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.

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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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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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Review: Wexy eco-friendly snack bags

*I received a complimentary pack of Wexy snack bags to review.*

Reusable snack bags are a great idea, but sometimes you need something you can toss. Maybe your child needs a “brown bag” lunch for a field trip. Maybe you’re sending your baby to a church nursery or daycare, and there’s a possibility your reusable bag may get misplaced. There’s also the cleaning issue. Have you noticed that reusable snack bags often pick up a soapy smell and taste, whether they’re washed by hand, washing machine, or dishwasher?

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Moms Carie and Tracey created Wexy after realizing children with a gluten intolerance or food allergies often feel left out by the bright packaging on many kids’ food products ins tores. Wexy eco-friendly snack bags feature four “monsters.” Sammy the Surfer is gluten and dairy-free. Bailey the Bubble Maker loves organic foods. Scout the Soccer Player makes healthy snacks, and Dusty the Diver loves raw foods.

These BPA-free bags can be reused, but they are also biodegradable. They’re even made with 100 percent recycled materials, and they’re made in the USA!

Our Experiences:

No complaints here! I like the monsters on the bags. They’re really cute and fun, and they do attract Baby J’s attention. He’s immediately curious to see what’s in the bag. The bags hold plenty of snacks. Definitely enough for two snack servings for Baby J.

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The bags feel thin and a little fragile (I’m guessing because they’re biodegradable?), but I haven’t had one break on me yet. I’ve had bags getting squashed around inside a diaper bag, but, again, no breakage.

I’d love to hear from someone who has put these bags in their composter! I’m curious to know how quickly and well they biodegrade.

Buy three packs of Wexy bags (28 bags in each) on Amazon for $12.99. Or purchase a single box of 28 for $3.99 on the Wexy website. To learn more about Wexy, click HERE.

Note: I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.

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CLOSED Giveaway: Reusable CoolGearCan, 8/21-27

This is the coolest teen product right now! Check out their video:

Introducing a new way to drink your favorite beverages. The coolgearcan™ is portable,
earth-friendly, reusable and fashionable! Available in lots of fun, bright colors and trendy prints. Soon you can buy these colorful cans at CVS, Walmart, and Bed Bath & Beyond. Or, purchase these cans at the company’s web store for $9.99 each.

I have 2 teen girls who fought over this when it came in the mail. Truly is a cool way to carry your cold beverages!
The can design even has a nutritional type picture on the side.- from Five Lil Bass in Tow

Check out all these neat designs! You could have one for every day or every mood.

Check out the top; it looks like a real can!

•BPA Free
•Double wall insulation keeps drinks cold
•Spill-proof slider lid
•Wide mouth makes it easy to fill & add ice
•Hand wash only

To open and shut the drinking part is just a slide piece and to open and shut the can is just a screw top. Cool Gear has made another wonderful product that is cute and easy to use! We have a couple other Cool Gear products that we use on a regular basis. – from Five Lil Bass in Tow

If you are not 100 percent happy with your product please contact them.
All their products are BPA Free.

Note: Five Lil Bass in Tow received one CoolGearCan to test and review. My Life: A Work in Progress was not compensated for this post and is not responsible for prize fulfillment.

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