Holiday Cards from The Stationery Studio are a must-buy this month!

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It’s that time of the year! Can you believe it?! The holidays are here! It’s time to send out the Holiday/Christmas cards! I love the choices at The Stationery Studio! They have so many choices and I love how user-friendly their website is.  Their unique selection includes great die cut shapes on cards at with no extra fees, including scalloped edges, rounded corners, and medallion shapes. You are sure to find one that you like! The toughest thing was picking just one! I finally chose the Lagoon and Tan Seasons Greetings Holiday Photo Cards and I absolutely love them! The shipping is also pretty quick! So, what are you waiting for?

Check out The Stationery Studio for your holiday cards this season!

 

Self Disclosure: I received free samples to facilitate this post. Photo Credit: SoCal City Kids.

 

How NestFresh is giving back to the community NestFresh Celebrates Second Annual NestFresh Cares, Putting the Power to Give Back In the Hands of Consumers Nationwide

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NestFresh, the leader in sustainable, local, humane and natural eggs, has pledged to support charitable efforts nationwide through a unique giving campaign titled NestFresh Cares. From October 15, 2017 through December 15, 2017, consumers are invited to nominate and vote for a charity or cause that demonstrates its genuine care for the community. One charity – voted on by consumers will win a $2,000 cash prize from NestFresh and the nominating consumer will win a year’s worth of NestFresh eggs. This special campaign not only reiterates NestFresh’s sincere care for local communities, but also gives consumers a voice in advocating for those communities.  Learn more about the campaign on Facebook @NestFreshEggs.

In kicking off this year’s NestFresh Cares efforts, consumers will be asked to visit the brand’s Facebook page where they will be directed to a tab designed specifically for the campaign. Upon submitting the charity or cause of their choice, they will be entered into the contest. Once the submission process comes to a close on November 15, a panel will choose the top submissions to be highlighted across NestFresh’s social media platforms.

 

After the nominations process has closed, consumers will be asked to vote for the charity they believe should win the grand prize of $2,000 with the nominating consumer ultimately winning a year’s worth of NestFresh eggs.

 

“We produce eggs with a conscience at NestFresh, which means that our eggs come from happy hens and are made for healthy humans. Everything we do is geared toward these two goals of providing a natural life for our hens while serving the folks in our community,” shares Brandy Gamoning, Marketing Manager at NestFresh. “NestFresh Cares allows us to further this very important mission while learning more about the ‘good eggs’ in our communities throughout the holiday and giving season.”

 

The NestFresh Cares campaign pivots on the values upon which NestFresh stands. From the company’s support of regional farmers nationwide to its insistence on transparency from farm to grocery store, this year’s giving efforts align with everything NestFresh has worked towards since the brand’s founding in 1991.

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About NestFresh

NestFresh Eggs was the first nationally distributed egg line to receive the Non-GMO Project Verified seal from the Non-GMO Project and to offer liquid and dry egg products that are also Non-GMO Project Verified for retail, food service and manufacturing.

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

 

Fall Flavored Drink Recipes from our friends at Cascade Ice

The brisk winds of fall are fast approaching! As the leaves begin to change, so will our taste buds. There’s no need to feel guilty about your fall cravings when using naturally flavored Cascade Ice, so pull out those warm clothes and enjoy a refreshing beverage!

Below are a few festive drink recipes recommended by our friends at Cascade Ice for mixing up for fall. Low-cal, but full of flavor!

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  • Pomegranate Berry Sparkler

o   Pomegranates pack a punch of vitamins and anti-oxidants and now that they are in season, it’s a great time for this refreshing Pomegranate Berry Sparkler. To make this delicious spritzer, start by filling a glass half way with your favorite champagne. Next, add a splash of Cascade Ice Pomegranate Berry and top off your glass with fresh pomegranates. Serve, sip and enjoy!

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  • Fall Sangria

o   You can’t go wrong with sangria, especially this fun fall version! First, pour your choice of white wine, club soda, and Cascade Ice Cranberry Pomegranate to taste into a punch bowl or beverage dispenser. Add apples and berries of your choice into the pitcher. Be sure to set aside a few pieces to garnish your individual glasses, if desired. Stir and you’re ready to serve!

  • Berry Spicer

o   This berry-flavored cocktail will warm you right up! Mix 5oz of Cascade Ice Wild Berry with 1oz of spiced rum in a glass. Stir the cocktail and garnish with a cinnamon stick or fresh berries. Enjoy the beautiful fall weather with this beautiful beverage!

 I received free samples and really enjoyed the Pomegranate Berry Sparkler!

Self Disclosure; I received free samples to facilitate this Fall post. Recipes and images were also provided. 

Barbara’s Bakery & RD Frances Largeman-Roth Have The Perfect Tips For Better Breakfast!

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This past September as Back-to-School started, Barbara’s had partnered with Frances Largeman-Roth – RDN, nutrition expert, mom of 3 and best-selling author of Eating in Color – and created five better breakfast tips that are just wonderful for this Fall!

  1. Breakfast Time over Screen Time – Mornings are hectic, especially at the beginning of the school year, before everyone has settled into their schedules. Make it clear to your kids that breakfast time needs to come before they turn on the TV or play with their phone.
  2. Better Breakfasts – Barbara’s Breakfast Survey revealed that juice and cereal are the most common breakfast foods on school days: 71% of children drink fruit juice and 95% of children eat cereal. Clearly, kids love juice and cereal but you can still help them make better choices. For example, 100% fruit juice rather than “drinks” or “blends” and lower sugar cereals like Barbara’s Puffins, which are also packed with whole grains.
  3. Add Color! – Studies show that kids like food that’s colorful, so take the opportunity to fit in an extra serving of antioxidant and vitamin C-rich fruit–and tempt their taste buds–by offering brightly colored berries, diced apple and melon, or sliced grapes and kiwi fruit on the breakfast table.
  4. Streamline Set Up – Having a sit-down breakfast is much more doable if you do a little prep in advance. Set up the breakfast table the night before: Clear clutter, and set out bowls, spoons, and napkins. Then all you need to do in the morning is serve the food!
  5. Always Have Backup! – There are some days when you just have to grab and go! Being prepared with a healthy back up option is smart. I like to make extra whole grain pancakes on the weekend and freeze them for a rainy day.

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I also received samples of Barbara’s cereal products and I just love the Puffins! It has been a real hit with our family this Fall!

Check out all their breakfast product here!  I also highly recommend the Pumpkin Puffins, which is seasonal!

 

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

Calling All Poke Lovers: Rubio’s® Adds Sustainable Ahi Poke Bowl to Menu Coastal Grill Chain Puts Baja-inspired Twist on Ahi Poke, Celebrates the Return of Seasonal Favorites

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 Rubio’s® Restaurants, known for its uniquely delicious coastal cuisine and popularizing the fish taco, has announced the addition of sustainable, wild-caught ahi poke to its menu. This is the first time ahi poke will be available at Rubio’s, demonstrating the company’s efforts to expand its seafood recipes beyond shrimp and beer-battered, grilled and blackened fish. Beginning Wednesday, October 18, guests are invited to try the Ahi Poke Bowl for a limited time.

Developed by co-founder Ralph Rubio and the culinary team, the Ahi Poke Bowl features raw, sashimi-grade ahi poke topped with tamari based ginger soy, for a fresh flavor profile. Placed atop a bed of citrus rice and romaine lettuce, the ahi poke is topped with traditional Asian-inspired ingredients such as edamame and sesame seeds, and then paired with unique Baja-inspired twists, such as crispy tortilla strips, fresh Hass avocado slices and Rubio’s signature creamy chipotle sauce. For added heat, guests can try the bowl “spicy-style” with Fresno Chili peppers.

In addition to the Ahi Poke Bowl, Rubio’s is bringing back seasonal favorites Langostino Lobster Burrito and Langostino Lobster Two Taco Plate for a limited time. The sustainable Langostino Lobster is drizzled with warm basil butter and has been a fan favorite for more than 10 years. Guests looking for a little variety can also enjoy the Langostino Lobster in Rubio’s new Surf and Turf Burrito. The Surf and Turf Burrito features Langostino Lobster and marinated allnatural steak, toasted cheese, avocado slices, citrus rice, salsa fresca and chipotle white sauce wrapped in a flour tortilla.

The Langostino Lobster Burrito actually is one of my favorites! I was so excited to see that it has returned even if obnly for a short time! You just have to try it! But, I also tried the Ahi Poke Bowl and it is very good! 

 

For more information about Rubio’s Coastal Grill, visit www.rubios.com. Guests can also join the conversation on Facebook at www.facebook.com/rubios, Twitter at www.twitter.com/rubiostweets and Instagram at www.instagram.com/rubioscoastalgrill.

About Rubio’s® Restaurants:

Rubio’s first opened in 1983, in the San Diego neighborhood of Mission Bay. Since then, Rubio’s has established a passionate fan base throughout the U.S., and has been credited with starting the fish taco phenomenon. In addition to the famed Original Fish Taco®, Rubio’s serves award-winning fish tacos made with grilled shrimp, grilled or blackened ono, Wild Alaska Coho Salmon, and other seafood. Rubio’s innovative recipes also include a variety of burritos, bowls and salads, and feature responsibly-sourced seafood, all-natural chicken and all-natural steak, along with fresh made guacamole and salsas made daily. Ranked as the “Number One Most Craveable Taco Chain” by Technomic’s Consumer Brand Metrics data, Rubio’s is committed to giving back to the communities it serves by sponsoring a variety of ocean-related events and organizations throughout the year. Rubio’s is headquartered in Carlsbad, Calif., has over 4,000 employees and currently operates more than 200 restaurants in California, Arizona, Colorado, Utah, Nevada and Florida. For more information, visit https://www.rubios.com.

Self Disclosure: I received free meals to facilitate this post. No other compensation was received. Info and Images were also provided.

Simple Mills Crunchy Cookies are a Must-Buy this Fall!

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Looking for a really good crunchy cookie? Simple Mills has you covered! I recently received samples and I simply love them! My favorite is the Chocolate Chip! They are soooo good! They are also available in Double Chocolate, Toasted Pecan, and Cinnamon. Almond flour is the base of their cookies and there is also coconut flour, coconut oil and coconut sugar in the cookies. You just have to try them! They were a hit with my family! I also love that there are only natural ingredients!

Today, Simple Mills products are sold online and in more than 6,500 natural and conventional grocery stores so look for them at a store near you!

Self Disclosure: I received free samples to facilitate this post. The image was provided.

 

zulily and Penguin Random House Host Interactive Book Fair to Benefit Communities Impacted by Recent Hurricanes Online Retailer Celebrates National Family Literacy Month with Select Holiday Purchases Benefitting First Book

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The start of the holidays marks the season for giving. This season, zulily, the online retailer obsessed with bringing special finds to its customers every day, is teaming up exclusively with Penguin Random House to help those impacted by Hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria.

zulily is kicking off National Family Literacy Month this November with its first-ever interactive book fair, running now through December 10. Six sales events will feature a curated selection of children books, and each book purchased will trigger a donation from Penguin Random House to First Book. First Book, a nonprofit social enterprise that provides new books and other essentials to children in need, is aiding teachers, students and schools affected by the recent hurricanes.

“We recognize that many of our customers know someone or have been personally affected by the devastation incurred from the hurricanes this year,” said Kerry Gibson-Morris, VP of Home, Hardlines & Licensing at zulily. “We understand that these major storms can disrupt children’s learning and academic performance, and through our partnership with Penguin Random House and support of First Book, we hope we can provide children, teachers and schools the tools to succeed during these challenging recovery times.”

“Penguin Random House is committed to fostering a universal passion for reading and providing access to books in the communities and schools of parents and children who need them most. Through our partnership with zulily we’re able to expand and extend our ongoing relief efforts through our longtime partner, First Book, by providing up to 25,000 books during this important time of need,” said Jaci Updike, President of Sales of Penguin Random House U.S.

“Educators have shared heart-breaking stories of students, families and fellow teachers who have lost their homes and belongings, as well as entire school libraries now destroyed by flooding or mold,” said Kyle Zimmer, president and CEO of First Book.  “The support of zulily, zulily’s customers and Penguin Random House will bring treasured books to these communities, enabling educators to restore learning in their classrooms, and providing a lifeline of hopes and dreams for students and their families.  It means the world to all of us.”

Customers can shop the ongoing interactive book fair via the “Buy One, Give One” badge highlighted on the website and on featured books found in select events. Each week zulily fans can visit zulily’s owned social channels to activate a call to action, through comments or shares to spark the “Give One” donation from Penguin Random House to First Book. For example, a donation will be made when fans comment on zulily’s Facebook post about their favorite childhood stories.

To help those affected by the hurricanes visit zulily.com, and zulily’s social pages: FacebookTwitterInstagram and Pinterest.

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About zulily, llc

zulily (http://www.zulily.com) is a retailer obsessed with bringing customers special finds at incredible prices every day. zulily features an ever-changing, always delightful collection of clothing, home décor, toys, gifts and more –– for the whole family. Unique products from up-and-coming brands are featured alongside favorites from top brands, giving customers something new to discover each morning. zulily was launched in 2010 and is headquartered in Seattle with offices in Ohio, Nevada and Pennsylvania. zulily has been a wholly-owned subsidiary of Liberty Interactive Corporation (NASDAQ: QVCA) since October 2015.

About Penguin Random House

Penguin Random House, the world’s largest trade book publisher, is dedicated to its mission of nourishing a universal passion for reading by connecting authors and their writing with readers everywhere. The company, which employs more than 10,000 people globally, was formed on July 1, 2013, by Bertelsmann and Pearson, who own 53 percent and 47 percent, respectively. With nearly 250 independent imprints and brands on five continents, Penguin Random House comprises adult and children’s fiction and nonfiction print and digital trade book publishing businesses in more than 20 countries worldwide, including the U.S., U.K., Canada, Australia, New Zealand, China, India, South Africa, Spain, Mexico, Argentina, Colombia, Chile, Peru, Portugal, and Uruguay. With over 15,000 new titles, and close to 800 million print, audio and eBooks sold annually, Penguin Random House’s publishing lists include more than 60 Nobel Prize laureates and hundreds of the world’s most widely read authors.

About First Book 
First Book transforms the lives of children in need. Through a sustainable, market-driven model, First Book is creating equal access to quality education — making everything from brand-new, high-quality books and educational resources, to sports equipment, winter coats, snacks, and more – affordable to its member network of more than 325,000 educators who exclusively serve kids in need. Since 1992, First Book has distributed more than 170 million books and educational resources to programs and schools serving children from low-income families in more than 30 countries. First Book currently reaches an average of 3 million children every year and supports more than one in four of the estimated 1.3 million classrooms and programs serving children in need. With an additional 1,000 educators joining each week, First Book is the largest and fastest-growing network of educators in the United States exclusively serving kids in need.

Eligible educators, librarians, providers, and others serving children in need can sign up at firstbook.org/register. For more information, please visit firstbook.org or follow the latest news on Facebook and Twitter.

 Self Disclosure: This is a sponsored post and some form of compensation has been received. Images and Information were also provided.

GOTRAX HALLOWEEN: 4 Last-Minute Movie-Inspired DIY Costumes on Hoverboards! Stay Tuned! We also will be featuring the GOTRAX HoverBoard this upcoming holiday season!

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GOTRAX, the new Denver-based brand of hoverboards and electric rideables on a mission to boost imaginations and the possibility for personal transportation, has released a list of last-minute DIY Halloween costumes that are sure to be out of this world when paired with its line of HOVERFLY hoverboards.

The children’s costume ideas, inspired by some of cinema’s most classic characters past and present, are designed to be affordable and easy to put together for any family. The addition of a hoverboard like the GOTRAX HOVERFLY or HOVERFLY PLUS will enhance the impact and “wow” factor by bringing each character to life.

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“We all know what it’s like to be searching for easy, affordable costumes at the last minute, especially for kids,” says Chief Marketing Officer Jason Wakefield. “And if you add a hoverboard, these are some great ideas to make a fun costume sure to impress without scouring the empty aisles of the local Halloween outlet at the 11th hour.”

Available now at GOTRAX.com/Halloween, GOTRAX™ halloween DIYs include costumes inspired by BatmanMoanaDarth Vader and Wonder Woman. The costume ideas are laid out in simple, easy-to-follow fashion that includes step-by-step how-tos, printable shopping lists, character quizzes, example images and short, fun videos for inspiration.

“Imagine seeing Moana glide by effortlessly as she ‘paddles’ on her HOVERFLY, or Darth Vader using The Force to ‘hover’ with the menacing notes of the Imperial March played wirelessly through the built-in Bluetooth® speaker of the HOVERFLY PLUS,” says Wakefield. “They’ll be their favorite character, but you’ll be the hero.”

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Self Disclosure: No compensation was received. Information and image provided and I have received a GOTRAX Hoverboard to feature this upcoming holiday season.