I received a ZonePerfect Greek Yogurt Raspberry nutrition bar compliments of Influenster (email me if you want an invite to join, otherwise it’ll make you wait a few days to sign up!). To start with, I don’t usually eat nutrition bars for the taste, so that’s not a huge deciding factor for me. I eat them because they’re nutritious; they’re better for me than chips or something when I want a snack. This little bar has 195 calories and 12g of protein. Other vitamins and minerals were less than 10%, so I’m pegging them as insignificant in this bar. I guess the protein makes it a nutrition bar. It’s mostly made of soy, which I don’t have a problem with, but it also has other allergens: milk and wheat. I’m not allergic to anything, but I know this might be a turn-off for others. It had a lot of ingredients, in my opinion, for a simple nutrition bar, as I tend to gravitate toward the simpler ones. I don’t think the trade off was that great for including all these extra ingredients, either. The bar looks nice from the outside packaging. It smells nice when you open the package and bite into it. The taste is mediocre, a little gritty like a lot of soy/protein bars are, with a faint aftertaste. I would have liked a stronger raspberry flavor, or a stronger yogurt flavor in the coating. Overall, a regular old protein bar.
Came across this reviewing site today that says it will occasionally send products to you to test and review, depending on your “scores” for answering various surveys and generally being active on social media. Popular kids’ opinions mean more, right?
I’m wondering how legitimate it is, mostly how much effort I should put into keeping up my profile, writing reviews, and everything it says I have to do to qualify for fun free stuff. Anyone with experience with Influenster? I’m willing to give it a go. I like the idea of trying new stuff and don’t mind writing reviews, even though I don’t have many “followers” in the internet world (and frankly, I’m not sure how interested I am in having followers. Never quite got the hang of Twitter.)
I’m categorizing this under “free stuff” because while it doesn’t promise to deliver, it does use trial products as a draw.
“Yes to” giveaway:
Weekly giveaway–this week ends July 9, 2013.
Marie Claire’s Sweeps and Giveaways Page:
Various contests and entry dates.
Real Simple Room Makeover:
Enter daily until July 31, 2013
Conde Nast Traveler Book
maybe more later?
Win a dishwasher, among other things:
Enter daily until July 25, 2013
That beach vacation I was talking about:
Enter daily until Sept. 5, 2013
“Grill 365 Edition”:
Enter daily until July 31, 2013
Best American Food Adventures:
Enter daily until August 31, 2013
More to come!
Who: YOU and your twitter
What: “tweetfest”–everyone tags a phrase (i.e., #stand4life) and keeps tweeting the phrase to raise awareness. Twitter keeps track of how popular phrases are, also known as “trending.”
Where: the INTERNET
When: Now. July 2, 2013, 12pm.
Paying off student loans isn’t the romantic type of winning that a beach vacation is, but it’s probably a wiser decision.
Contest closes: July 4, 2013 11:59pm.
Bonus entries for sharing to facebook and twitter.
I am very much interested in dialogue between those who support abortion and those who oppose it. I think if we can get past the mudslinging and name calling, we can get some real work done.
I was reading another blog yesterday that used the term “anti-abortion.” I don’t like being called an anti-abortionist any more than someone might not like to be called anti-life. The most common terms I have used and come across seem to be “pro-life” and “pro-choice,” and I know both sides want to rename each other in order to vilify them. A sure way to shut down conversation before it begins is to make a name negative. Any emotionally charged debate has the potential to devolve into meaningless shouting; lay some groundwork and agree on terms or risk arguing on separate planes.
So here’s my olive-branch suggestion for the day: “pro-life” and “pro-choice.” If I am pro-life, I am NOT automatically anti-anything. I am not anti-women, anti-women’s rights, anti-abortion, or anti-freedom. If I am pro-choice, I am NOT anti-pregnancy, anti-children, or anti-life. These terms each have their own meanings, that’s why they’re different words. The only true place to begin is at a position of mutual respect for the other side.