2019 Moms, Dads and Grads Gift Guide—Unique Gift Ideas

S.W.A.K.™ (Sealed With A Kiss)

We all know there’s nothing like a kiss on Mother’s Day. But what if you find yourself far away, unable to share this physical form of affection with the ones you love? 

S.W.A.K.™ (Sealed With A Kiss) lets you send your love near or far! It’s a keychain that really kisses – so your loved ones can carry your affection whenever they need it, where ever they go. And with 12 designs, each with their own unique “mwah” sounds, you can find the one that matches your personality. 

So, why send a card when you can send a kiss for Mother’s Day? This is also really the perfect gift for grandparents sending to grandchildren in college, family unable to make the trip for any holiday or special occasion, friends across the country, and so many more. 


S.W.A.K. is available at Walmart, Amazon and Urban Outfitters.

How Do You See The World?

How Do You See The World

How Do You See The World? Ice Breaker Card Game to Encourage Open Discussion and Challenge Your Perspective – Includes Dice, 100 Cards with 500 Questions

by Authentic Agility

Price:$24.99 available on Amazon.
  • A one of a kind card game experience designed to be played with those you know, or wish to know better.
  • Great as an ice breaker or a gift for students, friends, family or colleagues.
  • Easy to play, and evokes fun and surprising answers! A great ‘ Get to Know You ‘ Game for home / office / meetings !
  • Contains over 500 questions printed on premium playing cards (thick with gloss finish); includes foam dice, instructions and keepsake box.
  • Proceeds from your purchase help! Find us on social media and on the web for more interesting info!


When it comes to picking the perfect gift for your mother this year – why not look to give your mother  something that will immerse her into a year long mystery puzzle and release the inner Agatha Christie in her?

This year’s top seller for Mothers’ Day looks likely to be CosyKiller the latest in mystery subscription boxes to hit the market. 

Shipped out from the UK, with a distribution house already set up in the USA to handle their growing  overseas subscribers, this latest mystery subscription services has seen 300% growth within the year, with a second story-line joining the original in January 2019 and a third set to come on line in 2020.

“Nearly everyone who joined us for the first story signed up for the second,” said Jo Smedley, Managing Director of Red Herring Games – the company behind Cosykiller.  “We knew it would be popular, but we had no idea it would be this popular.”

It’s a real success story for the small quirky murder mystery game business which launched when Jo was herself a new stay at home mother of two. It seems crime was also something she could naturally turn her hand to, as she’s now written over 100 murder mystery game plots, has a crime thriller in print and is a full member of the Crime Writers Association and International Thriller Writers.

Acorn DVD

Acorn DVD features two of the most charming and brilliant, but self-destructive men in two popular Australian series: the must-see medical dramedy THE HEART GUY, Series 3, called “A marvelous mix of family dramedy and medical procedural” (TV Show Patrol) and starring Rodger Corser (Netflix’s Glitch, PBS’ The Doctor Blake Mysteries) as the charming and genius doctor Hugh Knight.

Also premiering, the final season of one of Australia’s most popular series, RAKE, Series 5, called “One of the best shows on Australian TV” (The Guardian) and starring Richard Roxburgh (Moulin Rouge!, Hacksaw Ridge) as the brilliant barrister Cleaver Greene.

DVDs are now available for purchase. Additionally, both The Heart Guy and Rake are available to watch anytime on Acorn TV, North America’s most popular streaming service focused on British and international content.


Coming up on Acorn DVD:

April 23: Addicting Australian saga A PLACE TO CALL HOME: The Complete Collection (Limited Edition) and A PLACE TO CALL HOME, Season 6

April 30: Risqué Irish comedy FINDING JOY starring Amy Huberman (Striking Out) (Acorn TV Original Series)

April 30: British crime drama WIRE IN THE BLOOD: The Complete Collection

May 7: Fun mystery based on M.C. Beaton’s beloved books AGATHA RAISIN, Series 2 (Acorn TV Original Series)

Coming up on Acorn TV:

Mon., March 25: Swedish crime drama THE TRUTH WILL OUT

Mon., April 8: Fun, female-led mystery series QUEENS OF MYSTERY (Acorn TV Original Series)

Mon., April 29: New top-rated Aussie 1960s-set spinoff mystery series MS FISHERS MODERN MURDER MYSTERIES (Acorn TV Original Series)

An RLJ Entertainment, Inc. brand, Acorn specializes in world-class television from Britain and beyond on DVD/Blu-ray. 2019 home video releases feature several Acorn TV Originals including British crime dramas London Kills and Manhunt, fun British mysteries Queens of Mystery and Agatha Raisin, Series 2, Aussie detective drama Mystery Road, and Irish thriller Blood; new episodes of fan favorites’ The Heart Guy, 800 Words, Marcella, Rake, A Place to Call Home, No Offence, Ackley Bridge, The Brokenwood Mysteries, Delicious, Murdoch Mysteries; along with several new series, including Benedict Cumberbatch’s Patrick Melrose and Welsh drama Bang; among many others. RLJ Entertainment is a privately owned subsidiary of AMC Networks.

Buddha Board

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Our fast-paced lives have us juggling many tasks and commitments – and people are bound to be frequently stressed out. Now that Mother’s Day is around the corner, get your mother that you love so dearly a Buddha Board that can help her calm and find her inner peace so that she can clear the cutter and stress.

The Buddha Board is a mess-free temporary painting board utilizing the natural element of water. You simply paint on the surface with water and your creation will come to life in bold design. As the water slowly evaporates, your art magically disappears leaving you with a brand new canvas each time and endless creative options.

Buddha Board comes in three different forms: the original Buddha Board, 5” Mini Buddha Board, and the Enso – the enhanced version of the Mini Board. All versions are extremely portable and come with a water tray and brush. Another added perk: the Buddha Board is environmentally friendly, requiring no ink, no paint and no chemicals, and will last for years with proper care.

Retails for $14.95-34.95 and is available at various retailers.

Dr. Seuss Enterprises

Dr. Seuss Enterprises is the leading children’s entertainment company that connects children (and children at heart) to the inventive world of Dr. Seuss via licensed partnerships! 

Dr. Seuss’s book Oh, the Places You’ll Go! continues to be a go-to gift for graduates, from pre-K to college. This year to amplify Dr. Seuss’s Oh, the Places You’ll Go! during the key graduation timeframe, Dr. Seuss Enterprises is partnering with a slew of well-known and respected companies to pay homage to the classic book, while bringing Dr. Seuss’s vision to life in new products that will excite today’s consumers.

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Piper Computer Kit


The Piper Computer Kit is a DIY kit for Moms, Dads or Grads that uses Minecraft and Raspberry Pi to teach them the fundamentals of electronics, coding, engineering and problem solving, while instilling confidence and fostering creativity. The Piper Computer Kit is one of the highest rated STEM tools available on Amazon, is endorsed by Steve Wozniak and is used in the school Elon Musk’s kids attend.

Piper also flips the passive experience of current screen time consumption that many parents struggle to limit, and instead gives kids an active role in the technology they use. Kids assemble a handcrafted wooden toolbox and screen into a computer, and then move on from their engineering feat to code and program the computer through step-by-step instructions provided within the 3D world of Minecraft.

The kit retails for $299 and is available to buy at Barnes & Noble, Amazon.com and directly from the Piper website.

Acorn DVD/Blu-ray

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The upcoming Acorn DVD/Blu-ray release calendar is packed with five Acorn TV Originals, classic series, complete collections, Mom’s, Dad’s and Grad’s gift ideas and a lot of star power. 

•    ITV smash hit true crime drama MANHUNT starring Martin Clunes (Doc Martin) (Acorn TV Original Series)

•    Irish psychological crime thriller BLOOD starring Adrian Dunbar (Line of Duty) (Acorn TV Original Series)

•    Hit British drama PATRICK MELROSE starring Benedict Cumberbatch (Sherlock, Doctor Strange)

•    Risqué Irish comedy FINDING JOY created, written by and starring beloved Irish actress Amy Huberman (Striking Out) (Acorn TV Original Series)

•    New detective drama LONDON KILLS, called a “Superb British crime series” by the Los Angeles Times (Acorn TV Original Series)

•    Outrageous British police procedural NO OFFENCE, Series 3 from award-winning writer Paul Abbott 

•    British crime drama WIRE IN THE BLOOD: The Complete Collection starring Robson Green

•    British detective drama TRIAL & RETRIBUTION: The Complete Collection from Lynda La Plante (Prime Suspect)

•    British noir crime detective series MARCELLA, Season 2

Plus, more great gift ideas for all:

•    Special Limited Edition of addictive Australian period drama A PLACE TO CALL HOME: The Complete Collection and Season 6

•    The fun mystery based on MC Beaton’s beloved books AGATHA RAISIN, Series 2 starring Ashley Jensen (Acorn TV Original Series)

•    Hit British drama DELICIOUS, Series 3 about food, love and infidelity in Cornwall

•    Costume drama POLDARK: The Complete Collection starring Robin Ellis

Blu-rays or DVDs available upon request for reviews and features. Most series are also available to watch anytime on Acorn TV. The detailed DVD/Blu-ray release calendar is below the DVD covers.

Coming up on streaming service Acorn TV:

*If you’re not receiving Acorn TV announcements and would like to, please let me know.

Mon., April 8: Fun female-led mystery series QUEENS OF MYSTERY (Acorn TV Original and commission)

Mon., April 29: New Aussie 1960s-set spinoff mystery series MS FISHER’S MODERN MURDER MYSTERIES (Acorn TV Original)

Mon., May 13: BBC One’s top-rated police thriller LINE OF DUTY, Season 5 from the creator of international sensation Bodyguard

Fri., May 24: British drama PITCHING IN starring Larry Lamb (EastEnders) and Hayley Mills (The Parent Trap) (Acorn TV Original)

*Watch Acorn TV’s upcoming premieres at the press streaming site, https://acorn.tv/press or request a DVD.

Acorn DVD Release Calendar April-June


A PLACE TO CALL HOME: The Complete Collection (Limited Edition) (DVD Debut)

“Superbly written, and acted, this is Downton Abbey down under but less soapy.” –The Hollywood Reporter

“Nonstop intrigue and cliff-hangers along with pointed social critique.” –The New York Times

Special collectible packaging with two hours of bonus features, drink coasters, note cards and more

Gorgeously filmed and masterfully acted, this acclaimed period drama brims with romance and intrigue and is one of Acorn TV’s most popular series. When nurse Sarah Adams (Marta Dusseldorp) returns home to 1950s Australia after 20 years in Europe, she quickly becomes entangled in the lives of the wealthy Bligh family. Sparks fly with dashing widower George (Brett ClimoSnowy River: The McGregor Saga), but she clashes with his formidable mother, Elizabeth (Noni HazlehurstLittle Fish), who enlists George’s devious sister-in-law (Jenni BairdThe 4400) to disrupt their romance. Co-starring David Berry (Outlander) (DVD 20-Disc set, 67 eps plus bonus features, $299.99) Premiered on Acorn TV.

A PLACE TO CALL HOME, Season 6 (DVD Debut)

‘Best of the Year TV Selection’ – “Brilliantly inventive drama” The Wall Street Journal

In the final season of the critically acclaimed, award-winning drama, resilient nurse Sarah Nordmann (Marta Dusseldorp) finally marries wealthy landowner George Bligh (Brett ClimoSnowy River: The McGregor Saga). But as Sarah takes her place as lady of Ash Park, George’s mother, Elizabeth (Noni Hazlehurst), feels pushed out of the household that she ran for decades. As the Blighs journey back to each other, they face tragedies, betrayals, and new beginnings that will challenge their relationships and change the courses of their lives. (DVD 3-Disc set, 10 eps, $59.99) Premiered on Acorn TV.


FINDING JOY (Acorn TV Original) (DVD Debut)

“Huberman brings traces of Sarah Silverman, Kristen Wiig and Anna Faris… deceptive sweetness full of gleeful, nasty surprises” –Irish Times

Amy Huberman created, wrote, and stars in this quirky, life-affirming Irish comedy with a “satisfyingly filthy sense of humor” (The Irish Times). Routine-loving Joy is having a tough time after a messy breakup with her live-in boyfriend, Aidan (Lochlann O’MearáinLove & Friendship). Then a promotion forces her to step out of her comfort zone as she replaces her network’s star vlogger, the Happy Hunter. (DVD 1-Disc, 6 eps, $34.99) Premiered on Acorn TV. 

WIRE IN THE BLOOD: The Complete Collection (DVD Debut)

“Fabulous dark British mystery series… sensational” –Paper Mag

“Refreshingly quirky and unusually edgy” –The Guardian

Possessing an uncanny insight into criminal behavior, Dr. Tony Hill (Robson GreeneGranchester) is called upon to assist the police in building profiles of serial killers in Northern England. His unorthodox methods and off-putting personality alienate people at first, but he soon proves to be a considerable asset to the force. Along with his colleagues, DI Carol Jordan (Hermione NorrisMI-5, Cold Feet) and, later, DI Alex Fielding (Simone LahbibLoch Ness), Tony investigates the atrocious crimes committed by psychopaths, serial killers, and other deviants. (DVD 13-Disc set, 23 eps, $89.99)


AGATHA RAISIN, Series 2 (Acorn TV Original) (DVD Debut)

“Think Miss Marple with fashion sense and a sex drive, and that’s Agatha Raisin…A very welcome second season” TV Guide

“My favorite show of the summer…comic mystery with delightful Ashley Jensen” The New York Times

Ashley Jensen is “delightful” (The New York Times) and “hilarious” (Los Angeles Times) in these three feature-length mysteries based on M.C. Beaton’s best-selling novels. Formerly a high-flying PR executive in London, Agatha Raisin has now settled into small-town life in the Cotswolds, but her early retirement is far from quiet. Along with her friends Sir Charles (Jason MerrellsWaterloo Road), Roy (Mathew HorneGavin & Stacey), and Gemma (Katy WixTorchwood), Agatha solves the village’s bizarre murders with panache—but her love life may be a puzzle beyond even her skills to decipher. (DVD 3-Disc set, 3 feature-length eps, $39.99) Premiered on Acorn TV.

NO OFFENCE, Series 3 (DVD Debut)

“Beautiful balance of seriousness and bingeability… for fans of clever cop shows” –The New York Times

“Brilliantly bracing stuff… plenty of twists and turns to keep you hooked” Anglophenia

Hard challenges await the Friday Street Station as the “darkly comic police drama…praised for its strong female characters” (Radio Times) returns. Series 3 finds dynamic DI Vivienne Deering (Joanna ScanlanNotes on a Scandal) and her team providing security at a contentious election debate, but tragedy strikes when a gunman attempts to assassinate one of the candidates. Deering and her right-hand woman, DC Dinah Kowalska (Elaine Cassidy, Acceptable Risk), vow to apprehend the culprit, despite warnings from their superiors that the investigation could jeopardize an undercover officer who has infiltrated an extreme right-wing group. Will Deering get justice for her team, or will her unconventional policing methods finally go too far?  (DVD 2-Disc set, 6 eps, $49.99) Premiered on Acorn TV.

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BLOOD (Acorn TV Original) (DVD/Blu-ray Debut)

“Dark, addictive and unmissable crime drama” –The Guardian

“You’d be mad to miss it” –Daily Mail

BAFTA nominee Adrian Dunbar (Line of Duty) is “chilling” (Irish Examiner) in this “gripping…intense psychological drama” (Irish Mirror) about the lies that can fracture a family. Loner Cat Hogan (Carolina MainUnforgotten) returns to her hometown following the sudden death of her mother. But when details about the accident don’t add up, Cat suspects her father (Dunbar), a well-respected doctor she has distrusted ever since a childhood trauma. Did he have a hand in her mother’s passing, or is Cat really the troublemaker her siblings perceive her to be? As she sets out to find the truth, Cat uncovers secrets long buried and risks destroying what’s left of her family ties. (DVD/Blu-ray 2-Disc set, 6 eps, $39.99) Premiered on Acorn TV.

TRIAL & RETRIBUTION: Complete Collection (DVD Debut)

“So damn addictive” Film.com

“Great crime series” -NPR Weekend Edition

Created and written by Lynda La Plante, this long-running British series displays the same hard-bitten sensibility and emotional resonance that made Prime Suspect a television landmark. The 22 feature-length mysteries in this complete collection each follow a case from the scene of the crime to the courtroom verdict. Boasting innovative storytelling and uncompromising realism, Trial & Retribution powerfully portrays the psychological scars that violence leaves behind. David Hayman (Sid and Nancy) stars as DCS Mike Walker, with Kate Buffery (Wish Me Luck) and Victoria Smurfit (About a Boy) as his partners. Guest stars include Hugh DancyIain GlenRosamund Pike, and Michael Fassbender. (1997-2009, 18-Disc set, 22 feature-length eps, $99.99)


DELICIOUS, Series 3 (DVD Debut)

“The surprises pour down in a rich cascade… beautifully done, with humor, drama and human complexity” –TV America

“Absolutely worth your time… great performances and smart direction” –Eater

The Penrose Hotel faces new challenges as the funny, foodie drama returns. The late Leo Vincent (Iain GlenGame of Thrones, Jack Taylor) watches from beyond the grave as his ex-wife, Gina (Dawn FrenchFrench & Saunders), and widow, Sam (Emilia FoxSilent Witness), run the hotel he left behind. The piquant pair have managed to overcome their differences, until a handsome restaurateur (Vincent ReganThe Royals) with a reputation for gobbling up smaller businesses arrives to stir the pot. Can Gina and Sam work together to save the Penrose, or will they end up vying for the same man—again? (1-Disc, 4 eps, $34.99) Premiered on Acorn TV.

LONDON KILLS (Acorn TV Original) (DVD/Blu-ray Debut)

“Superb British crime series… wonderfully nuanced… refreshing break from…American counterparts.” Los Angeles Times

London’s best detectives take on its worst crimes in this sleek British mystery series from the creator of Suspects. Veteran DI David Bradford (Hugo SpeerFather Brown) heads an elite murder squad, but he’s been on leave following the unexplained disappearance of his wife. In his absence, ambitious DS Vivienne Cole (Sharon SmallThe Inspector Lynley Mysteries) has been leading the investigations, and when Bradford returns to work, the two clash over their methods and lines of inquiry. Despite the tension, Bradford and Cole strive to solve complex crimes, along with DC Rob Brady (Bailey PatrickBodyguard) and Trainee DC Billie Fitzgerald (Tori Allen-MartinUnforgotten). (DVD/Blu-ray 2-Disc set, 5 hour-long eps, $39.99) Premiered on Acorn TV.



“Beautifully acted by an exceptional cast” –CNN.com

“Devastating and brilliant adaptation” –The Economist

Emmy-winning and Oscar-nominated actor Benedict Cumberbatch (Avengers films, Sherlock) delivers a powerhouse performance as English aristocrat Patrick Melrose in this adaptation of the novels by Edward St Aubyn. Chronicling the hilarious highs and devastating lows of his tumultuous life, this blackly humorous drama follows Patrick from his childhood trauma at the hands of an abusive father (Hugo WeavingThe Lord of the Rings films) and neglectful mother (Jennifer Jason LeighThe Hateful Eight), to the peak of his heroin addiction, and his attempts to stay sober and support his family. (DVD/Blu-ray 2-Disc set, 5 eps, $39.99)


MANHUNT (Acorn TV Original) (DVD/Blu-ray Debut)

“Tremendously satisfying” –The New York Times

“As good as Helen Mirren’s Prime Suspect” –AARP

“Stars a mesmerizing Martin Clunes” –Entertainment Weekly

One of the highest-rated UK dramas of 2019

BAFTA Award-winning actor Martin Clunes (Doc Martin, Men Behaving Badly) “is a revelation” (The Telegraph) in this chilling mystery based on true events that rocked Britain. When the battered body of a French student is found on Twickenham Green in London, hardworking and humble DCI Colin Sutton (Clunes) is appointed the lead detective on his first big case. Despite objections from his superiors, Sutton believes the young woman’s murder may be connected to a previous attack and embarks on a quest to catch a serial killer. (DVD/Blu-ray 1-Disc, 3 eps, $34.99) Premiered on Acorn TV.

MARCELLA, Season 2 (DVD Debut)

“Beautiful and disturbing” –Daily Mail

“A fiendish puzzle, played by an impressive cast, crafted to keep viewers guessing” –The Independent

Anna Friel (Pushing Daisies) reprises her International Emmy®-winning role as DS Marcella Backland, a London police detective haunted by violent blackouts. When a body is found inside a wall, Marcella is horrified to discover that she knew the victim: a young boy who went missing years ago while walking home with her son. As more corpses turn up, Marcella wades through a complex web to catch a serial killer, but her deteriorating mental state threatens to derail the investigation. (DVD 2-Disc set, 8 eps, $49.99)

POLDARK: The Complete Collection (DVD Debut)

“The BBC production seduces us completely…a romantic adventure, complete with raging ambition, terrible betrayals, frustrated loves, daring deeds, and a marvelously dashing hero” -The New York Times

One of the 10 most popular shows in Masterpiece Theatre history, the original epic saga is a British Gone with the Wind. Set in 18th-century Cornwall after America’s War for Independence, it stars Robin Ellis as Capt. Ross Poldark, a young hero who returns home to find his estate in ruins, his inheritance gone, and his beloved Elizabeth (Jill Townsend) engaged to another man. (1975, DVD 8-Disc set, 29 eps, $79.99)


An RLJ Entertainment, Inc. brand, Acorn specializes in world-class television from Britain and beyond on DVD/Blu-ray. 2019 home video releases feature several Acorn TV Originals including British crime dramas London Kills and Manhunt, fun British mysteries Queens of Mystery and Agatha Raisin, Series 2, Aussie detective drama Mystery Road, and Irish thriller Blood; new episodes of fan favorites’ The Heart Guy, 800 Words, Marcella, Rake, A Place to Call Home, No Offence, Ackley Bridge, The Brokenwood Mysteries, Delicious, Murdoch Mysteries; along with several new series, including Benedict Cumberbatch’s Patrick Melrose and Welsh drama Bang; among many others. RLJ Entertainment is a privately owned subsidiary of AMC Networks. 

Emmy®-nominated Acorn TV is North America’s most popular and largest streaming service focused on British and international television from RLJ Entertainment. Acorn TV streams a deep library of first-rate international programs at Acorn.TV and on most devices. To watch its premieres, register at the press watch site: https://acorn.tv/press. Facebook: OfficialAcornTV – Twitter @AcornTV

The Bear & The Rat

The Bear & The Rat: Cool Treats for Dogs Expands Nationally with Whole Foods Market
Healthy, frozen snack brand for dogs The Bear & The Rat: Cool Treats for Dogs recently announced that it will be available at all Whole Foods Market locations starting in April. The retailer will roll out two of the brand’s frozen yogurt dog treat SKUs. With a proven record at Publix in the Southeast and 3,000 independent pet stores nationally, Whole Foods Market is bringing in the brand’s Bacon & Peanut Butter and Banana & Peanut Butter Frozen Yogurt Dog Treats. The two SKUs will be available in the ice cream set.The Bear & The Rat aims to make gut health for dogs both effective and fun with their clean frozen yogurt treats. With one serving of InClover Pet’s Optagest, every cup adds hydration, nutrients and is a complete digestive aid. The brand appeared on ABC’s Shark Tank in 2012.About InClover Research and Optagest®InClover’s Optagest®, a complete prebiotic and plant enzyme blend supporting intestinal balance and a healthy immune system. Clinical levels of organic inulin in Optagest®  act as an ideal food source for preferred native bacteria, aiding healthy and balanced digestion. Four plant-based digestive enzymes break down food to promote nutrient absorption, maximizing every meal. In plain speak: Optagest works with the body’s natural processes. It contains organic prebiotics which serve as food for friendly bacteria. This targeted feeding promotes a healthy intestinal balance, allowing your pet’s unique, native bacterial strain to thrive.


There is a deep hunger for new food heros as consumers are demanding more plant-based foods in their diets. The desire for sustainability is at an all-time high and this global fad has become a permanent way of life. SeaSnax founder Jin Jun, a dynamic innovator in the seaweed industry, can offer insight behind this mega food trend and would love work with you on a story!

Jin Jun pioneered the natural seaweed snack category over a decade ago and is thrilled to see plant-based foods take center stage. 

“When we first started out our venture, the retail space for natural,
organic plant-based foods was quite small. But now more than ever, people
are starting to care more about what they put into their bodies and where
their food is sourced from. A new generation is concerned with transparency and traceability and I’m happy to continue to be part of this revolution,” Jun states. 

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SeaSnax Lime Organic Roasted Seaweed Snack