Snack'n made easy with Lance Sandwich Crackers

Ok so while I love a good Pinterest style snack realistically I just don't have time to cut out cute shapes or come up with snack themes to match whatever book we just read every time one of my kids need something to munch on. Now don't get me wrong if that's your speed LANCE can hook you up with that too. During the school year for my family snacks are meant to be easy, fast, taste good, and be good for you. Whether it's the first thing in the morning or a late night snack Lance has us covered! Here are a few ways we like to enjoy our Lance Snacks.













  • Morning Snack: While my oldest two children are up and eating breakfast before school my youngest, who isn't in school, likes to lay in her bed for a while. She's never been the wake-up and eats something type which can throw our morning school routine off. Most mornings when we are ready to leave she's just now getting in the mood for breakfast. No worries, though because Lance Sandwich Crackers has us covered. She can grab a pack of portable fuel peanut butter crackers and she's ready to go, starting her day off on a good note!
  • Lunchtime Snack: Who says you can only enjoy Lance Sandwich Crackers during "snack time"? Peanut butter anything is my sons all time favorite so I love to add a pack to his lunch. They're quick and easy to toss inside his lunch bag and I'm satisfied knowing he had something wholesome and yummy to eat.












  • After School Snack: Now I don't know about yall but my kids come home from school starving. They want something, quick, and I want something that's good for them. With Lance, made with real peanut butter and goodness baked in, it's easier to make positive snacking decisions. 
  • Late Night Snacks: Theses crackers can even be given as a small treat before bed. Deserts after dinner are always fun I know but I'm not trying to pump my kids full of sugar right before bedtime. This mama looks forward to that end of the day exhale. Plus I can sneak some peanut butter crackers and enjoy a simple little snack all to myself. #momlife 
This post is sponsored by lance sandwich crackers
 but all thoughts and opinions are my own

Comment down below and share with us which Lance snack you and your family enjoy the most? 







6 Back To School Tips For Kids With Autism


As you all know my son is Autistic. For years back to school was a time I dreaded not because my baby was growing up, or because I wasn't ready for the summer fun to end but because this time of year was the most difficult on my son. Up until last year, his 4th-grade year, he spent the first few MONTHS struggling to adjust. Our mornings were filled with cries and out nights were filled with anxiety about the next day. King has been going to school since he was three years old in order to help with language and social skills and it wasn't until the beginning of the fourth grade that those month-long breakdowns stopped. I credit most of that to our decision to transfer him to a school better suited for his needs, but his maturity and a few extra steps played a big part as well. I'll share a few tips on how we manage back to school.

1. Start your back to school schedule ahead of time: King doesn't start school until around the end of August so around the end of July/ beginning of August we like to put him back on his school routine. While we try to create some sort of schedule throughout the summer it isn't as strict as it is during the school year. He may have to get in bed but still get to watch tv whereas during the school year bedtime means just that time for bed. This way he is eased back into things and is already readjusted to his schedule when school starts.

2. Visit the school and meet the new teacher ahead of time: We take full advantage of orientation every year and I bring him along with me. This way he gets to see his new classroom and meet his new teacher before school even starts. The classroom is already set and if there are assigned desk the teacher already has them assigned (of course things may change once the year gets started and the teacher figures out their students needs more) but this gives him a chance to see where everything will be when he gets there his first day and where he will be sitting. He even gets a chance to meet a few other classmates. All of this helps with that first day back to school anxiety that a lot of kids feel.

3. Buy sensory friendly back to school supplies: King no longer needs school supplies his private school provides everything he needs but things like noise canceling headphones, penicl grips, and even this penicl case from TARGET can help get your little one through the day. The pencil grips and pencil cases were both things that were already on his back to school list (when he had one) but picking out sensory friendly ones helped get him through the day.


4. Buy comfortable back to school clothes: My son has enough to deal with during the school day so the last thing I want him to be worried about is feeling uncomfortable. I try not to get anything that will take extra steps just so he could use the restroom, anything that will irritate him with hard tags or stitching. Basically, anything that is too fussy is a no go. Something like a tiny stitch rubbing up his toe can ruin his morning before he even gets to school so we try to get his the comfiest options we can while still staying in dress code. Targets adaptive clothing brand helps make shopping easier with their tagless seamless options. You can read all about the line on my blog post here

5. Pack a lunch for school: King is an extremely picky eater and there is nothing worst than being at school and being hungry so if it's not pizza Friday he take a lunch to school. This way I know he has gotten a good meal and he can get through the day without feeling tired, grumpy, or sick. He is his mother's child and we don't play about our food. Can you say Hangry?

6. BE POSITIVE: It's simple enough. Be positive about the new year get them excited about all the new friends they will meet, new things the will learn. You know your child and what works for them. Whatever it is that get them going use it! Kids are smart they feed off our energy so put those positive vibes out there!  

Race Back To School With OSMO


Say it ain't so! The final lap of summer is here and we are racing back to school with Osmo Hot WheelsTM Mindracers. For a limited time, you can bring hot wheels to life with your Osmo play system for 30% off! Check out www.playosmo.com for more back to school offers on all the games and kits. 





All three of my kids, one boy and two girls, ranging from ages 10 to 3, had so much fun with this Osmo game. It's nice to find something they can all enjoy together. After picking out their favorite car they took turns, going two at a time, revving up their hot wheels engines at the starting line. At the signal, they hit the accelerator and the races have begun! This may have been my youngest favorite part but the big kids loved seeing the competition zoom straight through the screen onto a digital race track. They had to throw down tokens to control their car's action to win. The first one across the finish line took the title as the undisputed champion of the universe!   




The game came with:

  • MindRacers LaunchPad
  • 6 Hot Wheels™ cars
  • 32 game tokens
  • Stackable storage
  • Game poster





Like all Osmo games and kits its all about having fun and learning at the same time! While your littles may think they are just enjoying a fun racing game they are also learning sportsmanship, quick decision making, and real-world dexterity. Have you tried the Osmo Hot Wheels Mindracers? Let me know in the comments below! 



Don't forget this game is 30% off for a limited time NO CODE NEEDED


The Great Adventures Of Da Bratt Pack: The Cummer Museum

FREE TUESDAYS AT CUMMER MUSEUM 



Summers can get expensive when you are trying to entertain multiple children so I find it extremely helpful to take advantage of all the free or discounted events happening around the city. This means Tuesdays are for museums, The Cummer Museum to be exact. Thanks to the generous support of Florida Blue anyone can enjoy free admission every Tuesday. Guest get to explore the galleries and gardens at no cost at all. 















We like to start our adventures off in the gardens. The kids love to roam through the different sections. From the English to the Italian gardens running through the greenery helps to get their wiggles out before exploring the galleries. Due to server damage caused by Hurrican Irma, the once breath taken gardens are now undergoing a reconstruction. You can read all about it here
 


After taking in the gardens we head inside to cool off from the hot Florida weather and explore the galleries. At this point, Aya and Lennox like to stop by the CREATE Kiosk to grab a create box. The create kiosk provides boxes filled with color pencils, a clipboard, and paper. Your little artist can find a spot that inspires them and make their own masterpieces. I love the fact that they provide these it helps to keep the little ones entertained. These are also free you just return the box when you are done.




Our visit always ends at Art Connections because once the kids are here they are no longer interested in any other part of the museum. This section is also the perfect opportunity for parents to take a seat and catch their breath. The interactive center is great for people of all ages. They provide so many different ways to explore art. It's like a hands-on art museum and we all know how much kids love hands-on ANYTHING! 



*The creativity timeline chronologically displays over 30,000 years of art history into 40 feet of interactive stations.
*The gallery under five section allows your littles ranging from ages 18 months to about five to enjoy art on their level. 
*Face to face allows guest to create their own self-portraits through a touchscreen and can be printed out and taken home. This is Lennox favorite activity we have an entire collection of her printouts.
*In the visions/versions section The Cummer Museum gets four different artists to create work inspired by the museum gardens. Guest can then check the art out and watch a video of the artist talking about what inspired the work, the tools, and the techniques they used.








We absolutely love The Cummers Museum and to be able to experience all of this for FREE is definitely a mom win! Can't make it on free Tuesdays? No worries admission is pretty affordable. 

ADMISSION
Adults $10
Seniors $6
Military $6
Students $6
Children 5 & Under Free
Museum Members Free
College Students $6* 
*Free Tuesday through Friday