Wrap-N-Mat

IMG_1650Are you frustrated with your kids brown bagging their lunch and all the waste that is associated with that? There is nothing worse than seeing how many plastic baggies you go through a month when the kids are in school! (Or when you have a husband who takes their lunch every day!) That is where Wrap-N-Mat comes in.

Wrap-N-Mat Products are unique in that they are the original re-usable food wrap and placemat in one. They use a food grade plastic for our products because:

* the lining keeps more AIR OUT than fabric only- ultimately keeping the food fresher
* the lining is food safe, free of lead, phthalates, Bpa and PVC
* the lining is porous free so no food particles can get trapped in the fabric
* the lining wipes down easily after each use without having to be inverted to clean

As a mom, I love them. They are easy enough that both my kids can use them by themselves. I love that they are easy to keep clean. Most of all, they actually have boy designs! You wouldn’t think that would be a big deal, but finding non-girl things is actually a lot harder than you think! My kids also eat on their desks at school for lunch (we don’t have a cafeteria), so this helps keep the germs from their desks off their food!  I love that they come in various sizes, so that you can easily wrap a sandwich or some chips or some fruit!    I also love that they are made here in the US.

If you are trying to make taking your lunch less wasteful, definitely check out Wrap-N-Mat!

Eating Healthy With #BensBeginners!

As a busy work at home mom, I know the struggles about finding quality time together. Even harder is feeding our children a healthy meal that they will actually eat.

Did you know that studies show that when you begin preparing your meal with rice, you end up with a meal that’s better for you? I personally love Uncle Ben’s Whole Grain rice, because it tastes awesome. My kids don’t know the difference between the whole grain and the white rice, and they are eating better and not even knowing it. That is why I wanted to tell you about Uncle Ben’s newest contest.

Uncle Ben’s has launched an exciting national contest called Ben’s Beginners! By entering the contest, you could win $20,000, along with a $50,000 grant towards a cafeteria makeover for your child’s school. In addition, you will have a chance to appear on The Rachael Ray show! Uncle Ben’s is calling for parents with children ages 5-12 to submit a 2-3 minute video of you cooking a rice-based dish with your children. For more info on the contest, please check out Ben’s Beginners on Facebook!

Here are a few of my tips for getting your kids to eat healthier:

1. Give you kids choices. My kids are way more inclined to eat something when they get to choose it. However, I make sure that their two choices are both healthy things! :)

2. Have your kids help cook dinner. I also have found that if my daughter gets to help cook dinner, she also will eat it.

3. Find out what your children’s school is teaching about nutrition. For Will, my 4 year old, they learned about healthy eating. For us, it made a natural segway into eating healthier at home. He is all about eating healthy and good things and even exercising now. As much as I drill that into his head, it always sounds better if they hear it from someone else like their teachers and friends!

4. Have your kids come grocery shopping with you. My 4 year old loves to pick out fruits for us to buy. The deal always is that if I buy it, you have to eat it. This seems to work well with my little one.

5. Make sure healthy snack are within reach. I always have a fruit bowl it. I make it super easy for the kids to grab a snack

There are so many ways to eat healthier in your home. How are you having your kids eat healthier?

I wrote this blog post while participating in the SocialMoms and Uncle Ben’s blogging program, for 6,000 My SocialMoms Rewards Points. For more information on how you can participate, click here.

Ben’s Beginners ContestLet’s get kids cooking!