Starbucks Coffee Moves to “Right” Direction

For those of you boycotting Starbucks, feeling as if their recent political voice has become too vocal, there is good news.  Here’s what just happened.  
 
Starbucks has fired their politically controversial CEO, explaining they do not want such political activism from this point on and explicitly vowing to remain more neutral politically.
 
They have also launched a new program to hire more veterans as well in a good faith effort to win over the country’s conservative-leaning folk who have left Starbucks in large number and, one would assume, military and veteran-friendly customers.
 
Starbucks wants the business of all, and they stand ready to service everyone without injecting a dose of politics into your Double Chocolate Chip Cappuccino.
 
 
Coffee Made Me Do It
 
Here’s a recent article detailing the firing of Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz and Starbucks’ move to make Starbucks less political and thus more welcoming to “both sides of the aisle”.
 

Starbucks to conservatives: Please come back

 
 
Now, if we could only get Congress to move a little from side to side to get some things done in Washington D.C, we could all meet at Starbucks, buy a Starbucks coffee, Chai Latte or Cake Pop (oh yea), and celebrate together!  
 
What a better place this world could be if we could meet up as fellow coffee lovers..or maybe with an Orange Cream Soda from Starbucks at our fingertips if not. 
 
Well, there you go, and now you know what Starbucks just did for you… for everyone really. 
 
So now that Starbucks is “righting” the ship, here’s a new Starbucks challenge for you to participate in.  
Get yourself down to your nearest Starbucks location now.  Come on… GO!  🙂 
 
Let’s show Starbucks we really appreciate the company making changes to be welcoming to everyone and for the benefit of all. 
 
 
 
Did you know Starbucks still has a Starbucks Rewards Program? 
 
To find out more, go here:  Starbucks Rewards
 
 


5 Great Gluten Free Snacks for Kids

gluten free snack for kids

Gluten Free Snacks to Buy for Kids

 

Your kids will love these gluten free snacks when they’re ready for an afternoon snack or just need a pick-me-up. All listed here are Non GMO and kid approved.

These gluten free snacks for kids are perfect for packing in lunch boxes, sports bags, back packs, suit cases, or mom’s purse.

Just make sure you don’t eat them all yourself, Mom.

1. Van’s Simply Delicious PB&J Sandwich Bars

With peanut butter and blueberry jelly, these tasty little peanut butter and jelly bars are usually a favorite of all kids big and small. They have no artificial flavors or preservatives and are made with real peanut butter, actual blueberries, and gluten free oats.

They are also listed as dairy free, nut free, egg free, Non-GMO, and Kosher. 

The con: Those with peanut butter allergies will be left out on this one. Sorry guys and gals!

 

2.  Annie’s Organic Fruit Snacks

Gluten free fruit snacks for the fruit lovers in your home

Annie’s Homegrown Organic Fruit Snacks are organic fruit bites made with real fruit juice and with no artificial colors or preservatives.  

Not only are they gluten free and non-GMO, they are considered vegan and, as with Annie’s as a whole, produced with organic ingredients and with an eye for good environmental principles.  

They come in individual packages with each package providing a whooping 100% of your child’s daily Vitamin C needs. 

For those children with allergies to food dyes, this product could be a welcome addition to your child’s snacks arsenal! 

 

 

3.  Snyder’s of Hanover Gluten Free Pretzel Sticks

Gluten Free Pretzels can be a lifesaver for some kids.  

Besides being gluten free, Hanover’s pretzels are non-GMO, dairy free, egg free, and low fat. 

4.  Old Wisconsin Turkey Sausage Sticks

Old Wisconsin Turkey Sticks makes for a filling, high protein snack that can help satisfy hungry tummies, especially when meal time might still be a little far away still.  The company Old Wisconsin makes their sausage sticks with no fillers or binders and fortunately no MSG.  

Con:  It’s hard to find turkey or beef sticks prepackaged in individual servings, but it’s also very easy to package servings yourself in little snack bags, keeping them refrigerated once opened until ready for use. 

5.  Gluten Free Mini Chocolate Chip Cookies by Pamela’s Products

These Pamela’s Products Gluten Free Mini Chocolate Chip Cookies are nice to have to give your child that once-in-a-while chocolate chip splurge.  Besides being gluten free, Pamela’s Products Gluten Free Chocolate Chip Cookies are dairy free, nut free, soy free, made with organic ingredients, and labeled Kosher.  And yes, they are NON-GMO. 

But wait!!!!!

(Am I sounding like an Infomercial yet?)  🙂 

Not only does Pamela’s Products have Chocolate Chip Gluten Free Cookies, they also have Extreme Chocolate Gluten Free Cookies, Ginger Snaps aka Ginger Snapz Gluten Free Cookies, and Gluten Free Snickerdoodles, all mini cookies, all perfect to send or serve, and all delicious.  

You can check out all the flavors at my Amazon Affiliate link above to see which one you want… or eat all four flavors.  #Yum! 

PS, You’ll need to bag these in individual servings yourself, guys.  Don’t cheat!  


 

In addition to the packaged gluten free snacks to buy listed above, many of the below listed healthy gluten free snack ideas can be found right in your kitchen

1. Boiled Eggs

Yes, many kids really do like boiled eggs.  Cut them in half when serving if that makes them even more appealing to your child.

2. Most fresh fruit or veggies like apples, tangerines, radishes, carrots, and celery., etc.

Look for organic, non-GMO produce to avoid the nasties that come with pesticides and all that yucky GMO stuff we keep hearing about.

Extra Hint:  Serve cut veggies with a Gluten Free hummus for an even fuller veggie snack.

Check this list of gluten free foods to see a larger list of fruits and vegetables your child might like to munch on. 

3. Gluten Free DRIED Fruit!

Here’s a nice list here:  https://nuts.com/gluten-free/driedfruit/

Disclosure, the above is a link to nuts dot com.  This is NOT an affiliate link, just a link that shows how many great dried gluten free fruits there are.  Additionally, while nuts dot com is aware of the high market calls for non-GMO products, they are still in the process of finding non-GMO farmers for all their products.  Please check the listings at this site carefully before assuming any specific product is a non-GMO product.  

4. Gluten Free Yogurt.  

Read this article on Which Yogurts Are Gluten Free, but as with anything you buy in the grocery store, make sure you double check the label before purchasing.  Again, check the labels to make sure your yogurt has no added hormones and is not connected with genetically modified organisms. 

5. Many (but not all) nuts are gluten free.  

Check the label for any possible gluten or GMOs. 

And THEN…..  

There are also many recipes for gluten free snacks on blogs, websites, and Pinterest. 

Here’s an example of a really easy one.

Mix 1 cup dry roasted peanuts, 1 cup dates, and 1 pinch real salt in a food processor and process until it stops.  Roll into bars or balls, and serve. 

Getting Gluten Free Snacks for children doesn’t have to be a hard thing to do.  With so many children (and adults) diagnosed with Celiac Disease or even those who discover they have sensitives to gluten sensitivity which can cause any number of symptoms including gas, bloating, constipation, leaky gut issues, or other digestive disorders; thyroid problems or hormonal imbalances; migraine headaches, inflammation, mood swings, or ADD, etc there are now many snacks that are gluten free that all your family members can enjoy throughout their happy days of work and play.  

Note: Gluten Free snack foods are generally tolerated well by most folk whether or not they have a gluten sensitivity.  However, many Gluten Free foods (not all, but many) are somewhat higher in their carb count than typical low carb diet foods.  If you are on a doctor-directed low carb diet or other diet such as a keto diet etc, check with your doctor first before adding any gluten free food that may have a higher carb count.  

If you think you may have a gluten sensitivity and would like to be tested, your medical health professional has tests you can take to find out and help you determine your best path to nutritional wellness.

Eating journals can sometimes be very telling as well.  

Enjoy!  


Homemade Cookies for Kids in Cars | Healthy Cookie Recipes to Go

Homemade Cookies for Kids in the Car

Homemade Cookies for Kids in Cars

When you’re on the go to someplace special and maybe far away, and your children are with you, these healthy homemade cookie recipes for kids will keep the tummies filled and hands clean too.  Come on!  Let’s go!  Let eat!

This recipe for ginger molasses cookies are quite easy for kids to eat when hanging around the back seat of a family car on a trip or short drive.  What’s more, the ginger is soothing for any tummy that might be sensitive to riding around for a long time… or maybe just a little hungry.  

The coconut sugar used in the recipe gives this cookie a great, sweet brown-flavor taste without all the sugar spikes that can come from using lots of brown sugar or just plain white sugar.  

After all, who wants sugared-up kids jumping around in their seats when you’re stuck in the car for a while?  

Ginger Molasses Cookies

Gluten Free.  Dairy Free.  Grain Free.  Paleo Friendly.  Real Food for Kids.  

 

Ginger Molasses Cookies
Serves 16
A Paleo Ginger Molasses Cookie Recipe that's grain free, gluten free, dairy free, and of course, real food.
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Prep Time
20 min
Cook Time
10 min
Total Time
30 min
Prep Time
20 min
Cook Time
10 min
Total Time
30 min
120 calories
12 g
23 g
8 g
2 g
4 g
29 g
127 g
7 g
0 g
4 g
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
29g
Servings
16
Amount Per Serving
Calories 120
Calories from Fat 65
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 8g
12%
Saturated Fat 4g
19%
Trans Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 1g
Monounsaturated Fat 3g
Cholesterol 23mg
8%
Sodium 127mg
5%
Total Carbohydrates 12g
4%
Dietary Fiber 0g
1%
Sugars 7g
Protein 2g
Vitamin A
1%
Vitamin C
0%
Calcium
2%
Iron
4%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
Ingredients
  1. 2 Large Eggs (room temperature)
  2. 3 Tablespoons coconut palm sugar
  3. 1/4 cup blackstrap molasses (room temperature)
  4. 1/4 cup coconut oil, melted and cooled to room temperature
  5. 1 teaspoon pure vanilla
  6. 1/4 cup smooth cashew butter
  7. 2/3 cup coconut flour
  8. 1 and 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
  9. 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  10. 1 teaspoon baking soda
  11. 1/4 teaspoon sea salt
  12. 2 Tablespoons coconut palm sugar for sprinkling on top (in separate bowl)
Instructions
  1. 1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.
  2. 2. As oven is preheating, line a large cookie sheet with parchment paper.
  3. 3. In a large bowl, mix eggs, coconut sugar, molasses, coconut oil, and vanilla together and whisk.
  4. 4. Add cashew butter and whisk again.
  5. 5. In a separate bowl, mix coconut flour, ginger, cinnamon, basking soda, and sea salt.
  6. 6. Slowly add the dry ingredients into the liquid mixture, and mix well until a sticky ball forms.
  7. 7. Chill the dough in a refrigerator for about 5 minutes to 10 minutes.
  8. 8. When ready, roll dough into 1 inch balls, and roll into separate coconut sugar.
  9. 9. Place balls on the cookie sheet and slightly flatten with the bottom of a glass.
  10. 10. Bake at 350 degrees for 8 to 10 minutes. You should see the tops crack when ready.
  11. 11. Remove from the oven, and let set on the cookie sheet for about 5 minutes before removing to a rack or plate to cool.
Notes
  1. Have you ever used coconut palm sugar (sometimes just called coconut sugar)? If not, you're in for a treat! Coconut sugar is a little lighter in color than brown sugar and tastes somewhat like brown sugar but is looser like white sugar. However, it is full of minerals and antioxidants and is lower on the glycemic index with not such a sugar rush, making it a nice alternative to both regular brown sugar and plain white sugar. It's more natural. It's sweet. It's great for kids AND adults!
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Need cashew butter? Check what cashew butter is available at Amazon!

Who wants chocolate chip cookies in the car?  I do!  

OK, who wants little guys and little girls eating chocolate chips in the car?  

Hummm… THAT’s what I’m talkin’ about. 

Here you go.

No Mess Chocolate Drop Cookies

All the chocolate without the slimy wipe up. 

Make them with pure maple syrup, and you’ve got another tasty winner with extra health benefits for little boys and girls (and big ones too, by the way).   

Gluten Free.  Dairy Free.  Grain Free.  A chocolate Paleo cookie recipe that’s about the perfect chocolate cookie recipe for kids in a car. 

No Mess Chocolate Drop Cookies
Serves 16
You don't really want chocolate chips in the car, do you? I thought so.... So here's a nice chocolate cookie that won't melt in your kids' hands! It's grain free, dairy free, gluten free, and Paleo friendly too!
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Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
15 min
Total Time
30 min
Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
15 min
Total Time
30 min
105 calories
14 g
0 g
5 g
3 g
1 g
32 g
88 g
4 g
0 g
4 g
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
32g
Servings
16
Amount Per Serving
Calories 105
Calories from Fat 43
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 5g
8%
Saturated Fat 1g
4%
Trans Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 1g
Monounsaturated Fat 3g
Cholesterol 0mg
0%
Sodium 88mg
4%
Total Carbohydrates 14g
5%
Dietary Fiber 1g
4%
Sugars 4g
Protein 3g
Vitamin A
0%
Vitamin C
0%
Calcium
1%
Iron
4%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
Ingredients
  1. 2 cups almond flour
  2. 1/2 teaspoon Himalayan pink sea salt
  3. 1/2 cup cocoa powder
  4. 4 egg whites
  5. 1/2 cup organic maple syrup
  6. 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
Instructions
  1. 1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees, and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. 2. In a large mixing bowl, mix the almond flour, salt, and cocoa powder.
  3. 3. Add the egg whites, maple syrup, and vanilla extract and whisk in with the dry ingredients until well mixed and airy.
  4. 4. Place individual scoops of batter on the baking pan, and bake for 15 to 20 minutes or until the cookies are firm and the tops of the cookies just begin to crack.
  5. 5. Remove from the oven, and let the cookies cool on the baking sheet for about 5 minutes before removing them.
Notes
  1. Cocoa powder is fine, but if you want to add some additional health benefits to your cookies, use cacao powder in lieu of cocoa powder. Cacao powder is less processed than cocoa powder which means cacao powder retains some of its living, raw properties and nutrients. It also has a very smooth taste which kids love... a lot.
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See, you don’t need chocolate chip cookies when your traveling!  Homemade chocolate cookies with cocoa is much easier for your kids to handle in the car.  It’s easier for you too since you won’t have to clean faces, hands, and seats as much afterwards.  Note, I did say “as much”.  haha  

When you’re talking about healthy cookie recipes for kids on the go… or not on the go, the topic of oatmeal cookies with raisins might come to mind.  

This recipe calls for black walnuts which are great for brain development; skin conditions like acne, psoriasis, and eczema; and digestion (plus many other physical functions, actions, and protections).  However, if your kids don’t like black walnuts, you can use regular walnuts (which have some health benefits too), pecans, or just make them with no nuts at all.  

This recipe can be a gluten free cookie recipe for kids too if you use gluten free oatmeal and gluten free oat flour.  

The boys and girls in your back seat might take note of the bananas in this oatmeal raisin cookie recipe too.  If they do, that is if they do and if they like bananas, you’ve got another winner!

Banana Oatmeal Cookies with Raisins and Black Walnuts

 Homemade Cookies for Kids in the Car

Banana Oatmeal Cookies with Black Walnuts
Serves 16
An old-fashioned oatmeal cookie with a surprise or two. Use gluten free oatmeal and oat flour for a gluten free oatmeal cookie recipe for those who have a sensitivity to gluten.
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Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
15 min
Total Time
30 min
Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
15 min
Total Time
30 min
121 calories
17 g
8 g
5 g
3 g
2 g
41 g
43 g
6 g
0 g
2 g
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
41g
Servings
16
Amount Per Serving
Calories 121
Calories from Fat 45
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 5g
8%
Saturated Fat 2g
10%
Trans Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 1g
Monounsaturated Fat 1g
Cholesterol 8mg
3%
Sodium 43mg
2%
Total Carbohydrates 17g
6%
Dietary Fiber 2g
7%
Sugars 6g
Protein 3g
Vitamin A
2%
Vitamin C
2%
Calcium
2%
Iron
4%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
Ingredients
  1. 2 bananas
  2. 1/4 cup butter, melted
  3. 1/4 cup pure maple syrup
  4. 1 cup oat flour
  5. 1 cup rolled oats
  6. 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  7. 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  8. 1/4 cup black walnuts, ground
  9. 1/4 cup black raisins
Instructions
  1. 1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees, and line a cookie sheet with parchment paper.
  2. 2. In a food processor or with a blender, puree bananas, melted butter, and maple syrup.
  3. 3. In a separate bowl, mix oat flour, rolled oats, baking soda, and cinnamon. Stir well!
  4. 4. Add liquid mixture to dry ingredients, and stir well to mix.
  5. 5. Add black walnuts and gently stir to mix in.
  6. 5. Drop scoops onto the cookie sheet and flatten slightly.
  7. 6. Bake for 13 to 15 minutes.
  8. 7. Cool on the baking sheet for 5 minutes or so before removing.
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GF Harvest has a really nice organic, gluten free oatmeal product to use for cookie baking. Well, it’s good for other things too. It’s just that we’ve got cookies on our minds here right now!

Check our GF Harvest Gluten Free Oatmeal here.

Have you tried baking on silicone baking mats yet?  

With a silicone baking mat, you don’t need parchment paper, cooking spray, or grease on your baking sheet!  

Yes, they are oven safe and what’s more, they are easy to clean. 

They can handle lots of wear and tear too.  You might be surprised! 

If you don’t have one, consider getting one to try out.  They are pretty helpful to have around!

Click here or the photo to see this and other silicone baking mats at Amazon. 

 

Making healthy cookies for kids just got more interesting, didn’t it?  

And one more for the record….  or should I say one more for the road…   just for fun.

These is such a quick and easy cookie recipe for kids to eat on the run!  

If your child needs a non-dairy alternative, the dry milk powder in this recipe can be swapped out for dried coconut milk powder.  

You’ll love making these.  You’ll love giving them to the kids.  You’ll love them (as in you’ll love eating them…. yourself.)  🙂 

No Bake Peanut Butter Balls With Graham Crackers and Honey

No Bake Peanut Butter and Honey Balls with Graham Crackers
Serves 24
Easy to make. Fun to eat.
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Prep Time
20 min
Prep Time
20 min
91 calories
8 g
1 g
6 g
4 g
1 g
19 g
74 g
6 g
0 g
5 g
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
19g
Servings
24
Amount Per Serving
Calories 91
Calories from Fat 47
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 6g
9%
Saturated Fat 1g
4%
Trans Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 2g
Monounsaturated Fat 3g
Cholesterol 1mg
0%
Sodium 74mg
3%
Total Carbohydrates 8g
3%
Dietary Fiber 1g
4%
Sugars 6g
Protein 4g
Vitamin A
1%
Vitamin C
0%
Calcium
4%
Iron
2%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
Ingredients
  1. 1/2 cup graham cracker crumbs
  2. 1 cup peanut butter
  3. 1/2 cup dry milk powder (or dry coconut milk powder)
  4. 1/4 cup honey
Instructions
  1. 1. Spread graham cracker crumbs into a shallow bowel or deep plate, and set aside.
  2. 2. In a large bowl, add peanut butter, dry milk or coconut milk powder, and honey and mix well.
  3. 3. Shape peanut butter dough into walnut-size balls.
  4. 4. Roll cookie balls in the crumbs to coat, and place on a tray or in a storage container or bag.
Notes
  1. Sprinkle just a little bit of ground flax seed into the peanut butter honey dough if you want to add a little heart healthy, plant based Omega 3! You won't be able to use much without making the dough too thick, but a sprinkle or two can be worked in just fine. Oh, you don't need it. Just throwing that thought in there for you!
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Hope you enjoy some or all of these great cookie recipes for traveling with children!  

What’s more, here’s to NOT having to clean up afterwards… at least not SO much anyway.   


Cool Kids Night Lights

Kids Night Lights

Cool Kids Night Lights To The Rescue! 

When it comes to kids bedroom accessories, necessities, and decor, sometimes fun needs to be as important as functionality, at least to the young individual residing there.  If you are looking for a good kids room night light, you might want to check these models and styles from Amazon first.  

Note:  The links on this page to Amazon will go to my Amazon Associate site.  You won’t experience any increase in your cost, but if you purchase any item, a small portion of that cost will be credited to my account. 

Oh, you’ll still get an honest opinion and reflection from me regarding all nightlights for kids I mention here.  

I simply enjoy all the companies, styles, options, and savings at Amazon and love sharing all those with you!

Below are some, and I repeat SOME, of my favorite nightlights for kids from Amazon.

 

Disney Kids Nightlights

Disney Projectables Frozen LED Plug-In Night Light, Image Projects Onto Wall or Ceiling

This Disney projection night light is great for either your child’s bedroom or the family bathroom.  With clear and distinct LED projections of Elsa and Anna on the wall when the lights are off, and a soft hue from bedtime to morning, this Frozen movie night light makes a very reassuring yet safe night light for a child.  The con of this sweet product is that it runs on electric.  Therefore, if the electric goes out, little Elsa and Anna will be sound asleep if your little one happens to wake up in the midst of a power outage.

 

Disney SoftPals Mickey Mouse Nightlight 

Who wouldn’t want to snuggle up to Micky Mouse as they fall asleep!  This Mickey Mouse nightlight is actually a softpal your child can hold, snuggle, walk around with, and fall asleep holding.  You charge up.  He lights up for up to 6 hours afterwards.  

Since Softpals glow for only up to 6 hours or so, they are not your traditional “nightlight” that light your pathway in the middle of the night.  They are however, a nice bedroom accessory for a child, helping them to feel all warm and comfy as they fall asleep each night. 

 

Disney nightlights don’t end there at Amazon.  There are some pretty cool night lights for those older Star Wars fans and Cars the movie night lights, Toy Story night lights, Sophia Softpals and more for younger guys and gals.

 

Nursery Room Night Lights

Ohuhu USB Rechargeable LED Vase Lamp Table Lamp, Nursery Night Light for Bedroom/Kids Room/Living Room Decoration

The Ohuhu Rechargeable LED table lamp and night light is a perfect addition to a nursery!  You can always use it as a stunningly beautiful but simple nightlight for the nursery, but its usefulness lives longer then as a beautiful lamp for any room then down the road…. or just keep it in your child’s bedroom if you don’t need stars or Star Wars or Spider Man on the walls. 

The light has three levels of illumination from soft light mode to medium light mode up to high light mode, all using a rechargeable base that can keep going up to 40 hours (on the soft light mode).  

What’s really cool with this one is that you can even charge it via your computer or laptop.  It even comes with a USB cable to do so.  

I think I even hear some college students clicking to Amazon to see this one!   How versatile! 

 

Zitrades Baby Night Light Rainbow Baby and Toddler Nightlight

You can’t get much cooler and cuter than this rainbow toddler night light by Zitrades!  

After all, a smiling face and a random display of soft changing colors makes the perfect friend to a young child trying to settle in to a peaceful sleep.  

This rainbow night light is a plug in, but it is energy efficient and is produced to never get hot to the touch.

 

Battery Operated Night Lights for Kids

Silicone Night Lamp Battery Operated with 7-Color Mood Light, Sensitive Tap Control for Baby, Kids, and Adults

Yep.  I’m an adult, and even I want one of these!  However, the appeal of colors in this battery operated night light will make this a great nightlight for a child’s room for sure.  At just the touch, this cute little guy changes to a different soft and subtle color, an entertaining benefit in addition to being a quality nightlight.  

The pro is that this little battery-run guy is that he’ll be lighting your child’s way all night long through rain, snow, or power outages.  

The con is that… well…. if I were a kid, and it were ME….  I would stay up a little longer, losing a little sleep, changing his color over and over again.  🙂  

 

Projection Night Lights for Children

What could be nicer than stars projected onto your bedroom ceiling?  

You know… like this Galaxy Night Light Projector Lamp below?  Yea, that’s quite nice, isn’t it!  

How about this?

Starry Night Light Lamp, 3 Modes Colorful LED Moon Sky Dreamer Desk Rotating Cosmos Starlight Projector Night Light for Kids

With this cool night light, you get stars OR you can have the ocean.  You can even change it up to say “Happy Birthday” and change the settings to have a light show with side effects and slow fades.  

I think this one might interest a wide range of children from birth to school age to mommy and daddy age!   

 

Plug In Nightlights for Kids Rooms and Bathrooms

Of course, we don’t want to forget those more-traditional plug in nightlights that have worked throughout the years.  We don’t just have the old fashioned covered Christmas light bulb any more either.  There are some really cute and cool plug in night lights now.

Sunlighte’s LED Whale Night Light, Plug in Wall Lamp for Kids (below) has an auto on/off, dusk to dawn sensor, so it’s there all night long when needed.  However, its use of LED power saving technology means this isn’t going to be a drain on the electric bill budget.  It comes in a pack of two as well, a nice selling point at its low cost. 

 

While there are many other night lights for kids bedrooms at Amazon, I’m hoping this will give you a good idea of some of the cool night lights available now for your children and grandchildren.  

If you’re like me, you might even be thinking about one of these for yourself.  

After all, everyone needs to go to the potty at nighttime sometimes.  Why not smile with the delight of a child as you go?    

 

 


Healthy Recipe for Pumpkin Butter

Pumpkin Butter Recipe

You’ve been waiting perhaps a little too long for this one, but this healthy recipe for pumpkin butter is worth trying any time or season. Made in a slow cooker, you can enjoy the health benefits of pumpkin all year long!

What’s more, you can even used canned pumpkin puree, making this an easy recipe.  I won’t say “quick” too since you cook it in a crockpot, but it is certainly easy to make. 

Note the addition of apple cider in this recipe.  Oh don’t worry about having some vinegar in your pumpkin butter.  It will fill in very nicely with the pumpkin flavor and the spices.  You won’t notice it, and the additional digestive benefits similar to other actual probiotics.  

Speaking of spices (yes, I mentioned them above, lol)…

Did you know cinnamon and cloves are excellent antimicrobial spices?  That means they help fight the bad organisms inside your body that make you sick.  Allspice is pretty good at that as well.  

Ginger adds that benefit as well to some extent.  However, it’s always nice to add ginger to anything you can with its digestive benefits and its uncanny ability to decrease inflammation in the body and many times great reduction of pain in the longer term.

Now, don’t you just LOVE all those spices in this slow cooked pumpkin butter!   

Pumpkin Butter Recipe

This recipe is gluten free and is a real food, Paleo recipe too so long as you use organic pumpkin puree.  You can use your own fresh pumpkin puree too, or your regular pumpkin puree, but the organic pumpkin puree works just fine and has the benefit of your knowing it’s not filled with extra things you don’t want for you or your family.  Just don’t use canned pumpkin pie mix. That’s just not the same at all!  

Use ALL organic ingredients, and you’ll have organic pumpkin butter from scratch that will probably cost much less than you can purchase it for at your neighborhood grocery or health food store.

Many thanks to one of my favorite doctors online, Dr. Josh Axe, whom I love to watch live Facebook presentations of and relish in articles and healthy recipes from his website.  Dr. Axe is just great!

Here’s the recipe for Slow Cooker Pumpkin Butter which I’ve adapted from Dr. Axe’s collection of healthy recipes.

Slow Cooker Pumpkin Butter Recipe
Yields 60
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Prep Time
20 min
Prep Time
20 min
21 calories
5 g
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15 g
11 g
5 g
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Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
15g
Yields
60
Amount Per Serving
Calories 21
Calories from Fat 0
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 0g
0%
Saturated Fat 0g
0%
Trans Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 0g
Monounsaturated Fat 0g
Cholesterol 0mg
0%
Sodium 11mg
0%
Total Carbohydrates 5g
2%
Dietary Fiber 0g
1%
Sugars 5g
Protein 0g
Vitamin A
22%
Vitamin C
1%
Calcium
0%
Iron
1%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
Ingredients
  1. (2) 15-ounce cans organic pumpkin puree
  2. 1 cup raw honey
  3. 1/2 cup raw apple cider vinegar (with the mother)
  4. 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  5. 2 teaspoons fresh lemon juice
  6. 1 Tablespoon ground cinnamon
  7. 1 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  8. 1 teaspoon ground ginger
  9. 1/4 teaspoon sea salt
  10. 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
  11. 1/4 teaspoon ground allspice
Instructions
  1. Add all ingredients except cloves and allspice to a slow cooker and stir well.
  2. Cook on LOW for 4 hours, stirring every hour or so.
  3. After 4 hours, add cloves and allspice and stir well.
  4. Cook 1 to 2 more hours or until the mixture is the desired thickness suitable for spreading. You may want to cook the mixture uncovered in the crockpot the last 30 minutes or so if it doesn't get thick enough during the initial cooking time.
  5. Spoon pumpkin butter into jars or other containers and let them cool before storing in the refrigerator or freezer.
Notes
  1. This pumpkin butter will stay fresh in your refrigerator for about one week and can be frozen for up to one year.
Adapted from Food Is Medicine
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Adapted from Food Is Medicine
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Why not make a habit of using pumpkin throughout the year? Pumpkin has so many healthy benefits in and of itself and can be used in so many different recipes like pumpkin bread, pumpkin muffins, pumpkin cookies, and pumpkin cake.

You can even find pumpkin recipes that use pumpkin puree in unique ways like adding it to oatmeal, smoothies, hamburgers, pastas, soups, and stews!  Ever thought of a pumpkin granola bar?  Oh yea…  

Pumpkin is awesome, ladies and gents! Go get some today and do some cooking!

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