Disclosure: I was provided a Kid Basix cup, a variety of Wild Friends Nut Butters, Mixed Pears BiteSizers, Amara Baby Food, Sweetie Pie Organics Toddler Snacks, a FunBites food cutter, a MAM sippy cup and a variety of Booginhead products to facilitate this review. All opinions are 100% my own.
If your kids are anything like mine, they love picnics. And if you are anything like me, you like making those picnics as fun, yummy and hassle-free as possible. Here is my list of everything you’ll need to plan the perfect picnic!
FUN BITES FOOD CUTTER
This is one of my all time favorite food gadgets, as I’m sure you’ve heard me mention time and time again. FunBites food cutters turn ordinary food into something extraordinarily fun. Available in three different shapes (squares, triangles and hearts), FunBites will tempt even the pickiest eater. With FunBites, you can quickly cut your kiddo’s favorite sandwich into fun, bite-sized pieces that are as easy to pack for your picnic as they are fun to eat. You can even mix and match shapes to create a mealtime masterpiece! My kids absolutely love eating their square and triangle-shaped peanut butter sandwiches so much that now no ordinary sandwich will do! Use FunBites to make your picnic extra fun!
MAM STARTER SIPPY CUP
One of my favorite baby brands, MAM specializes in foolproof, mom-approved, easy to use feeding and oral care products for babies and kids. From their tried and true teethers and pacifiers to their amazing toothbrushes, MAM offers a comprehensive line of safe, non-toxic products guaranteed to make life easier for both mom and baby.
One of my new favorite MAM products is their Starter Sippy Cup. With easy to hold handles and a great ergonomic shape, it’s the perfect way to help baby transition from nursing or bottle to sippy cup. From the removable handles to soft, spill-proof spout, this transitional sippy is no joke. A removable valve converts the spout from spill-proof to free flow, so the cup can adapt as your child gets more comfortable with their new sippy skills. Even the most tentative kiddos will have no trouble making the switch to a ‘big kid’ cup with the MAM Starter Sippy. Got littler kids, you say? Check out the MAM Bottle Trainer, which is shaped more like a bottle than a cup, and has a nipple as opposed to a spout!
Perfect for the little ones at your picnic, the leak proof MAM Starter Sippy is a must-have for your picnic basket!
WILD FRIENDS NUT BUTTERS
Ready to take your PB&J to the next level? Check out Wild Friends Nut Butters, the invention of two best friends in Portland, OR. From classic peanut butter to ‘wild’ flavors like Cinnamon Raisin Peanut Butter, Vanilla Espresso Almond Butter and Maple Sunflower Butter, Wild Friends Nut Butters offer unique flavors and friendly ingredients. Guaranteed to enhance your PB&J (or SB&J or AB&J) experience, Wild Friends Nut Butters are seriously delicious. In fact, I may have skipped the sandwich part altogether, and just eaten an entire jar of Wild Friends Chocolate Coconut Peanut Butter with a spoon (I feel no shame).
I was lucky enough to try out several flavors: Sesame Cranberry Peanut Butter, Chocolate Coconut Peanut Butter, Vanilla Espresso Almond Butter, Honey Sunbutter and Chocolate Almond Butter. Truthfully, I was fairly certain the Sesame Cranberry Peanut Butter and Vanilla Espresso Almond Butter wouldn’t be my cup of tea, but Wild Friends proved me way WAY wrong. Each nut (or seed) butter packed an incredibly flavorful punch with its unique blend of delicious (yet wholesome) flavors. I tell you what, there’s not much better than starting your day with a cup of coffee and a slice of warm toast topped with a Wild Friends spread. Pick a butter, any butter. They’re all equally delicious! Perhaps more importantly, kids LOVE Wild Friends butters! And with natural, non-GMO, mostly organic ingredients, Moms love Wild Friends too.
Pair a Wild Friends nut butter sandwich with your FunBites food cutter, and not only will your picnic seriously rock, but your kids will never look at PB&J the same again!
SWEETIE PIE ORGANICS
Picnics don’t have to equal unhealthy eating. Keep your meal nutritious by packing some wholesome and delicious toddler snacks from Sweetie Pie Organics! My kids are huge fans of Sweetie Pie’s Tiny Wafers and their freeze-dried snacks. The Wafers, available in flavors like apple, sweet beet and carrot, are great for teething as well as snacking. They’ve got a great ‘waffle’ texture that feels great on teething gums. They’re made from real fruit and veggie purees, and each box is a full serving of either fruits or veggies. Given the choice between fresh chocolate chip cookies and Tiny Wafers, my kids would choose Tiny Wafers! The freeze-dried snacks are also seriously delicious. Each box of Sweetie Pie Just Real Fruits & Veggies snacks contains 5 individually wrapped packages (great for tucking away in your purse or diaper bag for on-the-go snacking), and each bag contains a full serving of fruits AND veggies. With yummy flavors like Mango, Sweet Corn, Apple and Apple, Green Pea, Pineapple, your little one won’t even know they’re eating something so good for them!
All Sweetie Pie snacks contain no added sugar, no preservatives and no artificial colors or flavors. What you see is what you get with these delicious, good-for-you snacks! My kids can’t get enough of these yummy snacks, and I can’t get enough of Sweetie Pie’s approach to healthy snacking.
MIXED PEARS BITESIZERS MEALTIME SCISSORS
This is one of those products that makes you think, ‘How did I exist for so long without it?’. BiteSizers Mealtime Scissors from Mixed Pears are now a mealtime staple for my family. I take these puppies EVERYWHERE. Whether we’re having a picnic or out to eat, BiteSizers are a mealtime lifesaver. BiteSizers allow you to snip food into kid-friendly, bite-sized pieces quickly and easily, whether at home or on the go. And for those crazy days where you’re desperate to get out the door but still need to pack food for the kids? Well, BiteSizers ensure that I can prepare the food with no hassle AT our destination, instead delaying our departure but taking the time to cut grapes in half before we leave.
BiteSizers are small, easy to pack, easy to clean and even come with a blade cover for added safety. They’re also designed to be used by both right and lefthanders, and make one-handed cutting a breeze (and we all know moms pretty much do everything one-handed). Not only do BiteSizers make food prep super easy, they’re also a great solution for what I like to call ‘Little Birds’. Growing up, my baby sister would always sit in my Dad’s lap during dinner and he would feed her bites of food from his plate. He called her his ‘Little Bird’. Lately, my daughter has adopted this same habit with my husband. Needless to say, using a knife and fork isn’t the easiest under those circumstances, but BiteSizers make the situation that much easier.
Do yourself a favor a pick up a pair of BiteSizers. I promise you’ll never leave home without them again!
Does your child enjoy throwing their cup or pacifier onto the floor, only to have you retrieve it so they can throw it on the floor again? Does your child snack constantly? Does your child fling food on the floor for sport during mealtimes? Well, then you need Booginhead in your life. Like, yesterday.
Booginhead is a mother’s dream. I’m seriously obsessed with this brand. I use their products daily and frankly, I can’t imagine life without them. Designed by moms, Booginhead products are designed to make life easier on the go or at home. They hit the nail on the head every single time. I was lucky enough to receive a treasure trove of products to test for this review. After using Booginhead products for several months, I’ve realized that this brand has filled a gaping hole in my Mommy Soul that I didn’t even know was there. I received the PaciGrip pacifier leash, Squeez’Ems reusable food pouches, SippiGrip cup leash, SplatMat and Pack’Ems reusable snack pouches.
The PaciGrip and SippiGrip leashes ensure that I do not spend excess amounts of time picking things up off the floor and washing or wiping them clean. The PaciGrip is a traditional pacifier leash, available in an extensive variety of fun, modern prints. Compatible with pacifiers of all types with a clasp that’s gentle on your child’s clothing, these easy-to-clean leashes are super durable and a total lifesaver. Pair the PaciGrip with the PaciPouch, and you can say goodbye to your pacifier woes. The PaciPouch keeps pacifiers clean, contained and close by (and you can fit a lip balm in there too). It attaches easily to strollers, purses and diaper bags giving you easy access when your kiddo is on the brink of a meltdown. With a zipper closure, you can grab a clean pacifier quickly, easily and hopefully before the meltdown is in full swing. The SippiGrip prevents bottles and sippies from falling on dirty floors or getting lost. Velcro tabs attach easily to strollers, car seats and high chairs, keeping bottles and cups nearby and within reach. No more lost bottles and no more gross floor germs. Woohoo! The SplatMat is a highly durable, reusable circular mat designed to go under your child’s chair during mealtimes. Fling away, sweet children. The SplatMat makes post-meal floor messes easy to clean up and infinitely decreases the odds that you’ll need to pull out the steam mop. It’s also fantastic for – you guessed it – picnics! And Play Doh. And Easter egg decorating. Really anything kid-related that creates a mess! Lastly, Squeez’Ems and Pack’Ems are hands down the absolute best reusable food pouches and snack bags on the market. Both items have expandable bottoms, which mean they sit up independently when being filled. Let me tell you, filling the Squeez’Ems with applesauce is about nine thousand times easier than other reusable snack pouches. Not only does this feature allow the Pack’Ems and Squeez’Ems to be filled one-handed, BUT it also means more space for filling. You’d be amazed at how many grapes you can pack in a Pack’Em!
Needless to say, this brand is pretty fabulous. I can only hope that they will expand their line and introduce even more awesome products to the market. Fingers crossed!
AMARA BABY FOODS
As a mom, there are certain things that rate high on my list of favorite things: organic food, convenience, nutrition, and happy babies! Thanks to Amara Baby Foods, I can achieve all of these things in a single pouch of Amara baby food. Made from pure fruits and veggies with no additives or preservatives, Amara dried baby foods are a fantastic way to start your little one out with a healthy diet from the get go AND they’re great for sneaking in that extra nutrition here and there as your child gets older. Each box of Amara organic dried baby food contains 7 individual pouches, which are easy to take anywhere! Mix the contents of the pouch with formula, breastmilk or water, then stir until smooth. Your kiddo will love Amara’s yummy flavors like Banana, Tropical Mango and Winter ! My kids are wild about the Potato and Kale Mash. As my kids have gotten older, I’ve started mixing the pouches into their applesauce or yogurt for an added nutritional punch. Mix up a batch of Amara and fill your Booginhead Squeez’Ems and you’ve got yourself the perfect picnic food for younger kids! I’ve also gotten creative with my Amara pouches and used them in toddler muffins and on pasta and chicken. The kids LOVE all things Amara, and I love knowing my kids are getting the very best out of their meals.
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For the older kids at your picnic, check out the Safe Sippy 2 from Kid Basix. It’s stainless steel body and soft, grippy rubber insulating sleeve keep drinks cool (or warm) for hours, and it’s multiple removable valves make the switch from sippy to straw cup a breeze. It even comes with a leak-proof travel valve. The soft, straw-like spout not only helps transition kids to straw cups, but with its wide, flat shape, it can also help wean your kids off thumb sucking. Removable handles also make this a great cup for kids of all ages.
My kids fight over who gets to use the Kid Basix cup. My daughter prefers straws and no handles, and my son prefers handles with a sippy spout. Lucky for this mom, the Kid Basix Safe Sippy 2 can accommodate both of them. Personally, I love the stainless steel design (less plastic, thanks!) and easy to clean parts. The long, skinny shape of the Safe Sippy 2 ensures that it fits well into coolers and diaper bag drink pockets.
For older kiddos, this is the perfect cup. Plug in the travel valve and tuck the Safe Sippy 2 into your picnic basket. Cool drinks and no leaks here!