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Stainless Kitchen

Tavva Kitchen is a great company that creates stainless steel kitchen products. The brand cares about creating practical and innovative products that are very earth friendly. As a company, Tavva’s goals are to reduce the reliance on single-use plastic. Their products are perfect to replace plastic containers in your kitchen.

Their containers are super safe. They are non-toxic and free of BPA, BPS, and phthalates. These are just some of the ingredients in plastic that are harmful to our bodies, environments, and life’s. Kicking these ingredients out of our home is super easy with these Tavva Kitchen alternatives.

The stainless steel containers are completely leak proof. The steel container along side the silicone lid creates a perfect, sealed closure. When the lid is on the container properly there is such a nice seal, I never have to worry that it will leak when it’s in the lunchbox.

Another perk of these Tavva Kitchen containers is that they are completely dishwasher safe. I pretty much put everything in the dishwasher (sometimes even if it’s not supposed to be), so having these be dishwasher safe is a lifesaver. It’s great to not need to worry about the silicone or steel get damaged because it is being washed in the dishwasher.

One of my favorite features of these stainless steel containers is that they are light weight. Bringing them when we pack lunches is much more handy than packing glass containers. They make our lunchbox significantly lighter.

I also love that the containers are safer than glass. By this I mean that I don’t have to worry about them falling on the ground and breaking. We pack our lunches very often and we sit at picnic tables, on the ground, and sometimes in the back of our van, having containers that cannot break is so great. Three boys eating lunch on the go is not calm in any sense, so this is just something that I don’t need to monitor anymore.

These containers are basically indestructible. The strong stainless steel that makes up the container is tough to destroy; much tougher than glass. With three boys in the house, these containers are just perfect. Not only is the steel strong, but the silicone is really strong too. It can’t be broken and is hard to be torn.

These Tavva Kitchen stainless steel containers are just perfect for our kitchen. Having three boys in our home means that things break very easily and quickly. The stainless steel and silicone are basically indestructible, and that’s just what we need. The containers are light weight, nesting, stacking, and leak proof. Such great characteristics for storage containers.

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Summer Eats and Summer Treats

Everybody loves summer.

The sun.

The pool.


Going on walks.

And eating popsicles.

Known for their housewears, Zoku creates innovative, easy-to-use, well-designed products. Many of their products are full of bright, fun colors that will add a little bit of sunshine to anyones kitchen (one of my favorite aspects of their products!).

Zoku offers an array of kitchen products including: Quick Pop Makers, Ice ball molds, Slush & Shake Maker, Iced Coffee Maker, Ice Cream Makers, Pop & Ice Molds, Travel Tumblers as well as recipe books. Check out these reviews that some mama’s at MamatheFox have written about Zoku products:

Zoku Quick Pop Maker Review

Zoku Ice Cream Maker Review

Zoku Tumbler & Dino Pop Mold Review

Zoku The Art of Slush Recipe Book and Slush & Shake Maker

Check out these great products that will help make your summer easier and your kid’s summer more yummy! I best make sure that I have a well-working freezer then as if it’s broken, then all of our hard work in making slush and ice cream would have been for nothing. I’m sure that someone similar to Ryan’s Appliance Repair will be able to quickly resolve any problems that we have (fingers crossed we don’t) so that we can enjoy summer with our favorite cold food and beverages. All the products below are popsicle molds and can be filled with: juice, yogurt, pudding, smoothies, chocolate, or a recipe of your own. For recipe ideas check out the Zoku blog.

Mod Pops

These pop molds are great for children or adults. I love the color – orange is my favorite.

My favorite aspect of these molds is the shape of the base. The outer orange base is a rectangular shape which makes it easy to store and easy to keep in the freezer. It’s perfect to keep it along the side or push it against the back; there’s no awkward shape that you have to deal with.

My two year old son loves having these popsicles at any time of the day. We used the Zoku recipe for a yogurt based pop. It was super easy and my son even got in on the fun (see the photo below). Some days we even eat the popsicles for breakfast because they are healthy! With his older brother at sleep away camp, the popsicles have been keeping him happy. Although, he can’t wait for his brother to come back next week!

See the recipe here.

Classic Pop Molds

The main difference between the Mod Pop and Classic Pop, is the shape of the popsicle and the shape of the mold.

These Classic Pop are true to their name – the classic shape of a popsicle, rounded top and all.

The shape of the bright green mold is a little less conducive for an organized freezer; but can be kept out of the way if need be.

Making these pops is super easy.

Follow these simple steps for the perfect popsicle!

1. Pour chilled juice into the removable molds up to the fill line
2. Insert sticks
3. Freeze filled molds for 6+ hours
4. Pull out pop in mold & rinse under hot water for 30-60 seconds
5. Pull removable mold from frozen pop

Mini Pop Molds

The Mimi Pop Molds are different than the other Zoku pop molds because the pops are formed in silicone rather than plastic.

I love these pops for my eight month old baby. They are the perfect size for him – he just recently started eating solid food. I blended two frozen bananas with breast milk to create these pops that he absolutely loves.

These pops are the perfect portion for my eight month old. They are easy to hold and very easy to remove from the mold. Simply push up on the bottom of an individual pop then pull the stick up and out of the mold. There is no rinsing required like the Mod Pops and Classic Pops.

Summer Pops

These Summer Pops are great for making homemade Go-Gurt-like snacks.

Made from silicone, they freeze easily and do not stick to the edges/sides. While your child eats they push up from the bottom, causing the food to slowly (or quickly!) rise to the top. Because of the need to push up on these pops I would recommend these for older children. My two year old son had a hard time coordinating the push motion with eating. I think a three year old could probably handle these pops, but for sure a four year could.

These pops come with a convenient tray that is perfect to use while filling them up and then freezing them. Also included is the lids that very easily snap onto the top of the pops. The lids create an air tight seal and make traveling and on-the-go eating easy.

I love having these pops on hand because we really try to limit sugar in our house. Most store bought popsicles are full of sugar [and other additives] that I don’t want my kids eating. These pop molds really allow you to be creative. Giving your child the nutrients they need with food that tastes good is super easy with these Zoku pops.

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The Zoku frozen dessert products are super fun to have in any kitchen. Whether you have kids or not, these bright colored ice pop molds are sure to bring out the fun in everyone. No matter the age, everybody could use a popsicle now and again; let Zoku help with their wide variety of ice pop molds.

Use and Re-use

Kids love snacks, am I right?!

My two year old asks for a snack about 37 times a day.


It is super vital, in our home, to have prepared snacks, ready to grab, at all times.

That’s why I’m loving WeeSprout and the re-usable food pouches they make. Keep reading to hear all about them and other products they offer.



WeeSprout is a family owned company that was created to keep our kids and planet healthy.

Using these reusable pouches means you’re using less waste – keeping the environment a little more clean. The WeeSprout products and packaging are made from recyclable materials; they truly use ‘green’ in every aspect of their business.


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The WeeSprout divided plates are the perfect addition to our home. I love using these plates for our two year old.

BPA, PVC, lead, and phthalate free. These are all materials we don’t want in the products we’re using; especially when eating off them.

Made of 100% food grade silicone, these FDA/LFGB certified plates are perfectly safe for children.

These plates come in a variety of bright, fun colors; all available in packs of three. I love bright colors, and our house is full of them, so these plates are the perfect addition to our kitchen!

The plates are so easy to clean, and can even go into the dishwasher. Not only that, but the plates are perfectly safe to in the microwave too!

I love that the plates nest together. Storage space is minimal because of how well they sit together; which is very important in our little house. Because of how well they stack they can stay super organized – this mama loves that feature!


Preparing healthy food just got a lot easier with these reusable food pouches. These pouches are not only reducing waste because of the reusable factor, but they are saving you money and giving you the option to give your child exactly what you want them to eat. We all want our kids to eat healthy, right? So these pouches truly allow you to be creative and fill them up with true, raw, natural ingredients.

WeeSprout makes it easy to fill the pouches with applesauce, smoothies, yogurt, baby food, fruit and/or veggie purees. Filling and cleaning the pouches is easy because of the extra wide zipper opening. I would recommend using a funnel to fill the pouches. I have found that it’s much easier and less messy doing it this way.

The bottom of the pouch has two zippers that close easily and are super strong. We haven’t had any leaking problems with these pouches. The duel zippers really do keep leaks at bay. We all know that this is a huge positive when giving kids food. Last thing we want is to find some fruit puree on the floor or in the car seat.

The rounded corners on the top of the pouches means there is no corners for food to get trapped in. When cleaning, water flows easily through the zipper opening and down out the spout – easy peezy! It is recommended that before putting the pouches on the top rack of the dishwasher you rinse them.

My favorite aspect of the pouches is that I can freeze them. This makes my life so much easier; it saves me a ton of time too! When filling my pouches I make a large batch of whatever I’m filling it with, and then freeze the extra pouches. Seriously such a lifesaver.

When thawing a pouch I recommend using the same method you would when warming up a baby bottle. Fill a bowl, cup, or container with hot water and place the pouch in the water until thawed. Warm the water in the microwave if needed. You can also hold the pouch under warm water until thawed to your desire.

These food pouches are perfect for children of all ages. There are three sizes of pouches offered: 3.4oz, 5oz, and 7oz. We have the 3.4oz. and 5oz. pouches and they are great for our two year old; I think the 7oz. would be too much for him.


The WeeSprout products are the perfect addition to your home. These reusable, eco-friendly products are easy to clean and make being in the kitchen with children more tolerable. The fun colors will bring your home brightness and the products are easy to stack and store.

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Get Silly with Silikids

It seems like the world is depleting quickly, am I right?

“Going green” seems to be the new catch phrase for people these days; and for good reason. I think we have a responsibility to take care of our planet.

Not only is taking care of our planet important, but taking care of our bodies is important too.

That’s why our family is starting to transition away from plastic and over to silicone.

Well, that’s where Silikids comes into play.

Silikids was founded in 2006 and offers alternatives to plastic tableware found in our homes. Their products are safe, modern, and made completely from silicone.

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Silicone is:

Safe. Silicone is primarily made up of silicon. Silicon is a natural element that is found in sand and rock. When silicon is combined with oxygen, carbon, and hydrogen, it’s transformed into silicone. Silicone is inert – lacking the ability or strength to move – so it doesn’t react with food or liquid. Silicone is hypo-allergenic and does not promote bacteria or fungus growth.

Non-toxic. Silicone is BPA free and does not contain toxic chemicals like bisphenol-A, lead, PVC and phthalates.

Durable. The durability of silicone means that you will really not have to worry about disposable for a long time. The long lasting silicone takes away from the waste that you would otherwise create. You can also recycle silicone. Send your Silikids products back to them and they’ll recycle them for you!

Universal Tops

These tops are super great. Just like the name says – they’re universal. These tops fit on any cup, regardless of size. The beauty of these tops is that they turn any cup into a children’s cup in just seconds. Seriously so cool!

Two options are available for these tops – sippy top or straw top. Both of these options are great for children of any age. Not only are these tops good for the environment, they are a great money saver. Having cups in the house already means you only need these toppers. No extra kids cups sitting around the house taking up unwanted space.

Although the universal tops are made to fit any size cup, I would recommend using the tops on smaller sized cups. I had a few experiences with the toppers where some of the cups I used were just a little too big. Better be safe than sorry and use a smaller rimmed cup! But even better, invest in the Silikids silicone cups. These cups are perfect for kids, won’t break, and make the switch over from plastic complete.

*Note that the photo above is showing a sippy top. The cup in the photo is not a Silikids cup.

Reusable Silicone Straw

These silicone straws are great for children and adults. Six packs and three packs are available and come in different lengths, for different cup heights.

The straws are perfect for little teeth and especially great for teething kiddos. The softness of the straws are great for soothing gums; any baby will enjoy that! That being said, these straws are also a fabulous alternative for adults with sensitive teeth or sore gums! In some cases, these sore gums may be a canker sore lurking inside the cheek, luckily treatment such as Luminance RED is available to help alleviate that soreness, however, if it is their gums, the appropriate treatment is a must. A friend of mine has recently had to undergo treatment for periodontitis (also known as gum disease) so I will definitely be recommending these silicone straws to her. Which reminds me, my friend told me that if you are considering treatment for periodontitis Sydney is home to some fantastic dental professionals that can provide the advice and support you need to get your smile looking back to its best. Just be sure to reach out to a few different dentists to find the best treatment plan for your needs.

Reusable Snack Bags

These reusable bags are the perfect replacement to disposable bags. Use them over and over again and don’t feel like you’re hurting the environment; because you’re not!

If you’re like me, it’s really easy grab a ziplock bag and fill it with snacks for the kids or food for hubbies lunch. But now that I have these reusable bags I love grabbing one and filling it with goodies, I feel better that I’m not waisting anything.

The bags are super easy to open and close. The simple closure on the bag pops into the hole and is easier use than a zipper. Due to the way this bag closes, there is not a complete seal. I would recommend not putting food into the bag that should be sealed shut in order to stay fresh. We mostly use the bag for fruit, veggies, and nuts.

You can even write on the bag with a washable marker or a pen, it wipes off very easily. Writing on the bag allows you to know what’s in it without opening it up. You can write your name on the bag so no one eats your food, or write a note on the bag for your hubby or kiddo!

The bottom of the bag is gusseted, which allows the to stand up on its own. This is perfect for snacking and makes filling the bag super convenient.

Silikids is a great way to transition your family away from plastic. The silicone products are super safe and perfect for children, and adults too.

I love the straws and that you can use them for not only the Silikids products but other drink containers as well.

The products are durable and the fun, bright colors are sure to bring some sunshine into your home.

The best part though?

They can be washed in the dishwasher.


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No Mess Here

Hey mamas!

If you have kids you know one thing’s for sure – they’re messy! Whether it’s eating, playing or crafting; pretty much anything kids do has the potential of being messy.

So.. with that being said, let me introduce you to Messmatz.

These are seriously the perfect product for kids (well lets face it, this product is really for parents) of all ages.



PlaSmart is a toy distributer that seeks out interesting, one-of-a-kind toys that are smart, simple, and fun. They focus on these toys and stay away from toys that are difficult to understand and/or operate. This company chooses to discover toys that occupy, entertain, and educate kids. “The company focuses on toys that develop motor and dexterity skills, balance, creative and imaginative play, hand-eye coordination, problem-solving skills and, of course, entertainment.” PlaSmart products can be found in over 60 countries on five continents.


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Keep the mess off the floor, protect the table from paint, and keep sticky things off the carpet with these amazing mats.

The Messmatz are made with non-toxic, food grade silicone; so its completely safe. The mat is flexible and has raised edges to keep spills and messes confined. It’s seriously perfect – why haven’t more people thought of this?!!

I love how large the mat is. I was expecting it to be the size of a placemat, but it is much larger. At 24 x 18 inches, this mat covers all the space you need it to. It gives ample room to not only eat off of, but to craft off of. It’s large enough to lay out all your materials and yet still have enough room to get your work done.



The other night my son and I had a “picnic” on the floor in the living room and I pulled the Messmatz out. I laid it on the floor and put this plate and cup on it. I was seriously perfect! It kept the mess on the mat and off the floor – exactly what I wanted!!


Something that every parent wants to hear is that a product is easy to clean and easy to store; Messmatz meet those standards too. The silicone allows for very easy clean up – just wipe it down with a wet rag. The mat also rolls up however loose or tight you want. Wrap a rubber band around it and store it away when not in use.


The mat has endless uses. As previously mentioned, it’s perfect for kids. But it can also (very easily) be used for adults too! Here are just some of the uses I’ve thought of::



play dough


jewelry making




Seriously, Messmatz are the prefect product for any family with or without kids! Use it for a multitude of purposes, I guarantee you won’t regret it.


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I have always said that babies are never ending research projects. I am always doing my research on what are the safest products for my daughter. My daughter started eating solids and drinking from a sippy cup at 6 months old and that’s when I really started doing my research on the plastic products that touch my daughters food.

There are so many chemicals in plastic such as BPA and Phthalates. It is so important to me to keep these chemicals away from my daughter. That’s when I started to look into Silicone products. Silicone DOES NOT contain toxic chemicals like bisphenol-A, lead, PVC and phthalates. Silicon is a natural element found in sand and rock. Silicon is transformed into silicone when combined with oxygen, carbon and hydrogen. Silicone is non-toxic, hypo-allergenic and does not promote bacteria or fungus growth. Silicone is so durable it will with stand the test of everyday use. I was surprised to find that Silicone is recyclable. Although you can not throw it in with your city recycling, there are many specialty recycling factories. Send your products back to Silikids and they will recycle it for you. How amazing is that!!! Read all about Silicone on Silikids Silicone 101 page.

Silikids started in 2006 and was the first brand focused on tableware products made entirely of silicone. Not only were they able to offer a alternative to plastic products, they have created some of the most innovative tableware that I have ever seen. While keeping our children safe with a non-toxic materials they make meal time and clean up a simple task.

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I absolutely love these silicone cups. As my daughter gets older she loves to be a big kid and often refuses a sippy cup and wants a regular cup. I was completely unprepared for this and only had glass cups, not sure why it never crossed my mind to have child friendly cups. Well let me tell you, Silikids Silicone Cups are the best. They are 100% food grade silicone with a stainless steel ring that helps hold its shape. The silicone body makes it easy to grip with little hands. This is a super sturdy cup, it does not have any flex when you are handling it and can withstand being dropped, when you have a toddler everything eventually hits the floor. I love that these cups are Dishwasher Safe, Freezer Safe and Microwave Safe along with the other benefits of silicone. These cups can be perfectly paired with the Siliskin Universal Straw Tops and the Siliskin Universal Sippy Tops.


The Universal Straw Tops will easily turn any cup into a kid friendly, spill proof cup. Simply slip the silicone top over your cup of choice and it will suction to your cup. Make sure your cup is dry for the best grip. The straw itself is 100% food grade silicone making it soft for chewing toddlers and bendable. Silikids straws are a little larger in diameter than a regular straw, making it easy to drink smoothies or thicker drinks. The Straw and the Silicone Top are both Dishwasher Safe. You are able to purchase the Straw Tops, the Straw Top a long with a Cup or just the Straws.


I must say the design of the Universal Sippy Tops is genius. I always keep one in my diaper bag and I will never have to worry about not having a spill proof cup while out and about. (I can’t be the only one that runs out of the house and forgets the sippy cup). They are so easy to use, Stretch the top and place on your cup, maybe try first on an empty cup to get the hang of it. Be sure to align the dashed line with the lip of your cup. The Universal Sippy Tops fit any size cup and will stay in place. These are 100% food grade silicone and are Microwave Safe and Dishwasher Safe. I have also used these as lids for snack cups while on the go. You can also purchase this as a Sippy Cup, and you will get the sippy top as well as the cup.


Silispoons are like no other spoon I’ve ever seen. My independent daughter has always fed herself, but finding a spoon that keeps the food on it from bowl to mouth has been difficult. My daughter loves the look and feel of the Silispoon making meal time more fun. This spoon is 100% food grade silicone from top to bottom. The handle is easy to grip and easy for little hands to maneuver. The “shovel” head is soft on tender teething gums while also making scooping food a simple task. The Silispoons also double as great teethers.


The Silimap is one of my favorite Silikids product. We take our own travel highchair when we go to restaurants and I always made sure we used our own tray since it grossed me out to think of my daughters food sitting on a public table. The Silimap takes the gross factor away from my daughter eating off a restaurant table. The Silimap conveniently folds, making it easy to slip into the diaper bag. Not only is it a clean space for her food, the Silimap is literally a map; it can turn meal time into a educational experience. Let your child’s creativity take over since the Silimap can be colored on with washable marker, pen and Crayola. The Silimap is 100% silicone and can be easily wiped clean and is Dishwasher Safe. Silimap is great for many ages, use it at home or use it on the go.

Make sure you check out the other great products by Silikids.

  • Siliskin Reusable Snack Bags
  • Siliskin Glass Cup
  • Silibib

Squeasy Gear

Squeasy Gear started when food pouches were all the rage. Food pouches are a great, fun way to get your kids to eat their fruit and veggies. But they create so much waste and can be so costly. Back in 2011 there was nothing on the market like Squeasy Gear, that’s when the Wilson’s decided to design their dream feeding container. The Squeasy Gear products are completely reusable, saving money and saving unnecessary waste.

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Don’t get me wrong the convenience of store bought pouches are appealing but what is really in them? I never gave this a second thought until there was a massive recall on so many brands of pouches for mold and expired foods. That did it for me, I was going to make my own. If I was going to make my own purees I didn’t want to use disposable pouches. There is nothing I hate more than throwing away money. That’s when I found Squeasy Snackers. What I didn’t know before I tried the Squeasy Snacker is that I can use it for so much more than purees. Squeasy Snackers are my new go to sippy cup for my daughter because not only is it easier to clean, there are no leaks and no spills.

If you have given your child a store bought pouch I am sure you have experienced them squeezing it and causing a huge mess. That will not happen with Squeasy Snackers because of their no spill insert. I have fully tested this out, squeeze it, flip it upside down, no leaks, no drips, no mess! I know there are many sippy cups on the market that advertising no leaks, but I find if you don’t get all the pieces just right, they leak.

As easy as the Squeasy Snacker is to use, it is just as easy to clean. All the pieces come apart making cleaning simple. The silicone body even turns inside out. It is dishwasher safe on the top rack, although we always hand wash since we use them so often.

The body of the Squeasy Snacker is made of 100% food-grade silicone and is very easy for little hands to keep a hold of it. The bottle stands on its own which is so helpful when filling it. The wide opening is flexible which is nice for spooning puree in or for trying to fit frozen ice cube purees. The Squeasy itself has ounce markers on the side making it easy to keep track of how much your child is drinking. The Squeasy Snacker comes in 3.5oz and 6oz and the Squeasy Sport is 16oz.

Squeasy Snackers makes packing lunches fast and simple. They even make planning ahead easy since the Squeasy Snacker is freezer safe. Easy Feeding on the go!

I know I mentioned how much I love the Squeasy Snacker for purees and for drinks but they also work amazingly for smoothies, applesauce and yogurt.  Check out some of the recipes on Squeasy Gears Blog. I have even included a few of my favorite recipes below.