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February 28, 2015
by Jennifer Hughes
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Bedwetting is NOT Your Child’s Fault; GoodNites* TRU-FIT* Can Help Their Confidence

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Bedwetting. The very word is upsetting to a lot of kids, particularly those who feel like they should be old enough to not wet the bed at night. But the fact is 1 in 6 children between the ages of 4-12 in the U.S. suffer from bedwetting (according to a GoodNites® brand study). Children who wet the bed at night aren’t lazy. It’s a medical condition known as nocturnal enuresis.

My son, who’s now 8, still wets the bed even though he’s been potty trained for years. After talking with his pediatrician, we understand that Vman’s body just isn’t ready to make it through the night. He sleeps so soundly and deeply that any signals his body might be sending just don’t wake him up.

As a parent, my biggest concern is that he’s embarrassed about bedwetting. We have skipped several sleep overs and camping opportunities because just thinking of having to manage this issue makes him cry. I can’t imagine how upsetting it must be to wake up wet every morning wet despite wishing and wanting to be dry. His will is there. His body is not. And so the key for me as a parent is to be patient and give him the confidence he needs that just because his body doesn’t wake him doesn’t mean it won’t happen — just not right now.

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GoodNites* TRU-FIT* comes as a starter kit with 2 pairs of colorful underwear for either boys or girls and 5 inserts. They come in sizes S/M and L/XL. From there, you just dispose of the insert and wash the underwear. You can buy additional inserts as needed separately.

 

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February 28, 2015
by Jennifer Hughes
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Favorite Caldecott Books 1960-1969

Our personal favorites Caldecott books from Caldecott Award Winners and Children’s Book Honor Recipients of 1960-1969: Find these books at your local library or purchase through the affiliate links provided for your convenience. All recommendations are mine.

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All week long, I’m going to offer you a listing of The Caldecott Medal Winners and Honor Recipients through the years. While the list is jam-packed with goodies, I’m going to let you know my family’s personal favorites, from books they’ve worn thin to ones we just can’t pass up when we’re at the library. My goal? To introduce you to some new children’s books that your own kiddos will fall in love with and treasure for years to come.

To see which ones we love from the past decades, please visit tomorrow. I’ll be posting a new one each day this week!

Favorite Caldecott Books 1960-1969

OUR FAVORITES

Where the Wild Things Are: I don’t think I’ve ever heard of a child who didn’t love this book. I’m sure they’re out there, but they are few and far between.

Description: In the forty years since Max first cried “Let the wild rumpus start,” Maurice Sendak’s classic picture book has become one of the most highly acclaimed and best-loved children’s books of all time. Now, in celebration of this special anniversary, introduce a new generation to Max’s imaginative journey to Where the Wild Things Are.

Inch By Inch: We all just love the clever little inchworm who outwits a vain nightingale. And, as many of you know, Leo Lionni is one of our all-time favorite children’s authors.

Description: A small green inchworm is proud of his skill at measuring anything—a robin’s tail, a flamingo’s neck, a toucan’s beak. Then one day a nightingale threatens to eat him if he cannot measure his song.

Drummer Hoff: Drummer Hoff is one of those books that if my son’s see it in the library, they insist on taking it home. Good thing we have the accompany audio CD for the car, which adds in the varying drumming rhythms of the story.

Description: Ed Emberley won the 1968 Caldecott Medal for his bold illustrations for Barbara Emberley’s jaunty adaptation of the cumulative folk song about seven soldiers who build a magnificent cannon and Drummer Hoff, who fires it off.

May I Bring a Friend? Kings, queens and exotic zoo animals. My boys ate up everything about this book. Try out the audio CD that goes with it. Yep… we listen to it in the car all the time!

Description: One day, a small boy receives a very special invitation — the King and the Queen have invited him to the castle for tea. He accepts, with one question: “May I bring a friend?”
“Any friend of our friend is welcome her,” says the King. But their guest’s friend turns out to be someone they never expected!

Little Bear’s Visit: I recall reading this book as a child, and my boys have embraced all of the Little Bear’s series.

Description: Little Bear likes to visit Grandmother and Grandfather Bear. He likes Grandfather’s hat and Grandmother’s cooking. But most of all, he loves to listen to their stories!

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For the full Caldecott award winners and honor recipients, click the following:

Caldecott Award and Honor Books, 2010-2015

Caldecott Award and Honor Books, 2000-2009

Caldecott Award and Honor Books, 1990-1999

Caldecott Award and Honor Books, 1980-1989

Caldecott Award and Honor Books, 1970-1979

Caldecott Award and Honor Books, 1960-1969

Caldecott Award and Honor Books, 1950-1959

Caldecott Award and Honor Books, 1938-1949

 

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February 27, 2015
by Jennifer Hughes
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Tips For Baking the Perfect Cookies!

Oh my goodness. Who doesn’t love love love an amazing cookie? But there are some hidden tricks to baking the perfect cookies at home. It’s not as simple as popping them into your oven.

And if you want to know how to make soft cookies that stay moist, check out my ultimate chewy chocolate chip cookies.

Try these tricks next time you are whipping up a batch of cookies at home. You’ll be surprised at just how wonderful they come out!

Tips For Baking the Perfect Cookies Every Time | The Jenny Evolution

Tips to the Perfect Cookies!

1. Test your oven temperature every few months, and make accommodations accordingly. Cookies are best when baked at 325 and just until the edges are light golden brown. The middle will still be a bit soft, but they will set up during cooling.

2. Make sure you cream together the butter and sugar well. It should be light and fluffy. This can take several minutes to happen, even with a stand mixer, but it is essential to the end result. Start with room temperature butter for best results. Then combine the sugars and butter on low speed for a minute, and after it is incorporated increase the speed to medium-high. Scrape down the bowl every minute or so to ensure that the butter and sugar is creaming evenly. When you scrape down the sides after a minute or two, it will be very heavy and resemble wet cement, or really dense sand. You aren’t done yet! Keep going until the mixture has lightened in color and in texture. This can take up to 4-5 minutes, even with a stand mixer!

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3. Chill the dough for a full 4 hours before baking. This helps keep them from flattening out too much during baking.

4. Get some parchment paper for baking. It makes cookies go so much faster! No need to grease a pan, and the cookies are perfect every time.

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And for the perfect chewy chocolate chip cookie, check out my recipe (and the secret ingredient to chewy cookies).

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February 27, 2015
by Jennifer Hughes
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Secret Revealed! Perfect Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookies Recipe

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Dollar General for IZEA. All opinions are 100% mine.

Do you make chocolate chip cookies only to have them turn crunchy after they cool or overnight? Today, I’m revealing a HUGE secret to baking the most chewy chocolate chip cookies that stay soft even overnight!

And thanks to Dollar General, I was also able to make these cookies for even less than I normally do. You might not think of Dollar General when you think of great baking supplies, but think again. Dollar General’s brand Clover Valley has many of the traditional staples on their shelves at lower prices than most stores.

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From spices, canned goods, milk and eggs, you can make your favorite recipes for even less with Clover Valley. For this recipe, I substituted my regular, higher-priced ingredients for Clover Valley products from Dollar General, including sugar, salt, flour, brown sugar, eggs, vanilla, baking soda, baking powder and semi-sweet chocolate chips. I was shocked that I walked away with almost everything I needed (plus some extra goodies for additional baking) for less than $14. And I have to say that while my wallet certainly noticed a difference, I didn’t notice a difference in taste.

Secret Ingredient for Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookies

Secret Revealed! Perfect Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookies Recipe | The Jenny Evolution

You may know to produce chewier chocolate chip cookies, you have to remove them from oven when the outside edges are JUST starting to brown. But to really bake chewy chocolate chip cookies, you need to use DARK brown sugar. The darker the sugar, the more moisture the cookie will absorb after baking, helping to keep those delicious cookies chewy and soft.

And for even more tips for perfect cookies, check out my baking tricks.

Secret to Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookies Recipe
 
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Do you make chocolate chip cookies only to have them turn crunchy after they cool or overnight? I'm revealing a HUGE secret ingredient to making the most chewy chocolate chip cookies that stay soft even overnight!
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Recipe type: Dessert
Cuisine: Dessert
Ingredients
  • 3 sticks butter
  • 2½ cup packed dark brown sugar
  • ½ cup white sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 egg yolks
  • 2½ Tbsp vanilla
  • 2 cup bread flour
  • 2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • ¼ tsp baking powder
  • 2 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 2 cup milk chocolate chips
Instructions
  1. Cream butter and sugars in a stand mixer until light, fluffy, and creamy, about 4-5 minutes. Add eggs one at a time and mix well after each addition.
  2. Add vanilla and mix.
  3. Sift together all dry ingredients and slowly add to the batter mixing on low while doing so. When well combined, mix in chocolate chips.
  4. Put all cookie dough into fridge for at least 4 hours. 24 is better, but 4 will do in a pinch.
  5. Take out and roll lightly into 1″ balls.
  6. Place on a cookie sheet lined with non-stick foil (parchment paper is the best) and bake at 325 for 10-13 minutes.
  7. Remove from oven when the outside edges are JUST starting to brown for a softer, chewier cookie. Leave in another minute or so if you like them just a tad bit crunchier.
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Tip: Chill the dough for a full 4 hours before baking. This helps the cookies from flattening out too much during baking.

And if you want to have fun, substitute dried cranberries and white chocolate for the milk and semisweet chips. You can also add in nuts or toss in some butterscotch chips. The possibilities are endless for this great cookie base.

For more information about Dollar General and additional baking ideas, visit them online or on Facebook, Instagram and Pinterest.

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February 27, 2015
by Jennifer Hughes
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Favorite Caldecott Books 1980-1989

Our personal favorite Caldecott Books: Award Winners and Children’s Book Honor Recipients of 1980-1989. Find these books at your local library or purchase through affiliate links provided for your convenience. All recommendations are mine.

Caldecott

All week long, I’m going to offer you a listing of The Caldecott Medal Winners and Honor Recipients through the years. While the list is jam-packed with goodies, I’m going to let you know my family’s personal favorites, from books they’ve worn thin to ones we just can’t pass up when we’re at the library. My goal? To introduce you to some new children’s books that your own kiddos will fall in love with and treasure for years to come.

To see which ones we love from the past decades, please visit tomorrow. I’ll be posting a new one each day this week!

Favorite Caldecott Books 1980-1989 | The Jenny Evolution

OUR FAVORITES

The Polar Express: You’ve probably heard of the movie, but did you know it’s a beloved children’s book as well? The Polar Express is a perennial favorite with my kids, because let’s face it, Santa is always in style! Plus, my boys love listening to the wonderful audio CD read by Liam Neeson.

Description: a young boy lying awake on Christmas Eve only to have Santa Claus sweep by and take him on a trip with other children to the North Pole.

Jumanji: Here’s another book that’s been turned into a movie. We have yet to see the movie but the book is amazing. Throw in Robin Williams who also is on the narrator on this quality audio CD and we find ourselves reading this book at home as well as in the car.

Description: Peter and Judy first found the game—Jumanji—with the instructions that once the game is started, it must be finished or it will go on forever—and thirty years ago, with this same wonderment, readers found Jumanji, too.

Truck: We read this board book until it literally fell apart. A book with no words, this toddler book was a terrific way for my kids to practice their vocabulary and description skills. All they cared about was they were in love with all of the trucks.

Description: In this wordless picture book, a large, bright red trailer truck packed with tricycles moves through pages of fog, truck stops, and crowded highways.

Ben’s Trumpet: We originally found this book because I was trying to find a way to introduce my kids to jazz. Instead I discovered a family favorite! The story is wonderful but don’t pass up on the audio CD, which plays jazz throughout the story.

Goldilocks and The Three Bears: The colorful illustrations really made this book a favorite version of Goldilocks for my boys.

Description: Goldilocks is one of those naughty little girls who does exactly as she pleases, even if that means sampling the three bears’ porridge, breaking Baby Bear’s chair, and sleeping in his bed. James Marshall’s offbeat and inventive telling of this familiar tale will enchant readers, young and old.

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Caldecott Award and Honor Books, 2010-2015

Caldecott Award and Honor Books, 2000-2009

Caldecott Award and Honor Books, 1990-1999

Caldecott Award and Honor Books, 1980-1989

Caldecott Award and Honor Books, 1970-1979

Caldecott Award and Honor Books, 1960-1969

Caldecott Award and Honor Books, 1950-1959

Caldecott Award and Honor Books, 1938-1949

 

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February 27, 2015
by Jennifer Hughes
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Favorite Caldecott Books 1970-1979

Our personal favorite Caldecott books from Caldecott Award Winners and Children’s Book Honor Recipients of 1970-1979: Find these books at your local library or purchase through the affiliate links provided for your convenience. All recommendations are mine.

Caldecott

All week long, I’m going to offer you a listing of The Caldecott Medal Winners and Honor Recipients through the years. While the list is jam-packed with goodies, I’m going to let you know my family’s personal favorites, from books they’ve worn thin to ones we just can’t pass up when we’re at the library. My goal? To introduce you to some new children’s books that your own kiddos will fall in love with and treasure for years to come.

To see which ones we love from the past decades, please visit tomorrow. I’ll be posting a new one each day this week!

Favorite Caldecott Books 1970-1979 | The Jenny Evolution

OUR FAVORITES

Freight Train: With two boys in the house, we have owned multiple copies of this book because we kept wearing it out. My boys relished learning what the different train cars were called while also learning their colors.

Description: Red caboose at the back, orange tank car, green cattle car, purple box car, black tender and a black steam engine . . . freight train. The powerful words evoke the essence of inexorably rolling wheels, so that even a child not lucky enough to have counted freight cars will feel he has watched a freight train passing.

The Girl Who Loved Wild Horses: I originally checked this book out at the library, having absolutely no idea how much my son would fall in love with it. I think he gets caught up in the fanciful idea that someone could turn into something they truly love.

Description: There was a girl in the village who loved horses… She led the horses to drink at the river. She spoke softly and they followed. People noticed that she understood horses in a special way.” And so begins the story of a young Native American girl devoted to the care of her tribe’s horses. With simple text and brilliant illustrations. Paul Goble tells how she eventually becomes one of them to forever run free.

Strega Nona: Strega Nona is one of our all-time favorite books. We have read this one a thousand times and have listened to the wonderfully produced audio CD in the car just as many times as well.

Description: Strega Nona — “Grandma Witch” — is the source for potions, cures, magic, and comfort in her Calabrian town. Her magical everfull pasta pot is especially intriguing to hungry Big Anthony. He is supposed to look after her house and tend her garden but one day, when she goes over the mountain to visit Strega Amelia, Big Anthony recites the magic verse over the pasta pot, with disastrous results.

Frogs and Toad Are Friends: I remember this book being one of my favorites as a child and was so thrilled when my boys took to Frog and Toad as well.

Description: From writing letters to going swimming, telling stories to finding lost buttons, Frog and Toad are always there for each other—just as best friends should be.

Alexander and the Wind-Up Mouse: Leo Lionni is one of our all-time favorite authors! We fell in love with Alexander and his fanciful wish to become something other than an ordinary mouse.

Description: Everyone loves Willy the wind-up mouse, while Alexander the real mouse is chased away with brooms and mousetraps. Wouldn’t it be wonderful to be loved and cuddled, thinks Alexander, and he wishes he could be a wind-up mouse too. In this gentle fable about a real mouse and a mechanical mouse, Leo Lionni explores the magic of friendship.

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For the full Caldecott award winners and honor recipients, click the following:

Caldecott Award and Honor Books, 2010-2015

Caldecott Award and Honor Books, 2000-2009

Caldecott Award and Honor Books, 1990-1999

Caldecott Award and Honor Books, 1980-1989

Caldecott Award and Honor Books, 1970-1979

Caldecott Award and Honor Books, 1960-1969

Caldecott Award and Honor Books, 1950-1959

Caldecott Award and Honor Books, 1938-1949

 

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February 26, 2015
by Jennifer Hughes
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Friday Flash Blog No. 107 {Plus Features}

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Weekly Thought: Is anyone sick and tired of talking about snow? So what do you do when it’s cold outside. You bake, of course!!! I’ve been working on some baking posts, so get ready.

Double Chocolate Banana Bread Recipe from Dishes and Dust Bunnies

Double Chocolate Banana Bread Recipe from Dishes and Dust Bunnies

Wow! See this transformation from cabinet doors into a children's desk. DIY Tutorial from My Love 2 Create

Wow! See this transformation from cabinet doors into a children’s desk. DIY Tutorial from My Love 2 Create

Shamrock Shake Recipe from Three Kids and a Fish

Shamrock Shake Recipe from Three Kids and a Fish

DIY Moss Frame with FREE Printable from This Silly Girl's Life

DIY Moss Frame with FREE Printable from This Silly Girl’s Life

DIY Lotion Bars. Tutorial from Hellbilly Mama Blog

DIY Lotion Bars. Tutorial from Hellbilly Mama Blog

Skinny Dark Chocolate Chia Granola Recipe from Natural Chow

Skinny Dark Chocolate Chia Granola Recipe from Natural Chow

The Perfect Date Night Playlist from No Small Life

The Perfect Date Night Playlist from No Small Life

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Banana Pudding Cake Recipe from The Jenny Evolution

 

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February 26, 2015
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Favorite Caldecott Award Winners 1990-1999

Our personal favorite Caldecott Award Winners and Children’s Book Honor Recipients of 1990-1999: Find these books at your local library or purchase through the affiliate links provided for your convenience. All recommendations are mine.

Caldecott

All week long, I’m going to offer you a listing of The Caldecott Medal Winners and Honor Recipients through the years. While the list is jam-packed with goodies, I’m going to let you know my family’s personal favorites, from books they’ve worn thin to ones we just can’t pass up when we’re at the library. My goal? To introduce you to some new children’s books that your own kiddos will fall in love with and treasure for years to come.

To see which ones we love from the past decades, please visit tomorrow. I’ll be posting a new one each day this week!

Favorite Caldecott Award Winners 1990-1999 | The Jenny Evolution

OUR FAVORITES

Tuesday

Tuesday: What’s crazier than a book with flying frogs? A book with absolutely no words. My boys absolutely love the sci-fi plot as well as the chance to tell the story their way.

Description: The whimsical account of a Tuesday when frogs were airborne on their lily pads will continue to enchant readers of all ages.

Seven Blind Mice

Seven Blind Mice: From learning their colors along with this book to actually understanding the meaning of this book, my boys have had an ongoing fascination with Ed Young’s version. They’ve also produced a terrific audio CD to go with it, so I often catch my kids reading the story on their own.

Description: “It’s a pillar,” says one. “It’s a fan,” says another. One by one, the seven blind mice investigate the strange Something by the pond. And one by one, they come back with a different theory. It’s only when the seventh mouse goes out-and explores the whole Something-that the mice see the whole truth.

No, David!

No, David!: Boy does this boy get into trouble. And boy do my boys love all the shenanigans David gets into.

Description: When David Shannon was five years old, he wrote and illustrated his first book. On every page were these words: NO, DAVID! . . . and a picture of David doing things he was not supposed to do. Now David is all grown up. But some things never change….

Rapunzel

Rapunzel: There are many versions of the Rapunzel story out there; however, the deeply rich paintings in this book captured the imagination and attention of my boys.

Description: Trapped in a tower with no door, Rapunzel is allowed to see no one but the sorceress who has imprisoned her-until the day a young prince hears her singing to the forest birds. . . . The timeless tale of Rapunzel is vividly and magnificently brought to life through Paul O. Zelinsky’s powerful sense of narrative and his stunning oil painting.

Snow

Snow: I can’t say enough about this book. It’s such a delightful, fanciful book about a boy’s wish for snow. We read it all winter long. And don’t miss the audio CD — it’s awesome to listen to in the car.

Description: No one thinks one or two snowflakes will amount to anything. Not the man with the hat or the lady with the umbrella. Not even the television or the radio forecasters. But one boy and his dog have faith that the snow will amount to something spectacular, and when flakes start to swirl down on the city, they are also the only ones who know how to truly enjoy it.

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For the full Caldecott award winners and honor recipients, click the following:

Caldecott Award and Honor Books, 2010-2015

Caldecott Award and Honor Books, 2000-2009

Caldecott Award and Honor Books, 1990-1999

Caldecott Award and Honor Books, 1980-1989

Caldecott Award and Honor Books, 1970-1979

Caldecott Award and Honor Books, 1960-1969

Caldecott Award and Honor Books, 1950-1959

Caldecott Award and Honor Books, 1938-1949

 

TELL ME WHICH ONES ARE YOUR FAVORITES?

February 26, 2015
by Jennifer Hughes
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7 Creative Fun Food Ideas for Kids

Mother always taught us not to play with our food, but in this case, I think she’d approve. Whether you’re looking for fun ways to get your picky toddler to try new healthy foods or you just want to explore your creative side, I have some fun ideas for turning healthy food into art.

Here are seven projects that you can make or simply use them as inspiration to create something all your own. The ingredients are simple…just fruits, vegetables, yogurt cheese, eggs and bread. If you’re gluten free, choose gluten-free breads, crackers or get creative with your shapes.

PB and Banana Bear Sandwich

Here’s a cute little guy, sure to make any kid (young or old) smile. This great idea is so easy, even kids can put it together.
You can vary the ingredients how you’d like, but here’s what you can see the in the photo below.

  • Peanut butter spread on one slice of bread
  • Banana slices to the ears and snout
  • Grape slices for outline of the eyes
  • Currants or grapes to make the nose and finish the eyes

PB and Banana Bear Sandwich - Fun Foods for Kids! | The Jenny Evolution

Layered Cheese Heart-Shaped Sandwiches

Here is another simple idea, perfect for a kid’s party or even for an appetizer platter at an adult get-together. Use cookie cutters do a heart shape, flower or whatever you’d like. Try a variety of cheese in different colors and a variety of breads too in layers to add color and texture. Cut out fruit shapes with a variety of cookie cutters for garnish.

Layered Cheese Heart-Shaped Sandwiches: Fun Food for Kids! | The Jenny Evolution

Kiwi Turtles

Turn your kiwi fruit and grapes into something absolutely adorable. All you need is

  • Green grapes
  • Kiwi
  • Black food coloring and a toothpick

To put these together, peel the kiwi and slice it into ½ inch thick slices. Place them on a plate. Then, cut the grapes to form the legs and tails. Do the same for the head and draw on a face, using a food coloring covered toothpick.

These make a cute surprise for a lunch box or snacks for a school party.

Kiwi Turtles: Fun Food for Kids | The Jenny Evolution

Grape Caterpillars

These cute guys are made with a bamboo skewer, grapes and a cherry tomato. We’ve attached candy eyes with a little bit of peanut butter, but you can choose more healthy choices like cloves, olives or anything else you might have on hand. You could also apply food coloring with a toothpick to draw on a face.

All you do is string the grapes on the skewer. Turn each one slightly as you string them, so it looks like the caterpillar is crawling. Finish it off with the cherry tomato head and eyes. If you don’t have cherry tomatoes, just use another grape for the head.

Grape Caterpillars: Fun Food for Kids! | The Jenny Evolution

Watermelon Lobster

Let’s go under the sea with this lobster and ocean scene. The lobster body is made from a variety of cuts of watermelon with cloves for eyes. The ocean scene is made up of the following:

  • Gorilla Munch Cereal for the “rocks” on the bottom
  • Celery cut in thin slices to look like aquatic plants
  • Olive slices to look like bubbles in the water

Watermelon Lobster: Fun Food for Kids! | The Jenny Evolution

Funny Tortilla Faces

Get the kids involved and trying new foods. All you do is get some small tortillas and give the kids a variety of foods to work with. Some ideas include:

  • Alfalfa sprouts
  • Parsley
  • Cheese slices
  • Carrot slices
  • Cucumber slices
  • Cherry tomatoes
  • Olive slices
  • Snap peas
  • Celery slices
  • Grapes
  • Beans
  • Corn kernels

And anything else you have on hand. There is no right or wrong. Just present the ingredients to the kids and they’ll do the rest.

Tortilla Faces: Fun Food for Kids | The Jenny Evolution

Flower Pepper Eggs

Not only do these flowers made from colored peppers and eggs look pretty, they’re delicious too. They’re a perfect way to dress up a brunch or weekend breakfast.

To make these, slice a colored pepper in ½ inch thick rings. Place the rings on a preheated frying pan over medium heat. Unless your peppers are very large, one egg will probably be too large for the pepper, so you can drain off a bit of egg white before placing it inside the pepper ring. If the egg overflows, not to worry, it’s easy to cut the excess off when you remove the eggs from the pan.

Cook over medium heat and cover your pan until the yolk is at desired doneness. Season with salt and pepper. Remove with a spatula and place on a plate. Use parsley leaves and stems to form your flower stems.

Flower Pepper Eggs: Fun Food with Kids | The Jenny Evolution

February 24, 2015
by Jennifer Hughes
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Kangu – Creating Safe Births One Mother and Child At a Time

I participated in an Influencer Activation on behalf of Influence Central for Kangu. All opinions are mine.

Getting pregnant can be the most dangerous thing a woman does in some countries. Each day, 800 women and 8,000 newborns die because they lack access to basic healthcare services, such as trained professionals and clean facilities. That’s nearly 300,000 every year! But it doesn’t have to be like this, and it’s so simple for you to help.

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Kangu, a non-profit organization, is taking a different approach to a pregnant woman’s healthcare by creating a crowdfunding platform to support live-saving health services. Kangu recognizes that 99% of these deaths occur in developing countries where they don’t have the necessary resources to have safe births.

By crowdfunding, every small donation a person makes gets bundled with other small donations to fund a pregnant woman in need. By jointly raising money, Kangu can offer “safe birth” services before, during and after delivery that have been proven to save the lives of mothers and their newborn babies.

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Here’s how simple it is!

  1. Meet actual pregnant women from around the world on Kangu’s website.
  2. Donate $10 or more to a specific pregnant woman to support a safe birth for both the mother and child.
  3. Receive an update from on-the-ground medical partners after the birth. What a wonderful way to know you’ve made a difference!

What I find amazing about this organization is that as a patron, you actually get to see the specific person or people you are helping. Your donation doesn’t go into the void but rather to a woman with a story, who wants adequate healthcare to ensure she and her baby have a safe birth.

Since Kangu’s inception in Spring 2013, the organization has funded over 250 safe births from nearly 1,000 donations. Kangu has also amassed a community of 2,000 users, 55% of which are repeat donors. The services Kangu was able to provide by vetted local medical partners are proven to reduce maternal and newborn deaths by up to 80%.

Simple Step to Support Kangu

Help support Kangu’s big dream that every woman in the world has a safe birth. Share their mission with others and you’ll be entered to win one of five $100 donations that Kangu will make to a Kangu Mom on your behalf!!!

Since Kangu’s inception in Spring 2013, the organization has funded over 250 safe births from nearly 1,000 donations. Kangu has also amassed a community of 2,000 users, 55% of which are repeat donors.

Kangu – One Mama at a Time