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Friday, August 29, 2014
With the start of the school year only days away, I'm equal parts excited (yay for schooooool!) and nervous (mah baaaabies!).
As much as I know my kids adore school and I'm looking forward to a return to routine and a little peace and quiet around here, I also know that the end of summer means the end of the lazy, pajama-filled, nonchalant, yawwwwn, what're we doing today? days that we've been having recently.
Instead, fall is filled with hurried breakfasts, constant homework, lunches needing to be packed, soccer practices, volunteering, PTO meetings and more. Is it any wonder that, with the rushing back and forth and the way that there never seem to be quite enough hours in the day, it ends up being easier to grab prepackaged foods when hunger calls? Whether for an after-school snack, in a lunchbox or just to eat in the car on the way to our next activity, convenience is nearly always the winning factor.
But then... what if convenient and healthy weren't exclusive? What if it was just as easy to have healthy snacks as it is to have not-so-healthy snacks? That answer is found quickly and easily with NatureBox!
Delivering a world of carefully sourced and nutritionist-approved foods right to your door, NatureBox is the subscription-based snacking program that you'll feel good about providing to your family.
Plus, the process is simple! Once you join NatureBox, you'll receive five different snacks every month. Whether you choose the snacks you want or would prefer to be surprised with their carefully curated selections, each snack contains wholesome ingredients with no artificial sweeteners, flavors or colors.
And, let me tell you, once you begin browsing the NatureBox Snack Catalog, you'll find your mouth watering at the huge variety of healthy, quality snacks available!
As a bonus, not only do you know that all of the ingredients offered from NatureBox are healthy (which saves time scouring ingredient lists at the grocery store), but they make it just as easy to narrow down their huge selection if you have a specific dietary need or taste preference.
Vegan? Nut free? Cutting back on gluten? Prefer savory snacks over salty ones? NatureBox has over 100 snacks to excite and delight every palate, so finding something for each member of your family to enjoy is a snap.
After I finally decided on my top five selections from NatureBox (narrowing it down was hard due to how yummy they all looked!), I couldn't wait for the box to arrive.
Ranging in size from 3.7 oz to 5.5 oz, each of these snack bags quickly proved to be fresh, delicious and perfect for at home or on-the-go.
The Salted Caramel Pretzel Pops are just right to grab a handful when you need a crisp, crunch...
...the Apple Pie Oat Clusters and Banana Bread Granola have been delectable as-is or mixed with yogurt or milk...
...and the Blueberry Nom Noms are my favorite.
As soon as I started eating these miniature cookies I fell in love with the lightly sweet taste of oats, honey and dried blueberries. I could eat these at any point in the day!
Whether you are looking for a quick and healthy breakfast, something to munch while in the school pickup line or for an after school snack to keep your children fueled up for homework or sports, NatureBox just might be the convenient, versatile, time-saving solution that your household needs.
No more fretting what to pack in your kids' lunchboxes or wondering how you're going to introduce more healthy foods into their diet when these little bags of deliciousness show up right at your door (with a list of ingredients that you know and can pronounce)!
Be sure to head over to NatureBox.com to check out the full variety and selection of their snacks and see which of their subscription plans will work best for you — plans start at $19.95/month for month-to-month and drop all the way down to $15.95/month when you sign up for 12 months.
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I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls Collective and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.
I can remember seeing them on other kids and marveling at the little metal bars, all the while thinking that the way that their lips had to sit uncomfortably atop them and form words over and around them was just so cool.
Did I know or care about the pain, hassle and work that actually went into braces? Nope, it was all about the cool factor.
Fortunately, my ambitions have changed in the next 25 years and, due to my good genes, my pearly whites have stayed straight on their own. Unfortunately, in what is beginning to look like karma coming back to get me, my nearly-8-year-old has a mouth currently filled with teeth out of my preteen dreams.
Granted, Big Sister E doesn't have all of her permanent teeth in yet, so we've still got a few years to see what happens on its own (which is what her orthodontist suggested).
But in the meantime, that doesn't mean that I'm not going to be prepared with the information and knowledge about what treatment options are available if and when we need them. No offense to braces and all, but options for straightening teeth have come a long way and I want to provide my daughter with only the best of the best for her beautiful smile.
I'm talking Invisalign treatment!
If you're not familiar with Invisalign, then you're missing out on this great alternative to braces. As opposed to traditional wires and brackets, Invisalign's clear aligners straighten teeth in a virtually invisible way.
As well as the convenience, I love that Invisalign Teen — created specifically for preteens and teens — all but eliminates the disruption and sacrifice that comes with the usual teeth straightening for the younger generation.
This method results in less social awkwardness to impact a teen's confidence and self-esteem during an already vulnerable time; no worry of interference or injury when used while playing a musical instrument or participating in sports; no emergency orthodontic visits for broken wires and brackets; no food restrictions (as Invisalign Teen is removable for easy brushing and flossing) and more!
Plus, although there is a common myth that Invisalign can only treat minor or cosmetic issues, the truth is that this treatment effectively treats a wide variety of orthodontic issues including severe bite issues.
From underbite to crossbite, deepbite to overbite and overly crowded to widely spaced, advancements to Invisalign's patented technology continues to increase the complexity of issues that can be treated. Pictures like these of Brandon's results give me great hope for how well my daughter's smile can turn out after Invisalign Teen!
If you're thinking that the cost of braces is already high, so the price of Invisalign must be more expensive than metal braces, no worries. The cost of Invisalign is quite comparable to the cost of traditional braces and many dental insurance plans cover Invisalign just as they would braces — up to 50% of the cost may be covered!
And, even if dental insurance doesn't apply, many doctors will help parents find options to make straightening their child's teeth more affordable, such as flexible and affordable monthly finance plans.
Why would I want anything less for my daughter than Invisalign Teen? If these removable clear aligners can straighten her teeth without a mouth full of metal and all the disruption and sacrifice that comes with it, then I'm on my way to the Invisalign Smile Assessment to find out if Invisalign will be right for us!
Be sure to find out more about Invisalign options, how this modern treatment works, whether you or your child are good candidates, Invisalign results and much more by visiting Invisalign.com and connecting with them on Twitter and Facebook.
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I'm keeping an eye on both of my daughters' teeth to ensure that they have the best treatment available as they enter their teen years. But now I want to hear your thoughts! How do you think Invisalign Teen compares to braces?
Disclaimer: This is a sponsored post. However, all thoughts and opinions are my own.
Thursday, August 28, 2014
Today, not only are those two pretty much a necessity, but a phone is a clear must-have and a travel mug is close behind. Whether that mug is filled with ice cold water (are you drinking the recommended number of glasses each day?) or your favorite coffee or tea, staying hydrated and energized throughout the day is a priority for all ages.
Fortunately, no matter if you're reaching for your cup during your commute, while on a walk, as you're sitting in a lawn chair or more, America's number one selling line of travel mugs has gotten a major upgrade thanks to the introduction of the Contigo AUTOSEAL West Loop with Easy Clean Lid.
Knowing that on-the-go beverage cups can be messy and complicated to use, Contigo has developed a line of simple, yet functionally innovative, environmentally friendly travel mugs, water bottles, and kids cups to help everyone face life's daily challenges. Each and every one of their products are known for being stylish, yet resilient and sleek yet strong while featuring revolutionary patented AUTOSEAL technology that automatically seals between sips.
Why not opt for products that are leak-proof and spill-proof with superior insulation properties that keep beverages hot or cold longer and, in essence, give consumers the confidence they need to face the day and pride in knowing that they bought the best of the best?
While we have long been big fans of Contigo and the way that their products are made with FDA approved materials and are perfect for being on-the-go, we couldn't wait to try out the new West Loop with Easy Clean Lid to see what updates Contigo had included.
Available in a variety of stylish colors, it only took removing these travel tumblers from the box for my entire family to be impressed with the design. Let's face it, along with the practical qualities, we all want to carry around something that looks good and these are purrrrrrrty!
However, when it came to checking out the West Loop, I loved what I discovered inside as well.
Although other brands may include "spill-proof" in their product descriptions, Contigo's AUTOSEAL technology truly renders it leak-proof no matter what angle it is held. Simply press to open and release to seal. No effort, no work, no hassle, no spills!
At the same time, I adore that Contigo included a quick and easy lid-lock feature for times that you want to be able to toss your mug into your purse or workout bag and not worry that the AUTOSEAL button will accidentally be pressed.
Just lock (an audible click clearly lets you know that you have the lid fully locked) and the West Loop does the rest in preventing a single drip from getting out!
Along with the importance of leak-proof technology and being able to quickly and easily take a sip from your mug whenever and wherever you are, Contigo took the West Loop a step further with its new Easy Clean Lid... which is completely and utterly genius!
This newly-designed lid screws off easily and includes no loose parts, so there is no worry about detaching and reattaching (and losing) any pieces. Just press right on the "push to clean" tab and the inner workings pop right up for full access!
Voilà! This amazing lid can then be thoroughly washed by hand or, due to it being top rack dishwasher-safe (the body of the mug is hand-wash only), placed right in the dishwasher for even easier cleaning. It really is just that simple!
We couldn't be much happier with our Contigo travel mugs and I have yet to find an aspect that hasn't worked for every member of our family, whether during daily use or for a specific occasion.
The ergonomic grip makes these comfortable to hold; the single-serve brewer and cup holder-friendly size make them extremely convenient; the double-wall vacuum-insulated body keeps drinks hot for up to five hours or cold for up to 12 hours; the spill-proof guarantee allows these to go right into backpacks or bags; the Easy Clean Lid eases any worry of hidden dirt or germs; and the overall appeal, design and ease of use is fantastic!
Considering that there is a fashionable color of West Loop to fit every personality, a Contigo AUTOSEAL travel mug would be a universally-loved gift for family, friends, babysitters, teachers and more. These amazing mugs retail for $20.99 and are available now in stores, on Amazon and directly from Contigo... where the coupon code WESTLOOP20 will provide a 20% discount until October 31, 2014!
Find out more about the Contigo AUTOSEAL West Loop with Easy Clean Lid (and all of the other unique Contigo products) by visiting GoContigo.com and connecting with this innovative company on Facebook and Twitter.
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A big thank you to Contigo for providing four West Loop mugs for me to review as well as for one lucky giveaway winner. The opinions shared are my own and honest and if you really need to see more, click here to see how I roll.