Sili Squeeze vs. Little Green Pouch

In the battle of the food pouches, which will reign supreme? The contenders… on the left, the Little Green Pouch; on the right, the Sili Squeeze. Both contenders are filled a homemade smoothie. So, how do the contenders stack up?

Food pouches

Filling

Both the Little Green Pouch and the Sili Squeeze can be filled without the need of any added tools. The Sili Squeeze comes in a variety of sizes, from 2oz to 6oz, while the Little Green Pouch comes in a single 7oz size.

The Sili Squeeze stands easily, with no need to prop the opening to fill the pouch. The opening actually is perfect for fitting in the spout of my Vitamix, so filling is very easy. The Little Green Pouch was a bit more finicky, and I found I spilled along the zipper opening, requiring clean-up. I also didn’t have a perfect idea of when it was “full”, since you have to squish it a bit to close it. I felt like it held less than the Sili Squeeze, despite its larger capacity.

WINNER: Sili Squeeze

Portability

Both have caps that close to prevent spilling. The Little Green Pouch lays more flat, so it fit nicely in our lunch box. That said, it got squished and the zipper seal failed, so that created quite a mess. We’ve never had a leak with our Sili Squeeze.

WINNER: Sili Squeeze

Drinking

The spout on the Little Green Pouch is more like store-bought food pouches, so little ones can easily manage the transition. The flexible plastic packaging made it easy for my toddler to squeeze out the smoothie until it was almost done.

The thicker silicone of the Sili Squeeze makes it harder for my little one to squeeze out. He usually finishes half the smoothie before he needs assistance, though admittedly he often forgets to tilt it up. The Sili Squeeze has two spout options, one faster than the other – we use the free flowing option, which works well.

WINNER: Little Green Pouch

Cleaning 

Both products are dishwasher safe, though the lid of the Sili Squeeze needs to be cleaned by hand. The Sili Squeeze comes out of the dishwasher perfectly clean, since it retains its shape, but the Little Green Pouch never gets completely clean.

When washing by hand, I struggle to get my bottle brush into the bottom crevices of the Little Green Pouch, making me feel it’s not entirely clean or free from bacteria growing. Both bottle lids are a bit annoying to get clean, even with a variety of cleaning tools, though the Sili Squeeze lid is the hardest of the two to clean. I find I wish I had something like a Q-tip that was small, but sponged on the end to get into tight spots.

The Little Green Pouch is advertised to last 50 uses each. The Sili Squeeze has no advertised maximum use.

WINNER: Sili Squeeze

Price

The online retail price for the Sili Squeeze with Eeeze is USD$14.99 each. The Little Green Pouch is $14.99 for a set of 4.

WINNER: Little Green Pouch

Which Food Pouch Reigns Supreme?

Despite the higher price, my overall winner is the Sili Squeeze, by far. The ease of filling and cleaning far outweigh the benefits to me of the Little Green Pouch. I was so disappointed with the blow-out zipper and so worried about the potential unclean crevices of the Little Green Pouch that I’ve gone back to exclusive Sili Squeeze use.

Stocking Stuffers for a 4-Year-Old

Shopping for stocking stuffers is one of my all-time favourite things to do. I love finding just the right items for my kids. I buy stocking stuffers all through the year as I see them in stores, though I also buy a few select things online.

Stocking stuffers age 4

When Aiden was just over 1 year old, I shared with you the items I was putting into his stocking. Although I missed this gift list tradition, I’m picking it back up featuring the things I am excited to put in his stocking now that he’s 4 years old. These gifts are all quite gender-neutral, so they would work for a boy or a girl!

Stocking Stuffer Ideas for a 4 Year Old

  1. The gift of music – I believe encouraging a love of music is important in all its forms – and that includes whistles! I always give a small instrument as a gift or stocking stuffer. This year Aiden is getting a recorder and Damien is getting a kazoo, though my top suggestion for small and inexpensive is an harmonica
  2. LEGO – whether you are getting larger sets as gifts or not, there are some amazing small Creator sets that are perfect for the stocking. This year we purchased the LEGO Creator Mini Skyflyer, which turns into 3 different aircraft.
  3. Bath Crayons – I love bath crayons and markers, but they never seem to last a full year!
  4. Art supplies – art supplies make up a big portion of my stocking. This year I have glow-in-the-dark pirate stickers, glitter glue pens, themed-markers, and the Usborne Monster Doodles wipe-clean cards.
  5. Candy airplane – a Candy Pop Fan is the real name for what he asked Santa for.
  6. Chocolate – of course! I usually put in a couple of Christmas-shaped chocolates, but nothing excessive
  7. Candy – I bought some sugar-free fruit gummies and only a couple of novelty sweets like a Santa Pez, a gourmet candy cane from Whole Foods and a candy-filled school bus.
  8. Games – small games like Go Fish or Spot It! also fit perfectly in a stocking.

If you are looking for more ideas for other age-ranges, check out my list of Stocking Stuffer Ideas for a 1 Year Old.

For US residents, the above links (where appropriate) are to Canadian sites. You can find many of the same items on Amazon.com here: recorderkazooharmonicaLEGO Creator Mini Skyflyer, bath crayons, glitter glue, Usborne Monster Doodles, Candy Pop FanSpot It!

Top Uncommon Gifts for Kids

If you are looking for uncommon gifts, you may just find them at UncommonGoods! I was lucky enough to be able to choose a gift for Aiden this holiday season, which he in turn was lucky enough to play with before Christmas! It took me a long time to narrow my list down from all the wonderful options at UncommonGoods, but I’m happy to share with you some of my Top Uncommon Gifts for Kids, as well as a review of the two toys we received.

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Uncommon Gifts for Kids

Uncommong gifts 

  1. Pallina – as pictured with the family on the left, the goal of this game by Hape is to remove the colour sticks without letting your own coloured balls fall. This was an easy game to introduce and offered us a fun alternative to board games during family game time. Aiden loved how hands on the game was and it’s a quick game to play several times. It’s definitely a little larger than I expected though!
  2. Ogobild Hub – as pictured with Aiden on the top right, the Ogobild Hub is a construction toy with endless possibilities. Add feet, wheels, loops, propellers and more! Although at first the pieces are hard to put in, your little engineer will soon be inspired to create endless creatures and contraptions. Aiden quickly moved past his desire to create a creature exactly like on the box, which he’s yet to do with Lego. I call this a win!
  3. Custom Book Adventure – create a custom pirate adventure or a custom fairy book with your child’s name, hair colour, home town and more. How cute is that?! This is one of my top picks for next year!
  4. Storymatic for Kids or Rory’s Story Cubes – bring out the creativity in your kids by encouraging storytelling with prompt cards or blocks. I think these games could get many years of play, which is hard to come by. This is a for sure gift for next year from us!
  5. Make Your Own Snowglobe – I’m a little obsessed with DIY projects, so I love this kit. If your child likes to make things with Play-Doh or clay, I think they’d be ready for this kit.
  6. Stormy Seas Balancing Game – we have a similar game with a sailboat and it’s fun to challenge problem-solving on where to balance the items. Nothing complex – just a quick game. 

About UncommonGoods

UncommonGoods was founded in 1999 in NewYork and endeavours to feature unique designs and handcrafted gifts that are environmentally friendly – half of what is sold is made by hand, and a third is recycled or up-cycled. I spent a lot of time browsing the website wishing I hadn’t already finished my Christmas shopping! Luckily, I added a few ideas to next year’s list (and yes, I do have an app for that). 

If you are looking for some unique Christmas gifts, particularly some funky stocking stuffers or other gifts for women, you may just find them at UncommonGoods. If you have read my Guys’ Guide to Stocking Stuffers and are still searching for the right gifts, check out this scarf and the Storymatic game – both of which fit my stocking stuffer tips!

Disclosure: We received toys for review, the opinions of which are my own. I was not asked to create a list post or in any way promote additional goods. I just like them!

My Fresh Produce Clothing

Fresh Produce, a retailer known across the US in stores such as Macy’s, recently expanded their online store to ship to 200 countries, including Canada. I was approached to try a few of their outfits, to review how their clothes fit in with my lifestyle as an active mama. The clothes are marketed as breezy, colourful and comfortable, and though not all of the clothes are my style, there are some great classic basics and colourful items to add to your wardrobe.

Here’s me modelling the Wrap Me Up Dress in one photo, and the Knit Coastal Wrap Cardigan over a Cami and Basic Leggings. I was able to size myself perfectly, which was not bad for my first attempt at online shopping for clothes! The pictures don’t do the outfits justice, especially the first one (should have previewed that before asking my husband to upload it!), so follow the above links.

The dress is great, though I’ve never worn a dress with sleeves before. As a wrap dress, I love that the interior is stitched closed so that I don’t need to pin the bust (a major issue for me and most wrap dresses). The cardigan drapes nicely down the front and drew several compliments. The leggings stayed up, which is more than I can say for other brands, even though I tend to not wear the full length leggings like these. I look forward to getting a lot of use out of these clothes to mix & match with my current wardrobe.

Although I didn’t get it, one of my favourite items of theirs is this skirt/dress, as I think the pattern is great and I love outfits that are multi-functional like this. I have one skirt/dress that I just love and I loved that it was great for when I was pregnant with Aiden as well.

Disclosure: I was sent these outfits for review, though my opinions are my own.