Wednesday, June 10, 2015

#FreeToBe Carefree this Summer






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Summer vacation is just around the corner and for us that means spending time at the beach. My kids cannot wait to get their toes in the sand and feel the salt water on their skin. Sun, sand and beach is what summer means to us.


Spending days at the beach is relaxing and fun but laundry is inevitable. Towls, bathing suits, cover ups, beach bags - it all needs to be washed almost daily.

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Thankfully, all free clear is helping me keep my kids' sensitive skin safe and still tackles those tough stains like sun tan lotion and food stand stains. all free clear is gentle enough for my sensitive kids and the #1 recommended detergent brand by Dermatologists, Allergists, and Pediatricians for sensitive skin. Plus, it's safe for use in standard and HE machines. So, if you are taking your all free clear with you to the beach house, you don't have to worry if it's safe to use with the washing machine there!

I trust all® free clear detergent, fabric softener and dryer sheets because they have received the National Eczema Association (NEA) Seal of Acceptance™. Products with the NEA Seal of Acceptance™ are those that avoid certain chemicals, dyes, perfumes and residues that are known to be unsuitable for use by persons with eczema or a sensitive skin condition. In fact, all® free clear detergent has only 9 ingredients!

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Thursday, June 4, 2015

Stormy Night - a Literary Lunch


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Meet Bear and Floppy from Salina Yoon's new book STORMY NIGHT. When Bear can't sleep on a stormy night, Floppy, his toy bunny, Bear's family, and a few tricks keep Bear from being frightened. 

Literary Lunch STORMY NIGHT by Salina Yoon - mamabelly.com

Even though Bear is scared of the storm at first, he soon realizes that the storm is over before he knows it, thanks to a familiar song, kiss and tickle.

Literary Lunch STORMY NIGHT by Salina Yoon - mamabelly.com

This is a great book to read to kids during a thunderstorm. My kids loved the beautiful illustrations and all the ways Bear's family tries to make him feel better.

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And don't worry, Bear's frown eventually turns back into a big smile.

Literary Lunch STORMY NIGHT by Salina Yoon - mamabelly.com

And for more adventures with Bear and Floppy check out FOUND by Salina Yoon.

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You can find Salina Yoon's adorable books on Amazon (contains affiliate links):





Wednesday, June 3, 2015

Lunch Made Easy



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Lunch had to be fast this morning, since the gloomy weather kept everyone in bed much longer then normal. We went from summer weather and temperatures in the high 80s to rain, thunderstorms and temperatures in the 50s, brrr.

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I used our favorite Easylunchboxes today to keep it simple and dublicated the lunches for ease and time. The first two lunches have:
  • kiwi slices
  • pretzels
  • a blueberry and oatmeal Jammy Sammy
  • and a puzzle shaped peanutbutter and jelly sandwich

Onigiri School Lunches in Easylunchboxes - mamabelly.com

The second set of Easylunchboxes are filled with:
  • kiwi slices
  • pretzels
  • and two rice onigiri
  • not pictures are yogurt pouches



Tuesday, June 2, 2015

Tuesday Minion Lunches


I haven't posted lunches in a while and part of it is just the End-of-School-Year-Craze. We are moving at the end of the school year as well and with concerts, picnics, and special summer school days, there hasn't been much time to sit down and blog. We have 12 days of school left and I challenged myself to make lunches fun again and blog. Two and a half more weeks and then summer vacation, pool time, beach visits and a move are in my future and I am trying to savor the last days of our school year routine.

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The apple lunch in our Easylunchboxes. My third grader is bored with packed lunches and most of his food comes home, so we sat down together this morning and picked a more exciting lunch:
  • Crispy Green freeze dried apples
  • Mott's tropical Minion apple sauce
  • cucumber slices
  • sliced apple
  • and Applegate sandwiches on a stick.
I have to say, I am really proud of him for picking different foods. I love the Crispy Green apples and since they don't add anything to the fruit, I can be sure they are not loaded with sugar. My kids love the current Minion promotion from Mott's and even though there is added sugar in these, I am letting them indulge in the new summer flavor. If you freeze the apple sauce over night, they will be ice cold and refreshing at lunchtime AND keep your lunchbox cold!


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This lunch for middle school is nearly identical to the one above - brothers always want what the other has, right? - and packed in Easylunchboxes as well. We added some delicious Applegate Provolone to the sandwiches on a stick and he picked the Crispy Green tangerines over the apples. 

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My Kindergartner packed her Yumbox herself this morning and insisted that she doesn't need a sandwich today. She choose:
  • cucumber slices
  • mini peppers
  • baby carrots
  • popcorn
  • apple slices and a caramel


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Last but not least, another Easylunchbox. My son requested 
  • a peanutbutter sandwich
  • apple slices
  • baby carrots
  • mini peppers
  • cucumber slices
  • and a Mott's tropical Minion apple sauce.
Are you switching things up for the last days of school? Let me know what you pack to keep the kids happy in the last few days before summer!



Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Nature's Bakery Fig Bar GIVEAWAY


We love Nature's Bakery Fig Bars! This is the only snack, everyone in my family can agree on!


We are always on the go. Be it for football practice, school clubs or music. Having a healthy and easy to eat snack on hand is important for those hectic afternoons.


I always have several Nature's Bakery Fig Bars in my purse.


Why do we love these Fig bars so much?
  • Conveniently packaged for on-the-go snacking
  • No High Fructose Corn Syrup
  • Stone Ground Whole Wheat
  • No Artificial Flavors
  • No Artificial Colors
  • No Artificial Preservatives
  • Soy Free
  • Dairy Free
  • Cholesterol Free
  • Contains 0 Trans Fats
  • Non GMO
  • Vegan
  • Kosher
  • ALL my kids love them ( a huge plus for Mom!)


I pack Nature's Bakery Fig Bars often ( follow me on Instagram to see more of my lunches!) and can trust that my kids will eat a good lunch!


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Disclaimer: Nature's Bakery sent me samples to try. All opinions are my own.








Monday, May 4, 2015

How to Keep up With Laundry {with all free clear}





I am a busy Mom of four very active kids. I do a lot of laundry, believe me! 

Staying organized and keeping up with laundry can be daunting. I fall behind fast if I don't stay organized. No one wants to open the laundry room and find 8 loads of laundry waiting. On top of having lots of laundry to wash, several of my kids have allergies and sensitive skin.

I don't have the time or room to keep different laundry detergents on hand, so I started using all® free clear oxi laundry detergent and all® free clear fabric softener for everybody. It tackles all our toughest stains but is gentle enough for my sensitive kids. all free clear is the #1 recommended detergent brand by Dermatologists, Allergists, and Pediatricians for sensitive skin. Plus, it's safe for use in standard and HE machines. 

I trust all® free clear detergent, fabric softener and dryer sheets because they have received the National Eczema Association (NEA) Seal of Acceptance™. Products with the NEA Seal of Acceptance™ are those that avoid certain chemicals, dyes, perfumes and residues that are known to be unsuitable for use by persons with eczema or a sensitive skin condition. In fact, all® free clear detergent has only 9 ingredients!


But back to laundry.So, how do you stay on top it?

  • Set up for success! 
Place all your laundry supplies in a basket or on a shelf, so you have everything you need on hand!
With all® free clear oxi laundry detergent and all® free clear fabric softener, I have everything I need to tackle tough stains.



  • Do a little every day!
The first thing I do every morning is to switch on the coffee maker and to start a load of laundry. That way, I can move the laundry in the dryer before the kids get up and have enough time to fold it and put it away before I normally leave the house. I have learned that it is important to do laundry every day instead of saving it for the weekend or a specific day. When you do at least one load of laundry a day, you are less likely to fall behind. Try to find a time in your schedule that allows you to throw a load of laundry into the washer with enough time to move it to the dryer and fold it.


  • One load at a time
I used to wash 4 or 5 baskets of laundry a day, but then never had the time to fold it all and/or put it away. Which meant either heaps of wrinkled, unfolded laundry or several laundry baskets full of laundry waiting to be put away. Staring down 4 baskets of unfolded laundry can be daunting. My solution: One load at a time. I try to wash, dry, fold and put away a basket at a time instead of keeping all the machines running. That way, I feel less stressed and my house does not get cluttered with laundry. Try it! It really works for me!


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May the Fourth Be With You!


I had grand plans for today - for lunch. But, life happened and there wasn't enough time to actually pack what I had planned. My kids are huge Star Wars fans and were planning on wearing some fun shirts to school, so I wanted to at least do a little something in their lunches.


Thankfully, my awesome sister had recently sent us edible wafers with "Star Wars - The Clone Wars" motives on them! Thanks, Sis!


Packed in our Easylunchboxes are:
  • Snapea Crisps
  • Minion cheese crackers
  • and a pepperoni, lettuce and mayonaisse sandwich topped with an edible yoda wafer.



This lunch in our Easylunchboxes is similar:
  • Snapea Crisps and mixed nuts
  • Minion cheese crackers
  • and a chicken, lettuce and mayonaisse sandwich topped with an edible wafer.

For more Star Wars lunch ideas, check out my other posts:







 

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