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I Now Enjoy Shopping with My Kids

It seems like not long ago that I carried along one of those shopping cart fabric seat covers to help protect my little girls from the germs and muck in the grocery cart seats. Have you ever used one of those contraptions?

With my first I used it faithfully, partnered with some deep clean wiping of the grocery cart sides, buckles, and handle. By the time I got to shopping with my second daughter, Faith, my paranoia diminished a bit and I used the shopping cart cover less and less, relying on the store provided wipes to help stop germs from getting passed on to my girls.

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It’s now been years since I’ve done that and what used to be a chore when bringing my girls to the store, has now become an opportunity for family bonding. Both girls, now 11 and 9, love helping me complete my shopping list, and voice their opinions on preferred flavors for products. How many of you have spent long minutes at the yogurt aisle waiting for your kid(s) to pick from the multitude of flavor options? I love having them along to help with the shopping chore, and just to spend time with them as they’re growing up so quickly.

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Since both girls have a strong interest in cooking more and helping to create dishes at home, I was happy to partner with J.M. Smucker’s® on a sponsored post focused on baking. It seems like we’re always running around with appointments, activities, and trips, so if the girls want to bake, baking mixes are a quick and easy answer to letting them take charge a bit in the kitchen.

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One of their favorite things to do is to work together and create breakfast for us while my husband and I relax on the weekends. At our local Kroger store, Fred Meyer, we headed down the baking aisle to choose a mix that would allow the girls to fix a yummy breakfast for us one morning. Faith chose the Martha White® chocolate chip muffin mix, and I can’t wait to taste the yummy breakfast the girls make for us.

What about you — do you shop or cook with your kids?

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of J.M. Smucker’s®. The opinions and text are all mine.

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