Dole Packaged Foods 2016 Rose Parade Entry| @DolePackaged #DoleRose

First Look at Dole’s 2016 Rose Parade Entry!

By Monica & Erin

The other weekend we joined the Dole Family Fun Day Event to help decorate the float that will be displayed at the Rose Parade. We arrived early at Fiesta Floats, a company that specializes on building floats. They are located inside a huge warehouse and every year they have volunteers join the fun by getting crafty with glue, ladders and flowers.

Dole Float 2016

It was really interesting to learn that the production of the floats start early in the year with the designers and creative team. Then as the event gets closer seeds, moss and even fresh flowers are added to the floats.

Dole Rose Parade 2016 Flowers

We got a preview of the New Years Day Rose Parade Float while we enjoyed an afternoon full of fun activities for everyone in the family such as face painting, balloons twisted into awesome creations and even some Latin music dancing.

Dole Rose Parade Float Concept

This Years Theme

Dole Packaged Food’s 2016 float, “Soaring Over Paradise,” explores the world’s precious rainforests where more than 30 million species of plants and animals make their homes. The float includes four fresh waterfalls, a zip-line that will allow a rider to travel through the lush rainforest canopy, and a flock of brilliantly colored sculptured Macaws that appear to take flight over the dense floral floor of the float. The Macaws are a special tribute to famed float designer Raul R. Rodriguez, who designed DOLE’s winning 2011, 2012, 2013 and 2014 Rose Parade floats, all with his pet Macaw, Sebastian, right by his side. Rodriguez designed 528 floats during his 38-year long career, 31 of which were Sweepstakes Trophy winners in the Rose Parade.


Interesting Facts

Throughout its participation in the prestigious Rose Parade, Dole has explored various countries and cultures where DOLE fruit is grown. Raul R. Rodriguez brought the stories of the destinations to life with stunning floral displays, along with fresh fruit grown by DOLE for use on each float.

“Raul was a member of the Dole Packaged Foods family and helped us not only create vibrant, colorful and exotic floats, but also to tell the stories of our heritage and the many cultures that contribute to our mission of inspiring healthy lifestyles,” said Dave Spare, Vice President of Marketing, Dole Packaged Foods. “This year we are honoring our friend by dedicating our 2016 Rose Parade float entry to him, and expanding DOLE’s presence with activities the week prior to the Rose Parade.”

To further honor Rodriguez, Dole is making a monetary donation in the designers’ name to California State University Long Beach, where he is a distinguished alumni. As a CSULB alumni myself, I am glad to see Dole making such a generous contribution in honor of such an amazing man.

Dole Rose Parade

A few years ago when we first started attending this special Dole Family Day, we had the honor to meet with and chat with Raul Rodriguez. As a lifelong fan of the Tournament of Roses Parade and watching since I was a child, driving up with family to Pasadena after the Parade to get to see the floats up close and personal while they were on display, I have always admired and have been awestruck by the beauty and artistry of his designs. It was exciting to be able to meet him, and I am so glad we had that opportunity.

The 2016 Dole Packaged Foods float also highlights Dole’s environmental practices, respect for natural resources and commitment to non-GMO packaged fruit through its vibrant depiction. Featured throughout the float are fresh, non-GMO fruits and vegetables grown by DOLE, including bananas, pineapples and mangoes.

In addition to the fresh fruits and vegetables being displayed on the float, Dole will have a major presence at the first “Live on Green” event in Downtown Pasadena.  The three day event, Dec. 29 – 31, at the Pasadena Convention Center will have a special memoriam for Raul R. Rodriguez. Dole will also have live food and beverage demos with Dole California Cook-Off champion Ally Phillips from Allys Kitchen throughout the event, as well as the Dole Bistro, that will be serving up exotic, healthy and fun food and drinks.

To kick off the final road to the 2016 Rose Parade, Dole is launching a sweepstakes in which one lucky winner and a guest will get to travel to a rainforest paradise. The sweepstakes will be running through midnight on December 31, 2015, fans can enter for a chance to win a grand prize Hawaiian vacation, including hotel and airfare. For more information about the sweepstakes, and to enter, visit  Dole’s Facebook page.

Product Samples

During the Family Day we also got to sample some of the newest Dole products.  Dole Dippers are delicious fresh frozen banana slices covered in dark chocolate. They also had Fruitocracy, a very yummy fruit pouch made from straight-up, delicious, all natural fruit.

Dole Products 2016

For more information about the Rose Parade visit their Website.

Shine On With The Color Run! #WeShine

Shine On With The Color Run!

By Erin

*Disclosure: I was offered complementary passes to The Color Run in my city, however I have always been a fan and supporter of The Color Run. All thoughts and opinions are my own.*

The Color Run

There’s a colorful, shiny, glittery event full of happiness coming to town that you won’t want to miss, The Color Run Shine Tour 2015. Not all that long ago, my good friend Melody and I decided to run in one to celebrate our birthdays as our birthdays are one day apart (Mine is May 3rd, hers is May 4th). We were birthday princesses, so of course we had to wear our tiaras. 😉  I love anything with a little bling, and if it’s something to get me outdoors and moving, then that’s even better! 😉

Wether you prefer to walk or run, The Color Run is bringing the community together to participate in the “Happiest 5k on the Planet”.  As the original paint race, they have created a completely new genre of running events that continues to grow exponentially. It is the single largest event series in the world, The Color Run has exploded with more than just color; with 300 events in 50+ countries in 2014.

So WHY should you enter?

I Love Color Runners

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Del Taco’s New Turkey Tacos with Jennie-O Turkey & Giveaway! @DelTaco #EatWellWithDel #TurkeyTaco

Del Taco’s New Turkey Tacos with Jennie-O Turkey & Giveaway!

By Erin

Turkey is the perfect way to kick off the New Year. Turkey Tacos are only 150 calories each; which makes for the perfect option when you are in a hurry for lunch or dinner. For Del Taco guests that are wanting to keep their New Year’s resolutions of eating healthier, these make a great better-for-you alternative. I received a gift card to sample the new Turkey Tacos, made with Jennie-O Turkey. I was pleasantly surprised with how much I ended up liking them, as they were filled with bursts of different flavors. 

Del Taco Turkey Taco

Del Taco has teamed up with JENNIE-O®, a recognized leader in turkey worldwide, and have developed a lean, seasoned ground turkey recipe, using a special blend of spices. The turkey has 33 percent less fat, but still maintains that same craveable flavor fans know and love. The menu highlights Del Taco best-sellers: Turkey Taco (only 150 calories), Turkey Combo Burrito, Turkey CrunchTada Tostada and Deluxe Turkey Taco Salad.

Del Taco Turkey Taco

Del Taco’s turkey menu features the following items (price and participation may vary):

  • Turkey Tacos: a crunchy corn or soft flour tortilla layered with lean, seasoned ground turkey, crisp lettuce, and freshly hand-grated cheddar cheese, all topped with hand-made pico de gallo.
  • Turkey Combo Burrito: lean, seasoned ground turkey, with slow-cooked beans made from scratch, freshly hand-grated cheddar cheese, and zesty red sauce, in a warm flour tortilla.
  • Turkey CrunchTada Tostada: a thick, wavy, crunchy corn shell layered with slow-cooked beans made from scratch, signature tangy taco sauce, lean, seasoned ground turkey, crisp lettuce, and freshly hand-grated cheddar cheese.
  • Deluxe Turkey Taco Salad: lean, seasoned ground turkey, with slow-cooked beans made from scratch, crisp lettuce, fresh tomatoes, hand-grated cheddar cheese, cool sour cream, tangy guacamole, and mild taco sauce, served in a crunchy tortilla bowl.

Del Taco Turkey

Get in on the Turkey talk by using hashtag #eatwellwithdel on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

Have you tried one of these delicious turkey tacos yet? You now have the chance to try them on me! Enter for a chance to win a $20 Gift Card to Del Taco! 😉 See sweepstakes section for complete list of rules. Ends 2/6/15 at 12AM PST.

GOOD-LUCK!!!! 🙂 <3

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Del Turkey

While you’re waiting to see who wins the gift card,  why don’t you head on over to Del Taco’s website where you can get a coupon for one free Turkey Taco with any purchase.

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Disclosure: I received a gift card to sample their turkey tacos. All thoughts and opinions are my own and the Gift Card Prize is to be fulfilled by the sponsor. 🙂