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Tuesday, 09 September 2014 01:14

School Lunch with Kids Konserve

How do you pack your child's lunch? One of my favorite back to school must haves are containers from Kids Konserve.  Check back soon for a full review on this awesome line and how you can win in our giveaway! In the meantime, consider how our daily food intake in this country impacts our environment! Kids Konserve is helping my family produce less waste when we eat and my kids are encouraged to pack their own healthy lunches too!

Lunch Waste

 

FACTS

On average, a school-age child using a disposable lunch generates 67 pounds of lunch waste per school year (18,760 pounds of lunch waste per elementary school).

A waste-free lunch saves on average $216 per child per year (versus a disposable lunch).

The North Pacific Garbage Patch, the largest of the five gyres, is twice the size of Texas and contains about 3.5 million tons of trash

Packaging accounts for nearly 32 percent of all household waste in the U.S. Americans discard 2.5 million plastic bottles every hour.

40 billion plastic utensils are used every year in the U.S. Americans use 500 million plastic straws every day. Placed end to end, the number of disposable straws used in the U.S. in the past 4 days could reach the moon.

About 23 billion coated paper or Styrofoam coffee cups end up in landfills every year. Placed end to end, they could circle the earth 68 times.

Every year Americans throw away 100 billion plastic bags. The average American family takes home almost 1,500 plastic shopping bags a year, that's more than 4 bags a day.


Think about this for a minute...consider using a great alternative like Kids Konserve! Stay tuned for a review and giveaway!

 

Kids Conserve

Published in Healthy & Green Living

OrganWise Guys

In our home we try to do our best to teach our 4 young kids the importance of taking care of their bodies. A lot of this happens when we shop for groceries or when we make dinner together by simply explaining to the kiddos why it is that we are buying certain foods, why we avoid others or why we prepare/cook food in a particular fashion. However, I am always looking for fun, creative and interactive ways to engage them in learning about health and nutrition. That’s why I was so excited to learn about The OrganWise Guys Inc. and their In The House! kit - it's aimed at helping children form healthy habits in ways that kids love.

OrganWise Guys

The OrganWise Guys Inc. started in 1993 with a simple idea – to inspire individuals to take charge of their health by taking on personal responsibility for their choices. Helping our children form healthy habits BEFORE bad ones set in is such an important lesson to teach, especially when we consider the increasing numbers of childhood obesity! It can be hard for busy families to stay on top of making healthy choices all the time.  That's exactly why it's so essential to help our children form healthy habits early on and give them the tools so they can make healthy choices on their own.

Enter the OrganWise Guys (OWG) – super cute organ characters that love teaching young audiences about making healthy choices. Yes, we all want healthy kids and healthy families! The OWG In The House! kit features 5 of these super cute organ characters in an engaging healthy behavior tracking program that helps families like mine really work on establishing healthy goals with young children.

OWG Kit

 

The OrganWise Guys In the House! Kit includes the following:

Colorful carry case

5 fun-filled books (with healthy tracking tools)

  • Getting Started with In the House
  • Hardy Heart In the House! – Choose Low-Fat
  • Peri Stolic In the House! – Choose High-Fiber
  • The Kidney Brothers In the House! – Choose Water
  • Madame Muscle In the House! – Choose exercise

Plush OrganWise Guys (rewards for healthy behaviors)

 

When the mail carrier delivered my package for this review I made the mistake of opening it in front of my kids. Had I been more cautious I would have read the big letters on the introduction letter that read, “Please don’t open this In The House! box in front of your children.” Why? There are 5 OrganWise Guys beanies that are to be used as rewards after each week of healthy habit tracking, but these are a SECRET. Thankfully my kids didn’t see the beanies, but they knew I was hiding something cool in the brown shipping box, so they kept asking me for days "What's in the box?"

Yes, the kiddos were so excited to FINALLY see what was inside! I am not sure which picture is funnier!

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Ok, now that were calm again we read the Getting Started book and decided which OWG rule our family wanted to work on during the first week.

OWG OrganWise Guys

This involved A LOT of discussion among the kids, but finally they decided to "Choose Water" with The Kidney Brothers in The House.

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I love that kids are given enough time to really practice putting these habits in place. As a busy mom it can be so hard for me to stay on top of all the healthy reminders that I want my kids to work on, but the tracking system of  7 consecutive days is great! Once your child has completed each book they sign the last page and put the book back "In the House." Then, while they are sleeping you slip the appropriate OWG beanie into the box and then next morning (over a healthy breakfast) your child can find their own OWG beanie reward! Then you move onto your next book for the upcoming week, starting the path to establishing healthy habits with another goal.

In a home like ours where we have more than 1 child, The OrganWise Guys Inc. allows you to make copies of the tracking pages in their books. Perfect! My 8 year-old is “in the know” of the secret rewards and is encouraging her younger siblings to make healthy choices and track their progress.

We are 1/2 way through week 1 and my kids are loving it!  We have also gone to The OrganWise Guys website to learn more about healthy living.   I will make sure to post a picture of my kids seeing their 1st reward!

OrganWise Guys

Well, talking about the OrganWise Guys got my children REALLY excited about making healthy choices this week. Since they love to come up with plays and perform them for our family they decided to come up with one about making healthy lifestyle choices. Check it out!


The OrganWise Guys motto is, “We love who we live in so please take care of us!” I hope that you will take some time to learn about how they can help your children establish healthy habits for life. Some of you who follow this blog may know that I grew up in a very traditional Hispanic community and food was a big part of my life. Unfortunately, a lot of what we ate was not good for our health – Mexican food tends to be high in saturated fat, calories and unhealthy carbohydrates.  With such a high diabetes rate in our country and growing obesity rates among our country's youth, especially Hispanic children, I love that the OrganWise Guys Inc. is providing a proactive solution to these health problems!

Learn more about them at:

Website: http://www.organwiseguys.com

Pinterest: http://pinterest.com/organwise/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/OrganWiseGuys

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/TheOrganWiseGuys

 

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Published in Healthy & Green Living
Sunday, 16 September 2012 02:45

It's Time To Go To Bed! #positivismo

I have lots of great childhood memories and some of the best ones are from my time spent in México, with my abuelita. In the late evening we would sit on her patio and talk about everything, with a warm drink in our hands. My mug was always filled with warm milk and mi abueilta alternated between hot chocolate (made with milk, of course!) and café con leche. I loved listening to her childhood stories and she dished out the best advice on everything!  Our talks taught me so much about Mexican history too - despite lacking formal education, she knew so much on the topic, from experience!

Milk LogoIt’s because of these memories that I smile when my kids ask for a glass of milk at bedtime. I get nostalgic, I think about mi abuelita and our time together on her patio in México.  I know it's a little silly, but certain smells, foods and drinks can summon wonderful memories - milk does this for me!

I also know that when my kids (ages 8, 6, 4 and 1.5) have a glass of milk before bed they sleep better. It’s their signal that bedtime has arrived - they know the routine - that drinking their glass of milk is the last item of the day before they head off to bed. Those of us with children know that getting them to bed on time helps make for more awake and rested children in the morning – and who doesn’t like that? I sure do!  See, my kids are ready for bed, having their glass of milk first! I have to admit that they don't share my childhood love of warm milk - they prefer their milk icy cold!  However, my youngest child (not pictured here, he was sleeping, yay!) loves his warm milk in his bottle before bed....he doses off every time!

Kids Drinking Milk

You can tune in every night between 7-9 pm PT on Telemundo and Univision to watch the California Milk Board’s TV spot, “Ya es hora de ir a la cama.” It's a super cute reminder for parents and children that it’s time to go to bed! You can also check out the YouTube Link and find a collection of bedtime stories in Spanish and English at www.otroscuentos.com.

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Make sure to visit the Maestro del Vaso Medio Lleno” Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/ElMaestroDelVasoMedioLleno

This is part of a sponsored campaign with the California Milk Processor Board and Latina Mom Bloggers. However, all opinions expressed are my own.

Published in Healthy & Green Living
Friday, 13 August 2010 02:38

Me, A Soccer Mom?

Soccer girls

It’s almost official, I am about to become a soccer mom. I don’t have anything against soccer moms, or baseball moms, or hockey moms, etc. Many of my good friends are soccer moms – and yes, they get very excited about their kids games.

Our oldest daughter is 6-years-old and is playing on her first sports team. Honestly, she had no interest whatsoever in soccer until my husband volunteered to be the team coach. Now she asks almost everyday when they will start to practice and she puts on her cleats and black/pink soccer shoes (of course) and shows us her soccer ball “tricks.”

My husband’s siblings all played soccer, so I suppose you can say it runs in the family. As a matter of fact, they were phenomenal soccer players – although Dan didn’t quite inherit the soccer gene!  Anyway, I have joyfully avoided enrolling my kids in sports because of 1. the extra time commitment to our already hectic schedule and 2. I just don’t see myself as a sports mom type. But here I am, getting really anxious to find out my daughter’s uniform color so I can get matching hair bows for the whole team and so I can buy some team spirit stuff. I always laughed at the vehicles in the school parking lot painted in team colors to cheer the kids on game days – now, it doesn’t seem so crazy.  

I am looking forward to what our first season in kids sports involves and how we react to it around our home…my daughter is looking forward to seeing her friends at games and has already told her team coach – her dad – that there is no way she can take the ball away from a friend who is on another team.   I’ll keep you posted throughout the season.

Published in Family & Culture
Sunday, 11 April 2010 05:41

Go Outside And Play

Kids PlayingOne of my favorite memories of growing up was walking with my sister over to the neighboring city block to visit friends.  I also enjoyed walking to the grocery store with my sister and friends.  I remember being allowed to do these things from the time I was about 8 or 9 years old….my sister would have been about 7.  I am sure that many of us would never allow our kids to do the same today!

This got me thinking, I live in a city that is constantly ranked as one of the safest in the United States, yet I don’t see many children who actually play outside in their neighborhoods.  Why? Is it because parents are overprotective? Has the media’s constant stream of bad news transferred into fear for parents? I’m not really sure what it is, but I do miss the sight of neighborhood children playing outside.

My parents no longer live in the neighborhood that gave me fond memories of playing outside until nighttime arrived.  On a recent trip to Chicago I drove around this old neighborhood and the good memories came back; but the neighborhood had changed.  My grammar school principal told me how gang and drug activity had increased.  The neighborhood park is known to be a hang out spot for a local gang.  So, as much as I believe in outside play, I thought about the children who live in unsafe neighborhoods.  It doesn’t seem smart to encourage them to play outside, does it?

Mike Lanza calls himself the Chief Play Officer at Playborhood.com, a site dedicated to bringing back unstructured outside play to the lives of children. Visit this site to see what other parents and caregivers are saying about outside free playtime – what do you think?

Published in Family & Culture