McKinney Mommas: September 2015 Google+

Wednesday, September 9, 2015

First Week of Preschool Dannon® Danimals® #FuelTheirAdventures

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It's finally here (sniff, sniff). 

She's off to school for the first time and we're trying to figure out who is going to have a harder time with it.

Yeah, I think we all already know the answer to that

The day before school started, we had lots of errands to run in preparation and were happy to have these cute little Dannon® Danimals® Smoothies with us as a great snack on-the-go! 

Come follow me today on our adventures before I fall in a sobbing heap on the floor school starts for my munchkin:

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First Stop? Groceries!

We all piled out of the car at our local Walmart, for some organic fruit for snacking and Dannon® Danimals® Smoothies.  My girls were super excited to go on a mini"treasure hunt" to find these silly looking little characters, all dressed up in their sports gear in the Packaged Deli aisle. 

After checking out the package, I saw that Dannon is running a promotion called Fuel Up To Play 60 where if you find a "Golden Bongo" hidden in specially marked packages, your school wins a Field Day with NFL Pros, a $5k grant and more!  

Now, I'm not sure how much these NFL Pros would want to attend a "field day" with a bunch of my daughter's bumbling preschool classmates, but hey a golden ticket for anything is worth looking for!  

(if you must know...we didn't find a "Golden Bongo" boo-hoo. We'll have to try again!)

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Next Stop? The Bakery! 
Okay, since I'm in a bit of a sentimental mood about "Big Sister H." going off to school, I let them strong-arm me into taking them to our local Panaderia Mana (Mexican bakery) where they picked out a pastry for breakfast.

I figured, since Dannon® Danimals® Strawberry Kiwi Smoothies are made with low-fat milk, don't contain any artificial flavors or colors and don't have that nasty high fructose corn syrup they'd be a good addition to our extra special breakfast treat!

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Nom, nom, nom. 

Sorry, I just couldn't leave out this awesome shot of "Baby O." making her best Bongo impression - that's the Danimals mascot, if you hadn't figured out who "Bongo" is yet.

Okay, truth?  She wasn't trying to make any impression, that's just how dedicated she is to her craft of eating mexican pastries.  That's my girl! 

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Third Stop? The Library

The girls love to read stories with daddy at night before bed, and with me during the day, and when they wake up, and when they sit on the potty, get it.  

So, we typically make at least one weekly trip to the library to stock up on all the best reading material.

Mostly, the girls just fight over who gets to pull open the book drop door and place the books inside, where they magically appear back on the shelves the next week. 

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Next Stop? Story & Craft Time

Our trip to the library happened to run right into a preschool story and craft time in the Children's Library area - BONUS! 

The girls got to listen to a story about a misbehaving dog, sing some silly songs, throw some scarves around, socialize with other kiddos and do a cute doggy craft.

I don't think you're supposed to have snacks or drinks in the library, but they were getting hungry again.  Shhh, so I had them sit carefully and share a smoothie. I won't say whether or not I had the remaining one. Oh wait. I did.

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Final Stop? Home

Now, if we're being honest, we did have one other stop before home.


But, really I don't think you want to see the mess my one-year old can make of rice and beans all over the entire mexican restaurant. Or, maybe you do. I'll just move on.

When we got home, as if the entire day of errands wasn't enough, the girls wanted to "make something with momma" - so I figured something simple and fun and quick - because it was naptime for "The Bookend".

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Yeah, summer is over folks, but in this house popsicles live on throughout the year!

I let the girls pick their fruit - raspberries - and pour their smoothies into popsicle molds for a fun, fruity, refreshing treat that included some Vitamin D and Calcium. 

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After a few hours in the freezer, the girls had a frozen treat that they totally loved. Plus, they always enjoy a treat even more when they made it themselves!

Can't get any easier than this, can it?

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Thanks for joining me and the girls on our Dannon® Danimals® fueled adventures today! 

Looking for inspiration for your own kiddos on how Dannon® Danimals® can #FuelTheirAdventure?  Visit them here!

Thursday, September 3, 2015

America's Farm-To-Fork Capital in Legends of Wine - Sept 17

Disclosure: This is not a sponsored post, however I may receive complimentary tickets to a future event hosted by this organization for review purposes. As always, all opinions are 100% my own and not influenced by the company stated. 

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Some kind of alien structure?

The building blocks of new genetic code?

Expensive bubblewrap? 

No. That's a bunch of very happy people, staring into the bottom of their empty wine glasses from Sacramento's Farm-to-Fork Legends of Wine event last year.

Sound depressing? Not so, because Legends of Wine is back, and ready to make a believer out of you!

- Legends of Wine - 

  • Set against the backdrop of the west steps of our beautiful California State Capitol.

  • Thursday, September 17th, 2015 from 6:00-8:30pm.

  • Enjoy a variety of award-winning wines from the local region, paired with some delicious artisan cheese and other homegrown bites!

  • Two of Sacramento's internationally recognized culinary powerhouses, Darrell Corti and David Berkley have selected the varietals that will be offered for sampling. 

Will you join me?

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Come celebrate with me at the 2015 Legends of Wine at America's Farm-To-Fork Capital - Sacramento, CA 

Get your tickets for Legends of Wine for $59 a person here!