Every year we visit Alex’s family who spends a week in the amazing getaway of Sedona, AZ. This quick trip was so much fun! It included lots of family, food, hiking, and (of course) some work to SPREAD the LOVE! Here is just one pic I took while we were hiking BELL ROCK!
Yesterday was Secret Recipe Club Reveal but today I’m back with a full recap of my amazing weekend at Blend Retreat in Boulder, Colorado!
I left super early Friday morning, flew through Dallas and arrived in Denver around 11am. I was one of the first to arrive so I hung out at the airport for a while before meeting up with one of my roommates for the weekend- Sarah. We had a really exciting afternoon lined up! After meeting up with a few bloggers I already “knew” from reading their blogs, Courtney & Alyssa, as well as a few new friends- Bobbi & Brittany, we were picked up from the airport in style.
That’s right. Maddy and Alex, the founders of Love Grown Foods, picked us up in Elby, The LOVE bus. Isn’t it awesome?! Maddy got super excited when she heard some of her LOVE bloggers were coming to Denver so she offered to pick us up and take us on a couple of tours. We got to see their office- check out the ping pong table! They built all the furniture themselves. We learned some fun stuff about Love Grown Foods and the whole office smelled like cinnamon raisin granola. It was heavenly. Then we saw their old production site, a super small manufacturing space attached to their office. It’s currently almost empty because they just recently outsourced their production to Fresca Foods. Maddy and Alex also hooked us up with a huge box full of some of their favorite local food products. I cannot wait to try them all!
The next stop on our journey to Boulder was touring the Fresca Foods facility! So many awesome products are produced here: Love Grown Foods Granola, Lara Bars, Justin’s Nut Butter , 34 Degrees Crackers and Boulder Ice Cream just to name a few. We saw their research and development room, their recipe testing room and then headed to the back to see the actual production rooms! We saw Lara Bars being packaged and got to taste one right of the line. It was AMAZING. So much better than when you buy them in the store.
We also so the LGF room. Maddy and Alex told us about how they used to make all the granola themselves, mix it by hand and seal all the bags with the help of their parents. It’s so amazing to hear how much they’ve grown. They’re two of the most passionate people I’ve ever met and you can tell they really pour their heart and soul into their business! So proud to represent them as a Love blogger.
Here’s some more pics Maddy snapped of all of us:
As an added bonus, THE Justin, of Justin’s Nut Butters, just so happened to be on-site at Fresca Foods while we were there. We got to meet him, chat with him for a while and he gave us a tour of his production room. It was amazing. He’s also built his company up through a lot of hard work and dedication. In fact, it’s growing so fast that the whole reason he was there on Friday was because they were installing more equipment so they can keep up with the demand for his products! We even got a picture with him!
After our tours were over, they drove us the rest of way to Boulder and dropped us off at Blend!…”
The other day I visited our FABULOUS friend at Two Leaves and a Bud Tea Co. This AWESOME company started in the heart of the Roaring Fork Valley and their products are TRULY EXCEPTIONAL! (I drink their Jasmine Green Tea EVERY morning!)
We are HUGE fans of this company for a number of reasons:
-They have wonderful practices on sourcing their teas
-They have fabulous branding/packaging
-They have high quality, delicious products
-They share our LOVE for people, the outdoors, and LIFE
LASTLY, for a chance to WIN their tea CHECK OUT THE GIVEAWAY HAPPENING TODAY (Friday April 13th) on FACEBOOK!!! TWO lucky winners are taking home 2 boxes of TEA, 1 bag of OOGIE’S POPCORN, and 3 BAGS of LOVE GROWN FOODS!!!
What a whirlwind! We are back from a long and EPIC week in Anaheim, CA where we attended our SECOND Expo West! Some of you may remember our adventure SPREADING the LOVE at Expo West last year…in case you don’t, check out this SWEET video summarizing it:
This year was JUST as EPIC and a total blast! We have some new faces on the LOVE Team, and these LOVE BOMBS were amazing at SPREADING the LOVE!
Last year our booth was pretty sweet…and this year we took it to an entire new level of LOVE! We hung pictures of some of the classrooms we have visited along with some of the worksheets and we also hung some of the LOVE note we received from students after our visits!!
The LOVE notes are my FAVORITE…they truly WARM MY HEART! So precious! This one I LOVE:
On the top it says, “We love you Maddy and Alex.” Then on the bottom in yellow it says, “We love you for making something that is healthy and good. We love you.” I just MELT every time I read it! LOVE LOVE LOVE!
Alex and I drove Sweet Pea the LOVE Prius out to CA so that our team could zip her around LA! Each day she was packed FULL of LOVE!
It is hard to believe a year has gone by since last expo but SUPER exciting things are happening! To say the least, we are SPREADING the LOVE! Cali was a blast, but it is great to be home!