The Healthy Eating Battle

We have all been here… 5:30pm trying to force feed our kids a healthy meal before rushing out the door to skating, or karate, or whatever activity is on the schedule for the evening. It’s no fun for anyone!
I did the unthinkable… I gave up.
But with my secret concoction that J loves, I lost the battle and won the war.

Here is the recipe:
– 1 handful of steamed broccoli
– 1 handful of crushed fiber flakes
– 5 fresh strawberries
– 1 drinkable yogurt ( I happened to have raspberry / banana flavor on hand)
– half a cup of water.. Blend until desired consistency.

I put this is J’s travel mug (and one for me) load him up in the car and head on our way. I’m happy because he will drink it all and ask for more, and he is happy because it tastes great! This is great for breakfast, snacks, and any other time of the day where you are concerned your children are not having a balanced healthy meal.

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Fizzy Color Vinegar

After trying the magic color milk experiment, we ha to try the colored vinegar and bake soda experiment. This one we found, lasted a few minutes longer in between each set up of the tray.

What you need:
1. Tray/ pan
2. Baking soda
3. Vinegar
4. Little cups or tupper wear
5. Food coloring
6. Dropper/ syringe

What to do:
1. Fill the pan with a thin layer of baking soda.
2. Fill the little cups with a mixture of food coloring and vinegar.
3. Use the syringe to squirt the colored vinegar into the tray of baking soda
4. Watch the fizzies!

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J actually played with this experiment quietly for quite a while and would look at me and say “wow that’s amazing mommy”. What more could you ask for in an afternoon activity?

Milk Color Explosions

Here is an activity that I have seen posted online in a few different blogs, and finally decided to try. J and I decided to call it MILK COLOR EXPLOSIONS (while saying in the deepest, loudest, most expressive voice possible)

What do you need?

– Pan/ dish
– Milk
– Dish soap

– Food coloring
– Tooth picks/ Q-Tips/ paint brush

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What I love about it?
– Uses easy house hold items
– Doesn’t make a huge mess
– Quick preparation for endless fun
– They don’t even know they are learning science!

 

STEPS

  1. Fill your dish or pan with enough milk to cover the bottom
  2. Put some dish soap in a smaller container to the side
  3. Scattered through the pan plots of color.
  4. Dip paint brush (or tooth pick, or Q-Tip) in dish soap and dab on color plot
  5. Watch the EXPLOSION (again insert deepest, loudest, most expressive voice)
    – The reaction of the soap disrupting the surface tension of the milk causes the colors to radiate away from the paintbrush.
  6. Swirl, zigzag and Repeat!Image

 We had a blast doing this together, making all kinds of shapes. Once the milk was completely colored we grabbed some paper and started painting pictures, which resulted in a great debate of if they were “water color painting” or “milk color painting”.  

Christmas present of the year

First things first I need to make an announcement that only mothers will appreciate: Last night, my 3 year old went to bed early and slept through the night. He was not sick, wound up from the day, or anything but “normal”. It was absolutely amazing to have a peaceful sleep.

Now that the Christmas rush is over, and we are able to enjoy some quiet time at home enjoying Santa’s goodies, I would like to share our favorite present this year that I am thoroughly impressed with.

Just Dance – Disney Party (for Kinect) Once we turn this game on, it very quickly escalates into a Party for 2 dance off! There is a “Shake and Stop” section that is such an incredible idea for the little guys, that in my house always ends up with us falling down on the floor belly laughing at whatever funny new moves we can come up with. Being winter time, it has become the perfect after dinner activity for the family to do together as it is way too cold (-34C) to take the dog for a walk together. Heck! The Kinect even picks up the dog which just sends J into a total giggle fit because “Cooper is dancing too mommy!!”

Since I invested in the Kinect, we have tried to play a few different games together, even some of the other “Just Dance” games with popular songs, but they were unable to hold his attention for more than 10 minutes, and (not that this is a bad thing) I ended up getting more of a work out trying to make it exciting to get him to stick around.

Thus far, (I realize it is only night 3) playing this game together in the evenings has made for some extremely big smiles before we brush our teeth and settle down with a book before bed.

Santa hit the jackpot on this one!

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