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I love to travel. Many of you know this as my family and I traveled for over a year across the country. And while we are a little more settled now, we are still trying to explore the many treasures offered in our home state of Texas.

With traveling comes packing and worse, unpacking. I don’t mind packing so much. Everything is clean and organized and I am excited for the trip. But the aftermath is not so much fun. Let’s be honest, opening a suitcase stuffed with dirty clothes when returning home exhausted is about the last thing anyone wants to do.

In my travels, I have learned that the better organized I am going into the trip, the easier re-entry is. I love bags that sort smaller items like socks, undies, and bathing suits. Color-coding them for each person makes things even better.

Packing Smarter… and Cuter

Last month, we traveled to South Padre Island for a weekend by the beach. We were very excited but I knew that we were returning to school on Monday so limiting the mess I brought home was imperative. So I tried out ZizzyBee Bags for our mini trip to Paradise.

“I received a set of Zizzybee Bags for the purpose of this review.
All opinions are mine. It is my universe, after all.”

For Little Diva, I chose the cute black and white circles. The larger one carried her delicates and socks and the smaller was perfect for her bathing suits. They sent us on our way without clutter. And the bag served beautifully for damp bathing suits on the return. The bags breathed and kept the wet clothes separate.

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Side note, Mr. Hero tried to help and thought it was a laundry bag. He threw the whole bag in the wash with the bathing suit inside. The bag and the suit came out perfect.

They say that they are washable and I can attest that they are. So, that’s a win!

I chose the bright colored bag for myself.

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The bags fit easily into those weird spots in the suitcase making the most of the space. I mean, who wouldn’t want to travel with these cute bags?!?

So I will definitely be packing for my nest trip o Paradise (or anywhere else) with Zizzybee Bags.  

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P.S. These bags are also great for Barbies and cheer clothes. I’m pretty sure that they will work for just about anything.

Want to learn a little more? Check out their website – Zizzybeebags.com.

Funny name but smart product!

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Busy little bodies require entertainment, especially during a long wait at, say, the doctors office. Producer Stephanie Bryson shares several ideas for quiet toys that will keep kids busy.
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1. BBQ Guru

www.bbqguru.com

The most advanced high-tech BBQ accessory to hit the market. The CyberQ Cloud is the newest must-have temperature control device that is going to give you the ultimate barbecue experience and will be your new secret weapon for cooking delicious meals every time, especially at tailgates. You can get distracted at tailgates, so CyberQ Cloud’s cutting-edge technology makes outdoor cooking easier than ever before. BBQ Guru’s high-tech control helps solve the two most common problems of cooking outdoors by automatically controlling your cooking temperature and consistently tracking your food temperatures. With built-in food ready alarms, voice control activation, and automatic oven-like control for your smoker, the CyberQ Cloud does the work for you and eliminates the guesswork of knowing when your food is done. Hook up your CyberQ Cloud to your grill, set your desired temperature, and, almost like magic, it consistently maintains your target temperature. This means you and your fellow football fans can finally say goodbye to tough, chewy, and dried out meat. Also with “Alexa” integration. Available for most grills starting around $200.

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2. OWC Thunderbolt 3 Dock

www.owcdigital.com

Keep everything charged and all your devices connected at your tailgate with an amazing 13 ports, the OWC Thunderbolt 3 Dock brings exceptional connectivity to Thunderbolt 3 laptops and computers through a single Thunderbolt 3 cable, delivering unprecedented power and speed to laptops and other devices. Stay connected at your tailgate with this monster dock. Also invaluable for your home or office for $299. Remember, more ports equals more fun!

3. The Curious Creamery

www.thecuriouscreamery.com

Fresh “boozy” ice cream, right at your tailgate. The Curious Creamery allows you to make delicious, gourmet ice cream on the fly without using an ice cream maker. You start with a $1.99 starter pack of your choice and in minutes you have a tasty treat that’s gluten free, lactose free, preservative free, high fructose corn syrup free and more. Choose from the Ice Cream Mix, the Ice Cream Cake Mix, or the Alcoholic Ice Cream Mix. Try all the flavors!

4. Copper Chef Grill Mats

www.copperchefgrillmat.com

We’ve previously talked about Copper Chef pots and pans… now the grill mats
I’ve talked about Copper Chef pots and pans in the past, but their Grill Mats are a tailgater’s best friend. at 15.75″ x 13″, these reversible and reusable grill mats reduce burning flare ups. Your marinade or baste will stay on your food and nothing sticks to the mat. You also get perfect grill marks and they clean with ease. The food event tastes better. A no-brainer at $20.

5. ZizzyBee’s Washable Bags

www.zizzybeebags.com

They come in bright colors and stylish patterns that make organizing so fun, your fellow tailgaters will be amazed. They’re made in several sizes to hold everything that needs holding. Need to organize your utensils, matches, spices and condiments? ZizzyBee bags will do it.
They come in:
Mix 3-pack – This popular pack comes with 2 large bags 12” by 12” bags and 1 small 9” by 9” bag. It’s not only great for busy parents, but for teachers so they can organize their classrooms. Buy some for your teacher and you might get extra credit!
Large 3-pack – This set of 3, 12” by 12” bags is perfect for organizing all your school supplies: crayons, pens, art supplies, paper. You can pick 3 matching bags or 3 different colors.
Dirty Laundry Bag – Perfect for dirty tailgate clothes. So lightweight (maybe too lightweight) they can bring a change of clothes anywhere.

6. iFork Interlocking Tableware

www.iFork.com

The people at iFork know technology and now they have “outkicked their coverage” with the new iCup and iPlate, as they are intelligently designed to securely fit together. The utensils click into place on either side of the plate and the cup slides in underneath, leaving diners a free hand to eat, wave, or “high-five” with others. Sets start at $20.

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Plastic bags and bins are probably the most challenging storage containers. You can’t see where things are, and they tend to break down or crack easily. An eco- and parent-friendly solution has materialized in ZizzyBee Bags to create a whole new organizing experience. Gone is the headache of stacked bins with all sorts of junk you can’t see under the top layer. These see-through mesh bags are perfect and environmentally friendly.

Activities and uses are easier to compartmentalize with bright colors, a safe zipper for the little ones that keeps items from falling and durable see-through material that makes it easier to identify where things are. You can hang it off the hook in closets and spaces like kids’ rooms with bright bold accent colors to help you differentiate what each one has. We love the owl print and pencil designs for back to school. So cute!

However ZizzyBee Bags don’t just have to be for kids. You can store just about everything from make-up and sports gear to toiletries and travel items. They’re great for baby and great for you! Who doesn’t need handy bags that you can reuse and clear away clutter? They’re convenient and resourceful for a life that seems to always have something going on and gets filled with so many things quickly.

They’re also great for on-the-go trips to visit family or vacations at the lake. You can even put wet stuff in them that need to dry off and things that shouldn’t be in a hot bag, like food. They’re utterly breathable.

Everything becomes so much easier with ZizzyBee Bags. It eliminates costs of expensive and fancy ottomans and containers that get lost in the shuffle of the garage. Here you can see what bags have Halloween or Christmas decorations much more efficiently when it comes to decorating with the family. It also helps you reduce single-use bag usage, plus, those tear so easily! These new bags are all you really need to store so many different types of things.

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ZizzyBee creates innovative, reusable, and washable zippered mesh storage bags. They’re see-through, so you’ll always know what’s inside. They come in several sizes to hold everything, from snacks to toys and sports equipment. They’re accented with bright colors and patterns, a far cry from boring plastic bins. And because you can use them over and over, you won’t be adding to the world’s waste by using resealable plastic bags. ZizzyBee is perfect for getting those toy sets with seemingly thousands of tiny pieces off your floor and in one easy to find place. They’re great for toting your child’s bathing suit, sunscreen, toys and towel to the beach. And they’re just right for on the go snacks. If you’ve got stuff, ZizzyBee can help you organize it!

Large 3-pack – This set of 3, 12” by 12” bags is perfect for art supplies, beach gear or toiletries for travel. You can pick 3 matching bags or 3 different colors. Mix 3-pack – Comes with 2 large bags and 1 small 9” by 9” bag, use it for makeup, crayons or anything small that needs a home. Small 3-pack – This set of 3, 9” by 9” bag, use it for makeup, crayons or anything small that needs a home.

The ZizzyBee bags are great for any parent, they hold so much and make life so much more easier, they are also simple to clean. I use them to store my kids swimsuits, and extra underwear for when we go out because I just can toss them the bag and they are good to go. I also have my kids use them for school so they can find their supplies with ease. The ZizzyBee have so many uses. You can check out the whole line by visiting http://www.zizzybeebags.com/

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Keeping all my son’s “items” organized and easy to find became easier this summer after using one of the ZizzyBee Bags.

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Note: I received product sample for review purpose. Any personal views expressed are always 100% my own.

This summer my son had camp, which was nice to keep him busy and active. But every day was a different camp activity which meant I had to switch items out his bag regularly. Keeping track of what he needed for art class, swimming day or a trip to the park was a juggle.

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To help me keep his needed items in one place, I used a ZizzyBee Bag. The bag was a nice size so I was able to fit pack his swim gear including swim pants, shirt, goggles and cap. The mesh helped me see that nothing was missing before adding to his back pack.

The bag has a holder so my son can carry it easily back and forth to the pool. At a quick glance, the mesh also helped him see if he forgot to pack anything. No more lost items!

Our ZizzyBee Bag really came in handy this summer!
ZizzyBee creates innovative, reusable, and washable zippered mesh storage bags. They come in several sizes to hold everything, from snacks to toys and sports equipment. Accented with bright colors and patterns, you can use them over and over, so you won’t be adding to the world’s waste by using resealable plastic bags.

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Hello Parents! Whew, the new school year is happening now!

I’ve recently sampled some new products that aren’t just for travel, they’re good for healthy and organized school kids.

1.- Q ENERGY –  is a healthy sport performance and energy drink mix. Teens can use it as part of their morning breakfast to jump start the day or before practice after school . Parents shake it up for working out or going to work, for early mornings or after late nights. Gluten Free, GMO Free, Yeast Free, Soy Free, Dairy Free and Vegetarian. The combo of B vitamins, herbs, bioflavonoid, and a bit of sugar and caffeine make for a 24oz super drink. They claim it increases energy, alertness and endurance, provides anti-inflammatory & anti-histamine relief, and supports your immune system. Our take: First, it combines with 24 oz of water so we like getting our water intake. Also, biggest difference we noticed was we were energized but without caffeine jitters or sugar rushes. http://qdrinkhealthy.com

2.- BIRDIE – Meet Your Hallway Hero. A hand sanitizer that doesn’t look or smell like hand sanitizer; talk about a game changer. Birdie’s delightful scent is a combination of high grade essential oils that bring the tranquility of a spa wherever you go. At 3 inches tall and 2 inches wide, Birdie is ergonomically designed to fit in your hand (and your backpack, tote, briefcase, gym bag or pretty much any other on-the-go carrier you can think of). A clever twist-lock keeps Birdie from spraying in your bag too. Our take: we think it’s really cute and like the all-in-one design of liquid and wipes. The essential oil scents are very pleasing but not overdone. www.olikalife.com

3.- ZizzyBee Mesh Storage Bags Organize Your Everything!

ZizzyBee creates innovative, reusable, and washable zippered mesh storage bags. They’re see-through, so you’ll always know what’s inside. They come in several sizes to hold everything, from snacks to toys and sports equipment. They’re great for toting your child’s bathing suit, sunscreen, toys and towel to the beach. And they’re just right for on the go snacks. Our take: Useful idea! I immediately saw appeal with see thru and washable attributes. I hate clutter traveling with kids. www.zizzybeebags.com

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SAN DIEGO (NEWS 8) – It’s back to school for several school districts over the next few weeks and that means it’s time to purchase school supplies.

Lifestyle expert Susana Franco joined News 8’s Heather Myers with a look at some of the latest school supplies on the market from companies who are focusing on giving back to their communities.

Here are a few of the supplies featured in this segment:

Sydney Paige: This company’s mission is to not only develop community awareness but provide children with the essential tools they need in order to receive a proper education. Through their Buy One/Give One program, Sydney Paige donates a matching bag filled with school supplies to a child in need every time a purchase is made.

ZizzyBee:  Reusable, washable, clear zippered mesh storage bags. They come in several sizes to hold everything, from snacks, toys and sports equipment.

Humble Brush: Toothbrushes designed and developed by dentists in Sweden.

Handcrafted HoneyBee: Empowering girls to dream big with each of their Create-Your-Own Skin Care Kits. In every box comes an activity that will help grow her interest in STEAM and critical thinking.

SmartGurlz: Self-balancing robots and action dolls are encouraging young women to become tomorrow’s programmers. Is she interested in the latest tech? Or does she struggle with math concepts and how they apply to her own life? With SmartGurlz, girls ages 6 and up will learn to see science, technology, engineering, and math in a different way.

EcoVessel: Stainless steel water bottle. The EcoVessel SCOUT is lightweight and will fit in most lunchboxes and you don’t have to worry about BPA, phthalates or liners.

Vessel: Elegant, everyday tote.

Read more and watch video at CBS8

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Final product #find of the day and another #sweet #giveaway for you, friends!

Have you heard about these @zizzybeebags? They are causing quite a storm, and I just received mine this week! I love how it’s so #versatile–not sure what I will use it for yet (it works for EVERYTHING!), but I am leaning towards a #travel #toiletry #bag–makes it so easy to see everything without having to dig when on a #trip! Best news? One is up for grabs here for one of you!

To enter: like this post, follow @MeredithSpidel and @zizzybeebags and tag a friend in the comments who would love to win a bag!

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ZizzyBee Bags

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Recently, I keep finding myself needing a bag, not a big bag or a small bag, just something in the middle, that can hold what I need it to hold, and be easy to look through to find what I put in there. I am loving the new bag from ZizzyBee!

ZizzyBee bags are the perfect size. They hold everything I need when I need it, so far I have been using my bag for :

  • The beach (sunscreen, lotion, my phone)
  • The store (coupons, phone, shopping list and pen)
  • School (snacks, pens, pencils)
  • Park (notepad to draw on, pen and pencil and markers)

ZizzyBee Bags help you store and organize just about anything…from toiletries, diapers/wipes, make-up and sports gear, to even purse clutter! These handy compact reusable bags are convenient for every part of your life. Pack snacks and toys for road trips to grandma’s, or for those wet swimsuits after a day at the beach.

Reduce single-use bag waste while keeping life’s clutter cleaned up. With two eco-friendly bag sizes to choose from, ZizzyBee Bags are a perfect fit for all your home storage and travel needs.

You can purchase a ZizzyBee Bag online here for $19.99 for a set of 3 bags!
Disclosure: I received one or more of the products mentioned in this post to help facilitate my review. All opinions are mine and I was not influenced in any way. Please contact Paige@7kidsandus.com with any questions.

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