2015 Ultimate Holiday Gift Guide #HGG - Kitchen Gifts and Home Entertainers

        The kitchen is usually the heart of any home.  Whether your buying for a total foodie, personal chef, health nut, or homemaker who loves to spend their time in the kitchen, I've got some really great products for food lovers of all levels this holiday!

Prep it Properly
"The Frosch brand was launched in 1986 by Werner & Mertz with the intention of offering environmentally friendly cleaning products that were able to compete with traditional cleaning brands without compromise.  Environmental considerations permeate every aspect of Frosch - production, ingredients and packaging."

Get that kitchen ready for any cooking or holiday parties your hosting!  This is one of those companies you can feel confident using in all areas of the home.  All Frosch products contain zero harmful chemicals like phosphates, borates, nitrolotriacetat (NTA), ethylendiamintetraacetat (EDTA), formaldehyde or PVC.  They "use only plant-based surfactants and use a large percentage of recycled material in their packaging (minimum of 80%) with a recyclability of 100%".

I only want to try a product if it is safe for the environment, inexpensive (especially compared to making my own), and most important safe for my children and pets.  Now I don't have a microscope to tell you if all the germs and bacteria are gone but using this solution I felt better about the cleanliness in these areas.
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Lighting and Style
Enlightened Ambience 
When eating meals together at home or even entertaining in your home, most people don't tend to pay attention to ambiance.  You'd be surprised though how much emphasis is placed on things like this at businesses.  Different times of the day can mean different moods in people.  The need for a change in lighting or music can be different throughout the day and can differ from company to company.  Coming from a dining background I feel as though I have a pretty good understanding of these changes and needs.

Not only have I been very into the antique looks and old farmhouse styles lately but it seems to be becoming the latest home decor trend.  When it comes to lighting and ambiance, you usually need a special type of bulb to complete the look and Enlightened Ambience has you covered.  With a variety of candles and antique light bulbs, you are sure to find something to set the mood this holiday season!

The 60 Watt Antique Edison Style Light Bulbs come in a four designed to resemble the vintage look of "the original 1906 Thomas Edison light bulb design". Not only are they dimmable but the light smoke finish gives them a beautiful amber glow to set the perfect ambience in the room.  They can be adjusted from a low 25 watt to the full 60, fitting in any typical standard brass base (E-26).  Even better they can last up to 3,000 hours without needing to be replaced.

Decal Guru 
I have always been one of those people who loves to find unique and out of the ordinary sayings or quotes on them.  I am all about expressing your personality and style through different means that just verbally.  It seems that the decor you find on the walls of people's homes is a bit more simpler than it used to be.  It's more likely nowadays to find wall art in the form of decals.

Our family is really a unique one if you ask me and I am sure most of our friends would agree.  We are full of spunk and personality with extra to spare!  So as we were searching through the decal designs that The Decal Guru had to offer, we discovered several that we thought would fit perfectly with our new decor AND show off our personality as well!  The "Please excuse the MESS...Our children are MAKING MEMORIES" just seemed to fit our kitchen/home theme best!

We try really hard to teach the kids that everyone makes mistakes and those who do deserve second chances.  We also encourage being crazy and loud when in the moment as you never know when today is your last day.  We love to be who we are and encourage the kids to do the same and love themselves for it.  Not only are the decals completely removable but they will not leave a residue or mark on the wall!
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The Right Equipment
Love Cooking Company
"There is no higher value than simply showing your loved ones that you care. Love Cooking Company was created to inspire more loving moments, which are made possible through our unique products that help you easily create special dishes.  We recognize that every moment in the kitchen counts. That’s why we’ve created collections of unique bake-ware and tools to make the process easier and more fun. From prep to serve, we’re with you every step of the way to make sure your dish is a success."

Not only am I a huge foodie and entertainer, I tend to go above and beyond during birthdays and other holiday parties.  I am always looking for new ideas and challenges when it comes to my baking and themed cooking.  Each and every gadget available at Love Food Company is creative and useful in it's own way and I'd honestly love to have each one in my kitchen!

The Mrs. Fields Fill N Flip™ helps making filled cakes simple and mess free!  The PushPan® is a fool proof pan with a water tight seal at the bottom where you can easily lift your cake out without it tearing or crumbling like when being pulled from any other pan!  And my personal favorite the Love Cooking Gourmet Cutie Cakes™ Baking Pan creates 48 perfect bit sized treats.  Whether it's for little mouths or portion control, these work well.
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Bistro MD 
As a personal cook, I hate nothing more than the "diet" or "healthy" microwave meals that taste terrible or fake.  It seems like those are really all that might be available.  But I want everyone to know what other option were out there because they ARE out there!  BistroMD is one of them that I am so glad I discovered.  BistroMD was developed by Caroline J. Cederquist, M.D., a board certified bariatric physician "as a way to help her patients maintain healthy weight loss on their own at home."
Because you can customize your own meal plan, people from age 18 to 80 can still lose weight and feel good about it.  "BistroMD is not just convenient, low-calorie food. Each meal and each day is designed with the proper combination of nutrients. From the amount of lean, adequate protein in our entrées and snacks to the proper balance of carbohydrates, fat and fiber; each ingredient is selected to provide the proper nutrition needed to promote healthy weight loss."
What I love about this program (besides how amazing the food tastes) is the support.  Not only do you get weekly deliveries so as your needs change so can this just like grocery shopping for yourself but you can find support through newsletters and their blog. There are also a bunch of health videos and free support from our expert dietitians.
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Cleaning up the Aftermath
Grab Green Home 
NO ONE likes cleaning up after a party and things like scrubbing dishes after a big meal is just plain a pain.  As I mentioned before, I also have an obsession with cleaning up my messes with only eco-friendly products!  Who wants their clean pans and dishes coated with chemicals which might seep into your food the next time you use them?  Or howabout the particles that can chip and rub off of those plastic plates or tephlon pans because the chemicals are so harsh they destroy the dishes and cookware?  Not me and not for my family!

Grab Green Home "set out to revolutionize the way everyone thinks of “natural” cleaning products. The first in the industry to list every ingredient on the label, Grab Green offers effective, toxin-free formulas that get down and dirty with the best of the messes!"  Each product is packaged using post consumer resins, sustainably harvested, and recyclable.  Never tested on animals, they are made of plant and mineral based ingredients with NO toxic ingredients (no phthalates, solvents, ammonia, phosphates, fillers, optical brighteners, masking agents or dyes).
By far, my favorite product of theirs is the Cookware and Bakeware Cleaner pods!  These pods mix with water to penetrate the burnt, stuck-on foods.  And of course I had to put it to the ultimate test...cast iron!  If you've ever cooked with cast iron you know the cleaning part is a nightmare with a huge struggle.  While it did take two pods/sessions and still a little elbow grease, the cast iron skillet was clean without soaking and scrubbing over multiple days.
Check out their awesome products for yourself!  With a variety of household cleaning supplies and special bundle packages, there isn't an area of your home not covered (or cleaned) by Grab Green Home.  I can promise you won't host another dinner party without the Grab Green Home products in your kitchen!
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