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Healthy New Year!

January 5, 2012
Modesto Valley Fruit & Nut Gift Basket Product Code:96093

Welcome Back Basket Readers!

Modesto Valley Fruit & Nut Gift Basket Product Code:96093

Modesto Valley Fruit & Nut Gift Basket $54.99; Product Code:96093

Hope everyone had a wonderful break, holiday, and New Year! I spent some quality time with my family, friends, and more importantly my bed and Netflix subscription (Joking…kind of). I’m really excited to be starting a fresh year and, in all honesty, to be done with the Great Feasting period otherwise known as the combined months of October, November, and December. (I know, me getting sick of food? It’s like I don’t even know myself!)

Everyone loves food holidays, but after a while, meals just become obligatory and then I spend a whole day holding my sides in pain from too many bread rolls. So I’ve decided that my New Year’s Resolution is to make it through January being a vegetarian and giving up coffee, pop, and extra sweets. It shouldn’t be too hard for me since I don’t eat meat on a daily basis, but it will be a fun challenge and nice way to sort of detox. January is the time to start on our resolutions that will most likely be forgotten by the second week of February, but I might as well try it out anyway! Five days in and it’s really not that bad, of course I still have the rest of the month to go!

I figured for my beginner’s sake and for any of you lovely readers trying to keep your own resolutions, I would make this returning week about our fruit gift baskets and some healthy living and eating tips!

fruit gift baskets You all probably remember from early Fall and Summer when I would not shut up about apples. But apples really all the Superfruit for me. And lucky for all of you, most of our fruit gift baskets come with a healthy supply of delicious apples! All of our fruit gift baskets are very healthy and very fresh. These gourmet gift baskets are filled with mouthwatering fruits straight from the orchard, like Bosc, Comice, and green D’Anjou pears, Fuji and Braeburn apples, ripe oranges, delicious snacks like cheese, flatbread, nuts, and more. It’s a great gourmet gift to send or receive without any food guilt!

Healthy Tips

Drink more water. Water is now your best friend! Drink a glass of water in the morning when you wake up to replenish oxygen to your body overnight. Water flushes out your system and clears out toxins. Water also makes you less tired, gives you more energy, plus it eliminates headaches and aids in hydration. It could also help you eat less when your body is confusing thirst for hunger. Tea is a great alternative for if you’re bored with water.

Start a simple diet change. Slowly incorporate more colors into your food if you’re not used to change in meal plans. Adding bright tomatoes, leafy greens, corn, beets, cabbage, and fresh fruits to your everyday eating will make it easier to transition to a healthier lifestyle. Also eat healthier carbs like wheat and whole grain. A handful of nuts is great for an on- the- go snack and will help build up your protein.

Don’t quarantine certain foods. Putting a mental block on certain foods can be more destructive along the way. When you’re not eating sweets or salty treats you enjoy, your body only wants these items more. Instead, try smaller portions of your favorite treats, and try to slowly take them out of your eating schedule. Smaller serving sizes are a great tip for all around eating. Especially if you’re going out to a restaurant or an outing with friends, try to split items or order smaller plate foods. Wrap up some of your food to go and listen to your body when you think you’re full.

Exercise. (Duh, Alex!) Even if it’s just going for a short walk in the mornings, during your lunch break, or after work, it’s important to get your body moving. I know that all I want to do when I get home from work is curl up in my bed, especially now that it’s winter. But this is prime time for shaping up, before we get to Spring and Summer and feel too defeated to do any real workouts.

Breathe! It sounds silly, but taking some time to literally breathe is more beneficial than you think! DTake some time out to do some deep breathing and replenish oxygen to your blood cells. It doesn’t hurt when it comes to eliminating stress or tension either!

Hope this list leaves all of you as motivated as it’s made me! In the comments section below (1-2 paragraphs) tell me what some of your New Year’s Resolutions are or ways that you like to stay healthy! I’ll be giving away FIVE of our Modesto Valley Fruit & Nut gift baskets to some lucky and random winners next week!

Happy New Year!

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National Forget-Me-Not Day

November 3, 2011

Happy November, Everyone!

Thank you for putting up with Halloween festivities for two weeks in a row (although I’m sure you all truly enjoyed it). Nice to see that I’m not the only one who needs to watch something preferably animated after watching scary movies and then proceeds to question whether my cat is staring in the corner because it’s fun or there’s a ghost! (Okay, maybe that’s still mostly me). Anyway, we’ve got something good to talk about today, so I won’t make you wait any longer! Congratulations to Michelle Balvin (posted on October 27, 2011 at 5:21 pm), Carmen Guajardo (posted on October 27, 2011 at 5:35 pm), Marcie (posted on October 27, 2011 at 6:39 pm), Lisa (posted on October 27, 2011 at 6:58 pm), Melissa (posted on October 27, 2011 at 8:08 pm), Lisa B. (posted on October 27, 2011 at 9:30 pm), Nate L. (posted on October 27, 2011 at 9:31 pm), Rachel V (posted on October 28, 2011 at 12:22 am), Beth (posted on October 28, 2011 at 8:54 am), Sera (posted on October 29, 2011 at 11:08 am), Paris (posted on October 29, 2011 at 3:11 pm), Michelle Rosborough (posted on October 30, 2011 at 3:32 am), Dave (posted on October 31, 2011 at 4:44 pm), Arvind (posted on November 2, 2011 at 1:56 pm), and Riyan (posted on November 3, 2011 at 10:25 am)!! Email your full names, address, and information to me at and I’ll send out your delicious Pumpkin Halloween Sweets Gift Jars!

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We have lots to SMILE about!

September 15, 2011

Looks like some of you may have caught us testing out a preview of our BIG giveaway we’ll be having next week! You will all definitely need to check out our Facebook page on Monday, September 19, where we will be hosting our National Gratitude Day sweepstake! We will be giving away 100 All Smiles gift baskets to some lucky fans. That’s right, 100 All Smiles gift baskets! All you have to do is “Like” us and enter your information on the sweepstakes page when it launches on Monday for a chance to win. Invite your friends to Like us too!

However, two of you lucky and loyal readers will be winning the gift basket today. Congratulations to Charlotte LeBlanc (posted at September 12, 2011 at 5:26 pm) and Sharon (posted at September 12, 2011 at 3:49 pm)! Please send your full names and address to me at and I can send over your All Smiles Gourmet Treats gift basket! If you didn’t win today, you have 100 more tries on Monday 🙂

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To Our Loyal Fans…

September 12, 2011

Thank you for always making us Smile!

You know what’s fun about being a gifting company (aside from everything, duh!)? It’s that we always know the perfect ways to show appreciation for our nearest and dearest fans! Next week, Monday September 19, is National Gratitude Day, and what better way to show all of you how thankful we are for you than to do what we know best: Gifts!

All Smiles Gourmet Sweets & Treats Gift Basket $9.99; Product code: 96089

You all have been the best and we’re very grateful for you! Thank you so much for coming back every week to read our new posts and giving us your time and input. It’s always so nice to know that we have such dedicated people out there who are interested in what we do. We’re always super thrilled to read what you all have to say, from things that you are excited about, to helping us out with your opinions. That’s why we’re having a special Monday blog post and exclusive giveaway for all of our best fans. TWO lucky fans will win this All Smiles Gourmet Sweets & Treats Gift Basket, which includes $10 off your next purchase! Enough to enjoy on your own, with family or friends, or even to pay it forward to someone you want to show gratitude toward and say thanks on us!

Do you have someone you need to thank? Maybe there is someone who everyday is making your life easier. Whether it’s just being there to talk to on the phone, helping you move boxes, letting you borrow a book or movie, or even someone that you never really thought to thank before, let them know that they’re appreciated and enjoy the biggest smiles that are sure to come. The smiles are a guarantee!

While you’re here, I want you all to make sure you keep your eyes open for some real fun next week. I wasn’t kidding when I said we want to thank you all in the biggest way possible. This week is just the start of our thanks, but be sure to stay tuned for our grandest display of gratitude and smiles on our Facebook page, Monday September 19!

You have until 11:59 p.m. CST tomorrow, Tuesday September 13, to tell us who you owe gratitude to below in the blog comments section (1-2 paragraphs) and enter for a chance to win!

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Chocolate Covered Strawberries!

August 18, 2011

Congratulations to Diane (posted at August 18, 2011 at 2:05 pm) and Elaine Kontra (posted at August 16, 2011 at 11:27 am)! Please send your full names and address to me at and I can send over your Back to the Books Snack gift basket! As always, thank you to everyone for participating and don’t forget to tell your friends to join us on Facebook.

Remember when everyone was all “aw we missed out on chocolate covered strawberries and we’re so sad about this”? Remember that? Well, wipe away those tears! Did you know we have a Chocolate Dipped Strawberry club that delivers decadent, mouthwatering strawberries to you four times during the year?

Chocolate Dipped Strawberry Club $19/mo Product Code:94976

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Fruit Club, Thank You Gifts

We have a new monthly Fruit Club! 1 oh-so-lucky winner!

October 21, 2010
Fresh From The Orchard Monthly Fruit Club
Fresh From The Orchard Monthly Fruit Club has a new monthly fruit club called “Fresh From The Orchard Monthly Fruit Club“!  And as always, we want your honest feedback.

So in a paragraph or two let us know what you think about how our Fresh From The Orchard Monthly Fruit Club is presented on our website. Make sure to click “Join Now” and tell us what you think about the actual page that you place the order on. We have to stress that we are definitely looking for the good and the bad. The winner is chosen completely by random on, so it will absolutely not affect who the winner is!


We really have made a strong commitment and decision to simply listen to our customer, whether their feedback is positive or negative. Our goal is simply to improve. And selectively listening only to the positive does not help us improve as a company or your experience as a customer. We simply love what we do and that is one of the ways we want to show it.


So that’s not to say we don’t blush when we hear applause. 🙂 Honestly, we love it. Who wouldn’t?! But our goal is to be the best, and you do that by listening to your customer. Period.


So go ahead and post about a paragraph or two about how our Fresh From The Orchard Monthly Fruit Club is presented on our website (good/bad), and we’ll pick 1 very, oh-so-lucky winner!


Current Party Status:


The oh-so-lucky Winner) Janice
(Her Post on October 22, 2010 at 12:13 am)
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Our Weekly Email (10/05) – Tell us what you think. (3 winners)

October 6, 2010
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Gift Baskets for Every Occasion

Hi. We send out a weekly email every Tuesday. We were thinking about how to turn that into a fun contest as well.  So how about this. After the email goes out each week (typically on Tuesdays), we’ll make a FB post and provide a link to the blog. On the blog, you tell us what you like and what you don’t about the weekly email. We’ll pick a few winners – again this week it’s 3 (wo hoo!) – and the winner gets one of the products featured in the email.


So for your feeback you post below, try and make it about a paragraph and please tell us BOTH the positive and the negative aspects of the email. As many of you know, we think feedback is vital, so that’s why we don’t shy away from asking for negative feedback. 

And as always, we want to let you know, we print out EACH AND EVERY COMMENT with your name next to it. We then bring the printed comments into our Design Room and discuss them.

In case you did not receive the email, please add as a contact in your address book. If that doesn’t work, we have a backup for you. Click the link below!

View the Email 

Current Party Status: 

Winner #1)  Sidney Cook (October 8, 2010 at 7:35 pm)

Winner #2) Pamela Hansen (October 10, 2010 at 1:38 pm)

Winner #3) Herbert M (October 6, 2010 at 12:20 pm)

If anybody’s searching, here’s an active coupon code: BSKTS15FB (15% off your entire order).