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May 24, 2016
by Lauren Mueller
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Kuhn Rikon

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Stay Clean Scrubber in Red, Speed Whisk, and Colori + Classic Culinary Set

Kuhn Rikon has been around for a good amount of time but I wasn’t aware of this fabulous company until a couple months ago. My first time trying some of their items out went fantastic, if you have read that review you can check it out here. I’m absolutely in love with the Collapsible Colander, I use it quite frequently and when I’m not it takes up way less room then my other one I had. I also cannot wait to fully put my Clear Cookie Press & Decorating Bottle to work this holiday season. As you can tell I’m back again with some great products from this company, I’ve been lucky enough to give their Stay Clean Scrubber in Red, Speed Whisk, and Colori + Classic Culinary Set a try. Considering my first experience with Kuhn Rikon went flawlessly I just knew I would love the products this time around. Of course like always I still put the items to the test, what kind of reviewer would I be if I didn’t put these products to the test. The Mom test.

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Dirty dishes in our household are never ending, just when I get the last thing washed and put away I turn around and kaboom my sink is full again. Okay, maybe I’m exaggerating a little bit but you get the idea, I hope. The one thing that I’m so picky about are the sponges I use and the shelf life I give them, I cannot stand once they start to smell. The second I notice any type of gross smell permeating in the air from the sponge it goes right in the garbage. I go threw sponges really quickly and it bugs my husband to no end, I usually have a nice little stock pile of them under the sink. When I came across the Stay Clean Scrubber I was instantly intrigued with it, firstly it looked super cool and then second I read the words that I have been searching for “Say goodbye to your smelly sponge!”. Once I read that little line I just knew I had to give this Stay Clean Scrubber a try. With over 5,000 silicone bristles it is perfect for cleaning dishes and multiple other surfaces. It’s cleaner than your typical sponge, the non porous silicone dries faster and won’t harbor bacteria. The Stay Clean Scrubber is better for the environment and it will stand the test of time, they come in colors red, blue, green, orange and clear (looks white).  Here’s what else you should know…..

No more smelly sponges!

Lasts longer than your typical sponge.

Use dry to remove lint and hair.

BPA free.

Non-porous, food-safe silicone.

Safe to use on non-stick cookware and all other kitchen surfaces.

Flexible, colorful & fun!

I’ve been using my Stay Clean Scrubber for a little over a week and oh my I couldn’t be happier! I don’t have to worry about it smelling, damaging my cookware and I love how it’s so flexible. This scrubber cleans just as great as a regular sponge does and lasts a lot longer. I will say my normal time frame for a sponge is about a week maybe 2 before I toss it, I usually start to notice a smell around the mid way mark. I haven’t noticed any smell from the scrubber and I can already know that I will be using this way past my 2 week expiration date for sponges.

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I’ve never really been particular about the whisk’s I use, my general idea is that they all work the same. Some may look cooler than others but at the end of the day they will get the job done just the same. While looking on the Kuhn Rikon website I decided to take a gander at their Whisk section, I figured that I would see all the same kind but maybe had a different look. Like some would be colored while others look standard, safe to say I wasn’t ready for what I saw. They have 2 pages of just whisks of all different kinds, my words exactly were “whattttttt is this” because I’ve never seen some of them before. I’m sure some of you may be giggling at my lack of whisk knowledge but that’s okay because now I’m fully aware. I decided to try out Kuhn Rikon’s Speed Whisk, it’s durable stainless steel and has more wires which produce a faster result. I’ve used my speed whisk for cake batter, eggs, homemade gravy on top of a ton of other things I used it with. I have noticed that it doesn’t take me as long, I get a smooth consistency every time and I don’t have to put as much effort as I normally do with my other whisk.

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Lastly are these beautiful Colori + Classic Culinary Set, I’m so loving the bright colors they come in. Not only are the bright colors fun but they come with safety sheaths (covers) which is a huge plus for this Mom! This set contains a paring knife, serrated paring, utility knife and serrated utility knife. Each knife has a sharp Japanese stainless steel blade with a colorful ergonomic handle and matching safety sheath. The Japanese stainless steel blades are extremely sharp, which makes short work out of cooking.

Handy all-purpose knives – can handle all your kitchen prep tasks in record time.

Paring Knife: perfect for slicing cheese for your sandwich, peeling an apple, or chopping vegetables.

Serrated Paring Knife: perfect for slicing bread, tomatoes, and other soft fruits.

Utility Knife: for de-boning meats and other tricky kitchen tasks.

Serrated Utility Knife: perfect for slicing smooth-skinned fruits and vegetables, bread, or meat.

Ultra-sharp Japanese stainless steel blades.

Blades stay super sharp.

Safety sheaths included.

Whenever my Mom comes over and cooks she always looks at my knives and says “This is it?!”. She has a whole arsenal of knives at her house so coming to mine and seeing my little amount leaves her feeling bad for me. I always reply to her with “I use what I got and make it work”, I have no idea why I haven’t gotten different knives  maybe it’s because I’ve just mastered the art of making it work with what I have. Regardless it’s been a pleasure to try out this Culinary Set, I never realized what I was missing until I was able to use this set. It has made my life in the kitchen so much easier and I’m able to do a lot more now. Being able to cover the knives once I’m done also makes me feel a lot better because my son has recently gotten into liking going threw our drawers in the kitchen so I’ve had to hide everything from him. Having the extra precaution with the covers keeps my mind at ease.

If you would like to check out these products or to see what else they have you can use the links above.

May 24, 2016
by Nikki
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1GN Unite Giveaway

1GN Unite Giveaway Sponsored by 1GN

Hosted by Pea of Sweetness

1GN Unite Giveaway

Power pop vocal group 1GN, formerly 1 Girl Nation, released its anticipated sophomore album, Unite, on April 15 with Reunion Records. The GMA Dove Award New Artist Nominee is excited to bring fans new music with a meaningful message.

The new album centers around the anthemic song “Guard Your Heart,” based on Proverbs 4:23-27, which begins with the encouragement, “Above all else, guard your heart.” The scripture is a kind of slogan for the girls to their fans. See what Emilee at Pea of Sweetness thought of the new 1GN CD.

Would you like to win the new 1GN CD Unite? 2 winners will each receive a physical copy of the CD. This giveaway runs through 6/4/16 at 11:59pm Eastern Time and is open to US residents ages 18+. Winners are subject to eligibility verification and will have 48 hours to confirm before a new winner will be drawn. For any questions/concerns please email emilee.roberts (at) peaofsweetness (dot) com (consider adding this email to your “Safe List” as winning email notification will be sent from this email). Please refer to the full terms and conditions in the Giveaway Tools.

Disclosure: Emilee at Pea of Sweetness received complementary products to facilitate her review. No additional compensation was received. Pea of Sweetness and any additional participating bloggers are not responsible for prize fulfillment.

 

May 23, 2016
by Nikki
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Beauty and the Beast #BeOurGuest

BEAUTY AND THE BEAST

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Genre:                                     Live Action Musical

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U.S. Release date:                   March 17, 2017

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Cast:                                        Emma Watson, Dan Stevens, Luke Evans, Kevin Kline, Josh Gad, Ewan McGregor, Stanley Tucci, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Audra McDonald with Ian McKellen and Emma Thompson

Director:                                   Bill Condon

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Executive Producers:               Jeffrey Silver, Thomas Schumacher, Don Hahn

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Music by:                                 Alan Menken

Lyrics by:                                 Howard Ashman and Tim Rice

 

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Disney’s “Beauty and the Beast” is a live-action re-telling of the studio’s animated classic which refashions the classic characters from the tale as old as time for a contemporary audience, staying true to the original music while updating the score with several new songs.

 

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Disney’s “Beauty and the Beast” is a live-action re-telling of the studio’s animated classic which refashions the classic characters from the tale as old as time for a contemporary audience, staying true to the original music while updating the score with several new songs. “Beauty and the Beast” is the fantastic journey of Belle, a bright, beautiful and independent young woman who is taken prisoner by a beast in his castle. Despite her fears, she befriends the castle’s enchanted staff and learns to look beyond the Beast’s hideous exterior and realize the kind heart and soul of the true Prince within. The film stars: Emma Watson as Belle; Dan Stevens as the Beast; Luke Evans as Gaston, the handsome, but shallow villager who woos Belle; Oscar® winner Kevin Kline as Maurice, Belle’s eccentric, but lovable father; Josh Gad as Lefou, Gaston’s long-suffering aide-de-camp; Golden Globe® nominee Ewan McGregor as Lumiere, the candelabra; Oscar nominee Stanley Tucci as Maestro Cadenza, the harpsichord; Gugu Mbatha-Raw as Plumette, the feather duster; six-time Tony Award® winner Audra McDonald as Madame Garderobe, the wardrobe; Oscar nominee Ian McKellen as Cogsworth, the mantel clock; and two-time Academy Award® winner Emma Thompson as the teapot, Mrs. Potts.

 

Directed by Oscar® winner Bill Condon from a screenplay by TBD based on the 1991 animated film, the film is produced by Mandeville Films’ David Hoberman and Todd Lieberman with eight-time Oscar-winning composer Alan Menken, who won two Academy Awards® (Best Original Score and Best Song) for the 1991 animated film, providing the score, which will include new recordings of the original songs written by Menken and Howard Ashman, as well as several new songs written by Menken and three-time Oscar winner Tim Rice. “Beauty and the Beast” will be released in U.S. theaters on March 17, 2017.

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May 20, 2016
by Nikki
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Golf Inspired Father’s Day Gift Basket

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One thing I absolutely love is gift basket and care packages. I love to get packages together for my daughter who was four and a half hours away for college and even with other family members for holidays and birthdays. One problem is, I never know what to put in them! I bake a lot so I mostly send cupcakes and other small treats, but after a while cupcakes become too predictable and I want the packages to have more things in them. When I saw Gourmet Gift Baskets, I knew right away that I would love it!

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I received the Hitting the Range Golf Gift Basket to write about and even though I don’t really play golf, the snacks inside were perfect! There were three golf balls; a Blueberry, Pomegranate & Almond Orchard Bar; Feridies 5 o’Clock crunch; Chichester snack mix; Artisan hors d’oeuvre crackers; Sweet corn crunch dried snacks; Fuji apple crunch dried fruit; and Hot pepper cheese. My kids absolutely loved the crunch dried snacks and those were gone within five minutes of opening the package. My oldest son ate the hot pepper cheese like I knew he would and I had him eat it with the crackers so he could try both of them at once, he thought it was really fancy and really liked it. He even asked me if these were at our grocery store so I can buy more! All in all, we absolutely loved this basket and everything in it! We have even looked through all of the baskets and are hoping to buy some in the future!

About taken from website: GourmetGiftBaskets.com was founded in 2002 with family values and the desire to provide exceptional gifts for all of life’s special occasions. Through years of working in his family’s flower shop in New Hampshire, President & CEO Ryan Abood naturally realized an opportunity to provide handmade, high quality gift baskets. What began with two family members in the basement of a flower shop has exploded into a multi-million dollar company recognized multiple times by Inc.500, Internet Retailer, Enterprise Bank, and more, while still remaining true to its core values of exceptional gourmet ingredients handcrafted with care. As this entrepreneurial family spirit continues in the next generation with the birth of the youngest Abood last spring, this proud family business will continue to exceed gourmet gifting expectations.

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