Celebrate World Penguin Day with Stonyfield!

by spiceaholic on April 25, 2017

What do penguins have to do with a food blog? Man, she’s really lost it now, hasn’t she?

I bet you’re thinking these thoughts! But I promise there’s a connection.

You know that I’ve had a long-running partnership with Stonyfield Organic over the past few years, and at first it really was all about the yogurt. But recently I’ve learned more and more it’s not just about the product but about what Stonyfield Organic stands for. As the country’s leading organic yogurt maker, Stonyfield has long been focused on conservation and sustainability. Each year they keep over 185,000 pounds of toxic pesticides out of the environment, helping to safeguard species and their eco-systems. This is especially evident in their B-corp status which I wrote about before.

And now for some exciting news! Stonyfield YoKids is sponsoring the AZA SAFE (Saving Animals from Extinction) program to help save endangered species. As part of a year-long effort, Stonyfield will not only be contributing funds to field work but aiming to drive kids and their animals to see animals and conservation projects first hand at zoos, aquariums, and on the ground where the research is happening.

This sponsorship will support conservation efforts for 10 endangered species, including the African Penguin. And because World Penguin Day is April 25th, to commemorate it, Stonyfield and the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) are hosting a Facebook Live for kids and their parents to get a firsthand look at these majestic seabirds, as well as the conservation work being done to save them. Tune in to the Facebook Live broadcast from the Mystic Aquarium in Mystic, CT on the @Stonyfield Facebook page at 12:00 pm!

In the mean time, check out the Stonyfield website, where they’ve posted some cute activities for kids for World Penguin Day and are offering free kids’ tickets to AZA-accredited zoos and aquariums.

Now that my son is almost 2 (WHERE has the time gone??), it’s fun to take him places like the zoo and aquarium and watch him take it all in and see the animals that we look at it in books – his favorite is the petting zoo!  And as it turns out, both the zoo and aquarium here in Atlanta are AZA-accredited, so I feel good knowing that they’re part of this conservation effort. We’re planning an upcoming trip to the zoo as a follow-up to this post so keep your eyes open for that! And we’ll probably do another aquarium trip so he can see the penguins this time, they brought them out on our last visit but it was a bit too crowded for him to see.

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**I was compensated for this post as part of my partnership with Stonyfield Organic’s Clean Plate Club. All opinions expressed are my own. 

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When Being on the B-List is a Good Thing!

by spiceaholic on March 6, 2017

We’re always told to make straight As, be on the A-list, etc.  But what if I told you that in one situation in particular, it’s actually preferable to be on a B-list?

I recently learned that there is a growing group/community of businesses called certified B-Corps that are working together to redefine success in business. What does this mean? These companies are striving to meet the highest standards in social and environmental performance, public transparency, and legal accountability.  Basically, these are companies with a conscience who are trying to be responsible to the global community as a whole and to the planet.

This is such a noble objective and in my opinion a refreshing change to the image of the big greedy corporation that we’re used to seeing. I hope that it’s a movement that continues to gain traction.

I’m especially proud that Stonyfield Organic has recently received its B-Corp certification and even prouder to be working with them as part of the Clean Plate Club – I already knew they were pretty awesome but this just adds an extra layer of awesomeness!

Stonyfield BCorp

To celebrate this achievement, Stonyfield Organic sent members of its Clean Plate Club a goodie box of treats from fellow B-Corp companies. I was happy to see several companies that were already familiar to me such as King Arthur Flour, Preserve, and Method. Companies new to me were Pukka, Purely Elizabeth, and Pete and Gerry’s.

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As always, I’m excited to try new products and I was happy to see Stonyfield’s own new Grassfed Greek yogurt as part of the goodies!

A big congratulations to Stonyfield Organic for this achievement! I hope to continue to see great things from them!

To learn more about B-Corporations, you can go here.

*Disclosure: Stonyfield Organic provided me with samples of their yogurt and compensated me for this post as part of their Clean Plate Club and provided me with samples from Pukka, King Arthur, Purely Elizabeth, Method, Preserve, and Pete and Gerry’s as part of this month’s campaign. All opinions are my own.

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*CLOSED* Krusteaz Holiday Cookie Party + Giveaway

December 12, 2016

How is it December already? Thanksgiving seemed to sneak up out of nowhere and here we are already on our way to closing out 2016. I hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving! We went to visit my parents and my sister was there as well so Baby N got thoroughly spoiled for a whole week. […]

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Butterscotch Chocolate Chunk Candy Cookies

October 29, 2016

I can’t stop eating these cookies! If you’re in the mood for cookies full of chocolate chunks, candy and butterscotch, you have to give these a try. Some fun facts about these cookies: They don’t have eggs in them – perfect for those with egg allergies and those of you who want to be able […]

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*CLOSED* Crusty Oven Fried Chicken Thighs + Say It With Krusteaz Giveaway

October 23, 2016

Fried chicken is easily one of my favorite foods. The crunchy fried crust is the best part in my opinion. All your fried chicken skins are belong to me. However, I am a huge scaredy-cat when it comes to frying stuff.  So we usually end up hitting the drive-thru or grocery store deli for ours, […]

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Salted Chocolate Caramel Bars – Bake a Difference with OXO for Cookies for Kids’ Cancer and Dorie Greenspan

September 20, 2016

Say it with me: salted chocolate caramel bars. With a chocolate shortbread crust.  What is not to like about these? You guys know I am not a very confident baker, so why on earth did I decide to attempt to make chocolate shortbread and salted chocolate caramel?  Especially with a 13 month-old running around like […]

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Easy Chicken Badami

August 30, 2016

Yogurt and almond butter.  In a chicken dish.  Bet you didn’t see that one coming! But it totally works. This month’s challenge through the Stonyfield Organic Clean Plate Club was to use their yogurt and Justin’s Nut Butter in a recipe. I’ve tried some of their different nut butters before and enjoy them, but was […]

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Bengali-Style Chinese Noodles

July 11, 2016

This is a comfort food dish from my childhood that I love even to this day. It would make appearances on potluck dinner tables, a welcome reprieve to all the traditional Bengali dishes like pullao, korma, dal, vegetables, various beef/chicken/fish curries. I also remember eating it for lunch with my cousins when we’d go visit […]

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Chocolate Orange Protein Smoothie

May 31, 2016

Ahhh, it’s been getting warmer and warmer lately, which means it’s smoothie season! They really are such an easy way to get in some much-needed fruits and veggies, that I should do them year-round. More importantly, with a newly-mobile 9 month-old who loves crawling everywhere and hates sitting still, I need a fast option for […]

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Easy Dark Chocolate Oatmeal Squares with Yogurt Berry Glaze

February 14, 2016

So let’s talk about these oatmeal squares. After I had Baby N last August, I was all about wanting to try making lactation cookies so that I could theoretically boost my milk supply. I tried a mix I bought of Amazon, and it was disgusting. I tried making some energy bites and they were meh. […]

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