Farm

Ever thought of growing your own food but didn’t think it was possible? It’s more that possible! It might even be the way of the future. If the Dervaes family can do it while living in Los Angeles, I think you can to.

The Dervaes family live on 1/10th of an acre 15 minutes from downtown L.A.. In itself that’s not strange. What’s crazy is that they manage to maintain a sustainable and independent urban farm. Complete with animals!

In a year they produce around 4,300 pounds of veggies, 900 chicken eggs, 1000 duck eggs, 25 lbs honey, and pounds of seasonal fruit. There are over 400 species of plants. What?! They have everything they need to ‘live off the land.’ From beets to bees. Chickens to chickpeas.

What the family doesn’t eat they sell from their porch, making around $20,000 a year. Local organic food is so popular that they don’t have any problems finding customs. Even chefs from restaurants seek them out.

I tried to figure out how big 1/10th (0.1) of an acre is in perspective to other things . I used this website, findlotsize.com, and put markers around my ‘house.’ I got a rough estimate that mine is 0.062, but my math seems wrong since my place looks way smaller. It’s interesting to know all the same. Check it out here… if you’re curious to learn what size yours is.

Here’s the video… Enjoy!

homemade fruit roll ups

This quick and easy fruity ‘dessert’ is the perfect treat or delicious lunchtime snack. Let’s spice up the kids’ school lunches! Anything is better than cafeteria food and these fruit roll ups are infinitely better. They are made from two ingredients and no sugar. You will need honey and fruit and that’s all! I am so excited about these!

Our after school snack is graham crackers and milk. Always a classic but it would be nice to branch out and try these. They for sure have less sugar! The only downside to these it that they take 2-3 hours to make from start to finish. Be sure to plan ahead or they will be more like a dinner dessert instead of an afternoon snack. I wouldn’t tell the kiddos I’m making them either. Lol. That would be the longest three hours of pestering in my life! ‘Are they done yet?!’ Lol!

Put these roll ups in with these fun kid-approved lunches. The Food Network has a delicious (and healthy) roundup the kids are sure to love. Find them here.

Here’s the video… Enjoy!

Regrow Scraps

Not everyone can have a vegetable garden. Space, weather, lack of yard, etc. Lame! Everyone should have the chance to try their hand at growing something. I’m a miserable failure at it but at least I’ve got to try once or twice. Worry not my friends! Here are some vegetables you can grow inside and it’s amazingly easy because you will be growing them from the scraps of other veggies! Sounds fun and I can’t wait to try it out.

I’ve done this with shoots off of house plants, so why not veggies? I love free food! And if you buy something organic the first time the regrown food will be organic too. Bonus! I think these would make a terrific science experiment for the kids too. Not that the foam ball solar system isn’t great but something new would be nice… I can’t wait to try the carrots and garlic! Yum!

If you are short on space, here are some fun garden ideas. You don’t have to miss out on anything thanks to these ideas from HGTV.

See all 8 veggies here…

TryThis – 8 Vegetables That You Can Regrow Again And Again

28 Day Nutritional Challenge

I shudder to even admit this, putting the words on a page is even more damning, but I had red velvet cake for breakfast. It is not nutritious or on any healthy diet plan that I know of. If only! I’m still looking for the cookie-cake-no workout diet. David Kirsch has a 28 day nutritional plan that will help jump start weight loss and instill healthy habits.

A plan like this wont work if you starve yourself. It’s important to keep your metabolism up by eating healthy snacks and meals every few hours. Working out is going to drastically increase results too. I know! We are going to have to work but it will be worth it.

Check out the “tone-every-zone’ grocery list and breakdown of what foods are healthy. Everything is here to help us succeed. What a healthy way to start off the year! With a total mind and body makeover. I’m up for the challenge are you? These other healthy tips are going to help…

See the full video and list of approved foods from David Kirsch here…

David Kirsch Wellness: Nutrition Plan

 Lunch Made Easy: Healthy Work Lunches For Mom (Or Dad)

Monthly income – (the cost of lunch x 7 days a week)(4 weeks)) = not a good way to spend your hard earned paycheck. (Aren’t my math skills the best?! I’m pretty proud of my algebraic equation too.) Lunches can be tough for the worker bee and I agree with Keeley McGuire that it’s all in the planning. I’ve hardly seen a blog with so many delicious recipes in one place. What a terrific roundup and full of such wonderful ideas!

Check it out here…

Keeley McGuire – Lunch Made Easy: Healthy Work Lunches For Mom (Or Dad)

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Fruit Turned Animal Art: 30 Creative Creations

I’m not sure I could eat any of these! Fruit is delicious but these creations are works of art. I can see some huge fails in my future if I were to attempt any of them. The watermelon dragon took some serious skill and banana Poseidon just blows my mind! I’m green with envy that some people are so talented.

See all the delicious creatures here…

HongKiat – Fruit Turned Animal Art (30 Creative Creations)

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21 Fantastic Reasons Olive Oil Should Be In Every Home

I have a big ol’ Costco container of olive oil and it goes in almost everything I make. I just love to cook with it, even though I’m not Italian. It is healthier than a lot of the other alternatives out there. Another great thing about olive oil is how many other uses it has. There are a whole bunch of them and Trends & Ideas has a great roundup showing us just a few. They are amazing!

See all 21 here-

Trends & Ideas – 21 Fantastic Reasons Olive Oil Should Be In Every Home

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12 Supposedly Healthy Cereals With More Sugar Than A Doughnut

Ack-Decepticons! These cereals have been passing themselves off as healthy for far too long. Sugar is ok in moderation, but we probably shouldn’t go crazy with it at breakfast. I can’t afford to have an energy crash before 10:30 am. Sugar is hiding everywhere so be sure to check out the labels the next time you are in the breakfast aisle. Some of these cereals have more sugar than 2 doughnuts. Crazy! If that’s the case, I think I’ll just eat those 2 pastries.

See all 12 Sugar Filled cereals here…

BuzzFeed – 12 Supposedly Healthy Cereals With More Sugar Than A Doughnut

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watermelon sticks

This is great for hot summer days and picnics! It keeps hands and faces from getting sticky and not a bite gets wasted. That sounds like a win to me. I don’t think I would choose this for the family watermelon eating contest, but for everything else it is awesome! So delicious. Let’s learn how to cut it up…

Here’s the link to A Thrift Mom’s full article: A Thrifty Mom: Watermelon Sticks (Perfect For Little Hands)

Healthy eating is important to everyone, no matter how old they are. It is important to start teaching your kids the importance of healthy eating early on in life. Most kids will eat pretty much anything, as long as it is served to them. Toddlers and young children love finger foods as they are a great way for them to feed themselves without having to use cutlery. This guide will look at some healthy snack ideas that are suitable for kids and adults alike.

Why Finger Foods

Toddlers and young children love being able to do something on their own. They’ve spent their whole lives being waited on and love to be able to feed themselves with finger foods. What’s more, it also teaches good hand eye coordination, and it will also help them to understand how to behave at meal times. There are plenty of foods that are perfect for finger foods, so let your imagination go wild.

Finger foods are also useful for anyone with arthritis that is unable to hold cutlery but wants to retain some independence. They are also great foods to take on picnics since you don’t need to take any cutlery.

Water Melon

Water melon isn’t really that child friendly because it can be messy and difficult to eat. However, if you cut it into sticks then this is great for children to hold and feed themselves. A big slice of water melon isn’t really suitable for small hands or mouths. But by cutting them into easily manageable sticks this should be much easier.

Start by cutting the water melon up into thirds. Then lay each third down on a chopping board and cut it into strips. Then cut strips the other way. What you are then left with is a series of water melon sticks. It’s best to prepare the water melon sticks just as you want to use them, otherwise they might dry out a bit. The seedless varieties of water melon are the most suitable for children since you don’t need to worry about them choking on the seeds.

Watermelon is a favorite of children because it is soft and easy to bite. It is also nice and cool which makes it perfect if they are teething.

Carrot

In a similar way carrot can be cut up into matchstick sized pieces. Carrot is very nice to eat raw but is only recommended with older children who are used to chewing. Carrot also needs lots of teeth. For younger children you can try cutting carrot into matchsticks as before and then boiling them for a few minutes to soften them up. Wait until they are cool and then serve.

Cheese

If your child can eat cheese then it’s a healthy source of protein and calcium, although it is very high in fat. Cheese can be cut into sticks which the toddler can then feed themselves with.

Meal times can be a battle for some parents with picky children. However, you should find that if you let your kids feed themselves that meal times are much less eventful and might even be pleasant and relaxing.

Additional Resources: Looking for more kid-friendly snack ideas?
Don’t miss this article by Parents and also this recipes by allrecipes.com.