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Manitoba Hemp Heart Bars: Contest & Discount*

hemp heart reviewSo, I am not really an energy bar-gal. That is to say, I typically don’t love sacrificing a meal for a bar. I like chewing, and food, and the bars that I have had before make me feel like I am dieting. This bar that I am reviewing here…is not that guy. This isn’t intended to be a meal-replacement. These are pre-workout fuel. Or if you must, an on-the-go snack.

I was given two new flavors of the Manitoba Hemp Heart Bars to try out on the blog in exchange for my honest opinion. And honestly, I liked them. They aren’t super sweet, or super delicious, but they are really hearty, and filling.


They offer three different flavors to choose from: vanilla, chocolate and apple cinnamon. Each 45 gram bar contains 10 grams of plant-based protein and 10 grams of omegas, so whether you grab one for a pre-workout snack or nutrition on the go, these bars offer the convenience (especially for a mom!) of grabbing something quickly to keep you going.

The Real Deal: The Taste Test

The Apple-Cinnamon bar that I tried has 230 calories…I split it between 2 different times. I just didn’t need it as anything but a quick energy snack. I liked this one the best, probably because I didn’t expect it to be very good- but it was. Not like dessert-good, but good!

The Chocolate flavor, wasn’t at all like chocolate, but it too filled the need of a quick energy snack- I would still pick the apple-cinnamon first. Hands down.

hemp heart review


  • Low in sugar: The bars are sweetened with organic brown rice syrup or organic coconut palm sugar, so they aren’t super sweet, but they do have that touch of natural sugar in them.
  • Non-GMO Certified- Check√
  • Organic Certified- Check√
  • Vegan- all vegan protein, which I like
  • I can recognize ALL the ingredients, down to the rosemary extract (!)
  • 10g of Protein. 10g of Omegas. In each bar. Nice. Not a super amount, but kind of good as a snack sized or pre-workout serving.

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Disclosure: I received free samples of Manitoba Harvest Hemp Bars in exchange for writing a review on the blog.  As always, my opinions are my own and are always 100% honest regardless of any compensation received. 

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Romance Read for February! A Book Review

This is the second review that I have done here for a Julia Quinn title. In my last review, I shared with you that I saw her speak at a conference that I went to, and learned that Quinn is a Harvard and Radcliffe graduate, one of only 15 to be inducted into her genre’s hall of fame, and is generally amazing and smart. I would never have picked up her books…but I am so glad that I have and I hope you will too!

The Bridgerton books are so fun, and so is the newest title to the series, which is coming soon (Available March 29th at any bookseller).  This new title, is the first of a series of prequels to the group.

Set between 1813 and 1825, the Bridgerton Series is a collection of eight novels, each featuring one of the eight children of the late Viscount [Edmund] Bridgerton- JQ website

Because of Miss Bridgerton features Sibilla Bridgerton, the older sister to Edmund (who is away at school during this book) and her neighbor nemesis, George Roksby. They generally dislike eachother, yet have a certain chemistry that drives the story forward.

Just to get a sense of the book, you can read Chapter 2, from Because of Miss Bridgerton, right from Julia Quinn’s website here. Fun?!

I loved this book, as I loved the first one, The Duke and I. Quinn has a talent of balancing the character development, with the background story in a way that is easily understood and hysteirically funny, while maintaining the genre of Romance completely. It reads very quickly and you can see how Julia Quinn’s writing is so expert when you finish the book (in 2 days) and still want to read more! This prequel, completely left me wanting more and also relieved that I know there will soon be another to add the the stories!

Right now on Julia’s facebook page (here) she is running an #8WeeksOfBridgertons promo, revamping the titles with new covers, sharing favorites, doing readings, and generally creating a Bridgerton madness and excitement with the forthcoming release of this new book! I encourage you to check it out, and if Romance is not your thing…just read the exerpt on her website- it is fun, and seriously…it’s the Love-month! Happy Romance Reading~

Because of Miss Bridgerton, will be available March 29th from most booksellers!

Full Disclosure: I was given an advanced reader copy of the book but not compensated in any way to review this book and if I had, I still would have given you my 100% honest opinion. Yup. That’s just how I roll, people.

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5 Top Tips for a Germ-free Kitchen & A Giveaway (over) *!

Disclosure: I received free e-cloth products in exchange for a review on the blog.  Know that I am always 100% honest in my opinions on this blog.

So confessions time. People who know me, would maybe say I was a frazzled but laid back person, who has a cluttered house and semi-clean kids… So they would be shocked to know that… I used to be a germ-freak. Shocked? Well, no judgement from me- let’s not call me a “germ-freak“. I was a bit OCD though. I wouldn’t share soap, sit on any toilets (including my own), touch any handles, etc. Wow. Too much? Yes. It was.

Well, the best way to cure yourself of a fear is sometimes to face it head on… I had four kids, and after many years of diaper changes and trips to public restrooms….I am cured! I wouldn’t be able to function in my world if I had these old restrictions, but some things still linger. I like a clean house. Yes, it is cluttered beyond clutter. But having a blog that is food-centric, I need a clean kitchen. But what was the one thing that was keeping me from having a truly clean kitchen? ANSWER:  I use a sponge in my kitchen. 

Anyone who reads anything about germs, has to know that sponges are literally “sponges” for bacteria growth. My sister-in-law (who knew me back when I was a little germ-phobic), is always shocked by the fact that I use a sponge. She uses a dish-cloth. “Dishcloths are better,” she tells me. Is that true?

Well, it turns out both can be horrible. But I can’t very well give them both up, since licking the plates is just gross. So I did a little digging to find the least-germy way to have a clean, and low-germ kitchen without spraying chemicals or bleach:

Here are my top no-chemical cleaning tips found:

Assign each kid their own cup to drink from. I use color coded cups that they can re-use, so they don’t have someone else’s germs they are sharing.

Wash your kitchen drain. I did a post (here) on an easy way to disinfect with baking soda and vinegar. Just put some baking soda and vinegar in the drain and let it sit for 10 minutes- then run the hottest tap for 30 seconds to rinse it. That’s it – and it helps with weird smells too. There are some gross things down there. Try to clean this out whenever you think of it!

Disinfect the cutting boards. Better yet, make sure you have a specific cutting board for meat, and another one for veggies. Even after you “clean” them, bacteria can linger. For a natural way to disinfect a cutting board, soak a dishcloth in pure white vinegar (not any other kind) and rub liberally over a board (wood or plastic) let sit, then rinse and dry (especially if wood). You can add baking soda to this version too, if you want to super-scrub out any grossness!  An alternative method that smells awesome is scrubbing with a half cut lemon over coarse salt that has been sprinkled over the cutting board surface- also super effective.

Wipe handles and counters. This one seems obvious, but it needs more frequent attention in the cold/flu months of winter. Use any natural antibacterial spray.

Wash your dishcloths and sponges. Yep. I finally got to the main problem in my own kitchen. The sponge. My sis-in-law is right about the cloths being “better” in the sense that you can wash them in the washing machine! But not to be outdone, you can also disinfect a rinsed sponge by putting it in the microwave for one minute or the dishwasher for a wash cycle (in an empty silverware spot). I have done this, and it does seem to get cleaner. But my old phobias linger, as I have said. I want to wash the sponge in the washing machine. And you can if your sponge itself is washable. And of course, I found them from E-cloth. Of course. I love my E-cloth products as I have shared with you all before with the other cloths and Aqua Spray Mop.

e-cloth washing up pad

e-cloth washing up pad

This Scrub sponge (above) is great: has a cloth-side, scrub-side, and is washable. I love it. I runs $5-7 dollars depending on where you buy it, but think about that. You wash it. It is reusable. In my eyes, this is a bargain, and non-germy besides, because the E-cloth fibers keep away 99% of germs already! Also, I was able to try out the dish-cloths, (so I could make my sis-in-law proud!):

e-cloth wash and wipe dish cloths

e-cloth wash and wipe dish cloths

Like the package says, these are also great for wiping down the counters or any other surface to get the germs off! I loved the fact that you can toss these in the wash and they are good to wipe down any kitchen counter and also do my dishes. I am still a sponge-lover however, so the Washing-Up Pad won out in my comparison.

I was also sent the kitchen-towels, for drying the dishes (a thankless job!), and I liked these too. Not loved, but liked. I maybe just don’t like drying dishes…perhaps. What I do like is that they contain the same e-cloth fibers that fight germs, and they also shine the stainless and glass really well.

I hope you will try these. If you want to check them out, go to the E-cloth site here:

W: www.ecloth.com
F: www.facebook.com/eclothUSA
T: @ecloth
P: www.pinterest.com/eclothUSA
I: @eclothUSA
Y: http://www.youtube.com/eclothCleaning

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Sources consulted for content in this post on de-germing are here, here and here.

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