Let's Get Cooking!

Summer might just be the perfect time to explore new foods, new restaurants and new recipes! With all that extra time (and rain and humidity keeping us indoors), it allows us the opportunity to be adventurous and fearless chefs! But wait! We aren't suggesting parents be the ones in the kitchen (you're not? thank goodness!). This post is for our tween and teen friends out there.

First, check out Instacart! This easy-to-use app and website lets the groceries come to you. So, if mom or dad can't make a run to the grocery story, you can shop online for a quick delivery to your door. (Remember to ALWAYS get permission from mom and dad first!) Another great thing about Instacart is that you can look up recipes through the app or website and then put the ingredients needed in your cart right then and there. Easy as pie!....mmmmm...pie! :) Also check out this site for recipe inspiration. 

Second, there's a lot of great research linking health and nutrition as a way to boost and improve your mood. Look back at this post on "super foods" that nurture your body and mind! And, here are 6 ways that food affect your mental health. Moderation is key so let there be some fun and flavor in your life, too!

Third, take your new found love of the kitchen a step further and try out a local camp or class. Patricia's Table still has openings for summer camps. Foodie Kids and Kids Kitchen also offer camps and classes year round.

Lastly, enjoy the fruits of your labor! (Pun intended!)

Summer is on its way!

With only a few weeks left in the school year, now is the perfect time to sit down with your tween and plan ahead for those long, hot summer days! Here's your chance to beat the boredom before it starts. Set aside a relaxing 30 minutes with your tween to brainstorm a summer fun plan. That way when you inevitably hear the words "I'm so bored!" you'll have a list at hand to choose from.

Try to include a wide range of activities on your list. Some that your tween can do on her own, some that are free, some for a rainy day, some that are within walking distance. You can put activities down that are for the whole family, for your tween and a friend and special mother/daughter or father/daughter days. Day trips for you all are a fun way to break the monotony of the long summer!

Here are some ideas to get you started:

  • Walk Lady Bird Lake and take pictures of all the wildlife
  • Visit the fountain at Auditorium Shores and cool down
  • Help your daughter plan and prepare a theme dinner for her friends (Mexican Fiesta, Hawaiian Luau, French cafe)
  • Fly a kite at Zilker Park
  • Have a water balloon fight
  • Visit the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center
  • Have an in-home spa day with homemade masks, manicures, and pampering! Have tea and spa snacks to create your very own staycation

Also, if some of the activities on your tween's list cost money, now is good time to have her do some extra chores around the house to save money for special outings!