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We all love a good treat in our life.  For some of us, it’s chocolate, for others, candy and so much more.  Today I introduce you to a brand of treats that my family and I have been loving.  GoMacro, a family owned vegan company that started by a mother-daughter team, has launched a delicious new line of plant-based bars called Thrive.

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Thrive by GoMacro offers six flavors of bars that contain plant-based protein, essential fatty acids and prebiotic fiber to fuel your body and mind.  Thrive is made up of a superfood ancient grain blend and each bar is less than 200 calories.

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Like all GoMacro products, Thrive is USDA Certified Organic, Non-GMO Project Verified, Kosher, Gluten-Free certified, 100% Vegan and Soy-Free.  You can find Thrive bars online and various Whole Foods locations as of October 2016.  Each Thrive bar retails for about $2.19/bar (1.4 oz / 40g) and each bar includes two unique flavors.

I had the opportunity to try the following flavors:

Ginger Lemon – this flavor stars the soothing combo of ginger and lemon.  This bar is to help you feel at ease.  Filled with cashews, zing of giner and the sweet, tart of lemon.  I’m not a huge fan of ginger in general, but was very impressed that this product tasted good.  I also love cashews so I enjoyed this a lot.  Also contains:  Organic cashews, organic hemp hearts, organic puffed quinoa, organic pumpkin seeds, organic sprouted brown rice protein, organic sprouted flax.  

Chocolate, Nuts and Sea Salt – if you love that sweet and savory flavor blend, you’ll enjoy this one.  This is a favorite among my sons and I and even my husband thought it tasted really good.  It includes organic, fair trade, vegan chocolate chips made with coconut sugar, sea salt and vanilla.  It’s a great tasting bar.  The only think I had a challenge with is the walnuts – I’ve since grown out of a severe walnut allergy since having it as a kid, but I can’t consume walnuts often or a lot of it.  There are a lot of walnuts in this bar so I would love to see one made without it.  Also contains:  organic almonds, organic cashews, organic fair trade chocolate chips, organic hemp hearts, organic puffed quinoa, organic sprouted brown rice protein, organic sprouted flax, organic walnuts.

Caramel Coconut – this is my favorite!  Featuring vegan caramel created by GoMacro and under 200 calories with only 6 grams of sugar for a good source of fiber and protein.  I love coconut flavored things, but absolutely love that it also includes that sweet dates within.  Also contains:  organic almonds, organic cashews, organic dates, organic hemp hearts, organic puffed quinoa, organic sesame butter, organic sprouted brown rice protein, organic sprouted flax, organic unsweetned coconut.  Like I said, this is my favorite out of all the bars I tried.

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Blueberry Lavender – I liked the flavor of this, but again, the walnuts in the bar were quite overwhelming for me.  While I have grown out of my walnut allergy, I must be careful with how much I consume and this bar was chuck full of it that it started to cause my throat to swell.  If you love walnuts – this is the bar for you.  The sweet blueberry tastes great and together the walnuts, lavender and blueberries provide you with a divine, calming experience that is packed with antioxidants and omega 3s.  This bar is a great source of fiber and protein while keeping the sugars to only 6 grams.  It has a unique flavor, but I definitely enjoyed it.  If they made this without walnuts – I think it would be one of my faves.  Also contains:  organic gluten-free rolled oats, organic hemp hearts, organic puffed quinoa, organic sprouted flax, organic sunflower seeds, organic walnuts.

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Almond Apricot – My eldest enjoyed this bar a lot.  With a combination of almonds and apricots, this makes the perfect  hiking trail companion.  Loaded with sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds and the GoMacro ancient seed blend of hemp hearts, quinoa and sprouted flax – this bar will be the perfect one to give you energy to climb Mount Everest or in our case, hike down into the Haleakala Volcano Crater.  My son seemed to enjoy it and I had a little taste of it and liked it as well.  Also contains:  organic almonds, organic hemp hearts, organic puffed quinoa, organic pumpkin seeds, organic sprouted flax and organic sunflower seeds.

Chocolate Peanut Butter Chip – even my husband liked this one, but he is a chocolate peanut butter addict.  With 8 grams of plant-based protein, this bar takes the medal for GoMacro’s highest protein Thrive bar.  It’s delicious and taste like a really good chocolate peanut butter bar.  Also contains:  organic hemp hearts, organic peanut butter, organic peanut butter chips, organic peanuts, organic puffed quinoa, organic sprouted brown rice protein, organic sprouted flax.

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I’m excited that these are at my local Whole Foods because my sons (and my husband) seemed to enjoy them.  They are chuck full of yummy ingredients and these are the perfect way to get healthy energy to keep you going.  I’m a fan of anything coconut and I also love that these bars have Quinoa in them, since it’s one of my favorite things to eat.

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If you are looking for a treat that offers a little bit of sweet (nothing cloyingly sweet or sugary), but also offer you a nice crunch and some great benefits, I think you’d enjoy these.  They are kid approved – my sons have been taking them in their backpacks for after school snacks and they enjoy them.  If you have a nut allergy, I would probably stay away – since these do include nuts and are processed in a facility that handles nuts.  But, overall – I think you’d enjoy these if you are anything like me.

Want to check out Thrive for yourself?  Head on over to: http://gomacro.com/shop/product-category/thrive/ and get 30% off your purchase of Thrive at GoMacro’s online store with code: THRIVE30.

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Have you heard of Thrive or GoMacro before?  If so, have you tried any of the products?  If not, are you thinking you’d enjoy these as much as my family and I have?

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When it comes to fragrances, we all know that I have my favorite scents and notes but I don’t dare discriminate against any one fragrance and try to love them equally.  I love sugar sweet scents, but I’m a fan of anything that smells… well, good!  Whether it be a highend perfume, something sweet and sensual from the aisle of the drugstore or an essential oil, I’m always smelling like something – I love to smell good!  I also love to smell good on a budget and while I tend to gravitate towards high priced fragrances, I can tell you from experience, a good budget buy is definitely worth a look, especially if you like to bathe in scents like I do.  Because I’m my addition to “smell great things” I wanted to share with you the Fragrance Outlet.  I’ve heard of this site before, but until recently, I haven’t had any experience with the site.  Let’s chit chat about it and see if this is something you may want to check out too.

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So what is Fragrance Outlet and how can it help you in your perfume purchasing needs?  Fragrance Outlet was founded in 1990 (their first store at the Potomac Mills Mall, just outside of Washington D.C.  The Fragrance Outlet’s concept was simple – to offer the widest selection of genuine designer fragrances, sold by knowledgeable and friendly staff, at affordable prices.  Through the years, due to the success of Fragrance Outlet in the fragrance market, they expanded its presence by opening stores in the best Outlet Centers across the country and in Guam.  The brand continues to grow and offers a successful foundation to provide their loyal customer base with an online venue for purchasing designer fragrances at affordable prices without ever leaving the comfort of home.

I love fragrances (we’ve established this in a paragraph or so above) and I absolutely enjoy finding a site that offers me the option to find my favorite brands all in one place.  I love that all of my favorite perfume brands are there and I can afford to pick them up in full size.

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I want to share with you Fragrance Outlet’s latest exclusive scent – My Pure for Women by Karen Low.  I’m always eager to try new fragrances and I was absolutely wowed by the packaging and bottle of this fragrance.  That gorgeous forest/emerald like green is a show stopper and would grab anyone’s attention while seeing this displayed.

The notes are interesting, unlike any in my vast collection of scents – so it definitely was something new and fun to check out and try.  I’m very particular with my floral scents and still like them to have a sweet middle note to bring the fragrance together.  The scent is different, quite sensual and luxurious with a slight woody aroma.  It would make a great “night on the town” fragrance and has a definite seductive appeal to it.  It’s bold, but in a subtle way – if that makes any sense.  And, it’s definitely the type of fragrance perfect for evening.

SCENT

  • Top Notes: Plum and Iris
  • Middle Notes: Bulgarian rose and Jasmine
  • Base Notes: Amber and Vetiver

I’m someone who loves to layer fragrances, so using this fragrance is a bit too bold for my taste, it’s a tad bit too intense.  It has a floral scent to it (with the Iris and Rose) but you can certainly pick out the notes of Jasmine and Amber, leaving it with that woody flare that gives it that sensual and sexy feel.  This is the perfect fragrance for Fall but I can’t  use this on it’s own.  Blended with one of my sugar scents and layered to perfection, this scent makes a great base to bring together a good perfume.  If you are not too hype on rich floral scents like this one, I highly suggest layering it with something you do love – like an oil fragrance or sugar/vanilla that you would enjoy.  A little spritz of this is more than enough and the fragrance will last for hours.

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If My Pure by Karen Low is a scent you would like to check out for yourself or a loved one, you can find a fab deal on Fragrance Outlet online.  Use code MYPURE55 to save 55% off the already low retail price, woohoo!  Shipping is free with orders over $50 and there is a huge selection of other scents to choose from as well.

Be sure to check out Fragrance Outlet for more details:

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So, how about you?  Are you a fragrance lover like me?  If so, what are your favorite types of scents?

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Disclaimer:  The product featured in this post was sent for review consideration.  All opinions are my own, 100% honest & unbiased.  Affiliate links are posted through out.