Sunday, October 23, 2016

Find a gift any coffee lover will love with Melitta Coffee #MBPHGG16

"I am a coffee fanatic.
Once you go to proper coffee, you can't go back.
You cannot go back."
Hugh Laurie

Thank you to Melitta for providing me with product, free of charge, in exchange for my honest review. All thoughts and opinions shared are my own.

Ray and I are both self proclaimed coffee snobs. I remember professing our love (of coffee) on our first date. Our perfect morning is chatting over a delicious cup of joe, watching the girls play. For the first 3.5 years that we lived together we used an Aeropress for our coffee needs. Aeropress makes great coffee but only one cup at a time, this can become tedious. I knew we needed to find a better way!

Melitta USA is part of the Melitta Group of Minden, Germany. Melitta USA focuses on being a leader in the coffee industry. Hoping to bring the European café experience to homes across America.

When Melitta reached out with this review opportunity, I knew it could be the solution to our coffee problem. They were extremely generous with what they sent:

Three bags of fine ground coffee:

How to make an amazing cup of coffee:

Boil 6 cups of water Place a filter in brewing cone
 Add coffee- I add a tablespoon per cup and it's perfect for us

Slowly pour water over grounds, adding more as coffee pours through the pot

Wait for all the water to drain through the filter

You have a divine pot of coffee, enjoy!

The Melitta Porcelain 6-Cup Pour-over Coffee Maker has earned a permanent spot on our counter. I love that it's pretty to look at and doesn't take up a lot of space. All of the parts are easy to clean, meaning there's no need to descale like with automatic coffee makers. After using it for a couple weeks, I tried to go back to our Areopress and was disappointed. The pour-over coffee was much better!

I love the sleek look

An elegant way to brew coffee in time-honored Melitta tradition of pour-over

 We enjoyed all three coffees they sent- including the flavored one (I'm usually not a fan). My favorite was the Vienna Roast. I opened the bamboo filters first, I love that they are more environmentally friendly, and they have worked great. You can tell that Melitta takes pride in creating quality products!

Want them? Get them!

Melitta has a present for all the coffee lovers on your list. The 6 cup brewer is a great addition to any kitchen with only a single cup brewer- manual or electric. Remember to include some of their delicious coffee to complete the gift! You can find Melitta's full collection on their website- - or check their store locator for a retailer near you.

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Special thanks to Melitta for allowing us to review and share about their wonderful products!

Saturday, October 22, 2016

Celebrate National Apple Month in October with Bare Apple Chips

I use the phrase "An apple a day keeps the doctor away" a lot at school.  I usually say it when children unpack an apple from there lunchbox at school.  I love apples and I love these crunchy apple chips from Bare.  I didn't even know that October was National Apple Month, but that's just another excuse to eat more apples.  Apple pies are my all time favorite and my sister in law makes the best at Thanksgiving...I'm already waiting for it next month.  There are many ways to eat apples.  I like them about any way they can be eaten.  A child in my class brought an apple snack a couple weeks ago and I wish I had gotten a picture.  It was so pretty and so good.  They had used a corer and sliced the apples.  They spread cream cheese on them and added sprinkles.  They were called apple cookies and even my picky kids loved them.  There are so many great apple recipes, whether it's used in an appetizer, side dish, entree or dessert.  And apples aren't just for eating.  They smell amazing and I used some of these Bare Chips to make my house smell so good.  I added them to water in a pot on my stove and just had it on low all afternoon.  My house smelled delicious and when my husband came in from work he asked what I had been baking.  We have also dried apples out at school before and used them on a necklace when we have our Native American Pow Wow.  Take some time this October and enjoy a crunchy, juicy apple.  If you have never tried Bare Apple Chips then you are missing out!!  Give them a try.  You will be glad that you did!

A box of deliciousness!

A great mixture of flavors.

These are cinnamon apple chips.  

Simmering on my stove!

Want it?  Buy it!
Head on over to Bare and check out these delicious treats.  You can also connect with them on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and Instagram.  

Special thanks to my friends from Bare for allowing me to share about National Apple Month.  It's been a delicious pleasure to work with you!

Weekends with the Wigglesworths- Fall Cleaning

This weekend looks like it may be slightly boring. No major plans, but I am hoping to get the basement cleanup and dining room cleanup completed because we'll all be home. The one bright spot in the weekend, is that I don't have to wait until tomorrow to visit my Gram. We have switched up our plans and we are getting together today instead! 

I've been working much of this past week to organize the basement, but honestly we have so much STUFF, that it looks like nothing got done. I did manage to go through the girls' clothes and got some of it under control, so that makes my efforts somewhat successful. 

Today, with a few more hands, it's bound to get finished. Right?! 

Voltron Pumpkin Stencils

Are you carving pumpkins for Halloween this weekend? If you are, check out these awesome Voltron Pumpkin Stencils for your pumpkins! You'll definitely have some of the coolest pumpkins on the block with these cool stenciled designs! Download the designs for free & get ready for some extra attention from your neighbors!

Have fun!

Friday, October 21, 2016

The Key Elements Of A Happy Retirement

Retirement may feel like a long way away, but the years will soon roll by. As such, it’s never too early to start making preparations for when that day eventually arrives. But before taking those positive steps, you must have a goal. So what makes a happy and comfortable retirement? Let’s take a closer look. 

 Financial Stability 
 Money might not be the most important thing in the world, but you will need it to enjoy a happy retirement. Increased life expectancy means that your pensions and funds will need to last longer. Therefore, you best start saving and making smarter investments immediately. 

Body Care 
 As we grow older, we start to realize that looks aren’t actually that important. However, keeping your body in great condition is crucial. Healthy eating and light exercise will slow the effects of aging. Moreover, it can help you fight additional health problems like diabetes. 

 Without a job, you’ll suddenly have a lot more free time on your hands. At first, this will feel amazing, but you’ll soon get bored. Finding a hobby like gardening can have a telling impact on your long-term happiness. 

 Supportive Care 
 Whether we like it or not, most of us will require a little helping hand in later life. This could mean living in residential care. Or it might just mean having a worker come round to assist you with certain daily tasks. Either way, receiving the best support possible is essential. Learning more about those facilities now, and you’ll be able to make far more informed decisions.

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Snack healthy with KABRITA #review #giveaway

This product is new to me and I was excited to learn more about it.  When the box came and there were squeeze pouches, I knew that Aiden would be happy.  He loves those squeeze pouches.  And I love this one because of the health benefits.  I just told him it was a smoothie pouch and he was all in.  I don't know that he would have been as excited if he would have read that it was goat's milk, but he didn't bother to look at that part.  He loved all three of the pouches we received with his favorite being vanilla bean.  He said if it was colder and frozen it would remind him of vanilla ice cream. I tasted all three also, and my favorite was the mango peach.  It really did taste like a smoothie.  We also received the toddler formula, but I don't have anyone that young in my home so I haven't used that.  I plan to pass that on to Ondria for when Baby S is a little bigger.  I did read the package and it has wonderful health benefits for toddlers under the age of two.  If you have a toddler or a child that could use a healthy snack alternative, I suggest you check out KABRITA.  

The three pouches we received.

Tasting the banana and vanilla bean.

Thumbs up!

Will use these great coupons for some more pouches. 

Toddler formula.

A little info about KABRITA....

Why Goat Milk? Explore the Benefits of Goat Milk.

Goat milk has always been a bit of a trade secret among mommies and is known for its naturally easy to digest properties. KABRITA has harnessed the gentle benefits of goat milk into two beloved product lines, Goat Milk Formula and Goat Milk Yogurt and Fruit pouches, designed for the smallest members of your household.

Naturally easy to digest protein

Goat milk protein forms a smaller, softer, and looser curd in the gut than cow milk. And, it is degraded faster than cow milk protein.

Goat milk fat is also easy to digest

Goat milk fats are smaller than cow milk fats. And, goat milk fat contains significantly higher amounts of easier-to-digest short- and medium-chain fatty acids compared to cow milk. KABRITA's non-GMO Goat Milk Yogurt and Fruit and non-GMO Whole Goat Milk Powder are made with full-fat goat milk.

May reduce eczema, congestion, tummy troubles and more

For some children, cow milk protein may be difficult to digest and may cause mild to moderate symptoms such as colic, constipation, diarrhea, gas, bloating, chronic congestion, recurrent ear infections, and eczema. KABRITA goat milk foods are naturally easy to digest and may be a solution for the symptoms that may be associated with cow milk sensitivity*.

Goat milk is not appropriate for children with a confirmed cow milk protein allergy (CMPA).

Tastes great

KABRITA's unique, high-quality goat milk has a mild, sweet and fresh taste. KABRITA goat milk is produced in The Netherlands, one of the leading producers of goat milk globally, and locally at America's first Non-GMO Project Verified goat milk dairy farm. All of the farms follow strict guidelines that limit or prohibit the use of antibiotics, growth hormones and exposure to pesticides. KABRITA milk tastes delicious and all KABRITA products are kid-approved!

*not for a confirmed cow milk protein allergy (CMPA)

KABRITA USA's mission is to provide the highest standard of goat milk nourishment to children, while inspiring parents and health care professionals with expert nutrition education.

Want it?  Buy it!
To learn more about KABRITA and all their products, check out their webpage.  You can also find the store nearest you. Or connect with them on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube , Instagram and Pinterest.  

Want it?  Win it!
One lucky mom will win one case of KABRITA Toddler Formula! Giveaway is open to US residents, 18+. Just use the handy RC entry form below to enter to win! Mommy's Block Party is not responsible for prize fulfillment. Please see our policies page for details.

Special thanks to my friends at KABRITA for the yummy samples and for offering this awesome giveaway. It was a pleasure to work with you!

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