The Olive Table Review: Olive Oil and Honey

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I was recently asked to conduct a review by The Olive Table ( The name alone made me both hungry and excited to try this new brand. I was happy to learn that the company not only specialized in olive oils but also in a product that I recommend for everyone…honey!!

Honey is a sweet food and has approximately the same sweetness as sugar but has traditionally been used to treat many ailments such as the common cold, allergies and more (as seen in my previous blog posts (

I did a little research and found that The Olive Table launched their first product in 2012, and that their olive oil is from Greece! Greek olive oil traditionally has a strong aroma and flavor and is usually a greenish color; it is one of my absolute favorites. The Olive Table prides themselves on creating “the highest quality olive oil with exceptional taste and health benefits” and on providing “honey that is raw and 100% natural”. We tasted The Olive Table’s Organic Early Harvest Olive EVOO and the Private Reserve Greek Olive Oil. We also tasted three different Read the rest of this entry »

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Simply 7 Snacks: Simple Ingredients. Simply Delicious.

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We recently reviewed Lentil Chips, Hummus Chips and get ready for this….Pomegranate Chips from Simply 7 Snacks !!! I could make my review very simple and just write AMAZING. Because they all tasted great!! My ultimate favorite was the sea salt lentil chips. These are definitely the BEST tasting lentil chips I have ever had. They are very light and make a great snack!!!

All of these snacks offer a healthy alternative to the potato chip. They offer more fiber and a variety of flavors so you do not get bored. In addition, they are also Kosher!!! They have a free dip recipe on the back of each package!

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Sesame Street Birthday Party

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My son recently turned one, and we had a sesame street themed birthday party for him :-) I hope you enjoy all of the pictures of the party!

We held the party at The Estate at Florentine Gardens

The tablecloths and napkins were all in different primary colors.



The centerpieces were homemade. Just need a great printer. I ordered the template off of Etsy. I used Christmas Sesame Street Wrapping Paper for the box and had different characters on each table attached to balloons. I also had each label have Jude’s name as well.

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At the entryway, I cut out footprints of Elmo, Big Bird and Cookie Monster and placed them on a white carpet. Of course they were also invited :-)

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All of the kids went home with Elmo’s favorites!!  I placed “goldfish” and “crayons” inside specially made fishbowls with a special character on it (oscar, elmo, cookie monster and big bird).

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Everyone also received a bottle of water…I made special sesame street labels that stated Jude’s Party…these were great especially after all of the dancing :-) have to thank the DJ for that.

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We had character Lollipops for all of the guests: Elmo, Big Bird, Cookie Monster. Thank you Auntie Maggie for your help with this!

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A great cocktail hour with two hot stations pasta and carving……(not all shown)…what I love about the East Coast is there is ALWAYS more than enough food at parties! This is in addition to the four course meal….talk about being stuffed!!

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Everyone also went home with some homemade cupcakes. I made all yellow cake and colored the buttercream frosting with different primary colors: red, blue and green. I purchased the character faces from Williams & Sonoma.

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We had a Tattoo Parlor for all of the kids. We set up a table and hung up the sign. The tattoos were scattered all over the table along with a bucket of water and some wet rags. The kids were so excited to get a “sesame street” tattoo. Inexpensive way to have fun. Just picked up a poster board.

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Throw a cookie in cookie monsters’ mouth. I made this out of a blue poster board and glued it to a box. The kids used “toy” cookies and the winners won a full package of cookies.









Oscar’s Can Knockdown

The kids had three chances to knock down as many cans as they could using a ball.  I just used some cans of chicken broth and ripped off the labels. Again…an inexpensive way to have fun :-)









I also set up a craft table for the kids. They were able to make their birthday party hats. I purchased glue from and the rest was from a craft store.

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All in all we had a wonderful party with wonderful family and friends and are truly blessed. We were pooped by the end though :-)


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Hurricane Sandy Relief — HELP the CHILDREN and INFANTS in need.

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As a mom who was without power and heat for 5 days, I can say that I truly understand how devastating a hurricane can be to the lives of your children.

Feeding an infant with no electricity was a challenge!! When I woke up for a nighttime feeding, I placed a flashlight next to a bottle filled with water (that was not warm) and a can of powdered formula. I scooped in the appropriate amount while trying not to miss and shook the bottle. Then while holding the flashlight and bottle, I picked up my son and fed him while sitting in a rocking chair in a room that was very cold!!

I can only imagine how much worse of a spot some of the other mothers are currently in especially those who are still without power, heat, hot water or even those who lost their homes. Let’s HELP THEM!!!

I would like to collect CLOTHES (jackets, shirts, pants, t-shirts, underwear, onesies, etc), BABY FOOD, DIAPERS, WIPES, SHOES, BLANKETS and any other item you can think of that a baby/child would need at this point.

BOTTLES, PACIFIERS, TOYS……please let me know if you are interested in helping out these children and parents in need.

If you do not have any items to donate and would like to help with the costs of shipping, please let me know.

Please email me directly for more information, if you are interested. OR


Below are some pics from my local grocery store. We still do not have enough eggs, bread, etc.



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“Around the World” Recipe Book FREE!!

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Today’s Guest Blogger is Megan Hart. She works at Propellernet, a digital marketing agency, to assist Westfield Stratford City and Westfield London with online PR.

Westfield has compiled a free, downloadable ‘Around The World’ recipe book using recipes from the restaurants in the centre – many of which were re-created during the cookery workshops we held especially for food bloggers earlier this year.

The free e-book features a total of 25 recipes from 10 different restaurants and includes a variety of cuisines from American, to Greek, to Thai, from brands like Wahaca and Busaba Eathai. The cook book hopes to inspire visitors to taste something new at the centre and try some of the authentic recipe creations at home.

You can check it out on the food page here – just click the ‘Around The World Recipes’ banner and you can download the free book.

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Thanks Megan!!



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