Sunday, November 1, 2015

Food for the Holidays 2015

Holiday Food Guide

It's the perfect centerpiece to any party. The summer sausage is America's favorite and really shines when served with our rich Smoked Cheddar Cheese. Add a little sweetness and spice to balance the savory with our Sweet Hot and Honey & Pineapple Mustards. By the way, hoppy pale ales or a deep red wine like Cabernet Sauvignon are superb with the flavors of this gift. 
  • Hickory Farms continues to support Share Our Strength’s No Kid Hungry® campaign, working to end childhood hunger in America. For each Party Planner gift box sold during holiday season, Hickory Farms will donate $5 to the campaign, and customers can make donations of their own at the time of purchase.
  • Hickory Farms has a proud tradition of supporting the military and offers complimentary shipping on select gifts to military addresses around the world throughout the year.

Cosmos Creations has always been a great treat for us, all year long. But we are really excited about the Caramel Apple flavor. It's perfect for the fall.
This flavor is a no brainer. Our classic premium puffed corn served summer-style with a delicious combination of crisp, tart apple crumbles and silky sweet caramel. It’s a crunchy snack twist on a classic treat, loved by the entire family! Indulge your sweet tooth with moments of unparalleled bliss. Real apple chunks. Premium puffed corn. Sweet decadent caramel. Need we say more?

The original Creation is our trademark recipe that offers oven-baked non-GMO corn with just the right amount of simple caramel, made to perfection. Pure, natural* ingredients combined to make a snack that’s deliciously addictive.

Founder Pete Lescoe created Food Should Taste Good, Inc in 2006 with the goal of making a unique new snack with great taste, real ingredients, and sophisticated flavor - the qualities he is most passionate about in food.
With a name that speaks for itself, Food Should Taste Good™chips are made from high quality ingredients. All chip varieties are gluten free, cholesterol free, have zero grams trans fats. They are also certified Kosher.  Plus, many varieties are certified vegan.
Food Should Taste Good™ chips are available nationally at conventional grocers and natural food markets. 

  • The traditional Italian brand, Bauli, is best known for their Pandoro and Panettone holiday cakes, which are Christmas and New Year’s Eve staples available during the holiday season. All Bauli products are ready-to-eat and oven baked, Kosher-certified and made with no preservatives, no artificial colors or flavors, and no GMO ingredients. Bauli’s holiday offerings include:
    • Panettone – Better than your grandma’s fruitcake – the time-honored recipe has a lighter, less-dense texture and is packed with candied citron, lemon zest and raisins (Now available in NEW Minis!)
    • Pandoro – Traditional Christmas bread of Italy  – a fluffier version of pound cake that can be cut and dusted with powdered sugar to resemble a Christmas tree (Now available in NEW Minis!)
Disclosure: I received one or more of the products mentioned in this post to help facilitate my review. All opinions are mine and I was not influenced in any way. Please contact with any questions.

Holiday Gift Guide for Women 2015

Holiday Gift Guide for Women

W.C. Fields is a true comedy legend and remains one of the most recognizable and beloved actors of all time. From his early days on stage in vaudeville and Broadway through his live appearances on radio, he created an iconic persona that has never been matched. The comic genius of W.C. Fields is best captured forever in his body of films that highlight his notoriously sarcastic quick wit and slapstick routines. The W.C. Fields Comedy Essentials Collection features 18 of his best films that continue to leave audiences of all ages laughing out loud.
       Celebrating W.C. Field’s 100th Anniversary in film.
       Featuring a comprehensive 18-film collection of W.C. Fields comedies together for the first time ever
       Million Dollar Legs, If I Had a Million, International House, Tillie and Gus, Alice in Wonderland        (1933), Six of a Kind, Mrs. Wiggs of the Cabbage Patch, You're Telling Me!, The Old Fashioned Way, It's a Gift, Mississippi, Man on the Flying Trapeze, Poppy, The Big Broadcast of 1938, You Can't Cheat an Honest Man, My Little Chickadee, The Bank Dick and Never Give a Sucker an Even Break
       Co-starring silver-screen legends Bob Hope, Dorothy Lamour, Bela Lugosi, Mae West, Bing Crosby and many more
       Great for holiday gift-giving
       Great value

Wrap your iPhone 6 in Sleek Style. The Pong Sleek iPhone 6 Case brings protection to the next level – it redirects harmful radiation away from you while maintaining your phone’s signal.

  • Reduces user's exposure to radiation (SAR) by up to 89% below FCC limit for an iPhone 6/6s
  • Provides protection from 4 foot drops and is tested to U.S. military drop standards
  • Just snap it on your smartphone, and the Pong antenna will pair automatically with the antenna inside your iPhone 6/6s
  • Proven in independent labs certified by the FCC
  • Open access to all ports and functions
  • 60-day money back guarantee

From dry skin to cracked lips and nose bleeds, dry air can make anyone uncomfortable. Our portable, soothing humidifier keeps you feeling good wherever you are: hotel, dorm room, baby nursery, den, office or cubicle. Anywhere you need relief, now available in a complete KIT!
  • No heavy tanks and no filters to replace; Just insert any water bottle and go
  • Core set includes a large-capacity refillable bottle and portable carrying case
  • Includes universal power adapter (to be used with 120-240V power), carrying case and water bottle
  • One year warranty

Emile Henry new Modern Classics Pie Dish

A good clafoutis, which melts in your mouth, needs to be cooked slowly and evenly without drying out. The secret is to use a ceramic dish. And you can serve it directly on the table, still warm, without turning out. All Emile Henry products are made in France and offer a ten years guarantee.

The Instant Marinater is an unique dish that marinates and tenderizes meat, fish, chicken and vegetables in just minutes. It works by creating a vacuum which opens up the pores and fibers of the meat allowing for a deep and instant marinate! This process also tenderizes the food. Marinating foods adds delicious flavors and protects them from the heat of the barbecue, grill, oven or pan.
  • Easy to use, saves time
  • Marinates and tenderizes in minutes
  • For meat, fish, poultry and vegetables
  • Ideal for Home Cooking and barbecues

By far my favorite product this year is the Magic Bullet. I use this EVERY DAY. 
We use it to make smoothies, soups and salsas. We also use it to chop veggies for salads and sauces. 
  • 17-piece high-speed mixing system chops, whips, blends, and more
  • Includes power base, 2 blades, 2 cups, 4 mugs, 4 colored comfort lip rings, 2 sealed lids, 2 vented lids, and recipe book
  • Durable see-through construction; press down for results in 10 seconds or less
  • Microwave- and freezer-safe cups and mugs; dishwasher-safe parts
  • Product Built to North American Electrical Standards
I have this listed in my guide for women, and it really does make an excellent gift for moms, grandmas, aunts, sisters.....My great grandma is getting one from me this year, and I know she is going to love it!

The Magic Bullet does ANY job in 10 seconds or LESS! It can: 
  • Chop
  • Blend
  • Grind
  • Mince
  • Mix
  • Whip
Handy versatile and easy to use, the Magic Bullet takes up minimal counter space while showcasing maximum speed and versatility. With its unique design and compact size, the Magic Bullet chops, mixes, blends, whips, grinds and more in less time than it takes to assemble standard kitchen appliances. And with a wide array of dishwasher-safe attachments, clean up is as easy as it gets.

You can purchase if here for $39.99 and FREE SHIPPING!

Shower WOW, makes the dreaded kids’ bath time routine a bit easier. Powered by water pressure, Shower WOW has a universal fit with a high quality chrome finish to match any d├ęcor.  It’s easy and quick to install. Remove your existing shower head, replace with Shower WOW and turn on the faucet to shower a cascade of colors. Available at Bed Bath & Beyond and Walmart for $14.95

Disclosure: I received one or more of the products mentioned in this post to help facilitate my review. All opinions are mine and I was not influenced in any way. Please contact with any questions.

The MySight by iLuv is a Wi-Fi Cloud-Based HD Video Camera for Home and Business Monitoring - Cloud Recording, High Quality 720p HD Video, Motion and Noise Detection, Mobile Alerts, Two-Way Audio, Digital Zoom, Night Vision - Watch from iPhone 6/6 Plus/5s/5c/5/4S; Galaxy S6/S6 edge/S5/S4/S3, Note 4/3; iPad Air 2/Air, iPad 4/3; iPad mini 3/2/1; and other Smartphones and Tablets

Holiday Gift Guide for Kids 2015

Holiday Gift Guide 2015

Tiggly Words Interactive Learning Toys with Award Winning Language, Phonics and Word Building Games for Kids 4-8 is helping young children approach spelling in a fun and innovative way. Tiggly Words uses vowels toys which interact with three specially-designed learning apps on the iPad. The toys and apps allow children to quickly connect with the wonderful world of words. Just touch the screen with the toys and the apps react. Tiggly Words is optimized for iPad 2, 3, 4, iPad Air (all generations), iPad Mini (all generations). Powered by the hand with no set up needed (no Bluetooth, Wi-Fi or batteries required).

  • Tiggly Words is an interactive tablet toy for children 4-8. Combining the best of physical and digital play
  • Designed by early childhood experts Tiggly Words comes with 5 vowel toys and 3 free learning apps designed to work together
  • While children spell wacky words and solve silly problems, they become more familiar with the fundamentals of language, learning long & short vowels, phonics, nouns & verbs and word building
  • Tiggly Words works with all versions of the iPad and iPad mini (excluding iPad 1) and leading Android tablets
  • No Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, or batteries needed - Toys are child-friendly and gentle on tablets: just touch the screen with toys and apps react in real-time

Disney•Pixar proudly presents a hilarious new animated adventure, TOY STORY THAT TIME FORGOT, Join Woody (Tom Hanks), Buzz (Tim Allen) and the gang for an unforgettable tale packed with family fun and a must-have for every Pixar fan’s collection! During one of Bonnie's post-Christmas play dates, the “Toy Story” crew find themselves in uncharted territory when the coolest set of action figures ever turn out to be dangerously delusional.  It's all up to Trixie, the triceratops, if the gang hopes to ever return to Bonnie's room. Available for the First Time on Blu-ray™, Digital HD  and Disney Movies Anywhere on November 3rd.

The Presidential is the hot political board game that takes players inside the world of the Electoral College process as teams fight to have the most powerful job in the world. Each turn a team decides to either go campaigning or fundraising. Dice are rolled and Political Cards are awarded based on each scenario. Chips are won and then distributed in different states according to the strategy chosen. At the end of the game, the team with 270 or more Electoral Votes wins. A password for an optional WebMap calculator is also included which makes it easy to keep score on a computer, tablet or smartphone with a colorful interactive Electoral College map. 

You can purchase it here for $29.99. 

In Peppa Pig: Cold Winter Day, everyone's favorite friend, Peppa Pig, is ready to show preschoolers how much fun awaits this winter season. Young viewers join Peppa and her family and friends as they build a snowman, throw snowballs, race their sleds and much more! The new release features 10 "peppasodes" that are filled with all the kindness, laughter, and gentle life lessons that make Peppa Pig one of the world's most beloved preschool properties.

Episodes include:

*         "Cold Winter Day"

*         "Not Very Well"

*         "Snow"

*         "Thunderstorm"

*         "The Sleepy Princess"

*         "Bedtime"

*         "Swimming"

*         "Daddy Pig's Office"

*         "Ice Skating"

*         "The Toy Cupboard"

ROOMINATE™ RV (ROOMINATE/Approx. Retail Price: $29.99/Ages 8+/Available: Now) Roominate™ RV makes it easy for girls to venture out on a Roominate road trip! Girls can design their ideal ‘house on wheels’ using included building pieces. Whether they create an RV with a sunroof or turn their vehicle into a trendy food truck, there are many creative possibilities with Roominate RV, which is compatible with rPower so girls can drive their RV using the Roominate app from a phone or tablet. Included in this 88-piece set are 1 RV chassis, 2 RV sides, 40 furniture building pieces, 24 connectors, 8 wheels, 2 axles, 4 axle holders, 2 motors, 2 battery packs, 1 screwdriver, 1 sheet of stickers, and 1 doll. Requires 4 AAA batteries, not included.

Sands Alive! Glow is fun and easy to use. When you're ready to take your Sands Alive! to the next level, bring it into the dark and watch it magically come to life. Use the special Sands Alive! Glow tools (included) to doodle on the sand. Sands Alive!, the indoor no-mess play sand is bacteria-free, never dries out, and is flying off store shelves. It's fun to play with, stimulates creativity and is easy to sculpt, making it a great indoor and outdoor activity. This incredible sand now has an added element that is truly mind-glowing - you have the power to make it glow with Sands Alive! Glow.

Bright Time Buddies®, a night time companion for kids, makes the dreaded bed time routine fun. Available in Dreamy Dog and Shimmer Unicorn, this nighttime friend provides a soothing colorful light - perfect for turning any dark space into a magical place. Bright Time Buddies® are durable and portable, yet soft enough to sleep with like a stuffed animal. Kids can rotate between three different color options, or keep it on the color of their choice with a simple tap. Bright Time Buddies® are available at Kmart, Walmart and Toys R’Us for an MSRP of $14.99.

Everybody is invited to the Lalaloopsy Super Silly Party! Lalaloopsy is celebrating all of the things that make them special! It's a magical time full of silliness and surprises! Lalaloopsy were once rag dolls who magically came to life when their very last stitch was sewn. Each doll has her own personality that comes from the fabrics that were used to make her. They live in a fantastical world full of silly surprises. With your love, and a bit of imagination, the Lalaloopsy magic can go on forever. Peanut Big Top is ready for her best performance yet! Now she can sing and dance with you! Just put on the magical bow (included in the package), and start dancing! She really recognizes your dance moves! When you dance silly, Peanut dances silly! When you dance SUPER silly, Peanut dances SUPER silly! She even plays freeze dance! Product Features: - Lalaloopsy Dance with Me doll dances and interacts with you as you dance - You wear the magical bow and she can sense your movement! - Sew many ways to play: 1. Peanut will mimic your dance speed - Get silly, she will too! 2. Peanut teaches you the Super Silly Party dance, step-by-step! 3. Play freeze dance with Peanut! - Doll stands on her own at 11 inches tall! - Batteries Required: 5 x AA batteries required - Ages: 4-104 years

Dive into adventure! The Lil’ Ocean Explorers 3- in- 1 Adventure Course stimulates and entertains your baby throughout 3 key developmental milestones: sitting, crawling and standing. When sitting, baby gets tactile with features like the submarine Peek-A-Boo door, the marine wall, ball drop periscope and multiple clicker knobs. When crawling, watch as your baby explores and discovers new ways to play with the different different features of the adventure course. When standing, your baby will hear sounds and phrases from their new octopus friend and will be encouraged to play and run when the octopus throws balls! Each play station on the Lil’ Ocean Explorers Adventure Course is interchangeable and removable.

Discover the true meaning of the holiday season with the live action adaptation of the beloved classic, Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas. Starring Jim Carrey as the Grinch, director Ron Howard and producer Brian Grazer reimagine one of the most enduring holiday stories of all time. Why is the Grinch (Carrey) such a grouch? No one seems to know, until little Cindy Lou Who (Taylor Momsen) takes matters into her own hands and turns both Whoville and the Grinch’s world upside down, inside out...and funny side up. Filled with dazzling scenery, special effects, makeup and costumes, this is an adventure “that can make your heart grow three sizes – if you’re not laughing too hard!”(Steve Murray, Atlanta Journal-Constitution). 

Especially for girls. The NaturalFit Pink Deco Gift set comes complete with four decorated Stage 1 bottles each with Chicco's Stage 1 unique angled nipple (5 oz and 8 oz bottles. Newborn and medium flow nipples).  The Gift Set also includes a Chicco Comfort pacifier which features an ergonomic convex-shaped shield for minimal skin contact and babies' comfort.
The Chicco NaturalFit Stage 1 bottles are part of Chicco's NaturalFit feeding system, which has been designed to be responsive to the changing feeding styles of babies.

The gift set includes:
Two Stage 1 bottles (5 oz/ 150 ml) with newborn flow nipples
Two Stage 1 bottle (8 oz/ 250 ml) with medium flow nipples
One Comfort orthodontic pacifier
Easy transition between breast and bottle
All items are BPA Free, Clinically tested and Made in Italy
Also available in blue

With the Lekue Transports Cookie Cutter Kit, you can throw a party that all the boys will love! The set comes with a metal tin that is perfect for storing all the cookies you'll bake with these whimsical cookie cutters. The kit comes with 5 cookie cutters, 1 recipe booklet, sprinkles and 20 pieces of wrapping paper with stickers. The recipe booklet comes with delicious recipes and also includes great icing techniques, as well as tips and tricks to get the best results. The 5 stainless steel cutters easily cut your cookie dough into transportation themed shapes and the wrappers come with stickers so that you can individually wrap each cookie. Great for any party!.

With the Lekue Princess Cookie Cutter Kit, you can throw a princess party that all the girls will love! The set comes with a metal tin that is perfect for storing all the cookies you'll bake with these whimsical cookie cutters. The kit comes with 5 cookie cutters, 1 recipe booklet, sprinkles and 20 pieces of wrapping paper with stickers. The recipe booklet comes with delicious recipes and also includes great icing techniques, as well as tips and tricks to get the best results. The 5 stainless steel cutters easily cut your cookie dough into princess themed shapes and the wrappers come with stickers so that you can individually wrap each cookie. Great for any girl's party!.

Steam Train Dream Train plush is a super-soft and huggable giraffe that children of any age will love. A long neck and open arms are perfect for little hands to embrace no matter the time of day. Perky ears and a happy smile make this giraffe a great companion for bedtime and beyond!
Over 40 weeks on the New York Times Bestseller list! In Sherri Duskey Rinker and Tom Lichtenheld's beautiful book, animals of all kinds get to work loading a train with toys and treats, filling hoppers, flatbeds and boxcars. Their jobs done, the hard-working menagerie settles in for a cozy sleep. The train rolls on, puffing, chuffing out of sight...

Spotted marshmallow fun! It's easier than ever to customize each family or friend's marshmallow weapon of choice with bold new patterns and colors – like this trendy pink cheetah pattern. This clever, pump-action device fires miniature marshmallows approximately 30 feet on a line. The easy-to-fill and refill magazine holds 25 marshmallows and is top-rack, dishwasher safe to clean. Designed with kids in mind, the Cheetah Marshmallow Shooter is fun for all ages and provides a soft, hearty laugh on impact. Join the party and pass the marshmallows, it’s time to battle hard and play soft.

Sleepover Party Game by Endless Games
Break out the sleeping bags and leave the lights on. It's a sleepover party and we're staying up late! Spin the Spinner and attempt to complete one of over 200 act it, work it, or party challenges.
  • Over 200 different stunts, performances, and activities
  • Some activities include being a human mirror or making funny sounds
  • Keep the party entertained all night long
  • For 3 or more players
  • For ages 8 and up

Clap and ring your way to victory! Players continuously flip their cards until a combo is found. Be the first to find the combo, clap your hands and ring the bell. Hesitation may cost you 1st place, but if you act too quickly you may make a mistake and face a penalty! Get ready for chaotic clapping followed by lots of laughter!

Say "Goodbye" to dull flash card learning! Super Genius is a new educational collection that brings the power of play to the learning process of reading and math. Designed for kids ages 5 and up, Super Genius is a matching game that was developed hand-in-hand with learning professionals. Match words to their images, addition equations to their sums, and multiplication equations to their products. There is always 1 and only 1 match between any two cards. The challenge of discovering this first keeps kids engaged and having fun while they inadvertently practice problem-solving and linguistic skills.

PlaSmart PlasmaBike. A fun ride that develops balance, coordination and motor skills No batteries, gears or pedals... just a fun, encouraging and progressive start to bicycle riding. Its unique design encourages balance, coordination and motor skill development while offering a fun ride. Children as young as 18 months can enjoy the freedom of riding without the added complication of training wheels or anxiety of having to hold their balance too long, too early. Unlike most balance bikes, wide wheels assist children in keeping PlasmaBike upright in a stopped or stationary position, giving children added confidence and promoting self-esteem. The wide wheels and limited steering range enhance balancing capabilities and provide a smoother transition to a conventional 2 wheel ride. Weighing less than 8 lbs, it's lightweight and transports easily to playgrounds or when the kid power tuckers out! 55-lb. capacity. State Color. Order Today! PlaSmart PlasmaBike

okiedog’s latest edition to our diaper bag portfolio are children bags. With innovative ideas and new bag styles we want to more bring fun into kids’ lives. We cater for ages 2-6 years old and have children’s different needs in mind. Our design language ranges from cute animal characters for the very young ones to bold and bright colours for older kids.

okiedog children bags are designed with love. They comply with all safety standards, have high quality and are made from very durable materials. As all our okiedog bags, our children bags are PVC-, Phthalate- AZO- and BPA-free.

Come and discover our new kids collection! - See more at:

Disclosure: I received one or more of the products mentioned in this post to help facilitate my review. All opinions are mine and I was not influenced in any way. Please contact with any questions.