Friday Favorites: A bar giveaway and more

Hello there, friends. I hope your week has been going along just great. Before we begin, I want to take a moment to recognize that today is September 11, a day that will never be forgotten. I’m sending some thoughts and prayers to all those who lost a loved one that day and to those who continue to protect our country.

This morning, I’m off to teach my usual BODYATTACK class and then will be doing some work, yoga and chores until Dave gets home. He has been away in NYC all week for business and flies back today, so we’re looking forward to some quiet time tonight. Tomorrow, we’re heading to wine country for a little fun and have no plans for Sunday. Without any further ado, let’s get to today’s favorites …

My latest “Friday Favorites” of the week

It’s that time again for another look at all of the random things I’ve been loving lately, and this week we have an awesome giveaway … 

 My favorite new healthy bar and a GIVEAWAY

I kid you not, folks. I kid you not with this one. I was so darn pleased when I had the opportunity to try out Rise Bar for the first time while attending IDEA World Fitness Convention back in July. The friendly folks at the Rise Bar booth gave me a few samples and followed up by sending me a whole box to devour. While I tried tons of products at the convention, there were only a few things that I cared enough about to bring back to you. And that’s why I’m so excited to offer this information and giveaway to you today, because I think you will love these bars too.

Rise Bar giveaway via A Lady Goes WestTrust me, these bars are extra delicious. At more than 300 calories, they are a hearty snack. I actually had one for breakfast a couple of times before our morning activities in Maui and was impressed at how much it filled me up. Rise and shine!

The idea for these bars came from a man named Pete, who found himself looking for a better and more nutritional snack that would not upset his stomach while traveling the world in 2010. He did well, because the Rise Bar is legit. These bars are free of anything artificial and are made in small batches in a kitchen in California, and to this day, Pete often stops in to taste-test all of the products. Some facts about the bars …

  • They are clean.
  • They are moist.
  • Much moister than other bars out there on the market.
  • They have great flavors.
  • They are gluten free.
  • Non GMO. Soy free. Kosher.
  • And are made in California, so what else could you ask for?

The short ingredients list include only almonds, honey, whey protein isolate, cacao and banana extract, boasting 16 grams of protein. My favorite flavor is the new Cacao Banana, of course, but the most popular seller is the Almond Honey Protein, which has only three ingredients and 20 grams of protein. While you can order the Rise Bar line online, you can also find it in select health and grocery stores, by searching this store locatorPROMO CODE ALERT: And if you order from the site directly, you can get 20 percent off with the discount code GOESWEST.

Do you want to try out the Rise Bar line too? Follow the instructions at the bottom of this post to enter to win your choice of TWO boxes of bars. This giveaway will close Tuesday evening 9/15 and is open to residents of the U.S. and Canada only. 

My favorite purchase in Maui

Even though Dave and I went to Maui with full intentions of bringing back a couple of souvenirs (for some reason we always end up empty-handed after a trip and wish we had a memento), we still didn’t buy much. In fact, all we came home with were some memories, tans and cookies. But these aren’t your average cookies …

Honolulu Cookie Company products via A Lady Goes WestMade in Hawaii, these cookies are attractive and tasty. The flavors range from the new White Chocolate Dipped Macadamia (my personal favorite) to Dark Chocolate Kona Coffee (also quite pleasing). And they are cute too.

A couple of blog readers told me about Honolulu Cookie Company stores before we traveled, so I knew to seek out the store for free samples on the day we arrived. We went into a Honolulu Cookie store not once, but three times during our five nights in Maui. And we also brought back some boxes for gifts and for us.

When you go into the store, you can sample bites of every single type of cookie and even buy individually wrapped full-sized cookies. While I’m usually into more decadent desserts than shortbread cookies, these are totally tasty. And they are all shaped like a pineapple. Love it. Apparently these puppies are available online, throughout Hawaii and in Las Vegas. How about that.

My favorite new hat

You may have seen in many of my pictures from Maui that I was sporting a new hat. I picked this one up at Target shortly before we left, and that was after looking in many stores. Apparently I was a little late in the season for a hat purchase. But I got my money’s worth and wore it pretty much everyday. I also wore it during our Labor Day barbecue back in the Bay Area.

Target hat via A Lady Goes WestCute, simple and just enough coverage for the face and ears, this Mossimo hat was perfect.

It looks like we have a few weeks of hot sunny weather left here in Walnut Creek, so I have no doubt this hat will be making another appearance. Speaking of weather, I’m totally ready for a cool-down. Like now.

My favorite links of the week

Did you miss some of the good stuff on A Lady Goes West this week? Here’s what happened …

And finally, thanks to the folks at Booya Fitness for featuring my fit tips in this one: “How to Stay Fit On Vacation.” That’s it for today, my friends! As always, I hope your weekend is fabulous. 

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Read more Friday Favorites

If you’ve enjoyed browsing through this post, see below for previous editions or visit the the link-up hostesses, Heather and Katie

  1. A snack, a purse and a ritual
  2. A delivery, a bra and a guy
  3. A sweet, a wine and a read
  4. A drink, a gadget and a plan 
  5. A time, a bottle and a powder
  6. San Francisco edition
  7. Beauty edition
  8. Beach vacation edition
  9. Hidden meanings
  10. Kicks, a book and a bowl
  11. The very best sweatshirts
  12. Party hosting and froyo
  13. Fourth of July daytime activity
  14. Beauty basics edition
  15. Workplace edition
  16. Shopping, sales and a show
  17. The foods I always buy
  18. Sushi, a game and pants
  19. Fitness apps
  20. Delicious and healthy products
  21. Comfort, fitness and function
  22. Beauty, buddha and blog events
  23. Dining, the city and gift ideas
  24. POPSUGAR, sweets and such
  25. A bunch of fun stuff
  26. e-book, food, picnic and tunes
  27. A link, a superfood and a mask
  28. Pants, shoes, food and links
  29. Dining, protein and goodies
  30. Shopping, events and a book
  31. A gym bag, pumpkin and juices 
  32. Workout gear, a top and a massage
  33. prAna, a watch, tea and more
  34. Tasty stuff and gift sales
  35. Decor, bars, boots and a drink
  36. Flowers, music and more
  37. Coqueta, a brush and food
  38. My people and the holidays
  39. Beauty, bling and entertainment
  40. A hodge-podge of goodies
  41. Just a few special things
  42. Tasty food, drinks and moving
  43. A bunch of feel-good stuff
  44. Home, car and fitness finds
  45. Sweets, cooking, beauty and blog
  46. Gold, yoga, photos and more
  47. Celebs, scents, games and more
  48. Food, shoes, stretches and fun 
  49. Purse, snack, plant and more
  50. Fresh, healthy, clean and square
  51. Pilates, sneaks and much more
  52. Quite a few good things
  53. Food, jewels and sweat etc.
  54. Fun stuff and a giveaway
  55. Goodies and a yoga giveaway
  56. Orange, bikes and healthy food
  57. Food, tech, sparkle and more
  58. Clothes, home, a roller and more
  59. Florida, tech, tea and more
  60. Toiletries, gifts and more
  61. Fashion, food and a giveaway
  62. Events, surprises and a puppy
  63. Good stuff and a giveaway
  64. Bling, crunch and pet goods
  65. Fitness, fashion and food
  66. Health, food and grooming
  67. A case, sneaks and smoothies
  68. Tasty stuff and a giveaway
  69. Snacks, gold, clothes and more
  70. A healthy giveaway and more
  71. A fitness giveaway and more
  72. Samples, workouts and more
  73. Dave’s favorite things
  74. Back to business

*Disclaimer: A portion of this post and the giveaway is sponsored by Rise Bar. While I was compensated and did receive product, all of the words and opinions are my own. Thanks so much for supporting the brands that I work with! In addition, there are a couple of affiliate links included.

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120 Comments

  1. The almond honey sounds so good! I love bars packed full of protein because they are so easy to carry with as healthy snacks!

    1. Well Susie, wine country is about an hour a way at most, so it’s not too hard to get there. hehehe We used to go a lot more than we do now. Hope you have a wonderful weekend, lady! πŸ™‚

  2. Your weekend sounds much better than mine. I have to work a rare weekend. Boo! I would love to try the almond bar. Thank you!

  3. That hat is adorable! I have some catching up to do in the blog world and am excited to look back at your trip to Maui! It sounds incredible. I hope you enjoy the weekend in wine country (jealous) and thanks for linking up! πŸ™‚

  4. Love those cookies and wish that I had some right now!! As a memento of our trips, my husband and I always pick up a Christmas tree ornament. We have quite the collection going and it’s always fun to reminisce about past trips while we decorate our tree.

    Have a great weekend πŸ™‚

    1. Hhahah Catherine! I actually said I WISH we did that to my husband on this last trip, but we didn’t have a Christmas tree for a few years while living in our little city apartment, so it was pointless. Maybe we should start that now. GREAT idea. πŸ˜‰ Happy weekend!

  5. I love making my smoothies every day. I try to switch kit up so I don’t get sick of it! I also love trying new protein bars so these look delicious!!!! This weekend I have have my 5th Half Marathon!!! Happy Friday! Have a great weekend!

    1. Wow, Crystal! I hope your run goes well — that’s awesome! And yes, I could have a smoothie every day without getting sick of it too, but you know, I haven’t had one in weeks. I need to get on that today! Have a great weekend! Thanks for saying hi!

  6. Seeing as how I think the chocolate banana combo is one of the best medleys around, I’d LOVE to try the Cacao Banana flavored Rise bar. But that Honey Almond Protein sounds delicious too!

    Have a great weekend! Xoxo.

  7. Thanks for sharing, I’ve never heard of those bars but would love to try them!!! Target has the cutest finds sometimes. Have a great day
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  8. I would love to win this giveaway! Those bars look so tasty. I’m probably going to be studying all weekend (going back to school), but will also most likely get in some time outside for a hike, a run or a walk with a podcast. It’s my favorite, free thing to do for myself πŸ™‚

  9. I am a unusually severe hypoglycemia patient who has to eat every 2. Hours sometimes every hour with high protein so these bars sound perfect for keeping up my energy. I am going out to find them today at my local health food stores. Of late with the heat I have been loving fresh Romaine salads with beans , nuts and late season tomatoes with just olive oil. I followed on FB,Pinterest and followed Rise to. Have a great weekend!

  10. I just made myself some pumpkin protein pancakes and am sitting here eating them while I read your blog. They are tasty! I am ready for fall! I’d love to try any of those bars. I’ve never heard of them and they sound good – especially after reading your review of them! No weekend plans – we were going to try and go camping, but we are all sick around here.

  11. Yay Cookies!! They are my weakness, all cookies, minus the very crunchy ones :). Those look fantastic, and love the hat as well. I’m meeting up with some friends that are visiting town, hopefully lots of reading, and a few good workouts :). Maybe a long pup walk in there. Have a good one!

  12. The snicker doodle bar flavor on their website sounds soooo good to me! My boyfriend would love the cacao banana though! Lately I have been loving all the pumpkin foods; it is never too early for pumpkin season for me!

  13. I’d probably go with the cacao banana, but I’m super intrigued by the lemon cashew. Yay kosher!! It’s something I never thought I’d say since I’m not Jewish, but my stupid new pork gelatin allergy has put a serious funk in my life (especially because I continue to forget I have to check things now or that I can’t have soft gel medicine/vitamins).

    I still need to go read all your Maui posts, I’m so behind in my blog reading! Haha.

    1. Hi Breanne! Oh man, guess Kosher comes in handy for you then. And I’m pretty sure I loved lemon cashew when I tried it at the expo. Interesting combo! Have a great weekend, lady! πŸ™‚

  14. I would love to try these bars! I’ve heard of them before but have yet to try them. I have a feeling they will come in handy soon when I’ll be nursing a newborn and won’t have a lot of extra time or energy to spend a lot of time on prepping food. The Cacao Banana flavor sounds right up my alley!

  15. I would like to try the honey almond! And today is my boyfriend’s birthday so we will be celebrating this weekend by eating lots of delicious food and watching lots of football!

  16. It is really hard to find a protein bar without all of the additional ingredients and that taste good too! Protein bars are one of my favorites to take to work for a snack as they have the protein and maybe some fiber for a fulfilling snack. Quick and easy that I can throw in my bag! I would love to try these bars!

  17. Honey is my favorite sweetener ever! I made my own granola bars with it once and it was yum. I didn’t put protein in it though. As far as thing weekend?? I’m running why of course! πŸ˜‰ oh, and I may or may not be super jealous of your amazing trip!!!! Thanks for sharing it with us so I can live vicariously through you. πŸ˜‰

  18. Those snickerdoodle bars sound delicious. I normally wouldn’t go for such a calorie-dense bar, but your review and the ingredients make me really want to try them haha. As for this weekend, I’m putting on a Drums Alive demo for a local festival, heading to the Polish-American festival tonight, and of course some time in the gym today and tomorrow.

    1. Hi Jordan! Yes, they are a hefty snack for sure, but a delicious one. It’s okay to eat calorie dense foods when they are filled with good stuff! Have fun doing your drums demo. Sounds cool!

  19. I have been loving medjool dates recently and these bars sound wonderful! I would most LOVE to try the refreshing Lemon Cashew flavor!

  20. This has been/will be a busy weekend! Dinner & games night last night with a friend I haven’t seen in a long time. Today is a friend’s kid’s birthday party and tomorrow is the beginning of a new session of my circus/aerials class.

    1. Hi Megan! Sorry I missed your comment to reply until now. First of all, thanks for entering. And second of all, I hope your circus class is going well! That’s hard stuff!!

  21. This weekend I’m on a quick trip to DC to visit a couple of my best friends from college! Having such a great time so far!

  22. Almond Honey sounds incredible with only 3 ingredients and so high in protein! I would also enjoy the Lemon Cashew! Thank you so much for the wonderful giveaway!

  23. I went hiking & swimming (briefly) at Tilden Park this past weekend. A fairly low-key weekend since I just came from a trip to Hawaii as well (vacationed in Oahu!). Also loved Hawaiian Airlines and their meal/treats/alcoholic beverages. My favorite dish is dal nirvana. So good! I make it at least once per month. I’d love to try the Almond Honey bars!

  24. Thanks for the heads up on a good-tasting bar- would like to try the almond protein one. Will go over to their site next and check out their products. 2nd part of the blog comment: I am loving all things pumpkin right now!

    1. Hi Julie! Me too! I made a pumpkin recipe this weekend that will appear on the blog tomorrow. YAY for fall! πŸ™‚ Thanks for entering and saying hi!

  25. I whipped up a big batch of veggie chili over the weekend and have been enjoying it with some jalapeno cornbread. I found the jalapenos at the farmer’s market as well as the zucchini in the chili. I absolutely love the fall, but I’m sad that the farmer’s market season will be ending soon πŸ™

  26. The cocoa banana sounds like a great combo, these would be not only great for my but for my kids, one playing college tennis and the other playing high school tennis. I am always on the hunt for bars that are packed with healthy ingredients and taste great !

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