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ezpz S'mores Bar

It’s the holiday season, which means it’s time for family gatherings and winter-themed treats. Sounds like the perfect setting for cooking s’mores over a campfire, right? Or, perhaps, cooking with your kids in the kitchen with my ezpz S’mores Bar Recipe!S’mores Bar: This is a dessert that will please the crowd, because a s’mores bar can be individualized for even [...]

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#ShopLocal this Thanksgiving Holiday

This holiday season we urge you shop local and shop small! All of ezpz's authorized retailers can be found here and all of the folks detailed below are running smoking deals for the Black Friday / Thanksgiving Holiday! Abby's Lane As We Grow Boutique Baby Sweet Pea's Boutique [...]

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Crafts to Help Picky Eaters on Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving crafts are fun for kids and give you some extra time to prepare for the family feast. And if your child is finicky about food and nervous about eating with extended family, these tips will help YOU be more thankful this holiday!Make Our Menu Craft: Discussing the Thanksgiving menu with children in advance helps them prepare for the new [...]

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Common BLW Pitfalls & How to Avoid Them (Part 2)

More parents are choosing to feed their baby using the Baby Led Weaning (BLW) feeding method. This method skips puree food textures and starts baby on the same solid foods as the rest of the family. Introducing baby to complementary foods should be a joyous occasion, yet it can be overwhelming with conflicting information from the media, family and friends. [...]

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Halloween Food Play for Picky Eaters

As a feeding therapist, I encourage parents to allow kids to play with food in order to learn about different foods (and eventually eat it!). However, parents are usually reluctant to incorporate food-based sensory play until I explain what it is and what it does. Learn more about this technique and try out some of my Halloween food play [...]

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Halloween Themed Crafts

Are you looking for something for the kids to be excited about besides candy this Halloween? Kids love to be included in themes, especially around holidays like Halloween. When parents and therapists think in themes, it’s easy to plan activities and keep kiddos busy with creepy crafting fun! Here are a few ideas for creating some Halloween-themed crafts on the [...]

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Common BLW Pitfalls & How to Avoid Them (Part 1)

Baby Led Weaning (BLW) is a feeding method that skips puree foods and starts baby on the same solid foods as the rest of the family. Introducing your baby to solid foods can be a fun yet scary transition for both you and your little one. But knowing some of the common feeding mistakes and pitfalls parents and feeding [...]

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Using Caring Language at Mealtime

We are launching our ezpz Care Bear Mats this month and talking a lot about caring – which has been the Care Bear theme for 35 years! I am excited about this product line and the joy these mats will create at mealtime. In addition, I am hopeful that the nostalgia of Care Bears will be a sweet reminder [...]

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Unicorn Sensory Recipes

Unicorn-themed parties, play dates and sleepovers are so in style right now. Join the fairytale rage by using these three sensory recipes inspired by unicorns! They are sure to make any party magical.Unicorn Fruit Dip: Whether it is for an afterschool snack, a family gathering or a party, dips are a perfect snack for kids to learn to [...]

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The Happy Mat + Child Development

It’s important for parents to understand child development so they can choose toys, games and feeding products wisely. The early years of a child’s life are filled with learning new skills and meeting milestones such as feeding and swallowing. I’ve highlighted five development areas and how the Happy Mat can improve child development.Physical Development: Learning how to eat requires both [...]

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