Archive | August, 2014

Things that make going back to school exciting

19 Aug

Whether it’s going to kindergarten, high school or college, back to school time can be filled with mixed feelings. It’s fun to see or meet new friends and it can be a tad bit gloomy to bid farewell to care-free summer time.

What ever the reason may be, below are some back to school gifts for little and big kids, that will be sure to make it as fun and exciting as summer!

AmazonBasics Capacitive Stylus for Kindle Fire, Kindle Paperwhite, Fire Phone, and other Touchscreen Devices – This stylus offers a smooth pen-like writing experience, for Kindle Fire, Kindle Paperwhite, or Fire Phone! It’s compatible with all capacitive touchscreen devices, and is ideal for learning and drawing apps, writing or navigating. It has an integrated metal clip for easily attaching to pockets and tablet cases.

AmazonBasics Mini Ultra-Portable Bluetooth Speaker –  What a cool bluetooth speaker this is! It has an ultra-portable design to listen to music in the dorm room. It contains one internal 3W speaker and built-in microphone for hands-free calls, and connects to any Bluetooth-enabled device from up to 30 feet (10 meters) away or by using or 3.5mm stereo cable (not included). With up to five hours of wireless play on a single charge, any college student will enjoy some soothing background music, while doing homework. This comes with a micro USB charging cable and carrying pouch (dimensions: 3.3 x 1.7 x 2.6 inches).

Amazon Fire TV – What a great to welcome a hard working college student home for the holidays! This is a “magical” tiny box that connects your HDTV to a world of online entertainment. So, whether you’re a Prime member or not, it’s possible to enjoy a huge selection of TV episodes and movies, voice search that actually works, plus exclusive features like ASAP and Amazon FreeTime. It’s the easiest way to enjoy Netflix, Amazon Instant Video, Hulu Plus, low-cost movie rentals, live and on demand sports, music, photos, games, and more.

Razor Jr. Zombie Kix and Monster Kix – Each is an adorable and cute three-wheel scooter that’s full of fun, fun, fun for a preschooler! He’ll be so excited to scoot to school, especially during the month of October to gear up for Halloween. Scooters with popular zombie and monster themes are really great for some silly scootering fun to and from school, or just to get some exercise, so little preschoolers can go to beddy bye early. They have soft-molded, oversized, handlebar grips that look like monster or zombie hands with matching decks and wheels. It has a “Tilt’To-Turn” feature to help first time riders master their balance and steering skills before moving up to more advanced rides like the Razor Jr Mixi or standard two-wheel scooter. Click here to check out the easy to follow guide on how the Tilt-To-Turn feature works. This Razor Jr. Monster Zombie Kix is so cute and so much fun for preschoolers!

Staples Back To School offers help kids of all ages save big, so you can use the extra money for other things, in addition to school! This year, Staples is offering an amazing price match of 110%  in which Staples is offering a price match guarantee plus discounting it by 10% of the difference. For example, if you find a lower price on a new identical item, just Staples the lower price when you buy the item at Staples and they’ll match the price, plus an additional 10% of the difference! This one of a kind Back to School 110% Price Match Guarantee is available when you place an order or when you call Staples at 800-333-3330. Be sure to look out for Staples Less List for its lowest prices all season long and save instantly when you spend $50 or more. Also, don’t forget to sign up for Staples Rewards to receive up to 5% back in rewards in store and online, plus free shipping on (no minimum purchase required)! In addition to helping everyone save for Back To School, Staples is also giving back by donating $1 Million to help teachers get the supplies they need for their students to succeed via You can also try to win a trip to meet Katy Perry in L.A. by roaring about education and your favorite teachers! For details, visit here.




Yummy and healthy summer eats that make great back to school meals

19 Aug

Back to school is right around the corner, so that means parents have to come up with interesting ways to prepare school lunches and after school meals that are both delicious and nutritious. Whether it’s grabbing a healthy snack to go, cooking for the family and friends or making a great snack that you’ll never get bored of, below are some wonderful, savory and healthy food choices that will be sure to agree with everyone’s palate.

Below are some of my top favorite brands and foods that I discovered from Food Fete and Editor Showcase earlier this year, that are guaranteed to be mouth watering and good for you!

Applegate’s lunchtime time saver, Half Time is loved by both kids and adults too! These convenience and satisfying lunch boxes are made with ingredients that don’t contain antibiotics, preservatives and artificial ingredients, so you can feel good about serving your loved ones. Applegate makes them with the yummiest, highest quality and totally natural ingredients . The flavors are: Applegate All-natural Ham, Classic Applegate American cheese, Annie’s Buttery Rich crackers, Annie’s Friends Bunny Grahams and a strawberry Stonyfield Organic YoKids Squeezers yogurt which all make up the secret formula for satisfied, happy kids. These are made wtih antibiotic-free meat, hormone-free cheese, and organic snacks and dairy, so parents can feel at ease about serving them to their kids.

Arnold Bread consists of nutritious and cholesterol free Sliced Breads and Sandwich Thins Rolls that contain whole grains, zero grams of trans fat and no high fructose corn syrup! You know Arnold Bread uses only simple ingredients to bake its breads that are both delicious and nutritious, because you will not feel bloated after making a sandwich with them. Its premium breads are whole grain-based with lots of variety and great taste, so they make a satisfying sandwich and a happy tummy.

Bare Snacks‘ addictive, savory and healthy snack called, Coconut Chips are very yummy, and they come in five mouth watering flavors: Simply Toasted, Show me the Honey, Sweet and Heat, Chocolate Bliss and Sea Salt Caramel. Bare’s Coconut Chips are 100% natural, contain no preservatives, gluten free, provides a good source of dietary fiber, non GMO, no refined sugars, baked and never fried. School is right around the corner, so now is the time to replace fried, fattening and greasy chips for a Bare Snacks Crunchy Baked Coconut Chips!

Ciao Bella gelato and sorbet are made of the finest quality ingredients, and the proof is in the taste! After eating Ciao Bella gelato and sorbetto, you can’t have just any frozen dessert! Here are some must-try flavors, which are so addictive and sinfully delicious: Bourbon Caramel Chocolate, South American Dark ChocolateSea Salt Caramel, Dark Cocoa, Marion Blackberry Cabernet, Sicilian Blood Orange, and White Peach Sangria.

Dr. Praeger’s burgers are healthy veggie burgers which taste so good that you won’t think twice about them actually being healthy! For example, The Kale Veggie Burger is made with quinoa, brown rice, millet, kale and nine other vegetables. It’s low in sodium, GMO free, has no saturated fat, gluten-free, vegan, and kosher. The Black Bean Burger consists of black beans and brown rice, that is kosher, GMO free, and has no saturated fat, so you may no longer want a regular hamburger. The Asian Burger contains carrots, onions, broccoli, scallions, red peppers, and seasoned with garlic, soy and ginger, making it nutritious, flavorful, full of fiber and no trans-fat, saturated fat or cholesterol.

Eggland’s Best eggs are not only delicious, but they have lower saturated fat than ordinary eggs while being higher in vitamins and nutrients! Compared to ordinary eggs, Eggland’s Best eggs contain 25% less saturated fat, four times the vitamin D, 10 times the vitamin E and twice the amount of omega-3 fatty acids. They also contain 38 percent more lutein and provide a good source of vitamins B2 (riboflavin), B5 and B12. Eggland’s Best’s motto is “Better taste. Better nutrition. Better eggs.” Its eggs are of the highest of standards because it rejects more than 600,000 eggs a day, if they don’t meet its requirements to receive the EB stamp.

Horizon Dairy offers organic milk, macaroni and cheese and lunchbox meals, all made with organic ingredients! Its Mac and Cheese is so yummy and full of rich, organic cheese and organic pasta. For major cheese lovers, definitely give Horizon Cheese a try, especially the Cheese Sticks which is wonderful for an on the go snack.

Lifeway makes tasty and healthy kefir, which is fermented milk drink made with a yeast/bacterial fermentation starter, that comes in different flavors and varieties such as low-fat, non-fat, Greek, organic and low-carb. Many people are leaning towards probiotic and when it comes to healthy eating now, so definitely try Lifeway’s Frozen Kefir, which is made from all natural ingredients a try. It tastes tangy, delicately sweet, light and refreshing. Other Lifeway products that kids will be sure to love are ProBugs, ProBugs Blast, and frozen ProBugs.

PB Fit peanut butter powder is very delicious and low in fat. They’re better than peanut butter, because they are low in fat and they taste great. PB Fit gently roasts the peanuts, have 75% of the oil pressed out, and then ground it to a fine powder with a bit of sugar and a of salt. The result is a delicious, all natural peanut butter powder that has only three ingredients, contains 75% less fat than peanut butter and nearly one third the calories. This is an excellent alternative to regular peanut butter, especially with obesity in America. To serve, just add water and mix into a peanut butter spread.

Peacock Brand rice-based, gluten-free noodles are so very delicious, light and healthy! Many people feel bloated after eating a plate of pasta, but their tummies will never feel expanded after having some Peacock Brand noodles! Peacock noodles are light, delicious and healthy. Peacock products have consistent and premium quality so you can feel good about feeding your loved ones its wholesome and natural rice noodles. The entire noodle series: Brown rice spaghetti, Rice spaghetti, Brown rice vermicelli, Rice vermicelli, Basmati rice spaghetti are naturally fat-free, gluten-free, cholesterol free, contain no preservatives and are also Non-GMO Project verified.

Popcorn Indiana’s FIT tastes yummy and are only 40 calories or less per cup. Talk about having a guilt-free snack! They’re crispy, made of whole grains and full of flavor. FIT popcorn comes in the following flavors: Sea Salt, Olive Oil, Parmesan & Herb and Real Butter. You can’t go wrong with Popcorn Indiana FIT, because they’re only 40 calories or less a serving, all natural, gluten free, made of whole grains and have zero trans fat. Other delicious mouth watering flavors are Drizzlecorn Popcorn which will be a huge hit, because they taste like gourmet popcorn!

So Delicious Dairy Free makes healthy frozen desserts, beverages, cultured products, and coffee creamers, that are so yummy, that you would never know they’re dairy free and egg free, Non-GMO Project Verified, plant-based and Certified Vegan. So Delicious uses organic ingredients when possible and its entire coconut line is made with organic coconuts. It doesn’t use artificial sweeteners, artificial flavors or trans fats, so you can indulge on its delicious frozen treats which are lower in calories, sugar and sodium. So Delicious Dairy’s coconut milk-based products, such as Cococcino Coconut Milk Iced Coffee – Latte and Mocha, So Delicious Dairy Free Gluten Free Coconut Milk Frozen Dessert, So Delicious Dairy Free Organic Coconut Milk Frozen Dessert Mini Novelty Bars are so incredibly yummy and guilt-free, are only 80 calories per serving, that you’ll think it’s too good to be true!

Stoneridge Orchards is highly regarded for its premium dried whole Montmorency Tart Cherries, berries and other whole fruits, such as blue berries, peaches, raspberries and strawberries. They make all-natural and organic dried fruits that are not only yummy, but they are the perfect summer and back to school. Try adding them to trail mixes, yogurt, hot or cold breakfast cereals, baked goods, pasta sauces, wine and cheese, and you’ll be addicted to them too. The most delicious dark chocolate covered cherries, which are 70% dark chocolate dipped cherries that are made with whole fruits and they contain no artificial colors, flavors, hydrogenated oils or sulfites, so they are guilt-free when it comes to snacking. Stoneridge Orchards also makes cranberries dipped in dark chocolates (great for Thanksgiving treats such as putting them in cookies) and blueberries dipped in dark chocolates, which are great for chocolate lovers, such as myself!

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