Sunday, August 28, 2011

New snack ideas and a giveaway

So, I had every intention of posting this last Monday to coincide with the first day of school here in Houston. I obviously didn't manage that. Somehow the first week of school totally kicked my butt. 4 kids in 3 schools with one left at home will do that to you.
First, I have to share a new idea I have had with snacking. Throughout the last school year I have tried to get snacks somehow organized. I started posting a piece of paper listing what the kids could have on the fridge about mid way through last school year. That was nice, but never intended to be permanent, just a trial. I liked it and ended up keeping it through the school year. The only problem with it was that it was just paper and not easily changeable. With this give away I got a wipe board which just took the place of the paper. Why didn't I think of that before???? I'm actually thinking of eventually getting a new one for lunches, but that is another time and post - it is my next goal.  (Sorry for the super sad picture of the wipe board - I had 2 pictures that were better but tried to turn them clockwise and they disappeared.  Not sure where they went.  I will tell you that I have 3 columns - make is small under the logo, green bucket in the center and fridge.  I just change what is under each topic by what I have available.)
My other big idea (for me at least) was my new dry snack bucket. In the bucket there are all sorts of dry snacks - chips, pretzels, home made trail mix, fruit bars, or whatever I've made or bought. I did that last week and loved it. It works for a snack inside a lunch, an afternoon snack, or dry snack for the kindergartener to take. This has solved lots of problems. Although I have a list posted, kids always come in and ask what they can have. I refer them to the list  (which includes bucket items, fridge items like yogurt or string cheese or items they can make like popcorn or smoothies.) That saves time in the afternoon and also when packing up for school. I also like that it portions food items. Last week I went through a large costco sized bag of potato chips in 2 days because no one has portion control when eating chips. (No one else has that problem right?) Anyway, I'm loving the organization it is giving me. Next goal - somehow streamline the home lunch making.

Now for my giveaway.

This is a perfect giveaway for the beginning of school/snack post!
I have the following to give away
The prize pack is for the treats -one package of Lucky Charms, and one package of Golden Grahams.  I tried to save these treats for the first day of school, but they didn't make it.  (Actually I was fine with that since I had hoped to post this on the first day of school and wanted the kids to try them.)  Of course the kids loved them because they are what they say - treats.  The Lucky Charms one is marshmallow, and the Golden Grahams one is chocolate.  These did go in the snack bucket and of course are gone already.  They were fun and tasty.  Plus if you collect boxtops for your school, each box has 2.  Extra added bonus. 
I actually liked the rest of the prize pack as well.  In addition to the snacks, you get
  • colored pencils (these look pretty interesting - I think they are made out of paper or something - they have a swirly design.  Lots of fun.)
  • wipe board - I already mentioned above that I'm using this for my snack list as we speak.  Very handy.  
  • an insulated bag.  This bag looks very nice, but would be for something like a picnic or snacks for the soccer game or something because it is a medium large size.   It will come in very handy - I just haven't used it this first week of school.
"Disclosure: Cereal Treats Bars, information, and giveaway have been provided by General Mills through MyBlogSpark."  I received the same prize pack I am giving away but my opinions are my own.

My giveaway question is totally selfish today.  I'm always on the lookout for new snack ideas for myself and my kiddos.  Sooo....

To enter the giveaway,

  • leave a comment telling me your favorite snack (for yourself or your kids.)  

Contest will run through Friday at noon.  Winner will be chosen by  Good luck!

I'll start off with what is listed on our wipe board right now - not that any of these are my "favorite"
Make - smoothies (I usually make green smoothies with lots of fruit.) or popcorn (I air pop it, top it with spray butter then salt, cheese mix or 'pizza' mix)
Snack bucket - chips, trail mix, popcorn balls, veggie straws, craisins, raisins, peanut butter pretzels
Fridge - string cheese, apple, orange, plum, yogurt, celery, carrots

If I had to pick a favorite of the kids for my oldest ???  My second - definitely smoothies, my 3rd - pizza popcorn, and the youngest ?? depends on the day.  He likes yogurt a lot and freeze dried fruit.  I myself am partial to yogurt or trail mix, but that too depends on the day.


  1. We love fresh fruit and air-popped popcorn. However, we just recently discovered "energy bites." The kids call them "energy packs" because they are totally obsessed with video games and they think these give them super energy. :) I just use whatever I have on hand, but the recipe is at They all loved them so much, that the neighbor kid that comes over after school asked me to write the recipe down so his mom could make them!

  2. Hmm...for me? String Cheese. For my kids, they rarely get to snack, because with their tiny tummies, if they snacked, they would never eat dinner. Yes, I'm a mean mom!

  3. Ok, let's try this again. :) My favorite snack is pretzel sticks. For some reason the sticks are better than the regular pretzels. They are Grace's favorite snack too. The boys love yogurt!

  4. Opps! That last comment was by me (Emily)!

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  6. Oops! My favorite snack is popcorn and my kids love yogurt. This is making me hungry:0)

  7. My favorite snack is chocolate! As for the kids, definitely yogurt.

  8. avocado and cilantro hummus with pita chips or apple slices with nutella are some of our favorite snacks. Z would probably choose pepperoni and cheese sticks with pita crackers.



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