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

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!


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 (

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!


We’ve been a longtime fan of the ice cream shakes offered  at  Sonic Drive-In locations ( 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!


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” (

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!



National Picnic Day on April 23rd kicked off the 2017 picnic season, with four months ahead of mild and sunny days to enjoy some creative dining al freso. Why not stock your picnic basket this year with  Sparkling Ice (, a refreshing sparkling water alternative to sugary, calorie-laden soft drinks available in a rainbow assortment of 12 delicious flavors.

We recently had the opportunity to quench our thirst with Coconut Pineapple Sparkling Ice, one of the most popular of this beverage’s offerings, which also include Orange Mango, Pink Grapefruit, and the line’s latest introduction, Black Cherry.  Every bottle of Sparkling Ice combines the right combination of sweetness, fizz and fruity flavor, all with zero calories.

Sparkling Ice – Gotta Love It!



Nobody shows more appreciation or enthusiasm for receiving a treat than your dog. Hartz Mountain Corporation has recently premiered “Delectables”, the first lickable stew treat for members of the canine population (

Delectibles come in a variety of flavors, including Chicken, Chicken with Cheese, Chicken with Beef and Chicken Senior Formula, fortified with Vitamins B and E. They are individually packaged in easy-to-open sealed pouches for convenient storage and great for taking on the road this summer to always have a succulent, nourishing, delicious treat on hand for your loyal friend. You can pour Delectables right from the pouch onto a plate for slurping, or add it atop dried food to make kibble more appetizing. Our trio of dogs gave a resounding paws up on this new treat, both for taste and aroma.

Hartz Delectables Stew Lickable Treats – Gotta Love It!


Rolling Stone columnist Rob Sheffield ( provides Beatles lovers around the globe with stream of consciousness observations about this legendary musical quartet and the impact they made on pop culture everywhere in his recently released “Dreaming the Beatles: The Love Story of One Band and the Whole World” (

If you thought you knew all there was to know about John, Paul, George and Ringo and their fascinating ride through the 20th century world of pop groups, there are thousands of insights, trivia facts and observations presented here which may surprise you.  As the author observes so astutely, the Beatles may have left the field after giving their last performance, but they never really left our consciousness, or our hearts!

Dreaming the Beatles by Rob Sheffield – Gotta Love It!


The More Good Vibes Coloring Book by Thaneeya McArdle (www. provides a wonderful outlet for creative expression.

Each page of this adult coloring book contains an encouraging and empowering message, such as “Cultivate Peace” or “Go In Unexpected Directions”. Grab your crayons, colored pencils or Papermate Pens and spend some quiet time getting back to enjoying an activity usually reserved for kids!

More Good Vibes Coloring Book by Thaneeya McArdle – Gotta Love It!



For a comprehensive education about preventing credit card fraud, identity theft, and other financial hazards, check out “Preventing Credit Card Fraud: A Complete Guide for Everyone from Merchants to Consumers” by Jen Grondahl Lee and Gini Graham Scott (

The authors present an excellent overview of what is the fastest escalating crime in the world today and how to prevent yourself from becoming another victim, whether you are a consumer or a vendor.  This guide is an excellent investment of time and money for every member of the family. 

Preventing Credit Card Fraud” by Jen Grondahl Lee and Gini Graham Scott – Gotta Love It!


One of the best gifts any adult can impart to a child is a sense of self-worth, and that’s the primary message in the very entertaining book by Stephenie Barker, “The Little Copper Penny” (

When Little Copper Penny is feeling blue over being told he’s not worth much by others who discount the value of pennies, it’s Grandpa Wheat, a savvy 1922 minted senior penny, who comes his rescue by giving him a new perspective. This is a great read-together book that inspires discussions about value, money, and developing a sense of self-worth, despite the misguided opinion of others. The rhyming tale is accompanied by bold and colorful illustrations by Cynthia Meadows.

“The Little Copper Penny” by Stephenie Barker — Gotta Love It!