Igniting Young Minds2020-12-14T11:22:03-07:00

Easy Breakfast Ideas for Kids

What to Eat|

Breakfast is super important as you may have heard from your own mother years ago when you "weren't hungry" all of those mornings... It happens to all of us, we skip breakfast for days or weeks at a time not realizing just how important it is for your brain to function and getting that boost of energy. So as important as it is for you - it's twice as important for your child to have [...]

How to Store Fresh Produce


If you're like me, you've stood in your kitchen at 7:00 am cursing your raspberries for being mushy or molded within two days of buying them. Cleaning and maintaining fresh produce is one of those tricks you need to learn, but as soon as you conquer it, you'll feel invincible - I swear. We all want to be as efficient in the kitchen as possible, making sure that things are ready when we need them [...]

Kid Approved Recipes: Chicken Fingers

What to Eat|

Who doesn't love a plate of chicken fingers - and who doesn't love guaranteed kid approved recipes? These chicken fingers have a secret though, they're made with almond meal instead of flour which sounds crazy of course, but you can't taste the almond. It just adds a little healthy touch to a favorite meal of kids everywhere, is gluten-free and there's no shame in that! You'll Need 1lb Boneless, skinless chicken breasts 1 Cup almond [...]

Creative Writing Prompts for Kids: Word Birds

What to Do, Writing|

Kids are SO creative it's almost unfair. There's no filter, judgement or fear that someone won't like it. It's just hilarious, creative words put to paper. It's not automatic, however, sometimes creative writing prompts for kids are in order. Have you ever looked at old drawings, reports for class or writing projects you wrote as a little one and went "...Okay, a castle on the moon that is made entirely out of Hawaiian pizza... how [...]

DIY: How to Make Crystals

Mini Scientists|

Imagine learning how to make crystals? Well, now you can. I wish my parents knew about crystal egg geodes when I was little because I'm thinking about making them this weekend. This is a really cool science experiment to try out with your kids because it teaches them about growth and chemical reactions - but most importantly, patience! This science project takes a few days depending on how large you want your crystals but it is [...]

Sense of Smell – What Scent can you Sense?

Mini Scientists|

In exploring our 5 senses, we have up to now learned about our sense of sight, hearing, taste, and touch. Our last of the 5 senses to explore is our sense of smell.  Smelling something delicious or fragrant can bring back a special memory, and transport us to somewhere special. The scent of fresh apple pie in the oven...  oh, that takes me to fall gatherings around the dinner table, and Thanksgiving in particular. Not [...]

Play board games with the Family!

What to Do|

Board games are a great way to spend family time together! Children learn a lot of lessons from playing them too, such as sharing and taking turns. Did you have a favorite board game growing up? Do you have a favorite board game you play with your children? Please share!

Gluten Free Blueberry Muffins

What to Eat|

Blueberry muffins are so comforting and kids love them. Blueberries are that compromise between fruit and chocolate chips. They're just sweet enough to be delicious yet they're fruit! Packed with antioxidants - and they make great finger paint and stain clothing! I'm off topic now, but, gluten free blueberry muffins taste exactly the same - just without all that gluten! So whether you or your child has a gluten intolerance they can still enjoy a [...]

Hilarious Pregnancy Photography

Your Daily Zen|

I know we've talked about Awkward Family Photos before, so, if you're ever having a bad day or need a laugh just scroll through their site.It's a guaranteed pick-me-up. One of my favorite sections on the site is pregnancy photography. There is some very tasteful work out there and some... well, you'll see.... I'm not saying it's a bad thing, but a lot of people think it's all about the belly. So many photographers are [...]

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