms to implement to make gradual, life-long changes in their approach to food and 21 days of meal suggestions, tips, recipes and lifestyle exercises—all to help you continue your love affair with food to look fabulous. Beth’s approach to healthy eating, losing weight and feeling fabulous, is simple and realistic for busy moms. You’ll learn a lot about the food you eat and how it impacts your body and still have loads of fun experiencing new foods and enjoying life.


Click here to view Pre-order prizes (new prizes added weekly).

Two Ways to Win:

1. Pre-order Beth's book Real Moms Love To Eat at Amazon.com, Barnes and Noble , Indie Bound or Book*A*Million (in Canada, Indigo and Amazon.ca) then come back to this page and include your proof-of-purchase confirmation pre-order code below, along with your name and email address.


2. Subscribe  (http://www.realmomslovetoeat.com/subscribe/) to our FREE monthly newsletter (no purchase necessary).


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*two possible entries per person, per book pre-order *All entries are eligible for each twice-a-month prize up until January 2, 2012 and will be contacted via email. Winners will be selected on the 1st and 15th of every month until the end of the contest period.
About Beth Aldrich:
Beth Aldrich, Healthy Lifestyle and Nutrition Expert, engaging speaker, media personality and author of the book, Real Moms Love to Eat (New American Library-Penguin Books imprint, January 3, 2012), delivers environmental, health and nutrition fundamentals through keynote addresses, lectures and as a media spokesperson. As an expert health and nutrition columnist for Diet.com, SocialMoms.com, HotMomsClub.com, 30SecondMom.com and RealMomsLovetoEat.com, Beth shares her wisdom, experience and knowledge about all things food and wellness. From health coaching, and living a balanced life to, the energetics of food and finding your passion, Beth delivers her message in a charismatic yet compassionate way.

She is the founder of For Her Information Media, LLC (FHI) established in 2003, with productions such as the PBS TV series, For Her Information (aired in Turkey, Israel and 60 cities, nationwide), the radio shows, A Balanced Life with Beth Aldrich, and Real Moms Love to Eat with Beth Aldrich, and the online magazine and newsletter, FHI Online. Her company’s mission is to be a life guide for conscious-minded women. Beth is also the founder of Restoring Essence Nutrition, LLC and a Certified Holistic Health and Nutritional Counselor through the American Association of Drugless Practitioners (AADP). Beth received her education from Columbia University’s Teachers College and The Institute for Integrative Nutrition in New York City.

She studied under natural health and nutrition experts such as Dr. Mehmet Oz, Deepak Chopra, Andrew Weil, David Wolfe, Dr. Walter Willett and Barry Sears. Her work with Restoring Essence and FHI is a perfect blend of offerings, giving clients the opportunity to find happiness, learn, and become accountable for their own health and wellness.

Beth also holds a B.A. in English/Journalism from Kent State University and Christopher Newport University in Virginia. With more than 25 years of on-camera experience, as well as training at the Second City Training Center in Chicago and the Alliance Theatre in Atlanta, Beth has developed the enigmatic wit and kindness to engage and captivate audiences and groups during her speaking engagements, workshops and seminars. She held the lead role in all of Delta Airlines on-board videos for five years, appeared in several commercials and has been featured on numerous radio shows and media outlets.

Having completed four marathons as a mother of three, including the coveted Boston Marathon (with a personal best time), Beth learned a lot about her own body, nutrition and the body/mind connection. Due to running injuries, she was faced with the challenge of working through her pain to find healthy solutions that supported her body rather than medicating it. Her natural instinct to research and delve into nutrition and wellness topics brought her to a place of health, happiness, and a personal best marathon time in Boston.

Beth is a Luminary Circle Member of Step Up Women’s Network, Chicago chapter, where she serves as a mentor for young up-and-coming businesswomen. She also served on the original Executive Committee and developed and created the guidebook for Cool Globes, an artistic global warming exhibit that appeared on Chicago’s lakefront in the summer of 2007. Beth regularly volunteers at her children’s schools, often donating nutritional and media-based projects for the parents and classroom projects.

Beth’s publishing debut in the Chicken Soup for the Soul series book, Power Moms (Simon & Schuster 2009), recounts her touching story about her serious car accident and recovery and how it impacted her as a mother.

In her free time, Beth runs, swims, knits, enjoys yoga, plays golf with her family, is challenged by Sudoku, prepares raw food recipes and has a passion for the Indiana dunes. Beth lives with her husband, Tom, three sons, and two Tibetan Terriers in Chicago’s North Shore.

Disclosure: “I wrote this blog post while participating in the SocialMoms and Beth Aldrich - Real Moms Love to Eat blogging program, for a chance to get 3,000 My SocialMoms Rewards points. For more information on how you can participate, click here.”
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Follow-Up to Member's Mark 4X Probiotic Experience -- Results Seen After Just 2 Weeks




I have been sampling Member's Mark 4X Probiotic, a digestive care supplement for about 2 weeks now, after having picked it up at Sam's Club for $28.88.  



I have to say, after tried other probiotic products, this product really holds up against the competition and prescription-required medications.  During this pregnancy, I have had a lot of tummy trouble, and have been switching over-the-counter remedies the entire time.  Go figure that it takes until the last few weeks to find the product that works best for me.  But, now I know what works and can continue to use this once our second arrives next week.  Like I said in my previous post (click here if you missed my shopping experience and background on digestive health issues), I began having "tummy troubles" after undergoing cancer treatment two years ago.  As a result, the only relief I have found has been through probiotic supplements.  And, once I find one that works, I can usually never find it in stores, or it becomes too expensive.  Or, it begins to stop working, as I have built up a tolerance to you.  So, I have been searching for the right product for me, and was excited to try out the Member's Mark 4X Probiotic only available at Sam's Club


And, compared to its competitor, Align, which I have also tried and retails for $35.27, this one really works!


I will definitely continue to use this product after my pregnancy, as it has provided must needed relief to the "tummy troubles" I experience.  If you have digestive health issue ("tummy troubles") and either have never tried a probiotic supplement, or can't find one that works best for you, I highly suggest heading to Sam's Club and picking up a bottle of Member's Mark 4X Probiotic to try.  It is well worth the investment to feel "normal" again.  Take it from me.  I feel like a whole new person just after two weeks of using Member's Mark 4X Probiotic . 

Disclosure: This shop has been compensated as part of a social shopper insights study for Collective Bias and MamaBzz. However, the views above are mine and mine alone.
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Spotlight on Mommy -- Lee Ann Flower of Sweaters by Lee, Hand Knitted Toddler Sweaters





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Help support 3 wonderful charities by buying a sweater by Lee today.  These sweaters will come in handy this winter and make great holiday gifts!

All sweaters are $40.00 each.  Shipping & handling is a flat $5.00 per sweater within the USA. Sweaters are available in sizes 2T, 3T and 4T, except the Duck Sweater which comes in size 2T ONLY.

Sweaters are available in the colors specified with the pictures seen on Lee's website. Please contact Lee to discuss any special requests. Gift certificates are available - please contact Lee to purchase one today!

And, now on to my Spotlight on Mommy interview with Lee.  Enjoy!


Name:  Lee Ann Flower
Company Name/Product/Service: Sweaters by Lee, Hand Knitted Toddler Sweaters
Company Location: Islip, NY  11751
Company Website:  www.Sweatersbylee.com
Facebook URL: Sweatersbylee
Twitter Handle: @ Sweatersbylee
Age of Company:  Began in 2006

Tell us a little bit about yourself.  How many children do you have?  What are their ages? Your hobbies? Etc.
At the age of nine Lee learned how to knit and has been knitting ever since. Lee has been designing and knitting toddler sweaters for the past 25 years. In 2006, Lee started her web site, Sweaters by Lee, and since then a portion of all sales have been donated to charity.

Briefly explain your business.  How did it come about?
I learned how to knit from my mother & I've been knitting for over 40 years. My passion for knitting is also raising money for the 3 charities that Sweaters by Lee supports:  Autism Speaks, Making Strides Against Breast Cancer & Long Island Cares Food Bank.

What is a typical work day like?
My son is grown so I can devote my free time to my craft. Since I am lucky enough to have a full time job, in 2011 I am donating 100% to these 3 great charities.

What have been some of your major successes?
To me success is watching my little clients eyes light up and wearing my sweaters.

What have been some of your major challenges?
Major challenge is getting the word out on a national level

On those impossible days, what motivates you to keep going? 
Motivation is for the charities my sweaters support, the best part is when I write out those 3 checks at the end of each year

What is your balancing secret in managing a business and family?
My family & friends have always been a big part, from bouncing off style idea's to help with publicity

What is next for your business?
Next for the business, is that we get the sweaters on the a show like Nate Berkus or Rachael Ray.  Again more sweaters sold more money for Charity

Do you have any advice for other mom entrepreneurs that are starting out and struggling, or are on the fence about starting a business? 
Advice  I heard a quote once (don;t know who quoted it)  "Behind every successful woman is her self"   
I believe you should love what you do.
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Spotlight on Mommy -- Andrea Van Ness of Thumbuddy To Love


This week's Spotlight on Mommy is Andrea Van Ness, owner of Thumbuddy to Love. Thumbuddy To Love is a positive teaching tool along with an illustrated story book, thumb puppet and success chart to help stop thumb sucking. The thumb puppet can be worn day or night and is a positive reminder of the importance to stop thumb or finger sucking. The book includes a calendar with stickers, so children get involved, marking off days they do not suck their thumb/fingers.  Just look at the cute characters she created to help your little one give up the thumsucking habit.  





In addition to the these two characters, Andrea also created the Binky Fairy to help those children who are still using their pacifier or binky, give up the habit.


Andrea sent me the Binky Fairy, and I will be sharing my review of this product with you on Friday, so head back then to learn more.


But, in the meantime, please enjoy my interview with Andrea.





Name:  Andrea Van Ness
Company Name/Product/Service: Thumbuddy To Love
Company Location: Boulder, Colorado
Company Website:  www.ThumbuddyToLove.com
Twitter Handle: @ ThumbuddyToLove
Age of Company:  3 years
Favorite Inspirational Quotes: Live today as if it were your last. Enjoy the little things!
Favorite Book: Too many to list!! But I just read Let My People Go Surfing by Yvon Ghouinard 

Tell us a little bit about yourself.  How many children do you have?  What are their ages? Your hobbies? Etc. 

I  am the creator of Thumbuddy To Love… products to help stop thumb sucking and pacifier sucking. I live with my 9 year old son. We love to ski, hike and enjoy travel.

Briefly explain your business.  How did it come about? 

It all started 3 years ago as a response to thumb suckers that needed help breaking the thumb sucking habit because everything out there was shameful and negative for little thumb suckers. I was a thumb sucker and my grandmother made me a thumb puppet and I took it everywhere…even to school. I stopped in a week. As I was researching products out there, I noticed a great need for something positive for kids that they could feel good about to help them stop thumb sucking and finger sucking so that is how Thumbuddy To Love came to be and I wrote the books and created Thumbuddy To Love™. Then, after the first products were launched, I realized pacifier suckers needed help too so I developed The Binky Fairy to help children wean from their pacifier with ease.

What is a typical work day like? 

Busy with orders, marketing, meetings and being a mom after school lets out.

What has been a struggle while starting up your company?   

Just getting the products to all come together. There was a lot of trial and error but finally found a great manufacturer and it all fell into place.

What did you do in your past work life? 

I was a realtor.

What have been some of your major successes? 

Yes, Thumbuddy To Love won a Moms Choice Award and has been featured on lots of news media including the Wall Street Journal.

What have been some of your major challenges? 

Really nothing major….just getting the word out to Moms who need help with their little thumb suckers and paci suckers. We do a lot of blogging and then the word spreads.

On those impossible days, what motivates you to keep going? 

The fact that there is a better way to quit thumb sucking because a lot of people rely on thumb polishes that taste bitter to break the habit and those have a lot of chemicals in them so rather than introduce that to a child, Thumbuddy is a much better solution. Also, our new product, The Binky Fairy is the only book out there that comes with their very own Binky Fairy. It is now available on Amazon.

What is your balancing secret in managing a business and family? 

Do what you love and spend quality time with your family

What is next for your business


We now use Kangen Water® in our office and have become distributors of that as well. It is the best healing water and alkaline water on the market. People stop by just to drink it!

Do you have any advice for other mom entrepreneurs that are starting out and struggling, or are on the fence about starting a business?  

Ask a lot of questions and if it feels right, do it!
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Feature Friday: Mrs. Pinkelmeyer, a Fun Character Created by Mom Entreprenuer and Recent Spotlight Mommy, Jennifer Kelman




This past Monday, I shared my Spotlight on Mommy interview with Jennifer Kelman with you all. She created Mrs. Pinkelmyer, a fun and silly Mrs. Know-It All, who helps children feel comforted through laughter.  If you missed my Spotlight Interview with Jennifer, click here to read it now.



Jennifer kindly sent me a copy of her book, Mrs. Pinkelmeyer and Moopus McGlinden Burn the Rrrrump Rrrroast to review and share my thoughts with you. This is the first in the children's book series highlighting the adventures of Mrs. Pinkelmeyer and her lovable dog Moopus. This fresh and funny tale is charmingly illustrated and will leave you and your child with a grin from ear to ear. 


Summary of Book:



Meet the Silliest, Warmest Know-It-All™, Mrs. Pinkelmeyer from Poppingham, England and her furry brown dog, Moopus McGlinden, in their first adventure. This fresh, funny, and charmingly illustrated story will make even the youngest children laugh and smile. When Mrs. Pinkelmeyer tries to put her rrrrump rrrroast in the oven, she talks on the phone to a mysterious stranger in New York who is caring for her nephew while his parents are away. Any child who has felt the sadness of separation from a loved one knows a good story can provide just the right comfort. Mrs. Pinkelmeyer distracts Henry who missed his parents so much that he was no longer singing or playing. As Mrs. Pinkelmeyer talks to little Henry on the phone from the other side of the Atlan c, he forgets his absent parents while concentrating on Mrs. Pinkelmeyer and Moopus.

Mrs. Pinkelmeyer goes on to tell Henry of Moopus’s adventures at the butcher shop where he skips and sings and takes a juicy steak bone home to hide away and eat in private. A er slobbering all over the bone, Moopus is in need of a bath. Mrs. Pinkelmeyer scrubs her furry friend everywhere, even behind his ears. Hearing this sends Henry into giggles all over again (in addi on to giving him a subtle message about cleanliness). Though in the end Mrs. Pinkelmeyer burns her rrrrump rrrroast (don’t forget the rolling r’s), she is unconcerned, because she is so happy to have helped Henry feel better. This book is the perfect gift for a child whose parents are leaving on a trip or going to be absent for any reason. All children, however, will fall in love with the irrepressible joy embodied by Mrs. Pinkelmeyer and her dog Moopus. Burn the RRRRump RRRRoast is the first in a series of Pinkelmeyer stories. It won’t be long before Mrs. P. and Moopus come skipping by again.




My Thoughts:

Jennifer told me to read this book with an accent, and when I did, my daughter first looked at me weird and then began to laugh.  I can't trill my "R's" like her dad, so she had to wait until Daddy got home to really get the feel for "RRRump RRRRoast."  I have been reading and re-reading this book to Savannah, as she continues to pull it off the shelf and hand to me.  I have to say, this is a cute book, and both Savannah and I love the illustrations.  Even though Savannah is too young to understand the premise and story behind this book and the character Mrs., Pinkelmeyer, she enjoys the storytelling aspect of it, with the twist of creating a character from England, and playing Mrs. Pinkelmeyer up through an accent.  I just love the concept and reasoning behind this silly character, and tip my hat to Jennifer for her creativity and passion to create a product line designed specifically for helping ease fear and uneasiness of children whose parents leave them with a babysitter for an evening out.  I would have never thought about creating a character to help ease little one's, but thanks to Jennifer, now I can pick her books or plush items and have on hand to help with separation anxiety when the time comes to leave our daughter with a babysitter or family member for a period of time.  

If you and your child love quirky characters, and you like to play up characters through accents and role-playing, then I highly suggest you check out this book about Mrs. Pinkelmeyer and her dog Moopus.  It will have both you and your child grinning ear to ear, and laughing as you follow along as Mrs. Pinkelmeyer tries to multi-task.  I can't wait to read the next book in this series.  If it is anything like this book, it will surely become a favorite amongst my daughter and I.


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You can buy this book ($15.99) and other products from the Mrs. Pinkelmeyer collection, including plush dolls of Mrs. Pinkelmeyer herself and Moopus the dog.  Click here to begin shopping through the online store now.

Disclosure:  I was sent a sample of this book from the vendor in order to write up an honest review.  The views above are mine and mine alone.

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Feature Friday: The Baby Diner Dish Holder, a Product of Lil' Diner LLC and Created by Meghann Mills, a Mom Entrepreneur (Product Review)





Here is another Feature Friday post -- better late than never!

This past Monday, I also interviewed Meghann Mills,co-owner with her husband, of Lil' Diner LLC, and creator of the Baby Diner Dish holder.  If you missed my interview with Meghann, click here to read it now.

In the meantime, I wanted to share my review on Meghann's Baby Diner Dish holder, which I have been using with Savannah and absolutely love!!!!


Is your little one eating solid foods yet, or at the stage where they are learning how to feed themselves with their fingers or utensils?  Well, if so, you know all to well that it is difficult to keep their plate or bowl in place.  Babies/toddlers think it is fun to through their plates on the floor, as does my daughter.  So, I have been on the hunt for a dish holder that actually holds her plates and bowls in place, and can work on a variety of tables and surfaces.  

Thanks to the Baby Diner Dish Holder, I don't have to worry about messy spills or dropped plates at home and in public.  With this great invention, I can secure all Savannah's plates to the suction holder and then suction it to either her highchair food tray or directly to the table.  And, when we go out to eat, I can hold the restaurant's plates in place.  No more having to hold both mine and Savannah's plates.  Now, I can give Savannah her food and know that she will not be throwing the plate on the floor.  So, no more embarrassing messing and cleaning up around the table.  And, it is so small, that I can simply toss it in the diaper bag and we are ready to go.  Thanks to the Baby Diner Dish Holder, dining at home and in public is enjoyable again!


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This is one product every family should own. Click here to order a Baby Diner Dish Holder from the Lil' Diner LLC website for only $9.99.

Disclosure:  I was sent a sample dish holder from the vendor in order to write up an honest review.  The views above are mine and mine alone.
 
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Feature Friday -- Sock Ons by Mom Entrepreneur, Kezi Levin (Product Review and Giveaway)

Closed.  And, the winner is:  Christyn!!




Yes, I know it is Sunday, but both my daughter and I have been under the weather these past few days, so I haven't been able to get to the Feature Friday posts until tonight. 

This past Monday, I interviewed Kezi Levin, creator of Sock Ons and Dribble Ons.  If you missed my interview with her, click here to read it not.

So, what are Sock Ons, you ask?
Sock Ons have been invented by a mum of five little boys who always lost their socks!


Sock ons are a simple yet highly effective solution to the problem of keeping socks on!


Resembling something like a ‘sock jacket’, Sock Ons slip on over the sock and ‘locks’ it into place. The design lies in the fact that if the sock is pulled from the toes, the sock gets locked into the hole around the heel, thus preventing it from slipping off.

And, what is a Dribble On?


Dribble Ons provide a stylish and clever solution for babies who constantly dribble.


Dribble Ons are made of a soft combination of stretch cotton and terry toweling which absorbs the moisture whist at the same time being comfortable and cute to wear.


My Thoughts:

Kezi kindly sent me samples of both to try with Savannah, and I have to say after using them for the past few weeks, I don't know how I ever lived without them.  First, the Sock Ons are a must have for babies who like to pull or shake off their socks.  Or, if your child is like mine, she would rather walk barefoot than have a pair of socks on.  But, with the cold weather setting in and with her learning how to walk, I want to make sure her feet are covered and protected from the elements.  And, in doing so, I needed to find a way to make sure her socks stayed on.  Enter Sock ons.  This great invention slips over your child's socks and keeps them in place.  So, no more missing socks or barefoot babies.  I used to go crazy trying to find ways to keep Savannah's socks on.  Either I would buy bigger socks and pull them up over her pants, or I would continually play the pick up and put on game with her, which over time got exhausting, as well as frustrating.  But, not anymore, thanks to Kezi's unique product.  I will definitely be using these with Savannah, as well as her new sister on the way.  And, when friends ask if I have ideas on how to keep a baby's socks on, I now rave about Sock Ons and tell them they have to pick up a pair or two.

As for the Dribble On, this has come in handy as Savannah is teething again and drooling all over the place.  Now, she can not only be stylisth, but when I need to quickly wipe up drool from her face, I can use the Dribble On.  Now, no more wet shirts that need to be continually changed throughout the day due to excess drool.  It is great!  As a busy mom on the go, the last thing I like doing is having to run into a restroom or find a place to change Savannah's shirt or one-piece outfit due to it being soaked with drool.  Since using the Dribble On, I haven't had to make unexpected pit stops to change Savannah's outfits.  And, she is a happier baby as a result of staying dry.  So, if you have a teething baby, or a baby in general who likes to drool, you should check out the Dribble On and pick one up.  It works wonders.

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If you are interested in buying Sock Ons and/or a Dribble On for your little, or as a baby shower gift, head on over to Kezi's website and order today.  You will be glad you did.

---GIVEAWAY---


One lucky Inspired by Savannah reader will win a pair of Sock Ons and a Dribble On, thanks to Kezi.  To enter, please complete the MANDATORY ENTRY first, and then as many EXTRA ENTRIES as you like.  Make sure you include your email address with the first comment, so that I can contact you if you win.  Good luck!

MANDATORY ENTRY:  Head on over to Facebook and 'like" Sock Ons.  Then, leave a comment on their wall, letting them know that Inspired by Savannah sent you, and include this post's URL with the comment.    When done, head back here and leave a comment below with your Facebook Username, so that I can verify this entry.

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Enter to #win a pair of Sock Ons and a Dribble On for your baby @rmccoy1234 http://ctmomreviews.blogspot.com/ #giveaway (Ends 11/14)

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Open to US residents only, no PO Boxes. Giveaway ends on November 14, 2011 at 11:59PM EST. I will then use Random.org to choose a winner. Winner will have 48 hrs. to respond to my email to claim prize. If I don't hear back from selected winner, I will draw another winner.
Disclosure:  I was sent samples from the vendor in order to write up an honest review.  The views above are mine and mine alone.

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Sunday, October 30, 2011

The Protein Bakery, baking the tastiest protein-packed bite... after bite after bite (Review and Giveaway)

Closed.  And, the winner is:  Sarah!!


About Protein Bakery Products:

So, we know the value of weights and measures. We chose the name Protein Bakery, for a good (and healthy) reason. Muscle-building protein is a huge component in all our delicious cookies, brownies, and blondies.

Protein makes you feel fuller faster and prevents spikes in blood sugar levels. It's one way to keep the heart beat steady and the body in balance. Every delectable, guilt-free bite is high in dietary fiber, low in gluten, and delivers up to 5 times more protein than the average baked treat. 

Our trans-fat free, preservative free, and wheat flour-free recipes are also nutritionally balanced. We combine natural ingredients like heart-healthy rolled oats rolled oats, light brown sugar, and the finest chocolate. We bake small batches from scratch every day. With the same attention to perfection as we did on day 1 in November, 1999. Our 20-plus flavors of creative culinary confections boast gourmet accents like swirls of rich peanut butter, tangy cranberries, toasted walnuts, sun-sweetened coconut, and so much more.

Rachael Ray, Oprah Winfrey, Equinox Gyms, Bergdorf's, LivingSocial, all sing our praises. And until our great goodies arrive at their new address, they're handled with the utmost care. You are the reason we want to get our day started! That's why we created our open-to-the-public bakery LOFT and we're available online 24/7. Be happy--add balance to your life every day!

My Thoughts:


The Protein Bakery kindly sent me an assortment of their cookies, brownies and blondies to try, and boy was I excited when I received the box of freshly baked goods.  I couldn't believe how many samples they sent, and while looking at each one, I could tell that they were freshly baked and would take yummy.  Even though I am a health educator, my husband is more health-conscious when it comes to selecting and eating baked goods.  If it has chocolate in it, I am game!  But, my husband loves to read the nutritional labels to check the calories, sugars, etc.  I always joke with him that you only live once and need to savor all the tasty treats that are out there -- but, deep down, I know the importance of healthy snacking and make sure that we eat sweet treats in moderation and only choose the best brands and products for my family, as I care about our overall health.  

So, when I stumbled across the Protein Bakery online, I remembered that I had read various articles in magazines like The Oprah Magazine and Clean Eating.  In addition, I also recall seeing Rachel Ray feature this as one of her snacks of the day, so I knew it had to be good, if all these celebrities were getting their hands on these freshly baked goods and raving about them. 

Because I knew my husband would love to sample these baked goods as much I would, I enlisted him in helping me review each of the samples sent.  Let me start off by saying that the samples only lasted 3 days in our house.  We tried them as part of our breakfast, as an evening snack with tea and my husband took a few to work to eat after his gym workout and as a mid-morning snack.  It was hard to choose a favorite amongst the samples sent to us, but again, being a chocolate lover, I found myself enjoying and savoring the brownies and chocolate chip cookies.  My husband, on the other hand, said he enjoyed the oatmeal cookies the most.  He couldn't get over how fresh they felt and tasted on the 2nd and 3rd day of sampling.  Usually cookies become brittle or dry out just after recieving them, but not the baked goods from the Protein Bakery.  These items can last up 3 weeks in the refridgetor, or can even be frozen for a longer shelf life.  

Just check out the nutritional labels of some of the products we sampled from the Protein Bakery, as well as those we plan to try the next time we travel to NYC.











You can see for yourself that they only use the finest of ingredients in their products, and make sure they are offering healthy, baked goods each and every time!  Did the above images make your mouth water?  Well, mine is right now as I am writing this post.  I wish I had a brownie to munch on right at this moment -- I can only sit here and remember how tasty these baked goods were when sampling them.

I will definitely be shopping through their online this holiday season.  I especially love their gift pails of treats, and their baked goods are reasonable priced.  Who knew you could afford baked goods that contained all natural, healthy ingredients?  Look no further than the Protein Bakery for your healthy fix of brownies, blondies and cookies today!  You will not be disappointed!!!!


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We are a unique boutique bakery in Manhattan. Not a store front, we are located on the THIRD FLOOR of a landmark building. In our eclectic LOFT space we have our entire bakery product line ready to be purchased. We love meeting people from all over the planet and we invite you to come pick out your favorite flavors of cookies, brownies and blondies.

We Are Open To The Public

For this weeks hours check out our website www.proteinbakery.com or call (212)206-7796.
Always available by appointment.

The Protein Bakery is located at:
20 West 20th Street, Sweet #309
New York, NY 10011

In addition, you can order baked goods and gifts sets online, by clicking here.


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Inspired by Savannah reader will win a Taste of the Protein Bakery, which includes an assortment of 2 brownies/blondies, 2 colossal cookies and 4 cookie 2-packs) $45.00 value with shipping thanks to The Protein Bakery.  To enter, please complete the MANDATORY ENTRY first, and then as many EXTRA ENTRIES as you like.  Make sure to include your email address with the first comment, so that I can contact you if you win.  Good luck!

MANDATORY ENTRY:  Head on over to The Protein Bakery and let me know what product you would love to try out or have tried.

EXTRA ENTRIES:

(Please leave separate entries for each, along with your email address)

1) Subscribe to my blog via email and/or become a GFC follower (2 entries each)

2) Follow me on Facebook (1 entry)

3) Enter any of my other giveaways, leaving a comment with the name of the giveaway (1entry per giveaway entered)

4) Blog about this giveaway. It must include a link to this specific post, as well as a link to my blog, http://ctmomreviews.blogspot.com/. (In your comment, please leave a link directly to your post – 3 Entries)

5) Follow me on Twitter (1entry)

6) Tweet about this giveaway (1 entry per tweet, per day; please include link to tweet in comment below)

Enter to #win a Sampling of Freshly Baked Goods from the Protein Bakery @proteinbakery @rmccoy1234 http://ctmomreviews.blogspot.com/ #giveaway (Ends 11/14)

7) Vote for me on picket fence blogs (See button on right side of blog -- One entry per vote, per day; Note:  You can only your one vote per day on ONE giveaway; duplicate comments on other giveaways on the same day with be void)
8) Add to a Giveaway Linky site  (5 entries)
9) Like the Protein Bakery on Facebook and leave a comment on their page letting them know that Inspired by Savannah sent you.  Make sure you include the url to this post in your comment on their page. (2 entries) 

10) Follow the Protein Bakery on Twitter and tweet about this giveaway. (2 entries)



Open to US residents only, no PO Boxes. Giveaway ends on November 14, 2011 at 11:59PM EST. I will then use Random.org to choose a winner. Winner will have 48 hrs. to respond to my email to claim prize. If I don't hear back from selected winner, I will draw another winner.
Disclosure:  I was sent samples from the Protein Bakery in order to write up an honest review.  The views above are mine and mine alone.
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Food Should Taste Good Tortilla Chips -- Product Review and Giveaway

Closed.  And, the winner is:  Donna!!!










What is So Special About Food Should Taste Good Tortilla Chips?:

Their all natural tortilla chips are made from real, simple ingredients. They are all free of cholesterol, preservatives and trans fat, and they do not contain genetically modified ingredients (GMOs).  Also, Food Should Taste Good chips are certified Kosher and Gluten Free, lower in sodium, and are a good source of dietary fiber. 

Food Should Taste Good currently have 12 flavors in their product line: Multigrain, Sweet Potato, Olive, Jalapeño, The Works!, Chocolate, Cantina, Lime, Blue Corn, Cheddar, Toasted Sesame, and White Cheddar.

My Thoughts:
I was sent the following tortilla chip samples to review:  


Multigrain--Flax, sunflower and sesame seeds add to the distinctively nutty flavor, making this chip a wholesome, perfect snack to be enjoyed on its own or dipped into your favorite hummus.

Jalapeno--Conveying the true taste of this pepper, with a clean, garden-like flavor on the first bite and a lingering hint of heat, the subtle spiciness of the Jalapeno chip elevates any salsa or queso dip.


Sweet Potato--A hint of cane sugar enhances the natural nuttiness of the sweet potato in a chip that is a riff on a classic baked sweet potato.  Try the chips with a fresh fruit salsa.


Blue Corn--Nutty flaxseed, quinoa and organic blue corn create a robust yet versatile chip to be enjoyed alone or paired with a fresh dip.


Cantina--We start with all-natural stone-ground yellow corn to make fresh tortillas, allow them to cool and rest for 24 hrs. prior to being but, lightly cooked in sunflower oil, and sprinkled with a pinch of sea salt.  This authentic recipes results in an unbeatable crispy and flavorful yellow corn chip.


We are big salsa and chips fans in our house, and I am always on the look out for new tortilla chips to try that are not only great to dip, but are also healthy.  Many of the tortilla chips on the market are just too salty, and when I read the ingredients on the back, many of them include things GMOS's.  Now, as an average consumer, I have not idea what GMO's are, nor do I want to consume a product with genetically modified ingredients.  So, when I was offered the opportunity to try out Food Should Taste Good's tortilla line of products, I jumped at the opportunity, as I read from their website that they are all-natural and good for you.  

So, the past few weeks, we have been having chips and salsa and chili and chips, in order to sample each of the tortilla chips that were sent to me.  After sampling each, I have to say my favorite was the Blue Corn tortilla chip.  It reminded me of the chips I get at some of the Mexican restaurants we used to go to.  However, the tortilla chips from Food Should Taste Good, were a better health choice for me, and contained less salt.  I noticed the lower sodium content in each of the chips sampled, compared to restaurant chips, as I wasn't rushing to refill my glass of water after a handful of chips, like I do when we are dining out.  My husband's favorite chip was the Sweet Potato, followed in close second by the Cantina chip.  He especially loved eating the Sweet Potato tortilla chips straight from the bag, without the need of salsa or other dips.  And, just tonight, he picked up another bag of Sweet Potato chips at the market, so this lets me know he really enjoyed them.  

We will definitely be switching to this brand of tortilla chips from now on, and can't wait to serve these at Thanksgiving, as we know our family will love the taste.  And, they will be surprised to find out how healthy and good for them, these tortilla chips are.

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You can find Food Should Taste Good products at your local grocery store, or they can be ordered online through various online retail sites, including Food Should Taste Good's own website..  In addition, you can click here to use the store locator to find a retailer near you who carries this brand. Don't forget to join their fan club to receive a $1.00 printable coupon to use towards your store purchase!


---GIVEAWAY---


One lucky Inspired by Savannah reader will win a 5 pack of chips (winner chooses flavors) from Food Should Taste Good.  To enter, please complete the MANDATORY ENTRY first, and then as many EXTRA ENTRIES as you like.  Make sure to include your email address in the first comment, so that I can contact you if you win.  Good luck!

MANDATORY ENTRY:  Head on over to Food Should Taste Good and let me know which 5 flavors you would choose if you won this giveaway.

EXTRA ENTRIES:

(Please leave separate entries for each, along with your email address)

1) Subscribe to my blog via email and/or become a GFC follower (2 entries each)

2) Follow me on Facebook (1 entry)

3) Enter any of my other giveaways, leaving a comment with the name of the giveaway (1entry per giveaway entered)

4) Blog about this giveaway. It must include a link to this specific post, as well as a link to my blog, http://ctmomreviews.blogspot.com/. (In your comment, please leave a link directly to your post – 3 Entries)

5) Follow me on Twitter (1entry)

6) Tweet about this giveaway (1 entry per tweet, per day; please include link to tweet in comment below)

Enter to #win 5 Bags of Food Should Taste Good Tortilla Chips of Your Choice  @rmccoy1234 http://ctmomreviews.blogspot.com/ #giveaway (Ends 11/14)

7) Vote for me on picket fence blogs (See button on right side of blog -- One entry per vote, per day; Note:  You can only your one vote per day on ONE giveaway; duplicate comments on other giveaways on the same day with be void)
8) Add to a Giveaway Linky site  (5 entries)
9) Like Food Should Taste Good on Facebook, and leave a comment on their page letting them know Inspired by Savannah sent you. Make sure to include a link to this giveaway in your comment on their page, so others can enter.  (2 entries).



Open to US residents only. Giveaway ends on November 14, 2011 at 11:59PM EST. I will then use Random.org to choose a winner. Winner will have 48 hrs. to respond to my email to claim prize. If I don't hear back from selected winner, I will draw another winner.

Disclosure:  I was sent samples from Food Should Taste Good in order to write up an honest review.  The views above are mine and mine alone.

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