When it comes to treats and candy for our kids, we’ve always take a pretty common sense “everything in moderation” approach around here. Hey, we love candy! What’s a trip to the movie theater, a birthday party, or a special occasion lunchbox treat without some sweet stuff? We’re also fans of the 80/20 rule that a lot of families practice — eat well 80% of the time, and you can enjoy treats without guilt the other 20%. But even when it comes to candy, we still want to make the best choices we can for our families. And ourselves....Read More
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If you have a child or family member with food allergies (like I do) , you need to check those EpiPens. Like, right now! Mylan, the company that makes EpiPen, has issued a voluntary EpiPen recall of 13 lots of EpiPen and EpiPen Jr Auto-Injectors distributed in the U.S. The recall was actually expanded to the U.S. after a recall was issued outside the country because of two reported incidents where the device failed to activate. Related: The silver lining of the Mylan EpiPen price hike news, from a mom of a child with food allergies At the moment, the EpiPen recall is for...Read More
When we first discovered my oldest daughter was allergic to peanuts and could have an anaphylactic reaction, our allergist told us that keeping EpiPens with her at all times could mean the difference between life and death. Think about that as a parent. Death. Of your child. You can bet that since that day, she has never gone anywhere without her EpiPens. And since that day, we have had a huge additional annual expense that definitely puts a a strain on our budget. But, that’s what you do to keep your kids safe. So you can imagine that we’ve been all ears when it comes...Read More
Web coolness: New Harry Potter books, ridiculous first day of school traditions, the birthday cake every kid needs and more.
These are the links we’ve been reading around the web this week. We hope you like them too. Ooh, new Harry Potter books! The most absurd first day of school traditions, and more, on this week’s episode of Spawned. Terrific snack recipes for kids with food allergies It’s National Breastfeeding Awareness Month, and we’re laughing at these funny breastfeeding tweets we can all relate to. 7 tips to help nursing moms return to work, including resources that detail your legal rights. Great list of books that help kids be more kind to children with special needs. ZOMG — this baby was born...Read More
Web coolness: What a baby costs based on your age, food art Instagram accounts you have to follow, and how to know if you’re a terrible parent
Here are some of our favorite links from around the web this week. Hope you like them too. Shop indie + American with the best of the Martha Stewart American Made finalists including lots of our own CMP picks! What having a baby costs in your 20s vs your 30s. Interesting. A new website made by kids, for kids, and it happens to be great. Awesome mashup of modern art and Alice in Wonderland. A good excuse not to make your bed. Warning: Ew. Choosing children’s lives over peanut butter. Must-read post. (Tip: The comments on the HuffPost repost pretty much prove why posts...Read More
As I sat online with Kristen, trying to figure out just what we will send our girls by way of care packages when they attend sleepaway camp together this summer (sniff) we got wind of the most awesome idea: Treat House creates delicious rice cereal bars, amped up with crazy flavors and toppings. But the super cool thing is that they will customize them and even add your camp logo on the top, pretty much guaranteeing your kid MVP status with her bunkmates. They sent us a few samples and we forced ourselves to try them out for you all because basically we love you....Read More
Evidently moms as custom superheroes are the hot new thing this week. First we found genius custom superhero action figures, and now it’s custom supermom cookies out just in time for Mother’s Day. From NYC favorite shop Eleni’s — where I spent way too much time on my lunch hours when I worked across the street — comes this very clever idea to celebrate myriad supermom powers, like learning out how to do the new new math that makes no sense, and magically knowing when the kids are playing Minecraft on the iPad under the covers instead of sleeping. Related: The coolest personalized...Read More
Ridiculously delicious, all-natural Easter candy options that earns their place in the basket. Bring it on Easter bunny.
Let’s be honest: Easter candy is pretty much sugar and more sugar mixed with high fructose corn syrup with a dash of artificial food coloring. And we love every bite. I’m a believer in everything in moderation and am all for Easter being one of two days a year when we throw moderation for candy out the window. That said, if we can add a few all-natural options to the basket, I’m all for that, too. When all-natural Easter candy is as good as these 7 finds, why not. Related: Outrageously gourmet Easter treats that are not for sharing with the kids Little...Read More
When it comes to high-end infant strollers, it’s still hard to beat the love parents have for the Bugaboo Chameleon. We appreciate its lay-flat bassinet for babies who are always somehow ready to sleep riiiiight when we need to leave the house. But here’s the thing: babies are messy. So when you’ve made an investment in a stroller like a Bugaboo, you might want to consider one more accessory, like a stroller liner, to help keep the fabric looking new. – Don’t miss a 50% off limited time offer below – Years ago, Liz discovered NaturalMat, the makers of outrageously good, if pricey, handmade and...Read More
4 easy, semi-homemade pasta dinners that taste great, save time, and don’t have a single artificial ingredient.
As someone who develops recipes professionally, you’d think that I’d always have a plan for feeding my family dinner. Just like everybody else, though, the busier I get, the harder it is to get dinner on the table. Thanks to natural brands like Three Bridges (who is our newest, awesome sponsor — yay, welcome Three Bridges!) being time crunched doesn’t have to mean relying on take-out or heavily processed foods loaded up with preservatives. Their natural and organic pastas (including gluten-free raviolis!) plus ready-made pasta sauces make it possible to throw together fresh, simple meals like these easy pasta dinners. These four meals...Read More
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Are you as obsessed with Pinterest as we are? Follow us! Then check out these 5 Thanksgiving Pinterest pins, plus lots more from our site and around the web. 1. If you’re heading out of town for Thanksgiving, you need this hilarious tote bag. So awesome, right? 2. A delicious gluten-free stuffing recipe. So helpful if you’ve got family with food allergies. 3. Sweet and very easy decorating ideas for your Thanksgiving table. 4. Smart tips for organizing your tech (aka hiding all those wires and cords) before company arrives. 5. Here’s a sweet potato pie recipe that we’re...Read More
Being a food writer who focuses on (mostly) healthy family eats is a funny thing during the Halloween season. I get a lot of nervous laughter and jittery explanations from friends about giving into the bloodbath of candy—as if I don’t do the same (or as if I’m judging your choices–rest assured that I’m not). Halloween is about candy. And, other than being sensitive to kids who have to stick to allergen-free candy, I’m down for whatever. However, with these five fantastic choices for natural Halloween candy that taste as delicious as the more traditional candy brands, I don’t see why we...Read More
You may be tired of hearing about pumpkin spice flavored foods and drinks, but I’m going to bet that you’re not sick of eating them. Because when they are good, they are oh-so-good, like these six easy, delectable pumpkin spice recipes that hit just the right note without going too far (Leave my hummus alone, pumpkin spice.) If you love a good special occasion pumpkin pie, these Pumpkin Spice Pop Tarts (above) are the perfect everyday fall day treat. This recipe from Southern Fatty calls for scratch dough which is surely worth the effort, but you can also keep this...Read More
I hate to admit it now, but I was one of those first time moms who didn’t feed my son cookies until he was nearly two. I am proud to say that I was much more relaxed the second time around, and I’d like to think that I would have been more measured from the beginning had there been healthy cookies for toddlers when my kids were little like these two new options. It may be too late for me, but there’s still time for you toddler moms and dads to adopt a healthy, everything-in-moderation approach to snacking thanks to...Read More
What’s a chocolate-nut spread without the nuts? Chocolate No-Nut Butter is what. It’s real and according to reviews it’s delicious, too. The catch is that this spread made by Missy Chase Lapine, better known as The Sneaky Chef (and by me as the queen of nut free snacks), is not widely available yet. Missy’s Kickstarter campaign to launch her Chocolate No-Nut Butter spread just got funded with 42 hours to go–fantastic news, because we’re already dying to see it on shelves. It’s been a couple of years since The Sneaky Chef released a cookbook and now we know why. Missy has launched a...Read More
Web Coolness: A peanut allergy breakthrough, the new social network that’s blowing up, and the best George Clooney wedding headline ever.
Here are our favorite links from around the web this week. Hope you like them too. Must see: incredible paintings by a 5-year-old with autism. What we say to our girls matters. Before you join the new social network Ello, read our editor Liz’s thoughts on it. (You’ll laugh.) A possible breakthrough in preventing peanut allergies. Thinking Halloween? Check out 22 of the most amazing DIY Halloween costumes for kids. Fantastic online resources for getting kids interested in STEM Surprising source for t-shirts for girls who like to think like this “I love books” shirt. [via MommyNiri] Also, how sexist t-shirts impact...Read More
My experiments with gluten-free cooking and baking have taught me that it can be a seriously tricky endeavor. Not only is it hard to find great gluten-free breads and pastas, but avoiding all of the foods that surprisingly contain gluten—from soy sauce to sausage—can be a painstaking chore. These four awesome gluten-free cookbooks and two gluten-free baking blends offer tons of inspiration, recipes, and mixes that make eating a gluten-free diet easy and, more importantly, totally delicious. The How Can It Be Gluten Free Cookbook by the editors at America’s Test Kitchen America’s Test Kitchen is the place to start...Read More
Web Coolness: The new Frozen movie, a good reason to buy more children’s books, and important breaking news for kids with peanut allergies.
Here’s what we’ve been reading around the Web this week. Hope you like them too. Ooh, gorgeous new accessories from a new-to-us designer in our indie shop this month. Like our kids won’t go totally nuts for the new Frozen short film that’s coming out next spring. Turns out peanut oil is in the least likely place. Must-read for parents of kids (or their kids’ friends) with serious allergies. 5 much-needed tips from our editor Kristen on how to bring your vacation back home with you. Sigh. It’s Child Protection Month, and our friends at Little Pickle Press are donating 25% of...Read More
It’s a good thing when a new snack bar helps you feed your own children healthfully, but it’s even better when it also helps you feed a hungry child. NOURI is a new snack bar company with a big social mission to help end hunger. For every bar that you buy, the good folks at NOURI donate a portion of the proceeds to their charity partners actively working to get meals into the hands of children in need. NOURI healthy snack bars are pretty tasty, but contributing to this effort makes them even sweeter. NOURI healthy snack bars come...Read More
I’m a sucker for new food trends, but I usually wait to see what sticks–and what I really like, of course–before spreading the word. Let’s face it, not every new food product is worth reporting (looking at you, green ketchup). Sometimes, though, not-to-miss food trends emerge from the fray. I recently caught on to four that I think parents should know about, just in time for back to school snacks. Some of these brand new foods may be hard to find in your local supermarket, but everything listed here–with one exception that I just couldn’t resist–is available online and seriously worth your...Read More
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