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May
7
2011
May 7, 2011

Nutiva Organic Coconut Manna – Coconut spread

Photo courtesy of Official website: https://store.nutiva.com/coconut-manna/

I don’t know if you have this issue but I am constantly looking for something different to eat at breakfast. With the morning rush and getting my family ready for work and school, I get bored of just eggs, cereal, oatmeal, yogurt, and the staple of breads. I know what I love. I love peanut butter, but even that has a limit (5 days straight and I’m ready to eat plain bread!).

I stumbled across this coconut delight during a recent trip to the grocery store. I call it a coconut spread but some might call it coconut butter or coconut cream. I think spread because my intention was to spread it on my morning piece of toast.

Right off the bat, I loved what I read under the ingredient list: organic coconut. That’s it!! No preservatives, additives, nothing I can’t read or spell. Organic, natural goodness. I felt like I’d hit a home run already.


Product review: What happened?

I buy it, take it home, and get to work on it after dinner because I’m desperate to try it. As soon as you crack open the lid, the scent of coconut permeates the air and I kid you not, I start salivating (thank you, Pavlov!). However, my attempt to dive straight in is thwarted because it’s rock hard and given its natural state, requires some mixing to blend all the coconut goodness together.

I read the label, dunk it in hot water, mix and mix again, and finally, I get to spread it on my toasted pita bread.


Verdict:

Say goodbye to peanut butter for the next few weeks and hello to Nutiva Organic Coconut Manna! While it already tastes great, rich smooth coconutty goodness, I splurge and drizzled honey on top and that sent me right over the moon. You honestly don’t need much to pack a flavourful punch. Its rich without making me feel guilty and I’m convinced I moaned and groaned through the entire thing.

Although I was annoyed at having to heat up the entire jar to blend and mix the coconut spread, I was willing to do it. Why? Because I appreciate that natural means I sometimes have to put effort into what I eat. I’d rather spend a few more minutes mixing the different components of coconut together than have my food pumped with irrelevant and harmful products just so it can be ‘easy’ for me.

Will I buy/eat this again?? If you haven’t guessed it yet, yes, yes, yes, YES!!!!!

May
7
2011
May 7, 2011

Official website: http://pinkaliciousthemusical.com/

Last year, my daughter went through a Pinkalicious phase. She absolutely adored the original Pinkalicious book. So, when Pinkalicious – the musical was advertised, I had to go get tickets to watch it with her. This was her first ever musical and we honestly didn’t know what to expect.Pinkalicious - the Musical

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Musical Show review: What happened?

Produced by the Vital Theatre Company, this musical production is true to the original Pinkalicious book but with a ton of fun songs and moves added on top. Like the book, we’re introduced to Pinkalicious who loves all things pink, but most of all, pink cupcakes! She eats too many pink cupcakes and wakes up one morning – completely pink! With no solution at hand, her parents and brother take her to see Dr. Wink who prescribes a stead diet of all foods ‘green’ and no more pink cupcakes! Does Pinkalicious listen?? Well..let’s just say, things get worse before they turn better! There is a definite happy ending to this musical!


My Kid’s Review about Pinkalicious the Musical:

“In Pinkalicious, I like it when she turns pink. I also like it when she goes to the doctor. I also like ‘Pinkerific, Pinkerific. Life is a pinkerific dream come true. Pink’s a positively perfect hue…(she’s singing the entire song!). I like it when they sing, ‘your daughter has a case of pinkatitis. It’s the most amazing case I’ve ever seen and the only cure that’s known to modern science is a steady dose of food that are green..(there she goes again, singing away. This may take a while!). The musical is about Pinkalicious turning pink because she ate too many pink cupcakes. She doesn’t want to eat green food but in the end she eats green food and then she sings, ‘I’m goooonnnnna be brave and try to eat my greeeeens. (there she goes again!). My favourite part are all the songs! (she’s still singing!).”


Verdict:

Would I pay to watch this musical again? What if I told you we watched it 3 times last summer and we have plans to watch it again this year too?! Yes, fellow parents, I loved the musical so much that I willingly forked out the money to watch the Pinkalicious musical 3 times in one summer.

I loved that the musical added more depth to the Pinkalicious story line. Pinkalicious’ brother, Peter, also loves pink but is heavily scorned by Mr. Pinkerton (ie. daddy). Poor Peter isn’t even allowed to play with a pink ball and instead, is encouraged to play with a football (non-pink)! We later learn that Mr. Pinkerton also secretly loves pink and so does Mrs. Pinkerton! Family life for the Pinkerton household becomes much more love and fun-filled once everyone embraces their love of pink.

Best of all, my daughter and I both loved (and still love) the songs in the musical. They’re fun and catchy and really really breathe life into the book. We bought the CD and we’ve had many Pinkalicious dance parties, acting like the buzzy bees or like Dr. Wink. Of course, we’ve pretended to be Pinkalicious a million times over!

Now, one thing I do have to admit, and this could be just my personal opinion, but I will say that not all Pinkalicious performances have been created equal. We watched all of our shows in Toronto, Canada at the Al Green Theatre when it was running there. In Toronto, we saw Caitlynne Medrek and Miranda McDonald as Pinkalicious (both phenomenal), Daniel as Mr. Pinkerton, Kimberley as Mrs. Pinkerton, and Arthur as Peter. All the actors really sang and danced their hearts out. They were coordinated, in tune, engaging, and really made for a fun experience time and time again. We also got to get autographs from each member after the performance. Now, THAT was a treat for a 5 year old!

Since then, I’ve googled other Pinkalicious performances performed elsewhere in different places outside of Toronto, Canada and noticed a distinct difference in the look and quality of the props and performances. Not sure why, I just personally noticed a difference and while it’s no discredit to the performers or production company, I felt obligated to mention that I did notice the difference.

So, if Pinkalicious is coming to a live theatre near you, and your child loves the book, go check it out and make sure you buy the CD!

May
7
2011
May 7, 2011
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