Tag Archives: kids

BPA, Bottles, and Babies: A few things you should know

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I mentioned a few weeks ago that the baby decided he was done nursing at 10 months old, and I was torn in my feelings about the matter. I liked nursing and wanted to make it to a year but I also liked a little bit of freedom that comes with weaning. Finding a bottle that he liked was more of a pain then I thought it should be. I had a few old odds-n-ends bottles and nibbles lying around but he acted like he couldn't get enough out. Some of the bottles were quite old, like six or seven years Continue Reading →


Homemade Pumpkin Pie Pudding Cups

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It's that time again! 12 bloggers, 12 recipes, 12 ingredients or less and this month's theme is just perfect for October. Pumpkin! I love pumpkin in everything from curry to pie. Today's recipe for homemade pumpkin pie pudding in a cup is just the kind of treat to enjoy when you'd like some pumpkin pie but don't want to make a whole pie. This recipe is naturally gluten free too, so it's a fun option to make for friends and family who can't enjoy traditional pie. Throw on some fresh whipped cream and you'll really be in business. Don't forget to Continue Reading →


Fall Straw Art for Kids

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I can't believe the first day of fall was yesterday! We walked to school and there was a definite chill in early morning air. I'm going to have to dig out some hats and jackets for the baby before I know it. To celebrate I have a really fun and simple craft for kids. I decided to send both Henry and Kimball to preschool this year (two hours, two times a week), and I decided to put them in separate classes. So four afternoons a week one or the other goes to preschool and one stays home with me and the Continue Reading →


Healthy Snack Bars – naturally sweetened and good for you too!

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These healthy snack bars are vegan, raw, gluten-free, dairy free, egg free, Paleo and Whole30 compliant, and just pretty darn good for you. Don't let all the health labels scare you,they taste great! This recipes is adapted from One Lovely Life's Healthy Almond Joy Bars and I'm so happy I tried it. These little bars are the perfect craving buster, pack well in lunches, and are best right out of the fridge or freezer. They taste a whole lot like a candy bar without the guilt. The best part is they are pretty filling. I might eat one or two small Continue Reading →


Healthy Homemade Frozen Chicken Nuggets from America’s Test Kitchen

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Some people get excited about new movie releases or album debuts, but what gets this girl is new America's Test Kitchen cookbooks, and boy do they have a new cookbook! I've been a longtime fan of America's Test Kitchen. My husband got me two of their books back in 2010 for Mother's Day and I've been hooked ever since; I've been adding to my ATK (America's Test Kitchen) collection for years and I have to tell you about their newest book that just came out yesterday! And because I like you, you can win a copy for yourself. Keep reading! I thought Continue Reading →


Quick and Easy Ranch Chicken Bake

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Hey friends! Life is so crazy right now. We are literally a day or two away from opening the hardware store that we've been working on for almost 2 years. We are waiting for the building inspector to come one last time and issue our occupancy permit. While we are knee-deep in the final stages of cleaning and general business I have my friend Emily here to share a great recipe for Ranch Chicken Bake (no ranch packet included! Yay!). By the end of the week I should have a post on the hardware store for you as well as Continue Reading →


All kinds of lunch box inspiration!

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Today isn't just lunch box inspiration, it's also a giveaway of some really fun lunch box gear and products to get you excited for the coming school year! Keep reading, it's a long post :) I'm always looking for fun new ways to pack a lunch and I thought I'd share some inspiration with you today. I don't make crazy intricate lunches often, but once in a while I get overly motivated or Macey needs a little sunshine in her lunch box and I'll go wild with creativity. Things like this are fun when you want them to be fun, but Continue Reading →


It’s time to Back-to-School Shop till you drop (with a 25% off coupon!)

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This is my last post for Lands' End and I just have to say this whole thing has been so much fun for my kids and I. It's not every day that that some food loving hobby farmer (and her future little farmers) in the middle of no where get to be included in such fanciness. Thank you so much for enjoying the journey with me. Here's what's in it for you. I hope that I've given you some knowledge about what Lands' End in has to offer us mommas of school aged kids (great quality clothes that are a built Continue Reading →


The County Fair in all of it’s glory!

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The county fair was this past weekend I'm so excited to show you a little peak at all the fun! Come see small town America in all of it's glory! This was our family's first year really participating in the fair and it was so much fun! My Aunt Sally is on the fair board and so she asked me to help set up a "country store" where people who brought exhibits could bring extra items to sell. It was the first year doing it and it was so successful. Lots of people brought things to sell and lots of things Continue Reading →


My kids are CHILD MODELS! You should come see :)

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Sometimes my mother heart is just leaping out of my chest with excitement over the things my kids are doing. You know what I mean! Watching the ball soar on that amazing home run hit, the first time they sing a solo at church, or their tiny little voices at the school play. So rewarding. Well today is one of those days. I never wanted to have my kids be child models, but who doesn't want their kids to be child models. #braggingrightsforyears Ok, ok, so they aren't really child models but don't they look like it? I've just been dying Continue Reading →


How to Pop Popcorn in a Brown Paper Bag in the Microwave (I bet you didn’t know you could do this!)

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It's already the 12th of August which means it's time for the fun group of 12 bloggers I work with to post a recipe with 12 ingredients or less. Today is all about easy after school snacks! This should make that transition into the school year that much easier. Today I'm talking popcorn. Did you know that you can pop plain popcorn kernels in a brown paper bag in the microwave?! I sure didn't until this spring. I've always used an air-popper to make popcorn and mine stopped working. We are total popcorn nuts and I was desperate to find a Continue Reading →


Homemade Vanilla Pudding Cups plus 11 other recipes made in a mason jar

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It's the 12th already and do you know what that means? 12 bloggers, 12 recipes, 12 ingredients or less. This month was a really fun theme... food served/cooked in mason jars. I use mason jars all of the time in my kitchen so this was really fun for me. You know those little puddings in a cup? My kids think that they love them. They always ask for them at grandma's house and when they have them, they never eat them. They are so yucky! And why aren't they refrigerated?! That is just odd isn't it? So between the fake flavors Continue Reading →


10 Tips to Get Outside with your Kids EVERYDAY this summer. You can do it!

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Summer is the perfect time to get outside and get active with your kids. The keyword in that sentence is with. Just sending your kids outside isn't the same. I'm talking about you physically being outside with them. They'll love doing things with you and the attention that you are giving them. You'll love that they aren't idling their day away in front of a screen and you might even like the added exercise for yourself, sunshine on your face, and the decreased mess inside the house. I think that kids want to be outside having adventures and building memories, but Continue Reading →