Monday

Tea Collection's New Styles from the Madras Coast

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Tea Collection's new arrivals inspired by India's Madras Coast! These styles evoke the carefree coastal vibe of southern India and are inspired by the bohemian nature of beach life. Kids' styles from sizes 2 to 12 are infused with bold sun-bleached brights, salty surf graphics, and an uninhibited mix of Madras plaids. Styles for the littlest citizens feature seaside graphics, breezy dresses, sweet plaids, and sunny colors in sizes up to 4T.

Prices start at $14, take a look at THIS LINK.


Wrapped in Love Clothing Review

Me holding my Mother's hand after she had been placed on Hospice Care.

My mother was getting ready to be discharged from the hospital the next morning, but that never happened. During the night she had a set back, she had Dementia, and her brain was telling her body no, you are not coming back from this, it's time to go to sleep and rest.

In late June of 2014, my mother was taken to the hospital because of a kidney problem, she stayed for a few days, was given medicine and was even getting ready to be discharged the next morning. I get a text from my sister saying that momma had taken a turn for the worse and the doctor was not giving her long to live...this was Friday. The following Monday my mother was placed on Hospice care and my husband and I was trying to get there as fast as we could. My mother was in the hospital in Oklahoma and we live in South Carolina---so it was a long drive and we were racing against the clock.

As my husband and I entered the room, there lay my momma in that hospital gown, she was asleep when we got there, and very hard to wake up. She was heavily sedated, but she did wake up and she did recognize both of us. She spoke just a little and immediately started pulling at her hospital gown. The nurse told her to quit that she had to leave the gown on, and I told the nurse..no she did not!

For as long as I can remember, my mother had always loved bright, vibrant clothing so I slipped a shirt on over that gown, and momma didn't pull at that shirt---she just wanted something else on besides that gown! My husband and I were fortunate to have gotten to spend several days with my mother before the Lord called her home---and every day I changed her blouse to something of hers (something familiar) and she seemed to be content with her clothing after that.

You can find the rest of this story over on my Facebook and Twitter pages as I kept my readers updated over there through out our journey last July.



Recently, I have met a lady online, Karen, that has a similar story to mine...with one exception, she has created a clothing line called Wrapped in Love, while her mother was her inspiration, everyone can enjoy Karen's creativity--whether you have a loved one going through what our moms went through, or for new mothers to be, bring life into this world, or maybe someone you know is in the hospital just having a few tests to run, Wrapped in Love would be perfect for any stay that your lady friends might have.

Wrapped in Love ponchos are colorful-not to mention fun to wear, plus they are machine washable, just remove the flower pin before washing!

Here is Karen's Story:
A few years back my mom was admitted into the hospital just before Christmas. She had been very ill and each day her condition worsened.
My greatest hope was to have her remain with us for Christmas. 
I brought a beautiful wrap and put it over her patient gown so she could feel special that Christmas day. The nurses said she seemed to light up as I wrapped it around her, as she now felt dressed for the holiday, though having to remain in her patient gown. 
She passed away a few days later. 
Mom was the inspiration for my creation called Wrapped in Love, a lightweight, fashionable coverup wrap, that can go over a patient gown to make someone feel special during a challenging time. It comes in a variety of styles and cheerful colors. A matching head wrap is also available.
You can purchase one here at THIS LINK. 2% of all sales will be donated to Hospice of Michigan.


Disclosure: I was sent the product featured to help facilitate this post.


Thursday

Nutri Ninja with Auto-IQ Review




I was super excited when this Nutri Ninja with Auto IQ arrived at my doorstep, just ask the delivery guy! I have been wanting a Nutri Ninja for a while now and recently found out there was a new one out on the market with Auto IQ.

My oldest son is into healthy eating, and loves to make smoothies in the blender, but now he has this cool new toy to play with! He generally makes up his own recipes which usually include a lot of fresh fruit and vegetables. Frozen fruits work great too and are easily chopped up or blended in this Nutri Ninja with Auto IQ.



One of his favorites is strawberries, bananas, and spinach (he will sometimes add either a little milk or orange juice). If he is sharing with my husband, then he will add a lot of ice; my husband likes his ice!

The Nutri Ninja with Auto IQ is simple to use, just choose your cup size, add your ingredients, put the blade on, set it on the base and then choose if you want to Pulse, Blend with Auto IQ, or Ultra Blend with Auto IQ.




While spinach is not my favorite thing to eat on the planet, you kind hide the taste in this smoothie, just not the color! 

Not all green smoothies taste bad!

All ingredients that we have ever put into the Nutri Ninja with Auto IQ has always come out smooth everytime, no chunks whatsoever, which is a plus for me!


NUTRI NINJA AUTO-IQ INCLUDES:

1000 Watt Motor Base with Auto-iQ Technology

Small 18 oz cup

Regular 24 oz cup

Jumbo Multi-serve 32 oz cup

Pro Extractor Blades

3 Sip & Seal Lids

* All detachable parts are *dishwasher-safe* and crafted of 100% BPA-free plastic---being dishwasher safe is a huge plus in our family; we all like an easy clean up. 

The Nutri Ninja® Auto-iQ is available at major retailers nationwide starting at $139 MSRP

Disclosure, I was given the product mentioned to help facilitate this post.

Sabra Classic Hummus Recall

April 8, 2015 — Colonial Heights, VA — Today Sabra Dipping Co., LLC announced that it is voluntarily recalling approximately 30,000 cases of its Classic Hummus due to possible contamination with Listeria monocytogenes. This measure is limited to five SKUs of Classic Hummus sold nationwide. To date, no other Sabra product is affected by this recall.

Listeria monocytogenes is an organism, which can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems. Although healthy individuals may suffer only short-term symptoms such as high fever, severe headache, stiffness, nausea, abdominal pain and diarrhea, Listeria infection can cause miscarriages and stillbirths among pregnant women.

To date, there have been no reports indicating that these products have caused any illness.

The products being recalled are listed HERE and were distributed to retail outlets, including food service accounts and supermarkets, in the U.S. Consumers can find code and use by dates on the top of each package.

Wednesday

Mr. Coffee® Electric French Press + Hot Water Kettle Review


My husband loves his coffee and he loves his coffee makers. We are always stopping to look at coffee makers when we are out shopping. So, I was very excited when we received the Mr. Coffee® Electric French Press + Hot Water Kettle.

I had been telling him about this particular press for a while and now we have one to use, or maybe I should say my husband has one that he can make his coffee in! For the connoisseur of high-quality coffees and teas, the Mr. Coffee® Electric French Press + Hot Water Kettle is a must! Pressed coffee extracts the ideal amount from the grounds to deliver maximum coffee flavor.

Mr. Coffee® Electric French Press extracts rich, full-bodied coffee flavor at the perfect temperature without the need to boil water on the stove (the adjustable temperature setting helps keep beverages warm until it’s time to indulge). There's no more mess, no more handling boiling hot water, no more hassle! For tea lovers you can also use it to steep a delicious batch of tea. Or use it as an electric kettle to boil water for instant beverages, oatmeal, mac and cheese, soup and much, much more!

The wide mouth glass carafe and large screen make serving a snap, while an in-base cord storage facility makes storage and clean up easy.

More about the Mr. Coffee® 2-n-1 Electric French Press with Kettle:
*1L capacity which features a removable base for easy placement on your table or counter top.
*1L Capacity makes 6 cups (cups average 5 oz)
*Removable base
*Boil dry protection
*Automatically turns off when water boils
*Over-heat protection
*BPA-Free

Please Note: Unit is NOT dishwasher-safe and requires special care. Do not immerse the appliance in water or any other liquid. Please refer to the Instruction Manual for further details.

You can purchase one online HERE at this link for $69.99.

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Monday

Oster MyBlend Blender Review



One of my New Year's resolutions, every year, is to become more healthier; and usually through spring I do okay with the eating and exercising part, but then toward the end of May and the rest of the summer months I tend to travel a lot, play in the pool---you know, fun stuff, and the exercise dwindles and my food intake is whatever I can usually take with me on the road or bring to the pool. And before I know it, the pounds start coming back on and I start to feel sluggish before to long and I know it is from putting unhealthy food back into my body!

Recently, I was sent the Oster® MyBlend™ blender, and yet while it blends your food up, it's not your typical blender! Style meets power & performance with the Oster® MyBlend™ blender. It is ideal for the on-the-go consumer, the smoothie drinker, and the health enthusiast, you can fill, blend and go all in the same bottle with quick and convenient one-touch blending that delivers personalized protein shakes, smoothies and more.

I received the vivid pink blender, pictured above, it's so girlish-I love it! I dare one of my guys lay claim to this product! The Oster® MyBlend™ blender is so easy to use, you could use it blindfolded (NOT recommended!),
~Just place the bottle on the flat surface with the open end facing up.
~Put all the ingredients you are using to make smoothies with in the bottle
~Fasten the blade onto the open end and turn bottle 180 degrees and put down into the blender base.
~The Oster works on single touch operation. You can either begin blending by holding the bottle over the blender or lock the bottle in the clockwise direction onto the base for hands free operation. ~Blending will stop if you remove the hand or unlock the bottle from the base.
~Once the blending is done, remove the blade, put on the lid and enjoy your healthy smoothie or shake that you just made. This is a great way to make a quick and easy portable breakfast or a post workout smoothie in just a few minutes.

The Oster® MyBlend™ blender is a powerful stainless steel ice crusher blade and 250 watts of power ensure a perfect blend of ice and even frozen fruit every time! Plus I can re-use the bottle throughout the day as a water bottle.

With the Oster® MyBlend™ blender, I can now take my healthy food with me as I travel or as I am laying by the pool soaking up the warm sun. I am for sure taking it on vacation later this year, I love smoothies while at the beach---and so do my guys! I might have to end up purchasing a couple more Oster® MyBlend™ blenders for our vacation this year!

Additional sport bottles can be purchased separately – choose from vivid pink, orange, blue or green and blend on one base before dashing off to the office, the gym or class each morning. And....the bottle is dishwasher safe!

You can purchase one for yourself HERE at this link.

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Friday

Cute Pepperidge Farm Goldfish and Milano Cookie Ideas for this Easter

I have been a long time fan of Pepperidge Farm goldfish for years now. All six of use eat them as snacks throughout the day and before bedtime. This year for Easter, you can swap out sticky candy for goldfish and treat your little ones to a yummy, crunchy snack this year. Just fill each plastic egg about half full---I know they would love them!

Milano Cookies are another favorite in our home, we have eaten these for several years now, but on a recent trip to visit my in-laws, I discovered that my Mother-in-law had never even tried them---so I gave her a few packages that she could keep and enjoy over the next several weeks.

Below are a couple more ideas on how to use Pepperidge Farm goldfish and Milano cookies this Easter; instead of just pulling them out of the bag--nothing wrong with just pulling them out of the bag and eating them, but the below ideas are cute and your children are sure to love them!


Milano Cookie Bunny Ear Pudding Cup
Top off your favorite pudding cup with two Spring Milano cookies to create a pudding bunny treat complete with edible ears! Place a few jelly beans as eyes and a nose, add some licorice whiskers, and you have a delicious and festive pudding snack to share with the whole family!


Goldfish Cracker Carrot Bags
Fill up a pastry bag with Cheddar Goldfish crackers and tie with a green ribbon. These Easter carrots are one of the easiest treats to make and your little bunny will be grinning from ear to ear.



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Thursday

Bruegger's Bagels offers annual Tax Day Break


Bruegger's Bagels is once again giving guests its annual Tax Day break on its Big Bagel Bundles. April 11-15, Big Bagel Bundles are just $10.40 – about a $3.50 "deduction" – for guests who are members of Bruegger's Bagels' email club and those who sign up for the program by April 9.

Each Big Bagel Bundle includes the guest's choice of any 13 bagels from among Bruegger's Bagels' 15-plus authentic, New York-style bagel varieties, along with any two tubs of 100 percent made-in-Vermont cream cheese flavors.

"Tax Day doesn't have a reputation for being a lot of fun, so we want to bring some relief to our guests," said Bruegger's Bagels Vice President of Marketing Judy Kadylak. "Our $10.40 special on Big Bagel Bundles is the perfect way to give them a break leading up to the filing deadline."

To qualify for the "deduction," guests must be members of the Bruegger's Bagels email club or sign up for the email club on www.brueggers.com by April 9. New eClub members also will receive a free bagel with cream cheese and other valuable offers throughout the year.


FREE Soft Pretzel at Pretzelmaker Locations


Mark your calendars:

In celebration of National Pretzel Day, Pretzelmaker® is challenging customers to twist their tongues to treat their tummies to a tasty treat. Customers who recite a tongue-twister at a participating Pretzelmaker location will receive a FREE soft pretzel (original, salted or unsalted) on Sunday, April 26.




Friday

G.H. Cretor's famous Chicago Mix Review


As a mom of four teenagers, I am always on the lookout for tasty snacks for my teens and boy have I found one! Recently, our family was sent G.H. Cretor’s famous Chicago Mix, it's an addicting combination of Caramel Corn and Cheese Corn in the same bag.

This G.H. Cretor's Chicago Mix is just simply good. With just one bite, I had sweet, salty, crunchy and cheesy flavors dancing across my taste buds! It was so good that I ate two bags within just a few minutes! 

These 1.5 ounce bags are great for on the go---and my teens are usually on the go, between church, school, working and everything else they are involved in, they can enjoy this tasty treat on the run, and I can enjoy it sitting in my SUV waiting to transport them to their next activity!

Chicago Mix is Non-GMO Project Verified, completely free of artificial colors, flavors, and preservatives, and certified gluten-free.

You can purchase this treat by clicking HERE.

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Free Cadbury Creme Egg from Saving Star

Save 100% when you buy ONE (1) 1.2 oz. Cadbury Créme Egg®. Check back every Friday for a new Freebie!.Expires 3/29/2015.Save 100%.

Its Friday, so that means… another freebie from Saving Star.
*Get 100% cash back when you buy ONE (1) 1.2 oz. Cadbury Créme Egg®.

Expires 3/29

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Easter Baskets are filled with Yummy Goodness from Sunridge Farms

Make your Easter baskets come alive this Easter with a few Organic yummies from Sunridge FarmsSunRidge Farms is committed to providing the healthiest products to their customers by producing foods without highly processed or refined ingredients.



Organic Jolly Beans: 
These tiny organic jelly beans are 100% vegetarian, gelatin-free and certified organic. Kids will love the succulent fruit flavors, and you’ll also love that they’re made with organic ingredients.


Organic Sunny Bears: 
A better-for-you cousin of the gummy bear, SunRidge Farms’ Sunny Bears are 100% vegetarian, gelatin-free, and free of artificial flavors and colors. Sunny Bears come in bright, fruit-forward flavors – a sure crowd pleaser this Easter.
These little sunny bears are my favorite!




All Natural Milk Chocolate Rainbow Drops: 
All natural chocolate candies that are free of both food dye and titanium dioxide. Green as can be, these delicious chocolate candies are colored with vegetable juice, and made with premium milk chocolate, real vanilla and pure cane sugar. Rainbow Drops are non-GMO, free of preservatives, hydrogenated oils, artificial ingredients and artificial colorings. They also happen to come in Easter-appropriate pastel hues.



Greek Yogurt Raisins: 
Plump organic raisins dipped in fresh, creamy and delicious organic vanilla Greek yogurt coating. Made with 100% USDA Certified Organic ingredients, these are perfect as quick energy snacks to get ready for the Easter egg hunt.

For 30 years, family owned SunRidge Farms™ has been producing high quality foods that reflect our commitment to a healthier lifestyle. This commitment extends to the environment, the supply chain, and our community. We source the best possible ingredients from the very best suppliers who share our desire to promote sustainability, improved living conditions, and reduced environmental impact. As one of the industry leaders in bulk foods, we've led the way in demonstrating the value to both the retailer and the consumer of purchasing foods in bulk including better costs and less waste. In order to reduce our carbon footprint we've made our candy facility completely solar powered and our distribution fleet of trucks runs on bio-diesel. We also offer $5 per day to our team members who bike to work.
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How to Throw the Perfect Avengers Themed Birthday Party

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Avengers Birthday Party Supplies









Not even Loki can stop you from throwing the best birthday ever when you order Avengers Party Supplies from Birthday Express. Invite Captain America, Iron Man, Thor, the Incredible Hulk and the rest of the team to your little superhero's celebration! Speaking of superheros ... you'll be the hero of the day with these Avengers birthday party ideas!

Invitations - Invite friends and thank them for coming with Avengers Assemble Invitations & Thank-You Postcards. Inside each invitation you could add Avengers Assemble Tattoos which are non-toxic and easy to apply and remove. With each thank you card you could include a photo of the birthday boy or girl and their heroic friends together! Guests will love having a memento from the party to remind them of the fun time they had. 

Party Decor - What better way to unite the whole team than by giving each guest their own Avengers Masks? Add some red, white, and blue balloons, ceiling streamers, and the Avangers Assemble Wall Decorating Kit and your superheros will feel right at home.

Food & Drink - All superheros need to replenish their powers, and what better way to do so than with a snack tray of fruits and vegetables with little labels that tell each hero how it strengthens them (e.g. carrots = "super vision;" blueberries = "super mind"). And we all know what a mess those Avengers can sometimes make, so theAvengers Assemble Plastic Tablecover is a must for any party. 

Thursday

Dannon Light & Fit Protein Shakes


Temptations come in many forms, chocolates from your spouse, cookies baked by your daughter or from a box of donuts at the office that the skinny person brought in!

I was recently sent Light & Fit Protein Shakes from Dannon and they are a delicious, convenient way to help me overcome some of the tough daily enticements. With 12 grams of protein, 5 grams of fiber and 0% fat per 10 fl. oz. bottle, Light & Fit Protein Shakes are a healthy way to satisfy my sweet tooth.

These Dannon Light & Fit Protein Shakes are great for grabbing for when you are in a hurry and do not have time to sit down at the table for a meal. I have witnessed my college age son grab one of these, more than once, while rushing out the door on the way to his classes! And with him being a weight lifter, the 12 grams of protein is an added plus!

Light & Fit Protein Shakes come in 10 fl. oz. 4 packs in four delicious flavors: Strawberry, Mixed Berry, Vanilla and Banana and are available in grocery stores nationwide. The strawberry is my favorite!


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Baby & Toddler Coupons


$0.50 off any 1 Gerber Juice
$2.00 off ONE Dreft Detergent
$1.00 off (1) HUGGIES Wipes 180 ct. or larger
$2.00 off (1) GOODNITES Product
$3.50 off (2) packages of PULL-UPS Training Pants
$2.00 off PULL-UPS Training Pants
$2.00 off (1) package of HUGGIES Diapers
$3.00 off BOUDREAUX'S RASH PREVENTOR™ product
$1.00 off 2 Gerber or Graduates Yogurt Blends
$1.00 off any 3 Gerber Graduates Meals or Sides
$1.00 off any 4 Gerber Graduates Grabbers™ items
$1.00 off any 3 Gerber Graduates Puffs
$1.50 off ONE Pampers Splashers Swim Pant
$1.50 off Well Beginnings Training Pants
$1.00 off Any (1) ONE NUK Pacifier
$1.50 off ONE Pampers Cruisers Diapers
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$3.00 off any two PediaSure or PediaSure SideKicks
$1.50 off ONE Pampers Easy Ups Training Pants
$1.50 off one box of Well Beginnings Diapers



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Monday

Mrs. Freshley's New Cinnabon Cinnamon Snacks




Mrs. Freshley's has been providing snack cakes and pastries to families for more than 15 years! They are available in supermarkets, convenience stores, and vending machines nationwide. With more than 50 different varieties, there is a Mrs. Freshley's favorite for everyone--see a couple of mine below.
Mrs. Freshley's has put a twist on the traditional mini donut, these soft cake mini donuts are now coated with Cinnabon cinnamon--YUM! These 10 ounce bags are made for sharing, I have eaten a few, stuck a few in my husband's lunch bag and even shared with the maintenance lady and her son!
But my favorite of all of Mrs. Freshley's Cinnabon products are these Twirls-our family has been eating Twirls for years, throw some Cinnabon cinnamon in the mix and yummo! I love the middle of these, if my kids want a bite, I always give them the out side part, the middle is all mine!

You can also find other Mrs. Freshley's snacks like the Cinnamon Honey Buns and the Cinnamon Danish on store shelves too! Enjoy these for breakfast or snack time. 


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Thursday

Sleepovers are more Fun with Hot Stamps, Hot Jewels, and Hot Designs + a Giveaway {5 Winners}

We have two girls, one has always been girly, girly and the other one is starting to head in that direction. Several times it would be just us girls at home for the weekend, the boys would be away with their day and we girls would party.

We would do each others hair and make up, paint our nails, and then watch movies and play games. That is why I was really excited when asked to review these items, I'm in my forties now and still get excited about girly stuff---I especially like to things to my hair and a little sparkle to my body.

Hot Stamps are a fun, new glitter hair stamp that adds pizzazz to any hair look for any event, maybe a sleepover, and school dance. Hot Stamps come in four dazzling styles including Cool Blue Stars, Purple Peace Signs, Hot Pink Hearts (My favorite!), and Crystal Silver Flowers. Hot Stamps can last all day or all night until you brush them out. Retails for $10.00. Order HERE.


Teenage girls will love Hot Jewels—the latest body jewelry to hit the market! Metallic tattoos have swept fashion blogs and runways as the new, hot, fun, celebrity beauty trend. With Hot Jewels four collections—Tribal, Feather, Classic, and Peace & Love—guests can mix and match different styles for creative accessorizing and fun! Even Rowan Blanchard and Sabrina Carpenter of Girl Meet’s World recently sported Hot Jewels! Retails for $9.99. Order HERE.



Hot Designs are perfect for girls of all ages! Nail art is huge right now and everyone loves creating their own unique look. These pens are perfect for the creative, artsy girl. 

These dial-sided nail art pens have nail polish on one side and a fine-tipped pen on the other for precision drawing. Each set of six colors Retails for $14.99. Order HERE.

THE GIVEAWAY:
Five (5) lucky Swappin' Spoons readers will each win a prize pack of Hot Designs, Hot Jewels, and Hot stamps. The entry is easy, just leave me a comment telling me the most memorable sleepover you ever had along with your email address.
This giveaway is open to all USA residents age 18 years and older.
I will close this giveaway on April 10, 2015 at 11:59PM. Good Luck!
**The brand will be mailing your prize packs to you.

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