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June 18, 2019
by Nikki
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The Great Alaska Seafood Company Review



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I recently started a new diet that I wasn’t eating any red meat, only chicken and fish. It does wonders for my arthritis pain and actually keeps my flares at bay. When Great Alaskan Seafood Company reached out for a review of their sample box of fish fillets. And knew this was right up our alley.

We all try to eat healthy around my house and eating fish is a staple meal with all the vitamins and nutrients. What I received in my share sample box is 1- Wild Alaskan Black Bass 1- Wild Alaskan COHO Salmon 1-Wild Alaskan KETA Salmon 2- Wild Alaskan Pacific Cod and a bonus cedar plank. You can check out all their share boxes HERE.

Black Bass: They resemble a cross between snapper and branzini. Black Bass are flaky with a mild flesh and are great for baking, sauteing and roasting.

COHO Salmon: These salmon species are very mild tasting and very versatile. They can be used in many meal preparations and styles. Early in the season when the fish is smaller (around 5 pounds) the salmon resembles a full-bodied trout. By the end of the season when they weigh as much as 15 pounds, they resemble a king salmon. Coho is great for poaching, grilling, even baking.

KETA Salmon: Keta have firm, lean meat and subtle flavor.

Pacific Cod: Cod is very versatile with cooking and has a mild meat flavor. Pairs well with almost any seasoning and can be cooked any way possible.

Nova’s Keta Salmon Alfredo

  • 1 lb keta salmon, pin-bones & skin removed, cut into 1 inch cubes
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 1 tbsp butter
  • 2 cloves of garlic, crushed
  • ¾ cup frozen peas
  • ¾ cup Parmigiano-Reggiano
  • 1 package fettuccine or linguini
  • salt & pepper to taste
  • to serve:
  • lemon wedges
  • fresh basil, chiffonade
  • fresh parsley, coarsely chopped

Directions

Bring 4 quarts of salted water to boil. Meanwhile, in a medium saucepan, melt butter over low heat and add crushed garlic.

After letting the crushed garlic infuse with the butter for around 3 minutes, add cream, salt + pepper and bring to a gentle boil.

Add the cubed salmon & frozen peas and bring back to a gentle boil. Meanwhile, add pasta to boiling water and cook as per the package instructions.

Drain pasta and add to cream, salmon & peas mixture.

Add your Parmesano-Reggiano and stir to combine. Remove crushed garlic chunks (optional).

Serve hot and garnish with a fresh lemon wedge, fresh basil, and fresh parsley.

Nova’s pro cooking tip (ok, maybe it’s Nic’s): For perfect al dente noodles, use plenty of water, salt it generously, and test a noodle well before they’re supposed to be ready. It should be springy, not mushy, but cooked through.

June 16, 2019
by Nikki
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My Audio Pet



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I have really nice, expensive speakers for myself and the older (adult children) but the little ones keep asking to use them. I get nervous that they’ll break them. So, I have been on the hunt for ones that the kids can use whenever they want. I found a company called My Audio Pet and they were more than willing to work together and sent me 2 for review.

I got a My Audio Pet for each of my kids, a penguin (ice ice baby) and a unicorn (unichord). Both of my kids 7 and 4 will be able to use them with their own phones I gave them to play games and listen to music on.

The bluetooth speakers are small enough to fit in my hand, but have a lot of sound for a small thing. It’s super simple to connect (Easy Click Bluetooth Connection) that even the little kids can use it without their mommy. Comes with a 500 mAh battery; with a 24″ charger cable. Has a built in mic, which is great for the Hide and speak app. Also comes with a selfie remote and a small lanyard. My Audio Pets comes in: * Unichord the unicorn, *Ice ice baby the penguin, *GoGo Bananas the Monkey, *Pandemonium the Panda, * Power Pup the Pug Puppy, *OwlCapella Blue the Owl, *Sealabration the Seal, *Sonar Sonata the Bat, *AMPEDphibian the Frog, *BumbleBeat the Bea, *Chick-A-Dee-Doo-Dah the baby chick, *GoldieRocks the Goldfish, *Moozart the cow, *Dancer the Reindeer, *OwlCapella the Brown Owl, *Party Pig, *Beavthoven

The Hide and Speak App is a very fun and engaging app for kids to play with their pet. Have fun hiding and finding your pet making the fun animal noises in the app or using the mic to make your pet say whatever you want. Play Battle Hum or FreeForm, the extra games included in the app.

April 19, 2019
by Nikki
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Eduoshape Sensory Play



Baby Sensory Balls: My 20 month old LOVES to play with balls. When last Christmas I bought her a 4 back of sensory balls something like these but they weren’t very expensive, but she loved them being so little, and even more as she got older. I was offered a review for the 6 pack sensory balls from Edushape (which is one of my favorite companies). These balls are brightly colored and each one has a different texture or “nub” that helps grip and sooth teething gums at every teething phase (infancy to 33 months). My daughter just loves these even at almost 2 years old! Teaches: Gross Motor Skills, Hand Eye Coordination, Visual Sensory Development, Tactile Sensory Development, Easy Grip.

Textured Pop Blocks: These blocks I got to review are fun for both my girls (2 and 4 years old). They are super brightly colored- soft- and fitted. They are a fun way to learn colors, shapes, counting and animals. Each block stacks and fits into the other one with the shapes. My 2 year old doesn’t get that part yet but my 4 year old and I worked on her colors and shapes, stacked them really high and the baby knocked it over! Comes with 9 blocks in a set. Helps to teach: Hand Eye Coordination, Tactile Sensory Development, Easy Grip. Great for any ages 0+.

We really enjoyed these new Little Learners toys that Edushape sent this month. They would make amazing Easter Basket Fillers, especially if your little one is like mine and loves balls and shapes. Use them instead of candy.

April 5, 2019
by Nikki
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Classic Silent Auto Gliding Bassinet Review by Delta Children



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When a new baby comes into your life whether it be by birth, foster or adoption, it’s an exciting time for everyone. Buying products that will be the right fit for not only the baby but will also perfect for mom and dad can be stressful. So many of one product on the market today, I have helped narrow your search down to just one! The Classic Silent Auto Glide Bassinet from Delta Children is perfect for you and baby because it has all the right necessities!

This beautiful white bassinet is perfect for either gender. Shown here is the built in mobile with 2 bears, and a retractable canopy to keep the lights out of the baby’s face. I think that this is fairly deep bassinet, and the mattress is very soft.

Another great feature of the bassinet is the extras. It comes with several preloaded lullabies to help drift your little one to sleep. Don’t like to turn on the bedroom lights to feed/change the baby? That’s ok because there is a little night light that solves that problem, too! But, the best part is that it is an auto glider. Silently will rock your baby to sleep. When not using the auto glider, you have the option to lock it in place so it doesn’t move.

Built in locking wheels makes sure that you can roll the bassinet room to room with you. I know that I used to take my older children into the kitchen, living room, bedroom- everywhere I went so did baby. My kids loved to be where I was even as infants.

Under the bassinet is a spacious basket for storing item such as blankets, toys or bottles. For the gliding aspect of the bassinet, it comes with a battery free option (LOVE IT!) that uses a AC adapter to plug in. If you want the music it uses 4AA batteries that doesn’t come with. The material on the bassinet is machine washable.

Overall I am extremely happy with my new Classic Silent Auto Glide Bassinet. I highly recommend anyone who is having a baby to get this. You can purchase on Amazon

About (taken from website): Delivering to the largest retailers and trusted by millions of families worldwide, Delta Children has formed a number of great partnerships with today’s most prestigious brands. Along with our own collection of nursery furniture, kids’ furniture, and baby gear, we are a proud owner of Simmons Kids as well as licensor of Disney, Nickelodeon, Marvel, Warner Brothers, Entertainment One, Major League Baseball, Sesame Street, Simmons Kids, Serta and Jeep® products.

April 2, 2019
by Nikki
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Top 4 Books to Prep for an Emergency



Top 4 Books to Prep for an Emergency

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These books are something that every person should be required to buy. We aren’t looking at prepping as a zombie apocalypse and need to get our stuff ready for that. But living in the United States, every area has their problems, such as earthquakes, tornados and such. And you NEVER know when your world can come crashing down and will need to prep for anything. I have a family of 7, and I often worry that if a tornado hits, we won’t be ready for a few hours of no electricity let alone a few days or even more, God forbid it. This year I made a resolution that I will start to prepare for any disaster small or large.

The Preppers Canning Guide: Food preparation has always been an important staple for any prepper. Like I read it usually is more like rice, bean, wheat. But in this book it teaches to store and can proteins, fruits and vegetables. Canning is a great way to preserve food, cooks quick and is great in an emergency. The book goes step by step on how to can foods.

* A Prepper’s Guide to Canning * Food and Food Safety * Canning 101 * Traditional Canning Tips and Recipes *Jazz Things Up with Jams * Getting Condimental * Fruit Frenzy * Venerable Vegetables *The Meat of the Matter *Beans Beans, Beans *In a Pickle and even more!

The Prepper’s Complete Book of Disaster Readiness: This book teaches you about the different levels of emergencies and how to be 100% prepared for them. What you should buy, stock, store and are absolutely dire needed. Some are the chapters are: *Why Should We Prepare * The Survival Mind-Set * Survival Kits * Bugging Out vs. Sheltering in Place * Pantry Organization and Storage * Foraging * Health and Wellness * Miscellaneous  Emergency Gear and several more!

The Prepper’s Water Survival Guide: Of all the resources needed when disaster hits; heat, food, water, electricity, communication and transportation- water is the most crucial. This book will teach out the ins and outs of how to get clean drinking water to survive.  Some of the chapters covered *Even Non-Preppers Need Water * Dehydration Can Be Deadly * Toxins in Municipal Water Supplies * Water Related Illnesses * A Glimpse at Everyday Life without Running Water and many more super important chapters!

The Dehydrators Handbook: This book is crucial at survival. All you need is this “cookbook” and a dehydrator to turn your garden fresh fruits and vegetables in to a shelf stable stockpile. They are delicious, healthy, and cheap. The ideas are endless on what to make! Soups, jar meals, treats, snacks and even herbs and spices. I have a dehydrator and we love it so much! I can take 2 big containers of strawberries from walmart, dehydrate them for 12 hours and they will only fill up about 1/4 of a canning jar depending on how they are sliced.

About (taken from website): As pop culture changes at the speed of the Internet, books have a powerful role to play in the interconnected world. But no new media has ever eliminated an existing media form. They force change, and with change comes opportunity. That is why our printed books work hand in hand with e-book and online versions of their content.