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Monday, August 6th, 2012
LaLa Lunchbox can be just what your picky eater needs to develop a healthy lifestyle. The app, developed by mom and health-care professional Gillian Fein, is a fun way to guarantee your child’s lunch will end up in their tummy.
“As a mom of two young kids, I know that getting children to eat balanced meals is invariably a struggle for all of us at some point,” Fein says. “But when kids have a say in their meals, they feel empowered and less food is wasted and unwanted.”
LaLa Lunchbox comes with an easy-to-use functionality. The app lets each child create a lunchbox that is personalized by a cute monster avatar; he or she then drags the icon of their preferred food item in each of four categories—fruits, veggies, proteins, and snacks—into their avatar’s mouth. While the app comes with a predetermined set of food options, families can add or remove their own choices to and from the appropriate categories. Each lunchbox, or list, is complete once it contains a variety of four to six items.
Additionally, a calendar function allows the parent to designate each lunchbox to specific weeks, as there’s no doubt your kid will want to switch it up often. A task list feature even lets you check off each item after you drop it into the cart at the grocery store.
Make eating fun for your family today—the app is available for $1.99 on iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad.
For more information, visit www.lalalunchbox.com or follow @LaLaLunchbox on Twitter.
Image: Young girl holding packed lunch in living room smiling, via Shutterstock
Tuesday, April 3rd, 2012
Attention cheeseoholics: April is National Grilled Cheese Month. You probably don’t need another excuse to bite into some ooey-gooey goodness, but here’s some food for thought. (Try not to drool on your keyboard.)
How about a grilled cheese on a stick? This kiddie sandwich kabob would be great birthday party finger food.
On our High Chair Times blog, mama and foodie Heather Morgan Shott dishes on serving up healthy, organic finger foods for her little cutie, Mason. The one-year-old loves to nosh on this bite-sized version of the classic.
For older kids, dress up the sandwich with healthful additions, like tomato and basil. This whole grain version boasts fiber and flavor.
No matter which one you choose, any of these sammies are perfect for dipping. Dunk ‘em in bowls of bacon-topped tomato soup.
Is it lunchtime yet?
Monday, November 21st, 2011
This contest has now ended. Congratulations to our three winners: Tracey B.of Alabaster, AL; Sara B. or Circle Pines, MN; Jacquelyn H. of Galloway, NJ!
Your kids can maintain good habits and still have fun with a new line of Disney-branded products. Disney’s recent D-Lightful Living: Animate Your Daily Routine campaign had one goal in mind: to motivate families to make healthier choices through meaningful ideas and product solutions. To help you continue with encouraging nutritional and oral health, we’ve collaborated with Disney Consumer Products for a prize pack giveaway.
Three grand prize winners will each receive the book, The Go-To Mom’s Parents’ Guide to Emotion Coaching Young Children by Kimberley Clayton Blaine, plus a package with an assortment of Disney-branded products for hygiene, nutrition, health, and more (total retail value of $100.37):
J&J Listerine Smart Rinse (Phineas & Ferb)
J&J Reach Youth Toothbrush (Phineas & Ferb)
All Terrain KidSport SPF30 Lotion (Phineas & Ferb)
All Terrain Kids’ Herbal Armor (Phineas & Ferb)
MZ Berger Body Wash (Princess)
MZ Berger Bubble Bath (Cars)
L’oreal Shampoo (Cars)
Kellogg’s Cheezits (Cars)
Perdue Chicken Nuggets (Cars)
Campbell’s Soup (Cars)
Insignia Sandwich Bags (Princess)
Insignia Snack Bags (Princess)
Insignia Lunch Bags (Princess)
Insignia Ice Packs (Princess)
Kobayashi Fever Relief – Soft Gel Sheets (Mickey)
MZB Boo Boo Buddies (Cars)
Fan Stamp Instant Press-On Face Paint (Cars)
I3 Flix’s Mater Teeth (Cars)
Townley Lip Gloss (Princess)
Townley Nail Set (Princess)
To enter, please share how you motivate kids to stay healthy or keep healthy habits in the Comments section below, from Mon. November 21 to Wed. November 30. Three winners will be randomly selected to receive one book and prize pack each. Come back to this post after Mon. December 5 to find out the winners. Read the full contest rules here.
Categories: Giveaways, GoodyBlog | Tags: Disney, disney products, Food, Giveaway, health, healthy eating, hygiene, lunch, sweepstake, sweepstakes
Friday, September 9th, 2011
This time of year, moms ask environmental lifestyle expert Danny Seo how to “green up” their lunch routine. Here are Danny’s tips on packing a waste- and hassle-free, organic lunch for kids.
1. Pack Self Wrapped Fruits
Apples, bananas, and pears are good, fresh fruits to pack whole in kids’ lunches. They don’t need wrappers or extra containers to hold up well in a lunch box. If you do pack cut fruit, consider making a pouch using aluminum foil. The foil can be crumpled and tossed into the recycling bin.
2. Low Impact Lunch Bags
Moms have a few options when it comes to how they pack lunch. They can invest in a cute reusable lunch bag. (Make sure it’s machine washable since food-borne germs can build up over time.) They can also save clean used Ziploc bags and recycle them at any grocery store that accepts plastic shopping bags.
3. Going Green Can Save You Green
Danny’s favorite website is Recyclebank.com, a free online community where mom can learn lots of great ways to go green each day. As an added bonus, when families pledge to be more sustainable, the site rewards you with points which can be traded in for coupons.
Visit Danny’s eco-friendly blog, Daily Danny, for more tips on creatively living green.
Monday, August 8th, 2011
FBI Launches New Missing Child App
The FBI has launched a new mobile application to help put the safety of children in the hands of their parents or guardians.
The scary trend of tweens with anorexia
In the beginning, Walker never suspected that her fourth-grader might be developing an eating disorder. “She was only 10,” she says. “If she’d been 13, I would have worried, but I didn’t think it could happen to a 10 year old.”
Children learn hacker ways at DefCon
Since DefCon debuted in 1993, many once-nefarious attendees have become computer security good guys bent on defending companies and homes against cyberattacks.
Secret for a safe kid’s lunch: Extra ice
When you’re packing your kid’s lunchbox in the morning, the ice pack is just as important as the fruit and the sandwich. And new research finds you might need more than one to keep your little one healthy.
Children’s HIV Drugs May Cause High Cholesterol
Children with HIV who receive antiretroviral treatments have persistently high cholesterol and other blood fat (lipid) levels, and would benefit from guidelines aimed at reducing their long-term heart risks, researchers say.
UN fears for children in Australia refugee swap
The United Nations children’s agency called on Australia Friday to scrap “inhumane” plans to send unaccompanied minors to Malaysia as part of a refugee swap.
Friday, July 11th, 2008
It may be summer, but it’s back-to-school season already here at the offices of Parents—we’re busy putting the finishing touches on our big September issue so it’ll be ready for you to read in mid-August. The other day, I read our fabulous article about packing fun lunches for kids, which included all sorts of why-didn’t-I-think-of-that tricks that I’ve already started using since my daughter is going to a day camp at her preschool this summer and has to bring lunch with her for the first time. Here’s my favorite tip: *Make a small cut in the stem of a banana so it’s ready to open (and do the same for easy-peel clementines). Yesterday, Jane opened her banana without help from the teacher! *For granola and snack bars, make a tiny snip on one end of the wrapper so it’s simple to tear. I also cut the end off the tough-to-open cellophane wrapper on the straw of Jane’s OJ juice box. *If the jelly on your child’s PB&J sandwich turns the bread soggy, spread a thin layer of peanut butter on both pieces of bread to act as a barrier.