5 After School Traditions We Started This Fall

This post was sponsored by Nabisco as part of an Integrated Activation for Influence Central and all opinions expressed in my post are my own.

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I always feared this time with two in full-time school. Last year with Des in preschool, and during the summer with his light camp schedule, I tried to make the most of our time together. I’m sure I DID, even though it feels like time was water pouring through my hands! He’s in kindergarten now and gives me barely a wave and backwards smile as he struts confidently into school with his too-large backpack and his tousled hair. I have to shake my head about it every morning.

How did my “little” one get so BIG?

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One thing about Des is that he knows what he likes. Last year when he was in preschool, I bought TEDDY SOFT BAKED Filled Snacks and put one in his lunchbox without telling him. He came home that day with such tales to tell about finding the surprise snack and how much it meant to him. I loved hearing his teachers tell the tale too. The problem? I wasn’t there to get his reaction and to see what he liked about the snack. He’s like me, in that the little details are big ones too. We both love food in fun shapes, and with fun fillings inside too. It’s why he likes doughnuts, but I’m happy he likes these even more!

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TEDDY SOFT BAKED Filled Snacks are kid-loved and mom-approved. Why? Well they’re a loveable bear-shaped snack made with quality ingredients, such as milk, eggs and chocolate. These yummy snacks contain no high fructose corn syrup, no artificial flavors, and no artificial colors. We find them at Walmart in the Cookies/Crackers aisle. Des found them fast!

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I was so excited to give these snacks to him again, and to be there with him. I want to create sweet and meaningful after school memories. Believe it or not, I remember going home after PM kindergarten when I was his age! Now it’s his turn.

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If you want to see CUTE, I told Des I had a surprise snack for him to share with me outside. He’s always one to love surprises so he raced ahead of me. This time, I got his reaction to TEDDY SOFT BAKED Filled Snacks on video and I’m so happy I did!

Awesome, right? Right. Now it’s time for our 5 little after-school traditions that we started this fall:

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1 – We share a special snack together. I remember snacks my mom made for us, so now I like to imagine my kids remembering mine. It’s funny how such things stay with your forever, and then you continue traditions with your kids.

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2 – We watch one TV show. The way I figure it, shows are only 20 minutes long or so. One day, he’ll be too busy with friends or after school activities for this. Best part of it all is that it leads to great snuggle time too.

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3 – We play a game. It’s board games in cold weather and generally baseball in warm weather. He’s a lefty with an incredible pitching arm so I don’t like to skip playing catch or hitting the ball with him. We take turns pitching/hitting.

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4 – We put on music and dance. Sounds corny but these kids have moves!

5 – We work on our “works-in-progress.” This could be yard art or indoor art or puzzles or building creations.

What do you do after school?

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Enjoy!

5 Little Delights I’m Enjoying This Fall

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If we’re being honest, and we’re good at being honest, this summer was a bit of a challenge for me.

I’m still trying to learn the whole work/life balance. Scarlet was at camp for most of the summer and Des was mostly glued to my side. We had some great adventures – small and large – and we took a series of small trips. In fact, the kids even went away without me a few times! During those times, I’d work hard to catch up on any of my two businesses but it was hard to keep ME afloat. Now the back to school rush is in FULL FORCE and every morning is a race with a pounding heart. Did I pack the right lunches and the right water bottles and the right homework and the right paperwork and the right library books and the right sneakers on the right day and in the right backpack? Whew.. and are they wearing the right backpacks??

Then I get home and I nearly sink into the couch, except, I generally have three or four deadlines in one day! Phone calls and video chats. Right now that’s when the workmen come to do the upstairs renovations. Did the cat eat? Did the dog eat AND go out? Are all 11 chickens safely in their coop? Speaking of which, are there any eggs? This is a typical morning for me – ALL BEFORE 9:00AM. It’s no wonder that I’m now committed to taking time out for myself for little daily delights.

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1 – First of all, we are going to talk about Sejoyia Coco-Roons. What are they? They’re healthy, clean-eating, non-GMO treats that my whole family enjoys! I found them at Walmart in the gluten-free set. It couldn’t have been easier!

Coco-Roons are the original superfood cookie and they’re organic, gluten-free, vegan, Paleo, and non-GMO. Not only that, they’re made with no refined sugar. What ARE Coco-Roons made with? Coconut and cashews, and they’re sweetened with pure, organic maple syrup. I love that they’re made with a handful of ingredients I can pronounce, AND, they provide nutritional value! They’re 100% wind powered too! I got the Brownie Flavor – made with the finest raw, organic cocoa. It has a delicious deep, rich flavor. And the Lemon flavor is light and refreshing! Do I have a favorite? It’s a tie!

That said, Coco-Roons are wonderfully versatile. I use them as a pre-bedtime snack sometimes too. In fact, that’s why this is the 1st of my “little delights.” I love the time of the day that belongs to ME. Then I kick into these guilt-free snacks.

Isn’t this exciting?

And I know I promised you four more delights! Here are they are:

2 – I delight in going to the dog park during this transitional time of year. There are both warm and cool breezes. Greenery with a hint of golden. I can’t get enough. Athena is pretty happy with our brisk walks and our slow runs too.

3 – My third delight is raspberry picking on our own property. This is our best year yet and I can’t get enough!

4 – My fourth daily delight is reading a book while watching the chickens in their coop. They are hilarious!

5 – For my fifth daily little delight, I like to create something. It can be simple, like a lunch salad or a new way to eat toast. Or I’ll take photos! Maybe I’ll bake something, or even make something. I’m more crafty than I realize sometimes!

Nothing beats snack break time, though!

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Enjoy your own delights!

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