(In case you missed it, yesterday's post was my return to blogging after being out all week. It provides some of the highlights of our move...)
This review and giveaway contest sponsored by Parent Bloggers Network.
Last night, I managed to sneak away to Portland for a few hours to attend my friend's son's Pashni--a Nepali celebration of the day a child is first given rice. I spent the evening admiring all the beautiful saris the women were wearing, eating the delicious Thai food catered by Typhoon, gazing at beautiful baby George, and visiting with my friends as well as some new acquaintances of the evening. It was a lovely way to officially end my summer vacation.
During the course of the evening, I talked quite a bit with the woman sitting next to me (who might be stopping by my blog, so if you are, then hello!). She has a daughter just a little bit younger than Syd, so we immediately had that connection. We talked about books, and Portland, and food. While we were on the topic of food, she talked about her daughter's severe food allergies. It has, obviously, meant huge dietary changes for her family. No sugar, no food dyes, no dairy, a gluton-free diet, among other food restrictions. It sounds impossibly difficult, but as a parent you just do what you have to do.
As I listened to her story, I couldn't help but think of the review I was going to be writing for this morning. Though I complain sometimes about Sydney being a picky eater, I really have it easy compared to the difficulties some parents have. Truly, we are blessed that she isn't allergic to anything. I know I take it for granted that I can give my girls a cup of milk, a bowl of ice cream, or a piece of cheese. Giving my girls dairy products is about the easiest thing I can possibly feed them, because there isn't any fuss over it.
Like yogurt, for instance.
The girls love yogurt. Even Jules, though she makes a huge mess of it when she eats it (she won't let me even think about feeding it to her). Our fridge is nearly always stocked with yogurt, although tonight when Jason took the girls grocery shopping, he had to stock up on it since our fridge had been reduced to leftover pizza and milk. Mostly we get the non-kid Yoplait version, although you might be happy to know that Yoplait does tailor products just for kids. You can even get a coupon for $1.50 off.
Considering that we go through at least 3 cups of yogurt a day, I'm all about coupons for cutting the cost. I also like that Yoplait for Kids has less sugar that other yogurts, and is helpful in, um, making the insides go out. Just for entertainment value, Yoplait for Kids even comes in fun cartooned-themed cups. Yippee.
Not only is there the coupon, but Yoplait and Parent Bloggers Network teamed up in providing me some goodies to give away. Yes. Another giveaway! Pretty soon I'll be giving away unmarked boxes that we packed last week, just because I don't want to see another box again in my life. Just kidding. Well, only about giving away the unmarked boxes part. I'm sure it has something important in it.
Two lucky winners will each receive a Yoplait soft-sided cooler, as well as a clever vocabulary building game called My First Brain Quest. I was tempted to keep the Brain Quest cards, but then remembered that Julianne has her own personal Brain Quest tutor whose name is Sydney. I think I was supposed to also include coupons for the yogurt, but unfortunately, those are in one of those previously mentioned unmarked boxes. Alas.
So, leave a comment to be entered (US and Canadian residents only, please), and I'll draw a name on Friday. Then I'll just ship all the prizes out (including last week's) on Saturday, and be done with giving away free stuff for Pete's sake. Ah, just kidding. I like giving it away. I've just felt a teeny tiny bit of stress remembering where I've put all the stuff. ("Don't put that in the car! Don't put it in the moving van! Where's my box of giveaway items!?" Eek.)
Most of all, as I was reminded last night, I'm just thankful that I can reach into my fridge and give the girls just about anything. They may not eat it (unless it's a dairy product), but they can. And that's "Count My Lucky Stars" good.