Get Your Child Eating New Foods

I’m always hearing, “how do you get your kids to try new foods?”

When I was younger, we ate basic kid food. (Chicken nuggets, cheeseburgers, hotdogs, spaghetti, mac and cheese, and pizza.) We ate the same few canned or frozen veggies. My parents weren’t good with trying new things, I guess. Or nobody taught them to use different spices and try new recipes.

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Healthy Green Juice Your Kids Will Love

How many of you fight to get your children to eat more fruits and veggies? I offer my kids veggies and fruits at least twice times a day. They might eat it one day and the next they might not touch anything. It truly is aggravating to see your children not eating healthy foods.

Healthy green juice your kids will love

Let me let you in on a little secret. Ever since I changed the way I ate, my children have looked a little more interested in the healthy foods I eat. I made a vegan sandwich one day and I was going on and on about how delicious it was. (let me know if your interested in this sandwich)They were coming around wanted to see it. I didn’t ask them if they wanted anything instead I just was saying how wonderful it was. Then here comes the best part, they asked if they could have a bite. Of course!! They took one bite then another, then they ate their whole sandwich their self.

This morning I woke up thinking to myself man I should try a green juice to drink in the morning. I really don’t eat enough veggies as I should. So I pull out my ninja blender (which I love) and got to work.

I used my single serving cup.

2-3 ice cubes

A quarter of an avocado

1-2 inches of a cucumber

A quarter cup of green grapes

1-2 tablespoons of apple cider vinegar

fill the rest with spinach

I blend down a little and add more spinach to the top.

Blend again until smooth add a straw and start drinking.

I am not a cucumber person but I love it in this drink. It tastes really refreshing. I of course, then started drinking it in front of the boys and they were interested and wanted to try it. *NOTE: If you don’t ask them to try something they will WANT to try it. They feel like they came up with the idea.

Minutes later I was making their own cups of this green juice. They liked it more because it was green and since it was St. Patrick’s day yesterday, they thought it was the leprechaun that made the juice green. hehe Hey, whatever works.

You will like this drink and I hope you give it a try. I honestly feel like I could drink this every day. I feel like spinach gives me so much energy. Let me know if you have a green juice you drink in the morning. Have a healthy day. Love ya, Mary xoxo


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Cheap Snacks For Your Kids

I don’t know what it is but why do my kids seem more hungry during the winter time? I feel like they are always eating. Now you can be okay with it. Check out these snack ideas that will not break the bank.

This Thanksgiving my oldest son said he likes holidays because he can eat all day!!! He acts like he doesn’t eat….which I can promise you all, he does. These boys are active and they are growing and love snacking. Check out my post on how I get my kids to eat their veggies.

I’ve come up with some snacks to help you with your budget this winter.

Martha White Muffin mix I get for a dollar a pack and you only need half a cup of milk (any milk will work). They do offer Gluten free ones as well. I use a mini muffin pan and I can make 12 (nice size) or more if I make them small.

I make my own Jello. Luckily we have BOGOS (buy one get one free) where we live. Making Jello or Pudding is cheaper to make and put it in your own containers then buying in convenient cups. I also buy a big jar of applesauce and add it to my own containers.

I know some friends of mine, their children love Smuckers PB&J sandwiches. Convenient packaging is more expensive if you put a little time to prepare you can save more money on your groceries. I buy my own bread, peanut butter, and jelly. I have gotten a sandwich rounder from Pampered Chef that I love and I make sandwiches ahead and throw them in the freezer.

Saltine crackers with peanut butter is an easy one to make ahead as well.

I know kids that love the mini Lunchables but I don’t buy those, instead I get the mini ham and a block of cheese I cut myself. Add saltines too. Which I always get these items on BOGO as well.

Rice Krispies are a great snack and the kids love to help make them. Also, you can easily make them special for any holiday. We usually add a little food coloring of our choice and use cookie cutters and make them into something special. TIP: Use warm water on your cookie cutter so you don’t have a sticky mess.

We make popcorn on the stove top, add a little oil and salt and it’s good to go:)

I always have hard boiled eggs available for them.

I make my own Chewy bars. 3 cups of Oatmeal, 1&1/4 cup of Peanut butter, 4 Tbsp. of Honey, 1/4 cup of raisins, 1/4 cup of shredded coconut and 1 Tbsp. of Cinnamon. Mix it all together add it to a 12×12 pan and leave it the fridge.

Trail mixes are always fun to have. I will add cereals, peanuts, raisins, and mini pretzels. Really anything can work well. I throw it in a big container and they snack on it whenever. When we were younger I use to do this a lot, we would call it soup. Easy to throw in some of the 4 oz containers and bring along on car rides.

We usually just do water but sometimes I get the lemonade sugar they can add to their water or half and half apple juice with water. It’s nice they have reusable bottles they use throughout the day as well. Don’t forget to clean and cut fresh fruit and veggies. I hope this list is helpful. Let me know if you have any other snack ideas for me. Love ya, Mary xoxo


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The Best Gluten And Dairy Free Chocolate Chip Cookies

Okay! I have been gluten and dairy free for two years. Last Christmas I was craving chocolate chip cookies. I did NOT find anything good until now….. When I see a recipe I always add my own touches. Sometimes they don’t work out for me but today it worked out very well.

I’m so excited to share these cookies with you and just in time for Christmas!!! The ingredients you will need…..

  • gluten-free flour
  • coconut flour
  • white and brown sugar
  • baking soda
  • salt
  • vanilla
  • one egg
  • dairy free buttery spread
  • dairy free chocolate chips

When finding a gluten-free cookie it’s hard to find something that doesn’t have an aftertaste or something that feels gritty. These cookies taste AMAZING! I would recommend you heating them up but they taste good either way.

1 cup GF flour

1/4 cup of coconut flour (less is better)

1/2 tsp. baking soda

1/4 tsp. salt

1/4 cup brown sugar

1/2 cup of sugar

1 tsp. Vanilla

1 egg

8 TBSP. DF cold buttery spread (more is better)

3/4 cup of DF chocolate chips

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Mix all ingredients together except the chocolate chips. Once it’s all mixed together then you can fold the chocolate chips in the mix. Drop a spoonful of the mix on a cookie sheet. Give space in between and give a little pat:) I leave them in between 10-11 mins. Once they start to look a little brown on the edges, it’s time to take them out. Let them sit for a few mins. then transfer them to a cooling rack. I made about 24 cookies. ENJOY!

Let me know what you think and if you tried them let me see your pictures of them:) Love ya, Mary xoxox


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Homemade Natural Face Scrub

I’ve always had issues with breakouts on my face. (probably a reason why people think I’m 18.) My face is very oily (thanks to my Italian background) I could never find anything that really helped. Or anything I actually wanted to put on my face. Since I had kids I’ve been trying to find everything that is natural or organic. You never really think of those things until you have another little life to take care of. So here is what I use to make my face scrub I use EVERYDAY!

Fun Facts:

Baking Soda- helps with acne and skin complexion.

ACV- Removes oil and helps balance skin PH.

Lemon Juice- Natural blackhead treatment.

Honey- Helps slow aging.

Tea tree oil- Helps with spots, pimples, and dryness

Cinnamon- Unclogs and opens pores by removing excess oil.


Items You Will Need:

Baking Soda-1&1/4 cup

ACV-2 Tablespoons (add slowly)

Lemon Juice-1 Tablespoon

Honey-2 Tablespoons

Tea tree oil-8-10 drops

Cinnamon-1/2 teaspoon

Water-3/4 cup

Empty Bottle-15-16 OZ (I used an empty body wash bottle)

Helpful Hints:

Shake well before every use.

For best results let it sit on your face for at least 10 mins.

Don’t get in your eyes.

It will tingle a little.

If it feels too runny, add a little more baking soda.

If it feels too thick, add a little more water.

Hey, let me know what you think! I would love to hear if you have tried it out. Love ya, Mary xoxox


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