It’s official. My baby is now in kindergarten. I am not sure how it happened, but one day I was bringing her home from the hospital in a purple blanket and the next I was walking her into her kindergarten classroom.This momma has mixed emotions.
I work from home and even though she is an only child, she will not let me get much work done when she is around. Therefore, summer being over and her going to school was going to be AWESOME for my productivity. Conversely, I can safely say my baby, toddler, and pre-school age child is gone. I now am the mother of a school-aged child.Watching her navigate this has been incredibly impressive. She is one independent child, which is great since it is just her and I. The first day of school she just said goodbye to me and that was that. No fuss whatsoever.
But since it is just her and I, everything, all the responsibilities of life rest squarely upon my shoulders. We run out of milk, I run to the store, there is no one to send or ask to stop on the way home from work. Doctor appointments, playdates–which are sorely needed with no siblings, haircuts, and then add in my professional responsibilities, life is quite busy.
Mornings have gone from a bit quiet and lazy to more action than I care for. One aspect that has been lacking for me is breakfast. Which is leading to fatigue, decreased output (wow, how scientific that sounds) and increased coffee consumption (which sounds wonderful but is actually not good.) I cannot eat cereal for breakfast since gastric bypass and often eat 1 oz packages of jerky or a protein bar. I can’t just eat any protein bar, I have to watch the sugar and carbs in these bars.I can’t even tell you the flavors of protein bars I have been through or how many brands. I had one I enjoyed, it actually tasted decent and close to real food…then it got discontinued. Isn’t that how these things go? I mean I had a favorite shade of red lipstick, it had these gold-like shimmering flecks in it, just matched my skin tone perfectly; then the cosmetic company decided to discontinue it. I still haven’t found the perfect shade of red to replace it.When I learned about these Perfectly Simple bars, I wasn’t overly excited. Sure the flavors sounded amazing, but those are just words. I was willing to give them a try because I need a convenient, portable breakfast, and would really, really, REALLY like one that tasted decent. I wasn’t even aiming for good, just decent.
My underwhelming willingness to try these has paid off. Perfectly Simple are by and far the BEST protein bar I have ever eaten. There is not even the smallest hint of that cardboard taste that so many of these types of bars have. It all tastes real, and I can actually see the ingredients, whether oats or quinoa, almonds, or chocolate chunks.I have given two Perfectly Simple bars to non-speciality diet eating friends. These two have no restrictions, can eat whatever they please and do not watch their diets, other than watching it go from their plate, to fork, to their mouths…well, even they said these were good, both in very surprised tones. Neither could quite understand my enthusiasm for them because they don’t have my dietary restrictions. But I am sold.
I’m even eating one now while writing this…see:Give them a shot yourself. Click here to see all the available flavors. If you are anything like me, you need breakfast and you aren’t taking the time to eat it because you have hectic busy mornings too.
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