Warm, Simple, Fun Snacks To Cope With Winter’s Cold Weather

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I think most of you can agree that it’s been quite chilly lately. During these cold winter days and nights, nothing beats snuggling up to the warm simple pleasures of delicious comfort food.  Here are my top snacks that will warm your heart.

 

  • Crunch Mozzarella Sticks – These are fun, fast, fabulous, and perfect for an after school snack!  Your kids will love the warm, gooey and cheesy goodness!

  • Mushroom Pizza Bites – Have your kids assemble their own mini mushroom pizza!  Prepare numerous toppings and lets your kids go have fun with the ingredients!

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  • Baked Potato Eggs – These delicious baked potatoes are crispy on the outside, but soft and warm on the inside… yum! It’s delicious on its own or can be topped off with an egg, or better yet, sour cream!

  • Whole Wheat Rosemary Pretzel – Eat your heart out, Wetzel Pretzel! You won’t need to make that trip to the mall to enjoy these homemade pretzels.

  • Grilled Cheese and Tomato Bisque – Your child will love dipping their grilled cheese sandwiches into a very delicious complimentary bowl of tomato bisque.

  • Cornbread – Quick and easy to make, your kids will love this warm snack!

Enjoy and stay warm!

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Triumph the Winter Flu!

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With the cold winter forecast on Pluto, it should be of great importance to ensure that your kids stay healthy and away from the dreaded Flu! We all have our fair share of experiences with sick children… You know, the crying, fussy behavior, loss of appetite, crankiness, and so on so forth. Knowing what you will have to deal with, let us be sure to do our best to keep our kids healthy this Flu Season. Here are some quick tips to help your children stop the Flu bug from invading Pluto:

  • Stay Clean – There just aren’t enough sinks in the world to keep up with an active toddler’s hand-washing needs. Disinfect your childs’ hands (and yours) constantly with your most trusted Hand Sanitizer.

  • Stay Hydrated – Make sure your kids are properly hydrated throughout the day. More trips to the bathroom isn’t as bad as a week’s worth of miserable crying children =) If you’re having trouble getting your child to drink water, try making it fun and let them choose their own Nalgene bottle – whether it’s their favorite character or favorite color, it’ll make drinking h2o more enjoyable.

  • Stay Warm – Make sure the home is warm and cozy. I remember one of my fondest winter memory as a child was being inside my home, bundled in a blanket, and watching Christmas movies. When outside, layer your children up with clothing. Although the sun may be out, it’s still quite chilly, especially if there is a slight breeze!

  • Stay Moisturized – Piggybacking off the tip above about staying warm, if you turn on the heater in the house, this often comes with the side-effect of dry skin. Keep your child’s skin moisturized with the frequent application of body lotion. Take it one step further and use humidifiers as they are great for providing moisture to help soothe nasal congestion, dry cough, sinus irritation, and dry skin.

  • Stay rested – Have your kids stick to an early bedtime schedule to get plenty of sleep. Sleep deprivation nearly doubles the risk of catching a cold or the flu.

  • Stay nutritious – Meals with plenty of colorful fruits and vegetables will help boost your child’s immune system. Look for foods rich in Vitamins C and D.

Lastly, and most importantly, go as a family and get your flu shots!

Have a great weekend and stay healthy everyone!

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auntie k is back!

Hi Everyone!

Wow, where has the time gone?  I apologize for the recent lack of activity on Pluto!  With the holidays, there were just too many things going on, but no worries, I am back and ready to rock!

 
2012 was AMAZING for me.  Pluto was formed, I discovered how amazing the blogging world is, and I created so many memorable relationships through Pluto! This blog has been my creative escape as I share with you all the simplicities of a child’s imagination. I have been inspired by many great friends on Pluto, and for that, I can’t thank you enough!

 
In 2013, I hope to gain even more friends and memories and to inspire others who venture onto Pluto in one way or another.

 

Before I forget, this was my family’s Christmas card for 2012.  What do you think?  Very different from last years Christmas card huh?

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Happy New Years to you all!

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