Love chickens? Learn how to make a cute chicken coop with Pop Tarts toaster pastries. This is a fun dessert board or birthday cake topper for anyone who loves backyard chickens! Cute Chicken Coop Dessert Board If you love backyard chickens, this adorable Chicken Coop Dessert Board I made with Pop Tarts and Easter candy […]
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Greek yogurt confetti rainbow treats with sweet popsicle candy toppers. A simple popsicle party recipe made with the Wilton DIY-Lish Lollipop Candy-Making Kit.
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Rainbow Yogurt Popsicle Party Treats
I’m excited to share some adorable new Rainbow Confetti Popsicle Party Treats that I made with the new Wilton DIY-Lish Lollipop Candy-Making Kit. Whether you’re hosting a birthday party or looking for something fun to do with kids this summer, this no-bake recipe is the cutest sweet treat!
Chill out this summer and balance a homemade popsicle lollipop with healthy Greek yogurt topped with rainbow sprinkles. This simple recipe looks adorable on a popsicle party table and since there’s no baking required, it’s also fun for kids to whip up on their own.
Popsicle Lollipop Kit
Popsicles are the cutest, so when I heard that Wilton made a Lollipop Candy-Making Kit that looks like popsicles, we had to try it! This fun kit includes a popsicle-shaped mold, Candy Melts candy, rainbow sprinkles and all the tools you need to melt, mold and decorate.
Lollipop Candy Kit Includes:
- pink, orange and yellow Candy Melts candies
- rainbow jimmies
- 12 lollipop sticks
- three decorating bags
- plastic mold
- project card with step-by-step instructions
Easy Popsicle Lollipops
You really can’t mess these cute lollipops up! The Wilton kit includes enough items to make 12 lollipops. I think ours turned out really cute.
This food craft took us about 30 minutes total. The melted candy dries fast, so popsicles are done quickly. This is a great kit to help bring out the creative side in you!
Greek Yogurt Confetti Treats
There’s nothing more fun than rainbow sprinkles! I used the leftover rainbow jimmies from the kit as a topping for the Greek yogurt. I thought about making ice cream sundaes, but Greek yogurt has such great health benefits and less sugar, so I choose to go the healthier route instead.
What is the difference Greek yogurt and regular yogurt?
Greek yogurt is made by straining out the extra whey in regular yogurt. It makes the yogurt thicker, creamier and tangier. Plain Greek yogurt has less sugar and more protein than regular yogurt as well.
Just place the popsicle lollipop candy into the yogurt and kids will want to dive into these yogurt bowls!
Wilton Candy and Cupcake Decorating Kits
Besides the DIY-Lish Lollipop Candy-Making Kit, Wilton has several other cute party food kits to choose from!
Gummy Cupcake Decorating Kit Make, color and mold your own gummy candy to use as a cupcake decoration. Kit comes with shaped molds, 24 printed baking cups, 4 oz. of white gummy mix, red and blue food colorings and rainbow jimmies.
Merrmaid Cupcake Decorating Kit Make a splash with the mermaid cupcake decorating kit. This kit includes everything needed to decorate 12 cupcakes, including Candy Melts candy, a mermaid tail-shaped candy mold, 24 printed baking cups, four 12-inch decorating bags, two plastic decorating tips, mixed Sugar Pearls and mini icing decorations.
Cute Critters Decorating Kit Turn friendly, furry faces into edible treats. Start with your favorite baked treat and icing, then follow the recipe card to roll and cut fondant into cute critters. Kit includes black, white and brown fondant, two tin steel cookie cutters and a fondant roller.
Confetti Yogurt Treats
Greek yogurt rainbow confetti treats with popsicle candy toppers. A simple popsicle party recipe made with the Wilton Popsicle Lollipop Candy-Making Kit.
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- 2 tbsp honey
- 4 cups plain Greek yogurt
Make popsicle lollipops according to the candy-making kit.
In a large bowl, mix the honey and Greek yogurt together. Add more honey to taste.
Fill dessert cups with the yogurt.
Add sprinkles to the top of yogurt.
Place a popsicle lollipop on top and serve.
Refrigerate until ready to serve. Use vanilla yogurt and omit the honey if you prefer a sweeter treat.
LEGO Cupcakes with free printables from The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part. A fun dessert idea for a LEGO birthday party or movie night. Colorful candy cups make this an extra awesome treat!
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Awesome LEGO Cupcakes Celebrating The LEGO Movie 2
I’m so excited to see The LEGO® Movie 2: The Second Part! It will be in theaters starting February 8, and if you have LEGO lovers in your home like I do, you’ll really enjoy these fun LEGO Cupcakes with Free Printables from the LEGO Movie 2!
We laugh so hard at the LEGO movies and will be going to see this new one as soon as it comes out. Hopefully these cute LEGO Cupcakes and printables will inspire you with ideas for a fun movie watching night or upcoming birthday party for your LEGO fan!
LEGO Movie 2
The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part reunites the heroes of Bricksburg in an all new action-packed adventure to save their beloved city.
It’s been five years since everything was awesome and the citizens are now facing a huge new threat: LEGO DUPLO® invaders from outer space, wrecking everything faster than it can be rebuilt. The battle to defeat the invaders and restore harmony to the LEGO universe will take Emmet (Chris Pratt), Lucy (Elizabeth Banks), Batman (Will Arnett) and their friends to faraway, unexplored worlds, including a strange galaxy where everything is a musical. It will test their courage, creativity and Master Building skills, and reveal just how special they really are.
How to Make Fun LEGO Cupcakes
I will never forget making adorable LEGO Cake Pops many years ago for my son’s 7th birthday party. It’s hard to believe he is sixteen now! His cake pops went wild around the internet and now you see them everywhere! I’m excited to share another cute LEGO dessert idea for you today.
These sweet treats are easy to make with your favorite cupcakes, colorful candies, plastic cups, my new free LEGO Movie printable cupcake toppers and paper straws. (Scroll down to download the printables.)
Adding M&M’s candy into clear plastic cups is an extra cute way to display your LEGO cupcakes on a party table. I’ve also put candy into plastic champagne flutes before as well. You really can’t go wrong using these fun LEGO Movie 2 character printables as cupcake toppers.
I love Lucy, aka Wyldstyle, voiced by Elizabeth Banks. She’s a tough master builder with the coolest hair around!
I’m probably most excited about Batman, voiced by Will Arnett, making a comeback in the new movie. He is so funny! I’m often heard laughing the loudest in the entire theater when he comes on screen. (Seriously, you can ask my kids… I laugh loud! ha!)
If you love Batman too, don’t miss these LEGO Batman treat bags I made for his movie.
All of the characters look adorable all together on these LEGO Cupcakes. Now I can’t wait to see the movie!
The LEGO Movie 2 Free Printables
If you want to host a birthday party or have friends over for a movie watching night, make sure to download and print The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part printables below.
You’ll get nine character tags perfect for gift tags, cupcake toppers, or to use for a mini banner featuring:
- Sweet Mayhem
- Rex Dangervest
- Queen Watevra
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Watch The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part Trailer
Check out the official trailer below and go see the movie on February 8. Have fun!
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My daughter was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes back in July and even with it being mid-summer one of my first thoughts was “what are we going to do about the holidays?” I have heard this same concern with Mother’s of children with a gluten intolerance, dairy allergies, peanut allergies and more. I put these concerns on the back burner for a few weeks until my daughter came home with a handful of candy from church. Each mini-candy bar was 10-15 carbs each, meaning she needed a unit and a half of insulin just for 3 pieces of candy!! Suddenly the realization of the upcoming holidays seemed a little more overwhelming and the necessity for Candy-Free Halloween (or at least, less-candy) came to light.
With Halloween being a holiday completely centered around candy, I am anticipating our first holiday with our little diabetic being a rite of passage. The Halloween’s of sitting on the living room floor after trick-or-treating all night and gorging on as much candy as possible are definitely over for us but preserving as many of our usual Halloween traditions as we can is very important to me. I do not want my daughter to feel like she’s missing out or treated differently during one of her favorite holidays, including trick-0r-treating. A quick Pinterest search and asking around for advice gave me some really great ideas for a Candy-Free Halloween, and I’m hoping that sharing these will help out you other Mamas with your children.
*I’m just going to add this little disclaimer-diabetics are absolutely allowed to have candy, they just need to give themselves insulin to go with it. I’m concerned about burning through that much insulin and also how difficult it is to manage the sugar spikes that candy can cause.
1. Buy Back the Candy Yourself
This idea always seemed crazy to me, but now that we’re dealing with diabetes it doesn’t seem as crazy. The idea is that you set a price per piece and then offer to buy your kids candy after trick or treating. This allows them to participate in trick-or-treating but ideally not to gorge on candy. This way if they have a few pieces that they really want to keep it’s all their decision about what they sell and what they don’t. Knowing my children, this would work amazingly well.
2. Participate in a Halloween Candy Buyback
I had heard of dentists participating in this program and I didn’t realize just how widespread the idea is! On their site you can search by zip code to find a participating retailer or dentist in your area to buy back your Halloween candy by the pound. They take that candy and send it to the troops overseas. Not only are you eliminating the candy from your home, it’s going to soldiers missing their families around Halloween!
3. Create a Trade-in Store
Instead of involving money, you could trade your kids for things like movie tickets, a trip to the zoo or a new stuffed animal. This idea would work particularly well on younger children that may need a more tangible thing to trade for.
4. A Halloween Party
Another suggestion was to skip trick-or-treating all together and just have a Halloween Party for your children on Halloween night. This way you have complete control over what is served at the party and don’t need to deal with the large amounts of candy that trick-or-treating provides. I love this idea particularly for older children that are starting to lose interest in trick-or-treating anyway!
5. Help Out Others in Your Situation
I recently compiled a list of ideas for non-candy treats and from here on out every year we will be offering alternatives to candy. I can’t promise we’ll abolish passing out candy altogether, but I will ALWAYS have some other sort of fun surprise for those children that come to my door unable to eat candy. If you haven’t heard about the teal pumpkin project, putting a teal pumpkin on your doorstep means you have non-food treats available, such as glow sticks or small toys. This simple act promotes inclusion for trick-or-treaters with food allergies or other conditions.
I hope this offers some hope, help, and solidarity to all of you parents out there managing a child with special needs. If you’re a Mama that has a child with food allergies, diabetes, or other candy related issues, what has helped you during Halloween and the other holidays? Share in the comments below!
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I hear this question a lot this time of year, “as a mom and dietitian, how do you handle Halloween candy with your kids?”
People are surprised when I answer, “I don’t handle it, I let my kids handle it.” They are often confused too, so allow me to explain what I mean. Please note that I am sharing my perspective as a nutrition professional who works with individuals with disordered eating patterns as well as a mom of three little Halloween lovers.
In the nutrition culture we live in, it’s really easy to adopt an all-or-nothing mentality with food. As parents, we run the risk of creating that environment at home. If so, our kids will quickly learn to eat in response to perceived restriction ahead, sneaking or hiding food, or eating all the foods at school, parties or friends’ houses they can’t have at home. This prevents them from honoring their natural, biological signals of hunger and fullness.
My recommendation, and what I practice at home, is to teach a more moderate approach in a structured environment. Eventually our kids will leave home, and instead of raising uber-healthy eaters, a far more effective goal would be to raise competent, confident eaters who trust their own intuitive signals.
In order to do so, we’ve got to give our kids more responsibility with food. Instead of micromanaging their food experiences, I encourage you to give them room to explore and learn. Kids need boundaries too, so it might be helpful to think of this as a flexible structure, with you and your children each having different responsibilities.
The Division of Responsibility is a feeding model developed by registered dietitian Ellyn Satter. Essentially, there are different responsibilities for a parent/caretaker and a child at mealtimes.
Too often parents overstep their boundaries, which can lead to a power struggle. In return, children aren’t able to develop a healthy relationship with food — one where they are offered a variety of foods and then able to listen to their own innate hunger and fullness signals; an essential part of being a competent eater through adulthood. Below, I will quote from the Ellyn Satter Institute to give you an idea of what the DOR looks like:
Parents’ feeding jobs:
- Choose and prepare the food.
- Provide regular meals and snacks.
- Make eating times pleasant.
- Step-by-step, show children by example how to behave at family mealtime.
- Be considerate of children’s lack of food experience without catering to likes and dislikes.
- Don’t let children have food or beverages (except for water) between meal and snack times.
- Let children grow up to get bodies that are right for them.
Children’s eating jobs:
- Children will eat.
- They will eat the amount they need.
- They will learn to eat the food their parents eat.
- They will grow predictably.
- They will learn to behave well at mealtime.
You as the parent are responsible for providing a variety of foods, establishing appropriate meal and snack times, and monitoring where food is eaten (ideally in the kitchen, not in front of the TV or in bedrooms, etc). Children are responsible for deciding what and how much they want at meal and snack times. You aren’t a short order cook, and the kitchen doesn’t have a revolving door for kids to grab something anytime they please. For more information on the Division of Responsibility, I would recommend the book “Secrets to Feeding a Healthy Family” by Satter.
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So how does this relate to Halloween candy?
We trust our kids to trust themselves in how to handle their candy, within a certain structure. They will likely eat more than usual or necessary on Halloween, because that’s totally normal. In the days and weeks to follow, they can include some candy along with meals and snacks (within the meal and snack times you decide), preventing the need to have it all right now before the candy gets donated or sold or hidden or thrown away.
If you feel a child isn’t taking care of responsibilities, you are encouraged to have an honest discussion with your child about your concerns.
For example, let’s say your child complains of a stomach ache each time he includes candy at snack time. You could express concern that he isn’t listening to his own fullness levels and remind him he is in charge of knowing when he has had enough (since you have no idea when he feels full). Remind him you want to keep candy (or any treat or food he loves) in the house, but he is responsible for connecting with his body to know what it wants and needs. Help him get curious as to why he feels the way he does and help him solve his own problem.
The question isn’t whether candy is healthy or not. The question is what approach is effective and helpful. Don’t get too caught up in results and instead focus on a process that works to help your child become self-directed, honest, responsible and trust-worthy.
To be honest, there are many times I would much rather see my kids eat something else, but to tell them what to eat just doesn’t achieve what I hope for them. Parents controlling their child’s food intake only teaches the child to rebel against the rules. Setting a structure for balanced meals and snacks, with treats at meals or as part of snacks if your child wants them is what I feel is the best approach for our family, and my general recommendation to you.
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Cheap costumes? Cool pumpkins? Get online inspiration for learning, doing, and having fun — in only a few clicks.
By Sierra Filucci, Common Sense Media
Halloween is one of our favorite times of year because families can have so much fun together with — and without — media. From spooky movies, music, and games to fun crafts, snacks, and parties, October offers a month packed with family pleasures. We culled the Web for inspiration to get kids and families learning, doing, and having fun.
Pretty Cool Pumpkins
- Motion-Controlled Silly-String-Shooting Pumpkin
Looking for a fun Halloween project? This is it.
- Pumpkin Carving Ideas
Hundreds of designs and stencils, including geeky, pop culture, and traditional styles.
- DIY Pumpkin Decorations
No carving needed!
- Pumpkin Recipes
When the holiday’s over, don’t toss it — cook it!
- Dirty-Laundry Group Costume
Keep it clean this Halloween.
- Classic Literary Costumes
Bring these characters to life.
- YA Book Cover Costumes
Dress up as your favorite heroine.
- Last-Minute Costumes
What busy family doesn’t need these?
- Incredible Pinterest Costume Page
If you can’t find an idea here, maybe you should just give up.
- Halloween Lunchbox Ideas
Keep the spirit going throughout the school day.
- Healthy Halloween Snacks
Counteract all the sugar with these holiday treats.
- Candy-Coated Caramel Apples
This classic fall treat doubles down on the candy.
Spooky Crafts and Activities
- Icky Science Experiments
Using anything from slime to potions, kids will delight in these weird educational projects.
- Hot-Glue-Gun Necklaces
As part of a costume or just for Halloween fun, these are easy to make.
- Bread-Clip Comic Strips
Create your own scary or not-so-scary ghost stories.
- Easy Sewing Patterns and Projects
Some are creepy, some are cute, but they’re all fun.
- Trick-or-Treat Bags and Buckets
Carry your candy in style.
- Scary Witch Rhythm Song and Game
Preschoolers will love this fun Halloween-y song activity.
- Candy-Toss Game
Even if they can’t eat it all, they can play with it.
- Pumpkin Pie Play Dough
Fun to make and fun to play with, too.
- Candy Activities for Fun and Learning
Think candy’s bad for the brain? Wrong!
- Find Haunted Houses
Teens and adults might enjoy seeking out a scary spot nearby.
- Halloween Hacks
Spirited activities and eats you can do at the last minute.
- Start a Boo-Bag Tradition
Surprise your friends and neighbors with Halloween goodies.
Scary (and Not-So-Scary) Media
- Halloween Apps
Stock your device with seasonal games for the kiddos.
- Classic Horror-Movie Posters
Get decor or costume inspiration from these great images.
- Halloween Books for Young Kids
Wee ones will love these adorable and not-too-scary tales.
- The Best Spooky Music Videos, Ever
From “Thriller” to “Monster Mash,” kids will adore these creepy songs and videos.
More Halloween Fun
- Party Planning
Throw the best kids’ Halloween party on the block.
- History of Halloween
Teach curious kids why we do all this silly, spooky stuff each October.
- Tips for Taking Good Halloween Photos
Want some great pics for your Instagram?