Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Kid-Friendly Food: Give Them What They Want

...but make it yourself!

Let's face it. There are some foods that most kids want to eat: macaroni and cheese, hot dogs, pizza, chicken tenders, and the like. I have many a time bought these things for the sole reason that dinner won't be a fight. But these things aren't necessarily the healthiest of choices. So to help offset some of that unhealthiness, my solution is to make it myself. That way I can control what goes into the food. No preservatives. No unnecessary extras. Just yumminess.


These homemade chicken tenders are that: pure yumminess.

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

{Review} The World of Eric Carle Happy & Hungry Booster Seat

We love to read Eric Carle books around our house. We love the colorful pictures and how Mr. Carle threads in useful infomation without it seeming like you are being taught. Some of our favorites are Pancakes! Pancakes!, Mister Seahorse, and, of course, The Very Hungry Caterpillar. So when the opportunity arose to review a booster seat based on that hungry insect classic, I knew we had to do it.


Just by looking at it, you know that Creative Baby's The World of Eric Carle Happy & Hungry Booster Seat is a fun adaptation of the familiar book.


But let's get into the nitty gritty of it all.

Monday, February 23, 2015

No Sew Felt Breakfast

Today's post comes from a good friend of mine, Elizabeth. This woman has been an inspiration to me over these past few years since I met her in Kentucky where we were both in school (and next door neighbors). We had the opportunity to be in a small group together where I learned that not only is she very kind, smart, and interesting, but she is an amazing baker as well. She first introduced me to cake balls and I'm still trying to make some as good as hers :). 

Elizabeth and her husband have one 2 year old child who is such a happy girl! It's no surprise, as she has such loving, intentional, patient parents. So, that all said, thanks to Elizabeth for sharing this fun breakfast craft with us today!


My toddler is on an egg kick these days, so I eagerly awaited those cheap plastic Easter eggs to appear in stores to refill a 6-count egg container I saved from the store. She was thrilled to have eggs for her own kitchen, but quickly expressed disappointment that there was nothing inside the eggs to cook in her little frying pan. Not wanting her interest in the activity to wane (I had been waiting for those plastic eggs since November after all...), I grabbed what I had on hand in our craft drawer and got to work. Since I had the materials out to make the eggs, it was super fast and easy to whip up (er, cut out) a couple other breakfast foods as well and I like how well (and how very quickly and easily) they all turned out. 


Friday, February 20, 2015

Things We're Loving: February Edition

So this is going to be a totally new kind of post we're doing on the blog today.

We're not sure if it's going to stand the test of time but we're giving it a little trial run. 




Whenever I follow someone's blog, I'm always really excited when they right this kind of post because it gives me a closer look at their real life. While I love the content that my favorite bloggers write, I also like to know them better. I want to know they're real humans and not just pretend people who write this interesting content.

Anyway.... so here it goes.


MaryAnn

Some advice for raising boys from my friend Mark at Christian Parenting for Today

Motivating Your Child to Do Right (4 part series) (another one by him!)

The Boys in the Boat: an intriguing story about the nine members of the 1936 Olympic Crew Team

wrought iron magazine rack: I’m inspired to be more organized when the kid’s unpack their red folders and when I bring in the mail!

Christina

Watching reruns of Gilmore Girls, as well as Castle and Galavant!

I've been digging Yogi tea lately. So yummy, especially this flavor

This Lotion

We can't get enough of these carrots


Tiff

I've been learning about the Enneagram. So fascinating and helpful in my walk with God!

I just got this book from the library (I've been on the waiting list for a looooong time). It is going be HILARIOUS. 

I've been trudging through the book of Leviticus and Numbers this month in our Journey through Scripture and while I can't say I've been loving it (I haven't, it's pretty boring some days), I HAVE been loving our little group on Facebook. They have been keeping me going and I love their companionship along the way! 

The If:Gathering happened this month and it was a really great experience! They have a Bible study that just started-- they are working their way through Hebrews and everyone is invited to join!

Finally, because it's been degrees below zero up here in Madison and I've had to stand outside most days to pick up my children from school, I'm loving these cold weather running pants. I wear them under my pants every. day. and it's made me less grumpy. 


So, that's what we're loving this month-- how about you? 

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Lunch-on-a-Stick

Right now we're doing a mini-series on fun food for kids.  Last week Tiffany wrote about Spinach muffins that her daughter helped make (and everyone enjoyed), and this week I'm writing about Lunch-on-a-Stick.  What?  Is that not a thing?  Ok well now it is...

I'll admit that for the most part I'm a "Here's your food now eat it and don't complain" type mom, but it's fun to change things up every once in awhile.  And I noticed that my son who usually doesn't eat peppers didn't seem to have a problem with about eating the peppers on his skewer.



Monday, February 16, 2015

Easter Crafts Roundup

I love doing crafts with my boys (or by myself!), but sometimes, I just need some inspiration. Here is a collection of ones that caught my eye. I hope you enjoy!



Friday, February 13, 2015

Valentine Object Lesson

My husband sometimes has the habit of telling me the same stories over and over again. I love him, but listening to the same thing again is not my favorite. Sometimes, lessons from the Bible can feel the same way. "Yeah, yeah, I've heard that before." So how do you make something "old" feel "new" again? Insert object lesson.