Thursday, October 21, 2021

Vitacost Has Everything You Need To Be Prepared For Cold and Flu Season!

  

*DISCLOSURE* Thank you to Vitacost for providing product samples in order to facilitate this post.  All thoughts are strictly my own. 

This time of year, I like to start stocking up on the essential herbs and vitamins I will need to keep the whole family healthy over cold and flu season.  I love shopping for these things at Vitacost because they offer specialty diet essentials at an exceptional value.  They offer a huge variety of herbs, vitamins, toiletries and so, so much more from brands you can trust and at great prices.  Check out our latest order which included lots of bulk herbs and tea that we will use all fall and winter long to keep feeling our best and keep illness at bay.  Then, read on to find out how we use each product in our daily wellness routines.


Frontier Natural Products Whole Elderberries

Elderberries are dark purple fruits with a sweet-tart, fruity flavor. They make tasty, warming winter cordials, teas, syrups and wines. Elderberries contain bioflavonoids and vitamin C.


Frontier Natural Products Rosehips 

Rosehips, or rose haws, are the fruit of wild roses, also known as the "dog rose." They are a popular addition to a variety of herbal tea blends.


Frontier Co-Op Organic A Grade Korintje Cinnamon Powder

Cinnamon - that most popular of spices - comes from the bark of an evergreen tree. Cinnamon's sweet, spicy and warm fragrance adds pungent sweetness to your favorite baked goodies. You can also use it to add a depth of flavor to savory dishes as well.

We use these three ingredients in our elderberry syrup.  The recipe for this amazing syrup that wards off colds, soothes sore throats and promotes overall wellness is included below.

Frontier Natural Products Peppermint Leaf Cut and Sifted 

Peppermint is a hybrid of watermint and spearmint. Indigenous to Europe, it is now widely cultivated throughout the world. 


Sometimes referred to as "the world's oldest medicine" it has been used for centuries to settle tummy upset and freshen breath.  This pack of dried peppermint will be enough to last us all winter...the one pound package filled up a gallon storage jar.


Frontier Natural Products Lemon Ginger Herbal Tea 

Another must-have for soothing upset stomachs and sore throats is this lovely herbal tea.


We will drink this tea all throughout the fall and winter months and just look at this beautiful blend:


Add a bit to hot water and steep for 5-7 minutes for a lovely cup of soothing warmth!

On to the power of elderberry syrup! Elderberries boost the immune system, fight and protect against bacterial and viral infections, reduce the symptoms and duration of a cold or the flu, help clear sinus infections, have natural diuretic effects and promote bowel movements.  They are also anti-inflammatory, anti-carcinogenic and ease symptoms of allergies.  Plus, they are high in vitamins A and C and antioxidants. As great as they are, pre-made elderberry syrups that can be purchased online and in-stores are often expensive and don't include pure, organic ingredients.  No worries though, this super powered syrup can be made at home for a fraction of the cost when you use bulk herbs like these from Vitacost!

Here is our recipe for Elderberry Syrup, our go-to all-purpose concoction for pretty much anything that ails us, especially sore throats and early cold/flu symptoms.  


Add 3 1/2 cups of water, 3/4 cups of elderberries, 1 1/2 tsp ground cloves, 1 T ginger, 1/2 tsp cinnamon to a pot, bring to a boil, turn down heat to low, cover and simmer for 45 minutes.  Drain contents through a fine mesh sieve into a bowl or pot making sure to press out as much excess moisture as possible.  Add 1 cup of honey while mixture is still hot and mix.  We store our syrup in a glass jar in the fridge and take a spoonful daily, more often if we have a sore throat or are showing other signs of illness.
 

Vitacost has everything you need for this awesome syrup and everything you need to keep your whole family feeling well year round.  With nearly 40,000 products, including specialty items that are organic, non-GMO and gluten free and tons of everyday savings and discounts, Vitacost is your one-stop shop for all things health and wellness!



Disclosure: I received one or more of the products or services mentioned above for free in the hope that I would mention it on my blog. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255.

Wednesday, October 20, 2021

#HolidayGiftGuide - Stocking Stuffers from The Shroom Company!

 *DISCLOSURE* Thank you to The Shroom Company for providing product samples in order to facilitate this post.  All thoughts are strictly my own. 

Today's gift ideas would be perfect as stocking stuffers for adults on your list!  Check out these useful gadgets from The Shroom Company:


The Shroom Company has quite a variety of products to keep your drains clean in both your bathrooms and kitchens!  Check out our favorites:

TubShroom

Unlike regular strainers that go over the drain, TubShroom fits inside, neatly collecting hair around it. When it's time to cleanup, simply wipe TubShroom off and GO! No harsh chemicals, no more tangled messes. The bathtub drain strainer fits any standard tub drain (1.5" to 1.75" width is the standard) and is guaranteed to catch every hair, every time.

SinkShroom


The sink drain strainer fits any standard bathroom sink drain and will catch every hair every time. Most bathroom sink drains are 1" to 1.25" in width. Your current strainer can be simply lifted out of the drain or unscrewed from underneath the sink. SinkShroom comes in several colors and finishes to match virtually any bathroom decor.

Kitchen SinkShroom


With stainless steel construction and a unique design, the Kitchen SinkShroom will neatly catch food particles without stopping the flow of water. The intuitive hollow center cylinder is raised high enough to prevent pots and dishes from blocking the drain. No matter how much junk is gathered in the basket, optimal hole placement keeps water flowing--and keeps dirty dish water from rising.

BathShroom


BathShroom is an overflow drain cover for fuller and warmer baths.You can easily increase your water depth during every bath by placing this gadget over your overflow drain. Twelve suction cups make for a perfect seal each and every time.

These Shroom products would be wonderful gift ideas for renters and homeowners alike!  Perfect for stocking stuffers or gift exchanges, they are both useful and affordable!



Disclosure: I received one or more of the products or services mentioned above for free in the hope that I would mention it on my blog. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255.

Tuesday, October 19, 2021

#HolidayGiftGuide - Gifts For Gardeners from True Leaf Market!

 *DISCLOSURE* Thank you to True Leaf Market for providing product samples in order to facilitate this post.  All thoughts are strictly my own. 

Today's gift idea is perfect for the gardener or prepper on your gift list!  Gardening gifts from True Leaf Market are sure to be a hit this holiday season!  Check out a few of our favorites!


EMERGENCY HEIRLOOM BUG OUT SEED BAG

This Bug Out Seed Bag delivers 34 of the easiest and most prolific fruit and vegetable seeds for emergency preparedness and home gardening. They come sealed in a weatherproof mylar bag, so each of these 34 heirloom varieties can be safely stored for both emergency and seasonal planting without fear of spoilage.


The bag includes a great selection of annual and perennial seeds that are Non GMO, heirloom and open pollinated.


Fruit, Vegetable, and Herb Seeds in the Bug Out Bag:
 
Basil - Common
Beet - Red Globe
Broccoli - Heading
Broccoli - Sprouting
Cabbage - Ballhead
Cabbage - Storage
Carrot - Danvers 126
Carrot - Scarlet Nantes
Cauliflower - Snowball
Celery - Utah 52-70
Chard - Ruby Red
Corn - Golden Bantam
Cucumber - Long Slicing
Eggplant - Black Beauty
Kale - Green Curled
Kale - Red Russian
Lettuce - Bibb
Lettuce - Green Leaf
Lettuce - Romaine
Melon - Cantaloupe
Mustard - Green Curled
Onion - Bunching
Pea - Garden Shelling
Pepper - California Wonder Bell
Pepper - Cayenne Red
Pumpkin - Small Sugar
Radish - Red Globe
Spinach - Bloomsdale
Summer Squash - Green Zucchini
Summer Squash - Yellow Crookneck
Winter Squash - Waltham Butternut
Thyme - Culinary
Tomato - Roma
Watermelon - Sugar Baby


The bag also includes a 75-page Vegetable Growing Guide full of garden tips, maintenance, and harvesting instructions to get the most from your emergency garden. 


The back of each packet of seeds is also full of great information and tips to help you get the best results for each fruit, veggie or herb!



  The Emergency Heirloom Bug Out Seed Bag is a staple for any bugout bag or preparation kit to allow you to start your survival garden anywhere. It's also perfect for any home gardener to have a wonderful variety of seeds for an exceptional garden full of variety.  The bag contains an average of 22,000 seeds...plenty to get you going on your sustainable hobby!

Check out this stackable or hangable three tiered garden, herb or flower planter:

MINI GARDEN STACKER - HANGING GARDEN POT

 This set of pots is great for decorative, vertical container gardening indoors or outdoors all year long! It is super durable and easy to stack or hang with the included hanging chain.  You can choose from several colors to match any decor style.


These planters are great for using on a deck, balcony, window sill, countertop or in your home entryway and can be filled with so many things, beautifully displayed in a planter that can be easily put indoors or outdoors as the weather changes. 


It is easy to fill and maintain and can hold up to twelve plants.  A single set is about 2 feet tall, but you can purchase multiple units to stack them even higher. This planter is perfect for those with limited garden space or for planting things like mints that take over your garden, strawberries that need to be off the ground and so many other veggies and herbs!

True Leaf Market has such an amazing variety of gardening and prepping products available.  If you have a gardener or prepper on your gift giving list this year, you should definitely check them out!  One of our favorite garden product websites for sure!  



Disclosure: I received one or more of the products or services mentioned above for free in the hope that I would mention it on my blog. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255.

Monday, October 18, 2021

#HolidayGiftGuide - Sweet and Salty Gourmet Nut Treats from Sunnyland Farms!

 *DISCLOSURE* Thank you to Sunnyland Farms for providing product samples in order to facilitate this post.  All thoughts are strictly my own. 

If you have a foodie or someone with a sweet tooth on your gift-giving list this holiday season, you NEED to know about Sunnyland Farms and all of their gourmet goodies!

Sunnyland Farms is a family-owned and operated 1,760 acre Georgia pecan farm that has been around since 1948.  They are a farm AND manufacturer. Every delicious product they make is managed on site with close attention to detail.  Sunnyland Farms proudly offers Georgia-grown pecan nuts in all varieties: halves, pieces, raw, mammoth, toasted, honey-kissed, unsalted, salted, and in-the-shell. These gourmet, fresh pecans are wonderful for snacking, baking, and gifting. 

Check out some of our favorite mouthwatering treats from Sunnyland Farms:


Chocolate, Chocolate, Chocolate! Three favorite Milk Chocolate candies fill this delectable Chocolate Carousel. You get one pound of Pecan Caramel Clusters, nine ounces of Choco-Pecans and six ounces of buttery Almond Toffee. 


This decadent assortment is sure to delight this holiday season! We especially love the buttery toffee...yummo!!


This light, fine textured rum cake is crusted with sweet coconut flakes and extra small pecan pieces. Drizzled with a rum butter sauce, it is moist and delicious. 



This flavorful cake is easy to slice and freezes beautifully. It's perfect to keep on hand for unexpected guests this holiday season!


The Sweet and Salty Sampler includes five ounces of Toasted and Salted Pecan Halves, six Milk Chocolate Pecan Caramel Clusters, five ounces of Toasted and Salted Jumbo Cashews and six Pecan Pralines.


This sampler covers all the cravings, sweet or salty.  Salted nuts are always a hit around here and those pralines are the best we've ever had, like OMG delicious!

The Trio includes 12 ounces of Raw Mammoth Pecan Halves, 11 ounces of Toasted and Salted Mammoth Pecan Halves and 12 ounces of Milk Chocolate Covered Pecan Halves.


This sampler is a real treat for any pecan lover!  Plenty of  nuts for snacking or using in baked goods this holiday season!


Any of these goodies would make great gifts or would be perfect to have on hand for holiday entertaining.  Sunnyland Farms offers free shipping with no minimum order needed.  They have really phenomenal customer service as well.  

In today’s world, you don’t always know where your food is coming from. At Sunnyland Farms, that’s not the case. “Only the best” means one thing: they sell the highest quality, freshest mixed nuts, dried fruits, and famous pecans for sale you’ll find anywhere.

One of our favorite foodies gift ideas this year is definitely Sunnyland Farms!



Disclosure: I received one or more of the products or services mentioned above for free in the hope that I would mention it on my blog. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255.

ABCD Diaries' 2021 Holiday Gift Guide


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It's the most wonderful time of the year! We are gathering our favorite gift ideas and entertaining goodies and will be putting the whole list here for easy reference.  As we find these awesome goodies, we'll be adding them to this post along with pictures and a link to our review of the product.  This listing will be updated daily, so check back often to learn about hot, new gifts for everyone on your holiday shopping list!

Have a product you'd like featured in our gift guide?  Contact me at christinbanda (at) yahoo (dot) com

Gifts for Gardeners

True Leaf Market

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Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds

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Sustainable Gifts

LOTUS Trolley Bags

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Earth Breeze Laundry Detergent Sheets

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Earth Hero

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Gifts for Foodies

Sunnyland Farms

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Grow and Make

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Melissa's Produce Gift Baskets


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Gifts for Grown Ups

Chill Boys Boxers

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Groove Tactical Belts

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Groove Stackable Rings

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Habit Nest Daily Planner

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Firmoo Eyeglasses

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Gifts for Kids

Excavation Adventures

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Bleuet Sports Bras and Tanks

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Stocking Stuffers

The Shroom Company

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Fun Books from Ulysses Press

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MK Lighters

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Holiday Entertaining

Christkindlmarkt

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