This post was sponsored by NOW as part of an Influencer Activation for Influence Central and all opinions expressed in my post are my own.
Last week I was invited to Chicago to celebrate 50 years with NOW Foods at the 2018 NOW Foods Immersion Event!
Along with 15 other influencers, I was able to learn all there is to learn about NOW Foods and their expansive product line of over 1,400 products! I have been a fan of NOW’s products for years and had no idea that they offered so many products at such an affordable price. Not to mention, they are also high-quality, natural products that you can feel confident in giving to your families.
NOW Foods 2018 Immersion Event Recap
I was flown into Chicago on a nice, short flight and picked up by a car service that NOW sent for myself and a few other influencers who landed around the same time. I was lucky enough to be placed on a flight with a fellow Dallas blogger (Chandler)!
That is one crazy thing about being a blogger, most of my Dallas area blogging friends I have met on blogging trips to other states (even other countries!) and have never actually seen them in Texas haha!
NOW Foods hosted us at the beautiful Englewood Resort & Spa where upon arrival they supplied us with a goodie bag of snacks to tide us over until dinner. They also were sweet enough to tell us that we were able to order whatever room service we wanted and to just charge it to them. I decided not to order anything because the snack mix they supplied us with was SO addicting that I filled up on it in just a few minutes…oops!
When I walked into my room I was surprised with two HUGE bags FULL of NOW products. I mean tons of awesome products…and you have the chance to win all the same products 😉
We had a few hours of downtime and then the real fun started. We headed to the Cooking Skills Academy where we did something totally out of my comfort zone…an iron chef cooking competition! Like a real life, real judged, cooking contest using our favorite NOW Foods products.
Here, the CEO of NOW Foods joined us along with many of their amazing team members. I have never seen a company whose employees were so open, transparent, and welcoming to complete strangers. I honestly feel as if they are my friends now! They hung out with us the whole night and were SO much fun to be around!
Annnd….our team actually won 2nd place in the iron chef cooking competition! We used several of NOW’s products to create a holiday appetizer and “mocktail”. I have to give up the credit to my team members as they were WAY better at this than me, but I enjoyed helping them lead us to victory!
This is where the real fun started. At 6:40am we all met for a killer kickboxing class…that I did not participate in HAHA! Being 31 weeks pregnant I decided to cheer on my new friends instead of kill myself trying to kickbox for the first time. But it looked super fun and I actually am jealous I didn’t at least get to try it out.
After that killer workout, NOW Foods took us to a smoothie bar where we learned all about their Sports Nutrition line and were able to use their products in our own smoothies. I was super impressed with how knowledgeable the NOW team was on the latest trends in the sports nutrition industry. I learned a ton about how the supplement industry works and how hard NOW strives to be as pure and clean as possible so that we as consumers can continue to trust their products.
After a quick shower and breakfast, we headed for the NOW Operations Facility to take a plant tour. This was so eye-opening to see. Not only did we get to see the processes that NOW uses to formulate and bottle their products, we also got to peek in on several of their labs where they can further test their products to make sure we are getting the best possible product.
Then we headed for the NOW corporate offices to have lunch catered by Whole Foods and were introduced to NOW’s beauty line of products. Here we were able to learn about their personal care products and essential oils.
We even got to use several of their oils to create two of our own DIY natural beauty recipes!
This trip was an absolute whirlwind and I had an absolute blast. We wrapped up the trip by the CEO of the company asking us what we think of their brand and then welcoming us back to visit anytime. I already loved their products, but after this trip, I am a lifetime user of everything NOW Foods and will continue to share their products with everyone I love!