Recently, the kids and I had the pleasure of being invited to a California Raisin’s #SnackToSchool party! There are so many wonderful reasons raisins make a great snack! California Raisins are an all-natural, dried-by-the-sun fruit you can feel good about sending with your kids as they head back to school or offering as an after-school snack. The ingredient list says it all: Raisins. Convenient and portable, California Raisins are a great choice for wholesome, healthy, on-the-go snacking. They are a great value, too. According to the USDA, raisins are the most economical dried fruit. California Raisins come by their sweetness naturally. With California Raisins, the nutrition label tells a great story: Zero fat, no cholesterol and no added sugar. Plus, raisins offer 9% of your daily fiber and potassium, and 6% of your daily iron (per quarter cup serving). In fact, research suggests that among children, eating raisins as an after-school snack may prevent excessive calorie intake and may increase satiety (or feeling full) when compared to other common snacks, including cookies and chips.
When we first arrived at the party, Jude & Ruby were so excited about the raisin snacks!
After we finished drooling over the snacks, we made our way to the different school themed party stations. The kids loved coloring the California Raisin and designing a name tag for their lunch boxes! If you’d like to grab your own free California Raisin printables on their Facebook Page.
Of course, the overall highlight for Jude & Ruby was getting to meet the California Raisin. Jude came running up to me and yelled, “He’s here! He’s here!!”
I have some good news for you too! Leave a comment on this post or on the Facebook link and you will be entered to win a California Raisin back to school package. The winner will be randomly selected via random.org on September 14th 2014.
Special thank you to Amanda Rose Photography for shooting this editorial! Make sure to check out her Photography Blog, like Amanda Rose Photography on Facebook and follow Amanda on Instagram for more awesomeness.
This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf California Raisins.
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I’m genuinely excited to share with you guys about the newest board game by EQtainment, Q’s Race to the Top!
I’ve shared with you guys a little bit about our journey with Jude’s Autism Diagnoses here. As part of our therapy regiment for Jude, we have started doing in-home ABA Therapy 3 days a week. One of the things we do with his (amazing) therapist is play board-games, to practice things like emotional intelligence, social skills, sharing, learning to be flexible, sportsmanship, etc. So when I heard about Q’s Race to the Top and how it helps kiddos with Social Skills, Behavior, Physical Coordination and Emotional Intelligence, I knew we had to get our hands on it! If the term “Emotional Intelligence” is new to you as it was to me not long ago, essentially it means the capacity to be aware of, control, and express one’s emotions, and to handle interpersonal relationships judiciously and empathetically. Think of EQ as all the important skills outside of IQ and academic education such as self control, motivation, empathy and social skills. Studies have shown that having a high emotional quotient boosts career success, relationship satisfaction, leadership skills, health, humor and happiness!
When the game arrived, Jude’s Therapist and I opened the box together and were so impressed with the amount of thought that went into developing a game like this. Plus, it smartly makes practicing these skills FUN which is obviously all 2 toddlers like mine really care about.
I also liked that the game is very simple and straight forward, put your cute little colored Q’s on the start arrow, take turns rolling the dice, read the appropriate colored card, do activity or answer question, etc. Ruby is only 3, and she was able to understand the rules to the game instantly.
I love the way the game mixes physical coordination in with the other important aspects of this game. Especially because with my kids, this helps them to burn their little energy and hold their attention MUCH longer. Plus, its been really hot outside here, especially in the later afternoons, so anyway we can come up with indoor activities that burn that extra toddler (non stop) energy is wonderful for us.
Here are examples of other types of questions:
EQtainment in addition to board games makes books & videos that teach emotional intelligence as well. We have the book Q’s Wild Ride and the kids have been enjoying that as well. They teach social stories including the same attributes the board game does. Check out EQtainment’s Kickstarter Campaign for more.
Mini Rodini was founded in 2005 by the Swedish illustrator Cassandra Rhodin as a tribute to all children, their imagination and sense that everything is possible. It is important that children have clothes that match their own mood and creativity. And while the aesthetic of the Mini Rodini design – playful and humorous – may speak to children, the quality of the garment is equally important. Mini Rodini wants to make it both easy and exciting for parents to buy better products for their kids in regards to design, but more importantly the environmental and ethical aspects.
With sustainability and quality in focus, Mini Rodini creates clothes that modern and conscientious parents want to dress their kids in, and that kids love to wear.
Mini Rodini is one of Scandinavia’s fastest growing children’s wear brands. Selling in some of the most prestigious department stores and independent shops world-wide, from Harvey Nichols in Kuwait, Selfridges in London and Little Fashion Gallery in Paris. As of now, Mini Rodini is represented in over 400 selected locations aside from the three fully owned stores and the successful web channel.
You’re probably wondering what the heck a Spring Kitten is? I was too when Ruby asked me for a “flower kitty” party, but somehow it worked out beautifully. Thank you so much to all of the Etsy Shops that partnered with Lookie Boo for this year’s party! You can find a complete list below! A special thank you must go out to Emily at Bake My Day who made the gorgeous cupcakes-in-a-jar and Ruby’s pink ombre cake & rose cookies. Last but not least, thank you to Amanda Rose Photography for shooting this editorial! Make sure to check out her Photography Blog, like Amanda Rose Photography on Facebook and follow Amanda on Instagram for more awesomeness.
Thank you to these incredible Etsy Shops:
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Before having children, I envisioned a plethora of epic, movie-esq parenting moments. Like a heartwarming episode of Family Matters. Yet, even as my first Due Date with Jude came and went it became apparent to me that Motherhood may not be as I expected. Becoming a new Mother is your expectations meeting reality. In the same way, the happiness of parenting has not been found in big, predictable moments as I once suspected. For example, you stuff your children into uncomfortable outfits, wait in a 2 hour long line to meet Santa for the the first time and then they scream their heads off the entirety of the visit. But on the way home, you stop for cookies, because now everyone needs a cookie, and you treasure that moment of you gave up caring about silly traditions and think fondly of how you stuffed your faces and laughed it all off.
Obviously, I’m not at all bias, but my children are extraordinary. The love that they have for each other teaches me how to give more of my self each day. Children are really quite profound in really small, simple ways. In their giving of their last sip of juice box, in their sharing of toys, in their hugging when they’ve made mistakes. Jude & Ruby inspire me to take myself less seriously, look for adventure in the mundane and re-explore old territory with new vision. Before having children, you expect to love them, you just don’t know the magnitude and depth of that love. The simple things they do each day that make my heart sing are the ones I will reflect back on one day and long for again.
One of my attempts to capture all of these small yet monumental moments and lock them away forever is through photos, home movies and writing these little moments down. I had a really fun time creating a “My extraordinary kid” video through yourextraordinarykid.org thanks to Stanford Children’s Health. You can view my video HERE.
I’m a born and raised Northern Californian, so I’ve long known of Stanford’s incredible reputation of helping women and children. If you are not as familiar, Stanford Children’s Health (and Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital) have been the top-ranked children’s hospital in Northern California for over a decade. It’s the largest Bay Area healthcare provider with an exclusive focus on children and expectant women. Whether your visit is routine or rare, Stanford Children’s Health is committed to providing extraordinary care for healthier happy lives. Their doctors can be reached within 10 miles of most homes in the San Francisco Bay Area. The work they are doing is important, and as a Mom of an Autistic child, I have a new found appreciation over the last few years for those who work with Children in need.
How do you record your favorite small moments with your children?
I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls Collective and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.