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Being a new mom is hard! It is a little like I expected it to be, but I forgot that I’m responsible for A LOT of my child’s choices. Every time I felt like I mastered him, something new happened like teething, eating food or sippy cups. What he wears, what he eats, what he does, what and when he does things…..the list goes on and on. I guess things will never change and he’ll still need me when he’s grown and out of the house, but I’m ok with that. I’ve learned a lot more then I bargained for having a child and now I can be one of those parents other new parents can lean on.

We are part of a playgroup which I love and couldn’t have asked to be involved with a better group of people. Travis has come out of his shell and learned how to socialize with others, which is something I can’t teach him on my own. I was a little nervous at first. I was worried, will these moms judge me? Will they lecture me about doing something wrong? I didn’t know if I should bring all name brand things because that’s what the moms on tv did. It’s like the first day of school all over again!

I quickly learned it doesn’t matter what brand you go with. I’m one of those crazy people that taste everything I give my child before he has it. I want to know if it’s good or not otherwise why would I feed it to my child? I’ve tried name brand puffs, which get pricy and now after trying the Cottontails, Parent’s Choice and Little Puffs they all taste the same. I almost felt like these other brands where a little lighter and just as tasty. The same thing happened with the yogurt dots and squeezable foods. Why buy a higher priced item for the same product? If you are worried about brands you can always save the container and pour in the other brands. I usually used recycled coffee creamer container to put all the snacks in anyways to eliminate loosing a lid (which my kid loves to throw), plus it has a nice smaller pour spout so I don’t have them dump out everywhere. The point is if you’re all about the brands great, but if you are open to trying some others out it’s really worth a shot. Sure a $1 here and there doesn’t seem like much, but times that per how many pouches of food you buy it adds up very quickly!

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I know you are thinking, but don’t you make your own baby food? I do, but I can’t always carry an ice chest with me or a microwave. These little pouches work great when we are out and about. Think of it just like an adult you don’t always carry your won food with you do you? We all eat out on occasion, so I’m ok with letting my child have pre-packaged food. I also like using them on flavors that I know I’m not going to make myself like pomegranate or prunes. The meat ones for sure only because it really grosses me out to puree meat. The puffs work great to keep little man from screaming his head off while I heat up dinner. He’s impatient when it comes to food. 

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Still not convinced? Check this out…. I took a picture of Gerber Graduates Sweet Potato Puffs and Meijer Baby Sweet Potato Little Puffs. Ummmm you make the call. Honestly when I put them both in front of my son he ate them both. So for me it comes down to cost over time.

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So now that I’ve told you all about these great products that are sold under individual retailer brands, such as Walmart’s Parent’s Choice and Target’s Up & Up Store brand product, you can purchase store brand products for their baby without compromising nutrition or spending a bundle!

About Perrigo Nutritionals

· Many moms are not aware that they can save up to 50 percent on infant formula by choosing a store brand over a national brand

· Store Brand Formula is nutritionally comparable to the national brands, yet are typically up to half the price, and can save you about $600 a year

· Perrigo Nutritionals is the largest supplier of Store Brand Infant Formula and nutrition products in the world and one of only four companies recognized by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for meeting the strict FDA requirements for safety, nutrition and quality for infant formula-manufacturing in the United States

· Same standards and expertise used to develop infant formula applied to toddler foods

· Toddler foods are appropriately developed for variety of stages of growth and motor skills with quality, nutritional ingredients to create foundation of good nutrition

Want more tips? Wife, mother, blogger extraordinaire Crystal Paine’s new book, “Say Goodbye to Survival Mode: 9 Simple Strategies to Stress Less, Sleep More, and Restore Your Passion for Life”, is full of advice on how to not only save, but set priorities and manage time and money. Paine’s book contains practical ideas, like purchasing store brand products, and simple solutions that will help any parent become a super saver!

As I started to read this book I noticed that I actually follow this blogger for a long time now and I knew what she was saying was true, because she dealt with these issues. Not many books change my life….this one did. Chapter One – Stop Trying to Do It All, had my name all over it! I’m tired at the end of every day and my mind never stops worrying about the stuff I didn’t get to or need to do. Knowing that what I was reading was basically a snapshot of my world blew me away. There’s tons of goals and strategies and tips showing you how to make adjustments in your life. As hard as it is, I’ve buckled down and committed to changing my life. It’s not about pleasing everyone else it’s about making your life with your spouse and children the main focus and make things work for you. No matter what your goal is there’s a strategy that makes sense to achieve it and it’s a simple to read book. She really does help you: feel healthier and more energetic by setting priorities and boundaries eliminate stress with savvy management of your time, money, and home get more done by setting realistic goals and embracing discipline rediscover your passions—and the confidence to pursue them.

So ready to put yourself to the test? How about winning your own prize pack including:

  • A copy of “Say Goodbye to Survival Mode: 9 Simple Strategies to Stress Less, Sleep More, and Restore Your Passion for Life” by Crystal Paine
  • 1 container of store brand formula
  • 9 assorted Puree Pouches
  • 5 assorted Puffs
  • 4 assorted Yogurt Bites

All you need to do to enter is let me know what product you are excited about trying the most. Deadline ends 4/11/14 at 6:00 pm central time.

Disclaimer: The Perrigo Nutritionals product, information and two gift packs have been provided by Perrigo Nutritionals for this Review & Giveaway. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

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