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Positive Affirmations for Kids

Positive Affirmations for Kids

It’s no secret that self confidence is arguably one of the best life skills to have. But as a parent I have found myself often at loss of ways to truly build up my children. Sure we give them praise and make sure to say […]

Sports Team Snack Ideas

Sports Team Snack Ideas

Ah May. If you are a mom with a school aged kid, it is truly the busiest time of the year. Field trips, end of year parties, outdoor play dates and an a shockingly large amount of birthday parties. Throw in a sport and the […]

EGG-xtra Fun Easter Egg Hunt Workout

EGG-xtra Fun Easter Egg Hunt Workout

I absolutely adore Easter egg hunts! It’s so fun seeing the kids get so excited over their discoveries, and a wonderful way to have some memory making traditions.

I also think it’s a great opportunity to make working out fun. Early experiences with (sports and) exercise set the tone for a child’s attitude towards being active later in life. The more chances we can make being active become associated with fun times is, in short, setting the scene for healthy adults.

And I must say this Easter egg exercise hunt was a hit! We laughed as much as we worked out, and that is a huge success for this age group!

Here is an example of what we wrote down for each egg.

The only “Notes” I had from our experience is to open and do each egg’s activity as you find each one. If you have more than one kid make sure to encourage everyone to do the activity with the person who found the egg. And lastly make sure to make it FUN. Fun is the language of this age. If your child would love the challenge of having 3 push ups be in an egg go for it! But if you know your child hates push ups, try some bunny hops or tree pose. I also made a point to include give a high five, and give a compliment. It’s never too early to encourage good sportsmanship!

Let me know if you give this twist on the Easter egg hunt a try! We love seeing pictures too 🙂

Also let me know (in either the comments or an e-mail) if you would like this list in printable form.

Thanks for reading and I hop you all have a wonderful Easter.

~Ashley

If you liked this post, you might like last year’s post on non- candy Easter basket ideas! 🙂 

Healthy Baby Smash Cake

Healthy Baby Smash Cake

The smash cake. For those of you who don’t have a Pinterest account, the “smash cake” is a small adorable cake just for your one year old to make a huge mess with. And while I’m all for messes and happy toddlers, I try to […]

Rainbow Salad for Kids | Plus a Free Shopping Printable

Rainbow Salad for Kids | Plus a Free Shopping Printable

With so much talk about dieting these days, I have been making a very mindful effort to teach my kiddos to just simply enjoy real whole foods. One point I try to really drive home is eating the rainbow. Having a large variety of fruits […]

Peanut Free Granola Bars

Peanut Free Granola Bars

At the risk of sounding dramatic, these are the tastiest, most filling, kid approved granola bars know to man kind.

Seriously though, these babies are quick easy and of course yummy.

With my oldest in school (and soon t ball eeeek!) I see the importance of allergy safe snacks. We may have lucked out in the peanut allergy department but I don’t even want my kiddos eating any on the way to school. I would want the same curteousy from other parents if that were my child who had severe reactions. Another need now is healthy nutrient dense food that can be eaten quickly. We are always rushing from one place to the next, and probably half of our diet is snacks. So I try to do my best to make our snacks work for us.

ANYWAYS these bars are free from peanuts but filled with taste!

Without further ado here is my school friendly granola bar recipe!

School friendly granola bars

  • 2 cups quick cook oats
  • 1 cup sunflower butter
  • 1/4 cup agave
  • 1/2 cup sunflower seeds
  • 1/2 cup pumpkin seeds
  • 1 tbs chia seeds
  • 1 tbs flax seeds
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup dark chocolate chips

Combine and mix ingredients

Pour mix in 6×10 pan with wax paper.

Freeze for 1 hour.

Cut into squares and enjoy!

Don’t forget to make in bulk and freeze. I’d keep these in the freezer and then pop them in lunch boxes straight from there. These can get kind of crumbly, and freezing them seems to help.

I hope you enjoy these as much as I did!

What are your go to snacks for busy days?

Ashley

 

 

FREE Printable Lunch Box Notes

FREE Printable Lunch Box Notes

Hello healthy legacy builders! And happy February! I absolutely love February, valentines day and all things hearts. And being a mom makes the holidays that much sweeter. Now that I’m actually packing lunches, I thought it would be nice to add some cute and fun […]

Healthy Valentine’s Day Pancakes

Healthy Valentine’s Day Pancakes

Needing a sweet, tasty yet heart friendly valentine’s day breakfast? Look no further than this delicious pancake recipe! The best part? It’s easy to make. All you need is pancake mix, beets, milk and frozen berries! (and any ingredients the box says you would normally […]

Finding Your Why

Finding Your Why

With New Years right around the corner, most of us are starting to set our resolutions. However something we often over look is our “why” in life. It’s so easy to get sucked into the latest weight loss challenge or program, but we often aren’t paying attention to our reason for setting our goals in the first place.

I wanted to take a moment and really address this, as knowing your why will help you set better goals, and motivate you when the going gets tough.

For myself personally, my family is my why. I want to run around with my children, and not have preventable illnesses and diseases stop that from happening. My other motivator is my anxiety  (and seasonal depression). Exercise has been hands down the most effective thing in improving those two things and helping me get out of my own head.

I want to really encourage you for a moment to think about what your why is.

Why would losing weight be one of your 2018 resolutions? Why do you care about eating healthier for the new year? What is it that is ultimately driving your wants, dreams, and goals? 

Once you figure that out, everything else falls into place a little easier.

Let me know in the comments what your goals are for 2018, and more importantly what is motivating you!

I hope you all have a happy New Year, and that you can find your why and it helps you stay the course to your dreams.

~Ashley

P.S here is an article I wrote on setting smart goals!

http://www.buildinghealthylegacies.com/setting-s-m-r-t-goals/

 

Healthy Frozen Hot Chocolate

Healthy Frozen Hot Chocolate

I had a girls date with a dear friend yesterday where I tried frozen hot chocolate for the first time. Oh. My. Word. Instant new favorite treat. However I doubt the ingredients are too diet friendly. And I woke up craving another bad. So I […]