Tuesday, 9 May 2017

Fun Family Night's are Here! Win 4 FREE MEAL Tickets with Ovation Brand's AND Furr's Fresh Buffet!

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Ovation Brand's restaurants are at it again, with more fun and interactive activities every week from April 20th to May 25th and you can join in at all Ovation Brand's eateries and Furr's Fresh Buffet locations, too! 


Nancy Drew: Codes & Clues will promote STEM education and kids of all ages will be able to participate in activities featuring science, mystery, coding (and detective work) each Thursday evening throughout the promotional period, including: 


May 4 – A-MAZE-ING Detective!
May 11 – Invisible Ink & Ultimate Nancy Drew Journal Giveaway!
May 18 – Family Mystery!
May 25 – Code it with Robot Puppy!



To celebrate the latest events, Ovation Brand's and Furr's Fresh Buffet are giving one of our readers a chance to win 4 free meal tickets and a limited edition Nancy Drew note book and the entry couldn't be simpler - just use the rafflecopter below to tweet about this giveaway, leave us a comment or follow us on twitter and you'll be in for a chance to win.


This giveaway is open to all residents of the U.S.A. aged 18 and over. No participating bloggers are responsible for prize fulfillment - this responsibility falls to our sponsor.

Giveaway runs for 1 week from May 10th-17th and winners will be notified via email, so please enter with a valid email address. We never sell or use your information for anything other than to contact you if you are the winner.

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Monday, 1 May 2017

$75 Gourmet Gift Baskets Giveaway - Just in time for Mother's Day!

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Mother's day is upon us and, whether you love to gift to a mother, sister, daughter or even a single dad doing it all on his own, then Gourmet Gift Baskets has something for you - including this Happy Mother's Day Gift Basket! 



Including cookies, wafers, tea and more, this gift basket is a great thank you to any splendid mom and will be well received on the day. There are also a large selection of other gift baskets you can choose from to suit your own tastes and needs so it is always worth taking a look.


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Saturday, 22 April 2017

Nutrisystem Update!

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It has been a couple of weeks since I posted here about much of anything, mostly because there has been far too much going on in my life to actually get on and make sense of anything - let alone a few blog posts.

With things coming together and life figuring itself out (with a lot of hard work) I am back to give an update on my Nutrisystem journey.


Over the last few weeks I have had far too many moments of weakness with food and I was sad that my weight loss had come to a stand still. It is moving now, though and I'm feeling much calmer and happier about a lot of things and I am pretty sure that is helping with the weight as much as the food and exercise.


I have been eating some of the foods I don't usually go for on Nutrisystem - not because I don't like them, but just because they are things I don't usually go for in general, but I really do like the Sweet and Sour Chicken for dinner and most people who know me know I am not a super-fan of sweet and sour anything and there was a time I wouldn't eat it at all and so you know it must be good if I am eating it, now!



I have switched from having mostly egg and turkey sausage muffins, to having a bit of everything from banana muffins to cereal and french toast - lots of choices and I think better results as I switch it up.


I've dusted off some old exercise equipment and upped my game a bit there and, at teh same time, have convincedmyself that the best way to exercise is by watching a lot of TV at the same time - so definitely getting my money worth out of Amazon Prime right now, that's for sure - 10 Cloverfield Lane is very good if you're looking for something to watch (just so you know!).

The sunshine is out and more active now, which is making me more able to get out to the park, around the city and into lots of events, which is great for my mood, my goals and my all around health. I am used to the portions of Nutrisystem now and I look forward to eating my meals without having to worry that i'm eating too much and I am finding it easier and easier to put my flex meals together at lunch or dinner now that I have the hang of it.

I'll be back in a couple of weeks with another update - and hopefully with a new haircut! If anyone has any tips for getting rid of belly fat, i'd love to hear it! My work out needs to target the belly, it's my one spot I am a little annoyed with - send me in some suggestions!

Have a great weekend!

- B





Thursday, 6 April 2017

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Thursday, 30 March 2017

Nutrisystem and the wall.

All thoughts and opinions are my own, though I have been compensated in product in order to give those opinions. Your views may differ to mine. Thank you. 


This week is bitter-sweet for me and Nutrisystem. I am thrilled to still be with them, I really like the convenience of the food, and really enjoy the meals I order. I haven't lost any weight since my last post, though, and it is grinding my gears a little as I am really trying to stay on track.

I have tried to jiggle things around a bit and that helped for a while (switching breakfasts for lunch etc) but now I am at a wall again and SO CLOSE to hitting the 40lb lost mark!

I am switching out my exercise routines this week and am going to start walking the park more as the sun has finally started to make an appearance and that has put my good mood through the roof, even with the trials and tribulations I have been through over the last couple of weeks that I won't bore you with details of just yet, on this platform.

Here's a story for you - I went to buy a new sweater last week, picked it up in a 2x, it is too big, I kept it anyway, silly really seeing as it adds pounds to me that I don't need! I really aught to start buying clothes that fit and stop to think about what now fits, how and why things have changed. My shape is most definitely different and I have to think about that, too. Who knew losing weight would be so mathematical when checking out the cuts and angles on all these choices for new clothes!


Here is a photo of me in the new sweater, you can see i'm trying to pull it in at the sides, but I think it'll be a one-and-done season for this bad boy. Shame I didn't find it smaller! Everything is just too baggy now, nothing fits right and I don't know how to work with that, but I sure am trying as I go. I am definitely more comfortable in myself, in general, so that's the main thing.

Roll on positive vibes, a good couple of weeks and some progress. If you are on Nutrisystem, I'd love to hear from you.

Follow Nutrisystem across social media with #NSNation #Nutrisystemsnaps and @Nutrisystem.

Let's get crackin'!

- MGB




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Every year, as Earth Day rolls around, my friends and I usually get together and attend some Earth Day specific events where we pick up trash or get involved with the local community to make things just that little bit better, cleaner, nicer or to spread awareness about how the Earth could really benefit from us doing a little more to lighten its load.


We are happy to go out and pick up litter (along with other folk, annually at our local riverfront) and to inform our children at the local events with educational material and demonstrations on how to do just about everything from planting trees, to caring for animals, recycling AND causing less waste in the first place.

While it isn't always possible for you to get out and pick up all the trash you see in the street, there are things you can do to contribute and allow for less waste, like by switching to Scott® Tube-Free bath tissue, which rolls out like any regular roll, but doesn't have the wasteful tube inside - great!


Above is a photo of my bathroom after my kids have changed out regular rolls in the past and just towered them up in some bizarre game of bathroom stack-em-high: loo roll edition. This is no-more since I picked up the Scott® Tube-Free bath tissue, plus the kids think that the rolls are magic, all gone at the last pull of paper.


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Monday, 27 March 2017

Ovation Brands Share's the IDIOTEST FAMILY NIGHT GIVEAWAY!

Disclaimer: I was provided with products in order to give my own opinions about the product or services. Your views may differ to mine. Thank you. 

So we went out to Old Country Buffet this weekend and the kids and my friend came along and everyone got settled in really quickly for a great meal, with lovely staff and great atmosphere.


It was very busy - busier than I've ever seen it, but  it was still so much fun that it is always a great time with friends and family no matter when we go. If you go on Thursdays, though, you can partake in FAMILY NIGHT with this months theme being the IDIOTEST FAMILY NIGHT, which is lots of fun for all the family with a trivia game earlier this month, then a game show night, kidiotest and, this week coming: ACT IT OUT.

If you head on over to Old Country Buffet, or their sister chains (Ryan's, Hometown Buffet, Country Buffet) or Furr's Fresh Buffet, then you can enjoy family night on THURSDAY 30th. You will be able to follow the following week on April 6th with the theme of SPIN TO WIN!


Family Night is every Thursday between 5pm and 8pm.

This series of Family Fun Nights gives you and your kids a chance to eat dinner together, get out of the house, enjoy some great food and maybe even learn something new.


To celebrate Family Fun Night's with Ovation Brands and Furr's Fresh Buffet, we are offering one of our readers a 4 pack of guest passes to eat free at one of the participating restaurants, plus a squishy stress reliever in the shape of a brain, a snap-bracelet and a pair of brainiac play glasses for the kids to have fun with.

If you would like to be in with a chance of winning this giveaway, please enter via the rafflecopter, below.

THIS IS A FLASH 3 DAY giveaway and the winner will be announced promptly with the prize being shipped directly from our sponsors at Ovation Brands.

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Don't forget to check out Ovation Brands at their website, for more information on their eateries and friends! Thank you!

Wednesday, 8 March 2017

Still going strong with Nutrisystem

Disclaimer: I was provided with products in order to give my honest opinions. Your views may differ to mine. Thank you. 

This past couple of weeks has been very busy, and hard to muddle through. I've had appointments and visits and places to go, people to see, things to get in order and maintenance men in and out of the apartment fixing things and changing things about. It really doesn't seem like I have had enough hours in the day to think about food.

I have tried hard to stick to Nutrisystem but I hopped off to a diner for a date with my husband this past week where, all of a sudden, there I am eating a giant cheesesteak - I didn' t even think about it until after we'd left. I completely dropped the ball on that one.

I have definitely been trying overall, though, I take my shakes with me when going places and I stock up on vegetables so I know I'm not about to fall short and I was really inspired this week when I got my 10, 20 and 30lb Nutrisystem beanie bears to reflect the achievement of the weight I have lost already - I am just shy of 40lbs and it feels harder to get to that goal that it was to get anywhere near half that, but I am pumped and still trying for more.



Maintained my weight this week, but it has been that time of the month, so I am used to no losses this week, but looking forward to seeing where it lands on the next one. I am feeling great, and even the bathroom selfie isn't dead...

Check out Nutrisystem across social media and hop on the train!

Let me know how you're getting along :)



Sunday, 19 February 2017

Nutrisystem Keeps Me Going, Even On My Off Weeks!

I was provided with products in exchange for my honest opinions. Your views may differ to mine. Thank you. 

This past week has been a struggle, but not with Nutrisystem.

A week ago, I was in severe pain in my face and had to go to the Urgent Care to get looked at and, as it turns out, I had an abscessed tooth, which had flared up over night and left my mind boggled.

After supplying me with more medication that should be humanly necessary to take, I started to feel somewhat better, but couldn't really eat anything that was too hard or complicated.


Thankfully, Nutrisystem has some very nice and soft meals that worked out well, so I was able to continue to stick to the plan, fabulous.

I am down 1lb this week, which is great! Every 1lb is closer to my next goal.


I wanted to say that this month I have realized that I don't mind other people taking photos of me so much, anymore - the angles and everything else have no longer become a necessity but more of a bonus. We were out to eat on Friday and a friend took a photo of me and I actually can really see a difference between the person I am now and where I was last summer (see above photo for last summer and the photo of me in the mustard from this week!).

I have definitely been enjoying sticking to the plan, not feeling hungry and even when i've been miserable and in pain, not having to worry about making a fuss over my next meal or taking things easy. I have just carried on and worked it out and kept myself hydrated.

This week, feeling much, much better, I am back to normal and working hard to keep this weight coming off!

Here's to everyone out there trying to do the same.

For more information you can visit the Nutrisystem website and you can also head on over to Twitter @Nutrisystem, with hashtag #NSNation, too. We got this!


Tuesday, 14 February 2017

Walking Dead Season Premier from Last Night!

The Walking Dead returned last night in not so spectacular fashion, with what I can only describe as a bit of a stroll.

The episode might have been a bit slow but there were moments so I will give it that, at least.

Lets look at the points:

Father G has gone nuts, it seems - where is he off to, why did he take all that stuff and WHO THE HECK was that in the car with him when he drove off in the beginning of the episode!? - Didn't catch it, watch it again - I didn't see it the first time, either!

Enid is bringing everyone together, she finally has a little purpose. Maggie is clearly more in charge at Hill Top even now with Gregory still sitting there being useless in his little chair - I doubt he is long for this universe, but stranger things have happened so we shall have to wait and see.

Then Daryl - oh Daryl. You should do look like you've scrubbed up alright this week, but when are you going to get a haircut - or your crossbow back and will the writers every start giving you better lines to deliver than "you're talking out of both sides of your mouth" (to Gregory)m delivered with so little gusto he may as well not have said anything at all.

Will Daryl ever actually run into Carol again, either? Is he the key to getting The Kingdom on board with this whole who-ha with Negan. Will he catch Carol and Ezekiel in a bit of a tight spot and realize he actually cares for her, or will nothing crazy happen this half season? The suspense is killing us all - but not really though because I think that ship has apparently sailed, right off to wherever that boat was that Gabriel (maybe) left a note about back at the pantry in Alexandria.

Confused? Yup, I am too. Not as confused as I was seeing the archer in The Kingdom walking about with an arm eerily similar to the one Merle had when he died. I wonder if it is the same thing and a bit of an 'easter egg' or just a coincidence (feel free to let me know!).

Carol is still off running the world by herself, in sweet denial. Morgan can't seem to make up his mind as to whether he is coming or going. Rick and Michone don't gel as a couple,but they do kick ass in cars very well.

Rosita has become more annoying, Sasha needs to just disappear, no one has word on Eugene and everyone is out scouting for Daryl who is apparently is just a walking target, now, too. Fabulous.

It seems all too quiet on most fronts this episode, but I'll enjoy that until the carnage happens later down the line. This must be the calm before the storm and so something bigger than everyone is going to happen and who knows who will be on whichever side.

I'm loving this season, but this episode was just a bit of a wet pancake. Hopefully we're on the upward turn from here on out... More interaction, less standing and talking, more doing.

Until next week...

Monday, 30 January 2017

New Year off to a GREAT Start with Nutrisystem!

Disclaimer: I was provided products in exchange for my honest opinions. Your views may differ to mine. Thank you.

So I am down 37lbs in total on Nutrisystem since I started last year. I am almost halfway to where I would like to be to hit a new goal (which in total would be a nice 80lbs loss).

Nutrisystem pancakes with (added) berries.

I am noticing so much more energy and general happiness right now that I know I have gotten over this hump that I had over the holiday season.

I have been exercising while watching Netflix, so killing two birds with one stone and somehow justifying my unhealthy relationship this past week (*cough* or two) with Prison Break!

I tried out the chicken and bbq beans this week - something I never had gotten around to trying until now - and it was actually great. I don't know why I would expect anything less at this point, I haven't been disappointed by anything lately, at all.

A side salad goes well with all Nutrisystem lunches or dinners!

I was thinking about something, actually, that I thought I might talk a little about this week and that is how you cook your food with Nutrisystem. I personally do not own a microwave, haven't for quite some years (by choice) and I have experimented with ways to cook the Nutrisystem food to suit the meal.

I have found that just about everything can be cooked in the oven on a cookie sheet or baking tray and turns out great if you just keep your eye on the timing and make sure the food is hot throughout. You can also utilize a toaster for the pancakes, waffles and sometimes the morning muffins as well and so there are plenty of food items to choose from even if you are sand microwave.

If you like the frozen meals, I like to either put those in a pan with a lid on and slowly cook to defrost and then cook all the way through, or place in an oven proof dish and keep an eye on the food in the oven.


Some foods like the baked oatmeal can prove a little trickier but if you take it out of the packaging and, again, place in an over proof dish or bowl, then you should be just fine. Some foods are just easier to warm in the microwave, so I do now tend to avoid the ones that are a little more hassle, but almost everything can be worked with and so fear not, good readers, there is always a way!

This week my favorite meal has been the Three Cheese Chicken, which I just cover in boiling water and let stand long enough to soften the noodles and cook through. My failure this week was the apple pie i put in the oven and then completely forgot about and subsequently charred the bottom of! Fear not though, it still tasted good as half a pie, even if I had to eat it with a sad face that I didn't get the other half!

I have been really pushing my water and really trying to get in all the calories I am allowed and so many veggies that I feel like I am constantly eating - even with a late night snack my habits have changed and point me in the direction of some delicious celery and tomato, which is my go-to filler for the times I feel like I want to snack but don't want to eat a dozen donuts.


Hats off to everyone trying to lose weight, right now, no matter how you are tying to do it. Take every day at a time and see where it goes. This is the first time I've been able to stick to something for years because Nutrisystem actually lets you know hey, you need X, Y or Z and you get used to preparing meals as you use up your flex days with lunch or dinner to get the whole thing right. I definitely feel like I know what I should be reaching for now and not just making it up as I go along.

It is not easy to shift pounds, even if you are the healthiest snacker in the world, but we can all get there! Let me know how you are getting along, either in the comments or via direct mail!

Good luck, and much love!

-MGB xx


Saturday, 21 January 2017

Ovation Brands, Paddington Giveaway! Ends Jan 31st, 2017

Disclaimer: I was provided with product in order to fully appreciate and give an opinion of it. All thoughts are my own and your views may differ to mine. Thank you. 

Ovation Brand's chain of eateries, which include: Old Country Buffet, Hometown Buffet, Country Buffet, Ryan's and Furr's Fresh Buffet are at it again with a great Family Night promotional series featuring Paddington bear for a "Beary Great" time. 

Family Night's occur on Thursdays between 5pm and 8pm and allow kids to participate in fun/educational activities. The dates thus far for the most current event series are as follows:

●       January 12 – Please Look After this Bear

●       January 19 – History of Teddy Bears

●       January 26 – BYOB, Bring Your own Bear

●       February 2 – All Aboard! From Peru to Paddington Station

●       February 9 – Letters to Aunt Lucy

●       February 16 – Dogs Must be Carried


As part of this event, I was lucky enough to get to see the Paddington movie on DVD, which was so emotional for me because I grew up with Paddington Bear and used to collect all manner of toys, pictures and artifacts relating to that lovable bear.


As a true fan, I can definitely say that I loved this movie and wasn't disappointed, at all. I think they did a wonderful job of recreating a real-world Paddington movie and they got the casting just perfectly right and lovely. The fun comes with the little hap-hazzardly bear, who still loves a marmalade sandwich to get him through any emergency and he's always trying to get himself out of a sticky spot that perhaps he never quite realizes he's getting into before it is too late.

The movie is fun, quirky and a great watch for the entire family - even my younger childen sat the whole way through and adored this wonderful little bear.


I am 100% into this series for Ovation Brands and think it might be my favorite one yet. To celebrate the series Ovation Brands wants to offer one of my readers a copy of Paddington on DVD, a Paddington plush bear and 4 complimentary meal tickets for any of the Ovation Brand's eateries.

To be in with a chance of winning, all you have to do is enter via the Rafflecopter form, below. Please leave a valid email address so we can contact you if you win. Entrants must be over 18 yrs of age, or have parents' permission and ONE winner will be chosen at random and notified within 24 hours of contest end. Winner will have 48 hours to claim their prize and after that it shall become forfeit and we pick another winner. This is so that we can wrap up our giveaways in a timely manner - so please, enter with a valid email (we do not sell, reuse, register you for anything or use your information for anything other than to contact you if you should win).

Giveaway ends January 31st 2017.

Good luck!

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Friday, 13 January 2017

Nutrisystem in the house!

Disclaimer: I was provided with products in order to give my own opinion. Your views may differ to mine. Thank you. 

I received my new shipment of Nutrisystem this week and I suddenly remembered to let you know to make SPACE for all your food, of which there is a LOT.


I ordered a lot of shelf stable food this time around and not so much for the freezer as I had just been grocery shopping for the rest of the family and so wanted to make sure I had room.

When my box of shelf stable food arrived, I suddenly remembered that I hadn't cleaned out space because I was SO used to getting frozen foods instead.

A day later and I still hadn't sorted out this issue and the box of food sat on my table.


A day after that, I finally rearranged my cabinets and got all the food in (and on top of) them and bobs your mothers brother, we are ready to go!

Today I celebrated over a nice and delicious Loaded Potato lunch and then enjoyed a great little Nutrisystem pizza for dinner, with a side of veg. GREAT!


I have a couple of items this month that I still haven't tried yet and so I can't wait to share those with you as I give them a go. So far, so good and only 1 meal I've ever disliked, so this has really been a winner for me and I say that with much sincerity.

I can't wait to see where 2017 takes me.

Until next week...


Tuesday, 3 January 2017

Nutrisystem for the New Year!

Disclaimer: I was provided with products in order to give my honest opinions. Your views and experiences might differ to mine. Thank you! 

The New Year is here and, while the end of 2016 was rocky (at best) it is never too late to start making changes to get things going in the right direction. 

I started with Nutrisystem in 2016 and have so far lost about 1/3 of the weight I would like to lose and there is still a road ahead that I am still happy to travel. 

My tight pants I bought in July are now getting baggy!
Life isn't always good, and sometimes it can get really tough to focus on food, so when I lost my grandfather (at the end of last year) and then had holidays, food and drink to contend with, while  being so far from friends and family, it was a little bit rough and I did slip a little (though not as much as I could have, thank goodness).

Overall, though, I am proud that I stuck to Nutrisystem for the most part - I ate a bigger Christmas dinner than I was planning on and I have indulged a bit here and there and with everything else that was going on, didn't really mind, when I probably should have made some better decisions.

NS Turkey and Stuffing with (added) Green Beans.
That all being said, I only gained 2lbs over Christmas and that is actually pretty decent! I would like to have not gained, at all, but I can't blame anyone but myself because it wasn't anyone else's fault that I got lazy and also ate a bit more than I should have while I was feeling pretty crappy about life, but is definitely on me and I can turn that around.

I have been sticking to my Nutrisystem breakfasts and I have enjoyed my lunches and dinners, too, and a Nutrisystem dinner was even on the menu for New Year's Eve. - I even went to bed early and would have completely missed 2017 rolling in if it wasn't for all the fireworks that woke me up in the middle of the night! 

This cold air is making it easy for me to make excuses not to exercise but I just picked up some new DVDs to get me moving at home - zero excuses! Time to go! 

Salisbury Steak with Mac'N'Cheese with (added) Spinach and Peppers.
One question that some people do ask me is "are you not bored of this yet?" and the answer really is "NO, I'm not". I actually have been able to figure out which foods I prefer as time goes on and have planned my menu to suit that. There are so many choices that it is easy to pick and choose and I really enjoy making the meals I make for myself a couple of times a week, too. It has been so much easier to stick to than anything else i've tried in the past - anything else and i'd have been completely done by now, so I am definitely happy. 

2017 is going to be my year. No one else is going to be responsible for me. It can be your year too!

Let's get eating, and moving! 

Follow on Twitter with #NSNation and #NutrisystemSnaps as well as Nutrisystem themselves @Nutrisystem

Sunday, 1 January 2017

Stylish Kitchen Accessories from Trudeau #MGBHGG

Disclaimer: I was provided with products in exchange for my honest views. Your opinions may differ to mine, thank you!

Trudeau is one of my favorite companies for kitchen supplies, gadgets and goodies for any person who loves to cook, bake, entertain and more - you name it, they seem to have it and in some of the best and delightful colors imaginable that you don't really seem to see anywhere else.


I had the pleasure to try out a new bottle opener, a fun wine saver, some awesome little chocolate containers that help to make look-alike Reece's and such, plus so much more.

I cook and bake, a lot. Probably more than humanly necessary, so one of the things I can definitely appreciate is a set of measuring cups. The thing I love about these ones, though, is that they come with a clip at the top so you can take them apart and use them one by one without having to bumble about with the whole stack if you don't want to. They are nice to grip, colorful and easy to store away. If you are in the kitchen a lot, you will love these.


Then this wine saver is the best - I always just used one of the cork-style ones that you just pop in, but this one lets you pull the air out of the wine before you close it, which makes it fresher and saves it a lot better for a lot longer so I can definitely appreciate this, too! I don't drink so much wine, now, but if you like a glass and don't want to drink an entire bottle or waste the rest of the bottle, then this nifty little device is most definitely for you! 


As a tea drinker, I love this steeper, too. It is cute and functional and I'm happy to leave it out on the side on a little drip catcher. Actually quite funny how many people's eyes catch it when they come over for a cup of tea/coffee. A cute little conversation starter, for sure.


Trudeau just puts emphasis on stylish accessories and honestly it makes such a difference when you have products that look and feel as good as these do - they brighten up your kitchen and serve a purpose. I could easily fill up a basket with Trudeau and gift them for any occasion - not just the holidays, but as a treat to myself, a moving in present for a new neighbor, a going away present for a neighbor who is off to a new home, etc. The cook in your life will love them all year around.

To check out some of their other items in their extensive inventory, head on over to the Trudeau website, here, and see what goodies you can find! Also, catch them on social media HERE, too.

Happy home-making!