A new snack your kids will love

A snack your kids will love: check out the healthy munchies Deep River Snacks has to offer!If you’re like me, your kids snack constantly, and are constantly deciding they’re tired of what’s in the cupboard. Unless it’s candy, which, of course, they would eat for all three meals and snacks if you let them. I recently posted about healthy snacks for your toddler here, but then I discovered another snack that is not only delicious and kid-approved, but is actually full of wholesome ingredients. 

Another snack food that my kids never seem to tire of is chips. In fact, they’ve made the short list of foods my autistic son will actually verbalize (chips!!chips!!!). I think chips are a go-to munchie for most people, but they’re usually ridiculously high in sodium and other things you don’t want in your (or your offspring’s) body. 

A snack your kids will love: check out the healthy munchies Deep River Snacks has to offer!Deep River Snacks asked me to review their product, and of course, I’m thinking, do you know how quickly we burn through snacks around here? Yeah! Besides, discovering healthy snacks is always fun. 

I sampled three varieties of the Honchos tortilla chips (Deep River Snacks also sells kettle chips, potato chips, popcorn, and baked chips): ranch, nacho cheese, and peach habanero. Healthier does not always necessarily mean tastier, but I was pleasantly surprised by the flavor and texture of the ranch flavored chips. 

A snack your kids will love: check out the healthy munchies Deep River Snacks has to offer!I would definitely say that the taste was as good or better than an unhealthy version of the chip (we’re all thinking of the one that starts with a “D”). The only thing I have against this chip is that it’s not the peach habanero. But more on that later. The nacho cheese was also totally yummy. It seems taking out all the bad stuff doesn’t adversely affect the taste. Who would’ve thought. 

My three kids, my husband and I all sampled all three varieties and we all really enjoyed them all, but I gotta tell you, the peach habanero was on another level. I don’t know how they managed to get a perfect approximation of a peach in a chip, but it is amazing. Pretty much the perfect chip. I mean I’m literally unsure I’ve enjoyed a tastier chip in my life …

A snack your kids will love: check out the healthy munchies Deep River Snacks has to offer!Okay, so now for the information you’re practically begging me for: how can I get my hands on this delectable yet nutritious health product?! The great news is that there’s a pretty good chance your local grocery store carries it. You’ll find it either in the deli, organic or gluten-free aisle. You can click here to check for sure. You can also buy it on Amazon!

Do yourself and your kids a favor, stock up on the yumminess and take my advice: double up on the peach habanero. You just don’t want to deal with the disappointment when the bag comes up empty. 

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7 baby products that shouldn’t exist

7 baby products that shouldn't exist: the seven baby products I have found the most frustrating or useless with my three littles. Check out the list at gloriousmomblog.com.

By this point I’ve been through three babies. My youngest is a toddler. So I find myself at times asking the question, “who on earth thought this baby (or toddler) product was a good idea, and why have they not made amends for their error?” Read my list, and then let me know if you agree, or if I missed any. 

Tie shoes

Why does a baby or toddler need laces? Do they know how to tie their shoes? It looks cute. Yeah. I look cute with kids screaming at me when I’m running late and it’s taking five times as long as it should to wrangle a squirmy kid into their footwear. DUMB. All baby and toddler shoes should be Velcro

Pajamas with snaps

If you love someone, or even mildly don’t wish them pain and suffering, DON’T give them baby pajamas with snaps. With a newborn, you’re changing their diapers several times in the middle of the night – do you really want to deal with eighty snaps at 3AM? Does it get better as they outgrow their nightly feedings? NO! What comes next is squirmy toddlerhood. Do you think they’re going to sit still and patiently wait for you to snap all 1200 snaps, realize you missed one, unsnap them all and then resnap them again? By this time they’ve pulverized your internal organs with their flailing feet and pulled your hair out by its roots. If there be any love or compassion in you at all, give zippered pajamas at the baby shower.

7 baby products that shouldn't exist: the seven baby products I have found the most frustrating or useless with my three littles. Check out the list at gloriousmomblog.com.Bibs with Velcro

I love Target. It’s close and quick. Therefore I buy 99% of my stuff there. So I was always frustrated that ALL their bibs featured Velcro. Do you know how useless that is? The baby will wear that bib for maybe a month or two before he figures out that he can rip the hated thing off in a heartbeat. Do you think your newly-minted toddler is keeping it on? Ha! Why don’t they only make bibs with snaps or strings? Too logical, I know. 

Wipes that don’t pull apart

I’ve sampled enough wipes to know what features are important to me, and top amongst them is the ability to separate easily. When I discover that the diaper I thought housed pee is hiding poop instead, I want to be able to make that nastiness disappear ASAP before Crafty Toddler or Curious Baby starts exploring the poop with their fingers. If I gotta struggle to get my next wipe, I may not finish this thing in time. My LEAST favorite are the Target Up & Up brand wipes, while the ones I like the most are Pampers

7 baby products that shouldn't exist: the seven baby products I have found the most frustrating or useless with my three littles. Check out the list at gloriousmomblog.com.Nose bulbs

Unfortunately, I did not discover the Nose Frida until my third baby. Zac was always congested, and addicted as he was to the paci, he needed to breathe through his nose. I’m telling you, even the hospital-issued nose bulbs do next to nothing. The Nose Frida, or Snot Sucker as I call it, was 5x as effective. 

Pull-ups without side Velcro

This is a no-brainer. You know how hard it is to remove a poopy pull-up that doesn’t disattach at the sides? I literally just rip the pull-up off my child. Another example of a product that must not have been made by a parent who actually uses it. Luckily, Huggies makes a pretty decent pull-up with the side Velcro

Musical toys without an Off button 

I think pretty much all modern toys now come with Off buttons; some are even smart enough to have two volume choices. Although this still doesn’t solve the problem of your kid activating a sound that doesn’t stop manually and then walking out of the room 😱😱😱.

You’d think after all these years someone would figure out what works and what doesn’t, but no … they leave it to us moms to sort everything out. 

My secret for keeping clothes on my toddler

My secret for keeping clothes on my toddler: check out the truly inescapable pajamas I discoveredJac is like many typical three-year-old boys in that he prefers being naked. If his diaper is wet or dirty, that thing is coming OFF. You might say, Oh, great! He’s ready for potty training! But Jac is not a typical three-year-old in that he has autism, and potty training hasn’t quite worked out yet. 

Jac is bright, resourceful, and determined. I tried many things. If you’ve had toddler girls and boys, you will realize that boys have unique challenges in this regard. You can’t do the backwards diaper thing because the back of the diaper isn’t absorbent enough for a front-facing urine stream. Duct tape was effective for a while until my little smarty pants realized he could just pull his wee wee up out of his diaper, because the number two reason he wants to be naked, besides eliminating the soiled diaper, is playing with his wee wee. That thing is loads of fun!

My secret for keeping clothes on my toddler: check out the truly inescapable pajamas I discovered.One day, Jac removed his clothes and peed all over the couch. That was the final straw. I am by no means a seamstress, but I set to altering his clothes to provide a solution. The zipper needed to be in the back where he couldn’t reach it, I needed to shorten the arms and legs as the weather was warming up, and I needed to tighten the arm and leg holes so he couldn’t reach a limb back into his pajamas to remove his diaper (yes, he’s done this before). 

This was a pretty good solution except for two things: one, it took forever to alter each pair of pajamas, and two, they looked horrible! To fit correctly they appeared illfitting, plus the edges weren’t finished. So if we wanted to leave the house and go somewhere he might remove his clothes, he would look a little ridiculous (you can see one of my attempts in the top picture of this post).

My secret for keeping clothes on my toddler: check out the truly inescapable pajamas I discovered.
Enter the Little Keeper Sleeper. I did a little research online to see if a product existed that matched what I had created, but looked nicer. Not surprisingly, such a product was hard to find and expensive. Even though plenty of typical toddlers have the same problem of removing their clothes, this product is classified as “special needs” which means vendors can charge a ton for it. Fortunately for me, I came across the Little Keeper Sleeper. This product was the most reasonably-priced that I found, plus the quality was amazing. 

To be honest, I loved this product so much that I approached the company asking if I could write a review in exchange for a free sleeper. The sleeper we use is the short sleeved one. I’ve found that it’s versatile because if you need it for the winter as well, you can just put a long sleeved shirt on top. 

My secret for keeping clothes on my toddler: check out the truly inescapable pajamas I discovered.The sleeper is inescapable. Jac wears a uniform to preschool, and as soon as he’s home I dress him in the Little Keeper Sleeper. I then change him into a clean sleeper for bedtime. 

Day and night, my little boy wears the Little Keeper Sleeper, and not once has he successfully removed it.

The arm and leg holes are well-fitted so he can’t sneak his arm back through, the zipper endures the wrestling match we have every time I get him dressed, and the three snaps at the top of the back are an extra precaution to make sure my little Houdini stays put. I actually don’t always use them (you can see this in the slide picture) because I’m dressing him in a rush, but even unsnapped he’s never escaped. 

The Little Keeper Sleeper looks SO much nicer than my own creation! Not only is it a solid piece of construction, but it’s the best-looking inescapable pajamas, and again, at an unbeatable price. 

So if you are struggling as I was with keeping diapers and clothes on your little one, I wholeheartedly recommend the Little Keeper Sleeper. 

The best snacks for your toddler

The best snacks for your toddler: mom-recommended snacks for the littles. Visit gloriousmomblog.com to see the list. This post contains affiliate links.

Toddlers. They never want to eat meals, but they can snack ALL day long! I made a list of favorite toddler snacks as recommended by my mom friends. Check these out if you’re looking for delicious, nutritious snacks your toddler will love. 

The best snacks for your toddler: mom-recommended snacks for the littles. Visit gloriousmomblog.com to see the list.
1. Earth’s Best yogurt smoothies

Earth’s Best seems to be a favorite brand. I know my kids love to eat food out of a squeeze pouch, especially if it’s sweet!

The best snacks for your toddler: mom-recommended snacks for the littles. Visit gloriousmomblog.com to see the list. 2. Annie’s fruit snacks

I’ve had these; they’re tasty! I know fruit snacks should be given in moderation because of the sugar, but these are organic, have no high fructose corn syrup, and are made with fruit juice. 

The best snacks for your toddler: mom-recommended snacks for the littles. Visit gloriousmomblog.com to see the list. 3. Annie’s bunny snacks

Annie’s healthy version of goldfish is always a big hit with the kids. 

The best snacks for your toddler: mom-recommended snacks for the littles. Visit gloriousmomblog.com to see the list. 4. Earth’s Best applesauce

My kids eat applesauce every day, but I gotta be careful that it doesn’t have high fructose corn syrup. Who needs to sweeten applesauce anyway???

The best snacks for your toddler: mom-recommended snacks for the littles. Visit gloriousmomblog.com to see the list. 5. Z Bars – Clif Bars for kids

Look at all that goodness! My kids love bars. I might have to steal one …

The best snacks for your toddler: mom-recommended snacks for the littles. Visit gloriousmomblog.com to see the list. 6. Earth’s Best bars

Breakfast bars! What kid isn’t into these guys?

The best snacks for your toddler: mom-recommended snacks for the littles. Visit gloriousmomblog.com to see the list. 7. Greek yogurt

This is my middle son’s favorite snack. He used to eat just plain, until I added honey. Now he always has to have the honey! Still healthier than the other flavored varieties, though. Plain with added honey is the way to go.

The best snacks for your toddler: mom-recommended snacks for the littles. Visit gloriousmomblog.com to see the list.

8. Yogurt-covered raisins

If your kid isn’t into fruit, this snack is the way to go, ’cause it tastes like candy! 

Keep these snacks stocked in your pantry to tame the toddler beasts between meals and distract them when you’re on the go. They won’t be picky eaters forever – okay, they might – but for now, fill those bellies with nutritious yummyness they’ll totally dig. 

Versatile blogger award

Versatile blogger awardI was nominated by Karla Pitzen for the Versatile Blogger Award. I started blogging because I wanted to encourage moms. I’m a work-at-home mom with three kids. My oldest is five and reads chapter books in her head (more about that here), my middle child was born with a heart defect and now has autism (read about that here and here), and my youngest, so far, is thankfully normal!

I studied music in college before I had kids, and have written tons of songs, as well as led worship for church. That activity has greatly diminished as my hands are busy juggling my three littles and a very part-time job. I’ve worked for years for Starfish Learning Center – a non profit after school program in Chicago’s inner city. Fortunately, I’m now able to continue my work from home, which is primarily grant writing, design work and publication, and social media marketing. 

Versatile blogger award
But enough about me! I’d like to thank Karla from handsonworkingmom.com for the nomination. Karla is a Christian working mom blogger like me, also a bit of an older mom, like me (read her article about that here), and she started a Facebook blogger group that has helped me get the word out about my blog.  

“The Versatile Blogger Award is for newer or smaller blogs, like mine.  It was created to encourage engagement with fellow bloggers – to lift each other up and support each others’ hard work.”(thanks, Karla, for the description)   Upon accepting this nomination, I am to nominate some other blogs. I am very pleased to nominate the following:

Leah Martin, from mylittlerobins.com

Leah shares on her blog about applying Charlotte Mason principles to teaching smaller children. Leah has lots of great ideas for the homeschooling mom. Leah is a former educator-turned SAHM who is also a Christian. 

Suzanne Curtiss, from mamacurtiss.com


Suzanne is another Christian SAHM blogger. Suzanne gave up nursing to stay at home with her little girl. “Mama Curtiss” blogs about everything motherhood, from 6 things to do without Internet, to yummy recipes. 

Georgiana Daniels, from spunkymoms.com.


Georgiana is a SAHM who blogs about homeschool and everything she does to make life great for her family. She also shares her experiences with blogging to help other bloggers grow. Georgiana’s lovely list posts will give you great ideas and inspire you. 

Lacey Hanson, from smalltownsolace.com.


Lacey is a writer/designer turned mom/blogger who writes about life, her relationship with God, and motherhood. Lacey brings the small-town feel to the blogosphere so city moms like me can get a taste of what we’re missing 😜.

And now, for seven random facts about me. 

1. I looooove reading fiction. I’m actually pausing writing this to read alongside my prodigy-reader daughter (read about that here).  I read 52 books a year two years in a row. My blog is killing my reading stats, though. 

2. I don’t actually love cooking. It’s a necessary evil. I love baking, but that widens my thighs, so I try to avoid it. 

3. I think outside is magic. Except in the winter. California born and raised, I’m tolerating Midwest weather. Barely. 

Versatile Blogger Award
4. I LOVE the International House of Prayer in Kansas City. I did a four month internship there. They’re all about learning the Word, loving Jesus, and perpetual worship and prayer. 

5. I care about people, but not so much what they think of me. I don’t get offended easily and don’t understand people who do. 

6. I’m terrible at exercise. I’m usually an on-for-two-months/off-for-six kind of a person. 

7.  Which is too bad, because I love sweets! Mainly ice cream and chocolate, but just about anything works. 

Buy this, not that: baby gear edition 

Buy this, not that: baby gear.  Check out my recommendations at the blog: gloriousmomblog.com. This post contains affiliate links. 

Three kids later, I have some suggestions as to what baby stuff works out and what doesn’t. Learn from my mistakes! I bought many of these items twice because the first version was terrible. And online reviews are NOT always helpful. 

Buy this: baby monitor, not that baby monitor.

Buy this, not that: baby gear.  Check out my recommendations at the blog: gloriousmomblog.com.  Featured here: angelcare movement monitor. I initially received the Graco monitor, pictured below, as a gift. I ended up buying an additional one with our second child. It would just stop working, seriously. “Oh good, the baby stopped screaming.” No, you just bought a bad monitor! I’d have to unplug and replug it to get it to work again. 

The Angelcare movement monitor, pictured above, has been great. What I really like about it is that our third child slept on his tummy as an infant. It would beep whenever there was no movement, or you could unattach the movement board and use it as a regular monitor. 

Buy this, not that: baby gear.  Check out my recommendations at the blog: gloriousmomblog.com.  Featured here: Graco baby monitor.

Buy this pack n play not that pack n play.

Buy this, not that: baby gear.  Check out my recommendations at the blog: gloriousmomblog.com.  Featured here:  Bright Starts playard. Playards are a hassle to break down. But I’ve found what’s even more important than that is how comfortable they are. Because your baby doesn’t need an extra excuse to wake up fifteen more times at night, can I get a witness? The Baby Trend pack n play, showed below, features a mattress that is basically a board with fabric over it. Also, the pieces don’t line well, leaving an uncomfortable uneven surface. Maybe they’ve fixed it by now; I don’t know. But the Bright Starts pack n play, featured above, has a super-comfy mattress. And hey, I’ve finally arrived at the place where I can break it down without begging my husband for help!
Buy this, not that: baby gear.  Check out my recommendations at the blog: gloriousmomblog.com.  Featured here: Baby Trend playard.

Buy this stroller, not that stroller.

Buy this, not that: baby gear.  Check out my recommendations at the blog: gloriousmomblog.com.  Featured    here: Kolcraft Cloud Plus lightweight stroller.
In this post here, I detail our trip to New York with the kids and how the stroller below completely fell apart while we were walking around in Manhattan. Not good. Even before it started perpetually closing while my kids were inside it, the wheels were doing strange swivelly-things that were making it near-impossible to navigate the throngs of NYC. The stroller above, Kolcraft’s Cloud Plus, has been fantastic. No inconvenient collapsing. In fact, you can push it with one hand. Extremely helpful with multiple littles. The wheels behave, and it collapses, when you want it to, easily. Buy this, not that: baby gear.  Check out my recommendations at the blog: gloriousmomblog.com.  Featured here: Dream On Me lightweight stroller.

Buy this baby carrier, not that baby carrier.

Buy this, not that: baby gear.  Check out my recommendations at the blog: gloriousmomblog.com.  Featured here: Baby Bjorn baby carrier.

I will qualify this review by saying this: the Infantino is MUCH cheaper than the Baby Bjorn. So if you’re really strapped for funds, it definitely is not terrible. But in the first year of your baby’s life, the baby carrier is like a second skin to you. Especially if you’re a work at home mom. Especially if you have multiple littles. So I strongly recommend the upgrade to the Baby Bjorn, which is stronger, more durable, and provides better support. 
Buy this, not that: baby gear.  Check out my recommendations at the blog: gloriousmomblog.com.  Featured here: Infantino baby carrier.

You HAVE TO buy a pumping bra!

Okay, I don’t have a product to compare here, because I loved the first version. I didn’t realize these existed until my third child. I’m not even a working mom; well, I work from home, but if you’re a working mom and you’re pumping, get on it! It’s only $25! It makes such a difference. You have no idea. 

Buy this, not that: baby gear.  Check out my recommendations at the blog: gloriousmomblog.com.  Featured: simple wishes breast pumping bra.

Everyone has their preferences, I get that, but some products are just problematic! If you’re shopping for baby gear now, take my advice and buy something a fellow mama has tried and proven that works. 

Buy this, not that: baby gear.  Check out my recommendations at the blog: gloriousmomblog.com.