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Kick Out the Jams!

Photo (c) Pavel Gramatikov/Stocksy United

There’s really no wrong way to eat jam. Paired with peanut butter, swirled into yogurt or oatmeal, garnishing a cheese plate, or smeared on pancakes, waffles, biscuits, scones, or startlingly trendy toast, jam is, well… the jam. Jarring your own jam is an easy, fun project that’s also a great way to cut back on… Read more

Make Your Own Fruit Leather

Easy DIY Fruit leather. Goodness without the preservatives.

One of my favorite on-the-go snacks for my kids (ages almost 2 and almost 4) is Stretch Island Fruit Co. fruit leathers. Each deliciously tart, chewy strip is a quarter serving of pure fruit, with no added sweeteners or preservatives. Other commonly sold brands contain corn syrup and partially hydrogenated cottonseed oil (an artificial trans… Read more

Car Snacks: A Survival Guide

Car look like this? You're not alone. Photo © Raymond Forbes LLC/Stocksy United

By Anna Sachse Once upon a time, you swore you’d never feed your kids in the car. You were not going to be that person with raspberries smashed into the upholstery, milk crusting up your console, and granola ground into your floor mats. That was before you had to run a dozen weekend errands with… Read more

Get Your Groove On with a Super-Star Dance Party

Cut a rug! Get the most out of those impromptu dance parties at home.

By Anna Sachse My house has seen some epic family dance parties. Born from rainy-day boredom and, admittedly, my desire to whittle away some baby weight, it quickly became clear that our boogie fests were here to stay.  I highly recommend them. This is generally what dance parties look like for us: The 4-year-old strips… Read more

Kid-Food Classics: What’s in That Hot Dog Anyway?

Kids love 'em. But hot dogs are best placed on the okay-to-enjoy-sometimes list.  
Photo ©Anya Brewley Schultheiss/ Stocksy United

By Anna Sachse Hot dogs… Sure, that quintessential staple of summer barbecues instantly conjures visions of happy, ketchup-covered kids in swimsuits, but let’s be frank (hah)—they’re not exactly health food. High in sodium, fat, and preservatives (all of which have been linked to an increased risk of diabetes, heart disease, and stroke), hot dogs are… Read more

Take it Outside: 3 Great Games to Play in the Backyard

Keep your kids learning this summer with these fun activities.

Looking to keep your child engaged this summer? These family outdoor activities keep you active and keep children learning. Help them to build language, literacy, and math skills and improve physical development during these warm weather days. Get outdoors and explore the world together.   #1 Outdoor BINGO  Discover the sights and sounds of summer with… Read more