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Cal Water H2O Challenge {2017}

A couple years ago I made the trip with my mom and aunt to see the Hoover Dam.  It’s always been soemthing I really wanted to do, a Bucket List item as they say. Thankful I was able to take this little girls trip with my family.  It was beautiful and massive!

Yet I couldn’t stop staring at the noticeable water line. It was well below normal. It was frightening!!!Living in California we are always reminded that there is a drought.

At home we do our best to be water conscious.

We turn off the faucet while brushing our teeth, we have our shower heads set to low, and use reusable water bottles.

Join the Cal Water H2O Challenge and learn how to teach your kids about water conservation.

It’s crucial that all Californians, young and old, conserve water in order
to secure a reliable water supply for present and future generations. Cal Water H2O Challenge is a free program teaching kids how to care for water. This timely initiative consists of two separate competitions: the Classroom Challenge and the Individual Challenge.

Cal Water H2O Challenge’s Classroom Challenge is a project-based, environmentally-focused competition for classrooms, grades 4-6, designed in conjunction with NAAEE, the WestEd K-12 Alliance, and Cal Water. It is aligned with the Common Core State Standards and complimentary to the Next Generation Science Standards.

Cal Water H2O Challenge’s Individual Challenge is a media competition in which individual students submit original art, photography, or videos focused on caring for water. Open to individual students in grades 4-12 living in a Cal Water service area, students compete in one of three tiers based on grade level.

About Cal Water H2O Challenge’s Classroom Challenge:

The students of participating classrooms initiate, develop, and implement a 4-8 week-long project (or longer at teacher discretion), focusing on caring for water. This class-based project explores water as a global resource and as a local resource, while tackling a local water problem in an individual and community-based endeavor.

A handbook can be found at challenge.calwater.com/resources, including a guide for the ow of the project, and sample lesson plans.

Upon completion of the project, students create a final portfolio documenting their work. This portfolio, along with accompanying cover sheets, student reflections, and a teacher reflection, constitute the final submission. Sample Portfolios can be found in the resource section.

Early Registration closes Dec. 31, 2017. Final Registration closes Jan 31, 2018. Submissions are due February 28, 2018.

Curriculum Alignment: Common Core State Standards and is complementary to the Next Generation Science Standards. In aligning the curriculum, sample lesson plans were developed incorporating these guidelines.

Project-Based Learning: Developed with the help of the WestEd / K-12 Alliance and the North American Association for Environmental Education, their project-based learning model offers an effective and engaging manner to inspire students to community action while achieving curriculum standards.

Objective Rubric: Judging of the competition will be conducted by a panel of experts working in education and/or an environmental field. It will use an objective rubric, developed with the help of the West Ed / K-12 Alliance. This rubric evaluates the water topic choice, project goals, action plan, and outcomes, long term bene ts, integration with student learning and curriculum, student participation, impact on student learning, presentation, and impact on teacher practice.

Winners of the Cal Water H2O Classroom Challenge will receive amazing prizes! See below.

Grand Prize

Class Celebration: Classroom tent-camping trip to the Santa Monica Mountains with NatureBridge
Class Funding: $3,500 grant

Extras: Cal Water prize packs for every student

2nd Place

Class Celebration: A Pizza Party
Class Funding: $2,500 grant
Extras: Cal Water prize packs for every student

3rd Place

Class Funding: $2,000 grant
Extras: Cal Water prize packs for every student

4th Place

Class Funding: $1,000 grant
Extras: Cal Water prize packs for every student

All Participant Prizes

Student Recognition: An official certificate of participation for every student.
Teacher Recognition: A teacher certificate Teacher Gift: An AMEX gift card.

Learn more online

Learn more about the challenge, access the resource center, and read the FAQ section at https://challenge.calwater.com/.

Disclosure: This post was written as part of my participation in the Moms Meet program. While Moms Meet provided me material and necessary resources to complete various activities, the thoughts and statements in this post are my own.

Kool-Aid Hair

Sarah has been asking to her dye her hair for months. So after a random visit to the super market, she picked out a packet of Kool-Aid and we started the process.

Step 1: Boil water with one packet of Kool-Aid according to package. Let cool.

Step 2: Split hair into two sections and place hair in jars. Step 3: Wait 15 minutes and check hair. If you don’t like your results, put it back for another 5 minutes. Sarah picked Pink Lemonade and after we dried her hair we decided it wasn’t what we wanted. Thankfully I had my mama hat on while we were in the store and picked up a packet of Black Cherry Kool-Aid.

We repeated the same steps above with the Black Cherry packet.It came out super bright, but Sarah loved it!Please note Kool-Aid is a permanent hair color. Therefore we decided to only color her ends. When she is over the hair color we will take her to get a haircut. 

prAna

As a busy mama I love stylish but functional clothing I can move in. It’s no fun wearing constricting clothes that don’t breath while your with your toddler at activities like gymnastics and mommy and me.

Thanks to prAna sustainable clothing I found good, breathable clothes that are stylish AND good for the environment.

prAna creates versatile, stylish, and sustainable clothing and accessories that you can wear during every activity, every adventure, every day. How do they know? Because they base their designs on their own experiences. You see they’re more than makers, they’re doers—yogis, climbers, and world travelers—and they use their knowledge to make clothes that look good and play hard. They like to focus on the details, and aren’t afraid to go bold when it comes to colors and whimsical patterns. They love to combine classic style with modern materials, ever mindful of where and how their creations are made.

I put prAna to the test and picked out two items.

I picked the Deedra Sweater Tunic and paired it with these tights and these shoes.The Deedra Sweater Tunic is a mid-weight knit woven from an organic cotton blend. Design features include a V-neck, mixed knit pattern styling, dropped hem tail, and side vents for a relaxed fit. My 2nd item was the Caraway Tights with this shirt and these sneakers.The Caraway Tight is a performance tight with moisture wicking properties. These high-rise compression pants are designed with flatlock construction and a triangle gusset for added durability. Complete with wide waistband, internal drawcord, and hidden mesh pocket.Both pieces were comfortable yet stylish. I love the rich colors and breathable cotton. Here are some more fun looks by prAna.

My prAna pieces were so soft and comfortable I want you guys to try it too! Click here and use my unique code: MMSKF17 and save 15% off your total!

Connect with prAna Organic

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Disclosure: This post was written as part of my participation in the Moms Meet program. While prAna provided me material and necessary resources to complete various activities, the thoughts and statements in this post are my own.

Lundberg Grounded Snacks

Eating schnitzel in our home is a staple. So when I was asked to review Lundberg Grounded Snacks Red Rice & Quinoa Tortilla Chips, I knew I wanted to use it as my breading on our favorite schnitzel recipe.

To decide on our favorite, we sampled all the flavors one afternoon.

Our favorite flavors were Ancho Chile (smoky and mildly spicy with a bit of sweetness) and Aged White Cheddar (creamy white cheddar with a hint of garlic). Hubby came home and said he liked Pink Himalayan Salt (lightly salted to highlight the subtle nutty grain flavors). I stuck with hubby’s favorite and followed my schnitzel recipe. I put half a bag of Lundberg’s Grounded Snacks Red Rice & Quinoa Tortilla Chips in a bag and mashed it with a bottle of wine. I coated both sides of the chicken and cooked it for 4 minutes.I flipped it over and cooked it for another 3 minutes.My plan worked! My schnitzel recipe was even better with this new and improved breading technique.

Lundberg’s Grounded Snacks Red Rice & Quinoa Tortilla Chips are USDA Certified Organic, whole grain, gluten free, allergen free, Non-GMO Project Verified, vegan, and kosher. I served it with broccoli and cauliflower mash. I love Lundberg snacks for many reasons, but what I really like is that they are dedicated to remaining a family-owned, independent company committed to farming practices that fuel a healthier planet.

They are passionate about taking the organic grains they grow and pairing them with the most unique and flavorful organic spices from around the world.

The Grounded Snacks made with Available in 5 different flavors; Cinnamon Sugar, Ancho Chile, French Onion, Aged White Cheddar, and Pink Himalayan Salt.Which flavor sounds the best? Please comment below.

Where to purchase?

Lundberg Family Farms Grounded Snacks Red Rice & Quinoa Tortilla Chips are available to purchase at amazon.com and Thrive Market as well as other supermarkets and natural food stores. To find a store near you, click here.Connect with Lundberg Family Farms online to see their latest products and get exclusive access to discounts and special offers!

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Disclosure: This post was written as part of my participation in the Moms Meet program. While Lundberg provided me material and necessary resources to complete various activities, the thoughts and statements in this post are my own.

Sea-Band Mama

Do you suffer from travel sickness? Morning sickness? Or other types of nausea?

Then check out Sea-Band Mama!Sea-Band Mama is recommend and used by midwives and pregnant women around the world as a natural and effective relief for morning sickness. Sea-Band Mama bands are a knitted elasticated wrist band, which operates by applying pressure on the Nei Kuan acupressure point on each wrist by means of a plastic stud. The bands can be worn on each wrist whenever you feel nauseous.

Having a quick, easy and safe relief is a great way for mamas and mamas-to-be to still go about their day and get the instant relief that they need.

While pregnancy is a magical and beautiful time in a women’s life, it can also be hard on your body. From morning sickness to exhaustion my body was working hard to make sure my baby was getting what it needed. Unfortunately throughout both pregnancies I was nauseous most of the time. In fact, morning sickness effects around 50% of pregnant women at some point during their pregnancy.

 See more maternity pictures here and here.

I wish I had known about Sea-Band Mama products when I was pregnant.

Personally, I love the soothing Sea-Band Mama Ginger Lozenges that offer a calming way to soothe my nausea during my menstrual cycle. I also really like the bands during road trips and while driving windy roads.

To help my mama readers out, I am having a Sea-Band Mama set giveaway! 

The set includes:

Sea-Band Mama acupressure wrist bands: Sea-Band is a knitted elasticated wrist band, which operates by applying pressure on the Nei Kuan acupressure point on each wrist by means of a plastic stud. The bands can be worn on each wrist whenever you feel nauseous. Scientific studies have proved that one of the most effective drug-free treatments is Acupressure on the P6 (Nei- Kuan) point between the two central tendons near the wrist. 

Sea-Band Mama Ginger Lozenges with Folic Acid: Completely free from artificial colors and flavors, Sea-Band Mama! Ginger Lozenges have been specially formulated with natural Zingiber Offcinale, which is full of the essential oils gingerol and shogaol that can help relieve morning sickness. Natural ginger has been used for thousands of years in Chinese medicine to counteract the pain associated with stomach upsets. By stimulating the production of digestive juices, it acts quickly to neutralize stomach acids and soothe tender tummies

Sea-Band Mama Aromatherapy Roulette: Specially formulated with healthcare professionals, the Sea-Band Mama! pocket- sized Rollette contains a handmade, soothing blend of natural essential oils to help settle a mom-to-be’s stomach during pregnancy so that she can start to enjoy this special time again. Using concentrated plant extracts in the form of essential oils, aromatherapy is well known for relaxation as well as the relief of many ailments. Inhalation of essential oils stimulates the body’s olfactory system, transferring a signal to the limbic system thus triggering the release of natural chemicals that relieve tummy upset.

Want to win a Sea-Band Mama pack? Check out the details below.

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Where to purchase?

Sea-Band Mama is available to purchase at CVS pharmacy, Rite Aid, Walgreens, Walmart, Target, and many other drug stores and pharmacies. To find Sea-Band Mama! in your area, click here for the full list of locations.

Connect with Sea-Band Mama online!

Online // Facebook // Twitter // Instagram

  Disclosure: This post was written as part of my participation in the Moms Meet program. While Sea-Band Mama provided me material and necessary resources to complete various activities, the thoughts and statements in this post are my own.

Foodstirs

My family and I love a good subscription box! We’ve tried science experiments with Kiwi Crate, yummy and fun snacks with Graze, and really cool jewelry with Rocksbox. Our newest favorite subscription box is Foodstirs.

Foodstirs is a kid friendly baking subscription box with fair trade ingredients, real sugar cane, chemical free colors, and organic.

You can pick from 1, 3, 6 or 12 month subscription options. They come in these cute blue boxes and you only need a few staples from home to complete your recipe.  Our first box was a Strawberry Lemonade Shortcake Kit. Our most recent box was a Campfire S’mores Brownie Cupcake Kit.They didn’t turn out the prettiest, but Sarah and her friend Ella had so much fun making them.

Even though I bake with my kiddos often, getting a package in the mail is just so much fun!  

Do you like subscription boxes? Which one is your favorite?

Disclaimer: I was not compensated for this post. I’m just mom to two kiddos who likes sharing fun things with my readers.

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PS be sure to join my friend, Whitney and I for our new monthly link up. 

Arctic Zero

To celebrate the first day of summer, my sweet friends at Arctic Zero sent over their Fit Frozen Desserts. We celebrated the longest day of the year with an ice cream party and water play.   ARCTIC ZERO Fit Frozen Desserts Pints are the perfect zero-guilt sweet treats for moms who care about clean ingredients. Each crave-worthy, low-calorie, lactose free pint is made with hormone-free whey protein and sweetened naturally with monk fruit, making it low in sugar. We sampled Cookie Shake, Cherry Chocolate Chip, Cake Batter, Salted Caramel, Rocky Road Trip and Peanut Butter Swirl. For the perfect creamy texture we let them thaw out for 15 minutes before digging in. Both kids and adults came back for seconds. 

We had so much fun! The ice cream was a delicious treat on this hot day and the slip and slide brought back such fun memories!

Happy summer, friends!

Where to purchase?

ARCTIC ZERO Fit Frozen Desserts Pints are available to purchase at select Target® stores . See list of Target® stores here. ARCTIC ZERO is
also available at natural and traditional grocers nationwide, including Albertsons, Kroger, Publix, Sprouts Farmers Market, Safeway, Walmart and Whole Foods Market as well as online at amazon.com and arcticzero.com. To nd a store near you, visit: arcticzero.com/retail-locator.

Learn more online!

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Disclosure: This post was written as part of my participation in the Moms Meet program. While Arctic Zero provided me material and necessary resources to complete various activities, the thoughts and statements in this post are my own.

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