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Organic Valley Review and FREE product giveaway!

{The giveaway has closed: Congratulations to Stacy #282} We are currently on a long and winding journey toward eating better. A big part of that journey is eating more natural, whole, and organic foods. Probably the biggest hurdle to eating better is information.

I want to buy from farmers I can trust. I want to know what they are doing with the animals and plants they've been entrusted with. I want to feel good about the purchases I make. One of the farms that I've consistently come across is Organic Valley.

I first came across Organic Valley through their RootStock newsletter. I liked everything I read, and I agree with their values and mission. Organic Valley is a cooperative of family farmers that is committed to organic farm practices. I encourage you to read about their farm practices here.

They provide a huge selection of organic (and pastured) dairy and egg products. Their sister coop Organic Prarie provides organic meats. I saw such an unbelievable variety of Organic Valley products on my visit to Whole Foods a few months back, and I wanted to swoop them all into my cart.

Whole Foods is out of my preferred driving range though, so I looked for Organic Valley products at my local grocery stores. Four stores within 5 miles of my home (not Target... *crying a little*) carry a small selection of Organic Valley products.

I had been checking them out for months, waiting for a sale (old habits die hard) when I was given the opportunity to review their products. Organic Valley sent me 10 FREE product coupons for any of their products (each coupon is worth up to $10 in value.) Yay! I took 5 of those to the store, and will be sharing the other 5 with a lucky reader. ;)

Here's what I bought:
I really wanted to buy organic cheese and butter, but neither of my local stores carried Organic Valley butter and the store where I purchased all of these fine products was out of cheese. Drat. So, I picked up 1 gallon of Organic Valley Whole Milk, Organic Valley Whipping Cream, Organic Valley Cottage Cheese, and 2 Cartons of Organic Valley Cage-free Organic Eggs.

My thoughts on the products: Yum! All of the Organic Valley products I purchased tasted great, just like the conventional products I've purchased but without the guilty aftertaste! I'd love to tell you that they tasted better than conventional products, and they legitimately might, but my palate isn't sophisticated enough to tell. I can tell you that I felt awesome buying all of these great products and telling the cashier why I was buying organic. I was also happy that other people in the store saw what I was buying and that I walked out paying nothing.

Now, we all know that I got to review these products and that's why they were free, but the customers didn't. Maybe they got a sense that buying organic doesn't have to break the bank, and that's true. ;) The other benefits (to my family's health, to the animals, and to the Earth) can't even be measured. But they are real and mean the world to me.

I really want to encourage everyone to make better food choices. For your health and also for the health of all of the Earth's inhabitants. So to help you in purchasing better dairy products for your family, I'm offering one lucky reader 5 coupons for FREE Organic Valley products - up to a $50 value.

To Enter:
Leave me a comment telling me which Organic Valley product you are most excited to try. For me it was all about the butter, but I felt very blessed to buy each of their organic products.

Extra Entries:
5 Extra Entries for blogging about this contest
3 Extra Entries for tweeting about this contest
1 Extra Entry for leaving your best advice for eating healthier and sticking to a budget
1 Extra Entry for following on Google Friend Connect
1 Extra Entry for following @suburbanjung on twitter
1 Extra Entry for following @organic_valley on twitter
1 Extra Entry for following on Feedburner

This giveaway will end on 3/17/2010 at 9:00 PM EST. The winner will be selected by random.org, posted here, and contacted by email. No compensation was given for this review. I did receive complimentary coupons for review purposes. All opinions are my own.

Comments

  1. I would like to try their skim milk.
    Crissa17@Hotmail.com

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  2. The best advice I have to eating healthier would be to get rid of the junk food in the house...then you never have it around to have the temptations. The best advice for sticking to a budget...only use cash...you can't over spend!
    crissa17@hotmail.com

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  3. Hi Angela,

    Awesome giveaway- my family is also in the process of switching over to organics! I blogged about your giveaway- http://fivefingerdiscounts.net/organic-valley-giveaway-on-suburban-jungles-blog/
    Thanks!

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  4. I tweeted your giveaway- Twitter name: Ele13

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  5. My best advice is to read all about organics vs conventional farming practices and you'll see how important it is to make the switch over to organics.

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  6. I follow you on Twitter.

    Can you tell I REALLY want to win this....LOL!

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  7. I'm following Organic Valley on Twitter.

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  8. I'd love to try the Stringles®.

    HilLesha@gmail.com

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  9. Oops...after all those comments, I forgot to tell you which product I wanted to taste the most. I'd like to try their organic milk. I usually buy store-brand organic milk, as it's a little bit cheaper than name brand. I'm curious to see how they compare to Organic Valley.

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  10. I'm following them on Twitter.

    ID: HilLesha

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  11. I would like to try the Cottage Cheese.
    Alicia Webster
    5webs@comcast.net

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  12. I Tweeted this giveaway
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  15. My best tip for eating healthier is to eat three meals a day and no snacks. Nourish your body at regular intervals, and stop treating it shabbily, and it will reward you.
    My best tip for sticking to a budget is to make a list and stick to it. I rarely make an impulse buy at the market.
    Alicia Webster
    5webs@comcast.net

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  16. I follow your blog at Google Friend Connect(5webs)
    Alicia Webster
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  17. I follow SuburbanJung on Twitter(5webs)
    Alicia Webster
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  18. I follow Organic_Valley on Twitter(5webs)
    Alicia Webster
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  19. I subscribe via Feedburner(E-mail)
    Alicia Webster
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  20. I would love to try their eggs! I always stare longingly at them, but they are usually out of our price range!

    hawaiismn(at)gmail(dot)com

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  21. To eat healthier, I usually email companies whose products we really enjoy and ask them if they have coupons they could send me. I couple the coupons with good sales and/or dollar doubler days, and I can score organic food at reasonable prices.

    hawaiismn(at)gmail(dot)com

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  22. I'm a follower via Google Friend Connect.

    hawaiismn(at)gmail(dot)com

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  23. I would love to try the cottage cheese.

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  24. I'm following you on Twitter.

    hawaiismn(at)gmail(dot)com

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  25. I'm following Organic Valley on Twitter.

    hawaiismn(at)gmail(dot)com

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  26. I'm a subscriber, via Google Reader.

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  27. Tweeted: http://twitter.com/hawaiismn/status/9835693261 #1

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  28. Tweeted: http://twitter.com/hawaiismn/status/9835693261 #2

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  29. Tweeted: http://twitter.com/hawaiismn/status/9835693261 #3

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  30. I am most excited to try the eggs!
    I love the milk and am always buying it at my local store.

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  31. I'm most excited about the eggs!

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  32. Following on Google Friend Connect

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  33. My best tip for eating healthy on a budget is to sign up for e-newsletters of companies you like to buy products from. They often send out coupons!

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  34. I follow this blog in RSS feed.

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  35. cdziuba@aol.com I'd love to try the Heavy Whipping Cream for my baking.

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  39. I totally want to try their butter also. We seem to go through a stick every three days or so. I try to buy their milk if I'm at my local store that carries it. :)

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  40. cdziuba@aol.com eating healthier and sticking to a budget tips:

    Do NOT buy junk when grocery shopping, try to shop ONCE a week, and make do with what's on hand at home to prepare meals.

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  41. cdziuba@aol.com follow on Google friends

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  42. cdziuba@aol.com follow you on twitter cdziuba

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  43. cdziuba@aol.com follow Organic Valley on Twitter cdziuba

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  44. cdziuba@aol.com follow on feedburner

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  45. When buying organic meats try to buy a bunch of chicken one week, then beef, then whatever else you eat. That way you're not breakin gthe bank trying to buy everything all at once. Then make freezer meals, and in about a month you should have a ton of healthy organic meal waiting for you. The you can relax and wait for meat sales at Whole foods. :) BTW I try to go there once a month and buy snacks to last me all month long. So far that works pretty good also. :)

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  46. The Organic Valley Cottage Cheese is the product I am most excited about trying!

    LWons@HotMail.com

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  47. i love whipped cream, so I can't wait to try the whipping cream. dilem.mama @ gmail.com

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  48. My kids love the string cheese and I like their sour cream.

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  49. the cottage cheese thanks for the giveaway minsthins at optonline dot net

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  50. I'd love to try the whole milk for my kids!

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  51. I buy their products frequently, but I'd love to try their eggs with added Omega 3s.

    sgacrista@yahoo.com

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  52. My little girl loves cottage cheese and I would love to get Organic Valley's for her to try.

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  53. Cottage cheese is their only product I HAVE not tried...id like to

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  54. I really want to try the sour cream or cream cheese
    Jennifer
    ejxd95@gmail.com

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  55. We cut out fried foods and eat more fruits and veggies. I write a grocery list and dont buy anything else so that I stick to my grocery budget
    ejxd95@gmail.com

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  56. following suburbanjungle on twitter-jblanton41

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  57. following organicvalley on twitter-jblanton41

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  58. I would love to try the butter and the eggs.

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  59. Organic Valley Cage-free Organic Eggs because my little boy eats them everyday
    tvollowitz at aol dot com

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  60. I would like to try the milk. I'm slowly converting my family to Organic products.

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  61. I follow Suburbanjung on twitter (ohstac)

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  62. I follow Organic Valley on twitter (ohstac)

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  66. I'd like to try the Nonfat Dry Milk

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  67. I am most excited to try the 1% low far organic milk!
    Thank you for the giveaway :)
    hurdler4eva(at)gmail(dot)com

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  68. I follow your blog!
    Thank you for the giveaway :)
    hurdler4eva(at)gmail(dot)com

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  69. I'd like to try their milk the most! scg00387 at yahoo dot com

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  70. i follow you on twitter @desmoinesdealin scg00387 at yahoo dot com

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  71. http://twitter.com/DesMoinesDealin/status/9856770996

    scg00387 at yahoo dot com

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  72. i follow them on twitter @desmoinesdealin scg00387 at yahoo dot com

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  73. I always pay in cash so i don't overbuy! scg00387 at yahoo dot com

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  74. I would love to try the cottege cheese

    rugerpuppies at hotmail dot com

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  75. follow organic valley

    @snowluvnferret2


    rugerpuppies at hotmail dot com

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  76. Following you on twitter @snowluvnferret2

    rugerpuppies at hotmail dot com

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  77. I have to say that I want to try the butter! I have yet to be able to experience organic butter. Mmm. And maybe I'd even share with my family!!! Ha ha.

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  78. My advice for eating healthier is grow a garden this summer! It's fun for the whole family. It teaches the value of being rewarded for all of your hard work. And nothing tastes like an heirloom tomato.....

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  79. I blogged:
    http://thenewmommiezblend.blogspot.com/2010/03/organic-valley-giveaway.html

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  80. i too would like to try their butter..i'm a butter girl or their half and half
    nannypanpan@sbcglobal.net

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  81. my advice for eating healthier and on a budget is to shop the perimeter of the store...the inside aisles have more of the processed fatty foods, and buy whats on sale on the outer part.

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  82. would love to try their butter!!

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  83. I'd like to try their cream cheese.

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  84. I listed your giveaway on my sidebar at www.recipesformoms.com. - 1

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  85. I listed your giveaway on my sidebar at www.recipesformoms.com. - 2

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  86. I listed your giveaway on my sidebar at www.recipesformoms.com. - 3

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  87. I listed your giveaway on my sidebar at www.recipesformoms.com. - 4

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  89. To stay healthy and on budget, I seek out coupons in health publications and stock up when healthy products go on sale.

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  90. I am interested in trying the butter. Thanks for the chance.
    mogrill@comcast.net

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  91. I'd like to try their eggs, thanks.

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  92. I'd like to try the cottage cheese.
    marcia.goss@gmail.com

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  93. I follow you on Twitter as mgoss123.
    marcia.goss@gmail.com

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  94. I follow you on Google Friend Connect.
    marcia.goss@gmail.com

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  95. I follow you on Feedburner.
    marcia.goss@gmail.com

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  96. None of the grocers carry this brand however I was pleased to see food co ops near me do. Organic is hard to come by for alot of product in my area. The stores seemed to start stocking the stuff and then the economic downturn came and it seemed to me that some of the organics got cut back. I'd love to try organic butter. I usually buy goat cheese from a local when I go to the co op but cheddar cheese might be cool too if it is carried.

    Christine
    dazed1821@aol.com

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  97. I would buy the beef jerky for my hubby. Thanks for the opportunity! bowtiesnbutterflies@live.com

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  98. Hi- first time I've seen your blog. I am kicking old habits of "buying" processed foods, even though they are free after coupons. It's hard to pay for organics, but the long term health benefits will pay off. My local conventional gorcery store carries a good selection of Organic Valley. Thanks for your good tips and motivation.

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  99. What a great review opportunity! I would love to try just about any of those, but probably would go with milk since the girls drink so much.

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  100. Best money saving tip is to subscribe to all the organic websites for coupons and watch sales. Coupons do exist for organic and healthy products, you just have to know where to look!

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  101. I would like to try the milk and eggs.

    alysia75@aol.com

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  102. I would love to try the Pulp-Free Orange Juice with Calcium --- mmmm there is nothing like a glass of orange juice in the morning. Thanks for the great giveaway

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  103. I think the best way to stay on budget and eat healthy is to create a menu for the week and shop accordingly. This way you are thoughtful of how you spend the money before hand and also you don't buy too many unnecessary items. Also if you have a plan you are less likely to eat out and defer from your healthy meal plans.

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  104. I'd like to try the Berry Yogurt. Thanks.

    sweet_soul_sistermi@yahoo.com

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  105. I want to try their white cheddar!
    mcbrady13 at hotmail dot com

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  106. My best advice is to buy whole, unprocessed foods in the bulk section. It is healthier and less expensive to buy oats, dried fruits, rice and pasta this way.
    mcbrady13 at hotmail dot com

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  107. Google Friend
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  108. Twitter follower @chirpandtweet

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  109. I would love to try th organic skim milk. Onky drink skin milk and am quite picky!

    bearsandblond@aol.com

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  110. I would love to try their butter.
    bestwayigo at aol dot com

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  111. I follow SuburbanJung on Twitter.
    bestwayigo at aol dot com

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  112. I follow Organic Valley on Twitter.
    bestwayigo at aol dot com

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  113. I would like to try their milk!

    kevinshock@charter.net

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  114. I'd like to try their egg products, organic eggs!

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  115. blogged.http://tcarolinep.blogspot.com/2010/03/giveaway-suburban-jungle.html
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  123. My best advice for eating healthier and sticking to a budget- quit soft beverages and fast food.

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  124. Google Friend Connect follower

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  125. following @suburbanjung on twitter@tcarolinep

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  126. following @organic_valley on twitter@tcarolinep

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  127. following on Feedburner/subscriber.

    tcarolinep at gmail dot com

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  128. I agree with you, I'd be most excited to try the butter. I've been flirting with buying butter from grass fed cows, but the price has been prohibitive (so far).

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  129. Eggs! you can really taste the difference when you boil good quality eggs! Heidi S

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  130. I linked to your page on my blog#1: http://postyourgiveaway.blogspot.com/2010_03_01_archive.html

    Thanks, Heidi S

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  131. I linked to your page on my blog#2: http://postyourgiveaway.blogspot.com/2010_03_01_archive.html

    Thanks, Heidi S

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  132. I linked to your page on my blog#3: http://postyourgiveaway.blogspot.com/2010_03_01_archive.html

    Thanks, Heidi S

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  133. I would love to try their Cottage Cheese. I'm a picky cottage cheese eater!

    Thanks for hosting this and for your honest review!

    noellebrow at gmail.com

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  134. I've found the best way for me to eat healthier is to buy local and in season!

    noellebrow at gmail.com

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  135. Hi Angela, great giveaway!
    I have blogged about this here http://www.thiscraftymommy.com/2010/03/awesome-organic-valley-giveaway.html.

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  136. Healthy living at our home = live foods, whole grains, lots of nuts and nut butters for protein. foods as close to natural form as possible. minimal meats, but organic when we eat them. I only buy organic milk and am moving toward the rest of the organic dairy as well.

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  137. I'd love to try their skim milk!
    oheeyore at hotmail dot com

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  138. my best advice for eating healthier and sticking to a budget is gardening! it's enjoyable too :)
    oheeyore at hotmail dot com

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  139. tweet 1 http://twitter.com/oheeyore/status/9886865604
    oheeyore at hotmail dot com

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  140. tweet 2 http://twitter.com/oheeyore/status/9886865604
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  142. GFC follower
    oheeyore at hotmail dot com

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  143. i follow you on twitter
    oheeyore at hotmail dot com

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  144. email subscriber
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  145. i follow organic valley on twitter
    oheeyore at hotmail dot com

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  146. organic cage free eggs!

    autumn398 @ yahoo.com

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  147. Probably the butter like you or the yogurt.

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  148. i follow on twitter too @creep4ward

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  149. when you cook at home you are both eating healthier and cheaper than eating out. that is my biggest advice.

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  150. I would love to try their whipping cream! I do a lot of baking.

    flufffreebies@hotmail.com

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  151. I would love to try their milk.

    gr8kidsgr8fam(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  152. I want to try the butter and the eggs. Thanks!

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  153. I am most excited to try their butter!

    heatherlbrandt(at) verizon (dot) net

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  154. I would love to try their eggs!
    dgringe@gmail.com

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  155. My favorite tip is to buy when things go on sale and use coupons :)

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  156. I would love to try their eggs!

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  157. I would love to try their milk. I think organic is so much better than conventional.

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  158. My advice for eating more healthfully and sticking to a budget is not to buy junk food or processed food, but to eat more fresh food and to make any treats--cookies, cakes, etc. (if it's more work to make your own, you'll make and eat less)

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  159. I would like to try the organic eggs.

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  160. By best advice for eating healthy and saving money is to make a meal plan, and then the hard part, follow it!

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  161. I also am most excited to try the Organic Valley butter.

    onlychocolate4me at gmail dot com

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  163. I tweeted this giveaway! #1
    http://twitter.com/monteefamily/status/9899004571

    onlychocolate4me at gmail dot com

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  164. I tweeted this giveaway! #2
    http://twitter.com/monteefamily/status/9899004571

    onlychocolate4me at gmail dot com

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  165. I tweeted this giveaway! #3
    http://twitter.com/monteefamily/status/9899004571

    onlychocolate4me at gmail dot com

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  166. My best advice for eating healthier and sticking to a budget is: Eat at home! Cook meals at home instead of going out to eat. It is much healthier and much less expensive than going out to eat or picking up fast food.

    onlychocolate4me at gmail dot com

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  167. I follow on google friend connect.

    onlychocolate4me at gmail dot com

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  168. I follow you on twitter.
    @monteefamily

    onlychocolate4me at gmail dot com

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  169. I follow Organic Valley on twitter.
    @monteefamily

    onlychocolate4me at gmail dot com

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  170. I follow you on Feedburner through your RSS feed.

    onlychocolate4me at gmail dot com

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  171. I would like to try the cheese (medium cheddar most). I have had lots of organic products and for some reason have never had organic cheese. I need to try it.

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  172. I already love their milk and creams, but would like to try their eggs and cheese :)

    eskimocandy21@netscape.net

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  173. My best tip to eat healthier and cheaper is to make more things from scratch.

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Thank you for your comments! I appreciate all your tips, advice, and well wishes!

Angela

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I was disappointed that my friend couldn't see through the propaganda, but it did motivate me to dig deeper into reusable menstrual products.

So I bought my first pair - I used a $10 off coupon and first time customers got free shipping. (This link will give you $10 off if you decide to give them a go.)

The first thing I did when they arrived was try them on. They fit well and looked really good. Fancy even? Well, maybe not for most people but they had lace and that is fancy in my world. I then tested them with a syringe of water to be sure that they could actually hold the liquid they claimed. They passed.

I bought the hiphu…

How to Make Raw Almond Butter using a Blender (Vitamix)

You CAN make your own almond butter (peanut, cashew, sunflower, or ANY nut butter.) It's fast and easy - and you can do it in a blender!

If you love almond butter, then I'd highly recommend learning how to make it yourself. I buy raw almondsfor about $3 a pound, so the savings aren't huge, but knowing what goes into my almond butter is priceless. 
What goes in? Nothing but almonds. You can certainly add salt, cocoa powder, sugar, honey, or whatever floats your boat - but the truth is - you don't have to! 
You can roast the almonds and have a rich nutty flavored almond butter or you can make it raw (which to me - tastes more like cookie dough mixed with peanut butter, yums.)
Here's the deal: you don't need to add oils or anything else. A vitamix blender
(or other similarly powerful blender) can handle it.  
Here's a video of me making raw almond butter. I used about 3 cups (measured by a 5 year old - so about 3 cups is fine). 

You will notice a lot of icky …

Homemade Deodorant that Really works - recipe with activated charcoal!

I've tried many "natural" deodorants and have always been super disappointed in the results. Either they smell like old lady or they just don't work very well. Not anymore! I made my own charcoal based deodrant.

I have heard great things about Primal Pit Paste  so I decided to try and make my own.
Mine was slightly messy...and black. But here's what worked for me - you can play around with the quantities to get a harder/softer, stronger/weaker, more/less scented deodorant.

1 Tbsp Coconut oil (the solid kind)
1/2 Tbsp Shea Butter
1 tsp magnesium chloride
(you could use Epsom salt if you don't have this - just grind it up first)
1 tsp charcoal (I used bamboo charcoal from room deodorizing pouch and ground it in my mortar and pestle.)
1 Tbsp baking soda
1 Tbsp corn starch
10 drops of tea tree oil (or sub in another antibacterial oil like orange, lemon, or rosemary - be advised that lemon and orange will react with and deactivate your baking soda - turning it in…