Our school year is fast approaching and it is time I started thinking about packing lunches for the kids. But before it’s all ABCs and 123s, we need to say goodbye to Summer with a lot of fun! Whether they are at school, home, or any other places of play or adventure I want my kids to get the proper nutrition they need. I can keep the kids energized for play with the delicious and good for them CLIF Kid Zbar®.
CLIF Kid Zbar® are perfect as an on-the-go snack or as a part of a well-balanced lunch. For back to school or vacation, anywhere your kids go CLIF Kid can go too!
We always have a great time when we get outside and explore. Do you remember playing outside all day as a kid? We had this swing attached to a huge tree and we all tried to be the one to swing the highest and jump off! Maybe not the safest game (don’t try this at home kids) but hey I won. Did you know that while 70% of moms played outside as kids, only 31% of kids play outside today? That’s crazy!
Balanced and active play lays the foundation for a skilled, healthy, resilient and successful society. That is why CLIF Kid is dedicated to reclaiming play. They are encouraging boys and girls everywhere to get back outside, push their boundaries, and feed their adventures.
Just watch their video Come Out to Play!
Getting back to our roots of playing outside is great. But what makes the CLIF Kid Zbar® a perfect companion to play?
Why I choose CLIF Kid Zbar®
- Made with organic ingredients
- Have important nutrients for active kids
- Appropriate portion size for kids in flavors they love
- Have no high fructose corn syrup, artificial flavors (or synthetic preservatives)
- They taste great. I like to sneak them when no one is looking…
For more about CLIF Kid connect with them on Facebook!
Next time you pack for an adventure, don’t forget the CLIF Kid Zbar®!
I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.
When I became a mom one of the first things that dawned on me (after the no sleep haze lifted) was I am now responsible for someone else’s well being. That was more than a little daunting. But it really forced me to reevaluate my own health and choices I made. One of our favorite brands that helps us stay healthy is Nordic Naturals.
Celebrate Mom with Nordic Naturals! Read on to see why Omega-3s are important and to enter for a chance to win a Nordic Naturals prize pack!
Did you know? 91% of all Americans are deficient in omega-3s. It is also a fact that omega-3 deficiency is the 8th leading cause of preventable death in the US. Yikes! Omega-3s are made up of the essential fatty acids EPA and DHA, and are considered essential because they are required for optimal health. Because they cannot be produced by the body, they must be obtained through diet and supplementation.
I do not want myself, my husband, or my children to be a part of this statistic. And I’m sure no other mom wants this for her family either! So let’s talk about diet and supplements, and see if we can improve the health of our families together.
You may have been reading lately about the benefits to following the Mediterranean Diet. The reason it is gaining popularity and viral status is because it helps combat obesity, diabetes, heart disease, and cancer. I’d say those are good enough reasons to make the switch don’t you? One of America’s leading advocates for heart disease prevention and board certified cardiologist Dr. Michael Ozner has written a book focusing on educating the hows and whys of the Mediterranean Diet as well as sharing delicious recipes. One of our new family favorite recipes from The Complete Mediterranean Diet by Dr. Michael Ozner is Chicken and Spicy Hummus!
The other side of the coin from diet is supplements. Nordic Naturals offers a variety of them perfect for each member of your family! Even our pets get the omega-3s they need! You can always count on Nordic Naturals to be made from the best ingredients out there. We LOVE our Nordic Naturals and daily take their multivitamins and DHA supplements.
Those probiotic gummies are new and very tasty!
Nordic Naturals is on a mission to eliminate the global omega-3 deficiency and to help people of every age live a better life. As the # 1 fish oil company in the US, they invoke a set of very high standards when producing their products. One of these standards is TASTE because in order for a fish oil to taste good it has to be outrageously fresh and if it doesn’t taste good, you won’t take it. Ensuring their products are PURE is the next important standard as they believe a fish oil supplement should be obsessively tested for high quality and they don’t just say it, they prove it. And finally LOVE, when Nordic Naturals manufactures their fish oil products they will not stop until it is passionately perfected, because nothing less will do. Their love for what they do and the people they do it for drives them to do it right at any cost. They do what they do for health, for the health of your children and your children’s children.
Thank you to all the Moms out there for all your hard work, sacrifice, love, and caring for your families!
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This post is sponsored by Nordic Naturals. I received free products for the purpose of this post. All opinions are my own. I am not a doctor in case you were wondering! This post contains an affiliate link.
If your home has someone with sensitive skin, allergies, or you are just looking for better, safer household products then you have come to the right place. Plus with Earth Day tomorrow it is the perfect time to make a green switch. Green your cleaning with Grab Green!
I had the pleasure of meeting the Grab Green team last year at an eco-wellness conference. They were kind enough to send me a box of their eco-friendly, non-toxic laundry and home care products. In our house we have a lot to clean, so it wasn’t long before I put everything they sent me to the test- I’m looking at you laundry.
When it comes to cleaning I need to be mindful about what I am using. I have sensitive skin, we have allergies in our home, and all those synthetic fragrances give me an instant headache. Grab Green is made both fragrance free and with balanced fragrances that are handcrafted from essential oils. I can do their smells because it’s not a chemical mess! Their products are made without dyes, glycols, phosphates, 1,4-dioxane, chlorine, DEA, formaldehyde, caustics, or optical brighteners. Making them ideal for those of us with sensitive skin and allergies.
Okay that is all super awesome and wonderful, but does this stuff really work? I hear you, I understand. I too have tried green cleaners before only to find that they just couldn’t quite get the job done. My laundry detergent needs to work, those stains are legit. And dishwasher detergent has to deal with my coffee and tea stained mugs.
The struggle is real. That’s why I can tell you that Grab Green rocks.
My laundry comes out nice and fresh. The 3-in-1 pods get rid of the stains, smells, and brightens the colors and whites all at the same time.
These smell great and won’t give anyone itchy skin or a headache!
Let me take you to the kitchen. This is what a typical mug of mine looks like after multiple cups of coffee or tea.
Honestly, cleaning these to me was the real test for Grab Green’s prowess. There are even conventional, chemical soup brands that can’t get these clean and I want them to sparkle, I love my mugs! The dishwasher pods were put to the test for sure. I also will admit I don’t really scrub my dishes before putting them in the dishwasher. My dishwasher detergent should be able to do that job for me, so I don’t have to wash them before it washes them, right?
No stains or nasty film on any of the dishes!
Just the Facts:
- Grab Green’s innovative, delightfully simple products are healthier, non-toxic, and safer than leading brands, while being effective and scientifically proven to perform.
- Grab Green 3-in-1 Laundry Detergent Pods are pre-measured concentrated powder pods that cut through dirt, leaving your laundry clean and fresh. This naturally derived detergent is gentler on your skin and the environment.
- Grab Green Bleach Alternative Pods are laundry boosters and pre-treaters that help make colors brighter and whites whiter while removing stains and neutralizing odors. (Pro Tip: They may also be used to clean grout and remove carpet stains!)
- Automatic Dishwashing Detergent Pods cut through grime, remove grease, and leave dishes sparkling clean.
- Grab Green Garbage Disposal Freshener & Cleaner works triple duty to remove odors, prevent clogging, and loosen grime.
- No animal testing
Ready to Grab Green? Well here are some ways to save some green while you are at it:
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Reading this after the 23rd? Save 10% on your entire Grab Green order at www.GrabGreenHome.com and use promo code GrabGreenSave10. Offer expires June 1, 2016.
Which Grab Green product would you like to try first?
I received this product for free from the sponsor of the Moms Meet program, May Media Group LLC, who received it directly from the manufacturer. As a Moms Meet blogger, I agreed to use this product and post my opinion on my blog. My opinions do not necessarily reflect the opinions of May Media Group LLC or the manufacturer of this product.
Hi, my name is Awkward Ashley and I had laser hair removal at NOVA Plastic Surgery.
I don’t think I have felt that self conscious in a long time. When you have to throw your armpits out there with no deodorant in front of a stranger you might feel a bit awkward too. But knowing the staff there, I knew I was in good hands.
Those good hands belong to Michele Gittings. Michele is a board certified Physician Assistant who will make you feel less weird about whatever area you choose to have laser hair removal performed on.
I went with my arm pits, because I hate shaving them and my awkwardness level could not go beyond my arm pits. Kudos to you bikini girls. Michele met with me prior to the procedure to walk me through how it works and to also test an area of skin. This would be a good indicator for me how the treatment would feel both during and after. This also helps her adjust the machine properly.
Sorry there is no before picture, but you know what a stubbly (yuck) armpit looks like! Instead here is a pic of the eyewear you get to sport when you have this done.
The procedure itself wasn’t all that painful. It was uncomfortable, I mean it is a laser, but the machine that NOVA Plastic Surgery uses zaps you and cools you at the same time. It feels similar to a rubber band snapping on your skin, or when they rip the tape from your eyebrows during waxing. But with the cooling aspect of the process, it eases the discomfort, like when they apply immediate pressure to your eyebrow area after waxing. It makes the stinging sensation go away. Michele also adjusted the machine as necessary if I felt it was a little too much discomfort.
Afterwards, my skin felt normal, not irritated or sore at all. The dead hairs simply flake off and avoiding deodorant for a few days is a good idea. It could burn otherwise. As with any skin treatment, avoid direct contact with sunlight- not that you would be tanning your pits but I guess stranger things do happen. It does take more than one sessions to get rid of all the hair, but even after one I can tell the difference in my hair growth and arm pit smoothness.
Michele was sweet enough to answer all of my questions and those of my readers. Here are a few:
1. Why would someone choose to have laser hair removal?
“Most people choose laser hair removal to save time and money. Once your treatments are done, you no longer have to spend the time to shave or wax. The initial financial investment for a laser hair removal treatment package will save most clients in the long run. It adds up to much more than the cost of the laser package over time to purchase razors, shaving cream or waxing services.”
2. What are the benefits (if any) of this method of hair removal other than not having to shave?
“Laser hair removal is beneficial because it eliminates the unattractive bumps and rashes you can get from shaving delicate areas like the underarms, face and bikini line.”
3. Is it safe for all skin types/shades?
“It is safe for most skin types. Darker skinned clients do have an increased risk of burns from the procedure if not done by an experienced provider. As always, it is recommended that each client meets with their provider and complete a skin typing and safety questionarre to identify any contraindications to the procedure. Whether dark or light skin, it is never safe to have laser hair removal after recent sun exposure.”
4. What is the efficiency rate?
“There is a very small percentage of clients that will show no response to the treatments. Most clients will have sucess as long as they follow the treatment protocol and attend all of their interval treatments. Usually 5-9 sessions are necessary to acheive full permanent hair reduction. Maintenance of 1-2 sessions per year to treat a few stray hairs may also be necessary but varies with each individual.”
Have you ever tried laser hair removal? Would you?
This post is sponsored by NOVA Plastic Surgery. All opinions and awkwardness are my own.
The Teachable Mommy house is getting ready for Earth Day by stretching our farmer muscles! Read on to see what inspired us to hitch up our overalls (okay jeans) and get to planting!
Want an easy way to get your kids excited about Earth Day? Head over to iTunes to purchase Eco Boys and Girls! These animated books, written by Maria Snyder, are made for children around the world ages Pre K to Third Grade (my 4th grader likes them too!) as a fun, interactive way to inspire them and their families to get involved in caring for, learning more about, and protecting our world. The five characters: Ernie Earth, Lulu Love, Patsy Peace, Ray Recycle, and Sammy Sun take kids on a journey to learn more about organic farming, energy, the everglades, urban gardening, and even visit the ocean!
Eco Boys and Girls are made for iBooks. Purchase your Eco Boys and Girls books available starting April 1st. Watch the animated characters, read along with their voices and see them in action right here!
Each Eco Boys and Girls book shares lessons and ideas that inspire kids to become better citizens of the world. But this educational experience goes beyond just books. Teachers (and parents) can use the resources, lesson plans, and activities that are part of the Eco Boys and Girls Sustainability Programs to further extend the learning and nurturing of their excitement about their environment.
I wish we had books like this when I was teaching! My Kindergarten class was always excited to learn about how they could do something mighty for our planet. I like that the Eco Boys and Girls focuses on younger children who, believe me, get just as excited about the environment, protecting it, and taking care of each other as we do.
All this good work isn’t just confined to the United States. Internationally, the Eco Boys and Girls works with leading organizations such as the National Education Association, Association of Children’s Museums, Association of Science and Technology centers, and are reaching internationally through the United Nations and global peace building organizations. The more we educate the future generations the better our world can become!
We read each of the Eco Boys and Girls books aloud. I enjoyed pausing to ask the kids their answers to the questions woven throughout each book. Then I asked “okay what are you excited to do now?” Go to the beach, looking for baby sea turtles, and clean up trash! Play in the everglades, looking for different animals!
Since we couldn’t head to the beach or hop on a plane to play with gators, I asked them what do you think is something we could do here at home? After some thought and debate amongst themselves, they came up with the idea to get down and dirty and start an organic farm.
Due to living in the suburbs with a playful pooch, I got them to concede to something that would fit on our deck. A little urban gardening in the burbs. We decided to plant organic herbs. They had fun choosing which herbs we would include:
DIY Deck Organic Herb Garden
- Planter – your choice of size/shape
- Large Bag of Organic Potting Soil
- Organic Herbs – we chose Basil, Parsley, Mint, and Chives
- Ice Cream Cones* perfect planters for little hands!
This is a fun DIY for the whole family, even the pups!
Fill your planter about halfway with the organic soil.
Break up your herbs into smaller bunches.
Put about an inch of soil into the ice cream cones, then add the smaller herb bunch.
The kids can get a little overzealous with the dirt!
Plant the ice cream cone, adding more soil on top until buried.
Repeat steps 2 -4 until all your herbs are planted.
Take some time to stop and smell the mint!
Water your newly potted herbs. Then sit back and enjoy the fresh smells and tastes!
*Disclaimer: Planting ice cream cones will not grow ice cream. Sorry kids!
Encourage your little ones to become eco kids with the complete set of Eco Boys and Girls only $5.99 per book, 6 books total in the series. Go to iTunes and search “ecoboysandgirls” to find them all!
Buy them today on iTunes!
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