ISODAY

For a heartwarming story of how an adopted dog spends his day with other members of the animal kingdom, there’s no better choice than “Isosceles’ Day”, beautifully illustrated and sensitively written by Kevin J. Meehan (https://www.isoscelesday.com/).

This formerly abused dog discovers a wonderful life that includes singing, dancing, and playing before enjoying a well-deserved good night’s rest,  with each activity accompanied by a wide variety of animal friends.

“Isoscele’s Day”  by Kevin J. Meehan – Gotta Love It!

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farro

Alessi Foods (www.alessifoods.com) is making it easier than ever this summer to enjoy a delicious side dish with your grilled hamburgers, pork chops and steaks with its line-up of Farro quick cook grains.

We recently sampled Alessi’s Porcini Mushroom Farro, featuring an ancient Roman grain that is high in fiber and protein and very easy to digest. Within 25 minutes, we were enjoying a savory risotto-like side dish that was chewy in texture and slightly nutty to the taste, with the rich aroma of earthy porcini mushrooms. Alessi also offers other flavor varieties of Farro, including Four Cheese, Beets & Spinach, and Butternut Squash and Kale.  We  discovered that our Porcini Mushroom Farro made a delicious one-bowl breakfast meal, served at room temperature rather than hot. And  it’s easy to have a variety of packages in your kitchen cabinet ready to cook as a side for any meat, poultry or seafood main course.

Alessi Porcini Mushroom Farro – Gotta Love It!

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Good Idea – The Swedish Sugar Buster (https://shop.goodideadrinks.com/) is a beverage that can help you avoid the sugar high and crashes that occur after eating foods with fast carbs such as burgers, pizza and sandwiches. 

This delicious tasting beverage features beneficial amino acids and chromium in a base of sparkling water and can be enjoyed either before or during your meal. It comes in two thirst-quenching flavors, Orange Mango and Lemon Lime.  Add Good Idea to your picnic line-up this summer and avoid the uncomfortable sugar highs and lows that can damage your good health.

Good Idea – The Swedish Sugar Buster – Gotta Love It!

 

 

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Dr. Tim Jennings recent release, “The Aging Brain” (www.bakerbooks.com) is worth putting at the top of your summer reading list.

Not only does the author outline a wide range of factors that can affect the brain’s health and function as the body ages, he also provides excellent tips to put into effect to not only sharpen mental acuity but to greatly lessen your risk of dementia and other neurological disorders.

The Aging Brain: Proven Steps to Prevent Dementia and Shapen Your Mind by Timothy R. Jennings, MD — Gotta Love It!

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If you want Dad to look and feel stylish this Father’s Day, treat him to a gift certificate to Haggar (www.haggar.com).

The Work to Weekend Denim pants pictured above is just one of dozens of styles of dress and casual slacks that Haggar offers to suit men of every age, shape and size.  Beautifully constructed of quality materials, Haggar pants combine comfort with style. Dad will love  such features as an expandable waistline and fabrics that move easily, are machine washable and never wrinkle.  Haggar’s line of E-Clo Dress Pants (pictured below) is a great green fashion option, using post-consumer recycled, organic or renewable fibers to create smart looking dress pants. Prices also make Haggar Pants an affordable Father’s Day gift option! Check out their website for other Haggar Clothing selections to complement your pants purchase. 

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Haggar Pants for Father’s Day — Gotta Love It!

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With Father’s Day just around the corner, author Brett Cohen provides the perfect gift for dads, step-fathers, grandfathers and fathers-to-be, “Stuff Every Dad Should Know” (www.quirkbooks.com).

This compact little volume provides a wealth of information to help fathers help their children, from infancy through dating, choosing a college and choosing a mate. Topics covered include diapering and assembling a diaper bag, teaching bike-riding, ridding a room of monster fears, assigning chores, driving, dating and meeting prospective in-laws.  This information-packed volume makes a great gift for Father’s Day for dads of any age!

“Stuff Every Dad Should Know” by Brett Cohen — Gotta Love It!

manson

Time to compile your summer reading list and take some time off  to enjoy your favorite category of books.

“Hunting Charles Manson”: The Quest for Justice in the Days of Helter Skelter by Lis Wiehl with Caitlin Rother ( http://www.thomasnelson.com) is a must-read for anyone who likes true crime drama. The book provides a riveting although very disturbing account of the crimes and misdemeanors that led to the most shocking murder spree in US history and the journey to justice that followed. Just one year short of the 50th anniversary of the Sharon Tate and LaBianca Murders in Los Angeles, “Hunting Charles Manson” offers the reader chilling insights and information not previously made available.

Summer Reading Lists – Gotta Love It! 

No matter where you are, when you have Baja Bob’s (www.bajabob.com) new sugar-free Cocktail Mix Singles, you have the ability to get the party started.

These easy to use Mudslide Mix, Margarita (our favorite) and Pina Colada dry non-alcoholic packets are ready to blend with alcohol, water and ice to create delicious cocktails perfect for backyard barbecue, patio dining or an off-road picnic. These dry mixes are easy to store or carry-with to have handy when you’re ready to kick off the party with festive cocktails  that you can enjoy as is or add extra ingredients to create a variety of cocktail specialties that make any summer event a special party.

Baja Bob’s Cocktail Mix Singles – Gotta Love It!

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phobia

The Spring season isn’t just a time to clean out those closets and drawers. It’s also a good time to do some emotional house cleaning to rid yourself of things that are blocking you from what you really want and need.

“Phobia Relief From Fear to Freedom” by Kalliope Barlis (www.BuildingYourBest.com) is an excellent guidebook for helping you understand your illogical fears and phoebias as well as offer gentle guidance and exercise for loosening their grip on your life!

Phoebia Relief by Kalliope Barlis – Gotta Love It!

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Just when you think everything and anything that can be written about The Beatles has been said and done, along comes  a book that provides the reader with “a complete graphic history of the world’s favorite band”, “Visualizing the Beatles” by John Pring and Rob Thomas. (www.visualizingthebeatles.com)

This colorful and engaging guidebook covers every aspect and detail of the Fab Four’s musical career in bold graphic illustrations, covering topics ranging from fashions and song inspirations to press conferences and the famed Abbey Road Studio. Flip open to any page and you’ll be greeted with some interesting or fascinating tidbit or fact about the musical phenomenon  that after more than half a century still manages to capture the attention and the imagination of music lovers worldwide.

Visualizing the Beatles – Gotta Love It!