Cooking with your kids is a wonderful way to introduce new healthy foods, improve eating habits, and spend quality time as a family.
But if the idea of bringing your crazy kiddos into the kitchen to “help” (a.k.a. make a huge mess and add to your to-do list on an already busy day) makes you want to run and hide, you’re not alone.
The trick to making it work, I’ve found, is to embark on a kid-friendly cooking project:
This way, you and your kids can reap the benefits of cooking together, without having the activity be a source of stress or frustration.
Below are some easy fall-inspired fruit snacks that kids can easily help create. Customize them to your family’s tastes and have fun!
Layer chopped pears, apples, persimmons, oranges, or any fall fruit you like with plain yogurt and your favorite granola. Top with pomegranate seeds. Use a clear glass or cup so that kids can see the colorful layers!
Thinly slice any kind of apples and arrange around a plate or platter. Drizzle with peanut butter or caramel sauce, nuts, coconut, dried fruit, crumbled cereal – or any other topping your kids love. Dollop with Greek yogurt, or serve alongside yogurt for dipping.
Mixed Fruit Applesauce
This is a great way to capitalize on those pears or apples that are a little too soft to eat as-is. Simply chop as much fruit as you want and simmer over medium-low heat with water and a few sprinkles of cinnamon (4-5 large fruits + 1/3 cup water + ½ tsp cinnamon)
You can also re-purpose whole fruits your kids didn’t finish into this sauce. It’s completely clean after cooking for so long and will appeal to them (and you!) in a whole new way.
Find more recipes and eats made easy here, http://eating-made-easy.com/ .
Read the whole digital summer issue or the original Bumbleride interview here , http://www.talcottdigi.com/0715Baby/ .
On our radar of worthy blogs to check out is Childhood Unplugged http://childhoodunplugged.com/.
A collaboration of photographers from around the world capturing children doing what they do best, playing. We couldn’t agree more with the idea behind their work:
“We are making a conscious effort to encourage our children to get back to the art of play. Letting go of technology, if only for a little while, to explore once again the magic of imagination and curiosity.”
It is also possible for your photos to be featured. They welcome submissions, http://childhoodunplugged.com/submissions/ . Prerequisite, the children must be unplugged!
Follow them on Instagram , https://instagram.com/childhoodunplugged/ .
“PLAY IS OFTEN TALKED ABOUT AS IF IT WERE A RELIEF FROM SERIOUS LEARNING. BUT FOR CHILDREN PLAY IS SERIOUS LEARNING. PLAY IS REALLY THE WORK OF CHILDHOOD.” – FRED ROGERS
Lucy and Ken can most often be found behind the wheel of a rally car or with leashes in hand adventuring outdoors with their pups and little ones in tow. This is the latest post in our Bumbleride Ambassadors blog series where we share active and outdoor families’ experiences with their Bumbleride stroller(s).
How do you and Ken like to balance family life while having a busy work and travel schedule?
It’s not an easy balance with our busy schedule but it helps that we travel as a family 90% of the time. That’s a lot of kid travel but we feel it is important to be together as a family as much as possible.
What are your families’ favorite outdoor activities?
Well, obviously there is rally. Ken’s racing schedule occupies most of our time. We love cars. We also hike, snowboard and enjoy the lake together as a family.
What was it like to drive your first stage rally and when can we expect to see you behind the wheel again?
I was a bit nervous when I drove my 1st stage rally. I’m nervous every time. I do love it and thank goodness I’m not as competitive as Ken. I’m just out there trying to better myself and become a better driver each time I’m in the car. I hope to be behind the wheel again this year.
Lucy with her rally car.
Lucy & Ken
Watching Dad race!
Ken shredding with his son
Gymkhana 7: Wild in the streets of Los Angeles
Adam and Emily can most often be found on a distant family adventure in their Westfalia van appreciating the outdoors and their communities. Join them as they share their travels, artwork and amazing imagery, http://ouropenroad.com/. Our Open Road’s goal is to inspire others to create, eat well, spend quality time together, and adventure into their own great backyards. This is the latest post in our Bumbleride Ambassadors blog series where we share active and outdoor families’ experiences with their Bumbleride stroller(s).
Please tell us about yourselves.
Adam & I met in Los Angeles at Otis College of Art & Design where I studied fashion design & Adam studied fine art. Adam just had an exhibition in Los Angeles in October inspired by two years on the road- http://ouropenroad.com/terraincognita/ . I have enjoyed having time to explore some of my other interests like cooking & writing. Each of our blog posts is like a chapter in a book and I have been working on a cookbook for a very long time now…
Please tell us about your families’ love for travel.
We have traveled together for over a decade, always dreaming and planning our next adventure. When Emily was pregnant with Colette, Adam was working on a project that would have put us in India and Nepal for 6+ months. When that fell through, we knew the time had come for us to plan our own grand voyage. It was born naturally of a dream we developed together and wanted to share with Colette. It took over a year of saving and fundraising, planning and preparing before we departed. The greatest gift this trip has presented is time. We have time to be together and time to explore the rich cultural landscapes; our hearts and minds have been filled by kind and generous locals and stunning natural beauty with unforgettable vistas. Slowing down to enjoy these things has been a gift. We use all our senses to experience the day and do not expect magic moments to appear instantly.
Which countries stand out for most memorable highlights with your children? Do you have a favorite country to recommend to US/Canadian families with little ones?
Sierra’s birth in Brazil was a remarkable time on the road and has granted her dual citizenship, which we think is the coolest birthday gift ever.
My top 5 recommendations for traveling families:
1) Buenos Aires is not just a city for lovers, it is also a great city to visit with families: parks, museums, galleries and yummy restaurants abound.
2) Conguillío and Huerquehue National Parks in the Chilean Lakes District are enchanting. Hiking with kids has such a balancing effect, all while burning that energy they have!
3) Uruguay is a small, safe country that is easy to travel in- the east coast is especially dreamy.
4) Cartagena, Colombia is a wonderful small city where the light seems to dance on every corner.
5) The Big Island of Hawaii is like our second home, and is a phenomenal place to visit with kids- sea turtles, golden sand and tropical water – what more could anyone ask for?
Check out this feature on Moms who travel with style including the Harteaus on CondeNast Traveller, http://www.cntraveler.com/stories/2015-05-08/happy-mothers-day-moms-who-travel-with-style .
As my journey of motherhood continues I am so grateful to have so many wonderful mothers around me, in friends and relatives, that I am always learning from. Comparing stories and growing from each other is endless.
This is a must see. A very fascinating capture of a child’s bond to their own mothers. We love how tender moments are caught here on film.
Ladena can most often be found on a family adventure while sharing her favorite products, crafts, recipes and travel tips on her website along the way, http://www.mybabystuff.ca/. This is the latest post in our Bumbleride Ambassadors blog series where we share active and outdoor families’ experiences with their Bumbleride stroller(s)
Please tell us about yourself and a little bit about your family
I am an elementary school teacher and mom of two kids. My husband is a graphic designer and business owner. As a family we love being active and outside. We are passionate about traveling and exposing our children to new cities, beaches and cultures.
What was the motivation behind starting/running MyBabyStuff.ca?
I have always been one to share my love of great products and experiences with my friends and family. When I was pregnant with my second child I started noticing that there was an abundance of great products available for babies. I wanted to figure out what products were a necessity, what products were worth purchasing and what products were of good quality. I thought it made perfect sense to share my thoughts on baby gear with the world by testing some out and reviewing products that would be suitable to today’s family. MyBabyStuff.ca started with mostly baby products but soon evolved with children and parent products. It now also has a growing family travel section where I highlight and chronicle trips and quick getaways I’ve done with my family.
What do you love about living in B.C and how does Bumbleride fit into your family’s lifestyle there?
British Columbia is a very special place. On the west coast of British Columbia you could literally surf on Saturday and ski on Sunday. We have an incredible landscape and are surrounded by water. Our weather is mild all year long. Bumbleride has been a perfect fit for my family since 2007. The first Bumbleride we owned was the Rocket which I used with my now seven year old daughter. I have since owned a Bumbleride Indie and a Flite.
Bumbleride strollers make it easy for a mom to get outside and get active with their children. They are designed for active living, are easy to maneuver and look so stylish. I’ve taken my Bumbleride strollers on trails, to the beach and on many plane rides. Bumbleride strollers have allowed my family to navigate through many big cities with ease and are perfect for a quick trip to the grocery store.
Learn more about My Baby Stuff CA here, http://www.mybabystuff.ca/.
“I’ve tested the Bumbleride Indie and the Bumbleride Flite. I couldn’t live without both strollers. Recently, Bumbleride sent me the Indie 4 in Fog Grey. I was so excited to put this new model to the test. I had seen the Indie 4 in stores and on the streets and I really wanted to know how it performs.”
“The Indie 4 is such a cool looking stroller. It makes me WANT to go out for walks. This stroller rolls smoothly and feels really small. I can push it with one hand. It turns on a dime. When I go out with both my kids I usually attach the Mini Board onto the Indie 4. Adding the Mini Board does not affect the performance of this stroller.” -Ladena
Read Ladena’s full Indie 4 all terrain everyday stroller review here, http://www.mybabystuff.ca/2015/03/bumbleride-indie-4-stroller-review/
Mini Board #bumblerideadventures!
Strolling with Indie 4 on the pier.
Taking to the beach with Indie.
Traveling with Flite in Mexico
Forest #bumblerideadventures with Indie 4!
Kristy and her family can most often be found enjoying the outdoors or a local soccer field. This is the latest post in our Bumbleride Ambassadors blog series where we share active and outdoor families’ experiences with their Bumbleride stroller(s).
Please tell us about yourself.
I’m East Coast born and raised outside of New York City, but there is an inner California beach girl in me that is begging for a relocation to the ocean! I’m a happily married Mom of three girls – Chloe (6) and our twins – Charley & Presley (18 mths) and I’m passionate about creating a healthy, safe and beautiful home for them. I come from a Marketing background and worked for some pretty big, bold face name companies honing my skills and working with so many talented people before launching my own business with my partners. I love design, great food and hanging out with family and friends. My favorite time of year is Fourth of July – as a family we head to the same little cottage in Maine every summer to unwind. No cell phones, computers or distractions. We get to just be a family and enjoy simple things like a fire pit and smores making. I’m already dreaming of next summer.
What was your inspiration for co-founding your company?
I think most people in this industry become inspired by their kids and looking for ways to make the parents’ world easier and their child’s world better. In our case we were living in New York City looking for a way to keep our stroller, which we used like a car, clean before bringing it into our apartment. I couldn’t bare the thought of taking it apart to get formula stains out again or listening to my wheels squeak. I was shocked that no non-toxic, organic solutions existed so we created our own. Simple as that, BuggyLOVE was born.
How are you able to balance family & work?
They say it takes a village to raise a family and we’ve created an amazing village of support from hands-on Grandparents to old friends and new ones. We love that our children are constantly surrounded by a whole lot of love and individual influences. Aside from the support we do what most families do – we create a really solid schedule to ground us, but allow ourselves to be flexible and have fun within it. It really helps us to have a great work – life balance, stay organized in business and make special time for each girl.
What do you love most about being a parent?
I love that I am the only one who can cure their boo boo with a kiss. I think there is a really sweet metaphor in there about the kind of power that a Mom’s love has and how it helps shape these little lives.
I’ve been lucky enough to have had experienced both personal and professional success. But being a Mom comes with a whole new level of pride I ever knew existed. All three of our girls were born prematurely, the twins at only 26 weeks. When they were first born no Doctors could guarantee how they would course and develop. It’s been amazing to watch these little miracles be so fearless and accomplish milestone after milestone. From first steps and words to twirling in princess costumes and scoring a soccer goal, I feel such a sense of pride through their successes, big and small. I want to slow down time, but I can’t wait to see the amazing women they turn into. I always say being a Mom is the best club you can ever join.
Learn more about BuggyLOVE here, http://buggylove.com/.
As founders of BuggyLOVE and parents to three girls, one year-old twins, Charley & Presley and big sis, six year-old Chloe our life is one of a happy, controlled chaos and most definitely, always on the go.
Charley & Presley were born at only 26 weeks and after a three-month stay in the NICU came home to us tiny, but as perfect as could be. Naturally, going from parents of one to parents of three we were nervous about how on earth we would handle it all and balance the energy of our oldest with the needs of our preemies.
And just as we were about to commit myself to a life of car seat strapping in and out and a six year old with tired feet or worse yet, limiting our outings, our Bumbleride Indie Twin with the mini board arrived at our door. What. A. Gift.
It gave me comfort to know my little ones were safely snuggled in side by side and that their delicate heads and bodies weren’t bounced around with every bump. As they grew up their Indie Twin grew right along with them and the ride of their life was as smooth as ever. From car-seat adapters to bassinets to their “big girl” seats with views of the world our Bumbleride Indie Twin has worked for our family since the day they came home. Big bonus #1 – that big sis feels like a super hot shot with the freedom of jumping on and off her mini board. Big bonus #2 – that we can load all three girls up and move as quickly as our life does. I’m pretty sure our greatest achievement last year was being on time to Kindergarten everyday; thanks in no small part to our Indie Twin with mini board.
As a CoFounder of BuggyLOVE, a family of organic cleaning products designed specifically for strollers and gear, it gives me such peace of mind to know that Bumbleride is always evolving their green footprint by using non-PVC plastics, bamboo fabrics, SPF 45 canopies and, of course, that they recommend BuggyLOVE to clean and maintain their rides as a way of saving time, electricity and water.
Our stroller is such a big part of our everyday life. It let’s us live outside more. It’s a snack-time seat at the park, naptime bed on the go. It’s our moving office, our backpack and diaper bag carrier, our tired feet saver. It’s a Disneyworld tested Godsend and survived the mall during holiday shopping. It’s survived formula, smashed bananas and smeared sunscreen (thanks BuggyLOVE!). It’s as active as we are, essential and uniquely us.
Oh and according to Chloe, it has a pink lined canopy. Sold to the lady with three princesses. Now if only it came in rainbow glitter too =)