Category: Eating

Juice in the Box Offers a Convenient, Eco-Friendly Alternative to Disposable Juice Boxes

Posted on Sep 19, 2014 by No Comments

Do your kids love juice boxes? Do you hate how expensive and wasteful juice boxes are? If so, you need Juice in the Box!

Juice in the Box containers are recommended for children ages 3 and up. Each contain is made from BPA and phthalate free Tritan plastic that is nearly indestructible and easy to clean.

Juice in the Box containers are easy to open, but close securely so they won’t leak in your child’s lunch box. In addition to being better for the environment than disposable juice boxes, they are also less messy since your child can’t squeeze them in the middle and send juice flying across the room.

I also like that the Juice in the Box container is bigger than a traditional purchased juice box. Most juice boxes I’ve purchased for my son in the past are about 4 ½ ounces, which means he drinks them two at a time. The Juice in the Box container is 8 ounces, which is the perfect size for his school lunch.

If health is a concern, you can make your child’s drink more nutritious by watering down 100% juice for a drink that is sweet but not overly sugary. Most nutritionists suggest a 50/50 juice and water mixture, but you can make your juice with 1/3 water if your child balks at the taste of a more diluted drink.

Juice in the Box containers come in several different colors and are each sold separately. If your juice box valve gets lost or your child gnaws apart the straw, you can purchase a kit of replacement parts. Visit the Juice in the Box website for details.

Disclaimer: Product samples were provided by the manufacturer for the purpose of preparing this review.

Photo credit: Juice in the Box

Link Round-up: More Money, Guilt-Free Cake, DIY Detergent, and More

Posted on Sep 18, 2014 by 1 Comment

Today’s link round-up has ways to manifest more money, guilt-free chocolate cake, DIY laundry detergent, and more.

Chocolate Covered Katie taught us how to make a 100-calorie chocolate cake.

Mind Body Green shared steps to manifest more money.

Living Well Spending Less taught us how to create a morning routine that works.

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My Own Home Blog shared a recipe for laundry detergent that only has three ingredients.

Halifax Bloggers shared how to really get rid of fruit flies.

Mini Monets and Mommies showed us how to make Halloween monster s’mores.

Domestically Blissful shared a recipe for roasted corn white cheddar chowder.

Photo credit: Chocolate Covered Katie and My Own Home Blog

Link Round-up: Makeup Review, Save on Disney Vacations, Stay Healthy, and More

Posted on Sep 17, 2014 by 2 Comments

Today’s link round-up has a makeup review, tips for saving on a Disney vacation, tips for staying healthy, recipes, and more.

Tastefully Frugal shared a recipe for eggplant Parmesan.

Mind Body Green has eight tips for staying healthy when you’re crazy busy.

Oh She Glows shared a recipe for raspberry chia seed jam and oat crumble squares (they’re gluten-free).

Living Well Spending Less shared 20 ways to save money on a Disney vacation.

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Kenarry showed us how to make a birthday banner.

Pursebuzz reviewed the Urban Decay Naked 2 Basics palette.

Cupcakes and Cashmere talked about how the five love languages changed her relationship.

Photo credit: Tastefully Frugal and Kenarry

Clif Mojo Trail Mix Bars Are a Tasty Afternoon Treat

Posted on Sep 15, 2014 by No Comments

I’m a pretty big fan of Clif bars in general, but I’m totally in love with the new Clif Mojo dark chocolate almond sea salt trail mix bar.

This bar is a blend of almonds, pecans, cashews, roasted soybeans, and dark chocolate. It’s amazingly rich and decadent. I have to keep them far away from my desk to prevent myself from eating more than one at a time!

One Clif Mojo dark chocolate almond sea salt trail mix bar has 200 calories, 13 grams of fat, 3 grams of fiber, and 5 grams of protein. The bars are gluten free, low glycemic, and made with 70 percent organic ingredients.

My son loves these bars too, although I’ve noticed that we sometimes have trouble with the chocolate chunks falling off and ending up on the carpet. This is something to keep in mind if you plan on sharing with your kids and don’t feel like scrubbing melted chocolate off your carpets.

They do hold up well in backpacks and lunch boxes, however.

I’ve been picking my Clif Mojo bars up at Target. There are five bars in a box and one box is regularly priced at $5.89. If chocolate isn’t your thing, they also make cranberry almond and wild blueberry almond versions.

Photo credit: Target

Link Round-up: Recipes, Stained Glass, Moving When You Have Kids, and More

Posted on Sep 9, 2014 by No Comments

Today’s link round-up has a few delicious recipes, a stained glass project with glue, tips for moving when you have children, and a couple of DIY projects.

Chocolate Covered Katie showed us how to make a chocolate banana bread bowl.

Carlsbad Cravings shared a recipe for baked buffalo popcorn chicken with creamy honey buffalo dip.

Create Craft Love showed us how to decorate with corn husks.

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Crafts by Amanda showed us how to make a Halloween door hanger.

I Love to Create Blog taught us how to make a faux stained glass with glue and leaves.

Almost Unschoolers shared tips for packing up memories when you move with children.

Sister’s Suitcase Blog taught us how to make Muppets pencil toppers.

Photo credit: Chocolate Covered Katie and Crafts by Amanda

The Dream Blends Almond Coconut Chia Drink Makes Smoothies Taste Even Better

Posted on Sep 8, 2014 by No Comments

I traded in dairy for alternatives a long time ago, but I was never truly satisfied with the flavor and consistency of almond milk. It was a little too earthy for me, and the texture was off (I love the creaminess of whole and 2% milk).

The Dream Blends Almond Coconut Chia milk alternative doesn’t have that same creaminess, but it’s closer than most of the other options I’ve tried, and mixing in the coconut and chia take away some of that nuttiness (which doesn’t translate well into milk form and just tastes “earthy” to me most of the time).

I’m not a fan of in regular almond milk. It seems like the flavors balance each other out for a more neutral end result than straight coconut or almond milk has.

I feel like this makes my smoothies much more satisfying, in flavor and texture. There’s no gluten or lactose, and it’s 100 percent vegan. It is enriched with a few vitamins—E, A, B12, and D. I’m personally happy about the vitamin D part, since that’s hard to get from food sources.

You can get the original or unsweetened. The original has a little evaporated cane syrup and seven grams of sugar.

There are also other blends I’m excited to try, like:

  • Almond, Cashew, and Hazelnut
  • Rice and Quinoa

All flavors are available in original and unsweetened versions. I think the one with hazelnuts sounds like a good base for a latte. Have you tried any of these flavors? Do you have a favorite non-dairy milk alternative?

Photo credit: Taste the Dream

Link Round-up: Delicious Food, School Supply Makeovers, Free Kindle Books, and More

Posted on Sep 2, 2014 by No Comments

Today’s link round-up has delicious food, a school supply makeover, how to find free Kindle books, and more.

Aunt Peaches showed us how to give school supplies a makeover with tape.

Belle of the Kitchen shared a recipe for mini Nutella swirl Oreo cheesecakes.

A Mom’s Take shared an instant oatmeal in a jar recipe.

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A Beautiful Mess shared a recipe for a frozen almond spiced chai.

Southern Girl Ramblings talked about battling morning sickness with Sea-Band Mama.

Mindfully Frugal Mom taught us how to find free Kindle books.

A Simple Pantry shared a snack idea: mini taco pizzas.

Photo credit: Aunt Peaches and A Beautiful Mess

Link Round-up: Hair Treatment, Snacks, a Book Craft, and More

Posted on Aug 28, 2014 by No Comments

Today’s link round-up has a hair treatment, delicious snacks, a book craft, and more.

Muslin and Merlot showed us a cute book ball craft to make.

One Good Thing by Jillee showed us a DIY treatment for a dry, flaky scalp.

The Crafty Blog Stalker showed us how to make an adorable pom-pom pen.

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Annie’s Noms showed us how to make chocolate cherry mini muffins.

Life with the Crust Off taught us how to make beautiful galaxy bark.

Create Craft Love taught us how to make a personalized lunchbox.

A Beautiful Mess shared a recipe for summer corn risotto.

Photo credit: Muslin and Merlot and Annie’s Noms

Link Round-up: Cleaning Carpet, Apple Bubble Bake, an Inexpensive Backsplash, and More

Posted on Aug 26, 2014 by No Comments

Today’s link round-up has a carpet de-greaser, an apple bubble bake, tips for making an inexpensive plank backsplash, and more.

Muslin and Merlot taught us how to make a huge plastic spiderweb.

One Good Thing by Jillee shared a tip for getting stains out of the carpet.

Life with the Crust Off shared a recipe for a caramel apple bake.

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Annie’s Noms shared a recipe for salted caramel fudge.

A Beautiful Mess taught us how to make an inexpensive plank backsplash.

Create Craft Love showed us how to set up a game of hillbilly golf.

You Brew My Tea shared 25 DIY outdoor fun crafts and activities for kids.

Photo credit: Muslin and Merlot and Annie’s Noms