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I wouldn’t classify as a Wine-o, but I love to try new wines with friends or on a calm night with my husband. Because I’ve only been drinking wine for a few years now, I’ve not quite got the palette I’d like to when it comes to a good, rich wine. I started my wine journey off with overly sweet, berry flavored wines and let’s just say, it was a bit of a shock to my system the first time a tried a dry red wine. I’ve come a long way since my first sip and one day, a professional wine tasting will be in order. For now, I can take my taste buds on a journey through Wine Country without ever leaving my home.

At TastingRoom.com is a Wine Super Nova with options to purchase by samples, by the glass by the bottle or in larger batches for gifts or parties. I got the chance to try a  Party Sample and I decided to go with a Holiday sampler put together by Emeril  Lagasse.

Emeril’s Holiday Party Sampler features six wines to help you bring the oohs + aahs and definitely some second helpings to your wine as well as your food. “I loved going through my own tasting to make these selections and food pairings and bring them to you. It was delicious, fun, creative and I can’t wait to do it again! This is truly the way to get to know your own palate and have a blast doing it.”  In the top of the box, was this large card with an overview of each wine you will sample. I loved having all this information at my fingertips to be able to educate myself and figure out what I truly like in a wine.

Nestled safe inside we 6 50ml (1.7oz) tasting size bottles. I loved the large variety in this  set. From Chardonnay to Zinfandel and even a solid Merlot.  I shared my sampler with family and we were all able to find something we liked. I can see how this would be a great mix for friends, dinner parties and more. Emeril really knows how to pick ’em!

It goes without saying that these little bottles are adorable, but the best part is that you can revisit TastingRoom.com and easily order a full bottle of your favorite sampler. These wines were all delicious and even though they were chosen by someone as high profile as Emeril Lagasse, I was shocked at the modest price tags! Most of the bottles retail right around $25! This particular Chardonnay is only $20.95

Overall, I loved getting to try all these Wines and being able to share with loved ones, it was the icing on the cake for our small dinner party last month. I love the concept behind the Tasting Room and I look forward to ordering from them again!

If you’re thinking you might want to give TastingRoom.com a try, they’ve got a special offer to invite a friend and give them a $25 credit towards a $50 order! If you’re interested in an invite, leave a comment and I’ll send you an invitation via email!



Vermont Nut Free Chocolates


I’m sure we all know someone with a peanut or tree but allergy. After all, it is one of the “Big 8” when it comes to food allergies, topped only by Milk and Eggs. Did you also know that comes peoples nut allergies are SO strong, that only the smell or touch of nuts can bring on a reaction? In a lot of food and candy processing, it is impossible to keep particles of nuts away from products that do not include them in their recipe when in that same plant, they are creating something that does call for the use of nuts- this is why you sometimes see nut-less candy bars with a warning label “may contain nuts”. To someone like me who’s not allergic to nuts, this is no big deal, but if you are, it means a no go on a lot of large candy labels. Of course, this story needs a hero and today, that hero is Vermont Nut Free Chocolates.

Vermont Nut Free Chocolates sent us a sample of some of their Halloween confections, given the fact above, I can imagine that Halloween is a VERY difficult time for people with nut allergies and parents with kids who have nut allergies. I know it’s hard to tell my children they can have a very limited amount of their sweets everyday, I can’t imaging having to trash most of their goodies due to nut warnings! Over at Vermont Nut Free Chocolates they are taking away the worry but keeping chocolate lovers engaged. What if I told you, they found away to exclude ANY type of nuts but still give you that added crunch?!

The first thing we tried was one of their Halloween Pops, these come in 6 different shapes including a ghost, a witch and a cat and two different flavors: milk or dark chocolate. We received their Dark Chocolate which my husband and I happen to be big fans of. Their solid chocolate pop was creamy and smooth and the dark chocolate had just the right amount of bitter bite. At $1.35 a pop- these are also a great deal!

Next we tried their Halloween Medallions. These can wrapped in an orange mesh bad with an orange ribbon- very festive. These are the perfect size for someone like me who like to just have a taste of chocolate for those random cravings, but doesn’t want to commit to something as large as the pop above. This handful (beautifully wrapped) retails for $5.45 and is the perfect sharing size.

Each coin also has a spooky surprise when you unwrap it- oooooh! 😉

The last thing we tried was the Crispy Jack-o-lantern. This is a whopper of a treat (it’s huge!) and it’s a great example of how Vermont Nut Free Chocolates get some added crunch into their chocolates without the use of nuts! They add crisp rise to give it that delicious crunch.

Aside from this crunchy Jack-o-lantern, they also do chocolate covered pretzels and 3 different kinds of Nut Free bark including Caramel Pretzel Bark- yum!

You can check out more from Vermont Nut Free Chocolate’s Halloween Selection HERE.
What’s your favorite?!

Green Kid Crafts- July!


Last week we got a super fun monthly subscription box in the mail. Parker doesn’t quite know what the word “Favorite” means, but if he did, I bet he would call this is favorite box so far 🙂 It’s called Green Kid Crafts.

Every craft inside this box is made of products that are recyclable or bio-degradable (like their plant based cello bags that hold each craft) the business it’s self is Carbon Neutral and the box is made of 100% recycled materials.

For $19.95 per month, you receive at least 3 craft projects perfect for ages 3-8. Everything you need is included minus a few basic household craft items like glue, markers, tape and scissors. My favorite part is the while there are instructions and guides for how to easily recreate the completed projects- each one is designed to be open ended. Allowing small children like my nearly 3-year-old, Parker to get creative. After all- there’s never a wrong way to make art!

This month’s theme was ‘Sun, Moon & Stars’ The finished projects are shown on a postcard on the lid of the box.

In the box was some literature welcoming up and letting us know some more information about the company and how they remain “green” to help the earth. They really covered all of their bases!

If you didn’t think that 3 crafts for the price was enough of a value, they also included this little magazine that had easy ideas for even more crafts to fit this months theme! This was just the extra touch I love with subscription boxes for the kids. This would surly keep you busy between your boxes and create opportunities to talk about recycling with your little ones.

They included some cute stickers (yay! More potty training bribes!)
And a card that says if you use the code “FRIEND” to get $10 off! Hello! That is half off your first box! GO!

The first craft we did was the shooting Star. I completely adore this craft! I have never seen something SO easy but SO cute and it has held up amazingly. Even with little brother (Jack who is 1) playing with the finished product too!

Here are the other two, the Rocket Launcher and Sundial 🙂 These included some really great supplies too. Color pencils, paper and even some Crayola Moon dough!

So, here is Parker (with Daddy’s help) opening the stuff needed for his Shooting Star Craft.

I can’t even begin to explain how much he loved this!

Tying the knot!

All done! We have already gotten so much use out of this box and we’ve only done one of the three projects so far! My little guy loved that his box was just for him! We can’t wait to finish our projects!