Review: Squeez’Ems by BooginHead #toddlerapproved

It’s no secret I’m a fan of reusable squeeze pouches for kids (and adults too). They’re eco-friendly because they eliminate waste, and since you’re filling the pouch yourself, you know exactly what’s going into it.

BooginHead sent me a 2-pack of their Squeez’Ems to review.

The Squeez’Ems I received are designed a little differently than other reusable food pouches I’ve tried or seen on the market. BooginHead also does sell the typical zipper-pouch style (think Ziploc), if that’s what you’re looking for.

The design I’m reviewing here has plastic parts that screw together, instead of the “zipper.” The pouches are free of BPA, PVC, and phthalates. Each pouch functions as a one piece design to eliminate lost parts. The cap is attached to the rest of the pouch. Squeez’Ems are freezer and microwave safe. You can even wash the pouches on the top rack of the dishwasher (although, hand washing is recommended for longevity). Each pouch holds approximately 6 ounces of pureed food.

I went ahead and washed one pouch in the dishwasher, just to make sure it wasn’t going to fall apart. It didn’t, so no issues there. From that point on, I have hand washed the pouches; I do want them to last. I recommend rinsing out your pouch as soon as possible. If you’re not able to get to it right away, soak the inside with water for an hour or so before washing. I use a bottle brush to wash.

The easiest way to fill these pouches is to use a funnel. I have a small, collapsible funnel from Target that I bought for a few dollars. I’ve also filled the Squeez’Ems without a funnel, and just used a long-handled baby spoon. A regular spoon would work too, but my goal was to make the least amount of mess possible, of course.

Squeez’Ems are easy to use with any pureed foods. We’ve used ours with apple sauce, yogurt blends, baby cereal, and mashed banana. I’ve given a pouch to Baby J as a breakfast when I was busy. Of course the pouches should only be used under adult supervision, but even so, I didn’t have to worry about an enormous mess when Baby J was eating baby cereal from his Squeez’Ems. Clean up is much easier!

The Squeez’Ems pouches are also good for snacking on the go. In the summer, I’ll probably either have to place the pouch in a freezer container with an ice pack, or I’ll have to freeze the pouch contents ahead of time and let it thaw in the diaper bag. During the winter, I don’t have to worry about the contents getting too warm. I just toss the pouch into the diaper bag, and on we go! It’s great for my morning jogs outside. Baby J easily eats his breakfast from a Squeez’Ems while sitting in the jogging stroller.

BooginHead also sells the PaciGrip (and there’s a Create-Your-Own option), the SippiGrip, the SplatMat, and the PaciPouch.

You can find BooginHead products in stores like Walmart, Babies’RUs, and TJMaxx. Purchase online from Amazon or directly from BooginHead.com. Follow BooginHead on Twitter and Facebook for more info and product updates.

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CLOSED Giveaway: Win a PURE glass bottle and Juice in the Box

 

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Welcome to the Santa’s Little Helper Giveaway Hop, hosted by Viva Veltoro and So Easy Being Green!

We all know that everyone could use a little help around the holidays, so for this event I’ve teamed up with more than 50 other bloggers to be your Santa’s Little Helper… giving away prizes that anyone would want to see under the tree! You might find the perfect gift for a little one on your list – or even for yourself, so hop around to all the blogs, including the GRAND PRIZE, on the linky at the bottom of this post!

Here on My Life: A Work in Progress, thanks to my sponsors at Precidio Design, I’m giving away a PURE glass bottle ($24.95) and a Juice in the Box ($11.99). These two drink containers are perfect to help you and your little one make smart, healthy, green choices this holiday season and beyond. Or give them away as gifts to someone else! Either way, these containers are sure to make someone happy.

Read my review on the PURE glass bottle HERE and the Juice in the Box HERE. Both are also featured in my Holiday Gift Guide, which you can view HERE.

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Terms & Conditions: Sweepstakes open to residents of the US and Canada. Must be 18 years or older. Void where prohibited by law. Two entrants allowed per household. Odds of winning depend on total number of eligible entries received. Once winner has been selected and emailed, winner will have 48 hours to respond or new winner will be randomly selected. If winner is Canadian resident, the winner must answer a skills question before receving prizes. Winner’s names may be posted on this blog and other social media and Web sites. My Life: A Work in Progress is not responsible for prize fulfillment. Color of Juice in the Box may vary. Sweepstakes not associated with Facebook or any other social media platform. Entrance into the sweepstakes indicates acceptance of these terms and conditions.

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The hosts of this hop have put together a Grand Prize Package for a lucky little one! This Santa’s Little Helper is going to deliver to one lucky reader… a $100 Gift Card to jrfashionista.com and a $100 Gift Card to Pediped.com to get that little one styling, a $75 Gift Card to Hearthsong.com, and a $50 GC to Build-a-Bear to satisfy their Toy List, and a Crane USA Adorable Cool Mist Humidifier and Nightlight, so they can sleep soundly waiting on St. Nick!

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Note- So Easy Being Green, Viva Veltoro, the Blogging Mamas Network, and the Santa’s Little Helper participating bloggers including My Life: A Work in Progress are not responsible for sponsors who do not fulfill prize obligations.

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Review: PURE glass bottle #holidaygiftguide

Did you catch my review on Juice in the Box? PURE glass bottles are designed by the same company, and they sent me one of their bottles to review, along with the Juice in the Box.

PURE glass bottle- doesn't shatter when dropped. Find out more on My Life: A Work in Progress

What’s unique about PURE glass bottles is the design that makes them safe if dropped. The bottles are made from borosilicate glass, that can withstand high impacts. If the glass does break, the safe-shell coating keeps the glass shards contained, so there’s a drastically less chance of injury. There’s less clean-up too! The bottle is 100 percent recyclable, so if it breaks, you can toss the entire bottle into a recycling container.

The wide mouth of this bottle allows you to add ice, fruit wedges, and other flavoring. The wideness also makes it easy to clean. I’ve taken my PURE glass bottle everywhere:

PURE glass bottle at Busch Gardens- My Life: A Work in Progress
PURE glass bottle at Busch Gardens
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PURE glass bottle at orchestra rehearsal
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PURE glass bottle goes for a jog (just don’t balance it precariously inside the stroller hood!)

I had no intention of testing the shatter-proof ability of my PURE glass bottle, but I accidentally did. It was dropped a couple of times inside our home, on the kitchen linoleum and living room carpet (I have a toddler, it happens). The bottle survived each time, no problem. And then…

My husband actually came running with me one evening, and he ended up putting the jogging stroller in my car trunk for me, after we were finished. Well, I had my PURE glass bottle in the folded up stroller hood (I keep stuff in the hood all the time). Later that day I couldn’t find the PURE bottle, but figured it’d show up soon. It never occurred to me that the bottle was inside the stroller. A couple of days later, I was opening up the stroller to go jogging, and wouldn’t you know? The PURE glass bottle fell right out of the hood and onto the cement. Booooooo!

But the safe-shell coating worked! Not only did the bottle not shatter everywhere, the outside was still smooth to the touch. I could NOT feel any cracks, bumps, etc., on the outside. I’m sad that my bottle is gone, but happy that I was able to inadvertently test out all of the company’s claims!

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Cracked on the inside, but the outside is completely smooth!

The bottle I received currently retails for $24.95, so it’s not the most inexpensive reusable bottle out there. But I have to say, this bottle is really elegant and sleek, and it’s glass (see below why that matters). I think the PURE glass bottle would make a lovely gift for someone (or for yourself). Also, if you buy two bottles, shipping is free to US and Canada.

So why choose glass?

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To purchase and to learn more about PURE, including the history of glass and private label options, visit the following links:

PURE website | PURE glass bottle on Facebook | Precidio Design on Twitter | PURE glass bottle on Pinterest

Where would you take your PURE glass bottle?

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