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Holiday Gift Guide 2018: Tuesday Morning Edition

Anyone still trying to cram in some last-minute shopping?! If you have a Tuesday Morning by you — fear not…..this gift guide is for you! This store carries a mix of everything from baby clothing to children’s toys to rugs and furniture to coffee and food items! Being that I am putting together a holiday basket for my in-laws, what I got are all food items. Here are my picks!

I don’t think these are tastier than the ones from Walkers but these are very good and this assorted package makes a nice addition to a holiday gift basket or even as a standalone gift!

Highland Speciality Shortbread Cookies

I’ve seen this product in other specialty discount stores also. This brand carries the same product in other flavors as well but I like the original one as is. My in-laws love this so I made sure to include this in the gift basket I’m putting together. I actually bought an extra box for myself too and I’m down to a few pieces in the snack drawer!

Anastasia Coconut Patties

I’ve never tried this before but it looked like something that would fit in a nice holiday gift basket. I always thought that tasty fruity treats are more prevalent during the holiday season like fruitcakes. Crossing my fingers that it’s tasty!

Liberty Orchards Fruit Delights

Ah, cheese crispies. I always associate this with holiday gift baskets as that’s where I’ve encountered them in the past. I think they’re usually found in the savory kind of holiday gift baskets where you see smoked salmon packs and summer sausages.

Roka Cheese Crispies

I have tasted the lemon curd version this brand has so I didn’t hesitate to pick up the orange marmalade when I saw that the store has it! I think it makes a great addition to a holiday gift basket as I always see some jams or jellies in them.

Mackays Orange Marmalade with Champagne

With that said, why stop at the one with champagne when they also have the same thing but with whisky? 🙂

Mackays Orange Marmalade with Whisky

Next items are a little unconventional for a holiday gift basket I’ll admit. It would’ve fit better in a cooking themed gift basket but my holiday gift basket to my in-laws has a few cooking items as well so I picked these up. My mother-in-law likes to experiment in cooking and I’m hoping that this will be something new for her to try out.

Gia Green Pesto & Garlic Paste

Last item I picked up is a random one but I know that my mother-in-law was looking into making tiramisu at home. I don’t think she has tried yet but this would help her out by cutting out the step in making them since it is an ingredient in a tiramisu. So….I’ve included this in their holiday gift basket.

Matilde Vicenzi Vicenzovo Ladyfingers

This doesn’t even cover the beautiful decorative boxes I got that I used to hold gifts and other snack items I’ve purchased like tasty pizelles. All I can say is this store has a ton of options for holiday gifts if you’re running out of time or ideas and if one is in your neighborhood. You can browse their website here to get an idea of what they carry and have to offer.


Holiday Gift Guide 2018: World Market Edition

Happy Thanksgiving to my readers in the US! I hope you all will have a great time spending time with family and friends. And to those that are volunteering, thank you for your gift of time in help spreading the love this holiday season. I know that a good number of you use this day as a marker to the start of your holiday shopping. Well, in case you have a Cost Plus World Market store by you or along the way until Christmas and New Year’s…..this gift guide is for you. I only managed to feature things that I have purchased in the past and will gladly purchase again but feel free to pop in the store or browse online since they carry everything from coffee to soap gift sets to furniture. The possibilities are endless with this store! Here are my picks!

I remember over 15 years ago trying out a cobbler mix and ended up loving it. I tried to find it with no luck. One day I randomly got a scone mix from a local coffee shop here as I had a gift certificate. I absolutely LOVED it. It was expensive but I didn’t think about it at the time since I had a gift certificate. When I lived in the East Coast, I was about 15 minutes away from World Market store. I loved it. I missed it and decided to see if they have an online store and OHMYGOSH they do! I looked up scones and was greeted with a wide variety. My first order consisted of the Lemon Poppyseed Scones and Wild Blueberry Scones. It arrived, I made it and was hooked. I’ve tried a lot of other flavors since then but here’s the top 3 I recommend: Lemon Poppyseed, Wild Blueberry and Salted Caramel. Salted Caramel is the most requested one by those that I have made them for. When buying online, it’s a case (box) of 6 packaged scone mixes for $29.94. I even purchased the gluten free varieties of the Lemon Poppyseed and Wild Blueberry ones so that my gluten-free friends can partake and they love them!

Sticky Fingers Scone Mixes

In that same order, I purchased the World Market Smoked Salmon set on a whim. I like smoked salmon that we get in the office from gift baskets during the holiday season from various clients. I thought it’d be perfect for an upcoming cabin stay and I’m so glad I purchased it. It’s perfect with crackers! While none of us were huge fans of the Lemon Dill (it was okay), the Classic one is so tasty! When looking at their website just now they have another flavor called Cracked Pepper! Um, it’s going into my cart for the next time I make a purchase. This retails for $8.99 each. I can’t find what the set of 2 costs but I think it comes to be the same as the individual price.

World Market Smoked Salmon

The next item is something I purchased for a very good friend and neighbor of ours. I remember he was looking for marzipan snacks but had a hard time finding it. The thing with World Market is it carries things from all over the world and you never really know what you may find….like this marzipan set! This Niederegger Assorted Mini Chocolate And Marzipan Bars set is made in Germany. It looks very nice and ready for gift-giving — I hope my friend likes it! But this is just a sample of what food items you may find there. They have all sorts of snacks and chocolates and fruit cakes. This goes for $6.99.

Niederegger Assorted Mini Chocolate And Marzipan Bars

This next item is from the first order I made online as well. I added it to my cart on a whim as my friends who just got back from New Orleans couldn’t stop raving about shortbread cookies. Now here’s the thing, before having this I have never eaten a shortbread cookie before in my life. There are lots of other cookies that just look more appealing to me. Oh my goodness, I’ve been missing out! From the moment I had my first bite of these Walkers shortbread cookies I was hooked! I went through half of that pack of 20 in a few days. I have since repurchased this in my last 2 orders. It’s the perfect size for snacking or just handing someone a small buttery treat! This value pack of 20 individually wrapped set of 2 shortbread fingers retails for $10.99.

Walkers Shortbread Fingers Value Pack

And here’s another random purchase of mine that I loved! Mackays Lemon Curd is slightly sweet and tart. I wasn’t sure what to use it for but there’s lots of ideas online. I got this in a set of 6 jars for $23.94. My favorite way of using it is in making lemon bars. I am including this in a gift basket I’m putting together from my mother-in-law.

Mackays Lemon Curd

I know that you can get this in stores now, but I wasn’t familiar with Biscoff Cookie Butter back then — only with Biscoff Cookies itself. So it was a random purchase and I got the set of 8 jars for $39.92. While I get this in stores around me now, if you’re making a gift basket or something like that….buying from World Market might be more convenient.

Biscoff Cookie Butter

I could go on and on about World Market but I’ll stop here for now. What I can say is if you happen to be close to one, go and stop by. There’s something for everyone in your Christmas list. And if you aren’t close to one, like me, there’s always online and the variety is pretty good there as well. I’m sure there will be some Black Friday deals and you bet that it’s one of the stores on my list for Black Friday shopping. 🙂


Rachael Ray Nutrish Treats

Hey guys! I was given the opportunity to participate in a dog-themed Vox Box from Influenster and I’m ready to share my thoughts on it. Here’s my take on Rachael Ray Nutrish Dog Treats.

Rachael Ray Nutrish Dog Treats

The Influenster insert states the following about the product:

CONGRATULATIONS! You have been selected to try a sneak peek of new Rachael Ray Nurtish treats. Inspired by real recipes from Rachael’s kitchen — like meatloaf, burgers, roasted chicken, even pasta — these treats look and taste like the real thing. Real U.S. farm-raised beef or chicken is always the #1 ingredient. Dogs everywhere crave the meaty deliciousness in these Nutrish treats. Look for them where you shop for your family’s groceries.

TREATING TIPS: Rachael Ray Nutrish Treats are intended for intermittent or supplemental feeding only. Please watch your dog to ensure Nutrish treats are thoroughly chewed before swallowing. Break into smaller pieces for smaller dogs.

What I love about this product? I got the treats Deli Cuts and Burger Bites. I followed the instructions and had to break them into smaller pieces for my Brittany Spaniel as although he borders on the high end of a medium sized dog, the pieces are a little big for him since he tends to inhale his food and treats. I didn’t do that the first time and if it’s still relatively soft (definitely utilize the resealable bag!) then he’s okay with it still, but the Deli Cuts one hardened over time when I failed to reseal the bag completely once. My dog LOVES these! Both are made with US farm raised beef. There is no corn or wheat in it and has no artificial flavors or meat by-products. It is a cooked product and is a great treat for my dog. Beef is the main ingredient in the listing and that’s a relief as a lot of “meat” treats out there doesn’t actually have meat as the main ingredient. When I smell it, it actually smells like beef jerky to me, which my dog would love to have but we don’t feed him that as it’s not made for dogs. But he can definitely have these! 🙂 It actually smells like something I’d eat! The packaging is vibrant and attractive — very pleasing to the eye really. The product itself looks like pepperoni slices and tiny burger patties — right down to the grill marks!

What I don’t like about this product? Nothing really except maybe for the price. They are pretty pricey compared to a lot of dog treats out there even though the ingredients in these are top notch.

More information on this item and other products the brand carries is available on their website here. Products from this brand is carried at other retailers too both online and in-store.

*Products featured here are received complimentary to test through Influenster’s VoxBox program.* #Nutrish #NutrishPets #NutrishTREATS


Walmart Fall 2016 Beauty Box

I got my Walmart Fall 2016 Beauty Box in about 2 weeks ago. I was fairly pleased with what I got for $5 (yet again!).

Walmart Fall 2016 Beauty Box

The boxes vary in terms of worth to me each time but what it boils down to is it’s just $5 and looking at everything I got, that’s not a bad price for it at all.

Bioré Deep Cleansing Charcoal Pore Strips

Cetaphil Moisturizing Cream

Clean & Clear Deep Action 60-Second Shower Mask

Dove Purely Pampering Nourishing Body Wash

Batiste Dry Shampoo

Village Naturals Therapy Aches & Pains Muscle Relief Concentrated Mineral Bath Soak

Hello Extra Whitening Fluoride Toothpaste

EcoTools Makeup Brush Cleansing Cloths

Nature’s Bounty Hair, Skin & Nails Gummies

I see a few things already here that I can use immediately. This is a great way to try some stuff out before committing to a full-sized product!


Sunbelt Bakery Chewy Granola Bar

Hey guys! Today’s post is on an item I got from my Influenster Bloom VoxBox 2016. Here’s my review on the Sunbelt Bakery Chewy Granola Bar.

Sunbelt Bakery Chewy Granola Bar

The Influenster insert boasts about this product: “Sunbelt Bakery granola bars are brought to your community each week, which means you get a snack with bakery-fresh taste and no preservatives.”

Verdict? This product comes in an easy to tear open packaging that is standard for most granola bars. Item highlights are clearly marked in the front with the following caption: “NO PRESERVATIVES” and “BAKERY-FRESH TASTE”. I had my man try it since he consumes granola bars more often than I do. He has about one a day. It only had 180 calories for the whole 1.4 oz / 41 g bar and it’s pretty filling. The flavor is pretty good and what he expected out of the flavor called Oats & Honey. It’s lightly sweet with a good amount of flavor. He thought it was a good granola bar overall so we’ll be looking out for this brand when we go grocery shopping next time. It didn’t have too much sugar for us at 12 g and sodium is 75 mg for this serving size. What I’m impressed about this the most is that it’s freshly stocked every so often so it’s one of the freshest commercially sold granola bars out there. Being widely available is not a bad thing either.

A single bar retails for $0.50 and is available at various retailers. To learn more about the brand and their offerings, visit www.sunbeltbakery.com, where you can check out what flavors and products they have!

*Products featured here are received complimentary to test through Influenster’s VoxBox program.*