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Organic Blue Agave syrup gets even sweeter {giveaway}

June 8th, 2010

wholesome sweetenersIf you’re not a fan of organic blue agave, become one. Now. And the same goes for Wholesome Sweeteners. They are the nation’s leader in Fair Trade Certified, USDA organic and sustainably produced sugars, syrups, nectars and honeys. I’ve been using their Fair Trade Certified Organic Sugar (thanks to my good friend Quinn and Costco) for a while now and I love it! It feels good to oust that refined sugar crap and replace it with something better for us and better for the earth.

organic sugar

We’ve also been using their Organic Blue Agave here and there, though I have yet to master the art of this sweetener.

With my preference for Wholes0me Sweeteners in general, it was a no-brainer to say yes when they wanted to send me samples of their new flavored agave syrups to review on the Daily Dish. Soon a gift package arrived complete with syrups, tee and tote:

Blue Agave

Also in the set was their Organic Raw Blue Agave (already a fan!) and Organic Light Corn Syrup (have yet to try this one—haven’t made anything with corn syrup in it lately).

Because I’m still figuring out this whole substitution thing (and my first attempt at cookies was a disaster, all my fault and not Wholesome Sweeteners’), I went for the quickest, simplest way to try out the Vanilla Organic Blue Agave:

Blue Agave

You can tell by that last frame my Diet Coke was so much happier with Wholesome Sweeteners’ vanilla flavoring rather than the stuff I usually put in it. Yes, it still has aspartame but what can you do other than drink the fully loaded version, and I simply HATE calories.

We tested the Maple Organic Blue Agave in oatmeal and it passed, though it wasn’t quite the same as plain ol’ brown sugar. Perhaps it’s that wholesome thing again, something our tastebuds could easily get used to. Oh, and we gave all but Vanilla a test run over pancakes one night. The biggest hits were Cinnamon and Maple. Strawberry left something to be desired over pancakes, but I think it would be perfect mixed into drinks (even the non-aspartame kind), teas or even salad dressings. Yum!

A little about Wholeseome’s Organic Flavored Agaves: they are low glycemic and 25% sweeter than sugar. That’s like two for the price of one! And if flavored Blue Agave syrups weren’t enough, Wholesome Sweeteners also offers a variety of other products, from raw honey to molasses (all Fair Trade Certified and organic). How can you not love something as sweet as that!—Emily

*** Giveaway! Wholesome Sweeteners is giving away one tote complete with their NEW flavored Blue Agave syrups! ***

Here’s how to enter. You can do as many of these as you’d like. Each one is worth one entry into our giveaway. Please leave a separate comment for each one you do:

•  Visit WholesomeSweeteners.com and leave a comment telling us what product you’d most like to try.
•  “Like” Wholesome on Facebook and leave a comment telling us you joined.
•  Follow Wholesome on Twitter and leave a comment telling is you’re their newest follower.
•  Tweet about this giveaway and leave a comment with the URL of your tweet.
•  Blog about this giveaway and leave a comment with the URL to your blog post.

Include a valid email address for our drawing. We’ll draw the winner from the comments and contact her via email. Deadline: June 16, 2010 (midnight). The winner will have 24 hours to claim her prize or a new winner will be chosen.

  • Congratulations to Jocelin B., the winner of the Wholesome Sweeteners giveaway! Thank you to everyone who took the time to read the review and add a comment. Keep reading the Daily Dish for your chance to participate in more giveaways!

These booties were made for warming…

October 2nd, 2009

IMG_1849...and that’s just what they’ll do come wintertime! George is now the proud owner and soon-to-be wearer of a pair of Satch & Sol slippers. I am in love with these new slippers not just because they don’t have a Nick Jr. or Disney character on them but because they are stylishly simple, well made and as green as children’s slippers can be.

moc with flower yellow 200Satch & Sol, a company started by Susan Bell who has children of her own, is all about supporting fair trade artisan cooperatives worldwide—and by worldwide we’re talking Mongolia for one. Satch & Sol is also all about being eco-friendly by sticking to green practices in business and product materials. I love it when a company embraces fair trade and the environment and turns out a collection brimming with high-quality products that are super chic, super sweet and yes, super unique. Because each of Satch & Sol’s children’s slippers are handmade they are definitely one of a kind.

I would’ve loved to have included a picture of George wearing his new slippers but up until yesterday the weather was still in the 70’s and 80’s. We have a couple weeks before the chilly weather sets in, but once it does these will be our go-to shoes for carpool, quick trips to the grocery store and car rides to Grandma’s house. One comment George made was that these wool slippers were a bit “scratchy” (nothing a pair of socks won’t fix!). He’s not used to wool touching his skin so it may take some getting used to, but I should also include a disclaimer: George hates tags in clothes and is super picky about shoes.

knit spring green 200Satch & Sol also has a collection of hand-knit sweaters, mittens, hair bands and purses and like the slippers, everything is handmade by Mongolian artisans. If you’re as tired as I am of character clothing and accessories and want something stylish and warm for those little tootsies, check out the slippers from Satch & Sol. Good luck choosing just one pair! (And no, they don’t come in adult sizes; I already checked!)—Emily

Hippos Toes Lauches Fair Trade Boutique Children’s Clothing

October 15th, 2008

Supporting South African women towards economic independence while providing quality boutique children’s clothing are the premises of Hippos Toes online children’s boutique, which announced its Grand Opening this month- (http://www.hippostoes.com).

Hippos Toes owner, Carole Lindstrom wanted to combine her plans for a children’s boutique with her desire to help South African women gain a footing towards financial independence. Having toured South Africa several times-and feeling a connection to the women there- Lindstrom saw first hand how difficult it was for women to rise above impoverishment. “I really felt for the locally disadvantaged mothers trying to raise families with limited income opportunities.” Lindstrom stated.

With it’s Grand Opening this month, Hippos Toes showcases the latest children’s boutique fashions, which are sewn by South African mother artisans. Original styles, whimsical colors and nature themes set a trendy fashion-forward tone which Lindstrom feels sets Hippos Toes children’s fashions apart. “The clothing is really unique,” Lindstrom stated. “The designers change lines every season yet everything stays mix-and-match. It makes for easy, complete wardrobes.”

Lindstrom learned of Fair Trade clothing manufacturing in South Africa while researching clothing resources for Hippos Toes. With high quality control, impeccable workmanship and attention to artistic details, Lindstrom found the resulting clothing met, and exceeded, her apparel requirements. “The women who create our clothing are being paid fair wages and have good working conditions,” Lindstrom shared. “This fulfills my goal of being able to sell clothing with a purpose.”

Hippos Toes welcomes visitors to peruse the latest children’s fashions at http://www.hippostoes.com, read the companies philosophy on Fair Trade and start shopping for the Holidays on it’s newly vamped online store.

**PROMO – Shop Hippos Toes through our Boutique Cafe Holiday Gift Guide and receive 15% off your purchase with promo code BC15 valid through Jan. 1/09.

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