Heart-healthy, fiber-rich Resveratrol WineTime Bars satisfy any dark chocolate craving and offer health benefits – what more could you ask for?! Containing only 190 calories, the Resveratrol WineTime Bar is a gourmet chocolate nutrition bar featuring almonds and dates that contains resveratrol, the ingredient in red wine acclaimed for its heart-healthy and life-extending properties. This patent-pending, award-winning dark chocolate bar contains as much resveratrol as 50 glasses of red wine, without the alcohol (and without the hangover!).

Resveratrol is a potent antioxidant that may lower blood pressure, protect your cells from free radical damage, and keep your heart healthy, to name a few. To learn more about the benefits of resveratrol, click here.

To order a 10 Bar Starter Pack of WineTime Bars or a full 40 Bar Family Pack, visit their website. You will LOVE these bars!

*Company generously provided samples and images for this review.*

Spinach salad gets a makeover by substituting low fat turkey bacon for regular bacon in this recipe by Aviva Goldfarb, author of SOS! The Six O’ Clock Scramble to the Rescue. For vegetarians, omit the hard boiled eggs and turkey bacon, using Smart Bacon® instead. YUM!

Classic Spinach Salad with Turkey Bacon

By Aviva Goldfarb

2 eggs, hard-boiled and sliced

8 oz. turkey, pork or vegetarian bacon, preferably nitrite-free

6-9 oz. baby spinach

1/4- 1/3 cups crumbled blue cheese, to taste, or use Gorgonzola, shredded Parmesan or feta cheese

1 cup sliced mushrooms, coarsely chopped

1/4 red or yellow onion, (about 1/4 cup), thinly sliced

1 cup cherry tomatoes, (about 1/2 pint), halved

1/4 cup balsamic vinaigrette dressing, or to taste (store-bought or homemade)

Preparation

Hard boil the eggs, if necessary, and soak them in cold water to cool them. Peel and slice the eggs. Slice the bacon into short, thin strips and cook it in a large nonstick skillet over medium heat, stirring occasionally, until it is browned and crispy, 8 – 10 minutes.

In a large serving bowl, top the spinach with the eggs, cheese, mushrooms, onions and tomatoes.

When the bacon is crisp, add it to the salad, top it with the dressing, and toss thoroughly. Serve it immediately.

Balsamic Vinaigrette Salad Dressing: You can make your own easy and delicious salad dressing by whisking together 1/4 cup balsamic vinegar, 1/3 cup olive oil, 1 tsp. superfine sugar (optional) and 1 tsp. minced herbs such as basil and mint. Add 1 Tbsp. Dijon mustard, if desired. Refrigerate extra dressing.

Scramble Flavor Booster: Use extra sliced onion in the salad, and use aged blue cheese.

*Recipe found in SOS! The Six O’ Clock Scramble to the Rescue.*

After a fun-filled day of splashing in the pool or building sandcastles at the beach, put your child’s wet bathing suits in these adorably functional wet bags for swimsuits from all about sofi! Handmade in a wide array of bright, colorful prints, from Blue Starfish and Monkey Mania to Paisley and Beach Totes & Starfish – the wet bags are fitted with a smart liner inside to hold all of your child’s drenched items. Not just for sandy and soaked bathing suits, the wet bags can hold goggles, beach toys, soiled cloth diapers, washcloths, and even your sweaty workout gear!

These reusable wet bags are simply too cute, and the fabric choices change often! At just $15, this is one smart, eco-friendly purchase! For more information or to order, check out all about sofi.

*Company generously provided samples and images for this review.*

This month’s issue of Mothering Magazine offered a wonderful article on making your own natural sodas at home with the kids this summer. Full of healthy fruit mix-in ideas and tea combinations, these refreshing drinks will definitely quench your thirst without all of the chemical additives. The recipe below by Melyssa Holik is “Mom’s” favorite!

Roobios Raspberry Soda

Ingredients

2 teaspoons Roobios (red bush) tea

2 cups boiling water

1 tablespoon honey

2 cups raspberry-blend 100 percent fruit juice

2 cups sparkling water, berry flavor

Preparation

Put loose tea in teapot and cover with boiling water. Add honey and stir, then let tea cool. Strain into pitcher. Combine with juice and sparkling water and serve cold.

Makes 1 quart.

Simply the best there is for baby! BornFree® makes an entire line of bottles, pacifiers, training cups, drinking cups, and other accessories for baby that are free of BPA (Bisphenol-A), a potentially dangerous chemical that is a known estrogen mimicker that is used in the production of polycarbonate plastic. According to researchers, BPA may cause developmental and neurological problems in children. You can learn more about Bisphenol-A here. In addition, BornFree® products are also free of PVC and phthalates!

The entire line is made to grow with your little one, from infancy through toddlerhood, with a wide array of products for feeding, soothing, cleaning, and drinking.

The BornFree® Baby Bottles (pictured) are available in glass or plastic (PES). The bottles feature an anti-colic vent specifically designed for your child’s safety and comfort. The bottles come in both 5 oz. or 9 oz. sizes, depending on your baby’s needs.

In addition, BornFree® makes an innovative twister brush set for cleaning bottles, drinking cups, and training cups that makes it super simple to clean all the nooks and crannies! The teeny tiny brush that accompanies the larger brush has been designed to clean nipples and spouts effectively, as well.

Mom” is a huge fan of this eco-friendly line! BornFree® products can be found at national retailers, such as Target, Whole Foods, Babies R’ Us, buybuyBAB, Diapers.com, and CVS, as well as online.

*Company generously provided samples, images, and information for this review.*

We can all recall that when we were little, one of the major steps in growing up was the sleep-away camp. As excited kids and worried parents get ready for this landmark, it can be easy to forget to pack some crucial basics to ensure kids’ safety. With that in mind, Moishe’s Mobile Storage has put together the below tips and packing hints to provide for a smooth trip for your child.

As industry experts and leaders in the moving industry, Moishe’s has seen it all. Based on experience as well as diverse knowledge of the industry, the company has compiled the following tips and hints to help any family packing with their child for the first time or wanting to review what is needed since last year’s adventures.

5 TIPS AND HINTS WHEN PACKING FOR SUMMER CAMP:

Necessities – There is always a need for the common things when leaving home for a long time. These could include soap, shampoo, deodorant, medication, and a toothbrush. A way to have your child bring these to camp could be in an easy to carry bucket with their name or a shower caddy that they can decorated to stand out.

Nature Comforts – Not only will your child be moving in with new friends, but they will be bunking with some unfamiliar critters. Don’t forget to pack plenty of bug spray and sunscreen as part of your camper’s daily defenses. Trash bags can also be used as a makeshift poncho when rain hits but can also be used for dirty laundry.

Mom’s” pick? Badger SPF30 Anti-Bug Sunscreen!

Memory Makers – Summer camp will be full of fun memories, so be sure to include a disposable camera and perhaps a journal. Cameras should definitely be disposable since they have a good chance of disappearing throughout the camper’s stay. Journals can also be tailored to your kid so they can record their memories and keep track of friends.

Mom” loves the eco-friendly and brightly colored journals by ecosystem!

Comfort Items – It may be your child’s first time away from home so it might be hard to adapt. Make sure that you pack a few surprises in their bag including family pictures and stuffed animals. These items are a quick fix for homesickness and will be a good start for the campers to share stories of home.

Mom” recommends Feeling Campy Spray to help ward off homesickness!

What to Avoid – Even though your child may use certain scented shampoos or lotions, they are not a good idea at a camp because they will attract insects. Every child appreciates their own goodies from home such as their favorite cookies and candy. However, call ahead to see if the camp allows snacks and if so, be sure to pack them in air-tight containers to avoid a visit from bugs.

A BIG thanks to Moishe’s Mobile Storage for putting together this timely article for Tiny Green Mom!

*Image provided by Badger Balm.*

Fast, easy, delicious and HEALTHY – what more is there to say! Another winner from SOS! The Six O’Clock Scramble to the Rescue.

Amazing Zucchini Pie

By Aviva Goldfarb

Ingredients

1 Tbsp. butter or olive oil

2 zucchini, or use yellow squash, thinly sliced (4 – 5 cups)

1/2 large yellow onion, diced

1/2 tsp. salt

1/2 tsp. black pepper

1/2 tsp. garlic powder

1/2 tsp. dried basil

1/2 tsp. dried oregano

1 prepared 9-inch pie crust

1 Tbsp. Dijon mustard

2 eggs, lightly beaten

2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese

Preparation

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees.

In a large skillet, melt the butter or oil over medium heat and sauté the zucchini and onions until they are tender, about 10 minutes. Add the salt, pepper, garlic powder, basil and oregano.

Press the pie crust into a pie dish and spread the mustard evenly over the crust.

In a large bowl, combine the eggs, cheese and zucchini mixture. Pour everything into the pie crust and spread it evenly.

Bake it for 30 minutes, or until the top is lightly browned. (Meanwhile, prepare the carrots.) Allow it to cool for a few minutes and cut it into wedges to serve it (or refrigerate it for up to 24 hours or freeze it for up to 3 months.)

Scramble Flavor Booster: Use Swiss, Gruyere, or another sharp cheese, rather than the mozzarella.

*Image provided by SOS! The Six O’Clock Scramble to the Rescue.*

Tasty (and shh….healthy) Alphabet Cookies from Newman’s Own will definitely be a hit with the kiddos! Available in 3 distinct flavors, Cinnamon Graham, Chocolate, and Arrowroot, these tiny cookies are BIG on flavor. Parents will love that these cookies are made from wholesome ingredients, including Organic Unbleached Wheat Flour and Organic Honey, and do not contain any hydrogenated oils or high fructose corn syrup. The kids’ won’t know the difference!

Featuring all the letters in the alphabet, these cookies are great for entertaining the little ones in the backseat on a long trip, too! Impromptu spelling bee, anyone?

The cookies are delicious and make the perfect after school snack – great on their own or paired with some fresh fruit or a glass of organic milk. “Mom’s” favorite? The Cinnamon Graham cookies! They taste almost like a ginger snap cookie and are just packed with flavor.

To locate a retailer near you, visit their website.

*Company provided samples and images for this review.*

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Another colorful and impressive dish from Gourmet Meals in Crappy Little Kitchens! What is Jennifer Schaertl cooking up now? A favorite of “Mom’s” – the Greek Salad!

My Big Fat Greek Salad

Ingredients

1 Tbsp. Dijon mustard

1 tsp. minced anchovy

1/4 cup fresh oregano

1/4 cup sherry vinegar

1 cup extra virgin olive oil

Sea salt, to taste

Black pepper, to taste

1/4 cup diced English cucumber

2 Roma tomatoes, diced

1/4 cup diced red onion

1/4 cup chopped Kalamata olives

3 Tbsp. crumbled Feta cheese, plus extra for garnish

1 cup thinly sliced romaine lettuce

4 slices sourdough bread, toasted

Preparation

In your blender, pulse the mustard, anchovy and oregano until mixed. Add the sherry vinegar and pulse until well combined. While blending at medium speed, drizzle in the olive oil and season to taste with salt and pepper.

In a large bowl, toss the cucumber, tomato, onion, olives, feta cheese and romaine lettuce with 1/2 cup of the dressing. Taste the salad to see if it needs more dressing, salt or pepper.

Mound the salad in a large serving bowl. Cut the toasted bread into wedges, and tuck the wedges around the salad, and garnish it with more crumbled feta. Enjoy!

Store the leftover dressing in an airtight container in the refrigerator.

*Image provided by Gourmet Meals in Crappy Little Kitchens.*