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Saturday, July 23, 2016

Japan Funbox

The Japanese candy that you’ve seen on the web can now arrive straight to your doorsteps.
Melty Strawberry candies
Whistle Candy: Grape Flavor
Pizza Potato Chips 
Slim Ganko Fried Potato
Ume-Pachi candy
Shuwabo candy
Check it all out at Japan Funbox on Facebook, as well as Japan Funbox on Twitter.
 
 

Play Safe This Summer #Infographic

As summertime kicks into full swing, outdoor play becomes a full time job for young children. Summertime is about being active, burning up excess energy and having fun, but it is also a time when we see a 15-27% increase in ER visits for children. Here are seven simple safety tips from PlaySafe.org to ensure that your child's summer is as safe as it is fun:

1. Make adult supervision a crucial part of outdoor play.

2. Watch near water. Kids should never be left alone near "kiddie" pools, swimming pools, beaches, lakes and other bodies of water, no matter what their ages or swim capabilities are. Children under 5 should always be at an arms-length from an adult near water sources.

3. Always keep toys away from unsupervised and high-traffic areas, like driveways and sidewalks, so they don’t lure a child into a dangerous situation.

4. Ride safe. Make sure your kids wear helmets, knee pads and other protective gear when playing with bikes, trikes, scooters and other ride-on toys. Accidental falls are the number one cause of childhood injury, according to the National Center for Injury Prevention and Control.

5. Organize and store toys to prevent slips, trips and falls. If you have access to a garage or outdoor shed, you can designate “parking” spaces for bikes and other ride-on toys, and store smaller items, like skateboards, on shelves.

6. Un-inflated balloons and broken balloon pieces can pose a choking hazard. At parties and other festive events, be sure to supervise children around latex balloons and throw away any broken pieces you find.

7. Be sure to check and follow age guidance on toy packaging. The age-grading doesn’t have anything to do with how smart your child is—it’s safety guidance that’s based on the developmental skills and abilities of children at a given age and the specific features of a toy.
 

Motorcycle Safety #Infographic

Friday, July 22, 2016

Pipcorn #Giveaway

Remember my post about the yummy snack Pipcorn? They would love to offer my readers a giveaway for a chance to win full sized bags of the Truffle and the Sea Salt flavors! Yay! Good luck!

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

4 Ways to Take Sandwiches to the Next Level

Sandwiches are classic and some of the easiest foods to make. They're popular with nearly everyone and even most children. You can even make sandwiches the center point of a meal for an easy and inexpensive dinner. With a few extra tricks, you can take your sandwiches to new heights with gourmet flavor combinations. You'll have a quick and simple meal that's perfect for a family supper or casual dinner party.

1. Grill It!
A hot sandwich is a completely different taste experience than a cold sandwich, even if both have the same ingredients. Grilling your sandwich gives the outside of the bread a new depth of flavor from caramelization and melts the cheese into a gooey texture. The flavorings of the meats, veggies and condiments taste brighter and fresher when warmed. There are several methods for grilling sandwiches: panini press, outdoor grill, griddle pan, or oven. You can experiment to determine which method you like best. Be sure to coat your bread with oil or butter to prevent excess charring.

2. Use Seasonal Ingredients
As with any dish, a sandwich is going to taste better with fresher ingredients. Planning your ingredients around what is available seasonally not only ensures your sandwich will taste great, but also helps keep the cost down. If you can't find many seasonal ingredients in the winter, you can use high-quality canned goods such as marinated artichoke hearts and roasted red peppers. In the summer and fall, you can find inspiration for your sandwiches at your local farmer's market by browsing through the fresh produce available.

3. Choose the Best Bread
As important as the sandwich fillings are, using the right bread is imperative. Choosing artisan bread or a nice roll can make your sandwich feel like a restaurant meal. You can choose the bread based on the sandwich fillings, if you like. For example, choose ciabatta for a sandwich with Mediterranean flavors or use a baguette with French fillings. You can also use a rich bread such as brioche to give your sandwich a slightly sweet flavor and to offset other textures. Rolls are a good choice too, as they are easy to hold and sturdy even with excess filling.

4. Slather on the Spreads
The condiments in your sandwich are just as important as the meats, cheeses and vegetables. They add an extra kick of flavor and keep the texture of the bread moist. Flavored mayo is a good option for most sandwiches, and it's important to choose a taste that complements the other ingredients. Hampton Creek offers several choices of their healthy, egg-free mayo. Oil and vinegar together are another nice touch, especially with rich meats and cheeses as the vinegar will provide balance. Mustard adds spice, and there are several types to choose from such as Dijon or flavored options.

Sandwiches aren't just limited to peanut butter and jelly or ham and cheese. With the right bread, fillings and seasonings, they can be the centerpiece of gourmet meals. Experimenting with unique flavor combinations can give your recipe collection several new additions that are quick and simple to make. Grilling or pressing a sandwich can add a new level of flavor and texture. Rich and flavorful spreads not only provide additional seasonings but can serve as the finishing touch to draw all the flavors and textures together.
 

Monday, July 18, 2016

The Secret Life of Pets Fandango Gift Card #Giveaway

The Secret Life of Pets Fandango collectible gift cards are now available! In celebration of the movie's release, fans can now buy these fun gift cards for their favorite movie lovers in both digital or physical form at fandango.com/giftcards
There is other fun things to do on Fandango as well, such as taking the quiz about which movie pet should belong to you. I got Garfield! Hee hee! What one did you get?

 
 

Saturday, July 16, 2016

Kidz Bop 32 #Summertime2016

 
Track List:
  1. Cake By The Ocean
  2. No
  3. My House
  4. Love Yourself
  5. Don’t Let Me Down
  6. Work
  7. Never Forget You
  8. Out Of The Woods
  9. Hide Away
  10. One Call Away
  11. Just Like Fire
  12. Stressed Out
  13. 7 Years
  14. One Dance
  15. Life Of The Party (KB Original)
 
 

Wewalka Dough

Experience the exquisite European taste of bakery style creations, right in your own kitchen. Wewalka refrigerated dough products are now available right here in the USA to help you quickly and easily prepare inspired recipes with perfect results. Traditional European recipes prepared in the classic tradition using recipes perfected over time, Wewalka incorporates authentic European taste into each of their specialty doughs. From pizza dough inspired by the trattorias in Naples to the flaky croissants baked in Parisian cafes’ to the delicious pastries prepared in Austrian bakeries, Wewalka brings you the true taste of the old country.
We made two of the recipes from the website. They were so good, and pretty easy to make!

 Check it all out at Wewalka on Facebook, as well as Wewalka on Twitter.
 
 

Zach's Wing Sauce #Summertime2016

Making your own wings takes commitment, especially if you're grilling them. Brushing on sauces, marinades, and homemade recipes takes precious moments in preparation, during cooking and cleanup. It also usually results in more product in the grill than on the meat, drags off additional seasonings and (if you dip while you grill), wastes unused product. Not to mention, fingers close to the flame equals more than a couple of singed digits. There is a cure for all of the above.
If you love grilled wings, but don't love the time involved, try spraying them instead! Relinquish all of those added minutes that can turn into hours, those pans, dishes, and bowls that just have to be washed afterward, and the leftover sauces you throw away. With the pull of a trigger (sprayer that is), you can save time, your extremities and your sanity. Forget the fryer and leave the oven out. Killer wings are made on the grill. Grilling keeps the meat crispy on the outside and juicy on the inside. You have ultimate control over the end result. Zach's wing sauces are made for cooking outdoors. The trigger sprayer helps focus the sauce onto your wings, sear in flavor while cooking, and leaves your other hand free for the beverage of your choosing.

 
 

Friday, July 15, 2016

Lugz Zrocs Ice #Giveaway

Lugz product is aggressively styled using the highest quality materials for maximum durability and superior comfort. Lugz footwear features premium leathers and durable construction. Everything is designed with the fashion forward customer in mind. Today Lugz has expanded beyond boots and has added casual shoes, sandals, and athletics to the mix, and the brand can be found at major retailers across the country.
Designed for comfort with a fresh borrowed-from-the-boys option, the Women’s Zrocs Ice are a sporty casual oxford sneaker. Details: Permahide upper, Features a metallic inset “L” logo on the side panel, Stylish shoe lace metal hardware, Cushioned insole, Padded tongue and collar. Super cute! I am in love with my new shoes!!
 
 

Thursday, July 14, 2016

Pusser's Rum Painkiller Recipe And #Giveaway

Rum and the sea are inseparable, and no rum is more akin to the sea and the sailor than Pusser's Rum – the Original Navy Rum. For more than 300 years, from the earliest days of wooden ships and iron men, sailors of Great Britain's Royal Navy were issued a daily ration – or "tot" – of rum by the ship's "Purser" (corrupted by the sailors to Pusser's). Prior to 1740, the men's daily tot of Pusser's Rum was a pint a day, which they drank neat, that is without water! Before battle, they were issued a double 'tot', and always after victory for a job well done! From 1655 to the 19th century, Pusser's Rum was one of the few daily comforts afforded those early seamen of Britain's Navy as they fought around the globe to keep the Empire intact and its sea lanes open. It was not until July 31st, 1970 that the Admiralty Board abolished the daily issue of Pusser's Rum. "Times had changed", they said as they concluded that "in a highly sophisticated navy no risk for margin of error which might be attributable to rum could be allowed". And so it was that the daily issue of Pusser's Rum, which had stood the test of time as the Navy's longest serving tradition for over 300 years, was cast aside like a piece of flotsam and jetsam where it lay quietly until 1979. In 1979, Charles Tobias – entrepreneur, global sailor, raconteur – sought to resurrect the Pusser's Rum tradition. He obtained the rights and all the blending information from the Admiralty, and formed Pusser's Ltd. on Tortola in the British Virgin Islands and began bottling and selling this storied spirit in 1980 to the public for the first time. (Prior to then, it was restricted to the Royal Navy). British Navy Pusser's Rum is the same Admiralty blend of five West Indian rums as issued on board British warships, and it is with the Admiralty's blessing and approval that Pusser's is now available to the consumer. The Royal Navy Sailor's Fund, a naval charity more commonly called the "Tot Fund" receives a substantial donation from the sale of each bottle of British Navy Pusser's Rum. Aside from the fund's original bequest, the Pusser's contribution has become the fund's largest source of income. Today's Pusser's Rum, known as "the single malt of rum" is still produced in exact accordance with the Admiralty's specifications for rum. Unlike most rums, Pusser's uses no flavoring agents. It is 100% natural. Served neat or on the rocks, or mixed in a famous Caribbean inspired recipe – such as the Pusser's Painkiller - you will enjoy the full and natural flavor of Pusser's Rum - and will really discern the big difference between Pusser's and all other rums!
The Iconic Pusser’s Painkiller Secret Formula
Good for everything and probably the smoothest drink you’ll ever taste! A delicious blend of Pusser’s Rum, cream of coconut, pineapple & orange juice served over the rocks so the ice isn’t blended into the drink to dilute its delicious flavor. Depending on the severity of the pain being experienced, you have your choice of Numbers 2, 3 or 4 ~ designating the relative amount of Pusser’s Rum! Be careful, this is a smooth and sneaky drink!

Ingredients
2 oz Pusser’s Rum (or 3, or 4)
4 oz pineapple juice
1 oz orange juice
1 oz cream of coconut
Fresh grated nutmeg

Directions
Add liquid ingredients to a cocktail shaker and shake vigorously. Pour into a big glass or goblet filled with ice. Grate fresh nutmeg on top and enjoy! (Or just buy the mix and the rum and enjoy quickly!)
 
 

Beauty And The Beast Coming March 17th, 2017!

Here is a first look at the teaser poster for Disney’s upcoming live-action re-telling of Beauty And The Beast based on the animated classic which refashions the classic characters and musical numbers from the tale as old as time for a contemporary audience. The film, which stars Emma Watson, Dan Stevens, Luke Evans, Kevin Kline, Josh Gad, Ewan McGregor, Stanley Tucci, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Audra McDonald, with Ian McKellen, and Emma Thompson, opens in theaters everywhere on March 17th, 2017!