Dr. Cocoa Relief with a Smile Review

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

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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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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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It’s NOT Just A Dog! Book Review & Giveaway

It’s NOT Just A Dog! by Pam Torres – Blog Tour

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School’s out for the summer and straight-talking Madison and her friend Cooper have big plans for the summer: working at the kennel, training service dogs and creating a dog-walking business—besides writing her dog-blog. Her stepdad has agreed to make Lilly, Madison’s foster puppy, a permanent member of the Morgan family, and Madison wants to make the adoption special.

It's NOT Just A Dog! by Pam Torres - Blog Tour

When an injured dog is abandoned, Madison’s determined to discover the truth about the orphaned dog. To crack this crime she’ll have to sneak around some shady characters. It’ll be tricky since her dad isn’t happy about her animal detective activities. Her promise not to get into trouble won’t be easy. Madison convinces Cooper to strike out on their own, but Lilly is dognapped and Madison finds herself locked in a shed with no way out. She regrets her crime-fighting obsession and realizes her snooping has endangered everyone she cares about. Cooper rallies an unlikely group of rescuers to bust her out.

It's NOT Just A Dog!

In the end Madison learns she can depend on her friends and her stepfather. And when it comes to people and dogs, relationships are never simple, and a dog is never—JUST a dog!

We recently got a chance to read this book and loved every part of it. This book is easy to read with great plot, characters and a strong message. We recommend this book as a must read for all middle graders and dog lovers.

Pam Torres

About the Author: Pam Torres was born in Logan, Utah and did most of her growing up in Prairie Village, Kansas. Besides playing Dorothy during tornado weather and digging Peter Pan-like underground forts she also played piano and ran cross-country. She started her family early, and had five energetic and creative children, and returned to school when the last one was four. She has fond memories of reading and playing with her children in between hefty amounts of volunteering at church and their schools. Several of her favorite memories are doing writers’ workshop, updating the art docent program, recruiting volunteers, working as the parent liaison for the curriculum team, publishing articles in the newsletter and directing a very popular after-school art club.

Writing was the one constant in her life through all the struggles of single parenthood, stepparent issues and bringing a large family together. She continued to write her brains out in hopes of writing full-time one day. After five years in sales, she quit her well-paying job to write. Her supportive husband is her biggest cheerleader and she frequently acknowledges that she couldn’t have done it without him.

The Project Madison Series is her debut middle-grade series. She organized Project Madison around its release and is donating 10% of her proceeds to the ASPCA®, animal shelters and other programs to benefit homeless or abused animals.

It’s NOT Just A Dog! is perfect for ages 9 to 12, with 184 pages, costs $10.47 and it’s available from April 2014.

You can find It’s NOT Just A Dog! at the online stores like Amazon, Barnes And Noble and IndieBound.

Giveaway!!!

Enter using the form below for a chance to win one of the Prize Packages!

Grand Prize – Set of illustrations signed by the illustrators, set of bookmarks, official Netta recipe card with biscuit mold, full set of magnets, set of stickers, signed hard copies of both books in the series, and a dream catcher.

First Prize – 3 illustrations signed by the illustrators, bookmarks, official Netta recipe card with biscuit mold, full set of magnets, set of stickers, hard copies of both books in the series.

Second Prize – 2 illustrations signed by the illustrators, bookmarks, official Netta recipe card with biscuit mold, full set of magnets, set of stickers, signed hard copies of both books in the series.

Third Prize – 2 illustrations signed by the illustrators, official Netta recipe card with biscuit mold, bookmarks, magnets, stickers, signed hard copies of both books in the series.

Swag Packages – One 5×7 signed illustration, bookmarks, magnets, stickers, an ebook in the format of your choice.

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More chances to win…

Facebook Page Contests – During the month of June the Project Madison Facebook Fan Page will be conducting contests and giveaways, so be sure to check there frequently for a chance to win some great prizes.

Attention Teachers and Parents:

Anyone who emails (torres dot pam3 at gmail dot com) a JPG of a tween holding my book, a student or relative will receive a personalized letter from Madison and signed by Lilly dog.

In addition, they will also be entered into a special drawing for an entire classroom to receive copies of the book and a visit from the author. (Sorry, this is for Washington State Teachers only.) One entry per child, per picture. Be sure to include your school name, teachers name and contact information.

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Delicious Diabetes Cooking Cookbook Review

Delicious Diabetes Cooking for One or Two People

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Delicious Diabetes Cooking for One or Two People – Delicious diabetes-suitable meals, whether you’re dining alone or with a companion.

Delicious Diabetes Cooking for One or Two People

There’s no reason to settle for leftovers or a hastily thrown together meal when you could be cooking with these sumptuous recipes specifically designed for one or two people. (They can also be easily scaled up if you’re entertaining.)

All these wonderful recipes will be enjoyed by anyone, diabetic or not, and many are even suitable, with a minimum of adjustment, for those managing other dietary restrictions such as gluten or dairy allergies. None of the recipes is long or complicated, and they all feature easily accessible ingredients to encourage you to cook on your own. They make cooking for diabetes management an exciting experience rather than a dreary chore.

In addition to the diabetes-suitable recipes there’s also a wealth of diabetes-related information, everything from symptoms, diagnosis and blood sugar control to alternative sweetener information and nutritional therapy.

All of the recipes feature complete nutritional analyses, making it easy to follow diabetes guidelines and recommendations at every meal of the day and every occasion.

Whatever other measures you may take to manage your diabetes, the bedrock of your treatment is to manage your diet. These delicious, easy-to- prepare recipes will provide you with a healthy and economical way to start you on your path.

When I got a chance to review this cookbook I jumped to it, because at the time I was 32 weeks pregnant and diagnosed with gestational diabetes. This diagnoses got me by surprise because I was eating pretty healthy throughout this pregnancy and I started it with a healthy weight, exercising on regular basis and not to mention no history of diabetes or gestational diabetes in the family. So when opportunity came I was super interested in this cookbook just because I wanted to cook healthy, yummy meals for the baby and myself and not eat the wrong things that could harm either one of us.

In this cookbook I soon found easy to make, delicious recipes that are perfect not only when you have diabetes, but for everyone. My family enjoyed them even though they didn’t have to go trough any dietary restrictions. We found yummy recipes from breakfast, lunch, dinner and some super yummy desserts everyone enjoyed.

I also enjoyed reading all of the useful information about diabetes and I love that each recipe comes with the nutrients per serving report and the very important food choices per serving. And I’m sure if you have any type of diabetes you know how important tracking the food choices is and how easy it is to go over and not know what is the right amount to eat. With these recipes you have it at the side of each recipe and it makes the cooking/eating that much easier and more enjoyable.

So far we tried:

  • Cream of Mushroom Soup
  • Carrot and Red Lentil Soup
  • Ajwar
  • Hard-Cooked Eggs with Spinach
  • Chicken and Apple Salad
  • Pasta and Broccoli au Gratin
  • Stir-Fried Shrimp with Ginger
  • Herb Frittata
  • Old-Fashioned Ginger and Honey Cookies
  • Whole Wheat Blueberry Muffins

We continue to try new recipes daily and enjoy them a lot. Now that I’m not pregnant anymore and my gestational diabetes is completely gone I still find the recipes in this cookbook easy, yummy and delicious for my whole family.

I know that you will enjoy these recipes as well whether you are diabetic or not!

About the Author: Michelle Berriedale-Johnson has been involved with food sensitivity for nearly 30 years, ever since her baby son and his father were both diagnosed with milk intolerance. Since then she has manufactured ‘freefrom’ food, run a magazine about food sensitivity for both health professionals and patients, and written a number of books on food allergy and intolerance. Apart from writing recipes, Michelle edits the FoodsMatter family of websites and writes the FoodsMatter blog (complete with garden and cats!) She lives in the United Kingdom.

This cookbook has 168 pages $19.95 US available from April 2014.

To find out more about the Delicious Diabetes Cooking for One or Two People cookbook, or to check out other amazing cookbooks visit Robert Rose website.

Disclosure – SCM (SocialCafe Magazine) was provided FREE product(s) by the above mentioned company or their PR Representative to complete this review. All of the opinions are strictly of the SCM (SocialCafe Magazine) and SCM (SocialCafe Magazine) staff and no one else. The opinions are honest and not influenced by the monetary compensation in any way.

Starbucks Blonde Roast Coffee Veranda Blend Review

Delicious & Mellow Cup of Coffee

Disclosure – I wrote this review as part of the BzzAgent campaign. As a BzzAgent I received this product for free.

Starbucks coffee is known for being bold. But what if you want a cup that’s just as great-tasting, but not as dark roasted? Enter Starbucks Blonde Roast coffees. It’s the coffee Starbucks has been missing — made for the people they’ve been missing.

Starbucks Blonde Roast Coffee Veranda Blend

Just like the Starbucks coffees you already know, they’re crafted using only the finest beans and are full of flavor. But unlike their renowned dark roasts, Starbucks Blonde Roast coffees are decidedly mellow. One sip and you’ll fall in love. We’re talking perfectly balanced, beautiful, light-bodied coffees.

But don’t just take our word for it – sample Starbucks Veranda Blend, Aria Blend and NEW Bright Sky Blend for yourself.

Recently we got a chance to try the Starbucks Blonde Roast Veranda Blend and found it to be a nice change from the usual medium/dark coffee roasts that we enjoy daily. This Veranda Blend is mellow, flavorful, a bit nutty and it has just the right hint of the cocoa. Definitely a perfect blend to relax and unwind with.

Of course you can grab a cup of Starbucks Blonde Roast coffee from your favorite barista, but did you know all three blends are available in grocery stores, too? Look for bags starting around $8.99 and boxes of K-Cup packs for $9.99 to $12.99, depending on the count.

Disclosure – I wrote this review as part of the BzzAgent campaign. As a BzzAgent I received the above mentioned product for free. SCM (SocialCafe Magazine) was provided FREE product(s) by the above mentioned company or their PR Representative to complete this review. All of the opinions are strictly of the SCM (SocialCafe Magazine) and SCM (SocialCafe Magazine) staff and no one else. The opinions are honest and not influenced by the monetary compensation in any way.