Month: February 2012

Wholesome Goodness Giveaway!

Today’s giveaway is from Wholesome Goodness, a company focused on keeping things simple and using natural ingredients. They make sure to include more of the good stuff (like fiber & antioxidants) while keeping out the bad stuff by banning 126 unhealthy ingredients other companies allow in their products.

THE WINNER WILL RECEIVE:

·         Multi Grain & Flax Tortilla Chips:  Made with an ancient grain medley of amaranth, millet, quinoa, sorghum and teff, these chips also deliver 20g of whole grains and 200mg of Omega-3 ALA per serving.

·         Grilled Vegetable Tortilla Chips:  By using a vegetable medley of green and red bell peppers, broccoli, tomato and carrots, these chips deliver 1/3 cup of vegetables per serving.

·         Whole Grain Sea Salt Crisps: With 19g of whole grains per serving, the Whole Grain Crisps are a light, great-tasting and low-sodium snack.

·         Mild Garden Salsa: Features 66 percent less sodium than mainstream brands.

·         Kansas City Style Barbecue Sauce: The first ingredient in Wholesome Goodness barbecue sauces is tomatoes, unlike most mainstream brands that start with high fructose corn syrup. The Kansas City-inspired version delivers a sweet and savory smoked flavor.

·         Rice & Wheat Flakes with Strawberries: This cereal features 9 grams of whole grains per serving and is cholesterol-, saturated-fat and trans fat-free. It also offers 29 percent less sodium and 50 percent more fiber than competing brands.

·         Omega Apple Cinnamon Granola Bars: These hearty granola bars are made with a blend of whole grain rolled oats, whole grain wheat flakes, crisp rice, brown sugar, pumpkin seeds, roasted sunflower seed kernels and more, with flax seed meal for an Omega boost.

·         Multigrain Maple Brown Sugar & Pecans Hot Cereal: With 33g of whole grains and 4g of fiber, this hot cereal is a great all-natural start to the day.

·         Quick Cook Steel Cut Oats: The great taste of steel cut oats in only a fraction of the time, one serving features 40g of whole grain and is an excellent source of fiber, iron and protein.

·         Mountain Mix Trail Mix Snack Tubes:  A mix of raisins, almonds, peanuts and sunflower seeds and dark chocolate chunks, served in a lunch box-friendly, single-serving snack tube.

HOW TO WIN:

  1. Contestants must have a USA shipping address to be eligible for entry (sorry non USA readers!)
  2. “Like” the Wholesome Goodness Facebook page and leave a comment saying you did so
  3. For an extra entry tweet about this giveaway and/or like the All Natural Annie Facebook page (please leave a separate comment for each of these actions)

You have until 10:00pm ET Thursday, March 1st to enter. Visit on Friday to see who won all of this goodness!

Currently, Wholesome Goodness is only available at Walmarts in Washington D.C., Maryland, Virginia, North Carolina and West Virginia. Find out the specifics with their store locator link: http://wholesome-goodness.com/US/locator/.  

Clear Your Mind

Here are some very doable ways to calm and clear your mind:

  • Take a technology fast – for an hour, for a day, for a week… whatever you can handle. Experience what a difference not being constantly connected makes in your life. It might even be a little unsettling at first because it’s such a foreign concept to us these days. 

Warning: some common side effects of a technology fast include increased free time, more time doing things you truly enjoy and a less anxious state of being.

  • Spend a few hours organizing your closet, which includes getting rid of any clothing that you (1) never wear or (2) doesn’t make you happy. Why are you holding onto anything that fits into either category?! Donate them now and double the rewards for yourself and someone else.
  • Spend an hour or a few hours organizing and decluttering the rest of your home. Clearing your physical environment of unneeded and unenjoyed items can be very liberating.
  • Avoid gossip – talking negatively about your coworker or friend doesn’t leave anyone feeling in a truly great state of mind.  Negative thoughts lead to negative speech and vice versa. Try to keep them both on the positive side and feel the difference.
  • Write down your common stressors and why they stress you out. Then, figure out ways to either remove those things completely from your life or figure how to deal with them differently so they don’t stress you.
  • Catch yourself complaining and STOP! Just STOP. NOW. Everyone complains here and there, but making a habit of complaining only brings you down and often brings your mind to dark places. Try being thankful instead. Turn those common complaints into gratefulness. Example: Annoyed it’s raining? Be grateful you can afford those rain boots and an umbrella.
  • AND don’t forget to:

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Have a stress free, joy filled day! ~Annie

Relax Your Entire Body

Feeling stressed? Don’t know how to relax your entire body? Well you can start by relaxing your forehead this instant.

Why it works — If you can keep your forehead from tensing up and your brow from furrowing then you can trigger an automatic relaxation response from head to toe.  This tip is often used with women in labor to cut down on pain. Pretty cool, right?

I’m doing it as I type right now and I can really feel the difference… I hope you do too!

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Major added bonus — If used regularly, this technique will definitely help you out in the wrinkle department. Are you relaxing your forehead yet? ;)

Friday Dress Giveaway! (Closed)

Hi everyone! Happy Friday! I have a nice Friday treat — a giveaway in the form of this super cute and comfy “Da Vinci” dress from Shabby Apple – www.shabbyapple.com. For those of you who aren’t familiar with Shabby Apple, it’s an online boutique of women’s dresses (as well as other women’s clothing and accessories).

Image Credits: Shabby Apple

Shabby Apple’s Da Vinci: One part sweatshirt, one part puff-sleeved perfection, this easy-wearing number has a flare for the informal with its drop waist, A-line skirt and kangaroo pockets. Pack it for your next weekend getaway or make it a part of your everyday routine.

HOW TO WIN IT:

  1. Contestants must have a USA shipping address to be eligible for entry (sorry non USA readers!)
  2. Leave a comment below telling me your favorite item on the Shabby Apple website
  3. “Like” the Shabby Apple Facebook Page (an eligibility requirement for anyone entering the giveaway)
  4. For an extra entry tweet about this giveaway and/or like the All Natural Annie Facebook page (please leave a separate comment for each of these actions)

You have until 5:00pm ET next Thursday, February 23rd to enter. The winner will be announced next Friday, February 24th.

Good luck and have a great weekend!

Good Morning Smoothie

This was my very quick, very tasty and very nutritious breakfast today. I especially like having smoothies when I’m not particularly hungry in the morning, but don’t want to skip breakfast. I hope you’ll love it as much as I do and feel great all morning after starting your day with this combo!

Ingredients (Serves 1):

  • 1 cup organic plain whole milk yogurt
  • 1 banana
  • 8 organic blackberries
  • 10 walnuts
  • 2 tbsp wheat germ
  • 1 tbsp ground flaxseed

Directions:

  1. Combine all ingredients in blender
  2. Blend for about 1 minute
  3. Enjoy!

Back to San Francisco!

Happy Friday everyone! I’ve been meaning to share some pictures from my trip to San Francisco last week. It was my second time in the city (last January was my first) and I fell in love all over again.

First time going over the Golden Gate…

and then into the rainbow tunnel…

{Sausalito looking towards SF}

{massive amounts of rosemary growing along the sidewalk!}

{back in SF at The Fairmont}

{view from our room}

{scrumptious vegeterian pho from Grandehos Kamelkyo II on Hyde St.}

{walking down a typically inclined SF street}

{heavenly lattes made w/ogranic espresso & local milk from Blue Bottle (the Mint St. Location aka their best location, in my humble opinion :)}

{my favorite friends at Pier 39}

{green tea at Samovar in the Yerba Buena Gardens}

{nice surprise on Water St.}

{awesome new addition to San Francisco International Airport}

Free Shipping at House of Steep!

A quick FYI – House of Steep is offering free shipping on all orders placed before February 10 and a 20% discount on “Lovely” soy candles and tea soak bags.

Every House of Steep product is designed with relaxation in mind including their Cleansing Calm Foot Spray and Herb Soak Salts (below) made by Branch & Vine, my new line! If you try anything out, I would love to hear what you think.

Photo Credit: House of Steep