BumbleBar Supports Planned Parenthood!

In loving memory of Carolyn Wilson. 

For over 25 years, BumbleBar has supported all different kinds of health conscious events and organizations. Planned Parenthood is one of those inspiring organizations, helping men and women across the United States. We gladly send BumbleBar donations to Planned Parenthood Fundraisers on an annual basis.

Often volunteers will host events to spread the word about this amazing organization, as well as earn donations for the cause. BumbleBar gladly donates our energy bars to these types of fundraisers, keeping the volunteers full, happy and motivated. Planned Parenthood offers support to millions of women and men throughout the United States. Eighty-four percent of Planned Parenthood health care patients in the U.S. are age 20 and older. An estimated one in five women in the U.S. has visited a Planned Parenthood health center at least once in her life. Furthermore, Planned Parenthood provides more than 270,000 pap tests and more than 360,000 breast exams in a single year, critical services in detecting cancer. Plus, hey provide more than 4.2 million tests and treatments for sexually transmitted infections, including more than 650,000 HIV tests. Read more statistics here.

I stand with Planned Parenthood

 A big thank you to the staff at Planned Parenthood for all they have done and are continuing to do for communities around America.

Cafe Mom has written a list of just why PP is AWESOME. We agree and want to share the first eight on the list:

1. Guaranteeing us our right to, as you put it, manage our own fertility.
2. Existing to help women.
3. But also serving men.
4. Providing annual care to 2.5 million people.
5. Two!
6. Point!
7. Five!
8. Million!!!

If you are interested in making a donation or learning more about Planned Parenthood, you can do so here. Now, more than ever, they need our support! Join us in the fight for commonsense policies that foster the sexual and reproductive health and rights of individuals, families, and communities.

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Happy New Year, Everyone!

We hope you had a relaxing holiday and are staying warm. (It’s currently freezing in Spokane Valley, WA!) A lot has happened throughout 2016; we’re eager to jump into ’17 and explore what new adventures lie ahead! One new change we’re very excited to introduce is the new subscription shopping method now available on our website.

There are SO MANY benefits to signing up for reoccurring orders.

A few advantages include:

  • You can customize your subscription! If Aunt Bettie wants her Chocolate Mint bars delivered every two weeks, and Grandma Gretta wants her Amazing Almond bars only once a month. No problem, we’ve got it covered! Tailor your subscriptions with the click of a button.
  • Save 10% on every reoccurring order! (And you still earn reward points if you’re signed up for our rewards program!)
  • Never run out of bars again! You don’t have to worry about ordering more delicious, healthy snacks when you finish a box BumbleBars.
  • Making changes to your subscription is SO easy. Just log in and adjust your reoccurring orders whenever you like!

If you’re a fan of BumbleBars, signing up for a subscription is a no-brainer! Visit Shop.BumbleBar.com, click on the product you’d like to subscribe to and select Subscribe and Save 10%. It’s that simple!

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Are you new to BumbleBar? Not sure you’re ready to subscribe? Try our NEW SIX BAR SAMPLE PACK, which contains 6 of our most popular flavors: Chocolate Mint, Peanut, Almond, Chocolate Crisp, Chia Almond, Lemon.

Excited about our new changes? Let us know what you think in the comments below! Have a happy new year!

From,

The BumbleBar Team

50 Reasons To Feel Extremely Grateful

You should feel incredibly grateful if…

1. You’re breathing.
2. You have a roof over your head.
3. You’ve had a hot meal today.
4. You know someone loves you.
5. You have heat during the winter.
6. You have clean water to drink.
7. You have ears, which allow you listen to music.
8. You have a nose, which lets you smell.
9. You have a tongue, which allows you to taste.
10. You have eyes, which enable you to see.

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11. You have clothes to keep you warm.
12. You have a hand to hold.
13. You have a safe place to sleep.
14. You have shoes to walk around in.
15. You have a voice to sing with.
16. You have your health.
17. You have opportunities to learn.
18. You have friends or family.
19. You have a loving pet.
20. You have access to a shower or bath.

Grateful
21. You have transportation.
22. You’ve been taught to read or write.
23. You have a paycheck.
24. You can attain health care.
25. You have internet access.
26. You have freedom of speech.
27. You have the right to vote.
28. You have opportunities to attend school.
29. You have a functional government.
30. You do not live amidst war and violence.
31. You have legs to dance and run.
32. You have children who love you.

Grateful
33. You have a toothbrush and toothpaste.
34. You have electricity.
35. You have a phone.
36. You have a space to call your own.
37. You can make art.
38. You have coffee.
39. You have money in the bank.
40. You have a backyard.
42. You feel safe.
43. You can smile and laugh.
44. You can travel.
45. You can go shopping.
46. You have a TV.
47. You live near a library.
48. You have A/C in the summer.
49. You have dreams while you sleep.
50. You’ve experienced true love.

“Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. It turns what we have into enough, and more. To be grateful turns denial into acceptance, chaos to order, confusion to clarity. It can turn a meal into a feast, a house into a home, a stranger into a friend.” – M.B.

What’s Your Personality Type?

Personality is everything.” We’ve all heard that before! There are 16 different personalities, according to Katharine Cook Briggs and her studies. So, what’s your personality type? Take the quick 10-minute quiz to find out! Members of the BumbleBar team completed the short questionnaire, and this is what we discovered:

BumbleBar CEO, Liz, is an INTP. The INTP personality type is fairly rare, making up only three percent of the population, which is definitely a good thing for them, as there’s nothing they’d be more unhappy about than being “common”. Usually known as the philosopher, the architect, or the dreamy professor, INTPs have been responsible for many scientific discoveries throughout history. Read more about our CEO’s strengths below!screen-shot-2016-12-06-at-10-33-00-am
  • Great Analysts and Abstract Thinkers – People with the INTP personality type view the world as a big, complex machine, and recognize that as with any machine, all parts are interrelated. INTPs excel in analyzing these connections, seeing how seemingly unrelated factors tie in with each other in ways that bewilder most other personality types.
  • Imaginative and Original – These connections are the product of an unrelenting imagination – INTPs’ ideas may seem counter-intuitive at a glance, and may never even see the light of day, but they will always prove remarkable innovations.
  • Open-Minded – INTPs couldn’t make these connections if they thought they knew it all – they are highly receptive to alternate theories, so long as they’re supported by logic and facts. In more subjective matters like social norms and traditions, INTPs are usually fairly liberal, with a “none of my business” sort of attitude – peoples’ ideas are what matter.
  • Objective – INTPs’ analysis, creativity and open-mindedness aren’t the tools of some quest for ideology or emotional validation.
  • Honest and Straightforward – To know one thing and say another would be terribly disingenuous – INTPs don’t often go around intentionally hurting feelings, but they believe that the truth is the most important factor, and they expect that to be appreciated and reciprocated.
Aimee, our Head of Customer Relations is an INFJ, also called The Advocate personality! The quiz describes her as insightful, inspiring, decisive, and passionate. No wonder Aimee provides such excellent customer service! Read more below.
  • Insightful – Seeing through dishonesty and disingenuous motives, INFJs step past manipulation and sales tactics and into a more honest discussion. INFJs see how people and events are connected and are able to use that insight to get to the heart of the matter.
  • Inspiring and Convincing – INFJs can even be astonishingly good orators, speaking with warmth and passion, if they are proud of what they are speaking for.
  • Decisive – Their creativity, insight, and inspiration are able to have a real impact on the world, as INFJs are able to follow through on their ideas with conviction, willpower, and the planning necessary to see complex projects through to the end.
  • Determined and Passionate – When INFJs come to believe that something is important, they pursue that goal with a conviction and energy that can catch even their friends and loved ones off guard.
Our Operations Manager, Jim is an ISTJ, also referred to as The Logistician. His defining characteristics are integrity, practical logic, and tireless dedication. People, like Jim, with the ISTJ personality type, enjoy taking responsibility and take pride in the work they do – when working towards a goal, ISTJs hold back none of their time and energy completing each relevant task with accuracy and patience. This couldn’t be more accurate in Jim’s case! Read more about his strengths below.screen-shot-2016-12-06-at-10-33-20-am
  • Honest and Direct – Integrity is the heart of the ISTJ personality type.  Strong-willed and Dutiful – ISTJs embody that integrity in their actions too, working hard and staying focused on their goals. Patient and determined, people with the ISTJ personality type meet their obligations, period.
  • Very Responsible – ISTJs’ word is a promise, and a promise means everything.
  • Calm and Practical – None of their promises would mean much if ISTJs lost their tempers and broke down at every sign of hardship – they keep their feet on the ground and make clear rational decisions.
  • Create and Enforce Order – The primary goal of any ISTJ is to be effective in what they’ve chosen to do, and they believe that this is accomplished best when everyone involved knows exactly what is going on and why.
Our visual communication designer, Hannah is an INFP, also known as The Mediator. INFP personalities are true idealists, always looking for the hint of good in even the worst of people and events, searching for ways to make things better. While they may be perceived as calm, reserved, or even shy, INFPs have an inner flame and passion that can truly shine. INFP’s are also very creative! Read more below.screen-shot-2016-12-06-at-10-33-09-am
  • Idealistic – INFPs’ friends and loved ones will come to admire and depend on them for their optimism. Their unshaken belief that all people are inherently good, perhaps simply misunderstood, lends itself to an incredibly resilient attitude in the face of hardship.
  • Seek and Value Harmony – People with the INFP personality type have no interest in having power over others and don’t much care for domineering attitudes at all.
  • Open-Minded and Flexible – A live-and-let-live attitude comes naturally to INFPs, and they dislike being constrained by rules.
  • Very Creative – INFPs combine their intuitive nature with their open-mindedness to allow them to see things from unconventional perspectives.
  • Dedicated and Hard-Working – While others focusing on the challenges of the moment may give up when the going gets tough, INFPs have the benefit of their far-reaching vision to help them through.
BumbleBar’s Chief Operating Officer, Glenn, is an ENFP.  Glenn and other ENFP’s are true free spirits. They are often the life of the party, but unlike Explorers, they are less interested in the sheer excitement and pleasure of the moment than they are in enjoying the social and emotional connections they make with others. Read more about our COO’s personality below.screen-shot-2016-12-06-at-10-47-17-am
  • Curious – When it comes to new ideas, ENFPs aren’t interested in brooding – they want to go out and experience things, and don’t hesitate to step out of their comfort zones to do so. ENFPs are imaginative and open-minded, seeing all things as part of a big, mysterious puzzle called life.
  • Observant – ENFPs believe that there are no irrelevant actions, that every shift in sentiment, every move and every idea is part of something bigger. To satisfy their curiosity, ENFPs try to notice all of these things, and to never miss a moment.
  • Energetic and Enthusiastic – As they observe, forming new connections and ideas, ENFPs won’t hold their tongues – they’re excited about their findings, and share them with anyone who’ll listen.
  • Excellent Communicators – It’s a good thing that ENFPs have such strong people skills, or they’d never express these ideas. ENFPs enjoy both small talk and deep, meaningful conversations, which are just two sides of the same coin for them, and are adept at steering conversations towards their desired subjects in ways that feel completely natural and unforced.
  • Very Popular and Friendly – All this adaptability and spontaneity comes together to form a person who is approachable, interesting and exciting, with a cooperative and altruistic spirit and friendly, empathetic disposition. ENFPs get along with pretty much everyone, and their circles of friends stretch far and wide.

So, what personality type are you? Do you agree or disagree with the quiz? We would love to find out! Tell us more about your personality type in the comments below.

Top Gluten-Free Cities in the USA

Gluten, gluten everywhere, and not a bite to eat. Sometimes traveling with a gluten-free diet can be overwhelming and inconvenient. (Which is why you should always have a BumbleBar handy!) But don’t worry, we have you covered… Try taking a trip to any of the cities listed below and you’re sure to find your favorite gluten-free meal readily available. What are you waiting for? Pack your bags and let’s go!

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Detroit, MI

Perhaps it’s the growing focus on urban farming or simply a new set of palates entering the city and demanding something different, but according to Eater Detroit, Detroit city restaurants these days are emphasizing more balanced menus that take into account gluten-free dieters, vegetarians and vegans – and not simply as an afterthought. Here are a few of the more popular gluten-free restaurants in the area:

Vicente’s Cuban Cuisine – Located on Library street in the heart of Detroit, Vicente’s Cuban Cuisine exudes the warmth and flavor of a true Cuban restaurant with an amazing gluten-free menu.

Chubby Duck Sushi – This popular Asian street style restaurant offers a menu that’s 98% gluten-free! Chef Ian Diem is inspired by the complexity of Japanese cuisine and wants to introduce a new simplified Japanese style concept to the Motor City.

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Phoenix, AZ

According to Downtown Devil, in downtown Phoenix alone, at least five vegan eateries, which commonly provide a wide assortment of gluten-free meals, have opened in the last five years:

The Coronado – Vegetarian/vegan eatery, coffee shop, and bar located in the historic Coronado neighborhood of Phoenix, AZ.

Nami – Gluten-Free, Vegan bakery that also sells organic coffee. They’re open for breakfast and brunch!

Treehouse Bakery – Specializes in vegan, gluten-free wedding cakes and other baked goods!

Vegan House – Vegan House’s produce is selected each day from local farmers markets and co-ops to ensure the highest quality and freshness.

Grabbagreen – Grabbagreen uses only whole foods, no preservatives, no artificial sweeteners, 100% naturally gluten-free, locally-sourced, fresh coconut meat (they crack their own!) and Grabbagreen’s to-go-boxes and napkins are recycled!

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Seattle, WA

In Washington it’s becoming easier and easier to feed your Celiac relative or gluten-intolerant self without losing out on the full restaurant experience — giving up gluten doesn’t mean giving up dining out in style. According to Eater Seattle, this city’s gluten-free world is expanding by the day, and old staples are consistently keeping their menus fresh and wheat-less. If you’re ever in the area, we recommend trying these restaurants:

SweetGrass Food Co. – SweetGrass’s whole-food menu is food that satisfies. But it’s not just about what or how you eat. It’s also about where you eat and what that feels like. So we obsessed over the space itself to create a serene and airy environment inspired by the natural beauty of the Pacific Northwest, providing a moment of idyll in your day.

Razzi’s Pizzeria – Razzi’s has an entire menu (a pretty big menu!) dedicated to Gluten-Free and Vegan dining. Yum!

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Eva Ruth’s – EvaRuth’s was established in 2009 for the purpose of creating delicious wheat-free and gluten-free desserts. EvaRuth’s wholesale bakery opened in September 2010 and is a dedicated wheat-free and gluten-free facility.

Veggie Fun – This is a delicious Pan-Asian Vegan resteraunt! It’s great for the whole family!

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5 Amazing Vegan Beauty Companies

Some of us like to dress up during the holiday season! So, we thought we’d prepare ourselves by taking a visit to our favorite online beauty shops. These are brands that take gluten-free, vegan and organic lifestyles seriously!

Check out the awesome beauty brands below:

Pacifica Beauty:

All Pacifica products are gluten-free, 100% vegan, and cruelty-free. Their mission is delivering the best performing products, using safe ingredients, recyclable packaging, and components to the largest possible audience of beauty consumers. Their goal is to have zero product-manufacturing waste in their factory. They recycle and use post-consumer materials. Their packaging boxes are all 100% recyclable. (Just like BumbleBar!) Find out more! 

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Hippy Pits:

Typically, natural deodorant doesn’t work. It’s the truth. It smells good – but after a couple of hours, your pits are left stinky again… Or they get this weird mix of essential oils and B.O. This is the problem Hippy Pits has set out to solve. Here is their big trade secret: grapefruit seed extract. Yep, that’s right! The grapefruit seed extract kills bacteria naturally. But they didn’t stop there – Hippy Pits uses natural clay! Clay is a great ingredient for drying things up and drawing out toxins. Also, Hippy Pits has some hilarious commercials you can watch here.

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100% Pure:

Rather than using chemical preservatives, 100% Pure uses natural preservatives and anti-bacterial herbs. They use unique technology to stabilize active ingredients from oxidizing and also have a proprietary 100% natural preservative system, using Japanese Honeysuckle, Thyme, Oregano, Goldenseal, Rosemary, Lavender and a high concentration of vitamins and antioxidants, to preserve all products. Visit their website here.

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Red Apple Lipstick:

RAL ensures that their products are completely gluten-free, paraben free, lead-free, soy free, vegan, vitamin enriched, and made in the USA. They have become the #1 trusted gluten-free cosmetic company in the united states. Learn more.

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Juice Beauty:

Juice Beauty uses advanced, high potency ingredients, Vitamin C and fruit stem cells, vegetable hyaluronic acid, peptides, algae, grapeseed, and natural essentials oils. They also use a proprietary base of nutrient-rich certified organic botanical juices, instead of petroleum by-products or water fillers. All Juice Beauty products contain ZERO parabens, petroleum, pesticides, propylene or butylene glycols, phthalates, sulfates, PEGs, TEA, DEA, GMO, silicones, gluten, artificial dyes, or synthetic fragrances. Visit their website here.

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“As much as 60% of topical skin-care products are absorbed through the skin and into the bloodstream.
They should be consumed with the same prudence that we use to choose our breakfast cereal.” – Dr. Nancy Lonsdorf, April 2006 Issue of Women’s Health Magazine.

How To Cope With Seasonal Depression

Like the saying goes, life is full of ups and downs. For many of us, the cooler seasons seem to prompt more low points than highs. For this reason, we’ve compiled our preferred methods to stay smiley during the months of fall and winter. Take a peek below!

1. Find Yourself a Happy Lamp!
SAD (Seasonal Affective Disorder) is so common, that many companies now produce UV light products, specifically targeting those who suffer from seasonal depression. Keep a small lamp by your desk at work, or near your bedside at home. Whenever you’re feeling blue, simply turn the light on and enjoy the gentle rays of simulated sunshine.

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2. Teach Yourself Something New!
The days are shorter and the nights are longer during the cold months, providing the perfect opportunity to stay inside and learn something new! Have you always wanted to knit, but never knew how? Now is a great time to teach yourself! Attempt cooking a new recipe  that you haven’t created before. Hop online and study something you’ve always been curious about, but didn’t have the time to research. Pick up that book you’ve been wanting to read or watch the documentary you’ve been hearing about… there are so many fun ways to learn! When you’re discovering new things, you’re not focused on the SAD. It’s a win, win!

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3. Stay Active!
Cold weather, rain, and snow don’t have to keep you stuck inside all season. Hibernating through the winter isn’t the way to avoid your seasonal depression. Not sure what to do? Try snowshoeing, skiing, or snowboarding! How about volunteering at your local soup kitchen or humane society?  Grab your old childhood sled and have some fun in the hills! Use your imagination & just get outside!

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4. Aromatherapy!
Aromatherapy is a very useful practice – especially when you’re feeling down and out. Use pure orange oil extracts in your bath or oil diffuser if you need a perky pick-me-up! Or if you’d like a more calming scent for nighttime, try using lavender, bergamot or eucalyptus oil.

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5. Check in with your doctor!
If you think you’re experiencing symptoms of Seasonal Affective Disorder, don’t hesitate to talk to your doctor! It’s very important to communicate with your health provider if you’re feeling unhappy and depressed for periods of time. Schedule an appointment right away and learn more about how you can cope with SAD at your local clinic.

Do you have advice for those who suffer with SAD? What do you do to stay active and happy during the winter? Let us know here!

 

10 Must-See Documentaries

The weather is getting a bit chilly, making it the perfect time to cozy up with your blankets and BumbleBars. On these cool fall nights, we love snuggling up to watch a good documentary! There are so many fascinating documentaries available through Netflix, Hulu, YouTube, etc. We made a list of our 10 favorite, must-see documentaries to share with you! Check it out:

Liz (CEO) Favorites:

• Meet the Patels – The film explores the expectations surrounding marriage in the Patels’ first-generation Indian immigrant family and in wider American society. Watch here.

• Last Days in Vietnam – During the chaotic final weeks of the Vietnam War, the North Vietnamese Army closes in on Saigon as the panicked South Vietnamese people desperately attempt to escape. On the ground, American soldiers and diplomats confront the same moral quandary: whether to obey White House orders to evacuate U.S. citizens only—or to risk punishment and save the lives of as many South Vietnamese citizens as they can. Watch here.

• Last Train Home – Last Train Home documents the Life of the Migrant Worker in China. Watch here.

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Hannah (Designer) Favorites:

• Indie Game: The Movie – Witness a portrait of a new breed of artist: the video game designer. At first, the only way to make it as a designer in the video game industry was to work with major developers. Now a new breed of independent auteurs has taken their industry by storm. Watch here.

• Winter on Fire – A civil rights movement erupts in the Ukraine after a peaceful student protest quickly morphs into a violent revolution. The Oscar-nominated Netflix documentary Winter on Fire: Ukraine’s Fight for Freedom presents viewers with a story of everyday citizens facing down brutal riot police controlled by Ukraine’s then-President Viktor Yanukovych, backed by Russian President Vladimir Putin. Watch here.

• BlackFish – The story of Tilikum, a captive killer whale that has taken the lives of several people, underscores problems within the sea-park industry, man’s relationship to nature, and how little has been learned about these highly intelligent mammals. Watch here.

• Batkid Begins – The documentary follows Miles Scott, an American child, and cancer survivor. His wish was to be “Batkid”, a sidekick of the eponymous comic book superhero Batman. Once the request went out, thousands of volunteers, city officials, businesses and supporters rallied to turn San Francisco, California into “Gotham City” – the fictional home city of Batman, on November 15, 2013. Watch here.

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Aimee (Office Guru) Favorites:

• Thank You Del – Thank You Del is the story if the godfather of improv comedy, Del Close, made with love by the UCB and director Todd Bieber. It should be noted that I was probably in the room while most of the live footage was shot at the Del Close Marathon. It was fun stuff. Read more here.

• On The Cusp, Off The Cuff – On The Cusp, Off The Cuff is a documentary about four New York area improvisers and their struggles toward success and recognition. Includes Sasheer Zamata, who was still two years away from being cast on SNL when she participated in this documentary by director Nate Dern. Watch here.

• We Cause Scenes – We Cause Scenes is about Improv Everywhere, the collective run by Charlie Todd what is responsible for the Annual No Pants Subway Ride and lots of other super cool, totally funny crowd-sourced happenings around the world. I participated in one where people were encouraged to help finish a relay race in Manhattan and then give interviews like they had just won. It was fun. Watch here.

Vegan vs Vegetarian

Did you know that veganism is not the same as vegetarianism? If you didn’t, you’re not alone. Many people don’t know, others tend to confuse the two, and some people have no idea what they even mean at all.

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BumbleBar is a strictly vegetarian facility. This means we never allow any kind of meat or dairy product through our doors. BumbleBar is also very close to being strictly vegan, however, we technically aren’t because we use honey in many of our products, including JunoBars. Honey is the only animal by-product that is allowed in our facility.

So, you can probably see the difference already. To be a vegetarian, you must exclude all meat from your diet. Vegetarians don’t eat animals, ever! To be a vegan, you must exclude all meat and animal by-products, including cheese, eggs, and milk. Vegans live on an exclusively plant-based diet.

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Are you a vegetarian? Try out our JunoBars, they’re fiber-rich and contain 5 – 7g of protein depending on the flavor. If you’re vegan, or would like to try the vegan lifestyle, we highly recommend trying our delicious BumbleBars. They’re a great snack full of organic energy and are 100% vegan-friendly.

Do you have advice for those beginning their new plant-eating lifestyle? We would love to hear from those of you who are veganism & vegetarianism experts! And for those of you who have questions about it, we want to hear from you too! Send us a message in the comments below or click here to tell us your story.

Happy Eating!
The BumbleBar Team

DIY Fall Art Projects

The leaves are changing color, the air is crisp, and there’s inspiration all around! Fall is the perfect time to pull out your old craft smock and get started on a few fun DIY art projects. Let’s take a look at several creative ideas from our BumbleBar crew.

How To Make: Hannah’s Cozy Coasters

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The brisk autumn weather makes this season the perfect time to walk outside. I find myself staring at the ground a lot as I’m walking around, observing the golden leaves and broken branches that have already fallen to the ground. It was on one of these walks last autumn with my mom that we were inspired to make coasters from the larger tree branches that were strewn across the road. Here is how you can make your own:

  • Collect a few large sticks that have already fallen from a tree. They should be about 2.5 – 5 inches in diameter.
  • Use a saw to cut the branch into small circles, about 1-2 inches apart. Follow these safety guidelines when cutting the tree branch.
  • Now, take sandpaper and sand the edges of the circles, so that the coaster is nice and smooth.
  • Last, paint the coasters with a clear, non-toxic gloss paint to keep them from absorbing any liquid that may be spilled on them.
  • When they’re dry, you’re all done! Ta-da!

How To Make: Aimee’s Splendid Scarf

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Fall is my favorite time to start and maybe finish a knitting project. I say maybe because it often takes me years to finish a project because I’ll get bored, or my hands will start to ache and I put it down and won’t pick it up again for another six months. That’s ok though, knitting is rarely a race to the finish line, since I already have many, many sweaters to keep me warm this winter. It’s not like I’ll freeze to death without the sweater I’m working on. I’ve finished more than six sweaters and tons of scarves and cowls that way. One of the best parts of knitting is getting to fantasize about all of the cool stuff you’ll make with the beautiful yarns that are available at the local yarn shop, or LYS as we knitters call them. My favorite LYS is Paradise Fibers. They are based in Spokane but ship worldwide and they have a wonderful selection of brands and colors as well as a helpful and experienced staff if I get stuck. Yarn, of course, is available at your local craft store like Michaels, but they almost never sell natural fibers, which I prefer. Synthetic fiber yarn absolutely has its place, though. It is inexpensive and often much easier to wash than animal fiber yarn, so it’s great for beginners who aren’t sure they want to commit to expensive yarn and for baby blankets and clothes, which will need to be washed fairly often.

The sweater pictured probably took me a year to finish. It is made with wonderful Debbie Bliss Alpaca Silk yarn that is soft and very warm. I found a relatively simple pattern on Patternfish by Knitting Pure and Simple. I’m not sure where I got the pattern for the cowl pictured. It’s just the same yarn doubled and knitted in a wide cable pattern. Knitty is another great place to look for knitting patterns and they’re all free! If you’re looking to start knitting, I’d pick out a simple pattern at Lion Brand Yarn and take that down to your LYS where they can help you pick out yarn and a needle to start out with. You can also take lessons or watch YouTube videos to learn the basic knit and purl moves. Even experienced pros like me refer to YouTube to get unstuck sometimes. My advice is to start knitting and figure out the rest on your feet, as you do it.

Good luck and happy knitting!

How To Make: Liz’s Fabulous Fruit Mandalas

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