Game Tips For Kids + $5,000 DOLE Fruit Squish’ems “Game Day Great” Contest #GameDayGreat

Being a mom, doesn’t mean that I slave over the stove all day or do without. Oh no! While my children most definitely come first, I live for the little time savers like DOLE Fruit Squish’ems. While fresh fruits are tasty, they can turn to mush in a packed picnic or even if left in a hot car during game day. What a waste that can be and a disappointment to the one planning on enjoying that treat.

DOLE Fruit Squish’ems

DOLE Fruit Squish’ems are a convenient and healthy snack that help soccer families like mine be at the top of their game for every match, whether they are on the field or cheering from the sidelines. Simply pack them in your bag or a cooler if you prefer them chilled for that quick and easy snack upon request. My toddler is big on random snack demands during the games and even when at the park. Keeping these on hand has been a huge save for me and earned smiles all around from my boys.

I feel good when serving DOLE Fruit Squish’ems! Each easy-to-use squeezable pouch contains one full serving of all-natural fruit from fresh USA apples and is only 60 calories per serving, making it easy for moms to get more fruit into their kid’s diet and get them fueled up for game day. That’s right I said a full serving in one easy to travel with package. It is important to me as a mom to make sure my children eat healthy and properly balanced.

Outdoor Adventures Playdates are better with DOLE Fruit Squish'ems

Now for my more eco-friendly mommies and health nuts, DOLE Fruit Squish’ems are GMO-free, gluten-free, and are made with BPA free packaging. They also contain no high fructose corn syrup or artificial flavors. Que the applause. A company that not only cares about making life simple for parents but also one that actually cares about their ingredients as well.

Parents of picky eaters need not worry, DOLE Fruit Squish’ems are available in three yummy flavors: Apple, Apple Mixed Berry and Apple Strawberry. I guess trying them all to find which is your child’s favorite. However you may get luck like us and find that they love them all. If that happens, never fear your grocery budget will inflate. In fact a 4 pack retails for $2.79 and is available at retailers nationwide.


Did you hear the buzz? DOLE Fruit Squish’ems are the official snack of AYSO, the nation’s most active and open youth organization, and a great resource for parents looking to get their kids into a league. They are celebrating their 50th anniversary this year and have great principles like everyone getting the chance to play in every game and positive coaching. Woot!

Soccer families will have the opportunity to try DOLE Fruit Squish’ems at a variety of AYSO events across the country including AYSO’s National Games on June 29 – July 7, 2014, in Southern California. So locals make sure to stop by and try DOLE Fruit Squish’ems for yourself! I think you will love them too.

I couldn’t let you get out of here without sharing a few of my favorite tips and you can find even more here: Brandi Chastain’s Tip Videos via YouTube

Game Day Tips

Teri’s {Mom to Bed by 8} Game Day Tips

  • Support, support, support! No matter win or lose provide praise to the players on the team. A little confidence boost goes along way.
  • Hydrate often! Make sure while they are drinking plenty of water or good for you liquid when outdoors on on the field.
  • Get in the game! There is no harm teaching your child how to play sports or even swinging along side of them. It is healthy, fun and creates lasting relationships.

Dole Squish'ems

Brandi’s Game Day Great Tips

  • Kids learn to be a good sport just as much from the sideline and stands as on the field, so teach them by example to always be respectful to everyone on the field, offer encouragement, and be gracious whether you win or lose.
  • It’s important to be both physically and mentally prepared for game day. I always make sure my son has a good, nutritious meal the night before the game and encourage him to practice visualizing making great plays. When you’ve already imagined them happening, they’re that much easier to recreate on the field!
  • Practice does more than pay off on the field. It teaches us the importance of going out there and earning what we get. So always try to encourage your children and be supportive when they’re putting in that extra effort to practice and improve!
  • It’s easy for things to get lost in the shuffle of crazy game days so always pack extra socks and an extra pair of cleats (if you have them)!
  • Always double check emails and the team website for any last minute schedule changes. It’ll save you time in the long run and who can’t use more of that!
  • When I was playing soccer, nothing got me ready to go like putting on my headphones and listening to my favorite music. Now, my son and I build fun, energetic playlists for the ride to the game. It’s a great way for us to bond and for him to get excited before playing!
  • A tough game means lots of sweat so help your kids by teaching them to stay hydrated! 15-20 oz. of water two to three hours before practices and games will help their little engines to keep running at full steam!
  • It’s no fun losing, but learning how to be a good winner and a good loser are both really important. Before a big game I always try to tell my son that the most important thing is to go out and to do the best you can and win or lose, be positive and treat others with respect.

Now for a big announcement:

DOLE Fruit Squish’ems “Game Day Great” Facebook contest

Grand prize winner will receive $5,000 and a season’s supply of DOLE Fruit Squish’ems for their kids’ league! Ten finalists will also receive a season’s supply of DOLE Fruit Squish’ems for their leagues. As a big bonus, every entrant upon submitting their tip, all entrants will be able to download a coupon to save $1 on a box of DOLE Fruit Squish’ems!

Connect with Dole on Facebook and Twitter to learn more!

Disclosure: All opinions seen in this publication are those of the writer and may differ from your own. received product and compensation from Dole as a condition of this Mom It Forward Blogger Network campaign publication. No purchase necessary. The disclosure is done in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission 10 CFR, Part 255 Guides Concerning the use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising. For questions or to have your product featured on Mom to Bed by 8, email Teri at [email protected].

About the author
Mrs. Hatland is a 30-something married, mom of 7 and the face behind the popular online publication, Motherhood Defined. Known as the Iowa Mom blogger by her local peers and “The Fairy Blogmother” worldwide. She has professional experience in working closely with clients on brand ambassadorships, client outreach services, content creation and creative social media advertising exposure.

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