Friday, July 31, 2015

Some Products that Take You (and your family) Back to School

GoMacro Bars
Having a few nutrition bars in my bag and carry-on is essential to my trips. I don’t want to always be relying on expensive, and often unhealthy, snacks. The problem is that most of these bars have chocolate in or on them. While chocolate is one of my favorite things to eat, it also melts all over everything when the weather is warm.

GoMacro Bars come in a dozen different non-chocolate flavors. They are also vegan and gluten-free. The minis – which are a decent size – are only 100 calories and have just 5-6 grams of sugar. My favorites are banana + almond butter and sesame butter + dates, but, honestly, I have enjoyed every single one.

You can purchase GoMacro bars here

WildKin Kids Luggage
These Wildkin Kids backpacks are fun and practical for kids to travel with (or bring to school). They are durable and clean easily. These twins, whom I travel with often, really enjoyed them and were ready to get them packed.

You can find Wildkin Kids backpacks and luggage on their website.

I confess that I am not a big proponent of vitamins and supplements. I take very little so I wasn’t too sure about these vitamins aimed at kids in a powdered form.

It turns out the kids love them and they seem to be healthy with no artificial flavors or colors, and no major allergens -- egg, milk, peanut, tree nuts, wheat, soy, fish or shellfish. (I do have to say, though, that despite the fact that they don’t contain shellfish, they do contain quite a bit of Iodine so you might want to avoid them if you have a shellfish allergy, which I do.)

In addition to giving the flavorful packs to kids, you can sneak more vitamins into snacks, such as this yogurt pop recipe:

Packet alternaVites
Cup of Yogurt
Fresh Fruit
Popsicle Sticks

Mix alternaVites into yogurt along with fruit. Put a popsicle stick in the middle of the yogurt and freeze for at least one hour.

Experiment with different alternaVites and yogurt flavors, as well as your favorite fruits.

FlipStir Puzzle
Keep the younger ones happy and occupied with this self-contained puzzle while you are helping older ones with homework, or even carpooling.

Buy one here.

(Special thanks to my young product testers.)

Kudos to Dawn for creating StyleRx, a stylish way to carry your vitamins, supplements, and medications. The case is very attractive and can easily slip into your suitcase or carryon. It’s set up for a week’s worth of pills, but only for those that take a few a day. The only other downfall is that it is a little heavy for the purse. I’d stick to for travel.

StyleRx medication holders are available in a variety of designs.

And, for the end of the day, to remind you it’s still summer…
I did some reminiscing about my amazing Sicily adventure while tasting the latest from Donnafugata. These wines were even better than I remembered…

Lighea, Lemony and light

Sur Sur, tropical paradise, the perfect light white for sauvignon blanc lovers like me

Anthila, for lovers of chardonnays that haven’t been over-oaked

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