Fun Finds For Mom

Today’s lunch box

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

8.26.14 lunch

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

8.25.14 lunch 1

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

8.25.14 lunch 2

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

8.22.14 lunch

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.

tacos

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.

bagels

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.

necklaces

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

protein balls 1

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 BallsĀ (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.

protein balls 2

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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Back to School Top Picks

Monday, August 4, 2014

back to school picks

1. Hydro Flask / 2. Color Appeel Crayons / 3. U Konserve stainless steel snack containers / 4. Hanna Andersson backpack / 5. Mark-My-Time digital bookmark timer / 6. PlanetBox lunch box

Yes, it’s that time. My kids will be starting back to school next week. These days, we order most of our school supplies from a single vendor online. The binders, pencils, sketchbooks, etc. arrive on our doorstep in a single box and we don’t have to run around town trying to track down the extremely specific items on the list. I know some of you love school supply shopping, but the last time I spent days running around town trying to find the right supplies in the brutal Arizona heat, I decided online ordering was well worth the investment.

Of course it’s always fun to supplement! These are some of my favorite tried and true products, plus a few more that caught my eye.

If you’re in the market for a new water bottle, I’ve been reading rave reviews about these stainless steel leak-proof Hydro Flasks. I haven’t tried them yet, but I love their wide mouth that makes it easy to fill with ice and water from the fridge door dispenser.

My friend Carrie gave me the idea of always having jars of markers, pencils and crayons on the dining room table so the kids can get creative whenever inspiration strikes. We love these Color Appeel crayons. You just pull the string and peel off the curly outside to reveal fresh new crayon stick.

Snack containers are a must in our snack-happy family. We use these Sistema containers, but also I love the look of this stainless steel nesting set from U Konserve.

Hanna Andersson has some great-looking backpacks this year, like the floral design shown, or lots of fun striped options.

My daughter spotted this digital bookmark that keeps track of reading time at Barnes and Noble and asked if she could please have one for her upcoming birthday. She even volunteered to read in the kids area if I wanted to do a little “secret birthday shopping!” How could I resist?

Finally, you know I love our PlanetBoxes. We’re heading into year two with ours, and I am still a passionate advocate for these lunch containers. It’s so fun and easy to fill up the compartments with healthy food. And I recently discovered I could wash the cases, so now they look brand new again.

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Colorful rolling carts and storage bins

Friday, August 1, 2014

Rolling Carts

We recently stayed at my aunt’s house in Berkeley. It was such a colorful and creative home, and one of the things I loved was the bright red tool cabinet that she used for storage in the bathroom. A few days ago, a post on one of my favorite blogs, Design Mom, reminded me about the functionality and style of rolling metal carts with baskets. Think toys in the playroom, towels in the bathroom, or art supplies in the craft area.

1. Excel Tool Cart ($78, Amazon) / 2. Luxor Workstation Cart ($139, Amazon) / 3. Viper Tool Storage Cabinet ($480, Home Depot) / 4.Go-cart White Rolling Table ($100, cb2) /5. Excel Red Tool Cart ($100, Amazon) / 6.Room Essentials Metal Cart ($60, Target)

Target always has a good selection of baskets. I recently bought the fabric bins (shown below) to hand off clean laundry to the kids for them to put away. I’m still working on getting them to actually move the clothes from the baskets to their drawers, but I do love the baskets.

 

striped fabric bins

These plastic bins are another inexpensive and easy clean option.

polypropylene baskets

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