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The Crayola Factory Experience: Tips for Visiting with a Toddler and a Baby

Life with a toddler or preschooler becomes even more interesting when you throw a baby into the mix. Our two little girls are a blessing for sure, but sometimes it gets a little tricky navigating various attractions and activities with both in tow. Crayola Experience worked out great when my mom and sister came along, but I was a little intimidated to do the trek to Crayola Factory (Easton PA) with the two littles by myself. When none of my friends or family could join us, I still decided to take the girls one weekend while my husband was golfing. It ended up being a really great, fun, and creative — but totally exhausting — day. Here’s everything I can share to help you have a successful trip!

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Creative Pancakes Contest in Partnership with IHOP in Honor of National Pancake Day, March 8

Pancakes, one of America’s favorite breakfast foods—and most definitely a favorite food for most toddlers—are truly versatile meal options. From their shape and size to the fillings and the toppings, you can get especially creative in the kitchen when you’re making pancakes. Most times pancakes are quick and easy to make, whether you whip them up from scratch or grab your nearest box of pancake mix. In honor of National Pancake Day, which is fast-approaching, taking place on Tuesday, March 8 from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., ToddlerMealTips.com has teamed up with IHOP (International House of Pancakes) to bring you a fun and exciting giveaway.

In 2015, IHOP gave away 6 Million pancakes! This year, March 8 is IHOP’s 11th Annual National Pancake Day and the goal is to raise $3.5 Million for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society and other local charities. The hope is that guests ordering their one free short stack of buttermilk pancakes will offer a voluntary donation for these special charities. For more information about National Pancake Day, please visit www.ihoppancakeday.com.

We are inviting all of our readers and friends to participate for a chance to win a $20 gift card to IHOP. Here’s the scoop:

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Toddler Breakfast Ideas: Adorable Morning Meals for Your Kids

If my daughter gets in one good meal per day, it’s usually breakfast. I’m not sure if it’s the variety or just the types of food customarily served at breakfast, but she tends to do well eating at breakfast time. I find that toddler breakfast ideas come fairly naturally to me, so I decided to write a post specifically about making a creative breakfast for toddler aged children. From eggs and pancakes to fruit or cereal, hopefully you can find something here in this list of toddler breakfast ideas to entice your kiddos to enjoy the most important meal of the day!

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Making a Valentine House with Your Toddler or Child

What to do with a gingerbread house kit leftover from Christmas that we forgot or never got around to using? I decided not to let it go to waste, so my husband and I helped our daughter make a “Valentine House” instead. Making a Valentine House is a fun craft that is especially cheap if you’ve already got the gingerbread house kit to use up anyway. We simply shopped for a few cute Valentine’s Day candies at the dollar store and got to work.

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Mickey and Minnie Mouse Turkey Burger Sliders for Kids

You may be wondering where we ever came up with Mickey and Minnie Mouse turkey burger sliders. So there’s no shortage of Minnie Mouse in my home, and Mickey is a fast second favorite. My two-and-a-half-year-old daughter simply can’t get enough. Unfortunately, she rarely gets enough to eat, either, because she much prefers to run around the house, read books, play with her toys, chase the dog, look at the floor, you know, anything but eat.

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Shaped Food for Kids: Fried Egg Flowers, Pancake Hearts, Bears and More…

Cooking for kids can be a lot of fun, especially when you have cool kitchen gadgets to make the process a little more creative. I have found that my daughter really enjoys eggs—fried, scrambled, hardboiled, on sandwiches, just on her plate, in a cup—she’s a big fan. I’ve tried to keep mealtimes interesting and exciting for her so that she is more inclined to eat appropriate amounts of food. (She’s only in the fifth percentile for her age, so the pediatrician wants us to keep getting her to eat more and higher fatty content foods.)

I’ve found some fun kitchen gadgets to make my life a bit easier when it comes to cooking for my toddler. I really enjoy using the pancake and egg molds as well as cookie cutters to keep the process and the meals fun and exciting. Continue reading Shaped Food for Kids: Fried Egg Flowers, Pancake Hearts, Bears and More…

Why I Make Dog Pancakes for My Daughter

Everyone has his or her own way of doing things in life. Some take the easy way out, others live their lives by Pinterest boards, and some, like me, find themselves comfortably navigating through life somewhere in the middle. I have vivid memories from my childhood of many things, but the younger I was at the time, the less I remember now. Still, I feel like the fondest and most poignant memories are often the ones I try to recreate with my daughter. It’s a special bond we can share that ties back to my own childhood and my family when I was a little girl.

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Under the Sea Fruit Plate – A Healthy Toddler Snack Idea

Some kids are picky and others might just like a little variety added into their daily meals and snacks. Sometimes it’s easier to get a child to eat a better meal by making things fun! I recently decided to try a lot of fun new kitchen techniques to get my toddler to eat more, and to actually enjoy it. She’s always liked fruit, so this Under the Sea Fruit Plate idea was a fast favorite.

You really don’t need much to make it happen, and even if you have different fruits (or veggies!), you can try this fun snack idea at home for your own little ones. Follow these simple instructions to make your own Under the Sea snack or meal for your son or daughter. Continue reading Under the Sea Fruit Plate – A Healthy Toddler Snack Idea