Gingerbread Fun- Books and Bites

Gingerbread Fun- Books and Bites

This month I turned into the Gingerbread man. I hosted a decorating party every weekend so my house and car was concerted into a candy factory. I could have stopped to build a house at a moment’s notice (not that that’s a skill that actually comes in handy). I couldn’t let the month end without sharing one of my favorite ‘Book & Bites’ pairing. Check out my favorite gingerbread story and recipe on the blog- even if you have to archive it to use next year.

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Mommy Monday: Sushi and a Story

Mommy Monday: Sushi and a Story

Some Mondays I am ready to charge ahead and some seem to be a whirlwind of chaos. Mondays seem to be a day that most moms I know can use a little more support so I aim to share weekly ideas on simple projects to do with young kiddos. Today I'm sharing a great snack to make with your kiddos at home, my version of "kid only sushi" as I called it in my class. I encourage you to make both the green (aka healthy) roll as well as the sweet treat. Let your kids get their hands dirty and have fun rolling their own food. Make it a longer activity and check out the book recommendations as well.

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Spooky Spiders- Halloween Treats

Spooky Spiders- Halloween Treats

Crawl into the kitchen this weekend to whip up some Halloween treats. Every year I have a little too much fun concocting some festive snacks but I think this year is my favorite treat so far. Click to see the video and guide for make spooky spider webs and creepy crawly marshmallow treats.

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Salt dough ornaments

Salt dough ornaments

After years of working with children in the kitchen it is fun to share my experience with my girls at home in our own kitchen. It is crazy how I can have so much patience at YCA but find myself having to take a breath and consciously wait with my own girls. I have to remind myself to apply the same principals at home as I do at work which is to let the kids jump and work 100% hands on without trying to intervene or correct too much. Even if that means flour flies everywhere and dough is smashed into the granite. Everything can be cleaned and at the end of the day it's worth it if it means they are being empowered to explore and create in the kitchen. So for our project today, the girls are sharing how to make salt dough ornaments. 

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Elf on the Shelf Advent Book Activities

Elf on the Shelf Advent Book Activities

It is crazy to think that I am creating traditions and memories that my girls will (hopefully) have for the rest of their lives. I decided to start the Elf on a Shelf tradition a few years ago when my daughter was 2 and at that time would move the Elf every few days without any disappointment. Now that my daughter is 4, #*it got real- the Elf must move. I have decided to add a book a day to the elf tradition. Today I'm sharing book ideas for the month, along with a festive snack to help with your Elf success.

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Halloween with a healthier twist

Halloween with a healthier twist

Trick or treat, smell my feet, give me something good to eat! When it comes to party food, I like to try to make healthier options that are still fun for the kids. When school sends home bags full of treats, I want ours to be a good snack for the kids to enjoy. Don't get me wrong, I'm not the mom who will give out raisins or apples if you ring our doorbell, I don't want our house egged after all. I like the challenge of making all food fun- including veggies. Read on for a few healthier options

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