Review: Cuppow canning jar drinking lids and BNTO jar lunchbox adaptor #holidaygiftguide

This year I started doing my own canning. So far I’ve made and canned chilli jam, fig jam, and muscadine grape jelly. It’s a great and delicious way to use up your surplus produce. What to do with all the empty mason jars afterwards can be a conundrum. But¬†I have an obsession with reusable containers, especially reusable drink cups (probably related to my coffee addiction?). Upcycling my empty canning jars into a travel mug or lunch containers is an easy, eco-friendly solution! Cuppow sent me two of their canning jar lids and their BNTO jar lunchbox adaptor to review.

Cuppow and BNTO- upcycle your canning jars. Find out how on My Life: A Work in Progress

About:

Cuppow products are one hundred percent American-made. The company is founded on the goal to reduce environmental impact, both in their own production and supply chain, and through the use of their reusable products. Their durable products are made from food-grade polypropylene and free of BPA, phthalates, and BPS. The minimal recyclable packaging is made from recycled materials.

The Cuppow’s¬†jar drinking lid¬†is available for regular or wide mouth mason jars.¬†Use it for your water, juice, tea, and coffee, and eliminate waste in the process. The newer version is now designed to fit straws (the original does not).

The BNTO jar lunchbox adaptor is a six-ounce container that sits down inside of a wide mouth canning jar and allows you to take both wet and dry ingredients with you on the go. Grab your mason jar and use it for a yogurt parfait, salad with dressing, carrot sticks and ranch, celery and peanut butter, cereal and milk, etc. The list goes on!

Both the drinking lid and lunchbox adaptor are dishwasher safe and available in a variety of colors.

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Infographic- courtesy of Cuppow.com
Our Experiences:

I kept the wide-mouth canning jar lid for myself and gave the narrow-mouth lid to a friend. Her kids love using it to drink water, and she’s received several compliments at church, when she took the Cuppow along with her. My friend has mentioned that when she drinks from her jar and Cuppow, her nose touches the little air hole on the lid, so she has to tilt the jar to the side while drinking. I guess that is a long-nose-person problem, because it doesn’t happen to me!

The first time I used my Cuppow lid for coffee, the jar did get really hot, so I’m planning on crocheting a little jar cozy for my mason jar. If you don’t sew or crotchet, you could make a no-sew cozy with fleece. Cut out a piece that will fit neatly around your jar. Then cut the ends of the fabric into little tabs that you can tie together. You could also make a fabric cozy that snaps around your jar. If you don’t fancy making your own cozy, the Cuppow website sells a jar insulator that stretches to fit different sizes of jars. A quick search on Etsy for “jar cozy” or “jar cozie” will bring up dozens of handmade cozies of all different types, colors, and designs.

Yesterday evening, I carried my Cuppow and jar with me when we were running some errands. I had knit gloves on, because it was cold outside, and that actually worked perfectly with the bare glass jar. The heat from the coffee warmed my hands, and the gloves kept me from being burned. I actually really like to use my Cuppow for drinking water. I don’t know what the science is behind it (something to do with how glass conduces heat…), but it seems that the jar keeps my water cooler longer than my plastic bottles, especially if I put the jar in the fridge first.

I haven’t had the opportunity to take the BNTO with me yet outside of our home, but I love the concept. The BNTO is designed for a large, wide-mouth glass jar. My large jars are all regular-mouth. The photo immediately below shows you the general idea, though. The BNTO is sitting in the wide-mouth jar in the left, but unfortunately the jar’s a little small for what I want to do. I could still probably use it for a nuts/yogurt combo or something with a similar proportion. The large jar on the right is filled with arugula, and you can see how a little BNTO filled with salad dressing can sit nicely on top of the lettuce, inside the jar. Unfortunately, since it’s a narrow-mouth jar, I can’t put the BNTO in there. I need to get a big wide-mouth jar!

Cuppow and BNTO- upcycle your canning jars. Find out how on My Life: A Work in Progress

Cuppow and BNTO- upcycle your canning jars. Find out how on My Life: A Work in Progress
Regular-mouth Cuppow lid
 Cuppow and BNTO- upcycle your canning jars. Find out how on My Life: A Work in Progress
Wide-mouth Cuppow lid
 Cuppow and BNTO- upcycle your canning jars. Find out how on My Life: A Work in Progress
He approves.

Visit Cuppow online to see their products. Use their store locator to find their products in a store near you, or purchase online. You can also follow Cuppow on Twitter and Facebook. Check their Facebook page to see all sorts of ways people have used their lids and BNTO.

What would you use your Cuppow lid/jar or BNTO lunchbox for? Where would you take it?

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Giveaway: $50 Starbucks Gift Card, 11/1-11/22

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It’s Fall, Y’all!!!
Just in time for Fall we have an amazing giveaway for all you coffee or tea lovers!
We have teamed up with Everything Mommyhood, Love Juliebug, Money Saving Deals, Budget Earth, and 3 Sons Have I, along with a few other bloggers to offer a $50 Starbucks gift card to ONE LUCKY READER!!!

When I heard about this giveaway, I knew immediately I wanted to join in and bring it to my readers. I’m a huge fan of coffee and tea (especially coffee), and pumpkin spice lattes are a “hot” drink right now (in more than one way). Win this giveaway, and you can buy a whole lotta PSLs! I’m a little jealous, I’ll admit. -Elisebet

US Residents, 18 and up only!
One entrant per household.
Winner has 48 hours to claim their prize once emailed, or a new winner will be chosen.
Giveaway begins 11/1/2013 at 12am EST and ends 11/22/2013 at 11:59pm EST.

Disclosure- My Life: A Work in Progress did not receive compensation for the promotion of this giveaway. All opinions are 100% our own and were not influenced in any way. Everything Mommyhood will be responsible for prize shipment. My Life: A Work in Progress is not responsible for prize fulfillment. Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Google, and any other social media are not affiliated with this giveaway. This disclosure is done in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission 10 CFR, Part 255 Guides Concerning the use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.

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A Family Outing: The Griffin Espresso Bar

Fredericksburg is one of my favorite little Northern Virginia towns. The downtown is lined with historic stone buildings containing delightful little¬†shops and cafes. On my last visit, I discovered “The Griffin,” a bookstore and espresso bar.

The Griffin Bookstore and Espresso Bar

 The Griffin Bookstore and Espresso Bar

Here’s the delicious iced raspberry latte I ordered:

 The Griffin Bookstore and Espresso Bar
The staff at The Griffin were great with kids too, both Baby J and my nephews. In fact, they even have a little kids section in the bookstore.

emegburg's Kids Corner album on Photobucket

Besides the main area with the espresso bar and the children’s room, there are three other little rooms filled with bookshelves.

The Griffin Bookstore and Espresso Bar
One of the smallest book rooms

The Griffin also has a large table to sit at inside, patio area out front, and a lovely patio area in the back.

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The cookie and latte at The Griffin were delicious. I loved the atmosphere of the place, as well as the friendliness of the staff. We didn’t try the patio area, because of the heat. Well, that and Baby J would spend the entire time trying to climb up and down the stairs, which is still dangerous for him! The only thing I didn’t love about The Griffin is the books were fairly new, with many of them still being published. When I go to a used bookstore, I hunt for my favorite 20th century, out-of-print,¬†Gothic romance authors: ¬†Victoria Holt, Joan Aiken, Madeleine Brent, Mary Stewart, M.M. Kaye, and so on. I didn’t find any books from these authors there and instead spotted names of current authors.

It was a really fun, quaint, little store. On my next trip to Fredericksburg, I do plan to return to The Griffin for another iced latte and browse some more books!

Are you a reader? Where’s your favorite place to sit and read?

Note: I was not compensated for this post.

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