Why we love L’il Critters™ Fiber Gummy Bears + a chance to win a $100 gift card!

I go through hit and miss phases on vitamins. Even pregnant, I’ll suddenly realize that – whoops it’s been a few days since I took anything. Bella will actually remember every day as long as we have the gummy kind, which is why we always buy those for her.  We’ve always liked the L’il Critters™ brands and we’ve tried a few others but none of those have a taste she likes. Right now she’s taking the L’il Critters Fiber Gummy Bears, and she loves the taste. Plus they have no high fructose corn syrup, no synthetic (FD&C) dyes, and are gluten free.

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With a fruity flavor and gummy texture, L’il Critters™ Fiber Gummy Bears make taking your daily vitamins easier and more enjoyable:

  • They are a delicious alternative to hard-to-swallow tablets or capsules.
  • They are more convenient, as there’s no need for water.

We’ve talked about how vitamins can help keep us healthy and fill in nutrition gaps (since she’s going through a picky eater phase). She can ask for them once a day, and usually remembers right after breakfast.

I let her pick two from the three colors. Then she tells me what part she’ll bite off first.

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Usually the head. Of course.

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For those of you who forget to buy more as you run low, Amazon.com offers a Subscribe and Save option that ships them to you however often you choose with a slight discount.

L’il Critters™ gummy vitamins are available at club, mass, drug and grocery stores nationwide including: Costco, Walmart, Target and Walgreens. Also, check out the vitafusion™ line of vitamins tailored to meet the specific health needs of men, women, pregnant women and those 50+. More information can be found HERE.

I received free product and payment for this sponsored post. All opinions are 100% mine.

These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

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Chomping Down on Goldfish® Crackers

Between the three of us, we’ve eaten so many Pepperidge Farm® Goldfish® crackers over the years that I’m sure someone at Pepperidge Farm has a new car on us. Sam and Bella love them, and they seem to be the perfect snack for nearly any situation – especially something quick on a car trip. Bella attends an hourly class on our military post a few days a week, and by the time we get out the door, we’ve usually missed their morning snack. They have an early lunch, but this doesn’t seem to help much when she decides she’s hungry. I’ve started packing a snack for her, both something that will help for on the way there, and last until I pick her up in the early afternoon and she’s hungry again. Goldfish crackers for the win. Goldfish Crackers Snack Ideas for Kids Most of you know she adores (ADORES) dinosaurs. Everything she has is somehow worked into a dinosaur or for a dinosaur. Pottery Barn dollhouse? Dinosaur romping spot. Teepee? Dino sleeping area. My bed? Perfect to make into small volcanoes. So when it comes to her snack, I had a little time on my hands one morning and a fun idea while she was getting ready for the day. Goldfish Crackers Snack Ideas This is super easy to do. It took me about 8-10 minutes total. I’m not a “fun snack” mom, because I forget until after Bella eats that something cute could have been made from it, but we do have days where I remember and she has a lot of fun when I show her something I did. Goldfish Crackers Snack Ideas 1 So for this snack, I created a little dino (also can be a dragon/alligator) to chomp on the Goldfish crackers butterfly. You’ll need: (seriously, this is so easy)

  1. Goldfish crackers
  2. Another dry snack or sturdy fruit (I picked orange slices)
  3. A sandwich sized ziploc bag (snack is too small)
  4. A clothespin
  5. Paper/markers/googly eyes/pipe cleaner

Fill the bag with crackers and dry snacks. Separate evenly and twist 2-3 times. Use pipe cleaner to wind around middle and keep it from coming undone. Cut small triangles for the teeth. Glue on. Use googly eyes (or draw your own). Cut out a small row of spikes from colored paper or color your own. Glue on. Let dry for a minute. Chomp that right onto the middle of the bag. Goldfish Crackers Snack Ideas 2 And there you have it! The great part of this is the clothespin can be used again and again. Except if you’re Bella. And you take the clothespin off and play with it and forget about the snack you couldn’t live without five minutes before. :) Goldfish Crackers Snack Ideas 4

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Jump Start the Holidays with Kiwi Crate {& Discount Code!}

This post contains affiliate links.

 

I’m starting to think about Christmas gifts. I mean – I adore Thanksgiving. I want to enjoy it before we do Christmas stuff.

Although two years ago we put up our tree November 1st with the thought of “Christmas for 2 months YAY!” but by December 15th I was ready to light that sucker on fire and throw it out in the yard.

SO.MANY.NEEDLES.

Anyway.

This week is a fun one because all the sales start. I’m usually the person who thinks, “I’ve got tons of time to buy gifts.” Then one day I realize that all of my stuff will have to make the 2 day shipping deadline on Amazon to get to everyone by Christmas. So this year I’m determined to get things here and wrapped and shipped before Dec. 22nd.

You all know we love Kiwi Crate. I’ve written posts for both here and Babble singing their praises over the past two and a half years. This holiday season they’ve got all kinds of fun stuff happening:

Use the code MERRYSUB for 60% off!

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First Day

I dropped Bella off at her first day at one of the on post childcare centers. We started out small – just two and a half hours because honestly – I don’t need a lot of care for her. A few hours for work, and several for therapy.

More than anything, I want this to be for her. I truly thought at her age we’d have 2 or 3 more kids running around, and it never crossed my mind that she’d be alone at almost 5. And yet, this is where we are. So I have to adjust my thinking for both of us, and by the look on her face this morning she’s liking it.

Bella First Day

I mean. Really. She’s just my whole heart. (Her dress and shoes are Tea Collection, book bag is by the über talented Mommy Moxie.)

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Little Changes

Lately I’ve been in a real funk. Besides all the horrible anniversaries next month, there has also been massive guilt about Bella. To put it bluntly – she’s been really hard to deal with lately. On top of that, I’ve been hard to deal with too, and Sam’s been working either the longest days or gone for a week at a time. We’ve all been stressed out and on edge.

Yesterday I was at my wits end. I just could not figure out whether I should continue with my desire to homeschool Bella, or if I was being selfish and it would be better if she was in a school this year.

On top of that, with our friends having moved, we don’t know any families with kids here, and it’s so hot out that meeting people at a park or something is out of the question.

I laid on my bed yesterday and bawled. I felt like on top of everything else, I’d pretty much failed as a mom this past year. I didn’t want to keep Bella away from peers, but with our story it was like facing a shooting squad to “join a mom’s group!” or “go to a Bible study!”

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