Igniting Young Minds

Igniting Young Minds2022-10-28T12:33:14-07:00

Healthy Road Trip Snacks for Kids

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Is there anything more terrifying than road trip food - I'm talking greasy diners and impulse buys from the gas station and sticky fingers in the backseat... I think I've painted a pretty familiar picture for you. I mean, the cost alone of travel is expensive and honestly - four meals at McDonalds isn't exactly cheap nowadays even if it is your last resort. You can help curve the cravings of road trip grub with [...]

Homemade Ice Cream in a Bag!

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End the summer with some homemade ice cream in a bag! Ingredients: Ice cubes (enough to fill a gallon-sized bag about half full) 1 cup of milk 1/2 cup of kosher salt 2 tablespoons of sugar 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract 2 pint-size ziplock bags 1 gallon-size ziplock bag any other goodies that you might want to mix in such as fruit or chocolate chips!   Directions: 1.  Pour the sugar, milk and vanilla extract into [...]

Gluten and Dairy Free Pizza

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There are plenty of recipes out there for gluten free pizza, but this recipe is both gluten and dairy free pizza. This recipe is great because you can either make your own cheese or you can buy a vegan brand like Daiya - I swear it tastes just like cheese. This is a recipe for two 8-12" pizzas or one large 14" pizza, so maybe make one for the adults and let the kids choose their [...]

Healthy Desserts: Spinach Brownies

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Okay, you might think I'm completely nuts for the next couple healthy desserts this week but ever since I started subbing cauliflower for potatoes in my diet I've been trying to find substitutions for flour, sugar, etc... It's actually amazing how cocoa and other spices can overpower things like vegetables in desserts and that's exactly what I'm bringing to the table today. On Wednesday I'll post a recipe for a Zucchini Crisp that will blow [...]

Cookie Mix Party Favors!

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Gather some cookie mix ingredients and make an unique, adorable party favor. All you need is a 32 ounce mason jar.  I chose to get the smooth Ball mason jars (found at JoAnn's) and some ribbon to make it fun and colorful. Ingredients needed: 1 1/3 cup all purpose flour 1 teaspoon baking soda 1 teaspoon baking powder 1/4 teaspoon salt 1 cup oats 3/4 cup m&m's 3/4 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips 1/2 cup packed [...]

Lunch Ideas for St. Patrick’s Day

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Do you and your family celebrate and take part in St. Patrick's Day traditions?  How about preparing them a St. Patrick's Day themed lunch? We collected some cute kids' lunch ideas for you to enjoy.  Although St. Patrick's Day falls on a Sunday this year, you could still prepare them a themed lunch at home, or send them to school with it on the Friday before.  They will love it!   IPackLunch packed a St. [...]

Easy Paper Helicopter Template

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This is an easy to make paper helicopter template from NASA. The PDF of the template is linked below. Background Air must move across the surface of a wing to produce lift. To fly, birds and insects use a flapping motion to move the air over and around the wing surface. The wings of airplanes are attached to the fuselage in a fixed position. Lift is generated by moving the entire wing and [...]

Books About Inspiring Women


If you're looking for books for your daughter try a few of these books about inspiring women out. They're educational and sure to inspire your little one. Marvelous Mattie: How Margaret E. Knight Became an Inventor By Emily Arnold McCully Margaret E. Knight has been called "the most famous 19th-century woman inventor" In this book we learn about stories of invention and about a woman who stood up for herself and learns from her mistakes. [...]

The Best Gifts to Buy Your Kids This Holiday Season

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Introduction You've got a lot on your plate this holiday season, so we're here to help. We've scoured the internet and come up with the best gifts for kids of all ages and interests. These toys are sure to make their holiday season extra special! Original LEGO Mini Figures Lego minifigures are a great gift for children. They're small, light, and durable enough to be carried around easily. They can be used to play [...]



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