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!


To find out more about all® free clear check out their Facebook page and check back mid May for their #withmyblanket Sweepstakes!


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:







Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Rover Fun Lunches


Today is the first day back after Spring break. Normally, my kids would be sad to leave vacation behind and head back to school but today they are just a little bit excited. Planetbox generously sent us two Rover lunchboxes and my kids cannot wait to take them to school today.

Fun School Lunches in our Planetbox Rover - mamabelly.com

These fun magnets definitely help anyone to be cheery!

Fun School Lunches in our Planetbox Rover - mamabelly.com

We packed one of the Rovers for my 4th Grader with:
  • celery sticks with dip
  • Crisp Thins 
  • two mini Easter treats
  • orange slices and
  • left over spaghetti with tomatoes, mozarella, a little olive oil, salt and pepper.


Fun School Lunches in our Planetbox Rover - mamabelly.com

The other Rover was packed for my middle schooler and filled with:
  • a whole small apple
  • Thin Crisps
  • a small Easter treat
  • cucumber and carrot slices
  • a salami and lettuce sandwich on whole wheat


Monday, April 6, 2015

Monbento for Mama: Egg Avocado Sandwich


Monbento for Mama is back after Spring Break! We had a wonderful week and a lovely weekend and after enjoying many treats, I need to get back to eating better! I grabbed our Monbento Tresor for lunch today since it is a little bit smaller than my Monbento Original. It also has two separate containers which worked perfectly for today's lunch.

Monbento for Mama: Egg Avocado Sandwich in the Monbento Tresor - mamabelly.com

Packed for lunch in our Monbento Tresor are:
  • a delicious Egg Avocado sandwich (I simply seasoned it with sea salt and pepper. No need for mayonaisse or any other spread) on whole wheat bread
  • plain yogurt swirled with honey
  • granola with a few blueberries


Saturday, April 4, 2015

Happy Easter!


One more day until the Easter festivities start. My kids are so excited and are helping with the traditional carrot cake and Easter bread baking in the kitchen. To keep them happy, I packed lunches this morning, so they can eat when they are hungry.

Easter Lunch in our Planetbox Rover - mamabelly.com

Packed in our Planetbox Rover are:
  • a mini chocolate bunny nestled in a handful of blueberries
  • a peeled carrot
  • Annie's Graham bunnies
  • two mini chocolate eggs
  • and a ham and cheese sandwich bunny with a cheese tail

Easter Lunch in our Planetbox Rover - mamabelly.com

Have a wonderful weekend! And Happy Easter from my family to yours!


Things I used to make this lunch (contains affiliate links):



Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Night Owl and Early Bird - a Literary Lunch


This lunch is also posted over at The Little Crooked Cottage as a Literary Lunch. Head over to the fabulous blog of four children's book authors and check out the wonderful Literary Interviews with Mr. Pig himself! 


It's #LiteraryLunch time! Today with EARLY BIRD and NIGHT OWL by Toni Yuly - mamabelly.com

Meet Early Bird and Night Owl, the wonderful stars of Toni Yuly's books. Early Bird likes to get up early and Night Owl loves to stay up late. Both books are beautifully illustrated with bright colors and clean shapes.

It's #LiteraryLunch time! Today with EARLY BIRD and NIGHT OWL by Toni Yuly - mamabelly.com

Early Bird tells the story of the search for breakfast early in the morning while emphasizing action words.

It's #LiteraryLunch time! Today with EARLY BIRD and NIGHT OWL by Toni Yuly - mamabelly.com

Night Owl, on the other side, emphasizes sound words and listening skills while telling the tales of one owl at night. No matter if your little one is an early Bird or Night Owl, they will surely enjoy these books!

It's #LiteraryLunch time! Today with EARLY BIRD and NIGHT OWL by Toni Yuly - mamabelly.com

Lunch for both early birds and night owls everywhere is packed in our ECOlunchbox:
  • Night Owl's lunch includes blueberries and a peanut butter and almond Night Owl sandwich
  • Early Bird's lunch includes blueberries as well (it has to be fair), a raspberry jelly Early Bird sandwich and of course an Early (Gummy) Worm
You can find the lunchbox and Toni Yuly's books on Amazon (contains affiliate links):




Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Lunch with Honest Fizz


I have to admit that even though I try to eat healthy, I often crave a soda midday. I love the Honest Fizz line of sodas since I don't have to feel guilty drinking one with lunch. They are now all organic and have zero calories! Plus, if you haven't tried the new Golden Ginger Ale, pick one up at the store! Instead of an almost non-existent ginger flavor of other soda brands, this new variety of Honest Fizz actually tastes like ginger! Perfect for a hot day!


We also love the other flavors of Honest Fizz and it's my go-to-treat when the soda craving sets in.
Cheers!


Honest Tea was kind enough to offer TWO of my readers a variety case of their Honest Fizz, of course, including the new Honest Fizz Ginger Ale. For your chance to win, simply enter my Rafflecopter below! GOOD LUCK!


Lunch is packed in our Easylunchboxes and includes:


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Open to US Residents only. Winner will be contacted via email and has to respond within 24 h to claim the price.

Disclaimer: Honest Tea sent me a case of Honest Fizz to try. All opinions are my own.
 

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