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5 Reasons SnackPals Are a Snack Time Essential + Giveaway

5 Reasons SnackPals Are a Snack Time Essential #WowGear #SnackPals #snacktime #portioncontrol

~Thank you to WOW Gear for providing SnackPals for review and helping me take control of snack time. As always, my opinions are still 100% my own.~

I want to talk about snack time today. Do you like snack time? I love snack time, mostly because it gives me a few minutes of quiet in the mid-afternoon while the kids (and I) munch on something. And of course they love it because their little bellies are satisfied between meals.

But the reality is, sometimes snack time gets a little messy. If I portion too much, my daughter ends up spilling whatever she doesn’t eat. She starts playing with her food and the next thing I know her bowl is upside down and her crunchy snacks scattered across the floor. And it won’t be long before someone steps on and crunches them, creating even more of a mess.

On the flip side, if I don’t portion enough for my son, he’ll go grab the bag or box of whatever I gave him to snack on and will sit and eat way too much. Then when dinner time rolls around he’s not hungry, but wants to raid the fridge right before bed. I don’t think so!

Hmm. Now that I’m talking about it, I’m starting to rethink how much I like snack time.

5 Reasons SnackPals Are a Snack Time Essential #WowGear #SnackPals #snacktime #portioncontrol

Just as my snack time woes were getting the best of me, I got the opportunity to try the new SnackPals from WOW Gear. They have completely changed the dynamic of snack time in my home, from solving my portioning issues to keeping snack time mostly tidy.

Take a look at these five reasons why SnackPals are a snack time essential in my home and then enter to win some for your kids too!

1. Portion Control

I already mentioned the issues I have with snack time portion control between both kids. SnackPals have a creative design that takes care of this problem so there’s no over eating.

I simply fill the SnackPals container with my kids favorite snack and for them to access the snack, they have to flip the SnackPals upside down and give it two shakes. When they turn it back over and open the lid, they “magically” have a nicely portioned amount of snack in the cup.

5 Reasons SnackPals Are a Snack Time Essential #WowGear #SnackPals #snacktime #portioncontrol

5 Reasons SnackPals Are a Snack Time Essential #WowGear #SnackPals #snacktime #portioncontrol

5 Reasons SnackPals Are a Snack Time Essential #WowGear #SnackPals #snacktime #portioncontrol

The way it works is when in an upright position, there’s a flow gate/interior flap that stays in a closed position. No snacks can get in and no snacks can get out. But when flipped upside down, the flow gate opens so snacks can slip through to the top cup. Shaking the SnackPals twice allows just a mouthful of snacks to become accessible in the cup.

Now my son gets only what I give him and he has to take it slow when eating because SnackPals will only allow him so much at a time.

2. Fewer Spills

The design of SnackPals also creates snack times that are much less messy. Since in a closed container and not having open access to every crunchy piece, if my daughter happens to drop it or it falls off the table, I’m left with possibly a few snacks on the floor that may fall out of the top cup, but certainly not a whole bowl of snacks scattered everywhere.

And just imagine the mess it prevents while snacking in the car. No more cleaning the car and finding two month old cereal laying around.




3. Clean Snacks

Using SnackPals also helps keep the snacks clean. My daughter is guilty of pouring her drink into her food and playing with it. But she’s not able to do this when using her SnackPals. Her food stays clean and doesn’t end up in the trash.

5 Reasons SnackPals Are a Snack Time Essential #WowGear #SnackPals #snacktime #portioncontrol

Or if she’s snacking at her brother’s soccer practice and drops her SnackPals on the ground, only a few snacks fall out and with a couple of shakes she can continue to eat those that are clean and enclosed in the bottom. Otherwise, she’d try to pick up what spilled and continue eating them. I understand a little dirt never hurt anyone, but I have to draw the line after a certain point.

Clean Snacks = Less Waste

4. Take Anywhere

SnackPals can go ANYWHERE! Use them at home, in the car, on plane rides, while camping, on vacation, to grandma’s house, to school, to daycare, the park, the beach, the mall – anywhere. Who doesn’t love easy, on-the-go snacking?

5 Reasons SnackPals Are a Snack Time Essential #WowGear #SnackPals #snacktime #portioncontrol

5. Fun Snacking

SnackPals are tons of fun for kids. Both of my kids love to turn them upside down and give them a few shakes. It’s like they’re performing magic. Start with no snacks and a few shakes later – voila! – the snacks magically appear.

Sometimes they get a little crazy and shake their SnackPals like maracas, but it’s all in the name of fun snacking.

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Take back snack time and enter to win 2 SnackPals from WOW Gear! #snacktime #giveaway #WOWGear #BTS #backtoschool

One lucky Making Time reader will win two SnackPals! GOOD LUCK!

This giveaway is open to US Residents, ages 18+ and ends on July 10, 2017 at 11:59 pm est.  Random winner will be notified via email and must respond within 24 hours or prize will be forfeited. Sponsor is responsible for prize fulfillment.

 

*Thank you to WOW Gear for providing SnackPals for review and helping me take control of snack time. As always, my opinions are still 100% my own and in no way influenced by the brand. Any claims or statistics should be confirmed with the brand. Please see this blog’s full policies and disclosure here.

How I’m Setting My Son up for Educational Success

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I can’t believe it’s already time to register my son for kindergarten. Even though the start of the new school year is still months away, I’m already going through every emotion in the book and questioning his readiness.

I’m so excited to have some time alone with just my youngest. Maybe I can be a little more productive and she can get more one-on-one attention. But what if my son gets lost? What if he misses me and has a breakdown? What if he doesn’t behave and listen to the teacher? What if he’s just not at the same educational level as his peers?

While some of my concerns are just a part of sending my first child to school, there’s one concern I can address before this big milestone – his educational level. With the help of TestingMom.com, I can determine if my son is ready to start to kindergarten.

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What is TestingMom.com?

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How Does it Work?

Once you sign up for TestingMom.com, getting started is as easy as 1 – 2 – 3. You enter your child’s info (name and grade level), indicate which test you want him to practice and select any particular subjects he needs to work on. If you want him to practice all subjects, you can leave that part blank. Then the learning begins!

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One of the great features about the site, is the ability to add more than one child. Have one child in 2nd grade, another in 4th grade and another in 7th grade? No problem. Add them all and let each practice their respective tests and subjects!

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Not only does TestingMom.com provide actual practice tests for your child, but also helps them learn and practice through various fun interactive games.

What better way to learn than with a little fun and play? My son enjoys playing all of the games and doesn’t even realize he’s learning along the way.

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And let’s not forget us parents. There’s a whole Parent Resource Center that helps you monitor your child’s progress and provide tips for helping him succeed.

I thought for sure the preschool activities I’ve been doing with my son were getting him prepared for his first day of kindergarten and while they certainly are, I didn’t realize that I was leaving some important subjects out, like math.

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After having my son do a couple of practice tests, I realized he needed some help in the area of fractions. Do kids really learn fractions in kindergarten? Now knowing this, I can do fun activities with him so he can learn what a half is, and a third and a quarter.

The best part about TestingMom.com? As your child grows and moves on to the next grade, you can adjust their learning program to suit their needs, all the way up to the 8th grade. While teachers come and go, and teaching tactics change, one learning constant is TestingMom.com. The games and tests change, but the overall experience is still the same!

So far I’m absolutely loving TestingMom.com. I love how it helps my son learn, but also helps me understand what he needs to work on. Want to see what other parents have to say? Check out these reviews and testimonials.

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Super Cool Last Minute Backpacks for School

It's not too late to get a super cool backpack in time for your child to head back to school! #backtoschool #b2s #schoolsupplies #backpack

If your child hasn’t gone back to school yet, I’m sure it’s literally right around the corner.  Schools in my area start on August 22nd, so this is the kids’ last weekend of the summer.  And if you’re like many other parents, you may not quite be done with back to school shopping.

  • Meet the new teacher(s) – check!
  • New shoes – check!
  • New clothes/uniforms – check!
  • After school snacks – check!
  • Home essentials for after school messes – check!
  • School supplies – check!
  • Box Tops clipped – check!
  • Backpack – oh no! I forgot!

Got everything covered except a new backpack?  Never fear, Amazon is here to save the day!  If you have Amazon Prime, you can get free 2 day shipping on any of these super cool backpacks and have it in time for the first day of school.  Plus, if you shop Amazon through Ebates you can earn 5.5% cash back!

Make a little time to sit down with your child and have them choose their favorite today!

Which backpack would your child like?

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