Revolution Foods Lunch Bundles plus Giveaway

I can't believe the school year is almost here! Where did summer go? Lucas will be in second grade, Theo will be starting kindergarten, and we will all (hopefully) be getting back into a nice routine. Today, I've partnered with Revolution Foods to give away a month's supply of their healthy, easy-to-make meals and Lunch Bundles for the whole family. Enter the giveaway and check out the details here. I love Revolution Foods' philosophy that everyone deserves access to high quality food made with carefully considered ingredients and their commitment to quality and nurturing healthier food habits. Plus, they make it super easy for busy parents to get the kids out the door for school with their Lunch Bundles, and easy weeknight dinners with their Dinner Hero meals.

Lucas and Theo loved these Lunch Bundles and they each had their favorites. I was able to mix and match them to make sure they were happy. With four classic bundle options (including Decker, Powerfood, Superfood and Sundipper), Revolution Foods Lunch Bundles have no artificial flavors, and include a rich variety of healthy options loaded with protein, whole grains, and real fruits and veggies. So fun to snack, nibble, dip and go!

I usually make lunches for the kids but sometimes I just need a break. Seriously, these Lunch Bundles are so easy to grab and pop into the kids' backpacks. I'm all about saving time this back to school year!

Who remembers Hamburger Helper back in the day? My mom used to make those skillet dinners for us every once in a while as a time saving quick weeknight meal. I don't even want to know what the ingredients were in those! In comes Dinner Hero meals that you can make in 30 minutes with whole grains and custom spice blends.

There are four flavors--Coconut Curry, Sesame Garlic, Smoky Tomato and Fiesta Taco--we tried the Fiesta Taco. It was a little spicy for the kids, but we just added more rice than meat and they ate the whole thing. Also, we opted to use ground turkey instead of beef, and added avocado and fresh cilantro.

I would love to know, "How do you Hero?" Share your tips, tricks, and parenting moments with me. Don't forget to enter this amazing giveaway to win a month's supply of Revolution Foods!

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Gift Giving with UncommonGoods

The beginning of the year always seems to start off slowly and then before I know it, there's little league, swimming, summer camps, and birthday parties galore. I'll admit it--I'm a last minute gift giver and I'm always scrambling. Today, I've partnered with UncommonGoods to show you my gift picks for Nick's birthday, my girls trip, and my favorite gifts for Home Decor here above).

1 / Blah Blah Throw 2 / Minimialist Teak Wall Shelf 3 / Out the Door Wall Mounted Key Holder 4 / Handwoven Guatemalan Zig Zag Wool Rug 5 / Come In, Go Away Doormat

First off, not only does UncommonGoods have something for everyone, they are always working toward making their company more environmentally friendly, socially responsible and a rewarding place to work. UncommonGoods focuses on handmade, recycled and organic products, give their employees benefits and living wages, and is a founding member of B Corporation, an organization created to help customers understand the social and environmental impact of their purchases. I'm in total support of companies like this.

One gift I need to get this year is for Nick who will be turning 40 this year! There are so many unique Gifts for Men at Uncommon Goods , it was really hard to choose. If you know Nick though, you know he loves beer, the outdoors, camping and music.

1 / West Coast Style IPA Brewing Kit 2 / Personalized Mixtape Doormat 3 / Adventure Blanket 4 / Portable Camp Grill and Charger

Every year my girlfriends and I go on a big trip and we do a take on Oprah's favorite things. I need to get 10 gifts each under $10. UncommonGoods has a sweet Bridesmaid Section -- I love that I can buy one thing and split them up for my girlfriends.

1 / Wine Soap, Set of 4 2 / Sweet Treat Hand Cream Set 3 / Chakra Bath Salts Set 4 / 7 Chakras Handmade Soap Set

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Favorites: Amazon Fire Kids Edition Tablet

The holidays are always one of my favorite times of the year, but also the most hectic. Between holiday parties, potlucks, school Winter Faires, shopping for gifts, volunteering, not to mention the advent calendar I make every year that I didn't make this year (oops), we all need a little downtime. For us, that means Lucas and Theo get to watch a movie and I get some quiet time to prepare for the holidays.

Today I've partnered with Amazon to introduce the latest Fire Kids Edition Tablet (aka my best friend and secret weapon). We currently have an older version, but this new Fire Kids Edition Tablet is amazing—it includes the latest Fire Tablet with a durable, kid-friendly case available in pink, blue or green, and a two-year worry-free guarantee. If anything happens to the Fire Kids Edition Tablet, just send it back and Amazon will replace it for free—no questions asked. And you KNOW my boys will be dropping this all over the place. It also includes a year of Amazon FreeTime Unlimited at no additional cost. I use Amazon FreeTime's innovative controls to manage their screen time—sometimes that means setting a goal for Lucas of reading for 30 minutes before accessing his favorite movie.

I love that the Fire Kids Edition Tablet is ready to use right out of the box, making it an awesome gift or tool to keep the kids occupied during holiday traveling. And as much as I didn't think my kids would have screen time (you know, that stuff you think and say before you actually have kids), it's been a life saver for us. I feel good knowing we can manage their screen time using the parental controls and the kids know their limits. Win Win! We will be heading to Santa Rosa to Nana and Granddad's house for the holidays and the Fire Kids Edition Tablet will be perfect for the car ride. Happy holidays!

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Back to School Morning Hacks with Red Tricycle and Keen Kids

Can I just tell you the morning hustle around here is crazy! Lucas and Theo are professional dilly-dalliers and after a lot of trial and error, there are a few morning hacks that seem to work most days. I partnered with Red Tricycle and Keen Kids to let you in on one of our Back to School Morning Hacks. I generally like to give my kids choices (typically two options that I'm also happy with and that I stick to). To keep things running as smoothly as possible in the morning, I would give them a choice of what to get done. i.e. get dressed or eat breakfast first? (Lucas usually chooses getting dressed first and Theo always eats in his jammies) or brush teeth or put sunscreen on? There are really only 5 things they have to do before we head out the door and if I give them a choice of the order they're completed in, they're more likely to quickly choose and get it done. Win Win!

Lucas has been wanting high tops and his favorite color is red! How cute are these high tops from Keen Kids' new Encanto Collection? I love durable Keen shoes are and this urban style fits Lucas' active lifestyle. :)

Check out these Red Tricycle articles with tips from me and other mamas:
The Secret to Stress-Free Mornings From the Country's Most Savvy Moms

School Lunch Survival Hacks and and Tips to Live By
10 of the Internet's Most Stylish Moms Dish on Keen's New Encanto Shoes

 

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Backyard Grilled Pizza Bar + Root Beer Floats with Whole Foods Market

The 4th of July always reminds me of summertime gathering and grilling. But instead of the typical BBQ, how fun would it be to have a Grilled Pizza Bar where everyone could make their own personal pizzas? Today, I've partnered with Whole Foods Market for another grilling shoot as part of our summer grilling series, bringing you a little 4th of July inspiration--a low-key Backyard Grilled Pizza Bar and Root Beer Floats. As with our Father's Day shoot, we had some friends over (thanks Eric, Susana, Nico and Mateo!) to help us build pizzas and make root beer floats for kids AND adults (hello, alcoholic root beer and bitters!).

I wanted everything to be easy and low-key. Whole Foods Market made it super easy to pull together everything I needed for the pizza bar, from my favorite refrigerated multi-grain pizza dough to the frozen grilled corn to the jarred pesto sauce. To be honest, everything but the tomato sauce and vegan cashew cream was premade! We followed these easy directions on How to Grill Pizza from the Whole Foods website.

I put ingredients in muffin tins so the kids could easily see all their options--surprisingly, Theo chose grilled corn to put on his pizza! Everyone was encouraged to get creative. It was fun and funny to see the dough take form--some were rectangular and others were the shape of Montana and Texas. Some of the pizzas we made included:

  • Heirloom Tomatoes and Pesto
  • Wild Mushrooms and Goat Cheese (my personal fave!)
  • Fresh Mozzarella, Heirloom Tomatoes, Basil and Lemon Zest
  • Olives and Spicy Vegan Cashew Cream (recently discovered the magic of cashew cream!)
  • Zucchini, Corn and Lime Zest
  • Turkey Pepperoni and Wild Mushrooms

The root beer floats for kids and adults were a hit as were the sangrias in the cutest bottles. I consulted with Dan, a cocktail expert at Whole Foods Market Gilman, on the best way to make an alcoholic root beer. His recommendations were spot on not to mention the packaging! He also recommended these amazing sangrias! Here's a list:

Whole Foods bagged organic kale salad! Easy!

Every time I make any kind of pizza, I brush garlic olive oil on it when it comes out hot. A tip I learned from Cheeseboard.

Ummm, luckily Theo was making his own personal pizza!

Those lashes!

Lucas LOVES tomatoes!

Happy 4th of July weekend!

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