finding

For an eye-opening look at all the ways food manufacturers are influencing the health of today’s children, we recommend the recently released “Finding the Way” by Elizabeth DeRosa (www.findingtheway.net).

When the health of her son was in jeopardy, DeRosa researched everything she could about the connection between processed foods and a multitude of health issues. What she discovered was very disturbing, but in Finding the Way she goes the extra step beyond simply listing complaints  to suggesting a variety of steps every parent can take to prevent the side effects caused by factory foods, processed foods and sugar-laden beverages. Rather than making drastic changes, DeRosa recommends a slow and steady approach that over time, can help to transform the health of your children as well as your entire family!

Finding the Way by Elizabeth DeRosa – Gotta Love It!

wheat

If you want to discover the truth about eating wheat and the many misconceptions about gluten-free dining, check out Eat Wheat by Dr. John Douillard (www.MorganJamesPublishing.com).

Douillard explains the many physiological processes affected by wheat consumption, along with sound scientific evidence of how, when and what kind of wheat  and dairy products can safely be introduced into the diet.  This book does an excellent job of breaking through all of the gluten-free marketing hype to present factual information that can help individuals who thought they had to remain gluten and dairy-free in order to avoid digestive issues.

Eat Wheat by Dr. John Douillard – Gotta Love It!

 

artists

Anyone seeking career satisfaction these days, whether as a newly launched graduate or a mid-lifer seeking change, should invest in Jeff Goins’ newest release, “Real Artists Don’t Starve” (https://dontstarve.com/).

Using case studies of individuals throughout history who not only pursued their creative passions but managed to thrive and profit from it, Goins thoroughly shatters the myth of the starving artist who has to pinch pennies and work for substandard wages. Goins presents 12 rules in this book that can change a starving artist into a thriving artist, including the value of flexibility, apprenticeship under a master, and never working for free. No matter age or circumstance, the strategies presented here can help anyone chart a course as an entrepreneur in any artistic field.

Real Artists Don’t Starve by Jeff Goins – Gotta Love It!

fruitbasket

You can send Dad, Father-in-Law, Son or Brother a delicious care-package from GourmetGiftBaskets.com that will make them feel like the king of their castle this Father’s Day, June 18th (www.GourmetGiftBaskets.com).

The Orchard’s Abundance Basket pictured above offers a wonderful array of fresh fruit, crackers, nuts and cheese, including sweet and juicy red delicious apples, a buttery-rich Sea Salt Caramel sauce for dipping,  savory Cabot cheddar cheese and other complimentary goodies to celebrate Father’s Day in style.  Among the other Dad-approved choices offered in 2017 are The Father’s Day Beer-B-Q Bucket, The Father’s Day Gift Tower, The 19th Hole in One Gift Basket, and the Father’s Day Backyard BBQ Gift Basket, with prices starting at $34.99.

The Orchard’s Abundance Gift Basket for Dad from GourmetGiftBaskets.com — Gotta Love It!

 

games

Long before gamers’ fingers were flying over their electronic devices, people gathered around card tables and dinner tables to play such classic board games as Monopoly, Chess and The Game of Life. 

British journalist and author Tristan Donovan has thoroughly researched the history of more than a dozen well-loved board games and presents it in an entertaining fashion in the newly released book, “It’s All A Game: The History of Board Games from Monopoly to Settlers of Catan,” published by St. Martin’s Press (www.stmartins.com). For those individuals whose knowledge is limited to video and computer games, this guidebook may serve as an inspiration to try some more traditional gaming challenges. And for those baby boomers who grew up trying to be  Monopoly tycoons, this book brings a sweet nostalgia for a simpler time when board games inspired good fun and good conversation on a face-to-face basis.

It’s All A Game by Tristan Donovan – Gotta Love It!

aquafab

Just like Jack had his magic bean stalk in fairy tales, today’s home chefs can discover the magic of bean water, also known as aquafaba, in Rebecca Coleman’s exciting new cookbook, “Aquafabulous: `100+ Egg-Free Vegan Recipes Using Aquafaba” (www. robertrose.ca).

Rather than disposing of that can of water after using chickpeas or other beans, Coleman show how you can turn it into a whipped ingredient that replaces egg whites and meringue in recipes, ranging from scrambled eggs and omelets to Shepherd’s Pie, waffles and assorted desserts.  Also included is a very informative secion about building a vegan pantry with a wide array of items that can keep your daily menu offerings egg, meat and diary-free.

Aquafabulous by Rebecca Coleman – Gotta Love It!

bananas

If you’re looking for an exciting beverage option to tantalize your tastebuds this summer, look no further than Banana Wave (www.bananawave.com).

Based on an ancient African recipe, Banana Wave is the world first non-dairy banana beverage product, chock full of vitamins, minerals, plant-based proteins, fibers and essential fatty acids known as Omega-3s.  This beverage is easy to store without needing refrigeration until opened and contains as much potassium as eating a small banana, in addition to being a rich source of calcium. We found the flavor to be lightly sweet and authentically banana, great as a refreshing beverage on the rocks, poured over morning oatmeal or cereal, used in smoothies, summer cocktails or as a cream substitute in coffee.

Banana Wave – Gotta Love It!

route66

Just in time for the 2017 summer vacation and travel season, photographer and travel writer Drew Knowles has released his “high octane” 5th edition of  his Route 66 Adventure Handbook (www.santamonicapress.com).

This 480-page guide is cram-packed with maps, photos and other useful information about the amazing assortment of roadside attractions, vintage eateries and motels, amazing natural wonders and other sightseeing possibilities that stretch along America’s most fabled and famous roadway, Route 66, stretching from Chicago in the midwest to the Santa Monica Pier on the Pacific coast. Even if you are not planning a motoring vacation this year, the Route 66 Adventure Handbook provides you with a free, armchair tour of some of this country’s most entertaining and amusing places.

The Route 66 Adventure Handbook by Drew Knowles – fifth edition – Gotta Love it!

custards

We’ve been a longtime fan of the ice cream shakes offered  at  Sonic Drive-In locations ( https://www.sonicdrivein.com/menu/217-custard-concretes) and are happy to spread the news that for a limited time, Sonic is offering a new thick concoction called Custard Concretes.

Sonic calls its new Custard Concretes “Ice Cream’s Smooth & Creamy Cousin”, an apt description for a treat that marries the best qualities of an ice cream sundae and shake that you enjoy with a spoon rather than a straw.  It comes in six different varieties, each featuring a classic candy such as M & M’s, Butterfinger Pieces, Health Toffee pieces and Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup pieces (our favorite).  This tall, creamy and chilly treat makes the perfect complement to one of Sonic’s burger or hot dog choices.

Sonic Custard Concretes – Gotta Love It!

shadow

The world can prove to be a very exciting, confusing, challenging and threatening place to children. Author Wally Bregman helps parents and kids discuss a wide range of topics, from moving to a new home to being bullied in school, running away, and feeling sad, in his new book “Lessons from Shadow” (www.authorhouse.com).

What makes this book unique is that it is told from the perspective of Bregman’s faithful dog companion, Shadow, with each chapter presenting a Shadow lesson that children can benefit from. And let us tell you, Shadow is one smart cookie of a canine. All proceeds from this wonderful and insightful book will be donated to Best Friends Society.

Lessons from Shadow by Shadow Bregman – Gotta Love It!