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NDK Dual Compartment Meal Kit Review & Giveaway

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Nidecker is a family owned Swiss company that has been pushing design bounderies in both style and performance for over 100 years.  Today, NDK is a brand I associate with quality and reliability.  NDK products are well loved and used in my home.  Therefore, I was very excited to find several of their products online at SmartPlanet.  The most recent product we added to our home is the NDK Dual Compartment Meal Kit.  This round double decker food container completely separates your food into two compartments.  The best part is that each compartment has its very own lid.  Each compartment is microwave safe. Simply remove the lid from the compartment before heating up your food in the microwave.  Between the two compartments you have 32 ounces of food storage.  The twist on top lid also features a large handle that allows you to easily carry this meal kit.

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I have a bit of an obsession with soups, so the NDK Dual Compartment Meal Kit has become my go to food container for soup!  My hubby just happens to make the best broccoli cheese soup and it is best enjoyed with some bread for dipping.  The top compartment is perfect for keeping my bread fresh and the bottom compartment is just the right size for a nice bowl of soup.  Using this meal kit is a great way to keep me from heating up too much soup and eating too much food for lunch!

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Sharper Image 4 in 1 Emergency Tool Review & Giveaway

Thank you SmartPlanet for providing me the Sharper Image 4 in 1 Emergency Tool at no cost for my review. All opinions are my own.  In addition, this post contains affiliate links. See full disclosure here.

A few weeks ago my family and I traveled from Texas to Florida by car. It was a long car drive with very few stops. Since our family is so big this is our normal way of traveling. When we are on the road it’s important that we make sure to have the right Emergency Must Haves When Traveling. We want to be prepared and we want to be as safe as possible.

When traveling, especially on a long road trip, it’s important that you prepare for the unexpected. I am a big believer in never being too prepared. Here is a list of emergency must-haves when traveling:

  • Towels: These are perfect for unexpected spills or if anyone gets sick.
  • Grocery Bags: Perfect for if someone unexpectedly gets car sick.
  • List of Emergency Phone Numbers: Even though you have a list of phone numbers stored in your phone, it’s important to have a list of numbers written down somewhere if you are in a car accident and your phone becomes lost.
  • First Aid Kit
  • Blanket: If there is an emergency, flat tire, or car accident, a blanket may come in handy.
  • Sharper Image 4 in 1 Emergency Tool: This is an all in 1 tool that includes 4 emergency tools. It includes a flashlight, emergency hammer, seat belt cutter and a road flare.

I love this gadget because not only does it take up very little space in the car, but it includes items that you don’t necessarily think about having with you while traveling. I would never think to have a seat belt cutter, emergency hammer or a road flare. Even though these items can be useful and extremely important in certain situations they are often forgotten about when preparing for a road trip. We hope we never need this gadget but will be thankful for it if we ever do need it.

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Smart Planet NDK Meal Kit Review & Giveaway

 

Posted by Kassee Lane on December 6, 2016 in Giveaways, Holiday Gift Guide 2016, Reviews |

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  • SEPARATES your food in two compartments for optimal freshness and enjoyable.
  • Integrated steam vent and air tight construction perfect for fresh cold food or delicious hot meals.
  • BPA approved
  • Built in carry handles for seamless portability.
  • 57 ounce capacity

 

I am reviewing the NDK Smart planet Double Decker lunch Box.

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Grey and Blue with lock down and sturdy Handle . Will keep your food warm or cold

 

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Broken down you have two bowls and the lid.  As you can see you can have a descent amount of food great for all shift workers or school kids that would rather have Mom’s cooking for their school lunch. Great for the child going to the babysitter’s and bring your own food so you child will have food they like.

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Once you add everything just place the blue on top of the black and the lid has one on each side lock down the whole deal and handle to carry locks down as well.

 

Integrated steam vent and air tight construction perfect for fresh cold food or delicious hot meals

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I am excited about this Lunch Box as it will be nice to have some hot Oatmeal on my upcoming Train trip to Chicago and I love Oatmeal so will let you know just how this worked out once I get online.

 

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This Nidecker Design Double Decker Meal Kit is great for meals on the go. Separates your food in two compartments. Features easy to carry handles with side locking arms. Has a steam vent and a tight sealing lid. “Remove lid and separate each compartment before microwaving”.

 

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NDK Square Double Decker Lunchbox GIVEAWAY!

NDK Square Double Decker Lunchbox GIVEAWAY!

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With my husband working a 9-5 type routine with his job in the Navy,

I have been slowly trying to find a way to make packing daily lunches an easy and simple thing… especially when he leaves at 5am each morning to get to the base in Lemoore on time!

So when Simple Planet, (the lovely folks that brought the stainless steel water bottle giveaway last month) offered this lunch box for another fun giveaway, I jumped at the opportunity!

About the 57 oz. Nidecker Design Double Decker Meal Kit from Smart Planet

Nidecker Design is a lifestyle performance brand that specializes in family outdoor lifestyle products inspired by Swiss quality, reliability and innovation. Nidecker Design products have been built from the mountains since 1887.

CLICK HERE to view more of their products from Smart Planet.

Smart Planet is an internationally renowned source of innovative and environmentally friendly products, and their mission is to help you live a more fun, efficient & enjoyable life. They are an industry leading innovator for novelty electrics, on the go food storage, meal prep, hydration & automotive accessories and they offer a comprehensive full line of products.

Their Double Decker Meal Kit lunch box is great for meals on the go. It is as simple as it gets for food storage on the go – the unit separates your food into two compartments, and it features easy to carry handles with side locking arms.

The one feature that really sets this lunch box apart from the rest is that it has a steam vent and a tight sealing lid. You must remove the lid and separate each compartment before microwaving, but it makes food transportation an easy and compact experience.

The lunch box is available in 4 fun colors and, of course, is BPA free.

[Disclaimer: There are no affiliate links in this review. I am an independent product reviewer. I only review products I am truly interested in. I don’t accept payment for reviews. The products I take the time to jabber on about are either items I have personally purchased, or the product has been provided for review after me initiating contact and incessantly nagging for a sample. All of my reviews are unbiased regardless of how the item was obtained.]

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Why BPA Is Pretty Much The Devil

I first learned about Bisphenol-A (BPA) when I was pregnant for the first time and shopping around for the best bottles for my daughter.

What triggered my curiosity and concern was the huge, bold printed assertions slapped on every other baby product that there is “NO BPA!!!” in the bottle / binky / teething toy / whatever.

BPA is basically a chemical found in hard plastics. BPA can also be found in epoxy resins which are used as coatings inside food cans and water bottles. Studies have shown that BPA leaches into foods while they are in contact with BPA – especially foods that are acidic, salty and fatty, (like coconut milk, tomatoes, soup, and vegetables).

BPA is an endocrine disruptor – basically a substance that interferes with the production, secretion, transport, action, function and elimination of natural hormones. When BPA imitates our body’s own hormones, it is hazardous for our health, with a laundry list of awful side effects. A recent CDC report found BPA in the urine of 93% of adults!! Yikes!

So having BPA food storage is simply a MUST!

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Smart Planet Ultrathin Saladbook Review

Today we're using the SaladBook by Smart Planet that I used once previously to pack the Totoro Soba Bento last month. Remember that one? Today I've packed a Salad Bowl containing curried chickpeas, cottage cheese with sunflower seeds, cinnamon apples, pickled carrots and daikon, fresh steamed corn, pickled cucumbers and wakame, pickled red onions, and blackberries - atop tossed romaine lettuce. I am really into the bowl-type bento these days, and this kind of container is ideal because no divided sections are necessary. And there are so many possibilities!
This box is unique in that it is "ultrathin," meaning that the roundish single section container is only about one inch in height yet manages to provide 20 fl oz (591 ml) of volume. 
You can see that this container is quite wide and shallow.
The box has a leakproof gasketed lid which is held in place by four tight clips which are an integral part of the lid itself, and seal by latching to the underside of the box. While this mechanism seems to work very well at keeping the box watertight, I found that the latches are so tight they can be challenging for small hands to pull open.
Here you can see the latching mechanism of the clips. There are 4 clips and they snap closed on the bottom of the container. If your (or your child's) hands aren't strong enough to push off the clip, I've found that pressing the lid and container together will release pressure on the clip and it will be easier to push up.
The box comes with an insulated zipper tote with a handy mesh pocket and a spork in a color that matches the box lid. This is a somewhat minor point, but I found it curious as to why the pocket opens downward so that when you open the lid, the spork falls out. I solved this problem by attaching an adhesive velcro closure, which works very well.
The spork now stays in place in the pocket until you choose to remove it. Yay!

The profile of the entire SaladBook after it's packed and ready to go. I found it to live up to its "ultrathin" billing quite well. I mentioned the box itself being about one inch high; when zipped up the whole bag will only take up about 2 inches of depth in your backpack (or briefcase or similar).
Alternately, you can carry it separately by the short handle strap located at the pointed end of the tote. So convenient!

The last item included in the SaladBook set is a little dressing container. It consists of a collapsible soft silicone pouch with a hard snap-close lid which also screws off for easy filling and washing. It's a great idea, but in my experience the cap opens very easily because of the soft nature of the container. I wouldn't pack it next to the box inside the tote because it might pop open and leak. But I don't think this matters too much because since the box itself is completely watertight, you can simply drizzle the dressing atop the salad before packing. That's what we did in the Totoro soba salad bento and it worked just fine.
The salad we packed today didn't require a separate dressing, so we didn't worry about it. 
Overall, I think the Smart Planet Ultrathin Saladbook is a good buy; it retails for $14.99 and comes with a spork, dressing container, and insulated zipper tote. It is practical, sturdy, dishwasherable, and lightweight. Its storage profile is slim and convenient; it is leakproof and spacious. I recommend this container for kids and adults alike. 
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Portion Perfect Stackable Meal Tower Review

Portion Perfect Stackable Meal Tower Review

I received the Portion Perfect Stackable Meal Tower at no cost in exchange for an honest review.

My Review
 

I take my lunch to work almost every day. I am always looking for new ways to take left overs and snacks without having to carry a large bag, or several separate containers. This stackable meal tower is perfect for my needs. I can take my main course, vegetables and a snack all together. The sections twist together tightly so there are no spills or leaks. The top is a lid with a small handle that fits on any section securely. I don't have to use the entire tower. I can use 1, 2 or the whole tower. It all depends on what I am taking, and what works for me that day.
This meal tower is dishwasher and microwave safe. It fits in smaller lunch bags easily. The plastic is sturdy and each section holds a decent amount of food or snack, while also helping to control portions if you need that. I am very happy with this item.
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SmartPlanet NDK Original Vacuum Bottle Review & Giveaway

SmartPlanet NDK Original Vacuum Bottle Review & Giveaway

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The NDK Original Vacuum Bottle is an 18 ounce bottle of perfection.  The sleek and stylish look of this bottle is backed up with this Nidecker Design double wall that can keep your beverage cold for up to 24 hours or hot for up to 12 hours.  That’s right exhausted parents everywhere, no more lukewarm coffee!

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The NDK Original Vacuum Bottle does an amazing job of keeping beverages either cold or hot.  Since my kids tend to distract me, it can literally take me hours to drink my coffee.  The NDK Original Vacuum Bottle keeps my coffee warm so I no longer have to suffer through drinking cold coffee that was intended to be hot!  With the exception of my daily cup of coffee, I usually drink water all day long.  The NDK Original Vacuum Bottle still amazes me with how long it can keep my water cold.  Before owning the NDK Original Vacuum Bottle, I probably consumed more room temperature water than cold on a daily basis.

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My NDK Original Vacuum Bottle goes everywhere with me.  The cap screws on tightly to help you avoid unwanted spills making it easy to take anywhere.  This bottle honestly never makes it to the cupboard.  I wash it, and I immediately fill it up again to use.

Buy It!

The NDK Original Vacuum Bottle is available in four fun colors and may be purchased online at the SmartPlanet website. You might as well just buy one in every color. This bottle is that awesome!

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Portion Perfect Stackable Meal Tower Review

Portion Perfect Stackable Meal Tower Review

Thank you, SmartPlanet, for providing me a Portion Perfect Stackable Meal Tower Review for my review. All opinions are my own.

SmartPlanet did it again! They came up with an amazing product, called the Stackable Meal Tower, that is perfect for on the go lunches and for on the go snacks while driving around for work all day or running errands. Thanks to SmartPlanet, I get to provide my fabulous readers a Portion Perfect Stackable Meal Tower Review and keep reading because I may have a surprise at the end of my post.

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The Portion Perfect Stackable Meal Tower is the perfect gadget to use for when you want to pack on the go snacks instead of spending money on high priced and unhealthy snacks while you are away from home. It has 4 containers. Three containers are 1 cup each and the remaining cup is 1 1/2. The cups twist onto each other to create a stackable tower. They are super easy to fill and twist. One thing I’d like to mention, however, is that it does say they are safe in the dishwasher, but I only hand wash mine.

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As I stated above these are perfect for on the go snacks for yourself, your kids, or while traveling.

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Smart Planet NDK Original Vacuum Bottle

Smart Planet NDK Nidecker Designs Original Vacuum Bottle 18 oz 18/8 Stainless Steel Insulated Tumbler #Thermalbottle #Giveaway #Hot&Cold #Smart Planet

Posted by Kassee Lane on October 21, 2016 in Giveaways, Reviews |
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I received this Smart Planet NDK Nidecker Designs Vacuum Bottle to review.I really like the bottle. It will be great on my train trip in December. It says it will keep my coffee hot for up to 12-24 hrs . The bottles come in random colours. I received PURPLE which is one of my favorite color.

 

  • Double wall vacuum insulated stainless steel bottle. 18/8 highest quality stainless steel construction
  • Leak proof lid; perfect for active lifestyles. Iconic water bottle shape Fits standard cup holders.
  • Keeps Beverage hot for 12 hours and cold for 24 hours.
  • BPA approved
  • 18 oz. Capacity; Swiss style

 

 

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I love the design the bottle has. It sits up and it fits into cup holders in your car, stroller and backpack. When you stand up the bottle it will not collapse like the plastic water bottles will do especially when the summer hits plastic tends to soften he bottom will fall over the heat in plastic bottles tends to swell the bottom taking away the ability to stand properly, so to me this stainless steel bottle is a plus.

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Airtight cap

I really like the b>ottle, but I was a little disappointed that the cap has no place for a straw to slide into for easy drinking, but I see in the website they have an awesome collection of styles running anywhere from 15.99 to 24.99 and up. I also figured maybe the bottle cap is designed to keep the beverage cold or hot. I shall see how this will work for me.

You can check out their website  to see the other items they have. They have all kinds of products to keep food hot or cold and the bottles are easy to clean using a simple bottle brush you can find in baby isle of your department store.

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NDK Original Vacuum Bottle from Smart Planet GIVEAWAY!

NDK Original Vacuum Bottle from Smart Planet GIVEAWAY!


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I blogged about glass bottles earlier this week, and the theme of the month has been about learning to avoid BPA in all of its nefarious shapes and forms in the kitchen.. but what happens when you want to take your hot or cold beverages on the go?!

For those instances where glass may not be the wisest option due to the breakage factor (going hiking, for instance) the next best option to avoid BPA and maintain a sustainable lifestyle is… *drumroll*… stainless steel!

About the NDK Original Vacuum Bottle from Smart Planet

Nidecker Design is a lifestyle performance brand that specializes in family outdoor lifestyle products inspired by Swiss quality, reliability and innovation. Nidecker Design products have been built from the mountains since 1887.
CLICK HERE to view more of their products from Smart Planet.
Smart Planet is an internationally renowned source of innovative and environmentally friendly products, and their mission is to help you live a more fun, efficient & enjoyable life. They are an industry leading innovator for novelty electrics, on the go food storage, meal prep, hydration & automotive accessories and they offer a comprehensive full line of products.
This Nidecker Design 18 oz. double wall stainless steel bottle from Smart Planet features a stylish, unique (yet classic) design, that can keep your liquids hot or cold on the go.

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Enjoying some hot homemade apple cider and a re-read of Harry Potter on my front porch, just enjoying the fall!

How Vacuum Bottles Work

This bottle really ideal for on the go drink storage, ESPECIALLY now that it is fall, with winter approaching, and hot drinks are pretty much mandatory this time of year, haha. A vacuum bottle is a super-insulated flask. The bottle has an inner chamber and an outer case separated by two layers of stainless steel with a vacuum in between. There’s also a tight, screw-down stopper on the top.
These few, simple features prevent virtually all heat transfer by either conduction, convection, or radiation. The vacuum prevents conduction. The tight stopper prevents air from entering or leaving the flask, so convection isn’t possible either. There’s virtually no way heat can escape from a vacuum flask and a hot drink stored inside will stay steaming hot for several hours.
Flasks also work for cold drinks. If heat can’t escape from a vacuum flask, it follows that heat can’t penetrate into a flask from outside either. The sealed stopper stops heat getting in by convection; the vacuum stops conduction, and the metal lining between the outer case and the inner chamber stops heat radiating in either.
Whether you like your coffee piping hot or icy cold, vacuum bottles are an absolutely brilliant way to keep your drinks just the way you want. This particular bottle keeps cold liquids at their initial temperature for up to 24 hours and hot liquids at their initial temperature for up to 12 hours!
And did I mention that this bottle is BPA free, and available in 4 fun colors?! (Black, white, grey and purple!)

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More Reasons to Choose Stainless Steel Bottles

This particular bottle is made with 18/8 stainless steel – which means the bottle is comprised of 18% chromium and 8% nickel. The chromium binds oxygen to the surface of the product to protect the iron from oxidation (rust). Nickel also enhances the corrosion resistance of the stainless steel.  (The higher the nickel content, the more resistant the stainless steel is to corrosion.) This is a fairly common type of stainless steel for drinking vessels, and it is completely SAFE and environmentally friendly!
When it comes to reducing waste, saving money and being healthy, stainless steel bottles are most definitely one of the first and most important steps you could take. According to some estimates, if you traditionally purchase bottled water, switching to a reusable water bottle and simply using water filters will save you tons of cash, up to $200 a month depending on your current buying habits!
And of course, it means far less waste: 30 billion plastic water bottles are thrown away each year, and it takes 1.5 million barrels of oil to produce all that plastic and about 1,000 years for the bottles to decompose. (Yikes!)
So it goes without saying that stainless steel lasts longer! This holds true even when held up against BPA free reusable plastic. Reusable plastic wears out faster than you would think! Reusable plastic gets cracked easily, is prone to damage by heat or sun, and can be scratched easily. As soon as plastic shows any signs of wear it’s no longer safe to use. But steel is durable, and doesn’t wear out over time!

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