Spice Islands® Teams up with Taste Buds Kitchen To Bring The World of Spices To Home Chefs

Spice Islands teams up with Taste Buds Kitchen as their Official Spice Partner in a year-long program that includes thousands of cooking classes, workshops and special events nationwide from May 2018 through May 2019.  Spice Islands selected Taste Buds Kitchen for this alliance to support the cooking school’s mission to provide home chefs cooking classes that are fun, educational, enjoyable and easy. During the classes instructors guide participants in amazing ways to cook with spices to enhance meals for the whole family. Cooking classes using Spice Islands will inspire people to turn to spices when creating recipes to make them more interesting and flavorful. The classes will bring to life such dishes as Homemade Garam Masala using several Spice Islands Spices, Poached Pears featuring Spice Islands Saigon Cinnamon, Butternut Squash Empanadas featuring Spice IslandsGarlic Powder and Smoked Paprika as well as hundreds of other recipes and ideas. For more information including the upcoming schedule and to register for Taste Buds Kitchen cooking classes featuring Spice Islands premium spices, visit www.tastebudskitchen.com.

“We are delighted to partner with Taste Buds Kitchen to create a program for a year-long series of classes that allows Spice Islands to be part of thousands of classes, workshops and events for people to really enjoy and learn more about spices,” says Julie Gould, Spice Islands Brand Manager. “We know that home cooks will love the Taste Buds Kitchen classes and learn how to bring the world of flavor home.”

“Our program truly is one of laughter, fun and food and we are thrilled to showcase and use the high quality Spice Islands in our classes, workshops and parties,’’ says Taste Buds Kitchen Founder, Jessi Brelsford.

The union between Spice Islands and Taste Buds Kitchen is a perfect match as it allows the home cook to learn about the value of cooking with spices and ways to incorporate spices into meals, through the series of classes and workshops that will take place over the year.

Taste Buds Kitchen’s mission is to be the top culinary entertainment experience for kids, families and adults by engaging and delighting our budding chefs in the kitchen. They support kids, families and food and strive to create a lifestyle around connecting, learning and growing in the culinary playground of the kitchen. What began as a few holiday baking classes and cupcake birthday parties, quickly evolved into much more. Taste Buds Kitchen events now include an ever-growing variety of culinary classes, parties, camps and special events that combine a mix of hands-on engaging recipes, both savory and sweet, for kids and adults.

Taste Buds Kitchen and Spice Islands know that not all spices are created equal. To achieve such rich flavors and premium quality, Spice Islands buys many spices whole, such as black peppercorns from Vietnam, India and Malaysia, and then mills them in its facility to release their rich flavors and capture them in each bottle.  Spice Islands premium spices and seasonings adhere to strict specifications to ensure high volatile oil levels, meaning a higher quality and more flavorful product.  From cultivating long term relationships with farmers throughout the world, to handpicking many of the spices, to maintaining traditions of drying many of the herbs and spices in the sun – tender care is put into each harvest to ensure the highest quality product.

Try these delicious recipes from Taste Buds Kitchens using Spice Islands Spices.

Spice Islands® Butternut Squash Empanadas

A Taste Buds Kitchen recipe

Makes 12, approximate 4” empanadas


2 cups                 all-purpose flour

¼ cup                  cornmeal

1 tbsp.                Spice Islands® Dried Oregano

2 tsp.                   sugar

2 tsp.                   Spice Islands® Paprika

2 tsp.                   Spice Islands® Salt

6 tbsp.                unsalted butter, cold

2                           eggs

½ cup                  water (more or less as needed)


7 oz.                    butternut squash, roasted and mashed

2 tbsp.                frozen corn

¼                          red bell pepper, diced

¼                          onion, diced

2                           garlic cloves, minced

2 oz.                    cheddar cheese, grated

¼ cup                  vegetable stock

2 tbsp.                olive oil

¼ tsp.                  Spice Islands® Garlic Powder

1 tsp.                   Spice Islands® Cumin

Pinch                   Spice Islands® Salt and Pepper

Egg Wash

1                                                           Egg

                             2 tbsp.                water


Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.

In a large bowl, combine dry ingredients for the dough; flour, cornmeal, Spice Islands Oregano, sugar, Spice Islands Paprika and Spice Islands Salt. Cut butter in and mix until if forms pea-size pieces. Then add eggs, mixing one at a time. If the mixture is dry, add water, 1 tablespoon at a time, and mix until it just comes together as a dough that forms a ball and is not sticky to the touch. Wrap dough in plastic wrap and chill in the refrigerator for a minimum of 30 minutes.

While the dough chills, make the filling. Sautѐ onion and red pepper until soft, then add minced garlic until fragrant. Add to a medium mixing bowl with mashed butternut squash, corn, grated cheddar cheese, vegetable stock, olive oil, Spice Islands garlic powder, Spice Islands Cumin and Spice Islands Garlic Powder, Spice Islands Salt and Pepper. Mix thoroughly until combined.

Once dough is chilled, cut into individual portions, about 1.7 oz. each. Roll out the dough portions between 2 pieces of parchment paper about ¼” thick, into 4: circles. Then place a heaping spoonful of butternut squash filling into the middle of each round (be very generous with the filling). Fold dough circle in half, over the filling and seal with a fork.

Place on prepared baking sheet and brush each empanada with egg wash (egg and water whisked together). Bake for 15 – 20 minutes until golden brown. Let cool slightly before serving.

Spice Islands® Red Wine Poached Pears

A Taste Buds Kitchen Recipe

Serves 4 adults, approximately ½ pear per person


1 ½ cups             red wine

1 ½ cups             water

¼ cup                  sugar

½                          orange, sliced

4                           cloves

1                           Spice Islands® Cinnamon Stick

1                           Spice Islands® Star Anise

2                           Bosc pears

Whipped cream

½ cup                  heavy cream

1 tbps                  confectioners sugar

1 tsp                    Spice Islands® Vanilla Extract

Pinch                   freshly grated Spice Islands Cinnamon


In a shallow pot, large enough to hold several pears laying flat on the bottom, bring red wine, water, sugar, orange slices and Spice Islands spices to a boil and reduce to a simmer.

While liquid boils, peel pears, but in half and core. Leave stem attached if possible. Place pears into simmering poaching liquid and poach for 30 – 60 minutes (depending on size and ripeness of pear) until tender when pierced with a fork.

While pears poach, make fresh whipped cream. Put heavy cream, confectioners sugar and vanilla extract in a large bowl and whisk briskly until fluffy (do not over whip). Keep whipped cream chilled until pears are ready.

Once pears are poached, move to a cutting board and cut 5 – 6 slices out of each half, keeping the top intact. Fan pear slices out onto a plate. Top with whipped cream and freshly grated Spice Islands Cinnamon.

Credit: Spice Islands®.

About Spice Islands

Since 1941, Spice Islands has sourced only the highest-quality spices from around the world. Discover a world of flavor in your own kitchen with our premium Saigon Cinnamon, Cumin, Bay Leaves and many more fine spices, seasonings, dried herbs, extracts and flavorings sure to make your next meal an adventure.

About B&G Foods, Inc.

Based in Parsippany, New Jersey, B&G Foods, Inc. (NYSE: BGS) and our subsidiaries manufacture, sell and distribute high-quality, branded shelf-stable and frozen foods across the United States, Canada and Puerto Rico.  With our diverse portfolio of more than 50 brands you know and love, including Back to NatureB&GB&MCream of WheatGreen GiantLas Palmas,Le SueurMama Mary’sMaple Grove FarmsMrs. DashNew York StyleOrtegaPirate’s BootyPolanerSnackWell’sSpice Islands and Victoria, there’s a little something for everyone.  For more information about B&G Foods and our brands, please visit www.bgfoods.com.

The SoCal City Kids 2018 Mother’s Day Gift Suggestions!

Does a Mom you know have a baby or a child that absolutely LOVES their phone? This is a must-have!  PhoneSoap Charger 2.0 is proud to be the first and only cell phone charger that cleans and sanitizes your phone while it charges. Now you can augment your daily charge with a sanitizing process. With PhoneSoap, a charged phone is a clean phone.  Did you know your cell phone is 18 times dirtier than a public toilet? We are constantly transferring bacteria onto our devices from everything we touch. You wash your hands, but never clean your phone. The PhoneSoap Charger cleans and sanitizes your phone in less than five minutes while it charges, and it is the safest and most complete way to kill all the bacteria growing on your phone. Using UV light to safely get rid of bacteria, the PhoneSoap charger does not use heat, liquid or chemicals. PhoneSoap Charger is universal, and designed to fit even the largest smartphones. No need to worry if you want to charge and clean your phone overnight, the PhoneSoap charger has unique acoustic outlets designed to let you hear your notifications and alarms even when your phone is inside. You will be able to hear your alarm, notifications and calls loud and clear. $59.95 in black and white www.phonesoap.com


 PhoneSoap has actually recently come out with a version 3.0, and it’s available in a range of colors, including Orchid, Silver, White, Black, Sand, Gold and Aqua. And, in honor of Mother’s Day, for every Orchid PhoneSoap 3.0 sold, $5 will be donated to the National Breast Cancer Foundation from now until May 12.

Pamper Mom this Mother’s Day!


MANGIACOTTI Home, Personal Care, Bath & Body and Soy Candles Hand-Crafted with essential oils and plant-derived ingredients

Good for you, Good for the Planet

Hand-Finished by Citizens with Disabilities!

I just love their products! I highly recommend the Bath & Body products this Mother’s Day! They smell great!

Mangiacotti offers products and packaging made from recyclable materials, vegetable-based inks and formulas that are kind to Mother Earth. The complete line of home, personal care, bath and body products and soy candles are made with essential oils and plant-derived ingredients and are never tested on animals.  The Company was founded with really, really good intentions and products that are all made in America and hand finished by citizens with disabilities.  CEO Michele Mangiacotti has made it her mission to be an “agent of change”, by not only employing adults with disabilities, but in taking inspiration for all of Mangiacotti’s 2018 product packaging design directly from artwork created by disabled adults.  Mangiacotti funds an independent art program ensuring independence, empowerment, and inclusion of all in all aspects of society.  The brand also is involved with several community outreach programs, food banks and services in Massachusetts where their corporate offices are based.  Mangiacotti recently launched their See The Good Project and hash tag with a goal to coordinate worldwide community service events, fundraisers, goods deeds and inspiring events through social conversation on social media.

Looking for another pampering idea? I love this next one!

 Kiehl’s newest, luscious mask, Kiehl’s Ginger Leaf & Hibiscus Firming Mask, a luxurious, pampering formula that allows you (and Mom) to nourish your skin and combat aging while you sleep.

Kiehl’s Ginger Leaf & Hibiscus Firming Mask$54, available now at Kiehls.com and Kiehl’s stores near you, is a velvety formula to add to a bedtime skincare routine, with an incredible fragrance, sustainably sourced Ginger Leaf Extract, and botanical Hibiscus to improve dull and tired skin by morning.

To use this new formula, simply replace your evening moisturizer with the mask—recommended 5 times a week—and leave on. The rich, velvety texture fully absorbs for overnight wear (no messy pillows!) and most importantly, smoother-looking skin by morning. It’s an incredibly indulgent way to relax, end your day, and nourish your skin.

I also love thier Face Sheet Masks! Kiehl’s Instant Renewal Concentrate Mask, $32 for 4, this month at Kiehls.comOur first sheet mask!  The oil-infused hydrogel-biocellulose mask includes a blend of three cold-pressed oils from the Brazilian Amazon: Copaiba Resin OilPracaxi Oil and Andiroba Oil to help provide immediate hydration and softer feeling, smoother looking skin over time.

The formula is infused into the mask material, providing a unique delivery system, allowing skin to be indulged and replenished with moisture in a way that’s not greasy. The two-piece mask comfortably adheres to the skin for intense nourishing moisture and, after just ten minutes of use, reveals a renewed state of hydration for a softer, brighter looking complexion.

I loved how my skin felt after using one of these sheet masks!

Looking for something sweet to send Mom this Mother’s Day?

Mother’s Day Goodies from Allies GF Goodies will be a hit!

 Allies Gluten-Free Goodies, a scrumptious bakery based in Long Island, NY which is dedicated to providing baked goods to individuals with food sensitivities and other dietary issues. Owner Allison Luckman started the bakery due to dietary restrictions with her own children that was passed down from Allies own food intolerance. Allie wanted to make sure all children and anyone suffering can finally enjoy delicious “goodies” safely and not miss out on taste. Spring/Mother’s Day is upon us and we think everybody should be able to have a safe treat, so I’d love for you to consider Allies GF Goodies for any round-ups you might be doing. Perfect for spring dinners and backyard parties, Mother’s Day brunch and ideal as a hostess gift.

With a variety of baked goods, anyone that suffers from Gluten intolerance, has Celiac disease, or just for those individuals that are trying to eat right and/or avoid wheat, dairy and starch, Allies GF Goodies is the place to go to get kosher, nut free, gluten-free, dairy-free, shellfish free, legume-free baked goods. From cookies and cupcakes to brownies, cakes, bagels, challah and baguettes – the bakery offers a delicious and safe baked products for just about anyone.  Special custom orders are available upon request.

I had the opportunity to taste one and it was delicious! It didn’t last long in my house!

For a complete list visit www.alliesgfg.com

Does Mom have a Google Home? If so, she will love the LOFT (battery base for Google Home)!

LOFT is a portable battery base for the Google Home that let’s you unplug and take Google anywhere
you choose. The powerful lithium-ion rechargable battery provides up to 6*unplugged hours of use.
LOFT simply slides on replacing your current base, giving you cord-free mobility at home. 4 LED lights
on the front of LOFT indicates the remaining battery life before needing another charge.

I love how easy this is to use!

Suggested retail $49.95. On Sale for $39.95! Find it at https://ninety7.com/

Does Mom love to take a bath? She will just love these products from Ancient Beauty Traditions!

In time for Mother’s Day gifting, the Treets Traditions natural body care collection brings beauty back to the motherland. From the coasts of Asia to the terrains of Africa, this culture-rich collection has resurrected a tried and true beauty secret for each and every moms’ at home spa experience. Although our ancestors didn’t have cosmetic procedures and fancy day creams to maintain their skin, beauty was still a priority. For thousands of years, people relied on the healing power of nature for their skin health. Treets Traditions employs the power of herbs, flowers and plant extracts to produce a timeless variety of shower creams, body oils, bath fizzers, moisturizers and more. I tried their healing in harmony tea bags for bath and love them! These are a must for all Moms!

Treets Traditions Products Are Free Of:

• Sodium Lauryl Sulfate

• Parabens

• Microplastics

• Silicones

• Colorants

• Mineral Oil

Full line of products available at HSN.com

Do you have a Mom who loves to run? The RunLites Gloves are a must-buy for her! These gloves are great for all fitness buffs!

The “gloves” feature the following:

Breathable fabric
Reflective strips
Deeply padded palms
Sleek and snug LED light pocket
Special opening for rechargeable cable
Finger pulls for easy glove removal
…and more!

They have so many different styles too! I also love that they are stylish and very comfortable to wear! Check them out at https://store.gorunlites.com/

I love these next choices for Mother’s Day from Dr. Whitney Bowe + Josie Maran!

The Beauty of Dirty Skin by Dr. Whitney Bowe ($23.00 at amazon.com and barnesandnoble.com)
In The Beauty of Dirty Skin, Celebrity NYC-based dermatologist Dr. Whitney Bowe shows readers that skin health is so much more than skin deep. With simple explanations of science, DIY practical at-home tricks and tweaks to make to your diet and beauty routine, and a life-changing 21-day program, this book is your roadmap to glowing skin from the inside out and the outside in.
Revive, nourish and hydrate skin for an all-day poreless-looking glow with these multi-tasking, argan-infused gift sets from Josie Maran.
Josie Maran Argan Beauty Canvas ($45.00 at josiemarancosmetics.com)
Josie Maran Argan Nourishing Kit ($100 at josiemarancosmetics)

Does Mom have Curls? 

Mother’s Day Gifts under $100.00 Five Haircare Products for Moms With Curls!

The Doux is a line of hair care (created by a mother of 5) getting attention for bold packaging, clever product names inspired by 90’s hip hop and being a go-to option for natural curls, wavy, loose, or super tight. Available at select Target stores and at Thedoux.com  All 5 products pictured above are available for under $75.00!

*SUCKA FREE™ Moisturizing Shampoo

Sulphate & Paraben-free Shampoo with Shea Butter & Sea Silk. A gentle cleansing shampoo for thick, dry, or color-treated hair. A one-of-a-kind shampoo that cleanses hair while providing the ultimate hydration. Safe for color-treated and chemically treated hair, as well as all hair types, this moisturizing shampoo also protects hair from heat and sun damage with Shea Butter and Sea Silk to leave your curls feeling clean and soft.

MSRP: $12.99.

*FRESH RINSE™ Moisturizing Conditioner

Ultra-hydrating conditioner has amazing slip for easy detangling. Sea silk smooths the cuticle, leaving hair frizz-free and full of body. Sulfate-free and paraben-free hydrating conditioner formulated with the perfect combination of Shea Butter and Sea Silk. This ultra-moisturizing conditioner hydrates hair and provides thermal and environmental protection.

MSRP: $12.99.


Shine Enhancing Texture Cream is a must for girls who crave that sexy, wavy, beachy, mermaid hair.  Just a nickel sized amount in damp long hair achieves the look when letting it air dry or blowdryer on low. Bonita Afro Balm is a salon-quality multi-purpose styling cream for different styles and textures. With the power of the Goji Berry and other organic botanicals, it improves overall hair shine, softness, and moisture. It reduces frizz and fly-aways and lengthen curls for more manageability and control for natural curls, twists, braids, or anything in between. Certified organic botanicals, alcohol & paraben free. MSRP: $15.99.

*MOUSSE DEF™ Texture Foam Non-flaking mousse gives touchable definition to curly styles free of stiffness, cloudiness, or crunch and provides the perfect amount of hold to define your curls or control your sleek look. Soy proteins and natural humectants make this humidity-resistant styling aid ideal for thermal styling as well. The Doux Mousse Def Texture Foam gives definition, shine, and volume to every hair type and curl pattern.  MSRP: $14.99

*THE LIGHT™ Is a multi-purpose Shine Mist which preserves color and protects hair from heat styling and environmental damage. It reduces drying time when used prior to blow drying and delivers weightless shine to finished looks. Adds natural luster to natural styles. Infused with Black Cacao, Passion Fruit, and Palm Oil. MSRP: $14.99.

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Self Disclosure: I may have received free samples of the above items to facilitate this post. No compensation was received and images were provided. 


Entenmann’s® Little Bites® Strawberry Yogurt Muffins are great for busy Moms on the go! Rad about the Entenmann’s® Little Bites® Strawberry Yogurt Muffins and the Mother’s Day Spa Giveaway!

Are you a busy Mom always on the go?  Entenmann’s® Little Bites® Strawberry Yogurt Muffins will be a hit with you and your family!

These are really tasty! They only lasted about a week in my house! Entenmann’s® Little Bites® Strawberry Yogurt Muffins are made with real strawberries and come in perfectly portioned pouches ideal for breakfast or snacking on-the-goWith less than 200 calories per pouch, Little Bites® Strawberry Yogurt Muffins are a good source of calcium and vitamin D, and contain no high fructose corn syrup or trans-fat, making them a snack kids will love and a choice parents can feel good about.

You also don’t want to miss this amazing sweepstakes! Entenmann’s® Little Bites® Strawberry Yogurt Muffins and the Mother’s Day Spa Giveaway!

 Entenmann’s® Little Bites® is thanking moms for all that they do for everyone by giving away five $100 spa gift cards!

o   Simply log on to [https://www.littlebites.com/mothersday] to enter for a chance to win the special treat.

For more information about Entenmann’s® Little Bites® Strawberry Yogurt Muffins please visit www.littlebites.com

         Don’t forget to try the NEW Little Bites® rewards program! Buy 10 five-count boxes of Little Bites® snacks and get 1 FREE! Send in your receipts by text message, email or website. To get started, send a text message with the keyword “Little Bites” to 811-811, email to redeem@Rewards.LittleBites.com or visit http://rewards.littlebites.com.

In time for Mother’s Day, what better way to celebrate than by creating a deliciously edible bouquet featuring Entenmann’s® Little Bites® Strawberry Yogurt Muffins?

We have also teamed up for a giveaway! SoCal City Kids is responsible for the giveaway and Entenmann’s® Little Bites® is only providing the $25 Visa digital gift card and (3) coupons for $5.00 off the purchase of any Entenmann’s® Little Bites®.  SoCal City Kids will select the winner! Deadline to enter is Mother’s Day (Sunday, May 13th) at 12 pm pst. U.S. Residents only. To enter, leave a comment below telling us your favorite Entenmann’s® Little Bites® product!

Happy Mother’s Day!


Self Disclosure: I received free samples and some form of compensation was received to facilitate this post. Logo (top image) was also provided as well as the DIY video. 

Making Mom breakfast in bed this Mother’s Day? Here are some ideas!

Are you planning to make Mom breakfast in bed this upcoming Mom’s Day?

This first idea is so easy even the youngest kids can help out!

Garden Lites®, the delicious vegetable company and the leader in unique veggie-rich foods, invites you and your children to serve the BEST mom in the world breakfast in bed this Mother’s Day. Every Garden Lites product is vegetarian; gluten free; made with vegetables as first ingredients; is non-GMO certified; made with clean ingredients; is dairy and nut free and always delicious. Best of all this Mother’s Day, even your toddler can heat up Garden Lites muffins or Superfood Veggie Cakes in minutes and serve to mom with great flair!

With every bite filled with servings of vegetables, this is the perfect way to show mom you’ve been listening to her advice to eat your veggies! This Mother’s Day, be sure to offer some irresistible yet nutritious foods to start the day such as:

  • Garden Lites® Chocolate Muffins, Banana Chocolate Chip Muffins and Blueberry Oat Muffins:

These really are delicious and more healthy options! You’ll never believe the first two ingredients in Garden Lites® Chocolate Muffins and Banana Chocolate Chip Muffins are zucchini and carrots!  Heat in the microwave to enjoy a decadent experience for only 120 calories. Garden Lites® muffins come in a package of 6 muffins, for an SRP of $4.99. Every bite of Garden Lites Blueberry Oat muffins is bursting with plump blueberries.  You’ll never believe the first ingredient in Garden Lites Blueberry Oat Muffins is zucchini!  Heat them in a microwave to enjoy a delightful blueberry packed muffin with only 120 calories. All Garden Lites Muffins are Non-GMO and deliciously moist and a great source of fiber.  Garden Lites® muffins come in a package of 6 muffins, for an SRP of $4.99.

And my favorite item is the Garden Lites® Superfood Veggie Cakes, launched only 2 years ago, are already the best-selling item in the company’s portfolios. Experts agree that superfoods are incredibly good for you and Garden Lites Superfood Veggie Cakes are packed with nutrient-rich superfood veggies like kale and cauliflower. Each veggie cake is packed with veggies, gluten free, non-gmo and nutritionally smart. They make a great breakfast, snack or side dish, and have an SRP of $4.99 for 6. They are available in both frozen nationally.


Garden Lites has a variety of new products and increased distribution in the freezer section across the country. Some of the best selection can be found at Kroger, Meijer, Target, Costco, Shop Rite, Publix, Stop & Shop, Giant, HEB, Ralph’s, Fry’s, Whole Foods, and many more retailers and online for home delivery at thehealthfoodstore.comThe line also has the Good Housekeeping Nutrition Seal of Approval, which is the first health-conscious, lifestyle-aware seal in the food and beverage industry.

About Garden Lites:

Garden Lites® is a Classic Cooking, LLC brand based in Rahway, NJ that produces delicious vegetable snack foods. Since 2008, Garden Lites has raised the bar in healthy foods by delivering full flavor that’s also veggie rich. Garden Lites has the Good Housekeeping Nutrition Seal of Approval and is the recipient of numerous awards, including the Cooking Light – The Healthiest Frozen Foods in the Supermarket: Breakfast;  Grocery Headquarters Trailblazer Award;  Parents Magazine 25 Best Frozen Food for Families;   Gluten Free Digest Chocolate Muffins; Pioneers of Better For You: Refrigerated and Frozen Foods and  Runner’s World Editor’s Pick.

For more information on Garden Lites products, visit www.GardenLites.com and be sure to “Like” on Facebook and Follow on Twitter!

VitaTops®,  America’s favorite and only muffin top would also be a hit with Mom this Mother’s Day!

VitaTops offers new flavors for protein lovers that fit the bill: VitaTops Protein Banana Chocolate Chip has only 130 calories, 8 grams of protein and 6 grams of fiber; andVitaTops Protein Chocolate Peanut Butter has only with 150 calories, 8 grams of protein and 6 grams of fiber. These two new protein infused VitaTops products offer the perfect sweet spot of high fiber and protein, which helps fuel energy longer and also helps curb cravings.  VitaTops are also available in VitaTops Superfood CranBran, made with cranberries, oats, chia seeds and flaxseed with 120 calories, 6 grams of fiber and 3 grams of protein; and finally for organic food lovers, try VitaTops Deep Chocolate made with organic ingredients, like whole grain flour and cocoa powder and only 100 calories, and VitaTops Wild Blueberry, bursting with organic wild blueberries with 120 calories. The VitaTops Chocolate Chip are still incredibly delicious with a sweet taste of chocolate in every bite, but are now gluten-free, with 3 grams of protein; 5 grams of fiber and only 150 calories!

VitaTops are available 8 oz boxes each with 4 individually wrapped muffins at $4.00 per box in the frozen section of your supermarket.   Or go to www.vitatops.com.

Want to make Mom pancakes or waffles..or maybe French Toast?

Maple Grove Farms Maple syrup is delicious!

About B&G Foods

Based in Parsippany, New Jersey, B&G Foods, Inc. (NYSE: BGS) and our subsidiaries manufacture, sell and distribute high-quality, branded shelf-stable and frozen foods across the United States, Canada and Puerto Rico.  With our diverse portfolio of more than 50 brands you know and love, including Back to NatureB&GB&MCream of WheatGreen GiantLas PalmasLe SueurMama Mary’sMaple Grove FarmsMrs. DashNew York StyleOrtegaPirate’s BootyPolanerSnackWell’sSpice Islandsand Victoria, there’s a little something for everyone.  For more information about B&G Foods and our brands, please visit www.bgfoods.com

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

Keep It Hot On May 5th – CINCO DE MAYO! Say Ole to the Perfect Chicken Gumbo Original Soupman Launches Seasonal Favorites!

The Original Soupman, the makers of the best-tasting soup in the world, is throwing a festive soup-parade in honor of Cinco de Mayo with a special batch of Chicken Gumbo soup. Now, no matter where you live in the U.S. you can start the party early and have Cinco de Mayo come to you by simply ordering it online at www.OriginalSoupman.com. Order online www.originalsoupman.com  during the week of Cinco de Mayo, which is May 5th for special discounts.

Cinco de Mayo is considered the top day around the globe to celebrate Mexico and its rich history. The Original Soupman wants you to go beyond the Margarita – and enjoy the rich, authentic taste of their South-of-the-border Chicken Gumbo. Every bite of this Mexican inspired soup brims with tender Chunks of plump chicken breasts, tomatoes, okra, bell peppers, carrots, collard greens and celery simmered together with garlic, butter, authentic secret spices and just the right amount of chili peppers. No matter your own roots, one bowl of Chicken Gumbo and you’ll be dancing around your sombrero, ready to celebrate this festive day like a true Amigo!

“It wouldn’t be Cinco de Mayo without a great bowl of our Chicken Gumbo,” says Joseph Hagan, President of The Original Soupman.  “Maybe you can’t fill your sombrero with our delicious hot soup, but you can enjoy it in a bowl right at home wherever you live. We love our fans, and since our mantra is “Soup for All”, we have online ordering so everyone in the U.S. can enjoy a steaming hot bowl of our Chicken Gumbo Soup   – or any of our flavors.”

The Original Soupman brand became famous when the “Soupman” yelled, “No Soup for You” on the iconic television series Seinfeld, at the counter of the store ladling soup on any given day.  Today the brand stands for “Soupman — Soup For All.”

The Original Soupman® soups are now available online and at Amazon.com.  For a store tracker or to order go to www.originalsoupman.com

 Self Disclosure: The Original Soupman. 

Introducing Alpha Burritos! They are delicious and are made with clean ingredients and no meat!

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Looking for a quick and healthier option for a burrito? Your search is over! I recently had the opportunity to learn about Alpha Burritos and try them for myself and I am really impressed! I still can’t believe that they are 100% plant-based and taste great! I have to admit when I think of a burrito..I think of meat! So, I wasn’t sure about trying these meatless burritos but they are delicious! They are loaded with protein and veggies and I loved the seasoning blend. My favorite was the Pizza flavor!

They are available in 4 flavors: Mexicali (which I wasn’t able to find because it was sold out at my store! Apparently it doesn’t stay in stock long because it is popular!), Philly Sandwich, Chick ‘N Fajita and the Pizza! They are also cholesterol free, non-GMO and have no artificial preservatives.

You can find out more about Alpha Burritos here. 

The website also has some great recipes!

Look for them on Social Media too!


Twitter @alphaplantbased

Instagram https://www.instagram.com/alpha.foods/

I have teamed up for a Giveaway! One winner will win a $25 gift card to Walmart to try the burritos for yourself! Warning! You may never eat a burrito with meat again! Leave a comment below telling us which flavor you would love to try! Deadline to enter is May 4th, 2018 at noon PST. One winner will randomly be selected via Random.org. SoCal City Kids will select the winner. 

Photo Credit: SoCal City Kids. 

Tips for Choosing the Best Pillow for a Good Night’s Sleep

Whenever people talk about their beds, they mention a lot about their mattresses, and rightfully so. A mattress is the principal, most significant financial investment one can make in their sleep. However, when it comes to judging how good each sleep session is, pillows are equally important to mattresses. If a person sleeps on a pillow that is worn out, and crumples and folds it down just to get relaxed every night, it is a warning sign from the pillow asking for an update. Even if the pillow in question is not old and shrunk, it may not exactly be the ideal solution. Here are some important tips on choosing the best pillow for a good night’s sleep.

Fill or fiber

There is a range of fill selections that can be used for pillows. While it is hard to pinpoint one type and call it the best—each one has its own advantages and disadvantages, depending upon the needs of the user and his or her preference. Here are some of the most common types.

  • Down – These pillows are light in nature and are super-soft. If the user prefers to have a soft place on his bed to rest his head while sleeping, a down pillow is ideal for him. Down pillows are typically manufactured from goose or duck fibers.
  • The Goose Down Pillows are in fact softer than the Duck Down pillows. Hence, they are slightly more expensive. However, there are also different varieties so far as the lightness in Goose Down pillows is concerned. Down pillows are manufactured with various mixtures of down, fluffs, and other stuffing.
  • A memory foam pillow is usually considered as the best pillow for Back Sleepers. These pillows make sure that the head is kept aligned. The density of these foam pillow materials frequently causes the pillow to adapt to the body temperature of the person using it. This pillow’s design guarantees that the user’s head remains cool while staying in a buoyed position.

Weight of the fill

Down or synthetic pillows are light in weight. On the other hand, memory foam pillows are a slightly heavier choice. The weight of the filling in a pillow is completely a personal choice. If the users prefer to reshape and move the pillow about as they change their resting positions, a light pillow might be a good choice. Even though the weight of the fill is completely a personal choice, it is advisable not to select pillows that are too weighty as they can cause discomfort to the head.

Size of the pillow

Most people find a standard sized pillow sufficient enough in terms of its size. If the user prefers to sleep on a bigger pillow, the choice is completely healthy, as long as he can keep the sleeping posture aligned accordingly. The width or fineness of a pillow should allow you to sleep with your head, neck, and shoulders in alignment with your spinal cord.

These factors are crucial to selecting the perfect pillow. It is a decision that is highly important for a good nights’ rest!


Mother’s Day Shopping by Personality – from zulily! I love all of these great gift suggestions!

Looking for some affordable gift ideas for the special Moms this Mother’s Day? Zulily has you covered and you can find great gift suggestions that are perfect for their personality!

Let zulily help you discover personal & unique gifts for all types of moms this Mother’s Day! Shopping super last minute? Look for the yellow rocket icon for items that ship in 2 days, or you can exclusively shop our Ready to Ship page!  Whether you’re spending $5 or $50, zulily launches thousands of products daily that are sure to surprise & delight.


In fact, Zulily compiled a variety of personality profiles below to make gift shopping simple & fun, while still feeling tailored to all the special women in your life:

·         The Makeup Maven – from fragrances, to bath bombs to must-have makeup brands, she’ll beautiful inside & out…

·         The Social Butterfly – Does she love to get out of the house and experience new things? Check out our daily selection of tickets to live shows, sporting events and concerts!

·         The Style Icon – From trendy tops to must-have staples, we’ve got her covered…

·         The Trendsetter – Launching dozens of new brands daily, she’ll stay ahead of the trends with our unique zulily debuts!

·         The Fur Baby Fanatic – Fur baby moms count! Get something quirky to help bond with their animal companion…

·         The Adventure Seeker – Whether she’s hiking through the woods or just camping in the backyard, we’ve got the basics and the bizarre to help her outdoor explorations…

·         The “Fixer Upper” Fan – Is a mom in your life longing to be the next Joanna Gaines? She’ll love our diverse selection of home décor finds…from contemporary to farmhouse, we’ve got it all!

·         The Chef – Whether she’s Julia Child or just making a fun mess, we’ve got essentials to extraordinary when it comes to kitchen & cookware!

·         The DIY Queen – Crafty, clever and creative? Check out our hundreds of DIY kits and personalized items to make your gift truly unique. 

·         The New Mom – Is there a woman in your life about to celebrate their first Mother’s Day? Make it extra special with a gift for her, or baby.

I checked out a few of these and I just love the great ideas! Check them out!


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