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Perfect Bars are nutritious and delicious!

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I recently received some nutritious bars called Perfect Bars and I have to admit I wasn’t sure about them. I have tried other nutritious bars and well…thought that they were simply “okay” but were missing something in the taste department. Not so with Perfect Bars…they are a protein bar made with creamy peanut butter, almond butter and cashew butter options. They are a good source of protein but they taste delicious! They stay in the fridge but you can take them on-the-go so they are also great for travel!

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There is a wide variety but my two favorites are the Regular Bars in Chocolate Chip Peanut Butter and the Cashew Blueberry! Yum! They come in Regular Size and the Mini Size. The Mini’s come in  Almond Butter and the Peanut Butter. These didn’t last long at my work! The Mini Bars retail for $1.30 each and the Full-Size Bars are $2.99.

You can find them in more than 12,000 fridges nationwide. Mini’s are only available online at PerfectBar.com or in select retailers.

To find them go to Perfectbar.com/where-to-buy

 

Photo Credit: SoCal City Kids.

Learn Your Messy ABCs with Oscar the Grouch & his Sesame Street Friends!

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Looking for the perfect alphabet book? This one is fun and is personalized with your child’s name! It’s also approved by Oscar the Grouch!

“You know, it seems like every alphabet book I read is full of nice, clean things like cute kittens, cuddly puppies, and shiny new toys. I think it’s time for a new alphabet book, a MESSY alphabet book.” — Oscar the Grouch 

 In Sesame Street: The Messy Alphabet Book, a new personalized book on PutMeInTheStory.com, Oscar the Grouch and his Sesame Street friends teach your child their ABCs by splashing and crashing their way through the alphabet together!

I received a copy of this book and it’s adorable! We have a friend who just had a baby and decided to give this book as a gift! She loved it and I am sure baby will too!

I mean who doesn’t love Sesame Street?!  I’m a big fan of Elmo and Oscar too!

There is a Sweepstakes you can enter but you have to enter NOW!

A Messy Alphabet Book Sweepstakes for a chance to win a Sesame Street personalized book bundle!

 

Enter through the Rafflecopterhttp://www.rafflecopter.com/rafl/display/54ca7af7566/

Terms & Conditions:

No purchase necessary to enter or win. A purchase does not improve your chances of winning. VOID WHERE PROHIBITED BY LAW.

 

Open to legal residents of USA who are 18 years or older. Giveaway begins September 11, 2017 at 12:01am and ends September 22, 2017 at 11:59pm (“Promotion Period”). Enter the Giveaway during the Promotion Period online by submitting the entry form. The entry form can be found on the following website at http://www.rafflecopter.com/rafl/display/54ca7af7566/ . Winner will be selected by Random.org and be notified by email. Winner has 48 hours to respond before a new winner is selected. ONE (1) winner will receive ONE (1) Sesame Street Personalized Book Bundle and Plush (approximate retail value or “ARV”: $155). By providing your information in this form, you are providing your information to Put Me In The Story. Put Me In The Story does not share or sell information and will use any information only for the purpose of this giveaway. Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram are in no way associated with this giveaway.

 

o   Includes personalized copies of:

§  Sesame Street: The Messy Alphabet Book

§  Sesame Street: Just One You!

§  Sesame Street: I Love You Just Like This!

§  Sesame Street: Let’s Make a Friend

§  And an Elmo Plush

Self Disclosure: I received a free book to facilitate this post and participate in this blog tour. Images were provided.

It’s Time to Start Using Flour Sack Towels in Your Kitchen Again

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Are you looking for high-quality flour sack kitchen towels made of 100% cotton? Well, you can buy those blank flour sack towels in bulk from Southern California based Mary’s Kitchen Towels: https://www.floursacktowels.com.

There used to be a time when homemakers would turn leftover flour sacks into sheets, clothing, and kitchen towels. Undoubtedly, flour sack towels have proven to be an important part of any American kitchen. Today, commercially produced flour sack towels have taken the place of homemade towels which are superior in quality and made from 100% fine woven cotton.

Flour sack towels are absolutely long lasting and hard-wearing, resisting to many washes and uses and remain exceptionally soft. These towels are not only lint-free but have better absorbing capability for liquids than paper towels. What’s more, there are companies like Mary’s Kitchen that manufacture eco-friendly flour sack towels which help preserve the environment with each of your purchases.

Flour sack tea towels made of high quality can be utilized for a considerable length of time in your kitchen and other spaces of your home. Always try buying a bundle pack of towels, so that, you do not have to stress over buying another towel for your home for quite a while. It is for sure that you will enjoy the subtle feel and toughness these towels offer when wiping spills, cleaning, or polishing your crockery or when using as a cover to keep the freshness alive of your food.

These classical cotton weave towels have a huge scope of uses. From mopping counters to food preservation and serving, when you step in the shop or browse online, you will definitely discover new ways to make great use of them.

Flour Sack Towels Make Great Gifts

Flour sack towels are even a good option for housewarming gifts or for daily personal use. Evincing their viability throughout all these years, flour sacks have turned into a household necessity. They are also a great replacement for paper and other expendable materials since they can better handle a range of cleaning jobs while being completely machine launderable.

They Dry Better

Flour sack towels likewise take lesser time to dry than their counterparts. They are an ideal material for drying dishes since they air dry immediately and are lint-free. Because of being lint-free, these towels also make incredible polishing materials for furniture, metal, and even mirrors.

Recommended by Gourmet Chefs

Flour sack towels are an extremely handy tool for gourmet chefs. Due to their sustainable nature, they have gained popularity even in the food industry. In addition, they are totally suitable to use around food since they are manufactured without including any colors or chemicals.

They are Versatile

As flour sack towels are safe around food, they can be used to line bread, dehydrate fruits, strain sauces, and make cheese. They offer great versatility to any kitchen or bakery and add value to your space. Cooking experts consider these towels “gourmet” and have sworn by them for quite a long time.

It is about time that you replace paper towels with these value offering flour sack towels for a persistent household use. Get your flour sacks from a reliable local company Mary’s Kitchen Flour Sack Towels!

zulily Presents: Fall for You,” a First-Ever Interactive Facebook Live Styling and Shopping Experience, Highlighting Fall Fashion Trends for All Women Online Retailer Celebrates Women of all Silhouettes with Five-Day Fashion Event Featuring Body Inclusive Brands that Turn the Runway into the Real Way

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From chic velvet dresses to stylish over-the-knee boots, it’s time to get your wardrobe ready with the hottest fashion trends that fall has to offer. To help women navigate the must-have styles this season and find their perfect match, zulily, the online retailer obsessed with bringing special finds every day to its customers, is launching “zulily Presents: Fall for You,” a series of shoppable Facebook Live styling sessions where consumers will have the chance to see and shop top fashion picks modeled by real women of all shapes and sizes. Over the past two years, zulily buyers have been partnering with and encouraging women’s vendors to add plus-sizes to their product offerings.  In fact, zulily counts over 900 vendors and 1,500 brands that have featured plus-size styles on the site, including ten unique plus-size brands that are exclusive to zulily!

 

From Sept. 18 – 22, zulily will be going live on Facebook at 10 a.m. PDT each day to showcase a different fall trend through their first-ever shoppable, live styling events. Fashion themes will include, Luxe Textures, Fall Prints, Pops of Red, Budget-Friendly Buys, and Curve Appeal, and will feature trend-forward apparel inclusive of all body types and budgets.

 

Shoppers can learn how to create these looks at home thanks to styling commentary from a panel of experts, including zulily buyers and stylists and Seattle-based fashion bloggers: Bre Sheppard of BreSheppard.com, Sahily Perez of Pretty in Pigment, Asa Herrman of Lace and Pearls, and Emma Cortes of Emma’s Edition. Consumers will also be encouraged to participate in an interactive question and answer session via Facebook Live through a virtual roundtable, to uncover tips and tricks for dressing in the season’s top trends and how to make these trends work for each unique body type.

 

“Our customers are looking for unique, yet achievable ways to incorporate trend-forward styles for fall into their wardrobes at an affordable price point,” said Susan Connell, VP of Women’s Merchandising at zulily. “Through our “zulily Presents: Fall for You” Facebook Live styling sessions, we’ll help women discover brands that complement their body shape and new ways to wear this fall’s hottest trends, without breaking the bank.”

 

Harking back to when the site launched, and as an ode to real women everywhere, zulily employees from all roles will be models of this season’s top fashions. As a supporter of inclusive fashion, these models represent a wide range of body types, helping shoppers at home see how these trends can be applied to women of all shapes and sizes.

 

zulily’s shoppable Facebook Live styling sessions will air the following dates:

  • Thursday, Sept. 21 – Fall Prints
  • Friday, Sept. 22 – Luxe Textures

Don’t miss these dates!

To learn more about upcoming fall fashion trends, ask fall style questions and discover new inclusive fashion brands, visit zulily.com and facebook.com/zulily.

 

Self Disclosure: Received some type of compensation to post. Credit: zulily. Photo Credit: zulily.

 

GourmetGiftBaskets.com Launches National “15 & Me Selfie Search” Online Gifting Company Kicks Off 15th Birthday Countdown, Offering Consumers 17 Ways To Win

One of the top U.S. online gifting companies is celebrating its first 15 years of business in a fun, unique way, shining the spotlight on the countless customers who have contributed to this major milestone. At 11:15 a.m. (ET)today, “GourmetGiftBaskets.com‘s 15 & Me Selfie Search” will launch, offering more than $2,000 in prizes.
The $22 million ecommerce company, which provides hundreds of upscale gourmet gifting options, will turn 15 on November 15th. The selfie search invites everyone to join the countdown to this big birthday by posting selfies with the number 15 in them on the company’s Facebook or Instagram pages. All posts must be family-friendly and should contain the hashtag #GGBTurns15.
The “15” can appear on nearly anything — a cake, sign, house, T-shirt, or even printed on paper. Contestants can post as many different shots as they’d like, as well, since all posts count. All entrants will vie for one of 17 exciting prizes.
The contestant with the most creative entry will win first prize – a whopping $1,500 worth of upscale goodies! These could include elaborate gourmet baskets, towers, cookie cakes, and many more WOW-inspiring gifts.
The entrant with the highest number of posts will win second prize — a three-month membership in the Monthly Cheesecake Club, receiving a different cheesecake flavor each month.
Finally, 15 third-place winners will be chosen randomly to receive one-gallon tins of handcrafted gourmet popcorn, since GourmetGiftBaskets.com offers nearly 100 popcorn flavors from sweet to savory.
“As a company that’s all about life’s celebrations, we wanted to approach this major milestone by offering consumers something fun, different and rewarding,” said Vice President of Sales and Marketing Jason Bergeron. “We can’t wait to see all of the selfies from our many loyal customers – and future ones, too.”
The search runs until 11:15 p.m. (ET) on November 15th. Soon afterward, winners will be announced and prizes will be distributed.
To enter, go to the special contest page, or follow instructions on the GourmetGiftBaskets.com Facebook or Instagram pages. Updates will be available on the contest page and social media channels as the selfie search gains national momentum.

Credit: GourmetGiftBaskets.com. No compensation was received to post. 

A fiesta with the fishes for all ages with interactive Latin music, painting, dance & more AQUARIUM OF THE PACIFIC HOSTS 16TH ANNUAL BAJA SPLASH CULTURAL FESTIVAL THE WEEKEND OF SEPTEMBER 23 AND 24, 2017, AND ANNOUNCES HONOREES

 

AztecdancechildIn celebration of National Hispanic Heritage Month and Mexican Independence Day, the Aquarium of the Pacific will host its sixteenth annual Baja Splash Cultural Festival on Saturday and Sunday, September 23 and 24, 2017, from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. This event will feature bilingual environmental educational programs, including films and underwater presentations with divers; and traditional dance, crafts, music, interactive children’s programs, and an award ceremony honoring Lorenzo Rojas-Bracho and Armando M. Jaramillo Legorreta for their dedicated commitment to ocean conservation and championing the vaquita—the world’s most endangered marine mammal, which is only found in Baja California, Mexico.

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Baja Splash highlights Mexico’s Gulf of California, which is one of the most important wildlife havens in the world. Visitors can learn more about this important ecosystem, the threats it faces, and how people can help by exploring the Aquarium’s Gulf of California exhibit created with World Wildlife Fund Mexico. Through special bilingual programming during the festival, guests will receive an update about the vaquita, a porpoise found only in Baja’s upper Gulf of California. During the 1:40 p.m. award ceremony on Saturday, September 23, guests will hear directly from the honoree experts from Mexico who have been working directly to help the vaquita.

Latin American folk dance performances, Aztec dancers, mariachi musicians, and other entertainers will perform in front of the Aquarium’s tallest exhibit, the Honda Blue Cavern—home to giant sea bass, rays, and other inhabitants of local kelp forests. Guests can witness colorful dances from Mexico, Guatemala, El Salvador, and beyond. The Aquarium will feature interactive Central and South American music programs for all ages. There will also be children’s crafts and mural painting.

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The nonprofit Aquarium of the Pacific is a community gathering place where diverse cultures and the arts are celebrated and where important challenges facing our planet are explored by scientists, policymakers, and stakeholders in search of sustainable solutions. The Aquarium is dedicated to conserving and building nature and nature’s services by building the interactions between and among peoples. Home to more than 11,000 animals, Aquarium exhibits include the Ocean Science Center, Molina Animal Care Center, and the new FROGS: Dazzling and Disappearing exhibition. Beyond its animal exhibits, the Aquarium offers educational programs for people of all ages, from hands-on activities to lectures by leading scientists. The Aquarium has won a 2015 Travelers’ Choice Award for Aquariums, as awarded by TripAdvisor® travelers. The Aquarium earned a four-star charity rating from Charity Navigator in 2016. The Aquarium offers memberships with unlimited FREE admission for 12 months, VIP Entrance, and other special benefits.

 

 

Self Disclosure: Information provided by the Aquarium of the Pacific.

Photo Credit:

Top Photo: Aquarium of the Pacific.

Vaquita photo taken under permit (Oficio No. DR/488/08) from the Secretaria de Medio Ambiente y Recursos Naturales (SEMARNAT), within a natural protected area subject to special management and decreed as such by the Mexican Government.Credit: Paula Olson (NOAA Contractor)

Stewie is Pet of the Week!

Stewie, September 21 Pet of the Week

What begins with s? Well…shih tzu mix, soft, serious expression, super-sweet (that’s two s’s!)—and Stewie, who’s all those things. Stewie’s about 9 years old and has a mellow disposition. He’d make a lovely lapdog as well as a possible companion for another dog—he appears to get along quite well with other dogs. Meet Stewie on the shelter side of the Companion Animal Village at 7700 East Spring St., (562) 570-PETS. Ask for ID#A596221.

 

(The usual suspects contributed to this rescue)

Credit: Courtesy of the Companion Animal Village.

Floogals: Mission Complete – A wonderful way for younger kids to learn about Planet Earth!

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Join the Floogals on a mission of discovery as they explore Earth and the funny hoomans who live there! Each day, Captain Fleeker, First Officer Flo and Junior Boomer encounter something that sparks their curiosity, setting in motion the day s research project and triggering an exciting adventure! First, the Floogals have an adventure in which they must learn the difficult task of assembling the Girl Hooman’s jigsaw puzzle. They learn working in a team wins the day! The projects continue with investigating Boy Hooman’s building of a model rocket, learning how to fly a toy helicopter to rescue Boomer, discovering who stole Dad Hooman’s veggies in the garden and so much more! Adventure is everywhere they go. They’re the Floogals! 3, 2, 1, let s go! KIDS FIRST! Film Critic Dariana A. comments, “Floogals are such a great way to get kids hooked on learning. It has an amazing dynamic and a review of everything they learn at the end, so the kids don’t forget.” Samantha M. adds, “This hilarious animated series had me laughing the entire time. Seeing aliens interact with humans is something I’ve never witnessed before, and the obstacles that the Floogals face are incredibly unique.” See their full reviews below.

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Floogals: Mission Complete

By Dariana A., KIDS FIRST Film Critics, age 11

 

 

Floogals: Mission Complete is a spectacular DVD. It has great animation, a great way to teach kids about day to day things and the Floogals are such a great way to get kids hooked on learning. It has an amazing dynamic and a review of everything they learn at the end, so the kids don’t forget. It also never has a dull moment, so it will keep kids very interested and wanting to watch more.

 

Floogals is about three little aliens that move into a “hoomans” house. Everyday, they discover something new about Earth and they investigate. While doing that, they teach kids about all those things. There is a wide variety of episodes from teaching kids how mail works, to finding out how seeds grow.

 

This show has such amazing animation. The Floogals are little animated aliens, but they live in a live action world. It’s so cool to see them pick up objects that aren’t animated and they still look like real objects. Another thing I really like is the personalities of all the Floogals. Take Boomer for example. He relates to kids that are shyer and helps them be more out there just like him. I also love the way each episode is formatted. Every episode starts with the Floogals seeing something they don’t understand. Then, they find funny uses for it and, in the end when they find out what it is, they go over everything they learned. It’s a great tool to help kids remember what they learn. One of my favorite episodes is “Project Mail.” I really like it because, as a kid, I never would have known how mail worked and this would have been really cool for me to watch at a younger age. If I could change one thing about the Floogals, it would be how long Boomer’s name is. On the show they call him Junior-Floogal-Boomer. I think it would be better as just Boomer.

 

The message of this show is that you should go out and learn something new every day. I give this DVD 4 out of 5 stars for its great animation, awesome plots and incredible characters. I recommend this DVD for ages 3 to 6. This DVD will be released on September 12, 2017 so be sure to check it out.

 

Floogals: Mission Complete!

By Samantha M., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, Age 17

 

 

 

This hilarious animated series had me laughing the entire time. Seeing aliens interact with humans is something I’ve never witnessed before, and the obstacles that the Floogals face are incredibly unique. As soon as I began watching the series, the Floogals have to face a giant cat, which did not fail to make me laugh. With many twists and turns, you will never get bored.
A story is about three aliens from outer space, Captain Fleeker, First Officer Flo and Junior Boomer who  experience many exciting adventures with humans. They must stay hidden, conduct research projects and report back to their space captain about what it’s like to live on earth. The Floogals learn about jigsaw puzzles, mail, a model rocket, a helicopter and so much more! And, if they do a good job with their research, they get badges to wear on their uniforms. Join Fleeker, Flo and Boomer as they learn what it’s like to be a “hooman.”

 

Rasmus Hardiker, who plays Captain Fleeker, is the lead Floogal. Fleeker always manages to come up with solutions to problems that the Floogals face. For example, when the Floogals ruin a jigsaw puzzle that a little girl built, they have to find a way to rebuild it before she comes back. Hardiker’s voice is very deep, but it’s also very optimistic, which makes his character very relatable. Hugo Harold- Harrison, who plays Boomer, is the funniest character I’ve ever seen. Boomer doesn’t think before he acts, which lands him in difficult situations. Boomer is in charge of watching the cat while the other Floogals rebuild the jigsaw puzzle. Harrison’s voice is filled with fear, which makes it hilarious.

 

The animation in this show is very realistic. The house that the Floogals live in looks just like mine! Their uniforms are the coolest uniforms I’ve ever seen. I wish I could be a Floogal! My favorite part about this series is its theme song. It is incredibly catchy, so prepare to have it get stuck in your head. I love the ending of each episode, because Fleeker, Flo and Boomer each provide their personal perspective about their daily adventures. It’s great to hear their differing opinions, which makes their friendship work. Fleeker, Flo and Boomer are undoubtedly best friends, and you’ll wish that you could join them on their adventures.
The message of this series is to explore everything that life has to offer and to keep an open mind. The Floogals are nothing like humans, but they learn to love what humans can do. I give this DVD 5 out of 5 stars and recommend it to kids ages 4 to 8. With non-stop adventures and many jokes, there is something for everyone to enjoy. This DVD is available on September 12, 2017 so, be sure to look for it.  I can’t wait to watch the second series.

 

Credit: KIDS FIRST!