Kristina

Throw Back Thursday: The Quiet Game

Do you remember the Quiet Game when growing up?  It should be called the “Mommy/Daddy are desperate for a few minutes of quiet” Game.  Or “If you don’t close your mouths for 2 minutes I might just lose it” Game.  Or “Don’t You Ever Stop Talking” Game.  But I digress….  I was talking with someone the other day about our kiddos and the Quiet Game came up…she had never HEARD of it!  I mean she was about 5 years younger than me but COME ON!  Anyway, we were talking about travelling in the car with our kids and my contribution was how my two Bugs, who I love more than life itself (yes it’s a disclaimer because you might question the truth of that before this post is finished! lol) were on track to drive me absolutely crazy in the car! (which according to my husband is an exceptionally short trip!!!)  Anyway…my LoveBug suggested that we all play “the Quiet game.”  I of course was all for it because it meant I might actually get a few minutes of the all elusive thing called…quiet.  The game went something like this:

LoveBug (my 11 year old daughter):  “ok…1, 2,3…quiet”

*****About 2 seconds of silence passed*****

Bug (my 8 year old son):  “Pause…ok so if someone coughs or sneezes it doesn’t count.  Ok UnPause. 1,2,3…quiet”

*****About 2 more seconds of silence passed*****

LoveBug: “Aachoo!  (fake sneeze – Bug starts pointing)  Pause…I sneezed it doesn’t count.  UnPause.  1,2,3…quiet”

*****About 2 more seconds of silence passed*****

Bug:  “Pause…if you laugh without opening your mouth it doesn’t count.  UnPause. 1,2,3…quiet”

Bug:  “Pause”

Me:   STOP!!!  You can’t PAUSE the QUIET GAME!!!!!!!!

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We are a busy family – like most families are. We spend a lot of time in the car between school activities, sports activities and fun family road trips. We have a permanent site at a campground that we spend A LOT of time at during spring weekends and WEEKS at during the summer.  It’s about a 2 1/2 hour car drive to get there…and to get back home.  As a parent The Quiet Game is supposed to get me through long car drives, loud dinners…apparently the game has changed dramatically since I was young and it will not help me in this area. If only we could turn back time…

My Homemade Granola Bar Recipe #TastyTuesday

My kids love granola bars…even my daughter who is picky about EVERYTHING! But when I read the list of ingredients on most store bought granola bars I do not feel love at all! Many granola bar ingredient lists include: corn syrup (in one form or another), sugar, and caramel color. All of which I prefer to avoid! What’s a mom to do?! Well I did a little research, tried a few recipes and then came up with one that both fit my list of “better for them” ingredients AND that my kiddos liked! It’s easy peasy with just a handful of ingredients! Try it…let me know what you think…then tweak it for your family and share with me!

Homemade Granola Bars

Ingredients:

2 cups organic rolled oats

1/2 cup shredded coconut

1/2 cup organic honey

2 Tbs peanut butter

2 Tbs flax seed

1/3 cup raisins

1 tsp vanilla

1/8 tsp salt

Directions:

Preheat oven to 325 degrees F. Grease a 9-inch square baking dish with butter. Spread the oats and coconut evenly across a baking sheet. Toast oats and coconut in preheated oven until browned, about 10 minutes; transfer to a large mixing bowl. Add flax seeds and raisins to mixing bowl too. Mix honey, peanut butter, vanilla extract, and salt in a small saucepan over medium-low heat. Cook and stir until smooth. Pour the honey mixture over the oats/coconut mixture; stir to coat. Spread the mixture evenly into the buttered baking dish. Bake in preheated oven until beginning to dry, about 15 minutes for slightly chewy granola bars, a few minutes more if you like them crunchy. (Note: they will seem under done/super soft and chewy when hot.) Cool completely before cutting.

Yoyen Designs #handcrafteditems

WAHMReviewer – Kristina Mumma

I received these item’s to base my review on. All opinions expressed are 100% my own.

Yoyen Designs is based in San Diego, CA and specializes in handcrafted products and creative graphic designs.

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Yoyen Designs is based in San Diego, CA and specializes in handcrafted products and creative graphic designs. I was fortunate to be able to review both types of products – handcrafted mini book necklace as well as cute note cards. The quality of both are exceptional!

I received two different miniature book necklaces to review – Navajo and Floral. They came packaged in their own bags and mini “yoyen” tags. I can tell you that the quality was impressive and beautiful! The book is approximately 1 ½” X 1 ¾” and is hand stitched. The paper inside the book is made from 100% cotton fiber watercolor paper. You could actually write a special message within the book! The fabrics used are high quality and have complementary embellishment. The attention to detail was fabulous!

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You can view similar miniature book necklaces for purchase on their website: http://www.yoyen.co I also was able to review notecards…a weakness of mine if I’m being totally honest. I love sending notes and enjoy finding unique, high quality cards or even making my own! My love of notes makes me a bit picky I’ll admit. The cards from yoyen however exceeded even my pickiest expectations! The paper is exceptional quality – it is a heavy premium paper. The designs were fun yet classy.

 I honestly don’t know which was my favorite – the cute little birdie or the bike… What do you think?

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Envelopes were included and the olive green color was the perfect accent to the red and golden yellow of the cards. The envelopes are 100% recycled, 30% post consumer, made with 100% hydro power and acid free. Whether you are looking for high quality note cards, unique jewelry or other handmade gifts I highly recommend yoyen.

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Visit their website to see their full list of products. Stop by their facebook page and tell them you heard about them through WAHM Reviews!

Questions and Comments are always welcome below.

EZ Squeezees Review

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EZ squeezees are my new favorite product…seriously.  I pack lunch for my two kiddos every day and the ONLY things that they don’t complain about are their applesauce pouches and yogurt tubes.  I complain about it though:  They are costly.  They are not re-useable.  Who knows what is growing inside those bags/tubes?!? (gross!)  So far though I have chosen to concede the argument in exchange for my kiddos eating yogurt and applesauce daily without complaint…but I’ve known it could be done better.

EZ squeezees knew it could be done better…AND THEY DID IT!  CELEBRATION music please!  EZ squeezees was developed in Baltimore (MD) by parents who concluded that “manufacturers of processed foods were capitalizing on (parents’) desires for convenient and nutritious foods.”  But now parents have an option that is cost-effective and eco-friendly.

EZ Squeezees:  Reusable food pouches for all ages. They are cost effective and eco friendly! They are BPA and Phthlate free!  The are dishwasher and freezer safe!  Plus you can write on the back of them so you don’t have to guess…or taste test…to figure out which one is applesauce and which one is the smoothie!  Best part yet?  They are super easy to use…just FILL*SQUEEZE*EAT*REPEAT!  

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Ok so my conclusion is that I can’t live without them.  But when I first received them in the mail I admit I was skeptical – mostly about cleaning them.  So I’ve put them to the test.  I’ve used them for several weeks filling them with applesauce, yogurt, yogurt with sprinkles, even a smoothie.  I even forgot to empty one for two days (in my defense my daughter left her lunchbox stuffed under the seat in the car.)  They have large side openings which make them easy to fill…and easy to clean.  I was able to easily rinse and scrub the inside of the pouch with a cloth before placing in the dishwasher.  

If you are looking for a way to feed your child(ren) healthy and convenient foods or even a way to carry a healthy snack for yourself, I highly recommend EZ squeezees.  They even haverecipes listed on their website for fruits, veggies, smoothies, paleo, Whole30 and more!  By using EZ squeezees you can save money, save the environment, and feel good about “convenience” eating.

You can purchase EZ squeezee pouches online with your choice of small caps (ages 3+) orlarge caps (ages 0+)  For this review I tested the larger style lids which were easy to twist on and off and were about an inch and a half in diameter.  You can purchase a starter kit with two 3 packs of  pouches plus 6 replacement caps (either size) for $19.99, a 3 pack of pouches for $9.99 or a 9 pack of pouches for $24.99.  

(Picture taken from EZSqueezee facebook page)
(Picture taken from EZSqueezee facebook page)

Check them out for yourself online, on Facebook, on Pinterest and on Twitter.  Let them know that you heard about them from Kristina at WAHM Reviews!  Enjoy!

 

Questions and Comments are always welcome below.

The Natural Choice Apothecary #skincare #Natural

WAHM Reviewer – Kristina Mumma

Disclaimer: I received the products detailed below to facilitate my review. No other compensation was received. All opinions expressed are my own.

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The Natural Choice Apothecary can be found on Etsy providing “all your Natural Apothecary needs from salves, scrubs, lotions, lip balm, calming aids, and even natural candles to create the perfect bath and body get away while staying natural and organic!” In addition to their Etsy shop, they can be found on Facebook as well as a facebook VIP group where you can participate in promotional events, get sneak peeks at new products and even be first to try them!

The Natural Choice Apothecary

One of the reasons I was most excited to complete this review was because of the products being of a holistic nature.  As a holistic health practitioner and advocate for holistic remedies, reviewing natural health/home products is of utmost interest.  Also because of my background, I tend to scrutinize products that purport to be “natural”, “organic”, “healing.” With The Natural Choice Apothecary any skepticism was quickly appeased as Carolyn, the owner, is an educated herbalist and creates wonderful natural products with quality ingredients!   (and I am admittedly picky when it comes to this genre! J)

So what exactly did I review? 1 full size tin of Sleepy Balm, 1 tube of Herbal infused Lip Butter and 1 sample pot of All Purpose Herbal Balm.

Natural Choice Apothecary group

Another new favorite of mine is the Herbal Infused Lip Butter.  I admit I was skeptical of this item.  I’m not a huge fan of most lip products- often they are too oily/greasy or too waxy.  I also am not a fan of the artificially “flavored” lip products. That said, I LOVED this Lip Butter!  It was smooth, subtly scented and just the right amount of moisture for my lips!  This items is made with: Olive Oil, Organic Calendula Flowers, Organic Plantain Leaves, Organic Lavender Flowers, Organic Lavender Buds, Organic Echinacea Angustifolia Flowers, Organic Echinacea Angustifolia Root, Organic Cocoa Butter, Unbleached Beeswax, Vitamin E Oil, Lavender Essential Oil, Tea Tree Essential Oil.  I have a feeling that I’ll be ordering a few extras soon because my 11 year old daughter seems to have taken a liking to this product as well!

Herbal Infused Lip Butter

The third product I reviewed was a sample of All Purpose Herbal Balm…I absolutely LOVE this product!  When I first received it I used it on a small patch of eczema that I had on my face.  It was soothing and my eczema seemed to clear up in just one day!  My true appreciation of this product, though was today.  My daughter fell off a motorized scooter (the kind you stand on NOT the kind you ride on!) and skinned her knees and broke her elbow.  Her elbow was scraped and bleeding as well as swollen.  You can imagine the tears and pain.  After cleaning her wounds I applied the herbal balm.  It was light, went on smoothly and actually soothed the scraped areas.  My daughter was afraid that anything I put on her boo boo would burn but this was 100% pain free…plus it meets my standards!  This Herbal Balm is made with organic olive oil infused with organic calendula flowers (super healing ingredient!), organic plantain, organic lavender buds, organic Echinacea Angustifolia, organic coconut oil, beeswax, tea tree oil, lavender oil and vitamin E oil.  In addition to how I used this Healing Balm, according to the product page it can be applied to small cuts, scrapes, bruises, sunburn, diaper rash, chapped skin & lips, severe cracked skin, Eczema, Psoriasis, external yeast infections and vulvular irritation.

all purpose herbal balm

Over all I found The Natural Choice Apothecary to be a fabulous resource for natural apothecary products.  The packaging is cute, ingredients are clearly detailed and each product page in the etsy shop lists product uses.  You can purchase these products as well as others online at http://www.etsy.com/shop/TheNaturalApothecary, follow on the FaceBook  fan page, join the FaceBook VIP group or Follow on Twitter. The Natural Choice Apothecary is sure to become one of my favorite resources…I highly recommend trying out a product or two – I’d be surprised if you didn’t love it like me!
We welcome all comments and questions below.