By Christopher Cussat
The months of May and June can sometimes catch gift givers off guard. With Mother’s Day and Father’s Day, as well as high school and college graduations, there are suddenly many people to shop for in your life in such a short time span.
To help our readers, Senior Outlook Today has prepared its 8th Annual Gift Guide for Moms, Dads and Grads:
The Original Sunburn Soap
100 million Americans get burned by the sun every year and are seeking relief, yet no one wants to deal with messy aloe vera, and most lotions and creams have synthetic ingredients that may hurt more than help. A new product from WILD Organic Skincare, a woman-owned American skincare company, can help sunburn sufferers feel better faster.
Monika Angelini, Owner, WILD Organic Skincare says, “As summer approaches, it’s extra important to pay attention to what products we use on our skin. Sun damage is dangerous, cumulative and difficult to reverse. Your skin is at its most vulnerable stage when burned, and needs natural ingredients it can recognize. The Original Sunburn Soap is made with aloe extract, honey, coconut milk, marshmallow root, witch hazel, and peppermint oil, and will gently exfoliate dead skin and heal at the same time.”
Enter The Original Sunburn Soap. The first shower after getting burned is a crucial moment in determining how long and painful your sunburn will be. Ingredients in conventional soaps make your sunburn feel worse. The Original Sunburn Soap contains certified organic, all-natural ingredients that rehydrate and exfoliate skin while decreasing redness, irritation, and pain.
WILD Organic Skincare offers essential oil-based scent combinations, making colors from seeds, flowers, and plant extracts to create a variety of chromatic hues, all without using man-made micas. No more toxic products with artificial fragrances.
Years ago, Monika’s mother-in-law asked her to make a soap to help alleviate a beach sunburn. The combination of ingredients required to make a soap specifically for sunburns was not only complex, but didn’t lend itself to traditional soap making techniques.
Through numerous rounds of trial and error, countless bars of goopy soap, and product testing on her husband and co-founder, Brandon, Monika had finally achieved The Original Sunburn Soap. The Original Sunburn Soap is a one-of-a-kind product that was created to serve one purpose: less sunburn, less pain, less peeling, and healthier summer skin.
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Old Trapper Beef Jerky
Old Trapper handcrafts its jerky from savory, tender, and high-quality meat. The company uses only the freshest seasoning ingredients and real wood-fired smoke to create a tasty, guilt-free and take-anywhere snack. It is low in calories and carbohydrates and high in protein, as well as packed full of iron and zinc, which are essential minerals that help boost the immune system and fuel the body.
Four Varieties: Old Fashioned, Teriyaki, Hot & Spicy and Peppered
MSRP: $6.00 for 3.25 oz.
Available at grocery/convenience stores nationwide and www.oldtrapper.com.
The traditional cocktail shaker redesigned. The modern, sophisticated design of Shaker33 includes several new features that solve the woes of the classic cocktail shaker and lets users effortlessly create exquisite professional cocktails. Shaker33’s leak-proof, easy-to-open and smooth pour functions give amateurs and pros alike perfect cocktails, all the time, every time.
The design features a top that locks into place, removes easily, and eliminates spills and leaks for easy one-handed shaking. The locking dual-flow strainer has larger holes one one side for a fast pour and smaller holes on the other for a finer strain. Each shaker has a nesting top that stores the strainer, which keeps the bar clean from sticky messes. In addition, its patented design keeps condensation low – chilling just the drink and not hands.
Shaker33 is available in black, frosted and stainless steel options. Strainer colors come in cosmo red, sunset orange, sky blue and lime green. MSRP $29.95-$39.95 and available at www.Shaker33.com.
This year, mothers and fathers have gone above and beyond, making home improvements—outdoor entertaining, space for at-home schooling—that have made the stay-at-home months all the more enjoyable.
But a too-often neglected area is their own workspace. Whether it’s working from home, running a business, or coordinating family care and events, many mothers and fathers spend 8+ hours at their desks. And without proper ergonomic support, pain, chronic aches, and lasting injuries inevitably await.
This Mother’s and Father’s Day, the gift of proper posture can enhance a hard-working mother’s or father’s home, work, and health.
ErgoFoam is an ergonomic footrest named by the New York Times as “the most comfortable and supportive” model of its kind. Available in varied sizes, ErgoFoam’s footrest offers firm support in the specific position you need it, relieving leg pain, offsetting seated load, and reducing back fatigue.
For the hardworking mothers and fathers in your life—and/or as a hardworking mother/father yourself!—this is the gift that will keep on giving!
The new 2021 Limited Edition Grill Box by Vital Choice has everything, from skin-on salmon (so. easy on the grill) to mahi mahi, and even scallops and planks which pair perfectly together. All of the items are great for an outdoor summer dinner.
And… if dad (or your grad) is a grill master, this is such a unique gift to give him that far surpasses the normal BBQ tools and accessories.
The Vital Choice Limited Edition Grill Box 2021 contains sustainably wild-caught sockeye salmon and mahi mahi, along with Atlantic scallops and our wildly popular deluxe salmon burgers. And to get you in the barbecue mood, we’ve included our Rustic Blackening Blend and alder grilling planks.
Mama Geraldine’s Cheese Straws & Gourmet Cookies
Mama Geraldine’s Cheese Straws are baked cheese straws with 50% 12-month Aged Wisconsin Cheddar Cheeses. Offered in Aged Cheddar, Pimento Cheese, Chipotle Cheddar and Parmesan Herb. Also, the Aged Cheddar and Parmesan Herb come in Gluten Free. The Aged Cheddar Cheese Straws also come in a Snack Pack Size.
Check out the site to pick your favorite Cheese Straws or get a variety like the Bodacious Sampler that also includes their Gourmet Cookies too: https://www.mamageraldines.com
Daisy Rain Garden Sprinkler Pot Sets
Rest assured your plants are all set to grow with the new patented Daisy Rain Garden Sprinkler Saucers. Daisy Rain Garden has introduced a truly revolutionary approach to container gardening with their Sprinkler Pots and Sprinkler Saucers! They are simple, reliable, durable and connectable up to 25 pots per hose bib, they bring innovation to container irrigation that provides easy to maintain, consistent watering (just add a timer!) from a single water source. Daisy Rain Garden’s Sprinkler Pots are the first and only fully integrated flower pot/sprinkler, all in one. All products at: https://daisyraingarden.com/collections/starter-kits
The Sprinkler Pot Sets are also available on Amazon.
Buddha Board brings peace of mind with a creative way to take a break! Great for both kids and adults, Buddha Board is focused on spreading kindness! Taking a Zen break, get creative, free your mind, then watch as the artwork fades away!
Spread Kindness with Buddha Board
What the world needs now is kindness, and it’s something we all can give–starting with ourselves.
Learn to be kind to yourself and watch the effects flow through you and beyond into the world with the help of Buddha Board.
The Buddha Board is a screen-free, simple-by-design mindfulness tool created to help you feel more grounded and present in your life. When we feel more connected with our own thoughts and feelings it’s easier to bring that clarity with us into the world. And a lighter heart makes it even easier to share that joy with others! And it’s also just a lot of fun to use!
Buddha Board Highlights:
· Designed with a sleek, modern aesthetic
· Quick to set up
· Creating is truly MESS FREE
· No ink, paint, or chemicals
· Encourages mindfulness
· Doesn’t add to your digital footprint
· Taps into your creative side
· Fun for all ages
· Helps kids explore the creative process judgement free
· Perfect for relieving stress at home, in the office, or when traveling
So pick up a brush and create away your stresses to a happier and more giving heart!
$34.95 for the Original Buddha Board
$24.95 for the Enso
$14.95 for the Mini Buddha Board
Available at buddhaboard.com and Amazon!
Tidbits Fun Bites Meringue Cookies
Tidbits Fun Bites Meringue Cookies are sugar-free, lactose-free, gluten-free, soy-free, cholesterol-free, and non-GMO. Tidbits bite-sized treats that come in a 40-piece resealable bag and come in the following flavors: Cookies and Cream, Cappuccino, Chocolate, Mint Chocolate, Strawberry, and Vanilla.
Check out the site to pick your favorite line (regular, keto-friendly, diabetic-friendly or CBD) and a variety of flavors of Tidbits Fun Bites: https://www.tidbits.fun/collections/all
Sitka Salmon Shares
Sitka Salmon Shares is a wild-caught Alaskan seafood delivery service that has a new delicious offering perfect for Moms, Dads, and Grads. A great gift for the foodies in your life, their newest box includes the below items – with a larger Feast Box (with added spot prawns and Dungeness crab!) perfect for any celebratory gatherings of family and friends!!!
∙ 2.5 lbs Coho salmon
∙ 2 lbs Lingcod
∙ Pure Alaskan sea salt
∙ Delicious spice mix to season your meal
The box is delivered straight to your doorstep – just in time to gift to the foodie in your life!
SEQUENCE Dice Game
I remember my eyes unintentionally shooting very sharp daggers whenever someone suggested playing a variation of my favorite game. Why fix what isn’t broken, right? Well, it turns out that I was naively limiting myself from a whole world of potential fun. Sometimes a little gameplay departure can lead to the arrival of new joyous memories!
You may know and love SEQUENCE, but now it’s time to shake things up a bit, and then roll them! This fun twist on the classic game swaps cards for dice without sacrificing any of the strategic fun. It’s no longer the luck of the draw… it’s the luck of the roll! Who needs a new pair of shoes?
It’s the exciting, strategic game of SEQUENCE as an easy to play dice game! Roll the dice and place a chip on a corresponding number on the game board. Roll a 2 or 12 ….get another turn. Roll a 10…remove an opponent’s chip. Roll an 11…place your chip on any number. Get 5 chips in a row and you win! The dice add a fun twist to the game that your whole family will enjoy!
- Easy to play, fun twist on the classic game of SEQUENCE
- Roll the dice and place a chip on a corresponding number on the board
- The first player with 5 in a row wins!
- Roll different combinations to remove an opponent’s chip or get another turn
- For 2-4 players, ages 7 and up
You may be ready to rock, but are you ready to roll? You’ll DIE over this game!
Safe Home Drinking Water Test Kits
A reputable choice for accurate and easy testing is Safe Home Drinking Water Test Kits from Environmental Laboratories, Inc. – an industry authority for over 40 years and one of North America’s largest EPA Certified Laboratories for testing drinking water. Choose from different test options based on type and number of contaminants. In three easy steps (collect, ship, view results online) you’ll know if there’s a problem and be empowered to take appropriate action. Results are ready within 7-10 days and each kit includes free return shipping.
Select from DIY and In-Lab testing kits: www.SafeHomeTestKits.com
Johnson’s Popcorn helps you treat and share delicious popcorn gifts from the beautiful Ocean City, New Jersey Boardwalk! Select your favorite flavors and gift ideas from tubs and tins of delicious sweet and savory popcorn. All products are gluten-free and you can choose from Caramel Corn, Salt-n-Sandy, Cheddar, Peanut Crunch, Chocolate Drizzle, Platinum, Butter and Tri-Flavor. Check out the site to pick from a variety of flavors delivered in a tub, tin or gift basket: https://www.johnsonspopcorn.com
The Crescent Lufkin Shockforce Nite Eye dual-sided tape measure is a great example of taking something that seems like it can’t be improved – the standard tape measure – and making it way better…and aesthetically pleasing as well! Cool features include:
- Unique matte black, 2-sided blade for improved legibility in overhead/hard to reach/low-light situations
- Blade can extend to 14’ (without holding it) without collapsing.
- Can survive a 100’ drop.
- Diamond-coated end hook to prevent slippage
Announcing GoSun‘s latest offering from their line-up of eco-friendly, solar-powered outdoor/camp tech: GoSun’s Solar Flashlight. It’d make a great gift for all the go-getter, outdoorsy Dads in our lives!
GoSun’s Solar Flashlight is rechargeable and packs 280 lumens of light. It has an integrated solar cell that can recharge using solar energy alone, as well as the included USB cord. It features a lantern mode, spotlight ability and a red strobe emergency setting. It’s magnetic back allows for hands free use, making it the ideal light for camp set up, take down or meal prep.
GoSun – SolarLight (https://gosun.co/products/solarlight)
Absolutely Gluten Free Coconut Chews
Whether you’re gluten free, Kosher, dairy free, vegan, or simply looking for a natural way to satisfy your cravings, Absolutely Gluten Free gives everyone the freedom to chew! This full line of unique and delicious gluten-free products is a snack tooth satisfier for all — whether you have dietary restrictions or not.
Now, there are a full quartet of flavors for gluten-free coconut lovers from the leading brand in gluten-free: Absolutely Gluten Free.
The brand’s popular Coconut Chews, in cocoa nibs and cranberry, has doubled its line to include refreshing Key Lime and juicy Blueberry flavors! These moist chews are immersed in pure raw coconut and coated with decadent dark chocolate, then individually wrapped for optimal freshness.
The new varieties are being introduced just in time for Passover 2021, and are Kosher for Passover and Year-round as are all Absolutely Gluten Freeproducts. They are also non-GMO, free of dairy, grain, and gluten, and are vegan. MSRP: ($4.99, 5 oz pouch).
The complete line of Absolutely Gluten Free all-natural wholesome snacks are bursting with flavor, great taste and nutrition. In addition to Coconut Chews, the line includes: Absolutely Gluten Free Flatbreads, Absolutely Gluten Free Pizza, Absolutely Gluten Free Crackers, and Absolutely Gluten Free Macaroons.
Absolutely Gluten Free (AGF) products are all-natural, certified gluten-free, and OU certified kosher. AGF is a division of Kayco, America’s leading Kosher food distributor, based in Bayonne, NJ. Follow them at http://absolutelygf.com/, on Twitter at @absolutelygf, and on FB at https://www.facebook.com/AbsolutelyGF/
Save The Girls
With invention and perseverance, sandwiches are better, women’s purses now keep cell phones fully accessible and stored more safely. All because of the creative inventiveness of one woman, Tami Lange.
Tami Lange Invents Her Future & Everyone Benefits
There are few who make their mark on the world, overcome the Covid-19 pandemic, all while doing work that benefits millions. Tami Lange is one of those rare individuals with a mind agile enough to problem solve on a global scale for not one but two separate industries and expand her enterprise during the Covid-19 pandemic. The two industries she’s touched could not be more different: food packaging and women’s purses. The pandemic led to the loss of 95% of her business overnight, yet she not only survived but added more products to her line of women’s fashions. Here is what happened.
Lange’s Package Revolution Meant Less Wasted Food
Ms. Lange changed the way packaged sandwiches are sold when she redesigned Landshire Inc. (her family’s food business) packages. Her goal was to preserve freshness and increase sales. She did both by incorporating 100% outside graphic coverage and superior barrier film. “I believe that wasting food is practically sinful,” Lange said. “Merchants must throw out food that goes beyond its shelf life, and few people will buy anything with a date that is near expiration. A better package would save merchants money on reorders, help prevent spoilage and based on more satisfied customers, lead to repeat business.”
A less permeable, thicker, exterior wrap for Landshire Inc. sandwiches kept air and moisture from seeping into the package. This is important because the presence of oxygen and moisture inside any food package leads to oxidation, off tastes, loss of color, mold and spoilage. The outcome? With Ms. Lange’s new design, the shelf life doubled, and sales increased by 30%. Lange and Landshire Inc went on to win ExxonMobil Chemical’s ‘Golden Mummy’ award for Flexible Packaging, as recognized in Pro Food Worldmagazine. Her family’s company was able to expand from regional to a national brand, even landing all Walmart Deli Departments across the country with their innovative products.
Another Problem to Solve
After Landshire Inc was sold, Ms. Lange found another need and invented a solution for it too, the lost, broken and often germ-infested women’s cell phone. With two of her daughters ruining their phones (one lost on a trail and the second from accidentally throwing it in the wash) and then seeing her sister-in-law with breast cancer, pulling her phone from her bra, Lange decided to find a solution for both.
She came up with a touch screen purse where women can text, talk, scroll social media, all while the phone is secure in a stylish purse. Her Save The Girls company launched in 2017. The purses were developed to help women get their cell phone out of pockets, hands, belts and bra straps and into a stylish purse where the user can have full phone access.
Lange’s purses were quickly available in over 2,000 retail outlets here in the U.S. and were often featured in popular media including QVC with big names like Lori Greiner (of Shark Tank fame) even promoting the product. This might have been the end of a nice story. But no one predicted the impact the Covid-19 on American business.
One year ago, when the Covid-19 pandemic struck, all of the retail outlets carrying Save The Girls purses closed, and Lange saw 95% of her sales evaporate overnight. Not one to be deterred and determined to save her business, Lange pivoted to online sales. Happily, her web site could accommodate more sales without any major change.
She found an outlet to promote her web presence with television programs with hosts like ‘America’s Got Talent’ judge Howie Mandel. She followed that with another television appearance on ‘The View’ and provided enough revenue for her initiative to remain viable. She sold over 14,000 of her ‘Touchscreen Purses’ right after a feature on ‘Good Morning America’ (GMA). The sales from these televised features drove enough commerce for Lange to not only stay in business but expand to other lines for women that were as attractive as they were needed and useful.
Invention and perseverance are two words that help describe Tami Lange, but don’t stop there! Creativity, courage, and agility are also part of the fabric of her life. If the past is prologue, and it often is, whatever she does next will be revolutionary.
About Save The Girls
Save the Girls is a female owned business that manufactures and sells uniquely designed touchscreen purses which allows owners to use their cell phones to text, answer calls and other smartphone functions while still in their purse. The Soft Solution Scarf and now the full-face protective mask and headwear are the newest offerings from Save The Girls that is perfect for any woman in the age of the Coronavirus/Covid-19 pandemic.
Similasan Allergy Eye Relief
Pharmacist and healthy living expert Dr. Lisa Leslie-Williams relies on homeopathic allergy solutions that have been used for decades
For millions of Americans, even the thought of spring makes their eyes burn, itch and water. If you suffer from seasonal eye allergies, and are tired of the stinging medications that take control over your life because of their rebound effect, you may want to consider an alternative approach that stimulates your body’s natural ability to relieve symptoms.
“Antihistamine eye drops or artificial tears may provide temporary relief but they don’t address the problem as well as homeopathic preparations that gently stimulate the body’s natural ability to relieve symptoms,” explains pharmacist-turned healthy lifestyle expert Lisa Leslie-Williams, BS, PharmD. “Products such as Similasan Allergy Eye Relief contain natural active ingredients: no dyes, chemical vasoconstrictors, decongestants or steroids. They can be used regularly without that annoying rebound effect. Moreover, they help to activate your body’s own defense mechanisms to address the underlying problem.”
She adds that, “The immune system plays an important role in your body’s reaction to allergens. By focusing on good nutrition, and taking steps to support your immune system, you may be able to say goodbye to itchy eyes, sneezing, nasal congestion and other allergy symptoms. The great thing about natural and/or homeopathic remedies, such as Similasan, is that there are also kids’ formulas available so the whole family benefits.”
Taking better care of yourself will give you more time to stop and enjoy all of the good things that the season has to offer. For additional information about homeopathic allergy relief, visit www.SimilasanUSA.com. Any items referenced (neti pots, etc.) are widely available to seniors at local drug stores, Wal-Mart, Target or Amazon.
Once a practicing pharmacist, Dr. Lisa Leslie-Williams is now writing prescriptions for healthy and whole living one post at a time. As the founder of The Domestic Life Stylist, a health and wellness blog, Leslie-Williams is a respected naturopathic healthy living expert, speaker, wellness blogger, Oprah Magazine Ambassador (O MagInsider) and media spokesperson.
This MagSafe® compatible cardholder turns your iPhone 12 into a slim wallet with room for 3+ cards or some cash. Strong magnets keep your add-ons securely in place, and a thumb slot on the back ensures easy access.
As you’ve probably seen, MagSafe iPhone accessories are on the come up at the moment. As wallet experts (acclaimed so by Forbes & Business Insider), we believe phone wallets are going to be standard practice in the future. Ekster has launched its first real contender to Apple’s MagSafe.
This is why we think it’s better:
- Our MagSafe-compatible cardholder puts Apple’s to shame with twice the storage for half the price.
- As opposed to Apple’s 3mm thick cardholder, Ekster’s is 1mm, meaning you’ll barely feel it’s there.
- It’s made from sustainably sourced leather, and an easy-access thumb slot so both the front and back cards can be accessed without a struggle.
- The cardholder attaches securely to the back of your iPhone and can be paired with all MagSafe add-ons.
Hope For The Warriors® Coffee
Trilliant Food & Nutrition is launching its partnership with Hope For The Warriors, a national military nonprofit that provides comprehensive support programs for service members, veterans, and military families.
Trilliant produced its first batch of single serve coffee under the Hope For The Warriors name, a new licensed brand that will join the Trilliant portfolio. Hope For The Warriors Coffee is available in 42 or 80 count sizes in three distinct roasts: Morning Blend, Donut Shop, and French Roast. Made with premium 100 percent Arabica coffee and quality ingredients, these new single serve coffees are bold and delicious and provide a simple way to support a worthy cause.
Hope For The Warriors Coffee can soon be found at select grocery stores, drug stores, mass merchandisers, convenience, club stores, and can also be purchased online at VictorAllens.com. With each box of Hope For The Warriors coffee purchased, Trilliant Food & Nutrition contributes a portion of the sales back to the organization.
“We’re honored to work with Hope For The Warriors and see our coffee products donning their name,“ said Kyle Heberle, president of Trilliant Food & Nutrition, who also served in the military. “We’re thrilled to provide support, help further their mission, and restore hope to military families across the country.”
“It’s exciting to see the Hope For The Warriors brand aligned with Trilliant and its reputation for offering premium quality coffee,” said Robin Kelleher, co-founder and president/CEO of Hope For The Warriors. “Our mission to serve the post-9/11 warrior community is stronger and more impactful with patriotic partners like Trilliant.”
About Trilliant Food & Nutrition
Founded in 1979, Trilliant Food and Nutrition is a vertically integrated, high-quality manufacturer in the coffee, powdered, ready-to-drink, and wellness beverage categories. Our team of expert product developers enables us to deliver consistent, high-quality shelf-stable products across most coffee formats. For More information visit trilliantfood.com
About Hope For The Warriors
Founded in 2006, Hope For The Warriors is a national nonprofit dedicated to restoring a sense of self, family and hope for post-9/11 veterans, service members and military families. Since its inception, Hope For The Warriors has served over 36,000 through a variety of support programs focused on clinical health and wellness, sports and recreation and transition. One of the nonprofit’s first programs, Military Spouse and Caregiver Scholarships, has awarded over 155 scholarships to caregivers and families of the fallen. For more information, visit hopeforthewarriors.org, Facebook, Twitter or Instagram.
THE SECRET TO MAKING THE PERFECT ICED COFFEE?
IT’S IN THE BAG
Insanely delicious and 100% foolproof, the classic summer beverage starts with Steeped Coffee’s innovative
Eco-Friendly Single-Serve Gourmet Coffee Packs
When the summer heats up, coffee lovers crave something a little less steamy and a little more refreshing. Iced coffee fits the bill perfectly. For some, that means driving to the nearest chain, dropping a bundle, and leaving quality to chance.
But you can save time and money – and the planet – on a superior brew by making it at home, exactly the way you like it.
Steeped Coffee’s pre-portioned, eco-friendly coffee bags allow you to steep a farm-to-cup brew nearly anywhere, sans the machine, waste, or harmful chemicals found in powdered coffee. No need to give up high-end coffee. With a Steeped Coffee Bag and a little bit of patience, your great-tasting, ethically-sourced glass of cold summer happiness is just a few minutes away.
Steeped, Inc. is all about premium coffee with a conscious. Its proprietary single-serve brewing system features Steeped Coffee Packs (think tea bags for coffee) to deliver locally-sourced and roasted micro-batch coffee one delicious cup at a time. Nitro-sealed to preserve freshness, Steeped Coffee Packs are made with renewable and compostable materials and presented in recyclable packaging.
About Steeped Coffee
Steeped, Inc. based in Santa Cruz, California, is a Certified B Corp and Benefit Corporation focused on every detail from farm-to-cup and beyond, to bring people the most convenient, quality, ethically sourced, and sustainably packaged products available. Steeped is the new standard in coffee helping to make quality coffee more accessible through its proprietary technology and Steeped Brewing Method that is licensed to over 200 of the top specialty roasters around the globe. Steeped delivers 100% freshly roasted, precision ground, and nitro-sealed specialty coffee pre-portioned within Steeped Full Immersion Filters. Steeped Coffee is the simplest way to make a perfect cup of coffee by just adding water, with no machine needed. Welcome to Coffee Simplified.
Steeped Coffee is available through KeHE, as well as on Amazon with Prime Free Delivery, at premium supermarkets, luxury hotels, and offices with craft coffee and at-home services. For more information, visit steepedcoffee.com.
Fire Dept. Coffee
Fire Dept. Coffee is a veteran-owned business and certified by the National Veteran-Owned Business Association (NaVOBA), we’re dedicated to providing great-tasting coffee to people everywhere. Every order is freshly roasted in Rockford, Illinois, by a dedicated team of firefighters, first responders, and coffee connoisseurs.
Inspired by the vital role that coffee plays in helping firefighters stay alert and energized through long shifts, Fire Dept. Coffee was founded in 2016. Founder and CEO Luke Schneider is a full-time firefighter/paramedic and a U.S. Navy veteran who teamed up with firefighter/paramedic Jason Patton who is also a full-time firefighter and VP for Fire Department Coffee.
Fire Department Coffee is run by active and retired firefighters, including our operations officer and chief coffee roaster.
Along with providing a growing selection of incredible coffee — including its signature spirit-infused roasts — Fire Dept. Coffee also supports heroes in need through the Fire Dept. Coffee Foundation. Ten percent of net proceeds are donated to help provide essential resources and assistance to first responders who have been injured on the job, mentally or physically, or who are facing other serious health challenges.
The Two Fridas
Go inside the magical world of Frida Kahlo as she recalls an early childhood memory of her imaginary friend. Without trying to imitate Frida’s unmistakable style, Gianluca Folì captures this fragment from her diary through stunning illustrations that provide a colorful backdrop for Frida’s powerful voice. In these words, children will be given a window into the mind of this great artist, and the great joy and happiness her imaginary friend brought to her during times of struggle. Along with biographical information about Frida Kahlo’s childhood and her later work, The Two Fridas is a celebration of Frida Kahlo, her culture, and the magical, joyful, secret-filled friendship she shared and later captured in her painting. Children will be encouraged to explore their own imaginary worlds, open up conversations, and build on their own creativity.
About the Author
Illustrator Gianluca Folì brings to life the journal Frida Kahlo kept during the last ten years of her life (1944–1954), in which she recorded her dreams, thoughts, memories, and ideas later expressed in her paintings. Kept under lock and key for nearly 40 years, this intimate document contains multiple signs of this renowned Mexican artist’s complex personality. The Two Fridas, for the first time, lets Frida’s voice be heard through the stunning illustrations of Gianluca Folì. Gianluca Folì, who has worked in advertising for various international magazines since 2001, won the Applied Art Awards prize in 2007. His first children’s book illustrations were in The Bear with the Sword, published in 2008, which was chosen among the 100 best books at the CJ Picture Book Awards in Korea and at the White Ravens in Munich.
ISBN: 978-0-7643-6116-6 | hardcover | $18.99 | March 2021
Schiffer Kids is Hosting a Giveaway!
Win a chance to receive a FREE copy of the highly anticipated Schiffer Kids title The Two Fridas! Have your child create their own self-portrait like Frida Kahlo’s iconic paintings and follow the guidelines below to enter! We cannot wait to see your children’s creations.
– Follow Schiffer Kids on Instagram (@Schifferkids)
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Tough as a Mother Tribe
Parents…Do you remember what you used to envision parenting would be like, before you had kids? Maybe you pictured it as sitting on a park bench, sipping extra foamy latte in the trendiest clothes (with no stains), with your trendy diaper bag sitting beside you. It would be nothing short of a dream (are you laughing yet? Yeah… me too).
Jennifer Cervantes, founder and CEO of jewelry brand Tough as a Mother Tribe, discovered that being a parent is actually way messier, louder, and chaotic than she ever thought possible (but in the best ways possible).
That is why she founded Tough as a Mother… to help women, and parents alike, find the strength to endure the real challenges of motherhood. Tough as a Mother jewelry is here to help you find the energy to make it through sleepless nights and challenges that we never even knew existed, whether that’s a miscarriage, the darkness of postpartum depression, the stress of feeling overwhealmed and underprepared, or just being there when your kid needs support.
Tough as a Mother utilizes the power and meanings of gemstones and the power of names to design pieces that honor the most joyous and raw parts of motherhood and parenthood.
“When you purchase a personalized Tough as a Mother piece, you quietly unite with mothers across the world through our common bond. Our trials and triumphs through our motherhood journeys become shared experiences with each other, each of us silently cheering the others on. Whether you are buying for yourself, a first-time mom just embarking on her motherhood journey, or a third-time mom choosing hope as she carries her rainbow baby, you are in the right place,” says Jennifer.
Oh, and did I mention the celebrity recognition the brand is getting? Actor Griffin Matthews says, “One of my favorite experiences of the [Golden Globes] was getting to meet other beautiful artists. We have been so starved for human connection. Tough as a Mother gifted me a stone necklace to protect me on my journey as a daddy.”
Tough as a Mother has also been recognized by actress Viola Davis, singer Andra Day, actress Blanca Blanco, and actress Celeste Thorson, to name a few!
Sugar Plum Signature Chocolate Covered Cookie Sandwich Gift Tin:
When it comes to chocolate-covered treats, perhaps nothing is more of a boldly-written signature underlining the whole idea of chocolate-covered stuff than the chocolate-covered sandwich cookies, which is why Sugar Plum has made a giftset sampler that takes the concept and dresses it up to the nines! What a special treat for MOM!
Their Signature Chocolate-Covered Sandwich Cookie Sampler includes nine (9) total chocolate-covered sandwich cookies, including one (1) each of their renowned milk, dark, and white chocolate-covered sandwich cookies.
The sampler also includes 6 additional cookies, which are comprised of one (1) each of the following varieties: Milk Chocolate with Ground Cookie, White Chocolate with Cranberry, Dark Chocolate with Toasted Coconut, Milk Chocolate with Ground Toffee, White Chocolate with Peanut Butter Chips, Dark Chocolate with Chocolate Chips.
Sugar Plum Beer & Bourbon Nuts Gift Tin
Addicting and sweet, but not too sweet!
Sugar Plum’s Beer and Bourbon Liquor Nuts will have him thanking you and craving more. This 16 ounce assortment of Sugar Plum’s mouth-watering, hand-crafted, and small-batch roasted nuts features three of the brand’s most popular booze-infused flavors, including Irish stout-infused cashews, Jamaican lager-infused peanuts, and Kentucky bourbon-infused almonds.
Extraordinary and tasty all tossed into one fantastic tin, this trio of these favorite gourmet nuts is “ahh”-mazing! $30
Sleepletics Celliant Sheets
Experience Celliant Performance Sheets – an FDA-determined medical device and general wellness product – the perfect combination of five-star comfort and revolutionary technology designed to promote a healthier, more restful sleep. These luxurious sateen weave sheets are made with a blend of premium long-staple cotton and patented Celliant polyester yarns. This combination of special yarns creates a soft, smooth and wrinkle-resistant fabric that looks and feels amazing while providing wellness benefits that support a healthy and active lifestyle.
- Twin Sheet Set includes: one flat sheet, one fitted sheet and one standard pillowcase
- Full/Queen Sheet Set includes: one flat sheet, one fitted sheet and two standard pillowcases
- King/Cal King Sheet Set includes: one flat sheet, one fitted sheet and two king pillowcases
- Queen/King fitted sheets are available in two different pocket sizes, 12” and 15” deep. To ensure the best fit with your mattress, please see our Size Guide for further information. Twin, Full and California King are not available in a 12″ depth.
- Fabric: 60% cotton, 40% Celliant polyester
- Easy care: Machine Wash/Tumble Dry
- Maintains softness and durability wash after wash
- Celliant is permanent and won’t wash out. The health and wellness benefits last the life of the product
What they can do for you: Celliant mineral-infused yarns convert body heat into infrared energy and returns it to your body in a natural and safe way. This energy temporarily increases blood flow to your muscles and improves local circulation, helping you to sleep better and recover faster from physical activity. Through better sleep and faster recovery, Celliant Sheets can help boost energy and stamina, improve strength and enhance athletic performance. Celliant Sheets can also help regulate your body temperature for a more comfortable night’s sleep.
Help Your Body Recover While You Sleep with Sleepletics Celliant Sheets:
From $114.99 (Depends on Size.)
Salonpas® Arthritis Pain Relief Gel
Hisamitsu America, a division of Hisamitsu Pharmaceutical Co., Inc., and the manufacturers of the Salonpas® line of pain-relieving products, announce the availability of the Salonpas® Arthritis Pain Relief Gel, which features the most prescribed topical pain medicine clinically proven to relieve arthritis pain in major joints. That medicine is prescription-strength diclofenac, which was approved by the FDA for over-the-counter (OTC) use in 2020.
“Salonpas® has a long history of driving growth through our scientific approach to pain relief which includes providing the first FDA-approved OTC topical pain reliever to the public in 2008,” said John Incledon, President & CEO, Hisamitsu America. “Our science-based approach is critical to our support of the Salonpas® Arthritis Pain Relief Gel, as diclofenac is a globally important NSAID drug which is clinically proven to reduce arthritis pain in major joints (foot, ankle, knee, elbow, wrist, hand), and safe to use for up to 21 days.”
Mindful Thoughts for Mothers
A journey of loving-awareness
Part of the Mindful Thoughts series, this beautifully illustrated little book meditates on all aspects of motherhood, including:
The first few months
Your identity as a mother
Boundaries and compromise
…and many more
Motherhood is one of the most wonderful and powerful experiences we can have in life. As the early years of our children’s lives unfold, we will undoubtedly experience the joys they bring, but will also encounter the stresses and demands that appear daily and nightly on the parenting path. Using mindfulness practice to manage these demands we can become more present and meet life with awareness, in the moment. These 25 focused reflections on motherhood will help you find greater self-understanding and enable you to navigate a mindful path along this exciting journey.
$9.99 / £6.99
Author: Riga Forbes
Format: Hardback, 160 Pages
Publisher: Leaping Hare Press
Series: Mindful Thoughts
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Mindful Thoughts for Fathers: A Journey of Loving-Kindness
The Joy of Loving-Kindness
Mindful Thoughts for Fathers is a series of beautifully illustrated reflections on different aspects of fatherhood, from the joy of holding your child for the first time and teaching them about the world, all the way through to the inevitability of illness and establishing bedtimes and boundaries. Pick this book up at any stage of fatherhood and dip into the calm of mindful awareness for deeper presence and understanding.
Comprised of 25 mindful reflections, each a thoughtful guide, Ady Griffiths (Vidyadasa) offers meditative reflections into the everyday details and bigger picture of fathering in today’s hectic world. In this carefully crafted little book, he encourages every father to find and embrace a mindful daily awareness for deeper presence, acceptance and understanding.
Covering topics such as the father’s changing identity, loving yourself as well as your loved ones and being “good enough,” this book aims to address the internal worries and struggles of fathers during one of the most challenging and rewarding phases of life.
Whether you pick this little book up in a time of crisis, or in a moment of rare stillness, allow yourself to be guided through some of the ups and downs in a father’s life, and let your mind pause to enjoy and cherish every stage of your child’s life.
$9.99 / £6.99
Author: Ady Griffiths
Format: Hardback, 160 Pages
Publisher: Leaping Hare Press
Series: Mindful Thoughts
Mindful Thoughts for Students
Nurture your mind, flourish in life
|Studying can be a stressful and anxious process, with deadlines and a focus on results taking away from the pleasure of learning. Mindful Thoughts for Students is an astute collection of 25 insights into how practicing awareness whilst studying can transform learning into a positive experience every day.In this beautifully illustrated little book, Georgina Hooper guides you on a thoughtful journey through the practice of studying with joyful intention. From mindfully managing the art of deadlines to cultivating a lifelong curiosity for knowledge, she connects us to the path of learning for the love of it.|
|Georgina Hooper is a visual artist, painter, and lecturer based in Australia. She trained as a yoga teacher after 6 months of artists’ residences in China and Japan, and her work is in personal collections across the world including a 100 year ceiling installation in a Buddhist temple in Japan. She is also an arts researcher, specializing in Eastern artistic traditions, visual language, and the philosophies that underpin them. As part of her practice-led research she draws together neurology and art history to understand how painting as concentrated meditation can shape the brain and bring about enlightenment.|
$9.99 / £6.99
Author: Georgina Hooper
Format: Hardback, 160 Pages
Publisher: Leaping Hare Press
Series: Mindful Thoughts
THE ULTIMATE SHERLOCK HOLMES PUZZLE BOOK
Solve over 144 puzzles, navigate around maps of London and the English countryside, search for hidden clues, and—most importantly—exercise your sharp intellect and keen perception skills, just as Sherlock Holmes would. Hours of fun and entertainment await you inside, THE ULTIMATE SHERLOCK HOLMES PUZZLE BOOK (Wellfleet Press / March 30, 2021 / $19.99). Perfect for Father’s Day, this collection of literary-themed puzzles brings Sherlock Holmes to your home for hours of problem solving and armchair adventure.
First appearing in 1887, Sherlock Holmes and his loyal friend and biographer, Dr. John Watson, continue to be two of the most popular detective characters of all time. Who, then, could be better companions to accompany you on this three-challenge puzzle adventure, inspired by these six classic Sherlock Holmes short stories?
|The Adventure of the Mazarin StoneThe Adventure of Wisteria LodgeThe Adventure of the Second StainThe Adventure of the Reigate PuzzleThe Adventure of the Greek InterpreterThe Adventure of the Bruce-Partington Plan||This illustrated edition includes:The Puzzle Challenge: Each of the six chapters, inspired by a Sherlock Holmes short story, contains 24 puzzles for you to solve, including cryptograms, crosswords, ciphers, and more.The Map Challenge: Each chapter has an accompanying map, so after you solve a puzzle, you consult the map clue box at the bottom of the page for your next stop on the map and puzzle to solve.The Sherlock Challenge: This challenge has you looking out for Sherlock’s magnifying glass with a number in it, prompting you to add words to grids and ultimately revealing a Sherlock Holmes quotation.|
In the mountains of Asheville, North Carolina, Niki Irving’s boutique flower farm grows specially cut, mountain-fresh flowers with sustainable, natural practices. Now, she brings her organic gardening techniques to your home, helping you grow, harvest, and arrange lush, seasonally-inspired flowers.
Turn your flowers from doomed to bloomed. Unlike old-school gardening books, Irving’s beautifully photographed gardening basics book features fun, simple, and engaging know-how enabling you to grow, harvest, and arrange a cutting garden of flowers. An instructional guide to gardening for beginners and those looking to hone their budding botanical skills, Growing Flowers teaches everything from caring for a cut flower garden to making simple-yet-gorgeous flower arrangements and botanical bouquets.
An indispensable gardening guide for homebody horticulturists and floral foragers. A flower book with a whimsical twist, Growing Flowers is a go-to reference for those new to herb and flower gardening. Working with Niki, you’ll learn flower arranging techniques using blooms, greenery, and other unexpected elements such as artichokes, vines and berries. In her signature hands-on and homemade style, curious gardeners will learn about tools of the trade, getting down and dirty with dirt, seasonal rotation, starting from seeds and/or seedlings, and more. Inside, you’ll find the confidence to grow your own herbs and flowers as well as:
- Explanations of soil types and necessary soil preparations
- A list of seasonal flowers such as peonies or garden roses for the spring and sunflowers and dahlias for the summer and fall
- Basic knowledge to create flower bouquets that include home-garden staples like sprigs of greenery and even attractive weeds
Growing Flowers is a wonderful addition to any collection of garden books. If you’re looking for gardening gifts for gardeners or enjoy plant books and flower books like Floret Farms Cut Flower Garden book, Floret Farms A Year in Flowers, or The Flower Gardener’s Bible, then you’ll want to own Growing Flowers.
Finding the American Dream
|NEW BOOK CHRONICLES THE SUCCESS STORIES OF FAMOUS AMERICANS FROM THEIR HUMBLE BEGINNINGS Reedy Press is pleased to announce the release of our latest local interest book, Finding the American Dream, by Bill Clevlen. Bill has compiled the most inspirational stories of famous Americans and how they got their start, based on his travels throughout the country. Part travel guide and part history lesson, each story in the book concludes with an actual destination where you can visit to learn even more about their legacy.|
From humble beginnings and against insurmountable odds, our culture pervasively clings to the notion that given equal opportunities, anyone can achieve the success of their wildest imagination. It’s the dream that has empowered countless entertainers, leaders, inventors, and historical figures to become and create to the best of their ability, and that still inspires us today.
Travel journalist and author Bill Clevlen opens up the topic in Finding the American Dream, chapter by chapter, one dreamer at a time. Be guided to the place where they began their journey, as if you were traveling there yourself. Stand inside the small rural house where Johnny Cash grew up after the Great Depression. Explore the bottling plant where Dr. Pepper became America’s first nationally sold soft drink. Discover the very first Kentucky Fried Chicken restaurant where 65 year-old Harland Sanders started a billion-dollar franchise. A flip through these pages will prove that the American Dream is not dead. The inspiring stories contained within demonstrate that anyone can still achieve greatness through hard work, determination, and of course, a little bit of luck.
Finding the American Dream is available wherever books are sold.
Book Details: Finding the American Dream, by, ISBN 9781681062754, paperback 6 x 9, 208 pages, $22.50
Christopher holds undergraduate and graduate degrees in English from Duquesne University and has been acting and writing for over 20 years. His articles have appeared in many publications including Advantage, American Builders Quarterly, Anchorage Daily News, Canadian Builders Quarterly, Canadian Executive Quarterly, Chartiers Valley Magazine, Cranberry Magazine, Energy International Quarterly, Focus Magazine, Green Business Quarterly, Hispanic Executive Quarterly, Northern Connection Magazine, North Hills Monthly Magazine, Observer-Reporter, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, Profile, Recovery Solutions, Standard-Speaker, The Strip Magazine, and Western Pennsylvania Healthcare News.