Holdster Giveaway

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Whether you are throwing a party and need a secure scotch holder or you want something snazzy to carry your morning coffee… there’s a Holdster for that.

Holdster is headquartered in Burlington, VT. They currently have a dozen products for sale and I am just guessing that there might be more in the future. I personally think that these would make wonderful company gifts, groomsmen gifts, and more.

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You learn something new everyday. While researching Holdster I learned about vegetable tanned leather. Here, you can learn more too: “Vegetable-tanned leather, or ‘veg-tan’ leather, is tanned with tannins and other ingredients found in vegetable matter.  It is a more environmentally friendly leather than chrome-tanned leather and it looks great and wears beautifully.” ~Holdster website

Once the perfect leather has been chosen each Holdster is cut, edged, stitched, and finished. After an inspection handles, cross stitching, and rivets can be attached. Then a wide mouth 16 oz mason glass jar is inserted.

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Next, or last…. “Once you’ve bought your Holdster, use it: Hard. It’s time to go drink something.” ~Holdster website

 

What would you fill YOUR Holdster with? Here are a few ideas for you:

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Tea

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Hot cocoa & marshmallows

 

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Hot black coffee

I gave a Holdster to my friend Matt and here is what he thought of it: “The Holdster is stylish and functional. It is a unique gift idea and I love the classic look of the leather.”

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It’s not just for drinks! Enjoy your favorite ice cream.

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Tonight’s dinner.. salad in a jar!

 

Here’s a perk just for Try Vermont First readers… with the code “tryvermontfirst” you will save $5 on your order through the end of the month. Happy shopping (Christmas is coming!).

Now it’s your chance to WIN a Holdster! We are giving away two of them! ENTER HERE:

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Happy (and stylish!) drinking,
~Honi

 

Eat More Kale Giveaway

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This year my son’s favorite snack in kindergarten was the kale chips the chef made. She started with local kale, added a little olive oil and salt, baked until crisp and boom…. she had a whole school eating a healthy and wholesome snack. Early in the year each child was sent home with an Eat More Kale.com sticker. Soon the school parking lot looked like a green Eat More Kale dot to dot game.

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This is Bo Muller-Moore, the man behind Eat More Kale. Bo, a native of Tennessee, lives in Central VT and plans to stay here forever. With a t-shirt screen printing kit that had been given to him as a gift Bo created “CHEESE” shirts for first himself and then his friends and co workers. (Bo, I want one!) Shortly after Bo and his wife adopted a 20 year old autistic young man and Bo found that printing shirts was a positive, creative outlet for both of them. They printed a variety of shirts and sold them at local farmer’s markets. Bo’s friends from High-Ledge Farm special ordered shirts that said “Eat More Kale” in hopes to promote the crop that was so plentiful on their farm that year. Bo says that he didn’t give the order much thought, he just cut the stencil, printed, and delivered the shirts.

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What happened next? “The idea became “viral” before people knew what “viral” was, then quickly spread to all corners of the world.” ~Bo

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You can find Eat More Kale shirts all around Vermont and New England. Check out their website and you will find shirts for men, women, and children, as well as merchandise that includes hats, magnets, Frisbees, yoga mats and much more. Contact Bo if you are interested in ordering a large quantity of wholesale shirts. You will find a variety of shirts online including “cheese”, “compost”, and “organic”.

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By the way… how do you like your KALE? We like our kale in smoothies, with a few peaches (or bananas) and our favorite VT yogurt. Eat (or drink!) More Kale… try it! Find more kale recipes here.

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(Photos taken by my six year old.)

Eat More Kale has both stayed local (with printing help from Beavin & Son’s in Montpelier when times were busy) and gone global (selling shirts around the world). I have enjoyed learning more about Bo’s story and am proud to wear my Eat More Kale shirt and support this business. I am happy to share Eat More Kale with Try Vermont First readers. Enter below to WIN an Eat More Kale shirt for yourself (maybe Bo will also send you an Eat More Kale sticker – he gives our over 100,000 FREE every year). Look for a fun doodle on your package in the mail… Bo surely is having fun with what he is doing!

One more note… be SURE to LIKE Eat More Kale on Facebook because Bo hosts giveaways OFTEN. On Facebook you will also learn of great deals and special offers.

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~Honi

 

Shelburne Farms Giveaway

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Driving onto the Shelburne Farms property takes my breath away every single time. There is magic behind the stone pillars at the front gate. My mind starts swirling with stories and history as we pass the Farm Barn (which we call “the castle barn”) and as we continue along the windy dirt road we “moooooooooooooooooo” to the brown swiss cows and stop to look for sea glass along the rocky shoreline.

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Shelburne Farms is a non-profit organization devoted to education, conservation, and sustainability. This 1,400-acre working farm and National Historic Landmark is located in Shelburne, VT on the shore of Lake Champlain. “Shelburne Farms directs numerous leading-edge educational programs, such as its professional development for educators and school field trips. Shelburne Farms is the Northeast regional lead for the National Farm to School Network, coordinator of the Vermont Farm to School Network, a partner in Vermont Food Education EveryDay (VT FEED), and backbone organization to the Farm – Based Education Network.”

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I think that you could spend a week visiting the farm and still find more new things to explore. There are ten miles of walking trails, the children’s farmyard, the Inn, which has 24 guest rooms, a public restaurant, and so much more!

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Our family loves to take the tractor ride from the Welcome Center to the Farm Barn to visit the animals. Highlights of each trip include watching the chicken parade (and looking for the rooster), milking the cow, brushing the rabbits, and looking for chicken eggs (my son’s favorite thing to do).

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On our last visit to the farm we were able to watch Feta the goat have her hooves trimmed and meet the new goat kids. Every time we visit there is something new to see, something new to learn, and more things to be part of.

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My children were also welcomed into the garden, invited to try the herbs, and put right to work pulling weeds. The time the staff took to make this such an enriching experience encouraged the kids to be more helpful in our garden at home.

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After visiting the animals we walked along the trails, following a Storywalk (a deconstructed book bordering the trail). It was a fun way for my six year old son to share a story with his sister. There were stick teepees along the way to investigate and flowers to pick.

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The kids ran and laughed with their cousins all the way to our picnic spot. When they got to the top of the hill they were excited to see the great view of the Inn, the lake, and the New York mountains.

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Shelburne Farms is special for everyone… young and old, Vermonters and visitors. We try to go there at least once per season, as each season holds different things to do on the farm.

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Would you like to visit Shelburne Farms? They have sent us TWO family day passes to share with Try Vermont First readers.

 

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Thank you Shelburne Farms for the countless happy memories you have made for our family.

Here’s to many more!
~Honi

 

 

PS: Shelburne Farms hosts weddings too! 7.22.2005

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Circus Smirkus Giveaway

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Some children sleep with a favorite lovey or stuffed animal. My children…. they sleep with their Circus Smirkus playbook which contains pictures of last year’s show and performers. Currently it’s in my 3 year old’s bed, though soon I am sure her 6 year old brother will snatch it back. They “read” it daily, talk about acts and performers they enjoy, and practice their own circus routines.

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Circus day is one of our favorite days of the summer. We look forward to this day all year and spend the weeks before the show getting as many friends as we can to join us for the show. We have signed up for news from Smirkus so we are sure to not miss out.

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Here are some important facts about Circus Smirkus:

Circus Smirus is Vermont’s own award-winning, international traveling youth circus founded in Greensboro Vermont in 1987 with the mission of promoting the skills, culture and traditions of the traveling circus and providing a forum for kids to engage in life-enhancing adventures through the circus arts. Its three programs include the Big-Top Tour, the only touring youth circus in the country.  Its acclaimed in-school and after-school Ringmaster Residencies, and Smirkus Camp, America’s only residential circus arts training conducted in a traditional summer camp setting.

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Circus Smirkus is the only youth circus in the country to travel “under canvas” – that is, as a traditional traveling show complete with a Big Top­ tent.

Smirkus is a 501c3 non-profit with eleven year round employees and 85 seasonal staff, based out of Greensboro, VT.

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Smirkus is not just for kids, but it is performed by kids. Just kids! This year’s troupe includes 30 kids, ages 10-18, from 9 states and Mexico.  After just 3 weeks of working together in June the troupe will travel to 15 cities in 7 weeks and perform in 66 shows. Now that’s a summer “vacation”!

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These young performers are enthusiastic, energetic, and amazing! They work together with trust and ease. They will dazzle audiences with their grace and precision. They will wow watchers with their talent and skill. Though I do not personally know any of performers I am emotionally proud of them at the end of each show.

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My family has been lucky enough to go see Circus Smirkus the last three years and we already have our tickets for this year’s show. I suggest that everyone go see this circus. Take your friends, tell your neighbors, make it a family affair.

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Circus Smirkus kicks off this Sunday at their home base in Greensboro. From there they will travel to St Johnsbury VT, Hanover NH, Saratoga Springs NY, Freeport ME and more. Find ticket information here.

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This year’s show is titled  Anchor’s Away For Atlantis. “Ahoy there! It’s all hands on deck as we dive into another season with Circus Smirkus. This time we set sail for adventure on the high seas and take the plunge for fathoms of fun. Discover maritime merriment under the briny big top, where we explore the vast ocean in all of its beauty and mystery – both above and below the surface. Join our intrepid crew as we climb the rigging with aquatic aerialists, tumble the surf with amphibious acrobats, even catch and release some fishy jugglers. Help turn the tides for the castaway clowns set adrift in center ring. This nautical production will be ship shape, so hold your breath and ride the wave as Circus Smirkus proudly presents Anchors Away for Atlantis.”

 

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I am thrilled to announce that Circus Smirkus is hosting a giveaway with Try Vermont First! Be sure to enter this giveaway daily to increase your chance of winning, and LIKE Circus Smirkus on Facebook for real-time updates, pictures, videos, and more. (Note that our winner will receive a family four pack of tickets to a show of their choice in one of the following cities: Hanover NH – July 5-6, Swanzey, NH July 15-16,  Sandwich MA July 21-23,Waltham, MA July 25-27, Montpelier August 10-13.)

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Enjoy the SHOW!
~Honi

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We always take time to meet and thank the performers after the show. Here we are last year with To To.

 

 

Dell’Amore Sauce Giveaway

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I have a confession…. for years I have seen Dell’Amore jars of sauce at my local grocery store and I never knew it was made in Vermont. The jar stands out, is eye catching, and appealing. I am sorry that I never took the time to read the label.

And now that I have read the label and learned more I have a new favorite jarred sauce!

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Frank Dell’Amore shares his start up story and inspiration with us: “All inspiration for me came from my mom and my grandma.I always loved to help my mom in the kitchen when i was a kid.   She was an unbelievable cook.  My grandma (her picture is on the label) and my mom would make magic in the kitchen….so creative….on top of making THE BEST traditional southern italian food. I started a food/pizza business in the 70′s while a student at  Plattsburgh State.   Made my mom s  pizza recipe at the Monopole Bar/ Restaurant.  That pizza is still being sold there today, although I’m no longer a part of the business there. Opened Filomena’s pizza in Burlington in 1980. Began bottling the spaghetti sauce in 1986 at 5am in the pizzeria. Been making it in Colchester since 1993.”

 

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Here are reviews from my friends and family:

 

“We tried the Dell’Amore Savory Olive marinara sauce on two pizzas tonight with two other VT products (Cabot Mozz Cheese and VT Smoke and Cure Smoked Pepperoni). We thought the marinara was full flavor with nice large chunks of kalamata olives. It paired perfectly with the pepperoni and cheese for this kids. Us big kids had it with mushrooms, black olives, onions, broccoli, and a few slices of the pepperoni.” ~Barb

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We tried the sauce tonight-it said Spicy and of course that made {my daughter} excited.  It was really nice for jarred sauce {and} definitely had a kick! ~Emily

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“We tried the Sweet Basil sauce, served over whole wheat spaghetti and meatballs. Upon tasting it, my first thought was that it tasted authentic. It was very flavorful and a bit sweet and reminded me of a rich sauce that would be made and served in a true, authentic Italian restaurant. Our whole family loved it, and I plan to pick up some more!” ~Sarah

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My own family has tried the Original Recipe and the Spicy Recipe. I loved both and am partial to the spicy because this is how I enjoy my marinara. Both tasted incredibly fresh and natural. Frank and his team have the perfect balance of sweet, salty, savory. The ingredients are simple and all from the US. I asked Frank what their best sellers are and he said that Original, Basil & Garlic, and then Spicy.

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You can find Dell’Amore products in Hannaford stores, Costco,  Healthy Living City Market, Price Chopper, Shaws, as well as many independent stores throughout Vermont and beyond. Click here to find a store near you, or to order online.

 

Thanks for sharing your products with us Frank!

Try Vermont First would like to share a jar of Dell’Amore sauce with you.

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As they say in Italian: “Godere!”
~Honi

 

Karen’s Artisan Popcorn Giveaway

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Tonight I am excited to share a rather NEW Vermont product with you. One that makes my mouth water! Crunchy, sweet, salty POPCORN! Karen’s Artisan Popcorn.

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Karen Brittain credits her parents for much of her success with her business. Karen’s mom shared a love of baking with her daughter and Karen’s father was a food scientist. As a kid Karen was happy to “mess around” in the kitchen and as an adult she enjoyed taking her time to research and develop her flagship flavor: Herbaceous Blend.

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The Herbaceous Blend combine garlic, onion, black pepper, cayenne pepper and other spices with a locally grown organic popcorn. Karen uses a blend of olive and canola oils which she says infuses a subtle buttery flavor.

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Everyone in my family enjoyed this salty snack. The flavors are not overly bold, but pronounced. It’s a light snack that will easily please any crowd.

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I suggest that you take a moment NOW to find where you can get Karen’s Artisan Popcorn and get yourself her Maple Kettle Bliss ASAP. It’s nothing short of amazing. Actually it’s beyond amazing. Before I opened the bag I told friends that I would be happy to share. After I took a bite I quickly ran to hide the rest of the bag. I taped on a big sign that said “DO NOT EAT, FOR MY BLOG”. And then I ate the whole bag myself. I have made maple popcorn for years, but it does not compare to this product. Karen has mastered the balance of sweet and salty. It’s perfectly sweet and perfectly salty.

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But wait…. there’s more! Much more! In addition to the Herbaceous Blend and Maple Kettle Bliss there is Lemon Confection, Baked Vanilla Spice, Sea Salt Sublime, Chocolate Wanderlust and more! What flavor are you most tempted to try?

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My friend Lauren shares her reviews of Karen’s lemon and chocolate flavors:

“Let me preface this by saying I LOVE popcorn, but I am biased. I truly only like buttery, salty popcorn. Kettle corn and the like have previously been turn offs to me, so when you asked me to review lemon and chocolate popcorn I got stuck on the lemon and chocolate part and not until I received the bags did I remember my aversion to sweet popcorn, but, alas, I gave my word so I put on a brave face and opened up the lemon flavor. Well, oh my yummyness. There was an amazing combination of crisp candylike lemon sugar and fabulous fresh tasting popcorn. I subsequently inhaled half the bag in minutes. This led me to be quite excited for the chocolate flavor, as well I should have been. As I munched away I initially was not as in love as I had been with the lemon, but as I continue d to snack it’s irresistible combination of chocolate and spice began to lure me in. I hadn’t realized it was a Mayan chocolate popcorn and although I wouldn’t necessarily buy that flavor before this experience -I definitely wouldn’t look past it now. What an amazing flavor, again, only made better by the quality popcorn that tasted as if had been popped earlier that day.
So I suppose my overall review is “wow”. This popcorn has opened the door to the sweet side of popcorn, previously closed tightly, to an old fashioned salty popcorn girl such as myself. A plus.”

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Lemon Confection is surprising. It’s not what your brain expects when you eat popcorn. It is very sweet, full of lemon flavor, and a real treat!

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Chocolate Wanderlust is very rich and has a spicy kick. It’s gourmet popcorn at its best. Buy a bag to share and impress.

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Karen also offers a DIY kit. Look at how beautiful the corn is! This corn is Vermont and US organically grown including kernels from Hurricane Flats Farm in South Royalton and Cosmo Brigante in Colchester. The kit will make two large batches which are equivalent to six bags of Karen’s Artisan. In addition to the lovely corn, Karen includes her herbaceous blend of spices and instructions on how to make the best popcorn in your own home.

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Above is the photo shoot I did for this blog. I could not stop eating the popcorn while shooting!

Karen has so much to offer. Remember her when you need a great gift, want a local snack to impress at your summer party, need a thank you gift or more! Check out the Gourmet Popcorn of the Month Club. That’s my kind of gift!

You can find Karen’s Artisan Popcorn at The  Burlington Farmers Market and the Milton Farmers Market. You can get her popcorn at Healthy Living Market, Apple Mountain Vermont Gifts & Food, and kernels and popcorn toppings at Shelburne Supermarket.

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Pop on!
~Honi

Take Me Out To The Ball Game GIVEAWAY

In our family we are excited about baseball all year long. My husband built a batting cage in our basement so that our favorite sport can be played during all four seasons. Though once the snow starts to melt and the feel of Spring is in the air we are ready to go cheer for our favorite team: The Vermont Mountaineers.

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The Mountaineers organization is a non-profit and has over 150 dedicated volunteers. It takes 30+ volunteers each game to help things run smoothly and efficiently. The organization is a member of the nationally recognized New England Collegiate Baseball League (NECBL). They travel to and play in all six New England states each year. The Mountaineers recruit players from the top US collegiate baseball programs.

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In the last ten years the Mountaineers have been in four NECBL championship series and have won the Fay Vincent Championship trophy twice.

There are an average of 1400 fans at each home game. While being the smallest market in the NECBL, this organization averages in the top three for attendance every year.

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Our family has been going to the ball park for the last 5 years. My son seems to remember each game that we have gone to. He loves the hot dogs (what six year old doesn’t?), he loves looking out for and running into Skip, he loves the fun events (such as giveaways, games to play, entertainers), and of course he loves the baseball! “Real ball”…. way beyond tball and what we play at home. It’s live, it’s exciting, and it’s great fun.

 

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Dianne Meehan, who sits on the board of the Mountaineers, tell us about the organization gives back: “The VT Mountaineers’ organization takes its responsibility to give back to the local community seriously.  While we lease the historic Montpelier Recreation Field to play our home games, we have made over $550,000 worth of improvements to the facility for all residents to use.  Annually we also donate thousands of dollars of goods and services to youth groups, schools, community action programs and fellow non-profits.  During the season, charities are also given the opportunity to raise money at the park through our 50/50 program.”

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Try Vermont First and The Mountaineers want to take YOU out to the ball game this summer. Enter below to win tickets to a game of your choice. Note that we will choose THREE winners! Be sure to LIKE The Mountaineers on Facebook and stay up to date on their stats!

Happy Summer!
~Honi

 

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Handle With Love Giveaway

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Handle with Love VT was created earlier this year by Hinesburg mom Francesca Arnoldy. Her goal was to combine her two passions: “promoting the loving treatment of little ones and ensuring all families are able to hire a doula (professional labor support person)”. The Handle with Love line includes onesies, gift sets, bibs, tote bags, women’s shirts and Francesca has more coming soon.

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Here is some important information about Handle With Love: “A portion of each sale goes to the Handle With Love VT Scholarship Fund, providing need-based financial aid to expectant mothers who wish to hire a doula for birth and/or postpartum. Research has repeatedly demonstrated numerous positive effects and benefits of doula support, including fewer medical interventions and more positive feelings about the birth experience.

I can speak from personal experience about how meaningful it is to have a doula at a birth. The wonderful care that our doula Amy gave to us was invaluable. She helped to voice our needs and wants when we were focused on other things. She helped us prepare for the birth of our daughter, and she supported us after the birth as well. Having Amy be part of our birth was a hard financial decision that we had to make before our birth. I really appreciate Francesca’s goal of helping women and families!

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Handle With Love VT apparel is designed and screen printed in VT on the highest quality materials. When you find yourself searching for the perfect baby gift consider a Handle With Love onesie, bib or gift set. You will be giving a lovely gift, supporting a small VT business and a great cause!

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Our beautiful friend modeling a Handle With Love onesie.

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Contact Francesca if you are interested in carrying Handle With Love products, hosting a fundraiser, or making a donation. Try Vermont First fans can use the code “LOVE5” for $5 off an order of $35! Expires 7-31.

I am thrilled to have the opportunity to share Handle With Love with YOU!

 

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Thanks for your support of Moms, families, and babies!
~Honi

Squirrel Stashed Nuts Giveaway

 

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After reading just one paragraph from Meag & Brad, owners and creators of Squirrel Stash Nuts, I could tell how much love they have for their products and their community. Meag & Brad have known each other since they were kids and have been best friends for a very long time. Though their interests and passions sometime differ they both have a desire to explore entrepreneurship. Together they turned a disappointment into an opportunity.

 

Meag tells us more: “During the summer of 2012 we were vacationing in the beach town of York, Maine where Brad had spent his summer’s growing up camping with his family. We were downtown about to pick up one of our favorite snacks to share, roasted and glazed nuts. However, this specific time our usual spot was no longer making or selling them. Disappointed and hungry we walked out but not even 2 feet away from the door and we were back inside inquiring about how we could get a roasting machine. From there every spare minute was used to talk about how we would go about starting a business-plans, recipes, values to spread, and of course the name and branding. With a few good brainstorming sessions under our belt and many hours at the stove we had a product and brand that we were proud of. We used our favorite snack as an inspiration, tweaking it every so slightly.”

 

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Two years later Meag and Brad have an amazing (and addicting) product and a strong mission. “We knew that a good business meant more than just a great product. As I mentioned neither of us have any professional business knowledge but we do have big hearts and that has guided us to make the best decision, not just for ourselves, but for our people and Earth. In the beginning we made it clear to one another that we would be a business example to others; that earning a profit for the hard work you put in does not have to come from crushing every little thing in your path. We made it a large part of our mission statement to make conscious decisions that positively affect the Earth and it’s inhabitants. For now, as a small company, we are heavily focused on biodegradable and compostable packaging while also creating closer relationships with our ingredient sources. Like our maple syrup, it’s purchased from a fellow market vendor; Al from Brigham Hill Maple. But as we grow our mission will grow too. We continue to use our hearts and conscience views to guide Squirrel Stash Nuts.”

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It’s time to tell you about the NUTS! Let me start at the end of my story and tell you how when the tube container pictured above was gone I ate every last crumb and was instantly searching for more Squirrel Stash Nuts. A week later when I asked my son what his favorite Vermont product was he said “do you have any more maple nuts?”.

 

 

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My friend Talitha and her children sampled the almonds for us. Here are their reviews: “Sweet, but not too sweet. Fantastic strong cinnamon flavor with a subtle maple undertone. Mayla, age 6: I could eat 9 thousand of them. Rowan, age 3: “They make my belly good.”

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Another friend, Heather, has a review of the Squirrel Stash Peanuts: “The maple cinnamon nuts were really good! Their flavor reminded me of autumn. They are delicious by themselves and were also good on my salad. I can imagine including them in a harvest dish, perhaps as a topping for a squash casserole. The ingredients were simple but the flavor was really interesting. Delicious!”

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Let’s talk about how overwhelmingly delicious Squirrel Stash Nuts are. Above are the mixed “Tapped” nuts. Included in this mix are all the four Squirrel Stash nuts: almonds, peanuts, cashews, pecans. The one sweetener: pure VT maple syrup. They have a deep maple flavor but are not too sweet. They are rich and wonderful. The cinnamon is subtle and the salt helps marry all of the flavors and cut down on the sweetness. I was so sad when these were gone!

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 Lauren is a good friend of mine and always a willing Try Vermont First taste tester. She was happy to try the pecans for me. Here are her thoughts: “The glaze was delicious,  more cinnamon than maple, but luckily I love both so I was happy. Just sweet enough to satisfy my need for an after meal treat, but I felt okay about eating them because, well, they’re nuts, so they’re healthy, too, right??”

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My final taste tester shared this about Squirrel cashews: “The nuts were very flavorful and matched the description.“. She also suggested putting them into a trail mix. I agree! There are endless possibilities!

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Try Vermont First fans can stock up on these amazing nuts and save 5% by using the code TRYVTFIRST2014.

I hope that hundreds, or thousands of people will enter to WIN Squirrel Stash Nuts because they are THAT good. Look for them near you and find them weekly at the Burlington Farmer’s Market. ENTER HERE to win      —>    a Rafflecopter giveaway

Snack sweetly,
~Honi

 

 

PS: Meag and Brad….. thanks for the stashes! :)

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Wild Wood Vermont Travel Mug Giveaway

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Twenty years ago Sean Murray, of Wild Wood Vermont, moved from his native Ireland to Vermont. He now resides in Hinesburg with his wife and three children. Sean tells us that he has always had a love for hand crafting, and ten years ago began turning wood. He has made bowls, plates, cocktail shakers, and salt and pepper grinders.

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Soon Sean had an idea to make a travel mug, but it had to meet a certain criteria. Sean tells us: “I didn’t want just any kind of mug. I wanted a mug that would fit nice in my car cup holder, one that was lightweight and one that was smooth to the touch.”

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It was just a year ago that Sean made his first cedar travel mug; as a gift for his wife. The cedar wood was thoughtfully chosen. “I found that working with Cedar not only gave the mugs their own unique design from the grains and knots within the wood but the smell of the Cedar and the beautiful colors that protrude from the wood is the reason I use Cedar as my #1 Choice in wood.” -Sean

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After many compliments and requests Sean decided to open his own Etsy shop to showcase and sell his cedar travel mugs. Etsy added Sean’s Soda-Blasted mugs on their trending list for the month of April. Sean has plans to add more of his products to his shop. In addition to getting an amazing mug, your purchase will also give back. For every sale, a donation will be made to the Plant It 2020 foundation and a tree will be planted in Vermont.

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Note that these mugs are not just for coffee and tea. Check out the personalized mugs for The Alchemist.

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We agree with Sean’s wife, friends, and clients: these mugs are great! They are well made with high quality wood and are uniquely Vermont.

 

Support Sean and his business and LIKE his Facebook page. Visit his Etsy shop for all your gift needs. I know there is a holiday just one month away and think that these mugs would make great gifts for the fathers I know!

 

Enter HERE to win a travel mug from Wild Wood Vermont:

 

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Drink happy,
~Honi

 

 

This is my blogging work station, where I am currently enjoying a cup of tea with my mug from Wild Wood Vermont:

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