Healthy No Bake Recipe

One of my favourite things to do with my son, when we are home together, is cooking. I think cooking is a very important skill to have, for obvious reasons, but also because it helps with math skills (when you’re changing quantities in a recipe); with creativity (when youre not using a recipe at all); and with confidence (when what they cook turns out yummy they are so proud of themselves). We cook all kinds of things together, but most often its finger foods that really require us to get our hands dirty. We (read: my son) especially like foods we have to roll into balls. So we end up doing a lot of meatballs, quinoa balls, cake pops and energy bites. Energy bites are the easiest, especially because they are no bakes. The great thing is they can be made with kids of all ages, and there is no waiting time for eating.
No bake Peanut Butter Energy Balls:
1 cup dry oatmeal
3/4 cup peanut butter (or any nut or seed butter)
1/2 cup ground flax seed
1/2 cup semisweet chocolate chips
1/3 cup honey
1 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
coconuct flakes, nuts, dried fruit optional
Stir all ingredients together. Adjust as necessary. If its too dry add more honey, or nut butter, if its too soft, add more oatmeal or flaxmeal. Chill for 10 minutes in the fridge. Then roll into 1″ balls and eat.
If you get the chance try cooking or baking together. Even if you make something as easy as rice krispie squares, kids love to help and its great learning for them.
I’m so glad that my son has a love of cooking, and that its something I can share with him. Getting messy together is a wonderful way to have fun. And hopefully he’ll develop some heathly eating habits in the process.

Summer’s here!!

Summer’s here and kids are ready to have fun!! What better way to have fun than some diy outdoor games?  My kids and I love spending time outdoors; the fresh air and exercise are great for the body and mind; and there’s no better way to tire out a toddler!! Great night sleep yay!!
Here’s some fun ideas to get you started:
1. Sponge bombs – these are a fave with my 3 yr old.
Take 3 sponges and cut the lenghtwise into 3 pieces. Then take all 9 pieces and secure in the middle with an elastic. Fluff it up like a pouf ball. We have about 6 of these. soak in a bucket and throw.
2. Foam pit: a fave for my 1.5 yr old
So pool noodles can be used for so many things. Cut them up into 3″ pieces, and fill up a kiddy pool. Add a slide and its like a ball pit but softer. Fill the kiddy pool with water first for even more fun!
3. An obstacle course:
My husband loves to make these in our backyard. We use chair’s, step’s, pool’s, painter’s tape, ball’s and block’s to create a course for the kid’s to climb on, jump over, jump in, climb under. Get creative, make tunnels; tightropes (skipping ropes on the ground); add a sprinkler, kids love the variety, you can change it everytime you do it and it’s free!
Most of all get outside and have fun playing. Its definitely one of the best ways to unwind after a long day or week, for you and your kid’s.

Memory Book 2016

This is an activity for parent’s and children to do together throughout the summer. You will need foam sheets (try to make it fun and use different colours).
Decorate the first page with your name on it and SUMMER 2016!! . For every trip or every experience during summer time, remember to bring home the thing you liked the most from that day or trip or take a picture and glue it to a new page. Make sure you decorate each page. At the end of these experiences, hole punch the top of the pages and put a nice ribbon through the holes to hold it together. Now it’s a book that is ready to share at school, with your friends and family.