Posted by: suzan | November 19, 2014

Chik-fil-A Moms Club

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Okay, so I don’t eat the chicken at Chik-fil-A because I’m a vegetarian but I do love their waffle fries, sundae, and lemonade. And once in awhile I order their breakfast burritos without the chicken. Either way, I was super excited when Chik-fil-A opened up a restaurant near my home many years ago. My son loves their chicken nuggets and I think the toy that comes with the Kids Meal is so much better – you usually get a book or some kind of educational activity.

As a Chik-fil-A Moms Club and part of the Moms Select Bloggers, I was invited to join this fun and unique group of moms who loves to feed their kids Chik-fil-A chicken. I was also given a challenge to “Dress Your Nuggets” using their newest Grilled Chicken Nuggets and this is what I came up with:

Mini Chicken Tacos with Cabbage Slaw

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Ingredients:

8-Piece Chik-fil-A Grilled Chicken Nuggets

1 Package mini tortillas

1 Cup Cabbage – shredded

3 Tablespoons mayonnaise

1 Lime

Dash of pepper and salt to taste

1/2 teaspoon brown sugar

Instructions:

Warm the tortillas in the oven, stove, or microwave

To make cabbage slaw:

Mix shredded cabbage, mayonnaise, lime, salt, pepper, and sugar in a large bowl. Stir and mix well until evenly coated.

Place chicken nuggets in center of tortilla.

Spread cabbage slaw over nuggets.

Squeeze some more lime over the chicken and cabbage slaw.

Serve and enjoy!

CHIQUITA COOKING CONTEST

Bananas – one of the easiest and tastiest fruit around. They’re great for desserts, for a quick morning breakfast, or an in-between meals snack. Whatever your reasons for eating bananas, know that they contain an incredible amount of vitamins and minerals. Not everyone likes bananas, but if you do you probably already know that not only are they sweet but they can be used in many creative recipes. You can enjoy bananas as a simple in-between meals snack or incorporate them into intricate and delicious recipes. Whatever your reasons for eating bananas, take a look at Chiquita bananas newest cooking contest hosted on their site: http://www.chiquitabananas.com/cookinglab/.

As a Moms Meet blogger, I was encouraged to enter the cooking contest using bananas as the main ingredient. I had to really think about that for a moment because it could be something super easy or incredibly complicated. I chose the middle ground given that a simple banana split might be too easy although yummy and chose instead to create a Pumpkin Pancake with Glazed Bananas and Pecans.

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Each week there is a tab where the secret ingredients are revealed on the Chiquita bananas cooking lab website. I was having some trouble scratching off the tab to reveal the ingredients but once you do find out, be sure to include the secret ingredients in your recipe. This week’s secret ingredients are: Pumpkin, bananas, and pecans. A million ideas ran in my head but then when it came to execution of the recipe, I was at a loss as to what to make with these 3 main ingredients. I’m not really a pumpkin fan but I could enjoy it in a pie or a smoothie. I knew that I wanted to do something sweet as I associate pumpkins and bananas as more of dessert ingredients but I also wanted to do something that wasn’t too difficult either. My son actually liked it and he’s not a big pumpkin fan either, but with the caramelized bananas and the toasted pecans, all we had to do was drizzle a little 100% maple syrup and it was a very delicious treat!

Ingredients:

1 1/2 cups milk

1/2 cup pumpkin puree

1 egg

2 tbsp vegetable oil

2 cups all purpose flour

3 tbsp brown sugar

2 tsp baking powder

1 tsp baking soda

1 tsp ground cinnamon

1/2 tsp ground ginger

1/2 tsp salt

Directions:

In a bowl, mix together the milk, pumpkin, egg, and oil. Combine the flour, brown sugar, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, ginger and salt in a separate bowl. Stir into the pumpkin mixture just enough to combine.

Heat a lightly oiled griddle or frying pan over medium high heat. Pour or scoop the batter onto the griddle, using approximately 1/4 cup for each pancake. Brown on both sides and serve hot.

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So enter today at: http://www.chiquitabananas.com/cookinglab and who knows, you might be a winner! For more info, please visit the Chiquita bananas website as well as their Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram sites for more ideas.

 

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I received this product for free from the sponsor of the Moms Meet program, May Media Group LLC, who received it directly from the manufacturer. As a Moms MeetSM blogger, I agreed to use this product and post my opinion on my blog. My opinions do not necessarily
reflect the opinions of May Media Group LLC or the manufacturer of the product.

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HARVEST SNAPS NEW

What is it about that first delectable crunch when you bite into a new savory snack? Is it the initial delight that lingers on your tongue or how the crisp crunchiness has just the right bite? There’s no denying that sometimes our taste buds and our tummies crave for something savory and delicious. But it doesn’t have to be limited to just good old fashioned chips. In our world of sophisticated palates and unbound curiosity to try a new cuisine, along comes a new style of “chips” that’ll literally blow the other savory snacks out of the fryer.

Allow me to introduce you to Calbee’s newest Harvest Snaps Snapea Crisps and Lentil Snaps: made with real and wholesome ingredients, baked not fried, and are high in fiber and low in sodium. They are so delicious and so addicting that you really can’t eat just a handful. If you’ve never tried baked snap peas and it sounds strange to you – don’t let the description deter you. Once you take a bite, you really have no other reason to not include them in your snack repertoire.

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Harvest Snaps Snapea and Lentil Snaps (http://harvestsnaps.com/) were recently redesigned to align with the growing needs of food in America. They made their snapeas and lentil snaps healthier, with less salt, and possibly even more delicious. I’m not exaggerating when I say that their snapeas are so addictive that recently I bought a “family-size” bag at our local Costco. And of course it disappeared in just a few days. But the most important fact about Harvest Snaps Snapeas is that they are baked, and contains at least 70% of green peas. That’s a lot of peas if you’re considering adding more plant foods in your diet or you just want a healthier savory snack alternative. Green peas are full of fiber and essential vitamins and being a vegetarian, I rely mostly on legumes to give me the protein and fiber content.

Harvest Snaps are made with green peas, a bit of salt and natural oil. They do not use genetically modified ingredients and their peas are solely grown in the United States. Their products are also easy to find as you’ve probably seen them at your local grocery store or natural food stores. Their bright and beautiful bags are attention-grabbing and they come in a healthy size so you can share them and still have enough. But in our house, when we do snack, these snapea chips go pretty quickly. And the fun thing about Harvest Snapeas are their versatility. They are great with a sandwich, dipped in soups, and of course, eaten as they are and when you take a bite, they literally sing in your mouth.

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The good folks at Calbee Harvest Snaps had sent me a box full of snack-sized Lightly Salted Snapea Crisps for a fundraising event I was involved in. We passed out these ultra delicious snacks to everyone who attended and the kids had a blast eating them! They kept coming back for more but being as delicious as they are, the bags ran out quick. I personally think Harvest Snapea Crisps are great for kids and make wonderful lunch treats or in-between meal snacks. They are easy to eat, fun to hold, and filled with lots of healthy ingredients and important vitamins and minerals. My son loves them and we keep them in our pantry all of the time. Yes, all of the time!

So if you’re interested in trying Harvest Snaps Snapea Crisps, you can find them in most natural grocery stores as well as supermarkets that carry natural foods. They are versatile and healthy and you might end up hooked on them too!

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Posted by: suzan | November 5, 2014

Dave’s Killer Bread – Products Worth Reviewing

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With a name like Dave’s Killer Bread, it kind of makes you wonder what exactly does this Dave put in his bread? Well, as a family owned and operated company, Dave’s Killer Bread was named after a family member who turned his life around from a rebellious past. Now, Dave and his family proudly bakes and serves their bread all over the country teaching people the importance of eating healthy and making healthy choices.

Dave’s Killer Bread (http://www.daveskillerbread.com) is a complete line of organic, all-natural and whole grain bread company that prides in making the best whole grain breads available. With over 15 different types of bread to choose from, all of Dave’s Killer Bread are made with only natural and organic ingredients without any preservatives or unnecessary additives you’d find in most conventional bread. While some of the bread is a bit tough due to the whole grains, once they were toasted up they were quite delicious and versatile. I’m not a big bread eater but I do like my bread to have full of flavor and not taste bland and boring as I had found with certain conventional breads. Plus, with all the healthy nutrients found in Dave’s Killer Bread, you are naturally doing your body good by feeding it good food.

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As a Moms Meet (www.greenmomsmeet.com) blogger and ambassador I was given the fun opportunity to try and review Dave’s Killer Bread. I have never tried this brand before but have seen them in natural grocery stores. Of course the name of the title intrigued me and it made me wonder if this bread was as delicious as they appear to be. When looking at the bread itself, you’ll find bits and chunks of whole grains such as organic rolled oats, organic millet, organic quinoa, organic flax seeds, organic  sesame seeds, and a whole lot more of wholesome and natural goodness. All the ingredients are organically grown and sweetened with honey or molasses where necessary.

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While I do enjoy eating bread now and then, I really like it when they are hearty and filling. The conventional breads are so bland and thin they’re really hard to make sandwiches with. Dave’s Killer Breads are thicker and full of whole grains so you get a mouthful of delicious nuts or seeds in every bite. My son wasn’t crazy about most of the breads, but he did enjoy the Seeded Honey Wheat. And of course my husband secretly loved all of the flavors that was sent to me as he’s more of a bread eater than I am. He tried it with peanut butter and toasted as well as a good old fashioned ham and cheese sandwich. But whatever reasons you have for enjoying bread, remember that really good and delicious bread are made with wholesome ingredients and whole grains. Dave’s Killer Bread could be a bit expensive than the other brands but they’re really worth it. With only natural and organic ingredients and made with the finest available, you really do get something truly healthy and delicious with Dave’s Killer Bread.

You can find Dave’s Killer Bread at most natural grocery stores and they retail around $5.00.

Disclaimer:

I received this product for free from the sponsor of the Moms MeetSM program, May Media Group LLC, who received it directly from the manufacturer. As a Moms MeetsSM blogger, I agree to use this product and post my opinion on my blog. My opinions do not necessarily reflect the opinions of May Media Group LLC or the manufacturer of this product.

Disclaimer: The product(s)were sent to the author for review by the manufacturer/PR. All reviews on “Happymomblogger” remain unbiased and unpaid and are the sole decision of the author. The opinions of these product(s) were not influenced in any way, shape, or form. As always, please read the ingredients carefully when trying new products.

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Posted by: suzan | November 5, 2014

Frontier Soups – Products Worth Reviewing

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Once in awhile there’s nothing like a good, hot bowl of soup to soothe whatever ails you. Other times, soup can be a main course for dinner or a light meal for lunch. Whatever your reasons for enjoying soup, there are times when we need a little bit of help to get them started. You’re probably thinking – how do you get soup started? Well, in the sense of making soup from scratch, sometimes we may add store bought soup base or stock to give soup that extra boisterous flavor. There’s certainly nothing wrong with that as we know in order to achieve the ultimate soup stock, it could take hours to create.

When I heard about Frontier Soups (http://www.frontiersoups.com/)and was given the opportunity to try their soups as a Moms Meet blogger, I was intrigued at all the varieties they carried. With a healthy assortment of soup mixes, Frontier Soups has a soup mix for pretty much every taste bud. They have everything from vegetarian to meat to spicy and all of them come in a convenient package where you just add milk, water, or stock and you’re good to go. Making good soup isn’t all that hard but it’s always nice to get a little extra help when you have a million other things to do that day.

 

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Frontier Soups started 28 years ago with just one product. Then, with the expansion of more recipes and the need for creative and convenient foods, Frontier Soups grew to carry over 30 different types of soups, stews, and chili. Although I haven’t tried all of the soups yet, the ones I tried were very easy to make and to add some extra ingredients to them as well. While they are perfectly fine with whatever are included in the packages, I always like to add something unique when I have the time to cook. Soup for me can be an easy dinner fix and if you make it as a main dish, it can be quite filling as well.

 

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Frontier Soups are made with only the finest natural ingredients without any MSG’s and all of their corn are certified GMO-free. Depending on the variety, I had to add more seasonings to my Corn Chowder to make it a bit saltier. But that’s the beauty of Frontier Soups, is that most of them have no added salt so it’s great for those who have specific dietary restrictions. And when you add in some of your own ingredients, you can really make soup enjoyable and fun! Frontier Soups can be found at most Whole Foods Markets as well as certain natural grocery stores around the country. You can also order their products on their website.

 

 

Disclaimer: I received this product for free from the sponsor of the Moms MeetSM program, May Media Group LLC, who received it directly from the manufacturer. As aMoms MeetsSM blogger, I agreed to use this productand post my opinion on my blog. My opinions do not necessarily reflect the opinions of May Media Group LLC or the manufacturer of the product.

Disclaimer: The product(s)were sent to the author for review by the manufacturer/PR. All reviews on “Happymomblogger” remain unbiased and unpaid and are the sole decision of the author. The opinions of these product(s) were not influenced in any way, shape, or form. As always, please read the ingredients carefully when trying new products.

Please read the labels and ingredients carefully and follow all manufacturer’s instructions (if any). The products selected for the giveaway were generously donated by the companies/PR to help readers learn more about their products. The winner’s choice in using/consuming these products are entirely up to the winner and will not hold the author and her family liable nor the companies/PR liable. These products are made with non-toxic ingredients but always be safe with what you use and consume.

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MADE IN NATURE

Oh, the joys of parenting. And Back to School. Some may dread going back to school while others relish at the new challenges. While we’re almost a couple months into the school year, parents still have to think what to pack in their kids school lunches on a daily basis. I know for me it can be a challenge at times because my son wants hot lunches at school and I cringe at what is offered there. Knowing of course that most schools don’t offer organic food choices on a daily menu, I feel better when I pack him a lunch. But what to pack though every day can be quite daunting.

Aside from the usual sandwiches, it can be really hard to pack lunches that are nutritious while still delicious enough for your child to eat. Because we all have school lunches that come back inevitably with some leftovers. So this year I decided to jazz up my son’s lunches a bit. Instead of fresh fruit, I would pack him some bite-sized dried fruit as a side snack or dessert. Generally dried fruit can be a bit hard to chew or too big in size but when I cut it up in little pieces, they are quite fun to eat. And dried fruit contains the same amount of nutrition as their fresher versions if not a bit more. Plus they have a different texture and quality to them that makes them very unique.

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When I tried Made in Nature ( http://www.madeinnature.com/)a few years ago I was intrigued to find a company that makes all natural and organically grown dried fruits. There are no added sugars or preservatives as you may find with other brands and their dried fruits are simply just delicious and wholesome. All of Made in Nature dried fruits are certified organic as well as Non-GMO Verified and are harvested immediately and dried to ensure the absolute freshest flavor. I really enjoy their Organic and Unsulfured Dried Apricots and the Organic Super Berry Fusion Blend. Their dried fruits are naturally sweet and moist so they are an excellent healthy and delicious snack.

Made in Nature currently carries an extensive lineup of organic dried fruits including Organic Banana Slices, Organic Seedless Raisins, Organic Cranberries, Organic Figs, Organic Apples, and many more. They also carry Single Serve Fruit Fusions which I absolutely love because they are a blend of dried fruits, seeds and berries along with a few other yummy ingredients. Made in Nature also makes Organic Ancient Grain Fusion which are ancient whole grains mixed with fruits, vegetables, and spices and delicious as a side dish or a main dish with some of your own added protein. And recently they added Organic Frozen Pizzas which are a great choice for vegetarians.

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Made in Nature can be found in most natural grocery stores as well as major supermarkets that carry organic and natural products. The dried fruits are extremely moist and easy to eat and can be enjoyed as is or mixed in with some of your favorite recipes. I like to make trail mixes as well as cut them up and sprinkle them in cereal. Personally, I think dried fruit offers the same nutrition as fresh fruits but in a more convenient and fun way of enjoying them. And because they are smaller in size after being dried, you can eat a lot more of them. They make great snacks for any age because Made in Nature’s dried fruits do not have added sugar, so you just get the natural sweet goodness that fruits already provide. So if you’re wondering what to pack for your kids’ school lunch or what to offer as an afterschool snack, consider dried fruits for a change.

Fore more information about Made in Nature, please visit their website: http://www.madeinnature.com.

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Posted by: suzan | October 20, 2014

Kupp – Products Worth Reviewing

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Little kids love to help out in the home simply because they want to feel like a “big” kid. But because they are still relatively too young to handle many things, sometimes you just have to give them their own to take care of. When I heard of Kupp, a reusable glass cup designed specifically for children I was extremely intrigued. One does not generally associate glass with kids but in the case of Kupp, they have made it ingeniously possible to do so. Armed with a BPA-free silicone sleeve wrapped around a lead and cadmium free glass cup, Kupp is designed to fit the needs and desires of kids who want the responsibility of using glass drinking cups but without the hazards. The glass cups are beautifully designed and easy to handle and wash. I love the soft handles and the firm base. The only thing you have to be careful on is making sure to clean inside the silicone well enough to prevent embedded dirt.

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Kupp (http://www.thekupp.com/)was inspired by kids and designed by moms. With their ingenious invention of teaching kids the responsibility of owning their own glass cups kids can have fun drinking from their glass cups while learning the importance of maintaining them. We all know that kids can be careless with their belongings, but the BPA free silicone wrapped around their cups can help prevent breakage from falling or banging against something. Glass cups can be expensive and hard to clean up if broken so the plastic sleeve is a really great way of keeping them safe. And Kupp comes in four colors: Blue, Lime Green, Orange, and Red so children can choose their own colors or you might even pick up a few so they can switch up the colors now and then.

Kupp really is a great way to teach children about responsibilities that are suited for their ages. The theory behind Kupp is “to stop the use of plastic cups in the home and instead use drinking glasses for kids. This will eliminate exposure to toxic chemicals found in plastic. Second, the color connection helps teach children responsibility. Your child will take pride in their own BPA free, cool kids cup and be excited to drink out of and reuse their blue, orange, red or green Kupp.”

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Currently Kupp can be purchased online at: http://www.thekupp.com/. Each cup is a 6oz. cup that can be used over and over again. They are dishwasher safe and are free of harmful chemicals found in other cups for children. As a Moms Meet Ambassador I was given the wonderful opportunity to try and review Kupp with my son. He was excited of course because he finally gets to use a glass cup that is made just for him. And I don’t have to worry much about him knocking down his glass or leaving it on the edge of the table. Although we have yet to take off the sleeve around the cup, I found that washing it in the dishwasher or with a scrub brush worked best in getting inside the sleeve.

For more info about Kupp, please visit their website: http://www.thekupp.com.

 

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Please read the labels and ingredients carefully and follow all manufacturer’s instructions (if any). The products selected for the giveaway were generously donated by the companies/PR to help readers learn more about their products. The winner’s choice in using/consuming these products are entirely up to the winner and will not hold the author and her family liable nor the companies/PR liable. These products are made with non-toxic ingredients but always be safe with what you use and consume.

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Posted by: suzan | October 17, 2014

Imagination Movers Concert!

 

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Have your kids ever bugged you about attending a live concert with their favorite musical bands? While some concerts may not be suitable for little kids, there is one band that we have loved throughout the years, and you could probably guess that it’s The Imagination Movers. It seems The Imagination Movers rarely come to the West Coast  but when we found out that they were performing their ONLY California performance of the year I jumped like a mad flea. To benefit the arts and music programs at WISH Charter and Goethe International Charter Elementary schools of Westchester /Playa Del Rey in Los Angeles, The Movers are putting on their one and only show of the year at Redondo Beach, California on Friday, October 24.

Here is a full description of their Redondo Beach, CA. performance:

IMAGINATION MOVERS LIVE IN LOS ANGELES! The Mover’s October 24, 2014 “School Rocks” fundraiser show at the Redondo Beach Performing Arts Center has been opened to the public! Come out and experience the Mover’s legendary live show while also helping raise funds for the arts programs at WISH and Goethe International charter schools. It’s an opportunity to see a fantastic live rock concert AND help enrich the arts for local schools. How cool is that? Answer: Way cool!

Visit Brown Paper Tickets by clicking the link below. The concert will be held at the Redondo Beach Performing Arts Center.

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If you’re big fans of The Imagination Movers this is your only chance to see them this year. The tickets benefit the programs and the prices are fairly decent. And if you’ve been to one of their concerts in the past, you know that The Movers are energetic and fun and their concerts are great for everyone of all ages. So purchase your tickets and have a ton of fun while helping to benefit the arts and music program.

 

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Posted by: suzan | October 17, 2014

Moms Meet Whole Foods Healthy Kids Tour

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Some of the best things about living in California are access to fresh California grown food, an abundance of organic and natural grocery stores, and meeting people who are as passionate about healthy living as I am. As a Moms Meet Ambassador I am honored and pleased to be able to meet many brands and people who are of sound mind. One of the fun things we did a few weekends ago was visit Whole Foods Market for a Healthy Kids Tour. We already shop at Whole Foods on occasion but it was fascinating to learn about some new aspects of the company that I never knew before.

As my son and I entered the cool atmosphere of Whole Foods Market, our eyes couldn’t help but roam the entire building and smile with excitement. Shopping at Whole Foods Market is always an interesting experience. With their rows and rows of organic and natural products and their aesthetically pleasing cafes and fresh beverage bars, the popular store is indeed a feast for the eyes and the palette. Although some products may be more expensive than necessary, if you know what to look for and how to shop there, you would come out with an abundance of healthy products and a few dollars saved.

 

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Our store coordinator, Candice was a delight to work with. With her cheery smile she led all of us around the store pointing out key features unique to the Whole Foods Market franchise. Certain things I already knew about such as the freshly baked bread sliced to order but if you like cheese, there is also an option to have the clerks cut them into different sizes for you. They also sell remnant cheese in bins that are smaller and less expensive. I was surprised at all the “secret” requests you could make at Whole Foods Market as they benefit the customers with this unique customer oriented services. Other services tailored to your shopping experience would be meat cut to the size and texture you want, an organic juice bar made to order, and pour-your-own honey. Honey can be quite expensive so I really appreciate this feature at Whole Foods.

The point of this Healthy Kids Tour sponsored by Moms Meet and Whole Foods Market is to enlighten parents and friends on the aspect of healthy living. Through healthier food choices, we can all achieve a healthier lifestyle. At Whole Foods Market, they offer an abundance of fresh produce, meat, bread, dairy, and bakery to satisfy the gourmet as well as virgin organics. Although Whole Foods is a bit farther from where we live, I do like to shop with my son there as we usually pick up a quick and healthy snack at their cafe or a freshly-pressed juice at their juice bar. There is also a kids snack zone at customer service where there is always a healthy snack for your kiddos to enjoy while shopping around the store with you.

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If you’re interested in learning more about living a healthier lifestyle, please visit the Moms Meet website: http://www.greenmomsmeet.com/ as well as Whole Foods Market: http://www.wholefoodsmarket.com/.

 

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Posted by: suzan | October 13, 2014

Happy, Healthy Halloween

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It’s no doubt that Halloween is one of our most favorite holidays of the year. Is it a holiday or a celebration? Either way, it is the best time of the year to go wild with your imagination or stick to something easy and uncomplicated. Regardless of whether you celebrate this fun holiday, one important rule to remember is to be safe! But here we’re also going to talk about how to “green” your Halloween this year and hopefully keep the tradition in your household every year after.

Halloween has always been a fun tradition for me while growing up. Realistically we all know that it derived from an older tradition that dated back hundreds of years ago but in this day and age, Halloween has become one of the most fun celebrations in the world. Some people plan months ahead on decorations, parties, and of course the costumes. But with so many possible haphazards out there, we have to be extra diligent during this much loved holiday. Safety for our children and other children are the top priority of course, but what about safety for our environment? Let’s talk about how to green our Halloween this year with the following guidelines:

***DIY Costumes or Costume Swap – First think of what you want to be for Halloween. Then find things you have in the house already. If not, then be sure to buy materials that are easily recyclable or reusable.  Making your own costumes can run from very easy to professionally done. Think of old bedsheets that you don’t want to throw out but don’t want to use either. You can make creative costumes with those or even a simple ghost costume would work. Costume Swapping is also becoming quite the trend. Start off locally with your friends and family. Organize a neighborhood swap. There is sure to be a costume a friend has that would fit your child.

***Organic Candy – If you must hand out candy this year for Halloween, try buying organic candy. They are made without any artificial ingredients and most are packaged in recyclable packaging. However, organic candy may still contain an abundant amount of sugar so be sure to watch out for the sugar content.

***Green Costumes – Many costumes that are sold in stores are made with some type of plastic. Not all plastics as you know, are safe. PVC, a type of plastic that contains phthalates  among other compounds have been found to be unsafe for prolonged contacts. So if you must buy store bought costumes made from plastic, check the labels to see what type of materials are used and if possible skip that costume. If you must buy something with potentially toxic plastics, air it out in an open room or outdoors for a few days to dissipate the fumes.

***Pumpkins and Decorations – We all love some kind of decorations for Halloween. Be it a fresh pumpkin or a plastic one, my advice is to buy the fresh ones. While plastic decorations may seem like you’re saving money and resources, it still takes millions of dollars and emission fuels to produce these types of plastic Halloween decorations. However if you still kept yours from last year, by all means reuse them or trade them with a friend or neighbor to freshen up your decorations. I personally feel bad for all the pumpkin farms that sell a whole yard full of pumpkins because really – who’s going to buy up all of those pumpkins anyway?

***Halloween Treats – Who can resist opening up that delightful package of M&M’s filled with colorful chocolate candy? Well, in our household we try to resist them mainly because of the type of ingredients used in those eye-candy. Thousands of pounds of candies are sold each Halloween and many end up in our trashcans or into our tummies which results in some uncharacteristically bad behavior. This year why not just serve one bar of sweets instead of a handful. Or hand out quarters or a roll of pennies. Remember that with anything you don’t use or give out on Halloween, they inevitably end up in the trash and that’s both wasteful and unnecessary.

***Halloween Parties – Whether you’re having a party at home or a party at your kid’s school, there are bound to be a lot of different views on what to serve, what to do, and what are allowed or not allowed. Remember that if you’re having a party at home, keep them safe with non-toxic toys, games, and food. Give out treats as suggested above. Play games that aren’t wasted later one. And make home made food and treats when possible.

***Recycling Halloween – We know that Halloween comes every year. So as we put away our decorations and costumes, let’s also remember to recycle responsibly. Use the pumpkin seeds in your pumpkins by baking them for a delicious and nutritious treat. Compost your pumpkins. Donate your costumes if at all possible or save them for next year’s costume swap. And if you have leftover candy, save the health of your children by either donating them to your workplace or turning them into valuable things at stores that offer a trade-in.

Remember that Halloween  can be both safe and fun for children and adults. As long as you plan ahead and consciously decide on making it a green Halloween this year it will be fairly easy.

Have a Happy Halloween!

 

 

 

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