GoMacro Thrive Bars: A Giveaway!!!

When I was went on my solo hike last week and was ALMOST LOST FOREVER, I was smart enough to have the foresight to pack not only a bottle of water, but a couple of delicious and nutritious THRIVE bars.

How lucky am I that GoMacro sent me a box of assorted Thrive bars to sample!

Almond Apricot, Blueberry Lavender, Caramel Coconut, Chocolate Peanut Butter Chip, Chocolate, Nuts & Sea Salt, and Ginger Lemon.

I’m so happy to be able to share some of these yummy treats with my wonderful and loyal readers! 
GoMacro is a family owned vegan company that was started by a mother-daughter team on their organic farm in Southwest Wisconsin.
While you may be familiar with their original MacroBars, they have launched a delicious new line of plant-based bars called Thrive.
Thrive are made up of a superfood ancient grain blend, are all less than 200 calories, and provide plant-based protein, essential fatty acids, and prebiotic fiber to fuel your body and mind.
Like all GoMacro products, Thrive are USDA-Certified Organic, Non-GMO Project Verified, Kosher, Gluten-Free certified, 100% Vegan, and soy-free. Thrive is currently available to purchase online and will become available to Whole Foods in October 2016.
All you have to do to win a box of GoMacro Thrive is to LIKE  them on social media (and of course LIKE this post so I know whom to choose! (US residents only, please.)
Twitter:@gomacro
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/gomacro/
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(I was provided product for sample and review. Opinions are my own.I have not received any compensation for writing this post.)

WelleCo Super Elixer Nourishing Protein

Can you believe the holidays are fully upon us?

Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas and Hannukah, New Year’s Eve…all designed around FOOD. Yummy food, but full of carbs and fats and more caloric indulgence than we usually allow ourselves to have, right?

Maybe we think we don’t have to worry about eating healthy and even losing those extra few pounds until swimsuit season, but I have a different philosophy.
I think that NOW is the time to prepare for those extra cookies and stuffing and pumpkin pies.

And who wouldn’t want to finally, finally get rid of cellulite?

I know I do.

WelleCo sent me some of their YUMMY Super Elixir Nourishing Protein.and it’s so delicious that I’ve had to hide it at the gym, ‘cos my friends try to deplete my container!

This is a new, all-natural, delicious alternative to bulky whey protein.

Their unique formula comes from plants you’d recognize, like peas, dandelions, pomegranates, sprouted brown rice and pea protein.

It’s all organic, and vegan friendly.

And with a delicious Raw Peruvian Cacao chocolate flavor, it’s a treat for your taste buds as well.

Your body will reap the rewards you’d expect from a protein supplement, and so much more. That’s because unlike other all-natural protein options, ours contains 9 essential amino acids.

Other benefits you’ll notice include:

  • Maintains your blood sugar levels as a part of a healthy balanced diet.
  • Contains fibre to keep you feeling full for longer.
  • Acai to help with free radical elimination.
  • B vitamins to fight stress.
  • Its digestive enzymes help to boost your metabolism.

Now let’s talk about the dreaded CELLULITE. I hate it!!

Cellulite affects many women due to hormones and pre-disposition to store fat in thighs and hips.

In SoCal, it’s always swimsuit season; luckily Elle Macpherson’s nutritionist, Dr. Simone Laubscher, is offering her top tips to minimize cellulite and say hello to silky smooth skin with the help of WelleCo.

 1.       Stay Hydrated: The more water you drink, the less water you hold. Drink two liters of water each day infused with cucumber shavings, lemon and mint to help your body let go of water retention.

2.       Balance your Hormones: When your hormones are out of balance, your body tends to hold more water due to excessive estrogen, which can worsen cellulite. Balance your hormones without increasing acidity in the body with the WelleCo Super Elixir Nourishing Protein.

3.       Go Alkaline: The more acidic you are, the more toxins and water you will hold. Add two teaspoons of the WelleCo Super Elixir Alkalzing Greens in 250ml of water to bring your body on the fast-track to living alkaline.

4.       Reduce Caffeine: This can be a tough one, but it’s important to try and limit your caffeine intake to one cup each day. Swap your coffee for herbal teas that contain ingredients such as lemon, ginger and dandelion, which are great for cellulite reduction.

5.       Dehydrate the Cellulite: Use a compress of iced tea, seaweed or mud wraps on areas of your body that have cellulite to dehydrate and improve the appearance of cellulite.

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I was provided product for sample and review. Opinions are my own.I have not received any compensation for writing this post.

derma e: Natural Skin Care Product Review

dermThe nice people at derma e sent me products to try and I used them for a couple of months before writing this review; long enough to be able to share my opinion.

I love a company with a firm commitment to good environmental practices so I was happy to learn that derma e was the recipient of the Green Patriot Company of the Month Award by Freedom Press for organic leadership, green entrepreneurial innovation, and global sustainability.

The Green Patriot™ Awards were created to reward companies and organizations for their social and eco-friendly responsibilities that benefit their customers, employees and the environment.

I’ve used the 2 in 1 Charcoal Mask weekly, a dual-action deep-detox formula that purges pores of deeply rooted toxins while exfoliating away micropollutants for purely glowing skin.

DermaEmaskI LOVE at-home facials and masks.

Just in time for Halloween, this might be something I’ll do to scare little trick or treaters haha!

My skin felt wonderful and showed an immediate freshness when I washed it off.

derma e® Purifying products use the power of activated charcoal and seaweed to naturally detox skin and protect it against environmental pollutants and to draw out toxins while replenishing vital nutrients to reboot skin to a healthy glow.

derma e® didn’t start out in the beauty aisle or the board room.

Instead, they started out in a local health food store in Southern California. Their first product was a jar of 12,000 I.U. Vitamin E Moisturizing Crème.

People were amazed at the results it had on their skin, and word caught on.

derma e®   gathers non-GMO ingredients from all over the world from ethically-minded sources to bring the very best quality in each of the therapeutically effective products.

After I cleanse my face at night, I’ve been using the Purifying Youth Serum, a concentrated mineral-rich treatment that shields skin against environmental and age damage. It revives skin with fresh, healthy hydration.

About derma e®
Family owned and operated for 30 years, derma e® has pioneered the development of vitamin-rich, high-performance antioxidant skincare solutions.  The award-winning line features over 80 doctor-developed and clinically-test products that are free of parabens, phthalates, mineral oil and petrolatum.  derma e® products are cruelty-free and 100 percent vegan.  Manufacturing and operations are offset 100 percent by wind power.  derma e® can be found in over 8,000 retail outlets across the U.S. with additional distribution in 25 countries internationally and on www.dermae.com.

Do you tend to use a single skincare line, or do you mix and match products?


**I was provided product to sample and review and I was not compensated for my opinion.

I wish this was my brilliant idea…the Wrapurse!

Another wonderful entrepreneurial venture with strong social giveback.

Germs? Dirt? Gum? Rust? Yuck! Not on the bottom of my purse! Mine stays protected with Wrapurse™.

Wrapurse  is a company that has invented a designer cover that shields the bottom of your handbag!

I would like to invite you to support their endeavors to protect your purse by sharing their Indiegogo campaign.

Indiegogo is a website that offers a new way to fund creative, independent projects. You can become a backer by pledging money or simply posting their link online and on social media. You can find their campaign at https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/save-the-purses-wrap-it-right-with-wrapurse#/story.
Wrapurse is a product of convenience, reusability, versatility, and protection! It folds into a small, lightweight carry case, so it can go wherever you go. The high-quality, water-resistant fabric allows you to easily wipe off any dirt or hand-wash the whole thing. Available in four different sizes, it will fit any purse, tote, or diaper bag. By keeping them clean, dry, and germ-free, Wrapurse will improve the longevity of your handbags.

I used it at the gym, salon, grocery store, at restaurants, and can’t believe how simple and effective the design is —  saving my handbags from becoming dirty and unsanitary.

 As a single mother of two active boys, Cyndi Heap witnessed the ruin of many expensive accessories due to muddy soccer fields and grimy baseball bleachers. As a result, she founded and designed Wrapurse. With her campaign, she hopes to further establish the brand as well as give back. Dedicated to her son with special needs, Cyndi will donate 10% of the funds raised to Understood.org, one of the programs at the National Center for Learning Disabilities. Wrapurse is Cyndi’s stylish solution to your handbag troubles and so much more, and she would like to share with you!
 Dependent on size, Wrapurse retails for $16-$22 online at www.wrapurse.com.

https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/save-the-purses-wrap-it-right-with-wrapurse#/story

Fearless Face Protection: A Review of Cosmedicine’s Even The Score Sunscreen

http://www.cosmedicine.com/even-the-scoreWhether your summer workouts consist of tennis, yoga on the beach, running through mountain trails, or surfing, sun protection moves to the top of the list of beauty priorities.

With Even The Score™ from Cosmedicine, you’ll be able to conquer your favorite outdoor activities without the interruption of sunscreen dripping into your eyes.

This miracle anti-aging sun-protection product was designed with high-performance athletes in mind and also strives for endless beauty by providing your skin with scientifically-backed nutrients for a radiant, younger-looking complexion.

Formulated without water, Even The Score won’t mix with moisture when you sweat or swim—instead, it locks in the skin’s internal hydration with a non-comedogenic protective layer of anti-aging vital nutrition.

I’ve been using Even The Score for about three weeks. I wanted to try it in a variety of activities before I wrote this review.

We used it while hiking Pinnacles in Central Cali, hub used it during every single surf sesh, and my son slathered it on while he ran up Twin Peaks in San Fran.

It performed BEAUTIFULLY and is truly water-resistant.

My son and I wear contacts and we were so pleased that we didn’t even get a drop of that usual stinging sunscreen in our eyes like we normally do, and Even The Score stayed put during hub’s surfing.

Did you know that this skincare lifesaver works for a cause?

A portion of proceeds from the sale of this product are used to fund Cosmedicine’s Even the Score™ Foundation to support skin cancer prevention efforts and furtherance of research for the cure.

Just the kind of product that gets my vote!

New to Cosmedicine?

This luxury skincare brand is steeped in the rich traditions of European based aesthetics treatment. The Cosmedicine formulation logic is unique in the marketplace and stems from the company’s mission to minimize beauty regimens while maximizing results. It provides its discerning clientele with the tools necessary to establish, maintain, and preserve beautiful, clear, healthy, and youthful skin.

When you live in California, sunscreen is second nature; we need to use it every day, and Even The Score is perfect skin protection, even if you’re just spending the afternoon gardening and you’re not charging up Condor Gulch or Mt. Whitney.

http://www.cosmedicine.com/even-the-score


I was provided no compensation, just product for sample and review.

Orgasmic Clouds of Bliss

clouds4FINALLY, tugboat man returned to a double celebration; the act of coming home (of course), AND his birthday.

Two of his favorite activities are eating and sleeping.

I got him a new barbecue and Angel Boy got him a hammock from REI that we can take wherever we go.

It took him about ninety minutes to put the barbecue together and ninety seconds to set up the hammock.

This was perfect timing.

As you probably know by now, I’m often sent products to sample and review.

I stay in my wheelhouse, trying and recommending products that are vegan, healthy, and cruelty-free.

THIS time I’m speechless or I would be if I ever stopped talking, haha.

There really aren’t enough adjectives to describe the amazingness of these vegan marshmallows.

As vegans, we realized that we’d have to probably survive without things like marshmallows — which isn’t too much of a hardship, considering we don’t really want to eat food that contains the bones of a once living creature.

These marshmallows are joyful clouds of orgasmic joy.

REALLY. For realzies.

Don’t walk — RUN — to the store and buy them.

Whether you’re vegan or not, these are the most DELICIOUS marshmallows EVER.

I can’t wait to make hot chocolate with almond milk and float a few dozen of the minis on top.

chubbybunnyI enlisted tugboat man’s help to create a Chubby Bunny Challenge video of love as we went totes old skool with sticks and simply roasted marshmallows over the fire. Although I had chocolate and graham crackers, we chose to stay pure because on their own, they were so satisfying, we didn’t feel the need to add any other ingredients.

…“Marshmallows should make people happy, not be made with scary ingredients. I’m down with Dandies!!”

Learn more at Facebook.com/MyDandies and @MyDandies

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Dandies are the first Non-GMO Project Verified marshmallows on the market. Made with all-natural ingredients and completely free of gelatin, artificial ingredients, and high fructose corn syrup, the products are produced in the company’s dedicated facility, which is free of dairy, eggs, peanuts, and tree-nuts. These fluffy balls of fun are also free of wheat, gluten and corn, 100% vegan, and certified kosher by the Chicago Rabbinical Council. The best part is, Dandies marshmallows are air puffed, which gives them a traditional texture and flavor that is indistinguishable from their conventional counterparts. They melt and taste just like the marshmallows we grew up with! Dandies are available at Whole Foods Market and other natural foods stores across the U.S. Chicago Vegan Foods

(Product for sample and review only; no compensation.)

Veggie Power! Keep it simple. Keep it clean. Keep it GREEN. *

wheatgrassAs in the green of wheatgrass.

Now don’t scrunch your face at me or say YUCK.

Just give it a chance.

For some of us, the fresh and refreshing flavor of wheatgrass was an instant hit with our palates, but I do realize that for a lot of you, it might take a bit of effort to enjoy.

I’ve been an advocate of wheatgrass since 2000, when a girlfriend started carrying around a water bottle filled with a jade-colored beverage, and said it was the single best thing she’s done for her health and well-being since becoming a vegan.

Ever since then, tugboat man and I “do” wheatgrass pretty much on a daily basis.

What’s the best time of day (and method) to take your greens?

I like to add them to smoothies or drop a tablespoon to the water I bring to the gym and drink it during class.

Here’s what Pines suggests: Take with a good amount of water or other liquid. This helps your body take full advantage of the nutrients without competing with other foods, and may also take the edge off your hunger so you don’t eat as much at meals. Mid-morning and mid-afternoon are great times for a green energy pick-me-up.

(There are tablets, if you just CAN’T.)

The health benefits are HUGE. 

According to the Pines International Wheat Grass (the wheat grass people since 1976) website…

1) PROVIDE PROTECTION FROM CANCER
There is significant scientific evidence that eating certain green, leafy vegetables can help prevent cancer.  The American Institute of Cancer Research states:

Spinach, kale, romaine lettuce, leaf lettuce, mustard greens, collard greens, chicory and Swiss chard are excellent sources of fiber, folate and a wide range of carotenoids that can inhibit the growth of certain types of breast cancer cells, skin cancer cells, lung cancer and stomach cancer .

2) A RICH SOURCE OF VITAMINS & MINERALS
Greens represent a convenient, essentially non-caloric, nutrient-dense source of otherwise hard to obtain minerals, like magnesium, calcium, potassium, and manganese .

3) LOWER THE RISK OF CARDIOVASCULAR DISEASE AND TYPE 2 DIABETES
Dark Green Leafy Vegetables contain fiber, which can help lower cholesterol and blood pressure, and help to temper blood-sugar swings by slowing the absorption of carbohydrates into your bloodstream after meals. This lowers your risk of cardiovascular disease and type 2 diabetes .

4) BOOST YOUR MOOD
Dark green leafy vegetables like spinach, broccoli, and collards contain folate and vitamin B12. According to WebMD, there is a correlation between the consumption of these vitamins and rates of depression. “These veggies contain lots of the B-complex vitamins, which are needed to make serotonin, a mood-boosting chemical” .

5) IMPROVE BREATH
Green leafy vegetable like spinach, mustard greens, turnip greens, and lettuce, kale and salad greens contains the highest amount of chlorophyll (the green pigment) which is an excellent deodorizer. The green vegetables help balance the pH level of the body and thus prevent the occurrence of dry mouth which is one of the root causes of bad breath. A diet which is comprised of loads of green leafy vegetables will not only eliminate offensive odor but it will also boost the production of digestive enzymes .

6) SLOW THE AGING PROCESS
In addition to playing a key role in helping blood to clot, vitamin K is critical in preventing certain age-related conditions. Researchers in California found inadequate K can lead to cardiovascular disease, bone fragility, and arterial and kidney calcification.

Pines grows the only sold anywhere that is Non-GMO Project Verified.

Try it!

No, really. TRY IT!


PINES International offers a line of the purest, freshest and nutrient-rich wheatgrass, barley grass, alfalfa and beet juice powder that can be added to your shaker bottle for some instant Green Energy®. PINES also offers veggie power in tablets and capsules. Just one teaspoonful of PINES Wheat Grass powder, mixed in water or juice, provides the same amount of nutrition as a serving of deep-green, leafy vegetables. Seven wheat grass tablets will do the same.

Pound for pound, PINES Wheat Grass products are many times richer in chlorophyll and iron than spinach. Protein levels average 25 percent and contain virtually every vitamin known, along with 20 amino acids, including the eight that are considered essential for human health.

*The Pines slogan

I was provided product to sample and review; the opinions are my own.

Gym Bag Beauty Essentials

gymbagessentialsreview1It was just like Christmas when I opened the bulky envelope chock full of girly toys to sample and review.

I’m a work out junkie; I go to the gym pretty much every day or do some kind of extreme physical activity and I don’t always go right home and take a shower.

I like to go to the gym first thing in the morning and usually do all my errands after; I might be a little sweaty and my hair’s a mess and I definitely need to freshen up before I head to Target, Trader Joe’s, Marshalls or TJ Maxx. (But if I’m going to Fashion Valley or South Coast Plaza, I’ll head home, shower, and change clothes.)

So, do what I do, and keep your gym bag stocked and ready to go with these beauty necessities, which are just as useful for traveling or camping.

1.       Ban Total Refresh Cooling Body Cloths in Energize: Keep up with your active lifestyle with ease. Try Ban® Total Refresh® Cooling Body Cloths to instantly cool the back of your neck and décolleté or use for an all-over refresh during any transitional moment day or night. I don’t go anywhere without them, for reals!

2.       KMS California HAIRPLAY makeover spray:  Dry cleansing and instant style renewal. Split-second style refresher. Absorbs oil and builds bulk to refresh limp or day-old styles. Great for quick style touch-ups and in-between shampoos. This is total genius for us curly heads who don’t wash their hair every day.

3.      Lavanila Laboratories The Healthy Mini Deodorant: The perfect deodorant to throw in your gym bag! This all-natural, freshly scented deodorant provides superior, long-lasting odor protection. Soothing essential oils blend with powerful anti-oxidants and beta glucan technology for daily defense and nourishment. Because we always need to be fresh, right?

4.       Rimmel London Wonder’lash Mascara with Argan Oil in Waterproof: You can now get the Moroccan Argan oil your hair loves in a Rimmel mascara with new Wonder’lash Mascara with Argan Oil. Condition lashes and break through clumps for full, smooth volume. The unique brush’s super-soft bristles hug and coat each lash, perfectly separating them from root to tip. Even small corner lashes are dramatically transformed for an effortlessly eye-catching look. Lashes are left smoother, sleeker, and more defined than ever.  Have you heard about the wonders of Argan oil? Now it’s been added to mascara. Awesome!

5.       Scunci Everyday & Active™ Need I say more? My FAVE!!

6.       NYC New York Color Smooth Skin BB Crème Instant Matte: Refine your skin instantly with this long-wearing crème with an effortlessly matte finish. Smoothing and hydrating, this crème leaves skin looking healthy and silky-smooth without even a hint of shine. LOVE!

7.       Burt’s Bees Brightening Daily Facial Cleanser: Clinically proven to help improve the appearance of surface dullness, this cleanser, infused with Daisy extract, helps reveal a more even skin tone in as few as 4 weeks*. Formulated with a multifruit complex, our cleanser effectively removes dirt oil and makeup. Make it part of your daily regimen for a brighter and more even complexion, naturally. I love everything BB!

Beauty tip: Be prepared!

(I was provided product to sample and review; the opinions are my own.)

Winner! The Oscars and Cocktails, a Match Made in Heaven

Powell and maoneyThe good people at Powell & Mahoney sent me a sample of their (my choice) Old Ballycastle Ginger mixer.

Handcrafted in Vermont, Powell & Mahoney, Ltd. was founded by two beverage industry veterans who were inspired by the lack of quality mixers made available to consumers. Noticing a true need in the market, the duo combined their expertise and passion and launched the successful mixer brand. Powell & Mahoney, Ltd. has reinvented classic cocktail recipes by swapping out artificial flavoring and preservatives for hand selected, better-for-you ingredients.

Old Ballycastle Ginger
This rich, full bodied mixer uses the finest ginger, delicate elderflower, and fennel to create the perfect partner for your favorite dark spirit. It also makes an elegant non-alcoholic sipper!

This recipe is on the bottle, but I jazzed it up a bit, ‘cos I love to put my own spin on things…

“Bubbly” Moscow Mule

1.5 oz. Russian Vodka (We used Stoly)|
2.5 oz Old Ballycastle Ginger
.5 oz Fresh Lime Juice (from our garden)
Champagne (or club soda)

Add all ingredients except champs/club soda to a shaker filled with ice. Shake vigorously. Pour into pretty glasses. Top with 1 oz. champs or club soda and stir. Garnish with a fresh lime wedge and a sliver of freshly peeled ginger.

We had just opened a bottle of Gruet champs to celebrate our twenty-first anniversary, so I used that bubbly to top one cocktail, and the other was bubble-free, so we could compare the two.

Both were DELICIOUS.

Actually, this was one of the best tasting, sophisticated, and fancy cocktails I’ve had anywhere.

The ginger mixer is intense, complex, and PERFECTION with fresh lime juice.

I’m Oscar-ready, are you?

As always, I was provided product and no compensation; the reviews are my own honest opinions.

BIO D SUPREME: For a Healthy 2015

sunIt’s January, a new year, and the perfect time to do something about taking care of ourselves.

I don’t know about you, but I take a few supplements and vitamins and I’m getting to HATE swallowing pills and capsules.

Have you ever wondered why there wasn’t a fun and efficient way for adults to take vitamins?

Well now there is…

When a sample of Bio D Supreme SPRAY was sent to me to review, I was really excited to try it.

My doctor told me D3 is really important — even though we live in sunny southern California, it’s easy to be deficient.

And for those of you who are stuck in the house during this long, cold winter, keeping your D levels up is even more of a challenge.

From the company:

Bio D Supreme is a multi-vitamin dietary supplement. Straying away from the traditional pill form of vitamins, Bio D Supreme is a spray. Squirt it directly into your mouth—no need to wash it down with water—and take in your vitamins. It’s as simple as that. Bio D Supreme absorbs into your body ten times faster than a vitamin capsule that could take hours: getting those nutrients to your system when it needs them. It’s easy to use, portable and effective. This Vitamin D supplement helps restore energy, sharpen mental clarity, and strengthen immunity.

Give it a try!

biodsupremeAs always, I was provided product by the company for sampling and review; I was not compensated, and all the opinions are my own.