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!”

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: Bob’s red mill natural foods

627322_10152003409650514_907810544_oAs a sometimes busy  health junkie mama I need quick and easy grains and baking mixes on hand to make healthy meals quickly and I also need food that I can  trust is non GMO and free of chemicals. Bob’s red mills is sold at most stores ( making it even easier for me) and they have a wide variety of great healthy products that are all pure and simple.

Bob’s red mill was founded by Bob Moore in 1978 and their grains are milled on several 120 year old mills in Milwaukie, Oregon. Bob’s is also an employee owned company so everyone who works for them is personally invested in their success and quality.  This health conscious company produces everything from dried fruit to hard to find diet specific grains and flours.

My favorite products to use are their ancient grains- quinoa and amaranth,. Quinoa and amaranth are amazing super foods packed full of nutrients and they are super versatile and can be made into sprouts, chili, breads, breakfast, raw foods and so much more. Their packages are large enough to try several recipes but small enough that you can try out several types of grains without being left with a ton of leftovers if you don’t enjoy it.

One of the great things about their products is their easy to follow directions and suggested recipe on the back of their packaging. I tried some of their quinoa flour without knowing exactly how to use it and found some great recipes on the package and their site that  were easy to use and turned out wonderfully.

Bob’s is a company that not only makes amazing food but makes food you can trust, that you know is not only good for you but is made in a sustainable way. When you look on their facebook page you will greeting with photos of  Bob with his ear to ear grin and all the happy employees, that is the kind of company I love to support.

If you have a food allergy, are on a  special diet or just want healthy, organic and real foods to eat then check out  Bob’s red mills at http://www.bobsredmill.com/!

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Recipes using Bob’s red mills products:

Gluten free brownies

Southwestern quinoa & amaranth chili

Salmon and pearl couscous

Now for the giveaway!

You can win a gift pack of any 4 Bob’s red mills products of your choice!

All you have to do is ‘like’ Bob’s red mill on FB: https://www.facebook.com/BobsRedMillNaturalFoods

and comment  HERE with what product you’d like to try and what you’d make with it!

For a bonus entry share this post  on FB publicly! 

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

Let’s talk about snacks, baby! A Newman’s own organics review

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When I am juggling cleaning, breastfeeding,  and blogging I don’t always have time to whip up a meal for the kiddo so having  healthy  organic snacks on hand is vital.  There are a lot of companies out there and it can be hard to figure out which ones are really good and which ones are secretly owned by companies who  kind of suck.

Newman’s own organics won me over when I started snacking on their Newman O’s. I had a craving for Oreos but didn’t want the gross ingredients.I had  a coupon for  any Newman’s own organic company so I decided to try them out, they were so delicious and the ingredients were all things I have in my kitchen. After that I was hooked and I started making Newman O’s and pretzels my go to snacks.

The great thing about Newman’s own organics is that they are completely transparent about everything that goes into their products. On their website you will find a FAQ’s page where every single ingredient is broken down for you and every question you might have about their products is answered down to how each ingredient is processed.

The best thing about Newman;s own organics is that a proceed of the sales go to  the Newman’s Own Foundation which was founded by Paul NewmanNewman’s Own Foundation has given more than  $370 million to organizations helping those in need around the world. Great food and a great cause? It doesn’t get better than that

Newman’s own organics recently sent me a box of products to try out and although I was not obligated to write a review  but after sampling them all I have zero complaints.  Here  is a review of my top 3  favorites:

Organic microwave popcorn:

Although I don’t usually eat microwaved popcorn I was just gifted a free microwave from a friend and was excited to try organic popcorn. It was wonderful and light and not greasy at all best of all the buttery flavor was not overwhelming.

Peppermints:

I think these are my favorites! I  have been trying to find mints that weren’t 100 different chemical ingredients and these are it! There are 3 ingredients to these mints- organic sugar, organic corn syrup solids and peppermint…that’s it! They were fresh and delicious and melted in my mouth.

Licorice:

Who ever invented these is a genius! I used to love  the name brand strawberry licorice  but when I cut out processed foods from my diet I had to say goodbye to those. These are not only better but they come in fun flavors, like pomegranate strawberry, tangerine, sour apple,  mango, cherry and black licorice. Best of all they are made with REAL fruit!

 

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