Baked Whole-Wheat Raspberry Doughnuts



Yes. I'm the mom sending heart shaped everything in the kids lunches! Don't hate me- join me! These aren't just pretty and yummy- they're healthy too! 

Popsugar moms posted these baked treats (yes, I said baked!) made from Weelicious. The raspberries were so appealing, I immediately knew I had to make them in heart form for V day. 

I'll be whipping up a couple of more batches because these bad boys went pretty quickly! I swapped out the buttermilk that the original recipe called for, for applesauce. I don't keep buttermilk in the house so I used something I had. They taste amazing and are kid approved! I'm happy to give them a healthier alternative to the greasy, fattening doughnut. 


Heart Shaped Rice Krispies Treats!



The heart wants what the heart wants. Ours wants rice krispies treats! In ode to Valentine's Day, ours come in heart form! 

If you're in the eye of the storm like myself, this is the perfect treat to make with the kiddies today. With just 3 ingredients most of you have in the house, you have the perfect edible arts and crafts project to create with the littles. You're in luck if you have Rice Krispies, marshmallows, and butter!


If you don't have heart shaped pans, don't fret. Simply lay out the rice Krispy mixture in baking pan and cut with heart shaped cookie cutters. Also- no biggie if you don't have the heart sprinkles. Just leave them out. 


You can use any sprinkles, chocolate chips, or candy pieces you have in the house. Spray the pan first to avoid sticking, then sprinkle in topping. If making bars, sprinkle out topping on wax paper before laying down mixture. If you want to do these for Valentine's Day, you can purchase the Wilton heart sprinkles and the pans on Amazon. 

Kidecals Name Labels




I cannot believe I am getting ready for back to school! I have mixed emotions about this. I love the carefree lifestyle of the summer. Summer allows us to stray from the routine that comes with the school year, kick back and enjoy the kids. I'll miss waking up and lounging around with them, spending days on the beach…just walking to the beat of our own drums.

I do, however, love labeling school stuff!  I label jackets, any clothing that can be removed, lunch items that can be lost, backpacks, folders, notebooks…etc! Kidecals makes this task a lot easier! There are so many labels with great prints to choose from. They are both washer and dishwasher safe! They are highly durable and will surely last the school year. 

The kids were so excited to get their kidecals in the mail. Max's comic book kidecals go with his Spiderman theme. Chloe's multicolor chevron print is so girly and pretty.




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LeanPops!



Have you ever read the ingredients on the back of the ice pops at the supermarket? Can be scary…and hard to pronounce! Even the so called healthy choices aren't so healthy once you read the label. We've attempted making our own in the past but the pops always seem to get stuck inside the mold. We haven't had much luck until trying LeanPops! They popped right up after letting them sit out of the freezer for a few minutes. The kids loved getting involved mixing in different fruits. We even added carrots to one. They were so quick and easy to make! I love knowing exactly what is going in them, and exactly what isn't! 

LeanPops are made of 100% food grade silicone, BPA free, latex free and non-toxic. The icing on the pop- they're dishwasher safe! Each comes with it's own lid so there are no messy leaks or spills while freezing! You can even re-cover and refreeze unfinished pops! 

We used whatever was in the house to make an assortment of pops. The timing couldn't have been better because Max had a terrible sore throat and wasn't able to eat anything but these! One didn't make the pictures because he ate it first thing in the morning. My kids love Chobani key lime yogurt so we filled one to try. It soothed his throat and he absolutely loved his frozen yogurt treat. We will definitely be making many more frozen yogurt Chobani treats in our LeanPops molds! 





 Wowza Watermelon 

  • 1 cup cubed watermelon
  • 1/3 cup of water
Blend in a NutriBullet or blender until smooth
Makes 2

Pineapple Express

  • 1 cup pineapple
  • 1/4 cup mango (3 slices)
  • 1/3 cup orange juice
  • 1/4 cup of shredded carrot
Blend in a NutriBullet or blender until smooth
Makes 3

Blueberry Meet Banana

  • 1 banana
  • 1/2 cup of blueberries
  • 1/4 cup of 2% milk (substitute milk of your choice)
Blend in a NutriBullet or blender until smooth
Makes 3

You can order your own by visiting www.LeanPops.com Mine are coming out of the dishwasher and getting refilled right away! Save $2 off of your July order.














Books to Belly: If You Give a Moose a Muffin & Yogurt Apple muffins




In my house, we are big fans of all Laura Numeroff books! IF YOU GIVE A MOOSE A MUFFIN is a great children's story about asking for something that leads into many, many other somethings…(moms relate now)! The little boy in the story starts off giving moose a muffin- but the moose wants jam on his muffin. The moose comes inside for some of the mom's homemade jam. He wants more once they are all gone so they head out to the store; however, the moose finds himself chilly and asks for a sweater. The loose button on the sweater reminds him of puppet socks his grandmother used to make so he asks the boy for some old socks. Of course with a puppet show, you'll need scenery! One thing leads to another and moose asks for more and more from the boy. 

IF YOU GIVE A MOOSE A MUFFIN is part of the If You Give…Book community , a group of animals and their human friends who laugh and play together, go to exciting places, celebrate holidays, and eat delicious treats. Another favorite of ours from this community is If You Give a Pig a Pancake. Trying new foods and eating healthily is such an important part of raising my children. I have found that being in the kitchen together has opened my kids up to doing just that. They love participating in the preparation of the foods they eat. Sometimes they love new foods, other times- they don't. I'll never know if they'll like something unless I try giving it to them. Our Books to Belly posts inspire picky pallets to try new foods while also promoting a love of reading. I cannot think of a better way to connect to a story - than with food! 

Of course with this story- we had to make muffins! These apple yogurt muffins are healthy and taste like little apple pies! They are absolutely delicious and taste like your eating something bad! 




Apple Yogurt Muffins



What you need
  • 1 1/2 cups white whole-wheat flour
  • 1/2 cup plus 1 Tbs. packed brown sugar, divided
  • 2 tsp. baking powder
  • 1 tsp. ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp. salt
  • 1/2 cup chilled butter, divided
  • 3/4 cup of plain nonfat Greek yogurt
  • 1 egg
  • 2 Granny Smith apples, peeled and cut into 1/4-in. cubes
  • 1 Tbs. flax seed
  • 1/2 cup rolled oats

What to do

1. Preheat oven to 400°. Spray muffin cups with non-stick spray (or line with paper liners). In a bowl, whisk flour, 1/2 cup brown sugar, baking powder, cinnamon, and salt; set aside.

2. Melt 1/4 cup butter. In a separate bowl, whisk together yogurt, egg, and melted butter. Stir dry ingredients into wet ingredients until just combined. Fold in apples; set aside. 




3. In a food processor, combine flax seeds, oats, and remaining butter and brown sugar. 

4. Fill muffin cups almost to the top. Sprinkle each with 1 tsp. of seed mixture. 

5. Bake for 18-20 minutes or until lightly browned. Let cool for 5 minutes.

Makes 12 muffins.
We hope your children love the muffins as much as they do the story! Enjoy!



Books to Belly: We're Going on a Bear Hunt & Trail Mix



The kids and I love a good trail mix. We make our own, mixing in our favorite healthy snacks. We make a big batch that's easily accessible- a great solution to grabbing a quick, healthy, satisfying snack on the go. You can even pre- bag it. We keep it simple by mixing up a granola, a nut, chocolate chips, and organic freeze dried yogurt bites. While making our latest batch, it reminded me of one of our favorite books, We're Going on a Bear Hunt. It was the perfect pairing with our trail mix.

We're Going on a Bear Hunt by Michael Rosen, illustrated by Helen Oxenbury is about a family going on a hunt for a bear. On each page the family has to overcome different obstacles they come across in order to continue their hunt. As the family encounters each obstacle, they describe it by using sensory descriptions such as; long, wavy grass, a deep, cold river, thick, oozy mud, a big, dark forest, a swirling, whirling snowstorm, and a narrow, gloomy cave. By using a range of descriptive vocabulary, the reader can imagine themselves on a hunt. 

After reading the story, the kids and I threw on our jackets, grabbed our trail mix and set out for our very own hunt! Of course ours was not for a bear, so we completed the part of the story that is repeated throughout with our own animal we were hunting!

We're going on a squirrel hunt.
We're going to catch a big one.
It's a beautiful day!
We're not scared. 



Trail Mix

  • 1 11oz bag of KIND or Bear Naked granola (I find the clusters bigger & easier to grab than other granolas-best for little hands)
  • 1 bag of Happy Family Happy Yogis (look in the health/organic aisle in your supermarket)
  • 1 cup of Hershey's mini milk chocolate chips
  • 1 cup of cashews, almonds or nut of your choice




Happy hunting!!