August 20, 2014

Quick and Healthy Snacks with NatureBox

We've been back to school for two weeks already!  I can hardly believe it!

This year I have all kids in school at least part of the time.  My youngest is in preschool, but he gets to bring his lunch, so he feels like a big kid too.

I struggle with ideas for packing three lunches every day, plus my kids are always ravenous when they come home!  So, I was really excited when I was chosen to try out a bunch of healthy snacks and treats from NatureBox.

There are SO MANY monthly boxes out there, for crafts, beauty, even clothes!  I love that there is one just for healthy food!  NatureBox delivers a world of carefully sourced and nutritionist-approved foods right to your door.  I can choose my snacks from the many available in the online catalog, read through ingredient lists at my leisure (instead of with a fidgety child in the grocery store), then order what I want!  

I'm not great at eating healthy, but I want to encourage it in my kids, so I love that each snack contains wholesome ingredients - with no artificial sweeteners, flavors or colors.

I also don't always love "healthy" food.  A lot of it tastes like cardboard to me.  Crossing my fingers, I picked out the French Toast Granola and Salted Caramel Pretzel Bites for healthy treats, then chose Cheesy Potato Fries, and Honey Sesame Crisps for a more savory snack.  My youngest loves apple bars, so I selected the Apple Figgy Bars as my final choice.

We use reusable lunch boxes for the kids, so these snacks fit in perfectly and helped me make delicious lunches for them.

Here's the true, kid-tested verdict:

French Toast Granola- YUM!  We especially love this in yogurt!

Salted Caramel Pretzel Bites- YUM! We loved the mix of sweet and salty in these bites.

Apple Pie Figgy Bars:  DELISH!  
Cheesy Potato Fries:  Mom likes them, kids find them too strong.  

Honey Crunch Crisps:  Not our favorite

We can't wait to try out some more! Considering how much you spend on healthy foods at the grocery store, getting a box of your favorites sent right to your door is a great deal!  Remember, when you join NatureBox, you'll receive five different snacks every month. You can choose the snacks you want or be surprised with their carefully curated selections.

Sound interesting?  Click here to get 50% off your first month’s NatureBox delivery! ($10 value) using promo code: SNACKTOSCHOOL

Fine Crumbs: Promotion is good for 50% off your first month to month box or $10 off your first box in your first prepaid subscription. New and US subscribers only. Not valid on gift subscriptions and may not be combined with any other offers.”

I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls Collective and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.

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August 13, 2014

Back to School Printable Sign: Always Do Your Best

We've been busy celebrating the end of summer, and getting our kids back to school!  My kids started last week, and Laura's started today.  

So we've been a little bit quiet creatively.  Hang in with us- some fun fall projects are on their way!

I thought I'd share with you this quick printable I made for a "Back to School" activity I'm doing tonight.  This would be great to display for your family's Back to School Dinner, or a Back to School party.  Maybe your teacher would even love it for her desk!

Click here to download this file  for yourself.

* This printable was put together using a freebie from Studio 4 Design Works which put together the elements for this design.  You can visit their site for lots of awesome digital scrapbooking goodies!
Hope your first day goes (went?) without a hitch!

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August 7, 2014

10 Creative Projects for Back to School

You can tell that it's time to go back to school in some parts of the country.  Even if your starting date isn't today (like ours), you've probably got it in the back of your mind.  Today I have a round-up of some Creative Projects to Make for Back to School!  These are great for a teacher, your child, or just for you to put up for decorations this time of year!  

Click on each link for a tutorial:

1.  Ruler- Framed Chalkboard Sign Tutorial from The Thinking Closet

Ruler Frame Chalkboard Sign Tutorial by The Thinking Closet

2.  Duct Tape Art Portfolio from One Creative Mommy- perfect for all you kid's artwork that will be coming home. 
Tame your kids art and homework with a Duck Tape Art Portfolio! {Kids' Project}

3.  Back to School Teacher Gift: Pencil Vase from Frugal Couponing Living

4.  Pencil and Crayon Wreath from Crafts 'n' Coffee: 

how to make a back-to-school wreath with pencils and crayons

5.  DIY Locker Accessories from Second Chance to Dream

DIY+Locker+Accessories DIY Locker Accessories

6.  Crayon Vase from A Little Claireification

Back To School Craft: Crayon Vase Teacher Gift with #crafts #teachers #school @ALittleClaire

7.  DIY Homework Caddy from Uncommon Designs

Get ready for back to school with a homework caddy!  The most dreaded part of the school day just got a little less chaotic and a lot more stylish!  via uncommon designs

8.  Back to School Ruler Wreath from Create.Craft.Love

Back to School Ruler Wreath via #backtoschool #wreath #rulerwreath

9.  DIY Chalkboard Placemats from Giggles Galore

Back to School Chalkboard Placemats

10.  Back to School Printable Bookmarks from Simple As That

Printable Back to School Bookmarks

Do you like to make things for back to school?  Or is that something you'd rather skip?  Share your ideas below!

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