Happy 50th Anniversary Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer! (Giveaway ends 12/6/14)



Did you know that this year marks the 50th Anniversary of the longest running and highest rated holiday special of all time? That’s right! Rudolph, the most beloved red-nosed reindeer, is celebrating his 50th Anniversary this year.

For me and my family, it’s not really the Christmas season without watching Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer.

I’ve been enjoying this beloved holiday classic since I was a very little girl. I honestly can’t remember the first time I saw it. All I know is that as soon as it aired on television the holiday season “officially” begun (in my eyes that is).

My dad wasn’t a big fan of the show. He didn’t really like any holiday programming. I think a lot of that had to do with him being raised in an orphanage when he was a little boy. His Christmas was nothing like the Christmases I experienced growing up. I have nothing but happy memories where as I’m sure my dad didn’t have any happy memories. So watching holiday shows like Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer didn’t see to phase him much. In fact he grumbled when my mom would tell him to let me watch Rudolph. She knew how much I loved it. The moment it was over he would change the channel.

Even though my dad didn’t enjoy the show, it still brings back happy memories from when I was a child. I would love to sit there and watch it while enjoying a candy cane. Afterwards mom would make me some hot chocolate.

I’m lucky that I married someone who also loves Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer as much as I do. Whenever it’s on TV we have to watch it. We even have it on Blu-ray and DVD so we can watch it a few times during the holiday season (and usually do). We even have A LOT of decorations around our home based on the holiday special including stuffed animals, ornaments, snow globes and figurines.


One of our Rudolph plush toys (we have a few) and a Hermie and Cornelius animated toy.


Some of our Rudolph and friends plush figures.

My husband has a plush Bumble that he loves. It sits on our bed. Once I caught him fast asleep with Bumble in his arms. LOL!


You’d think he’d be embarrassed by this photo – but he’s not. My husband is just a big kid at heart. :-)

This year, in celebration of Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer‘s 50th Anniversary many places are having special Rudolph related tie-ins and promotions. For example, the U.S. postal service has issued special Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer stamps this year (I need to get some!). There is a collector’s edition DVD available, them park and in-mall entertainment, a stage musical and even a special social media campaign called #ShineBright that celebrates uniqueness in association with PACER’s National Bullying Prevention Center.

Rudolph Stamps

We also have special Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer books, compliments of Macmillan Children’s Publishing Group. The books are from Square Fish which is an imprint of the Macmillan Children’s Publishing Group. They released six new Rudolph themed books including the first graphic novel that stars Rudolph and all his friends, Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer: The Island of Misfit Toys by Brendan Deneen.

In addition to this book there is also a beautiful copy of the classic storybook and a My Reader edition specifically made for young readers.

I love the slide-and-find book. I have never seen one done this way before. I have seen pop-up books (there is also a new Rudolph pop-up book). Children can slide these little built in “doors” back and forth to reveal what is behind it. It’s really cute.

Here is some more information about the new Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer books.


Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer: The Classic Story – Deluxe 50th Anniversary Edition for ages 4-8

Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer: Slide and Find – Board Book for ages 2-4

Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer: Life-the-Flap – Board Book for ages 2-4

Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer: Rudolph Saves the Day -Paperback picture book for ages 3-7

Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer: My Reader – Level 2 Paperback Reader for ages 5-7

Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer: The Island of Misfit Toys – Middle-Grade Graphic Novel for ages 7-12

I LOVE the classic book. That is a keeper. I hope to share that book with my grandchildren, and God willing, grandchildren some day. I know some special little children who I am going to give the other books to.

These would make GREAT holiday gifts. The classic book would also make a great gift for an adult who loves the show. It’s a “keepsake” type of book.

If you would like to learn more about the Macmillan Children’s Publishing Group you ca visit their Official Website. You can also follow Macmillan Kids on Twitter. The official hashtag is #Rudolph50.

Macmillan Children’s Publishing Group has generously offered to give a lucky reader all of the new Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer books. 

This giveaway is open to U.S. residents only and will end on November 30, 2014 at 11:59 PM (EST). The winner will be chosen at random using a random number generator from all eligible entries. The winner will be notified via e-mail and will have three days to reply or a new winner will be chosen in their place.

To enter please comment on this post and tell about your favorite Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer memory or character from the show.

For extra entries you can use the Rafflecopter widget (below) but you must complete the initial entry requirement or the additional entries wont’ qualify (I do check). Extra entries are optional. 

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*I received free product samples in order to do this review. I also received compensation, however the opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way. 

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A fun new app for children – Little Luna – Big Talent


Children - Technology

It’s amazing how much technology has changed in just a few short years. When my kids were little we had cellphones but not smartphones. You could make phone calls on your cellphone but that was it. Kids could not play games on their parent’s phones back then.

These days there is a wonderful array of kid-friendly, parent-approved educational applications available that children can enjoy on their parents smartphone or a tablet.

I’m a bit jealous in a way. I wish we had these amazing things when I was younger. I would still opt to play outside or with my cousins, but on those rainy or snowy days when I was stuck inside I would have loved to have some fun games to play by myself.

There is a new app from Bastei Entertainment called Little Luna, Big Talent that is worth checking out.

Little Luna Big Talent App

Little Luna, Big Talent is an adorable, interactive game geared towards little ones (3-8). It’s about a little Bombardier Beetle named Luna.

I have never heard of a Bombardier Beetle before so I looked it up. These little beetles have an interesting defense mecchanisim – when they feel threatened their bodies products a noxious gas that they aim towards the predator. In a nutshell they omit a foul-smelling gas from their bodies to defend themselves against enemies. I’m guessing the smell must be pretty bad if it would make a predator flee.

So Little Luna is a beetle that has a foul smelling “gas”. Most parents might be grossed out by the idea, but let’s face it, kids LOVE farts. They find them funny. Admit it, chances are you thought they were funny too when you were little. We’re only human. Except in Luna’s case – she’s a Bombardier Beetle.

Check out this trailer for the Little Luna, Big Talent app from Bastei Entertainment.


I love the graphics. What you see in the trailer is just like what you see in the app.

I think Luna and her family are adorable. I know it sounds odd but I would love to see Little Luna books. I think her character and her family could make for a lot of darling children’s books.

The Little Luna – Big Talent application includes:

- Interactive storybook with games and more!

-Simple navigation for a smooth-running interface.

-Beautifully designed with delightful music to match.

-Timer for parents to monitor a child’s screen time.

-Designed for preschoolers and elementary school aged children.

-Narration in English, Mandarin Chinese, and German.

-No in-app purchases.

As a parent I appreciate that there are no “in-app” purchases. I just had a discussion with my son recently about that. He wanted to make an in-app purchase for a game he enjoys playing and I refuse to spend the extra money on it. I also worry about my kids accidentally clicking on in-app purchases and charge money to our card unknown to us. I wish they didn’t have in-app purchases. That is a feature I really like about this cute game.

As I mentioned before the illustrations/animations are adorable. Even if there are a lot of references to “farts” I didn’t mind. I still found the games to be really cute.

Bastei Entertainment Little Luna

Even though the games are geared towards little children, I found some of them fun as an adult.

There are several mini-games within the application that will keep your child entertained for a long time.

Even though this is considered a “storybook” it’s not one in the true sense of the word. There is no real story. You child can create their own story as they make their way around the app. It’s more about exploring Luna’s world then it is an actual story.

I like the parental control option too. You can control how long your child can play the game. I wouldn’t think this would be needed for very young children, but I guess some do need something like this set up so they don’t spend their entire day on the game.

I’m very impressed by the app. I love the graphics, music, ease of use and parental control. Plus it’s a fun app with a lot of things to see and do in Luna’s world which is sure to keep the little ones fully entertained.

Little Luna – Big Talent is available on iTunes for $2.99.

For more information about  Bastei Entertainment visit BasteiEntertainment.com.

What do you think about Little Luna – Big Talent? Does it look like a game your child or grandchild would enjoy? Feel free to share your thoughts.

Little Luna Big Talent


*I received a free code to download the game for review. Although compensated the opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way. 

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IKEA Soft Toys for Education Campaign – Buy a toy and help support children’s education through UNICEF and Save the Children

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I think it’s safe to assume that most people know that education is the “key” to helping people improve their lives and to help people become successful.

I am grateful that I can provide a quality education for my children.

I often worry about our son. He struggles in school. He always has. He started school a year too soon. We didn’t realize that it was an issue until he was in first grade. He struggled so much that we asked the school to leave him back a year but they wouldn’t do it. They had their reasons I suppose but the result is that our son tends to take longer to understand things then his peers do. He does “get it” eventually, but usually they are on to something else when he does.

Our son’s first grade teacher was an angel. We love her dearly. When we see her when we’re out and about we always have to say hello to her. She’s always quick to give us hugs too – including me and my husband.

I won’t mention her name (f0r her privacy) but she was amazing. She saw how much our son was struggling. She was always available to provide him with extra help, even if it meant staying after school. She always did it wit a smile on her face, even though her day was over and she had her own family to get home to.

My son in 1st grade

My son in 1st grade

She also knew that our son was very shy and had no friends. She took it upon her self to make him her “assistant” to help her out with things around the classroom. Her simple gesture helped to boost his confidence and self esteem.

The time my son spent with her he actually LOVED going to school and ended up doing better than we had hoped for.

If there was a way for her to follow him throughout his school “career” I think he would love school and do very well in it. Her kindness, compassion and genuine willingness to help out really made a difference in his life. Even to this day – 10 years later – he still talks about her and how much he misses having her as a teacher. Where as other teachers have come and gone from his life this one teach has stood out from the rest. She made that much of an impact on his life.

Even his reading teacher in elementary school was very instrumental to helping him read better (something he also struggled with).

It was a “team effort” but it got our son through elementary and middle school. Now he’s in high school.

It’s still a struggle for our son but we keep impressing upon him how important education is. Without it he won’t be able to reach his dreams. For example, he wants to live and work in New York City (specifically Manhattan). Manhattan is VERY expensive and living there is a small fortune. I order to afford to live there comfortably he’d have to have a decent job. In order to have a decent job he’d have to have an education and a college degree or some kind of certificate program.

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I couldn’t imagine not having access to quality education. What kind of a future can someone have without and education. Sadly there are children around the world who don’t have access to education. They don’t even know the basics like reading and writing. How are they expected to succeed in life and make a life for themselves if they can’t do basic things.

Education has a huge impact on your life. It helps increase opportunities to escape poverty. It also gives you the chance at a bright future. Not only that having an education can also improve one’s sense of well-being.

There are organizations that are doing their part to help bring quality education to those who need it the most. One such organization is IKEA.

Most people know IKEA as the place to buy great, affordable furniture. They are also known for their yummy meatballs (LOL). Did you know that IKEA also has a special campaign that helps support education?

The campaign is called IKEA Soft Toys for Education Campaign.

For every soft toy and children’s books sold at IKEA between November 9, 2014 – January 3, 2015, the IKEA Foundation will donate $1.00 to children’s education. The donation will be split between two charities – Save the Children and UNICEF.

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The IKEA Soft Toys for Education Campaign has been going on for many years. Since 2003 $90.4 million (67 million in Euros) has been donated through the campaign resulting in 11 million children being impacted through 99 projects in 46 countries. That is amazing!

Last year alone the campaign raised $13.6 million (10.1 million Euros). Over $1 million was raised in the US alone (the IKEA Soft Toys for Education Campaign is a world wide campaign).

The IKEA Foundation is the largest corporate donor to UNICEF and Save the Children. I did not know that. That is very impressive.

Donation help train teachers, supply educational materials and improve child protection systems. The funds also go to provide clean water and toilet facilities for the schools which greatly increase attendance.

Here are a few more specific examples of how funds from IKEA Soft Toys for Education Campaign is going towards changing the lives of others around the globe.




Not only does your purchase help improve the lives of so many around the globe, you also get a wonderful toy and/or book that you can give to your child or grandchild.

With this being the holiday season the soft toys and books from IKEA (the ones that are part of this campaign) would make wonderful gifts and stocking stuffers.

For more information please visit the IKEA Foundation website. You can also check out IKEA Foundation on Facebook.

To see what others have to say about this wonderful program check out the hashtag #IKEASoftToysEdu and #SoftToys4Education.

Have you ever purchased one of the IKEA Soft Toys for Education?

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I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.

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Holiday Travel Safety Twitter Chat with Buckle Up for Life! and Car Seat Giveaway (ends 11/22/14)


Child in car seat

If you have a baby or child in your life you know how important having a car seat is. It’s an essential safety product – a true “must have”.

As a parent I could not imagine traveling with a child in the back seat NOT in a car seat. I don’t know how parents dealt with it back in the 50’s, 60’s and 70’s. I don’t even think they had a car seat for me when I was little. I have vivid memories of driving with my mom when I was little in the FRONT seat, and not even seat belted. I remember when she would go to the car wash and I would hide under the dashboard because I thought the long, stringy things that wash the car were from a giant octopus and I was terrified of it.

Fast forward to the late 90’s when both my kids were born. I was paranoid to drive anywhere with them in the car, let alone not have them in some kind of a safety seat.

As it is with all parents and grandparents, a child’s safety is a priority. That is why I why I would love for you to join the Holiday Travel Safety Twitter Chat with Buckle Up for Life!

Many people travel around the country during the holiday season to visit family and friends, both near and far.

Here is a little more information about Buckle Up for Life.

n 2004, Cincinnati Children’s and Toyota teamed up to create Buckle Up for Life. Buckle Up for Life is a community-based passenger safety education program that educates the entire family on critical safety behaviors and provides free child car seats to families in need. To deliver the education in the most effective manner, they work in close collaboration with local hospital partners and churches. Buckle Up for Life is the only national program of its kind.

According to research analyzed by Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, only 1 in 4 child car seats are properly installed here in the United States.

Buckle Up For Life

Another interesting thing that was found during the research shows that, for various reasons, Hispanic and African American children are 10 times less likely to be properly restrained in a vehicle.

The Twitter party will take place on Wednesday, November 19, 2014 at 2:00 PM (EST). It will be a 30 minute chat but packed with important information.

To participate please follow @BuckleUpForLife and use the hashtag #BuckleUpForLife.

The chat will be hosted by Gloria Del Castillo, Program Manager at Buckle Up for Life, and Donna Laake, Certified Child Passenger Safety Technician & Instructor at Cincinnati Children’s.

Gloria and Donna will share tips and answer questions about holiday travel safety including:

  • Choosing the right car seat
  • Installation
  • Used car seats
  • Buckling in with bulky clothing
  • Car seat rental
  • Road conditions
  • Vehicle overcrowding
  • Additional Resources

Please mark your calendars for Wednesday, November 19, 2014 at 2:00 PM (SET) to join us for the Holiday Travel Safety Twitter Chat with Buckle Up for Life!

Don’t forget to follow @BuckleUpForLife and the hashtag is #BuckleUpForLife.

For more information about Buckle Up For Life visit www.BuckleUpForLife.org. You can also check them out on Facebook, YouTube and of course Twitter.

Car Seat Giveaway

To get you excited about the upcoming chat I have an Evenflo Convertible Car Seat (approx. value $70) OR Evenflo Booster Car Seat (approx. value $36) to give to a lucky reader. The winner gets to choose which one they want.

This giveaway is open to U.S. residents only and will end on November 23, 2014 at 11:59 PM (EST). The winner will be chosen at random using a random number generator from all eligible entries. The winner will be notified via e-mail and will have three days to reply or a new winner will be chosen in their place.

To enter please comment on this post and tell me why you’d like to win this prize?

For extra entries you can use the Rafflecopter widget (below) but you must complete the initial entry requirement or the additional entries wont’ qualify (I do check). Extra entries are optional. 

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*I was not compensated for this post but I will be receiving a car seat in exchange for my participation. The opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way. 

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How can YOU Share-a-Meal? Ideas for helping food insecure families in your community



Now that the holiday season is upon us many people are thinking about ways they can help the “less fortunate” in their community. I think it’s wonderful that people volunteer to help out at soup kitchens, and others donate their holiday turkey to a family in need. I also love that some people will adopt an entire family for the holiday season and provide them with a holiday meal and sometimes gifts for the children. These things warm my heart and make me smile.

Sadly many people forget that hunger happens 365 days a year. It’s not sometimes that happens only around the holiday season. In fact the summer time can often be the hardest time for school aged children who receive meals at school. When school is not in session those children are left without anything to eat. Sometimes their school meal is the only meal of the day.

No child should go to bed hungry – ever. The same applies to all family members. In a “land of plenty” such as the United States we shouldn’t have food insecure families. But we do. It’s an ever increasing problem and together we can find ways to remedy this.

There are many things you can do RIGHT NOW to help out food insecure families in your community. I already mentioned a few.

  • Donate food to a local food bank.
  • Donate the free turkey (or ham) you get from your local grocery store as part of their holiday promotion to a family in need.
  • Partner with a local community organization and host a community pot luck in your area.
  • Organize a local food drive 0r get together with your school’s PTA/PTO to create a food drive at school (it would be a great way to teach children about issues facing people in their community).
  • Adopt a local family and provide them with a holiday meal. Or better yet, invite the family to your house. When it comes to the holidays the more the merrier.
  • Instead of buying your children the “latest and greatest must have toys” why not teach them a lesson in charity and donation and use some of the money that would be used towards gifts to buy food for the hungry?
  • Volunteer your time at a food bank or food collection center.
  • When purchasing grocery items if you strike a “buy one get one free” deal consider donating the free items.
  • Host a Virtual Food Drive using the Feeding America Fundraiser tool.

I actually created a Virtual Food Drive in hopes of sharing a meal with people in the community. You can check out my Virtual Food Drive page here – Share A Meal Fundraiser. It’s totally legitimate. I don’t get the funds. The funds raised go directly to Feeding America so they can help provide food to food insecure families.


You can feed a lot of families even with the smallest donation.

  • $25.00 provides 225 meals
  • $50.00 provides 450 meals
  • $100.00 provides 900 meals
  • $175 provides 1,575 meals

You can donate as little or as much as you want.

Think about this for a moment. If you tend to stop every morning for a mocha latte (or another specialty coffee drink) you are probably spending $3 to $4 each time. If you could give that up for just one week and donate that money you can help provide 225 meals to families in need in your community. When you think about that what is more worthwhile – $25 worth of coffee that will be gone in about 10 minutes or 225 meals for hungry people (children and adults) in your community? It’s a no brainer if you ask me.

If you are unable to donate food or funds, perhaps you would consider volunteering at a local food bank or food distribution center?

A few years ago I helped out at a food bank in Tampa, Florida. It was a real eye opener.

I was assigned putting orange juice into the boxes for the people who were there to get food. I was shocked when I saw the line of people that came there that day to get food for their families. More people then I could imagine. I was thinking maybe a dozen or so people. We had so many people that I lost count!

These are legitimately hungry people too. They have to take care of the necessary paperwork and such to prove they are in need. That is why I was so shocked to see that many people. It broke my heart but at the same time it made me feel good because I knew I was helping out people in need. Talk about the “warm fuzzies”. It make my heart smile too.


I hope you will take some time to read my posts about my experiences in Tampa – not only about helping out at the food bank but also a behind the scenes look at the Feeding America Tampa Bay ware house.

The face of hunger in your own backyard – Part I

The face of hunger in your own backyard – Part II: Feeding America Tampa Bay visit

Some people assume they can recognize people in their community who are facing hunger issues. Perhaps they can, but there are also plenty of people and families out there that look like they have it all together, but behind closed doors their family struggles for find their next meal. Even the most “well off” looking family could be dealing with financial issues that compromise their ability to put food on the table night after night.

Take my family for example. My husband has a decent job. I work part time out of the home. I also make some money from time to time with my blog. From outward appearances we seem like a typical middle class family. What people don’t see are the medical bills, car repair bills, and other things that can quickly deplete a checking and savings account. That is what has happened to us. There are plenty of times we don’t have two dimes to rub together let along money to go food shopping.

Admittedly when our youngest was a baby we had to visit the food bank a few times. Our son was a preemie and required a high caloric formula that was so very expensive. We had a choice – go food shopping or buy the formula that he needed. We had no choice. We had to visit the food bank for a few months otherwise we would have had nothing to put on the table. At that time our other child was a toddler.


We are fortunate that we won’t go hungry. My family would NEVER let that happen. But there are more times then I care to think about where we didn’t have money to buy eggs, milk or bread. We keep a lot o pasta and Ramen Noodles in our pantry, not because we enjoy them but because sometimes that is all we can afford.

This week is one of those weeks where we can’t go food shopping. My car cost us over $800, about $400 more then we had hoped for. My husband doesn’t get paid for another week, my paycheck went towards the car and we have nothing else in checking. So this is one of those weeks where we have to get creative with our meals, even if it means waffles for dinner one night.

No one would ever suspect that we struggle at times. We do not come across as a food insecure family. We’re not. We can usually find something to eat even if it’s cereal, waffles or eggs. But there are people just like us who can’t do that. They literally have nothing and no family and friends the can lean on.

Adults can find way to deal with things. The ones that suffer the most is the children. No child should ever go to bed hungry.

Feeding America serves about 12 million children each year. That is a staggering amount of children. Can you believe there are that many hungry children in this country?

Unilever has a special initiative they call Project Sunlight which is doing their part to stamp out child hunger here in America. They encourage people to help create a brighter future for children.

Unilever has teamed up with award-winning filmmaker and Unilever Bright Future Award recipient, Patrick Creadon to create this heart-wrenching and inspiring look at how Americans are grappling with child hunger in a four-minute documentary, “Going to Bed Hungry: The Changing Face of Child Hunger.”

Check out the video.


Oh! It makes me feel so sad. These are real people too.

Hopefully this documentary has inspired you to help. There is a way you can share a meal this holiday season. Simply visit ProjectSunlight.us. There you can download the informative Unilever Share A Meal Toolkit to learn more about the power of a shared meal.

For more information about Feeding America you can find them on the various social media sites.

You can also follow Unilever Project Sunlight on social media too.

PLEASE share the documentary on social media so that your friends and family know about this important campaign. The URL for the video is http://ulever.us/ShareAMeal and the official hashtag is #ShareaMeal.

Do you know a food insecure family? Have you personally experienced food insecurity?

Feel free to share your thoughts.

I’m sorry for such a long post. Child Hunger is something I care about and I am more than happy to lend my voice for wonderful charities that are helping to put an end to this problem.

Please consider donating to my virtual food drive through Feeding America. Thank you! :-)



*I have partnered with Unilever Sunlight Project to bring you this information. Although compensated the opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way. 

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KIDS FIRST – A new line of Nature Made vitamins and minerals designed for children and adolescents



As a mom it’s important that my kids eat healthy and remain active. Sometimes that is easier said then done.

My daughter (17 1/2) does a great job at eating healthy and exercising. She is very conscious of what she eats – perhaps even a bit too much. She always makes an effort to go to the gym on a regular basis too and when she can’t get to the gym she works out at home (her favorite exercise is doing the hoola hoop).

My son (15) on the other hand doesn’t always eat healthy and his only form of exercise is walking the dog or making the walk to/from the kitchen from the bedroom. Sigh… I WISH my daughter would rub off on him and he’s make a conscious effort to watch what he eats and do some kind of exercise.

I try and make healthy meals and keep healthy foods and snacks on hand at all times. But we’re all human and sometimes it’s OK to indulge in chips, ice cream and candy too (within reason). I always tell my kids that no food is really “off limits”. It’s all about moderation and staying active. So go ahead and enjoy a cookie or two – just not a big handful. And makes sure to get some exercise in too.

I often worry that my kids, although healthy eaters, are not getting enough of their essential vitamins, minerals and fiber. This time of year I like to make sure they get plenty of Vitamin C too in order to ward off potential colds.

I’ve always offered my kids multivitamins, ever since they were little. We started off with the ones the pediatrician prescribed. As they got older we moved on to over the counter ones in shapes and flavors they like.

My kids see me taking my Nature Made gummies. I enjoy Nature Made gummies. I find that I am more likely to remember taking my multivitamin and other essentials when they are in gummy form. It’s like a “treat” in some way – but one that provides my body with the essential vitamins and minerals that I need.

I have written a lot about Nature Made over the years. It’s my favorite brand.


Nature Made has now introduced a line of vitamins, minerals and supplements especially for children called KIDS FIRST. They are geared towards 4 to 18 year olds.

They are available as both gummies and melts.

Nature Made sent my family an assortment of Nature Made KIDS FIRST products. My kids were quick to want to start taking them.

We received to review

  • Multivitamin (gummy)
  • Multivitamin with Omega-3 (gummy)
  • Fiber (gummy)
  • Vitamin C (gummy)
  • Multivitamin (melt)
  • Calcium with Vitamin D3 (melt)

They are available in great tasting flavors like strawberry, lemon, orange, cherry and mixed berry.

Some are just plain gummies and some are a bit sour. All of them are kid friendly. My kids love them.

They tried the melts, which they think are OK but they prefer the  gummies.

I see them taking the vitamins and supplements daily without me having to remind them. Just like it is with me it’s easier to remember to take them with you enjoy them.

Here is some additional information from Nature Made

Nature Made KIDS FIRST KidMelts can help fill key nutrient gaps from a child’s diet and support overall health.

KIDS FIRST KidsMelts are available in two great-tasting products: Multivitamin and Calcium + Vitamin D3.

KIDS FIRST Multivitamin KidMelts provides 12 essential nutrients for daily nutritional support, including vitamins A, C, D3, E, and all 8 B vitamins: thiamin, riboflavin, niacin, pantothenic acid, vitamin B6, biotin, folic acid, and vitamin B12.

KIDS FIRST Calcium + D3 KidMelts provide calcium and vitamin D₃ in a great tasting, fast-melting tablet to help support healthy bone development.

• Colors Derived from Natural Sources
• No Artificial Flavors
• No Preservatives
• No Yeast
• No Sugar
• No Calories

The gummies also have colors derived from natural sources, they have all natural flavors and no synthetic dyes, preservatives or yeast. They are also Gluten-free which is important for a lot children with Gluten sensitivities.

The KIDS FIRST products are sold exclusively at Target.

For more information visit NatureMade.com/Kids-First.

When you purchase Nature Made KIDS FIRST a donation will be made to the Make-a-Wish Foundation (up to $100,000). I think that is wonderful. I fully support that organization. We knew a young boy who benefited from Make-a-Wish.

Does your child get enough of the essential vitamins and minerals in their daily diet? Do they take vitamins and/or supplements? What do you think of the new Nature Made line?

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*I received free product samples in order to do this review. There was no compensation. The opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way. 

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