3 Ways to Teach Your Child to Grocery Shop

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Parents and kids have been grocery shopping together for as long as there have been grocery stores. Parents and kids also struggle to grocery shop together. The parents feel like they can’t get what they need in a timely manner and kids act like crazy people when they get bored going from aisle to aisle. Shopping for food is such an important task to keep the family functioning and there are skills involved in shopping that ensure that you have all the food you need and stay within your grocery budget. Why not start teaching your kids those skills right away? We think you will find that you and your kids will enjoy working together as a team turning a mundane chore that you dread every week into a fun learning experience for you all. Here are 3 ways to teach your kids to grocery shop.

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Back to School: Meal Planning 101

The lazy days of summer are behind us. Looking ahead, a full schedule looms: school, sports, work, music lessons, homework, performances, field trips, school volunteering, holidays, etc. Maybe dinner (and meals in general) have gotten a bit lax during the summer—no one wanted to leave the pool, or do any work after such a relaxing afternoon—so dinner was take-out… again.

But with all these upcoming activities on top of schoolwork, you know you want to fuel your kids with healthier food, which usually means cooking more meals at home.

Don’t be afraid, though! Just follow these simple steps for Back-to-School meal planning, and you’ll be set.

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10 Quick & Healthy Snacks For Toddlers

You want to help your kids nourish and energize their little bodies with the best foods that you can get your hands on. Unfortunately, fresh doesn’t always go hand in hand with quick and easy. Luckily, there are many food companies out there that take using the best ingredients in their snacks very seriously. Today we have compiled some great snack options for your kids when you need something that is not only great for grab and go but also delicious.  

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4 tips for buying in bulk

When you send your kids off to school, you want to send them with the best possible tools for learning, whether it be the best brand of wax crayons, or the absolute best lunch box. But, as parents, we know that all those items add up and can very quickly become too expensive. That’s why we love shopping in bulk. Read on for our best tips for shopping for amazing food and supplies- in bulk!

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10 Tips for Making the Most of Your Farmers’ Market

Summer is here! And that means there’s probably a Farmers’ Market near you that is in full swing. Farmers’ Markets are great places to find local and organic produce, handicrafts, pastured meats and dairy, and homemade goodies. Just make sure that you follow these 10 tips to make your visit to the Farmer’s Market as good as it can be.

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Homemade Honey-Vanilla Ice Cream

Happy National Ice Cream Day!

That’s right, today is the day that Americans celebrate one of the most popular desserts in the country. Every third Sunday in July since 1984 (thanks President Ronald Reagan!) the USA gathers together to eat a scoop of happiness, for no other reason, we think, than just because ice cream is plain ‘ol good!

So be sure that sometime today, you join your fellow Americans in dusting the ice cream maker off and whipping up a pint of our summer delicious, melt-in-your-mouth homemade Honey-Vanilla Ice Cream.

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Summer Sides: One Basic Salad, 4 Variations!

Israeli Salad, a basic summer salad, and a favorite of international falafel-stands makes a perfect summer side or breezy dinner salad. With lemon juice to brighten, a rainbow of peppers to delight the eye, and chopped mint to cool the palette, this salad is a sure crowd pleaser. It makes a great side for grilled meats or falafel, and an easy all-in-one picnic salad with the addition of garbanzo beans for protein. This simple salad base also serves as a perfect variable side – just add a different dressing! Read on for how to make the salad that will save your summer meals.

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All About Your Cup of Joe

Ah, coffee: that bold, flavorful, aromatic, caffeinated cup of deliciousness crucial to every parent’s morning (and, let’s be real: afternoon). But, with so many types of roasts, coffeemakers, grinders and drinks, preparing that morning cup of Joe isn’t as simple as just pressing “on.” Here’s your guide to all things coffee, so you can customize your perfect cup!

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PB & J No Bake Energy Bites

PB  J No Bake Energy BItes

If you are on a mission get fit then you know that a good fitness routine and healthy eating go hand-in-hand. Eating balanced meals are one thing, but making sure you are snacking smart is just as important. Snacks are a great opportunity to get in some extra fiber, vitamins, minerals and eating more frequently helps to boost your metabolism, but not any old snack will do! If you are as busy as we are, then you need a snack to eat on the go that doesn’t require a lot of prep but also one that tastes great- and these no bake PB & J energy bites hit all of those marks. They are incredibly easy to make, full of natural and healthy ingredients and delicious- and really that’s the most important part

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DIY: Nut Butters

If you’re like us, you’re crazy for nut butters! Creamy, crunchy, flavored, unflavored, in smoothies, on fruit, or by the spoonful — nut butters make the perfect addition to any snack.

But what we don’t like about nut butters are the additives, preservatives, and price tag — a jar of organic almond butter can easily set you back $10! And when you’re adding the delicious spread to everything, this habit can get quite expensive.

The solution? Make it yourself! With a few kitchen supplies, ingredients, and time, you can easily whip up your very own nut butters, customized exactly to your tastes and preferences!

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Mother’s Day Spritzers

Treat Mom this Mother’s Day to a delicious spritzer (or two or three or four!) made with our favorite drink mixers from Powell and Mahoney.  This company takes drinks to the next level, with all natural ingredients – made of only the purest, finest juices, essential oils and pure cane sugar, and we really cannot speak highly enough of these products.  We’ve taken classic drink recipes and given them a spritzy twist to add some refreshment to your Mother’s Day.  They’re each perfect for a brunch (think: amped up mimosa), lunch, or barbecue, and no matter what the venue for your Mother’s Day celebration, it will be pure perfection with the addition of these spritzers!

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Spring Break Cocktails with a Twist

Spring Break Cocktails with a Twist

Ahhh Spring break: drinks in hand, beach sand between our toes, a teeny swim suit on. Oh wait, that was Spring Break, pre-kids. Now-a-days it’s sprinkler time, noodle crafts, and play dates, but just because we have babies now doesn’t mean we can’t enjoy a warm spring evening cocktail! For this Spring Break, we have taken three classic drinks: the cosmopolitan, a bloody mary and the margarita and changed them up a bit. We have taken some of our favorite mixers and liquors and combined them with a twist to each drink and made them unique, and more suited for spring break! So after the kids are in bed, try one of these unique drinks and just imagine you are on the beach instead of in your backyard.

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Easy Snow Ice Cream: Two Ways!

snow ice cream

When life gives you snow, make ice cream! This cool treat will turn a snow day into a very sweet memory.  It tastes delicious and only takes about 5 minutes to make. There’s no need for an ice cream maker, blender or food processor, heavy cream, or refined sugar.  This ice cream has a soft-serve consistency that will make you and your kids want to peek out your window and wish for more snow.  

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Homemade Personal Pizzas

homemade personal pizzas

Are you searching for something to make for dinner that is fun and unique? Maybe you have a pizza night each week and just can’t agree on toppings that everyone is happy with?  Personal pizzas are fun to make and easier than you might imagine–not to mention, delicious! These pizzas have a delicious thin crust that will have you reminiscing of the famous personal pizzas from your favorite pizzeria in Florence.   

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