BLACKBERRY GREEN TEA POPSICLES


Most of the country is still being scorched by hot summer weather, which means that a cool popsicle is the perfect treat on a hot day! These deliciously simple three ingredient popsicles will be a cool refreshing treat!

Blackberries grow wild and abundantly in the Seattle area (where they are based) making these tasty berries easy and fun (and cheap!) to find during the summer and the perfect fruit for this icy treat.

BLACKBERRY GREEN TEA POPSICLES

Blackberry Green Tea Popsicles!

Here’s what you’ll need:
– Popsicle molds or small cups
– Popsicle sticks
– Blender

Ingredients:
– 3 Bags of Japanese Green tea
– 2 cups of water
– 2 cups blackberries (fresh or frozen)
– ¾ cup honey

Makes around 10 large popsicles depending on your molds.

What to do:

1. Steep three tea bags of Japanese Green tea in 2 cups of 180 degree water for 4 minutes. Remove tea bags.

2. Cool the tea and use a blender to blend tea, blackberries, and honey until liquefied.

3. Pour into your popsicle molds or cups, place popsicle sticks in the molds.

Optional: Use a strainer to separate the blackberry seeds from the liquid before pouring into the molds.

Tip: If you’re using cups as popsicle molds, you may want to wait for them to become more solid before adding the popsicle sticks to ensure the sticks freeze upright.

4. Place popsicles in the freezer to freeze until they are solid and easily removed from the molds, and enjoy!

Tip: To ease the popsicles out of a plastic mold, briefly run tepid water over the molds
and they should come right out!

Recipe inspired by: http://vanessabaked.com/raspberry-green-tea-popsicles/

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LIMITED EDITION STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS LUNCHBOX OFFERED TO FAN EXPO CANADA™ V.I.P. AND PREMIUM TICKET HOLDERS


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FANS CAN EXPECT A FULL “FORCE FRIDAY” SHOPPING EXPERIENCE AT THIS YEAR’S SHOW

TORONTO, ON (August 5, 2015) – The force will be strong at this year’s FAN EXPO CANADA™ as it takes part in the global “Force Friday” celebrations. Friday, September 4, dubbed “Force Friday”, is the official release date of merchandise from the highly anticipated Star Wars: The Force Awakens. V.I.P. or Premium ticket holders can lunch like a Jedi with their very own, limited edition lunchbox made exclusively for FAN EXPO CANADA™. Provided by Vandor Products, the Star Wars: The Force Awakens lunchbox will be revealed at the event on Friday, September 4.

Many exhibitors at this year’s pop culture extravaganza will carry Star Wars: The Force Awakens merchandise. All ticket holders will be able to get their “Force Friday” fix when doors open on September 4, the second day of the show.

V.I.P. packages are currently sold out, but Premium packages are still available for $169. Along with the exclusive Star Wars: The Force Awakens lunchbox, the package also includes the following:
Deluxe FAN EXPO CANADA™ Pass
Collectable FAN EXPO CANADA™ Badge
Exclusive Priority Entrance
Special Expo Preview at 2PM on Thursday, September 3
Exclusive Premium Lounge Access
ONE DAY Free Admission to all FAN EXPO HQ conventions until July 26, 2016
Secret Wars #1 Limited Edition Comic
Justice League #41 Limited Edition Lithograph

This year’s FAN EXPO CANADA™ will take place from September 3-6, 2015 at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre.

For a complete list of programming, guests, info and tickets, visit: www.fanexpocanada.com

FAN EXPO CANADA™ boasts the largest comics, sci-fi, horror, anime, and gaming event in Canada, the third largest in North America. It is packed with exciting family-friendly activities and celebrity guests including Mike Tyson (Heavyweight Champion of the World), Gillian Anderson (The X-Files), Norman Reedus (The Walking Dead), Jason Momoa (Batman v. Superman), Tom Felton (Harry Potter films) and more! The all-ages pop culture convention expects to host over 140,000 fans at 750,000 sq ft of the Metro Toronto Convention Centre for the four-day event September 3-6, 2015. www.fanexpocanada.com

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Michigan Renaissance Festival


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Take a time-travel adventure into the 16th century at the 37th annual Michigan Renaissance Festival! Join our michigan1Queen Elizabeth in a jubilee! Inside our turreted gates, visitors enjoy the sights and sounds of a 17-acre village, complete with building reproductions of Renaissance shops, taverns and a magnificent castle. Continuous entertainment takes place on the streets and on 17 themed stages; featuring full-contact armored jousting, comedy and theater shows, music, games, people-powered rides and so much more! Fabulous food and more than 300 artisans displaying their gallery-quality works complete the experience!

Join us weekends and Labor day August 22nd thru October 4th! Plus Festival Friday on October 2nd.

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Shop with WalMart on Ohio’s Tax Free Weekend coming up August 7-9!


Can you believe that summer is halfway over?!?! It’s time for parents across the country to start getting ready for the upcoming school year, and what better way to stock up on back-to-school supplies than at Walmart during Ohio’s Tax Free Weekend coming up August 7-9th?

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Parents will be able to score the best deals on the highest quality school supplies and instructional materials for under $20 as well as clothing under $75 and calculators under $200.

These products also include Crayola back to school products like Crayons, Twistables Colored Pencils, Ultra-Clean Washable Markers and Visi-Max Dry-Erase Markers all available at Walmart Stores. There’s no better time for parents to stcock up and send their kids back to school with the highest quality supplies.

Here’s why you should reach for Crayola while shopping this Tax Free Weekend:
– Value: Crayola Crayons last 35% longer- meaning that parents get more value per crayon. Each one can cover more than 6 pages!

– Safety: Crayola follows the most stringent safety requirements around the world. They test with world-class, cutting edge equipment and always look for new best practices to test products.

– Fun for students: Crayola provides 152 unique crayon colors—the best range available from any crayon manufacturer, allowing students to create anything they can dream up!

– #1 brand preferred by teachers: Crayola products are consistently included on teachers’ back to school lists. Get ahead of the game and send your kids back with the best.

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August 3, 2015 – 8:52 AM - | Posted in products, promotions | No Comments »

How To Pick The Car Seat Cover To Match Your Car and Lifestyle


Choosing the best car seat covers to suit your lifestyle can seem like a real headache. The two main options to consider are fabric and leather which both offer something completely different. That’s why we’ve created this guide to help you make the best decision.

Fabric

7426117998_8cd860e742_zThis material is extremely versatile, available in a wide array of colors and designs. It’s also durable and isn’t very good at conducting heat. This is a big advantage as the fabric seats remain cool in the summer and warm in the winter. There are tons of options to suit your needs. Adventurous types can choose neoprene which has great waterproofing attributes — perfect if you’re getting in and out of the car soaking wet or for anyone with any four-legged friends. For those long distance drivers, you may want to consider, Velvet. This ultra-soft material provides comfort and padding with a luxurious feel.

Typically, fabric seat covers are significantly cheaper than leather, but there are disadvantages. Fabric isn’t as hard wearing as leather and can deteriorate more quickly over time, especially with increased exposure to the sun. They can also stain more easily (stains could leak through to your original seats) and become faded with heavy use.

Leather

The luxurious finish of leather is the alternative to fabric (albeit with a higher price tag) which can add a great look to many vehicles. Many people choose black or tan for a sophisticated and stylish look. However, red seats can be the perfect finish to that sporty car.  This material is even more durable than fabric and will last a lifetime. It can be the perfect choice for the family run around, as sticky spills can easily be wiped off. 513017069_c8fb9c0e54

However, if you live in a country with long, hot summer days this may be the wrong choice. Leather can get very hot in warm temperatures and be uncomfortable to sit on. In the winter, they can also become very cold and you may need a blanket. Of course, If you have seat warmers this won’t be a problem. Generally, if you live somewhere with extreme temperatures, fabric seat covers may be the only suitable choice.

Leather is also an animal product which means vegetarians and vegans will want to steer clear. If you have someone of this preference traveling in your car often, such as a family member you may want to consider another option, or if your heart it set on leather go for a faux version (stores like Tesco stock faux leather car seat covers).

Lastly, for those of you with pets, leather can be a real problem. If you travel with your dog, their claws can often rip or scratch the leather and even damage the seats underneath.

Using car seat covers is a great way to protect your cars interior from unruly pets and children and ensures you’ll get the best possible resale value when you decide to change your car. So happy shopping, and why not leave us a comment and let us know your favorite car seat cover and why it suit’s your lifestyle?

Image by Paul Altobelli and Andy L used under the Creative Commons License.
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