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Thursday, May 26, 2011

Our Trip to Grand Rapids



When I found out we'd have the opportunity to visit Grand Rapids, Michigan, I didn't realize we would be in for such a treat. It is the perfect destination for a family vacation! We live about an hour outside of Chicago, and traffic going was awful going through Chicago, but it was smooth sailing from there and very much worth it.

We ran into some really friendly people during our visit to Grand Rapids and that was definitely a plus in making my family feel welcome.

The first night we just kinda hung around in our hotel room after getting food, because the prolonged ride there would have left us just a little time to really enjoy the sights.

While there, we visited the Sculpture Park, the John Ball Zoo (I remember the name easily because our 4 year old was so excited about visiting that he just kept repeating the name) and also the Grand Rapids Public Museum.

The Sculpture Park, to me, was such a peaceful place to be able to walk through. It's just so natural, surrounded by beautiful floral arrangements with some very interesting sculptures by some very talented people. When we were getting our tickets, our youngest son fell and was obviously shaken out. I was a little freaked out by the amount of attention he got as a result. One woman took our name and phone number and security came along and did the same. Once we got past that, though, the beauty and serenity of the sculpture park left me feeling a lot more peaceful. The rain that started caused us to have to rush through the last little bit, but this was an experience I won't soon forget.

The next day, which would be the day we would leave, we squeezed in a visit to the John Ball Zoo and also to the Grand Rapids Public Museum.

I really appreciate how neat things are kept in the city of Grand Rapids. You can tell that the citizens care about it. And it seems there's always something to do. Something else that I was really pleased with. I wanted to be able to visit some of the Farmer's Markets and get fresh fruits and vegetables. If we had visited a month later, I think we would have hit the perfect season, but from the little research that i'd done, I don't think there was a lot in season.

There was even more that I would have loved to do, such as visit the Gerald Ford Museum and the Art Museum, or even find out why Grand Rapids is for foodies, but unfortunately time limited us. If given the opportunity to visit again, i'd definitely take it!

*I won a prize pack from Chefdruck.com sometime ago which included one hotel night's stay and attraction passes. We were responsible for all other associated costs. The views expressed are my own and I was not compensated or even asked to post this.

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Free Yoplait Kids Yogurt for First 20!!!

I am very pleased again to be able to work along with Yoplait by way of MyBlogSpark. I have an amazing offer just for you, well the first 20 of you that is. All you need to do is click on the "free yogurt" link below. You will be prompted to fill in a form which will request info so that your coupon can be sent out to you. I am asking that only one request per household be filled out, but please do feel free to pass along this link to your family and friends!



*Yoplait provided me with this opportunity, information and product coupons through MyBlogSpark.

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Pregnancy Update

Just wanted to give a little update with what's going on these days. First let me start by saying that at my last doctor's appointment, I asked when another ultrasound would be done. I was told that it wouldn't. The only time they do a second ultrasound is if there's a medical reason, so for now this baby is a surprise. We're hoping we can find somewhere that will do an ultrasound at a price that would be reasonable.

Night before last I was able to see little movements from the baby. It's becoming more active and 2 of my children got to feel the little kicks that this little one is doing in there. I still get pretty sleepy, and still mostly fighting sleeping because of the desire to stay awake during the day, but there are the times where I do cave in. Otherwise things are pretty normal around here... whatever that is.

Yoplait Kids Snack Chat Series




Here is the first in a series of videos to watch and get tips on helping your kids to overcome pickiness and how to help them make good decisions when it comes to snack time. You can watch more in this series by clicking the links below. I was also sent this link (http://bit.ly/YPK50COUP) for those of you who would like to download a coupon for $0.50 off of Yoplait Kids yogurt.


Links to more videos in this series:


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*This information was passed along to me by Yoplait through MyBlogSpark. I received an offer for free product coupons in exchange for this post.


Hormel Compleats for Kids Review


There were several things that had me excited about the opportunity to do this review. The first being that it's a simple way to get food into my kids' tummies. When the box arrived, I liked the variety and some statements that were on the packaging. As you can see from the picture above, it says that it's healthy for kids.


Some other things I couldn't help but notice were that it has fiber, no preservatives, no artificial colors and no trans fat. Another big plus was that they're ready in only 45 seconds. 

Unfortunately, when my kids did try them, with the exception of my youngest, they did not like them. Whatsoever. They were trying to dress them up to make them taste better, but nothing did the trick. I could not see how they wouldn't like them, so I gave a taste of one for myself. It reminded me a lot of stage 3 baby food. 

I guess I went under the assumption that they're "healthy food for kids" and didn't even check the sodium content. The buzz going around is that there's a large amount. Just to taste it, I wouldn't have otherwise known. I thought they tasted a little on the sweet side.

I really love the idea of meals that are convenient for my kids, but quality is an extremely important factor as well. There are some other Hormel products out there that I like and I would love to see Hormel Compleats improved upon as far as flavor and sodium content goes, but for now, i've decided these are not for us.

*I received these free in order to facilitate this review. The opinions expressed here are those of my children and myself. No further compensation has been received.


Saturday, May 7, 2011

Freschetta By The Slice

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