The reason for my smile . . .

March 9, 2014 by  
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Guess it’s still Valentine’s Day around here!

February 18, 2014 by  
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The girls are finally back with me for the month! Yay!

While I was doing the dishes, Kiana was busy in the bathroom . . . but not doing what you would think.

She was setting up my Valentine’s Day surprise!

When I asked her where she got all the candy from, she said . . .

“I took it from Dad’s house.”

LOL! He’s gonna just LOVE that!

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Happy Family’s Stories from the Bright Side Contest

August 26, 2013 by  
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When it comes to young kids and food, you know that every family has a funny story to share. So when SocialMoms asked me to participate in a sponsored campaign for Happy Family I knew I could find lots of examples to share. I mean . . . 3 girls means 3 times the stories! And even though my girls are a little older now, one incident does come immediately to mind that left my family laughing for a long time afterward.

When Kiana was a baby, I had wanted to limit the amount of juice I gave her . . . at least for the first year. So one day I had gone to the bathroom and when I returned she was nowhere to be seen. Then I noticed that the door to the pantry was ajar and when I opened it I found this . . .

She had gnawed through the top of the juice box and was rapidly sucking out all the juice . . . probably as quick as she could before I could find her. I have to give her credit because she had gone through 6 boxes before I walked in on her! Now that’s determination!

Happy Family also knows how funny kids and food can be. That’s why they have teamed up with 7 mommy and daddy bloggers to share their stories in the Stories from the Bright Side campaign.

Here’s where you come in.  Submit your own funny feeding stories on Happy Family’s Facebook page for a chance to win a $20,000 towards college. Also, “like” Happy Family on Facebook and get some great money saving coupons for Happy Tot or Happy Baby Pouches.

And believe me, you’re going to want to stock up on some of the Happy Baby Pouches. When Kaila was a baby we used to keep these portable pouches in the diaper bag for a healthy meal on-the-go. Pouches are a great idea since glass jars are heavy and can sometimes break. I also liked the twist top which was really easy to open.

Not only were the flavor combinations pretty interesting but the texture was thick and hearty. I also liked how they combined fruits and vegetables into the same pouch mixture to ensure that babies are sure to get nutrients from lots of different foods.

So the next time you’re at the store, stock up on Happy Family foods and don’t forget to enter the Stories from the Bright Side contest!


 “This blog post is part of a paid SocialMoms and Happy Family blogging program. The opinions and ideas expressed here are my own.”

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Going back to school with Kellogg’s Frosted Mini Wheats

August 24, 2013 by  
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There are many “big days” in a child’s life . . . from the first day of school to graduation . . . from their very first playdate to Senior Prom. And with 3 girls growing up very quickly you know my family has lots of “big days” to share. Frosted Mini Wheats wants to help you prepare your family for their “big day” by making sure they’ve had a nutritious breakfast to help them stay focused throughout the day.

Our most recent “big day” that comes to mind is Kaila’s first day of Preschool. This major milestone has always been a little stressful on me since I never know how they’ll react when it comes time to drop them off with their new teacher. For the first 4 years they’ve been home with me and now they have to get accustomed to a whole new surrounding. I try to make it as positive as possible . . . new clothes and backpack, telling them all the exciting things they’ll get to do, all the new friends they’ll make.

On this morning, I let Kaila pick out her clothes and pack her bag with all her new supplies. I kept telling her what a big girl she’s become and that now she’ll be going to school just like her older sisters. She was pretty excited! And when it came time to drop her off she gave me a hug and kiss and went happily into her new classroom. Success!

It wasn’t until I returned to an empty home that I realized that for the first time in 11 years I no longer had any children home with me during the day. I could now meet up with friends for movies and lunch,  go grocery shopping in peace, get my nails done whenever I wanted, etc. The possibilities were endless. Then it hit me . . . Kaila’s “big day” was also my “big day”!

So now that all my girls are in school, I make sure I send them off with a nutritious breakfast that usually includes cereals like Frosted Mini Wheats. It’s always been my favorite cereal and I love that it’s lightly sweetened without being too sweet. It’s also a great way to get a little fiber into the girls’ diets.

So the next time you’re at the store, don’t forget to stock up on Frosted Mini Wheats so that all your family will be prepared for their next “big day“!

This post was written for Kellogg’s Frosted Mini Wheats. I received monetary compensation for participating in this campaign.

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