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Wednesday, September 28, 2022

Fall In Love With SUNFLOWER CREAM CHEESE @SperoFoods

At Spero, they make their dairy products from seeds, not nuts or soy or gmo proteins.  Almonds, cashews, and other nuts comprise much of the dairy alternatives in the industry today.  However, based on today’s price, they can’t create comparable products with dairy because they are too expensive and they're hard to scale. They take too much time, space, water, and human labor. Conversely, seeds are estimated to be seven to eight times less expensive and to grow fifty to seventy times faster than nuts.  

 The Original Sunflower Cream Cheese: is made from simple, clean ingredients like sunflower seeds, water, probiotic cultures, and has a creamy, classic flavor. Eat this for a tasty swap out of Philadelphia cream cheese!

Alternative Goat Cheese: ‘Plant-based’ Goat Cheese has a taste that's so incredibly similar to animal-based goat cheese, you'd have to taste it to believe it!


They are all made with simple, natural ingredients as well as antioxidants and probiotics. Plus, sunflowers use much less water, air, and land than nut and dairy products. It’s plant-based, keto-friendly, and allergen-friendly. 


Spero’s plant-based proteins pack a punch with essential nutrients that give you energy and help your body feel supported.  Additionally, their products contain Vitamin E and vitamins, and minerals like selenium, magnesium, zinc, and B vitamins.  


Sustainability is also a priority at Spero.  Spero chooses simple, minimal ingredients that require as little water as possible. Their key ingredient, sunflower seeds, uses upwards of 96 percent less water than nuts.  Also, as sunflowers are their main ingredient, Spero uses 97 percent less land than cashews to produce, which can save forests and protect trees.  Spero also aims to keep our air pure, clean, and safe by using sunflowers, which emits 99 percent less CO2/CH4 than dairy. 

I received complimentary product.

ManukaGuard Kid’s Nasal Spray


ManukaGuard Kid’s Nasal Sprays

A natural alternative to cleanse and moisturize their children’s nasal passages safely and effectively. 

The cleansing and moisturizing action of Medical Grade Mānuka honey is documented in peer-reviewed, published research. ManukaGuard’s Nasal Sprays are formulated to deliver the optimal amount of honey in a fine mist. 

Traceable from the hive to your home, these bees extract sweet nectar from Leptospermum plants and contain unique healing properties not found in other honeys. Purified using a proprietary process, the honey is cleansed of any impurities that are not a naturally occurring part of the honey. The purification process strengthens the active fractions in the honey, further improving on mother natures’ work, providing quality control and safety.  

Also available at CVS


Medical-Grade Mānuka honey MGO 400, saline solution, vegetable glycerin, natural fruit and plant extracts, citric and ascorbic acids (Vitamin C), and purified water.

I received complimentary product.

Friday, September 23, 2022

Unwind With Ulysses Press and Rocky Nook Books

Weed Gummies Cookbook

By Monica Lo

Create delicious cannabis confections with this user-friendly guide to making THC- and CBD-infused gummies, jellies, soft caramels, hard candies, and more delicious edibles!


Homemade edibles are cost-effective, discreet, and delicious! This practical cookbook is the go-to resource for the cannabis curious of all levels and offers approachable ways to incorporate a variety of cannabinoids into your routine. With step-by-step instructions and color photos, you’ll also get pro tips for safely handling and labeling your confections. Get inspired to create your own special gummies and candies that are even better than your average dispensary-bought treats! Inside you’ll find weed-infused recipes like:

  • Sour Green Apple Gummies
  • Lavender Chamomile Sleep Gummies
  • Mocha Caramels
  • Honey Elderberry Lozenges

Take your cannabis cooking skills to the next level and get your sugar fix with this ultimate cookbook.


How 32 Artists Enhance and Sustain Inspiration

Learn how cannabis can help spark your creativity!

Cannabis has long been used and revered for its many benefits, from its widely acknowledged medical applications to its commonly accepted ability to help people relax. And now, with the list of states and countries legalizing marijuana usage for all purposes growing rapidly, we’ve finally reached a tipping point where cannabis is achieving a level of mainstream acceptance and usage, especially among artists. Many established and aspiring artists are looking to cannabis use to aid in their creativity—whether that’s to expand the imagination, connect disparate ideas, take artistic risks, or myriad other ways to create and generate work.

In Cannabis for Creatives, photographer and cannabis advocate Jordana Wright provides what you need to know to take full advantage of cannabis’s potential in your creative work. She begins with the basics—how cannabis grows, how it is ingested, and the nuances of variety—then works through both the history of cannabis usage and all the pertinent details of the plant itself—lineage, strains, appearance, flavor, terpenes, and the types of high you can experience. Jordana also discusses the neuroscience of cannabis use, including how it affects the brain and how science measures creativity.

Then, Jordana reveals her findings after conducting more than 30 interviews with artists, including photographers, writers, sculptors, painters, actors, comedians, and musicians as she investigates how these artists use cannabis in their work—including what strains work best for them—and how it has helped them become more creative, increase their artistic output, and have creative breakthroughs. The book also features a series of creative prompts that you can use as guided creative experiences in your own creative work.



Essential Lessons for Creating Stylish Designs to Wear and Give

Celebrate your relationships and express your style with the ultimate guide to creating friendship bracelets! Friendship bracelets aren’t just for summer camp anymore. They have exploded in popularity as a creative and thoughtful way to share a connection with loved ones, even from far away. Author Masha Knots is the go-to friendship bracelet expert, she has amassed a following on YouTube and Instagram for her colorful, creative designs and her easy-to-follow instructions. Now, with this book she is sharing all her bracelet tips and tricks as well as her favorite designs.

Featuring an array of patterns from simple to more advanced, Masha will cover all the basics needed to get started, including the best materials to use, knotting techniques, and easy embellishments and customization tricks for adding your own flair. Whether creating a one-of-a-kind gift for a friend or stylish accessories for yourself, this book will make anyone a bracelet making pro

 I received complimentary copies.

Yoga Animals: 32 Poses from the Wild by Emily Sharratt

Yoga Animals: 32 Poses from the Wild

Written by yoga instructor Emily Sharratt and featuring incredible artwork from artist Jade Mosinski, alongside step-by-step instructions for each pose, this is an essential manual and celebration of yoga. As every yoga practitioner knows, many of the key asanas (or poses) and breath exercises are inspired by the animal kingdom. From camels to cobras, and from lizards to lions, so many animals have loaned their characteristics and shape as well as their name to the practice of yoga. Whether you're channeling the flamboyance of a peacock or the pride and power of an eagle, you are part of an old and beautiful tradition, and one that is practiced all over the world. The format of the book follows the template of a full, well-rounded yoga session, incorporating stretching, strengthening, energizing and calming elements, while drawing on a number of different yoga styles, from vinyasa flows to more static Yin poses.Yoga Animals is a beautiful collection of poses based in the natural world, which will show you how to embrace this within each yoga session. Perfect for: • Gift for yoga enthusiasts • Yoga practitioners looking to learn about the origins of the poses • Readers who appreciate beautiful artwork • Animal lovers

About the author: 

Emily Sharratt is an editor, writer and qualified yoga instructor. She has been teaching for over seven years, as well as having a regular practice for almost twenty. Her teaching method encompasses a range of yoga styles, from vinyasa flow to yin, and she considers the final relaxation the most important part of a class.

Emily's favorite yoga animal pose is eka pada rajakapotasana (one-legged king pigeon), but she also enjoys working on her eka pada galavasana (flying pigeon) and pincha mayurasana (feathered peacock). Emily lives in London with her daughter, whose favorite yoga pose is a three-legged downward dog-headstand hybrid of her own invention. 

Cassandra’s Review-
Taking time out of a super busy day, especially for single moms can be a real treat. This book provides great easier techniques that are explained so that anyone who is learning can find more information while visibly checking the poses to see if it’s being done correctly. Each animal has a little added bit of tips.  

 I received a complimentary copy

Tuesday, September 20, 2022

Watch Legacy Peak on Pure Flix starting September 22nd #LegacyPeakMIN #MomentumInfluencerNetwork

 Many thanks to Pure Flix for providing a sample of the product for this review. Opinions are 100% my own.

Legacy Peak will be exclusively on Pure Flix starting September 22nd!

 “Legacy Peak” is an inspiring family adventure movie about perseverance and moving on from the past.

“Legacy Peak” is a thrilling adventure that the whole family can enjoy.

 “Legacy Peak” is a movie about pushing past your fear to start a new adventure.

Synopsis: Jason wants nothing more than to have Noelle’s kids like him. But when a perfectly planned trip to a mountain cabin falls apart, the ensuing adventure could tear them apart or bring them closer than they ever imagined. Together they'll discover how to trust again and what it means to be a family. 

Cassandra’s Review-  With a journey, tribulation and rather curt ending this is a family friendly reminder that with the right blends anything is possible. 

The Modern Mimosa

Mayne & Co. handcrafts the modern mimosa with style, zest, and flavor, sure to be your next favorite beverage in a can. Prepare to stimulate your taste buds and add color to your Instagram feeds as you share your enjoyment in partaking in natural ingredients with a kick. Sip sustainably grown Italian wine blended with a splash of organic California orange juice anywhere, anytime. There are so many reasons to say “cheers” this fall season. Every day is a reason to sparkle with this delicious brand. Refreshingly simple, effortlessly portable.

I received complimentary product. 

Monday, September 19, 2022

4 Books from National Geographic Kids Giveaway

Sponsored By: National Geographic Kids

Hosted By: Love, Mrs. Mommy

Winner Will Receive: 

This 4 Book Collection from National Geographic Kids! 

A $85 RV!

 Animal Encyclopedia, 2nd Edition: 2,500 Animals with Photos, Maps and More! (ages 8-12, hardcover, $24.99)

almanac 2023, greek mythology, animal encyclopedia, 5,000 awesome facts
Open To US entrants and must be 18+ to enter
Giveaway Dates ~ 9/19 9:00AM EST through 10/17 11:59PM EST

Disclosure: Love, Mrs. Mommy and all participating bloggers are not held responsible for sponsors who do not fulfill their prize obligations. This giveaway is in no way endorsed or sponsored by Facebook or any other social media site. The winner will be randomly drawn by Giveaway Tools and will be notified by email. Winner has 48 hours to reply before a replacement winner will be drawn.

Thursday, September 15, 2022

Milkboy Swiss Chocolate Drink

Milkboy Swiss Chocolates has launched its newest product, Milkboy Swiss Chocolate Drink.  With a rich, velvety mouthfeel, the decadent Swiss Chocolate Drink is a dairy-free, gluten-free, GMO-free cacao powder.  Made in Switzerland, Milkboy Swiss Chocolate Drink can be used to make hot cocoa or chocolate milk 

Users just add 1-2 tablespoons to hot or cold milk (or milk substitute) and stir to experience authentic Swiss hot chocolate or chocolate milk at home.  Milkboy Swiss Chocolate Drink joins a product line that includes chocolate bars Finest Alpine Milk, Alpine Milk with Roasted Almonds, Alpine Milk with Crunchy Caramel and Sea Salt, White Chocolate with Bourbon Vanilla, Extra Dark 85% Cocoa, Finest 72% Cocoa with Fresh Roasted Coffee, and Finest 72% Cocoa with Crispy Mint.

“We’re thrilled to introduce this wonderful new product,” said Milkboy founder Emanuel Schmerling.  “We spent a lot of time perfecting the recipe of our new Swiss Chocolate Drink and are very proud of the final product. We’re looking forward to introducing this authentic Swiss experience, which can be enjoyed year-round, to North American markets.”

About Milkboy Swiss Chocolates

Milkboy Swiss Chocolates is on a mission to source the finest quality, natural and sustainable ingredients in order to create extraordinary chocolate and practice traditional and iconic Swiss chocolate manufacturing without compromise or shortcuts. Chocolates are produced in Switzerland from milk sourced from the Swiss Alpine region. Milkboy Swiss Chocolates is a 5-time sofi Award winner for Best Chocolates, including a 2021 sofi Gold Award for the Best Milk Chocolate, and 5-time Great Taste Award winner.  The chocolates are gluten-free, non-GMO, soy-free and certified Kosher.  Milkboy chocolate uses only Rainforest Alliance-certified cocoa in its chocolate products and Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) certified paper for its packaging.  

  Follow Milkboy on Instagram or Facebook @milkboychocolate.

 I received complimentary product.  

Wednesday, September 7, 2022

Heat Holders Keeps You Toasty


Heat Holders® Women's (Ladies) Hats are exceptionally thermally effective, with HeatWeaver® thermal lining, a luxurious, plush fur-like insulating fabric, that maximizes the amount of warm air held close to the skin.

It also feels so soft and silky, it's bliss to pull on when the weather turns colder! 

With the cold weather quickly approaching and energy prices at an all time high, everyone is looking for ways to reduce utility bills while still staying warm. By lowering your thermostat just one degree for 8 hours, you can save 1-2% on your overall bill, and with Heat Holders, you won’t have to compromise on staying warm. 

Heat Holders have been recognized as the world’s warmest socks, being 7x warmer than cotton socks and 3x warmer than ordinary thermal socks. Available in three different warmth profiles, Heat Holders assures that their high-performance insulation will eliminate the worry of cold fingertips, ears, or toes! On top of socks, they offer hats, gloves, and even neckwarmers, so if you want to save money and reduce your carbon footprint, this is the solution for you. 

I received complimentary product.

Saturday, September 3, 2022

Mommy’s Playbook’s 9th Birthday Huge Giveaway

Welcome to Mommy’s Playbook’s 9th Birthday Bash!

Hosted By: Mommy's Playbook 

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The giveaway ends 9/17 at 1159 pm est

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Parma! Vegan Parmesan

 Parma! Vegan Parmesan Offers Cheese Lovers A Delectably Nutritious Range of Dairy-Free, Protein-Rich Condiments Ideal For Main Dishes, Salads, Pizza & More!

Parma! is a plant-based umami superfood line of convenient and affordable products that are Paleo and Keto-friendly, a complete protein, dairy-free, soy-free, gluten-free, non-GMO and Certified Kosher.


In addition, all four raw nut and seed-based Parma! flavors contain whole raw ingredients, are low in sodium, heart-healthy, packed with essential B vitamins and trace minerals, replete with beneficial animo acids and an excellent source of healthy oils. Created in Oregon just over 15 years ago by Sister River Foods’ founder Shannon Schnibbe (Tofurky founder Seth Tibbott is an ongoing Advisor), Parma! was established in response to a rapidly-growing need within the vegetarian marketplace for a breakthrough allergen-free parmesan alternative.



Available in health stores nationwide as well as on the brand new www.eatparma.com site, Amazon, VitaCost and other online retailers, Parma! is ideal for environmentally conscious consumers, vegans, vegetarians, flexitarians and all health conscious eaters. Unlike some other vegan cheese alternatives, Parma! has also proven highly appealing to mainstream cheese aficionados who are ready to eschew traditional cheese so long as a healthier option boasting authentic flavor, aroma and texture is available.

Sold in 3.5 and 7-ounce bottles, Parma! can be savored on pasta, lightly steamed vegetables, pizza, salads, potatoes, avocado toast, popcorn and countless other hor d'oeuvres, main dishes and desserts. 

Parma! varieties include:

  • Original Parma! – Featuring an irresistibly cheesey umami flavor. Ingredients: Nutritional Yeast, Organic SunflowerSeeds, Walnuts, Himalayan Crystal Salt, Organic Hemp Seeds.


  • Better Than Bacon Parma! – Voted Favorite Bacon Flavored Product by VegNews and featuring a smokey cheesey umami bacon flavor. Ingredients:  Nutritional Yeast, Organic Sunflower Seeds, Walnuts, Ground Paprika, Organic Dried Onion, Natural Flavor, Organic Brown Sugar, Himalayan Crystal Salt, Smoked Salt, Organic Hemp Seeds.


  • Chipotle Cayenne Parma! – Blessed with a smokey umami flavor akin to the most popular barbeque potato chips, with a slight cayenne kick at the end. Ingredients: Nutritional Yeast, Organic SunflowerSeeds, Walnuts, Organic Ground Chipotle Pepper, Himalayan Crystal Salt, Organic Hemp Seeds, Organic Onion Powder, Organic Ground Cayenne Pepper.


  • Garlicky Green Parma! – Distinguished by a cheesey umami Italian herb flavour complemented by nutritiously delicious kelp, pumpkin and sesame seeds. Ingredients: Nutritional Yeast, Organic SunflowerSeeds, Walnuts, Organic Pumpkin Seeds, OrganicDried Garlic, Himalayan Crystal Salt, Organic Hemp Seeds, Organic Sesame Seeds, Organic Kelp Powder, Organic Dried Basil, Organic Dried Oregano.

For parmesan lovers in Europe (in other words – just about everyone!), Parma! also offers a specially branded line called Shake! Original featuring a mouth-wateringly cheesey umami flavor and such ingredients as nutritional yeast, raw organic sunflower seeds, raw walnuts, raw organic pumpkin seeds, raw organic hemp seeds, and Himalayan crystal salt.

I received complimentary product. 

Check Out The Fall Reads @Zonderkidz

Beautiful Books For Fall Reading @Zonderkidz

Literary Critters: William Shakesbears Journey for Inspiration 
(General Market) by Sophie Corrigan
9780310734093; Hardcover; 
Literary Critters soars with imagination as it introduces young readers to iconic authors like William Shakesbear, Beatrix Trotter, Crane Austen, Edgar Talon Crow, Yak Kerouac, and many more while promoting the importance of reading and storytelling in a whimsical and inventive way.
Lets Learn About the Forest: A Seek-and-Find Story through Gods Creation by Katelyn VanKooten
9780310751809Board Book; 
Lets Learn About the Forest is an interactive oversized board book that encourages little ones to use their imaginations and power of discovery to find the different animals and items in the forest God created. As they do, they will also learn interesting facts about the animals and their habitats. All I Am: A Catholic Devotional for Discovering Who You Are in God by Caroline Pignat - Published by Zondervan YA
9780310751533; Hardcover
All I Am is a Catholic devotional for ages 13 and up that uses God’s biblical attributes to explore the reader’s five core needsbelonging, identity, security, ability, and purposeand show how God meets those needs. As readers learn more about the truth of who God is (loving) they gain a deeper understanding of who they are (loved).

A Mindful Moment: 5-Minute Meditations and Devotions by Irene Kraegel - Published by Zondervan YA
9780310777663; Hardcover
A Mindful Moment is a teen devotional that explores how to let go of negative emotions and restless thoughts and find the still, small voice of God deep within. 
I received complimentary Copies. 

Gods Creation: Help Tell the Story by Joanne Liu
An interactive picture book that uses bold conceptual art and easy-to-understand directions to keep little hands busy, and connects children to the story of God’s creation of the world.

Thursday, September 1, 2022

Bodies, Brains, and Boogers by Dr. Paul Ian Cross

Bodies, Brains, and Boogers

Dr. Paul Ian Cross
Illus. by Steve Brown
Welbeck Children's
July 2022
$12.95/$16.99 Canada
Hardcover | 5 x 8
208 pages | Ages 9-14


A whirlwind tour of everything that's disgusting, unusual and amazing about the human body.
Kids will find out everything about poop, pus and boogers, while learning a whole lot about how our bodies work hard in hundreds of fascinating ways to keep us alive. With tons of hilarious and informative illustrations, it includes flashes of Paul Ian Cross's trademark laugh-out-loud humor, in-depth knowledge and infectious optimism.

The perfect funny, accessible way for kids to discover everything they ever wanted to know about the human body but were too grossed-out to ask!

From the author-illustrator team of How to Vanquish a Virus.

I received a complimentary copy.