When it comes to Olivia’s imagination, Dominic and I do our very best to nourish it and encourage it. The best thing about kids is their sense of wonder, the magic in their eyes over the most mundane things and with our encouragement, we as parents can help them realize that anything is possible. The world is their oyster. They can do anything they put their mind to.
When Nesquik invited us to be apart of the Nourishing Childhood Adventure campaign, I couldn’t say yes fast enough. As you all know, we are big on adventure in this family. Even the smallest things are adventure enough for us.
Like making picture frames, for example. Honestly, introducing Olivia to glue was adventure enough, but I digress.
When we took our family vacation a few months ago, we spent an entire day in Clearwater, Florida. 95 percent of our day was spent sitting in the middle of the ocean and it was honestly one of the best days of my life, so far. While we sat there, for what seemed like forever, we picked seashells, as one does. This was mine and Olivia’s first time visiting the ocean and we wanted to take some of it home so we picked a few of our favorite seashells, and kept them in a bucket on the side. What she didn’t know was that I was also making a separate bucket of even more seashells, to more or less save for a rainy day.
It hasn’t exactly been rainy the past few days, but it has definitely been cold. Too cold to go outside, too cold to even take a trip to Target. Just too, too cold. So instead, I showed her the seashells and asked her if she wanted to make something with them. She agreed in a heartbeat.
Olivia is big on “snacks”. She needs one for everything she does. Seriously, everything. So the second thing she said (the first was YES!, of course), “and can we maybe have a snack, too?” Enter Nesquik Chocolate Powder.
When I was little, my grandma watched me all day long and she used to buy Nesquik, so I pretty much grew up on this stuff, and I love it. And I feel good about giving it to Olivia, too. Nesquik has 45 percent less sugar than the leading syrup brands and 7 essential vitamins including: Iron (to help with growth and development), Vitamin C (to help support a healthy immune system), 3 essential B Vitamins (to help the body make and use energy), Copper (a key mineral that’s important for iron absorption and the formation of red blood cells) and Manganese (to support healthy bones.
All of that good stuff, and I haven’t even stated how great it tastes ;) Olivia liked mixing the powder with a glass of milk and once she got a pretty hearty sized taste, it was back to creating our picture frame.
I loved sitting there watching her pick out the perfect shells to include on her frame and then carefully glue them onto her frame base. And while we waited for it to dry, we sat at the table, Nesquik in hand, and reminisced about our ocean adventures. She may have even suggested we go back and we may or may not have planned out another trip this year. I guess now all we need to do is tell Dominic ;)