Summer brings on higher temperatures, and with higher temperatures comes the need to cool off. For me, herbal teas are a refreshing way to enjoy a delicious, flavor-infused drink.
There is something about the brewed infusion of organic hibiscus, ginger or cinnamon that makes me thirsty. I love drinking my tea ice-cold, inside my straw cup filled with ice.
My kids, who are also ice tea drinkers, often steal a sip (or two) from my cup. Since Honest Tea’s herbals are caffeine-free, and several, including the brand new Ginger Oasis and Cinnamon Sunrise are unsweetened, I don’t mind them enjoying a cup as well.
Today, I’m partnering with Honest Tea to share our love for herbal iced teas. In total, they brew eight herbal teas to choose from- Pomegranate Blue, Cranberry Lemon, Orange Mango, Ginger Oasis, Cinnamon Sunrise, Black Forest Berry, Heavenly Tulsi, and Pomegranate Red. I’m sure one or two will make the heated temperatures of summer enjoyable for you.
Honest Tea is giving away a week’s supply to five lucky winners of their delicious herbal iced teas. Enter for your chance to win below.
Disclosure: From time to time, I work with awesome companies to bring MOMables fans special treats. This giveaway is brought to you by Honest Tea Inc. I was not compensated for this post and all opinions are 100% my own.
I’m partnering with Mighty Nest today and giving away $150 in storage containers plus $100 towards a winners’ school! Read on to find out more.
Are you tired of cracked plastic containers, lids that don’t match, and messy tupperware cabinets? I know I was! I couldn’t take the storage cabinet chaos anymore. Last week I switched to glass storage containers and I’m kicking myself for not doing it sooner!
My friends at Mighty Nest know that I like to prep for the week on Sundays and that I often have lots of leftovers to store in my fridge. I mentioned that I’ve been wanting to do something about the plastic container chaos in my kitchen and they offered to help me make the switch to glass storage.
I cannot believe I waited this long! My cabinet is organized and the glass containers fit inside each other. This completely debunked my belief that glass containers would take up more room.
While I already had some glass and porcelain bakeware, the glass storage containers fit inside each other without any issues. I also organized the lids inside a glass baking dish arranged by size.
One of the things I loved right away is the ability to place hot food directly in the glass container. This is very helpful when you are finished with dinner and want to store leftovers quickly so you can begin washing your pots and pans. Previously, I’d wait for the food to fully cool inside the pan before transferring it; now, I can transfer the food right away and not have to wait and come back to finish cleaning up the kitchen.
Of course, once the food is cooled it gets refrigerated. I finally feel like my fridge is organized the way I want. I like that glass is clear (some of my plastic containers were not) and I can see the contents of what’s inside.
Something else I really like is that I can prep grownup lunches in the glass containers from leftovers and they go straight inside the lunch bag. At work, we can microwave it and eat it from the same container. It’s better for the environment and our health!
Items I have:
Wean Green Kitchen Set. I love these colorful glass containers with lockable lids. I love the different shapes and sizes in this set for different foods.
Kids Konserve Nesting Trio. These stainless steel containers are perfect for my kids’ snacks! They can carry hot and cold foods and the lids are leakproof.
As you can see, I am excited to finally have made the switch to non-plastic containers for my food storage!
If you need a couple more reasons to make the switch to glass storage containers, here are a few more:
1. Safe: No yucky chemicals to contaminate your food.
Glass is a natural material. It’s impermeable, non-porous, and above all, real (like the food you put into it). Conversely, plastic containers are made with chemicals like BPA and PVC (phthalates) to make them both hard and soft.
Plastic degrades over time, releasing these chemicals into your pure, carefully prepared food. Unlike plastic, glass can take the heat; not only in the oven and microwave, but also the hot cycle of your dishwasher, which makes it particularly easy to sanitize.
2. Practical: Glass goes from freezer to fridge to oven to table and back again.
Because glass performs safely at a variety of different temperatures, and is visually simple and attractive, you don’t necessarily have to dirty up another container to heat food that’s been stored or to serve food that’s been heated.
Glass also has a huge capacity to absorb and retain heat so when your homemade dish is made in glass, it will likely stay warm for second helpings at dinner.
3. Transparent: See your beautiful food clearly, find it easily.
No matter how hard we try to practice a first-in, first-out system when storing food in the freezer, inevitably some things get pushed to the back where they can be easily forgotten.
Storing in clear glass makes it so much easier to see what’s you’ve got. When our food is visible, we often remember to actually cook it! Some people rely on food dating to keep track of pantry staples. Washi tape adheres well to glass and a wax china marker cleans off easily.
4. It’s sustainable:
Don’t let its beauty fool you, glass is incredibly durable and holds up to years of reuse. Though it’s admittedly more expensive to purchase, glass lasts longer than plastic, is made from a sustainable resource, and is 100% recyclable. So the cost to your family, and our planet, is far less in the long run. And of course, it’s better for the earth!!
5. Clean: Foodstored in glass tastes like it’s supposed to.
Store food in glass and it won’t be altered by the flavors of previously storedfood or stale refrigerator smells. Glass is non-porous and difficult to scratch (reducing the risk of trapped food particles), and there is no plastic-y taste competing with the great flavor of the food you worked so hard to make. Unlike plastic containers that go from a “new” look to a stained and scratched version quickly, glass remains looking the same.
So many benefits to having glass storage! Now for the amazing part.
Do you want to win your own sets of glass storage containers to make-over your food storage and ditch plastic for good?
Enter below for a chance to win $150 worth of storage solutions and $100 towards your school.
Are you looking for a lunch box that will keep lunches cool and provide room for a variety of foods? If so, you are going to LOVE the Yubo lunch box.
I know you trust us to give you the latest and greatest in lunch box technology, right? Well, today I’m giving you a look inside the Yubo lunch box! While this bento-style box has some similarities to other brands, there are a few key (awesome) characteristics that set it apart. I’m giving you the details as well as a chance to win one in this Yubo lunch box review and giveaway!
I’ve owned two sets of Yubo lunch boxes for more than 2 years now. They are my go-to lunch boxes for hot days and summer camp. The built-in ice pack and their all-in-one design makes it super-easy to use and carry!
First of all, I love that the entire thing comes apart and can go straight into the dishwasher. The top and bottom both pop off with ease, and into the dishwasher they go so that they’re sanitized in every nook and cranny. The deluxe package of each lunch box comes with a variety of compartments to accommodate both full-size sandwiches and smaller goodies (which you know I love!) as well as a custom-fitted ice pack that sits on the bottom, directly under the food-storage containers.
The materials are BPA– and Phthalate–free, which is important, of course. The whole box is quite sturdy, which I love.
Unlimited food storage combination options. With three different container inserts, the Yubo allows me to pack just about anything I have in our meal plans for lunch! Kids LOVE food in separate containers, and the Yubo allows me to pack a variety of foods in their lunch.
My kids love the interchangeable faceplates most of all! Yubo lunch boxes have space on the front and back for a faceplate that you can purchase individually. The faceplates are specially printed on waterproof, environmentally-friendly paper that can stand up to a good soap down with a sponge and can even be printed with your child’s photo! Of course, my daughter is nuts over the Frozen one.
One final aspect of the Yubo that I really appreciate is the handle that can be turned so that the box can sit horizontally or vertically, depending on your child’s preference. This handle also means that the whole thing is the lunch box. Unlike some other bento boxes, this one does not require an additional bag or box to carry it in! It’s truly an all-in-one lunch box.