Friday, April 9, 2021

Our Favorite YA New Release from Scholastic for April!

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

Check out what we are reading this month from Scholastic's YA new releases:

Remedy
by Eireann Corrigan

It's a mystery - why is Cara so sick? It feels like she's been sick all her life . . . but she and her mom have never stayed in one place long enough for doctors to really understand what's happening to her. Now, at fourteen, Cara is tired of being tired, and sick of being sick. She's trying to get better . . . but it's only getting worse.

Unable to afford the care she needs, Cara's mom starts a Caring for Cara campaign online. The money starts pouring in. But something's not right to Cara. And the harder she looks, the less she understands.

From Eireann Corrigan, the spellbinding author of Creep and You Remind Me of You, Remedy is the gripping story of a girl solving the mystery of her own health . . . before it's too late.


Check out this new release for April and many more titles for all ages from Scholastic!


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, April 8, 2021

#WelcomeSpring with Vegetarian Gummy Vitamins from VitaFive!

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

If you are looking for a gummy vitamin that actually tastes good, you've got to check out VitaFive!


VitaFive makes gummy vitamins that are not only good for you, but taste great too! All of their yummy vitamins are gluten-free, vegetarian, naturally colored and flavored and allergen-free.  Plus, their packaging is way more eco-friendly than vitamin makers that use plastic bottles. You waste 80% less plastic for every VitaFive pouch that you purchase!  VitaFive offers a great selection of vitamins that are perfectly blended for specific needs. Check out a few of our favorites:

Biotin for Beauty

This Biotin gummy vitamin for beauty comes in a natural strawberry flavor. They are great for hair, skin and nail strength. They are also vegetarian, gluten-free, allergen-free, kosher, and halal. Each serving has 5mg of Biotin and is a 30 day supply to get your beautiful self feeling confident.


I  have noticed clearer skin, stronger nails and hair growth since starting these gummies a couple of weeks ago.  Yay for Biotin!

Apple Cider Vinegar Cleanse & Detox

You might remember your mom giving you a glass of apple cider vinegar when you were young and it might have been one of the worst things you ever tried… Now instead of having to throw back bitter tasting vinegar you can take a few of these gummies a day and receive the same health benefits.


These gummies taste way better than an ACV shot!

Collagen+ for Complexion

Fun fact! Collagen is the most abundant protein in the human body. This protein plays a huge role in nourishing your skin and is a key component in the connective tissue within the body. 


For me, taking two of these a day has lead to clearer, brighter skin!

Elderberry for Immunity

 "Elderberry for Immunity" is the perfect combination of Black Elderberry Extract, Vitamin C, and Zinc to help support healthy immune function for you and the whole family!


Since starting taking these a couple of weeks ago, I haven't gotten sick even once.  Coincidence?  I think not!

Gummy vitamins are a great solution for people who have a hard time taking pills or caplets...I mean who doesn't like a gummy?  VitaFive makes it easy, convenient and eco-friendly to give your body the boost of vitamins and minerals it needs with their fantastic line of gummies.  Check them out this Spring!



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 7, 2021

#MothersDayGiftGuide - Fresh Produce and Much More from Farmer Jones Farm at The Chef's Garden!

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

With the exception of my wonderful family and football season (Go Pack Go!) there isn't much I love more than freshly picked produce.  Fresh produce is so beautiful and full of the promise of many delicious and nutritious meals ahead.  Farmer Jones Farm realized the demand for fresh produce home delivery and has stepped up to the plate to offer absolutely gorgeous veggies and awesome handmade goodies fresh from the farm and delivered straight to your door.  A box of this homegrown goodness would make the PERFECT Mother's Day gift for pretty much any mom!  Check out what we got in our Best of the Season Box and some other fun gift ideas from Farmer Hones Farm: 

Best of the Season Box

Depending upon the season, the farmer’s market delivery box may contain a mix of fresh lettuce and greens, a mix of root crop, potatoes, cruciferous, sweet potatoes, and the best micro greens and herbs. Seasonal favorites are added when available.  Products will vary based on the season and availability.    

You can choose the box size that works best for your family:
Small - Best for 1-2 people for approximately one week.
Medium - Best for 3-4 people for approximately one week.  

Here is a sampling of a typical box:

Mixed Micro Greens

Powerhouse micro greens packed full of vitamins and minerals!

Sorrel

Adds a sour element to salads that we love!

Assorted Edible Flower Blooms

So pretty and tasty to boot!

Radishes

Crisp, crunchy and bursting with mild spiciness!

Brussels Sprouts

Some of the prettiest sprouts we've seen!

Baby Kale Mix

Beautiful mix of Blue-Curled Scotch, Lacinato and Ragged Jack tender baby kale varieties...at least that's my best guess:)

Mesclun Mix Lettuce

A mix of fresh lettuces that are as beautiful as they are nutritious...including baby butter, romaine and leaf varieties...so, so pretty! 
 

Roots

Colorful carrots, beets and turnips with flavors ranging from earthy to sweet. Crispy, crunchy and delicious!

Potatoes 

Red, golden, purple and sweet potatoes fresh from the garden and ready to be turned into delicious potato dishes! 

What a fantastic assortment of veggies!  This lovely variety will help us keep our meal plan fresh and provide us with plenty of nutritious options for every meal of the day.  We are super impressed with the freshness and variety of all of these veggies! 

Farmer Jones Farms offers some really great self-care products that are made from fresh garden ingredients.  Check out a few of our favorites:

Flowerhouse Salve

The Flowerhouse Salve is a product of collaboration between a family farm and an Amish family of soap makers. The salve is made with beeswax from Farmer Jones Farm hives and lemon verbena from the fields around them. It’s a beautiful lightly aromatic lemon scented natural product for long cold winters. Flowerhouse Salve is very versatile. It can be used as a hand salve and a moisturizer. 

Blossom Bar Soap

The same beautiful flowers and herbs used in chef’s recipes are now available as part of the Blossom Bar Soap: marigold, bachelor buttons, fennel and celery. Hand made in Amish country, it uses the marigolds, bachelor buttons, fennel, and celery that’s grown with love on Farmer Jones Farm grounds.


Flowerhouse Black Tea Rutaceae

This is a Blended Black Tea made from High Mountain black tea blended with five types of lemon leaves and two types of lemon peel. Amplified with flowers and herbs from The Chef's Garden and The Culinary Vegetable Institute.   

Carrot Cake Marmalade

This delicious concoction is the product of a collaboration with Ohio-based Prospect Jam Company and if you are a fan of carrot cake, you are sure to love it as much as we do!


Whether Mom is looking to eat a healthier diet overall, or target a specific diet, eating farm-fresh vegetables will naturally deliver nutrition. By eating wholesome foods, Mother Nature will provide you and your family with vitamins and minerals, antioxidants, and fiber.  Plus, as a result of Farmer Jones Farm's regenerative farming practices, they have found that their products can contain up to 200 to 500% more mineral content than the USDA average!  You'd be hard-pressed to beat that!

Treat mom to the gift of beautiful and nutritious home grown garden-fresh produce and goodies from Farmer Jones Farm at The Chef's Garden this Mother's Day!



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, April 6, 2021

#WelcomeSpring with Yummy Keto Snacks from Pork King Good!

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

If you are following a keto or low carb meal plan, then you know how tricky it can be to find tasty snacks.  Pork rinds are a great option and Pork King Good offers some really fun and delicious flavors of these crunchy treats!  Take a look at two of our favorite flavors:


Pork King Good White Cheddar Pork Rinds

 White Cheddar flavored pork rinds feature the familiar lick-your-fingers cheesiness of white cheddar popcorn, minus the carbs! 

Nutritional Info:
85 Calories Per Serving
0 Carbs Per Serving

Pork King Good Onion & Sour Cream Pork Rinds

Onion & Sour Cream pork rinds are heavy on the onion flavor (hence it's placement in the name), producing an addictively delicious taste sensation unlike anything else on the market. 

Nutritional Info:
80 Calories Per Serving
0 Carbs Per Serving

Pork King Good Pork Rinds are made from high quality pork in the USA and are cooked in their own pig fat using no artificial ingredients, colors, or flavors making them clean and natural.They contain no MSG and are a high protein savory snack that is perfect for any keto or low carb meal plan.  Plus, they offer free shipping within the US!

Get snacking this Spring with ;unique and creatively flavored pork rinds from Pork King Good!



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.

#MothersDayGiftGuide - The Coziest Leggings from Love Leggings!

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

Give Mom the gift of cozy comfort with a pair of Lounge Leggings from Love Leggings!


The Love Leggings lounge leggings were designed for unbeatable comfort. With a high rise waistband and velvety soft fabric, you’ll be in the lap of luxury!  This particular pair is the Winter Berry Marl color and they are so pretty!


They fit like a dream, hugging my curves, but not too tightly.  They are the epitome of comfort!  With a contouring, V-shaped waistband that adds lift and enhances your silhouette – lounging never looked so good!


Mom will fall in love with these leggings from the first moment she puts them on!  Love Leggings are the gift that will keep giving...long lasting comfort all year and for years to come!

Check out these and all of the other fantastic leggings at Love Leggings and find Mom the perfect gift this Mother's Day!



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, April 5, 2021

#MothersDayGiftGuide - Purity Coffee for the Coffee-Loving Mom!

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

If you are looking for a gift idea for a coffee-loving mom this Mother's Day, you should check out Purity Coffee!


Purity Coffee is the only coffee company in the world that is completely focused on maximizing the health benefits of coffee.  They start with pesticide-free, organic green coffee and source only defect-free specialty grade beans.  They test to ensure their coffee is free of mold and mycotoxins and roast the beans to achieve maximum health benefits.  Purity Coffee has up to 2 times the antioxidants of other leading coffee brands and they ship your beans within 48 hours of being roasted to ensure you get the freshest cup possible.  

Check out some of our favorite gift ideas from Purity Coffee:

The Original

Specialty Grade Organic Whole Bean Coffee
Fresh-roasted, specialty grade, antioxidant-rich, medium roast organic whole bean coffee delivered fresh to your door. Each 12 oz bag will produce about 25-35 8oz. cups of brewed coffee. Clean, delicious, healthy organic coffee for as little as 60 cents per cup!

The Dark Roast

Purity Dark Roast contains more dark chocolate notes and caramelized sugar notes than that of our original roast coffee.  This one was our personal favorite!

The Decaf

For when you need the taste of coffee without the caffeine!

If you are looking for the perfect gift for the mom on-the-go, Purity Coffee Pocket packs are the perfect thing!


Pocket Purity is the same health-focused, organic, specialty-grade coffee in a portable, environmentally friendly, single-serve sachet. Whether you’re at home or on the go, with Pocket Purity you can brew a perfect cup within minutes and enjoy clean, delicious coffee without compromise.

Coffee is among the top foods which can lower your risk of developing many different types of cancer. Multiple studies have proven coffee’s amazing cancer fighting qualities, but there is still much research and testing that needs to be done in the area of cancer prevention. Purity Coffee donates a portion of their revenue each year to the American Institute of Cancer Research in an effort to help support their continuing studies. 

Treat your coffee-loving mom to some really excellent java with a lovely gift from Purity Coffee this Mother's Day!  She is sure to love it as much as we did!



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.

#MothersDayGiftGuide - Holy Smoke Olive Oil and More! #giveaway

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

If you have a foodie mom, we have a great gift idea for them today!  Check out some of our favorite gourmet goodies from Holy Smoke: 


These amazing, high quality products add a hint of smoky deliciousness to any dish on your menu!

Smoked Olive Oil

Anything you use olive oil in or on can be upped to a whole higher level with a drizzle of Holy Smoke Olive Oil!  Need some inspiration?  Holy Smoke Olive Oil is great drizzled on:

Pizza and sandwiches
Soups and salads
Pan-seared meats
Roasted veggies
Pasta & sauces

Holy Smoke Wildflower Honey

Holy Smoke Hickory Smoked Wildflower Honey is pure golden wildflower honey that's cold-smoked with hickory in Charleston, SC.  It is both dark and floral. It has an almost molasses start with a bright bouquet of wildflower sweetness. The hickory smoke is an undertone in the beginning and then comes on stronger in the finish to tie it all together. This cuts the sweetness allowing Holy Smoke Smoked Honey to be used in both sweet and savory dishes.

You can use Holy Smoke Smoked Honey just like regular honey, but it adds a nice smoky kick that lends well to practically anything, sweet and savory alike, but here are some specific uses:

Glazes for ham, salmon & ribs
Smoked honey butter & honey mustard
Smoky Spiced Dirty Chai & Earl Grey tea
Smoked honey glazed veggies (carrots)
Accouterment for cheese plate 
Drizzle on fried chicken & biscuits

Smoked Black Pepper

Holy Smoke Smoked Black Pepper is tellicherry black peppercorns that are half-cracked and cold-smoked with hickory.  It is robust and peppery with a bold hickory smoke aroma and flavor. This Smoked Pepper is great for anything you use pepper on. Some of our favorite uses:

Crack it over eggs in the morning
Season grilled meats like steak, pork and chicken
Use it in soups, sandwiches and dips

Hickory Smoked Sea Salt

Holy Smoke Hickory Smoked Sea Salt is 100% pure sea salt crystals harvested from the Mediterranean Sea that are cold-smoked with hickory.  It has a hearty and robust hickory smoke that blends perfectly with your food. This Smoked Sea Salt is great for anything you use sea salt on. We use it on all the things we used the smoked pepper on, pretty much every savory thing!

Holy Smoke created a cold-smoking machine that keeps Holy Smoke near freezing while it's being naturally smoked. Basically, Holy Smoke is smoked like meat, but much much colder. This ensures their products stay raw and retain all their nutritional properties while the hickory smoke infuses into them and giving them a savory, hearty and smoky flavor!

Holy Smoke has put together an awesome Pantry Essentials package that every mom is sure to love!  It includes all of the products we reviewed above and is a fantastic gift idea for Mom this year!


Enter below to win the Pantry Essentials Package!


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 2, 2021

#WelcomeSpring with Low Carb, Gluten Free Baking Mixes from Good Dee's!

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

I am all for anything that makes baking easier, healthier and results in tasty treats.  Good Dee's low-carb, gluten free mixes do just that!


Good Dee's mixes are easy, so easy they require only one bowl to prepare in!  Plus, they are made with gluten-free ingredients and zero Malitol or soy.  Even so, they taste, look and smell amazing.  Check out a few of our favorite Good Dee's products:

Good Dee’s Peanut Butter Cookie Dough Bites 

While not technically a mix, we are going to kick things off with these low carb protein snacks.   Combining two of everyone’s favorite flavors, peanut butter and cookie dough, the PB Cookie Dough Bites feel like a decadent treat. With seven bites per pouch, they contain: 

100 calories
8g protein
1g sugar
Just 3 net carbs

We love these as a between meal snack, and not that we are going many places these days, but they are perfect for on-the-go snacking too!  It's like eating cookie dough straight from the bowl, but way better for you!

Now for our favorite mixes:

Good Dee’s Blondies Mix 

These blondies are the best we've ever had!  They are low carb, Keto friendly, nut free, sugar free, luten free, 1g Net carb and STILL absolutely chewy-gooey pure deliciousness!  Super rich and supere wholesome...you can't beat that!

Good Dee’s Lemon Muffin Mix

 We opted for muffins with this mix.  They were low carb, Keto friendly, sugar free, gluten free and 2g net carbs.  Moist and zesty, these were great for a quick breakfast.  We loved these light and fluffy muffins!

Good Dee's Coconut Snack Cake Mix 

We go crazy for anything coconut and this cake was scrumptious!  The mix is low carb, Keto friendly, sugar free, gluten free and 2g net carbs per serving. The versatility of this cake baking mix allows you to customize it for any special occasion so you can get creative or keep it simple like we did. This is a moist and absolutely delicious snack cake, so good that icing is not necessary.

If you are trying to stick to your low-carb diet, but crave dessert, these mixes are perfect!  If you are implementing a gluten-free diet and want some no-fail, tasty dessert options, these mixes won't disappoint.  If you are looking for quick, easy mixes to get wholesome desserts on the table for your whole family, these mixes are sure to delight!  Check out Good Dee's this Spring and get baking!



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.

#EasterGiftGuide - World's Smallest Retro Toys and more from Super Impulse!

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


Easter is just around the corner and as the scavenger hunts and chocolates are getting prepared for the kids, Super Impulse wants to make sure your baskets are filled with this year’s must-have miniature toys!


Instead of rotting their teeth on sugary candy and chocolate, get your kids laughing with Wacky Packages Minis. These 3D puny products are parodies of items you find around the house! Each Wacky Packages Minis cup comes with 5 Mini collectibles, a trading sticker and a collectors guide!

 


No Easter basket is complete without some World’s Smallest toys! Your favorite toys and games have gone MINIATURE! 

World’s Smallest Air Pressure Super Soaker 50



World’s Smallest Foam Alive

World’s Smallest Blind Box

World’s Smallest My Little Pony

World's Smallest Transformers

Treat the kiddos with these fun novelty toys and blind bags this Easter!



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.