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Introducing Meat into Your Baby's Diet
April 21, 2014 • Posted by Alexandra Supel

Meat is an important source of protein and iron that will help your baby’s growth and development, but when should you introduce it into his or her diet?

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Natural Easter Egg Fun
April 17, 2014 • Posted by Alexandra Supel

Making Easter eggs is a great family activity to get everyone involved.  For this Easter, instead of buying chemicals, experiment with natural ingredients and explore the various colors you can get from foods in your fridge!  From berries to vegetables to spices and more, the color combinations are almost endless!

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Baking Fruits for Babies
April 4, 2014 • Posted by Alexandra Supel

A baby’s diet should be full of wholesome fruits and veggies, but their underdeveloped tummies can’t properly digest various fibers, sugars, and textures in their raw forms. Baking fruits is a great way to give your little ones a delicious treat!

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5 Extra Egg Yolk Recipes
April 2, 2014 • Posted by Brea Buffaloe

Many recipes only call for egg whites. We’re not ones to enjoy wasting food, so we’ve developed a list of recipes that use egg yolks as an ingredient. Enjoy!

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How to Manage a Picky Eater
March 27, 2014 • Posted by Alexandra Supel

If your child refuses to eat new foods or constantly asks for one food all day everyday, you might have yourself a picky eater. As your toddler’s cognitive development advances, she/he becomes more aware of how foods feel, look, taste, and smell. Although some pickiness is normal, it is important to continue trying to introduce new foods into your child’s diet. Here are a few pointers, tips, and ideas to try next time your baby or toddler is finicky at the kitchen table.

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Warm Spiced Banana and Yogurt Dessert
March 19, 2014 • Posted by Alexandra Supel

Bananas have a great texture that serves as a great food for babies to transition into solid foods. There are many ways to feed bananas to your little one, and here’s a great new recipe to keep things interesting!

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Baby Food Stages Demystified
March 14, 2014 • Posted by Brea Buffaloe

When and how to introduce foods to your baby can be a very fun but confusing time period. Baby food is often made in “stages” and as your baby gets older they begin to explore foods in a higher stage. Here’s a simple guide to the differences between each stage and when your baby should move to the next one.

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Should I Feed My Baby Fish?
March 6, 2014 • Posted by Brea Buffaloe

Answer: Absolutely! Many parents focus solely on the basics such as cereal, vegetables and fruit. However, your baby may be missing out on all of the brain-boosting nutrients found in seafood. Provided your baby has no history of allergies, fish can be introduced at six months of age.

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Baby-Friendly French Toast Sticks
February 28, 2014 • Posted by Christina Fong

French toast is a breakfast staple that's so easy to make, anyone can enjoy them at their leisure! It may not seem like the most baby-friendly option for your baby but we’ve made some changes to this classic dish.

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Veggie Curry for Baby
February 21, 2014 • Posted by Christina Fong

We've said it before, and we'll say it again: baby food doesn't have to be bland! Let's not forget that babies have taste buds too, and they enjoy good food as much as their parents do.

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Cooking With Your Grade School Child
February 5, 2014 • Posted by Arielle Martinez

If you're a parent, chances are you’ve thought about including your young one in the kitchen.

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Your Guide To A Super Bowl Baby Shower
January 29, 2014 • Posted by Ankita Satija

We’ll admit, footballs and cradles may not sound like a natural mix. But if you’re looking for a fun and innovative way to celebrate an upcoming birth, you might consider a Super Bowl-themed baby shower.

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Grocery Shopping For Your Baby
January 16, 2014 • Posted by Ankita Satija

Your go-to grocery list items change when shopping for a little one. Luckily, we’ve put together a sample one with all the essential foods you’ll want to ring up.

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When Can My Baby Eat This?
January 4, 2014 • Posted by Ankita Satija

Now that your baby is truly emerging as a crawling-and-talking little person, you’re naturally curious about when he or she can eat certain foods.

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Breakfast Foods For Your Baby
December 28, 2013 • Posted by Ankita Satija

For babies and grown-ups alike, breakfast is the most important meal of the day. It packs precious nutrients and essential health benefits into a tasty meal. So what’s not to love?

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Holiday Traditions To Start With Baby
December 19, 2013 • Posted by Ankita Satija

There’s no better time to create a new tradition than when you have a new member in the household. This year, the holiday season is doubly special – it’s baby’s first!

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Tips For Traveling With Baby
December 13, 2013 • Posted by Ankita Satija

The first time you travel with your new baby is as terrifying as it is momentous. Parenthood is stressful - you more than deserve a break, and you know it.

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Turkey Day Recipes For Your Tot
November 25, 2013 • Posted by Ankita Satija

Many of us associate the holiday with massive food comas due to lethal amounts of mashed potatoes and stuffing. But what about your little one?

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Chicken Soup For Your Baby’s Soul
November 14, 2013 • Posted by Ankita Satija

As the weather turns frosty, your baby will want nothing more than to stay snuggly and warm. Yes, winter blues affect even the littlest ones in the family, and we all seek a little comfort (or comfort food) around the holidays.

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Play With Your Food
November 8, 2013 • Posted by Ankita Satija

Appearances can be everything when it comes to your child and eating. In fact, the primary reason kids reject vegetables is because they seem “icky”-looking. So how to counter this tendency to judge a meal by its cover?

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Apples to Apples: A Treat For Your Baby
October 31, 2013 • Posted by Ankita Satija

As apple-picking season draws to a close, you’re likely wondering what to do with all those bushels you collected. Well, don’t fret.

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Kale: A Trend Your Baby Can Enjoy Too
October 24, 2013 • Posted by Ankita Satija

Lately, it seems like there is no trendier food than kale. The leafy, cabbage-like vegetable has become a favorite for grown-ups in all of its succulent forms: fried into chips, softened in soup and chopped raw in salads.

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Good Old-Fashioned Pumpkin Fun
October 12, 2013 • Posted by Christina Fong

While the excess amount of pumpkin pulp you're left with after hollowing them out may leave several helpings of pie to go through, we encourage you to try other recipes!

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Food Safety for Baby
October 4, 2013 • Posted by Kalie Vitt

Food Poisoning is no laughing matter and because babies’ immune systems are still developing, they are particularly vulnerable. The consequences of food borne illness for babies are usually much greater, since they become weak and dehydrated at a much faster rate than adults.

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Comfort Soup for Autumn
September 18, 2013 • Posted by Brea Buffaloe

September 22nd marks the first day of autumn! It’s time to take your jackets and sweaters out of the closet. The days are a little chillier and the nights will be longer. This is the perfect time of the year to enjoy a nice, warm and hearty soup!

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Back-to-School Tips
August 26, 2013 • Posted by Brea Buffaloe

September is right around the corner, meaning Fall is almost here! For most parents, this can only mean one thing: getting the kids ready to go back to school! The school-year is a busy time, but that doesn’t mean you should sacrifice healthy eating when it comes to your children. Here are some tips to make healthy snacks and lunches easy and enjoyable.

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Foods to Avoid for Baby’s First Year
August 23, 2013 • Posted by Kalie Vitt

Homemade baby food is not only simple to make, but is a more nutritious and cost effective option for feeding your little one. Straying from the store-bought stuff allows for more variety in your baby’s diet. And more variety means you can expose your child to more tastes and textures (of your choice), which can make for an easier transition to table foods later on. So when you’re getting creative in the kitchen, exactly what foods should you avoid introducing too early?

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Raising Healthy Eaters
August 15, 2013 • Posted by Brea Buffaloe

With all of the fatty, overly processed, extra-fried and super-sweetened foods out there you may be nervous about whether or not your baby will grow up to be a healthy eater. Eating habits start in the home, so it’s best to start your baby off early! This way, when your baby starts to make his/her own meal decisions, they are used to the good stuff and won’t settle for less!

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Embrace the Unusual: Avocado Pie
August 13, 2013 • Posted by Brea Buffaloe

Did you know that avocados are fruits, not vegetables? Many people make this common mistake and knowing the facts will prepare you for what I’m about to say next. Have you ever had avocado pie?

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The Beauty of Food
August 6, 2013 • Posted by Brea Buffaloe

Food’s only job isn’t to fill our stomachs and satiate our hunger. There’s a reason why we should eat more of some foods and totally avoid others. As the saying goes, “you are what you eat.” Our bodies react in many ways to what we put inside them, and one of the results is healthier skin. Certain foods can fight wrinkles, hydrate or even out skin tone.

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Grub on the Go
July 29, 2013 • Posted by Vivian Manning-Schaffel

What are the best ways to bring baby food on the road? What are the rules for bringing baby food and drinks on the plane? Here are the latest and greatest ways to help you prepare for feedings on the go.

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Mood Boosting Foods
July 23, 2013 • Posted by Brea Buffaloe

Have you been feeling down in the dumps lately? Sad? Depressed? You may have tried hanging out with friends, trying a new hobby or going on a date to boost your mood. If it seems like nothing is working, why not try food? We don’t mean cakes and doughnuts (although, that may help too!). We mean foods that can naturally make you feel happier.

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Spice It Up?
July 15, 2013 • Posted by Vivian Manning-Schaffel

The beauty of making your own baby food is that you can introduce your baby to a more exciting variety of ingredients than boring, commercial, jarred food. So take advantage and spice things up a little!

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Mango-A-Go-Go!
July 1, 2013 • Posted by Vivian Manning-Schaffel

Summertime brings tropical visions of palm trees and the delicious fruity treats that grow plentifully in their presence. If your pediatrician approves, mangoes are a tasty tropical fruit that can safely be offered to your baby between seven and ten months of age.

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Foods for a Teething Baby
June 28, 2013 • Posted by Christina Fong

It’s not fun for anyone when there’s a teething baby in the house. Between the crying and many restless nights, all you and your baby want is to make the pain go away.

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A Sweet Slow Cooker Treat
June 14, 2013 • Posted by Christina Fong

Slow cookers make cooking look easy even for the most novice chefs. Stick a few (or a ton of) ingredients in there and then you’re free to leave it alone for six or more hours while it works its magic. However, did you know they can also be used to prepare desserts?

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Cool-Down Summer Salad
May 31, 2013 • Posted by Brea Buffaloe

This may come to you as a surprise, but watermelon can be a great main ingredient for a dinner dish this summer. Its sweet taste provides a pleasant contrast to the more common dinner ingredients like cheese and onions.

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The Mighty Avocado
May 24, 2013 • Posted by Vivian Manning-Schaffel

Avocados have a smooth and creamy texture when mashed, so it's an easy food for babies to gum and swallow. And it's got a great combo of carbohydrates, healthy fats and protein to nourish a baby's growing mind and body.

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Picky, Picky... Nature or Nurture
May 9, 2013 • Posted by Vivian Manning-Schaffel

Are picky eaters just born picky, or are they unwittingly created by their parents?

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5 Mother's Day Dessert Ideas
May 7, 2013 • Posted by Brea Buffaloe

Mother's Day is a very special day, but figuring out how to celebrate can prove very difficult. Some mother's love fancy gifts and others love to come home to something simple, like flowers. There's one thing all moms are sure to love though, and that's desserts!

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Baby Food for the Family
April 26, 2013 • Posted by Christina Fong

Baby food isn’t just restricted to babies, as I’m sure many parents have admittedly eaten and enjoyed a lot of what they purchase or prepare for their little tots. If you’re looking for a recipe that will satisfy both parties, oatmeal is one of our favorites.

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Hurray for National Grilled Cheese Sandwich Day!
April 12, 2013 • Posted by Christina Fong

If you thought today couldn’t get any better because it’s Friday, then you thought wrong because today’s National Grilled Cheese Sandwich Day (yes, it actually exists!), and we’re not letting you get through the day without the food of honor.

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Green Velvet Cake Pops
March 12, 2013 • Posted by Rebecca Marber

Looking for a fun, festive treat to make this year for St. Patty’s day? Have no fear- you and your kids will love these Green Velvet Cake Pops. They’re great for little ones because they’re no more than a bite, so you can allow your child one without sending them off on a sugar craze. Not to mention, they’re a great exercise of portion control for the adults too.

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Carob Vs. Chocolate
March 6, 2013 • Posted by Christina Fong

Before we go into whether or not carob is better than chocolate, let’s talk about what carob is exactly.

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One Extra Large, Extra Flavorful Popcorn Please!
February 22, 2013 • Posted by Christina Fong

Oscar night is around the corner and what’s a night dedicated to excellence in film without a big bowl of popcorn? To add a little more flair this year, skip the microwavable bags and opt for a more interesting treat.

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Keeping Baby Healthy
February 13, 2013 • Posted by Rebecca Marber

In these winter months, it’s especially important that babies receive the necessary nutrients for staying healthy and fighting off those nasty colds and flus that inevitably attack each year. That’s why we’ve come up with some foods that are particularly good at protecting your child’s health (not to mention your own!).

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A Party for Cookie Monsters
January 29, 2013 • Posted by Rebecca Marber

Most little ones love the “do it yourself” aspect of baking. Unfortunately, we can’t always let this happen when ovens, stoves, and raw eggs are involved. But with just a little bit of prep, you can hand them the reins without ever having to think twice.

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Tea for Two
January 18, 2013 • Posted by Christina Fong

It is a truth universally acknowledged that tea is celebrated for its many health benefits and mystical healing powers. But like all things, too much of something can be a bad thing, particularly for pregnant women.

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Parmesan Spinach Cakes Deck Out a Winter Baby Shower
January 3, 2013 • Posted by Katie Marber

While the holidays act as a wonderful time to indulge in rich, savory appetizers served at festive parties, if you’re hosting a baby shower this season, the menu might differ from your New Year’s dishes. With all the right ingredients and less than an hour, Parmesan Spinach Cakes can become the talk of the party if served this season!

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Tips for Building a Cookie House
December 21, 2012 • Posted by Christina Fong

Gingerbread, sugar, chocolate…there are so many cookies at your disposal. Why limit yourselves to Gingerbread when it comes to the building those edible holiday houses everyone loves so much?

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'Easy Peasy' Creamed Peas
December 3, 2012 • Posted by Katie Marber

While a common vegetable for toddlers, peas and their high nutritional value are often taken for granted. With just a few simple ingredients, ‘Easy Peasy’ Creamed Peas could be a new favorite meal for you and your child!

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Throw Out Your Leftovers!
November 29, 2012 • Posted by Christina Fong

If you’re still hanging on to the remains of your Thanksgiving dinner with numerous turkey sandwiches or other reinventions, it’s time to say your sweet goodbyes and let go.

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This Thanksgiving, Don't Skimp on the Onions
November 19, 2012 • Posted by Katie Marber

Thanksgiving Day is soon upon us, but it’s not too late to add a new recipe into the mix this year. Watch out, this Three Onion Casserole might just steal the turkey’s thunder!

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Three Baby Food Myths
November 13, 2012 • Posted by Katie Marber

While there are a few essential rules to follow when preparing food for your baby, there are also some common misconceptions regarding what your baby can and cannot consume. Once we get past these myths, not only will you have wider range in the kitchen, but also your little one will be opened up to a world of wonder!

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Cut to Perfection: 5 Reasons To Love Your Electric Knife
November 9, 2012 • Posted by Christina Fong

There’s a lot of food headed our way, and we know one underrated appliance that can be very useful in “tough” situations.

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Parsnip Carrot Soup for the Whole Family
October 29, 2012 • Posted by Katie Marber

Often neglected from the dinner table is the parsnip, a flavorful root vegetable rich in calcium, vitamin C and fiber that happens to thrive in the fall. Along with parsnips, carrots contain beneficial nutrients, making this Parsnips and Carrot Soup a dish toddlers and grown-ups alike can enjoy!

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Know Your Milk Alternatives
October 18, 2012 • Posted by Christina Fong

Once your baby has passed the one-year mark, you may start wondering what milk is the best follow-up to the breast milk and/or formula they’ve been dependent on. Does this mean that all milk is created equal though?

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Make it Stop (Or Try!)
October 17, 2012 • Posted by Vivian Manning-Schaffel

We all know that a diaper change, hunger and sleepiness will play a part in getting that tiny siren wailing. But what's a parent to do when the problem is... none of the above? There's nothing like that gut-wrenching, helpless feeling when your baby proves inconsolable...

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The War on Germs
October 16, 2012 • Posted by Vivian Manning-Schaffel

A sick baby is always a miserable situation to deal with. Taking a few preventative measures can go a long way.

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Vanilla Cranberry-Apple Puree
October 10, 2012 • Posted by Katie Marber

While you can find cranberries all year round, they are harvested in the early fall and are locally available fresh up until December. Try a simple yet ingenious twist on baby food with this delicious Vanilla Cranberry-Apple Puree!

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Cookin' Without Gas
October 4, 2012 • Posted by Vivian Manning-Schaffel

Gas is extremely common in babies. You can tell if your baby has gas if they start twisting, get agitated, and pull their legs up to their bellies. Here are some anti-gas tips.

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Pumped Up
September 21, 2012 • Posted by Jennifer Perillo

Don't be intimidated by cutting and cooking fresh pumpkin. It's easier than you think, and pumpkin is a great first solid food for babies six months and older. 

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Tapioca Pudding - A Timeless Treat
September 20, 2012 • Posted by Jean at Delightful Repast

Tapioca pudding is one of those things you can serve to guests and everyone will say "Ooh, I love tapioca, but I haven't had it in years!"

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Perfect Pair
September 10, 2012 • Posted by Jennifer Perillo

Just a few minutes on the stovetop or microwave and you're ready to puree homemade apple or pear sauce.

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End-Of-Summer Bucket List
August 21, 2012 • Posted by Christina Fong

There’s still plenty of sun to go around and summer food to savor so take your growing foodie out and about.

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Feel the Beet: Introducing Your Baby to Vibrant Veggies
July 23, 2012 • Posted by Katie Marber

As a healthy and effective way to wean your baby off mashed food, introduce your little one to a yummy stir-fry filled with nutrient-rich beets. Not only does the variety of bright colors keep your infant entertained, but the rich color comes from beets' unique source of phytonutrients.

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Take the "Cake" Out of Pancakes!
July 16, 2012 • Posted by Katie Marber

With a few adjustments to your family’s favorite flapjack recipe, you can take the sacrifice out of your Sunday. That is where chia seeds come in.

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Mommy and Me: Smoothies
July 10, 2012 • Posted by Christina Fong

Everyone loves a good smoothie, and what better time to enjoy them than during the blistering heat of the summer season? The blending possibilities are endless, and many different diets can be accommodated.

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Kid-Friendly Campfire Desserts: More Than S'Mores
June 11, 2012 • Posted by Christina Fong

S’Mores no more! It’s the summer of 2012 and while s’mores are a beloved campfire classic, there are plenty of other delicious desserts you and your kids can heat up over the fire. Why not try something new?

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Chocolate Frozen Yogurt
May 27, 2012 • Posted by Jean at Delightful Repast

Kids love chocolate frozen yogurt and, made with cocoa, it couldn't be easier. Since there’s no cooking involved, even very young children can safely get in on the action. A splash of leftover strongly brewed coffee adds another dimension to the chocolate flavor. If you’re making a batch for adults, though, try a couple tablespoons of coffee liqueur instead.

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Be a Farmer for a Day
May 4, 2012 • Posted by Jean at Delightful Repast

Is your child a budding “foodie” or one you’d like to see take more interest in what he eats? Has taking her along with you to the supermarket not made quite the impact you had expected (She was more wowed by the selection of sugary cereals than the array of fresh produce)? Then it might be time to go a little farther afield!

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Tween Girls Love a Slumber Party
April 11, 2012 • Posted by Jean at Delightful Repast

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Cooking with Kids – Strawberry Frozen Yogurt
April 6, 2012 • Posted by Jean at Delightful Repast

Strawberry season is well underway, thanks to the warm weather. Cool off, and celebrate one of the brightest flavors of spring and summer, with a refreshing frozen dessert—easy to make with a pre-chilled canister ice cream maker.

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A Rainy Day Picnic
March 19, 2012 • Posted by Jean at Delightful Repast

With the children stuck inside too many days in a row, cabin fever is inevitable. Books, videos and even the most exciting electronic games lose their appeal eventually. Answer the plaintive cries of “Mom, there’s nothing to do” with “Let’s go on a picnic!”

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Cooking with Kids - Baked Applesauce
March 13, 2012 • Posted by Jean at Delightful Repast

Your child may not be ready to learn knife skills, so this recipe with far less knife work than the typical applesauce is the way to go. Other than the halving and coring of the apples, best done by an adult or older child, it can be made by your little chef.

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Kid-Friendly Snacks
March 8, 2012 • Posted by Jean at Delightful Repast

Just like adults, kids need between-meal snacks to fuel their active bodies. Healthy snacks are more than empty calories and supply a significant portion of a child’s daily nutrition.

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Sneak a Vegetable Past Your Picky Eater
March 6, 2012 • Posted by Jean at Delightful Repast

Need a change from the usual green salad? Looking for a way to sneak some of the more unusual vegetables past the kids? Chard and kale don't have to be cooked. They make a crisp, green winter salad you can actually make, and dress, the day before.

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Pack a Lunch Your Kids Will Eat
February 23, 2012 • Posted by Jean at Delightful Repast

The big challenge is to pack a lunch your child will actually eat instead of trade or dump. Here are some suggestions to increase the chances your children will eat the lunches you pack:

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Top 10 Table Manners
February 16, 2012 • Posted by Jean at Delightful Repast

Consistency is key in teaching children table manners. When there is little or no difference between “company manners” and everyday manners, there will be fewer of those embarrassing incidents when dining out or when guests are present.

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The Importance of the Family Dinner
February 9, 2012 • Posted by Jean at Delightful Repast

We instinctively know that having a meal together every day as a family is a good thing. Now statistics have proven that children who dine with the family are healthier, happier and more successful in school; that the more regularly a family eats together, the less likely the kids are to engage in risky behaviors.

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How to Help Your Picky Eater
February 3, 2012 • Posted by Jean at Delightful Repast

Dealing with a picky eater can be a parent’s greatest challenge. Should I force him to eat the offending food? Should I cave in and let her grow up eating nothing but corn flakes and marshmallows? Here are five tips to help you.

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Veggie Baby
January 21, 2012

If you want to raise your child as a vegetarian, there are many inventive ways to create an interesting, nutritious menu.

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The Welcome Wagon
January 12, 2012

In the early days of take-home parenting, when you are scrambling around sleep-deprived, trying desperately to get the hang of things. How can you conjure up some hospitality for the welcome wagon while preserving your need for private time to get acquainted with your newbie?

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Making Meals and Memories
January 8, 2012 • Posted by Jean at Delightful Repast

Mothers used to encourage only female children in the kitchen arts. Today's moms know that their sons also need to know how to cook. Of course, some children are simply not interested. Others are eager to help, often when we really just need to get down to business and get a meal on the table.

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It's All Relative
January 3, 2012

When you're pregnant, friends and relatives galore will likely offer up their babysitting services at some point and time. But when the kid shows up, many of those offers conveniently (well-not for you!) evaporate into thin air.

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Life of the Party
December 16, 2011 • Posted by Jennifer Perillo

Life as a working parent is a constant juggle. Throw in the added pressure of preparing for the holidays, and well, it's easy to feel overwhelmed. Here are some tips for keeping the Merry and Happy front and center during school celebrations this holiday season.

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Baby’s First Thanksgiving “Cheat Sheet”
November 20, 2011 • Posted by Jennifer Perillo

The turkey is sure to take second place this year as everyone oohs and ahhs over your little one’s first Thanksgiving celebration. Your little one’s digestive system is still developing, so you’ll want to avoid dairy-laden mashed potatoes and gravy. The good news is there are still plenty of ways to indulge her new appetite for solids at your Thanksgiving table.

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How to Make Halloween Fun & Memorable
October 26, 2011 • Posted by Kim Foster

When I was growing up in a small town in upstate New York, I remember that Halloween was one of the best nights of the year. We got to be anyone we wanted, and run the streets at night, bumping into friends, comparing costumes, getting as much candy as we possibly could. It was scary, but fun scary. I will never forget it.

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Homemade Chocolate Milk
October 23, 2011 • Posted by Kim Foster

My husband, David, is not a cook. When I’m not home for dinner, he’s shuttling the kids off to the neighborhood Japanese restaurant, or out for shrimp cocktail at the local Applebee’s. But the one thing that always bothered him is our daughter’s love for chocolate milk, and how much sugar was in every glass. So he decided to do something about it.

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Snack Mom, Snack Dad
October 15, 2011 • Posted by Kim Foster

What constitutes a “good snack”? Most of us can agree it’s not a sugary cupcake but are dried fruit and granola too extreme? Throw in food allergies, and snack duty can be a downright draining responsibility. Here are a few tips to keep in mind when it’s your turn to bring the snacks:

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Eating Out with Kids
October 8, 2011 • Posted by Kim Foster

This year a restaurant in Pennsylvania banned children under six. Hardly anyone noticed. Children, unlike senior citizens, are not a protected class, but this has only reinforced my belief that parents should make it a point to bring their kids to restaurants.

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Pumpkin Smoothies!
September 28, 2011 • Posted by Shaina Olmanson

One of our favorite breakfasts and snacks is a simple smoothie. They're great for mornings when you're on the go, and kids of all ages can agree on a breakfast that feels like a treat. Moms can get behind whole fruits and vegetables even when slurped through a straw.

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Mother Knows Best
September 23, 2011 • Posted by Marisa McClellan

Years ago, I was on the phone with my mom when she said abruptly, "Just a second, there's a recipe I want to read to you." She had just re-discovered a pumpkin cookbook that dated back to her newlywed days and wanted to share a little of her culinary history with me.

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Kids in the Kitchen
September 15, 2011 • Posted by Aimee Wimbush-Bourque

If your little one is anything like mine, he probably doesn’t even need an invitation into the kitchen. Children are naturally drawn to the heart of the home because of the good smells, curious gadgets and, let’s face it, that’s where they find YOU most of the time. But those hands are fast, and attention spans are short. How does one get anything accomplished with a two or three-year-old ‘helping’?

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Spotlight on Superfoods: Butternut Squash
September 10, 2011 • Posted by Aimee Wimbush-Bourque

Fall whispers its entrance with cool evenings, blushing trees, and the laughter of school children. With it comes an array of colorful squash, my favorite of them being butternut. Fall squash are not only pretty and decorative, but they are tasty and loaded with complex vegetable carbohydrates and dietary fiber. The butternut happens to be my favorite because its thin skin is easy to peel and there is a high flesh-to-seed ratio in each squash.

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Tummy Time
August 29, 2011 • Posted by Jessica Shyba

Along with all of the other various trials that come with having your first baby, tummy time proved to be the first that challenged my instincts as a new parent. It seemed as though just at the moment when we got to know each other, I needed to place my son into this awkward position on the ground that made him more than a little uncomfortable.

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Summer Road Trips
August 2, 2011 • Posted by Jennifer Perillo

In a few weeks, we’ll embark on our annual family vacation to Cape Cod. This is a trip my husband and I have been making for some 16 years, and the way we get there has certainly changed since children came into our lives.

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Got Water?
July 26, 2011 • Posted by Jennifer Perillo

A dip in the pool seems the perfect cure for summer’s scorching temperatures, but water’s refreshing effects extend far beyond a few laps. Staying hydrated is especially important when kids are running around outdoors.

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In Season: Cantaloupe
July 19, 2011 • Posted by Jennifer Perillo

Summer is the perfect season for so many reasons. School is out, meaning kids and parents can take a break from the daily homework grind. Pools, and sprinklers for us city folk, provide a fun reprieve from the sun’s melting rays. The best part, by far, though, is the sight of all my family’s favorite foods coming into season at the farmers’ market.

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Got Calcium?
July 12, 2011 • Posted by Jennifer Perillo

After years of being a voracious milk drinker, my oldest daughter has taken to sipping mostly water. On the surface, this may seem nothing to worry about since water is essential for proper body functions, especially during the summertime. My cause for concern was more about her calcium intake, and the August issue of Parents’ magazine shed some light on my worries.

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