Friday, May 10, 2013

Celebrate Mother's Day with Balance Bar and May Designs {Review & Giveaway}

Balance Bar logo
While I would like nothing more than to sleep late and then wake up to plate after plate of desserts, treats, goodies and all things chocolate on Mother's Day, the guilt that would follow would most likely be overwhelming.

Even though my sweet tooth would be happy with the chocolate feast, there aren't too many of us that can really consume that many calories in one sitting and feel okay about it (or not end up sick).

Instead, avoiding the extra pounds isn't impossible thanks to finding products that combine the great taste of sweets with healthy nutrition, energy and convenience. That's why this Mother's Day, Father's Day (and beyond) is the perfect time to step away from the junk and instead reach for the satisfying flavor and health benefits of Balance Bar.

Balance Bars

Founded in 1992 by a group of sports enthusiasts, scientists and people with a passion for life, Balance Bar was one of the originators of energy bars and the nutrition bar category.

good nutrition
As they have long crafted their products with the perfect balance of great taste, quality nutrition and lasting energy, it is easy to see why their 40-30-30 nutrition principle (40% of calories come from carbohydrates, 30% from quality protein and 30% from dietary fat) provides balanced energy... as opposed to a sugar rush and subsequent crash.

Add to that the many different flavors, styles and formats of energy bars that Balance Bar offers and there is no reason that nutrition can't be easy and delicious for everyone. These convenient bars can be eaten at home, work or on-the-go, so no matter if your day has you attending meetings, running errands, picking up the kids, squeezing in a workout or more, you can stay balanced and ready to keep up with it all.

So, with Mother's Day here, Father's Day right around the corner and a long summer ahead, it is the perfect time to stock up on a tasty way to satisfy cravings while not neglecting your waistline.

Balance Bar review

Along with the variety of new, delicious bars from Balance Bar, I was happy to be introduced to a company new to my radar, May Designs and their adorable May Books.

May Designs May Book

While my awesome notebook is customized with a Balance Bar theme, May Books are available to fit every style and personality with their HUGE number of color and pattern options.

Add shapes, names, monograms and more to the front cover, while also deciding what is waiting for you on the inside — monthly calendar, weekly agenda, address book, budget journal, meal planner, wedding diary and so much more!

custom notebooks

As much as I was excited about my stylish new May Book, trying out these four new flavors of Balance Bar — Dark Chocolate Crunch, Dark Chocolate Coconut, Dark Chocolate Peanut, Blueberry Acai and Sweet & Salty Peanut Butter — definitely brought a smile to my face as well.

Each one is an excellent source of antioxidants and Vitamin D and contain a great deal of fiber and protein, so knowing that my family is getting lots of healthy vitamins and minerals while enjoying the delicious flavors makes them a major win-win!

coconut balance bar

Whether you are trying to meet your own weight loss goals or you simply know that it is better for your Mom to eat healthy snacks throughout the day to stay fueled (and not starving!), Balance Bars are a delicious way to keep you or your lucky recipient on track... while giving your taste buds a treat at the same time.

To find out more about the HUGE variety of Balance Bars and the endless number of flavors available, visit them at Balance.com and on Facebook and Twitter. As well as keeping an eye out for these bars at your local grocery store and health food store, you can also find them at ShopBalance.com as well as on Amazon.

Plus, thanks to the generosity of Balance Bar, one person will be able to have a post-Mother's Day dose of healthy nutrition as well, because...

One lucky person will win a Mother's Day assortment of bars from Balance Bar and an adorable notebook by Maybook!

Balance Bar giveaway


A big thank you to Balance Bar for providing a prize pack for me to review as well as for one lucky giveaway winner. The opinions shared are my own and honest and if you really need to see more, click here to see how I roll.

158 comments:

Helga said...

Idlike to spend more time at prayer

Jennifer T. said...

I'd like to learn to balance taking care of myself and taking care of my family.
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Marti Parks said...

I would like to balance my health a little better.

cheryl lister said...

need to find more balance between computer time and working around the house time

Paula V said...

More time exercising and devotional time in prayer.

mummytotwoboys said...

Finding more time for myself is one area that needs balance

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Dorothy Teel said...

Need to find more time to just relax and not feel like I have to get this and that done, I guesws its called balance life with lifes happenings...

Katie said...

Being able to find time to exercise...or general me time away from work

Kim Pinch said...

I need more balance between doing things for others and for myself. I seem to never have time for me.

scottsgal said...

work and fun - definitely seem to do more work

Carolyn said...

I need to find more balance between indoor and outdoor time - I'm inside all day!!!

Jackie said...

I need to find more balance in getting up and exercising. I use to walk daily and miss it.
Thanks!

Kayla said...

I'd definitely like to get more exercise on a regular basis.

Sylvia said...

More time to exercise

peg42 said...

More time to get out and walk more often.
Thanks so much.
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linda9861 said...

I'd like more balance between work and spending time with my girls!!

blue65829 said...

I need more work/life balance, I am always checking my work email on evenings and weekends

Darlene said...

Eat more healthy for a balance diet.

Ken Ohl said...

more balance between work and free time. Thankyou, ken pohl19@comcast.net

iggysaysno said...

sleep!

Lisa Ehrman said...

balance between cleaning and cooking

Laurie J. said...

More balance between time for my family and me time!

Unknown said...

I need more balance between work and play! I am not having enough fun...!
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Jennifer Reed said...

I need to balance my time keeping my house clean and organized with personal time.

Sonya Sanderson said...

I would like to be able to get more sleep

w l burro said...

I need to find more balance in the area of physical exercise and self-care.

Sandie said...

I'd like a better balance between work and home.

Robin O said...

I would like to achieve a better balance between being a perfectionist and setting realistic goals.

Renee Walters said...

More time and determination to exercise! Thanks so much for the fantastic giveaway!
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KellBee8 said...

Work and personal time.

Nancy Pintinalli said...

I need to balance my time between my work and my husband

walk9 said...

my marriage

sparklingjul said...

I'd like more balance in my health, as in recovering from Lyme Disease. It's been a long ten years!

llinda29 said...

I need more balance in my diet

Kate Fuller said...

I need more balance in my diet.

Kate Fuller said...

I need more balance in my diet.

sweepmom said...

I need more balance in my family relationships (my brothers & sisters).

Julie said...

I need to find more balance in working out

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kimberly said...

More balance in my sleeping.

Kelly Grant said...

sleeping and house cleaning

SueZH said...

I need to spend more time being healthy.

Tiffany Weikel said...

Need to eat healthier foods.

Rebecca said...

With baby girl

Kelly Nicholson said...

Leave a comment on this blog post telling me one area of your life where you would like to achieve more balance.

need to start taking daily vitamins

blew415 said...

work and home life

Dave said...

I would like to learn more how to balance life with the kids-how much housework, vs playing time with them and how much time I spend entering giveaways on the computer :)

Stephanie Larison said...

I need more balance in my work out routine.

CSeppala said...

I would like to achieve more balance between work and time with my kids!

Gail Williams said...

I would like to achieve more balance with organizing my entire home.

♡♥♬ Louis ♬♥♡ said...

when the pain becomes too bad I tend to be short fused, would love to change it
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Stephanie said...

I'd love to achieve more balance between work and home life. It's really hard.
Stephanie
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Katherine said...

need more time with my husband!

Vanessa said...

Honestly, I need more sleep. It would help balance everything.

Kamla L. said...

I would love to balance my finances!

SharonC said...

I want to have a better work and leisure time balance.

Danielle Lima said...

I need to learn to balance my work life with my family life.

patrick jones said...

I would like to spend more time at home

Shelly H. said...

I need to balance my work life...I am a workaholic even though I own & run 3 businesses from home

Breenah said...

My bank account could use some more balancing, for sure.

Michelle said...

I need more balance between school and home life. Thanks for the chance to win!
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littlelatina said...

I need to balance my health better and my personal time

Danielle PB said...

Exercising could use more balance in my life.

flutterby said...

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puye said...

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Kathy Davis said...

I need balance in my eating habits.
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Cody Anderson said...

I would like more balance in my exercise routine.

tina reynolds said...

work and family time

jlafount said...

I need more mental balance

Nicole Murphy said...

I could use more balance with time management.

Selinda said...

I just went back to work outside the house. So definitely a balance between work and family and relaxing:)!

Thanks,

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Ruby said...

balancing my stress levels would be a nice thing to achieve!

Vera Khule said...

I need to block out more time for yoga and meditation.

Living, Learning, Eating said...

I'm in the middle of exams right now, so balancing academic stress would be great!

Vunda Vall said...

i would like more balance in my diet

Nia Ram said...

I need more balance in the way I eat. Sometimes I eat like a pig.

Terra H. said...

I'd like to achieve more balance between work life and home life. Thanks.
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dropastitch@yahoo.com said...

BETWEEN WORK AND MY WORKOUT TIME

Beef McBig said...

having time to work out

Megan Bristow said...

definitely my diet needs balance

Sandra Davis said...

i need a balance in my sleeping

Becca said...

I need more time to sleep and work out....taking care of myself!

Brit Christianson said...

Balancing work and home!

Rebecca O said...

I need more balance in my daily chores.

Nikki Strong said...

Daily Housework

Sharon Kaminski said...

more sleep and less time on computer

JannyBee said...

I need balance in my eating habits...more vegies and fruit and less carbs!

Nancy R said...

I would like to achieve more balance by spending more time outdoors pursuing some sporting activities like cycling and kayaking!

Sarah Walker said...

I need more balance between time with my husband, time with my kids, and family time.

ffc57d54-1f8d-11e2-86df-000bcdca4d7a said...

More time exercising

psnyder said...

Communication with family!!~

bettycd said...

I need to balance my exercise out during the year. Winter cold months slow me down a lot compared to summer

Peggy Greco said...

I have some struggle with depression for several years.

Kathy said...

I need to balance work and home life. And get more exercise.

carolb said...

Learn to balance work and leisure time.

Teresa said...

I need time management.

Mallory said...

Communication with each group of friends.

Marti B. said...

My sleep schedule needs more balance, either I get way too little or way too much.

an unexpected turn said...

I need to balance sleep! I stay up to late!

Deb S. said...

I need to get on a better sleep schedule.

chadro said...

more balance financially in how to spend less

LesleyfromWI said...

I need to balance my time a little better

Laurie Nykaza said...

I have to eat more healthy for a balance diet to lose some weight

Lisa Pecora said...

Between working and having fun. I work way too much. I make very little from my everyday job so I am on the computer whenever I am not working to make extra money therefore never really having any free time.

dawn keenan said...

I need to balance my eating with a bit of exercise. I eat pretty well, but never exercise.

Bo said...

I need to balance my work and play time. I spend way too much time doing the former!

Nancy Hall said...

I would like to achieve more balance in my work life.

polly said...

I need more balance with my exercise

Rita M said...

Finding a balance between playtime and daily chores!

frugalistamommy said...

I need to find more balance in my friendships.... better boundary setting.

stew said...

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Rick said...

I wish I had more time alone

Denise M said...

definitely work/life

Donna said...

I need to get more exrcise.

Aleksandra Nearing said...

I'm working on getting more exercise into my routine. Ever since I started my new job I've been working more hours and my fitness has deteriorated.

Therese Loudermilk said...

More exercising to keep up with my little ones. Wow

Therese Loudermilk said...

More exercising to keep up with my little ones. Wow

Hetal said...

I would like balance my sleep better- it is never enough:)

Shelley P said...

I would like to achieve more balance in my life when it comes to time for myself and working.

Alicia said...

More balance in my life? My checkbook!

ltlbitone said...

organization needs to be balanced

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Amanda Kinder said...

My organization skills needs a little more balance.

Chantel said...

Right now? It feels like everything does. But I could really balance work and exercise a whole lot better!

Carolyn said...

Right now, I need to balence being a mom to three...2 teenagers and a newborn...sure am over my head!

ky2here said...

Internet usage. No balance at all, I'm on here all the time

itsrob said...

i'd like to have more of a balance at work. tired of doing everyone else's work and going nowhere

Jessica said...

I'd love to have more balance between my work and family time
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Stefanie Elysse Hurtado said...

I need to balance out my exercise and Netflix time!

Chris Taube said...

I could definitely use some balance in my everyday life. Juggling house work, homeschooling, owning a business, and quality time with my kids!

Lori Taube
cltaube @ gmail.com

fresh modern said...

Id love to have these to help me reach my goal of more health and balance in my life!

Christine Sutor

Cassandra French said...

Studying & social life

Valerie Taylor Mabrey said...

free time and clicking
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saturdaynightfever said...

I would like to find more time to exercise among the chores!

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bmaglia said...

TINA:


with my boyfriend and girlfriends


-TINA

Karrie Millheim said...

I need to achieve more balance on my health. I have made small changes and so far so good. but i need to exercise and clean up my diet a little bit more

Gianna said...

Family life.

michedt said...

My health needs a lot more balance. From neuropathy to diabetes to herniated discs, well. I need some help.
Michelle Tucker

Erica C. said...

I'd like to balance family time and personal/exercise time.
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Saver Sara said...

I need to make more time for myself.

Karen said...

Work and home.

Melanie Montgomery said...

I need to balance work, home and my relationship with my husband

Paol Trenny said...

my finances and inner spirit

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laurasloves said...

I would like to find a balance between work and family. I try and give both 100 percent but feel like I am failing at both.
Laurie Emerson
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Unknown said...

Need to find balance at work
-Lilith Katz

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Totally need more balance in my work/play time!

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Pat said...

I'd like to find more balance in my diet

Teresa Thompson said...

I need to find balance with my time.

huntcm74 said...

I need to figure out how to balance my time

May Avalon said...

work and family

Jenny18286 said...

I need more balance when it comes to finances and hobbies...

lilahshea said...

I'd like to be able to find more balance and time to exercise

Lauren Harmon said...

I need more balance in my diet, lately!

Buddy Garrett said...

I would like to have more balance with my career and family.

Trisha McKee said...

More balance in building a healthier lifestyle.

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tara pittman said...

I need more sleep

Chris Alejandro said...

My stress levels from my work life need some balance! Maybe a vacation. lexbaylor17 (at) gmail (dot) com

lilyk said...

I would like to be more organized.