Sunday, August 30, 2015

SmartyPants Vitamins GIVEAWAY!

Heading back to school wouldn't be complete without adding in some proper nutrition! Even if you have a healthy diet, vitamins can help you get those valuable nutrients that are more difficult to get from food. SmartyPants Vitamins are not only delcious, but are a complete package. We got the opportunity in our #ScoutBox to try the *Kids Complete and Kids Complete + Fiber Gummy Vitamins.

These vitamins are not only yummy, but they are a full multivitamin with Omega 3s and Vitamin D. You can't get better than that! The gummy vitamins taste like candy to kids (and adults) which make taking vitamins a real treat. Which, I'm happy with anything that doesn't taste like chalk.

One of my favorite things about SmartyPants Vitamins is the excellent quality they put into their products. SmartyPants Vitamins are made with organic sugar and they have NO artificial sugars, flavors, or colors. They are also 100% Non-GMO. 

The Kids Complete + Fiber Gummy Vitamins quickly became my favorite. These vitamins are the perfect way to add in a little extra fiber to your child's diet. Patrick has always needed a little extra fiber in his diet and I love having this option available. P always asks for "mooooore, mooooore!" He gets to have a treat, while I know that he is getting nutrients that his body needs.

NOW, the fun part! SmartyPants Vitamins has generously offered to give a reader a months supply of their Kids Complete Vitamins as well as a box of their new Kids Complete + Fiber On-The-Go packs!

Enter below by leaving a comment and sharing what you and your kids are most looking forward to this school year!

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And P.S. - Check out SmartyPants' website to see all their products! Their website has answers to questions you didn't know you had.

*I received these products for review as part of the Savvy Sassy Moms Product Scouts program. All opinions are my own.

Thursday, August 20, 2015

An easy way to lunch....Plum Organics!

Well, we aren't packing school lunches quite yet! But we do pack our lunches weekly for a lot of adventures we go on. I know it isn't THAT difficult to throw things in baggies, but as a mom I am all about convenience. Knowing a snack is not only easy for me and a messy toddler BUT contains organic and natural ingredients...well, it feels like I've hit some sort of parenting jackpot.

In our Back-To-School Savvy Sassy Moms #ScoutBox we were given Plum Organics snacks to try. We aren't new to Plum Organics products since Patrick has LOVED everything he has tried since he was baby, and the Jammy Sammys and Mashups were no exception.

First up was the Jammy Sammy which is a delicious snack bar based off of favorite sandwiches in an easy individually wrapped package. These lasted no more than 5 days in our house as we took them on EVERY outing we had. They were easy to throw in a lunch bag (or diaper bag) and were also easy enough to eat on the go. Best of all, they are now Patrick's favorite snack. They are made from organic ingredients with no trans fat or high fructose corn syrup. 

Also included were the Mashups which were a huge hit as well. These little fruit and veggie pouches are not only delicious, but easy, organic, and a great source of Vitamin C and fiber. These are so easy to eat on the go and are also resealable, so if P doesn't finish it in one sitting I don't have to worry about wasting food. 

These are two products I would definitely recommend to anyone looking for an easy idea to spice up your child's lunch box! With many delicious flavors made with simple ingredients, both the kids and parents can enjoy. In our house I keep little baskets in the pantry for P's snacks, and these are choices I honestly don't mind him picking out to have whenever!

What are your child's favorite lunchtime snacks?
Want to win your very own Back-To-School #ScoutBox? Enter here!

I received these products for review as part of the Savvy Sassy Moms Product Scouts program. All opinions are my own.

Sunday, August 16, 2015

SSM - Visiting Indy with kids

So I think I've mentioned before how much I love Indy. I've lived close to the city my whole life. I remember growing up and skipping school (hello, Conner Prairie field trips...I'm looking at you!) and going to Indy for the day with my mom to shop and have lunch. Those were the best days! Way more fun than Conner Prairie field trips. After college I got married and moved up to Indianapolis where I truly got to appreciate it. I worked downtown and I loved it all. I loved working and being in a big city, but still living in the suburbs where I could experience a more "small town" feel. Now that I have P, I have really enjoyed exploring the city with a child. My friends and I always find something to do, and I love having a lot of different adventures with P.

Basically, I could write about Indy all day! BUT, I will stop and just share what I was going to say and that is that I am over on Savvy Sassy Moms talking about things to do in Indianapolis with kids! Honestly I could have probably typed a whole article on food alone because I LOVE IT and Indy has the most delicious restaurants, but I wrote about a variety of things. I may have thrown in Zionsville a little too much (don't even live there...) but all in all I think it shows a couple of things to do if you ever find yourself in Indy!

Check it out! Indy is very unrated in my opinion. I always give it the hype it deserves!

Thursday, August 13, 2015

Back-To-School Traditions

I can remember so many traditions from my childhood. They are the memories I always look back on and feel nostalgic for. So when P was born, I already started thinking about all the family traditions I wanted to share with him. Since it's that time of the year (BACK TO SCHOOL!) I wanted to share some of the favorite traditions I've heard of.

  • -Special back-to-school breakfast. Anything! My cousins always got their favorite ice cream for breakfast on the first day of school. Pancakes, waffles, or maybe it changes every year? Something special to really kick off the school year.

  • -Pictures! Of course I love pictures. But I've seen some darling ones on Pinterest and on my Facebook feed. I love the ones with the chalkboards stating the kid's grade, or the ones saying what they want to be when they grow up, and the ones with them holding a picture of them from the year before. Basically, any picture. I still love looking at the ones of me at my desk on the first day.

  • -Shopping! This was one of my favorite traditions growing up. I loved back-to-school shopping. Clothes, supplies, you name it! While I think this is a common one, it was the one I looked forward to the most.

  • -Trace their hands. A cool idea is to trace your kids' hands every year on the first day of school and watch them progress as they go along. 

  • -After school surprise. I love the idea of having a surprise waiting for your child as they come home from school. I'm a little partial to a sweet treat, but anything from their favorite snack, a small toy, or even a sign welcoming them back from the first day!

I have a couple more years before I have to start thinking about back-to-school traditions for P, so let me know what your favorite traditions are! 

Monday, August 10, 2015

Dentist for P

Oh my little P. He had his first dentist appointment this week. And surprisingly, he did great! I'll be honest, I was expecting the worst. Mainly because who likes going to the dentist? The dentist told me all four 2-year-old molars were coming through which I had guessed because he has been a little grump (and one is almost completely through). I'm glad that everything looked well because P does like his sweets. Fruit snacks (which I learned were extra bad), apple juice, chocly milk, cookies...the good and sweet things in life. What can I say, he gets it from his momma. (Although daddy likes a sweet treat too!)

P is 20 months this month and I am just having a hard time thinking about how he is closer to 2 than 1! How? Is he not still an infant? Well, he is definitely trying to say more words every day! He has added something similar to "Elmo" and "Olaf" (we never watch TV ;) ha!) and still loves to say "go!" I need to write down all of his words because that would be a fun post for ME! He definitely does a good job following directions, for the most part. And he loves to tell me he needs "shooooooes" when I tell him we are going to go.

Minus the meltdowns, I'm still loving this stage.

Thursday, July 30, 2015

Back to School Build-A-Bears

I'm the first to admit I'm a bit of a nerd. I always looked forward to going back to school! Well, I always looked forward to back to school shopping (for both clothes and school supplies) and when I was younger I always enjoyed "meet the teacher" night. Now that I have a baby, just thinking about sending him off to pre-school is giving me anxiety! One thing I hope to start as a family are back to school traditions. I'll be sharing some fun traditions I've heard of and hope to start in the coming weeks as school is starting back up!

My BFF's little one is about to start Kindergarten this year! I can't imagine. But, he was requesting to go to Build-A-Bear and they invited me and P to tag along. I was so excited because I've been wanting to take Patrick. Well, P loved it! He enjoyed making his first teddy bear with his friends and I enjoyed watching them have a lot of fun. So while they are little and loving the little things, I'm thinking "back to school Build-A-Bear" may become a thing!

We all had such a fun time. We had lunch at Chick-fil-a where Patrick somehow fell backwards through the chair and landed flat on his back smacking his head. So there was that. It was horrible but he is okay and I'm glad I had my friend there to calm me down. I bought Patrick a lemonade and that seemed to make things better.

Last night I had to sneak in and take this picture below. Patrick was snuggling with his new teddy bear all night. So precious! I'd say it was definitely a day well spent!

What are your favorite back to school traditions? 
I'll be back to share some of my favorite traditions and favorite back to school gear!

Saturday, July 25, 2015

County Fair!

Adding a child to my life has truly changed my outlook on just about everything. Seeing the face of excitement and pure joy on Patrick has been indescribable. I love experiencing "firsts" with him. Last night Marc and I took Patrick to the fair with a group of our friends. I loved watching the children marvel at literally everything. Even the silly jugglers that were on the sidewalk. I wanted to share a couple of [blurry] pictures that I took with my phone, because I mean, P is adorable. I had to thoroughly document his first fair experience. P had his first elephant ear, his first lemon shake up, and his first pony ride. I couldn't really tell you which was his favorite because he absolutely loved them all!

If you follow me on Instagram you've already seen these. I know,  I am always oversharing!

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