45 Real Food Snacks for Kids

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Earlier this week, Mindy shared some fantastic ideas more specifically for toddlers and for on-the-go eating (no mess!). Now Stacy shares a very wide variety of any age, kid-friendly, whole food snacks for home and for travelling. Written by Stacy Karen, Contributing Writer Snacks are an important part of a child’s day. Kids grow fast and need frequent refueling. The type of food they consume greatly affects their development, attitude, and feeling of well-being. The task of feeding them is never ending, isn’t it?. The […]

10 On-the-Go Healthy Snack Ideas for Toddlers

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Written by Mindy, Contributing Writer I’ve never met a toddler who didn’t like to snack!  Who can blame them?  Snacking is fun! Although I feel like it’s important for children to have three nutritious meals a day, I also feel like there is still a lot of room for them to enjoy healthy snacks as well.  Their little minds and bodies are growing quickly.  It takes a lot of energy for a little child’s body to grow into a healthy, strong, adult body. Snacking throughout […]

Tips for School Lunchtime Success

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Written by Diana Bauman, Contributing Writer September has been an exciting month for my five year old son and I.  He started kindergarten and I became a first time parent with a child in school. My husband and I met all of his teachers including his principal, art teacher, gym teacher and music teacher.  We toured the classes, met other parents and investigated every nook and cranny of his elementary school. I signed up for the PTA and as a homeroom helper (one of the benefits […]

Surviving Early Pregnancy With a Houseful of Littles

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I remember when I was pregnant with my first. I was working full time as an ESL teacher, but during my time off? I could put my feet up, take a nap when I was tired, make whatever food I was craving (or not make food at all if my stomach was off), go for a walk or do yoga when I was sore, put off the (minimal) cleaning in our teensy apartment… basically, whatever I needed to do. My second pregnancy was a shock compared […]

Training Kids to Help in the Kitchen

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Knowing how to prepare real, whole foods is an absolutely necessary life skill that every child should learn. Children who are not taught the basics of food preparation will end up defaulting to processed, packaged foods, simply because they haven’t learned to make anything better. If we don’t take the time to teach them, how will they ever learn? I know that having little (dirty, mischievous) hands in the kitchen isn’t always the easiest or most convenient thing. Kids make messes. The put in the […]

Homeschooling Throughout the Summer

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Written by Beth Corcoran, Contributing Writer When I tell people that we homeschool year round, I usually get one of two responses.  I often hear from homeschooling families, “Oh, we try to do that, too.”  And then I often hear, “Why on earth would you do that to yourself and your poor kids?” Well, don’t feel too sorry for my kids.  They are managing just fine.  In fact, summer time is our favorite time of the year to do school. Let me tell you all […]

Encouragement for Mamas of Strong Willed Children

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By Emily McClements, Contributing Writer The other morning I was snuggling with my three year old daughter on the couch right after she had woken up.  I love those times of the morning, where my kids are bleary eyed and will actually sit with me for extended minutes while I kiss their heads, rub their backs and just breathe in all of the their sweetness. “I love you mom, so much… I could never even stop loving you!” she says to me.  The emotion in […]

15 Fun & Frugal Memories To Make With Your Kids This Summer

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Written by Stacey T, Contributing Writer I want to take you back for a moment… What are your favorite summertime memories from when you were growing up? What were you doing?  Where were you?  Who were you with? Some of my favorite summertime memories from growing up were running through the sprinklers, sleeping out on the tramp, watching the Fourth of July fireworks and having bonfires at the ranch with my family. My favorite memories were very simple activities but there is two common threads […]