November 12, 2009

Part Two - Lunch

How are your kids holding up with feeding them more healthy foods?  Here’s some ideas, pretty basic, for lunches. 

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November 01, 2009

Part One - Breakfast

As promised, my next few posts will be targeting each meal and ideas for your children as you start to get their little diets turned around.  I don’t know about you, but I’m always on the hunt for new ideas for food choices because after a while, if feels so mundane in our household with the foods I’ve exposed my son to.  So hopefully these ideas will help you out. Start slow, it can be overwhelming to make changes in little one’s lives, especially ones that are intended for lifelong lifestyle changes. 

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October 31, 2009

Children’s Eating Habits

So I got an email from one of my doctors the other day, Dr. Fuhrman, whom I very much respect and value the opinion of.  He is a very compassionate doctor who cares very much about the needs and wellbeing of his patients… you’re not just a number or science experiment.  Anyway, he wrote this article about the responsibilities we have as parents to feed our children healthy and how it is our responsibility to offer healthy choices.  So many diet related diseases are on the rise in our young children and I agree with him from the standpoint that it’s what we offer them that they learn to like and dislike healthy vs. junk food. 

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July 10, 2009

Alphabet Bible Verses

I heard about a similar idea an interview I was listening to on parenting. I spent some time looking for verses in the bible that related to many topics that we talk about/teach Owen throughout our day. Each verse starts with a different letter of the alphabet. I took some butcher paper, the length from floor to ceiling and wrote out each letter (bubble style). One afternoon we put the sheet of paper on the floor and while I wrote out the verses, Owen colored in each letter. And we hung it on our family room wall, where we can see it when we sit at our kitchen table.

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June 09, 2009

Teaching on the 5 Senses

A few days ago, Owen and I were having school time. I decided we would learn about the 5 senses God gave us - touch, smell, hear, see and taste. We did our first experiment with touch...so I took two brown bags, put 7 items in each bag (both bags having the same objects) - cotton ball, marble, safety pin, hair claw clip, foil, dice and a toy car.

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May 25, 2009

Involving Kids in Healthy Food Choices

Sorry for my absence in postings...since my last post, we've acquired 8 chicks, 1 goat and I broke my foot in the middle of it all! So, now that my leg is healing quickly, Praise God, and our animals are settling in to their new home, I'm getting back to life...For the past few months, I've been on a mission to find a compartmentalized Tupperware that I could use for my son's snacks.

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May 10, 2009

Homemade Playdo

A fun activity to do with your kids is making your own playdo.  It’s quick, easy and they can really make it!

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April 25, 2009

Learning about Solids and Liquids

Owen and I try to do “school time” a few times a week and last week we did our first science experiment.  We took 5 plastic cups and he got to add a different solid to each cup - salt, pepper, citric acid (came in a microscope kit), baking soda and sugar. 

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February 09, 2009

Sparking Their Imagination…

Today, on behalf of my sister’s idea, I did a project with Owen.  I took an old shoe box lying around and turned it into a very generic scenery.  It was very basic on purpose.  All the elements were made from felt - sky, grass, sun and clouds and a little stream.  Then I got out all his random figurines around the house - people, trees, fences, animals, anything little I could find. I told him to go out in the yard and gather whatever he would need and he came in with rocks, a twig and some grass blades.

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February 04, 2009

Home Decorated Birthday Cake

This year, at Owen’s request, he really wanted a Handy Manny Flicker the Flashlight birthday cake.  I thought, “not to bad, pretty straight forward as I stared at the little blue and orange flashlight image on my computer.”  But really, who was I kidding.  I called a very talented friend of mine who so kindly gave up her Friday last week to come over and help me decorate this flashlight birthday cake.  It wasn’t so bad, however, I wouldn’t have been able to do it without her.  Enjoy the pics…

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January 14, 2009

Homemade Wrapping Paper

Owen Making Wrapping PaperIt was Noah’s birthday a few days ago and as I was trying to think of something crafty to do for the day, I came across this idea on kiddley...making homemade wrapping paper that Owen and I could use for Noah’s gifts.

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December 31, 2008

Toddler Quiet Time

Owen quit napping about 6 months ago, just about the hardest transition in this little persons life.  So many days he wanted to nap (I would be the only one aware of this by his lovely behavior, meltdowns and whining around 4 o’clock), however, if he did sneak in a late nap, bedtime became a torturous nightmare for all involved.  So now, almost 4, he’s adjusted quite well to the no nap and goes to bed with such ease.  Although, it left me a bit unsettled…how was I going to make it through the day without a little sanity break where silence would just penetrate my eardrums!

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December 28, 2008

Help in the Kitchen

This year for Christmas, I got the new Williams Sonoma Multi-Chopper.  I just LOVE it!  And the best part about it, my son loves to use it and it’s made him so interested in helping in the kitchen.

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