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Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Best Gourmet Gifts from Gourmetgiftbaskets.com




Want to give a fun gift to someone to show them you care or thank them for all the things they do for you? Gourmetgiftbaskets.com has everything you need! 

These adorable care packages are perfect for weddings, baby showers, birthdays, anniversaries, or to just show someone you care. These also make great teacher gifts as well! 

I received this care package from Gourmet Gift Baskets recently and my family loved it. The teddy bear in the box was really soft and cuddly and very well made, which was a nice touch to the various snacks also provided in the care package. 



There were lots of goodies packed into this box including various assorted candies like Twizzlers, Air Heads, M&M's, Skittles, and more. In addition to the candies, there was also a grab n' go bag of Cheeze-Its, chocolate filled wafer sticks, butter toffee peanuts, chocolate chip cookies, and two flavors of King of Pop Popcorn (Buffalo and Cinnamon & Brown Sugar).

The box is pretty big and how much fun would this be when paired with a movie? These snacks make great movie watching snacks which is also great for date nights, so this would make a great couple's gift! 



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Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Back to School Essentials

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Here you will find everything you need for the new school year, whether you are a parent, teacher, or child. Each item is grouped into 4 categories: Kids, Parents, Teachers, and Everyone. 



Kids


Kingofpop.com
Need something new for the kid's lunch box that they are sure to love? King Of Pop popcorn is the perfect addition to your packed lunch and also after school snack. With many flavors to choose from, you can kick up that boring school lunch. 



Schoola
Looking for a way to get your kids school clothes while on a budget while also helping schools themselves? Schoola's got you covered. Get gently used clothes in baby to adult sizes for amazing prices! Up to 90% off with lots of name brands!
With each purchase you make, a portion of the proceeds go to schools around the country. You can even help your school by sending your child's gently used clothes in the postage paid packages they provide and each time your clothes sell, money will be donated to your chosen school. It's a great way to shop AND give back at the same time!

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Bic Xtra-Fun Pencils
Do your kids (and yourself) a favor by picking up these new Bic Xtra-Fun two toned color barrel pencils with stripes. With break resistant lead and splinter resistant wood, not only are these pencils more fun to write with, but they last much longer than those boring back to school #2 pencils. 




Parents


Fragrant Jewels Bath Bombs
What's the best part about back to school? The peace and quiet and time to relax. Kick back and enjoy that first day back (or de-stress after a long day), with Fragrant Jewels NEW Bath Bombs! Invigorating and relaxing scents that dissolve in your bath and have a surprise ring inside worth up to $10,000! Also check out their line of candles and scent beads as well.

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Teachers

M is for Monster
Whether you homeschool or just want extended educational activities for your youngster, M is for Monster has what you need. Get a month's worth of educational activities (and books!) designed for engage your preschooler in fun activities that teach letters, numbers, and hand eye coordination to name a few things. They have three different packages to choose from and takes the stress out of homeschool lesson plans!

misformonster.com



Elementary Box
Elementary Box is a care package for teachers filled with resources, incentives, and gifts. Each box has items that can be used in the classroom as well as a special gift just for the teacher, because teachers deserve gifts, too!
Whether you are a teacher yourself or you would like to gift one to a teacher you know, these boxes are a great addition to the classroom.

www.elementarybox.com





Gourmet Care Package
Show your child's teacher how much you appreciate everything they do, by sending them a gourmet care package from Gourmetgiftbaskets.com. Filled with delicious goodies, there are many options to choose from and are a great way to show them you care and thank them for all their hard work.

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Welch's® Fruit Snacks Fight Childhood Hunger & #Giveaway

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Welch's has teamed up with Feeding America to help fight childhood hunger. 

Did you know that in the United States, 1 in 5 children face hunger? Which means that with the new school season starting up, there are kids in the classroom who may not have the energy to focus, engage, learn, and grow. Without proper nutrition, children face long-term effects, such as grade repetition and developmental impairments.

Feeding America is the nations largest hunger relief and food rescue organization and from now until October 2016, you can help fight childhood hunger when you purchase Welch's Fruit Snacks and help them reach their goal of providing 1.6 million meals to children in need.

When you buy Welch's Frit Snacks and submit proof of purchase, Welch's will donate an addition $1.00 (11 meals) to Feeding America. 


Here's how you can do your part and join Welch's® Fruit Snacks to fight childhood hunger:
  1. Buy any Welch's® Fruit Snacks
  2. Snap a photo of the packaging
  3. Submit your photo by either:
·         Texting "lunch" to 811-811
·         Uploading it at fillthelunchbox.com
*For each photo received, Welch's® Fruit Snacks will donate $1.00 to Feeding America®.

By filling your child's lunchbox with Welch's this school year, you will be a part of a bigger picture and help provide lunches to hungry children all over. 

In addition, Welch's is offering my readers a chance to win some Welch's Fruit Snacks to get you started. One reader will win 3 boxes of Welch's Fruit Snacks to fill your lunchbox. 



Sunday, August 21, 2016

Fun Flavorful School Snacks from KingofPop.com!



It's back to school time and that means it's time to stock up on things for school lunches and after school snacks. My kiddos get bored with the same things so we try to mix it up a lot, but we always keep a spot in our pantry for after school snacks and drinks with as much variety as we can.

I like giving my kids popcorn as opposed to potato chips mostly because popcorn doesn't leave a greasy mess everywhere like potato chips do.

King of Pop makes snack size bags of popcorn in so many delicious flavors that both you and your kids will love.


We got a huge box of the Hickory Maple Bacon flavored popcorn, and while bacon is hugely popular as a flavor for just about everything now, I am not normally one to like bacon flavored things unless it's actual bacon. However, I actually liked these! They were sweet from the hickory maple flavor with a hint of crisp bacon. The bags are surprisingly big for snack size and I have been just eating half a bag for my nightly snack. They are a great addition to lunch boxes and I sent some to work with the hubby as well. 

We've also tried the Buffalo flavor and that one is definitely my daughter and I's favorite flavor. We love spicy foods in our house and the Buffalo has a nice kick of heat to it and tastes just like it should. 

This popcorn is very flavorful and it is a healthier alternative to potato chips for lunches and after school snacks so that's another reason we love it so much. 

Check out their selection of snack size bags as well as their tins, gift towers, samplers and more (great for teacher gifts!)



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Monday, August 15, 2016

#CrazyCupsCoffee: Salted Caramel Kcup Giveaway!

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Caramel is a simple pleasure of mine. I will eat it with peanut butter, pretzels, apples, chocolate or all by itself. So when I opened this months Crazy Cups package to see salted caramel flavored coffee, I was in heaven.

A couple of my favorite treats when I was a kid were caramel creams (or cow tails) and Payday candy bars. This coffee is basically exactly like those two things. Especially when I add my vanilla creamer!

You get the smooth taste of hot, melted caramel without the guilt because like all Crazy Cups flavors, this coffee is zero calories! I know I mention this a lot, but I don't eat a whole lot of sweets anymore. Not because I don't like sweets, but because of the calories. I could sit and eat an entire bag of caramel creams without even thinking about it and then feel guilty about it afterwards. Crazy Cups Coffee has such an array of flavors that I can still have the sweets I love, coupled by the caffeine I need as a busy mom, and not have to do double time on the elliptical to make up for it.


You know what else is amazing about Crazy Cups flavors? They are just as good cold! AS a matter of fact, the salted caramel flavor is so incredibly good added to homemade smoothies or poured over ice for an iced coffee. Check out my Guide to brewing iced coffee for tips and get yourself a box of Salted Caramel at crazycups.com.

This month's featured recipe is one for these Ah-May-Zing Salted Caramel Brownies from Alyssa over at The Recipe Critic.



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Perfectly fudgy and moist brownies that have an oozing salted caramel center. These will be one of the best brownies that you sink your teeth into!
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Serves: 12
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Enter below to win a 22ct box of Salted Caramel Flavored Kcups from Crazy Cups Coffee!
Giveaway ends Monday, August 29th. 
Good luck, neighbors! 



*Disclosure: This product was received in exchange for an honest, unbiased, review. The reviews and or opinions on this blog are 100% my own. No monitory compensation was received and I was not required to write a positive review. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commissions 16 CFR Part 255: Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsement and Testimonials in Advertising . 

Thursday, August 11, 2016

August DegustaBox Unboxing

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Last month was my first time trying out Degustabox and I was immediately hooked! They fill these boxes full of so much stuff and the products are top quality and mostly well known brands so you definitely get a lot of bang for your buck when you subscribe to this box.

Some items in these boxes you can find in your local store, others you may have a harder time finding unless you order them online (it depends on your local availability), but it gives you the opportunity to try products you have not tried yet or may not get a chance to because of availability. Sometimes you even get items that are brand new to the market and you can try them before you buy them. That's my favorite part, honestly. You would be surprised by how many products I buy regularly now because I had tried them through a sub box first. 

This month's box (as is every month) was like opening a gift on Christmas. You know what it is, but you're excited none-the-less. 


This month we received a small bag of Popchips in Cheddar & Sour Cream and these are one of my favorite brands of chips and also happen to be one of my favorite flavors! The chips aren't fried, they are air popped like popcorn, so there's no greasy after-mess when you eat them. The Cheddar & Sour Cream flavor is bold and flavorful. 

My husband really liked the Vermont pepperoni and cracked pepper meat sticks. The uncured pepperoni was turkey meat, which he said he could tell by the texture that it was turkey (he's never had turkey as a substitute in meat sticks before), but it was very good. I highly enjoyed the cracked pepper. I expected them to have a little heat to them, but they didn't. The flavor was perfect and a great snack. 

I used the Goya Maria Cookies as well as the Oregon Chia Tea Latte in an impromptu recipe for Fluffy Chia Latte Dessert, which you can find HERE. The cookies remind me of vanilla wafers a lot and the Chia Tea Latte reminds me so much of a fall flavor. It's delicious! I made a hot cup and added some french vanilla creamer to it for a little more creaminess, but you can also drink the Chai Tea Latte cold by pouring over ice, which is the next way I plan to try it. 


The Alo Pulp Free drink was a bit odd to me at first. I don't know why, but I had never heard of drinking aloe and to be honest, I thought it was going to have a greasy feel to it. I was definitely wrong and surprisingly it's really, really good! I drank it ice cold during a workout and loved it. I've since found a few larger bottles in Pomegranate and Cranberry that I really enjoy as well. Even my kids liked the taste of this and there are a ton of health benefits to drinking aloe apparently so not only does it taste good, it's actually good for you!


I've had Honey Bunches of Oats before so this wasn't a new product for me, but I was really excited about getting a box in this month's shipment because I really do love this cereal, especially with strawberries in it! I've been having it as a late night snack. 


Mmmmm chocolate. I'm hooked on these Loader Rose of the Dolomites chocolates! Mine came a little melted so I stuck them in the fridge for a bit before trying them. I had them with my morning coffee and the combination was perfect! These chocolates have a crunch to them, reminiscent of Krackle bars, in my opinion. I got two boxes with 4 chocolates in each box and they didn't last very long in our house. They were a huge hit.  


Cow Tails are also a favorite of ours, so we were so happy to see a bag of mini cow tails in this month's box. Cow Tails are pretty popular, but if you've never had one before, they are caramel sticks filled with a vanilla cream in the center. They are the longer version of a caramel chew that I remember my mom always buying in bags when I was younger. I paired these with my salted caramel coffee in the morning. Perfect combination! 


I have to say that my favorite thing in the entire box was this Sir Kensington's Mayonnaise in Chipotle flavor. Goodness was this good! I don't like regular mayo, but I will eat flavored mayo and I really love things that have some spice to them, like chipotle. This definitely has a nice flavor kick to it. I ate this on a breaded chicken sandwhich the other night for dinner and ever since, I have been using every excuse to use it. Like on our tacos for tonights dinner. I even dipped my garlic cheesestick into it last night during dinner. Now I need to go stock up on this!

The only thing in the box I haven't got around to trying yet, is the White Lily Wheat Flour. Hubby has been asking for homemade cinnamon rolls this week so I'll be trying the flour in my cinnamon roll recipe 

*Note: The Sweet Dreams spray was a bonus that went out in only a few boxes. If you didn't receive one in your box, don't worry, you weren't really missing out on much, in my opinion. I used it a few nights ago and it didn't work for me. It made me nauseous and didn't help me fall asleep at all. 




*Disclosure: This product was received in exchange for an honest, unbiased, review. The reviews and or opinions on this blog are 100% my own. No monitory compensation was received and I was not required to write a positive review. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commissions 16 CFR Part 255: Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsement and Testimonials in Advertising .  

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

The Great Big Body Book by Mary Hoffman and Ros Asquith

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My kids are 4 and 9, but they are both at the ages where it's time to start learning about their bodies (in different ways). My daughter is recently learning about the changes her body is about to go through during puberty, and my son is learning about bodies and how different people are in general. He already knows all his main body parts and has for a while, but now that he's a little bit older and can understand more things, we're ready to teach him a little bit more. 

The Great Big Body Book is a wonderful and easy way to teach your children about their bodies as well as the bodies of others. 


Each and every page is fully illustrated and laid out in way that is fun to read. The book starts with your general knowledge of body parts, internal organs, and bones, but also delves into things your body can do, how people are different on the outside (but still the same on the inside), and one thing that this book talks a little about that I have not seen in others, is the subject of death. What happens to our bodies when we've reached the end. 



I really enjoyed going through this book with both of my kids and even used it as an opportunity to open communication about anything they wanted to discuss on the subject. I also quizzed them a little big about some things by asking them various questions formed from the reading. I think this is a great book in general, but it is an amazing learning tool for homeschool momma's as well as teachers for in their classroom. It's very easy to form worksheets and projects from this book to further the learning and there's even a useful words section in the back of the book if you would like to use these in a vocabulary until to tie everything together. 




*Disclosure: This product was received in exchange for an honest, unbiased, review. The reviews and or opinions on this blog are 100% my own. No monitory compensation was received and I was not required to write a positive review. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commissions 16 CFR Part 255: Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsement and Testimonials in Advertising .