Back to School Giveaway Event: @FunkyMonkeySnck #Giveaway

  My boys are always ready for a snack. This is especially true once school starts. The first words out of their mouths when they walk in the door are "Can we have a snack??". So, I was happy to try out Funky Monkey Snacks. These snacks are made from full fresh slices and pieces of freeze-dried fruit. I love that the snacks are healthy and my kids love that they are delicious! They have no added colors, flavors, sugars, or preservatives and they're also gluten-free, certified Kosher, and certified non-GMO. We were sent a sampler pack to try out. We tried the Pink Pineapple first. It was SO good! It did make my 4-year old pucker up a little but he loved them! Th Carnival Mix was a big hit as well. It has freeze-dried organic banana, apple, pineapple and papaya. It was a really nice blend of flavors. My 2-year old is crazy about bananas so he loved the Bananamon flavor which has a touch of cinnamon. the Applemon also has cinnamon and was an all around favorite. I really liked … [Read more...]

Back to School Giveaway Event: @ReUsies Giveaway

We go through a lot of baggies when we pack lunches. With 3 kids in school right now, it adds up quickly. Not only can this be expensive, but I also hate all the plastic trash it adds to the landfills. ReUsies are the perfect solution! They're the re-usable alternative to sandwich/snack bags. ReUsies are 100% cotton lined with leak-resistant nylon and are secured with Velcro® closures. ReUsies come in 2 sizes, sandwich and snack. They have many different patterns and colors to choose from. I was sent the soccer ball ReUsies. The bags are really well made. The cotton seems like it will hold up really well and the nylon lining is easy to clean. ReUsies can be machine washed and dried, washed in the dishwasher, or for longest life simply wiped clean with a soapy sponge and air dried. I love the size of the bags. the sandwich size (approx. 7.5” w/ 6”h) easily held a PB&J sandwich with plenty of room to spare. I didn't have to cram the sandwich in it. The snack size (approx. 6” w … [Read more...]

Back to School Giveaway Event: @GoPicnic #Giveaway

My kids eat the school lunch at times and like to take it at other times. On the days they pack, I try to make sure it's something tasty as well as nutritious. GoPicnic makes it easy! They provide a wide variety of nutritious ready-to-eat meals. All of their meals contain no trans fats, no high fructose corn syrup, no MSG, and no artificial flavors and colors. Many of their meals are also gluten free (make sure to check the ingredients label to see which ones are included). These pre-packaged meals are SO much better than the lunchables my kids are always begging for, both in taste and nutrition. They have combos such as Turkey Pepperoni + Cheese, Hickory Farms Beef, Cheese & Crackers, Sunbutter + Crackers, and Peanut Butter + Crackers, just to name a few. We received the Turkey Pepperoni + Cheese and the Peanut Butter + Crackers meals. I tried the pepperoni and cheese meal first. It included Bridgford Turkey Pepperoni Slices, Crunchmaster Multi-Seed Crackers, … [Read more...]

Back to School Giveaway Event: @annieshomegrown #giveaway

Part of the school year is packing lunches and making sure you have snacks handy when the kids get home from school. I don't know what time your kids eat lunch at school but our girls are eating at 11. When they get home at 3:30 they are hungry and ready for a snack. We have a pretty hard and fast rule that before you go out and play you have a snack and get your homework done. Then the rest of the evening is open to fun and games! But finding the right snacks can be hard. I love giving our kids Annie's products for their lunches or for an after school snack. I was sent some of their bunny crackers and fruit snacks. All three kids really enjoyed these! The bunny crackers are especially nice for our toddler. The crackers are just the right size for his little hands. PLUS, I can read and pronounce every item that goes into these little bunny crackers: "ORGANIC WHEAT FLOUR, EXPELLER PRESSED VEGETABLE OIL (SAFFLOWER AND/OR SUNFLOWER), SALT, CHEDDAR CHEESE (PASTEURIZED MILK, CHEESE … [Read more...]

Back to School Giveaway Event: @LaptopLunches #Giveaway

If you like Bento boxes, flat rate shipping and all things eco-friendly, then stay tuned for an awesome review and giveaway from Laptop Lunches. I have heard all about Bento boxes but have never owned one before. Laptop Lunches allowed me to select one of their boxes to try out. I tried the Black/Avo. It just so happened my oldest daughter had a day camp to attend and I was able to pack her a lunch. This was my first ever attempt at a Bento lunch. I packed her some spinach, crunchy noodles for topping, a small treat and then packed some mandarin oranges and blackberries. I was able to use the skinny compartment on the right side for a small fork and a cloth napkin. I was so pleased with how it turned out! I realize my meal was probably not a typical Bento meal but it was still neat! And best of all was her reaction. She opened it at lunch and all her friends were like "What is that???" She said, "My Mommy writes a blog and this is my new Bento Box from laptop lunches." She then … [Read more...]

Back to School Giveaway Event: @UmiShoes #Giveaway

My absolute favorite place for kids shoes is Umi Children's Shoes! They have a great selection, amazing quality and some awesome customer service to boot. All 3 of our kids have Umi shoes and wear them proudly. Knowing that the start of school is just around the corner, I knew we wanted Umi shoes for our kids again. Umi graciously sent me a pair for our daughters and a pair for our toddler son. For our daughters we received the Payce in Black. I love the cute flower on the side. One of the main reasons we love Umi, is the comfort it offers our kids. The strap on the Payce is a soft elastic. It did not leave any mark of her skin, did not pinch and has plenty of stretch to it. Not ONCE have any of our kids gotten a red mark or blister from their Umi shoes. Every shoe is made with your children's comfort in mind. Our kids love when Umi boxes arrive. Here is our Hippie um...."modeling" her new shoes. LOL! And the Professor is definitely proud of his shoes. I chose the … [Read more...]

Back to School Giveaway Event: @PandasInt #Giveaway

Do your kids have a passion for anything? Our middle daughter, has a soft spot in her heart for Panda's. She loves them and collects them and worries about them becoming extinct. One of her dreams is to visit China and see the Pandas living in their natural environment. At one point she had a dream to ride a panda. LOL! Anyways, when looking for Back to School items and panda themes, I literally stumbled across Pandas International. In case you are wondering, yes, they are a non-profit organization with a great mission! (The following is taken directly from their website)   "The Giant Panda, one of the most delightful and captivating of animals, is also one of the most endangered. The best scientific estimates place the number of wild pandas at approximately 1,600. In 1999, after a trip to China and the Wolong Panda Center, the sight and plight of the Giant Panda made such a dramatic impression on Suzanne Braden and Diane Rees that upon returning to the United States, … [Read more...]

Back to School Giveaway Event: @LunchboxDotCom

When you have kiddos in school packing lunches can consume quite a bit of your time. Having a good lunch box is essential for the school year. I was pleased with the selection I found available at Lunchboxes.com. I was able to choose a lunchbox to review and I selected the Hardliner. The blue divider is removable if you do not need it. If you do want it, you can easily store grapes on one side and a sandwich on the other. or something similar. My husband takes a lunch to work 6 days a week. It has to stay cold in the elements and be quick and easy for him to eat on the run. Typically he wants a wrap, dressing to dip it in and a drink. I fit that all in plus room for an ice pack! The model of the Hardliner I received has a very small zipper pocket on the outside for slipping in a napkin or fork. But, Lunchboxes.com is giving one reader a Hardliner and that lunchbox already has an improvement! The one the winner will receive will have an expandable outside pocket to allow … [Read more...]

Back to School #Giveaway Event: Crinkled Nose #Giveaway

  I'm a picture fanatic! I love taking pictures, especially of my kids. We also love sending photo cards. All of my hubby's family lives out of state and most of mine does as well so it's a great way to share holidays and such with them as well as friends. I was so excited to find CrinkledNose.com! They offer a huge selection of personalized announcements, invitations, and holiday cards. But what makes Crinkled Nose unique is that they offer the option of turning their cars and invites into magnets! How neat is that?! We get several photo cards during the holidays and I struggle with how to display them. Photo magnet cards are the perfect solution! Now grandparents have the perfect way to show off the grand kids. They don't have to worry about the cards getting lost or damaged. I decided to create my own 4th Of July card. The process was super easy. I just picked the template I wanted to use, uploaded the pic and added the text I wanted. One the card was created, I choose to … [Read more...]

Back to School Giveaway Event: Wexy Bags #Giveaway

We strive to use eco-friendly products in our house whenever possible. So, I was excited to learn about Wexy Bags! They're eco-friendly snack bags that are BPA free and biodegradable! They are perfect for kids' lunch boxes and even have 4 funky monsters on them. Wexy Bags were created by two moms who were dedicated to the health of their kids. Together, they developed bags that helped to make healthy eating fun.   My kids loved the bags! They thought they were so neat and loved the monsters :) The Wexy site has a section where you can "Meet the Monsters" and the boys thought that was so cool. They all had their favorites. I love the fact that the bags are biodegradable. It's nice to know we're helping the environment. I also really like the fact the bags are BPA free. With all the new information about the dangers of BPA, I'm happy to know I can safely package my kids foods. If you're looking for eco-friendly bags that are also fun, check out Wexy Bags! Three of our lucky … [Read more...]