>U Mom Knows Best: 2022

Thursday, December 8, 2022

The Heart Of 5000 Blankets Will Encourage You To Give To Others

 Inspired by a true story, 5000 BLANKETS will encourage you to give to others. Find hope this holiday season when you see 5000 BLANKETS in theaters.


 How do you react when faced with the impossible? Our world is filled with plenty of people who are going through tough times. From the hungry to the homeless to the broken heart to those struggling with depression, mental illness, and more, so many people need to know that others care. You may be reading this and be the one who is struggling. You may be reading this and asking "how can I help?"

 The will to serve others may be in your heart but you may be feeling overwhelmed with your own struggles, so you do nothing. You look the other way when you see someone in need. Then one day something transforms your heart to serve the people around you. 

Many thanks to Sony Pictures for providing a sample of the product for this review. My opinions are 100% my own.

It's incredible what can happen when you transform your heart to serve the people around you.

Catch 5000 BLANKETS exclusively in theaters for two days only! December 12 & 13. 5000 Blankets is a must-see movie that will encourage you to give to others. This movie may give you the hope you need this holiday season. This movie was one that I enjoyed watching and it touched my heart in so many ways.

Synopsis: Inspired by a remarkable true story, 5000 BLANKETS is filled with hope and highlights the power of family and faith. When her husband has a mental breakdown and goes missing, a woman and her young son set out to find him on the streets, sparking a movement of compassion towards those in need and inspiring a city.

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Prayers are excellent tools but that is just the start of it ~ we need to reach out to others. We need to realize that we can not do things on our own, we need to join together with others, or as my pastor says ~ " We don't do life alone."

Buy tickets today to see 5,000 BLANKETS exclusively in theaters on December 12 & 13 only!

 Through the struggle of losing her husband, a woman and her son become friends with a couple of homeless people. This helps them learn about the needs of the homeless. They also learn to see beyond their problems and realize that a simple act of kindness of giving a blanket to someone can go a lot further when given with kindness and compassion.

With the help of her son, the church, and the community, they start collecting blankets. They start a mission to keep the homeless warm. This is what led to the organization called Philip's Wish, an organization that was founded by a little boy who saw a need in the world and decided to do something about it. 

Watch the 5,000 Blanket movie trailer here https://www.5000blanketsmovie.com/about.php

Watch 5,000 Blankets, the film inspired by the incredible true story, exclusively in theaters for two nights only on December 12 & 13


GIVEAWAY ~ $10 Amazon Gift Card

 I am giving away a $10 Amazon gift card to one lucky Mom Knows Best reader. The giveaway is limited to US winners only. The giveaway starts on December 8th, 2022, and ends on December 12th, 2022. To enter the giveaway ~ enter on the giveaway form below.

Tuesday, December 6, 2022

Yummy Treats Every Foodie Will Drool Over

 


When it comes to food, there's always something new and exciting to try. It could be the best plant-based sunflower cheese spread or the latest tasty snack. If you enjoy treats and are looking for some inspiring suggestions, read on. In this article, we've compiled a list of some of the most delicious and drool-worthy snacks that'll tantalize your taste buds.

CNY Goodies

 The Chinese New Year is a great time to celebrate and eat with friends and family. There's Ang Ku Kueh which are sweet rice flour cakes, and they come in various colors and fillings. These traditionally feature red bean paste or mung bean paste. You'll often find them wrapped in banana leaves too. Pineapple Tarts have a flaky crust with a sweet pineapple jam filling. Bak Kwa involves thin slices of pork jerky marinated in a sweet and savory sauce.

 You may also wish to check out Mung Bean Cake and Kueh Lapis. If you research CNY goodies online you can access free delivery deals or collection arrangements, and same-day deliveries (subject to terms and conditions). If you're looking to buy something as a gift you could choose a pineapple tart and Kueh Lapis bundle pack.

Something With Nutella

 Nutella is a chocolate and hazelnut spread that's been enjoyed for literally decades. It’s loved by many people around the world as a delicious alternative to traditional chocolate spreads. When it comes to snacks featuring Nutella, there are endless possibilities. You can use it as an ingredient in desserts (such as cupcakes with Nutella frosting) or a Nutella-stuffed French toast breakfast sandwich.

 You could also go for something slightly healthier like oatmeal bars with Nutella swirls or homemade granola with chunks of Nutella mixed in. Alternatively, keep things simple and just enjoy some fresh fruit slices dipped into creamy Nutella dip. No matter what your preference is, you can easily whip up a tasty snack featuring this delicious spread.

Something with Cheese

 Many foodies love cheese, and it makes a great topping for just about anything. There are plenty of savory snacks out there to indulge in. You can go for something like a classic grilled cheese sandwich made with your favorite type of cheese. Or you could try a baked Brie topped with honey and nuts or some cheesy garlic bread slices. If you’re feeling creative (and more hungry), you could even make a delicious homemade macaroni and cheese dish. From simple recipes to more elaborate creations, there are plenty of options featuring cheese.

Some other snack ideas include:

     ~ Cheese balls rolled in herbs

     ~ Crispy cheese straws

     ~ Cheese and bacon puff pastry twists

     ~ Mini quesadillas

     ~ Prosciutto and brie crostini


Something Sweet

 For those with a sweet tooth, chocolate mousses can be an indulgent delight. They're creamy and rich, as well as providing a burst of flavor. A great way to make them extra special is by adding fresh fruit toppings such as blueberries or raspberries. Another decadent treat is crème brûlée - a deliciously creamy custard topped with crunchy caramelized sugar. Topped off with a dollop of cream or ice cream, it’s sure to tantalize the taste buds.

 The classic cupcake can never go wrong and you can choose from different flavors like vanilla or lemon (and top it off with delicious buttercream frosting). These cupcakes can be decorated to appeal to the eye. You could add a few sprinkles, fresh fruit, or nuts for an extra inclusion of texture and color. Scones are also a delicious treat, paired with clotted cream and jam for a taste sensation. Finally, no sweet treat list would be complete without ice cream sundaes. Layer up ice cream flavors with caramel or chocolate sauce, topped off with whipped cream, chopped nuts, and sprinkles.

Something Healthy

 They say that if it tastes nice it must be fattening, but that's not always true. If you're looking for something sweet but still healthy, try frozen banana ice cream. All you need is a couple of ripe bananas and a food processor or blender. Peel and chop the bananas, then freeze them on a tray or plate. Once they're frozen, put them in the blender with a splash of milk (almond or cashew work best) until smooth and creamy. For an extra kick, add your favorite toppings like nuts, dried fruit, coconut flakes, or cinnamon.

 You can also make crispy baked apples as another healthy option. Core two apples and slice them into thin slices before laying them flat onto a baking dish (lined with parchment paper). Drizzle honey over them and sprinkle them with cinnamon before baking. These make for the perfect snack when you're craving something sweet but don't want to pile on the pounds.

Try Some Salad Options

 Salads make a great snack or side dish. You can easily take them along to picnics, BBQs, and other outdoor events. Think beyond the typical iceberg lettuce, carrots, and tomatoes. If you’re feeling creative, add some fresh fruit to your salad - such as strawberries or blackberries. You can also go for different types of greens like spinach, kale, and arugula. Add a sprinkle of feta cheese and some crunchy nuts like almonds or walnuts. Drizzle it all with a light olive oil vinaigrette dressing and you have a delicious salad that every foodie will love.

 For those craving something more savory yet still healthy, why not make a warm quinoa salad? Start by cooking the quinoa according to the package instructions. Add roasted squash diced into cubes or slices of bell peppers for color and crunch. For flavor, you can add diced red onion and some fresh herbs like basil or oregano. Drizzle it all with a light olive oil-based dressing to finish off the salad.

 You may also wish to learn about s'mores dips, berry trifles, chocolate-dipped bacon, and ice cream cone cupcakes. If you research well and follow the instructions you'll be delighted with the results. Both you and your family or friends will enjoy these snacks and be keen to eat more in the future.



Monday, December 5, 2022

Death Wish ~ The Worlds Strongest Coffee Tasting Review

 There are two types of coffee-drinking people ~ those who need coffee and those who love the taste of coffee. Death Wish Coffee is the coffee for everyone's coffee cup.

I received a sample of Death Wish Coffee to facilitate this post.

 Coffee is a favorite drink for so many people, including myself. My day is not complete without a cup of coffee. Coffee is an enjoyable drink that I simply drink for the taste. While I enjoy drinking coffee, I do not need it to wake up. I am a got-to-have-my-coffee kind of person. In fact, most days, I don't start drinking my coffee until later in the morning ~ after I have exercised and drank my high-protein smoothie.

 For me, a cup of coffee is all about the taste and not the caffeine. I also enjoy coffee for its health benefits of antioxidants, brain stimulation, and benefits for my asthma. Hot coffee is one of my 7 effective ways to clear mucus for better breathing from my asthma. So you could say that coffee is my morning natural medicine. 

Don't talk to me until I have had my coffee!

 Then there are my friends who need that cup of coffee to wake up. These are the people who just want plenty of caffeine and may not care about the taste of their coffee. 

 Death Wish Coffee understands all types of coffee people and is in the business of making the World's Strongest Coffee. Death Wish Coffee decided to rebel against blah coffee beans and created a great-tasting coffee with extra caffeine. This is the coffee brand for everyone who drinks coffee.


What does the World's Strongest Coffee taste like?

When I was first introduced to Death Wish Coffee a year ago at Expo East, I was hesitant to try this coffee. The statement The World's Strongest Coffee made me think of a strong bold coffee that had a bitter taste, the kind of coffee that would put hair on your chest (that is what my dad used to say to me while he drank a cup of black coffee.) 

After one sip of the dark roast made by Death Wish Coffee, I realize that this is a bold coffee with plenty of good flavors. I also learned that Death Wish Dark Roast Coffee is made from the highest-quality coffee beans in the world and roasted to deep, never-bitter perfection, with notes of dark chocolate + black cherry. This was a smooth strong cup of coffee with cult-classic levels of caffeine.

Death Wish also makes a Medium Roast Coffee Blend

While I enjoyed the taste of the dark roast from Death Wish Coffee, my taste buds prefer a medium roast coffee bean. So I was glad to see that Death Wish Coffee also makes a medium roast for their coffee beans.

 The Death Wish Medium Roast is a shade or two lighter than their original dark roast blend. These beans still contain their cult-classic levels of caffeine with a complex flavor profile. This balanced blend is grown at high altitudes. This coffee has hints of caramel and roasted peanuts, notes of stone fruit, and smooth milk chocolate to finish. 

Save 10% at Death Wish Coffee with code DWCAFF10


My taste buds were happy!

 The Death Wish Medium Coffee Roast made my taste buds happy! I enjoyed this smooth coffee with homemade oat milk. While sipping my coffee, I learned that Death Wish is a company that cares about the community, the earth + the farmers who work its soil. They source only USDA Organic and Fair Trade Certified ™ beans to support the livelihood of coffee farmers + sustainability for the planet.

 I am a person who is trying to do better things for the earth, so I like that Death Wish cares about the earth. One of the latest ways that I am doing better things for the planet is by reducing my waste. I bought a Nut Milk Maker and I now make my own plant-based milk. So that means I am no longer tossing milk containers into the recycle bin. That amounts to 48 fewer milk cartons tossed into the trash. 


There are two types of coffee-drinking people ~ those who need coffee and those who love the taste of coffee. Death Wish Coffee is the coffee for everyone's coffee cup.

So if you are looking for a delicious cup of coffee with extra caffeine, you need to try Death Wish Coffee. From dark roast, medium roast to espresso with even flavored coffee, I am sure that you will find a blend of coffee to fill up your coffee cup or coffee mug. Head over to Death Wish Coffee to buy your coffee. Coffee also makes the perfect holiday gift!

Save 10% at Death Wish Coffee with code DWCAFF10


Thursday, December 1, 2022

Celebrate The Holidays With Teleflora

For many, Christmas Eve is the loneliest night of the year. Make someone in your life feel less alone this Christmas with a beautiful hand-arranged bouquet from Teleflora.

Sponsored by Teleflora and the #LoveOutLoud campaign

 The holiday season is supposed to be filled with joy and happiness. Christmas is a time for family and friends to come together. From parties to holiday celebrations, the month of December is a time for celebration. For some people, the holidays can be the loneliest time of the year. For many, Christmas is the loneliest night of the year. 

Take time to bring joy to those who may be alone for Christmas

This Christmas season, think of those who may be alone for the holidays and think of ways to bring joy to their life. There are so many ways that we can bring happiness to someone during the holiday season. Think of things that you and your family can do to include a friend or neighbor in your holiday celebrations. Simple things like baking someone cookies or inviting them to Christmas dinner can brighten up someone's day. If that someone special lives far away, send them a beautiful floral arrangement from Teleflora.

 Teleflora would like to share with you its new 2022 holiday campaign, “Leave No One Out This Holiday,” aimed to showcase the importance of believing in humanity and the power of a thoughtful gesture.

Teleflora has the best holiday campaigns that always include the best ads. Last year their ad campaign reminded us that being with loved ones is what’s most important. You can check the Nana - A Christmas Bouquet Story Here


 Teleflora’s latest campaign comes during a time when many people may be struggling with loss, loneliness, or harsh realities. The ad showcases a woman who is spending Christmas Eve alone. As the lady gets ready for bed she looks at family memories with a sad face. A knock on the door then brings joy to her as she is greeted with a beautiful Teleflora holiday bouquet, sent by her husband St. Nick (Santa Claus). She is immediately overwhelmed with happiness when she is reminded that someone special is thinking of her. 

Check out the new 2022 Teleflora holiday campaign

To help make this holiday season a little brighter for everyone, Teleflora, the world's leading floral delivery service, is highlighting the importance of believing in humanity and the immense power of a thoughtful gesture.

 We could all use a holiday miracle

 The last couple of years have been difficult for so many people. From a pandemic to a recession to a war abroad, the holiday spirit may be hard for many. So take the time to reach out to neighbors, friends, and family members to let them know that you are thinking of them. A small gesture of a phone call, a plate of homemade cookies, an invite to dinner, or a flower delivery can go a long way.  A thoughtful gesture can be the holiday gift we all need to make someone feel loved and cared about. 

Think about who you can give the gift of a holiday spirit to

 It is all too easy to get lost in the chaos of the holidays with shopping, decorating, and parties, that we forget the true meaning of the holiday season. The holiday season should be about spending time with others and spreading the love of Jesus. The lost and lonely people are the ones who need the gift of love. They need to know that someone cares about them.

This holiday campaign is an extension of Teleflora's overarching "Love Out Loud" brand platform, which launched during Christmas 2017. To share the holiday spirit with friends and family afar, Love Out Loud and surprise them with a unique Teleflora arrangement. Teleflora's best-selling Christmas lineup features beautifully curated arrangements always made by hand and delivered to your doorstep by a local florist. Each bouquet comes complete with a festive keepsake container that can be incorporated into home décor for years to come.

Check out these beautiful flower arrangements from Teleflora

Teleflora flowers are all made by hand and delivered to your doorstep by your local florist. Teleflora offers the personal touch, artistry, and expertise with fresh flowers that are delivered by people who care. These professional florists create artistic arrangements in vases that are keepsake containers that can be enjoyed for years to come. The flowers are personally delivered to doorsteps, and offices, often on the same day. 


 So take a moment to think about who you can share the holiday spirit with and select the best holiday floral arrangement to send to them. Teleflora has a huge selection of Christmas flowers and holiday arrangements to select from. 

Teleflora’s new holiday bouquets are now available at https://www.teleflora.com



Tuesday, November 29, 2022

Holiday Gifts For Babies, Toddlers and Parents

 Looking for a unique gift for a baby or toddler? Check out these gifts that parents will love to receive.


 Sometimes shopping for a gift for a parent of a baby or a toddler can be hard. You just never know what the child needs or what the parent prefers. Then there is the risk of buying a gift that the baby might already have. You want to buy a unique holiday gift or even a gift for a birthday or baby shower but what do you purchase for the best baby gift? What do you purchase for the best toddler gift?

 I have a selection of gift choices for babies and toddlers that will make most parents smile. These are unique gifts that are gifts that will be used by the parents. So keep reading to discover 4 gift ideas for toddlers and babies.

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1. Duck Duck Books

Duck Duck Books is an MWBE-certified publisher of multilingual board books and a designer of eco-goods for children. They create sustainable products that introduce language learning, cultivate emotional intelligence, and instill eco-conscious lifestyles.


 Books are always a good choice for gifts for children. Parents love books as they help their children learn. Kids love books too. Books help kids learn so many things like language, social skills, and prepare them for school. Reading books to kids is the best way to have quality time with children. You will love that Duck Duck multilingual board books representing multicultural values, with themes around emotional intelligence and early social skills. 

 Duck Duck books use a zero-waste, reusable, washable wrapping cloth which is a perfect ecologically-friendly alternative to single-use wrapping paper. So no need to worry about having to wrap this gift. 

Duck Duck Books are currently available for purchase at www.duckduckbooks.com and Amazon

2. Llama Naturals

Llama Naturals’ Whole-Fruit Pre & Probiotic Gummies are made with no added sugars or sweeteners and are packed with researched-backed probiotics (to restore the good bacteria in your gut) plus plant-based prebiotic fiber (to feed the good bacteria). These tasty gummies are USDA Organic, Vegan, and free of common allergens.


 A gift of health is always a good choice for a gift, especially when it tastes good. Parents will love these whole-fruit gummies to keep their little one's gut healthy. These delicious gummies are soft to chew and come in cute containers. Each delicious fruit gummy is packed with 13 essential vitamins from fruits and veggies to support kids’ nutritional needs  Llama Naturals also sells other supplements like multi-vitamins and elderberry gummies.

Llama Naturals is available on llamanaturals.com and Amazon 

3. Mabel’s Labels

Mabel’s Labels is the best-known brand of durable, personalized name labels for kids. Mabel’s Labels are not only adorable but also laundry, dishwasher, and microwave safe – and they’re 100% guaranteed. Created by four moms who were tired of losing their kids’ belongings, Mabel’s Labels are a must-have solution for everything that leaves the home with your kids.


 Name labels are perfect for parents of young children. These washable labels are perfect for items like bottles, sippy cups, diaper bags, clothing, and more. These child-friendly labels can be customized with many different styles and colors. All parents have to do is peel and stick the labels on their child's items. Mabel’s Labels personalized labels are the best way to keep your little one’s stuff from getting lost or mixed up at daycare or school! 

Mabel’s Labels can be personalized and purchased at mabelslabels.com

4. Charlie Banana

Known for their luxurious, edge-to-edge softness, Charlie Banana’s award-winning reusable cloth diapers work with both washable and disposable inserts, and are certified under STANDARD 100 by OEKO-TEX® to help protect baby’s delicate skin. The patented sizing system, which offers some 40 size settings, allows these cloth diapers to grow with baby from newborn to potty-trained, delivering a snug and comfy fit that is customized to the unique needs of every child. These diapers are machine washable and are designed to be easy to clean.


While this gift of cloth diapers may be perfect for new parents or parents-to-be, they will also be useful for older babies and toddlers. Parents may be using disposable diapers but may have the desire to switch to cloth diapers. What better way to introduce someone to an eco-friendly choice of diapering than with a starter cloth diaper kit. These cloth diapers are also very useful for potty training as they can help the child feel wetness, something that disposable diapers lack, and that may speed up the process of toilet training.

Charlie Banana reusable cloth diapers are available on Amazon

Looking for more holiday and Christmas gift ideas for babies and toddlers?

~ The Best 13 Gifts For Babies From Zero To Five

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Saturday, November 26, 2022

Creating a Organized Refrigerator With Lifewit Organizer Bins

 Is the inside of your refrigerator a scary mess? Is it hard to find what you need? Learn how to organize your fridge with the help of the best refrigerator storage bins.


 You may have seen those videos of people organizing their fridges and filling up storage containers with snack items and other foods. They sure are entertaining and they make you want to organize your refrigerator. The problem is after watching the video of the organization of the fridge, you never follow through with the plan of a neat and organized food storage area.

 Instead, you or your spouse continue to complain that they can't find anything in the fridge. Or worse yet, leftovers and produce spoil because they get lost in the fridge. So you end up tossing way too much food into the trash can every week. Throwing away food is costing you money and that is not a good idea when food prices are at an all-time high. 

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Organize your fridge and save money

 Have you had enough of wasting your money on food that spoils? Is your lack of fridge storage frustrating you? Then it is time to buy a set of refrigerator storage bins and start a simple project of organizing your fridge to be functional.

 Last year I bought a new refrigerator and I had fun organizing all my food into the fridge. It felt nice to have a clean and organized place to store all my food. Then my family decided that they were hungry and needed to get food out of the fridge. My neat and perfect fridge did not last long. After a couple of months, I cleaned out the fridge and it did not take long for it to get messy again.

 So I decided to look on Amazon for some storage bins for my refrigerator. After looking at many choices of fridge storage containers, I made the choice to buy a Lifewit 8pcs Big Refrigerator Organizer Bins Set.

Lifewit makes the best affordable storage containers

 Two months ago, I organized my pantry with a food storage set from Lifewit and these airtight food containers are amazing. These pantry storage containers have helped my pantry stay neat and organized for several months. They are easy for my family to use.


Since these plastic storage containers helped me organize my pantry, I decided to organize my junk drawers with Lifewit. The Lifewit drawer organizer set helped me to finally solve the kitchen junk drawer problem. I am obsessed with all the different storage solutions from Lifewit and they are helping me organize my home.

Lifewit offers homeware solutions that help me save space

I just love how their bins for the fridge can be used all throughout the home. After I ordered the Lifewit Storage Bin Set, I could not wait to organize the inside of my fridge. When the containers arrived, I just had to clean out my fridge.


 So I took everything off the fridge shelves and wiped up all the food mess. Once I had an empty fridge, it was easier to decide how I was going to use the fridge containers to store the food in the fridge. This fridge set had eight bins of different sizes. I really liked that the egg storage had a lid on it. So no more cracked eggs. Check out the other unique features of the fridge storage containers.

Lifewit 8pcs Big Refrigerator Organizer Bins Set

+ BPA-Free Food Safety

+ Multi-size Clear & Stackable ~ Contains 4 large fridge organizers, 2 medium organizer bins, 1 small storage bin, and 1 storage basket for 12 eggs.

+ Built-in handles on both sides of containers ~ Make it easier to pull the containers to see what is in them.

+ Easy to clean

+ Multipurpose Usage ~ Can be used in the bathroom, office, pantry, and throughout the home.

A large bin for all the leftovers

 The bin storage set for the kitchen came with 4 large organizer bins and they were very spacious. I was able to place 3 large fridge bins on the top shelf. I also place one big fridge storage container on another shelf. I decided to use one of the bins to hold containers of leftovers, that way I could grab one container instead of many small leftover containers. I then used the other larger bins for cheese, condiments, and bags of grains, 

The smaller fridge bins were practical for my butter, egg carton, and cream cheese. I really liked that I could stack the containers to save space. These storage containers are very versatile and I could place so many different food items in each one for maximum fridge storage. These containers would be great to put lunch box items in them to make lunch preparation easier. Check out the many different items that you can organize in each storage container.

Suggestions for items to store in the bins

+ Juice Boxes

+ Water Bottles

+ Fruit and Vegetables

+ Cheese sticks

+ Condiments

+ Leftover containers

+ Sandwich fixings

+ Yogurt containers


 I really love how neat my fridge is. It is like I have a brand-new refrigerator. I might just have to buy some of the Lifewit organizational containers for my freezer. pantry, and kitchen cabinets. Lifewit has a huge variety of products for home storage and organization. Now to decide which room to organize next. The laundry room or the bathroom? 

Buy Lifewit Lifewit 8pcs Big Refrigerator Organizer Bins Set 

Check out this Lifewit Under Sink Organizer

 For my next storage project, I will be using this Lifewit Under Sink Organizer. I love that it is a 2 Tier Shelf Rack. This bathroom and kitchen organizer even has hooks to hang items like rags and brushes on. This is a space saver product to use in cabinets. 

 I could place the under-the-sink organizer in my kitchen cabinet to hold cleaners, sponges, and boxes of food storage wraps. This shelf would also be great in the laundry room to hold laundry soap and other cleaners. In the bathroom, it would keep all my bottles of shampoo and body wash neatly. This slim shelf would even be great to use on the kitchen counter for coffee and tea supplies. I have so many uses for this home organizer product. I will be buying plenty of the Lifewit multipurpose under-the-sink organizer. Make sure to check back to see photos of how I used the unique shelving system in my home.



Keeping Jesus In Christmas With IT’S CHRISTMAS AGAIN ~ Giveaway

It is too easy to get caught up in the holiday shopping and decorating that we forget the true meaning of Christmas. The film It's Christmas Again will help us remember that Jesus is the reason for the season. Keep reading to discover an awesome giveaway.



 The holiday season is here again. The stores are filled with gifts and holiday decorations. People are busy shopping. The internet is filled with ad after ad about how we need to shop the many holiday sales. People are making lists of the best holiday gifts for everyone they know and their bank account is getting low in funds. The December days are getting filled with way too many holiday parties. The stress is growing. By the time Christmas day arrives, we are so tired that we just want to get this holiday over! 

 Does this sound like how Christmas is supposed to be? Is this the way Christmas is to be celebrated? What about Jesus? Have we forgotten the true meaning of Christmas?


Many thanks to Mapelle Films for providing a sample of the product for this review. Opinions are 100% my own.

IT’S CHRISTMAS AGAIN is a modern-day musical that will help us to remember that Jesus is the reason for Christmas. This is a must-see movie for the whole family. This is a film with a beautiful reminder that Jesus is the reason for the season. It is time that we celebrate the true reason for Christmas.

Go see IT’S CHRISTMAS AGAIN ~ A Magical Musical Adventure Through Time coming to theaters November 29 FOR ONE
NIGHT ONLY!



Discover One teenager’s journey to discover the true meaning of Christmas

Synopsis: Jake Young (Lawson Touliatos) wants nothing more than to spend his Christmas vacation with his girlfriend, Abbey Walker (Leela Owen). So when Abbey volunteers for her church’s Christmas play, Jake is ready to skip Christmas this year until an unexpected turn of events lands him in a field outside Bethlehem on the night Jesus was born. While on his journey with the shepherds to find the promised Messiah, Jake discovers the true meaning of Christmas. Coming this Christmas sea-
son, IT’S CHRISTMAS AGAIN is a modern-day musical the whole family will love!

 Moms.dads, and grandparents do you want to focus on Jesus this Christmas?  Do you want to teach kids about why we celebrate the holiday called Christmas? Make time this busy holiday season to watch this faith-based musical movie with your family and friends. This family movie will inspire you to change the way you celebrate Christmas. 

Buy your tickets TODAY to see IT’S CHRISTMAS AGAIN in theaters only on 11/29!

 We could all use this Christmas movie in our life, especially around Christmas, to help us focus on the real reason for the season, even when the people closest to us happen to be a bunch of scrooges. This Christian movie tells the story of the day Jesus was born, through the eyes of the shepards. This movie starts with a teenager (Jake) who is frustrated with his girlfriend choosing to volunteer in the church play, instead of attending a party with him. An accident leads to Jake discoving the true meaning of Christmas and leads to Jake wanting the whole town to remember that Jesus is the reason for the season. You will love all the songs in the movie! I love the song Hey Christmas, What Happened To You. This movie will have you realize that Chistmas is not about shopping and spending money but about the miracle of baby born in a manger that came to save us from our sins.


Watch the official trailer for  IT’S CHRISTMAS AGAIN Here 



Check out these additional videos about IT’S CHRISTMAS AGAIN

~ Why mom's will love It's Christmas Again: https://youtu.be/eBrvq3hhRjw
The Heart Behind Its Christmas Again: https://youtu.be/lXEhtSzEKJ8
~ A Message from Leigh Cappillino: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GRZytip8tCE


Go see IT’S CHRISTMAS AGAIN, in theaters for one day only on November 29th! Buy your tickets HERE.

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GIVEAWAY ~ $10 Amazon Gift Card

 I am giving away a $10 Amazon gift card to one lucky Mom Knows Best reader. The giveaway is limited to US winners only. The giveaway starts on November 26th, 2022, and ends on December 4th, 2022. To enter the giveaway ~ enter on the giveaway form below.


Thursday, November 17, 2022

The Best Plant Based Sunflower Cheese Spread ~ Spero Foods

 Finding a plant-based cream cheese substitute that tastes good can be hard. Most plant-based cream cheese spreads are made with additives, have a gritty texture, or an acidic taste. Discover a smooth plant-based sunflower cheese spread that is delicious and eco-friendly.


 Having to follow a dairy-free diet due to a severe food allergy can be tough at times. That means having to give up your favorite foods and trying to find dairy-free substitutes that taste good. The struggle is hard! Especially when you discovered your dairy allergy, four years ago, at the age of 52. The removal of all dairy from my diet helped my severe asthma get better and a food allergy blood test confirmed that was allergic to dairy. A year ago I had my first anaphylactic reaction from dipping my hands in milk. 

 Finding food swaps for my favorite dairy foods has been quite the ride. I am thankful for all the plant-based companies that make allergy-friendly food. I quickly discovered delicious vegan ice cream that I enjoyed eating but items like dairy-free chocolate, dairy-free cheese, and dairy-free cream cheese that taste good have been a struggle for the past 4 years. Last year, I finally discovered No Whey Chocolate for a delicious plant-based chocolate bar. Then a couple of months ago at Expo East, I was so excited to discover the best Plant Based Sunflower Cheese Spread from Spero Foods. Now if I could only find a vegan cheese that has the gooey stretchy texture that I miss.

Creamy and Delicious Plant-Based Sunflower Cheese Spread 

 Spero Sunflower Cheese Spread is different from all those other plant-based cream cheese spreads. After discovering Spero's delicious creamy taste and 8 yummy flavors, I discovered that Spero is made with 7 simple ingredients with eco-friendly sunflower seeds. Spero sunflower cheese spread does not contain any additives like enzymes, lactic acid, or sugar.

Spero Sunflower Cream Cheese ingredients

+ Sunflower Seeds

+ Water 

+ Coconut Oil

+ Salt

+ Spices

+ Probiotic Cultures

+ Xanthan and guar gums

How is Spero Sunflower Cheese eco-friendly?

Spero takes water, land, and air seriously

+ That means choosing simple, minimal ingredients that require as little water as possible. Our key ingredient, sunflower seeds, uses 96% less water than nuts! That way, we can leave more water in nature—for plants and animals, for you and me.*

+ That means choosing sunflowers as our main ingredient, a plant that uses 97% less land than cashews to produce. Save forests. Protect trees. Choose Sunflower Cheese.*

+ That means choosing ingredients that help keep our air pure, clean, and safe for everyone and everything. Like sunflowers, a plant that emits 99% less CO2/CH4 than dairy to produce. Breathe easy. Eat Sunflower Cheese.* 

* Disclaimer: *Numerical comparisons are best judgment estimates only, based on our research findings. 

One Taste was all I needed 

 One taste was all I needed to know I finally found an awesome cream cheese substitute. While at Expo East Spero Foods offered me a plate that contained every flavor of sunflower cream cheese that they create, along with small pieces of bagels. I licked the plate clean and then asked for another sample plate. I think that I stopped at the Spero Foods booth several more times during the 3-day event. 

Once I returned home from traveling to Expo East in Philidelphia, I contacted Spero Foods for samples as I knew that you, my readers needed to know bout this amazing vegan cream cheese spread. I was overjoyed when Spero sent me a box of their delicious sunflower cheese spread. I grabbed a package of everything bagels and opened up my favorite flavor of Spero plant-based cream cheese ~ The Smoked Salmon. After spreading my bagel with this delicious sunflower plant-based cheese spread, I enjoyed every bite. 

 The next day I knew that I had to make vegan smoked salmon to enjoy with my bagels and cream cheese. What is your favorite topping to put on your bagel?

Check out this recipe for three-ingredient everything bagels made in the air fryer


8 Delicious Flavors of Spero Sunflower Cream Cheese

+ Original Cream Cheese

+ Herb Cream Cheese

+ Smoked Salmon Cream Cheese

+ Strawberry Cream Cheese

+ Pumpkin Cream Cheese

+ Smoked Cheese Spread

+ Cheddar Cheese Spread

+ Alternative Goat Cheese

  Spero Sunflower Cheese spreads are available in 1500 stores across the US and they can find the store near them through Spero's store locator https://sperofoods.co/pages/find



 You can also use Spero cheese spread in recipes. The other day I mixed the Smoked Salmon Cream Cheese into spaghetti with some homemade sun-dried tomatoes I made from the tomatoes that I grew in my garden. It was so delicious! You can even make a cheesecake with the Original Spero Cream Cheese. I was surprised at all the delicious recipes on the Spero Food website. From savory to sweet, this plant-based cheese spread is great to use in recipes.

Additional recipes to check out to enjoy with bagels and Spero Sunflower Cream Cheese

+ Vegan Smoked Salmon

Roasted Tomatoes Made In The Air Fryer

+ Three Ingredient Everything Bagels

+ Sugar-Free Vegan Cinnamon Rolls

+ Crunchy Carrot Crackers

Savory Everything Spice Rosemary Chickpea Crackers




Vegan Smoked Salmon Lox For Bagels

Looking for a plant-based alternative to smoked salmon or lox? Look no further! This recipe for Vegan Smoked Salmon is a great plant-based alternative to traditional lox. Perfect for bagels with cream cheese for breakfast or brunch.


 Following a plant-based diet can be hard when you love the taste of seafood. Especially when it comes to bagels and lox. I just love an everything bagel with plant-based cream cheese and plenty of smoked salmon or lox. Add a couple of capers and my taste buds are happy. 

 So I was delighted when I discovered a plant-based smoked salmon when I attended Expo East 2 months ago. This vegan salmon that is made from carrots tasted so much like the real thing. I was bummed when I could not find this carrot salmon at my local stores. So I set out to make homemade vegan smoked salmon.

 I already have a recipe for vegan tuna that tastes like real tuna so I knew that I could make vegan salmon at home. Creating plant-based recipes that taste like traditional seafood products helps me to follow a plant-based diet. If you love seafood and want to eat more plant-based foods, you need to make this vegan smoked salmon recipe!

Vegan Smoked Salmon is 

+ Delicious

+ Made From Carrots

+ Vegan

+ Plant-Based

+ Soy-Free

+Gluten-Free

+ Allergy-Friendly

+ Full of Fiber

+ Tastes so Similar to Lox


 This recipe for vegan smoked salmon is perfect to enjoy with bagels and cream cheese for breakfast or brunch. You could also enjoy the salty salmon on crackers for a perfect party appetizer. This carrot salmon would look so yummy on a vegan charcuterie board with an assortment of bagels, dairy-free cream cheese, and other bagel toppings like sliced olives, roasted red peppers, homemade sun-dried tomatoes, and capers.

Ingredients Needed for Vegan Salmon Lox

+ Carrots ~ Make sure to buy large carrots and not baby carrots

+ Soy Sauce

+ Lemon Juice

+ Smoked Paprika

+ Olive Oil

+ Salt

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 To make plant-based smoked salmon, you will need several ingredients. You may already have most of them at home like the spices. The main ingredient in this recipe is carrots. You will need to buy large raw carrots, not baby carrots. Since you will be using a vegetable peeler to make long strips of carrots for the recipe, select the large fat carrots. I like this vegetable peeler as it has a nice grip on it.

 Make sure to buy smoked paprika as this will give the vegan salmon that smoky taste. If you want to make this recipe gluten-free, then buy tamari sauce instead of soy sauce. Any type of salt will work for the recipe, I use sea salt in most of my recipes and buy sea salt in bulk containers.

Basic Steps To Make Vegan Smoked Salmon

+ Roast the whole carrots in salt

+ Slice the carrots into thin strips

+ Marinate the carrot strips in the seasonings

 Making plant-based smoked salmon is quite simple but the preparation will take a couple of hours. Most time of the preparation time will be roasting the carrots in the oven to get the carrots soft. This can take up to an hour. Using the peeler to slice the carrots into thin strips may take a while also. Trust me, it is worth it as this vegan salmon is amazing.

Tips for slicing the roasted carrots into thin strips: To get thin strips or ribbons from the carrots, that resemble lox strips, use a vegetable peeler. Starting from the top of the carrot, press the peeler into the carrot and in a downward motion slice it into a thin strip. After slicing a couple of strips of carrot from the carrot, it may be hard to get more thin strips. So take a sharp knife and cut the rest of the carrot into long thin pieces. These thicker pieces of carrot will still absorb the marinade and taste like salmon. Don't worry if all the carrot strips don't look the same as the taste will still be delicious.

Tip for how long to marinade the carrot strips: The carrot strips need to soak in the liquid mixture for at least 30 minutes.The longer the better as it gives more time for the flavors to infuse the carrots. You can also prep it up to 5 days ahead and leave it in the marinade in the fridge until ready to serve.

Storage tips: Carrot smoked salmon lox will keep fresh in an airtight container for up to 5 days in the fridge. It is not recommended that you freeze vegan smoked salmon as the texture will change once it is defrosted.

 Carrot Recipes

If you still have carrots to use up after making vegan salmon, try these tasty carrot recipes:

+ Homemade Carrot Juice

+ Carrot Waffles

+ Spicy Carrot Hummus

+ Crunchy Carrot Crackers

+ Southwestern Sushi Burrito

+ Sushi Bowls

Keto-Friendly Pad Thai


Bread & Cracker Recipes

Discover some delicious bread  & cracker recipes to enjoy with the vegan lox salmon:

+ 3 ingredient Everything Bagels

+ Soft Chewy Pretzel Bread

Crunchy Carrot Crackers

Savory Everything Spice Rosemary Chickpea Crackers

+ Honey Whole Wheat Bread

+ 60 Minute White Bread



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