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Thirsty Thurday: Bottles To Keep Hydrated

25 Jul

20130725-115313.jpgWe just returned from a very hot week in the Outer Banks. I can’t really complain about the heat because we did not have a drop of rain and stayed on the beach from morning to night with brief breaks inside to snack or eat.  With the amount of time we were playing in the sun, it was extremely important to make sure we were drinking enough water and fluids.  I have never seen my girls go through so many water bottles.  We went through 1/2 a case of water a day and quite a few Fruitables.  After seeing how much we were drinking, it was better to take re-useable bottles.  Here are some of our favorites to help keep hydrated during the remaining summer days whether at the beach, at the park, at the pool, running in the backyard, or running errands to get ready for back-to-school (see below image):


1. Cool Gear Inc Can:  Fun for parents and kids, this 16 oz can keeps drinks cold up to 6 hours and is fun to use to keep hydrated in the sun.  Fill with water, iced coffee for mommy, juice or follow the cute drink recipe on the back of the can. On my trip, I rceived lots of compliments on my can and many asking where to get one. You can find them at Walmart, and Bed, Bath and Beond.   Cool Gear Inc also has a variety of other fun bottles you and your family will love.


2. Tervis Water Bottle:  Also great for parents and kids because of the many great designs and holds up to 24 ounces of water, perfect for long outings and very hot days.


3. Pottery Barn Kids Klean Kanteen:  Love the adorable styles.  This bottle can be personalized.  It is the perfect size for little ones on the go.


5. Thermos Smoke Hydration Bottle:  This is my oldest daughters favorite because she loves the flip top carrying loop.  It is great for adults too. The bottle holds up to 24 ounces of water with a leak-proof proof lid and a rotating meter lets you monitor your daily water consumption.


4. Stephen Joseph Little Squirts:  We have not used this bottle but my daughter saw it recently and asked for it as a birthday/ back-to-school gift.  The cute pouches are re-usable, freezeable, foldable and perfect for a quick drink on-the-go!

Image from Stephen Joseph

Image from Stephen Joseph

Disclaimer: I did not receive compensation for this post.  I received samples from Tervis, Thermos, and Cool Gear Inc.  All opinions expressed are my own.  All information about the products came from the company websites.  Unless noted, all images were taken by Tastefully Childish.

Sneaky Pete’s All Natural Oat Beverage

11 Apr
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I always worry if my girls have enough fiber in their diet. I have tried oatmeal for breakfast but they do not like the consistency and getting them to eat vegetables is often a challenging task. When it comes to juice and “special” drinks they have no problem guzzling them down which is why I was excited when I learned about Sneaky Pete’s, an all natural oat drink containing three grams of dietary oat fiber in each bottle. The 12 ounce PET bottles come in 5 refreshing flavors: apple, grape, mango, peach, and raspberry.  Sneaky Pete’s uses Stevia Extract, Erythritol, and Evaporated Cane Juice (all natural sweeteners) to create a delicious and smooth tasting fruit flavor.

My girls sampled the apple, grape, and raspberry flavors.  Raspberry was their favorite followed by grape than apple.  I tried a little of each flavor before my girls.  The drink was light and refreshing, especially when served chilled.  It wasn’t overly sweet like most juices my girls drink.   We served all of our drinks chilled because my girls prefer having cold drinks however you can serve Sneaky Pete’s warm for a more soothing drink.   When I took the drinks on-the-go  I made sure to bring a straw along with me to make sure they didn’t spill all over the place because they still have difficulty drinking from bottles.   If you or your child can’t finish all 12 oz, make sure to refrigerate it.  The girls enjoyed Sneaky Pete’s with breakfast and in the middle of the day for a thirst quenching drink.    We can’t wait to try the peach and mango flavors!

Check out Sneaky Pete’s FAQ’s page for more information about why fiber and oats are good for you! You can purchase Sneaky Pete’s at any of these stores or on their website (free shipping)!


Disclaimer: I was not compensated for this post.  All opinions expressed are my own.  I received samples for the purpose of this review.  All information in italics came from Sneaky Pete’s!

Everything Tastes Better With Sprinkles!

17 Jan

Maddie has decided that she wants sprinkles on EVERYTHING.  It started over the holidays when I made a banana and used red sugar sprinkles to make candy cane stripes.  For snacks she asks for “sprinkle bananas” and she started asking for sprinkles in her pancakes.  I usually don’t fight it because if, on occasion, a little extra sugar is what it takes to get the girls to eat then I am for it.  Last week Maddie asked for sprinkles on her eggs and another day on her vegetables.  The thought of sugar sprinkles in eggs, or even on vegetables didn’t seem like a very good combination.  I looked in our fridge and saw that we had freshly grated parmesan cheese.  When I told Maddie she could use the parmesan for sprinkles, she looked upset and said but they aren’t colored.   I grabbed some food coloring out of the closet, put a drop or two into some the cheese and we had “colored sprinkles”.  Since, we have used parmesan colored “sprinkles” on vegetables, pizza, in pasta, and most mornings on scrambled eggs.  It is amazing what a little color and some sprinkles do to my girl’s opinion on how their food tastes.  Whenever, there are “sprinkles” on their plate they eat all of their food and tell me how “yummy” it is.

Today, Maddie asked if she could have sprinkles in her water.  The girls were sick with a horrible cold for the past month, so they would only asked for juice.  They didn’t touch water or milk.  When Maddie asked for sprinkle water I thought, sure why not make her a special water in hopes that she will start asking for more water.  I wet the rim of a plastic cup, and put it in some sugar sprinkles.  I then pushed a strawberry through the bottom of the straw and she had a special drink.  She drank all of the water and of course licked the sugar off.  A  fun treat but I definitely won’t be doing it all of the time because it probably isn’t any better then giving a glass of juice.  It would however, be great for a Valentine’s Day party or to serve at a kid’s birthday party.

Try adding some “sprinkles” to your child’s meal.  It makes it fun, Maddie says “DELICIOUS”, and Pela says “YUMMMMMM!”