March 25, 2015

Lunchbox Remix with Absopure Packables

Disclosure: I have a partnership with Absopure water, but all opinions are my own.
Absopure, Packables, Water, Kids Lunches, Lunchbox ideas

Now that we are more than halfway through kindergarten, I feel like I'm finally getting the hang of the whole lunchbox routine with the twins.  Since they only have 20 minutes to eat, it was a bit of a battle at first! Some days I would pack too little and they would be starving by the time school was done and others I would go overboard, with food wasted.

Another issue we had was thirst.  At home, they drink tons of water and would end up being so parched by the end of the school day.  We tried sending a thermos to school, but they would misplace them (no idea how!) or end up forgotten at school.  When the flu bugs started going around, the ick factor of having a germy thermos grossed me out.  Enter: the Abspoure packable water.  Super convenient size: 6.5 oz and easy for them to open.  Every morning, we throw one bottle with their initial in their backpack and one in the lunchbox.  Hydration problem solved!

To keep lunchtime interesting, I've been trying to stray away from the most requested PB&J.  I have found wraps go over better than regular bread--it seems like they are quicker to eat.  Main staples include frozen yogurt tubes, fruit and veggies.  Olivia is a bit strange with her requests: hard boiled eggs, bread & butter pickles and she even asked for leftover salmon (I said no).  I swear she is an old soul!

Here are some inexpensive and quick ideas we've been loving this month:

Banana Sushi, Lunchbox ideas, Lunch, Bananas
Banana Sushi
Just spread PB or sunflower butter on a warm tortilla, sprinkle with honey, coconut or mini chocolate chips and wrap around a banana.  Super simple and very versatile.  Nutella is super tasty too!

Lunchbox ideas, pepperoni, pizza ideas
Pizza Bites
Maddie LOVES this, especially since she always asking for those pre-packaged lunches.  So simple to make: chopped up cheese sticks, turkey pepperoni and fiber crackers.  You can also add ham cubes, peppers, olives or sausage sticks.
Lunchbox ideas, wraps, laughing cow wedges
Cheesy Wraps
Olivia actually came up with this one a few weekends ago.  The Happy Farms wedges from Aldi make for a perfect binder for wraps! Just add your favorite meats and wrap it up!  This is also tasty with pepperoni and peppers, like a pizza wrap.

You can find the Absopure Packables at Meijer and Spartan stores here in Michigan.  I love that they are a local company!  They have a super convenient delivery system, also.  If interested, mention the code BLOGGER and get $2 off monthly deliveries AND a free 30-day trial!

What are your go-to lunchbox staples? Have you seen Absopure Packables in your grocery store?


March 19, 2015

Getting Ready for the 2015 Kids' Choice Awards {Plus a Printable Game!} #KidsChoiceDrink

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I don't know about you, but I LOVE awards season: the red carpet looks, sappy speeches and all.  The girls love to sit and watch the pre-shows with me, but they aren't quite old enough for the main event. This year, I think they're ready for the Kids' Choice Awards now that they have ventured away from their "baby TV shows", as they call them.  The official drink of the awards is Capri Sun Roaring Waters. These are a staple in our house since they are low in sugar and a switch up from plain water. At Walmart, you can pick up 30 pack team boxes right in the regular juice aisle--perfect for the warmer months coming up!

Although we do regulate their screen time quite a bit, they are allowed to be more lax on the weekends.  The 2015 Kids' Choice Awards air on Nickelodeon March 28th at 8:00 EST, we are prepared to watch the orange carpet and more--the girls love live performances!  I made the mistake of telling the twins about the show a bit early and now they have been talking about it non-stop--they can't believe I'm letting them stay up late!  Watch closely on Nick and you'll see funny commercials promoting the show with your favorite characters.
Walmart, Capri Sun, Kids Drinks, Team Packs, Capri Sun Roaring Waters

You can't have an awards show night without tasty snacks, so we tested out some JELL-O flavored popcorn balls that I've been eying on Pinterest.  They are SO easy to whip up and you can use any JELL-O flavor you want!  Gabby chose strawberry with chocolate chips--tastes like a chocolate covered strawberry!  I think Cookies + Cream would be a fun one to try...or even coconut! Possibilities are endless!  These will be the perfect snack to wash down with a Capri Sun Roaring Waters.
JELL-O Popcorn, Strawberry JELL-O, Jet Puffed Marshmallows, Kraft, Walmart

Strawberry Chip JELL-O Popcorn Balls
Here's what you need:
  • 4 Tablespoons of Butter
    • NOTE: I tried to sub coconut oil and it did NOT work
  • 10 oz. package of Jet Puffed Mini Marshmallows
  • Small box of sugar free strawberry JELL-O (0.3 oz)
  • 1 cup popcorn kernels (popped makes about 10-11 cups)
    • Sub 2 bags of unflavored microwave popcorn
  • Chocolate chips to sprinkle (about 1/2 cup)
  1. In a small saucepan, melt butter.  Slowly fold in marshmallows until melted.  Remove from heat.
  2. Sprinkle in JELL-O and stir.
  3. With popcorn in a large bowl, slowly pour marshmallow mixture over popcorn and stir.  Prepare to get sticky!!  Sprinkle in chips and mix together--some may melt a bit.
  4. Grab a handful and roll into a ball shape.
    • Tip: spray hands with cooking spray before forming balls. 
  5. Store in an airtight container.  Enjoy!
Walmart, JELL-O, Strawberry, Chocolate Chips, Popcorn Balls, Kraft, CBias
To keep the Kids' Choice Awards fun, I created a fun 2015 Kids Choice Awards scavenger hunt for the kids to do during the show.  At first I considered BINGO, but figured there would be some arguments to I kept the sheet the same.  There are Capri Sun Roaring Water breaks, also fun things to look for during the show: silly outfits, jokes, etc.  I found neon circle stickers for $1 at Walmart, perfect to use instead of BINGO markers!

Tip: the prizes can be super simple, like a sucker or even index cards with "10 Minutes Kindle Time" or "Library Trip with Mom".  No need to go crazy!  The fact that the kiddos get to stay up late is more than enough of a prize, right?  

Click below to print some for your party!! 

I would say that we are more than prepared for our fun night!  Another special treat that we love are FROZEN Capri Sun Roaring Waters.  Turns out just like a slushy.  Simply freeze for 2 hours or until barely frozen, then slice the edges off and leave in the straw.  Perfect on a hot summer day too!

Is your family excited for the Kids' Choice Awards? What fun ways do you enjoy Capri Sun Roaring Waters?


March 17, 2015

RO*TEL Savings at Walmart! #JustAddRotel

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #JustAddRotel #CollectiveBias

RO*TEL tomatoes, Walmart, Price Drop
Great Savings on RO*TEL at Walmart!

Are you creating a big snacking spread for the Big Tournament? Looking for ways to spice up game day and save money at the same time? #JustAddRotel is the perfect way to spice up your favorite recipes. I love RO*TEL tomatoes for my queso dip!

From guacamole to pot roast sliders, adding a can of RO*TEL makes a traditional game day recipe into something extraordinary. Click this link  to print a Walmart coupon where you buy 3 cans of RO*TEL, you will get 1 can free! Hurry, this coupon expires on April 6th and is only while supplies last!
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Be sure to look for RO*TEL in either the Pasta or Hispanic aisle in Walmart!

How do you use RO*TEL?

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