Nature Box & Printable Snack Labels

The one thing that I have the most difficulty with when trying to feed my family healthy food is snacking.  For me, keeping the main meals of breakfast, lunch and dinner healthy and wholesome isn’t very hard.  What is hard for us though, is finding things to munch on throughout the day that aren’t full of nasty ingredients.

I’ve been drooling over these natural snacks from Nature Box that come delivered right to your door for months now.  I finally got to try them and let me tell you, this service is amazing.

Healthy Snacking with Nature Box

Here’s how it works:

  • Each month you get 5 full-size snacks delivered to you for as low as $15.95 a month.
  • You can either pick all five snacks from their huge selection (over 100 snack options!) or be surprised each month.

Click here to get 50% off your first month’s NatureBox delivery! ($10 value) using promo code: SNACKTOSCHOOL

Fine Crumbs: Promotion is good for 50% off your first month to month box or $10 off your first box in your first prepaid subscription. New and US subscribers only. Not valid on gift subscriptions and may not be combined with any other offers.

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Each snack contains wholesome ingredients – with no artificial sweeteners, flavors or colors.  Our favorites were the Blueberry Nom Noms, the Dark Cocoa Nom Noms and the Honey Dijon Pretzels.  They have lots of options for people with food allergies as well including a large variety of gluten-free, nut-free, dairy-free and soy-free.

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6 Quick Preschool Conversation Starters

Coming up with conversation starters to engage with Brady after school doesn’t come easy.  Like most little ones, he draws a blank when I ask him things like, “What did you do today?”  I think because he does so much, he just can’t narrow in on one single thing.

I was getting nowhere with him and so as time has gone by my questions have evolved.  I’ve really tried to think of ways to ask him things that will remind him of something very specific so he can easily remember the answer.

I thought that some of you may be having the same issue as well so I wanted to share my preschool conversation starters with you.  I’d really love to hear if you have other ideas as well!

Preschool Conversation Starters

Preschool Conversation Starters

1.  Instead of asking how his day was, leaving him open to reply with a standard “fine” each time, I got more specific.  I decided to ask him, “Did you have a happy day or a sad day?”  You could also replace sad with mad.  I use sad because many times drop-off isn’t easy and he is upset about me leaving.

2.  Although many times he can’t tell me a specific name, asking him, “Who did you play with today?” usually sparks a description like “the girl” or “the kid with glasses”.

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Fun Kid Food {Bagel Bites Faces}

I’ve been crazy about fun kid food lately. I just adore the idea of serving my little ones meals and snacks that look really fun. My son will eat a PB&J sandwich any day but when I cut it to make it look like a dinosaur? He is so excited!
I love little ways I can add fun into their day and make eating fun. One of my latest endeavors was making these adorable Bagel Bites faces. As if pizza on a bagel needed anything else to make it awesome.
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Now that school is starting for the year, I know a lot of families are looking to offer their kids a quality after-school snack to hold their bellies over until dinner and this totally fits the bill. As a mom, I love Bagel Bites for several reasons:

  • They have 0 grams of trans fat. (So important to keep that out of our kids diets.)
  • They use REAL cheese.
  • They use high-quality ingredients.
  • They’re baked, not fried.
  • They’re quick! (Just a little over one minute in the microwave and you’re ready to snack.)

If you want to grab a box for your kids, here’s a coupon you can use.

Fun Kid Food {Bagel Bites Faces}

 Make Bagel Bites Faces

All I did to make this super adorable kid food was follow the cooking directions on the package and then added things I had in the kitchen to use as features.

Fun Kid Food {Bagel Bites Faces}

I used some fruits and veggies to add additional options, knowing they very well may pick them off. That’s OK, they are at least being offered. A few items I used are:

  • Strawberries
  • Grapes
  • Blueberries
  • Bananas
  • Mushrooms
  • Peanuts
  • Cheese
  • Rotini Noodles
  • Candy eyeballs (These were too cute for me not to add, but these are your creation so feel free to omit them to reduce the sugar.)

The possibilities are endless, really. You and your kids can turn these into whatever you want. Brady was so excited to eat them, he was right beside me the whole time asking, “Can I eat them yet?” over and over.

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I love when they are excited about something I’ve created.

So excited, in fact, that Bagel Bites is giving one of you a $100 Visa gift card.

Yes, 100 free dollars! All you have to do to enter this fantastic giveaway is leave a comment here telling me what your favorite snack is.

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This giveaway is open to US Residents age 18 or older. Winners will be selected via random draw, and will be notified by e-mail. The notification email will come directly from BlogHer via the sweeps@blogher email address. You will have 72 hours to respond; otherwise a new winner will be selected.

The Official Rules are available here.

This sweepstakes runs from 8/25-9/28.

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Giving them the freedom to be who they are

After handing me art paper after art paper with nothing but one lonely crayon scribble, Brady’s (very sweet) preschool teacher said, “He’s not very artistic.”  I quickly told her that was fine.  It is perfectly OK that he’s not enthusiastically artistic.  He is an incredible little boy with a million and one abilities and perhaps art projects isn’t one of them. (Right now at least – who knows what his feelings towards art may later be).

Sometimes Brady likes to wear nail polish.  On occasion he asks to wear his Batman mask into a restaurant.  Paityn refuses frilly hair bows and wants to wear sneakers with dresses.  All of these things are part of who they are and all of them are OK with me.

Giving them freedom

I catch myself sometimes placing certain boundaries on my kids and who they should be,  like telling Brady that nail polish is only for girls or refusing him the pink Halloween basket. I never feel good about those choices in hindsight and looking back I always wish I would have chosen to say yes.  Yes to them being able to choose freely exactly who they want to be.  Who they already are.

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