Thursday, July 9, 2015

Teach the Family that #KindMilesMatter

Disclosure: I have partnered with Life of Dad and KIND for this promotion.

In a world that revolves around social media instead of the world around them, it is even harder for parents to get their kids out and moving instead of zoned out in front of a screen. That's why it is even more important to get outside and explore together what is out there and in turn keep you healthier on the inside. We've found as a family the best times together mean leaving the cell phones and tablets behind and just walking as a family or jumping on our bikes for a ride around the neighborhood.

So when KIND Snacks sent me this KIND kit filled with Made to Matter products from Target I was pretty excited. #MadetoMatter is a program in which Target has selected brands that supported three distinct pillars (unique collaborative partnerships, innovation, and social responsibility) in an effort to offer their consumers better-for-you and better-for-the-world products.

It was filled with wipes from Seventh Generation, hand sanitizer from Babyganics, lip balm from Yes To Carrots, and snacks from KIND including their new Peanut Butter Berry flavor. It was the perfect kit to inspire and motivate me to track our family exercise over a period of two weeks to see just how far we had gone together with all the products that would support us. Since its founding in 2004, KIND has been on a mission to make the world a little kinder one snack and act at a time. But, here's the cool thing about being a brand ambassador for KIND. For each mile the family and I have traveled together, KIND is going to donate one box of snacks to a charity of my choice!

Our very first day tracking our miles was Father's Day and also our 12th year wedding anniversary. My wife surprised me with a weekend away from the kids and we decided to do a high ropes course together for the first time. We logged 6.54 miles that day traversing across cables and climbing obstacles. The end of the day was a highlight for me as we took a zip line down a mountain 4000 feet from the top to the ground.

The remaining first week, I taught VBS at our church which my children all attended, teaching art to 158 kids from 9 am to noon for five days. During those five days I managed to walk 23.35 miles attending to all the children, preparing the room, and walking around the classroom. No wonder I was so tired at the end of the week! 

Summer camps resumed that with my daily average of miles settling down. On June 30th, I took my daughters to Sky Zone, an indoor trampoline park to log some miles jumping with them. We managed 6.43 miles that day. 

Afterwards, I was pretty worn out. We fueled back up with some KIND Snacks Peanut Butter Berry Bars are made with a unique blend of five super grains, coated in peanut butter and combined with sweet raspberries and cranberries. Each bar is a good source of fiber, making this new and improved PB&J rendition a nutritious and tasty snack on the go. Gluten Free and Non-GMO, KIND offers six different snacks lines filled with wholesome foods your family will love.

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For the July 4th weekend we ramped it up as a family, taking a bike ride together on Friday and venturing out to Morris Arboretum where we hiked the trails and discovered the gardens. Trying to keep up with the four and seven year olds as they discovered the grounds we soon discovered their hangry mood. You know that threshold you cross when they just aren't consolable and only sustenance is going to fix them? Good thing we packed our lunchbox with plenty of KIND snacks. You saved us!

So I tallied up my miles for the two weeks leading up to my post and we logged 41.14 miles together during that time. Beyond logging the miles and knowing we were helping people with our efforts, it just felt good to be outside together doing something. We use that time to talk to our children and listen to what they have to say. Have conversations with them about what is going on and what they are seeing. My seven year old has started reading and was paying more attention to the signage which was cool to see her not only read them but share some knowledge she learned about plants at school.

The only time I took out my phone was to start the tracker app. I made it a point not to look at it while with them so my focus was on them, not the Internet. Moments like this quickly fade away. I struggle with the capturing and sharing of every moment. Sometimes moments just need to be experienced by you and no one else.

We ended the weekend with family time during the 4th of July weekend. My son had just returned to us after travelling with his grandparents across the country without us for the first time. Instead of driving, we walked to the grocery store the 3.3 miles there and back as a family and got caught in a light rain shower.

The kids took turns pushing each other in the stroller estimating distances they could push one another based on their weights. Later, we took our kids to see fireworks and our four year old attended her first show. I loved watching their faces light up as the sky did. When asked which fireworks she loved the most she said emphatically. ALL OF THEM!

Those are the summer moments I'll remember. So get out and experience them together. Make some new family memories of your own and log the miles with your family. As long as you are together, that's all that matters.

Join me, Life of Dad and KIND Snacks on July 14th at 8pm for a Twitter party celebrating your own #KindMilesMatter journey 

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