Sunflower Farm

Last week, we spent a morning at Sunflower Farm in Longmont. It’s a great little farm tucked away up a hill with breath taking views of the flatirons mountains and perfectly sized for little tikes to run around. The entire farm is tailored to toddlers and preschoolers. There were free roaming turkeys, chickens and baby chicks, and a goose waddling around. Animals in pens to feed and pet, a cool treehouse {with a suspension bridge which was a bit scary and awkward with an 18 month old}, a big swing, old school merry-go-rounds, an old chicken coop turned into a corn box, pony rides and overall a great time.

 

Gobble Gobble. Checking out the free roaming turkeys. This kid walked right up to them and was not afraid. However, later in the day as he was approach the two males pictured above, a female turkey was upset and started making noise and freaked BabyBird out. Guess she was making her presence known.

 

Going on a wagon ride around the farm with his buddy. These two guys are only a 11 days apart in age.

 

Wandering around the hay maze.

 

Boys and tractors.

 

 

An old hen house turned into a “sandbox” filled with corn kennels.

 

Old silo turned into a sandbox filled with toys and trucks for the kids to play in.

 

Eating lunch outside on the lawn while a tortoise and hens wandered around us.

 

 

A great outing with these two boys. If you venture out there, I would recommend going Mon-Thurs as it would be less busy but still a great place to take a toddler to explore a farm and pet animals. I am always surprised and delighted when I find these great gems to take kids to and this place is one of my favorites.

http://www.sunflowerfarminfo.com/

Toddler {organic} Snack Ideas

The in-between meal time where the kiddo needs a quick fuel up. These are my usual go to snacks {minus the obvious things like fresh fruit} that are easy and portable to bring along to playdates and car rides.

 

 Annie’s Bunny Crackers – they come in a variety of flavors, but the best are the cheddar and white cheddar bunnies. Taste is pretty much like a Goldfish Cracker and are the perfect size for little fingers.

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Snapea Crisps Baked Peas in the Pod – found in the salad section of the store, these are super yummy and quite addictive. They are small snap peas that are baked so they come out with a crispy shell and easy and fun to munch on.

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Horizon Organic Colby Cheese Sticks – individually wrapped cheese sticks aka super convenient to grab out of the fridge as you dash out the door and throw into the diaper bag. Just remember to place it next so something cold in the summer months or else you’ll end up with a melted cheese stick. Speaking from experience.

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Cascadian Farm Organic Honey Nut O’s – in other words, Honey Nut Cheerios. A classic. Haven’t you seen those Cherrios and Pampers commercials? Except I did not give these to BabyBird until recently, since they contained a nut flavor and I thought were kind of hard to bite down and eat. {BabyBird does not have molars yet}

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Back to Nature Classic Rounds – otherwise known as Ritz Crackers. Soft, buttery and great with a slice of cheese on top.

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Santa Cruz Organic Apple Sauce – comes in a variety of flavors from apricot to tropical to mix it up a little. This was one of the first soft foods that BabyBird learned to self feed with a spoon. It took a couple of weeks for him to master the spoon work from applesauce cup to mouth but now he’s got it down and gets more in his tummy than his bib.

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Horizon Organic Milk Box – yet again a connivence item. Plus these shelf stable milk boxes are great for lunch boxes or day trips since they do not need to be refrigerated.

There was a recent report out that certain organic foods that contain carrageenan which is a seaweed based stabilizer that is used to thicken and keep dairy-like foods consistent and that don’t separate when sitting on the shelves. It’s been classified as a “possible human carcinogen”. Check out The Cornucopia Institute’s shopping guide on which foods to avoid.

Wordless Wednesday : Cheese

linkin’ up with: baby baby lemonstacy uncorked & jenni from the blog

Guest Posting over at There She Goes

Go check out my guest post over at There She Goes today documenting my first Warrior Dash race! Imagine a 3 mile course that includes obstacles that would make your high school gym teacher proud. Includes before and after pictures of a clean momma and then of one mud soaked zombie at the end.

 

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