Wednesday, January 4, 2017

California Water H2O Challenge


Living in California, we know all to well the importance of water conservation. A couple of summers ago a restriction was put into effect because of the drought and we could not fill the kiddie pool to play, water our lawns as often, no driveway car washing, etc.  Places around town turned off their water displays to help conserve too. Many people changed their lawns to drought tolerant plants. Needless to say our yard went dead! Dried up grass turned into hay and eventually the yard was just boring, ugly dirt. Back when it would rain for a day or so, I'd put out buckets to catch rain water to help water plants throughout the week. Happily we've had a good few days worth of rain lately and our yard came back!! Just look at our fresh new grass that came back naturally!

The California Water H2O Challenge is FREE CA classroom competition teaching kids about caring for water. Teachers check it out!

The Cal Water H2O Challenge was designed in collaboration with the WestEd/K-12 Alliance to ensure an educationally sound curriculum that aligns with Common Core State Standards and is complementary to the Next Generation State Standards. Also developed with the North American Association for Environmental Education, their project-based learning model offers an effective and engaging manner to inspire students to community action while achieving curriculum standards.


About the Cal Water H2O Challenge

• Registration for the Cal Water H2 O Challenge ends on January 31, 2017.

• The students of participating classrooms initiate, develop, and implement a 4-8 week-long project (or longer at teacher discretion), focusing on caring for water. This class-based project explores water as a global resource and as a local resource, while tackling a local water problem in an individual and community-based endeavor.

• A handbook can be found in the resources section of challenge calwater.com, including a guide for the flow of the project, and sample lesson plans.

• Upon completion of the project, students create a final portfolio documenting their work. This portfolio, along with accompanying cover sheets, student reflections, and a teacher reflection, constitute the final submission. Submissions are due February 28, 2017.

• Curriculum Alignment:
Cal Water H2 O Challenge was designed in collaboration with the WestEd / K-12 Alliance to ensure an educationally sound curriculum that aligns with Common Core State Standards and is complementary to the Next Generation Science Standards. In aligning the curriculum, sample lesson plans were developed incorporating these guidelines.

• Project-Based Learning:
Developed with the help of the WestEd / K-12 Alliance and the North American Association for Environmental Education, the project-based learning model offers an effective and engaging manner to inspire students to get involved with community action while achieving curriculum standards.

• Objective Rubric:
Judging of the competition will be conducted by a panel of experts working in education and/or an environmental field and will use an objective rubric, developed with the help of the West Ed / K-12 Alliance. This rubric evaluates the water topic choice, project goals, action plan, and outcomes, long term benefits, integration with student learning and curriculum, student participation, impact on student learning, presentation, and impact on teacher practice.


Winners of the Cal Water H2O Challenge will receive:
Grand Prize
Class Celebration: Classroom tent-camping trip to the Santa Monica Mountains with NatureBridge
Class Funding: $3,500 grant
Extras: Cal Water prize packs for every student

2nd Place
Class Celebration: A Pizza Party
Class Funding: $2,500 grant
Extras: Cal Water prize packs for every student

3rd Place
Class Funding: $2,000 grant
Extras: Cal Water prize packs for every student

4th Place Class Funding: $1,000 grant
Extras: Cal Water prize packs for every student

All Participant Prizes Student Recognition:
An official certificate of participation for every student
Teacher Recognition: A teacher certificate
Teacher Gift: An AMEX gift card

Learn more online about the challenge, access the resource center, and read the FAQ section at challenge.calwater.com.



*Disclosure* I wrote this review for "Mommy? I'm Hungry!" about California Water H2O Challenge. Product info and stock images if any are provided by PR. This is a paid post.


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Friday, June 24, 2016

General Mills Debuts New Cereals This Summer!


Peek-A-Boo! Thought I'd jump right back on here and see how things are going! Work is keeping me very busy lately so when I have some free time I may be writing another blog post.

As a blogger, General Mills likes to send out boxes of their cereal as a sort of Thank You, no strings attached. You may have seen some of my past goodies on my Instagram. Just thought I'd share them here too.

Well coming up for this summer, they have a few new varieties you may like! They contain no artificial flavors or colors from artificial sources and feature real ingredients, something they are doing to make their cereals even better.


First up would be one for me, Gluten Free! Strawberry Cheerios!! Oh yeah! I'll be hiding that one from the kids.



Then they have Tiny Toast in blueberry or strawberry flavors. How adorable are these!


For those who like a heartier cereal, they have Nature Valley Chocolate Oat Bites, Raisin Oat Clusters and as a snack idea, Maple Brown Sugar Granola.



*Disclosure* I wrote this review for "Mommy? I'm Hungry!" about General Mills. The product(s) in this personal review were provided to me free of cost. All opinions expressed in this review are my own. Product info is provided by PR or Co. Thank you GM!

Rachelle

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Tuesday, December 15, 2015

Celebrate the Holidays with Peeps: Review & Giveaway! #peepsholiday

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‘Tis the season for all things sweet! PEEPS® and PEEPS & COMPANY® have you covered! They have everything PEEPS related now days. For this holiday season they have snowmen, reindeer, gingerbread men, chicks and even minions! Wouldn't they be so cute in your gingerbread house decor or even in the stockings? If you and your family love PEEPS like we do, you'll love this giveaway too!

Plus all of my readers are getting a 20% off discount code off your next purchase at PEEPS® and PEEPS & COMPANY®! Valid now through 12/31/15. Please use code: SWEETINGS15.

Our 2015 tree as seen on my IG

Our house is getting into the Christmas swing finally and we've got our Christmas goodies to bake up this weekend. We'll be adding in some of these fun Peeps to share and eat.

We were sent our favorite PEEPS® holiday candies, including:
PEEPS® Large Banana Crème Flavored Minion
PEEPS® Vanilla Crème Chicks Pop
PEEPS® Marshmallow Minions
PEEPS® Large Marshmallow Snowmen
PEEPS® Candy Cane Flavored Marshmallow Chicks
PEEPS® Gingerbread-Flavored Marshmallow Gingerbread Men
PEEPS® Marshmallow Trees
PEEPS® Marshmallow Snowmen
PEEPS® Chocolate Mousse-Flavored Marshmallow Reindeer
PEEPS® Holiday Pop
One (1) PEEPS® Holiday Plush toy
One (1) MIKE AND IKE® MERRY MIX Candy
One (1) PEEPS® Lollipop

How cute is this Peep pop?

Run fast little gingerbread man! Gingerbread-Flavored Marshmallow Gingerbread Men

How adorable! A Chocolate Mousse-Flavored Marshmallow Reindeer.

This Candy Cane Peep was very deeelicious! My fave!


A minion!

Chomp!


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*Disclosure* I wrote this review and or giveaway for "Mommy? I'm Hungry!" about . The product(s) in this review were provided to me free of cost for the purpose of conducting my review and or giveaway by PEEPS® and PEEPS & COMPANY® . All opinions expressed in this review are my own. This giveaway is provided by the company. Product info and stock images if any are provided by PR or Co.

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Friday, August 14, 2015

Back To School with PlanetBox Lunchboxes: Review


It's almost Back To School for us so we're getting ready for homemade school lunches again! This is part one of three in which I'll share with you lunch ideas for our PlanetBox. I have shared some lunchbox ideas in the past so you may already know that my kids like a variety of foods to eat. I pack just a little of each to help satisfy them or to share with a friend. 

PlanetBox are stainless steel segmented lunchboxes. They are high quality, eco-friendly, non-toxic, non-leaching, safe from BPA, phthalates, and lead, easy to clean and makes packing lunch easy and fun! They come in three sizes and styles to suit your needs. Be sure to customize yours with a fun bag and a choice of magnets and accessories! 

If you need some inspiration for lunch ides have a look at theirs
Follow along with PlanetBox on Facebook and Instagram!



The Rover is designed perfectly for us who like wide variety of foods with smaller serving sizes. The Rover holds nearly 4.5 cups of food! Measures 10 x 7 x 1.5 inches.
Each Rover lunchbox includes 1 Big Dipper and 1 Little Dipper.

We chose the Rocket Red Carry Bag. I do recommend a flat cold ice pack (they do sell one as well) to fit into the sleeve of your carry bag. 


PlanetBox is custom designed to fit all the foods your kiddos like. This specific one, the Rover, comes with 7 different compartments such as a "Little Dipper" container for your dips or sauces, a "Big Dipper" great for the messier items like pasta salad or yogurts or juicy berries or cut melon, a "Veggie" or "Fruit" section, a "Long" compartment for pretzels, crackers or nuts,  a "Main dish" section for your sandwich and of course the "Treat" space for a little something special like a small cookie, kiss or chocolate chips. 



How about creating more personalization with assorted magnets for your PlanetBox? There are many different designs to choose from!

This is the Aloha magnet set

This is the Green Globe magnet set


Here is a sample of what my son would like to pack for his school lunch. He chose to have a PB & J sandwich thin, granola bar, raisins, celery & PB, cheesy whale crackers with pretzel sticks and fresh berries in the "Big Dipper" with an apple juice. I threw in a little kiss too. 




*Disclosure* I wrote this review and or giveaway for "Mommy? I'm Hungry!" about PlanetBox. The product(s) in this review were provided to me free of cost for the purpose of conducting my review. All opinions expressed in this review are my own. Product info and stock images if any are provided by PR or Co.

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Thursday, July 30, 2015

Oroweat Bread America's Better Sandwich Contest & a $25 Giveaway! Shredded BBQ Beef Mac n Cheese Grilled Sandwich Recipe


Have you heard about the Oroweat® Bread “America’s Better Sandwich” Contest? Create a gorgeous, delicious sandwich using Oroweat bread enter the Oroweat® Bread “America’s Better Sandwich” Contest, you can have the opportunity to win the $25,000 grand prize! What amazing ingredients would you choose? You can also have a chance to win coupons and a giftcard from my giveaway below!

Information about the “America’s Better Sandwich” Contest:
Oroweat® Bread is excited to launch the second annual “America’s Better Sandwich” Contest! The sandwich architect whose filling matches the goodness of Oroweat® Bread will win a grand prize of $25,000.
Before entering an original better sandwich, entrants should make sure their recipes include any of the Oroweat® Whole Grain Sliced Breads, including the new Healthfull® bread varieties, or any of the Oroweat® Sandwich Thins® Rolls varieties.
This year’s contest includes five (5) exciting sandwich categories including:
“Creative Classics” (nutritious spins on sandwich creations that have stood the test of time, such as grandma’s club sandwich, BLT or other old-time favorites)
“Fueling Good” (these sandwiches should incorporate ingredients that help boost your energy such as healthful fats, protein, fiber and iron)
“Open-Face Artistry” (sandwiches are works of art for the world to see, and these snacks and meals announce their ingredients—like sharp cheddar or tasty tuna— sans second slice, highlighting bold colors and textures)
“Breakfast in Bread” (these sandwiches, featuring nutritious breakfast favorites like eggs and yogurt, invoke images of cozy mornings in bed or boisterous brunches with friends)
“Love, Healthfully” (celebrate our new Healthfull® Breads with innovative recipes that play off nuanced, foodie-approved ingredients like honey, flax and sunflower seeds)
The recipe in each sandwich category with the highest score will receive a $5,000 category prize.
Entries will be accepted June 15th - August 23rd, online consumer voting will take place September 21st - October 18th, and the winners will be announced on National Sandwich Day- November 3rd.
Oroweat® bread will donate one loaf of bread (up to 100,000 loaves) to Feeding America for each valid entry submission during the entry period and vote received during the online voting phase of the 2015 “America’s Better Sandwich” Contest

[1] http://www.eatright.org/Public/content.aspx?id=6796
[2] http://wholegrainscouncil.org/whole-grain-stamp


Did you know Oroweat® Whole Grain Sliced Breads and Oroweat® Sandwich Thins® Rolls contain/are:
-3 to 4 grams of fiber per slice or thin
-Zero grams of Trans Fat
-No High Fructose Corn Syrup
-Cholesterol free
-The newly launched Oroweat® Healthfull® bread varieties contain/are:
-Made with 100% whole grains
-Good source of fiber
-80 calories per serving
-No High Fructose Corn Syrup
-Heart healthy
-Zero grams of Trans Fat

Oroweat® bread is available across the Western U.S. and can be found in the Midwestern U.S. as Brownberry® bread and in the Eastern U.S. as Arnold® bread.

Please follow along with Oroweat® on their Facebook page!


We were sent coupons and a gift card to try Oroweat and make a sandwich recipe to share. I chose to use the Healthfull Steele cut oats and honey bread for them for this crazy big sandwich. This puppy really filled us up but was so delicious! Since I wanted to taste this sandwich too, I made the ingredients gluten free and used some other (gluten free) bread for mine.


Shredded BBQ Beef Mac n Cheese Grilled Sandwich 

2-3 lb Chuck Roast
Salt to taste
Pepper to taste
1 TBL oil
1 Cup beef broth
2 TBL Chopped garlic
1 Onion, sliced
2 Cups BBQ Sauce, divided
Cheddar Jack Cheese slices
Macaroni and Cheese (boxed, deli or homemade)
Crunchy onion strings (I made mine gluten free)
Butter
Oroweat® Healthfull® bread slices

Season the beef with salt and pepper, then sear in a hot skillet with a little oil for 3-4 minutes on top and bottom sides. Place in slow cooker along with broth, garlic, sliced onion and 1 Cup bbq sauce. Cook on low 6 hours or until tender and shreds easily (my cooker is best at 6 hrs). Remove from cooker and shred, add in the last 1 Cup bbq sauce, set aside (can add in the cooked onion and garlic leftovers if you want). Make the macaroni and cheese per package (I used boxed Annie's Gluten Free mac n cheese), set aside. If making homemade onion strings do so and set aside in a warm oven.

Melt a little butter in a hot skillet, add 2 slices of bread (per sandwich), carefully pile on a little cheese, macaroni and cheese, roast beef and onion strings (I left open faced to cook as shown). Allow bread to cook and get golden for a couple of minutes. Carefully assemble both slices together and remove to a cutting board. Let rest for a minute then carefully slice. Cook remaining sandwiches. Serve, with napkins and maybe a fork.

the components of our sandwiches

making my homemade onion strings

griddling both sides

this is a beast of a sandwich!


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*Disclosure* I wrote this review and or giveaway for "Mommy? I'm Hungry!" about Oroweat. The coupons for product redemption, information, and gift card have been provided by Oroweat® Bread so that I could try the product and share my thoughts and information about Oroweat®. The opinions expressed in this post are my own and do not reflect the opinions of Oroweat® Bread. This giveaway is provided by the company. Product info are provided by PR or Co.

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