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Bakerly Non-GMO Bakery Products Review

Besides wine and cheese, France is also famous for their amazing variety of artisan bread, such as the iconic baguette and the sweet brioche. Founded by two Frenchmen with years of experience in making baked goods, Bakerly brings to the US market a delicious collection of non-GMO bakery and snack items featuring authentic French recipes.

Bakerly kindly invited us to sample some of their best-selling products, including Hand Braided Brioche, Soft Brioche Baguette, Chocolate Brioche Rolls, Chocolate Filled Crepes and Caramel Filled Crepes with Crispy Cereal. All of them tasted fresh and delectable. My favorites are the Chocolate Brioche Rolls, Hand Braided Brioche, and Caramel Filled Crepes while my kids are crazy about the crepes. The brioches are soft, fluffy, and flavorful. The Caramel Filled Crepes impressed me with their perfect combination of soft shells and crispy fillings. All the items are great for breakfast and snack. I love that the crepes are individually packaged, making them an ideal mess free snack to enjoy while on the go. My kids also requested to pack the crepes in their school lunchboxes.

With "simple ingredients, honest origins" as their philosophy, Bakerly offers two lines of products: Family and Snack. All of them are made with certified Non-GMO wheat, rBST free real milk, and fresh, hand cracked eggs. They contain no preservatives, no high fructose corn syrup, and no artificial coloring or flavoring, making them a safe and tasty food choice for the entire family. Bakerly products are available at Whole Foods and select local supermarkets. We'd definitely buy more of them and I strongly encourage you to give them a try when you spot them in your local store.

Disclosure: I received free products to facilitate my honest review. All views and opinions expressed are my own.

Turn Your Family History into a Children's Book with a Memoir Writer

Every family is unique and has their own story to tell. The word "biography", especially when referred to in a published book form, is frequently associated with historical figures and celebrities in various fields, such as politics, business, science and technology, and the entertainment industry. But have you ever thought about publishing your very own biography? Don't rush to shake your head because you don't feel comfortable writing or can think of nothing worth writing about right away. There are professionals who are ready to help you out, known as personal historians or memoir writers.

Life is a story, no matter how uneventful it may seem at a glance. A talented memoir writer like Nechamie Margolis may help you see more in yourself than you can possibly realize on your own. There is such an abundance of noteworthy milestones and precious memories in your personal and family histories that you may want to preserve them in the most beautiful form of presentation possible. And Writing the Soul offers the perfect way to do so!


Nechamie offers a variety of writing services through her website Writing the Soul, including personal memoirs, tributes, family cookbooks, video biographies and more. The one I find most special and interesting is her Children's Book package, which produces a family history book written in the language of children and printed with a mix of photos and illustrations. What a wonderful idea to turn your family history into a fun children's book that can be handed down from generation to generation while letting the kids learn better about their childhood, or the lives of their parents, grandparents and even their ancestors! It'd definitely make one of the best personalized gifts ever!

Spookley the Square Pumpkin Prize Pack Giveaway {Ghosts & Goblins Giveaway Hop}

One of the kids' favorite fall activities is to visit a local pumpkin patch, where they could discover pumpkins in different varieties, sizes and shapes. If they are lucky, they might spot a very special kind of pumpkin, a square pumpkin that looks like the adorable Spookley the Square Pumpkin! Everyone’s favorite square pumpkin is now the “Pick of the Patch” this Halloween season. As a classic that airs on Disney Junior every October, Spookley the Square Pumpkin, for the first time ever, can be enjoyed in high definition, available in a new Blu-ray combo pack and on Digital HD from Cinedigm. The Blu-ray combo includes five exclusive video picture books.

Based on Joe Troiano's bestselling Spookley book series, this animated television special follows the story of Spookley, the only square pumpkin living on Holiday Hill Farm, where round pumpkins dominate and frequently make fun of Spookley for his unique shape until they get saved by him during a terrible storm.


Synopsis:
In a world where the only good pumpkins are round pumpkins, Spookley is teased because of his square shape. Shunned by the other pumpkins, Spookley is befriended by Edgar, Allan and Poe, three hilarious spiders, who convince him that, square or not, he has a right to be the Pick of the Patch. But Big Tom and Little Tom, the pumpkin bullies in the patch, continue to tease and taunt Spookley. Encouraged by kindly Jack Scarecrow and his bat sidekicks, Boris and Bella, Spookley tries his best, but he isn’t sure he has what it takes until a mighty storm threatens Holiday Hill Farm. When the storm blows the round pumpkins across the patch towards the raging river, Spookley realizes it is up to him and his square shape to save the day.

Blu-ray combo pack bonus features:

5 exclusive video picture books:
  • The Legend of Spookley the Square Pumpkin
  • The Legend of Beacon the Bright Little Firefly
  • The Legend of JellyBean and the Unbreakable Egg
  • The Legend of Lyla the Lovesick Ladybug
  • The Legend of Mistletoe and the Christmas Kittens
As fans of the Spookley book series, my boys were really excited to see their beloved square pumpkin in animation. Fond of Spookley's cute look, they felt upset when he got ridiculed by Big Tom and Little Tom; they felt sad when Spookley failed the Jack-a-Lympics miserably; they cheered for Spookley as he courageously saved everyone against the strong winds; and they felt very proud of Spookley when he finally won the respect from his fellow patch-mates.

The movie is well paced and has the perfect length to hold the little viewers' attention from beginning to end. The educational messages are clear and easy to get through. It encourages children not to be afraid to be different and to learn to embrace their differences, as what makes you different also makes you special. It also teaches about kindness, courage, friendship, sportsmanship, gratitude and tolerance. It helps stop bullying before it begins. Apparently, Spookley the Square Pumpkin has been a long time Halloween tradition for many families for a good reason.

Vampirina DVD Review & Giveaway (2 Winners)

Meet the friendliest vampires on earth this Halloween - Vampirina and her family - from Disney Junior's brand new show Vampirina, which premiered on October 1, 2017. The show is based on the Vampirina Ballerina book series written by Anne Marie Pace and is produced by the team behind Disney Junior's hit preschool series Doc McStuffins. The first four episodes of the show is now available on DVD, simply named Vampirina.


Synopsis:

A young vampire girl, Vampirina (aka Vee), is the new kid in town after her family moves from Transylvania to Pennsylvania. In her unfamiliar surroundings, Vee first tries to adapt, change and blend in with her schoolmates but ultimately she learns to appreciate her unique individuality and her friends' too. Whether they’re making their own music videos, planning a party or throwing a sleepover, Vee and her friends always figure out how to have fang-tastic fun!

Episodes:
  • Going Batty / Scare B&B
  • The Sleepover / Portrait of a Vampire
  • Vee’s Surprise Party / Vee Goes Viral
  • The Plant Predicament / Mummy Mayhem
 
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