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Natalie

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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Need some dinner inspiration? I am always looking for something new to put on the table without too much fuss. The months transitioning from spring to summer can get pretty hectic, what with end-of-school activities, graduations, weddings, outdoor sports and more. Implementing an easy weekly meal rotation could be just the thing to keep you […]

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Sugar. Sometimes it’s my arch nemesis, sometimes it’s my best friend, most of the time it’s somewhere in between. I’ve been on a personal journey for a few years to reduce the amount of sugar and processed foods that my family and I consume. I also recently attempted the 21 Day Sugar Detox (we made […]

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Most of us busy parents are on the look out for new ways to squeeze extra nutrition into our growing kids. Around here, we love using our juicer and enjoying fresh fruit and veggie juice, but it’s not really something you can grab-and-go (well you can.. but not without cleaning out a clogged-up juicer later on […]

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Do your kids drink smoothies and/or homemade veggie juice?  A nutritious smoothie has been one of my go-to methods for getting S and C protien and veggies for quite a while now – I usually make a one for my breakfast a few times a week and make extra for the kids. I’d never tried […]

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Our roasted chickpeas snack post (or roasted garbonzo beans, if you prefer) from last year was so popular that we thought you guys might appreciated even more ideas for how to incorporate chickpeas into your day – especially with recent studies showing that consuming fiber-packed chickpeas leads to consuming less processed snacks during your day. […]

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January is always a time that I am searching for new recipes to spice up our dinner routine. I’m usually on the lookout for meals that are: full of vegetables full of color don’t take too much effort to pull together These are a sampling of the recipes I’m looking forward to trying in the […]

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Have you given any thought to your New Year’s Eve plans? Since having kids, we keep it pretty low key (“Wake me up when the ball drops!”), but it’s still nice to commemorate the occasion with a special treat. Steph asked me if I could come up with a spin on champagne jello shots for […]

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