Once Again Nut Butter is my New Favorite Brand of Peanut Butter!

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I received this product for free from Moms Meet (momsmeet.com), May Media Group LLC, who received it directly from the manufacturer. As a Moms Meet blogger, I agree to use this product and post my honest opinion on my blog. The opinions posted are my own. 

Looking for great Peanut Butter? Once Again Nut Butter is organic nut butter that also tastes really good! I had the opportunity to review the Once Again Nut butters and my favorite is the Creamy No Stir Peanut Butter! It is tasty and it also is great in recipes. I made peanut butter cookies and I also tried their Peanut Tofu Lettuce Cups recipe! Besides the Peanut Butter, they also have the following: Almond Butter, Cashew Butter, and seed butters such as Sunflower Butter. They are all organic and taste good!

You can order them online here.

 

 

ClassDojo Expands Further Into Connecting Classrooms with Content

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ClassDojo and Making Caring Common (MCC), a project of the Harvard Graduate School of Education (HGSE), announced an initiative designed to help millions of students worldwide learn about the power of empathy. Through the collaboration, ClassDojo and HGSE MCC created an original series of animated, short films along with discussion guides that will be available to all teachers, parents, and students on ClassDojo.

 

With more than two-thirds of U.S. schools and 180 countries having joined ClassDojo, the collaboration is an opportunity to bring the concept of empathy to tens of millions of students. It’s the latest in the company’s expansion into a platform connecting classrooms with content.

 

“Mojo and the ClassDojo monsters make hard-to-understand concepts more relatable for students,” said Cindy Price, a first grade teacher in Delaware. “Having an empathic mindset has been proven to have a huge impact on kids far into the future, and it’s a topic I’ve been wanting to teach for a long time, I just didn’t know how. We’re already planning on making October ‘Empathy Month’ in our school, and my parents are just as excited about it too!”

 

Available online and in-app, ClassDojo’s original series — “Big Ideas” — launched earlier this year as a way to help teachers and parents bring transformative ideas into the classroom and home. The first season, developed in partnership with Stanford PERTS, focused on the topic of Growth Mindset and has been viewed by one in four students in the U.S. since its debut in January.

 

“ClassDojo’s usage in classrooms is unprecedented: more than half of all U.S. K-8 teachers are actively using it to communicate with parents and students. And the real key is that it is happening throughout the day — teachers have it open in class, parents at their desks at work,” said Hemant Taneja, managing director at General Catalyst. “When you’re powering an entire communication experience with that level of engagement, you’re well-positioned as a platform for wide scale content delivery. We’ve seen that transformation happen to consumer tech platforms like Snapchat. ClassDojo is following the same trajectory by connecting classrooms with content at significant scale.”

 

According to the World Economic Forum, emotional intelligence and empathy will be among the top 10 social-emotional skills needed for the 2020 job market. And yet, according to one study, empathy is on the decline, with college students showing a 40% drop in the trait over the past 30 years.

 

“Empathy is at the heart of what it means to be human,” said Richard Weissbourd, EdD, faculty director of Making Caring Common and senior lecturer at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. “It’s a foundation for acting ethically, for strong relationships, and for professional success. It’s also key to preventing bullying and many other forms of cruelty. We’re excited that this video series will convey that message to younger children on a large scale in a fun and accessible format.”

 

As with the first season on Growth Mindset, the Empathy series features Pixar-like animated video shorts that star ClassDojo’s monsters — Mojo, Katie, and their friends — as they prepare for a school play that has everyone preoccupied with their own concerns. Each video is paired with a set of projects and discussion guides for class and home, to help students build a deeper understanding of the concept of empathy.

 

“Every parent wants to help their child learn the skills and character strengths that matter most in life, so they can become whatever it is they dream of,” said Cashawn Norment, a parent in Delaware. “The ClassDojo videos are such an incredible, simple way to do that. At home we’ll often watch and discuss them at bedtime, relating the challenges Mojo and the monsters face to challenges my son is feeling as well. This series and the discussions we’ve had have made a huge difference for our family — I hope every parent tries them out to see the difference they can make for their children too.”

 

The first video became available for teachers, parents, and students on October 2nd, with the other two following weekly. The release was timed to take place during National Bullying Prevention Month so teachers and parents could help kids understand the important role empathy plays in the understanding and acceptance of others.

 

“When we first decided to explore the idea of connecting classrooms with content through our ‘Big Ideas: Growth Mindset’ series, we hoped teachers would love them, but we had no idea the reaction would be as big as it has been,” said Liam Don, co-founder of ClassDojo. “Teachers and parents emailed us before the series had even finished, asking when the next would come out. It made it very clear to us that there’s a real need for easy to use, engaging content in the classroom, and at home. We’re delighted to collaborate with Making Caring Common for this season of the ‘Big Ideas’ videos — together, we hope to help millions of kids develop empathy.”

I had the opportunity to review the Class Dojo video series on Empathy and Growth Mindset and really think this will be a helpful resource for teachers and parents to teach young children about empathy! This is a much-needed lesson in the world today!

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A New exciting video series will be out this Spring!

 

About ClassDojo

ClassDojo’s mission is to give teachers, parents, and students the power to create incredible classrooms. Founded in 2011 and based in San Francisco, California, ClassDojo is a classroom communication app that helps students build social-emotional skills while creating a simple way for teachers, parents, and students to share what’s happening during the school day through photos, videos, and messages. Today, over 2 in 3 schools in the U.S., as well as a further 180 countries, have joined ClassDojo. To learn more, visit: https://www.classdojo.com/ or Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

 

About Making Caring Common

Making Caring Common (MCC), a project of the Harvard Graduate School of Education, helps educators, parents, and communities raise children who are caring, responsible to their communities, and committed to justice. Since 2012, MCC has used research, expert guidance, and the insights of both practitioners and parents to develop effective strategies for promoting in children respect, kindness and a commitment to the greater good; influenced the national conversation about raising and educating caring, ethical children; and developed strategic partnerships that enhance our work and amplify our common message. Learn more at www.makingcaringcommon.org.

Self Disclosure: I received a ClassDojo package to facilitate this post. Photos and information were also provided. No other compensation was received. I do only post about products that I recommend.

Healthy food option for busy families This one is great for lunch!

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Looking for a healthy lunch for your family? Safe Catch Tuna is a great option! They are the only brand that individually tests every fish for mercury. It has the lowest mercury limit of any brand. The fish is Sustainably Caught and Dolphin Safe. I also really like the taste! I still can’t get my 13-year-old son to try tuna but it is a hit with the rest of our family!

The Safe Catch Elite is their purest wild tuna. It is available as a 5 oz can & a 3 oz single serving pouch. There is also the White Albacore Tuna Salt Added and the Wild Albacore Tuna No Salt Added. It is tasty and nutritious!

Available at Safecatch.com, Amazon, and retailers nationwide. Visit their website to find store locations.

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Self Disclosure: I received free samples to facilitate this feature. Photos were also provided. No additional compensation was received.

Navigating The Beverage Aisle! AquaBall is a must-buy!

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To help make your next grocery trip a healthier one, follow these beverage aisle tips to decrease the risk of obesity, diabetes, and more!

  1. Don’t get swayed by healthy sounding messaging on the front on the package, check the back for nutrition facts.

Many times products will use words like “natural” and “organic” to disguise the nutrition contents (or lack thereof). Remember, just because a product is organic, does not mean it isn’t loaded with sugar.

  1. Watch for sugar, a huge culprit in the beverage industry

The American Heart Association (AHA) recommends no more than 5 teaspoons of added sugar per day. The scary truth is that the average added sugar intake for a 4-8 year old is about 21 teaspoons per day; quadruple the recommended amount.

  1. Added sugars can be found in a children’s beverage (or any beverage) in the form of:

corn syrup, corn syrup solids, dextrose, fructose, high-fructose corn syrup (HFCS), honey, invert sugar, lactose, malt syrup, maltose, nectars (e.g., peach nectar, pear nectar, sucrose, and more.

Thank you to our friends at AquaBall for sharing this info with us!

We are big fans of AquaBall and received samples and they are a real hit with our family!

 

Self Disclosure: I have received free samples in the past and often feature AquaBall.

Pie Recipe for National Pi Day! Courtesy of Viki's Granola!

This day in history celebrates the ratio of a circle’s circumference to its diameter, 3.14 – but what better way to celebrate an ironic-named holiday than to share with a yummy pie recipe, too! This recipe is a delicious (and healthy!) pie recipe from Viki’s Granola that is a PERFECT way to ring in Pi Day – or any day for that matter!

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Viki’s Granola Mixed Berry Crisp

Topping Ingredients:
•    ¾ cups all-purpose flour
•    ½ cup (packed) light brown sugar
•    1 cup Viki’s blueberry almond granola 
•    1 stick unsalted butter
Filling Ingredients:
•    4 cups frozen mixed berries (don’t thaw)
•    1/3 cup of sugar
•    1 tablespoon all-purpose flour
Directions: 
•    Preheat oven to 375oF.
•    Lightly butter oven safe ceramic bowl.
•    Place topping ingredients into a bowl, working the butter into the granola mixture. Once complete, set aside.
•    Place filling ingredients into a large bowl and mix thoroughly.
•    Pour the berry mixture into the buttered ceramic bowl.
•    Pour granola mixture evenly on top of the berries.
•    Bake for 40 minutes or until the topping is golden brown and the fruit juices are bubbling.
•    Let it rest for 15 minutes before serving.

Credit: Viki’s Granola.

National Pack Your Lunch Day with StarKist

Did you know that today is National Pack Your Lunch Day?

Whether it’s for your little ones, other half or just you, these Honey BBQ Tuna Sliders are delicious, different and have 29 grams of protein! All that fuel will keep you going all day!

Here’s a recipe from our friends at StarKist!

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Honey Barbeque Tuna Sliders

  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: N/A
  • Recipe Yield: 4 sandwiches, 2 each

Created by StarKist®

Ingredients:

  • 2 pouches (2.6 oz.) StarKist® Kid’s Creations™ Honey Barbeque
  • 4 slider buns
  • 2 slices cheddar cheese

Directions:

  • Place 2 slider buns on a plate.
  • Top each with half of the tuna from one pouch. Top each with a half a slice of cheese.
  • Place top of bun on the cheese. Repeat with the other sliders and tuna.

 

Credit: StarKist. No compensation was received.

I participated in the “How Do You Granola?” Challenge!

Who doesn’t love granola as a delicious and nutritious snack? Whether adding to yogurt, creating homemade granola bars or incorporating into your favorite dessert, there are numerous ways to enjoy this super food.

So, when Viki’s Granola asked me if I wanted to participate in the “How Do You Granola” Challenge..Well, I just had to accept!

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I received a bag of the Viki’s Granola in Maple Cranberry and Banana Walnut. I was at first thought…going to come up with a granola bar but I then thought that I would go with something much more simple!

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So, I chose Salted Caramel Gelato and simply added the yummy granola on top! It was delicious and it doesn’t get any easier than that!

 

Self Disclosure: I received free samples of Viki’s Granola to participate in this fun challenge. No other compensation was received.

All-Natural Hamptons Salt is a Foodie Favorite From the Atlantic to the Pacific! Artisan salts that you will love!

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Hamptons Salt Company’s range of artisan salts have become a popular addition to the shelves in specialty food markets in the Hamptons & New York and now they are available in Massachusetts, Florida & California. These all-natural salts are a great alternative to processed salts, which is not only great tasting and comes in a variety of flavors, but also a healthier, unrefined option for you and your family. Each salt has a unique taste profile based on the sea from where it originated, making these raw, smoked and flavor infused salts a unique component to your dishes and a favorite among foodies and professional chefs.

 

These salts are an increasingly popular element in Hamptons restaurants such as Baron’s Cove, where it is used in a cocktail; Osteria Salina, where it is used on the restaurant’s signature steak; and The Greenwich and the Southampton Inn, where it is offered as a table salt. Recently, these eminent salts have found their way to the West Coast, namely to Los Angeles’ rustic-chic café Croft Alley in Melrose Place.

 

Sourced from around the world, popular Hamptons Salt Company has also been building a store presence on shelves across the country in 2016. The salts are sold at upscale locations such as Chelsea Market’s Bowery Kitchen, Hammertown’s 3 locations in the Hudson Valley (Rhinebeck, Pine Plains & now Great Barrington MA.) and at the Village Cheese Shoppe’s locations in Southampton & West Palm Beach, Florida) or those who are not located near a retail location, Hamptons Salts can be shipped nationwide from its website HamptonsSalt.com straight to your kitchen.

 

Available in 29 different varieties, there is a flavor of Hamptons Salt to suit everyone’s taste buds – from raw salts to the unique tastes of flavor infused salts, which run the gamut from tangy Lime to the super spicy Ghost Pepper to the sweet Vanilla bean or the ultra-decadent Black Truffle salt. Hamptons Salt Founder & CEO Peter Pierce sources products from all over the globe to offer gourmands a wide-ranging variety of all-natural salt varietals. Celebrity fans include Swizz BeatzKatie LeeAlex GuarnaschelliPat LaFriedaSonja Morgan and Jill Zarin.

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My family had the opportunity to receive samples and try these out for ourselves! They are a hit and even my son gives them a thumbs up! He loves the Smoked Hickory Salt on his french fries! 

About Hamptons Salt Company:

Peter Pierce founded Hamptons Salt Company upon discovering the abundance of chemical-laden table salt varieties and wanted to find a safe, delicious alternative to serve to his two children. Hamptons Salt Company is the preeminent provider of all natural sea salt. Hamptons Salt’s merchants scour the world to offer you the best selection of raw salts, flavored salts or smoked salts. All of its salts are unrefined and have no unhealthy additives. Each salt has a unique taste profile based on the sea from where it originated and the natural minerals are not stripped out like refined salt. Hamptons Salt currently offers 29 salt varieties from around the world.  You can experience Bali Pyramid or Cypress Flake without leaving your kitchen.  For some flavor, try Vermont Maple Syrup, Smoked Chardonnay Oak or the almost too hot Ghost Pepper ($19.99-$24.99).

 

In addition, Hamptons Salt Company offers assortments of Hamptons Salt for the perfect hostess gift or foodie. Each collection comes in its own sleek black gift box.  Collections include The Bartender, with Jalapeno, Lime and Lemon salt varieties ($59.99); The Flavor Seeker with five 1 oz. mini jars with Black Truffle, Garlic, Ghost Pepper, Smoked Hickory and Rosemary salt varieties ($39.99); The Daily Chef contains a 14 oz. jar of Cooking Salt, and 4 oz. jars of Finishing and Garlic salts ($44.99); The Connoisseur containing the four most luxurious salts Hamptons Salt sells including Fleur de Sel, Black Truffle, Porcini and Smoked Chardonnay Oak ($99.99); The Globe Trotter contains raw salts from corners of the globe including Himalayan Pink, Bali Pyramid, Cyprus Flake and Himalayan Black ($69.99); The Grillmaster with the most popular varieties perfect for the grill including Smoked Hickory, Smoked Mesquite and Espresso salt varieties ($59.99);The Collector includes 20 varieties of Hamptons Salt in mini 1 oz. jars ($149.99)

 

For more information on Hamptons Salt Company, visit http://hamptonssalt.com/

Facebook:           https://www.facebook.com/hamptonssalt

Instagram:          http://instagram.com/hamptonssalt

Twitter:                http://www.twitter.com/hamptonssalt

 

Self Disclosure: I received free samples to facilitate this post. No other compensation was received. Photos were provided. I highly recommend!