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My French Experiment: Baking with a 3 year old.


Baking with my 3 year old was not something I had any intention of doing anytime soon.  I know of other moms  who occasionally let their kids help them bake cookies, but it always seemed to me to be a bigger pain than it was worth.

But couple month ago I had a lunch play date with my lovely friend Ingrid. I was a little apprehensive about meeting at a Chic-fil-a play place because the only other time we had ever been to one, it ended with him at the very tippy top of the play tunnel, refusing to come down. The horror of having to climb up through the clausterphobic, gooey tunnels to drag him down is not something easily forgotten. But I decided that 6 months was a long enough banishment and to give him another chance.
While our children played, we got to catch up and I got to vent about how my once amazing eater has digressed into a ridiculously picky one. She recommended a book called Bringing up Bebe.

Im so glad she did. The basic premise of the book is that an American journalist in Paris notices some pretty big differences between American and French children. She sets out to figure out why French babies almost unanimously sleep through the night by 8 weeks, have good manners, and even eat pretty much anything their parents eat. In France, there are no special kids menus at every restaurant.

I really loved the book and a new perspective. I was shocked to learn that in France its pretty normal for a three year old to bake with very little supervision.

After reading about the confidence it helps foster, I decided to accept that it might be a huge mess and give it a try anyway. I even used the French Yogurt Cake recipe she mentioned in the book.
So on a cold Sunday morning I gathered the ingredients and let Oliver and my niece Sia bake. They were really into it and had so much fun. It really wasn’t anywhere near the disaster I thought it would be. There was very little mess and it was nice to have an engaging, positive activity with these littles. Im definitely be doing more baking with my little guy.  My favorite part was that while Oliver swears he doesn’t like raspberries, after baking with them, he actually gave them a try.






DIY get well gift cold flu season

DIY Get Well Gift for Cold & Flu Season

It seems like everywhere I turn someone is sick; work, childcare, family, & friends.  Its that not so lovely time of year we fearfully refer to as cold and flu season. I unfortunately succumbed to the germs myself last  week and could have really used one of these “DIY Get Well Gift for Cold & Flu Season.”  Now on the mend, I am hoping to spread get well cheer.

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These little gems are the perfect gift to make ahead and have on had this time of year.

Start with a cute mug or teapot. I found these adorable mugs at West Elm today and I picked up this little teapot on clearance at Target a while back.

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West Elm Textured Mugs

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Things to add:

  • honey
  • lemon  (fresh lemon, bottled lemon juice, or True Lemon)
  • cough drops
  • travel tissue
  • tea bags
  • Emergen-C packets or organic effervesce drink mix
  • lip balm

 

 

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Just arrange everything in the container of your choice and give it to your favorite “sickies!”
You could even make several at the same time and keep on hand. Thats where the True Lemon would be perfect.

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On a side note, how cute are these tiny honey bears?!

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Comment below with any additional things I need to add to my list and when a cold or flu does hit, I hope you and your loved ones a speedy recovery.

xoxosarah