One of the vendors I met at the Moms Meet WOW Summit this year was Juicy Gems. They were promoting their pomegranate seeds, one of my favorite fruits, that are sold fresh, frozen and dried (coming soon!) in stores across the country.
In the Capital Region, Walmart and Hannaford carry them. I found the frozen pomegranate seeds (available year round) at Walmart tucked in with the frozen berries:
If you’re a pomegranate fan like me, you probably know fresh pomegranates are typically only available in fall/winter in NY. How nice to have a version available anytime!
Did you also know there are loads of health benefits to eating pomegranates? Everything from improved blood circulation to cancer prevention! (Read more about them HERE)
Here are a few of the seeds defrosted. They do “leak” a little juice as they defrost but I did not find much difference when I ate them with usual yogurt and cereal.
My kids are also big fans of pomegranates and they added them to ice cream:
There was no set date when I spoke with Juicy Gems for when the dried version would be available but we did get to sample them at the Summit! They chewy and sweet and would be perfect in trail mix or any place you currently use raisins or cranberries.
What a fun company! They even gave away pomegranate stress relievers, which my kids scooped up for their play kitchen!
Juicy Gems reached out to me and wanted YOU to be able to try them, too! They have kindly provided me with two $5 Walmart e-gift cards so two readers can buy a bag for free.
Want to win one? Leave a comment below saying “pick me!” Winners will be randomly selected on Tuesday 12/12 and emailed the gift card. Good luck and enjoy!
(Juice Gems provided me with a gift card to buy a free bag to try. All opinions are my own.)
Today only, Sunday, December 3rd, all Target gift cards up to $300 are 10% off! A great time to buy a gift card for someone or, if you’re like me and do a lot of your shopping at Target, a great time to buy one for yourself!
Buy in store or online.
The Cohoes Music Hall will be hosting a live version of the Park Playhouse production of The Best Christmas Pageant Ever!
The classic, touching and hysterical children’s book comes to life in this heart-warming and funny holiday musical. Park Playhouse’s incredible student cast will bring the spirit of the season to life on stage in a musical that is perfect for the entire family!
Thurs, December 14 at 7pm
Fri, December 15 at 7pm
Sat, December 16 at 2pm & 7pm
Sun, December 17 at 2pm
THE STORY: The Herdmans are the worst kids in the history of the world-so when they crash Sunday school and demand parts in the Christmas pageant, the whole town panics. Silent night? Not a chance….but sometimes a little joyful noise is just right for Christmas.
TICKETS: Tickets are $25 for adults and $15 for children
. Tickets may be purchased in advance by phone at 518-465-4663 or in person at the Palace Theatre Box Office or tickets may be purchased through Ticketmaster online
(note: an additional Ticketmaster fee will apply.) Tickets are also available for purchase on the night of the show at the Cohoes Music Hall Box Office (Cohoes Box Office opens 2 hours prior to showtime.)
GIVEAWAY: Want to win tickets to see the show for FREE? Courtesy of the Palace Theater/Cohoes Music Hall, I have a family 4-pack of tickets to give away to one lucky reader! To enter, leave a comment below saying “pick me!” One winner will be selected on Sunday, December 3rd and notified by email. Winner may select their preferred showtime.
Home Depot will be offering a free workshop for kids this Saturday, December 2nd to make your own (wooden) gingerbread house. Class times are between 9 AM and noon. Click HERE for more information or to register.
My favorite Black Friday deal is back this year: Buy $100 worth of gift cards at ShopRite, get a $20 coupon for a future grocery purchase! ALL gift cards (except ShopRite cards) are included. Offer valid through Saturday, November 25, 2017.
A great way to get free groceries if you plan to give gift cards for the holidays or find gift cards for places you plan to shop!
Right now, the extremely popular Instant Pot is only $64.99 on Amazon! I received one as a gift last year and it is one of my favorite kitchen items! This pot is primarily a pressure cooker (and super safe…..read more here) but also a slow cooker, rice cooker, yogurt maker and more- you can even sauté in it!
My favoite things about it:
- It does not throw off any heat (perfect for summertime cooking)
- You can cook FROZEN chicken in it and in record time!
- You can sauté the food first right in the pot then pop the lid on to cook with pressure.
- Rice comes out better than any way I have ever cooked it!
I highly recommend it as a gift or for yourself.
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My absolute favorite fitness streaming program is Cathe on Demand. If you are not familiar with Cathe Friedrich, she is a fitness professional who has been making exercise videos for over 30 years. She is tough but effective and I find her incredibly motivating.
Her On Demand program allows you to watch any of her 100+ fitness videos on any device– TV (I use Apple TV but you can stream many ways), laptop, tablet or phone. It also gives you access to her live fitness classes streamed from her gym once a week. These are recorded so there are literally over 300+ videos to chose from! You’ll never get bored!
Cathe is having a Black Friday/Cyber Monday special to try her streaming program for FREE for 7 days! (I have no vested interest in this- I just really love the the program and wanted to share this great find with others!) I have been a subscriber since May and I think the $19.97/month fee is WELL work it. I cannot say enough good things about the Cathe On Demand….I love, love, love it!
Here is a sampling of her videos:
To find out more or start a free 7-day trial of Cathe On Demand, click HERE. (Note: Your trial will transition into a monthly subscription if you do not cancel before the end of the 7-day free trial.) Offer ends Monday.
Are you already a Cathe fan or subscriber?? Comment below to let me know!
There will be 4 FREE Learn-to-Skate sessions offered at the Empire State Plaza this winter, with the first starting next Saturday. Sessions will be at 9:00 AM and 10:00 AM and you must register in advance (I did not see age ranges listed but did sign up my children!).
Free skate rentals offered to participants. Presented FREE by BlueShield of Northeastern NY and hosted by the Hudson Mohawk Figure Skating Club. Learn more and sign up HERE.
The ice skating rink opens on December 1st and every Friday is free skate rental day, spsopored by Hannaford!
Proctor’s is having a lunch with Santa event this Saturday, November 26, 2017, for only $15. Event starts at 11 AM and includes a kid-friendly lunch an meet-and-greet with Santa. This event is popular- buy your tickets in advance HERE.
Today, Amazon has Thermos brand products for 35% off! These include kids food jars and 12 oz drink tumblers plus adult “king” size tumblers. Prices start at $6.36! These make great gifts, especially with the fun colors and designs.
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