Healthy Squash Puree

Do you like Greek yogurt? I love it! A lot of my friends enjoy it too but usually only during breakfast. This creamy and tangy goodness shouldn’t be limited to only a morning dish, especially when so many things can pair great with it. Apple and cinnamon is a popular pair. Your favorite fresh fruit […]

Summer DIY Project: Refinishing an Outdoor Table

Our family has been using our backyard more and more as our boys get older, and it’s always a treat when we can get all of us outside to play (and work) in our own backyard. The past month or so I’ve started doing a little DIY project: refinishing a round butcher block table. The […]

Baby Banana Oatmeal Smoothie

I love the age when babies begin to sip through a straw because they tend to eat more than being spoon fed. It’s my favorite way to get more nutrients into my little one’s body. I love this smoothie because it’s the perfect breakfast/snack drink that will keep them full and satisfied. It’s naturally sweetened […]

Summertime Pure Fruit Smoothie

Summertime is awesome in Southern California because we have access to plenty of amazingly fresh fruit! The downside is that I almost never finish it all before it spoils. This time I was prepared and froze the extra when it was most ripe. On the tail end of a heat wave I made an all-fruit […]

DIY Wax Paper Goodie Bags

I may be a little crazy… Only I would think it’s easier to make my own baked goods bags from scratch than buy plastic baggies. But I have a No Plastic Bag Policy at home and we refuse to spend money on anything that’s so terrible for the environment. Forward to now. My son had a preschool […]

The Benefits of Black Seeds

I am an avid reader of nutritional magazines and brochures. Oftentimes free at organic or natural health stores, these periodicals are usually chock-full of fantastic recipes and advertisements, and as I was leafing through one last week, I came across an article singing the praises of black seeds or black cumin. Widely used in the Middle East, […]

You Can Do WHAT with Cauliflower?!

When friends of mine approach me to say, “Oh my god, I just did ___ with cauliflower and it tasted amazing!” I reply, “Welcome to the wonderful world of cauliflower.” By the way, if you hate cauliflower, stop reading here. This is for those of you who either love or like the taste of cauliflower […]

Make Your Own Aromatherapy Dough for Kids

My kids are hitting the Play-Doh phase really hard right now. I completely understand the appeal of Play-Doh for kids, and it really is such a good way to incorporate imagination and fine motor/gross motor skills into daily play; however, the artificial dyes are non-toxic, yes, but not exactly healthy, AND the stuff dries out […]

Food Substitutes for Children with Allergies

What can I use as a substitute if my child is allergic or intolerant to foods? This question comes up often – especially if kids suffer from food allergies, celiac disease, or if a family chooses a vegan, gluten-free, or other alternate food regime out of personal choice. No matter what the circumstance, we want to […]

Making Your Picky Eater Less Picky

I hear it All. The. Time.“But I have a picky eater!” Well, don’t let that stop you from introducing your little one to new and exciting flavors! Parents often use this as a crutch—it gets them stuck in a rut at mealtime and leaves them frustrated and tired. Instead, let your eating habits rub off! Around […]