Saturday, December 10, 2016

Review/Giveaway: Bottombumpers Cloth Diapers

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I've been cloth diapering for years now, and am always on the lookout for fun, functional brands. I recently had the opportunity to try Bottombumpers cloth diapers for review.

At first, when I browsed the website, I wasn't particularly thrilled. There are four different styles, which I'll get into further on. From what I can see, each of those are offered in 12 different solid colors and only 3 patterns (I am a fan of interesting patterns).  None of them instantly grabbed my attention, so in my contacts with them, I only told them my daughter's weight and asked them to choose what to send.


Once the review items arrived, I was certainly turned around. They were far from bland!

Most diapers follow a similar design with small differences from brand to brand. Bottombumpers seems to march to a different drum, and I'm totally digging it! It's not as though I've tried every diaper out there, but in my experience, I have yet to come across one that is anything like theirs.

I was sent two different styles, One Size Side Bumper and a Size 2 Front Snap, each with a two part snap in liner.

I followed Bottombumpers' advice and washed them both numerous times before putting them to work.

When the time came to actually put them on my daughter, that's when I really noticed how different they were. I've never come across a diaper that didn't have cased in elastic. Instead, they have what is called 'soft roll elastic'. It causes the entire diaper to scrunch up quite a bit but I have to say that they have the best leak proof hold of ANY of my diapers!

The first one we used was the Size two All in Two. The strong polyresin snaps are in the front like I'm used to, and fit her wonderfully with still a snap or two to grow.

Bottombumpers Size two's say they fit 15lb – 30+lbs.

I think that sounds about right, as my daughter is right in the middle at 23lbs. The print was an incredibly adorable dinosaur print titled “Dino-Mite”.

The diaper shell is an absorbent organic cotton. As mentioned, their liners come as two parts: a fold over extra long liner, made of organic cotton, topped with plush bamboo blend velour along with a shorter snap in doubler made of organic cotton.

This has quickly become one of her favorites due to print.

But, it was the One Size All in One diaper that really sold me to their uniqueness.

Typically with a one size fits all type diaper you see an annoying array of brightly colors snaps covering the outside front of the diaper. This allows for snap raises and lowers to create a custom fit for your child's size. However Bottombumpers has their snap downs on the inside!

I legit used this diapers few weeks thinking that these snaps were just for different placement of the liner before I researched. When I discovered how they're used, I was amazed!

My daughter is large enough that we no longer use snap downs, but I played around with them off the baby and they are incredible. Normally when using snap downs, it can create a strange bunching but these allow for a streamless, clean look no matter what you size the diaper to. I was honestly blown away by this innovative design.

When using either of these diapers, you have to be sure to flip the elastic seam inward to create a leak proof seal and only exposing the waterproof PUL outer.

I do wish their website was better. I don't care for the set up - It seems very industrial and not very welcoming, and there seem to be links that lead to empty pages, such as the link to the FAQ.

I think the website had everything to do with my initial lack of enthusiasm.

I always appreciate a FAQ and background story.

They have a small bit about how it started on the Why Us? page by owner and founder Stacy, and the diapers are made in the US, but my contact was someone else in the company, and I don't feel I have a good understanding of who they are as a small business.  Their twitter link goes to Laura @Bottombumpers.

It's also seems they are known for their custom embroidery on the diapers, but there is no information regarding this service that I can find - again, though, there is a link that leads nowhere.

I saw several examples of custom embroidery on their Facebook page, though, so if this would be of interest, I suggest contacting them to ask about it.

Their non-custom diapers range from about $19.95 to $24.95 on their site, as well as at several online and offline locations.

While that is still well below many other companies, for myself that is more than any other diaper I've purchased (I buy many of mine second hand).

However, I do think it's worth owning a few of Bottombumpers due to their differences, and recommend them!

Two Part Snap-In Liner
Bottombumpers is letting us give away a diaper to one of our US readers (including APO addresses) in the winnr's choice of style, color and size!  Read on to see how you can enter to win.


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One winner in the US will receive one Bottombumpers cloth diaper in the size, style and design of their choice.

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Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Party in Your PJs #135

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Happy Tuesday!

Welcome to the Party in Your PJs Link Party, where your posts will be seen on four different blogs each week.   In addition to Kim from The Cookie Puzzle, you'll also find Party in Your PJs every Tuesday evening at Grandma IdeasWood of Bell Trees and... here!

You'll also find the Awesome Life Friday link-up here at RCHReviews, every Thursday evening at 8pm ET so we hope to see you there as well.


Are you ready to party? I can't wait to see what you've brought to share!



Kim ~ The Cookie Puzzle | Facebook | Pinterest 
Nina ~ Grandma Ideas | Pinterest | Twitter
Lynda ~ Reviews, Chews & How-Tos | Facebook | Pinterest
Heather ~ Woods of Bell Trees | Facebook | Instagram

 Meet the Co-Hosts

Kim @ The Cookie Puzzle 

Kim is a small town girl who love simple things. Simple cookies, simple crafts and simple people. She is a wife, mother to one son and two adorable fur babies. Slightly addicted to reality TV and sitcoms, but she loves curling up with a good book or a good walk while listening to podcasts. You can find her at The Cookie Puzzle, where she shares her love for cookies and crafting. 

Nina @ Grandma Ideas 

How is this: Nina is wildly in love with her grandchildren. She delights in doing activities with them that strengthen their relationship –- playing games, doing crafts, snuggling, reading stories to them, and cooking together. She enjoys reading, technology, and traveling. (Tahiti is her most favorite place on earth!)

Lynda @ Reviews, Chews & How-Tos 

Lynda lives outside DC with her husband Michael and elderly beagle, Sadie. She and her daughter Jackie started RCHReviews as a way to spend time together in spite of living across country, and along the way they've added several friends as regular contributors. Between them all, they bring together many different perspectives and lifestyles with one common philosophy - try new things, have fun, and remember you are awesome!

 Heather @ Wood of Bell Trees

Heather is a wife of a peanut butter fanatic and mom of one silly human and one furry canine, wrangling life on 2nd shift and glitterizing everything as she goes!






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Review: Path of Life Organic Frozen Foods

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The other day, I shared a recipe for Rustic Kale Butternut Squash Pasta, and I wanted to tell you a little more about the brand of Kale & Butternut Squash I used to make it.

Path of Life is a family owned, natural and organic food company based in Chicago, Illinois.

Created with the desire to make eating better, flavorful and easy for the entire family, Path of Life products are simply good, clean food.

According to their Our Story page:
'Owners Jason Eckert and Scott Schmidt had both been in the food industry for several years when members of their immediate families’ were diagnosed with serious medical conditions.
While supporting their family members through the treatment process, they both began to learn more about the benefits of eating ‘clean’. In additional to traditional medicine, many also recommended certain foods to help prevent/alleviate their symptoms. As the health of their families improved, they became more passionate about providing more options for families just like theirs.
And just like that…Path of Life was born. Inspired by Psalm 16:11, Path of Life brand initially started out in 2013 with frozen organic broccoli and now includes a full line of frozen products.
 "You make known to me the path of life; you will fill me with joy in your presence, with eternal pleasures at your right hand." Psalm 16:11'

While I appreciate their inspiration, I was most interested in the healthy eating possibilities, and so I was very interested in being able to review these products, which were sent to me via the mail in a Styrofoam cooler.

We initially had a little trouble with getting the review delivery to me, but I was honestly thrilled when I finally found the package by my front door.

I honestly was a little worried about the shipping because of the hot Texan fall temperatures, and since we live on a military base our packages tend to somehow randomly end up at the neighbor’s house (or at least this has happen twice since moving here in August!!).

When I opened the box, the dry ice was completely melted and on a first glance I feared the food got spoiled but to my surprise it was all frozen solid and in perfect condition.

I was a little overwhelmed by the generous amount of products I received for this review and instantly started digging through the bags and making a mental meal plan.



The package contained the following:

-          All natural Roasted Garlic Cauliflower
-          All natural Mediterranean Quinoa
-          All natural Kale and Butternut squash
-          Organic Quinoa and Kale
-          Organic Superfood pilaf
-          Organic Quinoa and Brown Rice

They all looked amazing!

I honestly tend to stay away from websites of products that I review until I have tested the product / products myself, just to avoid reading other people’s reviews. I like to put things in to my own words and form own experiences, but I couldn’t help it. I was just simply curious.

Their website is beautifully build and super simple to navigate. I loved the recipe ideas and how each recipe preview came with an estimated time that it will take you to complete it.

This is another point which made me realize just how family focused they are and how they really try to make things as convenient as possible for their customers.

The POL 30 Day Challenge part of their website is also something that you should check out. It’s a great challenge and motivation if you are seeking a healthier lifestyle.

If you look at their products section and click on a product that you like, on the bottom of the page you can also find some very interesting fun facts about the nutritional value, which I think is just such a cool feature!

You should also periodically check their website for amazing coupons and special offers!

We generally try to eat healthy and wholesome, but often the time is my biggest enemy in keeping that commitment. The time to run to the store for fresh produce, the time to pack up all the kids, the time to keep them distracted so that I can focus on the task on hand in the kitchen. Some days are really a struggle. We love healthy sides like Quinoa and brown rice but on days when everything has to get fast it’s just not doable with a cooking time of almost 45 minutes.

Path of Life foods are such a wonderful alternative for those situations.

There bags are steamable, which means you can just pop them into the microwave for a few minutes and you’re ready to go with a healthy side for your family meal!

But we don’t own a microwave. It’s not a problem though. Even on the stove top it only takes about 5min to heat up a bag!

Now let me get through the individual bags I’ve received and how I - and we as a family - liked them.

All Natural Roasted Garlic Cauliflower and Quinoa and Brown Rice:

This has to be one of my favorite combinations!

I was cooking up a big Sunday dinner and about 15 minutes before our chicken was done, I realized that I did not get any sides besides the broccoli started. I savaged through my fridge, pantry and freezer like a mad woman to come up with something. I usually cook almost anything from scratch, so there were no mashed potato packages or anything relatable. The solution came in the freezer though!

I immediately started heating up the quinoa and brown rice & roasted garlic cauliflowers. Within a few minutes, it was done and ready to eat.

The quinoa and brown rice were perfectly done. I was a little concerned that the rice may turn slimy from being frozen and thawed out like that but it didn’t. The quinoa was also cooked perfectly.

The real hit was the roasted garlic cauliflower though. It smelled mouthwatering and tasted just simply amazing. The cauliflower hat a nice little crunch to it but was not hard or undercooked, the garlic gave it also a wonderful taste. Even my husband who usually doesn’t like cauliflower ate some of it and was surprised by how good it tasted.

Definitely a hit!

The next day we had leftovers and I ended up mixing up the Broccoli and Roasted Garlic Cauliflower to save myself from having to do more dishes and this had to be one of the best ideas I had in a while. They both really go well together. You should give it a try!

All Natural Mediterranean Quinoa

Another great dish side or even main dish! We ate it for lunch with some chicken strips and a side salad.

It is a Blend of cooked white quinoa, cooked red quinoa, chopped spinach, sliced cherry tomatoes, feta cheese crumbles, sautéed garlic, organic extra virgin olive oil, basil, sea salt and organic black pepper. All in all, a great combination.

I personally ended up adding more feta to mine as well as some fresh cocktail tomatoes because there was not that much in the mix.

I have always been a big fan of the Mediterranean cuisine and spent countless summer and fall vacations there as a child. The flavor was very ‘authentic’ or at least what I would consider ‘authentic’ but after eating half a bowl I was just simply full. It was a great meal but it is not one of my favorites.


All Natural Kale and Butternut Squash

I really enjoyed this one and even ended up using it in one of my recipes.  But even on its own, it was delicious. I loved the little sweet hint that the maple sugar left and the raisins just perfectly accompanied that.

It is definitely one of my favorites. My family did not care for it (unfortunately I let them know that there are raisins in it which scared them off), which meant there was more left for me!


Organic Quinoa and Kale

A blend of cooked white quinoa, cooked red quinoa, organic kale, organic garlic, organic extra virgin olive oil, sea salt and organic black pepper.

I personally enjoyed it even if I think there could’ve been a little more kale and garlic in it, but my family instantly walked away from this dish. My two-year-old ate a few spoonfuls but also wasn’t too fond of it. If you like Kale then you should give it a try!



Organic Superfood Pilaf

This is also one of my absolute favorites. It a blend of organic white quinoa, organic carrots, organic butternut squash, organic kale, organic red quinoa, organic onions, organic sweet potato, organic extra virgin olive oil, organic garlic, and organic pilaf seasoning.

Now I'd never had Pilaf before and don’t know what it is supposed to taste like but I enjoyed it so much that I didn’t need anything else with it. It made a quick and healthy lunch for me.

There’s just something about that Path of Life flavor that has left me very satisfied with this review. I really think eating healthy is something very important and they just really make it a lot easier – specially on stressful days when everything has to go snappy.

Their packaging also deserves a mentioning. The bags are all quite sturdy and I feel like the plastic is a little thicker than regular ‘cheap’ frozen foods that you can buy at the store. Due to only a minimal amount of air in the bags you can also easily store them in tight places in the freezer.

The design and the colors are also a great combination that really make the products stick out compared to others. I feel like even from a distance you can tell by the look that you are buying a ‘healthy’ product.

What also deserves a mentioning: I can read every ingredient on the package without needing a dictionary or google to find out what’s really in it. This is such a precious detail that is so hard to come by with most products. It is also a great sign that their products are ‘real’ and without a load of preservatives.

I felt good about eating it and fed it to my children without a second thought.

I honestly wish I would live closer to one of their store locations (the closest one to me is about 47miles away!) so I could try it out their other products.

Especially the fruits and chocolate covered strawberries have caught my eyes!

Great products. Convenient. Easy peasy directions.  – A big thumbs up from me!



http://www.pathoflifebrand.com/
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Monday, December 5, 2016

Rustic Kale-Butternut Squash Skillet Pasta

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Sometimes I just like to experiment in the kitchen and see where it gets me.

I love butternut squash and kale and made it my goal to put more of it into our diet because of its flavor and nutritional value. Now, there are many, many, dishes on Pinterest and the interwebs about dishes that feature both ingredients but I like to just come up with my own occasionally.

It was a cold, rainy day and I wanted something hearty with cheese and meat but also have some actual nutritional value to the dish.

After digging through my fridge and pantry I came up with my ingredients, and got started.  If you actually plan ahead to make this, it would be easy to double or triple the recipe.

Rustic Kale-Butternut Squash Skillet Pasta
(serves 2)

-          ¼ - ½ beef kielbasa, sliced
-          2 gloves of garlic, minced
-          1 tbsp olive oil or butter

-          3 cups of milk
-          ½ bag of noodles or shell pasta
-          Salt, pepper, onion powder to taste

-          1 cup of kale, cut
-          ¾ cup of butternut squash, diced
(I used half a bag of Path of Life Kale and Butternut squash, thawed!)

-          1 cup cheddar cheese, grated



Start by dicing up all your ingredients.  If you have a bag of kale and butternut like I did, this part is a lot easier!

Preheat oven to 375F.

In an oven-safe pan, fry the kielbasa lightly in some oil, together with the garlic. Once garlic turns slightly brown add the milk, noodles and seasoning. Combine well and reduce heat to a medium-high.

Add in the Kale and Butternut squash, stirring occasionally to make sure it doesn’t stick to the bottom.

Cook until noodles are almost done.

Turn off heat, sprinkle with cheese and put in the oven for 10-15min – until the cheese is melted completely.


I served mine with some Feel Good Foods Vegetable Dumplings.  I think it would be good with a salad, too.



Enjoy!

Sunday, December 4, 2016

Review: Open Farm Dog Treats

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It's been a pretty interesting few weeks for our old beagle, Sadie - she's ambling toward sixteen years old, and has been exhibiting geriatric type issues for a good while now.  Little energy, grumpy, no longer running or able to get up on her back feet, much less jump, and when we moved into our new apartment in August, we realized she couldn't handle the one flight of stairs necessary to get to our door.

We'd resigned ourselves to thinking this was just the way it was going to be now, and we did what we could to keep her happy and comfortable. She did enjoy slow rambling walks through the neighborhood, and we've been seeing to it she gets one or two good excursions a day.

But then her new vet ran some tests and we discovered she had, somewhere along the way, developed Addison's Disease, a chronic condition where the adrenal system is depressed, and the symptions are almost all the things I just mentioned.

Left untreated, it can lead to organ failure and death, and while it can happen at any age, it is underdiagnosed among elderly dogs because of how much it just looks like old age.

The treatment is simple - a daily dose of prednisone does the trick.  And it worked, almost immediately, to return our eager, active, happy dog back to us.

The downside of prednisone, is that it also made her more assertive, stubborn and demanding, especially where food was involved, and she quite quickly took on more weight than is good for her, after a few months of finally getting it under control.

I'm leading with all that, because coincidentally, at the same time, we were testing out Open Farm Dog Treats for review, and I think  they saved  the day when it came to having good-for-her treats I could feel fine with letting her have when she's behaving like she's withering away from starvation because we are being strict about portion control.


Open Farm is an amazing company that not only cares about the quality of food and treats your dog or cat gets - it cares about where the meat is sourced, putting strong emphasis on humane and sustainable practices.  And it does something I have never seen in a pet food before - it allows you to look up the farms that sourced each bag individually by using a code number on the bag!

Open Farm makes 3 varieties of dog food, 2 varieties of cat food, and 5 varieties of dog treats.  I reviewed three of the five treat varieties for this review: Dehydrated Turkey Treats, Dehydrated Chicken Treats and Dehydrated Cod Skins.

The turkey and chicken varieties are very similar - they consider of crunchy square nuggets that are composed of Humanely farmed chicken or turkey, garbanzo beans (chickpeas), molasses, sunflower lecithin, sea salt, mixed tocopherols (a natural preservative), and rosemary extract.

The turkey variety is slightly lighter in color but otherwise I can't tell all that much difference in them.

The two varieties we didn't try were beef and pork, and looking at their ingredients online, they use the same formula, so selecting on over another should be simply a matter of choosing what your dog might like best.

Sadie enjoys them a lot - they are rather more lightweight than the look (because it's all dehydrated), but has a great time catching them and crunching them up (and then hosing the ground for any possible dropped crumbs).  She not only recognizes the bag on sight, but she knows where they're stored, and will go stare at the cabinet door, dancing around and barking at us to give her one. (This is much more demanding behavior than we are used to!)

But her real love is reserved for the Dehydrated Cod Skins.

I had a feeling she was going to be a fan - she's got a long history of chowing through any cat food that ever comes her way, and when we have salmon for dinner, she goes into ecstasy when we let her have the skins.

I was very, very right on this!  The first time I gave her one, her eyes rolled up in her head with joy.

And I feel great about letting her have them, because the ingredients list is: cod skins.

That's it! Sustainable, Alaskan wild caught cod.  The skins are dehyrated into a lightweight crunchy wafer that provides great crunch, and miraculously isn't giving her a terrible case of fish breath.

These have also proved to be highly motivational - not only did she finally crack the code on tackling our apartment stares after being confronted with a Cod Skin waiting for her at the top, but she'll now jump up to get them when we put one up on the ottoman for her.  She's not yet tried to completely jump up onto the chair, so we don't know yet if that's a skill she can still handle - but even if not, it's so good to see her willing  to work to get something she loves.



Since she's going to be stuck on prednisone for life, I will be buying the Open Farm Cod Skins to keep her hunger monster at bay without loading her up on unnecessary fillers.

Open Farm is available at local pet stores and some online venues, and you can look on their store locator to see where it's available near you.  There's a store just a couple miles away from me, and I'll be picking her up some more cod skin treats, and trying a bag of their dog food as well.

Sadie and I highly recommend Open Farm!


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Friday, December 2, 2016

Review/Giveaway: Feel Good Foods - All-Natural, Gluten-Free

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Feel Good Foods is a smaller business that makes gluten-free, frozen meals and sides. Their current products are focused on Asian and Mexican cuisine; featuring a variety of chef-inspired eggrolls, dumplings, Asian meals, empanadas and taquitos.

I enjoyed reading the story of how Feel Good Foods came to be. It all began when the co-founders, Vanessa – who suffers from celiac disease, and Tryg worked together at a New York City restaurant – Tryg as Executive Sous Chef and Vanessa as a server who couldn’t enjoy staff meals due to her gluten-free diet.

Tryg didn't want her to be left out, and asked Vanessa which foods she missed most. Vanessa asked him to create a gluten-free dumpling, and he did! From there, Tryg developed several other delicious Asian and Mexican style snacks, sides and meals that are usually out of reach for those who can't eat gluten.

Is the way to a girl's heart through a gluten-free dumpling? Maybe! Vanessa and Tryg are married now and are partners creating delicious, healthy gluten-free foods through Feel Good Foods, which are now available at over 4000 grocery stores around the US.

As Vanessa says, “Tryg’s love for cooking, coupled with my love for gluten-free food inspired us to create Feel Good Foods.”

For this review, I received an envelope with VIP coupons for their dumplings and egg rolls. Yum!

Using the Store Locator option on their website, I saw that the nearest store to me was about 25 miles away, so I pinned the coupons on the fridge with a magnet to use whenever I have to drive that direction anyway.

The day came around that I had the extra time and needed to grab some things on the way anyways. I loaded up the kids, our cooler bag and the coupons.

Due to a two year, old that tends to get very bored on longer drives we arrived at the store with a hand full of tiny tiny paper pieces – which used to be the coupons!!!

Long story short, I just ended up buying them out of pocket.


To be honest, I was surprised by how affordable they were. I expected something in the $8-$10 range but they all were in the $4-$6 range - very affordable for a gluten-free product, I think!

I have no medical history that would require me to eat gluten-free foods, but I am fascinated with them as a baker, since I tried to create my own ones and – for the most part – failed miserably when it came to flavor, texture and crunchiness.

The variety at the store near me was very limited, sadly. I would’ve loved to pick up some of their taquitos and Empanadas as well but all they had was one option for the Asian meals, 2 different types of dumplings and 3 different types of egg rolls. I chose a vegetarian version of each, because I've been trying to cut down on how much meat I eat.

I also grabbed a box of the Asian Meal that they had in stock: Broad Noodles with Chicken and Chinese Broccoli.

Once I arrived at home I just couldn’t contain my excitement and just opened the Broad Noodles with Chicken and Chinese Broccoli. We don’t own a microwave, so heating it up in the oven was my only option.


I loved this dish and regret that I didn’t grab a second box of it. It was so rich in flavor and the broccoli pieces were still slightly crunchy. The meat was tender and the noodles well done.
I really enjoyed it very much.

A couple days later I made a pan of my rustic style kale & butternut squash broccoli, and thought the dumplings would be a great side dish for this.


However, I could not get them right. I made the first package – following the directions – and somehow, I ended up with everything stuck to the bottom of my pan. So, I opened the next package to give it another try and ended with the same result.

Maybe I just suck at this or maybe there is a skill required – that I obviously do not possess – to make them turn out right.  It was a little bit of a disappointment, to be honest. The vegetable filling was amazing. But what was left of the wrapper was without much flavor and it somehow turned into a rubbery consistence. We ended up peeling the wrappers off and just eating the filling.

The dumplings may not have worked out, but the egg rolls did. These are my favorite from among the Feel Good Foods products I took home.


I decided to bake mine in the oven (lately, I have discovered I am not a fan of fried food anymore) and at first I was very skeptic about the result. They looked awfully pale, even though I left them in 5min longer than advised in hope they would gain some golden color.

I ended up just taking a bite to see where it gets me, and wow was I surprised. They had such a wonderful crunch to them and the filling was amazing as well. A wonderful combination of flavors and spices.

What I also want to say about this product is that the inside of the egg roll wrapper did not turn into a slimy mush.

If you eat a lot of frozen egg rolls, you probably know what I am talking about when I say this.

It was just simply a delight and I even refused to share with my husband!

The next time that I am in the area, I will most likely stop by the store and pick up a few more boxes of these.


What else did I really enjoy about this product?

-          I like that I can actually pronounce and associate all the ingredients. That’s something not very common these days. It truly is a minimally processed food item with no artificial ingredients!

-          The packaging of Feel Good Foods also deserves a shout out. It looks very elegant and I love the color combinations. It was also what I consider ‘frustration free’ since I did not need scissors to open it. It is also sturdy enough that you could put it on the bottom of the freezer without having to worry about your stuff getting smashed. You can also recycle it!

-    Their website is well worth checking out. A lot of wonderful, gluten-free, recipes!

If you haven't yet discovered the joys of Feel Goods Foods All-Natural, Gluten Free frozen foods, I highly recommend you check out their store locator and see where you can pick some up.  And take a moment now to enter our Giveaway - one US winner will win a pair of Feel Good Foods store coupons worth $6.99 each ($13.98 total) so that you can try out a few of their products for free.  Read on to see how you can enter to win.


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Thursday, December 1, 2016

Awesome Life Friday #90

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Welcome to Awesome Life Friday!  It's December! I can't believe we are into the last month of the year!

We're so looking forward to seeing what you've been cooking, creating, growing, decorating, reviewing, giving away, and thinking about this week!

While you're here, leave your posts at the other link up we co-host here - Party in Your PJs!  It starts on Tuesday evenings, and runs through Sunday.  I hope you'll join us there as well!

Here's what some of us have been up to here:

25 Ways to Countdown to Christmas
Crockpot Bacon & Bean Soup


We hope you'll check them out if you haven't already!  Don't forget to peek at the sidebar and check out what other giveaways we currently have going.
  
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And now our favorite part - the FEATURES !  This week we are all about the pumpkins! If you're one of our featured posts, we'd love it if you'd grab a button, and thanks to all of you who shared with us last week!





Making Christmas Decorations // a Vintage Green




Burlap, Lace & Birds Holiday Table // Comfort Spring




Waffled French Toast // Our Unschooling Journey Through Life




Skillet Chicken with Roasted Grapes & Leeks // Strength & Sunshine




Magic Bars // Simply Stacie




Creating a Guest Welcome Basket // Do More For Less




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Thank you all so much for sharing your awesomeness!


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Here we go!