UrthBox: Healthy Food, Snack Subscription

I feel the Urth move, under my feet…Snack time – for this gluten-sensitive mama, it’s a no-pleasure experience opening the pantry or snack cabinet in search of something to satisfy. Sometimes I’m seeking sweet. Sometimes it’s salty or savory. But almost all of the time I have to dig through an array of kid options, hoping that somewhere behind the pretzels, crackers and cheese puffs (I know, but these are organic!) there might be a treat for me.Do I sound a little whiney? Probably. I get that way when I’m hungry.Enter the monthly gift of Urthbox – a treasure trove of non-GMO, organic full-size goodies to delight the palate and not screw with a gluten-free diet! (In addition to Gluten-Free, they offer Diet, Classic & Vegan box options!)And try as I might to keep this … [Read more...]

Garlic Parmesan Fries Recipes

Seasoned Potato recipes are flying around the web, but with the country's ever expanding waistlines many are afraid to try these recipes and are missing out. Cooking Light has the solution. These Garlic Parmesan Fries have all the tongue tantalizing taste, without all the guilt.4 teaspoons canola oil 3/4 teaspoon salt 3 pounds peeled baking potatoes, cut into 1/4-inch-thick strips Cooking spray 2 tablespoons butter 8 garlic cloves, minced (about 5 teaspoons) 2 tablespoons finely chopped fresh parsley 2 tablespoons freshly grated Parmesan cheesePreparationPreheat oven to 400°.Combine first 3 ingredients in a large zip-top plastic bag, tossing to coat. Arrange potatoes in a single layer on a baking sheet coated with cooking spray. Bake at 400° for 50 … [Read more...]

Summer Picnic Hosted by Your Kids!

What better way to take advantage of a sunny day then with a picnic?Ready to inspire your kids to host it? Kids of all ages love to feel empowered by taking over grown-up responsibilities. A summer picnic is a fantastic simple meal for kids of all ages to host. And to top it off, it’s also a great boredom-buster!Here are the steps that you need to get your kids started:Create a menu. The kids do the planning! Click these templates for a FREE or just a that can be colored in by young ones or written out by older kids. Offer suggestions from easy bite-size nibbles, fruits, veggies, dessert and more. The goal here is to encourage them to plan a meal, learn to cook and be independent. Need a new cookbook? Check out this great list of suggestions from childrensbooks.com: … [Read more...]

How to: Plan the Perfect Appetizer Buffet Party

Let's face it, when we have a party scheduled not only do we want to have a good time, with easy food, prep and clean-up, but we secretly want to wow our guests. Personally I think an hors d'oeuvres buffet is a perfect way to do this and looks incredibly impressive and professional. In order to achieve a delicious and impressive party several things will help:Pick 3-4 delicious recipes that you can prepare from scratch. Buy 3-4 quality store bought appetizers which you can use as is, alter or doctor up. Buy cheeses, seafood, antipasto, olives, nuts and other items you can display beautifully, but use as-is. Prepare as much as possible in advance so that you can be a perfect hostess and mingle with your guests.Choosing Recipes Photo by Tast.ie This is perhaps the most … [Read more...]

Even More FROZEN Party Ideas

How can a movie that features so much wintry snow be so HOT? Disney's FROZEN is the number one animated movie of all time! And, we just don't see the snowball effect of it's popularity slowing down anytime soon. A couple of months ago I shared a round-up of FROZEN Party Ideas for your little princess's next birthday celebration. In the time since publication, hundreds of new ideas have been floating around the internet. Everything from decorations to dessert ideas, perfect party favors to kids crafts galore, and I'm going to share a bunch of them with you today!/1/ Olaf FROZEN Birthday Invitations - Before you can fully plan a party, you need to invite the guests. Have your birthday girl pass these out to her classmates or door-to-door to her friends worth melting for./2/ FROZEN … [Read more...]

13 Halloween Candy Alternatives

Halloween is right around the corner and my kids are so excited! They see the decorations in the stores and around our neighborhood and keep asking if its time yet. I love taking them out trick or treating! It's also such a good time and they come back with bags loaded full of goodies. Its fun to get candy, but I always appreciate the person who puts the practical treat in the kid's bags. While I take the kids out door to door, my husband stays home and hands out our goodies, that aren't candy! Here are our top Halloween candy alternatives!The kids may not appreciate a toothbrush in their treat bags but, a gentle subliminal message won't hurt. And they get a fun pair of fangs, too!Bouncy Balls Whistles RaisinsWith a roll of white electrical tape and some sticky googly … [Read more...]