If you’re a parent, Valentine’s Day means your kid will be offered a tremendous amount of sugar right before he’s sent home from school. Valentine’s parties are tough. You want to send a great treat, but if you’re like me, you have a conscience and you can’t send sugar bombs to kids, it’s just not right.
Never fear, just because you choose not to send unhealthy treats to school, doesn’t mean you can’t be the star of the class party. I’ve had to get creative over the years, but I’ve seen first hand that most kids actually like a unique party favor or a savory healthy snack. Many choose it over the heap of candy being loaded into their Valentine mailbox.
Here are several candy-free ideas to keep you and your kid on track this Valentine’s Day.
Fruit and Veggie Trays. Yeah, it doesn’t sound that amazing, but kids actually like most fruits and vegetables, they’re just not offered very often. I’ve watched a herd of third graders make quick work of a fruit tray and my heart smiled. If you want to add some extra holiday fun, try making your fruit heart shaped. Strawberries can easily be sliced into heart-shaped medallions or melons can be formed into the heart shape as well.
Kind Bars. Have you tried these yet?! You’re going to have a hard time sending them to school because they’re just that good. The KIND bars are mostly nut based and often have dried fruit with them. They are low in sugar and full of natural healthy ingredients. The best part is that kids will probably think they’re candy bars. Check out our KIND Bars giveaway now and win a case of 20!
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This has been one delicious year for Diets In Review. Since joining the team in March I’ve had a blast both making over and dreaming up new recipes for our readers and have enjoyed every sample bite along the way.
As a way to look back on all of those delicious bites, we’ve rounded up our eight most pinned recipes of 2012. Though Pinterest isn’t the only indicator of our most-loved recipes, it’s certainly a good place to start for gauging popularity. Let’s get things rolling with our top breakfast pick.
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April 30th through May 6th is Screen Free Week, originally known as TV-Turnoff Week starting in 1994. As we have grown more and more dependent on technology for entertainment with the growth of the internet, smart phones, and apps targeting children and even toddlers, TV-Turnoff Week became Digital Detox Week in 2008 and Screen Free Week in 2010.
Screen Free Week is supported by more than 70 organizations including the American Medical Association, the American Heart Association, Big Brothers Big Sisters of American, the American Academy of Pediatrics, and the YMCA. Screen Free Week is a great opportunity to save money on electricity, build family relationships, and get a few other projects done around the house. It may be tempting to think that a technology-free week will be impossible and you will run out of things to do, but here are 30 things you can do that do not require technology and may even make you a little fitter.
- Take a walk
- Go camping
- Climb a tree
- Re-paint your kitchen
- Catch up on your laundry
- Get a massage
- Mow the lawn
- Try a project (or twenty) you found on Pinterest*
- Take a yoga class
- Take a dance class
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One of the sweetest holidays of the year is upon us, Valentine’s Day. We love the simple kind of Valentine’s Day; handmade cards and treats speak volumes over the manufactured and processed sentiments at the grocery store.
Before you default to the red and pink aisle at the drug store for your Valentine’s Day gifts, take a look at some of our finds from Pinterest. Whether for the love of your life, a dear friend, or your child’s Valentine’s Day party these homemade gifts and treats will show the love far more than anything in a cellophane-wrapped heart-shaped box.
We’ve become a little addicted to Pinterest recently (follow us there), and while we’ve come up with some clever ideas for taking the sugar bombs out of cupid’s bag of tricks, the crafty folks over there outdid us this year. In the slideshow, we found foodless treats like homemade crayons to attach to classroom Valentine’s cards, beet cupcakes for a splash of pink without the dyes, and an adorable way to ditch the conversation hearts and serve conversation fruit instead. Plus, many more darling homemade Valentine’s Day ideas.