Looking for a quick soup the kiddies will devour?

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Then my, “Mom Who Knows Pastina Soup” is a must!

Soup can be difficult for some children, textures, colors, flavors which is then refused.

This recipie is not only easy, it is great for Meatless Monday!

Ingrediants:

2 Organic carrots finely chopped

1 Organic shallot peeled & cut in half

1 spring of Organic basil kept on the stem

2 Organic stalks of celery finely chopped

1 cup of frozen Organic peas

1 tbs. Organic extra virgin olive oil

1 container of Organic free range chicken broth

1/2 cup of freshly grated parmesan cheese

1 piece of a parmesan rind

1 cup water

1 cup of dry Pastina pasta

Directions:

1.) Heat a medium sauce pan over medium heat, then add olive oil.

2.) Two minutes afterwards add the shallot, carrots & celery and cook for 5 minutes stirring often.

3.) Next add the water, chicken broth, basil spring, and parmesan rind then being to a boil, & simmer for 10 min.

4.) Add Pastina, stir and cook for 8 minutes.

5.) Remove the parmesan rind, basil & shallot and discard.

6.) Stir in the peas, parmesan cheese ladle the soup into bowls & enjoy when cooled!

*Chicken mini meatballs or pulled rotisaree chicken can be added.

Take it from a Mom who loves creating, “Kid Approved” meals in a snap!

Enjoy!

Looking for a great way to start your New Year?

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Then lace up your sneakers and find something you love or have always wanted to do!

Being a parent, working and juggling schedules & activities can stressful, overwhelming and exhausting .  It is important to take time for ourselves and finding something you enjoy makes things more meaningful.

Most facilities offer free trials for classes, so why not try a varity of different things before you lock into one activity!

I am going to make it my goal to step in a new direction this New Year for a healthier me!

Wishing you all a fabulous 2016 full of amazing things!

 

Making, “Staycations” memorable ones!

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With the hustle and bustle of work, school, acitivities, social events and the holidays, there is nothing better then a, “Staycation”!

Spending quality time at home with your family is priceless, as well as so memorable!

Wheather playing a classic board game, going through old family movies, leaving reality for a few days is so important!

Our children grow up right before our eyes, and taking the time to be together and share experiences is one that will be treasured!

Some fun ideas are…

*Watch family movies or look at old family photos

*Make a meal together

*Take a painting/pottery class

*Play a boardgame

*Do a science experiment

*Read a book together

*Make a treasure hunt around your house with a list

*Explore your town

*Learn something new

*Play charades

*Do a craft

*Write a, “Things that you dont know about me” essay, or 10 questions for family memebers to learn more about them

*Take a nature walk and take photos

*Have other families over for a Pot luck, movie or game night

*Make a Staycation photo album

The list is endless of what you can do, & I promise you that your family will forget about technology for a few days, & remember your TIME forever!

Take it from a Mom who enjoys every moment of our Staycations every year and you will too!

 

 

Petite Parade’s Children’s Fashion Week Wow Factor!

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Fashion is my passion, and Petite Parade is one of the many highlites that showcase children’s fashion in New York!

This fall, Spring Studios was taken over by many fabulous designers, photographers, models & fun activities for all minis!

Parsons School of Fashion spotlighted top students unique fashion for Spring whose talents were prevelant on the runway!  Look out… for I predict these talented students will have a great future in the children’s industry!

From head to toe, Little Miss Matched paired solids with fun prints and graphic designs to every look!  From accessories to footwear, fun and trendy outfits are sure to please!

Marin + Morgan’s flow of soft pastel colors glided down the runway with ruffle accents, & fab prints for Spring 2015!  I discovered this dynamic duo a year ago, & adore their line!

Olvis Lace and floral dresses took elegance a step further. Their french lace dresses and gowns put the P in the princess!

Laer’s leather take down took eveyones breath away! Buttery leather jackets, bombers, vests of pastels, meatalics and rockstar black are, “Wow Factor” worthy!

All hand sewn, made in LA, this line is a must for your little fashionista!

New Balance kicks adorned the feet of some of the models in the show. Featuring meatalics, two toned patterns, solids and more! ~Loving this classic line for the entire family!

Jessica Simpson’s line of bohemian bliss for girls ended the show with a feel for Spring! From florals, fringe to boho chic, her designs are sure to please!

DJ Alden & the Waffle Subway Dancers ended the show with a fab dance party sponsored by New Balance.

Every chair was empty, while the entire studio transformed into smiles, giggles bopping to hip & trendy tunes!

No one showcases children’s fashion in NYC non other than Petite Parade, taking childrens fashion to another level each year!

Looking foward to another fab show this winter, thanks Petite Parade!

Looking to tame unruly hair for your children?

Then check out, “SoCozy” hair products!

Our children have very thick hair, as well as cowlicks & morning tangles which can be diffuclt to manage until now!

My son’s 1st haircut twelve years ago was done at the haircut guru for children, Cozy’s Cuts For Kids in New York City.

Cozy Friedman has been working with childrens hair for over twenty years and created three amazing haircair lines, “Cinch, Behave, & Boo”.  Minus harsh chemicals, these products work on all types of hair too. 


Cinch products include my fave, detangler, 2 & 1 shampoo/conditioner/body wash all in 1, and a conditioner.

Behave products include gel, styling cream and a mousse which are fab for styling!

Boo products are preventative lice shampoo and detangler spray. 

SoCozy products can be found at www.socozy.com, Target stores & online, as well as sets on hsn.com!

I recieve products all the time, and this line is a must and kid approved!

Never has a detangler ever worked this well on our daughters hair, and a little goes a long way!

Take it from a Mom adores SoCozy products & you will too!  Enjoy!

Thanks Cozy for making styling a cinch!

Looking for a Pesto sauce that is kid approved, & packed with vitamins?

 

 
Then head out to your local farm or market!

“Mom Who Knows Pesto Sauce”

Ingredients:

*1 cup of packed organic basil leaves 

*1 cup of packed organic baby spinach

*1 organic garlic clove

*2/3 cup if organic extra virgin olive oil

*1/4 cup of organic walnuts or pistachio nuts (For nut allergies, you could use organic pumpkin or sunflower seeds in place of nuts.)

*1/2 cup of grated Parmasean cheese

*Salt & pepper to taste

*Grilled chicken, shrimp or 1 can of organic rinsed small white beans

Directions:

1.) Put the garlic clove in the mortar or food  processor until it is a paste-like consistency.

2.) Next add the nuts or seeds, then basil, spinach and continue to smash or pulse until the same paste-like consistency.  

3.) Add 1/2 of the olive oil and blend or pulse until smooth.

4.) Afterwards, add salt & pepper to taste, and grated cheese.

5.) Pour the remaining oil on top and serve with a spiral pasta & fold in the protien of your choice.

By cutting 1/2 the garlic and basil out of most traditional Pesto sauce recipes, I have found that most children enjoy this dish.

Take it from a Mom Who loves cooking with her children!

Enjoy a one pot meal packed with vitamins, and a dish that your children will love to make with you!

Want a memorable painting for your children to do this summer?

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Then head to your local craft store for the following!

There is nothing more I love then to create fun experiences for our family!

Painting at the beach, pond or lake is an activity that your children will adore!

Just pick up the following:

*Package of rectangular canvases 

*Crayola washable paint sets 1 set per 2 children

*Multi size paint brushes

*1 paper cup per child

*Beach blanket

*Paper towels

*1 bucket of sand

*Pencil

*Sharpie marker

“Momwhoknows Painting ala Fresco Activity”

Simply set up a beach blanket for the kids with a canvas, paint, cups filled with water to clean brushes, a paper towel and sand cup.

Draw 3 equal horizatal lines on the canvus as a blueprint if your child wants to paint a landscape (sky, water, land).

After they are finished, sprinkle some sand on the wet painting if it is a beach scene, then dry in the sun.

If the paint is too sheer, they can go over & do another layer of paint to give their painting a more vivid look.  

Afterwards have your child sign their name on the right corner like a true artist!

This activity can be done as early as age 3+, and will be one your family will enjoy!

Take it from a Mom who wants to do a few more this weekend and have a family show the end of the summer!