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Litter Free Lunch Box

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A Review By Monkey

The  ‘Litter Free Lunch Box Kit is an amazing lunch box for a high school student. I took it to school and i got a few comments on the bag. They either said it was ‘cute’ or ‘colorful’.  I was really excited when i got to take it to school and use it for my lunch.(except for the part where i had to write this review:)  It kept my lunch nice and cold (without an ice pack) till lunch time. The bag itself was very easy to
carry around, and on the inside was very neat.   The containers that came with the bag were very helpful with keeping my food separated.
The water bottle was a problem solver, because I didn’t have to carry a separate item to my lunch. I enjoyed carrying around the individual bag. I will love to use it again and get some more compliments. Over all today was a good day to use the ‘litter free lunch box’.
Using the Litter Free Lunch Box for a second time, we decided to change it up a bit.  I put an ice pack in it and it did even better in keeping my food cold.  I suggest to put one in the box itself so you would keep the food inside cold. The little containers helped with the smaller sides (obviously). But if you had a salad planned for lunch you could put some dressing in one and the other one you could put tomatoes in it. For the medium sized container i would put fruit and some walnuts in it too. But hey, that’s just me! I also want to say that the lunch box is big enough to put other things in it. I put a half of a bag of Doritos in it and it still zipped up! Oh my goodness, I just love this bag!  You just can’t tell what I will have next!   Altogether the ‘Litter Free Lunch Box’  was a great product and I love having it to take lunch in.

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The Zoo Keeper’s Thoughts

Let me just say that Monkey has officially made her writing debut!  *Proud Mom moment!*  Okay, now to the lunch box!  Each of the containers inside the lunch box are both microwave and dishwasher safe.  The container itself can be washed in the washing machine!  There is extra room inside even with all of the containers and the water bottle.  Plenty of space for other packaged goodies and such.  There is also a pocket on the inside to place things such as condiment packets or silverware so it won’t get banged around everywhere.

Monkey has been taking her lunch to school for the last 3 1/2 years and I have never seen her more excited to pack and take it!  She told me that the bus driver and her friends complimented it and she was quite proud to have it.  Preparing her lunch in the containers and taking it in the box seems to be something she loves to do now, which is always great!

I used the lunchbox when I went on a take out run to keep the food warm and it did well.  The food stayed hot and we didn’t have to eat lukewarm takeout.  I love that it is so roomy without taking up a lot of space!  No worries about it leaking or the food temperature changing too much.  Fabulous!  Plus, it’s great for the environment to use these types of products!  All in all, it’s a win!  Definitely a must have for anyone who takes their lunch anywhere!

Product Info From the Company

With great colors and fun designs, everyone in your family will want to carry their lunch in our Litter Free Lunch Kit! This kit has an insulated shell, four BpA-free airtight food containers (2 small, 1 medium and 1 large) and a 15oz BpA-free bottle – everything you need to pack a fresh, healthy lunch.

Bottles are dishwasher safe. Bag can be washed in a washing machine.

2 small containers: 3.75” x 2.25” x 1-3/8” deep

Medium container: 5.25” x 3.75” x 1-3/8” deep

Large container: 5.25” x 3.75” x 2.75” deep

Bottle: 2.25” x 2.25” x 6.5”

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Originally posted 2013-11-23 00:01:23.

Uglee Pens Review

 
To help get you or someone you love ready for school, we will be giving away a set of ergonomic UGLee Pens. Product Description: The UGLee Pen is a revolutionary ergonomic pen that is designed, created and used by a real physician. This Doctor-inspired grip pen is redefining the way people view pens and writing. The UGLee Pen is good for everyone who writes (even just a grocery list), and is especially helpful to people who experience pain and discomfort when writing, for example those with arthritis, carpal tunnel syndrome, etc.,. It’s also the best writing utensil for children who are learning to write and are developing fine motor skills, as well as helpful for special-needs children who find holding a pen or pencil properly difficult. And for high-school and college students who have to take copious notes, this pen helps keep hands and fingers from cramping.

Kids Need UGLee, Too!You already know that it takes years of practice learning how to write. Did you know that it also takes years to build up the correct muscles to do so efficiently? Kids are also at risk for repetitive stress injury, in fact that can be where it starts! Because of their underdeveloped muscles, it is easy for children to accumulate small injuries early. Get your children an UGLee Pen and help prevent future hand problems!

Originally posted 2012-08-09 05:00:00.

Uglee Pen Review

My Thoughts:
The UGLee Pen truly lives up to it’s name.  It is ugly!!!  As I wrote out my rough draft for this post— yes, I do that on paper, don’t judge me!— I couldn’t help but think that the specks of silver glitter embedded in the grip of the pen just adds, in it’s own right, to making the pen live up to it’s name!  However, don’t judge a book by it’s cover and all that, UGLee pen is not designed to be pretty anyway!  It stands for Ultimate Grip Pen and it was invented by a man name Dr. Lee.
Why would someone want an UGLee pen???  Aside from the fact that it’s so ugly no one would dare steal it, there are actually some benefits.  UGLee Pen boasts that it was designed, created and is used by real physicians to help redefine the way people view pens and writing.  It is designed to help people who experience pain and discomfort when writing, like people who have arthritis, carpal tunnel, etc.   It is also a great writing utensil for Monkeys learning to write and developing fine motor skills.  They also say that it is helpful for special needs learning for those who are having issues holding a pen or pencil properly.  Last but not least, it’s good for high school and college students who have to take a lot of notes, as it is said to keep hands and fingers from cramping!  Wow, that’s a lot for one pen!!!  You want one, don’t ya!?!  
 
Pros:  

  • Soft Grip
  • Ergonomic
  • Helpful for those learning to write, having issues writing, or just plain write a lot!
  • Smooth, smooth writing flow 
  • Designed by a doctor to fit your hand in the most comfortable and helpful way possible.

Cons:

  • Plastic at top of pen feels cheaply made, though they do say that the pen is very versatile
  • A bit pricey, at $19.95 for a 3 pack, however these pens are designed to be kept and refilled.
  • Ink is a special kind that has to be bought from their company in order to refill them

I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Tomoson.com. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.

Originally posted 2012-07-06 05:00:00.

Liquid Gold Clean Screen Review

Hey Everyone!  I don’t know about your computer screen, but mine was filthy!  Was, being the operative word!  I’m always afraid to clean them.  Screens now aren’t like screens back in the day!  So different!  I never know what is good for them and what isn’t, so I just don’t clean them.  I know, horrible.  I found this product and I’m really liking it!  It states what it can be used on, so no confusion.  It’s safe for laptops, desktop computer screens, HDTV’s, etc.
Here is their product description:

Kit contains:
Spray: Formulated with Reverse Osmosis (RO) Solution state-of-the art water treatment technology. RO removes molecules of mineral deposits and impurities smaller than the water molecules themselves. RO leaves nothing behind but a crystal clear clean. 6.5 fl. oz.

Cloth: A unique synthetic suede microfiber cloth that is used to apply the RO solution. Soft & lint-free, highly absorbent and quick drying, the cloth cleans without scratching delicate surfaces.

I used it on my laptop screen for just a few seconds, using a couple more sprays than it asks for, gently wiped the screen down for a few seconds, and it looks amazing!  While the screen was still off, I could see a few streaks and it made me a little nervous, but once I turned it on the screen is gorgeous!  It looks brand new!  Honestly, kind of makes the rest of this little old laptop look sad….
Yeah, moving on…
Their website can be found here and you can also follow them on twitter here!  Their product can often be found for as low at $4.00!  It’s a 6.5 oz bottle, so you’ll not need a new one for a while!  Well, unless your house resembles an electronic store!

If you are interested in DIY cleaners, check this one out!  Super easy!

 

I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Tomoson.com. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.

Originally posted 2012-03-27 23:17:00.

Boogie Board Review

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Hey Everyone!  Have you heard of the Boogie board???  No, NOT some thing you play with on the ocean (that’s what it makes me think of!).  It’s basically an erasable clipboard!  Personally, I’m ADDICTED to my clipboard, so I’m certain having this is saving LOTS of trees!  Okay, think etch-a-sketch with a stylus!  Only you push a button, not shake, to erase!

I love this thing!  It’s really really really light, you don’t even notice a weight difference when you put it in your bag!  My only complaint was that there was no way to save your notes, but they have solved that with the new Boogie Board LCD RIP Tablet.  With it, you can save and upload your notes.  BUT, I have no idea how well it works, so if you find out, let me know!

I was given the Original Boogie Board RIP tablet and I really do love it!  The Original will run ya about $39.95 for the black one, colored ones are $41.95.  They come in black, red, orange, silver, cyan, pink, yellow, white and gold.  Personally, my fave is the orange one.  😀

One of the really cool things is that you can use the stylus OR your finger.  So, if you lose the stupid thing you don’t have to buy another stylus to continue using it.  The original has no way to attach the stylus.  🙁  It also utilizes the pressure to determine the ‘pen’ strokes.  Therefore, if you press hard you get a thicker line.  But, no need to press hard, it responds to the light pressure pretty well!

They also have accessories to go with, as we must have them, right?  LOL.  They have cases, sleeves, message board kits, sleeves, etc.  Go and check them out here and let me know what you think!  There will be a giveaway for them soon!

Originally posted 2012-03-10 18:38:00.

The Slice™ Safety Cutter Review

You into coupons or paper crafting???  I have found a very convenient little cutter!  Small, simple, sharp to cut but won’t cut your skin!  😀  (Not that we are clumsy-ya know, probably shouldn’t bother with that one! LOL)

The Slice is super convenient, sharp, and perfect for all sorts of projects!  The blade is ceramic so it will last longer than steel without dulling or rusting, it has a magnet and key ring hole (which is awesome because it won’t cut ya if you touch the blade!), and it’s comfortable for use!  (Designed for convenience to left and right handed people!)  I’m gonna go ahead and confess that before seeing this picture, I had already tried sticking my finger to it!  (Yet another reason I got banned from sharp objects for a while!)

Cutting is really easy and doesn’t take much pressure!  The slice Safety cutter is Great for couponers!  It took so much time off cutting my coupons!  I am really loving this cutter!  If you frequently cut paper, from coupons to card stock, this will quickly become a go-to cutter for you!  This week, The Slice cut my coupon cutting time into about 5 minutes!  It took longer to read the ads than to cut my coupons!!!

I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Tomoson.com. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.  

Originally posted 2011-12-16 11:35:00.

How to Free Your Mind and The #WordlessBook

Staring at a blank canvas can be scary or it can open the mind for creativity. A little children I think the creativity is so much more open because they don’t let stress and chaos Cloud there imagination over. Children and sometimes really lucky adults can tell a story without any need for thinking before they start speaking. It’s been a real long time since I could just pop off a story off the top of my head but I remember that once I could do it.

Let the little Children Come have a magnificent book with absolutely no words, aptly named The Wordless Book. It’s simply four colors to communicate the Salvation through Jesus Christ. I love that these leave so much for the imagination and there can be so many lessons taught in so many ways with simply a wordless book of meaningful colors.

 

If you have small children you probably have that piece of your imagination a little more open than some of the rest of us. I hope that you realize how fortunate you really are to have that. However, if you’re like me, you probably need a little bit of help clearing your mind of the clutter since opening up the vast imagination that is behind the Cloudy Skies. So, for both me and you, I am bringing you a list from Psychology Today.  You can read more detail of each on on the list at their link.

I must note that this post has gotten free your mind saying by the beautiful miss Paula Abdul stuck in my head so if your head is not clouded up with everything else I hope I haven’t gotten that song stuck in your head too LOL. However, I will admit I am slightly amused if it has gotten stuck by in your head too because well let’s face it it’s stuck in mine in misery loves company. LOL

Neuroscience Based Ways to Clear Your Mind by Bergland

  1. Distraction
  2. Mindfulness
  3. Suppression
  4. Substitution
  5. Meditation

I would love to hear how you free your mind!  There are plenty of ways, I typically go for distraction personally.  I’d love to hear how you are able to clear your head up. I gratefully will take any help that I can get!

What do these colors inspire in you?

I remember, as a child, how much I loved making stuff. It almost always had a meaning or a reason. My Granny’s would listen intently as I explained whatever I had made and why. As an adult, I understand why they would listen. Initially, I recognized how entertaining the little ones were and then I did the same thing they did, I learned to use the moments as a teaching tool. Whatever they explain, we can use as a lesson. I especially love when they take those and they go to others adding the new lesson to their explanation as their own.  It is both amusing and adorable.

Let the Little Children Come has yet another amazing tool to work with the babies. These Salvation Bracelets are an easy craft to make that the little ones van not only be proud of but also learn from.  These colorful little beads each represent great meaning: yellow, black, red, white and green.

 

The great thing is that teaching them at a young age what the colors represent can also be something they carry with them all of their lives. Imagine being an adult and in a really hard place, seeing some random object colored the same as the beads and being reminded at the perfect moment that God IS there and that HE loves you,  accepts you and is there for you. I could make a hundred mile list of times where I needed that reminder and to feel that great Presence.  Sometimes just knowing isn’t enough, as we let our life problems shade that knowledge, often all the way into darkness in the worst of times.

Obviously, the Sunday school lessons are many with these bracelets. However, I feel that those lessons that could be reinforced at home with them is the most valuable. One can never have too many standing opportunities to teach and remind out little children to go to God. Let the Little Children Come may be a long name for a company but it is certainly a message we will remember.

                                But Jesus said,

“Let the children come to me.

Don’t stop them!

For the Kingdom of Heaven belongs to those who are like these children.”

Matthew 19:14 NLT

Be sure and check out our Friendship Lesson for kiddos too!  So many lessons running around the Zoo!

Any tips on great lessons?  

We’d love to hear them!

10 Sure Fire Ways to Lower Stress. Anywhere.

10 Sure Fire Ways to Lower Stress. Anywhere.Sitting in an office all day, or even just part of the day, can be very taxing on one’s back. The way we sit, the repetitive motions, and so many other issues can cause that pain.   This pain will cause so many other issues, not just the nuisance of a back ache. It can also hinder your sleep, which effects your overall health and wellness. In addition, according to Psychology Today, chronic pain actually alters the how our brain works; it can cause “impaired attention, short-term memory, judgement and social skills”.  Add that up with work and life stress, and it can become overwhelming quickly.
I had heard these things and many more, as I’m sure you have, but never gave them much thought. I decided to try out Vive Lumbar Support and as SOON as I placed it behind me, I could tell a difference. Not only was my back immediately ‘happier’, my posture improved and I was immensely more comfortable! I can officially say I am convinced. If for no other reasons than the amazing feeling of being so comfortable and the relief I feel on my spine. My only disappointment is that the sturdy strap it has doesn’t fit around my big fat chair. I’m overcoming that obstacle, as all I have to do is place it where I want it and go to work, I don’t move that much while working (also a cause of back pain, lol).

If you’ve already done your back in, as I did in my very early 20’s, don’t despair. The lumbar support will actually probably benefit you more immediately than it anyone as you know exactly which are pressures from your back. I’m telling you, whether you spend one hour or 8 in any kind of chair, you want, no, NEED the Vive Lumbar Support!

Initially it takes a few minutes to get use to it being there, but once you adjust it’s comfortable.  The magic is when you stand up. Whether you’ve sat for a half hour or for a few, you’ll notice the wonderful difference when you stand!
https://www.vivehealth.com/collections/livingaids/products/shoe-hornFor those days when the pain is just too much or you just don’t want that one extra bend, you should definitely check out the Long shoe horn! It enables you to put on your shoes without bending to fix the back of your shoe.  I don’t know why this isn’t on the must have pregnancy list!  I know that myself and many of my friends would have been ecstatic to have this!  As a matter of fact, if you know a pregnant woman, buy her this.  Don’t ask, just wait  til she starts the inevitable wobble and deliver it to her before she has a chance to get her shoes on one morning.  She’ll love it!  For a measly $12.95 you can ensure the life of the heel of your shoe without having to do that painful bending, twisting and stretching. Even if you haven’t had a back injury, we all know there are days where we don’t feel like it or literally are unable to do so, and this quick and easy tool makes life a little easier!

Vive Health has so many products that help make life simpler and more bearable. They are an Accredited Business by the BBB for Medical Supplies. Even if you don’t have any health issues at the moment (which is fabulous), they have things that will make your life a little more comfortable and help to prevent so many could be ailments. In addition to the various supports and living aids, they have mobility products and even awesome insoles, which I suspect by the reviews would do much more than the ones we pick up at local mass retailers!

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Now, in homage to the Vive Health motto: Rebel Against Aging, here is a list of ways to help you do so by reducing stress, they are mostly office focused but to be honest, they can successfully be applied to reduce stress in any area of your life!  Work or not!

10 Sure Fire Ways to Reduce Stress.  Anywhere.

  • Get up every now and then and do a few exercises. This has 3 benefits: it will wake you up, burn a few calories AND you’ll help reduce the aches and pains caused by repetitive work.  You can stand by your desk and squat to get into the drawer rather than just reach down, take the long way to the bathroom or break room.
  • Let it Oout in a HEALTHY way! Talking about it after work will only bring the stress and tension back to you, talking about it to co-workers will make you look bad and can create all kinds of drama (whether immediate or down the road) but keeping it in is bad too.  Get a notebook (do NOT do it on a work computer, for crying out loud!) and write down what you are stressed about, make a note or two about how it can be improved and remind yourself that you will get through it.
  • Can you think of something worse that you have been through where you felt these same feelings? Always nice to have a reminder that this, too, shall pass!
  • In the midst of the fire, stop and take a deep breathe before you react. Nothing is going to get worse in that 3 minutes of breathing, but things could certainly get worse if your panic reaction is not the right decision.  You want to be logical, when in a panic it can take up to 20 minutes before our heartbeat slows down and we can begin to think logically.    You got this.
  • Can’t focus? I am the world’s worst about not being able to focus.  I have a hundred other things going on a perpetual to do list in my head.  I’ve learned to cope with that by starting a list on paper, if a ‘to do’ pops in my head, I write it down and get back to work.  It works wonders to get things out of my head so that I can focus on what is important.
  • Adjust your environment. Feng Shui and many other studies talk about how having a cluttered space will cause additional stress.  Who needs that?  Organize your space, find a system that works for you.  They also suggest adding a plant if possible to give your eyes a break from time to time and add an additional tension reducer.
  • If possible, play soft music in the background. Classical is fantastic for helping with concentration!
  • Know Your Weaknesses. If you know what areas are challenging for you, you can identify them and find strategies to overcome them without getting worked up about the issue.  Everyone has weaknesses, those that get familiar with those weaknesses are more likely to overcome and defeat them!
  • Don’t get involved in office gossip, drama, or whatever. Regardless of your opinion.  You are at work to work.  Not make friends OR enemies.
  • Compliment someone. Try to find some way to lift someone else up at least once a day.  Studies show that it helps us to release endorphins, therefore reducing our own stress.  Plus, everyone loves a positive environment!

How do you reduce stress?

I’d LOVE to hear them!

Please note, this post is a sponsored post. I did receive some of the above mentioned products for free in order to facilitate this review. However, my opinions are always my own and are in no way influenced.
Reference: Psychology Today, Office Jobs: A Pain in the Back? Written by Dan Buettner https://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/thrive/201205/office-jobs-pain-in-the-back

Fabulous Lunch Box by #Sacko


I had the pleasure of reviewing this fabulous lunch box and wanted to share it with you.  My absolute favorite part is the pouch on the bottom.  It’s alo insulated and can hold whatever you need it to, whether it be an extra insulated storage, or for napkins and silverware.  The only thing I do not like is that there isn’t a longer strap.  Of course, that is easily remedied.  If you are looking for a lunch box, you should check this one out!

 

These opinions are my own though I did receive this product for free in exchange for my review.