Are you baking this Easter? The 2017 Housewares Design Awards “Best in Category” Winner - Trudeau's Round Cake Pan is a must-buy!

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Are you planning to bake this upcoming holiday? I know of the perfect Cake Pan! It’s easy to use and easy to clean! I love how it is non-stick and the cake is so easy to remove!

It also is a winner! 

The 2017 Housewares Design Awards honoring products offering design innovation and new ways for improving everyday living were presented at a Gala awards ceremony during the Winter Las Vegas Market recently. Trudeau Corporation’s Silicone Round Cake Pan with an integrated steel frame took top honors in the Cookware and Bakeware category — a testament to the inventive spirit and keen product development the Company has placed in their bakeware collection.  The Trudeau’s Round Cake Pan is one of eight cake, cookie and muffin pans integrated with Trudeau’s exclusive reinforced steel rims for secure handling and Supra Silicone, a patented, seamless manufacturing process providing a flexible non-stick, easy release surface.

The 9” round baking pan is heat resistant up to 428°F / 220°C and is freezer, microwave and dishwasher safe. Suggested retail price is $27.99 Available nationwide. To find a retailer near you visit https://www.trudeaucorp.com/us_en/cook/baking-tools/pans.html

Self Disclosure: I received a free product to facilitate this post.

 

Spring Break Must-Haves!

Here are some of my favorites this Spring!

Babytime Sunny Sunscreen

Now that it’s Spring and it is warmer, the urge to get outside with your family and enjoy the sunshine has most likely set in. For parents of young children this can be a tricky situation because of the need for sunscreen, but you don’t want to subject your children to harsh chemicals and sprays or lotions you can smell from miles away. Babytime! makes Sunny Sunscreen, which is a light-weight, non-greasy and unscented lotion that provides up to 80 minutes of water-resistant protection. The sunscreen is doctor developed and is mild enough to use on a baby, but strong enough to use on an adult. Sunny Sunscreen is enriched with green tea and aloe to keep your skin cool, while the safe minerals, found in the product, work to protect you from UVA/UVB rays. Babytime! is the only U.S. formulations currently on the market that contain probiotics to enhance skin immunity with every use.

I like that this can be used for babies and children and that it is safe for all to use! I highly recommend this one!

This next one is perfect for travel this upcoming Spring Break!

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BADA BOARDS are personal desktops that enable users to create workspaces just about anywhere. They can be folded and neatly tucked in a briefcase, backpack or book bag, making them easily transportable.

I like that they are easy to put together and easy to pack! They are available in different designs and are perfect for both kids and adults! They are great to use in the car or on a plane.

More info:

Made in the U.S.A. from durable 35% recycled material, BADA BOARDS are sturdy enough to hold a laptop, notebook or tablet. The curved travel desktop fits snugly in a lap or on a flat surface and is available in an array of photographic and artistic designs, using soy based ink and child-safe glue. Use BADA BOARDS to:

 

  • Eat on the go
  • Do homework
  • Bring work home or take it out of the office
  • Taking notes at conferences, seminars and meetings
  • Play games
  • Surf the internet
  • Paint nails
  • Doodle or draw
  • and more!

 

BADA BOARDS are the brainchild of Laurinda Stanton, a single mother whose iron worker father brought home a board of similar shape and size when she was a child.

These are available on Target.com, Walmart.com and Stage Stores.

The next one is one I love! 

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With delectable culinary flavors, NEW Lypsyl Yummy Sticks Lip Balm will leave your lips feeling soft and luxurious! Available in Passion Fruit & ChocolateSweet Mint & Basil, and Sea Salt & Caramel, Lypsyl Yummy Sticks are formulated with shea butter, hydrogenated coconut oil, and paraffin for ultimate repair and hydration. Plus, the products are vegan friendly, completely free of beeswax, parabens, and palm oil!

These are a must for the family! My favorite is the Sea Salt & Caramel! They are really affordable too!

Lypsyl Yummy Sticks are available at Rite Aid stores nationwide and JET.com with an SRP of $0.99. For additional information, please visit: www.lypsylhome.com.

This next one is great for those moments when the kids say they are bored!

But, I also ighly recommend the subscription year round! It’s great for homeschooling those little older kids who love Science and it would be great for the upcoming Summer break!

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It’s a brand NEW subscription from Little Passports, SCIENCE EXPEDITIONS, which can help kids tap into their inner science Einstein. I know when my child was younger, he loved Little Passports and I am thrilled that they now have something Science related for the older kids.

There are a lot of science boxes out there, but what makes Little Passports different is the hands-on geography theme embedded in every monthly subscription. This subscription will bring to life real-world STEM-related concepts, such as magnetism, forensics, or rockets but will also inspire curiosity and problem solving with hands-on experiments from characters Sam and Sofia. Each month Sam and Sofia visit somewhere in the world and ask kids for their help to solve a mystery.

We received a couple kits to check out and my son’s favorite was learning about Crystals and making his own. We highly recommend this subscription for kids 9+.

Designed for kids ages 9 and older and sold in monthly, 6-month, and 12-month subscription options. Science Expeditions monthly themed packages include: Guide and materials for hands-on science experiments, 16-page comic book with a glossary and bonus activities, A new mystery to solve with Sam & Sofia, Achievement badges and access to bonus online videos and science content. Now, how cool is that!?

 

 

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

 

 

The New DOLE® Organic Salad Kits are a Must this Spring!

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Looking for a healthy salad that is simple to put together and made with organic ingredients? Dole Organic Salad Kits are a Must!

The newly expanded DOLE® Organic Salad line features eight organic salads, including six organic salad mixes and two new restaurant-inspired organic salad kits packaged in consumer-preferred clamshells and with a refreshed look. Extending Dole’s salad leadership to the growing organic segment like never before, the line offers organic enthusiasts what traditional salad consumers have enjoyed for years: a restaurant-quality salad that tastes great, is easy to prepare and comes in a convenient package.

 

Thanks to the two new DOLE Organic Salad Kits, organic salad lovers can enjoy a fresh, flavorful, organic salad, including nutritious baby lettuces, signature dressings and toppings, for the first time in a clamshell package. Dole’s organic salad kits feature an unsurpassed variety of cheeses, nuts and fruits. These are just perfect for 2-3 people!   I like that you do not have to add anything to these salads!

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I had the opportunity to try out the following two salad kits that are new to the line up: Apple Dijon and Caesar.

DOLE® Organic Caesar Salad Kit (8.25 oz.) adds a restaurant-quality organic option to Dole’s Caesar lineup with organic baby Romaine, Parmesan pita chips, shaved Parmesan cheese and Dole’s signature Organic Caesar Dressing.

 

Ingredients:

  • Organic Baby Romaine
  • Parmesan pita chips
  • Shaved Parmesan cheese
  • Dole’s Signature Caesar Dressing

DOLE® Organic Apple Dijon Salad Kit (8.25 oz.) combines DOLE Organic Spring Mix, dried cranberries, walnut pieces, shredded cheddar cheese and Dole’s signature Organic Apple Dijon Vinaigrette for a restaurant-quality organic salad experience.

 

Ingredients:

  • Organic Spring Mix
  • Dried cranberries
  • Walnut pieces
  • Shredded cheddar cheese
  • Dole’s Signature Apple Dijon Vinaigrette.

They were both quite good but I think my favorite is the Apple Dijon! I just loved the dried cranberries and walnuts!  I also like to add strawberries to it but it is quite delicious either way!  I also like that the salads are so fresh and come in a resealable container. These are also perfect to take on-the-go this Spring! 

They retail for $5.39 for 8.25 oz.

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

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.