Introducing: Little Jacs, from Bil-Jac!

**PLEASE NOTE: While Bil-Jac DID provide me with this product to review at no cost, I was not in any way paid for my review. The following opinion is hereby my own.**

Hi, everyone! Taffy the White Doggie here!

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Mommy decided to let me take over the blog for today, since she’s been pretty busy. Actually, we’ve ALL been pretty busy around the house lately. The reason? I have two new baby sisters!

Well, they’re getting kinda big now. But not too big. Seems like they’re growing fast, though. I’m starting to wonder if I’m gonna get chased here pretty soon. Yeah, probably. But for now, I’ve been trying to help where I can. 

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Van’s Back to School Giveaway – with Joy Bauer!

Please Note: This giveaway was facilitated by Van’s Foods. I was not compensated for this post but did receive free product samples and all opinions are my own.

Well, are you back to school yet? About half of us around here went back to school earlier this week, and the rest will hit the books bright and early Monday morning! Woot woot! And along those lines, I am SO excited to partner with Van’s to celebrate modern moms and help make their lives a little easier, just in time for back-to-school!

And what is one of the most important keys to a successful back to school routine? Breakfast!

But breakfast doesn’t have to be stressful. Quick, wholesome options like Van’s waffles offer protein and whole grains that are so delicious moms feel great about serving them and kids love eating them!

For instance, check out this recipe for Banana & Honey Minis!

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Van’s conducted a survey of 1,000 moms and asked them to describe their mornings.

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On the Road in July

Can you even believe that it’s August 1? That means 4 months until December!!! (I’m sorry, I couldn’t resist!)

Moving on, moving on… let’s not think about Christmas just yet! How about a peek at the top posts here on the blog in the month of July?

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1. Celebrate National Ice Cream Month with Graeter’s! – The giveaway is over, and heck, the month is over, too, but there’s NEVER a bad time for ice cream! Especially Graeter’s! 

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Summertime Souping – with Kate from Boulder Organic!

By now you’ve heard me moan about how hot it is in Florida right now, right?! (I’m probably moaning more than usual because pregnant with twins in July in Florida is a lot hotter than I thought it would be, HA!) However, no matter the temperature, when we’re out grabbing a bite to eat and the server asks my hubby if he wants soup or salad, he ALWAYS goes for the soup. And I just don’t get it. It’s far too hot for SOUPING!

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Or so I thought until I took the time to chat with Boulder Organic Foods founder Kate Brown, who shared about the company’s Summertime Souping! Though many (like me) don’t consider soup a summer-time staple, the Boulder-based brand is committed to offering consumers robust flavor profiles that taste great without overindulging in sugar or calories even during the warm summer months.

Kate founded Boulder Organic Foods in 2006, with a vision to craft “oh my gosh!” good food using garden-fresh ingredients. All of the soups are made in small batches and are certified organic, certified gluten-free and non-GMO verified. They are sold in the deli refrigerated section at grocers nationwide. I caught up with her to ask her some questions about organic foods, how the company “makes soup better”, and life in general! 

  1. Tell me a little bit about yourself, your family and your life!

I am a Colorado native and grew up in a wonderful family business environment.  My parents were tremendous mentors, modeling hard work and an entrepreneurial spirit.  I was very lucky to be exposed to the startup and growth stages of their business.  My home truly is the mountains of Colorado. I love to travel but I belong, heart and soul, in the Rocky Mountains.  Boulder has been an especially kind place to raise my family and start an organic food business. There aren’t enough hours in the day to grow Boulder Organic and squeeze in golfing, hiking, fishing, family, gardening…the list is endless!

  1. When did you first become interested in creating organic foods?  

It was a very unexpected time in my life – I was busy raising my daughter and the lack of “unadulterated” fresh soup caught my attention.  The more I mentioned it to my family and friends, the more I saw a huge discrepancy between how we think about the foods we love and what is actually offered in the marketplace.  Although I am appreciative of the food technologies that help bring safe food to more people, I think that much of our food system turns out over-processed foods that contain too many additives, stabilizers, preservatives and flavor enhancers. Turning that trend around, one bowl of soup at a time, seemed like the right thing to do!

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Celebrate National Ice Cream Month with Graeter’s! (GIVEAWAY INCLUDED!)

Here in Florida, our temps have been averaging out at about 95 degrees every day. That’s with me being seven-and-a-half months pregnant with twins, by the way. It’s HOT. I’m extra thankful for our air conditioning, and I’m REALLY thankful for any kind of COLD treat. Like ice cream, for example.

However, even being the ice cream lover that I am, I had no idea that July was National Ice Cream Month! Did YOU know that?! (I can’t believe you didn’t tell me!) I’m excited to celebrate it, and National Ice Cream DAY, of course, which is July 17! And one of the best ways to celebrate ice cream is to do it with Graeter’s!

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Graeter’s Ice Cream is a nationally recognized and awarded ice cream brand (Named Top 5 in the Country by the Food Network!) that was founded over 146 years ago in Cincinnati, OH. The fourth-generation family owned and operated company has perfected the art of using the French Pot, a traditional, small batch artisanal process of making ice cream. Known for their indulgent, premium flavors and ingredients, they’re also widely recognized for their gargantuan gourmet chocolate chips. 

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As you can see, I thought it best to try out several flavors of Graeter’s…just to get the full effect, you know!

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