Ring Master MomAugust 14, 2013Leave a comment

Two helpful hints for getting little ones to eat healthy

My two and three year old are great at reminding me that their taste buds are ever evolving.  One day they’ll each eat several apples, then they don’t want a thing to do with them for a week!  Variety is the spice of life as they say, and I try to mix things up as often as I can to make sure my little ones eat as healthy as possible.

One of my tricks for getting them to eat wholesome snacks is giving them some fruits and veggies right before I start cooking.  This is helpful for them because they are starting to get hungry and grumpy and giving them a plate to eat usually gets them in the backyard and out of my kitchen which helps me as I cook.  (Don’t get me wrong – they are great helpers when it comes to cooking, but sometimes it’s nice to get them out while I run and chop and boil and bake!)  Also, they seem very hungry and more likely to eat more veggies then vs having it share a plate with the rest of their dinner.  Sometimes I’ll whip up a little vinaigrette as a dip for veggies or spoon some hummus on the plate.

I try to make it as appealing as possible.  Both still love rainbows, so most fruit plates look like this

My other tip for getting toddlers to eat healthy is to have them pick out their own fruit or veggies at the store or farmer’s market.  Not only are they excited when they see something in season for the first time, but you’re letting them chose what to eat.  And then you can count items as you put it in the bag, or talk about cooking creations.  My son was freaking out when he saw fresh peaches a few weeks ago.

I believe that getting kids excited about cooking and helping select their favorite healthy snacks is one way to get them geared up for a healthy lifestyle.  What tips do you have to share when feeding your little ones?



Ring Master MomJuly 23, 20134 Comments

Sidewalk chalk fun

Do you want a new and fun game to play with your kids that’s guaranteed to have them listen and quiet them down?  I know, sounds too good to be true.

We were getting down to the last nubs of our huge bin of sidewalk chalk, so it was time to open up a new box.

I drew three lines on the ground – one straight, one zigzagging, and one rounded.

Patrick and Alice had to wait and LISTEN for directions and walk slowly on whichever color I picked.  With the slow walking, they practiced their balance which for some reason required them to be quiet for a few minutes.  BONUS for me!

Alice didn’t understand anything that wasn’t the red line, so Patrick was really patient and loved showing her again and again how it was done.

“Mom, I think my feet got stuck!”

It was great to see them help each other out and encourage each other to finish.

I love having a fresh box of chalk and hope to find some more creative uses for it other than the usual coloring and then rolling around in it – ha!  What is your favorite way to use chalk with kids?


Ring Master MomJune 18, 2013Leave a comment


A great place to take kids that’s nearby is play located in Downtown Los Altos.  My kids love the variety of toys which seem to be switched out constantly.  They have a reading corner, foam pit for kids with lots of energy, craft room, building blocks, costume closet, thinking toys, a music area in addition to yoga, music teachers, etc.
There’s a new theme each week so there’s always something new to create and explore.  This is one of those best kept secrets around here and one place my kids always request we go.

From our last few visits: