Around the Web: Favorite Turkey Recipes

Just in Time for Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving is just around the corner and we can always use a few new recipes and ideas for our party menu. Check out some of our favorite turkey recipes from Around the Web and don’t forget to share your favorite recipe with us in the comments!

Turkey Taco Skillet (one pot dish)

Turkey Taco Skillet (one pot dish) by Yummy Healthy Easy

Perfect Roast Turkey

Perfect Roast Turkey by A Family Feast

Herb Roasted Turkey Breast

Herb Roasted Turkey Breast by Oh Sweet Basil

Slow Cooker Turkey Meatballs

Slow Cooker Turkey Meatballs by Sally’s Baking Addiction

Ranch Turkey Burger Recipe

Ranch Turkey Burger Recipe by Laa Loosh

Turkey Sloppy Joes Lettuce Wraps

Turkey Sloppy Joes Lettuce Wraps by Growing up Gabel

Dr. Cocoa Relief with a Smile Review

Dr. Cocoa Relief with a Smile Chocolate Cough and Cold Medicine

This is a product-provided, sponsored conversation that contains affiliate links. However, all opinions, text and experiences are my own.

Dr. Cocoa for Children is the first-ever chocolate flavored, over-the-counter liquid cough and cold medicine line for children ages 4-13!

With school back in the full swing and always unpredictable weather changes in the Midwest we go trough at least one cold during this season. This year winter colds have come to us too early and while dealing with low 11 F temperatures we also went trough a tough cough and cold with our 9 year old last week.

Although she is tough little girl, when it comes to colds and being sick she is like every other kid. She wants to rest, cuddle, watch movies, eat homemade soup, cookies and avoid her medicine at all costs. She is not a fan of any flavor of the medicine available for children. That is until now!

Dr. Cocoa for Children is the first-ever chocolate flavored, over-the-counter liquid cough and cold medicine line for children ages 4-13! The great chocolate taste, made with real cocoa, combined with trusted, effective ingredients, means kids are happy to take the medicine and moms are happy that their children will get cough and cold relief.

Why does the taste matter? According to Dr. Cocoa’s new national Harris survey of U.S. parents of school-aged children (ages 4-13), almost 40% of parents said it isn’t easy to give their children over-the-counter liquid cough/cold medicines, with one third of parents believing the taste of the medicine impacted how easy it was to give their child the recommended dose. Dr. Cocoa for Children was developed with its real chocolate flavor just for this reason.

At first she tried avoiding it, but she quickly changed her mind after the medicine was open and the real cocoa smell filled the room. After taking a recommended dose she exclaimed “Wow this was different, it did not taste like medicine at all.”

Dr. Cocoa medicine comes with a dosing spoon in ml which makes giving and taking the medicine more simple than when using a cup. I also noticed that it’s a lot thicker than other medications we used in the past. We used both the daytime and nighttime ones and still didn’t have a need for the cough relief one. But, winter is yet to come and with the amount of the snow we have had already I’m sure we’ll go trough a persistent cough as well… not that we want to!

But in reality school age kids get eight to twelve colds per year. And those colds can last anywhere between six days to two weeks. Not to mention that common cold accounts for approximately 22 million missed days of school and 20 million absences from work, including time away from work caring for ill children. Maybe you didn’t know, but cold season is considered to last from September to April, like I said before plenty of time to get a few more colds no matter how hard we try to avoid them!

Dr. Cocoa Cough and Cold Medicine come in three great formulas (Daytime Cough + Cold Relief, Nighttime Cough + Cold Relief, Long-Acting Cough Relief non-drawsy 8 hours)​ to relieve a variety of cough and cold symptoms. Patented formulas combine trusted, effective ingredients with 10% real cocoa for a rich, soothing chocolate taste that kids like. All Dr. Cocoa products are dye-free, gluten-free and alcohol-free.

Dr. Cocoa products are available nationwide at stores, as well as online. For more information about Dr. Cocoa, including where to buy, visit Dr. Cocoa website where you will be able to print a valuable $4 coupon as well. And don’t forget to connect with the brand on their Facebook Page and check out this fun TV spot on YouTube!

Dr. Cocoa products are FDA regulated medicines and should be used only as directed and kept safely out of reach of children.

Visit www.drcocoa.com for a $4-off coupon offer.

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Gabriel Finley & the Raven’s Riddle Book Review

Riddles Key to Fighting Evil in New Tween Novel by Award-Winner George Hagen

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From Homer to the Bible, Norse Mythology to the Mad Hatter, the allure of riddles — as games, signs of intelligence, humorous word play, and a trickster’s tool for challenging an opponent, has been part of our culture. Data shows riddles going back nearly 4,000 years to the culture of Sumaria.

[*Can you solve this Sumarian riddle: “There is a house. One enters it blind and comes out seeing. What is it?” – answer at the bottom of the post!]

Gabriel Finley & the Raven's Riddle

But for award-winning author, George Hagen, it was the Mad Hatter’s so called unsolvable riddle about why a raven is like a writing desk that inspired the first of what will be a series of books about a new avian world set under the streets of Brooklyn. Gabriel Finley & the Raven’s Riddle has been called “a vivid, compelling fantasy,” by Norton Juster, author of the classic The Phantom Tollbooth, and “a first-rate fantasy,” by Booklist in their starred review. Like the riddles that populate the book, Hagen’s captivating fantasy has the power to intrigue as readers endeavor to quickly solve the plot-based puzzles.

The story begins with Gabriel’s wish to find his father who has mysteriously vanished. His determination to succeed and innate curiosity lead Gabriel to link up with a colorful cast of characters – some he knows he can trust, and others who he is forced to ally with despite suspicions about their motives. His brave efforts to vanquish challengers and unlock the riddle mysteries that fill the book, lead him to the underworld prison where his father is captive.

Throughout this fast-paced adventure, Hagen explores universal themes of honor and betrayal; greed and compassion; and the complicated bonds of family and friends all the while weaving the familiar sites of Brooklyn into a fantastical avian world where ravens (good and evil) duel, and winged predators and friends shift sides to survive. Gabriel Finely is a story about the nature of trust and how it often requires large leaps of faith to move forward in a complex world.

We recently got a chance to review this book and both my 9-year-old daughter and I found it quiet interesting and a bit scary at times (for young readers at least). We loved the riddles and the story was interesting for both of us, making it a fast paced read we enjoyed together. If you have a middle grader that enjoys mystery, fairy tales, riddles and myths than this book is perfect for them. Keep in mind that not all kids like scary books and this one has some parts that could be too much for some youngsters. We do recommend reading it and can’t wait to read book two when it becomes available.

About the Author: George Hagen is the award-winning author of two novels for adults. The Laments—a Washington Post bestseller and recipient of the William Saroyan International Prize for writing–has been compared to the work of John Irving and Ann Tyler and described by Publishers Weekly as “a funny, touching novel about the meaning of family.” Tom Bedlam was called “a Victorian three-decker novel [that] shines with contemporary clarity and moves at the speed of ‘The Sopranos'” by the Los Angeles Times. Hagen had lived on three continents by the time he was twelve. The father of three children, he now lives in Brooklyn. This is his first book for tweens.

Gabriel Finley & the Raven’s Riddle is perfect for ages 9 to 12, with 384 pages, costs $16.99 and is available September 2014.

For more info and to order this book visit George Hagen’s website!

[Riddle Answer: a school]

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Homemade Gift Ideas

Homemade Gift Ideas for the Holidays!

With Thanksgiving and Christmas just around the corner it’s time to start thinking about the homemade gifts, if you are planing to make them this year. Homemade gifts are special and from the heart. And we all hope that those that receive the gifts will love them as much as we loved making them.

Need ideas, see what we think it’s cool to make this holiday season!

  1. Homemade Jams and Preserves – If this is something you know how to make you should definitely go for it. Everyone loves something sweet and jam is always a popular choice. And homemade is always healthier and more special than store-bought! To make your gift extra special place it in a nice shaped jar, add a printed label like “Delicious Strawberry Jam” or similar. You can also list the ingredients on a little card and tie it with a fancy ribbon around the lid.
  2. Homemade Hot Cocoa Mix – When it’s cold outside, or even if it’s not, holiday season makes us want something warm and Hot Cocoa is always a popular choice. Make your own by filling a jar with layers of hot cocoa mix, chocolate milk mix, powdered sugar, chocolate chips, and marshmallows. To make it extra special include a nice, tall cup and some special label or ribbon.
  3. Baked Goodies Basket – Yum! Everyone can enjoy a nice cookie or homemade bread. Holidays are a perfect time to indulge in baked goodies. Plus this gift can be perfect for everyone. Make it extra special by placing the baked goodies in separate see trough bags, tie each with different decorative ribbon and a card with what it is included in the bag. Place everything in a decorative basket and finish it off with a large see trough bag and/or big ribbon.
  4. Cute Tutu or a Hair Bow – Surprise a special little girl in your life with a cute tutu or a nice hair bow. Check out these fun tutorials for How to make a Tutu.
  5. Special Blanket – If sewing is your thing you can always make some special blankets as gifts. This could be a perfect gift for boys or men, especially if done with their favorite characters or sports teams! Know how to knit, you can certainly make hand knit blankets as well. They will be fun, fuzzy and perfect gifts.
  6. Handmade Handbags – You can either sew or knit a handbag for a special gift. Make it more special by using favorite fabric, yarn or color of the person receiving a gift.
  7. Handmade Hats and Scarfs – What better way to surprise someone for the holidays than with a warm hat, scarf or gloves. See these fun Free Knitting Hat Patterns.
  8. Hand-painted Picture Frames – Put a little spin on a every day gift by hand painting it and making it super special. You can get inexpensive frames in all sizes in unfinished wood (perfect for painting over and refinishing) at Hobby Lobby or other Craft Stores.
  9. A Christmas Ornament –  This is a homemade gift idea that never goes out of style! You can get as creative as you want or keep it simple if you like. Buy basic styrofoam balls and then paint them. From there, you can add glitter or beads and make it pretty as you like.
  10. Holiday Plaques – One of the fun gifts you will love making and they will love receiving. Choose a winter or holiday saying. Paint a wooden plaque the color of your choice, then glue on letters cut out of card-stock paper to say whatever you want. Follow by brushing a coat of clear glue such as Mod Podge and let dry!

Share with us Your Homemade Gift Ideas!

Uncommon Goods Holiday Gifts Review

Perfect Holidays Gifts from Uncommon Goods

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Whether you are looking for Christmas gifts, personalized gifts or last-minute stocking stuffer there is something for everyone at Uncommon Goods!

Uncommon Goods Fox Clock

It’s that time of the year again. The time to decorate, celebrate and make someones holiday extra special with that perfect gift. This year think outside of the box and take a look at the highly unique and creative products available at Uncommon Goods. Recently we got the opportunity to work with them and check out first hand some of their products that we feel would make great gifts this holiday season.

There are so many great gifts available that it wasn’t easy narrowing it down. But with kids in the house, especially with a girl who loves books and stories I knew this storybook style Fox Clock would be a perfect gift.

Uncommon Goods Fox Clock

Fox Clock by Kerri Lee $54.00

The Story: Fox On Clocks – Sweet, sly, and full of colorful flair, this charming fox keeps the time in storybook style. Beautifully hand painted, this inquisitive timepiece is perfect for a child’s playroom, kitchen, or anywhere your imagination may roam. Handmade in Long Eddy, NY. Due to the handmade nature of this item, each is unique and will vary. Made from: Wool Felt, Birch Plywood, Clock Movement. Measurements: 11.5″ L x 9.5″ W x .5″ D Notes: Requires 1 AA battery (not included).

My daughter absolutely adores this clock and it fits perfectly with the style of her room. I love that it’s big enough, yet super stylish and it makes a perfect focal point whether you choose to have it in your child’s room, playroom, library or even classroom. The clock is well made, the handmade and hand painted uniqueness makes it a gift to be loved and treasured even more.

Uncommon Goods Zenguin Mugs Set of 4

After picking something for kids I wanted something we could all enjoy. Something that would fit with our personalities and motivate us. That’s when I saw these adorable Zenguin Mugs Set of 4. They are super cute and just perfect for coffee, tea, hot chocolate… definitely a gift for everyone.

Uncommon Goods Zenguin Mugs Set of 4

Zenguin Mugs Set of 4 by Patricia Carlin $48.00

The Story: Cool As A Cucumber – Waddle towards Nirvana with Patricia Carlin’s charming mugs. Four meditative penguins find their own sense of calm on white ceramic, then encourage you to do the same with a different zen proverb printed on the inside of each vessel–a “tongue-in-beak” way to send your stress to the South Pole. Made in Tucson, Arizona.

Be: Do not fear the shark if your feathers are dry.
Breathe: If the ice cracks and no one is there to hear it, does it make a sound?
Fly!: Flight is not confined to the sky.
Meditate: What s the sound of one flipper flapping?

Exclusively at Uncommon Goods. Unfortunately, this item cannot ship outside of the United States at this time. Made from: Ceramic. Measurements: 3.5″ H, 3.5″ dia.; 10 oz. Notes Care: Dishwasher and microwave safe.

I love coffee and each morning since receiving these they brighten it up… I don’t know what I like more, the shape, the simple white/black design, the penguins or the sayings, but they work, they make me smile and enjoy my coffee that much more. Plus they are easy to care for, work well with different beverages and they are easy for kids to handle as well.

Uncommon Goods Nesting Storage Containers

I can never have enough of plastic storage containers. We use them for leftovers, to meal prep, to pack school lunches, pack snacks on the go… you get the picture. That’s why I couldn’t pass these Nesting Storage Containers when I saw them. Especially when I saw how easy they are to store. And if you are or know a foodie this holiday season don’t be afraid to get these.

Uncommon Goods Nesting Storage Containers

Nesting Storage Containers by Richard & Anthony Joseph $35.00

The Story: Chromatic Containers – Stow chopped fruit and vegetables or safely pack leftovers for lunch with these airtight nesting containers. This set’s clever design has compact and convenient storage, featuring snap-together lids and nesting bases. Each piece is highlighted by a rainbow of coordinating colors, making it easy to find a lid for every dish. Made in China. Unfortunately, this item cannot ship outside of the United States at this time. Made from: TPE, Polypropylene. Notes: Freezer, microwave and dishwasher safe.

Measurements:

XS: 4.5″ L x 3″ W x 1.5″ H; 8 oz.
S: 6″ L x 4″ W x 2″ H; 18 oz.
M: 7″ L x 5.25″ W x 2.5″ H; 37 oz.
L: 8″ L x 6.25″ W x 3.25″ H; 63 oz.
XL: 9.25″ L x 7.25″ W x 3.75″ H; 101 oz.
XXL: 10.25″ L x 8.25″ W x 4.25″ H; 152 oz

Super easy to store, easy to clean, they go to freezer and microwave, and they look pretty. I’m very happy with them and love variety in sizes which makes them perfect for storing different things.

Over all we are satisfied with all of out Uncommon Goods gifts and highly recommend them. The items were shipped quickly, arrived to us in a few days and in an excellent condition. So don’t forget to give them a go this holiday season, you never know maybe that perfect gift is waiting for you at Uncommon Goods!

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10 Simple Weight Loss Tips

Simple Yet Effective Weight Loss Tips!

You’ve made the decision to lose weight and now it’s time to follow through on your goal.

When it comes to weight loss there is no magic button that can turn you into perfect shape overnight. To achieve your goals you will have to work for it. These 10 simple weight loss tips are here to help you along this very important journey in life. Journey to a healthier you!

  1. Make a Plan and Follow it – Visualize yourself at your goal weight. Set some small, reachable goals like “losing 2 pounds a week” rather than big ones that will make you feel overwhelmed. Record weekly your weight and measurements so you can see your progress. Write down your daily calorie intake, water consumption and exercise, that way you will know what works for you and what doesn’t.
  2. Take Pictures – Before and after pictures make a great motivational tool and by retaking them monthly you will see the changes before your eyes.
  3. Always Eat Breakfast – You may believe you can shed weight by passing on breakfast, but actually, the opposite is true. Eating a good breakfast like a cup of oatmeal in the morning will prevent you from overeating later in the day.
  4. Drink Water – This may seem obvious, but many people mistake the feeling of thirst for hunger. You don’t need to overdo it. Opt for water instead of soda and other calorie and sugar loaded drinks.
  5. Have a Healthy Diet – Don’t skip meals. Skipping meals can cause your body to go into a fat-storing starvation mode, making it harder to burn calories. Eat plenty of fresh fruits and veggies. Stick to lean meats and fish. Eating a handful of nuts will help you stay full. Eat several small, but well-balanced meals and snacks a day rather than three big ones where you will be more likely to overeat and snack on unhealthy foods later on. Eat slowly and chew your food well before swallowing which prevents unnecessary air from entering your body with your food that can leave you bloated. Beware of “fat-free” or “zero trans fats” foods as you could be trading fats for huge amounts of sugar or sodium.
  6. Get at Least 8 Hours of Sleep – Evidence has shown that sleep plays a major role in body composition and studies suggest that chronic partial sleep may increase the risk of obesity and weight gain. When you lack sleep your body releases the stress hormone which tells your body to store fat. Also, when you’re well-rested, you’re less prone to snacking out of fatigue or stress.
  7. Exercise at Least 5 Days a Week – You need to find the time if you want to reach your goals. Aim for both cardio and weight training because both are very beneficial to your ultimate goal. The number-one training stimulus when seeking body-fat loss is weight lifting. Training with weights elevates your RMR (resting metabolic rate). For every pound of lean muscle “tone” you develop, your body expends an extra 50 calories. And don’t forget the cardio, you need to move and be active to lose weight and be healthy. Interval training not only burns calories during the session, the real magic is that they also significantly elevate EPOC (exercise post oxygen consumption).
  8. Limit Stress in Your Life – Stress can cause weight gain and make all your hard work worthless. Limit stress, take walks, listen to soothing music, do something that will make you relax and eliminate stress.
  9. Join a Community – Being a part of a community of people with same or similar goals will keep you motivated to stick to it and do more. Check out the communities we love and recommend below.
  10. Remember Why You are Doing This – Remind yourself often why you are doing this! Your journey shouldn’t be a punishment, but a reward. Remember why you started and push yourself to your goal with a smile and an amazing new attitude towards weight loss and exercise!

Take Control of Your Life!

Communities to check out that we love for support and motivation: