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Hi there, I hope you had a lovely long holiday weekend. I mentioned last week that I was heading to Los Angeles for a blogger meet-up and I’m super excited to share this re-cap with you, along with a giveaway for a bag of goodies (read onto the end for the entry link):
To be more specific, I got to go to Compton…yep, you heard me. Jokes aside, Compton is the location of Ralphs Grocer headquarters, a part of the nationwide Kroger Company, and it is a serious Los Angeles institution, established in 1873 (history buffs can read more here, plus see some great historical photographs of LA at the turn of the century):
I was invited a few months back to partner with Ralphs as a social media influencer, and you might remember I’ve done a few sponsored posts already including some virtual healthy shopping tours:
This visit to HQ was to meet some of the execs, other influencers, and to brainstorm ways to bring awareness to the awesomeness of the company (note: this is a sponsored post by Ralphs, but all my opinions about its awesomeness are my own).
Along with taking care of the marketing stuff, we also toured the Creamery on-site. I’m dairy-free, but the tour was fascinating from an operations perspective. Our group had to suit up in all kinds of protective clothing to even get in the door. Did ‘ya ever imagine you’d see me posing in a hard hat, hair net, ear plugs, and disposable gown? It’s quite the look, ha!
The tour was followed by a working lunch, yum:
I left feeling super inspired about developing more recipes from the Simple Truth line, plus I just enjoyed hanging out with other bloggers and creative-types. I love my job!!! 🙂
All that brings me to today’s giveaway opportunity for a bounty of fun food items. Please note that not all of the giveaway items are gluten- or dairy-free. And, because the giveaway is coming directly from me, the final gift box items may differ slightly than what is seen here. But there’s so much cool stuff!
The breakfast-ey items include oatmeal, granola clusters, and coconut water:
This granola sounds so tasty!
I imagine making a great dinner bowl featuring the organic quinoa, black beans, and maybe some greens sautéed in the coconut oil:
Some snack-ey things:
And, yummy items from the company’s Private Selection line:
I can’t wait to send this care package to one lucky winner randomly selected on 2/22/16. Entrants need an address within the continental U.S., and must be over 18 years of age. All restrictions apply:
You’ll see that one of the ways to enter the giveaway is to follow Ralphs on Instagram. You might also check out (or use!) the hashtag #lovemyralphs to see how my fellow influencers and SoCal neighbors are using products found at the store.