THIS WEEK IN MOM…Lil kids, BIG MESSES! Oh dear, you only turned your back for a second…

  • THIS WEEK IN M.O.M…It's time to get in the garden! We're celebrating this fabulous time of year with some ultra cute clips of kids "helping out" with some Spring yard work! WATCH…

    What gardening activities do you share with your lil ones?

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  • mother and child in grocery store

    mother and child in grocery store

    By Mandy Major

    Feeding a family is never easy. Putting the right foods i front of your brood takes time, money and thoughtfulness. But what exactly does
    right mean? It's tough to know, given all the competing information about organic vs. nonorganic foods. "Buy most things organic if money's no object; but for most people, this isn't the case," says Bridget Swinney MS, RD, LD, author of Eating Expectantly, Baby Bites and Healthy Food for Healthy Kids. "I suggest families look at what their children eat on a regular basis and then look online to see how those foods rank in number of pesticides." Then, buy organic versions of the favorite foods that are high in pesticides and standard items for the rest. Or take a look at this cheat sheet from nutrition experts on which kid picks are worth buying organic-and which aren't. Photo by Thinkstock

    Buy Organic: Apples and Celery

    Sliced apples and ants-on-a-log are quintessential kid food, but think twice before buying nonorganic apples and c

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  • THIS WEEK IN M.O.M…Breakfast Made Easier with Jessica Ritz of TasterTotsL.A.! Check out these quick tips to help your family get out the door in the mornings!

    Tip #1 Keep the routine simple!

    Rethink breakfast. You want to serve your child a hot breakfast at the table. But some kids just aren't ready to eat as soon as they get up, so think simple snacks kids can eat regularly in the car. No less healthy, more peaceful -- a better start to the day.

    Tip #2 Give Kids Choices!
    Let your kids get involved in helping with breakfast by letting them make their own choices when it comes to the little things. By providing limited options, your kids can personalize their breakfast. They will be happy "to be in charge" and its a few less steps for moms so they can focus on getting them out the door.

    Tip #3 Plan Ahead!
    Plan your breakfast ahead of time. No matter how many times it's said, this is a message that begs repeating: breakfast is the most important meal of the day! Ensure that yo

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  • What crazy pizza toppings to your kids love?

    What crazy pizza toppings to your kids love?

    I have yet to meet a kid who doesn't like pizza. When asked about pizza toppings, the requests are simple: cheese or cheese and pepperoni. Those choices definitely work when you're at a restaurant, grabbing a quick meal on the go, serving up a team dinner or feeding a group of kids at a party. But when you're making homemade pizza, it's time to push the envelope on the food front.

    I admit it can be tough to convince kids to try new foods or ask them to change something about their their favorite meal. But these simple, delish and (mostly) healthy toppings just might cause them to reconsider.

    Pineapple adds a tropical touch to any pizza. Normally you'll see it with ham or Canadian bacon, but we like it solo with a generous heap of monterey jack cheese. Whether you use freshly-sliced pineapple or canned pineapple, let it dry on a clean kitchen towel or in an colander before you add it to the pizza dough. Otherwise you'll have a soggy slice of 'za.

    Sweet bell peppers are a good pick if y

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  • THIS WEEK IN M.O.M…We're getting personal on parenting with the cast of the new film "What To Expect When You're Expecting!" See just what these stars have taken away as parents…and which cast member plays the role of the "Sleep Fairy" in real life…

    What prepared you for parenthood?

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