Saturday, April 10, 2010

One Year....plus a Bonus Giveaway


Today is my blogging anniversary. When I started writing, I wasn't sure which direction this blog would go, I treated it as an online journal, to work through what was going on in my head on a day to day basis. I wrote about my kids, all of the great "homes" I've been lucky to live in, how I missed a job that I loved. I needed to figure out what I truly enjoyed in my life, to see which path I was going to go down next.

Fast forward a year, and I realize I enjoy several things: making a happy home for my husband and children, being a good sister, daughter and friend, running, cooking, and of course, eating. I decided to challenge myself in my running, it's something that has been a part of my life for over 20 years, and I took a big step and ran my first half marathon. Now I'm gearing up for a full. I take comfort and pleasure in cooking and eating good food, and realize if I eat right the majority of the time, I won't feel guilty about eating chocolate, or drinking wine. I enjoy writing, and I love to find humor where you least expect it. I've made some friends through this blog, and I thank you for reading my ramblings.


That said, I'm excited for this next giveaway. Last summer I did a 30 day Smoothie Challenge, made with Amazing Grass. I love veggies, but I'm not a huge fruit person, so I figured if I blended the fruit with the Amazing Grass, I would get a good portion of my 7 -9 servings in one shot. I haven't been compensated by Amazing Grass for my views, this is really how I feel. This stuff re-hydrates me after a long night of listening to Mike snore, and there were a couple of times during the winter when I felt a cold coming on, and I slammed a few extra servings, and my symptoms were gone. My Dad uses it now, as do a few of my friends.


My first giveaway was with Amazing Grass, and that is what I have to give away today, a sample pack of their Organic Green SuperFood Whole Food Energy bars. Two bars each of the Original, Chocolate, Berry and Chocolate Peanut Butter Protein Bars. Each bar has 2/3 of a serving of the SuperFood drink powder, which is what I put into my smoothies.

To enter, check out the Amazing Grass website, and leave me a comment.

For additional entries (please leave a comment for each), you may:

1. be a follower, or become a follower of my blog.
2. spread the word, via your blog, twitter or smoke signals.
3. become a fan of Amazing Grass on facebook, or follow them on Twitter.
4. tell me what you like to use for energy, either to get through the day, or through a workout.

This giveaway ends at Midnight EST, on April 25.

Peace out my friends.....

120 comments:

Danielle said...

I am most definitely a follower

Danielle said...

Pre workout I like to eat almonds or vitamin water for my final push.

heather said...

Happy anniversary!

Pursuit of Healthfulness said...

Congratulations on a year of blogging! I snagged an Amazing Grass bar a couple weeks back when it was on sale and absolutely loved it!

Pursuit of Healthfulness said...

P.S. I'm a follower! (:

Just Lisa said...

Happy blogiversary! I've never even heard of Amazing Grass bar!

I came by to welcome you to SITS! We're happy to have you with us!

Suzy said...

I'm a follower! Congrats on blogging for a year.

Suzy said...

I put your giveaway up on my blog.

Suzy said...

I love the basics of fruits and veggies for energy. Toss in some almonds and I'm all set! I'll have to look more into Amazing Grass because I didn't see soy listed as an ingredient in the products I looked at! Given that Bugs is allergic to soy, I'm always looking for soy free products.

Paige said...

I am intrigued that Amazing Grass products are raw, organic, and gluten free! That's an amazing combination. I have never tried Amazing Grass products, because they are difficult to find in my area...would love to give them a shot!!! Happy Blog Anniversary!

Paige said...

I follow on Google Reader.

Paige said...

For energy, I have a single pack of oatmeal and a tablespoon of peanut butter (about an hour before I run). It gets me to the point of being satisfied, but not being too full.

Debbie said...

I've been following your blog for most of the year. Congrats on your milestone!

Debbie said...

I tweeted about your giveaway. Happy to help spread the word.

Debbie said...

I started following @amazinggrass on Twitter. I'm going to try some of there stuff. I am always looking for energy from good stuff, rather than corn syrup.

Debbie said...

For energy I use almond milk, bananas and lots of peanut butter. I recently found Nutiva's Hempshakes. They are great for recovery drinks, and I have also had success drinking one the night before a morning run. I wake up with energy and ready to go.

kristen said...

Already a follower:)

kristen said...

I drink smoothies with frozen fruit, spinach, and a 'green' like collards, mustards etc... Sometimes I put ground flax seeds, sometimes chia seeds. I'm thinking the amaging grass powder might be a good one too though!

ajh said...

I am a follower.

ajh said...

I visited the website. I am not sure what I would like and am feeling a little skeptical. I should win it so I can try it and be turned around!!!

MCM Mama said...

Congrats on your one year blog anniversary! I'm not a smoothy girl, so I'd love to try out the bars.

MCM Mama said...

I'm a follower.

Mel -Tall Mom on the Run said...

I am a follower, although SUCKY commenter lately. Would love to try this.. Happy one year!!

The Happy Runner said...

Happy blog birthday!!!

I've used AG for smoothies, but haven't tried their bars. Would love to!

The Happy Runner said...

I follow you :-)

Julie said...

I've never heard of Amazing Grass, but I would love to try some of their products.

Congrats on your 1 year anniversary, too!

Julie said...

I'm a follower.

Teamarcia said...

Happy Bloggyversary!
I'm already a follower of course!

Teamarcia said...

I linked you on my blog

Teamarcia said...

I'm a big fan of Larabars ans protein shakes.

Black Knight said...

Happy anniversary. Please go on ....

Michal said...

Congratulations on one year of blogging, I wish you many many more years of it. :)

Michal said...

I am already a follow too!

Michal said...

I now follow amazing grass on facebook.

Michal said...

I love using huge smoothies to give me the energy to power through my workouts.

Michal said...

I blogged about it too.

Allie said...

Congrats on one year, you know I'm a follower!
PS You won my Nuun giveaway!!

Allie said...

I linked on my blog.

Allie said...

I like to use Gu on long runs but when I'm not running I eat Clif bars for energy, I'd love to try amazing grass energy bars though.

Allie said...

I just became a fan on FB.

Sweet and Savory said...

Great giveaway! I found you from Christina's blog over at Dinner at Christinas....my husband would love these bars. I just became a follower:)

Xenia said...

The Chocolate Green SuperFood is a way I can achieve my 5 to 9 daily servings of fruits and vegetables? In CHOCOLATE? Sign me up!

Xenia said...

I follow! Woot woot!

Xenia said...

Before I forget, happy anniversary! Can you believe it's been a whole year already?

What I like to use for energy to get through my workout? Hahahahahaha, that would be assuming that I work out. To get through the day though, I try to get enough sleep and drink plenty of water.

Lisa said...

Thanks for the heads up on the giveaway! I do think I need to get the drink powder and give it a longer try to see what happens! I've seen these bars and they look good!

Happy Anniversaryy!

Lisa said...

I already follow your blog!

Lisa said...

One thing I use for energy (probably a little too often!) is Peanut Butter!! Yum.

The Diva on a Diet said...

Happy Blog-o-versary, Molly! And congratulations!!

Funny, I'm not much of a fruit person either, so I make have to take you up on that smoothie idea. Will check out Amazing Grass, it sounds great and I've never heard of it!

Here's to a great 2nd year of blogging for you!!

theemptynutjar said...

Hi
U have a very nice blog.
I checked the website and am impressed that they offer a good selection of products like chocolate energy bars.

theemptynutjar said...

i will add u to my google reader to follow u.

theemptynutjar said...

I take a short nap...I try to chat with friends to help me through down times.

blueviolet said...

I didn't know wheat grass was so good for you!

blueviolet said...

I'm a follower!

Anonymous said...

I checked out Amazing Grass' and was impressed by their line of products and the ingredients they use to make their products.

3eskimopies @ gmail.com
nocrapdiet.wordpress. com

Kate said...

Well, besides delicious healthy food (usually consisting of fruit and some seeds) for energy, I love the power I get out of music. It's impressive how stimulated, energetic and postive music can make you feel =)

CCJade23 said...

I'm a follower.

CCJade23 said...

I really like Amazing Grass in my smoothies, but I haven't tried their bars yet.

Kelly said...

I love Chocolate Amazing Grass and use it on a daily basis!! My fave smoothie: frozen cherries, plain greek yogurt, 1 scoop choc. AG, raw cacao nibs, raw spinach and a drop of almond extract!! Can't get enough!!

Kelly said...

I am a follower - in the best sense of the word!!

Kelly said...

I follow AG on twitter.

Kelly said...

I use First Endurance nutrition products to fuel my workouts. Their cappucino recovery drink, Ultragen, is the bomb!!

run said...

I've never tried the amazing grass bars, and I would love to.

run said...

and i added you to my google reader.

Mighty M said...

Happy Blogging Anniversary - I visited the site and it looks like they have a lot of wonderful nutritional products so I will definitely check it out more when I can! :)

Mighty M said...

I am a follower too! :)

Alyssa said...

Er, I definitely need some Amazing Grass. I would really love to try it. It's definitely too late to tweet...so I'll be back soon.

Congratulations on your blogaversary!

Just ME the MOM said...

Congratulations! You've done an AMAZING job for a year ;D

Kristin

Nicki said...

Thanks for pointing out Amazing Grass. I have never heard of it before.

Congrats on a year of blogging.

Nicki said...

Following you and Amazing Grass on Twitter and retweeted your giveaway.

Amanda - RunToTheFinish said...

I am not a huge fan on the powder, but I love the AG bars, they are a tasty way to get in my greens while traveling for work

Amanda - RunToTheFinish said...

I tried smoke signals, but the apartment just got really nasty, so I linked back instead. http://runtothefinish.blogspot.com/2010/04/awesome-and-not.html _ this is mentioned on my current post

Amanda - RunToTheFinish said...

I follow

Amanda - RunToTheFinish said...

I like drugs for all sorts of energy, but when those aren't available (i kid), I have some Click protein powder which has a little caffeine and since I don't drink caffeine it works well for me

Julie said...

Yes, I am a follower:)

Julie said...

I will link you in now:)

Julie said...

I love fruit and chocolate!! He he!! I am keeping it real:)

mgonyeo said...

I checked out the site. I think I would love the chocolate flavor!

mgonyeo said...

I follow

Ann On and On... said...

A lot of people I know talk about Wheat grass... I need to try that! Great review. I hope you sent them a copy.
amerskine@hotmail dot com

Stefanie said...

Definitely enter me! I follow you and I also would like to add that for energy on long runs/bike rides, I like to use Chocolate #9. It is an organic, vegan, gluten free and diabetic friendly energy gel.

Laura E said...

I checked out their website and their products all sound great! Especially the Chocolate Powder and the Kidz chocolate superfood powder!!

Laura E said...

I really like eating dried fruit and raw nuts before a workout because it provides me with just the right amount of energy!

madeline said...

I just checked their website and didn't realize how all natural the ingredients are in their bars and powder. I've been wanting to try Amazing Grass for a while now, and now even more so!

madeline said...

And I follow you on my Google Reader!

madeline said...

To keep up my energy throughout the day, I normally have a snack in the afternoon, something with a mixture of protein, carbs and fat to keep me fueled, along with lots of water. Also, a quick walk outside also gets me revived in the late afternoon as well!

MP said...

Congratulations!

MP said...

And I do follow you on my Google Reader.

MP said...

I just sent up a smoke signal...

Melinda said...

I am going to add you to my blogroll and tweet about it now!! I love energy bars like larabars, Amazing grass bars and Green smoothies for energy! :)

Melinda said...

I am a follower of Amazing Grass on Twitter and I also am following you on twitter now and I tweeted about your contest. Going to add you to my blogroll now!!

Barefoot AngieB said...

I used to love Wheat grass until I went gluten free. I still cannot do wheat even if it is gluten free but my hubby does and would never buy anything for himself like this so I am entering for him!!
I think the berry green superfood looks great!

Barefoot AngieB said...

I am a follower of your wonderful blog!

Barefoot AngieB said...

I posted a link to this giveaway on my blog!

Barefoot AngieB said...

I like coffee before a workout if I am at home. I do love GU since its gluten free and I love Clif Shot blocks too. I love to take dried dates with me on runs too if I am not working too hard but just a little energy.

THE ACTORS DIET said...

i love amazing grass! their bars are amazing. well, duh, but they taste pretty good too.

THE ACTORS DIET said...

linked back:
http://theactorsdiet.wordpress.com/giveaways/

THE ACTORS DIET said...

when i need energy during the day, i usually meditate/take a nap.

Kelsey said...

i've never had amazing grass, but they seem like a wonderful company!!!

Kelsey said...

tweeted! @carrothead

Kelsey said...

following amazing grass on twitter! @carrothead

Kelsey said...

following you via google!

Kelsey said...

for energy, i rely on veggies and coffee!! :D

Danielle said...

I'd love to try the Amazing Grass bars - I love that they are raw!

Danielle said...

I love eating fresh fruit to give me energy throughout my day!

bobbie said...

The berry mix sounds yummy!

bobbie said...

I am a follower!

bobbie said...

Linked your giveaway!! bobbie087.blogspot.com

bobbie said...

Fan on FB

bobbie said...

Follower on twitter

bobbie said...

I am a fan of using 5hour energy

Michele said...

I am a follower!

Michele said...

I'm a fan of Amazing Grass on facebook.

Michele said...

I have been munching of Clif Bars as my energy bar, but have been wanting to try Amazing Grass bars.

Kirstin said...

I visited the website and am really interested in trying Amazing grass bars!

Gina said...

Love, love Amazing Grass bars! I have also used the Amazing Grass powders in making frozen chocolate popsicles!
:)

Gina said...

Already a fan on Facebook!

Rrrr said...

Congrats on your anniversary! I need to try Amazing Grass. Would love to win your giveaway!

Rrrr said...

I'm a napper. Love to nap for a bit when I get home from work and before I run...but many times I have a really hard time getting up to go out! LOL

Sadye said...

I love how all natural the bars are!

Sadye said...

when I need energy in the middle of the day I get up and walk...or take a 5 min break and call a friend!