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Spring has finally sprung and Nonni’s is celebrating by releasing its first-ever Limited Batch Spring Biscotti in White Chocolate Cherry and Limoncello Pistachio flavors. Perfect for pairing with cooler beverages (iced tea, please!), or enjoying as a stand alone sweet treat, these seasonal snacks are sure to wow your taste buds just in time for warmer weather.
Nonni’s Spring Biscotti offer a light and airy snack to compliment the vibes of the season. These 110-calorie treats are made with real ingredients, such as eggs, butter, fruits and nuts, the perfect guilt-free indulgence all season long.
I was sent two boxes of these delicious new flavors, and I love them both! The Limoncello Pistachio is light, tarte and sweet in all the right places. The white chocolate cherry makes my taste buds feel as if they are in heaven! And thankfully, since these delightful treats are low in calories, then I don't need to feel any guilt! (Even if I just so happen to eat both boxes myself, just saying.)
Enter to win! One winner will receive one box each of Nonni's Limited Batch Spring Biscotti in White Chocolate Cherry and Limoncello Pistachio.
How? It's easy! Just fill out the Giveaway Tools below. Good luck!
National Picnic Day Necessities
Spring has sprung, and that means it's time to take get outside and advantage of the sunshine! With National Picnic Day coming up on April 23rd, you'll have the perfect excuse to grab a blanket and basket for an outdoor celebration.
Thinking about what to pack? Don't stress! Just make sure you have enough snacks and beverages (wine for the adults!) on hand to keep you fueled for the day. Whether you are planning a romantic picnic for 2 or a family outing with the kids, we've got you covered.
A few of my top picnic-friendly picks are below:
For the Adults
Wine: Pack the picnic basket with a bottle of wine! Santa Margherita's Sparkling Rose has a pink hue that introduces a subtle succession of floral fragrances lifted by white fruits and delicate hints of red berry fruits, while offering a versatile drinking experience.
Snack Olives: Know the kids gravitate to salty snacks over sweet ones? Pack up Gaea Olive Snack Packs! Full of authentic Greek Flavors, low-calorie, and containing zero additives, these are a perfect alternative to salty snacks this spring.
For the Kids
Flavored Water: Stay hydrated! Fun for kids and smart for parents, AquaBall's naturally flavored water is the only zero-sugar, zero-calorie, zero-preservative children's beverage around. Available in four flavors, Berry Frost, Fruit Punch, Grape, and Strawberry Lemonade, and features fan favorite characters from Disney's Frozen, Disney Princesses, Marvel's Avengers, and Disney Classic Characters, the bottle alone will bring a smile to any kid's face.
For Everyone Else
Granola: Cravings something sweet? Throw a treat like Viki's Granola "on-the-go" Packs into your picnic basket that can be enjoyed guilt-free!
Oatmeal Fruit Squeezes: Packed with wholesome whole grains & real fruit bites, Munk Pack's ready-to-eat Oatmeal Fruit Squeezes are perfect as an on-the-go picnic snack. Even better, they are gluten-free, non-GMO, kosher and certified vegan.
Flax Chia Seeds: Bringing yogurt for the day? Pack your picnic basket with protein-packed Carrington Farms Organic Milled Flax Paks for a unique superfood blend to sprinkle on top, and fight hunger!
Popcorn: The Little Kernel, the newest popcorn brand on the market, is the perfect addition to any picnic! Not only is this a delicious treat perfect for everyone to enjoy, but also a better-for-you snack that has a unique, hulless, "miniature kernel." Popped in 100% pure olive oil, each popcorn is gluten-free, non-GMO, dairy-free, kosher and certified whole grains.
Pasta: Whip up a quick, easy and nutritious pasta salad with Explore Cuisine, an alternative pasta brand that integrates beans, peas, lentils, and rice to provide you with nourishing meals which are easy, quick, colorful, and simply delicious! All Explore Cuisine products are vegan, gluten-free, non-GMO and jam packed with nutrients.
Sparkling Water: Stay hydrated with Sparkling Ice! An excellent soda alternative, Sparkling Ice is slightly carbonated with B-Vitamins, Vitamin D and antioxidants. This light and refreshing beverage is the perfect addition to any picnic, containing zero calories, zero carbs, and is gluten free and sodium free.
The World Health Organisation declared April 7th, 2017 as World Health Day focussing on mental health. This year-long campaign aims to educate, raise awareness and help people suffering from mental illness.
Depression, Anxiety, and other mental health issues now affect over 300 million people worldwide according to the WHO and we think that more needs to be done to educate and inform just how tough this illness can be. It's usually also the underlying cause of many other social issues.
Those of us who have a dog in our life, knows just how important they are for keeping us fit, socializing and living life to the full.
We think that having a dog in your life can really help with coping and so does Andy and the team at Pet Gear Lab. They've created this infographic to highlight 12 reasons why a dog can help you cope with depression and anxiety.
This is what it looks like:
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Head on over to Andy's site to find out more about how dogs are a great asset to your life.
Gourmet Cooking Made Easy with Keli’s Sauces
Taste the flavor of the Islands with the tasty ginger garlic Teriyaki from Keli’s Sauces! Whether you’re looking to boost your BBQ seasoning, craft a gourmet meal, or get the perfect present for Mom and Dad, this bold brand has got your back. Geared towards gluten-free products? Keli’s Sauces whips up gluten-free, vegan sauces with no MSG or preservatives so you can serve up hot, Hawaiian or BBQ classics for friends and family!
Originated in the Islands of Polynesia, Keli’s Sauces was a recipe passed down from generation to generation. Before settling down to their regular jobs, Jim and Terry Morrisey travelled to the Marshall Islands. With no radio, television, or phone service, they made close friends with the people on the island, particularly to one Hawaiian family whose daughter was in Terry’s Kindergarten class. During their time in the Islands, they shared a lot of meals and fell in love with the island inspired flavors and sauces. In 1989 Penny, one of the Hawaiian family’s children from the island of Molokai, took an adventure to meet Jim and Terry on the mainland working at their small deli on the Oregon Coast. Together, the dynamic duo created a recipe for the delicious sweet ginger Teriyaki that the islands are famous for. Encouraging them to market these savory sauces, Penny helped them design the very first label. Forever indebted to Penny, Terry named the company “IPO,” which is Penny’s middle name and means “Sweetheart” in Hawaiian. Penny named the sauce “Keli,” which is Terry in Hawaiian.
Start the trend of trying Keli’s Sauces and learn how they’re separate from all the rest:
- Amazing flavor
- No MSG
- No preservatives
- Low sodium
- Low fat
- Prices range from $6.99-$33.99
Creating Aloha one bite at a time, Keli’s Sauces bring a love for the Hawaiian Islands, culture and it’s warm, friendly people straight to your plate!
I happen to love Hawaii, AND I love trying out gourmet recipes. Keli's Sauces are definitely right up my alley! After my daughter's wedding reception (her wedding was in Hawaii!) we happened to have a lot of leftover rice and meatballs, You can only do so much with rice and meatballs. So, I decided to add Keli's delicious Polynesian Sweet -n- Sour Sauce to liven up the dish. And guess what? It was truly a gourmet delight!
These are my top three favorites from Keli's Gourmet Sauces
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*Product received. All opinions are my own.
Year after year of buying a Mother’s Day present can run you out of ideas, especially if she seems to have everything. There is one item that every Mother can use day in and day out to help her stay connected and that’s a portable charger, but don’t just settle for a cheap and unsafe one you can buy at a gas station or drug store.
myCharge makes a variety of quality chargers that feature Safe Cell™ Technology, which delivers 12 layers of battery and device protection sand Hyper-Charge™, which charges smartphones up to 30% faster than the supplied charger the phone comes with. The HubXtra is one of myCharge’s popular chargers. It features a built-in Apple Lightning and Micro-USB cable and has prongs on the back of the unit to directly charge it from a wall outlet, meaning that is one less thing Mom is required to remember to bring along!
I received a sample unit of the myCharge HubXtra Portable Charger. I was very excited to get the chance to try it out. (Much more excited than if I had received chocolates or flowers!)
My family goes camping a lot, and I hate to admit it, but I enjoy using my Kindle when we go camping. I MUST have my ebooks to read! Or, on long care trips when we bring along my very restless little boy. I want to make sure that we have his ipad fully charged so that he can be entertained playing games. The HubXtra Portable Charger is the perfect solution to keeping everything all charged up without having to mess around with a bunch of cords and chargers.
The new myCharge HubExtra 4400mAh portable charger is the quintessential powerbank. With an integrated Apple® Lightning™ cable and an integrated micro-USB cable, staying charged on the go has never been easier. Carrying cables is a thing of the past, not only are the cables built in for effortless charging but wall prongs are built-in for effortless recharging.
All I have to do is plug it into the wall to get it charged up, and then it is ready for use again and again! I love that it charges up my devices 65% faster than my other chargers. I absolutely love the fact that I can charge two devices at the same time!
Look! The HubXtra Portable Charger can charge my phone AND my son's ipad at the same time!
So, when it comes to finding Mom that perfect gift this Mother's Day, don't forget about myCharge! Flowers DIE, but your phone doesn't have to! As a mom, I can guarantee, she will LOVE it!
Enter to win! One winner will receive a myCharge HubXtra Portable Charger unit. (Retail value: $69.99)
How? It's easy! Just enter to win by filling out the Giveaway Tools form below.
For more information go to: https://mycharge.com
*Product received. All opinions are my own.
5 Natural Solutions for your Backyard
We are heavily dependent on modern technology for almost everything. Seemingly quick and easy solution, high tech equipment has its downsides. First of all, it wastes natural resources (even in situations where it doesn’t have to). It can also lead to increased pollution.
Truth of the matter is we can do a lot with naturally made items. This is the precise reason why DIY is so popular nowadays. Not only does it save money, it also helps us avoid all the issues of modern technology.
If you wish to live naturally, without relying too much on tech, these are solutions you have to consider.
1. Rainwater barrels
Rainwater barrels were around for centuries. They aren’t anything revolutionary and that is their main charm.
As the time went by, we became spoiled and started relying solely on water provided by a local water distributor. This is really wasteful and expensive. Even if you do not wish to use rainwater for drinking or washing yourself, there are many things which can be done in your backyard if you have a barrel of free rainwater.
Like with everything else, people expanded on this idea and nowadays you can even find rainwater tanks that work submersible tank pumps. But, getting a tank and water pumps can be expensive in itself. A cheaper yet great solution would be to
buy pump from ForPumps.
2. Creating organic compost
Most families have different plants in their backyard. Whether we are talking about flowers or vegetables, they need constant care.
Now, big companies would like you to buy chemical products and use them as fertilizers. But what if you can create that same fertilizer without paying any money?
You can create an area for disposing your organic trash. This trash should be exposed to the elements which will quicken its process of decomposition. In the end, you will have free fertilizer that only costs you some space in your backyard.
Windmill works perfectly in conjunction with barrels. It provides the necessary energy for manual labor performed around the house.
Have in mind that windmills are really modern nowadays. They can be used for generating electricity for your whole home. Although this is undeniably a great solution, you can also accomplish a lot with simple old wooden windmill.
4. Vegetable garden
If you have a big family you should definitely consider planting fruit and vegetable garden.
Food prices are constantly increasing and we don’t even have any idea what we’re eating. There is a lot of organic food but it costs a lot. So, why don’t you go for simpler solution and just make food yourself?
Vegetable gardens are becoming increasingly popular in western world. This is partially due to slow economic decline many countries are experiencing. Having in mind that a lot of people lost their jobs in last 10 years and weren’t fully able to recover, this method provides a valid solution that allows homeowners to take care of their family.
5. Use old wood
This is not so much of an idea as a notion that should lead you through life.
Like most other materials, wood can be recycled. In worst case scenario all you’ll have to do is reshape it for the next object. Anyway, it definitely beats getting new planks and generally speaking, wooden material.
So, the next time you decide to tear down an object in your backyard, make sure to save that wood, place it in a shed or some other impregnable room and leave it for later use.
A lot can be accomplished by simply recycling and turning to nature.
There is no need for you to waste money when there are perfect natural solutions to be used.
BEACH-WORTHY HAIR WITH JOHN FRIEDA HAIR CARE
No need to wait for the summer or your next island vacation to get that beach-worthy hair. With John Frieda Hair Care, you can get those waves and texture right now and at home. From straight hair to wavy hair, John Frieda Hair Care has the perfect products for you to get that sexy, tousled look before hitting the beach.
John Frieda Beach Blonde Sea Waves Sea Salt Spray ($9.99, Food, drug and mass retailers)
This iconic sea salt spray is great for those with straight to wavy hair who want a little added texture. Simply spritz to create a carefree, tousled look!
John Frieda Frizz Ease Dream Curls Air-Dry Waves Styling Foam ($9.99, Food, drug and mass retailers)
Think soft, touchable air-dry waves you can run your fingers through. If you have wavy or curly hair you know air-drying is a savvy way to keep hair healthy and smooth. However, nailing the perfect curly look when air-drying has never been easy. With this product, you will be able to achieve the natural, frizz-free waves and curls you desire.
John Frieda Luxurious Volume Volume Refresh Dry Shampoo ($6.99, Food, Drug and Mass Retailers)
For those with straight and fine hair, this dry shampoo is the ultimate way to extend your favorite styles and give them a boost of body. You can achieve those full styles you never thought possible and give your hair touchable body that lasts. You can even use it on clean hair to give it texture.
Does your little one hate brushing their teeth? When my son, Braxton (now ten years old) was a toddler, there was nothing he hated more than brushing his teeth. It got to the point that I would have to lay him on his back and pin him down, using the opportunity of his screaming to get the dang toothbrush in his mouth. He sounded like a wounded chimpanzee, and I felt horrible having to practically wrestle with my baby to give his teeth a good cleaning.
Thankfully, a doctor who is also a Mommy, developed a unique and fun way to make teeth brushing fun for kids! It is called The Brushies.
The Brushies is the world’s first finger puppet toothbrush for infants and toddlers. The book and puppet system makes a once challenging daily routine fun, setting kids up with a healthy habit for life and turning what’s often a battle of wills into a beautiful bonding routine.
With dental decay topping the charts as the number one chronic childhood condition in the world today, the two doctor moms behind The Brushies took it upon themselves to drill a dent in this unhealthy epidemic and make brushing fun for all.
What it is: The Brushies is an adorable set of finger puppets that have gentle bristles that are perfect for a baby's and toddler's little mouths. Each Brushies finger puppet is a cute little character that your child will love. The Brushies helps your child feel more at ease with brushing their teeth. You can purchase the finger puppet toothbrushes individually, or in a set that comes with a fun story book.
You can't go wrong with Willa the Whale, Momo the Monkey, Pinky the Pig, or Chomps the Dino! You can add a little bit of toothpaste, or just use water at first, until your child is accustomed to the feel of the brush in their mouth.
Fun Fact: Can you believe that it is recommended to start brushing baby's teeth (or just their gums) at 4 weeks old?
To find out more about The Brushies, or to purchase go to: https://thebrushies.com
*Product received. All opinions are my own.
Celebrate Earth Day with ZSS Skincare!
ZSS Skincare is offering customers one heck of a deal to celebrate Earth Day!
Conserve cash and celebrate Earth Month with ZSS-Skincare's limited-time beauty special: During the month of April, enjoy 50% off ZSS 30-Day Systems with code April50.
ZSS Skincare is leading the way in clean beauty with recent National Solutions Beauty with a Conscience Award. All products are naturally-derived, pure, concentrated, contaminant-free and sustainable.
- Radiant Skin System – Nourish, Protect, and Renew with this "better together" skin care system that brings out natural skin radiance, locks in moisture, and reduces the appearance of fine lines/wrinkles while protecting from damaging environmental aggressors. Formulated with the exclusive skin antioxidant Zeaxanthin, the Radiant Skin System is designed to complement your current skincare routine, and includes a daily supplements and a topical Nutri-Serum, which have been specially-designed as a synergistic system to provide healthy skin, inside and out.
$64.50 (regularly $129) at ZSS-Skincare.com
- Clear Skin System - Calm, Clear, and Balance with this "better together" skin care system that helps detoxify and balance your skin while locking in moisture. The Clear Skin System minimizes blemishes, evens skin tone and calms dry, sensitive skin. Gluten-Free, it provides Pre and Probiotics to rebalance intestinal microflora and support gut immune health (the root of our immune system). It also helps to encourage optimal bioavailability of nutrients from both diet and supplementation. In combination with antioxidants zeaxanthin, alpha lipoic acid, milk thistle, green tea and pre/probiotics the Clear Skin System promotes optimal and balanced digestive health that encourages radiant clear skin. Designed to complement your current skincare routine, it includes a ZSS daily nutricosmetic dietary supplement packet and a topical ZSS Nutri-Serum, which have been specially-designed as a system to provide healthy skin, inside and out.
$64.50 (regularly $129) at ZSS-Skincare.com
Pamper Your Pout Naturally With JuvaLips
Boost your beauty with this innovative new lip treatment
Envious of the voluminous pouts of Scarlett Johansson, Angelina Jolie and Kylie Jenner, but don’t want the costly injections or fillers? With the Oscars and Fashion Week just around the corner, get the look of the stars naturally with JuvaLips.
This safe solution is made for those who crave that extra fullness for their lips – and it only takes minutes! By boosting blood flow into your lips, JuvaLips delivers radiant results without painful topical acids or fillers. Perfect for a woman on the go, the compact size and microfiber carrying bag makes it simple to takeJuvaLips whether you’re hustling to work or getting to rock a red carpet look for a night on the town.
Craft that kisser with the most effective lip plumper on the market. Check out how JuvaLips’ features set them apart from the rest:
- With a soft, contoured fit, this device provides a gentle, comfortable seal that won’t injure your lips and results in a plump pout that can last for up to 8-10 hours!
- The safe, removable mouthpiece and replaceable felt pads make for easy cleaning and sharing with your bestie!
- Patent-pending push button control allows for consistent treatments at a carefully regulated pressure to enhance blood flow into the capillaries of your lovely lips, giving you the dramatic pouty lip you’ve always dreamed of.
- A fraction of the price of Juvederm® or Restylane®, this plumper tool is not only affordable – it easily slips into your purse for that last minute touch up.
Give your lips a lift with the natural, safe solution – JuvaLips! In just 1-2 minutes, you’ll have the paparazzi zooming in on that perfect pout! Throw them that gorgeous grin complete with fabulous, full lips thanks to JuvaLips.
JuvaLips is really easy to use. I love to experiment with it to see how plump my lips can get. I like how it gently adds suction to your lips without any pain or pressure.
For more information visit www.myjuvalips.com.
*Product received. All opinions are my own.