GUMS (alginic acid, arabic, carrageenan, ghatti, guar, karaya, locust bean, tragacanth, xanthan) and Your Health If you look at the long list of ingredients in the typical processed food items, you’ll notice all kinds of stuff you don’t know.  Several … Read more

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Finger paints are easily found in stores. They are also frequently eaten by the little ones. I saw many complicated finger paint recipes online and did not try them, because I wanted to make something very simple and also very … Read more

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potato casserole

This casserole is remarkably easy to make. Oh, and it tastes good. I make it quite often for  guests, as it is always a hit among vegetarians and meat-lovers alike. It works very well with a large salad. And you can use … Read more

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I do this simple breathing exercise whenever my three kids under three years old make me tired. Or whenever I need more energy. It’s great after being on the internet for too long: it clears you mind of clutter. This … Read more

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I jut finished reading Teach Me to Do It Myself: Montessori Activities for You and Your Child by Maja Pitamic. I believe every parent of a preschooler should have this book. It presents simple activities that you can do with … Read more

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Kamut Banana Granola Bars

Two weeks ago, my friend made some unbelievably tasty and healthy granola bars.  Kids loved them, adults devoured them. She found the recipe here. I’ve been experimenting with the recipe since then and came up with the “Ultimate Healthy Mama” … Read more

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IKEA is wonderful for inexpensive and nice wooden toys. Yesterday, we went to there and bought Mula for counting. Mostly, because Mr. Big Baby, whilst able to read syllables in Russian at this stage, counts in a peculiar way: “One, … Read more

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vegan avocado cookies

Avocado cookies are a healthy vegan dessert to feed your family. Cooking for me is a free-flowing creative process:  mix one thing with another and use this thing instead of the other. This is why I love substitutions so much. … Read more

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My friend Sasha gave me a great idea for some simple creative toddler fun. All you need is a large sheet of paper and some finger paints. Let your child cover their hands with paint of their choice, then put … Read more

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Homemade mayo

Mayonnaise is typically made out of eggs, oils and sometimes, mustard. All by themselves, these ingredients are not unhealthy, especially if organic extra virgin olive oil is used. Commercial mayos are usually made with low quality oils – mostly polyunsaturated … Read more

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carrot fries

Next time your kid asks for French fries, try to make these instead. Parsnips are rich in folic acid, copper and manganese and carrots have a lot of fiber and vitamin D. Almond butter adds extra protein to the dish. … Read more

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world's healthiest muffin

I’ve been baking these muffins quite often over the course of about two years, perfecting the recipe each time. Please let me know if there is a “healthy muffin contest,” because my muffins deserve to enter and win gold medals … Read more

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