Simple Thanksgiving Appetizer for Everyone

Are you hosting Thanksgiving and need a healthy and easy appetizer ? Then, it's time to serve some Mom Made Turkey Meatball Bites with homemade cranberry sauce in less than 12 minutes! Cranberry Sauce:

  • 12 ounce cranberries
  • 1 cup of orange juice
  • 1 cup white sugar

In a medium sized saucepan over medium heat, let the sugar dissolve  in the orange juice. Stir in the cranberries and cook until the cranberries start to pop (about 10 min). Remove from heat and place sauce in a bowl. Cranberry sauce will thicken as it cools.

Mom Made antibiotic-free Turkey Meatball Bites:

Arrange as many meatballs as needed  in a microwave safe dish with a splash of water, broth or sauce.  Cover and heat on high for 60 sec or until hot. Let stand 1 min before serving.

Now, just stick in the toothpicks and serve on a platter with dipping sauce.

Time to dig in with your family and friends!

PS. Where to find these Turkey Meatball Bites? No problem, just find a store near you and hit the freezer aisle.

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TurkeyMeatballs with cranberry dipping sauce

Top 25 Women in Business in Washington DC

Good gracious...Look what arrived in the mail today! I am truly honored to be named one of the top 25 leading ladies in Washington DC by the Washington Business Journal.

Sometimes I have to pinch myself because what started as a passion for making healthy foods for my kids and launched at the farmer's market has turned into something so much bigger with all that we do at Mom Made Foods. I get to work with an amazing team of staff and partners every day. And, collectively we help make kids healthier and parents lives a little easier by not having to worry about one more healthy meal for their kids.

I'm looking forward to meeting the other honorees!

Leona  Agouridis, Golden Triangle Business Improvement District

Marla  Malcom Beck, Bluemercury Inc.

Jennifer Bognet, Bognet Construction

Sister Mary Bourdon, Washington School for Girls

Mary Brady, The Economic Club of Washington D.C.

Donna Cooper, Pepco

Tamara Copeland, Washington Regional Association of Grantmakers

Tamara Darvish, Darcars Automotive Group

Anita Dunn, SKDKnickerbocker

Margaret Dunning, Widmeyer Communications, a Finn Partners Company

Celia Edwards Karam, Capital One Bank

Kathleen Flanagan, Abt Associates Inc.

Denise Hart, O2 Lab Inc.

Laurie Hill, MedImmune

Kathy Hollinger, Restaurant Association Metropolitan Washington

Nazzic Keene, SAIC

Meredith LaPier, CBRE Inc.

Suzanne Laporte, Compass

Susan Neely, American Beverage Association

Sarah Nutter, George Mason University, School of Business

Nicole Quiroga, Telemundo

Payal Tak, Telesis

Sally Wilson, Newmark Grubb Knight Frank

Pandit Wright, Boys & Girls Club of Greater Washington

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Washington Business Journal

RECIPE: Potato Mashups

Tired of the same old potato recipe you've made for years? Have you ever tried fingerling potatoes? They are bite-size and come in all different types of colors such as purple, red and yellow. Not only do they add some great color to the meal, but you will be sure to need a few extra as they're lots of fun to pop in your mouth.

Potato Mashups

fingerlingIngredients:

  • Fingerling potatoes
  • Olive Oil
  • Dash of sea salt
  • Ground pepper
  • Garlic, pressed or diced

Directions:

  • Boil potatoes for 15 minutes.
  • After potatoes are soft, place them on a baking pan and mash with a fork.
  • Sprinkle potatoes with olive oil, fresh pressed garlic, salt and pepper. Bake for 15 minutes.

Rainbow Meatball Kabobs

Kids love to create their own rainbow (add the colorful fruits and veggies!) kebabs by stacking their preferred veggies, fruits and Mom Made Meatball Bites on a skewer. This is a great way to get kids educated about healthy foods and you might just be surprised what new fruits and veggies they'll try if you let THEM put them on their own skewer! The power of empowering kids when it comes to healthy eating is like magic.

These are fun to make as filling snack, an easy weeknight dinner or bring them to a potluck dinner.

Prep Time :  Max 10 minutes
Cook Time : 2 minutes

Ingredients:

Skewers or toothpicks

Frozen Chicken & Apple Meatball Bites or frozen Beef & Cheese Meatball Bites
Grapes
Cheddar, cut into bite-size cubes
Pineapple, cut into bite-size cubes
1 C low sodium chicken broth
Optional: cherry tomatoes, green or red pepper

Optional dipping sauces:

Ketchup
Barbeque
Honey mustard
Teriyaki

Directions:

Prep dipping sauces and serving platter.
Cut cheddar and veggies into bite-size cubes
10 minutes before you are ready to serve, heat meatballs for 60 sec. in the microwave.
Place pieces on a toothpick or skewer to make your own kebabs.

To find these antibiotic-free, low sodium Mom Made Meatball Bites near you, click here.

Enjoy!

Nine tips for an easier back-to-school

After long hours playing in the summer sun, the transition back to regimented school schedules and studying can be stressful on kids. Here are a few tips (and some fun ideas, too) to ease everyone back into the academic year from Mom Made Foods:

  1. It’s back-to-school time! To motivate your children, we’re fans of rewarding kids when they meet their goals. Have your kids set their own goals with your guidance and base them on what’s realistic for each child. Some ideas: eat healthy snacks, save part of their allowance, read a book a week/month or learn to play an instrument. Back to school tips with Mom Made
  2. Ever thought about getting your kids writing in a daily journal? We love this idea because it cultivates the writing and language skills vital to success in school and in life. Favorite topics to start young writers off: favorite school lunch, happiest summer moment, what I learned today.back-to-school -FB-YellowFrame3
  3. Create a month-long lunch plan for your family. Bring your kids in on the planning! It’s a great way to make sure they finish their lunch and get the nutrition they need to be successful in the classroom.back-to-school -FB-YellowFrame4
  4. Many kids are always on the hunt for a snack, especially right after school. Hide the cookie jar and counter unhealthy choices with easy-to-grab pre-cut veggies and fruit in the fridge.

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  1. Spend quality time eating together as a family! This “together” time is so essential to maintaining a bond for the whole clan. Another great way to squeeze in some QT: Sit down together on the weekend and plan ahead for dinners.

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6. Kids love notes—especially surprise notes from you stowed away in their lunchbox. Simply jot down an inspirational quote or a quick message on a napkin and slip it under their sandwich. THEY WILL LOVE IT.

back-to-school -FB-YellowFrame77. How many plastic sandwich bags do you toss every week? We’re betting a lot. Switch to the reusable variety for packed lunches—you’ll reduce waste and save money. Our favorites are from our friends at LunchSkins and…Mom Made Munchies fit perfectly in them!

back-to-school -FB-YellowFrame88. It can be next to impossible to find convenient foods that are actually healthy within the packed shelves at grocery stores. You have to commit to reading food labels to differentiate the “real food” from the rest. Simplicity is your best friend here. Focus on products with short, pronounceable ingredients and look for these labels: organic, antibiotic-free, non-GMO! Need more simple guidelines, then peak into our 2 min video "5 Tips for reading food labels."

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9. You don’t have to break into a sweat for exercise to “count.” But you do                   want to be regularly active with your kids—even walking or biking with them to school can make a huge difference. Combining this with balanced nutrition will keep your family on a healthy track and you’ll feel better!

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Fore more healthy insights and advice from our own Heather herself, please watch this 2 min video "5 Steps to hop on a healthy track."

It's never too late to start healthy!

BIG NEWS! Mom Made launching into Giant, Stop & Shop and Martin’s

We’re so excited to share some GIANT news with you! We have seven items going into Giant, Giant Supermarkets, Martins and Stop & Shop stores! In the freezer collageMMFaisle at these stores you will soon find, our brand new “Italian Style Beef Meatball Bites,” in addition to Turkey Meatball Bites, Chicken & Apple Meatball Bites, Cheesy Mac Meal, Spaghetti with Turkey Meatball Meal, Bean Burrito Munchie and Cheese Pizza Munchie. This expansion is thanks to all of you, our fans! Thank you for your endless support of our mission to make healthy foods for kids accessible nation-wide. Please tell your friends and let Mom Made do the cooking for you this summer.

To find a store near you, click here.

Making Festive Stars on Your Lawn

Easy and fun way to make your house festive for the 4th of July and a fun project for the kids! What you will need:

  • A large piece of cardboard -The top of a pizza box works well!
  • Scissors
  • Spray bottle with water
  • Flour
  • Sifter

Step 1: Find a piece of cardboard and cut a big star to make your stencil.

Step 2: Fill your spray bottle with water. Then squirt the grass star with water thru your stencil.

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Step 3: Once the grass is wet (with some extra help from the older kids :)), use a flour sifter and sift flour thru the stencil onto the grass. And carefully lift the stencil from the grass once you have covered it in flour.

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And, there you go! A garden filled with festive stars!

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Happy 4th of July from our family to yours!

From moms for moms; Katrina from Vosges Haut-Chocolat

Tell us about yourself: An Indiana native with Macedonian roots, Katrina Markoff went on to study katrinaheadshot_065chemistry and psychology at Vanderbilt University, and three days following her graduation, she realized her true passion was cooking and committed to following her heart wherever it led her. She boarded the next plane for Paris to pursue her dream of culinary arts at Le Cordon Bleu (L’Ecole de Cuisine et Patisserie), where she garnered the Le Grande Diplome in Cuisine and Patisserie as well as a degree in Oeneology. From Paris she moved to Spain, and apprenticed alongside Ferran and Albert Adria at the famed El Bulli restaurant. Continuing her travels, she began a nine-month sojourn around the world studying food. Markoff perused local street offerings, exploring the open-air spice stalls of Vietnam and the floating markets of Bangkok. Upon her return to the States in 1998, she founded Vosges Haut-Chocolat with the concept of Travel the World through Chocolate - using chocolate as a medium to tell stories of her travels, and the people, artists, movements, religions, music, and culture she encountered along the way.

Tell us about the company: 

Fifteen years ago, Vosges Haut-Chocolat began in Founder Katrina Markoff’s VosgesChocolateLogoChicago kitchen and has since grown to nine Purple House boutiques in New York, Chicago, Beverly Hills and Las Vegas with a strong presence nationwide in esteemed gourmet and specialty grocers and luxury department stores like Whole Foods, Fresh Market, Neiman Marcus, Bergdorf Goodman and more. As the innovator in the luxury chocolate category, Vosges was first to combine exotic indigenous spices, herbs, flowers, roots, and liqueurs with premium, ethically sourced chocolate. Built on a foundational mission and core values, the company creates a transformational, sensory chocolate experience that nurtures awareness of and appreciation for the world’s diverse cultures. Vosges Haut-Chocolat is a certified organic manufacturing facility that operates on 100% renewable energy. Under its Green Purchasing Oath, the chocolatier selects ingredients with sustainable merit like Rainforest Alliance organic chocolate and uses packaging made of 100% post-consumer recycled material for all its chocolate bars and purple boxes. The company’s latest endeavor is the construction of a Platinum LEED-certified green manufacturing and chocolate lifestyle house in Chicago, another step in expanding its mission of bringing peace to the world through chocolate.

What advice would you give moms about raising healthy eaters?

Start making your own food from the beginning. It is really quite easy and a big cost savings. Your children will love all the fresh veggies and fruits from the start

How do you unwind after a busy day at the office?

A Nature Scavenger walk on our property with my two little boys and dogs. We are in the moment.

What’s your favorite vegetable and your favorite way to cook it?

Nothing compares to a roasted cauliflower with Lemon, Garlic and Parmagianno.

When nobody is watching, what is your favorite treat? CHOCOLATE...

Tell us about your favorite recipe to make for your family? Anything with Lamb. Right now I am into Morrocan Lamb Kepabs with Pine Nuts, Tomato and Eggplant.

To learn more about the company please visit:

Website: www.vosgeschocolate.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/VosgesChocolate

Twitter: https://twitter.com/Vosges

Advice and insights from moms for moms. Please keep an eye out on our facebook page and participate in our Mother’s Day Giveaway! Winners will be announced on May 9th at 4:00 PM EST. 

From moms for moms; Laurie Hyman from Green Toys shares her story

Tell us about your family I am so lucky. I have three fantastic kids, two dogs and an amazing husband.  GreenToysFamily

I co-founded Green Toys at my dining room table when my girls were 5 and 4, and became pregnant with my son three months after that. Needless to say, my family has always been very involved in all things Green Toys.  My kids love being part of what Green Toys is about. They explain to their friends the benefits of recycling, have given us wonderful product ideas, and are the best toy testers on earth. Now ages 12, 11 and 6, my kids inspire me in every way.  As a parent, I dream about who they’ll become and what I need to do to help them get there.  It makes me consider the actions I take, the words I choose, how I approach things, and what I want to contribute to the world to make it the best place possible for my kiddies. They inspire me to be creative, think on my toes, question the obvious, find simplicity, stay strong, live healthy, be patient, be empathetic, respect others, make a difference, and so much more.  However, I could not do what I do with my fantastic husband. To say that he is supportive would be an understatement.  While having his own career, he’s the most hands-on dad I know.

Tell us about your company.

Everything we do at Green Toys – from our eco-friendly raw materials to our California-greentoysproduct  webbased manufacturing processes – is geared toward one purpose: making products that are good for the earth and safe for kids.  Green Toys Inc. lives and breathes sustainability in many ways, but is most evident in its authentically “green” materials and supply chain.  Green Toys’ products are made from 100% recycled plastic milk jugs -- a super-safe, FDA-food safe material. In material choice alone, this recycled material saves significant energy and greenhouse gas emissions. For instance, just one pound of recycled milk jugs saves enough energy to power 3,000 AAA batteries.    Additionally, a key focus for Green Toys operations is energy savings and greenhouse gas reductions. The company locates all of its manufacturing, packaging, assembly and distribution in a very tight local supply chain. Green Toys has invested heavily in developing its supply chain in an effort to deliver the highest quality products that are the safest for children and our planet.

How do you unwind after a busy day at the office?

We are all about games at our house.  When I get home from work, I try and find a fun game to play with one or all of my kids. From board games to more active games, we always have a healthy competition going on at the Hyman house. We try to find games that everyone can play.  Our current family favorite is Telestrations.  Tetherball is another fantastic blast from the past.  Who knew you could break a sweat playing tether ball with a 6 year old?  My kids and I also love sports and outdoor activities. Some of our favorites include hiking, going to the beach, playing tennis, tag, swimming, baseball, and so much more.  We are a family of adventure and travel and love to try new things, see new places, and experience different cultures. But, above all, the best activities are the simple ones where we sit down for dinner and talk about our day, read a story, cuddle, and doze off to sleep. Then, I can truly unwind.

What’s your favorite vegetable and your favorite way to cook it?

I love my vegetables, but I’m not the true chef in our family. My husband gets all the credit.  Roasted root vegetables are my current favorite.

When nobody is watching, what is your favorite treat?

A massage for sure!

What’s the funniest thing your child said to you recently?

Hey, mom...guess if I am wearing any underwear?

What’s the best advice your mom ever gave you?

Don’t do everything, otherwise you will!

What do you want for Mother’s Day?

I would love to get up and go for a long run and then come home and spend the day with my cute family.  Maybe a hike, some tennis or just a picnic at the park.

To learn more about the company please visit:

Website: www.greentoys.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/GreenToys

Twitter: https://twitter.com/greentoysinc

Pinterest: http://www.pinterest.com/greentoys/

Advice and insights from moms for moms. Please keep an eye out on our facebook page and participate in our Mother’s Day Giveaway! Winners will be announced on May 9th at 4:00 PM EST. 

From moms for moms; Jeannette Levenstein from MD MOMS shares her story

Tell us about your family: I married my husband Bruce almost 26 years ago.  He saw me through medical MDMoms-JJapplications and I made the choice to stay in LA to go to school and be with him.  Our son Max was born my senior year at USC Medical School and was 9 months old when I graduated.  Bruce stayed home to raise Max, and I started my career.  After Max graduated from the University of Michigan in 2012, Bruce and I both retired to enjoy our empty nest.  We are lucky to have his family here in southern California, and the majority of my friends from San Francisco have relocated here- forming the perfect support network for us.

Tell us about your company:

MD MOMS was started by my business partner, colleague and friend Diane Truong, and I,MD_Moms_logo 8 years ago after we couldn’t find appropriate solutions for skin care issues in the baby section.  We set about to create a brand that was supported by our clinical knowledge, our respect for science, and our experience as mothers.  MD MOMS Baby Silk was born, and alive and well.  We have received several parent and press awards, but most importantly, have received the seal of acceptance from the National Eczema Association for our core products.  A big part of our mission is to raise awareness and dollars for Children’s Charities - and currently we are doing that for United Cerebral Palsy Los Angeles - helping fund the UCPlay program that brings art services and floor time to children with autism, developmental and psychological disabilities in our local school systems.

What advice would you give moms about raising healthy eaters?

Give your child real food as soon as possible, and don’t be afraid to add herbs and seasonings to make it tasty.  Stay flexible when your child turns 2-3, and rejects a previously wonderful diet - they will eventually circle back.  Eat at the table, not on the go, and if you can grow a little of your food, with your children’s help, you’ll be surprised how invested they are in what they water!

What’s your favorite vegetable and your favorite way to cook it?

Broccolini - steamed until bright green, add a little lemon juice, olive oil, sea salt and pepper - delicious!

When nobody is watching, what is your favorite treat?

Doritos

What’s the best advice your mom ever gave you?

Always believe you can do ANYTHING, and then do it.

For more information about MD Moms please visit:

Website: https://www.mdmoms.com/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TheMDMoms

Twitter: https://twitter.com/mdmoms

Advice and insights from moms for moms. Please keep an eye out on our facebook page and participate in our Mother’s Day Giveaway! Winners will be announced on May 9th at 4:00 PM EST. 

From moms for moms; Dr. Lucy Gibney from Lucy's shares her story

Tell us about your family: I live in a two story tan shingled house with three wonderful beings!  My husband,lucyheadshot my 10 year old son, and our very sweet dog.  Each of us, including the dog, likes being together as a family.  Of course, we also spend lots of time apart -- at school, work, travel, and doggie daycare!  We like being out in the world, learning and doing things.  We love our friends and extended family.  And then, we love being home again -- together.

Tell us about your company:

My company is "Lucy's".  I make delicious, high quality, gluten free, non-GMO, food allergy friendly cookies.  You'll find them in stores throughout the U.S. and Canada.  Also, look for them in the U.K. and Mexico!

My husband and I started the company because our son has food allergies and we wanted to make delicious, safe treats that he could eat.  Turns out, Lucy's are favorites among the whole world of cookie eaters.  We use the very best ingredients, and make healthier versions of cookie classics.  I hope you'll try them.   They taste great!  Here’s a link to new_lucy logo_Patchworkmore about Lucy’s http://drlucys.com/

Heather, the fabulous founder of Mom Made, is a true comrade.  We’ve been friends since around the time that we both founded our companies. I'm so thankful to have her as a friend, to share ideas and advice, to laugh (or not laugh) about the crazy things that have happened along the way.  We understand the challenges of balancing our passion and commitment for work, with our greatest love -- our family.  It's nice to have a friend whose situation is so similar -- same industry, same timeline, same passions. Happy Mother’s Day, friend!

What advice would you give moms about raising healthy eaters?

Eat well yourself!!

How do you unwind after a busy day at the office?

I share a wholesome meal with my family!  We talk about the events of our day, and wind down for a good night’s sleep.

What do you want for Mother’s Day?

I already have it!  I’m a Mother!

 For more information visit:

Website: http://www.drlucys.com/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/DrLucys

Twitter: https://twitter.com/lucys_tweets

Pinterest: http://www.pinterest.com/drlucys/

Advice and insights from moms for moms. Please keep an eye out on our facebook page and participate in our Mother’s Day Giveaway! Winners will be announced on May 9th at 4:00 PM EST.

From moms for moms; Heather Stouffer from Mom Made Foods shares her story

Tell us about your family:

I married Craig in 1999 – we’re coming up on our 15th anniversary this month! He’s a fabulous friend, father and life partner. Everyone always asks me if Craig works for Mom Made. He doesn’t – he’s in the sports industry, but, I like to say he’s Mom Made's Chief of Moral Support, an extremely important role.

Audrey and EmoryWe have two amazing kids, Emory and Audrey. Audrey is in preschool. She loves playing with dolls, helping in the kitchen, playing with friends, dancing and keeping the whole family entertained. Emory is your typical third grade boy except when it comes to food. He loves sports, Legos, reading, and playing with his friends. When he requested Pakistani food for his 7th birthday dinner, we thought, our work is done here!

Tell us about your company: 

mom_made_logoThe company was launched in 2006, when as a new mother, I saw a huge need for healthy, convenient, organic and all natural options for kids. There were no existing options in the grocery for feeding kids in a pinch that were healthy. Mom Made Foods was created from my belief that convenient meals do not need to sacrifice quality or nutrition, and that kids should be able to eat delicious foods without added junk.

What advice would you give moms about raising healthy eaters?

Here are few tricks that I have found to work well...Focus on colors and flavors. Rather than saying, “Do you like your broccoli?” ask if it was crunchy, sweet, bitter or sour. Ask what other foods are the same color. This often helps children focus beyond yummy or yucky. Also, bring the your "helpers" to the grocery store and let them pick the ingredients for the meals to be made that week. Parents can also introduce veggies in a new way. For example, many children like veggies better as part of a soup. Sprout a seed or even grow a tomato plant to help your child get interested in fruits and vegetables.

Bottom line is for us parents to offer a variety of healthy foods, then take a chill pill. Ellyn Satter, Registered Dietitian Nutritionist and Family Therapist and internationally recognized authority on eating and feeding, is one of my heroes. I've learned so much from her philosophy about the division of responsibility when it comes to feeding kids. If feeding your kids is stressful for you or your children, I highly recommend her books.

How do you unwind after a busy day at the office?

I have only about a 10-15 minute commute home. Usually my husband picks up the kids from their schools so they're already home by the time I arrive. I walk through our door, drop my bags and the kids come running up with arms wide open ready for a big hug. I instantaneously unwind. Cooking, sitting down together for dinner and talking about our days are all therapeutic for me. After dinner, we will go for a family walk, turn on some music and dance or just play together. Our couple hours together before the kids go to bed are my favorite part of the day (before I typically plug in and do a few more hours of work...).

What’s the best advice your mom ever gave you?

I can hear it as though she's standing right next to me, "Heather, dear, you have to remember to take care of yourself."

What’s the funniest thing your child said to you recently?

The other day my son who's 8 was playing on the iPad, sitting on the couch right next to me as I was reading a book. I asked him for the iPad for a minute so I could look something up quickly. I opened google and saw that he had just looked up "prettiest lady alive" in google and he'd clicked on images. Yes, just google that quickly, folks. It was one of those moments when I not only found myself laughing but also taking a big gulp because it was time for us to realize he's growing up much too fast and we need to get a handle on internet security, among other things. Oh the joys of parenting...just when you think you've got it figured out.

For more information about Mom Made Foods please visit:

Website:  www.MomMadeFoods.com

Facebook:  www.Facebook.com/MomMadeFoods

Twitter: www.Twitter.com/MomMadeFoods

Pinterst:  www.Pinterest.com/mommadefoods/

 Advice and insights from moms for moms. Please keep an eye out on our facebook page and participate in our Mother’s Day Giveaway! Winners will be announced on May 9th at 4:00 PM EST.

From moms for moms; Mary Schulman from Snikiddy shares her story

Tell us about your family: We are a family that is very busy and we also have a lot of fun.  For sure the “boss” of the MarySchulmanFamilypicfamily our 9 year old daughter, Sunny. She is a fantastic big sister to her sister, Sadie (7), and brother, Luke (2).  There’s no shortage of fun activities in the family. Most recently, Sunny and I started to take tennis lessons together, which is a lot of fun mainly because she is much better than I am. While I work hard to grow the Snikiddy business, my husband Brett spends his work days as the CEO of Cava Grill.  We all enjoy cooking, baking and of course eating!

Tell us about your company:sn_brandmark_hires

Snikiddy® is a line of delicious snacks made from simple, wholesome, real-food ingredients.  The line includes Cheese Puffs, Baked Fries, and Eat Your Vegetables®, a first-of-its kind veggie chip snack that provides a full serving of vegetables in every ounce.  All Snikiddy snacks are made with non-GMO ingredients, are certified gluten and wheat free, and do not contain any artificial colors, preservatives, high fructose corn syrup, trans fats, hydrogenated oils or MSG.  Snikiddy pairs nutrition with great taste to deliver real, delicious foods the whole family can enjoy and feel good about.

How do you unwind after a busy day at the office?

Exercise! And, I love to take walks outside with the family. Sometimes we don’t get far when we run into a gorgeous flower or a pile of stones in the road that clearly should be moved, but it’s so fun to be outside getting fresh air with the whole family.

What’s the funniest thing your child said to you recently?

I recently asked my 2 year old as we approached the grocery store, “Do you want to walk or ride in the cart?”  His response, “Run!”  I’ve been chasing him ever since.

What do you want for Mother’s Day?

A new toilet… No seriously we are renovating our master bath and have been sharing a bathroom with the kids for almost 9 months!

For more information please visit:

Website: http://www.snikiddy.com/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Snikiddy?fref=ts

Twitter: https://twitter.com/snikiddy

Pinterest: http://www.pinterest.com/snikiddy/

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From moms to moms; Amie Garcia from Livie and Luca shares her story

Tell us about your family For me, family is top of my list. When I’m not pouring my energy and heart into my businessLivie&LucaFamilyPic, I am with my three young children and husband.  Co-owner of Livie & Luca, Mitzi Rivas, also has young children and we’ve established a family- friendly and flexible company ethic. When I’m not in the office, I’m with my kids - cooking, hiking, playing on the beach and spending time with friends and family. That to me is the solid foundation from which I work.

Tell us about your companyLivie&LucaLogo

Livie & Luca is a children’s shoe company and our primary purpose is to spread joy!

We spread joy by creating beautiful, whimsical, one-of-a-kind shoes that are both lightweight and durable, prioritizing healthy foot development and overall comfort in each design.

Being a sustainable and socially responsible business is a top priority. We source non-toxic and recycled materials and use environmentally-sound methods, we recycle and re-distribute shoes to families in need and we donate 10% of our online sales to charity. And tied to this is that broader definition of sustainability - creating a company that is healthy and well, and focused on long-term maintenance. When I say health I’m talking about all aspects of the company, from the well being of our factory workers, our customer service reps, our office workers and, of course, the children we make shoes for.

What advice would you give moms about raising healthy eaters? 

It's so important to provide kids with opportunities to try a variety of foods, not just once but multiple times. It grows on them! Also, we limit snacks to healthy ones so that they have a big appetite for dinner. It's amazing how good food tastes when you're actually hungry.

When nobody is watching, what is your favorite treat?

Oh, I must confess, my favorite treat is a spoonful of peanut butter sprinkled with chocolate chips. Actually, my Livie & Luca staff knows about this secret treat. Last December, we had a gift exchange and were instructed to bring one of our favorite things under $10.00. When my gift of PB & Chocolate Chips was opened, I discovered I was not the only one who loves this secret snack!

Tell us about your favorite recipe to make for your family?

Since it's hard to get kids to eat their veggies sometimes, my favorite easy meal is spaghetti with homemade sauce. I caramelize onion, brown some ground turkey, add any and all form of veggie from my fridge, either chopped or grated (usually spinach, carrot, zucchini, yellow pepper). And voila! A chock-full-of-veggies all-in-one meal.

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Get Lucky with These 5 Recipes

It's almost time to pull out all your green clothing and celebrate St Patty's Day. Here are some fun, healthy and GREEN cooking ideas to bring some luck to your family this year. 1. Start the day with some flower power eggs.

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2. Pizza with some greens ( via #Makethebestofeverything)

Won't hurt to add some Mom Made meatballs as well to give it more flavor.

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3. Keeping it healthy, some green fruit on a skewer is a great snack and fun to eat ( via #DeltaMorgan)

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4.  Another great low calorie snack are these cute cucumber hats with cheese! ( via #CreativeFood)

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5. Family dinner can include Mom Made's antibiotic-free, low sodium Chicken & Apple Meatballs with white sauce and spinach. It's Monday after all...and who has more than 10 minutes to prepare dinner on a Monday?

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Now it's time to celebrate!

10 Favorite Valentine Ideas from Pinterest

We want to share our top 10 favorite ideas from Pinterest you can make with your family. 1. Who doesn't have 100's of crayons around their house? Our Founder's kids are making these crayon cards. We'll post pictures once they finish...promise! (via bloglovin.com)

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2. Take a different approach. Show you kids you love them with humor and creativity in a Valentine Fortunate Teller! (via Modern Parents Messy Kids)

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3. An adorable way to greet your children in the morning and surprise them with a heart-shaped Egg-In-The-Hole. (via Incredible Edible Egg)

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4. Peak-a-boo! On the front of your card, cut out eye holes. Write "Peek-a-Boo" on the front of the heart, and "i" (or "we") love you on the inside with a photo of you and your kids! (via Spoonful)

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5. Use a cookie cutter to create fruit in a shape of a heart. You can also create a  fruit skewer!  Fun, healthy and festive! (via Amber Perry)

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6. Great classroom idea. These pencils will inspire your children's writing! (via Spoonful)

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7. Use a celery stick to create a bouquet of flowers! Fun kids craft idea to use up the celery in the fridge! (via Parentella)

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8. Wonderful card idea for younger kids. And a good re-use idea for an old sponge. ( via Homemmade Mamas)

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9. Valentine format for creative writing. (via Teachers Pay Teachers)

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10. Make an animal card with hearts. Meeeeeee-ow! (via Sassy Dealz)

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Happy Valentine's Day to you and yours!

Our Excitement is Off the Meter...Mom Made is Now in Harris Teeter!

Harris Teeter storeI am often asked by friends if I am excited by all the growth at Mom Made. Yes, absolutely, it is a dream come true to see “my third baby,” Mom Made, growing at rocket speed. But, lets be honest…managing a growing business is much more stressful than it is exciting. When I do get excited is when I walk into store and see our product in the freezer aisle. And, it is VERY exciting to see it in the freezer in a new retail chain, like Harris Teeter! Not only is Harris Teeter local to Mom Made’s headquarters, but we’ve been hearing from our customers for years that they’d like to see our products there. Well now it’s there, folks! You'll find Mom Made's Cheesy Mac Meal, Spaghetti & Meatballs Meal, Cheese Pizza Munchie, Bean Burrito Munchie and my son's favorite...Apple Pie Munchie!

Click here to find a store near you.

As I once heard someone say, "Doing what you like is freedom. Liking what you do is happiness." Thanks, Harris Teeter! We're so happy to be working with you!

Start 2014 by Making a Healthy Pledge

healthyPLEDGE_2014_logo Happy New Year, friends!

Have you made your resolutions yet?  In the spirit of new beginnings, we are excited to launch the Mom Made Healthy Pledge for 2014! Commit to simple and easy changes that will benefit you and your whole family now and in the future and receive a FREE COUPON from us!

"I pledge to nourish myself and my family with foods that are good for them; read nutrition labels; cut out artificial junk; and help my family learn about the importance of good healthy eating."

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Whether this pledge is a reaffirmation of your commitment, or a radical shift in how you approach food for your family, Mom Made vows to be here to support you and bring you on a healthy path!

Mom Made will send a FREE COUPON to families committing to take the Healthy Pledge while supplies last. Follow these simple steps:

Step 1:  Click here,  select "HEALTHY PLEDGE" and fully complete this form, including your mailing address as we are mailing these coupons. Limited while supplies last. One per family household. Must have a valid US mailing address.

Step 2: It takes a village and we'd love to hear your tips and ideas. Please join in the healthy conversation on FacebookPinterest and Twitter!

Step 3: In a few weeks, check your mailbox for your FREE COUPON good for any Mom Made Munchie. Mom Made is in freezer aisles nationally. Click here find a store near you. 

Mom Made cares deeply about children's health and nutrition, and we pledge to do our part to make positive changes.  It's not a New Year's resolution; it's what motivates us every day at Mom Made!

Wishing you a healthy, delicious and fun 2014!

-Your friends at Mom Made