The Truvia Baking Star Voting Has Begun

This is a partnered post as part of my Truvia Ambassadorship.

Today is the day where you can go on-line and start voting for your favorite bakers. Participants submitted a video which showcases their baking talents and highlights an original recipe featuring either the NEW Truvia® Brown Sugar Blend or the Truvia® Baking Blend via TruviaBakingStar.com.

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If you remember last month I made Truvia Baking Star Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Cookies and they are so super delicious. I’m thinking of making another batch because I have some leftover pumpkin in the fridge from some pumpkin soup I made last week. I’m also considering just baking up a simple batch of Chocolate Chip Cookies substituting Truvia® Brown Sugar Blend and the Truvia® Baking Blend for brown sugar and regular sugar.

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Truvia baking blend is designed for easy, at-home baking, and is a blend of Truvia® natural sweetener and sugar. Truvia® Baking Blend provides sugar-like taste and texture in recipes, but with 75% fewer calories and twice the amount of sweetness than sugar. Truvia® Baking Blend is available at retail stores nationwide in a 1.5 pound bag with a closeable, easy-to-use pour spout. I love how easy it is to store and pour.

Designed for easy, at-home baking, new Truvia® Brown Sugar Blend is a blend of Truvia® natural sweetener and brown sugar. It provides brown-sugar-like taste and texture in recipes, and is the only brown sugar product that offers 75% fewer calories than brown sugar per serving.

Be sure to visit truviabakingstar.com to see videos of of YouTube’s top foodies, including a gourmet chef and healthy living expert, to launch the Truvia® Baking Star contest. Gaby Dalkin, Byron Talbott, April Moore and Joanne Ozug created a series of recipe videos which all use the new Truvia® Brown Sugar Blend and go vote for your favorite in the contest.

To keep up with Truvia on-line follow them on Pinterest, Facebook and Twitter and www.truvia.com/baking

I’m an ambassador for Truvia and compensated for my time, my opinions are always my own.

Jiff Salted Caramel Flavored Hazelnut Spread Muddy Buddies

When we got home from summer vacation I had samples from Jiff to try, one of those being the Salted Caramel Flavored Hazelnut spread. My kids fell instantly in love and started telling everyone about it. One of the people they told was their on-line teacher who helps me home school and she was so excited from just what they said that she had to go find some for herself. It’s addictive. They were eating it for lunch and for snacks. I managed to save just enough to make Muddy Buddies with.

Salted Caramel Muddy Buddies

 

Salted Caramel Muddy Buddies

Ingredients

4 1/2 cups life cereal
1/2 cup semisweet chocolate chips
1/4 cup Jiff Salted Caramel Flavored Hazelnut Spread
2 Tablespoons butter
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
3/4 cup powdered sugar

1. Measure cereal into a large bowl and set aside.

2. In 1-quart microwavable bowl, microwave chocolate chips, Jiff Salted Caramel Flavored Hazelnut Spread and butter uncovered on high for 30 seconds. Stir. Then Microwave for 15 seconds at a time until well mixed and smooth. Stir in vanilla and pour mixture over the cereal, stirring until evenly coated.

3. Put powdered sugar in a food storage plastic bag, then add the cereal and shake until evenly coated.

Choose Your Own Adventure: Just Jesse the Jack on ABC Zoo

This is a partnered post.

Education is often on my mind and very important to me and I love to find ways to supplement education in a way that makes the kids feel like they are playing, so yes, video games. Video games, iBooks or educational apps are the perfect way to have kids play and learn at the same time.

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There is a new educational app/book on iOS,  Jessie The Jack’s ABC Zoo. This app features animation, narration and video to help children ages 2-6 learn the alphabet in a fun, creative way.  Available on iOS via the iBook and app stores, the iBook retails for $.99 and the app retails for $1.99. Thankfully, an Android version is coming soon.

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With two modes, story and play, children are able to choose their own adventure – from taking a tour through the zoo with Jesse learning an animal for every letter of the alphabet, to playing a “fill in the shape game” matching each animal to his name.

 

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Play mode teaches the alphabet and each animal’s name through a “fill in the shape” game. Animals and letters are randomized, and players must match each animal with the right letter.

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Correct answers are rewarded with Jesse tricks and treats, while wrong answers receive another try until the child selects the correct option. For every two Jesse treats earned, children will be directed to a link to watch Jesse perform tricks – from driving an ATV to riding a scooter.

 

 

The Story Mode uses a storyline that follows Jesse’s adventure through the zoo, which he discovers while he’s asleep. As parents and children follow Jesse in story mode, they are taken on an interactive journey with real-life animal sounds and facts. Soothing yet upbeat music produced by popular street performer Dub FX keeps children focused and entertained.

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Jesse is a truly special dog and beloved by millions of children. Using his popularity and appeal to children will really help them on their way to learning their ABC’s! For more fun with Jessie be sure to check out Jesse’s YouTube channel, where he has over 30 million views!

Treat All The Pawesome Pets This Halloween #TreatThePups #Ad #Giveaway

This is a sponsored post with lunchbox all opinions are our own.

 

Do you want to know how my sister got her dogs to sit still and look amazing for her wedding announcement? Dog treats of course!!

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They are super cute Pawesome dogs right? Yep these dogs are pawesome for sure, as any puppy is if you ask me. So they deserve to be treated any time and not just for a trick right? I mean Halloween is all about Trick or TREATS and all of us prefer the treats, even the dogs. That’s where Big Heart Brand products come in.

 

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Big Heart Brand includes treats like Milk Bone, Milo’s Kitchen, and Pup-Peroni and are all loved by all the dogs I’ve ever had. We used to buy the Milk Bone dog treats in bulk because my dogs went through them so fast. It’s a good thing that Walmart has them at their every day low price. All of their dog treats are at a really great price and because of that you can feel at east at the idea of giving out dog treats to dogs that come visit you on Halloween. We have a neighbor dog that often visits us when his family goes trick-or-treating.

Treat all the Pawesome pets this Halloween! By going above and beyond. You can create gift bags for your dog loving friends and give them out with the candy to all the dogs that show up at your house.  There are many DIY Halloween Pet projects on the Big Heart Pet brand page on Walmart.com

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This photos is from the Big Heart brand dog treats on Walmart.com. There they share with you step by step instructions on how to make an edible dog treat bowl and of course it’s filled with Milk Bone dog treats. Visit Walmart.com for more tips and tricks for your pup and neighbor pups this Halloween. This dog will be waiting.

 

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Big Heart Brand is also holding a contest on instagram. Send them a picture of your pet in their costume and enter to win prizes.The first prize winner will win one (1) $500 Gift Card, second place will win one (1) $100 Gift Card and third place will win (1) $50 Gift Card. WOW, that’s a great prize for sharing a photo of your dog. All you have to do is take pictures of your dog in a costume and share via Instagram with the #TreatThePups hashtag.

Easy right?

Big Heart Brand is all about you and your pets, they wanted me to make sure you know how to keep your pup safe:

Do you know how to keep your pet safe on Halloween?

Keep them away from chocolate

Keep them on a lease

Keep an eye on the costume and behavior in the costume

Check out the Big Heart Pet brand page on Walmart.com to find more tips to keep your pets safe this Halloween.

 

 

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Preparing the Office Get Your Papers in Order: Start Now with FileThis.com

This is a partnered post all opinions are my own.

I stink at being organized, it’s just not my cup of tea but it is so very very important. If I was to get organized and file things as they come in and not in March right before taxes were do it would be a whole lot less stressful. Am I organized today? No, is it time to start thinking about it yes yes it is. And it’s not just about tax season, it’s also just being organized and having less paperwork lying around. I hate having papers laying around everywhere but if you looked at my house you would think it doesn’t bother me at all. We have papers on top of every single surface in the house.

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Important papers range from permission slips, school notices, financial statements, write-off paperwork, etc.  and if you’re like me you are overwhelmed on where to start organizing them. There is a new app that helps sort through the clutter. FileThis - an easy-to-use platform that fetches and organizes important documents. They have tips and great organizational ideas on their blog like:

  • How to get started tackling the paper pile
  • What documents are important and what’s not important?
  • Which documents are easiest to go paperless
  • The benefits of organizing online – including emergencies like hospital visits, or car accidents

Here is how it works:

1. Create a free trial account at FileThis.com/.  
2. Pick a destination – that’s the place where FileThis stores your documents. This could be FileThis Cloud or even your cloud storage at Dropbox, Evernote, Google Drive or Box  
3. After you sign up and connect FileThis with your bank, insurance, payroll, and other accounts, FileThis starts fetching your documents, including historic documents from up to three years ago 

 

Different Plans

 

Forever Free:

Up to 6 connections
Runs once a week
500 MB total storage on FileThis Cloud — OR — use your local computer or a cloud storage of your choice.

 

Premium for $2.00 a month

Up to 12 connections
Runs once a week
1 GB total storage on FileThis Cloud — OR — use your local computer or a cloud storage of your choice.

 

Ultimate for $5.00 a month

Up to 30 connections
Runs daily
10 GB total storage on FileThis Cloud — OR — use your local computer or a cloud storage of your choice.
Plus optional Add On Packs

Signing up is easy. Inputting my information was easy. I chose to store everything on the FileThis cloud and then it wanted all my connections:

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They have banks, stores, pretty much anywhere you have an on-line account they have thought to have it added to their site. It’s so nice to have everything in one place and with it on the cloud you have access to it no matter where you are, you just need an internet connection or your cell phone. Not only can you connect on-line accounts but you can upload any documents

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It’s a really great way to get organized and lose the paper trail.

For The Love of Beef! Your One Stop Knowledge Source #KnowYourBeef

This is a partnered post with The Motherhood and Beef It’s What’s For Dinner, all opinions are our own.

Last week I spent the afternoon learning all about Beef and it made me very hungry, just thinking about it right now also makes me very hungry. I love beef, I love all different kinds of meals you can make out of it but I can also tell you that I had no idea what the cuts were, where they were on the cow or how to save on purchasing just the right amount for your family. These are the things I’m going to share with you in this post. First, you need to know that by visiting Beef It’s What’s For Dinner you can find all these facts and many more. Another really great resource is Confident Cooking with Beef is a brochure that has all you need to know about beef! First thing you should know is that it’s full of 10 essential vitamins.

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I love pot roast, but I wouldn’t know where to begin on how to make the perfect pot roast, so if you’re like me you may want to use the Interactive Butcher Counter:

For Pot roast there were 8 options. Thinking back on what my family used I’m pretty sure it was the bottom round roast in the crock pot for 8 hours with Lipton French Onion flavor mix and it comes out delicious!

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Know Your Cuts:

Use the Interactive Butcher Counter – a tool to help you select the right cut at the meat case.

· Free
· Available on website or on mobile phone
· Don’t need to download or update an app (optimized for mobile devices)
· Provides nutritional information
· Gives the recommended cooking method
· Links directly to recipes

Anatomy of beef and cuts:

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· Middle meats that are more tender: rib, loin, plate, flank.
· Other meats require marinating longer to tenderize: chuck, brisket and round.

Also on the website, see the guidelines for what temperatures you should cook these beef cuts to. And don’t be afraid to talk to your butcher. The best way to save on beef of course is to buy in bulk, but it’s also ok to ask your butcher for the specific amount. Tell him you only need a two person serving and of course you’ll save. You won’t be wasting any money. For more ways to save you can find tips for beef butchery on YouTube:

· Know how to cut beef to make the most of your dollar

· Save $1-$2 per pound!

· Learn how to use one cut of beef as an ingredient in many different dishes: stir fries, casseroles, stews, soups, mixed dishes and more!

 

 

GET SOCIAL WITH BEEF:

· Twitter: @beef
· Facebook: BeefItsWhatsForDinner
· Pinterest: BeefForDinner
· YouTube: BeefForDinner

Star Wars Rebels Spark of Rebellion Character Interview: Steve Blum and Taylor Gray

As a family my kids and I have been having Star Wars Rebels family time. We record on Mondays at 9PM EST and then on Saturdays watch Star Wars Rebels Spark of Rebellion together. The kids love it, actually we all love it. It’s so fun to be able to share something that we loved while growing up with our kids and have them love it too. Since I had the opportunity to interview the characters/actors I wanted to share it with all of you.

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Steve Blum and Taylor Gray act as Zeb Orrelios and Ezra Bridger. These two characters do not get along at all, but the actors on the other hand just look at the photo above!

Q : What drew you guys to the film?

TG :  I love it. I think it’s so cool, um, like what, my favorite part about it is all the action. I think that that’s so fun. I think kids are gonna enjoy, um, all the characters and, and their multiple layers and how they run around firing off blasters and taking down troopers. I think, I think it’s all a lot of fun. It’s action along with a lot of, ah, nice dialogue.

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SB : I was drawn when I was a kid when I first saw it. I was seventeen. I was fresh out of high school, and I went to the premiere in 1977, and I was one of those kids in the theatre whose head snapped back when the imperial star destroyer comes across the screen and the whole theatre rumbled. So, I get to relive this on a cellular level. It, it activates all of those memories from that time and, and, ah, when I was graduating high school, I was one of those apathetic youth and I didn’t go to my own graduation.

And, ah, to get to go and see something like that that was brand new. It was stuff that we hadn’t seen before. It, it woke up something in me and kind of gave me a new hope [UNINTELLIGIBLE.] But to get to, to work on something like that now where it’s, we’re bringing this to a whole new generation. It’s really exciting for me, and I’m a dad. And so I, I like working on quality programming that’s, ah safe for kids and it’s, um, it’s, it’s really got a great underlying message. It does, ah, offer a notion that there’s something bigger than we are and that we can strive to be better than we are and, and that a small group of people can be just as powerful as a large army against injustice.

TG : And a little bit of the force.

SB : And a little bit of the force, yes.

Q : Were you a Star Wars fan prior to this?

TG : Um, yeah. I hadn’t seen all the Star Wars movies. I had seen, I had seen 4, 5 and 6. It’s a nice joke with us, because we have some people in our cast, Vanessa and Freddy and then Dave as well who know more about Star Wars than anything I’ve ever met. They know things that I think aren’t even in Star Wars that are [UNINTELLIGIBLE]. And Steve and I, ah, Steven knows more than I do as well, but it’s been fun because, um, it’s cool to be a fan. I, I’ve now caught up and understood why everyone loves it so much.

I remember being in school when I was little, and every other kid had either a Star Wars shirt on or a lunch pail or a back pack. And it all makes sense why it’s so appealing, but it’s, it’s really cool. The best part of it is talking to fans of Star Wars and hearing their sentiments and why it’s so special to them, because everyone has their own connection to, ah, the Star Wars story. So it’s been really cool, um, coming up through all of it.

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Q : We heard from some of the crew that you’re the funny one. Have you pulled any pranks on the cast?

SB : Not really. I think, what I just demonstrated there… [LAUGHING]. At the end of every effort, some, some of these guys…

TG : And an effort sounded something ridiculous. It’s like when we jump from building to building, or push a crate through planes.

SB : Yeah. I mean, he’s not used to doing that because he’s an on-camera guy and he can do that with his face or his body, but in, in voice over, we have to do everything on the mic, and so we’ll have what we call sound sets and in the sound sets, they’ll say okay, now we need you to, ah, take a punch or take six punches, three soft, three medium, three hard. And you’ll just hear us go [GRUNTING SOUND EFFECTS], and it can sound really filthy or, you know [LAUGHING] you go a lot of different directions. But basically after every sound that he makes… Do a sound.

TG : [GRUNTING SOUND EFFECT]. Every time, though`. Like you think you’ve heard it twice and it’s gonna come again, ah, but it’s always, it’s always so funny, but the king of doing all those sounds is Steve. We, there’s a thing that we do called the, what is it, [SOUNDS LIKE: walla librar--]…

SB : A sound library.

TG : Yes, sound library. And it’s like let’s hear you jump 20 times. Let’s hear you get hit in the face. Let’s hear you get shocked, and this guy can do every sound in the book when I’m like, ah, I’ve done it once. I think that’s the only way I’m ever gonna get a hit, but, um, it’s cool to learn from him. He’s so good at it.

SB : Well, I had to because I grew up doing anime, so in anime it’s a requirement to make every disgusting sound known to man.

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Q : When you came in to read for the Wolf role, was anyone keen on what it could have been?

TG : Jungle Book? I thought it was like a, like a, like a discovery, like animal… I had no idea.

SB : Yeah, I do so many military games and, and military type characters that I just figured it was some military guy and some fighting show. I didn’t know what it was. I do a lot of superheroes also, so I really didn’t know until I think I was in the studio just about to record, and I saw storm troopers in the copy and I went, oh, this is something different. This is Star Wars. This is, this is Star Wars! [LAUGHING.] Yeah, so it was that moment of realization. Dave can probably speak to that about, ah….

TG : Yeah, I still didn’t pick up. I was like storm troopers, still probably like Jungle Book. [LAUGHING.]

SB : Yeah, a lot of shows that we auditioned for are coded, they’re very heavily coded. They want to protect that and we sign non-disclosure agreements once we do know, so I wasn’t allowed to talk about it. I had to keep all that inside, and thank God I can finally talk about it. [NON-INTERVIEW DIALOGUE.]

Q : How have you embraced the hardcore Star Wars fans?

TG : I think it’s awesome. I had no clue that there, we went out to, the first little taste of it we got was they sent us this thing called Star Wars Weekends in, ah, in Florida. And I had no idea what to expect. I was like oh, it will be fun to like hang out with a couple people who like Star Wars and go on some rides. There were like 60 thousand people who all had Star Wars shirts or full on, ah, costumes, ah, wardrobe, outfits, everything and, and light sabers. And just seeing that, I realized oh, wow, we’re in something much bigger than I thought.

And it’s, it’s been so much fun and they’re saying there’s so much more to look forward to, and I can’t wait.

SB : Yeah, I, I’ve been doing the convention circuit for the last 10 years for my other work for my other work and, ah, going to that weekend in particular seemed, you know, there was 20, 30 thousand people on the parade route, and they put us in convertibles and we’re waited on. It’s great, and I’m thinking the show hasn’t come out. Nobody’s gonna know who we are, and they’re chanting our names, you know. It’s my name. This guy had researched and knew everything that we did and people were bringing stuff up to me from my whole career. It was, in was amazing, and seeing the families, too.

There was this one family where there was a grandma in a wheelchair in her 90′s, and the way down to like a 2-year-old, and there are like 50 of them and they’re all together cheering for us as we’re coming out of the parade route, and they’re in first position right there, and they’re everywhere in the park that we were [SIMULTANEOUS TALKING,] [UNINTELLIGIBLE]. There’s all the signs and, and they had us take a family photo.

TG : They all had code names. They were, there was Red Leader [LAUGHING]. They, they knew what they were doing. Yeah, and, ah, it’s so fun.

SB : Yes. It’s been awesome. It’s a whole different level of fandom too, and so show-specific. It’s just amazing to me that after all these years, that the fandom is stronger now than it’s ever been. It’s incredible. [SIMULTANEOUS TALKING.]

TG : With all the media, it’s crazy. It’s on Twitter. It’s, it’s unbelievable. I’ve been telling people, I’ve had a Twitter before I’d gotten this, and I felt like half the people I see on Twitter somewhere in their little, ah, description of themself, it’s like coffee enthusiast. I like my hair. I’m a Jedi. [LAUGHING.] I’ve seen Jedi, so I see the word Jedi in more of those biographies than anything and, ah, I understand why. They’re the coolest type of person you could be.

SB : Hey, you’ve got Freddie Prince, Jr. [SIMULTANEOUS TALKING,] [UNINTELLIGIBLE]. Yeah, he’s on Twitter and he’s going crazy about it. It took Star Wars to do that.

Q : Since you didn’t know what you were going in for to read for, was there a point of time where you wondered about turning it down before you knew what it was?

SB : I don’t turn down anything.

TG : Me neither, but there’s a fine, sort of, this, it was actually this one. I, I was doing something else that day, I think and I remember being really late to, I was like an hour, and not normally would we show up late to anything and I was, I was running an hour late and I remember calling my agent, I’m like I’m late. I’m gonna make a fool of myself. I was sweaty. It was, I was working on something else. I had a hat on, and I was like I’m just not gonna go into this. I don’t even know what it is. And he’s like just walk in. I think they’re still there. And I remember walking in like this, so ridiculous. Like I, I can’t believe I’m late. I feel so bad.

And then yeah, it worked out. And now I’m so glad that I did, ’cause that I had, I guess that’s maybe a recurring thing in my life, like if I’m like a couple, I’m like no, I can’t do this, but, um, it sit, my mom’s over there nodding, yes. Yes it is. [LAUGHING.] Um, but yes, so this is, this has been awesome.

SB : Well, yeah, I, I treat every role as though it is the most important thing in the world. And a friend of mine wrote a song called Soldier A, and it’s, it’s about like the, the most innocuous character who, who dies every episode, but you have to invest as a voice actor. Especially on camera, we don’t have the luxury of grabbing a role and carrying it, you know, through a whole series and being able to depend on that for, ah, income. In the case of the show, of course, it’s a little bit different, but, ah, there’s so many shows that I work on where I am literally fired every day.

I go in, I work one day on a show and I’m on to the next thing, and so I treat every character with great reverence and I’m very grateful for the ones that I book. So, ah, to, to have invested that much into something like this and then it fleshes out to something like this, it’s gravy, it’s amazing.

Q : Do you have a favorite Star Wars character?

TG : Um, I hadn’t even seen all those, all those three films, so I had, yeah, then caught up, Anakin. I had, ah, when he was young and racing the pods, um, because I had played like the, ’cause Star Wars has everything. I, I play the video game where you’re racing through the, the deserts…

SB : The pod racing.

TG : Pod racing. [SOUNDS LIKE: Thank you.] I just needed reassurance from somebody. Ah, and, and, ah, I thought Anakin. He was young. He was the hero and, and he was my favorite character, but Darth Sidious, that’s a much cooler character. We met Ray Park when we went out to the, um, weekends and he was, um, Darth Maul. And I thought he was awesome, ’cause I hadn’t seen all those [SOUNDS LIKE: shows], so that is another character that I think is so cool, but I, ah, I hope that kids like the characters from this show as well. And I think it will be a lot of fun.

SB : They probably will.

Q : What was your favorite scene to voice over?

SB : Well, well, pretty much, I don’t know. I–I love, I love all of it for so many different reasons. I, I think one of my very favorite scenes that I’ve seen so far was Ezra’s realization that he was doing something of value. Ah, after our first initial struggle, and then stealing stuff, and he’s sitting there and we’re giving away, ah, food, and that was the whole, ah, purpose of our mission. And we’re risking our lives to do that. And to see that look of, of, ah, realization on his face where he’s just going, well, I didn’t do anything.

It’s like he didn’t deserve the praise and you see a little bit of a transformation in him [SIMULTANEOUS TALKING] and that was, that was a very powerful moment for me.

Q : Another moment is when he realized you came back for him, another strong turning point.

SB : And for me actually not taking care of him and letting him go, that was a really hard thing for me to play as, as a dad. It was really hard for me to, to just say see, you’re on your own, and leaving him with the empire. I mean, that was, that was terrible, but thank God we resolved that. [LAUGHING.] I can sleep now.

Cooking Mama 5 Nintendo 3DS Video Game

Can we play it can we play it. This is what I hear when Cooking Mama 5 www.CookingMamaUS.com comes into the house. We received a sample from the brand and off we go to play. The original kitchen diva that created the cooking genre is set to school you with brand new mouth-watering recipes and household mini-games. Cook your way through classic fare, exotic cultural dishes and sweet treats to delight the palate! Fun stylus-based activities will keep you busy around the house and prove to Mama that you’ve got the culinary chops to play in her kitchen!

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Zoe loves being in the kitchen, her play kitchen, mom’s real kitchen and even in any virtual kitchen she can find so playing this game is enjoyable to her.

Key Game Features include:

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· The latest addition in the successful Mama franchise: 13 million+ games sold worldwide!

· Unlock 60+ recipes as you progress. Test your skills with new appetizers, drinks, main dishes and desserts including: pork cutlet rice bowl, chicken nuggets, BBQ skewers, pumpkin gratin, raisin bread, Hawaiian pancakes, gingerbread cookies and much more!

· Step out of the kitchen and help Mama with more than 30 new activities around the shop and house: feed the pets, deliver orders, make change, serve ice cream, wash dishes, pick apples, organize, draw and more.

· Six gameplay modes feature intuitive stylus-based activities:

o Let’s Cook: Create recipes step-by-step with Mama on hand to help you.

o Cooking Dojo: Earn medals in timed challenges that reward you for quick and accurate preparation.

o Help the Store: Work the register and play waitress at Mama’s Burger Shop.

o Help Harvest: Gather your recipe fixins’ before you cook.

o Let’s Help Mama: Step outside the kitchen and assist Mama as CEO of the household with fresh activities that make “chores” fun and rewarding.

o Let’s Study: Number and word games mix up the kitchen fun.

· Earn furniture and decorations via SpotPass to customize your menus and game screens. Make your kitchen your own with stained glass, wallpaper, picture frames, plants, holiday items and more. You can even customize Mama’s outfit!

· Single cart download play offers multiplayer cook offs for up to four players.

· Gyroscope and accelerometer support for certain recipes.

Why Use A Glass Drinking Straw

While I had braces I used a straw all the time. It was the easiest way to eat and drink. It wasn’t a difficult transition because I love drinking through straws anyway. Tribest has recently released new BPA-Free, glass straws. They are really nice because they come with a straw cleaner.

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I’m no longer using straws because of my braces. I am now using them because I am making smoothies and juices and when you have a protein powder sometimes there is residue left inside the straw; making it difficult to get clean. The glass is much easier to clean in the dishwasher and if there is anything left just drag that straw cleaner though it and run it through the dishwasher again.

Concerns for the environment warrant special consideration for the choices we make every day. Each container we drink, eat or store food can make an impact on the ecology. Keeping in mind that only 20% of plastics produced make it to a recycling center, Tribest is introducing highest quality glass straws as a way to replace plastic straws. Made from borosilicate glass, these straws are made from the safest and strongest glass commercially available. They are dishwasher and microwave safe and comes with unprecedented lifetime guarantee — if it breaks, it will be repaired or replaced. Try ordering one today and elevate your drinking experience while helping the environment!

Tribest GlassDharma drinking straws are:

• 100% handmade in California

• Great for all hot or cold drinks

• Perfect for specialty drinks such as bubble teas, shakes and ice teas, and smoothies.

• Durable

• Kid-friendly and safe

• Elegantly green

• Guaranteed for a lifetime