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Fruit & Grain

For Great Value Fruit & Grain Apple Cinnamon

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Dean and I both love soft granola bars. I have repurchased the Market Basket brand in the berry flavor (Blueberry?) and that one is a hit as well. Dean usually eats half the bar at a time and I break it up into small, easy to eat pieces. It can be very messy, so I always feed him this in his highchair as part of his morning snack between breakfast and lunch. I am surprised that he can eat that much of the bar, but he loves to eat. It really shouldn’t surprise me, but it does. It is made with whole grains and real fruit filling, so it is a healthier snack. Half of the bar will give you 6 grams of sugar, 1g of protein, and 1.25 g of total fat. Half of a bar is 70 calories, so it is very filling to a 21.5 pound little boy, who loves to eat everything in sight.

With Love,

❤ Selena Hannah ❤

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Banana Cookies

For Gerber Graduates Banana Cookies

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These cookies are messy, but boy does Dean love these cookies. I haven’t repurchased these. I think I’ll buy them next week as a treat next week to surprise him. I occasionally will still buy Dean toddler cookies, but he mostly eats bread and adult crackers. He doesn’t need the special snacks anymore. I’m not afraid of him choking. I love that these are made with real bananas and the cookie is on the bigger side. There is about 16 cookies per box, so enough for two weeks if you only give one a day as a treat. I’m glad that he is branching out and trying new things. He had barbecue chicken, sausage, cheesy bread and watermelon last night. He’s growing up.

With Love,

❤ Selena Hannah ❤

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Little Debbies

For Little Debbie Oatmeal Creme Pies

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I will not lie those little Debbie commercials got me to buy this old school item. In all of these years, it hasn’t changed and to me, that’s a good thing. I love these sugared up oatmeal cookies. They have frosting in the middle of two old fashioned soft oatmeal cookies. One makes a really great snack when I am in the mood for something sweet but still mildly healthy. 12 grams of sugar isn’t insane when I’ve seen soda with double the sugar in it. I hate really sweet things and I don’t really eat ice cream or cake/pies. When I am in the mood, I like a small serving of something like a cookie or a slice of cheesecake. I have to say that I love salty things much better like pretzels and chips which are just as unhealthy as cake and ice cream. It’s all in moderation people. Don’t forget to indulge.

With Love,

❤ Selena Hannah ❤

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Lil’ Meal

For Gerber Graduates Lil’ Meals Mac & Cheese w/Chicken & Vegetables, Spaghetti Rings in Meat Sauce

Two of Dean’s favorite foods are Mac & Cheese and Spaghetti, so he ate these two 6 oz bowls in two sittings. He ate 3 oz at a time. He can really pack in the pasta. He loves anything in a sauce or cheese. I will not repurchase these, because he eats the “adult” version just as well. He doesn’t need the toddler version. I like to expand his taste buds with these Gerber meals and if he does well with them, he can “graduate” to adult food from the table. These meals are fortified and sneak in veggies, which I like. I will be repurchasing other kinds of these lil’ meals, just not these particular ones. I highly recommend these for convenience, when you don’t want to cook a separate meal for your toddler. When we have pork chops, these come in handy, because that meat is too tough for him to eat and chew.

With Love,

❤ Selena Hannah ❤

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Candy Cane Lane

For Celestial Seasons Candy Cane Lane Green Tea

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This has to be my favorite seasonal tea flavor. It is a sweet mint with a hint of vanilla. I don’t need any added sugar with this tea. It is sweet enough on its own. Celestial Seasons is my favorite brand of tea, because I just enjoy more of the flavors than any other brand. If you haven’t tried this, then do you live under a rock? It is seriously amazing and if you like Christmas teas, than you really need to try this. I drank this tea a lot during the end of my pregnancy. It was a serious craving of mine and holds sentimental value to me now. I have to have a box every year. Once I see it on the shelf, I know that Dean’s birthday is around the corner and Christmas! I look forward to this tea every year and I could never get sick of it.

With Love,

❤ Selena Hannah ❤

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Pasta Pick-Ups

For Gerber Graduates Pasta Pick-Ups Cheese & Spinach Ravioli

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Dean is not ready for these yet. They went to waste for the most part. He’s not ready to eat this kind of food yet at this size. He gets bored easy with food also. I might try these again in a month or so. I feel like these are for two to three year olds. My son is just not there yet to eat these. He likes to eat the filling, but doesn’t really finish the pasta part. He will eat four whole pieces of ravioli before he gets full and starts only eating the filling. I like these packets for a quick meal, when what the family is eating is a little too advanced for him.

With Love,

❤ Selena Hannah ❤

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Fruit Pick-Ups

For Gerber Fruit Pick-Ups Diced Apples

Dean really loves these cut up apples. I will not be repurchasing again, though. Dean eats pieces of fresh cut up apples now. I am not afraid that he will choke on a piece anymore. These bowls had two servings of fruit and he generally ate these in four sittings. I like that there aren’t a ton of preservatives in Gerber foods and I feel like Gerber wasn’t always like that. I have only seen the apple option at all of the stores that I shop at, so I am unsure if they make anymore kinds of diced up fruit. I highly recommend these, because they are soft, easy to mash up, and swallow. They are great for early chewers.

With Love,

❤ Selena Hannah ❤