Thursday, November 30, 2023

Herbspro savings code!

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עברית למטה

iHerb shoppers may want to check out the Black Friday Sale at Herbspro for more products you might be looking for from outside of Israel. Be sure to use Coupon Code HH10 to get your 10% Happy Holidays discount!

Herbspro ships via the postal service, but I couldn't find a set international shipping rate chart. So if you order, please be sure to help us gather data about their shipping fees and come back to this post and let us know how much you were charged for shipping.

Don't forget these important, basic principles of shopping online from Israel:

  • Keep your order under $75 to avoid paying VAT!!
  • Spread out your orders. If you want to buy more than $75 worth of items from one website, and you have the option of splitting your order - DO IT. BUT don't order more than $75 worth on any given day to the same shipping name/address/ID. If you do, customs may combine your orders and charge you. Give it about 3 days between orders if you have to place it in one name. Best to ship to a different name using a different ID for customs, so you can order it all on the same day.

Enjoy and happy savings!

קבלו 10% הנחה על כל האתר של הרבספרו עכשיו!
הזינו קוד קופון
רק וודאו שהסל הסופי יוצא ללא מיסים - צריך להיזהר מאוד שהסל אינו עובר $75 - סף המע"מ


Tuesday, November 28, 2023

UPDATED: Buy Blue & White from Overseas (with the convenience of Amazon)

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Today's post is for my friends and followers outside of Israel, who love Israel and want to support the people here, i.e. "Buy Blue & White".

It's become SUPER easy to support some Israeli businesses from outside of Israel! So I'd like to help everyone stand in solidarity with Israel with this "Buy Blue & White" guide.

So many companies make it easy to buy their products from the USA - especially those with Amazon storefronts (and many ship to other countries too)!

I'm happy to share some options with you - all of the items listed below are a great way to support an Israeli-owned business and still have the convenience of shopping online! I'm sure there are lots more options, but in the meantime - here are the ones that I know of: 

(I hope to keep adding to this list)

You can make your own seltzer (carbonated water) using the iconic Sodastream machine. 

Or buy beautiful Judaica items, like an Emanuel mezuzah case or chanukiyah, or even a great Havdallah travel set! Also from Emmanuel: Chanukah Kippot, Jerusalem Kippot, painted wooden kiddush cup and coaster, "Yeled Tov/Yaldah Tovah" hammered stainless steel kiddush cups, hammered nickel kiddush cups, and colorful candlesticks.

Buy beautiful jewelry from Paz Creations. Also NanoStyle and Happy Lolli.

Refael Jewelry Designer sells handmade jewelry from Israel.

Also check out embroidered jewelry boxes.

Nurture your plants with a LeGrow planter set

Display your love of Israel with these Jerusalem-themed ArtTrivets.

Display beautiful Israel on your wall with an Israel Photo Art Calendar!

Decorate your home with beautiful wooden Wall Art from Tohar Design Store, or a fun Chanukah table runner, or a painted washing cup.

If you love music, check out Day of Rest for something different.

Buy Israeli spices from Izrael Zaatar Ltd and bring the flavor of the shuk into your kitchen (BBQ Grill mix, Galilee Stir Fry Seasoning mix).

Try out Israeli herbal/fruit teas: Golan blend or Louisina make great choices.

Get your kids moving and exploring with Israeli-owned Nona Kid pretend play, outdoor play, and fitness equipment for kids.

Check out the whole line of Qurious educational toys and games.

For an interactive Israel-themed online escape room experience, be sure to check out the games at!

And if you love to read, check out books by these Israeli authors:

Organized Jewish Life: The Essential Guide for Planning Jewish Holidays, Events and Every Dayby Rebekah Chaifetz Saltzman

Organized Jewish Life Shabbat and Holiday Planner: The Ultimate Organizational Shabbat and Jewish Holiday Checklist and Planning Workbookby Rebekah Chaifetz Saltzman

A Warrior's Guide to Fibromyalgiaby Sara Halevi 

Everything Tracker - The Ultimate Comprehensive CBT Tool Kitby Sara Halevi MA (Author), Liora Sophie (Illustrator)

The Breast Cancer Checklistby Fern Reiss

The Publishing Game: Publish a Book in 30 Daysby Fern Reiss

30 Jewish Superheroes: An Amazing Collection of Jewish Superheroes (Coloring book)by Hillel Penrod (Author), Ayelet Hashachar Penrod (Editor)

15 B'nei Noah Superheroes Coloring & Activity Book: Heroes from Around the World! | Color, Read, and Learn to Draw Your Own Hero, Torah Comics Paperback by Hillel Penrod (Author), Ayelet HaShachar Penrod (Editor)

Inner World (Kindle book) by Hillel Penrod (Author, Illustrator), Ayelet HaShachar Penrod (Editor) 

Israel 201: Your Next-Level Guide to the Magic, Mystery, and Chaos of Life in the Holy Landby Joel Chasnoff & Benji Lovitt

Nehama Leibowitz: Teacher and Bible Scholar (Modern Jewish Lives)by Yael Unterman

The Hidden of Things: Twelve Stories of Love & Longingby Yael Unterman

I'm so lucky: A life full of loveby Yael Unterman

The Street Cats of Nahariya by Jennifer Pyatt (Author), Aya Navot (Illustrator)

White Zion, by Gila Green (see all of her books here, and pre-order the newest one!)

Getting Ready for Shabbat! Let's Make Soup! (Getting Ready for Jewish Holy Days), by Chaya Bluma Gadenyan

Girls' Names from the Hebrew Bible: A Children's Bilingual (Hebrew-English) Coloring Bookby Chaya Bluma Gadenyan

The Adventures of Incredi-Wheels & Triple S: The Mysterious Missing Bookby Rebecca Rubin Seligson

Storky's Journey Homeby Nachshon Meir Spiegelman

If you want to be added to this list, please email me at!

Thanks for supporting Israeli businesses! Let me know if you found this list helpful, and feel free to share it with all of your friends!

Monday, November 20, 2023

Early black Friday clothing deals

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I've got a shopping list for Black Friday - things we planned to buy but were not so urgent that we weren't able to wait for a sale.

So now it seems like a good time to start deciding what I'm actually buying - the sales have begun!

Starting with the clothing requests, my "guys" still prefer American style pants over the more common European style worn here. So I found Pleated khakis in a very wide range of sizes on sale now! Definitely time to stock up.

We're also looking at this Sherpa-lined sweatshirt (these run a bit smaller than expected, in case you were wondering, but proved to be a favorite when I last bought it, so now more people want one!)

Another thing I have to search for is shirts with an Oxford collar. I have managed to buy some at the mall in a bigger city, but the selection was not great. So it's on the online shopping list. 

Wool-blend socks have been great for winters in Israel. If your toes are warm, your whole body is warmer. There are some great deals on kids' socks and adult socks. Get some for everyone!

Ok so I couldn't help but notice this, even though we don't need them. Some Gymboree dresses qualify for free shipping and discounts right now! These dresses last FOREVER. We still see our old Gymboree dresses around the neighborhood on little girls (they seem to go from one family to the next) and my girls are older teens now!

If I can, I'll try to post more deals over the next few days! Feel free to comment below or in my public shopping group on FB and let me know what you're looking for!

Water problems

Today, November 20, 2023, a boil water advisory was announced for the city of Haifa. 

In addition, all beaches are closed due to the possibility of contamination from the storm and possible overflow from the sewage system. 

Stay safe everyone! 

Sunday, November 19, 2023

YES iHerb packages are arriving in Israel

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עברית למטה

iHerb is one of my favorite ways to find products that I can't get in Israel. Or products that may be available in Israel, but at inflated prices.

Right now, there's been a lot of talk about delivery delays. So I took it upon myself to place an iHerb order and see what happened. I placed my latest order on October 29 and I picked it up from the delivery pickup point (a local store) the same day they notified me it was there - November 16. So delivery certainly took longer than it had previously, but 2.5 weeks is certainly reasonable.

And so I wanted to let you know that as of right now, iHerb has already started their early black Friday sales! They'll be changing the deals all week long - it's worth keeping an eye on them and ordering your favorites when they go on sale.

Today they're offering 22% Off Supplements, with a coupon code: CLICK HERE TO LOAD THIS COUPON INTO YOUR CART.

If the discount doesn't show up in your cart, be sure to use Reward Code QEJ101 and promo code 22VMS - Just copy and paste them into your cart, one at a time - iHerb will give you the best discount available with those 2 codes.

Need some ideas for your iHerb order?

Here are just a few things I recommend - several of these are eligible for extra discounts right now without a coupon code! I'd love to hear what your favorites are:


Lip balm 

Specialty sea salt grinders 

Witch Hazel Toner

Unscented Laundry Detergent Pods

Unscented Compostable Dryer Sheets

Witch Hazel Cleansing Pads 

Stridex acne control pads 

Cocoa Butter Lotion 

Dental Floss 

Pain Relief Cream (the athletes in my house like this one a lot)

Makeup Remover


Maple Syrup Granules 

Made Good Granola Bars 

Cheddar Cheese Powder

Your order of $60 and up will usually qualify for FREE Global Air Locker shipping!

Don't forget these important, basic principles of shopping online from Israel:

  • Keep your order under $75 to avoid paying VAT!!
  • Spread out your orders. If you want to buy more than $75 worth of items from one website, and you have the option of splitting your order - DO IT. BUT don't order more than $75 worth on any given day to the same shipping name/address/ID. If you do, customs may combine your orders and charge you. Give it about 3 days between orders. Best to ship to a different name using a different ID for customs, so you can order it all on the same day.
  • Always look for the free shipping option - usually, it's to a pickup spot.

Enjoy and happy savings!

אם הקודים לא עולים אוטומטי לסל הזינו את הקודים
ותקבלו ההנחה המרבית!
רק וודאו שהסל הסופי יוצא ללא מיסים - צריך להיזהר מאוד שאחרי הקודים הסל יורד למתחת ל$75 - סף המע"מ

(ולרוב גם תקבלו משלוח חינם עם גלובל אייר לוקר עם מוסיפים מוצרים כדי שסכום הרכישה
יגיע ל$40)!


Thursday, November 16, 2023

Shortcuts: Cooking quickly and cheaply

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During these trying times in Israel, we've all been forced to give up so much. It's unfathomable how much the people in this country have sacrificed. It's heartbreaking and gut-wrenching whenever we stop to think of the hostages and the murdered and the soldiers who've given their lives (which, frankly, is all the time).

And so, it seems trite to worry about my finances, and some days - I honestly don't want to worry about it. I just want to do whatever I feel I need to do - to give, to support, to survive, and even perhaps bring a smile to the face of a loved one.

And yet, it would be irresponsible of me to not acknowledge the severe economic crisis that we're facing or will be facing. On a personal level, our main source of income is not operational at the moment, though we do hope it will be able to get back to some level of functioning soon. And while we are trying to make sure we have some income during this time, it's not exactly the financial upswing I was hoping would end the fiscal year. (If you want to be supportive at this time while our main business is closed, please check out our Bagels & Locks Studios games and curriculum! I hope you'll like it!).

And besides the finances, let's face it - it's just plain hard to muster up any energy some days. My desire to cook can be completely nonexistent on any given day! And while some of my family members don't mind spending time in the kitchen, they only have energy for baking cakes and cookies.

Don't get me wrong, cakes and cookies are GREAT. But after too many cakes and cookies, I start to feel guilty, and eventually decide we need a healthy-ish, balanced-ish meal.

Of course, there are certain requirements for these meals, including minimal cost and minimal time spent prepping. Also, it's always best if it can be popped into the oven - I don't have any energy for dealing with stovetop cooking, and many people I've spoken to are feeling the same way. 

If you need some good baking pans, and ant to order from a local store, be sure to check for deals on Wallashops! I live way out in the boondocks, but my orders have always arrived quickly!

So here goes - some of the foods I've been making home-cooked, minimalist meals:

Some of you asked for 5-minutes of prep. So here are my ideas for that:

1. Spicy Rice & Beans - in order for this to be a true 5-minute prep, you'll need to keep some shortcut ingredients on hand. Like these:

I used 1.5 cups of brown rice, 2 small cans of chili beans, and additional spices, including the fried onions and dried garlic chips pictured above (I added some smoked paprika and coarsely ground black pepper, you might want some salt too), and 3 cups of water, all combined in a casserole dish, covered tightly with foil, and then set it in the oven to bake for about 1 hour. (Oven 200C) 

Came out great. And in a pinch it's practically a full meal. And the cost is minimal - I got those beans on sale for ahout 2 NIS per can.

Note: I make this with long grain brown rice, but really you can use any rice.

2. Baked Pasta dish:

You'll need 1 bag of pasta (any kind), 1 can crushed tomatoes, dried spices (garlic, salt, pepper, basil flakes, and whatever else you want like oregano, parsley, hot pepper flakes), 1 container of cottage cheese, and about 250g of shredded cheese.

In a large pan (lasagna sized), mix the crushed tomatoes, spices, and cottage cheese. Fill the crushed tomato can with water and add that too. Now carefully mix in the dry pasta. Make sure it's basically covered - add more water if you need. Top with shredded cheese. Cover with a sheet of baking paper (I usually tear 1 sheet in half, actually) and cover that with foil. Bake at 200C for 45-55 minutes.

Note: I have made this with white pasta, whole wheat pasta, and whole spelt pasta. GF pasta is an option, too. 

Cost: This is definitely more expensive that the rice and beans, but I don't think it's exorbitant.

3. Ptitim with chicken: 

This could potentially take a a little more than 5 minutes - depends on how fast you are at cutting up chicken. You'll need: 1 tablespoon or so of oil, 500g chicken breast, half a bottle of BBQ sauce (or a small can of tomato paste, sugar, and spices, including those fried onions and dried garlic pieces mentioned above), ptitim (called "Israeli couscous" in other countries), and about 1 cup of water. First dice the chicken - you'll want small pieces. Put everything in a casserole dish - the oil goes in last. Add more water if your ptitim aren't all covered. Lay baking paper over the top and then cover tightly with foil. Bake at 200C for about 45 minutes. 

If you prefer spicy flavors instead of BBQ sauce flavor, you can use a small container of spicy matbucha instead of the BBQ sauce.

Note: Use any ptitim - regular, extra fiber, or spelt ptitim all work.
Cost: Depending on where you shop, chicken prices vary. I try to stock up when it's 20 NIS/kilo and keep it in my freezer. So 500g of chicken breast can be 10 NIS, and the rest of it - the BBQ sauce is the biggest splurge! I still think the cost is reasonable for feeding 4 or more people.

4. Ptitim with chick peas and vegetables: You'll need a bag of ptitim, a bag of frozen mixed vegetables, 1 full size can of chick peas,1 tablespoon of oil, salt, pepper, turmeric, and any other spices you like, including and the onion and garlic pictured above. First, drain the can of chick peas. Mix everything together in a large casserole dish. Add water till it's covered. Bake at 200C for 45 minutes or until most of the water is absorbed.

Note: I prefer the mixed vegetables for soup (that is sold under Rami Levy's private label) for this recipe, but any mixed vegetables will do.

Cost: frozen veggies are likely the most expensive part of this - so the cost is probably similar to the chicken and ptitim above. I think it's reasonable and goes a long way - the frozen vegetables at Rami Levy are usually about 10 NIS per bag.

Now, please tell me about your 5-minute meals! I'd love to get some fresh ideas!

Stay safe and strong everyone.


Monday, October 16, 2023

PSA: Government Appointment System

 Do you have to make an appointment with an official entity in Israel?

I didn't know this, but sometime since the last time I had to go to Misrad Hapnim, some changes happened.

We used to make appointments for almost all government offices on

But now, some appointments have moved over to another platform - Misrad Hapnim (Ministry of the Interior/Population Registry office) and Misrad Hatachburah (Ministry of Transportation) are now taking appointments via GoVisit -

screenshot of GoVisit home page
Screenshot of the website

I was able to get the appointment I needed for less than a month from now, in my small town. However, some services (like a standalone passport appointment - as opposed to a Teudat Zehut appointment where you can do a passport at the same time) have LONG waiting times. So make an appointment for whatever you need as early as possible, so you won't get stuck!

Hope this helps someone.

Saturday, October 14, 2023

Books - another free delivery option!

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It's quite the stressful time here in Israel. And while I feel it's important to stay in the loop, sometimes it's also good to disconnect a bit (keep your phone on so you'll still get Home Front Command alerts) and you know how much I believe in reading books.

If you're looking to get some new books, I wanted to let you know about some options you might not have heard about, with free shipping available to Israel!

Eva's Used Books is a small olim-owned business that ships books within Israel. They don't have a massive inventory, but they do constantly refresh! Definitely check it out.

And if Eva's doesn't have what you're looking for, be sure to check out Blackwell's! On their site, the cost of delivery is included in the price of the books, and they ship from the UK. (I'm hearing from some people that they aren't currently shipping orders to Israel - we'll have to get to the bottom of this!)

The same rules apply for orders from Blackwell's as all other overseas websites - personal imports to Israel under $75 are tax-free. Orders over $75 will incur VAT and possibly other fees. I recommend ordering the equivalent of less than $75 of merchandise from any given website at one time.

If you're looking for books in Hebrew, check out Prag - they have really inexpensive digital offers, too! This website is Israel-based.