Have You Activated Your Nuts Today?

Activated almonds are trending everywhere today!  Social media is all abuzz mocking Australian celebrity Chef Peter Evans who recently revealed his typical daily diet includes activated almonds.  Our first question, like that of many others was, what the heck are activated nuts?  The Australian natural health magazine Wellbeing defines an activated nut as “a nut that has been soaked and sprouted to release its enzyme inhibitors”.

The article goes on to explain:

Why should nuts be activated?

All nuts (and this includes seeds too) have an enzyme inhibitor that keeps them from sprouting into a tree, bush or plant that they carry inside of them.  Once they are planted in the ground and given some water, the enzyme inhibitor is destroyed and the nut/seed can begin to sprout.

So, when you eat a lot of nuts and/or seeds, you can end up with a lot of that enzyme inhibitor in your digestive tract and that just slows everything down. It can actually result in digestive distress in much the same way gluten does. Constipation, stomach cramps and bloating are examples of some issues people have eating raw, unactivated nuts.

The more enzymes you eat, the less of your own body’s enzymes are required to break down food…which keeps you younger, longer too.

So in plain English, these are nuts that are soaked and dried for 12-24 hours in order to get rid of those things that slow down your digestive system.

Now that we know exactly what activated almonds are we spent way too much time trying to find them online . After a frustrating search we finally realized Amazon stocks various flavored raw organic activated almonds.  The best alternative is to make them yourself.

According to Easy Peasy Organic pretty much all you need to do is :

  1. Soak raw organic almonds  in water for 12 hrs.   NOTE: After soaking, the nuts will look nice and puffy and may even start to show signs of sprouting.
  2. Rinse the nuts under running water, and if you want to add flavor – now is the time to do it. Just shake a couple of tsp of  sea salt, garlic salt, dehydrated onion powder, tamari or curry powder over the wet (rinsed) almonds, and stir to combine well.      NOTE: If you want, you can use and eat the activated almonds as they are, without roasting them.
  3. Now, “roast' the almonds by drying out the nuts on low heat – either in a dehydrator or on the lowest temperature your oven will do (ie 140F). This will take anywhere from 6-24 hrs, depending on the temperature you're using. The nuts will be done when they feel (and taste) dry.

We do believe this would make a fabulous, funny and on trend holiday grab bag gag gift this season. Wrap up this great Activated Almonds T-Shirt with a bag of “activated nuts”!  Way better than  some of those other stupid gift ideas.

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Photo Book Sale

Halloween Memories

Deal alert – this is the time to capture those special Halloween memories.  Blurb is offering 15% off any book you create with promo code FALLTHANKS.  Blurb books are perfect for capturing those memorable moments from the time you turned heads as sexy angel  & devil twins  to funny role reversals  to animal cuties. Upload all those Instagram and Facebook images to create a a photo book that you can cherish for a lifetime.

Haven't yet organized your photos from this year's vacation travel, birthday and holiday celebrations and the rest of the special times captured but still sitting in your camera's memory card or cell phone's camera role? Blurb books make great holiday gifts!

Hurry – to take advantage of this special fall sale you must complete Blurb's checkout process no later than November 21.  In our experience, it is worth devoting a bit of time to creating these books – remember you are creating memories that will be passed down from generation to generation!

Recap – the important details

Save 15% on Your Blurb Book | Code: FALLTHANKS | Dates: 11/1/12-11/21/12

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Mommy & Me Matching Chevron Pajamas

We are excited to add these fresh and chic red chevron (zig zag) pajamas from  Bedhead Pajamas to our Mommy and Me Pajama selections.

Not only do we love this new chevron pattern, we think the whole matching pajama thing works particularly well during the holiday season when family members from all over the globe gather together in one place to celebrate the holidays and their devotion to family.  Every year at Thanksgiving we all bunk down together and I always bring matching pajamas for all the gals  (I gave up on the guys wearing their matching pj's a few years ago.) And of course, we take an annual family photo.

Update!

If you are still looking for matching mommy & me pajamas, be sure to check out MomMeMatch.com.  All we can say is #toocute

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ISO Beauty Hair Straightener on Sale 84% OFF!

ISO Beauty Hair StraightenerEvery once in while, just when you are least expecting it, something comes along that seems fortuitous.  Today was one of those days.  For months I have been dealing with a flattening iron whose cord needs to be wiggled just right to get it to work at all.  This weekend I finally decided it was a safety issue and added buy new straightening iron to this week's “to do” list.

And voila!  I opened up my email and sitting there was an offer from Living Social for this high end ISO beauty hair straightener for just $48.00 (reduced from $300.00!).  That's an 84% savings!. UPDATE >> I just checked and these ISO hair straighteners are now priced as low as $25.50 on Amazon!!!!

Guess who is buying a new hair straightener as soon as she finishes this post.  With the holidays quickly approaching this is definitely the time to replace your fried-out flat iron.  At this price buy one so you can Party Pretty at all the upcoming holiday parties and another as a holiday gift!

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Discounted Children’s Bicycles

Cardboard BikeYahoo News does it again – something catches my fancy and suddenly I am diverted from the task at hand onto a whole other direction.  Check out this cardboard bicycle that its Israeli inventor says can change the world – and priced at just $20.00, he might be right!

Discounted Children's Bicycles

So suddenly I began wondering with Christmas just around the corner, how much are children's bikes these days?  Not surprisingly I went directly to my first stop for almost anything and everything – Amazon.com.  The sheer number of adorable children's bicycles was a bit overwhelming for a simple off-task activity so I decided to narrow my choices down to bikes that are currently being offered at 50% -70% off.    So here's what I found — bikes ranged from an affordable girls  white bike reduced 70% from $130.00 to $38.79  to a kids Ferrari red bike reduced 52% from $524.00 to a still pricey $249.95. In between there was a cute pink and purple bicycle priced at $62.96 and a Transformers fan dream bike reduced 68% to $77.48.  I know many of you wait until black Friday to purchase your holiday gifts but sometimes the stress of finding the right deal on the right day is a bit much so consider taking advantage of Amazon's huge selection of products priced at 70% off everyday and begin stocking up on this year's Christmas and birthday presents!

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One Kings Lane Kids Festival!

One Kings Lane Kids Festival!

Attention all moms and dads, or anyone with a special little someone in their life! It is not too late to take advantage of  the One Kings Lane kids festival! You can continue to shop One Kings Lane for children's must-have items in all categories, for all ages – furniture, art, rugs, toys and everything in between – even missing dorm room accessories thru Sunday October 7th. Stock up on items your children need now or stash some away for great holiday gifts and future birthday presents!  Don't forget your nieces and nephews and and all the other kid gifts you buy all year long as well.  Head over to One Kings Lane now before these deals are over!

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Smiley Cookies Really Do Brighten The Day!

Smiley Cookies

Reviewed by Samantha (PIP summer intern)

My name is Samantha and I am a cookie fanatic. If I have a choice of any treat, I will always choose a cookie.  Imagine my delight when a box arrived on my desk at work filled with cookies.   These great treats arrived packaged in a colorfully designed box that immediately put a smile on my face. A dozen sugar cookies covered in white icing with six different colored smiley faces  came packed in a sealed plastic container that actually kept the cookies fresh for weeks. In addition to the cookies the box included directions on how to best eat the cookies.  The directions recommended heating them in the microwave for 10 seconds.  After taking my first bite, I decided an extra 10 seconds would take the cookies from good to outstanding.  In fact, my boss, initially a bit iffy about the cookies, really liked them once they were warmed up.  I can honestly say Smiley Cookies are now my new favorite cookies.    I would absolutely recommend them to all my friends.

These fun, scrumptious treats are available in a variety of different colors and shapes. Chose from stars, flowers, hearts, and more to make a basketful of yummy delights. You can also create your own cookie and choose the shape and color of the icing and smiley face. Smiley Cookies are long lasting and extremely versatile; they make excellent birthday presents, “get well soon” goodies, thank you gifts, and are overall great for any party or holiday. They would also be a fantastic take-home party favor treat for guests – just put them out near the door on a large smile face plate and let your guests grab them as they leave the party.  Priced starting at just $12.99 / dozen these cookies are both reasonable and delicious.  Make it a yummy day!

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