Sunday, July 31, 2011

New Exciting Change to Go Long! Go Green!

As many of you know, my husband and I LOVE playing games!!  LOVE LOVE LOVE it!  Over the past year we have spent lots of time working together to find fun new games to play with friends to deepen our relationships!  When you have young kids and a limited income, you have to find creative ways to spend quality time with friends to maintain your relationships!

When Sophia was 15 months old, we started our FRIEND GAME NIGHTS.  We usually head to a friend's house near bedtime, let her play with their kids for a little bit, then put her to sleep in the pack n play (now a bed) in a bedroom.  We are then free to play games all evening/night long with our friends while she maintains her "normal" schedule.  We don't have to rush back to get the babysitter home.  After game night is over, we pack up, and all head home.  She transfers awesome back into her own bed!!

Honestly, this finding has revolutionized our once non-existent social life!  We can't afford to have a babysitter each time we want to see friends.  We have worked it out that we have a fun night with friends while our kids sleep!!  Of course dessert of some sort is always involved.  You can't have a game night without food, RIGHT?

Since we have really gotten into games, we wanted to share some of the best ones with our favorite followers here at Go Long! Go Green!!

My husband and I will be writing reviews and/or hosting giveaways for games that we enjoy playing together and during our game nights!!

Stay tuned ... our first one is written and ready to be published!

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

MI-DEL Cookie Review and Giveaway (3 winners!)

My favorite kind of review and giveaway (especially now that I am WAY preggo) .... those pertaining to FOOD! :)  Over the years, I have searched for healthier sweet treats, if that is possible!  I know that sounds like an oxymoron, but seriously, it is nearly impossible to find tasty sweets void of high fructose corn syrup, partially hydrogenated oils, hydrogenated oils, artificial food dyes, coloring's, etc.

Since 1947, MI-DEL  has been satisfying the appetites of people like you who want snack products that are healthful, natural, and taste delicious. MI-DEL is a combination of old-fashioned recipes and new bakery methods that let us create better for you cookies that meet the latest health standards without giving up a yummy inch of taste.  The best part about this company is they offer a GLUTEN FREE product line for our family!!  

MI-DEL has a huge variety of products, you are SURE to find something you enjoy!  Their non-gluten-free line is VERY tasty as well!

For this review, I was able to choose 3 different GF products to review.  I choose the GF Cinnamon Snaps, GF Chocolate Sandwich Cookies, and the GF S'mores.  In the past, I have also purchased GF Arrowroot cookies and the All-Natural Honey Grahams.

GF S'mores: WOW, these were amazing!  MI-DEL shipped me a box of 5, single-serving 90 calorie packs.  Sophia and I usually split a pack, but it always ended up with me asking her if she was going to finish them ... they were amazing!  It is a good thing they were single-servings, or I would have eaten the whole box!

GF Cinnamon Snaps: These cookies had a great cinnamon taste and were nice and crunchy!  They probably aren't my favorite of all their products I have tried, but still are pretty tasty.  I think the batch that I was sent might have been a bit stale?

GF Arrowroot Cookies: Once again, another amazing product!  I used them in this awesome recipe (found at the bottom of the blog post).   They are a very tasty animal cracker!  Once you start buying these, you won't want to go back to the traditional animal crackers!!  PS> They would be good for a teething toddler too!

All-Natural Honey Grahams:  I just got two boxes of these from the co-op I belong to!  I have always been in search of healthy graham crackers, but even the organic ones at the stores have tons of ingredients in them.  These are simple, yet so tasty!  The main ingredients include whole wheat flour, honey, unsulphured molasses, and just a few others.  I would love to make a S'more with them but that would require me finding a healthy marshmallow and I don't think that is even possible! HA!!  I think I will just resort to melting dark chocolate chips on my grahams!


GF Chocolate Sandwich Cookie: These would be equivalent to the GF version of Oreo's but 150x better than Oreo's ever could be or will be!  And oh, did I mention the fact they are way better for you than Oreo's?? (Relatively speaking folks, it isn't like a spinach salad! HA!)  Nevertheless, oh my goodness, these cookies are awesome!  It takes every bit of will power to only have 2 cookies per day which is the serving size!  I have to hide these cookies from myself b/c I seriously think I could eat 8-10 with a huge glass of milk!!   You can't even tell these cookies are GF.  They are tasty in EVERY way not lacking anything!!  You must head to the closest store and purchase them!  I have included the link for you ...

After reading this review, I would assume a few things ...
1) You have large amounts of drool running down your chin, to your shirt or computer keyboard!
2) You are dying to know the closest store to you that stocks these tasty treats!

I have solved problem #2 for you ... Click HERE and type in your zip code and they can tell you what stores stock which products!  As far as problem #1, grab a towel, wipe it up, get those shoes on, and head to the store!

Also, make sure to check out their website for some awesome recipes!!  I would love to make the Gluten-Free Black-Bottomed Vanilla Cream Pie!  Doesn't it sound heavenly?  I would also love to make the Gluten-Free Pumpkin Pie for Thanksgiving this year, but I guess we will see how that goes with a newborn in tow! :)

WIN IT: MI-DEL has offered up 3 winners packets including a coupon for a free MI-DEL product and information about delicious MI-DEL products.

Links you will find helpful for the giveaway:
Go Green Go Long on Facebook
SGsMama on Twitter

This giveaway is open to the U.S. and will end on Tuesday, August 9, 2011 at midnight. The winner will be drawn via and will have 48 hours to respond or another winner will be drawn. Please, no PO Boxes.

Disclaimer: I received this product free of charge. All thoughts and opinions are my own. I was not monetarily compensated for this review.