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Review and Giveaway: Kashi® TLC® Peanutty Chocolate Layered Granola Bars

We just tried out Kashi’s new Peanutty Chocolate Layered Granola Bars.

My kids loved them. You really can’t go wrong with anything chocolate in my house!

And, because my kids don’t really get any refined sugar in their diets, they didn’t bat an eye at the slightly off flavor of the date-sweetened chocolate!

I read some other reviews of this product on the Kashi site, and people definitely had complaints about the taste and texture of the chocolate. Because Kashi uses predominantly dates to sweeten this granola bar, it’s going to taste different to palates that are used to the overly-sweet flavor of cane sugar.

I personally appreciate the lower glycemic index of the dates, and the...

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Hey Laura, how can I improve my 12 month old’s sleep habits?

Allie emailed me last week, at her wit’s end with chronic sleep deprivation and I pounded out a quick response. She’s given me permission to reprint our exchange (edited a bit for readability and extra things I thought of since) in case it can help anyone else out there!

Basically, we are having a tough time with Noey’s sleeping. Common problem, I know, but it is really difficult to know what to do. She is almost a year old, on Monday, and right now she takes naps and sleeps on a futon in her room. Until a month ago we all slept in the same king size bed. I sleep with her at night, my husband sleeps on our king size bed alone. She wakes up about 5 times a night. I am sleeping with her on...

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Snippets: Free Kids’ Audiobooks for Download

While LibriVox.org is probably the most well-known source for downloadable audiobooks, I really like browsing through the more visual catalogue at BooksShouldBeFree.com. Both sites have essentially the same content, it is just presented differently. They definitely have the best children’s selection out there.

I love this list of the LibriVox-available recordings from the Ambleside Booklists. I’m a big fan of the Charlotte Mason philosophy of homeschooling, so seeing the recommended reading all linked up like that is very useful!

I really hit the Google jackpot with Kiddie Records Weekly:

Kiddie Records Weekly began in 2005 as a one year project devoted to celebrating the golden age of...

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Snippets: Toddler Management

I wrote this piece about 3 years ago, when I was in the thick of it with my firstborn. Now that I’m on the verge of walking through this same jungle with number two, I am scrambling to remember all my toddler management tricks!

I’m using my child’s online pseudonym here. I know that in this day and age there is really no such thing as privacy, but I do try to maintain a little obscurity so we’re not so entirely Google-able! Thanks for helping me maintain that, friends.


Just about everything I do in my day-to-day dealings with Roo is based on what I learned as the Project Manager of the small web marketing and advertising company we were a part of in southern...

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Hey Laura, what are some family-friendly activities in Maui?

Michelle writes:

We are going to Hawaii in June - know of any family friendly must-do’s in Maui?

Well, Michelle, I dearly wish I was a true expert on anything about Maui. My first time to Maui (and the Islands in general) was last November. It was lovely and I can’t wait to visit again. I’ll link you to all the things we enjoyed, and hope that other readers can do the same in the comments!

We stayed just north of Lahaina, in Kaanapali, which is basically just a long string of beach resorts and condominium hotels. I’m not a resort-y kind of person and would probably try renting something through VRBO.com, if we go again. (Like, maybe this $220/night, 2 bed/2 bath cottage 200 feet from...

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Snippets: Parenting Books

Tonight, I’m hosting a get-together with some local moms to talk about Intentional Parenting. I love to geek out about all things child-rearing and discipline, so I’m pretty excited!

If you’re interested, I will post some of my thoughts and notes on the meetup. Just leave me a comment if you want to hear more! :)

In the mean time, here is some non-HLW material. As with anything, just glean what works for you and leave the rest behind! ;)

I’m not a huge fan of “Parenting Self-Help” books, but these books have some very inspiring ideas and some only made me want to toss them at the wall a couple of times. I owe Moxie a big hat tip, as her wonderful parenting advice blog has been my...

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Snippets: Raising Adventurous Eaters

My friend Heidi blogged an excellent piece called: On Picky Eaters: How to Develop a Sense of Food Adventure.

I immediately emailed her and asked her if I could link to it. It’s like Heidi did my work for me today (which is lucky, since I’m still overwhelmed with unpacking boxes in my new house!); I couldn’t agree with her more, and am pleased that she agreed to let me share this article with you. Her family feeding guide is a great addition to my other kid-and-food related stuff.

My thoughts
Practices at my house are very similar to Heidi’s, although we are big-time snackers here. My 4.5 year old is very sensitive to blood sugar fluctuations, so I make sure she has a nibble of something...

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