The Back-to-School Snack Struggle #SimplyProtein

Simply Protein Kids Bar

For those who know me and my children well, you know I struggle with my kids eating! I have VERY picky eaters and I am not ashamed of it though I do feel judged at times when people ask me what I pack my kids for lunch daily.

So now you are curious right?!
Snacks: while I do always try to pack a fruit, likely it will come back untouched (depending on their moods that morning), crackers of every sort, and any kind of snack that hides a vegetable in them.
Main lunch: cold dry toast, cold toasted waffles and any and every kind of cereal that you can imagine (no sugar cereals as they are not allowed in my house)


I was offered the chance to try out the kids Simply Protein kids bars and although I was slightly worried about having them try something new (that is no easy task), I love Simply Protein’s bars for myself so I figured I would give it a shot. Of course, I had to try it out to make sure they were “mom” approved and I have to say I really liked them!

Note: Keep in mind that all my reviews are my honest opinions. If I don’t like it, I don’t review it PERIOD THE END

What I love about Simply Protein Kids Bar
The texture is close to a Krispy Bar (if you get what I am saying ;)) which is great for the picky eaters because the texture is familiar
It is very sweet appealing to the young audiences
– They are peanut free so safe for school lunch boxes
– Each bar has 4 grams of protein, has only 2 grams of sugar and 4 grams of fiber
– The ingredients are plant based
– They are kosher for those families who are observant or go to schools which only Kosher foods are allowed
– They are gluten free
– Come in 2 flavors: I tried the Strawberry Vanilla one, but there is also chocolate brownie which I am very curious to test out
– Doesn’t leave a weird after taste, but the strawberry vanilla flavor definitely lasts a bit in your mouth

Simply Protein

Check out your local grocery store to purchase a box and try them for yourselves

The GetSnacky Snacker Box & TC Mini Juices – Enter to WIN!

Get Snacky

So, I have the pickiest eater (as I have mentioned in many previous posts) and oddly enough finding new snacks and relatively healthy ones at that, is actually harder than finding new meal options. I often go to the grocery store and hope that one day there will be a new amazing snack on the shelf, though 9 times out of 10 with the new snacks I buy, he doesn’t like them and the rest goes to waste which I HATEEEEEE!

Here’s a good (and healthy might I add) solution … GetSnacky! This is a neat way of trying new things without the commitment of buying an entire box of one snack that your little one may or may not like. Open the box with your little one and get them excited about their treats for snack time. PS it also makes snack choosing for lunches SOOO much easier. I let my older guy pick one item from the box a day.

Get Snacky

Here’s what I love about GetSnacky:
– A box delivered to my door with delicious and nutritious foods
– Great alternatives to your regular high salt high sugar snacks (which of course both myself and my kid loves)
– They were great at catering the box around my son’s peanut allergy and there were still a lot of great snack options
– These boxes are not just for kids, there are a lot of great snacks for the little guys, mom and dad (as I eat my TCHO dark chocolate square)
– Lots of great options

To get more information about Get Snacky’s monthly subscription box or to order, check out their website

TC Mini

If you think that’s it, your wrong because Get Snacky is part of a brand called Total Cleanse which created a line of cold pressed juices for our mini’s called TC Mini and don’t tell your little one’s, the is a secret … the juices are healthy. Full disclosure: there was one my son wouldn’t’ try simply because of the colour, but there were two he absolutely loved and wanted more of and truthfully so did I, they were delicious (Hawaiian punch and the Very Berry).

TC Mini Cold Pressed Juices

Proof is in the pudding

Here’s what I love about TC Mini:
– With fresh pressed juices you get all the essential minerals and vitamins that the juices hold
– There are hidden veggies in some of the drinks, if your kiddo is a good eater this won’t bother them, for the pickier eaters it could
– No additional sugars, additives, fillers, preservatives or syrups
– 100% cold raw pressed
– Ingredients of juices are clearly noted (nothing hidden)
– Great for your little one’s and you!
– Delivered to your door

For more information about TCmini or to order, check out their website

Thanks to our friends at GetSnacky and TC Mini, they are giving away 1 GetSnacky box and 8 TC Mini drinks to TWO (2) lucky winners. The contest is open to residents in Toronto and the GTA (Greater Toronto Area). Here’s how to enter:

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Happy snacking

The Sunshine Vitamin #Ddrops – Enter to WIN!


Who here made a list of “what to buy before the baby comes” list? I sure did and I must have spent hours googling, reading blogs and speaking to friends with kids to make my obscenely massive list and among many things, a common product mentioned was Ddrops. I am not sure I truly knew the importance of Ddrops until I took my little guy to his first doctor’s appointment and his paediatrician recommended it as he was a breastfed baby and shouldn’t be exposed to direct sunlight which is where we get our vitamin D. Still to date (almost 4 years later) he is still getting one Ddrop a day (though he doesn’t realize it).

What I love about Ddrops:
– Most importantly, Ddrops gives my extremely picky eater his daily dose of vitamin D
– Comes in a tasteless, odourless drop as opposed to a chewable which probably would taste pretty bad and therefore I would never get him to eat it
– Has a long shelf life
– Comes in a patent Eurodropper which provides the exact daily dose per drop
– For those with kids with allergies, it is wheat-free, soya-free and gluten-free
– Comes in baby, toddler, booster, adult and vegan

Did you know?
– Pregnant women should receive 2000IU of vitamin D daily according to the Canadian Paediatric Society and Ddrops has the solution to that Adult Ddrop (1 drop is 1000IU)
– 70% of children are not getting enough vitamin D on a daily basis
– Vitamin D has been associated with normal development and maintenance of healthy bones and teeth
– You can find vitamin D in foods like:

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Thanks to our friends at Ddrops, they are giving away 1 Ddrops kit (including baby, kids, booster and adult Ddrops + cloth bag, pen and coupons) to 1 lucky reader. The contest is open to CND and US residents. Here’s how to enter:

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Here’s your dose of sun on a rainy day

Playtex Makes Mealtime Easier #MomTrust


Has your little one hit the age where everything you do (or say) they do (or say)?! We certainly have hit that stage and my son copies everything we do. He wants to dress like his dad, repeats the “words” that we say (we try to really watch ourselves here, but come on, it is sooo damn hard), copying the way his dad jumps off the couch or simply just wanting to use cutlery and dish wear like ours.

Mistake #1, giving my son a glass because he insisted on using a glass like a big boy … and he threw it!
Mistake #2, giving my son our ceramic plate to eat his dinner from … and it slid off the table!
Mistake #3, giving him a fork (yes I know, what was I thinking) … and he played with it instead of using it (which scared the living (beep) out of me)

After the trial and error (let’s just call it that), I went out and bought him his very own plate, bowl fork and spoon (all Playtex must I add) which still to date he uses 3.5 years later. Not once have I needed to replace any of these pieces and trust me over the years, they have been put through the ringer.

Here’s what I love about these pieces:
– For starters, there is now a Toddler Mealtime Set that comes with the essentials: plate, bowl, spoon, fork and sippy cup

– The fork and spoon are metal with a plastic handle, both small for little hands, not heavy and best of all the ends of the fork are rounded so no need to worry about them hurting themselves and still allows for them to easily spear their food
– The plate and bowl have rubber around the bottom to stop from sliding which you don’t realize is a big problem when they learn how to feed themselves because that plate/bowl does not stay put especially on a glass table (which I have)
– The plate has steep rounded sides which stops the food from constantly falling off the plate
– The bowl and plate are sized properly for perfect kid portions
– Has cute, fun designs
– The sippy cup works with all the Twist n’ Click Playtex lids so if the sipper lid isn’t right for your little one, just take off the straw lid from one of your other Playtex sippy cups and put it on
– It is extremely reasonably priced (under $15 for the entire set)

Playtex Toddler Mealtime Set

Make sure to check out Playtex Mommyville to see what other moms have to say about their products and give them a “like” on Facebook
Happy feeding
Disclaimer: This is a sponsored post. However, the opinions expressed belong to Babylish Advice and are not influenced in any way!

Yum-Yum Mum-Mum’s … A Tasty Snack! Enter to Win


I can say that with both kids, their first “solid” food was a Mum-Mum, so I am and always have been a fan.

I remember how nervous I was giving my older guy (he was 7 months at the time) his first Mum-Mum, worried he would choke (we have all been there), so first thing I did, I bit a piece off and sucked on it to see how quickly it dissolved it was soft and mushy in under 10 seconds, so it passed my “mommy test” and I gave it to him. Within minutes it was gone and my first thought was to look around to see if he dropped it and it was nowhere to be found except little remnants of the Mum-Mum on his face and clothes.


What I love about Mum-Mums:
– No artificial colors or flavours
– Dissolves quickly great for the little one’s learning to eat solids
– Baked not fried
– All natural ingredients
– No preservatives
–  Allergen free – no nuts, wheat/gluten free, egg free
– Individually wrapped – great for mom on the go but be careful these break easily
– Made with premium Japonica rice
– All natural ingredients
– Different snacks for different ages (see below)
– Non-GMO
– Helps with teething


Apparently someone can’t wait to get their hands on a Mum-Mum

Lots of Options for Lots of Ages:
Baby Mum-Mum
– 3 flavour varieties (Vegetable, Original, Banana)
– Dissolves easily
– These help with teething

Toddler Mum-Mum
– good for 2 years and up
– 3 flavour varieties (Organic Strawberry, Apple and Banana)
– 1 gram of sugar per serving (2 biscuits)

Mum-Mum Snax
– good for school aged kids
– made with whole grain brown rice
– 2 flavour varieties (Apple Cinnamon and White Cheddar)

Thanks to our wonderful friends at Mum-Mums, they are offering one of my lucky readers a Mum-Mum gift pack where you will get one box of Baby, Toddler and Snax (flavour for each is your choice). The contest is open to CND and US residents. Here’s how to enter: 

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For more information including nutritional information, click here

Happy feeding

For the Teething Babies Out There – Enter to Win!

Let me just get this out of the way … TEETHING SUCKS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! and those that are going through it completely understand; the crankiness, the constant tears out of nowhere, the fussiness and well I will stop there.

I don’t know if it’s one of those things that you try to forget about after the first child or if I just straight up forget thanks to baby brain, but I seriously can’t remember my first born ravenously chewing on my finger as if I hadn’t fed him in days and just handed him food for the first time (not to say he didn’t because I am sure he did). My poor index finger has been getting the brunt of it.

Yes there are a ton of teethers on the market, so which one to buy? Well I can tell you that I have purchased a ridiculous amount of teethers over the years to try to help soothe my kids during the teething stage and though I have found some that have marginally helped, I have still been on the hunt for other options that are even better and i’ve FOUND it (nope they didn’t find me, I found them). I am a big fan and so is my little one

Innobaby Teether

What I love:
– they are extremely light weight so it’s easy for the baby to hold
– they all have unique shapes which allow for babies to reach all parts of the mouth for gentle massaging
– the material is very soft and very flexible unlike a lot of teethers which are a thicker, harder material which makes it hard to chew
– Dishwasher safe
– BPA/Phthalate/PVC/Lead FREE
– Lots of great designs
– I put the grape teether in the fridge for added relief

Innobaby Teether

Thanks to our wonderful friends at Innobaby, they are giving away 1 grapefruit teether and 1 yellow star teether to ONE lucky winner. This contest is open to Canadian and US residents. Here’s how to enter:

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Where to buy:
Online: click here
List of retailers around Canada – click here
Make sure to check out their website because they have A LOT of awesome products!!!

Time for a happier baby

New Bottle and Nipple Innovations by Playtex #MomTrust – Enter to Win a Gift Pack!

Playtex Bottle and Nipple Kit

Pregnancy comes with so many questions! Which crib to buy, what mattress to buy, which stroller is better than the other and most important which bottle should I get?! I heard so many horror stories about giving a baby a bottle and well the hospitals don’t help since I found with both kids they push “breast is best” on you. The problem is, every baby is different, some don’t latch, some women can’t produce milk or enough milk and honestly, that is last thing a new mother needs.

I decided to give my first born son a bottle shortly after he was born, the problem was picking a bottle. I was told to find a bottle nipple that is most like a mothers breast (of course everyone, but I panicked and bought the first bottle I saw. I have to say it was a little difficult at the beginning getting him used to a bottle and now I wonder if those tough times were because the bottle and nipple innovations were not what they are now.

Playtex has done it again, they are helping moms with this tough decision by introduced a Playtex gift kit that has a 9oz. VentAire bottle, one 8oz. Nurser bottle with five Drop-Ins liners and best of all a 4 nipple variety pack (comes in slow flow and medium flow): NaturaLatch, Breastlike Shape, Full sized for wider mouths and angled for upright feeding. I love this variety pack because if one nipple doesn’t work, you don’t need to run out and buy a thousand new bottles and spend an arm and a leg for something they may or may not like. You can try them all on the bottles that are in the gift kit.

Playtex Bottle and Nipple Gift Kit

Thanks to our friends at Playtex, they are generously giving away a Bottle and Nipple Gift Set (SLOW flow) to one of my lucky mom and/or dad readers! Contest is open for Canadian residents only. Here’s how to enter:

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Make sure to check out Playtex Mommyville page to see what other moms have to say about the products and give them a “like” on Facebook

Now it’s easy to make a decision – good luck

Disclaimer: This is a sponsored post. The opinions expressed belong to Babylish Advice and are not influenced in any way

GoFreshBaby – The Reusable Food Pouch with Giveaway

Go Fresh Baby Food Pouch

Here’s a neat idea that I know every mom can benefit from!

When I first started feeding Frankie solids and wanted to go out with friends for lunch (to a restaurant or to their houses) I would bring with me anywhere from 3-5 of those little plastic containers filled with his pureed food, yogurt, apple sauce, his cereal etc, then had to pack a spoon, of course a bib and by the time I was done getting this all ready my diaper bag was basically over flowing (no joke). Bigger diaper bag or down grade the stuff I bring with me??!!! Obviously I opted for the bigger diaper bag!!

Fast forward two years later and I get an email about testing reusable food pouches – WHY DIDN’T I THINK OF THAT!!!!!!!! (I feel like I have these moments more often than not). Of course I jumped at the opportunity since I did think it was the most brilliant idea and I was in my own personal mom heaven.

Doing my research on the product, here is what made me happy:
1. Made of a heavy duty puncture resistant Phylate/BPA Free food grade plastic .. in other words wont crack or rip in your new diaper bag filled with your everything
2. Heavy grade double zip seal closure .. in other words leak resistant (RESISTANT being the operative word, not PROOF)
3. Dishwasher safe (top rack) and can be rinsed out in soapy water or cleaned with a bottle brush … in other words if your too tired, throw it into the dishwasher. Word to the wise, if you are using a bottle brush, make sure to have one of those plush like brushes with lots of foam because it’s hard the right angle to get into those little corners
4. The food pouch is freezable and makes a great storage option for large homemade baby food batches or a convenient ice pack for long trips. Simply loosen the cap and squeeze out the excess air before freezing!
5. It is equipped with handy ounce and millimeter measuring lines printed on the semi-transparent pouch so you can keep track of how much your little one has consumed
6. It has a writable surface to put your name and to note what is inside for those who are freezing their baby food

Go Fresh Baby Pouch

Thank you to our friends at GoFreshBaby, they are giving away a pouch to try for yourself to one lucky reader. The contest is open to Canadian and US residents. The winner will be contacted and announced at the end of the contest on this blog post and on the Babylish Advice Facebook wall. Click on the Rafflecopter link below for how to enter:

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For more information on GoFreshBaby pouches, click here and you can find them on Facebook
If you would like to purchase pouches for yourself, click here

Happy eating to your little one’s


The Halloween Witch???!!!

Baby Gourmet founder and President Jennifer Carlson Broe came up with a really neat idea so your kids teeth dont rot post Halloween so I thought I would share to start a new trend in your homes.

The Halloween Witch is a household tradition for Jen’s children. Trick or Treating is an experience that children love and Jen knew it would be very difficult (and disappointing for the kids!) to convince them not to participate – yet she was concerned about them eating big bags of candy. So … she told them about the Halloween Witch. Her kids have fun picking out their 10 – 15 favourite treats to keep and then they leave the rest of their candy next to the fireplace. The Halloween Witch visits their home each year and takes away the candy in exchange for a new present. Jen’s children enjoy the whole of experience of Halloween without the lingering damage to their nutritional plan. Jen knew it was a winning tip when she overheard her children telling their friends about the Halloween Witch!

This year, Jen is going to take Halloween to an even healthier level. She will be handing out her brand new Squoosh™ product – the first healthy snack line-up to be launched under Kids Gourmet™, a brand devoted to healthy options for school age children (I wish I was knocking on her door this Halloween).

For more information on the Squoosh™ product with a giveaway for one of each flavour, see my next post by clicking here

Happy Halloween to you and your little one’s



A New Kind of (Healthy) Snack – GIVEAWAY

For those of you that read my “Dont Judge” post know that I still feed my little guy pureed food to get the veggies that he doesnt eat, in him. The best part is that since I have posted that, a whole bunch of mothers have written me to tell me that they still feed their older kiddies pureed foods and don’t care what anyone thinks (amen sista) and with that I am here to tell you mom’s and dad’s about an AMAZING new snack product by Kids Gourmet (which is a new extension of my favorite Baby Gourmet) called Squoosh™! Tried and tested, they are a huge hit in my household.

As children move from snacking at home to snacking at school, mom’s challenges increase.  Children must love their snacks or they will simply trade them for something they want more. And as children grow older, they play an increasingly influential role in choosing their snacks from the grocery aisle.

For that reason, packaging for the new school-age snack needed to be as tempting as the delicious recipes inside the pouch. The Squoosh™ snack product line has four products specifically designed to appeal to children’s sense of fun: Orangobango, Squabbleberry, Beetberry, and Banango. The packaging is fun and filled with serious nutrition. These snacks are made from 100% fruit and vegetables, have no added sugar or salt, organic, are kosher, nut-free and gluten-free, and provide a full serving of fruit & veg in every pouch.

Thank you to our friends at Kids Gourmet, they are offering one of my lucky readers a set of the Squoosh™ products to try (one of each flavour)!!! Here’s how to enter (its easy):

1. ‘like’ Babylish Advice on Facebook
2. ‘like’ Baby Gourmet on Facebook
3. Email me at to let me know you have done both

The winner will be chosen at random through on Tuesday November 6th at 5:00pm and announced under this post and on the Babylish Advice Facebook page that evening so make sure to check in.

For more information, please visit, babygourmet and on Twitter: @babygourmet.

Happy Snackers