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San Diego Family's Holiday Toy Review

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Stumped for ideas on the perfect present to tuck under the tree or surprise your kiddos with this holiday season? Look no further than San Diego Family's 2018 Holiday Toy Review. From low-tech, classic wooden toys to ultra high-tech electronics and video gaming, our Holiday Toy Review is guaranteed to help you find that perfect present for kids big and little! Each item here has earned the stamp of approval from our local kid and parent reviewers.

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Updated: December 2018

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Gift Ideas for Moms

Gift Ideas for Mother's Day

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Gifts for Mother's Day!  Looking for unique gifts for that special woman in your life? Check out these great ideas.

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Modena Round Straw Purse
$62.95; JoulesUSA.com
With long PU handles and plenty of room for all your essentials this could just be the perfect beach bag. Made from versatile sea grass, it's an essential summer accessory.

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SNOWFOX Insulated Stainless Steel Stemless Wine Glasses
$19.99; Amazon.com
Sip your nice, cool Vino that stays that way. Made of 304 Food-Grade stainless steel, it won’t affect the taste of your Pinot and prevents your hand from warming your wine. The wear-resistant coating on the glass’ outer steel layer ward off fingerprints for a clean look all night long. Stemless and with a thin rim like traditional wine glasses, the simple stainless-steel finish is safe to put on the top shelf of your dishwasher.

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Evening Madison Gift Box
$75; ValseyAndMe.com
Inside this black handcrafted paper mache treasure chest are 42 individual soap chips, perfect for single use. Each piece of soap is individually hand wrapped and then personalized with your name, address or other phrase. Grosgrain ribbon is wrapped around each individual box providing an elegant presentation. There are seven unique scents of soap from which to choose. Our gift box is an excellent addition to any guest bathroom providing convenient and sanitary, single-use guest soap. 

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LUVANTI Skincare: Luvanti Yoputh Activating Collection for 50+
$25+; www.luvanti.com 
Luvanti is a high performance, luxurious, clinical grade skin care system free of Parabens, Petrolatum, Phthalates, and Sulfates. Using cutting-edge formulations and potent bio-effective yet gentle ingredients, their innovative, anti-aging products optimize skin health at the cellular level and provide maximum efficacy with visible long-lasting results in a short period of time. Their versatile skincare collection offers results-driven regimens that are customizable for all skin types.

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Pixel Eyewear
$75+; PixelEyeWear.com
Pixel Eyewear provides breakthrough lens technology that filters 50 percent of blue light and up to 95 percent at the strongest wavelengths, without the yellow tint. Lenses also contain nanotechnology that reduce smudges and repel water and dust. For comfort, each lens has an anti-reflective coating, eliminating computer glare and reducing the stress on your eyes. 

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LAMO Serenity Slippers
$57.99; LamoFootwear.com
Australian Sheepskin upper, lining and footbedLow profile TPR outsoleCirrus memory foam footbed.

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Love Glass Water Bottle - Pink
$19.99; GlassticWaterBottle.com
You love the taste of your favorite drink in the Glasstic Glass Water bottle and everyone around you will LOVE the way it looks...show off the LOVE design with Pink Flip Cap by taking it everywhere you go...we know you'll LOVE it!

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LEMUR Bags
Starting at $21.99; LemurStyle.com
Eco-friendly casual canvas bags with one mission: to help save adorable lemurs from becoming extinct. These 100% handmade bags are perfect for anyone who needs an everyday bag as a day pack, gym or yoga bag, shopping bag, festival bag, hiking bag, school backpack, or beach bag. Made from durable canvas material and the straps are either 100% cotton ropes or recyclable polypropylene, both of which are soft and thick to provide comfort. Four different styles: drawstring backpacks, bucket bags, duffle bags, shopping totes.

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The Love Bank
$30-$50; BankYourLove.com
Love Bank is a brand-new way to share love filled expressions on adorable heart shaped cardstock paper cutouts and place them into a gorgeous rustic wooden heart with glass front. Simply fill out the beautiful paper hearts with your message to mom, insert it into the Love Bank, and watch moms heart fill with joy and gratitude as she opens her gorgeous gift. Plus, with every purchase of Love Bank, love and kindness is also spread to those in need and meals are being donated through their partnership with Feeding America.

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Strong Like Mommy Handbag
$29-$150; GirlzSquad.com

Girlzsquad is a line of totes and weekend bags that let you express yourself. From “Boss Lady” to “Thank you, Next” to “Strong Like Mommy” and so many more. Laminated lining and easy to clean. Spacious sizing for all your essentials - laptops, groceries, etc. Girlzsquad was created to inspire women around the world to become the best version of themselves.

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Soma Naturals Discovery Sample Set
$20.99; SomaNaturals.com

Perfect for anyone looking to make a move to clean beauty, try a new brand or product, or looking for that perfect unique gift. Includes: Messinian Spa Body Butter 2.7oz (your choice of scents), Teadora beauty butter or renew oil, EVOLVh shampoo & conditioner set (your choice of formulas), Pure Lano lip balm (your choice of flavor), Soma Naturals Cosmetic Bag - Absolutely Flawless, Soma Naturals $5 store gift card.

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Once Upon A Book Club
$34.99/month subscription; OnceUponABookClub.com
Each month you'll receive a book (can be paperback or hardcover) to read, a 5" x 7" quote print, along with 3-5 corresponding gifts to match a quote/item mentioned in the book. Each individually wrapped with a page number. Readers, open the gifts as they finish the corresponding page.

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Zatik Naturals Harmony Moisturizer
$28; ZatikNatural.com
This nurturing light moisturizer infuses skin with beneficial herbal nutrients that soften and smooth visible skin lines. Vitamin-rich extracts and high frequency rose and neroli (orange blossom) oils produce tantalizing, vibrant scent that promote self-recognition and peace.

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Westend Minerva Park Sunglasses
$69.95; DiscountGlasses.com
These Westend Minerva Park sunglasses are a contemporary take on old Hollywood glamour. The perfect mix of sweet and sophisticated with bold and brash, these frames are equal parts edgy and show-stopping glamour.

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Aniise Pro Matte Lip Stains
$20; Aniise.com
Provide full coverage that stays on for hours. They glide on effortlessly and keep your lips soft and hydrated. They are cruelty-free and made from high quality natural ingredients in United States. Choose from a variety of colors.

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Gabriela Nightie
$98;
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Offers modern design elements with mesh hem and top stitching throughout.  Timeless and flattering length with side slit for ease and movement.  Versatile for swim cover up, daywear and lounging.  Slightly shaped waist and relaxed hip accomodates every shape and size. Proven to eliminate night sweats.

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Dermatologist's Choice Skincare, Deep Cleansing Facial Mask
$32; dermatologistschoice.com
Scientifically formulated to remove excess dirt and oil to help reduce breakouts and the visibility of pores for truly clean and clear skin. It is a triple threat to unwanted build-up in the pores because it contains Glycolic (AHA), Lactic (AHA), and Salicylic (BHA). These penetrate and purify the pores while also containing natural plant extracts and honey to soothe the skin. Skin will feel clean, tighter, and refreshed.

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Colorful Cases for a Cause: IllusionPhotograph
$29.99; IllusionPhotograph.com
These artistic cases comes in environmentally-friendly, leather-like material with a hybrid durable strap and RFID protection material built in. Part wallet, part phone case and part beautiful art, it’s the total package for a keepsake. From every purchase, $5.00 will go back to supportLiving Heart Peru, a non-profit that helps develop self-sustaining agriculture, health and education initiatives in remote, impoverished highland communities above Peru’s Sacred Valley.

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Wine Bag
$17.99; ShoreBags.com
This wine bag holds two bottles of wine for a beautiful presentation. Made of heavyweight cotton canvas, this bag includes a cotton piece that Vecros in place to keep the bottles from clanking, but is also easily removable for monogramming. Works beautifully for host gifts, corporate events, and celebrations.

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Lamo Footwear
$57.99; LamoFootwear.com

6" classic premium faux fur lined boot with durable outer suede and Lamo's exclusive comfort-flex rubberlon outsole. Lamo designs fashion-forward footwear for you to walk in style, whether you’re traversing snowy peaks, snagging a few rays at the beach, or even cozying up at home. In addition to the classic sheepskin boot styles, Lamo also crafts slippers, moccasins, sandals, and house shoes.

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Wire-Free Plus T-Shirt Bra
$48; MontelleIntimates.com
If they’re going to call it a t-shirt bra, isn’t it time a company designed one as comfy to wear as as your favorite tee? This new Montelle style features a unique crisscross design that keeps the natural position and shape of the bust.  A power mesh neckline trims the body-contouring 4-way stretch foam cup, offering stability and comfort with a modern, sexy look. Prepare to wow them in your favorite wrap dress or V-neck tee. 

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Sips by (Subscription Tea Boxes)
$15/month; SipsBy.com
Warm up all winter with a personalized collection of tea, delivered monthly. Each box is personalized to her tea preferences, features four unique tea brands totaling 15 cups of tea. Sips by was started by tea lovers who want discovering tea to be fun, personalized and affordable.

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Mijenko Tea Boxes
$139; Mijenko.melbourne, Amazon.com

Created by a mom and wife who couldn’t find a beautiful quality tea storage box anywhere.....so she decided to design one. These tea boxes are crafted out of hardwood timber (Wattle) and Rose Gold/silver stainless steel, two materials that complement each other perfectly to give these designs a beautiful and sophisticated look. Tempered glass, removable stainless steel dividers, slow closing hinges to prevent slamming, extra large compartments to fit large tea bags. Can also be used as a jewelry box.

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Ebony & Ivory Collection – Silver
$45; GoGirlDesign.com
Nothing says sophistication like black and white.  This duo is sure to be a show stopper at your next social function. Comes with one white and one black bracelet. Three hair ties included with each bracelet.

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Bazaar Tote
$49.99; ShoreBags.com
Made from eco-friendly and sustainable jute and canvas, these totes are strong and stylish. Genuine leather handles and golden jute fabric with laminated food grade lining make them ideal for hauling groceries, going to the farmer's market, or carrying your daily essentials to and from school or office. Comes with hanging pocket inside and two wine bottle loops on the gusset. We fashioned this bag on traditional paper grocery bags, and it's both durable and highly functional. 

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Single Wrap Silver Bracelet
$22; NicDandrea.com

Empower your favorite gal pal and do a whole lot of good with the stackable favorite. Hand-weaved with genuine leather. Steel base, sterling silver plated. Each bracelet has three jump ring closures to fit all sizes. A proceed of each sale collection will go towards, Girls Inc. which works towards encouraging and supporting healthy and active lifestyles at their more than 1400 sites in 400 cities across the USA and Canada.

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The Fold Out Face Palette with Secret Brush Set
$59; WooshBeauty.com
The Fold Out Face Palette comes with “a built-in mirror,” a 4-in-1 nesting brush set, and provides 13 cosmetics in one portable palette. Truly everything you need to apply a full face of makeup. Not sure where to start?  This kit comes with simple step-by-step instructions to give you that flawless look fast and no liquid foundation is necessary.

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Wine Cooler Beverage Tote
$25; Clevermade.com

This tote makes transporting 1-3 bottles of wine to your party destination a cinch. Removable ice pack, wine opener in a nifty pocket, adjustable and removable strap for versatility. Perfect for holiday parties, potlucks and your next tailgating get together (it even holds a 6 pack if wine isn’t your thing). Also available at Target.

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iHome Zenergy Meditative Light and Sound Therapy Salt Rock Genuine Himalayan Salt Lamp Speaker, Calming, Soothing, Sleep Easy, Crystal Large Salt Rock Lamp
$59.99; Amazon.com
Create a calming environment for sleep or an energizing atmosphere for waking. Designed to reduce the harmful positive ions in the air, and featuring eight different sound therapy tracks designed to calm and prepare your body for sleep, along with a gentle sleep timer and sunrise timer the Salt Lamp is the ultimate device to ensure you’re fully rested, refreshed and ready to take on the day ahead.

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Eucalyptus Lavender Loofah Soap
$8; TashaHusseyBody.com
Made from 100% vegetable based kosher certified glycerin. The loofah sponge is slightly exposed on one side of the soap. Scented with eucalyptus and lavender essential oil, this luxurious handmade soap will leave your skin feeling soft and smelling fresh.

Updated: April 2019

Father's Day Gift Ideas

Gift Ideas for Father's Day

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Looking for gift ideas for Dad or the other men in your life? Check out these great products they are sure to love.

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Mixcder E9 Active Noise Canceling Bluetooth Hi-Fi stereo headphones 
$79.99; Mixcder.com
With deep bass and built-in microphone, the Mixcder E9 offers the latest advancements in noise canceling technology with improved sound quality, and an extended 30 hour playtimePriced perfectly for students and adults, the travel-friendly foldable E9 headphones feature an elegant sleek design and comfortable soft foam pads with features audiophiles appreciate. The ANC technology continuously detects and reacts to outside noises, analyzing sound waves and blocking out ambient sound by creating inverse waves for a totally immersive experience for beautiful music and sound.

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Wireless Chargepad +
$49.99; MobileAccessories.com
Just what it sounds like – power to your device with no cable or connector compatibility issues. Wireless charging is achieved through a base power station, charging your device simply by magnetic induction. This next-gen, fast charger features Apple 7.5W and Samsung 10W charging. The universal wireless chargepad+ is also compatible with all Qi wireless charging devices. Featuring a supple cloth covering, the chargepad+ stands out from the crowd of black plastic and matches other home focused devices.

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Outdoor-Safe Beer Cups 
$19.99; Amazon.com
Fermented Reality’s B Cups are the world's first plastic beer cups made especially for craft beer lovers, with different shapes specifically designed for different types of beer: IPA, lager, funk and stout. They look just like glass and hold up to all the elements. Eco-friendly, BPA-free, reusable and dishwasher safe.

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Barrow Modello Coal Watch
$143; https://shopbarrow.co

The Barrow Modello Coal is for the daring. Masculine in style, classic in simplicity. The dark dial, contrast against white Arabic numerals catches the eye, bouncing light off its curved domed face. Classic, ethical and made to last, a Barrow watch is for a lifetime, not a season. Swiss movement, sapphire crystal glass, a solid steel case, handcrafted vegetable tanned leather straps from a leather tannery based in Tuscany, and all comfortably priced.

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The Blu Notebook 
$15.91; BluNotebooks.com
The Blu Notebook is the first sketchbook made from pages with the unique look and feel of blueprint paper, a journal that will certainly bring out the creativity in everyone. Put ink to BLU and get ready to feel inspired, invigorated and satisfied.

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HubPlus
$79.99; MyCharge.com
The newly redesigned myCharge HubPlus 6700mAh portable charger is the quintessential powerbank. With an integrated Apple Lightning cable and an integrated micro-USB cable and the newly added USB port, staying charged on the go has never been easier. Carrying cables is a thing of the past, not only are the cables built in for effortless charging but wall prongs are built-in for effortless recharging. 

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VICTORY 5v Heated Sweater Jacket by Volt
$239.95; VoltHeat.com
In the Victory you will find the Zero Layer Heat System powered by a rechargeable 5V USB battery in 4 zones. Warmth will penetrate to your core through two heating pads in the chest, one heating pad in the back and one in the collar. The inner part of the fabric is laminated which to you means it is windproof and waterproof to help protect you from the wind and rain. External push button controller switch with 3 power level settings.

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Men's Curbside Slippers
$40; Staheekum.com
Suede uppers bring richness to this indoor/outdoor friendly style with versatile "fold flat" heel, plush lining, and memory foam. The back heel can fold down to be worn as a slip-on or up for more coverage. A great shoe to wear after a long hike. For every slipper purchased on our site, a tree is planted through Trees for the Future.

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IceMule Soft-Sided Backpack Cooler
$49.95; TheGrommet.com
Fill it, roll it and securely fasten with buckle clips. A padded strap makes it comfortable to wear on long hauls, and it easily collapses and stores in its own sack. Whether you're camping, hiking, boating, or just hanging at the beach, an IceMule Cooler is one super-cool piece of gear.

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PowerLight Mini Clippable USB Rechargeable Lantern
$39.95; BioLiteEnergy.com

Ready for the trail or daily commute, go hands free with this clippable LED lantern that moves with you for on-the-go light and power. Features 135 Lumen Lantern with [5] modes: White, Bright White, Red, White Strobe, Red Strobe. Provides up to 52 hours of light or a power boost to your phone. Wire clipstand can be used to wear, hang, or tabletop your light.

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Helix Spinning Whiskey and Spirits Glass
$21.95; TheGrommet.com
The base of this glass is designed to spin in place without toppling users drinks. The spinning action helps aerate whiskey, which opens up flavor and aroma, creating an eye-catching effect with a purpose.

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Lucky Tackle Box
Regular ($16.99), XL ($26.99), Tournament ($46); LuckyTackleBox.com
Lucky Tackle Box is the premier monthly subscription box in fishing. For one low monthly fee, Lucky Tackle Box will ship a box jam-packed full of the best new lures and baits every month. If you're looking to fish with the products that professional anglers use to catch big fish, then Lucky Tackle Box is the only monthly subscription box you'll ever want.

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Viking Professional Steakhouse Style Knife Set
$79.95; Amazon.com

The restaurant grade 6-knife set is honed from durable German stainless steel with a Pakkawood handle that is double riveted to give the knife balance and offer your favorite home cook a comfortable experience when chopping. The knives are also partially serated, so they are perfect for cutting through things both thick and thin. The set comes in a bamboo gift box and is available in black or red.

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Table Top Shuffleboard
$99.99; AreYouGame.com
Bring pub-style shuffleboard home with this realistic, high quality, wooden table top version. Perfect for any game or recreation room. Game board measures 62” x 10” x 1.5”. High-quality wooden production is sturdy and will last for years. Easily adjustable legs can level the board so any table can be playable. Separates into two main pieces and comes in a handled box for portable game play.

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JBL Clip 3
$59.95; JBL.com
Has an IPX7 waterproof design, durable carabiner and new colors that pop, perfect for the kids. With 10 hours of playtime, this small but mighty speaker amplifies your listening experience. Available colors: Midnight Black, Ocean Blue, Fiesta Red, River Teal, Stone Grey, Dusty Pink, Steel White, Forest Green, Mustard Yellow and Desert Sand.

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The Nicholas Collection Martini Shaker
$64; CorkPops.com

Designed to deliver perfectly mixed cocktails with style and class, this stainless steel and copper shaker is constructed of premium materials both inside and out. A decorative rubber sleeve not only adds visual appeal, but also provides grip to prevent slippage during shaking, in addition to insulating the hand from an icy exterior.

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Azio Retro Compact Keyboard
$219; AzioCorp.com
This premium mechanical keyboard is designed for the modern lifestyle. Designed for a premium computing experience, Azio designed a centerpiece keyboard with properties comprising of high-quality material, timeless appearance and intuitive usability.

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Swig Combo Coolers
$25.95; SwigLife.com
Swig Vacuum Insulated tumblers will keep your beverages ice cold while enjoying the game with friends or at the beach on a hot sunny day. These Combo Coolers can be used multiple ways. Use the slide-closure lid to turn it into a cup, or secure any can or bottle with the twist-on holder to keep your hands dry and your drinks cold.

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Cuisinart Professional Portable Gas Grill
$199.99; Cuisinart.com
Perfect for tailgating, impromptu summer entertaining, and more, this gas grill offers 20,000 BTUs of cooking power in a convenient, portable design.

Updated: April 2019

Family Health and Fitness Product Reviews

Family Health and Fitness Product Reviews

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Health and Fitness Products! Check out these great fitness products to keep you and your family happy and healthy all year long!

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Medipro First Aid Pods
$9.95; Amazon.com
The pods let you enjoy protection for your littles by providing such essentials as bandages, ointments, gauze, cold pack, wipes, and anything else that you might need.Perfect for first time parents, camping trips, backpacks, gym lockers, purses, glove boxes, and baby bags. The necessities you need fit easily in any diaper bag or purse.

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Stainless Steel Water Bottle With Bamboo Top
$28.95; WoweLifestyle.com

Built to last, this 25 oz. stainless steel double walled vacuum insulated water bottle will take anything you throw at it.  Keep your drink nice and cold for up to 24 hours or keep it warm for up to 12 hours, plus it comes with a lifetime warranty.

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Arm&Hammer Shoe Refresher Spray
$5.99; Walmart.com
Eliminates shoe and sneaker odor on contact. Unique 360° targeted actuator sprays in any direction even upside down to conveniently spray where you need it. Sweat activated Fresh Guard Technology refreshes and rejuvenates shoes, sneakers and sports gear. Safe for all types of footwear.

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Baahtcha Tea
Prices vary; Baahtcha.com

Baahtcha Tea provides the highest quality matcha tea sourced from a family-owned farm in the mountains of China, where matcha originated. Baahtcha sustains steady energy, boosts metabolism to burn fat, supports immune system with antioxidants, improves memory and concentration and it tastes great. Not to mention, Baahtcha tea contains chlorophyll which is known to rejuvenate and detoxify skin, so you won't only feel great this spring but you'll look great too.

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Hydaway 2.0 Bottle
$25; www.hydawaybottle.com
Hydaway is the collapsible, ultra-stashable, planet-friendly go-anywhere water bottle. When expanded, Hydaway 2.0 helps quench your thirst during airport layovers, gym workouts, daily commutes, soccer games or anywhere else space is a premium. The innovative bottles can be folded down to just over 1-inch to easily fit in a pocket, backpack, gym bag or diaper bag. BPA-free, nontoxic and dishwasher safe.

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Eagle Creek National Geographic Adventure Backpack 30 L
$65; Shop.nationalgeographic.com

Daypack or weekend bag, it’s up to you. This line uses a unique recycled material using windshields fished out of landfills to create a water and scratch-resistant coating that makes the bags friendly to the environment as well as functional.
 Features include 17” laptop sleeve, zip pocket with key fob and slip pockets for electronics, lockable zippers, side compression straps for gear attachment, vertical zip pocket for quick-access items, padded moisture-wicking back panel and pack straps, durable bottom fabric is wipeable for easy clean and water resistance.

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Elemental Superfood Bars and Crumbles
Prices vary; elemental-raw.com

Finding healthy snacks that are delicious and nutritious can be tough. Elemental Superfood makes it easy and even easier to take on the go. Feature an organic, raw, gluten-free and dairy-free snack, they are packed with nutrition and high in omega-3s and omega-6s and high in fiber and protein. Great as a pick me up snack or meal replacement. Four scrumptious combinations to choose from: Cranberry Almond + Lucuma, Currant Cacao + Hemp, Dark Chocolate + Peanut Butter and Mulberry Cacao + Spirulina.

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INKnBURN Activewear
$39-$99; Inknburn.com
Women love workout apparel they not only can exercise in but live in. With only Limited Edition styles available, you won’t be another carbon copy of athleisure walking down the street. Each piece features original artwork and designs handmade in Southern California, meant to inspire, strengthen and motivate runners, yogis, cyclists or busy moms on the go. All handmade in the USA, INKnBURN uses Dry I.C.E fabric that is light, stretchy and has a silky feel to keep you cool and dry. From capri leggings, shorts, skorts and more, INKnBURN has a style for everyone and a variety of occasions.

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iFITNESS Pulse
$39.99; itouchwearables.com
The perfect balance between fashion and fitness, this smart fitness tracker is designed for today’s connected life and is compatible with both IOS and Droid phone systems. Straps are interchangeable and made with water-resistant silicone in an array of colors and stylish patterns. Includes: heart rate monitor, smart notifications, connected GPS, sedentary reminder, calories counter, pedometer, camera remote, alarm and clock, and sleep monitor.

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Heated Chair by Chaheati
$115.95; TheGrommet.com

Stay warm anywhere with the heated, all-season chair from Chaheati. Using woven heating technology, the lithium battery lasts for hours and provides warmth throughout the seat. And with three heat settings, you'll be just the right amount of toasty in any season.

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Ellie Activewear Subscription
$39.95/month-$49.95/month; Ellie.com

Every month receive a new, high quality, stylish three piece outfit. Outfits include a legging, sports bra and seasonal tops ranging from tanks, tees, hoodies and lightweight jackets. For an additional $10, select the 5-piece option and get two fun fitness accessories to compliment a pre-styled 3-piece outfit. Apparel and fitness accessories for a variety of activity levels (low, medium, and high impact). Available in sizes XS–XL.

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Pakems Charmonix Shoes
$74; Pakems.com
These lightweight and comfortable shoes were engineered to be the perfect solution shoe for after sport, including giving your feet a break when getting out of those hiking boots while sitting around the campfire. The Pakems’ Chamonix is an all-weather, two-in-one solution with a convertible heel, allowing mom to switch seamlessly from slipper to shoe. These shoes also stand up to bullying. The words "be kind" are in every shoe as part of the Step Into Your Intentions campaign.

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Oteksport Pull Up Bar
$76.99; Amazon.com
The pull up bar turns any doorway into a personal gym, no need to assemble. Simply hook right into the doorframe, get a full body workout, and fold away for storage. Suitable for tall people and holds up to 400 lbs (200 kg). Heavy duty design prevents movement of the bar during exercise. With non-slip foam, our pull up bar not only prevents you from scratch caused by your door frame, but prevents sliding and interruption during your exercise.

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Infrared Heated Neck and Shoulder Pain Relief Wrap
$119.95; VentureHeat.com
This heat therapy wrap offers an effective remedy to stiff necks and sore shoulders with Far Infrared Rays (FIR) which penetrate deep below the skin to ease the pain. The safe, low voltage wrap comfortably conforms to the upper back and neck to loosen up knots and relieve aches and pains.

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iTOUCH Air2
$59.99; itouchwearables.com
Designed with a slim, elegant profile that features a durable glass display and metal casing, choose between two case sizes and a variety of colorful interchangeable straps. Features include a camera and control of your music player from your smartphone, with 20 other essential features for everyday life such as a calendar, weather app, calculator, phone dialer, bluetooth capabilities and more.

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Flex It Pink Subscription Box
$29.97; FlexItPink.com
Healthy is an outfit that looks different on everybody. Flex It Pink offers stylish activewear that include extended sizes ranging from XS up to XXXL. The apparel collection is made up of tanks, tees, leggings and more- all featuring fun statements such as “Unicorn Mode” and “I’m Not Strong For a Girl, I’m Just Strong.” The F.I.P. Box is a fun way to keep subscribers motivated. Each box contains a tank top, a healthy snack, your virtual 5k packet or 30-day challenge details, and fun fitness accessories like headphones or shaker bottles.

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Roo Jr. Camping Hammock
$49; Kammok.com
Built for camping and backyard play, the Roo Jr. is built for the smallest campers. Its tear-resistant and water-repellent fabric is ready for rough-and-tumble adventures. With an industry-leading load capacity of 400 lb and no-tip design, the Roo Jr. sets the standard in safety.

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Umbro Running Diamonds Hoodie
$70; UmbroPremeir.com
Throw on this fitted hoodie before, during, or after your workout. Umbro’s running diamond hoodie is the everyday garment that will touch up your wardrobe with a sporty flair. Features a minimalist look with logo taping on the shoulders and central embroidery that is perfect for any athletic or leisure activities. Made from a poly rayon french terry fabric, this sweatshirt provides a thin layer of close fitting warmth that doubles as a layering essential.

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Umbro Classic Jogger
$60; UmbroPremeir.com
Look good, and be comfortable while doing it in umbro’s classic jogger. This jogger is made from poly rayon french terry fabric that ensures easy movement and bending. Features right side logo embroidery, an adjustable waistband, and bottom cuffs that create the perfect fit for training.

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S’ip by S’well
$14.99-$19.99; sipbyswell.com
Double walled to keep liquids cold for up to 24 hours or hot up to 12 hours, perfect for staying hydrated throughout the day. The wide variety of whimsical prints ensures that anyone can find one that suits their personality. The 10 oz. size fits easily in packs or lunch boxes and comes with a colorful cap holder so lids won't get lost. The 15 oz. is the perfect size for everyday hydration. 

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RaesWear Printed Capris
$72-$77; Raeswear.com

Go Hands-Free anywhere in these fashionably functional capris. Invisibly store your phone, keys, id, and other essentials comfortable, safely, and conveniently with the patented 360 degree waistband pocket. The waistband doesn’t shift or sag, items don’t bounce or move, and the shorts don’t ride up.

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Pack-It Active Duffel 
$29.95; EaglePeak.com
Duffel can be stuffed into its external side pocket for compact storage. Adjustable webbing shoulder strap. U-shape zipper opening for easy access.

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Armitron Digital Round Dial Watch
$35; Armitron.com

This watch is guaranteed to fit your every mood, style and workout. Features include chronograph with lap time, alarm, 12/24 hour time and backlight with three second fade. Available in four color variations.

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LEUS Yoga Mat Towel
$39.99; LeusTowels.com
Six standout styles – from watermelons to lunar landscapes. Yoga Mat Sized - 68” x 24” to cover a regular yoga mat. Suede microfiber with anti-microbial coating, ultra-plush feel, raw cut edges. Super absorbent, slip resistant, grips with moisture.

Updated: February 2019

KidFit

$49.99; X-Doria.com

Wireless activity and sleep tracker promotes a healthy lifestyle for kids ages 5-13. One size fits all slap bracelet. KidFit motivates through consistent encouragement and fun, challenging goals for real world awards. Parents set activity goals and see stats and trends via the KidFit app. Bluetoth syncs with your smartphone or tablet. iOS and Android compatible. Available in black, aqua, pink or yel

STEM Toys and Games

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Educational games and toys that support science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) are all the rage. Check out some of this year's great products that support STEM learning at home.

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Harry Potter Kano Coding Kit
$99; Kano.me

First-ever Harry Potter STEM product allows you to build a wand and learn to code with step-by-step challenges, inspired by the Wizarding World. The wand is lightweight and easy to carry helping users stay entertained while on the road where they can complete their challenges on laptops, tablets and smartphones.

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The Paper Chromatography: The Art & Science of Color
$39.99; Yellow-Scope.com
Uncover the hidden colors in plants, art supplies, and candies. Chock-full of high quality lab supplies for hundreds of exciting color-changing experiments, girls (ages 8-12) will have hours of fun revealing rainbows of color using a cool scientific technique called paper chromatography. With art and creativity front and center, this kit will appeal to all kids, even those who might not realize they love science.

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The Curiscope Virtuali-Tee
$29.95; 8+
Curiscope.com
This augmented reality t-shirt allows children to learn about the human body…on a human body. The free Virtuali-Tee app lets users explore the circulatory, respiratory and digestive systems and view 360 videos for a completely immersive experience that will transform the way a child experiences science.

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Boolean Box
$149.99; 8+
BooleanGirlTech.com
This self-contained computer engineering kit for girls (and boys) encourages them to code, build, invent, and animate. Includes Raspberry Pi, a keyboard, and a mouse, and is ready to use once connected to any HDMI-capable monitor—parental supervision not required. It comes preloaded with Scratch, an introductory programming language.

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Light Racer Adventure Kit
$24.99; 8+
TechWillSaveUs.com
Kids will learn and experiment with electro-magnetic wireless power while building their own wheel lights that flash as they ride. An interactive online manual will take them through all the steps to create the light. Once the light has been attached to their bike, they are ready to hit the road.

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Growing Crazy Crystals
$19.99; 5+
Store.TheYoungScientistsClub.com
Young scientists explore sugar and salt crystals, grow rock candy, make a crystal star, create crystal art, grow a salt crystal garden, make Epsom salt crystals, create a geode, grow a crystal tree, and much, much more.

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Mega Slime & Putty Kit
$29.99; 8+
Shop.NationalGeographic.com
Kids will love studying the science of slime with these eight amazing varieties of the squishy, stretchy, slippery stuff. Includes slime, laser light, magnet and a 16-page learning guide.

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Discovery Galactic Fizzing Dig
$14.99; 12+

Michaels.com
Create a fizzing reaction to excavate six real gemstones. Use a combination of water, the mallet, and the chisel to unearth your gemstones. Use the included magnifying glass to take a closer look at the patterns and colors within each gorgeous stone.

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Pixel Kit
$79.99; 8+
Amazon.com
Simple story book guides you through building Pixel Kit, and then teaches you to code via step-by-step challenges using the Kano online app. 40+ creative projects guide you through building games, creating artwork, making animations, and using the built-in microphone to code with sound and color.

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Slime & Polymer Lab
$39.99; 5+
Store.TheYoungScientistsClub.com
Young scientists take polymers out of milk, make slime, create goop, produce a snow eruption, melt snow, grow super-absorbent flowers, germinate seeds in polymers, perform a polymer trick, dehydrate polymers, and much, much more.

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YOU*NIVERSE Cosmetics & Compounds Chemistry Lab
$19.99; 6+
Amazon.com
Create glowing experiments, shimmery lip balms, and glittery perfumes, all while feeling like a real Chemist. Use your laboratory station to conduct all of your experiments, and use your UV glow light to watch your reactions.

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Motion Sensor Kit
$29.99; 8+
Kano.me
Build and code a sensor that captures motion in the real world - a hand waving, a leg kicking - and sends the information to your computer. Step-by-step challenges guides you as you learn to code by creating games, making music, and drawing with motion.

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Ooze Labs Chemistry Station
$39.95; 5+
ThamesandKosmos.com
See how much fun chemistry can be as you do slimy, fizzy, colorful, and bubbly experiments. This cool laboratory setup has lots of different vessels and pieces of lab equipment so kids can play the role of chemist while doing real, safe experiments.

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Super Sweet Sugar Lab
$19.99; 8+
SmartLabToys.com
Kids will conduct experiments using glucose strips to test for hidden sugars, perform osmosis through an egg membrane, and even create chemical sparks from candy. Edible experiments include making rock candy, toast candy, and gummies. Science principles explored include photosynthesis, enzymes, carbon dioxide production, hydrogen bonding, density, triboluminescence, polymers, crystal formation, osmosis, and more.

Updated: February 2019

Family Travel Products

Family Travel Products

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Family Travel Products! Whether you are traveling by plane, train or car, these travel products are sure to make any family trip more enjoyable.

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Powercell 3015c USB-C
Price: $44.99; MobileAccessories.com
Featuring an on/off button and anodized aluminum housing, this all-in-one solution is the perfect source for on the go power. Provides 12 additional hours of talk time, 10 hours of internet and video playback, and 50 hours of audio time.

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Printed Silicone Travel Mug
$15.95; GoSili.com
Meet the only silicone coffee cup on the market without a plastic lid — now in three styin' prints. These travel mugs are 100% plastic-free with an embedded stainless steel ring that makes them strong enough to grip without collapsing. It's microwaveable, it's stylish, and it'll fit in your cupholder — you're welcome.

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Flexible Phone Mount & Remote Shutter
$22.95; TheGrommet.com
Bluetooth shutter remote gives you the freedom to take photos from up to 30 feet away. Flexible mount design can wrap around an arm, tree limb, or can be used as a tripod. Allows you to use the main camera on the back of your phone for higher quality photos. Travel-friendly design folds down small enough to fit in your pocket and can expand to 31.5”.

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4' Chargesync alloy Apple Lightning Cable
$24.99; MobileAccessories.com
Ventev’s 4ft chargesync cables are afrayed of nothing. The alloy cables showcase an ultra-sleek, brushed aluminum housing, and are braided with a patented high-tensile wrap, providing a premium finish, “no fray” durability, and the reliable connection to stay charged up. The chargesync alloy cables are compatible with the newest Apple Lightning devices, with both data transfer and charging capabilities.

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5v Heated Travel Pillow by Volt
$69.95; VoltHeat.com

Puts heat right at the base of your neck to help provide soothing warmth and comfort while traveling. The backbone of this pillow is high density memory foam that contours to your neck as it heats up, to cradle and support your head as you sleep or relax. Choose from three power level settings with the push of a button using the built in thermostat controller. When you aren’t using the battery to power your Volt product, you can use it as a charging device for your cell phone.

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Jet Set Gift Set
$39.50; Malie.com
Holiday travel just got dreamier with this TSA-friendly set that features a body cream, body wash, shampoo, and conditioner nestled in a travel bag. Choose from two aroma options: Koke’e or Mango Nectar.

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Mini Buddha Board
$13.95; Buddhaboard.com
Fun for both parents and kids, the mini Buddha Board lets you paint with water and then watch it disappear and then start again. Keep the kids entertained while traveling. Easy to take on the go and fun to have at home too.

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Evolution S3 Pillow
$39.99; Cabeau.com

Keeps your head from falling forward by attaching to the plane seat wings. The body of the pillow is designed with a high performance quick-dry fabric to keep you cool and dry in almost any climate, so you can rest and relax on your journey. The pillow's high-quality plush memory-foam will make you feel like you are sleeping on a cloud, while the adjustable clasp will ensure the pillow fits your neck size. The Evolution S3 pillow, which comes in five colors, eliminates travel discomfort connected to head falling forward and sideways, and uneasy sleep.

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Eagle Creek Wayfinder Waistpack Small
$30; EagleCreek.com
Seriously playful. Totally organized. Fleece-lined electronics compartment for tablet, e-reader, or phone. Main compartment has zippered mesh pocket with key fob and organizer pockets for pens and small items. Reflective hit on bottom lash point for low light visibility. Side webbing loops for gear attachment and top grab handle. Adjustable waistband adjusts up to 56 inches with strap keepers to keep excess length from dangling.

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nodpod
$29.99; nodpod.com
This uniquely shaped, microbead filled eye pillow will make your trips more comfortable as you doze off on your way to your destination. By delivering the power of Weighted Sleep Therapy, nodpod allows you to sleep comfortably in any position. Each pod is weighted with soothing microbeads. Pull through slit for upright comfort with no straps or snaps. Jersey cotton side cools while fleece side warms.

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Regalo Baby Play Set
$109; Regalo-baby.com

Creating a safe play area for your child in seconds, the lightweight, foldable, play yard is ideal for at home, when traveling, at the park or a day at the beach. Boasting an all-steel construction, this attractive play yard measures 62” wide and 26” high and was built with durability in mind. Equipped with soft, ventilating mesh sides and an easy to clean nylon bottom, the yard easily accommodates children between 6-24 months. The extra width of the eight-panel play yard gives your little one more space to move around. Taking only a minute to set up, the portable play yard is ideal for indoor and outdoor use for the on-the-go family.

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Aria Kit
$79.99; AriaKit.com
Perfectly organized and full of everything you need to stay comfortable on the plane and on layovers. Hand-picked, high-quality materials to make your travel experience incredibly comfortable. Includes handmade face and body moisturize, lip balm with essential oils, all-natural deodorant, natural toothpaste with colloidal silver, alcohol-free, gentle wet wipes that remove makeup and more.

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Wander Wet Bags
$32; WanderWetBags.com
Wherever you’re headed this holiday season, travel in style with the beautiful, on-trend cotton prints from Wander Wet Bags. Made right under the SoCal sun, these super cute, high quality accessories make the perfect gifts for those friends who love to travel. Add this to your carry-on bag as you travel to your next destination. Eco-friendly and water-resistant, simply stash phone, keys, wallet in a Wander Wet Bag and they’ll be ready for any trip this season.

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Case + Drift Bundle
$95; CaseAndDrift.com
This travel set makes the perfect gift or personal treat for any traveler. Includes the drift wet bag, drift pouch and drift towel. The wet bag is used to store wet items or toiletries, keep valuables dry during beach days, boating or any outdoor adventure. Great for travel and everyday use. The drift pouch is a travel essential to make your journey a little easier. Pack and organize shoes, bras and undies, bikinis, laundry and more. The towel is an all-purpose quick drying travel companion.

Updated: April 2019

Home Products

Home Products

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Home Products. Looking for ways to make your home more organized or maybe you just want to check out some great new products? We asked local families to review several home products and these are their favorites.

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Wellslock Storage Containers
Prices Vary; Wellslock.com
Wellslock provides innovative and creative storage container and locking solutions for commercial and household applications. Features lids which slide into place with a single tab locking system.

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Foldable Storage Box with Handle
$40; TheGrommet.com
Open the box and fold the interior panel down for stability. Includes one foldable storage box with removable nylon carrying strap. Includes one compartment with two elastic mesh pockets. Padded, nylon carrying handles with metal hooks for easy transport. Folds and unfolds in three quick steps. Capable of carrying 65 pounds. Great for using in place of disposable bags for shopping.

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Large Drink Set 
$79; Carthage.co
Pair this popular pitcher with these summertime goblets and get the perfect drinkware duo. Sleek enough for a fancy dinner party, and earthy enough for an improptu happy hour. The stoneware pitcher insulates your refreshment. All cups are weighted towards the bottom for the most comfortable grip. 

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Wallport r430
$39.99; MobileAccessories.com
A single output supports the latest USB Type-C technology and three standard USB ports for everything else. Rapid Charge circuitry and universal device charging let you focus your attention on more important things. Features folding prongs and short circuit/overcharge protection.

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EcoBaskets 
3 Packs Pack/$30; CleverMade.com
EcoBasket is a reusable, collapsible tote that is friendly on the environment and your wallet. Transport up to 25 pounds of your favorite goods, groceries and gear. Two ways to carry: adjustable, removable shoulder strap for heavy loads and top handles for lighter load. Folds down flat to less than 1.5" and stores neatly with the built-in WrapStrap.

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Office Desk Organizer
$24.99; MindSpaceNY.com

The Office Desk Organizer contains six compartments and includes a pull-out drawer to store those smaller items cluttering up a desk. This organizer is sturdy, made with mesh metal, but lightweight enough to move anywhere you need it.

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Straight or Curved Stainless Steel Straws
$10.97; WoweLifestyle.com
In the USA alone we go through 500 million straws every single day or 182.5 billion straws per year.  Designed to last a lifetime, these straws are made from food-grade 18/8 stainless steel, are dishwasher safe and will not rust.  Each set of straws come with a straw cleaner made from metal and cotton. All other brands use metal and plastic for their straw cleaners.

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DreamPad
$139-$159: DreamPadSleep.com

Designed to help with falling and staying sleep, the Dreampad offers highly researched sleep technology hidden within a comfortable pillow. It works by triggering the body's relaxation response, resulting in a more relaxed state of mind which is conducive to sleep.

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Over-the-Door Shoe Caddy
$39.99; MindSpaceNY.com
Twenty-four oversized pockets easily organize shoes, toys, accessories, cleaning supplies, and more; a versatile solution for any room of your home. Four metal hooks for added stability, carefully designed to fit any door. Sturdy enough to hold all your stuff, slim enough to stay out of your way. Made to last, with strong yet breathable fabric and reinforced seams.

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Alexa Voice Services Enabled 9” Double-Sided Vanity Mirror
$179.99; iHome.com

Make getting ready in the morning a breeze with the assistance of Amazon’s Alexa voice services. With one touch of a button you can simply ask Alexa to stream music, set alarms, calendars, access news, traffic, weather and more! The distortion-free mirror features 1x and 5x magnification, and bright LEDs with high and low settings to provide the best possible lighting for skin care or makeup application. The mirror also features Bluetooth streaming capabilities for audio listening from your favorite device and a USB port to charge your mobile device while you prep for the day ahead.

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Condiment Utensil Caddy 
$24.99; MindSpaceNY.com

Use it in the kitchen to hold your condiments, seasonings, kitchen supplies or gadgets. Its lightweight steel construction and sleek mesh design look great on any table or countertop and it’s just as easy to move where needed.

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Magnetic Photo Frame System
$49.95; TheGrommet.com
This modular magnetic picture frame system makes it easy to display—and switch around—Polaroid prints, 4" x 6" photos, and your fave snaps from Instagram (4" x 4"). One main frame screws into the wall while super strong magnets connect the other frames to it in any configuration you want.

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ErgoErgo
$100; ErgoErgo.com
Perfect for working and relaxing. Use it in offices, schools, libraries, dorms, hotels, healthcare facilities…the possibilities are endless. ErgoErgo is great public seating. And it’s compact enough for the smallest space. ErgoErgo compresses slightly when you sit on it to the height of a standard chair, which makes it perfect for a standard desk height.

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Reusable Certified Organic Cotton Mesh Produce Bags
$12.95; WoweLifestyle.com

In America alone, we use over 100 BILLION plastic bags. Plastic bags are made from fossil fuels, which means it takes 12 million barrels of oil to create all of these bags.  Every plastic bag we can keep from entering the environment makes a difference. Set of 6 (choose from three sizes),perfect for fruits and vegetables, washable.

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Earthquake Emergency Kit
$299 ; Sustain.com
Each year there are thousands of earthquakes in California alone, yet relatively few households have acted to mitigate losses and reduce injuries. Having emergency supplies on hand is critical to a family’s and individual’s safety. Two and four person emergency kits available. The premium, space-saving bag and includes: up to 24 servings of food, up to 6 liters of purified fresh water, 3 sources of dependable light, top-rated water filtration device, cyalume industrial-grade SnapLight devices, essential first aid kit and emergency blankets, portable wood-burning stove, bowls and utensils and a high-grade survival knife.

Updated: April 2019

Beach/Pool Product Review

Beach/Pool Product Review

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Beach and Pool Products! Headed to the beach, pool or waterpark this summer? Check out these cool new products to make your trip easy and fun.

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Glitter 48" Junbo Rainbow Unicorn Pool Tube
$39.99; PoolCandy.net
Its time to glamorize your pool with this sparkling Rainbow Unicorn Pool Float from PoolCandy. Jumbo-sized 48" transparent ring is filled with rainbow glitter that has a holographic rainbow effect in the sunlight. This shimmering Unicorn will catch everyone's eye and be a must have for your next Instagram post! Measuring approximately 65" x 49" x 37" and  made of durable vinyl and will hold up to 250 lb. person.

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My Audio Pet Splash
$39.99; MyAudioPet.com
Splash pets are great for any water adventure you may have. Pets can go for 30 minutes under water, up to 3 feet deep into the water, and still play your favorite songs. The ridiculously fun Hide & Speak App is a family favorite for endless ways to play together.

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PackTowl 
$24.95; PackTowl.com
Its ultra-versatile, absorbent, and superfast-drying performance make it great for any activity, including camping, travel, fitness, swimming and more. Also stays fresh longer thanks to Polygeine® odor control. With three fresh new prints, it's easy to make a personal statement.

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SeaStar Sparkle SPF 50+ Mermaid Glitter Sunscreen
$18.95; SunshineGlitter.com
You’re eco-friendly, gorgeous, well protected and sparkling. This super fun bio-degradable glitter sunscreen is nourishing and loaded with antioxidants, provides broad spectrum UVA/UVB protection and 80 minutes of water resistance. PABA and Paraben free, non irritant glitter and smells delicious. Fabulous skin protection as fun and amazing as you are.

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Babo's Swim & Sport Shampoo & Wash 
$14.50; Babobotanicals.com
Replenishes, hydrates and purifies hair, scalp and skin after the pool, playground or beach. The corn-derived chelator helps remove chlorine, salt, pollution and grime, leaving your hair soft, smooth and shiny. This purifying swim shampoo contains Natural Aloe VeraandCucumberto moisturize and comfort your scalp and skin.

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Ladies Riviera Beach Dress
$79; SnapperRock.com

Go from pool to party in this dress that you can throw on over your swimsuit when you need a bit more cover. Navy and white stripes give this dress a nautical theme and it goes with many pieces in the Snapper Rock separates range.

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Large Classic Boat Tote
$37.99; ShoreBags.com
Proven utility pieces, their double bottoms and reinforced handles make them the perfect work horse for everything from beach towels to groceries to your favorite carry on. The interiors are lined with 360-degree pockets in the same color as the outside trim. Zippered tops keep everything secure.

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Mens Sail Away Boardies
$78; SnapperRock.com
Sail off into the sunset with these classic fit boardies that can be worn all day whatever the activity. These shorts can go straight from the beach to the bar. Elastic waist with workable drawstring means our boardies stay up strong. Side and back pockets. Mix and match with our short and long sleeve rash tops for the best sun protection.

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Glossy Black and Tortoise Shell Knockaround Sunglasses
$15;
KnockAround.com
If you can’t decide between modern and classic, bold and relaxed, then why not get it all? These black and tortoise shell sunglasses have everything you could want for style and eye protection. The lightweight polycarbonate frames provide a comfortable and accommodating fit while the amber lenses help shield your eyes from the harsh glare of the sun. Knockaround, a San Diego-based sunglass company, offers fun frames for adults and kids.

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Ladies Orchid Bikini Top and Reversible Bikini Pants
$57 each; SnapperRock.com
This pretty Orchid pattern bikini top is fully adjustable with ties at the top and the back. Thin cup padding accentuates your curves. Match with Orchid Bikini Bottom classic bikini bottom with a reversible orchid print on one side and stripes on the other, with a perfect elasticised fit over your curves.

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Glitter Beach Ball Gold
$19.99; PoolCandy.net
Add some glitter effect to your next party. Shine bright and sparkle with Pool Candy's fabulous Glitter filled beach ball.  13.75" diameter beach ball is filled with hundreds of 6 mm holographic and iridescent GOLD glitter flakes that reflect the sun and catches everyone's eye. The prism will create a color changing effect in the light as the glitter moves within the ball.

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Wherever your travels take you, stand out in Palmera Beachwear. Palmera celebrates color, culture and art in their one of a kind resort and beachwear. From swimsuits to cover-ups, Palmera combines traditional Mexican folklore and modern resort style bringing you a beautiful piece to lay in the sun in.

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Halter One-Piece: Flamingos
$39.50; TeaCollection.com
Classic stripes paired with a fresh spring print make the perfect pattern match. Plus, this one-piece offers UPF 40+ protection.

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Sun Society Towel
$29.99-$39.99; Amazon.com
Made of premium 100% cotton. Absorbent, lightweight and quick drying. Versatile for beach, yoga, gym, boat, pool, camping, hiking and more. Wearable as a sarong, cover-up, and head wrap, scarf or shawl.

 

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Rockin Aqua Foot
$29.99; RockinFootwear.com

These are perfect for use on land or in the water. Suitable for outdoor activities such as beach games, pool time or even summer camping. The lightweight, amphibious design provides breathability, comfortable wear and excellent traction on all surfaces.

Updated: April 2019

New Kitchen Products

New Kitchen Products

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Kitchen Produts. Here are some of our favorite reader-tested kitchen products to help make mealtime easier.

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GoodCook Meal Prep Storage
$4.99-$9.99; GoodCook.com

Includes thoughtfully designed containers for pre-portioned meals. The assortment is available in five sizes that come in a set of 10 and a starter guide by Meal Prep on Fleek—an influential online meal prepping resource and community, which provides healthy recipes designed for each container. The containers are color coded by type, reusable, microwave, freezer and dishwasher safe, and BPA free. 

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Lékué Bread Maker
$20; TheGrommet.com
Fresh baked bread can be quick and mess-free with the Lékué Bread Maker. Its shape helps steam and hot air to circulate, preventing the bread from drying out and giving the crust a golden outside. Plus, it can even be used in the microwave for extra quick baking.

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The Bialetti 5-Quart Pasta Pot 
$34.99; Bialetti.com
Features cook and strain convenience and is available in the Red Pepper color. Features an oval-shaped vessel designed to handle the length of uncooked spaghetti and lasagna noodles without breakage; and an innovative lock-on lid with built-in strainer, eliminating the need for a colander. The Pasta Pot is made of aluminum to allow for advanced heat conduction and paired with a comfortable and oversized, ergonomic, heat-resistant handle.

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Condiment Utensil Caddy 
$24.99; MindSpaceNY.com

Use it in the kitchen to hold your condiments, seasonings, kitchen supplies or gadgets. Its lightweight steel construction and sleek mesh design look great on any table or countertop and it’s just as easy to move where needed.

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GoodCook Hand-Held Spiralizer
$14.99; GoodCook.com

Features three interchangeable blades—thin spiral, ribbon-cut and thick—that are color-coded and interlock for convenient storage. The transparent base allows the user to see and direct spiraling food into a bowl, while the spiked head helps to push produce through the Spiralizer. It also features a soft-touch grip and an hour-glass body shape accommodating different sized hands to hold the product more securely when in use. 

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Asobu Portable Cold Brew Coffee Maker 
$49.95; TheGrommet.com
Combines a brewer and storage container in one system, streamlining the coffee-making process. Made from Tritan, a BPA-free plastic that won’t hold onto stale flavors. The double-walled, copper-insulated carafe is detachable, so you can take your joe to go—or store it and keep it cold for up to 24 hours.

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Bialetti Titan Cookware 10 Inch Pan
$19.99; Bialetti.com
Features a micro-divot interior coupled with a triple layer of titanium infused nonstick, which allows oil in the pan to distribute evenly. The Micro-Divot interior also creates a textured cooking surface that allows for superior food release because there is less total contact between the food and the pan. The result is more even cooking and easy food release from stovetop to oven.

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Bialetti’s Gooseneck Kettle
$49.99; Bialetti.com
Provides precision pouring at your finger tips. Pourever coffee demands a kettle with a precision spout in order to properly pour that special cup.  Featuring a heat resistant handle for convenience, it is the perfect pairing for any pourover.

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GoodCook Veggie Chopper & Dicer
$16.99; GoodCook.com

Features a large vessel for capturing up to 4-cups of food, a unique pour spout, stronger stainless steel blades, and a large lattice comb that pushes out food and is removable for easy clean up. It also features nonslip base and an angled lid that snaps into place when in use. The green soft-touch press point was designed to alleviate stress on the user’s hands. 

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GoodCook Cooking Rack Set
$8.99; Amazon.com
Features a nonstick, easy-to-clean coating and is dishwasher safe.

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Bialetti’s 6-Cup Red Moka 
$49.99; Amazon.com
Produces a rich, authentic espresso in just minutes—a perfect gift for a true coffee or espresso aficionado. Features Bialetti’s distinctive eight-sided shape that allows it to diffuse heat perfectly to enhance the aroma of your coffee.

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Yonanas Classic
$39.99; Yonanas.com
Yonanas turns frozen fruit into soft-serve textured treats. Yonanas produces desserts that contain no dairy, no added sugar and no artificial ingredients. Yonanas is safe and easy to use. Take turns placing thawed fruits through the chute and watching in awe as “nice cream” is created.

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Glass Pourover
$39.99; Bialetti.com
Bialetti's Glass Pourover has a reusable double mesh filter that allows the natural oils from the coffee grounds to pass through creating a more robust cup of coffee. The heat resistant handle allows for an easy pour without feeling any type of heat. Its design provides for a controlled brewing process, that highlights the unique characteristics of the coffee's aroma.

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Kitchen Herb Garden (Can 3 Pack)-Herb Growing Kit
$19.99; BackToTheRoots.com
Growing organic herbs indoors and at home has never been so easy and fun. This is the perfect way start your windowsill herb garden because it comes with everything you need to grow – including unique biochar technology that lets you grow from the can without draining. No chemicals, no transplanting, and no messy drainage holes. Set comes with basil, cilantro, and mint.

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13” Heavy Duty PRIMO Ceramic Baking/Pizza stone
$53; PrimoGrill.com
Maximize that homemade pizza taste in your conventional kitchen oven or use on any traditional size BBQ. Authentic wood-fired pizza when used on a charcoal grill. Made of ceramic for ultimate flavor and evenly browned crust. Bake bread, casseroles, cookies, pies and more.

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GoodCook Nonstick Slide-Off Cookie Sheet
$7.99; Amazon.com
This heavy-duty 15x14 rectangular steel sheet features an easy to clean nonstick coating. The elevated, no-lip sides allow you to easily slide your cookies right off the edge and onto your cooling rack or platter when done.

Updated: April 2019

Easter Products

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Easter Products. Fun Easter items to help kids color eggs or to add to Easter baskets.

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The Eggmazing Egg Decorator
$19.99; Eggmazing.com
This floppy-eared version uses the same spinning action to create colorful designs on hard-boiled eggs. No messy dyes or unpleasant smells are the hallmark of these battery-operated decorators. The original Eggmazing is packaged with 8 colorful markers to design the most artistic eggs for the annual backyard hunt. Simply touch the markers to the spinning egg to easily and quickly create gorgeous eggs.

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Crayola Dough Egg
$1.99 each; Crayola.com 
These palm-sized eggs are jam-packed for hours of creative fun. Each colorful egg includes one dough pack and one shape cutter, but you don’t know which color you receive until you crack open your egg. Available in six different colors, these mini eggs feature a variety of different shaping tools for unlimited possibilities.

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YELLIES! Bunnies Assortment
$14.99; HasbroToyShop.com

Yellies! interactive toys for kids are the cutest, soft pets that respond to your voice. Each Yellies! bunny character has its own look and personality and is full of fun surprises. Voice and sound-activated, they respond to talking, yelling, clapping, singing, or even music. The louder you yell, the faster they go.

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My Easter Basket Tab Book by Roger Priddy 
$8.99; PriddyBooks.com

Illustrated board book basket, with colorful Easter egg tabs, which opens out to search-and-find scenes of busy animals on an Easter egg hunt. 

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Rescue Runts Babies
$9.99; Available at Walmart Stores 
Skip the candy and fill your kids’ Easter baskets with a super cute and affordable bunny-themed gift. Rescue Runts Babies are adoptable mini plush pets that kids can rescue, groom, collect, and love. These four-inch plush arrive in plastic crates in need of some love and care. Kids can pluck out their “fleas,” brush their messy fur, and tie the ribbon collar on to transform them from ragged runts to perfect pets.

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Modarri’s Paint-It Auto Design Studio Kits
$29.99; Modarri.com
These kits are fun for Easter, if your kids are over coloring and decorating eggs. Keep kids occupied at family gatherings this Easter with the cars they’ve painted and now can play with. Modarri’s kits don’t just inspire your little artists, their “Design and Drive” concept allows children to design their own car using interchangeable, high quality parts. The cars are easy to build, which means there’s more time for play. With real steering and suspension, kids can race these cars anywhere from the kitchen floor, living room couches or outdoors.

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Welch's Fruit Snacks: Superfruit Mix
$2.99/10ct box with .8oz. pouches; WelchsFruitSnacks.com
Delight in a fun combination of a variety of shapes and flavors such as Pomegranate-Passionfruit, Starfruit-Kiwi, Dragonfruit-Blackberry, Acai-Blueberry and Gogi-Apricot. 

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Blue Notebook Mini 
$16; BluNotebooks.com 
The BLU Notebook Mini is made from pages that have the look and feel of traditional blueprint paper. The BLU Mini offers an aesthetically pleasing and soothing effect when using the included vibrantly pigmented white gel ink against the rich blue pages of the BLU Mini. Toss it in your purse or backpack for when creativity strikes.

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Dave’s Sweet Tooth Toffee 
Prices vary; Amazon.com
Real butter, real sugar, real milk chocolate, and hand sliced almonds prepared with love, one batch at a time, every time. And, naturally gluten-free. With no artificial flavors, no preservatives and Kosher certified. Made the old-fashioned way, creating handmade toffee without the use of machines, microwaves, or assembly lines. Using the very best ingredients remains a priority and a promise. 

Published: April 2019

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