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Discover New Italian Products in the Nonna Box

Discover New Italian Products in the Nonna Box…

Thank you to my new Italian friend, Guido, for my beautifully presented Nonna Box. Even before seeing all of the ingredients, recipes, and stories about Nonna, we were so impressed with the packaging and presentation.

My neighbor, who is also Italian, was especially excited because her children call their grandmother Nonna. After using the ingredients I needed, I gifted the box, recipes, and Moscato Wine Cream to her. She is a fabulous cook and will make the very best of it!

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I am a simple cook, so I stuck with the Carnaroli Rice. Easy to make, yet delicious. Cooked with olive oil, white wine, and vegetable broth, this easy dish will fill you up. Top it with saved parmesan cheese for an extra layer of flavor.

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The Corn Cookies are absolutely delicious! Just like corn bread, but prettier and with a delightful crunch. We use the Acacia Honey in our tea and as a dip for apples.

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Visit their website and find out more about Guido and his Nonna. Then order a Nonna Box for yourself!

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Fitness Trackers: Who Uses Them and Why?

Fitness Trackers: Who Uses Them and Why?

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Back in the day, I used a pedometer as a fitness tracker. It was always fun working toward those 10,000 steps a day. Well now, of course, the gadgets are much more sophisticated and technological. I tried a Fitbit for less than a day and decided it wasn’t for me. It was as simple as not wanting something on my wrist. I had given up watches a long time ago. My skin had become increasingly sensitive to all sorts of jewelry.

So, it got me thinking. I seem to be the only person in the world who doesn’t use some sort of fitness tracker. That can’t be true, so I conducted a little survey of my Facebook friends to find out. They were asked the following questions:

  • Do you use a fitness tracker and why?
  • If you don’t use a fitness tracker, what is your reason?
  • If you would like to use one, but haven’t purchased one yet, why not?

The overall results came to this:

  • 15 people answered my survey
  • 4 people have never used one
  • 1 person used to use one and doesn’t anymore
  • 10 people use one and love it

What they said about NOT using one:

  • “I heard they aren’t really as accurate as they claim. I also don’t want to become obsessed with tracking.”
  • “I know if I am fit. I know myself well.”
  • “I try to live in the dark ages without technology tracking my every move.” (my personal favorite response)

The response I found interesting was the one from the person who used to have one and got rid of it:

“It gave me a false sense of working out which led to entitlement eating.” She went on to discuss the difference between the benefits of walking versus focus on body composition. She wanted to pay more attention to weight lifting, cardio, yoga, and Pilates.

Of those who use them, there were six with Fitbits, two with Garmin Vivos, and two with Apple Watches. Fitbits tend to have charging issues. Those who have the Garmins switched because they were tired of charging the Fitbit or had gone through so many. Apple Watch looks like the most comprehensive and convenient, doing much more than tracking fitness activity.

One responder mentioned that her husband’s insurance company gives them points for using their Fitbit Flex 2, which they can convert into cash. She almost has me sold!

This is one of those instances where the phrase to each his own is appropriate. Whether you use one or not and which one you use all depends on personal preference. And that’s what makes the world go ‘round.

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Thank you to Fitness Jockey for the opportunity to chime in on the subject of fitness trackers. Hop on over there for this article:

10 Best Fitness Trackers of 2017 – Full Buyers Guide

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Mickey Mouse and Rapunzel Explore Music with Hal Leonard

Thank you to Waldmania PR for my complimentary Musical Exploration books from Hal Leonard.

Emma was so excited to sing along with Rapunzel’s book when we received it, but she had a cold, so she had to hold back and let me do the singing. My highs and lows and slides made her giggle.

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There is no doubt that Emma LOVES to sing! She will sing wherever and whenever she can. She sings at the dinner table, while dancing, coloring, and even in the bathroom. She also loves to tell stories through song, almost in an operatic fashion.

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Mickey and his friends love to make instruments just like Emma. She has made shakers and drums and keeps them around for spontaneous music time. She also loves the opportunity to design the outside like Mickey shows you how to do.

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Learn lots more from Waldmania PR:

Tangled: It’s Better When You Sing It – A Musical Exploration Storybook

Graced with the charming familiarity of Tangled-inspired illustrations, this innovative musical exploration storybook integrates thoughtful activities right in the engaging narrative. Rapunzel shows youngsters that everything is better when they sing! Learning about music becomes an exciting adventure with this playful story that encourages children to experience the joy of singing while they discover the qualities of their own unique voice. Along the way, they’ll explore concepts like tempo, pitch awareness, proper breathing, careful listening, using music to express feelings, and much more.

Mickey’s Found Sounds -A Musical Exploration Storybook
The Main Street Parade has been rained out, but Mickey, Minnie, and Goofy, along with Donald and Daisy Duck and all their friends, form their own parade playing musical instruments they have made from everyday items found around the house. Children will follow simple instructions and share with Mickey and his pals the fun of playing music with instruments they create themselves. This exploration storybook combines music making with imaginative play, following directions to create crafts, and experiencing the sounds of different instruments.

Authored by a Hal Leonard team of artists, designers, writers, music educators, songwriters, and music producers, and based on an early childhood music curriculum commissioned by Disney Learning, each of these hardcover picture books includes not only a charming, colorfully illustrated story that’s perfect for ages 4 – 8, but also an array of musical exploration activities. To add to the fun, additional online activities, including video read-alongs, audio sing-alongs, and more, are provided for each title on the Hal Leonard Explore Music website.

Singing and making music are wonderful ways to bond and nurture physical, emotional, and social development. Helpful suggestions for parents and caregivers about incorporating music into the life of a young child are included in each book.

Tangled: It’s Better When You Sing It – A Musical Exploration Storybook
Publication date: May 2017
Publisher: Hal Leonard Corporation
SRP: $14.99
Length: 32 pages
Format: Hardcover, plus online activities
Suggested age range: 4 – 8

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Mickey’s Found Sounds -A Musical Exploration Storybook
Publication date: May 2017
Publisher: Hal Leonard Corporation
SRP: $14.99
Length: 32 pages
Format: Hardcover, plus online activities
Suggested age range: 4 – 8

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Busy Beauty Shave Gel: Great for Busy Moms!

 

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Thank you to Busy Beauty for my free sample of  Showerless Shave Gel. There are a  few things I like about it:

  • the retro design and color scheme
  • moisturizing effect after my shave
  • perfect for those busy mom times when a shower isn’t possible
  • razor can be rinsed later or if disposable, tossed out

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Learn more at Busy Beauty:

  • SHAVE WITHOUT WATER – no need to lather, rinse, or wash. Perfect for travel, exercise, small showers, mobility issues, or simply want to shave where is comfortable for you. No need for shower mirrors when shaving
  • 3-IN-1 PRE-SHAVE, SHAVE AND POST-SHAVE moisturizing lubricants & lotion hydrate keeping your skin soft and looking refreshed.
  • PERFECT FOR SENSITIVE SKIN – Contains soothing Natural Essential Oils of Eucalyptus, Clove, Ginger, Oat and Tea Tree mean no razor burn, no shaving irritation. no ingrown hairs and yes… smooth beautiful skin.
  • ENVIROMENTALLY CONSCIOUS – Paraben free, alcohol free, cruelty free and 100% vegan.
  • TSA APPROVED – 3.4 Oz Travel Size: easy to bring anywhere, on-the-go. Fits easily into a purse or bathroom cabinet.

 

Be prepared for ANY hairy situation.

Now you can shave anywhere, anytime without the need for water or a shower.

Whether you’re travelling, in a rush, find your shower stuff, or simply no in the mood, our Showerless Shave® Gel has you covered.

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Get ready for school and save 25% on Label Daddy!

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Get ready for school and save 25% on Label Daddy peel and stick custom name labels! Label Daddy is the number one solution for labeling your belongings! No ironing or sewing . . . just peel and stick. Their exclusive laminated coating gives labels an extra layer of protection and is a must for school! Remember to label all clothing, books, bags, sports equipment, musical instruments, electronics, and other personal belongings your kids bring to school, camp, sports leagues, day care, vacation, and other places Label Daddy labels keep them from getting lost or mixed up with others. These convenient labels are great for adults too! — Put them on your sunglass/eyeglass case, phone, camera, sports equipment, tablet, e-reader, hats, clothing, and more.

These labels are super durable peel-and-stick washable labels — they’re washer/dryer safe, microwave safe, dishwasher safe and UV resistant! Label Daddy labels are also fun and attractive. You design your own labels! Pick from tons of colors, sizes and logos, including professional sports team logos (NBA, MLB, NHL), classic clip art icons, Emojis, kids’ icons (princesses, trucks, and monsters), and more. These labels are made in the USA and shipped directly to you worldwide.

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