National Products Expo West 2011

WOW.

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I am absolutely in awe over the magnitude and well, everything about this expo!!!  I had such an awesome time for over 8 hours with Monica!

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I have been graced with the pleasure of being part of Attune’s Street Team, thanks so much to Annelies (She is such a great woman!) so I was invited to help them out at this weekend’s Natural Products Expo West 2001 at the Anaheim Convention Center

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For the first three hours Monica and I were there we walked the two stories and hundreds of booths to spread the word about Attune and where people could find the booth.  It was great to spread the word about such a great product and company!

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But after those three hours, you can bet the two of us took advantage of our attendance and raided the place for free stuff!  Here is just a very small snippet of the goodies I got to try.  It was a lot of bits and pieces and bites here and there, but I tried a crazy variety of things!

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And that’s probably only the half of it.  There was also things like kombocha, protein drinks, pbs, nut butters, vegan cheeses, juices, noodles, meat alternatives, grains, the list could go on…and I saw Montel Williams!  Hahaha!  How funny is that?!  I even heard Fabio and Wolf Gang Puck were there!

But not only was there food stuff, but also a lot of pet products, beauty, health and supplement vendors there too!  I may have reconsidered my carbon footprint for a bit at this booth…

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Check out the booth that I scored the most out on thought!

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(Thanks Cabot!  I’m so happy to hear your Seriously Sharp Cheddar Cheese is finally coming to SoCal! My Dad is ecstatic!!!)

But of course, this kind of expo does not come without all the awesome goods.  I mean, all combined, must have weighed over 15lbs, no joke.

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And of course there are the coupons!  Free stuff and money off!

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I cannot even begin to explain how excited I am for all the free swag, but also about all the new products I got to try that haven’t even hit shelves or been revealed to the public yet!  Oh yeah, I am in the know!  Haha!

So keep an eye out; I’ve got a  few awesome giveaways coming including some of the things pictured!  I know you won’t be able to resist them as neither could I!

Unfortunately I spent the majority of my day sneezing into the crook of my elbow and have snot trying to drip out of my nose so I’m ready to hit the sack.  It was a long day, but a good one!  I was so happy Monica go to be my expo buddy, as I couldn’t have asked for a better one!  I wish I were able to see her more often!  I sure to miss that chick!

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P.S. UPDATE: Word came back that my Uncle is safe and sound, along with his sister and mother who also lived in pretty hard hit areas.  He’s currently on his way back to the states as he lucked out on a flight back today!  So so happy to hear he’s alright and thanks so much for all the thoughts and well wishes!  My family and I appreciated all of them!

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28 Responses to National Products Expo West 2011

  1. proudpatriot07 says:

    Wow, it looks like you had a lot of fun at the Expo and got to try tons of amazing products :). Also glad to hear that your uncle is safe and sound!

    A.L.

  2. movesnmunchies says:

    OMGOMGOMG SO MANY GOODIES!!!!!

  3. Tori says:

    You are so nice, I would keep all that swag for myself!! Lol!!

    And please tell me what the Divacup is! I've seen it advertised before, but it never says what it's for. Am I just stupid or something? (it's one of two things I'm sure of ;)

  4. Kate says:

    Looks like you and Monica had a fantastic time…I can't believe all of your swag!! So happy to hear that your family in Japan is safe and sound :)

  5. Pure2raw twins says:

    Awesome to hear that your family is okay!!

    And I am so glad you had a great time with Monica at Expo West! We hope to go to the Expo east. Looked like so much fun!

  6. Vicky says:

    Many thanks from Cabot Cheese for the warm welcome to SoCal. Looks like a great expo, love all the giveaways! ~Vicky

  7. Jasmine says:

    If you're considering the Diva cup, do it!! I made the switch about a year ago now, and I'll never go back. Seriously it is the best thing ever. And I even got my mother to switch too. I know at first it can be a bit…unpleasent to think about, but I promise it's not as bad as you'd think it would be.
    To answer Tori's question, it is a reusable menstrual cup, I don't really want to get into details about what it is, some people are really turned off by the whole idea of it. But if you google it, you can easily figure it out :)

  8. Jenna-marie says:

    I'm so glad your uncle is safe, and the Expo looks phenominal! So many yummy foods and free samples! They are coming East in September and I think I may need to attend.

  9. Amanda (Two Boos Who Eat) says:

    I was just telling Monica, I am so so jealous! Looks like you two had a great time. Free samples and coupons sort of make my day.

    That peanut butter bag is so awesome!

    We have to plan a meet up soon!

  10. Meredith (Pursuing Balance: Diary of a Dietetic Intern) says:

    i am so jealous!!!!!

    i'm also really glad your family is ok :)

  11. The Hungry Runner Girl says:

    SO JEALOUS!!! Girl, you are GORGEOUS!!! I can't believe all of the amazing samples and what you brought home!!! I am so happy your uncle and family is okay!!! YOU ARE BEAUTIFUL!!!s

  12. Terilynn says:

    Mellisa,
    I wanted to give you props for your cool blog that's why I'm passing on the 'Stylish Blogger Award' to you – congrats! Visit the Daily Raw Cafe to find out what to do next.
    Terilynn

  13. Katy says:

    That is some very impressive loot you have there. Care to share? :P

    xxx

  14. Gabriela says:

    I am SO JEALOUS of all the posts I'm seeing from Expo West. It looks like the most amazing time!! Glad your uncle is safe and sound too :)

  15. Emma says:

    Ah! All of that looks AMAZING! I can't begin to describe how jealous I am.
    I'm glad that your Uncle is okay.

  16. the actor's diet says:

    happy to hear about your uncle. holy samples.

  17. Lea @ Healthy Coconut says:

    How fun that you were able to go.

    I used to go to the expo when I worked at one of the convention hotels in Anaheim back in college.

    They would give us day passes and back then, I didn’t know too much about healthy food so I didn’t appreciate it as I would very much appreciate it today.

    I remember only looking for ice cream in the aisles and trying to get as many samples as we can.

    Did you see any all natural lollipops with bugs in center? I ate those at the expo.

  18. Megan D says:

    This. looks. AMAZING.
    And you got to try a Justin's peanut butter cup?! Ahhh!
    P.S. So glad your uncle is safe!!

  19. mymarblerye says:

    omg!!! I wanted to go there after reading it on snackface's blog last year!! Is it once a year and when do I know when tickets go on sale? Anyways, so jealousssss…it's all the stuff that we bloggers drool over!! So lucky and glad you had fun!! You deserve it!!! Anyways, share!!

  20. Erica says:

    WOWWWWWWWWW! What an event! I'm so jealous of all the samples- especially the Justins! And I'm SO glad to hear your family is OK. Very scary stuff….

    Hope you have a nice Monday :)

  21. Joanna says:

    Wow!! You two made out like a bandit! That's awesome! Hopefully we can see some reviews on your new treats!

    I'm glad to hear your Uncle is safe. Prayers go out to him and everyone in Japan.

  22. Missy says:

    I would have loved to go to that. I used to work in the Produce industry and went to the Produce Marketing Convention it was so HUGE and so much fun and they had some natural food products their too like Gardein and the Tofurkey folk and my favorite…Melissa's Produce!

  23. Erica D @ Gratitouille says:

    I had fellow camp counselor who actually tried the Diva Cup last summer. She gave it a big thumbs up! I might make the jump one day, out of environmental guilt.

  24. ahealthypassion.com says:

    I am so jealous you got to attend the expo your goodies look awesome!

  25. Brianna says:

    looks awesome!!

  26. sophia says:

    First of all, I am so glad to hear that your uncle is all right!!! I just got back word from my friend in Sendai who assured me that she is fine, though apparently it will take a while to rebuild her life back.

    The Expo sounds amazing, and of course I'm super envious over all that loot you brought home!

  27. Kaitlin With Honey says:

    I so wish I'd known about this! I would have been ALL OVER it!

  28. Krista says:

    That Expo looks like buckets of fun! You sure scored some great swag!!

    VERY glad to hear that your family in Japan is safe and sound…..

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