Mama, I'm Hungry! | Easy Kid-Friendly Snack Ideas
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I have lost count of the times I've heard my kids ask for a snack. I think they eat all day which is great, but I feel like I run out of ideas and we always have the same snacks. As soon as I get the last meal cleaned up I am getting the next snack out. So, my friends and I were talking about needing some new snack ideas and BOOM a list was formed! Thanks gals! *wink wink*

I love lists because "Mom-brain" is a serious thing over here folks. The other day I was talking with a friend at the pool while one child was hanging on me, the other just got done kicking water as they swam away, and it was like my brain just hit 'restart' for a second. So lists are necessary for me. I thought it may be helpful to share this snack list with you. I want to hear your go-to snacks that your kiddos love as well. 

Blueberry Mini Muffins

Blueberry Mini Muffins

Peanut Butter Protein Bites

Peanut Butter Protein Bites


Kid-Friendly Easy Snack Ideas

  • Veggies + Dip: cucumbers, tomatoes, carrot sticks and more served with ranch dip mix + greek yogurt/sour cream/ranch dressing.

  • Fresh Fruit Slices - strawberries, blueberries, grapes, watermelon, etc.

  • Apples with peanut butter

  • Veggie Straws

  • Goldfish crackers

  • Vanilla wafers with nut butter

  • S'more Snack Bag - mix teddy grahams + marshmallows + chocolate chips in a snack bag.

  • Fruit cups

  • Pretzel sticks

  • Gummy fruit snacks

  • Hummus with pita chips, veggies, pretzel sticks

  • Peanut Butter Protein Bites

  • Almonds with cranberries

  • Rice cake with nut butter topped with sliced strawberries/dried fruit/chocolate chips

  • Granola bars

  • Mini-muffins

  • Cheese sticks

  • Yogurt

  • Smoothies


For the printable list click HERE! 

Easy Snack Plate - Cheese Bites, Nilla Wafers, Apple Slices w/ Nut Butter

Easy Snack Plate - Cheese Bites, Nilla Wafers, Apple Slices w/ Nut Butter

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Blueberry Mini Muffins with Fresh Blueberries

Blueberry Mini Muffins with Fresh Blueberries

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I hope this helps you the next time you are packing snacks or headed to the grocery store! Thanks for stopping in and be sure to share your go-to snack in the comments. 

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Walmart Grocery Pickup - Review
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Friends, I need to tell you about some life change that has happened over here. 3 words: WalMart.Grocery. Pickup. This is coming from someone who strongly disliked walking into WalMart, it completely overwhelmed me. But I always felt like I was missing out on the best deals. I spotted this option when I was looking for the best deals on something back in the spring and BOOM there it was. Now, I have tried InstaCart + Kroger Clicklist and I think they are good, but there's just something about being able to pick up your groceries along with some of the other great things WalMart has. 

I can only speak for my local WalMart of course, but the customer service I have gotten has been terrific. Smiles. Details about my order. And each order has been correct (I can't say the same about InstaCart and Clicklist). 

And it's not just me. My girl friends are LOVING it, too. We can put our order in, swing by WalMart after running errands, the gym, library, work, church, or a play date, and we come home with groceries! Sounds like winning to me! 

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Great Reasons I love WalMart Grocery Pickup: 

  1. They have an app that is easy to use. When your groceries are ready, you can check-in from the app to let them know you are on the way.
  2. Nobody has to get out. As you arrive a store attendant walks out with your groceries + loads them in your car. That's right, the kids stay in their carseat. Everyone could even be in their pjs for that matter. You don't have to worry about using the Clorox wipe on the buggy (am I the only one who does that?!?)
  3. The service fee is FREE.  
  4. Same great prices as in the store. Yes. No marked up prices like other services. Hallelujah. 
  5. If you forget an item, you can make changes to the order within a time frame. I am notorious for walking out of the grocery and forgetting something that should have been on my list, this helps solve that problem. 
  6. If the item you ordered isn't in stock they will substitute it. They will give you a better option - a larger product or a better quality one for the same price.
  7. Budgeting. This is an awesome way to truly know what you are spending on groceries. It makes it much easier to know to the penny how much money I will spend at the store. 
  8. Save $10! You can use this code by clicking HERE for your first order. And then after that, you will have your own discount code to share with friends and family to save them $10 and earn $10 off of your next order! 

If you have any questions just shoot me a message or leave a comment! I want to hear how you like it! 

 

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Dining Al Fresco
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Al Fresco. Sounds fancy, right? Not in these parts! We are in love with eating outside on the new farm table my talented husband built. But I am all about keeping our nightly outdoor dinners super simple! Here's how.


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Paper Products

This is the #1 must have for us. It makes the cleanup so quick. I bought a cute little white organizational basket that fits our plates, napkin, and utensils just perfect. I can grab it out of the pantry fast and throw it right back in when we are done. I love to find seasonal plates. These are from WalMart (10 @ $1.47). It makes dinner fun!

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Candles

In the south, our summer is full of bugs. Mosquitoes and flies are the most common when we are out for dinner, so a citronella candle (+ a fly swatter/tape...we're classy) goes a long way. A few tealights in some vases go along way as well and add some sweet ambience.

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Fresh Flowers

Need I say more. This is so easy. I keep a vase full of fresh flowers on our breakfast table indoors so it's simple to move outside when we eat dinner.

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Music

A great playlist running in the background at dinner is the way to my heart. Especially when our kiddos can get a bit crazy at the table, this keeps the mood lighter. I love our speaker that I got from TJMaxx at the beginning of the summer. There are some excellent playlists on Spotify that you can play around the theme of your meal. Italian tunes with spaghetti or pizza, country melodies with a great meal off of the grill, and some sassy salsa for those taco Tuesdays always adds some fun!

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Summer dinners on the back deck are definitely warm, but we all agree they are so much better than being inside. My family is looking forward to even more meals outside in the fall!

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Just Keep Swimming
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Side note: This was written in the Fall of 2017.

The other day as I was washing dishes during naptime I was listening to a sermon. This has been a habit I've been trying to form for awhile. I've explained to my husband before how being a mama who stays home is wonderful, yet lonely. Not lonely like bored. And all the mamas laugh. But lonely without coworkers just down the hall or in the next office. One way I fill the void of adult conversation is listening to podcasts. 

Lately, my family has been walking through a tough journey. It's been eye opening and I truly believe we will be able to bring light to a dark situation, but until then we are filling our minds with God's truth and letting our focus be on Him. 

As I worked and listened I heard the phrase God is Faithful time and time again. And I know this. I know. That I know. That I know. He is Faithful.  But the words mean something more to me than they did when life was a bit easier and I'm clinging to them.

Have you ever heard people say "you're either in a tough place now, coming out of one, or will be in one soon"? Or another way I’ve heard it is “you’re either on the mountain top or in the valley.” I have, and it rubbed me the wrong way because I felt like that was such a negative way to think. But it's true. Sometimes the truth is hard to hear. Just like sometimes believing God is faithful is hard to grasp.  

Life can often seem unfair and our blame is put on anyone or everything else. If only we made a different decision, if I had only done more, if I had been more aware are things we continue telling ourselves. But even when we feel like we are sinking, we must keep our eyes fixed on God. He gives us everything we need, literally the next breath we breathe is a gift from him. I think about Peter walking on water. He takes his eyes off Jesus and falls into the water. When we feel like we are drowning, call out to Him. He is faithful. He will carry you. We don't have to struggle alone. He's there.

Now, even though we are calling out and God may seem quiet, He is working to use everything for His glory. Everything: the good and the bad. Our highs and our lows!

 

So keep the faith my sweet friend. God is faithful!

 Love, 

Dana  

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TGIF : Fun Friday
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TGIF, the good old days. Am I right? I remember Friday nights of my childhood consisting of a fun meal and flipping on the tv with my siblings. The "fun" meal I remember most was the freezer meal. Specifically what comes to mind is Kid Cuisine. My mom is an amazing cook, so I wonder if she was offended that I begged for these meals or was she happy that she didn't have to cook on a Friday. Which was it Mama? I can still remember the bland taste and the squeaky corn with a really dense brownie. Even though it wasn't gourmet, there was something magical about those Friday nights.

Mama would microwave our meals and flip on ABC. I could hardly stand to wait until the TGIF portion came on. Family Matters, Full House, Step By Step, Boy Meets World, and more. 

But now what? What is a family to do on Friday nights? I am big on making our house a home and with that comes traditions + things we do that our family can expect. I feel this adds comfort and peace in our family. I pray these will be some of those core memories our kids will recreate with their family and ones that Ryan and I can look back on later in life. 

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Ryan and I had talked about this for awhile and then one Friday last summer we started the first of many Fun Fridays. And they are just that...FUN! We start talking about them on Thursday, sometimes Wednesday, and plan out something simple and fun for us to do. 

The first important bullet to check off the list is food. Duh. Cooking is not my forte (I am a work in progress) but I am pretty sure Ryan is a foodie. We get that planned. Here are some of our favorites: 

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  • Pizza (homemade is a fun way to spend time together in the kitchen, but ordering out is great too, or even a frozen pizza) Our favorite pizza dough and toppings come from Trader Joe's. So good! 
  • Mexican Food is one of our favorite meals. We have a great place in town we can run to fairly quick!
  • Grilling burgers or hotdogs. Ryan also enjoys going to Stripling's and checking out their selection of meats to grill - Steaks are always a treat. 
  • Swinging by a fast food restaurant is also an option (since we eat out once or twice a week this is still a treat!)
  • Ryan makes a mean batch of homemade ice cream and loves making new flavors! Taste testing has been a fun Friday treat! Our most recent was Reese's Puffs. DELICIOUS!
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Our next step is the FUN! Here's what we like to do as a family: 

  • Go to the pool.
  • See what's happening around our city. We have enjoyed going to Twilight (an awesome bike race in Athens) and checking out local food trucks. 
  • Parks are a great place to let the kiddos play, go on a family walk, or ride bikes.
  • Watch a family movie: Toy Story, Cars, and The Bee Movie are some great ones.
  • On nights when we stay in and can't really find a movie, we turn on Fixer Upper or Home Town. Our son loves it just as much as we do. It's a great family friendly show and we all have fun seeing what they create out of the initial house. 
  • Games. Here's a warning to the parents: have patience. Games aren't always fun over here because someone always loses. We are all a bit competitive. However, it's a great lesson to learn and it gets better each round. We love Candy Land, Snacky Squirrel, Bean Boozled, and Pie in the Face. 
  • Planting flowers is always a good time. From buying the flowers, grabbing a bite to eat, and planting them as a family you can't go wrong. 
  • Listening to Ryan play a new song he's learned on the guitar is priceless.
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Each of us honestly look forward to the time together and it always turns out to be full of fun! What do you do for Fun Friday? Tag us in your post on IG @mamasminute and let us see your Fun Friday or comment below! 

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