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Looking for your children to eat more fruit?

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Then head to your local supermarket or famers market together!

Fruit is a wonderful snack and one in which some children don’t seek!

I can promise you that if you involve your children to pick them out they will at least try them.

Some other fab ideas are…

*Make fruit kabobs

 *Freeze fruit like melon, pineapple on popsicle sticks

*Leave washed fruit out to grab and go like apples, bananas, oranges, or grapes in a bowl on the counter

*Leave washed fruit out when the kids get home from school

*Keep cut up or washed fruit in containers in the fridge

*Make a fruit salad

*Puree ripened fruit in the blender, pour into icepop molds then freeze

*Use fun toothpicks to entice the kids to eat fruit

*Grill fruit like peaches, pineapple and bananas

*Make a fruit smoothie 

Children LOVE color, so if you continue to have fruit readily available, they WILL seek it!

Take it from a Mom who loves finding fun ways for the kiddies to enjoy fruit!  Enjoy!

Looking for fabulous children’s apparel that gives back?

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Then head to petitePARADE’s Pop Up Shop in NYC!

WHEN:  May 1-17th, Thursday-Sunday

TIME: 11am-7pm

WHERE: 27 Christopher Street at Waverly Place

This evening I was privileged to get a preview of one of the most creative children’s charity pop up shops I have ever seen in NYC!

petitePARADE has partnered with The New York Foundling, a nonprofit organization for foster children, to honor national Foster Care Month.

For the first three weeks in May, the petitePOPUP will feature an array of children’s apparel, shoes accessories from Alivia Simone, Charm, Dimity Bourke, Elementa by Nina, IMOGA, Jess Brown Dolls, Kallio NYC, Melissa Shoes, Nina Shoes, RUUM American Kids’ Wear, Home Grown Books, & Elephantito.

Guests will be able to enjoy arts & crafts, snacks, & take fun photos while enjoying the spectacular artwork that adorns the entranceway while shopping for a great cause!

Go to www.petiteparade.com and www.nyfoundling.org for more information, & happy shopping!

Take it from a Mom who made a few purchases to help make a difference in the life of a child, & you can too!

#Fashion4Foundling

Shop for a cause!

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Giving back to others is a passion of mine especilly when children in need are the focus!

This week peitePARADE will be hosting a fabulous pop-up shop for National Foster Care Month!

A pecentage of all proceeds will go to the non-profit, New York Foundling & be sure there will have fun activities for all!

For a list of designers involved, activities, & information, please visit www.nyfoundling.org!

Thank you petitePARADE for making a difference, & can’t wait to shop for a fab cause at the petiteSHOP this week!

Meatless Monday delema?  Problem solved!

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Try my, “Pasta For Jolie Soup” (Named after my daughter instead of Fagioli “bean”.)

Meatless Monday can be a challenge for some, but it is actually quite easy!

This soup is a one pot meal, easy to make and as always is, “kid approved”!

You will need the following:

*2 boxes of Organic Free Range Chicken broth OR Vegetable broth

*4 small cans of Organic white beans rinsed & drained OR 2 large cans

*1 large Organic sweet onion chopped finely

*6 Organic garlic cloves minced

*4 tbs. Organic Extra Virgin Olive Oil

*1 small box of Organic baby spinach chopped

*10 Organic basil leaves chopped

*1 large can of organic Plum tomatoes drained and chopped into chuncks

*2 tbs. Organic tomato Paste

*1 Parmesan rind

*2 cups of dry Organic pasta

*1/2 cup fresh grated Parmesan cheese

*Sea salt & pepper to taste

Directions:

1.). In a large soup pot heat on medium heat for a few minutes, then add oil.

2.) Add onions & cook for 6-8 minutes then stirr.  Afterwards add the garlic to the pot and cook for an additional 2 minutes.

3.). Next add the beans, parmasean rind, tomatoes, tomato paste, broth and cook unit it comes to a boil.

4.). Afterwards add pasta and spinach and cook for 10 mintues.  Stir in the basil and parmasean cheese.

5.) Remove the rind & discard. Then ladle 4 cups of soup in a blender or Cuisinart, and add back to pot and stir thoroughly.

Ladle into bowls, & serve with grated fresh mozzarella or additionalparmasean cheese. 

Take it from a Mom who loves making dinner a breeze!  Enjoy!

Is technology & electronics affecting your family?

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This morning I watched a video that disturbed me regarding technology.  

It showed families disconnecting and the rise of many issues that go along with it.

We can all be guilty at times, but can work on setting limits.

Some ideas are to set an egg or microwave timer, make a family contract, or get a lockbox so electronics get locked up at a certain time.

Children & teens are connected throughout the day and all hours of the night, which have many negative effects.

Issues with social skills, arguing, families disconnecting, lack of sleep, violent behavior, tantrums, obesity, technology addiction, carpal tunnel syndrome, and the list goes on!

We set rules in our home that work for our familly and a few examples are:

*No electronics in the morning on school days.

*After homework/dinner there is a time limit.

*No electronics at the table.

*If anyone breaks the rules, they loose their electronic for one day or more which is THEIR choice!

It is imperative that we as parents set rules and boundaries because it is shocking what is going on in this world!

Technology is important in our society, but our values are as well!

Take it from a Mom who is trying to not let technology take over our family & you can too! 

Looking for a few fun ideas for April Fool’s Day?

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There is nothing more hysterical then to play a few pranks on our children every April 1st!

Tonight I hot glued their spoons to the bottom of their cereal bowls! Lol!

Tomorrow morning I will pour a little cereal and milk and voila instant laugh!

Next I purchased bags of Skittles and emptied them out, then filled them with blueberries for their lunch bags!

For after dinner I made a plate of brown E’s, for dessert.  Simply cut out the letter e’s out of brown construction paper, or color white paper brown.

For a scream from your tween, draw a spider with a black marker on their toilet paper roll.

Pinterest has so many cute ideas, so check put my page “momwhoknows”!  Enjoy!

Take it from a Mom who cant wait until the morning!

Want the inside scoop from the Mercedes Benz Fashion Week Kids Rock show?

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From an exceptional collection of athelic apperal, Nike, Nike SB, Jordan aka Jumpman 23, Levis, to sun & surf Hurley, the Kids Rock show was a hit!

Teen superstar Carly Rose opened up the show, while DJ Kai Song spun both current & old school tunes, making the crowd bounce in their seats!

Fab hypercolors seem to be trending with splashes of fun patterns & funky graphic designs, making these US Brands stand out from the rest!

Love the versility each line offered, as well as being able to, “mix & match”! 

Nike’s hyer colors took to the run way with fun prints and accesories, as did the Nike SB line which made every kid want a skateboard!

The Jordan line is screamed, “basketball” and their athletic sets are sure to please any player.

Classic Converse footwear and apperal with grapic prints & solids are a fun staple in any childs closet!  Who doesnt love Converse footwear?

From land to sea, the Hurley has mastered trendy beach wear for kids!  Adore their graphics and designs making kids look like kids!

Levis ended the show mixing light & dark denium, then showcased denim jeans that feel like sweats!  ~LOVE this!

The true diva of the show was Leah Stills, a cancer survivor who truly put the R in ROCK!

Check out her book at iamleahstrong.com, & keep Leah in your prayers.  She is an inspiration to all!

Take it from a Mom Who had a blast at the Kids Rock show, & thank you to Haddad brands for a fabulous preview!