I have gone through a few different kinds of lunch bags for Chloe and I've found the lunch bags at Pottery Barn Kids to be the best. I love that the lunch bags designs feature a wide variety of adorable prints for girls and boys and they are not tied to any commercial character. Chloe has the retro lunch bag in a previous butterfly pattern. I even got it embroidered with her name too which is a nice touch. It's the perfect size for a kid to carry. I chose the retro size lunch bag since it was easier to stack up her small plastic containers to sit along with a thermos of soup or juice box. After a year of daily use in school, it's still in perfect shape. I asked her if she wanted to pick a new lunch bag for Kindergarten and she refused. She loves her butterfly lunch box. Gotta love that! Tip: I saw this on the Today show last year. There are so many germs at school that it's important to wash their most used school items such as their lunch bag or backpack. I have been washing Chloe's retro lunch bag each weekend and it is still in such fantastic quality.
I'm not one to blog about food products but having a little one who's particularly picky with snacks makes me love these new Honey Maid Grahamfuls even more. Graham crackers are already a favorite of Chloe's and don't get me started on peanut butter. The little girl is obsessed. I used to actually carry little peanut butter containers with me and crackers for long car trips or day trips. Now it's easier than ever for me to carry a quick snack for Chloe with these individually wrapped crackers that are packaged with a little cardboard too so they don't break. Another plus is that they fit easily into my handbag too.
There are three flavors of Honey Maid Grahamfuls to choose from: peanut butter and chocolate, peanut butter, and banana vanilla. I like that it's made from 100% whole grain with no high fructose corn syrup and no artificial flavors.
I am excited I've found the perfect snack for her to eat in the car on the drive back home from school. One less thing for me to worry about when school starts next week!
Note: Grahamfuls product samples were provided by Kraft Foods for this review.
I've been having some frustrating feeding sessions over the months with my 2 year old Chloe to get her to try new foods. I talked with Katie Goodman of Good Life Eats and a food writer for CRAFT about my dilemma back last fall. Katie's a mom of two kids and she knew right away my frustration. We both thought it would be great to have her tips be an article on CRAFT so I'm so happy that her article, Kids Kitchen: 5 Ways to Make a Meal More Exciting just went up today. Check it out for all these tips that will help you feed your picky child and also at the same time, give you a sigh of relief that you are not alone!
I did try today at lunch to make the idea of a sandwich pretty but using a heart cookie cutter. See?! Isn't it pretty enough to eat?! It didn't work at all, she kept saying "No sandwich!" even though I convinced her that Donald Duck and Daisy (who she loves) gave me the recipe.
I'm not going to give up. This is definitely taking a lot of energy from me but I figure eventually one day she'll be curious and will try something out. I'm just trying to make it all fun, colorful, and pretty enough for her to eat! Tomorrow I am going to try Katie's idea of a smoothie. Should be easier since we got some new fun crazy straws for her to drink with.