As a mother who has always struggled with my own weight, I try to be super aware of what I let me son eat. I try to avoid tons of extra sugar and my shopping trips can sometimes take longer than average, because I make sure to read ingredient labels on just about everything. So, when I heard about these JUNKLESS chewy granola bars I jumped at the chance to give them a try!
A little backstory on the company. JUNKLESS foods is a small start up company based in Portage, Michigan. The founder formerly worked in marketing for large packaged food companies. It was there that he learned of a lot of less than desirable ways these companies processed their foods and cut costs with different techniques to maintain flavor while using less expensive ingredients. After realizing how much JUNK was in a lot of the packaged foods he and his family were consuming, he set out to create better options for everyone.
There are currently four flavors available in the JUNKLESS chewy granola bars: Chocolate Chip, 100% Real Strawberry, Cinnamon roll, and Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip. When I received the samples the first thing I noticed was the simple packaging, which I like. A lot of chewy granola bar brands are geared towards kids and I personally don’t want to run around eating snack with cartoon characters on them! The next thing I checked was the ingredient label. I was pleasantly surprised to be able to pronounce all of the ingredients! I also compared their nutrition information to a similar big name brand of granola bar and I have to say, they were pretty much the same.
Next came the real test. Would my 9 year old son eat them?
He was super excited when I told him that these were a new product and that he might be one of the first few people to try them. He chose the 100% Real Strawberry flavor and I picked the Chocolate Chip. He LOVED it! Visually, the look very similar to another very popular kid’s chewy bar, but the JUNKLESS bars aren’t as dry. We both really liked how soft they were. Almost like a medium rare chocolate chip cookie. That’s a thing, right? You know what I mean. Like when you take them out of the over a minute or two before they are actually done! Haha, ANYWAY!
They aren’t very sweet, which for me is fine since I’m not a huge fan of sweets to begin with. I was worried that a candy loving kid would be turned off by this but he wasn’t! I personally felt like there could have been just a few more chocolate chips in my JUNKLESS bar, but Jace thought his 100% Real Strawberry flavor was perfect. In fact he almost ate an entire box in a week!
Jace’s final review, that he made me write down so I wouldn’t forget exactly what he said, was that he is really glad he has found a delicious snack that is actually healthy! He cracks me up, but I have to agree I am glad that I now have something in my pantry that I don’t have to feel bad about giving him for breakfast when we are inevitably running late for school!
If you would like to try any of the JUNKLESS chewy granola bars yourself, you can visit their website to order them online or search for local stores that already have them on the shelf! If you're local to the Cincinnati area you can pick them up at your nearest Kroger. http://junklessfoods.com/
Hopefully you were more on top of things than me this year and didn't wait until today to send in your taxes! You still have a few hours to e-file, but if for any reason you can't get them done you can still file an extension. If you were stuck writing a check to Uncle Sam your wallet might need a little relief. Check out this list of businesses offering up some tax day deals to help save you a little dough!
Applebee’s: The last time we saw the Dollarita was in October. But it’s back for April, just in time for tax day. As its name would suggest, the Dollarita costs $1 — and it’s available until the end of April.
Bruegger’s: Tax Relief week is April 9 through April 17. During that time, get 20% off catering orders by entering TWENTYOFF at checkout. Plus, get the Big Bagel Bundle (which includes 13 bagels and two tubs of cream cheese) for $10.40 by filling out a quick form.
Chili’s: – Take a Break from Taxes with the new $5 Cherry Blossom Margarita. No coupon required, simply ask your server for this special offer. Valid every day during the month of April in the bar & dining room.
Chuck E. Cheese’s: To help families counter Tax-Day stress, Chuck E. Cheese’s will offer one free large cheese pizza for every large pizza purchased between April 17 and April 19. See details.
Firehouse Subs: Use this printable coupon (valid at participating locations April 17 through April 19) to get a free medium sub with the purchase of a full-price medium or large sub, chips and drink. Online, use promo code TAXDAY2018. Full details here.
Great American Cookies: Get a free Cookies & Cream cookie when you stop by a participating store on April 17. No purchase necessary, but there’s a limit of one free cookie per customer. See full promo details.
Hardee’s: On Tax Day April 17, you can get a free Sausage Biscuit between 7 a.m. and 10 a.m. (local time) by saying the passphrase “Made from Scratch.” The promo is part of Hardee’s “Tastes Like America” campaign.
Hooters: Kids eat free (with purchase of $10 or more) during Tax Day weekend at participating locations. From April 14 through April 17, kids under 12 will receive one free Hooters Kids Meal with a purchase of at least $10 from an adult. See details and locations.
Kona Ice: The shaved-ice truck chain celebrates Tax Day (which it has dubbed National Chill Out Day) every year with a free shaved ice for each customer.
Mrs. Fields: Until midnight on April 16, use code SAVETEN to get 10% off any order.
Noodles & Company: Get $4 off a $10 purchase (online only) April 11 through 18. You must be signed into your online loyalty account to redeem deal. Use coupon code TAXDAY18.
Omaha Steaks: Place an online order for more than $59 and get a free 2-lb. ham. The promo runs through April 17, or until supplies run out.
P.F. Chang’s: Use code TAXDAY and get 15% off takeout orders placed online on April 16 and 17.
Ashley Furniture: Use code REFUND10 to get 10% off any order from April 15 through 17.
ASOS: Get up to 50% off select men’s and women’s clothing, including shoes, jackets, swimwear, bags and more.
Best Buy: Best Buy has two sales that overlap with tax day. The April Savings Event gets you between 5% and 35% off appliances and runs through April 25. Plus, shop the Clearance & Open-Box sale and get up to 40% off.
Crate & Barrel: Until April 17, get up to 30% off rugs and 20% off curtains.
Express: Through April 17, Express is running a massive sale that includes: Buy One Get One 50% off for women’s jeans; Buy One Get One for $29.90 for men’s jeans and an extra 30% off clearance items.
L’Occitane: Need some pampering after tax season? Place an order over $65 and get a free eight-piece body and skincare gift for free. Use promo code ALMOND18.
Lowe’s: Lowe’s is extending its Spring Black Friday sale through April 18. When shopping the sale, note that some product deals may expire earlier.
Macy’s: Macy’s is offering a slew of fitness-tracker discounts through April 17. These include 25% off the Samsung Gear Fit1 Pro, and $50 off Samsung Gear S3 watches.
Mattress Firm: Between April 13 and 15, Mattress Firm is running a couple sales. The weekend before Tax Day, get 20% off the Friends & Family + Sale. In addition, get the sales tax waived the entire weekend. These sales are stackable with other current sales (see a list of current offers here).
Samsonite: Through midnight PST, get up to 50% off most items with code SAVE. Also get free standard shipping on orders over $99.
Shoe Carnival: Get 20% off when you buy two or more pairs of shoes, through April 17. Use promo code APRIL20.
West Elm: Shop the Awesome April Sale to get 25% off in-stock items. The sale is running in stores and online.
These offers may vary by location so be sure to check with your local business first.
Huge shout out to Offers.com for putting together this list of awesome deals! For a list of additional deals outside of the Cincinnati area be sure to visit: https://bit.ly/2pY3qWb
I want to thank everyone that came out for our ladies night March 28th at Shooters Sports Grill in Liberty Twp. I enjoyed seeing some familiar faces as well as meeting some new ladies that decided to check it out! The staff at Shooters was wonderful and I really appreciate how well they took care of all of the guests and vendors. I hope to see everyone again April 24th at Cozy’s Café and Pub!
Below you will find a list of the amazing businesses that were featured at our March 28th Ladies Night Out; including their websites and/or contact information. This is a great opportunity to connect with those vendors that you might have missed networking with at the event. I also encourage you all to like each other's pages to keep the love going; as we all grow together! Oh, and don't forget to keep them in mind for your shopping and event needs.
Advocare - Abigail and Sabrina Nametz
Are you looking to slim down in time for swimsuit season this year? Join Abigail and Sabrina Nametz for their Advocare One80 challenge! It is a 3 part 80 day system designed to help fuel your transformation and develop life long healthy habits. Contact them before April 17th to take advantage of some special deals. You can check out their website at Fittwinmoms.com.
Carpet land Cincinnati
Carpetland Carpet One Cincinnati is the area’s premier flooring retailer. They offer everything from carpet to exotic wood flooring and much more. You can visit any of their three showrooms in the Tri-state. Find a location nearest you on carpetlandcarpetonecincinnati.com
Color Street - Renee Bolden
Why waste precious time sitting around waiting for your nail polish to dry when you can get the latest color and design trends almost instantly?! Color Street offers 100% real nail polish strips that are applied to your nails with no heat or chemicals and last up to 12-14 days. The new spring line is currently available at mycolorstreet.com/reneebolden. Renee will also be joining us for a second time at Cozy’s on April 24th. Be sure to stop by her table and she can even let you try the polish strips for free!
Scout and Cellar - Brittany Troescher
Love wine but hate the headache you will inevitably wake up with the next morning? Brittany has the solution! Scout & Cellar is a new line of “clean” wines. When you remove the sulfates and all of the other chemicals you lessen the chance for that dreaded wine hangover that so many other brands give you. You can set up a tasting for you and your friends or you can order directly from Brittany’s website scoutandcellar.com/brittanytroescher
Orange Theory Fitness - West Chester
Orange Theory Fitness is interval training at it’s best! These workouts are structured so that you continue to burn calories long after your one hour class is over. The coaches are helpful, fun, and energetic and really encourage you to push yourself to give it your all! If you are ready to get into the best shape of your life, stop by the Orange Theory Fitness in the Voice of America shopping center in West Chester. Your first class is free, but I can bet after that, you’ll be hooked!
Photography Partner - Rachel Lee Photgraphy
Rachel Spitznagle from Rachel Lee Photography was our featured photography partner for this event. Rachel has always had a love for capturing special moments, but after the birth of her second child she decided to turn her dream into a reality and start her own business. Rachel specializes in everything from engagement shoots to senior photos. If you are looking for a photographer for your event or just need a new family portrait for the mantel, check out Rachel’s portfolio at www.facebook.com/RachelLeePhotography1/
To check out all of the photos from the evening Click Here!
Last week the kid was on Spring Break. Unfortunately, due to the fact that I rarely ever look at a calendar, I had scheduled my monthly ladies night event smack dab in the middle of the week. This meant no warm Florida vacay for us this year!
Instead last Thursday, we loaded up for a quick trip over to the Children’s Museum of Indianapolis. Despite some major headaches including, driving in a torrential downpour, the hotel pool being temporarily closed, and ending the trip with a flat tire in the Middle-of-Nowhere, Indiana I think we still managed to have a little bit of fun!
We got to spend some much needed one-on-one time together, Jace made a friend at the pool, and we finally got to experience the amazingness that is Giordano’s Deep Dish Stuffed Pizza!!! I am still dreaming about that “cheese pull”!
I think I will start planning our trip now for Spring Break 2019. That way we won’t be stuck in Ohio when it decides to snow in April!
I so badly need to get better about taking pictures when we are out and about, but here are a few from our trip to Indy!
I am the mother to one wild child and 2 fur babies. I have lived in the Cincinnati area my entire life. It is unbelievable the amount of things there are to do and see in this city and I can't wait to share them with you! Stay tuned for announcements about our monthly Girls' Night Out events and opportunities to showcase local businesses.