Buon Bambini Pouch Topper Giveaway!

The Buon Bambini Pouch Topper has been such a lifesaver! You know how kids like to squeeze those food pouches until there’s a giant mess? Yeah- mama doesn’t have time for that! These pouch toppers will fit on the baby food pouches you buy from the store or the reusable pouches you fill at home.

The pouch topper keeps the mess at bay by controling the flow. Your baby or toddler can not squirt the baby food pouch all over the floor anymore! 😉 They literally have to suck it out like a straw.

I have been using this since Jackson started on solid foods last year and it is still a super handy food accessory in our home. It’s really easy to clean out either by hand washing with a nipple brush or rinsing it out and putting in the dishwasher. In my opinion, if you’re going to use food pouches, these are a must-have item!

 

Because this is one of my favorite baby food products and can be used into the toddler years- I want to give one away to a lucky reader! 🙂 Comment below with why you’d like one and subscribe to Fluff Bum Babies for a chance to win! I’ll pick a winner on April 21st! 🙂

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ezpz Placemat Review

ezpz mats have become a “must-have” product in my book for toddlers. We currently have the Mini Mat, the Happy Mat, the Snack Mat, and the new book- Making Mealtime ezpz: Fun Ways to Fill the Happy Mat.

Some of you may be wondering…. “What is ezpz?” ezpz placemats are silicone placemats marketed for kids that suction to most tabletops. These mats are made of food grade silicone that is BPA, BPS, PVC, latex and phthalate free.

ezpz placemats are super handy once your child has reached the age of eating food, but wants to play and throw their plate or bowl on the floor. The Happy Mat suctions nicely to tabletops, while the Mini Mat is designed to fit on most highchairs.

 

I will admit that I’m not a Pinteresty mom in any way, shape, or form. This is one reason why I love these mats. Jackson’s food can look so fun with very little effort. And let’s face it- kids seem to eat more when their food looks fun. I don’t understand the logic behind it, but we all know it’s true! These placemats are also dishwasher safe, microwave safe, and oven safe (up to 350 degrees) so cooking with them and clean-up are easy!

 

Jackson really likes to snack, but he doesn’t want to sit in his highchair during snack time. The Snack Mat has become a favorite, and was actually our first ezpz mat! I can put his snack in the bowl, suction it to our floating floor, and he can play while snacking- and I don’t have to worry about him just tipping the bowl over for fun!

 

Now this may sound silly…. But I’m a mom on a budget. These mats aren’t exactly cheap, although I wouldn’t say they’re expensive either. Because they’re made of silicone, they won’t show signs of wear. This means that they really won’t have to be replaced. The ezpz mats that I use for Jackson now, can be stored away for any future babies. It doesn’t hold onto bacteria either since it’s a nonporous material- and it also shouldn’t stain! (although, I’m sure cooking some red sauce in it may be harder to get out!)

 

We really like to take the ezpz mats with us when we leave the house. Jackson has used his mats at restaurants and family member’s homes. We put the Mini Mat into a Smart Bottoms wet bag and the Happy Mat fits perfectly in a Smart Bottoms On-the-Go wet bag. It really depends on where we’re going, what’s clean, and what we’ll be eating for me to decide which one to take. If it’s super messy food, I’ll take the Happy Mat (for example) because sometimes my Mini Mat doesn’t want to stick to all surfaces. If it’s somewhere that he’s eating chicken and fries or something just not messy, and maybe it’s a quicker meal, then I’ll probably bring along the Mini Mat.

 

You can see in the photo above that there isn’t much size difference in the actual plate portion of the mats. A Happy Mat’s portion sizes (designed with toddlers in mind) are 4oz, 4oz, and 10oz while the Mini Mat’s (designed more for infants) portion sizes are 2oz, 2oz, and 4oz.

 

All in all, I’m really happy that I decided to try these ezpz mats and I like that they do make my life a bit easier. Jackson also likes them and in reality- that’s really all that matters.

 

 

*Please note: I purchased the Mini Mat and Snack Mat myself. The Happy Mat and book were provided by my participation as a Guidance Guide Ambassador. All opinions are 100% my own.

 

 

 

 

 

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#MomLifeMonday; Family Friendly Restaurants 

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Family friendly restaurants… We’ve all been in that place. You don’t want to cook dinner or clean up a mess after eating. Or maybe you just haven’t been out of the house in days so you’re using dinner time as a way out.  Seriously though- we have all been there.

You pack up the diaper bag, take off the clothes you’ve been wearing for over 36 hours and maybe brush your hair just to feel presentable. Maybe you decide on a place that has crayons for the toddler, high chair for the baby, and a place that feels family friendly. You’re just planning ahead so you won’t feel judged as your kids are screaming or talking VERY loudly and feeling like you should have stayed home.

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Here’s where I get frustrated with “family friendly” restaurants: the baby needs a diaper change. You’ve changed over 20 diapers today (or at least you feel like it) so you send Daddy to change the baby. Only to watch him walk right back out of the men’s bathroom with the screaming baby and the diaper STILL needs changed. Why? Because there isn’t a changing table in the men’s bathroom. 😩 This is something that irks me. I want a break. I didn’t want to cook. I didn’t want to clean. I didn’t want to change a damn dirty diaper. I wanted to enjoy a meal out in the world and the restaurant just couldn’t put a changing table in their men’s bathroom.

Another thing. Just because a restaurant has a kids menu and high chairs, doesn’t mean they’re family friendly at all. I can think of three places I’ve gone to eat with high chairs and a kids menu only to find that there wasn’t a changing table in the men’s bathroom… BUT there also wasn’t one in the woman’s bathroom?! What?!?! So I’ve had to change a baby on the sink counter and get some really judgemental stares from strangers. (Hey people- it’s either the baby stinks and screams from a gross diaper or he gets changed right here. Have a problem? Take it up with management! They’re the ones that made me do it.)

Oh and what about this. There are a handful of places I would just love to eat at regularly. But, let’s be honest, it’s just not feasible with three small kids. And not to mention, date night is few and far between. I’d love to just pick up Chipotle or Panera but… No drive thru. No curbside carry out. And there’s no way in hell that I’m taking three kids out of car seats, dragging them in somewhere to pick up food to make them turn around (while my hands are full with said food) get them back into car seats, and then wrangle them back into the house. Do you know how much business places like these are losing from moms?! I know I can’t be the only one avoiding restaurants like these. It’s just too much work and when I eat out… It’s to eliminate the work of cooking and cleaning.


Here are my favorite places to eat at with kids: Chick Fil A, Bob Evans, Steak N Shake, Red Robin, and any pizza place. My number one go-to being Chick Fil A. ❤️ Chick Fil A basically knows that moms need extra help when dining out with kids and they’re spot on with their service, their food, and the amenities like the disposable placements for kids.

 

Where are your favorite places to eat-out with the kiddos? Let me know in the comments below!

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Meal Planning Monday #2

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This is in NO WAY a cooking blog. Most of my recipes come from other bloggers or websites because I’m not always the best cook. (Just ask my husband!) I won’t be posting the recipes, but feel free to ask about them in the comments and I’ll let you know where I got my recipe from and/or I’ll post the recipe. 🙂 Happy Meal Planning Monday!!

 

Week #2

 

Monday

Breakfast: Smoothie & Pancakes
Lunch: Mac N Cheese & Tuna
Snack: Raisins and Dried Cranberries
Dinner: Chili in the Crockpot

 

Tuesday

Breakfast: Smoothie & Scrambled Eggs
Lunch: Leftover Chili
Snack: Peanut Butter Crackers
Dinner: BLT sandwiches, Steamed Broccoli, and Garlic Parmesan Noodles

 

Wednesday

Breakfast: Smoothie & Oatmeal
Lunch: PB&J Sandwich, Banana & Carrots
Snack: Green Pepper Sticks w/ Ranch Dip
Dinner: Taco Night

 

Thursday

Breakfast: Smoothie & Eggs
Lunch: Grilled Cheese & Tomato Soup
Snack: Cheese and Crackers
Dinner: Chicken & Broccoli Alfredo

 

Friday

Breakfast: Smoothie & Toast
Lunch: Mac N Cheese & Peas
Snack: Popcorn
Dinner: Pizza Night

 

Saturday

Breakfast: Eggs, Sausage, & Toast
Lunch: Leftover Pizza
Snack: Smoothie
Dinner: Fried Chicken, Mashed Potatoes and Gravy, & Green Beans

 

Sunday

Brunch: Sausage Gravy, Biscuits, Eggs, & Bacon
Snack: Smoothie
Dinner: Beef Stroganoff, Mixed Vegetables, & Crescent Rolls

 

Questions about anything? Post them in the comments below! What are some meals that you’re having this week? Share them by tagging @fluffbumbabiesmama on instagram or using the hashtag #FBBMealPlanning 🙂

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Meal Planning Monday #1

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Happy New Year! Are you ready for the start of 2015? My new year’s resolution is to help make my family life a little easier. This means I’m going to be planning our meals on a weekly basis to help reduce the cost of groceries, the amount of waste, and to provide better meals for the family. I started doing this a few weeks ago and found that we would save (on average) about $50-$75 per week on groceries, eliminated the amount of food we were just throwing away, and we were eating better meals and less fast food. Sure, it takes some time out of the day to plan but it only takes me about 20 minutes to decide on what we’ll eat. I’m not super strict about it either. I use this plan as a guideline for what meals we’ll eat that week, not necessarily on that day. For instance, the dinner I have written down for Monday night may not be prepared and eaten until Thursday night. I will also state, this is in NO WAY a cooking blog. Most of my recipes come from other bloggers or websites because I’m not always the best cook. (Just ask my husband!) I won’t be posting the recipes, but feel free to ask about them in the comments and I’ll let you know where I got my recipe from and/or I’ll post the recipe. 🙂 Happy Meal Planning Monday!!

 

Week #1

 

Monday

Breakfast: Smoothie & Toast
Lunch: PB&J, Apples, & Carrots
Snack: Cheese & Crackers
Dinner: Meatloaf, Garlic Mashed Potatoes, Steamed Broccoli

 

Tuesday

Breakfast: Smoothie & Scrambled Eggs
Lunch:Mac N Cheese & Peas
Snack: Peanut Butter Crackers
Dinner: Homemade Stromboli

 

Wednesday

Breakfast: Smoothie & Cereal
Lunch: Ham Sandwich, Grapes & Carrots
Snack: Green Pepper Sticks
Dinner: Chicken Fried Rice

 

Thursday

Breakfast: Smoothie & Bagel
Lunch: PB&J, Yogurt, and Carrots
Snack: Cheese and Crackers
Dinner: Lasagna, Salad & Garlic Bread

 

Friday

Breakfast: Smoothie & Cereal
Lunch: Grilled Cheese & Tomato Soup
Snack: Popcorn
Dinner: Pizza Night

 

Saturday

Breakfast: Eggs, Sausage, & Toast
Lunch: Leftover Pizza
Snack: Smoothie
Dinner: BBQ Chicken Quesadillas

 

Sunday

Brunch: Sausage Gravy, Biscuits, Eggs, & Bacon
Snack: Smoothie
Dinner: Fried Chicken, Mashed Potatoes & Gravy, & Green Beans

 

Questions about anything? Post them in the comments below! What are some meals that you’re having this week? Share them by tagging @fluffbumbabiesmama on instagram or using the hashtag #FBBMealPlanning 🙂

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Homemade Almond Milk

Just last week, I bought almond milk for the first time. I had been wanting to but I just hadn’t taken the plunge since it is more expensive than cows milk. I only got a carton of vanilla and a carton of chocolate so I could see how the girls liked it. We had tried rice milk and coconut milk and they had refused to drink it. After they fell in love with it, I did too. And I knew we were going to run out of it quickly. Price wise, we’d be spending about $8 per gallon of almond milk- way out of our budget when they girls drink 3-4 gallons of milk per week. I did not want to completely get them off cows milk, but wanted something else that had nutritional value for them to drink since they don’t get juice. I decided that to stay in our budget, I’d give it a try making homemade almond milk! It’s not perfect yet, but it’s super easy and tastes great. I’m currently trying to figure out how to match the taste of the store bought. And once I do, I’ll update this!

How to Make Almond Milk at Home:
Step 1. Soak 1 cup of almonds overnight (10-12 hours) in 4 cups of water.

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Step 2. Drain the water and rinse off the almonds.

Step 3. Add the almonds to your blender along with 4 cups of fresh water.

Step 4. Blend blend blend.

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Step 5. Using cheesecloth or a fine mesh strainer, pour the milk into a bowl. The strainer will catch the almond chunks so all that is in the bowl will be milk.

Step 6. Add a teaspoon of vanilla or cocoa powder and blend the milk again.

Step 7. Refrigerate and enjoy for up to 3-5 days!

 

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So you’re not just making milk with the almonds, save the leftover “pulp” to use in muffins, cookies, granola bars or dry it out in the oven so you can make almond butter! This way, you’ll get more for your money! 🙂

 

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I’d like to add that I doubled this so I could make some vanilla and some chocolate milk. For one recipe of 1 cup almonds and 4 cups water, you make one quart- the carton you get at the grocery store. You can double it and make a half gallon but it’s only good for a few days! We’ll be making smaller amounts so it all can be used instead of risking the possibility of throwing it out. 🙂 Another awesome thing, you can do this with coconut to make coconut milk and steel cut oats to make oat milk. You better believe I’ll be making those soon! 😉

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Meal Planning

Once upon a time, I started planning my family’s meals every week. We started saving money at the grocery store from not buying extras and there was no questioning what was for dinner because it was listed on the fridge. For some odd reason, I just stopped doing it. I found we were starting to waste food, spent more money at the grocery store, and we would eat late at night. On a mission to eat better, go to sleep earlier, and save money, we I decided to start meal planning again! Here’s this week’s menu:

Monday

  • Breakfast: Scrambled Eggs, Toast & Yogurt
  • Lunch: PB&J with Carrots
  • Dinner: Hamburger Soup from The Pioneer Woman

Tuesday

  • Breakfast: Oatmeal
  • Lunch: Leftover Soup
  • Dinner: Chicken with Mustard Cream Sauce (also The Pioneer Woman), Baked Potatoes & Salad

Wednesday

  • Breakfast: Sausage Sandwich and Bananas
  • Lunch: PB&J with Grapes
  • Dinner: Roast, Potatoes & Carrots in the Crockpot

Thursday

  • Breakfast: Eggs, Toast, and Apples
  • Lunch: Mac n Cheese with Peas
  • Dinner: Lasagna, Garlic Bread, & Salad

Friday

  • Breakfast: Pancakes and Yogurt
  • Lunch: PB&J with Celery
  • Dinner: Sausage, Potato, & Kale Soup (The Pioneer Woman) with French Bread

The weekend is usually our free days. We never really know what we’re going to be doing or if we’re even going to be home. So I usually make sure we at least have the essentials in our house for weekend meals. And some weekends, we find ourselves at a family member’s house or out running errands so it’s easier to pick up dinner. We also do our weekly grocery shopping on Sunday, so we typically decide that day what we want to eat that evening. This has really worked for us as far as eating better and saving money!

Do you plan out your meals weekly?

 

 

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BabySteps Electric Food Mill F900 by KidCo- Product Review

When I started using the reusable pouches, like Yummi Pouch, Ufill, and the Little Green Pouch, I wanted to put more than just applesauce or yogurt in them. Afterall, when Plum Organics hid a veggie in their pouches, my girls ate that up!! So why couldn’t I do it too??

My problem was that I did not own a food processor or a baby food maker. I would have to get out my blender (which we don’t use often) to make anything for the pouches. I just didn’t feel like my big blender was right to make small batches of something. It was nice when I’d make smoothies for the whole family… but 2 little pouches for the girls? This is where the Electric Food Mill comes in! I feel like it saved the day! Here are the features, direct from their website:

Features
  • 2 cup bowl
  • Non-skid bottom
  • Turbo button for pulsating rotations
  • Blending attachment for more thorough mixing
  • Dishwasher safe; except for motor/housing

– See more at: http://www.kidco.com/products-page/preparation/f900/#sthash.HuqgWOId.dpuf

Features
  • 2 cup bowl
  • Non-skid bottom
  • Turbo button for pulsating rotations
  • Blending attachment for more thorough mixing
  • Dishwasher safe; except for motor/housing

– See more at: http://www.kidco.com/products-page/preparation/f900/#sthash.HuqgWOId.dpuf

Features
  • 2 cup bowl
  • Non-skid bottom
  • Turbo button for pulsating rotations
  • Blending attachment for more thorough mixing
  • Dishwasher safe; except for motor/housing

– See more at: http://www.kidco.com/products-page/preparation/f900/#sthash.HuqgWOId.dpuf2 cup bowl

  • 2 cup bowl
  • Non-skid bottom
  • Turbo button for pulsating rotations
  • Blending attachment for more thorough mixing
  • Dishwasher safe; except for motor/housing

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Here’s pictures of me blending some carrots and applesauce- Bree and Bai’s favorite snack!!

This food mill is so easy to use and so easy to clean! It has just a few parts that get dirty. It can go in the dishwasher for an easy, quick clean up or you can hand wash it with no problems at all! The only thing that I think would make this even better: if it could also steam foods. When I make they’re Carrot and Applesauce pouches, I have to cook the carrots either on the stove-top or in the microwave. It would be so much easier for the food mill to steam them too! But for now, this works out so much better! I feel like because its smaller, I won’t over make any batches. It takes just seconds to puree which also makes it convenient when you have screaming kids at your feet. I highly recommended this purchase to make baby food, toddler snacks, or just to use as a mini food processor! I actually used it to grind up some oats in this muffin recipe!

Here’s my “recipe” for the Carrots and Applesauce Puree:

  • a few handfuls of baby carrots, steamed or boiled
  • 1/2 cup of applesauce, more or less depending on taste

I just combined them all together in the food mill and let it whip around a few times. And here was my tasty result:

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If you are interested in purchasing this item, click the Amazon link below! (affiliate link) For $26.84, that’s an awesome price!!

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OMG! Fast Food?!

I will admit it. Although we eat healthy 75% of the time… we do indulge in some gross fast food occasionally. I think everyone has been in that situation where you go to run errands, they take longer than you expected, and you don’t want to be cooking dinner at 8pm. It happens to us about once a week or less. Sometimes mama just doesn’t feel like cooking dinner so we call for Chinese take-out or for pizza delivery. It happens. Its not a secret that McDonalds, Wendys, KFC, and all those other places are bad for you. And a lot of times, they make you feel good for a minute and then you feel like crap the rest of the day. But, lets face it. They are convenient. And sometimes, convenience has to take priority that day or momma is just gonna go crazy!

Something I highly believe in is to not feel guilty for what you eat. If you ate junk today, don’t cry about it. Just eat better tomorrow. Life is too short to obsess over what we eat or how much we weigh. I don’t have time to work out if I ate a cookie that day. It was a dang cookie! How about we obsess about other important things?? Then again, let’s just obsess over nothing because it may be healthier that way! HAHA

In short, my family hopes to eat better 100% someday. But right now, we still indulge in that occasional Big Mac and Sweet Tea or that Jr. Bacon Cheeseburger. And for us, it works out. We’re still healthy. And that’s what matters in the long run! My kids know its a “treat” to get fast food and as long as they aren’t to the point where they’re begging for it or refuse to eat anything else, we’ll probably still eat it every other week.

 

 

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Toddlers love Juice… Mommy DOESN’T!

Most toddlers start out with 1/2 their sippy cup of juice and then the other 1/2 is water. Mix the water and juice together and you’re giving the toddler more of something to drink with less sugar. Wrong. Juice is like toddler crack. At least in our house it is. And that is exactly why we cut it out of our children’s diet.

Some of you may be thinking, “Why would you cut out juice?” “Juice isn’t harmful.” “Juice is not full of sugar.” or even, “100% Juice only is just fine!” Nope. Nope and nope. I would only buy 100% juice for my kids with no added sugar. I thought that even 1/4 of their sippy cup mixed with 3/4 cup of water would be just fine. Nope. I lived. And I sure as heck learned!My kids only wanted juice. They would refuse milk, water, everything that wasn’t juice. They were addicted. I finally got them to break the habit by switching to milk only in the mornings and after nap time (when their dad was home) they could have juice. It was like day and night. They were calm and good listeners in the morning and then someone flipped the switch after nap time. It was the juice. Even though they didn’t have much of it, that small amount of “natural” sugar got to them. They were bouncing off the walls. It wasn’t until my husband really noticed a difference one weekend that we just stopped buying it. And I’m so happy we did!

Aubrey REFUSES to drink water. Plain water is just “YUCK” in her words. This means if she wants something to drink, her go to is milk. Milk is good for you so its not a huge bad thing… but too much of anything can be bad for you. Right now, we’re figuring out how to make our own flavored water. I looked at MIO but there’s so many ingredients in it that’s just not good for you. I might as well be giving them juice! I am looking at a special pitcher that has a place for fresh fruit and it will diffuse into the water. We’re also looking at adding essential oils and stevia to a pitcher every few days to also make a flavored type of water. This is just one more thing we did to become more “natural” parents!

Something I would like to point out: I am not depriving my children of fruit juice. If we go to a relative’s house and they offer my kids juice, that’s fine. We just prefer juice to be in moderation. We had also made the decision months ago to not buy juice boxes. After seeing pictures of the Capri Suns with mold in them, we decided to not take that chance. Juice boxes are expensive anyways!! If we do offer juice in the future, it will be homemade, raw juice from an awesome juicer. We just meed to purchase one first!

Mommas that also don’t do juice, what kind of drinks do your little ones drink regularly? Any tips to help me get Aubrey to drink plain water?

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Reusable Snack Bags from ReUseIt

If you’re a crunchy mama, you’re probably looking at new things to try all the time that will help reduce waste in your home, save money, or will eliminate chemicals in your life. We switched to reusable baggies to mostly save money. Yes, plastic sandwich bags don’t cost a whole lot. But that price eventually adds up. Currently, my husband uses between 15 and 20 sandwich/snack baggies per week. When my kids start school, they’ll be doubling or tripling that number. I would have to buy a new box of bags every two weeks or so. And that’s ridiculous if you ask me. So after some discussion, we decided that reusable snack and sandwich bags would be the best option for our family… especially if we decide to expand our family at some point in the future. So I went to ReUseIt and looked at the different options. They have a ton of different options for a waste-free lunch. They have lunch boxes, lunch bags, snack and sandwich bags, food containers, bento boxes, napkins, utensils, cold packs and more. There are so many “steps” you can take to reduce the cost of packing lunches in your home. And ReUseIt is a great place to start. They have all these different options in a bunch of different brands. Here are the ones I chose to review:

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I tried the Itzy Ritzy Snack Happens Mini Reusable Snack Bags (2 Pack), the Itzy Ritzy Snack Happens Reusable Snack Bag (not pictured), and the Planet Wise Reusable Sandwich Bag with Zipper. These a GREAT, QUALITY, bags. I like these bags because they come in a variety of fun prints, making it more difficult for a child to forget about them on the lunch table or accidentally throw them away. That makes these bags perfect for a kid-friendly, waste-free lunch! The zippers make it super easy for any age to open and close them without a hassle. No more pinching the ends of a plastic baggie to *hopefully* close them and pray for no leaks! These bags are leak free! I wouldn’t recommend putting an actual liquid snack or food in them… Let’s be honest here! But you can put in some fresh fruit or fresh veggies without any issues! 🙂

Are you interested in winning the ones that I received for this review?? Click HERE for a chance to win these awesome reusable bags AND a Glow Bug Cloth Diaper!!! 🙂

Please Note: I received the reusable bags mentioned from ReUseIt for the purpose of this review. No other compensation was made. All opinions are my own and 100% honest!!

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Love with Food- A Monthly Subscription Box Review

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Love with Food is one of the many monthly subscription boxes that can introduce you to new foods conveniently. You can sign up for a specific plan that fits your needs. You can sign up for one month (1 box) or you can sign up for multiple months. (6 months/6 boxes, 12 months/12 boxes, etc.) I received the November box and this is what was in it:

  • Kukuruza Tuxedo Popcorn
  • Green & Black’s Organic Dark 70% Chocolate
  • Laura Secord Maple Fudge
  • Mighty Leaf Ginger Twist Tea
  • Eat Natural Almond, Apricot, and Yoghurt Bar
  • Dancing Deer Baking Co Rosemary Sea Salt Shortbread
  • Sensible Foods Sweet Corn Crunch
  • Arora Creations Indian Spice
  • Popchips Sweet Potato Chips

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And I def found a new favorite snack!! The Tuxedo popcorn was AMAZING and I absolutely loved the Sweet Potato Chips!! There was a great variety and I have been thinking about getting another box! If you REALLY like something, you can also purchase that item from their website. It really is a neat program. Even better? For every box they send, they donate a meal to a hungry child. So not only are you getting new and different snacks in the mail, you’re helping a good cause! Here’s How It Works direct from their website:

lwfI was very impressed with this box. I shared almost everything with the kids and hubby so I could see exactly how “family friendly” this box was. The kids enjoyed most of the different foods and hubby didn’t have a single complaint! Now, that’s pretty good! I highly recommended trying them. After all, who doesn’t love a little goodie in the mail?? 🙂

 

Please Note: I received this Love With Food box for the purpose of this review. No other compensation was made. The opinions are my own and they are 100% honest.

 

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Mini Vacation, Ahhhhh.

My last post was days ago. I decided that I needed a mini vacation from technology. So my computer stayed off, my phone was used minimally, and family time was spent with the family. 4 whole days…. wow. And it was nice.

Thursday, we had Thanksgiving with my family in the afternoon and my husband’s mom in the evening. The girls stayed with their aunt and uncle for the night so we could get all of our Christmas shopping done on “Black Friday” Thursday night. For some reason, I really like shopping that night. It’s not super crazy in my neighborhood. There’s the typical crowds… but that’s about it. We had “dinner” at 1am at our local Steak n’ Shake and it was really good. We started shopping at 9pm and we were home, childless, at 2am. I think it was pretty darn successful! 🙂

Friday, we had to go pick up the kids. Baileigh had a little cold coming on and was a bit cranky that day. She took a nap while Roger and Aubrey put up the first Christmas tree. She was so cranky that we stayed home while Roger and Aubrey went to his dad’s house for an after Thanksgiving dinner. Friday was really a laid back day all in itself which was really nice.

Saturday, I was up and out the door by 9:45 with my mom. We have a “tradition” of going to some local stores that have wonderful Christmas displays and get some new decorations. It’s a family thing. We go with my mamaw and aunt Jill every year and it is one of my favorite things to do during the holiday season!! Plus, I came home with some new Christmas ornaments to put on the trees, new things to hang on the walls, and some fun little props for our Elf on the Shelf! 🙂 We put her out Saturday night for the VERY FIRST TIME! 🙂

Sunday morning, the girls woke up and we showed Santa’s helper that now came to our house. My husband had recommended the name Lily for our elf girl. And Aubrey loved it!! So our little elf’s name is Lily. I’ll have many pictures up of the fun things Lily does these next few weeks! 🙂 Sunday was actually pretty boring other than reading the elf book and watching the movie. I took a nap with the girls Sunday afternoon and really just needed to recharge. It was a busy weekend!!

 

I will have reviews up in the next few days of the giveaway products. I am totally slacking right now! But I need to get back into my groove! 🙂

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Aubrey’s 3rd Birthday

Friday was Aubrey’s 3rd birthday.  We spent the weekend celebrating! Friday was all bout her and getting ready for her party. We had a Cinderella themed party for her Saturday afternoon with some family and friends. 🙂 Sunday afternoon, we spent the afternoon at my parents’ house to celebrate with them! 🙂 It’s so hard for me to believe that she is 3 years old! Wow! It does not seem like she’s been a part of my life that long! It seems like just yesterday we brought her home from the hospital. She was so little at only 6 lbs 14 oz. And now she’s a 30 lb little girl. She has the most beautiful brown curly hair and the brightest smile. She has such a personality that can make anyone’s day. She is my mini me with such an attitude! We went to the doctor yesterday for her 3 year old check-up and the doctor just kept saying she was perfect! Now, isn’t that what every mom wants to hear?! So proud of my beautiful girl! 🙂

 

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This picture is from her very first birthday. She just loved her birthday cake! 🙂 Babies grow up way too fast. Remember to hold them close each and every day. After all, they will only be as young again as they are today because tomorrow, they’ll be another day older. <3

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Plum Organics Review

In our house, we LOVE Plum Organics! It is a treat because I don’t buy it often but that’s because my girls would beg me for 3 a day as long as they were in our fridge!

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This is a picture from the last time I bought Plum Organics pouches… I bought A LOT! And I can say this little stash was gone in about a week, maybe two. I love Plum because the ingredients are minimal. What’s on front of the pouch, is what’s in the pouch. Simple. I feel very comfortable giving these to my kids because I know what’s in them or at least the company has made me feel like I do. And I like knowing what exactly is going into my kids’ system. I am also a firm believer of “you get what you pay for.” These pouches are over $1 each at the grocery store and you can buy 12 of them for just over $15 (in most varieties) on Amazon. We have been buying Plum Organic’s food pouches for the last 2 years and have also tried their other snacks for babies and toddlers.

For Babies:

  • Little Yums Teething Wafers
  • Little Cremes
  • Super Puffs
  • Various Pouches

For Tots:

  • Fiddlesticks
  • Bistro Bowls
  • Teensy Fruits
  • Yogurt Dippers
  • Mish Mash
  • Various Pouches

For Kids:

  • Fruit and Veggie Shredz
  • Fruit Shredz
  • Fruit Straws
  • Grammy Sammy
  • Jammy Sammy
  • Mashups
  • Morning Mashups
  • Slam Dunx
  • Yo’ Drops

These faces don’t lie. They love their Plum Organics!

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Rating Scale for Reusable and Grocery Bought Pouches 1-5 (1 being low and 5 being high)

Ease of Use: For me, 5. Aubrey, 5. Baileigh, 5.

Price: varies, 12 pack pricing $11-$20- 3

Convenience: 5. Already filled up and ready to go!

Pros: Organic, Delicious, Affordable-4

Cons: Like other store-bought items, you don’t knoe EXACTLY what’s in it and there can be recalls if something isn’t right.-1

Overall Rating (1-5): 4.4

***Hint Hint: This may be apart of the Big Giveaway coming later this week! Follow the page with your email so you don’t forget to enter!***

 

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