Seeing as how Fit Bottomed Girls has the Fitties to award our favorite fit products, and Fit Bottomed Eats has the Noshies for all of our favorite deliciousness, it only seems right that we award the best mom- and kid-centric products on Fit Bottomed Mamas that make our lives easier, more fun and just better! Hence, the 2014 Mommies Awards! Read on for everything we’ve swooned over in the last year and the 10 best products we just don’t want to live without!
2014 Mommies Awards
Best breakfast: Kodiak Cakes. Ever since I reviewed Kodiak Cakes mixes, they’ve been a staple at my house. I finally found them at Target (I’d been looking in the baking mixes where there are also breakfast mixes, when I apparently needed to find the pancake mixes section), and I buy two boxes every time I’m there. They’re tasty, healthier than your normal box mix and even pack in the protein while keeping the sugar down. I make them all the time; the kids love them. I even plan to make a ton of batches and freeze them for when the baby comes; even though you just add water and cook them, throwing a stack in the microwave will simplify breakfast even more in a pinch.
Best toddler snack accessory: Squeez’Ems. Fill up your reusable Squeez’Ems with a pureed fruit, veggie medley or yogurt and your kiddo will have a nutritious snack with less mess. From refill to clean-up, it’s the perfect slurpable snack accessory.
Best way to pack a lunch: Laptop Lunches bento box. For adults and kiddos alike, this Laptop Lunches bento box is adorable. It’s brightly colored and the different sections allow for keeping items separate.
Best water flavorer: Stur. I am still loving my Stur water flavoring as a great way for me to get my water sipping on.
Best cookbook for the busy family: Robin Takes 5 Cookbook for Busy Families. I loved the Robin Takes 5 Cookbook for Busy Families. Not only does it include tons of five-ingredient meals, but a few of the slow cooker recipes have become staples and are both simple and delicious.
Best new tool: Dyson DC59 Motorhead Cordless vacuum. I raved about it in the review — and even wrote a love poem I love it so much. My husband told me after a week of constant use that he hadn’t seen me vacuum this much in the last year, nevermind the last week. It really makes life so much easier.
Best sunscreen: YouVee’s Sunscreen Swipes. I fell in love with these YouVee’s Sunscreen Swipes ($24 for a pack of 24) from Adventuress Skin Care at first use. They are individually wrapped wipes with the necessary dosage of a high-performance sunscreen. They made sunscreen application so easy and convenient. Plus, they’re fragrance- and paraben-free, and they didn’t make my son’s eyes water like so many sunscreens do when he accidentally rubs excess into his eyes. Whether you’re an athlete who needs a convenient sunscreen option or a mom who needs handy sunscreen on the go, check these out.
Best way to bring your tot along for the ride: Weehoo’s iGo Pro bike trailer. Jennifer tested out the Weehoo iGo Pro bike trailer and loved it! The perfect way to take your kiddo on a ride and get him exercise while you’re at it!
Best swim bottoms: Trunkettes. These swim trunks, Trunkettes, are super cute and let you get rough and rowdy with your kids at the gym without worrying about wedgies and overexposure. Love!
Best place for some quiet time: Reset. Tish’s review of the Reset class in LA made us want to hop on a plane and try it ourselves. The ultimate in relaxation and clearing out the ol’ brain.
Have you used any products lately that you can’t stop raving about? Don’t keep it to yourself! And don’t forget to check back here for all of the fun birthday week content and giveaways! —Erin