Tuesday, March 6, 2012

R.W. Knudsen - GIVEAWAY!!!

Hello my friends! Thanks for stopping by!

And thanks for being patient with me…

I think I owe you some sort of explanation for just up and disappearing on you like that!

I tease you with the “I’m working on something great for you” and then just disappear.

That isn’t right!!!!

I’m sorry….really, I am.

And this is where that whole “how much of my personal life do I want to share with you?” part comes in.

So without completely boring you with all of the lame details of my life I will tell you this – a few things have been going on.

First of all, there was month end last week which meant that I worked about 50 hours plus my commuting time. And to make it even more fun my boss was here from NY.

I got home at a decent hour on Friday, but only to completely melt down after I ate – I really just watched mindless TV until I went comatose for the night. My mind was shot.

Saturday was a fun day/night – but again, very busy.

We had a surprise birthday party for my wonderful, amazing mom. She is such a strong woman who is dealing with some major things right now. The past year has been tough for her (and the family) and we are hoping for better things this year. (Love you mom!)
My mom and me <3
Sunday – oh Sunday! It is such a fun day to do just nothing, and I wish I could say that was what I did, but no, not the case.

I started out with a double dose of classes at the gym – yoga and then Sh’Bam. (And I’m not sure which to thank for the “I just rode a horse for an entire day walk” that I am currently sporting, but my bet is the yoga class!)

And then I followed that up with “HEY! Let’s clean the floors and grocery shop and cook dinner and do tons of laundry!” How that became a good idea is beyond me...other than because it needed done.

But it’s nice to have a clean house and no laundry monster starting at you anymore!

Then there was yesterday. I wish I could say it was a good day, but I’m not going to lie to you and pretend that my life is always rainbows and butterflies, and soft and fluffy things because it’s not. Life can be tough, and it will test you, and you will learn from it (hopefully), and hopefully you will become a stronger and better person for the things that you have experienced.

We can only hope that we are doing things the best way possible and that the outcome will be the best that it can be.
   the best
But to make me feel better it’s always nice to see something sparkly or shiny – like my engagement ring after I just cleaned it (it is a good reminder of the beginning of our relationship when everything was new and exciting), or like the sun after a long winter, or like sparkly nail polish that probably isn’t appropriate for work since you work in a stuffy office, or to have a nice, cold drink of Sparkling Essence.

Sparkling what? Sparkling Essence…what is that you ask???

Oh it’s my new drink obsession! J

In case you haven’t learned already – I am constantly on the hunt for drinks that don’t contain artificial sugars (since they pretty much make me gag) and drinks that don’t contain a lot of sugar (*please see above for the double dose of gym classes).

I was at the grocery store perusing the shelves for yummy looking drinks and I came across the Sparkling Essence line.

I tried the Blueberry Sparkling Essence and it was really good – just a hint of blueberry but a good flavor. This is one of the lines from the R.W. KnudsenFamily products.
R.W. Knudsen Family 

There are a bunch of other great products too. http://www.rwknudsenfamily.com/products/

Here is a handful of the items that they offer:

"R.W. Knudsen Family® celebratory beverages are packed in elegant champagne-style bottles, perfect for special occasions. Made from the best of the harvest, these non-alcoholic, sparkling beverages help you celebrate in style.  And like all R.W. Knudsen Family products, these celebratory beverages never contain added sugar, artificial flavors, or preservatives."

Sparkling Essence
R.W. Knudsen - Sparkling Essence - "combines the subtle flavor of organic lemons, cooling mint, whole blueberries, and fresh cucumbers with the tingling sensation of sparkling spring water.  We use real organic ingredients, brew them in pure spring water, and then remove everything except the essence.  The result: a light and refreshing flavor, but without any calories, added sugar, or artificial ingredients."

Natural and Organic Juice Boxes
"These natural and organic juice boxes provide on-the-go refreshment for the junior juice connoisseur. Featuring kid-friendly flavors, R.W. Knudsen Family® juice boxes are sold in three-packs. Each juice box contains 100 percent juice, and provides 100 percent of the recommended daily intake of vitamin C. Additionally it provides a good source of calcium for growing kids."

Natural Juices
"R.W. Knudsen Family® Juices come in a variety as rich as nature itself, from Papaya Nectar to Pineapple Coconut you’ll find all your favorite natural juice selections here.  Just like all of the R.W. Knudsen Family® products, these Natural Juices never contain added sugar, artificial colors, or preservatives."

Specialty Items which include Natural Cranberry Sauce, Organic Apple Butter, and Organic Mulling Spices
"The R.W. Knudsen Family® brand celebrates the bounty of fall fruits with its specialty items. Perfect pantry staples, these favorites bring the best of autumn to your family, all year long."

Fruit Juice Spritzers
"Bill Knudsen created the first fruit juice Spritzers for his family more than 20 years ago as a refreshing alternative to refined sugar and corn syrup sweetened sodas. They are made from real fruit and sparkling water. Enjoy the simple effervescence of fruits from near and far!" 
And more! Stop by their site to see everything there is!

By now, you might be wondering how this fits into the “good shopping” portion of my blog.

“We are dedicated to operating and supplying our products nationally, while staying committed to our core values, coexisting with the environment and supporting sustainable business by helping to reduce the consumption of natural resources.”

They use organic ingredients – “about half of our products are made with 95% or greater certified organic ingredients”.

They use clean renewable energy sources on site. “We also capture all the waste heat from our power generation to assist in the pasteurization process of our production lines.  The current installation of a 200 Kilowatt Photo Voltaic (Solar Energy) system, in combination with our other on-site power generation, will provide more than 40% of our peak energy needs with renewable sources on site.”

So here comes the REALLY GREAT part!

GIVEAWAY time!!!!

There are 2 things that will get you qualified to be in the random drawing for the giveaway from R.W. Knudsen:

    1)    Like BOTH R.W. Knudsen Family and Shop Good – Do Good on Facebook

    2)    Answer this question from the R.W. Knudsen Family site: Since 1996, their recycling program has diverted over how much trash from the local area landfill?
    ***Post your answer in the comment section of the blog and I will follow up with the winners to get your shipping information. 
The giveaway will be open from tonight through next Wednesday (3/14/12) and I will announce 3 random winners next Friday (3/16/12). You will receive some great products from R.W. Knudsen Family. How awesome is that!?!!! J


  1. Since 1996, our recycling program has diverted over 37,000 tons of trash from local area landfill.

    Answer: 37,000 Tons

  2. yum, yum! Great giveaway!!

    I'm going to go with 37,000 tons ; )