Friday, May 16, 2014

KitchenAid Stand Mixer Giveaway


Hello from Van’s Natural Foods! May is Celiac Awareness month and the perfect time to let our fans know about all the delicious gluten-free offerings from Van’s Natural foods. As you may know, we at Van’s pride ourselves on offering a wide variety of tasty, wholesome food choices – flavorful, simple, whole-grain snacks (including new multigrain chips and PB&J bars!) and a wide variety of whole-grain breakfast options – many of which are gluten-free. Our celiac-friendly snacks and breakfast offerings are made with gluten-free oats, brown rice and hearty whole grains like quinoa, amaranth and millet, with an emphasis on great taste. We’re committed to providing gluten-free offerings so delicious the whole family will enjoy them. But even with tasty packaged foods like Van’s, we know prepping and making your own food is still a big part of living without gluten. So, in celebration of Celiac Awareness Month, we’re offering fans a chance to win a KitchenAid stand mixer. To enter, just use the widget below, which will prompt you to opt into the Van’s e-Club. Van’s e-Club Members get access to exclusive content – news, nutrition advice, recipes and special offers – that isn’t available anywhere else. Membership is free and easy, so whether you’d like to be the first to know about new products or be first in line for promotions, just sign up and you’ll be all set as an official Van’s Fan. The fun doesn’t stop there – visit Van’s Facebook page before Monday, May 19th to sign up and receive a $1.50 coupon valid for any Van’s product. CA promo coupon 1
P.S. – Want to learn more about celiac disease and living gluten-free? Make sure to join our Facebook Q&A with registered dietitian and gluten-free expert, Silvana Nardone from Silvana’s Kitchen, on May 22 from 10-11 a.m. PT. 5.21.14 Silvana Teaser
Happy May! The KitchenAid Stand Mixer is valued at $229.99. This giveaway is open to US residents only, ages 18+ and runs through May 31, 2014 at 11:59 pm EST. a Rafflecopter giveaway This blog is not responsible for prize fulfillment. For questions about this giveaway, which is hosted by the Green Moms Network, please contact Chrystal at Happy Mothering.

Crunchy Farm Baby was not compensated for this post and is not responsible for prize fulfillment. Please contact Chrystal at Happy Mothering with questions about this giveaway or for help organizing one for your brand.

Thursday, May 15, 2014

May Natural Living Blog Carnival: Babies Don't Keep

Welcome to the May 2014 Natural Living Blog Carnival: Green Moms. This post was written for inclusion in the monthly Natural Living Blog Carnival hosted by Happy Mothering and Crunchy Farm Baby through the Green Moms Network. This month, our members are talking about how they take time to care for themselves. Stop by all of the posts to get green ideas on how you can take better care of yourself .

Babies Don't Keep

As many of you know, we welcomed our second son, Desmond, into the world on April 9th (birth story coming soon, I promise!).  I'm sure that any of you with more than one child can relate to the fact that there hasn't been much "me" time lately.  So when it came time to write my post for this month's carnival, it was hard for me to come up with a post about ways that I take time for myself.  Then, one of my fellow mommy friends shared the above poem on Facebook.  And it got me thinking.... it's ok that I'm not taking a lot of time for myself right now.  There's really not much I want to do other than cuddle my new baby, and that's ok.

My sink may have dishes in it from yesterday, my laundry may be piled as high as the washing machine, and I honestly cannot remember the last time I took a shower by myself, but you know what?  My tiny little Desmond slept peacefully on my chest for a solid three hours this afternoon; and Charlie and I spent a crazy amount of time building a block house for a spider this evening after dinner.  And THOSE are the things that I did for myself today - I made memories with my littles.  

One day too soon, my children will be grown and I'll be caught up on chores and will be able to soak in the bathtub with a glass of wine all evening if I choose.  But for now, you'll find me squished between my babies in our family bed, enjoying every cuddly moment that I can get.

So cuddle your babies, mamas.  Make memories with your older ones.  Know that it's ok to genuinely enjoy being with your children and not wish that you were alone.  

Visit Happy Mothering and Crunchy Farm Baby to learn more about participating in next month’s Natural Living Blog Carnival! Please take some time to enjoy the posts our other carnival participants have contributed:

Thursday, May 1, 2014

Signups for May's Natural Living Blog Carnival


I'm excited to announce the May Natural Living Blog Carnival, sponsored by the Green Moms Network and hosted by Happy Mothering and Crunchy Farm Baby! We will be hosting the May Natural Living Blog Carnival on May 15, 2014.

May 2014 Submission Details

Theme: Green Moms

As mothers, we are frequently guilty of taking care of everyone else in the home before we look to ourselves.  So, this month, we are celebrating Moms going green. Join us and share some green ways that you take time for yourself.  Tell us about your green beauty care routine, share your favorite guilty green snack pleasures, or simply let us know how you remember to schedule time for yourself in your busy green mom’s life!

Sunday, April 20, 2014

It's a Boy! (and Guess That Baby Contest winners announced....)

Desmond Gene was born peacefully at home April 9 at 1:22am!  He weighed 7 lbs 10 oz.  Birth story is in the works, but we wanted to share our joyous news!  Big brother Charlie is as in love as Mommy and Daddy are.

Winners of our Guess That Baby Contest are:
1- Gender: There were 12 correct guesses of "boy".  Random winner is Alicia O.
2- Date/Time: There were 2 guesses of April 9, but the closest to 1:22am was Brittney M. with just over an hour difference!
3- Weight: Only one perfectly accurate guess of 7 lbs 10 oz by Gabrielle D.

Winners will be emailed directly.  Thanks to everyone for playing along and celebrating the arrival of our little Dez with us!  Be sure to check back for the birth story soon!

Saturday, April 5, 2014

Guess That Baby! Contest {CLOSED}

So, we haven't really made any announcements here on the blog, but if you follow along with us on Facebook or Instagram, you've probably figured out by now that we're soon going to be Crunchy Farm BabIES!!  Baby number 2 is set to arrive any day now, and to celebrate, I thought we'd have a fun little giveaway contest!  We decided not to find out the gender of this baby, so we have three big questions to answer.... what will baby be, when will he or she be making an appearance, and what size will baby be?  Three winners will be chosen - one for each question.  Your prize will be a special box put together by me, shipped out whenever my babymoon is over!

Questions to answer:
- What gender will baby be?
- When will baby arrive?  Please guess a date and time, so that I can choose a winner if multiple people select the same date.
- How much will baby weigh?

To play:
- I'll be accepting submissions from now, April 5, until baby decides to arrive!
- Only one submission per person.
- Leave your response to both questions in the comments below.  Leave your email address so I can contact you if you are the winner!
- Obviously there will be multiple repeat guesses for the same question.  In this case, will help me determine the winner!  For arrival date, the person closest to the actual time (over or under) will be the winner.

Important information:
- My "official" due date is April 12.  My original due date, according to LMP, was March 28, but ultrasounds confirmed late ovulation, bumping my date to April 12.
- Charlie was born at 37 weeks on the dot, but had been induced for pre-e, so we have no real indicator of how long he would've gone naturally.  He weighed 5 pounds, 7 ounces at birth.  Midwife's prediction at this point is 7½ pounds.
- As of my last appointment with our midwife, on April 2, I was slightly effaced and not dilated.
- For the "old wives tale" followers, here's some random info about my pregnancy that may help with your gender prediction: I carried fairly low and out front the entire pregnancy.  Not much weight gain in general, and most of it is all in my belly.  Cravings have been sweets, sweets, sweets.  My hair and skin have been extra oily.  Heart rate has been a consistent 155.  Morning sickness lasted well into the second trimester.  Chinese gender predictor says "boy."



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