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Monday, January 30, 2012

Cooking Up a Dish of Healthy with Uncle Ben's

Posted by Debra Ann Elliott at 5:47 PM 1 comments

It's not easy trying to please a picky seven year old, but I've got a few tricks up my sleeve when it comes to healthy eating!

If you have a picky eater in your home you know how tough it can be to get your child to eat healthy. It's really difficult when they are between five and twelve. Kids don't like the H word. They'd rather eat junk all day. My grandson was that way until I discovered a few tricks and made healthy eating fun.

Disguise: Kids won't eat anything if they think it's healthy for them. One way I ensure Cameron will eat healthy is to put cheese on everything! He loves cheese and I always make sure I use 2% milk-enriched cheese. He gets his vitamins and I get peace of mind.

Create: Kids love to be creative. Most kids love to color,why not turn meal time into coloring time. Take an assortment of healthy veggies (different colors) and let your child create a healthy masterpiece. Your child will have fun and you won't have to worry about them eating their veggies.

Encourage: Encourage your child to be involved in all aspects of meal time. My grandson loves to shop and he loves to cook. If you make your child part of the process you can teach them the importance of eating and being healthy.

Show: Kids learn by example, not by telling. If you want your children to eat healthy, then you have to set the example. Kids love to play follow the leader. Be a health leader. Lead them to the dinner table. Lead them to a healthier lifestyle. Lead them to be healthy kids!

This year, Uncle Ben’s is encouraging families to get in the kitchen to cook and eat together to connect, one meal at a time. As a strong supporter of healthy eating and family togetherness, Uncle Ben’s is also helping parents establish healthy beginnings in their children’s lives.

 My grandson loves rice and one of his favorite dishes in rice and cheese. It's quick and easy to make and I don't have to worry about him cleaning his plate or feeding his food to the dog. Uncle Ben's Rice is quick, easy and healthy and a great way to start your child on the right track.

To empower and encouage parents to connect with their kids, one meal at a time, Uncle Ben’s has launched an exciting national contest called Ben’s Beginners! By entering the contest, you could win $20,000, along with a $50,000 grant towards a cafeteria makeover for your child’s school. In addition, you will have a chance to appear on The Rachael Ray show! Uncle Ben’s is calling for parents with children ages 5-12 to submit a 2-3 minute video of you cooking a rice-based dish with your children. For more info on the contest, please check out Ben’s Beginners on Facebook!

“I wrote this blog post while participating in the SocialMoms and Uncle Ben’s blogging program, for 6,000 My SocialMoms Rewards Points. For more information on how you can participate, click here.”

It's Little Angels Pre-Party Planning

Posted by Debra Ann Elliott at 4:34 PM 0 comments
I am very excited to be part of the Little Angels themed DVD screening/Valentine's Day party.  Fox Home Entertainment's Little Angels, a new childrens’ DVD produced by Roma Downey (“Touched by an Angel”), will be released on February 14th just in time for Valentine's Day. What a great way to celebrate the holiday of love than with a party!

My grandson and his friends are looking forward to watching Little Angels and having a blast with a themed party which will include all sorts of goodies.(I don't want to give away too many details)You'll have to come back and find out just how much fun we had!

My 7 year old grandson is excited about helping to plan the Little Angels themed DVD screening/Valentine's Day party. I'm excited too! I think this is a great way to celebrate and we're all geared up with candy hearts and surprises for the guests.

To find out how the party went come back on the 12th for all the fun-filled adventures.

Discover the joy of learning and friendship with this season’s most heavenly new collection! From executive producer Roma Downey (“Touched by an Angel”) comes the first three volumes of a fresh, fun and inspiring educational series that children and their parents (and grandparents too) can enjoy together in LITTLE ANGELS ABC’s, LITTLE ANGELS ANIMALS, and LITTLE ANGELS 1,2,3’s,soaring onto DVD with Digital Copy February 14 from Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment.

To learn more about Little Angels go to LITTLE ANGELS  or FB

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Safe, Sound and Sane on the Road: Five Tips for the Perfect Drive

Posted by Debra Ann Elliott at 5:12 PM 1 comments
Social Moms and Esurance have teamed up and asked mommy bloggers for mom safety tips on staying safe on the road.

When you're a soccer mom to a seven year old safety is your number one concern in a vehicle. In order to stay safe, sound and sane I've come up with five great tips to help keep you and your family safe on the road.

Number five: Young children can be a distraction to busy moms when you've got to rush here and there. One tip  I've learned over the years in order to keep the distractions to a minimum is what I like to call my "distraction reaction"  Distraction reaction is a normal reaction to distraction, but it's not a safe measure when you have little ones in the car. In order to prevent "distraction reaction" be prepared. You know it's going to happen before you even buckle them up. The screaming, the whining, and the non-stop talking will distract even the safest driver.  How can you stop the distractions before you start the engine? Reverse distraction! Plan ahead with a few distractions of your own. Coloring books, crayons, puzzle books and even reading books are great distractions for a child. Try it! It really works and you and your precious cargo will stay safe and sound and you will remain sane.

Number four: Children test their boundaries and rules when they get into a vehicle. How do you get passed this problem? Simple. If your children have a tendency to misbehave give them a car timeout. I remember when I was growing up if we misbehaved in the car my dad would pull the vehicle over and wouldn't move until I stopped acting up. Kids want rules and boundaries and you have to be willing to use the car timeout as a way to get them to understand the rules of the road. It will keep them and you out of harms way.

Number three: Inspection, inspection, inspection... I can't stress this tip enough. Always get your vehicle inspected my the proper people. Whether it's a proper car seat installation, tire pressure even these preventive measures will keep your family safe on the road.

Number two: Be prepared for emergencies! You never know what will happen. I always make sure I have a first-aid kit, a battery charger, extra water, blankets and a heavy duty flashlight. When you are prepared for any road emergency, you are keeping you and your family safe and sound.

Number one: My number one tip is a variation of the Golden Rule. I call it the Golden Rule of the Roadway.
When you are on the road, not only do you have to be careful but you have to watch out for the other drivers. Accidents happen and nobody wants to be involved in one. Be cautious, be careful and watch out for your driving neighbor.

With these tips you will be able to keep your family safe and sound. You will also keep yourself sane on the highway!

About Esurance
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“I wrote this blog post while participating in the SocialMoms and Esurance blogging program for 8,000 My SocialMoms Rewards Points. For more information on how you can participate, click here.”

Friday, January 13, 2012

Snyder's of Hanover Makes Snacking Fun

Posted by Debra Ann Elliott at 6:49 PM 2 comments

My family is a pretzel loving family! We love pretzels and one of our favorite pretzels is Snyder's of Hanover.
We especially love the Sour Dough pretzels. They are delicious and not too salty. Pretzels make a great quick and healthy snack.

One of my grandson's favorite pretzel recipe is Celery and Pretzel Butterflies.
Pretzel Bugs are easy and quick to make. It's a healthy snack the entire gang will eat up!

Need: Celery, cream cheese or peanut butter, raisins, large pretzel twists, pretzel pieces

Directions: Cut the celery into 3 inch pieces, spread on cream cheese, add raisins down the middle, add 2 pretzels with the two loops outward, put 2 pretzel pieces at one end for antennae.

Make as many as you like...

With an eight year old growing boy in the house, I have to watch what he eats and make sure he eats healthy.

Some of my  healthy eating tips:

1. Choose natural ingredients. It's important you make sure you and your family only get the best. With natural you can't go wrong.

2. When it comes to healthy I choose 100% juice. Water is better, but juice in moderation is O.K.

3. Limit candy. If my grand son wants candy I'll add a few pieces to pretzels. He's happy and so am I!

4. Make eating veggies fun. My grandson loves to eat his veggies when I get creative and let him help. He loves ants on a log, celery boats and blood covered worms(pasta with tomato sauce).

5. In order to get my grandson to eat healthy I involve him in the grocery shopping. He loves to shop and I teach him what foods are healthy and good for him.

When it comes to eating healthy in my house it has been a battle, but with a few tips I have won the war! My grandson has now learned that healthy eating is helpful eating. He is involved in all aspects of preparing what he eats,including shopping, planning meals and even helping to cook meals.

I've learned how important it is to include your child when you want them to eat healthy. It's not an overnight habit, but a lifetime of changes.

Even one change a month can become a healthy habit that will last a lifetime. Make it a habit at the grocery store to buy low-fat, whole fruits and veggies, whole grain, and bottled water.

Grab a handful of Snyder's of Hanover Pretzels and snack away into healthy eating...

About Snyder’s of Hanover
Our tradition of good taste dates back to 1909 when Harry V. Warehime, founder of Hanover Canning Company, our parent company until 1980, began producing Olde Tyme Pretzels for the Hanover Pretzel Company. In 1963, the Bechtel Pretzel Company, founded by Bill and Helen Bechtel in 1947, was purchased and incorporated into Snyder’s Bakery. Bill developed the original recipe for the Sourdough Hard Pretzel that is still enjoyed by consumers today. More info on Snyder’s of Hanover

“I wrote this blog post while participating in the SocialMoms and Snyder’s of Hanover blogging program, for 6,000 My SocialMoms Rewards Points. For more information on how you can participate, click here.”

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