All kids love sweet treats and junk food, but as a role model in their life, it’s your job to teach them the importance of healthy eating. The chances are that their parents want them to be as healthy as possible, so as their grandparent, it’s your job to lend a hand. Grandmas are known for treating their grandchildren to their favourite sweets and cakes. But as a grandparent, it’s also important to teach your grandkids about being healthy.
Of course, getting children to eat their greens is no easy task. However, with a little creativity, it's possible to help your grandchildren become healthier.
Bake healthy treats
If you love to bake with your grandchildren that’s all well and good, but you don’t want to be giving them snacks filled with sugar on a daily basis. So get creative and start baking healthier treats. Believe it or not, almost all sweet treats can be made healthy. It’s just a case of changing some of the ingredients. There are plenty of recipes online for healthy cakes and bakes, such as brownies and flapjacks.
Teach your grandchildren to cook
As well as teaching your grandchildren to bake, take the time to teach them to cook healthy, wholesome food. If a child has cooked something themselves, they’re twice as likely to want to eat it, even if it is healthy. So spend time cooking healthy meals with your grandchildren, and you can encourage them to be healthier. You don’t have to make all the meals from scratch; you could use a meal delivery service to make cooking easier. These services send you everything that you need to cook a healthy, delicious meal. So all you need to do is pop it in the oven or pan and cook it. This makes cooking with the grandchildren much easier.
Grow fruit and vegetables together
One of the best ways to get little ones to eat fruits and vegetables that they’re not keen on is to grow them together. The thing is, if a child grows a fruit or vegetable themselves, they’re more likely to want to try it. So, if you have the space in your garden, create a vegetable patch and plant a few fruit bushes and trees. This will not only make your grandchildren more likely to try new foods but will also teach them about where fruits and vegetables come from.
Make healthy foods fun
Remember, it’s important that healthy foods are fun. It can be hard to make all healthy foods fun, but there are ways to do so. For finding ideas, Pinterest is an amazing resource, as are parenting forums. The key to success is serving fruits and vegetables in different ways, rather than just chopped up on a plate. Instead of giving your grandchild a raw apple as a snack, coat the slices in peanut butter. Or, instead of giving them raw pepper and carrot batons to snack on, roast them and serve them with hummus and pita bread. The more fun you can make healthy foods, the better.
Encouraging your grandchildren to be healthier doesn’t have to be a struggle. It’s just a case of knowing how to go about it; that’s all.
Knowing what to buy for your kids is never an easy task. After all, there’s a lot of stuff out there. And, if we’re honest, it all looks pretty fun. But as with all things, we must exercise our powers of discrimination. The following are the best sporty and gadgety gifts ideas you’ll find on the internet.
Do you remember going to a kid’s birthday party when you were young and doing laser quest? It was always one of the most exciting events in the calendar. And one of the most expensive too. But now, laser quest is coming into the home. Lazer Mad 2.0 is a laser system that lets kids do laser quest wherever they want. The set is able to operate at a range of 50 metres; so big enough for most gardens. And scoring a hit causes the visor to light up and the gun to make a sound. If your kid has got a lot of energy, this is definitely one to try.
Music is a big part of our kids’ lives. And so too are cuddly toys. So why not combine the two? That’s exactly what the folks over at Magic Music Monkey have done. The Magic Music Monkey is essentially a monkey shaped speaker, but with a twist. After you’ve hooked him up to your MP3 player, he’ll start moving and grooving to the music. The monkey is powered by a battery and genuinely feels like a soft, cuddly toy. You don’t get the impression that there’s a big speaker in there. And it certainly doesn’t feel as if he has swallowed a brick. You’ll need three AA batteries to get him working.
Quadcopters, or drones, are big news right now. And, given how they have the potential to revolutionise our lives, this should come as no surprise. They’re also a big item on kids’ wish lists. No, they’re not cheap. But they have an enormous amount of utility.
Take, for instance, the Hubsan X4 drone. This drone has a bunch of kid-friendly features that make it a great present. For starters, it comes with the “follow me” function. That means that kids can wander around the park or the garden, and the drone will automatically follow them. It works, thanks to some rather clever software technology. And it means that kids don’t actually have to control the quadcopter directly for it to follow them around and take videos.
The other cool thing about the X4 is that it has an altitude lock. As we all know, there’s been some controversy surrounding drones entering official airspace. But the X4 solves this problem by hardwiring an altitude limit into the drone itself.
The X4 also comes with a return home function. Inside the X4, there is a GPS sensor. And this is what the drone uses to go back to a user-defined home point. In addition, it’s got 1080p video. And it’s got a failsafe mode, where it will return to your home point if you lose connection.
All in all, these features make this drone ideal for old kids looking to pilot their first drone. It doesn’t come cheap at $500. But it certainly has the potential to generate a lot of fun.
Air Hockey Table
The summer is here, and the kids are off school. And so they need something that’s going to keep them occupied, active and having fun. What better than an air hockey table?
Air hockey is a staple of most arcades and bowling alleys. But, of course, you’re always limited in how much time you can spend playing. Getting your kids their own air hockey table solves this problem, providing hours of fun. Buy the best air hockey table you can for the best experience for your children.
Big tech companies have been saying for a while that the next big thing is going to be virtual and augmented reality. And with the rise of Pokemon Go, it certainly seems as if their predictions are coming true. Right now, the top end of the VR market is dominated by Oculus Rift and the HTC Vive. But there are cheaper alternatives that deliver a VR experience.
One such experience can be had through Vizor Glasses. If you’ve heard of Google Cardboard, the concept here is rather similar. You put your smartphone in the slot at the front of the visor first. And then you look through the headset, which contains lenses to adjust your focal length. Suddenly, your smartphone is providing a VR display that is immersive. It’s a cool technology. And it’s one that will allow your kids to experience VR roller coasters or travelling around the world.
Kids can also use it for consuming VR content and watching movies and playing games. Vizor Glasses come in at around £30.
There’s nothing wrong with getting your kids something with a bit of a retro feel. Lava lamps might be the preserve of the 1970s, but they’re back and in business. Lava lamps are fun for kids. There’s the endless mystery of how they actually work. And they provide some of the best mood lighting available. It’s a great way to transform a boring bedroom into a place that’s full of excitement and mystery. This is a great present for kids who love everything and anything spooky. You can pick up a decent lava lamp for £15.
Kids have loved remote control cars since they were first introduced four decades ago. Since then the market has exploded. Now RC car makers are innovating in all sorts of cool ways that dads, in general, will love.
Nano has made their new Vaporizr with kids in mind. This tough little remote controlled car isn’t just limited to the land. It can drive through puddles and even flowing water. Not bad, considering it’s powered by an electric motor. Nano also advertises that it’s great in all weather, including snow. And so that makes it very attractive to parents. We want our kids to have toys that actually last. You can pick up the Vaporizr for around £30.
Giant Floating Flamingo
Now that the summer is here, your kids are going to be going to the beach and hotel swimming pools. So, they’ll want something that they can just lounge away the hours on. What could be better than a giant, inflatable flamingo? It certainly beats out a boring old lilo.
Colour Changing Moon Lamp
It’s no secret that most kids love space. And space is what you get with a moon lamp. But that’s not all that’s up this moon lamp’s sleeve. The moon can also change colour, thanks to a handy RGB remote control. And that means that the moon can suddenly become not so moon-like.
Personalised Toy Crate
All parents know that the number of toys that children have can soon get out of control. The biggest problem is finding places to store them. Buying your kid a few plastic tubs might not sound like such a great birthday gift. But what about their very own personalised toy crate? Now that sounds a lot better, doesn’t it? You can pick up a personalised toy crate for around the £45 mark. And you can have written on it anything you like. I’d suggest including your kid’s name - but when it’s personalised, anything goes.
We all know how tough it can be to find kids things that are going to last. After all, they grow up so quickly. So wouldn’t it be great if the things that they wore grew with them? That was the idea that provoked Hersey Silversmiths to come up with the expanding bangle. This bangle has ratchet design that allows it to get bigger as kids grow. No more replacing jewellery every couple of years or so. This silver bangle is for life.
No, it might not be the most exciting of presents from our perspective. But for kids, time is a relatively new concept. And so a personalised kid’s clock might be just what they’re looking for. If anything, it can sit prettily in their bedroom. And it can prove to be an educational tool, helping them to learn how to tell the time.
Kako Computer Kit
The people behind Kako know how important computers are going to be in our collective future. And so that’s why they’ve taken it upon themselves to introduce computers to kids. Kids should know how to program a computer. And they should have some concept of how to put a computer together.
Some of the most successful people in the tech industry started playing around with computers when they were young. As a result, they built up logical thinking skills that have stuck with them for life. Usually, it’s because they had access to a home computer or one in their library. And the way that they learned was through play.
The Kako is potentially a gift for your kid’s future self, as well as the here and now. You can pick one up for £140.
Ridiculously simple ways to create amazing (and healthy) breakfasts
Whenever you have guests staying with you, one of your first thoughts is 'What will I feed them?'
And... of course, you want anything you do prepare to look, and taste, amazing. You want to create wonderful memories for your guests but have fun, too. After all, who wants to spend hours in the kitchen when you could be relaxing and enjoying special moments with your guests and family?
If you’re looking for a simple, delicious and healthy breakfast option, look no further than smoothies. They make the perfect, healthy breakfast. The beauty of smoothies is that they are incredibly versatile. You could easily have a different smoothie each day of the year. For most of us though, it’s much easier to find a handful of smoothie recipes we enjoy and stick to those during the week.
Plus, a smoothie can become a work of art with very little effort.
How do you make a basic smoothie?
Having a few go-to favorites allows you to buy and prep the ingredients ahead of time, making it even easier to blend up your favorite breakfast drink in the morning. That’s the key to making breakfast smoothies work when you’re short on time. Head to the grocery store and pick up your favorite smoothie ingredients. When you come home, go ahead and wash, peel and chop the fruit and veggies as needed. Add them to storage bags or containers in portions that are perfect for your smoothies and store them in the fridge or freezer as needed.
The technique is simple
In the morning, just grab a container, add the contents to your blender along with anything else your smoothie needs (water, milk, yogurt, juice etc.) and blend away. Pour your smoothie, rinse your blender and breakfast is done. It doesn’t get much easier than that.
Take it one step further with a Smoothie Bowl.
Create a beautiful smoothie bowl
You can use your main blender and mix up a batch of smoothies for the whole family, or get out a personal blender so each family member can whip up their own favorite smoothie. There’s no right or wrong way to do this as long as it works for you and your loved ones.
Here's some inspiration from: Lovin Earth- Elsa's Wholesome Life - Half Baked Harvest
Add a couple of these healthy, but decorative toppings
Pour your smoothie into an attractive bowl and spoon a mix of the following ingredients on the top of your smoothie bowl. It looks really great if you spoon each chosen ingredient in a line across the top of your smoothie bowl. There's nothing quite like flowers as decoration. A couple of edible flowers such as violas, heartsies, nasturtium, or the petals of cornflower, carnations, marigolds and geraniums add a beautiful decorative touch.
Create unique smoothies to suit individual tastes and easily cater for any allergens.
*Blueberries, raspberries, goji berries or strawberries
*Sliced banana, kiwi fruit or apple
*Wholefoods gluten free cereals or mueseli
*Chopped nuts, seeds or LSA
*Edible flowers or petals
Smoothies are an ideal mobile breakfast option, too.
A smoothie is also an amazing breakfast for anyone who needs to grab something and run. Pour your smoothie in a blender bottle or an insulated cup to take it with you to the office or school. Adding frozen banana or other fruit, or ice to your smoothie will make sure it stays cool even if you aren’t able to drink it right away.
Smoothies are a great way to begin your day on a healthy note
One of the reasons I love smoothies for breakfast is because they help me start my day off right with a boost of nutrition. It’s much easier to ensure you get at least 5 servings of fruits and veggies per day when a big chunk of it is in your breakfast smoothie. Plus these smoothies are made with real, unprocessed foods. That alone is a big improvement from the usual breakfast choice of cereal, toast, or breakfast sandwiches.
The vitamins and natural sugars from the fruits and veggies give you the boost you need first thing in the morning and it’s easy to add some protein and a bit of healthy fat to your smoothies by using nut butter or Greek Yogurt and flax seeds, for example. I find that adding some coconut cream will help prevent any hunger pangs.
A smoothie will give you a filling breakfast option that will keep you full even if you’re taking a late lunch.
And.... it's an incredibly beautiful, and trendy, breakfast option to serve for visitors.
What to do next?
*Try a smoothie bowl breakfast yourself. Here are some simple recipes....
*Check out the inspiring ideas from Halfbaked Harvest, Elsa's Wholesome Life and Lovin Earth
*Follow AtGrandmasPlace on Instagram and Pinterest
When a loved one hasn’t been well, it’s a good idea to get them a nice gift to put a smile on their face. It can show that you care they have been unwell, and you want them to be on the mend soon. Here are some great present ideas for a loved one who has been ill.
Print out or draw a beautiful picture for them
One present idea for a loved one who has been sick is to print out a beautiful picture for them. They may be in the hospital still so won’t be able to have pictures of their loved ones surrounding them. Therefore, a beautiful picture they can put on display of their family will definitely put a smile on their face. Even if they are now at home, you could print out a photo, and create or buy a lovely frame so they can display it in their property. It will remind them how special they are to people in their life. If you are a fan of being creative, you could draw them a picture as a gift. It’s something unique that they can keep with them, and it will make them smile!
Buy them a gift hamper
Another great present idea for a loved one who has been ill is a gift hamper which is full of their favorite snacks and treats. You could look online for get well gifts for delivery, which you can then give to your loved one. It will already be full of delicious chocolates and sweet treats which will put a smile on their face. Or you can make it personal by creating them a gift hamper full of stuff they love.
Get them a bunch of flowers
An additional great present idea for a loved one who has been ill is a great bunch of flowers. Flowers are an excellent way to cheer someone up who has been feeling ill. Think about which flowers are their favorite before choosing one to buy. You could always get a mix of different ones if they don’t have a favorite. If they are still in the hospital, you should check if they allow flowers in there.
Purchase a spa package
Another fantastic present idea for a loved one who has been ill is a spa package. It’s a great way for them to rejuvenate after being ill. You could buy them a nice massage or a facial which will help them to relax. You could offer to go with them so that you can have a lovely day together. If they aren’t able to go to a spa, you could buy them some spa products which they could use at home. Aromatic oils are excellent to help them to relax at home.
You could also make your loved ones a CD full of their favorite tunes. That way, you know they will soon have a smile on their face when they listen to it. As it says in this feature, it will lift their spirits and boost their mood if they have been ill. Remember that your loved one will be delighted that you are going to visit them, and won’t mind if you can’t afford a big present.
It is time to buy a loved one a gift, but you’re unsure what to go for? This is understandable, and a common issue for many of us! Whether you are celebrating a special occasion, or just want to treat them to something special, what is the right thing to pick?
Read on for a guide to figuring out the best type of presents and gifts to buy for a loved one.
What are their hobbies and personal interests?
The first way you can think up a perfect gift is to take a look at their hobbies and personal interests. What do they do with their spare time? How about a gift that incorporates this. So, if they love to play and listen to music, how about a new CD, or a turntable? If they love to garden, don’t just get flowers, get them something they can plant! How about a tree? This will grow over time, and if it’s a fruit tree, they can get actual use out of it!
If you still can’t whittle it down to just one thing that you a think they will like, how about a hamper? Pick one from Boxt Hampers & Gifts, and you’ve got a lot of options! You can get a themed one, so one that focuses just on food, for example. Or get one that has a variety of different things inside it. That way, there is sure to be something that they like inside! If not lots of things!
Is this something they already have?
Now, this is a slightly tricky point. If the gift you are planning on buying is something they already have, you need to know the quality of it. If they’ve just got a brand new one, your gift may be a real waste. However, if their current one is old, broken or on its last legs, great! Alternatively, the gift you are buying might be something they can have multiple off. Or, it could be something that compliments what they already have. So, if they are a keen baker, how about a uniquely shaped muffin tray, for example! This complements their interest and current collection without creating a duplicate.
Will they get a lot of use out of it or not?
One common problem with giving the wrong gift is that they will never get used. This means it is a waste of money for you. Plus, probably a bit of a disappointment for them. So, let’s say you’re buying for a female friend. You may think a yellow top is something a little different from what she normally wears. But maybe this is for a reason! Maybe she doesn’t like how yellow looks on her or thinks that it is unflattering to her skin tone.
That being said, there is nothing wrong with novelty presents. A little more frivolous, they are more for the initial amusement than long-lasting use. However, be sure not to spend a lot on this gift. Supplement it with something more useful also.
A new grandchild? A wonderful bundle of joy! Congratulations! Setting up a nursery for your new grandchild can be a great solution, especially when regular childcare is a consideration, but there are some things to remember.
Check out these important points:
Some grandparents are more involved in looking after their grandchildren than others. It can depend on how far apart they live or how much they see their family. Many grandparents have the kids for regular sleepovers, for a variety of reasons. Some might have them stay over when their parents are working nights. They might want to give the parents a break or have the kids stay for a vacation. All of these overnight stays mean that there needs to be somewhere for the grandchildren to sleep. Babies and toddlers might even need somewhere to sleep for visits during the day. Setting up a nursery at the grandparents' house can be a great solution, but there are some things to remember.
Keep Things Flexible
One important thing to keep in mind is that babies don't stay small forever. They grow quickly, and their bedrooms need to change with them. When you're the grandparents, you might not want to invest a lot of money in their room. They probably only use it occasionally, or at least they don't use it all the time. It's easier if you can change things around. You might want to use the same room for younger and older grandchildren, so you could have both a foldaway travel crib and a real bed. You might not want to decorate the room like a nursery either. It could soon be a general guest room or even an office.
Take Advantage of Modern Technology
There are lots of gadgets parents use today that their own parents didn't have. There are some things you might see as unnecessary, but you could also embrace some technologies. One of the things you might like to use is a video baby monitor. As well as being able to hear the baby, you will be able to see them without going into the room. It's a great way of checking up on them without having to go into the room. You can have a look at some baby monitor reviews to find out which ones are best. They can be useful for keeping an eye on naughty older children too.
Decide When You Need Two Lots of Things
Sometimes, it's more convenient if you have your own sets of things when you're looking after your grandchild. It might make sense to have a travel crib, instead of moving it back and forth between their home and yours. However, other things are easily swapped between houses in a diaper bag. On the other hand, these things could just as easily be left behind when they're needed elsewhere. It's a good idea to think about what you should buy and what you can borrow from home.
Make It Comfortable
Don't forget to create a comfortable nursery. It should be a calm and relaxed environment for sleeping. It's a good idea to ask the parents about recreating the baby's sleeping conditions at home. Remember that best practices might have changed since you raised your own children. Ideas about safe sleeping could be different.
It's nice for your grandchild to have their own space in your home. Just get the right balance between a lovely nursery and spending too much money.
Life as a grandma.. it's no 'quiet, restful days in the rocking-chair'. It's filled with activity, excitement and lots of family fun. Please share it with me.