MANGO-NIFICENT

This post is sponsored by Jamba Juice.

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Jamba Juice saved my life last year. I lost a lot of my appetite at the beginning of my separation. Everything came as quite a shock to me and the grief was so strong that I couldn't eat. I dropped almost 10 pounds in a month. Smoothies were the only thing I could stomach, and thankfully Jamba Juice has some really tasty ones.

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One of the best things about smoothies is that you can pack them with a ton of fruits and vegetables and protein, and somehow when you combine it all Jamba Juice makes it taste good. My personal favorite is Mango-A-Go-Go. It's my go-to (wink). 

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Having to stay energetic and strong for my kids, I was there almost every day. Sometimes I would even take the kids and treat them to one. They still to this day think it's just like ice-cream. I love it because it doesn't have any ice cream in it and, instead, a ton of fruit. 

I'm not sure if you have tried their smoothie bowls, but if you want some added banana, coconut, strawberries and crunch be sure to try their Mango Medley Bowl. YUM!! I just tried it, and I'm obsessed. 

If you want to try anything mango at Jamba Juice between now and June 6th use the special code JAMBASTYLES for $2 off your purchase. 

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Photos by Rennai Hoefer

Munchery Review

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Have you ever thought about meal kits? A lot of people have been trying them for the cooking experience, but I am more intrigued by the fresh, pre-made meals that would help save me time. After working a long day, and then coming home to cooking the kids dinners and getting them in bath to bed...Sometimes I don't even eat or I eat whatever is left over from their dinners...Sometimes it's barely anything. So, I tried out Munchery for a week....GAME CHANGER!

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I picked out six meals for the week, and they came to my door fresh, cold and ready to heat. Some were even made by local providers, so you know you are truly getting fresh. It was brilliant!

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The food tasted awesome! I tried shrimp with saffron rice, brisket with mac 'n cheese, and steak with sweet potatoes. Soooo good! Some days I took a kit to work for lunch, and other days I made it for my dinner while I cooked something more simple for my kids. 

All in all, I was really impressed with the ease of ordering, the packaging and taste. All of the packaging is recyclable, so there is less waste. Genius!

Photos by Rennai Hoefer; meals were covered by Munchery

Custom Cutting Boards

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Wedding season is upon us. You might have one, two or even three weddings on the books. I know I sure do. So, this year I already know what I'm getting them all - custom cutting boards. 

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Words with Boards can create a variety of custom designs that are unique to the recipient. They also create wine racks, lazy suzans and pot holders. What makes these special is they are handcrafted using quality woods and are one-of-a-kind. I highly recommend! 

You can also package your gift with some yummy olives, wine and cheese. 

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AFTER SCHOOL SNACKS

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Packing lunches has gone to a level that I just can't compete with. From Bento Boxes to making animals out of vegetables, Pinterest has me all kinds of stressed out when I think about what other moms are doing. 

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Me, well, I just stick to simple sandwiches, bananas, and juice. And, you know what, that is totally okay because this simple lunch gives my kids the energy and nutrition they need to be healthy and happy, and I have more time to spend with them. 

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The same thing goes for snacks in our home. Though I would love to make banana sushi or something really creative for them every day, I just can't fit it in right now. But it's not the lunches that your kids remember when they are grown, it's how much you loved them and the time you spent. Moms, you're doing good just by making sure your kids have healthy food to eat. Minute Maid has been doing a great job on shedding light on parents #doinggood and taking the pressure off of themselves. Check out to see what I wrote for their blog this month, click here.

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NUEVA NEW YORK - A TWIST ON THE MANHATTAN

Out of the three cocktails Barrel Aged Dad has taught me to make this one is my personal favorite because it involves wine and tequila (my alcohol of choice usually). Jason took the classic Manhattan and give it the wild west treatment by swapping whiskey for tequila and vermouth for wine. Yowza! The classic cocktail originated in New York City, but it's far from home in taste while the appearance and beauty remains classic.  This is a great cocktail if you want to wow your special guy for Father's Day with presentation and bar skills because it requires a bit more technique (two things that I don't have, but I will totally look like I have with this cocktail). 

NUEVA NEW YORK COCKTAIL
2 oz Anejo tequila (Kirkland brand at Costco is a great bargain, $20)
1 oz Lillet Rouge
1 barspoon agave nectar (about 2 teaspoons)
2 dashes Scrappys Bitters Chocolate Bitters

Add ingredients to mixing glass with ice, stir, fine strain into a cold coupe glass. Express the oils from an orange peel over drink, discard peel. Garnish with Luxardo cherries. 

 Add ingredients to mixing glass with ice

Add ingredients to mixing glass with ice

 Stir briskley. 

Stir briskley. 

 fine strain into a cold coupe glass

fine strain into a cold coupe glass

 Garnish with Luxardo cherries

Garnish with Luxardo cherries

Be sure to check out our other cocktails for more ideas for what to serve on Father's Day,  as well as my gift guides. Follow Barrel Aged Dad for additional cocktail inspiration. 

Photos by Rennai Hoefer