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Reflo Smart Cup, from $7, reflo.net
A cleverly-designed insert limits the flow of liquid, making it possible for toddlers to drink normally without spills and splashes. Ice cubes can also be placed beneath the insert to keep the beverage cool without the fear of choking little ones.
Avent My First Natural Drinking Cup, $7, bedbathandbeyond.com
The valve on the rim is lip-activated, which means your child can drink normally yet the cup won’t spill when tipped. Also available in pink.
OXO Training Cup, $5, diapers.com
While we introduced you to this about a year ago, OXO’s design is so excellent that it bears repeating. Cutouts in the lid limit the flow of liquid, making it easy for your little one to drink without any messes. Also available in pink and blue.
Gluten- and Peanut-Free Labeled Snack Sacks, $8-10, snacktaxi.com
In more than a dozen prints, reusable snack and sandwich bags labeled “gluten free” or “nut free.”
Tili Zip&Seal Bags, from $8.50 per set, tilibags.com
In six different prints. Also great for travel.
Kleen Kanteens, $19.50, potterybarnkids.com
Also in girls’ styles.
Thermos Funtainers, $17, bedbathandbeyond.com
Thermos Hot/Cold Food Jar, $19.50, potterybarnkids.
In boys’ styles.
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I don’t know about you but it’s finally, finally our turn to head back to school this week and as it turns out, we were ready in every department except the lack of ingredients to have a fantastic first day of school lunch. So immediately after I dropped my daughter off at the kindergarten classroom, snapped a few photos and had a few tears, I went to the grocery store to get prepared for the lunchtime battle. Last year I remember her coming home sometimes with her full lunch intact and not impressed by my attempts at PB&J sandwiches accompanied by dried-out carrot sticks.
Tapping into my creative side, I’ve come up with a whole new lunch menu this year that will hopefully get the kids as excited to eat as I am to make. Remember, you don’t have to be a gourmet chef to prepare a nice lunch for your kids, but what you can do is make it as healthy and tasty as you would want it to be. My golden rule: if I wouldn’t eat it, why would you expect them to?
Make it a wrap or a roll
Get your kids excited for lunch again! Take something as simple as a turkey and cheese sandwich and creatively make it into a wrap on a whole wheat tortilla with a bit of hummus to keep the sandwich moist and fresh, and if your kids are really adventurous, a few leaves of spinach.
Another option is to fill the ingredients of the sandwich horizontally so you can then roll it like a piece of sushi and then cut it into bite-size rolls. It’s a sushi sandwich! Add your child’s favorite ingredients to create only a wrap that they could love to eat so you know there won’t be any trading going on at the lunch table. Great combos are cream cheese and jelly, salami and cheese, turkey and cheese, peanut butter (or other nut butter) and jelly or honey, and ham and cheese.
Shape it and stick it
If something is in a cool shape, tell me they won’t be at least curious to try it. It seems to work with Play-Doh so I’m betting it works with fruits and vegetables too. My new favorite thing to do is take whatever fruits and vegetables are in season, for fall it’s apples, grapes, peaches, plums, nectarines and melon, and make them into fun shapes with the Kotobuki Vegetable Cutters, $10 for 6, at amazon.com.
Another great trend in lunches is to take the ingredients and make a kabob on a stick for them to eat. You can add pineapple chunks, banana slices, grapes and cheese onto a stick to make a healthy snack that they’ll think is fun to eat. The same goes for sandwiches, cut it with their favorite cookie cutter shape and they’ll gobble it right up!
Have them mix their own trail mix snack
This is one of my favorite things to do as an adult and the kids have actually caught onto the idea this year. Every week, we make a new trail mix to have as a healthy lunch time snack by mixing a few of our favorite ingredients like raisins, almonds (or your favorite nut), chocolate chips, dry cereal (like Cheerios), pretzels, dried fruit pieces like apples, peaches, apricots, blueberries and cranberries.
Build your own sandwich
Some kids prefer to have everything separate so when the time comes, they are able to make their own meal. In our house, we love making cracker sandwiches instead of using bread. By adding about 8-10 crackers, pieces of protein like lunch meats and cheese and perhaps their favorite dip or spread (like hummus or ranch), they can make their own lunch time meal.
Serve up healthy versions of treats
My daughter was complaining that all the kids at school had special treats like chips and cookies in their lunch. Well, not to be outdone, I created a healthy version of chips and treats for her to bring to lunch. Instead of potato chips out of a bag, we made sweet potato chips. Having a treat in the lunch box is definitely okay too, it’s just hard to know if they actually eat that first. We love making healthier cookies like oatmeal raisin and pumpkin and zucchini bread to add as extra treats.
Moms are awesome and really, we make the world go round. But unless it’s Mother’s Day, sometimes our good deeds go unnoticed. No one thanks you for cooking that wonderful Martha Stewart-esqe dinner last night and no one thanks you for picking them up from school every single day. While it’s definitely a thankless job and we love doing it, sometimes it’s nice to be appreciated. It’s time to take a stand and show them just how great they really have it with these five simple ideas that any…and I mean ANY mom can accomplish.
1. Show them you’re crafty
Moms can do anything—especially with the help of the Internet and all the fabulous blogs that have popped up in the past few years. It’s time to show off your craft skills. Your daughter wants a tutu but you can’t find the one she wants — no problem, just follow the how-to from The Crafty Crow, a children’s craft collective leading you to all the how-to steps for the easiest kid’s crafts. Your daughter will dance for joy and you handmade it just for her. Now that’s totally impressive!
2. This mom can bake
Short of hosting your own bake sale, there’s nothing like a nice plate of homemade cookies or a fun dessert to get the kids (and husband) ooohing and aaahing. For the most delicious and kid-friendly recipes that will get you more hugs and kisses than any mom could hope for, visit the Picky-Palate.com. She makes the most amazing Bakery Style Cookies and Cream Cookies out of Oreos…devine!
3. Be the best multi-tasker
The main difference between dads and moms is their ability to multi-task. For some reason, women are able to juggle a million things at once while dad has to throw up his hands in defeat as the three kids just crumble at his feet. Mom on the other hand can throw little Joey his frisbee, help Annie with her math homework and manage to cook a big pot of homemade spaghetti and meatballs all at the same time. Yes, it’s a talent but it’s surely enough to impress the family that mom can do it all at once (although, she may go to bed at 7 P.M.) Need a little help in this department? Try getting organized with these funny Knock, Knock pads, $8.
4. Be spontaneous
Perhaps a weekend trip to the local zoo is in order or maybe it’s time to play hooky from school and work and take the kids to a local museum for some bonding time with mom, while also remaining educational. Whatever you plan, just make sure it’s spur of the moment and it’s fun for both you and the kids. They’ll be so impressed that you planned a special surprise outing just for them that you might just earn the title of “mom of the month!”
5. Take a time out
Nothing makes the kids and the husband appreciate you more than when you actually disappear for awhile. Take a few hours to go relax at a spa or meet up with a girlfriend for lunch and you’ll definitely be welcomed with open arms when you get home. After a few hours of dad’s cooking and not-so-great multi-tasking skills, they’ll be really impressed with everything you magically do and you’ll be so refreshed from your time away, you’ll be happy to clean their dishes again.
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