flyjoy bars – review and giveaway.

when i got the chance to review FLYJOY bars, i was happy to have the chance to try a new product, but had incredibly low expectations. if i’m being honest, i didn’t expect to love these bars. if i’m being reeeeaaaallllly honest, i didn’t expect to like these bars. i’m just not a protein bar kinda gal. give me a hard-boiled egg or a peanut butter cookie any day over a protein bar. they’re just…so…proteiny, you know?

i literally could not have been more wrong.


these things are so.fahreaking.good. they taste like cookies. i can read every ingredient in them, AND could go to the grocery store and buy every ingredient myself if i wanted. for example, in the cranberry almond bar i had today, these were the ingredients: almond butter, organic brown rice syrup, turbinado sugar, dried cranberries, organic quinoa crisps, gluten-free rolled oats, almonds, flax meal, chia seeds. that’s it. that’s everything in the bar. are you kidding me?

a little background on FLYJOY bars. they are passionate about health, fitness and adventure. the bars are well-rounded nutrition bars indended to give you long-lasting energy for whatever the day has in store. additionally, they’re committed to making the world a better place. a portion of the proceeds of each bar goes to HOPE International, which funds small business loans and business training to those in developing countries.
the bars come in 6 flavors (the new flavors will be announced in october!) including blueberry almond, cranberry almond, cashew cookie dough, peanut cacao, coconut almond and cherry coconut. they are all non-GMO, gluten-free, vegan, all-natural and made with many organic ingredients.

now the fun part for you: FLYJOY has generously offered to giveaway a sampler pack of FLYJOY bars to one of my readers! enter below by october 14th. a winner will be chosen, and i will reach out and connect them with flyby to receive their free box of deliciousness. good luck and if you see a cashew cookie dough bar while you’re doing your grocery shopping, promise you’ll eat it for me.

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FLYJOY sent me bars to review, but all opinions and views above are my own. anything i share with you all is going to be my open and honest opinion, don’t you worry about that!

i love this city (and a giveaway!).

last week i had the opportunity to attend an event through work for the united way. the event was put on by a group called “emerging leaders”, essentially a bunch of young people from minneapolis/st. paul who care about philanthropy and doing good things for the community. the theme of the event was “tap’d in”, so there was a bunch of local breweries doing beer tastings (i highly recommend third street brewery’s jack’d up…), and tons of good oktoberfest-style food like brats and pretzels. not a bad way to spend a thursday night.

as i stood there listening to the speakers discuss the importance of giving back and getting involved, it dawned on me that i was in a room full of hundreds of my peers, and that they all liked beer and charity (like me!). these are the people who make up my community.

my goodness did i ever get a feel good rush for my city at that moment. there’s something about realizing that you love the place you live that just puts you in a good mood. and i do. i might live in the tundra, where it’s winter for 7 months out of the year, but you know what? we have culture and philanthropy and wonderful food and even better people. and that makes the cold pretty bearable if you ask me.

i am so lucky to live here.


now i get to introduce you to yet another lovely lady who sponsors this blog. ashten is a girl from southern california who now lives in the south. hotlanta to be exact. and she is a spitfire. i’ll let her tell you that though.

Hey girl heyyyy! I’m Ashten and I HAVE A LOT TO SAY. To spare most people the pain of having to listen to me, I started a blog called alwaysashten. There, I blog about my life: the good, the bad and the sarcastic. I believe “classy, sassy and little bit smart-assy” is not just a phrase, but a way of life and I live it well. Come visit me. I will keep you entertained with my awkwardness and my sass. My dog is also really cute. 

she’s not lying about the sass people. or the cute dog. you have to go see for yourself. warner wears the crap out of a football jersey.

you can find ashten here:


and because she is a classy lady, and knows just how to make me happy, ashten is doing a little giveaway for you all today!! since she’s a newly southern gal learning to love her city, and she also really loves her starbucks (she’s a gold card holder!), she thought she’d share both with you! you guys, she’s giving away a $10 starbucks gift card and an “atlanta” coffee mug (so you can add it to your mug collection or tell people you’ve been there even if you haven’t!). all you have to do is enter below for a chance to win. the giveaway is open to everyone and i will announce the winner on monday, october 14. good luck!

(mustache keurig not included.)

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