Allumière and Niuvella + $250 AmEx Gift Card Giveaway

Presenting today a new giveaway – this one is for a great product and a gift card! Hope you get to participate!
Allumière and Niuvella + $250 AmEx Gift Card Giveaway
Allumière and Niuvella + $250 AmEx Gift Card Giveaway


 

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Allumière & Niuvella (1)

Allumière Antiaging Cream is a lightweight, fast-absorbing cream providing the hydrating benefits of a moisturizer with the power of an anti-aging concentrate.  Anogeissus Leiocarpa Bark Extract and Vitamin C work synergistically to increase the incorporation of Vitamin C in the skin, significantly boosting antioxidant capability and collagen synthesis.   Powerful, bioavailable peptides rebuild and restore skin from the inside out to lift, fill, and smooth out wrinkles.  Allumière Antiaging Cream features comfrey stem cells and a probiotic to speed skin renewal and turnover while tomato-derived carotenoids fight UV damage and lighten skin.  Sandalwood and Barley Extract reduce water loss and stimulates lipids found naturally in skin.  Allumière Antiaging Cream addresses signs of aging caused by UV damage, glycation, gravity, and dryness.  

Niuvella Antiaging Serum is a lightweight, fast absorbing anti-aging cream features auto-adapting technology to provide the ultimate comfort and protection in all climates.  A marine-based neuro-soother addresses one of the root causes of aging and wrinkles — inflammation.  It fights inflammation by soothing irritated skin and reducing skin sensitivity.  Probiotics restore skin’s self-renewal to increase skin thickness, reduce moisture loss, and boost skin immunity.  Niuvella Antiaging Serum counteracts photoaging with soybean seed extract and olive fruit revealing an increase in skin smoothness, firmness, hydration, and elasticity while decreasing wrinkle depth. Anogeissus Leiocarpa Bark Extract increases the incorporation of Vitamin C in the skin, significantly boosting antioxidant capability and collagen synthesis. Niuvella Antiaging Serum is formulated with snow algae powder to protect skin on a cellular level by fighting oxidative stress, detoxifying, and repairing.  Snow algae, found in semi-permanent to permanent snow or ice in the alpine or polar regions of the world, activates longevity factors to extend the youthfulness of skin.


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Box Roundup Giveaway For Kids and Babies – Are You Excited? $290+ Value

Today I am so happy to announce a new giveaway that I have now running on the blog, and I promise you will not be disappointed! This is probably one of the biggest giveaway that I have organized so far, and it is all set up to help families that are welcoming new babies and have some more kids at home to entertain!

I know for a fact on my own experience how difficult it often is to find just the right gear for a new baby. Our story was no exception. When we welcomed our oldest ones we had no clue what we were doing. All of the different options in baby product stores were quite overwhelming for us, and basically we didn’t know how and where to start.

My mother-in-law set up a huge shower for us, and we got quite a few used items, especially important were the first stroller, the change table, the crib – we got everything gently used, and it was such a great joy not to have to worry about it. I think I even had a used diaper bag that I loved, and lots and lots of various important items that we ended up needing – we were lucky we got a lot of it figured out for us.

As our baby grew, and we had the second baby, we already had so many things to help us go along. However, some of the items broke, or got too old, and we had to buy a few new things. As the kids kept growing, we moved several times, and a lot of the furniture we had simply did not stand up to the challenge and broke down. We ended up buying a whole new set of baby furniture when we were expecting our third baby.

So, we kind of lucked out with our items. At the beginning we were helped a lot, and later on we already had the experience of knowing exactly what we would need, and we had more disposable income to be able to afford getting ready for the baby.

I know how hard it might be for a lot of families now expecting – some may not have the same type of help, and either cannot afford to have the necessary items, or just don’t know what they might need. It is easy to say – well, just read a book about having a baby, and they have lists in there of what you may need. The books are the books, a lot of them are outdated, and may not have the information young Mommies need.

Another issue that arises is if you already have small children and are expecting. Babies take up a lot of time and energy, even now as I have a toddler, I am running after her practically all day long. When you are expecting, you are going to need to create a lot of time for your older kids to have quiet activities – books to read, color and create, while you are busy with your new baby. A prepared parent with young kids is not only the one who has the crib, and the stroller, but who also has boxes filled with activities for the older generation of siblings – and those can come in handy when Mommy needs some rest or cannot give her full attention to the older kids.

So, I am setting up a new giveaway to help out – and we have got some outstanding sponsors for this giveaway who have agreed to provide amazing items that will help a young family get ready for a baby, and equip with some of the necessities. We have quite a few items that will be useful to both older creative kids, and the younger generation who need comfort and care.

U.S.Bilby is the first sponsor of this giveaway. You may recall a few posts about U.S. Bilby markers and U.S.Bilby bibs and giveaways that we were running the last few months, and this is the last giveaway that we are setting up as part of our Ambassadorship partnership with this company.

Our family has been fortunate to have had an opportunity to try using U.S.Bilby liquid chalk markers that helped my kids create awesome art – they have colored plastic, created window art, stunning pictures working on black paper.

U.S.Bilby liquid chalk markers

I have also colored a bit yesterday with U.S.Bilby liquid chalk markers. I have recently created a set of coloring pages with fractals that I will be posting on my blog at some point, and I have just made a video coloring those pages with U.S.Bilby liquid chalk markers. It was so easy! Of course, I am not the greatest artist out there, so, please, be nice in your comments if you want to comment on my art project, but I loved the colors that these markers create – all the pictures turned out super colorful and fun! Here is the video – enjoy watching!

My kids have also participated in a few videos using U.S.Bilby markers.

Another amazing item that you could win in this giveaway are U.S.Bilby baby bibs. My baby is always very cute wearing them – here are a few pictures!

U.S.Bilby bib with eagle

U.S.Bilby bib with fox

baby wearing a bib

In my opinion, you can never have enough bibs! These bibs by U.S.Bilby are great for any drooling, or spitting, and, of course, perfect for any little messy eater. We have been going through a lot of bibs with our kids, and the latest toddler is no exception – she needs these bibs otherwise all of her cute clothing gets messy.

baby in bibs

I find these bibs are a great conversation starter – we have received so many compliments and people asking where we got these cute bibs from when we have our baby wearing the bibs in restaurants! The bibs have one of a kind designs on them, with Americana patriotic images, and fun designs of quirky cartoonish animals. These bibs are great for either a gift, or to keep for your baby you are expecting!

U.S.Bilby bibs

U.S.Bilby eagle bib

U.S.Bilby deer bib

U.S.Bilby Lady Liberty bib

U.S.Bilby fox bib

These bibs are amazingly soft! You will know your baby is in comfort when she wears these bibs! The bibs always stay on well, and don’t unravel or fall off at the most important moment. They have no removable parts, and because they stay so secure on your baby, there is never going to be a concern about them falling off. The bibs stand up well to stains and moisture – and the fabric absorbs any spills, and is easy to wash once the bib has been used.

Another item that you could win is a diaper bag presented by CiPU US. It is an incredible diaper bag that you know will help you carry along any type of essentials for your baby changing or feeding needs. There are so many additional pockets and storage options with this bag!

I have just received this CiPU US diaper bag, and I can’t wait to share how great the bag is! Not sure if I mentioned but my old diaper bag that I have been using with this latest baby of mine has completely broken down – the strap fell off, and some of the seams unravelled. The bag did not last me that long, I was hoping to use it for later, when we are out of diapers. Now I have CiPU US diaper bag to enjoy – and it is so amazing!

The bag is super stylish! Diaper bags can be pretty weird looking, old-fashioned, and annoying. This diaper bag is the exact opposite – it is very well equipped, so fancy looking, and definitely will add to be an amazing accessory for your overall look!

diaper bag by CiPU

I love wearing jeans, and this particular bag that I got, and that is offered as the giveaway prize is made out of water repellent material that looks like jeans fabric, and will complement many of your jean colors. This bag comes with so many accessories – you will lose track!

At first I have opened the bag that I got, and found a few items, and took pictures of them.

diaper bag by CiPU

Then I found more items when I unpacked one of the supplied bags – couldn’t believe my eyes – so many useful accessories you wouldn’t necessarily think of when getting ready for having a baby, but that you will learn to enjoy when you actually have them!

diaper bag by CiPU

This bag comes with a foldable changing mat, two sets of shoulder straps – one for the main bag, and another for the supplied pouch, a special shoulder strap pad that will help carry the bag and make it easier and not slippable off your shoulder. The bag set also includes a cute buggy hook, and a retractable key holder.

Yesterday I have finally thrown out my old bag, dumped all the stuff from it out, sorted through it, and then put it all into the new bag! I was worried all the diapers, the extra clothing I usually carry just wouldn’t fit, but it did – the bag is super roomy inside, and has extra compartments for any valuables or anything that you want to separate from the main area. This makes it easy to have everything you need available for you when you need it, no need to search much.

diaper bag by CiPU 4

The lining in this bag, the fabrics used, and all of the parts of the bag are super gorgeous! So stylish – I can’t quite believe a diaper bag can be this stylish!

If you are amazed by the bag, and would like to purchase it, here is where to find it – http://cipu.us/

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Some more great items in the giveaway – all so important and helpful for babies and kids, and will help you get ready and organized to keep your older kids artistic talents flourishing, and to keep your babies in comfort and best care you can give them. Check the full giveaway description for all of the details.

This giveaway is sponsored by U.S.Bilby – your source for baby bibs and liquid chalk markers – and Box Roundup Blog. CiPU US is providing the diaper bag prize. The giveaway is hosted by Box Roundup blog – we love publishing giveaways and posts with activities and products for babies and kids! We have a great group of bloggers posting the giveaway, check out each blog if you have a chance – we are all there for you, our readers, and we are happy to read your comments to us, and are working hard every day on posting valuable content for you!

U.S.Bilby baby bandana bibs are great both for teething, drooling babies, toddlers on the loose, and all feeding and eating needs! Parents, you will be amazed to find how soft, colorful, and functional these bibs are!

Here is where you can get the bibs –

U.S.Bilby bibs

Follow U.S.Bilby on social media:

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If you are as excited about U.S.Bilby markers as I am, I would love you to check out their Amazon listing – the markers are very affordable, and I promise you will LOVE using them! The colors are simply remarkable!

Are you ready for the giveaway?

By participating in this giveaway your email address will be shared with the sponsor of this giveaway, U.S.Bilby, in accordance with their privacy policy.

This giveaway is for a bundle of over $250 ARV of baby and kid products plus a $40 Amazon or Paypal gift card, total value of $290+! One winner, US only, will receive 1 set of U.S.Bilby bandana baby bibs, 1 set of U.S.Bilby chalk markers, a set of art brushes, a pen bag, a crib sheet and a swaddle blanket, a CiPU US diaper bag, $40 Amazon or Paypal Gift Card.

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One winner will be selected at the end of the giveaway, and will need to provide a US residential address and phone number to claim the prize. Box Roundup blog will be mailing the gift card, the art brushes, the pen bag, the crib sheet and swaddle blanket, and CiPU US will be sending in the diaper bag, and U.S.Bilby will be sending the markers and the bibs to the winner. No other bloggers associated with this giveaway are responsible for the prize fulfillment. Once the prizes are mailed out, there will be no returns, substitutions or refunds.

If you are interested is setting up a giveaway with Box Roundup blog, contact us at info@boxroundup.com – we review products and post daily recipes, beauty and fashion trends and craft ideas!

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A Few Creative Crafts for Valentine’s Day and a Giveaway

Top Valentine's Day Crafts

I hope you enjoy these Valentine’s Day craft ideas we have found! I love to spend a weekend with my kids decorating the house, and just enjoying each other’s company – this is always a fun way to spend this holiday! It does not have to be about outrageous and expensive dinners, and ultimately it is a fun way to show how much you love each other! Don’t forget to scroll to the end of the post for a fun new giveaway as well!

Valentine\'s Day Mason Jars via @Mommalewsblog

Valentine’s Day Mason Jars via @Mommalewsblog

Decorate your home with these lovely mason jars! If you are like me, you probably already have all of the supplies in your craft boxes!

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You are One in a MINION, Valentine! Easy for the class pa//

You are One in a MINION, Valentine! Easy for the class pa//

Love this idea for a class – our kids always need to bring some Valentine\’s to their school, this is so creative and cute!

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How to Make Hearts

How to Make Hearts

You could try making a variety of hearts here – such a good symbol for Valentine\’s Day!

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How To Make Homemade Bath Bombs for your Valentine:

How To Make Homemade Bath Bombs for your Valentine:

I might make these for my kids – they have been talking about getting some bath bombs – I think making these for friends for Valentine\’s Day is a lovely idea!

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favorite valentine fonts -

favorite valentine fonts –

Are you a blogger or a web designer? You may want to use these to decorate your graphics!

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Valentine heart

Valentine heart

Another great decorative idea here – I might make this using some parts of my Christmas wreath – I think that would work! Nothing gets thrown out when you are a crafter!

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5 Easy Valentine\'s Day for Kids -

5 Easy Valentine\’s Day for Kids –

This looks like a great idea to do with my toddler!

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Add the Flowers, Arranged with Love: Beautiful Valentine\'s ... -

Add the Flowers, Arranged with Love: Beautiful Valentine\’s … –

This is a great project if you have a talent for bouquet making.

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Crafty No Candy Ideas for Kids

Crafty No Candy Ideas for Kids

A ton of ideas here to tap into – try them out! These projects seem easy enough to make!

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8 free Valentine printables for kids -

8 free Valentine printables for kids –

I love the idea of printables for kids – saves so much time doing it all by hand! And because these are not from the mass marketed store products, they will definitely be quite unique!

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Simple Origami Paper Card

Simple Origami Paper Card

This card look adorable!

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2016 Valentine Day Crafts for Kids -

2016 Valentine Day Crafts for Kids –

These hearts are very sophisticated! Even though these are ideas from 2016, I bet they will still work just fine for 2017!

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Valentine\'s Day Crafts - DIY Paper Candy Holder & Treat ... -

Valentine\’s Day Crafts – DIY Paper Candy Holder & Treat … –

Looks like an awesome idea! I think this one will take me forever to make, but maybe it is possible to do these quickly!

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Valentine\'s Day Kids Crafts

Valentine\’s Day Kids Crafts

I love these cards! Definitely my kids of a craft here!

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Rainbow Heart Suncatchers - Easy valentine craft for kids!

Rainbow Heart Suncatchers – Easy valentine craft for kids!

Love how colorful this heart is!

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Spread the love this Valentine\'s Day 💝 with these adorable for kids!

Spread the love this Valentine\’s Day 💝 with these adorable for kids!

Nice idea for a table activity for pre-schoolers or first graders!

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Fun Valentine\'s Day Lunch for Kids -

Fun Valentine\’s Day Lunch for Kids –

You could be creative when packing a lunch box on Valentine\’s Day as well!

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Valentine’s Day is on it’s way!

Valentine’s Day is on it’s way!

Here are some more tasty treats and options to package them nicely!

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Craft a Hinged Valentine Card with this step-by-step tutorial.

Craft a Hinged Valentine Card with this step-by-step tutorial.

If you are a little mode advanced and want to make a card out of wood, there are simple options for you here as well!

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DIY VALENTINE\'S DAY HOME DECOR + GIFT IDEAS

DIY VALENTINE\’S DAY HOME DECOR + GIFT IDEAS

Some colorful home decor ideas – wonderful color combinations!

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DIY Room And Home Decoration / Valentine\'s Day Decoration

DIY Room And Home Decoration / Valentine\’s Day Decoration

These crafts look a bit time-consuming for me, but I applaud you if you could do this.

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Free Printable Valentine\'s Day Cards by Free People

Free Printable Valentine\’s Day Cards by Free People

Here are some free printable cards if you like!

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I NEED S\'MORE FRIENDS LIKE YOU & easy to make! DETAILS -->>

I NEED S\’MORE FRIENDS LIKE YOU & easy to make!

DETAILS –>>

I absolutely love these treats!

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DIY Valentine\'s Day Decorations

DIY Valentine\’s Day Decorations

More home decor ideas for the crafting kind.

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Friendship bracelets are just perfect for Valentine\'s Day!

Friendship bracelets are just perfect for Valentine\’s Day!

This is the cutest craft in the whole post! I will probably make my kids do this for their class!

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Now for the giveaway!

Love Is In The Air Giveaway

2 winners, each will receive $425 – Paypal or Amazon gift card.

Terms & Conditions: This giveaway ends on 2/14/17 at 11:59 PM. Winner will be notified via email. Winner has 48 hours to claim prize before prize is forfeit and a new winner is chosen. Winner must claim prize before they are announced. Giveaway is open worldwide, void where prohibited. All entries are voluntary but must be completed as stated with verification in order to win. All entries will be verified and if it wasn’t completed a new winner will be chosen. Winner will be chosen randomly using Rafflecopter no later than 2/21/17. Winner must be 18 years or older to win. Void where prohibited.

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20 Middle Eastern Recipes to Try, an Easy Persian Cookbook Review, and a Giveaway!

Middle Eastern recipes

I am not sure if you are familiar with my background, but I am actually from the Middle East – I am Armenian, and I grew up eating Middle Eastern food in my parents’ household, and I wanted to give a small collection of recommended and trending Middle Eastern recipes for you to try at home.

A lot of the times, a foreign cuisine may seem and sound intimidating to us if we are not familiar with the flavors or techniques. I think that Middle Eastern cooking is one of the healthiest, and easiest cuisines to learn. It uses simple, fresh, and few ingredients – a little of spice goes a long way – and you can make your food taste like something made in a passionate Middle Eastern country.

Here is a collection of 20 recipes that will give you a small taste of all the deliciousness that the Middle East is known for in such varied and colorful dishes that represent the beauty of its food.

Zhoug - Yemeni Green Chilli Paste Middle Eastern Pesto

Zhoug – Yemeni Green Chilli Paste
Middle Eastern Pesto

Lovely green color of this dish is perfect to add to your table – the flavors sound enchanting!

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Farmer\'s market favorite! Romano Beans w/ Tomatoes, Middle Eastern style �

Farmer\’s market favorite! Romano Beans w/ Tomatoes, Middle Eastern style �

This dish looks like a fusion of American ingredients and Middle Eastern traditional cooking – try it out!

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Light and Creamy Middle Eastern Lemon & Almond Basbousa Cake

Light and Creamy Middle Eastern Lemon & Almond Basbousa Cake

I could eat almond cakes for every dessert – something about sugar combined with almonds, and you get an incredible flavor combination!

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Limonana (Middle Eastern Frozen Mint Lemonade). So ... -

Limonana (Middle Eastern Frozen Mint Lemonade). So … –

Mint was such a common ingredient where I grew up, and nor surprising the number of dishes and drinks in the Middle Eastern traditional cuisine that use this particular ingredient.

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Middle Eastern Sunday Roast Chicken Platter. Deliciously different :�

Middle Eastern Sunday Roast Chicken Platter. Deliciously different :�

This dish looks almost like it is an American dish – hummus, roast chicken, and couscous are now easy to find in any supermarket, I hope you have tried these dishes!

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Balela Salad | This quick Middle Eastern-style bean ... -

Balela Salad | This quick Middle Eastern-style bean … –

Did you know that hummus is made out of chickpeas? I think salads with chickpeas are incredible, and very filling – they give you proteins and vitamins in one bowl.

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Spice Up Your Sad Desk Lunch With This Middle Eastern Quinoa Salad

Spice Up Your Sad Desk Lunch With This Middle Eastern Quinoa Salad

Quinoa, like many other grains, is a clean slate that you add to in order to put together a salad dish, but it adds a lot of heartiness to your meal. You will be full from eating a bowl of this salad.

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7 Middle Eastern Dips to Make Beyond Hummus -

7 Middle Eastern Dips to Make Beyond Hummus –

One great way to have your chips is using one of the great dips – and hummus is just the start! Try one of these 7 choices!

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Middle Eastern Mezze (February Daring Cooks):…

Middle Eastern Mezze (February Daring Cooks):…

Mezze are small plates, and these are so common in the Middle East. Most of our celebrations would always have a traditional great number of small plates before the main course.

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This Middle Eastern Edamame Bean Salad is so easy to prepare and so delicious

This Middle Eastern Edamame Bean Salad is so easy to prepare and so delicious

This is definitely a fusion salad – I don\’t think edamame are typical for Middle Eastern cuisine, but I am sure that this combination will work very well – basically you switch up edamame with other beans that are regularly used in this salad, and you are all set!

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Create succulent Middle Eastern Seafood Kebabs using a Combi-Steam Oven

Create succulent Middle Eastern Seafood Kebabs using a Combi-Steam Oven

Having kabobs are a must, if you want to enjoy a real Middle Eastern treat! Kabobs have always been the most important dish at many of our traditional family gatherings.

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: Baba Ganoush is a popular Middle Eastern eggplant dip. Enjoy it wit…

: Baba Ganoush is a popular Middle Eastern eggplant dip. Enjoy it wit…

I love our homemade version of an eggplant dip – a version of this popular dip called Baba Ganoush. You have to try it, if you have never made it before!

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Of The Day: Middle Eastern Turkey-Stuffed Apples With Pomegranate Sauce �

Of The Day: Middle Eastern Turkey-Stuffed Apples With Pomegranate Sauce �

Stuffed apples is one of my most favorite homemade dinners! The flavors are to die for! Try this recipe – I guarantee you will not be disappointed!

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Quick and healthy : One Pot Middle Eastern Chicken with @fosterfarms -->

Quick and healthy : One Pot Middle Eastern Chicken with @fosterfarms –>

As you can see, it is very easy to stock up for a traditional Middle Eastern feast using very traditional American ingredients – and chicken is very commonly used in the Middle East – such an easy to find, common, healthy and delicious ingredient!

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Tomatoes, cukes, plenty of mint, and toasted pita go into Middle Eastern fattoush.

Tomatoes, cukes, plenty of mint, and toasted pita go into Middle Eastern fattoush.

I think at one point I have actually discovered this salad on my own, not knowingly. In my childhood it was more common to make a salad with simple tomatoes, cucumbers, and onions, but adding some crackers you have on hand, or any type of toasted type bread, croutons can elevate the salad to the new heights – your dried toasts with soak up all of the juices, and the salad will have an unbelievable flavor – I hope you try it!

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Bulgur & Tomato Middle Eastern Recipe - Bhurgul

Bulgur & Tomato Middle Eastern Recipe – Bhurgul

This recipe sounds exciting to make – if you want to spruce up your side dishes for dinner – I highly recommend trying out this recipe!

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Eastern Chicken & Chickpea Stew - 9 The Best for Your Cast Iron

Eastern Chicken & Chickpea Stew – 9 The Best for Your Cast Iron

Here is another combination of chickpeas and chicken. I recommend using a few recipes from this collection, and they all definitely complement each other. Buy a large can of chickpeas, a large pack of chicken thighs, and you got yourself several different lunches and dinners, all in Middle Eastern styles and flavors!

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: More Than Just Hummus: 15 Meatless Middle Eastern Recipes You Have to Try

: More Than Just Hummus: 15 Meatless Middle Eastern Recipes You Have to Try

I bet these recipes have eggplant in them! I find eggplant is such a great and meaty vegetable – it can easily substitute meat for you!

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Mushroom-Spinach Soup With Middle Eastern Spices

Mushroom-Spinach Soup With Middle Eastern Spices

Now if you are not ready to go all the way Middle Eastern, you can start with adding a few spices to your dishes – here is a great recipe with mushrooms – enjoy!

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Apricot Lamb Tagine (Mishmishiya) - very tasty Middle Eastern dish!

Apricot Lamb Tagine (Mishmishiya) – very tasty Middle Eastern dish!

I think lamb is one of the main proteins that makes Middle Eastern cuisine what it is – the flavors of lamb are the main flavors that are so memorable and quintessential for this cooking.

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Today I am reviewing a new book of Easy Persian cooking by Shadi HasanzadeNemati “The Enchantingly Easy Persian Cookbook”. You will be surprised to know this, but while in the Middle East, all pots and pans look very similar to all of the others in the rest of the world, there is a certain difference in the kitchen accessories used, and I am impressed that this book gives a good introduction about that. Looking through the chapter of appetizers, I see a lot of familiar traditional ideas, yet adding certain spices makes these recipes quite original for me. I was surprised to learn that my favorite Olivier Salad is actually also a favorite in Iran – who would have known? If you don’t know how to make it, this book will teach you!

I love to see lots of recipes with tomatoes, potatoes and eggplant in this book! This is exactly what I love to eat, and what I know this cuisine is known for – these are recipes that I can eat any day. This book seems very applied, and gives actual recipes of what people cook, not just high level restaurant quality dishes that nobody actually makes or eats. This book is made to be used for a regular family – cooking and making traditional tasty dishes that you could live on all year long simply alternating them. Winter lamb and potatoes with quince recipe immediately brought me to my childhood – familiar scents and flavors filled up my mind, and reminded me of my grandmother, cleaning up quinces, and then slow-cooking a one-dish stew dinner – nothing in life can be worth those memories, and eating these flavors is like a time machine experience – quinces are available only a short period of the year, and for those two weeks when they are sold, all you do is clean them, and can them for jams to eat all year long.

There are a lot of recipes in the book that I may have tried before, am familiar with, but my family hasn’t necessarily cooked. I love how this book incorporates a lot of different ideas, and even though I am familiar with the cuisine – there is still so much I can learn. One complaint about this book – not enough pictures! I love when books are filled with food photographs, and I would have loved to see more stunning pictures! I wish I could work with a food writer some day and take photos of food for them – it is sometimes just such a shame when you have an incredible book, and the majority of dishes have no photos.

I am actually offering this book for a giveaway – please, enter below! If you can’t wait to get this book, you can also find it online on Amazon.

One winner of this giveaway will receive a copy of “The Enchantingly Easy Persian Cookbook”. This is a US only giveaway. The value of the prize is $17.99. When the giveaway is over, one winner will be picked by the giveaway widget, and will be contacted by Box Roundup, and asked to provide a valid US residential address and phone number to receive the prize. Once the prize is mailed out, there will be no substitutions, returns or refunds.

This giveaway is actually part of a giveaway blog hop – here is more information about it – please, enter some more giveaways in the hop – and enjoy! This giveaway blog hop is hosted by Savings in Seconds (http://savingsinseconds.com).
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Amazon Prime Photos has all new features! Plus an opportunity to win a $500 gift card provided by Amazon.com

Amazon Prime Photos

Amazon Prime services have embraced a new Prime Photo experience with Family Vault into their service lineup. This new service for Prime members provides the benefits of unlimited photo storage with up to five family members or friends at no additional cost. Isn’t that amazing? I love my Prime membership with all of its perks! Here is the greatest thing about Prime, if you haven’t used it yet, well, Prime works on a one time yearly payment, and then it makes all of the services that are part of Prime membership, including Prime Photos free for Prime members. This new Prime Photos service makes it easy for family members to safely store and share all their favorite photos.

I also love all of the additional new features that are included: Image Search, People view and Places view. I love how easy it is now for all of the Prime members to simply order photo prints, cards, photo books, and calendars straight from the Prime Photos account. I recommend to try out and download the new Prime Photos app here: www.tinyurl.com/PrimePhotos

Here are some of the great features that Prime Photos has:

  • You can easily search through your photos library, and find any specific photo you might be looking for. So many times on my computer I have no idea what the photo is when all I see is the cryptic IMG_#### – this service makes it much easier to find your pictures.
  • Now you can store the pictures safely without worrying about space, and who has access to the photos. All your family members will be able to see your pictures. No worries about holding on to all those old SD cards.
  • As we all have extended family who may want to access those pictures, it is great to know that Prime Photos allows up to five people to join the Family Vault and take advantage of the unlimited photo storage for no additional fees. Makes Photo sharing so much easier.
  • As long as you have Prime, you are covered for Prime photos – it is free for Prime members. We have been Prime members since 2011, and are loving it!
  • I love how now I can order photo prints, cards, photo books, and calendars straight from my Prime Photos account. I usually have a huge fear of these printing machines and services, I am always so rushed if I have to do it from the business location itself, and now it is made so much easier!
  • Prime Photos comes with Unlimited Photo Storage – yey! This is a huge deal for me – I no longer have to decide on the spot which pictures to delete when I am out of space.

Now in the era that we live in, Photo sharing and Family photo storage does not need to be stressful! Almost every day of our lives now we take so many pictures – every moment is precious, and you want to keep it, and show it to your family. Now this is all possible and made easy with Unlimited Photo Storage capabilities, and your personal Family Vault of photos with Prime Photo – here is how to access it – check it out at www.tinyurl.com/PrimePhotos 

Here is an opportunity to participate in another giveaway!  This is an opportunity to win a $500 gift card provided by Amazon.com
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Thanks to Amazon for sponsoring this post and providing prizes for the giveaway!

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