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Back To School Guide 2017

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Are you tired of replacing lunch bags constantly? You need Fit & Fresh. Better quality, longer lasting!

About Fit & Fresh

Here at Fit & Fresh, we strive to support you & your family in living a healthy lifestyle. We make it easy to pack & take healthy food wherever you go. We manufacture insulated lunch bags, portion control containers, water bottles, shaker cups & more.

Specially designed with both fashion & function in mind! Our insulated lunch bags feature on trend styles & patterns – perfect for kids & adults! Our lunch containers conveniently feature measurement markings for easy portion control, as well as snap-in ice packs to keep food fresh! Plus, you can rest assured that all of our products are completely BPA free!

Not only will you look good, but you will feel good knowing you’re staying on track with your healthy eating goals. Fit & Fresh allows you to carry your healthy meals with confidence!

Headquartered in Providence, Rhode Island, Fit & Fresh is dedicated to manufacturing & distributing products that help support your active, healthy lifestyle. Every product we develop is designed to help make eating healthy on the go easier & more fun – for the entire family!

Our engineers & product designers work diligently to develop innovative products featuring the latest fashions & trends. Our sales & operations teams working tirelessly to bring those products to all your favorite stores/websites around the country. And last, but certainly not least, our marketing & customer service teams work to serve you better.

My Thoughts

I am used to the generic quality of store bought lunch bags. They barely last through the school year, let alone being able to re-use them next year. It gets costly, and frustrating. So, why do it? Why not go with Fit & Fresh, and get something that is good quality and will last?

The women’s bag, Wichita, is a very nice bag. It comes with a nice water bottle that you can keep filled. The zipper opens to reveal lunch containers and an ice pack on the inside. The straps are nice and sturdy, and won’t fall apart within a few uses. It is a good size, allowing room for containers, and snacks. The zipper runs nice and smooth, without catching. This is listed on the website for $29.99.

The men’s roll top bag is super cute, and would work for both men and women. The top rolls down, and it buckles like a belt. There is an ice pack on the inside, which is nice and thin, so that it doesn’t take up a lot of room.  While this doesn’t have a handle on it, it is easy to carry: you just carry it like you would a paper bag. This is listed for $10.00.

The salad container has quickly become a favorite of my husband. He takes his lunch to work daily, and taking salad can be tricky. Even by keeping an ice pack in his lunch box, the salad can become wilted easily. With this salad container, the ice pack sit INSIDE the container, keeping your salad cold and fresh. This is listed for $7.99 on the website.

Most ice packs you get at the store are bulky. Fit & Fresh sells their thin ice packs on their website for under $10! They are definitely worth every penny!

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If you are looking for a good, sturdy pair of shoes for school, look no further than Lugz! These boots will knock your socks off!

About Lugz

Always an innovator and leader in footwear, Lugz first made a name for itself in October of 1993, bringing its first line of boots to market, with the initial product consisting of two styles of boots, a quilted vest and a pair of jeans.

Soon Lugz was endorsed by key players from the world of hip hop and has continued to do so through out the years. One such collaboration led Lugz to breathe life to a whole new category of footwear with the introduction of the first ever celebrity-endorsed “Funk Master Flex” urban driving shoe. This was only the beginning as support then lead to a collaborative line with hip-hop superstar Bryan “Baby” Williams, aka “Birdman” with his own series of sneakers and boots.

 

From its inception, Lugz footwear has been an innovator in the footwear market from its signature styles, to creating trendsetting styles beyond boots and has added casual shoes and athletics to the mix for the Lugz men, Lugz women and Lugz kids lines.

Empire Hi CR Boots

The Empire Hi CR is a water resistant and slip resistant plain toe boot that features our patented Flexastride memory foam technology. This boot, featuring a crinkle style upper, has the perfect blend of style and comfort to protect your feet year round.

DETAILS:

  • Water Resistant Crinkle Permahide Upper
  • Padded tongue and collar
  • Flexastride molded memory foam insole
  • ASTM-F1677, Mark II tested slip resistant rubber sole
  • $84.99

My Thoughts

This is my first pair of boots. Yes, I’ve had snow boots before, but they were always the pull on/velcro type. This is my first pair of grown up, adult boots. I am in love!

I didn’t expect them to be comfortable, but they are. They have a memory foam insole, making them extremely easy to wear all day. The laces are just the right length, and not too long. I love the color of these boots, too! They are so iridescent, and beautiful. They are kind of like Mermaid boots..haha. With the coloring of these boots, I can wear them with almost anything. They have a great fit, and aren’t too tight.

The bottoms of these boots are non-slip. This is the best thing ever, because anyone who knows me, knows that I am a klutz. If there is ice, or water, I am going to slip. These non-slip soles are a beautiful white color, and match perfectly with the coloring of the boots. But better than matching.. the non-slip feature WORKS!  Yes, I wore them in water to test the theory..haha. I had to know what to expect.

Overall, I adore these boots! They are going to get so much wear this fall and winter. They are unlike any other shoes I’ve owned, and I’m excited to wear them!

Giveaway

Lugz has been generous enough to offer a pair of these beautiful boots for a giveaway! Just follow the instructions in the widget to enter! Giveaway goes from now, until 8/13/2017 at 6PM EST.

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We all love a good dish of pasta and pasta sauce. Ragu brings you the best pasta sauce!

About Ragu

In 1914, Assunta Cantisano left Italy from the port of Naples, bound for America with little more than her family’s pasta sauce recipe to her name. Assunta and Giovanni stayed true to their Italian upbringing and put down their roots – literally. Their own backyard garden would ultimately inspire their fresh tomato sauce and delicious meals, planting the humble beginnings of RAGÚ.

In 1937, Giovanni and Assunta set out to support their family and began selling homemade tomato sauce right from their front porch. By 1946, the Cantisanos outgrew their kitchen and opened the first RAGÚ factory in Rochester, NY to better meet the demands for their delicious combination of vine-ripened tomatoes and flavorful herbs.

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The company grew, and so did their commitment to the highest standards of quality for every single batch of fresh tomato sauce. The iconic gondola was added to RAGÚ packaging in the 1950’s as the brand continued to grow. RAGÚ sauce quickly became a centerpiece on family dinner tables across the United States. An Italian tradition turned American classic, this sauce was simmering from coast-to-coast as a staple in some of America’s most popular recipes.

Perfecting our Classic Alfredo recipe, RAGÚ packaged and sold the first nationally distributed white sauce in 1998. With the introduction of RAGÚ Homestyle Sauces, we crafted a thicker, heartier experience that serves as an ode to our family tradition and makes the perfect topping for yours.

For our 80th anniversary, we’re celebrating a legacy of bringing authentic flavors to the table. And with heartier RAGÚ Homestyle Sauces, the tradition continues.

Our Thoughts

Pasta sauce is a staple in our house. My oldest son is the world’s pickiest eater, but he will always eat spaghetti. With Ragu, I know that he is getting quality sauce, that is filled with vegetables. He doesn’t eat vegetables, so I like that I can sneak them into his pasta sauce without him knowing..haha.

Ragu Homestyle sauce is a nice, chunky sauce. It has a great homemade flavor to it, and that really sets it apart from the other sauces. The sauce is thick, so it doesn’t run all over the plate, making a soupy mess. The flavor is out of this world, and has this richness to it that I’ve not tasted in any other store purchased sauces.

My whole family noticed the difference as soon as we sat down to eat. I love that I can grab something nutritious and filling, and know that I’m feeding my family well. These sauces work great for those busy nights, or for the pasta loving family!

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Bic offers plenty of back to school items, including their Velocity mechanical pencils and Gelocity pens.

About Bic

BIC is a family-owned company listed on the Paris Stock Exchange and a world leader in stationery, lighters, and shavers.

For more than 60 years, BIC has honored the tradition of providing high-quality, simple, inventive and reliable choices for everyone, everywhere, every time.

BIC® products provide easy answers for everyday needs. In creating its first product, the BIC® Cristal®ballpoint pen, BIC chose to go straight to what’s essential: create something for everyone to use that is simple, yet reliable, and provides a solution for something that we all do. This vision is at the heart of every brand decision BIC makes.

Bic Velocity Mechanical Pencils

Velocity Pencil features a sliding sleeve over the tip to prevent lead from breaking, a top advance lead mechanism, and a sleek barrel. Smooth opaque rubber grip provides comfort and control while writing. Mechanical pencil has a high-quality eraser, conical retractable lead and three tough leads. Eraser end with a cap keeps eraser clean. Refillable. It has a 0.9mm lead.

Bic Gelocity Pens

BIC Gelocity retractable gel ink rollerball pens provide a smooth, crisp finish when writing at work or at home. With great comfort and control, these rollerball gel ink pens are an ideal choice for all your writing tasks.

  • BIC Gelocity pens feature a dimpled grip for extreme writing comfort.  The extra-wide, nonslip rubber grip is wide and contoured to help reduce cramps and other hand aches.
  • Gelocity gel ink pens feature a gel ink that offers smooth lines and intense color.  Innovative gel ink goes on the page with a fluid, effortless stroke and dries in a hurry to prevent smearing.
  • Convenient clip gives you easy access.  Simply attach it to your pocket, binder or travel bag for use whenever you need it.
  • BIC Gelocity retractable gel ink pens are refillable for continued use.

My Thoughts

Let’s start with the pencils. We really like these pencils, especially for my youngest son. They have a bulkier barrel, making it easier for him to grip. He has fine motor issues, so this is important. The lead writes very smooth, and doesn’t need to be pushed down as often as some other brands. The eraser is larger than others, making it last longer. We love that they come with extra lead and erasers to replace as needed. This is convenient because we don’t have to go looking for them at the store.

The pens are very nice, and I love how they write. I am very picky when it comes to pens, so it’s hard to find one that suits me well. The Bic Gelocity pen is amazing. It glides on paper, and doesn’t skip or go in and out. It has a comfortable grip, making it easy to hold onto. Overall, I am happy with these pens and pencils, and we will definitely be using them often!

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TastyKake brand cakes will make taking your lunch even better! They are great for those school lunches, to give your child a treat!

About TastyKake

We started with an abandoned industrial site and reused the buildings as foundation material for our new bakery. This avoided clearing a forest and reduced construction waste.

We then built our bakery with several features that earned it LEED Silver Certification. LEED stands for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design and it is awarded by the U.S. Green Building Council. LEED is a rating system for green buildings.

The following features of Tasty Baking’s Navy Yard bakery are included in the LEED standards:

  • A white, reflective roof that minimizes heat-absorbing surfaces, which contribute to global warming
  • No-mow, drought-resistant grass that uses less water
  • Half of the wood used in the building and all the wood doors come from certified sustainable sources that work to conserve trees
  • Paint and carpeting with low chemical content that reduce ear, nose and throat irritation
  • Covered parking lot lights that reduce light pollution
  • Bike racks and access to public transportation that reduce vehicle usage and pollution

donutsInside our new bakery, we chose gas as an energy source (which is better for the environment than the electricity we used at our old bakery), and we installed a heat-recycling system that reduces the amount of energy needed to bake our cakes.

A healthy environment is good for all of us. At Tasty, we work to conserve natural resources and are always looking for ways to improve our use of those resources. We encourage our team members to reduce waste whenever possible. At TastyKake, we also package our products in recyclable cartons and cases, which save trees.

We believe these actions make us a better and stronger company.

My Thoughts

This summer TastyKake introduced some new products. I was lucky enough to get to try out some of them. My family tried 2 different donuts, a donutssweet roll and a Kandy kake. The donuts we tried were Birthday Cake and Blueberry. The Birthday Cake donuts were not iced, but rather filled with sprinkles. The flavor was still great, even without icing or coating! The Blueberry donuts were the biggest hit, lasting just over a day..haha. When we first got them, my husband said “I don’t know about this.” It turns out, he loved them! They had a great blueberry flavor, and they were coated in powdered sugar.

The Blueberry Sweet Rolls had the same effect as the blueberry donuts. We fell in love with them right away. They weren’t overly sweet, but rather a nice, pleasant taste. The rolls are a nice size, and filled us up nicely. They had blueberry swirled through them like a cinnamon roll, and were coated in a yummy glaze.

My personal favorite was the Orange Cream Kandy Kake Snack Cakes. I expected them to be overwhelming with the orange flavor, but to my surprise and delight, they weren’t! They taste like Orange Creamsicle, and are simply delicious! They have a light orange flavor, and are coated in a yummy white icing. You get 3 small cakes per package, making these great to send in a school lunch!

Overall, we are very happy with TastyKake, and will definitely be purchasing more of these!

 

 

 

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Germs are everywhere. Let’s face it, we can’t avoid them. Purell keeps us safe from those germs!

About Purell

germsPURELL Hand Sanitizer was invented in 1988 by GOJO to meet the needs of healthcare providers and restaurants operators looking for ways to reduce the spread of germs. Healthcare workers needed to kill germs on their hands when they couldn’t get to soap and water. And restaurant operators needed extra germ-fighting protection to reduce the risk of food contamination.

PURELL Hand Sanitizer was a great success, not only because it was effective at killing 99.99% of most common germs, but because it was convenient, gentle and a pleasure to use. The dispensers and bottles could be placed anywhere, so hand hygiene was no longer restricted to the confines of a sink. And people enjoyed using PURELL Hand Sanitizer because it was refreshing and gentle.

Soon its popularity grew. People who used it at work also thought it would be great to use when they were at home or on the go.

In 1997, PURELL Hand Sanitizer was made available to consumers, forever changing the way the world stays well. It soon became America’s #1 hand sanitizer and a significant part of popular culture.

Today, PURELL Hand Sanitizer remains one of the most recognized brands in the world. It defines the hand sanitizer category and is the brand most preferred by doctors, professionals and consumers everywhere.

And now we’ve taken the next step and introduced PURELL Advanced Hand Sanitizer, the ultimate in germ-killing effectiveness.

My Thoughts

I don’t know about you, but germs are a permanent resident in my house. Imagine the germs in school? YIKES! Well, with Purell, you can germsbe safeguarded. Now, Purell isn’t able to 100% kill every germ, but it’s pretty darn close! They have bottles of sanitizer that you can sit around your house, or classroom.  For those on the go, they have small bottles with a holder, that attaches to backpacks, pocket books, etc. They even have sanitizer wipes that can be carried along on trips. They really do have you covered.

I personally like Purell because of my youngest son. He is autistic, and all of his life, he has a thing for Purell. I have no idea why, but this child will sanitize his hands all day long, but forget to wash them when necessary. So, I keep Purell on hand for those moments that we need them.

Purell has a pleasant scent to it. It’s not overly alcohol-y, and doesn’t burn like some of the cheaper brands do. There are different germsvarieties to choose from, too, as well as different styles. The wipes I put in our to-go bag in the trunk of my car. We take a lot of trips, and make lots of messes along the way. The Purell wipes are perfect for this. I usually have one of the small to-go bottles attached to my pocketbook at all times. This is an easy way to sanitize while out and about, or at school, etc. Overall, I’m very pleased with the Purell line, and we absolutely love them here in our home!

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Nowadays glasses can be very expensive! With GlassesShop.com they don’t have to be!

About GlassesShop

Our Story

GlassesShop is an American owned and operated online retailer of eyeglasses. Since the website launch in 2004, we have delivered over a million pairs of eyeglasses while maintaining our standard of providing the highest quality at affordable prices. We are a group of eye doctors that understands your struggle with the high cost of eyeglasses. We strive to make your experience with GlassesShop.com one that is not only user-friendly but also professional and reliable. Being able to deliver superior eyeglasses at an unbeatably-low price has allowed us to help people all over the world see clearly and, in turn, has provided our team with a more rewarding experience than we could have ever anticipated. We guarantee your satisfaction.

Our Vision

At GlassesShop.com, our client-oriented philosophy makes your visual needs our first priority. We have created a culture of integrity and honesty, so you can shop with confidence.
– Our company strives to ensure all clients will have the best possible customer experience.
– Our frame sourcing and quality control protocols give you the best online selection of unbeatable-priced eyeglasses anywhere. – Our Quality Assurance optical technicians will inspect your eyeglasses extensively before they are delivered. – Our prescription eyeglasses frames and sunglasses come with a 90-day quality guarantee. – Our international logistic centers allow us to provide the most stylish top quality eyeglasses at unbeatable prices to customers around the world. From our integrated, centralized international distribution center, we are able to ship orders worldwide and service customers across the globe. We have delivered our quality eyewear to customers in more than 45 countries!

My Thoughts

 

I was very impressed when I received my glasses. I got two very different pair: one pair is wire frame with nose pads, while the other is a plastic frame. The wire frames fit perfectly, without needing any adjustments. The plastic frames, however, were pretty lopsided. This is easily remedied by using directions found on Youtube, or by visiting your local eye doctors for an adjustment.

The wire frames came with anti-glare and anti-scratch coating, to make them last longer. I ordered the plastic frames with the same options, but added the photochromic lenses. I like the photochromic option because I don’t have to worry about adding sunglass lenses over my frames. The photochromic lens works great, and changes easily in the light.

The frames are both very sturdy, and high quality, which I wasn’t expecting, to be honest. II figured that they would be cheap and flimsy, based on the price. Boy was I wrong! These are great glasses, and quality ones. They will last for quite a while, and unless my vision changes, I won’t need to replace them for a few years.

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