Please tell me I’m not the only one who wants to cry when I have to take my kids on errands with me? I usually try to get all the hard ones done while they are at school. But it’s summer which means they will be with me all day e’ry day. My kids aren’t bad. They actually play together better, when we are doing errands, than when we are at home. The trouble is they amp each other up and get CRAZY. Their playful tickles turn in to full on wrestling on the post office floor. They make up crazy songs and block the aisles at the grocery store. It makes me sweaty. So I really tried to think of a way to keep them entertained on our errands to make it easier on me (I HATE hearing myself holler at them the whole time and I’m sure everyone else does too) and make sure they are out of other people’s way. So I came up with these ‘Do me a Favor’ bags. The apple doesn’t fall far from the tree with these two and they love sweets. I know that if I keep a snack with me, ready to whip out at the height of their craziness, I’ve bought myself at least 2 minutes while they enjoy their surprise. I’m super excited about these OREO 2-packs. They are the perfect sized snack, easy to keep in my purse. This size is perfect to keep at the ready in the snack cupboard so I can just grab a multipack for whoever is going with me. And you know I always put a pack in for me. Because, OREOs. Duh. These 2-pack multipacks are sold in a box of 18 and can be found at your local grocery store. They also come in Nutter Butter! When I was thinking about how to keep the kids entertained, my head kept going back to favor bags that kids usually get as they leave a party. No matter how much candy, sugar or cake they’ve had, there is always a few minutes of quiet in the car on the way home as they carefully sort through their loot. So I am calling these ‘Do me a Favor’ bags because really I’m just hoping they will do me a favor and be cool while we are on our errands. Are these perfect? No. Sometimes it takes more than a bag of tricks to keep the kids from behaving like wild animals. But they are helpful and will work more often than not. The bags contents should be different every time. I always try to keep the kids wondering and excited about what they might find in their bag. I try to include some blank paper and markers in case we have to be in one place for a while like the DMV. They can draw, play hangman, write letters, whatever they want. It’s super versatile. I give the kids different colors so they can swap. Stick on eyebrows are a must. They can double as a mustache and are always good for a laugh. And you always want to try to make the other grocery shoppers laugh since a few aisles from now, the boys are probably going to be in their way.This May, OREO launched a new 2-pack size which are super convenient as a grab-and-go snack for busy schedules. These OREO multipacks fit perfectly in to your purse, jacket pocket and oven overnight bags headed to grandma’s house. They are fantastic for when the kids start complaining that they haven’t eaten in hours. I’ve tried to explain to them that it is ok to be hungry but they just aren’t buying it. And I always try to include something that they aren’t familiar with or will give me something to chat about with them. Take this California Raisin figurine. The boys had no idea who the California Raisins were but, boy, did I get to share with them how obsessed I was with them when I was little. Hence the Christmas themed figurine which mom my practically forced on me when I moved in to my first apartment and could remove it from her holiday decorating treasures. I was able to distract the boys by telling them all about how these super cool Raisins sang Motown with choreographed dance routines. And how I had a huge clock on my bedroom wall that looked like a watch that had the Raisins on them…Nerd alert. In the other child’s bag, I put a small hand buzzer from a prank kit. I know that seems counter intuitive when trying to get through errands calmly but if I can direct their attention to each other and away from the breakables, it’s less stress. These ‘Do Me a Favor’ bags are super easy to grab and easy for the kids to keep their treasures in. You can even keep a few of them already made so they are there when you need them. These would also work in a pinch if you have a playdate over, or are trying to entertain a little guest that has dropped by. How do you manage to get through your errands? All I know is that OREOS make everything better, including errands!
I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.