Add this to the Toddler Snack Menu!

Summer is officially here for us in Virginia and we are SO excited to take advantage of being off of school and the beautiful weather we’ve been having. We are already taking full advantage of this weather and heading outside every single day, usually to the park. Soon we’ll be adding river trips to the menu.

I’m sure it’s the same with your family but snacks around here are an absolute must. Every time we leave the house and go to the park, even if we just ate beforehand, the kids are STARVING! THEY NEED A SNACK. So snacks we must provide. Emilia is 16 months old and she’s jumped on the snacking band wagon too. Quick, easy and delicious are all musts for our snacks and I’m always looking for new things to add to our never-ending list of snack ideas.

Our latest addition is Gerber Organic Veggie Orange Harvest Crisps.

orange harvest veggie crisps

The girls and I headed to Walmart and grabbed the orange harvest and a box of Field Greens. Kyla couldn’t wait to get her little hands on them! I think if she could have reached the boxes we would have ended up with about 12! We found them in the baby aisle near the baby food.

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Not only are they going to be perfect for trips to the park and river but they’re also going to be a great snack for Emilia when we head to Utah. Airport food isn’t exactly known for it’s nutritious qualities and these veggies crisps will give Emilia some much needed nutrients as we travel.

Emilia loves veggie crisp

Check out how awesome these are:

  • They’re made with real organic veggies
  • 35mg sodium per serving compared to 105 mg sodium in the leading veggie chip/snack
  • 3g of whole grains

The best part? They’re delicious and Emilia will actually eat them! She was so excited to get her hands on these and have a special snack all her own!
veggie crisp so yummy

If you don’t already have the Ibotta app on your phone make sure you grab it so you can get $1 off your purchase of Gerber Organic Veggies crisps at Walmart. For us it knocks the price down to $2.46 and there are 5 bags in each box which makes each bag about .50 cents! I love a good deal!

Where will you go with your brand new snack for your toddler? 

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Strawberry Picking in the Valley

This is a sponsored post for SheSpeaks/Rubbermaid.

 For the last couple of years we’ve been heading to the strawberry patch in May to pick fresh strawberries. We found this great spot just outside our town called Broadway Berries. They’re an organic farm which is ideal for us especially since strawberries are at the top of the dirty dozen list. The views are spectacular too!

Broadway Berries View

The kids love picking their own berries, they spend their time alternating between picking and tasting. Last year I pulled Mason out of school to bring him to the patch but this time we waited until after school. It was a great time of day to go. It was warm but not too warm.

strawberry patch

Mason has become an expert at finding berries but Kyla still needs some help. It was so sweet to see them picking berries together.

picking strawberries

There was also some friendly competition going on too. They kept arguing over who had more, by the end it finally took that the berries were all going to the same place so we combined our berries baskets. We had quite the haul.

strawberries in a basket

Once we got home I started to prepare the berries. We froze some of them for smoothies but we also saved some for snacking. Even though the kids love strawberries it feel likes I’m always throwing moldy ones away. When you’re buying organic like we are, it’s even more of a hit. This time we got a little proactive by using the new Rubbermaid FreshWorks Produce Saver.

strawberry in freshworks containter

FreshWorks uses a patented FreshVentTM technology that keeps produce fresher up to 80% longer* than traditional produce packaging. It regulates the flow of oxygen and carbon dioxide to create the best possible environment.

freshworks technology

The CrispTrayTM at the bottom helps to reduce moisture which in turn helps to avoid spoiling. The FreshWorks Produce Saver will help you save money and reduce waster, a win win! They’re also microwave and top shelf dishwasher safe and BPA-free. They’re available in three different sizes:

  • Small (2.5 Cups): Ideal for small berries.
  • Medium (6.3 Cups): Perfect for strawberries.
  • Large (17.3 Cups): Optimal for leafy greens.

I love cutting up romaine lettuce in the beginning of the week and storing it in the large container so that I can make eating healthier, EASIER without worrying about the lettuce wilting or browning before I get to eat it!

*Based on strawberries in FreshWorks™ containers vs. store packaging. Results may vary depending upon produce and use.

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New Life in Our Yard

A couple of months ago just after Emilia turned 1 we had to put our dog down. It was heartbreaking. He was just shy of 8 years old and we thought we would have many more years with him. We have been missing him around our house. He was a staple in our yard and I always felt more confident with him around. He would do just about anything for us. He made me feel safe! While he made us feel safe I think the little critters in our area felt the opposite way. Lately we’ve been noticing a bunny in our backyard, one that wouldn’t run away when the kids went to get a good look at it. I KNEW her borrow had to be somewhere close. It didn’t take long for us to discover it in our next door neighbor’s yard who also happens to be B’s dad!

bunny borrow

Just the other day Ky caught a glimpse of the bunny in our yard so we ran outside to check it out!

mama bunny

While we were taking a good look Kyla “spied” something else special going on. Little baby birds learning how to fly from the tree in her PawPaw’s yard to the tree in our yard!

baby bird in our shed

We were able to get such a good view of them!

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We even spotted what we believe is their nest! Do you see it?

the nest

Being able to see signs of new life in our very own backyard was such a blessing for the kids and I. We miss Cash so much so it was nice to be able to enjoy some animals in our backyard again. We need to soak it up because hopefully by this time next year a brand new puppy will be around chasing off all the bunnies!

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In the Kitchen

veggie crisp so yummy

Add this to the Toddler Snack Menu!

Summer is officially here for us in Virginia and we are SO excited to take advantage of being off of school and the beautiful weather we've been having. We are already taking full advantage of this weather and heading outside every single day, usually to the park. Soon we'll be adding river trips to ... read more