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Cal Water H2O Challenge

A couple years ago I made the trip with my mom and aunt to see the Hoover Dam. 

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.

Cal Water H2O 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, and aligned with the Common Core State Standards and complimentary to the Next Generation Science Standards, Cal Water H2O Challenge offers a unique opportunity for upper elementary teachers to facilitate their students’ learning of standards-based content, while developing the core understanding of environmental principles necessary to becoming science-literate citizens.

Learn more at https://challenge.calwater.com/

a2 Milk

Do you or your kiddos suffer from dairy sensitivity? Do you wish you could just enjoy milk with all your favorite pairings?

Well a2 Milk may be the answer to all your milk quandaries. a2 Milk Brand produces a naturally occurring cows’ milk that does not undergo any technological process or genetic engineering. Instead, The a2 Milk Company selects cows that naturally only produce the A2 Protein instead of both the A2 and A1 Proteins found in most dairy milk. Independent studies have concluded that those who are sensitive to regular milk may actually be reacting to the A1 Protein in milk instead of the commonly known culprit, lactose. Dr. Corran McLachlan, founder of The a2 Milk Company, further discovered that many of these individuals were able to enjoy milk that is only pure A2 Protein, and no A1 Protein with only A2 Protein present. So if you’d like to come back to the pleasure and goodness of real and natural milk, A2 Milk offers you a healthy option available in fat free, low fat, reduced fat 2%, and whole milk. So get your favorite dunking snack ready as you rediscover the joys of milk!

Last weekend I attended a holiday potluck party with my mom friends. I set up my hot cocoa bar and poured a2 milk inside.

Normally I wouldn’t bring an item that is mostly milk to a party. There is nothing worse then having tummy rumbles while you are at a party. However I explained to all the guests the difference between regular milk and a2 milk. Those who experience negative side effects from consuming regular milk may actually have sensitivities to the A1 Protein in the milk. Then we all started to discuss how we know someone who is lactose intolerant and would benefit from a2 milk. There is nothing better then hanging out with your mommy friends around a fire drinking hot cocoa.

Learn more online below:

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Dr. Mercola’s Complete Probiotic Powder Packets

Between Halloween and New Years, the kids and I will be indulging in a lot of treats and yummy desserts. After a few days we all start to get tummy aches. This year we will provide critical support for our immune system, aid in the breakdown and removal of harmful toxins by drinking Dr. Mercola’s Complete Probiotic Powder Packets.cxfkudvwqaifpvh-jpg_large

We took Dr. Mercola’s Complete Probiotic Powder Packets to Jacob’s Halloween potluck party at mommy and me.img_2937

I mixed Dr. Mercola’s Complete Probiotic Powder Packet into a bottle of water. Shook it and was one step closer to 10 strains of bacteria, including super-strain lactobacillus acidophilus DDS-1, that promote an optimal environment for the growth of “gut-friendly” bacteria.img_2939img_2942img_2946img_2944

Baby Jacob loved the great organic raspberry flavor!

My 5 year old, Sarah, loves Dr. Mercola’s Complete Probiotic Powder Packets so much she suggested I have the neighbors try the “pink drink”.img_3232

   img_3222 img_3226  img_3239img_3245img_3247 img_3259Even moms and dads got in on the action!

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Dr. Mercola’s Complete Probiotic Powder Packets for Adults pack 70 billion beneficial bacteria in every one packet serving, while Dr. Mercola’s Complete Probiotic Powder Packets for Kids pack 10 billion beneficial bacteria in every one packet serving (what Dr. Mercola believes to be the optimal dose for most children).

Dr. Mercola’s Complete Probiotic Powder Packets are great for adults who have difficulty swallowing pills and are convenient for everyday living and travel—no refrigeration required!

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Connect with Dr. Mercola’s online to see their latest products and get exclusive access to discounts and special offers!

shop.mercola.com facebook.com/Mercola.Products twitter.com/mercola pinterest.com/mercola instagram.com/drmercola

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

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San-J

I love easy weeknight dinners. So when I heard about how easy and delicious San-J Gluten Free Sauces were I was super excited to try it out.

The first sauce I tried was the Thai Peanut.San-JI paired it with rice, chicken strips, diced peas and carrots.San-JStep 1: Cook rice according to package.

Step 2: Steam a bag of carrots and rice or any veggie of your choice.img_2188Step 3: Saute chicken in oil.img_2183Step 4: Add San-J Gluten Free Thai Peanut sauce and simmer.img_2184img_2185Step 5: Add veggies to rice and cooked egg.img_2190It was a super easy and added a lot of flavor!img_2191

San-J Sauces are certified organic, gluten free, vegan, Kosher and Non-GMO Project verified.

A 10 oz. bottle of San-J typically retails for around $4.45.

Connect with San-J online to see their latest products and get exclusive access to discounts and special offers!
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facebook.com/SanJTamari
twitter.com/SanJTamari
 
I received this product for free from Moms Meet (momsmeet.com), May Media Group LLC, who received it directly from the manufacturer. As a Moms Meet blogger, I agree to use this product and post my honest opinion on my blog. The opinions posted are my own.

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Bob’s Red Mill Oatmeal

After feeling great doing the Whole 30 program I was looking for ways to incorporate more gluten free foods into my life.

Especially during breakfast time.

So when Bob’s Red Mill asked me to review their Gluten Free Oatmeal Cups, I was super excited. fullsizerender

Bob’s Red Mill Gluten Free Oatmeal Cups feature hearty and nutritious blends of whole grain, gluten-free oats with flaxseeds, chia seeds, fruits, nuts and spices.img_1761

These convenient, carry-anywhere cups contain 7 grams of protein and 7 grams of fiber, and are a good source of iron.

Bob’s Red Mill Gluten Free Oatmeal Cups are milled, mixed, packaged, tested and confirmed gluten free in their dedicated gluten- free facility.

Microwaveable and ready in just three minutes, Bob’s Red Mill Gluten Free Oatmeal Cups are available in four delicious flavors, including Apple Cinnamon, Blueberry Hazelnut, Brown Sugar and Maple, and Classic.screen-shot-2016-09-14-at-7-48-12-pm

My 1.5 year old, Jacob was the first one to try it out. img_1792img_1801He’s a big fan! He seriously asks me for Bob’s Red Mill Gluten Free Oatmeal Cups everyday this week. 

The following day I went over to my friend, Miri’s house to test them out. img_1478She’s a fan! She said, “Eating gluten free for breakfast isn’t always convenient, but with this carry cup style it’s going to be easier.”

Not only is Bob’s Red Mill Gluten Free Oatmeal Cups delicious they are also super easy to prepare. You can either microwave or use boiling water to prepare. img_2415 img_1477 A single serving cup of Bob’s Red Mill Gluten Free Oatmeal Cups retails for $2.49.

My favorite flavor is the blueberry and hazelnut. It’s the prefect mixture of sweet and nutty flavors. Yum! img_2416

Learn more online

bobsredmill.com //  facebook.com/BobsRedMillNaturalFoods // twitter.com/bobsredmill // pinterest.com/bobsredmill // instagram.com/bobsredmill

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

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Ragu Thick and Hearty Sauce

I normally make my own tomato sauce, but when I heard Ragu was coming out with a Thick & Hearty sauce I was excited to try it.

Ragu Thick & Hearty sauce comes in 5 flavors.img_2264RAGÚ® Homestyle Pasta Sauce is simmered in tradition with a made-from-scratch taste.

RAGÚ® Homestyle Pasta Sauce is crafted with only vine-ripened California tomatoes for a bold, thick, and hearty texture that hugs the pasta.

RAGÚ® Homestyle Pasta Sauce has no artificial flavors, no artificial colors and no high fructose corn syrup.

The suggested retail price for a 23 oz. jar of RAGÚ® Homestyle Pasta Sauce is $3.50.

The  first sauce we tried was the Thick & Hearty Mushroom.img_1919HI was going to just add it to past, but hubby was in the mood for meat sauce.

Step 1: Brown meat until very little pink.img_1924Step 2: Boil pasta according to directions on box.img_1925Step 3: Drain pasta AND meat.

Step 4: Add Ragu Thick & Creamy Mushroom sauce to meat. img_1939Step 5: Bring to boil and then simmer for 10 minutes. img_1944Tip: Don’t fight with the sauce at the bottom of the jar. Turn the jar over and wait for all the sauce to drip down towards the lid. When ready pour the sauce into the pan. img_1946And just like that we had a delicious, thick and hearty sauce that the whole family loved!img_1948img_1950Including this little guy.img_1953 img_1956 img_1959img_1963

Where to Purchase

RAGÚ® Homestyle Pasta Sauce is available at your local grocery store and at the following retailers: Target, Walmart, Albertsons, Safeway, Kroger, Vons, Raley’s, Lucky, SaveMart, Stater Brothers, and Smart & Final. Go to here to find a store near you.

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

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Harvest Snaps

Getting your kiddo to eat their veggies can be tough! 19F58B7300000578-2859971-image-a-4_1417650866325(photo via google)

Thanks to Harvest Snaps Snapea Crisps, made from 70% whole green peas, you can now snack guilt free with 5 grams of protein, 16% of the recommended daily value of fiber, and less fat and sodium than regular chips per serving.IMG_1799

Every Harvest Snaps snack is baked, not fried, and is guaranteed to have a satisfying crunch.IMG_1798

Harvest Snaps snacks are minimally processed and gluten-free.non-gmo

Harvest Snaps Snapea Crisps are available in four delicious flavors: Lightly Salted, Caesar, Black Pepper, and Wasabi Ranch. Harvest Snaps Lentil Bean, made from whole lentils, are available in two flavors: Tomato Basil and Onion Thyme.IMG_1086

To see the difference we had a neighborhood taste test. IMG_1257

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The kids thought it was funny to see the peas and “chips” side by side. IMG_1110It was such a lovely afternoon. I love our neighborhood kids!

The kids and families all had different favorites. My favorite Harvest Snaps flavor is Onion Thyme.

We ended the evening with each kiddo taking a snack size bag home.IMG_6106The retail price for Harvest Snaps Snapea Crisps and Lentil Snaps ranges between $1.99-$2.49 per item, depending on the retailer.

Learn More Online

harvestsnaps.com // facebook.com/HarvestSnaps // twitter.com/harvestsnaps // pinterest.com/harvestsnaps // instagram.com/harvestsnaps

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

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