Friday, March 28, 2014

JUS By Julie Review & Giveaway {CLOSED}

Juice cleansing has been a hot topic lately… and for good reason! The benefits of juice cleansing (or simply adding fresh juice to a healthy lifestyle) are endless. Juicing helps your body get rid of toxins, rebalance & reboot. Today I want to share with you JUS By Julie, a cleanse designed to rid your body of impurities through a series of specially formulated drinks. It's a healthy obsession!
Julie explains why she started JUS By Julie:
As a certified nutritionist, what I've drawn from studying many theories on diets and health is; our bodies need a lot of greens to function at peak capacity. Though greens aren’t normally our first choice of food, thus it's hard to get the daily requirement of fiber from just three meals and a few snacks. To achieve that healthy goal, I began to make green smoothies for my husband and me to drink first thing in the morning. 

My health conscious family joined in on the juice, and soon we discovered that this was practically a miracle in a bottle as the effects were incredible. The smoothie provided all that much needed fiber, it was able to tame our sugar cravings, and it gave us a lot of energy. I felt leaner almost instantly, and amazingly my husband's cholesterol went down 70 points! When I went back to school three years ago to study nutrition, I said that if only I could make my own family healthier I would feel accomplished. 

Since, I’ve been sharing my experiences with friends and beyond, who all wanted in on this wonder drink. I started to get up at four in the morning to blend and prepare these smoothies, and then before I knew it word spread and people were calling me for juice. From there on, smoothie-making has grown into a family business. 

JUS, derived from French roots, means with its own juice. Just like its name, JUS is an all-natural juice from fruits and vegetables, nothing more, nothing less. All JUSes are made fresh, enriching the body full of vital vitamins and nutrients. 
The juices are numbered on the side which makes it easy to drink in the recommended order! 
I love that JUS is blended, not pressed. They explain, "When the nutrient-rich fruits and vegetables are blended, the whole product is included. It is the most nutritious JUS you can drink, as it provides all the natural vitamins, minerals, enzymes, and antioxidants found in the raw ingredients. The skin, meat, and all the juice of the produce are combined with the natural fiber contained inside to aid in optimal digestion"
Have questions about the cleanse? Read the FAQ section & learn more about juicing!

A three day JUS cleanse retails for $150 dollars and the juices can also be purchased separately for $8/each. These juices should be enjoyed within 3 days as they are not pasteurized and no preservatives are added. 
JUS offers many delicious flavors: Morning Glory, Acai Blend, Chia Berry, Dr. Green, The Beet of Apples, All Green Everything, Nana Berries, Sweet Spin, Liquid Summer, Pine-apple Mint, Sweet Escape, Simple Green, Day Glow, X-Treme Greens, Choco-Nana, Island Coconut, Coconut Water, Not So Chunky, Java Jus, Almond Breeze, Spicy Lemonade & Spicy Pome-Nade.
The bolded flavors are the JUSes that were included in my cleanse. 

JUS By Julie is certified kosher, however it is NOT certified organic, serious bummer. I will continue with my thoughts on that in a minute. My juices were shipped overnight and delivered by 11am the following day. I loved the packaging and the reusable, insulated bag is perfect for future shopping trips!

I drank 6 JUSes today and plan on continuing with the cleanse. I will be adding some fresh fruit & veggies to help me stay satisfied. I already feel lighter and my digestive system is thanking me! If juice cleanses are not your thing, JUS By Julie is a perfect addition to a healthy lifestyle!

I especially loved the Sweet Spin (spinach, kale, pineapple, banana, mango), Choco-Nana (chocolate, banana, strawberries ~ this literally tastes like a chocolate milk shake! YUM!), Acai Blend (acai berries, strawberries, banana), and Chia Berry (strawberries, chia seeds, lemon, pomegranate). My least favorites were the Morning Glory (romaine, celery, spinach, apple, banana, strawberry) and Spicy Lemonade. I'm not a fan of spicy things, but I tolerated it for my metabolisms sake ;) Chugging the Morning Glory was not bad, just not something I'd like to sip on. It's definitely worth chugging for the amount of nutrients they pack in! I love drinking my greens! 

The only negative for me is that JUS is not organic. I really prefer blending organic produce, that way you know there is no pesticides, GMOs, or other nasties in the produce. I know organic certification is expensive and sourcing organic produce can be difficult… but it is so, SO worth it!  
I really, really hope JUS considers going organic in the future! 
Jus By Julie also uses plastic containers which is a turn off… I would much prefer to be able to reuse the glass. 

This is what one day of juices looks like:

Are you thirsty yet?! 
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Friday Favorites #7

It's been way to long since I've shared with you a "Friday Favorites" post! I'm excited to share with you some things I have been loving over the past month!
Linking up with Fitting It All In's Friday Five link up!

1. Handmade lip balm! Wow, this stuff is amazing! I am beginning to make my own skincare using 100% high quality, organic ingredients. I will be sharing these DIY recipes & selling my products. If you are interested in purchasing OrganicallYou product (currently offering lip balm & deodorant) please email me at ~ everything will be made to order!
This has been a goal of mine since I started this blog and I am overjoyed to be pursuing it and making it a reality!
Stay tuned for updates on my Etsy shop! I will also be adding a section of this blog dedicated to my products! I'm so excited!
This lip balm is made with coconut oil, beeswax, shea and cocoa butter, hemp oil, and essential oils. 

2. This green smoothie is easily my favorite recipe. It has spinach, pineapple, tangerine juice, frozen mango & banana! YUM! I could seriously live off of this.
Using my Glass Dharma straw!

3. Speaking of tangerine juice, these babies are so sweet & tangy, I have been eating and juicing them nonstop!

4. I love this quote, it really hits home with me. I am determined to make a life, not a living... how about you?
So many people nowadays are so caught up in the "rat race" ~ I want nothing to do with that! Simplicity, self sustainability, and happiness are my goals in life.  

5. I have an awesome giveaway going on ~ be sure to check it out! You can win a prize pack from NudeFood featuring all of their nutrient dense snacks! 

What have you been loving lately?

Thursday, March 27, 2014

Be Pawsitive Review

I have two furry children, a Bichon & Boxer; Mea & Maggie. They are both about 4 years old. Ever since I became interested in where my food was coming from, I was interested in choosing products for my dogs that were natural, organic, and good for them.
When I discovered Be Pawsitive Organic Dog Treats, I was so excited! Be Pawsitive offers monthly treat boxes for $11.95/month (you will get a new flavor monthly) or you can purchase the treats separately for $12.95/each. 
Each bag holds approximately 50 treats.
Each purchase provides a box of treats to an animal shelter or rescue organization to help those dogs get ready for a new home. Our mission is to provide the highest quality all natural, USDA certified organic dog treats for your dog and at the same time give back to those dogs in need of a little extra love. While your dog is enjoying one of our treats, know that a shelter dog is too!
For this review, my pups & I were given the Power Berry flavor! I think Maggie, the Boxer, enjoyed them a bit more than Mea. Mea enjoys them sometimes, however other times she will walk away and Maggie quickly scoffs it up!
I was very impressed with the ingredient list:
Certified Organic Ingredients:  Whole oat flour, Whole barley flour, Dark rye flour, Canola oil, Brown rice flour, Dried cranberries, Dried apples, Cracked flax seed, Dried blueberries, Quinoa, Sunflower seeds, Carrots  Apple cider vinegar, Alfalfa, Rosemary, Allspice, Ginger, Calendula, Rosemary oil.
These crunchy snacks are filled with wholesome, high quality nutrition. 
Be Pawsitive offers 9 varieties: Banana Split, Berry Power, Iron Dog, Cheesy Berry, The Original, Relax, Rise and Shine, Pizza Party & Pumpkin Pie.

HOW TREATS HELP DOGS GET ADOPTED: The treats that we give to shelters do more than just provide a happy and healthy snack for dogs. They also provide a way to increase adoption rates. Animal shelter staff and volunteers use our treats to reward dogs during obedience training to help get them ready for new homes. Dogs that are leash trained and obedient are adopted at a much faster rate. Another key factor for adoption is the interaction between the dog and person looking to adopt during the meet and greet. Dogs that are loving and energetic are usually adopted quickly, however some dogs are more reserved and shy especially around new people. Being able to show the dog that your intentions are good by giving them a treat can be an ice breaker and creates a welcoming atmosphere between a person and dog.

Be Pawsitive wants to help as many shelters as possible. If you volunteer at a shelter or rescue organization, you can contact Be Pawsitive to be added to the list of recipients! You can also recommend a shelter of your choice, simply enter the name at check out! How awesome is that?! Be Pawsitive is working extremely hard to give back to dogs in need and I feel great supporting that!

I received product for review purposes ~ all opinions are my own!

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

NudeFood Review & Giveaway {CLOSED}

I have a new product to share with you today! NudeFood is short for "nutrient dense" and these products certainly do not disappoint. NudeFood was founded by Crystal River Organics which was built with the vision of creating amazingly delicious, nutrient-dense food options that everyone could enjoy and benefit from.
 Nude Food avoids using gluten, soy, and dairy. The Nude Food Bars & Ultra0Dense Breakfast Boosts are vegan, as well as being soy and gluten free. They are also virtually 100% raw as the bars are not baked or heated and the nuts and seeds are never roasted, and no oils are added in.
NudeFood offers six delicious bars (brownie walnut mint, chai chocolate spice, cherry vanilla macadamia, mocha coconut cream, peanut butter chocolate chunk, pineapple pomegranate), three Licious Organics honey oat cookies (cranberry almond, cherry berry, chocolate peanut butter), and three Ultra-Dense Breakfast Boost blends (antioxidant berry, coconut pecan probiotic, original spirulina
You can find the ingredient lists & nutritional information on their website!
I especially enjoyed the cherry vanilla macadamia bar, the cherry berry & chocolate peanut butter Licious Organics honey oat cookies, and the original spirulina Ultra-Dense Breakfast Boost! I love that the Ultra-Dense Breakfast Boosts are made with a premium blend of quality almonds, sunflower seeds, hemp protein, and freshly milled golden flax seeds. These powders are perfect for smoothies, yogurt, cereal, in pancake or muffin batter… and more! I also love that their products are organic & nonGMO project verified!
I was really excited to try the mocha coconut cream bar, however, the mocha flavor was a bit to powerful for my personal preference. If you love coffee, you will LOVE this bar.
The Licious Organics honey oat cookies are a raw style unbaked "cookie" made with 100% pure raw honey and certified gluten-free organic oats. I loved both the flavors I was sent (cherry berry and chocolate peanut butter) they are perfect for a sweet, nutrient dense snack. They are great for on the go and are sure to be a hit with children!
And now, for the part you have been waiting for! NudeFood has generously offered to give an amazing prize pack (featuring all of their products!) to one of my readers! 
Enter to win using the Rafflecopter widget below!
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Friday, March 21, 2014

Ozeri Double-Wall Thermo Glasses Review

Made of heat and shatter resistant, borosilicate glass.
Wraparound contour for a comfortable and easy grip.
Double-wall design keeps hands cool with hot drinks.
Stronger and more durable than common glass.
Ozeri Serafino Double Wall Thermo Glasses are currently retailing on Amazon for $34.95 for a set of 4, 12oz glasses. 
You can also buy Ozeri Serafino Double Wall Glasses in a set of 2, 12oz glasses for $19.95 (this is the set I received to review)

  • Set of 4 heat and shatter resistant borosilicate glasses that each hold 12 oz.
  • Stronger and more durable than common glass, each glass features a wraparound contour that provides a natural aesthetic grip
  • Patent-pending double wall design that suspends drinks within an inner wall, creating an engaging optical effect
  • Designed to keep your hands cool with hot drinks and free of condensation with chilled beverages
  • Completely dishwasher, microwave and freezer safe; Ships in an elegant 4 color printed box with a 1 Year Warranty; Satisfaction Guaranteed

  • Made of durable, heat resistant, mouth-blown borosilicate glass of the finest quality, the Serafino's double wall design keeps your hands cool even with the hottest drinks and free of condensation with your chilled beverages. A wraparound contour makes for a natural and effortless grip. The patent-pending Serafino is great for coffee, cappuccinos, hot or iced teas, cocktails and beer, frozen beverages and much more. 

    I broke my Serafino glasses in with green smoothies, of course!
    I love the Ozeri Serafino Double Wall Thermo Glasses for so many reasons! I love that they are made with durable, heat & shatter resistant glass. I also adore that they have a double wall design which helps keep hands cool even while sipping on hot drinks! Plus, these glasses are extremely stylish and chic, which is always a bonus! The glass does feel a bit light, so I am curious to see how they will hold up. Although they are dishwasher safe, I decided to gently hand wash them. Better safe than sorry, right?

    UPDATE! A few days after I started using these glasses, the bottom completely broke off one of them. I am extremely disappointed with the quality of this glass. It is very thin and not durable whatsoever. Here is a picture of the broken glass:
    I would not recommend this product. It is a great idea, however, the glass is just not durable. 

    I received two Serafino glasses for review purposes ~ all opinions are my own!

    Friday, March 14, 2014

    LesserEvil Snacks Review

    Have you heard of LesserEvil snacks? If not, you are seriously missing out & I can't wait to share them with you! This Connecticut based company makes healthier, "LesserEvil" snacks that you will LOVE. You can satisfy your need for crunch (completely guilt-free!) with their delicious snack varieties! For this review I was provided three flavors of Chia Crisps (Feta and Black Olive, Jalapeno White Cheddar & Crunchy Dill Pickle), two varieties of Chia Pop (Sea Salt and Cracked Pepper & Classic Theater Style) and three bags of Super 4 (Kale & Roasted Garlic, Roasted Red Pepper and Nacho Cheese). You can view all their products here, along with the nutritional information & pricing!

    I especially loved both varieties of Chia Pop and all three flavors of Super 4! My hubby enjoyed the Jalapeno White Cheddar Chia Crisps, they were a bit to spicy for me! I personally was not a fan of the Feta and Black Olive and Crunchy Dill Pickle Chia Crisps. However, I'm sure some taste buds love them! 
    Super 4's crunchy bite sized snacks will make even the pickiest eater fall in love. My hubby (whom is not the biggest fan of vegetables) couldn't get enough! My personal favorite was the Kale & Roasted Garlic. Each variety had a distinct and powerful flavor. YUM!

    LesserEvil explains how their snacks are packed with nutritional value and completely "Empty Calorie Free"

    New studies confirm that the crunchy hull in popcorn is packed with antioxidants similar to those found in fruits and vegetables. Combine that with the fiber and whole grains we already knew about, popcorn might just be the perfect healthy snack.
    Black beans offer a more nutritious base than potato or rice. In addition to being low in fat and high in protein and fiber, they offer loads of other health benefits: improve digestion, regulate blood sugar, support heart health, reduce risk of cancer, improve the nervous system, and reduce sulfite sensitivity.
    A super-seed rich in Omega 3s, fiber, minerals, Vitamin C and anti-oxidants. Also helpful nutrition for diabetics (reduces blood pressure and inflammation). Milling it makes it digestible.

    I would definitely recommend LesserEvil snacks. They are delicious & nutritious! How can you go wrong with popcorn, beans, and chia? Talk about packing in some serious nutrients! I love the variety of flavors and products LesserEvil offers. Oh and did I mention they are non-GMO Project verified? So awesome!!!

    I received LesserEvil snacks for review purposes ~ all opinions are my own!

    Thursday, March 13, 2014

    Sjaak's Organic Chocolate Review

    Sjaak's Organic Chocolate creates the highest quality delicious gourmet organic chocolates, while supporting a positive work environment, fair trade practices, and encouraging sustainable agriculture through the use of organic, non-GMO ingredients
     I was given the opportunity to review a few of their organic goodies:
    The organic dark chocolate peanut butter bites & dark chocolate carmel bites, Eli's Earth Bars (Dream Big Bar, Treasure Bar & Celebrate Bar) and milk chocolate bunny were all absolutely divine. All these products are vegan! I especially loved the Celebrate Bar which has yummy caramel & coconut topped with almonds and surrounded by chocolate!
    The Treasure Bar has a solid layer of crunchy peanut butter topped with caramel and coated in creamy "milk" chocolate. It was even better than it sounds!
    I also really enjoyed the Dream Big Bar which has caramel and peanut butter topped with peanuts coated in creamy "milk" chocolate. I ate that one before I could snap a picture, whoops!
    Eli's Earth Bars donates 5% of the proceeds to a charitable children's organization. Enjoy a delicious, organic, fair trade chocolate bar while simultaneously supporting children in need
    I love that these candy bars are organic, fair trade, and vegan. They retail for $2.29 each and can be purchased here!

    The Easter Peanut Butter bites and Easter Caramel bites each retail for $9.95 and each bite sized chocolate is shaped like a sunflower and comes wrapped in foil! 

    I would be one happy camper if I got these organic goodies in my basket for Easter! I also love this small smiling bunny, so festive!

    Sjaak's Organic Chocolate carries a large array of organic chocolate goodies, there is something for every palate! They offer gift wrapping and you can even include a personal message! What a sweet gift to give (or receive!) 

    I was provided Sjaak's chocolate for review purposes, all opinions are my own!

    Friday, March 7, 2014

    Chocholistic Review

    Chocholistic is a super-free, superfood chocolate that is free of any allergens like nuts, gluten, or soy. Because we use an all-natural sweetener that comes from birch trees, you don't have to worry about Chocholistic affecting your blood sugar or your waistline.
    This chocolate is half supplement, half dessert. With 10 amazing superfoods that have the highest amounts of antioxidants and phytonutrients, Chocholistic is not only guilt-free, it's a health food!
     Chocholistic is a local Connecticut company that hand makes each bar. They offer many delicious flavors, including Mocha Chip, SuperSlim Bar, Herbal Mint, Goji Superfruit, Cacao Coconut, and Original Superfood. The individual bars retail for $7.99 each and can be purchased hereChocholistic also has an awesome blog with great articles and recipes!

    Chocholistic is a superfood chocolate factory that uses high-anoxidant herbs, roots, and fruits inside of super-free chocolate. Handmade in Connecticut, we use powerful, raw ingredients and an all-natural sweetener from birch trees to make our superfood chocolate as beneficial as it is delicious.

    I love that Chocholistic is raw, vegan, organic, sugar free, and allergen free!
    For this review, I was provided one bar of the Original Superfood. Personally, I thought it was a bit bitter and I honestly cannot just eat it off the bar. I LOVE how many superfoods are included in Chocholistic and how it has so many health benefits. I plan on picking up some avocados and making a delicious Chocholistic superfood pudding! Stay tuned for that recipe! If you enjoy dark chocolate, you will definitely LOVE Chocholistic!

    Monday, March 3, 2014

    EcoJarz Review & Giveaway {CLOSED}

    EcoJarz is a smart & simple way to transform your canning jar into a drinking glass!
    The EcoJarz drink-top will fit any standard mouth canning jar – whether it’s an empty apple sauce, jam, or spaghetti sauce jar – and turn it into a glass to-go drink container!  Our drink tops are made of high-quality stainless-steel with an FDA silicone gasket to prevent spills and leaks.  
    EcoJarz gives you the healthful benefits of glass and stainless-steel and the ability to use and reuse hundreds of glass containers commonly available.
    Start up-cycling your jars and drinking toxin-free today!
    EcoJarz is super easy to assemble, as you can see from this sketch: 
    It's no secret I have a slight obsession with drinking out of canning jars. EcoJarz makes it easy for me to take my glass jars on the go! Read more about why you should choose EcoJarz here!
    EcoJarz offers many different products. I was sent both the silicone and stainless steel lids. They offer both lids for small and large mouth canning jars. EcoJarz also has stainless steel drinking straws and smoothie straws! You can also purchase stainless steel tea infuser baskets, canning jars, and mugs through EcoJarz!
    The straws are really easy to clean, thanks to EcoJarz straw cleaners!
    I really love EcoJarz, they are perfect for enjoying your smoothies, juices, and infused water. They are ideal for traveling and taking your healthy drinks on the go!
    Want to win one stainless steel lid & straw for a regular mouth canning jar? THREE WINNERS will be chosen! Enter to win using the Rafflecopter widget below!
    The EcoJarz lid & straw DOES NOT come with a canning jar
    Why wait? Shop now!
    All entries are optional! Winner's entries will be verified
    This giveaway will start March 3rd and close March 28th 2014 at 12am EST
    Open only to the USA ~ I'm sorry International friends! Must be 18+ 
    Winner will have 48 hours to respond to the email or another winner will be selected

    I am not responsible for prize fulfillment
    I received EcoJarz products for review purposes, all opinions are my own!
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