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?

Are you still getting adjusted to #BackToSchool time? These 5 traditions will ensure you the BEST after school time with your kids #ad  #WalmartSnacks2Go #IC

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?

To celebrate this amazing after school snack, Nabisco is offering a fun giveaway here. There will be 12 winners for a $50 Walmart gift card each, as well as two grand prize winners for a $200 Walmart gift card. The giveaway runs until 9/29/17:

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I-C will randomly select 14 winners from all program entries and will facilitate fulfillment of the winning prizes.

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Enjoy!

Bring the Farmers Market Home From Walmart With These Snacks

This post was sponsored, but all thoughts and opinions are my own.

Are you ready for some Farmers Market inspiration? I know I am!

I always feel so lucky when it’s summer, because the local produce is off the hook. I’m talking BALES of kale (like bales of hay), seasonal berries, and the hopeful start of fall harvests. I think the August crops are the most delicious, and so perfect for mixing with FAGE Total yogurts. I love that Walmart has all the produce I need to enjoy the wonder of August. Last week, I picked up my favorite vegetables, as well as blueberries to remind me of the wild ones in Maine!

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Whether you’re entertaining, giving your family snacks, or just looking for better-for-you choices, there are great options.

I am an enthusiastic snacker. It’s in my nature and it’s how I operate best. During my hungriest days – a major growth spurt in high school – I had to snack every couple of hours. During my busy days now, it’s honestly about the same. Especially with work and travel, we have to rely on GOOD snacks! Now you’re probably wondering about me giving you snack tips, right?

Right. I’m a professional snacker! I have credentials! Not really, but what I am is a busy and fairly fit working mother of two, who favors better-for-you snacking. When I worked in an office job, many moons ago, the vending machine options were deplorable. I didn’t yet care because I was younger and fairly convinced of my own invincibility, but something about turning 30 or turning into a parent changed that for me. It’s all about various flavors and better options during my snack breaks.

Here is my favorite snack: FAGE Total Greek yogurt with fresh, August blueberries. This reminds me of mornings at the Farmer’s Market, and the wonderful snacks you can create with produce and the right accompaniments.

FAGE Total 2% Plain Greek yogurt is easily found in the dairy section of Walmart. It’s all-natural, made only with milk and live active yogurt cultures, and it’s protein rich too! FAGE Total can be used as a substitute for sour cream/mayo. In fact, we make deviled eggs with it. YUM. Scarlet’s favorite way to eat FAGE Total is with honey. Des’ favorite way is with blueberries. My favorite way is with berries and honey! I love raspberries, but the blueberries were calling to me this week. My recipe is SO EASY. FAGE Total is the star.

Greek Yogurt with Honey & Blueberries

Greek Yogurt with Honey & Blueberries

Ingredients

  1. 1 cup FAGE Total 2% Plain Greek yogurt
  2. 1/2 cup of fresh blueberries
  3. 1-2 tsp honey

Instructions

  • Mix together and enjoy!
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The taste is SO creamy. And when you mix it with a bit of honey and the tart/sweet blueberries of late summer, I would actually challenge myself to find a more perfect snack to eat. You can also use FAGE Total 0% Plain Greek yogurt.

What’s your favorite farmers market fare?

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