The Safe Way to Add Fragrance to Your Home! This one would also make a great gift!

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Looking for a safer alternative to candles? Something that will make your room smell great? I absolutely love this product and it would also make a great gift and we know the holidays will be here before we know it!  Happy Wax sent me samples to review and I am quite impressed!

Happy Wax provides a safe alternative to candles and even traditional melters. The warmer is, of course, flameless, but more importantly the melts are completely non-toxic and are safe for children.

 

Plus, unlike paraffin-based candles and melts, Happy Wax uses all-natural soy wax that is 100% vegetable-based, made from renewable resources and American farm-grown soybeans. Happy Wax Melts are completely pesticide-free, non-toxic, contain no genetically modified materials, are not tested on animals and each melt is hand-poured in Durham, North Carolina.

 

Happy Wax was thoughtfully designed with a home’s interior in mind. The chic, modern and simple design of the Happy Wax Warmer is the perfect accent piece to compliment any mantel, side table, or nursery. But, even better, the Happy Wax Melts transform any room with a fresh, gentle, livable fragrance throughout. The melts are an all-natural, mixable, and available in over 20 unique scents and in adorable shapes like gummie bears, hearts, specific holiday collections and more.

I just love the shapes that are available! I think I need one of these in every room in my house! I received the Spa Day mix and they are too cute! They are shaped like gummie bears! But, the best thing is how they smell and that it is safe to have this in a room with pets and children. I highly recommend! This is so much better than candles! My favorites are the Lavender/Chamomile Wax Melts!

Self Disclosure: I received free samples to facilitate this post. Images were also provided. 

 

 

DesignEvo is an online logo maker that is easy to use and it is FREE!

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Looking to make logos? This one is really cool and it is easy and free! Some of its key features:

* Over one million icons available to search through.
* Hundreds of text fonts and shapes to choose from.
* Fully customizable and unlimited free downloads to your logos.

Check it out at https://www.designevo.com/

 

Self Disclosure: No compensation was received to post. I was asked to check it out and I recommend it.

 

Good Earth Wakes Up Chamomile Tea Category with “Sweet & Spicy Good Night Tea”

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Good Earth Tea, leading specialty tea purveyors best known for the legendary “Sweet & Spicy” tea blend, has exciting news for chamomile drinkers: they no longer have to settle for sleepy flavor for their bedtime beverage, thanks to the launch of “Sweet & Spicy Good Night Tea.” By blending the highest quality chamomile flowers with exotic, juicy dragon fruit and fiery cinnamon, Good Earth has created more than a new tea: Sweet & Spicy Good Night is an entirely new experience in chamomile that can be enjoyed hot or iced!

 

The decades-long popularity of the original Good Earth’s Sweet & Spicy tea stems from its unreplicated combination of sweet and spicy elements that are naturally free of calories – and full of taste bud-tingling flavor. Last year, Good Earth introduced the first expansion of this popular tea line: Sweet & Spicy Green. Today, the brand is proud to introduce Good Night chamomile tea, the third member of the Sweet & Spicy family.

 

Good Earth believes that tea should never be boring – and that includes chamomile tea. (After all, a good night’s sleep is never boring!) That’s why our Master Blenders have brought together the benefits of chamomile with the sweetness of dragon fruit and the spiciness of cinnamon. The result is a soothing-yet-scintillating tea whose amazing aroma and tantalizing taste will put the final exclamation point on the day before dozing off to sweet (and spicy) dreams.

 

“We are always amazed by our loyal fans…and we are listening to them! They want more ways to enjoy the intriguing Sweet & Spicy flavor combinations they can only get from Good Earth, so we are expanding the line to meet their needs,” said Dhwani Kothari, Global Brand Manager at Good Earth Teas, Inc. “With Sweet & Spicy now available in our original black tea, new green tea, and newest chamomile tea, our fans can enjoy a Sweet & Spicy moment at any time of the day – or night. And there is more to come!”

 

Good Earth’s new Sweet & Spicy Good Night chamomile tea is naturally caffeine free made with natural flavors and ingredients, and free from sweeteners. Available in Original and Organic varieties, Sweet & Spicy Good Night can be purchased at select major retailers nationwide and online at GoodEarth.com for a MSRP of $4.29 (18 bags per box).

I had the opportunity to try this new Tea (it actually came out earlier this Summer!) and I love it! I stopped drinking caffeine-free tea before bed because it tasted so blah! I love the taste of cinnamon in this tea and love that it is available in the chamomile tea. Look for it at a store near you! 

 

For more information about the complete line of Good Earth teas, including Sweet & Spicy Good Night chamomile varieties, visit GoodEarth.com. For the latest updates, be sure to follow Good Earth on Facebook (Facebook.com/GoodEarthTea) and Instagram (Instagram.com/GoodEarthTea).

 

About Good Earth Tea

One of the first American herbal companies and a leader in specialty tea, Good Earth Tea offers a tea adventure like no other, taking inspiration from the Earth’s wonders to transform rich flavors from around the world into vivid and intriguing blends such as Sweet & Spicy. Good Earth Tea is part of the Tata Group, one of the largest India-headquartered multinationals in North America, that also includes Eight O’Clock Coffee and Tetley Tea. On Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram: @GoodEarthTea.

Self Disclosure: I received free samples to facilitate this post. Images and information were also provided.

Yogurtland Introduces Ice Cream! New Indulgent Premium Chocolate and Vanilla Ice Cream, Available For a Limited Time Only, Gives Fans Another Choice to Capitalize on the Industry’s Most Extensive Topping Bar

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Beginning August 29, Yogurtland is giving everyone’s sweet tooth a reason to rejoice with the limited time addition of premium chocolate and vanilla ice cream.  The new serve yourself ice cream gives Yogurtland fans an indulgent option to create their own customized treat.

With the addition of chocolate and vanilla ice cream, Yogurtland is providing a one-stop shop for all to enjoy.  Yogurtland guests can swirl up their choice of chocolate or vanilla ice cream, or both, and head over to the topping bar to build their satisfying, delicious masterpiece. With over 60 fruit, candy, cereal, nuts, cookies and other toppings to choose from, Yogurtland offers fans the chance to completely customize both their yogurt and ice cream experience with all their favorite additions.

“One of the many joys for Yogurtland fans is to build their creation to perfectly suit their taste buds,” said John Carlson, senior vice president of marketing, development and operations at Yogurtland. “Now, fro-yo fanatics and ice cream lovers alike will have the chance to do so, all under one roof at Yogurtland.”

Yogurtland’s flavorologists are continually hand crafting craveable flavors that keep fans loving their experience. Yogurtland owns its own dairy and by controlling the frozen yogurt making process, the company can deliver the highest quality flavors, setting new standards for millions of fans.

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We had the opportunity to try out the new Ice Cream at Yogurtland and my son liked it so much that it was gone before I could take a photo! 

Presently Yogurtland has more than 320 locations across the U.S., Australia, Guam, Singapore, Thailand, Venezuela and Dubai.  For more information, visit http://www.yogurt-land.com or http://www.facebook.com/yogurtland.

Self Disclosure: I was able to try out the new Ice Cream to facilitate this post. Images were provided.

Nermal is Pet of the Week!

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Except for her lovely gray coat, Nermal is about as different as she can be from her Garfield namesake. For one, she’s not an annoying pest—she’s sweet, chatty and a little shy at first. She’s also a female and only 3 years old. Although the expression on her face is one as having been caught with a paw in the treat jar, she’s very mellow and would never pull anything like that! Meet Nermal at the Companion Animal Village at 7700 East Spring St., (562) 570-PETS. Ask for ID#A594880.

 

(This rescue encouraged by the usual suspects.)

 

Credit: Courtesy of the Companion Animal Village.

The popular Harlem Globe Trotter “Stretch” teams up with Safe Laces to keep active kids and athletes safe by helping keep their laces tied.

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Anyone who wears any type of shoe with laces knows the struggle of keeping them tied. Some days it’s just an inconvenience and other days it can become a major safety issue.  Thousands of people sustain injuries from untied shoes whether its kids on the playground, runners in a race or just everyday tasks.

Any basketball player especially a Harlem globetrotter knows all about the importance of tying your laces properly so that you don’t trip on the court. Because of this, Harlem Globetrotter Jay “Stretch” Middleton decided to team up with Safe Laces Active to help make shoe laces safer.

7-foot-4 Harlem Globetrotter Stretch Middleton shows off his ball handling skills at the Star for Hope Women & Family Emergency Shelter, Tuesday, Jan. 20, 2015, in Houston. (AP Photo/Houston Chronicle, Billy Smith II) ORG XMIT: TXHOU103

7-foot-4 Harlem Globetrotter Stretch Middleton shows off his ball handling skills at the Star for Hope Women & Family Emergency Shelter, Tuesday, Jan. 20, 2015, in Houston. (AP Photo/Houston Chronicle, Billy Smith II) ORG XMIT: TXHOU103

Middleton says; “Safe Lace active is the solution to a problem that we have all had to put up with until now. Safe Laces main goal is to keep as many people as we can safe from tripping and getting injured no matter what industry you are in, whether it’s exercise or competitions that you are into, a safe work environment in the industrial sector or your trying to keep your children as safe as possible, Safe Lace is for you.”

Safe Lace has been vigorously tested in all types of sports – football, basketball, tennis, soccer, golf, marathon running, gym workouts and even obstacle races. The Safe Laces were proven effective in keeping the laces tied better.

We had the opportunity to try these out and they work great! I highly recommend!

To learn more about Safe Laces active visit

www.safelaceactive.com

Self Disclosure: I received free samples to facilitate this post. Information and images were also provided. 

The SoCal City Kids Back-to-School Guide! Here are some of my favorites for this time of year!

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MOLLY’S BAKEOVERS– The Food Allergy Research Center estimates 1 in 13 United States children suffer from food allergies and some can be life-threatening. As parents pack back to school lunches, Molly’s Bakeovers is a major consideration. Mother of four, Molly Hamilton has revolutionized a packable, allergy-free snack just launched at Safeway stores across California.

Sold in three flavors, Brownie Crisps, Chocolate Chip and Oatmeal Raisin, each Molly’s Bakeovers bag of cookies is egg, soy, gluten, peanut and dairy-free. 6 bags, $36.  These are delicious and I highly recommend the Brownie Crisps!

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MOZI– The Mozi toy combines the nostalgia of the slinky and a modern day spinner because it can do both. Once you create motion you can’t stop. The Mozi spins continuously from one arm to another and you can even pass it from one friend to another. It provides limitless fun and infuses engineering, science, and math into fun, everyday play. Newton would definitely be proud! Sold in three colors, silver, green and iridescent, the Mozi is the hit toy of the season. $15.99. This one really is a lot of fun!

Every Organic Snack Moms (And Dads) Should Stock Up On!

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 Launched in 2016 by Chris Clarke and Sabrina Peterson, Pure Growth Organic was created in the belief that organic snacking should be more delicious, more engaging for children and more accessible for families. As moms reach to stock up on organic snacks, Pure Growth should be at the top of their list! These are really good and would make great after school snacks!

You can find on Amazon.com, Walmart and Target retailers:

My favorites are the Crispy Rice Squares –  $2.98!   Also avail:

  • Veggie Chips – $2.87
  • Strawberry Breakfast Biscuit Bites – $2.99
  • Chocolate Chip Biscuit Bites – $2.98
  • Plus many more…

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K+ Organics – New sports drink for kids and adults!

These are sold in Southern California in Gelsons and Bristol Farms and now online and are great for after school!

K+ Organics is a new electrolyte sports drink with ONLY 14 grams of sugar per bottle (more than half of other leading brands) and no artificial preservatives, flavors, colors or sweeteners and is certified organic. They are available in three unique flavors: Fruit Punch, Orange and Lime.

This next one is great for the little ones! 

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Getting your pre-schooler ready for back to school can be fun and games! Many of the skills that are reinforced by Edushape toys can prepare your child to learn.  For example small motor skills are necessary for writing, and socialization is important in any situation.

One of the newest creations from the celebrated pre-school toy company is the new Edushape Try Angles which offer toddlers many ways to build and create.  The easy to grab pieces can fit together so many different ways that your child will feel as if he is playing with a different toy each time.

I like that these are perfect for young children ages 2-4. I like the bright colors and that the pieces are easy to fit together. I highly recommend these! Find out more here.

20 bright colored pieces come packaged in a great storage case.  SRP: $29.99

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SCHOOL’S FIRST DAY OF SCHOOL

This is a delightful book for young children starting school! This charming picture book is all about back to school nerves, with an ironic twist from the point of view of the school itself! Written by the very witty, Adam Rex, and illustrated by Caldedcott Honoree Christian Robinson, this picture book is a New York Times bestseller, received seven starred reviews, and made Amazon’s best picture books of the year list!  I love the illustrations and highly recommend this one for children ages 4-7.

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Dr. Beaker, just in time for Back-to-School!

This is a must for children ages 8+. I like that you have to use logic for this one! This one is from Blue Orage Games and is from the makers of Dr. Eureka. You may remember, I reviewed that one in the past! This one is also a hit! I like that it is a rather fast paced game and not one that takes way too long to enjoy! It can also be played with only 2 players or up to 4. This one is great for homeschooling and I highly recommend! Look for it here.

Back-to-School Backpacks from Solo New York are a must for the Older Kids and even the College Kids!

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Solo New York has a wide variety of backpacks great for students of all ages. Solo’s sophisticated styles and abstract designs are inspired by life in New York City and will stand out in both design and function.

I love the Bridge Design packpack we received and it’s cool enough for my teenage son!

Check out all their different styles here!

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Back-to-School usually means time to make school lunches and more sandwiches. Here’s a healthier Bread!

Barely Bread replaces wheat with a blend of almond, seed and coconut flours.  It’s the perfect mix of health benefits, texture and taste from spiced and seeded loaves, baguettes, bagels, and rolls.  Gluten-free, kosher, non-GMO, and Paleo-approved, these breads are guilty-free and delicious.

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This bread is delicious and it’s healthier!

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This next one is great on toast and equals a healthy, quick breakfast! Great for those school mornings that you are in a hurry! 

Rigoni di Asiago’s newest product, Nocciolata Dairy Free, has also recently won FOUR prestigious food awards:

 

  • Delicious Living magazine’s Best Bite Awards: Best Spread
  • Specialty Food Associations sofi™ Awards: Best New Product, Nut/Seed Butter Category
  • Italian Food Awards USA 2017: Sweets & Confectionary Award
  • Italian Food Awards USA 2017: Special Award for Sustainability

Made with organic ingredients completely free of GMO’s, preservatives, colors, additives, or artificial sweeteners, Nocciolata Dairy Free combines hazelnuts, fair trade cocoa and cocoa butter, natural vanilla extract, and raw cane sugar for a chocolate-hazelnut spread with undeniably superior flavor. Nocciolata Dairy Free is certified vegan, organic, and made with environmentally-responsible cold-pressed sunflower oil. It also contains far less sugar than other brands and is free from hydrogenated fats.

I love that it tastes great and is a hit in my house! This one is even a hit with picky eaters! 

Here’s a quick recipe for after school:

1.       Spread Nocciolata Dairy Free (organic chocolate hazelnut spread) on apple slices

2.       Sprinkle with your favorite healthy toppings such as chopped nuts, seeds, cocoa nibs, shredded coconut, dried cranberries and/or raisins

3.       Freeze and enjoy later!

Do you homeschool? And, even if you don’t! Your older kids will love this!

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There are all kinds of monthly subscriptions out there but I really like this one! we received a sample kit and were able to make a Mood Lamp! Creation Crate (https://www.creationcrate.com), is a subscription box service aimed at ages 12 and up, that helps kids learn to build real-world electronics. My son likes this one because it is for older kids/teens. The Creation Crate curriculum focuses on introducing new concepts every month that build on the concepts learned from the months before. The projects are designed to increase in difficulty each month in order to be fluent in the language of technology by the end of the 24 month curriculum. Projects range from building a mood lamp, to a memory game focused on programming, to learning how to input a distance reading from an ultrasonic sensor.

Unlike other technology subscription boxes, Creation Crate uses raw electronic components, offering real-world skills. These boxes are also truly beginner friendly with no previous experience needed. While other boxes teach using intimidating technical lingo, Creation Crate doesn’t. Creation Crate subscriptions start at $30 a month, with available 3, 6 or 12 month packages to choose from.

I suggested for homeschooling because I am a homeschool mom of a soon to be 14-year-old. I think these are great and so much more fun than textbooks! But, I would recommend this for all older kids 12+!

Back- to- School with Garden Lites!

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Garden Lites®, the delicious vegetable company, debuts three new products along with their current veggie-rick line that are destined to be the hottest nutritional powerhouse in your Back to School arsenal ever. We know getting your family to eat their recommended daily amount of vegetables a day is daunting. Garden Lites® wants to get your family hooked on veggies – with their delicious, freshly frozen products that are veggie-rich. New to market, Garden Lites® debuts scrumptious and nutritious foods nationally in Target Stores: Garden Lites Superfood Veggie Cakes in two flavors – Superfood Blend and Kale & Quinoa. Also, their best-selling veggie-rich and Gluten Free line of muffins are now available nationally and at Target Stores.

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All Garden Lites® products are rich in vegetables, with vegetables ALWAYS the first ingredients; high in fiber; low in calories and packed with plenty of superfoods in each product in a convenient, portable and quick and easy package.   They come frozen and can be defrosted in minutes in the microwave or oven for your everyday meals, from lunch to snacks to dinnertime. When you pack these delicious, nutritious products in your kids’ lunch box or serve as convenient after-school snacks, you will feel good about feeding your family their daily dose of veggies!

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You’ll never believe the first ingredient in Garden Lites® Banana Chocolate Chip Muffins is zucchini! Heat in the microwave to enjoy a deliciously rich experience for only 120 calories. Garden Lites® Banana Chocolate Chip Muffins are non-GMO, deliciously moist and a great source of fiber. Also, Allergy-friendly! Gluten, dairy & nut free.

I am still on the lookout for the Banana Chocolate Chip Muffins! But, I loved the Veggie Chili and Cornbread!

As a Homeschool Mom, coffee every morning is a priority on my list!

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Melitta Coffee is one of my favorites! They have the best Caramel Macchiato coffee and it’s perfect with their Signature Series Porcelain Pour-Over Coffeemaker! What I love about this is it is also a great-to-go product when I have to go off to work! It’s super easy to use and easy to clean! It’s a real must for the school year!  It retails for $19.99. Check out Melitta here!

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This one is great for teenagers! Tags 2.0 – Wireless Earbuds are a must this school year! They are available in black or red. The sound is amazing and I highly recommend! They retail for $39.95 and can be found at Outdoor Tech.

 

Self Disclosure: I received free samples to facilitate this post. Images were also provided. The quick recipe was also included for posting purposes. 

Tips and Tricks on Hosting an Outdoor Movie Night! From our friends at Go Organically Fruit Snacks!

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Still enjoying the last days of Summer?  Go Organically Fruit Snacks has a perfect idea (and great tips and tricks) – host your own movie night, and switch it up by having it outside!

Host an Outdoor Movie Night

There’s something so magical about watching a movie under the stars—and summer is the perfect time to do it! So round up the kids, grab your friends, and get ready to enjoy some food, fun and flicks in your very own backyard cinema.

1.Prepare Your Backyard Theater

First, the logistics. Scout the perfect spot to show your movie and gather up the proper equipment. You’ll need three basic things: a projector, a screen, and a laptop with speakers.

  • Projector: Buy, rent or borrow a movie projector with HDMI connectivity. Ideally, you’ll want one that is rated 2,000+ lumens for proper brightness. Prices range widely for projectors, but you can snag one online for as little as $100.
  • Screen: You’ll need a smooth, flat surface on which to project your movie. You can go simple (the side of your house or a doubled up white sheet hung from a clothesline) to more deluxe (a souped-up DIY screen that you build yourself, or an inflatable or foldable screen that you buy or rent). The choice is yours!
  • Laptop with speakers: You’ll need a laptop that plays DVDs (preferably Blu-ray) along with plug-in, portable speakers.

2.Pick the Right Movie

Choose a family-friendly, age appropriate flick that benefits from a “big screen” format. A few of our favorite picks across different categories.

  • Recent Animated Movies: Finding Dory, The Secret Life of Pets, Trolls, Zootopia
  • Live Action Fairytales: Maleficent, The Princess Bride, Enchanted, Beauty and the Beast
  • Hollywood Classics: E.T., The Karate Kid, Star Wars, Harry Potter

3.Set the Scene

Add some drama with details and décor to fit the theme. Remember: you can go as simple or as elaborate as you’d like depending on your schedule, budget or level of craftiness. Either way, your event will be a smash hit!

  • Invitations: Send invitations that double as “tickets” that can be collected as guests arrive.
  • Seating: Pepper your lawn with blankets, pillows, and a few low-back beach chairs for comfy seating options. If you’re feeling especially creative, build “cars” out of cardboard boxes so that the littlest movie-goers can have a drive-in experience.
  • Decorations: Hang paper lanterns from the trees or string up twinkly lights to illuminate walkways. Have the kids make a giant poster board sign welcoming everybody to your family “theater.”
  • Accessories: Hand out festive glow necklaces and bracelets to the kiddos to help them navigate in the dark. Put out some potted citronella plants and have natural bug repellent on hand in case mosquitoes try to crash your party.

4.Serve Cinema Snacks

It wouldn’t be a movie without the snacks, now would it? We say resist the urge to grill or cook, and keep it simple with easy-grab, concession-style munchies both kids and adults will love.

  • Popcorn: We love the look of an old-fashioned popcorn machine. You can buy one quite reasonably nowadays, or even rent one from a local vendor. Alternatively, simply make some microwave popcorn and serve it in individual red-and-white striped popcorn boxes or bags. Try a sweet-meets-salty flavor combination by mixing popcorn with Go Organically Organic Fruit Snacks.
  • Concession Stand: Set up a table off to the side to serve as a concession stand for drinks, candy and other snacks. Serve organic juice boxes and water for the kids and a variety of beverages for grownups.
  • Snack Trays: In lieu of a concession stand, make individual snack trays for each moviegoer using plastic bento boxes or dollar store shower caddies. Fill the largest compartment with popcorn and the small compartments with convenient single-serve snacks, such as gluten free fruit snacks from Go Organically.

Enjoy the show!

 

Self Disclosure: I received my own Go Organically Organic Fruit Snacks to facilitate this post. Tips and Image were also provided.