True Citrus Giveaway Winners!

Just popping in quickly on this beautiful, sunny Saturday to announce my True Citrus giveaway winners!

  1. Comment #2:  Lauren from Run Salt Run
  2. Comment #1:  Erin from Wicked Vegan
  3. Comment #7:  Amy from Let’s Go Running
  4. Comment #5:  Jordan Dunne (@j_mosh on Twitter)

Products to be given away are TrueLime, TrueLemon, True Lemonade, and True Black Cherry Limeade.

Please email me at darlinrae[at]gmail[dot]com and tell me which product is your first, second, third and fourth choice, and send along your mailing address so I can get your delicious water kicker-uppers out to you!

Winners were chosen using a random number generator.  The first winner will get his/her choice of product, and so on down the line.

Happy Saturday!

Friday Free-For-All (Eleven)

Welcome to Friday Free-For-All, where I talk about anything and everything on my mind.  This is usually just a great big brain dump, so brace yourselves!

I’m seeing the Goo Goo Dolls in concert tomorrow night.  Yes, I know, you’re all intensely jealous now.  The Champlain Valley Fair here in VT is kind of a big deal (sarcasm), and we usually get some awesome headliners.  I’ve seen Brad Paisley, Keith Urban, and Britney Spears.  So yeah.  I’m kind of a big deal (more sarcasm).  Anywho, I’m in full-on 90’s nostalgia mode.  Also, I can’t wait to have fried dough, maple creemees, and sausage.  Mmmm, fair food!


We’re having a birthday party for Ben tonight.  His actual birthday was on Monday, so we’re celebrating tonight.  Unfortunately, our apartment/kitchen are a total disaster and half empty due to moving, so I won’t be able to bake him a cake.  But I think beer and store-bought cake will work, right?  I’m very much looking forward to having friends over and taking a night to relax after being so stressed out all week.

Tigger consolation prize.  Well, I didn’t make the Tigger three-peat.  The Tigger award went to someone else (who REALLY deserved it) this month.  The good news is, I won this sweet little replacement during a trivia contest 😀

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He may be even cuter than the original

My True Citrus giveaway ends at midnight tonight!  Head over to the original post here and leave a comment to enter!  I’ll be doing a special Saturday post tomorrow to announce the winners.

Have you been to a concert recently?

What was your first concert?

True Citrus Review and Giveaway!

I am so excited to host my first-ever giveaway!  I have used True Citrus products on and off for several years, and I genuinely like them.  I reached out to the company to see if they might be willing to provide some samples for a giveaway, and their Director of Digital Marketing graciously sent me four different flavors to give away.

What is it?

True Citrus makes a variety of all natural products for giving your water a little extra oomph!  The TrueLemon, TrueLime, TrueGrapefruit and TrueOrange products are 100% natural, and do not contain any added sugars.  All you get is great flavor!  They are also Gluten and Preservative free and zero calories per serving.  And because the crystals are actually just crystallized fruit juice, you also get 25% of your daily value of Vitamin C!

The True Lemonade products are a bit different–more like Crystal Light powder, but sweetened with all-natural Stevia instead of aspartame or Splenda.  True Lemonade products contain 10 calories per serving, and are also Gluten and Preservative free.  AND they provide 100% of your daily Vitamin C!

You simply mix the packets into your water and voila!  You get a light, tasty drink.

In the past, I had only exclusively tried TrueLemon, TrueOrange and TrueLime, so before I received the giveaway samples, I went out and bought some True Lemonade and True Lime Black Cherry Lemonade so I could try and review them for you.

True Citrus Review

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I’ve already recommended these products to a few of my runner friends out there who struggle with hydration.  Some people just don’t like to drink plain water, and some times we just want something a little more interesting.  Adding a squeeze of fresh fruit juice to your water can help make it more appealing, but sometimes (like at work or on-the-go), fresh fruit simply isn’t practical.  The packets are sturdy and shelf stable, so you can just throw a few in your purse or keep a box in your snack drawer at work (everyone has one of those right?  It’s not just me?).

Personally, I hatehatehate the flavor of the artificial sweeteners used in products like Crystal Light, which is one of the reasons I like True Citrus so much–the TrueLemon, TrueLime, and TrueOrange crystals ACTUALLY taste like you just squeezed some fresh fruit juice into your water.  There’s no added sweetness, and no weird aftertaste.  Just fruity goodness.

Also, the crystals dissolve easily, so you don’t end up with any grainy or powdery stuff floating around in your water.

True Lemonade Review

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As I stated above, until this giveaway opportunity, I’d never tried the True Lemonade products.  I was interested, but nervous, because like I already said, I dislike the taste of artificial sweeteners.

Personally, I think both the True Lemonade and True Black Cherry Limeade were too sweet when mixed according to package instructions.  And even though the sweetener is Stevia and not Splenda or Aspartame, it still has a bit of that “artificial” flavor.  That being said, when I diluted the powder (I used 22 oz water instead of the recommended 16), it was perfect.  Not too sweet, very refreshing, and no more “fake” taste.  I preferred the True Lemonade to the True Black Cherry Limeade personally, but both were tasty, and MUCH better than Crystal Light.  And since the True Lemonade/True Limeade products are all natural, they are much better for you than Crystal Light too.

Now, for the giveaway…

There are 4 different flavors, so the winners will get to have their preference in the order they’re chosen.  Good luck, and I hope you like True Citrus as much as I do!  All you need to do is leave a comment below telling me what your favorite water addition is.  Winners will be selected using a random number generator.  The giveaway is open until 08/22/14 at midnight, EST.

If you aren’t a winner but still want to try True Citrus, you can buy through the website, or use their store locator gizmo–there are 3 Hannaford supermarkets within a 5 mile radius of my apartment that carry it!

Disclaimer:  This is not a sponsored post.  I asked the company for some samples to give away to accompany my review of the products.  I was not compensated in any way for writing this post, and all opinions are my own.