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Healthy and Tasty Gifts For Mother’s Day? @Edible

Mother’s Day is almost here!  For those of you who need a reminder (men out there…) It’s this Sunday, May 11th.  What do most moms want? Something thoughtful?  Yes.  flowers again? No. If you can’t figure out what sweet treat to get for mom this year,  I know what I just received that was tasty and good for you – an arrangement from Edible Arrangements.  They are so good that be warned…once you open it up it will be gone in a flash! 

I wanted to open up the arrangement so I could take a photo so you all could see how it arrived very nicely presented. Oh, so I couldn’t resist taking just one chocolate covered strawberry. I wrapped it back up and put in the refrigerator in the garage and got back to work. Then I was thinking about how good that strawberry was….so I went back to the garage and unwrapped it again taking another…. this went on a few more times! Then my younger daughter arrived home and I wanted to show her the bouquet. Well, she just had to taste it too..(she loves fruit!)  All in the family agreed it was yummy (but there was no way this would last until Sunday for the table decoration!) But we did enjoy it! 

The Mother’s Day Bouquet™ featuring an assortment of chocolate-dipped strawberries, heart-shaped pineapple and other fresh fruit favorites is a great gift that makes everyone in the family smile.  All of their arrangements are made fresh in local stores daily and available for same day delivery. You can order by calling 877 Do Fruit or visit their web site at edible arrangements.

Yummy Mother’s Day Bouquet™ from Edible Arrangements

Yummy Mother’s Day Bouquet™ from Edible Arrangements

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Disclosure:  Edible Arrangements sent me the bouquet to sample. Of course we ate it all…. All opinions are my own!

 

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Dinner in Boston? Try @DelFriscos

I so enjoyed a luncheon at DelFrisco’s this past weekend. What an amazing menu selection – the food was just fantastic.  Here are just some of the amazing dishes we were able to sample. The onion rings were great and I don’t even like onion rings.  The crab cake was the best one I have ever tasted and each of the steaks served, from the filet to the prime strip was cooked perfectly.  The best part was the desert. It was the biggest slice of lemon cake ever and so light and tasty.

The restaurant is located in the seaport district and the views are amazing. Check it out.

Disclosure: I was invited to this private luncheon as part of @BlogAndTweetBos.  All opinions are my own.

Just a sample of items on the menu at DelFriscos

Just a sample of items on the menu at DelFriscos

 

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Back to school time: a backpack, lunch gear and more

Today on 980 WCAP-AM we were talking back to school items! It is almost that time – do you have your backpacks ready and lunch boxes set? If not check out some of these cool items that came across the trendymommies.com desk.

Backpacks – Love LL Bean backpacks as they are PVC and BPA free and they last forever.  My 9 year old is using the backpack we got for my 12 year old last year and it’s as good as new. They really have the best selection for kids of all ages. We do like how if you visit the store they help with the sizing for your child.

Whole Foods sells the adorable Crocodile Creek backpacks and lunch boxes that are perfect for preschoolers that are eco-friendly and cute. Whole Foods also had the Eco Kids ice packs, and quite the selection of all natural items to store in your kids backpacks from lip balms to hand sanitizer and even a bamboo utensil set. The whole foods vanilla honey lip balm is great and if your middle schooler needs a good hand wipe (great for after gym class) have them try the Alba Botanica hawaiian 3 in 1 clean towelettes. We tested them out and they smell great!

Lunch storage needs to be fun, bright and colorful! The Plymouth based cool gear makes a great selection of lunch sacks, water bottles, salad storage items that are all BPA free.

Especially for the younger kids lice can continue to be a problem throughout the school year.  Babo Botanicals makes the best lice prevention kit. The shampoo and spray is 95% effective in preventing lice according to the company website. The great smelling tea tree scent is not too overpowering and is a must have for busy moms. I also love the moisturizing baby shampoo and wash, especially in the summertime – it’s perfect for dry skin.

If you struggle with your child in the morning rush with brushing their hair then you need a knot genie! It is a pain-free way to brush kids hair and even get them to brush their own hair. It is really what moms want. We tested it out and it really works.

For the college crew: grab a go go pillow for a fun way to store your tablet and read in bed.  My tweens actually love this pillow. It holds the tablet so you can have it on your lap. It folds up as a travel pillow and can even work as a backpack (perfect if younger kids head to grandmas after school) Waterbobble.com is another neat invention and a must have at college. Its’ a BPA free water bottle with a filter right inside and affordable starting at $9.99. Now you can have filtered water at your fingertips.  If you just want to carry your phone here is a must have accessory that is slim and holds your id, a credit card and some cash. CardNinja.com is a great accessory for apple, android and blackberry phones. It fits right on the back eliminating the need for a wallet!

Back to school essentials

Back to school essentials

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Disclosure: The above companies sent me the products to review. All opinions are my own.

Events, food, Products

Back to school time: a backpack, lunch gear and more

Today on 980 WCAP-AM we were talking back to school items! It is almost that time – do you have your backpacks ready and lunch boxes set? If not check out some of these cool items that came across the trendymommies.com desk.

Backpacks – Love LL Bean backpacks as they are PVC and BPA free and they last forever.  My 9 year old is using the backpack we got for my 12 year old last year and it’s as good as new. They really have the best selection for kids of all ages. We do like how if you visit the store they help with the sizing for your child.

Whole Foods sells the adorable Crocodile Creek backpacks and lunch boxes that are perfect for preschoolers that are eco-friendly and cute. Whole Foods also had the Eco Kids ice packs, and quite the selection of all natural items to store in your kids backpacks from lip balms to hand sanitizer and even a bamboo utensil set. The whole foods vanilla honey lip balm is great and if your middle schooler needs a good hand wipe (great for after gym class) have them try the Alba Botanica hawaiian 3 in 1 clean towelettes. We tested them out and they smell great!

Lunch storage needs to be fun, bright and colorful! The Plymouth based cool gear makes a great selection of lunch sacks, water bottles, salad storage items that are all BPA free.

Especially for the younger kids lice can continue to be a problem throughout the school year.  Babo Botanicals makes the best lice prevention kit. The shampoo and spray is 95% effective in preventing lice according to the company website. The great smelling tea tree scent is not too overpowering and is a must have for busy moms. I also love the moisturizing baby shampoo and wash, especially in the summertime – it’s perfect for dry skin.

If you struggle with your child in the morning rush with brushing their hair then you need a knot genie! It is a pain-free way to brush kids hair and even get them to brush their own hair. It is really what moms want. We tested it out and it really works.

For the college crew: grab a go go pillow for a fun way to store your tablet and read in bed.  My tweens actually love this pillow. It holds the tablet so you can have it on your lap. It folds up as a travel pillow and can even work as a backpack (perfect if younger kids head to grandmas after school) Waterbobble.com is another neat invention and a must have at college. Its’ a BPA free water bottle with a filter right inside and affordable starting at $9.99. Now you can have filtered water at your fingertips.  If you just want to carry your phone here is a must have accessory that is slim and holds your id, a credit card and some cash. CardNinja.com is a great accessory for apple, android and blackberry phones. It fits right on the back eliminating the need for a wallet!

Back to school essentials

Back to school essentials

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Disclosure: The above companies sent me the products to review. All opinions are my own.

Events, food, Products

Back to school time: a backpack, lunch gear and more

Today on 980 WCAP-AM we were talking back to school items! It is almost that time – do you have your backpacks ready and lunch boxes set? If not check out some of these cool items that came across the trendymommies.com desk.

Backpacks – Love LL Bean backpacks as they are PVC and BPA free and they last forever.  My 9 year old is using the backpack we got for my 12 year old last year and it’s as good as new. They really have the best selection for kids of all ages. We do like how if you visit the store they help with the sizing for your child.

Whole Foods sells the adorable Crocodile Creek backpacks and lunch boxes that are perfect for preschoolers that are eco-friendly and cute. Whole Foods also had the Eco Kids ice packs, and quite the selection of all natural items to store in your kids backpacks from lip balms to hand sanitizer and even a bamboo utensil set. The whole foods vanilla honey lip balm is great and if your middle schooler needs a good hand wipe (great for after gym class) have them try the Alba Botanica hawaiian 3 in 1 clean towelettes. We tested them out and they smell great!

Lunch storage needs to be fun, bright and colorful! The Plymouth based cool gear makes a great selection of lunch sacks, water bottles, salad storage items that are all BPA free.

Especially for the younger kids lice can continue to be a problem throughout the school year.  Babo Botanicals makes the best lice prevention kit. The shampoo and spray is 95% effective in preventing lice according to the company website. The great smelling tea tree scent is not too overpowering and is a must have for busy moms. I also love the moisturizing baby shampoo and wash, especially in the summertime – it’s perfect for dry skin.

If you struggle with your child in the morning rush with brushing their hair then you need a knot genie! It is a pain-free way to brush kids hair and even get them to brush their own hair. It is really what moms want. We tested it out and it really works.

For the college crew: grab a go go pillow for a fun way to store your tablet and read in bed.  My tweens actually love this pillow. It holds the tablet so you can have it on your lap. It folds up as a travel pillow and can even work as a backpack (perfect if younger kids head to grandmas after school) Waterbobble.com is another neat invention and a must have at college. Its’ a BPA free water bottle with a filter right inside and affordable starting at $9.99. Now you can have filtered water at your fingertips.  If you just want to carry your phone here is a must have accessory that is slim and holds your id, a credit card and some cash. CardNinja.com is a great accessory for apple, android and blackberry phones. It fits right on the back eliminating the need for a wallet!

Back to school essentials

Back to school essentials

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Disclosure: The above companies sent me the products to review. All opinions are my own.

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Rewriting the dinnertime rules #PlaywithVeggies @BirdsEye @JennetteMcCurdy

We had so much fun at the Birds Eye event in NYC a few weeks back. We have been experimenting with veggies to make dinnertime fun  (Birds Eye was kind enough to send me some veggies to try!) and I wanted to share with you 4 new dinnertime rules to help get your family excited about eating their veggies!

Rule 1 Role Reversal – Kids get to pick the menu and the veggies. Have them pick a theme and dress up and decorate.

Rule 2 Play with your Birds Eye Veggies – Use your veggies to make smiley faces or create something fun on your plate. Yes, it is ok to play with your veggies!

Rule 3 Celebrate Every Bite – Did you know it can take up to 12 times for kids to try a new type of food before they begin to like it? So keep em coming!

Rule 4 Be a Veggie Explorer – There are so many different ways to serve veggies. We love the smoothie recipe – yes, veggies can go in your smoothie so experiment!

Anytime you involve your kids in the cooking process and have them lead the way is one way I have found it easy to get them to experiment with their veggies. Pizza making is one of their favorite meal times and making sure the veggies are chopped up small helps a bit when adding them as a topping.

Disclosure: Birds Eye sent me a gift package with recipes and veggies to experiment with! All opinions are my own.

Pizza making!

Pizza making!

Events, food

Rewriting the dinnertime rules #PlaywithVeggies @BirdsEye @JennetteMcCurdy

We had so much fun at the Birds Eye event in NYC a few weeks back. We have been experimenting with veggies to make dinnertime fun  (Birds Eye was kind enough to send me some veggies to try!) and I wanted to share with you 4 new dinnertime rules to help get your family excited about eating their veggies!

Rule 1 Role Reversal – Kids get to pick the menu and the veggies. Have them pick a theme and dress up and decorate.

Rule 2 Play with your Birds Eye Veggies – Use your veggies to make smiley faces or create something fun on your plate. Yes, it is ok to play with your veggies!

Rule 3 Celebrate Every Bite – Did you know it can take up to 12 times for kids to try a new type of food before they begin to like it? So keep em coming!

Rule 4 Be a Veggie Explorer – There are so many different ways to serve veggies. We love the smoothie recipe – yes, veggies can go in your smoothie so experiment!

Anytime you involve your kids in the cooking process and have them lead the way is one way I have found it easy to get them to experiment with their veggies. Pizza making is one of their favorite meal times and making sure the veggies are chopped up small helps a bit when adding them as a topping.

Disclosure: Birds Eye sent me a gift package with recipes and veggies to experiment with! All opinions are my own.

Pizza making!

Pizza making!

Events, food

Rewriting the dinnertime rules #PlaywithVeggies @BirdsEye @JennetteMcCurdy

We had so much fun at the Birds Eye event in NYC a few weeks back. We have been experimenting with veggies to make dinnertime fun  (Birds Eye was kind enough to send me some veggies to try!) and I wanted to share with you 4 new dinnertime rules to help get your family excited about eating their veggies!

Rule 1 Role Reversal – Kids get to pick the menu and the veggies. Have them pick a theme and dress up and decorate.

Rule 2 Play with your Birds Eye Veggies – Use your veggies to make smiley faces or create something fun on your plate. Yes, it is ok to play with your veggies!

Rule 3 Celebrate Every Bite – Did you know it can take up to 12 times for kids to try a new type of food before they begin to like it? So keep em coming!

Rule 4 Be a Veggie Explorer – There are so many different ways to serve veggies. We love the smoothie recipe – yes, veggies can go in your smoothie so experiment!

Anytime you involve your kids in the cooking process and have them lead the way is one way I have found it easy to get them to experiment with their veggies. Pizza making is one of their favorite meal times and making sure the veggies are chopped up small helps a bit when adding them as a topping.

Disclosure: Birds Eye sent me a gift package with recipes and veggies to experiment with! All opinions are my own.

Pizza making!

Pizza making!

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Back to school: best packed snacks!

I love a good snack and my kids do too!  I was so excited to receive these good tasting products for my kids (and me to test out) for back to school. They are all perfect for back to school snacks (and lunches) so make sure to check them out.

Chobani – this is a new favorite of mine as they have great flavors in a natural greek yogurt. Even their tag line says it all: go real.  Moms, we really want real ingredients and this yogurt is simply made and tastes great. If you want to have a tasty snack for your kids when they get home try the Chobani Flip for a great mix of either pistachio, chia seeds, granola or almond. One side is greek yogurt and the other side is the mix-ins.  My favorite is the Blueberry Power. Another favorite is the Chobani bite. This is the 3.5 oz cup of great flavor combinations like honey and ginger and  mint with dark chocolate chip in a small size that contains only 100 calories and 8 grams of protein.  My kids also loved the Fylin dragon fruit champions tubes. This low fat greek yogurt tube needs no spoon and is great for their school snack.

DelMonte Fruit Burst Squeezers  – These are a great on-the-go snack. Made with natural fruit purees and juices, they are a nice alternative to apple sauce.  They come in  two varieties:  Simply fruit (Strawberry, Mixed Berry, Apple Cinnamon) and Fruit and Veggie (Peach-Mango , Blueberry) and is the perfect way to kids to eat a serving of fruits and veggies. They contain 1 1/2 servings of fruit and are a great source of vitamin A & C. They do not contain any artificial flavors or high fructose corn syrup.

Applegate Farms  -  Sometimes it is hard to get kids to eat a sandwich and deli meat is tricky. Especially wondering what is in the deli meat. No antibiotics, no nitrates, no junk and the taste of the Applegate farm deli meats is GOOD. They even have a new bologna and you don’t have to wonder what’s in it!   This summer was the perfect time to try the natural beef hot dog. No chemicals or nitrates in this dog!

 

Snacks from Del Monte

Snacks from Del Monte

Chobani Bite!

Chobani Bite!

A better deli meat

A better deli meat

 

Disclosure: the above companies sent me the products to test out. All opinions are my own.

 

food

Back to school: best packed snacks!

I love a good snack and my kids do too!  I was so excited to receive these good tasting products for my kids (and me to test out) for back to school. They are all perfect for back to school snacks (and lunches) so make sure to check them out.

Chobani – this is a new favorite of mine as they have great flavors in a natural greek yogurt. Even their tag line says it all: go real.  Moms, we really want real ingredients and this yogurt is simply made and tastes great. If you want to have a tasty snack for your kids when they get home try the Chobani Flip for a great mix of either pistachio, chia seeds, granola or almond. One side is greek yogurt and the other side is the mix-ins.  My favorite is the Blueberry Power. Another favorite is the Chobani bite. This is the 3.5 oz cup of great flavor combinations like honey and ginger and  mint with dark chocolate chip in a small size that contains only 100 calories and 8 grams of protein.  My kids also loved the Fylin dragon fruit champions tubes. This low fat greek yogurt tube needs no spoon and is great for their school snack.

DelMonte Fruit Burst Squeezers  – These are a great on-the-go snack. Made with natural fruit purees and juices, they are a nice alternative to apple sauce.  They come in  two varieties:  Simply fruit (Strawberry, Mixed Berry, Apple Cinnamon) and Fruit and Veggie (Peach-Mango , Blueberry) and is the perfect way to kids to eat a serving of fruits and veggies. They contain 1 1/2 servings of fruit and are a great source of vitamin A & C. They do not contain any artificial flavors or high fructose corn syrup.

Applegate Farms  -  Sometimes it is hard to get kids to eat a sandwich and deli meat is tricky. Especially wondering what is in the deli meat. No antibiotics, no nitrates, no junk and the taste of the Applegate farm deli meats is GOOD. They even have a new bologna and you don’t have to wonder what’s in it!   This summer was the perfect time to try the natural beef hot dog. No chemicals or nitrates in this dog!

 

Snacks from Del Monte

Snacks from Del Monte

Chobani Bite!

Chobani Bite!

A better deli meat

A better deli meat

 

Disclosure: the above companies sent me the products to test out. All opinions are my own.