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Travel Trips and How to Keep on a Healthy Track

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  Whether you want to admit it or not, the holiday season is quickly approaching.  Holiday traveling to our loved ones homes means celebrating with rich foods, sweet drinks and watching football.  Hmmm...healthy? Not likely.  What about the time you put into the travel to your destination? I have to wonder if that could be a problem as well.  So what can we do keep he.... read more

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Too Many Food Rules?

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So I just finished a rather interesting book called, The Pizza Trap, by Gabrielle Welch.  Throughout her book she discusses a lot of the same concepts we, here at Super Healthy Kids teach, such as more fruits and vegetables, offering a variety of all foods in general and keeping overly processed foods away from your pantry as much as possible.   Even as a big advocate of these concepts .... read more

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You Should Not Eat That While Your Mother Is Out

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It is easy to let go of our "eat-clean-no-artificial-colors/flavors-paleo-gluten-free-organic-etc" lifestyles (when it is not life threatening) for that one special occasion.  But what happens when our clean food habits are thrown to the way-side for a full day or maybe even several days? I recently had the pleasure of taking some much needed time away with my husband-alone! We are blessed to.... read more

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Basic Pancakes- 6 Ways

My kids are pancake FAN-atics! My 15 year old has been making his own pancakes since kindergarten.  He asks for pancakes every year on his birthday- and if he ever got a chance to go, I'm sure IHOP would be his favorite restaurant! ha ha. So I couldn't finish up 'Kids in the Kitchen' week without sharing our favorite pancake recipe. Most often, we have a homemade pancake mix in our pantry fo.... read more

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Kids Cucumber Dip and Spears

Amy and I are always talking about ways to get kids in the kitchen.  We believe that teaching your kids to cook and learn kitchen skills, strongly encourages good eating habits that will stick with them long after they move out!  The vegetable that I started letting my kids help prepare first is cucumbers!  They have a soft skin making it easy to peel, and slice very easily also! &n.... read more

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Healthy Grilled Cheese Wafflewich

In order for our future generation to truly be healthy, they need kitchen skills!  Teaching kids to cook is as vital as teaching them to balance a checkbook.  This week we want to share a few different recipes that are perfect for little ones just starting out.  Follow us on our social pages where we'll round up more kid-friendly recipes that will teach them some kitchen skills. (ha.... read more

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Kickin' It In Summer - With Proper Hydration

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Summer is a great time to add more fitness into your already busy life.  (Really, it is!) With the kids out of school, your rigid schedule can relax and you can take part in all of their fun, too.  Whether you are at the beach, by the pool, at the playground or even in your back yard, there are many opportunities to enjoy the summer with your children while keeping fit and healthy. .... read more

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Grilling Time Is Family Time!

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In my household (and maybe yours too!) grilling day is an "all-hands-on-deck" kind of day.  My husband is always the grill master, I am the grill food prep and the kids will do such things as setting the table, opening the doors for us, mixing ingredients and many other jobs they beg to do.        Some of our best family memories are when we gather with friends and .... read more

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"Sporting" the Sandwich

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If you keep up with our blog, you already know how much our families struggle with packing nutrient dense and convenient foods for sporting events and practices that fall right in the middle of dinnertime.  Well, it's actually a bit simpler than you may think.  Grab the sandwich making chart from yesterday, and you are already well on your way to a great energy packing punch as well as a.... read more

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Making My Own Sandwich {Kids in the Kitchen}

It's sandwich week!  At first thought, you may wonder why we would bother.  But we love sandwiches!  It's the very first thing I taught my kids to make in the kitchen, on their own.  Teaching kids to prepare their own food is as important as teaching them life skills like keeping a budget and taking showers!  When kids learn to prepare food, it does so many things for thei.... read more

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Chocolate Peanut Butter Protein Shake- For Kids!

Our email box is full of parents, concerned that their child is not getting enough protein for one reason or another.  It's a valid concern!  Sometimes, picky eaters might barely get the proper amount of any micronutrients in a given day, let alone the right amount of macronutrients .  Protein is vital for kids to grow and thrive, which is why this shake might be exactly what they n.... read more

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Busy Activities for Kids So You Can Cook Dinner

The dreaded hour.  You know the one I'm talking about.  It may be 4:00pm, for some its 5:00pm, or even 6:00pm.  The hour before dinner when the kids have saved up all of their fighting, whining, crying, and let it all go at once!  When you have little kids, it can be incredibly difficult to make dinner - let alone a healthy dinner!   The Family Dinner Project puts it pefe.... read more

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Homemade Mixes- Blueberry Muffins

This week we are all about quick (and still healthy) meals!  You can follow us this week on social media (like facebook , pinterest, or instagram) by using the hashtag #healthyfastfood.   Our first quick meal idea is to have homemade mixes on hand, like blueberry muffin mix! Mixes are great because it means you have to have less ingredients in your cupboard to make your kids favori.... read more

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How to Fuel Your Young Athlete

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Want to help your young athlete get that competitive edge? Be sure to fuel them with the most wholesome clean foods possible.  Both of my children are always bouncing around, love riding bikes, jumping rope and swimming, so that alone calls for good nutrition.  My daughter has been in ballet since the age of 2 and now, as she is just about to turn 8, she sees it as more of a sport and ha.... read more

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Dole Date Almond Energy Bars- Sports Nutrition

This week we are talking about sports nutrition, and keeping kids fit!  Follow our conversation in social media at #fitkidsfood.  Today, I have the perfect energy bar for kids involved with competitive sports.  (Even if you aren't in sports, you're going to want to make these! They are amazing!) First of all, our go-to snacks for kids that need extra energy has always been Almond.... read more

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4 Ways to Add Fitness Into a Busy Life

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Are you easily distracted? Do you feel out of shape? Are you battling with kids who just want to watch TV or play video games? Is your day already booked up so much that you are tempted to add that 25th hour? Well, I am here, once again, to help you with a fun, inspiring and doable way to add more fitness into your family's life. Overcome Your ObstaclesI too, will often find myself needing to r.... read more

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Keeping Kids Fit: Before, During and After School

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  "We all know kids can't sit still-so let's tap into that energy for health and fitness." A great quote that is the subject focus of 303 Kid Approved Exercises + Active Games, by Kimberly Wechsler.  As a mother I am always reminding myself that its perfectly normal for my 5 and 7 year olds to be bouncy the minute they wake up until their heads hit the pillow at night.  As a.... read more

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New Year's Diet: Should It Be a Family Affair?

It should not be alarming to hear that in the US, 1 out of 3 children and a third of adults are considered overweight or obese.  Again, it should not come as a surprise to hear that with an increase in weight there is an increase in: coronary heart disease Type 2 diabetes (a large scale issue in and of itself!) cancers hypertension stroke high levels of total cholesterol and tr.... read more

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Healthier Kids in 2014

I love the new year and goal setting! I've made so many over the years, with some that work, and some that don't stick quite so well.   Whether my new healthy ideals become habits for our family or not, I find it refreshing to try. I find it exciting to start over, and motivating to think about all the good things I want for my little family.  Although it's not New Years Day until Wednes.... read more

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Ho-Ho-Hold It!

I recently read that nearly 2/3 of us who make new years resolutions, have fitness at the top.  Of those, close to 75% give up before the fun even begins! My thoughts: change it to a goal as opposed to a resolution.  So as your personal Super Healthy Kids fitness trainer, I am going to offer an idea for a fitness goal.  I challenge you to commit to 15 minutes of activity every other.... read more

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Teaching Nutrition to Rambunctious 10 Year Old Boys

I had the opportunity to teach a group of 10 year old Cub Scouts (Webelos) a nutrition lesson to earn their Fitness badge yesterday.  I actually love teaching this one.  I have taught it at least 6 times to different cub groups in my area.  But those boys are CRAZY!! And cute. And Fun. And super smart!  I usually don't have to teach them much, because their parents have done su.... read more

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5 Fab Ways To Get Them Involved

    I find it enjoyable watching cooking shows with my two children, Mikaala and Xavier.  One of our favorites while it was running, was 'Rachael VS Guy Kids Cook-Off'. We would DVR it and then watch it as part of our weekly movie night.  The kids would oftentimes end up using their dinner as part of their own make-believe show.  So, in an effort to get my children to he.... read more

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5 Fun Ways to Get Your Family Moving Indoors

The days are getting shorter. The air cooler. Fall colors are in full effect in many places. Winter will be upon us soon. While there are fun outdoor activities that can be enjoyed in winter, the simple fact is many families are going to be spending more time indoors in the coming months. This provides a variety of challenges for parents. Avoiding boredom while limiting screen time is definitely.... read more

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Sports Nutrition for Young Athletes

Soccer, football, and Lacrosse are in full swing right now, and one of our local football teams wanted some nutrition advice for their parents and players.   The kids who are serious about sports will know that they can have the advantage if they eat right as well as train hard.  (print for your team parents here) Eating for competition Competition provides a reason for athletes to t.... read more

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Fruits and Vegetables Every Day!

This is my 8 year old niece Maddie. She's super spunky, nutty, and down right entertaining.   This cute girl called me up last Thursday morning (at 6:30AM) to ask me what kinds of fruits and vegetables she could eat for breakfast! She had a few days at school where she kept getting in trouble, and my sister had been tossing around the idea that a healthier breakfast may in fact have a posi.... read more

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Top 10 Reasons Growing a Garden Helps your Family Be Healthier

I remember growing a garden as a child.  One thing I distinctly remember is growing 'popcorn' but I'm pretty sure it didn't work out.  As a kid I didn't really care that it didn't work out,  I just thought it was really cool that we were growing it.  I also remember picking cherries off our cherry tree.  It was a pie cherry tree and so they were super sour and probably did.... read more

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Butterfly Sandwiches with Kids Help!

One of my earliest food memories is the butterfly sandwiches my mom used to make.  I was convinced we were responsible for the butterflies coming into our house. She would have us stand at the black sliding door and yell at the top of our lungs: "AHOY BUTTERFLIES, AHOY BUTTERFLIES" We would yell and yell and yell and yell until  the butterflies would fly into our house and land on our .... read more

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Spartan Kids Almond Coconut Power Bars {With Giveaway!}

We ran the mud run, and then a fun run- but now my kids want to take it to the next level.  And, by next level they mean they want to run the SPARTAN!  While I'm all about supporting them in whatever they want to do, the full Spartan in Utah is 9 miles long, packed full of obstacles.  I did agree to let Nate, who will be 15 next summer.  But Erica and TJ are going to have to se.... read more

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How to Get Your Kids To Be Good Eaters Using Choose My Plate

We gets lots of emails from parents telling us they know how important it is to feed their kids healthy foods, but they're just not sure how to do it. Despite my own background in nutrition, I have had to go through some trial and error with my own kids.  In fact, sometimes it seems like every day is a trial and error.  I think as parents we all have good intentions of feeding our k.... read more

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Kids in the Kitchen: 3 Step Raspberry Cheesecake

There are two foods that literally make my mouth water when I look, smell, touch, or think about them. Truly uncontrollable salivating.  It is kiwi and raspberries.  In fact, as I look at the raspberry pictures, and write this post, I can't stop my mouth from watering.  Why should your kids eat raspberries?  Here's the deal!  At very young ages, your k.... read more

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10 Fun and Crazy Races for Kids

My first organized exercise experience was in 1985 (I was 12 years old), and my mom brought me to Jazzercise with her!  I actually remember the facility clear as it were yesterday. The Olivia Newton John records were playing and all the housewives wore leotards with tights and leg warmers!  Ha ha.. formal exercise sure has evolved over the last thirty years.  And these days it's mor.... read more

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Cowabunga Bay {Utah Giveaway}

I love to take my kids places where getting "exercise" is more about having fun than sweating!  However, it get's hot here in Utah during the summer!  Some days, it's almost harder to be outside in the heat, than it is for them to get out in the winter! Ok, not for my 10 year old TJ who lives outside, but for my other two,  they don't love to be outside when temperatures are near 10.... read more

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Sports Nutrition for Kids

Whether your kids are competitive athletes, or weekend warriors, it's good to be at the top of their game, have good energy,  and feel healthy enough to participate in sports!  On Saturday our family did a "for fun" race. We participated in an event called, The Dirty Dash- where we all ran (and fell) through an obstacle course full of  mud!   It was crazy fun, and we'll definit.... read more

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Veggie Pizza Braid {With Video!}

A few months ago, I brought my 12 year old, Erica to a cooking show.  She watched the gals from Pantry Secrets make a "dessert braid" and literally went home and made her first braid that night.  Since the cooking show, she's probably made them about 12 times, changing up the filling to suit her cravings!  She loves it and she got good at it really fast.  So, today af.... read more

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Kids Activity- Home Dried Basil

Although the basil plant I purchased in the produce section of my grocery store looked initially like it was going to die, We totally saved it!  I posted the dying picture on Facebook, and it was suggested multiple times to re-pot it. So, we did and it lived!  I think the original pot wasn't big enough to hold all the water it needed to thrive!   So, with new pots, our three herb.... read more

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Kids Fitness Made Fun- Twitter Party- Cash Prizes!

Thanks everyone for participating! Our winners are: $25 @saraiahJ $50 @martiferg $75 @mcgraw14me $100 @madmomnotodrugs $125 @mhappynow $150 @ttapia0905 Want to chat with us about getting your kids active this summer?   We've got some great ideas on summer fitness!  We'll talk about the benefits of keeping your kids active.  We've got a kids exercise expert, and we know you h.... read more

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Sugar Snap Boats, Bugs, and Butterflies

Our tagline at Super Healthy Kids is that we want to make Eating Fruits and Vegetables: Simple, Fun, and Delicious!  Today's Sugar Snap Peas fit into all three- according to my kids! Most kids love fresh green peas. They come in many varieties, most popular of them, garden peas, snow peas, and sugar snap peas.  The Sugar Snap Peas are the tastiest of the three.  You can test.... read more

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10 Ways to Involve your Kids in Local Races

In a study conducted by the Department of Education in California, they determined "Higher achievement was associated with higher levels of fitness in the three grades they tested."  Almost 1 million kids were tested. So in short, the more physically fit a child is, the smarter he is!  And it makes sense.  Exercise helps kids focus in the classroom, just as good nutrition does..... read more

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Rainbow Ribbons

The textures from fruits and veggetables is sometimes the only thing standing between your toddler and and a love for all things healthy! Even I sometimes have a tough time biting into a carrot that's too big, or wanting to eat carrots that are too mushy from cooking.  Turning your veggies into ribbons, with the use of a vegetable peeler, may be a great way for kids to eat their vegetables wi.... read more

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10 Cooking Skills Your Kids Should Know

When Erica was about 7, she decided she wanted to learn how to cook!  I had been having the conversation with her: "When you are a mom, you are going to need to know how to cook!"  So, she pulled out an old spiral bound notebook, put page numbers throughout the ENTIRE thing, and asked me to spell each and every ingredient for our salad (the recipe she is holding was a bread recipe)..... read more

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Will Probiotics Restore Good Bacteria for Kids?

Do you think the rise in asthma, allergies, eczema  celiac, and other autoimmune disorders can be blamed on the lack of good bacteria in your gut?  Some are speculating that our ultra-clean and sterilized environment might be to blame for disrupting the balance of good vs. bad bacteria our bodies are host to.  While sanitizing, pasteurizing, washing our produce, .... read more

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Flavored Water for Kids Plus Essential Benefits of Water!

Water!  We all need it, especially kids!  Did you know: Losing only 5% of water causes headache, fatigue, confusion, forgetfulness, elevated heart rate.  Water regulates body temperature. Water dilutes toxins and flushes them out. Provides a moist environment for ear, nose and throat tissues. Carries nutrients to your cells Water lubricates joints, improves skin, cushion’s.... read more

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Snowshoeing with Kids- 5 Tips to Make it Fun!

Keeping kids active in the winter is a challenge!  My kids actually don't mind the cold or being outside, but some days are just dark and dreary, and the only thing that sounds like fun is cuddling up with some popcorn and a movie!  In fact, I think our food posts in the winter go up by 90%, and our kids-exercise posts go down by 100% in the winter.  It looks like my last exercise p.... read more

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Sending Healthy Food To School {Hummus Veggie Sandwich!}

You may spend the better part of your morning putting together the perfect healthy lunch for your kids to take to school, but will it really matter if they don't eat it? I learned this the hard way when I found out my child traded his entire sandwich for a single candy corn in the lunch room!  Don't let this happen to you!  It's worth getting this right as your kids will bring 2160 lunch.... read more

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Quick Macaroni and Cheese

(New menu ideas for this week are posted) Last week my daughter Erica babysat my sister's kids.  My sister left a box of macaroni and cheese for Erica to make for her kids.  As Erica was making it, she said to me, "Mom! You've got to come see this!  Look at how orange this macaroni is!"   Laughing about the incident, I texted my sister about Erica's discovery.  My sister.... read more

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8 Ways To Reduce Your Kids Sugar Intake

If you are tired of your kids acting moody and feeling sluggish as a result of too much holiday sugar then let's re-commit together to take the health of our families up a notch!  I'm ready!   Sugar doesn't only make kids (and yourself) moody and tired. Too much sugar (more than 25 grams of added sugar a day) also: Reduces brain function!   Leads to over-eating (that one should .... read more

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Hot Apple Cider with Kid Assembled Spice Pouch

We got a late start this year,but finally, on Saturday night, buckled down with 9 pounds of almonds and bagged and tagged 25 gifts of cinnamon almonds for a few friends and family! I wish we could make hundreds of these and give one to every person in the neighborhood!  It's not the time, because these babies are super easy and fast to make, but it's so dang expensive!  We paid about $4..... read more

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Fresh Spinach Personal Christmas Pizza Trees

The kids are out of school for Christmas break!  I can't remember when it happened, but at one point, my life was easier when they were in school. Now, life is so much easier (and better) when they are on break!  We slow down in the morning, and spend more time together in the kitchen! What more could a mother ask for!  Spending time in the kitchen with your kids is a great way to c.... read more

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Homemade Whole Wheat Tortillas with Holiday Breakfast Burrito

The holiday performances are beginning!  I always let my kids choose one sport and one instrument to participate in (if they want.. I don't have the energy to get them to activities they aren't interested in).  I really think playing instruments makes them smarter! So, I always hope they'll want to play.  My boys are the only ones interested in music however. Erica has tried both pi.... read more

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Fiber 101 and Constipation in Kids

Constipation is very common in little children, and I have learned this from my own experience with my kids.  My little Sophie has had constipation issues since she was just a baby.   What is it? Constipation is typically characterized by infrequent bowel movements or hard, dry stools. Some signs and symptoms of constipation are: No bowel movements for several days Bowel move.... read more

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Flax Freezer Waffles- Homemade and Toaster Ready

One of the first things kids can learn to do themselves in the kitchen is to use the toaster!  I remember my kids being so proud of the morning they "made" waffles, when really, they just toasted some commercial waffles!  However, it's probably been at least 8 years since I purchased toaster waffles.  There is no need to!  Homemade toaster waffles are better than store bought b.... read more

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Picky Eaters: How to Expand and Diversify their Diets!

I've been watching in awe as my cousin raises her adorable son who has autism.  My aunt recommended I talk to her about dealing with food behavior and kids who have autism. Instead, I thought it would be better for Angela to write the post for me!  And, don't forget we've posted our meal ideas for this week, on the meal plan page. Here is Angela's post: I am mom of a 3 year old w.... read more

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