Product Reviews and Christmas Traditions

There was nothing exciting to report today, other than trying lots of new products by Newman’s Own Organics and decorating the Christmas Tree all by myself!

But make sure to tune in tomorrow morning, because I’ll have a link to the TV interview I had for Operation Beautiful!!!  If you’re in Sacramento, it’s going to be aired on News10 between 5 and 7am!

Breakfast was nice and hot since it was a bit chilly this morning: 1/3C Kashi Go Lean Crunch, a diced apple, and 1T each Natural PB and TJ’s Cranberry Apple Butter.

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In our family we have a tradition that every year each kid gets to pick a new ornament for the Christmas Tree.  I thought I would share with you a few of the ornaments I’ve gotten over the years…you might see a trend…

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(I played the piano for 9 years when I was younger)

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Here was the tree all finished!  It was a bit shorter than normal this year so I couldn’t put up as many ornaments, but that’s ok.  I like all the unique ones instead of all the balls and whistles anyhow.

The majority of my morning was fixing that up and cleaning out space in my storage room so I would have a place to sleep tonight (my brothers are coming home from Vegas since they just finished finals).

Lunch was a nice mix of new products!  Mom bought these Earth Grain Sandwich Thins at Sam’s, where she normally gets Arnold’s Thins, but they were a buck cheaperThey have basically the same ingredient lists and nutritional information so I was happy that we could save a dollar!

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I topped mine with a tablespoon of natural pb between the two, and then sprinkled on some of the dried fruit that Newman’s Own Organics provided me with in their recent package!

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Dried Apples, Cinnamon and Peanut Butter…

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Dried Cranberries, Cinnamon and Peanut Butter…

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I really, really enjoyed these dried fruits, and the fact that they don’t have all the cruddy oils and sugars that some other dried fruits have!  I normally eat Craisins by Ocean Spray, which aren’t too bad, but Newman’s are way better!  I like that they’re  nice and chewy and soft…I’m going to be sad when my bag runs out!

I also had some grapes to go along with the meal.

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I took an early afternoon nap and woke up to screaming women on the Maury show (fell asleep watching news), which scared the crap out of me! Haha!

I was excited for my afternoon snack, because I mean, how could you not love the combo of 5 of these Espresso Chocolate Chip Cookies crumbled up…

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mixed with a 1/4C of natural yellow popcorn popped in a brown paper bag in the microwave!

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The melty chocolate was great all over the popcorn…and the cookies were good, but there was no espresso flavoring in mine.  I really couldn’t taste it at all; it was like having a normal mini chocolate chip cookie. They were still yummy!

I went out with my mom to Sam’s to get some much needed groceries (since now there are going to be five people in the house instead of just two or three!  Yay for family!) and got started on dinner!

I’ve been wanting couscous for a while so I prepped the Wild Mushroom CousCous by Middle East and mixed in lots of veggies including: broccoli slaw, onions, bell pepper, spaghetti squash, black beans and tomatoes.  I love adding tomatoes in at the end when everything is hot and they’re cold!

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And for dessert I had a few more grapes (finished off the bag!)

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Now I’m off to keep packing up stuff and trying to create a room for myself.

I hope you had a good Monday!

Make sure to check in tomorrow for the Operation Beautiful Clip from News10!

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18 Responses to Product Reviews and Christmas Traditions

  1. Katy says:

    How do you pop popcorn in a paper bag? I asked Santa for an air popper, but maybe I can take it off the list!

  2. ktbwood says:

    YOU ARE FAMOUSSSS! you TV star you!!
    thanks so much for the product reviews.. i LOVE all the newman owns products!

  3. cw and jrw says:

    the grapes look yummy. and, the product review was extremely informative…thanks. :)

  4. Mama Pea says:

    I love the retro ornaments! I hope my girls are able to keep theirs until they are grown too.

    I'm so excited to see the interview!!!!

  5. findinghappinessandhealth says:

    thank you for the reviews :) & i like those earthgrain buns.. i actually ahd one today for lunch wiht a veggie burger! i have never even ahd newman owns products… can u believe it? haha


  6. funnyemily says:

    thank you thank you for the reviews :) i am totally going to keep my eye out for earth grains and newmans dried fruits!
    hope you have a wonderful tuesday!!

  7. Krista says:

    I love the s'mores ornament! I just bought one for each of the kids teachers and one for Noah's hockey coach! :)

  8. theemptynutjar says:

    I am so glad to have you on my blogroll. I know my posts are not as interesting to you, but your blog is great for me :)
    I wish I could sit and chill and eat with ya for a day or two girl :)

  9. chrystad72 says:

    Wow!! congrats on the tv spot. Sounds amazing!! I love all your ornaments too by the way. Have a super day!

  10. Emily says:

    Hey Melissa! I can't wait to see your interview. :)

    I love all of your ornaments. Its such a great idea!

  11. Thinspired says:

    My brother is coming home today, too! So I had to spend yesterday clearing out his room that I had dumped my stuff in ;)

    I love the ornaments…and the foodie theme :)

  12. jenngirl says:

    Adorable tree! And I love ornaments that have meaning, all of yours are very cute :)

    I've seen those EarthGrains thins, figured they were about the same, and I think Pepperidge Farm came out with some too?

    haha FYI my security word today is "frick"

  13. Erica says:

    Gorgeous tree :) We get a new ornament each year too- I love the tradition. I have been buying those Earth Grains too! This week I purchased them because they came with a coupon for $2 off of any produce you were buying!!! Score. I love Newman's Own Organic products. Hooray for their protein pretzels (which totally rock). Have a good day girl

  14. Katie says:

    That doughboy is so cute! I love your tree… we haven't really done anything YET, but I'm starting to feel the holiday spirit!

    Thanks for the reviews :-)

  15. From Here to There. In Purple. says:

    Hmm, maybe I'll try and youtube it?! I'd LOVE to see!!

    eeek, good luck
    bec xo

  16. Jenny says:

    so wait, let me get this straight — do you like baking or what?! ;) ;) .. adorbs ornament.. perfect for a cutie like yourself!

    girlllll you are so legit! so proud of you and your fammmme!

  17. sweetandfit says:

    hello gorgeous! I just watched your news10 clip! congrats girl! =) you are so inspiring

  18. Heather McD (Heather Eats Almond Butter) says:

    I just watched your news clip. You sounded so great – what you said was perfect. Made me smile, and you are so beautiful Melissa.

    I like your petit tree. I only put my favorite ornaments as well. That makes the tree more special.

    Why do people feel they must ADD sugar to dried fruit? Anything but cranberries doesn't really need it.

    Enjoy the rest of your night. Hope your storage space feels more like a bedroom. :)

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