Useful Graduation Gifts for High School and College students!

Looking for something a bit different this Graduation time of year? Stockpile is a new kind of brokerage that offers fractional share investing, so young people can invest in quality stocks like Amazon and Tesla at any level (as low as $5). Plus, the company offers gift cards, so people can give stock to graduates to help them get started. 

I checked this one out and it does seem like a great way to help the next generation get started with investing.

 

This next one is a Grad Gift that College Bound Kids Will Actually Use!

College-bound kids get all sorts of things but why not give them something they will actually use!  Start their college years off right with CLEAN WATER for HEALTHY MINDS!

I really love this one and have one at home and one at work! I love how easy it is to use!

ZeroWater’s 7-Cup Ready Pour has a sealed lid and reservoir, making it possible to pour water that has already been filtered without spilling water that is still filtering.  College room dream!  That way there is still some water in the pitcher even if your roommate takes the last drip. Fits in a dorm fridge!

MSRP $21.99, Filters last approximately 25-40 gallons with an average TDS reading of 50-200.

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

The Top 3 Home Cleaning Tools We Can’t Live Without

We’ve heard this quote time and again, “a clean home is a happy home.” Well, we couldn’t agree more! A clean and well-sanitized home result in more peace and harmony plus the family’s health is safeguarded as well.

 

Let’s admit it, we all have our favorite home cleaning tools which make cleaning time less arduous. But to be fair, here’s a round-up of the top three home cleaning tools that most of us can’t live without.

 

  1.  A pair of disposable gloves

Cleaning all those dirt and grime in your home can bring joy and satisfaction especially if your hands are protected well. A pair of disposable gloves is your perfect cleaning buddy as it protects your hands from dryness and also if you’re tackling not-so-pleasant areas like the toilet. You can discard it in a sanitary way after you are done with the cleaning, your house is sparkling clean and most of all, your hands stay supple and smooth. Well, that is definitely a bonus!

 

  1.  A reliable vacuum cleaner

Dust is every house cleaner’s mortal enemy especially if it has built up over time on carpets, rugs, furniture and in areas around the house. If not removed properly, dust can cause health problems, and some people are easily allergic to it, especially children. Having a reliable vacuum cleaner, especially the upright and handy ones, is a big help in sucking up dust, grime, dirt and even strands of human and pet hair in your home. Opt for a brand that is known for exceptional quality and offers a good warranty. To check out what’s the best vacuum cleaner brand for you, learn more on petallergyvacuum.guide where you can gather essential information on durable brands that are available in the market nowadays. Investing in a vacuum cleaner is worth every cent, that’s for sure.

 

  1.  A durable sponge scrub

A sponge scrub is undeniably a very essential home cleaning tool because of its versatility. It can be used not only in the kitchen area to clean the dishes, pots, and pans but in every imaginable nook in the house, too. There are a variety of brands in the market today that offer sponge scrubs, and it’s like having the power of two in one great product. These are not just versatile and easy to rinse but also provide scratch-free cleaning, long-lasting and very absorbent. It’s surprising to know that there are many types of sponges and these include cellulose, abrasive, natural and dry sponges. A cellulose sponge comes in bright colors, inexpensive and very absorbent. An abrasive sponge works best on pots and pans, a natural sponge comes from the ocean and great for cleaning windows and washing large spills but quite expensive, while a dry sponge is meant to clean surfaces that cannot withstand moisture and water like wallpapered walls.

 

Cleaning your home becomes an enjoyable and worry-free experience if you’ve got essential home cleaning tools to assist you. A pair of disposable gloves lets you clean with abandon while protecting your hands. A reliable vacuum cleaner eliminates dust, dirt, and grime in a wink of an eye while a durable sponge scrub will leave your dishes, pots, pans and even tiles so squeaky clean with just a few swipes. So, whoever said that home cleaning is a form of punishment? With these home cleaning tools around, you can’t wait for the next general cleaning day!

Father’s Day Gift Guide 2018 Looking for something different? No Ties or Socks!

Father’s Day is almost here! Here are my favorite two this year especially if you are looking for something different!

       

Brush Hero – the revolutionary detailing tool that harnesses the power of an ordinary garden hose to clean cars, motorcycles and bikes to perfection.

Brush Hero uses water pressure alone to power its turbine and bust the grime in only seconds. An awesome gift for the car, motorcycle, or bike enthusiast in your life, it also comes with an array of custom cleaning accessories to tackle every job you can imagine. This is easy to use and it really works!

Find out more here! 

 

There are an estimated 29 million golfers in the US and 77 percent are men. Many guys dabble in the sport and some take it seriously, hitting the links as often as possible, especially in retirement. But, even non-golfers appreciate the style of the sport. Nearly every guy in America has at least one golf-inspired polo shirt in his wardrobe.

The new MagnaReady polo shirt has the same classic style and look as other polo shirts, but instead of buttons and buttonholes, which can be hard for guys with big fingers, arthritis or missing limbs to navigate, the MagnaReady polo buttons itself using magnetic buttons.

I really recommend these! I had my Teenage son (who hates buttons) try this one out for me and it’s a great idea!  It’s comfortable too. The Polo shirt is also very stylish! This would make a great gift for Fathers and Grandfathers too!

Find them at www.magnaready.com

Self Disclosure: I received free samples to facilitate this post. Images for MagnaReady polo shirts were provided.

Malaysian Sustainable Palm Oil is a hit in our house!

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Have you heard of Malaysian Sustainable Palm Oil? Honestly, before receiving this product to try out..I hadn’t either! It is a healthier option than partially hydrogenated oil. Basically, because it is trans fat-free but is also rich with nutrients. I tried it when making popcorn and it was a big hit with my family! It is available in Red and Golden and I received the Red to try out. The Red is supposed to be really rich in nutrients especially Vitamin E. I am quite impressed and plan to try baking bread with it soon! I think that this is a much healthier option than many other oils that I cook or bake with.

So if you haven’t tried it yet…what are you waiting for?

By the end of 2019, the country plans to have 100% of the palm oil certified sustainable. I found myself googling more about Malaysia after trying this product. I was quite excited about trying this product since my teenage son had a class on Malaysia this past semester.

Malaysian Sustainable Palm Oil actually comes from the fruit of the oil palm tree and only grow near the equator. To find out more check out palmoilhealth.org

The site has a great  Baked Sweet Potato Fries recipe and a great Truffle & Herb Spiked Cheesy Popcorn recipe! I actually made both and they were delicious! 

Find them on Facebook too!

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Coloring isn’t just for kids anymore! Check out Readers.com for some really cool coloring pages and to find some really great Reading Glasses!

Coloring isn’t just for kids anymore! In the past year, adult coloring books have been topping bestseller lists and with that – you’ll find all sorts of coloring books and pages everywhere ranging from intricate designs to floral prints.

Adults (especially) are starting to see the benefit of coloring, as it is a way to de-stress. For many people, coloring in patterns has helped clear their mind and provided a creative outlet after a long day at work. You don’t have to color just to get rid of stress, though. You can also color just because it’s fun!

If you want to give coloring a try but don’t have the time to find the “perfect book,” allow Readers.com to provide free coloring pages based on classic novels including: Catch 22, Dracula, The Great Gatsby, Little Women, Lord of the Flies, and Moby Dick. Coloring page from Catch 22 is below.

I checked out their coloring pages and they are so much fun to color!

While you’re coloring, make sure that your eyesight is at its sharpest to achieve most detail. Readers.com has the coolest Reading glasses around! I actually received a few pairs and they have quickly become my to-go-to reading glasses! I especially love their Sun Readers which will be perfect for reading at the beach! They are really affordable too! They have hundreds of styles for under $20 each!  Check out some of their best selling reading glasses!

Self Disclosure: I received free samples to facilitate this post. I also received images and information about their coloring pages.

May is Celiac Awareness Month Garden Lites Offers Gluten-Free, Delicious Veggies In Every Bite

May is Celiac Awareness Month, and Garden Lites offers products that are always gluten-free and made with vegetables as first ingredients. Gluten- free food is especially vital for all sufferers of Celiac Disease, a genetic autoimmune disease which damages the small intestine. Celiac Disease impacts over 3 million Americans, and since the first Celiac Awareness Month in 1987 the number of gluten-free individuals in the US has skyrocketed to over 50 million.Garden Lites is proud to provide great gluten-free options for both Celiac disease sufferers and those who are gluten-free for other reasons such as a gluten allergy or another intolerance. Garden Lites offers portable, nutritionally dense gluten free foods such as Garden Lites Superfood Veggie Cakes, muffins, Chocolate and Blueberry Oat muffins and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle Power Muffins.

The line of gluten free products include:

  • Garden Lites® Superfood Veggie Cakes:

 Experts agree that superfoods are incredibly good for you. Garden Lites® Superfood Veggie Cakes Superfood Blend are packed with nutrient-rich superfood veggies like kale and cauliflower.  Garden Lites® Superfood Veggie Cakes with Kale & Quinoa are also packed with nutrient-rich superfoods like kale and quinoa.  The line packs only 100 calories!  Garden Lites® Superfood Veggie Cakes come in a package of 6 veggie cakes for an SRP of $4.99. They are available in both frozen and refrigerated sections.

  • Garden Lites® Chocolate Muffins and Blueberry Oat  Muffins:

 You’ll never believe the first two ingredients in Garden Lites® Chocolate Muffins are zucchini and carrots.  Heat in the microwave to enjoy a chocolatey, decadent experience for only 120 calories.

The first ingredient in Garden Lites Blueberry Oat Muffins is zucchini. Every bite of Garden Lites Blueberry Oat muffins is bursting with plump blueberries.  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.

  • Garden Lites Ninja Power Muffins

Perfect for breakfast, lunchtime or a snack, your child will love the fun characters and you’ll love the fact that zucchini is the first ingredient. Only 80 calories each, Garden Lites Ninja Power Muffins are Allergy-friendly; Gluten, Dairy & Nut Free! Perfect for lunchboxes.

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.

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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 2016 Cooking Light – The Healthiest Frozen Foods in the Supermarket: Breakfast; 2016 Grocery Headquarters Trailblazer Award; 2016 Parents Magazine 25 Best Frozen Food for Families; 2016 – Gluten Free Digest Chocolate Muffins; 2015 Pioneers of Better For You: Refrigerated and Frozen Foods and 2017 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!

Once Again Nut Butter Amoré Hazelnut Spread is delicious!

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Looking for something great to put on your toast? I love the Once Again Nut Butter Amoré Hazelnut Spread! Besides tasting great, it is Non-GMO Project Verified, Gluten Free Certified, and Fair Trade Certified. I like that it also has no artificial flavors, colors or hydrogenated oils. There’s no need to refrigerate it after opening and besides putting it on toast, it is also great on ice cream! You can find some really great recipes on their website! I tried the Amoré Brownies and they were delicious!

I also am quite thrilled that this nut butter is high in protein and fiber and has fewer calories than other hazelnut spreads. It’s a big hit in our house!

Here’s a fun fact about the brand:

Their raccoon logo is named Rocky after the famous Beatles song Rocky Raccoon and was inspired by four baby raccoons that were found on their factory grounds. They were raised on organic nut butters, then released back into the wild. Now..how cool is that?!

Once Again Nut Butter Amoré Hazelnut Spread is available to purchase at natural food stores nationwide. You can find locations on their site and a 12 oz. jar retails for $9.95.

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May 18 is Natl. Cheese Souffle Day! Have you tried Jarlsberg® Cheese?

Jarlsberg® Cheese, the nationally recognized premium brand of cheese, invites you and your family to whip up a gourmet meal that is simple, elegant and scrumptious. May 18 is National Souffle Day – so why not celebrate in style with this incredible, easy-to-use recipe from Jarlsberg® Cheese?

PERFECT FOR THE WARM SUMMER EVENINGS

Depending on what ingredients you use, the Soufflé can be served both as a savory main dish or sweetened as a dessert. Here we’ve combined this French classic with a tangy lemon vinaigrette and a fresh tomato and watermelon salad which makes it perfect as an appetizer or main course, preferably enjoyed outdoors on one of those warm summer evenings.

Ingredients

JARLSBERG® CHEESE SOUFFLÉ

1 cup milk

2 dried bay leaves

2 shallots, finely chopped

4 small ramekins

Baking paper

1 cup butter

4 tbsp. plain flour

salt

1 pinch cayenne pepper

1 tbsp. Dijon mustard

1 cup grated Jarlsberg® cheese

5 eggs with the whites and yolks separated

Jarlsberg® cheese for the topping

WATER MELON SALAD

watermelon

1 cup tomatoes

1 cup hazelnuts, roasted

1 lime

1 orange

2 cups olive oil

MAKES 4 PORTIONS

TO MAKE THE SOUFFLE

Pre-heat the oven to 400 °F. In a pan, heat the milk, bay leaves and shallot until boiling. Remove the pan from the heat and let the contents rest for 20 minutes. Grease the inside of the ovenproof ramekins.

The soufflé mixture will rise quite high, so don’t overfill the ramekins. Melt the butter in a pan and stir in the flour.

Cook, stirring, for 1 min.

Strain the rested milk mixture, and gradually whisk it into the butter and flour mixture.

Cook over a low heat, stirring constantly, until the mixture thickens.

Remove from the heat. Stir in mustard, salt, cayenne pepper and grated Jarlsberg® cheese. Then stir the egg yolks into the mixture. Whisk the egg whites until stiff and gently fold them into the mixture, a little at a time. Divide the mixture between the greased ramekins.

Sprinkle a little extra Jarlsberg® cheese on top, if desired. Bake on the bottom shelf of the oven for 20-25 minutes until the soufflés are golden and well risen. They should be slightly soft in the middle. Slice the tomatoes and melon.

Make the vinaigrette by whisking the juice of the lime and the orange together with the oil and mixing well. Add salt and pepper to taste. Serve the soufflés immediately after they are taken out of the oven.

Serve with the tomato and watermelon salad garnished with roasted hazelnuts and with the vinaigrette.

I recently received some delicious samples of Jarlsberg® Cheese and am really impressed! Stay tuned because they will be featured again soon!

About Jarlsberg® Cheese:

In 1956, we created Jarlsberg® Cheese, using an original Norwegian recipe. Why does Jarlsberg® cheese taste so mild, nutty and delicious? It’s all part of the legend…and Norway’s most guarded recipe!  Jarlsberg® Cheese is endorsed by the Good Housekeeping Nutritionist Approved Emblem. All Jarlsberg Cheese varieties are naturally lactose and gluten free.

For a complete product list and recipes, go to www.jarlsberg.com

Self Disclosure: I received free samples to post. I also received Information, image, and recipe to post.