6.30.2014

RW Garcia Tortatos

"RW Garcia Tortatos™ taste a lot like potato chips and a little like tortilla chips. They’re fantastic with the dips you dunk tortilla chips into, superb with dips you dunk potato chips into, and delicious crunching compulsively right out of the bag. Available in four delicious varieties, Tortatos are made with all natural ingredients, and have 25% less fat than traditional potato chips. Non-GMO, Trans fat free and gluten free certified.
RW Garcia Tortatos are verified by the Non-GMO Project as meeting or exceeding GMO avoidance standards."


RW Garcia Tortatos are available in four flavors: Original, Salt & Pepper, Salt & Vinegar and Barbecue
We love RW Garcia's TortatosTortatos were introduced by RW Garcia in the fall of 2013 and they are a new kind of chip made by combining white corn and red potatoes. The chip is half tortilla chip and half potato chip – a tasty and unique concept! We love that it has the crunch of a tortilla chip and the finish of a potato chip.
Tortatos are Non GMO Verified, Certified Gluten-free and kosher certified (OU). They are available in 4 flavors. A serving equals 11 chips (1 ounce).Barbecue and Salt & Vinegar flavors both have 140 calories, 7 grams of fat, 17 grams of carb (1 of which is sugar and 2 grams of fiber). Barbecue has 70 milligrams of sodium and Salt & Vinegar has 125 milligrams.
Original and Salt & Pepper flavors both have 150 calories, 7 grams of fat, 17 grams of carb (no sugar and 2 grams of fiber). Original has 80 milligrams of sodium and Salt & Pepper has 150 milligrams.

Tortatos have a round shape, making them ideal for scooping or dipping. The combination of corn and potatoes provides a new and appealing chip taste. 
The white corn's sweetness and great flavor of the red potatoes merge together to create a fantastic snack! 
All four flavors are delicious and tasty. Tortatos are great served alongside your favorite dips, like hummus, spinach dip, queso, and guacamole. They are light, crunchy, and flavorful – a treat for both adults and kids! 

All flavors of RW Garcia Tortatos are available across the country in stores such as select Whole Foods,Target, Wegmans, and The Fresh Market

rwgarcia.com

6.27.2014

RADIUS

Most of us don’t spend time thinking about the quality of our toothbrush...We should! Poor oral hygiene contributes to digestive problems, infections, and heart disease. How you care for your teeth is important, and toothbrushes are a big part of dental care.
Gum erosion from hard bristles and poor coverage from small brush heads are two of the most common issues when it comes to brushing. 

Radius toothbrushes have a large, oval head and 4x as many filaments a regular toothbrush! Their toothbrushes are arranged in an offset pattern to avoid tracking against the gums, the softness of the bristles gives a massage to the gums while cleaning the teeth, and they feel unlike any toothbrush you have ever used. The nylon bristles are thin enough to reach between the gums and the tooth, where most gum disease begins. 
The size of the brush head is large, but fits the mouth just fine, while the super-soft bristles make it a great choice for those with sensitive teeth. The handle comes in left and right-handed models, and is shaped to reduce hand fatigue. Radius toothbrushes are manufactured in Kutztown, PA, in a renovated historic mill. They are also one of the only toothbrushes on the market that are environmentally friendly. 
Radius toothbrushes are made by hand from high quality materials. Each one is carefully inspected while standard toothbrushes are made automatically without manual inspection. 


Original
The Original Toothbrush has a wide, soft head with an angled neck to help invigorate gum tissue to reduce chances of chronic bleeding/receding gums and enamel erosion. The wood-based plastic handle and 100% vegetable based bristles eliminate the dependency on fossil fuels for a zero petroleum toothbrush! Our orthodontist recommended toothbrush contains a big handle and thumb grip available in both right and left handed to ensure a dentist recommended 45 degree angle while brushing. The Original Toothbrush is completely BPA-free, FDA approved, ADA accepted, and lasts 3x longer than your average toothbrush. All RADIUS toothbrushes are manufactured in the USA on low-energy machines, are Cruelty Free, Leaping Bunny certified, and are 100% satisfaction guaranteed.

We love Radius' Original Toothbrush! It comes in 7 different colors at a price of $7.95 each. You can also purchase them in packs of 3 or 6. 
The Original Toothbrush is available in soft bristles, perfect for those with sensitive gums and teeth. We really like how there is a Right Hand and Left Handed toothbrush option, and that there is a wonderfully designed thumb grip and angle of the toothbrush that results in a full clean.
This is the best toothbrush! It works so well, and helps bleeding prone gums to stop bleeding. This toothbrush really helps to stop gum recession and massages the gums. Gum sensitivity has decreased, and we highly recommend this product!
This toothbrush should not go in the dishwasher because the plastic will melt. To clean, Radius recommends you clean the toothbrush in a solution that is 50% water, 50% hydrogen peroxide. Let the toothbrush sit in the solution for 10-15 minutes and rinse thoroughly.



The SCUBA Toothbrush has a wide, soft head with an angled neck to help invigorate gum tissue to reduce chances of chronic bleeding/receding gums and enamel erosion. With its signature flex-neck and non-slip rubber handle, the SCUBA Toothbrush reduces pressure on gums and teeth making it perfect for harder brushers! Our orthodontist recommended toothbrush contains a big handle and thumb grip available in both right and left handed to ensure a dentist recommended 45 degree angle while brushing. The SCUBA Toothbrush contains 100% vegetable based bristles eliminating dependency on fossil fuels/petroleum and is completely BPA-free, FDA approved, ADA accepted, and lasts 3x longer than your average toothbrush. All RADIUS toothbrushes are manufactured in the USA on low-energy machines, are Cruelty Free, Leaping Bunny certified, and are 100% satisfaction guaranteed.

The Original Toothbrush and Scuba are designed the same way with the large head and angled neck. The Original is made from hard cellulose plastic and the Scuba is made from recycled rubber. The rubber gives the Scuba a "Flex neck" which reduces and alleviates pressure from hard brushes. 
The amount of coverage is great (6500 bristles) and once you learn how to hold the toothbrush for the different angles of your teeth it is extremely comfortable!


Source
The Source Toothbrush utilizes Replacement Head technology which reduces toothbrush waste by 93%! The unbreakable "Slim Neck" Replacement Head contains wide, fanned bristles to help invigorate gum tissue for reduced chances of bleeding/receding gums and enamel erosion and is best to reach tight spaces. The upcycled #5 one-of-a-kind handle contains wood, paper, or money for a beautiful, natural look & feel. Reversible right or left handed design for ergonomic brushing helps reduce pressure on teeth and gums while the 100% vegetable based nylon bristles reduce dependency on fossil fuels/petroleum. The Source Toothbrush & Replacement Heads are BPA-Free and available in SuperSoft, Soft, and Medium bristle. All RADIUS toothbrushes are manufactured in the USA on low-energy machines, are Cruelty Free, Leaping Bunny certified, and are 100% satisfaction guaranteed.

The Source Toothbrush is also fantastic! This design is 50% smaller than the Original and Scuba, but it still contains 65% more bristles than ordinary toothbrushes. It is great for brushing in tight places.
The handle is not only eco-friendly, but also stylish and unique. The base is comfortable to hold and the bristles are soft and well constructed.

We highly recommend these three types of brushes! They are so much better than the toothbrushes we grew up with. Radius also has toothbrushes for babies, toddlers, and kids.


Say goodbye to wasteful plastic flossers and hello to stylish, convenient RADIUS Floss Sachet packs! This super soft, spongy floss is coated in vegan candelilla plant wax ensuring a smooth glide between teeth for total tooth and gum protection. USA-sourced natural tree-based xylitol aids in gum health for the ultimate fresh, clean mouth! Packaged in biodegradable packaging, these single-use flosses are 100% vegan, Cruelty Free, and Leaping Bunny certified. All RADIUS Flosses are available convenient Floss Sachet packs as well as 33 or 55 yd spools. RADIUS Natural Flosses contain no glutens, preservatives, artificial sweeteners, GMO's, unnatural coloring, phthalates, parabens, or other harmful additives.

*RADIUS has added Vegan Xylitol Mint Floss to their line of awesome natural flosses!
*Vegan Xylitol Mint Floss is available in a 55yd spool and is a super soft nylon floss, spun in Candelilla plant wax and is 100% Vegan.
*It contains Mint Tea Tree and natural, USA-made Xylitol for a clean, healthy mouth! It contains no glutens, preservatives, GMO’s, artificial sweeteners or color, or fluoride.
*Also available in our handy, single- use Floss Sachets.


RADIUS Biodegradable Silk Floss
is made from all natural, pure silk coated in candelilla wax. This is NOT a vegan product. It contains no glutens, preservatives, GMO’s, artificial sweeteners or color, or fluoride. RADIUS Silk Floss is completely compostable.



RADIUS Vegan Xylitol Antibacterial Cranberry Floss
is a completely vegan, nylon floss coated in candelilla wax and cranberry essence from OceanSpray. It contains no glutens, preservatives, GMO’s, artificial sweeteners or color, or fluoride. Now contains natural, gum benefiting, USA-made Xylitol!

This floss is amazing! It is not often that you will find a 100% biodegradeable, USDA certified organic floss. Made of pure silk coated in candelillia plant wax, you can be sure that the product does not contain dangerous synthetic or arficial materials, colorants, preservatives, sweeteners, or flavors common in many other flosses.
These floss varieties are smooth, soft, and not too thick. They do not tear or get stuck between teeth, and slide comfortably between your teeth while gently and effectively removing plaque and food particules without damaging gums or enamel. The texture and weight is just right. The floss is not too smooth and slippery, and not too stiff or hard against fingers. These are easy to slide through tight spaces. Radius flosses are excellent and do a much better job then other flosses on the market.

We also recommend....





The DOC Multi-use Suction Holder is a revolutionary tool for the bathroom, kitchen, office, and much more! This 100% biodegradable rubber holder can suction either vertically or horizontally to any smooth, non-porous surface and can hold your toothbrush, razor, towel, and even your cellphone! The DOC is BPA-Free, Cruelty Free, Leaping Bunny certified, and 100% satisfaction guaranteed. 

These products are available on the Radius website, and at major retailers in the USA, Canada, and Internationally. You can access their store locator here to find Radius products near you!


www.radiustoothbrush.com 

6.26.2014

Summer Makeup Must-Have | BB Plus+ Illumination Facial Crème

"Golden, radiant and healthy skin has always been a girl’s best summer accessory. Gerard Cosmetics by Whitening Lighting has recently introduced their newest product - the BB Plus+ Illumination Facial Crème. A twist on a traditional BB Cream, the BB Plus+ Illumination is formulated with light reflecting particles and golden shimmer to add dimension and a youthful glow to any complexion.  This luminous crème is easy to blend, long lasting and comfortable to wear, even in the warm summer months."



A spin on a traditional BB Cream, the BB Plus+ Illumination is formulated with light reflecting particles and golden shimmer that gives your face a young and healthy glow. It is perfect for the summer (or winter months when you wish you had some sun!) It blends easily, lasts a long time and can be used alone, as a highlighter mixed with your favorite foundation. It’s perfect for a no-makeup look when going to pool or beach or just want you want that natural California girl look. We love that it is a universal shade that will suit any skin tone. It also blurs imperfections and corrects discoloration. 
This product has a creamy soft, iridescent consistency. Mixing a little bit with liquid foundation/ tinted moisturizer results in an all-overy glowy, radiant look. It works really nicely as a highlighter/ illuminator as well, and does not appear "too" shimmery. Just use a little, one pump is enough to make your skin radiant and fresh! 
The formula is lightly moisturizing so if your skin is dry you may want to mix it in with a face creme.
When the light catches it in different angles, it has a hue of gold that is absolutely stunning. You can get a very dramatic highlight as well as it builds up very nicely. 



The BB Plus+ Illumination Facial Crème is available for $36 online via www.whiteninglightning.com.

6.25.2014

Toockies

"Today we are making a difference for women and their families in Nababpur, India using a system very similar to the embroidery system my mother belonged to. The Toockie® project opens an unimaginable door of opportunity for our knitters. In Nababpur, 210 women desperate for a dignified way to earn a living, are mobilized and trained to knit Toockies®. A community center is setup for these women as a central location for them to come train, knit, pick-up yarn, and drop off finished toockies®. Most knitters work from home, allowing them to work flexible hours.

The Toockie® project makes a difference by empowering these women to take charge of their own destiny.
In gratitude we have given our knitters a voice by having them learn how to write their names and adding them to our packaging. We have also added their photographs and their wishes to our web site so that anyone who wants to know who the name on their Toockies Brand Product belongs to, can look her up." - Anna Marie Stauss, Founder and CEO of Sinko Corp, Creator of the Toockie Organic Cleaning Cloth. You may view our interview with Anna Marie here


"Set of 3 Toockies® Brand multi-purpose scrub cloths that are hand knit out of certified 100% organic cotton.  They are ribbed for deep scrubbing without scratching any surface be it smooth, soft or textured with amazing scrubbing results.  The knit pattern is perfect for scrubbing stainless steel appliances and glass stove tops, counter tops, dishes..."

Price: $11.99/set of 3
Features:
  • Certified 100% Organic Cotton
  • Hand Knit
  • Vintage Dish Cloth Patten with a punch! Much stronger and denser than regular cotton.
  • Deep Scrub without scratching counters, leather, stainless steal, textured walls and exfoliate skin
  • Not intended to be absorbent. Bleach as needed.
  • Wash with any color or temperature, no folding, just stretch slight shrink and curled ends, stack and reuse. 
  • Biodegradable. Natural Cotton Color. No chemical dyes and not chemical fibers
  • Fair Trade Members- products benefit those who make, sell, buy, use, and gift them. Signed by artisan
  • Easy to use they work best damp...just place under running water. roll like a carpet, double over, twist hard and strain.
  • They out perform and out last other scrubbers because they can out last for years of frequent use
  • MORE HYGIENIC than sponges and plastic scrunchies because they machine wash/dry after use to refresh. 
  • They will work hard for you! For the practical person they save time & money while doing the job in your home, socially and environmentally.
What we think: A product that delivers function, hope, and sustenance. We love that this product is multi-purpose. You can wash, clean, wipe, and help women and their families in Nababpur, India. 
These towels effectively scrub the frying pan without scratching the Teflon. They rinse clean leaving no sticky mess. Microfiber tends to get so dirty, but the Toockies Multi-Purpose Scrub Cloths come clean and do a much better job. It is a heavy duty product that will last for a long time. 
It is recommended to wash before using. To soak up moisture, we recommend wetting the Toockie first, wringing it out, then using. 
This Toockie Multi-Purpose Scrub Cloth is easy on your hands but cuts into anything sticking to your dishes. Plus, you can throw them in the wash and clean them to use. A great product. 

"Set of 4 Hummingbird coasters are hand knit from 100% organic cotton. They were designed for those who want to protect their furniture from hot and cold sweat stains often the result of plastic, glass, and thin wooden coasters.  Wonderful for classic elegant entertaining."

Price: $15.99/ set of 4
Features: 
  • 100% Certified Organic Cotton
  • Hand knit 
  • Gentle grip for slick wet cups or glasses while protecting furniture from direct contact to temperature changes
  • Dyed easily to match any décor - delicately knit to provide a lovely accent to any social gathering.
  • Biodegradable. Natural Cotton Color.
  • No chemical dyes and not chemical fibers.
  • Fair Trade Members
  • Benefit those who make, sell, buy, use, and gift them. Signed by artisan.
  • Machine wash/dry with any color or temperature, no folding, just stretch slight shrink and curled ends, stack and reuse.
  • Bleach as needed.
  • Design inspired by Hummingbird Feeder Flower. Fly and be still.
What we think: A great product for those who want to protect their furniture from hot/ cold sweat stains often the result of glass, plastic, and thin wooden coasters (or lack of coasters). These are very elegant and functional coasters. They work very well with glasses and mugs!


"Circulation Gloves increase circulation and removing dead skin cells. They are the ultimate in luxury scrubbing when taking a bath, shower or dry scrubbing because of the texture and feel of the cotton weave exfoliating is a pleasure. They make wonderful gifts providing great value to those who receive them."

Price: $20.99
Features:
  • Dense 100% Certified Organic Cotton Weave 
  • Hand knit 
  • Exfoliate without scratching skin surface
  • Perfect for those who want a good scrubbing without damaging their skin.
  • Machine wash/dry with any color or temperature to refresh, no folding, just stretch slight shrink and curled ends, stack and reuse
  • May become absorbed after frequent re-use
  • Hygienic Exfoliator - Bleach as needed.
  • Biodegradable and natural organic cotton color. No chemical dyes and no chemical fibers
  • They are well made, durable and a quality bath product
  • Benefit those who make, sell, buy, use, and gift them.
  • Fair Trade Members- Signed by artisan.
What we think: We like this economical, hygenic, and ecoethical pair of circulation gloves. They are hand knit of 100% cotton and can be used inside or outside your bath/shower as a wet or dry scrub. You can use soap on them, or just water and are great to stimulate circulation and exfoliate the skin. 
It is recommended to machine wash before using and as the cotton is washed, it will soften and take less time to dry. It is important to machine wash and dry so that it will prevent yellowing and bacteria. 
This product is great to get rid of dead skin cells, resulting in cleaner skin!

Toockies has a wonderful vision and impressive products. We love its mission to help people and the planet. 

Interview with Anna Marie Stauss: Founder and CEO of Sinko Corp, Creator of the Toockie Organic Cleaning Cloth


Sarah Velasco: Can you tell us about yourself? How did you get started?
Anna Marie Stauss: As a young girl I lived in a small fishing village on an island in the Azores. My mother had very few opportunities to make money because culturally she was expected to stay home and provide free labor to support the family. Her only source of income was embroidery. There was someone in the village that would provide the local ladies with embroidery materials and patterns. The finished work was exported to European countries. Mom embroidered to pay for her clothes as a single woman, her wedding dress, household needs, baby needs, and to buy each of her three daughters a gold cross necklace. I always think of her and how she was able to earn from home, when I see woman struggling to meet the needs of their families.
When I married and became a homemaker myself, my mother-in-law introduced me to knitted dishcloths she received from her cousin Claudia, better known as "Toockie". I very quickly became dependent on these "Toockies" to clean my home, my kids and my car. Soon I started thinking everybody should have these amazing Toockies® that lasted for years because they out performed most of the disposable cleaning products I had to keep buying every month.
I began to think about how I might start a home business, with the help of women who could use a bit of extra money like my mom did. Inspired by the Oprah show which, through the Angel Network, helped so many in sometimes very simple ways, I began to look for an organization working with women who could not only use a bit of money, but were in need of a life saving income.

Sarah Velasco: Can you tell readers about Toockies? How did that begin? What is the Toockie project? Why is that important to you?
Anna Marie Stauss: A couple of years, and a few pregnancies later, I saw a documentary on the plight of young women in India who were forced into slavery and prostitution. I wonder how desperate the need to live must be, that someone would give up their child to some unknown fate for money to buy food to eat? In the documentary a group of people were trying to rescue some of these girls, but they were in need of funds to support them because they did not have any skills they could use to support themselves.

What could I do to affect change living here in the U.S.? What could I give to a family that would prevent the sale of a child?

One day my oldest stepson told me his girlfriend’s mother worked for a nonprofit organization that helps children in India. I met with her and exchanged ideas and information about our mutual interest in the “greater good”. I had to build a business plan.

Today we are making a difference for women and their families in Nababpur, India using a system very similar to the embroidery system my mother belonged to. The Toockie® project opens an unimaginable door of opportunity for our knitters. In Nababpur, 210 women desperate for a dignified way to earn a living, are mobilized and trained to knit Toockies®. A community center is setup for these women as a central location for them to come train, knit, pick-up yarn, and drop off finished toockies®. Most knitters work from home, allowing them to work flexible hours.

The Toockie® project makes a difference by empowering these women to take charge of their own destiny.

In gratitude we have given our knitters a voice by having them learn how to write their names and adding them to our packaging. We have also added their photographs and their wishes to our web site so that anyone who wants to know who the name on their Toockies Brand Product belongs to, can look her up.
 


Sarah Velasco: What is your mission?
Anna Marie Stauss: Our mission is to provide a dignified way for the desperately poor women of the world to earn a living wage by hand making practical house ware products in vintage designs from home out of organic materials. Our hope is that this effort will help our customers reduce waste saving them time and money.

Sarah Velasco: What types of products do you carry?
Anna Marie Stauss: We carry scrub cloths in the traditional dish cloth pattern. His and Her wash cloths for the bath as well as Circulation Gloves to scrub and exfoliate. For the kitchen we offer trivets, pot holders and coasters.

Sarah Velasco: What materials do you use?
Anna Marie Stauss:We use certified 100% organic cotton and organic Jute (a naturally fire retardant material).

Sarah Velasco: Can you tell us about how the products are made?
Anna Marie Stauss: All our products are hand made by knitting, crochet and braiding natural fibers. Our artisans are given training and materials they can take home. The finished product is returned to the community center where they are paid.


Sarah Velasco: What is the lifespan of the products? Can you give readers some care tips?
Anna Marie Stauss: The products can last for years if cared for. All cotton products machine wash and tumble dry to refresh after use. The jute cloths also machine wash/dry. The trivets are dishwasher safe and air dry. For best results with the scrub cloths just run under water until soaked, rollup and double fold to strain out excess water. They scrub best damp.

Sarah Velasco: 
Where can readers find Toockie products?
Anna Marie Stauss:

The Daily Grommet
Abs Market
Amazon.com
Toockies.com
Many others online and in specialty stores around the country.

Sarah Velasco: Anything else we should know?
Anna Marie Stauss: The cotton is very coarse which make them great scrubbers but they are not very absorbent when you first get them but after a while of machine wash/dry they soften up. After a few years you can recycle them as potting mess to hold moister and retain soil nutrients as they will decompose eventually.

Summer Essential Beauty Product: Dermalogica After Sun Repair


"From sun up to sun down, Dermalogica® has got you covered with New! Protection Sport and the newly repackaged After Sun Repair.

New Protection Sport utilizes lipid-rich oleosome microspheres, antioxidants as well as licorice extract to soothe irritated skin. Hyaluronic acid bonds moisture to the skin without greasiness. This new product is water-resistant for up to 40 minutes and is a must-have for extreme sport enthusiasts.

After Sun Repair instantly reduces redness and cools sunburned skin with chamomile, clove, cucumber, szechwan pepper, lavender and yucca. This soothing balm also contains extracts of Japanese alder which scavenges free radicals and acceleratesthe repairs DNA damage after sun exposure.
"

Both Protection Sport $42CDN and After Sun Repair $45CDN are available at Dermalogica® authorized skin centers, spas and salons across Canada.
           
"An incredibly soothing treatment balm that helps to repair damage from exposure to UV sunlight as it helps to cool sunburn and reduce discomfort. Contains no artificial fragrance or color."

Dermalogica's After Sun Repair is one of our must-have beauty products for the summer. (Victoria Beckham claims it is one of her favorites!) This product rescues sun-kissed skin that has spent the weekend without a care for SPF. The redness and irritation can be fought off with this blend of seaweed, algae, Japanese alder, and herbs like camomile, licorice, mugwort lavender, cucumber, yucca and clove oil. These cooling botanical ingredients calm irritation, moisturize, and repair UV damage.  
This product is easy to apply and can be used liberally for maximum skin comfort. You can apply a generous amount over previously sun-exposed areas of the face and body. Just keep in mind to keep the product away from the eyes. 
We love that it contains no artificial fragrance or colour, and leaves no sticky residue after application. This product feels wonderful on the skin after sun or wind burn, and reduces peeling. It is an incredible super-cooling balm that is lightweight and sinks into the skin leaving it soft, and silky without a trace of greasiness.
This After Sun Repair is amazing, and a product we will be using for years and years to come! 
Dermalogica also recommends you use it after waxing to cool and minimize redness.

"Dermalogica® is the number one choice of skin care professionals and consumers worldwide. The company is founded on the dedication to deliver skin health results through education, innovation and professional recommendation, not through advertising, frilly packaging, promises of miracle cures or overblown hype. The company was founded by Jane Wurwand, a trained skin therapist, when she realized there was no product line that embraced her belief of skin health as opposed to "beauty". Now, over 25 years later Dermalogica® products can be found in more than 900 preferred skin care centers, salons and spas across Canada. To learn more about Dermalogica®, please visit: www.dermalogica.ca"    

6.23.2014

GrandyOats

GrandyOats Organic Granola company has been around since 1979. They have a wide variety of products and sell Organic Granola, Oatmeal, Trail mix and roasted nuts. Everything is hand made in small batches and they use organic, Non- Gmo ingredients. 
These products are available in Co-ops and Independent grocers around the country. You can find them in Whole Foods from the Mid west, down to Florida and up to New England. GrandyOats is available in several other major retailers on the East Coast, including Hannaford, and Wegmans. You can find them in the bulk section or in our pre packaged containers and online. Online they offer bulk products at affordable prices and there is offer free shipping over $35.

"GrandyOats makes the most delicious granola around. Eat it alone, with milk, in a yogurt parfait or on your favorite cereal, you'll enjoy the fresh baked organic granola, delivered right to your door!"

We love the variety of flavors GrandyOats has and that the packaged granola comes in a BPA-free plastic, reusable, dishwasher-safe, and environmentally friendly plastic container. 
Classic Granola is their most popular item and contains ingredients like oats, honey, seeds, and nuts. This granola melds a diverse arravy of flavors into a delicious, crunchy mix. Oats are the primary ingredient, yet you can also distinctly taste the whole seeds (pumpkin, sunflower, and sesame) along with the occasional crunchy bite of cashew pieces. The inclusion of wheat germ, and brand are in the background, while hints of vanilla helps mellow these ingredients with its sweetness. Great for snacking and cereal! It is low in sugar, only 6 grams per serving and has enough sweetness to satisfy a mild morning sugar craving. It is relatively high in protein, low in sugar, and a good blend of unsaturated fats. 
Low Fat Cranberry Chew Granola is made with 100% organic grains, is oil free, contains only 1 gram of fat, no saturated fats and is sweetened with wildflower honey and orange juice. This makes a great granola and has all the flavor and crunch you could want. The cranberries are very pump and chewy and this granola is fantastic with milk, yogurt, fruit, or on its own as a snack. 
Mainly Maple Granola consists mainly of oats, sunflower seeds, hazelnuts and walnuts. It is flavored with maple syrup and is a tasty granola with great texture. 
Goji Agave Granola has 27 grams of whole grains per serving and is sweetened with low-glycemic agave nectar and blueberry juice. It also contains goji berries, cranberries, jumbo raisins, oats, sunflower seeds, oat bran, pumpkin seeds, sesame seeds, unsweetened coconut, vanilla and sea salt. 
Swiss Style Muesli is loaded with whole grains, roasted nuts, and chunks of fruit. We love this granola, it is clean and tasty. The quality is great and there is a nice consistency.
We enjoy these products and think you will too! 
Sarah Velasco: Are there common misconceptions about granola?
GrandyOats: Many people think oh Granola is fatty. I like to say how many people do you know that eat granola each morning that are overweight? Not many! Our product is full of real, clean, food. Ingredients that nourish and sustain the body, not empty calories. It is very rare to have a product like ours in the mainstream market that is still so minimally processed; it's processed foods that have a lot of extraneous ingredients that are unhealthy. Often the fats that are in Granola are healthy. The fat in our granola only comes from nuts, seeds and plant based oils. We are more concerned if it is too sugary, most of our competition granola tastes like a broken up cookie and that is really the thing that I worry about in the American diet, the over processing. Many dietitians are currently saying sugar is much worse then fat.

You may view our interview with GrandyOats here

Interview with GrandyOats

"Some people say we look awfully young to have been baking granola for 30 years. Well, they’re right. To a certain degree. But really, the story of GrandyOats is one of two generations of “granolas,” two generations of business partners with the same spirit and guiding principles." You can read about their story here.



"At GrandyOats our sustainability statement guides our actions as a business. We believe we are responsible to be a good community member, in the state of Maine, the Mount Washington valley and in the organic food industry.
Rural Maine has always been a part of GrandyOats and we are committed to employing people in an area that has limited employment opportunities. We also feel that organic farming is an important way to preserve our rural communities by not polluting our environment, helping smaller family farms flourish and by increasing farmable land.
Our partnerships are also important part of our business practices. We have chosen to partner with like-minded organic businesses. These partnerships are designed to help each other flourish and to better achieve success in our shared missions to increase organic farming and organic food consumption. We also have chosen to buy ingredients from worker owned farms when possible. We try to source our ingredients and services as locally as possible to cut down on carbon emissions and to help keep our relationships and our local community thriving. We have not taken outside investment in our company other than loans from local community banks. This has allowed us to make decisions based on what is the most sustainable path not the path to the best dividend or return on an investment.
Our Barn is also a large part of who we are. Not only does it provide character to our company but its 1910 structure is intact and because it was built with good design and good materials, it has with stood time and the weather of Maine. It is a metaphor for who we are. A company built on a solid foundation here to stay.
"

Sarah Velasco: What types of products do you have?
GrandyOats: Organic Granola, Oatmeal, Trail mix and roasted nuts. Everything is hand made in small batches

Sarah Velasco: What are your top three bestsellers?
GrandyOats: Classic Granola, Swiss Style Muesli, High Antioxidant trail mix 



Sarah Velasco: Why Organic?
GrandyOats: Two reasons. First off we are what we eat and plants become what they are produced with. I have never believed that it was good to spray a plant with something that would kill a bug and then put that spray in your body. Secondly, our earth does not need more pollution. Petroleum based fertilizers and pesticides designed to last are not good for our land, water and the things that live in it. We believe in having an affordable product that serves the best possible health for our consumers. Its that simple!

Sarah Velasco: Can you tell us the importance of Non-GMO?
GrandyOats: Genetically modifying seeds and plants is something that scares me. Many things in life you can hit the redo button. The environment you can even clean up, to an extent. But when you are talking about seeds that are as old as time. When you splice those and dice them and then they blow to another farmers field, forever altering his field and crop that's permanent.. We are altering the very seeds that built our human race. When you talk about one company owning a patent on a seed, and it does not reproduce because they took that gene out. You have to consider how you feel about one company owning a patent on a food source. That to me is scary. And this is potentially impossible to correct. 

Sarah Velasco: Are there common misconceptions about granola?
GrandyOats: Many people think oh Granola is fatty. I like to say how many people do you know that eat granola each morning that are overweight? Not many! Our product is full of real, clean, food. Ingredients that nourish and sustain the body, not empty calories. It is very rare to have a product like ours in the mainstream market that is still so minimally processed; it's processed foods that have a lot of extraneous ingredients that are unhealthy. Often the fats that are in Granola are healthy. The fat in our granola only comes from nuts, seeds and plant based oils. We are more concerned if it is too sugary, most of our competition granola tastes like a broken up cookie and that is really the thing that I worry about in the American diet, the over processing. Many dietitians are currently saying sugar is much worse then fat.

Sarah Velasco: Can you tell readers a delicious recipe to try?
GrandyOats: We have so many recipes. When you own a granola company, you find creative ways to eat and use granola. After all at my wife and my wedding we asked our guest to throw granola at us. No seriously, Our favorite one is to do a granola crisp topping. I suggest using maple syrup and mixing it with granola and putting it on top of sliced apples or strawberries and Rhubarb. Our Swiss Style Muesli is delicious soaked overnight in the fridge cup for cup with coconut milk, add some pineapple or banana! We have so many here are some specific recipes on our web site http://grandyoats.com/index.php/recipes.

Sarah Velasco: Where can readers find your products?
GrandyOats: We are available in Co-ops and Independent grocers around the country. You can find us in Whole Foods from the Mid west, down to Florida and up to New England. We are available in several other major retailers on the East Coast, including Hannaford, and Wegmans. You can find us in the bulk section or in our pre packaged containers. You can always find us online. Online we offer bulk products at affordable prices and we offer free shipping over $35.

Sarah Velasco: Anything else we should know?
GrandyOats: At GrandyOats we love what we do. We pride ourselves on making sure we only use ingredients that we understand and that we can feel good about having in our own kitchen. We always try to make sure we don't work too hard; we value the quality of life that we offer ourselves and our staff, we want everyone to have time for their family and friends. We believe in a balanced life that gives back to our community.

6.20.2014

GoGo SqueeZ


"GoGo squeeZ applesauce pouches, 100% fruit with no added sugar, now come in 8 flavours with the addition of Apple-Pear and Apple-Grape, both of which have had a resounding success since their launch in the United States and in France.

Still gluten free, with no artificial flavours or preservatives and with only 60 calories per pouch, GoGo squeeZ snacks are recognized for their great nutritional value, but also because they are fun and convenient. It’s no surprise that both kids and their parents approve of it.

In addition, GoGo squeeZ pouches are now more practical than ever, thanks to their new heli’cap with wings, resealable and even easier to open with little hands. It’s just more fun!

GoGo squeeZ is also proud to have received the PTPA (Parent Tested Parent Approved) seal of approval this year. This award shows once again that parents recognize GoGo squeeZ as a healthy, practical choice for their children.gogosqueez.ca




These two new flavors: Apple Pear and Apple Grape are delicious! For those of you that have never tried or heard of GoGo Squeez, it is a snack made of 100% pure fruit, is all natural, gluten, nut, and dairy free. 
These fruit snacks are great for all ages and are perfect for babies who have just begun experimenting with solid foods. We really like the different fruit combinations GoGo Squeez has to offer, and the naturally sweet flavor. We think the fruit snack is fresh and delicious. 
GoGo Squeez is extremely convenient. It is packaged also in a safe polyethylene package (BPA or phthalates free) with a resealable lid. With the resealable lid, you won't have to waste the product if it is not finished. Their "heli'cap" with wings are easy to take on and off. The packaging is also really kid friendly and  the edges of the packaging have been smoothed out to prevent cuts and scrapes. 
GoGo Squeez is designed for parents looking to give balanced and delicious snacks for their children. Made with no additives, this is a snack that is great for kids on a daily basis (terrific for lunchboxes and after school!) 

The other flavors available are : Apple, Apple Strawberry, Apple Mango, Apple Berry, Apple Banana, Apple Peach. 

GoGoSqueez is available at many retailers and we're sure there will be one near you. To find the closest store, you can access their store locator here.

6.19.2014

La Vie en Rose Aqua Summer 2014

There is nothing like finding a new swimsuit to get you excited for summer. This year, there are plenty of new, fashionable pieces at La Vie en Rose, so there's no better time to step out of your comfort zone to find amazing swimwear! This season, La Vie en Rose has stunning one pieces, like their Bandeau Silky Crochet One Piece Swimsuit, and amazing prints that you can mix and match to suit your personal style 



One of the looks we love is La Vie en Rose's Exotic Glam Print. It is such a stunning set and prints are everywhere you turn this season. This Peacock inspired number is simply gorgeous! 

If you would prefer to mix and match tops and bottoms, La Vie en Rose gives you the option to do so. This is great for mixing and matching sizes, as well as patterns and hues. As a rule of thumb, lighter colors/ pieces with embellishments should be worn on the half of the body that would like to stand out more, and darker hues/ busy patterns should be on the half you are trying to minimize.  


The Exotic Glam Print comes in a Push Up Bikini Top, Bandeau Top, Bandeau Strapless TopHalter Bikini TopBikini Bottom, and Bikini Bottom with Sash

Our Must-Have for Summer 2014:


Price: $41.95 (right now you can get the 2nd swimsuit set at 50% off)
Sizes: XS-XL
Details:

  • Push up halter top with molded cups
  • Push padding adds 1 cup size
  • Underwire
  • Ties at neck and hooks at back
  • 83% nylon 17% elastane
What we think: We love the print and fit of this bikini top. It is our must-have for the summer! The push up halter top gives you the support you need while adding a cup size, and it flatters your body. The ties at the neck and hooks at the back keep the bikini top in place, and the lining inside the cup is expertly designed so when washed, nothing comes apart. The cups stay in place and they are well spaced. The material is soft and comfortable, and the underwire does not dig in at all. The print is vibrant and the pattern is flattering. This bikini top is extremely comfortable! We highly recommend it. 



What: La Vie en Rose's Exotic Glam Mix-and-match Bikini Bottom
Price: $34.95
Sizes: XS-XL
Description:

  • Low to mid rise bikini bottom gathered sides
  • Moderate coverage
  • 83% nylon 17% elastane
What we think: We love this bikini bottom. It fits well and is flattering, while being extremely comfortable. This bikini bottom is true to size and provides just the right amount of coverage. We highly recommend it! 

No matter where you are soaking up the sun, these designs will make your days a breeze! You can find this seasons best swimwear looks at La Vie en Rose.
www.lavieenrose.com

6.17.2014

Victoria's Kitchen Natural Beverages

"Inspired by a traditional and artisanal recipe from my grandmother’s kitchen in the South of France, our Almond Water is the perfect combination of delicate yet tasty flavors that awaken your taste buds.
Everything that came out of my grandmother's kitchen was always full of love, and Almond Water was no exception. Infused with natural flavors, extracts, and a hint of sweetness, it is a refreshing alternative to lemonade or iced tea.
I hope you will enjoy it as much as our family does." - David, Founder & Grandson.



We recently did an interview with the founder of Victoria's Kitchen Natural Beverages! You may view the interview here


"Originally from France, Victoria’s Kitchen Almond Water was inspired by David’s grandmother’s recipe. Almond Water is made with all natural ingredients, no artificial flavors or colors and 100% pure grandma love.
Ingredients: purified water, cane sugar, natural flavors, natural extracts (almond, vanilla, rose), citric acid and A LOT OF LOVE."
Features: 110 calories per bottle (16 oz glass bottle)
Cocktail Suggestion: Winter Holiday Sangria (Almond Water, cranberry juice, rosemary and white wine)
What We Think: This Almond Water from Victoria's Kitchen is incredibly refreshing and pleasant tasting. The texture is light and smooth, and the flavor is nutty with rose-water and vanilla notes. 
It has a lightly sweetened taste and is perfect chilled, especially with the hot weather. 
This is a non carbonated drink that isn't bad for you. It has around 55 calories and 15 carbs per serving and is made from a minimal amount of all- natural ingredients: water, pure cane sugar, natural almond flavor, and citric acid. 
We highly recommend this beverage, it is very good! It is a deliciously unique almond beverage. 


"Almond Water Coconut brings together the traditional aspect of Almond Water with the tropical flavor of coconut, creating the perfect mix of sweet and refreshing. Enjoy at home or on the go and add fresh mint and a touch of Rum for a fun cocktail!
Ingredients: purified water, cane sugar, almond, coconut and other natural flavors, citric acid, and a lot of LOVE."
What: Almond Water Coconut
Features: 100 calories per bottle (16 oz glass bottle)
Suggestion: Mixing frozen fruits like Bananas, Mangos and Blueberries with the Almond Water Coconut is the perfect summer treat! 
What we think: Victoria's Kitchen Almond Water Coconut is a refreshing treat! It does not contain any of the overwhelming coconut flavor that some stay away from. Rather, this beverage uses a light, natural coconut flavoring on top of the almond water.  
This beverage has the right mix of flavors- enough of the coconut without overpowering the almond water base. The light sweetness also helps bing the two flavors together. 
Victoria's Kitchen has done a great job of mixing both almond and coconut together. The coconut brings an added element to the almond water that gives the beverage a tasty twist from the already tasty Almond Water Original. If you love almonds or coconut, you will love this!


These products are available in over 800 locations (mostly on the West Coast). With a focus on natural and specialty retailers, they are sold in stores like Whole Foods, Bristol Farms, New Seasons, AJ's fine foods and many more. These are also sold at HEB in Texas and The Fresh Market on the East Coast.

www.drinkvictoriaskitchen.com