Why I Love Being a Mom (Let’s Shout It Out Loud)

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“Wow, you’ve really got your hands full.” “Are they all yours?” “You must be so busy. I don’t know how you do it.” Since adding a 4th child to our family this past winter, these comments and many others have begun to abound when we set foot outside our home (I know- still such a small family, right?). In fact, they began even earlier, when I first had a toddler and a newborn, and salespeople would shake their heads and cluck sympathetically. Sadly, it’s common […]

How to Cook Vegetables: Steaming, Pan Cooking and Lots of Tasty Recipes

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“I know we should eat more vegetables, but…” This is a common refrain. I bet you’ve even said it yourself. Vegetables tend to be one of the most under-appreciated parts of the food kingdom, and sadly, one that very few people have learned to truly incorporate into their regular eating habits. The video above is a clip from a recent episode of Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution (one of the few things worth watching on tv!). Watch this brief segment to see that today’s children are […]

Simple and Frugal Soft Drink Recipes

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Written by Kate Tietje, Contributing Writer In my house, the beverage option is usually simple: water.  It’s always there, it’s very cheap, and my kids know to ask for it (and not ask for other stuff). Of course, this gets boring sometimes.  Who wants to always drink water?!  I know I don’t.  However, buying drinks is expensive.  I know that when we are at Grandma’s house, my kids could go through a $4 bottle of juice in about a day (granted it’s a special treat there and […]

Picky Eaters: Avoiding the Dinnertime Dilemma By Raising Children With a Heart of Gratitude

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Written by Courtney, Contributing Writer Picky eaters, finicky eaters, stubborn, selective. The notion of children being picky about their food is common these days. I’ve noticed that it’s tossed around as “normal” and accepted, even justified by some. Pop psychology and modern day experts in child development cite is as appropriate. But is it? I have to ask if this trend is something new or if young children were always “predisposed” to be picky eaters. One hundred years ago, did children reject the food their […]

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 […]