Here is another quick tip on how to get your kids to eat what you want them to eat. Tip #103, make it a “Build Your Own Bowl” style. The cool thing about this is that you can do this which just about anything. Build your own southwestern rice bowls, build your own Asian noodle bowls, sweet potato bowls, the possibilities are endless. I think part of what makes this work is that it gives your kids the power to choose what they are eating so be sure that the options are full of things you want them to eat. This has been working so great with Piper, so we make just about everything like this. If not a bowl, at least we offer some toppings to whatever we are eating, so she can choose her own toppings. Works like a charm.
Well I am just getting back in the swing of things, returning from 3 months of maternity leave. There are such mixed feelings about going back to work especially as a business owner, since Wiley Valentine is my other baby. But most of all I am super grateful to have the flexibility to work in the office some days, at home others, and bring Greyson with me when I am in the office. As I flood my camera with photos of my two princesses, as well as healthy recipes and all things kids and family, I decided to start a new instagram account, PiperGreyLife, for those that wanted a bit more of that. You can follow along here.
So I know it’s not a Mom Monday but I just had to share. Yesterday I dropped Piper off for her first day of Kindergarten. Wow was that emotional. We pulled up to school playing Katy Perry’s Firework, to get her pumped up and we all sang at the top of our lungs. Cue the tears. To make the day special for her we let her pick out her first day of school outfit from her/my favorite store, Cotton On. We also made a special breakfast which consisted of buckwheat pancakes and energy Chocolate Peanut Butter smoothies. Overall it was a success. She loves her new class and her new teacher so far, which makes it way easier. But how is she getting so big so fast!?
When talking healthy food with other moms, the constant question I get is, “but what about the sweets? I can’t give that up. It’s too difficult and my child just loves sugar.” Well here are some great ideas for sweets for your kid, refined sugar free…I can’t wait to try some of these. Let me know if you try them!!
Now that I am expecting, I find myself really getting back into the online mom communities and chic reads again. Since I have had Piper there are a million new blogs and online magazines. Which is great news, but can also be overwhelming. Here are a few of my favorites for you to check out this week.
I had so much fun planning Piper’s 5th birthday party. It was a welcome departure from the typical frozen/princess theme. I was super surprised actually that she asked for a superhero party, my tutu loving, girly girl, but it turned out so perfect and still so Piper. The color palette we chose together was gold and black. The invitations were gold foil on black heavy card stock and I had a lot of fun with the signage, superhero transformation station anyone?
The transformation station held custom made capes & masks for guests to adorn as they walked in the door. These were a huge hit with the kids! The capes are reversible FYI!!
I created a fun kids table adorned with custom made coloring books for the kids. I scattered little fun toys and confetti along the kraft runner. These fun little gifts along with the capes & masks were a great alternative to a goodie bag filled with candy. I made yogurt pops in a variety of shapes and flavors for a fun sweet treat. These were a huge hit with the kids and adults alike. I will be sharing the recipe shortly…
The hubby and I got into the spirit of things….such a great time. For more fun details on the party check out our feature over on the fabulous Grey Likes Baby!
Just a few things I have been obsessing over as of late…
Ok so I know I have mentioned Tutu du Monde before, but I just went over to check their collection out the other day and about fell over. They have expanded their collection significantly and if I could wear these clothes all day everyday I would. There I said it…But I mean come on…how adorable are these costume inspired outfits for your little one!?
A few weekends ago I discovered Pressed Juicery Freeze, and I am madly in love. I have always had a love for frozen yogurt, but had an internal battle knowing all the yucky ingredients it contains. Pressed Freeze is the answer to my battle. They literally freeze their cold pressed juices and add nothing!! The toppings do not dissappoint, think chocolate sauce made of raw cacao, coconut oil and honey. Or drizzle almond butter and sprinkle shredded coconut and fresh raspberries on top…I mean come on! It’s such a fun, guiltless treat and the perfect way to share a treat with your little ones. I am seriously hooked!
***This is not a sponsored post. I am just a huge fan
As Piper’s 5th birthday approaches I find myself searching for fun new ideas for her party. Here are a few that caught my eye that are completely steal-worthy for your own child’s party!