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Tuesday, October 28, 2014

tidbits from Parents - August and September

Here's the belated round up of the last few months worth of Parents magazine... oops I got behind in my reading! Sound familiar, busy mamas?!


  • Make busy bags- These are bags filled with little games and trinkets to keep kids busy. One example is to get Easter eggs, write the uppercase letter on the top half of the egg, the lower case letter on the bottom half. Take them apart, have kids match them up. LOVE this idea. Picture @themommystories on Instagram. 
  • Boys who play sports eat more veggies and fruits. They eat almost twice as many as those not on teams, according to a Texas study. (page 59)
  • Kids don't usually like mouth guards. These ones are BPA free and taste like things like fruit punch and bubble gum. $12 Awesome! 
  • Two parenting behaviors lead to higher IQs in kids: "responding to kids' emotional cues and beginning to read to them as early as 9 months old." (page 64)
  • Teaching kids creativity, telling stories, self-control and waiting things out aka patience are keys to success for your children's life.
  • Recipe: Banana Nut Sandwich:
    • 4 lg bananas
    • 1 1/2 cup peanut butter
    • 1 cup sugar
    • 2 eggs
    • 1/4 cup honey
    • 1 tsp. vanilla
    • pinch of salt
    • 3/4 cup unsweetened coconut
    • Freeze bananas in a plastic bag overnight. 
    • In a large bowl, combine peanut butter and sugar, mix well. Add eggs, honey, vanilla and salt. Beat until combined. Chill dough for 30 minutes.
    • Preheat oven to 350. Form dough into walnut size balls and place 2 inches apart on a parchment lined baking sheet; press flat. Make crisscross marks on each with a fork. 
    • Bake until edges begin to turn slightly golden, 8 to 10 minutes. Cool completely.
    • Spread coconut in a thin layer on a baking sheet and toast for 3 to 5 minutes, stirring every minute so that it browns evenly.
    • Place half of frozen bananas in food processor; allow to thaw for 5 to 7 minutes, then puree until smooth and creamy. Repeat with bananas. Turn 12 cookies upside down and spoon on about 3 tbs. banana puree. Top each with a second cookie and roll exposed banana filling in toasted coconut. 
    • Wrap each sandwich tightly in plastic wrap and freeze for at least 2 hours. 
    • (page 166)


  • A girl almost choked on her pacifier at night. Mom was told that heat from cleaning them, aka dishwasher, sink, etc. can damage the latex material. They should be thrown out every 2 months. (page 82)
  • Check out for the Hickman Hider, elastic top pocket for those kids who get frequent blood draws, to make it easier and less painful. Cool idea!
  • Kids can sleep with a stuffed animal past a year old because risk of suffocation decreases at that point (page 112). 
  • Ideally a third of a child's day should be free play for preschooler's (page 122). 
  • Recipe: Peanut butter and cherry sandwich - put dried cherries on top of peanut butter, voila sandwich! 
  • Awesome article about throwing a second baby shower or "sprinkle" - cool ideas! Loooove second baby parties. (page 174). One idea was a swap, meet and greet... bringing clothes to swap with one another. 
  • MOM TIP: For lunch meat sandwiches for your kids' lunches, freeze the bread at night... by the time it's lunch time the bread has de-thawed and it's ready to eat, but the meat is still cold! 
  • Tips for keeping some of your child's artwork: (page 202)
    • Laminate them to use as placemats at the table.
    • Keep favorites, then donate the rest to a local nursing home to make elderly folks smile. 
    • Use as wrapping paper.
    • Take a digital photo of each artwork and then use it as your computer's slideshow screensaver, and or make a book of the artwork on a site like 
    • Try Keepy: The Art-Chive app. Upload picture of the artwork, tell a story, share, free
  • Recipe: Chicken and Tomato Pasta
    • 1 1/2 lbs boneless chicken, 4 roma tomatoes, 2 tbs olive oil, pepper and salt, 8 oz fettucine, 1 cup frozen peas, 4 tsp grated parmesan cheese
    • Bake the tomatoes and chicken, on separate sides, in the oven 400 degrees for 20 minutes, toss with olive oil, salt and pepper first. 
    • Boil water and cook pasta.
    • Toss everything together in a big bowl. 

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