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Not All Heroes (or Heroines) Wear Capes

What does the word “hero” mean to you?  Maybe you think of someone who fights crime, dresses in costume, or someone with an intimidating name.  Or maybe you think of someone who saves people, stands up for what is right or acts selflessly.  Either way, whether we know it or not, real life heroes and heroines are a big part of history and now we have books that highlight these special people.

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National Geographic Kids has compiled a list of real life heroes and heroines and conveys them in a way that is relatable to kids!  These hardcover books are aimed at kids aged 8-12, but I did try and discuss them a little with my almost 4-year-old.  And my almost 2-year-old enjoyed flipping through the books and looking at all of the colorful pictures.

And something else awesome happened….I enjoyed reading the books myself!  History is probably my least favorite subject, but I liked how the book was organized in a way where you could easily read all of the facts about each person.  I was familiar with most of the people in the book, but I was introduced to some new heroes and heroines as well!  I was also intrigued by many of the men and women in each book and it inspired me to learn more about their stories.

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I liked that the books highlighted important people from all genres, backgrounds and categories.  Some I had never even thought of as heroes and heroines before…like animals!  Yes, there is an animal section and I love it!

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Within the Heroes Book, there is a little section that highlights “Gutsy Gals” and within the Heroines Book, there is a “Daring Dudes” section.  I think this is an interesting aspect of the books that highlights the importance of each gender.

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And my daughter was super excited to see her favorite superhero showcased in the book!

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Yep, Wonder Woman!  She has a Wonder Woman costume from a couple of Halloweens ago, but she loves putting the costume on sometimes and pretending to save the day!

Another cool thing about the books is that they each end with an “Action Plan”.  Basically there are suggestions for kids about simple ways they can be real life heroes and heroines in their own community.

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While my kids are still a bit too young to really understand these books, I think they are good to have on hand so I can show them how real life heroes and heroines can be present in our everyday lives.

Overall, I think these books are a great learning tool and educational resources for kids.  They are great to keep in your book collection and they would also make great gifts!

What qualities do you look for in a hero or heroine? Try asking your kiddos and see what types of responses you get!

Each book retails for $14.99 and can be found in most bookstores and on Amazon: Book of Heroes and Book of Heroines.

*Disclaimer:  I received this product for free from Moms Meet , May Media Group LLC, who received it directly from the manufacturer. As a Moms Meet blogger, I have agreed to use this product and post my honest opinion. The opinions posted are my own.

Can’t wait to review the next product!

~SM

 

 

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Love for Luvo!

My latest BibRave Pro opportunity was to review Luvo Meals.  These are healthy, frozen meals that cook right in their own little steam pouches!

I was really excited to try these because I’m not the greatest cook and I don’t have a lot of patience in the kitchen.  But I do like to eat healthy and since I am training for the upcoming Carlsbad Half Marathon, these came at a perfect time!  Frozen meals are usually hit or miss so I typically stick to Amy’s or Lean Cuisine, but those can get pretty bland and boring.  As soon as I opened up the box I was delighted to see all of the exciting and unique flavors!

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I liked that there’s no plastic trays or wrap to mess with. Everything steams right in the bag!  Just pull out of the box, put on a plate and stick in the microwave (or the oven) and in 5-6 minutes you have yourself a quick and healthy meal!

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The average calorie count ranges from about 250-350 and each meal is loaded with plenty of protein and veggies.  So were these little gems too good to be true?  How did they really taste?!  After trying 10 of the meals, I’ll give you my top picks and least faves.

My favorite picks were the spinach ricotta ravioli and the orange mango chicken.

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These were the most flavorful and the ones that most closely resembled the pictures on the boxes.  There were some other good flavors, but the appearance wasn’t as pleasing as these two.

Then there were a couple that missed the mark for me…

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Since it’s the fall season, I really wanted to love the turkey meatloaf mashed potatoes…but I just wasn’t feeling it and I felt a little disappointed.  The vegetable bibimbap looked okay, but was just a bit too spicy for me.  To be fair, it could also be an acquired taste type deal…I just wasn’t in love.

Overall, I was really pleased with this product! I love finding quick ways to incorporate more veggies and protein into my meals without having to do a lot of prep work or spending a ton of time in the kitchen.  The only drawback is that they aren’t in every grocery store just yet.  The closest location to me is about 30 minutes away.  Some flavors are available online…but a pack of 8 costs about an average of $85-$90 (per Amazon) due to the shipping process. Mine came shipped in a nice little box with dry ice so I could see how this could be costly.

I do have a love for Luvo and I would definitely purchase some of these flavors in the future if they come to some stores closer to me.  There is a product request form that you can fill out which is nice since it seems that these meals are a little bit harder to obtain than other brands.

What do you think?  Have you tried these “Steamazing” meals?!

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***Note: I was given this product free of charge in exchange for an honest and unbiased review as part of the awesome BibRave Ambassador program.  All opinions are my own.

And be sure to checkout #BibChat every Tuesday at 6pm PST on Twitter!

Can’t wait to bring you the next product review!!

~SM

 

Naturel Commodity Eye Serum Review


As busy moms, we don’t always take care of ourselves or get the sleep we so desperately need. This often leaves us with tired or puffy eyes covered up with concealer and bronzer so the world doesn’t see how truly exhausted we are. This is why I was excited to try out an eye serum from Naturel Commodity! I typically use some sort of eye cream, but haven’t dabbled too much in the serum world so I wasn’t sure what exactly to expect.

This product is available through Amazon Prime (let’s all have a moment of silence to praise the awesomeness of Amazon Prime.) and goes for about $50. I was able to try this product for a deeply discounted price in exchange for an honest review through Tomoson. If you’re not familiar with Tomoson, it’s a cool website where you can try and review products in exchange for your honest opinion.

So, I received my serum and immediately put it to the test!



It comes in a cute little bottle with a nifty little pump function which makes it easy to use!


There you can see the consistency of the formula. And just a reminder to always use your ring finger (the weakest finger) when applying products around your eyes so you don’t tug too hard on the most delicate area of your face.

So what did I think of this product? Well, I originally came into this thinking that I wouldn’t see a big difference after only using it for two weeks. Here is how the company describes the product per their Amazon page:

“The BEST Eye Serum For Dark Circles & Puffiness – Reduces Wrinkles, Fine Lines, Lifts & Brightens Tired Looking Eyes – With Powerful Vitamin C, Plant Stem Cells & Triple Peptides. Try Risk Free Today!”

Since I don’t have super puffy eyes or a ton of wrinkles (yet-knock on wood), I was putting all my eggs in the “brightens tired looking eyes” basket. Soooo…did it really do that? Well, after using twice a day (morning and night) for two weeks, here’s how it turned out-


Ta-daaaa!! I will say I did notice a bit more brightness around my eyes, but probably not $50 worth of a difference. I probably would have the same results had I drank $50 worth of water and had a good night’s sleep. I do like that this product is plant-based, paraben-free and doesn’t test on animals…but I don’t see myself spending $50 on it. I’ll most likely stick to my $10 eye creams for the time-being!

If you’re interested in checking out this product, you can find it at https://www.amazon.com/dp/B017ZD3EFC

Note: I was offered this product at a deeply discounted price in exchange for my honest review.

Can’t wait to test out the next product!

~SM

 

 

 

 

 

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