Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Packing Healthy Lunches

With the new school year approaching, I've got my head spinning with new and creative ideas to make Boogie's lunch fun and healthy for him. Last year, in Kindergarten, they also had an afternoon snack which provided another opportunity to get some healthy food in him. Some days he would come home with his lunch box empty and other days half his lunch would still be inside.

As part of the WB Word of Mouth Team, I'm excited about the new promotion sponsored by Safeway and Warner Brothers, and featured on Momlogic. Safeway and WB are teaming up to create and make available healthy snack options for busy moms. Single servings of grapes and cheese, carrots with fat free ranch and apples with peanut butter are just a few of the choices available in the Looney Tunes Eating Right Kids program. Boogie loves all of these selections and it's always convenient to pack one in his lunch without hassle. Including some of his favorite Looney Tunes characters is just a bonus. Momlogic will also feature healthy recipes on an Eating Right blog, written by Haylie Pomroy, to offer more options when packing the kids lunches this year.

It's true what they say about continuously offering different fruits and veggies at meal times to get the kids to eat them. Boogie was a very picky eater up to this last year. He is now getting better at trying new things and finding out that he likes stuff he never thought he would. On one of our recent Friday Movie Nights, I wanted something other than our usual pepperoni pizza and suggested Tacos to the Hubster. He thought it sounded good but we were both pretty sure that we would have to make something else for our oldest. He surprised us. Not only did he try the meat, which in the past he has shied away from, but when given the opportunity to "build" his own taco, he opted to add tomato and onions, which we had available, and now actually requests tacos on Movie night. This is the only meal he will eat tomatoes far.

Getting creative is one of the ways we get our kids to make healthy choices, always searching for new ideas to make meals fun and enjoyable increases the chances that our efforts will pay off.

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Friday, August 14, 2009

Plan Toys Activity Bus ~ Review

What makes a good toy?

Plan Toys, makers of safe, green toys, sent us this Activity Bus through a toy website called ebeanstalk. Ebeanstalk has toy experts and moms that find great learning toys and baby toys through a toy testing program. We are part of that test group and are excited to share our findings with you.

The kids had been waiting patiently for the package to arrive. When we opened the box we saw this.

We opened the box and were pleased to see this sturdy school bus with built-in classroom. Boogie (age 6) was a little disappointed, he felt it was a toy for babies, but Puddin Pop (age 3) jumped right in and started playing. She played with this bus and it's people for over an hour right out of the box. She never even moved it off the kitchen table where we opened it.

As a parent, I'm impressed with the quality of this toy. It's wooden and crafted with opening doors, wheels that roll, little desks for the students, books (wooden) for the book shelves and a map board. Very simple pieces that encourage imaginative play with room to expand. By the time PP was finished, the bus had been a school bus, and Ice cream truck, and an ambulance. All the pieces fit securely back in the bus to avoid losing them.

Plan Toys are made from non-toxic, natural materials and abide by their own strict safety regulations to insure toys are safe for each age level.

I enjoyed watching and listening to PP's creative play with this toy and would encourage any parent to purchase this product for their child in the 2-4 age group. The box recommends ages 3+, but with supervision I think kids a little younger would find this bus fascinating, and as a parent you could encourage role playing and get the conversations going with your child to promote creative play.

My favorite part of this toy

How cute are these? With bendy arms and legs, the possibilities are endless. These are some of the more creative "people" I have seen and I think they are just adorable.


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