Archives for April 2016

Your College Student: The Expert on Everything By Joelle Casteix

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College and living away from home is not a continuation of childhood. It’s time to be an adult and to learn and have fun while making adult decisions and understanding adult consequences.

An empowered, confident child has the chance to come into his or her own in the college setting. Your young adult may be adamant about how women need to take back their bodies and how men should be free to live in a world without sexual aggression. But your child needs to understand one thing: All the idealism and activism in the world will not keep him or her safe from assault if there are people out there who simply do not agree with these moral standpoints and do not care.

When my older sister came home from her first trimester of college, she suddenly thought she was the smartest eighteen-year-old on the planet. The rest of us in the house were blithering, uneducated idiots. According to her, we knew nothing of the world, and she had no problem reminding us. A few years later, I went away to college. And the same thing happened. Within a three-month period, my parents went from reasonably equipped adults . . . to utter fools. My parents rolled their eyes and continued about the process of living their lives. And like all young people and their phases, my sister and I both outgrew ours.

Talking to your college-aged child is going to be vastly different from how you have communicated with your child before. While your high schooler may have thought you were embarrassing, out of touch, controlling, or clueless, to your college student you are now uneducated and unworldly. Even the sweetest, most respectful child will embody this in one way or another. Your task is to use this to your advantage. This may be the first time in your child’s life that he or she wants to pontificate. Your child wants to talk at you and tell you things he or she thinks you don’t already know. Resist the temptation to shut your child down and call him or her a mere babe in the woods. (That’s what he or she is, of course, but you don’t need to rub it in.) Instead, let your college student talk. Then start asking questions. Ask if he or she wants your advice. Ask permission to share your opinion. Treat young adults in the conversation as though they are the college professor they think they are. Use your questions to guide the discussion and help your college student come to wise conclusions. Make your child think that your guidance is his or her conclusion.

If you argue with your college student about opinions, you will only serve to solidify your child’s view in his or her mind, no matter how screwed up or dangerous it is. But if you can talk to your college student in a way that makes him or her believe that your input and guidance are actually the child’s idea, you will win in the long run.

Making Sure Your Child Does Not Become a Statistic

It is important to give teens real responsibility with real consequences. Internet connectivity, cars, schools, access to drugs and alcohol, and peer groups can be gateways to maturity—or they can be ingredients in a recipe for disaster. How teens handle these things gives a good indication of how they will handle life in a college atmosphere. If your child is already showing signs of problems with drugs and alcohol, allowing your child to live on a college campus is probably not the best idea, no matter how many promises your child gives you that he or she will “change” or “clean up” once away from home. An overprotected child who has had limited freedom and little ability to make healthy decisions will likely face similar struggles as he or she is barraged with a thousand bad ideas in the first week of college.

So how do you keep your son or daughter from being a statistic? Consider an analogy from the public relations profession, a lesson followed by corporate CEOs, public figures, and other highprofile people: If you don’t want what you have done to be splashed on the cover of the New York Times, trending in social media, or photographed and spread across the world . . . then don’t do it. Of course, no one is perfect, and we all do things that we later regret. But if you assume that anything and everything you do can become public and embarrassing instantly—which it can—then you may think twice about certain actions.

How does this work for college students? Binge drinking, drug experimentation, sex with strangers, nude photos . . . All of these things take on a different light in the age of the Internet. Not only will photos of drunken stupors be potentially embarrassing in the short term, but they can be career-limiting once the college student tries to get an internship, apply for a job, or find a life partner. Talk to your child about sex and the repercussions, including damage to his or her reputation, STDs, the lifelong ramifications of pregnancy, and the emotional turmoil that sex in relationships can cause. No one wants to become a negative statistic—and your child doesn’t have to.

I further this discussion in my book, The Well Armored Child, and discuss safety tips when your (adult) child enlists in the military, travels in foreign countries, and more.  After all, as a parent, you are likely to have mixed feelings about sending your child off to college or into the world. This is the moment when parents realize that the actions of that child (now a young adult) in the next few years will be the culmination of all of your parenting. This may be when we parents learn whether we “did it right”—whether we did all we can to develop our child’s ability to function in the real world. Chances are, your child’s success in the wider world will pleasantly surprise you.

A former journalist, educator, and public relations professional, Joelle Casteix has taken her own experience as a victim of child sex crimes and devoted her career to exposing abuse, advocating on behalf of survivors, and spreading abuse prevention strategies for parents and communities. She has presented to hundreds of audiences all over the world, including on the TEDx stage, on subjects such as abuse prevention, victim outreach, victims’ rights in the civil justice system, and parenting safer children. She is a regular speaker for the National Center for Victims of Crime, the Institute on Violence, Abuse and Trauma and The Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests.

Casteix’s blog, The Worthy Adversary, is one of the leading sources for information and commentary on child sexual abuse prevention and exposure. She graduated from the University of California, Santa Barbara, and completed graduate work in education at the University of Colorado, Denver. A wanna-be ski bum, she lives in southern California with her husband and young son.

Her book The Well-Armored Child: A Parents Guile to Preventing Sexual Abuse is available on Amazon.com as well as at other fine booksellers.  To learn more visit: www.WellArmoredChild.com, or visit her on Facebook.

I’ve received a copy of this book and  highly recommend!

Credit for the above article: Joelle Casteix.

“Name A Snackimals” contest from Barbara’s Plus a Special Giveaway Opportunity for SoCal City Kids readers!

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Looking for healthier cereal that also tastes great? Barbara’s has you covered! I received samples and they have been a  big hit with  my family! My favorite is the Vanilla blast and my son loves the Cinnamon Crunch!

Barbara’s, the leader in lower-sugar wholesome breakfast cereals and snacks, and we’re excited to share the news of our Name A Snackimals Giveaway going on right now! Actually, today is the last day to enter! So don’t miss out!

For their “Name A Snackimals” contest, participants are asked on our Facebook page to help name our Snackimals Lion and be entered for a chance to win a family trip for four to Safari West in California, valued at $2800! Additionally, 25 winners will receive a case of Snackimals! You can see and enter the contest here: http://bit.ly/1SfE3Vs

If you do miss out, you can also enter a giveaway here! One winner will win a package of the Barbara’s Cereals and Barbara’s Snackimals Cookies! I love the Chocolate Chip but they also come in other delicious flavors such as Vanilla and Oatmeal.

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To enter our giveaway, leave a comment below telling us which Cereal flavor or cookie flavor you would be most excited to try! Deadline to enter is May 5th, 2016 at noon PST. One winner will randomly be selected via Random.org.

Self Disclosure: I received free samples to facilitate this post. No other compensation was received to post. SoCal City Kids will select winner via Random.org and Barbara’s will send the pkg. to the winner.

Freshpet for Fresher Dog and Cat Food & Treats!

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Looking for Fresher food for your pet dog or cat?  Freshpet has you covered! We had our cats try Pet Food and our Dogs love the Dog Treats! The Dog Joy® Treats are a fave of both our dogs and they sure didn’t last very long in our house! They are also quite easy to find. We found products at our local PetSmart. I like that the treats seem like a much healthier option and our dogs just love the taste!

 

About Freshpet

Freshpet has a single-minded mission – to improve the lives of dogs and cats everywhere through the power of fresh, natural food.  Packed with vitamins and proteins, Freshpet foods offer fresh meats, poultry, and vegetables farmed locally. The Freshpet Kitchens then thoughtfully prepare these natural ingredients and everyday essentials, cooking them in small batches at lower temperatures to preserve key nutrients. That way, your pet gets the best. Freshpet refrigerated foods and treats are kept cool from the moment they are made until they arrive at Freshpet refrigerators in your local market

 

Freshpet foods are available in select mass, grocery, natural food, club, and pet specialty retailers across the United States and Canada. From the care Freshpet takes to source their ingredients and make their food, to the moment it reaches your home, Freshpet’s integrity, transparency and social responsibility are the way they like to run their business.  To learn more, visit www.freshpet.com.

 

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Self Disclosure: I received free coupons to facilitate this post. No other compensation was received. Photos and press info provided courtesy of Freshpet.

 

 

Baby Must-Haves for the Spring!

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Baby Magic Hair & Body Wash and Calming Body Lotion are real must-haves! I like that they are so gentle, smell good and I recommend for babies and young children.

Here’s some special news from our friends at Baby Magic:

The Magic of a Wish: Baby Magic Donates To Make-A-Wish®

Donation to Be Made in Honor of World Wish Day® and Mother’s Day

Wishes don’t just happen; they are made possible through the determination of people who care enough to make a difference. Baby Magic, a legacy baby care brand celebrating its 65th year, is partnering with Make-A-Wish® by donating $100,000 and making an additional wish sponsorship for six-year-old Jaden who is battling a life-threatening condition. Coinciding with World Wish Day (April 29), a day for Make-A-Wish to thank those who make wishes come true, and Mother’s Day (May 8), Baby Magic’s donation will help to strengthen and empower kids who are going through tough medical treatments.

 

“Contributing to Make-A-Wish was a natural choice for the brand,” said Baby Magic Senior Vice President Ron Isom. “Baby Magic and Make-A-Wish both nurture family bonds to make life better and brighter for children – helping them feel comfortable, safe, and cared for. We are happy to do our part in ensuring more wishes are granted.”

 

The idea for the partnership was born when executives at Baby Magic heard about the wishes made by two young girls battling a rare intestinal disorder. After their mothers found each other in an online support group, Brynne and Ellie forged a friendship, bonding over their shared treatment experiences. Without knowing what the other had asked for, both girls wished to finally meet each other in-person, and Make-A-Wish North Texas and Make-A-Wish Canada joined forces to make their one true wish a reality. After a week of fun in the sun, not only did the bond grow between the girls, but also between their mothers.

 

Brynne and Ellie’s story deeply impacted executives at Baby Magic and inspired them to grant a wish for a young boy named Jaden. Jaden is an outgoing, funny, friendly six year old. He also has lymphoma. And, his one true wish is to visit Atlantis for a tropical vacation with his mom, dad, and baby sister. Baby Magic will be sponsoring Jaden’s wish and throwing him a fun party to wish him bon voyage on his unforgettable trip.

 

To support these initiatives, from April through June 2016, Baby Magic will activate a campaign that will include web and social media promotion for Make-A-Wish, as well as in-store co-branded marketing at Walgreens, Walmart, and Kmart.  In an effort to make a difference in their own backyard, the Baby Magic team will participate in the 11th annual Make-A-Wish North Texas Walk for Wishes® on April 9, 2016, in Dallas, TX. Baby Magic will be inviting their entire staff to participate in the walk, courtesy of the brand.

 

Granting a wish on average every 35 minutes somewhere in the U.S. and its territories is no easy task for Make-A-Wish to accomplish, but with the help of donors like Baby Magic, they’re making the world a little happier for kids with life-threatening medical conditions. Baby Magic is proud to be a sponsor of Make-A-Wish and is honored to make a lasting impact on the lives of children who need it the most!

More info about both:

About Baby Magic

Trusted by moms for 65 years, Baby Magic is a family owned and operated business that focuses on baby care products that do what they say they’re going to do – while cutting out the bad stuff.  Hypoallergenic, tear-free, and paraben-free – Baby Magic is made with love and care, which is why it’s been loved by generations of parents. Visit Baby Magic at babymagic.com to learn more.

 

About Make-A-Wish

Make-A-Wish grants the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions to enrich the human experience with hope, strength and joy. According to a 2011 U.S. study of wish impact, most health professionals surveyed believe a wish-come-true has positive impacts on the health of children. Kids say wishes give them renewed strength to fight their illness, and their parents say these experiences help strengthen the entire family. Headquartered in Phoenix, Make-A-Wish is one of the world’s leading children’s charities, serving children in every community in the United States and its territories. With the help of generous donors and more than 28,000 volunteers, Make-A-Wish grants a wish somewhere in the country every 35 minutes. It has granted more than 270,000 wishes since its inception in 1980; more than 14,800 in 2015 alone. Visit Make-A-Wish at www.wish.org

The next product is a great one for Diaper Rash!

 

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Soothe baby’s bottom with a trusted booty must-have – Boudreaux’s Butt Paste! Formulated by pharmacist and father of four, George Boudreaux, Boudreaux’s Butt Paste is a home grown product born from the need for an effective and safe solution to eliminate diaper rash. Parents rely on this revolutionary product as it forms a protective layer on skin to soothe and relieve rash discomfort. Created specifically for parents who don’t want to settle for anything less than the best, it uses a combination of efficacious ingredients to be fast acting without being harsh on a baby’s skin.
Butt Paste has three formulas that help improve your baby’s diaper rash – Original, Maximum Strength and All Natural. All formulas have one thing in common – the ability to kick some rash by providing relief to baby’s tender skin from the first use and beyond. Perfect for use with every change, Butt Paste is gentle on newborn skin with a pleasant scent to boot!

I received a sample and I don’t have a little one in the house so had a friend try this one out. She was impressed and says that this one is now replacing another Diaper Rash Cream that she was using. She feels that it is more gentle on her babies skin.

Meet our Babies …  Original Boudreaux’s Butt Paste o Pharmacist’s original family formula  16% Zinc Oxide – helps treat diaper rash by creating a barrier to seal out wetness  Maximum Strength Boudreaux’s Butt Paste o Same great Original formula with maximum-strength Zinc Oxide  40% Zinc Oxide – over two times the rash fighting power of Original formula  All Natural Boudreaux’s Butt Paste o In addition to 16% Zinc Oxide, formulated with soothing and calming ingredients  Aloe Vera – to soothe skin Available In …  2 oz. – perfect for on-the-go emergencies o Suggested Retail: Original – $6.19, Maximum Strength – $6.79  4 oz. – a staple for the changing station o Suggested Retail: Original – $9.09, Maximum Strength – $9.69, Natural – $9.69  16 oz. – a must-have for the nursery o Suggested Retail: Original – $19.19.

Self Disclosure: I received free samples to facilitate this baby guide post. No other compensation was received and this post may be updated. Photos courtesy of the above companies.

Books of April! Here are some of our top choices of the month!

Here are some of our favorites!

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The story follows Lisa and her little brother Jon as they participate in a stamp collecting competition. But when their father determines which child will get the new large stamp album, he bases his decision on his preconceived idea that stamp collecting is a boy’s hobby, not a girl’s hobby. Lisa has to learn how to discuss her feelings with her father in a calm and honest way. Her mother, her teacher, and her friends provide guidance to Lisa as her talk with her father and Passover, approach.

The Passover Surprise combines a Civil Rights Era backdrop and experiences from Heller’s own Jewish upbringing to illustrate issues of the time like racism and sexism.

It also includes a Discussion Guide at the back for parents and teachers and a glossary of Hebrew terms used in the book, making it a great primer for readers not yet familiar with Jewish traditions.

I received a free copy of this book and I found it very interesting. I loved learning more about the Jewish upbringing and loved the glossary of Hebrew terms. This is a great book for children and I highly recommend!

You can purchase on Amazon.com.

The Next two books are great for children and getting crafty at home!

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Let’s Get Crafty with Paper & Glue 25 CREATIVE AND FUN PROJECTS FOR KIDS AGED 2 AND UP
Published by CICO Kidz, March 2016, $12.95
Bring out your child’s creative side with Let’s Get Crafty with Paper & Glue. This inspiring book has 25 easy-to-achieve projects that you and your child can enjoy making together at home.
With ideas including colourful projects such as party bag cones, cardboard tube bracelets for dressing up and paper chains for birthdays, decorations or even Christmas, there’s all kinds of crafty fun to be had. Other creative ideas include button photo frames, stained glass butterflies and a super-snappy crocodile. You’ll be sure to find a project that will excite both you and your child into creating enjoyable keepsakes.
The emphasis is on teamwork, with you helping with the tricky steps, such as cutting out and your child doing the fun and messy parts, such as glueing, painting and decorating.

I really like this one because it has such a great variety of different crafts that young children can do with the help of Mom or Dad or even big brother or sister! 

Let’s Get Crafty with Fabric & Felt 25 CREATIVE AND FUN PROJECTS FOR KIDS AGED 2 AND UP
Published by CICO Kidz, March 2016, $12.95
Bring out your child’s creative side with Let’s Get Crafty with Fabric & Felt. This inspiring book has 25 easy-to-achieve projects that you and your child can enjoy making together at home.
With amazing animal projects, such as fun finger puppets, the buzziest pom-pom bumblebee and a cute cat mask, there’s all kinds of crafty fun to be had. Other creative ideas include customisable T-shirts, a fuzzy dinosaur badge and a crazy sock creature. You’ll be sure to find a project that will excite both you and your child into creating enjoyable keepsakes.
The emphasis is on teamwork, with you helping with the tricky steps, such as sewing and your child doing the fun and messy parts, such as glueing, painting and decorating. All the projects have clear step-by-step instructions.

This one has some great crafts for the upcoming Mother’s Day holiday! I like that this one is great for younger and a little older kids too!

Find these and many more at http://www.cicobooks.com

Have a young Dinosaur Lover in the house? They will love this book!

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Discover Literary History With a Prehistoric Twist!

Deep underground, a mysterious cave of stone tablets has been discovered, and researchers are working frantically to translate a treasury of prehistoric literature. In this collection, you’ll learn what made the greatest dinosaur writers so very great, uncover the real story behind our modern classics, and be introduced to masterpieces including:

  • Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeareasaurus, a timeless play about forbidden romance
  • Wuthering Heights by Emily Brontësaurus, the tortured tale of doomed dinosaur love
  • The Raven by Edgar Allan Terrordactyl, a ghoulish poem with a haunting ending
  • The Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twainceratops, the story of a mischievous young dinosaur growing up in the Cretaceous age
  • A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickensodocus, a prehistoric epic about love, war, and sacrifice
  • Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austenlovenator, a clever critique of dinosaur manners disguised as a love story.

I really love this book! It is perfect for ages 7-11 and a great way to learn about literature! This is a book you will want to keep and pass down to other children. It’s quite unique and very creative!

You can purchase on Amazon.com.

About Saskia Lacey

A beautiful storyteller, Saskia Lacey is an educational children’s author with an extensive teaching background. She is also the author of the Technical Tales series from Walter Foster Jr.  Lacey has developed engaging children’s stories and projects for a variety of publishers and illustrators.

This next one is a great one for families with kids of all ages!

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LOOK AT US NOW: A Creative Family Journal (A TarcherPerigee paperback, on sale May 5, 2016) by Bernadette Noll, an interactive diary for families to complete together. Filled with clever questions that will engage parents and kids alike, this illustrated journal encourages families to capture the essence of their lives during the present moment. It’s the seemingly mundane things – the sleep patterns, school choices, and family rhythms and rituals – that make up the fabric of daily life; and Noll captures this with playful prompts, including:

 

  • The last time we laughed out loud was because…
  • What does family dinner look like? Who talks the most? The least?
  • Inside jokes. Family sayings. And things only our family gets (Spill it):
  • Things we appreciate about each family member:
  • Something crazy that happened this month:

 

Designed for families of all ages, LOOK AT US NOW will foster connection, reflection, and creative fun.

I love that this one is so creative and is such a great way to help families get to know each other better! I received a copy and was thrilled to see that there are even pages my tween and I can do together, I love that it is It is not just geared towards parents and very young children. This one would even make a great Mother’s day or Father’s Day gift!

You can purchase here.

Self Disclosure: I received free copies of these books to facilitate this post. 

“Every Day’s Your Birthday” – by Award-Winning YouTube favorite Miss Nina Packaroonus Records 6 May 2016

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Sporting three Parents Choice® Awards in her hip pocket, beloved children’s musician and YouTube favorite Nina Stone(a.k.a. Miss Nina) is thrilled to announce the May 6 release of her third album for kids and families — and the first album Miss Nina has made with her band, The Jumping JacksEvery Day’s Your Birthday.

Every Day’s Your Birthday can credit its own nativity to the concept that no matter what day it is or what life brings, within us all is the power to change our attitude.  Says Nina Stone, “The best way I know how to do that is with music and movement.  A little dance break can brighten your outlook and the trajectory of your whole day!  Why not make every day a great day?”

Musically, Every Day’s Your Birthday traces its roots to ’60s and ’70s pop and rock music — from The Brady Bunch and The Beatles to Led Zeppelin and the Grateful Dead — and also displays Miss Nina’s love for dance and early ’80s hip hop and rap.

Items not to be overlooked include the title track, a terrific rock ‘n’ roll production number filled with sound bites from the ’60s, and “Sunshine Blue Skies” (’70s pop rock, The Brady Bunch meets Led Zeppelin).  Also noteworthy are “My Freeze Dance,” a Meghan Trainor-esque doo-wop pop/dance number, and “DJ In My PJs,” which credits its style and sly humor to The Beastie Boys, Run DMC, and other early ’80s rap and hip hop that Nina Stone listened to as she grew up.

The past four years have witnessed the phenomenal growth of a large and devoted following for the videos that Miss Nina regularly posts on her website and YouTube channel. Boasting more than 8,000 YouTube subscribers, The Miss Nina Weekly Video Show features Nina Stonewith her trademark cotton candy pink Daisy rock acoustic electric guitar, performing sing-along, move-along songs for the early childhood set. Several of Miss Nina’s videos have received more than 350,000 views on YouTube.

Before her debut as “Miss Nina,Nina Stone could be found dancing everywhere and anywhere people would let her.  Nina earned a B.S. in Dance Management and spent several years dancing nationally and internationally in professional musical theater productions before embarking on a course of graduate studies in Educational Theater at New York University.  After receiving her M.A. from NYU, Nina  helped develop the curriculum for the Small Wonder program in the Early Childhood Division of The Dwight School in Manhattan, where she taught for seven years.  When not recording and touring with The Jumping Jacks, Nina is a Music for Aardvarks teacher in Maplewood and Montclair, New Jersey.

I received a copy of this CD and I love how lively and fun the music is! As a big fan of 70’s, 80’s and 90’s music, I can tell that Miss Nina has been influenced by the hits of those years in music.  Children will love to dance and sing along!
Previous albums by Miss Nina include Sha Doo Be Doop (2013) and Singing and Dancing Together (2009).

Every Day’s Your Birthday will be available on iTunes, CDBaby, Amazon, and mymissnina.com.
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Visit the Miss Nina’s website HERE.

Miss Nina on Facebook.

Miss Nina on Twitter.

Miss Nina on YouTube.

Self Disclosure: I received a free CD to facilitate this post. No other compensation was received. Photo and Press Credit: Packaroonus Records/Miss Nina.

Tastykake’s seasonal sweet treats: Peach Cobbler and Strawberry Mini Donuts and Lemon and Strawberry Kandy Kakes are a Spring Must-Buy!

Looking for a sweet treat this Spring? Tastykake has some new treats you don’t want to miss!

I love the new Mini Donuts! My favorite is the New Peach Cobbler Mini Donuts! These are quite tasty with the taste of peach cobbler inside a peach flavored donut. I love the sweet cobbler crumble on the outside. Also, available is the Strawberry Mini Donuts! These one feature a strawberry flavored donut with powdered sugar coating. They are simply delicious!

  • Peach Cobbler Mini Donuts are available in 11.5 oz. bags and the Strawberry Mini Donuts are available in 10 oz. bags.
  • Both Mini Donut flavors have an estimated retail price of $2.99.

There are also new flavors in the Kandy Kakes!

  • Tastykake is bringing back it’s sweet Lemon and Strawberry Kandy Kakes just in time forspring. Lemon Kandy Kakes feature a white coated vanilla sponge cake with a lemon creme filling. Strawberry Kandy Kakes are white coated vanilla sponge cakes with a strawberry creme filling. I just love the Lemon Kandy Kakes! They are simply yummy!
  • Both Kandy Kakes are available in 8 oz. six-count boxes and have an estimated retail price of $4.49.

Check out this delicious recipe from our friends at TastyKake!

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Lemon Kandy Kake Cheesecake Cups

Ingredients: 

  • Lemon Kandy Kakes
  • 8 oz. cream cheese
  • 1 cup confectionary sugar
  • 1 cup whipping cream
  • 1 jar of lemon curd
  • Whipped cream to top

Instructions:

  1. Combine cream cheese, sugar and whipping cream into large mixing bowl for the “cheesecake” filling.
  2. In a small jar, break up Lemon Kandy Kakes to form the bottom layer, or the “crust”. 
  3. Layer on about two spoonfuls of the cheese mixture and one spoonful of the lemon curd.
  4. Top with whipped cream and enjoy!

Self Disclosure: I received free samples to facilitate this post. Photo and recipe credit: Tastykake.

It’s Fiesta Time with Cinco de Mayo Ready Gadgets

The weather is warming up, spring is in the air and before your know it summer will be here.  Kick off the season with a Cinco de Mayo celebration. Serve up margaritas, fresh guacamole, and other “Viva Mexico” inspired treats with these fiesta ready favorites from Trudeau!

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3 in 1 Stainless Steel Avocado Slicer

Either for slicing up fresh avocado to add to salads or for making fresh, homemade guacamole for chips ‘n’ guac’ – pitting and removing the avocado from its skin has never been easier and cleaner. No need to keep switching between slippery knives and spoons with this 3 in 1 tool. The sharp edge smoothly cuts an avocado in half, the pointed tip removes the pit and the curved rim swifty scoops out the flesh from the rind. Ole! MSRP $5.99

 

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Glass Rimmer

 

Margaritas come to mind instantly, and what better way to celebrate than with a Cinco De Mayo treat? The Trudeau 2 in 1 Glass Rimmer provides the perfect cocktail prep and presentation for a variety of drinks where a rim full of sugar or salt provides the finishing touch. The Rimmer has a wide diameter that makes it easy to flavor the rim of any sized glass and larger fashionable stemware.  Raised center provides the perfectly rim of salt, pepper, or flavored sugars. The base includes an integrated citrus reamer for simple juicing of limes and lemons. MSRP $8.99

 

 

 

Bar Boards

 

Perfect Prep for cocktail hour and more.

These Bar Boards are made of high-density polypropylene and have a non-skid back so they won’t dull knives or slide around the counter when in use. Each set of two comes in two colors and features six classic summer cocktail recipes including the Cinco de Mayo favored Margarita! Flexible construction bends easily to transfer prepped items to a bowl or pan. MSRP $4.99

 

 

 

Elite Recipe Cocktail Shaker

 

Everyone becomes a professional mixologist with this easy-to-use Recipe Cocktail Shaker. Make the perfect holiday inspired Margarita, Tequila Sunrise and Pina Colada!  Wow guests by delivering eight top specialty cocktails. Simply twist the shaker to display recipe choice and exact ingredient’s measurements. The shaker is constructed of a durable stainless steel and the lid includes a built in strainer. Recipes included Cosmopolitan, Dry Martini, Grasshopper, Kamikaze, Margarita, Pina Colada, Pink Lady and Tequila Sunrise. Comes gift-boxed and ready to gift. MSRP $39.99

 


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For more information: Visit the Trudeau website:  http://www.trudeaucorp.com

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Self Disclosure: No products or compensation was received. Credit: Trudeau.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Deluxe Shot Glass

 

Take May 5th festivities to a measured level with a shot of tequila or favorite liquor. The ounce marker lines on this glass allow you to create novelty shot recipes with perfect precision. ThisDeluxe Shot Glass from Trudeau is perfect for drinking to the history of the holiday and toasting to future celebrations. MSRP $5.99