Free Your Cookie of the Bad Stuff with Among Friends Baking Mixes

Among Friends Baking Mixes were created by two friends, Suzie Miller and Lizann Anderson in an effort to design a mouthwatering cookie that wasn’t packed full of harmful ingredients.  The baking mixes are handcrafted using gluten free whole grain oat flour, baking soda, sea salt, and other all natural ingredients.  These sweet gals provided me with a complimentary sample of Phil’ em up Chocolate Cranberry cookie mix to taste test at my most recent house party.  I was surprised at how easy it was to prepare and my guests (including the kids)  absolutely loved the taste.

Among Friends Baking Mixes make baking in the kitchen easy peasy!  I just love the easy to tear package and all you need are three added ingredients!

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Add one egg, 1 tsp Vanilla, 4 Tbsp Soft butter.  We substituted coconut oil for the butter.

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Mix all the ingredients together.

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Make lil balls  (1 inch) and place 2 fingers (2 inches) apart on cookie sheet.

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So easy to prepare, even the lil fingers can help!

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Preheat oven to 350.  Bake in oven for 7-8 minutes

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And you will have yummy yummy yummy cookies!

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I would have to say that these gals have mastered the cookie!  Among Friends Baking Mixes are amazingly yummy!  Made with all natural and gluten free ingredients.  You will agree they are super easy to prepare and yummy to the tummy! I can not wait to bake more!  If you are in the Kissimmee area you can find Among Friends Baking Mixes at Publix Supermarkets.  If you are not in Kissimmee, FL and want to know where you can get these cookie mixes you can visit the Among Friends website and use the store locator.

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Henry Hodges Needs a Friend: a book review

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Henry Hodges Needs a Friend by Andy Andrews

This is an adorable story about a young boy that is having trouble fitting in and is in search of a very special friend.  But who???  Learn how God’s plan for Henry unravels and how he found happiness and companionship in his new forever friend that God chose for him…a new family pet!

From the Author:

From Andy Andrews, the best selling author of The Kid Who Changed the World, this hilarious rhyming story, complete with charming art, offers comfort to children who often feel left out or are in need of a good friend.

At some point, almost every child struggles with feeling like they don’t fit in or are left out—just like Henry Hodges. Henry is a lonely little boy on a lonely little street who longs for a friend. One day, his mother and father take him to a pet rescue shelter and his lonely world is changed! Told in a playful rhyme with adorable illustrations, this book will be a favorite among children and parents who love dogs and, ultimately, will comfort and encourage children who struggle with feeling accepted and finding friends.

Kids will want to read this whimsical and imaginative story again and again!

I absolutely  enjoyed reading this story to my children.  We all struggle with fitting in at some point in our lives.  It is so easy  for parents to over look this and forget it’s not always easy to make friends.  But…GOD never forgets and he has a very special plan for you and will help you overcome these yucky feelings.  Like Henry Hodges,  God has chosen a special friend just for you!

I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.

Positiviti is infectious!

Today’s post is written by my sweet guest, Juliet.  She is a one of the team members and a co creator of Positiviti. Positivi is a a positive community created for students by students that have experienced some sort of bullying on school campus or at home.  Continue to read more about Positiviti and how you can get involved!

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Positiviti, the site created for students struggling in situations at school and home, has officially been launched! Our site is an open space for students in upper elementary through high school grade levels, allowing them a place to go when their options in tough situations feel limited. On the site, students can access a ‘PositivFeed’ with quotes and messages of encouragement that have been left by the Positiviti Team and fellow students. Positiviti also has a site Mailbox page, where students can send in a message to Positiviti describing their situation at our Helpbox. Not only is the Helpbox a place where students can speak out about their situation, but Positiviti will respond with a personalized message of uplift for the student about what they’re going through. Our Mailbox page also includes a Dropbox, where students can submit positive messages for us to post onto the site.

As three students who have experienced the effects of bullying, we created this site because we know how it feels not knowing what to do about your situation. We are hoping to reach anyone who simply needs a space to receive encouragement, because feeling alone is the hardest part of dealing with what you face. Positiviti’s goal is to simply be a friend accessible to any student going through any issue. The hardest thing about dealing with situations at school and home is the feeling that you can’t say anything about what you’re going through. Positiviti’s goal is to be a webspace where students feel free to message us and get a chance to express themselves, while also receiving encouragement to keep going.

Positiviti is looking to spread the word of our site for students who need encouragement, but we are also looking for students who are willing to step up and become a part of our message of hope. Students can join us by accessing our site, where they can then click to our ‘Positiviti Team’ page. By joining the Positiviti Team, students volunteer to speak with people from their school about what they’re going through if they need to talk to someone face-to-face. To join our team, all students have to do is fill out a quick form on our Positiviti Team page so we can add them to our Team List. Members of our team are also asked to spread around the message of our site, as we want this to become as widespread as possible. We call our movement the Positiviti Virus, and we want to infect as many students as we can.

Please be sure to share these links and visit these pages listed below to help us spread the word of Positiviti!

You can visit our site at: www.positiviti.weebly.com
Please like us on Facebook and share our page at: www.facebook.com/positiviti
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Email: positivitimail@gmail.com

-Positiviti