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Healthy and Fun Birthday Party Ideas

One of the toughest things I’ve encountered as a parent is planning my kids’ birthday parties. Should I hire an entertainer? What should I serve? How do I keep the party healthy? Etc… With a backyard pool it doesn’t make sense for us to go anywhere for a party, so I host cooking/pool parties! Here are some of the things we make:

1. Fruit kebobs – cut up some fruit (pineapple, grapes, strawberries, bananas etc) and give each kid a stick to slide the fruit on.

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2. Veggie kebobs – cut up some veggies (onion, green, red & yellow peppers, cherry tomatoes etc) and give each kid a stick to slide the fruit on. Brush each stick with oil and grill on the BBQ.

3. Make your own mini pizza – pizza sauce, shredded cheese, various veggies, pepperoni, ham etc.. Give each kid a whole wheat greek style pita and let them create! Then pop the pizza’s in the oven long enough to melt the cheese.

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4. Make your own smoothies – yogourt, ice, fruit – let each kid decide what fruit they want and blend. If the kids are older, let them press the blender button.

5. Make your own frozen yogourt sundae (this is a great alternative to a cake). Vanilla frozen yogourt topped with strawberries, bananas, and chocolate – yum!

6. Chocolate fondue – dip fruit in melted chocolate, I find that the good Belgian chocolate from Bulk Barn w
works well. (This isn’t the healthiest option on my list, but it at least gets them to eat some fruit).

My daughters are 5 and 3 and they love these! Not only have these activities kept them and their friends entertained, but they also encouraged them to eat healthier foods. Two birthday problems solved at once!

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Fitness Tip of The Day: When running errands or shopping, be sure to pack some healthy snacks to have on-hand. Then after you work-up a big appetite, you won’t be tempted to grab something at the mall food court or the fast food restaurant on the way home. Exercise is not enough. You must also include healthy eating habits.

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Sick Day = FAIL!

Yesterday at 4:14 pm my phone rang at work.  I glanced at the call display and saw that it was the girls’ daycare centre calling.  Seeing the number on the phone so late in the day instantaneously invoked my fight or flight response – my heart began to race, I became anxious, and I began to sweat.  Were my girls ok?

Brooke had a fever – a low grade fever of 101.4 F.  The policy of the centre states that any fever over 101 F requires the child to go home and for the child to remain away from the centre for 24 hrs after the fever subsides.  Joy oh joy – I love policies….

300_116385 Lovely.  Today at work is “Chocolate Day”.  The best freaking day to work out of the whole year!  What could be better than a chocolate potluck?  Chocolate brownies, cookies, fondue, truffles etc…  I had even made chocolate covered strawberries as my contribution!  

Unfortunately this is my turn to stay home with the sick child.  Why couldn’t this have been on a different day – like, say, filing day?  I hate filing!!!  

Sick day = FAIL!

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