(Family Features) When it comes to packing lunches and after school snacks for your little ones, it’s easy to get into a rut. But by making a few delicious and convenient choices in the grocery store, you can break away from the same old sandwich routine and serve up nibbles and noshes your kids will love.Whether your star pupils prefer a savory dip, a light and salty snack or a chewy fruit bar, here are a few great choices you can pack.

Keep Food Fresh

  • Ensure that puddings and yogurts stay cold by freezing them the night before use. You can also freeze water bottles or juice boxes to act as ice packs in lunch containers.
  • Keep PB&J sandwich bread fresh by spreading peanut butter on both slices of bread, and avoid saturation by placing jelly in the center.
  • Add a paper towel to containers with freshly washed fruits and vegetables. This will absorb any extra moisture, retaining peak texture and flavor.

Pop Up Some Fun

For back-to-school snacking, you can’t beat popcorn. Pop up a bowl and let the fun flavor creations begin – sweet, savory or with just a dash of salt. Popcorn is a grab-n-go treat that takes minutes to make. Plus, it’s whole grain and contains fiber to fuel the body and keep you feeling fuller longer than other snacks. This beloved treat is also economical, costing mere pennies per serving. For more information, visit www.popcorn.org.

Dip It Up

For a quick burst of flavor at home or on the go, try Sabra Classic Singles with veggies, pita bread, pita chips or crackers. These 2-ounce servings of creamy Classic Hummus are perfect for the lunchbox or on-the-go snacking and portable enough to bring along on any adventure. For more information, visit www.sabra.com.

Fuel Their Day

Help them have a great day at school by serving those little learners the proper fuel. With a commitment to creating all natural snacks you can feel good about giving your kids, Nature’s Bakery Fig Bars are cholesterol free, dairy free and kosher. From the sweetness of Blueberry to the tartness of Lemon, these bars are available in a variety of jam-packed, fruity flavors. For more information, visit www.naturesbakery.com.

Serve a Satisfying Snack

Do you need an easy way to pack more protein, calcium and other nutrients into your family’s diet? You can’t go wrong with a kid-friendly kitchen staple like low-fat yogurt. With a wide array of textures, consistencies and flavors, there are sure to be several varieties that even the pickiest eater will enjoy. Take these beloved flavors to new heights with toppings such as dried fruit, organic granola, dark chocolate and coconut shavings.

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I didn’t do an unboxing this month because last month I had a couple of comments from people that all of the Lip Monthly products were old and discontinued. I wanted to check on these products before posting. It also would be nice if their logo wasn’t all over the bag. I love the blue color and the shape, but not the logo.

Products in the bag:

Jesse’s Girl Cosmetics Lip Gloss in Lickety Split, Full Size $4.99 for .8 oz, Sample Size .18oz, Value $1.12

I did find this product on the Jesse’s Girl website but not this specific color. I also don’t find this color listed in past collections from 2014 or 2013. Possibly it is a new fall color? It is a sheer sparkly pink. I will enjoy this. It also looks great over the matte lipstick from this box.

Jesses Girl Liquid Glass Lip Gloss

City Color Cosmetics Magic Balm, $3.99 Full size I think.

I could not find this on the website or anywhere else on the internet for sale. I did hear a rumor that this product is part of their new fall line for tweens. That rumor is completely unconfirmed. The balm goes on a sheer light pink, gets slightly warm, and turns a bit more opaque and about a shade and a half darker.

City Color Magic Balm

City Color Cosmetics Be Matte Lipstick in Phoebe, $3.99 Full Size

This product and shade are available on the City Color Website. It has a slightly perfumed smell to it. I like this formula. It reminds me of the Wet n Wild matte lipsticks. It is dry, but doesn’t dry your lips out. I still like to wear a gloss on top a lot of the time.

City Color Be Matte Lipstick

City Color Lip Balm in Ultra Pink, $2.99 Full Size

This product and color were also available on the City Color website. Very sweet smelling, like fruity bubble gum. I got one of these lip balms last month, but it light pink. This is a lovely shade. I like this formula. It’s very mosturizing, but doesn’t last all that long.

City Color Lip Balm

Monthly Mix Up -Each month there is a product that is not lip related.

Pixi Lid Last Shadow Pen in Gentle Gold, $18 Full Size. I like that this is a cool gold. It is creamy and goes on smoothly but stays put when set. It is shimmery but not glittery. It will work great as a base, a lower lid liner, or inner corner highlight.

Pixi Lid Last Shadow Pen

Bonus Product – You get a bonus product if you post a video on YouTube about the box.

City Color Juicy Lips in Champagne Pink, $2.99 Full size – On the website here. This product is really sticky and kind of reminds me of the bubble gum that got stuck on my shoe the other day. I am not a fan.

City Color Lip Gloss

The Lip Monthly subscription costs $10. This box was worth $30.09 not counting my bonus product. I think that is a great value. Of course the item with the most value in the box was not a lip product. I love all of the colors. The only real flop was the bonus product.

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Growing Up is Hard to Do – Reflections on the First Day of School

August 20, 2014
First Day of School

School started for my boys today. Christopher is now in 4th grade while Dylan steps into 1st. Summer break is officially over. And I’m not ready. I know most parents do a dance of joy when school starts back up, and I probably should to. I work full time and summer means an extra burden […]

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What’s Vlogging Got to Do With It?

August 20, 2014

This is our first adventure in vlogging. We started doing it basically because they boys thought it would be fun and a good idea. So, here it is. Enjoy!

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Grilled Steak Fajitas

August 19, 2014
Grilled Steak Fajitas

Start to finish: 2 hours and 30 minutes Servings: 8 1 pound Laura’s Lean Beef ribeye steak (may substitute strip, sirloin or flank) 1 teaspoon black pepper 1/2 teaspoon cumin 1/2 teaspoon chili powder 1 green bell pepper 1 red bell pepper 1 medium-hot Poblano pepper, dark green and triangular 1 medium yellow onion 8 […]

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Wantable Makeup Box August 2014

August 18, 2014
Ofra 3-D Cream Shadow in Irresistable

The Wantable Makeup Boxes just keep getting better. Products in the Box: Ofra 3-D Cream Shadow in Irresistable, $20 This color is really pretty. I don’t have any products like this. All of my cream shadows are neutrals and in pots. I can’t wait to play with this! Mica Beauty Eyeliner in Silver, $20 I […]

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Sunday Favorites and Fails, L’Oreal, Tarte, Miche

August 17, 2014
Twilight Woods lotion

Lotion, Makeup, Books, Purses, what more could you want? Products in the video: Bath & Body Works Triple Moisture Body Cream in Twilight Woods, $12.50 Zoya Nail Polish in Odette, $9 Smashbox Primer, $36 Flower Beauty In Your Face Perfecting Primer, $12.98 Real Techniques Buffing Brush, part of the Core Collection Set, $18 Maybelline Fit […]

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Book Review: The Silent Wife by A.S.A. Harrison

August 16, 2014
The Silent Wife by A.S.A. Harrison

I love a good psychological thriller. I love my crime books. If you’ve been here a minute you know that! So this book was right up my alley. Jodi is a woman who likes things they way she likes them. Her life is a serious of tasks and events that add up to full, well-planned […]

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Ipsy Glam Bag August 2014 Unboxing and Review

August 15, 2014
Ipsy Glam Bag August 2014

I have really loved my ipsy glam bag subscription. I was really happy with this August’s bag! This month’s bag is white with orange dots and an orange zipper. I like the change in the shape of the bag. Products in the bag: Absolute Lip Balm by NickaK. Ipsy seems to be really loving this […]

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Finding the Right Workout: Weight Training vs. Yoga vs. Pilates

August 15, 2014
Finding the Right Workout: Weight Training vs. Yoga vs. Pilates

There are a plethora of options when choosing a workout regimen. So many, in fact, that it can be overwhelming to pick which is best for you. Just because a fitness video or class becomes the hot new thing, it doesn’t mean you will necessarily receive the best results possible by participating. Workouts produce individual […]

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Wantable Accessories Box August 2014

August 14, 2014
wantable accessories august 2014

August’s Wantable Accessories Box had three fantastic items, and one really questionable one. Check out my Instagram and you could win one item from the box! Products: Kelly Earrings, matte black hoops that thicken as they loop around, $15 I love these. They are light but substantial. And I love black. Alex Earrings, silvery filagreed […]

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Summer Loving Strawberry & Watermelon Salad

August 14, 2014

Ingredients 2 cups quartered and cleaned California strawberries 2 cups diced watermelon (yellow and red, if available) 1/4 cup sliced fresh basil 1 handful arugula Sherry vinaigrette (see recipe below) Salt and pepper, to taste 1/3 cup candied walnuts or pecans 1/3 cup blue or goat cheese 1 tablespoon pomegranate molasses or balsamic syrup Sherry […]

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Book Review: Me Before You by JoJo Moyes

August 13, 2014
Me Before You

You will be changed by reading this novel. It is not just a love story. It is not just a caregiver story. It is not just a story about relationships. It is a story that takes some of the toughest issues we face and puts a real, human face on them.

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Birchbox August 2014

August 12, 2014

I loved every single thing in my Birchbox this month! Products in the box: Whish Shave Crave Shaving Cream, Full Size $20, Sample Value $2.95 This is a Birchbox exclusive shave cream. I got the scent Acai Grapefruit and it smells amazing! But at $20 for a shaving cream, it better be life changing! Update: […]

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L’Oreal Brow Stylist Sculptor Review and Demo

August 11, 2014

I am loving this new brow pencil from L’Oreal!

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Sunday Favorites and Fails, Kat Von D, L’Oreal,

August 10, 2014
Sunday favs

Favorites and Fails this week! Plus Juliet makes an appearance. Leave me a comment and let me know what the best thing that happened to you this week was! L’Oreal Miracle Blur Review Maybelline Pumped Up Colossal Review GRWM feat. Poetica Palette Products mentioned:   John Freeda Straight Fixation Smoothing Cream Freeman Anti-Stress Dead Sea […]

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6 Suggested Apps for Women’s Health

August 9, 2014
6 apps for women's health

There are a lot of health apps out there, and research shows that women are more interested in using them than men, according to Wired. Women install 40 percent more apps, buy 17 percent more paid apps and spend 83 percent more on those apps than men. Health apps have become increasingly popular as smartphone […]

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Chit Chat GRWM featuring Kat Von D’s Poetica Palette | Purple Everyday Look

August 8, 2014

I had several people ask me how I did this look. It’s an everyday purple look that is light and still has some drama. Hope you like it! Products Used: Smashbox Primer, $36 CoverGirl Ready, Set, Gorgeous Foundation in 115, $7.99 CoverGirl Ready, Set Gorgeous Concealer in Light, $7.99 Physicians Formuls BB Bronzer, $14.95 Kat […]

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What I Learned on My Summer Vacation

August 7, 2014
Playing Yatzee Ft. Morgan AL

I got to go on vacation for this first time in a very long time this year thanks to my parents, who took the whole fam to the beach. I am one of those people who is busy. I am always doing something, never bored. We just go and go and then go some more. […]

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Maybelline Pumped Up Colossal Mascara Review

August 6, 2014

There are so many new drugstore mascaras on the market! How did Maybelline’s Pumped Up Colossal Mascara compare?

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BOOK REVIEW: Dark Places by Gillian Flynn

August 5, 2014
Dark Places by Gillian Flynn

One thing I love about Gilliam Flynn is she keeps you guessing. Gone Girl was smart. So smart. Sharp Objects was really creepy. Dark Places is the best of both. It is creepy and smart. It keeps you on your toes. As with her other books, Flynn gives you what you need to figure out the […]

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Secret Diary of a YouTuber TAG

August 4, 2014
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Sunday Beauty Favorites and Fails | Kat Von D, Tarina Tarantino, L’Oreal, NYX, Gilliam Flynn

August 3, 2014

Products in the Video: Rimmel Stay Matte Primer, $6.99 at Ulta L’Oreal True Match Lumi, $12.99 at Ulta NYX HD Photogenic Concealer, $4.99 at Ulta Physican’s Formula BB Bronzer, $14.95 at Drugstore.com Kat Von D Everlasting Bronzer in Shady Business I, $25 at Sephora Wet and Wild Pearlescent Pink blush, $2.29 at Walgreens Physican’s Formula […]

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Versatile and Vogue: Style Tips for the Modern Mom

August 2, 2014
Versatile and Vogue: Style Tips for the Modern Mom

  As a modern mom, you know to steer clear of “mom jeans” and bedazzled sweater vests. But somewhere between playgrounds and PTA meetings, those comfy sweats and ragged tees undoubtedly became personal style staples. It may seem impossible to care for yourself and still put everyone’s needs first, but a tired look could lead […]

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Escape to Paris with Escape Monthly

August 1, 2014
Institut Karité Paris

Luxury products, a hot bath, the romance of Paris… it’s the perfect staycation! Escape Monthly is headed to Paris next. Inside this month’s box is delicious French cuisine, sweet bon-bons, and decadent beauty products… like this hand cream from the Institut Karité Paris that’s worth $26 dollars (that makes up for more than half the […]

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Coastal Scents Revealed 2 Palette Review

August 1, 2014

I love this palette! You can get it from Birchbox with the 3 brushes or from Coastal Scents. Here is the Naked 3 palette. Side by side, there are a lot of similarities. Urban Decay is on top here. I don’t think there are a lot of similarities between the bottom line of the coastal […]

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DIY Ideas for Every Room

July 31, 2014

Simple steps to update and organize (Family Features) From simple storage solutions that freshen up messy rooms to projects that enliven a space, do-it-yourself options are a popular choice among many homeowners. Try out some of these ideas to make every room in your home feel new again, without having to empty your pocketbook or […]

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Wantable Intimates Boxes for June and July 2014

July 30, 2014

I never got around to filming June’s box! SO here are the June and July boxes!

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Survival tips for single working parents

July 29, 2014

Becoming a parent may be the most important responsibility an adult ever faces, and that responsibility is even greater for single parents. Balancing work and home life as a single parent can seem like an endless juggling act. But with a strong support system and some guidance, single parents can handle the challenge. The daily […]

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July Empties and Duds

July 28, 2014

Empties: Sally Hanson Nail Polish Remover for Artificial and Sensitive Nails CVS Advanced Nail Polish Remover, $4.49 It’s a 10 Miracle Leave in Plus Keratin, $19.99 Davines/OI All in One Milk, $28 Eslor Introductory Collection Calming Kit, $28-$65 Montagne Jeunesse Crushed Spearamint Tea Tree Face Spa, $2.49 Skyn Iceland Hydro Firming Eye Gels, $30 Dr. […]

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Explore natural sleep remedies

July 26, 2014
natural sleep remedies

Sleep is a natural process designed to recharge the body and mind. Although some people find no difficulty in settling down for the night, many others profess to have periodic or chronic sleep problems. But before asking doctors to reach for their prescription pads, men and women struggling to fall asleep at night may want […]

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Keep skin healthy by knowing sunscreen facts

July 24, 2014
sunscreen facts

The best way to care for skin is to be smart about sun exposure. Too much unprotected exposure to the sun can cause a host of problems, from premature wrinkling to skin cancer. According to the American Academy of Dermatology, millions of cases of skin cancer are reported each year, and many more may go […]

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Rimmel Rockin Curves Mascara Review

July 23, 2014
Rimmel Rockin Curves Mascara

I’m a sucker for anything that says it’s rockin’. So when I finally saw Rimmel’s new Rockin’ Curves mascara, I picked it up.

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Spa Day on a Budget: Host a DIY Spa Party at Home

July 22, 2014
Spa Day on a Budget: Host a DIY Spa Party at Home

With all the swimsuits, sundresses, and brightly colored accessories to choose from this season, indulge in a little pampering to make sure your skin looks and feels great underneath. Pampering is always more fun with friends, so schedule a relaxing afternoon of DIY spa treatments with your best girlfriends—here’s everything you need to host the […]

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L’Oreal Colour Riche Eyeshadow Quads Review

July 21, 2014

I picked up a couple of the new L’Oreal Colour Riche eyeshadow quads. I was honestly intrigued by the shapes in the palettes more than the colors. They are some of the better drugstore eyeshadows I have tried. Check out the video for a full review and swatches. These quads cost $7.99 each. However, you […]

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Weekly Favorites (L’Oreal, Ofra, Essie, Too Faced)

July 20, 2014

Products in the video:   LuLu Blossom Dreamsicle Body Balm, $10 Essie Too Taboo, $8.50   CoverGirl Ready, Set, Gorgeous Foundation, $6.99 CoverGirl Ready, Set, Gorgeous Concealer, 5.99 CoverGirl Ready, Set Gorgeous Powder Foundation, $6.99 Rimmel Stay Matte Primer, $6.99   Physicians Formula Bronze Booster, $14.99 Physicians Formula Shimmer Strips in Miami Strip/Healthy Glow, $9.79 […]

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