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Veggie-Go’s

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My kids eat very few vegetables. I either have to add a lot of cheese to mask the taste, or puree vegetables and sneak them into casseroles.  Even then, my kids notice them.  I have yet to find a way for them to eat vegetables willingly.  That is until they tried Veggie-Go’s.

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Veggie-Go’s are the original fruit AND veggie strip.  These amazing strips provide half a serving of fruit and half a serving of vegetables.  They are also GMO free, organic, gluten free, dairy free, soy free, vegan, and have no added sugar.  The best part of all, they taste delicious! My kids had no idea they were eating vegetables or fruit, just a tasty snack.  They even asked for more!

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Veggie-Go’s come in some really unique varieties including Mountain Berry Spinach, Carrot Ginger, Cinnamon Spiced Beet, TropiKale, and Sweet Potato Pie.  My son said his favorite one was the Mountain Berry Spinach.  There is no way he would eat another one if I told him it was made with spinach and sweet potatoes!  Veggie-Go’s are individually wrapped so they are great for on the go.  They are available at your local Whole Foods as well as online at

www.nakededgesnacks.com

I highly recommend them, and definitely plan on buying more of them.

 

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Silly McGilly

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Are you Irish? I’m a little bit of Irish, but our family is always Irish during St. Patrick’s Day!  We like to celebrate the holiday by hanging up shamrocks, sticking leprechaun window clings on the bedroom windows, and eating corned beef and cabbage. We don’t do too much, but would love to add more fun to the month of March.  I cannot wait to share Silly McGilly with my family this St. Patrick’s Day season.

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Silly McGilly is a fun Leprechaun who likes to play silly tricks on children during the St. Patrick’s Day season.  Read the Silly McGilly book to your children and place the doll by a window each evening you want Silly to play a trick.  At night Silly will do some shenanigans in the house.  Some tricks can be leaving shamrock stickers around the house, turning the toilet water green, dying milk green, and anything else you can think of.  Then in the morning the kids get to wake up and see what crazy tricks their leprechaun played.

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The book is absolutely adorable, very relatable, and easy to understand for little ones.  The pictures are very colorful and the story is fun to read.

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The Silly McGilly doll is very cute and great for kids.  The plush is soft and easily sits on a window.  This would be a great tradition to begin in any family or classroom.  The Silly McGilly website offers some really great ideas for tricks that can be played. I cannot wait for March 1, when I can introduce Silly McGilly to my family!

http://www.sillymcgilly.com/home.html

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Mattel Fisher Price Community

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Week #44 Saturday Top Five Laughs

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Happy Valentine’s Day!

Ready to roll with The Mommyhood Chronicles for Saturday Top Five Laughs – week #44 (for us)? Because we are!

5. Child with the quizzes last week added up several quizzes and announces, “If you put them all together, I got 120%!”

4. Jr. wanted to be a tiger so he drew stripes on himself with a pen! Lovely, eh? Yeah, he did whole body coverage, we only took a photo of his arm!

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3. On our older daughter’s birthday, our youngest ran into her room and jumped on her saying, “Happy Birthday!” Then he proceeded to ask her to make him a card from him…and she did! lol!

2. When my husband and I did the Pennzoil shop, we walked to get a cart. Hubby got the cart and started back to where I was, in the meantime I had started to walk with another man with a cart, thinking it was him! I looked over and realized it was not my husband and went, “Oh!” He simply said, “Excuse me” to pass by me. I turned and my husband was back a ways. I asked him, “Did you see that?” He said yes, puts his arms out and asks me, “What are you doing?” Then proceeded to teased me. We laughed but I was so embarrassed! I don’t think the strange man realized what I did.

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1. When we left the house the cats were on the work horses facing our car in the driveway. When we came back they were facing the exact opposite! Funny cats had not moved other than to turn!

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Alexa Cafe an iD Tech Camp for Girls in Lake Forest, Illinois

This post is in partnership with iD Tech Camp and US Family Guide.

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Do you have daughters, nieces or granddaughters? Do you like to gift them with fun, educational camps? Then this opportunity is for you! Alexa Cafe for Girls in Lake Forest, Illinois is a unique all-girls program. At Camp girls ages 10-15 will develop a passion for technology, design, and innovation – all while collaborating in a chic environment that emphasizes entrepreneurship, leadership, brand identity, and philanthropy. While all iD Tech summer programs are great for girls, at Alexa Cafe, BIG ideas come to life in a uniquely cozy setting filled with cafe tables and beanbags. Courses include: Sugar Coded, Electric Latte, Game Swirl, Design Barista, Cinema Twist, Javaccino, Cafe Electric, Game Pop, and Cinemocha. Whether designing a sleek webpage, producing a film, coding creatively, or developing wearable electronics with lights and sensors, technology shouldn’t be intimidating or uninspired. In the right environment, it’s cool. Meaningful. Life changing. Alexa Cafe isn’t just an all-girls summer tech camp. It’s a movement.

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BiteSizers

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Meal time is always crazy at my house. With a growing 5 year old boy and an almost 2 year old girl (going on 15), preparing meals is always hectic.  I try my best to have them eat what we eat, but sometimes it’s hard. Trying to cut food up into small enough pieces for their liking while they are yelling “I’m hungry, “Is it ready yet”, etc. can make any mom struggle to have a smooth meal time.  Anything that makes this part easier, I’m signing up for!

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Thank goodness for BiteSizers! Upon first opening they look like everyday scissors. I thought to myself, they’ll probably work the same as kitchen scissors.  Guess what? They work a whole lot better! Way better than using a fork a knife. Who would have thought?! Simply take whatever you are eating, use BiteSizers to cut pieces to your liking, and that’s it!  I was honestly amazed at how easily it cut through this quesadilla.

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I then went on to cut up some cantaloupe. Usually I use a fork and knife to cut fruit up.  Using BiteSizers was a whole lot easier. I went from cutting a quesadilla to cantaloupe, and then I cut up a PBJ just for fun.  They work on any food that I would ever feed my kids.  I love that it has a Snap-On cap to keep the blades good and for easy travel. I can throw them in my diaper bag easily.  There’s even a handy built-in sizer guide so you can cut food to the size recommended by experts as best for children.

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Since I started using BiteSizers both of my kids have tried more foods than ever. It’s just so easy to cut a little bite off of whatever I’m eating and share with my kids. BiteSizers are available exclusively at

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I would highly recommend them to anyone with young children.

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Week #42 Saturday Top Five Laughs

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I think I am finally on a roll for Saturday Top Five Laughs posts. Woohoo! Once again, joining The Mommyhood Chronicles for Saturday Top Five Laughs – week #42 (for us)!

4. Hubby slipped in our hallway and knocked over the water cooler. You would have thought that World War III broke out.

3. Our oldest wanted our youngest to come and give her a kiss goodnight and Jr.’s response was, “No, you didn’t call me ‘the chosen one‘.” Oh my!

2. I am sitting here and I hear a voice groan, “I’m pregnant!” I look over and one of our daughters is sitting next to me with a ball beneath her clothes. Then another daughter does the same thing with another ball, but bigger ball. The first daughter goes, “How many children do you have in there?” Then a third daughter does and and the second daughter asks here, “How many children do you have in there?” I think they have lost it! Now the first daughter just exclaimed, with the big ball beneath her shirt, “Ahhh I am having quadruplets!”

1. Watching children learn to use the yo-yo is funny!

And I cannot think of a fifth one….brain is fried or frozen. Take your pick!

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How To Pick The Perfect Swim Instructor

How To Pick The Perfect Swim Instructor

by Kaitlin Gardner

When we started a family, I wanted my kids to learn how to swim. It was a skill that they would use for a lifetime, and our family would be around the water many times. Just going to the local pool and signing them up for classes didn’t feel right for me. I did homework to find the best instructor I could for my kids.

Ask around. I asked a number of parents with older children about their swim instructors. I heard some good things, and some parents steered me away from programs where they didn’t feel satisfied with the results. I was glad I took that time, because it helped me narrow down the choices before I went any further. I’ve found some great resources with more detail about swim programs for kids:

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Learn To Swim: The Importance of Swimming Lessons

What Every Parent Should Know About Choosing A Swimming Instructor

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A personal visit. Once I narrowed down my options and had a list of swim schools that sounded the strongest, I made visits. I talked to the manager of the school, to get an impression of how professional the person was, because I felt like his approach would filter down through the school. I wanted someone who took the job of teaching my kids to swim as seriously as I was approaching it. I was really impressed by the commitment of the school managers, and knew I was on the right track.

What’s the plan? I wanted to know how the teaching would be handled – would they just have the kids jump in the shallow end and start showing them the Australian crawl? I wanted classes that would work through a plan where the kids learned basics and moved forward building on that foundation. I found several schools that had similar lesson plans, and I felt really good about the thoroughness and approach of the lessons.

Check instructor credentials. I asked the school managers what certifications were required for a swim instructor. I had looked online and found the required levels of certification, and in every case, the swim schools followed those standards. I was feeling really good about the schools at this point. Some people might think I was going a little overboard, but with the lives of my kids at stake, I was willing to take extra steps.

Watch a class. I asked the managers of the schools if I could watch a class. I had read that if they don’t want you to do that, it’s a warning sign that the school is not a good one. In every case, the schools I was considering encouraged to watch their swim classes. I sat and talked with other Moms who were watching their kids in class. I got a couple of names of great instructors from them, so I made sure to sit in on those classes. I had narrowed my choices to a couple of instructors by this point.

How’s the attitude? I didn’t want my kids to be taught by somebody who was just going through the motions, so watching the class, I was checking for the attitude of the instructor. I was amazed at how calm, caring and thorough the instructors were. They made sure each child demonstrated proficiency with what was being taught before they moved on. I was astonished by how well mannered and orderly the kids were. When I made my final choice, I was confident I had found the perfect instructor for my kids. It made me smile to watch them learning how to swim, and how their confidence in the water grew with each lesson.

Kaitlin Gardner started An Apple Per Day to explore her passion for a green living lifestyle, and healthy family living. She and her husband have just moved to rural Pennsylvania, where they enjoy exploring the countryside to discover interesting and out of the way places. She is also learning how to paint watercolors.

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#40 Saturday Top Five Laughs

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I am trying to get back into the groove of writing a Saturday Top Five Laughs post. I am still trying to find my blogging barrings after a month off, plus the holidays and so on. Without further delay let’s join The Mommyhood Chronicles for Saturday Top Five Laughs – week #40 (for us)!

5. When we were at Victoria Park Nova Scotia, our son said the water looked like root beer! ;)

4. Last week would have been Elvis Presley’s 80th birthday. I grew up listening to Elvis because my parents were Elvis fans. When I mentioned Elvis to the children, some of the younger ones asked who he was so I told them briefly who he was and then I shared a couple of music videos. As we were watching the first video, Jr., our three year old goes, “He can sing.” Just matter of factly. I forgot to tell my mom this when I was talking to her. She will get a kick out of it!

3. Jr. called a red pom pom a pimple and when I chuckled, he goes, “What’s this called again?” ;)

2. One of our son’s bemoaned, “Ohhh, I think I broke my tailbone.” Not the funny part. The next part is…A younger son responded, “But you don’t have a tail.” He said it seriously. ;)

1. The children were all reading Calvin and Hobbes…need I say more? It was fun listening to their pure-hearted laughter.

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Washing Babydoll Sheep Wool – Wordless Wednesday

Our Babydoll ram has been losing some of his fleece. Our oldest son decided to collect it and wash it.

Steps to follow when washing Babydoll sheep wool:

1. Filled the sink with hot, hot water. He said he got it up to 180′ F.

2. Then stir wool around.

3. Put a tiny bit of dish soap or laundry detergent in the water. Keep stirring. Not too hard.

4. Change the water. Repeat the process.

5. Lay out to dry on top of dryer.

Here is what it looked like:

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Kind of disgusting, isn’t it?

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