Thursday, April 30, 2015

A Yoga Book for Kids??

That's right. I said it. Not only am I floored that this is a thing that exists, I'm also extremely surprised that this isn't a thing I have heard of before. This book (and genre) is recommended for children aged 3-6, and my child is 2.5, so technically we didn't get the full benefits of the right aged child for this, but I think my baby had a great time! She really enjoyed getting on the floor and trying out all the fun poses and learning the names of all of them. She also enjoyed looking at the book and pointing out all the fun parts of spring that were showcased. Sammy the dog was her favorite part, I think. :)

She was able to mimic a host of animals and bugs to learn these fun moves too. She crawled like a caterpillar and buzzed like a bee, and I think really just had a fun time.

This fun and colorful book teaches children and parents easy to follow and learn yoga basics. I learned a lot reading this book to my daughter! It comes with a parent guide in the back so you don't feel lost or confused if you're a beginner. Which I am. It has advice for how to incorporate this book into your fun time. I thought picking up this book I would be in over my head. I was relieved to find I didn't need any expertise at all to get active with my children. The pictures are beautiful and the moves are so simple and great for me and my daughter to perform together. I have zero yoga experience and I wanted to get up and try these right along with her! It was fun to play and giggle and buzz like a bee with my daughter. I found this book to be like a family work out session without the stress. Isn't that what we all really need in our lives? Especially with the huge (pun intended) obesity epidemic.

I have found that the more active we are as a family, the better we work together, and the happier we are. I love the tools this book has given me to be a better mother to my children.

AND LASTLY. Can we talk about how easy nap time was after this? Seriously. I was getting so frustrated with my kids not wanting to nap, but after getting active all morning and giggling and having fun rolling around and stretching all over . . . nap time was a cinch!

Okay really lastly, I would like to add: I did not know prior to getting this book that this was a genre of books that existed. Yoga books for kids? That's a thing?! Brilliant idea. Thank you so so much for exposing me to this so I can immerse myself further. :) 

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About the Author: Giselle Shardlow

Giselle Shardlow
Giselle Shardlow
is the author of Kids Yoga Stories. Her yoga stories for kids get children learning, moving, and having fun. Giselle draws from her experiences as a teacher, traveler, yogi, and mom to write the stories. She can be found at the Kids Yoga Stories website or on her Amazon author page.

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Monday, April 27, 2015

Why You Should Always Gift A Book

Being a mother of two is hard sometimes. First off is the craziness of having two little humans around all the time having needs. Second . . . holy cannoli the toys. My daughter had just about every toy ever, or so I thought. Then we had a son. Did you know there is a boy equivalent to every single girl toy in the universe?

Well I did. They're all in the vortex of my children's play area.

A few weeks ago we celebrated the fun first year of my sweet son's life, and we got some pretty awesome boy toys (he mows the lawn now, LIKE A PRO) but we also received some books. We got some bath books and some big board books, and a few bigger books for when he's a little older. I am so happy that he has books for us to read to him, so we can experience that together. I would much rather step on a book in the middle of the night than a lego, that's for sure! 

We try to give books every birthday to children. Sometimes we use the book as a card, and write sweet things inside the cover so they can always think of us when they're reading. Reading is such a beautiful escape from life, and it's so wonderful watching their little faces light up when we read them a new story. It's even more beautiful when my daughter sits on the couch and reads a book to herself, because she has memorized the words after reading it countless times.

If there's anything we love the most in this house, it's Mickey Mouse Clubhouse and reading. Usually at the same time. :)

What is your go to baby shower gift?

Sunday, April 5, 2015

Toddler Approved Superfood Cookies

These cookies are so much fun. I used a few of my kitchen tools for the first time when I made these, so that might have been why it was so fun for me. This recipe is simple, yet it pleases the babies. Made with sunflower seeds, flax meal, and honey, it's not overbearingly sweet and it's just the right amount of crunchy. My two year old keeps asking for them, and I'm okay giving them to her as a thank you for eating all of her dinner.

Why is this considered a superfood cookie? Sunflower seeds (1/4 cup) offer up 90% of your vitamin E, 54% of your B1, and is seven grams of protein. They are also gluten free, dairy free, and all that good stuff. These are a great, easy, guilt free snack to give your kid. They're better than store bought because you made them yourself and you know exactly what is in each of them.

These are not as sweet as store bought cookies. I called them cookies, so my toddler loves them, and constantly wants them.

Let's start it up! You need:
- 1 cup of sunflower seeds without the shells
- 1/2 cup flaxseed meal
- 1/4 cup cool water
- 2 tbl honey

You'll need to take your sunflower seeds and toss them into a food processor, and grind those bad boys into a coarse meal. It took me less than a minute!

Look at that beautiful course meal. The thinner you make it, the more smooth the cookies will end up. so grind on!

 Then you take all those sunflower seeds and toss them in a mixing bowl (or pour gently) and put the rest of the ingredients on top. 
Stir it up with a spoon and then put that bowl into the fridge for 30 minutes. You won't see much of a change, but oh. The change happened. 
 In the mean time, you can take some pictures of your rolling pin and parchment paper. Instagram that, maybe take a nice shower by yourself, or eat some chocolate. Oh who am I kidding, you have children, you don't have time for silly things like showers, or eating by yourself!
 After 30 minutes, squish that hunk of superfood between two piece of parchment paper and get it to about 1/2 inch thick, and use your cookie cutter to make shapes, or use a rolling blade to make them into slices and use these for eating hummus, or peanut butter. My daughter likes them plain.

Place on a greased baking sheet and put them in the oven for 15 minutes at 300°

And then we all lived happily ever after with our not too sweet superfood cookies. 

Toddler Approved Superfood Cookies
1 cup shelled sunflower seeds
1/2 cup flax meal
1 TBL honey
1/4 cup cold water

Put deshelled sunflower seeds in a food processor or blender and grind until it's the texture of coarse meal.  Place seed meal into a bowl and add remaining ingredients and stir.  Chill in the fridge for 30 minutes. Spoon batter onto parchment paper.  Cover with parchment paper and roll out with rolling pin until 1/4 inch thick.  Cut out shapes or slice.  Place shapes on greased cookie sheet.  Bake at 300° for 15 minutes.  Remove from oven and cool on wire rack.  

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