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Saturday, July 24, 2021

Highlights from my Visit to the Toy Insiders Summer 2021 Virtual Toy Fair! #sweetsuiteathome

Disclosure: Thank you to Toy Insider for complementary admission to their toy fair and the swag box that we are featuring in this post. All opinions are honest and our own.


I recently attended the virtual Toy Insider Sweet Suite at Home Toy Fair to learn about the hottest toys.  It was fun to chat with toy experts who shared their knowledge in the toy industry. In today's post, I'll share some of my favorites and inside information that I learned about the toys!

Let's start with the format. This year's Toy Insider Fair was a virtual event. It was very cool because you could virtually walk through the hallways to view exhibits. Within a couple of clicks, you could chat with people from dozens of toy companies!  They also had plenty of information about the brands and their popular toys at each booth. In my experience, the booths that I visited had samples of toys on display and the reps were very knowledgeable and enthusiastic. The virtual toy fair was well organized and easy to navigate. Everyone was literally a click away to chat. It was easy to browse and download information about brands and toys.

Not only did we get to view the latest toys and chat with toy experts, but we also received a swag box for a hands-on experience at home!  (Others received swag boxes too. Follow @thetoyinsider and browse #sweetsuiteathome on social media to view other's posts!)

Let me share a few favorites. I'll start with Cats vs. Pickles.  This colorful, huggable, and whimsical brand was new to me. However, my boys saw Cats vs. Pickles on the list of brands and instantly told me that this was the first booth that I should visit.

I quickly learned that there is an entire history to Cats vs. Pickles and that this brand offers a variety of silly yet lovable stuffed animals. (Watch a fun video here.). I won't spoil the surprises, but I will share a photo below of our fabulous Cats vs. Pickles collectible toys and tell you that these are so much more than huggable stuffed animals, especially when you consider the awesome app!

If you follow regularly, you know that we love Exploding Kittens!  This is the game that we play most often on our family game nights.  There is now an Exploding Minions that offers crazy fun!

SnapShips is another brand that we love. This toy is a lot of fun and kept my boys busy for hours and hours and hours!

Of course, Pokémon is another favorite.  This seems to have been another year of Pokémon mania! This is a popular brand that has been holding steady for years. The Pokémon Gardevoir Battle Deck and Pokémon Victini Battle Deck below are awesome. Each box is generously packed with 60 fun cards for a retail price of approximately $15.  These are great because they provide many hours of entertainment and kids love to talk about their cards!  Sometimes my son's teacher lets the kids bring their cards to school to trade with each other if their class is on good behavior.  Pokémon is definitely a highlight for the elementary and middle school kids.  (They may also be exciting for older kids. I'm not sure since my boys are still younger.) Plus, someone from the Pokémon team told me about the free Pokémon UNITE game that is now available for the Nintendo Switch.  (They know what kids love!)

Hasbro rocked our world with their FortNite squirt guns. We already had a couple of their fun squirt guns, but had no idea that there was now a FishStick squirt gun.  This one is awesome for little Fort Nite fans!  My youngest son claimed this squirt gun. I promised my older son that I would buy him one too. I found them online for a retail price of $9.99 on Amazon.

Fat Brain Toy Co. sent a Lil' Dimpl keychain. This is perfect for kids who like to fidget. My oldest son has a habit of chewing on things, so the little keychain below provides an alternative outlet for his fidgeting.  I actually didn't know about these before the toy fair.  My son told me that many of the kids at school have similar toys and that their teachers allow them because it helps some of the kids who fidget.  He said that one boy in his class has 15 different Dimpl toys that he brought on different days during the past school year.  These little keychains are a great invention!

We adored all of the toys! Seriously, check out the photo below. There are many engaging toys. Please follow along as we continue to cover more toys in upcoming posts!

I hope that you enjoyed this glimpse into our visit to the Toy Insider Virtual Toy Fair - Sweet Suite at Home! Let me point you to some other places to learn more. First, The Toy Insider website is AWESOME! You'll want to bookmark this website because they are the experts when it comes to everything related to toys.  Whenever you need to shop for a birthday or holiday gift for a young child, they will most likely be the best resource to get the inside scoop on the best toys for the little ones on your list! Second, follow @thetoyinsider on social media and the hashtage #sweetsuiteathome for more summer toy coverage!

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Tuesday, July 13, 2021

(Review) The Husqvarna Automower is a Game Changer in the Texas Heat!



This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Husqvarna. All opinions are 100% mine.

This post is sponsored by Husqvarna. They recently sent us an Automower product to review.

My husband and I used to mow our own lawn. It's one of our least favorite chores, especially with the Texas heat and humidity.  Our first house together was almost an acre. We quickly learned that we did not like maintaining a large yard. When we had the opportunity to relocate for new jobs, we purchased a home on a smaller lot with .25 acres. We later realized that we would prefer an even smaller yard and we moved yet again to a villa where front yard maintenance is included in our HOA fee and we only have to maintain our small backyard that is hidden by fences. The space is approximately 1,000 square feet. We've mowed it for several years, but we finally decided that we have had enough and began researching alternatives such as artificial grass, hiring someone to help, or a robotic lawnmower. 


Many of our neighbors feel the same way about yard work. As I mentioned, we live in a villa where the HOA maintains our front yards and then we are responsible for our small backyards. The majority of our neighbors hire landscapers.  This is nice, but it's expensive and we don't like the idea of giving landscapers a key to our yard.  The typical cost of weekly mowing for our small backyard is $75 to $100/week.  We mow our lawn for approximately 7.5 months per year, so it's not trivial to spend over $3,000/year to hire landscapers to mow our backyard. As a Mom and an Engineer, I can't help but calculate the cost for multiple years and notice how quickly the expense accumulates. After five years, the cost adds up to around $15,000.

Several of our neighbors have artificial lawns. Some of them got together in small groups to negotiate a bulk discount, but it was still very expensive. An example of a neighbor's yard is shown below. It looks nice, but it was outside of the budget that we wanted to put toward our yard. Plus, with young children, we didn't want to worry about the cost of replacement down the road.



Only recently did we come across the Husqvarna Automower as an option to help mow our lawn. I wish that we would have known about it sooner. We looked into it and ran the numbers to figure out whether it could make sense for us.  Specifically, we looked into the Husqvarna 115H Automower that is priced at $1,599.99 with installation.  At this price, we felt like it was a cost effective solution to mowing our lawn that is cheaper than hiring landscapers to mow.  I searched for reviews and people seemed happy, so I reached out to the company to ask if it would be possible to collaborate and to send us review a unit.  They agreed! This was a highlight of my blogging year, especially if you consider the temperatures in Texas right now and how much we dread yard work. Of course, we were excited because the perks of this robotic lawn mower are amazing, but I also felt like it was a special opportunity to gain and share an experience that people are curious to know more about.

The process for ordering the Husqvarna Automower was nice because they ship the Automower in a package that arrives on your doorstep. They then connect you with an installation expert who sets everything up for you.  For instance, check out the photo below that shows my package on our front porch.  I took the photo from a distance so that you could notice that it's a large package, but still a reasonable size for me to carry on my own.



Here is a closer view of the package.



We were so excited about our new best friend that we couldn't help but to peek into the package to see it before the installation company arrived.  The package was comprehensive and included everything that I needed to get started.



The day before the installation company arrived, we mowed our lawn to the desired height.  This is something that you will want to do before your installation as part of the customization process.

Lambert's Landscape Company installed the boundary wire and charging station. In the Dallas area, we are very lucky because the pros at Lambert's know the ins and outs of the Husqvarna Automower. The Director of Fleet Services and Facilities installed our Automower. He manages a fleet of them and even runs two Automowers in his own yard. He is knowledgable about landscaping and Automowers. He was really nice about answering our questions and giving advice. The installation for our yard went by quickly. He installed the boundary wire with a machine that buries it rather seamlessly. I was relieved to know that the boundary wires would be buried so nicely, especially since I have energetic children who aren't even able to see the buried wires.  Here is a photo of him installing the boundary wire.



I also made a video and encourage you to watch it because you'll get a better idea of how quick and seamless it was for him to install the boundary wire.



After he installed the boundary wires, he finished setting up the charging station and updated the software. This is the home for our new best friend, the AutomowerHe also helped us to get the app which helps us to monitor the status of our Husqvarna Automower. For instance, here is a photo from when we set it up.



Here is another photo of the app which shows statistics about the number of hours that it has spent on our lawn.



The Husqvarna Automower is smart and able to adapt to many variables such as different yard sizes, slopes, grass types, and more. Personally, our yard is around 1,000 sq. ft. and relatively flat with only slight sloping around our French drains.  We have Bermuda grass which is a southern grass that grows in warm climates. It has a narrow leaf blade which I think is aesthetically pleasing. It grows quickly and is also quite resilient. You'll find it at many golf courses and athletic fields since it's relatively good for high traffic areas.  Our yard is a breeze for the Husqvarna Automower that quietly works its magic on our lawn.  



The Husqvarna Automower spent the first couple of days exploring our yard.  My family enjoyed watching our curious little friend move around to learn the lay of the land! 



After the initial exploration, the Automower used its advanced technology to mow our lawn on a more scheduled basis.  The technology is actually more interesting than we initially expected. Not only does this little robot mow our lawn, but it also improves the health of our lawn. That was an unexpected bonus for us!   We just wanted a break from yard work, so it was even cooler to realize that the Automower could further improve the health of our lawn too. The way that it works is different than our old process. We used to go through with a loud electric lawn mower.  The Husqvarna Automower is more advanced. It uses several blades to finely mulch the grass.  Instead of rushing through like we used to do with a lawn mower, the Automower takes slower and more frequent passes which provides a noticeable difference to the health of our lawn.



Another big difference between our old mower and the Automower is the noise level. Our old mower was loud.  Our Automower is pretty quiet. I tease my husband that it has such good manners with how quiet it is. It even runs past my bedroom at night while I am sleeping without me noticing.  I also appreciate that it has safety features to stop if it bumps into something unexpected. For instance, my youngest son dropped his teddy bear outside. The Automower skillfully avoided it which is an important feature that we appreciate since our children play in the yard and don't always clean up after themselves.

The Automower may be scheduled to run at any time. We prefer an evening schedule so that our children aren't outside. I would actually be okay with my boys around it since it has safety features, but my children sometimes play soccer or have water balloon battles, so I figured that evening runs were better. Plus, as I mentioned earlier the Automower is quiet enough that I don't even notice it when it goes by my bedroom windows in the evening.


Security is an important feature to me. There is one loud thing about the Automower. That's the alarm. If someone doesn't know the pin number and then picks it up and tries to run off with it, the Automower has a very loud alarm.  You need to enter your pin number to turn it off. Depending on the model, you may also have GPS tracking. 



We've used our Automower for a few months now. Let me share a quick list of questions that people have asked us with our personal answers.
  1. Is it as loud as a traditional lawn mower?  Answer: It is MUCH quieter than our old traditional lawn mower. In fact, we run it in the evening and it mows outside of my bedroom window without waking me. 
  2. Does it break if it rains?  Answer: We have left our Automower out during several rainstorms without any issues. I just wipe it down with a cloth after the rain. (For reference, I also wipe down our patio furniture and grill after rain.) We moved the Automower to our patio for one storm because there were severe weather warnings. During that particular storm, you wouldn't have even wanted to leave your car outside.
  3. What if children leave toys in the yard? Answer: My children have stress tested this feature. They have a bad habit of leaving toys in the yard.  Fortunately, the Automower is quite advanced and has avoided every toy left in our yard over the past few months.  One of them was my youngest son's teddy bear, so I was grateful for the Automower's technology to avoid their toys.
  4. Could someone pick it up and walk off with it? Answer: Yes, but there is an alarm system.  It makes an obnoxiously loud noise that would make it hard for someone to casually pick it up in our yard and walk off with it. We are able to hear the alarm noise in our house. We have a pin number to turn the alarm off. Some models also have a GPS security feature.
  5. Do you like it? Answer: We absolutely love it!  If I could go back in time, I would tell myself to stop wasting time on mowing the lawn and to let an Automower take over the chore.  Seriously, the combination of Texas heat and humidity is the worst. The Automower is a total game changer that allows us to spend less time on chores and more time enjoying life.



Now that we have used the Husqvarna Automower for a while, we are very happy and wish that we would have adopted it sooner.  The time savings has been amazing. We no longer have to mow. We only have to do the edging. My husband has approximately 5 extra hours to spend with us every month. If you multiple this by 7.5 months, he has saved approximately 37.5 hours/year. That's almost an entire workweek out of the year for him! We have a small backyard that is under 1,000 square feet. I imagine that the time savings increases for Texans with bigger yards.


During the Coronavirus shutdown, the Automower was also a life saver because it mulches the grass into fine pieces and we do not have to bag and dispose debris. Our garbage collection company temporarily stopped the collection of lawn clippings.  Prior to the arrival of our Automower, we had garbage bags full of lawn clippings for weeks until they finally announced a special day when collection of lawn debris resumed.  I'm glad that we don't have to dispose of lawn debris after the Automower.  The mulching process is eco-friendly and convenient!



In summary, the Husqvarna Automower is an amazing application of technology that has improved the quality of our lives.  The experience has given us a healthier lawn, but more importantly, the gift of time. As busy parents, the ability to cross mowing the lawn off of our chore list was amazing! I know that we could have hired landscapers to mow weekly or invested in artificial grass, but those solutions were very expensive. The Husqvarna Automower is more cost effective for our situation. The Husqvarna design team deserves credit for the meticulous attention to detail that they put into the Automower!

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Monday, July 5, 2021

(STEM) Create your own video game with Game Builder Garage for the Nintendo Switch!

This is a sponsored post. All opinions are honest and my own. 

If you follow regularly, you may know that I love products that make STEM fun.  In today's post, I'll tell you about my own career as a software engineer, why I encourage my own children to learn about programming, and tell you about the new Nintendo Switch game that makes visual game programming fun for kids - Game Builder Garage(Spoiler alert - coding is a great skill and Game Builder Garage makes it fun for your future tech moguls to start coding small video games!)

Let's start with a quick summary of why I am glad that I learned to code at a relatively young age. When I was fresh out of college, my coding skills allowed me to earn a good living. It was easy to find a job. I was quickly able to find a job that offered a good salary, benefits, and flexibility. I worked on projects that I found meaningful and had the opportunity to see the projects go into the real world. I worked with many smart people and enjoyed working to solve problems as both a team and individual. I have many happy memories from my early career as an engineer.  I then took a several year break from coding when my children were born, but accepted a job last month where I am reviving my coding skills! The first few weeks were overwhelming because I had to get up to speed on company specific coding practices and new tools/features that were not around before my gap years. I am still learning, but finally starting to feel up to speed and love coding again! 

When I look back on my career and career gap, I realize that I picked a good career path because it was truly possible for me to return to coding. Someone mentioned to me that technology changes so quickly that you are typically never more than a couple of years out of date because things change rapidly. While I don't agree 100% with this statement, there is a seed of truth to it.  Over the past year, I spent time practicing skills for the type of job that I wanted and then the stars aligned for my new job. It  wasn't immediate. I applied for multiple jobs and was not selected to move forward in some cases. I'm sure that the several year gap in writing code made many managers hesitate. That was tough and gave me doubts, but I just needed one job and one came though!  

I encourage my own children to get into programming because I know that the field provides many opportunities to make a difference. Plus, as a parent, I will feel some relief if my children pursue careers in an in-demand field.  That's why I wanted to share this post today -- to share my personal experience and to give other parents tips for things that I do with my own children to help them to become confident problem solvers and programmers.  One of my top tips that I'll feature today is to make coding fun and to take advantage of the Game Builder Garage game that is available on Nintendo Switch!

Here is a quick overview:

"Have you ever dreamed of creating your own video game? That dream can become a reality with the Game Builder Garage software, launching exclusively for the Nintendo Switch system on June 11. With this new software, kids and parents and everyone in between can have fun learning to create and share their very own video games. By connecting colorful creatures called Nodon, anyone can enjoy learning how to create their own game through fun, guided lessons that cover the basics of visual game programming – and no prior experience is necessary! To get an idea of what Nodon look like and how they work in the game, as well as getting a taste of the types of games you can create, check out the announcement trailer for Game Builder Garage right here."

In my personal experience, my family has spent hours with Game Builder Garage.  The visual game programming environment is fantastic!  It's so easy to use. No prior experience is necessary.  My children have a several year age gap and have been bonding through this game. It's fun to watch them code. My older son already knows how to code, but it's especially fun to watch my younger son because he didn't have any coding experience prior to the Game Builder Garage game. It's very cool to see him so engaged in coding!  I have a feeling that he will continue to love it.

The team at Nintendo did a fabulous job and seemed to have thought of everything. The lessons are easy to follow. The visual programming environment is intuitive. The opportunity to create games is perfect for curious children. The entire experience is engaging and education.

We hope that you have a chance to try this game with your future tech titans!  Nintendo truly makes coding fun with Game Builder Garage for Nintendo Switch!

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This game is available on Amazon and at stores nationwide with a retail price of $29.99.


For more information about Game Builder Garage, visit https://nintendo.com/games/detail/game-builder-garage-switch.

 

Remember that Nintendo Switch features parental controls that let adults manage the content their children can access. For more information about other features, visit https://www.nintendo.com/switch/.

 

Nintendo Switch Online membership (sold separately) and Nintendo Account required for online play. Not available in all countries. Internet access required for online features. Terms apply. nintendo.com/switch-online

 

** Software compatibility and play experience may differ on Nintendo Switch Lite. Additional accessories may be required (sold separately). See support.nintendo.com/switch/play for details

 

About NintendoNintendo Co., Ltd., headquartered in Kyoto, Japan, has created franchises that have become household names worldwide, including MarioDonkey KongThe Legend of ZeldaMetroidPokémonAnimal CrossingPikmin and Splatoon, through its integrated hardware and software products. Nintendo aims to deliver unique, intuitive entertainment experiences for everyone, manufacturing and marketing video game devices such as the Nintendo Switch family of systems, developing and operating applications for smart devices, and collaborating with partners on a range of other entertainment initiatives like visual content and theme parks. Nintendo has sold more than 5 billion video games and over 779 million hardware units globally. From the launch of the Nintendo Entertainment System more than 30 years ago, through today and into the future, Nintendo’s continuing mission is to create unique entertainment that puts smiles on the faces of people all over the world. A wholly owned subsidiary, Nintendo of America Inc., based in Redmond, Wash., serves as headquarters for Nintendo’s operations in the Americas. For more information about Nintendo, please visit the company’s website at https://www.nintendo.com/.










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Sunday, July 4, 2021

Save $10 with this Coupon for the 2021 - 2022 Phoenix and Tuscon Pogo Pass!

 We are working with Pogo Pass this year and have an awesome coupon for $10 off of each Phoenix and Tuscon 2021 - 2022 Pogo Pass you buy - just use the code FUN2021Pogo Pass has been one of the most popular posts for us in previous years. Things changed with the pandemic, but now that everyone is ready to go out to do fun things again, Pogo Pass is back in.  Pogo Pass 2021 is an awesome way to have fun and save money!

If you aren't familiar, the way that Pogo Pass works is that you buy an annual membership and then receive one free admission to each attraction on the list. Sometimes they even update the attractions throughout the year. We've had a wonderful time with our Pogo Passes.

Here is a quick summary:

  • WhatPhoenix and Tuscon Pogo Pass Coupon for 2021-2022
  • Discount: Visit Pogo Pass and use the coupon code FUN2021 to save $10 on each pass. (The discount may be used for multiple passes in a single or separate orders!)
  • When: The pass is good for one year from the date of purchase
  • Who: Buy one for you and/or each family member
The image below shows the current attractions and free admissions as of July 2021.  We hope that you have fun and enjoy your Pogo Passes!









  

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Must-Have Toys and Accessories for Summer 2021!

 

It's time for summer vacation! In today's post, I'll share some of the hottest toys that we have personally tried and loved. In particular, we are highlighting toys that provided many hours of entertainment!

The Magformers Backyard Adventure Set makes it fun for kids to continue learning throughout the summer!  If you follow regularly, you may already know that we are a fan of Magformers.  As a mom and an engineer, I love that this set is STEM.org approved and encourages creativity. Personally, we've been cutting back on screen time. Magformers has made the transition easier because our preschooler is obsessed with this Backyard Adventure Set. This particular set is generously packed with 61 pieces, including a couple of pieces that even light up! Our son has spent hours building and using his imagination. 


There is a combinatorial explosion in the number of possible builds. Our 4 year old has built many versions of houses and playgrounds! He loves the little characters that come with the set - Max, Maggie and Minibot. It's fun to watch his creativity in action as he has the characters explore his creations! If your little one needs extra inspiration, there is also a booklet that is filled with fun ideas. This is one of the best preschooler toys out there! This toys is for ages: 3+. The MSRP is $74.99. 



The Tileblox Rainbow 14Pc Set is another great set to encourage STEM learning this summer.  This magnetic tile play set includes 14 pieces in square and triangle shapes.  This set is perfect for an introduction to TileBlox or to expand an existing collection. I'm always amazed with the cool things that my preschooler creates. For instance, he has built houses, animals, a rocket, and more! The photo below shoes a little picnic basket for his stuffed animals. I love that this set encourages STEM, creativity, and helps him with his fine motor skills. This set is recommended for ages 3+. The MSRP is $14.99.



PLAYMOBIL's 1.2.3. Knight’s Castle Sand Bucket is sure to create happy childhood memories! Hit the beach this summer with this adorable, high-quality pail, shovel, mold, and sweet little characters. It's perfect for the beach or backyard fun. This toy set offers the opportunity for hours and hours of imaginative play. You find it at playmobil.us


Wing Ball (Hog Wild; $14.99) is perfect for outdoor fun! Thanks to its unique design, you can throw Wing Ball super speeds, great distances and even master the perfect spiral. This toy is great for kids and adults. My children liked it in our backyard and in the pool. It floats which makes it fun for the beach and pool. You'll find it on Amazon here.


Go Go Bird (Zing; $39.99) is another fun and whimsical outdoor toy. R/C meets today’s trending drone toys with the wing-flapping Go Go Bird. Perfect for the outdoors or on the beach fun - this modern day kite flies distances of up to 100 feet! With a smart obstacle-avoiding module that uses infrared sensors, Go Go Bird has autonomous obstacle recognition and will automatically turn around 6 feet away from the wall for self-protection. Inside of Go Go Bird, there’s also a six-axis sensor, so it can take off by lifting your hand up and down when you’re ready to fly. My youngest son finds in magical! This toy is very engaging and entertaining.  You'll find it on Amazon here.

CaliCase solves a problem that many people encounter on summer vacations - the need to keep their phone, driver's license, credit card, money, or other small necessities safe on trips to a beach, pool, or waterpark.  CaliCase is really nice because it's generously sized, waterproof, floats, and easy to use.



It's easy to insert and remove my iPhone. I simply slide it in and the close the two dials to lock it.


The case also has another nice feature that I'm able to use my phone while it's encased.  The designers of this case have thought of everything! This is a must-have item for summer vacations! Visit CaliCase here.


We hope that some of these products are a perfect fit for your family this summer! 


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Saturday, July 3, 2021

Get This Awesome $10 Off Coupon for the 2021 - 2022 Pogo Pass for Kansas City!

 We are working with Pogo Pass this year and have an awesome coupon for $10 off of each Kansas City Pogo Pass you buy - just use the code FUN2021Pogo Pass has been one of the most popular posts for us in previous years. Things changed with the pandemic, but now that everyone is ready to go out to do fun things again, Pogo Pass is back in.  Pogo Pass 2021 is an awesome way to have fun and save money!

If you aren't familiar, the way that Pogo Pass works is that you buy an annual membership and then receive one free admission to each attraction on the list. Sometimes they even update the attractions throughout the year. We've had a wonderful time with our Pogo Passes.

Here is a quick summary:

  • WhatKansas City Pogo Pass Coupon for 2021-2022
  • Discount: Visit Pogo Pass and use the coupon code FUN2021 to save $10 on each pass. (The discount may be used for multiple passes in a single or separate orders!)
  • When: The pass is good for one year from the date of purchase
  • Who: Buy one for you and/or each family member
The image below shows the current attractions and free admissions as of July 2021.  We hope that you have fun and enjoy your Pogo Passes!








 

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(Win it!) Take Summer fun to the next level with the Little Bites® Fill Your Summer with Fun Sweepstakes! #LoveLittleBites #FillYourSummerWithFun

 
Disclosure: Thanks to Little Bites® for sponsoring this post.The coupons for product redemption, information, and gift card have been provided by Little Bites® so that I could try the product and share my thoughts and information about Little Bites®. The opinions expressed in this post are my own and do not reflect the opinions of Little Bites®.

If you follow regularly, you know that we love Entenmann's Little Bites Snacks because they offer many perfectly portioned snacks in delicious varieties that don't contain high fructose syrup, artificial flavors or colors. My boys are big fans of Little Bites Mini Muffins and were excited to see the new Little Bites® Mini Tarts.  In today's post, I'll tell you about these Perfect Portions of Happiness® in an exciting new tart snack option, point you to the Little Bites® Fill Your Summer with Fun Sweepstakes, and give our readers the opportunity to enter for a chance to win a $25 prepaid Visa and coupons to try Little Bites® Mini Tarts! (Spoiler alert: The Mini Tarts are a big hit!)

Let's start with our personal experience with the Little Bites® Mini Tarts! These sweet little treats come in three varieties that kids love, including apple, strawberry, and cinnamon. As a parent, you'll love that they are made with real apples, real strawberries, and real cinnamon without using questionable things such as high fructose corn syrup, artificial flavors, or colors.  If your children are like mine, they will appreciate the real taste that comes from real fruits!  While all of the flavors are delicious, my oldest son is partial to the strawberry Mini Tarts and my youngest son is obsessed with the apple Mini Tarts.  (This makes sense since the products use real fruit and they each love their favorite fruits!) 

The combination of the soft baked texture and the delicious filling has been a hit with my children.  While  Little Bites® Mini Tarts are perfect just the way that they come, we also love to let our kids add fruits to them.  We encourage you to try this fun and edible Little Bites® Mini Tarts Fruit Kabobs recipe!

Recipe: Fun and Edible Little Bites® Mini Tarts Fruit Kabobs

Ingredients and Supplies:

  • One pouch of Little Bites® Mini Tarts for each child
  • Four toothpicks for each child
  • Several strawberries (chopped)
  • One apple (sliced)

Directions
1. Give each child a package of Little Bites® Mini Tarts and plenty of fresh fruit to make kabobs. (Tell them to get creative!)

2. Encourage your children to use the toothpicks to create the kabobs by placing 
Little Bites® Mini Tarts and pieces of strawberries and/or apples on the toothpicks. 

3. Once they create their Little Bites® Mini Tarts Fruit Kabobs, they may arrange extra fruit around the kabobs to create a pretty platter!


Little Bites® Fill Your Summer with Fun Sweepstakes

Now that we've shared our love for Little Bites® Mini Tarts, let me tell you about how Little Bites® Snacks is taking summer fun to the next level with the Little Bites® Fill Your Summer with Fun Sweepstakes!  Here is the overview:


What: Little Bites® Fill Your Summer with Fun Sweepstakes

When: June 21 through July 30, 2021 (5PM ET)

Where: Online at www.LittleBitesSummerFun.com  

How: Parents can enter the sweepstakes by submitting the online entry form that includes a brief description of how they plan to have fun with their child this summer and then winners will be selected in a random drawing after the entry period closes.

Prizes: This sweepstakes includes fabulous summer themed prizes, including (5) Grand Prize winners will win a backyard playground set and 500 First Prize winners will win a branded backpack filled with summer toys to encourage outdoor play

This is a fun sweeps for summer! We hope that you have a chance to enter the giveaway! 

Win it!

One of our lucky readers will receive a Little Bites® Fill Your Summer prize pack that includes one (1) $25 virtual Visa gift card and three (3) coupons for up to $5.00 off the purchase of Little Bites® products.  The winner must have a U.S. shipping address. The winner will have 48 hours to respond to our email with their shipping address. Otherwise, we will choose a different winner. Good luck!

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Learn More

Visit Little Bites® on their Website and YouTube.  You will also want to follow on social media for fun updates, including on Facebook and Instagram!


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