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Superfoods! Healthy Fall Snacks for Kids That Are Full of Flavor

As bright summer produce disappears from supermarket shelves and is replaced with the colors of autumn, it’s the perfect time to make use of fantastic fall superfoods for your kid’s snack time. Superfoods are foods that are so densely packed with important nutrients that they’re known to be especially healthy. Kale, salmon and avocado are all considered superfoods!

We are always in favor of using fresh, in-season produce whenever possible. Fresh produce not only tastes better but is healthier when it’s allowed to ripen on the vine, bush or tree and fully develop its nutritional profile. These superfoods are in season now and make tasty, healthy fall snacks for kids!

Apples

It’s apple season! From August to November, fresh apples are ready for picking. If you live in the Bay Area, you can head north to Sonoma County for some pick-your-own apple fun on the weekends! Apples are considered superfoods due to their high concentration of antioxidants and high fiber content which aids in healthy digestion. Just be sure to eat the skin!

Check out this recipe for Apple Almond Butter Snacks from Good Housekeeping. It offers a sweet, nutty snack that’s packed with fiber, protein for energy and just a touch of healthy fats. Very filling and perfect for high-energy days!

Pears

Pears provide 4g of fiber per serving, making them filling and good for digestion, plus they’re rich in vitamin C and copper. You can eat them fresh or bake them to enhance their sweet flavor. Either way, they’re kid approved!

Banana Pear Oat Toddler Cookies combines freshly grated pear with healthy bananas and whole oats for a tasty, vegan and special diet-friendly cookie for toddlers, courtesy of LoveFoodNourish.com.

No time to bake? Whip up these easy to prepare Cottage Cheese & Pear Parfaits from EatingHealthy.com. With just three ingredients, you can serve up healthy snacks full of calcium, fiber, vitamin C, K and B12. If packing for school, skip the nuts and replace with dried cranberries, raisins or other dried fruit.

Butternut Squash

It wouldn’t be fall without butternut squash! We love this sweet winter squash that’s high in protein and fiber, plus a good source of vitamin E, thiamin, niacin, vitamin B-6, folate, pantothenic acid, and manganese, Now, that’s a superfood!

Warm butternut squash soup is a must for chilly fall evenings but if you’re looking for the ultimate in kid-friendly squash snacks, make these Butternut Squash Tots from JustaTaste.com! They’re baked, not fried and are easy to freeze and reheat making them simple to prepare for a quick snack.

Pumpkin

Pumpkins are fun to carve but they’re useful for more than just that and pie! Pumpkins and their seeds are incredibly nutritious and densely packed with important vitamins and minerals while also low in calories. Pumpkin has high levels of vitamin K and C and is also rich in beta-carotene which converts to vitamin A in the body.

Learn how to make your own healthy, fresh pumpkin puree you can substitute for canned in any pumpkin recipe.

Fresh Pumpkin Puree in 3 Easy Steps – Super Healthy Kids

The seeds, also known as “pepitas” in Mexico, make crunchy, flavorful fall snacks for kids with just a little baking. Coat in olive oil and sea salt for a natural flavor or add some seasoning for some extra oomph!

Ranch Roasted Pumpkin Seeds – The Gunny Sack

Cinnamon Toast Pumpkin Seeds – Fountain Avenue Kitchen

And for moms, dads and kids with advanced palettes, Spiced Honey Roasted Pumpkin Seeds – The Chunky Chef

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The Importance of Outside Play in Early Childhood

All the signs that fall is on the way are here; back-to-school sales, the beginning of football season and yes, the days are getting shorter. Now is the time to take advantage of daylight hours before playtime is limited by those early nights. There are many health benefits to be gained from fresh air and sunlight, both of which become limited once kids are in school all day and darkness falls at dinnertime or earlier!

Researchers once thought that myopia (near-sightedness) was hereditary, accounting for the high number of myopic children in some Asian countries but now they believe it could be due to excessive time spent indoors studying and a lack of outdoor exposure resulting in low exercise and poor eye muscle control from too much screen time. From boosting strength, bettering eyesight, building muscle coordination, improving sensory skills and developing social relationships, you can see the importance of outside play in early childhood is critical to healthy development.

Kids love to play outside; It gives them a chance to explore, practice skills and build self-confidence. However, not all kids are born naturalists. Some kids need a little prodding to get them away from their favorite indoor pastimes. Here are some of our favorite ideas for getting kids off the couch and outdoors to soak up all the daylight they can before it’s back to school!

Schedule an Outdoor Playdate

Playtime is always more fun with friends! Invite a few of your child’s friends over for an outside activity that everyone will enjoy. It doesn’t have to be fancy, think sidewalk chalk or one of our other outside art project ideas, or prepare a simple scavenger hunt in advance with small prizes for all. If you’ve got an athletic group, try hula hoops, beanbag toss or break out the scooters! In addition to the physical and mental benefits of outside play, your child will benefit from social development as well.

Host a Patio Potluck

Host a small get-together with a few families and let the kids play together. Set up a space for serving food and eating and everyone can bring a main or side dish to share. It’s a great chance for your kids to try new foods, interact with adults and play with kids their own age. Eating dinner outside is always a treat! After the meal, divide up into teams for some friendly games like this pool noodle soccer ball croquet

You don’t need to plan a party to enjoy dinner outside. Your family can dine al fresco and then enjoy some quality outdoor bonding time with the kids after.

Get Wet

Kids love to play in the water! If you have a yard where you can set up a sprinkler, that alone can keep kids amused as they run and jump through the spray. Or fill a few large containers with water and bring the tub toys outside. Water activities are a great way to have fun and learn about simple physics, even for very young children. Check out these great home projects for examples; Rain Gutter River and DIY Water Wall, both of which can be done in small outdoor spaces!

Art and Playtime in the Park

We love art activities because they’re portable and something the whole family can enjoy together. Whether you pack a picnic and enjoy lunch or dinner first, or just head out for some art time, grab your pencils, crayons, pastels or colored markers, a few pads of paper and you’re good to go. Parks are filled with great subjects for sketching; trees, leaves, people, flowers and water features. Let your kid’s imagination go wild as they pick the subject for everyone to sketch. 

When you’re ready to take a break, stretch out muscles and get some physical activity in by having a race, playing hide-and-seek, tossing a ball around or even doing some simple yoga poses!

Take these last weeks of summer and focus on the importance of outside play in early childhood to make the most out of the long days and warm weather. What is your child’s favorite outdoor game or activity? Share it with us in the comments!

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4 Great Summer Fruit Recipes for Kids

Summer is a great time for kids to stock up on all the healthy nutrients and vitamins found in fresh, seasonal fruits. Of course, they’re wonderful right off the tree, vine or bush, but you can easily turn a trip to the farmer’s market into a bevy of summer fruit recipes for kids to enjoy making and eating!

Watermelon

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The beautiful summer classic! Watermelon is almost universally a kid favorite. They may love it for its juicy sweetness, but we love it for its many health benefits. Watermelon is high in antioxidants which help prevent cancer and diabetes. One antioxidant, lycopene, can even help prevent sunburn! The amino acids in watermelon are heart-healthy and reduce inflammation while vitamin A is great for the eyes. Watermelon is 92% water which is good for helping hydration and makes it a perfect candidate for juice!

Kids will love smashing up cubes of fresh watermelon into a strainer to make fresh juice but it’s also perfect for making agua fresca. A staple in Mexico and available year-round at roadside stands and eateries, agua frescas are simple to make with your kids and make a refreshing summer drink everyone can enjoy. Best of all, you only need three ingredients! Lime and mint are encouraged, but optional.

Check out this Watermelon Agua Fresca recipe from What’s Gaby Cooking?

Pineapple

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Another sweet and juicy summer favorite, pineapple is loaded with important vitamins and nutrients, namely vitamin C and antioxidants. Pineapple promotes bone strength and supports the immune system, plus it’s great for the eyes. Pineapples can also help reduce blood clots making it a great snack for frequent fliers!

One of our favorite ways to prepare pineapple for kids is on the grill. It really brings out a special flavor in the fruit. Making pineapple skewers for the grill is a fun cooking activity that kids can enjoy. A sprinkle of salt will reduce acid and the sting of pineapple for sensitive mouths.

Try these skewer recipes.

Grilled Pineapple Kabobs with Honey and Lime from the Cookin Canuck

Pineapple Salmon Skewers from Delish.com

Strawberries

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There are so many scrumptious desserts to make with strawberries, it’s hard to choose just one to include. Kids may see them as a yummy treat, but strawberries are rich in vitamins and minerals such as vitamins C and K, folate, potassium, manganese, and magnesium. They’re low-calorie, fiber-rich and full of antioxidants too. Healthy and delicious.

We love our strawberries with chocolate! All you need is melted chocolate plus rinsed fresh berries or get fancy and make a chocolate fondue. Either with fingers or skewers, kids will love dipping their berries. Both simple and decadent, add sliced strawberries to another favorite summertime sweet, s’mores!

Need the recipe? Here’s Chocolate Covered Strawberry S’mores from Like Mother, Like Daughter

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5 kids Summer Drinks Recipes for Kids

Summer holidays are finally here, we are already enjoying all the warm weather activities. This means that kids can get out and start enjoying some fun in the sun. However, when kids are outdoors, running around, and playing in the heat, it’s important to make sure your kids are staying hydrated.

While drinking water is still the best approach to helping kids stay hydrated, Mocktails, Smoothies, and Old-Fashioned Lemonades are also a refreshing way for the kids to cool off and a fun kitchen activity, too.

Toddlers love having a bright and colorful drink and these five recipes are sure to do the trick. Try them all, and feel free to mix and match ingredients to create your kids’ favorite summer drink that they can share with family and friends!

Strawberry Milkshake

Ingredients you will need: Milk (cow milk or vegetal milk), strawberries (fresh or frozen), dates (or honey), frozen bananas and vanilla extract

1. Pop all the ingredients into a blender

2. Blend until smooth and creamy

3. Serve immediately & enjoy!

Watermelon lemonade

Ingredients you will need: 1 litre of sparkling water, 300g cubed watermelon, the juice of 2 lemons, 2 tsp honey & fresh mint and ice to serve

1. Add the sparkling water, watermelon, lemon juice and honey to a blender and blitz until smooth.

2. Strain the lemonade through a sieve into a jug to remove any seeds.

3. Serve immediately over ice and with a sprig of fresh mint.

Apricot-Strawberry Smoothie

Ingredients you will need: 190g fresh apricots, 60g natural plain yogurt, 240 ml milk (cow milk or vegetal milk), 2 teaspoons honey (or agave syrup), 190g fresh strawberries

1. Pop all the ingredients in a blender. Mix for a few minutes until smooth.

2. Pour carefully in the cup. It’s ready, enjoy!

Pineapple Sunrise Mocktail

Ingredients you will need: Pineapple juice, sugar free lemonade, grenadine, orange slices, or other fruit for garnish

1. Cut slices of orange or other fruits of your choice ready to decorate the glasses.

2. Stir together the pineapple juice and lemonade. Pour over ice.

3. Carefully pour grenadine into the drink so it settles on the bottom. 

4. Add a slice of orange to the side of each glass. Serve immediately and enjoy!

Peach Iced Tea

Ingredients you will need: For the syrup: 200g organic cane sugar, 250 ml water, 5 ripe peaches (4 stoned and chopped, 1 sliced to serve). For the tea: 3-4 tea decaffeinated black tea bags (depending on how strong you prefer it), 1900 ml filtered water

1. Combine sugar, water, and peaches (pitted and chopped) in a small pot. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat and simmer, stirring occasionally, until the sugar is dissolved, about 6 minutes.

2. Once the sugar is dissolved, cover, remove from heat and let steep for 25-30 minutes.

3. In the meantime, brew your tea. Try not to let it steep longer than 4-5 minutes or it can get bitter. Once brewed, remove tea bags and transfer to a pitcher. Refrigerate to cool.

4. Once your syrup is ready pour into a container over a fine mesh strainer to strain out peaches. You can reserve the peaches for later use, like over oats or ice cream.

5. Stir the peach syrup into the tea with some ice, or pour a little of the syrup into glasses and add the tea. Top up with more ice. Add peach slices to serve & enjoy!

Chose your kid’s favorite sippy cup and serve the drink in it!

Once you’ve chosen your kid’s favorite recipe and made the drinks, serve it in our 1-2-3 Sip Cups. If you have different colors of cups at home you can mix & match the cup and drinks to add to the festive feeling.

Those sippy cups are perfect for enticing little ones to drink. It transitions from straw to sippy cup to “big kid” cup for all of your kiddo’s stages of development.

You’ll see their drinks will only taste better with our our 1-2-3 Sip cups!

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Summer Safety: How Much Water Should Babies Drink?

We all know our bodies need water to survive and thrive, but with the arrival of hot weather and summer heatwaves, you may be wondering how much water should babies drink to stay safely hydrated? After all, adults greatly increase their water consumption during hot summer months, especially with increased activity levels, so shouldn’t baby? However, the answer depends on the age of the child. Staying hydrated helps the body flush waste, keeps bowel movements regular and helps the body regulate temperature, so it’s important for children and adults to get a healthy amount of water each day.

0-12 Months

The World Health Organization’s (WHO) health guidelines recommend against giving newborns and infants water. A properly fed infant, either through breastfeeding or formula, will get all the hydration they need through eating due to the high water content in both. In fact, giving water to newborns can be harmful! Water intoxication occurs when too much water flushes out critical nutrients, especially sodium. Although rare, this condition can affect children and adults. Giving newborns and infants water also makes them feel full and less interested in eating which can result in nutritional imbalances.

As your baby gets older and begins to transition to pureed foods, it’s a good time to introduce sip cups with small amounts of water. Babies at this age may not need more than 2-4 ounces of water per day. The less breastmilk or formula your baby consumes, the more water they need. Unfortunately, there’s no magic formula for figuring out the exact amount of water babies need, so use your child’s solid/pureed food intake, activity level and their thirst as your guidelines!

One Year +

By around one year, your baby’s milk or formula intake will typically reduce to the recommended 16 ounces per day. At this point, a one-year-old should have approximately one 8-oz cup of water daily, increased by one cup for every additional year. A two-year-old should have two 8-oz cups, a three-year-old, 3 cups and so on. Again, you should let your baby’s activity and thirst levels help dictate the proper amount of water for their unique needs.

Hydration Tips for Babies

Between 12-15 months, babies develop their grasp and coordination enough to begin holding a cup and practice sipping. Covered sip cups are a good way to introduce water and help your little one master drinking. Here are some tips for keeping kids hydrated during the summer:

Encourage small, frequent sips. When your child is overheated and thirsty, they’re more likely to gulp water which can cause abdominal discomfort. Instead, encourage them to take small sips regularly as they play and throughout the day. This will also keep them hydrated without feeling full and reducing healthy food intake.

Make sipping fun. Sippy cups in kid-friendly colors or with the addition of a fun accessory like a straw will help your baby be excited about drinking water. Older kids will want to use the same dishes as their parents, so try matching cups and make staying hydrated a family event.

Supplement water intake with water-rich foods. Yummy summer snacks like watermelon, strawberries, cucumbers, peaches, and pineapple are all hydrating.

So, how much water should babies drink? There’s no perfect answer. But for active babies who’ve begun the transition to pureed and solid foods, the key is frequent, small amounts. As kids get older, they’ll need regular reminders to drink water before they get overheated. It’s much easier to prevent dehydration than treat it!

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Is BBQ Healthy? With These Kid-Approved Grill Favorites, It Can Be!

Grilling is one of the favorite summer activities. The most popular items to grill are often hamburgers, followed by chicken, hot dogs, and steak. All that meat makes one ask, is BBQ healthy? If you’re looking for delicious options for healthier and lighter BBQ fare, we’ve got you covered with some kid-approved burger substitutions.

Burger Alternative Recipes: 

Salmon Burger with Avocado Salsa: Salmon is a fantastic addition to any grill and it’s full of health benefits for growing bodies! Salmon is rich in B vitamins and fatty acids which are great for brain health, improved cognitive function and thyroid/heart health. This yummy recipe from Laughing Spatula includes the added benefits of heart-healthy, high fiber avocado. If mild poblano peppers aren’t your thing, sweeten things up with some chopped mango in your salsa!

The Humble Black Bean Veggie Burger: There are plenty of delicious veggie burgers on the market if you need a quick dinner but homemade always tastes better. The beauty of this recipe from Sally’s Baking Addiction is that you can flavor these black bean burgers any way you choose. They’re also the perfect platform for all kinds of burger toppings. Black bean burgers are nutritious as well as tasty. The high fiber content helps keep kids regular, reduces digestive issues and helps keep cholesterol low.

Savory Falafel Tahini Burgers with Tzatziki: Looking for another healthy vegetarian option for grilling on the BBQ? Try these falafel tahini burgers from Evergreen Kitchen served with a dollop of fresh tzatziki sauce. They’re filling, rich in plant protein and high in fiber, something most kids and adults could use more of. Instead of pan-frying, cook your falafel burgers on a cooler grill for 4-5 minutes per side. Don’t forget to oil the grill to prevent sticking! Serve on a pita, bun or in a lettuce wrap with your favorite veggie toppings.

Sweet Potato Coconut Patties: If your family loves exotic flavors, they’ll love these sweet and healthy sweet potato coconut burgers. Sweet potatoes aren’t just a kid-favorite for their sweet taste, they’re healthy too. Rich in fiber, vitamins and minerals, sweet potatoes boost the brain, eyes and immune system. Coconut has its own health benefits too. Coconut is high in healthy fats and provides quick energy to the brain and body while increasing HDL cholesterol, which helps keep heart disease at bay. Try this recipe from Foodal and grill them as you would black bean or falafel burgers.

Healthy BBQ Ideas That Aren’t About The Meats: 

Substituting out ground beef or hot dogs isn’t the only way you can boost the healthiness of your next BBQ meal, here are a few more ideas to keep things light and fresh:

Always grill vegetables when you BBQ. Grilled veggies can make fun and healthy finger foods, burger toppings or side dishes. Try grilling things like beets, squash, corn, eggplant, green beans, mushrooms and tomatoes. Whichever vegetables your kids love most, they’ll love even more on the grill!

Grill fruit for a healthy dessert. Many fruits taste amazing on the grill. Grilled pineapple is a given but don’t forget about grilled peaches, pears, apples, figs, bananas and even watermelon!

Dump the bun. Opt for healthy lettuce wraps instead of a carb-heavy bun. Romaine lettuce is a good choice for wrapping up patties but lettuce isn’t the only option. Get creative! Serve your patties between grilled eggplant slices or portabella mushrooms for a healthy twist.

Make your own condiments. It’s easy to make your own condiments like mayonnaise and ketchup at home with any preservatives or extra sugar. Try this homemade ketchup recipe from The Pioneer Woman and rediscover what ketchup should taste like!

With a little ingenuity and some fresh ingredients, now when people ask, “is BBQ healthy,” you can say yes!

Earth-Conscious Plating:

Ditch the paper plates! Minware’s Sandwich Plate with Divider is the perfect BBQ plate for kids. It’s sturdy and shatter-proof, great for outdoor settings and the smart divider is ideal for creating a healthy plate of varying foods while keeping sauces and foods separate. A must-have for picky eaters! Durable, eco-friendly and dishwasher-safe for easy clean-up.

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Special Midsummer – How to Celebrate like a Swede?

At Miniware, Sweden is part of our heritage, and as soon as June comes around we can’t stop thinking of Midsummer. In many cases, a lot of families gather to celebrate this traditional high-point of the summer through traditional midsummer dishes, and dances!

Discover the top 5 traditions of a Swedish Midsummer, and follow our tips if you wanna celebrate like a Swede. 

Pick some colorful and pretty summer flowers and some green leaves!

Midsummer Eve often starts in the morning by picking flowers. It’s a tradition to wear a midsummer wreath on midsummer eve. Most people make these themselves by picking flowers and binding them around a steel thread. Some use the flowers for decorating the pole.

Gather and raise the maypole!

The Midsummer celebrations usually start around noon, when friends and family gather to enjoy a small picnic often in the countryside or the archipelago. Symbol of fertility, the “Midsommarstång” (the maypole) is decorated with greenery and flowers and raised in an open spot for people to dance around. 

Let the dancing begin! 

Many traditional ring-dances follow around the maypole. Make sure to take part in the “Små grodorna” (The Little Frogs) dance, one of the most popular dances during midsummer. People of all ages jump around the pole while singing about little frogs and mimicking little frogs, it looks as fun and crazy as it sounds!

Make sure that herrings and strawberries are on the menu! 

Later in the afternoon, it’s time for midsummer food! Must-haves are gravlax or salmon, different kinds of pickled herring, boiled new potatoes with fresh dill, soured cream and chives and of course, for dessert, a strawberry cake and the first strawberries of the summer. 

If you’re a single parent, don’t forget to pick up seven flowers before going to bed! 

According to the legend, you should collect seven different kinds of flowers to put under your pillow before you go to bed. If you do this, the legend says that the person of your dreams will appear!;)

How Miniware can help you to enjoy this day with your little ones?

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Forget about the paper plates! Miniware’s Healthy Meal Set is the perfect plate for toddlers. It’s sturdy and shatter-proof, great for outdoor settings and the smart divider is ideal for creating a healthy plate of varying foods while keeping sauces and foods separate. A must-have for picky eaters! Durable, eco-friendly, and dishwasher-safe for easy clean-up.

Toddlers also want to join the fun and all the midsummer toasts! So why not serve them their favorite smoothie in our 1-2-3 Sip Cup! Success guaranteed! 

Among your picnic essentials don’t forget to pack some snacks, water, wipes, and extra clothing/diapers. Some games are also a must to keep your kids entertained, take your favorite game, like a frisbee, bubble soap, a ball, or for our Swedish families a kubb. 

We have prepared great bundles and free gifts especially for you so that you can be ready for the celebrations and set a beautiful and colorful table. Enjoy a composition of our best sellers, and a special 20% discount on a selection of products! 

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Unplugged Travel with Toddlers: Road Trip Edition

Summer is nearly here and for many families that means road trip season! There are so many wonderful things to do and see, from family reunions and weddings to camping trips and beach adventures, most of us spend a lot more time in the car during this time of year. While watching movies or playing tablet games can be fine for some, we like to focus on unplugged travel with toddlers. By working with your child’s natural cycles, you can turn a device-free road trip into engaging, quality, family time and provide a childhood full of treasured memories instead of just another viewing of Frozen.

Don’t rush.

As adults, we usually plan a long-haul drive trying to get to our destination as soon as possible, but we have to change this mindset when traveling with kids.  Planning is key when it comes to road trips with toddlers. Kids have three main cycles; eat, sleep and play. The length of these cycles varies by age, but for infants and toddlers, the time in between can be quite short. Plan to stop approximately every two hours to stretch everyone’s legs, enjoy a snack and a bathroom break, especially important for toddlers in potty-training! Frequent breaks and taking your time will ease the stress of your child having their normal routine disrupted and help them enjoy the experience more. Try to end your day at 4 pm so that your child can eat dinner at their normal time and maintain their bedtime schedule. You can’t expect them to fall asleep right after checking into a hotel!

Pack accordingly.

Depending on the length of your road trip, it’s important to prepare for the unexpected. For short trips (under 3 hours), snacks, water, wipes and extra clothing/diapers are a must. For longer trips, several changes of clothing may be necessary along with extra wipes. Don’t forget a leak-proof storage bag for dirty clothing! Motion sickness can be unpredictable, so a few sick bags may also be in order. A thermos of warm milk is a surefire way to get toddlers to fall asleep once the car gets moving! Get a full packing checklist here!

Anticipate their needs.

Place a bag or other container that your toddler can reach next to their car seat and fill it with all the things they may want or need. Healthy, car-friendly snacks like sliced fruit or cheese (think non-crumbly) and water to keep them hydrated are important. Favorite sleeping comforts such as blankets or soft toys along with the white noise of the car is enough to put most toddlers to sleep. Coloring books or picture books with few words are a good choice for the car as reading will often lead to motion sickness. Audio books are something the entire family can enjoy. Charlotte’s Web, Stuart Little, Frog and Toad are Friends, Matilda, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and The Wonderful Wizard of Oz are toddler-approved (over 4 years old) and enjoyable for all!

Make the most of play time.

While many parents aim to drive when their kids are sleeping, playtime in the car helps kids stick with their regular daytime schedule much better. Here are some activities you can do with your kids while still keeping your eyes on the road.  

What would a road trip be without sing-alongs and car games? When your toddler is at their most active, it’s a great time to engage with them and build those road-trip memories! Make a couple of playlists in advance, especially if your child enjoys calming music before bed or naptime. Fill another with road trip classics and your toddler’s favorite dance music for a robust sing-along and in-your-seat dance party! It’s a great time to teach your kids the songs you sang at camp or in the car as kids and relive a little of your own childhood too.

Age-appropriate road trip games can be fun for kids of all ages. Simple scavenger hunts such as car colors for young kids and state license plates for older ones or a game of I Spy are good diversions. The Alphabet Game is great for toddlers, either spotting items outside the car that begin with each letter or through a scenario such as “I’m going on a picnic, I bring…” something beginning with A and so on. Twenty Questions is another classic your toddler will enjoy!

There are a lot of benefits of unplugged travel with toddlers, including building memories. Skip the DVDs and tablet time and help your kids be present. Also, work with their schedule to make naptime work for you. What are your best tips for road trips with toddlers? Let us know in the comments below!

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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!

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