My name is Holly, and I am the second oldest of four daughters.
That means I have three sisters.
Coincidentally, there happens to be a Minnesota-based company named Three Sisters, which makes environmentally-friendly, natural and delicious cereal products. They just so happen to have also introduced a new line of instant oatmeal that has helped raise more than $70,000 for Haiti relief.
It turns out they take care of their sisters better than mine took care of me growing up.
While the notion that “Sisters always take care of each other,” is a sweet one, I can attest to the fact it is not always true. If you want proof, you can ask my older sister Katie about the two years of high school she spent ignoring me as her blood relative, only giving me rides home on the days I begged, pleaded and cried.
In her defense, it was her friend’s car, and I can be a bit of a drama queen.
In my defense, I only cried because one of the only guys that ever liked me in high school asked another girl to prom. That’s devastating stuff when you’re 16.
Anyways, while I think their packaging may be a bit misleading, I can appreciate the fact they are smart about the way it is constructed.
When I received the Plain Grain, Dark Chocolate and Brown Sugar & Maple flavors to sample for free and write an honest review for the blog, it immediately struck me that each flavor reminded me of each of my three sisters.
Corny, but true.
On the surface, my older sister Katie could be called Plain Grain.
She’s a teacher. Her wardrobe consists of three colors: black, brown + green. She doesn’t like drawing attention to herself.
When you take a deeper look however, you soon discover she is made from uniquely organic ingredients like oats, flaxseed, barley, quinoa and rye. She’s 160 calories worth of deliciously nutty fun. She may not look so from the outside, but trust me, girlfriend can be hilarious + sassy when she wants to be.
She can go from Plain Grain to Pumpkin Gingerbread Oats just like that.
My younger sister Alli is so Dark Chocolate it’s scary.
To me, dark chocolate is warmth on a cold wintry night, complex and the diva of all chocolates.
That’s Alli in a nutshell.
She’s one of the most caring people I know and has such a rich depth of character (including her occasional bouts of diva behavior). She is who she is – real dark chocolate, no fake flavoring needed. In other words, she’s a decadent bowl of Peanut Butter Dark Chocolate Oatmeal.
And that’s a very good thing.
Last, but most certainly not least, there’s my littlest sister Kendra.
She’s #4 of the Everythingtarian ladies and the quintessential baby of the family.
She’s laid back, go with the flow, hilariously funny and often gets forgotten about…kind of like Brown Sugar & Maple Oatmeal.
Notice how there’s no picture of said oatmeal?
Yeah, I kinda forgot about that one.
But it was my favorite of them all!
Cereal that is, not sister.
No favorite playing here, for Lord knows we don’t need any hair pulling, backseat fighting or inter-sister fighting this Christmas. Plus, I’m going to need a ride home from one of my sisters next week, and I really don’t want to have to beg, plead OR cry for it.
Don’t forget to donate and help Brandi + I raise money for Jovenes en Camino, an orphanage in Honduras for abused, homeless and orphaned children. We are already at $600 – only $400 away from our goal! Donate here.