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Three Bridges Inspired Foods!

by Pennie on October 13, 2015


At Three Bridges, we are guided by a deep and unending passion for three things: Chef-crafted recipes, endless creativity, and good living. These are the three bridges that inspire us to create foods that awaken the palate and feed the soul. Find yourself at the intersection of Three Bridges, where good living is deliciously easy.

wildmushroomravWild Mushroom Ravioli – Roasted Portobello and Porcini Mushrooms with Sautéed Onions with Aged, Imported Parmesan Cheese
Bolognese Pasta Shells – Beef, Pork, and Pancetta Bolognese mixed with Béchamel Sauce and topped with Smoked Mozzarella
Sausage & Jalapeno Mac n Cheese – Tender Pasta Shells with Smoked Cajun-Style Sausage and Spicy Jalapeños in a Creamy, Sharp White Cheddar Sauce

Nicole’s take:  I have seen these Three Bridges meal in the refrigerated section at my Publix and they always look so good so I was excited to try them! I tried Wild Mushroom Ravioli, Bolognese Pasta Shells, and Sausage & Jalapeno Mac n Cheese and they were delicious! I love how fresh they taste and the ingredients are definitely high quality! My favorite of the three was the Bolognese Pasta Shells – the sauce was creamy and yummy and with a salad and some garlic bread it was the perfect meal for Jamie and I to share after the girls went to bed! I am so impressed with the list of meals from Three Bridges and can’t wait to try some more! 

For more information, visit Three Bridges and find and follow them on Facebook and Twitter.

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Who’s Red?

One night, I was enjoying one of my wife’s homemade burritos and found myself smiling from ear to ear. I realized this was a meal so perfect and delicious, it just had to be shared. Both Paige and my trusty dog, Red, agreed.

I launched Red’s to bring you burritos as wholesome and delicious as they were when it all began that fateful night. With 100% all-natural, non-GMO ingredients, no preservatives, and with meat raised without antibiotics — we make the best burrito, period.

We hope you love Red’s as much as we do.  – Mike Adair

Red’s tortillas are custom-made in a bakery using only the finest and simplest ingredients. They are just big enough to hold together all the goodness inside without overwhelming the delicate burrito balance.


Red’s All Natural Chicken and Cheese Snack Burrito – Heaping portions of the highest quality ingredients including all natural beans, sweet corn, brown rice and our secret goods!


Red’s All Natural Steak and Cheese Burrito

Red’s All Natural Steak Burrito Bowl

For more information visit Red’s Natural Foods and follow them on Facebook and Twitter!

Nicole’s take:  I have seen Red’s All Natural Burritos in my store for some time now and was excited to try them! I got the chicken burrito, the steak burrito and the steak burrito bowl to try.  I love Mexican flavors and really liked these.  They were ready in just a few minutes and the flavors were bold and delicious.  I like that the taste was so fresh and the ingredients are healthy.  This is a great option when I am looking for a nutritious dinner but don’t have a lot of time!!

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Support the Whole Kids Foundation!

by Pennie on October 11, 2015


The Whole Kids Foundation (WKF) is excited about the launch of the 2015 Growing Healthy Kids Campaign in Whole FoodsMarket stores, aimed at raising awareness around the importance of childhood nutrition.


WKF supports schools and inspires families to make healthy food choices —whether it is through the funding of salad bars and edible gardens or by providing nutrition education classes for teachers. This year, the Growing Healthy Kids Campaign is striving to raise $4 million to help over one million kids gain access to fresh produce. Last year alone, this same campaign helped WKF fund 600 salad bars, 1,000 garden grants, and provide nutrition education to 4,000 teachers.

Watch this video to see how much these students are learning from their school garden:

Nicole’s take: I love shopping at Whole Foods. Once the babies were eating solids I vowed to give them the best and healthiest foods I could. Charlotte also has a dairy allergy so Whole Foods is one of my weekly shopping trips. There are so many awesome products and delicious and fresh produce, meat and fish! My triplets are only 21 months old – but they eat a TON! Meals aren’t complicated but they are balanced!

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For example our lunch today was from Whole Foods! I made refried black bean and soy cheese quesadillas and served them with corn off the cob and honeycrisp apples. A very well balanced and nutritious meal with all of the major food groups!

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For more information, visit the Whole Kids Foundation.

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Feridies – World’s Best Peanuts!

by Pennie on October 10, 2015


At Feridies, our mission has been and continues to be promoting Virginia peanuts – by selling them worldwide, by educating the public about the healthful qualities of peanuts, and by leading their promotion in the gourmet food industry. My family thanks you for your continued support and patronage. The success of the company lies in providing our customers with the best peanuts and dependable, genuine customer service. As always, we welcome your suggestions and comments. Please stop by to visit us and have a few peanuts while browsing through our unique gift shop.  Our family and qualified staff are here to help you in any way!

Salted Peanuts

Virginia peanuts are a type of peanut known for their large size, crunchy texture, delicious flavor and high nutritional value. FERIDIES only selects the largest 2% of the crop and gently roasts them in peanut oil and lightly salts them to ensure their distinct, rich peanut taste while maintaining the healthy qualities of an already natural snack. Being our BEST SELLER, we are excited to offer them to you in a variety of sizes and packaging.


Wasabi Peanuts

Cooked in pure peanut oil and flavored with a spicy Japanese horseradish seasoning, these super, extra-large Virginia peanuts have a unique, powerful taste packed with a distinctive crunch. You will feel a little bit of a sting on the first bite and the true flavor of the peanut on the second bite.


5 O Clock Crunch

A favorite among our staff and customers, 5 O’Clock Crunch quickly disappears every time it is served. This popular snack mix includes honey roasted peanuts, duck cheese crackers, chili-lemon corn sticks, honey roasted sesame sticks, honey mustard pretzel sticks and salted corn chips with flax seed.

Nicole’s take:  I was born and raised in Virginia and sometimes really miss it! The change in seasons and the food, the peanuts! I saw Feridies products at my local Whole Foods and was intrigued.  They sent salted peanuts, wasabi peanuts and 5 o’clock crunch.  These were so fresh and delicious tasting.  I loved the simplicity of the salted peanuts and also loved the complexity of the wasabi peanuts! They were spicy and so flavorful.  The 5 o’clock crunch was my favorite though – what a winning combination! Feridies has a great variety of products – something for everyone and really great gift ideas!

For more information, visit Feridies and follow them on Facebook and Twitter.

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Bilinski’s Sausage and Giveaway!

by Pennie on October 9, 2015


Bilinski’s is a small, family-owned business, located in upstate New York. We’re dedicated to making healthy food convenient and delicious! (All of our products are fully cooked – so they just need to be heated!)

Back in 1989, our family created a better-for-you sausage made from chicken –the first of its kind – because we believed that sausages could be made responsibly, fuel a healthy lifestyle and still be delicious.

We aim for simplicity in all of our recipes – just a few ingredients so the flavors shine through. And we always list every single ingredient (you won’t see “spices” or “flavorings” in our ingredient lists), because we believe that you have a right to know exactly what you’re eating – including how the meat is raised and ingredients are grown. Our chicken is always antibiotic-free and our products are all 100% All Natural or Certified Organic.


We make all natural and organic chicken sausages: The USDA allows products to be labeled “all natural” if they are “minimally processed” and “contain no artificial ingredients or preservatives.” We meet that basic definition, but then go much further. Our products are not just all natural. They are made from chicken meat that has been raised without antibiotics and growth hormones, and fed a 100% vegetarian diet.

We only use boneless, skinless chicken meat. Did you know that the USDA allows products to be labeled “chicken” that contain up to 20% chicken skins? We ONLY use lean, whole muscle boneless, skinless chicken leg or thigh meat. No chicken skins ever! And that doesn’t mean we aren’t for using the whole chicken. No chicken skins means a product with a lot less fat. A lot of companies that use “all” of the bird aren’t buying a whole bird, but buying separate pieces and using the skins as a filler.

We use simple, every day ingredients and list every ingredient. We make our sausage out of things you’d find in your own kitchen, and never use “spices.” We mince fresh garlic, use local wine from the Fingerlakes (for our Apple Chardonnay flavor), etc. We care about what goes into our products and share ingredients transparently.

Our sausages are naturally gluten-free. Our products are all gluten-free, and wheat-free, and there are no gluten allergens in our facility.

Our sausages have no casing. This is a big one! Why put a pork casing on a chicken sausage?! Our chicken sausages have no casing, which not only cuts down on fat, but can be enjoyed by people who don’t eat pork. We’ve had countless people with Alpha-Gal syndrome (an allergy to mammalian meat caused by a tick bite) reach out to us and thank us for our products, because they can enjoy chicken sausage again!


For more information visit Bilinski’s Sausage and follow them on FacebookPinterestTwitteand Instagram!

Nicole’s take:  My girls love sausage and I am all about keeping it as natural and fresh as possible.  So I was really excited to find Bilinski Sausage at my local Whole Foods! I prefer to give my girls chicken sausage and if it’s organic I feel even better about it.  I am so impressed with this company and the love it has for its customers and their health and well being.  I also love that it is already cooked so I just need to heat.  So super quick and delicious and my girls just gobble it up.  I just cut it up after heating to serve most of the time, it is so flavorful it doesn’t need anything! But I have also put sauce on it or added it to stir fry.  Sausage is so very versatile! We tried the organic apple and also the spinach and garlic.  They were both really good and I will be adding these to my shopping list from now on for sure!

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Sesame Street: Elmo Can Do It!

by Pennie on October 8, 2015



Everyone remembers their first day of school or their first lost tooth. Now you can share these fabulous first memories with your Sesame Street friends in Sesame Street: Elmo Can Do It! This all new video compilation full of stories and songs takes you on a journey to discover all your favorite Sesame Street friend’s first encounters. From haircuts to sleepovers, preschoolers will enjoy learning life lessons, while addressing milestones and transitions in a fun way.

Sesame Street: Elmo Can Do It! is available on DVD October 13, 2015 for $14.98 SRP.


Start your adventure with Abby as she packs her wand and pajamas to embark on her first sleepover at Big Bird’s nest. Then, while Papa Bear and Mama Bear spend some time away, help Baby Bear get excited about meeting his new babysitter! Continue the fun with Elmo as he harnesses his writing skills and composes a letter for the first time. Finally, all your Sesame Street friends will come together for “National Try a New Food Day” as they each try a delicious treat they’ve never had before. You may even discover the first time Cookie Monster ate a cookie! All these firsts and more in Sesame Street: Elmo Can Do It!

Nicole’s take:  Elmo is a celebrity in our house.  Literally he can solve everything for my girls.  So we are loving our Elmo DVDs! Elmo Can Do It has a great premise – that Elmo can do anything which I love! The girls watched this twice already and they love it.  They cheer for Elmo when he comes on and pay attention to the lessons in the episode.

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GinnyBakes Cookies!

by Pennie on October 7, 2015


at ginnybakes, our passion is to create outrageously delicious and nutritious treats for everyone to enjoy. we believe that your body deserves the finest ingredients, so we work tirelessly to bring you the best we can find. our certifications aren’t just for having a logo on the box. we are gluten-free, organic, non-gmo, vegan and kosher because we believe in quality and excellence. there’s nothing more important than nurturing the body and mind so you feel great.


Cranberry Pistachio Bliss – organic pistachios and dried cranberries mingle together in this delightfully crispy cookie. the perfect snack for anytime. fall in love and indulge mindfully with ginny bakes!


Butter Crisp Cookie Love – sometimes less is more. we removed the chocolate chips and the nuts but kept all the golden organic goodness of our classic gluten-free cookie. simple and yet oh so yummy, this stripped down recipe proves there’s nothing wrong with going naked.


Coconut Oatmeal Cookie Bliss – we added organic coconut to give the classic oatmeal cookie a tropical twist. layered with gluten-free rolled oats, dark organic raisins and crispy walnuts, this cookie’s flavors build on your taste buds until only one word can describe the experience: bliss.

Nicole’s take:  I really am trying to feed myself and my family better food.  That means healthier and natural and made with high quality real ingredients. These cookies from ginny bakes are just that! My absolute favorite were the cranberry pistachio cookie bliss.  These are crunchy cookies and the sweet cranberry and savory pistachio was an awesome combo.  I also loved the simplicity of the butter crisp cookie love and the novelty of the coconut oatmeal cookie bliss – so different! These cookies taste really natural and I don’t feel bad polishing off a lot of them!

For more information, visit GinnyBakes and find and follow them on Facebook and Twitter.

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You may recall last year when Philips Avent asked fans to help select a new pacifier design through a  Facebook contest, with the winning design now available at Babies R US! Well, good news – the brand will once again be sourcing creative ideas from parents, through a microsite that allows fans to choose pacifier shield colors, designs and more – submitting a final design for consideration that could then appear in select retailers nationwide!

Simple and stylish or edgy and bold? Let your creativity run wild! Enter our pacifier design contest before November 15th for your chance to win a Philips Avent gift basket worth over $500 and bragging rights when your pacifier hits store shelves

The winning design will join the Philips Avent family of pacifiers. Not only that, but the winner will receive a Philips Avent gift basket valued over $500!  The contest runs until November 15, 2015.

Pennie’s take:  How cool would it be to have your very own design on a pacifier for your baby!  I went over to design one to see what it was like and it is so easy and so fun!  You don’t have to be able to draw, you just pick color combinations and icons to put on the face of the pacifier!  See if you can guess which one I did!

Here’s one of the ways Philips Avent makes pacifiers perfect for your little one:

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Late July Snacks!

October 6, 2015

Our Chips Don’t Lie!  Our snacks are made with organic and non-GMO ingredients and are amazingly delicious! The perfect party snacks! My family and I are obsessed with the amazingly delicious flavors served up at our favorite taco trucks, so we had them in mind as we created our newest chips. Made with organic, non-GMO stone ground […]

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Freshly Picked Moccasins and Giveaway!

October 5, 2015

Freshly Picked moccasins feature a unique design with elastic at the opening. Our shoes are easy to put on, easy to take off, and most importantly: stay on your child’s foot. Our soft-soled shoes are made with durable leather and are suitable for infants and toddlers alike. Moccasins fit true to size and are available […]

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CVS MinuteClinic Flu Shots Because You’ve Got #NoTimeForFlu!

October 4, 2015

Pennie’s take: Having the flu is miserable.  Fever, chills, aching all over and oh so tired!  It’s been quite a while since I’ve had the flu and to keep from getting it again I get a flu shot every year at my MiniteClinic, right down the street. Being older and being around little kids (my grandchildren), […]

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Contigo – AUTOSPOUT® Striker Kids Water Bottle!

October 3, 2015

Press to Refresh! Smile, because it’s now possible for on-the-go kids and parents to travel spill free! The 14 oz. AUTOSPOUT® Striker Kids Water Bottle features a one-touch lid that pops-up for easy one-handed drinking from a straw.   The AUTOSPOUT plus spill-proof valve eliminates spills and leaks even when the spout is in the open position. […]

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Mud Pie – Innovative Gifts and Clothing!

October 2, 2015

Founded in 1988 by current CEO Marcia Miller, Mud Pie is an award-winning manufacturer of innovatively designed and affordably priced gifts. Based in Stone Mountain, Georgia, the company is comprised of 3 divisions–Mud Pie Baby, Mud Pie Living and Mud Pie Fashion. Mud Pie is a favorite brand of style-conscious consumers and is available in […]

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New Krusteaz Bakery Style Cookie Mixes and Giveaway!

October 1, 2015

  School season is in full swing! We know that your family is missing all the time you can spend together in summer while also getting really involved in school activities.  A fun way to keep your family doing things as a group is by creating your favorite after school snacks together! Krusteaz, a delicious brand of convenient, high […]

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Squeasy Gear – Easy Feeding On-The-Go!

September 30, 2015

It all started back in 2011 when the disposable food pouches were really becoming popular. They were really convenient but they cost so much money and so much plastic was being thrown away. We were sure there had to be a good reusable container to buy for us to serve our own favorite smoothies and […]

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Philips AVENT Classic Bottle and Giveaway!

September 29, 2015

Our trusted Classic range has been improved to provide an even more enjoyable feeding experience. The clinically proven, anti-colic system is now integrated into the nipple, making the bottle extra easy to clean and assemble. Anti-colic system proven to reduce colic* Unlike other bottles, the clinically proven anti-colic system is now integrated into the nipple, […]

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See Kai Run – Great Shoes For Kids!

September 28, 2015

The Story Behind the Wagon In 2004, a Seattle mom was on a quest to find a shoe that was best in health and design for her son’s feet. She was looking for fun, sophisticated styles that also promoted healthy foot development; but she didn’t find any, so she created See Kai Run. Today, a dedicated team of footwear makers […]

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My Little Pony Equestria Girls: Friendship Games!

September 27, 2015

Los Angeles, CA – Game on! A new full-length feature film, My Little Pony Equestria Girls: Friendship Games, will be released digitally, on DVD, and in a Blu-ray/DVD/Digital combination on October 13 in the U.S. and Canada from Shout! Factory Kids, in collaboration with Hasbro Studios. Exclusive to this release, there will be a deleted scene featuring a musical performance, a new audio […]

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Aquaphor Baby Diaper Rash Cream!

September 26, 2015

Aquaphor Baby Diaper Rash Cream protects your baby’s delicate skin, provides soothing relief and effectively treats diaper rash. Formulated with Zinc Oxide and Panthenol, the cream creates an effective barrier and protects your baby’s skin all night long. Use to prevent diaper rash or at the first signs. Pediatrician recommended brand Clinically proven to relieve […]

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Wyman’s of Maine Fresh Frozen Wild Blueberries!

September 25, 2015

Founded by Jasper Wyman in 1874, Jasper Wyman & Son is a family-owned company with a heritage of leadership in the growing and marketing of Wild Blueberries. Over the course of many generations, the company has perfected the science of fresh freezing fruit to maintain optimum flavor and nutritional benefits. Its signature brand, Wyman’s of Maine, is […]

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