This post was sponsored and made possible by Kroger. All statements and opinions remain my own.
Have you ever equated dinner with at least an hour of prep, strenuous clean up and half of the kids complaining because they would rather have cake? Yes?! We call this witching hour at our house and it usually ends in exclamation and a restaurant. Feeding a family that consist of two kids who’s first tooth was a sweet tooth means chaos and frankly, I would rather let someone else deal with the mess.
We tried endless variations of delivered meals, the always regretful TV Dinner and of course pre-made kits in the mail that without hesitation would nearly spoil before someone grabbed it off the porch.
As we saw our dinner plans unfold in all of their glory, it wasn’t until we walked in to our local Kroger that the food angels shined down on the aisle of the brand new, mind-saving, witching hour eliminator: Prep + Pared Meal Kits from Kroger!
Prep + Pared Meal Kits from Kroger take the guessing away and make an adult meal truly a luxury with a non-luxury price tag. Ringing in with a base price of $14 for two adult servings and a cook time of under 20 minutes, go ahead, chime the parent dinner bell! We have, multiple times this week! The kits are brand new and exclusively at your local Kroger, ours comes from Kroger on Euclid in Lexington, Kentucky. It is fairly close to us which makes the 100% measured and prepped meals that much more enticing. Aside from the fact that they go from box to plate in 20 minutes or less.
I absolutely cannot get over how fresh the Prep + Pared Meal Kits are. They look and taste like they are directly from the farm. In our Vietnamese-Inspired Spicy Lemongrass Pork the slaw mix was brighter than anything I had seen and the aromas were strong enough to fill you up. The chef inspired meal had essentially no fillers which left us feeling satisfied and our taste buds craving more. One of the less noted bonuses for me was the fact that these are designed for two adults so the portions are very easy to divide and left us feeling like we ate a very healthy meal without over-eating.
The ingredients are all ready to go with no cutting or chopping needed and everything labeled accordingly in usually a few steps. During our 20 minute cooking session we had at least two child interruptions and because everything is labeled and prepped it made going back to cooking so much easier.
Of course parenting comes with a lot of great adventures and as we all know, parents definitely slack on taking care of themselves especially when it comes to food. I am raising a hand to cold leftover nuggets because making myself a meal would be way too time restraining when it means leaving my threenager to her own accords for minutes on end. PS, that never happens! The Prep + Pared Meal Kits are a game changer on many levels; not only do they replace my meal of cold nuggets abandoned by my toddler but they are actually healthy and truly a no-fuss, minimal clean-up kind of deal.
The Prep + Pared Meal Kits from Kroger are so great for that luxury meal at a budget friendly price. I love that amidst everything going on in our house, within 20 minutes my husband and I got to spend quality time cooking together, because honestly that is about as long as we would get! Even though date nights are slim these days, the Prep + Pared Meal Kit made it feel like for a slight moment we were in a food oasis which is a feeling we really cherish. As former New York City dwellers, by way of Chicago, we have always enjoyed fine cuisine and love experimenting with food choices and options which is something our family really is centered around. Prep + Pared Meal Kits let us try a new cuisine right in the comfort of our own home and it definitely brought some nostalgia back during the process.
Within 20 minutes, thanks to fresh ingredients and less prep time we had a parent only dinner with many more laughs enjoyed and memories made. There was no ‘what’s for dinner?’ stress or ‘who will clean the mess up?’ which meant more time together. Until the kids chimed in that is. So go ahead, grab a Prep + Pared Meal Kit from your local Kroger and let your kids eat the cake!
As a breastfeeding momma and supporter at Little Gummi, the struggles of finding nursing wear that is convenient yet subtle is very real. I have never been one to nurse in a closed room or bathroom and am generally okay with public feeding (baby’s gotta eat!) but the one thing that has always been a bother for me is having any inkling of body showing during a nursing session. It’s just uncomfortable for me. BeliBea makes a nursing tank top that can easily take that anxiety away!
We are really excited to bring to you the hottest products of the year from Learning Resources. This is an amazing company that we have worked with time and time again on Little Gummi but never cease to be amazed by the next big thing they launch.
With school just around the corner we have narrowed down the list to some of the best Learning Resources toys to get your little school-aged kiddo going! Each of these have been tried and tested for you!
Learning Resources Code and Go Robot Mouse– this is prefect for your little engineer to get their coding into action. Teaching crucial skills for future computer use, the Code and Go Robot Mouse is eduction at its finest. Program your mouse to go in whichever pattern you choose through the easiest and toughest obstacles. Check out our review here
Learning Resources Teaching Cash Register– This is a personal favorite. Ever since I was a little kid, cash registers have always seemed so fascinating and fun and this certainly passed down to my daughter. Jensen loves checking us out and using the included note pad to give us a receipt. Now to just get her to pay for her own goods!
Learning Resources Gears! Gears! Gears! Rover Gear- What could be more exhilarating then creating a hot rod and watching it go? The Rover Gear comes with all the necessary pieces to transition the gears into multiple styles of vehicles. It’s fun, fast and on the go all while teaching your Little how things move in synchronization.
Learning Resources Smart Market Set– Falling right in hand with the Cash Register, the Smart Market Set is perfect for teaching your young one food groups and healthy eating. The market tote is great to bring along on real grocery trips and allow your little to get in on the shopping fun! Next stop: Extreme Couponing!
Learning Resources Letter Blocks- The Learning Resources Letter Blocks are a modern twist on the traditional blocks set. Not only do they stack for fun but they also double as little shape cutters. We use ours for Play Doh cut outs and it turns that messy Doh into a fun learning experiment. Letter Blocks are all the same size which is great for new alphabet learners as they won’t get confused on capitol and lowercase letters. Our 2 year old is obsessed!
Learning Resources Counting Dino Sorters– Counting Dino Sorters are on the top of Little Gummis list (hint, watch for them on our gift guide). The set is amazing with 10 dinosaur eggs each filled with an appropriate amount of Dino’s to coordinate to their egg. So one egg, one Dino; two eggs, two Dino’s and so forth. This is learning and fun for the whole family and just really amazing overall! Don’t worry though, the Dino’s match their corresponding eggs so even the youngest of learners should catch on quick!
Check out our feature on these top Learning Resources toys and get started for months of play and learning. Click the links in each description to shop!
Parenting has some interesting gigs (especially at Little Gummi) to it and certainly a lot of aspects that follow along. Rather it is going to the gym for some well spent ‘me time’ (what’s that??) or hitting the park and the soccer games, the taxi doesn’t stop so why should you? Precidio has this awesome Total Hydration solution for all of your daily needs; The Multi Flask!
In this day in age, we are no strangers to screen-time fun for our Littles to either occupy during chores or just relax while in the car to give us parents some piece-of-mind. Kid Lid has taken the craft to a whole new level of tech time fun with their clever cases that allow your children to watch their favorite program without interrupting your apps (like deleting your Little Gummi quick-link (; )
With Cars 3 fresh in the cinema we partnered with The First Years to bring you a booster seat that will have your Little zooming in to meal time like Lighting McQueen.
At Little Gummi we love products that make meal time easier, especially with very exploratory kids who have other agendas. When you bring in a product that your child loves just as much as you do, things get that much easier! The First Years Disney/Pixar Cars Booster Seat is great in that it can work not only on your standard dining chair using the table top, but also with its own individual top as well. Just remember, it is never to be used aside from a chair and this can be easily secured using the provided straps.
The booster seat comes equipped with everything you need to bring your little Racer to the Family meal:
- straps to secure the booster to the chair
- A lid that is dishwasher safe and fully adjustable to fit snug to your Littles body so it truly grows with your little one
- A built in cup holder
- Three Point Harness for safety. The adjustment is so easy on this.
- Foldable back for easy storage and transportation
We absolutely love that the The First Years seat can be folded and taken on-the-go especially during travel so your Little doesn’t lose their regime even during something like meal time! This is really important for us as we maintain a really strict eating schedule for our children. With our daughter having special attention to her mealtime needs, one of the things that helps her stay on track and focus is familiarity so anything that is portable, such as The First Years booster is a definite win for us!
Recommended for: We recommend The First Years Disney/Pixar Cars Booster Seat for your little racer between 6months and 50 pounds who ideally can sit up unassisted. This gender neutral booster will be a hit for any home and on the go as it customized for optimal comfort for any babe. Shop the link below to get your own Disney/Pixar Cars Booster Seat directly from Target!
This post was sponsored and made possible by The First Years. All opinions remain my own.
This week we are celebrating Dads and all their glory with fun and exciting products that promote bonding and learning with dad and the kiddos!
First on our radar at Little Gummi is The Crazy Scientist Lab Kit from The Purple Cow. This awesome young survivor skill box has everything you and your little need to tackle the wilderness in your own backyard. Teaching skills that will stay for years to come, the Crazy Scientist lab kit will have your little one ready to adapt in any situation with their early survival techniques and skills!
We are huge cloth diapering advocates at Little Gummi and we have been thrilled to partake in The Great Dad Challenge from Bambino Mio. This is a brand that has taken the cloth diapering world by storm with their award winning products that are designed to protect baby’s bum as much as it is the environment. Their aim is to bring superior customer service and products that will enable you to focus solely on the joys of parenthood. This shines through each nappy and the kindness behind the brand.
As part of The Great Dad Challenge we were given 5 challenges, one each day as part of a way to incorporate fatherhood into the cloth diapering world of uncanny messes and making cloth mainstream!
CHALLENGE #1 THE STAY AT HOME CHALLENGE
For this challenge we really capitalized on testing performance over anything else and found that Bambino Mio truly outdid their diapers from strong velcro to strong performance. One of the aspects we closely followed was the soft material on our sons skin. Because he has eczema sometimes different materials can flare it up and we were so happy that Bambino Mio has created a lush fabric delicate enough for even the most allergen ridden skin.
We absolutely adore the Miosolo and think it is a great fit and great alternative to get you started in your cloth nappy journey!
CHALLENGE #2 THE OUT AND ABOUT CHALLENGE
This challenge was all about testing and trying Bambino Mio Miosolo out on the go. We took our nappy downtown and hit the shops and dining without having an ‘uh-oh’ moment of “did Miller get water on him…or?” which was awesome! Bambino Mio also makes a super sleek and compact wet bag so when you do have that dire need to change the diaper, you have a leak proof bag that will handle all your needs!
CHALLENGE #3 THE OVERNIGHT CHALLENGE
As we wrap up the overnight challenge (too early, I might add! Where does the energy in these kids come from?!) We were very pleased to see that these nappys held up with our 6-8 hour sleep session and came out on top. We usually have to change the sheets for our son when he wakes up as he is a very heavy night soaker but when adding the Mioboost it really maximized protection. For overnight I would try to limit any extremely long spans of usage so you don’t have a leak but we were pretty pleased overall!
CHALLENGE #4 THE WASHING & DRING CHALLENGE
The sound of my washing machine going and the smell of soapy clean suds. Am I the only one that likes that?! We are not usually super picky about changing up brands for laundering our cloth nappies but Iove how fresh the miofresh is! Hence the name, eh?! As we complete our weeks challenge we are preparing for many more uses of our cloth diapers from Bambino Mio and their ever-so perfect designs.
We have absolutely loved partaking in The Great Dad Challenge and all of the daily activities we got to try out in doing so. Bambino Mio is giving away a start pack complete with
15 x miosolo all-in-one diapers
160 mioliners (biodegradable diaper liners)
26 oz of miofresh (diaper cleanser)
1 x pack of miowipes (natural baby wipes)
3 x mioboost (diaper boosters)
1 x diaper pail
2 x laundry bags
1 x reusable plastic tub
Click the photo below to enter!
At Little Gummi we are huge fans of sleep suits and sacks so we of course had to add the Miracle Sleeper from Miracle Ware to our collection. This awesome sleeper makes the transition from swaddle to sleeper so much easier especially when you have routine adjusted babes such as our little ones.