2018 Holiday Gifts, Brands with a Cause, Earth Friendly, Food, Natural Foods

Three Holiday Gift Boxes from Crave Brothers Farmstead Cheese

Three Holiday Gift Boxes from Crave Brothers Farmstead Cheese

2018 Holiday Gift Guide Feature: Holiday Gift Boxes from Crave Brothers Farmstead Cheese

Do I need to start by telling you that these cheese gift boxes from Crave Brothers Farmstead are straight out of Wisconsin or would that almost be a given? Where else would quality cheese come from and this brand does not disappoint.

Our youngest, Anthony, is 10 and he had a friend stay the night recently and we took the boys to dinner. His friend ordered a hamburger and my son asks him why he wouldn’t order a cheeseburger. His friend says “I hate cheese!” Anthony stands up (in his humor) and points to the lobby and says “Get out! You cannot hang with the Slukas'”. Hate cheese? Not only do we love cheese, we are a bit of cheese snobs. Simple, processed cheeses don’t make it into our home if we can hep it.

Crave Brothers Farmstead Classic Cheeses are made with milk from the Crave family’s own dairy herd of Holstein cows. Their farmstead cheese-making facility uses 100 percent green power, and practices water conservation and recycling. Best yet, they pamper their cows with plenty of exercise, fresh air and individualized care.

You will find fresh Mascarpone, Mozzarella and rope cheese available to order to your door. Combinations of these are found within their gift boxes too. The Ciliegine Fresh Mozzarella balls marinated in an olive oil, canola oil blend with special blend of herbs and spices is out of this world! I eat them alone as a snack!

I also cannot wait until I host my first Thanksgiving dinner this year because that fresh Mascarpone will be a part of my dessert recipe I choose for sure! We first enjoyed the mozzarella when my son and I made my husband a special dinner last week because it was his 20 year Anniversary of being with his company so we made all of his favorites.

Shopping for Crave Brothers Farmstead Cheese Boxes

Available at Crave Cheese and there are 3 Holiday gift boxes to choose from and more!

Need more gift ideas? Visit the 2018 Holiday Gift Guide!

Back to School 2018, Brands with a Cause, Education

Entering the Crayola’s Thank A Teacher Campaign

Thank A Teacher campaign

From now until August 25, 2018 you can share your Thank You note to a teacher in you or your child’s life. Crayola’s goal is to reach 1 million thank you’s. As I write this they are at over 260,000 thank you’s so they need yours!

There are several ways to show a Teacher you appreciate them.

  1. Tell the world! Thank a teacher on social media using the hashtag #CrayolaThanks and your thank you could be featured on the Crayola Thank a Teacher page.
  2. Say it on video! Head the Crayola video creator and your video will appear inside a virtual crayon box
  3. Say Thank you! It can be that simple and kind words go a long way!
  4. Color a thank you page, available in the new, printable Crayola coloring pages
  5. Say thank you through art. Visit Crayola crafts for inspiration
  6. Bring a gift! Crayola has many gifts teachers will use and love!

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Anthony made his favorite teacher a card. He decided to thank

Thank A Teacher Campaign prizes

Ten grand prize packs will be awarded, inclusive of:

  • $10,000 classroom makeover for the teacher
  • One year supply of Crayola products for the school
  • $1,000 scholarship for the student
  • $1,000 gift card for both the teacher and school
  • Free CreatEd seminar for the school

In addition to the grand prizes, one lucky entrant will have his or her thank you note featured on a special pack of Crayola crayons this holiday. In addition, a weekly sweepstakes will run concurrently with the contest, offering entrants a chance to win $500 gift cards for themselves and their teachers.  The contest and sweepstakes will run through August 25, 2018

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Get started here at www.Crayola.com/ThankATeacher!

Back to School 2018, Brands with a Cause, Fashion, Kids

This Target Clothing Line is Specially Made for Children Living with Disabilities

If you have a child who lives with a disability, you know the struggle to find fashionable and yet functional clothing for your little one. Whether it be a texture issue, accessibility or even just getting a proper fit with an age appropriate look, there isn’t a lot of options for parents to choose from. This is where Target has stepped up. They have rolled out a new 40-piece clothing line, Cat & Jack, which will give parents and children a much-needed choice in fashion.

This Target Clothing Line is Specially Made for Children Living with  Disabilities


Children with physical disabilities can have a difficult time finding clothing that fits comfortably around walkers, wheelchairs or other devices necessary for everyday life. The new clothing line launched by Target offers pieces which feature snaps along side seams for easy removal and easy dressing for both children and their caregivers. The pieces with back closures allow for easy access for toileting, or while the child is seated or laying down. Some pieces include additional zippers as needed as well.

Other children’s clothing does not offer such simple access, since pants must be pulled down, shirts lifted over their head and arms pulled through. These are all things that many parents take for granted with dressing their children. Target has removed these obstacles, giving better access for both kids and parents.


Many children with disabilities, especially those on the Autism Spectrum, have sensitivities to textures like tags or seams. Helping a toddler or child get dressed who is sensitive about the feeling of the clothing can be a daunting, and seemingly impossible task some days. However, the Cat & Jack line has removed this challenge with their release of tagless garments and even clothing pieces which feature a flatter, soft seam.

The garments without tags, simply have the washing information and size printed right into the fabric, therefore eliminating that pesky tag all together. The flat seam garments feature special stitching which prevents the seam from feeling raised or “too bumpy”, as my daughter would call it and much softer against the skin.

Looking Good and Age Appropriate

Whether we want to admit it or not, appearances do matter. This is especially true when you want your children to fit in as much as possible and feel included with their peers. When children are forced to wear clothing that is bigger than needed or has been altered and adapted for their special needs, this sets them apart from their peer group.

With these new clothing pieces from Target, children will be sporting similar fashions to their friends and schoolmates without compromising practicality and functionality. This goes a long way in inclusivity and self-esteem building for your children, which is, after all, an important goal for most parents.


The Cat & Jack adaptive clothing line is a much-needed step in the right direction towards giving kids a chance to fit in with their peers, while keeping their specific special needs in mind. What is wonderful about this line is that it is offered at an affordable price, so most parents are not priced out of purchasing these pieces for the kids, as is the case with much of the speciality clothing available for kids.

Children living with disabilities can now learn to help with the dressing process since the snaps and closures are user-friendly, which in turn gives them a sense of pride and accomplishment. These pieces can help teach your child valuable life skills and self-care, while looking good too! These garments are all one giant positive step in the right direction towards giving our kids a chance to be a part of the crowd and building better self-esteem.