Fun Snacks!

We all know that childhood obesity is being focused on everywhere. But no one seems to give us ideas, they just tell us how horrible of a problem it is and how it cannot continue. That seems like a bunch of pish posh. We can make healthy snacks fun! Children can be excited about food and still eat healthy! It’s all about the appearance. If it looks fun, it will be! Here are some ways to make healthy foods look fun.

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The only things contained in this picture is celery, peanut butter, strawberries and a single animal cookie, but it looks so exciting! By making the design seem fun and entertaining, children will be more drawn to it! We just have to disguise the healthiness, and the kids will be none the wiser! Also, by incorporating the single animal cookie, it seems almost like a treat, but they will be eating all of the healthy parts with it!

Another idea of a healthy, fun snack are a twist on sliced apples. Apples are quite common, so they’re also not all that exciting. But what if we add a little something extra?

These teeth are not permanent, and will make your child’s mouth taste and look great! Not to mention, who doesn’t like slipping in a pair of fake teeth every once in a while? It’s like dress up and healthy snack all thrown into one exciting piece of fruit! Not to mention, all of it is part of the apple, so it’s easy and cheap to do! Or we could make string cheese stick figures! Or fun fruit faces on our plates! There are many other fun ideas for foods, and these are only a couple of examples. Instead of focusing on how frightened we are for our children when it comes to obesity, we can just change their whole idea of what healthy foods should look, and taste like! And let’s be honest, these would way more fun for us to eat too! We can eat fun things as adults too, it would make life so much more entertaining. So let’s break from the norm and start making fun snacks for kids and adults! Not only will it make eating healthy easier, but it will make it more fun and exciting as well!

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Sick Days!

Spring weather is crazy. Taking care of kids during the spring is crazier. The sickies are spreading like wildfire and this is the worst time! So how can we make it more fun for the parents and the kids? Here are some ideas, just in case you’ve run out! One entertaining option for both little girls and boys, are pillow and blanket forts! This will provide hours of fun, and could be imagined as a tent in the woods, a pirate hideout, or even a mysterious cave on a magical island! Not only is this free, but it can involve any family member (with an imagination that is)! Check out this awesome fort!

Make a sick day activity box! Or a sick day activity hat! Whichever your child will like the most! Write ideas down on paper and make sure all of them are silly, fun, and will be fun and appropriate for a sick day. Then your kid gets to pick (without knowing what) the idea by picking one of the pieces of paper! And no matter what, you have to do what’s written, no matter how silly it is! Some fun ideas could be making finger puppets and putting on a puppet opera! Singing included. Or maybe making popsicle stick houses, for popsicle stick figures! Or possibly do a treasure hunt around the

house, using any kind of treasure they want (toys, fake jewels, you name it!). Include any fun sick games and ideas you can think of, and this could keep your child going all day! Maybe one of the ideas in the box could be decorating the idea box. Each time your child is choosing, it’s a surprise, which only makes it seem more exciting!

Games and puzzles are always great when it comes to entertainment, so maybe surprise your sickie with a new puzzle or his or her favorite cartoon character or action figure! If they’re starting to get distracted, make it a challege, like “I bet I can finish my puzzle faster than you can finish yours.” Challenges are a fun motivational way to have your children stick to their activity! This idea can be applied to any sick day adventure or escapade, just make sure it’s positive and fun! Puzzles are a great way to entertain because they keep a child focused and are stimulating. They’re also fun, and can be found in all kinds of designs, which will be much more exciting for your children! There are many different cheap, fun activities that can be done on sicks days, we just have to think out of the box!

Made in America

I know Ryan Gossling made fun of them one the best movies ever Crazy, Stupid Love  but I love New Balance shoes. If you haven’t seen that movie you really should. I also love America (especially when Toby Keith does one of his songs).

I was very surprised and happy when I received my new shoes and prominently displayed on the tongue is Made In America. I thought all athletic shoes were made in China.

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Frecklebox products are all made in America except the tin for the lunch box. If anyone knows a company in America than makes tin lunch boxes I would to know about them. I would love to know your favorite brands that are Made in American. I am always willing to pay more for stuff made here.