Tuesday, June 30, 2020

Mighty Sesame Tahini Goodies for Summer Snacking!


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

These days, folks are pretty excited about tahini, the smooth sesame paste that’s so essential to traditional Middle Eastern hummus. Mighty Sesame has made it easy for everyone to jump on board the tahini train with their squeezable paste and super seed bars.


The healthy-minded people at Mighty Sesame Co. know a thing or two about tahini. In a recent taste test of 18 tahini brands on the market, no less an authority than Epicurious anointed Mighty Sesame Tahini The Best Tahini You Can Buy. They praised the clean, delicious taste and smooth texture that make it “a great tahini to use for anything and everything,” and applauded the no-stir convenience of the squeeze bottle.


We love the ease of use of the squeeze bottle and it really is some super smooth tahini!

Mighty Sesame has also made a splash for snackers with three varieties of all-natural tahini bars – Pistachio, Cocoa Nibs, and Vanilla – each at only 100 calories per bar. Like their squeezable cousins, these addictive grab-and-go treats promise a premium-quality product that is gluten- and dairy-free, vegan, kosher, halal, non-GMO and 100% guilt-free.


These little snack bars are perfect on-the-go fuel!

Mighty Sesame brand products are distributed by Kayco, the top purveyor of kosher foods in America. They are available at Whole Foods, Publix, Walmart, supermarkets and independent and kosher food stores across the U.S. and on 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.

Monday, June 29, 2020

Wissotzky Tea Nana Mint: A Refreshing Summer Tea!


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

We love tea around here.  In fact, it is a staple year round.  We recently got to try out a new line of herbal teas from Wissotsky Tea, Nana Mint:


Tea is an elixir for the blues and good times alike. Nothing says ‘cozy’ like a good cup of hot tea. And nothing says ‘summer’ like a tall glass of sweet tea with plenty of ice. Wissotzky Tea Company has dozens of varieties of teas to satisfy any mood on every occasion. 


We are really enjoying the minty flavors of the relaxing chamomile and the refreshing lemon blends from the Nana Mint line up.


Wissotzky teas are distributed by Kayco, the top purveyor of kosher foods in America. They are available at Whole Foods, Publix, Walmart, supermarkets and independent and kosher food stores across the U.S. and on 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.

Friday, June 26, 2020

Awesome Books from Candlewick Press to Help Kiddos Explore the Great Outdoors this Summer!

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

Take a look at some of our favorite picture books from Candlewick Press that help kiddos explore the outdoors without having to leave home:

The Camping Trip
By Jennifer K. Mann

Ages 3-7
Ernestine is beyond excited to go camping. She follows the packing list carefully (new sleeping bag! new flashlight! special trail mix made with Dad!) so she knows she is ready when the weekend arrives. But she quickly realizes that nothing could have prepared her for how hard it is to set up a tent, never mind fall asleep in it, or that swimming in a lake means that there will be fish — eep! Will Ernestine be able to enjoy the wilderness, or will it prove to be a bit too far out of her comfort zone? In an energetic illustrated story about a first sleepover under the stars, acclaimed author-illustrator Jennifer K. Mann reminds us that opening your mind to new experiences, no matter how challenging, can lead to great memories (and a newfound taste for s’mores).

Karate Kids
By Holly Sterling

Ages 3-7
Join Maya and all her friends as they get together at the dojo for their Saturday karate class! There are moves to remember, blocks to practice, and punches to perfect. Maya is a white belt, which means she’s still a beginner, but with focus, balance, and determination — and a little help from her friends — can she show Sensei what she’s got? Written and illustrated by Holly Sterling, a karate champion and teacher, this is a joyful and uplifting celebration of the sport and a must-have primer for any child hoping to be a karate kid one day.

Sandcastle
By Einat Tsarfati

Ages 4-6
A young girl loves building sandcastles. But not just any sandcastles. She builds one so big and grand and lovely that all the royals of the world come to visit. There are banquets and balls and tournaments, a greenhouse for cacti, a staircase for skateboarding, and ice cream around the clock. Everyone seems to be having fun, until they discover sand in the royal almond strudel . . . and the fig milk bath . . . and everywhere! With a keen eye for the absurd, author-illustrator Einat Tsarfati invites readers beyond the crocodile moat to explore the intricately detailed, increasingly wild festivities that echo the arc of a day at the beach, from euphoria to gritty discomfort. The diverse cast of regal guests, from a Rapunzel-esque princess in pj’s and unicorn slippers to a pair of knights playing badminton, is just as inspired. A visual treat of a tale, Sandcastle opens the doors to a world by the sea where wit and imagination reign.

Khalil and Mr. Hagerty and the Backyard Treasures
By Tricia Springstubb and illustrated by Elaheh Taherian

Ages 5-8
Khalil lives in the upstairs apartment with his family, which is big and busy and noisy. Downstairs lives Mr. Hagerty, who is quiet. Khalil and Mr. Hagerty don’t appear to have a lot in common, but hot summer days have a way of bringing people together. As Khalil looks for buried treasure in the yard, Mr. Hagerty tends to his garden. Both help each other navigate language — whether it be learning new words or remembering those seemingly forgotten. Before long, an unlikely friendship is born, full of treasure, thoughtfulness, and chocolate cake. Through well-cultivated details and vibrant cut-paper collage, author Tricia Springstubb and illustrator Elaheh Taherian nurture a heart-tugging tribute to the love of good neighbors and to the strength of intergenerational and intercultural bonds.

 
Alphonse, There’d Mud on the Ceiling!
By Daisy Hirst

Ages 2-5
Most of the time, Natalie and Alphonse like living in an apartment on the seventh floor. They have bunk beds to drive, a big green chair to hide behind and yell “Raaaar!,” sunflowers on the balcony to water, and almost enough hallway space for tumbling. But when they pretend to be wiggly worms crawling across the jungle . . . SHFLWUMP! Ow! That is not a good game for indoors! How can they explore the joys of nature in the middle of the city? In a playful ode to cooperation and imagination, award-winning picture-book creator Daisy Hirst presents a third adventure starring two relatable — and resourceful — siblings.

These books are so fun, educational and inspirational for young readers to help keep them exploring the great outdoors while they may be stuck inside this summer!  Get your kiddos reading this summer with these beautifully written and illustrated picture books from Candlewick Press!

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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, June 11, 2020

Get Relief from Aches and Pains with Salonpas! #Giveaway


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

Did you know that in the US over 54 million people live with arthritis and all of the aches and pains that go along with it?  This pain can often side track you and put a damper on your plans. If you are concerned with the side effects of OTC pills and you are searching for topical relief that is proven to be safe AND effective, try Salonpas!


The Salonpas Pain Relief Patch Large is the first OTC topical analgesic ever approved by the FDA and may be able to take the place of OTC pills for many people. 

Monday, June 1, 2020

Loved + Blessed: A Christian Faith-Based Subscription Box June 2020



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

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

Loved+Blessed is a monthly membership and subscription care package for women who want to live life encouraged.


Each month subscribers receive:
-a box of encouragement
-a blog article
-a 4 week life application workbook
-4 video lessons
-online fellowship in our private community
-access to our membership library of past videos and workbooks

Let's take a look at this month's box:

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 June box was Trust Him:

 The scripture card this month featured 2 Timothy 1:12  "For this reason I also suffer these things; nevertheless I am not ashamed, for I know whom I have believed and am persuaded that He is able to keep what I have committed to Him until that Day."





The special gifts for June were awesome!  A book  of devotions and prayers and a bottle of mustard seeds.  The seeds are a great reminder to have faith like a mustard seed and can be shared with friends who need a little reminder.


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!

They offer two subscription options.
-Month-to-Month for $25
-3 Month Prepaid $60 (this is a $15 savings)

Get your Loved+Blessed box and membership 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.

Monday, May 18, 2020

Keep Your Furry Friends Busy with Goodies from Petmate!

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

Looking for ways to keep your fur babies busy these days?  Check out some of our favorite goodies from Petmate! 

  

The Arm & Hammer Waste Bag Dispenser can be attached to any leash, belt loop, or bag strap and features the unique ability to rewind in case waste bags overextend. Arm & Hammer's Disposable Waste Bags provide natural odor control with activated baking soda and also have a fresh scent. The easy to load refills are fast and convenient for easy waste pick-up.

What a great tool for cleaning up after your pup!  This nifty gadget is super easy to use, convenient on the go and the bags really do hold odors!


Flockers will send your dog on a wild goose chase as its laughs and giggles get louder as your pet shakes and rattles their brains.

This little toy is nuts!  It's kind of loud and a little scary for Harley Mae, but if your pup enjoys noisy toys, Flockers just may be their new favorite toy!

  
This superior food storage and feeder in one keeps your pets food fresher for longer while combining the feeder and waterer for a multifunctional unit!


Portable pet food storage at it's finest!  Perfect for road trips or camping, easy to use and a tight seal...we love this Vittles Vault! 


 This lightweight ball is designed to float for aquatic play but is great for land play too!

If your pup is a water-loving dog, these light, floating balls are the perfect play toys for summer!


 The ultimate chase and fetch toy for your pet! The Chuckit! RingChaser  enables you to keep playing fetch with your pet for longer. 

Great for dogs who love to chase and easy enough for kids to use, the RingChaser is Harley Mae's new favorite toy!

Petmate makes it easy to show your pups a little extra love!








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.

Friday, May 15, 2020

Loved + Blessed: A Christian Faith-Based Subscription Box May 2020


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

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

 Loved+Blessed is a monthly membership and subscription care package for women who want to live life encouraged.

Each month subscribers receive:
-a box of encouragement
-a blog article
-a 4 week life application workbook
-4 video lessons
-online fellowship in our private community
-access to our membership library of past videos and workbooks

Let's take a look at this month's box:

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 May box was Light:


 The scripture card this month featured Matthew 5:14-16 “You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden. Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven."





The special gifts for May were awesome!  First, a journal for keeping all of your encouraging thoughts:


Plenty of room for lots of light!


 There was also a lovely note card to pass on a little light to a friend:



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!

They offer two subscription options.
-Month-to-Month for $25
-3 Month Prepaid $60 (this is a $15 savings)

Get your Loved+Blessed box and membership 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.

Wednesday, April 29, 2020

Awesome Picture Books from Candlewick Press -- Mother's Day Roundup!


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

Take a look at some of our favorite picture books from Candlewick Press that are available just in time for Mother's Day:

Mama Baby
By Chris Raschka


Ages 3-7

Mama and Baby clap and play hide-and-seek and pat-a-cake. Mama and Baby . . . Mama? Where did Mama go? In a series of spreads, simple, bold illustrations show a mother on one side and a baby on the other, interacting in universally familiar ways — until Mama dips out briefly, then returns to her crying child to offer comfort again. With his usual flair, the redoubtable Chris Raschka offers a reassuring moment that will resonate with mamas and babies everywhere.


Welcome to Your World
By Smriti Prasadam-halls and illustrated by Jaime Kim


Ages 2-5

With lyrical language and stunning illustrations, Welcome to Your World takes readers from ice-capped mountains to the depths of the sea. Tender scenes between animals and their babies encourage families to join in the loving bond that connects them to one another and to the wonders of our planet. This beautiful book is ideal for sharing with new babies, new parents, and children just venturing out in the world, as best-selling author Smriti Prasadam-Halls and acclaimed illustrator Jaime Kim provide both a celebration of nature and a gentle reminder to protect it.


Baby Clown
By Kara LaReau and illustrated by Matthew Cordell


When Frieda and Boffo Clown have a baby, everyone in the circus is over the moon. But there is just one problem: Baby Clown won’t stop crying! Frieda and Boffo try everything: putting on their silliest faces, driving him around in their tiny car. They even try taking off his red nose and big shoes. But that just makes Baby Clown cry more. Can Frieda and Boffo turn his little clown frown upside down in time for the sold-out show? Kara LaReau deftly juggles wit and warmth in this hilarious nod to parental persistence, while Matthew Cordell’s big-top-bright illustrations bring Baby Clown and his circus family to humorously frazzled life. Older siblings, in particular, will step right up to this applause-worthy picture book, joining Baby Clown in many a heartfelt “WAAAAH!”


Don’t Worry, Little Crab
By Chris Haughton


Ages 2-5

Little Crab and Very Big Crab live in a tiny rock pool near the sea. Today they’re going for a dip in the big ocean. “This is going to be so great,” says Little Crab, splish-splashing and squelch-squelching along, all the way to the very edge. Then comes a first glance down at the waves. WHOOSH! Maybe it’s better if they don’t go in? With vivid colors, bold shapes, and his trademark visual humor, Chris Haughton shows that sometimes a gentle “don’t worry, I’m here” can keep tentative little crabs sidestepping ahead — and help them discover the brilliant worlds that await when they take the plunge.


These books are so fun for young readers!  These stories of a parent's love are great for Mother's (or Father's) Day.  Get your kiddos reading with these beautifully written and illustrated picture books from Candlewick Press!

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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.

Friday, April 24, 2020

Awesome Picture Books from Candlewick Press -- Biography Roundup!



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

Take a look at some of our favorite biographical picture books from Candlewick Press this spring:

A Ben of All Trades: The Most Inventive Boyhood of Benjamin Franklin
By Michael J. Rosen and illustrated by Matt Tavares


Ages 5-9

Young Benjamin Franklin wants to be a sailor, but his father won’t hear of it. The other trades he tries — candle maker, joiner, boot closer, turner — bore him through and through. Curious and inventive, Ben prefers to read, swim, fly his kite, and fly his kite while swimming. But each time he fails to find a profession, he takes some important bit of knowledge with him. That tendency is exactly what leads him to become the astonishingly versatile genius we remember today. Inspired by The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin, Michael J. Rosen’s wry tale captures Ben’s spirit in evocative yet playful language, while illustrations by Matt Tavares follow Ben from the workbench to the water in vivid detail. A love story to the value of variety, A Ben of All Trades sheds light on an unconventional path to greatness and humanizes a towering figure in American history.


Darwin's Rival: Alfred Russel Wallace and the Search for Evolution
By Christiane Dorion and illustrated by Harry Tennant


Ages 10 and up

Everyone knows Charles Darwin, the famous naturalist who proposed a theory of evolution. But not everyone knows the story of Alfred Russel Wallace, Darwin’s friend and rival who simultaneously discovered the process of natural selection. This sumptuously illustrated book tells Wallace’s story, from his humble beginnings to his adventures in the Amazon rain forest and Malay Archipelago, and demonstrates the great contribution he made to one of the most important scientific discoveries of all time.


BOX: Henry Brown Mails Himself to Freedom
By Carole Boston Weatherford and illustrated by Michele Wood


Ages 10 and up

Henry Brown wrote that long before he came to be known as Box, he “entered the world a slave.” He was put to work as a child and passed down from one generation to the next — as property. When he was an adult, his wife and children were sold away from him out of spite. Henry Brown watched as his family left bound in chains, headed to the deeper South. What more could be taken from him? But then hope — and help — came in the form of the Underground Railroad. Escape!

In stanzas of six lines each, each line representing one side of a box, celebrated poet Carole Boston Weatherford powerfully narrates Henry Brown’s story of how he came to send himself in a box from slavery to freedom. Strikingly illustrated in rich hues and patterns by artist Michele Wood, Box is augmented with historical records and an introductory excerpt from Henry’s own writing as well as a time line, notes from the author and illustrator, and a bibliography.


The Boy Who Dreamed of Infinity: A Tale of the Genius Ramanujan
By Amy Alznauer and illustrated by Daniel Miyares


Ages 5-9

In 1887 in India, a boy named Ramanujan is born with a passion for numbers. He sees numbers in the squares of light pricking his thatched roof and in the beasts dancing on the temple tower. He writes mathematics with his finger in the sand, across the pages of his notebooks, and with chalk on the temple floor. “What is small?” he wonders. “What is big?” Head in the clouds, Ramanujan struggles in school — but his mother knows that her son and his ideas have a purpose. As he grows up, Ramanujan reinvents much of modern mathematics, but where in the world could he find someone to understand what he has conceived?


These books are so fun for young readers!  They are a great way to introduce awesome historical figures or build upon the knowledge students may already have about these inspiring people. Get your kiddos reading this spring with these beautifully written and illustrated picture books from Candlewick Press!

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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.

LaLa Horse Subscription Box for Horse-Loving Girls! April 2020


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

Do you have a horse-loving daughter or granddaughter?  Check out LaLa Horse, the monthly subscription box for horse-lovers!


 LaLa Horse creates a box full of fun, inspiring, educational gifts and products for kids who love horses. For just $39.95 monthly, your horse-lover will receive a box that includes various horse-themed items. Items vary each month and could include jewelry, socks, books, puzzles, bags, pillow cases, wall art, keychains, and more!  LaLa Horse also has a monthly subscription option that's just $12.95/month...The Equine Fashionista Surprise!  With this subscription, your horse-loving young lady will receive a special package each month containing one or two sweet horse-themed items, such as a bracelet, necklace, ring, keyring, earrings, and more.

Check out the items in our April 2020 LaLa Horse box:

Stained Glass Horses Coloring Book


Puffy Pony Hand Towel

Tinker Horse from Safari Toys

Little Miss Equestrian Shirt

Thoroughbred in Pasture Bookmark

Glitter Glam Charm Bracelet

Horse Shoe, Cowgirl Hat and Horses-n-Hearts Wristbands

Horsey Sticker Pack

Horse Breeds Savings Bank

Softy the Unicorn Friend

 Plus, LaLa Horse is offering a new online course for free!  Check it out at udemy.com/course/horses-101-colors-breeds-disciplines


A really enjoyed her LaLa Horse box!  The figurines are great for collectors or kiddos who like to play with horses.  She was a huge fan of the stained glass coloring book, the bracelet and the bank. All around, we think LaLa Horse would make an excellent subscription box for young horse lovers!


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.