Patchwork Pumpkin: Toddler Craft

Patchwork pumpkins, what a fun fall idea. These pumpkins make great decorations throughout November and they last much longer than jack-o-lanterns since you won’t be carving them. We wanted Charlotte to have the ability to decorate her own pumpkin without sharp knives and so we cut up pieces of tissue paper and covered the pumpkin…

10 Day Real Food Pledge Starting Today

Over at 100 Days of Real Food, there is a wonderful 10 day Real Food Pledge. A few months ago, I don’t think I could go a day without refined sugars and carbs and processed foods, but these days, it’s gotten easier. And it sort of happened by accident, as a fun cooking exploration. I…

Frugal Fall Decorating: Lady and Gent Scarecrows

My daughter has been very interested in the seasons this year. She was aware of summer, as anyone would be in Texas. We told her it is now fall and that the leaves change, the weather gets cooler, halloween is soon to come, and pumpkins come into the store and in our food. Scarecrows started…

Frugal Fall Decorating: Little Pumpkin Mantel (Goodwill Find)

I definitely am excited about fall, perhaps like never before. (I know I say that every post these days.) Living here in Austin, the weather just gets gorgeous. And the winter squashes come into the markets and the whole town comes alive anew after hibernating for a good part of the summer. And! I have…

Non-plastic Toddler Dishes, Tableware and Utensils

We are trying to get rid of plastic that’s in and around our food, but it is quite a long journey. I think because they are growing and changing so quickly, it is a great idea to start with the kid items and work our way to our everyday cooking and eating. There are so…

Paleo Toddler Lunch

Update: Original post had the inclusion of cheese with no note explaining that dairy is not considered Paleo by most people on the diet. Some modified paleo diets do include dairy in moderation. My daughters lunches used to be an ordeal. We have to cook, heat, stir and create all while she was reaching her…