Saturday, August 31, 2013

Lunchables Jr.

As part of the Crowdtap program I occassionally get to participate in Sample & Share activities. I was recently invited to participate in a Lunchables Jr.
Lunchables Jr is a new product for kids 3+ on the move, running from one activity to the other with no hopes of slowing down. It comes in 4 tasty varieties - "Teddy Bear Picnic", "Ants on a Log", "Blueberry Bonanza", and "Very Beary Crunch".

We got to sample "Teddy Bear Picnic" and "Blueberry Bonanza".

Since I knew the kids would never agree to which one each would get I figured we would open them both and sample all of the snacks.

The Teddy Bear Picnic came with a small container of Peanut Butter, Teddy Grahams and soft apple bites. The Blueberry Bonanza came with Cheese Its, Nilla Wafers and blueberry flavored apple bites. Overall, the snacks were a hit! The kids didn't really care for the blueberry flavored apple bites (I tried them myself, they were a bit tart...) but the regular apple bites were tasty!

Overall, these are easy snacks to pack for kids to school, or when you're on the go. I would be interested in trying the other two flavors as well. Even though my kids liked the other snacks in the Blueberry Bonanza I probably wouldn't purchase it simply because the fact they didn't like the blueberry flavored apple bites means they would waste 1/3 of the container.

Monday, August 26, 2013

Random Acts of Kindness.

I have been wanting to do something with the kids for a while now. Some kind of Pay it Forward or Random Acts of Kindness activity. I'd planned on doing it on a regular weekend, or on my first summer break and we just never had the time.
I had even looked on google and pinterest for different ideas of Random Acts of Kindness with Kids. I found lots of great posts and suggestions... The ones that seemed to fit us the most were ones where the kids were doing good deeds for other kids.

Well, today was a crummy rainy day so I figured - it will get us out of the house, and we can do some good deeds in the meantime!

I ran to the store....

I figured that little containers of bubbles were perfect for kids of any age, boy or girl! I attached the little notes with ribbons and we got ourselves ready to go to the mall!

 On the way to the mall we discussed our plans, over and over... reminding the kids that we are doing it to make others happy. We discussed that having fun is not always about playing with toys or getting toys/gifts. Sometimes having fun is doing good things and making other people feel happy and smile!

We walked right in the door of the mall and Connor said he was "keeping my eyes peeled" for kids to give the gifts to. Paige was more hesitant, as is her personality, but once they had reassurance from me it was ok to approach people they seemed to feel more comfortable!

Overall, we received LOTS of smiles and thank yous. A lot of adults said to me "This is so nice" before even reading the tag on the container. Most of the kids were hesitant... I mean, really, who just gives you a present for no reason? There were some kids that very politely said "THANKS!" when they received their gift.

In fact, a few parents made their kids hunt us down to make sure they said thank you -- we would hand off the gift and walk away -- we didn't stick around for an explanation or anything. Connor and Paige were eager to find more kids -- we found kids younger than them, older than them... it didn't matter! IN fact, Connor started walking up to people, tapping them on their shoulders and saying "Excuse me... this is for you!"

More than once I could hear the adults reading the tag aloud to the kids and offer a brief explanation of what it meant to receive (and/or give) a Random Act of Kindness.

Actually, once we doubled back after our bag of gifts was empty one woman stopped the kids because she wanted to high five them!

I'd say, it was a successful activity!

In the car, I did ask the kids how they thought it went and they both said "GOOD!"
We talked about whether what we did made people feel mad, sad or happy -- and they both acknowledged it was something that made people smile and feel happy!

I'm so pleased I was able to follow through on this activity!

Thursday, August 22, 2013

A Letter to My Children. (HiJacked from my Own Blog)

I participate in a research website/message board called Crowdtap . One
 of the discussions I recently participated in asked me to write a letter to my child/ren including the following:

If you had to write a letter to your child summarizing your hopes and dreams for their future, what would you want it to say? What values or life lessons do you want to instill in them? Write a version of this letter here, address it to your child, put the date you would like your child to open it, etc. Whatever you think this letter should look like!


What a huge task to undertake. However, I immediately flashed back to a blog entry of my own. I did have to search a bit for it, and I found the entry from June 12, 2012  and used that as my main motivation for completing the question. I decided I wanted to share the letter to my children....

Dear Connor & Paige:::
Mommy wrote the "poem" below on her blog on Sunday, June 12, 2012 . I want you to know that I wrote this as I was having a hard "mom day". I know you won't understand what that means until you become parents (if you chose that path in life). But, I wrote it because I'm not a perfect mother, nor have I ever been. No one is! Just know that in my eyes no matter what you have done you are perfect to me. I love you and always will. No matter what choices you make, or which way your life takes you. No matter where you end up, no matter who you end up with... Mommy loves you and supports you.
The following is the piece from 6/12/12::
Sometimes I yell at my kids.
Sometimes I let them eat candy before dinner.
Sometimes I sit on the floor and play candy land or memory with them.
Sometimes I'm just too tired to play with my kids so I sit on the couch.
Sometimes I do special projects with my kids.
Sometimes I lose my patience with the kids.
Sometimes I want to cry because I can't believe they're getting so big.
Sometimes I smother them in hugs and kisses.
Sometimes I wish they wanted to lay in bed and snuggle their Mommy.
Sometimes I just want a few minutes alone.
Sometimes I worry that they don't know how much I love them.
Sometimes I worry that I don't teach them enough.
Sometimes I read book after book after book to and with them.
Sometimes I take them out to fun places.
Sometimes I don't want to go anywhere.
Sometimes I want to protect them from everything bad that could happen.
Sometimes I worry that I am too protective
Always I love them.

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Getting Back

I have been a non-blogger for a long time now.

At first, I didn't even care I stopped blogging. Life was hectic, stressful, and I felt like I had
nothing in me to write. Not that I didn't have stories to share, but the spark went out, and there was no desire. Nothing pushing me to write. Writing has always been what I've loved. If I have something important to say - I actually prefer to write a letter, email, text even... I can't always speak my words as well as I can write them.

Lately, I really miss blogging. I miss sharing silly stories, emotional stories or even photos on "Wordless Wednesdays". I keep waiting for the perfect blogworthy post to get me back into the swing of things. Meanwhile, so many little anecdotes have slipped by because I didn't blog them.

Therefore, I am getting back. I'm going to make a blogging comeback!
Its been so long the cute little kids in the header are still cute, but they're not that little anymore!
I don't even know if I should call the blog "Baby Bits" any more...

What do you think??