If you have a child who suffers from wheat, dairy, and egg allergies, Halloween can be an especially tough time. Here's a delicious, special Halloween treat that you can whip up for your child without wheat, butter, and milk. Pumpkin, chocolate chips, and cinnamon glaze come together for the perfect Halloween combination that will satisfy any sweet tooth.
Use fun, Halloween-colored cupcake liners to make the treat extra festive. If your kid doesn't like chocolate or cinnamon, no problem. This recipe is equally delicious as a pumpkin cupcake with vanilla glaze!
Looking for a beautiful table decoration for Thanksgiving or a treat our kids can enjoy? Make these leaf cutout cookies, dipped in a marbled royal icing, which not only taste yummy but also look beautiful adorning a holiday table. The cookies are semisweet, flaky, and buttery like a shortbread. I used vegetable-based food coloring for the icing, and the colors still came out vividly. Royal icing dries hard and shiny, so these cookies won't stain the faces and hands of your kids as they gobble them up.
There is a lot of conflicting information out there about what is and isn't safe for your growing baby. While it's impossible to prevent any and all exposure to chemicals and pollutants, there are certain items that absolutely should be avoided. Here's a quick quiz to explain what doctors and experts consider safe vs. what you should avoid until after the baby is born.
While some older siblings might be thrilled by the news of your pregnancy, children often will react negatively. Some might even break down into tears, like in this sad but relatable home video of a mom's pregnancy announcement.
The news of a new sibling can be devastating to a child, because it means that he might receive less of your time and attention and will have to share his toys and your affection. Especially if you are already dividing your time between two or more siblings, the arrival of another baby can be threatening. To help prepare your child (or children) for a new sibling, here are a few steps to take while you are still pregnant.
Nurture children during the grieving period: News of the new arrival might be the greatest heartbreak of your child's little life thus far. Take the time to hold and comfort them, which will help them feel secure and less apprehensive about splitting your attention with the baby. Reassure them that you love them, that you recognize they are sad, and that you are here when they need attention and affection.
Set aside some daily alone time: Every child needs a little special attention from mom and dad, even if it's breakfast in the morning, a special note in the lunch box, or a book to read in bed. Kids tend to misbehave when they don't feel recognized or listened to, so it's important to make an effort to give them some undivided attention every day.
Make your child feel like a hero: Repeatedly tell your child how important his role as an older sibling will be. Talk about his unique qualities and contributions to the family, whether it's his exuberant storytelling, willingness to help out, or great listening skills.
Designed to promote food allergy awareness, Olli Lolli Allergy Aware Ts ($30) send a clear and easy message to teachers or babysitters who might not be aware of your child's special diet. Made from organic cotton and designed in bright, funky colors, the t-shirts are more fashionable than an allergy bracelet or necklace, but are they practical?
As early as 3 months old, babies can start teething. The process can be very painful and frustrating for infants, which is why they have the need to gnaw on their fists, keys, and your fingers. Keep baby from chewing on something potentially harmful and toxic and carry one of these comforting, eco-friendly teething blankets instead. Click through to see five we have our eye on.
Celebrities like Beyoncé, Mariah Carey, Hilary Duff, and Alicia Keys (clockwise from top left) have tweeted or posted photos of their babies' hands and feet. It's an adorable way to share something precious and personal with your friends, family, and followers, especially if you haven't published photos of your lil one's face yet. Here are a few tips on getting a great shot of those tiny feet and hands to share on social media.
Photograph in natural lighting: Flash photographs are usually too harsh for hands and feet photos. Opt to take the photos during the day, using natural lighting.
Adjust the focal point: The most recent phone cameras, like the iPhone 4S, enable you to focus on one subject while blurring the background. This is a simple trick to give your photo composition and added interest. On your phone, before you take the photo, tap and hold the area of focus on your screen, wait for the lens to readjust, then snap the photo.
Add mom or dad's hands: To give viewers some perspective as to just how tiny your tot's fingers and toes are, bring mom or dad's hands in the photo.
Insert funny captions: Sweeten up the photo by ad-libbing your baby's gesture or teasing the moment you just captured.
Play with Instagram filters: Experiment with all of Instagram's features. The app enables you to edit a picture's focal point, add borders, and give your photo a vintage, timeless look.
Cooking with your kids can teach them all kinds of lessons, from timing and measuring skills to cutting and cooking techniques, and it gives them a greater appreciation for the food that is served at the table.
Cooking with your kids can teach them all kinds of lessons, from timing and measuring skills to cutting and cooking techniques, and it gives them a greater appreciation for the food that is served at the table. As an added bonus, kids are usually more willing to try new and healthier foods if they are part of the cooking process. These seven websites inspire kids of all ages to cook with mom or dad, so check them out, try a recipe together, and let us know which site is your family's favorite resource.
Fit For a Feast is designed to teach kids how prepare delicious, kid-friendly recipes with safety and precaution. The website offers instructional food videos with colorful graphics, nutritional info for kids, knife safety tips, and advice on how to prep and store food.
Cooking With My Kid is a photo-filled site with nutritious snack and meal ideas that you can prepare together as a family. Simple and totally enjoyable, this guide offers step-by-step instructions for recipes like giant chocolate-covered raisins and sweet potato and lentil stew.
Hey Kids, Let's Cook includes instructional videos for multicultural, kid-friendly cuisine, especially good if you are unsure about how to get your kids involved in the kitchen. The host Kathy clearly demonstrates engaging, fun techniques for her kid cooking assistants, like using a melon baller to create beautiful shapes in a fruit salad. The video section also includes mini table-etiquette tips, taught by one of the kid cooks.
Play the role of Mother Earth. To honor Earth Day this April, clothe your baby in one of these supersoft organic onesies. Click through to learn what else we love about these 10 onesies with delicate colors, adorable eco-themed graphics, and high-quality organic fabrics.
Picky, picky, picky! Any parent that's ever dealt with a picky eater knows how frustrating it can be. It's a constant battle to force the kids to finish the broccoli on the plate or even eat a few bites of the meal mama preciously prepared. Marta De Wulf, a nutritionist, mother, and cofounder of a nutrition iPad app for parents and kids called Smash Your Food ($3), offers up these tried-and-true tips to help parents learn more about their children's food preferences so the food wars can end once and for all.
Stop the name-calling: Avoid labeling or calling your child as a "picky eater." It only gives your child permission to push food away. Instead teach them discernment or discuss why they choose a particular food over another, which is a healthy behavior.
Start a conversation: Children are very sensorial and they often judge what they see first. Introduce new foods (or foods your child has previously rejected) and have a conversation about it. Start by saying to your child, "I don't mind if you like this or not, what I want to know is what do you see? Describe it to me? Do you like or dislike the color? Smell? Texture?"
The New Year means it's time to start organizing the areas of your life you've neglected, including out-of-sight (but awfully cluttered) kitchen drawers.
Are you guilty of buying more than one measuring spoon set, just to avoid hopelessly digging around your disorganized drawers? Has your junk drawer reached capacity? Speed up your search time and make your kitchen drawers safer and neater with our quick tips. Better organization cuts down on cleanup time for the whole family — and you won't drive yourself crazy searching for the liquid measuring cup ever again.
Since the Golden Globe Awards involve a sit-down dinner, formal attire, and lots of champagne, not many child actors show up for the big party. But these lucky seven young actors and actresses from the under-18 set managed to snag a seat and some time on the red carpet. Click through to see which kids attended this year's Globes and what they wore.
Between afternoon pickup, after-school activities, and homework, it's hard to pull together an interesting, delicious dinner that both you and the kids will enjoy. Slow cookers are making a comeback, and they are a great investment to make. Chop up all the ingredients in the morning and let the cooker do its magic while you take care of your busy schedule. Here are a few essential recipes (beyond the usual stews) that you should try out in a slow cooker.
BBQ meat: Especially great on the weekends, slow cook chicken, beef, or pork to throw on sandwiches. Try BBQ pork for sandwiches, which has only three ingredients and takes just 15 minutes to prepare.
Lasagna: All types of lasagna can be made in a slow cooker: beef, cheese, or spinach. For a Mexican twist, try crockpot Mexican tortilla lasagna.
Mac and cheese: The ultimate kids' favorite can be made in a slow cooker. The result is a super cheesy, creamy variety that will put the blue box stuff to shame. Paula Deen makes a crockpot macaroni and cheese that uses cheddar cheese soup in the sauce.
The holiday ski season is in full swing, so it's time to gear up the kiddies for a day in the snow. Keep it basic with the pants and mittens, so they can be worn again next year or handed down to little siblings. Bold hats and jackets will help mama distinguish her kids on the mountain. If ski weekends are filling your Winter calendar, it may make sense to invest in some junior skis with your tot's favorite cartoon.
For the cool kid on the slopes: Gordini's Little G2 Goggle ($15) have all of the safety features of the grown-up version, but sized down for lil ones.
For a basic staple: Brooks Brothers Ski Bib Pants ($148) have adjustable straps, so your kids can grow into them for several years. The black color is gender neutral – that way all younger siblings can receive this hand-me-down.
For the bold and silly: Gymboree Lion Sweater Hat ($18) is a bright and distinguishable hat, so you can find your kid amid the crowded slopes.
For the très chic daughter: London Fog Tweens Hooded Ski Jacket ($135) has a hot pink fleece lining, yet the white exterior will deflect sunlight, so she won't become too hot while skiing.
Kids tend to make toys out of the most amazing and unconventional items. One man's trash, is another kid's toy, so don't be so quick to throw out your empty boxes and containers these days. Box Play For Kids created a line of 100 percent recycled stickers ($4-$12) to fit over milk cartons, toilet paper rolls, and egg cartons, so lil ones can bring new life to what otherwise would be thrown away. Make bracelets or army binoculars out of toilet paper rolls. An old box can turn into a sushi bento box or a turntable. Like Rolobox — the wheels that convert empty cardboard boxes into vehicles — through an afternoon of play, these stickers subtly teach tots that recycling can mean more than placing garbage in a blue bin in the garage.
Bed rest can be excruciating for expecting mothers, but there are several things you can do to help make the experience a little less painful. Good food, thoughtful flowers, new hobbies, and guilty reads are just a few ways you can cheer up your friend or loved one.
Especially during colder months when the heater is on full blast, it can be a difficult and exhausting battle to help your kids make appropriate clothing choices. Have your lil ones resisted putting on an additional layer of long underwear only to complain later about being cold? The Apparel Indicating Weather Thermometer ($21) is geared toward kids to help them learn how to read a thermometer and dress accordingly.
The dial features large, colorful pictures indicating the appropriate clothing to wear for the corresponding temperature. There are three regional face options, so whether you live in the north with colder weather, the south with hotter weather, or somewhere in between, you can help your kids make the right clothing choices. Do you love this thermometer or do you think it's unnecessary?
Did you let your kids splurge or did you set limits on how many pieces they were allowed to eat? While every family has different rules for what to do with leftover Halloween candy, we want to hear what your rule was last night.