Thursday, December 29, 2011

New Year's Resolutions

Every year we make resolutions.  We think of all the things we will do to be thinner, healthier, etc.  Try changing the way you think about resolutions.  This year focus on all the things you can do to be HAPPIER!  Think about how much easier our resolutions would be to keep if they were centered on joy.   There’s nothing wrong with wanting to lose weight or join a gym, but maybe if we focused on the extra joy it would bring then keeping those resolutions wouldn’t be so hard.
Figure out a way to reach your goals without sacrificing the things that bring you joy.  If dark rich fudgy chocolate puts a smile on your face, enjoy it in a healthier form.  Try Lovin’ Scoopful’s What the Fudge and you won’t be giving up a thing.  Lovin’ Scoopful gourmet light ice cream has ½ the fat and 1/3 fewer calories when compared to other premium ice creams and you don’t sacrifice taste!  Give it a try.
When you make those resolutions, be sure you make those that keep a smile on your face!  If you want a smile on everyone else's face, when you go that New Year's Eve gathering bring some Lovin' Scoopful to share!  Plus 25% of the post tax profits go to Special Olympics!  Happy New Year!!!

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Share Some Lovin' This Holiday Season!

There is so much still on everyone's "to do" list and we're all trying to do all we can for our favorite charitable organizations.  Bring a delicious treat to your next holiday gathering, save time, and support a great cause all in one easy stop!  Lovin' Scoopful Ice Cream is a delicious addition to the lineup of desserts and delicious treats whether you top your favorite pie with it or enjoy it on its own. When you buy Lovin' Scoopful, 25% of the post tax profits go to support Special Olympics. 

If you're concerned about post-holiday pounds, you'll be pleased to hear that this tasty treat happens to have 1/2 the calories and 1/3 less fat compared to other premium ice creams.  Enjoy a guilt free dessert and show your family some Lovin' by sharing the Lovin'!

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

The Reason for the Season

“The Holidays” are called something different and mean something different for each of us, but this holiday season we can also give thought to what these holidays touch in all of us.  We are reminded of the importance of family; we see how our family has changed over the course of the last year (from those lost to the beautiful babies born) and are reminded of our many blessings and the miracles we may have witnessed. 
With a shared focus on family and a loving heart, we wish you all a Merry Christmas, Happy Hannukah, Joyous Kwanzaa, and a very happy New Year.

Thursday, December 1, 2011

Happy Holidays!

There’s a strong tendency to get caught up in the trappings that have become "the holidays", so here at Lovin’ Scoopful we want to remind you to take time for yourself.  Set priorities and remember what the holiday truly means to YOU.  Make a list of the three things that mean the most for you this holiday season and focus on those. 

Have a happy holiday, be it Hanukah, Christmas, Kwanza, or any other.  Best wishes from your friends at Lovin’ Scoopful.

Monday, November 14, 2011

Have a Lovin' Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving is a wonderful opportunity to rejoin loved ones and celebrate all that life afforded us this year.  Whether you’re thankful for health, friendship, happiness, laughter, or a plentiful harvest (which could be a well stocked cupboard from extreme couponing) we all have something to celebrate.  If time is plentiful, don’t forget Lovin’ Scoopful Cozy Vanilla to top your warm dessert.  If there’s no opportunity to bake a fresh pie, Lovin’ Scoopful Oh My Blueberry Pie or Rockin’ Raspberry Cheesecake ice cream will be a great crowd pleaser.  Lovin’ Scoopful gives 25% back by donating to Special Olympics, so when you share a little Lovin’ with your family and friends, we’re sharing with others too.

Have a Lovin’ Thanksgiving!

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Veterans Day

Tomorrow is Veterans Day and  Lovin' Scoopful would like to take a moment to share our thoughts about the men and women we are honoring.  We are fortunate that brave individuals sign up voluntarily to protect our country, our homes, our families, and our way of life.  Can you imagine what our lives would be like without them?  Please remember to thank the veterans that you know as well as their family members (who have sacrificed as well).

Monday, October 31, 2011

Where did Halloween come from?

Halloween's origin is traced back to the ancient Celtic festival of Samhain (pronounced sow-in). The holiday marked the end of summer, celebrated the harvest and signified the beginning of the dark, cold winter. Celts believed that on the night before Samhain (our Halloween) the boundary between the worlds of the living and the dead became blurred.  They feared that the dead could cause trouble and damage crops.  Because the success of their crops was a life or death situation, they took the holiday very seriously.  During the celebration the Celts put out their hearth fire in their primitive homes, wore costumes (typically consisting of animal heads and skins), and attempted to tell each other's fortunes while gathering around a sacred community bonfire. When the celebration was over, they re-lit their hearth fires from the sacred bonfire and believed that it would help protect them during the coming winter.  Typically after relighting their hearth fire, it remained lit from the sacred flame throughout the winter until Spring and warmer weather returned. 

 The holiday made its first major transition when Catholics converted many of the Celts to their religion.  Celebrations were created that allowed the Celts to continue to have festivities during the times of their old holidays.  In transitioning these holidays every attempt was made to remove Celtic religion from the celebrations, but some traditions (such as dressing in costumes) stuck.  Catholics and Christians alike had often celebrated martyrs and saints on or around the day of their passing.  During the time that many Celts were being converted to Catholicism, All Saints Day (the day on which Catholics celebrate all the saints) was created. Because it was a day to honor the dead it was an easier transition for the Celts embracing a new faith. 

As All Saints Day (Hallows Eve) developed, the poor would go door to door and accept food in exchange for prayers for the dead.  During the Victorian era, adults often considered themselves too wise to believe in ghosts walking the earth but allowed children to celebrate.  Children began to go door to door dressed in disguises.  The term “Trick or Treat” dates back to the early 1900’s when the children began to use trickery to get back at those not participating in the event.  That same phrase will be used by hundreds of thousands of children tonight. 

So, armed with buckets of candy at the front door I happily wait for evening.  The kids will come in their costumes, some having planned for weeks or even months.  The doorbell will ring dozens of times and ghosts, ghouls, goblins, and cute little fairy princesses will rule the night.  Happy Halloween.  Stay safe!

Monday, October 10, 2011

Happy Columbus Day!!!

Columbus Day is dedicated to the remembrance of  when Columbus discovered America.  While we celebrate the discovery, let's remember also what we took from the native American's that were here us.  I like to look at Columbus Day as a day to celebrate the act of discovery itself.  I remind myself also that we grow in knowledge and understanding by challenging the beliefs of our time. 

Lovin' Scoopful hopes you've had a fantastic Columbus Day.  We hope you'll find your inspiration in the day and when you need that little nudge that you'll remember Columbus Day and know that it's ok to set sail into the unknown.  There's no telling what you'll discover!

Monday, September 5, 2011

Labor Day Expressions of Thanks!

Labor Day (started September 5th 1882) is a creation of the labor movement and is dedicated to the social and economic achievement of American workers.  It is a yearly national tribute to all the contributions workers have made to the strength, prosperity, and well-being of our country.  Although our economy has continued to struggle recently, it is even more important to remind ourselves of the overall accomplishments of the workforce of our great nation over the last 100 years. 
When you go back to work tomorrow, please be mindful of the individual that makes your espresso or McCafe’, give a respectful nod or wave to the police officer that didn’t pull you over (and who puts his/her life on the line on a daily basis to keep us safe), generously tip the tired waitress that brings you your lunch, say “thank you” to the mail clerk that delivers your office mail, and give out as many smiles as you can.  How much does it mean to you when someone appreciates your work?  Let’s dedicate the rest of the week to appreciating those whose jobs make our lives a little easier, nicer, and safer.
Happy Labor Day!!

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Join us on Facebook!

We are so excited that our fans are finding us on Facebook and Twitter.  Social media has given us the opportunity to really get to know our customers on a more personal level and that means a lot to us.  In return we give away prizes every week and have sponsored dozens of giveaways on other pages and sites.  Don't miss out on the opportunity to meet us on a more personal level, hear great tips and inspirational stories, as well as the opportunity to share your life experiences that may positively impact others.

Because of our close tie to Special Olympics, we have a great number of fans that either work with those with intellectual challenges, have a family member that has a special challenge, or themselves have lived with an intellectual ability different from others.  We really appreciate the posts from these individuals because it helps us as a company and other fans develop a greater understanding of the wonderful and sometimes difficult events that are unique to their situation. 

We all have a voice, an ability to speak up and speak out to help others.  Facebook and Twitter has given us (and you) an opportunity to share our beliefs and convictions on a grander scale.  Please join us to use this voice constructively and hopefully make the world a better place!

Monday, July 4, 2011

Happy Birthday USA

As we prepare the barbeque
And sip our lemonade
While kids play in the lawn sprinkler
Adults sitting in the shade

I hope we all remember
From here to over there
The sacrifices freely given
For the freedom we gladly share

Happy Birthday to our great nation
Wisdom gained as the years pass
May we prosper and grow with appreciation
Today we come together and raise a glass

Monday, June 6, 2011

Lovin' Scoopful Honors Youth with Lovin' Compassion Award

As most of you know, Lovin' Scoopful has collected nominations all over the country looking for kids that are involved in organizations or events that foster inclusion, equality, and respect for those with intellectual differences.  We wanted to reward these kids for their hard work and encourage others with the stories of what involvement in programs like Special Olympics, Unified Sports, and other programs meant to them.  We are pleased to introduce our winners to you.

Caitlynn Cantrell (McMinnville Oregon)
Caitlynn was nominated by school and non-profit staff members based on work with Project UNIFY.  After attending a Youth Rally, Caitlynn was so inspired that she went back to her middle school and immediately went to work arranging programs to benefit those with intellectual disabilities.  We spoke to Caitlynn’s school Principal about the assembly proposed, planned, and arranged by Caitlyn.  She coordinated adult and youth guest speakers with intellectual disabilities to share their stories to help educate her middle school peers.  Students and teachers alike were inspired by her passion and dedication.  Alix Wasteney of Special Olympics Oregon said she is a true leader and is dedicated to spreading (the) message to all of her peers, educators, and family.  “She understands the importance of advocating against injustice, neglect, bullying, exclusion, and abuse.  I know that this will not be a onetime thing for Cait, but yet a lifetime commitment to fighting for equality, inclusion, and unconditional acceptance for children, youth, and adults with and without intellectual disabilities.”  Her mother adds, “Cait shines a very bright light on everyone she touches with her presence.”   So many individuals nominated Caitlyn and had beautiful things to say about her.  David Holmes, teacher, said “In a world of middle school students who struggle to see or reach beyond themselves, Caitlynn has found meaning in helping others.  She has given up electives to reach out to Life-Skills students and make their experience in middles school more meaningful… She has found a way to be compassionate, caring, and confident at the same time.  This is a rare quality in a person, much less a teenager.”  Many others lifted Caitlynn up and refered to her as a wonderful young lady with a big heart who is changing the face of middle school.  Caitlynn, we are humbled by the work you have accomplished at such a young age.  Thank you for all that you’re doing and keep up the great work!

Lara Hawley (Woodbury, CT)
Lara was nominated by Lou Pear from Connecticut Unified Sports and by Chris Renstrom from Special Olympics Connecticut based on an essay she wrote on how being involved in Unified Sports impacted her.  Here are some excerpts I took from her essay.  “There are times in life when you lose faith in the world.  You find yourself engulfed by darkness and unable to find the way out… Last year was that time for me… Ultimately my encounter with a small group of very remarkable people would become my lifeline in this darkness… I realized that for me (Unified Sports) symbolized the small points of light in the night sky that helped me see the world more clearly…The special kids on the team were some of the nicest people I had ever met.  They greeted you with huge smiles on their faces and didn’t judge you, label you, or expect you to be anything more than who you were. … It’s hard to find people to look beyond the preconceived judgments and expectations of society and just enjoy life…. The partners in the Unified Sports Program were supposed to be role models for the students with disabilities… Their strength and their acceptance of overwhelming challenges gave me courage and I believe in the end they taught me more than I could ever teach them.”  Lara is now educating others her age on the benefits of involvement in Unified Sports.  She is also an advocate for equality and inclusion for those with intellectual differences. 

Kaitlyn Guild (Berlin, CT)
Kaitlyn was also nominated by Lou Pear from Connecticut Unified Sports and by Chris Renstrom from Special Olympics Connecticut based on an essay she wrote on how being involved in Unified Sports impacted her.  Kaitlyn found special needs athletes to be accepting & determined and opened her eyes to more similarities than differences. She used vivid imagery in her essay to really build a connection with her readers & show how much her work with Unified Sports meant to her.  Here are some excerpts from her essay.  “As I step on the rubber I shake off the nerves that attempt to take over my body.  Instead a chill of excitement rushes down my spine as the bright ball slips through my sweaty palm. … The wind blows in my face as my hand releases the ball… When I pitch I feel excitement and pride!  After participating in Unified Sports, I never would have thought that the same strong emotions could be present, but for a different reason; I was helping a special athlete accomplish her goal.  In doing so, I learned a lot about people…. I am in awe at how much more accepting of others the special athletes are than the majority of my peers.  As a partner I have learned how to accept others… Instead of looking at differences my eyes opened to focus on the similarities.”  If more adults found that same view and just opened their eyes to the similarities we would live in a much more peaceful world.  Kaitlyn and others like her will bring about peace for future generations as she successfully spreads her message. 

Mid Atlantic WINNER
Peter Bowman  (Syracuse, NY)
Peter is actively involved in Special Olympics and has been for the past 4 years.  He is an assistant coach to swimming and basketball.  His brother, Andrew, has Down Syndrome.  Peter takes an active personal role getting involved in all athletes, but in particular he has a gift in being able to calm down athletes that are having a melt-down moment.  His calm gentle nature makes him a wonderful influence.  Peter is very kind and treats all athletes with dignity and respect.  Peter goes above and beyond by giving up his study hall time in middle school to go into the inclusion class.  He helps in any way he can.  Peter stands firm on his belief that if more people were involved with those that are differently able, possibly 10 years from now every person would be treated the same and there would be no more “us” and “them”.   Peter also has a great sense of humor and is very committed to his work with Special Olympics.

Kyleigh Clark and Sara Olvera (Abilene, Texas)
Kyleaigh and Sara were nominated by Martha Dorow, Project Unify Staff Member in Austin.  Both girls have participated (together) in Project UNIFY at their school and are on the state Youth Leadership Council.  As members of the YLC, they helped develop the first PU Youth Leadership Summit in Texas, addressing issues of leadership, strategies for addressing the use of the R-word and similar language, and action plans for local continuation of programming.  They are both advocates for inclusion and are both actively working to bring Project UNIFY into the high schools they will be attending together next year.  Kyleigh and Sara have researched ways to support students with intellectual disabilities at their middle school.  One plans to join ROTC and the other wishes to serve as a football team manager.  They are now trying to figure out ways to approach staff in charge of those organizations about (inclusion of those with disabilities interested in participating?).  The girls have shown strength of character, demonstrating initiative, honesty, and integrity.  Their enthusiasm as a Project UNIFY and Youth Leadership Council participant is contagious.  They are strong leaders now and have the potential to become even stronger leaders in the future.  Both are also involved in the R-Word campaign at their school.

Emma Rose Earl (Chester Montana), nominated by a friend/Special Olympics Athlete (Stacey Johnson).  Thru intervention and education, Emma has been successful in getting most students of her K-12 school to stop using the R word.  With footage from the 2009 World Winter Games in Boise she and 4 other girls created and presented a film they put together on the "R-Word" and showed it to the community & peers.  Emma has also participated in the Polar Plunge and a truck raffle.  She has also volunteered to go to Greece to be part of the Youth Rally.  Emma continues to envision new ways to become involved in projects that improve education and better the lives of those with intellectual challenges thru increased inclusion and respect.  She is setting a wonderful example that we hope many others will follow.

Friday, May 27, 2011

Appreciating our Safety at Home

This week as I watched the various world news reports I began to think about what it might be like to live in one of the many war torn countries in this world.  I am grateful for the democracy set up by our founding fathers and for the freedom provided by our soldiers in action.  As we enjoy this beautiful holiday weekend, I hope none of us forget the loss experienced by thousands of families who have mourned the death of father, brother, sister, mother, and others in the pursuit of freedom here and abroad.  I think I can speak for all of our Lovin' fans and certainly for our staff when I say "Thank you!  Thank you for your sacrifices.  Thank you for the Christmas dinners with empty seats left by soldiers protecting us or that died doing so.  Thank you for what you've endured, for what you give up, and for being true American Patriots."

We will be giving out 50 certificates for Lovin' Scoopful Ice Cream this weekend.  If you or someone in your household is in the military, email and I'll sent it ASAP!  Have a Lovin' Memorial Day!!!!

Friday, May 6, 2011

Mother's Day Poems by our Fans

(A Poem by DezaRay Mons to her Mother)

Thank You Mom 

I know how often I took you for granted
when I was growing up.
I always assumed you'd be there
when I needed you...
and you always were. 
But I never really thought about what that meant
till I got older and began to realize
how often your time and energy were devoted to me.
so now, for all the times I didn't say it before,
thank you, Mom...I love you so very much! 

Thursday, May 5, 2011

Mother's Day Poems

My Mother

I've met hundreds of Mothers over the years
And one thing I've found to be true
There is no mother, near or far
That holds a candle to YOU

You were Mother, Father, Counselor, Friend
And never once did I hear you complain
That you never had enough time for yourself
I think I would have gone insane

The fussing, the fighting, the "He pulled my hair"
"I want this", "I want that", "Why can't I do what I want?"
With patience you stuck to your guns and your rules
And never showed the stress when we fought

I look back at those years when we didn't have much
Garage sales to buy most of our clothes
Making Macrame' hangers to buy he week's meat
And three kids covered with dirt head to toe

We cleaned ourselves up, always made it to church
With your help we presented quite well
If there's anyone now that questions the job that you do
Well quite frankly they can just go to... (um...)

Thank you for all the hard work you put in
To forming three very unique kids
If there's one thing I hope for in all of the world
It's that I'll do half as well as you did

I love you Mom.

My Nannie

There are so many grandmothers, we all have one or more I guess
There are Mima's, Granny's, Grandma's and such
But only one that can ever be called "My Nannie"
She's MY Grandmother and She is the best

Her eyes twinkle brighter than old Saint Nick
Her smile is as warm as the sun
And if there's a person on Earth I wish more to be like
I know right now she is the one

My Nannie has a halo that no one can see
She has wings so glorious too
No one can see them but me I believe
But I assure you it's no less true

She never is cross, always happy to see us
Never has an expectation big or small
She just wraps her wonderful arms around you
And looks over every one of our faults

My Nannie is forgiving and loyal and kind
She'll do anything for you she can
My Nannie is such a great person you see
Every thing's alright with a touch of her hand

I have to say that the one problem she has
Is that she can't see how great she has been
My Nannie can't see how special she is
She' My Angel, My Nannie, My Friend.

My Mother-In-Law

There's another woman in my husband' life
That he's loved even longer than me
She has held him and loved him as the years have gone by
And she's part of our life for eternity

She taught him to be loyal, she taught him to be kind
She helped him see right from wrong
She's a very special woman, my Mother-In-Law
And the list of things she's done for us is long

She's been there when we had trouble to give us a hand
She watched the kids without ever a grumble
This mother is loving and gentle and kind
And has always been very humble

She doesn't ask for anything
She gives more than she gets I am sure
My Mother-In-Law's a wonderful grandmother too
And her love for the kids is so pure

My Mother-In-Law isn't thanked enough
Her gestures so oft' overlooked
So today I want her to know in her heart
She's much more than a wonderful cook

She taught us lessons in life we wouldn't otherwise learn
And helped us see past all the mess
She's very dear to our hearts, this Mother to Brian
Having her in our life, we know we are blessed.

We would love to add your mother's day poems.  Post them or email them to and let us know whether we can use your name or not!  Thanks, and Happy Mother's Day!

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

The Lovin' Compassion Award Encourages Youth to Get Involved

Lovin' Scoopful is excited to announce its new Lovin' Compassion Award that recognizes young visionaries who are involved in programs that foster respect inclusion, and a true personal connection for people with intellectual differences. 

Award recipients will be selected from students age 8 to 15 who are involved with Special Olympics programs such as Unified Sports, the Spread the Word to End the Word campaign, Young Athletes, Get Into It, and Project UNIFY, as well as Best Buddies and other organizations that are designed to create more accepting communities.  Through program involvement, recipients must have exemplified characteristics that promote human rights, inclusion, equality, and leadership through education.

"The Lovin' Compassion Award celebrates young people who embody strength in character, leadership, and compassion for those with different abilities," states Lovin' Scoopful co-founder Maria Shriver.  "We are excited to kick-off the Lovin' Compassion Award and watch it grow as we continue to honor young men and women who foster understanding and respect and set an inspiring example for us all."

Lovin' Compassion Award hopefuls can be nominated online at by parents, peers, or a representative from Special Olympics or other qualifying nonprofit organizations that promote human rights, equality, and inclusion.  Four regional winners from the West Coast, South, New England, and Mid Atlantic regions, as well as one national winner, will be selected from the online nominations.

Go to for a list of prizes being offered to award winners or to nominate an individual for consideration.  Nominations will be accepted now thru Friday, May 20th, 2011.  Winners will be selected by a panel of judges including Maria Shriver and Tim Shriver and will be announced on Wednesday, May 25th, 2011.

Saturday, April 23, 2011

Have a Lovin' Easter

It's tempting to grab some treats from the kid's Easter baskets, but instead try an alternative that will even make the kids jealous.  Lovin' Scoopful offers 13 enticing flavors that will have your taste buds dancing for joy.  Not only will Lovin' make YOU happy, but your purchase helps bring joy to Special Olympics athletes across the country.  25% of post tax profits are donated to Special Olympics each year.

Visit our website as well as our social networking pages on Facebook and Twitter to find out more about the products, programs, and prizes we offer.  Join us in spreadin' Lovin' across the country!

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Stop Bullying, Be Lovin'!

Can you put a STOP to BULLYING and promote a LOVIN' attitude? According to The American Justice Department, one in four children will be the victim of bullying this month. That's any given month. Our children will not be safe if we continue an attitude of tolerance toward aggressive behavior. It's time to take a stand and to help our children see the need to stand up with their peers and speak up when they see bullying take place. There is strength in numbers and with education we can put a stop to it. What should you do?

  1. Become educated and share the information! Tim Shriver Jr. and Soeren Polumbo wrote an article published in the Huffington Post with information about the effect of bullying on special education students, stating that nearly 75% of special education students get bullied, is a great source for statistics, and the US government posted a video from the March 10, 2011 White House Conference on Bullying Prevention. Tweet about it, post it on Facebook, call other concerned parents and friends, and join together to help put an end to bullying.

  2. Put a STOP to BULLYING and BE LOVIN'! Pledge to make a difference. Post below that you pledge to never bully and to always speak out when you see bullying take place. Email that promise to us ( and we will send you a certificate for a FREE* 56 ounce container of ice cream (redeemable at any store that carries Lovin' Scoopful). Visit our website and use our store locator to find the store nearest you. *Limit 1 per household. Ice cream available in 30 states.

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Lovin' Your Way to a Healthy Body

When I started researching healthy weight loss, I found countless articles on measuring things. Articles cover measuring food, measuring calories, measuring fat, measuring sugar, but few covered measuring HAPPINESS! It's a big part of weight loss and it keeps being ignored. I don't know about you, but when I'm sad I have a heck of a time losing weight. First of all, a big chewy gooey candy bar looks even better when you've had a cruddy day. Second, think about how much more difficult it is to control your cravings. To recap, when you're not happy you have more cravings and less ability to fight them. You have to FIX THAT by GETTING HAPPY!

Having a Lovin' attitude is more than just adopting the mindset we have about helping others. A Lovin' attitude is one where you have that extra something... a skip in your step, a smile on your face, a confidence. It's attitude at it's best. A Lovin' attitude will give you the strength to avoid temptation (and negativity), the courage the be bold and beautiful, and the intelligence to make smart choices.

What kind of attitude do you have? Check back for more suggestions on havin' a Lovin' attitude!

Saturday, March 5, 2011

Let's Prepare for a Healthy Summer!

Daffodils are starting to bloom and pear trees have tiny white flowers that seem to have popped out with excitement to say "Spring is here!" (at least in parts of the country). It's a great time to look at our lifestyle and habits to see if there are improvements that could be made. Let's make a commitment together to prepare for a healthier summer than we've had in years. A healthy summer is a happy summer, and I don't know anyone who couldn't get behind those two goals. Let's plan to increase our activity level, address those nagging health issues, and make healthier choices over the coming weeks. I'll choose at least one response a month to receive a free gift, so start posting comments today! What challenges are you facing? We'll work thru it together!

Lovin' Ingredients Lists

One of Lovin' Scoopful followers has asked about ingredients and I don't have a good way to post that except to type them up. I'll add to the list as time permits, but I'm starting with Cozy Vanilla. Please note that human error is possible here, so if you have questions don't hessitate to ask for clarification. More flavors to be added soon! Email me for more specific or faster information.

Cozy Vanilla: Nonfat milk, milk, sugar, cream, corn syrup, whey protein, tapioca starch, guar gum, mono and diglycerides, tara gum, cellulose gum, polysorbate 80, xanthum gum, crageenan, dextrose, vanilla extract, and vitamin A palmitate.

Out of This World Chocolate: Nonfat milk, milk, sugar, cream, corn syrup, chocolate (high fructose corn syrup, water, cocoa processed with alkali, potassium sorbate (preservative)), cocoa (processed with alkali), whey protein, tapioca starch, guar gum, mono and diglycerides, tara gum, cellulose, gum, polysorbate 80, xanthum gum, carageenan, dextrose, and vitamin A palmitate.

Oh My Blueberry Pie: Nonfat milk, milk, sugar, blueberry ribbon (corn syrup, water, sugar, blueberries, modified corn starch, pectin, pectin dextrose), food acids (phosphoric, citric, malic, and tartaric acids), natural flavor, salt, potassium sorbate (preservative), cabbage color, blueberry base (corn syrup, water, sugar, blueberries, modified corn starch, pectin (pectin, dextrose), food acids (phosphoric, citric, malic, and tartaric acids), natural flavor, salt, potassium sorbate (preservative), cabbage color, cream, corn syrup, sugar pie chips (unenriched wheat flour, sugar, partially hydrogenated soybean oil, partially hydrogenated coconut oil, butter (cream, salt), water, pasteurized eggs, salt), whey protein, tapioca starch, guar gum, mono and diglycerides, tara gum, cellulose gum, polysorbate 80, xanthan gum, carragge nan, dextrose, and vitamin A palmitate.

Nutritional Information on Lovin' Scoopful Flavors

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Outstanding Special Olympics Athletes

There are so many outstanding athletes in the world, and some of them have unique challenges that make their success even more admirable. Do you know an athlete that has overcome tremendous obstacles to achieve their dreams? Tell us their story. We are inspired by your stories of hope and perseverance and want others to see how our world is brighter because of the light these individuals shine on those around them.

Please leave your story in the comments below or email tamaragordy @ (no spaces)

Saturday, February 19, 2011

Socio-Friendly Products

Socio-Friendly products are doing for our society what Eco-Friendly products have been doing for our environment. Companies make many choices that impact the lives of people. Here are some of them.

*Profit allocation- As an individual, many of you choose to take some of the money you earn and give it away to help others. Companies do the same, but on a larger scale. When a company decides (and publicly announces) that they will give away a significant percentage of their profit to an organization created to help the lives of families (of any sort), it sends a message that they are devoted to creating a positive impact on others.

*Creative problem solving- Some companies have been "socio-friendly" since well before the description was around to describe them. The same was the case for eco-friendly companies. Some companies just made good common sense choices that have helped others. A great way for a business to be socio-friendly is for them to allow flexibility in work for their employees. Telecommuting, sharing a full time job between two people wishing to work part time, and flexible work hours (working 4 ten hour days, working slightly adjusted start and finish times, etc) have proven to be an effective tool in motivating higher productivity as well as creating a positive work environment.

*Involvement in community service- Whether this translates to putting collection jars out to help raise funds for a non-profit, allowing fundraisers on-ground, or employee involvement in community service, this is an outstanding way for businesses to help non-profits build awareness for their cause and (more importantly) GET THINGS DONE!

When a company is ec0-friendly, we hear about it. We NEED eco-friendly people, companies, and products. Just as important as eco-friendly, we need to start recognizing the socio-friendly people, companies, and products and support them! These companies are at the forefront of making our world (and work) a better place in a lot of cases by bringing added joy to homes.

Socio-friendly! Talk about it at home, at work, and think about it when you decide what products to buy. Support the companies and products that are supporting happier homes. With a little effort we can make great changes that improve life for us all.

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Lovin' Valentines

Valentine's Day is quickly approaching. Although not everyone has a special someone to spend the day with this year, we do all have special individuals in our lives that deserve our attention and affection. I challenge you to extend that Lovin' feeling beyond your normal circle. Here are some Lovin' ideas on things you could do.

*Make a donation and, better yet, make a friend with Special Olympics. Start the process of getting involved. You may find that no matter how much you give, your heart will get back much more in return. Go to to find a Special Olympics program near you.

*Visit a nursing home. Take a nice bundle of flowers with you and hand them out. Spend some time visiting with the residents/patients. Many of them would have spent the day alone and will much appreciate the companionship.

*Sit down with your children and create some unique Valentine's Day cards. Hand them out to neighbors or take them with you to the nursing home.

*Give a gift or treat that helps others. Chocolates are nice, but Lovin' Scoopful ice cream is even better. 25% of post tax profits go to benefit Special Olympics. Now THAT's Lovin'.

As Valentine's Day draws near, check back for more ideas on how to be a Lovin' Valentine.

Monday, February 7, 2011

Doing More With Less (Charity In Economic Crisis)

Money is tighter than in previous years for many of us and as the belt tightens, donations to charitable funds take a hit. How can you help others when you're having trouble making ends meet? I'm uncovering various money saving techniques to 1) improve your cash flow and/or 2) allow for easy contribution to charities.

*Improve your financial situation by bartering! Trading out time is a tax free way to get things done without hitting your checkbook. Go to to find a time bank in your area. It's a simple program, really. You make deposits by contributing hours to other members and you make withdrawals by receiving services contributed by others. For instance, if you paint you can contribute one hour of painting for someone and in return receive one hour of tax preparation. Use money saved to contribute funds to a charity of your choice! Most time banks charge a low yearly membership and most work under the rule that every person's time is created equal. You may make deductions up to the number of hours you contribute.

*Clean out your garage, closets, and attic. Not only will donating the goods to charity allow you a tax deduction, it also gives you an opportunity to live a clutter free life. Holding on to unwanted and unneeded items clutters your home and your mind. Grab a hand full of boxes or strong bags and reduce, reuse, or recycle. If you have particularly valuable items or collections you're willing to get rid of, you may also consider selling them and then donating the funds to a charity. If you want to help a charity that doesn't take used items, this is a great way to get money together for the charity. Considering a garage sell but no time? Think outside the box. Secure a metal collection box outside with items to get rid of and put up a sign allowing people to donate to your favorite charity in exchange for the item they take. You don't necessarily have to oversee collections. Just be sure to only have items out that you want taken!

*Volunteer time to your charity of choice. Again, be creative. If you want to help an animal shelter, volunteering time doesn't necessarily mean showing up on Saturday to clean out animal cages. Donate a skill (marketing, art, web design) to help fill a need for the charity. They will much appreciate not having to pay for those services. You may even build your customer base by showcasing your skills to the public in this manner.

*Give weekly with either an automatic payment or by payroll deduction. A small gift each week is less likely to be missed, but adds up to a generous gift by year end. If you don't think you can afford it, pick one thing you are willing to do without in order to stay within budget. If you can't commit to $10 a week because of money, would you be willing to drink water instead of soft drinks with lunch and donate the money saved each week? It adds up.

*Save your change and involve the whole family. Pick up a 5 gallon water jug and encourage every family member to empty their pocket change at the end of the day into the jug. At the end of the year tie a big bow around the top and deliver it to your favorite charity. Be sure to get them to empty it and send the container back home for you to do it again!

Be creative and share your tips on contributing in a tough economy in the comment section below!

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

New Year Weight Loss (Continued)

Here's the recap from the previous post:
Plan 1: You've promised yourself you'll lose that extra 10 (or 100) pounds by cutting out snacks and slashing calories.
The problem: You've cut out too much too fast. You're more likely to drop your plan when the changes are drastic.
Suggestion: Cut your intake of calories by 10-15% (about 200 calories). You can do this by making a change to just one meal each day or you can make minor changes over the course of the day. An easy way to do this is to select a few healthier alternatives to your current course of food. (See original post for more)

Plan 2: You're going to join a gym whether you can afford the membership or not.
The problem: If you don't already have a gym membership, start by joining one that allows you to pay month to month. Gym memberships can be beneficial for those that need help with motivation, especially if you have a "gym buddy" but there are other alternatives, particularly in the beginning.
Suggestion: There are dozens of ways to exercise without a membership. Try a little manual labor around the house or some isometric exercises. (See original post for more)

Plan 3: You cut out all sweets to lose weight. Similar argument goes for cutting all fat.
The problem: There is a big difference between cutting out all sweets and in making smart choices. The delectable delightful foods we call sweets are certainly not a necessary part of our food intake, but one might argue they are some of the most enjoyable! Don't take the joy out of eating. Let's face it, we eat in part for the pleasure it brings us. If you are a fan of sweets and you cut them out altogether, sweets will be all you think about. It's like telling someone not to think about elephants. What do you think about if someone says that? Yeah, elephants. There's a better way to handle sweets.
Suggestion: Eat smarter. Don't just grab the first delectable delightful looking sweet treat you can get your hand on. Go for a treat that makes sense. If you just want a little something, start with fruit. It has plenty of sugar to give your blood sugar a boost without overdoing it. If that's just not enough, for a few calories more you can have 1/2 a cup of Lovin' Scoopful ice cream in one of 12 exciting mouth watering flavors. Lovin' Scoopful has 1/2 the fat and 1/3 fewer calories when compared to other premium ice creams. Imagine a 4 ounce scoop of Rockin' Raspberry Cheesecake (with all the creamy delight of both ice cream AND cheesecake with an added tangy twist of raspberry).

Feel free to suggest ideas of your own below!

Monday, January 17, 2011

What Flavor Lovin' Are You?

Want to have a little fun? Take a moment to sign onto Facebook and take the "What Flavor Ice Cream Are You?" app quiz. Maybe you're "What the Fudge" with a bold and exciting personality. How about "So Good Cookies & Cream" which indicates an easy going personality with a caring, cheerful, and honest attitude. Could you be "Mad About Mud Pie" with a powerful personality that can't be missed? You can compare your answers to your friends and see who's flavor works well with yours. What a tasty way to fall in love...with ice cream. Go to and click on the "Flavor Quiz" tab. Have fun!

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

New Year Weight Loss

Lovin' Scoopful wants to be here for you as you work to stick with your resolutions in 2011, but in some cases we want to help you amend those resolutions to healthier alternatives that are easier to live with and stick with. A large percentage of adults vow to go on a diet to lose weight come January 1. Most of those individuals give up on this plan before the end of January because they try to make drastic changes with little thought to practicality. Here are a couple of alternatives to consider.

1. You've promised yourself you'll lose that extra 10 (or 100) pounds by cutting out snacks and slashing calories.
The problem: You've cut out too much too fast. You're more likely to drop your plan when the changes are drastic.
Suggestion: Cut your intake of calories by 10-15% (about 200 calories). You can do this by making a change to just one meal each day or you can make minor changes over the course of the day. An easy way to do this is to select a few healthier alternatives to your current course of food. Have a piece of fruit and something with whole grain for breakfast. Instead of a milk shake mid afternoon (which can have over 500 calories), eat 1/2 a cup of Lovin' Scoopful Ice Cream which has about 120 calories. When it comes to your evening meal, one of the most significant changes you can make is EAT EARLIER! Stop eating at least 3 hours before you go to bed and make sure your evening meal is NOT the largest one of the day.

2. You're going to join a gym whether you can afford the membership or not.
The problem: If you don't already have a gym membership, start by joining one that allows you to pay month to month. Gym memberships can be beneficial for those that need help with motivation, especially if you have a "gym buddy" but there are other alternatives, particularly in the beginning.
Suggestion: There are dozens of ways to get exercise without a membership. Here are a few of the ways you can start. MANUAL LABOR is a great way to get some things done around the house, build muscles, and lose weight. Rather than paying someone to do work inside and outside of your house, take care of some of the chores yourself. Try ISOMETRIC EXERCISES at your desk or even driving to/from work. Sit up straight and tighten your stomach muscles or clinch your thighs/buttocks. Do this a minimum of 15 minutes 3 times a day and you'll feel the difference quickly!

More tips over the coming days and weeks, so check back frequently.