Unique Ways to Celebrate Your Kid's Birthday (Sugar-free, too!)

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Unique Ways to Celebrate Your Kid’s Birthday!

(Sugar-free, too!)

In our house March is a busy month.

We have lots of family birthdays including the birthdays of both of my girls. With school celebrations, family celebrations, and everything in between, this month can easily slip into the “sugar overload zone”.

It was a few years ago when I first started organizing two class trays of treats, two family parties, plus celebrating the day of their actual birthday that I quickly started feeling overwhelmed by the back-to-back-to back presence of cupcakes, brownies, birthday cake and then leftover birthday cake in our home.

Around this time I decided there had to be a better way… a healthier way.

Don’t get me wrong. Everyone here gets a birthday cake for their birthday. (I am not that mean.) However we try to remain mindful eaters, “birthday month” or not, and that is where many of these ideas can fit in.

Unique Ways to Celebrate Your Kid’s Birthday (Sugar-Free, too!)

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1. Share a healthy (but fun!) snack.

There are so many ways you can make something simple that has lots of fresh, bright colors, and kids will love. Depending on your craftiness, you can really dress up your kid’s class treat or keep it fairly simple. Melon kabobs or fruit-filled butterflies are manageable choices but feel free to challenge yourself with some Pinterest inspiration if you are up for it!

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2. Take a trip!

Whether it is an afternoon visit to someplace local or a weekend getaway to a nearby city, spoiling your birthday kid with experiences rather than a sugar overload is always worth it. My girls don’t need to go far, they simply LOVE the idea of staying overnight in a hotel with a pool and a breakfast buffet.

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Try a bucket list item!

3.Try a bucket list item. Is your child adventurous? Or maybe trying to come out of his or her shell? Why not try something worthy of anyone’s bucket list!? Take a trapeze class, try snorkeling, go whale watching, try paddle boarding, go parasailing!

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Get active!

4. Get active. Gather up the family or even some friends and get moving. Spend the afternoon bowling, rock climbing, playing laser tag, or racing each other through a local ninja obstacle course. Whatever you choose, you are sure to have a lot of laughs and an overall good time.

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Go Camping!

5. Go camping. Want to really connect with your child and celebrate their special day? Unplug and head outdoors!


There are lots of ways to celebrate your child (without the sugar overload) and maybe your next celebration idea is listed above!

Maybe you have a unique idea of your own that you can share with us in the comments or in our online mom community, The Real Moms Collaborative.

Either way, I look forward to keeping the idea list growing.


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14 Ways to Tell Your Kids You Love Them (without saying it)

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February, the host month of Valentine’s Day, instantly makes me feel all lovey-dovey just by flipping over the page on the calendar. I start thinking of love notes, secret admirers, and who I could surprise with heart-shaped cupcakes. (zucchini cupcakes, of course.)


It would be really nice if we could live everyday like this, but life is busy.

So we probably don’t.


If we are totally honest here, many times it is the people we love the very most that get the least of our loving attention. At least somedays.

Busy schedules, endless errands, and tons of responsibilities pull us in too many directions to keep track of. Lots of times, the day ends with a little yelling, a scramble for bedtime, and an exhausted mom collapsing on the couch.


No doubt we always remember to whisper to each of our children, “I love you” before one last kiss and turning out the lights.

But February, the month of love, demands so much more!

I have brainstormed some simple but sweet ways to step up and LOVE UP those little buggers who call you Mom!


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  1. Make their favorite meal.

  2. Let them choose a movie or show they really want to see and watch it…. with fervor.

  3. Let your kiddo choose your outfit. (You might reserve this for the weekend unless the fashion game is strong in your little one.

  4. Cuddle up and just talk.

  5. Pick a recipe and cook together.

  6. Stay in their room a little longer when you tuck them in at night.

  7. Write them a note that tells them something you love about them. Leave it where you know they will find it.

  8. Ask their opinion about something. Really listen to their response.

  9. Celebrate a victory that usually goes less noticed. A completed reading log, making their bed, helping a sibling. Make it a BIG DEAL.

  10. Help them with a project like cleaning up their room or picking up toys. Hug them afterwards and tell them that you love spending time together.

  11. Dance party. (I recommend putting together a sweet playlist before hand.

  12. Build a fort. Sleep in it.

  13. Surprise them! Have ice cream for dinner, plan an after school excursion to the rock climbing park, or anything else you all find fun. Everyone likes a fun twist to the normal routine.

  14. Try adding to your “I love you’s” by saying, “I love you because….”.

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This is just the beginning! I bet you have ideas of your own, maybe even some you have tried in years past. Consider yourself invited to share your own ideas in a comment belong or even in our online moms group, The Real Moms Collaborative.

Thank you so much for reading and HAPPY VALENTINE’S DAY!

Winter Soups and Stews to Warm Your Body and Soul

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Winter Soups & Stews

To Warm Your Body and Soul


Soups and stews are my favorite winter meals.

Simple to put together, nourishing, and they just warm you up right to your bones. Everyone can use a few extra soup & stew recipes on hand right now. They are perfect for the cold and snowy days the next few weeks have to offer. (Click the recipe names for the recipe!)


  • Beef Stew with Root Vegetables. Everything about a recipe like this is grounding and soul nourishing. The root vegetables are packed full of vitamins, minerals, and phytonutrients we need in these chilly months and the beef is a hearty and satisfying.


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  • Chicken Soup. Everyone needs a great chicken soup recipe for the winter months and this one is a favorite for me. One, it is paleo, so I don’t have to substitute any ingredients I tend to avoid, and two, including ingredients like cauliflower and turmeric amp up the healthy factor for me. (You know I like that.)



  • Bone Broth. This little mineral-filled gem is a MUST-HAVE for the winter. Pour it into your travel mug and sip this in place of a cup of coffee or tea. Or use it as a base for ramen or a veggie soup. It is the simplest recipe to make (that gets double points in my book) and is so good for ya!



  • Slow Cooker Butternut Squash Soup. THIS. Simple enough to prepare, you can put it together in the slow cooker and walk away (winning), and it is out of this world delicious. That should be all I need to say about this recipe.



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  • Mushroom Stew. This is my husband’s favorite source of amazing recipes. (He is an excellent home cook, BTW!) And this recipe drew me in with the words “fresh and wild mushrooms”. The comments offer some great ideas on variations as well so check them out!



This should get you started, right?

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