Friday, June 8, 2018

Our Current Favorite Kitchen Items (Plastic Free Kitchen Part two)


It's no secret that we've been working on replacing the plastic in our kitchen with non-toxic items. We also tossed out all of our non-stick cookware. We were originally planning on getting a new set but after researching which set to get we realized all non-stick is pretty toxic, especially when scratched... Ours was missing a lot of the lining on the bottom due to scratches, so apparently we had been eating all those harmful toxins.

Cookware
If you are looking for a safer/non-toxic cookware option, the top two non-toxic recommendations are stainless steel and cast iron. I recommend Lodge for cast iron. I tried a no name brand to save money and it just didn't work the same.

Pyrex
We use a lot of Pyrex in our house in the form of mixing bowls, casserole dishes, bread pans, and now food storage containers. We were previously using plastic containers and Tupperware items to store AND reheat our food. It is highly recommended that if you choose to store your food in plastic that you don't microwave food in them...When I found this out I talked with all my friends and apparently they had already known that microwaving in plastic was a big no, no, lol. Just in case one of you are like me and didn't know, I thought I'd mention it. You learn something new everyday right!

Pyrex has a new line called Pyrex Ultimate that has glass containers with both glass and silicone lids. Even the lids are plastic free!

Pura Stainless Waterbottles
I mentioned these before here in my kids kitchen items post. We have two different water bottles for the girls, insulated and the sport style for dance. My husband and I each have a larger one of these as well and we love them!

Get it Right Silicone utensils
I love GIR utensils! They are easy to cook with and they have soooo many fun colors to choose from! I decided to get a bright rainbow of colored utensils for my kitchen! My personal favorite is the spoonula!

Bamboo Utensils
We have a small basic set of bamboo utensils we found at ROSS.

Bamboo Cutting Board
I have been wanting a bamboo cutting board for a while. We found ours at Homegoods. I love that bamboo is considered more sanitary because there are fewer knife marks left in bamboo leaving less room for bacteria to hide!

Glass cups
Honestly we just barely got glass cups like 6 months ago at ROSS. We were using plastic cups because we were scared kids would climb cabinets and break them. My kids are slightly older now, however, we have only had one glass break but it had nothing to do with my kids lol.
(to see our kids cups and dinnerware choices check out my kid plastic free post)

Stainless Steel Strainer
We really like this one that we got at target. It's a lot smaller than our previous plastic one was but we've never had an issue with it being to small for our family of 5. Even when feeding guests.

We are still working towards being plastic free in the kitchen. But I thought I would share some of our favorite items so far. I hope this post was helpful!




Xoxo, 

Momma Koyle 


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Monday, May 21, 2018

Kids Plastic Free Dinnerware

If you follow me on Instagram you may already know that we are making the switch away from plastic in our kitchen.

Ive gotten a lot of questions about why. I don't want to go into too many details of why, because that is not the main point of this post. However, long story short while searching for new cookware we learned that nonstick was actually a lot worse than I thought. I had always heard that it wasn't very good for you, but I didn't really understand or realize how bad. So we threw out all our old scratched up non stick and replaced it with safer options (I'll share more on that later.)

As I was learning about cookware I started coming across a lot of information about plastics being harmful as well. Yes, even BPA free plastics have people questioning if they are really safe. We decided that we wanted to skip plastic all together and try to find the best and safest options out there for our family, especially our kids.

Here are the kids items that we found!


1. Pura Stainless 
Pura has stainless steel water bottles for the WHOLE family. They are also the ONLY water bottle company I have found that is 100% plastic free! I love that they have interchanging lids, from bottle tops, to sippy cups, straws, and sports lids! You can keep the same bottle for years and years and just change out the top as your kid grows! Everyone in our family has at least one of these water bottles and they are a huge hit. They have insulated and non insulated options as well! If you want to read more about it here is their FAQ page

2. Bobo & Boo
Bobo and boo is a bamboo dinnerware small shop that come in lots of fun colors! My girls love the colors and they are able to safely add color with only having .05% of food safe mineral pigment. So they are not painted or coated in anything! They are BPA, PVC, Phthalate, Lead, Cadmium, and Mercury free. They do have a trace amount of melamine in them which allows them to be top rack dishwasher safe. They are not microwave safe which doesn't bother me because we don't use the microwave much anyways. These bamboo sets are a very fun, cute, and affordable option. They have a very detailed FAQ page on their website that can answer all your nontoxic questions about their product!  

3. Avanchy
Avanchy is another bamboo option. They are a little higher of a price point so we only have one of each of the toddler sized plates for my girls. I like that they have separated sections for runny side dishes so food doesn't "touch" (in case you also have one of those picky eaters). These are 100% Bamboo with no fillers. They are BPA, BPS, Lead, Phthalate, and Melamine Free. They are hand wash only and not microwave safe. And of course here is their FAQ page as well, if your anything like me you like to read all about products before you buy. 

4. Snack Bags
Ok, so we haven't gotten these yet but they are on my list of things to get. The girls were bringing their lunch a lot earlier this year and I would love to have some reusable bags (esp with cute designs haha)  instead of throwing away multiple plastic sandwich and snack backs everyday. 

I hope these help you in your non plastic search. This post is obviously kid themed, but I plan to do another post soon about other/more kitchen items that we have switched out in our plastic free/ non toxic journey. 




Xoxo, 

Momma Koyle 


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Wednesday, April 25, 2018

Beach Family Photos

I have always wanted to get family pictures by the beach. Since we don't live near any beaches we have never had that opportunity. When we decided (AKA I finally convinced my husband) to go to the California beach for vacation I knew that was my chance. 

I really liked our photographer. We used Maryrose Richards Photography. She was very friendly and great with my girls. If you're in SoCal or planning a trip to SoCal I would Recommend giving her a call.

Here are some of my top favorites from our beach family photos.





















I am so glad that we got family photos on our vacation. I love that I can always have these to look back on.

Xoxo, 

Momma Koyle 


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Friday, March 23, 2018

Little Boys Swimwear

After doing a favorite swimwear post for little girls, I was surprised to find that people requested that I do a swimwear post for little boys.  Since I only have girls, boy land is pretty foreign to me. 😂

After searching a bit these are what I found that I really liked for little boys.





I hope you like my picks! If I had a little boy, he would be rocking these.




Xoxo, 

Momma Koyle 


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Friday, March 16, 2018

Little Girls Swimwear

The girls and I are HUGE fans of swimming. If you are new to following us on Instagram you might not know that swimsuits are kinda a big deal to us. We spend almost every day of the summer at the pool. It is our favorite activity. We get asked often where we find our swimsuits. With spring break and warmer weather around the corner, I thought now would be a great time to share some of our favorites!

The girls don't personally own all of these swimsuits but they do own about half of them. The others are ones I've had my eyes on.



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We are looking forward to the warmer weather. I hope you love these swimsuit picks as much as we do!




Xoxo, 

Momma Koyle 


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Monday, March 12, 2018

My Beach Vacation Must Haves

Spring break is just around the corner and I thought it might be helpful if I did a traveling necessities post before spring break hits! I personally crave warm places for vacation so my picks will be guided towards a sunny vacation.

1. Luggage
I feel like this is a given. Luggage is a must have to be able to pack. We recently got the girls THESE in the 3 different colors.  I love the bright colors. It would be hard to mix up their luggage with someone else's. Their luggage can be tipped and rolled with the handle AND they have 4 wheels!  I'm really excited about this because my girls should have no issue pushing/ pulling their own luggage now! Actually, the girls luggage is now better than ours, I'm thinking I might need to upgrade my own luggage soon.😂


2. Sunglasses
I found pink mommy and me aviators so you know those are on our list for traveling (or anytime) necessities.
3. Swimsuits
Swimsuits are my weakness. I plan on writing another blog post about my top favorite swimsuits a little later on. A couple of brands I am currently crushing on are KortnijeaneRAD swim, and Whimsey tails.

4. Beachwear and coverups
Obviously if you are going to a beach you might not want to be in your swimwear 24/7, but being in normal clothes might seem like a bit much. I recently found Cabana Life and I am obsessed with all their cute beachwear. They are sun protection clothing and they have lots of swimsuits, coverups, and beach ready attire for the whole family.


5. Beach Toys.
I am loving this beach toy set here. My favorite is the little molds. 
6. Water bottles
I really like camelbak water bottles. They don't leak like many of the other ones do and they have some of the cutest designs. These ones are perfect styles for the beach! 
7. Beach hats
Right now Target has a bunch of fun sun hats that I have been eyeing. Like this one here.

 
As much as I absolutely love the beach, we don't get to go as often as I would like. I am sure I missed some things, since it has been awhile. I would love to know some of your beach favorites!




Xoxo, 

Momma Koyle 


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