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And the give-away winner is…..

The winner to the Newman’s Own Organic’s products, is…

Hannah W.!!!

Congratulations, Hannah! I just sent you an email. =)

The winner has three days to get back to me, and if she is not able to, I will pick a new winner.

Thank you all that entered, and thank you, Newman’s Own Organics for this opportunity!!

Posted in Blades, Give-aways, My Abba Father, Pictures, Random babblings, Reviews, Spiritual beliefs, update

Reminder about Give-away, and a brief update

Just wanted to ‘remind’ all that the give-away ends tomorrow. I will take the following day or two to choose the winner, and God-willing, announce the winner on Monday possibly. Somewhere around there :)

And for an update…
I have another review that I will be posting soon, of cat food from Newman’s Own Organic’s as well. Our kitties are almost finished trying them :)

I think it is mostly known, that I graduated and had an open-house on the 8th of June. It went really well, though I was super nervous. And I do mean super. :) I am very quiet, and generally uncomfortable around groups of people, but God gave me His peace, as well as His voice, and it went swimmingly well, praise Him! My cake was gorgeous! Maybe at some point I will post more pictures of the whole thing, and what not. For now, though, this was one of my grad pictures, and I must say it was my favourite:


God is still bringing me through a lot of lessons; there are still a lot of downs and ups. But He is good throughout it all. :)
So that is a brief update on my life. =)

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This blogs *First* Give-away!! And a review :)

As I said in the previous post, there is a review and give-away to be had!!
Newman’s Own Organics has so kindly sent me a variety of their products to try out and review free of charge – and they’ve offered to host a give-away as well! First, I shall focus on the review, and then we shall move on to the give-away, which I’m sure many of you will love :) (And I know this post seems really long, but there IS a give-away at the end, trust me! It’s a great one!!)
My family and I were so delighted to try all these yummy things, and I really cannot express how grateful I am for the chance!
I was quite surprised at just how much they sent. It really is such a kindness.
To start out the review, here is a bit about the company:

Newman’s Own Organics

The Website:
The Facebook:

“Newman’s Own Organics was established as a division of Newman’s Own in 1993, and became a separate company in late 2001. The sale of Newman’s Own Organics products generates money for the Newman’s Own Foundation to give away. Since 1982 Paul Newman and the Newman’s Own Foundation have donated more than $350 million dollars to educational and charitable organizations worldwide.” – Taken from their website.

Newman’s Own Organics is a company that makes many different things – and I do mean many! They have crackers, cookies, pretzels, chocolate, and animal food, plus the list goes on! All their products are great, and wholesome; We love the fact that they are organic and you can feel safe eating their products.
The company is honourable, and couldn’t be more kind, I’m serious. They were so great when I contacted them, and super quick to get back to me – I really appreciate that!

I decided to split up the reviews into 4 different groups. First is the photo of all of it together:


Newman’s Own Organics sent me 25 items in all to review. What a treat!

First group I’ll share is this one:


Mints and Licorice

The mints each come in a little tin container (with a fun picture on the front, no less!) and are loose inside a NOO paper wrapper.

Wintergreen Mints:
We’ve gotten Newman’s Own Organic mints before, but I have never had the chance to try these wintergreen mint, so I was really looking forward to a new-tasting mint :)
I was really pleased by the very fresh taste of this mint – it is a strong flavour and smell, and all in all it is really good. It tastes like Wintergreen gum actually (which I’ve only had a time or two, because of the bad ingredients), but in mint form, and much better for you – no questionable or harmful ingredients whatsoever, which is a huge plus for us, because we stay away from the regular mints/gum because of their questionable ingredients. I loved these mints ‘chipper’ taste a lot, and was very pleased with these!

I really like the peppermint – it’s ‘hot’ without being super hot like the Hot Cinnamon mints we usually get (I do like the hot cinnamon mints, it’s just nice to have a more relaxed taste of mint once in a while :) ).
Even after the mint has disintegrated in your mouth, you are still left with the minty freshy-aroma and taste.
I don’t know which mint is my favourite, because they are each excellent in their own way. All are very good!

Licorice; Pomegranate:
I wasn’t quite sure what to expect from these, because we don’t get any type of licorice very often, but I was curious to try them.
They’re chewy/hard, which is an odd combination, I know, but what I am getting at is that they aren’t really soft – you have to use your teeth to bite them, and they’re a bit hard like that. But the taste is really quite good. They are hollow on the inside and resemble a Twizzler, but taste a lot healthier, which I count a good thing in this case.
Both my Mum and I enjoyed these. I think they make a great thing to grab when you need something sweet. My Mum who doesn’t actually usually like eating licorice said she really like the taste – it was much better than the typical “store” version!

Licorice Twist; Sour Mango:
These all have such unique tastes and I am becoming quite a fan of them! This flavour is sweet and tangy with bit of sourness – I was expecting it to be a bit more sour, but it is pretty tame, and definitely good.:)

Licorice Twist; Sour Apple:
I think you can taste the sugar that coats it more on this one than the sour-mango. This sour apple flavour is very sweet and sugary and does taste like apple which is very nice – it’s not just the ‘claiming’ to be apple flavoured and really isn’t; you can taste the apple and I like that. Though, like the sour mango, it isn’t really sour, not in the way you’d expect. I personally was kind of glad for that, because I am not a huge sour fan. :)

Out of all three of the licorice twists, I think my favourite was the sour mango. They’re all good, but this one really pleased my taste buds – it was also my younger sisters favourite :)


Snack-y items

Fig Newmans:
I thought these were so good. I have tried other organic brands of fig bars, but these have definitely taken the top. I’ve always been fond of fig bars, and still like the other brands, but they were more grain-y and not quite as ‘treat-y’ as I found these to be.
I also found these to be a great breakfast, especially when you’re on the go – we had to leave early one morning, and I needed something to eat, so these worked perfectly. They’re just the right size too; the right amount so that it tastes good, but you don’t over-load. :)

Well, I’ve never been a huge fan of dried fruits, so I may not be the best person to write a review on these particular items (apricots and prunes). But as dried fruits go, they seem to have all of the characteristics that one would be looking for in dried fruit. It wasn’t leathery or hard, it was soft and chewy and had good texture. It would be an excellent snack – especially for children; my nephew was pretty fond of them :)
Again, knowing that you are not eating a heavily pesticided piece of fruit makes these well worth its weight in gold.

I actually liked these a bit better than the apricots, for taste wise, personally. They have the same quality features, and again, are worth their weight in gold. I was glad for a chance to try both of these!

Mighty Minis Pretzels:
To be honest, I didn’t really care for these. They were very hard and somewhat dry. But I realize that flavour is in the taste-bud of the beholder :) and these might be a favourite of others.

Thin Sticks Pretzels:
These, I thought, were a bit better than the previous pretzel I tried. They tasted more like what I would expect a pretzel to taste like. I also like the long stick shape of it :) My Mum also liked these very well.

Spelt Pretzels:
My elder sister tried them, and said she didn’t mind them.
They will be a favourite among spelt-lovers. I however am not really a spelt fan, but I was glad to try them.
And if you are a spelt lover, you will definitely be pleased with them!



Newman-O’s, Chocolate Creme Filled Chocolate Cookies:
Mmm! Sooo good. It’s real chocolate-y and super good! I am a huge fan of chocolate (:)) and these most definitely meet my chocolate-need ;)
They’re similar to Oreo’s really – just with a chocolate filling instead of the regular white creme. These were all a favourite among my family and mine!

Ginger-O’s, Creme Filled Ginger Cookies:
They live up to their “ginger’ name – they do indeed taste very gingery, but it’s not overpoweringly so. I don’t really care much for their smell (it reminds me of another smell that I don’t like :P), but they have a delightful taste and I greatly enjoyed them! My Mum said she thinks they taste like a ginger-snap cookie with oreo filling, and my younger sister said she enjoyed them, even though they weren’t her favourite of the cookies.

Newman-O’s Creme Filled Vanilla Cookies:
They smell like natural vanilla bean – not like the typical ‘fake’ vanilla ‘flavour’ (imitation).
The cookie is crunchy and for lack of a better word, tastes sugary, but in a good way. I like that they come in a slightly bigger package than the other cookies. All in all, I love them – excellent flavour!

These are a soft cookie, made with Newman’s Own Organic’s (NOO) raisins and organic molasses.
My first thought about these cookies was, ‘They taste Christmas-y!’ I’m not entirely sure why – probably because of the raisin/molasses taste.
They’re moist and almost brownie-type-consistency. Hermits are a more ‘Good-for-you’ cookie that still tastes good. They are not chocolatey though, or in the shape of a round cookie, like I thought when I saw the word ‘cookie’. :) They are pretty good though, and would make a good substitute for the bad-for-you cookies.
My younger sister absolutely loved these, and ate most of them :)

Family Recipe Cookies; Chocolate Chip:
These little bite-size cookies are full of flavour. They are crunchy with a buttery taste and very chocolatey. On a scale of 1-10, we’d definitely give these nummy cookies a 10! We looovved them, and tried to see if we find something like them, but nothing quite compares. These are wonderful!

Alphabet Cookies: Cinnamon Graham:
I thought these are so cute! They would be perfect for little ones, especially as they are learning their alphabet. Each little cookie has a raised letter, and the cookie in its small square shape and size tastes very good – it has the taste of cinnamon for sure, but it’s not so much so that it would overwhelm little ones. It’s quite perfect, really. :) And of course they don’t have to just be for little ones – they’re great for any age! I am enjoying them, and find them delightful.
If I had little ones, I would definitely get these for them. They’re hard, but as graham crackers, they would soon become soft in a child’s mouth, so you don’t have to worry about them being dangerous for wee ones!
Truly, I think they are adorable. Kids could have lots of fun putting together sentences – I did so, and took a picture, so you can see what I mean about the letter being raised. Along with being adorable, they are tasty little things!


And now for the last group…


All thing Chocolate!

Super Dark Chocolate Cups with Raspberry Center:
I was expecting a raspberry flavoured chocolate, but these have an actual raspberry filling – almost like a jam of sorts – inside. The dark chocolate is very rich and the two are a good combination. They are small which is really all you need since these pack a punch! I think many would enjoy these!

Super Dark Chocolate Cups with Peanut-Butter Center:
It has 70% cocoa and as the name states, these are super dark chocolate, and taste like super dark chocolate. The chocolate is smooth and creamy, but I think it over-powers the taste of peanut butter. My younger sister loved it, however, and wanted more :D

Mocha Milk Chocolate Bar:
What hit me first when I opened the chocolate bar, was the smell. It has a distinct coffee aroma. The taste is really quite unique. I was trying to think of a way to describe it, but I’m not fully sure how to do that. It has a hint of a coffee flavour, yet there is also something more. I really like it, though and its individual taste. It was really good!

Orange Dark Chocolate Bar:
This is a very big favourite of mine. I just love the taste. It’s the rich dark chocolate with delicious orange flavour mixed in, all in all creating an extremely pleasing chocolate bar! I tried to make it last as long as I could, but I know I could eat it in two sittings, if not one ;)

Milk Chocolate Bar:
34% cocoa. It is delectably good, and full of chocolatey goodness! Although it isn’t the kind that readily melts in your mouth, it is very good and I wouldn’t mind one for each day of the year ;) Seriously though, being a major fan of chocolate, this was super good, as were the other chocolate bars I was given to try!

Dark Chocolate Peppermint Cups:
These are definitely a favourite among myself and my family. We are rarely able to get them, but when we do, they are such a treat! I love the peppermint cups and wish I had more :D They are very chocolatey/minty (as would be expected!) and taste sooo delicious. Each of these different chocolate cups come with three in each pack.

Milk Chocolate and Caramel Cups:
Being a fan already of chocolate and caramel, it was no surprise that I loved these. They immediately melt in your mouth. The caramel isn’t think like so many others, but smooth and silky. The chocolate, as with the other ‘cups’, is a bit harder, so it is a nice combo.

Milk Chocolate and Peanut Butter Cups:
Mmmm, yes these are quite good.
Very good texture, creamy peanut butter, perfect balance. I like them better than the big name brand, because there is more chocolate and the chocolate definitely tastes better!

And that is the end of the official review of all the products! All in all, I was 100% satisfied, and soo appreciative! I really enjoyed trying all the different things and am so thankful for this opportunity! I definitely recommend Newman’s Own Organics; you won’t be disappointed by their products!

Now! For the give-away!! Newman’s Own Organic’s has offered to send the winner not one product, but four!! So, these are the items you will be entering to win for (please note that there will only be *one* winner of this give-away, and they will win all four products):

Family Recipe Cookies; Chocolate Chip,

Thin Sticks Pretzels,

Orange Dark Chocolate Bar,

Licorice Twist: Sour Mango

And now for the rules and what-not:

**Unfortunately, this is only for US residents, as NOO cannot ship internationally. I’m sorry for not including this sooner!**

**Please leave a comment for each entry**

Mandatory entry:
~ Leave a comment with you name and email address – it won’t be published, but I need to know how to contact you if you win.

Optional entries:

~ Leave a comment and tell me what your favourite food item is (either of the ones I’ve reviewed, ones you’ve tried, or off their site) of NOO.

~ Follow this blog (Via email on the right hand side of this blog, or through WordPress via the +Follow button at the top of your WP screen) and tell me in a comment that you did it.

~ Share this give-away via Google+, Pinterest, Facebook, Twitter, etc. and leave a comment telling me which you did and give the link. If you share about it on multiple sites, you can leave an individual comment for each site you’ve shared it on.

~ Email 5 friends about it and comment if you did it.

~ “Like” Newman’s Own Organics on their FaceBook page: and let me know in a comment.

This Give-away will end in two weeks – June 27th, 2013

Thank you again, Newman’s Own Organics, for giving me this wonderful opportunity, and have fun to all who enter! Hope you win! :)