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Review - Amazon Prime Video Original Series for Kids

Amazon has nailed it with their first run of Amazon Original Series for kids.

My girls adored Annedroids - featuring a super smart, Punky Brewster-esque female lead and her human and robot sidekicks. The show hit three major sweet spots for me: smart, not cynical, and a racially and socioeconomically diverse cast of characters. I love that the kids’ parents have roles and are not cast as idiots, and that the focus is not on “boys and clothes and popularity.” The science is iffy, at best, but the real draw is the interest in tinkering and building, not accurate STEM instruction. ;)

I was a little skeptical about Gortimer Gibbon’s Life on Normal Street, as I am with most shows aimed at...

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Review - Tropical Traditions Raw Organic Honey

A few weeks ago, my recipes for the best (gluten free!) oatmeal raisin cookies and Wonder Bars were chosen to be in the Tropical Traditions Coconut Flour Recipes booklet and I was awarded $100 in gift certificates to Tropical Traditions for payment for my recipes. Awesome, right?!

I went on a little shopping spree and I picked up this 15 pound pail of raw organic honey to get us through the winter. We use honey medicinally (as well as liberally on our toast), so I knew it was going to be a great investment.

This honey is amazing. When I popped open the lid, my girls and I dove in and had a few (medicinal, of course!) spoonfuls. It is creamy and mild - but not boring; sweet but not...

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(Book) Review - “It’s So Amazing!”

Friends, this book belongs on your shelf.

You know that sex education is really really important, right? And that you should be frank with your kids from an early age about how their bodies work, how babies are made, etc. Immerse them with it early enough, and it’s just common knowledge like everything else; there won’t be a big “What?! Ew!” moment with their peers. They’ll just have “always known.”

The book?

It’s So Amazing!: A Book about Eggs, Sperm, Birth, Babies, and Families by Robie H. Harris and Michael Emberley. (That’s an affiliate link! Clicky-clicky to support my blog.)

I can’t say enough good things about It’s So Amazing! What a fresh, thoughtful, concise answer to all the...

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Review - Barbara’s Snackimals cereal

A few weeks ago, I received samples of Barbara’s new Organic Snackimals breakfast cereal to review on HLW. Since we are a mostly no-cereal household, my kids were thrilled to “have” to do taste tests!

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While Snackimals are still cereal, they’re about as “good for you” as breakfast cereal can get without turning into cardboard. Organic, non-GMO, and containing only 7 grams of sugar, with cute shapes to boot, this cereal is bound to be a family favorite.

The Vanilla Blast was my 4 year old’s favorite flavor, while the 7.5 year old and I preferred the Cinnamon Crunch. I’ve never been able to stomach chocolate at breakfast, but let me tell you, the Chocolate Crisp flavor was an amazing...

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Review - Fresh Express Salad Kits

Last month, I had the opportunity to sample the Fresh Express Salad Kits, as a promotion of their “30 Day Salad Swap.” I shared a few coupons with friends and tried out two kits for myself.

My first challenge was finding the kits. Since I don’t shop at Safeway or Albertsons, and only very rarely make a Target run, I had to go out of my way to find them. When I did find them at Target, I was disappointed to find that they stocked only one organic option. Leafy greens are some things I always try to buy organic, but I made the concession because of the coupons I’d been given.

I chose the American Mix (iceberg, romaine, carrots, red cabbage, and radishes), and the 50/50 Mix (spring mix and...

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Hey Laura, what are some great iPad apps for kids?

Harmony writes:

Amazing friends recently gifted us with a new-to-us iPad.  We are leaving for a cross-country trip in a few days, and I would love to load it with some child-friendly activities.  Do you have any apps that you would recommend?

Oh, yes! We have some beloved iPad apps to recommend. I’m pretty picky about what my kids spend their screen time on, so here are my picks. I hope readers chime in with their own; we are always looking for more goodies.

There aren’t many free apps on my list. That’s because most free apps come with annoying ads or in-game payment opportunities. Both really bad if you are giving your kids screen time so you can have kid-free time. You don’t want them...

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