There's only six weeks left in the school year and as much as I'd like to ride it out with 30 more soy butter and jam sandwiches and 30 little baggies of clementine slices, my son has officially declared he's had it with the same old lunches. We've decided to stick with our standard sandwich choices and jazz things up in the lunchbox with some new and exciting (well, at least to a kindergartner!) extras. If your kiddos are ready for lunchtime sides that aren't yogurt tubes and fishy crackers, here's how to really shake up their midday meals for the remaining school days.Read More »from 10 lunchbox extras that go beyond yogurt tubes and fishy crackers
- Jessica Ashley, Senior Editor | Snacktastic – Thu, Apr 28, 2011 12:06 AM EDT
We all know that rainy days can be stressful when your kids are stuck inside, desperate for activities to occupy their time. They need a creative outlet to unleash all that pent up energy. Happy kids mean happy parents, so we've made a list of 25 great activities to keep your kids entertained on those gloomy days, without breaking the bank.
1. Build a Fort: This can be easily done with a few creative maneuvers on your part. Push the couches closer or bring the chairs from the kitchen table into the living room to use as support. Drape sheets and blankets over them, and let your kids decide how to use their newly built kingdoms. It even creates a fun place to read or get homework done while still feeling like play time.
2. Bake Treats: Turn rainy days cheery by involving your kids in kitchen activities. Teach them read the instructions and measure out ingredients. The simple task of baking cookies can be a great educational activity-with a very delicious reward!
3. PlayRead More »from 25 Rainy Day Activities for Kids
Prep Time: 5 min. | Microwave Time: 10 sec. | Total Time: 5 min. 10 sec. | Makes: 2 servings.Read More »from Hot Dog Bites
What You Need
4 RITZ Crackers
1 KRAFT Singles, quartered
1 Wiener, cut into 12 slices
2 cherry tomatoes, halved
PLACE crackers on microwaveable plate; top with Singles and wieners.
MICROWAVE on HIGH 10 sec. or until Singles are melted.
TOP with tomatoes.
Substitute 1/2 tsp. of your favorite red salsa for each cherry tomato half.
RITZ Crackers with Whole Wheat are a great substitute for regular RITZ Crackers.
Enjoy your favorite foods while keeping portion size in mind!
Nutrition Information Per Serving: 160 calories, 12g total fat, 5g saturated fat, 35mg cholesterol, 460mg sodium, 6g carbohydrate, 0g dietary fiber, 2g sugars, 6g protein, 6%DV vitamin A, 4%DV vitamin C, 15%DV calcium, 4%DV iron.
- The Savvy Source | Snacktastic – Mon, Apr 11, 2011 7:34 PM EDT
Are you thinking ahead to the summer yet? Who can help it! Summer vacation sounds so good right now -- a little relaxing, reading, family time, the kids happy and occupied, getting lots of exercise and fresh air.... If only a holiday like this would plan itself. Instead, the task falls to you, dear fellow parent, as if you didn't already have enough to think about.
Planning a family vacation sounds great, but it can also feel like a big responsibility. Time off from work is precious, and so are childhood summers. We want to make the most of them! We want everyone to have a great time! Is this too much to ask?
It's really not. And if you ask the right questions throughout the process, then you have an excellent chance of finding a great spot for your family. Here are a few to get you started.
1. What kind of vacation do we want? Before you do anything else, ask yourself what kind of vacation you are hoping for. Quiet and restful? Adventurous and exhilarating? Are youRead More »from 10 Questions to Ask When Planning a Family Vacation
- Julie Meyers Pron | Snacktastic – Thu, Apr 7, 2011 8:26 PM EDT
Years ago, when I was a kid, little league meant township t-ball and softball. I never knew about this huge international Little League association. Or foundation. Or... whatever. But with boys? We have fundraisers and practices and games several times a week. They've been practicing and this week is opening week for games. Yes. This week. So, please. Do a little warm sun in dance for me because both our games this week are at night.
I love Little League like I never knew I would. Forget soccer mom, I'm a Little League Mom, for sure. From the swings to the catches and the misses, I just thoroughly enjoy cheering on my kids and their friends and teammates.
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