Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Travel Help with Bubblebum

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I'm lucky to have great little travelers for my kids. I love to go places and they love adventuring! We're a good mix. However sometimes car trips can be challenging due all the stuff that seems to travel with children from special carseats to toys and tablets. I was recently introduced to some fun kid products guaranteed to make travel easier and I'm thrilled to share more about them! 


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Full Disclosure! I was lucky enough to be given a few products for testing purposes in exchange for this post. The girls excitedly ripped open the package and immediately wanted to use the BubbleBum Junkie. The BubbleBum Junkie is the perfect way to keep all your kid's entertainment items and snacks organized during road trips or even just jaunts to the store. I know I get tired of things falling all over the car and listening to cries of, "Mom! Can you get my book, kindle, etc?" The kids found the activity trays to be the most delightful feature of the BubbleBum Junkie. I love that you can seatbelt in the BubbleBum Junkie so it doesn't fly around the car if you stop short. It will also hold a tablet so both kids can watch a movie without a fight over who gets to hold the device. 

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Over the weekend, Molly tried out the Sneck pillow system in Scott's car. My car still has a 5-point harness for her seat but Scott's car uses a high-back booster which she loves but often complains about the belt cutting into her neck. The Sneck solves this problem and provides a comfortable place for napping in the car! The travel pillow's micro-bead pods are cozy and makes it perfect to take along on car trips, plane rides or even on the train. The Sneck easily attaches to the headrest with a Velcro strap that also has storage for MP3 players or small toys.  

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My favorite product has to be the BubbleBum seat! The BubbleBum is the original, inflatable car booster seat for kids aged 4-11, weighing 40-100 lbs. Now that the kids are getting older, traveling with their car seats on planes is a HUGE pain. Also car seats can make travel very limiting in cities when you are dependent on Lyft or Cabs. The BubbleBum solves this issue! Weighing less than one pound, the BubbleBum deflates in minutes and can be stuffed in your bag when not in use. I also love that you could put this in your kid's backpack for after school playdates! 

The BubbleBum won GOLD in the 2014 National Parenting Publications Awards and is a IIHS (Insurance Institute of Highway Safety) “Best Bet” in their booster seat evaluation report, where they’ve branded BubbleBum as one of the best for safety. All of these factors make me excited to use the BubbleBum on our trip to Disneyland next week. Molly told me that she loves the pink design and thinks it is "beautiful". The BubbleBum comes in Pink Chevron and Black. 

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Sponsored Post: I was given product in exchange for a review of these products. The 
content and opinions expressed here are my own. 

Sunday, February 19, 2017

Take Back Our Lunch Apples! Apple Granola Peanut Butter Wraps and Opal Apples

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Sponsored Post: This post is sponsored by Opal® apples 
but the content and opinions expressed here are my own. 

While Molly has been at preschool, I've been lucky enough to have her lunches and snacks covered but with kindergarten starting in the fall, my thoughts have been turning to school lunches. I do my best to provide my kids with healthy, whole food and thinking about packing lunches has slightly stressed me out. I worry about food getting squished and apples turning brown. 

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I was excited to learn about Opal® Apples which are Non-GMO Project verified.  These naturally non-browning apples are perfect for the school lunchbox. This means I can cut apples for Molly's lunch without worrying about them browning by lunchtime. Another exciting feature about Opal® Apples is that they are grown in Washington State exclusively by Broetje and Congdon Orchards.

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Opal® apples have a beautiful appearance with a crunchy texture and sweet, tangy flavor which pairs well with peanut butter and sweet, crunchy granola! I created these delicious wraps that we've been eating with gusto at lunch and breakfast. I'm definitely adding these to my school lunch recipe file though I'll probably substitute the peanut butter for sun butter and make sure the granola is nut-free. Until then, we'll consume the apples and peanut butter with glee! 

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I picked up nearly a case of these apples on my monthly Costco run and we've been eating them like mad. I've been putting the apples, thinly sliced, in our snack bags when we leave the house in the morning. I love that they are still nice and fresh without a tinge of brown when we finally dig into them hours later. 


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I'll stop going on about these awesome apples and leave you with an equally awesome lunch wrap. Add dried fruit or chia seeds for extra flavor or mix up the nut butters and granolas but never leave off the Opal® apples. 


Apple Granola Peanut Butter Wraps
by Rebecca Mongrain
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Ingredients (2 wraps)
  • Two 10-inch Whole Wheat Tortillas
  • ¼ cup peanut butter (crunchy or smooth)
  • ⅓ cup thinly sliced Opal apples
  • 2 tablespoons granola
Instructions
Take your tortillas and spread each evenly with peanut butter.
Lay thinly sliced Opal apples evenly, lengthwise, down the center of the tortilla. Sprinkle with granola.
Beginning at one long side, roll the tortillas up.
Cut in half and serve. If serving later, wrap tightly and store in the refrigerator until serving or packing in lunch boxes.
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Saturday, February 18, 2017

Week in Review 2.18.17

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The week before last our house was beset with a horrible flu and cold. We rotated through the sickness and laid about moaning. This week was a lot better but we are still in recovery mode. I've also had a pile up of work but I got back on my workout routine which made me happy. This weekend, I'm spending it in San Diego with my best friend who just had a second baby and another friend who I haven't seen in ages! 

Exercise

I got in 5 workouts this week - four boot camps and one intense cycling class. The week before I barely scraped in four workouts due to sickness. I'm still on target for 217 in 2017. I'm at 36 workouts for the year!

Food

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Eating healthy these last two weeks was a constant struggle but I made the best of it. I did some coffee research for work and drank way too much coffee on Thursday. I was literally shaking by the end of the morning. Whew! I did have an amazing drink at Mr. West's Coffee Bar - a Cereal Milk Latte! SO GOOD! 

The Girls

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The girls and I started The Peaceful Preschool this week and we are having so much fun! We did salt letters, make glitter glue letters, read some awesome books and learned all about apples and the letter, "A". 

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The girls were also busy with school and we had a Lunar New Year celebration the week before. They had a great time watching the dancers even though I was so sick and tired. They are getting anxious for Spring and keep asking when they'll be able to play outside more. They also celebrated Valentine's Day at school and my Valentine's were pretty awesome. 

Other Goings On


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I've been busy purging the house of clutter and excess stuff. I donated 12 bags of stuff to the NW Center for the blind last week and gave two bags of children's clothing to a friend. It feels really good to have stuff leaving the house. 


Stories Published

A Comprehensive Guide to the Many Skybridges Across Seattle - I thought this would be a simple story when my editor assigned it to me but I quickly discovered there were way more skybridges in Seattle than I knew about and that capturing good photos of them could be a challenge. I had a great time discovering more about Seattle! 
Friday, February 17, 2017

Project 52 - Week 48

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The girls and I went to the coffee shop for some research I was doing. Molly offered to pose for a shot when I mentioned how great the light was. She said I got two shots before her modeling career was over. 
Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Lunches, Going Minimalist and Skybridges Are This Week's Links From Around the Web

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23 Make-Ahead Lunches to Get You Through the Week - I'm focusing on eating really healthy food right now. We've been sick in this house for much to long and I'm throwing everything I can at it which includes healthy, delicious food. These lunches look so good and I love that they are make-ahead, which is always great. Even though I'm home most of the day, I still find lunch to be a hustle.

The Minimalists Have you heard of these guys? I'm going on a trip this weekend so I plan to listen to a few of their podcasts for purging inspiration. I donated 12 bags of clothing and toys to the local charity this week so I'm on a roll! I feel like I've finally broken through the SAVE IT ALL mindset and am ready to clear the decks.

I trained myself to be less busy — and it dramatically improved my life I am terrible at slowing down and yet when I have a schedule that is slower and more open, I am happier. This article is fantastic and has a lot of tips that I'm implementing. How do you slow down?

Writer, Traveler or Mother? This weekend I'm traveling alone and there will be a part of my brain that wants to yell, I'm a MOTHER! I'm alone on this trip. And yet, I think trips alone can be so fulfilling. They recharge me. I'm heading down to San Diego to visit my best friend who just had her second child. My hope is to help her but also to relax some. The best part is that other people's children are so much more relaxing than my children. When I hear, Mom! Mom! MOOOOM! the little voice won't be calling for me. I'll report back on my trip next week.

A Comprehensive Guide to the Many Skybridges Across Seattle My editor recently sent out some story ideas and creating a guide to the skybridges across Seattle was one of them. Honestly, I did not know that we had so many. I did leave some out because I either couldn't find information on them or couldn't get a decent photo. Maggie and I spent a lot of time driving around taking pictures. By the end of the week, she was chirping in with, "Look Momma! SKYBRIDGE!".

 
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