Organic Cocomo Joe Foods Giveaway

Sometimes I love my job. I’m sitting here in my favorite chair typing this post for you, while munching on the yummiest organic vegan caramel corn. Can’t wait to introduce you to Cocomo Joe!

Joe himself sent me an email last month telling me that I needed to try and write about his products because they were the heathiest and most delicious foods of their kind. I think he was right. What shall I share with you first?

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How about the BABYBAR. A teething biscuit that you will even want to bite on! Made of organic coconut, organic raw coconut nectar, organic chia seeds, organic raw virgin coconut oil, and organic cold pressed vanilla extract. Seriously, if you love coconut you will eat this bar up!

Raw, organic, vegan, gluten-free, paleo teething bar for kids. There is not another one like it in the world!

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JOEBAR, which is also raw, organic, vegan, gluten-free and paleo, and delicious too! Athletes and vegans as well as raw foodies love these bars. They are the cleanest in the world, with only 8 ingredients.

Flavors include Cocoa, Coffee (!!!), Cranberry, Fig, Mango and the original JOEBAR is called Green and contains spirulina “which is so dense with nutrients, you may feel better just by holding this one in your hand!” hee hee!

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The GRANOLA is oh yum yum! Milk Chocolate Granola. You heard me. And Salty Chocolate Granola. Add a little milk and you’ll get a crunchy treat with some leftover chocolate milk to slurp up. This is good for me? Yes!

C’Man loves the Ginger Apple Granola in his morning yogurt. How about Cranberry? Oh Egg Nog?! I know you want to try it!

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Last but not least, COCOMO CORN. The only organic vegan caramel corn are earth made with coconut oil, coconut nectar and coconut sugar for the caramel base. It is delicious and also safe for diabetics with the low glycemic index of the coconut products.

You won’t stop eating it!

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WIN one of every product! (ARV $63)

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I received these yummy foods for review and all opinions are my own. This giveaway will end on May 2, 2014 at midnight EST. Winners will be drawn via rafflecopter. Once a winner is drawn I will contact them and they will have 48 hours to reply before I draw a new winner. Giveaway is open to anyone in the US/Can and you must be 18 years of age or older. Giveaway not affiliated with Facebook & I release them of liability. Winner will be posted in the rafflecopter widget.

I had Tough Questions for Bundoo about Preschoolers

Last month I shared Bundoo.com. A website that offers a wealth of information and an online community for smart, busy parents like us! You will find:

  • Free articles reviewed and written by pediatricians, OB/GYNs and child development specialists
  • A Marketplace that features pediatrician-approved products
  • The groundbreaking Ask Bundoo paid service that connects parents directly with pediatricians, OB/GYNs and other childcare experts to answer questions privately so that parents can get peace of mind without having to make a trip to the doctor and pay a co-pay.

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This month I was able to interview Dr. Raquel Anderson, Behavioral Health Specialist. I asked her some tough questions about P’Diddy, my preschooler.

1) How could I prepare for Kindergarten in the next year and a half? We homeschool preschool.

I am not sure if you are planning to continue homeschooling or to send him to a school. I will answer as if you are preparing him for school in the classroom away from home. As you know from your older two boys, Kindergarten has changed a lot from when we were in school.  Most kids no longer nap and academically they are much more advanced. I would put a lot of emphasis on reading skills. This includes recognizing letters, phonics and sight words, and beyond if he’s so motivated. One can never be too skilled of a reader. Reading seems to be the biggest difference and can be the most noticeable deficit in Kindergarteners. Also, help him to develop strong social skills that foster cooperation, sharing, manners, and patience. Kindergarteners are very self absorbed individuals and typically their biggest adjustment is to the environment and new routine. That brings me to the next recommendation. Stamina. For a lot of children going to Kindergarten outside of the home makes for a very long day. Most Kindergartens are full day, where preschool typically is not. This can make for very tired, cranky little ones as they adjust to this new schedule.  As you get closer to the start of Kindergarten, start to lengthen his day. If he is still napping, start to wean him down from this part of the routine.  Also, you can adjust his meals to model what he would expect in his new school day.

2) What is the best displinary plan for an opinionated and stubborn 4yr old?

Being opinionated and stubborn in a different light can be good traits to have. I respect someone who can speak their mind and not be a pushover. However, when overdone these traits can certainly lead to a disrespectful child, this simply will not fly. So work on tempering the traits without eliminating them completely.When it comes to discipline, I feel this is parent and child specific.  Not every strategy will work on him and you will likely find that there are strategies, for whatever reason, don’t fit with you well either. And being a mom of three I have found that what worked well for one of my boys hasn’t worked well for all of them. It truly varies. Not knowing your boys or your situation the best advise I would give is CONSISTENCY. No matter the method or strategy, be consistent. Don’t give up on a strategy until you have given it ample time. It takes approximately 22 days to form a new habit. I recommend that you stick with your plan for at least that long.  Also, it is best that the consequence follow as close to the action you would like to remedy. Delayed consequences and rewards are far less effective than immediate ones.

3) Are there good actitivies that all of my boys can play/participate in together? Always looking for ideas!

I have found that the best activities for kids with a large age differential are done outdoors. Things like going for bike rides, or playing a sport, even activities like fishing can be a hit. Things like board games and be too hard with the age difference of your boys. Another thing I have done with my boys from very early on is to get them involved in the kitchen. The little ones can clean veggies, stir, and help measure. I allow them to do more sophisticated and complex things as they get older. We all have fun in the kitchen together now.

4) Is all this technology – computers, tv, etc – good for this age? I always like it as a learning tool, but feel it may go to far.

We live in a technological age and increasingly so. It is very easy to use and get consumed by. More and more is becoming digital these days. This makes it hard to avoid. The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends only 2 hours of screen time per day.  Since the content on TV and accessible through the computer can be inappropriate I certainly recommend that you steer your kids towards the educational material (as you already are) for their screen time. Children need to experience the world in which they live first hand rather than having a virtual experience. Therefore, it is better to get out and do, play, create, get dirty, socialize and experiment with the world around them. Having these kinds of experiences is crucial in developing their social skills, cognitive and spacial skills.

5) How do I convey to him it is ok to go #2 in the potty? The question of my life!

Now for the question of your life :-)… There is often a lot of fear associated with pooping on the potty. Also, kids will withhold bowel movements as a form of control at times.  I would suggest a lot of encouragement and a watchful eye. You will want to catch him beforehand needing to go. Suggest the two of you go to the potty.  I would make sure you stay in there with him. Bring a book or even a video to watch. Pick a time when you know he typically has his bowel movements.  So if he always has a bowel movement in the morning or afternoon that would be the perfect time. Right before he actually goes in the potty he will suddenly get anxious and want to get off the potty. This is why you have the books and or videos in there. You will use them to distract himself or pass the time until he goes. In the beginning it make take a little time. So pick a time when you are not going to have to rush him, as this could only make him more anxious about it. Once he is successful celebrate! He will like be very relieved and going on the potty gets easier with time

Thank you Dr. Anderson! You too can ask any personal question with the Ask Bundoo feature!

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I am a Bundoo Blog Ambassador. This post is part of a sponsored campaign. I received compensation for my participation, but my review and opinions are my own. 

Health Starts Here Tour & $50 Whole Foods Market Giveaway

I am a frequent Whole Foods Market shopper, but how much do I really know about the store in general and how they really are concerned about our health and have done much of the homework for us on finding the right products. Let me tell you a bit more!

I recently took their Health Starts Here Tour at my local market with my new friend and tour-guide Danielle, to help me pick out the right kind of foods I should be buying and cooking for my family. I had a one on one course showcasing the Four Pillars of Healthy Eating. Are you ready to hear them?

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1. Focus on Whole Foods

Not Whole Foods Market, but foods that are ‘whole’ and classified as pure – not processed. Our meals should be loaded with whole, unrefined and unprocessed foods. I like to think of whole foods as foods that God created for us to take from the earth to keep our bodies running – fruits, veggies, fish, grains, etc. You won’t find any factory-made artificial flavors, colors, preservatives, sweeteners and hydrogenated fats from your diet here!

Have you heard the tip to stick with the outside perimeter of the store? Walking down the inner aisles is where you find most of your boxed, processed, and ready-to-go foods. The outer skirts you’ll find the fresh whole foods!

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Did you know that all pre-packaged fruit and veggies are cut in-house and not shipped from elsewhere?

2. Eat Plant-Strong

Focus on plant-based foods. We definitely eat meat at our house, but one thing I need to remember is the meat doesn’t have to be the main focus.  The majority of the plate should contain raw and cooked vegetables, fruits, legumes and beans, nuts, seeds and whole grains. When you eat more plants, you’re helping your body get the key micronutrients it needs to function at its best.

Danielle taught me that using the bulk aisle for your beans, quinoa, and other whole grains is a great savings AND can be healthier than buying canned or ready-made boxed mixes. I think a big part for me is that cooking dried foods can be a little daunting and time consuming, but really once you know how you just make it a part of your routine and plan ahead. I am determined to make this my new favorite aisle!

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Did you know that buying bulk saves money and packaging?

3. Choose Healthy Fats

Get your healthy fats from whole plant-based foods like nuts, seeds and avocados. Then minimize the amounts of extracted oils and processed fats you cook with on a daily basis.

Get rid of that canola oil…and the margarine. Whole Foods has a great variety of oils, but remember not to base your entire healthy fat intake on oils…use more whole foods!

Did you know that you should always check labels? ‘Healthy’ cererals may still contain a lot of sugar.

4. Consider Nutrient Density

This is something I never knew about and Danielle taught me that Whole Foods has signage right in their produce department listing the nutrient density of each food. (should have gotten a pic for you!)

A variety of nutrients – such as vitamins, minerals and phytonutrients – are essential for good health and every food as a balance. The Aggregate Nutrient Density Index, or ANDI is a scoring system that rates foods on a scale from 1 to 1000 based on nutrient content. You can see which foods are the most nutrient rich and build your meals around that!

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Did you know that you can grab 4 fresh sides for $4 if they have the Health Starts Here logo? yum!

This was an awesome tour. Not just to showcase everything that Whole Foods Market carries to make my life easier, but to teach me how to buy the right foods and what to watch for the next time I shop.

Feel free to call your local store and ask about the Health Starts Here Tour. I know they will be happy to show you around too!

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Did you know that the bakery doesn’t use any artificial flavors or colors? It was P’Diddy’s favorite part of the tour!

WIN $50 to Whole Foods Market!

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I partnered with Whole Foods Market for this review and all opinions are my own. This giveaway will end on April 30, 2014 at midnight EST. Winners will be drawn via rafflecopter. Once a winner is drawn I will contact them and they will have 48 hours to reply before I draw a new winner. Giveaway is open to anyone in US/Canada and you must be 18 years of age or older. Giveaway not affiliated with Facebook & I release them of liability. Winner will be posted in the rafflecopter widget.