Gift Cards Rock

Have you ever been completely stumped about what to give somebody on your list? Have you ever been a bit flummoxed about why somebody gave _you_ a particular gift?
Giving gifts that a person doesn’t want is a waste of money (and, often, time). Why not just give a gift card?
I LOVE LOVE LOVE gift cards–giving AND receiving them!

Some people feel that gift cards are impersonal. Yet, studies show that recipients LOVE receiving gift cards and appreciate the giver’s generosity and thoughtfulness. Yes, thoughtfulness–because the recipient can pick out something he or she really loves!
Also, if you want to express your creativity, choose gift cards from fun stores or for unusual experiences.

My father often gives me gift cards to Starbucks, which I LOVE. When he doesn’t give me a gift card, he often gives something I will really never use (regifting, anyone?? discussion for another day…).
Wouldn’t your sister love a spa gift card?
Wouldn’t your brother love a sporting goods gift card?

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Need ideas for which gift card to give?
Think restaurants, salons, retail stores, specialty stores…the recipient will have a lot more to choose from than if you picked one thing yourself.
Most gift cards can be used online or in stores, so they are very convenient. Cards for dining out are always a good idea, because everybody needs to eat and they will enjoy relaxing and not worrying about the bill!

You can wrap the gift card creatively (with a batch of home-made cookies, perhaps) and watch the smiles ensue!

What about gift cards for kids?
Here I would indeed hesitate a bit.
Obviously, you can pick out toys & clothes for your own children and don’t need to give them gift cards.
For other children, you might check with their mom first, because she might not want them out on a shopping experience unless they are above a certain age.
Besides, kids get much more excited about unwrapping a toy (even if they never play with it) than adults do.

In general, though, you don’t need to be shy or embarrassed about giving a gift card–trust me, you’ll become known as a great gift-giver!!

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Protein on-the-go

Review: tera’s whey Organic Whey Protein
As a member of the Real Moms Love to Eat Food Affairiate Program, one of the “Real Mom approved” products I received to sample was a pouch of tera’s whey Organic Whey Protein (Bourbon Vanilla flavor). As a vegetarian, I have tried many different protein powders, and this all-natural one stood out because it had low-glycemic stevia leaf extract, 22 grams of organic whey protein, and 120 calories (per 30-gram packet).

I never feel that protein powders are that tasty, but you can mix them with any kind of juice; and I did feel that this one was nutritious and effective.

Subsequently, I ordered a canister of tera’s whey Organic Blueberry Whey Protein from Abe’s Natural Market. I have been adding a scoop of that to my smoothies or shakes, and I am very pleased with it. I can almost feel the antioxidants working!

I like supporting tera’s whey, because all of their ingredients are sourced from sustainable family dairy farms (mostly small, Wisconsin family farms).

If you’re looking for an all-natural whey protein, I recommend this!
Thanks to Beth Aldrich and Real Moms Love to Eat (see my previous posts) for introducing me to tera’s whey!

Real Moms Love to Picnic

When I became a Food Affairiate for Real Moms Love to Eat I received some products that Beth Aldrich endorses (brands that are sponsors of her book tour).
This is my review of the Go Picnic ready-to-eat-meals http://www.gopicnic.com/

I tried the Hummus + Crackers meal, which includes Wild Garden Hummus Dip, Crunchmaster Multi-Seed Crackers, Seapoint Farms Dry Roasted Edamame, Sweet Perry Orchards Baja Blend Fruit & Nut Mix and an Endangered Species Dark Chocolate Square.
It was a nice mixture of flavors. Each separate package is fairly small, and if you’re the kind of person who prefers to nibble at your desk all day rather than eating a huge meal all at once this is perfect. It comes in a convenient box that you don’t have to assemble yourself! I particularly liked the roasted edamame in the box I tried.
Health advantages: All-Natural, Gluten Free, Vegan & Kosher.

The Go Picnic meal options include:
Sunbutter + Crackers
Hummus + Crackers
Tuna + Crackers
Salmon + Crackers
Peanut Butter + Crackers

You’ll feel like a kid discovering what fun snacks each one has inside the box!

Have you pre-ordered your copy of Real Moms Love to Eat yet?
Check out the book trailer here:

Here’s to a New Year full of loving food and feeling fabulous!