Nutrition Explorers – Kids Night In Box Review

“Our bodies are our gardens our wills are our gardeners.” – William Shakespeare 

If we left our kids (most of them) to their own culinary wills, they would eat so many white cheddar cheese puffs, chocolate chip cookies, and fruit snacks, that they would turn into a giant ball of junk food. Even with picky eaters who prefer the unhealthier options, we can teach our kids the importance of well rounded meals. 

Even if he doesn’t want to eat it, we encourage our oldest (four-year-old), to take at least one bite of everything we eat as a family. Sometimes there are wins, but most of the time there are a lot of losses. No matter what, we always champion him for trying. He’s proud of just eating one (yes, that’s right), just one black bean, because he hates them, but at least he tries. 

In this month’s Kids Night In Box – Nutrition Explorers, my oldest has dived into a food expedition. With every Kids Night In Box, there is a special theme. The Nutrition Explorers box was timely, as we have been working on his eating habits. Jam packed with so many wonderful activities, healthy eating was provided a fun platform my son could easily support. 

Eat A Rainbow

The first activity we completed together, as a unit, was the Rainbow Activity sheet. Armed with pastels, we colored in our rainbow and discussed fruits and vegetables that are the same colors. My four-year-old profoundly stated as he colored brown all over the rainbow illustration that the fruits and veggies “turn brown anyway.” I mean…he’s not wrong. The best part of this activity was watching his face light-up as he called our various fruits and veggies. He paced back and forth until the moment he would pause and say, “wait! I know! How about a…a…a…PINEAPPLE?!” It is proudly displayed on our fridge and serves as a reminder to healthy options he can consider when trying to “eat the rainbow.”

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Explore Nutrition

One of my favorite classes during my undergrad career was Nutrition. I just found it so interesting and enlightening. I vividly remember sitting down with the My Plate chart to create a meal that satisfied the good fats and cholesterols, dietary needs, etc. With this activity, my son and I filled out our My Plate diagram together. With his crafted binoculars in hand, we examined each provided sticker and placed it appropriately on the plate. He quickly identified was grain, protein, dairy, vegetable, and/or fruit. There were a few items like sushi that teetered between a few areas of the chart – protein, grain, and vegetables. He thought that was hysterical. Once committed to the activity, he quickly took full ownership, telling me what was what. Like our Rainbow Activity sheet, the Explore Nutrition My Plate sheet is proudly displayed on our fridge for the world to see. 

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Food Journal

Included in this month’s Kids Night In Box is a My Plate Food Journal. It was the first item my son was drawn towards. He immediately flipped through the pages and demanded my husband sit down with him to fill it out. What I love about this journal is that he can track not only his food intake and exercise, but he can rate his dietary choices and experiences. The other night we had fish tacos with black beans, and I’m not going to lie to you, they received a very poor rating from my four-year old. There were a lot of circled unhappy faces; however, with this said, he tried it and determined on his own (not by assumption) that he does not like fish tacos and black beans. Now, every night after dinner, my husband and son sit down together to fill out his journal. It’s pretty funny to see things through the eyes of a preschooler. 

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I say this every month, but the Kids Night In Box, is the box that keeps on giving. Along with the countless games and activities, each box comes with a hand selected children’s book, applicable to the box, and a snack sample for the kiddos to try. If you are looking for a way to bring the family together or to drive thoughtful thinking between you and your child, this is the perfect subscription service. We LOVE Kids Night In! To get your box CLICK HERE

Here’s a quick question for you – what is your favorite family meal? Let me know in the comments below. 

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Kids Night In Box – Reduce, Reuse, Recycle

I am often plagued with the thought of “what are we going to do?” (cue dramatic music) when it rains all weekend long. We are currently in the times of technology, but that doesn’t mean I want my kids glued to the T.V. or their tablets while we hunker down inside from the storms brewing outside. I want to keep their minds moving and grooving even outside of school.

Well, let me tell you what turned our wet April weekend around – Kids Night In Box! My fellow parents, this subscription box service is a GAME-CHANGER (lots of emphasis on game-changer). Filled with activities, treats, and books, this box has everything you could need for a fun and educational night in with the kids.

If you know me, I LOVE Earth Day (April 22nd!), and this month’s Kids Night In Box is appropriately themed Reduce, Reuse, Recycle. As an advocate for Mother Earth, I am constantly introducing my boys to ways to support the environment. Instead of listening to me repeat the same mantra over and over again, they got a taste of what it means to positively give back to Earth through engaging activities.

This sustainable box was jammed pack full of environmentally conscious goodies, like:

  • Recipes
  • Book
  • Arts and crafts
  • Snack
  • Eco-Friendly Pledge

We love a good book, especially a book that gives us an inside look on the impact recycling can have on the environment. Don’t Throw That Away! by Lara Bergen is a fun and interactive flap book which shows kids how to transform every day trash into something new and innovative. My four-year-old wants to turn our recently recycled milk jug into a bird house and I think we are definitely going to make that happen. Let’s not fail to mention the adorable illustrations are truly captivating.

After reading our new book, we created an upcycled bubble blower. Bubbles are a kid’s guilty pleasure. I’m pretty sure my two-year-old is sleeping with a jug of bubbles right now (I’m kidding…maybe). With just a cardboard craft tube (toilet paper roll), mesh material, craft tape, cupcake scented bubbles, and bowl, we created a “bubble-blowing machine.” The boys lost their minds! They were thrilled with the streams of bubbles that flowed from their new bubble blower. The Kids Night In Box comes with a list of four games you can do with your upcycled bubble blower and my kids loved them all.

After blowing bubbles on the front porch (cautiously separated from the rain), my oldest and I went to work on creating the most stunning newspaper flowers the world has ever seen! Early in the day we painted our blue water color (provided in the box) background, which dried during our bubble extravaganza, as the foundation of our newspaper flowers. With water colors, paper straws, stickers, and a lot of creative energy we went to town making a masterpiece. We took some creative liberties, but we are proud of our art. It’s currently taped to the front of my son’s closet door.

This is just a snapshot of our Earth Warrior themed day. We devoured our Nature’s Path Enviro Kidz Organic Crispy Chocolate Rice Bar (yum!). I’ve already started using the Bumkins reusable snack bag for the kid’s snacks.  We also signed the Eco Friendly Pledge found the back of our Kids Night In Box user guide. Every part of the Kids Night In Box is reusable and the box is recyclable! I mean, how amazing is that?!

You’re probably thinking, “how can I get my box?” No worries! Go to https://frstre.com/go/?a=19136-4863f8&s=456886-78ed66 You can also select from the Date Night In Box, Date Night In Box – Faith, and Kids Night In Box – Faith. All great options for you and your significant other or family.

What activity would you like to try? Let me know in the comments below.

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Product Review and Mom Approved: BinkyBox

I always relished in delight when I would receive a package in the mail as a kid. It was usually a birthday present or holiday gift from a relative from a few states away, but a package for ME nonetheless. As a parent, I am now able to see my child experience the exact same excitement I so fondly remember.

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There it was sitting on our front porch, calling my son’s name, saying “open me!” It was HIS BinkyBox, a customized baby subscription box for my developing toddler. After getting ourselves organized from our daily outing, we sat down together and opened the box which contained, what can only be described in my son’s giggles and joy. From the yellow paper confetti straw to the fantastic full-sized items hand selected for my two-year-old, this box of goodies did not disappoint.

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The magical scents of lemon and berry quickly caught the attention of our noses. A bath bomb, that looked good enough to eat, decked in dissolvable sprinkles from Feeling Smitten was the first BinkyBox surprise we unveiled. Later in the evening we used the bath bomb in our nighttime routine and my son was over the moon. It made bath time more exciting (it left no colored residue) and he smelled scrumptious all the way into the next day.

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We continued to dig through the box and we were greeted with a classic, “BUBBLES!” as my son screamed into my right ear. Now, these weren’t just any bubbles, these were Fubbles. The no-spill mini bubble tumbler is an absolute blessing for a mother with an active toddler. My son can spend countless hours blowing bubbles and I don’t have to worry about him spilling the soapy water all over the floor or table. Fubbles can be enjoyed without all the mess.

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At the bottom of the box was the perfect item for a little boy, a Kidoozie Little Builder Tool Belt. This toolkit came equipped with all your toddler’s building needs, such as a hammer, plyer, screwdriver with interchanging bits, level, wrench, and canvas tool belt. We recently moved and my husband has been hanging pictures, reinforcing furniture, and building the baby’s crib, so my son was walking around “fixing” things just like daddy. Let’s just say, we had a minor meltdown when we had to take off the tool belt to take a bath. When he woke up the next day, he ran straight for his toolkit.

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BinkyBox is a BRAND NEW subscription box service designed for baby (0-2-years-old) as well as mom and dad. Their mission is to make life easier for the whole family, and let me be the first to exclaim, IT DOES! Each month you will receive a box filled with a variety of full-size products, such as an age appropriate and development focused toy(s) as well as items to make this whole parenting thing a heck of a lot simpler (i.e., organizational, safety, storage, etc.). Additionally, from time-to-time there may be accessories for mom and/or baby, like a teething necklace or pair of adorable baby socks.

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Now, you may ask, “I have a kid that’s older than two, can they get a BinkyBox?” If you have an older child, BinkyBox will be offering one-time retail items in their online shop. If you’re a family with multiple children and you’re worried about your older child not receiving a gift in the mail like their younger sibling, BinkyBox will hand pick a $30 gift (typically a developmental toy) and ship it free along with your regularly scheduled BinkyBox. This special gift will be wrapped up for the child to open along with their sibling. Both items, the BinkyBox and gift, will be shipped at the same time.

YOU can get YOUR BinkyBox for $35 when purchased on a month to month basis or $30 per box when you purchase and select the 12-month prepay option. If you are interested in getting your BinkyBox, which I know you are, you may contact Sabrina@binkyboxes.com or pre-order on their website http://www.binkyboxes.com

As a mother of a toddler and newborn (arriving April 2017), I highly recommend BinkyBox for every type of family. This product is #MomAndToddlerApproved