Cheerios: Quality Time While Nourishing the Body and Mind of my Children

Quality time with my children is very important but also just as important is making sure I am nourishing their mind and body while we enjoy this time together. Here at my house I am not big on offering sweets for snacks but we do enjoy a good healthy treat such as Cheerios or similar for snack.  It’s great that my children are still at the ages of 8, 4 and 2 without knowing too much about sugary treats.

One thing my children and I now like to do together is to go outside and enjoy our new backyard watching the animals, going on treasure hunts and leaving little food behind for the birds so we can watch them come while we sit inside enjoying the view from our windows. Quality time is spent teaching the children about the animals we see in our backyard, investigating how many apples were eaten overnight and counting how many various colored leaves we find laying on the ground.

A nice healthy snack, smiles and education through fun play outdoors is nourishing my child’s minds and bodies. Think about it, they are learning new things which nourishes their minds and getting exercise which is very nourishing to their bodies. If you have children that don’t learn in a normal “book” kind of way, hands on exercise and learning outdoors may work best, but remember to bring along a healthy little treat to ensure they also have full tummies.

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Disclosure: I am a member of Cheerios Blogger Circle and this post was written based on a question Cheerios asked me “How do you use quality time with your children to ensure the best nourishment for body and mind?” more articles will come in future months.

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Dunkin’ Donuts Home Packaged Holiday Flavored Coffee

Oh how yummy it is that I was able to review some holiday flavored ground coffee from Dunkin’ Donuts! This was a pleasure for me to complete as I am already a Dunkin’ Donuts fan, familiar with not only their food but their french vanilla ground coffee that you can brew right at home! Can we say delicious? Oh I can for sure!

The holidays are coming for me I have Thanksgiving and then Christmas dinners. This year I was able to test drive the holiday flavors that you can now find at your local grocery store from Dunkin’ Donuts. I received three flavors of ground coffee; Vanilla Nut, Pumpkin Spice, and Mocha Mint.

The Vanilla Nut was taste tested first as I knew it was something both J and I would enjoy together. It was delicious, a mix of maybe Dunkin’ Donuts Hazelnut and French Vanilla ground coffee choices.

Next choice for me was Pumpkin Spice and well J didn’t like it. Here’s what I did; every night we set up our coffee machine so that in the morning we simply click the on button to start it brewing. I did have it all set up the night before and J happened to get up with the kids this morning & start the coffee, poured himself a nice big cup of hot coffee put his cream and sugar in it then took a big ole sip …. just to find out the coffee was not our regular plain ole bland coffee but a bit spicier! I laughed when he told me that, because well he doesn’t much care for the Pumpkin Spice flavor. I’ll tell you what though, I LOVE IT!

Pumpkin Spice didn’t sound super appetizing to me but I wanted to taste it anyways, and it was delicious! I still have some left, I think I need a second coffee pot so that I can make it one morning for myself to drink.

I also hope to get a chance to taste test the Mocha Mint which my Dad was saying maybe have one evening I believe. Like a sipping coffee cup late night add some Bailey’s Irish Cream to it or something. I will for sure have to test that out!

Overall I am very satisfied with the two flavors I have tried so far and I would highly recommend these as a gift, something to bring to the dinner with family this year or for your own personal use!

“I wrote this review while participating in a blog tour campaign by Mom Central on behalf of Smuckers and received necessary products to facilitate my review. In addition, I received a gift certificate to thank me for taking the time to participate.”

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My Night Time Buddy

Every night it’s a battle to get the kids to sleep, you see when AJ was born he wasn’t always a great sleeper and finally about age four he has started to be a bit better about sleeping. I still for some reason find a little four year old in my bed come morning time but he is getting better about sleeping through the night for the most part. Now we have Baby K to deal with, he has become my night time buddy.

Baby K and Mommy

One night Baby K would not sleep, this was due to a late afternoon nap which is something he can not usually do if you want him to go to sleep at night. The boy was wide awake and since he usually doesn’t eat his dinner he got hungry. The boy wanted candy, treats, snacks, etc but this Mama isn’t letting her little one have candy in the middle of the night. It’s a rare time in this house that the kids get any sweets like that, so I offered Baby K some cereal and I watched as he enjoyed the whole bowl.
Baby K Eating Cereal

The cereal was super yummy, he didn’t want Cheerios on this particular night so I gave him some mini-wheats or something like that, non-frosted ones. Baby K also decided that tossing the bowl up and down was more fun than actually eating the cereal…

Baby Tossing Cereal

After the cereal was all gone Baby K found a remote control for his RC car and decided that was a tad bit more interesting than tossing a cereal bowl around. We had fun, but eventually I had to get the night time buddy to bed, now that was a challenge!

Silly Child

What do you do when your children don’t sleep for you at night due to a longer than normal nap time? Do you force them to sleep or are you like me and just go with the flow?

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Enter to #win Giveaways & List Your #giveaways

Here we are another week has gone by, you know what to do, list up your giveaways below and enter some if you see any that you think are of interest to you and your family!

Have a wonderful weekend everyone! Oh and if you are finding yourself with some free time, check out my 2010 Holiday Gift Guide that is just starting up!

Gain “Sniff, Sniff, Hooray” Liquid Dish Soap

I was able to test out some new Gain Liquid Dish Soap from a MyBlogSpark campaign and now I want to share with you my thoughts. For starters, I haven’t ever tried this liquid soap before, which is surprising as it’s a pretty low cost liquid dish soap brand. I loved the scent that it gave off while cleaning my dishes and it made my dishes really clean. I hadn’t had one issue using Gain Liquid Dish Soap, so have you used it, what are your thoughts?

If you are looking to keep up with Gain online you can follow them on Twitter, Like Gain on Facebook and visit one of their two websites.

Disclosure: P&G provided me with this free product, bubbles, t-shirts, and gift card giveaway through MyBlogSpark.

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