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Easy 3 Ingredient Homemade Puffy Paint

Easy 3 Ingredient Homemade Puffy Paint

My daughter and I love anything sensory. Especially if it’s soft and fluffy and colorful. Like kittens. And cotton balls. And FLUFF. Haha. But seriously, we made this insanely easy homemade puffy paint using only 3 ingredients. Ingredients you probably have at home already. Just […]

Bento Lunch Box: Mini Ravioli

Bento Lunch Box: Mini Ravioli

To another sandwich-free, leftover bento lunch box! You all know how much I love to use leftovers for my daughter’s lunch. It’s the easiest way to put a well-balanced meal together quickly. This is good for kids but adults, too. I would eat this lunch, […]

Make Your Kids Their Own Kid-Friendly Cheese Board this Thanksgiving

Make Your Kids Their Own Kid-Friendly Cheese Board this Thanksgiving

Let’s get real. Everyone loves a good cheese board. But what’s worse than getting to the cheese plate too late when everything is gone? Getting there right after a swarm of hungry kids with their grubby little hands. Haha. But seriously, I love the idea of making the kids their own kid-friendly cheese board. Which is what I’m planning on doing this Thanksgiving.

Thanksgiving: Make the Kids their own Cheese Board

I tried to make it kid-friendly and put together some simple crackers and cheese with grapes and dried fruit. (Dried prunes and dried clementines). Some roasted almonds with dye-free chocolate candies. And of course some tangy, crunchy mini cornichons. (The dye free chocolate and cornichons, you can find at your local Trader Joe’s).

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I used fruit and vegetable cutters to cut out some uncured natural chorizo into heart and star shapes to make it a little more fun. And to put everything together I used these cute mini sushi boards.

Thanksgiving: Make the Kids their own Cheese Board

Isn’t it adorable? Yes, I call food adorable. My daughter and her friends loved it. And felt very grown up, at that.

Thanksgiving: Make the Kids their own Cheese Board

As a special treat — paired with a glass of fancy sparkling apple juice.

Thanksgiving: Make the Kids their own Cheese Board

The options are endless. These were some of the things I had on hand, but any kind of cheese and cracker with a variety of different fruits are great. I would even add some veggies with hummus, olives if your kids like olives. Different kinds of nuts if there are no allergies. Cantaloupe cut outs in different shapes are always popular too.

So this fun, kid-friendly cheese board will be one thing on our Thanksgiving kids table. What are some of your plans?

Which reminds me, I’ll also be making these bite-size pumpkin biscuits too. Can’t wait for Thanksgiving!

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Bento box Lunch Series: Quiche and Seasonal Fruit

Bento box Lunch Series: Quiche and Seasonal Fruit

Leftovers are the best kind of lunches. As soon as we finish dinner, I make sure to put aside leftovers for the next days lunch for my daughter. Today on the bento box lunch menu: leftover broccoli quiche, grapes and strawberries, persimmons (my fave) and […]

Simple Fall Pumpkin Banana Bread

Simple Fall Pumpkin Banana Bread

I feel like everyone has their go-to banana bread recipe. For me, it’s the kind that reminds me of my childhood. Banana bread, has to taste just like how I remember it at my friends house after school. Or at my school bake sale where […]

Fun Halloween Bento Lunchbox for Kids

Fun Halloween Bento Lunchbox for Kids

Making lunch should be fun right? Like this Halloween Bento Lunchbox. But more importantly, fun to eat! I think, even the pickiest eaters will like this one.

fun halloween bento lunchbox: Healthy lunches for kids and toddlers

The purple witch fingers are actually grapes. They’re called Moondrop grapes and they’re naturally long. Crazy right? I attached the slivered almonds on with a tiny bit of almond butter. I cut up some string cheese, added some pretzels, a peeled clementine with celery stem, some organic turkey slices on a bed of romaine and whole wheat toast shaped like a cat with a cat shaped cookie cutter. Underneath I cut up the remainder of the toast and cut out a rectangle and a triangle to make a house. I also gave her some trail mix with two organic bat gummies on top because it’s Halloween, after all.

A complete balanced healthy lunch. Perfect for kids. And actually, really fun and easy to make.

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For more lunchbox ideas, click on categories – bento lunchbox on the right hand side of the blog!

*When buying lunch boxes, I always make sure to buy ones that are BPA free and phthalate free.

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Here are some that I like:

Stainless steel Lunchbots
Yumbox
Stainless steel Planetbox

Happy lunch making!

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Convenient Healthy Snack Prep For Your Kids AND YOU

Convenient Healthy Snack Prep For Your Kids AND YOU

When my mother-in-law went to the doctor’s office a while back, I remember her telling me her doctor asked her if she’s a toast and tea type of person. A toast and tea person? She asked. Yeah, you know, like you wake up and make […]

‘BOO!’ Chocolate Ganache Glazed Halloween Cupcakes

‘BOO!’ Chocolate Ganache Glazed Halloween Cupcakes

If I had to choose between pie or cake, it would always be cake. Frosted or glazed? Always glazed. And who knew, glazing a cupcake would be so easy?! I found this chocolate ganache recipe on Natasha’s Kitchen and decided to give it a try […]

Creative Unicorn, Monster and Cat Pumpkins for Kids

Creative Unicorn, Monster and Cat Pumpkins for Kids

Part two of decorating pumpkins! Because y’all know how much we LOVE decorating pumpkins. Last week we made really cute and colorful drip paint pumpkins, which I thought was a big success. This week, as per my daughter, we decided to make creative unicorn pumpkins, which then turned into cat pumpkins and then some monster pumpkins, too.

I have to admit, I’m more of a wannabe crafty person. I love color and everything about arts and crafts. But my daughter, who’s only 6, is so much more creative than me. And not only is she artistic, but she’s a real, bonafide ‘artsy craftsy’ person. I merely buy the materials and lay it out for her, and she figures out the rest.

No Carve Unicorn, Cat and Monster Pumpkins: Easy to do with KidsPart two of decorating pumpkins! Because y’all know how much we LOVE decorating pumpkins. Last week we made really cute and colorful drip paint pumpkins, which I thought was a big success. This week, as per my daughter, we decided to make creative unicorn pumpkins, which then turned into cat pumpkins and then some monster pumpkins, too.

No Carve Unicorn, Cat and Monster Pumpkins: Easy to do with Kids

Here’s what I got:
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Mini pumpkins
air dry modeling clay
pipe cleaners 
pom poms
colorful gems
acrylic paint

No Carve Unicorn, Cat and Monster Pumpkins: Easy to do with Kids

And while I was struggling and still trying to figure out how to make the unicorn horn, my daughter had taken the modeling clay and plopped a piece on the stem of the pumpkin and twisted it upwards to create this. Genius, I thought. And so I copied her. Hers is the one on the left. Mine is the one on the right. She also made the ears out of clay too and painted the inside. I didn’t even think of the ears. So… I just kept on copying.

I love how she attached pom poms on the horn too. I added some bling on mine. We both decided to paint our pumpkins white. And added some extra pizzaz-y glittery paint, also.

No Carve Unicorn, Cat and Monster Pumpkins: Easy to do with Kids

Afterwards, she continued to upstage me by creating this monster masterpiece. She tied and twisted pipe cleaners around the pumpkin stem and glued googly eyes to the ends. Not to mention that hot pink pom pom in the middle representing the omnipresent third ‘chakra’ eye.

No Carve Unicorn, Cat and Monster Pumpkins: Easy to do with Kids

And here’s her little black kitty cat. Using more clay for the ears and painting the pumpkin jet black. Purple pom pom for the nose.

Like I said, I’m really just the material gatherer.  She — is the master behind this entire blog.

*After painting, allow time for the pumpkins to dry before handling.

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Colorful Rainbow No Carve Drip Paint Pumpkins

Colorful Rainbow No Carve Drip Paint Pumpkins

rel=”attachment wp-att-3423″> It’s pumpkin season! Everyone knows, that’s my favorite season. Because we LOVE decorating pumpkins. We’ve made glittered pumpkins and jeweled pumpkins but never did we try – rainbow drip paint pumpkins. Until… NOW. These were so fun to make. All we needed was some acrylic paint […]