Category Archives: Family

Raising Adventurous Eaters – 7 strategies even for picky kids

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Ah, dinner time.

That moment in the day where the whole family comes together, enjoys a nourishing meal, and takes a genuine interest in one another’s day…

(or maybe…not?)

If your mealtimes feel a little more like Looney Tunes let the Tasmanian Devil loose around your kitchen table…or the princess from the pea-under-the-mattress story stopped by to give commentary on each item on the plate…you’re not alone.

And I might have a solution for you.

I’ve been checking out some tips from the teacher behind the Kids Cook Real Food eCourse, an online cooking class for kids. She’s got so many ideas about strategies for peaceful dinners, fostering healthy eaters, and dealing with picky ones, and she’s sharing them all in a (free!) live online event this week:

Raising Adventurous Eaters: 7 Proven Strategies to End Mealtime Madness and Get Your Kids to Eat Healthy Food ​​​​​(even if they’re picky!)

Katie Kimball, who is a teacher and mom of 4, will show you:

  • 7 Proven Strategies to Make Family Mealtimes Peaceful (even if you have picky eaters)
  • 3 Choices to Give Your Kids That Will Make Healthy Food a Reality in Your House — but They Still Think They’re in Control
  • 2 Way-too-common Ways Parents Sabotage Dinner Without Even Realizing it
  • The Snacktime Rule that will be your new best friend
  • The Biggest Mistake Parents Make when inviting their kids into the kitchen…and how to avoid it.
  • How to Make the Clean Plate Club Totally Unnecessary
  • How to Teach Kids to Use Sharp (or dull!) Knives Safely
  • Plus WHEN YOU ATTEND LIVE, you’ll get access to a free video teaching kids to use knives safely — for children of ANY age. Be ready for your kids to exceed your expectations!

Are you ready to experience a family dinner that everyone enjoys – even the adults?

You won’t want to miss this free event – your kids’ futures depend on it! SIGN UP NOW!

https://sl290.isrefer.com/go/raising/happy2bmyownboss/

For attending, you’ll also get a free knife skills video from her Kids Cook Real Food eCourse that you can use to teach your kids (of any age!) how to use dull and sharp knives safely, in a fun and kid-friendly way.

Over 20,000 families have used this class to teach kids knife safety and techniques. I’m so excited that you get a chance too (it’s usually part of a $20 set of 5 videos)!

RESERVE YOUR SEAT FOR THE LIVE EVENT https://sl290.isrefer.com/go/raising/happy2bmyownboss/

 

PS – The training has 4 times to choose from so it’s even easier to get there:

* Thursday, Feb. 22nd, at 1PM Eastern (10AM Pacific)

* Tuesday, Feb. 27th, at 7PM Eastern (4PM Pacific)

* Tuesday, Feb. 27th, at 10PM Eastern (7PM Pacific)

* Saturday, March 3rd, at 4PM Eastern (1PM Pacific)

It will be recorded and signing up is the only way to get the replay!

https://sl290.isrefer.com/go/raising/happy2bmyownboss/

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Kids Cook Real Foods: 20 Recipes Kids can Make (that aren’t braindead easy)

This is a really interesting post on the Kids Cook Real Foods site that we have been using for part of our homeschool curriculum this year. We are absolutely loving this site and I think you will too so head on over and check them out by clicking on any of the affiliate links in this post or the links below:

20 Recipes Kids can Make (that aren’t braindead easy)

FREE Download: 10 Snacks Your Kids Can Make

 

My First Simply Earth Essential Oil Box

Whew! The past week has been CRAZY here! I mean a full moon almost always causes chaos but a  super blood moon can wreak all kinds of havoc in my house! On top of that I decided to rearrange a couple of rooms… lol… we only have a couple of rooms, right? Just kidding, but just because our house is small doesn’t make it any easier.

Things are finally getting settled down and everything is pretty much organized, well at least as organized as it can be for now, so I’ve been trying to catch up on some things that I need to work on. As I was checking emails I noticed that I was scheduled to get a box from Simply Earth (yep, that’s an affiliate link at no cost to you) and panic set in for a moment as I wasn’t 100% sure that I had indeed received it. After running to the bedroom to check I did find the package safe and sound waiting for me to open it. I grabbed the phone and filmed a quick video to post on YouTube. (See the video below.)

I was so happy to open it up and see what all they had sent me. I just wanted to share it with everyone and what a better way to do it than a video? I love essential oils and I am always trying out new blends and recipes. Sometimes it gets complicated to know what is what and where to get it.

I can’t thank them enough at Simply Earth as they have made my life so much simpler by including almost everything I need for the recipes that they sent with this box. These are all recipes that I will be trying out soon in our home, especially that Sore Muscle Roll On!

So, if you haven’t watched the video you are probably waiting for me to tell you what exactly was in this box that has me so excited…

This February Essential Oil Box from Simply Earth included:

  • four essential oils: lemon, oregano, ravensara, and defender blend
  • menthol crystals
  • coconut oil
  • 3 roll on bottles
  • 1 small bottle
  • 2 inhaler tubes
  • 6 recipe cards

Pretty awesome, huh? That’s not all though as Simply Earth is on a mission to make it easy and affordable for people to have a natural home while giving 13% of their profits to help end human trafficking.

If you want to check out their site and maybe grab a box of your own then use my code KIRBYSKORNERFREE to get a $40 gift card emailed to you after subscribing on your first box (SUBSCRIPTION CAN BE CANCELLED ANYTIME).

If you like the essential oil diffuser in the video you can get yours here and the wooden storage box here.

Note: The only thing that I was lacking when I made up my recipes was some oil droppers. These make things so much easier when trying to measure out the drops precisely. You can probably order them from the Simply Earth site or get some here.

 

Teach Kids These 5 Habits for Lifelong Healthy Eating

Teach Kids These 5 Habits for Lifelong Healthy Eating:

What are the best habits you learned from your parents? What are the most important habits you’re teaching your kids? #2 on this list is especially good:

Teach Kids These 5 Habits for Lifelong Healthy Eating

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Opposites Day

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January 25th is Opposites Day which is the perfect day to teach our kids about opposites, or is it? Anyway below are a few fun ideas to celebrate this day in your house.

Things To Do

Martha Speaks . Opposite Day | PBS KIDS!

It’s Opposite Day : Lesson Plans : Thinkmap Visual Thesaurus

Opposite Theme Day

FREE Opposite Day Activities by Joy in the Journey by Jessica Lawler

The Learning Journey Match It! Opposites

Mini Learning Games Opposites 40-Piece Matching Puzzle

Trend Enterprises Opposites Match Me Cards Game

Homeschool: January on Pinterest

Books to Read

Opposites

TouchThinkLearn: Opposites

Polar Opposites

Eric Carle’s Opposites (The World of Eric Carle)

 

Skill Trek Sale

For one week only, January 24th – 31st,  you, my readers can save 15% off of an annual family membership AND receive a FREE Winter Skills Set of your  choice. by using the  the coupon code SKILLTREKJANUARY.

This is a great opportunity and my kiddos are loving this new program in our home. Even the four year is learning to tell time and they are all become very proficient in Tic Tac Toe among many other skills we are working on.

101 Compliments To Really Make Someone’s Day Better

Did you know that January 24th is Compliment Day? I didn’t until here recently but now that I do I want to be prepared. These would really be good for any day of the year though and the smallest compliment can really turn a bad day around.  Continue reading 101 Compliments To Really Make Someone’s Day Better

Kid-friendly, Freezer-friendly, Three Bean Soup Recipe:

Kid-friendly, Freezer-friendly, Three Bean Soup Recipe:

This delicious soup is perfect for a cold January day! It’s super simple to make, kid-friendly, freezer-friendly, and inexpensive – ‘cause we need a little break after last month, amen?

It dresses up fancy for a potluck or company, but I’m actually just making it for lunch at home (yum!) Check it out here: Kid-friendly, Freezer-friendly, Three Bean Soup Recipe

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Fun And Unusual Holidays To Celebrate In January (2018)

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I know, I know it’s already the middle of January and I’m just now getting this list out and I do apologize. I promise I’ll do better! I kinda dropped these posts a while back but I know I like to find all of the fun and unusual holidays to celebrate with my kids so I am determined to start doing these again!

I do have the monthly links on Kirby Kid’s page or you can click this link January Holidays.
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How To Start Homeschool With 10 Easy Resources

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Has the thought of homeschooling entered your mind? Maybe you’ve bounced the idea around but you just aren’t sure it is right for you and your family? I know I thought about it when my oldest kids were in school but at the time it just wouldn’t work for us. I thought it was going to be too difficult but I was wrong and I’ll share some of our favorite resources with you. You can read more about our homeschool journey here. Continue reading How To Start Homeschool With 10 Easy Resources

The Nicer You Are The Happier You Are

Kids say the darndest things sometimes and I just don’t know where they come up with some of the things that come out of their little mouths. My five year old told me yesterday that ‘the nicer you are the happier you are’. I asked him where he had heard that and he said he learned it from one of his video lessons.

Wow! I am amazed at the things they pick up sometimes and this time I am so glad that it was a good lesson. We all had a quick little discussion about whether or not that statement was true as Caitlyn (10 going on 30) insisted it couldn’t possibly be correct.

She later changed her mind after realizing that the old advice ‘Do unto others as you would have others do unto you’ was probably the reasoning behind her brother’s remark. We also discussed ways to be kind to one another and how we would want to be treated in certain situations.

All in all it was a very good, but impromptu, lesson in character.

What have your kids said lately that has surprised you?

Feeling The Pain of Undecorating…

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Well yesterday went better than I thought it would in some ways. The kids were motivated to help clean up the house as they wanted me to help them open, assemble, and set up some of their new toys.

In 2 hours we had the tree down (I don’t usually take it down so early but it was taking up some prime space in our little house on the pond) and all the decorations put away on the newly reorganized porch. We also had 2 loads of laundry done up and a third in the washer. The kitchen had made good progress as well.

As the kids went down for quiet time I played catch up on some emails, updated some posts on Kirby’s Koupons, and finished the laundry. Well this morning it seems I was a bit overzealous in my attack on the house and I am feeling it in every little joint and muscle. Big time fibro flare… gotta love it.

So while I was stumbling around in the kitchen trying to fix a cup of coffee and find some ibuprofen Jacob came in. He told me it was Wednesday and wanted to know what kind of muffins we were going to have. (Gotta love the fact that the four year is reading the calendar and telling time on his new watch.) Continue reading Feeling The Pain of Undecorating…