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Parents Pinterest Roundup

Wednesday, April 25th, 2012

If you’re looking for inspiration for fun crafts to try out this weekend or ideas for some simple, kid-friendly recipes to cook next week, you’ve come to the right place. This is the first installment of our new weekly Pinterest roundup, where we’ll feature the most popular pins from all the Parents pinboards. Check them out below, and leave a comment telling us what you like to see most on Pinterest!


Bring the kid’s menu home with these low-fat chicken strips. They only take ten minutes to prep, and you can make them even more fun by serving it with your kid’s favorite dipping sauces. The best part? Since they’re baked instead of fried, each serving only has 6 grams of fat!

To make this adorable ladybug, have your child dip yarn into a blend of equal parts water and glue before wrapping the sticky strands around two different-sized balloons. Let them dry completely before popping the balloons and adding antennae made from chenille stems and black felt dots to the body.

These healthy Blueberry-Banana Stacks are guaranteed to make snack time more enjoyable. Get the little ones to help pile each treat up, and watch them disappear as fast as they can make them.

Looking for custom invitations for your kid’s next birthday extravaganza? This cupcake invite is only one of the many free templates you can choose from, and we’ve made it easy to make them your own. Just download each pattern, fill in your information, and print them out!

Sign up for our free birthday newsletter! Get personalized party tips and ideas specific to your kid’s age delivered to your inbox each week leading up to the big day.

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American Baby’s Baby Booty: Get a Baby Food Maker!

Thursday, January 5th, 2012

Joe meets blueberries

It’s an incredible responsibility, giving a baby his first taste of solid food. I made a big deal out of giving my son Joe his first rice cereal—I had a whole little ceremony at my Dad’s house. So of course Joe spit it right back out like it was poison. You’d think I would have learned my lesson after my firstborn, Grace, rejected the steamed, pureed carrots her aunt lovingly made for her first serving of veggies. Here’s the good news: Both my kids have gone on to be champion eaters. They will try anything, and enjoy most foods, even at the tricky ages of 6 and 9. I’d pat myself on the back except I’m not sure that I had much to do with it, beyond making sure they tasted a lot of different flavors between the ages of 6 months and 2 years. A 1-year-old will put anything in his mouth, it doesn’t have to be bland or sweet. But I have friends who served up a wide variety of tastes and still ended up with a picky kid, so it’s not a foolproof way to get a little foodie, just a good practice to try.

Yesterday I read an entertaining entry in my coworker’ baby food blog. Heather Morgan Shott chronicles her adventures feeding her son, Mason, at High Chair Times. Over the holidays, Mason accidentally ate peanut butter for the first time, giving his mom a scare as she watched to make sure he didn’t have an allergic reaction. It’s one of those funny-because-nothing-happened stories, and was similar to a scene that played out with me and baby Grace. She was sitting on my lap in a Thai restaurant when I absentmindedly let her chew on a steamed vegetable that had been in peanut sauce. In my sleep-deprived stupor, I didn’t even think about it until the end of the meal, when all I could do is be thankful she’s not allergic.

This is all to say that I salute all of you who are feeding a baby, or about to start. You’ll hear advice from everyone, but there is no one guideline to follow on the baby-food journey. You can get a rough idea of how much food—and what type—babies eat, here. And are you into the idea of making purees yourself? Check out our new story on homemade fruit purees. Since so many moms are on the make-your-own kick, I’m going to give away one Baby Brezza One-Step Baby Food Maker, which retails for $100, and one Baby Bullet set, worth $90. They’ll be part of a baby food maker slideshow, which I promise to post shortly. You have through Wednesday, January 11th to post a comment and be entered to win one of the two baby food makers; read the full rules here. You can only post once a day. Goody luck!

 

 

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The Perfect Summer Ice Pop

Thursday, June 16th, 2011

Screen shot 2011-06-16 at 12.40.06 PMNo doubt about it, once the mercury starts rising, nothing gets kids smiling more than a cold, lickable popsicle—except maybe one that they’ve helped you make at home. And what could be more seasonally appropriate than using these beachy-keen sailboat, rocket, and sandcastle molds? Icy treats, Ahoy!

(Set of six,$10; uncommongoods.com)

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Get Free Ice Cream at Ben & Jerry’s!

Wednesday, April 13th, 2011

p_101534833Few things in life are as wonderfully delicious as ice cream—except when it’s free, that is. Well, we’re happy to report that today, April 12th, is Free Cone Day at Ben & Jerry’s. Scoop Shops across the country will be dishing out both new and classic flavors free of charge from noon to 8pm. So grab your coworker for an post-lunch snack, or stop by with your kids after school for a yummy Wednesday surprise. Click here to find a location near you.

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Have a Healthier Holiday

Thursday, December 9th, 2010

If you think having a happy holiday means bumping up a dress size, think again. We talked to registered dietitian Elizabeth Ward about ways to be merry while still being mindful of your health in the upcoming weeks. Here are her tips.

  • Make swaps in recipes to help cut fat and calories. Ward replaces half of the oil her recipes call for with apple sauce, and says that any pureed fruit (even baby food!) can work for that substitution. You can also reduce the amount of sugar in baked goods by a few tablespoons without changing the taste drastically.
  • Never go to a party famished, or you could make bad buffet decisions. Before you head out, eat a snack that contains protein and complex carbs, like a boiled egg and whole wheat crackers or yogurt and a slice of toast.
  • But at the party, don’t drive yourself crazy about what you can and can’t eat. “After all, we don’t have egg nog and gingerbread cookies around all year!” says Ward. Just be conscious of your portion sizes. (Find out what a smart portion size looks like here–it’s a great guide to stick to the fridge.) And just because something is delicious doesn’t mean it’s bad for you. Holiday faves like nuts, cranberries, sweet potatoes, chocolate, even that egg nog all have healthful properties.
  • Another thing not to beat yourself up about? Slacking off on your exercise routine. “The holidays are really hectic, so I don’t get to work out as often or as hard as I usually do,” says Ward. ” But then I notice myself running around like a chicken with its head cut off, and I have to remember that climbing up and down those stairs ten times is activity, and all activity counts.” Wondering how much time you spent moving between power shopping through the mall, taking the kids caroling and helping hoist the tree from the farm to the car to the house? Check out the Activity Snack app from Hershey’s Moderation Nation, which helps you track those small bursts of exercise.

Share your tips for healthy ways to enjoy the holidays!

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Study Says Light Drinking in Pregnancy OK — Would You do it?

Friday, October 8th, 2010

Another day, another study and opinion about drinking during pregnancy. This time, the word comes from London, and it says that light drinking (one to two drinks per week) may not have any effect on kids. The study found that the now-5-year-olds of light-drinking mums actually did slightly better than the offspring of non-drinkers on tests of vocabulary and the like. (Anything beyond light drinking, though, and the kids did much worse in testing. So the emphasis is most definitely on the light.)

What’s your word? Would any amount of research convince you to take a sip or two? Or were you already on board (make that, off the wagon)?

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Summer Faves

Thursday, August 26th, 2010

Here are three (admittedly random) things that I’ve come to love this summer.

1. Quinoa. I’d been hearing about this high-protein grain-like seed for a while, but I first made it  when I was trying to recreate a delicious salad I’d had at a restaurant (quinoa, chicken, edamame, toasted almonds, and diced dried apricots in Caesar dressing over baby spinach). This kid-friendly food (that’s a picture of it growing) is a healthy alternative to pasta, rice, or couscous and it’s so versatile (hot or cold). I’ve started cooking a batch in the morning, sticking it in the fridge, and then figuring out what to do with it when I get home from work. Here are some recipe ideas.

2. Kindle app for my iPhone. I downloaded the Kindle for iPhone after I tragically left my Kindle on a plane, but now I barely miss my larger e-reader. It can be such a challenge for moms to find time to read books, but now that I have books on my phone, I just pop it out of my purse to sneak in a few pages whenever I get a chance. Even though the screen is small, you can enlarge the font size so that it’s easy to read. You turn pages with the flick of a finger. You don’t need to own a Kindle to use the app—and if you happen to have a Kindle, your iPhone will automatically synchronize the last page you read on either device. Brilliant.

3. Slub shirts. This fabric (the dictionary defines “slub” as “a roll of fiber, as of wool or cotton, twisted slightly for use in spinning”) is so cool and comfortable, but I know I’ll be wearing mine all year long. It’s the first shirt I pull out of the pile of cleanly-washed laundry every week. I have a short-sleeved and long-sleeved one from JJill, but am keeping my eye out for others.

What are your favorite mom/kid finds of the summer?

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Modern Gingerbread

Wednesday, December 23rd, 2009

2009-12-homettaCrafting ornaments is so much fun…and stringing popcorn garlands, yeah, that’s great too. But seriously, there is nothing more fun than making a gingerbread house this time of year. When I spotted this super-mod construction on Ohdeedoh, I swooned.

If you are so inclined to strap on your pastry toolbelt, then you can download the “plans” here.

Happy baking…I mean crafting…I mean building!

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