We love Larry and Luna’s Coconut Bliss. We first encountered it celebrating the Co-Opportunity’s birthday. Co-Opportunity is our local health food store. Mishy tried it and right then and there, we bought our first pint. Since that birthday celebration last fall, we have bought many pints of Larry and Luna’s Coconut Bliss. Mishy loves ice cream. She’s also lactose intolerant. Larry and Luna’s Coconut Bliss is completely organic, vegan, non soy, non dairy, and also sweetened by top quality agave – the kind of agave that doesn’t effect your blood sugar.

Larry and Luna’s Coconut Bliss comes in a variety of tantalizing flavors. Our favorites are Mint Galactica, Pineapple Coconut, Dark Chocolate, Vanilla Island, Chocolate Hazelnut Fudge, Naked Almond Fudge, and Naked Coconut. Those are all the flavors we have tried. I’m sure if we’ve tried their other flavors: Chocolate Peanut Butter, Cherry Amareto, and their Dark Chocolate Bars, we would love them as well. They’ve just announce four new flavors and we are very excited to taste them once it hits our local health food store. Their four new flavors are: Lunaberry Swirl, Chocolate Walnut Brownie, Ginger Cookie Caramel, and Mocha Maca Crunch.

We also make smoothies with Larry and Luna’s Coconut Bliss. Here is my favorite smoothie recipe:

Coconut water

Frozen strawberries or frozen raspberries

Frozen banana

Ground flaxmeal

Larry & Luna’s Coconut Bliss – any flavor will do

Blend whatever amounts of each ingredient in the blender and put it in a cup. Serve to the favorite people in your life.

*Natural Traveling Momma is very excited to give one reader in America two coupons to try out any flavor or two of Larry & Luna’s Coconut Bliss. You get two coupons for 2 pints of organic, non dairy, non soy, raw food, and absolutely delicious coconut bliss! Just comment below. For an additional entry, click on to Larry and Luna’s website which is below and make another comment.

AND one reader in CANADA wins two coupons to try out any flavor or two of Larry and Luna’s Coconut Bliss. Just comment below and say you’re a Canuck! For an additional entry, click on to Larry and Luna’s website below and make another comment. Don’t forget to mention you’re a Canuck!

Larry and Luna’s are available at most fine healthy food stores including Whole Foods. This giveaway ends March 31st at 5PM. Good luck!

Details:

Larry & Luna’s Coconut Bliss

http://www.coconutbliss.com/

It’s been raining in normally sunny California. What better place to go to when it’s raining? Anywhere indoors. This weekend we were invited to the Los Angeles Travel show held indoors at the Los Angeles Convention Center. I thought it would be fun to pick up some ideas for our next adventures. My husband looked over at the Iceland booth – one of the places on my list to visit – which made me very happy. Iceland was named Iceland so people would think it’s too cold to visit and pass it by. I am told it’s absolutely beautiful there and it has been one of my dream places to visit since I was a teenager. (I had a few friends in highschool who were originally from Iceland, including my first roommate.)

Malaysian dancers at the Malaysian booth

Mishy got into the spirit by watching the Malaysian dancers and then later joining them. She was given a gift of flowers.

Mishy posing with some Malaysian dancers

We later headed over to the Los Angeles Times Global Beat stage to watch a Japanese belly dancer who won over many male fans.

Japanese bellydancer

Mishy dancing along her way.

My husband headed over to the Travel Stage where online budget traveling was discussed. Moderated by Jane Engle, with speakers, George Hobica, Johnny Jet, and Kelly Meritt, this forum was a reminder to continue the same budget practices we have at home. Some suggestions were to make use of googling coupons, use restaurant.com as well as groupon.com – and there is nothing better than grabbing sandwiches at the deli and sitting in the park to have a picnic if you’re a family to cut back on the expense of consistently eating at restaurants. Also, if you want to cut back on the cost of beverages at restaurants, bring along powdered drink mixes and put it in your water. You could even bring along powder lemon – which I found to taste like the real deal.

The panelist asking a question about breakfast - do not eat it at your hotel if you want to watch your budget

There were many fun giveaways, different booths were sponsoring. At the Apple Farm booth, which is a luxury hotel in San Luis Obispo, attendees could pick a room key in hopes of winning a free three night stay. We didn’t win, but we did speak to the owners who pointed out the charms of their hotel. It isn’t a working farm. There are about a dozen apple trees on the property and guests are welcome to pick an apple and eat it during apple season. If you’re interested in heading to Mount Vernon, WA soon, the Skagit Valley Tulip Festival is from April 1st-30th, 2011.

Mishy loved kicking the inflatable globe ball, which was a very popular giveaway.

Beaded Mardi Gras necklaces - another popular giveaway.

Riding an authentic stage coach by Coyote Springs Stage Lines. The driver cranked it up and down so you can really feel what it was like 300 hundred years ago.

Mishy with the world in her hands.

The Travel and Adventure Show will be moving back to Long Beach on January 14th-15th, 2012 with new media partners, Los Angeles Magazine and NBC LA. For more information, please visit:

www.adventureexpo.com

For Los Angeles Magazine:

Twitter Handle: twitter.com/losangelesmag Facebook Page: www.facebook.com/losangelesmag

Details:

The Los Angeles Times Travel and Adventure Show.

www.latimes.com/travelshow

Groupon for daily deals on restaurants, spas, adventures

http://www.groupon.com/r/uu1243521

Restaurant.com – restaurant coupons

www.restaurant.com

Skagit Valley Tulip Festival in Mount Vernon, WA

www.TulipFestival.org

Apple Farm, San Luis Obispo

www.applefarm.com

Charlotte Diamond in concert

(Our camera was lost and now it’s been found so this is being posted a bit late.)

On a Monday, a couple of weeks ago, we returned from Northridge, where we  were invited to hear Charlotte Diamond perform to a completely sold out audience of children, teachers, mothers, and grandmothers, fathers and grandfathers. For those who are unfamiliar with Charlotte Diamond, she is a Canadian gem of singer who has devoted her professional life to children’s music. She has won numerous awards including several Junos, the Canadian equivalent to the Grammys.  Her craftmanship, sense of humor, comfort, and ease is evident seeing her perform live. While we watched, she sang, blew bubbles, played her guitar, invited children to walk around on stage and even had someone dress up as a pizza slice – not all at the same time, of course. She will be returning to the Southern California area in August and will be performing at the South Coast Botanical Gardens as part of their summer concert series on August 28th, 2011. I can’t wait!

A preschool joins Charlotte Diamond on stage

Catching bubbles

Audience clapping first of many times

Mishy dancing with a concert souvenir

Details:

Charlotte Diamond

http://www.charlottediamond.com/

If you would like to hear Charlotte Diamond sooner rather than later, her CD, 10 Carrot Diamond, features her greatest hits. Here is a link to Amazon.com for the CD:

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Mishy loves this CD, particularly, the songs, Four Hugs A Day, and I Want To Be A Dog. I really like listening to this CD too because it’s fun and loving towards children and animals.

Mishy holds her unicorn bubble wand and streamer

Bonus Photos:

Mishy told me to take this picture

Mishy wanted me to take this picture too

She continued to ask me to take pictures. Here's another one.

And another requested photo by Mishy

Last requested photo taken