Today’s link round-up has pumpkin pancakes, an apple play date, a skin care product review, and more.
Knock It Off Crafts put together an apple play date party inspired by Johnny Appleseed—so cute!
One Tipsy Chick showed us how to make pumpkin Greek yogurt pancakes.
Enjoy the View reviewed some Missha face masks, and the results are promising.
Sometimes polished brows make you look way more put together than you feel, and Pursebuzz gave us the how-to on making them look great.
Kleinworth & Co. taught us how to make cinnamon candy apples, which are the perfect almost-healthy fall treat.
Makeup and Beauty Blog showed off the China Glaze Halloween polish collection. There’s so much gorgeous glitter!
Uncommon Designs created Cake Pop Candy Corn Treats that are probably unlike any other treat you’ve seen before.
There’s nothing quite like a gooey delicious s’more fresh from a campfire, but sometimes you want the goodness of s’mores without all the work. Grahamfuls from Honey Maid put the fun of s’mores in convenient snacks for your child’s lunchbox.
These snacks are about the size of a granola bar. There are two graham crackers on the outside and a chocolate and marshmallow filling on the inside.
There are eight packages in a box. Each snack pack has 110 calories, 4 grams of fat, 8 grams of sugar, 1 gram of protein, and 1 gram of fiber.
S’mores are one of my son’s favorite summertime treats. So, I picked up a box of these snacks as a special surprise for his school lunch. Although they’re not going to be mistaken for the real deal anytime soon, my son thought it was the next best thing.
Aside from the s’mores variety, Grahamfuls also come in the following flavors:
The s’mores Grahamfuls are the only ones we’ve tried so far, but I will probably end up grabbing the peanut butter and chocolate version at some point.
Have your kids had a chance to try the new Honey Maid Grahamfuls snacks? If so, what flavor is their favorite?
Photo credit: Honey Maid
It seems at every turn we hear about the rising obesity rate. As parents, we strive to curb our child’s intake of sweets, but we don’t always realize how much sugar they take in with what they drink.
When it was recommended that my son’s sugar intake be limited, to help curb his “energy,” it was a bit of an eye opener. We’ve never been a household that drinks a lot of soda, but I quickly learned that the so-called healthy juice I was giving him had more sugar than if I’d fed him a doughnut!
Sweet foods tell the brain to “eat more.” For active kids, or adults for that matter, eating more isn’t as detrimental as it is for those who are sedentary, but it still isn’t a healthy choice. When you combine a lack of activity with the regular intake of sugary drinks, you may have your child on the road to obesity.
The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends we don’t give our kids sugar-sweetened beverages. This includes soda, sports drinks, and fruit juice.
In a recent study published in the organization’s journal Pediatrics, they took a look at 9,600 U.S. children born in 2001. They discovered that 4 and 5 year olds who consumed one 8 ounce sugary drink each day had a higher Body Mass Index (BMI) and were 43% more likely to be obese than kids who infrequently consumed these beverages or didn’t drink them at all.
The kids who drank the sugary juice, soda, or sports drinks also were more likely to drink less milk, and to watch 2 hours or more TV every day. Remember, we’re talking about just one 8-ounce drink.
The American Beverage Association responded to the study with a written statement which points to the fact that “Overweight and obesity are caused by an imbalance between calories consumed from all foods and beverages (total diet) and calories burned (physical activity).”
I totally agree, but I think limiting sugary drinks helps bring about the balance we are looking for. Just like adults, kids need to think of water as a beverage. It can start with us. If we drink water they will more likely to do the same.
Photo credits: Ran Yaniv Hartstein
Today’s link round-up has cute fall and Halloween crafts and treats, an organization tip, and more.
One Tipsy Chick whipped up some pizza from random collections of leftovers. It’s a new alternative to the goulash solution to leftovers in the fridge.
The Red Kitchen showed us how to make a cute ghostie garland.
Li’l Luna made some delicious-looking frosted, gooey caramel apple cookies.
Craftaholics Anonymous made a cute “Boogie Monster” tissue holder that you might want to keep around all year.
I Heart Organizing showed us a way to keep baking sheets organized.
Mad in Crafts made fragrant cinnamon clay tags you can add to gifts for a special touch.
New Mama Diaries shared PicMonkey’s new Halloween themes that allow you to make your pictures look scary.
If you’re looking for cute snack or lunch containers for your child, check out this trunk box from Boon. The four-compartment divided tray is designed to look like an elephant and has a handle for easy carrying. It’s air tight, dishwasher safe, and easy to clean. The container is BPA-, Phthalate-, and PVC-free. It measures 2 x 9 x 9 inches.
I think this container would be great for taking snacks to the park or for family road trip snacks. I can also see myself using a container like this to portion out leftovers into quick grab and go lunches.
I’ve discovered that cute packaging makes a huge difference in my son’s willingness to have leftovers for lunch, and having something that’s already assembled makes my weekends much more enjoyable.
I’m not sure I’d use the trunk snack box for school lunches because it doesn’t seem big enough to fit a drink and an ice pack to keep everything cool. But, if your child is buying milk at school and you’re not worried about keeping the lunch cold, the trunk snack box would certainly be a unique alternative to a more traditional lunchbox.
Creative Kidstuff has a $4.95 flat rate shipping charge for orders of $98 or less. Free ground shipping is available on orders over $99. The company donates a toy to a needy child for every purchase over $50.
Photo credit: Creative Kidstuff
Today’s link round-up has Halloween crafts and treats, a pumpkin spice smoothie recipe, a talk about the importance of handwritten notes, and more.
Crafts Unleashed showed us a cute tin can spider craft.
Diana Rambles shared a recipe for candy corn bark.
I Think We Could Be Friends discussed the importance of handwritten notes.
The Crafty Blog Stalker showed us how to make mermaid monofins.
Our Three Peas made sweet potato cauliflower soup, which sounds delicious and perfect for fall evenings.
I love mason jars, so the idea of the BNTO lunchbox adapter from Cuppow caught my attention right away. This adapter is designed to make it possible to use a canning jar for transporting your lunch.
The lunchbox adapter holds six ounces and is designed for use with a wide mouth canning jar. You have to purchase your canning jar separately, however.
The product is made from BPA/BPS-free rigid plastic. It’s reusable and dishwasher safe, as long as it’s placed on the top rack.
The BNTO lunchbox adapter, like all Cuppow products, is made in the USA.
The most obvious use for the lunchbox adapter is to carry dressing for salad. However, you could also use it for holding other foods.
Although glass jars probably wouldn’t be the best choice for a young child’s lunch, I think this is a great idea for teens or for any adult who brings their lunch to work.
Even though I work at home, I’m thinking about getting a couple of these adapters so I can make up quick and easy midday meals to keep in the fridge for myself. Then, when my son is at school and I’m busy writing, I don’t have to stop everything to make myself lunch.
What do you think of the BNTO lunchbox adapter?
Photo credit: Cuppow
Todayâ€™s link round-up has tons of fall treats and crafts, plus a closer look at some pregnancy myths.
Baby Bump Bundle BlogÂ busted a few pregnancy myths.
Eighteen25 shared a recipe for candy corn cookies.
Kiddie Foodies shared a felt necklace craft for toddlers.
The Crafty Blog Stalker showed us how to make beaded spiders for those of us who love Halloween decorations but canâ€™t use anything too scary because of the kids.
Creative Khadija shared a fall-inspired twine decorated mirror craft.
Photo credit: Crafts Unleashed, Back for Seconds, and Kit4na
Do you have a hard time coming up with snacks for your little ones, even for yourself, that are healthy yet taste good? I do. I notice that we find something we like, we snack it to death and then we move on.
That system is not really working for us because there always ends up being a lag time between healthy snacks where I find my cupboards lined with saturated fats and hydrogenated oils. You know, all the stuff I shouldn’t be feeding my girls, or myself, for that matter. I mean, I do matter too.
Then I stumbled upon NatureBox.
Quite literally, I was at the Expo at a conference, not really feeling it when I almost ran smack dab into the NatureBox booth. The girls were sweet and they were passing out snacks, it was almost closing time and I won’t lie, I was pretty famished.
I mean, honestly, how many h’orderves and glasses of champagne can one woman consume. Mommy cannot live by champagne and canapés alone. I need food or at the very least something healthy in my body, something that could sustain me. There it was – Naturebox.
They offered me a snack of Big Island Pineapple. Sure, you may be asking what’s the big deal about a dehydrated pineapple? Well, I thought the same thing. But the big deal is that the dehydrated Big Island Pineapple tastes exactly like the caramelized brown sugar side of an upside down pineapple cake. It was delicious.
And then I made a pig of myself and they offered me a snack to take with me. I think they probably just wanted me to leave the booth.
They gave me Blueberry Nom Noms, which were nom-a-licious. They are like teeny, tiny healthy bite sized blueberry granola cookies. They are filling yet, perfectly portioned.
So, what the heck is NatureBox?
NatureBox is a monthly service that delivers five full-sized snacks to your door that will help you eat healthier without really having to readjust all of your eating habits. Baby steps, my friends.
NatureBox focuses on our snacks because that is where most of us drop the ball. We eat healthy all day long and then we get the munchies and shove whatever is nearest to our mouth in it. NatureBox ensures that the nearest thing to us is healthy.
NatureBox is food that you can trust. All snacks are carefully sourced and nutritionist approved. You know that everything inside the NatureBox is guilt free, wholesome and minimally processed.
Each NatureBox costs $19.95. Shipping is always free. It is risk free because you can stop or cancel at anytime with no ramifications and if you are not 100% satisfied, NatureBox will refund your money.
I like this idea. It is like the wine of the month club but healthy and good for you and your family. It eliminates the work for busy parents who don’t have the time to do the research and read all the labels. You simply order the NatureBox and you know what you get will be good for you.
What is your favorite healthy snack?
Photo Source: NatureBox