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Eat Pak’d Review

Lunch time for my girls can sometimes be a struggle. We try new things and most the time, it’s a complete fail. I try to make it exciting, cutting different shapes and making faces with their food, but we always end up in the same slump. We go back to our main staples and I can’t stand it. There are only so many days a week I want to make the same thing over and over.

Also, with homeschooling, I can’t take all morning prepping lunch. It needs to be quick and easy, so it doesn’t take any time away from learning. I desperately wanted something new for my kids. That’s when I found Eat Pak’d.

One day, during nap time, I was browsing around on Facebook. I came across a sponsored ad for Eat Pak’d and basically, it was this young boy explaining what it was and it caught my eye. They were fun, little packaged lunches that could surprise my girls daily with healthy food to eat. They can even pick out what they want for the following week, as the menu changes. How cool!

The ordering process is so easy. They list the meals for you to pick from and you just select the ones you wish to receive. The great thing is that,  if your child doesn’t like something, you can swap it out for another option or make your own combo and pick a special name to call it.

They come in a box with freezer packs that keep the lunches cool until it’s time to take them out of the package. Check out great these look!

They are perfectly packaged, so you can see what comes in each pack and they easily snap apart to fit into any lunch box!

 

The quality of food that comes in each pack is great! It’s super fresh and delicious. Yes, I made sure to sneak a bite of everything that came. Some of the things I never thought my kids would try, but they did! Some things were quickly shoved to a side, However, most of the food that came, both my girls enjoyed!

^^This girl is my picky eater!

She was so excited every day to get a new lunch out of the refrigerator to try!

^^This is the face of food concentration!

Anything that her sister passed on ended up on her plate. She didn’t let a single package of food go to waste!

Eat Pak’d is so awesome! I highly recommend it for any busy parent to give to their kids. Take back lunch time with Eat Pak’d!

To check out more of our review, watch our You Tube Review!

Have you ever tried Eat Pak’d? Let me know what you thought in the comments below!



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Homeschooling Fun With Bramble Box!

I am always looking for new ways to incorporate crafts into Rylynn’s schooling, but she’s more of a book work person. What can I say? She’s just like her dad. I haven’t given up, though. This time around we tried Bramble Box! Guess what? She loved it!

She may have been more excited to make a video of opening the box than actually making the things that came in it at first. She is a fan of those crazy YouTube videos of kids unboxing toys. Anyway, once she saw what was inside, she said three words that lit up my world. “Let’s Get Started!”

This box was a Chinese craft box. It had everything to make a really cool dragon, chicken, and Chinese food! Take a look!

How cute is she?

Bramble Box, definitely got 2 thumbs up from the Taylor family. It was super simple and she was able to do all the steps on her own with minimal help from me! How awesome!!

Check out our video about Bramble Box and how she created these super cute crafts!

 

 

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Have your kids tried Bramble Box before? Leave your thoughts in the comments!!



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Dapple Review,

As a mom, I use a lot of detergent, dish soap and cleaning supplies.. I’m always looking for new options as far as brands go. Yes, I always prefer to make my own, however if I run out of something, it’s nice to be able to reach for a bottle I trust to use around my kids.

The wonderful people over at Dapple sent me a few products to try just for that reason. They believe that products should be made with children in mind, and the messes that they make. For instance, using regular dish soap on bottles and sippy cups, they realized it was leaving a film and scent on all the bottles that they didn’t want. The lingering floral scent from the soap was not a safe mesh with the milk that was put in it.

They decided to make plant based products without any harmful chemicals or fragrances/perfumes, that was designed to clean up all the messes that children can make!

I love their message, because when I buy anything anymore, I turn the bottle over and read the ingredients. If there is one thing in the product that has me concerned to use around my daughters… I put it back.  With cleaning products, it’s really easy to pollute your home, I do my best not to do so.

Dapple has some pretty awesome products. I encourage you to head over to their website and check them out!

Remember the dish soap I was talking about?

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I really liked this. My kids…. well my 18 month old is an expert at hiding things, especially her sippy cup. So, when I see a hidden sippy cup, my stomach instantly turns. I’m praying it’s no more than a day old and it’s just water. However, that’s never the case.. It’s always a 2 or 3 day old sippy cup of almond milk. I can see the dreaded thick milk film on the side of the cup and consider just throwing the whole cup away!

This soap though is good! Cuts right through it with no problem! Big thing I like is that it is fragrance free. So, you don’t have the gagging smell of old almond milk and flowers. That happened once, never again!

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Check out those ingredients! I love their humor too. Notice the difference though, most warning labels consist of “if consumed, contact poison control”. Not dapple, theirs say “drink water to dilute”. It’s all plant based and natural products. It can give moms that breathe easy feeling when it comes to cleaning products.

Next, Cleaning Spray!

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Babies have blowouts. It happens A LOT! I’ve gotten pretty smart and stopped changing diapers on those pretty little changing table pillow cases. We have ruined more of those than I know. However, now that we’re changing on easy to clean surfaces, the last thing I want to do is spray some chemical filled spray where they will be laying on it again, an hour later. Just doesn’t seem right to me. Plus, most cleaners have bleach or stinky chemicals to where their room now smells.

Dapple has an awesome lemon scented spray that cuts through any disgusting mess and leaves a clean smell after. It’s their nursery cleaner and I love it. I don’t only just use it in the nursery, but also for wiping down highchairs and their food trays.

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I want you to go find the cleaner you are using now. Read the warning label. I bet most don’t say just drink a glass of water if ingested.. Once again… it’s safe! They even have a little tip which I know a lot of people don’t consider when they are buying a “natural” product. You have to read your ingredients..Some can still have allergens and toxic by products.

I really love this brand!

 

What every kitchen needs….Cleaning Wipes!

20161015_130839After our kids are done eating or while we are cleaning the kitchen, most people reach for a tub of cleaning wipes. If this is you, I encourage you to read the ingredients. Most of us know that cleaning wipes consist of bleach. Not exactly kid friendly.

Dapple cleaning wipes really cut through the grit and grime and clean! I was pretty impressed when I used it on my stove. I am an incredibly messy person when it comes to cooking. Things overflow and get cooked onto my stove top. I have sauces and oils all over the counter and my oldest never fails to say “mommy, you made a mess!”

I love how durable the wipes are and the messes it can easily clean. They can scrub and not crumble and tear, but they are so gentle when needed.

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Once again, look at the ingredients. Cleaners made from vegetables, sugar and apples! Hard to believe considering how well these wipes clean! Great to have in the car too. I’ve spilled my coffee in the console and didn’t have the time to clean it up right away. What a sticky mess. Used a wipe and bam it was gone and no sticky residue.

Last, but definitely not least…. Laundry Soap!

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Now, this may not pertain to all moms, but I like to cloth diaper. It was always such a pain though to find a safe detergent that I could use that was compatible with my inserts and covers. Plus, my youngest breaks out with eczema here and there, so a natural soap is important. Finding something that fit both of these categories and actually cleaned was difficult.

Dapple cut through the poopy diapers, cleaned the clothes, and didn’t make Remy’s eczema act up.

All of the cleaning agents are derived from vegetables, glucose and coconuts. Love it!

 

Overall, dapple is pretty awesome. I was so excited to see that when they say it’s safe for babies and children….they mean it! It’s just not a labeling scheme to get you to buy. They taking quality ingredients and make something great for families.

I’d recommend Dapple 100%!

Check them out on Facebook or their Website….either way.. make sure you see what all they have to offer!!

 

 



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All Natural/Organic Baby Product Guide

Having children can make you a nervous wreck. You’re now responsible for this little human, to keep them happy and healthy. The happy part is pretty easy. Well, unless you’re child is like my youngest daughter, then it makes things a little more of challenge. However, for the most part, you play with them and give them attention and they are content. Keeping them healthy seems like it is a pretty easy job, but looking at labels anymore can make any heart race. So many preservatives, artificial who knows what and chemicals galore. Their little bodies and their super thin skin can be easily irritated by the smallest things. That’s why as parents we need to conscious of what we buy and use. To top it off, most of these chemicals are cancer causing. I know, I personally never want my child to ever have to go through something like that.

One thing to remember, just because the store sells it, doesn’t mean it’s safe. One large company years ago……*cough Johnson and Johnson *cough, finally removed formaldehyde from their ingredients and lately were sued for causing ovarian cancer with their talc (baby powder). It’s crazy to me. Just because they label products “soft” and “gentle”, could be anything but that. Or even better, using the words “natural”, when really only 1 ingredient is.  Just be aware and read your labels. If you can’t pronounce it, google it or look the product up yourself on the Environmental Working Group page.

Luckily, there are so many great companies that offer alternatives to many of the products we buy for our children. Yes, they might cost a little more, but it’s worth it.

I’ve been researching a lot of these companies and thinking about all the categories needing to cover. Anything and everything that touches their skin.. Eating is a whole other post..  but this is what I came up with. Please look at the ingredients list closely as most links just get you to a main page of products. If you question a product, run it through the EWG. Overall I hope this helps raise awareness to safer products to use for your children.

Diapers

Naty– Fragrance and Chlorine Free.

Andy Pandy– 100% Bamboo fiber and biodegradable.

Bambo Nature– Free of chlorine, perfume, brighteners and lotions.

Nurtured By Nature– Chlorine Free

Babyganics– No chlorine, latex, petroleum based lotions or fragrances

Broody Chick– 100% Natural and Compostable

Attitude– Free of carcinogens, mutagens & reproductive toxins

 

Baby Products- Baby Wash/Shampoo, Lotion, Diaper Cream

Tamalia Naturals– Natural and Organic

Daisy Blue Naturals- 100% Natural

Beaming Baby– Organic Lotion, Baby Wash and Bubble Bath.

Naty– Paraben and SLS Free.

Earth’s Best–  At least 70% Organic, hypoallergenic.

Pure Haven Essentials– All natural and organic. Baby wash, lotion, powder and diaper cream.

Badger- USDA Organic

Babo Botanicals– No sulfates, parabens, pthalates, synthetic fragrances and dyes.

Lafes Natural Body Care– Over 70% Organic

Earth Mama Angel Baby– Certified Organic

Mom of 11 Kids– All Natural

 

Baby Wipes

Beaming Baby– Certified Organic

Naty– 100% Biodegradable.

Bambo Nature- Chlorine and perfume free, no brighteners, eco friendly and biodegradeable.  However some ingredients depending on your beliefs can be questionable.

Babyganics– No alcohol, parabens, sulfates, phthalates, artificial dyes or fragrances. However do contain sodium benzonate which can be questionable depending on your research.

Jackson Reece– no  parabens, alcohol, phthalates, DMDM hydantoin, sodium benzoate or phenoxyethanol

Bum Boosa– Bamboo and plant based.

Water Wipes– Contain water and grapeseed oil…that’s it.

Broody Chick– Chemical and fragrance free.

 

Toothpaste

Earth’s Best– Fluoride Free and Organic Teething Gel.

Pure Haven Essentials– All natural and made with organic ingredients. Orange

Dr Bronners– this is for older children and adults.

Poofy Organics- Cherry Organic Toothpaste for Toddlers

Jack & Jill– Natural Toothpaste, Fluoride free with organic ingredients.

 

Clothing

The Best 26 Organic Clothing Brands of 2016. Credit- The Good Trade

Sunscreen

Earth’s Best– All natural, fragrance free and water resistant.

Babyganics– SPF 50+

Badger– 98% Organic and Certified Natural

Raw Elements USA– Organic

California Baby– Top Marks from EWG.

Coola– Organic

Beachcomber– Organic, no parabens or pthalates.

Kabana Skincare– Organic. My review here.

Bug Repellant

Babyganics– Citronella, Peppermint, Rosemary, Lemongrass & Geranium

Badger– Certified Natural

Lafes Natural Body Care– Certified Organic

 

My list grows everyday as I’m a mom that wants to use what’s best. If I find something I don’t like, I stop using it and move on. I haven’t personally tried every single one of these brands. Like I mentioned, this was mainly researching these brands and seeing what I thought was best. Use your best judgement.

Do you have any comments about the brands I have listed? How would you rate them on your own scale? Share in the comments below!



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