Michigan Mama’s Product Faves (New Year Edition 2022)

Michigan Mama’s Product Faves (New Year Edition 2022)

Welcome to 2022! I know, it’s been the New Year for a whole month now, but I can’t believe another year has flown by. Praying for a healthy and productive year.

These past couple of months, I received the opportunity of trying out some new products I can’t wait to share with you right here on Michigan Mama’s Product Faves, New Year Edition.  Check them out!

Perfect Hydration Alkaline Water

Photo Credit: Kelly Clair

I received samples of Perfect Hydration Alkaline Water to try in exchange for this product’s fave segment. Any opinions expressed here are honest and my own.

Are you serious about the type of drinking water you consume? We all should be! When I received a couple of samples (cans) of the Perfect Hydration Alkaline Water, I was eager to give it a try. Especially, since I have been upping my water intake every day with my diet and exercise.

“Perfect Hydration Alkaline Water is purified through a 9-stage filtration process, supercharged to 9.5+ pH, then enhanced with electrolytes and minerals for a perfectly refreshing taste.”

Did you know that Alkaline foods and beverages tend to counteract the effects of acidity in the diet? Harmful effects! The 9.5 + PH helps you to hydrate so that you feel great!  I’ve never really considered these effects prior to learning about this product so this is too good not to share with you.

The water is also purified and ionized with electrolyte minerals and guess what? It doesn’t contain chlorine or sodium as many other brands do. Good to know!!

This brand is sourced locally, has recyclable and recyclable packaging, and is made with innovative cans.

Photo Credit: Kelly Clair

I love how the concept came about. It was actually by a group of friends who came together wanting to offer the best possible water ever. We all want to be healthier, right? This includes our drinking water.

If you are not used to Alkaline water, it may take acquiring a taste for it as the electrolytes are added for taste. I drink filtered water so it was a big difference on my taste buds but I definitely felt hydrated. My oldest daughter is currently trying out the other sample we received. As a dancer major at a local university, she needs to stay hydrated. Can’t wait to hear her thoughts about the water.

You can currently purchase this brand in stores such as CVS Pharmacy. You can also buy online on Amazon.

I would like to thank the folks for allowing me to try out their product!

You can stay up to date with Perfect Hydration on Instagram and Facebook!

Dino Bars

Photo Credit: Kelly Clair

I received samples of Dino Bars ($21.90 value) in exchange for this product fave segment. Any opinions are expressed here are honest and my own.

Dino Bars are wrapped in edible paper. Yes, you read that right, edible paper. 😉 They are non-GMO, USDA Certified Organic and free from nuts, gluten, soy, and dairy. You won’t find artificial flavors, preservatives, or refined sugar either. Kids will love the edible paper wrapping (especially picky eaters) with different cute dinosaurs on each flavor.

What’s in them? Just 10 healthy all-natural ingredients – fruits, oats, hemp hearts, coconut oil – and a mess-free coating that parents will love. It’s the ultimate snack for kids.

Developed by parents, this is the pantry staple to add to your grocery list. They are available in three fun flavors – Strawberry, Blueberry, and Mango. The brand releases limited-edition flavors such as a sweet potato raspberry version that sold out quickly throughout the year.

Photo Credit: Kelly Clair

Launched in May 2020, the family-owned small business has experienced double-digit monthly growth since its inception. There is a demand for what they are offering, and they are a catalyst for change in the way kids eat, inspiring other brands and families to cut out refined sugar in kids’ diets.

Available in 10-, 20-, and 30-count boxes, prices start at $21.90. Or try a sample of all three bars for $7.50. Available on https://dinobars.com and Amazon. Just grab and go!

I must say, these bars are quite tasty. They come in combined fruit flavors: (mango, pear, and banana), (blueberry, pear, and banana), (strawberry, pear, and banana), and even (purple sweet potato, raspberry, pear, and banana). Each bar contains, hemp hearts, oats, and coconut oil.  And yes, the edible paper is tasty too. 😉

Photo Credit: Kelly Clair

I highly recommend these snacks, especially for those with food sensitivities and allergies. You know your child the best, but these are worth a try!! I wish my girls were still little, I would buy these all the time, though my college freshman daughter actually loves them too! Great for anyone!

I would like to thank the folks over at DINO Bars for the opportunity to try out the products.


Founded by wife and husband team Jessica and Ian Saultz, DINO BARS is a small, family-owned, and operated business in Charleston, South Carolina. They believe in the positive effects of eating healthy and want to provide like-minded parents with healthy snacks for their kids. Follow them on Instagram @eatdinobars.

You can follow Dino Bars on Instagram and Facebook!

Working From Home Calendar 2022

Photo Credit: Kelly Clair

I received a Working From Home Calendar ($15.99 Value) in exchange for this product fave segment. Any opinions expressed here are honest and my own.

Item Of Interest

It’s up to you to make your workspace interesting. You may not have room for a pool table, but there are fun items you can keep nearby to use as fidget toys or to engage the creative side of your brain.  Today’s suggestion is modeling clay. Get the kind that doesn’t harden, so you can roll it into balls, then squash it down and make a dinosaur, then squash it down again to form tiry cubes, or whatever else you fancy. It’s like doodling in 3D! It also strengthens finger muscles and provides relief from repetitive hand movements.

Tuesday, January 25, 2022

This is the tip of the day in this nifty Working From Home Calendar by Workman’s 2022 Calendars. It’s “a year of essential and genius tips for making the most of it by Gail Perry Johnston.

Gail Perry Johnston is an award-winning graphic designer and published author who has worked half her career in offices and agencies and half from a home office.

Photo Credit: Kelly Clair

As a work-from-home mama, I love this calendar so far. Each day offers a realistic and inspirational tip to help you through your days. Working from home isn’t always as glamorous or exciting as it sounds. It can be daunting and you can even feel stuck in a rut at times, so it’s good to keep your creative juices flowing to make even the more challenging of days more bearable.

A fun feature of this calendar is it contains durable chipboard backer assembly instructions so that it sits steadily on any firm surface such as a desk. Mine is sitting on my desk right now. Love it! It’s also 100% recyclable. The product arrives with no plastic, no shrink-wrap.

Photo Credit: Kelly Clair

Here are some other features:

  • FSC certified paper
  • Printed with soy-based inks
  • The reverse of every page designed for use as graph notepaper

This calendar contains 313 pages, with weekends combined on one page. It’s a year of inspiration, practical advice, and quotes for anyone wanting to make the most of working from home. There are also exercises to help prevent repetitive stress, injuries and reduce eyestrain, even if you’re in front of a computer all day. Plus learn the art of bossing yourself around, tricks to transition from one task to another, and fun tips for staying connected.

Photo Credit: Kelly Clair

I highly recommend this product for anyone working from home. I look forward to reading it each day.

Learn more and follow Page A Day for updates.

I would like to thank Gail for giving me the opportunity to review her calendar. It’s amazing!

Here are a couple of other calendars I received for this segment. Great for families and kids!!

Mom’s Family Desk Planner 2022

(16.99 Value)

Magical Activity Wall Calendar 2022

($15.99 Value)

Tea Runners

Photo Credit: Kelly Clair

I received samples of Tea Runners (all Black Tea box $25 value) in exchange for this review segment. Any opinions expressed here are honest and my own.

Have you heard of Tea Runners? Well, if you love tea, you just have to check them out. I received their all black tea box to try out. They are a tea box subscription service. I received:

  • Fireside Nightcap
  • Honeybush
  • Caramel Walnut Shortbread Rooibos
  • Hibiscus Rooibos

Looking for a tummy-soothing tea experience? Fireside Nightcap is for you. It’s filled with cardamom and star anise. I would say this is a fall and winter favorite!

Photo Credit: Kelly Clair

Honeybush is for the sweeter more hearty tea drinker.

Caramel Walnut Shortbread Rooibos fills the air with a scent of toasted walnut and warm caramel. Definitely buttery and sweet. This one is probably my favorite!

Hibiscus Rooibos contains pineapple and mango. It’s a refreshing tea for any time of day.

Full ingredients of each tea can be found on the back of each tea package:

Photo Credit: Kelly Clair

I am so glad I was introduced to this tea brand. Amazing and highly recommended! I would like to thank everyone over at Tea Runners for sending over samples. So good!

You can stay up to date with Tea Runners on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter!

About Tea Runners

Tea Runners was founded by husband-and-wife Charlie Ritchie and Jewel Staite. Thye launched in the fall of 2016 and shipped their first boxes in February 2017.

Tea Runners has since grown to be one of the most popular tea subscription boxes in the world.

Beast Academy Puzzle Books

Photo Credit: Kelly Clair

I received 2 Beast Academy Puzzle Books ($20 value) in exchange for this product fave segment. Any opinions expressed here are honest and my own.

Calling all homeschoolers, teachers, and parents! Are you looking for ways to reinforce math skills? How about spatial awareness and pattern recognition? Beast Academy Puzzle Books has got you covered.  I received two of their books: Level 2 and Level 3. These are recommended for ages 8+.

If you are searching for the art of problem-solving, these are it!

Level 2:

Photo Credit: Kelly Clair

This book contains over 400 puzzles in 12 different styles and will delight and entertain puzzle solvers of all ages. The puzzles are accessible to anyone with a solid understanding of numbers and good mental addition and subtraction.  The difficult ranges from straightforward puzzles meant to give a feel for how each puzzle works to diabolical slumpers written by world puzzle champion Palmer Mebane.

Why Puzzles? Entertainment and Enrichment!

Level 3:

Photo Credit: Kelly Clair

This book contains nearly 500 puzzles in 12 different styles and will contionue to delight and entertain puzzle solvers for all ages. The puzzles in this book cover a broad range of topics including angle declassification, skip-counting, multiplication, division, perimeter area, and the basics of fractions and variables as taught in the series.

Photo Credit: Kelly Clair

These books are highly recommended, especially if you want your child to have a break from doing math on the screen or simply just for fun. As a homeschool mama myself, these are great tools to reinforce math and make learning more fun and enjoyable. Yes, it can happen. 😉

I would like to thank the folks for providing me with two puzzle books to share here with our readers.

Stay up to date and learn more about Beast Academy on Facebook and Pinterest!

Manly Man Co.

Photo Credit: Kelly Clair

I received a beef jerky flower bouquet ($99 value) in exchange for this product fave segment. Any opinions expressed here are honest and my own.

Okay, ladies, we know that men don’t typically want flowers for Valentine’s Day, or maybe they do… 😉 But, what about something that had a more masculine feel to it while still incorporating “flowers?”

Photo Credit: Kelly Clair

I was excited when this opportunity was offered by the Manly Man Co. I thought my hubby would get a kick out of it and guess what? He did, especially since he likes Beef Jerky.

The Beef Jerky Flower Bouquet is exactly how it sounds haha! Along with the Manly Man Co. black steel pint glass (vase) comes a full dozen of beef jerky flowers. How fun and clever right?

Photo Credit: Kelly Clair

They carve and shape beef jerky into little flowers with a hole in the center and those are placed on top of the beef jerky sticks (stems). Such a brilliant idea and I almost wish I thought of it. 😉

The bouquet comes assembled in the box and the jerky comes in 4 flavors: Original, Teriyaki, Hot, and mixed! We all got to sample this fun box of beef jerky goodness and I must say, yum! So good. We arranged the bouquet nicely. The whole family had fun with the grab-and-go beef jerky. Yep, hubby shared.

Here’s a quick snapshot I took of it assembled and delivered to my man.

I would like to thank the folks over at Manly Man Co. for providing us with this awesome product. I so love the concept and enjoyed sampling the jerky.

To stay up to date and learn more, follow Manly Man Co. on Facebook, Pinterest, and Instagram.

TickleMe Plant

Photo Credit: Kelly Clair

I received a TickleMe Plant ($20.99 value) in exchange for this product review segment. Any opinions expressed here are honest and my own.

“So Tickled We’re Friends!”

That’s a cute little message you will see on the TickleMe Plant Friendship box. So cute!

Just simply open up your little box and inside contains:

  • A little pot
  • Seeds
  • Wonder Soil Wafers
Photo Credit: Kelly Clair

The instructions are quite easy. It’s also a perfect science experiment to do with the kiddies right at home. In fact, a little card is included that says “Fun Science Activities For Your TickleMe Plant! It has fun ideas ranging from observing your plant playing music for the plant to see if it grows better. So fun!

The kids are so easy to understand that kids of all ages will enjoy growing their own TickleMe Plant. Preschoolers are the perfect age group for this one!

Photo Credit: Kelly Clair

We are getting ready to plant our little TickleMe Plant. Hopefully, if all works out well, we will share a pic of it here. In the meantime, click here to view a pic of the fully grown plant.

TickleMe Plant also offers a variety of other products such as Christmas, Get Well, Anniversary, Birthday, and more!

I love the concept of the products in general. Educators, you also get to make your very own school purchase order!

Photo Credit: Kelly Clair

I would like to thank the folks over at TickleMe Plant for sending us a TickleMe Plant. Can’t wait to grow our plant.

Stay up to date with TickleMe Plant on Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest.

Lindsey Jenn

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