The Back To School marketing season is in full swing. For families with school-aged kids, the last few days of summer vacation are fraught with checklists, errands, snack food shopping, and pencil crayon sharpening anxiety to "be ready." Shopping for the kids’ fall and winter clothing is a big part of what we try to get done before that first school bell. I'd like to suggest that we all hold onto our horses (or canoe paddles, or water bottles) just a bit, and remember to breathe. Here are some kids’ clothing & style tips for Healthy Moms to keep in mind, when the cultural pull towards stress, excess, and impulsive overspending start to press on us:
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Our family has been making some modifications to our diet lately and we've been embracing nut milk. Don’t get me wrong, I still love a cold glass of milk as do my kids, but offering an alternative is always fun in developing their palates. I use nut milk mostly for smoothies and when I make oatmeal for breakfast. One of the things I enjoy most about nut milk is that there is none of the bloat that dairy can cause in some and they are a great alternative if you are sensitive or intolerant to dairy.
I love a good energy ball recipe or labor-intensive, homemade cheddar cheese cracker, but with the dog days of summer drawing to an end, I would much rather be out enjoying the sun than home watching the oven while I make my very own strawberry-raspberry chia fruit roll ups. I have spent hours scouring the health food aisles to find the most natural and healthiest snack options and have put together a toddler-approved list of some of my favorite lunch-box friendly (read: nut free) snacks.
Four years ago, when I still felt undecided about whether or not I’d have a child of my own, I couldn’t resist purchasing a cookbook by Tyler Florence called “Start Fresh”, full of recipes for infants through to toddlers. I figured it was better to be prepared and why shouldn’t baby food be tasty?
The first day of school is weeks away and while we are still enjoying every moment of this lovely warm summer, I am starting to think ahead to getting organized for the coming school year. This means figuring out who needs new running shoes, new backpacks and the always important lunch gear.