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Celebrating our Mini’s Moms! ♡

Being a mom is fantastic, and means a lot, it is all about joy and love, watching them grow up, and supporting their dreams.

As Sweden is part of our heritage, and the 30th of May is Mother Day here in Sweden, we thought we’d take the opportunity to celebrate all mothers by sharing the portraits of some wonderful moms.

♡ Discover the portrait of our Mini’s Mothers ♡

They share what they love to do with their little ones!

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3 Easy Breakfasts Kids Can Make for Mother’s Day

Kids often delight in cooking a special breakfast for mom on Mother’s Day, with or without the help of another parent. It gives them a sense of pride in the food they create and good feelings from doing something special for mom.

Kids, like our partners, don’t just magically know what we want so it’s important to tell them. As parents, we often put our own wants and needs aside to focus on our families but being clear about what you’d like teaches your kids very valuable lessons. First, how to ask for things they need and want themselves and that it’s okay to do so, but also it teaches them how to be better partners. Mom and dad are the first people they strive to please but someday they’ll need to make boyfriends, girlfriends, spouses, and their own kids feel special and appreciated. What you teach them now about doing loving acts of service and giving thoughtful gifts will carry into those relationships.

Of course, we want our kids to be successful so although your favorite breakfast may be eggs benedict, it’s best to keep things simple for them. Egg poaching can take time to master! Thankfully there are some easy breakfasts kids can make for Mother’s Day that won’t leave the kitchen a disaster or anyone in tears. They’re both delicious and “fancy,” so your kids can make you feel like a queen!

Fancy Toasts

For kitchen novices, fancy toasts are a simple yet elegant breakfast perfect for Mother’s Day. Avocado toast is hugely popular and only requires toasting bread, smashing avocado and spreading it, something older children can do on their own or smaller kids with supervision. Other fancy toast ideas could include cream cheese and sliced veggies, pesto and egg, smoked salmon or pear and honey.

Quiche

This dish most likely requires adult supervision unless you have older, more experienced kids in the kitchen. Young children can whip eggs, sprinkle cheese and wash vegetables to help. Teens can follow a simple quiche recipe, many of which can be found online. Quiche possibilities are endless; vegetarian and with meat. Use cooked hash browns as a crust or frozen pie crust for an easy shortcut. A variety of colorful vegetables like diced peppers makes for a festive Mother’s Day meal!

Waffles

You can get as fancy or as simple as you want with waffles. Young kids can make frozen gourmet waffles in the toaster and decorate them with washed berries and whipped cream or chocolate chips or both. With supervision they can help mix batter for fresh waffles, spread softened butter and pour syrup. Other kid-friendly Mother’s Day waffle suggestions include peanut butter and banana, Greek yogurt and berries, blueberries and cream, and whipped ricotta and strawberry.

Create Breakfast Together Beforehand

One way to make Mother’s Day breakfast both exactly what you want and easy for the kids is to prepare it together beforehand. Bake your favorite morning pastries together the day before and the kids can warm and serve them to you. Or create a more complex dish like breakfast burritos that they can simply reheat and serve. They’ll still get the joy of creating a pretty place-setting or tray and serving up something they helped create with mom!

Skip Cooking Altogether

Send your partner and kids on a breakfast run to your favorite bakery or brunch spot or get something delivered from one of the many services like DoorDash or GrubHub that deliver from a multitude of restaurants. Just make sure the kids can still add their own special touch on breakfast with fancy plating, decorations or a special drink!

Don’t Forget the “Momosa”

Even if champagne and orange juice isn’t your thing, there are still plenty of festive drinks your kids can make as a colorful addition to Mother’s Day breakfast. Try peach nectar and ginger ale for a mock Bellini, sprinkle in a few berries for color! Other fruity morning favorites include citrus juice with a splash of pomegranate, pineapple and strawberry juice or a refreshing “mojito” with seltzer, lime, and mint. Kids can serve it in a fancy glass!

What’s your favorite Mother’s Day breakfast? Do you have ideas of breakfasts kids can make for Mother’s Day? Share your experience on our Instagram!

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The Importance of Outside Time for Babies

It’s that time of year when the weather is pleasant and mild, plenty of beautiful spring days to enjoy outside with your kids. Sunlight is crucial to human health and outside time for babies can provide some valuable benefits! However, due to the delicate nature of their skin and susceptibility to UV rays, it’s important not to spend too much time in direct sunlight. Read on for some guidelines for infant sun exposure for vitamin D and tips for protecting your little ones during these warm spring and summer months!

The Benefits of Vitamin D

Vitamin D is produced through exposure to UV rays. It’s a crucial element to developing healthy bones and muscles. Lack of sunlight can lead to low vitamin D levels and cause health problems like rickets in children and osteoporosis in adults.

Breastfed babies of vitamin D-deficient mothers may also develop a deficiency and children with darker skin naturally produce less than fair-skinned kids due to their skin pigment’s higher resistance to UV light. Dark-complected children can spend more time unprotected in the sun than fair children but still require sunscreen and are susceptible to sun damage.

Vitamin D is most notable for helping us absorb calcium, but it plays an important part in other systems as well. It aids in regulating your immune system and blood pressure while also helping prevent diseases like cancer and multiple sclerosis.  

Sunlight also has powerful mental health benefits. Exposure to natural light increases the production of serotonin which plays an important part in many complex biological systems. Most noticeable to us is an improvement in mood and a sense of well-being. It’s the “happy” chemical!

Safe Sun Exposure for Infants and Children

Too much UV exposure can damage the delicate skin of babies so it’s important to keep direct sun exposure limited throughout the day. However, to get a healthy dose of vitamin D, you and baby will need some direct, unfiltered sunlight. After your sunning time, be sure to follow good sun safety guidelines to prevent permanent sun damage:

  1. Limit direct sun exposure to 15-30 minutes daily unless you’re in a southern region, then just 6-15 minutes will do. It’s a great time to air out any diaper rash or let the little ones run around in the buff or a diaper. Expose some skin to soak up those vitamin D-producing rays!
  2.  Get your sun exposure in the late morning. UV rays are most powerful during midday. Try to get your vitamin D just before noon to get a dose of sunshine just before it gets too hot.
  3.  Stay in the shade. When you’re not out getting sunlight for vitamin D purposes, you’ll want to limit your time in the sun.  Skip the heat and UV exposure between noon and 3 pm entirely if possible. Hang out in the shade, under trees, an umbrella or tent.
  4. Cover up. After sun time, make sure the kids are covered up. Although we may feel comfortable in tank tops and shorts during the heat, our adult skin can handle a lot more sun exposure than kids can. A loose, tightly-woven, long-sleeve shirt and loose pants in a breathable fabric will protect their skin during all-day outings. A hat is a must!
  5. Don’t forget the sunglasses. They’re more than a fashion statement, they protect young eyes from UV damage and help prevent ocular diseases like cataracts later in life.
  6. Sunscreen for you and baby. Once you’ve got your vitamin D for the day, don’t forget to thoroughly apply a child-safe sunscreen to all exposed areas of skin, even small areas like the tops of the feet, backs of hands and ears.
  7. Stay hydrated. Warm weather increases our need for hydration, so make sure your kids drink plenty of water. Although plain water is the best hydrator there is, kid-friendly alternatives include coconut water, organic juices, and flavored, unsweetened seltzers. Don’t forget water-packed snacks like watermelon and berries!

If you suspect that you or your baby are deficient in vitamin D, check with your doctor who can perform a test to check. Supplements are available for breast-feeding moms with low vitamin D to help ensure their babies get proper nutrition from their milk.

Throw a blanket on the lawn and enjoy your morning coffee while spending time with the kids or pack a picnic and head to the park, there are many places to enjoy the nice weather and get your daily vitamin D. Make this outside time for babies free from distractions like cell phones and tablets. Instead, make these 15-30 minutes of outside time part of a new daily routine to spend appreciating nature and each other.

How do you like to spend outside time with your kids? Do you have sun-safety tips to share? 

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Healthy Picnic Food for Kids You Can Prepare and Pack in a Flash

It’s time to make the most out of the remaining summer days and nights. From beach day trips to movie night at the park, there is still plenty of summertime fun left to be had. Of course, all this fun is bound to work up some appetites! Picnics and BBQs are a great (and delicious) way to enjoy outdoor time with kids. Fresh air, healthy food, and a beautiful setting are things the whole family can enjoy while being unplugged and joyfully disconnected from electronics and devices!

Parents are too busy to spend hours in the kitchen preparing for a picnic, so we’ve rounded up some of our favorite healthy picnic food for kids. All our picks are easy to prepare and pack, no fuss foods kids will love!

Healthy Picnic Food for Kids

Yogurt Parfait

Try layering your child’s favorite flavored yogurt with fresh summer fruit like peaches or berries for a healthy snack rich in protein, vitamins, and antioxidants. Low-fat vanilla yogurt with mixed berries is a great way to take advantage of berry season before it’s gone and makes a simple snack or dessert. Worried about it getting too warm? Freeze yogurt into cubes before packing. Pack reusable spoons and skip the plastic!

Edamame

Steamed, unripe soybeans may not sound delicious to kids, but they are! A favorite appetizer at Japanese restaurants, you can purchase bags of salted or unsalted edamame to toss in the freezer and store for a 3-minute snack anytime. A few minutes in the microwave to thaw and you’ve got a high protein, low cal snack that’s rich in iron, magnesium, and antioxidants. Kids will love sucking the soybeans out of the pod and eating with their fingers!

Peanut Butter and Apple Sandwiches

Protein-packed peanut butter spread between crisp apple slices makes for an easy, healthy snack. Core an apple, slice into rounds then add your fillings. For a little extra crunch, you can add a layer of granola or dry cereal to the peanut butter. Apples are high in fiber which is good for digestion and regularity. Two kid-favorite foods in one snack!

Popcorn

High in fiber and low in fat, popcorn makes a great snack any time of day. For the healthiest popcorn, use an air popper and skip the microwave bags. Popcorn’s delicate, nutty taste is perfect for pairing with creative flavored toppings, like ranch, truffle butter, parmesan, curry, Cajun, BBQ, cinnamon sugar, kettle corn, and maple pecan, just to name a few. Popcorn is simple and inexpensive to make so pop some extra for your child to share with new friends!

Hummus and Veggies

Hummus is a delicious snack that comes in many flavors and is packed with plant-based protein. Not only is hummus a filling snack from the protein-rich chickpeas but it’s high in fiber for healthy digestion too. Add in your child’s favorite fresh vegetables and some pita chips for a hearty and healthy dish. We love sliced red peppers, cucumber, baby carrots, sliced apples, cauliflower, celery sticks, and cherry tomatoes!

Picnic food for kids doesn’t have to take a lot of time or prep work. Simple, healthy dishes that parents can quickly pack to go are perfect for providing kids with plenty of energy and maximizing family time.