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LISA: WELCOME BACK EVERYONE. SCHOOL IS HERE, AND FAMILIES AROUND THE COUNTRY ARE ADJUSTING TO NEW AND BUSIER SCHEDULES. BUT NO NEED TO STRESS OUT. WE’VE GOT YOU COVERED. JOINING US TODAY WITH SOME MOM-APPROVED TIPS FOR NAVIGATING BACK-TO-SCHOOL SEASON IS TV HOST AND LIFESTYLE EXPERT EREKA VETRINI. WELCOME BACK TO THE SHOW, EREKA.
EREKA VETRINI: THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR HAVING ME. SO NAVIGATING IS THE EXACT … IT’S A GREAT WORD. THAT’S EXACTLY WHAT WE DO.
LISA: IT REALLY IS.
EREKA VETRINI: IT IS. WE’VE PARTNERED WITH SOME WONDERFUL BRANDS, AND I THINK WE’VE GOT SOME REALLY GREAT TIPS FOR YOU TODAY.
LISA: AWESOME. WELL, YOU KNOW WHAT? WITH BUSINESS SCHEDULES AND MORE TO DO, IT CAN BE REALLY EASY FOR US TO FORGET ABOUT NUTRITION. SO WHAT ARE SOME EASY AND NUTRITIOUS SNACKS FOR THE FAMILY? BECAUSE USUALLY WE HAVE THE “EASY” FIGURED OUT. IT’S THE NUTRITIOUS SIDE OF IT, IS WHERE WE’RE FALTERING AS PARENTS.
EREKA VETRINI: WELL ISN’T THAT THE PROBLEM? BECAUSE WHEN YOU’RE SO BUSY, AND YOU’RE SCHEDULE’S CRAZY, YOU ONLY GO WHAT’S FOR EASY, AND YOU DON’T THINK ABOUT WHAT’S NUTRITIOUS.
LISA: TRUE.
EREKA VETRINI: SO I’M THE GROCERY SHOPPER IN THE FAMILY. I DO ALL OF THE GROCERY SHOPPING, AND … I HOPE I DON’T LOSE YOU, LISA. I MIGHT HAVE, BUT I’M GOING TO CONTINUE TALKING TO YOU UNTIL SOMEONE TELLS ME .
SO I LIKE TO STOCK NUTRITIOUS AND DELICIOUS SNACKS. MUUNA COTTAGE CHEESE IS MY FAMILY FAVORITE. IT’S GOT 15 TO 19 GRAMS OF PROTEIN, SIX GRAMS OF SUGAR. IT ALSO HAS PROBIOTICS. IT ALSO HAS THESE REAL FRUIT PIECES AT THE BOTTOM. IT COMES IN PINEAPPLE, BLACK CHERRY, RASPBERRY, STRAWBERRY, BLUEBERRY – THE HARDEST PART IS MAKING SURE I HAVE ALL OF MY FAMILY FAVORITES IN STOCK AT ALL TIMES. SO THAT’S REALLY A GREAT OPTION. IT’S SO SATISFYING, SO CREAMY, SO DELICIOUS THAT I LIKE TO HAVE IT SOMETIMES FOR BREAKFAST, MAYBE A SNACK – IT EVEN PASSES AS A LIGHT LUNCH IF I’VE HAD A REALLY BIG BREAKFAST. SO, LOVER MUUNA COTTAGE CHEESE.
LISA: AWESOME. AND, YOU KNOW, I’VE NEVER TRIED THAT. MY KIDS LOVE YOGURT AND THINGS LIKE THAT SO THAT’S SOMETHING, I THINK, THAT WOULD BE AN EASY TRANSITION, DON’T YOU THINK?
EREKA VETRINI: YEAH, I DO. AND NOW THAT IT HAS PROBIOTICS AS WELL … AND I WANT TO MAKE SURE I GOT THAT RIGHT, BUT DID I MENTION THAT IT ONLY HAS NINE GRAMS OF SUGAR. THAT’S SUPER IMPORTANT AS WELL.
LISA: NICE.
EREKA VETRINI: IT JUST … IT MAKES SENSE. AND THE TEXTURE’S DIFFERENT, THE MUUNA. IT’S CREAMIER. I THINK THEY MIGHT LIKE IT.
LISA: GOTCHA. WELL SCHOOL IS BACK AND THE KIDS ARE OUT OF THE HOUSE. BUT PARENTS STILL WANT TO BE ABLE TO KEEP TABS ON WHERE THOSE KIDS ARE ALL THE TIME, AND WHAT THEY’RE DOING. DO YOU HAVE ANY ADVICE FOR THOSE PARENTS?
EREKA VETRINI: YES. I MEAN, IT’S TRUE. AS THEY GET OLDER – MY DAUGHTER’S ABOUT TO GO INTO MIDDLE SCHOOL – I THINK THAT THEY BECOME MORE INDEPENDENT, AND IT’S EVEN MORE IMPORTANT FOR US TO KNOW WHERE THEY ARE AND WHAT THEY’RE DOING. SO WE’VE REALLY STARTED LOOKING FOR MY CHILD’S FIRST CELL PHONE; BIG DEAL, BIG RESPONSIBILITY, CAN BE A BIG COST TOO IF YOU DON’T GET THE RIGHT ONE. SO I FOUND THE ALCATEL 7, AVAILABLE ON METROPCS. I LOVE THIS PHONE, AND MY DAUGHTER LOVES IT BECAUSE IT’S BEAUTIFUL. IT’S GOT THE BIG SIX INCH HD PLUS DISPLAY, DUAL CAMERA, PORTRAIT MODE, AND THE BEST PART, LISA, $179.99 AT RETAIL. BUT IF YOU OPEN UP A NEW LINE, THAT DROPS DOWN TO $129.99. FOR A PHONE LIKE THIS WITH SUCH HIGH-END FEATURES, THAT’S REALLY A GREAT PRICE. AND I LOVE THAT IT HAS A REALLY LONG CELL PHONE CHARGE. IT’S ALL DAY, ACTUALLY; I CAN REACH HER ANYTIME I WANT TO. I’VE JUST GOT TO MAKE SURE SHE ACTUALLY PICKS UP THE PHONE WHEN HER MOM CALLS. I DON’T KNOW ABOUT THAT ONE.
LISA: YEAH, EXACTLY.
EREKA VETRINI: FINGERS CROSSED.
LISA: WELL, YOU KNOW WHAT? SOME KIDS ARE EXCITED TO GO BACK TO SCHOOL BUT OTHERS AREN’T. I KNOW MY OWN SON WAS NOT EXCITED AT ALL. WHAT CAN WE DO TO MAKE GOING BACK TO SCHOOL MORE FUN FOR EVERYONE?
EREKA VETRINI: YEAH. I MEAN, WITH MY DAUGHTER TOO. SHE HAD A GREAT SUMMER SO SHE DIDN’T WANT TO GO BACK. SO WE STARTED TALKING ABOUT HOW EXCITED SHE WAS GOING TO BE TO SEE HER FRIENDS, AND MAKE NEW FRIENDS, AND SO SHE DECIDED SHE WANTED TO MAKE FRIENDSHIP BRACELETS FOR ALL OF HER FRIENDS. THAT CAN BE, ACTUALLY, REALLY TIME CONSUMING. LUCKILY ENOUGH WE FOUND THE COOL MAKER KUMIKREATOR, WHICH MAKES FRIENDSHIP BRACELETS IN SECONDS. YOU CAN CHOOSE FROM 10 UNIQUE BRACELET DESIGNS, AND IT COMES WITH SIX DIFFERENT COLORS SO SHE CAN CUSTOMIZE THEM FOR ALL OF HER DIFFERENT FRIENDS’ PERSONALITIES, OR FOR HER DIFFERENT BACK-TO-SCHOOL OUTFITS. I LOVE IT! IT WORKS REALLY FAST, REALLY EASY TO USE, AND THEN IT’S A GREAT TOOL TO TAKE FOR AFTER-SCHOOL HANGOUTS OR FOR A SLEEPOVER PARTY. THIS IS THE COOL MAKER KUMIKREATOR, ALLOWING HER TO BE ALSO EXPRESSIVE AND JUST BOND WITH HER FRIENDS, WHICH I LOVE SO MUCH.
LISA: HOW FUN IS THAT? NOW WHERE CAN PEOPLE GO FOR MORE INFORMATION, REAL QUICK.
EREKA VETRINI: YOU CAN GO TO MY WEBSITE; IT’S EREKAVETRINI.COM. MY BLOG IS BEYOUTIFUL, B-E-Y-O-U, TIFULMOMS.COM. CLICK ON MY BLOG POST AND THEN ALL THIS INFORMATION WILL BE THERE.
LISA: EREKA, THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR ALL THE TIPS. LOVE IT! AND WE HAVE MORE GOOD DAY KENTUCKY COMING UP. KEEP IT RIGHT HERE.