What Kind of Candy Mom Are You?

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Considering that it was Halloween last week, you can just imagine how many people—friends, family members, clients, and colleagues alike—asked me: “Just what are you going to do with all the candy your kids collect?” Click to read more...!
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Healthy Weekends in Woodstock, Vermont

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With the cool weather and colorful scenery, Fall is the perfect time to head to Vermont to enjoy nature at it’s finest. Plus, there are tons of cute little cafes that offer farm-to-table produce! If you're up for hiking, exploring farms or some homemade ice cream, head to Vermont for a weekend of family fun. For easy planning and a list of mom-approved activities, follow my guide for a healthy, happy weekend!
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Understanding the USDA’s Smart Snacks Rule

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The USDA has recently published new rules on July 28, 2013, regarding the nutrition standards for competitive foods sold on school campuses. Basically, these rules will set higher nutrition standards for food items that are not necessarily considered part of the School Breakfast Program or National School Lunch Program. This means that food sold in vending machines or at bake sales on campus will have higher health standards than ever before.
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Get Ready to Bake a New Kind of Cake

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Aside from the speed and ease of baking mug cakes, the time you spend in the kitchen with your kids can be a fun way to introduce new (and old) foods to your kids, have them practice their hand at measuring ingredients and most importantly, build healthy habits. So, get ready to make a new kind of cake with us! All you need is a mug, a microwave, and a few ingredients to follow along!
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Mug Cakes Cookbook Giveaway

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We recently just discovered an entire cookbook dedicated to mug cakes and were excited to review it! Mug Cakes: 100 Speedy Microwave Treats to Satisfy Your Sweet Tooth by Leslie Bilderback contains a variety of flavors and is accommodating for any lifestyle diet. We mean it too! We were very pleased to find nut-free, gluten-free, dairy-free, vegan and even sugar-free recipes. f baking dessert isn't your forte...with mug cakes it doesn't have to be. With easy-to-follow directions, you can still create delicious desserts in your own kitchen in no time. Interested in your own copy of Mug Cakes? Enter to win your own copy of Mug Cakes cookbook! Thanks to St. Martin's Press, we're able to give a lucky reader a copy of Mug Cakes by Leslie Bilderback. To enter, see our main page for details!
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Need Back To School Snack Ideas?

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Happy Labor Day Weekend! Watch Laura and her boys dish out yummy recipes and gardening ideas while you relax on the train, bus or plane en route to your weekend away. Anyone hungry? What Would Julieanna Do? – Healthy Kids: To view, click on the image below. If you have trouble viewing it, click here!
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Tips For Feeding Children With Special Needs

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By Guest Blogger, Virginia Cunningham The science of parenting has reached dizzying heights of understanding, but even in the 21st century we are still butting heads with children who refuse to eat their broccoli. Getting children acclimated to various foods and basic eating etiquette will probably always be one of the most demanding arenas of raising kids, but in the case of special needs children, there may be deeper issues at stake. Here are the major hurdles you may face [...]
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