I’ve dreamed of owning a Watercolor Orchid.

And today, that dream became reality. It’s so beautiful! ❤

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Olympic worthy foods – Norseland, Rice’s Honey, Skinny Pasta and Garden Lites muffins!

Norseland Celebrates the Winter Olympics with the perfect wholesome, natural snacks to keep you satisfied while you watch the competition this year. The entire line of cheese snacks are delicious, a source of protein and always portable, so you too can be part of the winning team! Just like the athletes who participate in Nordic Combined, where athletes compete in cross-country skiing and ski jumping, Norseland will make you want to put a medal on it – with their array of cheese snacks that are Norway inspired delights!

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          Jarlsberg® Cheese Snacks, perhaps the most thrilling new addition to their iconic cheese family yetFans can now savor the delicious classic taste of Jarlsberg®Cheese, with a mild, mellow and nutty flavor, in this delightful, portable snack.  These individually wrapped, ¾ oz. Cheese Snacks come in a 6 oz. retail bag, with SRP of $5.99 – $6.99.

  • Flavor fusions, one of the most successful snacking trends, are perfectly represented in flavor-blasted Cheese Fusions™. With 4 varieties, ranging from spicy to smoky to savory, there’s a flavor for every cheese lover!  Cheese Fusions are made with 100% real cheese: each 2 oz. pouch is ideal for on-the-go snacking, providing a good source of calcium and protein. Cheese Fusions are also a creative topping for dishes that need some extra flair. Don’t settle for boring salads or bland soups. Cheese Fusions satisfies those intense flavor cravings!  These delicious portable “on-the-go” snacks are packed with flavor and wholesome fuel for a busy lifestyle. Cheese Fusions™ are available in 2 oz. bags, for a SRP of $1.89, and are available in an 8 pack display ready case.

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The Olympics Cross Country Skiing reminds us a lot of Rice’s Honey, the American raw, unprocessed natural honey since 1924. Every beehive, located in specific farms across the U.S., is lovingly cared for and results in the most glorious American honey. And, the difference of the specific locations of this honey can actually be tasted – since every honey bee pollinates their crops in a different location, and in doing so, creates unique floral notes! When you purchase a bottle of Rice’s Honey, you can choose which location to purchase and for the first time, every bottle purchased gives back to PACE, a non-profit organization that helps protect all pollinators. Rice’s Honey has a mission to help promote pollination and sustainable bee farms across the country.  The Rice’s Honey partnership with PACE, the Butterfly Pavilion’s global initiative to increase awareness of pollinators through public engagement, education and restoration/conservation programs will help inform consumers about the importance of pollination. One of every three bites of food eaten worldwide depends on pollinators.  Without them, there would be no fruits, nuts, vegetables, oils or most flowers and they contribute more than $24 billion to the United States economy.

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Skinny Pasta is poised to win this year’s Olympics “Freestyle”, with their WW endorsed pasta! Just like the Winter Olympics “Freestyle” skiing competition, which combines speed, showmanship and the ability to perform aerial maneuvers while skiing, Skinny Pasta can juggle all of your wellness needs including being gluten free, all natural, free of sugar, wheat, lactose, soy, salt, cholesterol, fat and preservatives; Skinny Pasta® is also low in calories, with only nine calories per serving. Its main ingredient, the Konjac plant, is native to Southeast Asia and contains Glucomannan, a dietary fiber.  Now, with new WW Freestyle program, Skinny Pasta will earn a gold medal in your kitchen!

  • Now in the US market, as well as available and popular in countries around the globe, Skinny Pasta® is completely gluten-free, free of sugar, wheat, lactose, soy, salt, cholesterol, fat and preservatives; Skinny Pasta® is also low in calories, with only nine calories per serving. Its main ingredient, the Konjac plant, is native to Southeast Asia and contains Glucomannan, a dietary fiber.
  • Available in a variety of forms, including a traditional noodle shape, couscous, spaghetti, lasagna, fettuccini and rice, Skinny Pasta® can be incorporated easily into staples like soups and salads, as well as be a smart complement to meals or pasta alternative in family favorite recipes. Skinny Pasta® is also an option for vegetarians, vegans, and those who have diabetes or have sensitivity to gluten.
  • Weight Watchers has identified Skinny Pasta® as a great option, low in points and for those looking for a healthier option, while still maximizing taste in their dishes.
  • Weight Watchers has worked with Skinny Pasta® to develop several SmartPoints®--friendly recipes to help members find tasty ways to enjoy Skinny Pasta®, including Mediterranean Fettuccine with Chicken and Veggies, Thai Peanut Noodle and Veggie Salad and the classic Spaghetti and Meatballs.

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What better way to enjoy the thrills of the Winter Olympics Ice Hockey than with some delicious, gluten-free veggies-first Garden Lites chocolate muffins? Found in the freezer aisle in your local grocery or club store, Garden Lites will wow you with their decadently rich taste matched with wholesome nutritional assets! With every bite filled with nutritious vegetables – though you’ll never know it – this is one guilt-free yummy snack you can enjoy all day, every day!

  • Garden Lites Chocolate Muffin’s first two ingredients are zucchini and carrots and are 33% veggies. (See photo below to show you how many veggie are in the chocolate muffin.) Heat in the microwave to enjoy a decadent experience for only 120 calories. Garden Lites muffins come in a package of 6 muffins, for an SRP of $4.99.

 

Inspiring doormats for every personality at EntryWayUSA.

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Out with the old in with the new. Spring is only 29 days away and with that being said I am excited to upgrade my outdoor doormats. EntryWayUSA offers a wide selection of indoor and outdoor rugs and doormats that will simply spruce up your entryway with little to no effort. I’m super excited to introduce you to the adorable and eye catching ‘Simply Hello‘ doormat by EntryWayUSA.

Sometimes the simplest sentiments are the most compelling, and our straightforward-yet-playful “Simply Hello” mat leaves no doubt that your guests are welcome. Soft to the touch yet made to last, this mat measures 18″ by 30″ and features a non-slip backing.

  • Accent your doorway with this clean, elegant design.
  • Made of PVC coil with a PVC backing, this mat is durable, yet soft on feet
  • PVC coils do not shed
  • Suitable for indoor or outdoor use
  • Measures 18″ x 30″ x .5″
  • Hose down

I absolutely love how vibrant the blue is and the hello message is simple and welcoming. Take a look at the wonderful selection of doormats at EntryWayUSA! You will be inspired!

Mean Green Car Wash: think outside the box this Valentines Day ladies!

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The older I get the fast time flies bye. It’s hard to believe it’s 2018. Let alone, Valentines Day’s right around the corner. I’ve been contemplating on ideas for my man and things that I can do that would brighten his day and show him how much I truly respect, care and love him.

In 2017, I was introduced to Mean Green product line and have been addicted ever since.  Mean Green is simply the strongest, most honest degreaser and cleaner you can buy for the money. In fact, Mean Green is the #1 Heavy Duty Cleaner in America! Why is that? It’s because people know and trust that Mean Green will get their toughest messes clean the first time. The Mean Green Brand Promise says, “Inside and outside, nothing works better on your toughest tasks.”

This year, I have chosen to clean my honeys car inside and out with the help of Mean Greens ULTRA CONCENTRATED FOAMING Car Wash.  And I’m excited to see his reaction to this thoughtful and inexpensive way of showing I care and adore him. carwash.jpg

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SAFE FOR ALL VEHICLE SURFACES

NO BUCKET NEEDED

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Mean Green® Car Wash is specifically formulated to deliver rich foam that effortlessly removes dirt and grime without leaving behind streaks or spots. Cleans cars quickly and with confidence. Use Mean Green Car Wash for at home convenience, right from your garden hose. NO BUCKET NEEDED!

An easy and convenient way to wash your car!

Available Sizes: 32oz

Ladies, for 2018 think outside the box. Do something thoughtful. Something that will truly make him smile. Every man love a nice and shiny ride.

Child safety advocate raises concerns about Airbnb rentals for Super Bowl

Child safety advocate raises concerns about Airbnb rentals for Super Bowl given reports of assault, prostitution, drug dealing and violence associated with home-sharing site 

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Stop Child Predators: “Parents should be on alert with ‘guest strangers’ in communities”

MINNEAPOLIS, MN – National child safety advocacy group, Stop Child Predators, raised concern today with the expected increased usage of Airbnb, HomeAway and other short-term rentals during the Super Bowl warning parents in the Greater Minneapolis area to take extra precaution to keep their children safe.

“With thousands expected to rent out homes to visiting Super Bowl fans, complete strangers will be infiltrating homes in neighborhoods across the city,” Stacie Rumenap, President of Stop Child Predators.  “Parents should be on heightened alert for out-of-town visitors in their neighborhoods during the week leading up to the big game and speak with their kids about what to do if approached by a stranger.”

According to a [Minneapolis] Star-Tribune article last fall, an Airbnb guest staying at a rental in Minnetonka, Minnesota, was charged with an attempted sexual assault of a seven-year-old living in the house the family rented.

Over the last year, there have been numerous stories in cities across the country of Airbnb rentals being used for prostitutiondrug trafficking and out-of-control parties, which have led to violence and even shootings in residential neighborhoods.

Rumenap said her group, Stop Child Predators, has started raising awareness of the potential negative impacts of short-term rentals.  She said the new trend of commercial Airbnb hosts buying up residential homes and apartments to rent out as ‘illegal hotels’ has raised concerned with local community leaders across the country as neighborhoods cope with a weekly turnover of transients and strangers coming and going from their communities.

“Tools like sex offender lists are becoming obsolete as there is no safeguard in place to stop a child predator from renting an Airbnb property next door,” stated Rumenap.   “Airbnb certainly does not condone such bad behaviors through their site, but they also have not done nearly enough to combat the unacceptable actions of its operators and guests.”

According to a report by U.S. Catholic Sisters Against Human Trafficking, major events like the Super Bowl generate an “increase in tourists seeking entertainment, including commercial sex, increasing the potential risk for exploitation and human trafficking.  Traffickers are opportunistic hunters, and they see major sporting events and the hundreds of thousands of people who flock to sports venues as an opportunity for huge profits with very little risk of penalty or punishment.”

Stop Child Predators encourages neighbors of Airbnb rentals during Super Bowl Week to be on alert and call authorities if they suspect a criminal activity such as prostitution, human trafficking, public drunkenness, illegal drug usage or the endangerment of a minor is occurring in a rental unit in their community.

True Story Foods: A Return to What’s Real and True Organic, Non-GMO and All Natural Meats

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True Story Foods, makes its national debut offering all natural, non-GMO and organic sausages, hot dogs, deli meats, bacon, and fresh pork. True Story believes in a future of food that is a return to what is real and true.  A future that is respectful to the source of our food – the soil, the animals, and the farmers. True Story is nurturing a community of family farmers, artisan producers, progressive retailers and food lovers who are dedicated to this future.

True Story lives by:

Fair Trade Partnering With Farmers

True Story partners with farmers to set an equitable price for their animals to ensure the animals are raised humanely and without antibiotics, to create a sustainable livelihood for generations to come. All their animals are fed an all-vegetarian diet, and never fed antibiotics or growth enhancers and live without undue stress or agitation.

Crafting Real Foods

All True Story’s recipes are crafted in their California Kitchens with artisan methods used for three generations, like hand seasoning and netting roasted turkeys and hams, using traditional all natural casings, and hand tying sausage links. Their foods never contain synthetic nitrates or nitrites.

Provoking Honest Conversation

True Story shares the story of their animals, farmers, and community to provoke honest conversation about how food is raised and prepared. They believe informing and educating food lovers helps them to make better choices for them and their families.

“True Story is raising the bar in the meat industry by returning to a more traditional model”, says Co-founder, Phil Gatto. “The best way to make food is the way it was done generations ago, starting with the best ingredients and taking care in each step to protect the land and animals.”

Some of True Story’s Foods include:

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Organic Thick Cut Oven Roasted Chicken Breast  – A Nexty East 2017 Finalist

Slow-roasted, thick cut slices of sustainably farmed chicken, which make for an easy delicious meal or snack. This organic chicken provides a healthy solution to busy families trying to find delicious quick meals without sacrificing great taste. SRP $6.99.

Organic Sweet Italian Chicken Sausage

True Story Foods Organic Sweet Italian Sausages are made with sustainably farmed organic chicken, our Italian sausage delivers a kick of Mediterranean herbs and spices with a gentle dash of sweetness. Available in 10 oz. package, the SRP is $6.99.

Organic Uncured Applewood Smoked Ham

True Story Foods offers a line of Organic Sliced Deli Meats including Uncured Applewood Smoked Ham. This delicious ham is rubbed with brown sugar for a lick of sweetness and then slow-smoked over Applewood, our sustainably farmed organic ham piles on savory taste in every bite. The Uncured Applewood Smoked Ham comes in 6 oz. packages for a SRP of $6.99

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Pasture Raised Uncured Beef Hot Dogs

Our pasture raised, all-beef franks are uncured and skinless — each bite pops with deliciousness thanks to our signature seasonings. They are available in 12 oz packages for a SRP of $7.99

 

True Story Foods also offers a wide range of products such as Organic & Wildflower Honey Chicken Sausage; Organic Sliced Deli Meats; Grass FedOrganic, Uncured Beef Hot Dogs; Organic Sliced Deli Meats and more.

All True Story Foods are available in select natural and traditional grocery retailers and Costco.

 

About True Story Foods:

Founded in San Francisco in 2011, True Story believes in a future of food that is a return to what is real and true

at our family-owned   and operated kitchens and farms, we craft delicious meats, including natural, non-GMO and organic

sausages, hot dogs, deli meats, bacon and fresh pork. True Story Foods Is The Winner of 2017 Nexty Award for Best New

Organic Food.

True Story strives to raise and prepare their foods with integrity:

  • We partner with farmers to create an equitable model that supports sustainable farming.
  • Our animals are fed an all-vegetarian diet, and never fed antibiotics or growth enhancers, and live without undue stress or agitation.
  • Our meats are all natural and free of synthetic nitrates and nitrites.

Our foods are available in select natural and traditional grocery retailers and Costco. For more information, visit www.truestoryfoods.com.

Preparing for the IEP Meeting: Tips to Help Parents of Children Coping with Special Needs

One of the most stressful experiences many parents or guardians of children coping with special needs face, is going to a meeting about their child’s Individualized Education Plan (IEP). This plan is very important because it outlines goals for the child’s education and treatment, and it guides how services will be provided. An IEP is created by a team and reviewed at a minimum annually at an IEP meeting.

“These meetings are very important because the IEP guides how the child will be educated and outlines goals for the child, interventions, and any accommodations and services that will be provided,” said Dodd White, president and CEO of the Episcopal Center for Children (ECC), a nonprofit organization providing therapeutic and special education services to children ages 5-14 in the greater Washington, DC area,

“It’s important to review IEP meeting documents in advance before the meeting,” said White. “An IEP meeting brings together the entire IEP team assisting your child – educators, treatment providers, parents, the Local Education Agency (LEA) representative and others. The parent(s)/guardian(s) is an important part of that team. You are an advocate for your child,” said White. He offers the following tips to help parents or guardians preparing for an IEP meeting:

Tip #1 – Confirm meeting attendance. At least 10 days before an IEP meeting, you should receive a letter of invitation. As soon as possible, RSVP for the meeting in writing. Inform the school if you will attend the meeting in person or by phone. If you are not available to attend the meeting at all, propose alternative dates and times, even locations.

Tip #2 – Review draft documents before the meeting. At least 5 business days before the meeting, you should receive drafts of the documents (e.g., IEP, Behavior Intervention Plan, evaluations) to be discussed during the IEP meeting. Take time to review these documents before the meeting.

Tip #3 – Carefully review draft documents and write down your questions and notes. Make sure you understand your child’s diagnosis. Ask for clarification of education or treatment jargon if needed. Goals and objectives should be clear. Make sure you understand start date(s), how long services are offered, and the procedures involved. If your child is not progressing toward a goal as you had hoped, ask how this will be addressed, or if a goal should be revised. If you want more frequent updates on progress during the school year, you can request additional updates. If you think something else might help your child, come prepared to discuss it. Write down any proposed changes to the IEP and any information you would like to add.

Tip #4 – Invite additional people to the IEP meeting if you want them there and think they can contribute. An IEP meeting takes a “team” approach to helping your child. Take the initiative to invite individuals who have relevant knowledge or expertise regarding your child (such as, family members, coaches, community support workers, social workers, attorneys, advocates, etc.). Let the school team know additional people will attend the meeting.

Tip #5 – Strive to build a healthy working relationship with the school, treatment providers, and the entire IEP team. Developing healthy and professional relationships with the school and treatment providers can help your child. Be open to discussing issues promptly, directly, honestly and courteously.  Ask questions and listen carefully to answers. This will allow you to respond appropriately and avoid misunderstandings.

About the Episcopal Center for Children
The Episcopal Center for Children (Center) is a nonprofit, nondenominational school and treatment program for children contending with emotional challenges from the greater Washington, D.C. metropolitan area. Accredited by the Joint Commission, the Center serves children who are 5-14 years old in grades K-8. The goal of the Center’s treatment, therapeutic milieu, and individualized special education program is to empower each child to function productively within his or her family and community. Building on strengths within children, the Center partners with families in treatment and focuses on enabling its students to access and become their best possible selves. More information is available at eccofdc.org and on Twitter and Facebook @ECCofDC.