Healthier Halloween Treats from GoGo squeeZ

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Halloween is just around the corner, and I set out on a mission to find healthier treat options for Halloween.  We all know as parents that our kids will walk away from trick-or-treating with about 20 lbs worth of sugar, with very few healthier treat alternatives in their Halloween haul.  This year, stock up on all the great GoGo suqeeZ flavors that little trick-or-treaters will love.  (And parents too!!)

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There are SO many fabulous flavors to choose from!  Stock up on one flavor, or grab a box of each!  With over 20 varieties of fruit and veggieZ on-the-go, GoGo squeeZ is so much more than just Applesauce, they’re Goodness on the Go!

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Zippin’ Zingin’ Pear is one of my favorite to give to my children.  Zippin’ Zingin’ Pear is the healthy snack that keeps up with little ones.  The signature GoGo squeeZ pouch is packed with pears, apples, and carrots – and it’s scrumptio-licious!  With hidden veggies and a delicious flavor kids love, it makes for a product parents love too!

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Gimme Five was a new flavor for us, but it was just as delightful as we’d hoped it would be.  Packed with five kinds of fruit, Gimme Five GoGo squeeZ is five kinds of deliciousness.  A bountiful blend of apples, mangos, strawberries, peaches and bananas, this powerful pouch is a healthy on-the-go fruit snack that anyone can enjoy – anywhere, anytime.

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Who doesn’t love the classic Apple Apple, right?  The original GoGo squeeZ applesauce, Apple Apple, is made with 100% real fruit, and is 100% portable and fun to eat.  So no matter where kids are go-going, they can always snack on a healthy, tasty treat.

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Apple Peach is perfect no matter how old you are.  Everyone loves peach!  This Apple Peach blend is a portable fruit pouch packed with peaches and apples is a treat for anybody’s tastebuds.

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A fall-time favorite in our home is the Apple Cinnamon.  This spicy spin on a true original adds a bit of zesty cinnamon goodness to a classic applesauce favorite.  It’s simply the go-to healthy snack for every kid on the GoGo.

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Oh my berries…this Apple Berry is delish!  Loaded with yummy apples, raspberries and blackberries, Apple Berry GoGo squeeZ goes wherever your kids go.  They’re a healthy fruit snack for kids’ taste buds, made with 100% fruit and packed with nutritious goodness.  How berry delightful!

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GoGo squeeZ Yogurtz are something that my kids recently fell in love with so we were supper happy to see some new flavors!  Banana Yogurtz is the new hot commodity in our home.  This real low fat yogurt combines yogurt and banana together in a beautiful match-up, packed into a convenient pouch.  GoGo squeeZ YogurtZ can be stored at room temperature until opened!  A treat so cool it doesn’t have to be cold.

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Berry Yogurtz is another super delicious treat any kid would be happy to get in their treat bag on Halloween.  Just like the banana flavor, Berry Yogurtz starts with real low fat yogurt and combines strawberries, blueberries and raspberries for an out of this world flavor combination.  Just like the banana,  you can keep Berry Yogurtz at room temperature until ready to eat.

There’s never been a better time to offer healthier Halloween treat alternatives, your little trick-or-treaters will love GoGo squeeZ.  What flavors will you stock up on for this Halloween??

 

***I did not receive any financial compensation, simply the product free to me in exchange for my honest and unbiased opinion***

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Give the Gift of Fun This Holiday Season With the Orbeez Magic Chef Set

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If you’re shopping for a little one that likes to create this holiday season, Orbeez has lots of great options no matter what your little one is in to.  Orbeez are something that my daughter fell in love with last year when she got the Soothing Spa, and the fun just keeps on coming with creative new Orbeez products.  These bouncy, crazy, wacky balls are truly a sight to see.  Soak the Orbeez, watch them grow, and let the fun begin!  Crush ‘em, soak ‘em, bounce ‘em and more!

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The Magic Chef set is the newest addition to the Orbeez family, and you should already guess that my daughter just couldn’t wait to get her hands on it.  Now your little one can create a beautiful masterpiece of food!  Everything you need to make sushi, ice cream, and more is included in the kit.  With the new super fine crush compound the food looks so real and so tasty.  Now your little one can wow your family and friends with these one-of-a-kind dishes and watch their jaws drop to the floor.  Cooking has never been more silly!

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Everything your little could possibly imagine is included in the Orbeez Magic Chef kit.  You’ll probably want to pick up some extra Orbeez packages because your little one will want to keep creating and creating.  With stain free fun that’s easy to clean up…how could you say no?

Magic Chef Kit includes:

  • Machine
  • Measuring Cup
  • Large Crusher
  • Bowl
  • Mini Crusher
  • Plate
  • Food Molds
  • 1 Ice Cream Cone
  • 1 Spoon
  • 5 Recipe Cards
  • 2 Spatulas
  • 1 Sushi Leaf
  • 2 Sushi Wraps
  • 14 Orbeez™ Seed Packs (150 count)

It took a little bit of help from me, but my daughter really had a blast putting together some fun meals that she couldn’t wait to show off to the whole family.  The Orbeez Magic Chef set is ideal for boys and girls 5 years and older, and with no batteries to replace the fun is virtually endless!

No matter what your little one is in to, check out all of the great Orbeez toys to find just the right gift for your little one this holiday season.

 

***I did not receive any financial compensation, simply the product free to me in exchange for my honest and unbiased opinion***

Lunchbox Snacks You HAVE to have this Back To School Season

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It’s that time of year where we’re all searching for great lunchbox friendly snacks, right?  I know it’s always a struggle to find snacks my kids will enjoy that also fit easily into their lunchboxes, so I figured what better time of year than now to share with you some of our favorite picks for this Back To School season.

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Welch’s Fruit Rolls are the newest thing we’ve come across that my kids (and husband) absolutely love.  These super fun to eat fruit rolls deliver the same quality my family loves in Welch’s Fruit Snacks, in a new, irresistibly fun format.  Featuring fruit as its first ingredient, they come in three mouthwatering flavors: Berry, Tropical Punch, and White Grape Strawberry.  We’ve tried the Tropical Punch and Berry which were AMAZING, and now I’m on the hunt to try the White Grape Strawberry…that one sounds absolutely incredible!

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Don’t let size fool you, The Little Kernel may be miniature popcorn, but the flavor is big and the ingredients just can’t be beat.  The Little Kernel keeps it real with no artificial ingredients.  Popped in olive oil and using only quality ingredients, the Little Kernel is on a quest to bring you the best.  Prepare your taste buds for their arrival at the frontline of fun with his lineup of adventurous flavors.  Each kernel is gluten-free, non-GMO, dairy-free, kosher and certified whole grain.

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Go Organically Fruit Snacks are one of my favorites to send my kiddos off to school with.  These fruit snacks are USDA-certified organic, made with real fruit, GMO-free, gluten-free and preservative-free.  Even better, these tasty and smart snacks are only 70 calories for each individual pack, so no matter who you’re shopping for or what their dietary restrictions are (or lack thereof) everyone can enjoy these tasty treats.

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Viki’s Granola On-the-Go Packs are perfect for little ones who need a crunchy treat to get them through the day.  Viki’s granola is made with 100% all natural ingredients, gluten-free and baked with love.  With a fresh, soft and chewy texture, Viki’s Granola is great to enjoy on its own or with yogurt for a nutritious snack.  From a successful bake sale adventure to a delicious treat enjoyed by thousands…you simply can’t go wrong with Viki’s granola.

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My oldest son LOVES olives, so I was really happy to find these Gaea Organic Snack Olives to toss into my sons lunch.  These olives are packed in a handy re-sealable package, without liquid, allowing the convenience of snacking now and later…perfect for a constantly-hungry teenage boy.  These olives are 100% natural, containing zero additives or preservatives and very low salinity, Gaea’s Organic Olives make for a delicious savory snack.

Those super active kids are going to need refreshing drinks to get them through the day, right?  I have a few staples that I keep on hand for my kiddos that I think yours will love too!

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Skip the soda by opting for Sparkling Ice’s 8oz. Slim Cans.  Perfect for lunchboxes or backpacks with it’s compact size!  This slightly carbonated light and refreshing beverage contains Zero Calories, Zero Carbs, is Gluten Free, and is Sodium Free.

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Brooklyn Organics is the perfect beverage for those looking for a sugar-free drink option.  Whether I’m planning lunches for my children or even just a delicious snack for myself, Brooklyn Organics is a MUST!  Each contains a bold fizz in a svelte packaging and is USDA Organic-certified, non-GMO, Kosher, Gluten Free and Caffeine Free.

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If you have young children, chances are you already know what Aqua Ball is.  Aqua Ball drinks are my daughter’s favorite drink to take to school.  AquaBall’s naturally flavored water is the only zero-sugar, zero-calorie, zero-preservative children’s beverage around.  Available in four flavors and featuring fan favorite Disney and Marvel characters, AquaBall is not only fun for kids, but also smart for parents.

I hope you try some or all of these snacks this Back To School season and let me know what your kiddos think of them!

 

***I did not receive any financial compensation, simply the product free to me in exchange for my honest and unbiased opinion***

Keep Your Kids Hydrated This School Year With Contigo Water Bottles

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Back To School in Arizona means finding ways to keep my kids hydrated throughout the day.  As if the Arizona heat weren’t hard enough to deal with, we live in a very rural area and all three of my children have quite lengthy bus rides to school…my oldest a 2 hour ride to his high school!  Extended exposure to these temps mean hot kids, and unfortunately, often dehydrated kids.  Last year all of the options I tried didn’t work out well, so this year Contigo and I have partnered up to find some great water bottles that easily fit into backpacks to keep my kids happy, healthy, and refreshed all year long.

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My youngest child entered kindergarten this year, and I was on a mission to find durable water bottles that won’t leak or spill, and Contigo had the perfect solution.  The AUTOSEAL Trekker is perfect for little ones around my daughter’s age that are too big for sippy cups, but don’t quite have the coordination to avoid spills.   This bottle features a one-touch AUTOSEAL lid that automatically seals between sips for mess-free drinking.  Plus it’s easy for small hands to hold, so it’s perfect for kids to keep on trekkin’.  Add in top rack dishwasher safe, and you’ve completely sold this mom on a wonderful water bottle.

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When looking for a water bottle for my middle schooler, I had a few things I needed to keep in mind.  Durability was a must, as well as a large capacity as he always drinks a lot of water.  The AUTOSPOUT Chug seemed like the perfect fit and he absolutely loves it.  The autospout is great for busy kids on the go, and has held up to the enormous abuse my son can dole out.  With the press of a button, the chug spout opens for convenient on-the-go one-handed drinking.  The wide spout helps the water flows quickly into your mouth (perfect for chugging when you need to hydrate in a hurry).  When you’re finished drinking, simply press the spout under the protective cover to fully close for help protecting against leaks and germs.

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Now the real challenge came along…finding a water bottle for my high schooler that would fit all of his needs.  I needed to find a water bottle of an adequate size, while offering durability and the ability to help keep drinks cold.  The AUTOSEAL Chill has not only lived up to my expectations, but has completely surpassed them.  Keep your cool all day with the spill-proof AUTOSEAL Chill.  Water will stay cold up to 28 hours, thanks to Thermalock vacuum insulation.  Just press to sip and release to seal automatically, using the spout cover to help protect against dirt and germs when you’re finished hydrating.  I was skeptical that this water bottle would keep my son’s water cold all day long, but it absolutely did, and then some!  In the morning my son fills up his bottle with ice and water, and by the end of the day he still has ice in his water bottle which was a true shock considering the extreme temps we have throughout the day.

Whether you’re looking for water bottles for young children, older kids, or even just yourself…you can’t go wrong with any of the bottle that Contigo has to offer.

 

***I did not receive any financial compensation, simply the product free to me in exchange for my honest and unbiased opinion***

A Super Fun Spin On An Old Classic…The Oregon Trail: Hunt For Food

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If you remember playing the game Oregon Trail as a kid on huge, bulky computers with floppy disks, then congratulations…you had the best childhood ever!  In the original game, you play as a covered wagon party of pioneers and head out west from Independence, Missouri to the Willamette River and valley in Oregon.  You first had to stock up on provisions, and then, while traveling, make decisions such as when to rest, how much food to eat, etc.  The Oregon Trail incorporated simulation elements and planning ahead, along with discovery and adventure, as well as mini-game-like activities (hunting and floating down the Dalles River).  The new The Oregon Trail: Hunt For Food card game from Pressman Toys is perfect for kids who grew up playing the original game, as well as for my own children who have no experience with the original game but LOVE playing this new card game.

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In The Oregon Trial: Hunt For Food, you will work together with your fellow travelers to collect 600 pounds of meat.  However, you will face many deadly threats during your hunt: you might get bitten by a snake, break your leg, or get trapped by obstacles and never make it back to the trail.  Each roll can be a life-or-death matter, and the whole family has fun working together to keep everyone alive until the end.  If at least one member of your party survives to collect 600 pounds of meat, everyone wins…but it is definitely harder than it sounds!  If you have the original The Oregon Trail Card Game, you can play this game as an extension or on its own.  This add-on feature will allow you to carry your food and supplies to the original game…however, if you die in this game, both games are over.

Are you up for the challenge? Bring this classic computer game to life and gather your fellow travelers for The Oregon Trail: Hunt for Food Card Game which you can find exclusively at Target.

 

***I did not receive any financial compensation, simply the product free to me in exchange for my honest and unbiased opinion***

Last Minute Back-To-School Must-Haves From Gold Toe, Pilot Pens, and Tastykake

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Whether your kiddos have headed back to school or are headed back soon, there’s a few last minute items to pick up that will make getting ready for school so much easier!  From pens, to snacks, to sock, make sure your kiddo has it all to have an incredible Back To School experience.

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Comfy socks are a great way to make sure that your little one has one less thing to worry about throughout the day.  For more than 80 years, Gold Toe has stood for quality, style and comfort; trusted by millions and the only way to send your little one’s tootsies back to school right.

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The Flat Knit Liner Athletic Socks feature the EZ Match system making it a little bit easier for your little one to get ready.  The number of gold rings on the toe tell the size so there’s no more guess work sorting through the socks looking for the right pair.  The spandex blend offers a perfect fit every time, and the reinforced toe offers better durability for little ones who are tough on their footwear.  With various size and color options, you’ll be able to find the perfect pack of socks for your little one with ease.

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Gold Toe Rayon Rib Crew Casual Fashion Socks are a great way to keep your handsome little man looking and feeling great.  With older boys like my 12 and 14 year olds, odor control is a must.  These stylish socks offer fresh 24/7 odor control which this mom truly appreciates.  The contemporary design paired with superb quality offer a comfy stylish fit your son will love.  These socks are also made with spandex for a perfect fit, and reinforced toes so they can take the abuse and keep on going.

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Every kid needs a great set of pens for Back To School, and Pilot pens has lots of great options to suit everyone’s needs.

G2 is the ultimate pen for the everyday overachiever.  Pilot G2 pens write smoothly, have a comfortable rubber grip, and have been proven to write longer vs. the average of branded competitors.  Make G2 your Go-2 pen this Back To School season and you’ll see the Pilot difference.

FriXion Clicker Erasable Gel Ink Pen are perfect for younger kids that still make frequent mistakes when writing or working on school assignments.  Pilot FriXion Clicker is America’s first retractable, erasable gel ink pen that allows you to write, erase and rewrite repeatedly without damaging documents.  FriXion’s unique thermo-sensitive ink is formulated to deliver both vibrant color and smooth writing.  Great for editing, lists, scheduling and so much more!  Now your writing can be stress free and mistake free.

The Precise V5 Deco Collection is designed to delight the brilliant, cosmopolitan, stylish, and powerful NEW female Precise target who has a passion for precision, coordinating details, and a drive to succeed.  The Precise Deco Collection pens feature the rich colors, bold shapes and exuberant style of the Art Deco era.  With its lavish design and exceptionally smooth, comfortable writing experience the newest members of the Precise V5 family will help your ideas take flight as never before.

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Tastykake‘s new Minis are a delicious, perfectly sized treat that kids will love to toss in their lunchbox and go.  Tastykake‘s Mini Cupcakes and Brownies are perfectly portioned desserts coming in at under 200 calories per pack, giving lunch boxes everywhere a delicious dose of sweetness.  These treats come in three bite-sized pieces per pack, making it easy to share with friends and spread the love.

Mini Chocolate Swirly Cupkakes are bite-sized chocolate cupcakes with a white creme filling topped with delicious chocolate icing.

Mini Chocolate Peanut Butter Cupkakes are bite-sized chocolate cupcakes filled with a peanut butter flavored creme, and topped with a peanut butter icing.

Mini Candy Topped Brownies are my fave!  They’re bite-sized chocolate iced brownies topped with colorful milk chocolate candies…an absolute perfect treat!

Mini Koffee Kake Cupkakes are a huge hit with the whole family.  My husband is allergic to chocolate so he really loved seeing some non-chocolate items…you don’t realize how hard it is to find items without chocolate until you can’t have it.  These Koffee Kake Cupkakes are bite-sized crumb-covered creme filled coffee cake cupcakes that are a treat you’ll truly love.

Make sure you have everything you need this year to send your kiddos Back To School right…make sure you have all the Gold Toe, Pilot Pens, and Tastykake items you need!

 

***I did not receive any financial compensation, simply the product free to me in exchange for my honest and unbiased opinion***

 

 

 

 

Give Hope To Children Battling Cancer With Extended Stay America’s Give Hope Initiative

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Well all know that one word that can be life-changing for so many…cancer.  When the diagnosis of cancer is given, people often find themselves struggling with not only how to cope with it emotionally, but traveling for treatment, affording hotel stays plus the cost of treatments…it takes a toll on someone very quickly.  That life-changing diagnosis shatters people’s whole lives, and seeing how hard the struggle can be makes the Extended Stay America‘s Give Hope Initiative something very near and dear to my heart.  In a tough time in cancer patient’s lives, Extended Stay America gives a glimmer of hope with their “Give Hope” initiative.  The Give Hope program not only helps raise awareness about cancer, it also helps fund pediatric cancer research.

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A symbol of kindness and comfort, Hope, a cuddly stuffed teddy bear, was made by Build-A-Bear exclusively for Extended Stay America and has become a great way to provide love and support to those battling a cancer diagnosis.  Through the support of hotel guests, Extended Stay America is committed to providing 10,000 Hope bears to hospitals nationwide, with the simple goal of bringing a smile to the faces of the courageous adults and children fighting cancer.  One of Extended Stay America’s primary missions is to provide the utmost comfort to all of their guests, including those battling cancer.

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Extended Stay America’s commitment to this cause began in 2013 with their exclusive room donation partnership with the American Cancer Society called Hotel Keys of Hope.  Through this program, Extended Stay America provides free and deeply discounted hotel stays to cancer patients who face the financial challenges often associated with traveling away from home for potentially lifesaving treatment.

Anyone looking to get involved and join this mission can visit  esa.com/hope to either donate a Hope bear to a patient hospitalized with cancer, or purchase as a gift for a loved one.  For each Hope bear purchased, a $5 contribution will be made to the American Cancer Society towards pediatric cancer research.  Be sure to join the cause, follow Hope across the country and participate in the #GiveHope initiative at facebook.com/GiveHopeEverywhere.

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***I received a small monetary compensation as well as the Hope bear in exchange for my honest opinion about Extended Stay America’s Give Hope initiative***