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Surprise Snacks Make Bedtime Easier

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Bedtime for a 5-year-old. It can go one of two ways. Fortunately, we’ve figured out a system to make it smooth, painless, and dare I say, enjoyable? For a long time, nights were hard. Really hard, y’all. Fortunately, I married the most brilliant man ever, who came to me with a suggestion. He said, “What about a routine? We can do the same thing every night and she’ll know that it’s time to go to sleep when we’re done.” He was right. So, every night, after dinner, Ayva changes into her jammies, gets a snack, and either Terrence or I read to her. Then she brushes her teeth, gets herself a cup of water in case she gets thirsty in the middle of the night, and goes to sleep. Guess what, guys? Routines really work! Guess what else, the new Gold Emblem abound snacks have me even more excited about bedtime than I was before.

Okay, blogger confession. I was going to share about these snacks over a month ago, but we kept eating them all. At one point, I dumped an entire box of  both the Pomegranate & Cranberry Snack Bars and Superfruit Snack Bars in my purse because I was running late and I couldn’t make a choice between the two quick enough. I know! I’m hanging my head in shame as I reach into this bag of Probiotic Trail Mix to grab another handful of chocolate covered cranberries, almonds, and yogurt raisins. Our family was first introduced to this new line of snacks right before we went on vacation in August. Free of artificial preservatives and flavors, Gold Emblem abound goodies made the 6 hour flight a lot more bearable. We were hooked and at this point, our family has tried just about every single snack in the line.

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So, back to bedtime. The best part of the snack for Ayva is the surprise factor. She never knows what she’s going to get. It’s actually part of our routine, and I really enjoy putting together a little plate of nibbles for her. Dinner tonight wasn’t very protein heavy, so the Gold Emblem abound Raw Natural Almonds were a good choice to make sure she doesn’t wake up later tonight hungry. We both love the Oat Bran Cookies with Cranberry, so I put a couple of those on the tray for us as well. The Sweet & Nutty Probiotic Trail Mix rounded out our story time snack. Ayva was was pleased, and I’m grateful to have snacks that I can take straight from the container and give to Ayva without worrying about a whole bunch of artificial crap. Many of the Gold Emblem abound products are even gluten free and sodium free!

Now it’s time for Mommy’s bedtime snack—a handful of nuts, a few Gold Emblem Abound Sea Salt Flavored Rice Thins, and a glass of wine. I’d say that’s a good night, for sure!

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I received these products at no charge to review. I wouldn’t write about it if I didn’t love it. <3

Notorious Spinks

Monday 22nd of September 2014

Snacks are always great! I want to try that probiotic trail mix. Looks good.


Thursday 11th of September 2014

These are great ideas for healthy snacks. I was just thinking of ways to "sneak in the healthy" for both myself and Jam. These almonds look delish.

Val B

Thursday 11th of September 2014

You had me at the chocolate covered cranberries. I love the combination of cranberries and almonds. Nice healthy snacks always make bedtime go faster, and I love this routine.

Patricia Patton

Thursday 11th of September 2014

I LOVE these snacks and want to work with this brand sooooo much. Met them at Blogher food and haven't been able to reconnect. They are seriously delish and make excellent airplane snacks


Thursday 11th of September 2014

Those look yummy. I love a good healthy snack!! And my kids have to read daily as well. Love the routine!