Over the last few years I have slowly changed the way we have done things to make us healthier. We have gradually increased our activities so we are more active and getting in more consistent exercise. We changed our food habits to more positive ones, cutting out unhealthy food choices and eventually buying more and more organic items. The next thing on my list was cutting out using plastics with our food. The first thing I did was stop heating up our food in plastic containers in the microwave. When plastic is heated, the chemicals are leached into our food. That was an easy one to change! Now I’ve read all about how we should not be using the microwave and that totally makes sense! But since I don’t use it that much, I’m not quite ready to ditch it completely…maybe soon though! One thing at a time- that’s my rule! Cutting our plastic use with our foods has been one of those things I have been working on. I stopped using plastic plates and cups for the kids last year. We all drink out of Mason Jars now!
I love the 16oz wide mouth jars, and the kids use 8 oz mason jars to drink out of. They are sturdy, easy for them to hold since they have the weave pattern on them… Not to mention its the southern thing to do! I love mason Jars!
Here is a handy tip: Add a metal shaker ball & a lid to make your own shaker for quick protein shakes! I even scrambled eggs in it the other morning!
I love these cool colored ones! I found the blue mason jars ones first and then my friend Marge messaged me while I was on our road trip saying she found the purple ones. I of course asked her to order me a case! THEN today I found green ones! I’ll need to wait till we make our final move out to CA because I have more then enough right now!…. mmm can you really have too many mason jars? lol!
I finally broke down and got all the kids some Planet Lunch Boxes! They are an BIG investment and I just couldn’t bring myself to take the plunge last year. After realizing I was going to be wasting MORE money on plastic divided boxes that I just wasn’t happy with, that would break or would get yucky, I finally decided to order them for the start of school.
I let them choose which magnet they wanted to use to decorate them. I got the complete set with magnets, the ice pack (all water no chemicals!) and some extra silicone squares to help separate food if needed.
I carry water around with me all day. Last year I had tried switching to a glass water bottle but it was so heavy! I hated lugging it around, so I went back to my regular plastic one. I really wanted to find a stainless steal one. I had switched the kids to stainless steal Thermos, so I wanted something similar but just couldn’t find something I liked in till I came across a water bottle at the Young Living Convention. It was sold by Life Science Publishing at their booth. It was stainless steal and it had an Alkaline water filer built into the bottle! I also fell in LOVE with the shirts the staff were wearing, so I had to pick up a few!
I bought one and fell in love with it so I went back the next day to get one for my husband but they were all out!( They said it would be a few months to get more in stock too! I decided to check out Amazon and see if they had something similar and they did, but it was a stick that you put into your own water bottle.
I threw that in my cart, but needed another stainless steel one, one that would be a bit bigger then the other one I just picked up. Luckily I found this one on Amazon! Its an Avion Bottle and holds 17oz.
I’m kind of picky about the mouth opening! I don’t want ice hitting me in the mouth when I drink it, so a big opening is out. I didn’t want a straw or any plastic to clean on it, so when I found this one I knew it would be perfect! Plus the opening is wide enough to put ice cubs in to keep it extra cold. One other thing I didn’t like about my plastic or glass bottle was it sweated and would get my purse wet when I dropped it in. This one has a double wall to keep the liquid cold (or hot!) and the outside is room temp! Its so weird picking up a warm bottle and getting ice cold water from it! So cool! lol They come in different FUN colors too! My favorite color is teal like the ocean, it reminds me of Hawaii!