This post about healthy snacks for kids was sponsored by the J.M. Smucker Company. All opinions are my own. #Snackation
Not too long ago, I told you how we were stocking up on healthy snacks for our upcoming end-of-summer “snackations.” Well, we had to break into them a little bit earlier than we expected. You see, our Finn had the chance to do a little “glamping” last weekend with his grandparents in the vintage Serro Scotty camper they just finished restoring (his first overnighter!) but poor little sis was just a wee bit too young to go along.
And she sure knew it. Oh, the TEARS!
But wouldn’t you cry too if you didn’t get to hang out here? (My dad did a bang-up job on this lovely girl. Her name is Sweet Annie, and you can see the before picture here. )
Anyway, if there’s one thing we learn as moms, it’s how to diffuse these situations as swiftly as possible, and with any luck, make everyone happy. With a little help from some simple snacks, kid-friendly creativity and a sunny day, I think I nailed it!
You may remember that we stopped at Walmart and stocked up on Smucker’s snacks for our upcoming road trip. We’ll be hitting Dutch Wonderland in Lancaster, PA and Ocean City, Maryland, so we’ll need lots of kid-friendly travel snacks to keep us away from the amusement park and boardwalk food. (Most of it, at least.)
But that doesn’t mean that I couldn’t break into some of our stash a bit early to plan a little consolation “Snackation” for my girl. Who wants their baby to feel left out, right? So I grabbed the Smucker’s Fruit•Fulls and some other fruit for snacking and we headed over to Grammie and Pop Pop’s house to get our camp on.
Can you tell that it worked? Just look at that face! She talked all morning about going camping, and despite a short rain shower, we pulled it off without a hitch. (Well, I guess there was a hitch involved to pull out the camper, but you know what I mean…)
My son has spent so much time helping my dad restore this camper from the ground up, so it’s only natural that he’d get to go on the maiden voyage. But it’s easy to forget that our littlest isn’t a baby anymore – she knows what’s going on, and she always wants to be a part of the action. I’m just glad we were able to make her this happy, and it didn’t really take a lot of effort. Sometimes it’s hard for me to put my “busy” aside, but this was one time where there was no other choice to be made. Kiddos first. Mind you, if you are planning to take your kids on a camping trip, we do recommend that you get your camper insured with a company like One Sure Insurance so that it has cover for accidental damage as well as equipment cover.
My lesson? Little ones are easy to please, if you’re just open to hearing what they need. Definitely something I’m working on.
Summer is full of lots of things to do and places to go, but it’s the moments like this one that get a special place in the memory books.