Product Review: Farmer’s Pantry Snacks

Farmer’s Pantry is debuting a new line of foods that take “farm to table” to a whole new level! Imagine a crispy, soulful snack that tastes like the top of a freshly baked corn muffin! Yes, the flavor is that unique, my testers claimed, “unlike any other snack chip out there”. And, fresh and crispy – my fav things to look for in a snack food.

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New York, New York (April, 2016) Farmer’s Pantry, the proudly American new snack brand, debuts the first in its line of exciting new snacks: Farmer’s Pantry Cornbread Crisps. Farmer’s Pantry snacks are always made in America with ingredients you would only find in a farmer’s pantry and always grown on U.S. family farms. These delicious snacks are perfect anytime during the day, for travel, hikes or to pack in your gym bag or purse.

Farmer’s Pantry Cornbread Crisps, available in Original and Jalapeno flavors, are a crispy, savory snack that tastes as mouth-wateringly delicious as the first bite of a slice of corn bread or corn muffin. Made from fresh corn and other whole grains grown on American farms.

Josh Chaitovsky, co-founder and CEO of Farmer’s Pantry. “We believe it’s high-time for snacks to resolve the trade-off between being wholesome, made from natural ingredients and delicious. But to be truly sustainable, we also pledge to give back to our American farmers, and to hungry Americans in need, by supporting important charities such as Veterans Farm, Farm Aid, and The Family Farm charities.”

Farmer’s Pantry Cornbread Crisps are available in Original and Jalapeno flavors, in two sizes: 6-ounce bags of regular size Cornbread Crisps and 2-ounce bags of bite-sized Cornbread Crisps and retail in the $3.99 range for 6oz bags, and under $2.00 for 2oz bags.

Farmer’s Pantry creates hearty, tasty American snacks from freshly grown vegetables sourced on local American farms. Cornbread Crisps are the first of their incredible line of innovative, healthy snacks that are sure to “feed your hunger.” Visit Farmer’s Pantry online at www.farmerspantry.farm. TRY SOME!

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Travel Accessories (& quick travel tips for road trips with young kids)

A recent spot I did that highlights some quick travel tips with young kids… http://fb.me/2GFLaKPsK

With warm weather upon us, it is time to start prepping for annual family road trips and weekend getaways!
The safety of young kids when traveling is always at the top of the planning list as road trips can quickly go from spontaneous to stressful. To keep kids safe and parents sane this year, it’s helpful to have the right car seats and travel accessories and for mom and dad to be organized.

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Here are some products I tried on a recent trip:
Diono Radian RXT car seat: Convertible booster, fits 3 across in most mid-size vehicles, reinforced adjustable head support provides additional side impact protection, folds flat for travel and is FAA certified. (Amazon, SRP 359.99)

Diono Stow n Go: Keeps everything organized, seatback organizer has seven full sized pockets and two drink holders in a very sturdy, washable, waterproof fabric. (Amazon, SRP $10.99)

Diono Travel Pal: Deep cargo bin for toys, books and lots of pockets for smaller items, insulated drink holders and entire cargo area is waterproof. (Amazon, SRP $15.99)

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Travel Product Review: Snyder of Berlin Snacks

Hello cheesy snack lovers! Snyder of Berlin has a new line. These fun snacks are bursting with the cheesiest flavor ever.

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The “Fun for You” refreshed Cheese Snack line is made from a new cheese formula, and is the cheesiest ever, with 2 kinds of real cheese: Hearty cheddar and Tangy blue specially blended for intense deliciousness.

Snyder of Berlin Cheese Curls & Corn are baked with real cheese, which is a secret blend of two kinds of cheese for an extra-intense flavor; additionally they are Gluten free, with NO preservatives and 0 grams of Trans fat.

Snyder of Berlin Puff-n-Corn with a melt-in-your mouth quality due to the unique “hulless” quality, this snack is available in Original, Cheese and White Cheddar flavors. (note: this is a nice snack for little ones as they have no hulls young kids can choke on)

My favorite part was how fresh the snacks were. They have a saying, “from (factory) floor to store in one week” and you can tell – no stale texture. My second compliment, the flavoring is spot on…cheesy enough to be “cheesy fingers good” but not too powdery.

Kids will love having these for snack time or traveling on road trips.

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www.snyderofberlin.com

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National Geographic Kids Books Highlight US National Parks

Timed to the 100th anniversary of the National Parks in 2016, National Geographic celebrates “The Year of the Parks” with new children’s books designed to introduce young readers to the wonder and beauty of our nation’s parks.

NPS spread 2NPS spread 1National Geographic Kids National Parks Guide USA: takes kids on a journey to National Parks across the United States. Each region is broken down with maps , lists of must-do activities, fun facts, and more.

I liked how a few pages in each chapter are devoted to special interest, such as “spooky” sites like an island prison or a UFO hot spot (example: pg 80-81). Another few pages (50-51) itemize a suitcase checklist with pictures of must-haves to pack.512zXCreQaL__SX331_BO1,204,203,200_PastedGraphic-1

And when you go to a National Park what options do you have? Ride the Rails? Follow the Falls? Bike it? and my favorite, Rock Stars…like Ice Box Cave. Helpful color photographs, checklists, and suggested bicycling and spelunking excursions round out this comprehensive guide. $14.95. Ages 8-12.

Great add-ons for the car ride include: Junior Ranger Activity Book with games, trivia, and jokes inspired by the Junior Ranger program ($14.99) and the Funny Fill-in with goofy fill-in-the-blank, colorful artwork, and wacky bonus facts ($4.99).

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Spring Break Travel Tips


Click on Spring Break Travel for some quick tips with young kids…

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Stocking Stuffer Idea for Travel Moms

The wallet that will change your life!

Juggling work, school and family can be challenging so anything that makes life easier is much-needed! Introducing the CardNinja!

The CardNinja is a spandex pocket with 3M adhesive that attaches to the back of any smartphone or case and keeps your ID, cash and up to 8 cards secure. Pick from six great colors (Black, Gray, Gold, Eggplant, Magenta and Blue) and new patterns (Hawaiian, Paisley, Cheetah, Zebra, Gold Polka Dot) to match your phone and your style.

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It’s the perfect lightweight solution when you’re on the go and don’t need to carry a bulky wallet or heavy purse around. Maybe a crowded club, workout, or a large event where security is tight and purses aren’t allowed (ex. concerts or sporting events).

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U.S. on high security and purses banned? No problem. Everything we need to enjoy the game is all here!

CardNinja retails at $9.95 and is available online and in over 7,000 locations nationwide including Amazon Prime, CVS, select Verizon stores and all Microcenter locations. CardNinja is the perfect present for anyone and everyone, even YOU!

 For more information or a sample, please visit www.cubi.co

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TRAVEL PRODUCT REVIEW: Superfood Treats to Replace Roadtrip Sweets

The holidays are almost here and keeping kids fueled through long and hectic travels to grandma and grandpa’s house can be a chore.

Feeling guilty about them eating Grandma’s famous cookies or those tempting candy canes? Don’t…

Because on the way to Grandma’s house (and in between holiday treats) you can offer them a healthier, but fun, option.

Introducing Slammers Snacks, tasty, superfood greek yogurt snacks designed to fuel kids with organic fruits and vegetables.

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Each flavor introduces kids to fruits such as mangos, acai, yumberries, kiwis, and pomegranates, and serves as a great source of essential vitamins. Two flavors introduced this year also come packed with seven grans of protein – perfect for active kids (note: the protein enhanced smoothies have a slight whey protein taste so are best for active kids who are used to protein shakes).

Most importantly, kids love the flavor! My kid-testers gobbled these up!

Slammers and kidsAvailable at Target and Meijer stores. http://slammerssnacks.com/

 

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Art + Community + City = #NewCMA

This fresh museum is where creativity and daily life in the city of Columbus come together.
Why expand? In 1931 CMA owned 500 pieces of art and had 10 gallery spaces. Today, the collection has grown to more than 10,000, yet the same 10 galleries remain, and the endowment has more than doubled in size. The expansion will allow the museum to highlight the collection, welcome exciting special exhibitions and nurture the culture of creativity in Columbus. 
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A few notes about the Museum:
  • In 2013, the Columbus Museum of Art received the National Medal for Museum and Library Service for its dedication to making the museum a hub for lifelong learning.
  •  Sundays are FREE
  •  the Center for Creativity is a family-friendly experience, complete with hands-on activities, such as sculpture making, a Creativity Challenge, and an interactive Wonder Room, where visitors interact with art as well as create art. (this space was super engaging)wonder_room
  • Embark on a scavenger hunt, imagine yourselves inside a painting, or discover a work of art that tells a family story during Family Adventure Tours.
  • Browse for art kits, illustrated books, coloring books and artsy toys that cultivate creativity in the Museum Store.
  • Savor a quick treat or snack in Schokko Art Cafe with a special $5.00 Kids Menu.

CMA and the Museum Store are open Tuesday through Sunday from 10:00 am to 5:00 p.m., and until 9:00 p.m. every Thursday. Museum admission is $12 for adults; $8 for seniors and students 17 and older with valid ID; $5 for students 6-17; and free for members and children 5 and younger. Admission is free for all on Sundays.

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Travel Product Review: Waterwipes

WaterWipes is the world’s only chemical-free baby wipes – just introduced
into the U.S (from Ireland.)

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They can be comforting on a new baby’s skin during the hot summer months, as
they contain only two ingredients: 99.9% water and a tiny droplet of fruit
extract. They also can help avoid diaper rash and won’t irritate other
sensitive skin conditions such as eczema or psoriasis.

Personal testimony: “My (now) teen son has had eczema most of his life. He gets rashes easily…especially in extreme environments like dry cold weather or humid, sweaty hot weather. When we’re on the road, these are perfect for freshening sensitive areas like the neck, elbows, face and behind knees.”

 

Personal testimony: (Erin J) “I love that they are thick enough to stay moist, but still gentle! I also like that I can use on her mouth, bum, whatever!”

Perfect for road trips and travel as wipes can also be used on hands/faces, etc.

http://waterwipes.com/us

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Travel Product Review: Goodwipes

No Shower? No Toilet Paper? No Problem! – Goodwipes.

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Need to freshen up while on a layover?

At a Festival? Port-a-Johns only option? Concerned about TP running out? Or, want better than sandpaper toilet paper?

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When would you use these Body Wipes?
Traveling . Outdoors . Post-Gym . Hiking . Running . Crossfit . Camping . Music Festivals. Forehead Swiping . Obstacle Courses + Mud Runs .

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Cleansing wipes come in handy when…
You’re Traveling. Outdoors . After Exercise . Camping . Hiking . Surfing . Skiing . Commutes . Port-a-Potties . Festivals . Restaurants .

Goodwipes are made from eco-friendly ingredients like tea tree oil, chamomile, lavender and peppermint. The cleansing wipes have similar ingredients plus a light fragrance…different for each gender. Lavendar for ladies. Musky for men.

Freshen up your neck, back, face, underarms, and body with goodwipes Body Wipes. Toss them in your carry-on bag to remove dirt, sweat, oils, bacteria and body odors that naturally build up during the day. Starting at $8 per pack of 10 for Body Wipes. $7 per pack of 30 for Cleansing Wipes. www.goodwipes.com

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