Whole Foods Market Newport Beach Grand Opening

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Oh happy day! Whole Foods Market, the world’s leading natural and organic foods supermarket and first national certified organic grocer will be hosting the Grand Opening of Whole Foods Market Newport Beach in Fashion Island on Wednesday, September 19th, 2012 and you are invited to come and celebrate!

The Grand Opening celebration will take place from 9am – 10pm and include lots of fun events during the day, including a special “bread breaking ceremony” for the first 300 customers in line in the morning, who will receive a complimentary demi-baguette.  There will also be delicious food and wine tastings throughout the day, local vendor demonstrations and Happy Hour specials in the Back Bay Tavern.

This location, the fifth Whole Foods Market in Orange County, will feature the national debut of the Tea Hive fusion cafe and tea bar.  At the Tea Hive customers will be able to choose green, black or oolong tea in almost any imaginable form – frozen, sparkling, iced or steamed. The specialty drinks are made in martini shakers by the “Tea Tenders.” Try their Pomarita, a blend of pomegranate and lime with green tea or Chocolate Chai, which is a combo of black tea, spiced chai, chocolate and cinnamon. YUMMY!

At this location you will also find their casual bar/restaurant, the Back Bay Tavern. With indoor and outdoor seating for 150 and a rotating selection of 24 craft beers on tap, wine and spirits and a delicious menu featuring beef, seafood, vegetarian and vegan meals, make Back Bay Tavern your new go-to dining spot when shopping with friends at Fashion Island!

In addition to the Tea Hive and Back Bay Tavern, at this store location you will also find:

~ An extensive produce selection of locally grown fruits and veggies.

~ A high quality meat department offering meat from animals raised without antibiotics or hormones. All meats have to adhere to Whole Foods Markets stringent quality standards, including a full line of 100% grass-fed, locally-sourced beef and chicken, ready to take home and cook.

~ Their fresh seafood department has sustainably-sourced fresh filets, steaks and seasonal seafood, which are oven-ready, delivered up to six days a week.

~ Full in-store bakery offers freshly made breads from scratch, including focaccias, baguettes, muffins, and special diet selections like vegan and gluten-free treats.

~ Large selection of bulk and raw foods.

~ Free Wi-Fi and plenty of parking.

~ And much, much more!

For additional information, visit www.wholefoodsmarket.com. You can stay up-to-date on the latest and follow Whole Foods Market Newport Beach on Facebook and Twitter.

To celebrate the opening of their Newport Beach location, Whole Foods Market invites you to enter the Whole Foods Market Newport Beach Photo Contest HERE!

Show them why you love Newport Beach, whether it’s a photo of your feet in the sand, or another favorite NB spot, and you could win a private party suite for 10 people at the Newport Hyatt Jazz Concert or $100 Whole Foods Market gift cards.

Contest runs now through September 21st, 2012.  For more information click HERE.

I am soooo excited for this store to open as it is going to be the closest Whole Foods to my home!! I hope you will stop by to check it out and enjoy all of the many special features this store has to offer.

[Disclosure: This is a sponsored post for Whole Foods Market Newport Beach. One of which I am thrilled to share as I am a huge Whole Foods fan and this new location sounds a-mazing!!!]


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UNREAL: Candy Unjunked

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What if I told you a candy company existed that took the “junk” out of junk food?  UNREAL is a new generation food company with an outrageous mission: to “unjunk” the world. And they started with the worst offender ~ candy.

Many candies we are familiar with are filled with corn syrup, hydrogenated oils, artificial ingredients, preservatives, and GMOs.  Ingredients that are in there to make the candy cheaper to manufacture, not taste better. But were our bodies meant to ingest these ingredients? I have to think absolutely not! 

UNREAL has developed a line of candies that has taken out all that junk and replaced it with double the cacao, more peanuts, real milk, cane sugar and organic palm fruit oil. They also have substantially less sugar, more fiber, protein and less calories. Now that is unreal.

And I happen to LOVE this part ~ instead of targeting natural food retailers, they are competing head to head (at the same price) at stores like CVS, Walgreens, Target, Rite Aid, Kroger, with new major retailers being added every day.

I was invited to attend an UNREAL luncheon this week, and sampled all the different candies, and it tastes just as good, and in my opinion BETTER than the candy we grew up with. I was not expecting them to taste that good, not gonna lie, but the taste blew me away!

As did some of the sad facts I learned at the luncheon:

Did you know that today approximately 1 in 5 children in the U.S. are obese? This figure has tripled in the last 30 years.  And more children are getting sick.

Accordingly to Healthy Child Healthy World, in the last 20 years, there has been a direct correlation with disease and the introduction of artificial ingredients in our diets.

When you read ingredients on packaged foods that look like they are written in a foreign languages and see all the artificial dyes, preservatives, sweeteners, flavors, fats, etc., I have to wonder ~ is the health of our children at risk because of these?

I don’t know the answer, but as a parent, I sure as heck would rather be safe than sorry.

And please, do not misinterpret this post as I am not here to advocate eating candy as a healthy choice! But on the occasions where you are looking for a special treat or sweet for you or your kids, I am here to tell you that there is now a better choice.  

And I hear the minis should be available by HALLOWEEN! In fact, they should already be in CVS and Michaels, with more stores being added by the Fall! You better believe this household is going to be an UNJUNKED stop on the candy trail. The mom bloggers were even talking about how cool it would be to have a sign out front stating that our household is an “UNJUNKED” stop!

The UNREAL goal as a company is to serve as a spark and ignite a movement to encourage the other candy manufacturers to get rid of the junk too. In five years, their vision is to see an entire aisle of unjunked candy – no matter who gets the sale. How COOL is that?

But the change has to start with us – moms – who want better ingredients and better choices for our families when making packaged food purchases!!! Please help join the movement and share UNREAL with your mommy friends!

Visit www.GetUnreal.com for more FAQs ~ UNREAL on Facebook ~ Follow @GetUnreal on Twitter

[Disclosure: I attended an UNREAL luncheon to learn more about the brand and received free samples of the yummy candies.]

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Original Sprout Hair Care + Cool Cuts 4 Kids Coupon

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I first bought the Original Sprout baby shampoo and conditioner that I LOVE years ago at Cool Cuts 4 Kids and have honestly been meaning to do a post on it for years!  So when a representative contacted me from Cool Cuts offering my readers a $5 off coupon for new customers it reminded me that I NEED to do this post!

The Hair & Body Baby Wash is amazing. Weirdly enough my toddler got cradle cap and had a flaky scalp at around 18 months. I thought it was only something newborns got so I was perplexed. At Cool Cuts they recommended this shampoo and in only one or two washes, it completely cleared it up. Don’t you love it when products WORK?! Even though it says “baby” I also use it on my five year old.

The Deep Conditioner I have also used for years on both my kids and LOVE it. It totally detangles and makes the hair soooo soft. Not to mention has the most delicious smell.  You will want to get your kids in their jammies and just snuggle up and smell them after washing their hair with this!

Both these products are completely natural and free of sulfates & parabens. Therefore the tag line, “Worry-free Luxury!

I always buy these at Cool Cuts 4 Kids in Costa Mesa but you can also buy online. They are pricey but last a long time and a little bit goes a long way.

Cool Cuts 4 Kids Coupon!

Cool Cuts 4 Kids is the nation’s largest haircare chain specifically designed with kids (and parents) in mind. Combining fun, convenience, and a kid-friendly environment, Cool Cuts 4 Kids salons feature two entertainment zones complete with the latest video games and movies to occupy and soothe pre-cut jitters.

From knowledgeable, kid-friendly stylists, to great products for the entire family, Cool Cuts 4 Kids strives to make every haircut fun 4 kids and easy 4 parents!

Click HERE to download and print a Cool Cuts 4 Kids coupon good for $5 any service $11.95 or higher now through 07/31/11.

This coupon is good for new customers only at participating salons.

Have a great day!

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