Where to buy fruits and vegetables for the best prices in Maryland Food Nutrition Recommendations Save Money 

Top 5 Places To Buy Fruit, Vegetables & Other Produce For Cheap in Central Maryland

If your family is like ours, we eat lots of fruit and vegetables.  We especially like fresh organic fruits and produce when possible, but we also like to keep the costs under control.  Below are my top 5 recommendations on how to get great produce for lower prices in Maryland (This advice applies to anywhere in the United States although you’ll need to follow my links to find cheap produce in your area–read further for some great kitchen gadgets to help you make the most of your produce: 1) Shop at…

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Restaurant Recommendations for Families with Kids in Howard County Columbia Maryland Food kids activities Nutrition 

Great Restaurants in Howard County for Kids

We’re always working on finding the restaurants in Howard County that offer the best experience and best quality food for our family lunch and dinner outings. It’s easy to go to the usual suspect restaurants such as Friday’s and Red Robin, but there are other great restaurants that you and your kids may enjoy. Below find a few of my favorites. Cava Grill (Columbia) – This is currently my favorite restaurant. They offer Greek food Chipotle-style. You and your family get a healthy meal and they have great beverages such…

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Instant Pot Review Food Reviews 

Review of Instant Pot Pressure Cooker 7-in-1 model IP-DUO60

We do alot of cooking with pressure cookers in my family.  We’ve been through several. Prior to purchasing the Instant Pot (aka Instapot), we had both more traditional stove-top pressure cookers and most recently a Cuisinart digital pressure cooker.  In fact, we were fairly happy with the Cuisinart cooker.  It did a great job and it has lasted for several years.  We still have it and use it when we need to cook two things at the same time.  Having said that, we are absolutely thrilled with our 7-in-1 pressure…

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Blendtec blender costco reviews Blenders Featured Food Nutrition Review Reviews 

Blendtec Blender Review-The Blendtec 570 from Costco

Summary: This is a review of the Blendtec blender sold in Costco (TB621 USCOST) currently being sold for $319.  Although we loved this machine when it was working, we managed to break ours 3 times in two months through just normal use. On the third time, it broke we just returned it. Read on for information about alternatives to this blender and why we were so sad to see it go! If you’re considering a Blendtec Blender, you may want to avoid this blender and instead go for a different Total Blender…

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Why We Shop At Costco – Costco Review Part 1

  Costco sells two 36 ounce bottles of Organic Blue Agave for $9.89 Easy Ways to Save Money: Shop at Costco This is part 1 of my review of Costco. [Don’t miss Part 2 here] I know this may seem a little off-topic for this blog, but I think there are still many families who haven’t discovered the joys of shopping at bulk food warehouse stores.  Many people are turned off by the membership fees or think they just don’t need a huge box of this or that.  I submit that…

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What’s For Breakfast? Healthy ideas for breakfast for kids of busy families

Say NO to donuts and pastries for breakfast. Such a bad idea–especially for kids. Recently I have noticed that one of the parents in my daughter’s school is giving her child donuts and/or pre-made and packaged waffles/pancakes for breakfast every day. It can be difficult for families to eat right and to give their kids healthy choices for breakfast.  It is very hard, especially when time is short in the mornings, but this child is going to be at risk for diabetes and isn’t getting the best “brain food” for…

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Kid's Party Favor Ideas Childrens' Birthday Parties Food kids activities Nutrition Party Favors For Kids 

What To Give Out as Party Favors at a Kids Birthday Party

There are plenty of parents who will join me in my unhappy feelings about the gift bags that kids are given at their friends’ birthday parties.   Of course we’re happy to share the joy of a family celebrating their child and the accomplishment of getting a year older.  And it isn’t that I am ungrateful for all the effort that the parents have gone to in order to have the party to begin with–I am.  I have done it enough to know what a pain it really is…but I…

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