Saving the Planet and Your Sanity with Squishy Snak Pak

I'm sure you are like me when it comes to the morning madness.  Between dogs and kids and school and breakfast and getting dressed, we always seem to be cutting it close for time.

So anything that makes our morning a slightly less manic is gold in my books.  Recently I found this cool company in Saskatchewan called Squishy Snak Pak.  This business was started by Michelle, a mom of 4 looking to for an easy, healthy, fun way to feed her family on the go.  And what an amazing idea!  Refillable food pouches.  I'm sure you've seen them in the baby food isle;  they are so handy, but pricey and so much waste.  Squishy Snak Paks are the eco- friendly way to feed your little ones on the go.  And Squishy Snak Pak was kind enough to send me one of these awesome pouches to review.

And I can honestly say I'm very impressed and dying to get a few more.

Firstly, the Pak itself has very little packaging itself and what it does have is made from recycled paper products.  Woohoo! The second thing  I loved was the adorable pattern.  Both my kids were instantly excited and fighting over who got to use it first.

I loved the simplicity and practicality of this product.  With a simple Ziploc-type closure on the bottom and an easy screw-off and choke-proof cap it was easy for my 4 yr old to manage on her own.The pouch holds 1/2 cup of what ever deliciousness you choose to fill it with.  We started with homemade apple sauce and what a hit!  Alice slurped it up in record time and wanted a second round.  I then refilled it and packed it in Stella's lunch for school.  She hardly made it into the school before pulling it out of her lunch bag.  And she managed to bring it back, complete with the lid at the end of the day!  I can't wait to try out some of the great recipes that are on the Squishy website.

Cleaning the Squishy Snak Pak is a cinch.  You can easily wash it by hand, but it totally goes in the dishwasher too!  Amazing!

Overall, the Squishy Snak Pak is a hit and a must-have for our busy homestead.  Kids love it and toddlers can feed themselves brekkie in the morning!  It's reusable, portable, BPA-free and just plain awesome! Squishy Snak Pak is made by a Canadian mom and it will definitely help us with the morning madness.

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Disclaimer: I received the Squishy Snak Pak free of charge for the purposes of this review. All views and opinions expressed are my own.
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Tip Tuesday - Seasonal Gardening

With Labour Day fast approaching and summer slowly slipping away, I thought it would be fitting to discuss seasonal gardening tips.  I have to admit, this summer I did not tend to my garden as much as I had hoped.  That being said I'm getting all geared up for my Fall planting.  I don't do too much to the gardens this time of year but here are two of my staples that I do at the end of each summer.

1.  Mums....yup...Mums - I love them!  So many gorgeous colours and they just never seem to stop blooming.  I have two cast iron urns on the front step that I like to fill will plants each Spring and Fall.  This Spring I thought I would plant my herbs in them. It was great in the Spring, but once the sweltering heat and unrelenting sunshine on the front of the house started it was all over.  I think all that's left standing is my Rosemary and Curry.  There might be a few scraggly bits of Basil and Parsley hanging on for dear life.  So this weekend I will be switching over my dried herbs to some glorious mums.  What a quick and beautiful way to welcome in the Fall by changing over your pots.  Now...just to decide on colour?  Perhaps I'll let the kids decide...what do you think?

2.  Clover.  Yes, you heard me correctly.  I plant Clover.  I try to do it twice a year, but this year being so busy with adjusting to life as a family of 4 I will only get to it once.  Why you ask?  Well, Clover is the colour sense, but also in the eco-friendly sense.   Clover requires much less water than traditional grass and is much more drought tolerant.  And an added bonus, if you let it flower it's great for the bees!  Plus it will crowd out the other unsightly weeds that we try so hard to eliminate. Clover also puts nitrogen nutrients back into the soil - bonus! So we sow it in the Spring and Fall into our lawns.  I don't have time to worry about pulling weeds or how perfect my sod looks.  But love the look and feel of Clover and so happy my kids get to see actual honey bees.  I still remember the first time I asked at a Big Box store if the sold Clover...they looked at me like I had 2 heads and the lady behind me offered me hers from her yard.  So spread the word...Be Clever...plant Clover!

Do you have any end of summer gardening musts?  What plants do you use to make the season change?

Planting love...and Clover,

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