Who, What, Where – A food blogger, sports bottle and online store.

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In the next edition of Who, What, Where, I am introducing you to an awesome food blogger, a hot/cold sports bottle, and an online store.

As always, while I find value in what I will share, ultimately you get to be the one determining value.


Who: Lisa Leake with 100 Days of Real Food

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I was first introduced to 100 Days of Real Food by a friend a few years ago. I was on the hunt for guidance with food education when we were making diet changes to help our oldest.  He was having some development challenges, and food modifications were one of the many things that were recommended. I decided to try her 10-day pledge to clean up the food choices in our home. Her thoughts on real food strategies for converting your pantry  were SO super helpful. Ultimately as a result of her blog and suggestions, we eat real food 80% of the time. Her crockpot chicken recipe remains one that is in my dinner rotation a few times a month.

The reason that I am suggesting that you visit her blog and follow her on FB is because of her AMAZING page dedicated to school lunches.  Now friends, this subject makes me want to rock in a corner. Every.single.day the tinys go to school with lunch. While I am quite cautious about what my kids eat, I am in no way creative. At home, nearly every day, they eat peanut butter and honey sandwiches. I am unable to describe the gnashing of teeth that began when I discovered that one of my kids was attending a nut-free school this year.  Y’all…I cannot. If you are preparing lunch for a child with an allergy, or they attend a school with food restrictions, she has you covered!  Her website gives you the option to filter by restriction.

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I am super visual, so it really helps that she shows pictures of the lunches she packs every day on her FB page.  Here is an example of what you might see:

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Yes, I obviously bought some colorful muffin cups, because the items in said cups will appear tasty and then be eaten.

Here are some great links to help you:

A bit about why she started the blog: http://www.100daysofrealfood.com/start-here/

School lunch ideas: http://www.100daysofrealfood.com/school-lunches/

Nut free lunch ideas: http://www.100daysofrealfood.com/2013/10/07/nut-free-school-lunch-ideas/

Follow on facebook.


What: Thinksport Stainless Steel Sports Bottle

I found this gem online last year, and it has become a favorite.  Besides the amazing deep pumpkin color, I love many things about this go-to water bottle.  Here are just a few.

  • Perfect of hot or cold beverages. Does not sweat (for cold contents) or burn your hand (for hot contents).
  • Colds stay cold for up to 20 hours and hots stay hot for about 4.
  • The fabulous, removable mesh filter keeps the ice from hitting your teeth, and allows you to steep tea without the tea bag blocking the opening.
  • Super easy to clean with removable top parts and dishwasher safe.
  • Simple stainless option, or available in several colors.

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Run on off to Amazon and get one here. (Not an affiliate link)


Where: Thrive Market

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I found this online store a year or so ago through another food blogger.  She raved about the prices, so I gave it a quick look.

The first thing that caught my eye was their mission.  (I am a total believer that a company that lives their mission is worth supporting.)  Their goal is to make healthy food affordable to the masses.  They are a membership-based community like Costco, offering members 25-50% off retail. Part of the mission is that for every paying member, they offer a free membership to a low income family.  Love.

When I compare prices on food items that we previously purchased at Whole Foods or Costco, Thrive wins. Savings, delivery, and free shipping on orders over $50.

My shopping list rotates a bit, but will typically looks like spices, Larabars, organic oats and different types of flours. I will occasionally get some cereal,  organic “lady” products, coconut oil, beans and parchment paper/muffin cups. I do all of the cooking in the house, and most things are made from scratch, so to find a place where I can get raw ingredients cheaper than a grocery store…it is a total win.

The only possible downside is that there is a membership fee, like Costco.  $59 per year. They offer a one month trial which will allow you to try the store without paying the membership fee. You can then check prices and assess convenience yourself.

Anyone that wants to give them a go can get 15% off their first order!  Use this link:

http://thrv.me/shana

Full disclosure…they offer current members $25 in credit for referrals that decide to try a membership.  If that weirds you out, you can avoid the link above and go directly to http://www.thrive.com; however, you will not receive 15% off your first order.

Follow them on facebook for some awesome recipes.


 

 

 

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Who, What, Where – A lawyer, a planner, and a restaurant.

 

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I am starting a new series on the blog this week.

I will highlight a “Who” (Someone amazing with whom you should connect, blogger you should follow), “What” (Something you need in your life: Product, food item, iPhone App, good book, TV series, etc.) and “Where” (Place you need to visit:  Restaurant, cute local brick and mortar business, park, and the like…)

A few promises…

  • There will be humor (subjective of course.)
  • These will all be people who I know personally or have followed online for years, things I use/read/eat/watch, and places I frequent.
  • I will share up front if/when there are any affiliate links, or if I benefit in any way from a connection to a person or product.

While I find value in what I will share, ultimately, you can determine value for yourself.

Here are this week’s features:


Who: Rebecca Matthias

Please e-meet Rebecca Matthias. She is a super sweet attorney that specializes in family and estate planning. I have known Rebecca for many years through our local church. As a result of some networking conversations, I have recently come to understand her offerings more fully.  I naively believed that “estate” planning was for those with a sprawling estate with a vineyard, and actual assets.  Unless by assets you meant the pink slip to our 1997 Crown Vic, I personally did not think that I needed such services. (Ahem) Earlier in the week during an unrelated conversation with Rebecca, she mentioned that most of her clients were young families. I casually asked her to tell me more. She talked about helping parents designate guardianship for their kids if something happened to them, what would happen with insurance benefits, and beneficiaries and….things went dim and silent. I am pretty sure I was the emoji with the flushed cheeks and wide open eyes. Uh…I was her ideal client, and I did not even have something this important on my radar. What an amazing offering and service for ALL families with tinys. She provides a free 15-minute phone call to chat through her services and assess your needs. I went ahead and had my convo with her already and will start the process of all the things. If you are anywhere in California, please connect with her and see if she is a good fit for your family.RebeccaMatthias

Here is her contact info:

Rebecca Matthias

http://www.matthias-law.com

(650)503-6333

Follow her on Facebook        Connect on LinkedIn

 


What: Passion Planner

Please let me tell you of the benefits of using a physical calendar.  One with actual paper, and written notes, and dates.  One that can be touched and carried with you and referenced.  Think back to the days of the franklin covey planners.  I love technology, and my phone is not far from my person most of the day, but my brain does SO much better with a written, physical planner.  There are many on the market, but the one I have settled on is called The Passion Planner. I found this planner when the young creator did a kickstarter campaign to fund the production of a smaller, compact version. (Watch the short kickstarter video here.  It sold me.) Passion Planner offers a space for goal setting, monthly and weekly calendar pages, and a section at the end of each month that helps you review your month and reflect.  I have found the reflection section super helpful.  A few random things that I love are the cover design options, and the fact that it will lay flat when open without being bulky or spiral bound.
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Check out some of the features here:  http://www.passionplanner.com/what-is-it/

There is a digital tour at the bottom of the page that allows you to flip through the pages.

Shop here:  http://www.passionplanner.com/shop/


Where: Main and Elm

Peninsula residents, you must try this fun local gem of a restaurant.  At the beginning of the year, a small group of moms that I meet with was on the hunt for a location to host our monthly meetings.  A friend went to Main and Elm for an event and texted me with excitement about the restaurant, the food and the vibe.  I reached out to the manager, Steve, and he was super accommodating.  We have been meeting there ever since!

Main and Elm took over the popular Main Street Coffee and Roasting Company.  They made some updates to the patio and back area, and added a few menu items.  They are located on Elm, down by the old redwood roller rink.  Quiet little area, but full of character.  Food is indeed great, they have a lovely patio with heaters and fire pits, and everyone that works there is super friendly.  Pay them a visit for breakfast, lunch, dinner, or a yummy dessert.  Also keep them in mind for hosting your next small or large group event!

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Here is how you can Main and Elm:

150 Elm Street
Redwood City, CA 94063
PH: 650-368-3430


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