Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Big 3-0 and Oikos Giveaway!!!

Hello my loves! Today is my 30th Birthday and I want to celebrate by giving one of my readers a gift!

You guys all know how much I love Oikos! Not only because their yogurt is A-MAZING but also because they are a great company! When my car was stolen and they took all my Reusable Bags, Kristina from Stonyfield reached out to me immediately and offered to send me some new bags! For me, it is all about the small things and that is why I have brand loyalty when it comes to my greek yogurt! But I wouldn't  expect anything less from them…a few months ago I purchased Chobani yogurt because they were on sale and I actually titled my post “Oikos Traitor” because I felt so guilty. I also happened to mention that Chobani was more affordable etc. and that is when Kristina reminded me why I pay a little extra for Oikos

“Hey Mari,
I happen to come across your post about being an "Oikos Traitor" (haha) and I just wanted to remind you about why Oikos can be more expensive than other brands of Greek yogurt.
First, all of our ingredients are always all natural, but more importantly they are ORGANIC. This means we greatly reduce the impact of pesticides and chemicals on our environment and water bodies. Artificial ingredients or hormones are never in our products. On top of taking 3 times the amount of milk to make (because of our authentic straining process) all of the farmers that supply us with milk are gaurenteed a fair, living wage”

That was the last time I complained about paying extra for my beloved yogurt lol.

But I digress…

I always purchase Honey Oikos but when I read about their two new flavors, Chocolate and Caramel on other blogs, I turned into a mad woman! I looked for them everywhere and even harassed the dairy manager at my local supermarket until he finally ordered them and he finally did!

Well one of them…

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I instantly fell in love with this flavor…It was not too sweet and I loved that it had just enough caramel. Each 4 ounce serving only has 110 Calories AND 10 grams of protein! And as always it is Organic! It’s made with organic milk from farms that don’t use toxic persistent chemicals and fertilizers, antibiotics or synthetic growth hormones.

They are also a great match for my homemade Muffins!

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Unfortunately I am yet to find these flavors again in my local supermarket! They teased me and then they took them away again…no bueno…

BUT one of you will have better luck than me! Manisha from Stonyfield contacted me last week and offered to host a giveaway on my blog! (thanks Manisha)

Oikos chocolate-themed indulgence giveaway package –there’s no guilt when you’re eating and using organic items like these!

- 1 coupon for a free Green & Black Organic Chocolate Bar

- 1 sample of Numi Organic Chocolate tea

- 1 Dagoba/Eco Lips Organic Chocolate chapstick

- 1 Skinnyskinny real cocoa organic soap bar

- 2 free coupons for Chocolate and Caramel Oikos multipacks

- Recipe card set featuring Chocolate Cheesecake, as well Oikos spatula

How to Enter:

  1. Mandatory Entry Method  – watch a YoTube video (http://stonyfieldfarm.com/yotube/index.jsp ),comment on something you learned about organics, or organic farming, etc

  2. Become a Namaste Mari follower. If you are already a follower just comment that you are.

  3. Twitter My giveaway: “ @namaste_mari is having a giveaway! http://www.namastemari.com/2010/07/big-3-0-and-oikos-giveaway.html

  4. Follow me on Twitter @namaste_mari

  5. fan Stonyfield on Twitter @stonyfield, fan Stonyfield on Facebook, leave a comment about a dessert you could make with Chocolate or Caramel Oikos (let me know that you did)

  6. And since it is MY birthday, Tell me one thing that you have learned about me!

DEADLINE: Midnight Eastern Time on Saturday July 24!!!!…GOOD LUCK!!!!

This contest is open to US residents only.

Namaste…

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63 comments :

  1. I love that Oikos is all organic. I learned that Stonyfields recyclable yogurt cups are sometimes turned into toothbrushes!

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  2. Oh, and I've learned that you are one running, green monster consuming machine! You go girl!

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  3. HAPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPY
    BIRTHDAYYYYYYYYYYYYYY!

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  4. Happppy birthday!
    i'm a follower!
    i learned the moth eats pears, ew!
    i love OIkos!
    i learned that you are a determined person from making your market carry this product! :)

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  5. First of all, happy birthday! I'm already a follower. Something I've learned about you is that you have a great approach to healthy eating and exercise. You are a role model for me.

    I learned that there are only 1200 dairy farmers around. That's scary!

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  6. Just tweeted! Happy 30th! I hope you are doing something extra special for the big birthday.

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  7. I learned that non-organic dairy farmers only earn back 28-32% of what they sell and the consumer still ends up paying up to 3 times as much, so nobody really benefits. With organic dairy, the farmer has more control over the price, making it a more stable market for both farmers and consumers.

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  8. I have learned that you are an AMAZING auntie!! :)

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  9. Following you on Google Reader and Twitter!

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  10. I thought it was cool how stonyfields cups are turned into toothbrushes-heck.. my toothbrush may even be a yogurt cup! that makes me happy!

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  11. I've learned that you're basically a rock star! You're always trying new things, be it food or fitness routines, you're an amazing aunt and you even make time to volunteer. Keep at it, woman!

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  12. Happy birthday ma cherie! Hope you have a great one!
    Ofcourse I'm a follower and I loves me some Oikos. Count me in!

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  13. i have been scoping the oikos section at our keyfood for months to no avial! I want the caramel one!

    I cant open the vid but will try to at home where internet access is easier!

    Happy birthday Mari! In the months that we've known each other it feels like forever! i take comfort in knowning taht everything I have gone through with my body you have gone thru it too and you know more than anyone te struggle and every day when i try to do my best I think of you because you are a warrior. You take life and you kick its ass!

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  14. This giveaway is awesome, so we tweeted!!!

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  15. Happy Birthday!!!!! I never knew that about the cups becoming toothbrushes! I feel happy knowing I ate an Oikos this morning!

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  16. I'm a follower!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  17. I follow Stonyfield on Twitter!

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  18. I am a fan of them on Facebook!

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  19. Dessert I would make with chocolate Oikos....pour it in a bowl, throw in some grapes, slice up some bananas, and top with whipped cream and chocolate chips!

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  20. One thing I learned about you is that you rock at intenSati and that I love love love taking classes with you!!!!!!!!! Wooh okay I think I got all the entries in haha.

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  21. Happy Birthday Mari! I learned that my toothbrush might really be an old yogurt container. I also learned that you are an awesome person for your brand loyalty.

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  22. Happy Birthday! They have that yogurt at the Whole Foods right by where you take Intensati

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  23. I learned that the Elberta peach was developed by Samuel H. Rumph and named for his wife – how sweet!

    And Happy Birthday!!

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  24. I follow you on twitter too! I'm @cygirl88

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  25. I've learned that you love muffins - especially "Fresh out of the oven" ;-).

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  26. i wanted to come and wish you a HAPPY FRIGGN BIRTHDAYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYY!!!

    i can't watch the video now because i'm at work! but i will when i gethome haha

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  27. Happy birthday, stranger! Have a good one!!

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  28. I am having the hardest time getting any of the videos to play. Maybe it does not like Safari on my Mac. It looks like it is playing but it is not doing anything. Oh well, I am sorry, I tried.

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  29. Happy Birthday and I am a follower, and this darn video still won't open. :(

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  30. First, Happy Birthday! I watched the “How We Make Our Yogurt” video and learned that their yogurt plant receives 8-10 trucks holding 5,000 gallons of milk each per day, which are then tested against their standards before being processed.

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  31. I follow you in Google Reader.

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  32. I've learned that you make some awesome looking Protein Muffins, and I NEED to try the recipe!

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  33. HAPPY BIRTHDAY MARI!!!
    How does 30 feel? I hope it feels as good as YOU look :) Seriously. You look so great and you should be extremely proud of yourself. Most people gain weight by age 30, but you've taken it off and kept it off because you are a hard worker with true dedication.

    CELEBRATE!!

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  34. i learned that oikos is ALL organic awesome!

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  35. Happy Birthday Mariette. It has officially been 15yrs that we've been friends. Wow, that's a long time.
    I want to wish you the best. Many blessings to you, as you deserve so much and more. Love ya.....

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  36. I learned that when we buy organic it's not only good for us but in the long run it's helping farmers stay in the land.

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  37. http://twitter.com/tcarolinep/status/19050790417

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  38. @tcarolinep twitter follower

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  39. fan Stonyfield on Facebook@tcarolinep JessieKatie S

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  40. I learned that you're on determined gal!

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  41. HAPPY BIRTHDAY MARI!!!!!!!! I know that you are the best Auntie out there!

    Big hugs!

    Biz

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  42. Who would have thought they could turn the cups into toothbrushes. So cool!

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  43. I'm a fan and left a comment about using caramel yogurt in brownies. Holy yum.

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  44. Happy Happy Birthday! I've learned you love muffins and speak to them in a cookie monster voice! :)

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  45. Happy Birthday!! I learned that younger children and babies are more prone to unhealthy bacteria because their immune system is still immature and not completely developed. Good to know!

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  46. Happy Belated! I have learned that you are a kind, caring, and considerate e-friend. :) Welcome to your thirties.

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  47. Happy Belated Birthday! I was nowhere to be found yesterday, Internet-wise. Great giveaway!

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  48. Happy belated BIRTHDAY sweetpea! I hope you are still celebrating! I am in the process of moving, so I will refrain from entering the giveaway :( Someone with a fridge should win!! ;)

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  49. OH MY GOSH HAPPY BIRTHDAY! i hope you had the best day ever and still reliving it today!!!! I tweeted for this AMAZING giveaway!!!

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  50. and of course I follow you on twitter

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  51. I learned that by putting children on a mostly organic diet for just five days, they could “virtually eliminate exposures to a dangerous class of insecticides known to disrupt neurological development in infants and children.”

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  52. what I would make with this delicious ypgurt is I would freeze it then plop it on a banana with some carob chips YUMMMMAYYYY

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  53. Happy birthday again Mari! I can't wait to read how you celebrated.

    I love Oikos too. I wish I could find the caramel oikos near me too. For a while I could and then it stopped. :(

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