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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.

Spiralizer Vegetable Recipes
<p><img class="alignnone size-large wp-image-3581" src="https://cookwith5kids.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/07/10-EasyBrussel-SproutsRecipes-1-683x1024.png" alt="Spiralized Vegetables" width="683" height="1024" srcset="https://cookwith5kids.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/07/10-EasyBrussel-SproutsRecipes-1-683x1024.png 683w, https://cookwith5kids.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/07/10-EasyBrussel-SproutsRecipes-1-200x300.png 200w, https://cookwith5kids.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/07/10-EasyBrussel-SproutsRecipes-1.png 533w, https://cookwith5kids.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/07/10-EasyBrussel-SproutsRecipes-1-200x300@2x.png 400w" sizes="(max-width: 683px) 100vw, 683px" /></p> <p>Spiralizer vegetable recipes are so much fun and really good for you. Do you own a Spiralizer yet? There are a few different kinds you can buy if you do not own one. Spiralizers are great because they can turn fresh vegetables into a healthy pasta shape in minutes. Vegetables that taste and look like noodles are a winning combination with kids and adults.</p> <p>The most popular Spiralizer you can buy is <a href="http://amzn.to/2ukrWWh" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener noreferrer">this</a> model. It is less than $30 and comes with five different blades. It is very versatile and can not only make spiral veggies, but can also cut veggies with the different blades. This model comes with a lifetime warranty!</p> <div class="post-teaser-block">This is a preview of <q>Spiralizer Vegetable Recipes</q>. <a href="https://cookwith5kids.com/2017/08/spiralizer-vegetable-recipes/" title="Permanent Link: Spiralizer Vegetable Recipes" rel="bookmark">Read the full post </a></div>
Hope for Kids with Cancer
<p style="text-align: center;"><em>This post was sponsored by Fresh Press Media and Extended Stay America Hotels. All thoughts and opinions are 100% my own.</em></p> <p style="text-align: left;"><img class="alignnone wp-image-3758" src="https://cookwith5kids.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/08/IMG_8264-1024x768.jpg" alt="Extended Stay America hotels helps give help to kids with cancer" width="800" height="600" srcset="https://cookwith5kids.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/08/IMG_8264-1024x768.jpg 1024w, https://cookwith5kids.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/08/IMG_8264-300x225.jpg 300w, https://cookwith5kids.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/08/IMG_8264.jpg 900w, https://cookwith5kids.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/08/IMG_8264-1024x768@2x.jpg 2048w, https://cookwith5kids.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/08/IMG_8264-300x225@2x.jpg 600w" sizes="(max-width: 800px) 100vw, 800px" /></p> <p>Hope for kids with cancer is what keeps them fighting for a cure. Many families are in the midst of battling various cancers every day. A cancer diagnosis can be devastating and parents must look for hope wherever they can. Last week I learned about a wonderful initiative that the <a href="https://www.extendedstayamerica.com/hope" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener noreferrer">Extended Stay America</a> hotels has started to help the youngest cancer patients in our country.</p> <p><img class="alignnone size-large wp-image-3755" src="https://cookwith5kids.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/08/FullSizeRender-25-631x1024.jpg" alt="Extended Stay America hotels helps give help to kids with cancer" width="631" height="1024" srcset="https://cookwith5kids.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/08/FullSizeRender-25-631x1024.jpg 631w, https://cookwith5kids.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/08/FullSizeRender-25-185x300.jpg 185w, https://cookwith5kids.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/08/FullSizeRender-25.jpg 492w, https://cookwith5kids.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/08/FullSizeRender-25-631x1024@2x.jpg 1262w, https://cookwith5kids.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/08/FullSizeRender-25-185x300@2x.jpg 370w" sizes="(max-width: 631px) 100vw, 631px" /></p> <div class="post-teaser-block">This is a preview of <q>Hope for Kids with Cancer</q>. <a href="https://cookwith5kids.com/2017/08/extended-stay-america-hope-for-kids-with-cancer/" title="Permanent Link: Hope for Kids with Cancer" rel="bookmark">Read the full post </a></div>
Chores for kids will be more fun when you have the right tools
<p style="text-align: center;"><em>This post is sponsored by The Women Bloggers LLC and O-Cedar. All thoughts and opinions are 100% my own. My house is definitely much cleaner since the Easy Wring Mop joined our family.</em></p> <h2>Chores for kids will be more fun when you have the right tools</h2> <p><img class="alignnone wp-image-3730" src="https://cookwith5kids.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/08/FullSizeRender-17-1024x696.jpg" alt="Chores for kids can be fun with the right tools. O-Cedar easy wring mop and bucket system" width="800" height="544" srcset="https://cookwith5kids.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/08/FullSizeRender-17-1024x696.jpg 1024w, https://cookwith5kids.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/08/FullSizeRender-17-300x204.jpg 300w, https://cookwith5kids.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/08/FullSizeRender-17.jpg 900w, https://cookwith5kids.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/08/FullSizeRender-17-1024x696@2x.jpg 2048w, https://cookwith5kids.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/08/FullSizeRender-17-300x204@2x.jpg 600w" sizes="(max-width: 800px) 100vw, 800px" /></p> <p>My kids do not have specific chores. You might think that makes me a terrible Mom. Instead of having chores assigned, I ask my kids to help out when they can. Until recently, no one has ever volunteered to mop the floors. When mopping turned into a fun project, everyone started to fight over the job. There might even have been a small fight that broke out over who would use the O-Cedar <a href="http://bit.ly/2hFLPlL" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener noreferrer">Easy Wring</a> mop first. I giggled inside at this silly argument. With the right tools, even chores can be fun.</p> <div class="post-teaser-block">This is a preview of <q>Chores for kids will be more fun when you have the right tools</q>. <a href="https://cookwith5kids.com/2017/08/chores-kids/" title="Permanent Link: Chores for kids will be more fun when you have the right tools" rel="bookmark">Read the full post </a></div>
Walmart Family Mobile makes summer better
<p style="text-align: center;"><em>Disclosure: This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser, Walmart Family Mobile. All opinions are completely mine. #SummerIsForSavings #CollectiveBias #WFM2</em></p> <p><img class="alignnone size-large wp-image-3719" src="https://cookwith5kids.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/07/Walmart-Family-Mobile-683x1024.png" alt="walmart family mobile no contract phones" width="683" height="1024" srcset="https://cookwith5kids.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/07/Walmart-Family-Mobile-683x1024.png 683w, https://cookwith5kids.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/07/Walmart-Family-Mobile-200x300.png 200w, https://cookwith5kids.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/07/Walmart-Family-Mobile.png 533w, https://cookwith5kids.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/07/Walmart-Family-Mobile-200x300@2x.png 400w" sizes="(max-width: 683px) 100vw, 683px" /></p> <h2>Walmart Mobile</h2> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“Everyone has a phone, Mom.” How many times have you heard this from </span><b>your</b><span style="font-weight: 400;"> kids? My daughter has been asking for a cell phone since she was about two years old. With four older brothers, she always wanted everything they had, especially their phones. As a parent, most of us are hesitant to buy our children a phone for many reasons. The biggest reason for me was not getting locked into a 2 year contract. Thankfully, with the Walmart Family Mobile $49.88 PLUS plan, powered by T-Mobile, there is no contract at all. This really is the perfect solution for many families.</span></p> <div class="post-teaser-block">This is a preview of <q>Walmart Family Mobile makes summer better</q>. <a href="https://cookwith5kids.com/2017/07/walmart-mobile/" title="Permanent Link: Walmart Family Mobile makes summer better" rel="bookmark">Read the full post </a></div>
Fun Math- Oatmeal Pancakes and Cooking with Fractions
<p>&nbsp;</p> <p><img class="alignnone size-large wp-image-3693" src="https://cookwith5kids.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/07/Copy-of-Learning-FractionsthroughFoods-683x1024.png" alt="fun math: learning fractions with oatmeal pancakes" width="683" height="1024" srcset="https://cookwith5kids.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/07/Copy-of-Learning-FractionsthroughFoods-683x1024.png 683w, https://cookwith5kids.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/07/Copy-of-Learning-FractionsthroughFoods-200x300.png 200w, https://cookwith5kids.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/07/Copy-of-Learning-FractionsthroughFoods.png 533w, https://cookwith5kids.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/07/Copy-of-Learning-FractionsthroughFoods-200x300@2x.png 400w" sizes="(max-width: 683px) 100vw, 683px" /></p> <p>Fun Math can happen in your kitchen without your kids even realizing they are learning. Today&#8217;s recipe is delicious, an oatmeal pancake. Any recipe that you create that is round makes it easy to teach your kids fractions. Oats are a great food to incorporate into baking. They contain protein, fiber, and lots of healthy minerals. If you do not want your kids to know there are oats inside, you can put all the ingredients into a blender. Cooking with fractions can be done with pizza, pancakes, and cookies. All round foods make easy fraction simulations. If you would like more resources on fractions, the Education.com page has some great ideas <a href="http://www.education.com/resources/fractions/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener noreferrer">here</a>.</p> <div class="post-teaser-block">This is a preview of <q>Fun Math- Oatmeal Pancakes and Cooking with Fractions</q>. <a href="https://cookwith5kids.com/2017/07/fun-math/" title="Permanent Link: Fun Math- Oatmeal Pancakes and Cooking with Fractions" rel="bookmark">Read the full post </a></div>
Eggo Rainbow Breakfast Taco
<p style="text-align: center;"><em>This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are 100% mine. #LeggoMyEggo #HearTheNews #CollectiveBias</em></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;"><a href="https://cookwith5kids.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/07/IMG_8087.jpg"><img class="alignnone size-large wp-image-3677" src="https://cookwith5kids.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/07/IMG_8087-768x1024.jpg" alt="Eggo Rainbow Breakfast Taco #LeggomyEggo #HeartheNews #ad #shop" width="768" height="1024" srcset="https://cookwith5kids.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/07/IMG_8087-768x1024.jpg 768w, https://cookwith5kids.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/07/IMG_8087-225x300.jpg 225w, https://cookwith5kids.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/07/IMG_8087.jpg 599w, https://cookwith5kids.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/07/IMG_8087-768x1024@2x.jpg 1536w, https://cookwith5kids.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/07/IMG_8087-225x300@2x.jpg 450w" sizes="(max-width: 768px) 100vw, 768px" /></a></span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Eggo Rainbow Breakfast Tacos are a fun way to celebrate the end of summer. Our breakfast routine has become quite boring. My kids have been asking for something new to try. While shopping at Walmart last week, I found the cutest breakfast item, Eggo Cinna-toast and Choco-Toast were hiding on the bottom shelf. </span><span style="font-weight: 400;">I knew these toasts would help me create something exciting for breakfast.</span></p> <p><a href="https://cookwith5kids.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/07/IMG_0093.png"><img class="alignnone size-large wp-image-3660" src="https://cookwith5kids.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/07/IMG_0093-548x1024.png" alt="Eggo Rainbow Breakfast Taco #LeggomyEggo #HeartheNews #ad #shop" width="548" height="1024" srcset="https://cookwith5kids.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/07/IMG_0093-548x1024.png 548w, https://cookwith5kids.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/07/IMG_0093-160x300.png 160w, https://cookwith5kids.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/07/IMG_0093.png 427w, https://cookwith5kids.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/07/IMG_0093-160x300@2x.png 320w" sizes="(max-width: 548px) 100vw, 548px" /></a></p> <div class="post-teaser-block">This is a preview of <q>Eggo Rainbow Breakfast Taco</q>. <a href="https://cookwith5kids.com/2017/07/eggo-rainbow-breakfast-taco/" title="Permanent Link: Eggo Rainbow Breakfast Taco" rel="bookmark">Read the full post </a></div>
Road Trip entertainment and a free printable scavenger hunt
<p style="text-align: center;"><em>Disclosure: Thank you Single Edition Media for sending us this BabbleBoxx. This is a sponsored post on behalf of <a href="http://babbleboxx.com/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener noreferrer">BabbleBoxx</a>. All opinions are 100% my own. </em></p> <p><a href="https://cookwith5kids.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/07/FullSizeRender-7.jpg"><img class="alignnone wp-image-3643" src="https://cookwith5kids.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/07/FullSizeRender-7-1024x1024.jpg" alt="Road Trip Entertainment with an Audible Subscription, Chops Beef Jerky, Pai Technology Cubetastic, Trex Duct Tape and IHOP all from Babbleboxx" width="800" height="800" srcset="https://cookwith5kids.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/07/FullSizeRender-7-1024x1024.jpg 1024w, https://cookwith5kids.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/07/FullSizeRender-7-150x150.jpg 150w, https://cookwith5kids.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/07/FullSizeRender-7-150x150@2x.jpg 300w, https://cookwith5kids.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/07/FullSizeRender-7.jpg 799w, https://cookwith5kids.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/07/FullSizeRender-7-1024x1024@2x.jpg 2048w, https://cookwith5kids.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/07/FullSizeRender-7-300x300@2x.jpg 600w" sizes="(max-width: 800px) 100vw, 800px" /></a></p> <p style="text-align: left;">Road trip entertainment is so important. I have gone on hundreds of road trips with my 5 kids and keeping them happy and busy is crucial. You do not want to hear &#8220;Are we there yet?&#8221; ten minutes into your drive. One of the best ways I keep my kids happy is to play competitive games in the car. My family loves a good competition. At the end of this post I included a fun printable scavenger hunt that everyone can work on together or separately. Since the scavenger hunt might only last a short time, you need a few more long lasting activities to make your next road trip a bit more bearable.</p> <div class="post-teaser-block">This is a preview of <q>Road Trip entertainment and a free printable scavenger hunt</q>. <a href="https://cookwith5kids.com/2017/07/road-trip-entertainment/" title="Permanent Link: Road Trip entertainment and a free printable scavenger hunt" rel="bookmark">Read the full post </a></div>
Fish Sticks is a perfect kid friendly dinner
<p>Fish sticks are perfect for even your pickiest eaters. Some of my children could survive on pasta and pizza alone. Unfortunately, it is a life lesson to eat more than your two favorite foods. My guest blogger today is Susan Conley from <a href="http://www.cookthestone.com" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Cook the Stone</a>. She is sharing her famous Crispy Fish Sticks that she promises most children will love. She serves this healthier alternative to hotdogs and burgers during summer cookouts. This delicious recipe is easy to make, especially with some of your younger helpers.<br /> <a href="https://cookwith5kids.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/07/How-to-Make-Crispy-Fish-Fingers-that-Your-Kids-Will-Love-1.jpg"><img class="alignnone wp-image-3618" src="https://cookwith5kids.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/07/How-to-Make-Crispy-Fish-Fingers-that-Your-Kids-Will-Love-1.jpg" alt="Fish Sticks a kid friendly meal" width="800" height="532" srcset="https://cookwith5kids.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/07/How-to-Make-Crispy-Fish-Fingers-that-Your-Kids-Will-Love-1.jpg 900w, https://cookwith5kids.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/07/How-to-Make-Crispy-Fish-Fingers-that-Your-Kids-Will-Love-1-300x200.jpg 300w, https://cookwith5kids.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/07/How-to-Make-Crispy-Fish-Fingers-that-Your-Kids-Will-Love-1-300x200@2x.jpg 600w" sizes="(max-width: 800px) 100vw, 800px" /></a><br /> Do you have kids who wouldn’t touch the dishes you serve them? My <a href="https://cookthestone.com/recipes-campfire/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">lemon butter salmon </a>might not appeal to most children. It is time to try something new and incorporate some dishes into your repertoire that your kids might enjoy. Crispy fish sticks are not only delicious enough for your kids to try, but it’s also easy enough to make in less than 30 minutes. The best way to make these fish sticks is to invite your little helpers to learn how to make this meal with you. Your children are more likely to eat the foods when they are involved in the cooking process. And don’t worry, this recipe is straightforward and easy.<br /> But you may wonder, are crispy fish sticks healthy enough for your children?<br /> If you compare crispy fish sticks with other foods that children love to eat, such as hotdogs, then it is easy to say that this recipe I am sharing with you is a better, healthier alternative. Sure, frying fish isn’t as healthy as baking or broiling them. But there are still several health benefits that you and your family will enjoy when eating crispy fish sticks.</p> <div class="post-teaser-block">This is a preview of <q>Fish Sticks is a perfect kid friendly dinner</q>. <a href="https://cookwith5kids.com/2017/07/fish-sticks/" title="Permanent Link: Fish Sticks is a perfect kid friendly dinner" rel="bookmark">Read the full post </a></div>
Leap! new family friendly movie opens next month
<p><a href="https://cookwith5kids.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/07/Leap-2017-movie-poster.jpg"><img class="alignnone wp-image-3596 size-large" src="https://cookwith5kids.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/07/Leap-2017-movie-poster-691x1024.jpg" alt="Leap! Family friendly movie coming out in August 2017" width="691" height="1024" srcset="https://cookwith5kids.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/07/Leap-2017-movie-poster-691x1024.jpg 691w, https://cookwith5kids.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/07/Leap-2017-movie-poster-203x300.jpg 203w, https://cookwith5kids.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/07/Leap-2017-movie-poster.jpg 539w, https://cookwith5kids.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/07/Leap-2017-movie-poster-203x300@2x.jpg 406w" sizes="(max-width: 691px) 100vw, 691px" /></a></p> <p>Leap! is a new family friendly movie opening next month and we cannot wait. My daughter has always dreamed of being a dancer just like Félicie, the star of this movie. Not only does my daughter love to dance, she loves many of the voices behind the characters in this animated movie: <a href="http://www.imdb.com/name/nm1102577/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener noreferrer">Elle Fanning</a>, <a href="https://www.carlyraemusic.com/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener noreferrer">Carly Rae Jepsen</a>, <a href="http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0571952/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener noreferrer">Kate McKinnon</a> and <a href="http://www.ziegler-girls.com/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener noreferrer">Maddie Ziegler</a>. We will be seeing Leap! on opening night for an end of summer Mommy-daughter date.</p> <p class="p1"><a href="https://cookwith5kids.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/07/FullSizeRender.jpg"><img class="alignnone size-full wp-image-3599" src="https://cookwith5kids.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/07/FullSizeRender.jpg" alt="Diane loves to dance" width="269" height="640" srcset="https://cookwith5kids.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/07/FullSizeRender.jpg 269w, https://cookwith5kids.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/07/FullSizeRender-126x300.jpg 126w, https://cookwith5kids.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/07/FullSizeRender-126x300@2x.jpg 252w" sizes="(max-width: 269px) 100vw, 269px" /></a></p> <div class="post-teaser-block">This is a preview of <q>Leap! new family friendly movie opens next month</q>. <a href="https://cookwith5kids.com/2017/07/leap-new-family-friendly-movie-opens-next-month/" title="Permanent Link: Leap! new family friendly movie opens next month" rel="bookmark">Read the full post </a></div>

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