Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Lark Fine Foods Feature and Coupon!

Welcome to my 2014 Holiday Gift Guide!  Please note, that I did receive samples to feature in these posts however, all opinions are my own.  
Let it be known that if I'm going to indulge in a cookie, then I want it to be worth the calories!  With this being the time of year when there seems to be unhealthy snacks around every corner, I'm trying to be selective about what treats are worth eating and giving.  Enter Lark Fine Foods!

Their tagline, "Cookies for Grown-Ups" couldn't be better because my friends, these cookies are worth every. single. calorie.  So good, real ingredients, fresh, all natural and baked to order!  These cookies make a wonderful gift for the cookie connoisseur!

A little more about Lark Fine Foods...

Lark® Fine Foods, LLC, located in Essex, Massachusetts, is a family owned and operated business run by a mother-daughter team. We make Cookies for Grown-ups™; highly flavorful cookies with adventurous flavor profiles. Ingredients include fennel, hot pepper, espresso, olives and rum – not all in the same cookie! 

Our cookies are hand-crafted, baked, packed and shipped by our employees in our facility. The difference is a higher quality cookie in every way. They are fresh, all natural and baked to order. Our cookies are true artisan treats.

OUR MISSION: We strive to make a superior product that will delight you with flavors that are sometimes unexpected. We are uncompromising in our use of pure, fresh, all-natural ingredients. Our cookies contain no preservatives. Lark Fine Foods is committed to bringing you the highest quality and most innovative fresh-baked cookies possible.

I was lucky enough to sample several of these delicious cookies (tough job, I know!)  The Cha-Chas are my very favorite!  Spicy, rich and chocolate - different and delicious!
Salted Rosemary Shortbread?  Yes please!  I can't explain how deliciously different these are!  
The Oat Bark is beyond delicious too!  This is crispy, buttery and flavored with TAZA chocolate!  So good!
Of course this is just a small sampling of their cookie line!  You can view their entire line here and order!  I think Santa would LOVE some of these 
Saint Nicholas Cookies, all ready for gifting! 
I'm happy to share that the folks over at Lark are offering my readers 10% off any order!  Simply call to order 978 768 0012 and mention code Barefoot by the Sea!  

Also, make sure you follow Lark Fine Foods on twitter, Facebook and Pinterest

Monday, November 24, 2014

Putumayo French Christmas Feature and Giveaway!

We LOVE Christmas music!  It's fun and brings back memories of past holidays, family and friends.  We try to add a new collection (or two) to our rotation each and every year.  I like to add variety that gives our collection a little more depth and substance.  We have enjoyed Putumayo's Family Christmas Around the World and New Orleans Christmas for years.  These collections are festive and fun.  I was thrilled when I was offered an opportunity to review their latest compilation, French Christmas
Putumayo’s French Christmas provides charming and joyful music from France and French Canada to accompany your holiday season!
In France, Christmas is typically a restrained and intimate holiday. In francophone Canada, Christmas is an opportunity to lighten the mood and bring communities together for a big celebration before the cold North winds and deep snow make travel more difficult. Yet, despite the variations, both France and French Canada celebrate the holiday season with music that is overflowing with charm, beautiful melodies and heartfelt appreciation of all the joys that Christmas has to offer.  This music is sure to delight!  Click here to listen to a sample of the beautiful music offered in this collection!
I'm pleased to tell you that the folks over at Putumayo are offering their newest French Christmas to one lucky Barefoot by the Sea reader!  Simply fill out the form below and enter to win! 
In the meantime, check out the other wonderful offerings from Putumayo here!  

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Monk Fruit In The Raw Feature #sponsored

I received this product for free from the sponsor of the Moms MeetSM program, May Media Group LLC, who received it directly from the manufacturer. As a
Moms MeetsSM blogger, I agree to use this product and post my opinion on my blog. My opinions do not necessarily reflect the opinions of May Media Group

LLC or the manufacturer of this product.
Let me start by saying I'm not big on artificial sweeteners or zero calorie products so I was skeptical to try out Monk Fruit in The Raw.  I was pleasantly surprised that this was an option that I could incorporate in my baking and beyond!  What I liked most is that it didn't have any sort of chemical aftertaste I am used to with other brands.  The Monk Fruit In The Raw Baker’s Bag measures cup for cup, just like sugar and can be used to replace all of the sugar in beverages, sauces, and dressings.  For baked goods, it is recommended to only replace half of the amount of sugar with Monk Fruit In The Raw for best results. Try to substitute half of the sugar in your favorite baking recipes with Monk Fruit In The Raw.  You can also visit Monk Fruit In The Raw for recipes here.   
A little more about Monk Fruit In The Raw
• Monk Fruit In The Raw is a wholesome, zero-calorie sweetener made from real
monk fruit, a vine-ripened fruit that is native to Asia.
• Monk fruit, known as luo han guo in Asia, was first harvested in the 13th century by Arhats, or “Enlightened Ones,” which translates to Monks in English.
• The sweet and delicious extract from monk fruit is blended with other sweeteners to create the perfect balance of sweet.
• Monk Fruit In The Raw is naturally vegan, kosher, and gluten-free, and does not contain any added table sugar, sugar alcohols, or molasses.
• Conscious, rejoice! Monk Fruit In The Raw has the closest taste to sugar of any non-caloric sweetener, and has the least amount of aftertaste.
• One pack of Monk Fruit In The Raw is about as sweet as two teaspoons of
• One box of Monk Fruit In The Raw (40ct packets) retails for $3.49 
I decided to replace my normal banana bread's sugar with half the amount and half of Monk Fruit in the Raw.  The results were just as delicious and nobody notice the replacement so that's a win-win in my book!  Follow Monk Fruit in The Raw on Twitter, Facebook and on their website here to be "in the know" and 
Happy Baking!  

Saturday, November 22, 2014

Clearasil Wash Feature #MC and #ClearasilMom #sponsored

I participated in an Influencer Activation on behalf of Influence Central for Clearasil. I received product samples to facilitate my review as well as a promotional item to thank me for my participation.

Breakouts.  Pimples.  Acne.  Certainly not a "fun topic" but one that so many of us have dealt with during our lives or continue to deal with.  I have always had acne prone skin, since I was in the 8th grade on.  It's not a great way to go through adolescence.  I mean, puberty and all that goes with it is difficult enough and we also had to deal with breakouts?  It just seems cruel. 
Guess what?  It doesn't necessarily have to be!  As a parent of tween, I'm always looking for the next best thing and am on a quest to make sure that adolescence is as easy as possible.  Clearasil to the rescue!  Clearasil Ultra Rapid Action Daily Gel Wash is dermatologist tested and gives you clearer skin in as little as 12 hours!  It works quickly to open blocked pores and help you get healthier looking skin.  Even though my daughter doesn't have significant breakouts yet, an occasional blemish does arise.  This product ensures you are staying on top of those breakouts before they occur - leaving skin fresh and clean, without over drying!  Let's face it, kids are busy these days between sports commitments, after school activities and more, they are not always concerned with washing their faces.  This Clearasil products comes in a counter friendly pump bottle that's both easy to use and handy.  
I tried the Clearasil Hydra-Blast Oil Free Face Wash, since I don't need to wash with extra oil, I felt that this would be the best option for my skin.  I used it for over two weeks and my skin is visibly clearer and since it's scientifically formulated to leave your skin feeling softer and well cared for, it's a win-win in my book!  This product helps reduce breakouts by 85% in just 4 weeks.  Here's hoping my face is fresh and clear(er) by the time Santa pulls up his sleigh!  I love that there are new products on the market by a brand that is trusted and respected.  I also love that I'm doing something to get clearer skin each and every day!  It smells fresh and clean too!

Thank you to Moms Central and Clearasil for the opportunity to try these products and spread the word! #MC and #ClearasilMom
I know many of you used Clearasil as teenagers and it's nice to know this brand has stood the test of time and continued to develop to make our teen's lives a little easier!  You can follow Clearasil on Twitter and Facebook to be in the know!  

Of course I participated in this campaign from Moms Central and Clearasil but all opinions, as always, are my own. 

Have a great weekend everybody! 
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