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Glo Bars, Fro Yo, & Wild Hogs – Oh My!

by Meghann on August 19, 2010

I have to be honest here.

Though I love Glo Bars (and Angela) to death, they just can’t compare to my new love for AllieBars.

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The Empower Bar (from the HLS swag bag) was ok, but – like I said – compared to the AlliBar it just couldn’t compete as my snack this afternoon. The flavor was there, but the texture was off. It was a little tougher to chew and missed that sweet, melt in your mouth quality I’ve been spoiled with.

But, that’s just my two cents. To each their own. πŸ™‚

P.S. I’m a BIG fan of the Peanut Butter Glo Bars and if that were to enter the competition I’m not sure which one would win. πŸ˜‰ Perhaps another battle?

Maddie had a minor allergic reaction to one of her shots this afternoon. Her left shoulder was swollen and irritated when I got home and she would not stop scratching it! Luckily my vet is awesome and told me to bring her right in. He quickly gave her some benedryl and the swelling went down immediately.

Poor girl. She just couldn’t catch a break with shots today!

Dinner this evening was light and veggie-ful.

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I roasted a parsnip, brussel sprouts, mushrooms, onion, and radishes for 20 minutes then drizzled them with some bbq sauce and cheese.

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I am a big believe that bbq sauce can go on anything, but I think it works really well with roasted vegetables. I think the combination of the earthy flavors of the roasted veggies and the sweetness of the bbq sauce complement each other perfectly.

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On the other side of the bowl some kale that I steamed by microwaving a bunch with a little water for about 30 seconds.

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Plenty of veggies and plenty of flavors. ‘Twas one delicious meal.

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Unfortunately the Pinkberry Grand Opening Party was a bust this evening. πŸ™

Big crowds + too small ‘free’ servings of fro-yos + rain + friends = we decided to pay for fro-yo else where instead. πŸ™‚

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Menci’s rules, Pinkberry Drools

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I was sad they didn’t have the Dole Pineapple Whip, but I still made it work. πŸ˜‰

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Friends (minus Katy)

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Random

My parent’s had a wild hog in their yard this afternoon.

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You know you live in the country when… πŸ˜‰

What’s the most random animal you’ve had show up in your yard?

One time we had an alligator in our pool.

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Actually, we’ve had an alligator in our pool twice since first moving in 10 years ago. Crazy, right?

1 Katy(The Balanced Foodie) August 19, 2010 at 10:36 pm

It was fun seeing you for a bit! Funny, we talked more tonight then all weekend in Chicago! πŸ˜‰ Don’t worry, all that hard work paid off. You all did an amazing job. Have a great day tomorrow!

2 Evan Thomas August 19, 2010 at 10:36 pm

We have a herd(flock? School?) of wild turkeys who live in our neighborhood. At one time we counted about 40. Besides that we’ve seen deer, foxes, and woodchucks. I’d hate to live in the city. I’d miss this.

3 Sana August 19, 2010 at 10:38 pm

Groundhogs, fox? Ugh. I am scared to run sometimes!

4 Leianna August 19, 2010 at 10:39 pm

We had a bobcat on our deck once. We thought it was just a house cat, but when we turned the light one it was huge!
We also have deer, turkeys, geese/ducks and coyotes! Love Minnesota and our wildlife!

5 Nicole August 19, 2010 at 10:43 pm

Oh poor Maddie… that makes me sad. Thank goodness for awesome vets, who love our animals as much as we do. One of these days when I get off this rock I’m going to try a yogurt place, I’m always drooling on my keyboard looking at your picture

6 Dynamics August 19, 2010 at 10:51 pm

Great Egret!! Him and I did battle one year. He had more patience than me. It was like he could see into the house and know when I was not watching and swoop in.

7 Brooke [onehealthycookie] August 19, 2010 at 10:52 pm

I, too, believe bbq sauce can go on anything. Honey mustard too! I really hate Pinkberry. One opened here in NOLA in May and I was sooo excited, but 1) the lines are too long 2) it’s too expensive 3) I want to portion my fro yo and toppings. I heard Menchie’s is coming to NOLA soon! Can’t wait.

8 Michelle August 19, 2010 at 10:56 pm

I live in Alaska and it is not uncommon to see moose in our yard!!

9 anonymous August 19, 2010 at 11:07 pm

That is soooo rude! Glo bakery is her business and u just totally dissed her business on your blog. Wow!

10 Allie (Live Laugh Eat) August 19, 2010 at 11:20 pm

I would have jumped if an alligator or a hog showed up in my backyard! We used to have fox, deer and snakes. Bummer about the Pinkberry bust. I swear, Orlando is the land of froyo. Perhaps I should move there and open up an AllieBar bakery πŸ™‚

11 Coreen August 19, 2010 at 11:21 pm

I have to be honest that your honesty is a little off putting. I can understand highlighting on the blog that Quaker’s or Kashi’s newest bar didn’t do it for you, but those are made by corporations and most likely a comment about them is not going to affect their day. Whether this affected Angela’s day or not I have no idea, and while I’m sure Allie’s bars are amazing, you are putting down a fellow blogger’s work that she slaves over day and night, and particularly stayed up late the night before flying to Chicago to donate these bars into everyone’s swag bags.

Honesty can be good and everyone is entitled to their own opinion, but really in this instance, I think it wasn’t necessary and a little more awareness and sensitivity might be a good thing in the future when commenting on others.

12 Meghann August 20, 2010 at 5:54 am

I’m not putting down a fellow blogger’s work. Angela has a business and I was just giving an honest review of her product. I did not diss the product at all, I was just saying this particular bar was not as great as others that I’ve tried. I never used foul language or said ‘Hey, this bar sucks’ (it doesn’t such by the way and was still good, just not as good as the other one)

13 Mel Cooper August 20, 2010 at 6:28 am

I totally agree with Coreen here. Just seemed like a bit of a unnecessary negative review! Its sort of like, why did you even feel the need to comment?

14 Kerri August 20, 2010 at 8:52 am

I also felt like it seemed like a little dig. Not sure why I felt that, tone maybe?

15 emily August 20, 2010 at 9:00 am

Angela didn’t send those to her as a friend (in which case I agree that a review would be gauche) she sells them/gave them at HLS as a business. If you are going to do reviews you should do reviews, period. I think never mentioning negatives is dishonest to readers, especially since bigger blogs like Meghann’s may influence her readers’ purchasing decisions.

16 Jessica August 20, 2010 at 10:05 am

As a graphic designer I work in an industry where you give and receive criticism on a daily basis – you learn to develop a thick skin so the fact that Meghann is getting so much grief about this is funny to me.

There is nothing wrong with reviewing a product and giving it a bad review. However, in this situation Meghann compares two bars that as far as I know are made by two people that run their own small business.. In this case, if I weren’t pleased with one of the bars, I wouldn’t compare it to someone’s who could potentially be their competitor – especially since they both read the blog. I think it would be totally okay to give a not so great opinion, if that’s really how you feel, without calling out the better bar (just because they’re both friends, you should probably go a little lighter)

It’s also important to be constructive. “I really liked the taste of this bar, but I think something that would make the texture a little more my style would be _____”

My two cents

17 Rebecca August 21, 2010 at 1:36 am

Jessica… Perfectly said! I completely agree. A little more thought and finesse could have been used.

18 babycakes August 19, 2010 at 11:35 pm

There are wild turkeys all over the place here! (suburb of Boston). Just the other day 5 or 6 of them were on my front door. Weird but cute!

19 Mary @ Fervent Foodie August 19, 2010 at 11:37 pm

That’s too bad about the glo bar! I thought they were friggin delicious! Only complaint was I wished we had one of each glo bar flavor in the swag bag! Haha πŸ˜€

20 Lin August 20, 2010 at 12:02 am

ditto! i want more glo bar! although i wouldn’t mind trying an alliebar πŸ™‚

21 Lisa @ bakebikeblog August 19, 2010 at 11:38 pm

Aligators and hogs!!! Oh my!
I did have a kangaroo hop past our place once πŸ™‚

22 Flora August 20, 2010 at 12:09 am

It’s lovely that you have much love for the Alliebars but I don’t feel like there is a need to compare your friend’s goods. You can give your props without making Glo bars feel less superior.

23 Mama Pea August 20, 2010 at 12:21 am

I’m really sad that you said that about Angela’s Glo Bars. Nothing against the Allie Bars (I’ve tried neither), but I know Angela worked really hard to donate her time and products to your conference.

24 Meghann August 20, 2010 at 5:58 am

I know that she worked really hard, which is why I think she would respect my honest review. She knows how much I love her and her glo bars (I’ve had them multiple times in the past) I was just stating this particular bar wasn’t as great as it could be. I’m really sorry if I hurt hers or anyone’s feelings and have already e-mailed her to make sure I didn’t step over any lines.

I guess that’s what I get for trying to be cute and funny while writing a post at 10:30 at night. When you’re tired you forget what cute and funny is.

25 dianacheung August 20, 2010 at 8:32 am

It’s kind of like if you went to a blogger meet up, someone brought you cookies, then you reviewed the cookies and said they weren’t good.

26 Amanda August 20, 2010 at 12:32 am

Ditto with that Mama Pea said. I love your blog and have always thought of you as a level-headed and nice person, but I think you weren’t just being honest– you were being brutally honest. If I were her, I’d have my feelings hurt.

27 G August 20, 2010 at 12:45 am

She worked her ass off for you guys. I think there’s some things you should keep to yourself.

28 Lizzie August 20, 2010 at 12:47 am

To be honest (no pun intended!), I was a little taken aback to see your comments about the Glo Bars, just given that Angela relies on the sales of the bars for her income and she seems to have been quite closely involved with the Summit, so it seemed a bit harsh to critically compare them with another bar that is not available for most people to purchase. I think you’re 100% entitled to (and I’m sure people appreciate that you do) give honest reviews, it was just maybe a bit unnecessary to *compare* the two, rather than just say that you loved the AllieBar and it was your favourite part of the swag bag.

29 M August 20, 2010 at 1:10 am

I know you weren’t trying to be mean, but I don’t see why you had to pit the Glo Bars against the Allie Bars. Angela seems to pour her heart and soul into creating healthy recipes, and I just think that could have gone unsaid unless formally solicited. If I had to hazard a guess, the Allie Bars probably melt in your mouth due to a lot of butter/oil.

30 Meghann August 20, 2010 at 5:59 am

I would probably guaranteed that AllieBars are extra delicious because of the butter or oil content – there is no doubt in my mind about that. And if you notice I never compare the nurtitional stats in either bar. In fact, Angela’s would win with that one – hand’s down.

31 jael August 20, 2010 at 9:41 am

i think that you are entilted to your opinion and it is great that you share your likes and dislikes, but it was HOW you put out there that created all this reaction.

I feel that there was no need to compare both products, because the only thing in common is that they are cereal bars. One that is not for sale, and one that is for sale, with nutricional facts, special package, and, most important, just one kind of many that Angela has to offer.

Besides, Angela did not requested your review fir the product, so at least you should have been more careful with the wording.

but i get your intention…now it is time to move to other subject!!

32 Lorin August 20, 2010 at 1:15 am

Where can readers get all the HLS swag stuff? Like the attune bars or the calcium disks? All that stuff looks good, but I have no idea where to get it.

33 Meghann August 20, 2010 at 6:00 am

The Attune bars are available at Whole Foods and I’ve seen the Adora disks at Walgreens or Publix

34 Lorin August 20, 2010 at 1:16 am

Oh, and I don’t like Pinkberry either! I went there once but I rather be able to put on my own toppings, so I only go to self-serve places. There’s an awesome local one in my area, so I always go there.

35 Amanda (Two Boos Who Eat) August 20, 2010 at 1:17 am

I’ve got to ditto what Mama Pea said as well. I can understand the need to be honest and it’s true that we all have different tastes but I felt like you were a little brutal here. At the same time, you are right about, “to each their own!”

Now I’ll have to beg Allie for one of her bars so I can taste test.

36 Angela August 20, 2010 at 1:37 am

How wild was it to walk out and see a gator in your pool? My son and I watch a show, Animal Extractors, they capture tons of gators and other creatures!! IS it something that you become immune to?

37 TorontoGirloutWest August 20, 2010 at 1:50 am

I’m torn with regards to your opinion on the two bars. Part of me is a big believer that a review should always be honest regardless of whether a product was gifted.

On the other hand I agree with Mama Pea . . .

In the end I’m going to go with freedom of speech and an honest review. But this post still saddens me a little.

38 Samantha August 20, 2010 at 2:21 am

I won’t touch the bar situation.

I wish we had ANY kind of yogurt bar place here on Guam. But we don’t so I am happy with HEABS protein ice cream! πŸ™‚

We see a lot of unusual ‘friends’ here on the island. Yesterday while out for a walk I saw a wild boar in our XO’s yard in base housing. The most odd though I think I’ve encountered in housing are the monitor lizards. They’re beautiful and eerie all the at the same time. And we have a shrew living in our house right now that pest control has been desperately trying to trap for us.

39 Sarah August 20, 2010 at 2:40 am

I don’t normally comment, but I too was saddened to see the comment about Angela’s bars. I understand the desire to be honest, but sometimes some things are better left unsaid.

It would be the same as going to a friend’s house for dinner and then blogging about how you didn’t like what they cooked. I’d be hurt as well.

40 Marina August 20, 2010 at 3:24 am

I would love to try any of those bars!
and wow, alligators in your pool? That’s crazy πŸ˜€
I would actually love that to happen to me :))

41 m August 20, 2010 at 3:26 am

i am sure you have made way harsher product comparisons in the past for mass marketed products and no one batted an eye. it is totally your right to make whatever product comparisons you want on your blog and speak the truth.

however, i also felt like your glo bar comments were a kick in the face to angela. i think you could have still been honest but done it in a nicer way. to be fair i am sure you intended to be nice (saying ‘love’) but the connotation of your comments seems to imply the glo bars suck.

your comment today also seems inconsistent. you say you ‘love’ the bars but then are very critical of them. you have blogged many times about these bars in the past and never mentioned these concerns. when i look through past entries in many you merely say you ate a glo bar (no downsides and no positive attributes). this makes me wonder if you really ‘love’ the bars or have always thought they had areas of opportunity. if so, why didn’t you previously share the negative feedback?

anyway, overall i like your blog. just wanted to throw in my two cents.

42 Meghann August 20, 2010 at 6:02 am

I do love her bars! And I’ve done a thorough critique the first time I had them, but that was over a year ago. It was just this particular bar I was talking about.

43 Leah August 20, 2010 at 4:31 am

Yeah, i’m all up for being honest but that was just uncalled for- especially when Ange has put a ton of time into prep for your swag bags. Seriously.

44 D August 20, 2010 at 5:43 am

I think you’re totally entitled to say whatever you want!

If you gave a (barely) negative review to a product at the HLS or from the swag bags that was from some big company (and therefore “anonymous”), people wouldn’t think twice about it, but because everyone “knows” Angela, they think you’re being rude. Well, that’s ridiculous. I’m sure Angela doesn’t think that everyone in the world is going to rank her products #1 (you can’t please everyone), and you didn’t say you spat it out in disgust, and then made fun of her blog – you just stated a personal preference. I think Angela would actually appreciate your honesty; I know that if I were her I’d want to be treated like a normal BUSINESS who gets honest reviews (and let’s be honest about it, most of them are extremely positive!) rather than someone who just gives bars to friends and has them give glowing reviews no matter what.

45 Meghann August 20, 2010 at 6:06 am

Thank you D, I would have to agree. I’ve already e-mailed Angela to give her a head’s up about the situation and to let her know my intentions were not to be mean or rude. In fact in a pretty long filled with acitivity post this review was just a little blip on the screen.

I’m still not sure this was a really negative review. I just said one was better than the other, but I guess since a lot of readers read Angela as well, it has been taken extra personally. I tried to give it a happy tone, but obviously I was missing it. Trust me, I’ve made a LOT of mistakes on this blog and perhaps this review was one of them?

46 D August 20, 2010 at 8:36 am

Don’t apologise for it! You really can’t please everyone, so you may as well be honest about what you say and feel, or else what’s the point? It’s like the blogworld only tolerates honesty up to a certain point, and then you have to say what people want to hear. You weren’t even rude! Oh She Glows is a business, not your BFF, and even then, sometimes your BFF needs to hear a little honesty. Readers expect you to be honest about product reviews, free samples, advertisements, the money you make from your blog, the food you eat, the amount of food you leave on your plate, the exercise you do, how hard the exercise is, the truths of marathon training, etc etc. But you’re not allowed to prefer one bar over another? Really? People have painted this picture of Angela slaving miserably over a hot stove for days on end, only to have you throw it in her face – and that’s REALLY not what you did. I think if Angela were to be offended by what you said, then she would be misunderstanding the point of your message (which did come across fun and silly, and not serious in the least) and misunderstanding the point of BUSINESS in general. Just like you can’t please all your readers all the time, she won’t have a product that pleases 100% of people 100% of the time. Don’t worry, and don’t apologise.

47 suki @ [Super Duper Fantastic] August 20, 2010 at 10:56 am

I’m with D on this one. When you mentioned wanting to go back and rewrite a post, I was curious as to which one it was because I’d read this last night, not really thinking too much of it.

48 Ali August 20, 2010 at 6:28 am

You could change the opening statement so that it reflects that it is ONE SPECIFIC Glo Bar you were comparing. It appears you were saying you prefer the other bars over ALL of hers…just to be helpful because it’s only after reading your response to comments that I realized that’s what you MEANT but not how it came across.

49 Faye August 20, 2010 at 6:33 am

Hey Meghann, don’t feel bad about being honest. Sometimes criticism hurts but we all need it in order to improve and be the best we can be!

50 Katy B August 20, 2010 at 6:37 am

I agree with you, Meghann, that it’s good to be honest about the bars. I’m sure Angela already realises that these bars aren’t for everyone and the fact that someone close to her is brave enough to be honest about them shows that you actually care about her business. Maybe she will be able to improve on the recipe for the future, who knows right? But as long as you have let her know about your intentions with the comment then I believe that there really isn’t a problem.

I rarely ever comment but I read your blog everyday and I just wanna let you know that nothing you have said has ever offended me πŸ™‚ OK maybe the fact that you prefer yogurt with your cereal instead of milk but I guess I can get over that πŸ˜‰

51 katie August 20, 2010 at 6:39 am

I think you’d be hurt, or at least taken aback, if someone who you consider a friend and blog-colleague posted something on her blog like “to be honest, I love meghann to death, but her blog just doesn’t compare to angela’s.” It would be insulting something you put a lot of heart into, like Angela and her glo bars. I know you didn’t have malicious intent, but it still comes across as a jab.

52 Emily @ The Front Burner Blog August 20, 2010 at 6:41 am

Hey girl. Blogging is so tricky, because often times tone or intentions can be lost in the translation of written words. I know both you and Angela, and I know that you are two of the sweetest girls around. Every time I receive negative feedback on my blog, I consider that perhaps I was out of line, or even just misunderstood, and then try to see it as a growing and learning experience.

In other news, that hog would have scared me to death…

53 Peyton August 20, 2010 at 6:50 am

You can’t always say “Just being honest here …” and then think that everyone will understand it’s “constructive criticism.” This post was not very sensitive.

54 Katie August 20, 2010 at 6:51 am

Free Froyo is great but yes when there is free there is MASSIVE crowds!!!! I wsnt froyo!! Im craving some!

Glad Maddie is ok, some dogs do have reactions to shots!

xoxo

55 Meredith August 20, 2010 at 6:53 am

My family lives in NC now, and sometimes they get bears in their driveway! Also, they now have a cat door and occasionally will come into the kitchen to find strange cats eating our cats’ dinner!

56 Lauren August 20, 2010 at 6:59 am

I find that out of all of the soft serve self serves, Pinkberry is my least favorite. But, we don;t have any around here so I would be happen with ANYTHING!

Have a wonderful Friday!

57 Lexie August 20, 2010 at 7:03 am

I appreciate honest reviews! I know the blog world is a lot about making friends but it’s also a lot about blogging, which should hopefully mean delivering honest, useful, or entertaining content to your readers. I say hopefully because the point of a blog is that you can do with it what you want, but it will impact how many readers you maintain. Anyway, I’m also sure that Angela would appreciate an honest review of her product. I’ve never had a glo bar, but because of this review, maybe I’d end up getting a bar I’d prefer and end up ordering multiple times. Sounds like a win for Angela to me.

58 Chelsea August 20, 2010 at 7:13 am

Honesty is great…I’m all for it…but there is also a big difference between brutal honesty and kindness…this world could use less of the former and more of the latter.

59 Colleen August 20, 2010 at 7:47 am

Don’t companies send you products for free in exchange for a review? I just think it’s weird because you never see something like comparing a Kashi bar to a Quaker bar, so I would think this would be somewhere along the same line. Also, if you give a negative (but solicited!) review of a Kashi bar I’m pretty sure it won’t impact their bottom line, but Angela IS her company…so an UNsolicited AND negative review (and comparison) just seems like you’re hitting below the belt to me. πŸ™

60 Meghann August 20, 2010 at 8:08 am

Yes, companies send me items to review and I am always open and honest about it. And the glo bar was a part of the swag bag, so with that I believe it was a solicited review, right?

61 Colleen August 20, 2010 at 8:35 am

Honestly, I don’t know what the politically correct procedure is for things like that, but Angela providing her bars is much different than a large corporation providing them, yes? It’s not like she just sent you a box and said “hey, taste these and tell the blog world what you think.” And I can’t see her and Allie getting together and asking you to compare their bars. You said yourself they aren’t even comparable nutritionally, so to me that seems like an unsolicited review.

62 Lindsay August 20, 2010 at 5:54 pm

Meghann, it also seems like you are negating the fact that you did a comparison of the bars. Was it really necessary to make that comparison. I mean if your mom were to make cookies for you to give to one of Friends and then your friend also received cookies from another of your friends moms and the friend that received the cookies said, the ones from meghanns mom are alright, but this others friends moms’ are awesome.
Would you feel good about yourself or would you feel pretty much bashed because you had specifically asked your mom to make them??

63 pursuitofhealthfulness August 20, 2010 at 8:23 am

You definitely win on the “strange animals in my yard” contest, but I did have an albino squirrel that inhabited my backyard for a while!

64 Meg August 20, 2010 at 8:41 am

I rarely comment but have been reading for over 2 years, and agree with several others that your remark came off as tremendously negative. Yes, a lot of us read Angela’s blog, but it’s not so much that I feel the need to protect her, it’s that the two of you seem to be friends, and between friends “constructive criticism” should be tactful and in private. The bakery is her income, and as previous readers have noted, you have not criticized Angela’s bars on this blog in the past, but now you are comparing them to something not available in the market, and thus there is no way to compare the bars ourselves. In this way, it seemed you were bashing Angela’s bars. I am sure it was an oversight on your part, as you seem like a nice person, but to some readers, such as myself, it read as harsh and insensitive.

65 wnk505 August 20, 2010 at 8:59 am

that’s so cool you had an alligator in your pool. We get rabbits, moles, and frogs nothing exciting.

66 Kate August 20, 2010 at 9:05 am

We are (unfortunately) leaving Orlando for Ocala — where most of the houses we’ve looked at have uncovered pools — in the next couple of months. I am totally stealing your pictures to underscore my argument against one!

Luckily, the only thing we’ve had in our [screened-in] pool here is frogs. Frogs I can handle. Gators, less so.

67 emily August 20, 2010 at 9:08 am

I hate to belabor the point, but I think some of the commenters are missing it (the point that is). It’s rude to give any thing short of a glowing review because the bars are Angela’s income? If they are her income she is a business, not a friend, and healthy living blogs are supposed to review samples from businesses honestly. I read OSG too and think Angela is fabulous, but I don’t think she gave the samples to HLS to be nice or to be a friend; she gave them so that they would be reviewed on blogs and gain exposure. It was a *business* move.

68 Jillian @reshapeyourlife August 20, 2010 at 10:55 am

emily, you said it perfectly. And Meghann was purely comparing that one flavor of glow bar vs the allie bar. I appreciate honest reviews. And just because Meghann didn’t love it as much as the other one (she never said she didn’t like it!) doesn’t mean I won’t try it for myself. Meghann also said she prefers other flavors of Glo Bars.

Meghann, Thank you for your honest review. Don’t let the negativity get you down. I think Angela would appreciate your honesty. Maybe she could send you another flavor to try and do another comparison?

69 Olivia @ Blissful Runner August 20, 2010 at 9:10 am

I’ve had opossums and racoons come in through our cat door – and we live in the city!

70 Elisabeth August 20, 2010 at 9:13 am

Hi Meghann! =)

You are not in the wrong here. You are entitled to your own opinion about which bars you like the best, and frankly, as a businesswoman, Angela has to know that everyone is not going to like every one of her bars. Your dislike of the Empower GloBar is probably not going to really affect GloBakery’s bottom line. It may, however, encourage Angela to take another look at the recipe and make some adjustments if necessary.

Yes, Angela puts a lot of time and energy into her business. She is emotionally vested, as any small business owner is. Honest, thoughtful reviews of the products that she donates or gifts adds value to her business. I’m sure that a negative review stings, but would it be better if you never mentioned it and she never knew?

I think the only question here is whether it was best to address this with Angela privately (given your personal relationship with her), but I honestly don’t think that you’ve made a mistake. You did not “bash” the Empower bar, you just said that you liked another bar better. Personally, I completely understood that you were stating the fact that you didn’t like that one particular bar–not all GloBars.

In accepting free products as a result of having your blog, you owe it to your readers (and the companies who provide you with the products) to give an unbiased review. The size of the company, the person who owns the company, and your relationship to that person should have no bearing on that unbiased review.

Keep being honest; it makes you a better, more trustworthy source, and in my opinion, a better blogger.

71 Lisa August 20, 2010 at 9:41 am

I agree 100%. If you’re earning money through your blog (through ads and reader hits), and other businesswomen/men send you products because of that audience, you owe it to your readers to be honest, otherwise we could never trust you.

72 WendyF August 20, 2010 at 9:59 am

I agree with Elisabeth here. I read OSG regularly and am a big fan of Angela and her business.

I did not get the impression that you were putting her business down – if you don’t like one of the bars because you prefer a different style or flavour, then I think you should be able to express that opinion on your blog without fear of being attacked !

73 Meghan August 20, 2010 at 9:17 am

I don’t normally get into these controversial debates on what was said but I would like to point out that Meghann said after it didn’t compare:

“But, that’s just my two cents. To each their own. πŸ™‚

“P.S. I’m a BIG fan of the Peanut Butter Glo Bars and if that were to enter the competition I’m not sure which one would win. πŸ˜‰ Perhaps another battle?”

Therefore she is not dissing anything, she said she is BIG fan of Peanut Butter Glo Bars, just wasn’t into the Empower bar.

Sheesh!

When I lived in PA (and the community I work for here in Florida) it is not uncommon to have Bears raiding the bird feeders!

74 Peyton August 20, 2010 at 5:34 pm

but that part about the peanut butter flavor was added after the controversy started – it was edited

75 Rachel Wilkerson August 20, 2010 at 9:19 am

I know writing a review that’s not nice and filled with lots of gushy love for a company or product can be a little shocking to many people, but I have to say — own it, Meghann. When a blogger is also a businesswoman, I think people tend to forget that businesses and products sold for money are completely subject to honest opinions and reviews. Is one negative review going to ruin her business? Probably not. Is it going to inspire her to improve her products? Possibly. I think you’ve made it pretty clear that you love Angela’s other products and you are close to her anyway, so you’re not on some mission to bring her down. Like Lexie said above, it might just give people a reason to try a different bar, not refuse to eat Globars altogether.

It doesn’t matter if a review is solicited or not, if the product is free or purchased — you are allowed to write about things you dislike. I understand the whole “If you can’t say something nice, don’t say anything” mentality, but I also think there comes a point when that just makes a blog seem fake.

76 Lexie August 20, 2010 at 9:49 am

This is so true. I hate the idea of a blog being fake just to spare someone’s feelings. If I had a product, I would WANT to know what areas it could use improvement on and not just give it “gushy love” like Rachel says. It actually annoys me when people don’t say in a review where a product could stand to improve because, let’s face it, how many perfect products can they’re really be? I’ve actually taken a review writing class and let’s just say the “if you can’t say something nice, don’t say anything” mentality isn’t taught because hey, that doesn’t always lead to a good and honest review. And what’s the point of doing reading reviews if the reviewer isn’t honest?

77 Meghann August 20, 2010 at 9:54 am

A review class? I would love to take one of those. I would also be interested in taking more writing classes. I think you may have just inspired me to check out the class schedule at my local community college.

78 Colleen August 20, 2010 at 3:09 pm

I agree with Lexie’s mention of writing classes… when you have 30 people critiquing your writing, “say something nice” is WAY, WAY down the priority list. To bring in another cliche, “there’s no such thing as bad publicity”… πŸ˜‰

79 Jessie (Bites and Pieces) August 20, 2010 at 9:23 am

That is crazy that your parents had a hog in their backyard! We once had an alligator in ours and we don’t even live in a “country” area, so it was pretty crazy. It was even on the news!

80 Bridget@PavementandPlants August 20, 2010 at 9:24 am

I appreciate the honest review and thinks it just gives credit to your other reviews. If people didn’t like Angela, this wouldn’t even be an issue. She put them in the swag bag, she knew people would be writing about them. You weren’t negatively reviewing her, but her product. If you liked another bar better, then I say stand by your decision. You have just as many people backing you.

81 Britt August 20, 2010 at 9:32 am

I also rarely comment (and I’m def not a big Oh She Glows reader) but as I read your response to the commentators, I take issue with this idea that because you were honest, you’re automatically justified in being rude. Honesty is justifiable in a lot of situations, but it can also be hurtful. Tact and grace is knowing how to weigh those and proceeding appropriately. I think you screwed up on this one. But it’s human. Apologize if you feel so inclined and learn from the situation.

82 Jo August 20, 2010 at 9:32 am

Your family rocks- ex: Dad with the alligator.

83 Rachel @ Suburban Yogini August 20, 2010 at 9:43 am

Really, aren’t there more important things in life to get worked up about than cereal bars? Some people like some things others like another. C’est la vie. If I was selling a product I would want people to be honest with me about how it tasted. Especially my friends…

Moving swiftly on…. in London we used to get foxes in the garden every night. Sometimes you’d even see a fox walking down the street, happy as you like!! Foxes are about as exotic as it gets in the UK to be honest!

84 Melissa @ TryingToHeal August 20, 2010 at 9:49 am

you know you’ll get some crazy answers from me! pigs, deers, gators, birds, skunks, armadillos, padimelons, tree kangaroos, kangaroos, possums…you name it, i’ve seen it.

85 thewhatkateateblog August 20, 2010 at 12:05 pm

What the hell is a padimelon?

86 Melissa August 20, 2010 at 9:55 am

I think that Angela is such a beautiful person, though I have never met her. If you were doing a real review, you would not have written your review the way you did. It was rude and really negative. I find that you have been pretty negative lately. I get that blogging is about “living in the real world” but that was more of a personal attack not a review, at least that is how I read it and seems others felt like that too.

I really commend you for working a regular work schedule, maintaining regular work outs and for the most part eating healthy and that is why I read your blog.

87 Sam August 20, 2010 at 11:53 am

Just because Angela is a lovely person does not mean her products are immune to someone not liking one of them.

C’mon people!

88 Melissa August 20, 2010 at 2:51 pm

I think its fine to not like something. She went about in the wrong way. It wasn’t an appropriate review/ comparisson, I wish she would just admit that.
And she didn’t write
“I have had other glo bars, this one was different, I prefer the chewy Allie bar over this one.” What I meant about Angela is she is a person who most likely has a lot of blog clients, and potential blog clients not like another cereal bar company who won’t take it personally.

Caitlin from Healthy Tipping Point commented on the Allie bar as well, but did not compare it to Angela.

89 Marge August 20, 2010 at 9:55 am

…and now I am inclined to buy globars…maybe not the the Empower one…which one do you recommend? Classic?

90 Meghann August 20, 2010 at 10:00 am

Love the classic. It puts the Kashi Peanut Butter Granola bar to shame.

Crap – there I go bashing another granola bar company again. I hope Kashi doesn’t get mad at me!

91 Becky J. August 20, 2010 at 10:03 am

Snarky doesn’t = funny….

92 Sam August 20, 2010 at 11:52 am

Sure it does.

93 Christie August 20, 2010 at 10:10 am

Wow, you really don’t get it. Making light of your rude comments just makes you look immature.

94 Elisabeth August 20, 2010 at 11:27 am

Honestly everyone. Let’s not take everything so personal.

It was funny, Meghann.

95 Kate G. August 20, 2010 at 11:32 am

Holy cow becky and christie calm down….

96 Jessica August 20, 2010 at 1:53 pm

I’m pretty sure Meghann was trying to lighten the mood because she feels like she is being attacked by people for sharing an opinion. It is your opinion that she was rude – I could attack you for that – Meghann’s blog makes her money too, your angry comments could make her lose visitors. It’s a vicious cycle. All I have to say is calm the hell down because when it comes down to it, Meghann just wrote the post in a hurry, didn’t think about some of the implications, has already gotten grief from a million people, and you being angry and making terrible comments like this makes you just as guilty at this point.

97 kristen August 20, 2010 at 11:26 am

Eek- the wrath of Kashi!! Careful, they might try to crush you with honey almond flax clusters, those tasteless Go Lean sticks, and delicious TLC crackers.

98 erica rose August 20, 2010 at 11:29 am

Hahaha, love it! It’s your blog, and people can CHOOSE not to read it.

99 idreamofgreenie August 20, 2010 at 10:02 am

After reading this post and then the commentary, I am surprised such a brouhaha is being made out of this.

Not only did Meghann say nice things about Angela’s other products, but I agree that a big part of being a business woman and contributing your products to a health conference is prepping yourself for feedback of all kinds.

Quit making this about Meaghann vs. Angela and nobody’s character or business sense was attacked. This is rather one person’s honest opinion on one specific product and perhaps may help Angela when evaluating her recipes.

It’s refreshing to see a candid review, not just a “I was sent a free case of swag and need to write something nice to maintain relationships even though this product sucked”.

100 yep, i ate that August 20, 2010 at 10:28 am

I think this “bad review” came across honest, and not rude at all. I haven’t been reading your blog all that long, but I’m pretty sure I have read a positive post on GloBars. I also didn’t particularly take this to be a review. Just part of what you ate for the day, after all you comment on what you eat everyday

101 Sejal M August 20, 2010 at 10:43 am

OK, I have to make a quick comment on this. Meghann- you gave your opinion on a product that was given to the HLS NOT you personally. It was given to of course create buzz and interest and potential new customers. You were just being honest, it’s your blog so you should at least be able to do that!

Also, I too read Angela’s blog and it should be noted that she reviewed a certain item from the swag bags recently (3 days ago) and did not give it a favourable review.

Just thought that I would point this out.

102 Meg August 20, 2010 at 10:51 am

Glo Bars are my favourite! I can’t believe you didn’t love them too. Perhaps a little more tact next time would be a bit more classy. I think it is funny that you edited your post after the fact.

Lost some respect for you and your blog….

103 Tiffany August 20, 2010 at 11:39 am

Meghann never said she didn’t like ALL of them. She mentioned that this particular flavor wasn’t her favorite. She did go on to mention that she LOVED the peanut butter flavor and that it would rank up there with Alliebars.

104 Lisa August 20, 2010 at 12:30 pm

The whole “liking her peanut butter bar” was an edit and if that was always there I don’t think people would be reacting the way they are now. What was written last night was a very “honest” review but it was really harsh at the same time and I am someone who does not know how to sugarcoat and doesn’t really believe in sugarcoating. What’s posted there now is just a watered down version of what was on there last night.

With that being said this is Meghanns blog and reviews are a part of what she does and being honest even though it’s your friends product is very admirable and shows that her reviews are real. In my opinion the comparison was not cool on meghanns part but that’s just my opinion to each their own.

105 Sam August 20, 2010 at 11:50 am

“I can’t believe you didn’t like them too.”

WOW. Are you serious????

106 Angela @ A Healthy Fit August 20, 2010 at 11:17 am

Don’t apologize!!! You are in the right to express your opinion and I think there is a whole lot of over-reacting going on here about how you are out of line. I really don’t understand what was so offensive. I think it is great that you emailed Angela to give her a head’s up. I am sure it is hard running a small business and quality control is something that is important.

Whether we buy a product, are given a product, or receive a free product in a sway bag; we are allowed to review and honestly comment!

107 S August 20, 2010 at 11:18 am

If Angela is your friend and you love her to death WHY ON EARTH would you say that? It just doesn’t make sense.

108 H August 20, 2010 at 11:20 am

I’m not a food blogger, but I read many and find the whole blogging world quite humorous.

Some of your fellow bloggers that criticized you are the same ones that I have seen playing moral police time-and-time again on other food blogs (rolls eyes). Maybe step away from the computer every now and then people! I’m sure you could study their blogs and find faults, but that would be… lame.

Sure you could have perhaps made your point a little more tactfully, I’m glad you’re not one of those bloggers who kisses Angela’s ass just because she is a fellow blogger as I have seen MANY (most) other food bloggers do with each other.

Don’t let the negative comments get you down, and know that you have the support of an anonymous majority who could care less about blog drama and don’t want to spend time commenting, as I almost didn’t.

109 Kim August 20, 2010 at 11:27 am

I like this.

110 Kim August 20, 2010 at 11:26 am

Meghann, just be, write, say and express yourself as you are. Sure, you may say things that cross the line or offend people, but don’t we all? I believe even Angela has expressed at some point on her blog that we aren’t perfect people. Totally true!

111 Brandy August 20, 2010 at 11:31 am

My little Riley (who we think has a little Jack in her from the way she can jump straight upward into the air) had vaccinations yesterday too. Poor lil babies! She was all excited to be there, as she’s an attention whore, and was getting PLENTY of her fix. That is, until the mean man stuck her in the flap of her neck. She whined and cried and whimpered. That continued all night. She wouldn’t eat either. Not even this morning. And she ended up throwing up in her “house” last night. I just don’t think those shots agree with these tiny pups at all sometimes. I felt awful for her.

112 alex August 20, 2010 at 11:33 am

Ok I saw your post last night, and I knew it would generate a lot of negativity within the blog community.

First of all, Angela’s business IS still young, which is why she jumped on the opportunity to provide her bars at the HLS. Of course not EVERYONE is going to like the bars, but does that mean we should shut our mouths up when we don’t like something? I think that is really naive and everyone seems way too sensitive over this issue. Maybe Meghann didn’t like this particular bar but is a fan of Angela’s other bars? I don’t know, but I do know that Meghann has extensive experience with eating energy bars, so when she says she doesn’t like it, I would want to know why and try and fix my product to accommodate her taste. There is a good chance that if she doesn’t like it, a lot of other people probably don’t like it either. So, in this case, Meghann stated her opinion when potentially other people were too afraid or thought the issue was too sensitive. PLLLLEAAAAAASE. You have to be a bit thicker skinned to be in the blogging/food business!!

I guess the bottom line is that people can’t tolerate negativity in the blog world. All the bloggers can’t reveal their true opinions unless they are ALWAYS positive and uplifting ones. Which is SO unrealistic!! Even though that is entirely inaccurate, it seems to be the only accepting mentality in the blog world.

Anyways, I appreciate the honesty, Meghann. It wasn’t the best way to go about critiquing the bar, but you got your point out and I think that if you felt that way about the bar, you definitely weren’t the only one. I hope your relationship with Angela hasn’t been jeopardized by this slip-up, or exacerbated by the rude commentary on your post!!

113 Miranda August 20, 2010 at 11:40 am

I’m sorry that everyone is being so rude to you.
First, this comparison doesn’t really mean anything anyway, since you can’t go out and buy an AllieBar, but you can (and from what it sounds like, you would!) buy a different flavor/type of Glo bar.
Second, don’t ever be sorry for what you write/review. If people don’t like what you say, no one is holding them down forcing them to read.
And third, you didn’t give a negative review! You gave a preference. I guess you shouldn’t talk about how you like sweet potatoes better than white potatoes, since the other potatoes might get offended.

Thank you for the honesty.

114 Sam August 20, 2010 at 11:46 am

I don’t think the “controversy” here is *what* you said, rather *who* you said it in regards to. People read Oh She Glows and thus anything bad said about the products she puts out will make the fangs come out.

That said, I read Oh She Glows daily and respect Angela immensely with the amount of dedication and sweat she puts into her business. But the fact remains that it is a business, and a product she promotes……with that comes the possibility that someone will not like a product and say so.

There’s nothing wrong with that! That’s the way things go. Please don’t edit your post–I think that would be ridiculous.

115 Beth @ Will Run for Books August 20, 2010 at 11:52 am

I think I tend to fall somewhere in the middle of this debate. I definitely think you should give your honest opinion (and it is totally okay for you to prefer the AllieBar to the Empower Glo Bar, which by the way, I love, texture and all) but have to be careful about the way you phrase things, particularly when you are giving an unsolicited review of a friends product. Rhetoric goes a LONG way (I’m a lawyer so I know just how far). I read the pre-edit version of this post, and it was a little harsh/rude, although that was not the intent. There is a way to be honest without losing tact, and I’m sure this experience will help you practice that great art. πŸ˜‰

116 gloriousgreens August 20, 2010 at 11:53 am

I don’t know if you tried something new or were feelin’ more artsy but I LOVE your food photos in this post! I guess I agree with a lot of the comments, because I think your feedback and opinion wasn’t that harsh at all and was tactful. I’ve been hearing alot about both bars lately and I’m still just as eager to try Angela’s bars.

117 Emily August 20, 2010 at 12:01 pm

Geez, didn’t realize that so many people took offense after reading this post, Meghann. I do think that a swag bag is an advertising tool, making you entitled to review as you please. If I had done the same as Angela, I’d hope that others would review my bar honestly and would use any critiques to make a better product.

Friendship and business are always tricky, but I don’t believe you were trying to be insensitive or mean in this situation. Actually, I really don’t think the comments you made were negative in any way; you just stated your preference. If other bloggers base their purchasing choices and opinions solely on yours, that’s really not thinking for themselves at all, is it? πŸ™‚

118 spoonandcherry August 20, 2010 at 12:10 pm

I have to say, I read this before work this morning and THOUGHT NOTHING OF your comments about the Glo Bar. I would have never come back if it weren’t for the post you followed it up with.

I think people are reading waaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaay too much into it. I didn’t study your blog for hours, but what I took away is that the particular flavor didn’t stand up to an Allie Bar, but the Peanut Butter Glo Bar might be a contender.

I don’t get how that’s an insult to Angela. At all.

Sorry you’re having such a negative day! Sheesh. TGIF!

119 Elina (Healthy and Sane) August 20, 2010 at 12:14 pm

I wasn’t crazy about the glo bars in last years’ HLS swag bag either. Oh well. I want to get my hands on those Allie bars!!
Love all those crazy animals. I live in a condo in the city so nothing crazy here.
Btw, I’m hosting a couscous giveaway. Check it out if you’re interested. πŸ™‚

120 Paula August 20, 2010 at 12:35 pm

I guess I don’t really see the need to “review” the bars at all, much less compare the two? It’s different if you’re given a product in exchange for a review. (And no, having the bar in swag bag was not asking for review!) It’s true that Angela was promoting her business, but it was also a free gift, and I found your review tactless and unnecessary. (and this was after an edit, it sounds like?)

I think Emily@TheFrontBurner said it best, and sweetly, too. Just chalk this up to a learning experience. We’ve all been there.

(and for the record, I am not a regular reader of Angela’s blog)

121 brittany August 20, 2010 at 12:42 pm

what you said was just plain mean. you went on and on and on about everything that was WRONG with the glo bar. no one asked you to review it soo i don’t think you should have wrote SUCH negative comments.

ever heard of if you don’t have anything nice to say don’t say it at all?!

122 Krista August 20, 2010 at 4:20 pm

You should probably take your own advice.

123 Tiff August 20, 2010 at 6:50 pm

I agree!

124 Betsy August 20, 2010 at 12:43 pm

I’ve seen plenty of disappointing posts on this blog. Time to step away and take a break from here.

125 Amber from Girl with the Red Hair August 20, 2010 at 12:44 pm

Whewie. There goes 20 minutes of work this morning reading through all this drama. First, I read your blog every day Meghann and really, really enjoy it.

Second, I will admit that I was a little taken aback when I originally saw this post pop up in my reader last night. I had a feeling there would be some drama around it. I don’t necessarily think it’s the fact that you gave the Empower bar a negative review. Maybe it was just your wording? I’m not sure. Something about the tone was off.

That being said, I also read Oh She Glows and have a lot of respect for Angela and her business but it is that, a business. I respect YOU for giving an honest review despite the fact that Angela is a good friend of yours. While I think you could have worded it better, I don’t think it was necessary for everyone to jump all over you for it.

Still love your blog! And Angela’s πŸ™‚

126 Kendra August 20, 2010 at 1:11 pm

Until I read the comments I didn’t give the review a second thought. So she didn’t really like the Empower bar, why is that wrong? Are we so PC that honesty and disagreement is offensive?

Yes, we all love Angela and OSG but she is a business woman and she slaved over her Globars because it is her business. Giving them away as part of the swag serves as a fantastic advertisement for her business at an event geared to the exact people she would want buying her products. Naturally she expects that bloggers would discuss them and give her even more PR. That’s a good thing and a smart business decision.

It also give anybody the right to discuss them honestly. There was no venom in Meghann’s review of them. By the giving of the bars she was soliciting reviews.

Because we know so much about each other’s lives and thoughts it’s easy to for us to forget that for most our blogs are also our businesses. The lines are blurred. Angela didn’t just give the bars away out of the goodness of her heart and it’s totally different than a friend baking you cookies.

127 Chelsea August 20, 2010 at 1:22 pm

Wow. I didn’t realize that your review would cause ANY drama. I only looked back when I saw the end of your morning post on Aug. 20th. Darlin, don’t sweat it. I consistently read quite a few healthy living blogs (including blogger friends that you’ve mentioned in other posts), and I love the tone of yours. You are honest and say exactly what you think. And your readers love you for it because it is YOUR blog!

You inspire me every day, because you are a healthy living blogger who is NOT just a healthy living blogger! You have a job, unrelated to your blog, that you love. You talk about things that aren’t just about healthy living. You aren’t here to promote anything, whether it be an online store, a book, or a product. You are what I’d like to be as a healthy living blogger, and if I ever start one, you will be MY inspiration.

Keep it up Meghann!

128 Jessica @ Jessica Balances August 20, 2010 at 1:34 pm

While I do understand where some of the negative commenters are coming from, I do not see why it’s necessary to be rude to Meghann because of a mistake she made. I think it’s obvious that she did not mean to offend anyone – why would she do that on purpose? – and I feel that there are kinder, more gentle ways to inform a blogger of their possible error.

Meghann, I enjoy your blog and plan to continue reading. πŸ™‚ Perhaps you could have worded your thoughts differently, but everyone makes mistakes. No one should beat you up via comment for this, or anything else, really.

129 Julie August 20, 2010 at 1:41 pm

I never comment but needed to say two things.

1) This bar drama is ridiculous.
2) You’re pretty.

130 Tiff August 20, 2010 at 6:51 pm

I agree =)

131 Jo August 20, 2010 at 1:46 pm

On’es worst enemies are made when ignoring people. FYI

132 Monica C. August 20, 2010 at 1:50 pm

IMHO you made an honest, unintentional mistake. Sure, everyone appreciates an honest review, but there is a time and place for everything. When you are friends with the owner of a small, fledgling business, there is a way to give your readers all the information about what you like and don’t like about a particular product and at the same time not offend your friend. If you had said something like: “Pros: healthy, nutty, filling Cons: The texture is a too crunchy for my taste,” I’m sure that Angela (whom I don’t know and whose blog I don’t read) would have been fine with that. But to turn it into a contest between two of your friends’ products was perhaps not the best way to present the information.

YOU’RE HUMAN! We still all love you (at least I do)!

133 Susan August 20, 2010 at 2:01 pm

Meh, different tastes suit different people. I’ve tried a few of Angela’s bars and the Empower is so far my favourite for the exact reasons you listed for not liking it! So there πŸ˜› I think we can all agree that Angela is a fabulous person and blogger, but she’s also a smart cookie and wouldn’t donate her bars to 200 bloggers if she wasn’t ready for a little criticism!

134 Tracey August 20, 2010 at 2:15 pm

Not many strange animals have showed up in my yard because I live in a highrise, so no yard:(

However, when I was growing up we found ferrets in our yard. Very unusual for Nebraska.

135 Colleen August 20, 2010 at 2:52 pm

I think Meghann made a comment, which I’d HARDLY call a scathing review, and quite a few people have overreacted. Saying it’s a “kick in the face” or other such rot is really being overly dramatic. She ate something, had an opinion, and stated it. She wasn’t harsh about it. If you’ve followed her blog, you can see that she’s a pretty nice person. Isn’t that worth something? Lay off already. How’d you feel if something you said in passing landed tons of hatemail at your doorstep? Probably worse than someone telling you they weren’t crazy about your baked good, but that they still thought the world of you anyway.

136 amanda August 20, 2010 at 3:00 pm

I’ve been keeping up with the comments today because I think it’s all pretty funny. Honestly, I’ve wanted to order Glo Bars but what’s stopped me is the reviews the rest of the blog world has given her. It seems like everyone is kissing her ass because of who she is. The always-positive reviews left a nasty taste in my mouth and I was happy to see one that seemed very real. I’ll probably take your advice one day and order the PB ones since I know you’re honest about them.

Anyway, don’t apologize for your opinions and don’t stress about all these comments. Most of us appreciate how real you are.

137 Rebecca August 20, 2010 at 3:48 pm

I agree with Amanda! I’ve wanted to try them for awhile now…and reading that Meghann likes the PB ones best, but not the Empower as much, ONLY makes me want to try both flavors now to figure out what I think. It’s amazing how much controversy this has created last night/today. When I read Meghann’s post this morning, it honestly made me WANT to try a GloBar because, like Amanda said, I’ve only ever heard super-nice, sugar-coated reviews. I also read Angela’s blog, but for some reason, I was never inclined to buy any bars. It’s weird how the mind works – that a negative review makes me want to try it more.

Meghann – your blog is great. Your honesty, typos and all, is what makes you real. Thanks for your positive outlook on healthy living! The majority of us appreciate your blog for what it is – a blog!

138 Claire August 20, 2010 at 3:40 pm

Everyone appreciates an honest review and opinion, no one wants to reads a false review but there was something about this that seemed more than an honest review and I think it was the comparison to the other bloggers product.

It made for uncomfortable reading and to be honest seemed a little childish comparing to similar products, created by bloggers.

I don’t know something about the comparison doesn’t sit right with me. You tried to dress it up and make it seem amusing but it doesn’t make you sound very nice at all.

139 Alisha August 20, 2010 at 6:09 pm

Wow! So many interesting comments.

Here’s my two cents: I’m not a blogger (and I have no idea how I found your blog), but I have a handful or so that I read each day because I like their advice/style of writing/lifestyle/etc. and yours is one of those.

I discovered different nut butters because of your blog, as well as overnight oats, and other products that I’ve specifically bought because of your blog. With that said, I appreciate an HONEST blogger because so many are only in it for the money and free swag these days. I get turned off when a blogger is constantly reviewing products and raving about everything because no one can love everything they try and not every company is full of winning items. But even if a blogger gives a negative review of a product, I’m still probably going to try the product to make my own opinions.

Did I think your comments were wrong or hurtful? No, not at all. You weren’t saying Angela is a bad person or even her products as a whole, just that, that specific bar wasn’t your favorite compared to another you got at HLS. Does that make me not want to try Angela’s products? Not at all. Does it make me want to try Allie’s more? Nope. Feelings get hurt in business all the time and maybe, just maybe, Angela could take your comments and improve on her bar, you know? Maybe no one else had to guts to say, “man, this bar was not up to par but I love her products!” and she would never know that she needed to improve on that bar to make it as great as the others.

140 Faith August 20, 2010 at 6:21 pm

Oh man, I’d have FREAKED if there was a gator in my pool! Although I was scuba diving in a river once and looked up and oh, 30 yards away was a big momma gator…I about peed in my wetsuit! Ah well, I guess that’s what we get for living in Florida, no?

141 Julia August 20, 2010 at 6:55 pm

I have been reading your blog for a few months now and have never commented. I also read Oh She Glows daily as well as quite a few others. Your review of the product (even before the edit everyone is talking about) made me want to try the Glo bars even more to find out what I think of them.

Everyone has an opinion and a right to share their opinion. One of my favorite things to say is: I’m so glad people have a mind of their own and their own opinions. What a boring world this would be if we all thought the same and preferred the same things.

I will be making a purchase of several Glo bars as soon as I can fit it into the budget!

142 Amanda @ Cakes and Ale August 20, 2010 at 6:58 pm

I won’t comment on the bar issue, but I will say this: those who live in glass houses shouldn’t throw stones!
What I mean by that is that all of us – ALL OF US – make mistakes. I’ve embarrassed myself more than I would like to admit by occasionally saying the wrong thing that offends someone, and done it totally unintentionally. Even the nicest of nice people do these things… it’s just a part of being a person.
So, for any commentators who have responded to this post by shaming Meghann because you thought she was rude or insensitive, please take a moment to look back at your own life and consider if you have ever said or done something that was seen as such when you didn’t mean it to be. The point is, we all know that Meghann was not being intentionally mean. So cut her some slack.

143 michelle August 20, 2010 at 9:13 pm

Love your blog Meghann! Don’t censor yourself – your honesty and integrity mean a lot and keep us all coming back! Hope you have a fabulous weekend!

144 gehr August 20, 2010 at 10:00 pm

I LOVE YOU EVEN MORE FOR THIS POST!!! you’re awesome meghann. i love it because you’re different. everyone else is like “ooohhh sooo pretty!!” “that looks nice!” “yummy!!”
i mean, what’s the fun in THAT! keep doing what you’re doing.

145 Lorin August 21, 2010 at 1:21 am

Wow, you expect people to open up to perfect strangers and then you go on and on about how she was rude. She was being honest and is entitiled to who her own opinion, it wasn’t even insulting of a review either. If my friends didn’t like the granola bar I made, I know it’s
not personal, and maybe some people like my granola bars and other people don’t. Who cares!!

146 MelissaNibbles August 21, 2010 at 7:20 pm

I don’t like any bars. Not Kashi, Glo, Balance, Luna, not a single one under the sun. I think they all suck and taste like dirt. That’s my opinion. Please feel free to visit my blog and call me names because I could use the blog hits. Thank you in advance.

147 crystal August 25, 2010 at 11:16 am

oh my gosh! I am scared to death of alligator, big or small I am SOOOO Scared!!! haha can you tell I’m not from florida!

148 Grace August 25, 2010 at 5:10 pm

I’m from Florida too (although I just moved to Va)… I’ve seen a lot of crazy animals in my yard – hogs, armadillos, alligators, deer, bobcats & wild peacocks (!!!). The peacocks were by far my favorite.

Ah, the politics of the healthy living blog world. I’m sure Angela is a chill enough girl to not take offense by your statements.

149 Jocelyn August 26, 2010 at 9:34 am

Hey girl..just catching up on some blog reading πŸ™‚ This looks like an interesting post with lots of interesting comments! I tried to read all of them πŸ™‚ I have been a fan of angela and her bakery since the START (when she still sold other things like her healthy banana bread and one bite brownies) What I like about her stuff is that it is full of GOOD stuff and it is healthy…great for fueling up! It was just a little surprising to see a comparison to a bar that is prolly delish and loaded with yummy stuff like butter and brown sugar to a healthy (more like energy bar) like the glo bar πŸ™‚ All of these bars have their spot in blog land! As for the empower bar..it is one of my faves <3 but if you are looking for a sweet treat you could try the adore bar πŸ™‚

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