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Natalie

About once a week, usually on Friday night, we have a movie night and some kind of take-out. It’s something for the whole family to look forward to and it’s quickly becoming a highly anticipated family tradition. What’s not so wonderful, though, is the toll it can take on our wallets (especially now that we’ve graduated […]

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The slow cooker is one of the most-used tools in my kitchen. I love being able to throw a meal together in advance and not have to attempt chopping vegetables while holding a small child (or fending one off at my feet). Not every kid feels the way I do about the slow cooker, and […]

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I’ve mentioned here before that the family and I are making an attempt to eat healthier this year. (A cliche, I know, but I’ve got three kids aged 6 and under, I’m too tired to be original. Especially with the baby currently teething and up all hours of the night.) What I’ve noticed lately is that […]

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Valentine’s Day and sweet treats go hand-in-hand so today we’re offering up two options. First, in the spirit of our renewed excitement about eating to get our energy back, we have a healthy, kid-friendly Valentine’s Day fruit & veggie gummie snack. Second, for those of you that just have indulge on Valentine’s Day, we’ve got […]

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There’s just over a week left in January, how’s the resolution-keeping going?  Last year our 10 Tips for Better Meal Planning post was one of our most popular offerings both for the Project Organize Your ENTIRE Life series and on the blog in general. So this year I decided to ask our resident food blogger, Natalie, […]

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I mentioned last week that this is the first year our family is going to attempt some sort of New Year’s Eve celebration with the littles. Actually, a Happy Noon Year celebration may be what’s really on the docket.  Regardless of when we do it, one thing is for sure- a tasty non-alcoholic drink (or […]

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Headed to potluck after potluck this season? Looking for something that’s easy to assemble, festive AND healthy? 

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Growing up my grandma made the most delicious frozen pumpkin pie for Thanksgiving. I’ve always thought her recipe couldn’t be topped… and then I saw this version from our contributor Natalie that adds in chocolate and Oreos.  Sorry Nana, but I think I may have a new favorite. Read on for the full recipe. Make-ahead menu […]

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‘Tis the season for pumpkin and apple recipes! If you’ve taken advantage of the seasonal grocery sales or done some apple picking at your local orchard, chances are you need some apple inspiration. This recipe is for you! 

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This might be the easiest food project I’ve ever created. It took mere minutes to give these pieces of fruit some personality. Here’s what I did: Wash and dry the fruit. You want your surface to be relatively dry. Get some candy eyeballs. I used both small and large candy eyes from Wilton. These are […]

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Have you guys ever packed smoothies in your kids’ lunches? I’m so intrigued by this idea – it seems like SUCH a good way to get some much needed veggies into my kiddos’ lunches and I know they’d see it as an extra special treat. But I wonder about the mess factor – is this […]

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Nut allergies are no joke and both parents and schools take them very seriously. Our family is lucky not to have to deal with any of these allergies but every program the kids have been involved with from toddler group to preschool, and now kindergarten, has been a nut-free zone. We’ve struggled in the past […]

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I know, I know – August just began, don’t start the back to school stuff already! But it never hurts to plan ahead. Plus, a great breakfast is just as essential for fueling your kids for a day at the beach as a long day at school! Here’s Natalie with her best breakfast ideas and […]

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Are you spending most of your summer days at the park or the pool this summer? Instead of picking up pricey lunches on the go, try packing up something quick and healthy at home before you go! Here are ten ideas for park lunches to get you through the long summer days. Sandwiches with a […]

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Cereal bars and granola bars are such an easy grab-and-go snack, but most store brands come with a whole host of ingredients that you didn’t bargain for. It seems like it should just be made of some grains and fruit, right? Check out the ingredient list of Kellogg’s Strawberry Nutri-Grain Bars: CRUST: WHOLE GRAIN OATS, […]

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