National School Lunch Week #NSLW

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Happy National School Lunch Week!  Did you know that we've been celebrating NSLW since 1962? Those who work to organize, plan and prepare school lunches have a tough job to do, especially with funding being so tight across the country.  Take the time this week (PLEASE!) to say THANK YOU to those who do work ...

Delta Temp2O Shower Head #DeltaFaucet #HappiMess #giveaway

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Life gets messy.  In my house, kids get messy.  Really messy. Truthfully, we all do, especially when we play together, which is something we put a lot of emphasis on. Weather permitting, we play outside together before and/or after dinner each day. Even if it's raining or snowing. We figure it's more important to be ...

Energy Bites Recipe: For the love of play

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Quaker has asked me to talk to you about their For the Love of Play campaign, in partnership with the NFL and Fuel Up to Play 60, designed to help fuel healthy families so they an get out and be active for 60 minutes of play a day.  Physical activity, in combination with good nutrition, is ...

New game teaches responsibility and respect

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Besides protecting our children from harm and keeping them safe, perhaps the most important job as a parent is to teach our children to fare well in the world alone, once they’ve outgrown our care. This doesn’t just mean teaching them to survive; but to contribute- To be decent human beings, and give back to ...

DIY Chevron Trinket Box

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Here's a fun little DIY chevron print trinket box that you can make for a small gift, a treasure box or just for fun.  It's simple, inexpensive and looks pretty without a lot of time or effort.  Just how I like my crafts! Chevron Trinket Box Materials Needed -   1 small cardboard box – I found mine at ...

Getting kids to read under the covers

We are really lucky that our kids have all inherited my love of reading. I know this. I embrace it and encourage it. I also know that for many kids, reading under the covers (or anywhere, for that matter, isn't appealing at all. For those kids, and those who like to read under the covers, ...

Ravioli with Creamy Herb Sauce #HoodMealMakeover #SourCream

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I had more inspiration after I left the Hood Meal Makeover Event last week.  Actually, I've since had yet another inspirational thought, but that recipe will come later this fall, I think.  I was actually trying to figure out a meatless meal for my oldest, who's meat-free, but also have something we would all enjoy, ...

Help the medicine go down with Dr. Cocoa

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It’s hard watching your child be sick. As a mother, it tugs at the core of my heart. I hate feeling helpless, not being able to wave my magic mommy wand and fix things right away. Like most moms I’ll do anything in my power to get the feeling just like new as soon as ...

Roasted Cheddar Potato Chips Recipe for Dogs

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Roasted potatoes and cheddar make a great snack for dogs, they’re tasty and a healthy alternative to most dog treats. These doggy potato chips are quick and easy to make, even kids can help.  Roasted Cheddar Potato Chips for Dogs Ingredients 2-3 russet potatoes ½ cup cheddar cheese, shredded Supplies Mandolin Slicer, with waves if possible parchment paper containers for storing   Preheat the oven ...

Healthy Fast Food Options #HappyBalance

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I've gotten over the initial disappointment of summer ending and back-to-school coming into the picture. The constant busy week hustle has actually begun to even fill normal. It's funny because we tend to think of the summer time being the time to spend with family, but it's starting to seem like it's actually the opposite. ...