Fit Box June 2017 Unboxing 

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I don’t know about you, but I can always use a bit of extra motivation when it comes to eating healthier (especially snacks); and there are so many products on the market.  Fit Snack Box Provides a monthly subscription experience of healthy conscious foods, innovative snacks, and fitness tips to support your active lifestyle.  I really love the wide variety of products you get to discover every month.  Trying and finding new “healthy” snacks that my children actually like is a challenge – but having them delivered to your door in a box has made it fun for my children.  It also gave me new ideas for work and school snacks.

Sisters Anita and Rose Muniz are the duo behind Fit Snack. They realized that taking the leap to live a healthier life is not always easy.  The grocery store is lined with high sugar, over processed foods, not everyone has access to Sprouts or Whole Foods and it’s really hard to know what new healthy snacks you will like without tasting them. The Fit Snack duo decided that they would curate an assorted box every month and on top of that, include at home workouts and bonuses like free music downloads. 

Each Fit Snack Box comes with 7-10 full-size and deluxe sample items, plus free workout and recipe cards.  This is a $32+ in guaranteed value.

When selecting products to include in the box, they use the Fit Snack “Perfect 10″.  Put simply, they look for snacks that fall into one or more of these categories: Nutrient Dense (high in protein, complex carbs, low sugar index), Consciously Made (GMO free, organic production, sustainably farmed), and Diversified Energy (gluten free, clean eating, paleo, raw).

Fit Snack offers several different subscription plans including 1-month, 3-month, 6-month, and annual subscription options. Monthly box prices start at $15.00 (+ $5 S/H) and provide double that value within each box.

This box is a great monthly reminder to eat healthy, and best of all — it’s delivered right to your door.  Try it out yourself and order your own!

This is what I received in my box this month.

 

Ellyndale Naturals Southwestern Barbeque Q Cup

This was my favorite in the box.  It’s made with a mix of organic quinoa, black beans, organic sweet corn, red bell peppers, and mesquite BBQ seasonings. Just add water, pop in the microwave for 60 seconds, let sit for 5 minutes, and enjoy.  I think I will buy more and bring it to work!

Amsety Bars in Dark Chocolate

Amsety Bar is the first nutrition bar to help support liver health. It’s made with organic, non-GMO ingredients and contains no refined sugar, sodium, or gluten. It’s also dairy-free and vegan-friendly. Two dark chocolate flavored bars were included.  I loved eating these for breakfast.  🙂

Fawen Drinkable Soup

A ready-to-drink soup made with gently cooked whole, organic vegetables and blended smooth with coconut milk. One bottle contains more than a full serving of vegetables with no added sweeteners or artificial preservatives. It’s gluten-free, non-GMO, and vegan-friendly.  I tried a different flavor in last month’s box… I really didn’t care for this flavor.

Nutiva Organic Hazelnut Spread in Classic

Organic hazelnut spread made with all natural, non-GMO ingredients. This contains 40% less sugar than the leading brand and is both vegan-friendly and gluten free. Thanks to the inclusion of flaxseed and chia seeds, the spread also has 450mg of plant-based omega-3 per serving.  This was so yummy… even my loved it!

Swish 4 Energy Mouth Rinse

This unique mouth rinse freshens your breath, enhances alertness, cools your mouth, and helps you maintain endurance all in one 30-second swish.  I loved the taste!

Rise Buddy Rice Snacks

A healthier alternative to regular potato chips, these Rise Buddy snacks are made with brown rice and are baked, not fried. They’re also gluten-free and contain no trans fats.  I liked this flavor,  and do did the girls!

MR Supps Whey Isolate

I received 2 packets of vanilla flavored whey isolate protein powder in this box. Each packet contains a whopping 24 grams of protein.  I love adding these to my breakfast smoothies.


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Create your own virtual aquarium with virtual pets – product review

Disclaimer: Pai Technology provided us with products to review. This is not a sponsored post and our views are always our own.

We got to the pleasure of reviewing a really fun product, called Ocean Pets.  Ocean Pets pairs augmented reality with creativity to turn every space into your own virtual aquarium. Use the special putty and ocean templates to create our own ocean pets. Then, scan your Ocean Pet creations, and see them come to life. Care for your Ocean Pets and learn facts about the ocean and its inhabitants.

Ocean Pets comes in a nicely designed compact box with 8 silicon fish-shaped molds (numbered 1-8 to scan into the app), a crafting tool, and brightly colored air drying clay!

The air drying clay comes sealed to prevent drying out. Once opened and in use, the lovely plastic containers close nice and tight to keep the clay from drying out. When you run out of the clay provided in the kit, you can top-up the pots with more air drying clay.  We found more and the dollar store 🙂

Create

My children had so much fun making colorful sea creatures out of the clay.  I really loved that the clay wasn’t messy or sticky.  Air drying clay is a fantastic medium for children to play with.  My girls really enjoyed blending the colors, and making marbled effects with the clay.  They also decided to let their sea creatures dry out, and played with their new fish that way.

Review of Ocean Pets – create your own virtual aquarium #oceanpets

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Scan and Explore

Once you’ve completed the fish you need to scan it into the app. Go to the app, select the number that matches your mold and scan your fish. We found holding the device at an angle works really well.

Once scanned, kids can name and care for their pets as they build out their unique underwater aquarium, all while learning facts about the ocean and its inhabitants. The more your child takes care of their ocean pet, the more special game features will be unlocked.  They can also take photos or record 10-second videos of their fish swimming in the aquarium. There’s also voice recording capabilities built into the app. Once they are happy with their aquarium, kids can use it as a picture frame or take a selfie with them in the fish tank!

 

We think Ocean Pets is a brilliant craft kit and app for kids from ages 3+ and up.  Pai Technology has done a great job with the AR (augmented reality) technology

Bring the spa home with Mrs. Meyers Clean Day Basil Liquid Hand Soap & Lotion

“The best tip we have for Hand Lotion is simply this– use it!  Hands spend so much of the day hard at work: typing,  driving,  cooking,  leading little ones across the street.   Give them the break they deserve with this moisturizing formula.”

I couldn’t have said it better myself! This was the quote on the lotion bottle of Mrs. Meyer’s Clean Day Hand Lotion. I know as a single mom I can become do stess doing the simplest of everyday chores… and my hands and mind take a beating!!

Mrs. Meyer’s Clean Day has come up with a fabulous new scent to help just that; Basil – it is said that basil can help revive the senses, clear the head, and calm the nerves!.. Just what this mom needs!

The Basil Collection, like all of the Mrs. Meyer’s Clean Day lines, uses only plant derived ingredients and essential oils. There are no harmful bleaches, ammonias, petroleum distillates, parabens, phosphates, or phthalates.

Mrs. Meyer’s Clean Day Liquid Hand Soap contains a special recipe of aloe vera gel, olive oil and a unique blend of natural essential oils to create a hard working, non-drying, yet softening cleaner for busy hands.

The lotion contains a special recipe of shea butter, almond oil, aloe vera, and a unique blend of natural essential oils that leaves the hands super soft and moisturized.

The smells lasts a really long time… which is awesome because it really does help relax me. It’s like a personal spa in a bottle!

I can’t wait for you all to try it.

This post was sponsored by Mrs. Meyer’s Clean Day as part of a new product sampling activation for Crowdtap. I received complimentary products to facilitate my review. All review comments are entirely my own.

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My Book Review of “Good Night, Baby Animals You’ve Had a Busy Day”

Reading is something my family enjoys doing.  It gives us quality time together as a family, and helps us wind down at the ends of the day.  We are always looking for new books to add to our library!  Wee are so excited to share with you this new book that we recently added called Good Night, Baby Animals You’ve Had a Busy Day by Karen Winnick

We absolutely LOVE IT!

If yoy have children that are animal lovers like mine, you will fall in love with this charming book.  It is filled with six stories of adventurous animals who end up snuggled in for the night.

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Synopsis:  

Meet six wild baby animals in this read-aloud storybook collection.  Playful tigers, elephants, giraffes, rhinoceroses, pandas, and gorillas love to explore their natural habitats.  But when the dashing,  splashing, munching, and crunching are done, it’s time for sleep.  After all, every baby animal needs to rest!

With its depiction of true-to-life animal behavior, this treasury of original stories is perfect for sharing with any toddler who is (almost) ready to say goodnight.

Buy on Amazon here: Good Night, Baby Animals You’ve Had a Busy Day

My Book Review:

My favorite thing about Good Night, Baby Animals You’ve Had a Busy Day by Karen Winnick is the use of onomatopoeia; which is the formation of words from a sound associated with the name (eg, crunch, splash, munch).  The sing – song melodic cadence coupled with action words kept my daughters very entertained the whole time I read the book.  Infact, they never let me read just one, it has to be ALL six! … Yes,  it is that good!

The illustrations by Laura Watkins, are absolutely gorgeous!  Her soft beautiful animals coupled with the sweetness of the story will keep your child engaged and relaxed.

If your toddler is as wild as mine, they will related to this book.   All the animals have  an adventurous day, then snuggle in for the night with their mama.

At the end of the book there are interesting facts about the animal featured in the book.  I overheard my oldest daughter Allie,  sharing her new learned facts with her friends at daycare.

Kids Book Review:

Allie (5 years old):  She loved the baby tigers.   She loved the fact that they played and snuggled with mom.   She loved the fact that they drink milk before they eat meat.

Cora (4 years old):  She loved baby giraffe.   She thought he was so cute.   I think she liked that he ” just wasn’t talk enough”.

Review of etsy shop HeartNSoulbyUS

I recently won a twitter RT competition from HeartNSoulbyUS, an etsy store. My family loved the products so much, we wanted to write a review.

My girls favorite item from the giveaway were the bath bombs.  We received a lavender one which was great for relaxing and calming the kids down before bed.  They loved how the bath bomb fizzed and created color in the bath.  It was a huge hit.

We took a look at the etsy shop,  and here are a few of our favorite bath bombs.

The girls picked this one as a favorire because it reminds them of Rainbow Dash!!  It is so colorful and fun.

My girls love shopkins, so this was a favorite when they saw these.

Who doesn’t love a suprise!? .. Just pop these in your kids bath… and tadda it fizzes into a NEW bath toy!  Suprise!!!!

One of my personal favorites from the giveaway was the sugar scrub.  I loved it because it exfoliates your skin gently, while moisturizing it with oils.  My skin was smiling after I used this product.

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