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A New Way to Make Healthy, Kid-Friendly Lunches

It’s no surprise many children get bored with the usual sandwich in their lunch box and parents get stumped for healthy options that are easy to pack. It can be a real challenge to find time and ideas to make a balanced, easy, lunch that meets school restrictions (no nuts, no access to refrigeration or microwave) and that get kids excited. That’s why DC mom Carine Rosalia created This & That Lunch Kit, a new way for families to send kids to school with a healthy lunch… that they actually WANT to eat.

All the accessories to make an easy, healthy, eco-friendly and fun lunch box!

With This & That Lunch Kit, families can prepare lunches together and have it ready to go for the week to avoid scrambling every morning. Carine drew from her experience as a parent and worked with a French pediatric nutritionist to create a set of balanced, kid-friendly lunch recipes matched with fun accessories to involve kids at every step of the preparation. The result is an all-in-one kit to transform lunch box preparation from a chore to a fun activity with your child.

Easy: All the accessories to get lunch ready for the week and get kids involved in the preparation.

Healthy: Recipes are developed with a French nutritionist and based on USDA recommendations. The collapsible containers fit the perfect portions for toddler and older kids.

Eco-friendly: 100% FDA food grade silicone containers are safe and durable to reduce everyday waste.

Fun: Stickers and pens make it fun for kids to get involved in the lunch preparation and get excited about eating their lunch.

What you get:

3 collapsible silicone containers that pack the perfect portions for kids, according to age. The containers go in the oven, the microwave, the fridge and freezer. They are shock-resistant yet easy for kids to open.

Kid-friendly recipe cards to get kids involved in the kitchen.

Illustrated shopping cards so you never miss an ingredient at the store

Stickers and an erasable pen for a unique finishing touch.

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Get This & That Lunch Kit here until April 21! For a limited time, you can choose “Double the Fun!” option to get 2 kits for $35 only on Kickstarter. Learn more and follow the blog at

This post is sponsored by Lunch Squares, however, I only promote products, programs, and services that I genuinely believe in and think would appeal to KFDC readers.

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Inspire Kids to Unplug & Play with Art, Science, & Culture with Surprise Ride!

Getting kids to put down the tablets and phones and actually play is a challenge in this digital age. What if you could inspire them to explore art, science, and culture — and have fun doing it?

Donna and Rosy Khalife wanted to do just that for their nephews one holiday season. They wanted to provide them with a memorable gift that wasn’t a video game. And so Surprise Ride was born.

Learn about planets and the scientific method with the Mars Kit

Surprise Ride delivers hands-on, educational activity kits to kids to help them unplug and create in the real world. For example, Surprise Ride’s Experiment with Mars Sand kit teaches kids about planets and the scientific method through a hands-on science experiment and a Mars book. Their eyes light up when they see the red sand doesn’t absorb water and learn that type of sand is used to clean up oil spills. Other popular kits include the moon model kit, the beeswax candles kit, and the paint a birdhouse kit and learn how birds fly. Parents, grandparents, aunts, and uncles love to gift Surprise Ride to spend quality time and create moments of love with the little ones in their life.

Make your own moon model!

Surprise Ride is located right here in Washington, DC, where all the kits are designed by the Director of Product. Founders and sisters, Donna and Rosy were featured on ABC’s Shark Tank, where they left without an investment offer, only to receive one three years later on Shark Tank spinoff, Beyond the Tank, from Kevin O’Leary — a first in Shark Tank history!

Since then, they have expanded beyond their monthly subscription service to offer individual kits and bundles. They also launched in retail, and products now can be found on nationwide.

December 15 is the last day to sign up for a subscription with Surprise Ride and receive your first kit by Christmas! Get free shipping on Free Ship Friday (December 15th) with code: FREESHIP17DC. December 19 is the last day for all other orders.

Disclosure: This post is sponsored by Surprise Ride, however, I only promote products, programs, and places, that I genuinely believe in and think will be of interest to KFDC readers.

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Guest Post & Giveaway! Toy Recs by Age from Red Jellies Founder, Kimberly Stephens

[Note: This is a guest post written by Kimberly Stephens, founder of Red Jellies, a fully independent review service that helps you discover the very best books and toys on the market.]

Everyone wants to give thoughtful children’s gifts, but many of us don’t have time to spend wading through product reviews or shuffling their kids through the mall.

That’s where Red Jellies comes in! We provide truly independent, easily accessible advice on knockout children’s items based on our rigorous product research and testing.

Our mission is to help you find quality gifts without spending a gazillion hours typing “best toys for X-year-olds” in Internet search engines or losing hours of time reading online product reviews. We scour the market so you don’t have to.

To get you started, we selected a few of our very favorite toys by age. For even more gift ideas sorted by age, category, or product type, check out the Red Jellies website.

All kinds of easels, reviewed!

Best Toys for New Babies
Teddy Bear
MSRP: $25
Why We Love It: Ultra soft, super cute, 18-inch teddy bear. This Gund plush makes for an adorable nursery decoration and eventual first lovey.

Pirate Rattle & Teething Set
MSRP: $16.95
Why We Love It: With a crinkly pirate’s hat, interesting stripe pattern, and (pleasantly!) musical parrot, this rattle and teething set is stimulating and engaging.

Interactive Books
Why We Love It: High contrast books like My Dreams stimulate infants. I-spy and cause-and effect books like Each Peach Pear Plum and Touch the Brightest Star engage older babies and toddlers. Also recommended: Where Is Baby’s Belly Button?, I Kissed the Baby!, and That’s Not My Duck.

Best Toys for 1-Year-Olds
Fat Brain Toys
MSRP: $29.95
Why We Love It: This crowd-pleasing stacking toy helps develop eye-hand coordination. The fast spin is an extra (mesmerizing) bonus!

Baby Stella
Manhattan Toy Co.
MSRP: $20
Why We Love It: 15-inch, super soft doll with embroidered features, removable clothes and diaper, and a magnetized pacifier. Perfect first doll.

Ultimate Alphabet Train
MSRP: Around $50
Why We Love It: Great for riding or pushing, this colorful toy train is perfect for little ones one the verge of walking. Includes alphabet blocks, a walkie-talkie, and a storybook that teaches singalong songs.

Best Toys for 2-Year-Olds
Wooden Farm Magnets
MSRP: Around $24
Why We Love It: Adorable magnets spark creative play and develop gross motor skills as little ones move them around to create farm scenes. Highly durable.

Tea Set
Green Toys
MSRP: $29.99
Why We Love It: Durable, lightweight tea set for four encourages pretend play. Made from recycled materials. Dishwasher safe.

Camper Van Playset
Indigo Jamm
MSRP: $50
Why We Love It: Camper van, interior table, and detachable surfboard offer a variety of pretend play possibilities. Four peg figures and a dog. Pricey but high quality.

Best Toys for 3-Year-Olds
Day at the Beach
Build & Imagine
MSRP: $39.99
Why We Love It: Awesome building and pretend play combo. Use illustrated magnetic pieces to design the surf shop and cafe. Comes with two characters and 42 magnetized accessories.

Mini Deluxe Scooter
MSRP: $89.99
Why We Love It: Let’s get moving! Littles steer this well-made scooter by leaning in the direction they want to go. Smooth ride. Adjustable T-bar height. Develops balance and coordination.

Fire Chief Costume
Melissa & Doug
MSRP: $29.99
Why We Love It: Cute costume inspires independent and cooperative play. Well-made, durable, and machine washable.

Best Toys for 4-Year-Olds
Great Pretenders
MSRP: $21.99
Why We Love It: A great art project that leads to dramatic play.

Castle Logix
Smart Games
MSRP: $26.99
Why We Love It: A beautiful 3D wooden puzzle that promotes problem solving and spatial reasoning. With 48 challenges of varying difficulty, it continues to engage kids as they grow.

MSRP: $13.99
Why We Love It: Draw cards and match colors to complete the most snakes. Boosts matching, spatial logic, and turn-taking. Great first game.

Best Toys for 5-Year-Olds
Quadrella Xcellerator
MSRP: $149.99
Why We Love It: Different colored blocks have different functions, encouraging spatial reasoning and logic as little engineers construct marble runs. Includes model design suggestions.

Gobblet Gobblers
Blue Orange Games
MSRP: $24.99
Why We Love It: A twist on the classic tic-tac-toe game: larger pieces can “gobble” smaller ones! Builds memory and strategic thinking. Quick play.

Fossil Hunter Lottie
MSRP: $24.95
Why We Love It: Calling all paleontologists! This high quality doll is ready for the dig. Small size convenient for travel. Bonus that Lottie looks like a kid (no makeup, jewelry, or high heels).

Best Toys for 6-Year-Olds
Go Go Gelato
Blue Orange Games
MSRP: $19.99
Why We Love It: Little shop owners must plan ahead to match their customers’ gelato orders by passing scoops between cones. Great beginning logic game with sweet components.

MSRP: $64.99
Why We Love It: High quality inline skates for youth rollerbladers. Adjustable length allows skate to grow with your little one’s feet.

Fort Building Kit
Fort Magic
MSRP: $129.99
Why We Love It: Little adventurers build the forts they’ve always imagined with this high quality kit. Excellent for planning and motor skills. Note: Fabric not included. Use blankets or sheets.

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Giveaway: For a chance to win your choice of one toy from a selection provided by Red Jellies, simply leave a comment below telling me what item tops your child’s holiday gift wish list. (Easels, marble runs, math games, and more are among the selection from which the winner can choose for a prize that’s age appropriate for their child.) Get an extra chance to win by entering on the KidFriendly DC Facebook Page, too! This giveaway will run through December, 17, 2017, then a winner will be drawn at random and notified shortly thereafter. Good luck!


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Giveaway! Enter to Win a Sewing Class with Three Little Birds Sewing Co.

Totes cute 🙂

Back when I was in middle school (like when dinosaurs roamed the earth, according to my kids), Home Ec was among the electives we could take in school, and I chose it as one of mine. In these modern days of STEAM, it seems kind of old-fashioned, but I actually really enjoyed the hands-on lessons of the class, especially a sewing project where I made my own pair of shorts. It was quite satisfying to make something myself that was useful — and, of course, cute to wear!

Kids may not have the same opportunities to learn sewing in school anymore, but they can develop their stitching skills with shops like Three Little Birds Sewing Co. Located in the Arts District of Hyattsville, MD, the sewing studio and fabric store offers a variety of classes and workshops for all ages along with a great selection of textiles for sale.

Several class options (and more) are available:
* Introductory to Sewing for ages 7 is a 1.5-hour class that lets them get hands on experience with the basics of machine sewing. They learn everything from how to turn on the machine to finishing a simple project.
* Mommy & Me Sewing Class is a 1.5-hour session for ages 5-12 and an adult. Together you’ll learn how to operate a sewing machine and make a standard pillowcase. If time allows, you can make a second matching one!
* Kids Sewing Series for ages 8-14 takes place over four 1.5-hour sessions and gives students the confidence and skills to learn to sew on their own. All skill levels are welcome — the three class projects are adjusted to each student.
* Adult classes teach everything from the basics of sewing and quilting to more specialized work like zippers and fancier totes and Christmas ornaments.
* Other offerings include studio time, birthday parties, and baby showers!

Want to learn more about Three Little Birds Sewing Co.? Visit the website or stop by the store — they’re located at 5132 Baltimore Ave, Studio B in Hyattsville, MD. But, first, enter the giveaway below for a chance to win a class!

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Giveaway: For a chance to win a sewing class with Three Little Birds Sewing Co., simply leave a comment below telling me what item you or your child would love to learn how to sew. The winner will have the choice of one kids class for ages 8-13 or a Mommy & Me Class for ages 5-12. The prize must be redeemed within six months of the end date of this giveaway. Get an extra chance to win by entering on the KidFriendly DC Facebook Page, too! This giveaway will run through December, 17, 2017, and the winner will be picked at random and notified shortly thereafter. Good luck!

This post is sponsored by Three Little Birds Sewing Co., however, I only promote places, programs, and events that I genuinely believe in and think will be of interest to KFDC readers.


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