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Brooke’s month/year was made when she received this box of goodness in the mail. The packaging alone made her extremely excited. She looked at each individual box/bag and giggled before starting to tear open each one to test them out. We take our snacks pretty seriously over here and these ones take Brooke’s snacking to the next level.
Between Brooke’s love for the Smart Crackers/Smart Cookies and my love for the ingredients in them—> I have been super stoked to share Bitsy’s Brainfood with you on the blog.
I love how this company came to be—> Two moms started Bitsy’s with the belief that healthy minds and healthy bodies are connected and that learning to eat smart should BE FUN. “Let’s get kids excited to choose healthy.” Also, Bitsy’s was just handpicked by Target as one of the 20 natural, organic, and sustainable brands in their 2016 Made to Matter collection! Before they started Bitsy’s they started one of the first federally funded after school program to combat childhood obesity. Super amazing women!
One of the many things that I love about the Smart Cookies is that Brooke always let’s me know what letter she is munching on. And then she asks me what words start with that letter and we go on from there. She also loves using the Smart Crackers (they are baked in fun Tangram shapes!!) to build all sorts of houses/animals/signs etc. They make it so that food really can be fun for her.
The alphabet-shaped Smart Cookies are baked with organic fruits and veggies + they are fortifed with vitamins and minerals + they come in delicious flavors that Brooke is obsessed with—> Orange Chocolate Beet, Sweet Potato Oatmeal Raisin and Zucchini Gingerbread Carrot.
Something I find really awesome about Bitsy’s is that they aren’t trying to just hide vegetables into kids foods for them to get in the nutrients. The labeling is very clear that veggies are included in the product and I made sure to tell Brooke (she can’t read yet) what veggies were in them. I think it is so cool that they call out that there are veggies included so kiddos relate deliciousness and vegetables together:)
Luckily, Brooke has been good at sharing these ones with me;) The Smart Crackers are made with a half serving of organic veggies per serving!!! They are great sources for Vitamin A, B6, B12, D, and Folic Acid. These joined us for movie night the other night.
Just rocking our t-shirts together.
The Smart Crackers come in Cheddar Chia Veggie, Maple Carrot Crisp and Sweet Potato Cinna-Graham. PS I love watching the look on Brooke’s face whenever she is thinking.. like below she was trying to figure out how to make a stop sign with her crackers and it made me smile.
Before I know it Brooke will be eating lunch at school and these will be a part of her lunchbox—> both the Smart Crackers and Smart Cookies are baked in peanut-free/tree nut-free facility, so they are school safe!
Brooke, I get that same giddy look on my face too when I get into my snacks.
Sometimes her sweet little face is almost too much for me to handle.
While we are talking about Brooke today—> I really am trying to soak up every minute these days with her because I am certain this is my favorite stage (I think I’ve said that about every stage of her life so far;). We were at the park the other day and I was sitting on the grass and when Brooke came running over she all of the sudden looked 2 feet taller. She was running in a way that had no resemblance of baby/toddler in her and when she got to me she spoke in complete sentences (something I still can’t always do myself;). When she ran back to play the tears just started coming (I think my tear ducts are overactive). I just can’t believe how fast it has gone by and I asked my dad that is an inventor (he really is an inventor for his profession) to come up with a way to be able to slow this whole growing up business down and bottle up every thing she does so that I can remember everything.
Some things that Brooke does right now that I just really don’t ever want to forget:
*Soccer. Her soccer ball has been her fifth appendage these days.
*She has become an expert at making up knock, knock jokes and gets all of my friends laughing pretty hard over them.
*Brookie loves animals and spends a lot of time being a dog. She is the most realistic dog I have ever seen.
*She reminds me that we need to say prayers if I forget to do it with her before bed.
*Brookie makes sure everyone else is obeying the rules (her teacher told me this one;) Maybe it is just the oldest child syndrome but she can be quite a little general at times. I need her keeping me in line so it is probably for the best (I kid.. kind of).
*Brooke has a whole lot of compassion packed into that little body. She can sense from a mile away if I’m sad and her first reaction is to give me the tightest hug she possibly can. If someone gets hurt she is the first to stop whatever she is doing to see if they are okay. She loves to hug people and gives her friends and family hugs whenever we leave them. Also, the second she gets in trouble she runs over for a hug. I want to be like her.
*She is generous… for example, she gives away our things without a flinch. I did have to stop her whenever she tried to pass out all of our Christmas ornaments off of the tree last Christmas.
*Brooke is quite the backseat driver and if the GPS is on in the car she makes sure to repeat the directions to me (for example—> mama, turn left in 200 feet). She also asks me if I am sure I am going the right way whenever I am driving somewhere at least once a day.
*Any child that she sees under the age of 10 she refers to as her friend and then my entire heart smiles.
*She falls asleep as she is telling me how she is not tired in the slightest. She also loves to fall asleep by my computer while I work at night and I love hearing her breathing while she sleeps.
*She makes up games to go along with everything… like rolling a dice and then chasing after it (while raising their hand… it is part of the rules;) and whoever has the highest number wins has been a fan favorite lately.
*Brooke’s other favorite foods right now—> rice, roasted broccoli, sprinkles (she would eat a bowl of them at a time if she could), the frosting side of frosted mini wheats, eggs and plain pasta.
*Whenever we drive by a hotel she asks if we can stay there that night. She is big into the whole hotel thing of a pool, continental breakfast and jumping on the bed.
*’Mama, you’re my best friend.” Another heart melter.
*She loves to have her little arm tickled and holds it up in the air for me to rub it whenever we watch a show. She also asks grandma to rub her feet. She has quite the life.
Thanks for listening (ehh reading) to everything from our world. One of the things that I have loved the most about blogging is that I’ve been able to keep a journal of pictures and funny things that Brooke does on this blog says since the very beginning of her life. You wouldn’t believe how many times I go back and look at all of her pictures and stories on the blog over the last few years.
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What are some things that your kiddos have been doing lately that you do not want to ever forget?
What sorts of things did you have in your school lunches as a kid?
What is your EARLIEST memory of life?
Are you a big snacker or more of a three meals a day person?