Midterm break couldn't come too soon. By the end of the first half-term we were all exhausted and needed a much coveted break from the school routine. Eddie's social life is extra busy, what with two birthday parties to attend (the first one was last Sunday, and I came back home half-deaf from all the screaming). We had our own Halloween Pumpkin Twitter party on Monday, when we did a lot of crafts and activities. Yesterday we had another of Eddie's friends coming for a play date. Plus, there's Halloween coming. And of course, when kids are playing together, they need some fuel to keep their energy levels up. Luckily, we had plenty of Yollies and Cheestrings to refuel our young daredevils.
As our little people grow, they need a good amount of calcium and vitamin D for healthy bones and teeth. Milk, yogurt and cheese are well known sources of calcium and vitamin D.
As you might know, vitamin D is mostly found in liver, eggs and fish oils, and is essential for the absorption of calcium. My guys all hate liver, but thankfully there are other sources of vitamin D.
Cheestrings are rich in vitamin D and provide 25% of the recommended intake in just one string.
Personally I am not overly enthusiastic about their stringy texture, but these cheese snacks seem to be very popular with the younger generation. They come sealed in individual pouches, which are easy to divide and open. Very handy for lunch boxes as well as eating on the go.
The packs of Cheestrings we received for reviewing run a Star Wars' promotion. Each pack has 4 free Star Wars trading cards inside, and there are 60+ cards to collect. Star Wars are taking over at the moment, you'll find their merchandise in most shops, which I imagine pleases Star Wars' fans immensely.
While we knew Cheestrings well enough, I haven't heard of Yollies until recently. Hello, where have you been hiding?! If like me, you don't know what Yollies are, they are amusing yogurt lollies for kids.
Yollies are the latest addition to the Kerry Dairy range. Just like Cheestrings, Yollies are a great source of calcium and vitamin D. They are made of extra-thick fruity yogurt and come in three flavours: strawberry, apricot and raspberry.
We loved the design, each yolly comes in a plastic "shirt" depicting a different character. Eddie loves their funny faces.
Inside each Yolly you will find a collectable stick with a letter stamped on it. Collect all the letters and spell words.
There are no artificial flavours, colours or preservatives. They are also mess-free, and would be very handy to carry with you as a snack on the go.
Yollies are perfect for snacking, or like Eddie likes to put it "gobbling it all up". They are healthy, funky and have a big appeal for kids like my younger son. We have also offered them to our guests, and most of them loved them (except one who didn't like the texture, as he's used to "normal" runny yogurt).
Eddie likes them a lot, and once our supplies end, I'll have to find them. We'd also love to try an apricot flavour.
You can find promotional packs at the moment: when you enter codes from two packs at Brave Bones Club, you get a free talking keyring. You bet, we have already applied for one.
If you are running out of ideas how to entertain your kids during the midterm break, head over to Brave Bones Club and Netmums for playtime inspiration.
Disclosure: We received a selection of Yollies and Cheestrings for the purposes of testing and reviewing. All opinions are Eddie's and mine.