(Review) The Children’s Place Has The Styles to Keep Kids Cool This Summer

childrens place red white blue

A couple of weeks ago I had the opportunity to preview the summer collection from The Children’s Place in New York. Since we are already big fans of Children’s Place, we just couldn’t wait to see the latest and greatest styles for kids. We had just put our heavier polos, skirts, and tights away (yes, from The Children’s Place too) and were ready for the lighter fabrics for summer. We love that we can always find what we need here, and online, and with great prices too.

With two girls (little fashionistas) and one boy (he also has a flare for fashion) in tow, we found some great clothes and accessories to keep all of us cool this summer.

Sun protection is essential, so we stocked-up on these sunglasses and swim cover-ups
And hats

miara sunglasses

rhinestone sunglasses $3.00

swimming coverups

graphic rash guard $12.00

love this hat

Americana fedora $9.06

The girls just couldn’t resist these headbands

miara headband

triple crystal flower headband $3.00

The shorts and shirts for boys were just perfect, both price and style combined

tshirt

striped skull polo $7.00

pull on shorts

pull-on shorts $10.00

Flip flops for her

butterfly flip flops

butterfly flip flops $3.00

Since we put the winter pjs away, these lighter materials will keep the kids comfortable at night.

children's sleep princess

mermaid nightgown $10.00

children's place sleep

ice cream pj set $10.00

Even if you can’t make it to the store like we did, you can always order online. Sign-up for updates and get special discount codes for your next order.

Disclaimer: This was not a paid post and the opinions expressed here are my own. I did receive gift card to shop at The Children’s Place in order to provide an accurate account of my shopping experience.

THE AMERICAN BAKING COMPETITION Premiers Tonight on CBS and I Got The Scoop from Marcela Valladolid

tasting the baked goods

A couple of weeks ago, I was invited to interview Marcela Valladolid, a seriously incredible person. Not only is she a gifted chef, she is also a mom too. So, why would she leave her warm and cozy home in Mexico to spend a very cold day in NYC? Marcela was in town promoting a new CBS summer reality series, The American Baking Competition. Hosted by comedian Jeff Foxworthy, Marcela will be joining Paul Hollywood, the star UK baker and current judge of the British series.

The competition series based on the format of the hit UK show “The Great British Bake Off” premieres tonight, May 29, (8:00-9:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network.

THE AMERICAN BAKING COMPETITION will feature skilled amateurs competing in baking challenges with one ultimately being crowned the winner. Not only will they be recognized for their baking expertise, but they will also be awarded a $250,000 Grand Prize and a Publishing Contract with Simon & Schuster’s Gallery Books. Now that is sweet!

Who are these amateur bakers and how did they get to be on this show?

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The 10 bakers were chosen from a nationwide search of amateur bakers at local casting bake-offs. Proving the joy of baking’s broad appeal, the six female and four male home bakers have varied lives and jobs, including a firefighter, photographer, homemaker, attorney, advertiser, home health care provider, college student, retiree, project manager and a baking enthusiast trying to go pro. Hmmm, maybe my husband, the chief baker in our home, should try out for the next season?

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Each week, THE AMERICAN BAKING COMPETITION will feature these passionate home bakers competing in three unique challenges – “Signature Bake,” “Technical Bake” and “Showstopper Bake.” The contestant who out-bakes the rest is that week’s “Star Baker,” while the one whose creations fail to impress is eliminated. The final challenge will be between the three remaining contestants, one of whom will go on to be crowned the best amateur baker in America!

This sounds so incredible, and I had the chance to schmooze with Marcela Valladolid about being a judge in this show. I found out that in addition to being an accomplished chef who specializes in the artistry of traditional Mexican cuisine, she is dedicated to showing the world that Mexican food is more than just a burrito and fried beans. I told her that even though I keep a strictly kosher diet, I also strive to share that Jewish food is more than just matzo balls and brisket.

Esti with Marcela

I started off by asking Marcela how she got inspired to work with food. She shared with me that her grandfather traveled to Europe and brought back cookbooks with the local ingredients, cheeses, and pastries used. It was those recipes that ‘wet her pallet’ and sparked her interest with tastes from other parts of the world. How could she apply that as a student of architecture? Once again, the answer was within her family. She dropped out of architecture school and her passion for the culinary world really began at her aunt’s cooking school
in Baja, Mexico. While Marcela was there, she really got the cooking experience she craved. From learning about all of the kitchen gadgets, to watching how each recipe came to life. It was obvious that her passion for cooking was not just a ‘flash in the pan’. Marcela went on to attend the Los Angeles Culinary Institute, followed by some additional training at the Ritz Escoffier Cooking School in Paris to become trained as a classical French pastry chef. Natural and passionate charisma led Marcela to be the host of Discovery en Español’s “Relatos con Sabor,” before hosting her own Food Network series, “Mexican Made Easy,” which premiered in 2010. She also served as a food editor at Bon Appétit magazine. Wanting to share her expertise on great Mexican food that combines freshness and flavor with ease in the kitchen, she published FRESH MEXICO: 100 Simple Recipes for True Mexican Flavor in 2009 and Mexican Made Easy in 2011. Marcela is very appreciative of the people that helped her achieve her dream, like Martha Stewart. In fact, she was a contestant on “The Apprentice: Martha Stewart”.

Marcela is very busy with a multitude of projects while juggling the roles of motherhood. Even with her busy schedule, she has made it a priority to attend all of her son’s special programs and events. While I was taking notes, Marcela giggled at my notebook; my daughter had left me a picture in it!

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She only has one regret; she wasn’t able to attend one of his spelling bees. Thanks to modern mobile technology, she was able to listen along from where she was. I really admire a woman like Marcela and how she loves what she does. Marcela shared with me that she feels that food will come out the way the chef is feeling when they are cooking. I love that, as cooking should not be a chore, but a treat.

If you will be watching tonight, tweet along with
Jeff Foxworthy @foxoutdoors and others:

Official Twitter: @BakeOnCBS
CBS Twitter: @CBSTweet
Cast on Twitter:
Jeff Foxworthy @foxoutdoors
Paul Hollywood @Hollywoodbaker
MarcelaValladolid @chefmarcela

(Review) Magical Moments Begin With Disney Baby Products

Disney Baby

Last week I had the opportunity to view the Disney Baby collection in NYC. Even though my own kids are all past the baby stage (time flies), I am always on the look-out for baby gifts. I found so many adorable baby gift ideas and much more. Disney Baby has an array of products that take both mom and baby on the magical journey of bringing a new life into this world; pregnancy, newborn status, first solid food feedings, first steps, and beyond the bottle.

love these body lotions

For expecting moms, I found this Disney Store exclusive on display. I never took the time to pamper my pregnancy self with these items, but I would if I got pregnant again.

Disney Baby Pure Bliss Cooling Body Treatment from basq. When hot flashes come, and not go so quickly, this helps expectant moms stay cool. Blended with natural wonders like aloe vera, eucalyptus and lavender, this soothing lotion nourishes the skin so it feels velvety soft.

Disney Baby Soothing Lavender Mark Free Zone Stretch Mark Oil from basq. Perfect for soothing the not so comfortable moments of an ever expanding belly. Skincare specialists basq have created the perfect pregnancy and nursing body oil. This Soothing Lavender Mark Free Zone stretch mark oil is fast absorbing and keeps skin soft and resilient during pregnancy. Both of these items are available at the Disney Store.

mickey onesize grow with them

I remember when my kids were newborn, I loved the ease of putting on a bodysuit like this one. The comfort of the 100% cotton is refreshing for mom and baby. Something else that I love about these bodysuits; they have growth-spurts in mind. These bodysuits have Grow-An-Inch-Snaps™ That Grow With Your Baby™ for longer wear.

one size minnie

Disney Baby shoes for girls

From the occasional diaper explosion to first solid food feedings. Whether we like it or not, laundry loads with a baby in the house is a non-stop process. In our home, laundry detergents with sensitive skin in mind was a priority. Powerful scents were off-limits. This is not only for baby, but for mom, dad, and grandparents as well. I was so happy to see learn that Disney Baby has those issues in mind as well.

ecos

Baby ECOS® Hypoallergenic Laundry Detergent – Free & Clear. Again, with baby next to mom for multiple feedings, and dad for hugs, this laundry detergent has fabric softness in mind. Baby ECOS® laundry detergent featuring Winnie the Pooh is an everyday laundry detergent that is gentle for Baby’s sensitive skin. It rinses thoroughly, leaving Baby’s laundry clean and soft. While we would choose Free & Clear (Fragrance Free), it is also available in Lavender & Chamomile scents. Available in each in one of three sizes (170 oz., 100 oz. and 50 oz.).
Buy it at:

• Amazon
• Bed Bath & Beyond
• Diapers.com
• ecosbaby.com
• Home Depot
• Kroger (In store only)
• Sam’s Club

Suggested Retail Price: $5.99 to $14.99

When baby is finally sleeping through the night, moving to them to a crib is a huge milestone. Disney Baby had some adorable nursery ideas with some of my favorite older, Finding Nemo, and newer Disney Pixar favorites, Monsters University, in mind.

finding nemo love

I just love how the Disney colors go so well with each other. Now, with Disney Paint by Glidden available, bringing the Disney magic into the bedroom just got easier.

monster university thmed crib

In fact, we just completed our very own Disney Paint project. The colors are just so magical!

these blues like our mag metallic

We definitely had a lot of fun viewing the Disney Baby collection. We even spotted Winnie the Pooh there also!

Winnier the Pooh

Before we left the Disney Baby preview, we were pleased to see this sign:

a charitable component

Operation Shower is about celebrating, honoring and showing love to military families. Operation Shower is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization and their mission is to provide joyful- AWESOME — baby showers for military families to ease the stress of deployment.

For military families who are expecting a new baby and are experiencing or have recently experienced deployment, we accomplish our mission through:

•hosting amazing baby showers;
•delivering high-quality products;
•creating a shared experience;
•bringing recognition to military families; and
•working with individuals and companies to provide them an opportunity to show their appreciation and love for military families.

For more information on how you can get involved with Operation Shower, go to http://operationshower.org/

Operation Shower

Disclaimer: I was invited to attend the Disney Baby preview. I did not receive any compensation for this review. All of the opinions expressed here in this post are my own. I did receive Disney Products to formulate this post.

(Review) Great Shoes for Girls When Heading to the Beach this Memorial Day Weekend

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The Causeway in Gloucester, MA

The Causeway in Gloucester, MA

I feel like my kids have been waiting for Memorial Day Weekend forever. Since the kids were babies, we have always spent it on the beach in New England. Now that the girls are older, they have already shown how excited they are by modeling their newest additions to their beach attire; sandals and shoes. Even on a very rainy day, my daughter couldn’t resist them!

stuart weitzman sandal

stuart weitzman close up

This colorful sandal is The Stuart Weitzman Rose Water sandal. Yes, Stuart Weitzman! Perfect for the beach or just a stroll on the boardwalk, this shoe has just the right amount of ‘beach bling’ that my daughter wanted in a sandal. I am happy with the quality of the shoe, which includes:

• Textile upper in a thong sandal style with a rolled toe post
• Inner elastic goring panel for a secure fit
• 2 flower ornaments with rhinestone accents at vamp
• Smooth lining, cushioning footbed
• Traction outsole

stuart weitzman sandal

This sandal is available at Nordstrom.com, SRP $53.95, sizes 8-5.

For a more covered shoe that can go with an everyday dress or more of a fancy beach luncheon by the sea, the Michael Michael Kors Claret ballet flat is just perfect.

michael kors ballet flat

michael michael kors ballet flat

My daughter is thrilled with how easy this ballet flat is to ‘slip on’. When I asked her if they felt comfortable, she said that it felt like she was “walking on a cushion”. This is welcome news, especially since her last pair of fancy shoes required my assistance in fixing the strap every time we she wanted to put the shoes on, and off. Some other qualities that I love about the Michael Michael Kors Claret ballet flat are:

• Slip on design for quick easy on and off
• Lining with cushioned footbed for maximum comfort
• Durable, flexible rubber outsole
• Fabric cap toe with sequin overlay and bow accent
• Elasticized topline provides a secure fit

The Micheal Kors Claret ballet is also available at Nordstorm.com, SRP $63.95.

No matter what you wear to the beach this weekend, travel safe, where sunscreen, and take a lot of pictures.

Disclaimer: I was received a pair of each shoe in to order to write this review. The opinions expressed in this post are my own.

(Sponsored) How Disney Paint Made My Kids’ Room ‘Magically Magnificent’

Toy Story comforter side

both view disney paint creation good

I previously shared my journey of buying Disney Paint from Walmart and selecting the paint that would ultimately bring the Disney magic into this room. With the beautiful color selections and specialty finishes from Disney Paint, we have successfully transformed this room from ‘drab’ to ‘fab’. In fact, we were so inspired that we actually transformed my other daughter’s room as well.

before the paint

Since the larger room is shared by both my son and daughter, we wanted to incorporate colors that would complement both of their favorite Disney characters. While he is all about Toy Story and Cars, she loves Princess Cinderella and Princess Tiana. The end results, as you can see in the images below, are the perfect blend of colors for both him and her.

As you can see, the Royal Blue in Magnificent Metallic picks up the blues in our myriad of Disney products:
Boy Disney Toy Display

The color, Pretty as a Princess in the Disney Ultra Durable Paint, was just perfect for my daughter’s Disney ‘gadgets and gizmos of plenty’ as well.

disney princess toys color match

In order to celebrate the official unveiling of this new room, we invited a few of the kids’ friends over for a party. We even had a couple of fun projects, like creating a special poster with Disney stickers. The kids decided to make it into Walt Disney World.

enjoying the new curtains rachel

Here they are making the poster.

disney poster creation two

disney poster creation almost done

disney poster creation against wall

Per my son’s request, the kids watched Wreck-It Ralph while the adults schmoozed downstairs. Something else about this new room that I would like to share is that it FINALLY got my son to stay in his own bed. We tried several strategies before (reward charts, Toy Story pillow, pajamas) but none of those worked. I feel that the Disney Paint by Glidden in Royal Blue in Magnificent Metallic really made the difference.

I want to express my sincerest gratitude to my incredible husband. His tireless efforts, even after a long day of work, help getting the kids fed, bathed, and into bed, paid off big time! He even picked-out the adorable curtains (pink as anything) and curtain rods, on his own. Yes, he hung them up as well.

I also want to thank Momtrends and Disney Paint for the opportunity to embark upon on very own Extreme Makeover: Disney Paint Edition. The ideas that you provided us led to our very own creation. We were encouraged by the ease and room design guides available at disneypaint.com. Furthermore, the Disney bedding added an additional dash of pixie dust, and Pixar power, to these rooms.

While we were only provided with one comforter as part of this project, we purchased 2 more!

Here is the other room that we made ‘magically magnificent’ because of this project.

miara room

Before the party was over, we all enjoyed some bbq hamburgers, chicken, and corn on the cob that my husband prepared on the grill. A couple of our friends came over and viewed the room as well. They were all impressed! One of my friends commented, “The new colors just pop. When the natural light comes in, it circulates the new colors around the rooms”.

Since it was a school night, the party had to come to a close. First, the raffle drawing for the $50 gift card to Walmart! A very happy 9 year old girl won! The ending to a truly magical day in our very own home.

walmart gift card

Disclaimer: Compensation and products for review were provided by Glidden via
MomTrends. The opinions expressed herein are those of the author and are
not indicative of the opinions of Glidden.

(Review & Giveaway) French’s Brings New Flavor Infuser Marinades to Chicken, Steak, or Fish

French's New Flavor Infuser Marinades

I love trying new things, especially when it comes to the grill. Now that the weather is nice, our trusty grill has been brought back to life. While the kids love grilled hot dogs, my husband loves hamburgers, and I love salmon. This summer, we will be adding a new flavor to our meats with French’s Flavor Infuser Marinades. If you have never marinated any meat before, you might remember back when you were a kid. For me, it was the Italian Dressing that marinated the chicken before it when on the grill. This process took at least a day to prepare. I know this for a fact because I would have to avoid the Tupperware container every time I would go into the refrigerator to grab a snack.

tupperware with Italian dressing

Thankfully, marinating has caught up with our fast past world and French’s New Flavor Infuser Marinades are here to do just that. Welcome to the instantaneous barbeque. Less time to prepare, but just as much savory flavor to enjoy.

When I first looked at the French’s Flavor Infuser Marinades, I wasn’t sure what to do with them. I went to French’s page and found this step-by-step video. So easy! Just snap the cap, inject the infuser tip and squeeze. If you are short on time, you will love French’s New Flavor Infuser Marinades for because they are:
Super-Fast – It only takes 10 minutes for the flavor to permeate the protein, whether it be chicken, steak, or fish.
No mess alternative to traditional marinades – pouring, mixing, covering, and leaky bags. Just infuse it and forget it!
Injector driven-this is amazing because it allows a more flavorful experience by penetrating all layers of protein with the marinade
Introduces home cooks to a technique used by professional chefs and BBQ aficionados (who knew?)
The process of infusing the marinade deep into the protein allows it to be quickly delivered and evenly distributed to all layers of the protein. Being that I am not a professional chef (my husband will concur with that); I did not know that the injector technique existed. Now regular cooks can benefit from this technique as well.

You can also apply the French’s Flavor Infuser to the top of a piece of boneless skinless chicken breast or even chicken wings. In fact, my husband soaked these chicken wings in the Zesty Italian flavor before putting it on the grill. The taste, even when applied on top of the protein, was fantastic.

BBQ Chickent Wings

There are four varieties of French’s Flavor Infusers: Sweet & Tangy Teriyaki, fab with chicken and fish; Classic Steakhouse, ideal for strip steak or London Broil; Zesty Italian, also great with chicken, and Caribbean Jerk, also great with chicken. These products are just 2.99, not bad for such an infusion of flavor.

How much protein can one tube of French’s Flavor Infuser marinate? Approximate 3-4 pounds of protein, which is enough to feed a family of four. Since this product is injected to protein that is raw, the tube must be discarded after just one time. Any cleaning and re-use could result in cross-contamination and health issues. Do not reuse. Some other important facts about French’s New Flavor Infuser Marinades:
Kosher: Yes, all flavors
Organic: NO
Gluten Free: Zesty Italian and Caribbean Jerk are Gluten Free; Steakhouse and Teriyaki are NOT Gluten Free
Food Allergens: only Caribbean Jerk DOES NOT contain allergens. Zest Italian contains soy; Teriyaki and Steakhouse contain wheat and soybeans.
Now that your stomach is growling, how about winning some great tools for some grilling!

Thanks to my friends at French’s, I am giving away (5) grilling kits that will include a French’s oven mitt and 2 of the French’s New Flavor Infuser Marinades. It is so easy to enter, just follow go to this link http://bit.ly/11ReLUQ:

grill tools

For some great recipe ideas go to http://www.frenchs.com and keep up with them and “like” them on Facebook.com/frenchs.

Disclaimer: The opinions in this post are my own. I did receive a set of grilling tools, oven mitt, and French’s New Flavor Infuser Marinade in order to post this review.

(Sponsored) The Wiggles Will Be At Citi Field For A Pre-Game Show #metsmoms

the field at citifield

Growing-up, I was a Chicago Cubs fan. This was the natural path of a girl from the suburbs. In those days, we would drive with the windows open, listening to the pre-game show on AM radio. I can still hear the roar of the crowd, Harry Carry singing, and the crunch of peanut shells underneath my keds. To tell you the truth, I was pretty bored (sorry dad). However, I never had the chance to try out my batting skills in a batting cage nor play video game in cozy chairs at Wrigley Field. Maybe that would have helped? I know it would have because I saw how much fun my kids had at Citifield last week. Have you heard of FanFest? The FanFest is located on the Concourse Level in center field, and is fun for the whole family. Centered around Mr. Met’s Kiddie Field, a scale version of Citi Field, the FanFest features a batting cage, dunk tank, video game kiosks and more! Opens when Citi Field gates open until the middle of the 7th inning, you’ve got to visit. You can even find Mr. Met there most days!

Batting cages

If FanFest existed when I was a kid, I would have loved my time at Wrigley Field. The Mets may not have won the game against the Phillies, but we all had so much fun. A definite win in our book!

Also, for those of you who keep kosher, you can find kosher hotdogs and sausages at Citifield. Just look for the Kosher Grill, also on the Concourse Level. Since I am not eating meat these days, I had a nice bag of peanuts! You just have to have them at the ‘ball game’!

kosher grill

I am so excited to announce another family friendly event happening at Citifield. The Wiggles will be performing a pre-game show on Sunday, May 12th. Yes, The Wiggles. I can’t tell you how many hours we spent (yes, my family and I) listening to ‘toot toot chuggah chuggah big red car’ or ‘do the monkey’..yes even us adults liked the songs too and we knew all the words as well.

The Wiggles Come to Citi Field!

If you are looking for an outing this Mother’s Day that your entire family will enjoy, this is the ticket to buy!

Disclaimer: I was given two tickets to Citifield. The opinions expressed in this blog post are my own.

(Review) From Picasso to High Tech to the Basics of Cinderella, This Years’ Time to Play Exhibit Showcases it All…

Contributed by Lauren Finkelstein from Save1Person.org
Primetime parenting sent this mommy blogger and world saver on another mind blowing and creative assignment, this time to scout out the best toys to entertain a child’s imagination and support healthy growth for the young ones. Who knew there would be such innovative and creative worlds out there for children to explore and grow, while having a blast?

time to play room shot

The top toy companies where at the Time to Play Spring Showcase. This exhibit happens twice a year to highlight the hottest toys of the season. Toy companies were there from Leap Frog to Lego to Mattel to Nickelodeon to Hasbro, just to mention a few.

Drip Drops had a tablet like device where you could make your own art and then email it to your parents and teachers. What was intriguing about this toy is when you finished coloring one side of your three dimensional shape, you could touch it and then start coloring the other side of the object. I don’t remember these kinds of toys when I was a kid.

drip drops

time to play leap frog writing

Then of course, the classic Cinderella outfit to the microphone so your kid could be the next rock star, to the Superman blow up to the tablet for kids. My personal favorite, since my son’s handwriting needs work is the tablet that teaches you how to write letters. These toys were magical, as well as productive for your child’s continued growth.

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Perhaps, I would have done better in school, if these toys existed when I was a kid, and I would have been the next Picasso. Nevertheless, there’s time to be a kid, and it’s never been a better time, after exploring this new world of imagination presented by Time to Play.

Disclaimer: Lauren was sent to review these toys by primetimeparenting.com. The opinions expressed in this blog post are her own.

(Review) Making Water Available For Those Who Need It Most

Contributed by Lauren Finkelstein from save1person.org

Primetime Parenting sent this mommy blogger on another interesting and life changing assignment. This time it was to be enlightened about a global problem, something we take for granted in America but a real worldly tragedy: WATER.

The Associate Director of Development, of WaterAid, Hallie Tamez, spoke about the magnitude of this problem. In my limited world, I never thought about it before. Hallie spoke about how in third world countries, there’s no clean water and some women have to walk many miles to get water. And in this water, some people bathe, toilet and who needs to say more. And then some women have to walk many miles back to their villages to bring this filthy water to their families.
WaterAid works in 27 of the world’s poorest countries, transforming lives by improving access to water, sanitation and hygiene. This non- profit, hires local people to build the wells and maintain the drinking water, when WaterAid leaves that location.

We take for granted that water is everywhere to drink, but what about when it’s not accessible. When you make it accessible, people can get educated, work the fields, be with families, live healthier lives, things we just take for granted here in America.

Watch a brief video and learn more:

http://www.wateraidamerica.org/learn_zone/video/water_is_just_the_beginning.aspx.

Go to http://www.wateraidamerica.org/ and see how you can make a difference: Give, Water, Give Life.

WaterAid is on Facebook, keep up with them there too.

(Review) Pistachios: A Delicious and Healthy Alternative to Chips, Cookies, and Candy

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I never thought so much about snacks before I became a mother. I actually learned on the job through some other very nice mom friends during an outing with some other mom friends 6 years ago. Before I left the house, I grabbed a bag of cookies and filled a sippy cup with grape juice. All was going well until my daughter, who was 2 at the time, said that she was hungry. I pulled out the bag of cookies. Then I saw what my other mom friends were feeding their children; sliced watermelon, cucumber, apple, and whole wheat crackers. My stomach fell to the ground. Thankfully, my other mom friends had extra Ziploc bags’ of these delicious snacks, as my daughter was like Velcro to their giving hands. From this point on, I always planned my snacks in advance, and made a couple extra for those who may not have had the chance that morning.

Aron's Kissena Farms Fruit

Now that my kids are older, the snacks have remained the same, on the healthy track. Something that is very important when packing snacks is possible food allergies of other kids at the park or in school. For example, snacks that contain peanuts, milk, sugar, and soy. It is always important to have alternative snacks in case another parent or child in the play area may have a food allergy. I know that there are snacks that can affect other children are peanuts. The other day while I was at a park, one mom had the very popular and delicious Bamba snack. Another mother asked if it was Bamba and made us all aware (in the nicest way possible) that her son had a peanut allergy. I immediately offered her a baby-wipe so that she could wipe off his hands (he had accidentally picked them up). It made me very aware of the snacks we take out in the public arena. This reminds me of the time I was flying on JetBlue from JFK to ORD. The flight attendant told us that they would not be serving any peanut based snacks as a family with peanut allergies was on board. I love that airline. In today’s world, we can speak to brands about these things, it is so amazing. So, what does one do if they love peanuts, especially pistachio nuts?

For those of you who can eat peanuts, I wanted to let you know about a brand, sincerelynuts.com, and the most amazing flavor, Pistachio Garlic; onion and garlic never tasted better. We are huge garlic lovers in our home, kids included. The Pistachio Garlic adds the perfect zest of flavor to California pistachios that result in sheer magic. What better way to enjoy the health benefits of garlic such as the management of blood pressure, cholesterol levels, and a fighter of bacteria. With great medicinal values like these, garlic is served with every meal at our home.

If garlic is not your taste, there are more exotic flavors to choose from including: Pistachios Jalapeno, Pistachios Chilli Lemon, and Pistachios Hickory. I can’t wait to try more of these flavors!

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Treat yourself, and your friends, to the fresh and healthy taste of peanuts. You can find them online at http://www.sincerelynuts.com. You can have them delivered to your door, or as a gift for somebody else. Keep up with sincerelynuts and follow them on twitter @SincerelyNuts or “like” them on Facebook.

Disclaimer: I was sent a package of Pistachio Garlic from Sincerelynuts.com to formulate this review. The opinions expressed in this review are my own.