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How To Make Mealtime Healthy and Fun For Kids

Ahimsa colorful stainless steel dinnerware set for kids


Did you know
 that according to the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), harmful chemicals found in plastic called Endocrine Disrupting Chemicals (EDCs) interfere with children's hormones, growth and brain development?

Did you know that more than 80% of baby and children's feeding products are plastic?

Did you know that by decreasing your child's exposure to these plastic chemicals, the level in their bodies can drop dramatically within just 3 days?

Read on and find out how.

By Birgit Sund on November 16, 2021

Fun And Versatile Backpacks And Lunchboxes For Back To School [Giveaway]

Hard to believe, but school starts in a couple of weeks! In case you're looking for a backpack or a lunchbox for your little ones, check out the super versatile backpacks and lunchboxes from Wanderwild.

Read more about Wanderwild and enter for a chance to win your own Wanderwild lunchbox!
By Birgit Sund on August 2, 2021

Food For Austin Families Fundraiser by Live Grow Play Austin Readers

Food For Austin Families Fundraiser by Live Grow Play Austin Readers
Back in May, we hosted our first Central Texas Food Bank fundraiser and we exceeded our goal, thanks to you. Unfortunately, the need for food now is even greater, so let's do it again!


During the holidays, when family meals are so central to our lives, thousands of our neighbors are still struggling to put food on the table. And the unprecedented demand of the past several months has strained the Central Texas Food Banks resources to the limit. This holiday season, the Food Bank will put food on the table for thousands of families. You can help. Give to the Central Texas Food Bank. Because, now more than ever, we're stronger together.

By Birgit Sund on December 1, 2020

Free Summer Food Service Program - Kids Eat Free This Summer

Many children in and around Austin participate in the free or reduced meals programs at their school. When school is over for the summer it can be an expensive time for many families.

Fortunately, many schools and organizations in and around Austin offer a Summer Food Service Program where children age 18 and under can visit a summer meal site throughout the summer while school is out of session to receive free meals, snacks and participate in fun activities. Read on for participating locations. 

By Birgit Sund on July 6, 2020

Cookbook for Austin Families from Austin Families

Cookbook for Austin Families from Austin Families
Are you running out of ideas for what to cook? Are you eating the same thing over and over and over again? Are you trying to eat healthier? Do you want to save money by not eating out or getting take-out? Are you looking for fun things to do with your kids and are ready to give family-cooking a try?

Let’s create a “Austin Families Cookbook - Recipes from Austin Families for Austin Families” together!
By Birgit Sund on March 27, 2020

How to Boost Your Immune System

Foods high in vitamins
Why is everybody stocking up on toilet paper instead of fruits, vegetables and other healthy foods? Why is nobody talking about boosting the immune system?

The reason why the elderly and people with underlying conditions or those who are immunocompromised are more at risk to be seriously affected by illnesses and diseases, is because they don’t have the ability to respond normally to an infection due to an impaired or weakened immune system.

Here’s what should be on your grocery list (this list is not exhaustive and foods listed may have multiple and additional benefits):

By Birgit Sund on March 13, 2020

The First 1,000 Days: When Nutrition Matters Most [Study + Special Offer]


The world of childhood nutrition and wellness is riddled with conflicting advice. Whether you are considering baby-led weaning or sleep training, there’s several experts on either side of the coin. And yet, amid the chatter, there is growing consensus around one topic: the importance of the first 1,000 days.

Read on to see how nutrition impacts your baby in the first 1,000 days and get $35 off fresh, organic baby and toddler food.
By Birgit Sund on September 27, 2019

$47 Worth Of Candy Chocolate With Raspberry Frosting Cake


Who doesn't love a $47 Worth Of Candy Chocolate With Raspberry Frosting Cake? We had many requests for the recipe, so here you go.

This may also be a fun activity to do with your kids, so get them involved!
By Birgit Sund on June 6, 2018

School Grants from Action for Healthy Kids - Calling All Parents


Are you looking for tips for healthy living at home and ways to reinforce those healthy habits at school? Apply for the Parents for Healthy Kids grant and start promoting school-based physical activity and nutrition initiatives!

Not sure what to do? Here are some ideas:

  • Help your school start or grow their school garden and use their harvested vegetables and fruit in the school kitchen or the cafeteria
  • Organize a sporting event or an event that includes healthy activities
  • Create a running group or some other group that supports physical activity
  • Raise money for playscapes and other play spaces at your child's school
  • Organize a field trip to local farms and food banks
  • Bring in nutritionists, farmers, doctors, nurses, or other professionals to talk about healthy foods and healthy living
And here's how to apply for the grant.
By Birgit Sund on April 12, 2018

Nando's Cookies - Custom, Handcrafted, Delicious


If the image above looks awfully familiar to you – stop trying and simply acknowledge that “patty-cake, patty-cake” may be as far as your baking skills will go.

But – don’t you worry, your event doesn’t have to go cookie-less. Fortunately, there’s Nando's Cookies, a local home cookie boutique specializing in handcrafted, deliciously beautiful artisan cookies. See what Nando's Cookies has to offer. 
By Birgit Sund on December 12, 2017