In a world filled with sugar and lollipops and with the childhood obesity epidemic it is more important than every to feed our kids good wholesome foods, which brings me to my son. My son David is four and very picky! We have always tried our best to feed him well, we stick to fresh ingredients and meals filled with whole grains and veggies and try to restrict eating out to only a few times a year! The older my son gets the harder it is to keep finding creative ways to introduce healthy foods to him because…well..he is just too wise to our tricky ways! So when influesnter sent me the Annie’s organic mac and cheese to try out the first person I thought of was David.
While I do cook for my family just about every night, there are some nights that are just too hectic and I have to throw something together for him while trying to keep in mind the health factor. I was sent the Annie’s microwaveable mac and cheese in the while cheddar flavor and when one of those busy nights rolled around I knew just what to feed him. While I’m easier to please I knew that the best judge would be him. I was a little nervous about this however because these microwaveable cups are comparable to the Kraft easy macs but my mind was put at ease when I read the ingredients. Organic made pasta and real cheese! Perfect!
So I served David his Annie’s Mac and cheese and instantly got his seal of approval. He literally ate the whole thing up in the matter of minutes (also letting my husband and I take a bite!) and I was impressed. It didn’t taste like how I imagined microwaveable mac and cheese would, it was creamy and didn’t taste like overly processed cheese, so it gets the moms seal of approval too.
While I will continue to make homemade wholesome meals it is nice to have another option for those lazy nights, an option that I feel less guilty about and that my pickiest of eaters loves too!
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**I was sent this product for review from Influenster.com but I was not paid for my opinion, they are my true thoughts!
As a mom on a budget I find that I have to get creative when it comes to making our home nice. It no secret that I have on obsession with mason jars. Every flee market or thrift store I visit I always seems to pick up a mason jar (or two…) so I thought, why not transform them into a lovely table scale? Best part of all the whole thing cost me under $8! Here’s how!
First I got the jars, three of them in various sizes and designs from the thrift store for a total of $2. While I love the look of them, I wanted to transform them into something a little more high end. There are many way to do this, there is paint, glitter, ribbon and so on. I went with paint. At my local home wares store I picked up two paint samples, blue and turquoise, for around a dollar each. I painted the inside of the two larger jars with each color and mixed them together for a complimentary color for the smaller jar (sorry for the color jargon, I went to art school!)
As for the flowers, I just picked up a couple of yellow and white stems from the dollar store and simply trimmed them to size. I only put them in the larger jar, we end up using the smaller jars for little trinkets we find, or a place to keep our keys. And last we had to table runner. I think our home style is ‘bringing the outside in’ heavily inspired by nature. I saw inspiration is these amazing table runners at The Pottery Barn but of course they ran for a ridiculous $70. So I figured I would just make my own and it was a lot easier than you make think. I bought a yard and a half of this lovely green fabric from the craft store for around $2 and the make it easier I didn’t even crack open my sewing machine. I used some sewing adhesive instead and only used it to hide the edges because I liked the slightly rustic look.
All that was left was to put it together and sit back and enjoy. I am constantly getting good feedback on them and my family loves them as well. Let me know down below what inexpensive perks you have made to your home! With little time and money you really can transform a space. I think I’ll attack my bedroom next….