Dine-Out with a Toddler…and ENJOY it!!!

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There are days that I cringe when “dine-out” and “toddler” are spoken in the same sentence. Dining out with a toddler is no easy task. It is, however, a great opportunity to build skills with your toddler, and believe it or not, it can be fun and stress free. Here are a few simple tips to enjoy the dining out experience with your toddler!

CHILD FRIENDLY RESTAURANTS

It will not always be your choice where you will be having dinner. If it is your choice, try to find a child friendly restaurant (and I don’t just mean the places that have slides). There are a few things that make restaurants a little more family friendly.

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Dinner in a Pumpkin

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If we haven’t already established this….I LOVE FALL!!! One of my absolute favorite Fall Meals is Dinner in a pumpkin! Its fun, its simple, its delicious, nutritious and…what better way to Trick Your Picky Eater than by eating dinner straight out of a pumpkin!? I know, isn’t it great!?

I make this dinner every single year on Halloween night and my family LOVES it! I am sure you are going to love it to! And those picky little eaters will gobble it right up!

The greatest thing bout this meal is, you can prepare it in advance! Halloween night gets NUTS! The costumes, the parties, the trick or treating…NUTS I tell you! SO, if you make this the night before, refrigerate it and stick it in the oven about 2-2.5 hours before dinner…voila! You got yourself a delicious meal without the craziness of prepping it on Halloween Night! Wahoo.

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Add FLAIR to your Summer BBQ

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Summer is ALL about eating out doors, playing out doors and everything BBQ! Barbecues are one of my absolute favorite things about summer! They are easy, fun and fairly cheap! With a few simple upgrades you can add some extra Flair to your BBQ to really wow those guests!!! The best part is, you don’t have to have a lot of time or funds to add these quick upgrades! So all you Busy Mamas…check out these quick tips too add a little spice to any Summer BBQ!

ditch the serving platters 

Who said food has to be on plates and platters? Throw out your typical plates and platters and pull out some fun items around the house and yard to really add a little something to the way you serve your food!

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Trick Your Picky Eater Chocolate Avocado Frosting

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When my first son was nursing, he was diagnosed with Milk, Soy, Protein Intolerance. So basically I had to drop everything dairy if I wanted to continue nursing. So, I did! One of the easiest ways to do this was to use some Vegan recipes. They gave great substitutions for dairy products! So, needless to say, I was VERY excited when I was asked to review the Ebook 101 Vegan Chocolate Recipes! These are super easy recipes that give great substitutions! It’s super cheap to buy  or you can read it for free on amazon!

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Valentines Day Cinnamon Popcorn!

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I always have the best intentions. I always want to be that Mom that brings cute gifts on Holidays for my kid’s teachers, make cute treats for my husbands employees etc…. BUT I always fall short because I simply DO NOT HAVE TIME!!! Ok…And we can admit that I am not the best baker/cook and I’m truly very non-crafty..

Can I just tell you how excited I am for my Valentines Day treat this year? It takes all of 5 minutes to prepare (minus the oven time) and is UBER delicious and fairly calorie free! My two year old and I had the absolute best time making this popcorn! It is so easy and quick to prep that it kept his attention the WHOLE time and the air popping alone was enough to entertain us for hours. I think we would have popped the entire container if we had a use for 200 quarts of popcorn!

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