Happy Family Review & Giveaway

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I love making all of my families food from scratch at home but when it comes to baby food I don’t always have the time to whip up some puree for the babe. Once the little one got the hang of the basics like avocado, mashed banana and mashed yams I wanted to let her try some more adventurous treats. It is so very important to me that my babies food be REAL, pure , healthy and organic so when I found Happy Family I was excited to not only see it was GMO free and organic but that it contained  a great variety of fruits and veggies and even superfoods like chia and quinoa.

Happy Family brands has everything from baby foods and snacks to smoothies for us adults and everything in between.  The babes favorites were the  simple combos like pear and peas and the banana, beet and blueberry combo and  I admit I stole a few sips because it was just so yummy.  You can squeeze a little into a bowl or drink it right our of the pouch, my  ‘do it myself’ babe preferred to sip it right from the pouch while the kiddo liked to squeeze a bit out into her oatmeal or mix it in her applesauce.

This companies healthy foods for kiddos are not limited to just squeeze pouches, the food that was devoured the quickest were the Happy Yogis and Happy Creamies! Happy Yogis are yogurt bites mixed with fruit while the Happy Creamies are the non dairy coconut milk version with a bit more adventurous flavors, both dissolve quickly in the babes mouth and  were enjoyed by the whole family.

Another great snack that will be making a return appearance in the  big kids school lunches is the  Sunny Buddies sunflower and jam bites. I love that these snacks do not contain peanuts since a lot of schools forbid it because of allergies. The jam in these snack bites are made with various fruit puree and contains NO SUGAR, what more could a mom ask for?  WE also tried the  Veggie Pals -carrot orange apple chews that tastes like little bites of smoothie, they were wonderful and although I tried to ration them they were gone in a day.

Overall I am quite in love with Happy family- sugar-free, all natural, organic, contains awesome superfoods like chia and they give back. Happy Family donates a portion of their proceeds to FEED, helping to fight  hunger and malnutrition in children around the world. Along with donations to fight hunter Happy Family also committed to using sustainable packaging and  sourcing as many ingredients as possible from American farmers.

Best of all Happy Family would like to offer of one you dear readers a Happiest Traveling Family package!

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Happiest Traveling Family Package

(1) Happy Yogis

(1) Happy Tot Plus

(1) Happy Tot Greek Yogurt

(1) Happy Munchies Veggie & Fruit Crisps

(2) Happy Times

(2) Happy Squeeze (pouches for all ages, especially adults!)

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Glee gum review & giveaway

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I admit it, we are gum addicts but recently we had to cut back because of all the nasty chemicals and dyes in regular gum. That is until I heard about Glee gum.  Glee gum is an all natural is an all natural chewing gum that contains no artificial ingredients, coloring or sweeteners and is Vegetarian, GMO Free, Additive Free, Dairy Free, Wheat Free, Gluten Free, Egg Free, Yeast Free, Nut Free, Peanut Free, and Soy Free*. Sugar-Free Glee Gum is also Corn Free.  Most importantly , it is delicious!

Glee was a huge hit with the kiddo and we used it as a reward when she did one of her chores around the house. He favorite was the classic bubble gum but mine was the tangerine. These little gum squares remind me of the gum I used to get out of the quarter candy machine as a kid only I know that these are safe and actually quite healthy to snack on and they have been great at curbing my late night sugar cravings.

So what is exactly is an all natural gum made from?  Glee gets its chewy texture from sustainable  chicle. Chicle is the sap from the sapodilla (pronounced “sap-oh-dee-yah”) tree, which grows in the rainforests of Central America.  The gum is then sweetened with either real cane sugar, brown rice syrup or xylitol and then the natural flavors and colors are added.  Their handy website has THIS cool little info page about how they take their gum from tree to Glee.

Overall I love these gums, the flavor lasts enough for me to be satisfied and the flavors are wonderful. Knowing what exactly is in the gum I am eating and not having to research some chemical I have never heard is a nice feeling.  These gums are a new must have in my bag at all times and  since they are quite affordable I can keep them around without denting my pocket.

Glee doesn’t just sell gum they also  candy kits so you and your kiddo can make your own  candies! Check them out HERE.

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Glee is offering  3 packs of Glee Gum (flavors of winner’s choice) & a coupon to 3 winners!

Here is how to enter, for each item  you compete you get 1 entry. Compete all for 4 entries. Be sure to comment here for each one you complete! 

“Glee Gum is all-natural, gluten-free chewing gum with no artificial coloring, flavoring, sweeteners nor preservatives. Glee Gum is the only gum in North America made the old-fashioned way, with chicle! Chicle is a natural tree sap harvested sustainably from the rainforests of Central America. Once all chewing gum was made with chicle, but today most gum is made entirely from synthetic stuff. Not Glee Gum! Glee Gum uses chicle because it is an eco-friendly way to help conserve the rainforest. Chicle is also what gives the gum such great, long-lasting chewing texture! GleeGum is a “green” gum right down to the packaging, which is made from biodegradable, recycled cardboard. So chew with Glee, naturally!”

Prime Snacks Review & Giveaway

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Variety is the spice of life, it is also what keeps kids from having complete meltdowns when you are on the road.  When I was asking around about snacks to take on  car rides and trips with kiddos a friend of mine suggested checking out Prime Snacks.

Prime Snacks caries almost every one of our favorite snack foods like Annie’s bunny snacks, pop chips , cliff bars  and pirate booty.  You can buy cases of your favorites or snack packs with a little bit of everything. We opted for the snack pack so we could try out some new things and I was excited to see both snacks for adults and ones the kiddos were sure to love.

My favorite was the bzz cookies especially on days when the kiddos were ready to party and I was still in jammies, the hubby also loved the cookies and the protein bar came in handy  as a power snack during the Spartan Beast race.  Hunter was a huge fan of the dehydrated fruit and the pop chips and I barely got a taste before it was devoured by the tiny tornado.

Picnics are never boring anymore and the kiddo loves to pick out a new snack to try when we are out. I keep a few options in my bag now and  have successfully avoided a public meltdown just by pulling one out and saying ‘ooh look at this treat I found in my bag’, it’s like magic. Road trips are a lot easier now as well and having a little goody basket in the back with the kiddo keeps us from having to stop at a gas station or (BLEG) fast food when the kid  has a case of the hangries.

The best part of the whole package was knowing that everything inside was ALL NATURAL and free of all those yucky chemicals that are in commercial snacks. Prime snacks was started by a family and still is a small mom n pop run business.  This family personally selects each snack to fit their 3 requirement:

  • it has to fit their nutrition guidelines
  • it has to taste great and be snack-worthy
  • it has to be affordable to be likeable

Prime  snacks is offering one reader a sample box full of great snacks for you to try out and all of you can use the code ‘primesnack10’ to get 10% off your order!

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For a bonus entry comment on this post and tell me your favorite natural snack!

Perfect food bar review & giveaway

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This morning I ate my last perfect food bar and I wanted to cry. There really is no better way to describe the nutritious bars than ‘perfect’.

Perfect food bar is a family business that started in the 90’s but the family’s love of health food and healthy living dates back to the 60’s when Dr. William Keith owned  the  health house gym and juice bar. Health has always been at the center of this family and in 1995  Keith mixed his whole food supplements with peanut butter and created “the perfect food bar” .

In 2005 the family put the delicious product on the market and today it is known as the best health food bar around. The bars contain over 20 nutrient rich  organic whole foods including a ton of veggies, nut butters, fruits , omegas and of course honey.  These bars are pure and delicious and contain no preservatives  which is why you can find them in the refrigerator section  of your natural foods store!

I love these bars for many reasons but most importantly is they are a great source of nutrients for my children. It is pretty hard to get kids to eat health food sometimes but these taste like a delicious treat and the kids devour them. They are also gluten free so I know I can bring them to playdates with my daughter gluten free friends and they can enjoy them too.

Perfect food bars come in a few different flavors including peanut butter, almond butter, cranberry, fruit and nut and carob and also come in mini sizes too! My personal favorite is the fruit and nut!  Find them in a local store near you HERE!

Perfect food bar sent me some bars for a giveaway and an awesome  (and super duper soft) shirt and some bars! Entering is simple here is how, enter once or all 3 times:

‘like’ perfect food bar on facebook and let me know that you did

‘like’ Mama Mouse on Facebook and let me know that you did

Comment here and tell me which perfect food bar you want to try! 

Review & giveaway : Hawaiian Spirulina

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A couple of months ago I got my hands on some Hawaiian spirulina and I have been waiting to write this review until I started to see results.  I have read some amazing things about the power of spirulina and  here are a few of them:

Spirulina is 65% protein and amino acids including the essential fatty acid gamma linolenic acid, It has a wide variety of nutrients, it is incredibly high in antioxidants, high in calcium and iron, is good for your teeth and can cleanse your body of all the junk you absorb every day!   Fellow health junkie blogger ‘Wellness mama’  goes into great detail of all the great benefits of spirulina HERE.

When I first got my spirulina I admit I thought it smelled ( and let’s face it, tastes) like a fish tank but thankfully the taste and smell is easily masked by anything you add to it. I started off adding it to my smoothies and eggs and once I got used to it I began just mixing it in with my morning juice.

After the first couple weeks I already started to notice a difference. My dry irritated patch of skin that I had for months started to clear up,my nails started growing quicker and I wasn’t so hungry all the time. After a month I had more energy, my hormone swings from just having a baby seemed to be getting better and best of all I noticed I was starting to lose some weight.

I don’t know if I can attribute all  of these health improvements to spirulina alone but I didn’t change my diet, exercise routine nor did I add on any other vitamins or supplements. I for one am a fan of the green stuff and I even started adding it to my kids and dogs food.

Hawaiian spirulina is supposed to have the highest nutritional content of any other spirulina and it is harvested from a bio-secure zone free of herbicides and pesticides.  I have both the powder and pill form for days when I am on the go or not in the mood to eat or drink it.

Nutrex-Hawaii is giving one of you dear readers a chance to try this amazing spirulina.

Winning is easy, just  use this  Entry-Form and follow the easy steps to win!

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Funbites review & giveaway

fun bites   Last month I won something called a funbite. Honestly ,when it arrived I had no idea what it was since I entered  the giveaways  while recovering from wisdom tooth surgery but once I opened the box I knew exactly what it was.

I am a bento addict, I have at least  a hundred pins of cute bento lunches and I can not wait for the kindergarten to start so I can pack my daughter lunches with rice pandas and banana owls and other obnoxiously cute things. Usually I use a knife and cut shapes by hand so when I opened the funbites box and saw  the cutest heart-shaped cutter I squealed with joy.

Funbites is a food cutter designed by a mom of a picky eater and it is designed so even kids can use it. It really is simple to use, press it onto your food, roll back and forth and use their popper top to pop the food out. I have used it on everything from peanut butter and honey sandwiches (pictured above) to pizza and of course I use it regularly for fruit.

This  definitely makes eating a lot more fun for kids and anytime my daughter refuses a new  food I let her use the funbite to cut it into shapes and voila- devoured. After using the heart-shaped for a couple of weeks I contacted funbites to do a giveaway, I loved it so much I wanted to share it with all of you!

Funbites generously sent me the square cutter to try out and although it isn’t cute hearts I think I like this one even better. I love to cut my daughters sandwiches using the square cutter leaving the square hole in the sandwich and I fill it up with heart and square-shaped fruit and veggies.She even eats her crust now!

This is an easy entry giveaway, just comment and tell me how you’d use your funbite if you won and ‘like’ funbites on Facebook, That’s it!

Check out funbites at http://www.funbites.com

Review & giveaway: Really raw honey

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I have a bee obsession, I always have. Bees are amazing creatures and without them we wouldn’t have  most of our favorite foods..not naturally anyway. Bees are a vital part of our ecosystem and mass-produced honey is putting them in danger.

Local US companies like Really Raw Honey are changing the way people see honey and advocating environmentally sound beekeeping. Not only is their honey pure, unprocessed deliciousness but it has all the good stuff most mass-produced honey manufacturers take out like bee pollen, honeycomb and propolis.

Really raw honey is all natural and harvested by a collective of bee keepers committed to saving the bees. When I opened my jar it was like smelling pure concentrated spring. Raw honey is super creamy and is easily spreadable for sandwiches but I love to add it to smoothies and protein bars, check out one of my recipes HERE.

The flavor of this honey is super rich unlike that of processed honey and you can really taste the wildflowers. IF you want to try Really raw then check out their online store HERE but even if you decide not to buy please try to remember to buy local honey to help save the bees.

Really Raw Honey was generous enough to offer one of you dear readers a jar of this amazing superfood for you to try. Win your jar by following these simple steps:

1- ‘like’ mamamousesays on facebook

2-Check out http://www.reallyrawhoney.com/ and comment with something you learned

Healthy peanut butter & jam cookie sandwiches (sugar/flour free)

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The other day I went to a “meet the producers” event to learn more about local farmers, ranchers and foodie companies around me. The e co center was packed full of people and I got to try tons of amazing cheeses, soups, desserts, breads, produce and jams.

One of the companies at the event was one I have had a foodie crush on for a while. Butcher’s bunches is a great company and  not just because of their delicious jams and cool flavor combos. Butcher’s uses only local and sustainably grown  produce  and absolutely no sugar or yucky sugar substitutes.

While I was at the ‘meet the producers’ event I got to meet the founder and she gave me 2 of their jams to try and best off all they are going to give one of you readers a jar as well (giveaway at end of post).  I have been wanting to make a peanut butter and jam cookie sandwich for a while but was waiting for the perfect jam, after  trying a spoonful of each I knew Butcher’s was a match.

These jams are naturally sweet and taste just like fresh picked fruit. I tried the raspberry and blackberry jams and both were like jars of fresh berries both tart and sweet and oh so addicting. This recipe is  a classic childhood favorite disguised as a guilty treat and if you use organic protein powder it becomes a healthy protein rich power food.  I hope you enjoy it!

What you need

How to make it

  • preheat oven to 275
  • blend together peanut butter and honey, make sure its  well blended
  • mix in egg
  • add protein powder or dry ingredient of choice
  • mix well
  • roll into balls and place on cookie sheet a couple inches apart
  • press balls down with the bottom of a jar or cup to flatten
  • bake in oven for around 8 minutes until edges are slightly darker brown
  • cookies will be soft but firm up as they cool
  • when cool spread jam on the bottom of one cookie and top with another
  • let sit for 5 minutes (if you can resist) to let jam soak into the cookie a bit.
  • gobble up!

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The organic whey: review & giveaway!

theorganicwhey-1_5lbs_pouch-nutrition_factsOn my quest to find the perfect protein powder I finally found my match. My husband buys several kinds of protein powders and although he loved them all I just can’t seem to stomach them. My biggest concern was the long list of ingredients, additives and flavorings but finally I found a protein powder  that is JUST protein.

I need protein powders in my diet for one reason alone, breast milk. After I got pregnant meat just was not appetizing for me and now I only occasionally eat turkey, chicken or fish but not enough to get the protein I need to keep my milk supply up.

I found out about The Organic whey protein from a friend who said it had absolutely no flavor whatsoever. I had my doubts and even after sampling it I wanted to try it out for myself. The organic whey sent  some to try,  and I was not disappointed  There really is  no flavor whatsoever so you can add it to any shake, smoothie or recipe and it  will be full of protein without a strange flavor.

The best part of The organic whey is that it is 100% organic and all natural, even their cows are raised on a crop cooperative farm where they are  grass-fed on  a large pasture and you can even read about their farmers HERE.

Check out my yummy recipe HERE

The Organic whey has generously offered to give one reader a package for themselves! !To enter giveaway for 1 package of Organic whey protein powder  do one or all of the following

1-‘like’ mama mousethe organic whey on FB and let them know mama mouse sent you!

2- comment on this post and let me know how you’d use your protein powder

3-comment on another recipe post , put “giveaway comment” at the end

That’s it! good luck! ends 3/25