Thursday, February 25, 2010

Ayala's Herbal Water gift box winner!

The winner of the gift box of Ayala's Herbal Water is choosingloosing from the Choosing Loosing blog!  Hope you enjoy the lavender mint flavor that has your interest piqued!  Please e-mail me (less.sweet at gmail dot com) with your mailing address ASAP! 

Thursday, February 18, 2010

Water with a kick! Ayala's Herbal Water giveaway

Disclaimer:  Ayala's Herbal Water provided samples for me to review for this giveaway.

What is Ayala's Herbal Water?  Plain and simple, it's flavored water.  No sugar or sweetener added.  The flavors are unusual and intriguing - cinnamon and orange peel for example.  Or maybe lavender and thyme would be more your style.  Ayala's Herbal Water comes in six different flavors.  In addition to the two flavors listed above, there is also ginger and lemon peel; lemongrass, mint, and vanilla bean; lemon verbena and rose geranium; and cinnamon, clove and cardamom.  Zero calories.  Nothing artificial.  No preservatives.

Ayala's Herbal Water is the brain child of Dr. Ayala Laufer-Cahana, M.D.  Dr. Ayala is a physician (pediatrics and medical genetics), mother of three, and entrepreneur.  Dr. Ayala started making these drinks using herbs from her own garden.  She decided to offer these drinks on a larger scale as an alternative to the sugary beverages that are the norm for kids and adults. 
How does it taste?  I immediately went for the cinnamon and orange peel flavor when my package arrived.  Opening the bottle of water, I got an immediate and amazing whiff of orange and cinnamon.  The taste?  Pure and clean.  Each flavor tastes exactly as advertised - surprisingly so.  Unlike most flavored waters on the market, there is no added sweetness.  The lack of added sweetness takes some getting used to.  That's not a bad thing, but a reality of how our taste buds expect our drinks to be sweet (um...especially mine).  I especially liked the orange cinnamon and the cloves, cardamom, and cinnamon flavor.  The flavors are true and remarkably intense. These waters are great for when you want a little flavor with your water but still want to feel good about what you're drinking.

Win it!
Ayala's Herbal Water is graciously providing a gift pack for one lucky reader!  In this gift pack you'll find  a bottle of each flavor plus a Herbal Water tote bag.  Find out first hand which is your favorite flavor!

To win, tell me which flavor you most want to try.  You can earn additional entries by doing any or all of the following, leaving a separate comment for each addition action:
Whew!  Lots of ways to enter!  Entries will be accepted until Wednesday, February 24 at 11:59 pm.  The winner will be announced on the following Thursday.  The winner will have until Sunday, Feb. 28 to e-mail me a US mailing address or a new winner will be selected.

Check this out!  Lori at Fake Food Free is giving away a jar of Tropical Traditions Coconut Peanut Butter.  The ingredients?  Coconut and peanuts.  Time is short of this giveaway!  Enter before noon on Friday, Feb 19.

Thursday, February 11, 2010

Equal Exchange gift basket winner!

Congratulations to Andra of Love to Eat, Hate to Exercise!  Andra, send me an e-mail (less.sweet at gmail dot com) with your mailing address, and I'll get your fantastic prize in the mail to you!

Check back on Monday for another great giveaway!

Thursday, February 4, 2010

Equal Exchange Chocolate and Coffee Giveaway!

Have I got a giveaway for you!  Chocolate and coffee!  And not just chocolate and coffee, but REALLY GOOD chocolate and coffee.  (Ok, the chocolate is definitely good.  I'm not a coffee drinker so I can't personally vouch for the coffee.)

I was so excited when Mambo Sprouts contacted me asking if I would want to review and/or giveaway an Equal Exchange Chocolate and Coffee gift bag.  Why?  I already buy Equal Exchange chocolate.  I love dark chocolate.  Some brands of dark chocolate have an unpleasant chalky taste to me - not so Equal Exchange dark chocolate.  Equal Exchange chocolate is smooth with a wonderful, deep chocolate flavor.

Maybe best of all?  Equal Exchange only sells fairly-traded products.  The fair-trade system helps to support small scale farmers, and the initiatives taken by the farmer co-ops directly help the farmers' communities.  (Read Confessions of an Eco Sinner for an interesting exploration of the good and bad side of fairly-traded products in general.  It's not all roses, but it does seem that farmers who sell their products to fair-trade companies are indeed a little better off.)

Coffee and chocolate?  I'm not a coffee drinker, but this really does seem like a logical combination to me.  Love the idea of the flavors of the chocolate and coffee playing off of each other.  Here's what comes in the gift bag:
  • One bag of Organic Love Buzz coffee 12oz, drip
  • One bag of Organic Mind, Body & Soul coffee 12oz, drip
  • Two Organic Panama Extra Dark Chocolate Bars
  • Two Organic Milk Chocolate Bars
  • A coffee pairing instruction card

Win it!
Leave a comment telling me about your favorite chocolate and/or coffee for one entry.  Earn more entries for doing any of the following (leave a comment for each additional entry!):
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Entries will be accepted until midnight on Tuesday , February 9, and the winner will be announced on Wednesday, February 10.  The winner must provide a U.S. shipping address by Feb. 14 or a new winner will be chosen.

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