A few weeks ago, I met my dear friend Charity and her family at Apple Hill to take some holiday photos! Charity and I met through blogging and found out that we live pretty close to each other. It was so fun to hang out with Charity, her mom and sister, and their dog Pella (so cute!!). We found a pocket of sunshine in the middle of a rainy week and spent a couple of hours at a beautiful Christmas tree farm.
They are the sweetest family. You can visit Charity's blog here!
Today I want to introduce you to one of my new favorite brands, SooFoo! I am genuinely obsessed with this stuff and I am so happy I was able to try it out.
SooFoo is quite an interesting name, huh? I kind of laugh whenever I say it out loud. Well! It stands for "Super Food". It is a USA grown blend of 5 types of grains, 3 types of lentils, and brown rice. The company is based in San Francisco (we're neighbors!!) and all of the products are certified organic, vegan, and kosher. It is part of the farm-to-fork movement and if you haven't already, you will probably begin to see this brand in retail locations such as Whole Foods, Sprouts, EarthFare, and Fred Meyer. I just found out that SooFoo is available in the Whole Foods in my town, and I am so excited.
I recently received samples of the four different flavors: Original, Garlic and Herb, Hint of Curry, and Moroccan Medley. I can't decide which was my favorite, but the Hint of Curry made my house smell like heaven. It was amazing. SooFoo is perfect addition stir-fried dishes, salads, soups, and...cookies! Oh my gosh. When I saw this recipe for peanut butter cookies I flipped out.
Another wonderful thing about SooFoo is that it is super easy to make. Along with the samples, they sent me the SooFoo Automatic Cooker. All I had to do was add the packet, two cups of water, a tablespoon of olive oil and a pinch of salt, and the cooker did all of the work. It even turned off when it was finished cooking.
Now that I know SooFoo products are available at Whole Foods, I'm going to buy them as stocking stuffers for my family. Seriously, I can't shut up about SooFoo. I have been eating it all the time.
Does it sound good to you guys? Or have any of you tried it already? You can check out the website and all of the products here.
This post is sponsored by SooFoo. All opinions are 100% my own. :)
Happy December! It is officially time to get festive. Usually I'm more of a grinch about Christmas, but this year I just want to have the most beautiful tree ever and drink hot cocoa every night. I don't know who I am anymore.
When I think of the holiday season, many pleasant things come to mind - sweaters, sparkles, hot drinks, card games, sitting by the fire, etc. There is also the food coma part of the holidays, which may or may not be something you're into. Christmasy food is my favorite kind (what's up gingerbread cookies!), so I'm not suggesting that anyone skips that. But if you, your friends, or your family like staying on the healthier side of the holidays, here is a little gift guide!
1. The French Twist by Carol Cottrill is witty book that compares the general American view of food and exercise to that of the French. It is surprisingly uplifting! Cottrill writes that "the key to weight management is self-affirmation". This book also contains helpful facts about "body and beauty foods" (for example, leafy greens help with dark circles under eyes and acne). Oh and there are recipes. This would be a perfect gift for your health-obsessed relative or for...yourself. I can't help but be greedy about this one. It's a good read. :)
3. I think a calendar is the perfect gift that one could give in December. I know many people may be very particular about their calendar for the new year (I am super picky), but this calendar from Rifle Paper Co. is irresistible.
4. I love these ornament/tea containers for David's Tea! This flavor is called Sleigh Ride - it's an apple and spice herbal blend with hibiscus, cinnamon, and candied fruit. Oh my.
5. For my birthday, my roommate got me one of these amazing One Vessel glass tumblers. Mine has bees and flowers on it, but I couldn't find a good picture of that design. I think it's discontinued. Anyway, the beauty of this tumbler is that it is double-walled and it comes with a basket-like strainer so you can drink your loose leaf tea like a pro.
6. This. Is. Amazing. I can't even tell you how much I love Dr. Hunter's Rose & Glycerine Hand Cream. Everything about it is perfect. It is lightweight, it smells like an enchanted garden, and it works very well. It also comes from a line of other products that I can't wait to try.
Lately, I have encountered a lot of people who are getting very serious about their holiday shopping already. And I admire it. I'm definitely a procrastinator when it comes getting people checked off of my Christmas list. This year, I am really trying to be better. :)
Thankfully I have a lot of ideas for gifts, including a great line of liquid supplements from I AM Enlightened Creations. Recently, I was asked to review a few samples of the supplements and I didn't really know what to say because, well, liquid supplements can be a little sketchy. I researched these a lot and really liked the ingredients and ideas behind them so I went ahead and said yes.
I AM Enlightened Creations is a company run by a husband and wife team, Eric Schnell and Marci Zaroff-Schnell, who are well-versed in the world of holistic nutrition. Fun fact: In 1996, Marci coined and trademarked the term "ECOfashion". She knows what's up. Together, she and Eric have created the I AM brand, which consists of liquid supplement, chakra flower elixirs, and chakra crystal mists.
Here's a bit about the supplements I sampled and what I thought of each one:
The first bottle I reached for was "I AM Focused". For the past few weeks, I have been so so busy with work and blog/shop deadlines. One day, I had the day off so I decided to devote the day to my blog e-courses, along with a bunch of other priorities at home. After trying the supplement, my first thought was, "Oh yay! It isn't gross." Do you remember Squeezits? They were so unhealthy, but so good when we were little? Well, this drink tasted vaguely like a Squeezit, which was really nostalgic for me. However, I drank it knowing that it was truly healthy, unlike those crazy sugar-filled kid's drinks. For some reason, I thought it would be a good idea to take this in the afternoon/evening. I was definitely focusing on my blog design way past the time I should have gone to bed. Note to self: take this supplement in the morning!
After a few days off from work the other week, my sleep schedule went completely off track. I took this supplement on a night when I knew I'd have to wake up early for work in the morning. I felt sleepy, but it wasn't like ZzzQuil sleepy. It just helped me to calm down and give myself some rest.
Like I've said before, this season doesn't do a whole lot for my well-being. It isn't awful all the time, but the gloomy weather does get me down. Sunlight is really important. Anyway, I drank this supplement during a particularly dreary day. It isn't a magical happy drink by any means. Like the "sleepy" supplement, it kind of mellowed me out so I could pull myself together.
This supplement helped me out during a long work day. I think maybe it gave me too much energy though. Naturally I am energetic at work, or at least I'm talkative. So imagine me at the register with extra energy. I should have taken this before working out or something.
I saved the I AM Skinny supplement for last because I wanted to make sure it was a day that I could intentionally be active. I tried it out earlier this week after work/before working out. When I say "working out", I mean two YouTube videos. But they work for me and I love them. I'm not really sure how to evaluate this one because it is meant to be taken as a part of a diet plan. I wasn't like, "Ahhh, I need to work out forever!" But I will tell you that it was the best tasting of all the supplements. Yum, yum.
Overall, I'm a big fan. I love the design and branding. The tastes of the supplements aren't terrible at all. And most importantly, these supplements do what they say they will do in a way that is natural. I feel good about them. :)
If you go on the I AM Enlightened Creations website, you can see where the products are available near you. I just found out that there might be some at a Whole Foods near me. Definitely going to go get some more of them soon!
Oh AND they are offering you guys 22% off of your entire purchase for the month. Yay!
This post is sponsored by I AM Enlightened Creations. All opinions are 100% my own. Facts were found on the I AM website.