Fun Finds For Mom

Nekter Juice Bar

Monday, October 27, 2014

Nekter Counter

I told you guys about my “cleanse” earlier this year, and am happy to report that green smoothies (plus lots of coffee) have now become my standard breakfast. Some days I don’t have the time or ingredients to make my own smoothies, so I was happy when I discovered Nekter Juice Bar had opened right in my neighborhood! And I was even happier when they invited me bring in the kids and try a few of their treats for a blog review.

Nekter Tables

As you can see, the Nekter atmosphere is clean and bright, and it smells — well, like freshly juiced fruits and veggies. Most customers are in yoga wear and look like they’re frequent juicers.¬† (It’s worth mentioning that making fresh juices and smoothies take time, so don’t expect your order to be ready immediately.)

The day I brought the kids, I tried the Pink Flamingo, which was recommended by the manager. Check out this color!

Pink Flamingo

All natural, baby. It’s made with pitaya, or dragon fruit, and tastes sweet and coco-nutty. My daughter got a “make your own” smoothie. She chose strawberries, bananas, apple juice and cinnamon and happily slurped it all up. My son had a PBJ Acai Bowl. I had always wondered what exactly the acai bowls were like. Underneath the fresh fruit and crunchy granola, there’s a frozen yogurt-like icy, creamy, fruity mix. Take a look:

PBJ Acai Bowl

The serving size is huge (my son is a big eater but couldn’t finish it) so I think the next time, my kids could probably split one. I grabbed a Skinny Lemonade on the way out the door and took it to work with me. These are perfect for a lunch substitution on a busy day, or for a nice mid-day drink that you can grab out of the cooler if you don’t have time to wait for a fresh-squeezed juice.

Skinny Lemonade

That cayenne pepper gave the Skinny Lemonade a nice bite (and stopped me from guzzling it down too quickly!) There’s also a Strawberry Lemonade and a few ginger flavored drinks I’m planning to try.

If you’re juice cleanse-curious, check out the 1, 2, 3 and 5 day juice cleanse options on the Nekter Juice Bar website. Currently, Nekter has locations in Arizona, California, Colorado and Texas. Check out all their locations right here. If you go to the 44th Street and Indian School location, maybe I’ll see you there!

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FreshTape: a fresh alternative to bag clips

Friday, September 12, 2014

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I’m excited to introduce you to a new product I discovered this summer. It’s called FreshTape. This product was created by two moms who wanted to keep food fresh in the bag, but were not big fans of the usual bag clips (especially after a run-in with moth larva attached to other bag reclosers. ew.)

Personally, I have used clothespins to close most of my food bags and they seem to work just fine. I did find from using FreshTape that there are certain items that are perfectly suited for this reusable bag-sealing tape. My favorite was lunch meat. So many lunch meat packages are meant to be re-sealable, but they never do stay closed. I usually end up putting them inside Ziploc bags. The FreshTape worked perfectly:

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You can use FreshTape on everything from cracker bags to frozen peas, and they’re designed to be reused dozens of times. When you’re done, pop them in the recycle bin. You can buy a package of 18 for $8.99 on Amazon.

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Today’s lunch box

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

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Horizon cheddar snack crackers, strawberries, Trader Joe’s chocolate covered sea salt butterscotch caramel balls, colby jack cheese stick, Mintz’s Blintzes.

PlanetBox lunch boxes can be found on Amazon or PlanetBox.com. For more fun lunch box ideas, enter your email address in the top right corner of this page and follow me on Facebook and Pinterest.

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Today’s lunch boxes

Monday, August 25, 2014

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Lunch #1: Sourdough pretzel nuggets, strawberries, M&Ms, colby jack cheese stick, DIY ants on a log (celery sticks and peanut butter).

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Lunch #2: Sourdough pretzel nuggets, strawberries, Trader Joe’s chocolate covered sea salt butterscotch caramel balls, turkey pita pocket. http://planetbox.com/#oid=1008_1

PlanetBox lunch boxes can be found on Amazon or PlanetBox.com.

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Today’s lunch boxes

Friday, August 22, 2014

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Lunch #1: Horizon cheddar snack crackers, strawberries, M&Ms, lavosh flat bread, string cheese, celery sticks and peanut butter.

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Lunch #2: Horizon cheddar snack crackers, strawberries, dark chocolate-covered almonds, Mini Babybel cheese, celery sticks, turkey, cream cheese and spinach lavosh flat bread roll-ups.

PlanetBox lunch boxes can be found on Amazon or PlanetBox.com.

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Lunch box ideas

Thursday, August 21, 2014

8.14 lunches

Just in case you haven’t been following along on the Fun Finds For Mom Facebook page, I’ve been sharing photos of my kids’ lunch boxes since they started school last week. Follow me on Facebook for these and more fun lunch box ideas.

Order these super cool PlanetBox lunchboxes on Amazon or at PlanetBox.com.

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Peace, love and eight year olds

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

pin the peace sign

I thought I’d share a few more photos from my daughter’s birthday party this weekend. In addition to making the peace cake, we also made a “Pin the Middle on the Peace Sign” game for the kids to play. It’s always fun to come up with a new variation of Pin the Tail on the Donkey. (One year we even played Pin the Horn on the Unicorn!) Winners got a pack of origami paper.

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My son and his friend made a treasure hunt for the girls, hiding 8 clues for each girl all over the house. Their treasures at the end of the game were necklaces with “8″ charms on them.

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For dinner, we had a make your own taco/tostada bar. Everyone chowed down. So much so, that I didn’t even serve movie snacks because the kids were so stuffed from dinner and cake.

movie snack tray

But I have to show you these movie snack trays anyway. My daughter loves the kids’ snack packs you can get at the theater, so we made our own using cracker boxes, mini candy and juice pouches.

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Breakfast was a mini bagel bar, and while they munched, the girls strung Froot Loops to make their own necklaces, which they promptly ate while wearing.

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They also did plenty of swimming, giggling and chatting late into the night. All in all, a very fun way to kick off year number 8!

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Peace of cake

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

peace-cake

My daughter turned 8 this weekend! We celebrated with a sleepover birthday party. She dreamed up this chocolate, vanilla, sprinkle and rainbow-covered peace sign cake and named it “Party City!” It was made in a silicone Fred and Friends Peace of Cake mold that we bought (new in the box) at a garage sale this summer in Seattle.

The nice woman holding the garage sale also gave us two gorgeous fabric Kindle covers that she made herself, and I’ve been meaning to go to her Etsy shop to make a purchase to thank her (She wrote her name on a napkin for me at the sale). And I just did! I treated myself to a new set of much-needed fabric coasters. Her name is Jenny Bartoy and you really should go check out her stuff. And if you’re interested in that super cool cake pan, you can hope you get lucky at a garage sale like I did, or you can pick one up on Amazon!

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Protein balls healthy snack recipe

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

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Ten minutes before I left to pick up the kids from school yesterday, I thought it would be nice to have a special (and healthy) snack for them when they got home. You know — first day of school and all. I found a recipe and mixed up the ingredients for these no-bake healthy treats in about five minutes. I modified the recipe using what I had, and here’s what I ended up with:

Protein Balls (modified from this No Bake Energy Bites recipe)

Ingredients

1 cup dry oats
2/3 cup coconut flakes
1/2 cup peanut butter
1/2 cup chocolate chips
1/3 cup honey
1 tsp. vanilla extract

(You could also add flaxseed, wheat germ, chia seeds or dried fruit.)

Instructions

Stir all ingredients together in a medium bowl until thoroughly mixed. Cover and let chill in the refrigerator for half an hour.
After chilling, roll into balls with your hands. Store in an airtight container and keep refrigerated for up to a week.

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The kids loved them, and I packed some of the extras in today’s lunches.

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First day of school breakfast

Monday, August 11, 2014

waffles

And the kids are off to their first day of school! Last night I perused a few fancy back-to-school breakfasts online. We’re talking homemade muffins, loads of printables, washi tape, flags, inspirational quotes. You know — supermom stuff. I was too tired to attempt any of it, so I closed my computer and went to bed.

Then I woke up early this morning with the idea of taping a few pieces of notebook paper together to make a festive place mat. Once I did that, I thought it would be fun to write out a few questions for the kids to answer. Didn’t want the Sharpie to bleed through, so I put some colored paper underneath. What do you know — this was shaping up to be a sort of blogworthy first day of school breakfast! I remembered seeing a candle in a waffle on another blog and figured — Hey, I can do that!

As I was finishing up, the kids emerged from their rooms all dressed and ready to go, sat down, filled out their questionnaires and blew out their candles, making a wish for the new school year. I like the idea of making the candle and wish a tradition. It reminded me of setting an intention at the beginning of each yoga class. Always a good way to shift my thinking to something positive.

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If your kids are heading back to school soon, check out my article for SheKnows with a bunch of fun and easy back-to-school traditions.

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