August 23, 2017

Free Slurpees at 7-11 this Friday

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Its that time of year again! Grab your free Slurpee from your local neighborhood 7-11 store this Friday, 7/11/14 between 11am and 4pm.  A lot of Slurpee flavors are Kosher but if you are not sure which ones are or are not Kosher, check this list here.  I’m craving the new Slurpee Lemonade made with ‘real’ fruit juice.  Which flavor will you get?

Find your nearest 7-11 store here.

For #OurBoys #EyalGiladNaftali

boys-HYDIn light of the sad news and deep tragedy of the murders of three innocent boys, Yeshiva students on their way home to their families,  I thought it only appropriate to share some words, pictures, and news about the recent tragedy that we as a Jewish nation just experienced.  Except that I am at a complete loss for words.
What I am as well, though, is in awe of our brothers and sisters in Israel – over 60,000 of whom showed up for the funeral service today. I am in awe of all the people who live in Our Land and experience the intense joy and pain of living in such a holy and Blessed place. I hope that one day soon we will all be there together physically, as we are all united now emotionally.
Reading and watching helps us all connect, learn and grow.  So, in #ourboys’ honor and merit, may their memories be a blessing, here is a collection of pictures and news sources that I’ve compiled.
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Mourners lights candles spelling the names of the kidnapped Israeli teens at Gush Etzion Junction, where they went missing, following the announcement of their death, June 30, 2014. Photo: Tomer Appelabaum
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“The heartbroken nation of Israel came together today to bid farewell to the three teenage boys who were killed by Hamas terrorists. Eyal, Gilad, and Naftali were laid to rest alongside each other: ” “Rest in peace, my child. We will learn to sing without you. We will always hear your voice in our hearts.” -Rachel Frenkel, mother of Naftali.  Photo: GPO,  http://bit.ly/1m6dCFJ.
Here is some coverage of Eyal, Gilad and Naftali’s funerals.
Here are some words from a friend of mine:
“Hard to have any words regarding the huge blow/intense tragedy that has transpired over the last almost 3 weeks. We are heartbroken that our boys who were kidnapped in Israel (for whom so many prayers and good deeds were said and done) have been found murdered. Today was their joint funeral about which I read and saw pictures. I am not sure how much the American media is covering this heinous terrorist act; I only heard a very skewed version of it on Chicago radio this morning.  Jewish brothers and sister, we are one beloved family. Let us unite in familial love and share that love with all the beautiful, good people of the world. The resulting strength will tip the scales in the world to fight evil, IMHO.  Sending warm, loving wishes to all, you are all so special.”  – Tracy Goldenson Dalton. 
There was a very biased and awful article published shamefully in The NY Times today. Here is a rebuttal for that article that we should all share. And another rebuttal here.   (I refuse to link to the NY Times).
You can find some more reasonable journalistic coverage and very moving opinions and real facts here in The Times of Israel coverage.
If you would like to send a letter to the families in mourning or make a donation, you can do so through One Family here, a non-profit, volunteer organization in Israel committed to helping terror victims and their families.
 

 

City-Mini Baby Jogger Stroller Lowest Price on Amazon

Today on Amazon you can save $80 on the black City-Mini jogging stroller which is marked down 32% to $169.99.  Use the code: SUMMERGEAR at checkout and it drops down to $147.38!   WOW! This is an incredibly low price for a top of the line stroller.

In my experience, and based on the feedback from most of my friends – the City-Mini is the best stroller for walking, jogging, shopping and all of your needs.  The sale price is for the City-Mini Single Stroller.  If you or someone you know is in need or will be in need of a new stroller – grab this deal from Amazon now.  Since Amazon prices change unexpectedly, you need to grab this now, before the price goes back up.

Click here to grab your Baby Jogger City Mini Single, Black/Gray on sale now!

 

Amazon FREE $15 Gift Card with $50 Purchase

Welcome back to The Kosher Shopaholic.  After a long haitus, I’m back bringing you your favorite product reviews, deals and promotions. Thanks for your patience while I took a break from blogging.  I was busy in my other career, RaffBusiness.com building a digital strategy for a publishing company. I hope to share more about that with you later. For now, I found a great Amazon promotion to share! A Free $15 Amazon Gift Card!

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Spend $50 and get a free $15 Amazon Gift Card.  I can easily spend $50 on Amazon household products. Since I’ve joined Amazon Prime, I no longer have to schlep to Costco to buy all those heavy household supplies like laundry detergent, dish soap, and DIAPERS.  Those bulky, heavy boxes delivered right to your doorstep – what could possibly be better!?

Here are some of the great household products you can buy with this promotion:Cascade Complete All-in-1 Actionpacs Dishwasher Detergent, Fresh Scent, 80 Count,  , Charmin Ultra Soft Toilet Paper (10 Packs Of 4 Double Rolls) (with a $3 off coupon), Mr. Clean HomePro Extra Power Magic Eraser, 8 Count Box which is marked down to $10 from $30!.  So in essence, you are getting $50 worth of household products for only $35, or $32 if you use the $3 coupon.

Here is the list of all the products you can get on this promotionJust add $35 worth of products plus the $15 Gift Card to your Cart.  The gift card will automatically be discounted.  Grab it while it lasts and enjoy the bulky household deliveries right to your doorstep, with the amazing SAVINGS!

The M&Ms Of Marketing

These colorful, cheerful, uniform and sweet candy coated chocolates that are the M&M candy are a perfect association for what we call the M&Ms of Marketing: your Marketing Mix.  Contrary to popular belief, marketing is not simply a fancy term for ‘sales’ or ‘advertising’ but rather a philosophy or better yet a strategy that guides your business.  The M&Ms of your marketing mix, like the M&M candy, must be aligned, colorful, creative, have an appealing or sweet message that is uniform and consistent through all your mediums.  Your marketing plan, therefore, is a focused, uniform guide that conveys a clear and consistent message to a chosen audience.  An audience that has been carefully selected because they are most likely to respond to your marketing message by acting on the desire you’ve created: the desire to buy M&M candies.  Isn’t that a mouthful!

Let us take it piece by piece.

The art of Marketing is defined as the management process that identifies, anticipates and satisfies customer requirements profitably.  In other words, marketing is having the right product, in the right place, at the right time, for the right price.

The term Marketing Mix was coined by Neil Borden (Borden, N. 1964) who first started using the phrase in 1949. Borden claims the phrase came to him while reading James Culliton’s description of the activities of a business executive:

(An executive is) “a mixer of ingredients, who sometimes follows a recipe as he goes along, sometimes adapts a recipe to the ingredients immediately available, and sometimes experiments with or invents ingredients no one else has tried.” (Culliton, J. 1948).

The basic Marketing Mix of the 60’s consisted of the 4Ps: Product, Price, Place & Promotion.  Product: define your product and which market segment it targets, Price: establish its pricing strategy, whether it’s  99 cent psychological pricing, penetration pricing which is a strategy to undercut the competition by setting lower prices, or skimming where you have an exclusive product that you can sell at a higher than market price.   Place:  which channels you use to sell your product. Promotion: the message you will use to create your brand image.  All four together are used to convince your target customer to buy your candy, rather than your competitor’s candy.

Based on the marketing mix variables above, a simplified version of the M&M brand candy Marketing Plan might look something like this:

Product: The first step in the marketing mix is to clearly define your product and which category you want to identify it with and essentially, compete in.  M&M’s markets itself as a candy with milk chocolate and therefore can effectively competes in two categories: candy and chocolate.  It is placed next to the chocolates as well as next to the candies on store shelves.  In this way it is associated with both chocolate and candy but also allows M&M’s to differentiate itself, thereby providing them with a competitive advantage.  Packaging is another factor inherent to the product.  The design on the package would be left up to the promotion people but the size and type of packaging is very much a core part of the product itself.   M&M’s candy offers different size packages, different flavors (nuts inside) and different size candy (think, M&M minis).

Price: within the range of candies per size they would persue a Penetration strategy to establish themselves firmly into the marketplace.

Promotion: big M&M characters in ads to appeal to the child-centeredness focus of a mother.  Economy size bags that appeal to households with children, and so on.

Place: sold in all grocery stores and pharmacies and bodagos.

The marketing mix of the 60’s has evolved into something more complex 30 years later and now includes People, Process, and Physical Environment in the mix.  Process came about to refer to the popular buzzwords ‘quality management’ or ‘continuous process improvement’ and is about how an organization is run, how streamlined and organized it is and how focused every aspect of an organization is on the organization’s strategy.  Physical environment refers to an actual physical structure that represents a very big part of an organization, if applicable.  The Googleplex, Google headquarters, is a perfect process example since it so developed and huge that it is a city and world and culture of its own.

Market segmentation and competitive advantage are two other basic elements of a marketing strategy.   In Market segmentation, consider the world your orange and each category of people a different segment.  We can segment by thousands of different variables but the most common marketing variables are age, gender, socio-economic status, spending habits and lifestyle.  So an M&M candy might target women (gender) who are mothers (lifestyle & age), who tend to buy brand name snacks (spending habits) for their kids.

A solid marketing strategy is a critical component to the success of any product or business and helps you stay focused and compete effectively in today’s marketplace.

Suzannah Raff is a business coach in private practice in New York.  She also teaches college Management, Marketing & Entrepreneurship courses.  You can visit her websites: www.koshershopaholic.com, www.eatingforreal.com and www.raffbusiness.com for more information about her businesses and coaching services.

 

Raising A Child With Soul – Review

I recently had the privelege of hearing Rebbetzin Slovie Jungreis -Wolf speak on the topic of parenting and immediately went to Amazon to buy her book, Raising A Child With Soul.  I was so inspired by her talk that I wanted to share this information with you and since Mother’s Day is just around the corner I thought it would be a great idea to get this book as a gift for yourself for this upcoming Mother’s Day (I did).  I can’t think of any better gift.

Here’s a copy of the notes I took while listening to her beautiful talk.

The foundation for raising children:

1-      Attitude of Gratitude:  If I appreciate and cherish what I have been given I become a grateful person and respect  and appreciate the people and things in my life.  Teach our children to say, ‘thank you’. Yes, it is supposed to happen (dinner, soccer, …) but tell your children, ‘you have the responsibility to say, thank you’  even if its supposed to happen.   On the same note, teach our children to appreciate time. Time is not here for wasting. To teach this, we have to show appreciation to each other. Appreciation for what we’ve been given. When we appreciate we begin to act with respect. Stop taking it all forgranted.

2-      Compassion Chesed: Teach children to learn how to feel the pain of others.  This is how you teach children to be great, like Moshe Rabbeinu/Moses, by feeling the pain of others. Great means feeling the pain of others.

3-      Priorities in Parenting: Tell your children how Blessed they are to you. Really spend time with them. Our children just want our time, a listening ear, a listening heart.  Turn off your phone when you are eating with your children, reading a story. Let them know they are your priority, you love them unconditionally.

Here’s the link to Slovie Jungreis – Wolf’s book, Raising A Child With Soul again.  It makes the best Mother’s Day gift for yourself or a friend or mother in your life.

 

Decadent Mint Cookies n’ Cream Ice Cream (parve)

Ben & Jerry’s Mint Cookies & Cream Ice Cream is my all-time favorite ice cream.  The frozen white cream of the cookie mixed with mint ice cream is just so heavenly that I had to find a way to replicate it, albeit pareve, so that it could be enjoyed after a very meaty Shabbos meal.  As I was playing around with this recipe I thought of Ben & Jerry who add lots of candy and cookies to their ice cream flavors, I decided  to add some chocolate mint candy to it along with the cookies.  Ice cream is to me what chocolate is to the rest of the world, making this combination absolutely irresistible.

Special thanks to KosherScoop for providing me with  BaktoFlavors Peppermint Extract and Golden Vanilla Cane Sugar to perfect this decadent delight.

Recipe

Ingredients:

16 ounces non-dairy topping (frozen parve whip cream in liquid form)

1 cup sugar (I used 1/2 cup sugar with 1/2 cup BaktoFlavors Golden Vanilla Sugar that has real vanilla beans in it)

1 cup soy or coconut milk

3/4 teaspoon of peppermint extract

1 cup crushed chocolate sandwich cookies with vanilla cream inside (parve)

1 cup mini chocolate mint lentils

optional: green food coloring.  (I am not a fan of using food coloring so I don’t use this but if you need your mint ice cream to be green, that’s how you do it. )

Directions:

Whip the non-dairy topping until creamy (not yet whipped) with an electric mixer

Add the sugar and soy milk and keep mixing until creamy

Fold in the crushed cookies and mint lentils

Freeze overnight in airtight container & enjoy!

Give And Win $50 From JGives

In honor of the High Holidays, JGives asked to write this guest post.

Have you heard about the new way of giving with jgives?

Our lives are so busy that it’s often hard to find the time to relax let alone to give tzedakkah. Well, the founders of jdeal have come up with a great new philanthropic tool – jgives, a website where you can sift through charities, that are all jgives approved, and choose where to make your donation. The best part is after one donation, your payment details are securely stored so that next time it’s just a click!

This week is the Aseret Yemei Teshuva (10 days of repentance) and jgives wants to make sure that everyone is a part of this new giving revolution. So, for this week (September 9th – September 13, 2013 ), every donor will be entered into a draw to win a further donation of $50 to the charity of their choice AND a further $50 credit for jdeal as a reward for giving! 

“When we come together we can make the world a truly great place, so make sure to check out the charities on jgives and support them.
Through jgives and your contributions, each charity can have a great impact.”

This is a chance not to miss out on, with a simple donation of as little as $9, you could have the chance to give $50 to your charity of choice!

jgives – changing the world, $18 at a time

Wishing all my readers a G’mar Chasima Tova – that you be signed and sealed in the book of life!

Rosh Hashana 2013 Recipe Roundup

I want to take this opportunity to wish you, my loyal, wonderful readers a happy, healthy and fruitful New Year. May you all be signed and sealed in the book of life, health and sustenance.  I haven’t had much time to post here in a while but I couldn’t go into the new year without some goodies for you.  I have gathered below links to some of my favorite Rosh Hashana recipes for you to enjoy!

Pomegranate Brisket .  This is my all-time favorite brisket recipe, which is also perfect for Rosh Hashana because of the Pomegranate ingredients. This recipe is from The No Potato Passover cookbook.

Classic Challah and Water Challah.  My favorite challah is the water challah but my family prefers the classic challah version which is really the best challah around.

Here is also my favorite video on how to make a round challah by Couldn’t Be Parve.

Shabbos Chicken. I make this every Friday night and I make sure to use an organic pasture raised chicken so that there are no antibiotics.  This chicken along with chicken soup may be the most nutrients I get into my kids all week so I make it count!

Chicken Soup.  This soup is so rich and delicious we’ve gotten used to eating just the plain broth without any noodles or soup nuts. For yontif I add matzah balls to the soup as a special treat.

Matzah Balls.  I make Norene Gilletz’s matzah ball recipe. In fact, whenever I need a classic recipe, I turn to her classic, The New Food Processor Bible because every recipe under the sun is in it and they are all excellent!

Tomato Dip.  The combination of this dip with challah is absolutely addicting! However, it is full of very healthy raw garlic which is said to be excellent for preventing cancerous tumors.  But make sure to use your mouthwash after enjoying this dip with your challah.  And enjoy it, you will!

Butternut Squash Kugel. This is a much healthier version of the classic kugel from since it calls for coconut milk instead of the parve whip.  You’ll never taste the difference!

Hot Crock Pot Apple Crisp. Perfect to use in that crock pot that will be out all 3 days in preparation for Shabbat. It is also the yummiest dessert.

Meringue Cookies.  These are my children’s favorite cookies. It is also the best way to use up those egg whites from your challah dough ( use the egg yolks to give the tops a brown sheen). It always amazes me how much I can get out of 2 little egg whites.

 

Win a 3lb Case of Kosher Grass-Fed Steak From KOL Foods

As a special thank you to you, my loyal KosherShopaholic fans, I am including you in a Giveaway that I am running on my other site, EatingForReal.  You can enter the Giveaway through the widget below to win a 3lb case of kosher, grass-fed cowboy steak from KOL Foods.

I recently wrote a recipe and post about the secret benefits of a homemade 24 hour chicken bone broth. To read my recipe and review, click here.  To enter the giveaway, use the Rafflecopter widget below.
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