Life in My Mommy Van #snacksharesave

The last few months have brought a big change in our house.  One that I will be discussing in many upcoming posts.  Namely, the Little Peanut arrived in January.  Going from two boys to three boys has been a significant transition for me.  Getting us loaded into the Mommy Van is a commitment, even if just running errands to the dry cleaner, gas station or Publix.  We’ve also been going on outings with a local playgroup for picnics and adventures in our neighborhood parks, and that requires a bit more preparation and may more supplies.  I’ve learned that planning is required. as  I really don’t want to have to make unnecessary stops.

My Mom Made That: Succesful Trips in My Minivan with help from Publix #SnackShareSave

The things that I always have with me now in “My New Blue Van”, as it is called by the Little Monkey (besides diapers, wipes and a pacifier), include:

A change of clothes for both of the little boys.  The Little Peanut has his brother’s Acid Reflux, so he goes through a lot of clothes.  Plus, with the warmer weather, my active little toddler, gets covered in dirt and pollen while playing, so the Little Monkey also needs a change of clothes.

An extra top for me and two burp cloths.  This prepares ME for any spit up or reflux that the Little Peanut may experience.  If I don’t have a change of clothes, I’m in trouble.

Cups for me and the Little Monkey.  We travel with two cups of water.  Plus, if we run out, we can always fill up at the  park, and most stores have water fountains.

Reusable Shopping Bags!  Sometimes I forget these, but those shopping bags are so useful for everything.  They hold more than the plastic bags, can be used everywhere, and are great for emergencies– like an impromptu Easter Egg hunt at the park last week! I let carrying the bags into Publix be a task for the Little Monkey.

My Mom Made That: Succesful Trips in My Minivan with help from Publix #SnackShareSave
A First Aid Kit.  This is my “mommy” first aid kit.  It contains bandaids, children’s tylenol (just in case), hand santizer, handiwipes, sunscreen, and “boo boo spray,” which is actually just a small spray bottle with rubbing alcohol.  The Little Monkey believes that “boo boo spray” can cure everything. (Remember the bottle of Windex in My Big Fat Greek Wedding?)

Sunglasses and Sun Hats.  The Little Monkey is always wanting his “dark eyes” when he is out and about.  He complains that, “The Sun too bright,” now that Spring has arrived.  Plus, he loves being all cool and grown-up in his shades.  For the Little Peanut, a sunhat stays on a bit longer than his baby shades, so we use those.

A small trashcan.  I bought a tiny plastic bathroom garbage can for about $3.  I keep it in the car to collect any trash (or dirty diapers) that might accumulate while we are out.  It helps keep the car tidy.

My Moby Wrap.  My stroller is in the trunk of my minivan always.  I’ve learned that sometimes it is easier to wear the Little Peanut, so that I have all hands free to chase the Little Monkey.  I’ve never really been a baby wearer, but now that I’m using my Moby Wrap, I’m in love! (I’m still working on how to take a selfie while wearing the Little Peanut.)

My Mom Made That: Succesful Trips in My Minivan with help from Publix #SnackShareSave

Snacks.  Inside the center console of my minivan is a host of different snack choices for me and the Little Monkey.  (We still have emergency “Fries!” breaks, but a good selection of snacks provides some quick choices when we get hungry while we are out and about.  The Little Monkey also tends not to eat breakfast, even when forced, so I will often pack up a quick breakfast for him to eat once we have arrived at the playground or park.  I like snacks that I can just grab and go. Some of the easiest choices to travel with are fruit or yogurt.  He’s particularly fond of Yoplait yogurt (as you can probably tell from the picture below).  French Vanilla is his absolute favorite, but he is also a big fan of the new Yoplait Greek 100 Whips.  However, most of the time we travel with easier to manage snacks, like granola or breakfast bars, for example, this week we’ve been the Quaker Quinoa Granola bars, thanks to General Mills.  I am loving the Chocolate Nut Medley Quinoa Granola Bars, so they are a great snack for me.

My Mom Made That: Succesful Trips in My Minivan with help from Publix #SnackShareSaveTreats.  Sometimes I need a little tool for bribing my Little Monkey, and a sticker or a tasty treat will do the trick.  He has a major sweet tooth.  Rencently, I’ve been making a sweet trail mix of Chex Mix Muddy Buddies, Cheerios, Raisins and chocolate chips.  That way if we have any crises or emergencies that require a reward, I have something ready and on hand to tempt the Little  Monkey with.
My Mom Made That: Succesful Trips in My Minivan with help from Publix #SnackShareSave


One of the most common spots that we stop is Public.  It’s is my favorite location to buy snacks and groceries.  First, Publix is right down the street from us, but more importantly, I believe that the service and selection the best in our area grocery stores.  I really like doing my shopping there with my two little ones.  The Little Monkey is able to pick up a free cookie at the bakery so he can snack while we shop.  Even more importantly, one of the attendants always helps me to the car and unloads my groceries while I load up my little boys.  It saves me so much time, and makes me feel special.   It’s the little things when you are a mom that makes your life easier.  Right now, Publix and General Mills want to share something with you– for them, sharing means saving! Right now, all of my readers can save $5 on your $25 purchase of participating snacking items when you share with friends! These coupons are exclusively for Publix.  You can see all of the great snack options here, like Pepsi, Doritos, Chex Mix, Klondike Bars, Ben & Jerry’s Ice Cream, and assorted Quaker Granola Bars.

My Mom Made That: Succesful Trips in My Minivan with help from Publix #SnackShareSave

General Mills in Partnership with Publix wants to share the opportunity to enjoy their snacks this summer, just like I have been doing.  They are giving away $15 in Paypal Cash for you to spend on whatever treats and snacks you want!  You can share some with your family and friends.  Even better, you can spend it on a nice cup of Ben and Jerry’s Ice Cream to share with yourself– hey you’re a mom, you deserve it!

My Mom Made That: Succesful Trips in My Minivan with help from Publix #SnackShareSave

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  1. Amanda Kinder says:

    I love the Doritos (they’re one of my favorite chips.)

  2. I’ve always loved Chex Mix.

  3. Chex Mix is my fave!

  4. I love Nature Valley Granola Bars.

  5. klondike bars! yum

  6. Love chex mix, always have and always will!

  7. Pamela Gurganus says:

    My favorite snack is Chex Mix!

  8. I like yogurt-esp greek yogurt.

  9. MARTHAIA says:

    PEPSI !!!! Is always on my list…TY

  10. Amy Orvin says:

    My favorite snack is Doritos.

  11. Linda Bradshaw says:

    Nature Valley granola bars is my favorite. I love them and love to eat them as a snack when I am hungry.

  12. Thomas Murphy says:

    I love Doritos!

  13. My favorite snack is the Chex Mix

  14. Alaina Brown says:

    Chex mix!

  15. Amanda Sakovitz says:

    I love Doritos

  16. I love the Klondike Orignal!

  17. Ann Ashton says:

    A cold Pepsi is my snack of choice!

  18. I love anything by Nature Valley, but it’s so hard to chose 😉

  19. Kelly Kimmell says:

    I love Chex Mix!

  20. My favorite item would have to be the Chex Mix.

  21. My husband and I both LOVE Klondike bars.

  22. I really love Klondike bars!

  23. I love Chex Mix.

  24. Liberty Frederick says:

    Oooh, I lurve Chex mix, or even just Rice Chex plain.

  25. Soha MOlina says:

    I like Doritos and Pepsi.

  26. I like the Klondike bars.

  27. Maeghyn Koehler says:

    chex mis

  28. We eat tons of Nature Valley Granila bars!

  29. Doritos are my fave!

  30. I like Sun Chips.

  31. Ben & Jerry’s® Cups!

  32. M Clarkson says:

    Chex mix of course

  33. Chex Mix is my favorite snack item

  34. I think I am going to go with the Doritos!

  35. My favorite is the Chex mix! Yum

  36. Heather Dawn says:

    I like Fiber One Chewy Bars.

  37. Going with Chex Mix I think

  38. I keep Chex mix in my desk drawer. Such a satisfying and tasty snack.

  39. Veronica says:

    Love doritos!!!

  40. I LOVE Doritos!

  41. I love the Chex Mix.

  42. Tiffany Banks says:

    I love Doritos!! yummy!! 🙂

  43. iamalighthouse says:

    Love the Klondike bars!

  44. I love Ben & Jerry’s cups and Yoplait Greek 100 Whips! Yum! I don’t eat Ben & Jerry’s much because it is so bad for you. kristiedonelson(at)gmail(dot)com Thank you.

  45. DeAnna Keller says:

    My favorite snack is the Chex Mix!

  46. Oh the Yoplait Greek 100 whips and yogurt looks great to me!

  47. the chex mix!!

  48. Parris S. says:

    I LOVE Klondike Ice Bars

  49. I love Yoplait Greek!

  50. I love chex mix!

  51. I love Chex Mix!

  52. Doritos FTW!

  53. Barbara Montag says:

    I like the Ben & Jerry’s Cups – all flavors.
    thank you

  54. Michelle L says:

    US ONLY:(

  55. Chex Mix is definitely a favorite, and there are so many varieties to choose from.
    You’ve got a great list of must-haves for the new blue van. I also like to keep a small stash of paper towels or napkins and wet wipes in there (they come in very handy!).

  56. breanna pollard says:


  57. Bridgett Wilbur says:

    My family just loves to snack on the chex mix . It is one of there favorite snacks

  58. Sara Glover says:

    I love chex mix

  59. Trinh L. says:

    My whole family loves to eat Klondike bars.

  60. Melissa M says:

    I love the muddy buddies!

  61. Maria Malaveci says:

    Klondike Bars!

  62. latanya t says:

    the traditional chex mix

  63. Leigh Anne Borders says:

    Klondike ice cream is my very favorite!

  64. Deborah G says:

    I’d stock up on Nature Valley breakfast biscuits! Its a favorite snack!

  65. We love Chex Mix and Klondike Bars.

  66. Doritos yummy!

  67. Patricia C. says:

    I would love some Ben and Jerry’s Ice Cream right now!

  68. iamalighthouse says:

    Has a winner been chosen yet? 🙂

    • Yes, the winner was selected… Rafflecopter used to post it… Thanks for letting me know it wasn’t there. The Winner was Veronica M with her tweet!


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