Posts tagged parenting
Episode 61: Feed Yourself First. Right?

“Feed Yourself First!” Inspiring words, or a saying you’d see on a gimmicky wall plaque? We’re not sure (both maybe?), but we think it's worth a conversation. And not just one about food. Because while it sounds nice — maybe even helpful — to have experts encouraging you to cook only things you love or let go of the guilt of eating whatever you want, whenever you want, we’re not so sure that’s actually helpful. Since helpful is our goal, we explore the many ways that you can nourish yourself and find more joy while feeding your family.

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Episode 59: Our Best Dinner Shortcuts—and Shortcut Dinners with Kelsey Nixon

You guys, we did it! We’ve cleared up a long-standing kitchen debate: what’s the difference between “dinner shortcuts” and “shortcut dinners,” and which is more important. Because we know you’ve been dying to know. AND… not only did we finally get the job done, but we also enlisted special ops dinner expert, Kelsey Nixon. So we’re pretty sure our answer is definitive: They are, in fact, different, and you need both. Get the deets and also each of our favorite shortcuts — both kinds.

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Episode 57: How to Stay Inspired to Make Creative School Lunches with Gillian of LaLa Lunchbox

We dare you to ask us if every one of our 180 school lunches (per kid!) is inspired. — because, duh. No way. But we know someone whose lunches ARE always inspired. And she’s not a new mom either. In this episode, we tap school lunch packing master Gillian Fein of LaLa Lunchbox for all the tips on staying creative. Because she’s managed it for 10 years with 3 kids, so yea, we’ll take whatever she’s got.

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Episode 56: Budget School Lunch Ideas with Amiyrah Martin

If you’re anything like us, restricted spending is the first thing that comes to mind when budgeting. Not fun. Also not the full picture. This week, we speak with Amiyrah Martin of 4 Hats and Frugal for her fresh take on how to pack school lunches on a budget. From how she employs her kids to Mother Nature (you read right) in the process of staying on budget, Amiyrah shares the low down on keeping school lunch frugal and fun.

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Episode 55: Go Ahead and Give The Kids Their Snacks with Andrea Mathis of Beautiful Eats and Things

Yes, we’re talking about snacks again. Much like your kids who keep asking for them in between meals, all of our listeners (and IRL parent friends too) have been asking for more snack ideas and some guidance on smart snacking. So, we’ve invited nutritionist (and mom), Andrea Mathis of Beautiful Eats and Things, to guide us through snack times, making healthful snack decisions for our kids, and for us busy parents, as well. Because, hello, we also get hungry between meals!

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Episode 54: How We Talk With Our Kids About Junk Food

Junk food. So delicious. So fun. So… controversial? We attempt to define junk food and, well, kinda fail. Because in the end, all food exists on a nutritional continuum and where you draw your line has to do with personal factors that cause us to land in all different places. So where does this conversation net out? We share where each of us lands, why we land there (including acknowledging our hypocrisies), and how we talk to our kids about junk food in hopes that exposing it all gives you food for thought — you know, the nourishing kind.

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Episode 53: Is Homemade Pizza Actually Worth the Effort?

Pizza is a beloved family food, and rightly so. It’s inexpensive, kid-loved, and an effective vehicle for getting picky eaters to eat more vegetables. It’s also readily available: Nearly every town in America has pizza delivery within a phone’s reach. While 1-800-pizza might be faster, we think DIY pizza has it’s merits, and in this episode we breakdown when and where it might be worth making pizza at home from scratch.

Should you shortcut the dough? Skip homemade sauce or make a rustic version? And is mozzarella cheese the only way to go? We cover it all — or most of it, anyway — in the next 60 minutes.

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Episode 52: When should kids try coffee? The DL on Caffeine, Kids, Tweens & Teens.

Coffee fuels our parenting. We drink it hot, cold, and re-warmed in the microwave, and the kids are watching. How do our habits impact our kids’ interest in coffee and caffeine? And what about our collective obsession with Starbucks? The kids are right there with us and Starbucks has answers in the way of frappes, flavored steam milk, and unicorn sips.

This week, Stacie’s 12-year-old son joins us to share what he knows about caffeine, his coffee drink consumption, and why he and his peers are so fanatically interest in (crazy sugary) Frappuccinos.

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Episode 51: Tips for Getting Your Tween to Eat Healthy School Lunches

Tweens are much like toddlers in many ways that mirror general child development— including picky eating tendencies.

The combination of pickiness and growing autonomy can be disastrous for a parent who cares if their rapidly growing tween, gets food that actually nourishes them. School lunch is the hardest meal of the day, since it's so thoroughly out of our hands. This week we share the trials, tribulations and tips for making sure your tween eats a healthy lunch all school year long.

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Episode 50: Make-Ahead Breakfasts for Back-to-School

Being a fully functioning human at 6 am is hard. As much as the idea that “breakfast is the most important meal of the day” has been drilled into our collective consciousness, we just cannot deal with having to feed ourselves and our kids a healthy, scratch meal every morning. That’s why, if you ask us, make-ahead breakfasts are critical to our kitchen game plan. Plus, they assuage that parent guilt. Listen for all the tips and recipes to get morning started off right — and quickly too.

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Episode 49: School Lunch 2019: An Update & How We're Prepping for Back-to-School

We’re kicking off our back-to-school series with this energy: There is no time, we feel side swiped by back-to-school preparations (even though we’ve known for months that it was coming), and OMG why are there still 10 million more things to do?!

So, yea, in this episode we’re taking a moment to stop, breathe, accept the madness for the inevitable reality that it is, and taking stock of what still works — and doesn’t work — for the year of packing school lunches ahead.

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Episode 48: Summer Snacks and S'more with Cookbook Author Dan Whalen

As we close out our mini summer season, we wanted to talk about another universally loved summer treat: s’mores! But it turns out that not everyone no the DIJFY crew is team graham crackers, chocolate, and marshmallows. Meghan and Stacie talk about the trouble with summer busyness, travel snacks and then Stacie gets free s’more’s therapy from cookbook author Dan Whalen.

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