One of the many lessons from Pandemic times is the importance of self-care to help maintain both physical well-being and mental sanity. If you feel the tail of your kite is still dragging along the ground faced with a return to “normalcy”, then we have a wonderful book that can serve as your life preserver.

“Five Good Minutes” by Jeffrey Brantley and Wendy Millstine (www.newharbinger.com) makes it easy for you to invest just five minutes every morning to help get your day and your mindset off to a promising start. Easy exercises include breathing, meditation, visualization, and rituals that can help you focus, relax, enjoy more enriching relationships with others, as well as improve your ability to keep your cool in the often-scary outside world.

“Five Good Minutes” by Jeffrey Brantley and Wendy Millstine — Gotta Love It!

With parties and family & friend get-togethers no longer a thing of the past, it’s the perfect time to treat yourself and your guests to Fun Wine (www.funwine.com).

This Miami, Florida-based business offers you their “Hard Bubbly Collection”, a tantalizing assortment of six delicious sparkling wines infused with natural flavors, including Strawberry Rose Moscato, Coconut Chardonnay, Sangria, Peach Passion Moscato, Cappuccino Chardonnay, and Espresso Cabernet. The fruit flavors are fresh and authentic, the bubbles will tickle your nose and your tastebuds, and the colorful and artistic aluminum bottles (available in two sizes) are perfect for bringing to the party as a gift! Fun Wine also chills quickly so you can get the party started at any time of the day or night!

Fun Wine – Gotta Love It!

Parents often think in terms of things that can be purchased with money when it comes to gifting their children. But a new book by psychologists Sam Goldstein and Robert B. Brooks, “Tenacity in Children: Nurturing the Seven Instincts for Lifetime Success” (www.tenacityinchildren.com) demonstrates that teaching youngsters how to develop the qualities that help them remain resilient is possibly one of the best gifts of all.

This book provides what the authors consider to be a “roadmap” for helping parents and any other adults coming into contact with shaping children’s futures help them develop such essential instincts as optimism, motivation, empathy, intelligence, responsibility and fairness. This volume makes an excellent Father’s Day gift!

“Tenacity in Children: Nurturing the Seven Instincts for Lifetime Success” by Drs. Sam Goldstein and Robert B. Brooks – Gotta Love It!

Check out the new lineup of plant protein products being offered by Morningstar Farms (www.morningstarfarms.com) if you hesitate about going vegan in your diet because you’ll meat the tastiness of meat.

We recently tried Incogmeato Chik’n Nuggets and were amazed that these tasty morsels tasted like the best premium quality chicken nuggets sold by competitors in supermarkets. They are high in protein, but with less fat than chicken meat and are made with safe non-GMO soy. Great for snacking, as a full meal accompanied by your favorite potato dish and veggies, or as a tasty breakfast option accompanied by eggs. Challenge yourself to go Incogmeato and help increase consumption of plant and planet friendly food choices. Morningstar Farms also offers plant-based burger patties that will also amaze your tastebuds, with absolutely no harm to our animal friends.

Incogmeato Chik’n Nuggets by Morningstar Farms – Gotta Love It!

If you are searching for the perfect gift for a recent graduate, a birthday celebrant or for Father’s Day, look no further than Warner Bros. Home Entertainment (www.warnerbros.com/collections).

On May 25, 2021, the company releases not only “The Supernatural: The Fifteenth and Final Season” but also “Supernatural: The Complete Series” on Blu-Ray and DVD. This longest-running genre series in American television history, focuses on the exciting adventures of Sam and Dean Winchester as they face challenges posed by evil ghosts, vampires, pagan gods and angels. The Fifteenth and Final Season DVD release features the series’ final 20 episodes, along with a bonus disc offering over 120 minutes of special features.

Also on the 25th of May, Warner Bros. Home Entertainment releases on DVD the mind-bending journey of Infinity Train: Book Two, created by Cartoon Network award winner Owen Dennis. Follow Mirror Tulip and Jesse Cosay as they attempt to evade the mirror police. Along with 10 episodes, this DVD includes 60 minutes worth of bonus features.

“Supernatural: The Fifteenth and Final Season” and Infinity Train Book Two from Warner Bros. Home Entertainment – Gotta Love It!

Many people pursue exercise and good nutrition programs to help maintain good physical health but don’t give the same attention to upkeeping good mental health. Dr. Louise B. Miller has designed her book, “Psychological First Aid” (www.louisemillerphd.com) to serve as a valuable guidebook for providing common sense first aid principles to an individual’s mental health while at the same time removing the stigma so often associated with mental illness.

Discussions in “Psychological First Aid” range from learning the signs and symptoms of mental illness (from mild to severe), to where to find help when professional treatment is indicated, in addition to covering such important topics as Suicide, Depression, Dealing with Grief and Loss, Stress, Sleep Disorders and Medications. Written in a user-friendly and conversational style, this book most importantly offers readers practical exercises and suggested lifestyle changes that can help everyone create a more peaceful, satisfying and stress-free daily way of living. “Psychological First Aid” helps the reader clearly understand how to achieve mental wellness, which is just as important as the pursuit of physical well-being.

“Psychological First Aid” by Louise B. Miller, Ph.D. — Gotta Love It!

Did you know that the body’s natural production of its most abundant protein source, collagen, is already on the decline throughout your 20s? Reneva Collagen Protein Drink (www.renevaworld.com) offers a delicious way to obtain not only a daily supply of hydrating collagen peptides but also other essential vitamins and minerals that promote energy as well as overall good health, including Vitamins C, B6 and B12, along with zinc and magnesium.

The Reneva formula uses no artificial ingredients, colors or flavors as well as no sweetening agents. The 8.45 oz can is easy to chill, easy to store, and has a low 40 calories. This delicious beverage can be served on the rocks or enjoyed right out of the can! In addition to Lemon and Strawberry, Reneva is available in Green Apple, and Passionfruit-Orange-Pineapple varieties. As more outdoor activities gear up in the weeks ahead, Reneva supports not only your daily health but also ensures you can stay hydrated before or after sports activities, biking, hiking or just enjoying a walk about the neighborhood.

Reneva Collagen Protein Drink — Gotta Love It!

If you’ve already received your Covid-19 vaccination, then it’s time to look ahead to some serious partying this summer as more Covid and quarantine regulations are being lowered and eliminated! Actor/author John Lithgow provides you with “52 Unexpected Ways to Make a Birthday, Holiday, or Any Day a Celebration for Kids” of all ages in his book “Lithgow Party Paloozas!” (www.simonsays.com).

Lithgow explains that a “palooza” is an invitation to a creative adventure and what could be a better starting point for any party! This book offers an assortment of delightful ideas for every month of the year, including a January Chinese New Year Palooza, A Stars and Stripes one for June , Tilting at Windmills in September and an Alphabet Soup celebration for November. Also included with each party suggestion are recipes along with games that every member of the family can participate in, as well as interesting trivia that can be shared with your guests.

“Lithgow Party Paloozas!” by John Lithgow – Gotta Love It!

Few of us may ever need to be rescued in an emergency situation by a fireman, policeman or healthcare worker, but all of us could benefit from the love of a good dog following a romance gone wrong.

Los Angeles publicist Susan Hartzler has penned a thoroughly engaging memoir of her search for love and Mr. Right in “I’m Not Single, I Have a Dog: Dating Tales from the Bark Side” (www.mcfarlandpub.com). When the men she chooses to entrust with her heart turn out to be mangy scoundrels, Hartzler takes a leap of faith into the world of dog adoption and discovers the true hero in her life is a rescue she names Blondie. More than one single gal will recognize herself in the pages of “I’m Not Single” and identify with all of the missed red flags in relationships that Hartzler writes about with courage and candor. Perhaps the most important message of this book is to learn how to love and protect yourself first, keep your heart open and the magic of what you need in your life will flow to you!

“I’m Not Single, I Have a Dog: Dating Tales from the Bark Side” by Susan Hartzler — Gotta Love It!

The grocery aisle at your local Dollar General Store (https://www.dollargeneral.com/products/category-page/private-brand/ntense-energy.html) has introduced a new offering in the energy drink category, one that is not only delicious but also very affordable.

Ntense Energy Drink is available in four varieties – Berry Voltage, Electric Citrus, Berry Punch and Power Punch — with a generous 16 ounce can costing only a dollar! To rev up your energy levels at any time of the day or night, Ntense provides 160 mg of caffeine, along with such beneficial ingredients as Taurine, Ginseng and Guarana. The taste is refreshing and sweet and best served chilled. With busy spring and summer activities ahead, keep your fridge stocked with every Ntense variety to enjoy as a quick, affordable pick-me-up.

Dollar General’s Ntense Energy Drink – Gotta Love It!