Glass Dharma Review and Giveaway!

A couple of months ago, Jenn at Jenn’s Adventures hosted a giveaway for a $25 gift certificate to Glass Dharma.  I entered it, and when I returned from vacation I found an email waiting for me in my inbox telling me that I’d won!

If you’ve never heard of Glass Dharma (don’t feel bad if you haven’t–I hadn’t either), they are the Original Glass Straw.  Think about that for a second.  A GLASS STRAW.  A straw that you don’t throw away.  One straw to replace a lifetime of plastic straws that would have been discarded and thrown into a landfill.  Imagine the environmental impact.  It’s genius!  If everyone had just ONE STRAW how many millions upon millions of straws would that cut out?  It would be so easy to keep one in your car for trips through the drive-thru or take into restaurants with you.

My main concern when I first heard about the product was breakage.  That concern turned out to be unfounded.  From their web site:  If for any reason* your GlassDharma Drinking straw breaks, you may return the broken straw for repair or replacement.  If we cannot restore it to its original condition, we will gladly replace it.

After browsing their site, I chose the Simple Elegance 8 inch, the Simple Elegance 9 inch (both in the 9.5-mm diameter, or the “iced tea” style), and the cleaning brush.  Even with shipping, my $25 gift certificate was enough to make the entire order free with a couple of bucks to spare.  (Buying a set of four makes for a better value, but I was trying to keep it under the $25 and accomplished just that with those three items.)

My favorite way to use mine is in my smoothies.  🙂

Sure I could drink the smoothie without it, but it just adds a little elegance (hence the name, Simple Elegance) to an otherwise ordinary drink.  I love my straws!

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And now Glass Dharma has been generous enough to offer another $25 gift certificate to one of my readers.  To enter the giveaway, simply enter a comment below.  For a bonus entry, like them on Facebook and leave another comment to let me know you did.

This giveaway will close at 11:59 pm on 7/9/2012.  Winner will be selected on 7/10/2012 using based on the order of the comments below.  If winner doesn’t claim their prize within three days, another winner will be selected.  I won my products as a giveaway prize, but the above-stated opinions are my own.  I am not being compensated in any way by Glass Dharma.  I simply wanted to pass along a good thing!  It’s hard to find a quality American-made product with excellent customer service, and the Glass Dharma is just that!

ADDED ON 7/3:  Several people have questioned the “cleanability” of the straws.  I HIGHLY RECOMMEND that you use $5 of your $25 gift certificate to get one of their cleaning brushes.  You can find that item here on their Accessories page.  With that, cleaning is effortless!


Halfway There Already???? GEEZ! The 2012 Mid-Year Check-In

It is ASTONISHING how quickly this year is flying by.  Scary, really.  Everyone told me this would happen as I got older.  Damned if they weren’t right.

At the beginning of the year, I, like everyone else, set some goals for myself.  Let’s review, shall we?

  • BE HAPPY, DAMNIT!!!  – SUCCESS!  While I still have my moments of stress and just feeling blue (who doesn’t?) I’ve come so far with just being able to deal with it, do what needs to be done, and move on.  This has been the most stressful year at work I’ve ever been through (and it will likely only get worse from here), but I’m managing not to let it consume me.  It’s still a struggle sometimes, but overall I’ll give myself a passing grade on this one.  
  • Continue to decrease dairy and processed foods. – SUCCESS!  Processed foods are pretty much nonexistent in my diet now, the major exceptions being Clif bars and the occasional vegan convenience food like Tofurky.  And I still have a weakness for Fritos.  It could be a lot worse.  And as far as animal products go, a tiny bit of dairy may sneak past me every now and then as an ingredient in something I didn’t make myself, but other than that, I’m DONE with animal products of any kind.
  • Save a higher percentage of our combined salaries. – FAIL.  We just haven’t made this happen.  We’re still saving, but at the same rate.  I want to kick that up a notch or two.


  • Run 1,000 miles. – FAIL.  I was on track for a couple of months, but I’ve fallen behind now.  I ended June with 401.7 miles for the year.  That means I’ll have to average 100-mile months for the remainder of the year.  Doable?  Probably.  Will I make the effort?  Probably not.  (Just being honest here…)
  • Run a sub 2:10 half-marathon. – FAIL.  I was sure I would nail this one at the Shamrock Half in March, but I bonked and ended up running a 2:13:20.  Next opportunity will be in October.
  • Run a sub-27 5K.  –  BOTH?  But mostly fail.  I “officially” ran a 26:31 in February, but the course was short and I don’t count it.  It wouldn’t have been under 27 anyway.  And that’s the only 5K I ran this year.  My 5K split from a 4-mile race in April was 27:11, still 11 seconds short of the goal.  So success for the official record, fail because I personally don’t count it.  Maybe this fall…
  • Run a sub-60 10K – Neither.  I haven’t run a 10K this year.  I was sick the day of the race I planned on running to meet this goal.  Since that’s the only one I know of in this area, I may not get another chance at this one this year.
  • Cross and strength train more. – SUCCESS!  I’ve made use of my spin bike and D’s Bowflex and have done some core work.  Even though I’m calling it a success, I still want to up my game in this area the latter part of the year.  Especially going into marathon training.
So overall not a horrible year.  You win some, you lose some!  And I’ve still got six months to make progress in the areas I’m currently not succeeding in!