Making sure that the kids are fed is one of the jobs of a homemaker. It might be Dad, but it’s usually Mom who takes on this responsibility. Making sure that there is food in the house is the first step, but most of us try to go a step further and make sure that we are feeding our kids well.
Today’s giveaway may not be all about you, but it is about making your life as Mother a bit easier. We have two products to offer which can help in these endeavors, and even get your kids involved in taking some ownership as well.
The thing that I like about both these products is that they can be displayed prominently on the refrigerator for all to see, which gets everyone involved, taking the burden off Mom.
Just today, my four-year-old son was checking out the Lily on the Fly Meal Planning chart on the fridge. He was pointing to the meal cards. I think that having them out like that helps de-mystify the whole dinner experience and hopefully makes the cuisine more acceptable to little ones (and maybe big Daddies too). The dinners included in the starter kit are not gourmet offerings. They are simple family fare that will appeal to all ages.
This would actually be a great gift for a newlywed or a recent college graduate who is trying to begin the process of meal planning for herself or her family.
The idea of being “on the fly” is how this product differs from others. Each recipe is contained on a card which can be stored in the sleeve on the fridge, but more importantly can be carried in your purse or car for those times when you are “on the fly.” If you’re on the way home from work or soccer practice and need to stop at the grocery store to buy dinner for that night, the one small card has the recipe on front and a neatly organized shopping list on the back.
Another unique feature is the “soul food” contained on each card, a reminder meant to inspire or encourage you in your journey. One that I think sums up the company and the goal of enabling women to plan and prepare healthy meals for their families is “Things don’t always have to be complicated to be fulfilling!”
You can order the starter kit as well as expansion kits online at Lily on the Fly.
Chickin Feed is a nutrition tracking chart with little chickie magnets that your own little chicks can move over from the “What They Need” column to the “What They’ve Had.” In addition to the food groups of protein, grains, fruits, vegetables and dairy, the chart even includes a segment for activity (exercise), and one for sweets/extras (in our case filling that one up quickly helps my children see that they need to start making some wiser food choices for the rest of the day).
When I’m consistent about having my kids use it, I find that the chart provides not only a good visual reminder, but a great conversation starter which leads my kids to making their
The board is about the size of a legal sheet of paper, and is quite sturdy. The magnets adhere well, but still move easily without causing the board to slip off the refrigerator.
Are you sold on the concept? You can even buy Chickin Gear (T-shirts), and Chickin Bags (100% cotton shopping totes) online in the Feed Store.
Do you want to learn more about the mom-owner of this delightful product? Are you curious to find out if she puts her money where her mouth is when it comes to feeding her own kids? Read my interview with her on my personal blog, Snapshot.
Enter to Win:
If you would like to win a Chickin Feed Nutrition tracking chart and Lily on the Fly starter kit, all the instructions about entering the Mother’s Day 2008 Giveaways are included in the Mother’s Day 2008 Giveaway post (including the code to put our Mother’s Day Giveaway button on your site.)
But here is a quick run through:
- Leave a comment on this post to be entered.
- Post a link to this contest (it is always nice to let your readers have a chance to win too!) and/or link and post a button to our Mother’s Day 2008 Giveaway post. (If you post the button and link to the Mother’s Day 2008 Giveaway, you are qualified to enter in all the upcoming Mother’s Day 2008 Giveaway contests. And we have two weeks of contests to enter!) Non-bloggers are welcome too – we understand you can’t link – but feel free to pass the word on to your friends or write about it on Facebook, Twitter, etc.
(Have you checked out the other contests in Mother’s Day 2008 Giveaway contest?)