I’m sharing my KRAFT Macaroni & Cheese Dinner memories as part of a sponsored post for Socialstars #Youknowyouloveit
If you told me five years ago that I would be a mom of two I would have looked at you like you just sprouted a set of antlers on your head. I wasn’t one of those girls that had always longed for a family, but when it finally did happen, I knew that I was meant to be a mother. It’s funny how much you realize once you have kids of your own. I remember having a lot of (incorrect) preconceived notions about motherhood as a young adult, but really they are right when they say that nothing can prepare you for what it’s like to be a mom until you are on that side of it. It’s funny what we take for granted as kids, not knowing how much it means to our parents or realizing that something seemingly meaningless becomes a treasured ritual in motherhood.
I know you’re probably wondering why I’m being so sappy and nostalgic, and it’s because my baby girl is turning three in 2 weeks. She’s changing right before my very eyes, and more and more I hear from family members how much she takes after me as a little girl. It makes me super happy, but at the same time I feel like I must be experiencing the same thing my mom did when she was at this stage with me. Like when I have my lunches with Kaia, I’m finally seeing things through mom eyes. It’s a weird feeling, finally knowing how it feels to have a daughter with a sassy attitude and a flair for sparkles. And yes, apparently even though I was a tomboy I had a thing for jellies and princess wands.
She even takes after my love of cheesy pasta, and now that I’ve “passed the torch” we enjoy it outside together on our girl days. And yes I feel the pangs of nostalgia. It’s funny how something as simple as a blue box of KRAFT Macaroni & Cheese Dinner can mean so much, isn’t it?
It’s the little things from childhood that get me and bring up memories of fun and safety and love. I’ll smell a certain food and go back to a day when my mom let me help her mix up our KRAFT Macaroni & Cheese Dinner. I felt so proud afterwards, thinking it was a masterpiece. I imagine that’s how Kaia feels every time I let her stir it, because I see the beaming smile on her face and the pride in her eyes at something so mundane to us but so magical to a toddler. That’s motherhood, right? Memories and traditions and holding on while things change around us.
Speaking of evolving and changing, I’m really happy that even though the classic blue box is still around, KRAFT is moving to a new era with no synthetic color or artificial preservatives or preservatives in 2016, which is something that I love as a mom. I also love that they are still around with the way things come and go so quickly these days. It seems like so many things I remember from my childhood are just gone, so being able to do something as simple as share a bowl of memories means the world to me as I watch my kids grow up in front of me.