$100 Giveaway: Creating Healthy Habits With Little CrittersJun 11th


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I like to think that I’m raising pretty balanced, healthy kids. Even though there are a few things we buy from Whole Foods and Sprouts, I don’t think we’re super “crunchy” folk.

Not that I have anything against people who raise their kids on prime produce and only the optimal products of our earth. If anything, I’m a tad jealous. However, our grad-student lifestyle and my general love for a 2am Big Mac stop me from getting too riled up over whatever my crunchy neighbors are eating for second breakfast or dinner.

For now, I do the best I can with what I have. And thankfully, my kids like vegetables. If I don’t watch him closely, Chaucer will gobble an entire pound of asparagus. I praise God he is no longer in diapers because… can you imagine??

Coco will order a side salad (no dressing) at every restaurant we visit. So with my kids, it’s not a question of how to get them to eat their vegetables, it’s more a question of have I done all the prep work to make vegetables available?

Before I was pregnant, I was doing pretty good with meal planning and grocery shopping. At least that’s how I like to remember it. Once my early pregnancy hormones hit me, our poor family was done for.

Even though I’m no longer suffering from morning sickness or exhaustion, I’m so large and hot that I don’t want to go near my kitchen unless it’s for ice cubes and popsicles. My kids’ diet has taken a slight toll, but I’ve found something to supplement during this “transitional” period. “We’ve just got to get by until people start bringing us meals, guys! Then we’ll be golden.”

I’m a little embarrassed to admit that until this point I haven’t ever given my kids multivitamins.

Gasp! I know–the shame.

The pediatrician would give me some funky drops for when they were babies and toddlers, but they always seemed to hate it and the hassle eventually won. I gave up.

Today, I’m happy to report that I found something to put in my “awesome mom arsenal” bag. I keep it right there between extra bandaids and sight-word flash cards. You know, things that show how prepared and ready for parenting I am.

Enter L’il Critters™ – the smart choice for busy, hot and bothered, pregnant moms to give their children.

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What’s great about these vitamins is that my kids love them. In fact, they remind me to give them their daily dose. Do you know how awesome this is for someone who can barely remember what day of the week it is?

The fact that they enjoy taking their two L’il Critters every day means that vitamins become a part of their daily routine. We’re setting a precedent for later in life when they can be responsible for their own supplements as adults. Score! L’il Critters are gummy vitamins that are easy to chew and swallow. vitafusion™ has come up with a wide variety of vitamins, minerals, and supplements to meet the dietary needs of adults.

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To enter this fabulous sweepstakes for a chance to win a $100 Visa gift card, answer this question: What do you do to make healthy habits part of your child’s daily routine?

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77 Responses to $100 Giveaway: Creating Healthy Habits With Little CrittersJun 11th

  1. Mami2jcn June 11, 2014 at 12:12 pm #

    I get my children to eat vegetables when I offer them dipping sauces or dressing.

  2. Mami2jcn June 11, 2014 at 12:13 pm #

    tweet–https://twitter.com/mami2jcn/status/476804268913983488

  3. Nicole L June 11, 2014 at 12:37 pm #

    This is a hard one, we treat milk as a treat for after dinner, when my kids are at their best we even add chocolate, strawberries, and/or bananas.

  4. Kristen June 11, 2014 at 1:09 pm #

    We grow veggies in our garden and prepare them together.

  5. Kristen June 11, 2014 at 1:09 pm #

    tweeted
    https://twitter.com/rubylorikeet/status/476818293626392576

  6. Jessica To June 11, 2014 at 2:12 pm #

    I try to offer up fruits and veggies in different ways and with ranch dressing!

  7. Elena June 11, 2014 at 3:18 pm #

    I make sure my child eats lots of fruits and veggies daily

  8. Kelly D June 11, 2014 at 6:55 pm #

    I let my kids choose their favorite fruits and vegetables when we are shopping and I incorporate them into our meals for the week.

  9. Kelly D June 11, 2014 at 6:56 pm #

    tweet
    https://twitter.com/Kellydinpa/status/476905861499994113

  10. Erika June 11, 2014 at 8:21 pm #

    My family and I are trying to eat less processed food and more good, natural stuff.

    chambanachik(at)gmail(dot)com

  11. Nicole Dz June 11, 2014 at 8:54 pm #

    We stay active by playing outdoor sports as a family. I also sneak in veggies in my recipes at home without the kids even knowing it.

  12. Nicole Dz June 11, 2014 at 8:56 pm #

    tweeted- https://twitter.com/lil_lady_dz/status/476935814417358849

  13. Anne June 12, 2014 at 12:12 am #

    In no way am I bragging-I feel more like I’m rejoicing-but my children have never balked about eating fruit and veggies. They are less enthusiastic about proteins, but will eat them when I assure them it helps them grow bigger muscles. I’ve found that just teaching my children what purpose different foods hold for our bodies empowers them to make good choices for themselves-and saves me from having to nag. It is a natural progression then for them to understand why we limit “empty calorie/non-nutritious” foods. Who cares if people look strange when my children use words like “beta-carotene” or “carbohydrates”?

  14. mysweetiepiepie June 12, 2014 at 5:19 am #

    We don’t eat processed foods and we have a veggie garden that we eat from everyday.

  15. Chernell June 12, 2014 at 9:15 am #

    Hill! I love this post! I’m so lucky that our little one loves the good, healthy stuff. We do the sour gummy vitamins, but we’ll have to check these out! Aidan is like Chaucer, as he reminds me every day that he has not yet had his vitamins and would like them ASAP. He thinks ice cream and soda will turn him into a monster (I promise I had nothing to do with this) and loves, loves, loves his fruits. Thanks for the write up! We can’t wait to meet the new little dude!

  16. Devon June 12, 2014 at 6:54 pm #

    Try to get as many fruits and veggies in them as I can! And we take vitamins-which they are good at reminding me about!

  17. Lauren E. June 13, 2014 at 5:52 am #

    We try to get to bed early and get enough sleep.

  18. Stacey b June 13, 2014 at 4:09 pm #

    I serve fruits or veggies with every meal and try to only buy no sugar added / 100% juice drinks!

  19. Elle June 14, 2014 at 8:58 am #

    We take a daily vitamin, make sure to make time for staying active/playtime, always wash hands when warranted and eat healthy foods.

  20. Susan Smith June 14, 2014 at 6:36 pm #

    I serve fruits or veggies with every meal and we rarely eat fast food.

  21. Susan Smith June 14, 2014 at 6:37 pm #

    https://twitter.com/susan1215/status/477988286980718592

  22. Dee June 15, 2014 at 11:05 am #

    We do a lot of outdoor activities with my nieces and when I babysit them on weekdays I make sure to serve only veggies as snacks.

  23. Dee June 15, 2014 at 11:06 am #

    tweeted https://twitter.com/DeeGee13/status/478237033589002240

  24. Amy @ The Nifty Foodie June 15, 2014 at 1:34 pm #

    We don’t have kids, but for us, we make sure to exercise 4-5x/week.

  25. Jessie C. June 16, 2014 at 7:21 pm #

    I make healthy habits part of my kid’s daily routine by serving them fruit with veggie smoothie. Luckily they enjoy it.

  26. Jessie C. June 16, 2014 at 7:21 pm #

    -https://twitter.com/tcarolinep/status/478723317356974080

  27. Katie June 16, 2014 at 8:22 pm #

    No children for me but I am an aunt… when I babysit my nieces, I try to incorporate healthy physical activity like bike rides and rollerskating and finishing the day off with a healthy snack like fresh fruit!

  28. Katie June 16, 2014 at 8:23 pm #

    Tweet! https://twitter.com/ktkatherine/status/478739626207633408

  29. One Frugal Girl June 18, 2014 at 2:06 pm #

    Tweet: https://twitter.com/OneFrugalGirl/status/479368798949351424

    onefrugalgirl AT gmail DOT com

  30. One Frugal Girl June 18, 2014 at 2:09 pm #

    Have a lot of healthy snacks like fruit on hand.

  31. D Schmidt June 19, 2014 at 11:22 am #

    We try to maintain a healthy lifestyle by drinking lots of water, taking regular exercise and being careful about what we eat. We also include multi vitamins of course 🙂

  32. D Schmidt June 19, 2014 at 11:23 am #

    Tweeted for a second entry
    https://twitter.com/mummytotwoboys1/status/479690523964211200

  33. Judith V June 19, 2014 at 6:17 pm #

    No cans or box food in this house.

  34. rachel June 20, 2014 at 1:44 pm #

    I lead by example in eating well, exercise, etc.

  35. Ashley H June 26, 2014 at 6:37 pm #

    We swap out cookies for fruit.

  36. Melissa M June 28, 2014 at 7:59 pm #

    I sneak veggies into their dinner.

  37. Rebecca Graham June 30, 2014 at 11:53 pm #

    I add a lot of fruits and veggies to our diet.

  38. Rebecca Graham June 30, 2014 at 11:55 pm #

    Tweeted: https://twitter.com/rhoneygee/status/483866260468297728

  39. Debbie B July 4, 2014 at 9:58 pm #

    serving healthy meals

  40. Debbie B July 4, 2014 at 9:59 pm #

    i posted a tweet:

    https://twitter.com/bellows22/status/485286722977017856

  41. Tina M July 9, 2014 at 4:08 pm #

    i make sure they eat lots of veggies everyday.

  42. Kerry July 9, 2014 at 6:30 pm #

    I always serve fruit or veggies with each meal.

  43. Kerry July 13, 2014 at 3:35 pm #

    tweeted: https://twitter.com/KerryBishop/status/488451603658076161

  44. Gina M July 17, 2014 at 7:16 pm #

    We drink lots of water and exercise daily.

    Thanks for the chance to win!

    wildorchid985 at gmail dot com

  45. Gina M July 17, 2014 at 7:18 pm #

    tweet–https://twitter.com/WildOrchid985/status/489957419939028992

  46. shelly peterson July 17, 2014 at 9:48 pm #

    we eat more fruit, veggies, healthy snacks and drink lots of water.

    cshell090869 at aol dot com

  47. shelly peterson July 17, 2014 at 10:07 pm #

    tweeted
    https://twitter.com/cshell202/status/489999662649053184

    cshell090869 at aol dot com

  48. LAMusing July 18, 2014 at 4:55 pm #

    I don’t have kids, but personally I eat fresh fruits and veggies every day.

  49. Norma July 18, 2014 at 4:56 pm #

    My daughter is grown now, but I when she was a child she grew to think of fruit as dessert 🙂

  50. Neiddy July 22, 2014 at 9:31 am #

    I try to always offer them healthy meals and snacks, we avoid buying too much junk food to avoid temptations. Soda is not allowed for them and they drink 100% juice or milk with their meals and drink plenty of water during the day

  51. Neiddy July 22, 2014 at 9:35 am #

    shared on twitter for my second entry – https://twitter.com/neiddy_ruiz/status/491622385385086976

  52. Erica Best July 22, 2014 at 2:42 pm #

    i give my nephew healthy snack when he is with me

  53. WHITNEY July 24, 2014 at 6:15 pm #

    We try to drink as much water as possible.

  54. Lisa Brown July 27, 2014 at 9:17 am #

    i give my family nuts, fruits, veggies, as much as i can to keep them healthy

  55. steve weber July 27, 2014 at 11:24 am #

    We eat lots of fruits and vegetables and get plenty of rest.

  56. Dandi D July 29, 2014 at 2:43 pm #

    We take a family walk every night and I limit snacks to veggies or fruit between meals.

  57. Dandi D July 29, 2014 at 2:43 pm #

    I shared on Twitter: https://twitter.com/dandidaffyhill/status/494236809379868673

  58. Tamara July 30, 2014 at 12:06 pm #

    Drinking several glasses of water is something always make sure to do. In the evenings, we like taking bike rides and walking together as a family.

  59. Amanda Sakovitz July 31, 2014 at 6:52 am #

    We go for frequent walks

  60. Amanda Sakovitz July 31, 2014 at 6:53 am #

    https://twitter.com/aes529/status/494842841055518720

  61. Thomas Murphy July 31, 2014 at 12:12 pm #

    I make healthy habits fun like a game so my kids want to do it.

  62. Thomas Murphy July 31, 2014 at 12:16 pm #

    https://twitter.com/thomasmurphy40/status/494924388144144384

  63. Sarah L July 31, 2014 at 2:06 pm #

    No kids. I swim 3 times a week and love doing it.
    Thanks for the contest.

  64. maria cantu July 31, 2014 at 3:39 pm #

    We try to eat healthy and exercise daily and drink lots of water.

  65. Tabathia B July 31, 2014 at 4:39 pm #

    I take them to the park often, buy plenty of fruit for them to eat daily and add veggies to each meal

    tbarrettno1 at gmail dot com

  66. Tabathia B July 31, 2014 at 4:40 pm #

    tweet https://twitter.com/ChelleB36/status/494988782119026688

    tbarrettno1 at gmail dot com

  67. Rebecca September 27, 2014 at 6:38 pm #

    We eat balanced meals and try to eat fresh fruit for snacks rather than junk food.

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