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Celebrate life’s special moments with Carvel’s new Ice Cream Cookie Cake

 

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Life is full of special moments. I’m referring to moments like your child’s first steps, a job promotion, your teen getting their driver’s license, or a homecoming for a special friend. These are the moments that make life special.

How do you celebrate these special moments? Personally I love to document these moments in photographs that I can look back on fondly over the years. Other ways my family and I celebrate is by going out to dinner, doing something special as a family, or enjoying some cake. My husband is actually a pretty good baker.

When it comes to big celebrations, like birthdays or anniversaries, we go all out and purchase a special cake. My family’s #1 choice is ice cream cakes. We enjoy my husband’s cakes often, but having an ice cream cake is really special.

Growing up I always requested an ice cream cake for my birthday. My favorite has always been Carvel Ice Cream Cakes. Not only do I love their ice cream, I am crazy about the crunchies in the middle (my favorite part).

It used to be that Carvel Ice Cream Cakes were only available at Carvel stores. Thankfully you can purchase a variety of Carvel Ice Cream Cakes at many retail locations. Our local Stop & Shop and Shop Rite always have a nice selection of Carvel Ice Cream Cakes to choose from.

Carvel has introduced a new ice cream cake to their line up – the Carvel Ice Cream Cookie Cake. You read that correctly – a COOKIE cake!

The Carvel Ice Cream Cookie Cake features two giant chocolate chip cookies with vanilla ice cream sandwiched in between, covered with famous Carvel crunchies. Oh how I love those crunchies!

Carvel was kind enough to send me a coupon so I could pick up one of the Ice Cream Cookie Cakes to try out with my family.

My family wanted to dive into it the moment I got it home from the store. I made them wait until the next day to enjoy it. I was feeling a bit “off” the day I picked it up and I didn’t want my family to enjoy the Ice Cream Cookie Cake without me.

I love the idea of a cookie cake. Over the years I have enjoyed scooping ice cream into the middle of chocolate chip cookies (or other cookies) as a special treat. Ice cream and cookies go so well together.

The Carvel Ice Cream Cookie Cake is a great size. I was in awe of the huge cookies. The chocolate drizzle on top made it even more desirable. We couldn’t wait to cut into it.

You can cut into the Ice Cream Cookie Cake just as you would any other ice cream cake. I would recommend you let it thaw for a few minutes or warm up the knife you are going to cut it with.

I was worried that the cookie might crumble as we cut into it, but that didn’t happen at all.

Each slice came out looking perfect… perfectly delicious that is.

I love it that Carvel kept their infamous crunchies on this Ice Cream Cookie Cake, especially because that is my favorite part of any Carvel Ice Cream Cake.

This cake would be ideal for any special celebration. I also think that this makes a wonderful treat to celebrates life’s little moments too. Since this doesn’t look like your typical celebration cake, I think it’s something that can be enjoyed year round. Pick up this cake to celebrate your child making the honor roll, or for your grandson’s return from active duty in the military.

You don’t even need a special occasion to enjoy Carvel’s new Ice Cream Cookie Cake. You can enjoy it just because it’s so good. It combines two great things – cookies and ice cream.

This cake serves up to 12 people. It lasted my family of four for a few days.

If you would like to learn more about the new Carvel Ice Cream Cookie Cake visit the official website at CarvelCookieCake.com.

You can also check out the brand on social media.

What do you think about Carvel’s new Ice Cream Cookie Cake? Does it look like something you’d want to try? Feel free to share your thoughts. I always love to hear from readers.

Kimberly

*I have partnered with Carvel to bring you this information. I received a free product coupon and compensation. The opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way. 

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Celebrate National Ice Cream Day with My/Mo Mochi Ice Cream

 

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Happy National Ice Cream Day! I hope that you had the opportunity to enjoy the sweet, creamy goodness of your favorite ice cream. Personally, I haven’t had the opportunity to enjoy ice cream today, but I have every intention of doing so after dinner this evening.

What is your favorite ice cream? What is your favorite flavor? I’m a big fan of Butter Pecan and Watermelon Sherbert ice creams. Yummy!

If you stroll down the ice cream aisle at any grocery store you’ll find rows and rows of every type of ice cream you can think of, including the classic vanilla to the “way out there” flavors. With so much ice cream available, it’s hard to stand out from the pack.

Let me introduce you to an ice cream that IS a lot different than your average ice cream. It’s called My/Mo Mochi Ice Cream.

Developed by the inventors of mochi ice cream, My/Mo Mochi Ice Cream is a carefully crafted snack made with a scoop of premium ice cream wrapped, in delectably soft dough. My/Mo Mochi Ice Cream looks like a ball.

Inside the soft dough “wrap” you’ll find a single scoop of sweet and creamy ice cream.

I have to admit, I found this ice cream really intriguing. I had to try it out for myself. The brand was kind enough to send me a few samples to try out with my family. They sent me Double Chocolate, Green Tea and Strawberry to review.

When I first received the My/Mo Mochi Ice Cream I tore into the Double Chocolate box (I love chocolate!). What I found was six individual ice cream “balls.” I grabbed one and bit into it.

I have to admit that at first the dough outer layer threw me off. It was soft and chewy, something I wasn’t really expecting. I was thinking these were more like Tartufo, the dessert I like to get from a local Italian restaurant. Tartufa has a hard, crunchy outer layer. My/Mo Ice Cream has a soft, chewy layer.

Initially I was not too keen on it, but the more I ate it the more I began to enjoy it. After that each time I enjoyed a My/Mo Mochi I enjoyed it.

The ice cream it’s self is delicious. I especially loved the Double Chocolate and Strawberry flavors (I wasn’t fond of the Green Tea, it wasn’t what I expected).

My husband never tried any of the ice cream (he couldn’t get past the idea of it being wrapped in dough). My kids tried them. Our son liked the ice cream, but our daughter was more “on the fence” about them. Once again, it was the doughy outer layer she wasn’t keen on. She would cut into the My/Mo Ice Cream and scoop out the inside with a spoon.

I think it’s an acquired taste. It’s not so much the ice cream. The ice cream it’s self is really good – as in ice cream shop quality ice cream. It’s the dough layer on the outside that might throw some people off. BUT… once you try it and get past that you’ll really enjoy this unique brand of ice cream.

My/Mo Mochi Ice Cream is available in the following flavors:

 

  • Mango
  • Strawberry
  • Green Tea
  • Cookies & Cream
  • Vanilla Bean
  • Double Chocolate
  • Mint Chocolate Chip

Each ball of My/Mo Mochi Ice Cream has only 110 calories. Since they are “pre-packaged” (meaning a serving is a single ball) it’s a great way to watch your calories and not over indulge.

My/Mo Mochi Ice Cream is available nationally in the frozen aisle and self-serve mochi bars at select locations of Safeway, Whole Foods Market, Kroger, ShopRite and more. There is a store locator on the brand’s website.

For more information on My/Mo Mochi Ice Cream, please visit www.mymomochi.com. You can also find them on social media. All of the links can be found on their website.

What do you think about My/Mo Mochi Ice Cream? Do you think you’d want to try it out? Which flavor would you like to try the most?

Feel free to share your thoughts. I always enjoy hearing from readers.

Kimberly

*I received free product samples to review. There was no compensation. The opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way.

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A fun, personalized gift idea for Father’s Day (or any holiday/occasion)

 

I don’t know about you, but when it comes to buying a Father’s Day gift for my father and husband is easier said than done. I cringe every time I think of Father’s Day, their birthdays or Christmas because they are difficult to buy for. I never know what to get them. It actually stresses me out!

My father never, ever expresses any needs or wants. My husband is the same way, but I find it slightly easier to shop for my husband because he’s just a big kid at heart so when it doubt I can buy him a toy (he especially loves ones from his childhood), or something that has to do with his favorite team (the Dallas Cowboys).

Foods and treats are also a great option. After all, who doesn’t appreciate a sweet treat or yummy snack?

You can easily pick up any gift-like food/snack/sweet treat option. I think it makes it more special (and shows that you put more thought in the gift) if it’s personalized in some way.

If you have ever ordered something personalized you know that it can often increase the price of the item and/or it takes longer to have it delivered to you because it takes a while to personalize the item. Sometimes even the personalization can be limited (spaces, what it says…).

There is one gift option that would be great for Father’s Day or just about any holiday/special occasion that can be personalized in any way that you want. You can even add your own drawings and designs for no extra fee.

The item I am referring to is from the Popcorn Factory. It’s called the Decorate Your Own Popcorn Tin.

The Decorate Your Own Popcorn Tin comes in a white metal tin. It also comes with your choice of dry erase markers or permanent markers. You can use the markers to decorate the tin any way you’d like, add special message to the recipient and make it truly a customized/personalized product.

This two gallon tin comes with the trifecta of delicious popcorn flavors – butter, cheese and caramel. I personally love all three flavors.

The Decorate Your Own Popcorn Tin makes a wonderful keepsake long after the popcorn has been enjoyed. Opt for permanent markers if you want the designs or handwritten sentiments to last forever. Or you can use the dry erase markers to re-purpose the tin and use it again and again.

I think this would be a fun gift for a graduate. Friends and family members can adorn it with congratulations and well wishes for the next step in their lives. The recipient can use the tin to hold supplies, accessories, or even more popcorn. If the student is going away to college the tin could hold a lot of items they will need. I personally think this is an AWESOME graduation gift.

I received one of these tins to review. My kids and I decorated it to gift to my husband (their father). The kit we received had the dry erase markers to that we can wipe it off when we are done with it and re-purpose it. Sadly the dry erase markers didn’t come off entirely. I need to get some rubbing alcohol. That should help to remove the stains/marks left behind.

The possibilities are endless with this fun tin of popcorn. I can think of many great occasions that this would make a wonderful gift for;

  • Birthday
  • Anniversary
  • Graduation
  • Wedding
  • Engagement
  • Father’s Day
  • Mother’s Day
  • House Warming
  • Retirement
  • Job Promotion
  • Get Well Soon
  • Just Because

You can also gift this for any holiday and personalize it with your best holiday doodles. I LOVE to doodle so I’d have fun decorating this tin (pumpkins for Halloween, Christmas Trees for Christmas, hearts for Valentine’s Day…).

If you have never had popcorn from The Popcorn Factory, let me tell you, you are missing out on something delicious.

We’re had popcorn from The Popcorn Factory in the past. Their popcorn always tastes freshly popped and very flavorful. They also provide you with a very generous amount. It’s enough to last one person a long time. Even my family of four can enjoy some of the popcorn here and there and it will last for a week or more.

I recommend putting some in a bowl and eat from that instead of directly out of the tin. When you eat out of the tin its easy to eat more than you anticipated you would. It’s all so good that you can’t stop from eating it. Trust me, I know this from personal experience. Ha Ha.

If designing and personalizing your own popcorn tin is not your style, The Popcorn Factory has plenty of other gift ideas for every holiday and occasion. They also have products to suit any budget. In addition they carry non-popcorn items too.

Here are just a FEW examples.

This is PERFECT for my outdoorsy brother!

S’mores flavored popcorn!

This is a GREAT gift idea for a new college student or recent graduate.

I think the Patriotic Kettle Corn (pictured above) would be a welcome treat at your Fourth of July party. It’s a great change of pace from the typical chips & dips and nachos & salsa. Your party guests will appreciate this extra special, colorful holiday treat.

You can learn more about these and other yummy goodies from The Popcorn Factory by visiting them online at ThePopcornFactory.com. You can also check them out on social media. All of their links are found towards the bottom of their website.

Have you ever enjoyed any goodies from The Popcorn Factory? If so, what was your experience with the brand? What product did you enjoy?

Would you gift someone a gift from The Popcorn Factory? What would you use the Decorate Your Own Popcorn Tin for?

Kimberly

*I received a free product sample to review. There was no compensation. The opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way.

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New! LIFT Protein Muffins – the convenient, on-the-go, healthy meal alternative

 

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Do you work outside of the home? Do you need to pack a lunch every day?

I was a stay at home mom for 18 years. When I did return to the work force I had jobs that allowed me to be home for lunch time. I was used to having anything I wanted for lunch.

Back in September I started a new position which meant I needed to pack a lunch every day. I did sandwiches for many month but grew tired of them. I’m not a fan of cold cuts (too much sodium) and I’m not allowed to have peanut butter for PB&J sandwiches due to a “no peanuts” rule in our classroom (I love PB&J!).

We also don’t have a microwave, so warming things up is not really an option.

I found myself bringing a lot of cereal or bagels to work for lunch.

I needed another food alternative that I could enjoy for lunch that was convenient, ready for “on the go” moments, and tasted great. Being healthy is also a bonus.

I was introduced to a unique option – LIFT Protein Muffins. LIFT Protein Muffins are a healthy meal alternative. And when I say meal I do mean meal. They are very filling.

LIFT Protein Muffins are the creation of a mother son team – Zach and Debbie Schleien. Check out the brief video (below) to learn more about how LIFT Protein Muffins came to be and what others have to say about LIFT Protein Muffins.

 

LIFT Protein Muffins are the first Paleo, gluten-free muffin of their kind. LIFT Protein Muffins contain between 18-19 grams of protein in each muffin. That is a nice amount of protein. It’s more protein then I am used to getting by eating a bagel or the on-the-go bowl of cereal I would normally bring to work with me for lunch.

LIFT Protein Muffins are currently available in the following flavors – Apple Cinnamon, Banana Chocolate and Chocolate Zucchini (my favorite).

The muffins are individually packaged making them a great on-the-go option. I also enjoy them for breakfast.

The muffins are shipped cold. You can freeze them for up to one year. When you are ready to enjoy one of the muffins you can place it in the fridge overnight to thaw out or pop it in the microwave. When I take one of the muffins to work with me I just put it in my lunch bag. By the time lunch rolls around the muffin is defrosted and ready to enjoy. I do recommend trying them warmed in the microwave. I like how the chocolate melts a bit. Mmmm… yummy!

Apple Cinnamon

Chocolate Banana

Chocolate Zucchini

I have never had anything Paleo until now. I honestly thought Paleo foods would taste bland or gross. Not these muffins. You would never guess that these were not ordinary muffins. They remind me of the muffins my family gets from the local bakery from time to time.

These muffins are not huge like bakery muffins, but don’t let that fool you. They are very filling. In fact, I was surprised by how full I felt after eating one of the LIFT Protein Muffins. I thought I would have to supplement the muffins with more food, but I didn’t. There is a reason why they are looked at as a meal replacement because they fill you up like a meal should.

Usually when I take one of the muffins for work I grab a banana or apple to enjoy along side of the muffin. That is all I need to feel completely full and satisfied.

The muffins are delicious! My favorite is the Chocolate Zucchini, but honestly, they all taste wonderful. They taste like more of a dessert then a meal. They taste home made. I don’t taste like they have been sitting in a warehouse freezer for a year.

I can tell you with all honesty that I don’t get enough protein in my diet. I try, but I know that I’m not getting nearly enough. I like that these muffins are a delicious way to get more protein in my daily diet. It’s like trying to sneak veggies into your kids meals – they don’t realize they are eating something that is good for them.

Look at all those juicy raisins.

These muffins are high in calories. I was a bit surprised by how many calories each contained (between 345 – 410 calories each). But since these are meant to replace a meal, it all works out. If you typically go for fast foods for lunch a Big Mac has 563 calories, a typical slice of cheese pizza is 285 calories and a 6″ Italian sub is around 520 calories.

The LIFT Protein Muffins are not cheap. They cost $5.00 each. But again, they are meant as a meal replacement. A typical lunch out will cost you more than that. An Italian sub from the deli across the street from where I live costs $8+. And many people don’t think twice about spending $3+ on a cup of coffee.

The muffins are sold in six packs for the individual flavors or in 6 or 18 muffin variety packs.

Overall I am impressed by these muffins. They are delicious, they are filling and they are a great lunch (or any meal) alternative.

If you would like to learn more about LIFT Protein Muffins, or to place an order, visit LIFTProteinMuffins.com. You can also find them on social media. All of their links are found at the top right of their website.

What do YOU think about LIFT Protein Muffins? Do they sound like something that you would like to try? Why or why not? Feel free to comment and share your thought. I always love to hear from readers.

Kimberly

*I received free samples to review. There was no compensation. The opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way.

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Snack better with Snyder’s-Lance “better for you” snack options

 

Are you a snacker? I honestly haven’t ever met a person who doesn’t enjoy a snack once or twice per day. I think we NEED a little snack here and there to ward off hunger and keep our energy going.

Both children AND adults enjoy a delicious snack.

I used to make sure to pack a healthy and delicious lunch for my kids back in the day (before high school). In fact, the school nurse (elementary school) called me once to compliment on providing my kids with such healthy lunches. She said that even her, a nurse, didn’t pack as healthy of a lunch as I did. I still remember that phone call to this day. It made me feel good knowing that I was providing my kids with a good lunch.

When I packed their lunch I always made sure to include the following – protein, carbohydrate, vegetable, fruit, snack and water (occasionally they would get fruit juice, but they actually opted for water). My kids also knew that they needed to eat their protein and carb FIRST, followed by their fruit and vegetables, then they can follow up with their snack.

Snacks included a couple of cookies, a snack size package of chips, freshly made popcorn or pretzel, to name a few.

I like snack size packages to help with portion control too. A lot of people, myself included, can easily over indulge on their favorite snacks if they portion sizes are not pre-made. That is one of my favorite reasons to enjoy a snack-pack product.

Back in the day there were only so many snack pack options that were made with “better for you” ingredients. These days more brands are conscious about what they put in their products, so you are finding more and more products that are non-GMO, gluten-free and made with cleaner, more natural ingredients.

Take for example Snyder’s-Lance variety packs. They are made with better-for-you, clean ingredients. They are available in different varieties – Premium, Non-GMO, Small Batch Kettle and Gluten-Free.

I love snack packs. They are so convenient. There is no need to weigh and measure how much is a serving. Each package is a single serving size with all the nutritional information clearly labeled.

I work outside of the home, as does my husband and our kids. We need convenient snacks to toss into our lunch bags, or to “grab-and-go” when we are on our way out the door.

Sometimes I have to race home to grab my son and get him to work. He usually takes his water bottle and a snack pack with him to enjoy when he’s on his break at work.

I work with Kindergartners. Sometimes I stay late and help out in the after school program. Our program serves the kids a health snack (fruits, veggies, pretzels, hummus, cereal…). When I am working a long day I need a little something to hold me over until dinner time too. I would NEVER eat cookies or candy around the children. I want them to see that I am making healthy snack options too. That is why I’ll grab a bag of pretzels like Snyder’s of Hanover Pretzel pieces to enjoy at work.

My husband picking out his snack for work.

Snack packs are a must have for summer travels. We used to always have snacks and beverages in the car with us on long car rides. There is nothing worse than hungry kids on a long car ride. We also enjoy snacks at the beach, lakeside and even at a barbecue at a local park.

The new snack packs from Snyder’s-Lance – Premium, Gluten-Free, Non-GMO and Small Batch Kettle – feature five brands from the Snyder’s-Lance family of brands (Snyder’s of Hanover, Cape Cod, Kettle, Late July, Snack Factory). Each large snack pack package contains a yummy mix of crave-worthy flavors and family favorite’s, so that there is something to satisfy every taste bud.

You can find the new Snyder’s-Lance variety snack packs at most conventional grocery stores.

What do you think of the new snack packs?

What is you, or your child’s, favorite Snyder’s-Lance snack?

If you would like to learn more about Snyder’s-Lance products or brands, visit SnydersLance.com. The individual brands can also be found online, as well as on social media. You can also check out the hashtag #BetterSnacks on social media to see what others are saying.

Kimberly

*I have partnered with Snyder’s-Lance to bring you this information. I received free product samples as well as compensation. The opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way. 

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Give Dad the Gift of Gourmet for Father’s Day

 

Father’s Day is nearly upon us (June 18, 2017). Do you know what you’ll be gifting that special man in your life?

I don’t know about you, but I find shopping for a gift for the men in my life to be challenging. I find shopping for woman to be so much easier. Maybe that is because I’m a woman and I know what I like so I figure other woman like the same things.

I’ve always had a hard time shopping for the men in my life. My dad (paternal grandfather who raised me) never showed much interest in anything except baseball. My father (biological) never had a need for anything. If there was something he wanted he’d jut go out and buy it. As for my husband, he’s super hard to shop for. He has a lot of likes, but there are only so many Dallas Cowboys merchandise you can buy, and we already have too many movies and books. Even my son is hard to shop for these days. He’s almost 18 so he’s more into clothing.

If there is one thing many dads do enjoy it’s food. After all, who doesn’t love to eat?

Are you familiar with Omaha Steaks? Omaha Steaks is an online retailer that specializes in gourmet foods and treats.

Omaha Steaks has been around for as long a I can remember. My mom (paternal grandmother who raised me) used to buy from them often. The steaks she bought were strictly for the adults. Us kids were not allowed to enjoy the fine delicacies. It wasn’t until my late teen years that I had my first bite of a steak from Omaha Steaks.

Omaha Steaks has available a delicious bundle that would make the perfect gift for the hard to shop for man in your life. It’s called the Father’s Day T-Bone Gift Package. The package includes:

  • 30 oz. T-Bone
  • Gourmet Jumbo Franks
  • Potatoes Au Gratin
  • New York Cheesecake
  • 1 oz. Steak Seasoning
  • Omaha Steaks Sliders

Omaha Steaks was kind enough to send me the package to review.

I’ve never had a t-bone steak before. I have seen photos on the Internet and in magazines, but I have never tried one personally. WOW!!! Is it HUGE! I have never seen a steak so big and thick before.

We have not made the t-bone steak… yet. My husband wants to barbecue it on the grill. Since we are not allowed to have barbecues where we live (we live in a condo complex), we need to “borrow” someone else’s barbecue. As it so happens we’re going to a family members home in a few weeks and they have a barbecue. They have already told us that they have no problem tossing the t-bone steak on the grill along with the hamburger and hot dogs they plan on making.

In the mean time, I had no problem digging into the other goodies that came with the Father’s Day package.

I love cheesecake. It’s one of my favorite treats. The cheesecake that came with this package was out-of-this-world delicious. It was so creamy, just the way I like it.

The cheesecake was a nice size too. It was enough for my whole family to enjoy a slice withe plenty left over for seconds.

We haven’t made the hot dogs yet. We are saving those for the barbecue we’ll be attending in a few weeks. We are going to put them along side the t-bone steak when we cook it.

I’ve had Omaha Steaks hot dogs before. They taste fresh, unlike the kind you buy at the grocery store. They taste more like something you’d find in an expensive, fancy restaurant. They don’t taste like your average hot dogs. I also find them to be more meaty (thick, hearty) than regular hot dogs.

I prepared the Potatoes Au Gratin one night for dinner. My apologies for not having a picture of them. I was too involved into eating that I neglected to snap some photos.

When I make Potatoes Au Gratin I used a boxed mix with dried potatoes and dry ingredients (you mostly add water). Needless to say the Omaha Steaks Potatoes Au Gratin are much better than the store bought kind. The Omaha Steaks Potatoes Au Gratin tasted like someone had made them from scratch. Yummy!!!!

This package easily feeds a family of four. The package it’s self costs $59.99 which breaks down to approximately $15 per person. If you eat out often you know that it’s about the average price of a meal. In fact, when we eat out it often costs us more when you factor in beverages, appetizers and/or desserts.

If T-bone Steak is not your father’s/husband’s favorite cut of meat, that is OK. Omaha Steaks has plenty of other yummy bundles to choose from including the Father’s Day Family Feast and the Ultimate Ribeye Father’s Day package.

Omaha Steaks also carries poultry, seafood, appetizers, wine and dessert. They have a lot to offer including other bundles and items you can purchase individually.

If you’d like to learn more visit OmahaSteaks.com. You can also find the brand on social media. All of those links are found on the bottom left of their website.

Have you ever purchased from Omaha Steaks before? If so, did you have a positive experience?

Do you think that special man in your life would appreciate any of these special Father’s Day packages? If so, which one?

Feel free to share your thoughts. I always love to hear from readers.

Kimberly

*I received a free package to review. There was no compensation. The opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way.

 

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