Last Christmas the kids received some story books from their Uncle and Aunt in SoCal, and one of those books has become a bedtime story favorite this month. The book is Rapunzel by Paul O. Zelinsky, his illustrations are amazing, and I think that is what truly drew the kids into the story and magically calms them during our nightly story time. After the kids requested Rapunzel three nights in a row, I jumped on Amazon and ordered three more of his books; Swamp Angel, Rumpelstiltskin, and Hansel and Gretel. I'm very excited to start reading these to the kids at bedtime.
OMG I'm very excited about this haul! (1) I LOVE when PaperedLove has new releases, I usually want them all, and (2) I LOVE teardrop stickers for tracking little things in my planner, like going to the store, spending time with friends, meetings, or special tasks that take up a few hours. I was so excited to see PaperedLove added these beautiful watercolor teardrop stickers, I bought them all! :)
I made another purchase on ScribblePrintsCo. Etsy shop, I needed to restock her weekend banners, please I really wanted the manicure and yoga stickers since I've been trying to do those weekly. I also snagged her March stickers because I LOVE her monthly sets, and a new Spring design. Of course, now I'm window shopping her site again because she has added April sets and new mini dot stickers... but I'm going to try to wait it out ;)
It was about time I made another PaperPanduh purchase, she added some of the cutest items for Spring, plus I really needed to replace the scissors in my office. I bought the Eiffel Tower Craft Scissors, so beautiful and they are great quality, one of the super cute Crown Pens, the Gold Washi Tape Trio set, and last minute I added the Front Porch Planner Kit to my order. I love everything, as usual, and washi tape totally matches the theme in my planner this week :)
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We used to buy store brand gummy vitamins, but then the kids started thinking of them as candy, and were asking for "candy vitamins" all day long. I didn't like them associating vitamins as candy, and other candies as vitamins - it became confusing for the kids, especially when we're trying to establish healthy choices at a young age. Once we signed up with Amway last year, we bought a bottle of Nutrilite Kids Multitarts Chewable Multivitamin/Multimineral Supplement, they come in solid chewable forms, in the recognizable shapes like oranges, strawberries, etc. It took the kids a few days to get over the fact there were no more gummy bears in the morning, but now they love their vitamins, and will remind me if I forget to give them some with breakfast.
We've now expanded their vitamins to not only include the Multivitamin, but also the Nutrilite Kids Chewable Concentrated Fruits and Vegetables, which are the equivalent of 5+ servings of fruits and vegetables. Some days the kids just feel like eating more protein and carbs than our usual fruits and veggies, so I feel a bit more peace of mind knowing they are still getting all the nutrients they need in a day.
Recently we just finished a bottle of the Nutrilite Kids Seasonal Strength Probiotic supplements - I love these so much! They were kind of a splurge at $42 for a little bottle of 30 tablets, but in complete honesty, they work for us so well. Usually when Madilyn gets a cold, it comes with a sore runny nose, watery red eyes, sore throat, no appetite, prone to high temps or fevers, and she'll be sick for about 2-3 weeks before all the sicky symptoms are gone. So far, she has gotten sick twice while we've had these Probiotic supplements. When she starts to show signs of feeling under the weather, I'll begin to give her one of these every morning with her vitamins. I noticed that although her appetite is low, she'll still take her vitamins, so when she doesn't want to consume other forms of probiotics, she's still getting the boost she needs. These two last sick-sessions she's had only lasted 1-2 weeks, no high temps, no miserable mood, or excessive sleeping. It's like she's a whole new Madilyn now, she'll look and sound sick (still limiting her appetite), but she'll have the energy and playful attitude as if she's completely fine. I've taken a few of these myself when she gets sick, more like a preventative so I don't get sick from her (happens every time!), and so far I've only gotten sick once while she's had her germs all over me (this is in conjunction with my daily vitamins).
Overall, I have come to really like the effect these Nutrilite Children's vitamins and supplements have on the kids, I have noticed big changes and I think it's safe to say we'll be repurchasing these. You can read all the stats and info on these products on our website, Healthy at Home, or click any of the direct links I included above.