Friday, April 19, 2024

Kitchen Mama Gadgets Make Food Prep a Breeze For Mom! #MothersDayGiftGuide

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

Y'all know my love for good kitchen gadgets and Kitchen Mama has a few that I think Mom will really love this Mother's Day!



FlipTastic Gravity Grinder

Transform your culinary experience with this precision seasoning grinder. Embark on a journey from ordinary to extraordinary as you savor the fusion of precision, aesthetics, comfort, and efficiency.
Introducing the new generation FlipTastic Rechargeable Gravity Grinder, revolutionizing your seasoning experience. With patented 360° grinding technology, you can easily flip and savor the flavor of spices.


This spice grinder holds quite a bit and with just a few batteries, you'll be grinding dry spices to your heart's content!


It couldn't be much easier to use and works beautifully for fresh ground pepper


Auto 2.0 Electric Can Opener- Limited Marble Edition

This can opener is a beauty! It is the limited marble collection for the upgraded iteration of the popular original can opener series. 


With the new patented blade design 2.0, you can now open more cans, including soda cans. The underside lid remover opens vacuum-sealed cans easily. 


The patented Tilted Blade 2.0 cuts the edge of the lid without touching the food inside.  The new tilted blade 2.0 is designed to open even pull-tab cans without any strain and leaves smooth edges.  It is battery operated and super easy to use.  It's great for all ages, too!


Mo is sure to love any gadget that makes her time in the kitchen easier and safer and Kitchen Mama gadgets do just that!



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 18, 2024

#WelcomeSpring and Eliminate Pet Hair with the dancemoon Pet Hair Remover Tool

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

Have pets?  If you do, then you most likely have pet hair.  Check out our new favorite way to remove pet hair from a multitude of surfaces...the dancemoon roller:


dancemoon, a trailblazer in home cleaning innovation, launched it's first pet hair remover this spring. Designed with user needs in mind, this tool promises to help eliminate the common issues encountered with conventional sticky rollers and pet hair removers.


The dancemoon roller transforms the way hair is collected from fabrics. Say goodbye to the inconvenience of sticky paper and the mess of tangled cords, as this reusable roller, with its smooth rolling action, quickly picks up hair without any trouble. It's deep cleaning method is easy and gentle, making sure that even the hardest-to-see pet hair is removed from fabrics without causing any damage. 


The dancemoon roller combines innovation with convenience in a design that's all about efficiency. Its handle is ingeniously designed to hide within the roller body, allowing for quick attachment or detachment. This feature transforms the roller into a compact, portable cleaning tool that doesn't require much storage space. The roller includes a unique cleaning scraper that fits perfectly into the bottom of the handle, making it easy to clean the hair tank without directly touching the collected debris.


As you can see, dancemoon is very effective and easy to use, the perfect addition to our Spring Cleaning toolbox!!



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 17, 2024

Give the Gift of Healthy, Delicious Tea and Beautiful Brewing Accessories from Teabloom! #MothersDayGiftGuide

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

Tea-loving Moms will adore gifts from Teabloom this Mother's Day!  Check out a few things that we think will really make Mom's day:

World's Finest Variety of Loose Leaf Teas - For the Mom who loves trying new teas!


Delightful tea gift set of assorted organic teas blended with luscious fruits, healing herbs and flowers for extravagantly delicious infusions.


Sourced from one of the world’s premier tea-growing regions, the loose leaf teas from this curated tea collection are artisan-made to exacting standards in limited-quantity batches for an authentic and memorable tea drinking experience.


The tea chest's tasting menu will guide you through this expansive selection of 24 USDA certified organic blends. See images for the full blend list and descriptions of each.


A total sensory experience begins with the beautifully-designed luxurious tea chest. Tins lock in freshness and are reusable.  Each tin holds enough for several servings.


Teabloom's Bamboo Timeless Moments Teapot - For the Mom who loves serving beautiful tea!


While Tea is the most consumed beverage in the Orient, Bamboo is the most popular plant. It represents tranquility and personifies simplicity. Bamboo produces neither flowers nor fruit but is the perfect balance of grace and strength. 


Add  one of the included teablooms to the pot and watch how simplicity and blossoming perfection coexist. Teabloom's Bamboo teapot and flowering tea- the perfect yin and yang.


This 40-ounce teapot consists of a beautiful crystal clear teapot made from borosilicate glass and a bamboo lid, along with a stainless steel removable tea strainer at the spout. the two individually sealed flowering tea blooms are each capable of making two to three pots of delicious flowering tea.  Large bamboo trivet engraved with the message "Timeless Moments" completes this beautiful set.


Teabloom has a variety of beautiful tea pot sets and lots of tantalizing tea blends that are sure to make Mom smile 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.

Don't Forget About Wildlife When Preparing Your Garden for Summer Fun

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As the warm weather approaches, it's time to dust off those gardening gloves and get ready for some spring and summer fun in the garden. But before you dive headfirst into planting flowers and trimming hedges, take a moment to consider our furry and feathered friends who call your garden home. While sprucing up your outdoor space can create a beautiful oasis for you and your family, it can also inadvertently disrupt the habitats of the local wildlife. 

Here are important things to keep in mind to ensure your garden remains a welcoming environment for all creatures, big and small.

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Preserve hiding spots

When you start tidying up your garden for summer, it's easy to get carried away with clearing away debris and trimming back overgrown plants. However, by doing so, you might inadvertently remove important hiding spots for wildlife. Creatures like hedgehogs, frogs, and insects rely on these cozy nooks and crannies to escape from predators and seek refuge during the day. 

Consider leaving some areas of your garden untouched or creating designated wildlife habitats to ensure these critters have a safe place to retreat to.

Provide alternative shelter

If you remove natural hiding spots from your garden, local wildlife will seek out alternative shelter elsewhere, often in less-than-ideal locations around your home. This could mean finding their way into your attic, garage, or even under your roof if they can find access. So, it’s a good idea to check those areas and assess whether they need protection from the local wildlife. For instance, now’s the time to book an appointment with a roofing contractor to ensure no unwanted guests can squeeze in between the roof tiles! 

To prevent unwelcome guests indoors, try installing bird boxes, insect hotels, or hedgehog houses to provide alternative shelter options for wildlife.

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Mindful tree trimming

Trimming trees and shrubs can give your garden a tidy appearance, but it can also leave small wildlife vulnerable to predators. Birds, for example, may struggle to find suitable nesting sites if you prune away their preferred branches. Before you reach for the shears, take a careful look around your garden to spot any active nests or signs of wildlife activity. Consider postponing tree trimming until after nesting season to avoid disrupting their habitat.

Save some flowers for bees and bugs

While it's tempting to fill your garden with colorful blooms that appeal to your aesthetic senses, don't forget about the vital role that bees and bugs play in pollinating plants and maintaining a healthy ecosystem. 

Bees, butterflies, and other pollinators rely on nectar-rich flowers for food, so be sure to include a variety of flowering plants in your garden to support their populations. Native wildflowers are particularly beneficial, as they are well-adapted to local conditions and attract a diverse array of pollinators.

As you prepare your garden for summer, remember that you're not just creating a beautiful outdoor space for yourself—you're also sharing it with a diverse array of wildlife. By taking a few simple steps to accommodate their needs, you can ensure that your garden remains a welcoming haven for creatures big and small. So go ahead, roll up your sleeves, and get ready to enjoy a summer filled with blooming flowers, buzzing bees, and chirping birds in your wildlife-friendly garden.


Tuesday, April 16, 2024

FinaMill: The Best Way To Grind Spices of All Shapes and Sizes! #MothersDayGiftGuide

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

Kitchen gadgets make great gifts for foodie moms and today's gift idea is super cool!  Check out FinaMill, the best way to grind spices of all shapes and sizes!


Free of calories and packed with nutritional benefits, spices are your gateway to delicious cooking. But the volatile oils that give spices their vivid flavors and health benefits begin to degrade the minute those spices are ground. Now you can experience that freshly ground flavor at its peak by grinding your own spices quickly and easily with FinaMill. 


Simply fill a grinding pod with your favorite spice and attach it to the FinaMill. Hold the FinaMill over your food, press the button, and a LED light will illuminate a shower of freshly ground spices. 


You can operate the FinaMill with just one hand—perfect for multitasking cooks and people with limited mobility. 


FinaMill grinding pods double as storage for all your spices, and can be swapped in with just a couple clicks. Even the grind size is adjustable; mill dried chiles to a fine grind or coarsely crack black pepper and sea salt.



The FinaMill is a fantastic way to grind spices of all shapes and sizes.  You can mill whole spices of all sizes.  FinaMill even has a pod that is specially made for harder spice that most spice mills usually can't handle. 


The swappable grinding pods keep flavors distinct and are a breeze to fill thanks to the wide-mouth opening.  The sleek, minimalist design looks great on your kitchen counter and dining room table.


The LED light lights up your dish or cooking vessel making measuring a snap.


We really love using our FinaMill!  It's makes grinding dry spices so simple and tasty!


Grab your Mom a FinaMill this Mother's Day...a gift she can use all year round for years to come!



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 10, 2024

#WelcomeSpring with a Good Night's Sleep for Sick Kiddos from Tum&Bum

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

'Tis the season for seasonal allergies and spring colds to interrupt your kiddo's sleep.  Tum&Bum is here to help with their unique inclined sleeper to help congested kiddos breathe better. 

Why we think Tum&Bum is so cool:

Tum&Bum helps toddlers with sleeping better while suffering from the common cold, the flu, allergies, and any upper respiratory infections
Tum&Bum places the child’s entire upper body on an incline to maintain a straight line from head to the torso.
Tum&Bum comes as a hollow shell and is very light to maneuver. Handles are cut into both sides for ease of use.
Tum&Bum does not come with any coverings or padding, allowing individuals to use their own blankies and pillows for comfort.
Cleaning the Tum&Bum is easy, simply remove the child’s personal coverings and wipe down the shell with your favorite antibacterial spray or wipe.


This cool invention can be used once your kiddo gets better too.  It makes a great gaming or TV watching chair and works for most children of all sizes.


Give your kiddo (and yourself) a better night's sleep with Tum&Bum!



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.

#WelcomeSpring with Some Sweet Treats from Otis Spunkmeyer

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

We love soft and chewy baked goods and Otis Spunkmeyer's newest releases definitely fit the bill for some of our favorites!  Here's what you should be indulging on this Spring:


Brownie with Real Chocolate Chips

A fudgy chocolate brownie with real chocolate chips. 

Apple Cinnamon Oat Cookie

Perfectly spiced, and amazingly good!

Double Chocolate Caramel Cookie

Every chocolate and caramel lovers dream cookie!

Chocolate Chunk Cookie

Large semi-sweet chocolate chunks and luscious dough combine to make a homemade classic cookie.

If you're looking for that home baked taste in a soft and chewy cookie or brownie treat, check out these goodies from Otis Spunkmeyer this Spring! Pro tip:  warm them up for 20 seconds in the microwave and you will find bliss...you're welcome!



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 8, 2024

#WelcomeSpring by Taking a Trip on Down to Flavortown with Guy Fieri's New Sauce Line

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

Fans of Guy Fieri can rejoice this summer with the release of his new line of mouthwatering sauces!  You can whip up amazing dishes complemented by these sauces in your very own kitchen.  Here are just a few you will have to choose from:


Guy Fieri's Famous Donkey Sauce

Creamy and garlicky, this sauce is packed with flavor! Perfect on burgers, fries, or pretty much anything for a one-way ride to Flavortown.

Kickin' Chipotle Sauce

Guy Fieri's Kickin’ Chipotle Sauce ignites your taste buds like dynamite. A combo of smokey chipotle, chili, and spices, this sauce will leave tacos, shrimp, and fried chicken kickin’.  Smoky and oh so good!

Smokin' Hickory BBQ Sauce

Tangy. Smokin’ Hickory BBQ is the only pitmaster classic you need to sauce like a boss. Try on brisket sandwiches, ribs, wings, and burgers.  Sticky, sweet and smokey, it's finger licking, lip-smacking good!



Invite Guy Fieri right into your kitchen this spring with these delicious and easy to use sauces!!




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 5, 2024

Give Mom the Gift of Knowledge with Gibbs Smith Publishing Titles! #MothersDayGiftGuide

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

Gibbs Smith Publishing has so many great titles to choose from that cover pretty much all moms who appreciate a good book.  As a cookbook lover and fan of all things homesteading, here are a few of my personal favorites:


Welcome to Buttermilk Kitchen

100 farm-to-table breakfast, brunch, and lunch recipes with a modern Southern sensibility.

Redefine the culinary boundaries of breakfast, brunch, and lunch. 100 recipes designed for the home cook using traditional cooking techniques and farm-fresh ingredients, Welcome to Buttermilk Kitchen includes all-time regional favorites, as well as pantry and refrigerator staples like granola, preserves, pickles, and other condiments. There are pastry recipes, beverages, vegan and vegetarian options, and a leftovers chapter.

Welcome to Buttermilk Kitchen joins the trend toward healthier comfort food, balancing traditional dishes that use the very best seasonal ingredients, and creative recipes incorporating new spices and flavor combinations. Many of the dishes work for lunch or dinner, as well as breakfast or brunch. It is a cookbook that home cooks will find they can use every day of the week, any time of the day or night.


MaryJane's Cast Iron Kitchen

Whether we’re urban or suburban, straight-up city or downright country, cast-iron cookware holds a special place in our hearts.

For generations, it’s the one thing that has never changed. Or worn out. With its rich history and formidable staying power, who among us doesn’t have at least one of Grandma’s skillets?

Not only is it cheaper than its modern-day, fancy-pants counterparts, it’s non-toxic. And if your great-granmama were around to utter admonitions, she’d tell you a thing or two about proper kitchenware (and manners), and then hand you a cast-iron griddle and show you how to make a mess of biscuits the likes of which you’ve never tasted before.

From Asparagus and Mushroom Quiche with Potato Crust to Chicken and Biscuit Skillet Pie to Ham Dinner on the Half Peel to Rhubarb-Raspberry Pandowdy, MaryJane’s unpretentious recipes for breads, breakfasts, soups, casseroles, main dishes, and pies and other desserts that include step-by-step instructions accompanied by beautiful color photography will make you feel as if you were sitting with her in her farmhouse kitchen in the outback of Idaho.

Preparing meals in this tried-and-true cookware just got easier with MaryJane’s farmhouse recipes and cooking tips that include her unique take on cast-iron cookware care.


Heirloomed Kitchen

Ashley Schoenith’s The Heirloomed Kitchen: Made-from-Scratch Recipes to Gather Around for Generations takes us back to our grandmother’s kitchen with enticing aromas and made-from-scratch meals cooked with love.

Ashley Schoenith’s The Heirloomed Kitchen is a carefully curated cookbook with nostalgic-style photography that beautifully presents the food while also showcasing heirloom cookware, serving vessels and utensils, and the gracious gentility of Southern hospitality. The recipes are slow-paced and packed with family memories taken from those splattered, handwritten recipe cards passed down from mother to child to grandchild.

The 100 plus recipes, along with elegant photography, bring you to the table for family meals with breakfasts, appetizers, soups, salads, main dishes, sides, desserts, special holiday gatherings, and, of course, classic drinks for the cocktail hour. You’ll find Flaky Buttermilk Biscuits, Fried Green Tomatoes, Chicken and Dumplings, St. George Island Shrimp and Grits, Cornmeal-Fried Okra, Banana Pudding Cups, Wild Strawberry Shortcakes, Derby Mint Juleps, and Back Porch Sun Tea all calling you to the dining room for food, family, and memory making.


Forager's Pantry

A comprehensive and easy guide to bringing wild food indoors and new life to your cooking.

Many home cooks want to experiment with wild foods and explore new flavors, but don’t know where to start—The Forager’s Pantry was written for you. This comprehensive and accessible book by Ellen Zachos takes readers through spices and herbs, flowers, fruit, greens, nuts and seeds, tubes and roots, and mushrooms, showing how some of the best ingredients come from nature itself.

The Forager’s Pantry is for any home cook, chef, or foodie who wants to incorporate foraged flavors into their everyday cooking. This guide will start with individual ingredients before going into techniques, preservation, and master recipes, making foraged food both accessible and delicious. This book is for the adventurous home cook just waiting to get started—combine new foods with familiar staples, explore wild ingredients, and bring new life and excitement to your cooking.

Ellen Zachos’s work has appeared in Eating Well, Horticulture, The Cook’s Cook, Edible New Mexico, Better Homes & Gardens, Backwoods Home, Country Gardens, Woman’s Day, and the Brooklyn Botanic Garden’s Handbook Series. She lives in Santa Fe, NM.


Farmhouse Weekends

Serve up comfort classic recipes for casual weekends with family and friends.

Farmhouse Weekends is the cookbook for anyone who daydreams of country life. Prepare meals and experiences to enjoy in the easy companionship of family and friends—everything you need to create the perfect farmhouse weekend, no matter where you live, is found within these pages. Each chapter provides recipes inspired by author Melissa Bahen’s weekend jaunts in the country: apple cider donuts and white bean chili after a day of picking fresh apples in the fall; buttery cobbler full of ripe, summer berries after a trip to the farmers’ market; hot, flaky biscuits slathered with butter and homemade strawberry freezer jam to start out a spring day. You’ll find brunch, dinner, and dessert recipes for spring, summer, autumn, and winter: 65 recipes to entertain and enjoy good company all year round.


Southern Entertainer's Cookbook

Serve up classics and new favorites from a Southern perspective.

In The Southern Entertainer’s Cookbook, Courtney Whitmore shares her party go-tos, from appetizers and salads to entrees, drinks and desserts. In addition to sharing modern twists on classics and beloved heirloom recipes from her family’s cookbooks (not to worry, no archaic methods or hard-to-find ingredients here), Courtney provides tips throughout to make the most of your gathering: try embellishing a plate with edible flower petals or create mini versions of a well-known dessert.

Courtney continues to be a trusted resource for creating delicious, party-friendly food to enhance any meal and every party. Consider this the only Southern cookbook primer you need.



Backyard Homesteader

The essential beginner's manual on living a greener, healthier, and more self-sufficient lifestyle.

Absolutely all you need to know to provide you and your family with homegrown food throughout the year. Alison Candlin offers easy-to-follow advice on planning, establishing, and maintaining a small-acre farm, an allotment, or a backyard garden. 


She also includes essential tips for selecting, housing, and looking after chickens, goats, pigs, bees, and other animals. Learn how to collect and recycle water, compost your leftover scraps, and generate renewable energy for your own home in order to save money and minimize your impact on the environment. 


With step-by-step instructions and more than 350 photographs and charming illustrations, this book is a practical and comprehensive guide to living off the land.


So many fantastic titles to choose from!  Whether your mom is into these hobbies or others like flowers, interior design, travel or so many others, check out Gibbs Smith for a couple of great reads mom is sure to love 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.