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As a parent it’s easy to focus on the big moments or milestones of life. Vacations, graduations, holidays. These events are wonderful times with a magic of their own, but when I look back on this precious time in life of having my little ones be little, without a doubt it is going to be the seemingly insignificant times that are imprinted on my heart.
Though it’s easy to get caught up in the pinterest-worthy birthday parties and planning big annual vacations, it’s going to be the little moments that shape my long-term relationship with my children. It’s the day to day actions and the consistent love and care that bond us more than any extravagant single moment ever could.
I can’t recall everything my parents did for me or all the places they took me when I was growing up. I’m sure it all took planning and cost money. I know we went on wonderful vacations. I hold those pictures in my hand and smile when I remember them, but what stays in my heart always are the more mundane memories.
It’s the braided closure of my mom’s red robe that I remember snuggling up to when I was sick in the middle of the night and she’d stay with me. It’s my dad throwing the softball with me and teaching me to run through first base. I’m sure my mom had to drink an extra coffee the next morning and maybe my dad had a pile of work that needed attending to, but I never knew or felt those things. In my eyes, they were there for me, with me, in these small moments that tied together to make up my childhood. Those are the moments I’m forever grateful for. Those are the moments I want to focus on with my girls.
My girls are still young, but I already can tell it’s going to be the middle of the night nursing sessions, the bed head at the breakfast table, the post nap snuggles, the leisurely adventure walks through the yard, the squeal of excitement for blowing bubbles, the talking about our days and splashing in the tub that resonate.
It will be the times I let her skip quiet time in favor of a living room picnic with mom while her sister napped.
Simple, but sacred.
It’s these small moments that matter the most to me and it’s these snapshots of everyday life that will make up their childhood.
I’m teaming up today with one of my favorite brands today, Bitsy’s Brainfood. I love this mom-made company that focuses on delicious and healthy food that nourishes the minds, bodies and imaginations of kids. And I’m not the only one that is a fan. Target recently handpicked Bitsy’s Brainfood as one of the 20 natural, organic and sustainable brands for Target’s 2016 Made to Matter collection. It’s a cool move by Target to make it easy for guests to find natural, organic and sustainable options and be introduced to meaningful product innovation from purpose-driven brands.
And Bitsy’s is certainly a purpose-driven brand. They recently launched Smart Crackers, made with a half serving of vegetables in each serving and are baked in Tangram shapes which teach logic, math and spacial reasoning. But most important of all, they are delicious!
Hailey keeps asking for more “pirate” crackers.
You can join Bitsy’s Smart Cookie Community to help spread their mission of making healthy eating fun while receiving info, coupons and even samples from time to time- cool.
Or you can just grab some yourself at Target or win some right now.
Bitsy’s is giving one reader a $50 Target gift card and a prize pack of Bitsy’s Cookies and Crackers!
To enter, leave a comment sharing a moment that mattered to you when you were growing up, or a moment that you spend with your child(ren) now that means a lot. For an extra entry, send a tweet
[Tweet “I want to win a $50 Target gift card and a @bitsysbrainfood prize pack from @ahealthyslice #madetomatter”]
and leave an additional comment saying you did.
Winner will be announced on Friday!
Target is not a sponsor or administrator of this promotion.