Archives for the month of: November, 2018


Pickett Brothers Beverage, an all natural soda and syrup company based in Brooklyn, NY ( offers an all natural concentrated ginger syrup guaranteed to spice up your holiday menus, especially your cocktails and mixed drinks.

Pickett’s American Craft Ginger Beer Syrup comes in two heat strengths, medium spicy or hot ‘n spicy to kick up the flavor level on your Moscow Mules and assorted other cocktails.  Its natural ginger extract has an authentic taste and flavor, along with an enticing aroma. Best of all, you control the strength of heat since you mix the syrup with any carbonated or sparkling water to create a mixer.  This delicious and versatile syrup can also be used to create dazzling holiday salad dressings, glazes, marinades and desserts. Pickett’s Ginger Beer Syrup adds creativity and sparkle to any holiday food or beverage party offerings.

Pickett’s American Craft Ginger Beer Syrup – Gotta Love It!


If you are lucky enough to find an Instant Pot under the Christmas tree this year, with your name on it, let’s hope you are also lucky enough to receive a copy of the new “Complete Indian Instant Pot Cookbook” by Chandra Ram along with it (

The author provides 130 modern and traditional recipes to create authentic Indian specialties, including Dal, Chutney, Paneer, Biryani and Kheer in the easiest and most time efficient method possible. Almost every recipe is accompanied by mouth-watering color photography. The directions are clear and concise and the recipes nicely organized by category. If you’ve been intimidated to try Indian cooking before , this very user-friendly volume deserves to be an addition to your cookbook library. It also makes a wonderful holiday stocking stuffer!

The Complete Indian Instant Pot Cookbook by Chandra Ram – Gotta Love It!


One of the most refreshing ways to start the day is a bracing shower, and Dr. Teal’s Body Wash (  is one of our favorite products to keep skin soft and well hydrated.

The “Relax & Relief” formula pictured above is just one of an extensive line of skincare products offered by Dr. Teal’s, specializing in mineral-rich formulas. Other bath/shower products include Epsom Salt Soaks for tired, achy muscles, foaming bath gels, body lotions, oils and scrubs, foot soaks and foot scrubs. Each has a mild fragrance and just a little goes a long way.  All Dr. Teal’s products are reasonably priced and make great stocking stuffers for the holidays!

Dr. Teal’s Body Wash — Gotta Love It!



We’re a big fan of giving children books as holiday gifts, not only because books encourage them to read,  but they also provide hours and hours of  engagement that appeal to their imagination!  Susan Pepka is the author of “Gus’ Fortunate Misfortune”,  an endearing story beautifully illustrated by Joseph Cowman ( and one of the most charming adventure stories we’ve come across this year for the younger set.

This tale of the misfortunes that befall a frightened Gus the mouse set the scene for a memorable adventure in which Gus confronts his fears and a range of emotions, ultimately displaying the courage and ingenuity necessary to make his way safely home.

Gus’ Fortunate Misfortune by Susan Pepka, illustrations by Joseph Cowman – Gotta Love It!


If the rugs and carpeting in your home are looking worn and outdated, there’s still time to do some fast and affordable remodeling, thanks to (

Actress and entrepreneur Jane Seymour ( has recently introduced a new line of rugs (see above for just one of her lovely designs) at  based in South Carolina and there are hundreds more rugs and runners to choose from. Not only is the quality excellent, the choices and rug sizes are varied and abundant and there is fast and free shipping on every order, with discounts for multiple rug orders.  Small carpet samples are as low as $9, with many area rugs a great value at under $100.

Jane Seymour designs at — Gotta Love It!


Our thanks to each of you for your continued support of “Gotta Love It” and our warmest and best wishes for a Happy Thanksgiving filled with peace and plenty!

Thanksgiving – Gotta Love It!


If you are the kind of person who believes in that saying ‘expect a miracle’, you will be inspired by “Homer and the Holiday Miracle” by Gwen Cooper (

This volume may be slim in size but it carries a big message about never giving up, enjoying every day as a gift, and getting inspiration from the tale of a blind cat saved at birth who goes on to enjoy extra time despite being given only two weeks to live. Based on the author’s own true experience, “Home and the Holiday Miracle” is also a timely reminder of the importance of adopting animals from your local rescue shelter, any time of the year!

“Homer and the Holiday Miracle” by Gwen Cooper – Gotta Love It!


As we get our houses and apartments ready to receive company this holiday season, many of us forget to evaluate if our lighting is outdated or could be improved.  BFranklin Home ( makes it simple and easy to upgrade lighting schemes in every room of your house , at the same time saving you money.

BFranklin will send a Try Light Kit right to your home, filled with an assortment of their energy saving light bulbs that you can try out before purchasing.  These attractive LED bulbs use only 10% to 20% of the electrical power of traditional incandescent bulbs. We tried out their bulbs in the living room as well as at our office desk and found the light to be bright yet easy on the eyes as well as providing lighting that made reading easier. When you’ve decided on your favorite bulbs,  you can conveniently place an order from the BFranklin online store, then return the samples in the postage paid box.  And each of the dozen bulbs included in the test box  work with dimmer switches.

The BFranklin Home Try Light Kit – Gotta Love It!


If reading “Twas the Night Before Christmas” is a holiday tradition with your family, we have another suggestion that you can enjoy reading and re-reading all holiday season long.

“The Story Orchestra: The Nutcracker” from Frances Lincoln Children’s Books ( is one in a series of very unique and creative books that combine the printed word on the page with a special musical note “button” that the reader can press to activate high quality musical accompaniment.  This volume tells the tale of Christmas Eve at Clara’s house, beautifully illustrated by Jessica Courtney-Tickle. There are ten different orchestrations that accompany the story-telling in this volume, one that delights and amazes children of all ages. The final page of the book offers the opportunity to push each of the ten musical notes again to re-hear the music that accompanied each step along the way in this magical story.  This musical book makes a welcome holiday stocking stuffer. Also available in this series is “The Story Orchestra: Four Seasons in One Day” featuring Vivaldi’s Music, and “The Story Orchestra: The Sleeping Beauty”, featuring  assorted Tchaikovsky musical clips. 

“The Story Orchestra: The Nutcracker”/Frances Lincoln Children’s Books – Gotta Love It!


If you find it challenging to find just the right holiday gift for seniors on your gift list, Salonpas ( comes to the rescue with its new FDA-approved Double Size Pain Relief Patch.

Sore muscles, aches and bruises may be hard to avoid the older we get, but these easy to apply pain relief patches deliver up to 12 hours of non-prescription pain medication for backache, sore muscles, sprains and bruises. Each patch delivers a healing dose of menthol and methyl salicylate with a light minty scent and are very thin and flexible, comfortable enough for all-day or all-night wear. They make great stocking stuffers for the weekend athletes on your gift list. We found them very effective on a mild shoulder ache as well as a hip bruise.

Salonpas Pain Relief Patch in the new Double Size — Gotta Love It!