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After six kids you’d think I’d have a solution for picky eaters but I don’t. Instead I’ve learned that it’s more import an tot teach them to make healthy decisions in the foods they eat and in the process have fun with it. For the most part this works with serving certain foods in creative ways but on days where we need a little more encouragement I turn to must have products like the ones below. Below are some Snack Time Fun & Favorites!

We’re a big family, so portability plays a huge part in my decision making process when I buy stuff for the kids. This Snack In The Box is the perfect way to turn fruits, vegetables or favorite cereals into snacks you can eat on the go, making healthy snacking options easier for everyone.

We’ve all seen and bought juice packs, obviously. Just about every kid loves them. Joseph loves the little box and straw, and I love that they also made Drink In The Box  possible for fruit infused water or just plain old water. I even used them a few times myself!

I’m always looking for way to introduce new foods to the kids. Even if they turn their nose up at it, we keep finding new ways to serve them in the hopes that the kids will discover and love something new! Last week, Joseph discovered his love for brown rice (weird, I know lol) and I was so excited to make him a variety of dishes with the brown rice. This Learning Resources Healthy Foods Magnetic Set allows kids to independently mix and match different healthy foods in a fun and visual way! Joseph was naming all of the different fruits and veggies, then adding different items to them. When we sat down to eat, he said “can I add the peas now?” I love it!

Who doesn’t love pancakes? Incorporate the classic breakfast favorites with the new game Pancake Pile Up (available at Target). My kids love seeing how high they could stack ‘em and it makes Joseph giggle when they crashed. It makes a great gift!

I pack just about everything but the kitchen sink when I go out with my little ones, so when I saw this Collapsible Bowl, I squealed with delight! These modern looking bowls are perfect for camping or when you’re out for dinner and want a give a small amount to the toddler (that’s what I used it for) and they’re small enough to stash in just about any bag!

Transtioning between a bottle and a sippy cup can often times be hard on kids, but in our case I found it was more of an obstacle between the sippy cup to a regular cup because it meant possibly making a mess just about anywhere Joseph went.The TOMY Mickey Mouse Sippy Cup (available at Walmart) is a game changer! So cute, easy to use, mess free and Joseph loves the big boy look of he cup.

Look mama no hands!

These are just a few of the times that made the entire month of February, which happens to be National Snack Food Month, a lot more fun and educational! How do you make snack time fun?

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As of today, I am 31 weeks and only have about 7-8 weeks to go. My doctor and I made the decision that another c-section would be best and we’ll be scheduling it for about the first week of April. It’s gone by SO fast! The next coming weeks will be filled with hopefully a lot of shopping and maintaining a tight schedule with Olivia and Joseph, so that when the new baby arrives we can continue it smoothly. I like to focus on making reading time fun & part of our daily routine. It’s one of our favorite ways to unwind, and is a big part of our afternoon and evening routine. During the afternoon we combine snack times with reading and gather up a few books while Joseph has his new TEDDY SOFT BAKED Filled Snacks, Olivia her bottle, and we lay out and read books together. Sometimes even my older boys will walk by and grab a snack and sit for a few minutes.

Making Reading Time Fun & Part of Our Daily Routine

Making Reading Time Fun & Part of Our Daily Routine

It’s snacks like these that are made with quality ingredients such as milk, eggs, and chocolate (we love our chocolate) that make this busy mama happy! TEDDY SOFT BAKED Filled Snacks (Located in Walmart’s cookie/cracker aisle and have no high fructose corn syrup, no artificial flavors, or artificial colors) loveable bear-shape give these snacks a special homemade look (and delicious taste in two different flavors Chocolate and Vanilla) without the hassle. I believe in developing routines that are fun, and also something the kids look forward to. Reading for us has always been our way of unwinding and snacks only make it that time more enjoyable!

Making Reading Time Fun & Part of Our Daily Routine

Making Reading Time Fun & Part of Our Daily Routine

Making Reading Time Fun & Part of Our Daily Routine

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Making Reading Time Fun & Part of Our Daily Routine

Having a large family and being a working mom is a lot of work. It doesn’t leave a lot of time for things like baking or even cooking meals from scratch, but making the time we do have together is special and that’s what counts, I can’t wait to add another little girl to our reading/snack time in just a few more weeks!

Making Reading Time Fun & Part of Our Daily Routine

What’s your favorite way to unwind with your kids?

Only four more days until Valentine’s Day! I don’t normally go all out for Valentine’s Day but I do want to make Olivia’s first Valentine’s Day special and I’ve been trying to buy her little things I know she’ll enjoy and actually use. Below are a few of the items I’ve picked up for her that are perfect for baby’s First Valentine’s Day gift ideas!

Olivia loves carry around little buckets full of toys that she collects from around the house. I bought her this red Valentine’s Day basket just for that!

Joseph and Olivia both love rubber duckies and I know she’ll definitely love this princess duck! I also picked this small Valentine’s Day ducks for Joseph.

A bouncy red ball to throw around the house and drive her big brothers crazy. 🙂

We have a pretty big collection of books and we read them all the time together! For Valentines Day I was sent the new DK Baby Touch and Feel I Love You book. The perfect book to share with your baby and celebrate how much you love them on Valentine’s Day and every day. It’s not only a adorable book to read  it’s also interactive and allows babies to explore the different textures and expand their senses as they discover this padded board book’s tactile elements. Olivia was immediately touching and feeling the fuzzy teddy bears and sparkly hearts, even Joseph loved it!

I also got her a baby purse complete with a teething handle and when you open it up it has a mirror and little toys attached.

Do you guys have any baby’s first Valentine’s Day gift ideas to add?

In exactly four weeks we will be celebrating Olivia’s first birthday (click here to read her birth story! Time has flown by and I couldn’t imagine life without her, she’s everything I was hoping for in a little girl and so much more! We’re having a low key birthday at home and we’ve tossed around the idea of celebrating Olivia’s and Joseph’s birthday together but I want her 1st birthday themes for girls to be over the top girly and just for her.

20 1st Birthday Themes For Girls

I’ve been gathering 1st Birthday themes for girls for some inspiration and there’s a lot out there! Below are 20 1st birthday themes for girls that I love!

Mermaid Party

Teddy Bears Picnic

Carnival Theme

BumbleBee Party

Pink Lemonade and Pinwheels

Fairy Party

Sparkling 1st Birthday

Rainbow 1st Birthday

Picnic Party

Pink and Orange Party

Abby and Elmo Birthday

Very Hungry Caterpillar

Garden Party

Princess Party

One Is Fun 

Secret Garden 

Flamingo Fiesta

Watermelon Party

Alice In Wonderland

Nursery Rhyme Party

These are all gorgeous themes! I want Olivia’s theme to be magical and sparkly just like her personality! What theme did you pick for your babies 1st Birthday?