Tuesday, March 28, 2017

plan the perfect park date with your toddler

The park might be our second home, fact. Everyday Hazel asks to go to the park at least once, and if I say not today she responds with a very so sweet pleeeeeeeeease.  This girl is already learning how to get me to say yes and she's only two. What a trickster.

We love playing at the park, especially with the great weather we've been having - unfortunately coming to an end soon - but, we've been trying to take advantage of it as long as we can. We have found some fun new parks that we love to visit at least once a week. Hazel likes to come up with names for these parks - mostly they are named after the people who live nearby. For example, this park in the photos is called Gran's park, because it's near my mom and dad's house. Anyways, since we are such pros at playing at the park (haha!) I thought I would give some fun ideas on how we enjoy our time there.

1. Play With Your Toddler - Don't just sit around on the bench, get up and enjoy the weather, the cool breeze. Chase your toddler around the park, play with them, go down the slides with them. Quality time with parents is something children always remember, the one-on-one play is so special and really helps build your relationship. And all the running around gives you a nice workout too!

2. Bring Snacks and Water - We love taking this Snack N' Sip cup to the park with us. It's light, easy to carry, and has the perfect spot to keep your snacks. I especially love that it is two-in-one, that way you just have one thing to bring with you. You don't have to worry about lugging around a bunch of cups and bowls. I also really like the no spill feature, perfect for little toddlers who can sometimes make a mess. Hazel really likes that she can easily get into the snack part, and it's fun for her because it's like the snacks are a little hidden treasure in her cup. It's also really easy to wash and take apart. 

3. Let Them Explore on Their Own - I know, I know. I said play with them. You can do both! In fact, it's also good for them to explore the world on their own as well. Let them play in the sand, or walk along the walkways and try to balance. Obviously, you don't want them to wander too far away, but give them a bit of space. 

4. Teach Them About The Park - When they come back from exploring, ask them what they saw. Point out different birds or plants that you see, tell them about the animals that live in trees or the bushes nearby. Remind them that this is the animals home so we need to treat the park with respect. 
We love being outside! What do you like to do when you play at the park? What kind of snacks do you bring?



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Tuesday, March 07, 2017

healthy homemade popsicles for kids

healthy homemade strawberry banana popsicles
Spring has sprung in Phoenix, and we are all loving the weather here.  With the warmer more cool weather comes the time to enjoy being outside, and the time to enjoy some nice cold healthy treats. When Hazel first saw this popsicle mold she was anxious to use them and kept asking me if we could make popsicles. At first, I was worried that I wouldn't be able to find a good recipe and consistency that would work. But, we've found a new favorite flavor and are excited to share it with you. 

Healthy Homemade Strawberry Bannan Popsicles

You'll need: 
Nuby Fruitsicle Popsicle Mold
A Ripe Banana
Strawberries
Apple Juice - sugar-free 

1. Mash the ripe (peeled) banana with a fork.
2. Cut strawberries.
3. Mash and mix strawberries and bananas together. 
4. Place strawberry banana mixture into popsicle mold, fill it up three-fourths of the way. 
5. Spoon in apple juice until it is just below the top part of the mold cavern. 
6. Place popsicle handles into the molds, and place popsicle mold into the freezer. 
7. It should take about 5 hours to freeze to a soft mold. (If you are looking for a hard popsicle mold you may need to let the popsicle mold stay in the freezer overnight.)

Enjoy!
healthy homemade strawberry banana popsicles
healthy homemade strawberry banana popsicles
healthy homemade strawberry banana popsicles
healthy homemade strawberry banana popsicles
healthy homemade strawberry banana popsicles
healthy homemade strawberry banana popsicles
healthy homemade strawberry banana popsicles
healthy homemade strawberry banana popsicles
I have so many good things to say about these popsicle molds. Two of my favorites of which are the handle and the base of the popsicle stick. The handle is perfect for Hazel's little hands to hold, she never had a problem picking the popsicle up and never dropped them because they are so perfect for her little hands. I also love the curved base of the popsicle stick. None of the popsicles fell on the ground and there were no drips, except for inside the little base area where it's meant to be caught.  I also love that we can make our own popsicles recipe. We can control what goes inside them, and decide how much sugar we want our little ones to eat. There is nothing better than a healthy homemade popsicle that you child loves to eat! 

I also love these because they are reusable, you're not wasting paper, or popsicle sticks, it's helping reduce unnecessary waste, which makes it an even better product. 

If your child isn't quite as old as Hazel, you could always use this popsicle mold for your teething baby. Puree your baby's favorite food, or just scoop some baby food into the molds. It's perfectly simple and will surely help ease your little one's teething pain.  

This popsicle mold is BPA free, dishwasher, freezer, and microwave safe. Buy yours on Amazon or at Bed Bath and Beyond

healthy homemade strawberry banana popsicles
For more products and other information visit Nuby on their sites below


I received this product for review, but all opinions and words are my own. 

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