I was chatting with a friend about holiday traditions. I shared that my mother always put my gifts in a pillowcase at the end of my bed. How do I know this? Because I saw the photos! Don’t worry I had long since stopped believing. What is funny, though, is that my parents continued the tradition of placing the pillowcase next to my bed or near the Christmas tree until I moved in to my own apartment.
We don’t do pillowcases…toys today are packaged in boxes too large for the average pillowcase. So we pile the gifts from Santa in three stacks in the family room…the only room with a fireplace. The presents from Mommy and Daddy and the grandparents are always in the living room. Santa has to put the presents in the family room as that is where the fireplace is.
One tradition I started for my kids that was not a part of my childhood is the Christmas Stocking. We don’t hang our stockings as the holders are too heavy and not anchored down, so we do the next best thing and place the stockings on the coffee table. Over the years I’ve had the best fun buying stuff for the stockings. Shhhh…don’t tell the kids…sometimes Santa needs a little help with the little stocking stuffers, kwim? I’m happy to oblige Santa!
From Matchbox cars to cute notepads and pens to stickers to word puzzle books to lip gloss. I have included all these and more in the kids’ stockings. As the kids get older, one thing is a constant…there is always something sweet in the stocking. We don’t do an orange, although one year my toddler asked for a banana and a strawberry, but I usually buy chocolate or gummi bears.
This year I was asked to review a sweet treat that would make an excellent stocking stuffer, for well…just about anyone. You see the product I was asked to review is Go Go squeeZ. GoGo squeeZ are small pouches of apple sauce. They are teeny enough for a toddler to hold, but not too small for an older kid or teen.
We reviewed GoGo squeeZ boxes of the following flavors:
- Apple Berry
- Apple Mango
- Apple Cherry.
We all liked all of them. I thought I would prefer the Apple Berry, but I actually liked the Apple Cherry more. My teen liked the Apple Mango. And my son liked the Apple Berry. I like that the GoGo squeeZ pouches are small enough for the lunch box, but the pouches themselves are quite packed so that it seems as though you are eating quite a lot of applesauce. The kids didn’t notice, but I noticed that the applesauce was not acidic and lip puckering. The fruit was flavorful, but not overpoweringly sweet.
GoGo squeeZ comes in three different types: GoGo squeeZ Apple on the Go, GoGo squeeZ Apple on the Go Organic, and GoGo squeeZ Fast Fruit. Wed tried the GoGo squeeZ Apple on the Go, which comes in eight flavors, the three mentioned earlier and Apple Apple, Apple Banana, Apple Strawberry, Apple Peach, and Apple Cinnamon. The 4-packs retail for about $2.83.
For those with dietary restrictions, GoGo squeeZ is:
- Free of common allergens, including milk, egg, wheat, soy, tree nuts, peanuts, fish, and shellfish.
- Kosher certified
- BPA-Free Packaging
- Gluten free
- Wheat free
- Vegan friendly
- No added colors or flavors
- No high fructose corn syrup
I did not know this, but GoGo squeeZ was the first squeezable, re-sealable, 100% fruit in a pouch product. GoGo squeeZ’s products are crafted with high-quality natural ingredients to provide wholesome goodness for sipping, squeezing and enjoying, wherever life takes you.
And before I forget…t’s that time of year again…I want to tell you about the “GoGo squeeZ: 12 Days of GoGo” sweepstakes. Each day, GoGo squeeZ will be giving away prizes from cool companies — as well as some treats from GoGo squeeZ, of course.
Through December 21st, (excluding weekends) a new giveaway will launch on their Facebook page and fans can easily enter to win prizes. You can also gain additional entries by sharing with friends who enter as well or “like” the other fan pages of those who are giving away prizes. Every day, the contest resets and your chances to win do too! Each person can enter one time per day and must reenter each day they wish to win.Check back everyday to find out what you can win each day! Plus GoGo squeeZ will be giving away even more prizes on their Twitter page every day at noon EST.
I was not compensated for this post. The views expressed in this post are my own. The affiliate links are to my amazon account. This giveaway is open to residents in the Continental U.S. only. The giveaway ends December 20, 2012, at 12:00 a.m. EST. I follow the tenets of Blog With Integrity.