TofuXpress Giveaway Winner!

Hello all! Pardon my absence...much is going on right now that blogging has been pushed to the back burner for a bit, but I will return and with yet another awesome giveaway! So, stayed tuned!

So...for the moment you all have been waiting for...the winner to the TofuXpress giveaway is the author of ....http://veganwheekers.blogspot.com/

Congrats to the winner! Please get your mailing address to me within the next 48 hours so I can pass that on to the kind folks at TofuXpress!

And like I said earlier in this itty bitty post...I have an awesome giveaway lined up. For now..I am getting some big projects taken care of and will be back shortly.

Lots have happened that I want to fill you in on like recap to my first half marathon, as well as Thanksgiving food makings, and our soon departure to the beach for a work project that will take 4 to 6 months. Oh yes, busy but blessed times!

God Bless!
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Feeling Kind of Nutty...A Nuttzo Review

Hello all!!
If I wasn't already nutty enough, folks...Nuttzo kindly sent me a jar of some amazing nut butter to try (their Peanut Free Omega 3 Multi-Nut Butter to be exact) and review on the blog. So, I am officially nuttier than before trying this. Can you handle it? ;-) It's that good!!

Love. In. A. Jar.
I have used this goodness on toast, straight from the jar on a spoon (one of my personal favorite ways to devour it), and also in oatmeal, and overnight oats. Scrumptious! I love how it has chia seeds in it (I adore chia seeds, just be sure to brush and do the chia-seed-teeth-check after eating ;-) All you avid chia eaters will probably know what I'm talking about. Haha!

Also, I like how it doesn't have peanuts in it. I, personally, do not have a problem with peanuts (some know me as the peanut butter queen, in fact). But, I like that there is a peanut free option available for those who need it and want it.

I can't wait to try the original Nuttzo (which does have peanuts in it). I am sure that one won't disappoint either!

Here is some info you might find interesting!!!

Now through the end of the year (12/31/2010) with a minimum of a $28 order you will receive FREE SHIPPING and Handling.  Coupon code: happyholidays2010
For nuttzo.com orders only, not opensky.

Why You'll Love NuttZo PF (PEANUT FREE)
Remember NuttZo is natural so the oils do separate.  Therefore, when you first open NuttZo, all the healthy oils will be at the bottom of the jar.  Just like with all natural nut butters, after the oils separate the nut butter can be quite hard at the top.  Keep pushing a butter knife down through the nut butter paste into the oils.  The nut butter paste will start to combine back into the oils. Once you’ve knocked all the paste into the oils stir into a creamy butter.  You must stir the oils before you refrigerate. Refrigerate lid side up once it's opened. No need to stir again. Enjoy!

Nutrition Facts
Serv. Size: 2 Tbsp (32g)
Serv. per container: 14 

Calories 180
Fat Cal. 140
Total Fat 15g (24% DV), Sat. Fat 2.5g (13% DV) Trans Fat 0g, Cholest. 0mg (0% DV), Sodium 65mg (3% DV),Total Carb, 8g (3% DV), Dietary Fiber 3g (13% DV), Sugar 1g, Protein 6g.  Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. 
Ingredients:  Organic Cashews, Organic Almonds, Organic Brazilian Nuts, Organic Chia Seeds, Organic Flax Seeds, Organic Hazelnuts, Organic Pumpkin Seeds, Sea Salt.

Here are some helpful facts about our power-packed multi-nut butter:
  • You’ll taste the earthy, elegant hazelnut pieces and nutty, flavorful, crunchy flax seeds in every bite. Whole brown flax seeds add fiber as well as nutritious Omega 3s as long as the skins have been broken through chewing. The Aztec Superfood-Chia seeds are added for easy absorption of Omega 3s as well as  hydration qualities to assist athletic workouts and races. 
  • NuttZo PF is RAW except for the flaxseeds and Hazelnuts which are medium roasted.  Also the NuttZo is ground below 118 degrees.
  • No added sugar in NuttZo PF. 
  • Provides 75% of your DV of ALA Omega-3's per serving (975 mg). 
  • Organic ingredients; kosher certified.
  • Stored upside down for easier stirring. After opening, stir it, and then refrigerate and store it “lid-up”; the oils will separate naturally, but who wants a mess!
  • NuttZo PF is AKA (Ashley Koff R.D. approved)
  • The TASTE is AMAZING; it will keep you coming back for more!
  • A 16-ounce jar of NuttZo retails for $19.95 and each jar provides 14 servings. This equates to less than $1.45 per serving of organic nut-nutrition. 
Also, NuttZo is a proud supporter of ProjectLeftBehind.org
1% of NuttZo's sales goes to the Project Left Behind Foundation.

So, let me know what you think about this goodness aka "love in a jar". Have you tried it yet? What are your thoughts?

Tip of the Day- Go enter my giveaway (if you haven't already done so) for a chance to win a TofuXpress. Click here to enter! Contest ends Nov. 24th!

Have a wonderful weekend!! Oh, and wish me luck...I am running my first ever 1/2 marathon on Sunday!! I'm so nervous...especially since I haven't started training for it (well, not really). Okay, that's a long story and will have to wait till next post. ;-)

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TofuXpress Giveaway!!

Hello Blogosphere!  Well, I have teamed up with the great people over at TofuXpress and have some exciting news! One lucky reader will win a fabulous TofuXpress food press! 

You may have remembered my recent review of this wonderful, time saving kitchen gadget. You can read that review here.

I have been very happy with my TofuXpress and am thrilled that I can offer you all the chance to have one of these in your kitchen, as well!

To enter please do this FIRST: (leave one comment total telling me which ones you did.)
- follow @tofuxpress on Twitter
- or like TofuXpress on Facebook
- subscribe to their newsletter at www.TofuXpress.com

Additional Entries:.
- follow my blog publicly on Google Friend Connect (1 entry)
- follow @coconutkelly on Twitter (1 entry)
- mention this giveaway, with the link, in a blog post, and leave a link to the post (2 entries)
- Tweet this giveaway with a link to this post. Include @coconutkelly and @tofuxpress in the Tweet. (1 entry daily)

Winner must live in the USA.

Last day to enter is Wednesday, November 24th at midnight EST.
The lucky winner will be randomly selected via random.org and will be announced shortly thereafter!

Here are some pictures of the TofuXpress in action!! I love this little gadget! 

Go for it! Good luck! Have a very happy Thanksgiving!
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Soy Candles Giveaway Winner...

Hi everyone! I hope you all are having a great start to your week. I've had a good, but busy morning so far. Looking over to my left I see a mound of laundry that needs folding and put away the size of a mountain. Eek..But, other than that I have great news...

I have a winner to my first ever giveaway!! Oh, the suspense!!

The suspense is just too much to handle!

And the winner is..... Heidi from HiHIRosies's Place blog!. Congrats to Heidi! She has been notified and will soon be enjoying some rockin', delicious smelling soy candles!

Heidi... I hope you are this happy,too!

No worries to all that didn't win because I have another fabulous giveaway lined up for you all, and should hopefully get that up and posted tomorrow!! You won't want to miss out on that giveaway!!

Well, I better get a move on as that mound of a laundry mountain is beginning to groan, I do believe...or maybe that's my belly. I better get lunch fixed, too!

Have wonderful day!!

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Highlights from the Week..Wordless-ish Wednesday

Hello! I hope everyone had a lovely Wednesday! We had a great one, but super busy! This evening we took the kids swimming at the gym and they loved it!! It's been awhile since we've done that so...it was about time for some well-overdue pool fun! The kids are becoming quite the skilled little swimmers, and they have so much fun together in the pool! It's adorable. I, unfortunately do not have pool pics as the hubby and I are splashing around with them.

Oh, yes...this is supposed to be Wordless Wednesday so...shutting up now. ;-)

Picture time...

Too bad the kids weren't feeling it. 

Those aren't peppers,btw!

My birthday rose from my Love

Poms so pretty...and tasty!

"Can I have a Larabar, mommy?"

Just thought I'd share some of the week's highlights...have a great Thursday!

P.S. My first giveaway is underway and ends on November 14th (Sunday)...if you haven't entered to win TWO delicious smelling soy candles from Soy Candles by Phebes click here.

P.P.S. Also check out Anne P.'s (from fANNEtasticfood blog) Giveaway...enter to win Quaker's Amazing Morning Kit. Click here to enter.

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109 Years Old On Mainly Raw Foods

I saw this posted on The Raw Food Health with Angi Blog this morning and thought this was worth sharing! Very impressive and inspiring! He has been eating raw food for about 104 years. He looks great and says he feels great, too. Love this!

I believe many people could benefit from watching this!

Oh, and have you entered my FIRST giveaway yet? Win TWO delicious soy candles! Click here!

Have a beautiful day!
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JustNatural Organic Skincare: A Review

Hello Blogosphere!! By the sounds of it..many of you are attending the Food Buzz Festival in San Francisco this weekend. I am not one of them, unfortunately...one of these years I will (fingers crossed). I think it would be great fun to go and finally meet those bloggers who I converse with about healthy foods, fitness, and overall wellness. One of these years I say...one of these years.

Really, though...I think that until I really start blogging more about food and dishing out those fantastic recipes to you- should I even dare attend one of these grand events for food bloggers? I'm thinking probably not YET! I'm working on it. Promise!

To all who are attending...I will live vicariously through your posts and tweets. ;-) Have lots of fun!

So, onto a review. I was recently sent a 4 oz container of Natural Body Shea Butter from JustNatural Organic Care to review on my blog.

You might recall I recently did a review on shea butter. I am in love with shea butter. This was my first time trying a shea butter with a mix of a variety of all natural skin loving ingredients. I am always a big fan of being able to pronounce all of the words in an ingredients list. If I can't read it or decipher what an ingredient is...well, it doesn't touch my skin.

This body butter is a lovely, thick, moisturizer for skin. It doesn't feel greasy, blends into the skin quickly, and has a lovely soft scent of frangipini (plumeria) and lavender essential oils. Very refreshing scent. I love putting this on right before bed as I find the scent very calming and relaxing. I give this a two thumbs up! Oh, before I forget...one other thing I like about this product is that a little bit goes along way, which is good because you wouldn't have to buy it as often (I like that). Who wouldn't,especially in this crazy economy? ;-)

Oh, have you entered my giveaway for TWO soy candles from Soy Candles by Phebes? These are simply some delicious smelling candles which fill up a room with yummy smells. Don't be bashful!  Enter here.

Have a great evening! Have a wonderful weekend!

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Easy Peasy Coconut Milk Makin' with Native Forest!

I hope everyone is having a super sunshiny day! It's a bit on the cold, dreary side here but, I can still feel the sunshine within! ;-)

Well, today I wanted to share with you a little trick for making coconut milk. Me talking about something coconut? Hmmm...imagine that!

A friend of mine recently shared with me her trick for making homemade coconut milk, similar to those found in grocery stores. I quickly ran out a purchased a few cans to try my hand at making coconut milk as well as coconut milk kefir.

The cartons of coconut milk can be a bit pricey and I'm all about saving a few dollars when I can. Another thing is that most of the time it appears that the main bulk of the purchase comes from water?? True, it would be best to get the coconut milk straight from the coconut, but for those who lack the time needed to crack open the nuts of goodness..this is your answer! Of course, for optimal nutrition you should get it from a fresh coconut..that would be best! This would be your next best choice. An option I am glad I discovered! It makes my taste buds dance.

Okay...so, onto the recipe:
I've been using Native Forest brand canned coconut milk as it is the only company that I am aware of that does not use BPA canning.

So, you simply open up the can and mix with 2 1/2 to 3 can fulls of filtered water. Shake it up before each use. It's that simple! 

It appears that the cost of the Native Forest brand varies from store to store so, I'm still searching for the best deal. Greenlife grocery seems to be the best at the moment, followed by Earthfare.

Coconut milk is relatively low in protein so, I might experiment with adding a smidge of protein powder to the finished product, but maybe not. It's just a thought. We shall see. I have yet to get my hands on a good vegan, raw protein powder anyway (though, I know they are out there).

What's your favorite way to use coconut milk? What's your favorite brand or do you only use it straight from the coconut? 

Have a blessed, sunshiny day! Oh, and don't forget to enter my FIRST ever giveaway! One reader will win TWO soy candles from Candles from Phebes! Enter now!!

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Monday Music...plus Costume Fun!

Hello! I hope everyone is having a wonderful first day of November! I can't believe it is already November! This year is flying by so quickly! Well, I missed my morning boot camp class today. Oh, I hate to miss a workout but, sleep was so needed and I couldn't stand the thought of leaving the warmth of my hubby (he is my own personal heater) in our bed. Baby, it's cold outside that early in the morning!! But, I'll hit up the gym bright and early tomorrow morning and work doubly hard. ;-)

Oh, don't forget to enter my FIRST GIVEAWAY!! One lucky reader will win TWO soy candles from Candles by Phebes! These candles rock!

Oh, I hope all had fun dressing up last night (if you did). We didn't dress up this year, next year we will. Here are a couple pictures from last year's party...didn't end up with any good pictures of my daughter who went as a princess! She moved too quickly for a good shot. She was a princess on the move...and quickly! ;-)

Trying for the Captain Morgan pose! ;-)

He was so little...oh my! Arrr!
So, I've been thinking that I really need to start baking up some unique things and share them with you all. I am not too gifted in creating my own recipes, I'm sad to say. But, I could still share pictures of some of my kitchen creations, right? Right! I will work on that one...yes, as well as posting information on my exercise activity. I love exercise so much and yet, speak so little of my routines and such. Work on that...will do!

So, on to some random Monday Music...I got this song stuck in my head this morning. It's from that television show Cheers, which I used to watch as a kid. Why my parents allowed me to watch a show about life in a bar I do not know, but I remember always liking the song. I'm sure the fact that my name is 'Kelly' played a part in that...I could never get over the fact that Kelly was ultra snobby and so ungrateful...Who wouldn't LOVE having a song written and then sung for them? That would be gift enough for me, folks!! Anyone agree with me on this?

This just makes me laugh!

Must go live life now...Happy November all!!

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