Thursday, February 23, 2017

BookCase.Club: Monthly Subscription Box for Book Lovers! February Edition

**Complimentary products received in exchange for our honest review.  All opinions are ours and ours alone**

Maybe it's the teacher in me, but I am a believer that if you provide a fun assortment of engaging books to your young readers (and listeners:) you are instilling a love for reading early on.

BookCase.Club helps you do just that!


BookCase.Club is a one-stop monthly subscription service for book lovers of all ages. Each case contains handpicked books based on your preferred genre.  There are six monthly categories and two quarterly categories to choose from: Paranormal Romance, Sci-Fi/Fantasy, Young Adult, Mystery/Thriller, Children’s, Romance, Military History and Cookbooks.  The Children's category recently got a lot more exciting!  It has been turned into Bookcase.Club Kids and the categories have gotten a lot more specific.  More about that at the end of this post:)

Here is an example of a Bookcase.Club Kids box:

Take a look at our fun books:





As you can see, our box included four really great books that my kiddos loved!

We also received a cute little February-themed activity page with our books:


The new division of Bookcase.Club is Bookcase.Club Kids.  Each #BCCKids case comes with three handpicked children's books, chosen to ignite the imagination and inspire creativity.   Bookcase.Club Kids is broken down into 5 sub categories based on age: Newborn-2 years, 2-4 years, 4-6 years, 7-8 years and Pre-Teen.  The box we received includes titles from several age groups.  I loved that this month's box included fiction and non-fiction books.

A subscription to BookCase.Club starts at $9.99 + $5.00 s/h per month which is a pretty good deal for books specifically curated to your interests.  Plus, each month, BookCase Club partners with Books For Keeps, and donates one children's book for every active subscription.  Books For Keeps aims to place books in the hands of children who are least likely to have access. This program gives 12 books to every child served just in time for summer. The goal: to keep up their reading achievement outside of school.  

BookCase.Club is definitely our favorite book subscription service...we've never been disappointed by the variety and the quality of the books we receive:)   



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.

Crazy Cups February Flavor:Rum Vanilla Rhumba

**Complimentary products received in exchange for our honest review.  All opinions are ours and ours alone**

As an ambassador for Crazy Cups, I get to review a different flavor of single serve coffee cups each month.  The flavor for February was Rum Vanilla Rhumba:


Crazy Cups are single serve cups that contain 13 grams of coffee in each cup for a flavorful cup of coffee.  They are compatible with all Keurig K Cups® Pods brewers and other single serve machines as well.   We use an iCoffee brewer and they fit perfectly.  Crazy Cups are gluten-free, nut-free, and contain no calories.  The cups use cool-peel-recycle technology, making them recyclable after use.  We peel ours back once they're cool, toss the grounds into our compost bin and recycle the cups, easy peasy and eco-friendly.

About the flavor:
Let the sensuous flavors of Rum and Vanilla dance across your tongue, and transport you to a Caribbean paradise. Just don’t forget to come back.

Our thoughts:
Another tasty cup of coffee from  Crazy Cups!  The rich flavors of vanilla and rum make for an exotic combination that is a treat for the senses.  The perfect flavor to get you in a beach state of mind:)



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, February 22, 2017

Gourmet-Inspired Frozen Entrees from CedarLane!

**Complimentary products received in exchange for our honest review.  All opinions are ours and ours alone**


Whoo-ee!  This time of year is always SUPER busy for us.  It's the time when basketball is wrapping up and baseball is starting for D and A's 3-a-days for Competition Gymnastics are in full swing.  Not to mention a slew of fundraisers and other events.  This means meal planning gets a little trickier and sometimes we're in such a rush, we don't have time to sit down to a cooked from scratch meal.  Thanks to CedarLane, we recently got to try a few tasty frozen entrees that tasted homemade:)


For more than 30 years, CedarLane Natural Foods has created a wide variety of wholesome, delicious, convenient food made from only the best ingredients. 


They have so many all-natural meals, several of which are gluten-free and all of which are quick and easy to prepare.


The Baked Stacked Eggplant was my personal favorite, but the kiddos really enjoyed the yummy Mexican dishes we received from CedarLane.  Quick, easy AND tasty? Yes please!

You can find CedarLane products in the frozen section of the grocery store (check the store locator on the website to find them locally:)



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.

KIDZ BOP 34 and 2017 Concert Tour Dates!

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As huge fans of the KIDZ BOP CD series, we were really excited to get to review KIDZ BOP 34:


Check out the awesome song list that with keep you singing along with today's hit songs made kid-friendly:

24K Magic
The Greatest
Let Me Love You
Don’t Wanna Know
That’s My Girl
Closer
We Don’t Talk Anymore
My Way
Scars To Your Beautiful
All Time Low
Starving
Gold
Send My Love
This Town

We love this CD!  It is full of great songs that the kiddos love, but with cleaner lyrics than their radio counterparts.  KIDZ BOP CDs make for great car music...our whole family loves them!  And gues what?  The KIDZ BOP kids are going on tour!  Find out all of the concert information below:

Today KIDZ BOP and Live Nation Entertainment are announcing the ALL-NEW KIDZ BOP “Best Time Ever” tour, which was featured on People Magazine.  The tour will debut the newest group of KIDZ BOP Kids, who were introduced in January with the release of KIDZ BOP 34. 

The KIDZ BOP Kids will headline the national live tour, which kicks off in April and will hit more than 50 cities across the U.S., including Los Angeles, Chicago and Miami. The Best Time Ever tour will launch with an exclusive pre-sale on Wednesday, February 22 for KIDZ BOP social media fans. Tickets for the spring and summer amphitheater dates officially go on sale to the public on Friday, February 24th. Special VIP tickets, which include a Best Time Ever private party, exclusive merchandise and a meet and greet with the KIDZ BOP Kids, will also be available. For tour dates and ticket information, visit http://www.ticketmaster.com/Kidz-Bop-Kids-tickets/artist/1852697

Fans can look forward to an entirely new KIDZ BOP experience at the 2017 show. The ultimate family-friendly live concert will feature brand-new songs, choreography and an eye-popping set design. The KIDZ BOP Kids have been named Billboard Magazine’s “#1 Kids’ Artist” for the past seven consecutive years. Artist Group International (AGI) is representing the Best Time Ever tour.

Citi cardmembers can take advantage of a special pre-sale opportunity beginning Wednesday, February 22 at 10am local time, through Thursday, February 23 at 10pm local time.  For complete pre-sale details visit: citiprivatepass.com.  Juicy Juice Splashers has been named an official sponsor for the KIDZ BOP Best Time Ever tour.


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.

Spring Clean Your Hair and Scalp with Dove's New Dermacare Scalp Products! + Giveaway

**Complimentary products received in exchange for our honest review.  All opinions are ours and ours alone**

We love Dove body and hair care products, so we were excited to learn about Dove's new line, DermaCare Scalp.


About the line:
Formulated with Pyrithione Zinc and Nutrium Care, DermaCare Scalp uses a pH balanced formula help achieve dandruff-free, beautifully nourished hair and a healthy scalp.


Products come in three formulas, Dryness and Itch Relief, Pure Daily Care and Invigorating Mint.  You can find 2-in-1 formulas as well as separate shampoo and conditioner options. 



This line leaves hair soft and smooth, while gently renewing the scalp's natural moisture.  All three formulas smell amazing though the Invigorating Mint is my personal favorite:)


If you have a dry, itchy or sensitive scalp, DermaCare Scalp products from Dove could be the answer for you!

You can find Dove products at drug stores, grocers and mass merchandisers nationwide.  Find out more at Dove!

Enter to win a Dove DermaCare Scalp prize pack!

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

UFM: Check Out These Revolutionary Underwear For Men!

**Complimentary products received in exchange for our honest review.  All opinions are ours and ours alone**

We are all about comfort around here and I try to make sure the whole family is outfitted in comfy clothing from top to bottom and of course that includes undergarments.  B is pretty loyal to his brand name boxers, but was interested in the concept of Underwear For Men (aka UFM) and their adjustable pouch underwear.  Check them out:


Underwear For Men adjustable pouch underwear is a style of men’s underwear that isolates and supports your manhood to prevent chafing, rubbing, sweating and adjusting. The pouch doesn’t come presized; it adjusts to your size and desired level of support using a simple drawstring. 


The soft, breathable fabrics keep your body cool and comfortable all day long.  They are tailored so they won’t bunch or ride up. The waistband is even sized to fit your waist, so you know they'll fit. 

From the outside:

On the inside:

This is a super unique idea and the market is definitely there for this innovative line.  B says they do the job as promised and you really can't ask for more than that!

If you are the one in charge of buying underwear for a husband or son, check out Underwear For Men for a great selection of supportive, comfortable undies!





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.

Book Review: I SEE YOU by Clare Mackintosh

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You do the same thing every day.  You know exactly where you’re going.  You’re not alone.

That’s the nerve-tingling premise behind Clare Mackintosh’s second novel I SEE YOU (Berkley Hardcover; February 21, 2017; $26), already a #1 London Times bestseller in the author’s native UK.  Like Mackintosh’s stunning debut I Let You Go, her new thriller kicks into high-gear from the first chapter and never lets up.  Perfectly paced and filled with twists and turns, I SEE YOU takes the comfort of a daily routine and spins it out in unexpected directions.

The follow-up to the international phenomenon I Let You Go—a debut that sold more than half a million copies in the UK and won the coveted Theakston Old Peculiar Crime Novel of the Year Award, beating J.K. Rowling’s pseudonym Robert Galbraith to win—I SEE YOU confirms Clare Mackintosh’s growing reputation as one of the most accomplished crime writers at work today.  Before turning to writing, Mackintosh spent twelve years as a detective and her police work informs her remarkably realistic, pulse-pounding thrillers.

Thursday, February 16, 2017

Stay Hydrated with Verday Chlorophyll Water!

**Complimentary products received in exchange for our honest review.  All opinions are ours and ours alone**

Have you ever tried Chlorophyll Water?  If not, a good place to start is Verday:


Chlorophyll Water is one of the hottest new super foods because of its ability to “bind the carcinogens in the body, preventing them from being circulated and reaching susceptible tissues, like those of the joints and heart.”  Some data suggests that liquid chlorophyll promotes red blood cell production which means it may also help promote oxygen delivery to your tissues.

Verday Chlorophyll Water, a new healthy beverage that entered the market last summer was named a “2016 Innovation of the Year” by Beverage Industry Magazine.  

Available in natural Watermelon, Coconut, Cucumber, Blueberry and Lemongrass Ginger flavors, Verday Chlorophyll Water represents an exciting new category of beverage that quenches your thirst like water and provides the antioxidant and cleansing benefits of a green juice.  Not to mention it tatstes great!  My favorite was the Coconut, but the Blueberry was a close second.  It does taste a bit "green" but is absolutely thirst quenching and delicious.  Our whole family loved it:)

The key ingredient of Verday is Chlorophyll, the green pigment present in all plants. The powerful antioxidant and cleansing properties of Chlorophyll have made it a favorite amongst leading wellness experts and healthy active consumers for generations. Each bottle of Verday is packed with 100mg of Chlorophyll; more than 2 shots of wheatgrass, 4 cups of spinach or 12 cups of arugula, making it an easy way to get your greens!

It can be found on store shelves in New York and Los Angeles.  Not near one of these cities?  You can order Verday online through www.drinkverday.com and Amazon.


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.

Spoil Yourself Each Month with a Subscrption to BootayBag #undermatters

**Complimentary products received in exchange for our honest review.  All opinions are ours and ours alone**

Time to treat yourself ladies!  Check out BootayBag, a great way to spoil yourself a bit each month:


With BootayBag the chore of underwear shopping is now fun and easy! For just $12 dollars a month subscribers get 2 pair of panties picked to their individual style preference and size. Whether you prefer all thongs, a little bit more coverage or a mix of both, BootayBag has something for everyone!

Check out the cuteness we were sent to review:


They were comfy, fit true to size and I loved the colors!  With BootayBag, shipping is always free in the US and if you snap a selfie with #undermatters, they will donate $1 to the Melanoma Foundation!  We love companies that give back:)

BootayBag is a super affordable, super fun way to treat yourself to a little something nice each month!


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, February 15, 2017

Almondina, One of Our Favorite Snacks, Introduces Toastees! + Giveaway

**Complimentary products received in exchange for our honest review.  All opinions are ours and ours alone**

We have always been huge fans of Almondina, so we were super excited to find out about their newest addition, Toastees:


These crispy little toasted almond thins come in 4 mouthwatering flavors:

-Cranberry Almond (my personal favorite:)– the toasted goodness of premium almonds combined with the tang of dried cranberries
-Sesame Almond – healthy sesame flavor with almonds making snacking or spreads equally enticing
-Lemon Poppy Almond – the tartness of fresh lemons, the subtlety of healthy poppy seeds with almonds make this a versatile snack
-Coconut Orange Almond – the citrus comes through with the dual nuttiness of toasted coconut and almond making this a perfect anytime snack


The three varieties we tried were all delicious!  They were enjoyed by the whole family, adults and kids alike:)  These crispy treats can curb your sweet tooth, but are actually a healthier snack alternative.  The resealable bags keep them fresh for snacking any time. 

You can find Almondina or Toastees by Almondina  coast-to-coast by stores including Sprouts Markets, Bed Bath & Beyond, Publix, Fairway Markets, Kroger Michigan, Amazon, Almondina.com  and others.


One lucky reader will win a prize pack of Toastees by Almondina valued at $40!  Enter below:

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Freshen Up Your Wardrobe with a Subscription to Harrison Blake Apparel this Spring!

**Complimentary products received in exchange for our honest review.  All opinions are ours and ours alone**


B works a job that requires him to dress fairly nicely, so he loves freshening up his work wardrobe with the occasional new tie or accessory.  A subscription to Harrison Blake Apparel is a great way to add great, quality pieces to his collection each month!


Harrison Blake is a family owned and operated business that offers great men's neckwear and accessories and they have the Harrison Blake Monthly Subscription to deliver monthly goodies from their collection.  The cost is $25/month ( wih discounts for longer subscriptions) and shipping is free.

Each monthly box promises to contain 1 necktie and 4 additional accessories, such as pocket squares, lapel pins, tie bars and more.  Each box is completely coordinated and easy to style, making it simple to dress to impress.

Check out the items from our box:

Harrison Blake Block Pattern Necktie ($25) 
Harrison Blake Navy Blue Tie Bar ($15)
Harrison Blake Cotton Pocket Square ($20)


Harrison Blake Winter Beanie ($25)
Soapstone Whiskey Rocks ($8)


I love that everything matches!  That makes it so easy to coordinate a new fresh look:)   The total retail for this box would be $93 if purchased separately which means the monthly cost of the box is super affordable at only a fraction of that cost..

If you have a professional man in your life, a subscription to Harrison Blake Apparel would be a really cool gift!




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.

Candy Club: Candy Subscription for Monthly Treats!

**Complimentary products received in exchange for our honest review.  All opinions are ours and ours alone**

Though we don't eat a ton of candy around here, we always like to have a few of our favorites around for when that sweet tooth kicks in:)  Candy Club makes it easy to always have a stash of your favorite sweet treats on hand.


Candy Club is the Premiere Candy of the Month Club. They offer an amazing variety of delicious and unique candies, along with tried and true favorites. You can have fun trying new candies and take a walk down memory lane with your old favorites:) 


When you place your first order, you get to take a quiz to find out your flavor profile and then 3 candies are specially curated to fit your tastes.  Don't worry, if you don't like Candy Club's choices, they give you the option of picking your own candies.  You then have the option of adding additional tubs of candy for a slightly higher price.


Our box was packaged really well and included three generous tubs of candy and "candy splash" for added festivity:) 


I loved the variety of candies to choose from and our package was delightful!  The whole family enjoyed munching on these treats and there was plenty to share.

Subscriptions are offered as Monthly, 6 Month or 12 Month options, starting at $27.99 plus shipping with lower rates for longer subscriptions.  You can also order gift subscriptions.

Candy Club is a really fun service and a great way to indulge that sweet tooth!




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, February 13, 2017

Eat Healthy This Spring with an Electric Food Dehydrator from Rosewill! + Giveaway

**Complimentary products received in exchange for our honest review.  All opinions are ours and ours alone**

Spring is here on the Texas coast and we're looking forward to the fresh produce it brings!  We eat a lot of fruit and tend to buy in bulk when we can, but sometimes that leads to food waste when our goodies go bad before we can eat them.  Often, we'll make jellies and jams with overripe fruit, but another great idea is to dehydrate some of that fruit to have on hand for healthy snack options year round!  Thanks to Rosewill, we got to try our hand at drying fruit with the Electric Food Dehydrator:



This dehydratore has 5 stacking trays and inserts for herbs and other small items.  I love the adjustable thermostat (5 to 155 degrees F) which allows you to get the right temperature for what your drying.  That means you can dry more than just fruits and veggies, but meat, dairy, flowers, tea and so much more!


The booklet that comes with the dehydrator is full of helpful information on what to dehydrate, how to prepare your items and how long and at what temperature to run the unit.  It runs fairly quiet, which means you can run it all day or night without the noise bothering any one.


We really enjoyed our first round of fruit using our dehydrator.  The process was simple and the results were tasty!  We're looking forwad to our next round where we're going to try strawberry fruit leather.  Yum!


One lucky reader will win an Electric Food Dehydrator from Rosewill!  Enter below:

Friday, February 10, 2017

Loved + Blessed: A Christian Faith-Based Subscription Box! February Edition

**Complimentary products received in exchange for our honest review.  All opinions are ours and ours alone**

We recently had the chance to review the February box from Loved + Blessed:


Loved + Blessed is a Christian faith-based subscription box service that delivers a box of encouragement right to your door each month.


Each box revolves around a central theme and comes with a mini poster, a sticker, a purse-sized scripture card and a gift.

The theme for the February box was Kindness:


The scripture card this month featured Hebrews 13:1-2 NIV: " Keep on loving one another as brothers and sisters.  Do not forget to show hospitality to strangers, for by so doing some people have shown hospitality to angels without knowing it."


The special gifts for February were a bag of plantable Kindness Confetti to remind you there is good in the world, a Loved + Blessed Reminder Pin to wear or share and a Loved + Blessed Card Case.


This box included a bonus gift, a fun Confetti Stick:


I definitely think there is room for Loved + Blessed in the subscription box market and I love that their mission is to deliver encouraging products that support a fantastic message!

If that wasn't enough, Loved + Blessed gives a portion of the proceeds of each box sold to Union Rescue Mission, a charity that offers hope and healing to the homeless.  What an amazing cause!

For just $15.99/month + $4 shipping & handling in the US, you can get your Loved + Blessed box or gift someone else with this monthly dose of encouragement today!






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.

Thursday, February 9, 2017

Rachael Ray Nutrish Peak Natural Open Range Recipe Dry Dog Food at Chewy.com! Part 1

**Complimentary products received in exchange for our honest review.  All opinions are ours and ours alone**

It's no secret that Chewy.com is our one-stop shop for everything Jessie (our pup) needs.  One of the great products at Chewy.com is Rachael Ray Nutrish Peak Natural Open Range Recipe.  We were sent a month long supply of this new dog food and we'll be sharing our experience with y'all over a course of several posts.  First, let's learn a little more about this food and it's benefits.


Rachael Ray Nutrish Peak Natural Open Range Recipe with Beef, Venison & Lamb Dry Dog Food is a delicious protein-rich recipe brimming with real venison, lamb and USA farm-raised beef as the #1 ingredient. It’s a hearty meal chock full of nutritious ingredients including peas, potatoes and cranberries. Plus, it’s free of gluten, grains and fillers.  With 30% high-quality protein, it will help your pup stay satisfied and full of energy.  The high-quality proteins provided in this formula provide essential nutrients to help support healthy organs and lean muscle mass.  Chicken fat, whole flaxseed and menhaden fish meal are naturally rich sources of Omega 6 and Omega 3 fatty acids, which help support healthy skin and coat.

Jessie is super excited about trying this new dog food!


In order to help her tummy adjust to switching foods, we'll start by adding just a bit of the new food with her regular food and slowly up the amount until she is eating just Nutrish Peak.  Once she's been eating the new food for a few weeks, we'll post again to let you know how she's liking it and if we're seeing a difference in her skin, coat and energy level.  Stay tuned! 

You can find a 23 pound bag of Rachael Ray Nutrish Peak Natural Open Range Recipe with Beef, Venison & Lamb Dry Dog Food for just under $42 at Chewy.com


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, February 8, 2017

Get Authentic with Uncle Steve's Italian Specialties!

**Complimentary products received in exchange for our honest review.  All opinions are ours and ours alone**

Red sauce is a staple around our house.  We eat a lot of it, so we pretty much always have it on hand, but a few years ago, we gave up on the store-bought varieties and started making it from scratch.  We are pretty picky about the taste of our red sauce and those jarred options weren't cutting it.  They were often too sweet for our taste or not spiced to our liking.  However, making a big batch of red sauce can be time consuming and every once in a while we'd plan a meal that included sauce only to find that we had depleted our freezer stash of homemade sauce or didn't have time to thaw a jar.  Luckily, we recently got to try out a few jars of red sauce from Uncle Steve's Italian Specialties, and our minds have been changed about jarred sauce!


Fun side note, the Steve behind Uncle Steve's is Steve Schirippa, best known for his role of  Bobby Baccalieri in The Sopranos!


We were able to sample two of the three varieties of Uncle Steve's sauce, the Marinara and the Tomato Basil and both were absolutely fantastic!


 Both of these sauces are so flavorful and versatile.  They can be used in so many different recipes and are simply delicious!


Whether using Uncle Steve's as a sauce or a dip, you are sure to have big smiles and full bellies!  

You can find Uncle Steve's Italian Specialties at fine grocers nationwide.

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.