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Oct, 2010

I'm Totally Bear Naked
Aubrey LOVES this stuff!
And so does Gene Simmons

A couple weeks ago I received a lovely package of goodies from the folks at Bear Naked. I knew them for their awesome granola, but they have just put out a new line of trail mixes and COOKIES that are really quite fab.

We sampled the Chocolate Cherry and Pecan Apple Flax trail mixes and the Double Chocolate Soft-Baked Cookies and we love it all! We are people on the go and I also pack a lunch for Aubrey every weekday morning now. When I ask her what she wanted in her lunch bag the other morning, she grabbed the box of cookies and said. “These please!” Aubrey gives the

cookies a thumbs up. They taste a bit like a brownie met up with a cookie and they made a baby. A soft, healthy, chocolatey baby. Who wouldn’t want to eat THAT baby?

The cookies also come in Fruit and Nut and the trail mix also comes in Cranberry Protein.

So here comes the no kidding part… Bear Naked foods are made with all natural ingredients, and I swear to you that you can read and pronounce every ingredient on the label. Ingredients like cranberries, cherries, whole grain oats, brown rice syrup, oat bran, etc. Absolutely NO: HFCS, artificial preservatives, artificial flavors, cholesterol, hydrogenated oils or trans fats.

I’m not a complete health nut, but I’m probably more ingredient label conscious than most and certainly started choosing more carefully in the grocery store aisles after my kiddo started eating solid food. I was blessed with a healthy child and I’d like to do my best to keep her that way, so we do what we can here without going too crazy. The Bear Naked products are a really simple way to add some healthy snacks into our everyday lives. I’ve been eating their granola for a while now, so I’m pretty stoked about the new stuff. Did I mention COOKIES?! HECK YEAH!

Price for these products are $2.99 for a 4.5 oz bag of trail mix and $3.19 for a box of 8 cookies. It’s a decent deal and if you join the DEN, which is Bear Naked’s online club-y type of deal, you get a 5% discount when you purchase from their website.

One more super cool thing about this company that I’d like to mention – Bear Naked has partnered with TerraCycle. This means you can mail in your empty Bear Naked bags and boxes and TerraCycle will upcycle them into groovy new products, like tote bags, shower curtains, umbrellas and more! You earn points for every piece you send in and can cash out your points for gear lik reuseable shopping bags or t shirts. Or you can form a brigade of folks within an organization and receive .02 per bag for your group.

Enjoy and eat healthy! Sometimes. Don’t go insane on me though. OK? Happy Halloween. 🙂

I was not compensated for this review and an opinions expressed here are my own. I did receive free samples of Bear Naked products to facilitate my review. So there.

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Jul, 2009

Simple Things to Make a Difference

Here I am posing with Nemo, the clown fish. OK, so it’s not the real Nemo, but I do LOVE fish.

I did NOT view the Michael Jackson memorial service today, but I DID attend the Dive Club meeting at ECO Dive Center in Culver City, CA and we listened to a volunteer speaker from Surfriders. She talked to us about plastics and their negative affect on the ocean and marine life. I already knew most of the information, but I thought I’d take a few minutes to share what I know and hopefully inspire others to make conscious choices about our ecology. Hey, Michael Jackson loved animals, right? He even sang that Free Willy song, right? See, I’m not a total social deviant. It’s still all about Michael…

Seriously though, it’s a big problem and while I believe big corporations need to do their part since their greed is kind of screwed everything up anyway, we can all do a little something. And if you think I’m full of doo-doo, then look at this… and now keep reading…

Here are several simple things we can all do in our everyday lives to make a difference:

– Stop buying/drinking beverages in plastic bottles (only 12% of plastic bottles are recycled in the US and the caps are always trashed).

– Get some stainless steel water bottles and a home water filtration system. Two very popular choices are: Klean Kanteen and Sigg.

– Use cloth shopping bags and if you can, refuse bags when offered (only 1% of plastic bags are recycled)

– Always cut up plastic soda can rings and make sure bottle caps and plastic rings from milk jugs, etc, end up in the garbage – but even better, STOP USING THEM!

– When getting take out food ask them to leave out the plastic utensils, straw and even extra stuff like ketchup and soy sauce packets, if you’re not going to use them. I know mine usually end up in the trash and I have a junk drawer in the kitchen full of plastic forks wrapped in napkins with rubber bands! Stupid.

– Pick up plastic! If you see plastic trash on the beach, park, etc, pick it up and get it to a recycle bin if possible

– Reduce your seafood consumption and only eat sustainable seafood, if you must. Lots of great info at: The End of the Line site.

– If you need to use disposable utensils and plates, use corn, bamboo or paper products. Just Google it and you’ll be amazed at how many products are out there!

– Start channeling Nancy Regan and just say NO! Not to drugs! Do all the drugs you want! To styrofoam and plastics. Actually, did you know that styrofoam is just another form of plastic? Start bringing your own reusable food containers and travel mugs along with you and most food establishments are happy to use them instead. Some food establishments will even give you a discount (Starbucks and Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf are a couple)!

So, there you have it people. There are a million more ways you can make a little difference starting right now, so why wait? At least, do it for Michael.

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