The Original Squeeze Company

My children go crazy for smoothies. We have a “Smoothie Party” almost every time we have a play date which is most school days. Recently though my kids have been asking for a smoothie they can take to school with them. So I had to think of how I was going to pack said smoothie and get it to school with them. Well I didn’t have to think very hard about it because The Original Squeeze Company did most of the thinking for me. All we had to do was pick my kids favorite smoothie recipes and scale them to the right size. So here they are.
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This is a particular favorite of my boys who love everything chocolate.
Chocolate Strawberry Smoothie
Makes: 6 oz with a little extra for tasting
Ingredients:
1 cup milk of your choice (we used coconut milk)
1/2 cup frozen or fresh strawberries
1/4 chocolate chips (we used semi sweet)
1/4 cup kale (optional) I usually sneak this in when the boys aren’t looking
Directions: Put all ingredients in your blender and blend until smooth.
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I like to rest the pouches in a measuring cup when I fill them. It leaves me both hands to navigate and fill the containers.
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Again my boys love anything chocolatey and this smoothie is one that packs some yummy protein too.
Nutty Choco Monkey Smoothie

Makes: 6 oz with a little extra for tasting
Ingredients:
1 cup milk of your choice ( we use coconut milk)
1/2 cup banana (fresh or frozen)
1/4 cup chocolate chips
1-2 tbs nut butter ( we generally use almond butter or sunflower butter)
Directions: Put all ingredients in your blender and blend until smooth.

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And my daughters favorite. She loves fruit and yogurt. So this smoothie was her creation and she absolutely loves it.

Pineapple Yogo Berry Smoothie
Makes: 6 oz with a little extra for tasting
1/2 cup milk of your choice (we use coconut milk)
1/2 cup yogurt (we used mixed berry)
1/4 frozen or fresh pineapple
1/2 cup frozen or fresh blackberries
1/4 cup kale

Directions: Put all ingredients in your blender and blend until smooth.
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Berry Yogo  Smoothie
Makes: 6 oz with a little extra for tasting
1/2 cup milk of your choice (we use coconut milk)
1/2 cup yogurt (we used mixed berry)
1/4 frozen or fresh strawberries
1/2 cup frozen or fresh blueberries
1/2 a banana fresh or frozen

Directions: Put all ingredients in your blender and blend until smooth.

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And now you can design your own Original Squeeze! That’s right. Choose any of the amazing squeeze bodies and rings. You can mix and match and make an Original Squeeze that is Originally Yours!
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The bottles are so easy to use and to clean I do really prefer the free-flowing spout™ over the sport spout. It is just much easier to clean. And I do look for ease of cleaning in the products I use. Especially in products we use as often as these. My kids will make smoothies at least once a day and sometimes twice if I let them and they always like to use the Original Squeeze pouches when drinking their smoothies.
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Buy It: You can purchase The Original Squeeze products in store or online at buybuy BABY.
Also make sure to check out the RECIPES on The Original Squeeze Company Site

Disclaimer: I received Original Squeeze products. All opinions are my own.

Mixed Pears BiteSizers

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It happens to us all we are out and about with our kids and its time to eat. The only thing is we need to cut up the food for our toddler or are older kids both want the hot dog you packed in your lunch bag and you only have one. BiteSizers to the rescue. Instead of having to tear everything apart with your fingers which is unsanitary plus just plain messy you can use these nifty little scissors that come in their own carrying case. I use them both on the go and at home. Sometimes they are just easier to use then a knife and when we are out and about they are really all I use because we are mostly on the go and I don;t always have prep time. Mostly I just grab things throw them in a lunch bag and my toddler snacks throughout the day. I can now cut things up quickly without the huge mess which makes me so super happy. It’s the little things in life that make your day easier that can make such a difference .
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BiteSizers are easy-to-use, convenient portable kitchen shears that are perfect for cutting up baby food faster than a fork & knife. Designed by parents to withstand the rigors of parenting and raising toddlers. They are designed to also be held upright and cut vertically which holds the food down so it doesn’t run away. Cut one handed! Prep and share your food with your child anywhere you eat, quickly and easily. Promotes healthy eating by exposing kids early to foods. Establish good eating habits early with a wider variety of healthy flavors and textures – right from your own plate. Certified Food-Safe: The only baby food scissors certified by the NSF Home Products Certification. Free of BPA, Lead, PVC, Phthalates, and Formaldehyde. • Snap-On Cover • Built-In Sizer Guide: In the middle of the scissors is a 1/2″ circle as an always-with-you reference • Comfort Grips: fits Moms & Dads hands • Rounded Tips: Utensil grade Japanese 420J2 Stainless Steel blades have rounded tips for less poking and scratching • Soft Food Cutting Grooves: Makes it easier to keep small chunks of soft foods like cheeses and tofu from sticking to the blade.
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Safe for Food. Certified by NSF International. BPA-Free, Lead-Free, PVC-Free, Phthalates-Free, Formaldehyde-Free.
Best tool for baby led weaning, starting solids, and first foods.
Great for DIY babyfood, bento boxes with fun bites, and cutting meal prep time so you can enjoy a hot meal again.
Perfect after outgrowing puree pouches, a food masher, or a baby food maker / machine.
Buy It: You can purchase BiteSizers on the Mixed Pears site.

Disclaimer:  I received a pair of BiteSizers for review purposes. All opinions are my own.

Dandies Marshmallow S’more Hamantashens

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Its Purim time at our house and besides dressing up in costumes the best part for us is super yummy Hamantashens! We decided to try something new this year the kids came up with the idea of S’mores hamantashens. I am not surprised what could be better then one of our favorite cookies stuffed with chocolate and marshmallows.
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These little cookies are pretty easy to make and I even have some tips to help you make them just right. Ooey gooey delicious cookies that are really perfect all year round.
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I do need to say something about these marshmallows. My kids absolutely adored them. I am not a fan of marshmallows but I actually really liked them too. I had some other photos I was thinking of posting as well. My little one Liam and my husband both had some issues with keeping their hands out of the bag of marshmallows. I have pictures with Liam looking like a chipmunk with his little cheeks full of marshmallows. So why are Dandies so incredibly yummy?
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Well they are the first Non-GMO Project Verified marshmallows on the market, Dandies are made with all-natural ingredients and completely free of gelatin, artificial ingredients, and high fructose corn syrup. With a traditional texture and flavor that melts, tastes and bakes just like the marshmallows we grew up with, these light and fluffy marshmallows are a perfect ingredient trade for crispy treats, swizzle sticks, fudge, cookies and more. Produced in the company’s dedicated facility, which is free of dairy, eggs, peanuts, and tree-nuts, Dandies marshmallows are also free of wheat, gluten and corn, 100% vegan, and certified kosher.
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Ingredients:
Filling:
Dandies Mini Marshmallows
semi sweet chocolate chips
Dough:
2 sticks unsalted butter
1/4 cup granulated sugar
2 egg yolks
1 tsp pure vanilla extract
2 1/4 cup flour
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp baking powder
reserve egg whites for baking

Directions:
1. In a large bowl cream together the butter and sugar. Add the egg yolks and vanilla and beat until smooth.
2. Sift together the flour, salt, and baking powder. Slowly add to the butter mixture and mix until combined. Shape dough into a ball, wrap in plastic wrap, and refrigerate around 2 hours.
3. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Roll dough to 1/8 inch thickness and cut 3 inch circles. I use a biscuit cutter to cut the circles but you could also use a plastic cup to make the circles. If the dough is to stiff let it sit a few minutes or work it with your hands. You want it chilled and stiff enough to hold its shape and be moldable. I find it best to work on the plastic wrap rolling and cutting so that you don’t have to use to much flour to get everything to stop from sticking.
4. Once all your circles have been cut transfer to lightly greased parchment paper or a slipmat. Add 1 tsp of filling to the center of each hamantashen. We add around 5-7 chocolate chips and one marshmallow to each. Brush the edges with water and bring the dough together on three sides to form a triangle. Make sure you pinch the corners to keep them together when baking. Brush each with some of the reserved egg whites.
5. Bake at 350 degrees for 12-15 minutes or until golden brown.
6. Enjoy!
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Little Duck Organics a yummy treat!

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Starting healthy habits early for your little one are important and can be difficult, but Little Duck Organics is here to the rescue! Little Duck Organics are organic, GMO free, gluten free, kosher, and have no preservatives. Their goal is to help train your little super human’s palate to crave foods rich in vitamins and antioxidants for a lifelong habit. These wholesome snacks are for ages six-months and up, and are perfectly safe and nutritious snacks for your little duck!
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I was going to take a picture of my kids eating these delicious and healthy little snacks. But they devoured these before I even got a chance and were asking for more. So there are no pictures of the actual yummy snacks. The freeze dried fruit are cut into tiny little pieces that my kids described as yummy and crunchy. The fruit snacks were also eaten at lightening speed as well and my daughter said she liked that they were all one color and the actual gummies were smaller then her usual gummy snacks (healthier too, but she doesn’t know that) she said she liked these better. My kids are actually asking for more right now as I type.
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Buy It: You can purchase Little Duck Organic Snacks on the LDO site.

Sprout Organic Foods for Babies and Toddlers

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Did you know that Sprout Organic Foods makes the only organic toddler snacks on the market combining wholesome fruit and veggie combinations with crispy brown rice?

I was actually a bit shocked when I found this out. What a great and healthy combination. Liam loves these! Not only does Liam love them but so do my older two kiddos. We actually took a day trip to the zoo and I threw a few packs of the Red Berry and Beet Crispy chews in my bag. They were the first snack to be consumed…by my husband! Liam had his fair share and so did the kids. I love the individual pouches which made it easy for me to throw these in my bag and pass them out amongst my family.

Sprout Organic Foods knows that healthy living is important to you and your family. That’s why the mission at Sprout is to create organic products for babies and toddlers that taste great – because a love of healthy foods can last a lifetime!
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Just Right for Toddlers. Perfect for little fingers learning to pick up and self feed. The soft crispy chewy texture is enjoyable to eat. And five single packet portions make on-the-go snacking easy.
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Naturally sweet and wholesome, Sprout recipes are made with certified organic ingredients and contain no preservatives, artificial colors, flavors or other additives. Sprout is also pleased to be able to offer a selection of recipes suitable for those with allergies and food sensitivities.

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Liam loves these chews because they are an easy size for him to pick up and eat. He does not have all his teeth yet in fact he only has two teeth. But he gums and chews these tasty treats vigorously. He really loves all of the different flavors both the fruit and veggie chews and the yogurt bites. I have noticed he seems to eat the banana pumpkin yogurt bites a bit more voraciously then the others. Although it really is a toss up there is not one of these snacks he has not eagerly consumed.
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