Saturday, August 27, 2016

Happy Healthy Cat Month: Show the World That You and Your Cat Are #PurrfectTogether with @Meow Mix

September is Happy Healthy Cat Month—and there's never been a better time to show our cats some extra love. Recently, the cat lovers at Meow Mix ran the Purrfect Together Survey, which asked cat parents around the country about their special bond with their four-legged friends. Here are some of the meow-nificent results:

83% of cats take naps with their humans

This is surprising—and not because 83% of people love napping with kitty. The bigger question is: Who are the 17% of deprived humans who don't get to experience the joy of napping with their cats?

80% of cat parents believe they can interpret their kitty's meows

While humans and cats may purr in different languages, that doesn't stop most cat mommies and daddies from understanding what their kitty wants—whether it be some treats, cat nip, or just a snuggle partner.

72% of cat parents love to surprise their kitties with treats

Speaking of treats, nothing makes a cat happier than some spontaneous, unexpected goodies from the person who cares for them the most.

55% of cats love chicken-flavored nibbles

Exciting news:  Meow Mix has just released a brand new culinary-inspired food made with real chicken or salmon, Bistro Recipes—a classy meal for a classy kitty! Head over Meow Mix's new Purrfect Together web portal [] right meow, and you can download a coupon for $2.50 off any bag of Meow Mix Bistro Recipes.

 And that's not all! You need a classy painting to go with that classy meal. On the Purrfect Together portal, you can enjoy the unique experience of converting a photo of you and your cat into a Meowsterpiece—a digital "oil" painting that helps express and immortalize your cat-love on canvas. I did it, and you should too!

Now it's time to show me how special your human-cat bond is! Post your Meowsterpiece on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram with the hashtag #PurrfectTogether. Be sure to share your thoughts in the comments below.

Wishing a fantastic Happy Healthy Cat Month to you and your feline friend!

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Around the World in 80 Purees by Leena Saini Review

Tiny taste buds can be just as discerning as those of grown-ups, so why feed your baby a lackluster pile of bland paste? In Around the World in 80 Purees: Easy Recipes for Global Baby Food (Quirk Books; August 16, 2016; $19.99), food blogger and mother of two Leena Saini gives little tummies a taste of the extraordinary, offering an array of enticing recipes inspired by dishes from around the globe. These baby food blends allow petite palates to experience big flavors from more than 40 countries, from China to Colombia, Turkey to Taiwan.

The transition to solid foods is a milestone across all cultures. And by sharing a broad range of flavors and ingredients with their little ones, parents can encourage a lifetime of adventurous eating. In Around the World in 80 Purees, Saini shares her research of global first foods and offers developmentally appropriate serving suggestions and tips for safely introducing babies to herbs, spices, and other ingredients. More than 100 quick and easy recipes, accompanied by richly colorful photographs by Christine Han, take readers on a culinary tour of the globe:

Savory and Sweet Selections for Babies 6 Months and Up: No more bland peas and carrots—for the littlest eaters, Saini offers India’s Cardamom Banana Oatmeal, Spain’s Saffron Applesauce, China’s Gingered Plum Puree, Milk-Poached Salmon with Dill and Mustard from Scandinavia, and Belize’s Sweet Corn, Bean, and Coconut Milk Stew.

Flavorful Spoonfuls and Mouthwatering Meals: For older babies, Saini shares recipes for Turkey’s Seasoned Lamb Kebabs, Brazil’s Baked Cod with Papaya and Bananas, North African Vegetable Couscous with Harissa, Mexico’s Cinnamon Avocado Banana Ice Cream, Japan’s Tamagoyaki, Lebanon’s Muhallabia, Italy’s Pastina with Parmesan and Nutmeg, a vegetable stew from Ethiopia, Bamya Alicha, and many, many more.

Tidbits, Tips, and Tricks: Saini offers guidelines for stocking a baby-friendly spice cabinet, safely introducing new ingredients, essential equipment for making baby food from scratch, and other ideas to help caretakers think outside the jar.

Around the World in 80 Purees is the ideal cookbook for parents who want to prepare nutritious and flavorful foods for their baby and raise more adventurous, less fussy eaters. With it, infants and toddlers alike will be able to travel the world without ever leaving the comfort of their high chair.

Cassandra's Review- I have always fed my little ones baby food from a jar until just a few years ago when I found out how much better it was to create foods for them.  I think that taking the time to try new things with your little one can be a huge benefit and both of you can have fun tasting the different flavors of this book.  I personally would not even have tried them myself as a combination, but I am so excited to do so.  

The recipes are easy and what I like is that all ages can enjoy them from 6 months up and I found everything to be easy to understand.  Some of the food I will never find in the grocery stores around my area, but most are affordable.  


Leena Saini is a lifelong foodie who has written about global baby food for Baby Center and on the food blog Eat, Drink, Better. She’s also a regular contributor to and Sally’s Place. She lives in New Jersey with her husband and two children. Find her online at

I recevied a complimentary copy.

Cascade Ice Drink Recipes for Labor Day @CascadeIceWater

With Labor Day around the corner, you can mix up your own low-calorie drinks at home from cascade ice. These low-calorie drink recipes are the perfect combo for your own vacation-in-a-bottle.

Cascade Ice Water

While you’re relaxing over the long holiday weekend, mix up a Cascade Ice Berry Pomegranate Cooler. Start with a cup of fresh strawberries, half a cup of ice cubes and 5oz Cascade Ice Cranberry Pomegranate. Blend all the ingredients together and garnish with a couple of pomegranate seeds. To make this into an adult beverage, you can use Vodka, but I do not.

· Reminiscent of a delightful beach getaway, Cascade Ice’s Citrus Punch is sure to help you unwind. Simply mix 6oz Cascade Ice Pink Grapefruit and 6oz Cascade Ice Orange Mango in a pitcher. Add in 4oz of peach juice to sweeten it up a bit. Stir up the punch and then cut some fresh fruit to garnish.

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The Fall of Lord Drayson by Rachael Anderson $50 Amazon Gift Card or Paypal Cash Giveaway

The Fall of Lord Drayson The Fall of Lord Drayson by Rachael Anderson Who is he really? A high and mighty lord or a lowly servant? When Colin Cavendish, the new earl of Drayson, informs Lucy Beresford that she and her mother need to vacate the house they've called home for the past two years, Lucy is fit to be tied. They have no money, no relations they can turn to for help, and nowhere to go. How dare the earl break the promise his father had made to the Beresfords without so much as a twinge of conscience? Fate plays her hand when Lucy discovers the earl unconscious and injured in the middle of the road. When he awakens with no recollection of who he is, Lucy seizes the opportunity to teach the earl a much-needed lesson in humility and tells him that he is nothing more than a mere servant. Her servant, in fact. And thus begins the charming tale of a pompous lord and an impetuous young woman, caught together in a web so tangled that it begs the question: Will they ever get out?  
Publication Date: Monday, August 29th
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