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Spending Healthy Time With My Kids

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Hello Hello! I hope this finds you well! I can't believe today is only Thursday, yet somehow the week feels like it has flown by. How is that even possible?

Lately, everything seems to be going so quickly, hopping from one event to the next. And I just feel like I'm missing out on so many great quality moments with my kids! Truthfully, this year, I've come home from work way too many days and checked out a bit. You know.. "Here, kid ... Watch this show and grab whatever you want from the pantry...I'll just be over here on the couch..."

Is that completely awful?! Don't answer that.... I'm pretty sure I know the answer.

Or at least in my heart I feel the answer. I want to be more present and mindful for these two little humans in my care. And not let my exhaustion rob them of proper guidance.




So about three weeks ago, I started to focus more on my involvement with Hud and Holland in those post work, pre bed time hours. And I've truly noticed a major improvement in the overall atmosphere of our home. Things are more lively. There's a lot more laughter. And... I swear the kids are even getting smarter somehow?!? Haha.  Anyway, here are some of the changes I've made. And I hope if any of you have found yourself in a rut like me, that these ideas might help you out a little!


Turn their favorite show into a game:

Hudson goes through various phases of super hero show obsessions. It was Marvel first. Then Transformers. And now Power Rangers. He could watch hours and hours of Power Rangers if we let him. And sadly it's become his favorite after school activity... So, I try my best to work up some seriously good play time energy right when we get home, and I set a goal and a timer for 15, 20 or 30 minutes. I put the phone down. And I vow to wholeheartedly engage and play with him (at least) until the timer goes off.

That structured, hardcore pretend play (with no distractions) does wonders for his energy level, our relationship, and my mom guilt at the end of the day.

We like to act out his favorite shows and characters, to get his mind off of the t.v. screen (I've nearly mastered the pink ranger). And when that time is up, we can relax with more low key activities.





Shift their focus to educational activities:
Being 4 years old , Hudson is starting to show interest in spelling and mathematics. So I've purchased some wonderful dry erase work books for him to play with. And any kind of educational board game that he can enjoy a little more quietly.

PRO TIP: Another big time winner has been writing letters on his building blocks and letting him build words with it!


Find ways for them to indulge without candy/chips:I've never really monitored their diet too strictly. The upside of that is less stress and worry on my part. The downside being pretty obvious; Unhealthy eating habits. Lack of variety. Lack of nutrients. Eeekkk... So I've been trying my best to find ways to sneak in nutritious snacks without them turning up their noses.



Luckily, they like fruit, so that is easy. I've started subbing out juice for fruit infused waters. Sneaking veggies into recipes when I can. And looking more at the ingredients on the snack foods I buy!

The last two afternoons we have been indulging on these VitaTops MuffinTops! My personal favorites are the Organic Deep Chocolate and the Protein Lovers Chocolate Peanut Butter Chip. (There are other fruity flavors like Organic Wild Blueberry and a Superfood CranBran if chocolate isn't your thing.)



I love them because they come frozen and individually wrapped. So when you need a quick snack you just pop them in the toaster and voila! Instant chocolatey indulgence without any guilt. It literally tastes like cake. But they're made with pure and simple ingredients! What's not to love?!



Get them Outside:Lastly all of these activities are ten times better done outside! Now that spring is in the air we've been spending a lot of our evenings on our front porch. Pretending, Coloring, Learning and Indulging in Healthy Snacks!





So none of these ideas are technically parenting breakthroughs, but sometimes we get so into our routines that we look over the these simple ideas that can make such a big impact. So I thought sharing my experience and a little encouragement might be helpful to someone!

If you have other ideas for busy and exhausted mommas to keep their kids healthy and entertained in the afternoons, please let me know in the comments!!



And a big thank you to VitaTops MuffinTops for making this post possible. By sponsoring this post, they help my blog thrive. However, I only chose to work with companies that I truly love. And I am not exaggerating about how delicious these things are.... (don't sleep on the Organic Deep Chocolate!)




Definitely go check out their website to learn more about these Healthy MuffinTops HERE and decide which flavor is right for you! They have options that are gluten  free, organic, and filled with protein.



Once you make your decision you can find them at your local Publix, Kroger, Shop-Rite, Stop & Shop or Target!

We grabbed ours at Target, I know you're not surprised!  ;)

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13 comments

  1. I love your blog so much!
    I haven't gotten VitaTops in awhile but I used to get them a lot when I was counting Weight Watchers points (4 pts). They're tasty!
    P.S. You and your children are beautiful!

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  2. I loved this post so much. I really need to look into getting those vitatops for my son, I've been seeing them everywhere and I know he'll like it.

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  3. I loved this post. very insightful. I have no idea what these vitatops were until I saw them here.

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  4. Those look delicious! The best part of a muffin! And your pictures in this post are lovely :) It's definitely a conscious effort to put the phone down and focus on playing with your babes, but so worth it!

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  5. Love this post. Thanks for sharing! Omg...muffin tops...genius!

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  6. We have all been there, some days it's hard to keep up the energy after work! But these are some great ideas. Thanks!

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  7. My daughter doesn't like sweets, so I'll have the vitatops all to myself lol.

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  8. I love this post! Your pictures are fabulous and I can completely relate to you in terms of everything flying by so quickly. Even snacking together with these yummy Vitatops is a great way to spend time!

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  9. What a great mom! Your kiddos probably appreciate it so much! And you probably do too when they're worn out at the end of the day!

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  10. Getting my son outside is just the best thing ever. I also end up feeling better because of the fresh air. :) These tips were great!

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  11. I notice a big difference when I feed my kids no-sugary snacks. I have recently started paying attention to sugar content and it's nuts! I will look for these snacks - I think the kids would love them!

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  12. What a lovely idea and post, definitely important to have quality time with your kids so adding a sprinkle of healthy vibes into that is so important!

    Emmie
    www.carpediememmie.co.uk

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  13. I am so curious what I will be like as a mother - I am a very independent person, so I have a feeling, I may be a bit stand-offish.

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