Raddish Kids

RaddishKidsboxshotNote: we were given a Raddish Kids box to try, but this is not a sponsored post.  I’m not being paid to share this with you and all opinions are my own.

This week has sort of unintentionally become “the Fleck family’s favorite subscription boxes for kids week” but I can’t help it, when I find something my kids really love I want to share it with all of you.

A few weeks ago we were sent a Raddish Kids box to try and we loved it so much that we’re purchasing a subscription (and if you know our budget, you know that is saying something).  The story behind the company really intrigued me and I think the idea is a really unique take on subscription boxes for kids. Plus, their tagline of “kitchen. table. family” speaks to me as a parent.

If you aren’t familiar with Raddish box (rad dish, get it?) it’s a monthly themed box with recipes for families to make together, but more than that it gives parents tools to help give their kids a culinary education by:

  • learning basic skills
  • teaching culinary vocabulary
  • fun activities (everything from science experiments to art projects to foodie games)

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A Hot Apple Cider Recipe

October fawn

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In our neck of the woods, October has decided to start showing off.  Autumn so far has been gorgeous and full of fun surprises, like this little visitor to my dad’s garden last weekend.

My middle two kids, ages 5 and 7, seem to be especially impressed by the changing of the seasons this year and their enthusiasm is a nice reminder to slow down and take some time to observe this time of year through a child’s eyes.

color walk rainbow

As a family we’ve had a lot of fun going on nature walks, driving in the country, baking leaf shaped cookies, and doing activities like picking pumpkins from Grandpa’s pumpkin patch and making Halloween decorations together.

Spring is magic, yes, but there’s something pretty special about Autumn, too.  If only all transitions could be as beautiful and smooth, right?  There’s a lot to learn from the way the natural world puts itself to bed this time of year.

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Kids in the Kitchen ebook sale

autumn cookies

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Hello Monday!  A new week, a fresh start, and the very last day of September, which was a pretty lovely month for our family.

I wanted to draw your attention to this week”s Bundle of the Week ebook sale: Kids in the Kitchen.  Featuring ebooks with easy-to-follow recipes, guidelines and schedules for teaching kitchen skills, this bundle will help you and your kids discover the fun of cooking while teaching important life skills.

This week only, get all five ebooks for more than 85% off!

Included in the sale:

The Kids in the Kitchen bundle is only available through 8am EST on Monday, 10/7 so if you”re interested, grab your bundle today!

5 Foods I never thought my kids would love (that your kids just might like, too)

5 Surprising Foods My Kids Love

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Here we are at the end of a another week.  That means that it is time for this week’s Friday Five.

For today’s Friday Five I’m heading into the kitchen and sharing five foods that I never thought my kids would even eat, let alone love, that your kids just might like, too.

Now, typical preschooler “yellow food only” phase aside, my kids aren’t terribly picky eaters (though they do, of course, have their moments).

In fact, they impress me all the time by trying new foods and by eating things that I’m not so sure I would have tried when I was a kid living on a steady diet of spaghettios and garlic bread. (We won’t talk about what I lived on as a teenager.  Good grief.)

Here are five surprising foods my kids love that yours just might like, too:

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From Farm to Table: A Summertime Fieldtrip (Plus a Recipe for Georgia Peach Sorbet)

Farm to Table: A Summertime Field Trip {Peach Sorbet recipe}

The following was written by Christen Babb of NurtureBaby and originally appeared on Simple Kids in June of 2010.

It’s official:  Summer is finally upon us! Just as those long, lazy, sun-drenched days bring out the best in many of us, Summertime also gleans some of natures’ most delectable delights. Nothing says Summer like a generous sliver of ice-cold watermelon,  a peach so luscious its juices run down your chin, or a heaping handful of plump, juicy blueberries.

These delicious provisions, and many others currently in season, can be enjoyed beyond the typical grocery store experience.  In fact, Summer lends the perfect time to take your kids on a field trip to a local farm.

I happen to live in Georgia, world renowned for its exquisite peaches. However, each region specializes in a particular variety of fruits and vegetables. A great resource to find farms in your area is Pick Your Own.org. You can search local farms for a particular fruits and vegetables, or even specify locations exercising strict organic farming. Even those living smack-dab-in-the-middle-of-suburbia will find farms no more than a day trip away.

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