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

Delicious Apple Crumble Recipe

What to Eat|

Every fall season, I look forward to making apple pie!  I enjoy using Dave Liberman’s Apple Crumble recipe, and an amazing pie crust recipe from Williams-Sonoma. As with any recipe, you can “tweak” it to your liking.  I may cut back on the sugar a little at times, and I like to use Granny Smith apples.  For the topping, I always use pecans — so yummy! Here is Dave Lieberman’s Apple Crumble recipe: […]

The Health Benefits of Bananas


Who knew bananas were so powerful? It turns out the health benefits of bananas are endless! They have such a mild sweetness and go great with everything and the best news is - kids are bananas for bananas! Add them to smoothies, cut them up for peanut butter on toast or pack one in your child's lunch and for every banana your child eats you should eat one too. Check out why... Blood Pressure  Bananas [...]

Diaper Change Threat Condition

Your Daily Zen|

 "He smelled fine a minute ago!"  We came across this handy guide called to know when you should run to the restroom to change your baby's diaper - which is much, much better than finding out when it's too late. So, check out the Diaper Change Threat Condition: Image courtesy of How to be a Dad.  

How to Make Pom Poms

What to Make|

For some pom poms are one thing I have never forgotten how to make - unlike forgetting how to knit, crochet, boil an egg properly... You can use pom poms for just about anything, zipper pulls, on the tops or ends of winter hats, keychains... the possibilities are endless. It's a great little craft that can take a short or long period of time depending on the size and you can get rid of all [...]

So very good for the soul

Mini Scientists, Your Daily Zen|

Laughter is so very good for the soul! Do you know of or have a young child who can appreciate and tell jokes? Children’s jokes are so funny because a lot of times, they make more sense to them than to us! Knock-knock jokes are popular at this young age! What is your child’s favorite joke to tell?    

Science Experiments that Explode!


Science experiments are great!  But when you add a special explosion to that experiment it becomes so much better and interesting! Elephant's toothpaste is one of those simple, safe experiments that gets the kids to squeal in delight.  Have extra materials on hand because they will ask you to repeat it over and over again. Ingredients: Empty water bottle 1/2 cup hydrogen peroxide Squirt of dish detergent 4 drops of food coloring 1 teaspoon of [...]

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 [...]

Cabbage Water Movement Experiment

Mini Scientists|

Nothing like a fun little experiment to pique the interest of young minds. An interest in science is something that must be instilled from a young age and that means regularly coming up with new ways for your kids to interact with (and test) the limits of their world. The cabbage (or celery) water movement experiment is very simple but demonstrates how plants work in a straightforward--and colorful--way. Supplies: 1 Napa Cabbage (or Celery) [...]

Natural Remedies for Diaper Rash


There is nothing more stressful than an uncomfortable baby rashes happen every so often and when it happens - you'll be prepared with the following natural remedies for diaper rash with this handy list! Diaper Rash Causes Wet or dirty diapers left on too long Diaper chafing Yeast infection Bacterial infection Allergic reaction to the diaper itself   Coconut Oil Coconut oil works wonders for a number of things so it's natural that it would [...]

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