Mini Canteloupe and Blueberry Kebabs


I have been making a big effort to get a bigger variety of foods into my picky eater. His idea of what is good to eat has gotten so limited since he turned 3. I can sympathize because even though I LOVE food now, I too was a picky eater as a kid. So, I get it, and I am trying not to let is drive me crazy.

Rowan already likes some fruit, but whether he is in the mood to eat  it differs from day to day. I thought by making them into these cute kebabs they would seem more appealing.

I did cut the sharp tops of the toothpicks, so they would be safer for kids. Plus, I kept an eye on him while he was eating.

Get more snack ideas for kids HERE.


Make Your Own Lemon All Purpose Cleaner





I need all the encouragement I can get when it comes to cleaning. I am not a fan, but it has to be done. I love using organic cleaning products because in addition to being safe, they are usually pretty and smell good. I recently ran out of my Meyers Basil Counter Spray, and got inspired to try mixing up some of my own cleaner. This solution worked great and smelled really fresh and lemony.


Lemon All Purpose Cleaner

1 teaspoons Castile Soap
2 cups water
15 drops Lemon Essential Oil
3 drops tea tree oil

Mix all of the ingredients in a bowl and stir. Add liquid to a spray bottle.

The tea tree oil is a natural disinfectant. The Castile soap is a good cleanser. The lemon essential oil has germ-killing properties and adds a fresh scent.



Almond butter, strawberry jam and apple sandwich bites



I accidentally bought an extra bag of apples this week, so in an effort to use them up, I made this snack. Really delicious. Just slice up some apple, spread on some nut butter, your favorite jam, and a touch of cinnamon. Yum.



Anti-aging face scrub





I have gotten a bit concerned about my skin since moving to San Diego. I am definitely NOT complaining. Here me universe! NOT! complaining. But, it is super sunny here all of the time, all year long (not complaining). Which is great, and I do love it. BUT, I am getting a little paranoid about wrinkles and sun damage. Now that I am getting, ummm (coughing, clearing throat), older, I have to think about these things and protect my skin. Soooo, now I have a healthy passion for SPF, big hats, and making sure I take good care of my skin each day.

I just added this homemade anti-aging scrub to my weekly routine.You really don't have to go out and buy facial scrub. It is just a simple mix of your favorite oil and sugar (or salt or both). Then, I added my homemade facial serum to the mix to give it a boost of regenerative properties.

I love making my own natural products. You feel good using them on your skin, they smell good, and let's face it, they are a lot cheaper.


Anti-aging Facial Scrub

1/2 cup sugar
1/4 cup coconut oil
1 or 2 tablespoons olive oil
15/20 drops skin serum recipe here.

First mix sugar and coconut oil together. Add olive oil until you get the desired consistency. Add skin serum. You can also make this scrub by adding your favorite essential oils or just without any essential oils at all. 

If you like scrubs, try this recipe for lemon sugar scrub HERE.






Zucchini bites with cream cheese and cumin




This snack happened one night because I was starving, and there was very little in the fridge. But, there was a bunch of zucchini that was supposed to be for dinner the next night. I started slicing zucchini, and then spotting a tub of cream cheese, I began spreading the slices. I stood at my kitchen counter making and eating these little sandwiches, and they did the trick. The sea salt and cumin put these bites over the edge from a weird made-up midnight snack, to something with good flavor and crunch.

I made a bunch of these for Rowan's snack this weekend. I have to admit that he only ate one, and  Oreo style, licking the center, but leaving the zucchini slices behind, sigh. I, on the other hand, happily ate the rest.


Zucchini Bites

Zucchini
Cream cheese
Sea Salt
Cumin powder

Thinly slice zucchini into about 1/4 inch slices. Spread each slice with cream cheese and a sprinkling of sea salt and cumin powder. Top with another thin slice of zucchini. These should be eaten within the hour of making them. The zucchini will start to sweat and get a bit soggy.

For other snack ideas check out my Runaround Snack Pinterest board HERE.


Imaginary Fairy Boat Regatta





 








A mom at Rowan's school turned us on to Sparkle Stories this week. If you have not checked it out, you really should. The stories are sweet and simple, and harken back to days pre-technology. With audio stories, there is room left in your head images and imagination. There are no colors as bright as those created in your mind, I think. Good storytelling is a bit of a lost art. With everything that we have on offer these days, we forget how satisfying just hearing a good story can be. There was something refreshing (and rare!) about the quiet that settled in our kitchen, as Rowan sat and listened.

The first story we heard was about Martin and Sylvia, a young brother and sister, who along with their parents, create a fairy boat show in their backyard one spring day. Rowan and I were so inspired by this tale that we decided to give fairy boat construction a try. We have dabbled in fairy garden architecture so why not boats?

What was really nice is that my husband happened to be home early and got in on the action too. We went around the backyard collecting leaves and twigs. I scoured our craft closet for paper, glue and leftover crafty bits. The important thing is that we used what we had. Then, with a sense of purpose and a small dose competitive energy, we got to building. I painted craft paper with ocean waves and the imaginary regatta got underway.


Fairy Boat Construction

twigs
sticks
paint
glue
string
leaves
wood
anything you can find

Start with a good foundation like a leaf, pieces of wood or foam. Small sticks and toothpicks make great supports for your sails. Toothpicks are great for keeping pieces of foam together too. Paper and leaves make good sails and shade. Have fun.




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