Last weekend, my biggest baby girl turned 6! While in previous years we have hosted big parties with lots of friends and classmates, this year we decided to keep it smaller and take my daughter along with a small group of friends to a local rock climbing gym. The celebration was great, and the smaller size allowed me to … Continue reading Rock Climbing Birthday
With Halloween right around the corner, I’ve been getting lots of questions about how to manage this holiday in a way that lets kids be kids, instead of turning them into sugar crazed monsters. Of course candy is a big part of Halloween – and I’m not here to suggest our kids shouldn’t have any. But … Continue reading Taking the Scare out of Halloween
Those of you who follow my lunch photos either on Facebook or on the Lunch Packing section of the blog are likely familiar with the lunch box we use and love, the PlanetBox Rover. I really can't say enough good things about our PlanetBox - it's completely non-toxic, holds a great amount of food, encourages me to … Continue reading A New PlanetBox in the Collection!
As those of you who follow my Facebook page may be aware, last week I had the privilege of attending The Family Dinner Conference, which was hosted by Time at the Table. I had the most fabulous day - listening to inspiring presentations about both the importance of and strategies for integrating family meals … Continue reading Thoughts on Family Dinners
If you've been following me on Facebook, you may* have seen my posts on the recent petition by 100 Days of Real Food and Food Babe regarding Kraft mac & cheese. The short version is that in the US, the ubiquitous blue box contains potentially harmful artificial food dyes, whereas the equivalent product in the UK … Continue reading Stovetop Mac & Cheese
A couple of weeks ago, one of my favorite bloggers over at Spoonfed posted a story (and this follow-up) about how she decided to speak up about the neon pink drink being served at a birthday party attended by her 9-year-old daughter. In it she describes how she is often an advocate for real food, though … Continue reading To Speak or Not To Speak…
As I mentioned in this post about my munchkin's 4th birthday, in order to make the party more enjoyable for the kids there who have food allergies, I used this recipe for egg-free cupcakes, which also happen to be light and moist and delicious. And best of all, both the cupcakes and frosting are incredibly … Continue reading Chocolate or Vanilla Egg-Free Cupcakes with Chocolate Fudge or Vanilla Frosting
I'm in a little bit of shock...my little munchkin turned 4 last week! It's hard to believe that she's such a big kid now - definitely no longer a baby (as she is happy to tell you!). It's customary for kids in her preschool to invite the entire class, so we decided to host the … Continue reading 4th Birthday Celebration!
As much as I love the produce of summer (fruit and tomatoes in particular!), I have to say, I am awfully excited for fall. Not only do I absolutely love the changing colors of the leaves and the cooler temperatures, but apple season makes me incredibly happy. I am guilty of buying imported organic apples … Continue reading Slow Cooker Apple Sauce
If you ask a bunch of parents if they let their toddler or preschool aged kids drink soda, I’m guessing the majority would either say never or only on special occasions. But when it comes to juice, the answer changes dramatically. Juice is given to children – babies! – all the time. Nevermind birthday parties … Continue reading Fruit Juice for Health?