Fresh PEI Mussels Harvested as a Year-Round Treat

Did you know that when it comes to seafood, freshness is consistently rated as one of the most important qualities customers are looking for? That’s just one reason mussels are growing in popularity across the U.S.

When it comes to freshness, Prince Edward Island (PEI) mussels from Canada are hard to beat. In fact, these tasty and nutritious shellfish are sold live at the store – you literally can’t get them any fresher.

You’re now able to buy them fresh at the grocery store all year round. Gone are the days of so-called mussel season, since farmed mussels are harvested throughout the year.

Don’t Let Chores Create Stress

Five words or less(NewsUSA) – A study performed by the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine reported that men and women who feel they’re responsible for most household chores experience higher blood pressure and overall anxiety.
Here are a few tips that can help ease the stress:
1. Plan ahead. Plan your meals a week in advance, and only make one trip to the grocery store for everything on your list. Multiple shopping trips quickly add up.
2. Divide and conquer. Tackle mounting housework one day at a time or one task at a time. Prevent a long stretch of cleaning on Saturday by spending 30 minutes a day on different chores. For example, vacuum on Tuesdays, dust on Wednesdays and clean the bathrooms on Thursdays.
3. Simplify errands. Do you loathe the weekly trip to the store for cleaning supplies and paper products? Make your life simpler and save money by shopping online for essentials. Check out www.dollargeneral.com for items that are a chore to get home. Have big, bulky items and other necessities shipped directly to your door.
4. Check out store brands. You can save a lot of money by trying store brands. Now, private-label products have national equivalent money-back guarantees. Even replacing a few frequently purchased items with their private-label counterparts will result in big savings.
5. Get your family involved in household management. Age-appropriate tasks can be assigned to children. Let older children help prepare dinner, and give younger children simple tasks such as helping set the table. Other simple tasks for children include making their bed and putting away toys.

Gadget-Free National Family Pajama Night Is a Must

Family dinners aren’t what they used to be – football games are blaring in the foreground, and parents must remind children to turn off their phones, and struggle to keep their own fingers from itching to check their email.

Internet technology has caused family dynamics to change rapidly across the country. Family structures aren’t the same, communication has been irrevocably altered and family time doesn’t look like it used to.

Is Your Child the Next American Artist?

The Company Store, celebrating its 100th anniversary, recently announced the launch of its Kids’ Design Contest, a program geared at inspiring creativity while supporting art education and charitable work among America’s youth. Under this initiative, The Company Store will accept original artwork from children ages 12 years and under. The winning piece will be transformed into a comforter print for their ongoing Buy One, Give One Comforter Donation Program in which The Company Store donates a new comforter to a homeless child for every comforter sold.

America’s Homeless Children Are in Need of Comfort

Homelessness can happen to anyone – including families and children. According to the National Center on Family Homelessness one out of every 50 American children experiences homelessness each year. That’s 1.5 million homeless children in the United States. The majority – about 75 percent – are elementary-school-aged. Forty-two percent are younger than six.

To help homeless children, The Company Store, a catalog and online retailer of various bedding and home furnishings, launched its Buy One, Give One Comforter Donation Program. The program will benefit homeless children across the country; for every comforter purchased from its website or catalog, The Company Store will donate one comforter to a homeless child. The comforter will be one of the few things a child can call their own – he or she will be able to take it with them when they transition from temporary to permanent housing.

Child Homelessness: A Growing Problem

Five words or less(NewsUSA) – Homelessness can happen to anyone — including families and children.
According to the National Center on Family Homelessness, one out of every 50 American children experiences homelessness each year. That’s 1.5 million children. The majority — about 75 percent — are elementary-school-aged. Forty-two percent are younger than six.
To help the homeless children out there, The Company Store (www.thecompanystore.com), a catalog and online retailer of various bedding and home furnishings, launched its Buy One, Give One Comforter Donation Program. The program will benefit homeless children across the country. For every comforter purchased from its website or catalog, The Company Store will donate one comforter to a homeless child. The comforter will be one of the few things a child can call their own — he or she will be able to take it with them when they transition from temporary to permanent housing.
“There are a significant number of homeless children in this country who do not have a home to call their own,” says Dennis Warner, chief marketing officer of The Company Store. “The Company Store is committed to bringing some comfort to these children in need.”
Homeless children get sick, go hungry, repeat grades and develop learning disabilities more often than children with homes. Numerous charitable organizations work to provide relief and shelter to homeless families, but it’s difficult to give homeless children a sense of stability.
“We hope that the donated comforters will raise the spirits of thousands of children and their families as they work to rebuild their lives,” says Dennis Warner, CMO of The Company Store.

Helping Pet Owners and Pets “Go Green”

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<p>(<a href=NewsUSA) – You’ve switched from incandescent bulbs to low-wattage LEDs. You drive a hybrid and bring your own bags to the grocery store. You care about greenhouse gases and your carbon footprint, but what about your pet’s carbon pawprint? Is your pet living a green, eco-friendly life?

With just a few simple changes, you can make sure that your pet’s living green, too.

* Waste Management. Anyone who has ever had a pet knows that they create lots of waste. It is estimated that 10 million tons of waste from pets fill landfills yearly. What can you do? Instead of using plastic bags to pick up and dispose of your pet’s waste, try using recycled biodegradable pet poop bags.

If you have a cat, switch from a clay-based litter to a biodegradable litter, like World’s Best Cat Litter (www.worldsbestcatlitter.com). Not only will you be using a chemical-free, all-natural and flushable litter, but by switching to a biodegradable litter, you can cut down on the estimated 2 million tons of clay litter that end up in landfills per year.

* Give a Hoot, Don’t Pollute. Always pick up after your pet and follow the backpacker’s motto of leaving only footprints. Leaving your pet’s waste behind is not only rude, it can pollute water sources when washed into the storm drains that empty into streams and lakes.

* Buy Green. Purchase pet beds, furniture and toys made from recycled or sustainable materials such as hemp. Environmentally friendly hemp can be used to make almost everything, like leashes, collars, beds and toys.

* Buy in Bulk. Buying pet food and pet supplies in bulk not only saves money, it also conserves fuel and lowers emissions by saving you extra trips to the store.

* Don’t Support Pet Overpopulation. Make sure your pet isn’t adding to the pet over-population problem, by having your pets spayed or neutered.

* Adopt. If you are thinking about adding to your family, think about getting a pet from the shelter. There are tons of “recycled pets” in need of good homes. While adopting one of these deserving pets may not lower emissions or save fuel, it can save a life.

By adopting these tips, you and your pet can live green and make the planet a better place.

The Nutrition Label — A Great Read

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<p>(<a href=NewsUSA) – Way back when, few of us paid much attention to the ingredients in the food we were eating. A laundry list of ingredients that most folks couldn’t pronounce really didn’t bother us.

Things have certainly changed. Now there are the “clean” food movement, the “real” food campaign and the battle cry to at least recognize most of the ingredients in your food.

Believe it or not, some products on the market have always had “real” ingredients. They feature fresh taste and wholesome ingredients. And while some companies had to scramble to remove the offending ingredient culprits like trans fat and pesky artificial food dyes, Kozy Shack offers puddings, including their Original Rice, tapioca and chocolate, that are a good source of calcium and contain no preservatives or hydrogenated oils. Check the label — milk, rice, sugar, eggs — they’re all the real deal.

Now with all food products requiring nutritional labeling, it is easier than ever for consumers to make a smart choice. Go ahead and take a look at the label before you buy your next packaged good to determine if the product contains “real” ingredients, like Kozy Shack’s traditional puddings.

Here are some other helpful supermarket and snacking hints:

– Prepare a list. Going to the grocery store with a list greatly reduces the likelihood of making impulse buys. If shoppers go to the store with a set list in mind, they’re less likely to buy unnecessary items.

– Know your store. As a general rule, shop the perimeter of the store to find healthy foods — like fruit, vegetables, fish, unprocessed meat, whole grain breads and low-fat dairy — and avoid the temptation of processed, high-sugar or high-sodium foods that tend to be placed in the center aisles.

– Purchase in bulk when available. Save money on products you can buy in bulk that allow you to make your own individual portions at home. Items like cookies, crackers and nuts sold pre-packed cost more per serving than larger portions you can divide yourself.

– Don’t deprive yourself. Instead, eat smaller portions or find “lighter” versions of your favorite snacks. Dessert lovers can satisfy their sweet tooth with products that say “no added sugar” or that come in small serving packages. For example, if you have trouble maintaining portion sizes for a pint of ice cream, try purchasing portion-controlled ice cream sandwiches or fudge popsicles. Pudding lovers shouldn’t miss Kozy Shack’s No Sugar Added line, which contains one-third fewer calories and half the carbohydrates of Kozy Shack’s traditional puddings.

To learn more, visit www.kozyshack.com.

Wedding Gift Registries: Couples’ Most Common Questions

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<p>(<a href=NewsUSA) – The bakery agreed to make your almond-flavored multi-tiered cake. You found a bridesmaid’s dress in just the right shade of robin’s-egg blue. Finally, the wedding plans are falling into place. What about your wedding gift registry?

Today, the options for wedding gift registries are endless. To help cut through the clutter, Demetra Bernard of Springmaid home fashions answers these common questions about wedding gift registries.

Q: Where should brides and grooms look for registries?

A: Virtually every retail outlet offers a registry, making it easy to find everything you need, from pillows to power saws. There is no rule that says all of your registered items need to come from one place. For example, you can choose Egyptian cotton sheets from Wal-Mart, tools from Lowe’s and a retro telephone from Pottery Barn.

Q: Is it better to register in the store or online?

A: How you register is a personal preference. The benefit to registering in the store is the “touch factor.” You can feel the softness of a towel or see if the ecru-colored blender matches your other appliances. On the other hand, registering online means that you don’t have to adjust your schedule around store hours. Online registries also are easier for gift-givers, especially far-flung family and friends who might not live near the store.

Most brick-and-mortar stores now have their registries accessible both in the store and online so you can decide which method works best for you.

Q: What do most people forget to put on their registries?

A: One of the most forgotten items are blankets. For some, it’s a utilitarian item that’s easy to overlook. For others, it’s just too confusing to decide on a fabric. Choosing between cotton, thermal, flannel, acrylic, down-filled, knit, woven or herringbone can make your head spin. But although it may take a few minutes to get educated on the best blanket for you, having one on your bed or in your linen closet is a must, especially when your new spouse turns down the thermostat!

Q: Should couples register for the “really good stuff”?

A: The tradition of wedding gift-giving started as a way for family and friends to help newlyweds – who were moving out of their parents’ homes and into an empty house – set up their new home. Today’s brides and grooms are marrying later in life and likely have lived on their own (at college or in an apartment) and have already accumulated some of the basics. So a registry can be the couple’s chance to indulge in the really good stuff.

They shouldn’t feel guilty, as the good stuff isn’t all that expensive anymore. Springmaid, for example, offers high-quality linens – 300-thread count and 100 percent cotton – for about $50.

As people continue to seek out luxury offerings for their own homes, it’s likely they will be willing to spend a little bit more to assure their families and friends get a taste of luxury, too.