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!

Farmer’s Garden by Vlasic

 Farmer’s Garden by Vlasic premium pickles are made with farm-fresh cucumbers, more veggies, and the homemade goodness of natural herbs and spices.  Farmer’s Garden by Vlasic uses real ingredients – no artificial coloring or flavoring and no corn syrup – to deliver a great tasting pickle with authentic flavor and crunch everyone loves. Perfect for adding a bold kick to favorite foods or as a snack straight out of the jar, Farmer’s Garden by Vlasic pickles are simply delicious.

These five new varieties will be on store shelves nationwide:

  • Deli Style Halves – new flavor
  • Bread & Butter Chips – new flavor
  • Zesty Garlic Chips – a big fan-favorite in a new variety
  • Kosher Dill Halves
  • Kosher Dill Spears

They are great for adding a kick to your favorite foods or as a snack right out of the jar.  (Umm, I’m very guilty of that!).  Can I tell you how much I love these?  We got to try the dill spears and the bread and butter chips.  First of all, yummm!  Secondly, I just can’t get over how nice these jars of pickles look!  I could keep them out as a decoration (yes, they look that nice!).

Looks nice, taste great, what more could you want!  Make sure you check out Farmer’s Garden by Vlasic for your Labor Day barbecues!

TIP #5 for T-fal’s Healthy Summer Challenge – Get A Great Support System

I think to be successful at losing weight and being more healthy, you need to let people know what you are doing.  You also need to get your friends and family to buy into what you are doing.

If your friends and family know you are trying to be healthy, I have found that they are less likely to sabotage you.  Instead, they will stand behind you and be your cheerleader.  They will try and make it easier to make smart choices.  For me, my husband actually helps me find things to eat on the menu when we got out to eat.  He doesn’t bring my favorite chips (Doritos) into the house, because he knows they will tempt me.  He hasn’t complained too much about bringing in healthier foods to our house even though he can’t stand wheat bread.  (I buy him rye bread which is still healthier than white).

In my own experience, I have found that people cheering me on to making healthier decisions and losing weight has been a great motivator.  It keeps me honest and makes it less likely to cheat.  I can honestly say that I wouldn’t have been able to lose the 58 pounds I have without everyone’s support.