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Over the past 20 years I have combined my passion for helping and teaching children with my love for healthy foods. I love to share practical and useful recipes as well as advice for parents and families around the world. Whether you need a recent movie review, a great place to go on a family trip, a safe car that will not break the bank, or even a great new family game. Our blog has become a great place to find the best advice for families.

Mother’s Day Gift Guide
<h2>Mother&#8217;s Day Gift Guide</h2> <p><img class="alignnone size-full wp-image-4702" src="https://cookwith5kids.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/04/IMG_5306.png" alt="Mother's day gift guide" width="425" height="640" srcset="https://cookwith5kids.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/04/IMG_5306.png 425w, https://cookwith5kids.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/04/IMG_5306-199x300.png 199w, https://cookwith5kids.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/04/IMG_5306-199x300@2x.png 398w" sizes="(max-width: 425px) 100vw, 425px" /></p> <p>What should you buy your Mom for Mother&#8217;s Day? You only have a few weeks to get your gifts lined up and send them to the special women in your life. Many people have multiple gifts for their Mom, Mother-In-Law, Grandmothers, and Aunts. Women who work to nurture their families need to be remembered on this special day. I hope you enjoy these gift ideas for Moms.</p> <p><img class="alignnone size-full wp-image-4706" src="https://cookwith5kids.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/04/Snapseed-11.jpg" alt="Misfit Vapor Smartwatch makes a perfect Mother's Day Gift" width="640" height="640" srcset="https://cookwith5kids.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/04/Snapseed-11.jpg 640w, https://cookwith5kids.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/04/Snapseed-11-150x150.jpg 150w, https://cookwith5kids.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/04/Snapseed-11-150x150@2x.jpg 300w, https://cookwith5kids.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/04/Snapseed-11-300x300@2x.jpg 600w" sizes="(max-width: 640px) 100vw, 640px" /></p> <div class="post-teaser-block">This is a preview of <q>Mother&#8217;s Day Gift Guide</q>. <a href="https://cookwith5kids.com/2018/04/mothers-day-gift/" title="Permanent Link: Mother&#8217;s Day Gift Guide" rel="bookmark">Read the full post </a></div>
Google Home Mini speaker makes a great gift for teens
<p>&nbsp;</p> <p><img class="alignnone size-large wp-image-4665" src="https://cookwith5kids.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/03/IMG_4157-682x1024.png" alt="google home mini speaker is a great gift for teens" width="682" height="1024" srcset="https://cookwith5kids.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/03/IMG_4157-682x1024.png 682w, https://cookwith5kids.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/03/IMG_4157-200x300.png 200w, https://cookwith5kids.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/03/IMG_4157.png 532w, https://cookwith5kids.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/03/IMG_4157-682x1024@2x.png 1364w, https://cookwith5kids.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/03/IMG_4157-200x300@2x.png 400w" sizes="(max-width: 682px) 100vw, 682px" /></p> <h2>Google Home Mini</h2> <p>It is so hard to shop for teens. I should know, I have 3 teens in my home right now. Finding the perfect gift for this age group is not easy. My 13 and 16-year-old sons share a room, and finding something that they both enjoy is close to impossible. The Google Home Mini was one piece of electronics that they both use every day. If you are looking for a unique gift, check out the Google Home Mini.</p> <p><span style="text-decoration: underline;"><strong>Top 6 reasons your teen needs a Google Home Mini in their room:</strong></span></p> <div class="post-teaser-block">This is a preview of <q>Google Home Mini speaker makes a great gift for teens</q>. <a href="https://cookwith5kids.com/2018/03/google-home-mini/" title="Permanent Link: Google Home Mini speaker makes a great gift for teens" rel="bookmark">Read the full post </a></div>
Best Restaurants in the US 2018
<p><img class="alignnone size-large wp-image-4652" src="https://cookwith5kids.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/03/IMG_4019-682x1024.png" alt="The best restaurants in the US 2018" width="682" height="1024" srcset="https://cookwith5kids.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/03/IMG_4019-682x1024.png 682w, https://cookwith5kids.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/03/IMG_4019-200x300.png 200w, https://cookwith5kids.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/03/IMG_4019.png 532w, https://cookwith5kids.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/03/IMG_4019-682x1024@2x.png 1364w, https://cookwith5kids.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/03/IMG_4019-200x300@2x.png 400w" sizes="(max-width: 682px) 100vw, 682px" /></p> <p><b>Best Restaurants in the US 2018</b></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Summer is right around the corner and hopefully, you will be traveling somewhere new. One of the best things about visiting a new city is finding the best places to eat. Last week I shared a post that featured the <a href="https://cookwith5kids.com/2018/02/best-restaurant-in-northern-virginia/">best places</a> to eat in Northern Virginia. Northern Virginia is a great place to stay if you are visiting the Nation&#8217;s Capital. DC is a great family destination. Museums are free, there are lots of lovely monuments to visit, and you will have a great vacation here. In case you are in the midst of planning a trip. I have lots of helpful restaurant recommendations across the United States. Bookmark this post and plan your next trip around some of these great places to eat. The restaurant reviews below are divided between the Eastern, Northern, Southern, and Western US. Where are you going on vacation this summer?</span></p> <div class="post-teaser-block">This is a preview of <q>Best Restaurants in the US 2018</q>. <a href="https://cookwith5kids.com/2018/03/best-restaurants-in-the-us-2018/" title="Permanent Link: Best Restaurants in the US 2018" rel="bookmark">Read the full post </a></div>
Best Restaurant in Northern Virginia
<p>Finding the best places to eat in Northern Virginia was not an easy job. We had a team of tasters scouting restaurants all over NoVa. They sampled some of the best foods prepared by talented chefs. Northern Virginia is filled with phenomenal cuisine and wonderful places to eat. Here are the top 5 choices that we determined to be the <strong>Best Restaurants in Northern Virginia</strong>.</p> <p><img class="alignnone size-large wp-image-4614" src="https://cookwith5kids.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/02/The-Local-DishV2-1024x505.png" alt="best restaurants in northern virginia" width="1024" height="505" srcset="https://cookwith5kids.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/02/The-Local-DishV2-1024x505.png 1024w, https://cookwith5kids.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/02/The-Local-DishV2-300x148.png 300w, https://cookwith5kids.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/02/The-Local-DishV2-1024x505@2x.png 2048w, https://cookwith5kids.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/02/The-Local-DishV2-300x148@2x.png 600w" sizes="(max-width: 1024px) 100vw, 1024px" /></p> <h2>Best Restaurant in Northern Virginia</h2> <p><img class="alignnone size-full wp-image-4627" src="https://cookwith5kids.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/02/Coal-Fire-Pizza-2.jpg" alt="703 Bar and Kitchen is one of the best restaurants in northern virginia" width="900" height="720" srcset="https://cookwith5kids.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/02/Coal-Fire-Pizza-2.jpg 900w, https://cookwith5kids.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/02/Coal-Fire-Pizza-2-300x240.jpg 300w, https://cookwith5kids.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/02/Coal-Fire-Pizza-2-300x240@2x.jpg 600w" sizes="(max-width: 900px) 100vw, 900px" /></p> <div class="post-teaser-block">This is a preview of <q>Best Restaurant in Northern Virginia</q>. <a href="https://cookwith5kids.com/2018/02/best-restaurant-in-northern-virginia/" title="Permanent Link: Best Restaurant in Northern Virginia" rel="bookmark">Read the full post </a></div>
Earth Fare Fairfax
<h2><img class="alignnone size-large wp-image-4600" src="https://cookwith5kids.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/02/IMG_3513-682x1024.png" alt="Earth Fare Fairfax" width="682" height="1024" srcset="https://cookwith5kids.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/02/IMG_3513-682x1024.png 682w, https://cookwith5kids.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/02/IMG_3513-200x300.png 200w, https://cookwith5kids.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/02/IMG_3513.png 532w, https://cookwith5kids.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/02/IMG_3513-682x1024@2x.png 1364w, https://cookwith5kids.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/02/IMG_3513-200x300@2x.png 400w" sizes="(max-width: 682px) 100vw, 682px" /></h2> <h2>Earth Fare Fairfax is now open!</h2> <h2><img class="alignnone wp-image-4589" src="https://cookwith5kids.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/02/Snapseed-96-1024x718.jpg" alt="Earth Fare product department" width="800" height="561" srcset="https://cookwith5kids.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/02/Snapseed-96-1024x718.jpg 1024w, https://cookwith5kids.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/02/Snapseed-96-300x210.jpg 300w, https://cookwith5kids.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/02/Snapseed-96.jpg 900w, https://cookwith5kids.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/02/Snapseed-96-1024x718@2x.jpg 2048w, https://cookwith5kids.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/02/Snapseed-96-300x210@2x.jpg 600w" sizes="(max-width: 800px) 100vw, 800px" /></h2> <p>A new healthy food store is now open. You will fall in love with the fresh fruits and vegetables as soon as you enter the store. This new store is conveniently located at 11054 Lee Highway, Fairfax, Virginia. Earth Fare Fairfax wants to help you live longer by eating healthier.</p> <p><img class="alignnone wp-image-4593" src="https://cookwith5kids.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/02/Snapseed-90-1024x768.jpg" alt="Bulk options at Earth Fare Fairfax" width="800" height="600" srcset="https://cookwith5kids.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/02/Snapseed-90-1024x768.jpg 1024w, https://cookwith5kids.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/02/Snapseed-90-300x225.jpg 300w, https://cookwith5kids.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/02/Snapseed-90.jpg 900w, https://cookwith5kids.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/02/Snapseed-90-1024x768@2x.jpg 2048w, https://cookwith5kids.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/02/Snapseed-90-300x225@2x.jpg 600w" sizes="(max-width: 800px) 100vw, 800px" /></p> <div class="post-teaser-block">This is a preview of <q>Earth Fare Fairfax</q>. <a href="https://cookwith5kids.com/2018/02/earth-fare-fairfax/" title="Permanent Link: Earth Fare Fairfax" rel="bookmark">Read the full post </a></div>
Eczema Relief
<h2><img class="alignnone size-large wp-image-4578" src="https://cookwith5kids.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/01/Snapseed-88-814x1024.jpg" alt="Eczema Relief with SkinSmart Microbial Spray" width="814" height="1024" srcset="https://cookwith5kids.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/01/Snapseed-88-814x1024.jpg 814w, https://cookwith5kids.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/01/Snapseed-88-239x300.jpg 239w, https://cookwith5kids.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/01/Snapseed-88.jpg 636w, https://cookwith5kids.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/01/Snapseed-88-814x1024@2x.jpg 1628w, https://cookwith5kids.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/01/Snapseed-88-239x300@2x.jpg 478w" sizes="(max-width: 814px) 100vw, 814px" /></h2> <h2>Eczema Relief</h2> <p>My daughter has suffered from eczema for the past 5 years. Her skin is extremely sensitive and becomes red and itchy certain times a year. We have tried so many different products over the years to help her feel better. <a href="http://skinsmartantimicrobial.com/eczema-therapy/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener noreferrer">SkinSmart Antimicrobial™</a> is the newest product we have tried. SkinSmart Antimicrobial is based on Hypochlorous, a “secret weapon” in skin care treatment. Hypochlorous has been successfully used in the medical field for many years to treat serious and chronic skin and wound issues. Until recently you could only buy this type of product if you had a prescription. No longer! SkinSmart Antimicrobial uses the Hypochlorous technology as a new solution to help your skin. Scientists now know more about the role of bacteria and microorganisms on the skin, so they created this new product which really helps eczema sufferers. This product removes microorganisms, promotes healing, helps itchy skin, and soothes the skin. SkinSmart Antimicrobial can be used on children&#8217;s or adult&#8217;s skin, faces, and wherever you might need it.</p> <div class="post-teaser-block">This is a preview of <q>Eczema Relief</q>. <a href="https://cookwith5kids.com/2018/01/eczema-relief/" title="Permanent Link: Eczema Relief" rel="bookmark">Read the full post </a></div>
Peanut Butter and Jelly Cookies
<p><img class="alignnone wp-image-4568" src="https://cookwith5kids.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/01/FullSizeRender-199-927x1024.jpg" alt="Peanut butter and jelly cookies" width="800" height="884" srcset="https://cookwith5kids.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/01/FullSizeRender-199-927x1024.jpg 927w, https://cookwith5kids.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/01/FullSizeRender-199-272x300.jpg 272w, https://cookwith5kids.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/01/FullSizeRender-199-927x1024@2x.jpg 1854w, https://cookwith5kids.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/01/FullSizeRender-199-272x300@2x.jpg 544w" sizes="(max-width: 800px) 100vw, 800px" /></p> <p>Peanut butter and jelly immediately brings me back to great memories from my childhood. Carefree days with no responsibilities. Asking my Mom if I could make a picnic for my younger siblings and she, of course, said yes. Who wouldn&#8217;t want a quiet afternoon while the kids ate a picnic in the backyard? Thank you to <a href="http://www.santacruzorganic.com" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener noreferrer">Santa Cruz Organic</a> and <a href="http://www.womensforum.com" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener noreferrer">Womensforum</a> for sponsoring this post. All opinions and recipes are 100% my own.</p> <p><img class="alignnone wp-image-4570" src="https://cookwith5kids.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/01/IMG_3420-1024x1024.png" alt="carefree days from childhood" width="800" height="800" srcset="https://cookwith5kids.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/01/IMG_3420-1024x1024.png 1024w, https://cookwith5kids.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/01/IMG_3420-150x150.png 150w, https://cookwith5kids.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/01/IMG_3420-150x150@2x.png 300w, https://cookwith5kids.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/01/IMG_3420.png 799w, https://cookwith5kids.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/01/IMG_3420-1024x1024@2x.png 2048w, https://cookwith5kids.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/01/IMG_3420-300x300@2x.png 600w" sizes="(max-width: 800px) 100vw, 800px" /></p> <div class="post-teaser-block">This is a preview of <q>Peanut Butter and Jelly Cookies</q>. <a href="https://cookwith5kids.com/2018/01/peanut-butter-and-jelly-cookies/" title="Permanent Link: Peanut Butter and Jelly Cookies" rel="bookmark">Read the full post </a></div>
Flu season and how to survive
<h2>Flu season and how to survive</h2> <h2><img class="alignnone size-large wp-image-4542" src="https://cookwith5kids.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/01/FullSizeRender-187-941x1024.jpg" alt="Honey in your tea soothes your throat" width="941" height="1024" srcset="https://cookwith5kids.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/01/FullSizeRender-187-941x1024.jpg 941w, https://cookwith5kids.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/01/FullSizeRender-187-276x300.jpg 276w, https://cookwith5kids.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/01/FullSizeRender-187.jpg 735w, https://cookwith5kids.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/01/FullSizeRender-187-941x1024@2x.jpg 1882w, https://cookwith5kids.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/01/FullSizeRender-187-276x300@2x.jpg 552w" sizes="(max-width: 941px) 100vw, 941px" /></h2> <p>Let&#8217;s face it, the flu and cold season is here and we need to survive. It is so hard to avoid all the germs that are surrounding us. Today I am sharing 6 ways you can survive the flu season.</p> <p><img class="alignnone size-full wp-image-4545" src="https://cookwith5kids.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/01/stencil.blog-post-image.jpg" alt="Wash your hands often to stay healthy in winter" width="750" height="750" srcset="https://cookwith5kids.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/01/stencil.blog-post-image.jpg 750w, https://cookwith5kids.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/01/stencil.blog-post-image-150x150.jpg 150w, https://cookwith5kids.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/01/stencil.blog-post-image-150x150@2x.jpg 300w, https://cookwith5kids.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/01/stencil.blog-post-image-300x300@2x.jpg 600w" sizes="(max-width: 750px) 100vw, 750px" /></p> <p>1. <strong>Wash your hands</strong>. I must tell my children at least 20 times per day to wash their hands. Washing them the correct way is very important. Use HOT water, plenty of soap, and scrub scrub scrub. A minimum of 20 seconds is required. Hand washing can really keep you healthy all winter long. <strong>Flu Symptoms</strong> include fever, body and throat aches, fatigue, cough, and sore throat. If one person in your house gets the flu, everyone else must wash their hands even more.</p> <div class="post-teaser-block">This is a preview of <q>Flu season and how to survive</q>. <a href="https://cookwith5kids.com/2018/01/flu-season/" title="Permanent Link: Flu season and how to survive" rel="bookmark">Read the full post </a></div>
New Year Resolutions
<h2>New Year Resolutions</h2> <p><img class="alignnone wp-image-4530" src="https://cookwith5kids.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/01/Cream-Rustic-Spa-Makeover-Party-Photo-Collage.jpg" alt="New Year Resolutions" width="800" height="640" srcset="https://cookwith5kids.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/01/Cream-Rustic-Spa-Makeover-Party-Photo-Collage.jpg 900w, https://cookwith5kids.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/01/Cream-Rustic-Spa-Makeover-Party-Photo-Collage-300x240.jpg 300w, https://cookwith5kids.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/01/Cream-Rustic-Spa-Makeover-Party-Photo-Collage-300x240@2x.jpg 600w" sizes="(max-width: 800px) 100vw, 800px" /></p> <p>Happy New Year! I cannot believe we are two years away from 2020. At the beginning of every year, I always make a few resolutions. Some of the resolutions last all year long and others last a few days. 2018 I am including these resolutions:</p> <ul> <li>Eat healthier</li> <li>Exercise</li> <li>Sleep more</li> <li>Spend quality time with the family</li> <li>Laugh</li> <li>Drink more water</li> </ul> <p>In order to achieve these new years resolutions, I have a few books and items that will help me achieve them. I hope some of these products will help you achieve your resolutions as well.</p> <div class="post-teaser-block">This is a preview of <q>New Year Resolutions</q>. <a href="https://cookwith5kids.com/2018/01/new-year-resolutions/" title="Permanent Link: New Year Resolutions" rel="bookmark">Read the full post </a></div>

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