Friday, April 18, 2014

Now, Everyone Can Afford Organic!

I have loved the idea of eating more organic, even before I visited the first Wild Oats store to hit Nebraska many years ago.  And while the Wild Oats franchise has changed somewhat since those days, my desire to feed my family better -- and while keeping within my budget -- hasn't.

I'm so excited to announce that the Wild Oats brand is hitting Walmart store shelves as an affordable option for families who want to introduce organics into their diet, or who already buy organic but want to save some major money.

How much can you save with Walmart's new organics offerings?  A significant amount.

Take, for example, a 6 oz. can of organic tomato paste.  You can expect to pay around $.98 for this at other stores and under other brand names.  The Walmart price, however, is just $.58 -- or a difference of 41% in price!  This is just one example of an item that we use in our household and that we are excited to switch over to certified organic (now that it's almost the same price as conventional tomato paste.)  Other items to be sold include pasta sauce, salsa, spices, applesauce, skillet meals, and more!

And if organic isn't the only factor that you consider when buying food, you'll be pleased to know that, in addition to being USDA-certified organic, Wild Oats lists 125 “no-nos” that it refuses to include in its products—things like artificial sweeteners, artificial preservatives, hydrogenated fats and more.

Learn more about all the things offered by the Wild Oats brand at their website! (And be sure to look for the products in the line being placed on Walmart store shelves over the next few months.)  You can also learn more about Walmart's role in bringing affordable organics to shoppers at their website.  Items are starting to be available for sale online, as well!

As a participant in the Walmart Moms Program, I've received compensation for my time and efforts in creating this post. All thoughts and opinions are my own. Affiliate links may have been used.

Celebrate the Loomy Awards and Enter to Win a Loom Boom!

You've heard of the Emmy's, Grammy's, and Oscars, but what about the Loomy's?

The makers of the Original Loom Boom, a very cool new organizational product for all of those rubber band loom bracelets your kids wear -- and leave all over the house -- have sponsored a new award called The Loomy Awards.  Entrants simply enter their best creation to the contest in one of several categories.  Winners will receive one of (3) $250 gift cards, and a grand prize winner will get a $500 gift card!  You can get started submitting your creation at the contest page.  Winners will be announced via a live web show at a later date.

If you're not familiar with the Loom Boom, the clever little gadget lets you store, display, and transport up to 40 creations in any order you please!  (Giving you another way to get creative with your creations!)  I love that they come in a number of colors (suitable for boys and girls), as well as they are made in the USA!

We are having our own giveaway here on the blog, and you can win a Loom Boom for your family!

Wanna Win? To be entered to win, just comment on how you store your bracelets currently.  You have until April 30th at 11:59 pm CST to get your entries in. One entry per person.  Open to U.S. residents ages 18+.

*Sample Loom Boom received. Opinions are 100% my own.

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Review of Stacy's Pretzel Thins

My kids like to eat pretzels, and I admit to choosing them over chips when I want a salty snack.  While most pretzels can be dry or bland, the Stacy's Pretzel Thins I tried recently had great texture and flavor.  I really couldn't stop eating them!

The Pretzel Thins came in 2 flavors: Simply Naked and Honey Dijon.  To be honest, I'm not a honey mustard fan, but even with them not being my favorite flavor, they were something I could eat.  I really liked that I could eat handful of these, felt really satisfied when I was done, and wasn't stuffing myself with a greasy, fatty snack.

If you like pretzels, I really recommend giving these a try.  They are so much more crispy and salty than most pretzels!  (And you can pair them with cheese or dips.) Find them at your grocer, where Stacy's Pita Chips are sold!

*Samples received to review.  Opinions are 100% my own.

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Our Plan for Summer School -- and 20% Savings from AOP!

So many homeschool moms I know are gearing up for the end of their school year.  Since we have had a new baby in our home at least every 3 years, however, we seem to always be playing "catch-up" through the summer.  Whether you are schooling year-round to keep your little minds sharp, or you need the extra time to get through your studies, you won't be alone!

If you're looking for a way to save money on this summer's studies -- and get shopping for next year -- now is the time to save big from AOP Homeschooling's wide variety of resources.  This will be our first time using the LIFEPAC studies (something we will share via reviews on our blog in the coming months), and these are included in the 20% off sale.

The savings lasts until the end of April, and the website is very good at helping you choose the platform that works best with your style of teaching (online, software, or books).  We used the tools to help us decide that we will be using LIFEPAC with three courses this year!

When do you usually shop for the following homeschool year? Would you shop early if you could save?

*Sample curriculum has been received to review.  Opinions on them are 100% our own.